FCC/C10F Sailors Volunteer At Local Food Bank
Story and photos by MC2 William Sykes, FCC/C10F Public Affairs
FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, MD. (NNS) -- Sailors from U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet (FCC/C10F) participated in a community relations (COMREL) activity at the Howard County Food Bank, April 16.
During the COMREL, six Sailors from FCC/C10F helped more than 40 families and assisted in operations of the food bank.
“It’s a way to give back to the community that supports us as members of the military,” said CTMCS Dawn Christy Allen from Baltimore. “This gives us the opportunity to meet people from different backgrounds and interact with the community. It’s nice getting out and helping the community a little bit.”
The Howard County Food Bank provides food to Howard County residents in need. The Food Bank is supported by donations from individuals, groups, community food drives, as well as partners with grocery stores and supermarkets.
“We were helping the Howard County food bank with handing out items, making sure customers were being taken care of and answering questions,” said CTN1 Shawn Bass from San Antonio. “We also made sure the shelves were organized, boxes were broken down, and assisted with anything else they needed help with.”
Volunteer projects like this allow Sailors to reach out and be a part of the surrounding community.
“I’m really thrilled to have the volunteers here, because we only have four staff members at the food bank,” said Rachel Sanborn, Community Action Council of Howard County volunteer coordinator.
“We run primarily on volunteers, and we utilize approximately 200 volunteer hours each week just to run the food bank.”
FCC is responsible for Navy information network operations, offensive and defensive cyberspace operations, space operations and signals intelligence. Comprised of over 14,000 Sailors, Reservists and civilians stationed across the world, C10F is the operational arm of FCC and executes its mission through a task force structure similar to other warfare commanders.