YOKOSUKA, JAPAN – The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) earned the Golden Anchor Award for Retention Excellence in 2010.
Aiming to continue the tradition, Lassen performed its first three re-enlistments of 2011. On Friday, Sonar Technician Surface 2nd Class David Meyers and Electronic Technician 2nd Class Jason Kepner held their re-enlistment ceremony on board Lassen. Meyers and Kepner, both approaching their four year mark in the Navy, chose Systems Test Officer Lt. j.g. Brian Snyder to administer the oath and celebrate their milestone.
“My most memorable experience so far has been my very first trip to meet Lassen,” said Meyers reflecting on his career. “I rode two ships, one helicopter, and one airplane before finally reporting and I have enjoyed my time here ever since.”
Cryptologic Technician 2nd Class Michael Brown also held his re-enlistment later in the day. Brown, also approaching his four year mark in the navy, was administered the oath by Electronic Warfare Officer Lt. j.g. Daniel Barnes and celebrated with friends at a local restaurant in Yokosuka.
The Golden Anchor Award recognizes commands meeting or exceeding retention goals for the year. In addition to retention, the ships attrition rate must remain low. A major contributing factor to meeting this goal is the promotion and management of programs like Perform-to-Serve (PTS). Much of Lassen’s success in this field over the last year can be credited to Navy Career Counselor 1st Class Sandra Lewis.
“Providing an education for sailors about Navy benefits and promoting junior sailor mentorship are key components in the process,” said Lewis. “It helps them make the most informed decisions and ultimately, the best decisions for their future.”
In 2010, Lewis oversaw forty-three re-enlistments for Lassen and looks to beat that record this year. Lassen is assigned to Destroyer Squadron 15 and is forward-deployed to Yokosuka, Japan.