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Nimitz Sailors Help Renovate Local Fairgrounds

NAVAL BASE KITSAP-BREMERTON, Wash. (March 30, 2016) – Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) helped renovate a baseball field at Kitsap County Fairgrounds and Events Center, in Bremerton, Wash., March 30.

With the assistance of the Sailors and the Kitsap County community the fairgrounds were able to expedite the process of the renovations so that local sports teams can use them.

“The fairgrounds staff are on a strict schedule to get this baseball field done,” said Chief Aviation Electrician’s Mate Lucas Inman. “They have teams that want to play but they don’t have a field to play on. Just knowing we’re out here helping that project get finished so the sports teams around here can come out and do what they love to do.”

The Fairgrounds have over 200,000 visitors a year attending a variety of activities, shows and events. The Kitsap County Fairgrounds and Events Center includes fair facilities, large venues, ball fields, tennis courts and picnic shelters, amongst other amenities.

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AO3 Shaquille Brown, of West Palm Beach, Fla., assigned to USS Nimitz shovels dirt into a wheelbarrow at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds and Events Center.

Sailors are often visiting the fairgrounds either as volunteers or patrons.

“Sailors help us with the fair where they work the gates or work security,” said Billie Schmidt, the fairgrounds supervisor. “They help us clean the fairgrounds and clear them out. They also helped us out with barn repairs last year so we have Navy folks out here regularly.”

Nimitz Sailors constantly take part in outreach projects such as park cleanups, habitat for humanity assistance and lending a hand to veteran’s homes.

“It’s extremely important to keep a good relationship established with the community,” said Inman. “We’re a major part of the community, and we want to get out and help show our support when we can. That we do a lot of good things, not just for the country but for the community that we live in as well.”

The baseball field at Kitsap County Fairgrounds and Events Center is the home field of the Kitsap Bluejackets, the county’s professional baseball team and also the Olympic High School baseball team.

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Story and photos by MCSN Erickson Magno

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