PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) announced the Health, Safety and Fitness Flagship award winners for calendar year 2018 in NAVADMIN 028/19, recognizing 11 commands for their community service excellence.
NETC serves as the award program flag sponsor and the Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center (NETPDC) manages the program. Winners are recognized for having the best overall community service programs teaching and encouraging individuals, especially youth, to lead active lives.
"The Navy's Health, Safety and Fitness Flagship Award program promotes positive lifestyles through command partnerships with schools and communities," said Capt. Kertreck Brooks, NETPDC commanding officer. "Every day, thousands of Sailors are out in the community, around the world, promoting health and fitness by educating and setting a good example for kids to emulate. This program demonstrates the Navy's commitment and support to our neighbors."
Part of the overall Navy Community Service Program (NCSP), the awards highlight Navy volunteers who visit schools and neighborhoods sharing information and giving practical training that focuses on nutrition, hygiene, mental health, disease prevention, leisure skills development, personal safety, drug demand reduction, sports and recreation.
Examples of command-sponsored health, safety, and fitness events are the Special Olympics, the Great American Smokeout, safety and health fairs and the President's Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition (PCSFN) Community Leadership Award.
According to Rear Adm. Kyle Cozad, NETC commander, devoting time to improve health, safety, and fitness in the community demonstrates the commitment of our commands and sows the seeds of great rewards.
"Community service is vital to fostering and maintaining relationships with our neighbors in surrounding communities,” said Cozad. "Continuing partnerships and positive leadership makes a significant difference in the quality of lives for our Sailors and in those lives they touch."
The 2018 Health, Safety and Fitness Flagship Award winners by category are:
Shore Command Category
• Small Winner: Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit, Lemoore, Calif.
• Medium Winner: Cryptologic Warfare Activity 66, Fort George G. Meade, Md.
• Medium Honorable Mention: Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Milton, Fla.
• Large Winner: Navy Information Operations Command Georgia, Fort Gordon, Ga.
• Large Honorable Mention: Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii
• Small Winner: Naval Airborne Weapons Maintenance Unit 1, Guam
• Medium Honorable Mention: USS Germantown (LSD 42), Sasebo, Japan
• Large Winner: U.S. Naval Hospital, Guam
• Medium Winner: Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 23, San Diego, Calif.
• Large Winner: USS Frank Cable (AS 40), Guam
• Large Honorable Mention: U.S. Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3, Port Hueneme, Calif.
The NCSP was launched in 1992 by then-Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Frank B. Kelso, with the goal of fostering and nurturing community ties with the Navy and promoting volunteerism, while developing better naval leaders through experience in the program.
NCSP consists of five flagship award categories, including the Health, Safety and Fitness Flagship, Personal Excellence Partnership Flagship, Project Good Neighbor Flagship, Campaign Drug Free Flagship and Environmental Stewardship Flagship.
In addition to managing the Health, Safety and Fitness Flagship Award, NETPDC provides products and services that enable and enhance education, training, career development and personnel advancement throughout the Navy. Primary elements of the command include the Voluntary Education Department, the Navy Advancement Center, and the Resources Management Department. Additional information about NETPDC can be found via: https://www.public.navy.mil/netc/netpdc/Default.aspx.
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