- The USS Denver, USS Tortuga and Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit participated in a community service project (COMSERV) in Mangilao, Guam September 28, 2012.
29 Sailor and Marine volunteered in the COMSERV and 14 of those volunteers made their way to nearby Yona beach to work with the local Mayor and the Guam Environmental Protection Agency in beautifying the newly state adopted beach. Activities included planting trees, painting pavilions and clearing a section of jungle for future ecological efforts. The local community provided a feast for the service members for their hard work.
10 sailors and marines lead by Denver Chaplain Lt. Charles Jones worked with local college students at another work site at the nearby Pacific Island University (PIU) Campus. Service members worked to clear a section of overgrowth on the campus as well as build a large fire pit for future use.
"I felt really appreciated for our work at the campus by PIU Staff," said ABF3 Norberto Riego De Dios. "It was a great experience working side by side with the Marines."
The two work teams met back up at Faith Presbyterian Christian Reform Church, a Mangilao based ministry. The church worked with PIU to present the team with food and then put on a small cultural festival including traditional food, singing, and dancing. The Sailors and Marines took time to learn more about the local Micronesian Cultures by eating with and sharing stories with civilians from Guam and some nearby islands including Saipan and Chuki.
"Our hosts went above and beyond with their hospitality today," said BM3 Nicholas Kruger. "It is good to know we will always have good friends here in Guam." BM3 Kruger was quoted after having attended two feasts provided by locals.
Denver is part of the forward-deployed Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) which reports to Commander, Amphibious Force 7th Fleet, Rear Adm. Jeffrey A. Harley, who is headquartered in Okinawa, Japan.