Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH) activities at Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), an American Fortune 500 shipbuilding company formed on March 31, 2011 as a spin-off of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding Newport News (NGSB-NN)
(1 January to 31 December 2013).
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) 2013 YEAR END REPORT
Chapter II, Appendix I
2013 Articles not related to Refueling Complex Overhaul (RCOH)
Chapter II, Appendix II
Part I of III - 1 January to 20 August 2013
Part II of III - 21 August to 24 October 2013
Part III of III - 25 October to 31 December 2013
Lincoln Sailors Tour Civil War Trail
“Sailors from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) toured Victory Landing Park, Discovery Center known as Dam No. 1 and Yorktown, key waypoints of the Peninsula Campaign during the Civil War, as part of their command indoctrination class on 21 August 2013. Kati Engel, a military spouse married to a Sailor assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln, who holds a master's degree in History from West Virginia University, volunteered to serve as a tour guide for the indoctrination class to reacquaint Sailors to their naval heritage by making a connection between the ship's namesake and the surrounding area.
"The 1862 Peninsula Campaign was very important for Abraham Lincoln's presidential career because it really defines his role as commander-in-chief of the Army and the Navy," said Engel. "It was one of the only times he was able to actually enter the battlefield and direct his subordinates." Engel explained that if the Union had captured this defensive area that ran all the way up the Warwick River to Yorktown, it would have dealt a fatal blow to the Confederate, because the peninsula was the gateway to Richmond, the Confederate capital. However, due to tactical lapses by Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan, the opportunity for Lincoln to seize victory was lost.
Lincoln nevertheless made his way to the Fort Monroe and personally coordinated both naval and ground forces on the man-made islands at Fort Wool, launching an amphibious assault that resulted in the capture of Norfolk, which is now the world's largest naval base. Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) James Colley, Indoctrination Chief, said that these tours help Sailors to see more of the area and a bigger picture of their naval heritage. Hull Technician Fireman Benjamin McClean reflected on learning about the Peninsula Campaign for the first time.
"It was interesting to know what our namesake did as president, and why an aircraft carrier is named after him," said McClean. "Those who have gone before us have done a lot to inspire us and it is up to us to do what we can for ourselves, learning your job, and naval heritage to become a better Sailor and person"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS130829-39 - Release Date: 8/29/2013 9:41:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Danian Douglas, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).
Lincoln Celebrates 101st Dental Corps Birthday
“Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) celebrated the Dental Corps' 101st anniversary with a cake-cutting ceremony on 22 August 2013. Cmdr. Randy Stanton, Dental officer, USS Abraham Lincoln discussed the importance of dental readiness.
"There is a false sense that dental health is not medically important to the overall well being of our Sailors," said Stanton. "Dental problems can be debilitating to the Sailor and his or her overall effectiveness, but having a dentist close by who can alleviate that pain and suffering is cost effective and a benefit to not only the Sailor, but the command as well."
The oldest Lincoln representative from the Dental Corps, Lt. David Myers, as well as the youngest Lincoln representative, Lt. Peter Ham, were joined by Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Asterik Knotts, Lincoln's Dental Corps' Sailor of the Year, during the annual cake cutting to mark the milestone anniversary.
"We'd like to encourage people to get their treatment done," said Myers. "Even while we're in the shipyard, it's important to understand that you have to have these things done." The Dental Corps was founded Aug. 22, 1912 by an act of Congress that was signed by then-President William Howard Taft.
"All of us play a big part in having our forces ready to go out and deploy," said Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Chan Bellamy, Dental Department's leading petty officer. "Dealing with dental or medical pain is going to hinder you from doing your job because you're going to be more concerned with what's going on with your body."
Capt. Randall Peck, executive officer of the Lincoln, attended the ceremony and reflected on the rich history of the Dental Corps in keeping Sailors mission ready.
"Dental Corps is one of those units that has a great history of service, accomplishment, sacrifice and valor in the Navy and they serve every day to benefit the quality of life of the Sailors. Without them, we cannot accomplish our mission," said Peck, who helped cut and pass out cake to the ceremony attendees.
"This is a great opportunity for us to recognize the achievements of one particular group of people that exists totally to serve the larger body. We should be thankful for what they bring to us"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS130823-22 - Release Date: 8/23/2013 3:03:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Ellen E. Long, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).
Lincoln Chiefs and Selectees take a 5K 'Run with the Chiefs'
“Chiefs and chief selectees from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) soaked up some late summer sunshine and fresh air along with fellow Chief and Selectees from around the Hampton Roads area during the 2013 Run with the Chiefs 5K at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. on 23 August 2013.
Naval Station Norfolk Morale, Welfare and Recreation officials said more than 3,100 runners participated in its ninth annual 5K fun run.
Among the participants were more than 100 Lincoln chiefs and selectees who found out that the morning was more than team-building and exercise.
"This was a great opportunity to meet and network with other chiefs and selectees from the area," said USS Abraham Lincoln Command Master Chief (SW/SS) Gregg Weber. "This run is also meant to be fun and team building; we did both."
Duane Bushey, the seventh master chief petty officer of the Navy from 1988 - 1992, spoke to the gathering.
"Chief selectees, what you have discovered today is that being a chief stretches beyond your command or your ship," Bushey said. "What you will do as chiefs every day will affect the entire Navy. What you do effects all of us."
The message was not lost on Lincoln's chief selectees.
"This day showed me what chiefs can do together and we can accomplish together," said Chief (select) Aviation Boatswain's Mate Toby Shoemaker” (Ref. Story Number: NNS130826-21 - Release Date: 8/26/2013 1:48:00 PM - By Chief Mass Communication Specialist Aaron Strickland, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NORFOLK (NNS)).
Lincoln Motorcycle Safety Awareness Training Emphasizes Smart Decisions
“Nearly 200 USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Sailors showed their commitment to safety in motorcycle safety awareness training on 27 August 2013 in advance of Labor Day. Senior Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln and who ride motorcycles, are mentoring junior Sailors by providing safety tips for safely operating on roadways in the Hampton Roads region.
Aviation Electronics Technician 1st Class Dustin Truebenbach, assigned to the Safety Department, assisted with the training and discussed the importance of all safety aspects when riding a motorcycle year-round in Hampton Roads. "My philosophy is to train for a safer tomorrow," said Truebenbach, who has been riding motorcycles for five years and is involved with the carrier's motorcycle club.
"This is the biggest motorcycle club I have seen or been involved with in the U.S. Navy, and honestly it is good to get riding experience in groups and get mentorship from riders who have been riding for more than 20 years." Truebenbach added that members of the motorcycle club meet monthly to ensure USS Abraham Lincoln Sailors are aware of the Navy rules and regulations for owning and operating a motorcycle. Cmdr. Jon Taylor, Air Department officer, USS Abraham Lincoln, coordinated the training event and shared valuable safety tips to fellow Sailors.
"Every single Sailor we have is an asset, not only to USS Abraham Lincoln, but to our Navy and nation as a whole," said Taylor. "We must do all we can to help keep them safe. As a motorcycle rider for the last 24 years, I'm happy to pass on to our younger riders some of the things I've learned or observed over the years to help that cause." Cmdr. Vincent Janowiak, chief engineer, USS Abraham Lincoln, discussed the importance leaders have to provide Sailors the tools to make smarter decisions.
"As Navy leaders, we spend a fair amount of time talking to our Sailors about being responsible and making smart decisions," said Janowiak. "Motorcycle safety is no less important than any of these discussion points. It's absolutely key to a healthy work environment that we mentor every Sailor on this idea of being responsible and making smart decisions in every aspect, including motorcycle safety." Following the motorcycle safety awareness training, a portion of the USS Abraham Lincoln motorcycle club participated in a safety group ride from Newport News to Suffolk, Va.
"It is short enough to give all of our new riders an insight into group riding and long enough to impart knowledge to many of them who probably haven't participated in a group ride," said Truebenbach. Truebenbach added that combining a classroom lecture with a ride is more constructive for learning” (Ref. Story Number: NNS130827-18 - Release Date: 8/27/2013 3:26:00 PM - From USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).
Two Sets of Twins Serve Aboard USS Abraham Lincoln
As reported on 28 August 2013, “Enlisted siblings are a rare occurrence in the Navy; siblings serving aboard the same ship are even rarer. USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) houses not just siblings, not only one set of twins, but two sets. Identical twins Electronics Technicians 2nd Class Adam and Erik Stevenson, and Aviation Ordnanceman Airmen Otis and Tito Siaitu are assigned to Lincoln and even share workspaces.
The Stevenson's both joined the Navy from their hometown of Glen Ellyn, Ill., in 2011. Though they joined at the same time, they went to boot camp several weeks apart. "We only saw each other a few times when our divisions would cross on the sidewalk," said Erik. "They were really tough times, but we stayed in touch by writing letters back and forth."
Adam and Erik come from a family of seven children with no military background and few financial options for school. "I made a promise to myself in early 2010 that I was going to get my life together and turn it around," said Erik. "So I did the only thing that made sense at the time, I started talking to a recruiter."
Thankfully, the Stevensons have each other to rely on, and a supportive family at home cheering them on. "Our family is proud of us. We don't come from a family with a history of military service so it was a new thing for all of them," said Erik. "But they're always supportive of what we're doing and encouraging us to be our best."
The brothers agree that being in the same rate is advantageous and helps to motivate them to get qualified together.
"I do enjoy it for the most part. We've worked together our entire lives and it makes a lot of things easier since we know each other pretty well and think alike," said Adam. "We get into sync with each other and it makes the work flow that much simpler."
Being in the same job and going up for advancement at the same time would make any siblings competitive, and the Stevenson's are no different. "We have always advanced at the same time, so that's great," said Adam." But I'll definitely make first class before him."
Their drive to succeed and sibling rivalry brings a great energy to the Lincoln during time in the yards while undergoing refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH)” (Ref. Story Number: NNS130828-09 - Release Date: 8/28/2013 2:18:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Amanda Kilpatrick, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).
Lincoln Seeks its "Biggest Loser"
“Sailors onboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) want to name its biggest loser. Weigh-ins began on 29 August 2013 at command-wide physical training. "I believe this isn't so much a program as it's an effort to create awareness of our health and fitness," said Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class Joanna Madrid, senior coordinator for Lincoln's weight-loss challenge and a member of Lincoln's Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD). "The idea is to present a challenge and resources to promote a lifestyle change." Madrid said the challenge is open to all Sailors, but they must be medically cleared by a medical officer or an independent duty corpsman before beginning.
"We want as many people as possible to sign up, but we don't want to risk injuries," said Madrid. "One of our main concerns is the safety of the crew throughout this evolution." Madrid said the challenge consists of a variation of proper dieting and exercises over 72 days. Most of the exercises will be provided by CSADD, but participants will be able to do their own exercises and dieting as long as it is approved by CSADD. Participants are also allowed to attend Fitness Enhancement Program (FEP) workouts every weekday at Huntington Hall. "We want our crew to have the freedom to complete this challenge in a way that's comfortable to them," said Madrid.
Madrid listed a few of the stipulations to participate in the challenge: Participants must be committed to finishing the entire 72-day challenge. Participants must keep a personal log of what they eat and drink, and be able to provide information on how this positively influences long term weight-loss success. Participants must not skip meals as part of the weight-loss plan. Participants must not use dietary supplements, laxatives, stimulates or diuretics to reduce weight. Participants are discouraged from consuming alcohol or tobacco products for the duration of the challenge.
"These are just a few of our rules, but I count them as some of the most important," said Madrid. "They provide a safe, fair opportunity for everyone to get the most out of the challenge." Madrid said the winning team will receive 72 hours of special from Lincoln's command master chief, Command Master Chief Gregg Webber. "It's a nice incentive to do well, but my belief is that Lincoln Sailors should do this to better themselves," said Madrid. "It will only help to be healthy in the long run"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS130912-35 - Release Date: 9/12/2013 5:32:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonteil Johnson, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).
130829-N-UX336-095 - WASHINGTON (Aug. 29, 2013) - Chief petty officers selectees from the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) march away from the Lincoln Memorial during a Lincoln Heritage Tour. Chiefs and selectees also visited the Lincoln Cottage, the National Mall and Arlington Memorial Cemetery. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Aaron Strickland/Released)
Lincoln Chiefs-Select March on Washington
“Chief Petty Officers and Chief Petty Officers-select from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) learned about their nation's heritage during an all-day tour and march through the Washington on 29 August 2013. The 42 present and future Chiefs started their day learning about the ship's namesake at the Lincoln Cottage. Located on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH), the cottage is where Lincoln is said to have spent as much as one-fourth of his presidency. According to the cottage's staff, Lincoln wrote the order freeing slaves in Washington from the cottage a few months before The Emancipation Proclamation Jan. 1, 1863.
"It was amazing to me that a really simple man could make such a big difference," said Chief (select) Electrician's Mate Jose Garabis. While touring the cottage, tour guides encouraged discussion about Lincoln's presidency. "I was impressed with how the bravery of one man changed the course of our country," Chief (select) Aviation Boatswain's Mate Toby Shoemaker said. The Lincoln Cottage and AFRH are about three miles away from downtown, which appealed to Lincoln, as well as retirees living on the grounds then and now. After touring the cottage, the group marched across the grounds to AFRH, where they ate lunch with military retirees in the newly-opened Gen. Winfred Scott Center.
"It was a real honor to share lunch with some former warriors," said Chief Aviation Electronics Technician Clint Cook. "The guy I sat with was Frank. He was a B-52 gunner and very cool." After lunch, it was off to the memorial of the ship's namesake. The selectees marched up to the Lincoln Memorial one day after Civil Rights Era dignitaries joined former President Bill Clinton in remembering the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington that featured Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech. "What (Lincoln) did back then and what Dr. King did 50 years ago led to our president today," Chief (select) Master-at-Arms William Matteson said.
Singing naval heritage cadences and marching across the National Mall, the group was routinely photographed and talked to by tourists from around the world on a sultry summer Thursday. They stopped and paid respects at the Korean War Memorial and the World War II Memorial before signing "Anchors Aweigh" in front of the White House. "I was very proud to be representing the Lincoln today," Chief (select) Aviation Ordnanceman Terrence Parks said. The final stop of the day may have been the most poignant, though. The Chiefs and Chief selects formed up into a company to witness the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown at Arlington Memorial Cemetery.
"I couldn't get over how precise their movements were," said Senior Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate Ronnie Padilla. "It was something to watch." To cap of the final stop, the Chiefs and Chief-selects paid tribute to former Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Delbert Black, who is interred at Arlington” (Ref. Story Number: NNS130902-01 - Release Date: 9/2/2013 8:47:00 AM - Chief Mass Communication Specialist Aaron Strickland, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, WASHINGTON (NNS)).
Lincoln Sailors Welcome Students Back to School
“Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) greeted students from Newsome Park Elementary School on their first day back to school as part of an ongoing community relations project to build a stronger relationship with the school on 3 September 2013.
"The program started about mid-year last year by having Sailors meet and greet the students," Victor Martinez, principal of Newsome Park Elementary School. "Sailors would greet them in the morning, help out during the day in the cafeteria, and even help out with dismissal."
Twelve Sailors were waiting for students when they stepped off buses and greeted them as they walked into the school to start their first day of class.
"Sailors help improve the schools and the community by being a positive role model for the students," said Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class Datrel Johnson, a Lincoln Sailor who helped coordinate the event.
Newsome Park Elementary School is hoping to expand their outreach program beyond the usual meet and greet by modeling Lincoln's involvement in other schools with mentoring programs, career days and classroom sponsorship where a Sailor could be assigned to a specific classroom and help during a day of the week.
Martinez said that at one point last year, Sailors were at the school every day for at least four weeks positively impacting the lives of the students they interacted with.
"It showed me that the Sailors were becoming part of their lives in a positive sense," said Martinez. "That's when I knew that this program is a really good thing"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS130904-09 - Release Date: 9/4/2013 2:52:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Christopher Huot, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).
Lincoln Chief Selectees Hammer Away with Habitat for Humanity
“Chief Petty Officers (CPO) and CPO-selectees from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) helped build a house as part of a Habitat for Humanity community relations project (COMREL) on 4 September 2013. Other Sailors from the Lincoln have been assisting at the Habitat for Humanity build site since July 31.
With the house completely framed, the CPOs and CPO-selectees provided the necessary muscle to get the house closer to completion. "It is a great way to give back to the community," said Senior Chief Culinary Specialist Wilbert D. Strickland. As part of the selection process the CPO-selectees participated in group activates to strengthen team building and camaraderie.
"Community service and building camaraderie through working hard together is one reason to bring the selectees here," said Senior Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate Cliff Shelley. "At the same time, helping out the community and showing a big Navy presence teaches you time management and how to prioritize your tasks."
The selectees were given the opportunity to work with an organization, such as Habitat for Humanity, that gives to those in need, as well as the opportunity to learn something new in a different expertize that they might not have the chance to work in, according to Strickland.
"It's great. I wanted to get into woodworking so this is a great opportunity to start learning the craft. I never been involved with the program before coming out and building it," said Chief (select) Interior Communications Electrician Henry R. Hernandez. "Being a part of the bigger group and doing the group activities is about giving back to the community through COMRELS."
Habitat for Humanity normally requests 10 or more people to volunteer for its construction projects. The CPOs and CPO-selectee volunteers numbered more than 30, all eager to be a part of something bigger in the community.
"A helping hand gets the job done. The more helping hands and the more people you have listening and following orders, the more that you will get done," said Franklin Hampton, assistant construction supervisor for Habitat for Humanity who has welcomed the assistance from USS Abraham Lincoln Sailors. "I like them. They have been great. They follow orders and are always eager to work and get the job done."
Since returning from deployment in August 2012, Lincoln Sailors have volunteered more than 5,000 hours in various communities in the Hampton Roads area” (Ref. Story Number: NNS130905-13 - Release Date: 9/5/2013 5:06:00 PM - By Mass Communication Seaman Jonathon Lockwood, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, HAMPTON, Va. (NNS)).
Lincoln's Tanks and Voids Team Performing Crucial Role in RCOH
As reported on 5 September 2013, “USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Sailors assigned to the Engineering Department's PM 16 Tanks and Voids team are performing a crucial role in the preservation and repair of tanks during the aircraft carrier's Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH) in Newport News.
"PM 16 Tanks and Voids team play a huge role in getting the ship ready for undocking, ensuring these spaces are structurally sound and operational," said Chief Hull Technician Gloria Velsko, Repair Division, PM 16 team leader. "Preservation and repairs to these tanks are vital in the ship's stability and buoyancy while afloat."
Six Sailors ranging in ages 20 to 34 are assigned to the PM 16 team performing inspections on average 12 tanks per week while in RCOH. There are a total of 620 tanks and voids on the ship to be inspected.
Velsko discussed the experience these Sailors gain during an RCOH providing them valuable knowledge of the importance of each and every tasking.
"This experience has not only challenged these Sailors, but has taught this team how important their taskings are during this availability," said Velsko. "PM 16's inspections and preservation/repair tasks will allow Lincoln to safely float coming out of dry dock. PM 16 members play a crucial role in identifying structural issues and documentation of these areas for repairs both during RCOH and after."
Velsko added that PM 16 also tracks the work conducted in the tanks to record work completed as well as work to be accomplished.
To learn more about the PM 16 Tanks and Voids team, watch the latest USS Abraham Lincoln's video podcast by visiting: www.youtube.com/ussabrahamlincoln72” (Ref. Story Number: NNS130905-21 - Release Date: 9/5/2013 8:29:00 PM - From USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).
Lincoln Commemorates 9/11 at Local Memorial
“Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) commemorated the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks with a ceremony at a memorial site in downtown Newport News.
Nearly 100 Chief Petty Officers (CPOs) and CPO selects gathered at the Victory Arch to honor and remember the memories of loved ones lost in the attacks. The Victory Arch was originally built in 1919 for returning World War I troops as they disembarked from ships and marched through the arch in victory parades. Today it serves as a memorial to the men and women of the armed forces and hosts Newport News' annual Memorial and Veterans Day ceremonies.
The ceremony began with comments from Chief (Select) Aviation Boatswain's Mate Erik Scott. Scott, a civilian at the time, was on an early delivery for his job and saw the first plane hit at 8:46 a.m. on 11 September 2001.
"I was in the vicinity of where the attacks took place I witnessed most of the event," said Scott. "Remembering what happened on this day 12 years ago is a bonding experience for the Chief selects. It's an experience that we get to share with the Chiefs who trained us."
Other CPO selects also shared their experiences from that tragic day in our nation's history during an invocation read by Lt. David Duprey, one of Lincoln's chaplains.
"It wasn't just an event that brought us together as a nation," said Scott. "It was an event that as children and young adults we witnessed being burned into the history books of the United States of America."
Duprey shared his experience of visiting Ground Zero last winter and speaking with firefighters from New York.
"Every firehouse, every ladder and every engine remembers those who died," said Duprey. "You cannot escape it and it is as if it happened yesterday."
Scott closed the ceremony by talking about the importance of remembrance and the resilience of Americans.
"I don't believe that anything can truly break the American spirit," said Scott. "I raised my right hand to take a call so that one day hopefully I can help people remember what was lost." Scott enlisted in the Navy soon after the Sept. 11 attacks” (Ref. Story Number: NNS130911-18 - Release Date: 9/11/2013 3:03:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Ellen E. Long, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).
Lincoln Holds Chief Pinning Ceremony
“USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) advanced 33 Sailors to the rank of Chief Petty Officer (CPO) during a ceremony at Fort Eustis on 13 September 2013. The ceremony followed an intense six-week training period known as CPO 365 Phase II, which began Aug. 1, the day CPO advancement results were released. CPO 365 Phase I trains first class petty officers year-round.
Throughout the training, senior leaders introduced the CPO selectees to a set of challenges that were designed to strengthen their leadership and mentoring abilities.
"We found out through the six-week period that chiefs think differently than we did as first classes," said Chief Hospital Corpsman Faviola Vail, one of the new CPOs. "We had to learn to humble ourselves. We also learned about the Chiefs Mess and how we can help our Sailors through the mess. Once you make chief, your main focus is on your Sailors."
The pinning ceremony began with soon-to-be CPOs marching from the rear of the auditorium to the stage singing "Anchors Aweigh," showing Navy pride and unity that comes with the title and rank of CPO. Lincoln's Commanding Officer, Capt. Karl O. Thomas, addressed the selectees, family members and crew members of the Lincoln.
"When I saw the results list for CPO, I wasn't surprised to see the names of our selectees," said Thomas. "These men and women are remarkable in their roles as leaders, and will make an impact on their Sailors as their chiefs. I am so proud, and I am about to be even more proud in a few moments when I see you all get pinned."
Each CPO selectee was called up to the stage individually when it was time to pin anchors onto the collars of their new khaki uniforms. The chiefs were pinned by family members and spouses. The new chiefs then were capped with their new khaki combination covers by their mentors, marking the next milestone in their careers.
"My father is a retired technical sergeant after 20 years in the Air Force, and it inspired my brothers and I to serve our country," said Air Force Staff Sgt. Maria Hernandez, sister of Chief Interior Communications Electrician Henry Hernandez, one of the new CPOs. "I'm so proud to see Henry achieve this milestone in his career."
At the conclusion of the ceremony, Master Chief Navy Counselor Paul Tyquienqco read the CPO Creed and then each newly pinned CPO was congratulated by fellow CPOs and fellow Lincoln crew members. As others congratulated each new chief, it became clear that the transition is complete” (Ref. Story Number: NNS130916-22 - Release Date: 9/16/2013 3:07:00 PM - By Seaman Phylicia Hanson, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, FORT EUSTIS, Va. (NNS)).
Comedian Educates Lincoln Sailors
“Sailors attached to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) were treated to comedy mixed with a message about preventing alcohol and drug abuse at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. on 18 September 2013.
"Comedy is the Cure" featured comedian Bernie McGrenahan, who has been feature on "Late Night with Jay Leno" and is an active voice against alcohol abuse.
The event is part of his "Comedy with a Message" tour and it's geared toward educating service members about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse as well as suicide prevention.
"I came to entertain and share a personal story about how having no plan will end up ruining your night," said McGrenahan. "When you're under stress drinking can make any situation worse."
During his presentation, McGrenahan gave insight into his experiences and lessons he's learned. He said his goal was to steer people in the direction of a better life.
"Drinking can lead to poor decisions," said McGrenahan. "It can lead to drugs and blur the lines of consent between people."
Chief Aviation Structural Mechanic Sheila Dingler, Lincoln's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response coordinator, lauded McGrenahan's program for the benefits he can provide Sailors.
"This event has had a measurable impact on our fleet and Navy within the alcohol and suicide prevention effort," said Dingler. "I recommend it for all Sailors no matter the pay grade."
Dingler went on to explain her experience with the event when she attended.
"I attended last year and it was fantastic," said Dingler. McGrenahan closed the event with a few words of wisdom that apply not only to Sailors but also all people.
"No matter how you think the night may go have a plan," said McGrenahan. "And most importantly you need to respect each other and trust the people you're with"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS130919-08 - Release Date: 9/19/2013 10:14:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kyle Henley, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NORFOLK (NNS)).
130920-N-NB694-080 - HAMPTON, Va. (Sept. 20, 2013) - Sailors assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) help members of the Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response team carry a deceased Loggerhead sea turtle as part of the Fort Monroe clean-up for a community service project. Abraham Lincoln is undergoing a refueling complex overhaul at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd class Joshua E. Walters/Released)
Lincoln Sailors Volunteer in Hampton Roads Region
“More than 1,500 Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) volunteered in seven different cities at more than 30 different community relations (COMREL) events on 20 September 2013. The COMREL projects ranged from building a home for Habitat for Humanity in Hampton, Va., to visiting local elementary and middle schools in Newport News to cleaning up beaches and parks in Virginia Beach, Va. The all-day volunteer effort in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Hampton, Yorktown, Portsmouth, Carrollton and Newport News was coordinated through Lincoln's Religious Ministries Department while the Lincoln undergoes its Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH) in Newport News.
"If we have an opportunity to give back to the community, to bring smiles to young faces and help out our local community," said Capt. Karl Thomas, who greeted students as they arrived to Newsome Park Elementary School in Newport News. "It's absolutely worth it and it's the right thing to do." Newsome Park Elementary Principal Victor Martinez appreciated the support provided by Lincoln Sailors. "Our kids benefit immensely from the Navy being here," said Martinez.
"The support given by the Navy will be reciprocated throughout the Hampton Roads community, and I think that's a wonderful thing." USS Abraham Lincoln's command chaplain Cmdr. Denis Cox coordinated the all-day COMREL reflected on the outreach these types of projects have on the local communities Sailors live in. "This massive one-day volunteer outreach by Lincoln Sailors positively impacts the countless community members they will interact with today along with the communities at large," said Cox.
One of those Sailors offering his assistance was Damage Controlman 3rd Class Evan Marshall who volunteered at the Hoffler Creek Wildlife Foundation in Portsmouth, Va. He reflected on the positive contributions Sailors make to the local communities through these types of COMRELs. "I loved volunteering at this event," said Marshall. "I got to serve my community in a great way. Community service is always a great thing." Damage Controlman 1st Class Narrean Brown also volunteered at Hoffler Creek Wildlife Foundation by cleaning an exhibit area.
"This is a really cool event, cleaning out a path for an exhibit to reopen," said Brown. "Just getting out in the community and helping out encourages other Sailors to do the same." Portsmouth Mayor Kenneth Wright visited with Lincoln Sailors as they volunteered at Hoffler Creek Wildlife Foundation and Portsmouth City Park. "The military is 48 percent of our economy in Hampton Roads," said Wright. "To have this kind of outreach is extremely impressive."
Doug Kennedy, superintendent, Parks Facilities and Landscape Services for the Newport News Ranger Station, felt the impact provided by Lincoln Sailors. "We really appreciate the service that these Sailors are providing," said Kennedy. "The Navy has always been a huge supporter of Hampton Roads and for the Lincoln as a whole to come out is simply amazing."
For Machinist's Mate 1st Class Joseph Arnold, the reason for volunteering at Nike Park in Carrollton, Va., was not only to support the local communities, but also to provide mentorship opportunities to junior Sailors within his department. "It helps build camaraderie between senior and junior Sailors," said Arnold. Machinist's Mate 2rd Class Darrin Door, who serves as a COMREL represenstative at the command, echoed Arnold's sentiment that COMRELs provide opportunities to learn about leadership. "It is a great opportunity for me to learn how to manage people and learn leadership," said Door.
Chief Aviation Electronics Technician Patrick Lybarger provided volunteer assistance at Sandy Bottom Nature Park in Hampton, Va., and reflected on what COMREL service means to him. "Giving back to the community is important because it brings everyone together and that's what it's all about," said Lybarger. Angela Henery, Asset Manager at Fort Monroe Authority, appreciated the volunteerism by Lincoln Sailors to preserve the historic Fort Monroe site.
"It is fantastic and an amazing opportunity for Lincoln Sailors to come here to help preserve Fort Monroe," said Henery. "I couldn't be prouder to have volunteers to help out." Lincoln Sailors have made a significant impact in the Hampton Roads region since the aircraft carrier arrived in Norfolk in August 2012, contributing more than 5,000 volunteer hours at various COMREL projects.
"By providing these types of volunteer opportunities during RCOH our Sailors are afforded the opportunity to help the communities where they live. In return, communities have realized the beneficial role of the Navy and Abraham Lincoln Sailors' volunteerism," said Cox. Lincoln Sailors volunteered at the following locations in Hampton Roads:
- In Hampton: Sandy Bottom Nature Park; John B. Cary Elementary School; Veterans Administration Medical Center; Fort Monroe; Hampton Food Bank; Bluebird Gap Farm; Bethel Park; Habitat for Humanity; Spratley Gifted Center; Buckroe Beach; Animal Aid Society; Salvation Army; Kecoughtan High School;
- In Newport News: Newsome Park Elementary School; Virginia Living Museum; Habitat for Humanity; Newport News Park; Five Loves Food Pantry, and Newport News Ranger Station;
- In Norfolk: USS Wisconsin; Union Missions Ministries; Foodbank of the Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore; Norfolk Botanical Gardens; Ronald McDonald House; Norfolk Zoo;
- In Virginia Beach, Va.: Virginia Beach; Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center;
- In Portsmouth: Hoffler Creek Wildlife Foundation and City Park;
- In Carrollton: Nike Park;
- In Yorktown: Yorktown Beach” (Ref. Story Number: NNS130920-18 - Release Date: 9/20/2013 6:48:00 PM - From USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).
Lincoln Sailors Receive Annual Flu Vaccinations
“Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) took their first steps toward fighting the flu this season by getting vaccinated from 19 to 21 September 2013.
Vaccinations began at 6 a.m. on Sept. 19, and more than 2,000 shots were given by 1 p.m. the same day.
"The Navy Surgeon General requires that 90 percent of the crew be vaccinated within 72 hours of beginning the shots," said Lt. Jessica Woody of Lincoln's Medical Department. "Lincoln achieved that early on Sept. 21."
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), a flu vaccine is needed every year because flu viruses are always changing and the shot is updated as the viruses change.
"Influenza is incredibly contagious and can spread through a closed environment, like a ship, very quickly," said Woody. "Sailors need flu shots to stop the disease before it stops them from being mission ready."
For the duration of flu season, the CDC recommends to avoid sick people as much as possible, wash your hands and sanitize with alcohol-based hand sanitizer often, cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze, avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth, and clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that could be contaminated.
"Your immune system fights disease by recognizing a foreign virus or bacteria in the shot, flagging it with antigens and then sending white blood cells to kill that disease," said Woody. "The shot gives your body a chance to identify the flu virus early in a safe form and create antigens ahead of time."
According to Department of Defense Directive 6205.2E, all members of the United States Armed Forces are required to undergo routine immunizations.
"It is essential for mission readiness to have all service members up to date on their vaccinations," said Woody. "Warfighters need to stay at top readiness and we can't let "the flu" keep us from staying at the top of our game"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS130923-23 - Release Date: 9/23/2013 10:09:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Ellen E. Long, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).
Lincoln Sailors Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
“Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month aboard the floating accommodation facility on 25 September 2013.
Sailors were able to enjoy meals of Hispanic dishes at the galley such as lobster paella, a Spanish meal comprised of shrimp, fish and spices. The galley was packed as the crew came out for the special lunch.
"Holding events like these lets our Sailors know they are accepted no matter what their ethnic background or what they choose to believe in," said Lt. j.g. Eric Gonzalez, Lincoln's command diversity officer. "Personally, I like the fact that there are many Sailors who are familiar with my heritage and have had the same experiences as me."
Gonzalez is responsible for organizing meetings and events each month to honor different heritages. He said be believes his mission is to influence camaraderie and understanding among Lincoln Sailors because it will make the crew more effective.
Gonzalez said he is excited because it supports his heritage.
"There are many things about Hispanic heritage I enjoy," said Gonzalez. "It makes me feel good to be able to share my heritage's cuisine with my shipmates. It's our way of showing who we are."
Lt. Cmdr. Javier Medina, Engineering Department's "A" Division officer, said he enjoys everything the command diversity counsel is doing to reinforce the importance of diversity and how it directly affects morale.
"These types of events certify that we recognize we have multiple groups of people from around the world," said Medina. "This meal will be very effective in conveying to the Lincoln crew that we're a diverse crew, and we're going to stay that way. That's why we're the world's finest Navy"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS130927-02 - Release Date: 9/27/2013 7:33:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonteil Johnson, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).
USS Abraham Lincoln Officer Volunteers in Moldova
“An officer assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) applied lessons he learned in the Navy during a 10-day community relations (COMREL) project in Chisinau, Moldova from 16 to 26 September 2013.
Chief Warrant Officer 4 Anthony Garcia, assigned to Air Department's V-4 Division embarked on a 10-day COMREL with members of the Gateway Christian Church, which is located in Virginia Beach, Va.
"This was my first COMREL that I have ever participated in," said Garcia, who appreciated the opportunity to serve others. During the 10-day COMREL Garcia and his fellow parishioners visited several orphanages and villages in the following Moldova cities: Carpineni, Ungheni, and Ceadir Lunga.
Cmdr. Chris Martinez, Lincoln's assistant Air Department officer, reflected on Garcia's volunteerism. "In Abraham Lincoln's Air Department, Garcia is known for his passion for caring for the men and women of our Fuels Division. It's great to see him take his passion and his abilities to benefit those in less fortunate parts of the world," said Martinez.
Garcia reflected on the reasoning for his volunteerism. "My family prompted me to take this trip because it would enhance my spiritual growth," said Garcia, who also wanted to model positive choices for his two daughters and son. "You have to make the sound decisions in life."
In addition to modeling positive behaviors for his children, Garcia, who has been in the Navy for 27 years and has deployed 13 times, is looking forward to sharing his life lessons learned both abroad and on board USS Abraham Lincoln with his Sailors.
"This visit provided me the opportunity to go out and mentor young adults and effect many lives," said Garcia, who supervises 127 Sailors. "It also allows me to share these same experiences with my Sailors so they can make better life choices." Lt. David Duprey, chaplain assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln, reflected on Garcia's volunteerism spirit.
"As United States Sailors, we represent our country wherever we go," said Duprey. "This trip represents the best that America has to offer. He's going there to learn about a great nation's history, and to learn about a culture with his family. As a father, he's showing his family that service truly makes a difference"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS130927-03 - Release Date: 9/27/2013 7:56:00 AM - From USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).
Rascal Flatts Hosts 100 Lincoln Sailors at Virginia Beach Concert
“Grammy Award winning American country music group Rascal Flatts hosted 100 Sailors from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) at the Farm Bureau Live amphitheater in Virginia Beach on 26 September 2013.
Sailors joined fans at the amphitheater to listen to Band Perry, the opening act for the main attraction, Rascal Flatts, as they performed hit songs including "If I die Young," "Summer Nights," and "Bless the Broken Road."
"I'm very selective with what country music I like and Rascal Flatts is definitely one of my favorite country bands," said Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Alexandra P. Dusek, who appreciated receiving a ticket to attend the concert.
Personnel Specialist 3rd Class Clarissa R. Impelido reflected on the group's generosity.
"I loved it," Impelido said. "This is awesome. It's really cool that bands still afford people in the Navy these kinds of opportunities"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS130930-01 - Release Date: 9/30/2013 7:22:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd class Mason V. Campbell, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS)).
Sailors Participate in MWR's Punt, Pass and Kick Event
“Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), USS Enterprise (CVN-65) and Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) participated in a Punt, Pass and Kick event hosted by Lincoln's Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Department at Huntington Hall in Newport News on 26 September 2013.
Nearly two dozen Sailors competed against one another by seeing who could punt, pass or kick a football the farthest. Sailors not entered in the competition cheered on their shipmates from the sidelines while eating grilled hamburgers, hotdogs, chips and beverages provided by MWR.
According to Kenneth M. Carter, an athletic director for MWR, the event provided a way to get Sailors to spend some time with Sailors from other ships.
"MWR is always looking to do something different when it comes to these events," said Carter. "This month we decided to take the Punt, Pass and Kick event that the NFL does and host one for Sailors."
All three events were scored by measuring the distance the football travelled. Participants who won received recognition for outstanding performance by having the highest total score in their age bracket.
"The whole idea of MWR events are to boost morale among Sailors by pretty much serving those who serve us," said Shannon Smith, director of Lincoln's MWR program. "These events provide an outlet for Sailors to participate in healthy activities"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS131001-05 - Release Date: 10/1/2013 11:45:00 AM - By Mass Communication Seaman Apprentice Christopher Huot, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).
Lincoln Sailors Maintaining Weapons Qualifications During RCOH
“Sailors assigned to the Weapons Department on board USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) honed their ordnance skills by assisting Sailors assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 from 15 to 27 September 2013.
Lt. Jack Hurley, Lincoln's ordnance handling officer recently coordinated a training opportunity in September for his Sailors to assist the Squadrons of Carrier Air Wing 7 as the train and qualify Joint Terminal Attack Controller's (JTACs) and shoot their annual Non-Combat Expenditure Allocation of Air-to-Air Missiles at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.
"We are building the weapons that the JTAC's are directing VFA-83 to drop. They are receiving this training prior to deployment were they will direct aircraft in actual combat situations," said Hurley. "It has been a great opportunity for our guys to enhance their ordnance skills and continue to further their training."
Cmdr. Jesse Hilliker, VFA-83 commanding officer appreciates the training provided by Lincoln Sailors.
"Thank you for sending your group of Aviation Ordnancemen up to support our missions," said Hilliker. "They've been knocking it out of the park up here, and we have been getting incredible training thanks to them"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS131021-05 - Release Date: 10/21/2013 7:50:00 AM - From USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).
Lincoln Chiefs Adopt I.C. Norcom High School's NJROTC program
“Chief petty officers (CPO) from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) locked arms with I.C. Norcomm High School on 27 September 2013, agreeing to help train and mentor cadets participating in the school's Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) program.
A signed letter formalizing the agreement for the 2013-2014 school year was presented to the school by Lincoln's Command Master Chief (AW/IDW) Gregg Weber, during an assembly attended by the entire NJROTC corps.
"This is a huge honor to show these young men and women what it means to be a Sailor," Weber said.
Lincoln Sailors will assist I.C. Norcom's NJROTC students in various mentorship opportunities to include uniform inspections and other basic military requirements for the program's commanders.
Portsmouth Mayor Kenneth Wright spoke briefly during the assembly, reminding the NJROTC students of the importance of being a good citizen as well as encouraging them to consider serving in the military.
"This agreement will do a lot for the future of our children," Wright said. "To get leadership from Abraham Lincoln Sailors is exciting"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS130930-19 - Release Date: 9/30/2013 4:10:00 PM - By Chief Mass Communication Specialist (SW/IDC) Aaron Strickland, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS)).
Lincoln Hosts Captain's Cup Track & Field
“Sailors enjoyed running full out on an early autumn day during USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Captain's Cup Track and Field Tournament at Huntington Hall on 27 September 2013.
The events included Shot-put, 100-meter dash, 4x100 meter relay, 1x400 meter dash and long jump.
"It's outstanding to see the amount of Sailors out here participating," said Capt. Karl O. Thomas, Lincoln's commanding officer.
Lincoln's Combat Systems, Air, Deck, Weapons, Supply and Aviation Intermediate Maintenance (AIMD) Departments sent Sailors to the event. AIMD picked up the trophy for the best overall performance.
"I was on the track team in high school," said AIMD team member Aviation Administrationman 3rd Class Larry Manning. "Being able to come out and help AIMD win the trophy was just icing on the cake."
Aviation Administrationman 3rd Class Ronderrick Rhome was impressed with the talent on the track.
"The speed some of these people have is insane," said Rhome.
The event was sponsored, coordinated and judged by Lincoln's Supply Department.
"These events are all about team-building, camaraderie and fun," said Chief Logistics Specialist Melissa Calderwood.
Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Chad Smith enjoyed the track and field event and reflected on how they benefit the command and its personnel.
"Helping out with this event is all about supporting the command," said Smith. "The command supports us in everything we do, so this is our way of giving back and helping out"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS131003-19 - Release Date: 10/3/2013 10:24:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Benjamin Liston, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).
Lincoln Sailors Prepare for PRT Season
“USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) leading assistant command fitness leader provides physical fitness tips for Sailors to prepare for the upcoming Physical Readiness Test (PRT) on 30 September 2013.
According to Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 1st Class Marshall Gault physical readiness is a year-round evolution.
"Push-ups, sit-ups, and the run can be practiced in the comfort of your own home or in your down time," said Gault. "For those who may be struggling with the cardio event, the main thing I suggest is to build up to the run, so start off running a half-mile. Then when that becomes fairly easy, work your way up to a mile. Eventually a 1.5-mile run will become less daunting."
In addition to increasing your stamina prior to the PRT, Gault discussed adopting two other tips to achieve successful results during PRT season: Proper hydration and a good night's sleep.
"Hydration and a good night's sleep are a very important part of preparing for the PRT," said Gault. "Studies suggest drinking 8-12 ounces of water prior to going to sleep and again the morning of a major cardio event."
Gault also emphasized the need for a balanced and healthy breakfast.
"It is important to eat a healthy breakfast, such as oatmeal, a banana, a granola bar or a yogurt on the morning of the PRT. These foods will give you the fuel you will need for the events," said Gault.
"Try to stay away from highly carbonated drinks a few days prior to the PRT. Those drinks have a tendency to actually dehydrate you which could cause cramping"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS130930-12 - Release Date: 9/30/2013 3:27:00 PM - By Seaman Phylicia A. Hanson, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).
Lincoln Single Parents Received Parenting Tips During Women at Sea Meeting
“Single parents serving aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) received parenting tips during the Woman at Sea meeting on 2 October 2013.
Lt. Jessica Woody, a mentor for the group, said this meeting was meant to help single parents network with each other and receive advice and support.
"I know many of our Sailors are single parents and it can be very challenging," said Woody. "I wanted to provide them with as much support as I could and also let them know they have the support of their shipmates."
The meeting opened up with Sailors discussing their experiences as single parents.
"There have been many challenges while trying to juggle being a single mother and being a Sailor," said Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Tania Banks. "The stress sometimes gets to me, but I know I have to keep it together for the sake of my child."
After each Sailor was introduced, Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Rosalyn Martin provided them with useful information on how to manage as a single parent.
Sailors talked about topics to alleviate some other common stressors to include: Financial responsibility, after-school programs, mentorship programs, diet and exercise.
Martin said she believes these meetings are an effective way of receiving important information while boosting camaraderie at the same time.
"These meetings are meant to be an open forum for our female Sailors to talk," said Martin. "We want to give out the information without talking at them"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS131009-11 - Release Date: 10/9/2013 4:20:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonteil Johnson, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).
Lincoln Sailors Finish Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
As reported on 4 October 2013, “Sailors aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) completed applied suicide intervention skills training (ASIST), part of a Navy-wide effort to reduce the amount of suicides by training Sailors in suicide intervention skills.
ASIST is offered at military bases around the world as a way to reduce Sailor suicides that, according to the Navy Personnel Command's (NPC) suicide prevention website, average four each month.
Every year more people die by suicide world-wide than from all of the armed conflicts around the world combined according to NPC. The effects of suicide can be devastating to a family, command and even a whole community. The question many people are asking is "how can we prevent someone from taking his/her own life?" One resource available to Sailors in the prevention of suicide is ASIST.
"We are in a difficult environment," said Capt. Karl Thomas, commanding officer of Lincoln. "A lot of people have different challenges and all that stress can build up to where they need to have someone they know they can reach out to for assistance."
The two-day workshop concentrates on training people to intervene with someone who is contemplating suicide. "Applied suicide intervention skills training made me feel more aware of the symptoms of suicide," said Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Michael Weinmann. "It also taught me how to approach and deal with Sailors who are having these same problems."
ASIST inspired a Lincoln Sailor who has gone through the program to help others outside of the Navy.
"Seaman Cecilia Allen was on leave in San Francisco where she put a hundred stickers all along the Golden Gate Bridge," said Lt. David Duprey, Lincoln Chaplain. "The sticker says 'It's a long way down but it's a short walk back,' along with the suicide prevention hotline number on the bottom"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS131004-06 - Release Date: 10/4/2013 12:26:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW/AW) Joshua E. Walters, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).
Lincoln's DAPA Educates Sailors about the Dangers of Spice
“USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Drug and Alcohol Program (DAPA) coordinators continue to educate and bring awareness to the Navy's zero policy and the dangers of using Spice and other synthetic drugs on 9 October 2013.
"We continue to learn more every day about the potential harm and side-effects associated with Spice," said Chief Cryptological Technician Jeremy Crandall, Lincoln's DAPA coordinator.
OPNAVINST 5350.4D defines drug abuse as the wrongful use of controlled substance including designer drugs, illicit-use anabolic steroids, prescription or over-the-counter medications. Crandall further described potential hazards associated with drug use.
"There are no regulations placed on the chemicals used in Spice's production," said Crandall. "This leads to the user not knowing exactly what they are consuming and means they are taking serious health risks."
Chief Legalman Myron Chism stated that the risks of using Spice and other illegal substances weigh heavily on Sailors not just because of health and legal reasons.
"If caught using or in possession of Spice a Sailor could be discharged not only for the drug itself but for misconduct as well," said Chism. "Looking at it from a wide perspective that [means] restriction, loss of pay, loss of employment and legal fees. It will make it harder to gain employment with that mark on your record."
Chism went on to detail how strict the military service is coming down on substance abuse.
"If you use, you lose," said Chism. "And it's just not worth it."
Even with the zero tolerance policy, Crandall wanted to ensure that Sailors know there are options for help if they turn themselves in before being caught.
"DAPA is the first stop on the road to recover," said Crandall. "The DAPA team serves as an advocate for Sailors who may have a drug problem and DAPA can schedule appointments with treatment facilities. DAPA manages individual Sailors in aftercare programs. We do our best to set Sailors up for success after they depart naval service."” (Ref. Story Number: NNS131010-21 - Release Date: 10/10/2013 4:02:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kyle Henley, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).
Lincoln Launches Combined Federal Campaign
“Sailors on board USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) are displaying their generosity by participating in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) on 9 October 2013.
Participating in the CFC campaign provides federal employees the opportunity to make contributions to a variety of charitable organizations.
The mission statement of the CFC is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee focused, cost-efficient, and effective in providing all federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for many.
"This is one of the largest and most successful campaigns in the world," said Lt.j.g. Barry Smith, Lincoln's force work package division officer and Lincoln's CFC coordinator. "It's a Navy tradition to help those who need it. This kind of organization allows Sailors the opportunity to continue that tradition."
CFC offers opportunities for Lincoln Sailors to benefit more than 4,000 local and national charities.
The process is simple - after crew members decide on charities they would like to support and the amount they would like to donate, they complete a form saying how they would like that money to be given. They can choose between a monthly allotment deducted from their pay, or a one-time contribution.
Last year the Lincoln raised $62,680 in support of the CFC. According to Smith, the purpose of CFC is not just to raise money; it's to give every Lincoln Sailor an opportunity to contribute to worthy charities.
"Lincoln Sailors do a wonderful job of giving and helping out when they need to," said Smith. "I'm confident that the goal for this year will be met and hopefully exceeded again"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS131011-01 - Release Date: 10/11/2013 7:32:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Aaron T. Kiser, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).
Lincoln Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
“Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) celebrated Hispanic Heritage month with a featured speaker and a cake-cutting ceremony on 10 October 2013.
"Thank you for taking the time to celebrate our rich history and heritage," said Capt. Karl Thomas, commanding officer, USS Abraham Lincoln who emphasized how diversity in the ranks of our Sailors enhances our Navy. "It's what makes us rich," said Thomas. "We all bring different aspects to the Navy."
Guest speaker Marco Estrada talked to Sailors about the "sense of family" Hispanics provide to the Navy.
"One of the things I believe, we as Hispanics, provide to the military is a sense of family," said Estrada, a retired Sailor now an employee of Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, where Lincoln is receiving a Refueling and Complex Ooverhaul (RCOH).
"Family is very important to me and something that I found in the Navy."
Estrada, born in Guatemala, joined the Navy in 1986 as an undesignated airman. "To me, being of Hispanic heritage is very important," said Estrada. "I came from Guatemala. I'm an immigrant myself."
According to Estrada, 17 percent of newly enlisted, active duty members of all branches of the military are Hispanic.
Information Technician Seaman Sergio Romero, the youngest Hispanic attending the ceremony, assisted with the ceremonial cake cutting.
"It's good to be honored by everybody because we're a diverse culture, but I believe that every diversity, culture and ethnicity should be honored," said Romero. The Lincoln's Equal Opportunity Advisor, Lt. j.g. Eric Thomas Gonzales, organized the Hispanic Heritage event and emphasized the importance of educating the crew on our Navy's diversity.
"It's great to make the crew aware of and how we have contributed to the Navy," said Gonzales” (Ref. Story Number: NNS131011-12 - Release Date: 10/11/2013 3:18:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Matthew Young, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).
Engineering Wins Captain's Cup Volleyball
“A brilliant blue sky greeted Sailors assigned to the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) at Hampton's Buckroe Beach on 16 October 2013.
Ten departments assigned to Lincoln battled head-to-head in a Captain's Cup volleyball tournament.
The day was reminiscent of the iconic volleyball scene in "Top Gun."
Aviation Electronics Technician 1st Class Sheldon L. Hunter, one of several Captains' Cup coordinators aboard CVN-72, was chosen to assemble and manage all willing participants in a morale-boosting tournament.
"As a Captains' Cup coordinator, it's my goal to make these events enjoyable and available to the entire crew," said Hunter. "No matter what the event or sport is, it's my job to make sure everyone who wants to participate is able to and for them to have some well-deserved fun."
As departments battled head-to-head for the coveted Captains' Cup trophy, Sailors put their all into a well-played melee of spikes, dives, jousts and kills.
"Sometimes you have a joust that turns into a kill, sometimes you have to dive to keep the ball in motion but we are here to play. We are here to win," said Aviation Maintenance Administrationman 3rd Class Larry Manning. "We want that title."
As the dust and sand settled, Engineering Department's team emerged, 10-1 over Combat Systems' team as the champion.
"The other teams played a good game, they fought a good fight but at the end of the day the ball doesn't lie and the truth is Engineering Department is your official volleyball Captain's Cup Champions," said Chief Machinist's Mate John Torres.
"That's what makes the Navy enjoyable - to be able to work hard and play hard safely and responsibly and have that chance to bond with our shipmates both in and out of the workplace," said Hunter. "We look forward to having more events and getting the Sailors involved"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS131018-21 - Release Date: 10/18/2013 8:34:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jeremiah Mills, HAMPTON, Va. (NNS)).
ODU Students Visit Lincoln, Newport News Shipyard
“Students attending Old Dominion University (ODU) in Norfolk visited Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) and one of the ships in the yard, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) in Newport News on 18 October 2013.
The students, enrolled in the Mechanical Engineering and Technologies (MET) program at ODU, toured the bow area of Lincoln and looked into the dry dock.
One of the students, Michael Kammerer, is a former machinist's mate who worked on board USS Enterprise (CVN-65) in the Reactor Department as an Engineering Laboratory Technician.
"Being in this program is not only going to help me further my career in engineering, but because I have prior military experience I have hands-on training not many other students have," said Kammerer.
At the shipyard the students were greeted by Gary Fuller, construction director at NNS.
"I was very excited to meet these students," said Fuller. "I am a graduate of the ODU MET program as well."
Fuller talked to the students about the various jobs engineers have aboard the ship and in the shipyard.
"Understanding what engineers do while in a shipyard is vital for my career," said Kammerer. "I plan on moving to Florida and working in a commercial shipyard, and having this experience helps out greatly."
Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) facilitators organized the visit with NNS directors to not only educate the students but also show them what the shipyard has to offer from an educational and occupational standpoint.
"Seeing what the shipyard has to offer from the civilian point of view is very beneficial," said Kammerer” (Ref. Story Number: NNS131021-16 - Release Date: 10/21/2013 9:28:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Thomas Liston, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).
Lincoln Sailors and their Families Celebrate the Change of Season
“USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) celebrated the arrival of fall during a family outing sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln Family Association (ALFA) in Hampton on 19 October 2013.
ALFA brought families together at Wood's Orchards for a Fall Harvest, which included face painting, hay rides, outdoor games, a costume contest and a pumpkin patch where families could go and choose a pumpkin to welcome autumn.
"It's all about having fun and getting together," said Fire Controlman 2nd Class Nicole Stanley.
Samantha Roggenkamp, an ALFA volunteer, reflected on the turnout at this year's harvest outing adding that more families attended this year.
"It's been a really fun time coming out here and volunteering for the ALFA," said Roggenkamp.
Lincoln's Commanding Officer Capt. Karl Thomas appreciated meeting Lincoln families during the fall event.
"It's a great day to enjoy the change in season," said Thomas. "These events are really all about making memories for the families."
Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Maxwell Molidor attended the family outing and reflected on the opportunity to socialize with other Sailors and their families.
"It's nice that we have an event like this for the kids to come out and have a good time," said Molidor. "It's a safe environment that allows us to come and socialize with other parents in the command."
As families left, ALFA members treated children with candies and prizes” (Ref. Story Number: NNS131022-17 - Release Date: 10/22/2013 3:45:00 PM - By Mass Communication 3rd Class Thomas Liston, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, HAMPTON, Va. (NNS)).
Three Generations of Sailors Serving Aboard Lincoln
As reported on 21 October 2013, “three generations of Sailors born between the late 1950s through the mid-1990s are serving aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) as the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier undergoes its Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH) in Newport News.
As each Sailor is different so too are the generations they represent with the majority of the nearly 2,500 Sailors assigned to the carrier are known as Millenial or Generation Y and brings with them their own style of problem solving and experience. The majority of the crew, slightly more than 80 percent, is representative of this generation of those born prior to the launch of the personal computer through the birth of the World Wide Web.
Lt. Cmdr. Tony Beaster, Lincoln's training officer, explains how these three separate generations of Sailors respond to training, motivation and education. Prior to reporting to Lincoln, Beaster studied manpower and analysis, earning a master's degree from Capella University in 2010. While at Capella, he studied how people learn, interact and specifically how motivation affects different groups of people. "What motivates a baby boomer is different then what motivates a millenial," said Beaster. "The goals are different for each group."
Less than one percent of the crew is defined as a Baby Boomer, born between 1946 through 1964. Slightly more Sailors, about 19 percent, fit into the Generation X mold. This group, like Beaster, is defined as those individuals born between 1965 and 1981. Generation X Sailors are typically team orientated, believe in a work and family-life balance, and have strong loyalty to their relationships. Beaster added that while each generation responds differently to motivation, they also view work differently.
"For Baby Boomers working is simply a means to an end and for a Millenial if they didn't need to work, they wouldn't," said Beaster. According to Beaster, each generation is motivated in a myriad of ways. Baby Boomers respond positively to pay raises and new titles when being awarded for their work acumen, said Beaster, whereas Generation X Sailors respond positively if they are given time off or time away from the job. Millenials, Beaster added, are best motivated if they receive immediate recognition for a job well done.
Beaster takes into consideration the divergent generations aboard the Lincoln especially since the majority of Sailors who have grown up with the Internet and added that this type of learning style also effects how they live and engage. "Learning how to interact and communicate with these groups will help us to determine the best way to train each group and pass information and solicit feedback," said Beaster.
Personnel Specialist Seaman Apprentice Catherine Kapic, assigned to the Administrative Department aboard USS Abraham Lincoln was born in 1994 and reflects on her communication style with her fellow Sailors. "Texting to me is the easiest and emails are more like letters and require more thought before sending," said Kapic. Beaster said that Millenials respond more positively when supervisors allow them to tackle their to-do lists and admonish micromanagement work styles.
"You can motivate the Millenials by giving them the list of everything we need them to do, and let them figure out what is important," said Beaster. "They like being given the problem. Giving them a due date is an absolute need, but Millenials don't always react well to last-minute changes." Beaster added that both Baby Boomers and Generation X Sailors are more prone to roll with the punches and adapt more quickly to changed plans and schedules, but Millenials need more structure.
Education, according to Beaster, is a common denominator for Baby Boomers and Millenials. "Baby boomers are more interested in gaining a skill set than a four or six-year degree and many Millenials are reverting back to the Baby Boomer mentality," said Beaster."Another motivating factor is the region a Sailor was raised and how they were raised." Lincoln is truly a representation of the United States. Sailors from every state are assigned to the Lincoln. California remains in the lead with more than 300 Sailors calling that state home.
Rhode Island and Vermont are at a tie with three Sailors each hailing from those states. Motivation and work styles are different across each generation. So too are the communication styles. Beaster said that whether Sailors are from Washington, Texas or New York, one thing connects all three generations -- their need for communicating. Beaster added that understanding how they best like to communicate is the key to bridging the communication gap” (Ref. Story Number: NNS131021-02 - Release Date: 10/21/2013 7:45:00 AM - From USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).
Lincoln Plankowners' Signatures Discovered during Tile Removal
“Sailors serving aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) touched a piece of history on 23 October 2013, when they stumbled upon signatures of Sailors who signed original deck surfaces soon after the carrier's commissioning more than two decades ago.
Sailors assigned to the Lincoln's Combat Systems Department found the signatures while refurbishing an area on board the carrier. Cmdr. Chris Haden, Combat Systems officer attached to the Lincoln reflected on the bond the Sailors of yesterday share with the Sailors serving on board today and in the future.
"I always remind my Sailors how important our RCOH is for USS Abraham Lincoln," said Haden. "What we do today will make the difference in the life of USS Abraham Lincoln 25 years from now, with possibly our sons and daughters sailing on her. Finding the signatures of the pre-com crew was a real inspiration, as it was their hard work that made it possible for USS Abraham Lincoln to have such a successful first 25 years."
One of the Sailors' signatures found on the deck plates was that of Data Systems Technician 2nd Class Tim Dukes. While Dukes' rating has phased out and he has long hung up his dungarees, he looks fondly back on the years he served in the Navy, particularly on board the Lincoln.
"I look back and remember the fond parts of the Navy and wish I would have stayed," said Dukes, who discovered his signature was found by Sailors serving aboard the Lincoln after a photo of the signed tile was posted on the carrier's Facebook page. "I felt the connection with the crew of today."
Dukes said the Facebook post not only connected him with the crew serving today, but with Sailors he served with on board the Lincoln from May 1989 through September 1993.
"I had been looking for a Sailor I served with for the five or six years, but who found me on Facebook from the post written about my signatures," said Dukes. "I remember serving aboard like it was last week. Those bonds do carry across over time."
USS Abraham Lincoln was commissioned at Norfolk Naval Base, pier 12 on Nov. 11, 1989. The principle speakers were the Honorable Richard Cheney, Secretary of Defense; the Honorable H. Lawrence Garrett 111, Secretary of the Navy; and Adm. C. A. H. Trost, Chief of Naval Operations” (Ref. Story Number: NNS131031-34 - Release Date: 10/31/2013 3:29:00 PM - From USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).
Lincoln Sailors Participate in Two-day Search and Rescue Course
“Two Sailors from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) participated in a two-day Search and Rescue (SAR) Swimmer requalification course from 23 to 24 October 2013, conducted by the Afloat Training Group, Norfolk.
The course featured CPR and wound dressing for medical training, as well as a range of strenuous fitness tests to evaluate the swimmers' physical abilities both in and out the water.
Surface SAR Swimmer Evaluator, Chief Naval Air Crewman Mike Helvey, described the evolutions.
"They do a minimum of four pull-ups, a 2000 meter timed swim, a 500 meter regular swim, then immediately do buddy-tows for an additional 400 meters," said Helvey.
Seaman Eric Skibinski, assigned to the Lincoln, who graduated from SAR school in October, described the challenges he faced during the course.
"The hardest part for me was getting used to a snorkel," said Skibinski. "This was the first time I used one."
According to Helvey, each swimmer is supposed to maintain their training quarterly, and over a two-year period, each ship is required to conduct lectured training on-board, which leads into a build-up consisting of knowledge-testing, gear assessment, administrative procedures, training phases and then certification.
"A lot of times we have swimmers from ships still in the shipyards because they have to be qualified before the ships can conduct sea-trials," said Helvey.
Helvey explained how having a competent SAR team available at a moment's notice whether in the shipyard or out to sea can come in very handy.
"On my last deployment we noticed a small orange dot floating in the water," said Helvey. "As we approached, we realized it was a life raft that had seven drifters - four of them were from Afghanistan. They were out there for three days and were out of food and water."
Helvey said that although communication was at a minimum because the survivors didn't speak English well, they were extremely happy to be rescued” (Ref. Story Number: NNS131113-10 - Release Date: 11/13/2013 1:33:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Danian Douglas, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NORFOLK (NNS)).
Lincoln Sailors Provide Jumpstart to Halloween, Host Trunk-or-Treat Event
“Sailors and their families from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) got a jump start on Halloween at Lincoln's first Trunk-or-Treat at Norfolk Naval Shipyard Scott Annex on 24 October 2013.
Sailors from USS Abraham Lincoln's Motorcycle Club, First Class Association, Second Class Association, Junior Enlisted Association as well as the Abraham Lincoln Family Associationteamed teamed up with Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) to host the event. More than 25 motorcycles and cars decorated with Halloween-themed displays were lined up for trick-or-treaters.
Aviation Electronic Technician 1st Class Dustin Truebenbach, who helped coordinate the Trunk-or-Treat event, passed out candy to military families while sitting on his decked out his motorcycle with a wolf's head and bloody ear props.
"Most people that I know wouldn't put anything on their motorcycles, probably to mess up the paint, but it's for a good cause," said Truebenbach.
The event offered a variety of safe activities, such as a bean bag toss, light-up bowling, an inflatable house and a costume contest, for kids to participate in as they walked from vehicle to vehicle.
"The kids seemed to really enjoy themselves," said Shannon Smith, the director for Lincoln's MWR program. "There were a few Sailors who got dressed up and sat still like mannequins but then moved when children said 'trick-or-treat.' Some of the children were startled at first but soon realized the joke and received their candy joyfully."
Decorated vehicles were later judged on their creativity and the Sailors of the winning car and motorcycle received one special liberty pass. Smith hopes that Trunk-or-Treat will become an annual event with even bigger prizes, more games and refreshments” (Ref. Story Number: NNS131028-19 - Release Date: 10/28/2013 2:40:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Christopher Huot, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS)).