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Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2013 3:20 pm

VIRGINIA BEACH -- Commander, Naval Surface Forces Atlantic honored the outstanding efforts of multiple Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 2 tenant commands at a ceremony held at Norfolk Naval Station, Aug. 23.

The event honored command achievements during the 2012 CFC campaign and kicked off the 2013 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC).

Comprising more than 35 percent of all awardees from the Atlantic Fleet, 12 of ESG-2s tenant commands received the Goal Buster award.

Awardees include: Amphibious Squadron 6, Amphibious Squadron 8, Assault Craft Unit 2, Assault Craft Unit 4, Naval Beach Group 2, Tactical Air Squadron 21, Tactical Air Squadron 22, USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43), USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44), USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), USS Arlington (LPD 24) and USS San Antonio (LPD 17).

The Goal Buster award is earned by commands that exceed their campaign collection goal for the year. Goal amounts are assigned by CFC organizers and are based on the size of the command.

In addition, USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) was recognized for having the most innovative campaign.

“There is no doubt that every donation collected across all commands will make a significant difference to many worthy charities,” said Rear Adm. Ann Phillips, Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 2. “I am especially proud of the leadership, initiative and hard work of the commands that raised the bar to exceed their campaign goal.”

Cmdr. Lloyd Mack, commanding officer, TACRON 21 ensured the values of the “Blackjacks” drove the campaign to a successful outcome.

“One of the key tenants of the TACRON 21 command philosophy is ‘Care - care for our fellow Sailors and families,’” said Mack. “It is something that we emphasize along with accountability and excellence. The Combined Federal Campaign provides an avenue for our Sailors to display their care for the greater community and I am very proud of how Blackjack Sailors continue to contribute at every opportunity.”

Commands often set contribution goals, always aiming to out-do themselves.

“Our [CFC] coordinators organized and motivated the staff to come together and exceed our 2012 Commit to Care Campaign goal by more than 400 percent,” said Capt. Wes Brown, Commander, Naval Beach Group 2. “We look forward to setting and achieving an even higher goal [in 2013].”

In addition to overseeing and managing the readiness of the amphibious fleet, ESG 2 is a joint, rapid and robust deployable staff. Supporting the entire range of military operations, ESG 2 is involved in theater security cooperation events, major combat operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, ranging from the East Coast of the United States to the Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf.

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