By Betsy Thorpe
LAGOS, Nigeria March 24, 2009, Students from Pacelli School of the Blind in Lagos Nigeria help Operations Specialist Seaman Reilly Mealer stack Operation Handclasp donations after they were given to the school during a 10-day port visit by the amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashville . The Nashville is participating in Africa Partnership Station 2009, an international initiative developed by Naval Forces Europe and Africa to work with U.S. and international partners to improve maritime safety and security in Africa.
Courtesy United States Navy
Operations Specialist Seaman Reilly Mealer is from Nashville Tennessee, his parents, Randy and Sandra Mealer live in Pegram, a small community near Nashville, with Seaman Mealer’s twin brother Marlin.
Operation Handclasp is an official U.S. Navy program that coordinates the transportation and delivery of humanitarian, educational, and goodwill material donated by corporations, charitable organizations, and private citizens throughout the United States. The U.S. military distributes the materials to less fortunate citizens in foreign countries on behalf of American citizens.