By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Liam Kennedy
YOKOSUKA, Japan – The U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) was awarded the fiscal year (FY) 2013 Retention Excellence Award, Jan. 23.
This marks the fourth consecutive year George Washington has been recognized for outstanding retention amongst its Sailors.
“The retention award is important because it is a solid confirmation that we are committed to taking care of Sailors, professionally and personally,” said Senior Chief Navy Counselor Diana Galiza. “We are providing them the necessary tools, counseling and guidance to make informed career decisions.”
The Retention Excellence Award is given once a year to those commands that have met or exceeded the Chief of Naval Operations’ retention goals for two or more quarters. Awardees selected achieved a score of 85 points on their annual command career information program review in addition to meeting benchmarks that show effective programs strengthen support for Sailors.
“George Washington has shown that it can retain its Sailors,” said George Washington’s Command Master Chief Shaun Brahmsteadt. “This is significant to the Navy and our command as our Sailors are some of the most capable and best trained in the fleet.”
As a result of winning the award, George Washington will be allowed to keep its anchors painted gold for another year to signify the command’s accomplishments.
“A successful Sailor results in a successful command,” said Galiza. “The [Retention Excellence Award] confirms that our Sailors are dedicated and committed to career motivation and excellence.”
George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.