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Carl Vinson Visits Atlanta for Navy Week

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS070321-02
Release Date: 3/21/2007 2:22:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist Airman Candice Villarreal, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

ATLANTA (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) visited Atlanta and surrounding areas to participate in the city’s Navy Week that began on March 13.

A focus for the city's ceremonies was to commemorate the aircraft carrier's namesake, former Georgia congressman Carl Vinson.

The city of Atlanta celebrated Navy Week on the 25th anniversary of the ship’s commissioning. Navy Week is an opportunity for the Navy to show a strong presence and positively promote the image and regional awareness for America’s sea services.

For one Carl Vinson Sailor, Atlanta Navy Week was a chance to come home.

“Participating in Navy Week made me feel proud of what I do as a Sailor,” said Yeoman 3rd Class Hadassah Hill, from Carl Vinson’s administration department. “Making a difference in my hometown gave me a sense of pride in knowing I’m really practicing the Navy’s core values of honor, courage, and commitment.”

Carl Vinson crew members also traveled to Milledgeville, Ga., where they visited the boy hood home of Carl Vinson and learned more about the history and life of the former Georgia Congressman. Shortly after, the Sailors traveled to a nearby cemetery where they paid respect to Vinson’s gravesite with a wreath and salute in his honor.

While in Milledgeville, the Sailors also attended Baldwin County High School for a Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps’ (NJROTC) pass-in-review, and visited other points of interest such as Georgia Military College and State University Library.

“Seeing active duty Sailors at our pass-in-review gave me a sense of pride and accomplishment,” said Jennifer Thompson, the NJROTC battalion’s executive officer.

The following day, participants traveled to the state capitol building and met with Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue.

During Atlanta Navy Week, Sailors also had the opportunity to volunteer to help in the local Atlanta community.

Sailors from Carl Vinson teamed up with Sailors from Naval Recruiting District, Atlanta and USS Georgia (SSGN 729) for a Habitat for Humanity Construction Project. Sailors also visited Atlanta’s Scottish Rite Children’s Medical Center, where they interacted with terminally ill children and presented them with command ball caps.

“This is the kind of volunteer effort makes us feel good about being in the Navy and allows Sailors to help other people,” said Master Chief Machinist’s Mate (AW/SW) Calvin Watson.

At the end of the week, Sailors from Carl Vinson made a positive impact on the people of Atlanta, and established greater ties with the ship’s Georgia roots in the namesake of Carl Vinson.

“We had a successful week out there,” said Hill. “We engaged ourselves with the community. We really represented USS Carl Vinson and the Navy in a positive way.”

Carl Vinson is currently undergoing its scheduled Refueling Complex Overhaul (RCOH) at Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard. The RCOH is an extensive shipyard period that all Nimitz-class aircraft carriers go through near the mid-point of their 50-year life cycle.

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