PEARL HARBOR- Commander, Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific (CNSG MIDPAC) announced that all 11 of its Hawaii-based Navy surface ships received the 2011 Force Health and Wellness Award, or the Green "H."
CNSG MIDPAC Rear Adm. Frank Ponds said this is the second year in a row that all the ships that are part of MIDPAC and Destroyer Squadron 31 received the award.
"You represent one of only two fleet concentration areas to have 100% of all units assigned achieve the award in back-to-back years," said Ponds. "A special mention goes out to USS Port Royal and USS Hopper for earning their 13th consecutive awards. What a splendid example for all to aspire."
The purpose of the Green "H" unit award is to recognize shipboard Sailors who demonstrate their dedication to helping shipmates make constructive changes in their life by conducting activities like cardiopulmonary resuscitation training, smoking cessation courses, regular health fairs, fitness sessions and education on healthy living.
Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (SW) William Triplett, who is assigned aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73), said medical played a small part in attaining the Green "H" award. He said training, the fitness program, and the drug and alcohol program played a huge role in making it happen.
"It's really nice when the programs that we work on come together and culminate into these awards," said Triplett. "It's nice to see all the hard work we put in actually pay off."
The ships under CNSG MIDPAC include USS Chafee (DDG 90), USS Chosin (DDG 65), USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93), USS Crommelin (FFG 37), USS Hopper (DDG 70), USS Lake Erie (CG 70), USS Okane (DDG 77), USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60), USS Port Royal (CG 73), USS Reuben James (FFG 57) and USS Russell (DDG 59).
The qualifying period for this award was from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2011. Ships that receive the COMNAVSURFOR Force Health and Wellness award can paint a Green "H" on the ship's bridge wing. Hash marks are painted below the "H" to indicate sequential awards. Commands awarded the Green "H" five consecutive times are authorized to paint a green star above the Green "H."