USS Harry S. Truman's Family Readiness Group Holds Meeting

Story Number: NNS081102-14Release Date: 11/2/2008 7:37:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Matthew Williams, USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- USS Harry S. Truman's (CVN 75) Family Readiness Group (FRG) held their fall welcome social Oct. 2 at the Pennsylvania House on Norfolk Naval Base.

Melissa Arnold, the FRG's president, said the fall social was meant to inform the Sailors and family members of upcoming FRG events and give the spouses a chance to meet new people.

"The fall social helps the FRG meet spouses who may be new to the area or may have just not been to the other FRG meetings prior to our event tonight," Arnold said. "The meeting allows us to get volunteers for upcoming events and functions."

Capt. Herm Shelanski, the commanding officer of the Truman, said the FRG events during the yard period are important. It gives the spouses and family members a chance to meet new people without the immediate stress of being away from their Sailors.

"These events give family members a chance to learn the ship's schedule and prepare them for the upcoming sea trials and eventually, the next deployment," Shelanski said. "These meetings give them the preparation and necessary resources they will need to have when their Sailor deploys."

There will be quite a few upcoming events to go with the holidays around the corner.

"We have Halloween coming up, the fall season and Christmas. The FRG normally has events for the kids during these holidays," Shelanski. "It's important for kids to meet other children who they will be able to talk with and relate to during times of deployment, and these events help to build those friendships now."

Arnold said all these events help to gather volunteers and raise money for the biggest event they put on -- the ship's homecoming after each deployment.

"There is so much work that goes into the homecoming," Arnold said. "We need as many volunteers as we can get for it."

Arnold said the FRG meets every fourth Thursday of the month, with the exception of November, which will be the third Thursday to accommodate Thanksgiving.

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