PHIBRON Deputy visits Harpers Ferry 
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Mark El-Rayes, USS Harpers Ferry Public Affairs 
ARABIAN SEA – Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) leadership visited the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49), Dec. 2, to tour the ship and gain insight from Sailors.

Capt. Keith Moore, deputy commander, Amphibious Squadron One (PHIBRON 1) exchanged a typical ship tour for a comprehensive walkthrough aimed at finding out more about the Harpers Ferry Sailors. He asked them questions about morale, day-to-day operations and what his team could do to help them more effectively carry out their missions.          

“On a scale of one to 10, I would give this ship a 12.5,” said Moore. “I walked around and all the Sailors seemed happy.  Everyone was motivated. That means leadership is doing their part.”

Moore brought a team of leading chiefs and petty officers with him who also talked with Sailors and toured the spaces.

PHIBRON 1 Senior Enlisted Leader Master Chief Machinist’s Mate Shane Lazio said that after touring the engineering plant he could see many improvements.

“It’s a beautiful space down there,” said Lazio. “You can really tell the Sailors are motivated and take pride in what they do.”

Sailors got a chance to interact with Moore and his team and answered questions about improving the ship and building morale.

“It was a really cool thing that he just stepped into our lounge and looked around and asked what improvements would make it better,” said Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Joycelyn Bullard. “I really felt honored to give my feedback.”

Moore and his staff shadowed berthing inspections, engineering spot checks, and flight deck operations.

“I’m very proud of the Harpers Ferry Sailors,” added Lazio. “These guys are really rocking and rolling.”


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