By UTC(SCW) Scott A. Kristek, Public Affairs Officer CSFE DET Sheppard
Staff and students from CSFE DET Sheppard assist in the framing of a residential home for Habitat for Humanity, Wichita Falls, Texas. U.S. Navy photo
Staff and students of the Center for Seabees and Facilities Engineering Detachment Sheppard Air Force Base (CSFE Det. SAFB), Wichita Falls, Texas, received the 2014 Navy Project Good Neighbor Community Service Flag Award, Small Shore Command category, from Commander, Navy Region Southeast (CNRSE).
Each year the Navy recognizes shore, sea and overseas commands for best year-round volunteer program or project that promotes community involvement and improvements that display mutual support between the service and the local communities. The CSFE Det. SAFB community service goal is to instill a sense of service through action in “A” School students and senior staff members. Through a proactive outreach program Seabees learn to have a positive impact on the local community from the beginning of their careers.
“I am very grateful and appreciative for the amount of support that each staff member commits to the various community events we participate in throughout the year,” said Utilitiesman 1st Class Daniel O’Fallon. “Without their support and the students’ willingness to go out and do good things for those in need, we wouldn’t be able to support even half of these projects.”
O’Fallon led this year’s community events and coordinated the efforts of more than 140 student and staff volunteers for 3,100+ hours of community service, fundraising approximately $116,000 for the community of Wichita Falls and surrounding areas.
CSFE DET Sheppard students, led by UT1(SCW/IDW) Daniel O’Fallon and CE1(SCW/EXW) Douglas W. Morgan, assist in the relocation of Burkburnett Police Department Christmas in Action organization materials to a new warehouse to expand future operations for community assistance projects, Wichita Falls, Texas. U.S. Navy photo
“In the Seabee spirit of ‘compassion for others,’ we aim to assist in family advocacy and reduction of trauma to abused kids, and support quality of life initiatives in North Texas,” said Lt. Majellan Changcoco, officer in charge, CSFE Det. SAFB. “The Navy core values provide our compass. Participation in community service events highlights our willingness to exceed our moral and ethical responsibilities in our public lives.”
This is the second time CSFE Det. SAFB has received the Project Good Neighbor Award. Members continue to support 10 different community outreach programs and events throughout the year, including Project Back-to-School, the Burkburnett Police Department Christmas in Action organization, Rainbow House Child Advocacy Center, University Kiwanis Club of Wichita Falls, Habitat for Humanity, North Texas Dream Center and the YMCA.
The staff and students of CSFE DET Sheppard are thankful and proud to be selected for this year’s award and thank the other Commands in the competition for being involved in their communities.
UTCN Shylo Schneider and UTCR Faheem James, CSFE DET Sheppard, assist participants in one of the children’s games at the 2014 YMCA Holiday Hustle, Wichita Falls, Texas. U.S. Navy photo