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Pacific edition, Thursday, May 17, 2007

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Ichinichi ichizen is a Japanese saying that translates as “do one good deed a day.”

On Saturday, the Nippon Zenkokai Association will present its Good Conduct Award to seven servicemembers, one civilian and two organizations from local bases for their good deeds.

The ceremony will be held at the Sanshu-Den Hall of Meiji Shrine, Tokyo.

Controlled by the Japanese Prime Minister’s Office, the association founded the award in 1951 to recognize individuals “whose gallant or benevolent acts are remarkably beneficial to their neighbors or the general public, or have contributed to the betterment of life in Japan,” according to a U.S. Navy release.

The award originally was bestowed only on Japanese citizens, but the rules were amended to include eligible foreigners in 1955.

There are nine general qualifying activities for the award, including contribution to public life, accident prevention and environment beautification.

U.S. Navy Good Conduct Awardees

IndividualsnHelena Torres, U.S. Naval Hospital Yokosuka, for outstanding community service, organizing and coordinating numerous social functions between Japanese and American citizens.nLt. Victor Taylor, Commander, Submarine Group 7, for outstanding community service, including donating $600 worth of Christmas gifts to local children.nPetty Officer 1st Class Daniel Butler, Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, for outstanding community service, including assisting and participating in several high-profile festivals and celebrations.nPetty Officer 2nd Class Jon Dones, Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, for outstanding community service, including assisting and participating in several high-profile festivals and celebrations.nPetty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Manalac, Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, for outstanding community service, including assisting and participating in several high-profile festivals and celebrations.nMaster Chief Petty Officer Michael Lutman, Afloat Training Group, Western Pacific, for outstanding community service, participating in many activities both on and off base that advocate positive intercultural relations.nPetty Officer 1st Class Paul Ramirez, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3, for rescuing a man who had fallen off a platform and onto the railroad tracks at the Roppongi train station in Tokyo.nPetty Officer 1st Class, Christopher Brown, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3, for rescuing a man who had fallen off a platform and onto the railroad tracks at the Roppongi train station in Tokyo.

OrganizationsnYokosuka Legal Association, for outstanding community service, partnering with Kaifu Gakuen and local law enforcement, corrections and judiciary agencies.nBranch Health Clinic Atsugi, for outstanding community service, partnering with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and the local Japanese community.

— Chris Fowler

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