GULF OF ADEN – Amphibious assault ship USS Boxer’s (LHD 4) Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) hosted a Steel Beach Picnic on the flight deck packed with games, food, and music, May 14.
Sailor and Marines enjoyed a day of down time with barbecue food, sports, dancing and live music, performed by the ship’s band, “A Band on Ship.”
“It means so much to them, I’ve heard so many people talk about getting ready for this event,” Said Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class Trenton Hagley, President of MWR on board Boxer. “It’s something they’re really looking forward to. I think it shows that the chain of command is very responsive and that they’re paying attention to their people. Everybody needs a good reset, to get them back in the game.”
A plethora of sports and games, such as basketball, soccer, sumo wrestling and corn hole were offered on the flight deck during the picnic to provide the crew with a chance to have some fun and socialize.
“This event is a huge one. This is going to get us over the hill of a long underway period like we just had,” said Brian Rockenbach, Boxer’s Afloat Recreation Specialist or “Fun Boss”. “We have 10 separate events we’re hosting today.”