Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH) activities at Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), an American Fortune 500 shipbuilding company formed on March 31, 2011 as a spin-off of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding Newport News (NGSB-NN)
(1 January to 31 December 2013).
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) 2013 YEAR END REPORT
Chapter II, Appendix I
2013 Articles not related to Refueling Complex Overhaul (RCOH)
Chapter II, Appendix II
Part I of III - 1 January to 20 August 2013
Part II of III - 21 August to 24 October 2013
Part III of III - 25 October to 31 December 2013
130118-N-YQ369-019 - NORFOLK (Jan. 18, 2013) Capt. Karl O. Thomas, commanding officer of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), serves Sailors cake at a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration. Abraham Lincoln is in Norfolk preparing for an upcoming four-year refueling complex overhaul in Newport News, Va. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kathleen L. Church/Released)
USS Abraham Lincoln Hosts Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration
“USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) hosted a celebration on 18 January 2013 commemorating the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The event was hosted by Lincoln's Diversity Council in the mess decks on the Floating Accommodation Facility (FAF).
"This celebration is not only to highlight Dr. King's achievements, but also to remind our Sailors of the importance of diversity," said Lt. Michael Davis, Lincoln's diversity officer. "Our institution is full of diversity, and holidays such as this one are a chance to get everyone together to celebrate an individual who spent his life promoting the very diversity we represent."
Celebrating the national Martin Luther King, Jr. Day theme, "Remember! Celebrate! Act! A Day On, Not A Day Off!" the event included a cake cutting, informational displays, and a speech by Lincoln's commanding officer, Capt. Karl O. Thomas.
"We see Monday as a day off from work, but it is important to take a moment on that day and reflect about why we have that day off," said Thomas.
Dr. King was the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism during the civil rights movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law.
"It is because of Dr. King's hard work and all his contributions that I am here today," said Senior Chief Information System Technician Darcella Coopersanders. "It is important to take the time to honor his contributions, because without them our Navy would not be what it is today."
In honor of King's unfinished efforts, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day was established by President Ronald Reagan in 1983. The first observance was held Jan. 15, 1986, the anniversary of King's birthday. In 1992, President George H.W. Bush proclaimed the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday would be observed every year on the third Monday of January. On Aug. 23, 1994, Congress passed the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday and Service Act, designating the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday as a day of national volunteer service.
"Today's event, just like every year, is a reminder of the characteristics and ideals that Dr. King embodied," said Thomas. "It is important to honor and always remember his achievements, because they are the framework of the Navy's principles of equality"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS130124-01 - Release Date: 1/24/2013 1:03:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kathleen L. Church, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NORFOLK, Va. (NNS)).
Lincoln Sailors Donate Blood in Support of the Troops
“Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) donated blood at a mobile blood donating facility at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. on 23 January 2013.
Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Aaron Oswald, assigned to Lincoln and one of the many assistants in the blood drive, said the drive was part of the Armed Services Blood Drive Program (ASBP) Naval Medical Center Portsmouth.
Sailors registered for the blood drive and filled out an initial screening aboard Lincoln's Floating Accommodation Facility (FAF). Once the initial screening was done Sailors transitioned to the mobile facility where they had a secondary screening and had their vitals checked. Following the blood iron levels test then they would choose their own donation bag from a box. A size 16 gauge needle was used to draw their blood.
"One pint is collected from each person," said Oswald. The ASBP donations are used for military service members and their families only. By supporting the blood requirements for military facilities, ASBP provides blood to support overseas units.
ASBP ensures that there is enough blood for medical treatment facilities and for combat operations. According to Oswald, it's important for the blood to be stored and readily available for patients at medical treatment facilities and for ships that are forward deployed.
Oswald said that donating blood is a simple process. The donor registers, fills out a few forms and completes a simple medical screening, which includes a finger prick to test the donor's hemoglobin. The donor then picks their blood bag and is sent to the donation area. Donors can even use the Internet sign up for the process in advance.
Lt. Heath Lucas donates blood regularly and had a great experience with the assistants from the ASBP. "I give blood to support my shipmates and brothers and sisters in the armed services," said Lucas.
"For all who would like to donate I say 'good on you,'" said Oswald. "And thank you for supporting your brothers and sisters in arms"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS130124-08 - Release Date: 1/24/2013 3:33:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Kayla King, NORFOLK, Va. (NNS)).
CNO Reenlists Lincoln Sailors
“Five Sailors attached to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) were reenlisted by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert at a ceremony held on Naval Station Norfolk, Va. on 25 January 2013. "What better a way to spend a Friday afternoon. I'm out of Washington, and I'm about to reenlist Sailors," said Greenert in his opening remarks. Greenert also highlighted the family members in attendance. "Thanks for all that you do. You are the winds beneath their wings."
Greenert has been the CNO for 16 months. He has held various fleet support and financial management positions in his career. As chief of naval operations, he is focusing his efforts on improving the Navy's warfighting capabilities, developing Sailors professionally and maintaining the force's readiness in order to support its assigned missions.
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Michael D. Stevens was also in attendance and offered his encouragement to the reenlistees. "It's a big deal to reenlist in the Navy for three, five or even six years. My hat goes off to you, and I appreciate your continued service," said Stevens. The reenlistment ceremony is a way for Sailors to make a personal commitment in a public forum to wear the uniform with honor, courage and commitment.
Ship's Serviceman 1st Class LaJoy Battle, Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Tun Z. Min, Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Reginald F. Sanchez, Aviation Electronics Technician 3rd Class Ryan C. Miller and Aviation Electronics Technician 3rd Class Michael R. Rabey were selected for reenlistment by Capt. Karl O. Thomas, Lincoln's commanding officer.
"Reenlisting today with the CNO is a once and a lifetime opportunity. This is going to be my last reenlistment," said Battle. "I'm re-enlisting for a period of six years. I'm glad this could be so special." Battle currently works in S-3, the sales and services division on board Lincoln, as the assistant leading petty officer.
"It's been a long road looking back on all the years I've been a ship's serviceman. I enlisted in August of 1999 and reported on board Lincoln in October 2007. I've been with Lincoln for three deployments. After all of that, I knew I was staying in," continued Battle. "Reporting as a second class petty officer and leaving Lincoln as a first class petty officer is a pretty big accomplishment for me."
An all-hands call followed the reenlistment. Greenert covered a range of topics including concerns about sexual assault, suicides, operational tempo and manning of ships at sea. Lincoln arrived in Norfolk Aug. 7. Over the next four years” (Ref. Story Number: NNS130126-08 - Release Date: 1/26/2013 9:00:00 PM - By Story by Lt. j.g. Andriana Genualdi, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NORFOLK, Va. (NNS)).
USS Abraham Lincoln Wins Battle "E"
“USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) was named the Naval Air Force Pacific Battle Efficiency (Battle "E") award winner on 11 February 2013, in a close competition among the aircraft carriers in the Pacific Fleet. "The Sailors and officers of this carrier continue to achieve and surpass the high standards of those who have preceded them. We are proud of the operational excellence and sound fiscal execution that you have displayed. You have my personal congratulations on a job well done," Commander, Naval Air Forces (CNAF) Pacific, Vice Adm. David H. Buss wrote in a congratulatory award message.
The Battle "E" competition is an evaluation of the ship's abilities in logistics, material, engineering, damage control, navigation and command and control, as well as air, surface and subsurface warfare. Lincoln earned an "E" in all of the departmental categories. Once the Lincoln passed these evaluations, it had to demonstrate sustained superior performance, operational effectiveness and documented combat readiness to CNAF. The yearlong evaluation also included inspections and observing training.
Capt. Karl O. Thomas, Lincoln's commanding officer, said the Battle "E" topped off a highly successful 2012 for the crew. "It took the entire ship-air wing team working together, and tremendous support from the families during an around the world cruise and home port change," Thomas said. "They are richly deserving of this recognition, and I couldn't be more proud of each and every one of them." At the beginning of 2012, Lincoln was already underway in the 7th Fleet on the first leg of her around-the-world cruise, which would culminate in a change of home port to Norfolk, Va.
The ship finished the year having sailed more than 58,600 nautical miles through the 5th, 6th and 7th Fleets, completing 8,100 arrested landings with no Class A or B mishaps, flying more than 30,000 hours, with more than 2,400 directly supporting troops on the ground in combat. In addition to its Battle "E" accomplishments, while deployed in support of Operations Enduring Freedom, Lincoln Sailors qualified all of its eligible Sailors as Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist (ESWS), and 77 percent to Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist (EAWS). In concert with Carrier Air Wing 2, Lincoln launched 2,411 operational missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom during its around-the-world deployment. The ship also exceeded the Navy-wide average for promotion rate to Petty Officer and Chief Petty Officer by 18 percent” (Ref. Story Number: NNS130213-15 - Release Date: 2/13/2013 3:41:00 PM - From USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NORFOLK (NNS)).
Lincoln CPO 365 Group Cleans Newport News Park
“Chief Petty Officers and First Class Petty Officers from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) cleaned up underbrush and tree limbs in a Newport News, Va., park on 15 March 2013, as part of a community relations project. Sailors in the ship's CPO 365 program, 57 in all, met at Deer Park, a 50-acre park in the geographic center of the city for the cleanup project. Deer Park has areas for picnicking and hiking as well as the only Boundless Playground in Virginia - a playground designed so children with and without disabilities can play together. In addition, the park has azaleas near the center of the park that were once considered a must-see in the spring, according to a city park ranger. "This park used to be a haven for white-tailed deer, hence the name," said Chief Park Ranger Rob Farrell, who helped organize the event for Lincoln CPO 365. "The azaleas used to be a reason to come to this park when they were in bloom."
So, the patch in the middle of the park with the choked-out azaleas was earmarked to be cleared out. Lincoln Sailors ripped out vines, thorns and tree limbs surrounding the azaleas. Many low-hanging tree limbs were sawed down and carried out of the woods. At the end of the day, two parking lots were filled with brush waiting to be trucked away. The morning's work was meant to be both team-building and an opportunity to help out the community. "I want to help out any way I can with events like this," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate (equipment) 1st Class Jamie McLean. "I have family in Newport News, and it's just a good idea to help keep it neat and clean." Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (equipment) Brannon Dirkson said he too lives in the area and is happy he can help make the park a nicer place to visit. It didn't hurt that Chiefs and First Class Petty Officers were working together toward that goal.
"We're building a bond with the firsts and chiefs," said Dirkson. "I'm glad that we can make it a little better." Having a day set aside for community service was a motivation for another volunteer. "We serve the country, and I think it's our duty to serve the community, too," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Xavier Garcia. "It sets a good example for the civilians around us." "It's nice to have them here, helping out," Farrell said. "I think it's just great that people who serve our country every day are taking time out to serve us here today"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS130318-06 - Release Date: 3/18/2013 11:44:00 AM - By Chief Mass Communication Specialist Aaron Strickland, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).
AIRLANT presents Battle "E" to Lincoln Sailors
“Rear Adm. Ted N. Branch, commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic, visited USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) on 25 March 2013, to present and congratulate the crew on receiving the Naval Air Force Pacific Battle Efficiency (Battle "E") award.
"This is the result of all the Sailors' hard work from last deployment; 30,000 flight hours, 881 arrested landings and a great performance during deployment," said Branch.
The Battle "E" is an evaluation of the ship's abilities in logistics, material, engineering, damage control, navigation and command and control, as well as air, surface and subsurface warfare.
After its deployment, Lincoln changed homeports from Everett, Wash., to Norfolk Aug. 7, to begin its four-year Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH).
Branch explained to the crew that RCOH is a very difficult time, and it's not typical duty for Sailors.
"This is not what many people join the Navy for," Branch said. "It is essential to get everything done right and as safely as possible during RCOH, so no Sailors get hurt."
Branch reminded the crew not to mix drinking and driving. He said alcohol abuse and sexual assault go hand in hand.
"To be successful with sexual assault prevention and response, we need to rely on Sailors to recognize the situation; being ready and having shipmates taking care of shipmates," said Branch.
Branch concluded by commending the Sailors on their hard work during the ship's last deployment before preparing to go into the ship yard.
"Congratulations on getting the Battle 'E', getting ready for a ship yard environment and the start to bringing this ship back into the fleet," said Branch. "Keep your head up and take care of each other" (Ref. Story Number: NNS130327-03 - Release Date: 3/27/2013 8:08:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Walters, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NORFOLK (NNS)).
Lincoln Sailors Assist Food Bank
“Sailors from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) volunteered to assist setting up Virginia Peninsula Food Bank's (VPFB) 20th Annual "Tastefully Yours," a food and wine tasting fund-raiser from 16 and 17 April 2013. The premiere food and wine tasting event showcases area restaurants April 18 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center.
VPFB's volunteer coordinator, Maria Quigley, said that 100 percent of the proceeds go back to the food bank which, during 27 years of operation has distributed more than 121 million pounds of food and related products to the needy in the North Hampton Roads region.
"Our volunteers are our lifeblood," said Quigley. "Without them we would not be able to make this event successful." Lincoln Sailors hauled in supplies, decorated chairs and tables, arranged flowers and lighting and assisted with cleanup.
"We put out word throughout our department that we needed manpower for the event, and people responded and showed up to work," said Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class Joanna Madrid, Lincoln's coordinator for the event.
Quigley said that each event grows bigger and better and they are expecting 3,000 to 3,500 patrons for this year's event. "I've done community relation events before but never like this one," said Personnel Support Specialist 2nd Class Matthew Unuame. "It is a great way to give back to our community through the Navy."
"We are very fortunate to live in a community where we have such a big military presence. We get a lot of military support for our programs from all military branches including contractors," said Quigley. "Whether it is to sort frozen meat, move mounds of dirt or distribute food products, our military is a huge source of physical and financial support to our program."
Madrid reiterated the importance for Sailors who live in the area to be involved with community projects."It is important to show that the Navy as an organization is willing to give back when we are here, by helping the community and not just be passers-through," said Madrid. "It shows that we are a total force and not just war fighters"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS130429-22 - Release Date: 4/29/2013 3:57:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Danian Douglas, NORFOLK, Va. (NNS)).
Lincoln Sailors join Naval Station Norfolk to celebrate Month of the Military Child
“USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Sailors joined more than 90 Sailors in a weeklong reading event at the Wiloughby Child Development Center on Naval Station Norfolk, Va. from 15 to 19 April 2013 in support of the Month of the Military Child (MOTMC).
April was designated as the MOTMC by former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger in 1986.
The monthlong observance is set aside as a time to recognize military families and their children for the daily sacrifices they make and the obstacles they overcome, such as frequent moves, separation from their active-duty parents and school changes.
Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Matthew Hughes, a Lincoln Sailor volunteering for the reading event, said he is always happy to lend a hand.
"As a father of a military child myself, I know how important it is to support the programs available," said Hughes. "It is always an uplifting experience to give back to military children who make up such a special part of our nation's population."
Veanna R. Sutton, new parent support specialist at Fleet and Family Support Centers (FFSC) Mid Atlantic, said she was overwhelmed by the number of volunteers.
"It is so wonderful to see this many Sailors give their time to the children," said Sutton.
Capt. David A. Culler, Jr., Naval Station Norfolk commanding officer, said that although April is recognized as the MOTMC, military children deserve full support year-round.
"While we often recognize the service member, it is important to remember that kids serve too," said Culler.
Kathleen C. Thompson, an FFSC Mid Atlantic work and family life consultant, said MOTMC is important to remember our military children and the connection they hold with their families.
"So often we forget that they need the love and attention that is often missed unintentionally," Thompson said. "Their lives are precious to our future."
Other MOTMC events planned in the Norfolk area include a spring safari and a children's festival” (Ref. Story Number: NNS130429-17 - Release Date: 4/29/2013 3:35:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Zachary Welch, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Public Affairs, NORFOLK, Va. (NNS)).
Keep What You've Earned: Sailors Rally in Norfolk
“Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) met at pier 1 on Naval Station Norfolk (NSN) on 2 July 2013 with hundreds of Sailors from other commands for the 2013 Keep What You've Earned (KWYE) Rally. "It means a lot to see so many Sailors here," said Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Margaret Tate, Lincoln's Coalition for Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD) advocate. Sailors brought signs and posters supporting KWYE and other messages against common problems within the military.
"KWYE's main focus is responsibility with alcohol use," said Tate. "However, this method of critical thinking can be applied to everyday decisions." After a safety brief, Sailors began to walk along the pier while holding their signs high and cheering loudly. Passing cars returned the excited cheers with waves and honks. "I think this is a great way to promote KWYE because you have hundreds of Sailors marching down the street for a single cause," said Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Ronald Roark, CSADD member.
"It's more effective to have a large visual display such as this." Members from Lincoln's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) team were also present at the rally. "Sailors who represent many of these programs also have a chance to be heard," said Roark. "We're all in this together to build a better Navy." After marching for about a mile, Sailors walked a victory lap around the NSN parade field.
Once finished, they had the opportunity to engage in fun activities such as a bouncy house and rock climbing, provided by NSN's Morale, Welfare, and Recreation program. Water was also provided for everyone. Chief Electrician's Mate Jason Buonomo, command CSADD mentor for Lincoln, said he compares KWYE's mission statement with that of CSADD's. "This rally is right in line with what CSADD does for the ship," said Buonomo. "Their overall objective to keep Lincoln Sailors out of trouble is the same as CSADD's mission."
KWYE is a Navywide program aimed at reminding Sailors how hard they have worked to be awarded and promoted in the Navy. It highlights how easily these achievements can be taken away if Sailors make poor decisions, such as drinking and driving or sexual assault. It also promotes constructive alternatives to drinking and ways to boost camaraderie between shipmates.
Electrician's Mate 1st Class Justin Waugh, a Lincoln CSAAD member, said he appreciates how KWYE can encompass so many key issues in the Navy. "It's a great mentoring program," said Waugh. "You get this many people together to promote good decisions and you're bound to be heard" ” (Ref. Story Number: NNS130725-03 - Release Date: 7/25/2013 7:54:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonteil Johnson, NORFOLK (NNS)).
Lincoln Sailors Cook Meals for the Homeless in Norfolk
“Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) traveled to the Christ and St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Norfolk, Va. to help feed the less fortunate on 18 July 2013.
The church provides meals to the less fortunate in Norfolk and its surrounding areas every week.
"This was a great opportunity to come out and help the city of Norfolk and the people who call this place home," said Logistics Specialist 1st Class Gordon Rudolph.
The Sailors helped the church by making more than 50 meals for the homeless.
"We're happy to be here helping those who are less fortunate than ourselves," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Brandi Washington. "It helps us realize that we're not only here for the Navy but the people in these communities as well."
The COMREL was coordinated through Lincoln's Command Religious Ministries Department (CRMD) at a moment's notice.
"We received the message from CRMD and we drove down here to help right away," said Rudolph. "I'm amazed to see how fast people were willing to volunteer."
The meals included a sandwich, fruit cup, condiments and a small dessert.
"With this heat coming through the area right now and being in it all day, every little bit helps out," said Quartermaster 3rd Class Jermaine Price. "This meal is probably one of the best things they'll have all day"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS130802-03 - Release Date: 8/2/2013 8:16:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Benjamin Liston, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NORFOLK (NNS)).
130719-N-NB694-125 - WASHINGTON (July 19, 2013) - Senior Chief Fire Controlman Eric Paschal, assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), interacts with a resident of the Armed Forces Retirement Home during a cookout. Abraham Lincoln is in Newport News for a four-year refueling complex overhaul. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua E. Walters/Released)
Lincoln Sailors Volunteer at Armed Forces Retirement Home
“Sailors from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) volunteered their time to bring a barbecue lunch to residents of the Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) in Washington on 19 July 2013.
Sailors helped set up and escort the AFRH residents to and from the recreation room for a barbecue.
"The staff really needed help to get the assisted residents down to the barbecue and back," said Senior Chief Fire Controlman Eric Paschal. "The nursing staff has to be with the residents all the times and there are only so many nurses."
Not only did the Sailors assist the residents to and from the recreational room but they also help set up the tables, set out the food, and serve the residents food and drinks.
"It feels great coming up here and helping out at the Armed Forces Retirement Home," said Interior Communications Electrician Fireman Daniel Lyon. "It gives the command a chance to give back to the veterans for what they have done for this country."
Once the residents were finished eating, Lincoln Sailors spent some time talking to the veterans.
"It's great coming out here helping retired veterans and talking to the folks," said Paschal. "It helps the veterans remember what they were like when they were young. It also shows our younger Sailors there are people who truly love the military."
The Armed Forces Retirement Home was established in 1851 after the Mexican-American War as a place for the senior citizen veterans to live their final years. When the home was first established it was funded by military personnel” (Ref. Story Number: NNS130724-08 - Release Date: 7/24/2013 3:22:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua E. Walters, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, WASHINGTON (NNS)).
Lincoln Hosts Health Fair
“Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) hosted a health fair at Huntington Hall in Newport News on 24 July 2013.
"We have Sailors from the galley, Medical Department, Safety Department and Morale, Welfare Recreation Department supporting us," said Lt. Jeremy Slocum, Lincoln's medical service corps officer and health promotions coordinator. "It's good to have a little bit of everybody from the ship."
During the health fair Slocum discussed smoking cessation, a program aimed at eliminating tobacco use from the Navy. "I want my shipmates to know just how dangerous smoking is and how it adversely affects the crew's readiness," said Slocum.
Culinary Specialist 1st Class Virginia Durbin spoke about proper nutrition and exercise display. "Many Sailors may not know how important proper diet and exercise are," said Durbin who enjoys being a part of the health fair to share vitally important information with the crew. "I'm glad I can be here to help my shipmates and share my knowledge."
During the health fair Durbin shared an assortment of recipes for the benefit of the attendees. "It's not always easy to eat healthy," said Durbin. "These recipes are great for time management and are excellent dieting aids." Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Mary Perez, presenter of the women's health display, said she wants to educate men as well.
"Women's health is something not only female Sailors should be aware of, but male Sailors as well," said Perez. Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Huriel Riveraaponte explained how regular check-ups are important to catch early symptoms of health problems. "It's important to keep up with our health," said Riveraaponte.
Fire Controlman 2nd Class Nicole Stanley brought in her personal motorcycle to aid her display. "I want Lincoln Sailors to know how serious I am when it comes to motorcycle safety," said Stanley. "I think the fact that I brought in my bike shows how passionate I am about the topic."
During the fair, Stanley explained how to properly maintain a motorcycle as well as provided tips for driving in Virginia. "The more you know about your bike the better your chances of driving safely," said Stanley.
The health fair is a Navy-wide program used to relay important information Sailors may not know or otherwise have access to” (Ref. Story Number: NNS130729-38 - Release Date: 7/29/2013 2:19:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonteil Johnson, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).
Lincoln Day at the Tides
“USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) teamed up with the Norfolk Tides for Lincoln Day at Harbor Park on 25 July 2013.
Lincoln's Commanding Officer, Capt. Karl O. Thomas, and Lincoln's Sailor of the Year, Aviation Support Technician 1st Class Vincent Carmona, exchanged ball caps on the first base line with the Tides' General Manager, Joe Gregory and Team Manager Ron Johnson.
"I am proud to say that we support our military as a team," said Tides Coach, Jose Hernandez. "I don't think that my boys would have it any other way than to come out today and enjoy playing America's favorite pastime to boost the morale of Lincoln Sailors."
More than 1,300 Sailors from the Lincoln attended the game. The entire event was coordinated by Lincoln's Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Department representative Shannon Smith, along with the cooperation of the Norfolk Tides Director of Military Sales, John Muszkewycz.
Thomas threw the ceremonial first pitch and reflected on the special day for his Sailors, "It's great that the team opened their doors for us and dedicated a special day to honor Lincoln Sailors."
The Lincoln Color Guard presented colors during the singing of the National Anthem.
Thomas, Lincoln's Command Master Chief Gregg Weber, and Carmona stood near the Tide's bullpen during the National Anthem.
"I had a lot of fun at the game," said Quartermaster Seaman Brianna Suits of Navigation. "I haven't been to a baseball game before so it was a great experience. It was a beautiful day outside to have the day off!"
"I'm not one for baseball, however, I did get to hang out with my friends," said Machinist's Mate 3rd Class James Hyde. "So that made going to the game totally worth going to."
To cap off the day, the Norfolk Tides beat the Pawtucket Red Socks, 6-5. The Tides are the AAA affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles” (Ref. Story Number: NNS130729-21 - Release Date: 7/29/2013 9:44:00 AM - By Seaman (SW) Phylicia Hanson, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Public Affairs, NORFOLK (NNS)).
130731-N-HB951-045 - NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (July 31, 2013) Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Elliot Jones and Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class Matthew Scott, assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), build a house with Habitat for Humanity. Sailors volunteered as part of a community relations outreach program. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Phylicia A. Hanson/Released)
Lincoln Sailors Trade Hard Hats for Hammers at Weekly Habitat for Humanity Project
“Ten Lincoln Sailors will trade hard hats for hammers during a Habitat for Humanity project in Hampton on 31 July 2013. The Sailors latest volunteer efforts coincides with the carrier's ongoing community engagement projects coordinated by USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Religious Ministries Department while the carrier is undergoing the Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH) at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries. On a weekly basis through November Lincoln Sailors will volunteer to help build a home for a deserving family in Hampton.
Cmdr. Denis Cox, chaplain, USS Abraham Lincoln reflected on the volunteerism extended by Lincoln Sailors.
"It shows a tremendous heart that they have not only volunteered to serve their country, but they are choosing to serve their community as well," said Cox. USS Abraham Lincoln Command Master Chief Gregg Weber echoed Cox's pride he has for Lincoln Sailors and their eagerness to volunteer in the local community while the carrier is undergoing RCOH. "I am extremely proud of our Sailors who participated in the Habitat for Humanity project. COMRELs like this allow our Sailors to give back to the community, give themselves a break from their daily routine, and see tangible benefits from their efforts," said Weber.
The home Lincoln Sailors are helping to build is part of the Habitat for Humanity Building on Faith project. More than 25 area congregations of all denominations have combined forces to sponsor a home for Cynthia Owens and her two sons. Lincoln Sailors will collaborate with Habitat for Humanity and the Building on Faith project over the course of the project to build a home for the Owens family. "Volunteers and community partners have been the backbone of Habitat since the beginning. We are extremely grateful to these Sailors for their service to our country and to our local community," said David L. Hancock, president of the local Habitat Board of Directors.
In addition to Lincoln Sailors assisting with the construction of the Owens' future home, the family will also put in their share of hard work. The Owens' family will complete 400 hours of "sweat equity" helping to build their future residence, which is a basic tenet of Habitat for Humanity. "I am so excited to finally be a homebuyer," said Owens. "I actually am looking forward to paying a mortgage instead of paying rent." Since returning from deployment in August 2012, Lincoln Sailors have volunteered more than 5,000 hours in various communities in the Hampton Roads area.
Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg is a non-profit organization serving the communities of Hampton, James City County, Newport News, Poquoson, Williamsburg, and York County. The local affiliate has built, renovated and repaired more than 170 homes since its founding in 1985” (Ref. Story Number: NNS130731-06 - Release Date: 7/31/2013 12:34:00 PM - From USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, HAMPTON, Va. (NNS)).
Lincoln Sailors Making a Difference One Beach at a Time
“A group of more than 100 Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) volunteered to clean up the historic beaches of Fort Monroe on 2 August 2013.
"We had 118 Sailors participate in the beach cleanup this morning," said Joan Baker, human resources manager, Fort Monroe.
Baker said Sailors received encouragement from bicyclists who cycled past the Lincoln Sailors as they cleaned the Fort Monroe beaches.
"The best part was when three bicyclists riding on the seawall passed the group picking up and yelled to them over and over 'Thank you for doing this!' I have come to think of these young men and women as 'my kids' and that made me very proud of them," said Baker.
Fort Monroe is one of the longest standing posts in America's military history. Established in 1609, Fort Monroe played a major role in establishing the first colonial states. The post was decommissioned Sept. 15, 2011.
"This post is important to this area," said Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Peter Stitzel. "This beach is preserved so well and I am glad we have the chance to come help maintain it."
Personnel Specialist 1st Class Mishell Brownlee, said she looks forward to contributing to other volunteer events in the future while Lincoln is undergoing a Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH) at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries.
"This COMREL (community relations event) was a great success," said Brownlee. "The weather was just perfect for this event and I can see this event continuing to be a success. Joan Baker was a great host and I look forward to working with her in the future."
Since returning from deployment in August 2012, Lincoln Sailors have volunteered more than 5,000 hours in various communities in the Hampton Roads area” (Ref. Story Number: NNS130806-14 - Release Date: 8/6/2013 3:35:00 PM - By Seaman Phylicia Hanson, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, FORT MONROE, Va. (NNS)).
Lincoln Sailors Take a Stand against Crime at Suffolk National Night Out
“Twenty Sailors from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) took a stand against crime by volunteering their time to assist the city of Suffolk celebrate their 30th annual National Night Out jamboree, a large-scale crime prevention initiative on 6 August 2013.
The National Night Out event was held at the Sentara Obici Hospital in Suffolk. The Sailors assisted in the setup and breakdown of game equipment, served refreshments and facilitated the colorful carnival-style games such as chicken-in-the-pot, monster bash, rock and roll, tic-tac-toe and a milk-can toss.
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Casey Aytes coordinated the manpower by reaching out to Lincoln's chaplain for assistance, and Sailors heeded the call to service.
"The chaplain helped me to draft up the details of the event, such as the points of contact, date and location," said Aytes, who worked with the Lincoln's Chief's Mess, first class petty officers and various departmental community relations coordinators to inform our Sailors about this volunteer opportunity.
Aside from games, the event featured raffle prizes, a petting zoo with ponies and a llama, a puppet show and dance routines.
As a fitting conclusion, Suffolk's Mayor Linda T. Johnson, mascot Nat Knight and McGruff the Crime Dog were escorted to the stage via a flashing motorcade consisting of firefighters and law enforcement officers which ended a marathon 32-stop tour of Night Night Out events.
"This is extremely positive for our command, because people are seeing us here, interacting with the kids and giving back to the community," said Aytes. "This promotes Lincoln and raises the appreciation for the work our Sailors do"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS130809-18 - Release Date: 8/9/2013 6:44:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Danian Douglas, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, SUFFOLK, Va. (NNS)).
Women at Sea: Lincoln Sailors Form Association for Females in the Navy
“Female Sailors aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) formed the first Women at Sea association and hosted their first meeting for the command on 7 August 2013.
The first meeting opened up a forum for the attendees to introduce topics for future meetings and featured a question-and-answer session with Lt. Cmdr. Ingrid Hoden and Lt. j.g. James Lessard, the ship's primary care physicians.
"I encourage all female Sailors to get involved with this program," said Operations Specialist 2nd Class Shayla Horne. "If you need female advice or have any issues at work, Women at Sea is the place to be."
The meeting began with opening remarks from Lt. Jessica Woody, primary officer mentor for the group, about why she helped to form this association for female Sailors.
"We thought it would be a good idea to give some of the girls a place where they can talk about issues that they might be a little afraid to talk to their chain of command about," said Woody. "This is an opportunity to give them more personal mentorship then what they were getting out to sea."
Over 30 Sailors attended the initial meeting and introduced themselves and spoke about their experiences in the Navy thus far. "I feel like this group will be great to be involved in," said Operations Specialist 3rd Class Centraya Kenny. "As a junior Sailor and single mother, this group will give me the mentorship I need. I recommend this group to everyone."
According to Woody, the Lincoln's Women at Sea association will meet twice monthly and as further opportunities develop they will meet more frequently. Woody further discussed future goals for the association adding that plans for recreational activities or volunteer opportunities in the local community are avenues of interest the association is considering.
"You may not know the extent of your full potential until you talk to someone who's been there before," said Woody. "We want to get people in touch with one another without it being frightening"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS130809-22 - Release Date: 8/9/2013 6:48:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Ellen E. Long, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).
Lincoln's Engineering Department Reaches 365 days DUI Free
“USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Engineering Department celebrated an important milestone of being DUI-free for an entire year on 8 August 2013. "I believe that a success like this starts with understanding and communicating Navy standards as well as the command's standards in order to let our crew know what's acceptable," said Cmdr. Vincent Janowiak, Lincoln's chief engineer. "This of course must come from the commanding officer and be communicated to all hands."
Engineering's leadership credited their latest milestone to a deep culture of command responsibility and personal pride have together contributed to the department going without a DUI since Aug. 7, 2012. "The leadership is constantly reminding our Sailors of what they stand to gain if they make smart decisions," said Senior Chief Machinist's Mate Jerry Milton, Engineering's "A" Division leading chief petty officer. "However, we also remind them of what they stand to lose."
Milton also said his Sailors are more productive and put their career goals in better perspective when they look out for each other off-duty. "I believe our Sailors are using positive peer pressure when it comes to policing each other," said Milton. "They take pride in their shipmates and their department and it has a major impact." Chief Machinist's Mate Jamie Binion, assigned to the Engineering Department, reflected on the role of positive leadership.
"Our leadership chooses to confront our Sailors directly when it comes to being safe on liberty," said Binion. "We feel if we take this approach, the message will be passed down effectively to our Sailors." Milton also cited policies Lincoln put into place to entice Sailors to do the right thing when it comes to the responsible use of alcohol. One of these policies is the Safe Ride program that provides Lincoln Sailors with an alternative method of getting home after having one too many. "Along with our departmental duty driver, my shipmates have a safe ride card available to them at all times," said Milton.
"It's a great way to ensure they get home safely." Along with the Safe Ride program, Milton praised other programs that promote responsible alcohol consumption such as the Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD), Keep What You've Earned (KWYE) and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR). Milton said these programs are examples of great mentoring programs for Sailors. They not only educate Lincoln Sailors on the consequences of drinking and driving, but they also offer alternative activities that eliminate alcohol use entirely.
Nine other Lincoln departments also achieved 365 days without a DUI they include: Command Religious Ministries, Combat Systems, Legal, Media, Medical, Navigations, Safety and Training. "I think it is outstanding that departments on board Lincoln are paying attention and celebrating the fact they are 365 days DUI-free," said Capt. Karl Thomas, Lincoln's commanding officer.
"Where some might say this good behavior is expected; I feel it's important to acknowledge this accomplishment." Binion said he will continue to work with his Sailors to ensure Engineering remains DUI-free and motivate the rest of the Lincoln crew to do the same. "As far as the future goes, I think we're doing a wonderful job avoiding DUIs," said Binion. "I wouldn't change a thing."
Thomas said he is more than proud of Lincoln's accomplishments in staying DUI free, and wants to continue to support the crew. "Embracing a culture at the deckplate where DUIs are not accepted and responsible choices are celebrated within departments is exactly where we want to operate," said Thomas” (Ref. Story Number: NNS130815-09 - Release Date: 8/15/2013 11:45:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonteil Johnson, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).
Lincoln Sailors Learn about Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention
As reported on 9 August 2013, “Sailors aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) continually participate in the Alcohol and Drug Abuse for Managers and Supervisors (ADAMS) course while in Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH).
The ADAMS class informs supervisors about the dangers and effects of drugs and alcohol, and the prevention of alcohol and drug related incidents.
"This course benefits the command by enabling leadership to identify the signs of drug and alcohol abuse," said Legalman 1st Class Samantha Vazquez, ADAMS Facilitator. "It gives insight into how we might prevent these problems from affecting our Sailors."
The course covers topics such as the difference between abuse and dependency, Navy drug and alcohol policies, urinalysis procedures and treatment procedures.
"We talk about behaviors Sailors might be demonstrating that are not healthy," said Vazquez. "The ADAMS class not only gives Sailors in supervisory positions a dose of self-awareness, but it teaches them how to look out for themselves, their shipmates and the people that work for and with them."
According to Vazquez, supervisors E-5 and above, must attend the ADAMS course every five years. This ensures they have access to current information that will enable them to better guide junior Sailors in situations involving alcohol and drug abuse.
"I really think it helps supervisors become more 'in tune' with their Sailors and change the culture of drinking excessively, making poor decisions and abusing drugs within the command," said Aviation Support Equipment Technician 1st Class Robert Shumaker, ADAMS Facilitator.
ADAMS must be taken within two years of becoming a supervisor.
"Any supervisors that have not taken the course yet should really take it seriously," said Shumaker. "It is a great opportunity for some meaningful conversations and brainstorming to take place and really come together as peers to help our junior Sailors."
There are three different courses that ADAMS covers. ADAMS for Leaders is for executive officers, officers in charge and command master chiefs. ADAMS for Supervisors is for E5 and above in leadership positions. ADAMS Facilitator is for Sailors who want to be facilitators of the course” (Ref. Story Number: NNS130809-19 - Release Date: 8/9/2013 6:44:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Amanda Kilpatrick, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).
Lincoln's CO Attends Aviation Boatswain's Mate Association Symposium
“USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) hosted a weeklong Aviation Boatswain's Mate Association (ABMA) Symposium in Chesapeake from 5 to 9 August 2013.
Hundreds of aviation Sailors from the Hampton Roads area attended the symposium full of workshops, ceremonies and a banquet.
Capt. Karl O. Thomas, Lincoln's commanding officer attended the symposium highlighting the rich history of naval aviation.
"Sailors in your rate have a history of making a difference in the safety and operation of naval aviation," said Thomas. "This Association is proud to build camaraderie among the ranks of aviation boatswain's mates throughout the Navy."
The symposium included a series of workshops for Sailors the history and future of aviation onboard carriers.
"Pay attention to the training that will be put out," said Lt. Cmdr. Rodney Moss, ABMA president. "If you leave this week without taking anything away from this training then we have failed to bring you pertinent information."
To create a more productive learning environment, individual workshops were kept small each consisting of only 40 Sailors. The workshops covered human performance requirements review, improving rate training, improving communication and reviewing A-school curriculum.
"This is the time to make your voice known," said Lt. Erick Stroud, ABMA chaplain and symposium coordinator. "Forums like this are when we can voice our concerns with the way things are operated on the flight deck and below decks with aviation."
Thomas praised the Sailors for attending the forum.
"You, as aviation Sailors should be excited about the future of your Navy and naval aviation. We need folks like you, and forums like this to ensure we bring up issues that are impacting our readiness"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS130814-15 - Release Date: 8/14/2013 2:43:00 PM - By Seaman (SW) Phylicia A. Hanson, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, CHESAPEAKE, Va. (NNS)).
Guinness World Records Authenticates Lincoln Sailor is 'Indeed' Record Holder
“Guinness World Records has authenticated a Sailor assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) has indeed smashed a world record on 13 August 2013.
Information Systems Technician 1st Class Ernie Torres broke the Guinness Book of World Records 2013 for "Most Pine Boards Broken in Free-fall," by hand-smashing 12 boards while falling, the time of exiting the aircraft and pulling the parachute, out of an airplane from 16,000 feet at around 120 mph.
For Torres breaking a world record is definitely a conversation piece. "Some of my friends and family are really excited about it," said Torres. "I know it makes a great conversation piece when you know someone who has done something well known."
Jamie Panas, public relations manager, Guinness World Records North America, Inc., congratulated Torres on making "one's mark in history". "On behalf of Guinness World Records, we are pleased to congratulate Ernie Torres on his 'officially amazing' record achievement," said Panas. "Being a record holder means being number one at whatever one's talent might be, as well as solidifying one's mark in history."
Torres interest in breaking a world record wasn't purely for his enjoyment of sky diving, but rather to raise awareness of the Wounded Warrior Project. "I know the news of the record went worldwide," said Torres. "My goal was to raise awareness for the organization through the attempt and now record breaking event."
As an accelerated free-fall instructor with nine years of experience and 700 jumps under his belt Torres added that safety was paramount and his first priority. "Many think that jumping out of a plane is crazy enough without involving the board breaking but they should know that safety is always the number one priority in any skydiving operation," said Torres who thanked everyone involved in making the record breaking jump a reality.
"There was an extensive process of planning the jump to ensure the safety of everyone involved. Operational Risk Management is not just a Navy thing and it's not just for work. Everyone got back to the ground safely, with no injuries and now I can proudly say I hold a Guinness World Record"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS130819-18 - Release Date: 8/19/2013 2:07:00 PM - From USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).
Lincoln Sailors Prepare Meals for Homeless in Norfolk and Newport News
“Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) prepared meals for the homeless at a Norfolk soup kitchen on 15 August 2013.
Since arriving to Newport News in late February, the crew of the Lincoln has been involved in three different soup kitchens, with an average of six events per month.
Two of the soup kitchens are located only one mile from the ship, at St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church and St. Paul's Episcopal Church. The third project is located at Christ and St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Norfolk.
Religious Program Specialist 3rd Class Kalli Hoevelman, one of the Lincoln Sailors who volunteers on a regular basis at the various soup kitchens, reflected on giving back to the community.
"It's my favorite project," said Hoevelman. "I feel like I'm helping people out, and it makes me feel good. I realize I'm making a difference, and it makes me more motivated to come to work."
Hoevelman added that a small group of Sailors can make a big difference and added that volunteers from the carrier will continue volunteering at the two soup kitchens throughout the Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH).
Since returning from deployment in August 2012, Lincoln Sailors have volunteered more than 5,000 hours in various communities in the Hampton Roads area” (Ref. Story Number: NNS130815-07 - Release Date: 8/15/2013 11:40:00 AM - From USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NORFOLK (NNS)).
Abraham Lincoln Sailors Participate in Floyd Carter Memorial 8K Trail Run
“More than 100 Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) took part in the 8th annual Floyd Carter Memorial 8K Trail Run at the Cheatham Annex in Yorktown on 16 August 2013.
The Floyd Carter Memorial Trail Run was established after Floyd Carter, a Navy civilian physical fitness trainer, was killed in a car accident eight years ago.
"It is a huge honor for us to have Lincoln Sailors here to show their support," said Donna Wallace, a Navy nutritionist. "Carter would have been thrilled to see this turn out; this run would have made him so happy."
Lt. Mark Rinschler, USS Abraham Lincoln's "fit boss" informed Sailors of the fitness opportunity.
"Seeing this turn out of our Sailors is really encouraging to me," said Rinschler.
USS Abraham Lincoln's newest chief selectees and their sponsors also participated in the memorial run.
"I think that it is really important to be out here with the selectees," said Chief Personnel Specialist Kathryn Rogers. "When I was going through this exact same process last year, I wasn't a runner to say the least, but having people around me to encourage me and cheer me on while I ran was so helpful for me. I want to be able to do the same thing to this next class of chiefs"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS130821-20 - Release Date: 8/21/2013 3:30:00 PM - By Seaman Phylicia Hanson, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, YORKTOWN, Va. (NNS)).
Lincoln Implements E-Leave for its Sailors
“USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) began using the Electronic Leave (E-Leave) system on 19 August 2013 through the Navy Standard Integrated Personnel System (NSIPS).
"E-Leave is a more efficient way of submitting and tracking leave requests as opposed to using paper," said Personnel Specialist 2nd Class Gina Parsons, one of Lincoln's command leave administrators. "It allows for a quicker turn around with requests."
E-Leave is a streamlined electronic system for submitting and approving leave requests and allows Sailors to easily submit and track their requests.
Ensign Jose Jimenez, Lincoln's personnel officer, discussed the effectiveness of using E-leave.
"This system is more accurate and it benefits our Sailors in the long run," said Jimenez.
Master Chief Personnel Specialist Paul Matheny, personnel's leading chief petty officer, said E-leave takes the load off personnel and allows for everyone involved in the submission and approval process to check on the status at any time.
"The system is a time-saver for both the Sailor and the command," said Matheny. "E-Leave is electronic and everything happens automatically."
Matheny said that the personnel office will be available to help the crew through this transition.
"There are going to be a lot of questions about E-Leave, but personnel are always here to help," said Matheny. "I think it will be an easy concept to grasp. We're not changing the product, we're just changing the process"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS130823-08 - Release Date: 8/23/2013 10:59:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonteil Johnson, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)). http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=76122
Lincoln Selectees Take Part in 13th Annual CPO Heritage Days
“Chief Petty Officer (CPO) selectees from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) participated in the 13th Annual CPO Heritage Days held aboard the Nauticus Museum and the Battleship USS Wisconsin (BB-64) on 20 August 2013.
The day began with a formation march from Harbor Park to Town Point Park with fellow CPO selectees from commands located around the Hampton Roads area. Once here all selectees participated in team-building exercises, observed colors and sang Anchors Aweigh before heading off to Nauticus Museum and the Wisconsin.
The selectees were split into groups of 30 that spent the next three hours rotating through eight stations divided between the Nauticus Museum and the Wisconsin.
According to Chief (select) Aviation Boatswain's Mate-Handling Toby Shoemaker, everyone was motivated to be involved with CPO Heritage Day events. He was especially excited about going aboard the battleship Wisconsin.
"There were five stations aboard the Wisconsin, but I enjoyed the uniform station the most," Shoemaker said. "They had all the uniforms chiefs wore from their inception in the 1800s all the way up to the present. I love history, and through the different uniforms I could see the proud history of the chief petty officer."
Veterans from World War II and the Korean War along with retired Chief Petty Officers were on hand to share their experiences with the CPO selectees.
"Talking to the veterans who saw and did so much was inspiring," said Chief (select) Quartermaster Eric Scott. "It gave me a glimpse on how I want to lead and how I will make decisions that affect my Sailors."
The heritage day concluded with a visit from Fleet Master Chief Charles Clarke and Force Master Chief Steven S. Giordano of Navy Cyber Forces in Heritage Museum. They spoke to future chiefs about leadership and the meaning of being a Chief Petty Officer” (Ref. Story Number: NNS130828-11 - Release Date: 8/28/2013 2:20:00 PM - By Chief Mass Communication (SW/SCW) Jeffrey J. Pierce, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NORFOLK (NNS)).
Lincoln Sailors Renovate an Elementary School in Hampton
“Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) helped renovate John B. Cary Elementary School in Hampton on 21 August 2013.
More than 20 Sailors from Air Department rallied to repaint six classrooms in preparation for the first day of school scheduled for Sept. 3.
"We had a list of priority things that needed to be done," said Heidi Brazinski, principal of Cary Elementary School. "We just needed bodies and Lincoln was the first command to offer us any help."
The community relations project was coordinated by Aviation Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Mario Johnson.
"My daughter goes to school here and we were looking for mentoring opportunities," said Johnson. "The school said they needed bodies to prepare the building for the upcoming year so we thought it was a good opportunity."
As the freshly painted walls dried Johnson reflected on future volunteer opportunities with the school.
"We hope to build some kind of relationship with the school so we can continue to help them," said Johnson.
This is Brazinski's first year as the principal of Cary elementary school and her first time working with the Lincoln.
"They are awesome," said Brazinski. "We were thrilled to have their help to get the school prepared for the kids"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS130822-08 - Release Date: 8/22/2013 12:05:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Ellen E. Long, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, HAMPTON, Va. (NNS)).
NP&P Training Hones Skills for Lincoln Leaders
“Senior naval officers and chief petty officers assigned USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) attended a Navy Pride and Professionalism (NP&P) two-day lecture from 20 to 21 August 2013.
Navy Pride and Professionalism is taught to newly reported officers, chiefs and enlisted who recently check aboard the aircraft carrier. Senior Chief Darcella Coopersanders, assigned to Combat Systems Department, assisted with the training and reflected on the unique role leaders have in shaping the next generation of Sailors.
"We set the standards," said Coopersanders, who briefly discussed her background with the students. "I am from the projects of Philadelphia and I was able to succeed in this journey we call the Navy. I was taught and led by some awesome leaders who taught me to live by the Navy Core Values which guided me through 22 years of naval service."
The most-recent Sailors to attend the Navy Pride and Professionalism course brought 416 years of collective experience to the classroom.
Lt. Cmdr. Tony Beaster, training officer, USS Abraham Lincoln coordinates the Navy Pride and Professionalism training and reflected on importance of leadership training.
"Navy Pride and Professionalism training is an opportunity for all Sailors to be reminded of the standards and expectations we must live by as Sailors and leaders in the world greatest Navy, which is what sets us apart from our competition," said Beaster” (Ref. Story Number: NNS130822-16 - Release Date: 8/22/2013 4:12:00 PM - From USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).