USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) was awarded the East Coast Battle Efficiency (Battle "E") Award for 2008 Feb 18. The Battle Efficiency Award signifies the overall readiness of a command to carry out its assigned wartime tasks over a year-long evaluation.
"This award is given to the best carrier on the east coast," said Command Master Chief Allen R. Walker. "We displayed efficiency and a high level of professionalism, ultimately proving the Truman Battle Axe Team."
The Battle "E" award recognizes sustained superior performance in an operational environment within a command. A ship must win a minimum of three out of four command excellence awards (maritime warfare, engineering/survivability, command and control, logistics management), and be nominated by their immediate superior.
"In deciding who wins the Battle "E", all aspects of the ship's performance are evaluated," Walker said.
"They look at all facets of the command and if even one division or department fails - the ship fails."
Ships winning a Battle Efficiency competition are authorized to paint a white "E" with black shadowing on their stacks or elsewhere to give evidence that they won the award. The ships are evaluated during training exercises, weapons inspections and evaluations of the ship's tactical readiness that are among the 16 different areas of which they are critiqued and inspected.
According to Personnel Specialist Seaman Sergey Soukhenko, all personnel aboard during fiscal year 2008 are authorized to wear the Battle "E" ribbon. Now that Truman is underway again preparing for a 2009 deployment, the ship begins a new cycle in the Battle "E" competition.
"We can't get complacent," said Walker. "We have to maintain the same professional and forward thinking we had to receive the award, it's a whole new year and the mission starts all over again and we have to be ready."
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