NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — On Friday, the crew of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) held a dedication ceremony for their airfield.
The airfield will now bear the name of Alma Powell, the ship’s sponsor. Kearsarge’s commanding officer, Capt. Neil Koprowski, was the keynote speaker of the event and expressed his pride in his command’s connection to Powell who he said helped change America for the better.
“Thanks to the efforts of civil rights activists like Mrs. Powell, America is a different place,” Koprowski said. “There are greater opportunities for American’s from all walks of life.”
Powell, a military spouse of 33 years, serves as an an ambassador and supporter of military families. She is the mother of three children and wife of retired U.S. Army Gen. Colin Powell the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
“I am told that the ship forever carries my spirit,” said Alma Powell. “I am proud and honored that today, it not only carries my spirit, it carries my name.”
Previously, Powell served as the Chair of the Board of Directors for America’s Promise Alliance. She also served as part of President Barrack Obama’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and the YouthBuild U.S.A Advisory Board.
The Powells were not able to attend the event in-person, but recorded a video for the crew.