Commander, Submarine Group Two

Legalman 1st Class Ru Li receives recognition for her community service from
Denny Hicks of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class(SW/EXW)
Jason J. Perry

Submarine Group 2 Legalman Named Service Person of the Month

By Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Cragg, Commander, Submarine Group Two Public Affairs

GROTON, Conn. – A legalman first class assigned to Commander, Submarine Group 2 received a special birthday surprise when she was named “Service Person of the Month” from the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut in Groton on Sept. 27.

The Service Person of the Month program provides community recognition of outstanding active-duty enlisted personnel stationed in the New London and Groton area.

“This recognition means a lot to me and was made possible with the support I received from the command, my family and the local community,” said Legalman 1st Class Ru Li, who has been assigned to Group 2 since 2010.

Lt. David Lincoln, Li’s immediate supervisor at Group 2, added that this recognition already proves what he knows in that Li’s a proven leader who takes the initiative.

“Petty Officer Li is a great asset to Group 2’s legal office,” said Lincoln. “She is technically competent and highly motivated, and takes the initiative in both legal and charitable tasks.”

In addition to this year’s accolade, Li was also named Junior Sailor of the Year for 2011 for Group 2. Her devotion to duty and commitment to others doesn’t stop there. Last year Li oversaw the award-winning Caring and Sharing program, which will continue yet again this year the long tradition of supporting the local military community.

“The Caring and Sharing program is a benefit for Sailors and their immediate family members during the holiday season,” said Li. “I think this program is a morale booster for everyone involved, especially those who stationed in this area and the military community at large."

The Caring and Sharing Program was launched in the early 1990s and has continued its long history of offering assistance to Sailors and their families during the holidays. This annual program will continue this proud tradition later this year when the donation collection resumes in November.

The Service Person of the Month program is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut in cooperation with all active-duty units of military organizations permanently based in the area.