At Sea - HIGGINS junior sailors have given a whole new meaning to the ship’s motto “First to Fight” as they recently established their own chapter of the Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD). Combating many of the major issues that face sailors today, CSADD provides prevention and intervention tools for dealing with concerns such as alcohol abuse, reckless driving, and other poor decisions that affect a sailor’s ability to represent the Navy’s core values and embody good order and discipline.
Although the program spotlights E-5 and below who are 18-25 years old, anyone can join as CSADD remains a 100% voluntary program. FC2 Whitney Hergert, one of the chapter’s founding members, said about twenty core sailors have helped launched the program and their current focus is “to bring positive attention to the program and boost interest in CSADD and what it can offer sailors E-5 and below.”
On August 9th, the team did just this with their “CSADD Kick-Off” meeting on the mess decks during the ship’s most recent underway. With a cake prepared especially for the event by the culinary specialists, the team members welcomed everyone to an informative meeting where both the Commanding Officer, Commander Andrew Carlson, and the Executive Officer, Commander Nicole Shue made remarks.
For FC2 Hergert, the cake cutting marked the beginning of what she hopes will be a strong program where sailors have a voice within the framework of the command. She commented, “I feel like CSADD is an opportunity for people with like minds about how they want to spend their liberty to get together and have a good time. I also hope that by branching off from different events we can develop friendships with people we normally wouldn't hang out with and build a stronger community in that way.” A welcomed addition to the command, CSADD will provide a long-lasting impact on the lives of sailors and the decisions they make.