Ethos, Sailor's Creed Inspired Community Outreach Project

Story Number: NNS090313-12Release Date: 3/13/2009 4:59:00 PM
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By Mass Communication 1st Class Christal A. Ferris, Navy Region Southwest Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Sailors from Afloat Training Group (ATG) San Diego volunteered to give Naval Base San Diego's (NBSD) Mariner's Park a much needed face-lift March 10.

The project is part of a joint effort between ATG San Diego's First Class Petty Officers' Association (FCPOA) and Chief Petty Officer Association.

"We're very involved in doing volunteer work," Egans said about volunteering throughout the San Diego communities.

"[This is] a way to come back and support our Navy family," said Information Systems Technician 1st Class (SW/AW) DeVaughn Egans, ATG's volunteer coordinator.

The project is a week-long effort and includes a mural designed by the ATG FCPOA. The mural will depict the first USS San Diego (ACR 6) and the new San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22) along with the Navy Ethos and Sailor's Creed.

"We found some artists in the command who drafted it up," Egans said. "We presented our idea to the Naval Base San Diego commanding officer and command master chief, and they gave it the thumb's up."

Mariner's Park is run by the NBSD Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Department. The park is used by MWR patrons for various events, including retirement ceremonies, birthday parties and command functions.

"I'm glad they're getting out there and doing this stuff," said ATG San Diego Command Master Chief Dave Fox. "It's not just doing the project, but it's getting the first class mess and the chiefs' mess working together. I just thought that was very cool, and I'm very proud of them."

The project will end with ATG San Diego presenting the finished product to the NBSD commanding officer, command master chief and the MWR director.

"Not only is this good for the community, it's good for the command to get outside of the office and spend a day in the sun and get some fresh air," said Chief Cryptologic Technician (Collection) (SW) Rich Meeks. "It really builds camaraderie."

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