Freedom Sailors Encourage Learning, Share Career Experience at Guam School
By Shaina Marie Santos, Joint Region Marianas Public Affairs
TAMUNING, Guam - Sailors from USS Freedom (LCS 1) discussed Navy career options with students at John F. Kennedy High School in Tamuning, Guam, April 1.

The event gave Sailors an opportunity to reach out to the young community, who were intrigued by topics such as boot camp, deployments, jobs and ship life.

"I remember my high school days," said Gunner's Mate 1st class Tom Culbertson. I didn't really think much of the military. However, it's important to get the word out about what we do."

Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class Christopher Gamble also took time to talk to the students and said he enjoyed it.

"It's a good time," said Gamble. "It makes me feel special because I know I'm impacting the lives of some of these kids by showing them there is more out there."

JFK High School's Health Education teacher Peter Linn said he hoped students take advantage of the career opportunities available after they graduate.

"Even if they weren't planned, if I saw (Sailors) in the hallway, I'd grab them and bring them in here," said Linn. "I want (students) to see that there is life after high school. (The Sailors) are proud of what they do. They've given (students) the confidence to pursue something not many people can do."

Freedom arrived in Guam March 29 for a port call, during which time they were scheduled to complete a number of community relations projects to include organizing Easter events, cleaning at Saint Dominic's Senior Care Home and cleaning kennels and caring for animals at Guam Animals In Need.

Freedom departed her homeport in San Diego March 1 for an eight-month deployment to the Asia-Pacific region. This is the first deployment by an LCS to the Western Pacific.

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