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Carter Hall on Land...

...and at Sea

USS Carter Hall

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any people still associate Project HOPE with the floating hospital ship SSHope and some are surprised to hear it was retired in 1974. The organization, which began in 1958, continues to deliver medicines, supplies, health education and volunteers to 120 countries around the world. The work includes strengthening health systems, improving the health of women and children and fighting diseases such as TB, HIV/AIDS and diabetes. A link with the sea endures. And recently, U.S. Navy sailors from the ship USS Carter Hall (currently anchored in Norfolk) came ashore at the historic Project HOPE headquarters at Carter Hall in Millwood. Crew members visited and volunteered to keep things ship shape in the countryside doing maintenance work-–landscaping, painting and waxing floors at the 200-acre property. The sailors stationed aboard the Carter Hall met with Burt Kaplan, Project HOPE’s director of facilities and Rachel Miller, manager of conference services. The circa 1787 main limestone block house which once belonged to the family of the late Bunny Lambert Mellon is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Carter Hall dates to 1787

Navy Uniforms & Staff: 1st step Burt Kaplan Facility Director, SN David Davila, EN3 Andrew Mostovskiy, RP3 Shawna Fitzgerald, Command Master Chief Donald Harris, Ian McWilliams; 2nd step Jennifer Liesener, HTC Lucas Pawlowski, SN Mariah Rowe, HT3 Nicholas McConlogue, Rachel Miller; 3rd step David Huff, Gloria Kline; 4th step Barbara Nelson, SN Andrew Wiggers, EN2 Andrew Medina, SN Michael Hernandez, Paul Shell; Back Row Danny Bell, ENFN Michael Moorehead, Groundskeeper Brian McKay

Melanie Mullinax of Project HOPE and Command Master Chief Donald Harris

Photos by Crowell Hadden

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HT3 Nicholas McConlogue and SN Michael Hernandez

EN2 Andrew Medina, ENFN Michael Moorehead and EN3 Gennadiy Mostovskiy

Danny Bell

Brian McKay, head groundskeeper at Carter Hall

Burt Kaplan, facility director

Middleburg Life, September 2014  
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