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The Capo Inn transient housing facility at Naval Support Activity Naples, Italy, recently earned five-star accreditation from the Navy, which helped the base bachelor housing division earn its third consecutive Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt Award for Excellence in Bachelor Housing.
The Capo Inn transient housing facility at Naval Support Activity Naples, Italy, recently earned five-star accreditation from the Navy, which helped the base bachelor housing division earn its third consecutive Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt Award for Excellence in Bachelor Housing. (Courtesy of U.S. Navy)

NAPLES, Italy — Many people wouldn’t compare a barracks to a five-star hotel.

The Navy does, though, and it named Naval Support Activity Naples as the only European recipient of the Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt Award for Excellence in Bachelor Housing. Zumwalt served as chief of naval operations from 1970 to 1974.

This is Naples’ third consecutive Zumwalt award.

The award was given to 13 bachelor housing divisions worldwide, only two of which are outside of the continental United States. Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan, was the other non-U.S.-based command to earn the award.

Commands are given the Zumwalt award “based on their performance against standards in facilities, service and management,” according to a recent message from Secretary of the Navy Gordon England in which he announced the winners.

The Naples Bachelor Housing Division’s 24 Navy personnel and 25 civilians and contractors run three enlisted housing units — barracks — and one hotel-like transient facility, the Capo Inn.

Every Navy bachelor housing unit is inspected annually.

Petty Officer 1st Class Darryl Lezama, the division’s leading petty officer, said that the criteria for the five-star accreditation is very detailed.

The inspection is broken down into about 100 areas, including administrative tasks, staff training, a comparison of their transient facilities against other bases’ facilities and overall appearance.

“It’s very competitive,” Lezama said. “If we have a quality facility and put customers first, people will be naturally drawn here. Nobody wants to stay in a substandard facility.”

Naples, according to bachelor housing director Romie Rojo, had the only transient facility in Europe that served a continental breakfast. It also has an Internet cafe.

“We have a good staff and good customers,” said Rojo. “The real winners are the residents and guests.”

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