Welcome Home USS John C. Stennis

Posted by on Mar 8, 2012 | 0 comments

My office at our new house is located above a detached garage, twenty five feet or so from the main house. I’m fortunate in that our new home is located directly across the Puget Sound from Seattle – we have a great view of the water from the main house and from the office. A few days ago, I was working at my desk when my wife called. “Is that an aircraft carrier?” she asked.

I couldn’t see it, but a minute later, the carrier came into my view. Wow! It was majestic. The little escort boats swarmed about, barely visible. The ship had a big white “74” painted on her stack. I looked it up and found that it was the USS John C. Stennis, homeported in Bremerton, which is just down the road from us. At that moment, the Stennis was returning home from a lengthy depoyment in the middle east.

I studied a little more and found that the Stennis had launched more than 1,000 air sorties in support of our troops during this seven month deployment. Nearly 6,000 men and women serve on board the Stennis.

I thought about this for a second. Imagine having to uproot yourself away from your a family and essentially disappear for six months or more. How many of us would be willing to do this? My thanks and deep gratitude go to each and every one of the sailors onboard the Stennis. I’m very grateful that you are willing to sacrifice your home life and put yourself “in harm’s way” on behalf of me, my family, and my fellow countrymen.

Thanks – and welcome home!

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