Carl Vinson Leaders Visit, Encourage Students


Story Number: NNS090423-14Release Date: 4/23/2009 3:32:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kristan Robertson, USS Carl Vinson Staff Writer

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- Officers from USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) visited Glenwood Elementary School in Virginia Beach, April 7, to help encourage students in a new program targeted to boost esteem and grades.

Cmdr. Richard Jones, Carl Vinson's Mini Boss, along with Lt. Cmdr. Milton Lockley, Combat Systems Information Officer, and Lt. j.g. Harry Adair, from Air department, volunteered to speak with male third through fifth students as part of the "Young Men of Excellence Program."

"My goal today was to convey to these youngsters," said Jones, "that none of us are alone in life no matter how difficult the circumstance, that it's only temporary and to never think they are alone. There is always hope and strength through the community and friendship."

Jones, Lockley, and Adair all shared personal accounts of their lives. They also passed out pictures from Carl Vinson, showed a video with operations on board, and even conducted a push-up challenge and answered questions.

"Mentorship is the lifeblood of the Navy because it is one large team and no one is individually successful," said Jones.

"It's really important for these young men to see such wonderful role models and realize that anything is possible," said Catrina Manigo, Glenwood Elementary assistant principal. "Especially to see that they might have had similar experiences to what they are going through."

Carl Vinson is completing 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 has been replenished and the ship's services and infrastructure upgraded to make her the most state-of-the-art aircraft carrier in the fleet and ready for another 25 years or more of service

For more news from USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn70/.

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