The COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of NAS Kingsville’s annual Navy Ball, so thirteen sailors from the air station and the Branch Medical Clinic, including NASK Commanding Officer Capt. Thomas “Tige” Korsmo, got together Oct. 24 to celebrate the Navy’s 245th birthday in a unique way.

With construction materials purchased by the Kingsville Chapter of the Navy League and VFW Post #2375, the sailors constructed an access ramp at the home of Bill Woolsey.

Woolsey is a retired Navy chief petty officer who, like many elderly people, has mobility issues. 

The completed ramp now allows him to safely get in and out of his home, much to the relief of his daughter, Michelle. 

NAS Kingsville Public Affairs Officer Kevin Clarke and former NASK Command Master Chief Randy Foust spearheaded the project to celebrate the Navy’s birthday through a meaningful community relations project.

“Active duty and retired Navy sailors share a commitment to service and we saw this as a tangible way to celebrate the Navy’s birthday and help a Navy veteran at the same time,” Clarke said. 

“But none of this would have been possible without the outstanding support of the Navy League and the VFW.”

The sailors put their final mark on the project by presenting Chief Woolsey with a new Navy flag which now proudly flies from his ramp.

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