Story by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jordan Crouch

BREMERTON, Wash. – Sailors assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) held a ceremony honoring African-American History Month in the ship’s forecastle Feb. 19.

The ceremony, coordinated by Stennis’ Multi-Cultural Committee, focused on civil rights advocates who fought for equal rights for all Americans.

“We are all intertwined,” said Stennis’ commanding officer, Capt. Mike Wettlaufer. “It doesn’t matter what color you are or where you came from because you are all now serving together in the United States Navy.”

The ceremony highlighted the advancements that have been made since the civil rights era, allowing Sailors from different ethnic backgrounds and cultures the opportunity to work together as equals, making our Navy a stronger force.

“We all benefit from each other,” said Hull Maintenance Technician 2nd Class Kimberly Smith, from Cocoa, Fla. “As long we have diversity among Sailors the world is a better place.”

“It’s important to remind people of the reality that we’re all brothers and sisters,” said Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Alejandro
Rodriguezmatos, from Las Vegas. “We’re all part of the same crew.”

Stennis is currently undergoing a Docking Planned Incremental Availability (DPIA) maintenance period at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility.

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