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Navy captain retires as unit he commanded earns special recognition

Naval History and Heritage Command receives Meritorious Unit Commendation for improving its handling of historic materials.

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Navy Capt. Henry Hendrix, the commander of the Naval History and Heritage Command, had his retirement ceremony on Friday, June 27, 2014, ending 26 years in the service.

When Hendrix arrived at the NHHC in 2012, the command was the subject of a report from the Navy Inspector General that criticized the command's handling of archival materials.

Two years later, NHHC was awarded a Meritorious Unit Commendation, which recognized its efforts in improving the way it curates and archives historic materials.

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Listen to Capt. Henry Hendrix discuss the significance of NHHC's Meritorious Unit Commendation.

 

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Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work was the guest speaker at Capt. Henry Hendrix's retirement ceremony on Friday, June 27, 2014. He recommended Hendrix for the job of commander of the Naval History and Heritage Command in 2012.

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Listen to audio of Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work discuss some of Capt. Henry Hendrix's achievements.

 

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The Naval History and Heritage Command received the Meritorious Unit Commendation, which recognized its efforts in improving the way it curates and archives historic materials.

Among NHHC's achievements were reducing 11,000 cubic feet of unprocessed material by 85 percent and renovating the operational archives so that they are at the proper temperature and humidity.

The banner was presented during Capt. Henry Hendrix's retirement ceremony.

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Listen to Master of Ceremony Courtney Williams read a citation for NHHC from Adm. Jonathan Greenert, chief of naval operations.

 

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Capt. Henry Hendrix, right, the commander of the Naval History and Heritage Command, had his retirement ceremony on Friday, June 27, 2014. Here, Vice Adm. Scott Swift congratulates Hendrix.

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Listen to Capt. Henry Hendrix talk about some of the achievements of NHHC.

 

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Capt. Henry Hendrix, the commander of the Naval History and Heritage Command, had his retirement ceremony on Friday, June 27, 2014. Here, he thanks both his family and his "Navy family" for supporting him.

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Listen to Capt. Henry Hendrix talk about his plans after retiring from the Navy.

 

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Rear Adm. Scott Swift introduces Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work, the guest speaker at Capt. Henry Hendrix's retirement ceremony on Friday, June 27, 2014.

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Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work, the guest speaker at Capt. Henry Hendrix's retirement ceremony on Friday, June 27, 2014.

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During Capt. Henry Hendrix's retirement ceremony, his family receives recognition for their sacrifice in sharing him with the Navy. From left are Hendrix's daughters Amanda and Michaela and his wife Penny Hendrix.

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Capt. Henry Hendrix, center, receives a shadowbox of medals and mementos during his June 27, 2014, retirement ceremony.

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During her son's retirement ceremony, Capt. Henry Hendrix's mother Carol Cannon, second from right, receives a flag that flew over the USS Constitution. Other family members include, Capt. Hendrix's sister Jeannette Hendrix Rinard, right, and, from left, his wife Penny Hendrix and daughters Amanda and Michaela.

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Capt. Henry Hendrix and his wife Penny Hendrix are piped ashore at the end of the June 27, 2014, retirement ceremony.

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Listen to audio of newly retired Capt. Henry Hendrix and his family being piped ashore.

 

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The U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard parades the colors during the June 27, 2014, retirement ceremony for Capt. Henry Hendrix at the Washington Navy Yard.

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This model of of the USS Constitution, known as the "Black Constitution," is on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Navy in Washington, D.C.

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Petty Officer 1st Class Aisha McDuffie plays the national anthem at the start of Capt. Henry Hendrix's June 27, 2014, retirement ceremony.

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A Navy flag from the Battle of Normandy is on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Navy in Washington, D.C.

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Capt. Henry "Jerry" Hendrix stands next to the bridge of the USS Brooklyn, which is on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Navy in Washington, D.C.

The USS Brooklyn was Rear Adm. David G. Farragut's ship during the Battle of Mobile Bay. It's where he famously shouted "Damn the torpedoes!" Hendrix received his captaincy on the bridge at the museum.

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This half-model of a 1750 British ship of the line is on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Navy in Washington, D.C.

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For his June 27, 2014, retirement ceremony, Capt. Henry "Jerry" Hendrix, commander of the Naval History and Heritage Command, received letters of commendation from five Presidents: Barack Obama, George W. Bush, William Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter.

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A closeup of the letter of commendation Capt. Henry "Jerry" Hendrix, commander of the Naval History and Heritage Command, received from former President Jimmy Carter. Hendrix received letters from four other Presidents: Barack Obama, George W. Bush, William Clinton and George H.W. Bush.

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