NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- USS Carl Vinson's (CVN 70) Mustang Association joined with members of the ship's chief's mess to work on a building project sponsored by Habitat for Humanity, Aug. 22, in Norfolk.
Spending an entire day at the building site, Carl Vinson's crew of khakis teamed up to put the finishing touches on three houses being constructed for underprivileged citizens of the Norfolk community.
"I'm so grateful that Carl Vinson Sailors came out to help participate today," said Karl Bogott, Habitat for Humanity project supervisor. "Many of the Sailors who came out here are very skilled builders, which means they're very valuable for a project like this."
For many of Carl Vinson's volunteers, the project was not only a way to assist the local community, but also a place to spend quality time with friends, family, and shipmates.
Chief Warrant Officer Chris Wood, who brought his son to assist in the project, said he always enjoys volunteering in the local community, and wants to instill this value on his son at an early age.
"It's great to be able to offer our services to Habitat for Humanity," said Wood. "And it's a perfect opportunity for me to have some father-son time with my son before he goes back to school."
Habitat for Humanity has built and renovated more than 200,000 homes nationwide, providing shelter for more than one million people. The organization operates in all 50 states, and has presence in 94 other countries.
Habitat for Humanity is administered and managed by community volunteers, who direct the affiliates and are responsible for selecting needy families for the housing projects, the fundraising to build them, and the construction of the houses.
For Carl Vinson's volunteers, a day's work for a good cause left Sailors with a great sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.
"It's a wonderful feeling to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and help out our community," said Chief Storekeeper (AW/SW) Felicia Cosby, Carl Vinson's S-6 division leading chief petty officer. "Today's efforts have turned out well. It's great adding joy to people's lives, and I applaud our Carl Vinson volunteers for what they have done here today."
Carl Vinson is currently undergoing its scheduled refueling complex overhaul (RCOH) at Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard. The RCOH is an extensive yard period that all Nimitz-class aircraft carriers go through near the mid-point of their 50-year life cycle.
During RCOH Carl Vinson's nuclear fuel will be replenished and the ship's services and infrastructure will be upgraded to make her the most state-of-the-art aircraft carrier in the fleet and prepare for another 25 years or more of service.
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