By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class J. M. Tolbert, USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Public Affairs
ARABIAN GULF – Capt. Ryan B. Scholl, commanding officer of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), presented Truman’s Command Religious Ministries department with the Navy Community Service Environmental Stewardship Flagship Award, March 11.
On December 2nd, Vice Adm. Philip H. Cullom, deputy chief of naval operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics (N4) announced aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) as the large sea command recipient of the Navy Community Service Environmental Stewardship Flagship Award.
“Receiving this award is a great honor,” said Cmdr. Brian Waite, CRMD head of department. “We’re elated to have the opportunity to represent the efforts of such hard working Sailors. This reward reflects on the crew as a whole.”
Every year the awards are given to commands that exemplify and uphold the highest standards of Navy volunteer service projects for environmental stewardship.
Waite said that 2,439 Truman Sailors put in 9,663 hours of volunteer work, saving a total of $236,646.87 and making a difference in the lives of 1.5 million people in the Greater Hampton Roads area.
Religious Programs Specialist 3rd Class Devante Marable said that although the award was presented to his department, the entire crew is to thank for the achievement.
“CRMD organizes these events, but we only have about thirteen people in our department,” said Marable. “There is no way that we would have won this award without the selfless dedication of Truman’s crew.”
During the presentation, Scholl said winning this award speaks volumes to the character Truman projects around the world.
“I think it’s really cool that Sailors dedicate their careers and their lives in service to their country and we have nearly three thousand Sailors – almost the whole crew – dedicating volunteer service both to their country and to their community,” said Scholl. “They are ambassadors for their Navy, for their country and for their community. The Truman is very proud of them and I think their families would be very proud of them, as well.”
Other winners for 2015 include Navy Information Operations Command in the large shore command category, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 23 in the medium sea command category and U.S. Naval Hospital Guam in the large overseas category.
For more information on community service opportunities, contact Truman’s CRMD department.