Rear Adm. Haley shakes hands with Cryptologic Technician Maintenance First Class Ateko Lawson. 
YOKOSUKA, Japan (Mar. 16, 2012) - Rear Adm. Haley shakes hands with Cryptologic Technician Maintenance First Class Ateko Lawson and thanks the USS Cowpens First Class Association for doing a great job cooking during a Command Picnic on the pier. Cowpens is forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan and is part of the George Washington Carrier Strike Group. (U.S. Navy photo by Yeoman 2nd Class Chris Lassiter)
USS Cowpens Hosts Barbecue for Painting of the Battle “E” 
YOKOSUKA, Japan - The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63) hosted a barbecue on the pier March 16, to celebrate painting the Battle Effectiveness Award on the starboard bridge wing.
 

“It was a fun Friday event,” said Information Systems Technician Seaman Steven Tallent. “The food was great and it was really nice to see last year’s hard work rewarded.”

The event began with a ceremony in which Rear Adm. J. R. Haley, commander, Task Force 70 gave awards to Cowpens Sailors for excellence during the summer and fall 2011 deployments. Cowpens’ Commanding Officer, Capt. Paul J. Lyons and Rear Adm. Haley said a few words about the strength of the Cowpens crew and the well deserved Battle Effectiveness award.

At the conclusion of the award ceremony, the crew moved to watch the painting of the Battle “E” and other warfare area excellence awards on the starboard bridge wing. Then, the crew enjoyed a barbecue on the pier consisting of hot dogs, hamburgers and ribs. The barbecue was organized by the 1st Class Petty Officer Association and Cowpens’ Morale, Welfare and Recreation team.

“This is a great opportunity to show appreciation to the crew,” said Cryptologic Technician (Technical) 1st Class Vincent Wenzel, President of the 1st Class Petty Officer association on Cowpens. “It was great to know that the hard work and dedication that was shown no only by the crew but also by the families, has led to this honor.”

Cowpens was awarded the Battle “E” award for the year 2011, which is the first award for Cowpens since 1998. The Battle Effectiveness award is a yearly award for Navy units that indicate superior performance in an assessment of the command’s readiness to carry out its primary mission Areas.

“I’m so proud of this crew,” said Lt. Cmdr. Will Chambers, Cowpens’ executive officer. “They really deserve this recognition for all that they accomplished in 2011 and I look forward to seeing the continuation of this course of excellence in 2012.”

Cowpens is forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan.

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