USS Reuben James
Decommissioned July 18, 2013 
USS Rueben James Sailors celebrate Thanksgiving at sea
On board, USS REUBEN JAMES - Executive Officer, CDR Luis Alva, Commanding Officer, CDR Daniel Valascho, Food Service Officer, LTJG Eric Scoggins, and Command Master Chief, CMDCM (SW) Johannes Gonzalez serve GM1 (SW) Kevin Hooks, and the crew. (Photo by: LS2 Froiland Poblete)
USS REUBEN JAMES Sailors Celebrate Thanksgiving at Sea
USS REUBEN JAMES, At Sea - Sailors aboard guided-missile frigate USS REUBEN JAMES (FFG 57) celebrated Thanksgiving while underway in the Western Pacific on Nov. 22.

The Sailors were able to spend some time relaxing as well as enjoy a succulent Thanksgiving feast.

USS REUBEN JAMES is currently a finalist for the Ney award for food excellence, and it was apparent on Thanksgiving.

"Holiday meals are a huge boost for morale," said Operations Specialist 3rd Class Sean Powell. "This is my third Thanksgiving away from home, but a good meal and good company can make it a lot easier."

The crew expressed gratitude for the long hours the Culinary Specialists put in and REUBEN JAMES' Chief Petty Officer Mess and Wardroom, who helped setup and serve the meal.

"The food was amazing, it's all everyone is talking about," said Aviation Electronics Technician Third Class Keaton Lamaster. "Even though it’s tough at times, I’m glad we’re out here ensuring our families and friends can celebrate the holiday at home in safety."

REUBEN JAMES is on a routine deployment to Seventh Fleet Area of Responsibility and will decommission next year after 27 years of service.
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