ALCSG Sailors Give Quality Time To Pattaya Orphanage


Story Number: NNS060428-01Release Date: 4/28/2006 9:58:00 AM
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By Photographer's Mate Airman James R. Evans, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs

PATTAYA, Thailand (NNS) -- Sailors from the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Carrier Strike Group took part in a community service (COMSERV) project at the Pattaya Orphanage April 22.

Forty-seven Sailors helped the staff of Pattaya Orphanage relocate their nursery to a new facility by carrying supplies and furniture, as well as bringing a little joy to the lives of the children who live there.

Like any other COMSERV project, the reasons Sailors had for wanting to help out were as diverse as the Sailors participating.

"I've always wanted to do a COMSERV but I've never had a chance to," said Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Michael Downey of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 137. "It felt really good to do something for someone else, and it's very humbling for me to realize how good I had it when I was a kid," he said.

For Storekeeper Seaman Panebi Smith, the calling is a spiritual one.

"I'm a minister and I like to be involved in community service. Anything that gives me the opportunity to meet and help other people, whether it's spiritual, physical, or charitable is a real blessing," he said.

After the work was done, the group took a break to spend some quality time with the children of Pattaya Orphanage, enjoying a few tough games of soccer and breaking down language barriers before returning to the Lincoln.

For related news, visit the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Navy NewsStand page at www.news.navy.mil/local/cvn72/.

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