2015 Articles not related to Refueling Complex Overhaul (RCOH)

Chapter IV

Appendix II

Part I of III - 1 January to 14 April 2015

Part II of III - 15 April to 12 June 2015

Part III of III - 13 June to 31 December 2015

 

 

Abraham Lincoln Sailors Help Complete Two Habitat for Humanity Homes

 

“Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) joined members of Habitat for Humanity on 17 June 2015 to celebrate the completion of their volunteer effort, four months constructing two Hampton homes. Cmdr. Maurice Buford, Lincoln's chaplain, commemorated the event by presenting a bible and a plaque to the two families, the Brewingtons and the Smiths, as they cut the ribbons on their brand-new houses.

The Sailors were praised continuously for their assistance in the successful completion of the volunteer effort. Teunsha Vick, the Family Services director for Habitat for Humanity, particularly doted on the work ethic of
Lincoln Sailors.

"These [
Lincoln] Sailors have been with this project since the beginning, and each time, there has been an amazing turnout of volunteers," Vick said. "Working with the Lincoln certainly made this project go by much faster."

Inspired by the efforts of
Lincoln Sailors, Nicole Brewington, the owner of one of the houses built by volunteers with Habitat for Humanity, said she plans on volunteering some of her time in helping other families in need.

"The houses got up fast, and I'm extremely grateful," said Brewington. "After seeing how well they [
Lincoln Sailors] worked together, it's only right that I return the favor. The feeling I had when I saw the house was priceless, and I'd like to give that feeling to somebody else."

Ultimately, the whole goal of volunteering is to help, but additionally to inspire others, and Lincoln Sailors are ready and willing to continue volunteering wherever necessary.

"Our whole goal on the
Lincoln is to create a well-rounded community relations event (COMREL) 'package'," said Buford. "When you see a Lincoln Sailor, you should know you're in good hands. From 5th Street to 5th Fleet, we're here to serve."

According to its website, Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, Christian housing ministry that believes every person should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. It builds, renovates and repairs houses all over the world using volunteer labor and donations and has helped more than 1 million families -- representing 5 million people -- improve their living conditions since it was founded in 1976” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS150619-22 - Release Date: 6/19/2015 3:23:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Brandon Davis, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, HAMPTON, Va. (NNS)).

 

Lincoln Sailors Learn the Value of Nutrition

 

As reported on 18 June 2015, “Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) received training on eating healthy as part of the command's Fitness Enhancement Program (FEP).

The program's goal is to improve the fitness and nutrition of Sailors to meet Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) standards.

Charged with providing Sailors the tools necessary to maintain a healthy lifestyle, Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate Erik C. Scott, Lincoln's FEP coordinator, hopes Sailors walk away from the class with a few healthy tips that they can integrate into their daily routine.

"Sailors need to start taking the responsibility and change the way they think about food," Scott said. "This can
be a challenge for some people who have never really had to think about what they put into their body."

The purpose of FEP is to build operational performance by teaching Sailors the tools for improving their physical fitness and overall nutrition. The class also provides building blocks to establishing effective eating habits and exercise routines to achieve lasting results.

Topics included the proper ratios of fats, carbohydrates and proteins, and creating a weekly meal plan.

Personnel Specialist 3rd Class Ashley J. Cosey, an attendee, discussed work schedules and adopting healthy eating habits.

"I never had to think about
what I was putting into my body because I was always active and burned off the calories," said Cosey. "During my recovery of a leg injury, I was taking in too many calories and this led me to not meet the standards. This class would be very informative to anyone."

Scott encourages Sailors to make changes in their overall lifestyles rather than starting a workout schedule or new diet trend.

"Though nutrition has everything to do with the way we eat and how we fuel our bodies, if we do not change our mental state and decide to
lead a healthy lifestyle, then nutrition will never be a priority," Scott said. "It starts with you"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS150618-21 - Release Date: 6/18/2015 4:04:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ryan L. Wampler, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).

 

Lincoln Sailor Thanks Her Father for Ongoing Support with a Special Gift

 

As reported on 18 June 2015, “as Sailors aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) call their fathers this Father's Day, one Sailor coordinated a special message for her father, who has supported her naval career since she entered the U.S. Navy in December 2009.

Machinist's Mate 1st Class Alison Seaton, assigned to
Reactor Department, requested to have her command ball cap, which she wore for the past two years while assigned to Abraham Lincoln and requested it be signed by Capt. Ron Ravelo, commanding officer, Abraham Lincoln as a token of respect for her father and his ongoing support.

"I call my father every day just to update him on what I did that day as well as to report on what his only grandson did that day as well," said Seaton, who also has sent a ball cap to her father from every command she has been assigned since entering the Navy. "I send him these ball caps because he knows I think of him."

Seaton added that due to the distance from where he currently lives and where she is assigned it helps
to keep their bond strong.

"With the distance we have between us it keeps us close," said Seaton, who added that her father wears different ball caps every day. "People always ask him about the ball caps and how he is associated with the command. He shares with them information about my career in the Navy. He loves talking about my service."

Lincoln's commanding officer also wrote a letter of appreciation to Seaton's father thanking him for supporting his daughter.

"You should be proud of your daughter Alison," wrote Ravelo. "She is doing great things for us; definitely one of our superstars. I wish you all the best and wear her hat with pride"” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS150618-23 - Release Date: 6/18/2015 4:16:00 PM - By Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Cragg, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).

 

Abraham Lincoln Sailor Backpacks Through Blue Ridge Mountain with Boy Scouts

 

As reported on 22 June 2015, “A USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Sailor traded his military boots for hiking boots for one week of permissive TDY to backpack through the Blue Ridge Mountains at the Goshen Scout Reservation. Lt. Jonathan Kindel kicked off his backpacking adventure on Father's Day, a day normally set aside to honor everything dads do for their children.

Kindel, who has had a lifetime of experience participating and volunteering with the Boy Scouts, believes that each day provides an opportunity to build tomorrow's leaders.
"Every day is an opportunity to invest in your children, forever molding them," said Kindel, whose wisdom was taught to
him by his own father whose life was cut too short by cancer. "He was the kind of man to show his love by passing his knowledge and skills to his children.

 

While I dearly miss him, he instilled in me the realization that every day is Father's Day." Kindel began his career as a Cub Scout at the age of nine and has since volunteered with the Boy Scouts and currently serves as a Scoutmaster of Troop 95 in Suffolk. "I instantly loved the sense of community, education, and skills development. I stuck with the program all the way until I enlisted in the Navy in 2001," said Kindel.

Kindel's latest adventure to the Blue Ridge Mountains requires the Scouts to hike some 25 miles with only the gear on their backs
. Kindel added that the participants in the backpacking adventure take part in a variety of camping outposts that allow them to experience everything from the days of the folk hero Robin Hood to the Civil War to exploring caves.

"It is really a little bit of everything," said Kindel. "This particular high adventure has outposts we hike to and setup camp. The goal is for the troop to work as a team while being led by youth leaders and supervised by adults." Kindel's son, Nathen, has followed in his father's footsteps and has participated in scouting
from a young age, and is expected to receive his Eagle award. Nathen, who graduated high school in June, is headed to the University of Oklahoma to pursue a degree in petroleum engineering.

"I'm proud of my son and who he has become," said Kindel, who added that while Father's Day is celebrated just one day of the year, "that day should be set aside to reflect on how well we did as dads the previous 364 days"” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS150622-05 - Release Date: 6/22/2015 8:37:00 AM - By Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Cragg, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, GOSHEN, Va. (NNS)).

 

Lincoln Celebrates Acceptance During LGBT Pride Month Ceremony

 

“The crew aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) recognized Pride Month on 22 June 2015, during a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) celebration on the mess decks of the Floating Accommodation Facility. Along with a formal cake cutting ceremony, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Telly Myles, Lincoln's personnel officer, gave a presentation to the crew, and several Sailors addressed the crowd with their own personal remarks.

According to dod.gov, President Clinton issued Proclamation No. 7316 for the first Gay and Lesbian Pride Month, June 2, 2000. The proclamation stated, "this June, recognizing the joys and sorrows that the gay and lesbian movement has witnessed and the work that remains to be done, we observe Gay and Lesbian Pride Month and celebrate the progress we have made in creating a society more inclusive and accepting of gays and lesbians."

 

Abraham Lincoln Sailors used this event as an opportunity to recognize the importance of being accepted. "When I first came out [as gay] my family was very accepting," said Hospital Corpsman Corey Lee. "But there were some people who didn't have that acceptance, so for them, this month is the support system that they didn't grow up with."

The support system for the LGBT community extends beyond the celebration and into the workplace. "The workplace is starting to become more open, and everyone's becoming more comfortable with each other," said Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Amber Streety. "This month
is very close to me, because I have many friends in the LGBT community."

 

During his speech, Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ryan Wampler stated that celebrating the contributions of the LGBT community is not only a step forward within the Navy, but also sets an example for civilians to follow.

"Policies like the repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' propel this Navy to be the finest in the world," Wampler said. "I take pride in knowing that I am part of an organization that not only values every single person in it, but is also at the forefront of key issues by setting examples for the rest of the country
to follow.

 

It is because of this train of thought so many Americans look to military personnel as role models."Capt. Ron Ravelo, Lincoln's commanding officer, is well known for his mantra, "Respect the ship, respect your shipmates, and respect yourselves," and reiterated it as he closed out the celebration. "My mantra is simple, and applies to any and every Sailor on board Lincoln," Ravelo said. "You can respect the ship by taking pride in, and showing respect for, the LGBT community.

 

You show respect to your shipmates by taking pride in the fact that we have shipmates that serve openly and proudly. Finally, you respect yourself by challenging outsiders' assumptions and stereotypes on what it takes to be a member of the United States Navy"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS150624-12 - Release Date: 6/24/2015 1:39:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Brandon Davis, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).

 

Lincoln Deck Department Celebrates 2 Years DUI Free

 

“Sailors assigned to the Deck Department of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) celebrated two years of being DUI-free on 22 June 2015.

Lincoln's Commanding Officer, Capt. Ron Ravelo, spoke with the Sailors in Deck Department and congratulated them for their dedication to staying out of trouble despite having some of the most junior Sailors on the ship.

"For the most junior and vulnerable Sailors on the ship, making it two years without a DUI is a phenomenal milestone," Ravelo said.

The motivating factor for such a wonderful streak is the Sailors' dedication to getting the ship back online and ready for delivery back to the fleet.

"Our motivation is in getting the job done and getting the foc'sle back in tip-top shape," said Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Mara Garcia. "I
'm proud of my department for coming so far in Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH)."

According to Lt. Kimberley Temple,
Lincoln's first lieutenant, there are 119 junior Sailors in Deck Department, and they have all stayed DUI-free since May 2013.

"I'm ecstatically proud of them because I have the most junior Sailors on the ship," Temple said. "I'm not sure if any other carrier has this record"” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS150625-03 - Release Date: 6/25/2015 7:24:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Liana Clough, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).

 

Abraham Lincoln Raising the Most Funds for NMCRS in Norfolk

 

As reported on 30 June 2015, “Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) "paid it forward" to their fellow shipmates this year by raising more funds for the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) than any other ship stationed in Norfolk. "USS Abraham Lincoln is the top grossing ship on the waterfront," said Lt. j.g. Antoinette Broere, Lincoln NMCRS coordinating officer.

 

"This includes all 30 ships currently residing within the Norfolk and Hampton Roads area that make up what is called Sub Area 3 Command." While Lincoln Sailors raised more than $59,000 for NMCRS this year, Broere added that next year the ship's goal will be $72,000. "Reaching the goal of $72,000 would further solidify the unwavering belief that, as a command, there is no mission too large for us to face or achieve," she said.

Lincoln's Command Master Chief Lee Salas had promised to shave his head if the command had reached the goal of $72,000 this year. "This year's goal was established by the Sailors and it was accomplished," added Salas. "Next year, I'm challenging the Sailors to set their goal to $72,000, and if they accomplish it, I'll shave my head. This is one challenge that I'm willing to lose."

Salas and
Lincoln's Commanding Officer Capt. Ron Ravelo, attended a NMCRS luncheon on June 29 that recognized the Norfolk-based commands that raised the most funds this year. According to Senior Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) Melvin Abner, Lincoln's NMCRS coordinating assistant, this year's successful drive would not have been possible without support from the entire ship.

"[Our NMCRS team] was supported in every aspect and felt welcome in every department," he said. "This drive was a great example of how our command could come together to support Sailors, while in a demanding environment." Abner added that supporting NMCRS is akin to supporting his fellow Sailors and families in times of need.

"It was an honor to get out with my team and do something that supports Sailors and Marines in need," he remarked. "NMCRS
Norfolk was there to provide us everything needed to get the job done, while our regional coordinator ensured we were well-informed and provided every resource available to us"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS150630-28 - Release Date: 6/30/2015 11:33:00 PM - By Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Cragg, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).

 

Lincoln Sailors and Families Enjoy "Skip Day" at Annual Picnic

 

“Thousands of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Sailors and family members converged at Dam Neck Annex in Virginia Beach, Va. on 25 June 2015, for the command's annual picnic, hosted by Lincoln's Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Committee.

The picnic, themed as "Skip Day", included activities such as horseshoes, tug-of-war, beach volleyball and paintball, as well as a chance to dunk
Lincoln's Command Master Chief Lee Salas in the dunk tank; all free of charge.

"I look forward to these picnics," said Boatswain's Mate Seaman Delvin Durham. "Even though I work with these people every day, it's always fun being able to spend time with my shipmates outside of the workplace."

In addition to the various activities, crewmembers from
Air Department defeated Engineering Department in the final game of Captain's Cup softball.

"I like the spirit of healthy competition," said Seaman Valeria Cano. "Everybody was cheering for one another. It's nice to see us working together."

Brooke Webber,
Lincoln's fun boss, said she couldn't have been more pleased with the way her first command picnic as fun boss turned out.

"Being that this was my first command picnic, I was blown away by the participation and support from the entire crew," she said. "I was thrilled to see so many people show up and stay for the day"” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS150630-30 - Release Date: 6/30/2015 11:38:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Brandon Davis, DAM NECK, Va. (NNS)).

 

Abraham Lincoln Hosts Blood Drive for ASBP

 

“Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) conducted blood drives in support of the Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP) at Huntington Hall in Newport News, Virginia on the 10th and 17th of July 2015.

The ASBP offers a front-line supply of blood to service members in need. These blood drives are the first that Lincoln has taken part in since entering its
Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH).

"Given the fact that we've been in the yards, we haven't really been in a position to participate," said Lt. Cmdr. Tarail Vernon,
Lincoln's nurse. "But we put in the extra effort to have one this year."

Lincoln Sailors who participated in the blood drive said they were grateful to be presented with an opportunity to give back to their fellow service members.

"I've given blood three times," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Charles Williams. "If I was hurt, I would want someone to give me blood. Why would somebody help you out if you don't reciprocate?"

It was apparent that the majority of the command felt the same way as Williams. With a maximum of 100 slots available, there were 92 sign-ins, 89 registered sign-ins and 73 donors.

"This was an excellent drive," said
Ralph Peters, a representative from the ASBP. "It will make a significant impact for the needs of blood and blood products down-range, as well as providing necessary life-saving support for our hospital patients"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS150722-05 - Release Date: 7/22/2015 10:18:00 AM - By Mass Communication Seaman Apprentice Brandon Davis, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).

 

Lincoln Officer Reenlists His Enlisted Brother

 

As reported on 9 July 2015, “Reenlisting in the U.S. Navy is a major decision, considering the rigors of the job. Electronics Technician 1st Class Quintin Ross recently made this decision for himself and his family. An often overlooked and important part of the process is the choice of a reenlisting officer, who will become a memorable part of the life and naval legacy of the reenlisting Sailor.

During his reenlistment ceremony in front of the ship's radar June 30th, Ross, assigned to
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) had the honor of having a reenlisting officer who played a vital role in both his naval career and his personal life. This man taught him how to swim, ride a bike, be a handyman, respect women and learn about God.

Ross' older sibling, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Christopher Bruce-Ross, also assigned to
Lincoln, became the younger Ross' father figure when he was just two years old, due to a family breakup. "There were five children in our family and I am the older brother of three boys, so if anything he was my little buddy," Bruce-Ross said.

 

"I am seven years older so I was responsible for him. With that said, he was the toy, the go-fer, the tester and the 'goalie' so everyone could score." Over the years, their personal bonds have strengthened.

"I am the godfather to his three children; he was my best man and will be the godfather to my son," Ross said. "I was also the first to salute him after he was commissioned as an officer." It would seem odd that brothers would end up at the same command and raise their hands together for a reenlistment oath, but
it was, as Bruce-Ross put it, "just pure luck."

Ross' reenlistment however, was carefully planned. "I reenlisted for an additional two years to get to my 20-year mark so I can retire," Ross said. "I am very proud of the years I have served in the Navy." The brothers have an impressive military family legacy that spans four generations.

"Our grandfather and four of our grand-uncles served in World War II," Ross said. "Our father was in the U.S. Army, and three of our uncles and aunts served in the U.S. Navy. My brother and
I, plus one of our cousins are serving in the Navy right now and my brother's wife has already retired from the Navy."

Both Ross and Bruce-Ross emphasized that they are very proud of the years they have served in the Navy and are looking forward to retirement, which will cement their place in their family's continuous multi-generational history of service in the armed forces” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS150709-05 - Release Date: 7/9/2015 11:17:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Danian Douglas, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).

 

Abraham Lincoln Sailors Participate in Operation Homefront 'Backpack Brigade'

 

“Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) joined Operation Homefront in their annual "Backpack Brigade" on 21 July 2015.

Sailors packed school items to be given to family members of active duty E-6 and below, as well as wounded, ill and injured post-9/11 and deployed guardsman and reservists.
Operation Homefront's "Backpack Brigade" has been a reoccurring event in the Norfolk area for the past five years, providing thousands of backpacks to Sailors' families in need.

"With our back to school backpack brigade we are going to be providing 3,000 backpacks for active-duty E-6 and below, wounded, ill and injured post-9/11 and deployed guardsman and reservists," said Lauren Cossel, program coordinator via AmeriCorps for
Operation Homefront. "We cover Fort Lee. We have two distribution days in Norfolk and also another distribution in Hampton. Out of this area alone we have 3,000 this year and we did 3,000 last year."

Lincoln Sailors sorted through thousands of school supplies including pens, pencils, binders and folders.

"It feels really good to see members of our
Lincoln family come out and give their time to the children in our community to make sure they are ready to get back to school and continue their education," said Damage Controlman 3rd Class Lauren Williams.

"By far one of the most enjoyable and rewarding COMREL (community relations) functions scheduled so far," said Machinist's Mate 1st Class Jessica Lightcap. "Knowing that just a few hours of our donated time could make such a difference in our brothers and sisters in uniform and their family's lives during the back to school season is a great feeling. We are
glad to help make it happen"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS150724-21 - Release Date: 7/24/2015 3:00:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Matthew Young, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NORFOLK (NNS)).

 

Abraham Lincoln Sailor's Day With the Tides

 

“Sailors from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) teamed up with the Norfolk Tides for Lincoln Day at Harbor Park on 6 August 2015.

Lincoln's Sailor of the quarter, Ship's Serviceman 1st Class Marquita Canada, threw the first pitch on behalf of the ship to kick off the game. "I was really nervous because I didn't want to embarrass myself by not getting the ball to the catcher," Canada said. "It was a huge honor to represent Lincoln and have fun doing it."

More than 1,200 Sailors from
Lincoln attended the game. The event was organized by the head of Lincoln's Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Department, Brooke Webber, and John Muszkewycz, director of group sales for Norfolk Tides baseball club.

"I was really glad to get the opportunity to take a day away from work and be with my family for an event like this," said Operations Specialist 1st Class Valeria Arellano. "When my son heard the song 'Take Me Out to the Ball Game' he just had to have peanuts and cracker jacks afterward."

The
Lincoln color guard was on hand to parade the colors during the national anthem, which was sung by Lincoln Sailor Logistics Specialist 1st Class Mark Pollard.

"When I sing it's an escape from everyday life and a chance to have fun doing what I enjoy," Pollard said. "I am a little nervous when I go to sing, but once I start the world slips away and I can get lost in the music."

As the final touch to a great day of fun, the Norfolk Tides, the AAA affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, took the win from the Louisville Bats for a 2-1 win. "Today was one of my first experiences getting to do something of this
nature and not only was it fun, but I got to see the Tides win too," Canada said” (Ref. Story Number: NNS150807-12 - Release Date: 8/7/2015 2:03:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Aaron T. Kiser, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NORFOLK (NNS)).

 

Lincoln CPO Selectees Visit USS Wisconsin

 

“Chief petty officers (CPO) and CPO selectees assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) joined hundreds of other CPOs and selectees during a CPO 365 Phase II training event at the USS Wisconsin (BB-64) and Nauticus museum in Norfolk, Va. on  18 August 2015.

The trip was part of the six-week season during which CPO selectees will learn about the Navy's history and heritage, leadership skills, and the power of being part of the chief's mess.

"These events show the strength of the chief's mess," said
Lincoln Command Master Chief Lee Salas. "When you gather all the chiefs from the local area and you put them in one place, you see the power that they have."

Events like this heritage trip are not only meant to show the power of the chief's mess, but to also teach the selectees about the unity of the mess.

"When I was selected I was stationed in Japan. I did not have the opportunity to go through as many heritage trips and be as involved with other messes throughout the area because I was in a small town and
there were only three of us who made it," said Chief Aviation Electronics Technician Tracy Moore. "Having each mess come together on the Wisconsin is an awesome idea. It shows unity and what the chiefs stand for."

The chief selectees heard words of wisdom from current and retired chiefs, such as the seventh Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Duane R. Bushey and U.S. Fleet Forces Command's Fleet Master Chief Charles Clarke.

"To have the fleet master chief and MCPON Bushey come here to address the selectees was great," said Chief (select) Electronics Technician
Brian Achilles, assigned to Lincoln. "For them to take the time to be here shows the value of joining the chief's mess. We have been learning this Navy heritage since day one in boot camp and I look forward to being here next year; but next year as a chief to pass on what I was able to gain here today."

At the end of the event, Salas spoke with the selectees about how their hard work got them to the point they are at now.

"It's a great time when we advance any of our Sailors
; especially our chief selectees," Salas said. "It's a great feeling when you see that list come out and you see that they got it right"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS150820-09 - Release Date: 8/20/2015 9:17:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Patrick Maher, NORFOLK, Va (NNS)).


CPO Selectees Attend WAVES Training

 

“Chief petty officers and chief petty officer selectees assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) joined hundreds of other chiefs and selectees from the Hampton Roads area during a heritage event held at the USS Wisconsin (BB-64) and Nauticus museum in Norfolk, Virginia on 18 August 2015.

During the event, the selectees discussed many topics, including the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service, or WAVES program, which was established in August 1942. Throughout World War II women contributed to the war effort in various fields of endeavor. Their numerous contributions proved to be a vital asset to winning the war as well as proving that mixed-gender forces could be successful.

The training was led by Jo-Anne Teel, a member of Military Women of Tidewater and April Maletz, assistant director and Honor Flight Historic Triangle Virginia, who are
both Navy veterans.

"I love sharing Navy, WAVES and chief history," Maletz said. "We have to share what we have; our history doesn't do anyone any good rotting away on a shelf." These two women having been conducting this training for the chief petty officer selectees for the past two years and know how important it is for these soon-to-be chief petty officers.

"I feel it is very important for the selectees to realize the history of women in the Navy," Teel said. "Females have come such a long way since I enlisted in the
early 70s, and I feel it will help them in appreciating their Sailors and guiding them on the right path for each one. You can't know where you are going if you don't understand where you came from."

They are not the only ones who recognize the importance of the training; the selectees learned a lot that day as well. "Events like these are good for us because not only do we get a chance to see how strong the chief's mess is but we learn valuable information," said Chief (Select) Personnel Specialist Derrick Washington, a Sailor
assigned to Lincoln.

 

"WAVES is a real important part of the Navy's history. It gave women a chance to serve their country." At the end of these events, it is important that each selectee walks away with something they didn't know before the event began.

 

"It is a great honor to know that Sailors of today are interested in knowing where they came from," Teel said. "Congratulations to all the selectees. Take everything you have learned and be the chief to the best of your abilities"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS150825-19 - Release Date: 8/25/2015 4:33:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Patrick Maher, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NORFOLK (NNS)).

 

Lincoln Sailors walk to raise suicide prevention awareness

 

“In 2013, Department of Defense statistics reported that a U.S. service member committed suicide almost each day, and a veteran died by suicide nearly every hour. With these alarming rates in mind, each year the military recognizes Suicide Awareness Month throughout September. This year, Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) raised suicide awareness by participating in an overnight “Out of the Darkness Walk” at Huntington Hall Field in Newport News from 9 to 10 September 2015.

 

More than 300 Sailors participated in the walk, which began at sunset and continued until sunrise, taking shifts and covering more than 52 miles. The Sailors also remembered loved ones who lost their lives to suicide by surrounding the track vigils of candles in paper bags with powerful messages written on them like, “You are not alone” and “One life lost is too many,” all in an effort to honor the memories of loved ones who have lost their lives to suicide.

 

The walk was dedicated to Yeoman 3rd Class Ryan Alfaro, a Lincoln Sailor who died by suicide earlier this year. His family made the trip from Toledo, Ohio, to attend and walk with their son’s former shipmates. Ryan’s mother, Annette Alfaro, expressed her appreciation for Lincoln’s support over the past few months.

 

“Seeing all these Sailors out here for an event like this shows that they care,” said Annette. “They might be that person, or know that person, who needs help. We’re all here for each other. It’s so overwhelming. Words can’t describe it, they really can’t.”

Lincoln’s Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD) chapter spent the past few months helping to coordinate the event with the memory of Ryan in mind.

 

“We started gathering ideas, and with this month being all about suicide awareness, we thought, why not stand with Ryan’s family and show our support to them, while showing our Sailors that we care about all of them,” said Gunner’s Mate 3rd Class Hillary Tabor, a CSADD member. “When an individual feels like suicide is the answer, they feel alone.

 

Walking, essentially, into the morning, is representative of bringing someone who has those feelings of loneliness to the light.” Ryan’s sister, Ursula Alfaro, expressed gratitude to the command, and recognized the opportunity for others to pay it forward through the walk. “I feel like it’s a cycle. If you open a door for someone, you would hope that person would open a door for someone else, and so on,” Ursula said.

 

“Everyone that’s doing this is going to try harder to help someone in the future, even if it’s something as small as saying you love them or are thinking of them.” The walk concluded with the Sailors gathering for one final lap as a group. Cmdr. Maurice Buford, Lincoln’s command chaplain, shared some final words to close the event.

 

“If you hear the statistics on suicide, an American committed suicide every 13 minutes last year,” said Buford. “If that trend stays the same, the inference is that someone in the service, someone at our command, may have been touched by that. People are out here to show respect to those that have gone on.

 

But more importantly, it’s to send a message to say we believe there’s a better way. The better way is to embrace hope and embrace life.” That message of hope not only rings throughout the Lincoln family, but through its extended family as well. The kinship forged between the crew and the Alfaro family will only continue to grow stronger.

 

“The Navy’s like our family now,” Ursula said. “There are people here who were close to my brother and consider him a brother. All of us feel like we’ve lost something in ourselves. Coming together helps with that feeling. Thank you, we love you and you’ll always be with us. And I’m sure Ryan is saying the same thing, so thank you”” (Ref. By MC3 Rob Ferrone, Sep 15, 2015, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS).

 

Lincoln Sailors, Vice Mayor of Newport News, Va., Remember 9/11 in Ceremony

 

“More than 100 Sailors from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) joined several Newport News, Virginia, officials to remember those affected by the terrorists attacks of 9/11 during a ceremony held at the Victory Arch on 11 September 2015.

Among those in attendance were the Vice Mayor of Newport News Robert Coleman;
Lincoln Executive Officer, Capt. Todd Marzano; Lincoln Command Chaplain, Cmdr. Maurice Buford; Newport News Chief of Police Chief Richard Myers and Newport News Deputy Fire Chief Kenneth Lay.

Coleman expressed to the Sailors that while 9/11 may be remembered for the tragic events that claimed the lives for thousands of innocent people, we also honor the courageous men and women - those heroes who served then as well as those who serve today.

"While the passing of September 11 each year most certainly warrants special recognition and gratitude for the men and women who serve our nation, it is important to remember that they truly are heroes each
and every day," he said.

Buford spoke on the importance of those brave men and women who gave their lives on 9/11 as well as those who have given their lives defending our country. "...on this 9/11 ceremony let us continue to pay our respects, recalibrate our patriotism, and remain true to freedom's cause by reviving that American Spirit," said Buford. "Don't Forget. Others died trying to save Americans like you and me!"

During the ceremony,
Lincoln's chief petty officer selectees presented a timeline of the events on that September morning. Each chief select took a turn reciting a specific time from the morning of September 11 and the events that occurred.

"The part of the ceremony that stuck out to me today was when the chief selects gave a timeline of events of that day," said Seaman Bri Corchado. "It touched my heart. It happened years ago, but every year at this time and every time you hear about that morning you try to remember those people that were there even if you weren't."

The
selectees then lead a wreath laying ceremony and Chief (select) Aviation Electronics Technician Nidia Martinez recited the poem "The Names," by Billy Collins dedicated to the victims of the attack.

The ceremony concluded with the ringing of six bells and the playing of "Taps" by Tech. Sgt. Scott Dooley” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS150914-12 - Release Date: 9/14/2015 4:29:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Matthew Young, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).

 

Lincoln Pins New Chief Petty Officers

 

“In a ceremony steeped with tradition dating back to the birth of the chief petty officer, 28 USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Sailors received their chief anchors and combination covers on 16 September 2015 at Bayview Commonwealth Center on Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, Va.

As the guest speaker,
Lincoln Commanding Officer Capt. Ron Ravelo impressed upon the recipients the importance of their new leadership roles and the impact they will have on the careers of their Sailors.

"By the time one has become a chief, he or she has learned to avoid attributing unpleasant orders or duties to higher authority, but rather gives orders as being their own," Ravelo said. "The type of leadership the chief exercises will be reflected in the conduct of his Sailors."

The rank of chief petty officer was created 122 years ago on April 1, 1893. Chiefs represent the backbone of the Navy. Earning their anchors
is a goal many Sailors have on their mind from the time they first come into the Navy.

"It's a great feeling. It's a career-long goal of mine since I joined the Navy, and it's finally getting to that point; it's a great feeling," said newly frocked Chief Logistics Specialist Mark Pollard. Achieving this career milestone takes years of dedication and commitment. As chiefs often say the rank is "earned not given."

"What it took to get there was an everyday routine of exceptional performance and commitment to their Sailors, their chain of
command and the Navy," said Master Chief Logistics Specialist James Contreras. "The impact happens with the family sees them wearing the khaki uniform for the first time."

Following Ravelo's remarks, family members were escorted on stage while the new chiefs waited to have their gold anchors pinned on their collar and to be presented their new covers by their sponsors” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS150918-18 - Release Date: 9/18/2015 2:04:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class William Blake, HAMPTON, Va. (NNS)).

 

Lincoln Sailors Feed Those in Need

 

“Hunger affects many citizens young and old in the Hampton Roads community.

Sailors aboard
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) took action to help local citizens by donating food and volunteering for the Feds Feed Families Food Drive at the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank on 28 August 2015.

"The Feds Feeds Families Food Drive comes at a perfect time to help fill the shelves during the summer months leading into the fall when the donations are extremely low but the need is still great. Hunger doesn't take a vacation," said Donna Tighe, Food and Fund Drive manager.

Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Tommy Aflague spearheaded
Lincoln's contribution to the food drive by setting up collection boxes at both Huntington Hall and 50th street parking lot that Lincoln sailors use. He also assisted by rallying Sailors to volunteer at the Food Bank.

"I feel great about helping out the community and representing the command," Aflague said. "I love to help people and this really got my attention."

Volunteers helped by separating different food products to create a mobile pantry. A mobile pantry is used to assist areas where grocery stores are not readily available. Sailors donated a total of ninety-five pounds during the food drive that will be distributed to more than 200 agencies supported by the Virginia Peninsula Food Bank.

"Sailors should be encouraged to
donate by becoming educated about hunger awareness and realize that there are many families who cannot afford food," Aflague said.

Sailors interested in participating in upcoming volunteer opportunities with the Food Bank should speak with their volunteer coordinator or the
Command Religious Ministries Department” (Ref. Story Number: NNS150917-17 - Release Date: 9/17/2015 2:40:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric Soto, Newport News, VA (NNS)).

 

Lincoln Pins New Chief Petty Officers

 

“In a ceremony steeped with tradition dating back to the birth of the chief petty officer, 28 USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Sailors received their chief anchors and combination covers on 16 September 2015 at Bayview Commonwealth Center on Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, Va.

As the guest speaker,
Lincoln Commanding Officer Capt. Ron Ravelo impressed upon the recipients the importance of their new leadership roles and the impact they will have on the careers of their Sailors.

"By the time one has become a chief, he or she has learned to avoid attributing unpleasant orders or duties to higher authority, but rather gives orders as being their own," Ravelo said. "The type of leadership the chief exercises will be reflected in the conduct of his Sailors."

The rank of chief petty officer was created 122 years ago on April 1, 1893. Chiefs represent the backbone of the Navy. Earning their
anchors is a goal many Sailors have on their mind from the time they first come into the Navy.

"It's a great feeling. It's a career-long goal of mine since I joined the Navy, and it's finally getting to that point; it's a great feeling," said newly frocked Chief Logistics Specialist Mark Pollard.

Achieving this career milestone takes years of dedication and commitment. As chiefs often say the rank is "earned not given."

"What it took to get there was an everyday routine of exceptional performance and commitment to their Sailors, their chain
of command and the Navy," said Master Chief Logistics Specialist James Contreras. "The impact happens with the family sees them wearing the khaki uniform for the first time."

Following Ravelo's remarks, family members were escorted on stage while the new chiefs waited to have their gold anchors pinned on their collar and to be presented their new covers by their sponsors” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS150918-18 - Release Date: 9/18/2015 2:04:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class William Blake,

HAMPTON, Va. (NNS)).

 

Lincoln Joins Enterprise, Ford For DC Olympics

 

Damage control has always been an integral part of U.S. Naval history. It has consistently protected the lives of Sailors. For damage control to be an effective strategy, Sailors need the proper training to combat shipboard emergencies.

In honor of the Navy's upcoming 240th birthday, more than 350 Sailors assigned to
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), USS Enterprise (CVN-65), and USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) teamed up for a Damage Control (DC) Olympics competition at Huntington Hall in Newport News, Va. on 9 October 2015.

All three commands were integrated to create teams of five Sailors and competed in events such as simulated dewatering, pipe patching, and firefighting ensemble dress-out relays. Operations Specialist 1st Class Valerie Arellano, a damage control training team (DCTT) member aboard
Lincoln, helped facilitate the event. "I think, especially in the shipyard environment, it's important for our Sailors to sharpen their skills that they will use when the ship returns to the fleet," Arellano said. "Making it fun is just a bonus.

 

It's great for our newer Sailors to get out here with the other commands and meet one another." Although it was set up as a competition, the events that were practical are an integral part of training that Sailors receive to be as knowledgeable when it comes to damage control. Lincoln's Command Master Chief Lee Salas spoke to the group of Sailors before the event began about the importance of teamwork.

"Seeing their smiles and Sailors having fun was a great experience," Salas said. "People were working together across all three ships which is representative of our great Navy. Not one team stacked up any better than the other because of all the great training Sailors have." Lt. Cmdr. Kelvin James,
Lincoln's damage control assistant (DCA) helped coordinate the event in hopes of building morale through effective, applicable training.

"I'm in the Navy, and believe the tenets of
Damage Control are a core competency for Sailors everywhere to have," James said. "It's a great honor to lead and train naval war fighters to prepare for every possible event and I'm honored to wake up every day and be the Lincoln's DCA"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS151013-03 - Release Date: 10/13/2015 8:27:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Rob Ferrone, NEWPORT NEWS, Va (NNS)).

 

LINCOLN CELEBRATES HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH

 

“Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) took part in observing Hispanic Heritage Month aboard the floating accommodation facility on 12 October 2015. The event included Lincoln Sailors of Hispanic heritage sharing stories of growing up in the Hispanic culture and how that influence impacts them as a Sailor. The ceremony concluded with a cake cutting ceremony with the Lincoln's Commanding Officer, Capt. Ron Ravelo, Command Master Chief Petty Officer Lee Salas and Lincoln Sailors of Hispanic descent.

According to 2010 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Hispanics comprise 16.3 percent of the total United States population, or 50.5 million people, forming our county's largest racial or ethnic minority. The Pew Research Center projects that by 2050, a quarter of the nation's workforce will be Hispanic. Navy Office of Diversity and Inclusion Public Affairs indicates that more than 58,000 Hispanic active duty and Reserve Sailors serve in the Navy, making up more than 13 percent of the Navy's force structure.

 

Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Sandra Guzman, a Hispanic Sailor who participated in the event commented on what this month means to her. "It's good to know where we came from and where we are going," Guzman said. "It's important to honor our past and to see how much we've grown." Observance of Hispanic Heritage began Sept. 17, 1968, when President Lyndon B. Johnson designated a week in mid-September as National Hispanic Heritage Week. Twenty years later in 1988, President Ronald Reagan extended that week to a month-long observance.

Salas, a Latino and native of San Antonio, Texas, spoke to the participating Sailors during the event. Afterwards, he commented on why believed events like these were important for the Navy. "I think it's important because it reminds Sailors of Hispanic descent where we came from and why we serve," Salas said. "Also, these celebrations remind us that many cultures make up the Navy, not just one."

In conjunction with this ceremony,
Lincoln is slated to hold several Hispanic heritage oriented events throughout the month of October including an exercise session with salsa music, and a luncheon featuring a variety of Latino cultures” (Ref. Story Number: NNS151012-03 - Release Date: 10/12/2015 9:09:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Derry Todd, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va (NNS)).

 

Lincoln Sailors Return from TR Deployment

 

“As the Boeing-737 touched down on the tarmac of Naval Air Station Oceana, Command Master Chief Lee Salas and leadership from USS Abraham Lincoln's Air Department gathered to greet Lincoln Sailors returning from their deployment aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71). Thirty Sailors from Lincoln's Air Department - ranging from airman apprentices to chief petty officers - became part of the Roosevelt crew for four months of a scheduled nine-month around-the-world deployment. With Lincoln in the second half of its Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH) in Newport News, Va., Lincoln Sailors were flown to Bahrain to meet the Roosevelt early in her deployment. They returned in a similar fashion as the Roosevelt's deployment neared its end. "We're fortunate to have these folks go out there because while Lincoln goes through RCOH, we don't have that many opportunities to get underway," said Cmdr. David Burmister, Lincoln's Air Boss.

 

"So for these folks to go out there, we really appreciate the Roosevelt taking them on board, and all the hard work and the effort they put in when they were at sea." While on deployment, Lincoln Sailors put in longer hours than they were used to during RCOH, but were rewarded with port calls and knowledge not currently available to them with much of their gear still removed from the ship. "I was out for about four months, so I have more sea time than a majority of the ship. It's great getting underway and seeing what the Navy is like. Definitely a lot more work, but ports definitely make the hard work worth it," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate Aircraft (Handling) Airman Brian Hudson. "The best part of it all was getting all my Aviation Boatswain's Mate Aircraft Handling qualifications that I couldn't get while Lincoln is undergoing RCOH."

Roosevelt was the Navy's forward deployed carrier in the 5th Fleet area of operations, providing direct impact on U.S. presence in the Middle East. "The most memorable thing for me was the footage they showed us from our jets," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate Aircraft (Handling) Airman Ethan Edwards. "We got to see the footage of what our jets were doing in the Middle East, the jets that we launched! It was nice to see that we were getting out there and making an impact." The Lincoln Sailors return from the Roosevelt with increased knowledge and experience; invaluable information that they will be able to share with their peers in the department.

"This is going to be something that is going to bring us forward through
RCOH, and then once we get into the sea trials with the flight deck certification and everything else that we have to do," Burmeister said. "These are the Sailors that are going to be the ones helping the junior Sailors and the ones who weren't able to go, get their qualifications, help them to move forward, and really just benefit the whole crew overall"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS151029-18 - Release Date: 10/29/2015 3:00:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Matthew Young, VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS)).

 

Good Times Golfing in Remembrance of Capt. Tembe

 

“Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) hosted the Capt. Tembe Memorial Golf Tournament, Oct. 29, in honor of Capt. Tushar Tembe, a former commanding officer (CO) of the USS Truman (CVN-75).

Lincoln Sailors competed against Sailors from
USS George H. W. Bush (CVN-77), USS Enterprise (CVN-65), USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69), PCU Gerald Ford (CVN-78) and the Truman.

Capt. Tushar Tembe, who died suddenly Nov. 8, 2011, is seen as an inspiration and hero by many of the participants in the tournament.

"I had the honor of serving with him he was my [executive officer] and my CO at a former command," said Cmdr. Louis V. Scott, a Lincoln Sailor. "One thing I truly remember about Captain Tembe is his love for his Sailors and officers. I have a great deal of admiration and respect for him. He was definitely one of the key players in my life, not just in a professional standpoint but a personal one
as well. He really catapulted my career."

Many Sailors said they looked fondly on the tournament as a chance to build relationships and blow off some steam, all while honoring a man who played in important role in many Sailors' lives.

"I'm grateful that [
Morale, Welfare and Recreation] put on this event to remember men like Captain Tembe," said Electronics Technician 2nd Class Bradley Henry. "I came out here to get to know everyone, including the people I work with, junior and senior, and this is a great opportunity to do so."

Enterprise Sailors won the multi-carrier tournament, receiving a trophy to mark the occasion. Awards also went to individual Sailors who scored well in other aspects of the game” (Ref. Story Number: NNS151102-03 - Release Date: 11/2/2015 9:11:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Derry Todd, VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS)).

 

Lincoln Sailors Attend Cableway Training Course

 

“Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) attended the cableway improvement class at the Virginia Advanced Shipbuilding Carrier Integration Center (VASCIC), in Newport News, Va. on from 2 to 6 November 2015.

"This class gives Sailors a chance to learn what Production Management 17 (PM17) is doing right now," said Interior Communications Electrician 1st Class Rodger Stokes, a course attendee. "With me being a part of the PM17 team, any help is better than no help. These Sailors have the chance to actually see what we do, what's out there, and what they can do to make the ship better."

Once a Sailor has attended the course and
is certified, they are able to do cableway improvement work for a lifetime. This allows Sailors to do certain shipboard jobs that would normally be outsourced to contractors.

"It costs about $2,000 for a civilian to go through this course, and these Sailors are able to attend it for free," said Paul Estella, a senior consulting field engineer who teaches the class. "The knowledge that Sailors gain from the class helps keep the ship and shipyard safe."

The course is offered four times a year. Sailors of all rates and ranks are eligible to attend for free” (Ref. Story Number
: NNS151112-07 - Release Date: 11/12/2015 10:47:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ciarra C. Thibodeaux,

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).

 

Lincoln Joins Newport News Leadership to Honor Veterans

 

“As the nation pauses to remember those who have served in the armed forces, Sailors from the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) were part of a Veterans Day ceremony at Victory Arch in Newport News, Virginia on 11 November 2015. The ceremony, hosted by The American Legion Post #25, included keynote speaker Capt. Ron Ravelo, Lincoln's commanding officer, who addressed the crowd of veterans and members of the Newport News community. Among the distinguished attendees were State Senator John Miller, delegates and members of the Newport News City Council, Newport News Mayor McKinley Price and Police Chief Richard W. Meyers. Cadets from the USAF JROTC from Menchville High School provided the color guard and laid wreaths during the ceremony, and the Braxton-Perkins Post 25 Brass Ensemble provided the musical accompaniment. "Today's U.S. military is perhaps the most sophisticated and technologically advanced in our nation's history.

 

But we're the best in the world because of strength and inspiration of those who've gone before us," Ravelo said. In his remarks Ravelo noted the historical significance of Victory Arch, the location of this morning's ceremony, a well-known monument near City Hall in Newport News. The original arch was erected near the banks of the James River in 1919 to welcome troops returning from WWI, and the arch as it stands today was constructed to serve as a memorial to the men and women of the armed forces from the Virginia peninsula who served our country. Ravelo went on to acknowledge the significance of Newport News Shipbuilding, a "crown jewel" of our nation. "The Sailors and shipbuilders you see in Newport News represent the enduring partnership between the U.S. Navy and this great community," Ravelo said.

 

"There is presently no other shipyard on this planet that can do what these folks do daily." There are currently four aircraft carriers in the Newport News Shipyard going through very unique periods of their life cycle. The USS Enterprise (CVN-65), America's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, is undergoing her inactivation after more than 50 years of service to this country. The Lincoln is more than halfway through her Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH), a mid-life availability that will ready her for the next 25 years of service. The USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) is in her final stages of construction and testing and construction is just beginning on the USS John F. Kennedy (CVN-79).

 

In attendance was State Senator John Miller, delegates and members of the Newport News City Council, Newport News Mayor McKinley Price and Police Chief Richard W. Meyers. "Ceremonies like this are important because they allow us to reflect on those who have served our country at home and abroad sacrificing to preserve our way of life. As Thomas Jefferson said, 'The price of freedom is eternal vigilance,'" Ravelo concluded. "Veterans, you represent this eternal vigilance. Thank you for your service and your sacrifice."” (Ref. Story Number: NNS151112-24 - Release Date: 11/12/2015 1:17:00 PM - From USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).

 

Abraham Lincoln Hosts Fall Blood-Drive for ASBP

 

“Sailors aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) held a blood drive at Huntington Hall in Newport News, Va. on 13 November 2015, to support the Armed Forces Blood Program (ASBP).

The ASBP offers a front-line supply of blood to service members in need. This is the third blood drive that
Lincoln has participated in since entering its Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH).

Ninety-seven
Lincoln Sailors registered to donate blood and 72 were actually able to donate. These donations will have a positive impact in the lives of service members who may someday need this blood. The two previous drives held this year had 162 registrations and 123 donors” (Ref. Story Number: NNS151118-10 - Release Date: 11/18/2015 12:39:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class William Blake, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).

 

On-Duty Sailors Celebrate Thanksgiving with Family

 

“Sailors on duty aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) on 26 November 2015, spent Thanksgiving enjoying food and fellowship with their families and friends.

The celebration was held on the mess decks aboard the floating accommodation facility (FAF), with
Lincoln senior leadership, including Command Master Chief Lee Salas and Capt. Todd Marzano, the executive officer aboard the Lincoln, serving the food to guests and Sailors.

Lincoln Sailors were able to bring their family members to the FAF in order to join in on the Thanksgiving festivities. "I'm so happy today," said Sara Davila, wife of an on-duty Sailor. "I came from New York to spend time with my husband for the holiday."

According to Capt. Ronald Ravelo, on-duty Sailors should also be allowed the opportunity to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner. "We always look for opportunities to take care of our shipmates on watch, in this case by way of special meal," Ravelo said.

 

"While the rest of us have the chance to enjoy the company of our family and friends at home, we have shipmates who are taking care of our ship on duty, making sure everything is safe on board."

Preparing any meal for the crew of a ship is never a simple task, but preparing an entire Thanksgiving dinner can be even more complicated.

Most of us got here around 4 a.m., and we've been working on this meal all day, but it's been a lot of fun," said Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Patrick Williams. "When we have specialty menus like this it gives us a chance to show off more of our culinary side. This is what I signed up for."

The Chief's Mess covered the cost of the meals for all family members in attendance.

"By paying for the family members' meal, it's our way of saying thanks," said Chief Logistics Specialist Oscar Davila. "We try to provide as much support as we can to the crew
” (Ref. Story Number: NNS151127-13 - Release Date: 11/27/2015 2:26:00 PM - By Story by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Derry Todd, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).

 

Lincoln Sailors Attend Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Sailors took a pause on 7 December 2015, to remember the attacks on Pearl Harbor, during a ceremony held on the mess decks aboard the Floating Accommodation Facility.

The remembrance ceremony, led by Commanding Officer Capt. Ron Ravelo, Command Master Chief Lee Salas, and Command Chaplain Cmdr. Maurice Buford, commemmorated the events of that fateful morning through the reading of eyewitness testimonies and viewing archived photos and videos of the devastating attack.

On Dec. 7, 1941, fighter planes from the Imperial Japanese Navy attacked Naval Station Pearl Harbor at approximately 7:48 a.m. More than 2,000 service members lost their lives. Eight battleships were damaged,
and four of these ultimately sunk.

Although the event occurred decades before many
Lincoln Sailors were even born, this day held a personal meaning for some.

"[The events that happened at] Pearl Harbor mean a lot to me. It's been a tradition for my family to be in the military," said Operations Specialist 3rd Class Benjamin Weedon. "My great grandfather served in the military. He actually died in combat."

But ultimately, this day is a reminder of the bravery of the Sailors who stood their ground even while being overwhelmed by the enemy.

"It is very similar to our men and women in the fire department and the police force
in New York during 9/11," said Chief Navy Counselor Yenier Ramirez. "Although they knew tomorrow was not going to be likely for them, they still went up into those buildings and did what they had to do.

 

We can relate that to our service men and women who served at Pearl Harbor. Knowing tomorrow was not guaranteed, they still manned the guns to save their fellow shipmates"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS151209-02 - Release Date: 12/9/2015 12:34:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class William Blake, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015 Articles not related to Refueling Complex Overhaul (RCOH)

Chapter IV

Appendix II

Part III of III - 13 June to 31 December 2015

 USS CORAL SEA (CV 43)

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

 

A Sailors Tale of His Tour of Duty in the U. S. Navy (August 1977 to February 1983) Operations Evening Light and Eagle Claw

(24 April 1980)

 

Book - ISBN NO.

978-1-4276-0454-5

EBook - ISBN NO.

978-1-329-15473-5

 

Operations Evening Light and Eagle Claw (24 April 1980) Iran and Air Arm History (1941 to Present)

 

Operations Evening Light and Eagle Claw (24 April 1980) Iran and Air Arm History (1941 to 2016)

 

Book ISBN NO.

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EBook ISBN NO.

978-1-329-19945-3

 

USS CORAL SEA CV-42, CVB-43, CVA-43 & CV-43 HISTORY, AND THOSE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS OPERATING WITH CORAL SEA  Vol. I (10 July 1944 to 31 December 1975)

 

USS CORAL SEA CV-42, CVB-43, CVA-43 & CV-43 HISTORY, AND THOSE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS OPERATING WITH CORAL SEA Vol. I

(10 July 1944 to 31 December 1975) -

 

Book ISBN NO.

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EBook ISBN NO.

978-1-329-54596-0

 

USS CORAL SEA CV-42, CVB-43, CVA-43 & CV-43 HISTORY, AND THOSE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS OPERATING WITH CORAL SEA DURING HER TOUR OF SERVICE Vol. II (1 January 1976 to 25 August 1981)

 

USS CORAL SEA CV-42, CVB-43, CVA-43 & CV-43 HISTORY, AND THOSE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS OPERATING WITH CORAL SEA DURING HER TOUR OF SERVICE Vol. II (1 January 1976 to

25 August 1981) -

 

Book ISBN NO.

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EBook ISBN NO.

978-1-329-54790-2

 

USS CORAL SEA CV-42, CVB-43, CVA-43 & CV-43 HISTORY, AND THOSE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS OPERATING WITH CORAL SEA DURING HER TOUR OF SERVICE Vol. III (20 August 1981 to 26 April 1990)

 

USS CORAL SEA CV-42, CVB-43, CVA-43 & CV-43 HISTORY, AND THOSE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS OPERATING WITH CORAL SEA DURING HER TOUR OF SERVICE Vol. III (20 August 1981 to 26 April 1990) -

 

Book ISBN NO.

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EBook ISBN NO.

978-1-329-55111-4

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) History Vol. I (27 December 1982 to 6 May 2003)

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) History Vol. I  (27 December 1982 to

6 May 2003)

 

Book - ISBN NO.

To Be Announced

EBook - ISBN No.

978-1-365-73794-7

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) History Vol. II (7 May 2003 to 13 January 2010)

 

USS Abraham Lincoln

(CVN-72) History Vol. II

(7 May 2003 to 13 January 2010)

 

Book - ISBN NO.

To Be Announced

EBook - ISBN NO.

978-1-365-74027-5

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) History Vol. III (14 January 2010 to 31 December 2012)

 

 

USS Abraham Lincoln

(CVN-72) History Vol. III

(14 January 2010 to

31 December 2012)

 

Book - ISBN NO.

To Be Announced

EBook - ISBN No.

978-1-365-74145-6

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) History of Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH)  (1 January 2013 to 2017)

 

USS Abraham Lincoln

(CVN-72) History of

Refueling and Complex

Overhaul (RCOH)

(1 January 2013 to 2017

Sea Trials) Volume IV

 

Book - ISBN NO.

To Be Announced

EBook - ISBN No.

978-1-365-74587-4

 

U. S. AIRCRAFT CARRIER SHIP HISTORY (1920 to 2016)

 

U. S. AIRCRAFT CARRIER SHIP HISTORY (1920 to 2016)

 

Book - ISBN NO.

978-1-4276-0465-1

EBook - ISBN NO.

978-1-365-25019-4

Library of Congress

Control Number: 

2008901616

(Book Version)

 

U. S. AIRCRAFT CARRIERS REDESIGNATED AND OR RECLASSIFIED (1953 to 2016)

 

U. S. AIRCRAFT

CARRIERS

REDESIGNATED

AND OR

RECLASSIFIED

(1953 to 2016)

 

BOOK - ISBN NO.

978-1-4276-0452-1

EBook - ISBN NO.

978-1-365-25041-5

Library of Congress

(Book Version)

2008901619

 

ENERGY QUEST AND U. S. AIRCRAFT CARRIER DEPLOYMENT HISTORY INVESTMENT CAPITAL REQUIRED TO PUBLISH 55 EIGHTH HUNNDRED PAGE BOOKS AND EBOOKS (48 Navy Books)

 

ENERGY QUEST AND U. S. AIRCRAFT CARRIER DEPLOY. HISTORY INVESTMENT CAPITAL REQUIRED TO PUBLISH 55 EIGHTH HUNNDRED PAGE BOOKS, EBOOKS & CD’s (48 Navy Books)

 

Book - ISBN NO.

To Be Announced

EBook - ISBN No.

978-1-365-26038-4