Story by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Christopher Frost

BREMERTON, Wash. – More than 500 Sailors from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) celebrated Stennis Day at Safeco Field Aug. 7.

Stennis Day, a Morale Welfare and Recreation (MWR) event, was organized to honor Sailors and their family members for both their service and mutual sacrifice.

“This was a great opportunity for our Sailors to come out, be appreciated by the community and have fun at a command sponsored event,” said Stennis’ MWR director, or funboss, Chris Cation. “This was our ninth [Stennis Day] and we were very happy to continue our participation.”

Capt. Kyle Higgins, Stennis’ executive officer, started the evening by throwing out the first pitch to Stennis’ Command Master Chief Trenton Schmidt.

“This was a great opportunity for Sailors and their families to relax outside of the work environment, strengthen friendships and nurture our relationship with the community,” said Schmidt. “ It was a great night, a great event and I look forward to more in the future.”

Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Brett Cale enjoyed the game and said he could feel the crowd’s support.

“They really appreciate what we do,” said Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Brett Cale. “Most people only see our ship, but this was an opportunity to meet the crew and [they] showed their appreciation.”

Aviation Maintenance Administrationman 3rd Class Jerry Iwan said he was honored by the support from the crowd and the Mariners organization.

“We’re a small group in the pacific northwest,” said Iwan, “so to be honored like this is significant for us.”

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

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