NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) religious ministries department received top recognition this fall in the 2006 Navy Community Service of the Year Awards, Mid-Atlantic region, for their outstanding efforts conducted from July 1, 2005, through June 30, 2006.
Vinson's chaplain team beat out all 16 other large sea commands in the region for top honors in environmental stewardship, project "Good Neighbor," health and safety, and fitness with an honorable mention in personal excellence partnerships.
"We've performed 184 separate projects and have logged more than 16,000 volunteer man-hours," said Vinson's Chaplain, Cmdr. Donald Cramblit. "We have an excellent reputation throughout the entire fleet, and that is very significant for Carl Vinson. We are doing the best anyone has done to help our community and inspire our Sailors. The community knows it can depend on the crew of Carl Vinson."
Although command officials are proud of their efforts, the awards better symbolize Vinson's efforts to allow the crew opportunities to connect with their community.
"I've participated in several dozen community projects since arriving to the Tidewater Area last year," said Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class (AW/SW) Matthew Bishop. "I enjoy them because I like to help people and get to know people outside of the Navy. Thanks to these command projects, I feel I have an awesome connection with the local community and that's really important to me."
Vinson's goodwill team will receive three commemorative plaques and a certificate later this year in recognition of their exceptional efforts.
The Carl Vinson is currently undergoing its scheduled refueling complex overhaul at Northrop Grumman Newport News, Va., shipyard.
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