By Mass Communication Specialist Third Class Eric Melone

BREMERTON, Wash. – Sailors assigned to Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) volunteered at the Family Fishing Derby held at Trident Lakes on Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor (NBK), May 3.

The derby, hosted by NBK’s Moral Welfare and Recreation (MWR), featured lake and pond trout fishing, as well as information booths that highlighted available outdoor recreational activities.

Stennis volunteers arrived early to help set up tents and an inflatable bouncer for children, and assisted families at the trout ponds throughout the day.

“When I heard about the event I was quick to volunteer,” said Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Quincy Watie, from Wichita, Kan. “It’s about giving back to our community.”

David Gonzalez, NBK’s community relations manager, said the derby was about getting outdoors and reaching out to the Navy families.

“We wanted to show them [the Navy families] the great recreation options available in the area,” said Gonzalez. “We are grateful Stennis could be a part of the event.”

More than 15 Stennis volunteers assisted MWR in facilitating the derby.

“We had Sailors from every department aboard Stennis come out to volunteer and I really appreciate them giving their time to help out,” said volunteer coordinator Chief Information Systems Technician Kiel Albarran, from Awasso, Okla. “It’s a good way [for Stennis Sailors] to support our Navy families.”

Stennis is currently undergoing a DPIA maintenance period at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility.

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