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Naval Air Station Whiting Field’s outstanding support to their community was once again recognized by the Navy with the announcement of the command earning the Personal Excellence Flagship Award. The award is presented annually to commands who engage in outstanding community service activities that promote academics, life skills, and civic education for youth.
Out of the five Flagship Awards, this is the fourth in which NAS Whiting Field has been recognized for their achievements. The installation team also finished first in the Environmental Stewardship category while receiving an Honorable Mention in Health Safety and Fitness and second in Project Good Neighbor. “Naval Air Station Whiting Field’s volunteer workforce is committed to the development and progression of youths throughout the community,” Commanding Officer, Capt. Todd Bahlau stated in the nomination package. ”Our long-running efforts toward improving lives and making a difference in the community is exemplified in our tremendous strides toward achieving our desired goal – promoting our core values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment!”
More than 70 members of NAS Whiting Field’s team participated in programs designed to help youths in the local community. These programs included: United Way Day of Caring, Escambia County Sea Cadets, Men in Action of Milton Florida, Civil Air Patrol, Early Learning Coalition, and more. The team supported these organization with more than 5,300 hours of volunteer service.
The award is managed by Commander Navy Installations Command and is presented to commands in eight categories. NAS Whiting Field was named the winner in the Medium Ashore category.
“Well done and thank you for your continued support and partnership with the surrounding communities, and your ongoing support of the Navy’s Community Service Program,” Vice Adm. R. L. Thomas stated in the message announcing the awards. “Please accept my gratitude for the commitment and caring you have shown in your local communities…I am certain your actions are sincerely appreciated by all.”