FORT GORDON, Ga. (NNS) -- Sailors from Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Georgia's First Class Petty Officer Association (FCPOA) at Fort Gordon received some special help in preparation of this year's 'Thanksgiving Meal for the Crew,' Nov. 19.
Master Seaman Rene Chartrand of the Royal Canadian Navy explained, the Canadian Armed Forces' integration into the intelligence community at NIOC Georgia and other installations, serves other functions besides representing the nation of Canada among the U.S. second-party partners.
"We actively participate in the U.S. Navy's FCPOA and CPO 365 program," Chartrand said. "Being away from home, we miss being a part of our military community. This gives us an opportunity to get that back."
Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) 1st Class Joshua Stokes and Cryptologic Technician (Collections) 1st Class Joshua Zumwalt began food preparation at 7 p.m. and worked through the night to feed more than 300 people the next day. The Army dining facility on base provided cooking utensils and the team was allowed to use the Reserve center to host the event.
"We had so much help from so many people, " Zumwalt explained. "This is our opportunity to give back to our Sailors and our community and mostly to see people happy."
In total, the crew dished out about 120 pounds of turkey, 60 pounds of ham, 18 cases of cranberry sauce, 500 portions of gravy, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, veggies, rolls, and an ever-replenishing table of cakes and desserts. At the conclusion of the event, they provided 40 plates to Sailors on duty.
The FCPOA served the Thanksgiving meal from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to military members and civilians alike. This annual event has quickly become an anticipated event at NIOC Georgia.
NIOC Georgia is a subordinate command of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command and comprises Task Force 1050 of the U.S. 10th Fleet. Based at Fort Gordon, its mission is to provide Information Warfare and cryptologic expertise and personnel to fleet air, surface, submarine and special warfare combatants and to provide reach back and extended staff support to U.S. Central Command and U.S. European Command Joint Forces Maritime Component commanders. NIOC Georgia supports the global war on terrorism, operating in a challenging naval, multiservice, and multinational environment.
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