SEABECK, Wash. (Aug. 20, 2016) – Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) participated in a community relations (COMREL) event at the Guillemot Cove in Seabeck, Wash., August 20.
Sailors have visited the cove on multiple occasions cleaning up the trails, beach and salvaging wood from a dilapidated cabin while in extended planned incremental maintenance availability at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
Hikers using the trails stopped and showed their gratitude to the Sailors by thanking them for cleaning up the park.
“It’s great that we get to help the community,” said Aviation Structural Mechanic Airman Apprentice Nathan Nungaray, a native of Los Angeles. “We get to help the community stay active, and we give them something to smile about.”
COMRELs allow Nimitz Sailors to have positive impact on their local community and give back to the city that has taken care of them while stationed aboard the ship.
“I like when Sailors volunteer to help out,” said Chief Religious Program Specialist Juan Bejarano, native of Tuscon, Ariz. “When we get big groups for COMRELs it’s exciting for us and the community that is also involved. I personally feel happy when junior Sailors volunteer for something on their own time, because I know they care.”
Nimitz Sailors continue to volunteer at Guillemot Cove as they prepare for deployment, and plan on going back as frequently as possible after returning from their future deployment.
Story and photos by MCSN Liana Nichols