Dear Families and Friends of TRUMAN,
Team TRUMAN and our partners from Carrier Air Wing 3 have completed our final mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom! Your Sailors and Marines helped to launch and recover more than 2,900 sorties over the past seven months, a tremendous accomplishment that would not have been possible without the amazing teamwork we have on board. The ship and air wing’s knack for operating seamlessly with one another is a testament to the focus, commitment and resolve of your Sailors and Marines, which ultimately enabled us to support the coalition troops on the ground in Afghanistan. I could not be more proud of such a talented and amazing crew!
We completed our final port visit to Bahrain at the beginning of this month. As much as your Sailors and Marines enjoyed spending time catching up with some well-deserved rest and relaxation, they still found ways to serve others while in port. Many volunteered on community relations projects. One such volunteer project involved cleaning up the facilities at the Bahrain Mobility International center, a non-profit center that provides support to physically disabled individuals. Other volunteers listened to and offered words of encouragement and support to residents at the Philippine Embassy Women’s Shelter, which provides a safe haven for female workers who face harsh and unreasonable work environments. The crew of this ship is an inspiration to others in many ways. Their selflessness and willingness to sacrifice for the benefit of others is truly inspiring.
Also this month, we began our second Physical Fitness Assessment of this deployment! Your Sailors can always be seen lifting weights in our multiple gyms, strengthening cardio on our various machines, and participating in the diverse work-out classes we have on board. Their commitment to physical fitness enabled us to remain physically ready throughout deployment, which in turn is ensuring our overall mission readiness.
At our latest all hands call, we were proud to recognize more qualified warriors as their mentors pinned Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist and Enlisted Warfare Aviation Warfare Specialist devices on their uniforms. It was a wonderful sight to see all those shiny new warfare devices. Those pins are a very visible representation of our warrior ethos and identity. We still have plenty of time left for more Sailors to earn their pins before homecoming, and I know they’re studying hard and receiving support from their shipmates to earn this very important career designation. Also, I was thrilled to announce that Machinist’s Mate 1st Class Jesse Caldwell was recognized as the Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic’s Engineer of the Year. In addition, we later learned that MM1 Caldwell and three other Sailors, Chief Machinist’s Mate Chad Mullins, Chief Culinary Specialist Latonya Felton and Senior Chief Aviation Ordnanceman Ronald Lee, were selected to become officers, with the former three selected for commission through the limited duty officer program and the latter selected for chief warrant officer. Also, Master Chief Fire Controlman Christopher Haas was selected to become a command master chief.
Lastly, E-7 advancement exam results were released recently – 166 1st Class Petty Officers were eligible for the Chief selection board and 19 were eligible for the LDO selection board. We wish them the best of luck and are confident their hard work will continue to pay dividends not only for themselves, but especially for their shipmates.
Your Sailors and Marines stand firm in their beliefs and proud in their nation as they support and defend the Constitution of the United States each and every day. Thank you for your endless encouragement. Even now as we start to see the end of our deployment come into view, your prayers are keeping us just as strong and motivated as we were when we left last July – thank you for all you do. We are forever grateful for your love and support.
CAPT S. Robert Roth, USN
USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75)