Story & Photo by MC3 Grant Wamack
CHANGI, Singapore – Sailors from the Nimitz-class air craft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) spent some of their limited liberty time volunteering in the local community Jan. 27 and 28 during a port visit to Singapore.
Twelve Sailors who volunteered for community service activities aboard the ship visited the Boy’s Town of Singapore Jan. 27. Boy’s Town was established in 1948 as a home to displaced and troubled children, as well as boys from families stricken with financial hardships. Throughout the day, Sailors played basketball, soccer and shared an afternoon meal with the children.
“The experience at the Boy’s Town was overwhelming,” said Aviation Technician 3rd Class Jonathon Fox. “I felt honored to be there representing the Navy and be involved in these young men’s lives.”
Another 12 Stennis volunteers lent their time at The Singapore Cheshire Home Day Care Center, a hospice for disabled citizens, Jan. 28. Sailors spent several hours with the residents sharing time, stories and serving meals.
“It was a great experience,” said Damage Controlman 2nd Class (SW/AW) Salena Thomas. `“Everyone was happy and it’s very encouraging to see that even though people have disabilities, they can still overcome their obstacles.”
While community service projects allow Sailors unique opportunities to learn about life in foreign countries; they also build character and demonstrate the values upon which our Navy was founded.
“It shows dedication,” said Navy Counselor Chief (SW/AW) Jean-Hero Lamy, the command career counselor aboard Stennis. “These Sailors are well rounded. They are conscientious, caring and are willing to spend their off time helping others.”
The Stennis is currently conducting Maritime Security Operations and routine training at sea in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations as part of a scheduled seven-month deployment.