Fire Controlmen: Defending the Ship
SASEBO, JAPAN – If a U.S. Navy ship could be compared to a football team, the Fire Controlman (FC) would be a defensive tackle; intercepting the opposing team’s offense and preventing a score is the main priority of an FC.
Being an FC aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) is no different. Manning weapons radar in order to defend from aircraft strikes makes them an invaluable component of the ship. Together they function as a powerhouse to defend the Bonhomme Richard.
Fire Controlman 3rd Class Eric Thurman, a Combat Systems Fire Control (CFS) division Sailor, was recognized by Capt. Joey Tynch as Sailor of the Week. Capt. Tynch talked about the importance of the FC rating and recognized Thurman for his contributions to the division’s success.
“It is such an honor to be selected as Sailor of the Week,” said Thurman. “I honestly didn’t expect to be recognized and it feels great to know that my peers and leadership notice my effort.”
Thurman was chosen from amongst several Sailors in his division and was presented with a certificate from Capt. Tynch. Capt. Tynch also presented a letter to Thurman’s wife acknowledging and commending his hard work along with Capt. Tynch’s personal command coin.
“It just shows that hard work and effort can be rewarded,” said Thurman. “Staying focused and maintaining drive is important, no matter if you get recognition or not.”
Thurman’s divisional and departmental leadership were also present during the ceremony.
“Thurman has come a long way with the steep learning curve that was presented to him,” said Chief Fire Controlman John Andrews, CF division’s leading chief petty officer. “He was recognized today as Sailor of the Week and I couldn’t be more proud of him.”