Golf Tournament On Par With Truman Sailors' Morale

Story Number: NNS111014-11Release Date: 10/14/2011 9:12:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Leona Mynes, USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) -- Sailors aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) competed with each other during a golf tournament conducted at Bide-a-Wee Golf Course in Portsmouth, Va., Oct. 12.

More than 100 Sailors played 18 rounds at the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR)-sponsored event.

"I think hosting an event like this is a great morale boost for Sailors," said Megahn Dronberger, Truman's MWR officer. "We really like to get Truman's officers and enlisted working together on and off the ship."

Sailors took some time out from Truman's docked planned incremental availability (DPIA) at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY), said Chief Aviation Electronics Technician (SW/AW) Shannon Thoftne.

"Participation in these events puts a different spin on things as far as morale," said Thoftne, whose team won the tournament. "Sailors being able to participate MWR events during the workday makes the DPIA feel less stressful and has an overall good effect on the crew's morale, and it gives you something more to look forward to in your day, week or month."

Truman's MWR has scheduled a larger-scale golf tournament Nov. 10, where Truman Sailors will play against Sailors from USS Enterprise (CVN 65), USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), said Dronberger.

Truman is undergoing DPIA to conduct maintenance and refurbish shipboard systems, and is expected to return to the fleet in the summer of 2012.

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