Stockdale Sailors Participate in Community Projects in Israel 
By Ensign Hang Knoll  
ELIAT, Israel – Sailors aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Stockdale (DDG 106) participated in community relations projects while in port for a scheduled visit to Eliat, Israel, May 31.

More than 20 Stockdale Sailors helped with two separate projects. The first engaged in a landscape beautification project at the Minner-Scheidmann Families Vocational Rehabilitation Center. The second visited residents at the Minner-Scheidmann Disability Center.

“I worked in landscaping before joining the Navy so working on a landscaping project and helping those less fortunate than I am felt very natural for me,” said Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Steven Mutrie. “It felt really good to know that I could contribute what I know well and leave a small imprint on a community other than my own.”

At the Minner-Scheidmann Disability Center, Sailors learned how the residents package nails and screws for sale as well as create paintings and art sculptures to support the center’s expenses.

“It was one of the most heart-warming community relations projects I have ever done,” said Chief Logistics Specialist Denis Paule. “Seeing those that are disabled work hard everyday to support themselves was tremendously humbling and motivating.”

For nearly the entire Stockdale crew, this was their first visit to Israel.

“I had a great time and it was amazing to have been part of a project that could contribute and make an impact in Israel,” said Damage Controlman 2nd Class Eric Stephens. “I chose to volunteer to give back to the community and it was incredibly gratifying to see the joy our work brought to the local Israelis.”

Stockdale is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom.

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