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  • By Alana Chargualaf

Guam Navy strokes local commands for outreach efforts

Given the opportunity to enrich and uplift the island’s youth, the Navy Community Service Program recognized the volunteers of three Guam-based Navy commands for their superb outreach efforts in the local community.

The 390 volunteers of U.S. Naval Hospital Guam who won the 2018 Personal Excellence Partnership Flagship Award in the large overseas command category provided 3,154 volunteer hours, and the 41 volunteers of Naval Airborne Weapons Maintenance Unit 1, who provided 589 volunteer hours, took the small overseas command category award. The submarine tender USS Frank Cable received honorable mention for their sailors’ 266 volunteer hours.

USNH Guam Executive Officer Capt. Steven Kewish expressed how excited his command’s volunteers become when community service opportunities arise, and the value of partnership.

“We have volunteer activities all the time and we never have a shortage of people signing up for them,” he said. “It just strengthens the relationships we have with the local community, and this is a good thing for everybody.”

NAWMU-1 Commanding Officer Cmdr. Stephen Folsom shared how good ethics and teamwork pay off.

“This was accomplished by acting in the highest ethical manner, while working with each other and the community at large,” he said. “Volunteers showed compassion for the personal and spiritual well-being of the community and helped others strive for positive change and personal improvement.”

According to Frank Cable Commanding Officer Capt. Jeff Bierley, his sailors are at their best when they selflessly devote themselves to the development and well-being of the next generation.

“We believe in investing in the encouragement, development, coaching and mentoring of local youth,” he said. “Sailors take seriously the opportunity to enhance and transform local children’s lives by productive engagement and by providing positive role models that encompass the values of honor, courage and commitment.”

Sports coaching, student mentoring, career day presentations, judging science fair projects, tutoring, environmental stewardship and humanitarian aid for various local nonprofit organizations were among the wide variety of activities the command volunteers participated in.

The annual Navy Personal Excellence Partnership Flagship Award distinguishes commands that have gone above and beyond to volunteer in community service activities that promote academics, life skills and civic education in the youth population.


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