Sailors from USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) constructed two new basketball posts for the citizens of Betania Aug. 19 as part of a volunteer community event during Continuing Promise (CP) 2008.
Crew members arrived early to dig holes, cut wood and mix concrete.
This was an absolutely wonderful opportunity to be part of a helping hand,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 1st Class Travis Matney. “It was a great reflection on what America and working together is all about.”
Once construction was complete, the Sailors offered a donation of basketballs and played a pick-up game with the local residents. No one kept score; they just wanted to break in the new equipment and have fun.
“I’m glad I was able to come out here today,” said Store Keeper 2nd Class Keith Vanier, “I wish we could do more, but I think even this little bit that we do here will go a long way.”
The CP mission addresses the level and scope of health services support and clinical information sharing necessary to improve health outcomes, prolong life, promote training, and enhance prosperity across the region.
After the ship departs Nicaragua, it heads to Colombia, Panama, Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana.
Kearsarge is under the operational control of U.S. 4th Fleet. U.S. 4th Fleet’s area of responsibilities includes the Caribbean, and Central and South American regions.
The Continuing Promise Caribbean Phase is the second of two deployments to 4th Fleet in 2008. The first Continuing Promise deployment was conducted by USS Boxer (LHD 4) in the Pacific.
Chris Lange (NNS)