CRG-1 Det. Guam sailors receive President's Volunteer Service Award
HAGATNA, Guam (May 11, 2015) – Coastal Riverine Group (CRG) 1 Detachment Guam was recognized for its community service during a Presidential Volunteer Service Award Presentation Ceremony at the Ricardo J. Bordallo Governor’s Complex in Hagatna May 7.
CRG-1 Det. Guam is the only Navy command who was awarded the Presidential Volunteer Service Award gold level by completing more than 2,000 hours of community service from March 2014 to March 2015.
Command Sailors participated in various community service activities such as beach cleanups, building homes for Habitat for Humanity, painting village bus stops and teaching children to play various sports.
Cmdr. Robert Smith, officer-in-charge, CRG-1 Det. Guam, said he was proud of the Sailors under his command.
“It helps them professionally because it teaches them skillsets they wouldn’t necessarily have gotten this early in their command,” he said. “By the same token it also gets out there and shows the community that we are here to help, we want to help and that this is our home too.”
Lt. Governor of Guam Ray Tenorio presented Smith and six Sailors the award.
“No matter what the medal or the award, it is the sentiment behind it that really matters,” he said. “We thank you for your dedication and your contributions you make for our island. But more than anything else we thank you for being great Americans.”
Each Sailor received a medal for completing hundreds of hours of service.
Master-at-Arms 2nd Class (EXW) Christina Deleon was awarded the silver medal for volunteering more than 175 hours of community service.
“I think it’s a great thing for us being in a military organization to get involved with our new community,” she said. “I just love helping people and it feels great to do something for the community.”
Deleon said she did not expect to get recognition for volunteering, but said she loves to volunteer to raise cancer awareness because her sister is a cancer survivor.
The six Sailors who were awarded medals are Master-at-Arms 1st Class (EXW) Jennifer Andrews, Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Alexis High, Master-at-Arms 2nd Class