USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, Norfolk (NNS) -- Crew members aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) were awarded a second consecutive Battle Efficiency Award Feb. 10.
Vice Adm. Thomas Kilcline, commander, Naval Air Forces (CNAF), announced the East and West Coast award winners.
One of the most coveted awards in the fleet, the Battle Efficiency Award, more commonly known as the Battle "E", recognizes sustained superior performance in an operational environment.
"I am proud of our Sailors each and every day," said Capt. Joe Clarkson, Truman's commanding officer. "This prestigious award reflects the commitment, dedication, and sustained pursuit of excellence of every Sailor on board. I cannot think of a better way to recognize their battle-readiness as we prepare for our upcoming deployment."
The Battle "E" Award is one of the few awards given in the Navy that isn't earned by one individual. Rather, it is awarded based on a point system that evaluates the performance of 14 different departments and more than 4,000 Sailors.
This marks the fifth year the Truman has won the award. The ship was also a recipient in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2008.
The competitive cycle for the award is from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31.
"This is a monumental achievement for the ship," said Lt. Cmdr. Cheryl D. Andrea, Truman's training officer. "Twelve out of the 14 departments on board Truman earned their respective departmental awards."
The better each individual department scores with regards to their qualifications, the higher the marks they receive. The higher the departmental score, the better the overall average score for the ship. The ship's score is computed and compared to other operational carriers on the east coast and the vessel with the best score wins the prestigious honor of calling themselves a Battle "E" recipient.
Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Kevin P. Neatrour, aboard Truman for both 2008 and 2009 Battle "E" awards, expressed his personal satisfaction at seeing Truman win the Battle "D" award for excellence in deck department.
"Having the awards placed on prominent display on 0-10 level of the aircraft's "island" means a lot to us," said Neatrour. "Anyone walking the pier on the way to work only has to look up at the island—it is a daily reminder of what we are capable of."
As Truman prepares for deployment later this year, Sailors expressed their confidence in their ability to accomplish whatever mission Truman is assigned.
"It feels great to join a ship that has such a strong reputation," said Seaman Jason S. Kowalski, who joined Truman's deck department in December 2009. "It gives me the motivation to keep this tradition going."
Rear Adm. Patrick Driscoll, commander, Carrier Strike Group 10, offered congratulations to the crew.
"The skill and determination of every sailor aboard Harry S. Truman has made a direct contribution to the success of the Carrier Strike Group 10 team and ensured we are ready to deploy when ordered," said Driscoll.
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