PCU Missouri (SSN 780) Sailor chosen as Serviceperson of the Month for October
Seaman Apprentice Electronics Technician Bountang Her of PCU Missouri (SSN 780) was selected as Service Person of the Month for October 2009. The Montville Rotary honored Her, Nov. 10, during a breakfast at Ed’s Country Kitchen in Uncasville.
The Service Person of the Month Program provides community recognition of outstanding active duty enlisted personnel stationed in the Groton-New London area. Championed by the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut in cooperation with all active duty units of military organizations permanently based in the area, the program is actively supported by local service clubs and civic organizations who celebrate the monthly awardees at events sponsored by the clubs or organizations.
“Her is the most active Sailor we have in the South Eastern Connecticut community and we are proud to have him as part of our crew,” said Commander Tim Rexler, Commanding Officer of Missouri, when introducing Her.
Her, assigned to the submarine’s Navigation Division, was instrumental in supporting the recent updating and tracking of the ships initial load out of digital and paper charts. Rexler explained that as the Charts and Publications Petty Officer, his attention to detail ensured the ship had all required navigation media onboard and his efforts have been a key contributor to Missouri being three months ahead of schedule for delivery.
Demonstrating superb administrative and technical skill on a daily basis, Her was hand-selected as the Piloting Party Bearing Recorder, a position normally held by a more senior Petty Officer. His performance during several Onboard Team Trainers was noted as Outstanding by the Submarine Group TWO Staff.
Volunteering numerous off-duty hours at local community events including Habitat for Humanity, Heroes at Home and the Caring and Sharing Program, Her has been a positive influence and mentor in the Groton- New London community.
Her thanked the Montville Rotary and Chamber of Commerce for his recognition.
He was presented with the following: A savings bond from The Day, a savings bond from the Submarine Force Library and Museum, a check from the Navy League of Eastern Connecticut, a check from the Montville Rotary, two adult tickets to the Mystic Aquarium, two adult tickets to the Mystic Seaport, four passes to the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, and a plaque and a Team Connecticut medallion from the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut.