By Lt.j.g. Fallon Puppolo
LCSRON Two Public Affairs Officer
Congratulations to all the volunteers at Littoral Combat Ship Squadron Two for winning two volunteer awards for small shore command.
The first is Project Good Neighbor, which focuses on developing a good relationship with the surrounding community. It also aims to provide support for the social and educational development of local youths. The second award is Environmental Stewardship, which focuses on working with the local community, schools, and other military commands in educating the community in how to preserve, protect, restore and enhance our environment.
Approximately 5,258 lives directly benefited from COMLCSRON TWO's community service involvement in addition to over 322,000 people annually that receive food from Feeding Northeast Florida, and over 40,000 that visit Hanna Park each year and benefit from the efforts to keep our state parks beautiful and free from invasive plants.
One hundred and two COMLCSRON TWO Sailors and civilian employees assisted at various levels of each event accumulating a total of 684 hours of service to their community. As a command when LCSRON Two personnel participate in flagship projects, they serve as ambassadors for the Navy and provide youth and the community with positive role models. Community service enhances their appreciation of the Navy's Core Values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment, which instills a deeper understanding of the freedoms that we enjoy as American citizens.
Petty Officer Third Class Anthony Parrinello explained what volunteering means to him stating, "To me, volunteering is about dedicating time to those who need assistance. I keep in the back of my mind that while it's just a few hours of my time, it could have a huge benefit those who are impacted. I enjoy giving back and putting a smile on someone's face."