NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- An officer assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) applied lessons he learned in the Navy during a 10-day community relations (COMREL) project in Chisinau, Moldova, Sept. 16-26.
Chief Warrant Officer 4 Anthony Garcia, assigned to Air Department's V-4 division embarked on a 10-day COMREL with members of the Gateway Christian Church, which is located in Virginia Beach, Va.
"This was my first COMREL that I have ever participated in," said Garcia, who appreciated the opportunity to serve others.
During the 10-day COMREL Garcia and his fellow parishioners visited several orphanages and villages in the following Moldova cities: Carpineni, Ungheni, and Ceadir Lunga.
Cmdr. Chris Martinez, Lincoln's assistant Air Department officer, reflected on Garcia's volunteerism.
"In Abraham Lincoln's Air Department, Garcia is known for his passion for caring for the men and women of our Fuels Division. It's great to see him take his passion and his abilities to benefit those in less fortunate parts of the world," said Martinez.
Garcia reflected on the reasoning for his volunteerism.
"My family prompted me to take this trip because it would enhance my spiritual growth," said Garcia, who also wanted to model positive choices for his two daughters and son. "You have to make the sound decisions in life."
In addition to modeling positive behaviors for his children, Garcia, who has been in the Navy for 27 years and has deployed 13 times, is looking forward to sharing his life lessons learned both abroad and on board USS Abraham Lincoln with his Sailors.
"This visit provided me the opportunity to go out and mentor young adults and effect many lives," said Garcia, who supervises 127 Sailors. "It also allows me to share these same experiences with my Sailors so they can make better life choices."
Lt. David Duprey, chaplain assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln, reflected on Garcia's volunteerism spirit.
"As United States Sailors, we represent our country wherever we go," said Duprey. "This trip represents the best that America has to offer. He's going there to learn about a great nation's history, and to learn about a culture with his family. As a father, he's showing his family that service truly makes a difference."
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