Guam commands recognized for community service

by JoAnna R.C. Delfin, Joint Region Marianas Public Affairs Office
U.S. Navy

ASAN, Guam (March 9, 2015) – Two Navy commands on Guam were among 12 commands fleetwide who were commended for giving back to the community in 2014.

Navy Munitions Command East Asia Division (NMCEAD) Unit Guam won the small overseas division while USS Frank Cable (AS 40) received honorable mention in the large sea category for the 2014 Personal Excellence Partnership Flagship Award.

The award recognizes commands that excel in the project’s goal of improving scholastic achievements, social and life skills, and providing vocational guidance.

NMCEAD Unit Guam Sailors volunteered 1,090 hours through various projects to include a community garden project, after-school math tutoring sessions, career days and school cleanups. The command’s efforts served an estimated 9,299 residents in two villages and 684 youth ages

“We could not be happier or more appreciative to have received the award,” said Mineman 2nd Class (SW) Anthony Souza, command volunteer coordinator. “We work cohesively with our sister village, sister school and local organizations to ensure we are able to provide the best support for any of our community relations (COMREL) projects.”

Souza added that teamwork between command Sailors is part of what makes a successful COMREL.

“Since our command is quite small we are able to motivate and encourage each other to give back to the community because in the end, it not only benefits the community but us as individuals,” he said. 

Frank Cable Sailors and civilians accumulated 659 volunteer hours offering their services to Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Guam, National Park Service, and orphanages, hospitals and schools in Malaysia and Thailand.

The Navy Community Service Program aims to promote a joint Navy and community effort to assist in the education and enrichment of America’s youth and communities through five flagship programs: Personal Excellence Partnership, Health Safety and Physical Fitness, Environmental Stewardship, Campaign Drug Free and Project Good Neighbor.

For more information, contact the Joint Region Marianas Public Affairs Office at (671) 349-4055/3209.

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