USS Frank Cable earns Community Partner of the Year Award
HAGATNA, Guam (NNS) -- The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guam awarded Sailors assigned to the submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) the Community Partner of the Year award, Feb. 9, at the Ricardo J. Bordallo Governor's Complex.
The award was presented to Cmdr. Tom Gorey, Frank Cable's executive officer, who accepted the award on behalf of the ship's crew for their commitment, contributions and volunteering efforts at one of Big Brothers Big Sisters' program sites in Guam.
"This is very important to Frank Cable," said Gorey. "We are very diverse. Our Sailors come from very different areas in the United States and abroad as well as right here in Guam and having those positive Sailors out in the community to those who aren't as lucky as we are is just an honor."
Every month for the past year and a half, Frank Cable Sailors have participated in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program by visiting children enrolled in the program and volunteering for fundraisers.
"Every third Wednesday, for an hour, the Sailors came to play with the children," said Kara Sexton, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guam program coordinator. "But not only did they play, they taught about the military lifestyle. Not only was it the Religious Ministries Department helping us, but the Second Class Petty Officer's Association, Chief Petty Officer's Association and the Diversity Committee and I would really like to thank them for helping guide the kids in the community."
During the awards ceremony, the Governor of Guam, Eddie Calvo, signed a proclamation into effect stating that the month of February in Guam is designated as Mentoring Awareness Month.
Frank Cable's staff, including Command Master Chief Paul Sweeney and Command Chaplain Lt. Cmdr. Louis Lee, were also in attendance representing the ship's crew.
"When we go out there to the community we demonstrate that, yeah, we do our jobs in the Navy, but we also show people that it's more than that," said Lee. "We care for people. It's about really reaching out to the community, to the children who are in need of mentoring."
Frank Cable conducts maintenance and support on submarines and surface vessels deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.
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