Story & Photo by MC2 Heather Seelbach

Sailors from the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group (JCSCSG) departed Port Klang, Malaysia, Sept. 8 after a scheduled four-day port visit.

During the port visit, Sailors volunteered in five community service projects (COMSERV) at local shelters and group homes.

“Projects like these can have a profound impact on how we are perceived by the Malaysian people,” said JCSCSG Commander Rear Adm. Craig Faller. “Simple acts of kindness now, can have affect long after we have sailed.”

During the COMSERV projects, Sailors from USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) and USS Dewey (DDG 105) brought needed supplies and spent time entertaining and interacting with Malaysian locals.

“COMSERV projects are extremely important because it helps us to better understand the community that we’re in and it helps them to better understand us,” said Gas Turbine System Technician (Electrical) 3rd Class Glenna Rankin, a Mobile Bay Sailor who volunteered at Rumah Juara children’s home Sept. 6. “I think it’s a wonderful experience.”

Sailors also provided distinguished visitors with tours of the ship and hosted a reception for dignitaries and military officials from several countries.

JCSCSG has additional community outreach efforts slated for upcoming ports, in an effort to build and strengthen international relations.

“I think the most important thing about us getting out and helping the community is that you can see it in people’s faces.” said USS John C. Stennis Commanding Officer Capt. Ron Reis. “They are ecstatic. They have an opportunity to interface with our Sailors and that interaction is positive.”