Historic North Island Chapel Renovated

Story Number: NNS061214-01Release Date: 12/14/2006 7:58:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sean P. Lenahan,

Fleet Public Affairs Center, Pacific

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Naval Air Station North Island's (NASNI) chapel is scheduled to reopen Dec. 16 after four months of renovation.

Builders added new pews, an air-conditioning system, and an audiovisual system to the chapel origionally opened Dec. 18, 1945.

Lt. Cmdr. Alan W. Lenz, a Navy chaplain, spoke about the significance of the chapel and how it will fulfill the spiritual needs of all military personnel.

"This renovation is important," said Lenz. "Because spiritual ministry is critical to the operational readiness of our military personnel and their families."

Service members who helped renovate the chapel expressed their appreciation about being involved in such a meaningful job.

"Everyone has sacrificed a lot of their time for this project," Aviation Electrician's Mate 2nd Class (SW/AW) John Miller said. "Now people can come here and be at peace because it's more comfortable and modern."

The refurbishing impacted civilian contractors as well, many of whom were pulled off of other jobs to help ensure the completion of such a project.

"I am really proud with the results of the work that we have done," said Steve Petty, a flooring installer for Naval Facilities Command. "With these improvements, I'm sure that the quality of spiritual life will go up."

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