USS Ford
Decommissioned October 31, 2014
 

Commanding Officer, CDR Shuler, thanks his crew for their hard work and dedication to FORD during the February awards ceremony (Photo by USS Ford Public Affairs)
USS Ford February Happenings 
By ENS Samantha J. Blea, Public Affairs Officer 
Similar to January of this year, February proved to be yet another busy month for USS FORD. The crew optimized their time in port to accomplish routine work, assist the maintenance community during the first CNO Availability period for the year, to train, and to make preparations for the Readiness Evaluation conducted at the end of the month.
To maintain proficiency and readiness, FORD crew used February to prepare for the Readiness Evaluation 3 held in the final week of the month and will continue through the majority of March. The evaluation includes an assessment of the administrative upkeep for each warfare area, validating equipment operability throughout the ship, a Command Readiness Assessment Visit (CRAV) that evaluates the administration of FORD’s other programs such as the Career Development Program, the Personnel Security and the Ombudsman Program, just to name a few.
The month of February also proved to be quite rewarding after FORD received the 2012 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Military Area Chair’s Award. The award was given to FORD in recognition of her outstanding dedication and contributions to the 2012 Combined Federal Campaign. Additionally, USS FORD congratulated her own BM3(SW) Travis A. Burke for being selected as the 2012 Gamewardens of Vietnam Leadership Excellence Award recipient. The Gamewardens of Vietnam is a group of Veterans who served as River Boat Sailors during their time in Vietnam. This group of men performed missions and other duties similar to what GM2 Patrick O. Ford, USS FORD’s namesake, did during the war. Every year, the group selects a FORD Sailor that that demonstrates exceptional leadership ability. BM3 Burke stands out as an outstanding member of FORD’s Deck Division through his work as the division’s Assistant Work Center Supervisor,
Divisional Fitness leader, and a member of FORD’s Search and Rescue Swimmer team.
Though FORD will continue her Readiness Evaluation through the month of March, her crew will continue to lead, train and qualify.
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