USS Mitscher MWR Motivates Sailors While Underway

Story Number: NNS080928-10Release Date: 9/28/2008 4:55:00 PM
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By Mass Communications Specialist 3rd Class Stephen Tate, Destroyer Squadron 24 Public Affairs

USS MITSCHER, At Sea (NNS) -- The Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) office aboard USS Mitscher (DDG 57) is helping to keep the crew entertained this September as the ship makes its transit across the Atlantic Ocean to participate in the Joint Warrior course, a multi-national exercise held off the coast of Scotland.

"We are currently hosting bingo, spades, Madden tournaments and movie nights," said Fire Controlman 3rd Class Angel Aceves, a member of the ships MWR team. "We also issue sporting gear and video game systems for the crew."

Aceves said the support from the ship's MWR staff provides crew members avenues to relax after a long work day at sea.

"We do our best to keep up the spirits of the crew," said Aceves. "The ship is performing in a host of training exercises, and our crew is very busy. Our MWR team provides Sailors alternative activities so they stay engaged while at sea."

Even members of the MWR committee have been surprised by the level of participation at the events.

"I think the crew is happy to see all of what we have to offer," said Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Froilan Morales. "We've had excellent participation in all of the after-work games. It's all good fun for the crew while we're at sea."

Sailors aboard Mitscher expressed their satisfaction with the programs and said the ship's MWR team is making a positive impact on the crew.

"MWR always has some kind of event going on," said Seaman Christopher Rethoret, a member of the ship's deck division. "They always have a lot of options for us, even when we're in port. Even the little things that they do, like the ice cream socials, are great for crew morale."

Members of Mitscher's MWR team said their contributions and support for the crew are important, not only for morale, but for keeping Sailors focused on the mission.

"I hope we can provide Sailors that extra bit of motivation when they are on the job," said Aceves. "Our efforts help build camaraderie and team work, which helps with every part of our ship's mission."

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