BRAVO ZULU

Date Signed: 7/23/2012
ALMARS Active Number: 030/12

R 232024Z JUL 12
UNCLASSIFIED//
ALMAR 030/12
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC DMCS//
SUBJ/BRAVO ZULU//
REF/A/MSGID:MSG/COMNAVSAFECEN NORFOLK VA/091401ZAPR2012//
REF/B/MSGID:MSG/COMNAVSAFECEN NORFOLK VA/091329ZAPR2012//
NARR/REF A ANNOUNCED THE 2011 CNO AVIATION SAFETY AWARD WINNERS. REF B ANNOUNCED THE 2011 ADMIRAL FLATLEY MEMORIAL AWARD WINNERS.//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1.  I TAKE GREAT PLEASURE IN CONGRATULATING THE WINNERS OF THE CALENDAR YEAR 2011 CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS (CNO) AVIATION SAFETY AWARDS.  THIS AWARD SYMBOLIZES OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE AND AN EXCEPTIONAL DEDICATION TO AVIATION SAFETY. THROUGH PROACTIVE RISK MANAGEMENT, EFFECTIVE SAFETY POLICIES, ENGAGED LEADERSHIP AND A COMMITMENT TO IMPROVING THE AVIATION SAFETY PROGRAM, THESE UNITS HAVE ACHIEVED SUPERIOR RESULTS IN THE PRESERVATION OF ASSETS AND LIVES.  PARTICULARLY NOTEWORTHY ARE UNITS THAT ARE CONSECUTIVE WINNERS OF THIS AWARD.
2.  FOR CALENDAR YEAR 2011, THE CNO AVIATION SAFETY AWARD WAS PRESENTED TO:
A.  MARINE FORCES COMMAND
VMA-223 (SECOND CONSECUTIVE AWARD)
VMAQ-1 (FIFTH CONSECUTIVE AWARD)
VMAQ-4
VMFA-115
VMFA-122
VMM-263
VMM-266
HMHT-302 (SECOND CONSECUTIVE AWARD)
HMH-366
B.  MARINE FORCES PACIFIC
VMA-214
VMFA(AW)-225
HMLA-169
HMLA-267
HMM-262 (SECOND CONSECUTIVE AWARD)
HMM-265 (THIRD CONSECUTIVE AWARD)
HMH-463 (THIRD CONSECUTIVE AWARD)
HMH-465
HMH-466 (THIRD CONSECUTIVE AWARD)
VMGR-152
VMGR-352
C.  MARINE CORPS INSTALLATIONS EAST
VMR-1
D.  MARINE CORPS INSTALLATIONS PACIFIC
MCAS KANEOHE BAY HI
E.  MARINE FORCES RESERVE
HMLA-773 (FIFTH CONSECUTIVE AWARD)
HMH-772 (THIRD CONSECUTIVE AWARD)
VMGR-452 (EIGHTH CONSECUTIVE AWARD)
VMR DETACHMENT ANDREWS (FOURTH CONSECUTIVE AWARD)
VMR DETACHMENT BELLE CHASSE (SECOND CONSECUTIVE AWARD)
3.  IN ADDITION, I ALSO CONGRATULATE THE USS KEARSARGE AND THE 26TH MARINE EXPEDITIONARY UNIT (SPECIAL OPERATION CAPABLE) AS RECIPIENTS OF THE ADMIRAL FLATLEY MEMORIAL AWARD.  THIS AWARD IS GIVEN ANNUALLY TO THE LHA/LHD WITH AN EMBARKED MARINE AIR-GROUND TASK FORCE WHOSE SAFETY RECORD SURPASSES ALL OTHERS, AND RECOGNIZES AN OUTSTANDING NAVY-MARINE CORPS TEAM EFFORT THAT SET THE HIGHEST STANDARD OF OPERATIONAL READINESS THROUGH SAFETY.
4.  THE MARINE CORPS HAS BEEN UNWAVERING IN ITS COMMITMENT TO MAINTAINING A CONSTANT POSTURE OF READINESS.  WITH OPERATIONS PERPETUALLY ONGOING ACROSS THE GLOBE AND DURING THIS TIME OF TRANSITION IN OUR FORCE, NEVER HAS IT BEEN MORE IMPORTANT TO REMAIN VIGILANT IN UPHOLDING THE UNCOMPROMISING DEDICATION TO SAFE OPERATIONS THAT PRESERVES OUR AVIATION ASSETS, ALLOWING THEM TO CONTINUE AS FORCE MULTIPLIERS FROM SHIP OR SHORE.  EXCEPTIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS IN AVIATION SAFETY ARE A DIRECT RESULT OF SUPERB LEADERSHIP AND IMPROVED SAFETY PROCESSES EXECUTED AT ALL LEVELS.  EACH AND EVERY MARINE, SAILOR, AND CIVILIAN THAT SUPPORTS MARINE AVIATION IS VITALLY IMPORTANT TO ACHIEVING THE GOALS OF ELIMINATING MISHAPS AND ENSURING WE REINFORCE OUR POSTURE AS AMERICA'S EXPEDITIONARY FORCE IN READINESS. 
5.  CONGRATULATIONS ON A JOB WELL DONE.  SEMPER FIDELIS.  JAMES F. AMOS, GENERAL, U.S. MARINE CORPS, COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS.//