USS Gary Hosts LUC during Leaders to Sea
By Lt. David Pavlik, SURFOR Diversity Directorate
SAN DIEGO – Three members of the Latina/Latino and Indigenous Peoples Unity Coalition (LUC) and San Diego District Attorney Oscar Garcia spent a day at sea aboard USS Gary (FFG 51) during a Leaders to Sea Embark May 29.

The program, conducted by Commander Naval Surface Forces (CNSF), provides the means to embark leaders from various business and civic organizations on board a ship, where they learn how the Navy operates on a daily basis.

LUC board members that embarked the ship included Rosemary Uribe, Coordinator for the Latino Unity Coalition Education; Issac Garcia, Director of Miramar College Upward Bound and Alejandra Sotelo-Solis, University of California, San Diego Community Relations Coordinator.

“I enjoyed the experience tremendously. It has given me a new appreciation for the men and women of the Navy,” stated Issac Garcia. “The Navy is an exciting team to be a part of. It always fascinates me when a group of diverse individuals can come together under one purpose to fulfill a mission.”

The coalition’s goal is to create unity among all people and works to provide opportunities for networking, collaborating, and supporting the San Diego Latino community.

As board members, their mission is to embody the principles and values of Cesar E. Chavez by educating and empowering the community of San Diego and its youth through building diverse relationships that develop socially responsible civic activism and community service. Chavez had actually served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946 during the height of World War II. It was in 1946 after his discharge that Chavez returned to California where he went on to become one of the nation’s greatest civil rights leaders.

“This was an exciting and huge learning experience for me. I can't thank the Surface Navy enough for giving me this opportunity” added Rosemary Uribe, Latino Unity Coalition Education coordinator.
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