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USS Ingraham Honors Visitors

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Story Number: NNS080304-14
Release Date: 3/4/2008 11:40:00 AM

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jonathan Kulp, Tarawa Expeditionary Strike Group Public Affairs

USS INGRAHAM, At Sea (NNS) -- Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 43, Det. 7, the "Battle Cats", bid farewell to their commanding officer, Cmdr. Matthew Coughlin, Feb. 19, as he departed USS Ingraham (FFG 61) concluding a five-day visit.

HSL-43, Det. 7 is deployed with Ingraham and is conducting Interaction Patrols (IPATS) with coalition forces in the North Persian Gulf to ensure safe commercial shipping and fishing in Iraqi territorial waters.

"These guys have been great champions of the material condition of their aircraft," said Coughlin. "They operate like a well-oiled machine and get the job done efficiently and safely. This is something I don't get to do every day; it is hugely gratifying to see the great job that these folks are doing day-in and day-out."

During the visit, HSL-43 Command Master Chief (AW/SW) Samuel Riebel and Chief Aviation Electronics Technician (AW) Jeremiah Carrillo, Det. 7's leading chief petty officer, conducted 18 career development boards.

"With the CMC on board, we took the time wisely and focused on the needs of the Sailors. We took each Sailor and gave them that personalized special attention they needed. We invested numerous hours in mentoring, career planning, setting goals, and tailoring progression plans for each Sailor to achieve his goals," said Carillo. "Many of the Sailors changed their intentions and are now looking at reenlisting and carrying on their career with the Navy."

With only a few hours prior to his departure from Ingraham, Coughlin took time to recognize a member of the "Battle Cat" team, awarding him a "spot" Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

"I had no idea I was getting it," said recipient, Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Thomas Daly. "It was an honor being able to get it from him [Coughlin], especially seeing that we are deployed."

Daly received the award in recognition for long hours spent fixing a helicopter rotor head accumulator.

"It really was a team effort," added Daly. "I wish there was one award for everyone who worked on it."

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