Petty Officer 3rd Class John G. Ross is pictured visiting Miss K. Moculeski's first-grade class at PS 114. Ross stopped by the school while home on leave, after an eight-month deployment in the Persian Gulf supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. He wanted to thank Class 1-101 personally after they sent him cards and letters at Christmastime. "All the things sent from home, family, and friends of Rockaway made being away from home a little less stressful," explained Ross. He is stationed aboard the U.S.S. Dwight D. Eisenhower.