- Sailors from U.S. Fleet Activities, Sasebo, Japan, helped paint the entrance to the 170-resident Tsukumo En Home for the mentally and physically challenged in Sasebo, June 30.
Seventeen Sailors and a civilian
employee took part in the community service project (COMSERV), which
was organized by the Religious Ministry at U.S. Fleet Activities,
During the event, some residents watched and interacted with the
Sailors as they painted.
"It's been a lot of fun," said Master-at-Arms Seaman Apprentice
Corrine Roberts, who was participating in her first COMSERV. "It's
been particularly interesting to see some of the residents coming
out and watching us paint. It feels great to see them enjoy watching
us paint and helping out."
Personnel Specialist Seaman Joshua Bleiker, an event participant,
agreed. "It also was kind of fun. It's always good to know that
you're doing something right," said Bleiker.
This was the second time Sailors had come to visit the facility to
work on this particular painting project.
"I think it was good to come back out here and finish what we
started last month," said Operations Specialist 2nd Class Adam
Richards. "It's definitely a big step in the preservation of this
place, and it's starting to come around a lot. Hopefully we can come
out here in another month or two and finish what we started today.”
At the end of the COMSERV, Sailors, staff, and residents gathered
for a farewell as a resident in a wheelchair gave a speech. He spoke
in Japanese except for the last two words, which were "thank you."