Truman Sailors Reach Out in France

Story Number: NNS080522-12Release Date: 5/22/2008 5:33:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Heather Weaver, USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs

MARSEILLE, France (NNS) -- USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Sailors participated in a community relations (COMREL) project in Marseille, with the Little Sister's of the Poor Nursing Home for the Elderly to show their appreciation for the hospitality of the Marseille citizens, May 21.

Lt. Cmdr. Daniel Mode, said participating in events such as COMRELs allows Sailors to create ties and bonds with the local community that will last for years to come. He noted the France COMREL was the crew's 13th of the deployment and that more than 500 Sailors have donated more than 2,000 hours of their off-time to help nations of the world.

"Sailors are motivated on all of the COMRELS that we have because they want to help," Mode said. "They have skills we need, and it gets them to the local area instead of the tourist spots."

"I volunteered so I could meet the hosting community at a personal level," said Aviation Maintenance Administrationman 2nd Class Randy Thorp. "It's a good way to give back to the local community and say 'thank you for letting us come in.'"

"The COMREL again exceeded our expectations," Mode said. "As always our Sailors did an amazing job, went right to work and made it a priority to act as good ambassadors of the U.S."

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