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ABOARD USS SHOUP, At Sea – The Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist (EAWS) insignia recognizes enlisted Sailor’s professional knowledge and military experience in Naval Aviation.

With the help of engaged Senior Enlisted Leaders spanning from Commander, Naval Surface Forces Pacific (CNSP) to Commander, Naval Air Forces Pacific (CNAP) and USS SHOUP to Helicopter Strike Squadron (HSM) 35, Sailors were given the opportunity to qualify and obtain their Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist pin.

“Witnessing 48 SHOUP Sailors qualify EAWS during deployment was one of the highlights of my 20 year career, said CMDCM Maria Strader, the ship’s Command Master Chief. “The level of teamwork and the amount of dedication everyone in our crew demonstrated from start to finish was awe-inspiring. For my Sailors, and myself, this was a once in a career opportunity to earn dual warfare qualifications and we OWNED IT!”

To obtain this qualification, Sailors were trained in general aviation topics, the MH-60R helicopter, and flight deck operations. Upon completion of the Personnel Qualification Standard, Sailors go through an oral board and a written test to determine if they have the requisite knowledge to be an Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist.

“The knowledge gained was vast and valuable,” said Fire Controlman Second Class Troy Bowman. “I was able to see and experience things I otherwise never would have had the opportunity.”

Shoup was named after the 22nd Commandant of the Marine Corps and Medal of Honor recipient General David Monroe Shoup. Commissioned in 2002, USS Shoup is part of Naval Surface Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet, and is assigned to Destroyer Squadron 9 (DESRON 9) and U.S. 3rd Fleet.

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