USS RONALD REAGAN, At Sea (NNS) -- Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command announced March 22, that the supply department aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) has received the Ship's Store Retail and Services Excellence Award in the U.S. Pacific Fleet for fiscal year 2006 in the CV/CVN class.
"This tells the world what I already knew -- that our ship's servicemen are the best in the fleet," said Ronald Reagan's Supply Officer, Cmdr. David Pimpo. "I'm very proud of them. We've got a great group of folks who are just selfless in their dedication ... They take a lot of pride in what they do."
The Sailors who work in retail operations added they were pleasantly surprised to be recognized with the award.
"We all came together as a team," said Ship's Serviceman Seaman Vanessa Marin, a ship's store clerk. "To be a part of [winning the award] made me feel pretty good."
"We had to come together and work long hours, but it was worth it," said Ship's Serviceman 3rd Class (SW/AW) Brandon Brooks, a ship's store supervisor. "I mean, to be the best carrier on the Pacific coast, the best S-3 division on the Pacific coast; it can't get any better than that. It was definitely worth it."
One important point to make, however, according to Pimpo, was that these Sailors don't work those long, hard hours just to be recognized.
"They do it because they're proud to be Ronald Reagan Sailors," said Pimpo. "The character, integrity and work ethic our ship's servicemen display every day makes us a better ship and, hopefully, inspires others to reach levels of success they never thought they could achieve. On Ronald Reagan, it's about family and our Ship's Store personnel love taking care of their brothers and sisters."
In the message released by Rear Adm. Daniel H. Stone, commander, Naval Supply Systems Command and Chief of Supply Corps, he congratulated the various classes of ships and their ship's stores for their selection for the award.
"Your ship's store personnel are commended for their hard work, sacrifice and commitment to excellence," wrote Stone. "Their efforts have had a significant impact on boosting morale and improving the quality of life for their shipmates. Well done."
Ronald Reagan supply department was also recognized with its second consecutive departmental Blue "E" as well as the winner of the Capt. Edward F. Ney Award for excellence in food service aboard aircraft carriers earlier this year.
Ronald Reagan was commissioned in July 2003, making it the ninth and newest Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. The ship is named after the 40th U.S. president and carries the motto of "Peace through Strength," a recurrent theme during the Reagan presidency.
The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group departed San Diego on Jan. 27 on a scheduled deployment to fill the role of USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), the Navy's only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier, as it undergoes scheduled maintenance in Yokosuka, Japan.
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