Carl Vinson Welcomes Vinson Hall Residents

Story Number: NNS090410-13Release Date: 4/10/2009 7:54:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class David Shen, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) hosted a delegation from the Vinson Hall retirement community April 1.

While on board, the group toured several key spaces on the ship, such as the flight deck, mess decks, combat systems areas, health services and was also greeted by the various department heads and staffs.

"I thank Capt. Carter [Carl Vinson commanding officer] for reaching out to us and continuing to have a connection to our retired residents," said Retired Rear Adm. Kathleen Martin, chief executive officer of Vinson Hall. "It really gives our residents a chance to stay connected to what the military is doing today."

The visit was a part of a community enrichment project between Carl Vinson and Vinson Hall, based on the namesake of former U.S. Rep. Carl Vinson of Georgia.

"We have a great relationship with Vinson Hall," said Capt. Stephen Koehler, executive officer. "It was a great opportunity for us to be able to send some of our Sailors up there and help out and donate their time."

At the end of their visit, the group was presented USS Carl Vinson Honorary Crew Member Certificates, ball caps and the ship's coin by Carter to commemorate their first tour of the carrier.

"I fully expect our relationship with Vinson Hall to grow even after I move onto my next command," said Carter. "I will make sure that the next commanding officer will value our relationship and continue to be able to connect with the residents of Vinson Hall."

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