2014-01-31 / Community Events

CPO 365 Sailors lend a helping hand to Augusta’s Golden Harvest Food Bank

By Chief Petty Officer Richard A. Norman
Navy Information Operations Command Georgia Public Affairs


Petty Officer First Class Thomas Swarthout volunteered alongside Sailors from Navy Information Operations Command Georgia and Center for Information Dominance Detachment Fort Gordon. The Sailors volunteered to paint and organize at the administrative offices of the Golden Harvest Food Bank. 
Photo by Chief Petty Officer Richard A. Norman / Navy Information Operations Command Georgia Public Affairs Petty Officer First Class Thomas Swarthout volunteered alongside Sailors from Navy Information Operations Command Georgia and Center for Information Dominance Detachment Fort Gordon. The Sailors volunteered to paint and organize at the administrative offices of the Golden Harvest Food Bank. Photo by Chief Petty Officer Richard A. Norman / Navy Information Operations Command Georgia Public Affairs Sailors from Navy Information Operations Command Georgia and Center for Information Dominance Detachment Fort Gordon’s CPO 365 programs picked up their paint brushes to lend a hand to the Golden Harvest Food Bank Jan. 25.

During the day Sailors painted multiple offices, hallways, and stairwells in addition to helping out with cleaning and organizing around the administrative building of the food bank.

Eva Mullins, volunteer coordinator for Golden Harvest Food Bank, organizes and recruits approximately 35,000 volunteers annually. Volunteers donate their time helping in several ways that include sorting food items and serving at the Master’s Table Soup Kitchen that is open 365 days a year.

“Golden Harvest covers 30 counties and supports 300 smaller food banks, churches, and other organizations,” said Mullins. “Having volunteers, like these Sailors, is very important to the food bank.”

Petty Officer 1st Class Thomas Swarthout expressed his happiness with volunteering at the event.

“I had about a three year break in my naval service and there was a period that I relied on organizations such as this one to get by,” said Swarthout. “I am glad that I can spend some of my Saturday giving a little bit of my time to an organization like this.”

“The painting and clean up is helping us prepare to expand,” said Mullins. “We are adding a nearly 10,000 square foot warehouse across the street from our main building and we will relocate our Faith Food Factory to that building across the street. The Faith Food Factory is where we sort and organize all of the food we receive from our corporate sponsors and food drives.”

“CPO 365 is a great way to meet other FCPOs and CPOs outside of my division and workspace that I do not interact with on a daily basis,” explained Petty Officer 1st Class Jareth Perts. “Volunteering at this event is just another way to meet others that are also stationed at NIOC Georgia and at the same time we can help this local food bank.”

CPO 365 is a year-round development and training program for First Class Petty Officers throughout the Navy. All First Class and Chief Petty Officers participate in the program. Throughout the year both commands’ CPO 365 programs, co-located on Fort Gordon, team up for local charity projects, highway clean-ups, cookouts, training evolutions and physical fitness training.

Information about volunteer opportunities or Golden Harvest Food Bank programs can be found at www.goldenharvest.org.

NIOC Georgia is a subordinate command of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command and comprises Task Force 1050 of the U.S. 10th Fleet. Based at Fort Gordon, its mission is to provide information warfare and expert cryptologic personnel to fleet air, surface, submarine and special warfare combatants and to provide reachback and extended staff support to U.S. Central Command and U.S. European Command Joint Forces Maritime Component Commanders.

For more news from Navy Information Operations Command Georgia, visit www.navy.mil/local/ niocg/.

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