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

2.  Background.  The Bob Feller Act of Valor Foundation established a 
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 played for Cleveland, where he served onboard USS 
Alabama (BB 60) as a Gun Captain.  During his time onboard the ship he fought 
in both World War II theaters, earning eight battle stars.  Mr. Feller was 
released from active-duty having earned the rank of Chief Petty Officer 
(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 a personal or professional capacity) to promote peer-to-peer 
mentorship and a reduction in Sailor destructive decision making and behavior 
in both afloat and ashore categories.  The awards will be presented at the 
Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. on 20 November 2024.

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 and serve as an example to peers and subordinates as 
inspirational leaders.  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 Junior Sailor Peer-to-Peer Mentorship Chapter Awards 
(afloat and ashore) 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 decision making and behavior.  Nominations 
must reflect accomplishments achieved during the 2024 Fiscal Year. Nomination 
packages must reflect:
    a.  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., USS SHIP Junior Petty Officer Association) through which the nominated 
Sailors worked and describe the group's composition, function, and mission.
    b.  Community leadership through volunteer service and a genuine desire 
to be better today than they were yesterday, and better tomorrow than they 
are today. Outstanding examples of character and dedication to service for 
all to emulate may be documented in submitted letters of appreciation and 
documented proof of community service hours in the nomination package.
    c.  That the group put the needs of others before the needs or wants of 
themselves.  This may be substantiated through awards or evaluations that 
show actions were performed that are 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.  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.
    e.  That the group is, above all else, 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 Master Chiefs from Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces 
Command (USFFC), Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet Command (COMPACFLT), 
Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-U.S. Naval Forces Africa (CNE-CNA), Chief 
of Naval Personnel (CNP), and the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) Command 
Master Chief (for direct-report Echelon 2 commands) will each nominate one 
CPO and up to two (one ashore and one afloat) Junior Sailor peer-to-peer 
mentoring groups from their area of responsibility.

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.  
Group pictures should include 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 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 14 June 2024. 
Nominations will be submitted electronically to the applicable point of 
contact.

10.  Selection process.  The Office of the Master Chief Petty Officer of the 
Navy will consolidate nominations and provide the recommended winners to the 
Bob Feller Act of Valor Foundation.  Notifications of selection, or non-
selection, will be provided by the Office of the Master Chief Petty Officer 
of the Navy.

11.  Points of contact are:
     a.  USFFC: MCCS Peter Lawlor, peter.d.lawlor.mil(AT)us.navy.mil
     b.  COMPACFLT: YNC Josh Hill, joshua.i.hill4.mil(AT)us.navy.mil
     c.  CNE-CNA: NCC John Davis, john.l.davis9.mil(AT)us.navy.mil
     d.  CNP: YNCS April Slaughter, april.v.slaughter.mil(AT)us.navy.mil
     e.  OPNAV: MCC Anna VanNuys, anna.e.vannuys.mil(AT)us.navy.mil

12.  For more information about the Bob Feller Act of Valor Foundation please 
visit their website (actofvaloraward.org).  This NAVADMIN should not be 
interpreted to imply or extend a Department of Defense endorsement to any 
non-federal entity.

13.  Released by VADM E. H. Black III, Performing the Duties of Director, 
Navy Staff.//

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