"Gold Eagle" Single Sailor Program Entertains Crew

Story Number: NNS080418-10Release Date: 4/18/2008 11:57:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Roderick Barclay, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) is offering an abundance of off-duty fun for its single and junior Sailors this April by implementing a series of activities designed to give crew members a chance to break from the shipyard environment and relax during their off-duty hours.

The Carl Vinson Single Sailor program, which originally began in 2001, has continued to grow and benefit the command's junior and single Sailors during the ship's Refueling Complex Overhaul (RCOH) period. Over the last few years, more activities have been added to each month's event calendar.

"We have a tight team of dedicated Sailors who help organize the many activities we offer for the troops," said Shawn O'Keefe, the Morale, Welfare, and Recreation liberty coordinator for the Huntington Hall. "A good balance of liberty activities is imperative to Sailors' morale."

The Single Sailor program offers a wide arrangement of entertaining activities, ranging from XBOX 360 tournaments, skydiving trips, coordinated social parties, free pizza nights, and cookouts. O'keefe added that the Liberty Center located adjacent to the Huntington Hall gymnasium, is also a great place to unwind, surf the Web, and play pool, video games and ping-pong after working hours.

The free or low-cost activities are all developed to show Sailors a positive, alcohol-free good time.

"The activities we sponsor are always alcohol-free and very entertaining at the same time," said O'Keefe. "We let the troops know that alcohol isn't necessary to have a good time, and we pride ourselves on that accomplishment."

While the activities are geared primarily toward the college-aged demographic group, all active duty Sailors are invited to attend.

"The Single Sailor Program's events are always a lot of fun," said Personnel Specialist Seaman Ryan Foster, Carl Vinson's Administration Department. "I really enjoy them. They really are a constructive way to enjoy your time when you're not at work."

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.

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

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