SUBIC BAY, Philippines — The USS Juneau pulled into Subic Bay last week on a goodwill stop to provide medical and construction services in the area.

Juneau sailors, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit medical personnel and members of the Philippine navy treated more than 1,000 Filipino people for various minor ailments in a Olongopo City community center, according to a Navy news release.

The Juneau’s 400 sailors and embarked Marines from Okinawa renovated the Our Lady of Peace Mission, distributed 26 palettes of donated clothing and food collected in Okinawa, and gave $2,000 donated by base chapels as a religious offering for the charity, the release said.

Juneau’s visit in February, was the second goodwill visit by a 7th Fleet ship in less than a month. The Yokosuka-based USS Blue Ridge made stops in the Philippines for “Project Friendship.”

Both Blue Ridge and the Juneau picked up U.S. Marines in Okinawa for the missions.

Misawa clarifies policy on dining hall carry-outMISAWA AIR BASE, Japan — Officials at the 35th Services Squadron recently clarified that the policy limiting carry-out at the Grissom and Falcon Feeder dining facilities to those in uniform does not include those in an official physical training uniform.

“In uniform” now means battle dress uniform, blues or flight suit, officials said.

“Those in the PT uniform will be welcome to eat their meal in the dining facility,” 35th Services Squadron Commander Maj. Tim Sites was quoted in a recent news release.

In March 2006, take-out was limited at Grissom and Falcon Feeder to airmen and sailors who must get back to work. With budgets tighter due to the war, it was an effort to reduce costs of carry-out boxes, plastic ware and condiments. Grissom, located on main base, is the primary enlisted dining facility for airmen and sailors who live in the dorms.

Camp Fuji Marines, sailors assist handicappedThirty-one Marines and sailors from the Combined Arms Training Center at Camp Fuji, Japan, volunteered Saturday to help out the local community by doing some maintenance work at the Gotemba Handicapped Colony, a base spokesman said.

The group spent more than four hours on various projects, which included painting, cleaning out ditches, removing debris and a small landscaping task at the nearby facility.

“The CATC personnel enjoyed the opportunity to help out and strengthen their relationship with the local community,” said Jon Dahlen, a Camp Fuji spokesman.

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