Truman Sailors Receive Retention Award


Story Number: NNS070129-05Release Date: 1/29/2007 9:50:00 AM
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By Mass Communications Specialist Seaman Jeffrey S. Troutman, USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs

NORFOLK , Va. (NNS) -- USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Sailors received a Retention Excellence Award on Jan. 5 for meeting the retention rate for the 2006 fiscal year.

The award represents the command's high retention percentage among its crew as it continues to develop itself for wartime effectiveness.

"It speaks of the command morale," said Navy Counselor Senior Chief Thomas A. Albert. "If the retention rate on the ship is high, it means people like what they're doing."

The retention award is presented quarterly each year when a high percentage of a command's crew reenlist for active duty. This year also marked the first time Navy Reserve Sailors were eligible for inclusion in the overall percentage, Albert said.

Chief Navy Counselor Gene L. Garland said the chain of command plays a big part in how well a ship's crew will perform and, ultimately, remain in the Navy over time.

"Anytime you have a good chain of command, you produce better Sailors," he said. "For a ship the size of the Truman, it can be a challenge to send good career information to the Sailors on board. That's where the career counselors come in. We can help educate the Sailors with smart career choices."

In addition to the award, the Truman will have authorization to paint its anchors gold, a symbol of its retention achievement.

Garland said the gold anchors were a symbol morale was good on the Truman.

"It shows people are getting recognized and awarded for the things they do here," he said. Arnold cited the achievement as one more feather in the Truman's cap.

"This award was a team effort," he added. "It's another opportunity for the Truman to step out to the front of the fleet."

For related news, visit the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Navy NewsStand page at www.news.navy.mil/local/cvn75/.

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