Religious Personnel

Her coordination of many events, including training, outreach, and worship services, greatly impacted morale and comradery on base. She successfully led 7 audits with zero discrepancies and donated over $10,000 dollars to non-profit organizations within the community using the Religious Offering Fund account.

She provided much needed oversight in transitioning the Base Chapel from its single use by the Naval Support Activity Mid-South Command Religious Ministry team to its current usage as a multipurpose facility, housing the Naval Support Activity Mid-South Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society, the Drug Education For Youth program, the school liaison officer and the Commandís ombudsman.


As Religious Program Specialist aboard USS FORT MCHENRY (LSD 43). Petty Officer Abraham performed superbly in a billet normally held by a First Petty Officer. She proved herself vital to the accomplishment of the command's mission through her exceptional ability to be cognizant of the crew's morale and mental and spiritual readiness. During a deployment to west Africa and the Mediterranean and an underway period, she contributed materially to the ship's morale by maintaining and expanding the ship's library. She sacrificed her own time to research, coordinate, and ensure junior Sailors and Marines had access to the internet. During the ship's CNO Availability period, she was invaluable in her support of the ship's highly successful Community Relations program.


Maintained Navy Chapels on two different bases, allowing for the flawless operation of over 1,000 religious services. As Leading Petty Officer, he mentored and led over 40 joint personnel, handling the stresses of a constant rotation of temporarily assigned duty personnel and a rotating staff.


Coordinated 11 Suicide Train the Trainer courses for over 50 Marines. Never missed a farewell or welcome home event. A gifted mentor for all 3D MAW Religious Program Specialists.

Marine Air Group 16 Religious Program Specialist. CONSISTENTLY DEMONSTRATED EXCEPTIONAL INITIATIVE IN THE PERFORMANCE OF HER DUTIES. She implemented and oversaw the first cooperative RP advancement training for both 3d MAW and MCAS RPs providing them an opportunity for increased success in the Navy. During her tenure, she meticulously managed 2 Chaplain's schedules ensuring maximum support to all Marines and their family members, and providing over 30 briefings, 11 Train the Trainer Suicide presentations, 24 ceremonies, and 36 bible studies. Prepared for and passed the commanding general's inspection program and was singled out for two best practices.


COMMAND CHAPLAIN OF COMMANDER SUBMARINE SQUADRON SIX. Conducted a cutting-edge overhaul of the Command Religious Program through the completion of 10 under-ways on 7 boats, logging over 1,000 hours at sea. He ensured that each deployable unit's Command Religious Program was operational and trained 14 Lay-leaders, facilitated the necessary religious accommodations, and promoted the free exercise of religion.
-He supervised the successful implementation of the SOUNDINGS Resiliency Course, preparing 300 first-term Sailors for full integration with their submarine commands and causing a 25% reduction in unplanned losses as compared to the Total Force.
-He flawlessly executed 4 counselings in the aftermath of a domestic violence incident. He provided unparalleled support for COMSUBFOR to forward deployed units in the EUCOM and CENTCOM AORs, served as liaison between Sailors and community service organizations, and traveled extensively to meet boats at their last port call to provide Return & Reunion briefs.


Religious Program Specialist for Marine Corps Base Quantico. Petty Officer Sims' inspiring leadership and personal initiative were instrumental in performing his duties as the Headquarters and Service Battalion RP. He was instrumental in executing the Command vision of establishing Men's and Women's fellowship groups aimed at reducing the number of Marines facing administrative proceedings. In addition, as a qualified Assistant Substance Abuse Counselor, he assisted in local record checks of hundreds of Marines checking in and out of the Battalion.


***DECK PLATE LEADER HEAD AND SHOULDERS ABOVE HER PEERS***
-21ST CENTURY LEADER. Highly valued Religious Ministries Team member by CPOs/LPOs for her deck-plate visits to 150+ workspaces for 5,000+ Sailors as a conduit for chaplain ministry and to provide mentorship. Conducted base INDOC and Navy Pride & Professionalism training for all new personnel. Actively involved in FCPOA and CPO365.
-PROFESIONALLY FOCUSED. Superbly operated a $175k budget for contractor payroll, supplies/equipment, and travel ensuring the chapel/staff were properly equipped to meet mission requirements. Flawlessly passed five Religious Offering Fund audits; managed $80k+ in non-appropriated funds ensuring all constituents a free exercise of religion and fellowship. Expertly managed chapel spaces overseeing a complex schedule - 684 events (e.g. memorials, weddings, retirements, command briefs) for all tenant commands.
-COMMAND IMPACT. Led three base-wide food drives to meet CNRNW goals in collecting 8,000+ lbs of food for local food banks. Enhanced Morale and promoted improved community relations, she coordinated 8 trail hikes with 213 volunteers to provide a total of 1600+ volunteer hours in essential trail maintenance for the Washington Trails Association
***EXEMPLIFIES THE CORE CALUES! PROMOTE TO CHIEF AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!***


*** MY #1 OF 8 HIGH COMPETITIVE FIRST CLASS PETTY OFFICERS! ***
*** HIGHLY MOTIVATED, LOYAL, AND READY FOR ANCHORS NOW! ***
- SUPERB LEADER. LPO of 3 Sailors, his technical expertise, weekly training plan, and mentorship resulted in 66% Departmental advancement, 3-USMAP certs, 1-JSOQ, and 7-NRTC completions. As Staff SPC, he was directly responsible for getting 25 Regional SPC's, Ombudsman's, & AOR Chaplain's qualified as trainers in Applied Intervention Skills Training. As CCC, he conducted 16 CDB's, 2-re-enlistments, 2-retirements, & 3 C-Way APPS.
- SKILLED MANAGER. Created 159 funding documents in support of 175 CREDO retreats/workshops across 10 installations, 7 Countries, & 3 continents for 7,196 personnel. This resulted in meeting the Commander's intent of 100% budget execution ($1.5 million) & enhancing the resiliency of the Fleet, Fighter & Family.
- FORCE MULTIPLIER. Instrumental in procurement of $30K worth of Religious Ministry Supply for NATO's newest Base (Poland). Conducted 110 hours of in-rate TRNG, PO3/PO2 SEL & GMT TRNG to 140 Sailors. As President of the FCPOA he led 62 area FCPO's in 18 events which raising $10.5K to support 15 community local functions. Planned and led 5 CPO 365 training session. Served as board Member for 4-JSOQ boards. Hand selected to spearhead ADM Howard's, Commander CNE-CAN-C6F 'Coin Design Challenge'.
***TOP NOTCH SAILORIZATION - HIGHLY EFFECTIVE LEADER - PROMOTE TO CPO IMMEDIATELY! ***


He arranged 66 religious services ensuring 1,100 people had weekly access to spiritual support. He efficiently managed over 2,400 morale care packages, ensuring snacks and personal hygiene products were distributed to 4 locations. He coordinated 19 Religious Ministry Team battlefield movements throughout Helmand Province, safegarding the chaplain for 15 days outside the wire in an arduous combat environment.


Provided countless hours of deck plate ministry to include 666 counseling hours, 88 religious services, 55 General Military Trainings. Recipient of the Military Chaplains Association Distinguished Service Award. Coordinated 4 Community Relations Projects providing Sailors an opportunity to help create a long lasting bond between host nations and the U.S. Navy.


Recipient of the Military Chaplains Association Distinguished Service Award. Conducted two Burial-at-Sea ceremonies for 37 veterans and executed two cross-deck ministry missions. Provided countless hours of deck plate ministry to include 678 counseling hours, 67 religious services, 29 bible studies, 55 General Military Trainings, and MWR support. His determination to raise morale and spiritual fitness kept the USS HUE CITY focused on mission readiness.


Deputy Command Chaplain, Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Africa. Served in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Overseas Contingency Operations. His leadership and ceaseless efforts in the Religious Ministry supported 4,000 service members and civilians and facilitated over 200 Religious Ministry services, seminars, and events. Supervised three Protestant worship services and initiated and implemented a ground breaking weekly resiliency program with topics on: suicide prevention, anger, and stress management. As an experienced counselor, he devoted over 300 hours to counseling and mentoring individuals in a challenging environment to maintain their spiritual readiness and encourage an optimistic outlook and return to work without loss of time or morale. His accomplishments and dedication is a reflection of his commitment to the United States Navy Chaplain Corps and will have a positive and long-lasting impact on peace and stability in Africa.



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