MCPON, GEICO recognize Frank Cable CPO for individual excellence
SANTA RITA, Guam (Feb. 10, 2017) — The submarine tender USS Frank Cable’s (AS 40) Chief Damage Controlman Cyprus V. Abundo, native of Angeles City, Philippines, was announced as the 2016 enlisted winner for GEICO 's Military Service Award - Fire Safety and Prevention, Feb. 10.
Abundo, Frank Cable’s safety chief, received the news during a surprise phone call from Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Steven Giordano, who personally thanked Abundo for his accomplishments in maintaining fire safety and prevention for more than 1,150 Sailors and Civilian Mariners.
“What I’ve done, I couldn’t without the chain of command and my Safety Department,” said Abundo. “What I tell Sailors is what I have learned, what I have experienced and facts. We put information out and it’s up to the individuals to follow it. We want everyone to go home. It’s been a great team effort.”
Since 1988, GEICO has presented the award for their work in Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention, Traffic Safety and Accident Prevention, and Fire Safety and Fire Prevention. The recipients represent each branch of the Military including the Guard/Reserve communities.
As Damage Control Coordinator, Abundo is responsible for all Frank Cable safety and prevention, including all tending services for submarine and surface vessels. He safely managed and ensured personnel were in healthy working conditions through 2,965 in-theater repairs in 2016. Fire hazards, material losses and equipment damages were reduced by 82 percent, while mishaps were reduced by an average of 62 percent.
“This award recognizes all the hard work and presence about the deck plates that Chief Abundo brings to my Safety Department,” said Capt. Drew St. John, Frank Cable’s commanding officer. “Chief Abundo and his team have built safety into our workplace culture. From the top of the command, starting with myself, down to the bottom with that new check-in from “A” School, Chief Abundo puts forth great effort in keeping the workplace safe and mission ready. This award is well deserved."
Abundo leads 40 safety technicians and manages 20 safety and prevention programs aboard Frank Cable.
“The difference is training,” said Abundo. “We began monthly safety training for Safety Technicians and daily fire prevention and equipment training for all hands. Our training is hands on. When people put their hands on equipment and train, they’re more confident and proficient at using the equipment.”
Naval Safety Center recently reviewed the tender’s Safety Department as, “the best they had ever inspected” during a recent inspection.
“What a great two years for Frank Cable’s Safety Department,” said Frank Cable’s Command Master Chief Jason L. Dinkel. “The team Chief Abundo leads is out in force during all operations and evolutions. That white hard hat with the green cross is seen everywhere. Sailors and civilian mariners know they can reach out to him to address any safety concerns or issues.”
Frank Cable is forward deployed to the island of Guam and conducts maintenance and support of submarines and surface vessels in the 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operations. For more information on Frank Cable, find us on Facebook at USS Frank Cable (AS 40), or http://www.csp.navy.mil/frankcable
For further questions, please contact USS Frank Cable Public Affairs Office (671) 343-2545 x6418 or media@AS40.navy.mil