Story Number: NNS140202-03Release Date: 2/2/2014 9:07:00 AM
By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steven Khor
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS) -- The Golden Anchor Retention Excellence Award recipients for Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet(COMSUBPAC) were announced in an official message, Jan. 24.
Golden Anchor Retention Excellence Awards are given to select commands by the Department of the Navy for sustaining superior levels of military retention. The annual award recognizes accomplishments in executing programs and policies that enable Sailors to have successful naval careers.
"Commands who have won the Golden Anchor Retention Award should be proud of their accomplishments, because it shows the success of these programs, it shows being proactive, and it shows that people are involved," said COMSUBPAC' s Force Naval Career Counselor Chief Ching Dressel. "It shows these commands have taken the time to speak with Sailors."
Dressel said programs aimed at retention like career development boards, sponsorship programs, mentorship, Career Waypoints, and Selective Reserve help the Sailors with choices for their naval careers.
This year's awardees for the Pacific Submarine Force, fiscal year 2013, are USS Alabama (SSN 731) (Blue); USS Nevada (SSN 733) (Blue) and (Gold); USS Louisiana (SSBN 743) (Gold); USNS Able (T-AGOS-20) (Gold); USNS Impeccable (T-AGOS-23) (Gold); USNS Loyal (T-AGOS-22) (Blue) and (Gold); Commander Submarine Group 9; Commander Submarine Squadron 17; Commander Submarine Squadron 19; Submarine Maintenance Monitoring Support, Performance Monitoring Team Bangor; Navy Submarine Supply Center Bangor; and Priority Material Office (PMO) Bremerton.
Commander Chris Statler, commanding officer of PMO Bremerton, said he is honored to see his team receive the Golden Anchor award.
"It signifies not only the outstanding reenlistment efforts by our command retention team but also the dedication and continued outstanding service of our Sailors," said Statler. "I am extremely proud of the entire command and the spectacular work of our command career counselor. Awards like this make a huge impact for smaller commands like PMO and we look forward to meeting or beating our retention goals for next year."
Information Systems Technician 1st Class Ethel Hildreth, COMSUBPAC's career counselor, added, "A good career counseling program shows that the command truly has each and every Sailor's career at heart, and of interest and concern for being successful. I'm a firm believer that you get out of people what you put into them."
Commands awarded the Retention Excellence Award are authorized to fly the retention excellence pennant. Deployable ships are also authorized to paint their anchor gold.
Commander Submarine Force, U. S. Pacific Fleet, is the principal advisor to the Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, on submarine matters. The Pacific Submarine Force includes attack, ballistic missile and auxiliary submarines, submarine tenders, floating submarine docks, deep submergence vehicles and submarine rescue vehicles throughout the Pacific.