DVIDS – News – COMREL at the forefront of Fleet Week Port Everglades


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (May 7, 2022) – Sailors from USS Delbert D. Black (DDG-119), USS Lassen (DDG 82), U.S. Coast Guard and Talent Acquisition from the Navy (NTAG) have been working together on various community service projects as a way to say “thank you” to the Fort Lauderdale area during Fleet Week Port Everglades 2022.

While Sailors want to give back and help communities, such projects also provide localities with an opportunity to meet, appreciate and choose to support the service members who make up the armed forces.

“Navy public participation is a necessary component to mission success. Bringing the tools and skills learned from the Navy back to the community shows that America’s future is bright,” said Michael Clayton, Chief Religious Programs Specialist. Clayton oversaw and helped plan COMREL events during Fleet Week Port Everglades.

Sailors visited the Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Museum to complete painting, repair and beautification projects within the museum grounds. The sailors visited the museum and viewed a short film. Afterwards, veteran personnel from various service branches provided lunch to the sailors.

Sailors also undertook a project to help repair and restore wildlife habitats at the South Florida Wildlife Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is a place where displaced wildlife can recuperate, rehabilitate and then be released back into their habitat in the wild.

Culinary Specialist Third Class Althea Linder of USS Delbert D. Black said, “I think community relations (COMREL) is important as a sailor in the navy because it’s important for everyone to have a different perspective. They see that sailors not only do their civil duties, but are there for them as well. My favorite thing about today is seeing the different habitats of animals and seeing what this organization is doing for them is inspiring to help others.

During the rest of the week, Sailors participated in community service events at Henderson FAU Elementary School and North Broward Preparatory School. Sailors answered questions about the Navy and discussed various Navy rates and jobs. Sailors visited the First Presbyterian Church’s senior center and spent time talking to residents about themselves and what they did during Fleet Week and while serving in the Navy . At the end of the visit to the center for the elderly, the sailors danced with some of the elders.

In total, nearly 100 service members contributed more than 500 man-hours of effort to help beautify community areas and improve relations with residents.

“VPI Fleet Week also enlightened Sailors on the impact not only to our retiree community, but it also highlighted what a polite Sailor or Sailor looks like at the primary, middle and high school levels. Community should always be at the forefront of any Navy Fleet Week,” said Clayton.

Broward Navy Days and other military support organizations host Fleet Week Port Everglades each year. U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships dock at Everglades ports and support activities designed to show Americans the investment they have made in their Navy and increase awareness of the role and purpose of the Navy. navy in our national defence.

Date taken: 05.07.2022
Date posted: 05.08.2022 07:08
Story ID: 420238
Location: FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida, USA

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