Supporting the Crew of the USS THOMAS HUDNER, Now and Into the Future!
While the employees of General Dynamics Bath Iron Works and their various suppliers have been working hard for many years to build the USS THOMAS HUDNER, it is the officers and sailors who will ultimately bring the ship to life and operate it in defense our nation’s sovereignty on the high seas for years to come. The officers and crew members of the USS THOMAS HUDNER hail from all parts of our great nation and come from widely varying backgrounds, yet they all have one thing in common: they all volunteered to serve our country. The most important role that the Commissioning Committee plays in the planning process for the commissioning ceremony is planning activities and events for the crew while they are in Boston and providing other support to both the crew and their families. Boston is widely regarded throughout the fleet for the warm reception that service members receive when visiting our great city. The USS THOMAS HUDNER Commissioning Committee is committed to showing the men and women serving on the USS THOMAS HUDNER how much the people of Boston and Massachusetts appreciate their service and sacrifice by providing them a 5-star experience in the City of Boston.
Activities and Events for the Crew
The Commissioning Committee is discussing and planning a host of activities that members of the crew will be able to participate in during their week in Boston. These activities may include tours around the city, visits to some of our great cultural institutions and sports stadiums, and community service activities around the city. The Commissioning Committee will also host a special
dinner for the crew of the THOMAS HUDNER during the week. The specific activities offered will be coordinated based on feedback from the crewmembers in early 2018.
Sharing the Inspirational Story of Thomas Hudner
In October 2015, New York Times bestselling author Adam Makos released
Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice, a book that tells the story of Thomas Hudner and his element leader Jesse Brown as well as the men they flew with from VF-32 and the Marines who fought on the ground at Chosin Reservoir. Upon reading this book, the Commissioning Committee was so moved by the way this story was told that it unanimously decided to purchase a copy for each member of the crew of the THOMAS HUDNER. As each crewmember arrives at the Pre-Commissioning Unit in Bath, he or she receives a copy of the book with a special, hand-signed bookplate from the author.
A plankowner is the term given to the officers and crew who are assigned to a ship at the time it is commissioned. In earlier times of wooden sailing ships, plankowners were entitled to a plank of wood from the ship when it was placed out of commission and dismantled. Today, plankowners receive a number of gifts from the commissioning committee to commemorate their important role in bringing the ship to life. The plankowners of THOMAS HUDNER will each receive specially-designed and individually-engraved plaques and specially-designed, personalized command ball caps from the USS THOMAS HUDNER Commissioning Committee.
Supporting the USS THOMAS HUDNER into the Future
The Commissioning Committee is working to ensure that the efforts we are making will not just impact the crew of the USS THOMAS HUDNER when she is commissioned in Boston, but ensure that our work today creates a legacy of support for her crew well into the future. The Commissioning Committee will make a significant contribution to the USS THOMAS HUDNER’s Moral, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) fund on behalf of our sponsors. This fund provides support for activities for the crew throughout the year while in port and at sea. The Commissioning Committee will also endow a special scholarship through the Anchor Scholarship Foundation to support the crew and their families’ higher education goals now and into the future. These contributions we are referring to collectively as the USS THOMAS HUDNER Crew & Legacy Fund.
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