After the CO and CMC gathered the crew on the messdecks, Lieutenant Jordan White, REUBEN JAMES’ Navigator, and Gas Turbine Systems Technician Mechanical First Class (SW) Neil Walker, spoke to the crew of the USS REUBEN JAMES for African-American Heritage Month. LT White described it as, "a celebration of the accomplishments of Americans throughout history who have championed freedom and equality for all.”
LT White stressed the importance of recognizing those whose altruism and dedication have led to great advances for both their cultures and the United States. “We are all grateful for their hard work and this month is in honor of them,” said LT White.
GSM1 Walker spoke about the importance of diversity as well as the accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “I am amazed at how far we have come as a country, and as a service in the U.S Navy,” said Walker, “it is a honor and a privilege to be able to call each and everyone of my shipmates BROTHER, regardless of skin color, ethnicity, religion, gender or whatever.”
The Celebration of African-American Heritage Month was topped off with a cake cutting ceremony.
REUBEN JAMES is on a routine deployment to Seventh Fleet Area of Responsibility and will decommission this summer after 27 years of service.