Vinson's Wardroom, Chiefs' Mess Swab Decks to Raise Money for Sailors in Need

Story Number: NNS090409-06Release Date: 4/9/2009 3:03:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2rd Class Mark Erks, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- USS Carl Vinson's (CVN 70) wardroom and chiefs' mess offered to work in the enlisted mess decks March 20 in an effort to raise money for the Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS).

Carl Vinson's crew held a series of fundraisers to donate money to NMCRS. The donations will enable NMCRS to provide financial assistance for service members and eligible family members.

Sailors who made a minimum contribution of five dollars to NMCRS, could nominate an officer or chief from any department to work in the galley. More than 90 people were nominated.

"It's a great experience," said Lt. j.g. Samuel Moss, disbursing officer, "because sometimes you take advantage of what we get every day until you actually do the work we're doing today."

Officers and chiefs working in the galley were tasked with food service attendant duties like washing dishes, swabbing decks, cleaning tables, and serving food. The total contributions reached more than $2,000.

"It's kind of nice to do this again. It brings back memories of when I did this same job on the USS Arthur W. Radford (DD 968) back in 1990," said Chief Master-at-Arms (SW) Shannon Stiteler.

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