Story Number: NNS140203-05Release Date: 2/3/2014 11:58:00 AM
By Chief Operations Specialist Ryan Kelleher, Afloat Training Group Middle Pacific Public Affairs
PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to Afloat Training Group Middle Pacific (ATG MIDPAC) were recognized with an honorable mention selection for small shore commands as part of the 2013 Navy Community Service Health, Safety and Fitness Flagship Awards, Jan. 27.
The Health, Safety and Fitness Flagship Award recognize commands that excel in promoting healthy and physically fit lifestyles to the military and surrounding civilian communities.
"The promotion of health and physical fitness is not only a military priority, it is a priority our local community and nation at large must take serious," said Capt, John Figuerres, ATG MIDPAC's commanding officer. "ATG Middle Pacific is only a small command, but the fact that we received an honorable mention out of several hundred small commands in the entire Department of the Navy is something to be proud of."
Thousands of people throughout the island of Oahu benefited from the command's outreach efforts which totaled 672 hours of volunteer work specific to health, safety and fitness.
The projects took place with several organizations including the American Cancer Society, Hapalua Half Marathon, Hawaii Food Bank, Honolulu Marathon, Honolulu Triathlon, Special Olympics of Hawaii, Wounded Warrior Project and local schools.
Each year the Navy recognizes sea, shore and overseas commands for outstanding community service projects by presenting awards in five flagship categories. These categories consist of: Personal Excellence Partnership; Health, Safety and Fitness; Project Good Neighbor; Campaign Drug Free; and Environmental Stewardship.
ATG MIDPAC's mission is to provide safe and effective training to the Pacific Fleet and Coast Guard ships. Command members assist commanders in assessing ships' training readiness, and provide training necessary to meet basic training standards.