And You Thought Having Your In-Laws In Town Was
The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (TR) (CVN 71) hosted
Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander, US Central Command,
November 27-28 to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with the crew.
Petraeus, along with Commander 5th Fleet, Vice Adm. William E.
Gortney, visited the Nimitz-class carrier, currently deployed
to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
"[I came here] to share Thanksgiving dinner with some shipmates
and to re-enlist some great Sailors," said Petraeus. "The mission
is very important. The skill and expertise of the members of the
crew here are very impressive. It is a privilege to be out here on
this ship on this special occasion to share Thanksgiving with all
the members of the crew."
While aboard, Petraeus spoke to the senior enlisted leaders
about operations in the area and thanked them for their service and
"He was straightforward and descriptive about challenges in our
mission and explained how our support makes an impact in theatre,"
said Senior Chief Navy Counselor (AW/SW) Michael Sekeet of Carrier
Air Wing (CVW) 8. "He was also supportive about the challenges we
have in leadership and how it applies to our junior Sailors."
Petraeus observed several of TR's major activities before his
departure including flight operations and a simultaneous vertical
replenishment and connected replenishment with USNS Lewis and Clark
(T-AKE 1) and USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO 199).
"[Sailors] should know how proud and appreciative the American
citizens are of all they are doing while deployed around the
world," said Petraeus. "The missions are hugely important. The
American public knows that and they are very, very supportive. It
should make everyone feel good about what it is they are engaged in
and about those with whom they served."
The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group is on deployment in
the 5th Fleet area of responsibility, and are focused on reassuring
regional partners of the United States' commitment to security,
which promotes stability and global prosperity.
(Aero-News salutes Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class
Bonnie Williams, USS Theodore Roosevelt Public Affairs)