Monday, March 14, 2011

First Class Petty Officers Hold Steel Beach BBQ

BM1 London works the grill at the recent Steel Beach BBQ.
Photo by ENS Brian Lance.

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ENS Brian T. Lance, Public Affairs Officer

The sound of sizzling burgers joined the chorus of helicopters, beeping cranes, and needleguns aboard USS CARR on Friday, Mar. 11, 2011. CARR’s First Class Petty Officer Association manned the grills on the flight deck for a Steel Beach BBQ. The First Classes dished out burgers, hotdogs, brats, pork chops, chicken, and all the sides of a summer cookout come early.

Photo by ENS Brian Lance.
Electricians Mate First Class Antwone McWhirter, the association’s president, ran the show on the flight deck, keeping spirits high and stomachs full. His association spent about 300 dollars from its funds to sponsor the event. McWhirter said the association plans to hold two BBQs a quarter.

“It’s another way for us to reward all the guys for their hard work,” McWhirter said. “It’s good for morale.”

CARR’s schedule while preparing for deployment makes planning events like this difficult. But McWhirter says the association is doing what it can to show appreciation for CARR sailors. The association plans to hold events throughout the upcoming deployment—Bingo and a Rock Band competition among them.

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