Enterprise Wins 2009 Retention Excellence 'Gold Anchor'

Story Number: NNS100114-19Release Date: 1/14/2010 5:10:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Marcus J. Meredith, USS Enterprise (CVN 65) Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- A message sent Dec. 30 announced USS Enterprise (CVN 65) as the winner of the 2009 Retention Excellence "Gold Anchor" award for the third consecutive year.

The award is the result of efforts between Enterprise's command career counselor's office and all the departmental career counselors.

During fiscal year 2009, 438 Enterprise Sailors reenlisted and received almost $7 million in reenlistment bonuses. The ship also earned a retention excellence award for three straight quarters in 2009.

Chief Navy Counselor (AW/SW) Raymous K. Fleming, Enterprise's command career counselor, believes that the fact Enterprise has been awarded this prestigious honor while in the shipyard is an enormous accomplishment.

"Enterprise is an arduous sea duty command, due to the size of the command and the nature of the job in the shipyard," said Fleming. "It can be difficult to convince people to stay in."

"It's a testament to our chain of command and every Sailor aboard," said Navy Counselor 1st Class Sara M. Reynolds, leading petty officer of the command career counselor's office. "If morale is down, it doesn't matter how much money you offer someone to reenlist, they're unlikely to stay in."

Fleming stated that he was proud of everyone involved with attaining the award and that he hopes to continue the progress.

As Enterprise continues to train toward returning to the fleet, it's good to know that Sailors are willing to stay in and continue to teach more junior Sailors the ropes and what they need to do to be successful in their naval careers, said Fleming.

Enterprise is currently undergoing a maintenance period in the Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipyard and training to maintain proficiency in preparation to return to the fleet.

For more information about Enterprise, Carrier Strike Group 12 or Carrier Air Wing 1, visit www.Enterprise.navy.mil, www.ccsg12.surfor.navy.mil and www.cvw1.navy.mil.

For more news from USS Enterprise (CVN 65), visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn65/.

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