PHUKET, Thailand - Sailors from the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) and embarked Marines from the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) participated in a community service (COMSERV) project at the Maung Phuket Elementary School during a port visit to Phuket, Thailand Aug. 23-24.
More than 100 Sailors and Marines
participated in the event, sponsored by Boxer’s Religious Ministries
Department and the Phuket Navy League.
“It felt so good to help,” said Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate
Jorge Sanders. “The community and school needed us, and to see so
many Sailors answer the call for help was awesome.”
Volunteers spent several off duty hours to help paint old buildings
and gates surrounding the school.
“The volunteer spirit was infectious,” said Electronics Technician
3rd Class Sergio Suarez.
Suarez added that he would recommend similar service projects to
anyone who has never done one, saying, “Seeing the children happy
made it all worthwhile.”
Boxer volunteers were treated to an authentic Thai meal that was
served after the completion of the painting. “The Thai hot sauce was
amazing; I wanted a bottle to take home,” said Suarez who commented
that the food was his favorite part of the day.
While in port, Boxer, 13th MEU, the amphibious dock landing ship USS
Comstock (LSD 45) and the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green
Bay (LPD 20) participated in five COMSERV projects during their
three days visiting in Phuket
Boxer is homeported in San Diego and is underway in the U.S.
7th Fleet area of operations during a Western Pacific deployment.