I would be remiss if I did not post on the USS Oak Hill. The Amphib just returned from 80 days underway. And two Sailors won the right for the first kiss. Essentially Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta entered a raffle by buying $50 worth of tickets. And when she won, she received first dibs on kissing her partner pier-side. One catch: her significant other is a female Fire Controlman, Petty Officer 3rd Class Citlalic Snell.
I am active-duty and I won’t comment other than to say: big deal. A more established mil-blogger said: Well, good for them. Now back to work.
And the Skipper:
David Bauer, the commanding officer of the USS Oak Hill, said that Gaeta and Snell’s kiss would largely be a non-event and the crew’s reaction upon learning who was selected to have the first kiss was positive.
“It’s going to happen and the crew’s going to enjoy it. We’re going to move on and it won’t overshadow the great things that this crew has accomplished over the past three months,” Bauer said.