FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Stennis Strike Group Departs Bahrain
By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Daniel Schumacher, John C. Stennis Strike Group Public Affairs
MANAMA, Bahrain– The John C. Stennis Strike Group (JCSSG) departed the Kingdom of Bahrain, after a port visit, Nov. 24.
While in port, Sailors visited local cultural sites and participated in two community relations (COMREL) projects.
On Nov. 21, Stennis Sailors led discussion topics about American culture at the American Cultural Education Center, helping Bahraini teens better develop their English language skills. The second COMREL, held at the Regional Institute for Active Learning Center on Nov. 22, gave Stennis volunteers the opportunity to tutor children with special needs on math, english, and dance.
“It is always a great experience to see people having a new positive impression of Americans after interacting with them through COMRELs,” said Chief Navy Counselor Hero Lamy, lead COMREL coordinator aboard Stennis. “It’s a unique opportunity to be in a situation to make a difference in the local community by either renovating establishments, interacting with local youths, or providing relief to the under-privileged of the population.”
“It was a great way for everyone at the center to get to know each other and see that we aren’t so different from one another,” said Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Jason Mushorn, from Phoenix, Ariz. “Interacting with the kids at the center reminded me of so many kids I knew back in Arizona; it was an awesome experience.”
Additionally, Sailors from the Stennis also competed against service members from guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), and Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain in sporting events including soccer, volleyball, softball, basketball, dodgeball, football, and rugby.
On Nov. 22, families from the NSA chapel community invited Stennis and Mobile Bay Sailors into their homes for a Thanksgiving meal. Stennis, Mobile Bay and NSA Bahrain also provided Thanksgiving meals throughout the day for all of its service members.
The JCSSG, consisting of Stennis, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 21, and Mobile Bay are deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom.