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    Cyber Command Sailors give back in the local community

    Cyber Command Sailors give back in the local community

    Photo By Chief Petty Officer Dennis Herring | 161216-N-JP302-055 BALTIMORE (Dec. 16, 2016) Petty Officer 1st Class Ryan Bjerkness...... read more read more



    Story by Chief Petty Officer Dennis Herring 

    U.S. Cyber Command

    BALTIMORE – Sailors from US Cyber Command, located at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland spent the afternoon of Dec. 16, 2016 volunteering at the Maryland Food Bank putting together food packages to be distributed to children in the local schools.

    Since its inception in 1979, the food bank has developed a relationship with these schools to seek out and assist families in need and provide them with food assistance, especially during the holiday season.
    Petty Officer 1st Class Jonathan Armstead, the command’s assistant CPO 365 coordinator, schedules volunteer events at the food bank each month.

    “We’ve found the Maryland Food Bank provides an excellent opportunity for our Sailors to give back to the local community,” Armstead said. “We go there once each month and spend an afternoon, helping out wherever they need us. Sometimes it’s working in the freezers, moving food, and sometimes it’s out in the warehouse, packing boxes.

    “Even though we organized this as part of CPO 365 (typically for 1st Class petty officers and Chiefs), we’re a smaller command and so offer the opportunity to all of our Sailors.”

    Petty Officer 3rd Class Marcus Morris, who works in the Cyber Command’s manpower and personnel office, joined the CPO 365 group for this month’s event.

    “I can’t think of a better way to spend my afternoon,” Morris said. “A few hours of lifting and packing boxes is all worth it when I know that kids who need this food will be taken care of, especially during the holidays.”

    The Maryland Food Bank operates from three facilities: one in Baltimore, one in Salisbury, and one in Hagerstown. Through their extensive network of soup kitchens, pantries and schools, they distribute food throughout 21 counties and Baltimore City, including Somerset, Wicomico, and Washington County—some of the most food-insecure regions in Maryland.

    According to the organization, Maryland is home to more than 760,000 people who do not have enough to eat. Despite its status as one of the wealthiest states in the nation, Maryland communities are deeply impacted by food insecurity. While the homeless remain the most visible faces of hunger, the need for food assistance has risen among children, seniors, and working families.

    “Spending an afternoon at the food bank gives you a sense of satisfaction that you’ve helped those who are need,” said Chief Petty Officer Steven Bartosik. Bartosik is US Cyber Command’s Navy Element leading chief petty officer, overseeing the command’s group of about 100 Sailors.

    “I’ve participated in this event numerous times and every time, we all walk away feeling that we’ve made a difference,” he said. “Our jobs take us around the world where we see poverty that no one else gets to see. We give a hand there but there’s nothing like being able to help out right here at home.”

    “The officials at the food bank tell us they currently distribute more than 120,000 meals per day — nearly 44 million meals annually,” Armstead added. “The Maryland Food Bank, with Cyber Command Sailors’ assistance, will continue its efforts until one day hunger ends.”



    Date Taken: 12.16.2016
    Date Posted: 12.19.2016 16:37
    Story ID: 218162
    Location: BALTIMORE, MD, US 

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