Sailors Play Golf on USS Harry S. Truman Flight Deck

Story Number: NNS080318-14Release Date: 3/18/2008 1:54:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Matthew Bookwalter, USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs

USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, At Sea (NNS) -- "Fore" was the word of the day as Sailors on board USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) had the unique opportunity to hone their golf skills on the flight deck March 1.

Sailors had the chance to practice not only their long distance drive but their short putting skills as well.

"I'm not much of a putter," said Aviation Structural Mechanic Airman Bradley Thompson assigned to Anti-submarine Helicopter Squadron 7. "I'm just working on my long game."

The equipment was donated by the "Fore Our Soldiers" organization, a nonprofit program that is dedicated to providing service members with golf equipment while on deployment.

"I let Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) know about Dan Sundt, and that he was sending me some golf clubs and golf balls," said Aviation Boatwain's Mate Airman Travis Rodriguez. "He wanted to send some stuff out for the whole ship. Dan actually brought the idea up to me. I just kept contact with him. He was able to send the ship over 4,000 golf balls and some clubs to use as well."

Golfers and non-golfers alike took their turns at the "green" just to take a break from the monotony of ship life.

"It's a good way to relax and blow off some steam," said Command Master Chief (AW/SW) Clarence Frye. "It's a good opportunity for some guys to come up into the sunshine and just whack a ball."

"It's great for morale, it's definitely boosting it," said Rodriguez. "I think MWR is great, this is one of the best things we have had out at sea, right next to the Super Bowl party we had a little while ago."

The MWR office plans on bringing the opportunity back during no-fly days.

"I hope we will be able to do it again on the next maintenance day," said Omar Suñer, Truman's fun boss. "This has been a blast."

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