NORFOLK (NNS) — More than 650 Sailors from commands throughout the Hampton Roads area marched in support of the “Keep What You’ve Earned” (KWYE) campaign on Naval Station Norfolk (NSN) July 2.
“Keep What You’ve Earned” is a fleet-wide campaign that encourages Sailors to make good decisions and illustrates the consequences of a bad decision.
“Because one bad decision could cost you not only your Navy career, but your family and even your life,” said NSN Command Master Chief Anthony E. Adams. “Our Sailors on shore and at sea work hard and deserve what they earned. This campaign is designed to help prevent them from making a decision or a series of decisions that could cost them everything.”
Sailors held up signs de-glamourizing alcohol, texting while driving, domestic violence and sexual assault while they marched.
“This was an opportunity to voice our concerns and opinions about serious issues that are affecting the Navy and the military as a whole,” said Adams. “We want to educate our Sailors on making choices that will help them in the future.”
When the march ended at the parade field, the Sailors who participated in the march were treated to refreshments and entertainment provided by Morale, Welfare and Recreation, such as rock climbing.
“The biggest part of working with ‘Keep What You’ve Earned’ is it gives us a chance to show Sailors that there are other alternatives to have fun other than going out and drinking,” said Christopher Robus, the MWR director at NSN. “Master Chief Adams played an integral part in reaching out to us and giving us the opportunity to offer our services to our Sailors from vacations to group activities around the Hampton Roads area.”
Capt. David A. Culler, commanding officer NSN, spoke to Sailors at the parade field about the importance of the campaign.
“I want to see our Sailors succeed in whatever they do,” said Culler. “Sailors need to realize that they need to know the consequences of their decisions regardless of whether they are in the workplace or outside of it. I believe that this campaign is making a difference in our Navy and I trust that our Sailors will be making the right decisions and choices for themselves and their families.”