Thursday, February 07, 2008

Cheerleaders, Football Players Visit USS Harry S. Truman 

Posted by Sasha at 9:24 PM ET

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Matthew Williams, USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs

USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, At Sea (NNS) -- The crew of USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) welcomed aboard six Miami Dolphins cheerleaders and two National Football League football players, one from the Detroit Lions and one from the Green Bay Packers, Feb. 3, as part of the ship's Super Bowl celebration.

Noah Scott Herron, visiting Truman for the second year in a row for the Super Bowl, said it is twice as exciting seeing the ship during war time operations. He said you can feel the intensity of the crew's commitment.

"Last year the ship was just doing tests and exercises," Herron said. "This time around I get to see the ship and the crew actually doing what the ship and Sailors are meant to do. It is really amazing to be a part of that."

The Miami Dolphins performed for the crew in the hangar bay and ended the show with a short dancing competition, won by Chief Storekeeper (SW/AW) David Jimenez, the ship's air transfer officer.

Jimenez said it was fun getting a chance to get on stage and dance with the cheerleaders.

"I was nervous at first," Jimenez said. "But they seemed very down to earth and personable, so they made it really fun."

Jimenez said he was grateful to have the group come out to support the troops around Super Bowl time.

"Super Bowl Sunday is a day many people share with their friends and family, so being on deployment can make it a little tougher for some people," Jimenez said. "Plus it reminds all the Sailors that we have support from the people back in the states, which helps boost morale."

Stanley Wilson, of the Detroit Lions, said he was honored to be able to come out and meet the crew. He said he has a lot of respect for people in the military.

"I have always thought of military members as my heroes," Wilson said. "And I guess that is sort of reciprocated, so the chance to interact with the crew is just awesome for me."

In addition to the show, the cheerleaders and football players will be taken around the ship to meet and greet with different departments, giving the Sailors a better chance to interact one-on-one with the group.

Sandy Alcantara, one of the cheerleaders, said she loves being able to get Sailors' minds off the stress of deployment.

"The Sailors make a lot of sacrifices," Alcantara said. "Seeing the smiles and knowing that we are able to get their minds off the deployment is a great thing."

During her introduction, Genesis Corvo, another cheerleader, said although Valentines Day was coming up, her heart wasn't with someone back in the states.

"My heart is out here with the Truman," she said.

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