Shoup Receives Retention Excellence Award, Recognizes Career Counselor
Everett, Wash. - Navy Counselor 1st Class Amie McCollum, command career counselor for USS Shoup (DDG 86), paints the ship's anchor gold in recognition of Shoup's selection as a winner of the 2015 retention excellence award. McCollum was named the U.S. Pacific Fleet Career Counselor of the Year for 2015 in recognition of her outstanding career information efforts.
Shoup Receives Retention Excellence Award, Recognizes Career Counselor
EVERETT, Wash. –– Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet Admiral Scott H. Swift announced USS Shoup (DDG 86) as a recipient of the FY 2015 Retention Excellence Award (REA).

The Retention Excellence Award is given annually to Navy commands that have demonstrated sustained superior personnel retention. Shoup last received the prestigious award in 2013.

“I’m very excited for the crew and our families,” said Command Master Chief Rick Mengel. “Receiving the REA is a direct result of the support our families provide their Sailors and the commitment our Sailors have for the Navy.

The stringent requirements for this award include 100 percent on time submission for the Career Waypoints and Professional Apprentice Career Track programs, a minimum score of 85 on a command’s annual career information program review, and personnel attrition rate of 5 percent or less.

As a winner of the retention award, Shoup is authorized to paint her anchor gold and fly the REA pennant for one year until the FY16 winners are announced.

“Shoup is a phenomenal team of Shipmates supporting each other,” said Mengel. “Golden Anchors are going to look great on Shoup.”

Shoup’s success would be impossible without the diligent work of its command career counselor, Navy Counselor 1st Class (SW/EXW/AW) Amie McCollum, who was named Pacific Fleet Career Counselor of the Year for FY 2015.

McCollum said, being named Career Counselor of the Year for the entire Pacific Fleet is a huge milestone.

“[I’m] overwhelmed and humbled,” said McCollum. “This represents the pride and commitment Shoup has towards the growth and development of our Sailors and their careers.”

Navy counselors and command career counselors are key figures in the career development of Sailors. They offer career guidance and assist commands in organizing and implementing aggressive enlisted career information programs like Career Waypoints, reenlistments, permanent change of station orders, career development boards and serve as Transition Assistance Program managers, providing counseling on veteran benefits and relocation programs.

USS Shoup (DDG 86), homeported in Everett, Wash., is the 36th Arleigh Burke-class of Aegis guided-missile destroyers. Shoup is currently conducting Basic Phase Training in preparation for future deployments.
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