Truman MWR Program Keeps Morale High


Story Number: NNS100713-15Release Date: 7/13/2010 8:00:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Denise Davis, USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs

USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) welcomed aboard the fleet readiness director for Commander, Navy Installations Command for a two-day visit July 10.

Ed Cannon oversees shore command Fleet Readiness Programs, including shore-based galleys, Navy Gateway Inns and Suites and shipboard Morale Welfare and Recreation (MWR) programs throughout the fleet.

The visit marked Cannon's first experience on board a deployed aircraft carrier and allowed him the opportunity to observe carrier operations and to see how Truman's MWR program benefits the ship's crew.

"I'm thrilled to be out here," said Cannon. "This visit was a chance for me to come out and give my support to the Sailors and Marines on board Truman. This experience has reaffirmed my commitment to the MWR program, and I can see that the programs are running effectively."

Truman's MWR division coordinates programs and activities for crew members while the ship is in port and at sea. During Truman's current deployment, MWR has helped keep crew members entertained by hosting a range of activities, such as bingo, pizza and movie nights, card game tournaments, ping-pong and arm-wrestling tournaments and karaoke.

"MWR brings some of the comforts of home out to sea," said Yeoman Seaman Christian Taylor, from Truman's admin department. "They help bring people together and give us ways to meet up with friends outside of work."

Cannon also toured Truman's robust physical fitness program, which includes seven gyms and recently updated workout equipment. With 12 different types of fitness classes being coordinated by MWR, the 4,600 embarked Sailors and Marines are better equipped than ever to meet their physical training goals.

"Stress-wise, having a good exercise program is very important," said Nathan Owen, Truman's physical fitness coordinator. "I think it was a good opportunity to let Mr. Cannon see where we work and live on a day-to-day basis and to see the impact our programs have."

Truman leadership echoed the positive benefits of having robust MWR and fitness programs for deployed crew members.

"A balanced lifestyle of body, mind and spirit makes us better Sailors and Marines," said Capt. John Meier, Truman's executive officer. "Having a good balance prepares us for success on deployment and in life. We all work hard on board, and when we take the time to take care of ourselves with a physical fitness regimen, we help to relieve the stress of deployment while benefiting physically."

Truman is deployed in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

For more news from USS Harry S. Truman, visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn75/.

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