By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman James Lyon

BREMERTON, Wash. – Sailors assigned to Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and their family members participated in an Easter egg hunt at the Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton softball field April 13.

The event, sponsored by Stennis Moral Welfare and Recreation (MWR), featured approximately 5,200 gifts, including candy filled eggs, prizes and baskets.

In addition to the gifts, MWR provided free food, refreshments and music with help from Stennis’ Junior Enlisted Association (JEA) and Mustang Association.

“This is our way of saying thank you to every Stennis family for their support,” said Chris Cation, Stennis’ MWR director. “Their Sailors are working hard to get Stennis back to sea so it’s good to get the families together on a day like this to have some fun.”

For many, the event was a great way to not only spend time together but also an opportunity to get to know other Navy families.

“I think it’s awesome,” said Courtney Reese, from Ervington, Ala., wife of Aviation Boatswains Mate (Handling) 1st Class Korinne Reese, from Woodland, Calif. “It is cool to be able to come to these events and meet other families.”

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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