WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (NNS) -- Surface Combat Systems Center (SCSC) Wallops Island received the Blue H, the U.S. Navy Surgeon General's Health Promotion and Wellness 2011 Silver Eagle Award (Fleet category) for the second consecutive year, June 15.
The award recognizes Navy and Marine Corps commands for their health promotion programs on various health topics, such as alcohol and drug abuse prevention, injury prevention, nutrition, physical fitness, sexual health, stress management, suicide prevention, tobacco cessation and weight management.
"I am very proud of the hard work and efforts that our Sailors have made in promoting health at SCSC," said Cmdr. John P. Robinson, SCSC commanding officer. "It was a total team effort by all involved and shows just how effective our various command wellness and promotion programs are."
Robinson credits the specific efforts of Chief Michael Fowler, SCSC fitness leader, for compiling all of the necessary information and coordinating many of the wellness programs that resulted in SCSC's recognition. Nearly 100 different criteria on medical awareness and training programs were evaluated. The center scored particularly well on psychological health programs, designed to support Sailors stationed at the isolated activity.
"These psychological health initiatives included measuring the impact of stress, sleep deprivation, and command efforts to promote health resources for our personnel," said Fowler. "We also developed a suicide prevention and crisis intervention plan for our Sailors."
The command's programs reflect active support of the Navy's 21st Century Sailor initiative that seeks to hone the most combat-effective force in the history of the Navy, building resiliency through Sailor and Marine personal readiness. The activity will display a pennant and streamer throughout the coming year in recognition of the Blue H award.
Surface Combat Systems Center Wallops Island, a Naval Sea Systems Command field activity, is a unique shore installation that provides the maritime and littoral environment, operational team, high-fidelity combat systems and platform sensors, along with the ability to connect with ships, aircraft, and other land-based sites for surface Navy testing, training, and support of deployed surface combat systems, advanced systems under development, warfare systems integration, interoperability, and at-sea testing and exercises.
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