USS Peleliu (LHA 5)
Decommissioned March 31, 2015
ESG 3 Commander Visits USS Peleliu
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Derek Stroop, USS Peleliu Public Affairs
USS PELELIU, At sea - Rear Adm. Gerard Hueber, commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 3, flew aboard amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) to visit with Sailors and Marines during composite unit training exercise (COMPUTEX).

COMPTUEX is a pre-deployment certification that evaluates an amphibious ready group's ability to conduct military operations at sea and support expeditionary operations ashore.

Hueber is responsible for all amphibious forces in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of operations, which includes the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group and 11 amphibious ships, homeported in San Diego.

Hueber met with a group of midshipmen assigned to the Peleliu for their summer professional training. He emphasized the importance of leadership and what can be expected of them as future officers.

"It was my first time meeting a rear admiral," said Midshipman 3rd Class Sam Ector, United States Naval Academy and a Chattanooga, Tenn. native. "It was a pretty cool experience and I learned a lot from the meeting."

"The best advice he told us was that even though we may not get the orders we want, we should still make the best of it," said Midshipman 1st Class Alex Schacht, an Oregon State University student and a Kirkland, Wash. native. "He said to 'always give it everything you have.'"

He also met with members of the ship's Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD) organization during his two-day visit.

"Rear Admiral Hueber was very easy to talk to," said Aviation Maintenance Administrationman 3rd Class (AW) Camille Voorhees, secretary for Peleliu's CSADD chapter.

According to Voorhees, they discussed the significance of CSADD's mission and how they sponsor family events. In addition, the group discussed volunteer and community service opportunities, alternatives to alcohol through activities and DUI awareness.

Peleliu is the flagship of the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group that includes amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu, amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47), amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) and elements of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
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