By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Cory Asato, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West Det. Northwest
SILVERDALE, Wash. (NNS) — Navy Region Northwest hosted a Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions at Naval Base Kitsap’s Trident Training Facility, April 30.
The assembly was held to help network and coordinate efforts of every Navy program, organization and CSADD chapter in the local area eager to cooperate with each other to expand their reach and efficiency.
“The focus here is to gear towards collaborative efforts between organizations and programs or commands such as the First Class Petty Officers Association, members of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response, and carriers that may be in the local area,” said Nicki Hayford, an NBK SAPR victim advocate. “This is meant to be a collective of like minded efforts to embrace the CSADD motto of ‘Shipmates helping Shipmates.’”
Feeding the CSADD motto, Navy Region Northwest Command Master Chief Brian Schell explained the concept of how Sailors are more likely to take the advice from healthy peer pressure rather than directive from an individual who may be more than a decade older.
“This program aimed at Sailors ranging from 21 to 25 years of age.” said Schell, a Riverside, Calif. native. “This falls directly in line with the Secretary of the Navy’s 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative.”
“We are taking the initiative to provide Sailors with outlets that steer away from bad decisions and to make these outlets as effective and appealing as they can possibly be,” said Schell. “By coordinating and collaborating the efforts we can also expand who we reach and how efficiently Sailors respond and participate in activities and groups we plan to provide.”
Encompassing the region’s area of responsibility, efforts have been made to expand cooperation with Naval Base Everett and Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.
“We’ve visited and are still encouraging commands in the Puget Sound to interweave their efforts,” said Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Kristina Griffeth, a Copperas Cove, Texas, native who is directly involved in establishing the CSADD.
“You may have heard Sailors say, ‘the last thing I want to do is see everyone from work on the weekend,’” said Griffeth. “By establishing a relationship with other commands and support from programs like Morale, Welfare and Recreation we overcome or avoid certain hurdles, which also encourages participation.”
While “CSADD chapters can also build camaraderie amongst the junior sailors involved, many chapters plan alcohol-free liberty activities like movie nights, day-trips, or sporting events for their shipmates to enjoy,” according to Navy Personnel Command. CSADD is also involving efforts of NBK’s Command Religious Enrichment Development Operation to expand its reach to Sailors who fit the family oriented demographic.
“[Schell] touched on the subject of closing the generation gap when it comes to executing CSADD operations,” said Senior Chief Sonar Technician (Submarines) John Jones, a Port Charlotte, Fla. native. “Involving many [already established] Navy organizations and commands helps us to prevent destructive decisions and foster a more positive culture in the Navy.”