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The Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD) Washington Navy Yard chapter was selected as the shore installation chapter of the year for FY-13.

The award was announced in NAVADMIN 012/14 by the Chief of Naval Personnel, Jan. 23

CSADD was formally established in June 2010 to serve as a peer-to-peer mentoring group for Sailors 18 to 25 years old. The group was created to positively influence young Sailors’ behavior through resources and tools that promote good decision making.

Some of the practices that made the winning chapters stand out from the others were the inclusion of CSADD in the command indoctrination course, the use of social media, and donations from other organizations such as the First Class Petty Officers Association (FCPOA) and Chief Petty Officer Association (CPOA), Morale Welfare and Recreation (MWR), Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) and Navy College, among others.

“I think one of the attributes that led to Washington Navy Yard CSADD chapter’s success is their utilization of available resources,” said Chief Electrician’s Mate Noli Manaloto, NDW regional CSADD coordinator and mentor. “They collaborated with the CPOA, FCPOA, Barracks Council, MWR and FFSC. Senior leadership will always be there to support them.”

The chapter organized and participated in several events during the year including 34 community service projects totaling over 3200 volunteer-hours. The chapter also organized the Keep What You Earned campaign and teamed up with the National First Class Association-Baltimore Washington District to establish the No Sailor Left Behind Sponsorship Program.

Services performed by the group led to a combined $96,000 donation to the Wounded Warriors Project, Armed Forces Retirement Home and St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

“This award means the world to my peers and I, it is a direct reflection of hard work, leadership and the commitment of Sailors working together to complete a mission,” said Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Israel Castro, CSADD WNY chapter president. “We’ve made great contributions to Washington Navy Yard personnel, command and community. We will continue to surpass the precedence that we have established and our dedication to making good decisions on and off duty.”

The Washington Navy Yard CSADD chapter is already planning events for the New Year, with the new topics being released; the chapter is gearing up for another successful year.

“Congratulations CSADD! Well done and I’m very proud of you and your earned accomplishment,” said NDW CMDCM Christopher Adams, region CSADD sponsor. “I also want to add that I want to thank every one of you. Really! All the support this area receives is phenomenal, keep up the great work.”

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