CSADD Chapters Recognized for Top Programs, Look Ahead to 2011

Story Number: NNS101201-20Release Date: 12/1/2010 4:11:00 PM
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From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The chief of naval personnel (CNP) is recognizing the 2010 Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD) sea and shore chapters of the year, and has laid out the group's themes for 2011.

"This program was designed as a resource for active and reserve Sailors, Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) candidates and Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) programs to promote good decision making processes, enabling leadership development and influence among peers at the most junior levels," said CNP Vice Adm. Mark Ferguson.

Established in June 2010, CNP announced in NAVADMIN 376/10 the first annual CSADD sea and shore chapters of the year, USS San Jacinto (CG 56) and Naval Submarine Base New London, respectively.

Sailors aboard San Jacinto earned their title as the sea chapter of the year by developing a program titled "The Lost," which revealed how poor decisions impact the lives of Sailors and their families. Moving beyond their own ship, chapter members actively sought to share their ideas with other afloat units along the Norfolk waterfront, while also encouraging other commands to establish CSADD chapters.

In Groton, Conn., home of the New London submarine base, CSADD members created video messages with the Naval Safety Center, sparking other chapters to consider using similar visual communication opportunities to reach Sailors. These messaging efforts were specifically highlighted by Ferguson when announcing the command as the shore chapter of the year, and he encouraged other chapters to emulate the same kind of outreach.

"The first year of CSADD has been a huge success with over 100 chapters established throughout the Navy. Our young Sailors are taking leadership roles within their local chapters and having a very positive impact on their shipmates, within their commands and across our Navy," said CNP Fleet Master Chief Scott Benning.

Following the successful first year exemplified by the Sailors of the San Jacinto and New London chapters, CNP turned his attention to 2011. NAVADMIN 379/10 was released to focus the efforts of CSADD chapters throughout the Navy during the upcoming year by providing monthly themes, which are:

January - Operational Unplanned Pregnancy Prevention
February - Fleet and Family Support Centers
March - Physical Health Readiness
April - Sexual Assault Prevention and Response
May - Operational Stress Control/Suicide Awareness
June - Driving Safety (Texting/Speed/Seatbelts)
July - Off-Duty Recreation
August - New Age Drug Awareness
September - CSADD Volunteer Outreach Month
October - Domestic Violence
November - Great American Smokeout
December - Drunk and Drugged Driving

"These topics were designed to provoke thought and inspire young leaders within our Navy to discuss these issues with their peers and create awareness through a variety of activities developed and executed at the most junior level," said Ferguson.

CSADD encourages positive peer influence and behavior while at the same time bringing together on-line social networking with face-to-face interaction. All commands are highly encouraged to energize this group of leaders to help grow success within their commands and throughout the Navy.

"We are 'America's Navy: A Global Force for Good' and in participating in CSADD our Sailors are learning that the 'good' starts with their leadership. By engaging with their shipmates, these Sailors are enabling their personal growth and success while also contributing to the success of others. Our young Sailors are amazing and they make me proud each and every day with their continued efforts to contribute," said Benning.

To learn more about the CSADD program, visit http://www.facebook.com/pages/Coalition-of-Sailors-Against-Destructive-Decisions-CSADD/299642495316.

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