GREAT LAKES (NNS) -- Bob Feller served on the battleship USS Alabama (BB 60), and while doing so, the ship fought in both World War II theaters and earned eight battle stars. Feller was released from active duty after achieving the rank of Chief Petty Officer, and is the only Chief Petty Officer in the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame (MLBHOF).
"The Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions Great Lakes Chapter embodies the peer to peer vision of the Bob Feller Act of Valor award," said Capt. Mark Meskimen, commanding officer of TSC. "People are more likely to listen to a friend, than their boss is the underlying principle of the Charter. As the only two-time winner of the award, this outstanding group of Sailors help Sailors (their peers) to make good decisions by offering positive choices and the development of leaders through organizing local social networks, facilitating discussions, producing visual messages, promoting community involvement and hosting numerous recreational events. CSADD plays an active role in the command ensuring the morale of the students remain high, coupled with providing outstanding alternatives to destructive behavior. I cannot think of any finer or more deserving an organization for the prestigious 2017 Bob Feller Award."
According to the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Foundation website, the award was established in 2013 to recognize one active MLB player, one chief petty officer and one member of the MLBHOF who exhibit the same values, integrity and dedication to service that Feller himself displayed.
Recognition is now also given to a group of Sailors, 18-25 years old, who have worked together as a team to promote peer-to-peer mentorship and reduce Sailors' destructive decision making and behavior.
TSC's CSADD Sailors were awarded the peer-to-peer mentoring award which honors groups of junior Sailors that have excelled in encouraging other Sailors to embody the Navy's core values of honor, courage, and commitment, and have worked together to promote peer-to-peer mentorship and reduce destructive personal decision-making and behaviors.
"It was amazing when we found out we won the Bob Feller award," said Fire Controlman 3rd Class Petty Officer Christopher Boyd, president of CSADD. "This is the second year we received the award. It is nice being recognized for the work our team puts in throughout the year. Our goal is to hopefully make a difference with the command and in the surrounding community. I'm very proud to be a member of CSADD."
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