2021 BOB FELLER ACT OF VALOR AWARDS:
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RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN solicits nominations for the ninth 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 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 having earned the rank of Chief Petty
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 18 November 2021, COVID-19 restrictions
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
a. Be outstanding leaders in the performance of all professional
responsibilities and 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
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 2021 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., 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, and
b. Community leadership through volunteer service and a genuine desire
to be better today than they were yesterday, and better tomorrow than they
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, 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 groups 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
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 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 July 2021.
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(EXW) Jayna P. Sampson at (703) 614-4854 or via
e-mail at email@example.com.
12. For more information about the Bob Feller Act of Valor Foundation visit
www.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 Mr. Andrew S. Haeuptle, Director, Navy Staff.//