The Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PHNSY & IMF) Junior Sailors Association (JSA) volunteered at the Aiea Public Library, July 27, 2022.
The event was part of the association’s goal to reach neighboring communities and positively impact local youth, according to HT2 Thomas Kozlowski, JSA President.
During the visit, the sailors read several children’s books and organized interactive learning activities. Several PHNSY & IMF challenge coins were given to the children along with miniature American flags, ranging in age from 2 to 8 years old.
“After reading to the kids, we answered questions about our careers in the Navy, the different types of uniforms we wear, and what it was like to live on a ship,” Kozlowski said. “Overall, sailors, librarians and library staff agreed it was a successful event.”
PHNSY & IMF is a NAVSEA field activity and one-stop regional maintenance center for Navy surface ships and submarines. It is the largest industrial employer in the State of Hawaii, with a civilian, military, and contractor workforce of approximately 7,100. It is the most comprehensive fleet repair and maintenance facility between the US West Coast and the Far East, strategically located in the heart of the Pacific, approximately one week sailing time closer to potential regional contingencies in the Indo-Pacific.