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Nominations sought for Bob Feller Act of Valor Award

Story Number: NNS130529-07 Release Date: 5/29/2013 12:56:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jesse L. Dick, Navy Office of Community Outreach

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) — Nominations are currently being sought from the Navy’s Chief Petty Officer community for the Inaugural Bob Feller Act of Valor award.

Established by the Bob Feller Act of Valor Foundation, the prestigious award is named in honor of Major League Baseball pitcher, National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee, and Navy veteran Bob Feller.

This unique award is intended to recognize a representative from three critical areas of Mr. Feller’s life: his baseball career, his service as a Navy Chief Petty Officer, and his enshrinement in the Hall of Fame. As such, the award will be presented to one Major League Baseball player, one Navy Chief Petty Officer, and one member of the Hall of Fame on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2013, at the Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C.

“It is important to recognize Bob Feller’s unselfish devotion to our nation and Navy,” said Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike Stevens. “He made the personal choice to give up money and fame for the service of others and placed himself in harm’s way with his shipmates during a time of war. The Chief Petty Officer selected for the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award will embody these same traits.”

In recognition of Mr. Feller’s significant accomplishment in attaining the rank of Chief Petty Officer, nominees must be a Chief Petty Officer (E-7 only), active or reserve, must be outstanding military professionals, and must embody the Navy’s core values of honor, courage, and commitment.

Mr. Feller enlisted in the Navy shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor while he was with the Cleveland Indians, becoming the first American professional athlete to enlist. He served on the battleship USS ALABAMA (BB-60), and while doing so, the ship fought in both World War II theaters and earned eight battle stars. Mr. Feller was released from active duty achieving the rank of Chief Petty Officer, and is the only Chief Petty Officer in the Hall of Fame.

Nominations must be submitted to the Navy Office of Community Outreach by June 17. For more information on eligibility requirements and the selection process, see NAVADMIN 138/13.

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