APRA HARBOR, Guam - The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) visited Guam for a scheduled port visit July 1-2.
While in port, Antietam Sailors participated in a community relations project at Guam’s Price Elementary School and took time out of their liberty to give blood during an Antietam sponsored blood drive.
During the visit to Price Elementary, Sailors organized a “Career Day” and spent time interacting with the students and discussing their rates and duties. The visit was a valuable opportunity for the children to learn about the positive aspects of serving their country and trying new things, said Principal Lisa Cooper-Nurse.
“We are extremely grateful that these Sailors took time to come and visit with our students,” said Cooper-Nurse. “It’s a great experience for our students to listen to these men and women’s experiences in the Navy and expose them to exciting things that are outside of what they are used to.”
After bonding in the classroom, the group finished the day on the playground with a friendly basketball competition. One local student left the day feeling he had made new friends, said Fansan, a third grader at Price.
“I was really happy to meet the Sailors,” said Fansan. “I liked to hear them talk about the ship and had a lot of fun meeting and playing with them.”
In addition to the school visit, Antietam’s blood drive through USNH Guam was another way for the crew to give back to the community. More than 20 Antietam Sailors showed up to donate.
“I am enormously appreciative of those from Antietam’s crew that used their liberty time to come out here and give some blood for the Armed Services Blood Program,” said Lt. John Stephan, USNH Guam’s blood bank officer. “This program helps all DOD beneficiaries worldwide, and the blood that is collected today could potentially be used down-range to help our war fighters when they need it the most.”
Antietam is forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, and is on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.