Story Number: NNS140207-31Release Date: 2/7/2014 11:52:00 PM
From Commander, Navy Reserve Forces Command Public Affairs
NORFOLK (NNS) -- Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Battle Creek in Augusta, Mich. received three Navy community service awards for outstanding community service initiatives by individual commands from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013 as part of the Navy Community Service of the Year Award Program.
Battle Creek received the 2013 Community Service Award for Environmental Stewardship (Small Shore); 2013 Health, Safety, and Physical Fitness Flagship Award (Small Shore); and 2013 Navy Project Good Neighbor Flagship Runner Up Award (Small Shore).
"We are very proud of the hard work and dedication of our Sailors at NOSC Battle Creek," said Rear Adm. Bryan Cutchen, Commander Navy Reserve Force. "The three awards that they received embody the Navy's commitment to responsible environmental stewardship, health, safety and fitness, and ensure we remain a good neighbor in our communities."
The awards, which are administered by Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC), annually recognize the most outstanding community service program initiatives by individual commands in six categories.
Battle Creek placed in three of these categories by contributing over 2,545 community service hours with 128 volunteers and 100% command participation, resulting in a cost savings of more than $53,000 to local communities.
"As part of a comprehensive program, our Sailors coordinate with a number of organizations, to include school and youth organizations such as the American Red Cross and Relay for Life," said Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (SW/AW) Alex Eggleston, NOSC Battle Creek Community Service Coordinator. "They have volunteered at the Binder Park Zoo teaching Scouts the importance of wildlife and conservation through the zoo's overnight safari program, and even coached a local Junior Roller Derby team."
The Navy's commitment to serving the local community through local partnerships is also evident in their role as environmental stewards, protecting the environment through recycling and environmental outreach activities, such as their participation in Adopt-a-Highway clean-up through the Michigan Department of Transportation, and developing a command recycling program.
"Over the past year, we have developed an extensive community outreach program with a primary goal of creating strong ties with our community, enabling us to be true ambassadors of the Navy," said Lt. Cmdr. Michel Files, NOSC Battle Creek commanding officer. "Congealing our relationship with our community not only makes the Navy stronger, but it makes the families of the Sailors in this community feel more at home."