Navy Region Center Singapore (NRCS), welcomed Sailors from the USS Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group (CSG-1) during a port visit to Singapore, April 4-8, 2017.
Before continuing their scheduled Western-Pacific deployment, the CSG-1 Sailors took advantage of the various services and facilities Navy Region Center Singapore offers. For the installation’s leadership, this was an opportunity to support the Fleet during a much-needed rest and relaxation period.
“Providing quality services and support is what we are all about,” said Capt. Jeffrey Hutchinson, NRCS Commanding Officer. “The Sailors of the Carl Vinson Strike Group deserve a good break during their deployment and our job is to help facilitate that.”
During the strike group’s visit, the Morale Welfare and Recreation team, the Navy Exchange, and Navy Federal Credit Union, extended their service hours to support the Fleet. By the end of a four-day period, the Terror Club saw over $35,000 in food and beverage sales. Another highlight during the carrier group’s visit was their participation in various sporting events aboard the installation. The strike group Sailors met with several local teams and competed in Basketball and Soccer.
The Sailors also found some quiet time at the Café Lah Community Center, a small coffee shop offering espresso, sandwiches and free Wi-Fi. In addition, free laundry services were provided helping to make their stay a bit more comfortable.
“I really liked it because we had a place to relax instead of staying on the boat,” said Aviation Ordnance Airman Gilbert Yanez. “And it’s also good for all of us to have a place to come together and take a break from work.”
Another Sailor highlighted the importance of having available laundry services during their visit.
Members of the Navy Region Singapore community gathered recently to commemorate the 124th birthday of the U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer. The event featured a cake cutting ceremony, guest speakers, and a ribbon cutting ceremony for the grand opening of the Navy Region Singapore Chief’s Mess.
The rank of Chief Petty Officer was established on April 1, 1893 in recognition of the unique leadership capabilities of senior enlisted personnel, who provide technical and administrative expertise while also bridging the gap between officers and junior enlisted personnel.
Navy Region Singapore (NRS) kicked off Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month April 3, 2017, at its Café Lah Community Center as part of a month-long awareness campaign. This year, the theme established by the Department of Defense (DoD) Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO), is “Protecting Our People Protects Our Mission.”
The day’s event began with the signing of a proclamation and the Sexual Assault Prevention pledge by Rear Adm. Don Gabrielson, Commander, Navy Region Singapore and Capt. Jeffrey Hutchinson, commanding officer, Navy Region Center Singapore. The proclamation and pledge signifies the Region’s ongoing dedication to the campaign. The event also featured a “T-Line project,” where participants designed their own T-shirt designs depicting messages and themes supporting the prevention of sexual harassment and sexual assault. The T-shirts are to be hung on a clothesline on display in Café Lah for the entire month of April. The highlight of the event featured an interactive drumming performance led by a representative of Human Rhythms, in which attendees drummed in harmony to foster unity and community connection.
For Gabrielson, this was a significant event for the region and its community members.
"This is about a 365-day commitment and re-dedication to preventing sexual assault," said Gabrielson. "We must build a foundation of awareness and culture of ownership that openly and clearly rejects destructive and degrading behavior and attitudes. Every one of us must be part of the solution."
Throughout the month of April, NRS is scheduled to continue raising awareness through several major events and activities. This includes a “No Excuses” campaign in which local leadership and community members are featured in posters and social media with their quotes addressing the prevention of sexual assault. Another major event features Teal Tuesday where the community can come together at various events such as movie nights and free stress screenings with the goal of fostering an environment that addresses risk and protective factors for sexual assault.
This month, NRS will also highlight Denim Day, which is scheduled for April 26, 2017 across the world. According to the www.denimdayinfo.org website, Denim Day recognizes that there is never an invitation to rape. This movement was sparked by the Italian Supreme Court ruling where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt the victim was wearing tight jeans and that she must have helped her rapist remove them – thereby implying consent. For NRS leadership, this is an important event in the month-long campaign.
To celebrate Earth Day, Navy Region Center Singapore is holding a recycling contest to see which of the Admiral's Cup teams can generate the most recyclables.
According to William Davis, the Navy Region Singapore Environmental Director, "The importance of recycling is increasingly apparent in the small country of Singapore that has extremely limited landfill and other waste management space. It is our responsibility to work with our host nation to reduce the amount of waste we generate, reuse what we can, and recycling to the maximum extent possible whatever is left. Decreasing the amount of trash we generate will improve the sustainability of our operations here by reducing waste management costs and improving relations with our host nation.
Check out the below photos to see what the community is doing this month for the Earth Day recycling contest. Rules for the contest are below photo grid.