ATLANTIC OCEAN (NNS) -- Sailors from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) first class petty officer association (FCPOA) were selected as "FSA for a Day" and spent a day working with the ship's food service attendants (FSA), Oct. 20.
Over the course of three days, junior Sailors made donations to see their favorite first class petty officers (FCPO) work in the galley alongside the food service attendants. The contest selected 27 winners and raised $2,366 with Yeoman 1st Class Lawrence Anderson leading the way with $175.
The money received will go toward a variety of different causes, including the children's holiday party. The FCPOA holds this party annually for the children of Sailors aboard Abraham Lincoln, giving them a chance to spend time with their family during the holiday season.
"We are an organization of first classes committed to making the ship a better place, training our junior Sailors, and giving back to the community," said Yeoman 1st Class James Thibeau, Abraham Lincoln's FCPOA secretary.
The selected FCPOs will spend the day working alongside the FSAs and serve in the scullery, trash room and the deep sink.
FSAs are Sailors, who are temporarily assigned to the mess decks to help the culinary specialists serve over 3,500 Sailors during the ship's four meals per day. FSAs are also responsible for keeping the tables clean and washing the trays and utensils.
"It's great having the first classes with us today," said Seaman Tyler Wilson. "It's a big help to have more hands to share the workload with, and it is fun to hear their naval experiences and the advice they have to offer."
Anderson said he was satisfied to do his share of work, though quickly learned just what the FSAs are responsible for on a daily basis.
"I've gained a new appreciation for the blue shirts," said Anderson, who was assigned to the trash room. "It's humbling having to haul trash."
Of the 27 FCPOs assigned to FSA, five went to the trash room, six to the deep sink, and 16 to the scullery.
"I really don't mind busting suds back here," said Master-at-Arms 1st Class Adolfo Ruiz, assigned to the scullery. "It feels good to support a good cause."
Abraham Lincoln is underway for carrier qualifications and training.
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