By Ensign Marina Nanartowich
USS Carney PAO

USS Carney (DDG 64) raised more than $12,000 for the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) while deployed to the Arabian Gulf.

With close to 200 campaigns throughout the world and more than 20,000 participating charities, CFC is the largest workplace charity organization. CFC is a program that allows federal employees to donate to a variety of charities, from larger non profit organizations such as Wounded Warriors Project to local charities. 

Quartermaster Petty Officer 1st Class Keith McBride led the push onboard Carney by organizing the fund-raising and reaching out to all divisions on board to spread the word and get maximum involvement in the program.

"The CFC is a great program because it gives you a chance to give back to a charity of your choice," McBride remarked, "Everyone that gave a charitable contribution will benefit or know someone who can benefit from the organization they donated to. Anytime you get the opportunity to help whether it's a little or a lot is a great accomplishment."

Carney Sailors led by example as they generously donated toward various charities supported by CFC. Although far from home and missing our loved ones, they were able to make a positive difference in more ways than one.

"I was really impressed with the amount of money raised by Carney Nation Sailors.  For such a small ship to raise this much for charity is noteworthy," commented Cmdr. Eddie Crossman, Carney's commanding officer.  "I'm very proud of how deep the Carney Sailors dug and gave from the heart providing for charities around the world."

The money donated by Carney Sailors will be greatly appreciated by the beneficiaries of the charities.

"I am proud to serve with a group of people who found the need to put some of their hard earned money to a cause to help millions all over the world. Even if they did not know much about a particular charity, the thought of helping someone in need should feel the heart with joy," commented McBride.

Nearly three months through deployment, Carney Sailors continue to work hard to support the mission in the Arabian Gulf.

As Carney tests the fortitude of her crew through a wide range of exercises, drills and mission tasking, it is evident that Carney Sailors are up for the challenge.

Carney supported over six rounds of flight operations this past week, and worked closely with the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) Strike Group to organize personnel transfers between the two ships. Engineering, damage control, seamanship and combat systems drills are regular occurrences in the day-to-day operations of Carney, keeping Carney Sailors sharp and proficient in crisis prevention and mitigation.

Carney closed out this past week with a series of crew served weapons qualification shoots and an underway replenishment with the USNS Arctic (T-AOE-8).