Naval Sub School Receives Community Service Flagship Award

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From Naval Submarine School Public Affairs

GROTON, Conn. (NNS) -- The Naval Submarine School has been named the recipient of the Navy's 2002 Project Good Neighbor Community Service Flagship (Large Shore) Award.

Annually, the Navy recognizes outstanding community service projects with five Flagship-sponsored awards: Personal Excellence Partnership; Health, Safety, and Fitness; Project Good Neighbor; Campaign Drug Free; and Environmental Stewardship. Awards are presented to shore, sea and overseas commands.

The submarine school, honored last year for its Personal Excellence Program, was recognized this year for 17 on-going volunteer programs spanning three Flagships to include Personal Excellence; Health, Safety and Fitness; and Project Good Neighbor.

The award recognition fulfills the purpose of the school's program, according to Naval Submarine School Commanding Officer, Capt. Bill Hanson.

"The goal of our community service program," Hanson said, "is to strengthen the academic and personal growth of our Sailors and to improve the quality of life of our neighbors in communities across Southeastern Connecticut."

Their Project Good Neighbor programs allow staff and student Sailors to share time and talents with many different facets of local communities, explained program coordinator Chief Sonar Technician Leander Lonzo.

"We are fortunate that so many of our volunteers have an opportunity to utilize skills they have developed while in the Navy to benefit our neighbors. Over 50 percent of our staff and students participate in some type of volunteer activity, and 25 percent or so are committed to one of the 17 programs we have."

Submarine School volunteers are active in Navy League's Toys for Children, which this past holiday season had over 350 participants, along with Habitat for Humanity, with 150 volunteers donating over 3,000 hours of construction help. Volunteers also collected over 1,400 pints of blood and registered 1,100 new donors for the American Red Cross and the National Marrow Donor Program Registry.

Bill Kreher      Naval Submarine League        (703) 256-0891
Operations Manager    Box 1146               (703) 642-5815 (FAX)
                        Annandale, VA 22003

C. Michael Garverick
Executive Director
Naval Submarine League

(703) 256-0891(V) - (703) 642-5815 (FAX)