USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, At Sea (NNS) -- The Navy reunited a brother and sister aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) during a recent underway replenishment. The Navy twins were stationed on separate ships that came together for a few hours July 10 while ammunition was being transferred from USS Detroit (AOE 4).
Through good luck and planning, Philadelphia natives Airman (AW) Alicia Wilson and Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class (SW/AW) Kenneth Wilson were able to meet on Truman's flight deck after Kenneth was flown from Detroit to see Alicia.
The two ships were taking part in Summer Pulse '04, the exercise validating the Navy's Fleet Response Plan.
Much planning had to take place to make the meeting happen. Kenneth on Detroit filled out a request chit as soon as he knew his ship would be pulling alongside Truman. It was approved, and their two chains of command began working together to plan a 90-minute visit between siblings.
"I'm really excited," Alicia said. "We came back from our last deployment in May 2003 and my brother went on cruise the following fall. That was the last time I saw my brother."
The reunion on HST's flight deck came when a helicopter landed, and Alicia's brother slowly climbed out of the helicopter to see his sister. They shared a small hug and walked off the flight deck.
Later, the twins caught up on old times. Airman Wilson showed her brother around the ship, this being his first time on an aircraft carrier, and introduced him to what could easily seem like all of air department.
"You're famous today," Wilson told her brother. "Everyone knows you're here."
Less than two hours later, they were back at the Air Transfer Office, once again waiting for a helo pick-up.
"This is the last time we're going to see each other in I don't know how long," said Alicia. "This is his last underway. After this, he's going on shore duty back in Philadelphia."
Passing the time, they talked about the differences between their two ships, everything from the food to the berthings, to the size of the ship's store and told liberty stories.
In the end, it was a small but amazing visit, coupling both the Navy's prodigious capabilities and its efforts to keep family members close.
Harry S. Truman is currently participating in Summer Pulse '04 while forward deployed to the Atlantic. Summer Pulse 2004 is the simultaneous deployment of seven aircraft strike groups, demonstrating the ability of the Navy to provide credible combat power across the globe, in five theaters with other U.S., allied and coalition military forces. Summer Pulse is the Navy's first deployment under its new Fleet Response Plan.
For more information about Summer Pulse '04, visit the CFFC Web site at www.cffc.navy.mil/summerpulse04.htm or visit the Summer Pulse '04 Navy NewsStand site at www.news.navy.mil/local/pulse04.
For related news, visit the Truman Navy NewsStand page at http://www.news.navy.mil/local/cvn75.