Lincoln Sailors Visit Washington D.C. to Celebrate Diversity

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Story Number: NNS140716-13Release Date: 7/16/2014 8:18:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brenton Poyser, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Sailors from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) traveled to Washington to celebrate diversity in the U.S. Navy, July 15.

The Sailors visited museums and landmarks along the National Mall including the Lincoln Memorial, National Archives Building, National World War II Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the National Museum of American History and the Freer Art Gallery.

"I had no idea that the Freer Art Gallery had such a great collection of Asian art," said Electrician's Technician 3rd Class Leroy Tamtomo. "It's awesome to see some of the great works of art that have made their way into the U.S. throughout the years."

This diversity trip focused on Asian American and Pacific Islander, the challenges they face and their contributions to the military and history of America.

"This trip was a great way to celebrate my Asian heritage," said Information Systems Technician 3rd Class Marvin Villas, who was born in the Philippines. "I had a great time and saw a lot of historical landmarks that makes me appreciate what it means to be an American."

More than 20 Sailors attended the trip to Washington, many of whom are of Asian or Pacific Island descent.

"It was great to see such a great turn out for this event," Tamtomo said. "I'm very grateful to all my shipmates who made the trip up here to celebrate this rich and amazing heritage."

Throughout the year, Lincoln takes time to recognize different cultures and gives Sailors a chance to celebrate their various backgrounds.

"I'm looking forward to next year's celebration," Villas said. "I hope it's as interesting and insightful as this year's celebration!"

Lincoln is currently undergoing refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries.

Lincoln is the fifth ship of the Nimitz class to undergo RCOH, a major life-cycle milestone. Once RCOH is complete, Lincoln will be one of the most modern and technologically advanced Nimitz-class aircraft carriers in the fleet and will continue to be a vital part of the nation's defense.

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