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316FW: The USS Theodore Roosevelt Comes to Capitol Hill

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  • Lipson, Steven
    Jun 11, 2002
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      An event that might be of interest to people in the DC area . . .

      Steve Lipson

      Subject: Pass the Word! The USS Theodore Roosevelt Comes to Capitol Hill
      Importance: High


      Pass the word! We'd like to have as many people as possible--especially
      school-age children--attend this event! Call me if you have any questions
      (202) 606-3822

      --Johari Rashad, Ph.D.
      Event Coordinator



      The USS Theodore Roosevelt Comes to Capitol Hill!

      The Public Affairs Officer from Norfolk (VA)-based aircraft carrier USS
      Theodore Roosevelt (also known as "The Big Stick"), will give a video
      presentation followed by a question-and-answer session on Sunday, June 23,
      2002, from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the Capitol Hill Seventh-day Adventist
      Church, located at 914 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20002.
      This event is open to the public, free or charge. Take advantage of this
      rare opportunity to meet an officer from this history-making ship and learn
      more about its participation in Operation Enduring Freedom. For more
      information, contact the Church at 202-543-1344. This event is free of
      charge.

      The six-month deployment of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (September 19, 2001
      to March 27, 2002) was an electrifying time for the crew and for our
      country. Under the command of Captain Richard J. O'Hanlon, the USS TR was
      instrumental in disabling the terrorist network in Afghanistan through
      round-the-clock air strikes. The ship completed 99 per cent of its
      scheduled combat missions and during its deployment, not one sailor perished
      in combat. In addition, the USS TR set two records:

      * The most days at sea (159) without a port of call, breaking a
      22-year old record of 152 days set by the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in the
      1980s; and

      * The most (10,000) cable-arrested landings, or "traps", in the
      shortest amount of time.


      The ship's return was delayed by eight days due to unexpected repairs needed
      before the Florida-based carrier John F. Kennedy could relieve the USS TR in
      mid-February. The first ship to be deployed after the terrorist attacks on
      September 11, 2001, the USS TR flew its first missions in the shadow of the
      flag which had been raised by three firefighters over the remains of the
      World Trade Center. The flag was a temporary gift from New York City
      firefighters, who retrieved it in a solemn ceremony on March 26, 2002, the
      day before the TR's homecoming in Norfolk, VA.