We discussed the advantages of having a strong awards program. One ship even went through the laborious process of submitting the ship's ombudsman for the Meritorious Volunteer Service Medal, the civilian equivalent of the Meritorious Service Medal. Persistence paid off, and she was surprised to receive the award during her husband's commissioning as a limited duty officer.
A commanding officer of one of our destroyers declined to categorize his brief as one on retention, but instead called it the "things that make our sailors enjoy coming to work brief." Indeed, if our sailors are happy, satisfied, better educated, and frequently advanced, we will cease to have retention problems.
Lieutenant Commander Crockett , a surface warfare officer, is the Materiel Officer for Destroyer Squadron 21, which is commanded by Commodore Mike Lefever. Commander Crockett has served as a division officer on the USS DeWert (FFG-45), as an instructor at the Surface Warfare Officers School, and as Engineer Officer on the USS Stethem (DDG-63).