“Crewmen of the USS Yorktown pick their way along the sloping flight deck of the aircraft carrier as the ship listed heavily, heading for damaged sections to see if they can patch up the crippled ship, in June of 1942.”
Staff Sgt. Nicholas Smith, an F-16 Fighting Falcon crew chief assigned to the 158th Fighter Wing, Burlington Air National Guard Base, Vt., performs pre-flight checks before a training mission during Red Flag 15-1 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.
Sailors wait to observe flight operation from the superstructure of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson. Do you see the letters on the side of the ship? The letters painted on the ship’s bridge wings are known as Command Excellence Awards. These awards mean that the ship that bears them has proven to be superior in a certain field of operations. The larger, white “E” is known as the Battle E and is an award for the best ship handling, weapons employment, tactics and ability to fulfill mission objectives (command and control).