By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chelsy Alamina

BREMERTON, Wash. – The commanding officer of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) was the guest speaker at a Rotary Club of East Bremerton breakfast April 15.

Capt. Ron Reis and more than 20 Stennis Sailors were invited to the breakfast that honored the Stennis crew for their service and renewed the longstanding partnership between Stennis and the Kitsap community.

“All the organizations of the Rotary Club are big supporters of the United States Navy and Stennis supports our community like no other ship out there,” said Jerry LeTexier, president of the Rotary Club of East Bremerton, “In kind, we want to give the same respect to the Sailors because it’s a great and unique relationship. We are proud of our armed forces in this community.”

Reis expressed his gratitude for the recognition and spoke about the work accomplished by the Stennis crew during the recent deployment to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operation.

“The Sailors aboard the John C. Stennis, with an average age of 22, could not have performed better nor represented the United States of America better,” said Reis, “They endure hardships of sea duty far from home with quiet professionalism, which is a hallmark of our naval forces. We are truly blessed.”

Sailors had the opportunity to meet and converse with Kitsap community leaders during the event and shared their admiration for the club’s support.

“It’s a humbling and inspiring experience to be honored and recognized by the community,” said Personnel Specialist 1st Class Marianogerard Zamora.

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