Return from Carrier Trip

A few days ago I mentioned a “big event” in my life that was coming up. Well it has happened and it was awesome.

A few weeks ago I was presented with the opportunity to be part of distinguished visitor trip to the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), a nuclear powered aircraft carrier. Naturally, I said absolutely. The group included:

  • Coach Ron Zook, University of Illinois Football Head Coach & 2007 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year
  • Mr. Adrian Melendez, Director of Football Operations, University of Illinois
  • Ms. Cassie Arner, Director of Football Sports Information, University of Illinois
  • Dr. James Thompson, Dean of Engineering, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • Dr. Richard Blahut, Head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Univ. of Illinois
  • Mr. Jeffery McDonnell, Board of Directors for PBS Channel 9 KETC, VP & CCO for J&J Management Services
  • Mr. Scott Page, Videographer for PBS Channel 9 KETC
  • Ms. Anne-Marie Berger, Producer and Director for PBS Channel 9 KETC
  • Mr. Dave Kurland, Senior Director for Community Relations, NBA Chicago Bulls
  • Mr. Samuel Powell, Pastoral Candidate, Concordia Seminary St. Louis MO

I’m not actually going to post about the trip in detail tonight. I’m tired… I didn’t get much sleep while on the trip (Monday through Thursday night). All I will say now is that the trip was incredible. It included:

  • A carrier trap (a landing)
  • A catapult shot (takeoff)
  • Viewing takeoffs and landings from 20 feet away
  • Viewing all aspects of the ship
  • Meeting incredible sailors and marines who literally put their life in harms way each and every day.
More to follow… including pictures and videos.
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