SAN DIEGO – Long hours and hard work are the staple of daily life for Sailors assigned to sea duty, and USS Rushmore’s (LSD 47) chain of command wanted to reward this effort with something a little extra July 10 when they hosted a command picnic for Sailors and their families at Sea World San Diego.
The Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) committee spent several weeks planning the event that allowed the crew to take a break from work and spend a day with their families in a relaxed environment.
“The crew has been working hard since we got out of the yard period in late March so we decided to throw a picnic during the work day to give everybody a chance to get off and bring their families,” said Chief Quartermaster (SW) Donald Holt, the recreational service officer for Rushmore.
The day the committee selected allowed maximum participation from the Sailors and their families.
“It’s the perfect time since it’s summer and all the kids are out of school,” Holt said.
More than 450 people enjoyed hamburgers, hot dogs, chili, and coleslaw prepared by the Sea World staff.
“I’m really happy with the Sea World staff and especially with our MWR committee, who did something positive for the crew and came up with a unique event,” said Rushmore’s commanding officer Cmdr. Calvin Slocumb, who brought his two children out for the event.
During lunch, Slocumb and the MWR committee gave away gift cards, a GPS navigation system, a portable LCD TV, and a gaming system in a raffle for the picnic attendees. The crew spent the rest of their day enjoying the theme park with their friends and family.
“I know it’s something that we don’t normally do, but I think the picnic is such a big morale boost for the crew and for their families as well,” Slocumb said.