PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) was honored for their community service, Dec. 1, when they were selected as a 2015 Project Good Neighbor recipient.
The center was selected as the winner in the Large Shore Command category for the U.S. Navy Community Service Program's 2015 Project Good Neighbor Community Service Flagship program.
NATTC Commanding Officer Capt. Hugh Rankin said service members attached to the command - whether students or instructors - are committed to supporting the community in which they live.
"Believing that people really can make a difference, our ongoing and unwavering goal at NATTC is that of developing and encouraging a spirit of volunteerism, which seeks to nurture, encourage, mentor, train and help develop, both mentally and physically, local Pensacola youth for the purpose of building a better tomorrow," he said.
The Project Good Neighbor Award recognizes the best year-round, volunteer supported program or special project that promotes outreach activities to establish and restore hope to the community.
NATTC, the largest command aboard Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola with an annual student throughput of approximately 15,000 Sailors and Marines, supported more than 50 organizations, providing more than 53,000 volunteer hours during the 2015 calendar year.
NATTC Community Service Program Coordinator Lt. Cmdr. Mark Giralmo said volunteer efforts from NATTC students and staff provide benefits not only to the Pensacola-area community, but to the service members volunteering their time as well.
"Involvement in any sort of volunteer or charitable effort benefits these young Sailors, Marines and Airmen by creating close relationships in the surrounding communities and establishing a safer and healthier environment," he said. "They are stewards of their service, and knowing that they can make a difference through spending their off-duty time providing assistance to an organization in need is truly appreciated."
More than 8,000 NATTC service members and civilian employees volunteered, Giralmo added, receiving recognition from organizations and schools such as the School District of Escambia County and the Ronald McDonald House of Northwest Florida.
Giralmo said that historically Pensacola has become a home for the thousands of transitioning students each year, and NATTC's receipt of the 2015 Project Good Neighbor award is a testament to the culture of community forged between NAS Pensacola's largest command and the Pensacola area.
"I could not be more proud of these young men and women volunteering of their time, talent and treasure for the blessings of others," he said. "Each of these individuals are part of a community - wherever they call home. But here in Pensacola, they are embracing this community and treating it as home."
For more than 70 years, the Naval Air Technical Training Center has been providing training and increasing readiness within the Naval Aviation Enterprise (NAE). The facility graduates approximately 15,000 Navy, Marine Crops and international students annually and is the largest training facility in the Navy post Recruit Training Command.
NATTC is part of the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (CNATT), which provides single site management for Navy and Marine Corps aviation technical training.
CNATT is the technical training agent for the Naval Aviation Enterprise (NAE), an organization designed to advance and sustain naval aviation warfighting capabilities at an affordable cost, and is the largest training center under the Naval Education and Training Command.
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