Carl Vinson Sailor Selected for 'Wheel of Fortune'


Story Number: NNS081108-18Release Date: 11/8/2008 2:22:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW) Candice Villarreal, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- The radiation health officer on board USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) has been selected to appear at the Nov. 13 taping of the popular television gameshow 'Wheel of Fortune' at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, Calif.

Lt. Jeff Delzer will join other service members on the game show as part of a special Armed Forces Week series, during which he will represent the Navy and USS Carl Vinson as a contestant.

"I'm pretty excited that I was chosen for the show," said Delzer. "My wife loves 'Wheel of Fortune,' and I'm looking forward to going out there and possibly winning some money while having a good time."

Delzer learned of his prospective contestant status after his wife signed him up online and the show staff contacted him for an audition in March. In mid-October, Delzer learned that he had been officially selected to play and subsequently requested leave to travel to the show location with his family.

"The commanding officer was excited when he heard the news," said Delzer. "The entire ship and my chain of command have been really supportive and enthusiastic."

The vetting process for the show is very competitive. Last year alone, more than one million people signed up to be contestants on the show, yet only 600 persons were actually selected to audition.

"I feel extremely fortunate that I've been given the opportunity to represent the Navy as a contestant," said Delzer. "Plus, my son loves Vanna White, so hopefully he'll get to meet her and see the wheel and stage in person."

"Lt. Delzer is an excellent Sailor who will represent the Navy and Carl Vinson very positively," said Executive Officer Capt. Stephen Koehler. "We wish him luck and hope he does well."

USS 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.

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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