Navy Announces CSADD Chapters of the Year

Story Number: NNS120202-13Release Date: 2/2/2012 1:53:00 PM
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From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD) Sea and Shore chapters of the year were announced by the Chief of Naval Personnel Jan. 27, in NAVADMIN 038/12.

CSADD was established in June 2010, by OPNAVINST 1500.80 as a peer-to-peer mentoring group to positively influence young Sailors' behavior through resources and tools that promote good decision making. The group now has more than 180 chapters, which share their activities via Facebook and other communication channels.

The winning chapters have best practices in use of social media to support the CSADD program, encouraging Sailors to lead through CSADD and strong support from the command leadership team.

"These award winning chapters deserve this recognition for the culture of 'Shipmates helping Shipmates' they are instilling at their commands," said Fleet Master Chief Scott Benning, who has helped establish the program in 2010. "We are around 200 Chapters today and our goal is to have one in every command across the Navy. 'Shipmates helping Shipmates' and 'Shipmate intervention' for success is what CSADD is all about. If we afford Sailors the opportunity to influence each other, our Navy team will continue to grow in strength."

USS Kearsage (LHD 3) was named CSADD Sea Chapter of the Year. Kearsage was ranked first of three Region Sea Chapters of the Year winners, which also included Navy Region Japan - USS George Washington (CVN 73), the Region Sea Chapter of the Year honorable mention winner; and Navy Region Southwest - USS Dewey (DDG 105)

Naval Station Great Lakes was selected as CSADD Shore Chapter of the Year and was selected from the six Region Shore Chapters of the Year.

The other region winners are:

Navy Region Mid-Atlantic
Transient Personnel Unit Norfolk

Navy Region Southwest
Naval Medical Center San Diego

Navy Region Northwest
Naval Air Station Whidbey Island

Navy Region Europe
Naval Support Activity Bahrain, also the honorable mention winner.

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Sailors read a peace pledge at the Guam Government House.
121019-N-CB621-033 AGANA, Guam (Oct. 19, 2012) Damage Controlman Fireman Devin Denton and Electronics Technician 3rd Class Matthew Hissong, members of the Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD) from the submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40), reads aloud the "Peace Begins With Me" peace pledge at the Guam Government House. This event saw citizens of Guam and sailors from several of U.S. Naval Base Guam's tenant commands come together to help spread awareness and prevention of domestic violence. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jason C. Swink/Released)
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