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Sailors from USS John F. Kennedy's medical department hold up boxes of cookies and hand-written notes sent to the ship by Girl Scouts througout the United States.

Sailors from USS John F. Kennedy's medical department hold up boxes of cookies and hand-written notes sent to the ship by Girl Scouts througout the United States. (Courtesy of U.S. Navy)

Sailors from USS John F. Kennedy's medical department hold up boxes of cookies and hand-written notes sent to the ship by Girl Scouts througout the United States.

Sailors from USS John F. Kennedy's medical department hold up boxes of cookies and hand-written notes sent to the ship by Girl Scouts througout the United States. (Courtesy of U.S. Navy)

Seaman Susannah Arthur, a former Girl Scout, delivers boxes of cookies to sailor aboard USS John F. Kennedy, along with hand-written notes from Girl Scouts stateside.

Seaman Susannah Arthur, a former Girl Scout, delivers boxes of cookies to sailor aboard USS John F. Kennedy, along with hand-written notes from Girl Scouts stateside. (Courtesy of U.S. Navy)

Who’d ever expect cookie-peddling Girl Scouts to be knocking on the doors of an aircraft carrier deployed to the Mediterranean Sea?

Certainly not the sailors on the USS John F. Kennedy.

But when 600 boxes of donated cookies were hoisted aboard during a recent resupply at sea, the ship turned to those who know best about cookie delivery — five sailors, all but one of whom had been Girl Scouts.

The cookies were donated, and sent along with stacks of handwritten cards, by Scouts throughout the United States. The goodies eventually made their way to the Kennedy carrier strike group. The Kennedy received 600 boxes from the supply ship USS Seattle.

Three other ships in Kennedy’s group — the USS Vicksburg, USS Roosevelt and USS Spruance — also received cookies.

The Kennedy sailors spent about two hours delivering the 600 boxes around the more than 80,000-ton warship, from the ship’s central damage control station near the waterline to the primary control center located high above the flight deck, and many places in between.

“I had a lot of people ask me how much they are,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Tanisha McGlashan, who works with financial data when not delivering cookies. “I told them ‘they’re free … this time.’”

Seaman Jossianne Thompson, the only delivery “troop” member not a former Girl Scout, delivered some of the cookies to sailors who were moving supplies into the ship.

“Some of them were hot and exhausted,” she said. The cookies “brought smiles to their faces.”

What brought a smile to Seaman Susannah Arthur’s face wasn’t the taste of a Girl Scout cookie.

“Actually … I didn’t get any,” she said about the treats. “It was more important that everyone else enjoy them. I got to enjoy them when I was little.”

McGlashan did get to eat some cookies, but not her favorites, Samoas.

“Next year,” she joked. “I’ll still be here.”


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