2015 Articles not related to Refueling Complex Overhaul (RCOH)

Chapter IV

Appendix II

Part I of III - 1 January to 14 April 2015

Part II of III - 15 April to 12 June 2015

Part III of III - 13 June to 31 December 2015



Two Abraham Lincoln Sailors Receive Good Samaritan Award from Local Fire Department


“Two Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) were honored by the city of Newport News on 8 January 2015, for their actions on the afternoon of July 1, 2014.

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class (Handling) Devon Bishop and Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Jessica Jusino received the annual Good Samaritan Award from the city of Newport News Fire Department for saving an elderly woman from her burning home on the 600 block of 35th Street in the city of Newport News.

"We are very honored and thankful for the recognition and award that the city of Newport News gave us," Bishop said. "We feel in our hearts we did the right thing, and would do it again if we had to."

Coming back from lunch, the two Sailors noticed smoke coming from a house in the area. They pulled up to the house fire and were informed that there was still a woman trapped inside. The Sailors kicked in the front and side doors. As they entered the house, they located the trapped woman and took her to safety.

"The heroic efforts of these two Sailors was outstanding and directly responsible for saving the life of the occupant of this home," said Fire Chief Robert Alley, Newport News Fire Department. "It demonstrates the true dedication and commitment to our country and local community that these great Sailors have. The city of Newport News and the Newport News Fire Department are very thankful and grateful for their outstanding efforts."

Bishop and Jusino hope that their actions will inspire Sailors and other people in the community to do the right thing and display courage when needed. "If you see something happening, don't just stand and watch," Jusino said. "Try to make a difference and always try and do the right thing." Jusino and Bishop, both Sailors who plan to make a career out of the Navy, now plan to set their sights back on Abraham Lincoln and getting the warship back in the fleet. "Our biggest goal is to make rank and get
Lincoln back in the fight," said Jusino.

Bishop added, "If you do good things and look out for others around you, good things happen"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS150109-11 - Release Date: 1/9/2015 1:13:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brenton Poyser, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).


Lincoln Sailors Discuss the Value of Setting New Year's Resolutions


As reported on 11 January 2015, “this year Sailors aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) wrote New Year's resolutions with hopes to fulfill goals ranging from mundane tasks to major accomplishments. "I made a few different resolutions that deal with my ship life and my personal life," said Yeoman 3rd Class Victoria Brausch. "I made them because I always like to start the new year off fresh with certain goals that will improve areas in my life that I'm not satisfied with."

While many Sailors opt to set fitness or financial goals, Brausch took a different route with her goals this year. "One of my goals might seem small, but it's something I know I can accomplish," Brausch said. "That goal is to fold my laundry and stay organized. I always feel as though my life is unorganized and I know that doing this small task will allow me to stay organized in other areas of my life."

Brausch also set goals that build off one another which will force her to sustain each of them. "I set career goals that are linked to each other," Brausch said. "I really want to finish my education this year and the only way to do that is to get my Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist qualification. The urge I have to finish my education will make me push to finish my warfare qualification."

Though Brausch and many other Sailors feel the need to come up with resolutions each year, some
Lincoln Sailors feel it is not necessary. "I don't feel like I can break habits or come up with new goals just because it's the new year," said Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class Alejandro Sotohernandez. "I always have things I could do better or things I want to accomplish, but I set those as they come up in my life. January 1 is just another day to me and not a day I have to sit down and reevaluate my life."

Whether Sailors make it one of their New Year's resolutions to get in shape financially or physically, stay organized, or treat it as though it's just another day, it's important for
Lincoln Sailors to remain vigilant in 2015 as they return to work after the holiday season” (Ref. Story Number: NNS150111-06 - Release Date: 1/11/2015 8:56:00 AM - By Story by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ryan L. Wampler, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) (NNS)).


Lincoln Sailor Finds her Leadership Voice through Singing


As reported on 11 January 2015, “USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Sailor Aviation Support Equipment Technician 2nd Class Angela Adair found her leadership voice and personal work ethic in a unique way - by using her passion for singing to challenge herself to succeed. Adair, who identifies herself as a shy person, said that all changed after she joined the Navy and advanced to the rank of petty officer. Through her successes in the U.S. Navy, she has gained valuable leadership skills that have enabled her to face challenges positively in her life and in doing so helped those around her.

"Singing has helped more than I think I give it credit for," said Adair, who attributes singing to the growth of herself and her career within the Navy. "Singing in front of people has actually helped tune my leadership skills. If I get up on stage not prepared, then things will not work out too well. The same with leadership, if I am not knowledgeable on how to guide and help my Sailors, things will not work out too well."

Adair added that through her singing she found ways to challenge herself in other aspects of her life. "I have always loved singing but my fear of being in front of crowds or drawing attention to myself covered my ability. As I have challenged to better myself and grow over the past few years, I have come out of my shell and I have been able to put leadership skills into practice every day," said Adair. While music has been a prominent fixture in Adair's life -- singing and performing -- have also improved her morale and outlook on life. Adair has taken the lessons she has learned from a lifetime of performing and have passed them along to the Sailors she works with. Adair encourages her fellow Sailors not to be afraid of tackling the harder tasks in life.

"It's an adrenaline rush when I sing by myself," said Adair. "Every time I sing in front of people, I get to overcome that fear one more time. My heart still feels like it pounds out of my chest every time." Since joining the Navy, Adair has performed for the Naval Air Station Key West chapel praise team, Parkway Christian Center praise team, and as part of commissioning ceremonies, retirement ceremonies, a 9/11 memorial and Lincoln Day at the Tides in 2014. "I did not ever think I would do anything with my voice other than occasional karaoke nights with friends," said Adair. "At least not until last January when one of my old Key West leading petty officers asked if I would sing the National Anthem at his commissioning ceremony, and that was the moment my singing career started in the Navy"” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS150111-09 - Release Date: 1/11/2015 9:15:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Ashley Raine Northen, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).


Abraham Lincoln Sailors Receive Nutrition and Fitness Tips to Maintain Maximum Health


“The USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) fit boss and a Portsmouth dietician joined forces to provide nutrition and fitness tips to Sailors to maintain their peak health on 14  January 2015.

Chris Jacquard, fit boss aboard
Abraham Lincoln, and Cmdr. Paul Allen, department head of Nutrition Management at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, shared healthy eating and fitness advice with an audience of more than 100 aboard the Floating Accommodation Facility in Newport News, Virginia.

"Having a plan and sticking to that plan is half the battle," said Allen. "Without a plan you will fail, if you don't plan you won't succeed." Allen added that just eating right is not what it is essentially all about, but rather "eating well."

Allen encouraged
Abraham Lincoln Sailors to plan to eat three meals a day and include in those meals three of the five major food groups. "Our body works on a four to six-hour clock and to fuel our bodies we need to include the major food groups as much as possible into each of our meals," said Allen.

By including fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy products, lean sources of protein and whole grains it can go a long way to providing the necessary fuel to maintain our active lifestyles.

Allen also encouraged his audience to look at the environment around them and evaluate the motivators surrounding food intake. Jacquard also encouraged the audience to make small effective changes to their daily routines for maximum results.

"Nutrition and fitness are two very different things, but in order to be successful you need both to get the results you are hoping for," said Jacquard, who added three key elements needed for effective fitness results.


"You need to maintain a regular level of physical fitness and focus on three elements - muscular strength, muscular endurance, and coordination"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS150116-18 - Release Date: 1/16/2015 1:20:00 PM - By Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Cragg, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).


Sailor and His Recruiter Serve Together Aboard Abraham Lincoln


As reported on 15 January 2015, “after checking aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), a Sailor was surprised to realize that his Navy recruiter was also assigned to the ship. Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Paul Manukin and his recruiter, Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class Eric Nelson, passed each other in the shipyard where Abraham Lincoln is undergoing Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH). "He was working on his qualifications when I ran into him," said Nelson.


"It was a pretty awesome feeling to see him again." Nelson had transferred from the recruiting office in North Charleston, South Carolina, before Manukin shipped off to boot camp, and never had the opportunity to say goodbye or find out where Manukin would be reporting. "It is an interesting feeling," said Manukin. "I know the Norfolk area is a major Navy hub, but of all the places he could be, he turns out to be on the same ship as I am.


It just proves the saying 'it's a small world' really is true." Prior to joining the Navy, Manukin worked as a military contractor, installing and setting up secured wireless networks for military bases overseas and military hospitals within the United States and handling the logistics of combining different materials to be shipped to and from Afghanistan and Kuwait.


When he entered the recruiting office at the age of 27, Manukin was already married and was excelling in his job as a contractor, so naturally Nelson questioned his motive to join the Navy. "Being a Navy brat, I always had an attachment to the military," said Manukin. "Both my father and grandfather enlisted in the Navy, so from a young age I always envisioned myself serving my country."Manukin realized that he was not getting any younger and would feel incomplete if he had not done at least one term in the military.

"I had thought about other branches, but instinct kept bringing me back to the Navy," he said. Although many recruits remain close to their recruiting office while in the delayed entry program, Manukin's work had him constantly on the road. "I would actually have to visit the local recruiting office of whichever city I was in at the time and do my paperwork and training with complete strangers," Manukin continued. "However, Nelson was always a phone call away if I had any questions."

While his tours as a contractor were land-based, being away from and having limited communication with his family, helped Manukin cope with the stresses of deployment.

"During my time as contractor, I learned how to work with different people, personalities and cultures," said Manukin. "It can be a challenging task for most young junior Sailors, but through my experiences I have learned that no matter where you go or what you do, everyone is different.


It's those differences that make it exciting and I try to look at every challenge as an exciting new adventure. I believe that my time as a contractor has helped me to move on to this new challenge in the Navy"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS150115-11 - Release Date: 1/15/2015 1:12:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Danian Douglas, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).


Abraham Lincoln's Crew Honors and Celebrates MLK's Life


“Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., with the showing of "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., The Man and the Dream" on the Floating Accommodation Facility on 16 January 2015. Operations department worked with Abraham Lincoln's Diversity Council to show the documentary, "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., The Man and the Dream".

"This gives us a chance to educate the crew on the accomplishments of Dr. King," said Chief Operations Specialist Frank Thomas,
Operations Department leading chief petty officer. "We can share his life with everyone, which is something Dr. King fought so hard for." Thomas said showing this documentary will provide the crew, particularly the younger audience, with some insight on how society treated racism in Dr. King's era, and how it is viewed today.

"Many younger Sailors don't realize how far we've come as a society in terms of racism. They haven't experienced many of the hardships our parents and grandparents had to endure," Thomas said. "I believe that showing "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., The Man and the Dream" will give them more understanding." One major goal for Dr. King was equality, not just for African-Americans, but for all people. Thomas believes nothing embodies this more than the Navy.

"In today's Navy, it's amazing how diverse our shipmates are. We come together to serve our country in many ways," Thomas said. "The only color that matters is blue and gold." By holding events on the mess-decks during chow hours, Sailors are given the opportunity to participate without taking away from the workday.

"I believe showing the documentary will help others understand what African-Americans were facing back then, and what one man was willing to sacrifice to make the world a better place," Smith said. "It's an opportunity for me as an African-American to share the trials and tribulations of my culture with others."

This is only one of many events the operations department will host for Black History Month. "We plan to attend the trip to Washington D.C., and possibly help the mess decks with providing special meals," Thomas said” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS150116-24 - Release Date: 1/16/2015 3:14:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonteil Johnson, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).


Abraham Lincoln's Physical Therapist Offers Tips for Staying Fit in 2015


As reported on 21 January 2015, “getting in shape and living a healthier lifestyle is a popular resolution amongst many Sailors, including those assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). One challenge faced by many Sailors is being able to stay motivated and focused on their fitness goals.

For some Sailors, the challenges that come with maintaining motivation might stem from not knowing where to begin their workout regimen. "Do not start quickly or too heavy," said Lt. Joseph Neil,
Abraham Lincoln's physical therapist. "It is a good idea to start with lower weights and higher repetitions to help improve muscle endurance and maintain the proper form."

"In order to gain positive benefits from going to the gym and exercising more frequently, proper form while performing movements is a must," added Neil. Jumping into a workout plan without having an understanding about the way the body works is a quick path towards injury and long-term complications.

Working out regularly might not be enough to help you achieve your fitness goals; it is just one of the many components that contribute to a healthier life. "Physical exercise is not the only thing that you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle," Neil said. "It is important to remember that rest is just as important as the exercise you are completing, as well as keeping a well-rounded diet that provides all the necessary nutrients."

While engaging in weight-lifting exercises and using cardio machines at the gym will help you improve your muscle endurance and strength, some exercises are not normal movements that Sailors use for their daily jobs. Changing your exercise routine to include functional movements that improve your ability to perform routine tasks around the house can also add value.

"Favor functional activity workouts at the gym, over isolation activity, to improve your day-to-day activity," Neil said. Many ships and shore commands have resources available for Sailors looking to get fit, with consultations and personal training usually being offered” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS150121-13 - Release Date: 1/21/2015 11:02:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathon Lockwood, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).


Abraham Lincoln Sailor Participates in USS San Antonio SAR Training


As reported on 23 January 2015, “Search and rescue (SAR) swimmers assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) recently took advantage of training opportunities while the ship continues its Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH). Due to an extended period of time in a shipyard environment, the RCOH process allows few oportunities for SAR swimmers to exercise their skills. Temporary assignments to warships that are getting underway can help facilitate necessary training.

While the amphibious transport dock ship USS
San Antonio (LPD-17) worked to certify their ship's surface rescue swimmer, the opportunity became available for two Abraham Lincoln Sailors to participate in SAR training. "Training evolutions are great opportunities to hone our rescue skills," said Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Matthew Young. "Any day I can get in the water is a good day in my book." While underway with San Antonio, Young also made good use of his in-rate training and helped document the daily evolutions of the ship by telling the story of the crew.

"MCSN Young not only assisted the USS
San Antonio in the successful completion of its sea trials; he quickly learned his way around the entire ship," said San Antonio's Command Master Chief Timothy Bailey, who added that Young used his mass communication skills to capture key milestone events while on board. "His direct involvement touched families and friends of the Sailors by posting stories and pictures, increasing the morale throughout the ship."

Intelligence Specialist Seaman Eric Skibinski accompanied Young on board USS
San Antonio. Training to become a Navy SAR swimmer is a four-week-long training pipeline in Jacksonville, Florida. During the course of the training, Sailors must prove they are capable of performing advanced life-saving skills during emergency situations.
"The training in Jacksonville was physically demanding and mentally taxing," Young said. "Dealing with the daily grind of training was tough, but knowledgeable instructors and the other candidates made it enjoyable."

Once Sailors complete SAR swimmer training, they stand ready to respond to life or death situations while their ship is out to sea. "I've been swimming most of my life and it got me interested in becoming a SAR swimmer," Young said. "Balancing my responsibilities within the media department and as a swimmer can get a little hectic at times, but it's what I can do to help get the
Lincoln back into the fight"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS150123-09 - Release Date: 1/23/2015 11:00:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael Fiorillo, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).


Abraham Lincoln Kicks Off Captain's Cup Bowling


“Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) participated in the Captain's Cup bowling competition at Langley Lanes at Langley Air Force Base on 27 January 2015.

Abraham Lincoln Sailors began the four-week series of Captain's Cup with bowling. The teams are comprised of Sailors by department and they compete for points throughout the tournament.

"Captain's cup is a good opportunity for Sailors to join together outside of work and interact," said Brooke Webber,
Lincoln's Fun Boss and Captain's Cup coordinator. "It's also an opportunity to exercise teamwork, communication skills, and leadership."

Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class Brian Johnson appreciates the chance to participate in Captain's Cup.

"The Captain's Cup is a huge part of camaraderie between departments on the ship that wouldn't otherwise see each other," Johnson said.

One positive reason for ship-wide camaraderie is to support the idea of looking out for shipmates, an idea that Chief Gunner's Mate Brion Green believes that the Captain's Cup plays a big role in.

"Everybody always says 'look out for your shipmates'," Green said. "These types of events are where you meet those shipmates, and as long as the respective departments support it, the Captain's Cup can significantly aid in building camaraderie."

Captain's Cup bowling is scheduled to run through the month of February. For more information, check
Lincoln's MWR Facebook page at http://www.Facebook.com/LincolnMWR” (Ref. Story Number: NNS150129-18 - Release Date: 1/29/2015 3:17:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Brandon Davis, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).


Abraham Lincoln Sailors Focus on Safe Motorcycle Riding During the Winter Months


“Members of the Abraham Lincoln Motorcycle Club (ALMC) gathered for the first time in 2015 for a Polar Ride around the Dismal Swamp 30 January 2015. The ALMC conducts safety rides the last Friday of each month, weather permitting, to provide Sailors from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) a safe place to hone their group riding skills in a fun and adventurous manner.

The ALMC began the Polar ride in Virginia Beach and rode around the Dismal Swamp into North Carolina and back up into Chesapeake. The first ALMC event of the year, the Polar Ride is important because many riders do not ride their motorcycles in colder conditions and are not used to the environment.

"Polar Ride is important because it gives Sailors an opportunity to maintain riding skills throughout all seasons," said Fire Controlman 1st Class Nicole Stanley, the ALMC president, who added that Sailors need to be cognizant of how the cold affects them or their bikes. "During the winter, many people don't realize how slick their tires are when it is cold. Riders have to learn to take it easy on turns until the tires actually warm up."

Stanley also added that being a regular member of the club is voluntary, but is worth doing. Younger members can benefit greatly from the older riders experience no matter what type of bike they ride. According to Aviation Electronics Technician 1st Class Dustin Treubenbach, ALMC vice president, the purpose of the club is to educate Sailors on how to have fun riding safely in groups and increase their riding knowledge.

"Safe riding in groups is not something everyone knows," said Truebenbach. "We conduct safety rides every month in all four seasons so that our riders know how to handle themselves in all conditions." In colder conditions, riders dress in layers to remain warm.


The cold weather causes fatigue, which contributes to many motorcycle accidents. Truebenbach cautions motorcyclists to heed weather changes. "If visibility is poor, please slow down. Do not ride faster than what you can see. It is better to arrive a little later than on a stretcher in an ambulance."

Tips like these and every day riding experience is plentiful in the ALMC, according to Stanley. She asks that new riders take advantage of the experience and resources of the club” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS150206-21 - Release Date: 2/6/2015 2:22:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Rusty Pang, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).


Abraham Lincoln Sailors Celebrate African American/Black History Month


USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) diversity council organized an African American/Black History month commemoration ceremony on board the Floating Accommodation Facility on 4 February 2015, to recognize the rich contributions and accomplishments of our forbearers. Lt. Jihyeok Lim, Abraham Lincoln's diversity officer kicked off the event, thanking the contributors and attendees for their involvement.


"We are not just celebrating African American/Black History Month on one day this month, but rather all month long," added Lim, who discussed future events to be held later in February to further recognize contributions by African Americans to not only our Navy, but to our nation. Command Chaplain, Cmdr. Maurice Buford served as the event's guest speaker and challenged all Sailors to look for ways to become game changers in their own lives.

"From the flight decks of a carrier to the football fields of the NFL, from the highways of our respective hometowns to the floors of Wall Street... organizations are longing for some game changers or someone to step into a situation, positively transform the atmosphere and help to take the team to the next level," said Buford. "I want to invite you on a journey to look at some of our historical game changers so that we can take this ship, our country and our Navy to the next higher level."

Buford provided historical references to the accomplishments and sacrifices of African Americans who in their day were positive game changers. From the ten million African Americans who were sold into slavery from 1650 through 1860 to the contributions of Harriet Tubman, Buford explained how through the ages African Americans have persevered through their resiliency and resourcefulness. "Our forbearers had what you would refer to as the resiliency and resourceful factor," said Buford, who added "they also knew the best is yet to come.


"The command chaplain encouraged Abraham Lincoln Sailors in attendance to learn from those who have gone before us and apply their lessons learned in our daily lives.
Some of his suggestions included to: "Create a sense of urgency in your life and live a life with purpose," said Buford, who added Sailors should strive for their own "excellence factor" in that "whatever you do, do your job so well that no one person can emulate your work."


Lt. Cmdr. Tarail Vernon, Ship's nurse, also spoke at the event, and remarked how each and every Sailor is a deciding factor of their own destiny and future happiness. "I say maintain a positive attitude every single day," said Vernon. "Having a positive attitude is essentially who you are and how you can succeed in life." Vernon also reflected on our namesake's contribution to our nation. "Our namesake issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, which led to the passing of the 13th Amendment of our Constitution," said Vernon. "I am proud to serve on board USS Abraham Lincoln.


Abraham Lincoln played a pivotal and key role in our nation's history and sacrificed so much so that we could all be here today"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS150206-07 - Release Date: 2/6/2015 9:24:00 AM - By Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Cragg, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).


Abraham Lincoln Sailors Build Homes for Veterans in the Hampton Roads Area


“Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) aided in constructing two houses for veterans through Habitat for Heroes/Habitat for Humanity in Hampton on 5 February 2015.

A team of 10
Abraham Lincoln Sailors volunteered their time to help those who served our nation. The Sailors performed various frame work and exterior construction on two separate houses.

Aviation Ordnanceman Airman (AW) Kim Johnson, who recently checked on board the Lincoln, was one of the many Sailors who volunteered to give back to those who once served.

"I like helping out," Johnson said. "I like coming out and helping people. We're showing a pretty good presence out here. We're showing a lot of military personnel out here are more than willing to help the local community."

Under the umbrella of Habitat for Humanity, Habitat for Heroes provides homes for veterans. Franklin Hampton, a Habitat for Humanity jobsite construction superintendent, reflected on the service of others and the ability to interact with those who serve in our military today.

"We always love having our military volunteers," Hampton said, who added he enjoys working with military members because of their motivation and work ethic. "Whether it's digging trenches or doing tile work on your hands and knees all day, they are willing to do it."

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization founded in 1976 and has built more than 250,000 houses around the world, providing more than 1 million people in more than 3,000 communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS150212-14 - Release Date: 2/12/2015 12:57:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ryan L. Wampler, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, HAMPTON, Va. (NNS)).


Abraham Lincoln Singers Reinvigorate the Ship's Choir


As reported on 6 February 2015, “Sailors aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) are hard at work during the ship's Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH), but are also coming together as one voice to re-launch the ship's choir group.

Cmdr. Maurice A. Buford, command chaplain along with Master Chief Boatswain's Mate Charles Howard,
Deck Department leading chief petty officer, began organizing the ship's choir in December 2014.

"I think singing brings people together," said Howard. "There is something about singing that lifts the spirits and builds comradery through the harmony of voices."

Howard, who has performed the national anthem at numerous military events throughout his 25-year military career, reflected on the opportunity to combine his passion for singing and serving his country.

Howard actually often sings the national anthem in his car not to practice the lines, but because of his fervent patriotism. He reflects on the events that led to the writing of our anthem and how it has made our country what it is today.

"I enjoy singing the national anthem because I know what it means to be free and to enjoy our freedoms," said Howard.

The choir group is hoping to use their voices in various Navy heritage events and diversity themed observances.

"I am not a professional singer, but I know how powerful it is to bring many voices together for one purpose," said Buford, who looks forward to listening to a future performance by the crew's choir” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS150206-13 - Release Date: 2/6/2015 10:34:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Paul Manukin, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).


Junior Abraham Lincoln Sailors Receive Career-Developing Training


“Junior Sailors from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) underwent a weeklong training course at the Newport News Fleet and Family Support Center to better prepare them for success in the Navy from 2 to 6 February 2015. "Welcome to BALLAST class," said Chief Cryptologic Technician Jeremy Crandall. "You all are here because your Chain of Command thought that you would benefit from this experience." The name BALLAST was chosen because of the definition of the word-- "to provide stability and distribute the load", and this was the focal point for the five-day course.


The BALLAST course syllabus includes classes that cover various topics that are relevant to today's Sailors. These classes include personal communication fundamentals, financial health and wealth, and nutrition basics. Crandall began facilitating this class 18 months ago, and has focused on the long-term effects that the program will have on the Sailors. "BALLAST is not a cure-all," Crandall said. "It was not developed for that purpose. It was developed to give our Sailors a safe environment in which they can learn critical tools to help them along in their career."

Sailors in attendance stated that they benefitted from some of the in-depth coverage of topics that BALLAST provided. "I really didn't know anything about the Thrift Savings Plan," said Boatswain's Mate Seaman Russell McRoy. "The fact that they spent all the time to brief us on programs like that meant a lot." In addition to the briefs, the Sailors participated in a community relations event for Habitat for Humanity. "It's very important for all Sailors to be aware of the community in which they work, and invest time in giving back," Crandall said. "This investment benefits the community and Sailors alike."

Throughout the week, Sailors attending BALLAST class were also given a mentoring and history and heritage session during their visit to Fort Monroe where Sailors further learned about our Navy's influence in the Hampton Roads area. "The
Lincoln BALLAST classes are another leadership opportunity for our junior enlisted Sailors serving onboard our ship to take advantage of," said Lincoln's Command Master Chief Lee Salas. "On board the Lincoln, we offer leadership training to all ranks so that we can create a culture of leadership early on."

At the end of the week, each Sailor was presented a certificate of graduation by Lincoln's Commanding Officer, Capt. Ron Ravelo. "The end goal for BALLAST is the Sailors learning something new and spreading it amongst the crew," Crandall said. "The benefits may not be apparent to the Sailor at first, but with time and experience, they may look back at the training they received and apply it for themselves and their Sailors"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS150212-18 - Release Date: 2/12/2015 3:11:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Brandon Davis, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).


Abraham Lincoln Sailors Participate in Worldwide Indoor Rowing Competition


As reported on 9 February 2015, “Sailors aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) are participating in the annual Concept 2 Global Online Military Challenge throughout February.

The worldwide competition challenges participants to row, using an indoor rowing machine, as many meters as they can during the month of February. Each participant's total distance will contribute towards their team total.

"Competing in a world-wide event like this is going to be exciting," said Information System Technician 3rd Class Megan Green from Baltimore, Maryland. "I have friends on the other carriers [who are also participating] so there is a bit more incentive to bring your 'A' game against someone you know".

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) and USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) are also participating in the event.

The competition is open to all able-bodied and adaptive athletes who are or have been in the military. To encourage participation from adaptive athletes, a multiplication factor will be used when calculating meters for the military challenge standings to compensate for different levels of ability.

"Events like these are important because it builds trust among your team to be working towards their goals on their personal time," Green said. "Being accountable for your goal, knowing that you have others counting on you is another incentive to do your best."

Rowing is a total body workout and given proper rowing technique hits every major muscle group. Rowing is also an outstanding aerobic workout.

"I do not have much experience on a rower so this should be and interesting challenge for me," Green said. "My goal is to row 5,000 meters a day with the hope of increasing the volume as I get more comfortable with the machine."

Participants will track their meters rowed using the Concept 2 website, with the deadline for final entries March 3” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS150209-10 - Release Date: 2/9/2015 12:16:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael Fiorillo, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).


Abraham Lincoln Sailors Celebrate Supply Corps 220th Birthday


“Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) celebrated the 220th birthday of the United States Navy's Supply Corps aboard the Abraham Lincoln's Floating Accommodation Facility on 23 February 2015.

The Supply Corps assists with nearly almost every aspect of a ship's daily routine and has done so since the American Revolutionary War, which marked the creation of the corps.

"Every year the Supply Corps celebrates their birthday and we've been around for 220 years," said Cmdr. Thomas Neville, supply officer for
Abraham Lincoln. "We were created when George Washington, the president at the time, said; 'I need to professionalize logistics in our Navy.' From that history 220 years ago to today, the Supply Corps has remained very relevant in providing logistics support to the fleet. I think everyone knows if you can win the logistics fight, you can win the war."

That rich history of the Supply Corps, which has been involved in engagements since 1798, is what makes the significance of this birthday so special to the corps. It represents where they have been and where they are going in the Navy.

"It's a celebration for what we have done for the past 220 years," said Ship's Serviceman 1st Class Calvin L. Martin. "From the officers to the enlisted service members, no matter what the situation is, we take care of the morale, health and comfort of all Sailors."

Abraham Lincoln's Supply Department
is celebrating 220 years of great service and proves that they are also a fundamental piece of the puzzle when it comes to keeping a ship working so efficiently, especially in the Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH) that the ship is currently undergoing.

"We build that teamwork," said Martin” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS150225-08 - Release Date: 2/25/2015 12:01:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Patrick Maher, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).


Abraham Lincoln's Medical Department Trains Crew Members on CPR


As reported on 23 February 2015, “on board the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Sailors assigned to the Medical Department work hard to keep the crew trained and knowledgeable, especially when it comes to cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

CPR is an effective life-saving technique that, when used correctly, saves lives and sustains the functions of the nervous system to prevent brain damage to a victim.

"All year long on board Lincoln we are offering CPR classes," said Lt. Cmdr. Tarail Vernon, ship's nurse. "Our goal is to have as many Lincoln Sailors as possible trained in CPR as we continue through our overhaul."

CPR classes are held twice a month and particular ratings on board, including Sailors assigneed to the security department, are required to complete this vital training. CPR instructors utilize an exemplary training program, provided by the American Heart Association, that teaches the skills of adult CPR, the usage of the automated external defibrillator, child CPR and the significance of these skills.

According to Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Arthur Thomas, by having every Sailor on board trained in CPR, the reach of medical response across the ship is extended, which increases the chances of saving someone's life in the event of an emergency. Sailors are required to re-qualify every two years, but are advised to seek additional training to refresh themselves.

"By holding bi-monthly training, we are increasing the likelihood that our Sailors will be able to perform life-saving actions instinctively and automatically in order to save a shipmate's life if the situation arises," Vernon said. "Training in CPR is the key to life. It is better to know CPR and not need it than to need it and not know it."

Sailors who have completed CPR training are issued a CPR Heart Saver card from the American Heart Association. This gives CPR-qualified Sailors the ability to lend a hand if a situation should arise, no matter where they may be.

"The first responder can be the most important part of saving another human life," said Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Samirah Abdullah, a CPR facilitator and administrator. "In the moment you may be scared but the training kicks in."

For more information on CPR, see the American Heart Association website or contact your medical officer” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS150223-15 - Release Date: 2/23/2015 2:48:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christopher Huot, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).


Abraham Lincoln Sailor Offers Assistance after Vehicle Roll-Over in Newport News


As reported on 23 February 2015, “being at the right place at the right time is certainly a life-long motto for Lt. Cmdr. Gary Lane, who was first on the scene after a vehicle roll-over in Newport News, Jan. 16. Lane relied on instinct when he came upon the scene of the accident, calming a driver whose vehicle had rolled multiple times until Newport News Fire Department arrived on the scene.

"You got to react in these types of situations, my whole naval career has been fire and rescue, that is what I know," said Lane, who has served in the U.S. Navy just shy of 24 years is the aircraft handling officer aboard
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). Lane has spent the majority of his career at sea. "I have three live rescues as a crash and salvage flight deck officer and assisting immediately after this incident didn't affect me because here was someone who needed assistance," said Lane.


"I would certainly want someone to do the same for me if I needed assistance." The vehicle, according to Lane, had landed upright on its left side blocking immediate access to the driver. Lane and other drivers, who later arrived on the scene, helped move the tools and equipment that landed around the driver and calmed him until authorities arrived on the scene. Chris Blake, technical rescue lieutenant with the Newport News Fire department reflected on Lane's assistance after the incident.


"It was nice that he was there to stabilize the incident before we arrived on scene," said Blake. Lane, who previously served aboard Lincoln in 1993 as a third class petty officer has held numerous jobs on previous carrier flight decks to include moving planes back and forth across the flight deck to coordinating launching of aircraft to crash and salvage.

Lane is assigned to
Lincoln's Air Department and coincidentally is the third Sailor to provide rescue to citizens living or transiting through Newport News. On July 1, 2014, Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Devon Bishop and Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Jessica Jusino, rescued an elderly woman from her Newport News residence.

While both Sailors had recently completed general shipboard firefighting training at Naval Station Norfolk's Firefighting Training School prior to assisting in the rescue that ultimately saved a woman's life, Sailors like Lane have compiled a history of quick thinking that saves lives and ships.

"In my experience, the worst situations can happen instantaneously due to landing and recovering aircraft, which requires quick reaction skills and years of on-the-job training," said Lane” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS150223-05 - Release Date: 2/23/2015 8:35:00 AM - By Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Cragg, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).


Abraham Lincoln Sailors Prepare for Spring Physical Fitness Assessment


As reported on 25 February 2015, “despite snow in the Hampton Roads area, Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) continue to prepare for the Spring 2015 biannual Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA). Lt. Adam Cunningham, the V-1 Divisional officer and command fitness officer recently published the 10-week notice to prepare Sailors for the upcoming PFA and advises Sailors to not let inclement weather hamper their fitness efforts.

"Don't let the weather hamper your training regimen," Cunningham said. "There are multiple military facilities to utilize in the area to workout indoors during periods of inclement weather." Cunningham added that the crew has been readying itself to achieve new higher standards of physical fitness especially with the Fit Boss leading the command's fitness efforts.

"The addition of the Fit Boss to our crew has been vital to the planning and execution of the
Lincoln's physical readiness program by using his experience and technical expertise to train our Command Fitness Leaders (CFL) proper fitness programming techniques, proper form and execution of exercises, and nutrition guidance," said Cunningham. "It allows our CFLs to better train their divisions."

Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate Braulio Galvan, command fitness leader, Cunningham and their assistants are responsible for ensuring personnel are medically cleared to participate in physical activity and that they meet the Navy's physical readiness standards. Galvan maintains updated physical readiness resources for command use and schedules PFA tests. The CFL also instructs assistant CFLs on how to conduct physical readiness training safely.

"It has become increasingly important for all Navy personnel to maintain a minimum prescribed level of physical fitness necessary for world-wide deployment, whenever or wherever needed," Cunningham said. "The Navy utilizes a holistic approach to overall wellness via exercise, nutrition, weight control, tobacco cessation, prevention of alcohol abuse, and health and wellness education."

Perhaps one of the CFL's most important responsibilities is organizing and running the command Fitness Enhancement Program (FEP), which helps Sailors striving to reach Navy physical fitness standards, and trains those who are in danger of falling below standards. The training sessions combine strength and endurance drills with agility and flexibility exercises which provide a well-rounded workout each session.

Cunningham notes that motivation is one of the biggest keys to maintaining a quality and consistent fitness program” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS150225-14 - Release Date: 2/25/2015 2:34:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael Fiorillo, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) (NNS)).


Abraham Lincoln's Junior Sailors Give Back to the Community


As reported on 3 March 2015, “Junior Enlisted Association (JEA) volunteers assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) continue to serve hot breakfast meals to those less fortunate at the Peninsula Rescue Mission in Newport News in mid-February. Abraham Lincoln's JEA will be conducting monthly community relations projects at the Peninsula Rescue Mission. "Lincoln's JEA is an association of junior Sailors that get together to volunteer in the local community," said Yeoman 3rd Class Vaughn Oneal, JEA vice president. "Our main goals are to increase command morale and make the community we live and work in a better place."

JEA supports the welfare of approximately 1,750 Sailors aboard the carrier, which is currently undergoing
Refueling Complex Overhaul (RCOH) at Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News Shipyard. "We are the largest group on the ship, and therefore have the greatest potential to make a positive impact in the community," said Oneal. One way the JEA increases morale is through a monthly volunteer opportunity at the Peninsula Rescue mission. This community service project has become a priority for the Sailors because of the immediate effects they can provide.

"Our main goal is to be available when life goes sideways and men need an emergency place to land," said Alan DeFriese, executive superintendent at the mission. "We offer the basic life necessities in a warm and safe environment to help the men get their feet back under them." Personnel Specialist 3rd Class Ashley Cosey, JEA president, said," Volunteering is a vital part of our organization. It helps discipline us, but more importantly it reminds us that our world is bigger than just improving our ship, it is also just as important to improve our community."

Lincoln's JEA is building leaders from the deck plates added Personnel Specialist Seaman Tamara Wilson, JEA member. "Other people should volunteer because if no one gets out there to make a difference nothing is going to change," said Wilson. "One by one we can all make a difference." Aviation Boatswain's Mate Airman Lucero English, JEA volunteer said these types of volunteer opportunities provide positive opportunities for junior enlisted Sailors serving on board Lincoln.


"I think that it gives the command positive visibility by having junior Sailors wanting to be involved in the command and the community," said English. "It has the capability to provide junior Sailors with a positive attitude while in the yards"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS150303-13 - Release Date: 3/3/2015 11:09:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kathleen Church, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).


Abraham Lincoln Sailors Celebrate Women's History Month


“Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) kicked off Women's History Month by paying tribute to the trail-blazing women who have served our service and our nation, and recognized one of their own on 3 March 2015

Senior Chief Aviation Maintenance Administrationman Sonya Best served as the moderator during the ceremony and presented an historical look at women and their accomplishments beginning with Abigail Adams, the first lady, to Cmdr. Hannah Kriewaldt, chief engineer serving on board
Abraham Lincoln, who also served as the guest speaker during the ceremony.

"We honor Women's History Month by celebrating women who have shaped the value of organizations with class and bold leadership," Best said, who then introduced
Lincoln's CHENG.

Kriewaldt shared her personal journey as a mother, a daughter, a sister, a friend, and an officer. She advised the attendees to look at life as a journey and to look at what you can learn from it each and every day.

"I chose to focus on the small victories," Kriewaldt said, adding that she enjoys living in the moment whether it is spending time with her department or mentoring her Sailors.

Kriewaldt, who is one of four children, followed her father's footsteps in joining the Navy. Her father retired as a chaplain from the Navy Reserves, and Kriewaldt's older brother and sister, also joined the Navy. Her youngest brother shares her interest of engineering and works at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard.

"Every day is an adventure working in Engineering," Kriewaldt said. She stated that lessons learned early in her career have served as guideposts as she continued her journey as a naval officer.

According to Kriewaldt, teamwork and tenacity have guided her through her naval career. "Leverage the strengths of your teammates and you'll never know where you will go"” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS150310-06 - Release Date: 3/10/2015 9:42:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Aaron T. Kiser, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).


Sailors Attend Women at Sea Leadership Symposium


“Nearly 300 Sailors from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78), and USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) and Naval Medical Center Portsmouth attended a Leadership Symposium, sponsored by Abraham Lincoln's Women at Sea organization in Newport News on 11 March 2015. "The Leadership Symposium is about capitalizing on leadership capabilities to enable us to better respond to our Sailors' needs," said Command Master Chief Lee Salas.

During the morning portion of the day-long symposium, held in conjunction with Women's History Month, Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education Fleet Master Chief (AW/SW) April Beldo, Dr. Doris Gomez, dean of the School and of Business and Leadership at Regent University, and Dr. Kathleen Patterson, professor of Strategic Leadership at Regent University, spoke to the crew about "Legacy Leadership", "Winning in the Workplace Without Losing Yourself", and "Finding Your Voice with Servant Leadership".

"Seeing from all of the faces attending today's symposium there is a good percentage of women who are assigned to
USS Abraham Lincoln," said Gomez. "That is important to let it sink in. Organizations like the Navy and this ship recognize that there is incredible potential and we need to celebrate that potential." Salas reflected on tips for success every Sailor can adapt into their daily careers to advance in the Navy.

"When people do things from the heart it sets them up for success," said Salas. "If they do what's in their heart then they do it with passion and dedication, there's a true sense of pride from that. It is important for our Sailors to understand that." Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Rosalyn Martin, who organized the Leadership Symposium, reflected on the face-to-face interaction of the symposium, which allows Sailors to learn other leadership styles and techniques they can adopt.

"I expect for everyone here today to learn that they are not in this alone, that there is strength in numbers," said Martin. "When you come together with a group of people you can draw from that, you can always learn something from someone." Damage Control Fireman Pauliana Ciepiela attended the symposium and recognized the male Sailors who attended. "It says a lot about the character of the males in the room to be here at this event," said Ciepiela. "I hope they will have a more open mind about women in the military and in leadership positions."

Of the 2,700 Sailors currently assigned to
USS Abraham Lincoln, nearly 700 are female and of the 18 departments four are led by women. Currently in the Navy, nearly 19 percent of the total force is female. During her lecture, Beldo provided a historical look at the contributions of women who not only serve in the Navy today, but examined their roles since the beginning of our nation.

"We celebrate us in March, it's not just about a day or a month, it is making sure that we as an organization realize that all of us bring something to the table," said Beldo, who recognized the countless trailblazers who were the "firsts" in our history's Navy and played a role in making who she is today. "Women's History Month isn't just about the Navy, it is also recognized by our nation." Beldo spoke of the gratitude of those who served before her, and those who will follow in her footsteps.

"I honor those who have gone before me. It's not a right, but a privilege to wear the cloth of our nation," said Beldo. "Remember the women in the Navy have taken giant leaps of faith, making it clear to the organization that we are a better force when we capitalize on our diversity." Beldo, who earned her chief petty officer anchors on board
USS Abraham Lincoln in 1995, thanked the crew for attending the lecture. "It is truly a privilege and I'm humbled to be in front of the USS Abraham Lincoln," said Beldo. "That is where it all started for me."

Gomez who spoke on the topic of "Winning in the Workplace Without Losing Yourself" encouraged attendees that in order to truly win in the workplace you must strive to not lose your true self in the process. "This is important for women to hear and for men to understand," said Gomez. "It is so important to celebrate those who step up and encourage them to take leadership positions." Gomez encouraged Sailors to not lose themselves on who they think they should be and encouraged them to be true to themselves and to adopt authentic leadership styles.

"If you try to become the person you are not, and if you try to become like a male leader I tell you, you won't necessary succeed," said Gomez. "You will be unhappy in the first place and this is truly not what people in the long-run will respond to." Patterson discussed the seven habits of servant leadership consisting of love, humility, altruism, vision, trust, empowerment and service. "Who you are everyday will make you the leader you want to become," said Patterson, who added we must be mindful of who we are leading and who we are serving. "Leadership is always going to be about the people."

Patterson added that great leaders look to their followers to be more effective; she also highlighted the value of the Millennial Generation. "The Millennial Generation has great hope for tomorrow," said Patterson, who encouraged attendees to embrace the hope side of their personalities. "The fact that you joined the U.S. Navy, you signed up to serve, in many ways that servant part is already within you." Patterson added that great leaders know they are not the stars of their own show.


"You must respect the worth of all people who work in your organization. When we learn to serve one another it actually becomes really infectious," said Patterson. Sailors from various other Norfolk-based commands attended the Leadership Symposium to take lessons back to their commands. "I received an invitation to attend from the Lincoln chaplain," said Lt. Cmdr. Kimberly Cain, CRMD principal assistant, USS Harry S. Truman, for the Women at Sea organization. "I plan on taking back information I learn here today to my command."

During the afternoon portion of the symposium, two panel discussions were also held on the topics of "Embracing Your Leadership Style" and "Work-Life Balance: Can Women in the Sea Service Have it All?" to provide a question-and-answer opportunities for the audience to engage with the symposium speakers. Patterson, who participated in panel discussion, reflected on the 16th president's legacy that represents today's Sailors serving not just on board
Lincoln, but in the Navy.

Abraham Lincoln served his country, not for power, but for the commitment to the greater good," said Patterson, who said no one else at that time had the willingness to stand up and do what was right. "Your service today honors that legacy"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS150312-08 - Release Date: 3/12/2015 9:53:00 AM - By Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Cragg, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).


More Than a Thousand Abraham Lincoln Sailors Participate in Region-wide COMREL


“More than 1,300 Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) volunteered in the Hampton Roads region on 13 March 2015, marking the command's fourth time to give back to the local area in mass.

"I'm extremely proud of our Sailors, not only for the work they have performed on board the carrier, but also for the way they conduct themselves off duty. It truly is great to see them giving back to the community in such diverse and impactful ways," said Capt. Todd Marzano, executive officer,
USS Abraham Lincoln.

Lincoln Sailors volunteered at 29 different locations from Norfolk to Suffolk to Virginia Beach and cities in between providing countless hours of community assistance that consisted of everything from cleaning parks to mentoring elementary children.

"These opportunities are great to show that we not only serve in the military, but we are here to serve the community as well," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate Airman Recruit Yousuf Baig, who volunteered at the Hoffler Creek Wildlife Foundation with 39 of his fellow Sailors from
Lincoln's Air Department. "It is a great feeling knowing that you are helping out the people locally especially at a place like this, where you can come back and see the efforts of your hard work. I plan on walking these trails as often as I can now."

Lincoln Sailors have participated in three previous command-wide COMREL events since the aircraft carrier and its crew arrived in Norfolk in August 2012. Since 2012, Lincoln Sailors have volunteered nearly 35,000 hours of community service in the Hampton Roads area positively impacting more than two million people.

While Sailors from
Lincoln's Air Department cleaned trails at Hoffler Creek Wildlife Foundation, other Sailors from the carrier's Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department straightened headstones of the fallen and completed various landscaping work at cemeteries in downtown Norfolk.

"Today we are here at the Elmwood Cemetery to pay our respects to Sailors and Soldiers from previous wars buried here," said Aviation Electronics Technician 1st Class Shelldon Hunter. "We will straighten headstones and complete landscaping work, as well as paint fences all to show our appreciation of what this site represents."

Historic Cemeteries Volunteer Jane Oakes appreciated the Sailors assistance today in Norfolk.

"It is just a massive job here, they work totally on volunteers and a lot of us are retired and it's so nice to have strong backs and strong hands to be able to help us," said Oakes.

While Sailors beautified cemeteries in Norfolk, other Sailors assigned to Lincoln's Combat Systems Department volunteered at 10 different schools in Newport News to coincide with National Reading Month. Other Sailors volunteered with the local Boys and Girls Club of America.

"It shows that we care about the people here," said Lt. Vahe Sarkissian,
Lincoln's Psychiatrist, who volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club of America, in Newport News. "I have always been about giving back to the community, I didn't grow up in the best neighborhood so these kinds of programs help family members and friends stay out of bad places."

Chief Aviation Machinist's Mate Anthony Richardson, assigned to
Lincoln's Safety Department coordinated a volunteer event with the Elizabeth River Project.

"Participating in community relations events as often as we do as a command is an opportunity to give back to the Hampton Roads community in ways that people living here can benefit from," said Richardson.

Cmdr. Maurice Buford,
Lincoln's chaplain, who coordinates the command's overall community relations events, reflected on the massive impact the Sailors have on the local communities they live and work in.

"We have found that by coordinating these massive one-day volunteer outreach opportunities involving our Sailors it positively impacts the countless community members and organizations they will interact with along with the communities at large," said Buford.

Gunner's Mate 1st Class Landis Green may have said it best when he summarized the meaning of volunteering.

"To me, community is a way that we show support to those that support the military. They support those who serve so I guess this is our way of saying thanks," said Green” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS150313-21 - Release Date: 3/13/2015 3:03:00 PM - From USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).


Abraham Lincoln Sailor Transitions from Seabee to Electrician's Mate Rating


As reported on 16 March 2015, “a USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Sailor, who previously served in the Seabee rating, reflects on the lessons learned after a recent transition into an Engineering rating using the Career-Waypoints (C-Way) program.
Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Gisselle Cruz, who had a desire to serve in the Navy, lacked a quota to remain in her current rating. She was recently granted the opportunity to cross rate into another career path.

"I would suggest trying to choose a rate similar to the one you've worked in," said Cruz. "I've worked with equipment like this in the Seabees, so instead of having to completely learn a new system, I just have to brush up on my skills. But it's all about the desire, I love being in the Navy, so having to cross rate was a sacrifice that had to be made."

Cruz received a reenlistment quota through C-Way to remain in the Navy. Cruz, who recently checked aboard
Lincoln, relies on her experience working as a Seabee and has applied it at her new command. "Coming to a new command as a third class in a new rating was kind of stressful," Cruz said. "I'm in a leadership role in a rate that's brand new to me, but I look to my superiors for guidance."

Cruz added that the process to cross rate is relatively simple. Most Sailors qualify in C-Way 15 months before their respective End of Active Obligated Service (EAOS) and begin applying for a quota each month beginning at month 13. If the Sailor doesn't receive a quota, they are presented with three options: separation from the Navy, serve as a full-time reservist, or cross rate.

"The Navy is building Sailors," said Navy Counselor 1st Class Ryan Armstead, one of
Lincoln's career counselors. Armstead added that by adapting to different situations is a natural part of life in the Navy. Cruz is doing all she can to make a smooth adjustment, but has a strong desire to become proficient in her new rate, and seeks out hands-on training in order to get acclimated with the equipment. According to Armstead, staying competitive and ahead of the learning curve is the key to earning your quota.

"Sailors get complacent in their rates, and start just 'showing up' for work instead of showing out," Armstead said. "Everything is a competition; if you strive to be the best, you'll be successful"” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS150316-09 - Release Date: 3/16/2015 11:21:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Brandon Davis, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).


Abraham Lincoln HAZMAT Streamlines Checkout Process


As reported on 19 March 2015, “USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Hazardous Material's division (HAZMAT) has changed its program to benefit Sailors with easier check-out procedures.

Sailors in HAZMAT oversee the management and distribution of these materials, which include oil, grease, chemicals, paint, cleaning soap, and other materials.

Abraham Lincoln's HAZMAT division implemented these changes to speed up the check-out process, while improving the accuracy of HAZMAT accountability.

"We wanted to change the checking out procedures of HAZMAT," said Logistics Specialist 1st Class Minnel J. Balkum. "When Sailors are about to perform maintenance, I don't want them spending valuable time with the administration portion of getting the HAZMAT."

Before the streamlined process, Sailors had to submit requests at the HAZMAT office on the Floating Accommodation Facility. With new procedures in place
Lincoln Sailors can take their HAZMAT requests directly on board the ship and then proceed to the HAZMAT locker to retrieve their materials. After the job is completed Sailors can return unused HAZMAT to the locker.

"Anything our
Supply Department can do to help with overall ship productivity, we will," said Chief Logistics Specialist Michauli Martin, who added that the shipboard HAZMAT office's new procedures will save crew members and production teams valuable time when checking out and returning HAZMAT items. "Our department wants to do what we can to beat our timeline goals of delivering this warship back to the fleet from the Refueling and Complex Overhaul process."

Supply Department junior Sailors have stepped up to make sure this process runs as smoothly as possible.

"Our HAZMAT supervisor, Logistics Specialist Seaman Brandon Evans, has done a great job delivering customer service satisfaction, through his professionalism and performance," Martin said. "He is one of the most junior supervisors we have"” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS150319-18 - Release Date: 3/19/2015 2:56:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ryan Wampler, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).


Abraham Lincoln Sailors Take E-4 Advancement Exam


“Approximately 600 Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) gathered at the Hampton Roads Convention Center for the E-4 advancement exam on 19 March 2015.

Earlier this month
Abraham Lincoln Sailors took the E-5 and E-6 exams at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. Sailors are provided with rate-specific study material referred to as bibliographies, and rely on senior leadership for hands-on training to better their chances of being successful on the exam.

"We train our Sailors based on the bibliography," said Operations Specialist 1st Class Brenda Smith. "[While in the shipyard,] we also try to get as many Sailors as we can to go temporary assigned duty (TAD) to other ships. The hands-on experience with their rate is really what makes a difference."

The exam season is important to all Sailors, but for some Sailors, advancement would be the next step to a successful career in the Navy.

"Since I just got married, I'm really hoping to advance this cycle," said Electrician's Mate Fireman Darius Henton. "I feel like this is the first step towards a career in the Navy."

Command Master Chief Lee Salas,
Abraham Lincoln's CMC, made an appearance at the exam to reinforce to his Sailors the importance of the advancement exam.

"The most rewarding part of my job is when the advancement results come out," Salas said. "It's so rewarding to see the Sailors' hard work pay off, and watch them move up the ranks"” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS150320-20 - Release Date: 3/20/2015 3:27:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Brandon Davis, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, HAMPTON, Va. (NNS)).


Abraham Lincoln Sailors Take E-4 Advancement Exam


“Approximately 600 Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) gathered at the Hampton Roads Convention Center for the E-4 advancement exam on 19 March 2015.

Earlier this month
Abraham Lincoln Sailors took the E-5 and E-6 exams at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. Sailors are provided with rate-specific study material referred to as bibliographies, and rely on senior leadership for hands-on training to better their chances of being successful on the exam.

"We train our Sailors based on the bibliography," said Operations Specialist 1st Class Brenda Smith. "[While in the shipyard,] we also try to get as many Sailors as we can to go temporary assigned duty (TAD) to other ships. The hands-on experience with their rate is really what makes a difference."

The exam season is important to all Sailors, but for some Sailors, advancement would be the next step to a successful career in the Navy.

"Since I just got married, I'm really hoping to advance this cycle," said Electrician's Mate Fireman Darius Henton. "I feel like this is the first step towards a career in the Navy."

Command Master Chief Lee Salas,
Abraham Lincoln's CMC, made an appearance at the exam to reinforce to his Sailors the importance of the advancement exam.

"The most rewarding part of my job is when the advancement results come out," Salas said. "It's so rewarding to see the Sailors' hard work pay off, and watch them move up the ranks"” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS150320-20 - Release Date: 3/20/2015 3:27:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Brandon Davis, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, HAMPTON, Va. (NNS)).


Abraham Lincoln Sailor Revamps Command Coin


As reported on 20 March 2015, “a Sailor assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Supply Department has successfully completed the redesign of the command's newest coin.

"I wanted something that was unique to the ship," said Ship's Serviceman 2nd Class Victor Gorea, who initiated the new design in October 2014. "I have a lot of pride for this coin because this is the first aircraft carrier that I have been assigned to and I wanted to do something for the crew that would not only boost morale, but instill pride in the command and the Navy as a whole."

While ships have the option of redesigning their command coin, the responsibility falls under the Ship's Servicemen division.

Lt. Cmdr. Don Baker, assistant Supply Officer reflected on Gorea's tenacity from start to finish in redesigning the logo.

"Gorea took an interest in redesigning
Lincoln's command coin based on prevision experience redesigning coins at other commands he had been assigned," said Baker.

Gorea redesigned command coins while assigned to USS
Nicholas (FFG-47) and USS Hawes (FFG-53). The six-month process to redesign the coin was completed in mid-March and is available for Lincoln Sailors to purchase.

"I wanted a coin that has never been seen before," said Gorea. "The most unique character of the coin is that the carrier extends both sides and the back-side of the coin is an actual photo of our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln"” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS150320-21 - Release Date: 3/20/2015 3:39:00 PM - From USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).


Abraham Lincoln Sailors Compete in Culinary Competition


“Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) competed for the title of Lincoln's top chef during an inaugural Lincoln Culinary Competition on Lincoln's Floating Accommodation Facility mess decks on 26 March 2015. The competition required Sailors to showcase a dish of their choice to be prepped, cooked, served and consumed by a panel of judges consisting of their peers and Lincoln's senior leadership.

"I'm always happy to just give it my all and keep it simple in the process," said Culinary Specialist Seaman Anthony Scott-McNeil, a competitor in the competition. Another competitor said he was inspired by memories from his past. "Cooking has been a passion of mine. Since I was young, I cooked for my brothers and sisters and it's just something I've always loved to do," said Navy Counselor 1st Class Ryan Armstead, who recently transitioned from culinary specialist to navy counselor.

After entering the competition, Armstead decided to tie back into the history of the ship's namesake for his presentation. "I decided to cook chicken fricassee because it's a meal that [President Abraham] Lincoln enjoyed to eat," Armstead said. "It's a very modest and humble dish that I think speaks volumes about how Lincoln was raised and how he viewed people."

As the competition heated up, one of the judges and graduate of the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago, Chief Legalman Myron Chism, kept his eyes roaming for who would take the title of top chef. "You eat with your eyes before you eat with your mouth, making the most of what's on the plate is important," Chism said.

After the dishes were served, all the scoring from the judges were tallied and many delicious meals consumed, a victor was named. Culinary Specialist 1st Class James Parrott took the title for the competition. He said he was grateful for the opportunity to compete against some of the Navy's finest cooks.

"I think we all did amazing today, and I hope they enjoyed it as much as I did," Parrott said. "Nothing was sure going into this but I'm glad that we all got to show our talents." Growing up Parrott said his father was a chef. Although he didn't want to cook at the time, he realized as he grew up it's something that he loved to do. "Once I got older I knew what I wanted to do, and I'm here doing it today," Parrott said. "I came into the Navy to cook, and I love doing it every day."

While Parrot currently holds the title for top chef on board
USS Abraham Lincoln, he will also appear on the Hampton Roads Show in April to cook one of his signature dishes” (Ref. Story Number: NNS150330-17 - Release Date: 3/30/2015 2:27:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Aaron T. Kiser, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).


A Moment With a Lincoln Leader


“Chief Cryptologic Technician (Collection) Jeremy Crandall assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) was the guest speaker during a dining out event at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland on 27 March 2015.

Speaking to 140 of the Navy's future leaders, Crandall shared some of his personal experiences during his naval career, thoughts on the role of a Navy chief petty officer in training junior officers and his philosophy of what makes a good leader.

"The leadership of Lt. Osborn and Master Chief Mellos has had a positive impact on my career. They have made me the leader I am today," Crandall said. "Not only do I owe them my life, I owe them for showing me how to lead in the face of adversity."

Crandall told the midshipmen that creating an effective working relationship between the chief and division officer is critical and it takes teamwork between the two to ensure the successful completion of the mission.

"My goal is to impress upon the midshipmen the importance of the officer and chief working relationship," Crandall said.

As the midshipmen finish up their education and training at the Naval Academy and enter the fleet as junior officers, they may not have a full understanding or working of knowledge of their roles, and will need the experience from their chief to help them acclimate to their new position.

"One of the jobs of the chief petty officer is to train junior officers and help provide a smooth transition into their new leadership role," Crandall said” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS150413-07 - Release Date: 4/13/2015 11:34:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathon Lockwood, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).


Lincoln Sailors and NNS Strengthen Camaraderie Through Annual Soccer Match


“Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) and shipbuilders from Newport News Shipbuilding, gathered at Nike Field for the 2nd annual Newport News Patriot Soccer Tournament on 28 March 2015.

In 2014, the tournament evolved from the shipbuilders' search for opponents for recreational soccer matches. Now the Newport News Patriot Tournament is a morale and team-boosting event for
Lincoln Sailors and civilians.

"This is a valuable relationship to have because if we are able to get along and work together it creates a better atmosphere on the ship and in our personal lives," said Information System Technician 3rd Class Megan Green, a member of
Lincoln's soccer team. "

According to Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Danian Douglas, head coach of the
Lincoln soccer team, participation in the tournament was a stepping stone towards team building; being on the same team is a first step in that.

"Despite being from different departments, the act of training on a sports team forces them to learn each other's names, call each other frequently and partner up for drills," said Douglas. "Playing together in a tournament naturally elevates their camaraderie to the point where they start relying upon each other to succeed."

Outside of
Lincoln's organized sports the ultimate goal is to complete Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH). In order to complete that mission, every member of the crew needs to be connected in and out of the job, added Douglas.

"It is important for Sailors and shipyard workers to interact outside of the workplace because not only do we work together, but we live in the same community as well," said Green. "When we build good relationships it helps us come together and complete the
RCOH mission more efficiently"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS150403-13 - Release Date: 4/3/2015 9:30:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Brandon Davis, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, SMITHFIELD, Va. (NNS)).


Oakland CA Council of The Navy League Recognizes Abraham Lincoln Sailors


“Three Sailors aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) were presented awards from Command Master Chief Lee Salas on behalf of the Oakland CA Council of the Navy League of the United States on 30 March 2015, in recognition of their excellence.

Bluejacket of the Year award winner Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Airman Lucero English, Sailor of the Year Personnel Specialist 2nd Class Hellen Streeter, and Senior Sailor of the Year Ship's Serviceman 1st Class Marquita Canada were all presented with the awards from the Navy League during a ceremony held on the Floating Accommodation Facility (FAF) at Newport News Shipbuilding.

"It was a humbling experience to see an organization outside the
Lincoln (the Navy League of the United States) recognizing us," Streeter said. "It reminded us that the little things that we do on a daily basis actually means something to someone else."

The awards are presented to recognize Sailors for their hard work and outstanding performance. Sailors are nominated by their chain of command.

"This award is totally unexpected but greatly appreciated," said Canada. "Knowing that what I do is valued means a lot to me. I come to work every day to do my job, service and lead my Sailors because I care; and to know that I am being recognized and awarded for something that I love to do and is natural to me is a great honor."

The Navy League of the United States was founded in 1902 and is comprised of 40,000 civilians in more than 240 councils around the world working to support sea service members and their families” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS150403-14 - Release Date: 4/3/2015 9:35:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Paul Manukin, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).


Lincoln Chiefs Celebrate the 122nd CPO Birthday


“Chief petty officers (CPO) assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) celebrated the 122nd CPO birthday by participating in multiple activities throughout the Hampton Roads area from 30 March to 1 April 2015. Lincoln chiefs celebrated the CPO birthday alongside other chiefs stationed in the region. One of the events coordinated was the Goat Locker Challenge held at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, in Virginia Beach, Virginia, March 30. "The half-day competition included numerous challenging events designed to test the chiefs' ability to work together as a team, reinforce camaraderie and earn bragging rights among Chiefs [Messes] throughout Hampton Roads," said USS Abraham Lincoln Command Master Chief Lee Salas, who added that Lincoln Chiefs Mess won third place during the event.

Lincoln chiefs further honored the birthday by participating in other events such as the annual 5K Anchor Run, a CPO community relations event (COMREL) at Lee Hall Elementary School, a birthday celebration cake cutting and the annual CPO luncheon April 1, with the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Michael D. Stevens and Ima Black, the widow of the first MCPON, Delbert Black, in attendance. "The term 'Chief' to me is the elder of the group who has the experience and knowledge of its group/organization," said Salas. "The Chief is looked upon to achieve the overall goal or mission of the command. As we celebrate our 122nd birthday, it is important to recognize the chief petty officers we have lost and those who dedicated their years of service to progressing the Navy mission." More than 700 other chief petty officers in the Hampton Roads region attended the special luncheon at the Hampton Convention Center. MCPON Stevens was guest speaker along with honored guest Mrs. Black.


"I heard it said this way: leadership is not defined by what is on the collar; it is defined by the expressions on the face of the Sailor," said Master Chief Operations Specialist Tarrance Holcombe. "We embrace the contributions of past chiefs by developing young minds to take the helm of our precious Navy." The rank of chief petty officer was originally established April 1, 1893 from the Navy General Order 409. The rank was created during a time when the Navy needed better leadership.


The induction to the rank of chief is difficult and stands out among all branches of service for the tight-knit brotherhood that goes with it. It isn't just earned by time-in-rate. "Although they have a strong sense of ownership and take responsibility for their division's activities, they are able to look beyond the job at hand: when other departments or divisions need assistance, chiefs in superior commands are willing to help. They personify ship, shipmate, self," said Holcombe” (Ref. Story Number: NNS150403-09 - Release Date: 4/3/2015 8:52:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Paul Manukin, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).


Norfolk Admirals Host Lincoln Night


“The Norfolk Admirals hosted Lincoln night for the crew of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) during their hockey game against the Leigh Valley Phantoms at the Norfolk Scope Arena on 1 April 2015.

Approximately 500 Lincoln Sailors attended the game and participated in the pre-game ceremonies. Capt. Ron Ravelo,
Lincoln's commanding officer, dropped the ceremonial first puck to start the game following the presentation of colors performed by Lincoln's color guard.

"Events like the Admiral's game help remind Sailors that the command does care about their well-being as well as their mindset," said Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Brittney Jenkins, a member of
Abraham Lincoln's color guard. "By providing small incentives like this it fosters positivity and growth within the ship's community."

Events such as this are held to enhance the morale among Sailors and show the surrounding area that they have
Lincoln's support.

"When the community makes a point to recognize our Sailors and the work that they do, it reminds the Sailors of the responsibility and the duty they have, and that they are appreciated," said Brooke Webber, the fun boss aboard
Lincoln. "Also, when the community can see the Sailors out together, it reinforces the fact that the USS Abraham Lincoln is a unified community both on and off the clock."

Morale Welfare and Recreation (MWR) is in charge of coordinating events such as Lincoln Night and have more events coming up in the near future.

"We are in the middle of Captain's Cup and dodgeball will start next Wednesday," said Webber. "We are starting up our hiking trips to Shenandoah Valley soon, as well as more fun activities that Sailors can enjoy during their well-deserved liberty"” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS150403-03 - Release Date: 4/3/2015 7:43:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Patrick Maher, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NORFOLK (NNS)).


Lincoln Wrap's Up Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Drive


“Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) wrapped up their Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) fund drive on 10 April 2015, raising more than $54,000, exceeding its goal of $50,000.

"Last year the team collected $40,208.00 so the XO (executive officer) decided to set a goal of $50,000.00 for this year," said Lt. j.g. Antoinette Broere,
Lincoln NMCRS coordinating officer.

In a message to the crew, Lincoln's Command Master Chief (CMDCM) Lee Salas expressed his appreciation for their willingness to support the NMCRS.

"Let me start by expressing my sincere appreciation for your contribution to the 2015 Navy-Marine Corp Relief Society (NMCRS) Fund Drive," said Salas. "Due to your willingness to take care of our own, we are leading the way and reached our goal of $50,000.00"

The NMCRS is a program that assists Sailors who are in need to receive assistance in various situations by granting interest free loans for financial support. Whether their car has broken down and they are unable to afford the repairs, or there is a family emergency and plan tickets are too expensive the NMCRS can help bring some of that weight off of the Sailors' shoulders.

The annual drive gives the Sailors an opportunity to give back to the program that for many years has helped Sailors and Marines all over the world.

"This fund is extremely important to all members of the military, and I am proud to say that during my participation, multiple members of the
Abe Lincoln crew have come to me and shared how they have personally been impacted by the foundation in the past," Broere said. Broere added that the entire crew of 2,700 Sailors is responsible for reaching the goal.

"I would also like to state that the success that was reached over this six-week span was not due to the work of one individual or one leader; it was attained through the participation and unity of our command," Broere said. "I would like to take this opportunity to extend my greatest thanks to all that contributed and/or aided in this foundation. I was honored to represent a crew that emulated the fund's strong underlying message."

If you want to find out more about the NMRCS or if you're in need of assistance, visit their Website at
http://www.nmcrs.org” (Ref. Story Number: NNS150411-04 - Release Date: 4/11/2015 11:53:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathon Lockwood, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).


Lincoln Sailors Commemorate Namesake's Final Visit to Soldiers' Home in D.C.


“Nearly a dozen Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) took part in a wreath-laying ceremony commemorating the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's final visit to Soldiers' Home in the nation's capital on 13 April 2015.


Throughout the nation this week, fans of the legendary president are honoring his life and legacy in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of his passing. The April 13 ceremony, coordinated by President Lincoln's Cottage, created a tangible connection from the past to the present. Lincoln Sailors, along with elementary students from Bruce-Monroe Elementary School, the U.S. Army Caisson Platoon, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), and other civic-minded organizations participated in the ceremony to retrace President Abraham Lincoln's final ride from the White House to the Soldiers' Home, where our 16th president had met with wounded soldiers who fought in the Civil War.

"It's important for
Lincoln Sailors to learn about Abraham Lincoln, because experiences like this connect us to the ship," said Senior Chief Electronics Technician Christopher Kuwik, who is assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln. "We are proud to be Lincoln crew members and I believe the more we know about just what an amazing man he was causes us to want to ensure we do everything we can to honor him."


Lincoln led the United States to ultimately defeat the Confederacy, and following his famous Emancipation Proclamation, he enacted measures to abolish slavery. "I enjoy history and he had such a positive impact on the United States," said Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Tyler Parenteau. "His honesty and commitment to his country make his story unbelievable. I love to learn more about him so I try to come to these events as often as possible."

Events such as this one gave Sailors a chance to get to know other communities and end up leaving a lasting impression on them. "I've met some amazing veterans and civilians; it truly keeps giving me a reason to continue serving in the United States Navy," said Parenteau. "I recommend everyone attend an event like this one. I believe it helps give our Sailors more reasons to be proud to wear the uniform." Parenteau further reflected on Lincoln's legacy and added, "Lincoln was a man who was truly for the people.


His honesty and commitment to the country has made an impact that will continue for years and years to come." While Lincoln Sailors commemorated Lincoln's last ride to the Soldiers' Home, other Sailors attended a wreath-laying event at Ford's Theater and participated in commemoration ceremonies at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation in Springfield, Illinois, to mark President Lincoln's passing on April 15, 1865” (Ref. Story Number: NNS150415-10 - Release Date: 4/15/2015 11:31:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Patrick D. Maher, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, WASHINGTON (NNS)).


Lincoln Sailor and Descendant of the Holocaust Shares Her Family's Story


“The crew of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) held a Holocaust Remembrance ceremony on the Floating Accommodation Facility (FAF) in Newport News on 14 April 2015. Lincoln's Judge Advocate, Lt. Cmdr. Rachel Trest served as the guest speaker and explained how the Holocaust was the systematic killing of six million Jews by the Nazis and their supporters during World War II.

Trest, who is a descendant of Holocaust survivors, added that it was important for the command to take time to to commemorate the Holocaust in order to honor the millions of people who were killed, respect the people who survived, and remember the obligations of the living to ensure that these atrocities never happen again. Trest further provided heartfelt insight on her family's history of survival. Her presentation articulated the atrocities faced by the Jewish people during the Holocaust; in particular her grandparents.


"There were many people targeted by the Nazis for a number of reasons," Trest said. "However, the Nazis focused the majority of their aggression toward people of Jewish descent and anyone who helped them." Throughout the ceremony, Trest displayed pictures of her grandparents and other Jews affected by the Holocaust. "Jewish people were forbidden to own and operate businesses. There was a curfew implemented in Nazi-occupied areas.


They were forced to wear the Star of David on their clothing when out in public," Trest said. "If Jews did not comply with these rules or they could not prove their citizenship, they were deported to concentration camps." The majority of Jewish families were displaced to ghettos or concentration camps, and her grandmother's family was no exception. "The Nazis loaded my grandmother and her family into a small cattle train car," Trest said, who added they didn't know they were being transported to Auschwitz.


"My grandmother's brother was shot and killed when he tried to resist and get away."

Auschwitz was an infamous death camp. The brutality suffered at the hands of the Nazis was incomprehensible. Trest explained her grandmother's first moments upon arriving at the camp. "As soon as they arrived, my grandmother's family was separated in two lines, one to the left and one to the right," Trest said.


"They later found out everyone in the line to the left, including my grandmother's mother, were taken to a gas chamber and immediately killed." Trest displayed pictures of the conditions at Auschwitz. While there, her grandmother and her sisters were robbed of all their possessions and forced into labor while living on little to no food. "These conditions weren't suitable for animals, let alone human beings," Trest said. Eventually, Trest's grandmother was moved to an ammunition factory where they manufactured weapons for the Nazi war machine.


The factory was bombed by the Allies and she and her sisters survived the bombing and were liberated by the Americans on April 15, 1945. She and her two sisters were the only members of her family to survive. They tried to go home, but all of their possessions were gone. Her grandmother and her sisters went to a displaced persons camp, or refugee camp, after the war.

"It was here my grandmother met my grandfather," Trest said. "His story is slightly different." Trest's grandfather survived in hiding in Dzialoszyce, Poland, with his two brothers. The rest of his family, his parents and nine brothers and sisters and their young families, perished when the Nazis invaded Poland.

"My grandfather and his brothers hid in a barn owned by Polish Christian farmers they trusted," Trest said. "They were in hiding for almost three years, and once they were almost discovered by the Nazis. If found, both the Jewish brothers and the Christian farmers would have been murdered on the spot."

Despite the daily danger the Polish farmers faced, they courageously hid her grandfather and his brothers until the end of the war in 1945. Like her grandmother, Trest's grandfather returned to his home only to find that everything was gone including all of his family. With no place to go he went to the refugee camp with his brothers where he met her grandmother.

Lincoln's Commanding Officer Capt. Ron Ravelo praised Trest for sharing her family's powerful story and explained to the audience why events such as the Holocaust are important to remember.

"We remember this event not because of the person who caused it, but we remember because of the victims. Make no mistake that we all are in this uniform to ensure that something like this doesn't happen again," Ravelo said. "The next time you look in the mirror, ask yourself if the person looking back at you values freedom, values independence, values democracy, that person would have been a target for the Nazis.


That's why we wear the uniform, to prevent this from ever happening again"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS150417-16 - Release Date: 4/17/2015 2:52:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonteil Johnson, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).


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Operations Evening Light and Eagle Claw, A Sailors tale of his Tour of duty in the U.S. Navy (August 1977 to February 1983)


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