USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (NNS) -- USS George Washington (CVN 73) (GW) won the Retention Excellence Award, previously known as the Golden Anchor Award, for fiscal year 2005. This is the first time in seven years that GW has won this award. The crew was informed of the announcement by the GW's commanding officer, Capt. Garry R. White, during a "Captain's Call" production Jan. 13.
Fleet Forces Command initiated the Fleet Retention Excellence Program that includes the Retention Excellence Award for commands that sustain superior levels of retention.
"We have been working hard and have done a great job taking care of our Sailors," GW's command career counselor, Navy Counselor 1st Class(SW/AW) Tony Tilmon said. "Being proactive was one of the keys to success."
Retention is directly related to command climate, involved leadership, clear standards and policies, and promotion of quality service.
"It's our goal to take care of our Sailors," said Aviation Maintenance Administrationmen 1st Class (AW/SW) Daniel Negron, AIMD departmental career counselor. "It's ideal keep Sailors educated about what the Navy has to offer, as well as the transition back to the civilian world."
"We've made ourselves approachable and available to help. That's essentially important and helps keep the lines of communication open," Tilmon added. "No one should ever be hesitant or afraid to ask their departmental career counselor for assistance."
Last year, selective reenlist bonuses were at its highest. This, in addition to showing a general level of concern, were just a few things that kept Sailors motivated and focused.
"Sometimes, just letting Sailors know that someone is concerned about the future of their career is all that's needed to motivate them to reenlist," Tilmon said.
Additional aircraft carriers that won the award were USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67), USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) and USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).
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