Two Hawaii Commands Receive Navy Community Service Awards

Story Number: NNS110126-04Release Date: 1/26/2011 5:16:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Robert Stirrup, Commander, Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- In NAVADMIN message 023/11, released Jan. 11, the chief of naval operations recognized two Pearl Harbor-based commands for their outstanding community service projects with the announcement of the winners in the Navy Community Service Awards program.

Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 1, won the award in the Personal Excellence Partnership category for a small sea command, and Afloat Training Group, Middle Pacific (ATG MIDPAC) received an honorable mention for a small shore command, for the many community service activities that personnel volunteered for between July 2009 and June 2010.

MDSU-1 participated in numerous events including a cleanup event at the Kaneohe Memorial Cemetery and the annual Drug-Free Walk in Waipahu. Sailors at MDSU-1 also continued an education outreach partnership with Waipahu Elementary School.

"The relationship we have built with Waipahu Elementary and the community has matured over the years, but it definitely requires a lot of good people at MDSU-1 and the school to keep the program alive," said Lt. Cmdr. Jack Ryan, MDSU-1 executive officer. "The reward for us as a command is having the opportunity to be involved with these kids and instill good, healthy life habits."

Engineman 2nd Class Rafael Amorim, MDSU-1, said the partnership with Waipahu Elementary School is very important.

"We like to get over there to the school and work with the kids as much as possible," Amorim said. "Sometimes it is difficult to fit the time in around our work schedule, but it is definitely worth it to make the time."

Sailors assigned to ATG MIDPAC participated in numerous cleanup projects throughout the community, and volunteered their time conducting various events with their partnership school, Iroquois Point Elementary School.

"Community service is part of our annual command strategic plan," said Capt. Ricks Polk, ATG MIDPAC commanding officer. "We know it is important to give back to the community, so we make it a priority. The community that these programs support is our community, where our Sailors live, where their children go to school, and where we can make a huge impact in the lives of others."

The Personal Excellence Partnership program is a collaborative effort among Navy commands, public and/or private sector organizations, and schools and youth groups. Its purpose is to assist America's youth from pre-school through high school, to become better educated, healthier and more responsible citizens.

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