2016 Articles not related to Refueling Complex Overhaul (RCOH)

Chapter V

Appendix II



Lincoln Sailors Celebrate the Life of Dr King


USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Sailors celebrated the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., on the mess decks aboard the Floating Accommodation Facility (FAF) in Newport News on 14 January 2016.

Lincoln Sailors gathered to honor King's legacy and his contributions to equality in America and to reflect on the holiday's recurring theme, "A Day On, Not A Day Off!"

The celebration was led by Cmdr. Maurice Buford,
Lincoln's command chaplain, who gave a speech encouraging Sailors to aspire to be like King. He encouraged Sailors to look at all of King's contributions to civil rights for African Americans and examine how they can make a difference in their communities and lives.

"Dr. King put on the garment of resiliency; he understood that a bullet couldn't stop destiny," Buford said. "I encourage you to seize every moment, because life is short. I want to encourage you to be a person of integrity and character; to get out of fear and pursue your dream. It's our hour. It's our time. The question now becomes, 'Will we be people of destiny?'"

Through his actions, King helped to open doors for African-Americans to be able to vote, attend any institute of higher learning, and work in any field. "Martin Luther King is a figure in not just American history, but human history," said Capt. Ron Ravelo,
Lincoln's commanding officer. "I would like all our Sailors to take some time over the long weekend and not just see it as a day off, but to sit back and reflect on how truly important Dr. King was to humanity."

To honor his contribution to civil rights, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day was established by President Ronald Reagan in 1983, with the first observance held in 1986 on King's birthday, Jan. 15. It was later made into a federal holiday by the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday and Service Act passed by Congress Aug. 23, 1994.

"Martin Luther King represented something greater than civil rights," said Aviation Technician Airman Torre Williams. "The fact that we still celebrate his legacy every year shows the impact he had on the American people. If it weren't for him, the whole landscape of this country would look completely different"” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS160119-03 - Release Date: 1/19/2016 10:38:00 AM - By Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class William Blake, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).


USS Abraham Lincoln Crowned Best of the Mess


USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) culinary specialists earned three awards for their talents during the sixth annual "Best of the Mess" competition held at The Founders Inn in Virginia Beach on 22 January 2016. Lincoln was represented by Culinary Specialist 1st Class James Parrott, Culinary Specialist 1st Class Sonia Mance, and Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Ebony Hudson.


These three Sailors took home the Best Decorated Station award, the People's Choice award, which was voted on by the guests that attended the event, and placed first place in the overall competition. Lincoln's Best of the Mess team spent months preparing for the competition in order to perfect their decorations and menu.


This year's ingredients for the participating teams included coffee, blood oranges, coyote squash, and pork shoulder. "We began preparing for Best of the Mess in August of last year," Mance said. "The morning of the event we came in to work at about 0500, went over our checklist to make sure we had everything we needed, and headed over to the event."


Lincoln Sailors competed against six other local Navy teams from the Hampton Roads, Virginia, area including teams from USS George H. W. Bush (CVN-77), USS McFaul (DDG-74), USS Bataan (LHD-5), Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, and Naval Weapons Station Yorktown.

"I got to look around and see everyone's food and it all looked very good," Hudson said. "It was really an honor to be able to compete and an indescribable feeling to win every category. I can't wait to see what we come up with next year to defend our title as the Best of the Mess."

In addition to allowing the culinary specialists from each command to demonstrate their talents through the preparation of a three course menu, the Best of the Mess competition is an annual event and silent auction sponsored by the Chief Petty Officer's Fund to provide educational assistance to family members of the chief petty officers” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS160126-11 - Release Date: 1/26/2016 4:11:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ciarra Thibodeaux, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS)).

Family Tie Makes Reenlistment Special for Lincoln Sailor


As reported on 29 January 2016, “When a Sailor decides to reenlist and stay in the Navy they usually try to do something special or unique to commemorate the event. Reenlistment ceremonies have been performed hundreds of feet in the air, submerged below the water line and in the middle of the desert.

Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Christopher James Wheeler, a Sailor assigned to
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), had the idea of reenlisting on the flight deck of his grandfather's past ship, USS Enterprise (CVN-65).

"Growing up, he would always tell me sea stories about carriers he had served on, things he encountered and he built it up so much that it made me excited about the Navy," Wheeler said. "I always wanted to join the military and he is the reason why I decided to join the Navy."

Wheeler said his grandfather would tell him these sea stories about his Navy career as parachute rigger. Many of these stories took place on Enterprise.

"He used to tell me how big the aircraft carriers were and how they would never feel the waves; how you could barely tell you were in the middle of the ocean," Wheeler said. "Once they encountered a typhoon and it was so powerful that could really feel the waves. They could tell it wasn't the smoothest ride in the world and that even a ship that size could be humbled by Mother Nature."

Wheeler's reenlistment wasn't Lt. Cmdr. Michael Duwel's first time reenlisting a Sailor, but this one was unique and very special to him.

"It's pretty special, there is a significance to it and it's always more memorable when it means more to that person," Duwel said” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS160129-15 - Release Date: 1/29/2016 4:04:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Patrick Maher, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).


Lincoln Battles Air Force on the Ice


USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) hockey team took on airmen from Langley Air Force Base in the inaugural "Air vs. Sea" hockey game at Scope Arena in Norfolk on 30 January 2016.

In the months leading up to this event, the two hockey teams played various games against other opponents in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. This is the first inaugural "Air vs. Sea" hockey game, an event that encourages a friendly rivalry between the two military branches.

"Playing the Air Force on Saturday was incredible and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuel) 3rd Class Stephen Dobbs. "Our team became closer than ever and took a lot from the game. We are very excited for our future games and to take what we have learned and use it against future opponents."

Hundreds of their Shipmates, family members and friends came out to support with
Lincoln pride. The players all expressed what an honor it was to play in the arena with the support of the command and their shipmates behind them.

"It's a privilege to represent the command while doing something that I love to do," said Electrician's Mate 2nd Class Michael Greenberg. "Shift work gets really repetitive, so it's great to break up the weeks out there on the ice while only focusing on one thing, which is to win."

Lincoln did not bring home a win this year. The final score of the game was 8-4, but the team is already preparing for their next big game in the spring.

"We plan to work on moving the puck more," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuel) 1st Class Anthony Serio. "Next time we will come out fighting and not wait until the last period to really get into the game"” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS160202-13 - Release Date: 2/2/2016 12:39:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ciarra C. Thibodeaux, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NORFOLK, Va. (NNS)).


USS Abraham Lincoln Kicks Off African American/Black History Month


“The USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Multi-Cultural Heritage Committee (MCHC) held a cake-cutting ceremony to begin the ship's observance of African American/Black History Month on the mess decks aboard the Floating Accommodation Facility (FAF) at Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News on 1 February 2016.

The ceremony kicks off a month-long celebration for the
Lincoln crew to honor the contributions of African Americans to the nation and the U.S. Navy.

African American/Black History Month honors the history and accomplishments of African Americans.

Cmdr. Louis Scott,
Lincoln's maintenance officer served as guest speaker, telling his story of growing up in southern Georgia and joining the Navy a month after graduating from high school.

"My hope is that my story will inspire a young Sailor in the audience today to the possibilities that await them if they work hard and strive to be the best in everything that they do," Scott said. "Now that I'm older, I have a great appreciation for of all the experiences I had growing up in the South. Those experiences helped shape me into the man I am today, and the better person I want to be tomorrow."

During his closing remarks,
Lincoln's Commanding Officer Capt. Ron Ravelo, reflected on the ship's namesake.

"I was sitting here thinking about the theme for this month (hallowed ground), and in my mind I think it's actually kind of fitting," Ravelo said. "I can't think of a ship in the U.S. Navy that is named after an individual who has done more for the cause of African Americans"” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS160203-01 - Release Date: 2/3/2016 9:42:00 AM - By USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).


Lincoln Sailors Hold Luncheon to Celebrate African Americah History Month


“Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) held a luncheon celebrating African American History Month on the mess decks aboard the Floating Accommodation Facility (FAF) at Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News on 9 February 2016.

"It is a time set aside for people regardless of race, creed, color, or social background to stop and examine the many sacrifices and contributions African Americans have made for the development of our great nation," said Senior Chief Culinary Specialist Stephen Wilson.

The Caribbean-themed event was a joint effort between the ship's culinary specialists and the
Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) aboard Lincoln. The menu included curry chicken, barbeque ribs, beef stew, rice and beans, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, and sweet potato and pecan pies.

"As a department, we are always looking for different team building evolutions," said Chief Aviation Maintenance Administrationman Juanita Brown. "We wanted to provide relief for the mess deck crew by servicing the crew, bussing tables, and working in the scullery."

Galley watch captain Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Jordan Fook said he and his team were excited to help bring the luncheon to fruition despite the extra work.

"The FAF has a smaller kitchen than the ship, so it took more preparation to execute the additional entrees," said Fook. "But it was worth the extra planning because special meals help boost morale for the crew."

Operation Specialist 2nd Class Brian Mills, assigned to
Lincoln's Training Department, was one of the many Sailors in attendance for the luncheon.

"The food was incredible," said Mills. "I felt like I was in a restaurant when someone came and took my tray to the scullery"” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS160211-02 - Release Date: 2/11/2016 10:05:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael Fiorillo, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).


Lincoln Sailors Visit D.C for Namesake's Birthday


As reported on 14 February 2016, “More than two dozen Sailors assigned to the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) took part in guided visits to historic locations around Washington, D.C., commemorating the 206th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's birth.

Lincoln Sailors started off the day by visiting their namesake's memorial where they embarked on a guided tour and gained valuable insight into the life of President Lincoln.

"The anticipation of this trip really charged everyone up," said Culinary Specialist Seaman Recruit Charles Scott. "It's moments like this that we truly appreciate who we are and why we serve."

Raised from humble beginnings, Lincoln grew up to be a successful lawyer and later the president who would reunite the United States after years of war.

Other stops on the tour included the Martin Luther King Memorial and the Mary Mcleod Bethune council house. Both locations are examples of Lincoln's lasting impression and influence on the country.

Reflecting on the day, Interior Communications Electrician Second Class Shannon Plucinski said, "The juxtaposition of going to both the Lincoln memorial and the MLK memorial during black History month and on Lincoln's birthday was truly inspiring with the significant roles both of these men played in bringing equality to our great nation."

Trips such as this one give Sailors a chance to get to know the history behind their ship's name, and leave them with a better understanding of the man that it represents.
Lincoln Sailors look forward to similar opportunities that will allow them to stay connected to the history and pride behind their namesake.

"Even after his death, Lincoln and those he inspired still motivates many of us," said Information Systems Technician Third Class Salcedo. "His quotes give me something to strive for. With this, I may one day apply it out to my shipmates, my division, but most importantly my ship"” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS160214-04 - Release Date: 2/14/2016 4:18:00 PM - By Mass Communications Specialist 3rd Class Evan Parker, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, WASHINGTON (NNS)).


Lincoln Sailors Honored with Leadership Awards


“Three Sailors assigned to the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) received Lincoln Leadership Awards for their outstanding performance, during a special birthday celebration honoring the ship's namesake on 12 February 2016. Chief Warrant Officer 3 Joshua Letson, assigned to Lincoln's Combat Systems Department, was presented the Statesman Award as an officer who has exemplified the highest ideals of leadership.


Chief Machinist's Mate Anthony Vega, Reactor Department's Machinery Division leading chief petty officer, received the Union Award for senior enlisted leadership, and Cryptologic Technician (Collection) 1st Class Brian Riley, Engineering Department's Fire Watch Division acting leading chief petty officer, received the Liberty Award for enlisted leadership. "This is pretty amazing; a very humbling experience," Letson said. "It's nice to know that hard work is recognized by not only your junior Sailors, but by those you work parallel with." In order to promote the development of leadership qualities and to formally recognize exceptional performance, the Stennis Center for Public Service instituted the Lincoln Leadership Awards Program in 2011.


The awards are presented annually to an officer, chief petty officer and petty officer who have who have exemplified superior and sustained leadership qualities. "I am proud to honor the service and hard work of these Lincoln Sailors who have demonstrated exceptional vision, integrity, courage and willingness to serve; personal traits they share with our namesake, Abraham Lincoln," said Capt. Ron Ravelo, the ship's commanding officer. "They honor our ship and the great legacy of the 16th President of the United States." Award recipients are nominated by fellow crew members and selected for the award by a group of their peers, making the honor even more special.


"What you do [and] how you act and carry yourself has a domino effect throughout the command, whether it's good or bad," said Vega. "I can only hope that I was as positive an example as the leaders that have mentored me." As part of the Stennis Center's continuing effort to strengthen understanding and relationships between civilian leaders and the military, the award winners will travel to Washington, D.C., later this year. The primary purpose of the trip is to provide the awardees with a better understanding of the role of Congress in setting national security policy and to make them more aware of the environment in which John C. Stennis made such a lasting impact on our nation through his leadership.

"A leader can only be as strong as the person he or she is leading. When it comes down to it, I've worked with some good Sailors, and they are the reason for my success," Riley said. "Their success is mine, and my success is theirs"” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS160219-04 - Release Date: 2/19/2016 10:19:00 AM - By Chief Mass Communication Specialist Amy Kirk, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).


Lincoln Celebrates Women's History Month


“Sailors assigned to the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) kicked off Women's History Month with a celebration in the ship's foc'sle on 1 March 2016.

The celebration's guest speaker, Cmdr. Derma Parsons,
Lincoln's Combat Systems officer and the senior limited duty officer aboard, spoke to the crowd about the growth in the Navy for women since she joined.

"The biggest change I've seen in the Navy since I first enlisted in 1983 is the number of jobs that have opened up to women," said Parsons.

Parsons also read "If" by Rudyard Kipling, a poem that provides a set of rules for personal integrity, behavior and self-development. She commented that the poem has often been a source of inspiration throughout her career.

Women's History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed legislation which authorized "Women's History Week." In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women's History Project, Congress passed legislation designating the month of March as "Women's History Month." Since 1995, U.S. presidents have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as "Women's History Month".

This year's Women's History Month celebration aboard Lincoln was planned and executed by
Operations Department.

"The planning was stressful, but operations as a department pulled together as a team and made it happen," said Operations Specialist 1st Class Valerie Arellano. "I think the celebration went very well. It was excellent to demonstrate to younger Sailors how much things have changed, as well as the struggles some have gone through to create the opportunities women have in the military today."

Religious Programs Specialist 3rd Class Sierra Katz-Weaver said she was grateful to have such a supportive command that recognizes the importance of women in the military.

"The fact that the
USS Abraham Lincoln is so supportive of women in the military means a great deal for those of us who are in the generation what will take her out of RCOH (refueling complex overhaul) and into another 25 years of service," said Katz-Weaver” (Ref. Story Number: NNS160304-23 - Release Date: 3/4/2016 1:42:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Derry Todd, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).


Personnel Specialist Saves Sailors Money


As reported on 13 March 2014, “Personnel Specialist 2nd Class Tyler Stacy comes from Okemah, Okla. He began his naval career in 2005. Stacy is married with two children and another on the way. "My first ship was the Enterprise back in 2007," said Stacy. "After that I went on an IA (Individual Augmentee) in 2010 to Afghanistan. So I've seen a lot of things."

He reported to
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) in 2012 after the ship's deployment. His role on the ship since then has been to keep track of Sailors' pay and travel expenses. As the travel leading petty officer, Stacy is responsible for helping Sailors complete their paperwork after official travel. However, he sees it as more than that.

"My job entails a lot of things but primarily customer service," said Stacy. "I'm here to serve all the Sailors on
Lincoln and make sure they're getting the money the government owes them. I am also the travel leading petty officer. I take care of all the travel cost paperwork when new Sailors check in and when they leave the ship enroute to their next duty station."

Due to the volume of travel vouchers and other paperwork personnel specialists see on a regular basis, it is not uncommon to find simple mistakes that can affect a Sailor's pay in one way or another. Recently, during a program audit, Stacy identified one of these mistakes resulting in extra money for his shipmates.

"Yearly we'll have an audit on our travel system," said Stacy. "We review travel and entitlements that are missed. Not every Sailor knows how to fill out travel entitlements properly. We review some of the improperly filled out forms and we'll come across some money that was due to members that didn't get it at the time of their travel claim settlement." Along with basic pay and entitlements, Stacy talked about how pay helps Sailors when underway and times of family separation.

"It can be a struggle," said Stacy, "especially for the junior guys. They don't make a lot of money, and then you throw a family into the mix. You're trying to operate two different home funds. You have a family back home you have to support. You pay for their groceries and you supply your own out here. Normally you'd get that out of one fund but now there are two separate bills for that. There's also junior sailors that don't want to live in the barracks so they decide to get their own apartment while maintaining a place where their family lives. That causes a lot of strain."

Along with his normal daily duties, Stacy also maintains the
Administration Department's fitness program, ensuring his shipmates continue to represent the squared away Navy appearance” (Ref. Story Number: NNS140313-23 - Release Date: 3/13/2014 4:36:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Wesley T. Buckett, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).


NMCRS Benefit Hockey Game Held in Norfolk


“The USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) hockey team defeated the team from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group 2 during a charity game at the Scope Arena on 8 April 2016.

Rear Adm. Frank A. Morneau, commander, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, dropped the official game puck to kick off the match-up, which was a charity event with ticket proceeds benefiting the Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society.
Lincoln's team won with a final score of 4-3.

"I am excited to be out here today with the
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) and the Demolition Men of EOD Group 2," Morneau said. "It is in the spirit of competition, but it also brings back what is important, which is how much we want to give back to our own; our Sailors."

The Lincoln Color Guard presented the colors as Air Traffic Controller 1st Class John Phillips sang National Anthem.
Lincoln Sailors came out to support their team and NMCRS by watching and cheering from the crowd.

"It feels really good to be playing here today," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuel) 3rd Class Stephen Dobbs. "We played hard and winning the game feels amazing, but I am just glad that we were able to support our shipmates with the NMCRS."

In 2015, the NMCRS provided financial assistance of more than 45 million dollars to help Sailors, Marines and their families.

"It's great to be out here. We are lucky that we have such phenomenal Sailors between these two commands that will come out and give their time to put back into the Navy and Marine Corps family," Morneau said” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS160411-14 - Release Date: 4/11/2016 12:26:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Ashley Raine Northen, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NORFOLK (NNS)).


Springfield Delegation Visits USS Abraham Lincoln


“The crew of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) hosted a tour for community leaders and Lincoln historians from Springfield, Illinois, throughout various spaces on the ship in Newport News on 21 April 2016. The tour allowed the visitors a glimpse into the various day-to-day operations throughout the ship and provided an opportunity for Sailors to ask questions about their namesake.

"I've been in a shipyard before, but it's still breathtaking to see the scale and complexity of this type of project," said Paul Staab II, a Lincoln historian. "It's a very humbling experience to be in the service of others, and we're here to let Sailors know that we're thinking of all of them." During the visit, the guests observed ship operations from flight deck control and toured the flight deck for a look at various flight operation components and an up-close look at the "72" lights on the tower.

"Lincoln was incredibly interested in innovative technology and would be proud to see all of this ship coming to life," said Tim Townsend, a historian for the National Park Service. "I'm glad to come aboard and see the facility after hearing about
Lincoln Sailors who had come to Springfield last year." While aboard, the visitors also had the opportunity to spend time in the galley, serving meals and speaking to the Sailors.

"It's great to see all the positive attitudes and give back to Sailors on the ship," said Tim Franke, director of operations for Abraham Lincoln National Airport. "I used to serve meals in a hospital during my high school and college years so this put me right at home to help out the ship today." One of the highlights of the tour was where the visitors saw an essential part of living aboard a warship - a berthing space. Visitors took turns opening the coffin lockers and climbed in the racks.

"You have to be in good physical shape getting in and out of those racks and really respect the Sailors you live with," said Kathryn Harris, president of the Abraham Lincoln Association. "I didn't know what to expect coming here today, but it's been an amazing and overwhelmingly wonderful time spent seeing what the ship has to offer."
The tour concluded with a gift exchange and the opportunity for the guests to mingle with the crew before departing.

"The biggest thing we hoped to accomplish today was building up a strong relationship with members from the city of the namesake of our great warship," said Capt. Todd Marzano,
Lincoln's executive officer. "It's been great to have everyone here today and gain so much knowledge from these Lincoln experts while showing them something in return"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS160422-25 - Release Date: 4/22/2016 2:34:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Aaron T. Kiser, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).


Lincoln Motorcycle Club Promotes Safety for Riding Season


USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Motorcycle Club displayed their rides at Huntington Hall on 22 April 2016 to kick off the riding season and promote motorcycle safety during a special command track and field event.

The club serves as a mentorship group to all Sailors interested in motorcycle riding, educates new riders about personal protective gear, provides information on the different styles of bikes and ensures everyone is aware of the safety requirements for the Navy and the state of Virginia.

"We like to teach things such as how to ride in groups, how to ride solo, and how to make yourself more visible while riding," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 1st Class Justin King. "After our meetings, we like to schedule safety rides to make sure everyone is practicing the things we discuss in our meetings."

In addition to monthly meetings, the group also incorporates outreach events into their safety rides to keep
Lincoln Sailors doing positive things for the local community. In support of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the group donated money and supplies to a local women's shelter.

King added that the club, which meets monthly, provides a sense of camaraderie to the command, bringing Sailors of all different ages and backgrounds together to learn from one another.

"We're here to answer any questions for people, teach them what all the requirements are, and what path they need to go through to be a proficient rider in the military," said Master Chief Machinist's Mate Christopher Foster” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS160427-13 - Release Date: 4/27/2016 1:12:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ciarra Thibodeaux, USS Abaraham Lincoln (CVN 72), NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).


Lincoln Hosts SAAPM Event


USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) team sponsored a special track and field day on the Huntington Hall field on 22 April 2016 in support of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM).

The day kicked off with
Lincoln Sailors walking in silence, to raise awareness of the silence victims of sexual assault often endure. SAPR representatives also set up a booth to provide Sailors with information on the program and how it can assist victims.

Throughout the afternoon,
Lincoln Sailors competed against Sailors from USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) and USS Enterprise (CVN-65) in multiple track and field events.

"We have more people showing up this year than we did last year," said Shannon Minor, the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) for the region. "Every year there has been an increase in participants, so I am pleased with the support that the Lincoln has given for this event; it's a great turnout."

Participants also had the opportunity to take part in The Clothesline Project by writing messages or drawings to create a visual display of shirts to graphically depict the impact of violence faced by both male and female victims of abuse.

"The Clothesline Project gives people the opportunity to read raw feelings and emotions of what the victims are going through and thinking about," said Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class Kevin Snow, a SAPR advocate. "It also lets others give words of encouragement. The main takeaway is that you are never alone; there is a large group of people who are ready and willing to help."

This event is one of many scheduled during Sexual Assault Awareness Month to raise awareness about sexual violence, educate Sailors on how to prevent violence and what help is available should a sexual assault occur.

"Events like this help spread the information and awareness so that people can see who their SARC is and meet other SAPR victim advocates," Minor said. "We all come together to agree that everyone is against sexual assault and to learn how we can intervene to prevent it from happening"” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS160427-16 - Release Date: 4/27/2016 1:47:00 PM - By Mass Communications Specialist Seaman Ashley Raine Northen, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).


Lincoln Sailors Attend Chart the Course


“Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) attended Chart the Course training in Newport News on 25 April 2016.

The Navywide program put in place in 2016 by the Chief of Naval Personnel expands on existing efforts made through Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) and fleetwide training with a particular emphasis on positive professional behavior and decision making.

Under the guidance of Chief Machinist's Mate Anthony Robbins,
Lincoln's command coordinator for the program, trained facilitators led discussions with Sailors about the provided scenario-based videos to determine how to make the right decisions and behave professionally when faced with difficult situations.

"In terms of Navy training, this training is very well put together and touches on a lot of key issues that are affecting the Navy right now," said Hull Technician 1st Class Kennith Malone, facilitator for
Lincoln's Engineering Department.

Chart the Course's training program highlights many issues in which Sailors must make both simple and complex decisions, then evaluate the impact and potential consequences. While most discussions tend to focus on junior Sailors and their actions, the program narrates scenarios for all ranks.

Commands have until Sept. 30 to complete the mandated training. Robbins is confident the
Lincoln will make the deadline.

"As the ship finishes our time in the shipyard, it is more and more important that we redeliver this warship with a fully-manned team," Robbins said. "I want our Sailors to walk away from this training with awareness that all of their decisions not only affect them, but also their teammates and the operational readiness of this ship"” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS160428-16 - Release Date: 4/28/2016 3:59:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ryan Wampler, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).

Lincoln Kicks Off Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month


“Sailors aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) celebrated diversity during the kick-off ceremony for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in the ship's fo'c'sle on 2 May 2016.

The ceremony's events included guest speaker Rear Adm. Peter Gumataotao, Deputy Chief of Staff, Strategic Plans and Policy, Supreme Allied Command Transformation, Norfolk, as well as cultural performances from members of the ship's crew and food from different Asian and Pacific island cultures.

"The importance of the ceremony is to bring awareness to the ship and to the Navy about how important diversity is -- how different ethnic backgrounds help build a very strong team to make our Navy run as smoothly as it does," said Senior Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Donovan Mahiai, head of the ship's Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Committee.

Gumataotao, a native of Guam, spoke to Sailors about the importance of different cultures within the Navy and the ways diversity and our differences actually bring us closer as a service.

"I did not think in any moment of my life that I was going to stay away from my beautiful island of Guam, but something happened along the way," Gumataotao said. "I found a new 'ohana,' or family. I grew up in Guam with strong family roots, and I came to learn that you have the same family roots here in the military. It is all about the importance of family."

The ship's Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage committee has more events planned to celebrate diversity and family during the month of May. Sailors can participate in the upcoming events to learn more about the different cultures that make up the region.

"These events are just a fun way of getting the word out about other peoples' backgrounds," Mahiai said. "It gets people interested and more involved if they get to see other cultures and understand their shipmates' backgrounds and where they come from. It gives them a little bit more of an understanding of why certain Sailors do what they do"” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS160505-06 - Release Date: 5/5/2016 1:14:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Ashley Raine Northen, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).


Abraham Lincoln Celebrates LGBT Pride Month


“Sailors aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) participated in a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month celebration and cake-cutting ceremony on the ship's mess decks on 30 May 2016.

The ceremony, hosted by
Lincoln's Diversity Committee, featured a speech from Commanding Officer Capt. Ronald Ravelo, highlighting the importance of gender diversity.

Chief Yeoman Jessica Sharrar said she's proud to see the changes made in the military to encourage acceptance.

"I'm happy to know that this (LGBT pride) can be celebrated," said Sharrar. "Focusing on a person's ability is what's important."

Quartermaster 3rd Class Lashanda Hinton also expressed joy that LGBT pride is being celebrated.

"It makes me feel good and happy to know that my command shows that they care about all types of people," Hinton said. "It makes work much easier, more relaxed and promotes mission readiness.

chain of command believes equality is critical in the Navy.

"Equality in all our services have led us to a more effective force," said Command Master Chief Lee Salas” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS160705-14 - Release Date: 7/5/2016 3:46:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jacques-Laurent Jean-Gilles, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).


Lincoln Meritoriously Advances 30 Sailors


“Thirty Sailors aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) received advancement through the Meritorious Advancement Program (MAP) during a surprise frocking ceremony on 8 July 2016, in the ship's aft galley.

The MAP program is offered to Sailors as a way to recognize superior performance while working in a rigorous operating environment.

The command promotions resulted in three new petty officers 1st class, eight new petty officers 2nd class and 19 new petty officers 3rd class.

Engineman 1st Class Janceley Acosta Lucena was surprised and excited about her new role as a petty officer 1st class.

"I love what I do; I love my job, and I really want to do 20 years in the Navy," said Lucena, who credits her success to the Sailors she leads. "I'm overjoyed; it's a dream come true."

The promotions these Sailors received will put them in positions of increased authority and responsibility. Chosen by their chain of command, the surprise advancement is a direct result of their proven hard work and dedication to the Navy.

Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class Brittnie Huskey, now a petty officer 1st class as well, attributed her success to her dedication to become not only a better Sailor, but also a better person.

"It's important to stay focused and do what you have to do," said Huskey. "Don't just get the qualifications you need, but go above and beyond. It will make you stand out"” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS160711-25 - Release Date: 7/11/2016 3:34:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Josiah Pearce, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).


Lincoln Sailors Recognized with Peer Leadership Award


“Capt. Ron Ravelo, commanding officer, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), recognized four Sailors for earning the 2016 Navy and Marine Corps Association (NMA) Peer Leadership Award on 18 July 2016.

The awardees were: Senior Chief Culinary Specialist Stephen D. Wilson, Food Services leading chief petty officer; Lt. Sohn D. McGough,
Reactor Department mechanical assistant; Lt. Cmdr. John C. Leitner, administration officer; and Cmdr. Hannah A. Kriewaldt, chief of engineering.

Recipients of the NMA Leadership Award are selected by their peers for exhibiting the highest levels of excellence in leadership.

"I'm still at a loss for words," said Wilson. "I don't come to work for the accolades or the pats on the back. When you know you're putting in 110 percent, 110 percent of the time, and you get an award like this, it just shows that your hard work is being recognized."

Naval Air Forces, Naval Surface Forces, U.S. Marine Forces Atlantic and Pacific and the superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy to those officers and enlisted personnel who have been selected by their peers as outstanding leaders in their respective communities.

"I realized that I can't do it all, but I understand that I can do more; and the things that I do, I can do well," said Wilson, referencing the mantra he teaches to his Sailors on a daily basis.

Leitner beamed with pride while talking about how his success is a direct reflection of the Sailors he leads. "I always told myself that when I got in this position, I would do everything I could to make a positive impact on every Sailor," said Leitner.

Above all else, what this award symbolizes is the strength, courage and dedication it takes to be a great leader, said Leitner. Kriewaldt discussed how being a leader is about making the hard decisions, because it's the right thing to do.

"Being a leader means doing the right thing even when it is hard, inconvenient or much more difficult than cutting corners," said Kriewaldt. "It means having the ability to admit when you are wrong and fixing it"” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS160721-17 - Release Date: 7/21/2016 3:15:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Josiah Pearce, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).


 Culinary Specialist 1st Class Sonia Mance, a Sailor assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), prepares food for the Best of the Mess culinary competition at the Founders Inn in Virginia Beach.


160122-N-IJ275-040 - VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Jan. 22, 2016) Culinary Specialist 1st Class Sonia Mance, a Sailor assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), prepares food for the Best of the Mess culinary competition at the Founders Inn in Virginia Beach. Lincoln is undergoing a Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH) at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ciarra C. Thibodeaux/Released)


Lincoln Culinary Specialists Visit White House


“Culinary specialists assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) participated in the White House's "Chef for a Day" program on 3 June 2016.

Culinary Specialists 1st Class James Parrott and Sonia Mance and Culinary Specialists 3rd Class Ebony Hudson and Christian Figueroa exemplified their culinary talents earlier this year by winning the 2016 "Best of the Mess" competition held in Virginia Beach, earning them a spot in the Chef for a Day program.

The three-day trip consisted of a tour of the White House, meeting the culinary specialist staff, as well as bringing their own menu and food for the entire White House staff.

"We got to the White House at 6 a.m. on Friday," said Mance. "After being given a tour by the president's chef, all the culinary specialists got together around 11 a.m. to explain our menu, to ensure that everyone in the front of the house and the back of the house were all on the same page when it came to things such as food allergies and what was in the products."

Serving meals for the president and White House staff is much different than serving more than 3,000 Sailors on the ship.

"They're more individual-based and [you] plate their food as if you were at a fine dining restaurant, and we have more of a cafeteria dining style on the
Lincoln," explained Parrott.

There were many highlights for the Sailors as it was each of their first time visiting. Each expressed feelings of being overwhelmed, amazed and joyful for the opportunity.

"This was my first time even being in D.C.," said Hudson. "To go straight to the White House my first time, cook in the kitchen, see the president in person, and get a tour was amazing to say the least. I didn't know whether to look in awe, take pictures, or record."

The Best of the Mess competition is held annually with numerous military participants each year.
Lincoln Sailors look forward to participating in the 2017 Best of the Mess competition and maybe another visit to meet the commander-in-chief” (Ref. Story Number: NNS160725-05 - Release Date: 7/25/2016 9:33:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist Ciarra Thibodeaux, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).


Lincoln Sailors Lay Wreath at Arlington Cemetery


“Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) traveled to Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia on 21 July 2016 to participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns.


The event was organized as a heritage trip for petty officers first class who are a part of Abraham Lincoln's CPO 365 program.


Upon arriving, Sailors witnessed the traditional "Changing of the Guard" ceremony performed by Soldiers assigned to the U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry Regiment. At the tomb, a delegation of four wreath-bearers picked from the group participated in the hourly wreath-laying ceremony.


Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Patrick Lumas, one of four wreath-bearers, said it was a great honor to commemorate the honorable men and women who made extraordinary sacrifices for the nation.


"It's very emotional being around here, seeing the resting place of all the people who died fighting for our country," said Lumas. "It was such an honor to be a part of a ceremony to honor them. I was inspired today, and I was motivated to keep going in my service to our nation."


The group also had the opportunity to visit the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, D.C., to interact with residents. The home, which houses veterans from all military branches, is funded by all service members through a small deduction each paycheck.


"It's really priceless for [Abraham] Lincoln Sailors to experience this," said Chief Yeoman John Gramlick. "A lot of these men and women fought for our freedom in some of the biggest wars in history. For us to be able to give back in any way we can, whether that be by talking with them or taking them for a stroll outside, is a humbling experience. It really comes full circle."


CPO 365 is a year-round, Navywide Chiefs Mess training initiative to prepare petty officers first class to become chiefs” (Ref. Story Number: NNS160726-19 - Release Date: 7/26/2016 2:44:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan L. Wampler, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Public Affairs, ARLINGTON, Va. (NNS)).


Lincoln Sailor Makes Volunteering a Way of Life


As reported on 29 July 20116, “Mahatma Gandhi once said, "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." For Sailors in a Refueling Complex Overhaul (RCOH) environment, finding the time to balance career goals, life goals and volunteer work can be very difficult, but Sailors who want to make an impact in their community, make the time. Machinist's Mate 1st Class Tommy Wylie Jr., leading petty officer for Engineering Department's A-Gang Hydraulic Shop aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), takes pride in the volunteer work he does throughout the Hampton Roads area. He is especially proud to work with American Legion Riders Chapter 255, escorting funeral processions for veterans and doing beautification work in the community.


"I encourage all Sailors, not just mine, to do something for the Navy, do something for the community, and do something for your family every day," said Wylie. "Every day, those three things should be your main priority." Wylie lives by his own advice, takes time every day to spend with his wife and his son volunteering. He has also taught the value of volunteering to his son, often bringing his son to volunteer events, or doing simple things like cleaning up around town while spending time together. "We're definitely making a difference in the community," said Wylie. "We're showing people we care about the community we're in." Wylie's dedication to volunteering began when he was riding his motorcycle and was approached by a member of the American Legion Riders Chapter 255. Since then, volunteering has become a big part of his life.


"American Legion Riders gives veterans a place to go, where they can just relax and enjoy themselves," said Wylie. "They have low cost drinks and food, and even game night on the weekends." Most recently, Wylie enlisted the aid of six Sailors from his department to assist the Highland Clean City Commission to clean up and restore The Historic Oakland Cemetery 1861 located in Hampton, Virginia. Their hard work did not go unnoticed by visitors and other volunteers at the cemetery. Marquita Latta, a dedicated citizen who's been visiting the cemetery since 1952. "It makes my heart want to jump out of my chest in joy," said Marquita Latta, a dedicated citizen who's been visiting the cemetery since 1952.


"It's such a relief for people to see how much help is needed and then reach out to make a difference." Many veterans are laid to rest in the cemetery, but there is no formal care or maintenance on the property. The cemetery has been abandoned by its owners and is now maintained by the hard work and dedication of citizens like Latta and Wylie. Whenever a person volunteers, they are taking a step toward making the world a better place. Like Mahatma Ghandi said, "Be the change that you wish to see in the world"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS160729-23 - Release Date: 7/29/2016 3:10:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Josiah Pearce, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).


Sailors Mentoring Sailors


As reported on 29 July 2016, “Sailors aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) are growing in their careers as a result of mentors taking these Sailors under their wings.


As per Instruction 5300.1, the Command Mentorship Program "is a leadership and management tool designed to enhance and challenge the senior leadership, to positively impact the careers of junior Sailors assigned to Abraham Lincoln."


"It helps junior Sailors to have someone who has their best interest in mind," said Legalman 1st Class Lucas Mabe. "Some of them need that person who will ask them how they're doing with their qualifications and career, pointing them in the right direction."


Guidance in the Navy is highly important, said Lincoln's Sailor of the Quarter Personnel Specialist 2nd Class Neasha Johnson. Before joining the Navy, she said she thought she had life figured out. She was independent, living on her own and didn't need much help from anybody.


"But the Navy is different," said Johnson, who admitted there was a steep learning curve for her and mentors helped her reach her career goals. "Sometimes your mentor isn't going to be your friend. They might question you all the time, and that was what I needed."


In addition to the significance of senior guidance, Johnson explained it is critical for proteges to find a mentor to emulate.


"More than likely, there's going to be someone on the ship who has been through nearly everything you will experience," said Johnson. "The mentorship program is valuable because you will meet and be able to learn from Sailors who have already taken advancement exams, have participated in community relations events and have made significant career milestones."


Senior Chief Aviation Electronics Technician Robert C. Cook, Lincoln's Mentorship Program coordinator, said a good mentor will help Sailors identify expectations of the Navy, set short and long term goals, guide them with special programs, and address housing and pay concerns.


Cook stressed mentors are not there to make decisions for Sailors, but rather impart knowledge and advice. For some, a good mentor-to-protege relationship can develop into a strong professional bond or lifelong friendship.


"Twelve years later, I still talk to my mentors, Master Chief Calvin Brown and Master Chief Jeff Price, every single day," said Master Chief Operations Specialist Tarrance Holcombe. "I send them a text every day at 4 [a.m.]. My mentors are my friends and are they are genuinely concerned about my success."

Holcombe, now a mentor to many Sailors aboard Lincoln, said Sailors sometimes need someone to help them get the most out of their time in the Navy.


"When I was a junior Sailor, my role model Master Chief Robert Dinges, gave his Sailors the tools and guidance we needed to be successful," said Holcombe. "Once we had the tools, we were held accountable."


Sometimes all it takes for a Sailor to be successful is that one good example, he said.


"We wanted to be just like him," said Holcombe. "To me, he was the perfect Sailor. Master Chief Dinges was tough and made us work, but we knew that he not only cared about us, he loved all of us."


Now, years later, Holcombe is the example. Having pinned his own proteges as master chiefs and officers, he has imparted the knowledge he gained, guiding and developing the next generation of the Navy.


A proper mentor is like having a motivated trainer in your corner when you step into the ring. They are there to push you and prepare you for success” (Ref. Story Number: NNS160729-26 - Release Date: 7/29/2016 3:32:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jacques-Laurent Jean-Gilles, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).


Lincoln Sailors Support 11th Annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk


“More than 200 Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) participated in the 11th annual Out of the Darkness community walk on 8 September 2016 in Virginia Beach, Virginia.


Sponsored by the Hampton Roads Survivors of Suicide Support Group, the Out of the Darkness community walks raise awareness about suicide prevention and depression. Abraham Lincoln Sailors used this event as an opportunity to recognize the effect that suicide has on friends, families and a command.


"We're in a stressful situation being in a shipboard environment, and a lot of people have been affected by suicide," said Legalman 2nd Class (SW/AW) James G. Cameron, a participant. "By raising awareness and finding positive outlets for our stress, we can turn lives around and save people from the devastation of suicide."


The event is held across the country to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), the leading national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide, research, education and advocacy.


According to AFSP, the walks give people the courage to open up about their own struggles or losses, and provide a platform to change our culture's approach to mental health.


"It's important to support people who have been affected by suicide, be it the person contemplating suicide or the family and friends affect by suicide, " said Personnel Specialist 1st Class Violet Sandoval. "Suicide is a life changing decision for all involved, not just the person who commits suicide. It devastates families and friendships, and it affects us as a Navy because although we can replace a person's billet, we can't replace the Sailor. That's why I feel so many of us came out here today, to show that we care."


The walk was not just geared to helping those who have suffered from the loss or near loss of a loved one, but also to help those in need and raise awareness of the resources available to those who are suffering from depression.


"The response from the crew to support this walk was absolutely incredible," said Air Traffic Controller 1st Class Mark Summers, who helped organize the Lincoln volunteers. "By supporting this event, we are saying to our friends, loved ones, and shipmates that they are not alone” (Ref. Story Number: NNS160912-17 - Release Date: 9/12/2016 1:36:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Josue L. Escobosa, VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (NNS)).


Lincoln Sailors Participate in ForKids COMREL


“Twelve Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) participated in a community relations (COMREL) event with the ForKids organization in Chesapeake, Virginia on 23 September 2016.


Organized by the command's Women at Sea program, service members assisted the facility with landscaping maintenance and picking up litter and debris.


ForKids was founded more than 20 years ago by concerned citizens in an effort to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty by providing families with shelter in Norfolk and Suffolk. The organization works with approximately 175 families in the Hampton Roads area to provide housing, education and support services for families experiencing homelessness or at risk for homelessness.


"We work with all types of families to provide everything from holiday dinners to tutoring services," said Tammy Long, the ForKids facility coordinator. "As a nonprofit organization, we rely on volunteers to do work around the facilities. I know when a Navy volunteer group is coming to help us I can count on them to get the job done efficiently and effectively."


The ForKids COMREL was just one of many opportunities Women at Sea provides for Lincoln Sailors.


"Women at Sea offers a way for women on the Lincoln to get involved," said Lt. Kelly Kelleher, the Women at Sea chair. "We have Sailors from junior enlisted to officers get together, and I really see them enjoying their time at meetings and events like this."


The Lincoln's Women at Sea chapter provides a forum for women to connect with each other on the ship.


"We are more than just a Navy community, so it is important to volunteer and show support for the community we live in," said Kelleher” (Ref. Story Number: NNS160928-22 - Release Date: 9/28/2016 3:00:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jessica Paulauskas, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Public Affairs, CHESAPEAKE, Va. (NNS)).



160929-N-LJ375-055 VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Sept. 29, 2016) Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John M. Richardson and Dana Richardson, his wife, speak during an ombudsman appreciation dinner at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. The dinner was held to recognize the ombudsmen that support Hampton Roads commands. (U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Jacques-Laurent Jean-Gilles/Released)


Lincoln Celebrates Command Ombudsmen at Annual Appreciation Dinner


“As part of Ombudsman Appreciation Month, leadership and ombudsmen from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) joined various commands from Hampton Roads to honor ombudsmen during a dinner at the Virginia Beach Convention Center on 29 September 2016. An ombudsman is an official representative of a commanding officer, and they serve as a direct link between a command and its families. "This dinner is a way to say thank you to all the ombudsmen because we work so closely to families and help Sailors," said Cailla Impelido-Dayoan, one of Abraham Lincoln's ombudsmen. "The most rewarding part of the job is that families are trusting us to get the information they need when they might not have anywhere else to go to for help. It's a warm feeling to see all the ombudsmen being thanked today for what we do."


Capt. Ronald Ravelo, Abraham Lincoln's commanding officer, recognized the dedication and hard work of the command's ombudsmen, Jessica Pugh, Jeshanna Walter, and Impelido-Dayoan, with bouquets of flowers before the dinner began. "I think all of us, in any type of leadership position, come to value the ombudsmen," said Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John M. Richardson, who spoke at the ceremony with his wife Dana Richardson. When a submarine he was commanding had pulled in, his first phone call was to an ombudsman to hear how families were doing. "I remember really relying on the ombudsmen, especially when the submarine was out at sea," said Dana Richardson. "That was a long six months. Many of us were raising young families at that time and no communication and the ombudsman was really the liaison between the families and the command."


The ombudsman's efforts went a long way in keeping families together, said Dana Richardson. "We are families' support system when they are in need," said Pugh. "We are especially needed during deployments because when Sailors deploy they leave their families behind. A key piece of a puzzle is missing for seven, eight months." Sailors and their families in unfamiliar locations may experience emergencies they may not know how to solve or where to go for help. Families may also need to contact a Sailor on deployment and ombudsmen help ease this process. "We can even help families find emergency child-care," said Impelido-Dayoan. Ombudsmen frequently deal with these scenarios and give the families the answers they are looking for at any time of the day.


Supplying information about programs and organizations like Fleet and Family Support Centers, Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society, Chaplains, legal assistance services, ombudsmen are a proven asset to Abraham Lincoln and the fleet. "We want families to know we can help them find so many resources," said Impelido-Dayoan. Families can contact Abraham Lincoln's ombudsmen can be reached by e-mail, phone, or through their Facebook page” (Ref. Story Number: NNS161004-05 - Release Date: 10/4/2016 9:01:00 AM - By Seaman Jacques-Laurent Jean-Gilles, VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS)).


Lincoln Sailors Participate in Veterans Day COMREL


“More than 150 Sailors from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) participated in a Veterans Day community relations (COMREL) event on 11 November 2016 at five elementary schools in the Newport News area.


The event, which reached more than 2,000 students, was an opportunity for the Sailors to talk to the students about the importance of Veterans Day, as well as answer questions about Navy life and the military.


"It's the perfect day for us to get out, in uniform, and teach the kids about our life on the ship," said Chief Petty Officer Shawn Wingle, the event coordinator. "It's a way for us to give back to the community and pay it forward to the veterans who have come before us."


As the students normally only read or hear about the Navy, it was beneficial for them to participate in an engagement event with the Sailors, said Ethel Francis, the principal at George J. McIntosh Elementary, one of the five schools Sailors visited.


The visit was a welcome break for the students who took the opportunity to benefit from the knowledge and experience of the Sailors by asking questions about flight operations, weapons, living conditions, and entertainment opportunities aboard an aircraft carrier.


"It helped them make a connection to those who are serving," said Francis. "Having Sailors, some who are very young themselves, come and talk to the kids gives them someone to look up to."


At the end of each class visit, there always seemed to be one student who wanted a hug, said Chief Petty Officer Amy Kirk.


"After that one, all the children would start rushing forward to give a goodbye hug and, as always, asking to try on our covers," Kirk said.


"It is amazing the questions they ask, everything from what type of weapons do we have to if we have electricity," added Kirk. "It's refreshing to see the world of the Navy from their perspective."


Sailors walked from the classrooms with huge grins and promises to return soon.


"It was really inspiring," said Seaman Kelsey Hamy. "I thought we were there to inspire them, but it was the opposite"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS161115-26 - Release Date: 11/15/2016 3:33:00 PM - By Seaman Cody Anderson, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).


Lincoln Sailors, Families Celebrate Thanksgiving Together


“Sailors aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) hosted more than 50 family members during a Thanksgiving holiday celebration on board on 24 November 2016 as the ship completes the final stages of its Refueling Complex Overhaul (RCOH).

Thanksgiving brings to mind the many blessings and the opportunity to spend time with family and friends. However, deployments, exercises and duty days often mean Sailors cannot return home for the celebration.


With that in mind, leadership worked in conjunction with Newport News Shipbuilding to allow Sailors to bring family members aboard to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal prepared by the ship's culinary specialists - complete with turkey, ham, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, fresh homemade bread and other dishes. "It's tradition to invite families onboard to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal," said Commanding Officer Capt. Ronald Ravelo. "But as you can see when you walk around the ship today, we have a lot of work going on and we're working hard to redeliver our ship to the fleet. So we really appreciate Newport News for helping us allow this to happen."


The ship's culinary specialists spent weeks planning for the event, hoping the meal would bring a special touch of home to the crew members. "These meals are especially important to us because we want to create a normal Thanksgiving experience for everyone involved," said Petty Officer 3rd Class (select) Felicity Powell, from Clarksville, Tennessee, "It's hard to give people that feeling, but we're all we've got, so we do our best." The families and friends were most appreciative of the home-cooked meal as well as the hard work and extra effort of the crew to make the event possible.


"The meal was delicious," said Kevin Reinhart, one of the family members. "Everyone worked so hard to make sure it was a good experience and I'm grateful to be with my loved ones." President George Washington proclaimed the first public Thanksgiving in 1769, but it was President Abraham Lincoln, the ship's namesake, who established the annual Thanksgiving Day holiday in 1863. Prior to this, each state scheduled its own Thanksgiving holiday at different times, mainly in New England and other Northern states. "Thanksgiving is already a special day to pause and give appreciation for the blessings in your life," said Chief Petty Officer Amy Kirk.


"But, when I learned that Lincoln, our namesake, played a huge part in making it a national holiday, the day felt even more special. Lincoln is in the final stages of a four-year RCOH and is scheduled to be delivered back to the fleet in early 2017” (Ref. Story Number: NNS161125-07 - Release Date: 11/25/2016 2:56:00 PM - By Petty Officer 3rd Class Juan Cubano, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).


Lincoln FCPOA Hosts Turkey Trot


“we approach a holiday known primarily for over-eating, there are some that have decided to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday by participating in a healthy challenge and giving back to their community.


Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) participated in a Turkey Trot 5K on 19 November 2016, at Sandy Bottom Park in Newport News, Virginia.


The run was organized by the Abraham Lincoln First Class Petty Officers Association as a Thanksgiving-themed event with the intent of giving back to junior Sailors.


The run also gave back to the community by waving the entrance fee in lieu of participants donating canned goods. Approximately 50 cans were collected and then distributed to ForKids, a local charity that specializes in ending family homelessness.


"I wanted us to come out here before Thanksgiving because we normally don't do much for the holiday," said Petty Officer 1st Class Lucas Mabe, the event coordinator. "It was a really good way to give back to the junior Sailors and give them something that they can participate in."


MWR provided prizes for the top three male and female runners as well as a prize for best runner overall.


"It was a really good race," said Seaman Calib Perkins, the top overall runner. "It was a bit tricky with the turns and the directions but, overall, it was great"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS161128-01 - Release Date: 11/28/2016 7:38:00 AM - By Seaman Cody Anderson, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).


Lincoln Hosts College Fair


“Aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) held a College Fair on 1 December 2016 on the ship's mess decks to inform Sailors about the educational opportunities available for them and their families.


"The College Fair was sponsored by Educational Services and the career counselors office," said Lt. Denise Masella, Lincoln's educational services officer. "It provided information about Fleet and Family Support Center resources, Navy College program, and commissioning programs."


The event also provided Sailors with the opportunity to learn about Tuition Assistance.


"Many Sailors join for the GI Bill, and they should start going to school early," said Masella. "Not everyone likes regular college, but there are also tech schools and certifications available."


Masella said the fair's goal was to bring awareness of the Navy's many programs to junior Sailors aboard the ship.


Navy College Educational Specialist, Darlene Davis, talked to Sailors about Tuition Assistance and choosing the right school.


"Education is important, but it's equally important that a Sailor is ready when pursuing that goal because it's a huge time commitment," said Davis.


The most important thing any Sailor needs to do is to contact their education office to make sure they're making informed decisions, Davis added.


"The Navy invests time, sacrifice, and money in their Sailors, so it is important that our most important resource (people) are educated," said Masella. "Getting a degree sets Sailors up for success within the Navy, and it can lead to increased job opportunities after completion of naval service"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS161202-13 - Release Date: 12/2/2016 11:42:00 AM - By Seaman Jacques-Laurent Jean-Gilles, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).



090812-N-7090S-540 SAN ANTONIO (Aug. 12, 2009) Machinist's Mate 1st Class Michael Lammey and his wife look at the ribbons he has earned during his Navy career. Lammey is recovering at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, after being burned when a boiler exploded aboard the Emory S. Land-class submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS-40). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jhi L. Scott/Released)


"Safety Happens" at Lincoln's Winter Standdown


“There is nothing more dangerous than complacency and a false sense of security." Those are words retired Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Lammey wants every Sailor to remember.


More than 2,000 Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) attended the command's annual Winter Safety Standdown on 2 December 2016 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. The semiannual event is aimed at providing professional training and resource information to help Sailors focus on safety, both on and off-duty.


Lammey, a guest speaker at the event, was one of six Sailors injured (two fatally) during a boiler explosion aboard submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS-40) in Guam in December 2006. He founded "Safety Happens" as a way to educate others who work in high pressure, dangerous jobs -- like many Sailors in the U.S. Navy -- that safety matters.


"When things go wrong, they go wrong quickly," said Lammey, who suffered 3rd degree burns on over half his body. "We have to take personal responsibility for our own safety; if you see something, say something. Safety happens if you make it happen."


An urge for Sailors to take personal responsibility and make smart choices both on and off-duty linked the themes of the day's presentations.


The event featured presentations on a variety of topics ranging from hazardous material procedures to shipboard electrical safety, as well as more than a dozen display booths with information on everything from domestic violence support resources to tire safety.


Commanding Officer Capt. Ron Ravelo kicked off the event by talking to the crew about developing the right mindset to successfully complete the ship's refueling and complex overhaul and returning to the fleet in early 2017.


"We need to develop a mindset and say 'This is where we are. Now, let's find a way around the roadblocks,'" said Ravelo. "It may take some creative, out-of-the-box thinking, but we can do it. Look at the resources around you right now."


Ravelo also shared some sobering statistics with Sailors involving off-duty motor vehicle fatalities.


In fiscal year 2016, the Navy had 28 private motorized vehicle (PMV) deaths, and three months into FY 2017 the Navy has had seven PMV deaths.


"I hope sharing these numbers with you has an impact on your off-duty decision making; they definitely scare me," said Ravelo. "I urge you to use the resources available to succeed. Have a liberty plan, and control what you can control."


Sgt. John LaFond, a Virginia State police officer and retired Air Force service member, echoed the captain's words during his presentation.


"I was once in your seats ... and the messages never sank in," said LaFond. "Now that I am on the other side, I get the importance. If I can get just one person to stop and think; it's all about the choices we make -- control what you can control."


Chief Petty Officer Larry Pugh, Abraham Lincoln's casualty assistance calls officer, spoke on having to make a family notification and repeatedly stressed to the Sailors, "What you do and what you say matters."


"Be honest with your chain of command about liberty plans and make smart choices," said Pugh. "No parent or spouse wants to see me and chaplain coming to the door in our dress blues."


Other guest speakers included John Bellis, Abraham Lincoln's deployed resiliency counselor, who addressed suicide prevention and support, as well as representatives from the Newport News Fleet and Family Support Center who spoke on surviving the financial stresses of the holiday, promoted 2017 as the "Year of the Healthy Family," and encouraged Sailors to reach out to FFSC counselors for help and assistance.


"Knowledge is power; it helps you make the right decisions," said Chief Petty Officer Don Mahiai. "It's easy to get immune to the information passed out every year at this time, but if we can reach a few Sailors and then they can turn around and reach some of their shipmates and that can save someone's life, then we have succeeded"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS161205-12 - Release Date: 12/5/2016 10:19:00 AM - From USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Public Affairs, HAMPTON, Va. (NNS)).


Lincoln Hockey Team Shuts Out JEB Little Creek


“Members of aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln's (CVN-72) hockey team played against Joint Expeditionary Base (JEB) Little Creek on 3 December 2016 at the Norfolk Scope Arena.


The Lincoln team skated away with the win, shutting out Little Creek in an 8-0 victory.


"It took a little bit of time to build up the team, but now that we have, we are pretty good," said Seaman Quinton Wilson, one of Lincoln's players.


Wearing his Lincoln jersey for the last time, Wilson, who is transferring to guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51), scored one point and one assist in the game.


"It's kind of a bitter sweet victory," he said. "I have loved being a part of this team and winning, but I am also excited to get on another team and play against these guys."


The hockey game itself is part of a four-year project headed by Senior Chief Petty Officer James Werner, who is trying to get more exposure for the military teams that play in the Hampton Roads area. The end goal of the project is for each team to have at least one game per month, culminating in a championship at the end of the year.


If you would like to support the Lincoln Sailors, they will be playing the first round of a championship series Dec. 14 at Iceland in Virginia Beach” (Ref. Story Number: NNS161208-04 - Release Date: 12/8/2016 8:15:00 AM - By Seaman Cody Anderson, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Public Affairs, NORFOLK (NNS)).



161217-N-NN369-145 HAMPTON, Va. (Dec. 17, 2016) Petty Officer 3rd Class Jaques-Laurant Jean-Gilles, assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), salutes after laying a wreath on a grave during the National Wreaths Across America remembrance ceremony at Hampton National Cemetery. Wreaths Across America annually provides wreaths to honor and

remember fallen service members for the holiday season. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jessica Paulauskas/Released)


Lincoln Sailors Participate in Wreaths Across America


“Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) participated in the Wreaths Across America wreath-laying ceremony on 17 December 2016 at the Hampton National Cemetery, Hampton Va. to honor all veterans past, present and future.


"I like going to ceremonies like these so I can remember those who have fallen," said Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Fuller, a Sailor assigned to Lincoln. Fuller was one of more than 20 Sailors from the Lincoln who laid a wreath at the cemetery that morning.


Active-duty service members, members of the Patriot Guard Riders, veterans from all services and family and friends attended the event meant to "remember the fallen, honor those who serve and teach our children the value of freedom."


As part of the nationwide Wreaths Across America initiative, six ceremonial wreaths were placed in front of a monument honoring the five services and all POW/MIA veterans. However, those involved in the planning made sure this year's ceremony had a little something special.


"The wreaths before you represent our commitment as a United America," said the event Master of Ceremonies Cmdr. Jimmy Landrom. "To our children, we want you to understand the freedoms you have today."


After two-years of small ceremonies with just six wreaths, a decision was reached to make sure there was a wreath on every one of the approximately 2,000 graves.


"When we lay wreaths on veterans'' graves we say their names." said Landrom. "A person dies twice: once when they take their final breath, and later, the last time their name is spoken."


More than 1,700 wreaths were laid by volunteers early in the morning, with the final 25 being placed by active-duty Sailors, Soldiers, Marines, Airmen and Coast Guardsmen during the ceremony.


"We thank those who gave their lives to keep us free and we shall not forget you," said Curt Lowrey” (Ref. Story Number: NNS161219-07 - Release Date: 12/19/2016 8:16:00 AM - By Petty Officer 3rd Class Clint Davis, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Public Affairs, HAMPTON, Va. (NNS)).


Lincoln Sailors celebrate Christmas with families


“Sailors on duty Christmas day aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) were able to share a traditional aboard with their families on 25 December 2016.


More than 30 family members joined Lincoln Sailors for a Christmas meal on the mess decks, including traditional Christmas favorites such as oven roasted turkey, shrimp cocktail and baked sweet potato.


"I understand how it is being away from your family during the holidays," said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Brook Cross, Lincoln's new food service officer. "We try to make it feel as comfortable as possible being on the ship by bringing family aboard. We try to make it feel like home."


For those with little ones at home, it was especially heartwarming to be able to spend time with their family on Christmas day.


"My little guys were so excited to see where I go to work every day," said Lt. Cmdr. Tiffani Walker, Lincoln's public affairs officer, talking about her two sons. "It's important to spend time with family on Christmas, and I'm thankful for the opportunity to bring them aboard."


While it is necessary to remain a manned and ready warship, it is important Sailors have the opportunity to enjoy the holiday tradition of a Christmas meal.


"I would just like to thank the Lincoln so much to inviting me to be here," said Colby Murray, the husband of Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Megan Arnold. "This is a treat and a blessing to be able to see my wife on Christmas day. When she first saw me she was smiling from ear to ear, and I could just tell it meant the world to her"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS161227-02 - Release Date: 12/27/2016 8:30:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jessica Paulauskas, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).



2016 Articles not related to Refueling Complex Overhaul (RCOH)

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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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