PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) -- Sailors aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) were presented an award during a ceremony Nov. 2 for their participation in the Adopt-A-Spot Program.
Truman Sailors participated in the program through a combined community relations effort with the city of Portsmouth.
Lt. Cerino Bargola, one of three command chaplains, determines which community service projects are best for Truman Sailors.
"The Adopt-A-Spot program was open to anybody," said Bargola, "so we chose to participate. We chose the area between Elm Street and George Washington [Parkway]."
Bargola said about 15 Sailors from different departments clean the area every three weeks.
"It gives them a chance to show we don't just do stuff on the ship," said Bargola.
"I don't do it for the awards. I do it just for the opportunity to help out," said Chief Aviation Machinist's Mate (AW) Nedinardo Tua, volunteer services coordinator. "But it's always good to bring something back to the ship and let the crew know that they are being recognized.
"Because we are in the Navy, the community supports us and thanks us for what we do. This is a way to thank them and give back," Tua added.
"It's a big thing for our Sailors to get out there and be good neighbors in the city," Bargola said.
The command plans to participate in the clean community program for the last time Dec. 1 before turning it over to USS George Washington (CVN 73).
Truman Sailors have been volunteering their time to the Adopt-A-Spot Program in Portsmouth since April. Bargola said Truman Sailors will continue to participate in Junior Achievement, Special Olympics, and other community events when the ship returns to its homeport in Norfolk.
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