Enterprise Sailors Leave Ship Bulkheads to Paint Retirement Home Walls

Story Number: NNS060526-40Release Date: 5/26/2006 2:41:00 PM
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By Journalist 1st Class Jennifer Crenshaw, USS Enterprise Public Affairs

SOUDA BAY, Greece (NNS) -- Fifteen Sailors from USS Enterprise (CVN 65) and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 volunteered for a community relations project in Xania, Crete, May 24.

Their assignment was to repaint three rooms in a local retirement home.

"This was a great opportunity for Sailors to represent the U.S. and the Big E," said Chief Yeoman (SW/AW) Kelly Willms, air department administration leading chief petty officer and leader of the project. "It gives us the opportunity to spend time with the locals and show them we are interested in making a difference."

Community outreach efforts the Navy provides the world help to promote maritime leaderships through peace, stability and security in Europe.

"The Enterprise is not just a warship for American diplomacy. There is a humanitarian side as well," said Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class (AW/SW) Nolan Fisher, G-1 division.

Yeoman 1st Class (AW) Tamiko Golff says she feels it's important for her to give back to the communities she visits.

"The people we saw today are someone's parents and grandparents. I just want to take some of my time to help take care of the place they call home," Golff said.

"It gives me the opportunity to come out and work with other Sailors aboard and give back some of my off time back to the community," Willms agreed.

The volunteer work Enterprise Sailors perform in the foreign ports they visit is just one of the many steps taken to show goodwill. The strike group's assigned mission is prompt sustained combat operations from the sea.

Enterprise and Carrier Strike Group 12 are currently on a regularly scheduled six-month deployment. The ship is operating in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.

The three-day port visit to Souda Bay, Greece, is Enterprise's second port visit during the deployment.

For more news around the fleet, visit www.navy.mil.

The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise CVN 65 departs Naval Station Norfolk.
Official U.S. Navy file photo of USS Enterprise (CVN 65).
May 3, 2006
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