Actress Visits Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Thanks Service Members


Story Number: NNS100406-05Release Date: 4/6/2010 11:26:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Robert Stirrup, Commander, Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- An actres visited Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) and the USS Arizona Memorial on April 1.

Capt. Richard Kitchens, commander of JBPHH, hosted Jamie Lee Curtis and showed her the base including a visit to the Chief Petty Officers' club during their 117th birthday celebration.

Curtis also had an opportunity to see a mural painted by her father, actor and Navy veteran Tony Curtis, currently displayed in the JBPHH headquarters building 150.

"My father is a very talented artist and it is really great to see his work here at this historic base," said Curtis. "He takes great pride in his service and his family takes great pride in his service so it really moves me to see his painting as a permanent fixture in an important building of the Navy."

Even while on vacation, Curtis said she wanted to bring her family to Pearl Harbor so they could experience history and tradition of the military at historic Pearl Harbor.

"There is a lot of recreation to do in Hawaii, but there is nothing more important to me than to connect to the history of Hawaii and most importantly to the catastrophic events of Dec. 7, 1941," Curtis said. "I wanted to make sure that my family also connected to the history and so we can show our gratitude to the men and women who served to protect our country during that time."

During the visit, Curtis autographed some of her published books for children and talked about the importance of the military's "United Through Reading (UTR)" program.

"Reading for children is fundamental for all learning and the military's UTR program not only helps a child cope with the parent being away, but it also helps them learn," noted Curtis.

Curtis also thanked all of the service members for their continued support and dedication to their country.

"I respect and admire all of the nation's military members for their service to our country and we would not be America without their service," said Curtis.

For more news from Commander, Navy Region Hawaii, visit www.navy.mil/local/cnrh/.

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Capt. Richard Kitchens, commander of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, shows actress Jamie Lee Curtis a map of Pearl Harbor.
100401-N-3666S-092 PEARL HARBOR (April 1, 2010) Capt. Richard Kitchens, commander of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, shows actress Jamie Lee Curtis a map of Pearl Harbor. Curtis toured the base and visited the USS Arizona Memorial. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Robert Stirrup/Released)
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