2016 Articles not related to Refueling Complex Overhaul (RCOH)
“USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Sailors celebrated the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., on the mess decks aboard the Floating Accommodation Facility (FAF) in Newport News on 14 January 2016.
“USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) culinary specialists earned three awards for their talents during the sixth annual "Best of the Mess" competition held at The Founders Inn in Virginia Beach on 22 January 2016. Lincoln was represented by Culinary Specialist 1st Class James Parrott, Culinary Specialist 1st Class Sonia Mance, and Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Ebony Hudson.
These three Sailors took home the Best Decorated Station award, the People's Choice award, which was voted on by the guests that attended the event, and placed first place in the overall competition. Lincoln's Best of the Mess team spent months preparing for the competition in order to perfect their decorations and menu.
This year's ingredients for the participating teams included coffee, blood oranges, coyote squash, and pork shoulder. "We began preparing for Best of the Mess in August of last year," Mance said. "The morning of the event we came in to work at about 0500, went over our checklist to make sure we had everything we needed, and headed over to the event."
Lincoln Sailors competed against six other local Navy teams from the Hampton Roads, Virginia, area including teams from USS George H. W. Bush (CVN-77), USS McFaul (DDG-74), USS Bataan (LHD-5), Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, and Naval Weapons Station Yorktown.
As reported on 29 January 2016, “When a Sailor decides to reenlist and stay in the Navy they usually try to do something special or unique to commemorate the event. Reenlistment ceremonies have been performed hundreds of feet in the air, submerged below the water line and in the middle of the desert.
“USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) hockey team took on airmen from Langley Air Force Base in the inaugural "Air vs. Sea" hockey game at Scope Arena in Norfolk on 30 January 2016.
“The USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Multi-Cultural Heritage Committee (MCHC) held a cake-cutting ceremony to begin the ship's observance of African American/Black History Month on the mess decks aboard the Floating Accommodation Facility (FAF) at Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News on 1 February 2016.
“Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) held a luncheon celebrating African American History Month on the mess decks aboard the Floating Accommodation Facility (FAF) at Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News on 9 February 2016.
As reported on 14 February 2016, “More than two dozen Sailors assigned to the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) took part in guided visits to historic locations around Washington, D.C., commemorating the 206th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's birth.
“Three Sailors assigned to the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) received Lincoln Leadership Awards for their outstanding performance, during a special birthday celebration honoring the ship's namesake on 12 February 2016. Chief Warrant Officer 3 Joshua Letson, assigned to Lincoln's Combat Systems Department, was presented the Statesman Award as an officer who has exemplified the highest ideals of leadership.
Chief Machinist's Mate Anthony Vega, Reactor Department's Machinery Division leading chief petty officer, received the Union Award for senior enlisted leadership, and Cryptologic Technician (Collection) 1st Class Brian Riley, Engineering Department's Fire Watch Division acting leading chief petty officer, received the Liberty Award for enlisted leadership. "This is pretty amazing; a very humbling experience," Letson said. "It's nice to know that hard work is recognized by not only your junior Sailors, but by those you work parallel with." In order to promote the development of leadership qualities and to formally recognize exceptional performance, the Stennis Center for Public Service instituted the Lincoln Leadership Awards Program in 2011.
The awards are presented annually to an officer, chief petty officer and petty officer who have who have exemplified superior and sustained leadership qualities. "I am proud to honor the service and hard work of these Lincoln Sailors who have demonstrated exceptional vision, integrity, courage and willingness to serve; personal traits they share with our namesake, Abraham Lincoln," said Capt. Ron Ravelo, the ship's commanding officer. "They honor our ship and the great legacy of the 16th President of the United States." Award recipients are nominated by fellow crew members and selected for the award by a group of their peers, making the honor even more special.
"What you do [and] how you act and carry yourself has a domino effect throughout the command, whether it's good or bad," said Vega. "I can only hope that I was as positive an example as the leaders that have mentored me." As part of the Stennis Center's continuing effort to strengthen understanding and relationships between civilian leaders and the military, the award winners will travel to Washington, D.C., later this year. The primary purpose of the trip is to provide the awardees with a better understanding of the role of Congress in setting national security policy and to make them more aware of the environment in which John C. Stennis made such a lasting impact on our nation through his leadership.
“Sailors assigned to the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) kicked off Women's History Month with a celebration in the ship's foc'sle on 1 March 2016.
As reported on 13 March 2014, “Personnel Specialist 2nd Class Tyler Stacy comes from Okemah, Okla. He began his naval career in 2005. Stacy is married with two children and another on the way. "My first ship was the Enterprise back in 2007," said Stacy. "After that I went on an IA (Individual Augmentee) in 2010 to Afghanistan. So I've seen a lot of things."
“The USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) hockey team defeated the team from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group 2 during a charity game at the Scope Arena on 8 April 2016.
“The crew of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) hosted a tour for community leaders and Lincoln historians from Springfield, Illinois, throughout various spaces on the ship in Newport News on 21 April 2016. The tour allowed the visitors a glimpse into the various day-to-day operations throughout the ship and provided an opportunity for Sailors to ask questions about their namesake.
“USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Motorcycle Club displayed their rides at Huntington Hall on 22 April 2016 to kick off the riding season and promote motorcycle safety during a special command track and field event.
“USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) team sponsored a special track and field day on the Huntington Hall field on 22 April 2016 in support of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM).
“Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) attended Chart the Course training in Newport News on 25 April 2016.
“Sailors aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) celebrated diversity during the kick-off ceremony for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in the ship's fo'c'sle on 2 May 2016.
“Sailors aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) participated in a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month celebration and cake-cutting ceremony on the ship's mess decks on 30 May 2016.
“Thirty Sailors aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) received advancement through the Meritorious Advancement Program (MAP) during a surprise frocking ceremony on 8 July 2016, in the ship's aft galley.
“Capt. Ron Ravelo, commanding officer, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), recognized four Sailors for earning the 2016 Navy and Marine Corps Association (NMA) Peer Leadership Award on 18 July 2016.
160122-N-IJ275-040 - VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Jan. 22, 2016) Culinary Specialist 1st Class Sonia Mance, a Sailor assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), prepares food for the Best of the Mess culinary competition at the Founders Inn in Virginia Beach. Lincoln is undergoing a Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH) at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ciarra C. Thibodeaux/Released)
“Culinary specialists assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) participated in the White House's "Chef for a Day" program on 3 June 2016.
“Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) traveled to Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia on 21 July 2016 to participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns.
The event was organized as a heritage trip for petty officers first class who are a part of Abraham Lincoln's CPO 365 program.
Upon arriving, Sailors witnessed the traditional "Changing of the Guard" ceremony performed by Soldiers assigned to the U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry Regiment. At the tomb, a delegation of four wreath-bearers picked from the group participated in the hourly wreath-laying ceremony.
Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Patrick Lumas, one of four wreath-bearers, said it was a great honor to commemorate the honorable men and women who made extraordinary sacrifices for the nation.
"It's very emotional being around here, seeing the resting place of all the people who died fighting for our country," said Lumas. "It was such an honor to be a part of a ceremony to honor them. I was inspired today, and I was motivated to keep going in my service to our nation."
The group also had the opportunity to visit the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, D.C., to interact with residents. The home, which houses veterans from all military branches, is funded by all service members through a small deduction each paycheck.
"It's really priceless for [Abraham] Lincoln Sailors to experience this," said Chief Yeoman John Gramlick. "A lot of these men and women fought for our freedom in some of the biggest wars in history. For us to be able to give back in any way we can, whether that be by talking with them or taking them for a stroll outside, is a humbling experience. It really comes full circle."
CPO 365 is a year-round, Navywide Chiefs Mess training initiative to prepare petty officers first class to become chiefs” (Ref. Story Number: NNS160726-19 - Release Date: 7/26/2016 2:44:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan L. Wampler, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Public Affairs, ARLINGTON, Va. (NNS)).
As reported on 29 July 20116, “Mahatma Gandhi once said, "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." For Sailors in a Refueling Complex Overhaul (RCOH) environment, finding the time to balance career goals, life goals and volunteer work can be very difficult, but Sailors who want to make an impact in their community, make the time. Machinist's Mate 1st Class Tommy Wylie Jr., leading petty officer for Engineering Department's A-Gang Hydraulic Shop aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), takes pride in the volunteer work he does throughout the Hampton Roads area. He is especially proud to work with American Legion Riders Chapter 255, escorting funeral processions for veterans and doing beautification work in the community.
"I encourage all Sailors, not just mine, to do something for the Navy, do something for the community, and do something for your family every day," said Wylie. "Every day, those three things should be your main priority." Wylie lives by his own advice, takes time every day to spend with his wife and his son volunteering. He has also taught the value of volunteering to his son, often bringing his son to volunteer events, or doing simple things like cleaning up around town while spending time together. "We're definitely making a difference in the community," said Wylie. "We're showing people we care about the community we're in." Wylie's dedication to volunteering began when he was riding his motorcycle and was approached by a member of the American Legion Riders Chapter 255. Since then, volunteering has become a big part of his life.
"American Legion Riders gives veterans a place to go, where they can just relax and enjoy themselves," said Wylie. "They have low cost drinks and food, and even game night on the weekends." Most recently, Wylie enlisted the aid of six Sailors from his department to assist the Highland Clean City Commission to clean up and restore The Historic Oakland Cemetery 1861 located in Hampton, Virginia. Their hard work did not go unnoticed by visitors and other volunteers at the cemetery. Marquita Latta, a dedicated citizen who's been visiting the cemetery since 1952. "It makes my heart want to jump out of my chest in joy," said Marquita Latta, a dedicated citizen who's been visiting the cemetery since 1952.
"It's such a relief for people to see how much help is needed and then reach out to make a difference." Many veterans are laid to rest in the cemetery, but there is no formal care or maintenance on the property. The cemetery has been abandoned by its owners and is now maintained by the hard work and dedication of citizens like Latta and Wylie. Whenever a person volunteers, they are taking a step toward making the world a better place. Like Mahatma Ghandi said, "Be the change that you wish to see in the world"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS160729-23 - Release Date: 7/29/2016 3:10:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Josiah Pearce, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).
As reported on 29 July 2016, “Sailors aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) are growing in their careers as a result of mentors taking these Sailors under their wings.
As per Instruction 5300.1, the Command Mentorship Program "is a leadership and management tool designed to enhance and challenge the senior leadership, to positively impact the careers of junior Sailors assigned to Abraham Lincoln."
"It helps junior Sailors to have someone who has their best interest in mind," said Legalman 1st Class Lucas Mabe. "Some of them need that person who will ask them how they're doing with their qualifications and career, pointing them in the right direction."
Guidance in the Navy is highly important, said Lincoln's Sailor of the Quarter Personnel Specialist 2nd Class Neasha Johnson. Before joining the Navy, she said she thought she had life figured out. She was independent, living on her own and didn't need much help from anybody.
"But the Navy is different," said Johnson, who admitted there was a steep learning curve for her and mentors helped her reach her career goals. "Sometimes your mentor isn't going to be your friend. They might question you all the time, and that was what I needed."
In addition to the significance of senior guidance, Johnson explained it is critical for proteges to find a mentor to emulate.
"More than likely, there's going to be someone on the ship who has been through nearly everything you will experience," said Johnson. "The mentorship program is valuable because you will meet and be able to learn from Sailors who have already taken advancement exams, have participated in community relations events and have made significant career milestones."
Senior Chief Aviation Electronics Technician Robert C. Cook, Lincoln's Mentorship Program coordinator, said a good mentor will help Sailors identify expectations of the Navy, set short and long term goals, guide them with special programs, and address housing and pay concerns.
Cook stressed mentors are not there to make decisions for Sailors, but rather impart knowledge and advice. For some, a good mentor-to-protege relationship can develop into a strong professional bond or lifelong friendship.
"Twelve years later, I still talk to my mentors, Master Chief Calvin Brown and Master Chief Jeff Price, every single day," said Master Chief Operations Specialist Tarrance Holcombe. "I send them a text every day at 4 [a.m.]. My mentors are my friends and are they are genuinely concerned about my success."
Holcombe, now a mentor to many Sailors aboard Lincoln, said Sailors sometimes need someone to help them get the most out of their time in the Navy.
"When I was a junior Sailor, my role model Master Chief Robert Dinges, gave his Sailors the tools and guidance we needed to be successful," said Holcombe. "Once we had the tools, we were held accountable."
Sometimes all it takes for a Sailor to be successful is that one good example, he said.
"We wanted to be just like him," said Holcombe. "To me, he was the perfect Sailor. Master Chief Dinges was tough and made us work, but we knew that he not only cared about us, he loved all of us."
Now, years later, Holcombe is the example. Having pinned his own proteges as master chiefs and officers, he has imparted the knowledge he gained, guiding and developing the next generation of the Navy.
A proper mentor is like having a motivated trainer in your corner when you step into the ring. They are there to push you and prepare you for success” (Ref. Story Number: NNS160729-26 - Release Date: 7/29/2016 3:32:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jacques-Laurent Jean-Gilles, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).
“More than 200 Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) participated in the 11th annual Out of the Darkness community walk on 8 September 2016 in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Sponsored by the Hampton Roads Survivors of Suicide Support Group, the Out of the Darkness community walks raise awareness about suicide prevention and depression. Abraham Lincoln Sailors used this event as an opportunity to recognize the effect that suicide has on friends, families and a command.
"We're in a stressful situation being in a shipboard environment, and a lot of people have been affected by suicide," said Legalman 2nd Class (SW/AW) James G. Cameron, a participant. "By raising awareness and finding positive outlets for our stress, we can turn lives around and save people from the devastation of suicide."
The event is held across the country to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), the leading national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide, research, education and advocacy.
According to AFSP, the walks give people the courage to open up about their own struggles or losses, and provide a platform to change our culture's approach to mental health.
"It's important to support people who have been affected by suicide, be it the person contemplating suicide or the family and friends affect by suicide, " said Personnel Specialist 1st Class Violet Sandoval. "Suicide is a life changing decision for all involved, not just the person who commits suicide. It devastates families and friendships, and it affects us as a Navy because although we can replace a person's billet, we can't replace the Sailor. That's why I feel so many of us came out here today, to show that we care."
The walk was not just geared to helping those who have suffered from the loss or near loss of a loved one, but also to help those in need and raise awareness of the resources available to those who are suffering from depression.
"The response from the crew to support this walk was absolutely incredible," said Air Traffic Controller 1st Class Mark Summers, who helped organize the Lincoln volunteers. "By supporting this event, we are saying to our friends, loved ones, and shipmates that they are not alone” (Ref. Story Number: NNS160912-17 - Release Date: 9/12/2016 1:36:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Josue L. Escobosa, VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (NNS)).
“Twelve Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) participated in a community relations (COMREL) event with the ForKids organization in Chesapeake, Virginia on 23 September 2016.
Organized by the command's Women at Sea program, service members assisted the facility with landscaping maintenance and picking up litter and debris.
ForKids was founded more than 20 years ago by concerned citizens in an effort to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty by providing families with shelter in Norfolk and Suffolk. The organization works with approximately 175 families in the Hampton Roads area to provide housing, education and support services for families experiencing homelessness or at risk for homelessness.
"We work with all types of families to provide everything from holiday dinners to tutoring services," said Tammy Long, the ForKids facility coordinator. "As a nonprofit organization, we rely on volunteers to do work around the facilities. I know when a Navy volunteer group is coming to help us I can count on them to get the job done efficiently and effectively."
The ForKids COMREL was just one of many opportunities Women at Sea provides for Lincoln Sailors.
"Women at Sea offers a way for women on the Lincoln to get involved," said Lt. Kelly Kelleher, the Women at Sea chair. "We have Sailors from junior enlisted to officers get together, and I really see them enjoying their time at meetings and events like this."
The Lincoln's Women at Sea chapter provides a forum for women to connect with each other on the ship.
"We are more than just a Navy community, so it is important to volunteer and show support for the community we live in," said Kelleher” (Ref. Story Number: NNS160928-22 - Release Date: 9/28/2016 3:00:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jessica Paulauskas, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Public Affairs, CHESAPEAKE, Va. (NNS)).
160929-N-LJ375-055 VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Sept. 29, 2016) Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John M. Richardson and Dana Richardson, his wife, speak during an ombudsman appreciation dinner at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. The dinner was held to recognize the ombudsmen that support Hampton Roads commands. (U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Jacques-Laurent Jean-Gilles/Released)
“As part of Ombudsman Appreciation Month, leadership and ombudsmen from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) joined various commands from Hampton Roads to honor ombudsmen during a dinner at the Virginia Beach Convention Center on 29 September 2016. An ombudsman is an official representative of a commanding officer, and they serve as a direct link between a command and its families. "This dinner is a way to say thank you to all the ombudsmen because we work so closely to families and help Sailors," said Cailla Impelido-Dayoan, one of Abraham Lincoln's ombudsmen. "The most rewarding part of the job is that families are trusting us to get the information they need when they might not have anywhere else to go to for help. It's a warm feeling to see all the ombudsmen being thanked today for what we do."
Capt. Ronald Ravelo, Abraham Lincoln's commanding officer, recognized the dedication and hard work of the command's ombudsmen, Jessica Pugh, Jeshanna Walter, and Impelido-Dayoan, with bouquets of flowers before the dinner began. "I think all of us, in any type of leadership position, come to value the ombudsmen," said Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John M. Richardson, who spoke at the ceremony with his wife Dana Richardson. When a submarine he was commanding had pulled in, his first phone call was to an ombudsman to hear how families were doing. "I remember really relying on the ombudsmen, especially when the submarine was out at sea," said Dana Richardson. "That was a long six months. Many of us were raising young families at that time and no communication and the ombudsman was really the liaison between the families and the command."
The ombudsman's efforts went a long way in keeping families together, said Dana Richardson. "We are families' support system when they are in need," said Pugh. "We are especially needed during deployments because when Sailors deploy they leave their families behind. A key piece of a puzzle is missing for seven, eight months." Sailors and their families in unfamiliar locations may experience emergencies they may not know how to solve or where to go for help. Families may also need to contact a Sailor on deployment and ombudsmen help ease this process. "We can even help families find emergency child-care," said Impelido-Dayoan. Ombudsmen frequently deal with these scenarios and give the families the answers they are looking for at any time of the day.
Supplying information about programs and organizations like Fleet and Family Support Centers, Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society, Chaplains, legal assistance services, ombudsmen are a proven asset to Abraham Lincoln and the fleet. "We want families to know we can help them find so many resources," said Impelido-Dayoan. Families can contact Abraham Lincoln's ombudsmen can be reached by e-mail, phone, or through their Facebook page” (Ref. Story Number: NNS161004-05 - Release Date: 10/4/2016 9:01:00 AM - By Seaman Jacques-Laurent Jean-Gilles, VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS)).
“More than 150 Sailors from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) participated in a Veterans Day community relations (COMREL) event on 11 November 2016 at five elementary schools in the Newport News area.
The event, which reached more than 2,000 students, was an opportunity for the Sailors to talk to the students about the importance of Veterans Day, as well as answer questions about Navy life and the military.
"It's the perfect day for us to get out, in uniform, and teach the kids about our life on the ship," said Chief Petty Officer Shawn Wingle, the event coordinator. "It's a way for us to give back to the community and pay it forward to the veterans who have come before us."
As the students normally only read or hear about the Navy, it was beneficial for them to participate in an engagement event with the Sailors, said Ethel Francis, the principal at George J. McIntosh Elementary, one of the five schools Sailors visited.
The visit was a welcome break for the students who took the opportunity to benefit from the knowledge and experience of the Sailors by asking questions about flight operations, weapons, living conditions, and entertainment opportunities aboard an aircraft carrier.
"It helped them make a connection to those who are serving," said Francis. "Having Sailors, some who are very young themselves, come and talk to the kids gives them someone to look up to."
At the end of each class visit, there always seemed to be one student who wanted a hug, said Chief Petty Officer Amy Kirk.
"After that one, all the children would start rushing forward to give a goodbye hug and, as always, asking to try on our covers," Kirk said.
"It is amazing the questions they ask, everything from what type of weapons do we have to if we have electricity," added Kirk. "It's refreshing to see the world of the Navy from their perspective."
Sailors walked from the classrooms with huge grins and promises to return soon.
"It was really inspiring," said Seaman Kelsey Hamy. "I thought we were there to inspire them, but it was the opposite"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS161115-26 - Release Date: 11/15/2016 3:33:00 PM - By Seaman Cody Anderson, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).
“Sailors aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) hosted more than 50 family members during a Thanksgiving holiday celebration on board on 24 November 2016 as the ship completes the final stages of its Refueling Complex Overhaul (RCOH).
Thanksgiving brings to mind the many blessings and the opportunity to spend time with family and friends. However, deployments, exercises and duty days often mean Sailors cannot return home for the celebration.
With that in mind, leadership worked in conjunction with Newport News Shipbuilding to allow Sailors to bring family members aboard to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal prepared by the ship's culinary specialists - complete with turkey, ham, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, fresh homemade bread and other dishes. "It's tradition to invite families onboard to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal," said Commanding Officer Capt. Ronald Ravelo. "But as you can see when you walk around the ship today, we have a lot of work going on and we're working hard to redeliver our ship to the fleet. So we really appreciate Newport News for helping us allow this to happen."
The ship's culinary specialists spent weeks planning for the event, hoping the meal would bring a special touch of home to the crew members. "These meals are especially important to us because we want to create a normal Thanksgiving experience for everyone involved," said Petty Officer 3rd Class (select) Felicity Powell, from Clarksville, Tennessee, "It's hard to give people that feeling, but we're all we've got, so we do our best." The families and friends were most appreciative of the home-cooked meal as well as the hard work and extra effort of the crew to make the event possible.
"The meal was delicious," said Kevin Reinhart, one of the family members. "Everyone worked so hard to make sure it was a good experience and I'm grateful to be with my loved ones." President George Washington proclaimed the first public Thanksgiving in 1769, but it was President Abraham Lincoln, the ship's namesake, who established the annual Thanksgiving Day holiday in 1863. Prior to this, each state scheduled its own Thanksgiving holiday at different times, mainly in New England and other Northern states. "Thanksgiving is already a special day to pause and give appreciation for the blessings in your life," said Chief Petty Officer Amy Kirk.
"But, when I learned that Lincoln, our namesake, played a huge part in making it a national holiday, the day felt even more special. Lincoln is in the final stages of a four-year RCOH and is scheduled to be delivered back to the fleet in early 2017” (Ref. Story Number: NNS161125-07 - Release Date: 11/25/2016 2:56:00 PM - By Petty Officer 3rd Class Juan Cubano, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).
“we approach a holiday known primarily for over-eating, there are some that have decided to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday by participating in a healthy challenge and giving back to their community.
Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) participated in a Turkey Trot 5K on 19 November 2016, at Sandy Bottom Park in Newport News, Virginia.
The run was organized by the Abraham Lincoln First Class Petty Officers Association as a Thanksgiving-themed event with the intent of giving back to junior Sailors.
The run also gave back to the community by waving the entrance fee in lieu of participants donating canned goods. Approximately 50 cans were collected and then distributed to ForKids, a local charity that specializes in ending family homelessness.
"I wanted us to come out here before Thanksgiving because we normally don't do much for the holiday," said Petty Officer 1st Class Lucas Mabe, the event coordinator. "It was a really good way to give back to the junior Sailors and give them something that they can participate in."
MWR provided prizes for the top three male and female runners as well as a prize for best runner overall.
"It was a really good race," said Seaman Calib Perkins, the top overall runner. "It was a bit tricky with the turns and the directions but, overall, it was great"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS161128-01 - Release Date: 11/28/2016 7:38:00 AM - By Seaman Cody Anderson, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).
“Aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) held a College Fair on 1 December 2016 on the ship's mess decks to inform Sailors about the educational opportunities available for them and their families.
"The College Fair was sponsored by Educational Services and the career counselors office," said Lt. Denise Masella, Lincoln's educational services officer. "It provided information about Fleet and Family Support Center resources, Navy College program, and commissioning programs."
The event also provided Sailors with the opportunity to learn about Tuition Assistance.
"Many Sailors join for the GI Bill, and they should start going to school early," said Masella. "Not everyone likes regular college, but there are also tech schools and certifications available."
Masella said the fair's goal was to bring awareness of the Navy's many programs to junior Sailors aboard the ship.
Navy College Educational Specialist, Darlene Davis, talked to Sailors about Tuition Assistance and choosing the right school.
"Education is important, but it's equally important that a Sailor is ready when pursuing that goal because it's a huge time commitment," said Davis.
The most important thing any Sailor needs to do is to contact their education office to make sure they're making informed decisions, Davis added.
"The Navy invests time, sacrifice, and money in their Sailors, so it is important that our most important resource (people) are educated," said Masella. "Getting a degree sets Sailors up for success within the Navy, and it can lead to increased job opportunities after completion of naval service"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS161202-13 - Release Date: 12/2/2016 11:42:00 AM - By Seaman Jacques-Laurent Jean-Gilles, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).
090812-N-7090S-540 SAN ANTONIO (Aug. 12, 2009) Machinist's Mate 1st Class Michael Lammey and his wife look at the ribbons he has earned during his Navy career. Lammey is recovering at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, after being burned when a boiler exploded aboard the Emory S. Land-class submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS-40). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jhi L. Scott/Released)
“There is nothing more dangerous than complacency and a false sense of security." Those are words retired Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Lammey wants every Sailor to remember.
More than 2,000 Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) attended the command's annual Winter Safety Standdown on 2 December 2016 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. The semiannual event is aimed at providing professional training and resource information to help Sailors focus on safety, both on and off-duty.
Lammey, a guest speaker at the event, was one of six Sailors injured (two fatally) during a boiler explosion aboard submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS-40) in Guam in December 2006. He founded "Safety Happens" as a way to educate others who work in high pressure, dangerous jobs -- like many Sailors in the U.S. Navy -- that safety matters.
"When things go wrong, they go wrong quickly," said Lammey, who suffered 3rd degree burns on over half his body. "We have to take personal responsibility for our own safety; if you see something, say something. Safety happens if you make it happen."
An urge for Sailors to take personal responsibility and make smart choices both on and off-duty linked the themes of the day's presentations.
The event featured presentations on a variety of topics ranging from hazardous material procedures to shipboard electrical safety, as well as more than a dozen display booths with information on everything from domestic violence support resources to tire safety.
Commanding Officer Capt. Ron Ravelo kicked off the event by talking to the crew about developing the right mindset to successfully complete the ship's refueling and complex overhaul and returning to the fleet in early 2017.
"We need to develop a mindset and say 'This is where we are. Now, let's find a way around the roadblocks,'" said Ravelo. "It may take some creative, out-of-the-box thinking, but we can do it. Look at the resources around you right now."
Ravelo also shared some sobering statistics with Sailors involving off-duty motor vehicle fatalities.
In fiscal year 2016, the Navy had 28 private motorized vehicle (PMV) deaths, and three months into FY 2017 the Navy has had seven PMV deaths.
"I hope sharing these numbers with you has an impact on your off-duty decision making; they definitely scare me," said Ravelo. "I urge you to use the resources available to succeed. Have a liberty plan, and control what you can control."
Sgt. John LaFond, a Virginia State police officer and retired Air Force service member, echoed the captain's words during his presentation.
"I was once in your seats ... and the messages never sank in," said LaFond. "Now that I am on the other side, I get the importance. If I can get just one person to stop and think; it's all about the choices we make -- control what you can control."
Chief Petty Officer Larry Pugh, Abraham Lincoln's casualty assistance calls officer, spoke on having to make a family notification and repeatedly stressed to the Sailors, "What you do and what you say matters."
"Be honest with your chain of command about liberty plans and make smart choices," said Pugh. "No parent or spouse wants to see me and chaplain coming to the door in our dress blues."
Other guest speakers included John Bellis, Abraham Lincoln's deployed resiliency counselor, who addressed suicide prevention and support, as well as representatives from the Newport News Fleet and Family Support Center who spoke on surviving the financial stresses of the holiday, promoted 2017 as the "Year of the Healthy Family," and encouraged Sailors to reach out to FFSC counselors for help and assistance.
"Knowledge is power; it helps you make the right decisions," said Chief Petty Officer Don Mahiai. "It's easy to get immune to the information passed out every year at this time, but if we can reach a few Sailors and then they can turn around and reach some of their shipmates and that can save someone's life, then we have succeeded"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS161205-12 - Release Date: 12/5/2016 10:19:00 AM - From USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Public Affairs, HAMPTON, Va. (NNS)).
“Members of aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln's (CVN-72) hockey team played against Joint Expeditionary Base (JEB) Little Creek on 3 December 2016 at the Norfolk Scope Arena.
The Lincoln team skated away with the win, shutting out Little Creek in an 8-0 victory.
"It took a little bit of time to build up the team, but now that we have, we are pretty good," said Seaman Quinton Wilson, one of Lincoln's players.
Wearing his Lincoln jersey for the last time, Wilson, who is transferring to guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51), scored one point and one assist in the game.
"It's kind of a bitter sweet victory," he said. "I have loved being a part of this team and winning, but I am also excited to get on another team and play against these guys."
The hockey game itself is part of a four-year project headed by Senior Chief Petty Officer James Werner, who is trying to get more exposure for the military teams that play in the Hampton Roads area. The end goal of the project is for each team to have at least one game per month, culminating in a championship at the end of the year.
If you would like to support the Lincoln Sailors, they will be playing the first round of a championship series Dec. 14 at Iceland in Virginia Beach” (Ref. Story Number: NNS161208-04 - Release Date: 12/8/2016 8:15:00 AM - By Seaman Cody Anderson, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Public Affairs, NORFOLK (NNS)).
161217-N-NN369-145 HAMPTON, Va. (Dec. 17, 2016) Petty Officer 3rd Class Jaques-Laurant Jean-Gilles, assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), salutes after laying a wreath on a grave during the National Wreaths Across America remembrance ceremony at Hampton National Cemetery. Wreaths Across America annually provides wreaths to honor and
remember fallen service members for the holiday season. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jessica Paulauskas/Released)
“Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) participated in the Wreaths Across America wreath-laying ceremony on 17 December 2016 at the Hampton National Cemetery, Hampton Va. to honor all veterans past, present and future.
"I like going to ceremonies like these so I can remember those who have fallen," said Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Fuller, a Sailor assigned to Lincoln. Fuller was one of more than 20 Sailors from the Lincoln who laid a wreath at the cemetery that morning.
Active-duty service members, members of the Patriot Guard Riders, veterans from all services and family and friends attended the event meant to "remember the fallen, honor those who serve and teach our children the value of freedom."
As part of the nationwide Wreaths Across America initiative, six ceremonial wreaths were placed in front of a monument honoring the five services and all POW/MIA veterans. However, those involved in the planning made sure this year's ceremony had a little something special.
"The wreaths before you represent our commitment as a United America," said the event Master of Ceremonies Cmdr. Jimmy Landrom. "To our children, we want you to understand the freedoms you have today."
After two-years of small ceremonies with just six wreaths, a decision was reached to make sure there was a wreath on every one of the approximately 2,000 graves.
"When we lay wreaths on veterans'' graves we say their names." said Landrom. "A person dies twice: once when they take their final breath, and later, the last time their name is spoken."
More than 1,700 wreaths were laid by volunteers early in the morning, with the final 25 being placed by active-duty Sailors, Soldiers, Marines, Airmen and Coast Guardsmen during the ceremony.
"We thank those who gave their lives to keep us free and we shall not forget you," said Curt Lowrey” (Ref. Story Number: NNS161219-07 - Release Date: 12/19/2016 8:16:00 AM - By Petty Officer 3rd Class Clint Davis, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Public Affairs, HAMPTON, Va. (NNS)).
“Sailors on duty Christmas day aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) were able to share a traditional aboard with their families on 25 December 2016.
More than 30 family members joined Lincoln Sailors for a Christmas meal on the mess decks, including traditional Christmas favorites such as oven roasted turkey, shrimp cocktail and baked sweet potato.
"I understand how it is being away from your family during the holidays," said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Brook Cross, Lincoln's new food service officer. "We try to make it feel as comfortable as possible being on the ship by bringing family aboard. We try to make it feel like home."
For those with little ones at home, it was especially heartwarming to be able to spend time with their family on Christmas day.
"My little guys were so excited to see where I go to work every day," said Lt. Cmdr. Tiffani Walker, Lincoln's public affairs officer, talking about her two sons. "It's important to spend time with family on Christmas, and I'm thankful for the opportunity to bring them aboard."
While it is necessary to remain a manned and ready warship, it is important Sailors have the opportunity to enjoy the holiday tradition of a Christmas meal.
"I would just like to thank the Lincoln so much to inviting me to be here," said Colby Murray, the husband of Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Megan Arnold. "This is a treat and a blessing to be able to see my wife on Christmas day. When she first saw me she was smiling from ear to ear, and I could just tell it meant the world to her"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS161227-02 - Release Date: 12/27/2016 8:30:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jessica Paulauskas, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).
2016 Articles not related to Refueling Complex Overhaul (RCOH)
A Sailors Tale of His Tour of Duty in the U. S. Navy (August 1977 to February 1983) Operations Evening Light and Eagle Claw
(24 April 1980)
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Operations Evening Light and Eagle Claw (24 April 1980) Iran and Air Arm History (1941 to 2016)
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USS CORAL SEA CV-42, CVB-43, CVA-43 & CV-43 HISTORY, AND THOSE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS OPERATING WITH CORAL SEA Vol. I
(10 July 1944 to 31 December 1975) -
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USS CORAL SEA CV-42, CVB-43, CVA-43 & CV-43 HISTORY, AND THOSE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS OPERATING WITH CORAL SEA DURING HER TOUR OF SERVICE Vol. II (1 January 1976 to
25 August 1981) -
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USS CORAL SEA CV-42, CVB-43, CVA-43 & CV-43 HISTORY, AND THOSE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS OPERATING WITH CORAL SEA DURING HER TOUR OF SERVICE Vol. III (20 August 1981 to 26 April 1990) -
Book ISBN NO.
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USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) History Vol. I (27 December 1982 to
6 May 2003)
Book - ISBN NO.
To Be Announced
EBook - ISBN No.
USS Abraham Lincoln
(CVN-72) History Vol. II
(7 May 2003 to 13 January 2010)
Book - ISBN NO.
To Be Announced
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USS Abraham Lincoln
(CVN-72) History Vol. III
(14 January 2010 to
31 December 2012)
Book - ISBN NO.
To Be Announced
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USS Abraham Lincoln
(CVN-72) History of
Refueling and Complex
(1 January 2013 to 2017
Sea Trials) Volume IV
Book - ISBN NO.
To Be Announced
EBook - ISBN No.
U. S. AIRCRAFT CARRIER SHIP HISTORY (1920 to 2016)
Book - ISBN NO.
EBook - ISBN NO.
Library of Congress
U. S. AIRCRAFT
(1953 to 2016)
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Library of Congress
ENERGY QUEST AND U. S. AIRCRAFT CARRIER DEPLOY. HISTORY INVESTMENT CAPITAL REQUIRED TO PUBLISH 55 EIGHTH HUNNDRED PAGE BOOKS, EBOOKS & CD’s (48 Navy Books)
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