SAN DIEGO - The Medical Department aboard amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) earned the Commander, Naval Surface Force U.S. Pacific Fleet Green "H" Unit Wellness Award and the Surgeon General's Health Promotion and Wellness Award, or Blue "H," May 16.
The Green "H" is awarded to commands who demonstrate commitment to the health and welfare of their Sailors and Marines throughout the year.
The Blue "H" recognizes commands for their efforts and excellence implementing successful Navy health promotions and Marine Corps "Semper Fit" programs.
"We are committed to the health and wellness of our Sailors," said Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class RoseAnn Robles. "We take our health promotion programs very seriously and offer Sailors and Marines everything from alcohol abuse prevention, nutrition courses, psychological and sexual health and tobacco cessation courses."
According to Lt. Marc Haines, Peleliu's medical division officer, by conducting these programs and educating Sailors and Marines on the importance of their health, it creates a culture of fitness, health and personal well-being that lead to better physical readiness.
This is Peleliu's third consecutive year winning the Green "H" and second consecutive year winning the Blue "H." The ship's Blue "H" award in 2011 was received with a gold star, which indicates the highest score.
"We are very excited to win both awards," said Haines. "It's a testament to the professionalism and hard work of the entire medical staff in keeping Peleliu's crew healthy, but more importantly, shipmates looking out for each other."
Haines said he takes a lot of pride in receiving these awards and knowing another green and blue hash will be painted underneath the "Hs" on the side of ship's bridge wing for all to see.