Carl Vinson Revamps Learning Resource Center to Improve Crew Morale

Story Number: NNS091018-02Release Date: 10/18/2009 10:31:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael A. Lantron and Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Heather Roe, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- During USS Carl Vinson's upcoming transit to San Diego, Sailors on board can look forward to a completely remodeled Learning Media Resource Center (LMRC) as a place to take their minds off the day-to-day grind of a deployment.

Beginning in late September as part of the Post Shakedown Availability/Selected Restrictive Availability period, the spaces are being modernized to better accommodate the spiritual needs and morale of Carl Vinson Sailors.

"I have seen this update with my own eyes while stationed aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76)," said Chief Religious Program Specialist (SW/AW) David Winter. "I had the opportunity to drive the same initiative and design with similar dramatic updates. The reaction from crew was overwhelming in response. This is truly a space built on the foundation of taking care of Sailors within a unique space on the ship."

The updates will allow for approximately 500 Sailors to use the LMRC's various aspects during peak times. New features include 18 workstations for Sailors to utilize email/internet and maintain contact with family, and an upgraded library complete with the most recent publications.

"It definitely will not feel like a normal shipboard space with stratica flooring and laminated bulkheads," said Winter.

Carl Vinson's Command Religious Ministries Department has consistently made it a point to ensure the crew is in a well state of mind and the new facilities are a direct reflection on that notion.

The LMRC, along with the Carl Vinson Chapel, are expected to be completed prior to the transit to San Diego. Other attractions to the LRMC are a variety of over 3,000 DVD's, music CD's, and audio books for enjoyment along with an upgraded movie theatre and learning center.

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