Chiefs in Training Volunteer at Ronald McDonald House

Story Number: NNS090515-16Release Date: 5/15/2009 5:04:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class David Shen, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- USS Carl Vinson's (CVN 70) Chiefs in Training (CIT) members volunteered May 9 at the Ronald McDonald House in Norfolk May 9.

The Ronald McDonald House Charity provides temporary homes for families with ailing children who are receiving treatment at local facilities.

The 11 members of the CIT aided with chores such as mowing the lawn, trimming hedges, removing trash as well as preparing a meal for all volunteers and families.

"I know what it feels like to be staying in this house and being away from home," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate Handling (AW/SW) 1st Class Jorge Agostini Jr. of air department, V-2 division.

"I just wanted to be able to give back a little and help."

Agostini knows the experience firsthand when he and his family stayed at a Ronald McDonald House in San Diego two years ago while his daughter was receiving treatment.

The Ronald McDonald House in Norfolk currently has more than 20 families residing with them.

"CIT came out on their own time on a Saturday to help out the families with whatever that needed to be done," said Chief Aviation Ordnanceman (AW/SW) Mark Wilkinson of weapons department, G-4 division.

"I have visited the house before, and it really gave me a good feeling to help out the families. I thought it would be a great opportunity for CIT to come provide the families with a little bit of a relief and help them save money where ever possible."

USS Carl Vinson is completing its scheduled refueling complex overhaul (RCOH) at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding. 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.

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