Story by Lt.j.g. Desmond Wilson, Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Far East Yokosuka, Japan
TOKYO, Japan – U.S. Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Far East (NCTSFE) was awarded their third Zenonkai award or Good Conduct award from the Government of Japan (GOJ) for their extensive community service with the Shinsen Children’s Home, during a ceremony held at the world famous Meiji-Jingu shrine in Tokyo, May 24.
Commanding Officer Capt. Katherine Mayer, Executive Officer Cmdr. Sean Fischer, Command Master Chief Augustine Mark, and Information Systems Technician First Class Allen Francisco were honored the award on behalf of the command.
NCTSFE has sponsored the Shinsen Children’s Home since 1998 and was previously awarded the Zenkokai award in 2013 and 2000. The NCTSFE Shinsen Committee along with Master Labor Contract (MLC) and United States Civil Service (USCS) volunteers visits the home as many as twelve times a year.
NCTSFE was recognized for its numerous contributions to the home by their Shinsen Committee during which Sailors provided property maintenance and upkeep services, and hosted numerous events for the Shinsen children and staff on board Fleet Activities, Yokosuka throughout the year. These events included seasonal Friendship Days, the annual NCTSFE Children’s Christmas Party and Halloween trick-or-treating. The Home opened its doors for their semi-annual Heart Festival and also the Thanksgiving Turkey delivery, in which Sailors enjoy food and festivities with the children and staff.
The Zenonkai award is presented to individuals or organizations that have made significant contributions toward the betterment of relationship and strong ties with Japan. The award is broken down into four categories including juvenile, emergency contributions, international contributions, and a special foreigner’s category. Founded in 1951, the non-profit Zenonkai Association under control of the Cabinet Office of the GOJ opened the prestigious award to foreigners in 1955 to recognize acts of good conduct in the local community.