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2018 BOB FELLER ACT OF VALOR AWARDS

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RMKS/1.  This NAVADMIN solicits nominations for the sixth annual Bob Feller 
Act of Valor Award nominations for a Chief Petty Officer (CPO) and for the 
Junior Sailor Peer-to-Peer Mentorship Chapter of the year for both afloat and 
ashore commands.

2.  Background.  The Bob Feller Act of Valor Foundation established this 
prestigious award in 2013, named in honor of Major League Baseball (MLB) 
pitcher, National Baseball Hall of Fame (NBHOF) inductee, and Navy veteran 
Bob Feller.  Mr. Feller enlisted in the Navy shortly after the attack on 
Pearl Harbor while he was with the Cleveland Indians.  He served onboard USS 
Alabama (BB 60) as a Gun Captain, and during his time onboard, the ship 
fought in both World War II theaters, earning eight battle stars.  Mr. Feller 
was released from active-duty with the rank of CPO.

3.  Award.  This unique award is intended to recognize a representative from 
three critical areas of Mr. Feller's life:  his MLB career, his service in 
the Navy as a CPO, and his enshrinement in the NBHOF.  Accordingly, the award 
will be presented to one active MLB player, one CPO and one member of the 
NBHOF.  The Bob Feller Act of Valor Foundation will also recognize a group of 
Sailors, 18-25 years old, who have most effectively worked together as a team 
(in either their personal or professional capacity) to promote peer-to-peer 
mentorship and a reduction in Sailor destructive personal decision making and 
behavior in both afloat and ashore categories.  The awards will be presented 
at the Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. on 15 November 2018.

4.  Eligibility and selection criteria.  Nominees for the CPO award must be a 
CPO (E7), active or reserve, and must be outstanding military professionals 
and leaders in their communities.  The following selection criteria for Navy 
nominees have been prescribed by the Bob Feller Act of Valor Foundation and 
are based upon the principles by which Mr. Feller lived his life.  Nominees 
must:
    a.  Be outstanding leaders in the performance of all professional 
responsibilities.  Serve as an example to peers and subordinates as 
inspirational leaders.  Only those with three years of consistent outstanding 
documented performance (include three years of evaluations in the nomination 
package) as a CPO should be considered.  Nominees must display good character 
and humility in their achievements.
    b.  Demonstrate community leadership through volunteer service, holding 
leadership positions within the organizations they serve.  Display a genuine 
desire to be better today than they were yesterday, and better tomorrow than 
they are today.  Provide an outstanding example of character and dedication 
to service for all to emulate.
    c.  Put the needs of others before the needs or wants of themselves.  
This may be documented through evaluations and awards.  Both should show they 
led in the Navy or in their community to benefit the professional and 
personal development of others.  Accomplishments or achievements must be 
above and beyond the scope of their primary responsibilities.
    d.  Show unyielding support of the United States of America and fellow 
service men and women by having participated in patriotic events that 
celebrate all who serve our great nation.  These events should be documented 
individually in the nomination to show the depth of participation in various 
events over the past three years.
    e.  Above all else, prove to be beyond reproach in the manner in which 
they conduct themselves, treat others, and live by the Navy core values of 
Honor, Courage, and Commitment.

5.  Nominations for the peer-to-peer mentorship award can be any group of 
Sailors 18-25 years old, who have worked effectively as a team to enhance 
their command's mission and community's success in a manner consistent with 
the high ideals and personal example of Bob Feller.  Nominated teams of 
Sailors must consist of junior Sailors who have worked together to promote 
peer-to-peer mentorship and a reduction in Sailor destructive personal 
decision making and behavior.  Nominations must reflect accomplishments 
achieved during the 2018 Fiscal Year.  Nomination packages must:
    a.  Display how the leadership of nominated junior Sailors has provided 
an example that others desire to emulate and develops a desire for other 
Sailors to participate in peer-to-peer mentoring.  Provide the total number 
of 18-25 year old Sailors onboard, the total number of Sailors involved in 
the peer-to-peer mentoring program, along with the names, rates, and ranks of 
the Sailors being recognized.  Provide the name of the group or team of 
Sailors (e.g., unit Junior Petty Officer Association, unit chapter of 
Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions, unit chapter of Sailors 
Against Sexual Harassment and/or Assault, or other similar groups) through 
which the nominated Sailors worked and describe the group's 
composition/function/mission.  This NAVADMIN should not be interpreted to 
imply or extend a Department of Defense endorsement to any non-federal 
entity.
    b.  Demonstrate community leadership through volunteer service, display a 
genuine desire to be better today than they were yesterday, and better 
tomorrow than they are today.  Provide an outstanding example of character 
and dedication to service for all to emulate.  Submit letters of appreciation 
and provide documented proof of community service hours in the Sailor's 
nomination package.
    c.  Put the needs of others before the needs or wants of themselves.  
This may be substantiated through awards or evaluations that show they 
performed actions above and beyond their primary scope of responsibilities in 
the Navy or in their community to benefit the professional and personal 
development of others.  Provide examples of special programs that were 
promoted with a description of the event and the level of participation and 
impact that enabled the greater success of others.
    d.  Show unyielding support of the United States of America and fellow 
service men and women by having participated in patriotic events that 
celebrate all who serve our great nation.  These events should be documented 
individually in the nomination to show the depth of participation in various 
events over the past three years.
    e.  Above all else, prove to be beyond reproach in the manner in which 
they conduct themselves, treat others, and live the Navy core values of 
Honor, Courage, and Commitment.

6.  Travel and lodging.  Travel to and from as well as lodging at the award 
site will be the responsibility of the award winner's command.  For group 
recognition awards, consideration should be given to remote participation 
and/or acceptance by a representative on behalf of the award winning group in 
order to minimize travel costs.

7.  Nominations.  Fleet, Force Master Chiefs and Echelon 2 Command Master 
Chiefs may each nominate one CPO and up to two (one ashore and one afloat) 
Junior Sailor peer-to-peer mentoring group from their area of responsibility.  
Nominations must be submitted on official letterhead and specify confidence 
in the nominee's professionalism as a representative of the Navy, and 
validity of the nominee's embodiment of the award criteria specified in 
paragraphs 4 and 5.

8.  Nomination packages.  Nomination packages must contain four
elements:
    a.  Commanding officer (CO) endorsement.  Each nominee's CO must endorse 
the nomination and express a commitment to facilitate the nominee's 
attendance at the award ceremony, if selected.
    b.  Narrative description.  Substantiate the nominee's or group's 
embodiment of the award criteria specified above.  This may include 
quantitative and qualitative data.  Anecdotal evidence, such as newspaper 
articles, letters of commendation and appreciation, and other recognition may 
be included.
    c.  Nominee biography and photo or photo of the group's participants.  
The picture should include a group picture of as many participating members 
as possible.  If chosen as the award recipient, the nominee's biography along 
with a high-resolution photo will be used in printed and online material to 
publicize and document the award ceremony.  The biography should include 
hometown information as well as professional highlights and qualifications.  
The biography and photo should be similar to those commonly associated with 
Navy leader biographies and official portrait photos.
    d.  Evaluations.  CPO nomination packages should include the nominee's 
evaluations from the past three years.

9.  Submission procedures.  Nominations must be received by 1 June 2018.  
Nominations may be submitted electronically (preferred) to the point of 
contact or hard copy to the following address:

    Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
    Attn:  Bob Feller Act of Valor Award
    2000 Navy Pentagon (4E392)
    Washington, D.C. 20350-2000

10.  Selection process.  The Office of the Master Chief Petty Officer of the 
Navy will consolidate all nominations, organize a ranking board and provide a 
summary to the Bob Feller Act of Valor Foundation.  The Bob Feller Act of 
Valor Foundation will make the final selection of the winner.  The winner 
will be notified via their nominating Master Chief.  The Office of the Master 
Chief Petty Officer of the Navy will notify those not selected.

11.  Point of contact is YNC(SS/SW) Eric A. Trujillo at (703) 695-0932 or via 
e-mail at eric.trujillo(AT)navy.mil.

12.  For more information about the Bob Feller Act of Valor Foundation visit 
www.actofvaloraward.org.

13.  Released by Vice Admiral K. M. Donegan, Director, Navy Staff.//

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