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140414-N-CG241-057 OSAKA, Japan (April 14, 2014) Lt. Cmdr. Raphael Castillejo, executive officer of the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70), plays with children during a community service project at Holy Family Home during a port visit to Osaka. Lake Erie is currently on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Mackenzie P. Adams/Released)
USS Lake Erie Sailors Give Back 
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Mackenzie P. Adams, USS Lake Erie Public Affairs 
OSAKA, Japan – Sailors assigned to the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70) participated in a community service (COMSERV) project at Holy Family Home April 14.

The COMSERV was designed to allow Sailors to interact with members of the local community while providing assistance to the residents and managers of Holy Family Home.

During the COMSERV, Sailors had the chance to assist the home managers with various tasks and to sit down with some of the children and share refreshments.

For Fire Controlman 3rd Class Michael Figaro the experience proved to be very rewarding.

“It always feels good to help out people in need and it feels really great to be able to provide the children of the home with some great memories of Sailors helping out and having fun,” said Figaro. “I had a great time today and I hope to participate in more events like this in the future.”

Once the work was done Sailors and the children of the home played games in the courtyard of the home.

“Today was a phenomenal experience,” said Ensign John Jackson. “It was so great to see the smiles on the kid’s faces and to give back to the people of Osaka.”

Lake Erie is currently on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
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