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Give Something Away Day

July 15 “Give Something Away” Day is about everyone that cares about anyone or anything to give away something.

It’s from the U.S. Navy core values to give back.

Below are just a few recent examples of how we’ve given back to this world.

Let’s also remember the hospital ships USNS Mercy’s and USNS Comfort’s 2020 COVID-19 deployment as they’ve supported the communities in need.

What are you doing to GIVE today?

NEX Customers Support Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (July 7, 2020)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) — Twice a year, NEX customers are given the opportunity to donate to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) by purchasing a $5 benefit ticket. The results of this year’s spring campaign showed NEX customers donated nearly $192,000 to support NMCRS. Read more on

NEX Bahrain presented a check to Naval Support Activity Bahrain’s Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, representing the money NEX customers donated during the NEX/Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society spring campaign. (U.S. Navy photo by NEXCOM Public Affairs/Released)

VAW-124 Aviators Teaming with U.S. Coast Guard to Safeguard Mariners (July 2, 2020)

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) — Naval aviators assigned to Airborne Command & Control Squadron (VAW) 124 aboard Naval Station Norfolk assist the U.S. Coast Guard to respond to a potential mariner in distress in the waters off the Atlantic Ocean. Read more on

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Oct. 11, 2018) An E-2C Hawkeye waits on the Naval Air Station Jacksonville flight line Oct. 11, 2018, to possibly assist with coordinating relief efforts in the Florida Panhandle region in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. (U.S. Navy photo by Reggie Jarrett/ Released)

USS Kidd Renders Assistance at Sea (July 1, 2020)

EASTERN PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) — The Arleigh Burke-Class Destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100) assists a fishing vessel in distress while in the U.S. Fourth Fleet area of operations. Read more on

PACIFIC OCEAN (June 30, 2020) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100) tows a distressed fishing vessel, after the vessel experienced engine problems leaving it unable to operate at sea. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy/Released)

NMCB-5 Completes 100th U.S. Navy Seabee Project in Timor-Leste (June 26, 2020)

DILI, Timor-Leste (NNS) — U.S. Navy Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5’s Detail Timor-Leste conducted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the 100th Seabee project in Timor-Leste, a two-room education facility at the Ensino Basico Central Fatumeta Pre-Secondary School. Read more on

DILI, Timor-Leste (June 3, 2020) Utilitiesman Constructionman Mario Moreno (left) and Construction Electrician Constructionman Brandon Siciliano, with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5’s Detail Timor-Leste, ensure an electrical panel is level prior to securing it to the exterior wall at Fatumeta’s school. (U.S. Navy photo by Builder 3rd Class Sierra Hall/Released)

NAVFAC EXWC Becomes Navy’s Newest SMART Facility Offering Scholarships for Students (June 24, 2020)

PORT HUENEME, Calif. (NNS) — Naval Facilities (NAVFAC) Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center (EXWC) is honored to become the newest science, mathematics and research for transformation (SMART) sponsored facility, offering scholarships to academics currently studying science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. Read more on

Norfolk-Based Sailor Saves Lives during Evening Run (June 22, 2020)

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) — An evening run turned into a lifesaving event June 9, thanks to Lt. John Miller, assigned to Navy Warfare Development Command, Naval Station Norfolk. Read more on

NORFOLK, Va. — Lt. John Miller is credited with saving two lives while on an evening run near his residence. He is assigned to Navy Warfare Development Command, Naval Station Norfolk. (U.S. Navy photos by Ian Delossantos, NWDC/Released)

Rota Rocks: Spreading Smiles throughout the Community (June 18, 2020)

NAVAL STATION ROTA, SPAIN (NNS) — Similar to people around the world, 2020 has been a challenging year for personnel stationed at Naval Station Rota. The community, both on-base and off-base, spent six-plus weeks inside their homes during Spain’s State of Alarm and the subsequent de-escalation has been a gradual return to the “new normal.” Read more on

Lindsey Smelser, the driving force behind Rota Rocks group, poses for a photo with her four children in base housing, June 2, 2020. Smelser created the group to bring smiles to participants and make the daily walks fun for children during Spain’s de-escalation.
Rocks lined up by Lindsey Smelser’s children who had painted them to hide as part of Rota Rocks project.

USS Halsey Assists Distressed Mariner (June 17, 2020)

EASTERN PACIFIC (NNS) — The Arleigh Burke-Class Destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) assisted a fishing vessel in distress while operating in the U.S. Fourth Fleet area of operations June 16. Read more on

Coronavirus Defense: Navy Develops 3D-Printed Tactical Masks for U.S. Forces Korea (June 17, 2020)

ARLINGTON, Va. (NNS) — The coronavirus pandemic has caused a global shortage of surgical face masks and other personal protective equipment, including for warfighters stationed at U.S. Forces Korea. Read more on

CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea — Soldiers assigned to 4-2 Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 2nd Infantry ROK/US Combined Division hold community-use masks created by their unit’s 3-D Printers on April 22. (U.S Army photo by KCpl. Hanmin Yun. 2ID/RUCD Public Affairs)

Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 Rescues Hikers Near Pagat Caves (June 16, 2020)

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam (NNS) — The Guam-based “Island Knights” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 responded to a search and rescue (SAR) request from U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam for three missing hikers, June 14. Read more on

Norfolk Naval Shipyard Veteran Employee Readiness Group Delivers U.S. Flag Collection Honoring Departed Veterans to Local Funeral Home (June 15, 2020)

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) — A tradition four years in the making, the Norfolk Naval Shipyard Veteran Employee Readiness Group once again answered the call honoring veterans of the community with a donation of 113 worn United States flags to Sturtevant Funeral Home Jun. 12. Read more on

Norfolk Naval Shipyard’s Veteran Employee Readiness Group (VET-ERG) presented 113 U.S. Flags to Sturtevant Funeral Home June 12 in honor of Flag Day. The flags were donated from the workforce and from within the community to be part of Sturtevant’s Retire the Flag Program. From Left to Right: VET-ERG Member Ricky Burroughs, VET-ERG Founding Member Jonathan Echols, Sturtevant Funeral Home Representative Robie Gardner, Shipyard Commander Capt. Kai Torkelson, Command Master Chief Gene Garland, VET-ERG President Nicholas Boyle, and Retired/VET-ERG Founding Member Rick Nelson.

Key West SAR Team Performed Two Rescues, Assisting Three Civilians (June 15, 2020)

KEY WEST, Fla. (NNS) — Sailors assigned to Naval Air Station (NAS) Key West provided quick-action search and rescue (SAR) during two separate events on June 1. Read more on

Training Support Center Great Lakes Holds Unique Pizza Party (June 12, 2020)

GREAT LAKES, Ill. (NNS) — Staff at Training Support Center (TSC) Great Lakes participated in a pizza party June 12. TSC Petty Officer Association (POA), Chief Petty Officer Association (CPOA) along with TSC Great Lakes’ Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions student organization spent all morning lifting the morale of command students by delivering 300 pizzas to the barracks that they live. Read more on

GREAT LAKES, Ill. (June 12, 2020) Training Support Center (TSC) Great Lakes staff members deliver pizzas to USS Franklin barracks June 12. Students in all TSC barracks were treated with the delivery of 300 pizzas thanks to the Chief Petty Officers and Petty Officers association along with CSADD. (U.S. Navy photo by Brian Walsh/Released)

Eye on Innovation: NNSY Personnel Help Local Medical Facilities in Fight against COVID-19 (June 10, 2020)

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) — As the COVID-19 pandemic continues and medical professionals work around the clock to care for those affected, there has been a need for equipment and a call-to-action for those willing to assist. Read more on

Code 2330 Nuclear Engineer David Shamblin used his personal 3-D printer to print personal protective equipment that was donated to Sentara Obici Hospital in Suffolk, Virginia. poyrazdogany

“The Unsung Heroes of the Warrior Games”

As the 2019 Department of Defense (DoD) Warrior Games started June 21, athletes have been testing their strengths and endurance. A total of 40 Sailors and Coast Guardsmen, who advanced to the DoD level in March as part of the Navy Wounded Warrior–Safe Harbor program, are in the Team Navy.

Behind the scenes, another test takes place; it’s about family, love, care and commitment. The ones who stick together are “The Unsung Heroes of the Warrior Games.”


The Warrior Games not only bring the best warriors together to compete; the games also provide support services and resources for their families.

The Warrior Games will conclude June 30 with a closing ceremony.

For the latest news about the DoD Warrior Games, visit where you can watch games live, and follow the Team Navy on Navy Wounded Warrior–Safe Harbor’s Facebook page. U.S. Navy