'Gold Eagle' Sailors Attend GEICO's Military Appreciation Luncheon

Story Number: NNS071120-01Release Date: 11/20/2007 7:21:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Candice Villarreal, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Sailors attended the 8th Annual Government Employees Insurance Company (GEICO) Military Appreciation Day luncheon Nov. 14, at Naval Station Norfolk's Vista Point Conference Center.

The luncheon's agenda included the posting of the colors, the national anthem, and special remarks from members of the Hampton Roads community who came out to thank military members for their service to the nation.

"The whole event was put together very well," said Yeoman 3rd Class Tamika Benton, of Carl Vinson's Engineering Department. "It's great to see the local community supporting the men and women of the military."

Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class (SW/AW) Brandie Flowers, another Sailor from Carl Vinson, said she was proud to represent the Navy and her ship at the event.

"The food was delicious and the speakers were very motivational and informative," said Flowers. "Our hosts really made the affair very welcoming for all the service members in attendance."

The "Gold Eagle" was one of 44 commands represented at the event, and members from all branches of the armed forces were present.

"We are reminded every day of the sacrifices military personnel make," said Joe Thomas, GEICO's vice president for the local region. "Words cannot express our gratitude, and we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts."

Carl Vinson is currently undergoing its 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.

For more news from USS Carl Vinson, visit www.news.navy.mil/local/cvn70/.

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