Louisiana Boosts Morale of Deploying Submarine
Communication Specialist 1st Class Steven Myers, Submarine Group Two Public
GROTON. Conn. -The reigning Miss Louisiana
visited her namesake submarine, USS Alexandria (SSN 757), providing a grand
send-off for the crew, which departed for a full deployment on May 21.
Sara Brooks, Miss Louisiana USA Sara Brooks
spent time with the crew at Naval
Submarine Base New London on May 19 - 20, just days after competing in the Miss
USA 2010 pageant in Las Vegas. During her visit, Brooks signed autographs for the crew and toured the
Los-Angeles class attack submarine, which is the third vessel to bear a name
that is shared by cities in both Louisiana and Virginia.
"I don't know what I thought it would be like, but
I'm excited to be here," said Brooks, who spent just ten hours at home after
the pageant before flying out to say goodbye to the submarine crew.
As Brooks chatted with the crew, several mentioned
they were Louisiana natives.
For the ships "Doc", Hospital Corpsman First Class
David Farque, this was an opportunity to speak with someone from his home town. He is a native of Lafayette, La., where
Brooks currently resides.
"I think it was awesome," Farque said, "It's great
that she took the time to find out what we do to serve our country."
Logistics Specialist Second Class Archie Gray, a
native of New Orleans, said," I was looking forward to meeting her. She has the
Following her final autograph section, Brooks
presented a photo to Alexandria's commanding officer, Cmdr. Gene Doyle, and
spoke to the crew via the ships public address system.
"Thank you so much for allowing me aboard." she
told the crew. "I'll be counting
the days until your return. You will be in my thoughts and prayers."
Brooks is a 22 year old senior at The University of
Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL). She is majoring in Applied Science, and will
continue her education by getting her Master's Degree at UL. Sara is actively involved with the
Special Olympics, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Up till Dawn for St. Jude
Children's Hospital, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, as well as Ducks
Alexandria was commissioned in June 1991.
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