S-3 Division Keeps Carl Vinson Crew's Morale High

Story Number: NNS080716-15Release Date: 7/16/2008 8:25:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Erin Oberholtzer, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Supply Department S-3 division transferred a large portion of its third quarter earnings into the ship's Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) fund July 2.

"The money you spend ultimately comes back to you," said Storekeeper 3rd Class (SW/AW) Jessica Hall. "The money is really used to boost our ship's morale with events such as the Christmas party and the summer bash."

The MWR fund creates more opportunities for recreational activities aimed at enhancing crew morale.

The proceeds from both of the aircraft carrier's ship stores and all vending machines aboard are used to support the ship's MWR fund. On average, S-3 division collects approximately $70,000 every quarter for MWR to utilize.

Sailors know that money spent aboard will come back to benefit them, and it is a big incentive to spend locally.

Carl Vinson's store operations earnings are similar to many large-deck ships operating at sea.

Chief Warrant Officer Stephen Jones, the ship's S-3 division officer, explained his division continues to explore creative opportunities to boost sales and make the crew want to utilize the services offered by his team.

"Anything that MWR spends money on -- from pizza sales, departmental picnics, concerts and even the
'adventure into the unknown' program -- our Sailors help with the funding by purchasing items from the ship's store. It is well worth the effort we all put in."

Considered a morale-boosting program, Carl Vinson's MWR office provides Sailors with alternative activities at an especially important phase of the aircraft carrier's overhaul period.

"The service we provide is even more important now," said Hall. "The programs and activities are a key morale booster with the demands of the refueling complex overhaul (RCOH). The MWR team, in partnership with the ship's store, is working harder than ever to relieve some stress with working in a shipyard environment."

Carl Vinson is undergoing its scheduled 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.

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

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