Sketched Aug. 24, 11:52 a.m. [Click sketch to view larger]
The flight deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln provided a picture-perfect view of the Puget Sound as I sketched and chatted with new sailor Kayde Williamson, 20, of Moses Lake. The Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fueling) Airman is one of more than 5,000 personnel serving on the Everett-based aircraft carrier (see earlier posts Tuesday and Thursday.)
Williamson said Washington’s mountains never looked as beautiful to her as they did when the carrier docked at its home port last week after completing an 18-day drill off the coast of Southern California. Of her first experiences on the ship since joining the Navy a few months ago, she pointed out how friendly everyone is and how much she misses the food from home. “My mother is a really good cook … I’ve been eating a lot of salads,” she said. “You learn to appreciate things.”
The carrier is expected to go on deployment “within weeks,” according to the ship’s public affairs officer Lt. Cmdr. William Marks.
I can’t imagine how hard it must be for Navy families to see their loved ones sail away, especially when they go on six-months overseas deployments.
I don’t have any relatives in the Navy but my family is connected with some Navy families through MOSS (Mothers of South Snohomish). Like they already do, I will follow the activities of our locally-based aircraft carrier through their page on Facebook from now on. It’s at www.facebook.com/usslincoln.
Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fueling) Airman Kayde Williamson on the flight deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln
Back to school: I’m still in search of an interesting back-to-school tale worth sketching. If you know of anyone going back to school to start a new career, or you are one of them perhaps, don’t hesitate to contact me at gcampanario at seattletimes dot com or via Twitter or Facebook.
Coming up: Have you heard of Storefronts Seattle? It’s a community effort to bring back to life vacant retail spaces around Pioneer Square and the International District. A few of these spaces will be temporarily occupied by selected local artists or art groups who applied to the program. Next week I’ll be meeting and sketching some of them. Stay tuned!
August 27, 2010 at 7:13 PM