PORT ORCHARD, Wash. – Sailors assigned to USS Nimitz (CVN 68) started construction on two brand-new homes as part of an ongoing community relations (COMREL) project with Habitat for Humanity in Port Orchard, Wash. September 10.
They helped in several ways from laying down foundation and putting up insulation to installing bathroom fixtures. The hard work and dedication put in by the local Kitsap community and the Sailors over the past 16 months has allowed for the completion of seven homes.
“We would not be able to do this without the Navy at our side,” said Bob Hammond, the jobsite supervisor, “When they show up, they do in surplus. It’s great to have more than enough bodies to get the job done.”
For many of the Nimitz Sailors volunteering, having a hand in the building of a new neighborhood for low-income families is something they hope to continue to for a long time.
“Not only can I bring back the skills I’ve learned to my own house, but I can represent,” said Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Giovanni Nebres. “It’s through our presence and involvement in the community, that we can be seen as a force that can be depended on.”
Nimitz Sailors have been participating in Habitat for Humanity for the last two years while the ship has been in Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and expects to continue to do so following a scheduled 2017 deployment.
Story and photos by MC3 Sam Bacon