Truman Spring Fling Brings Families Together

Story Number: NNS060413-20Release Date: 4/13/2006 4:56:00 PM
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From USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Sailors and their families enjoyed the 2006 Spring Fling April 9, hosted by Truman's Family Support Group (FSG) at Naval Station Norfolk's Fleet Recreation Park.

Almost 80 family members joined for an afternoon of fun, food and festivities. According to FSG President Ashley Zellner, the event was a success.

"It went really well," said Zellner. "Some new people came who I'd never seen before, not just Sailors."

Though the weather was still a bit chilly, there were plenty of activities to keep families and their children warm and lively.

"It was nice and had lots of activities for the kids," said Command Ombudsman Rhonda Ann. "It was cold, but who can change the weather forecast?"

Ann said the activities ranged from an Easter egg hunt and cookie decorating to a visit from the exalted Easter bunny himself.

Families enjoyed potluck fare, which was the ticket of admission.

No one left empty-handed, either. Kids took home Easter goodie bags, and both kids and adults won door prizes, which included tickets to Busch Gardens and Paramount's King's Dominion, Zellner said.

The FSG works hard to plan events just like the Spring Fling, but they need help from the crew in order to make them happen. Presently, the FSG is looking for a secretary and treasurer, and Zellner said she hopes the summer will see those positions filled.

Truman is currently conducting a dry-docked planned incremental availability (DPIA) at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, Va., and will return to sea this fall.

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