USS Little Rock ( CLG.-4 )
FLEET POST OFFICE
NEW YORK 09501
16 MAY 1974
From: Commanding Officer, USS Little Rock
Fire Control Technician (Guns) Second Class Dean Brien Zaharis, USN
Subj: Letter of Commendation
1. Petty Officer Zaharis, for your personal standards of excellence in
official, personal and civic activities, and as LITTLE ROCK's Sailor of
the Year you are hereby commended.
2. You have demonstrated leadership qualities and potential seldom
found in one so junior. Even before your promotion to Petty Officer
Second Class in May 1973, you had begun to fulfill the promise you had
shown at FT "A" School where you were evaluated as "one of the best
class leaders ever to pass through this school." Your leadership
qualities have come to fruition in a variety of activities on board
LITTLE ROCK and within the American community of Gaeta, Italy, homeport
of the Sixth Fleet Flagship .
3. Your technical expertise was instrumental in achieving the very high
state of readiness in LITTLE ROCK's gun battery. During this ship's RAV
at Boston Naval Shipyard, you and one other petty officer rewired the
entire Mark 13 Radar Console, a major undertaking normally accomplished
by a shipyard or other industrial activity. You willingly worked long
hours and displayed real professional competence in accomplishing this
4. You have proven particularly gifted in the area of community
affairs, especially where it involves working with young people. This
is of great importance to the crew, staff and dependents of the Fleet
Flagship homeported in a small Italian city with no U.S. Base support.
As Scoutmaster of the large and very active Boy Scout Troop in Gaeta,
you have established what is probably one of the most ambitious and
effective programs in scouting anywhere, personally leading almost
every aspect of the Troop' s development and activities. Parents of the
Scouts have been unstinting and unanimous in their praise of your
success in this area. Recently you were given the task of directing the
activities of the local Teen Club which has been very instrumental in
providing useful outlets for youthful energies. Here again, your
enthusiasm, maturity and rapport with youngsters has enabled you to
make a go of this important endeavor .
You have been an enthusiastic participant in the Command Development
Seminar and Intercultural Relations training in which you also serve as
a facilitator, both of which have aided you in your relations with your
shipmates and the Italian community.
5. In your short Naval career, you have already marked yourself as one
who embodies the LITTLE ROCK motto of "Pride in Achievement" and one to
be commended for a job very well done.