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    Boxer Receives 6th Consecutive Battle “E”


    Photo By Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Eckelbecker | 160827-N-UG095-189 PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 27, 2016) Capt. Benjamin Albritton, executive...... read more read more



    Story by Seaman Eric Burgett 

    USS Boxer (LHD 4)

    SAN DIEGO - Commander, Naval Surface Forces (SURFOR) announced March 14 that amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) is one of 36 surface ships, which will receive the Battle Effectiveness (Battle ‘E’) Award for calendar year 2016.

    This Battle ‘E’ marks the sixth consecutive year and the 12th time Boxer has received the award, which annually recognizes ships and crews that best exemplify the qualities of readiness and their capability to perform assigned wartime tasking.

    “The Battle E is a rewarding validation of the hard work of nearly 1200 Sailors over the last 2 years, but you have to remain humble and focused on the task at hand. A ship is only as good as it’s last successful evolution. As an old XO of mine once said, ‘stop admiring your jump shot and get back on defense.’ Real professionals keep raising the bar, and the Boxer crew does that every day,” said Capt. Benjamin J. Allbritton, commanding officer.

    To qualify for Battle ‘E’ consideration, a surface ship must win a minimum of four of the five Command Excellence awards to include Maritime Warfare (Black ‘E’), Engineering/Survivability (Red ‘E’), Command and Control (Green ‘E’), Logistics Management (Blue ‘E’), and CNSF Ship Safety (Yellow ‘E’). Boxer won all five.

    “Boxer has maintained sustained superior performance while both at sea and in port, and it really speaks of the crews’ great commitment to the mission and battle readiness,” said Cmdr. Eric Cottrell, Operations Officer. “It also speaks to the steady strain approach taken by the leadership and crew given the many tasks the ship had to perform, including its arduous WESTPAC [Western Pacific] deployment last year.”

    Earning the Battle ‘E’ award is not only a unit award, but a source of success Sailors may view as an achievement throughout their time in the Navy. Every Boxer Sailor, who was a member of the crew during 2016, is now eligible to wear the Battle ‘E’ ribbon on their uniform. Any Boxer Sailor who already has a Battle ‘E’ award from a previous command can now add an additional ‘E’ device to the ribbon.

    “This is an award that you carry with you the rest of your Naval career,” said Lt. Cmdr. Kurt Astroth, Boxer’s Navigation Officer. “A Battle ‘E’ is really about the crew because without a crew a ship is just an empty steel hull. I have had the privilege of serving on other Battle ‘E’ ships and when I arrived on Boxer I could tell that this was a Battle ‘E’ level ship from the professionalism of its Sailors and the organization of its leaders.”

    Boxer leadership continues to emphasize the importance of going above and beyond the high standards already set.

    “Our expectation is that Boxer continues to be the best LHD on the waterfront,” said Cottrell. “The standard has been set and we should not just rest on our laurels, but seek further areas of improvement.”

    Boxer is currently in its homeport undergoing a phased maintenance availability.



    Date Taken: 03.17.2017
    Date Posted: 03.17.2017 12:58
    Story ID: 227228
    Location: CA, US

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