Eric W. Hewitt
Navy Lt. Eric W. Hewitt, son of Joyce E. and Thomas K. Hewitt, Brazil, and fellow Sailors assigned to amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) and embarked Marines of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) participated in a community service project at the House of Family children's shelter in Sihanoukville, Cambodia.
The shelter is funded by the School of Public Health and Social Work of St. Elizabeth and serves as a refuge for HIV/AIDS positive orphans or vulnerable children (OVC). Sailors and Marines helped make a stone walkway for the shelter. Afterwards they played games, danced and even provided basic medical treatment for the kids.
New Orleans deployed early November in support of the nation's Maritime Strategy and is currently conducting theater security cooperation missions in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR).
Along side LPD-18 is the amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52), the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) and embarked 11th MEU, make up the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG).
The mission of the Makin Island ARG is to help provide deterrence, promote peace and security, preserve freedom of the seas and provide humanitarian/disaster response as well as supporting the Navy's Maritime Strategy when forward deployed.
Hewitt is a 1998 graduate of Northview High School, Brazil, and joined the Navy in May 2006. He is a 2002 graduate of Indiana State University, Terre Haute, with a BS degree.