Chief of Naval Reserve Visits HST


Story Number: NNS041203-04Release Date: 12/3/2004 1:29:00 PM
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By Journalist 3rd Class (SW) John Stevens, USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs

USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, At Sea (NNS) -- The Chief of Navy Reserve, Vice Adm. John G. Cotton visited USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Nov. 22.

Cotton toured the ship and talked to some of Truman's active-Reserve Sailors about their careers, Navy life in general, and their current deployment in support of the global war on terrorism.

For Yeoman 1st Class (SW) Rob Hudson, it was a refreshing chance to discuss his career on the active and Reserve side of the Navy, as well as his current quality of life and future aspirations.

"The visit was very personal, very down-to-earth," said Hudson. "He was very interested in where I come from, how I was mobilized and about my family."

Hudson was recalled to Truman in October 2003 as the leading petty officer of Executive Officer's Administration Division. For Hudson, it was reassuring to get the view from the head of the Navy Reserve.

"He actually understood what Reservists are supposed to do, and that's to support the active-duty folks any way we can," Hudson said.

From Truman, Cotton will visit other mobilized Reservists deployed in the region to aid in the global war on terrorism.

The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (CSG) deployed Oct. 13 and consists of USS Barry (DDG 52), USS Mason (DDG 87), USS Monterey (CG 61), USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8), USS Albuquerque (SSN 706) and aircraft from embarked Carrier Air Wing 3. The Truman CSG arrived in the Persian Gulf Nov.18, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and the global war on terrorism.

For related news, visit the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Navy NewsStand page at www.news.navy.mil/local/cvn75.

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