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SUBJ/2023 BOB FELLER ACT OF VALOR AWARDS//
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RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN solicits nominations for the eleventh 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 16 November
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 2023 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. 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. 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
(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
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 15 June
2023. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
b. COMPACFLT: YNC Ryan Bagtas, email@example.com
c. CNE-CNA: NCC John Davis, firstname.lastname@example.org
d. CNP: YNC Jose Diaz, email@example.com
e. OPNAV: MCC Elisandro Diaz, firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Mr. Andrew S. Haeuptle, Director, Navy Staff.//