Carl Vinson Sailors Recognized by Admirals' Hockey Team

Story Number: NNS090212-17Release Date: 2/12/2009 3:51:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ashley Van Dien, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- Sailors from USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) attended a Norfolk Admirals Hockey game Feb. 6.

"Gold Eagle" Sailors were recognized for their service and dedication. Carl Vinson Sailors and their children also participated in several events during the game.

The ship's Commanding Officer Capt. Ted Carter, Executive Officer Capt. Stephen Koehler, and Command Master Chief Glen Mallo also joined the Sailors at the Scope Arena in Norfolk.

Carter started the game by dropping a metal puck. The puck was the first product made with the new machines and materials aboard Carl Vinson during the ship's refueling complex overhaul (RCOH).

Machinery Repairman 3rd Class Anthony Randall and Machinery Repairman 3rd Class John Leege created the gift for Carter, and Chief Warrant Officer Mike Meyer did the special engraving.

For the game, the "Gold Eagle" Honor Guard presented the colors, Aviation Electronics Technician 3rd Class Matthew Guernsey sang the national anthem, and the Engineering department presented Lt. Daren Tiller with a cowbell as a going-away present.

The Norfolk Admirals played against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. There were various contests in between periods, including a Navy trivia game and a hockey puck shoot out, where contestants tried to make a goal from the blue line.

There was also an eating contest, a dance off, a lucky number game, and the chuck-a-puck contest where attendees threw rubber pucks from the stands and aimed for a target in the middle of the ice with the victor winning an autographed Admiral's jersey.

The Morale, Welfare and Recreation department on board sold more than 300 tickets to Vinson Sailors. The game was an opportunity for Sailors to spend time with each other and their families outside of work.

The Admirals defeated the Tigers 3-0.

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