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USS Green Bay Junior Enlisted Association Helps Promote Leadership From Within 
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Stephen M. Votaw 
GULF OF ADEN – Junior enlisted Sailors aboard amphibious transport dock USS Green Bay (LPD 20) recently formed the ships first Junior Enlisted Association (JEA). The JEA was formed when junior enlisted Sailors saw the impact the First Class Petty Officers Association was having in the command and were interested in creating an organization that would have the same effect geared toward their pier group.  “The JEA provides opportunities for E-5 and below Sailors to succeed in a successful organization.” Said JEA President, Hospital Corpsman Second Class John Hammersla. “It allows junior Sailors who may not have leadership positions the opportunity to lead, by creating volunteer opportunities, conducting fundraisers and assisting in events for the command.”

The JEA was founded to give E-5 and below Sailors an organization where they could begin to exercise leadership, organization, and mentorship skills, and to become an influence in their own peer-group to benefit themselves and the command. “The JEA is important because it serves as a catalyst for training and maintaining standards, as well as building professionalism from within rather than just strictly top-down.” Said Command Master Chief, Lee Bethel.

The JEA is made up of Sailors from the E-1 to E-5 levels aboard Green Bay and is run by group elected members, with weekly meetings to discuss topics ranging from training to fundraisers in order to enhance the skills and well-being of its members. “The JEA is mission essential, as a positive foundation, where we can develop and grow through camaraderie among the junior ranks.” said Hammersla. “It gives us the ability to have a stronger voice in the command, and allows us to become more of a family and better understand our shipmates.”

The primary role of Green Bay is to transport Marines afloat and ashore to perform a wide range of missions, including humanitarian assistance operations, all supporting the Maritime Strategy.Green Bay is underway with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (BOXARG) led by Commander, Amphibious Squadron 1, Capt. J. Curtis Shaub. BOXARG is comprised of USS Boxer (LHD 4), USS Comstock (LSD 45) and Green Bay. Green Bay helps provide deterrence, promote peace and security, preserve freedom of the sea and humanitarian/disaster response within 5th Fleet's area of responsibility, as well as supporting the Navy's Maritime Strategy when forward deployed.

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