NSA Naples Celebrates Caribbean Heritage Month

Story Number: NNS120705-10Release Date: 7/5/2012 12:41:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Josh Bennett, Navy Public Affairs Support Element-East Detachment Europe

NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- The Combined Multi-Cultural Heritage Committee of Naval Support Activity (NSA) Naples held a celebration featuring free food and music at the Fellowship Hall at NSA Capodichino base June 28 in honor of Caribbean American Heritage Month.

June has been dedicated to honoring the Caribbean Americans that have played an important part of the nation's history.

President George W. Bush signed a proclamation making June the official Caribbean American Heritage Month June 5, 2006. NSA Naples helped in honoring Caribbean American Sailors this month with a celebration featuring a free lunch consisting of popular Caribbean dishes.

The Caribbean style dishes included Jamaican jerk chicken, macaroni pie and curry chicken.

The event also featured story boards with information on different Caribbean Islands.

Information Systems Technician 1st Class (ITW/SW) Brian B. Panelo, a member of the Combined Multi-Cultural Heritage Committee, said it is important for the Navy to have events like this because it gives Sailors an opportunity to learn about the diverse cultures of their shipmates.

"Not only does this play on the diversity of the Navy itself, but it also gives us an appreciation for the people that serve with us," said Construction Electrician 3rd Class Dwayne Watson, assigned to Naval Computer and Telecommunication Station Naples.

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jermain R. Brown said he believes cultural celebrations should occur on a monthly basis, because there are a variety of different countries represented within the military and we should take the time celebrate the diversity within the military.

The committee also said that they hope to have more culture celebration events in the near future.

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