FW: The USS Theodore Roosevelt Comes to Capitol Hill
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Subject: Pass the Word! The USS Theodore Roosevelt Comes to Capitol Hill
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
--Johari Rashad, Ph.D.
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
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
* 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.