U.S. Navy Cap. Annie B. Andrews of Hinesville recently had a change of command ceremony and received the Legion of Merit Award for meritorious conduct in the performance service as the commanding of Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill., the US Navy’s only boot camp.
Andrews led and guided the Navy’s largest shore training command which turned more than 120,000 civilians into basically trained sailors ready for service.
Andrews oversaw Recruit Training Command’s transformation during the final phase of a 12-year, $800 million project to develop a state of the art campus. Andrews efforts included the commissioning of the USS James Trayer, a $82.5 million, 5/6 scale Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer simulator, marking a milestone in recruit training by incorporating an immersive and tactical learning environment.
During the ceremony and presentation, the captain’s family, Electa Andrews, mother, Deborah and Lorenzo Dawson, sister and brother-in-law, and nephew DeAngelo Dawson were recognized for their support of her.
Andrews new assignment will be as the executive assistant and naval aide to the assistant secretary of the Navy for manpower and Reserves affairs, at the Pentagon in Washington.