Sailors Assigned to USS Underwood Participate in COMREL Project

Ten Sailors assigned to the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Underwood (FFG 36) participated in a community relations (COMREL) project at the Montpelier Youth Camp in Montpelier, Jamaica, July 16.

The Sailors painted various rooms at the site and helped put screens around the administrative office to prepare the camp that helps disadvantaged children lead better lives.

“I was more than happy to volunteer for this to help in whatever way that I can,” said Chief Culinary Specialist Kenneth Bohan, the head cook assigned to Underwood. “Even though it was a simple painting job, I saw the pride that our Sailors had in their work. They wanted to do the best job possible so that when the camp is ready to open, the kids that attend will have a nice place to live,” he said.

Army Maj. Reginald Kornegay, the civil affairs officer stationed in Jamaica for the U.S. Army’s Special Operations South Command, is overseeing the renovation of the site.

“This facility is going to offer programs to help young people who have had hardships in life stay away from a life of crime and offer them positive alternatives to become productive members of society,” said Kornegay.

The Sailors also presented a plaque to Jermaine Thompson, deputy director of the camp, in commemoration of Underwood’s visit to the youth camp.

“I liked the plaque, but I loved the Sailors’ hard work,” said Thompson. “Every little bit of help, no matter where it comes from, is greatly appreciated. These kids will have a good place to live thanks to the contribution of the U.S. Navy.”

Underwood is assigned to U.S. Fourth Fleet and deployed to Central and South America and the Caribbean in support of Southern Seas 2012.

Naval Today Staff, July 18, 2012