Pac commands win community service awards
YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Several Pacific commands and ships are winners of one of the Navy’s top community service awards, with Yokosuka tops in the “large overseas command” category, officials announced this week.
Yokosuka has won the Navy’s “Good Neighbor” award several times in the past and won again this year, thanks to a series of projects run by the base’s Chapel of Hope.
“We basically summed up all of the programs that were conducted through the Chapel of Hope, and the list just goes on and on and on,” said base spokesman Mike Chase.
According to the nomination form, more than 1,000 volunteers from the Yokosuka community performed hundreds of hours of service, touching an estimated 2,000 lives in neighboring communities.
Among the activities cited were food and clothing drives, community clean-ups and sports days with handicapped children. Chase said much of the credit for planning, staffing and organizing the volunteer events goes to Petty Officer 1st Class Glen Steward, a religious programs specialist at the Chapel of Hope; Erumi Kuwaori of the Chapel, who coordinates with Japanese groups; and Hanako Tomizuka, who runs the base community relations program.
According to the Navy Personnel Command, which administers the service’s community service program, several other local commands were honored.
The Branch Medical Clinic in Iwakuni won the “small overseas command” category and the U.S. Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station on Guam won the “medium overseas command” category.
The USS Frank Cable, a sub tender based in Guam, earned honorable mention in the “large sea” category, and the U.S. Naval Hospital on Guam finished second to Yokosuka in the “large overseas” category.
The Good Neighbor award is one of five Navy “Flagship” community service programs.
According to the award guidelines, published by the Navy’s Chief of Chaplains, Project Good Neighbor “promotes community outreach activities to establish and restore hope to the homeless, the hungry, the homebound, the sick and the elderly. It also provides a valuable lesson in caring, generosity, and human dignity” to the sailors who participate.