USS Boxer takes it to the Beach

11 Aug

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Mayra A. Knight

From USS Boxer (LHD 4) Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO, Ca. – Sailors assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) and their families enjoyed a day in the sun during a command picnic that took place at Breakers Beach on Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado, Calif., July 18.

“I got to take my boots off for the afternoon, lay out in the sand for a while, and relax,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Airman Kevin Bartold.

Boxer returned from an eight-month deployment in April, and moved into a planned maintenance availability in July. The picnic was a way for Sailors to enjoy some time off with their families and fellow shipmates.

“Nothing gives me more pleasure than to be able to spend a little time away from the ‘office’, that is the ship, to relax with my crew and to meet their families,” said Capt. Wayne R. Brown, Boxer’s Commanding Officer

Sailors made their way to the beach in the morning to help set up tents and games.

“We had a lot of support from the MWR (Morale Welfare and Recreation) crew and the First Class Petty Officer association,” said Ship’s Serviceman 1st Class Edward Carr. “It was a good turnout.”

Hot dogs, burgers, and an assortment of picnic foods were catered for the event and gave the opportunity for every Sailor to have time to sit back and enjoy the beach.

“All the profits that we make throughout the year from various sales go back into throwing events like this and allows things like catering,” said Carr.

Activities were available for everyone to participate in, including volleyball in the sand, paddle boarding, face painting, and inflatable slides.

“I participated in a game of volleyball against deck department, although I think they cheated,” said Carr.

Volleyballs and footballs were flying through the air. Hungry families dug into the food. Sailors took advantage of the rare opportunity to play and laugh with their children on a weekday afternoon.

“The picnic went very well,” said Afloat Recreation Specialist Brian Rockenbach. “Seeing people relaxing, was mission accomplished for me.”

“I was glad that I got to go to the picnic. It gets the morale going and getting everyone together contributes to unity in a command. I am glad we are able to do functions like this,” Bartold said.

Boxer is in a planned maintenance availability period (PMA) at its homeport of Naval Base San Diego. For more news from USS Boxer (LHD 4), visit


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