2010-03-11 / Religion & Family

Schmidt aboard award-winning navy carrier

U.S. Navy Seaman Brett A. Schmidt, son of Joanna L. Van Eck of Pataskala, OH, and Rick A. Schmidt of Roscommon, is assigned to Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), which recently received the Battle Efficiency Ribbon or Battle “E” award, given to the most battle-ready carrier in the Pacific fleet.

Since 2006, the Reagan’s first year of eligibility for the Battle “E,” the ship has won three of the past four years: 2006, 2008 and 2009.

To win a Battle “E, “ an aircraft carrier must win a number of different departmental awards, and sailors are evaluated on their performance. In addition, the Reagan recently earned the coveted golden anchor for fiscal year 2009 after surpassing the reenlistment benchmark to win the Retention Excellence award, which is presented annually to ships, squadron, shore and staff commands that have won two or more quarterly honor rolls during the fiscal year.

The golden anchors are a visual symbol and trophy acknowledging the exceptionally high reenlistment rate aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier.

The Reagan is undergoing a planned incremental maintenance period and is moored in its home port of San Diego.

Schmidt joined the navy in March, 2008.

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