Story Number: NNS140203-16Release Date: 2/3/2014 10:17:00 PM
From Naval Education and Training Command Public Affairs
PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) announced the winners of the 2013 Health, Safety, and Fitness Flagship Awards Jan. 27, recognizing 14 commands for community service excellence.
Managed by the flag sponsor, Naval Education and Training Command (NETC), and executed by the Naval Education and Training Professional Development Technology Center's (NETPDTC) Community Service and Outreach Program director, the award recognizes commands with the best overall community service programs that teach and encourage individuals, especially youth, to lead healthy and active lives.
"The Navy's Health, Safety and Fitness Flagship Awards recognize commands who partner with schools and the local communities to promote and encourage healthy, active lifestyles," said Capt. Janet Lomax, NETPDTC's commanding officer. "Afloat and shore-based commands who participate are leading by example. The contributions of their Sailors are important because they work to build a culture of fitness and change mindsets towards healthy living while developing close ties between the community and the Navy. The resulting changes are lasting," she said.
"As the coordinator for the NETC Sponsored Health, Safety and Fitness Flagship Awards program, I was truly impressed with the packages," said Keith Washington, NETPDTC's Community Service and Outreach Director. "It was very evident that these commands embraced the spirit and intent of the Navy's Community Service Program (NCSP). These Sailors devoted numerous hours serving as role models in the community, while promoting healthy lifestyles in keeping with the Navy Core Values".
Health, safety and fitness project initiatives are part of the Navy's Community Service Program. The Health, Safety and Fitness Program features Navy volunteers who visit schools and neighborhoods to share information and give 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 Special Olympics, the Great American Smokeout, safety and health fairs and the President's Award on Physical Fitness and Sports.
The NCSP was launched in 1992 by then CNO Admiral Frank B. Kelso. The program's goal is to foster and nurture community ties with the Navy and promote volunteerism while developing better Navy leaders through experience in the program.
NCSP consists of five flagships, including the Health, Safety, and Fitness Flagship; Personal Excellence Partnership Flagship; Project Good Neighbor Flagship; Campaign Drug Free Flagship; and the Environmental Stewardship Flagship. A separate Navy command sponsors and administers each flagship.
As the Health, Safety, and Fitness Flagship sponsor, NETC is responsible for coordinating policy that encourages volunteer participation. NETC also provides flagship project information and technical support to Navy commands, and holds an annual awards board to select and publicize Navy-wide flagship award winners.
According to Rear Adm. Mike White, NETC commander, devoting time to improving health, safety and fitness can have lasting effects.
"The commands that participated in the Health Safety and Fitness Flagship have demonstrated the importance of a healthy lifestyle by partnering with their neighbors and leading by example," said White. "Those positive influences and resulting changes often last a lifetime. These commands have my sincere appreciation for their personal commitment to and support of our Navy's Community Service Program."
The 2013 winners, by category, are:
Shore command category:
* Small: Navy Operational Support Center Battle Creek, Augusta, Mich.
* Medium: Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss.
* Large: Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Fla.
Overseas command category:
* Small: Fleet Activities Chinhae, South Korea
* Large: U.S. Naval Hospital, Guam
Sea command category:
* Large: USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77)
* Small: 21st Dental Company, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii
Commands receiving honorable mentions include:
* Large shore command: Naval Base San Diego and Training Support Center Great Lakes, Ill.
* Medium shore command: Navy and Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center, Virginia Beach, Va. and Navy Medicine Professional Development Center, Bethesda, Md.
* Small shore command: Afloat Training Group Middle Pacific, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and Surface Combat Systems Detachment, Wallops Island, Va.
* Small overseas command: Navy Munitions Command, Guam
Award winners and honorable mentions will receive certificates from NETC in recognition of their exceptional accomplishments.