Six SIU steward department members (pictured above) recently received kudos for their efforts aboard the USNS 2nd Lt. John P. Bobo.
The vessel, operated by Maersk Line, Limited, hosted a handful of distinguished guests late last year in Palau. Those visitors included Thomas E. Daley, head of the U.S. Embassy in Koror; Ismael Aguon, Palau’s public safety director; Gustav Aitaro, director, Ministry of State; and Joyce Isechal of the U.S. Embassy.
Vessel master Capt. Paul K. Davis sent a letter to the mariners that read: “On Dec. 9, 2013 while anchored in Koror, Palau, you served a spectacular meal for our distinguished visitors. The entrees were delicious. The time and effort you put into making all the wonderful appetizers and desserts is truly commendable.
“Your hard work and extra effort are a credit to the USNS 2nd Lt. John P. Bobo, Maersk Line, Limited and the Seafarers International Union. I am proud to have all of you in my crew. Your work ethic sets a high standard and a goal for others to emulate. I look forward to sailing with you again.”
The steward department consisted of Steward/Baker Robert Wright, Chief Cook Casey Pearson and SAs Jasmine Garrett, Hazza Hussein, Randy Soriano and Oscar Catabay.
During that same stop, seven U.S. Navy Sailors from the Bobo visited Palau High School to play volleyball and mentor students Dec. 11. Sailors and students played four games on the courts and talked about military life and the importance of volunteering in one’s community.
“It is always a blessing having U.S. ships come into Palau and these Sailors did not have to volunteer their time,” said Isechal, a political specialist. “When we have community relations programs, even when it is something simple like playing volleyball with the children, we are very grateful for the time and effort….”
The Bobo, a prepositioning ship, was participating in what the Navy described as a “theater security cooperation mission that was coordinated and facilitated by the U.S. Defense Representative Political-Military Affairs office.”