More than 200 Sailors from the guided missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63) and their family members attended a fall command picnic to celebrate their hard work and camaraderie at Admiral Baker Park in San Diego, Oct. 25.
The event provided some much needed down time for Cowpens’ Sailors who have been managing an incredibly dynamic maintenance period over the last several months.
Joined by their families and friends, the crew enjoyed games, food, music, and numerous contests that included sporting events, a dessert and chili cook-off, and a pumpkin carving contest for the kids.
Capt. Scott Sciretta, Cowpens’ Commanding Officer, explained that events like this command picnic offer a well-deserved break for the crew but also help form the bonds and relationships needed to sustain combat operations over the months ahead as the ship makes preparations for her next mission.
“Family readiness equals combat readiness,” said Sciretta to the crowd gathered under the beautiful San Diego sky.
According to command leadership, Cowpens is already planning and looking forward to their next set of family team-building events.
Cowpens is named after the American Revolutionary War battle fought Jan. 17, 1781, at the “cowpens” in South Carolina. During the battle American soldiers defeated a much superior force of British soldiers, giving the American Army the confidence to pursue the British from South Carolina to Yorktown, Va.