SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to the staff of Commander, Amphibious Squadron (COMPHIBRON) 3 returned to San Diego Nov. 4 aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) following a scheduled six-month deployment wearing new enlisted warfare devices.
Enlisted warfare pins are a symbol of pride for Sailors, showing they have demonstrated a proficiency in learning the mission capabilities of their particular ship and embarked aircraft. Areas of study concentrate on shipboard aviation, engineering, operations, deck seamanship, combat systems, supply, administrative and other shipboard functions.
According to Senior Chief Operations Specialist (SW/AW) Brian Bohn, the command senior chief for COMPHIBRON 3, the command took an aggressive approach to making sure Sailors became qualified as both Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialists (ESWS) and Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialists (EAWS) during the deployment.
"I'm proud of these Sailors," said Bohn. "It shows pride and professionalism and dedication to the Navy. Peleliu helped us out a lot to set up the training and earn the qualifications."
Of the 14 enlisted Sailors assigned to COMPHIBRON 3 who were eligible to earn warfare qualifications during the deployment, all 14 completed their primary or secondary warfare qualification and two Sailors even earned two warfare pins during the deployment.
Storekeeper 1st Class (SS/SW/AW) Brandon Lilley from the COMPHIBRON 3 staff earned both his ESWS and EAWS pin during the deployment, earning the rare title of tri-warfare qualified Sailor.
"Warfare qualifications show that you understand everything that goes on in that particular warfare area," added Bohn. "They will be more well-rounded Sailors for earning their pins."
Operations Specialist Seaman (SW) Mauricio Godoy, who stands watch in the Joint Operations Center aboard Peleliu, said it took him almost the entire deployment to earn the ESWS qualification.
"It was hard at first, but I kept on studying" said Godoy. "Engineering was the hardest part because it's not something I have to deal with every day."
Godoy has a great sense of pride in wearing the ESWS pin he earned during the deployment.
"As far back as boot camp and 'A' school I remember seeing people wearing that pin," said Godoy. "I said to myself, if they can get it, so can I."
Peleliu is the flagship of the Peleliu Expeditionary Strike Group which left San Diego May 4 on a scheduled six-month deployment.
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