MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- In the coming months, the Navy will honor thousands of Sailors and Navy civilians with Sailor, Junior Sailor, Bluejacket and Civilian of the Year honors.
The Navy Office of Community Outreach (NAVCO) helps commands share these stories with media in cities across America where the honorees have connections, such as where they grew up, where they went to school or where they have family residing.
Commands are also encouraged to use this program for quarterly awards throughout the year, and for any achievement, news story, spot award or photo featuring your Sailors and civilians.
Since NAVCO first began its media outreach program in 2014, nearly 10,000 stories and photos have been shared with local media across the country, sharing the Navy story with more than 180 million Americans.
Commands can take advantage of this service by simply submitting Sailor and civilian award stories and photos to email@example.com. Be sure to include all local connections the awardee has, such as hometown, high school, college, family ties, etc. NAVCO will share the stories with local media and provide each participating command a media feedback report with links to all coverage.
"No other factor creates more interest when highlighting personal achievements than a community's local tie with a Sailor or Navy civilian," said Alvin Plexico, NAVCO's Media Outreach department head. "I encourage all commands to maximize this opportunity to highlight the achievements of your Sailors and Navy civilians."
NAVCO's media outreach program helps tell the Navy story through the eyes of individual Sailors and Navy civilians by leveraging the ties they have to local communities across the country. The program is one of many NAVCO employs to increase Americans' understanding of the Navy, its people and its importance to national security and prosperity. An ancillary, but no less significant benefit, is the positive impact on the morale of the participating Sailors and Navy civilians.
For any questions, please contact Alvin Plexico, firstname.lastname@example.org or 901-874-5806.
For more Information about NAVCO, visit www.navyoutreach.org.