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Sailors aboard USS STERETT (DDG 104) hose down and recover the anchor after successfully completing a precision anchorage while  

At Sea - Sailors aboard USS STERETT (DDG 104) hose down and recover the anchor after successfully completing a precision anchorage while underway off the coast of southern California on January 30th. Ships earning the Retention Excellence Award are permitted to paint their anchor gold. (Photo by CTT1 (SW/IDW/AW) Timothy Peloquin)
USS Sterett Earns FY12 Retention Excellence Award 
By ENS Steven Mulherin, USS Sterett Public Affairs 
USS Sterett, San Diego – On January 23rd, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet announced that the guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104) has earned the Retention Excellence Award for fiscal year 2012.

The Retention Excellence Award is given annually to Navy commands that have demonstrated sustained superior personnel retention. The stringent requirements for this award include 100% on time Perform to Serve (PTS) submissions, 100% Professional Apprentice Career Track (PACT) Sailors, a minimum score of 85 on a command’s annual career information program review, and minimal personnel attrition.

“It is a significant honor for Sterett to have earned the Retention Excellence Award,” said Naval Career Counselor First Class (Surface Warfare/Air Warfare) Anita Felix. “I am very proud of this accomplishment and I look forward to continuing our outstanding retention in fiscal year 2013.”

Ships earning the prestigious Retention Excellence Award are permitted to paint their anchor gold to signify this impressive achievement. Sterett will be painting her anchor gold for the second time since her commissioning in 2008.

“Earning the Retention Excellence Award is a considerable honor for any ship. This distinction is a testament to the hard work of our career counselor program and our positive command climate,” said Cmdr. Stewart Bateshansky, Sterett’s Commanding Officer. “I look forward to being at sea with the ship’s golden anchor.”

USS Sterett is part of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9 and is homeported in San Diego, California. DESRON 9 also includes USS Shoup (DDG 86), USS Momsen (DDG 92), USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG 60), USS Ford (FFG 54), USS Ingraham (FFG 61), and USS Preble (DDG 88). Sterett returned from her second deployment to the 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AORs) in July 2012.
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