Thursday, May 7, 2009

Update from Fighting Freddy

The best news of the day for Fighting Freddy Sailors is that GONZALEZ is finally and fully complete with our maintenance period and back at sea again! Post maintenance Sea Trials are done, and we are underway training and completing required certifications. It's been a long two weeks since my last post and GONZALEZ Sailors have been very busy. Outside of getting ready for sea, we held our quarterly Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Event (see PAO article below), got fully certified for electronic navigation, hosted 71 former USS JOHNSTON (DD 821) Sailors and their family members onboard during their reunion weekend, and even managed to have a GONZALEZ shipmate become a U.S. Citizen in a White House naturalization ceremony with the President in attendance. So, yes, I need to catch up with our blog posts as we have a special visit and leadership awards ceremony forthcoming with the USNA Class of 1966 and our Battle of Midway Commemoration events. So, for now, from the world's best DDG PAO.....
From GONZALEZ Public Affairs:

Sailors from the Norfolk-based destroyer USS Gonzalez (DDG 66) held a Bowling Tournament in April fulfilling one of the command’s 2009 Goals to sponsor a Morale Welfare and Recreation (MWR) event each quarter. The Bowling Tournament, hosted by the Norfolk Naval Station Bowling Alley, was a ship-wide celebration upon completion of a successful maintenance Selective Restrictive Availability (SRA) period. Held during working hours, the tournament was wildly popular among the crew. “It was nice to have a Thursday off to relax and have fun after the yard period,” said Operations Specialist 1st Class Rob Lello, the Gonzalez MWR President.

To kick off the MWR event, all lanes were open for recreational bowling, and over the course of the day, Gonzalez sailors consumed 50 pizzas and 700 hot wings. “The food was plentiful,” laughed Gas Turbine Specialist Mechanical 1st Class Terence Rambeau. Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Harold Edge won the Individual High Score Award, bowling 214 in a single game. Edge exclaimed, “I go bowling a lot after work. It was a blast to bowl with the ship!” For his high score, Petty Officer Edge won the use of the Executive Officer’s parking spot for one week.

The main event of the afternoon was a Captain’s Cup competition among the ship’s divisions. CA Division, consisting of Sonar Technicians, triumphed after defeating a combined Supply Department Team in the final bracket. “We were down the entire tournament, but I knew we would win,” boldly said Ensign Tim Henderson, the CA Division Officer. Henderson secured CA Division’s victory by bowling three consecutive strikes in the final game.
Next up from the Gonzalez MWR team will be a command picnic in the early part of the summer months.

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