Master-at-Arms 1st Class Joshua Stark celebrates with his teammate after winning a game at the Jinhae Jae-Hwal-Won home.
CHINHAE, REPUBLIC OF KOREA (Jan. 12, 2011) - Master-at-Arms 1st Class Joshua Stark, assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Stockdale (DDG 106), celebrates with his teammate after winning a game at the Jinhae Jae-Hwal-Won home for handicapped children. Twenty-two Sailors from Stockdale joined members of the Republic of Korea military in a community service visit to the home while the ship is moored at Chinhae, Republic of Korea. Stockdale is underway with the Carl Vinson Strike Group on a deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans / RELEASED)
STOCKDALE Sailors Visit Jinhae Jae-Hwal-Won Handicapped Childrens Orphanage
By Ensign Charlie Hymen, USS STOCKDALE DDG 106 Public Affairs

Jinhae, South Korea (12, Jan 2011) - Twenty-two sailors from USS STOCKDALE (DDG 106) spent a rewarding afternoon at the Jinhae Jae-Hwal-Won home for handicapped children.  The home is composed of 51 handicapped children with physical disabilities and / or intellectual challenges of various degrees.  The afternoon activities consisted of a magic show and dance performance presented by the children followed by various interactive group games with the children, STOCKDALE Sailors, and members of the Korean Navy.

This community relations project served as a great opportunity for STOCKDALE Sailors to laugh, play games, and interact with the kids on a personal level.  According to CS3 Georges Labaki, “It was satisfying to see how the US Navy can positively impact the lives of others.  I had a terrific time with the kids today.” Throughout the afternoon, it was difficult to tell who was more excited to have one another around: the kids or the Sailors.  Mr. Kyong H. Pak, the COMREL Coordinator for COMFLEACT JINHAE commented that, “The Sailors made the children happy, and it was meaningful to have both the US Navy and Korean Navy with the kids today.”

The past six weeks at sea have been filled with tactical training and Strike Group operations, but this one afternoon allowed STOCKDALE Sailors to partake in the humanitarian assistance mission of the Navy and experience what it feels like to be true ambassadors. According to STOCKDALE’s Commanding Officer, CDR Jeff Bennett, “Building partnerships and becoming involved in the community is something many of our Sailors have been looking forward to since being afforded the opportunity to meet and serve the people of Jinhae.” 

The Sailors of USS STOCKDALE would like to thank Jinhae Jae-Hwal-Won for opening their doors and sharing in a fun-filled afternoon – one that all involved are sure to remember as a hallmark of the deployment.    

USS STOCKDALE is on her maiden deployment as part of the CARL VINSON STRIKE GROUP which is currently conducting routine operations in the 7th FLEET AOR. The Strike Group is also comprised of USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70), USS BUNKER HILL (CG 52) and USS GRIDLEY (DDG 101).

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