USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Crew, Division, Department and Command

Awards, Commendations and Prizes from 2013 to 12 May 2017 - 2017 Sea Trials

Chapter VIII

 

 

Command Awards, Commendations and Prizes

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Named Naval Air Force Pacific Battle Efficiency (Battle "E") award winner.

11 February 2013

Rear Adm. Ted N. Branch, commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic, visited Abraham Lincoln, to present and congratulate the crew on receiving the Naval Air Force Pacific Battle Efficiency (Battle "E") award.

25 March 2013

Abraham Lincoln Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decision (CSADD) chapter has been recognized as 2013 Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic (CNRMA) chapter of the year for a sea command.

18 November 2013

Lt. David Duprey, Assistant Chaplain assigned to Abraham Lincoln, has been selected to receive one of two Admiral Zumwalt Awards for Visionary Leadership.

16 January 2014

Exquisite aroma of Tuscan cuisine filling the air at the Fourth Annual "Best of the Mess" culinary competition at the Founder's Inn in Virginia Beach. Lincoln was first runner up in "Best of the Mess" to USS Oak Hill (LSD-51).

25 January 2015

Chief Warrant Officer 4 Gregory Collins is also the first warrant officer to receive the Claud A. Jones Award (Fleet Engineer) winner for 2013assigned to Abraham Lincoln is the American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE)'s. The award will be presented at the ASNE Day 2014 at Crystal City, Va.

21 February 2014

Five Sailors from Weapons Department defeated their shipmates from Reactor to win the final round of Abraham Lincoln Captain's Cup bowling tournament at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard Scott Annex's bowling center. The final match's winner needed to win the best two-out-of-three games. Weapons Department's final score of 1,659 after two games topped Reactor's 1,568.

17 February 2014

Abraham Lincoln Morale Welfare and Recreation Division hosted the first Newport News Patriot Soccer Tournament, at Gosnold's Hope Park, Hampton, Va. Six teams, including two Lincoln teams, two Newport News Shipyard (NNS) teams, along with the Newport News Fire and Police departments, played in the day-long tournament, fighting each other for first place. After several intense games, NNS placed first and second while Lincoln's "A-team" took third.

22 March 2014

Sailors assigned to Abraham Lincoln watched the Norfolk Admirals knock off the Hershey Bears 5-3 during an American Hockey League game at the Norfolk Scope Arena. Lincoln's Commanding Officer, Capt. Karl Thomas, alongside Lincoln Command Leadership Award winner, Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 1st Class Glenn Walter, dropped the puck to kick off the game.

16 April 2014

Abraham Lincoln announced its 2014 Senior Sailor of the Year at the ship's annual holiday party. Capt. Ronald Ravelo, Lincoln's commanding officer, gave the announcement congratulating Ship Serviceman 1st Class (SW/AW) Marquita Canada, leading petty officer for Supply Department's S-3 Division, as the winner chosen for this year's award.

11 December 2015

Abraham Lincoln announced its 2014 Sailors of the Year at the ship's annual holiday party. Capt. Ronald Ravelo, Lincoln's commanding officer, congratulated Personnel Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Hellen Streeter for her selection as the Lincoln's Sailor of the Year.

11 December 2014

Abraham Lincoln announced its 2014 Junior Sailor of the Year at the ship's annual holiday party. Capt. Ronald Ravelo, Lincoln's commanding officer, announced Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Andres Jimenez, a New York native, as this year's recipient.

11 December 2014

Two Sailors assigned to Abraham Lincoln were honored by the city of Newport News, for their actions on the afternoon of July 1, 2014. Aviation Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class (Handling) Devon Bishop and Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Jessica Jusino received the annual Good Samaritan Award from the city of Newport News Fire Department for saving an elderly woman from her burning home on the 600 block of 35th Street in the city of Newport News.

8 January 2015

Sailors assigned to Abraham Lincoln competed for the title of Lincoln's top chef during an inaugural Lincoln Culinary Competition on Lincoln's Floating Accommodation Facility mess decks.

26 March 2015

Commanding Officer, Capt. Ron Ravelo, presented three Sailors aboard Abraham Lincoln were awarded Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals (NAM) during a ceremony, to Culinary Specialist 1st Class James E. Parrott, Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Chad P. Smith, and Seaman Apprentice Benjamin T. Priebe in recognition of their continued success and hard work during Lincoln's current phase of its Refueling Complex and Overhaul (RCOH).

23 April 2015

Cmdr. Todd D. Tavolazzi, strike operations officer assigned to Abraham Lincoln, presented a plaque on behalf of the Hampton Roads Navy League to Capt. Bob Clark, commanding officer of Naval Station Norfolk, during a ceremony commemorating Eugene Ely at Ely Hall on 8 May 2015. Tavolazzi and Clark were joined by Capt. Ronald Ravelo, Lincoln commanding officer and Capt. Doug Beaver, executive officer of Naval Station Norfolk as they hung the plaque, which details the significance of Ely above a statue of his likeness in the building named for him. On Nov. 14, 1910, Ely piloted the first aircraft to take off from a ship, the USS Birmingham (CL-2) in Hampton Roads. Ely would eventually land his aircraft safely on Willoughby Spit in Norfolk.

8 May 2015

Two Sailors assigned to Abraham Lincoln and one Sailor who recently transferred were presented leadership awards from The Stennis Center for Public Service at an award ceremony. The Stennis Center for Public Service is a federal, legislative branch agency created by congress in 1988 to promote and strengthen public service leadership in America. The Lincoln Sailors who were awarded for their leadership included the following: Chief Warrant Officer 4 Gregory Collins, who received the Statesman Award; Master Chief Machinist's Mate Richard Quinn, who received the Union Award, and Personnel Specialist 1st Class Mishell Brownlee, who received the Liberty Award.

8 June 2015

Abraham Lincoln culinary specialists earned three awards for their talents during the sixth annual "Best of the Mess" competition held at The Founders Inn in Virginia Beach. Lincoln was represented by Culinary Specialist 1st Class James Parrott, Culinary Specialist 1st Class Sonia Mance, and Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Ebony Hudson. These three Sailors took home the Best Decorated Station award, the People's Choice award, which was voted on by the guests that attended the event, and placed first place in the overall competition. Lincoln's Best of the Mess team spent months preparing for the competition in order to perfect their decorations and menu.

22 January 2016

Three Sailors assigned to the Abraham Lincoln received Lincoln Leadership Awards for their outstanding performance, during a special birthday celebration honoring the ship's namesake. Chief Warrant Officer 3 Joshua Letson, assigned to Lincoln's Combat Systems Department, was presented the Statesman Award as an officer who has exemplified the highest ideals of leadership. Chief Machinist's Mate Anthony Vega, Reactor Department's Machinery Division leading chief petty officer, received the Union Award for senior enlisted leadership, and Cryptologic Technician (Collection) 1st Class Brian Riley, Engineering Department's Fire Watch Division acting leading chief petty officer, received the Liberty Award for enlisted leadership.

12 February 2016

Capt. Ron Ravelo, commanding officer, Abraham Lincoln, recognized four Sailors for earning the 2016 Navy and Marine Corps Association (NMA) Peer Leadership Award. The awardees were: Senior Chief Culinary Specialist Stephen D. Wilson, Food Services leading chief petty officer; Lt. Sohn D. McGough, Reactor Department mechanical assistant; Lt. Cmdr. John C. Leitner, administration officer; and Cmdr. Hannah A. Kriewaldt, chief of engineering. Recipients of the NMA Leadership Award are selected by their peers for exhibiting the highest levels of excellence in leadership.

18 July 2016

Abraham Lincoln has gold anchors for the third consecutive year, once again earning the Retention Excellence Award for fiscal year 2016. The award, announced by Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, is given to commands which pass the annual Career Information Program Review (CIPR) with a score of 90 points or better and meet benchmarks showing commitment to the growth and development of Sailors.

11 January 2017

During the 7th annual "Best of the Mess" showcase, Abraham Lincoln earned three awards for culinary expertise in the competition held at The Founders Inn in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The team from Abraham Lincoln -- Culinary Specialist 1st Class Sonia Mance, Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Ebony Hudson, and Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Christian Figueroa -- won the "People's Choice" award, took first place in "Best Decorated Station," and placed third in the overall competition.

27 January 2017

Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) received Lincoln Leadership awards from the Stennis Center for Public Service for their exceptional performance, during a dinner celebration on 6 April 2017 in Norfolk. Lt. Cmdr. William Dougher was presented the Statesman Award; Senior Chief Aviation Boatswains Mate (Handling) Donovan Mahiai was presented the Union Award; and Culinary Specialist 1st Class Sonia Mance was presented the Liberty Award. The awards recognize individuals who demonstrate sustained superior performance and exhibit the most exceptional leadership skills.

6 Apr. 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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)).

 

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's CSADD Chapter Recognized as Regional Chapter of the Year for a Sea Command

 

“The USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decision (CSADD) chapter has been recognized as 2013 Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic (CNRMA) chapter of the year for a sea command. The regional chapter of the year awardees were mentioned in an official naval message on 18 November 2013. Lincoln's chapter, barely a year old, was launched by Electronics Technician 3rd Class Margaret Tate, who serves as a CSADD command advocate.

 

"I was really involved with CSADD when I was stationed in Great Lakes and I wanted to create an active chapter on board USS Abraham Lincoln after arriving on board," said Tate. "I wanted to bring CSADD to the ship to ensure our Sailors' voices would be heard." Chief Electronics Technician Jason Buonomo, Lincoln's CSADD mentor, fully supported Tate's enthusiasm to start a CSADD chapter on board Lincoln and assisted the command with forming the chapter.

"Petty Officer Tate's experience with CSADD at her previous command really assisted our chapter in gaining a secure foothold to full implementation," said Buonomo. Lincoln's Chapter motto, "The right decision at the right time," is committed to making a positive impact on the command by influencing and empowering the command's junior Sailors through an active and ongoing campaign to promote positive goal-setting and peer-to-peer mentoring.

 

"We really focus on helping junior Sailors to keep them from making mistakes and give them a way to voice their issues," said Yeoman 3rd Class Aisha Morgan, CSADD secretary. With nearly 100 members a part of the Lincoln's chapter, Sailors have been involved in a variety of events to encourage junior Sailors to make good decisions through positive examples and mentoring. "I'm excited for our CSADD Chapter. We have great Sailors on board who took the idea of a CSADD chapter and ran with it," said USS Abraham Lincoln's Command Master Chief Gregg Weber.

 

"They are having a positive influence in the lives of other Sailors and making a difference every day." Over the past year, the CSADD chapter has launched a series of opportunities for its Sailors to gain leadership opportunities, including briefing new check-ins to the command, organizing health fairs and coordinating weight loss competitions. "Our team strives to promote leadership through empowerment by letting our Sailors take their ideas and run with them," said Buonomo.

 

"This empowerment allows their voice to be heard and gives each member of the team a feeling they are truly able to make a difference." Naval Branch Health Clinic Groton's CSADD chapter, the shore chapter of the year for CNRMA, along with USS Abraham Lincoln, will represent the region in the Navy-wide competition” (Ref. Story Number: NNS131122-16 - Release Date: 11/22/2013 2:01:00 PM - From USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).

 

Lt. David Duprey is awarded the Admiral Zumwalt Award for Visionary Leadership.

 

140116-N-AF077-092 - ARLINGTON, Va. (Jan. 16, 2014) Lt. David Duprey is awarded the Admiral Zumwalt Award for Visionary Leadership at the 26th Annual Surface Navy Association National Symposium. This year's SNA Symposium focuses on "Surface Warfare-Warfighting First." (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sean Hurt/Released)

 

Lincoln Assistant Chaplain Selected to Receive Admiral Zumwalt Award

 

“As reported on 16 January 2014, “Lt. David Duprey, Assistant Chaplain assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), has been selected to receive one of two Admiral Zumwalt Awards for Visionary Leadership. "It is a tremendous honor to receive this award," said Lt. David Duprey, "and I will accept the award on behalf of the command and crew of USS Abraham Lincoln. I truly have the best job in the Navy, serving Sailors who embody the ideals which Admiral Zumwalt espoused." Duprey was notified of his selection by retired Vice Adm. Barry McCullough, president of the Surface Navy Association, inviting him to attend the Association's 26th National Symposium from 14 to 16 January 2014 in Crystal City, Arlington, Va. "On behalf of all of the members of the Surface Navy Association, I would like to pass along our sincere congratulations and deep gratitude for the important contributions you continue to make to the Surface Warfare community, the United States Navy, and our great Nation," McCullough wrote in official correspondence with Duprey.

 

The award is presented to the active-duty Navy member in one of the two groups of pay grades, E-3 through E-6 and E-7 through O-5, who best exemplifies the ideals of Admiral Zumwalt and demonstrated dynamic leadership, operational excellence, unselfish dedication to duty, visionary zeal and exemplary care for personnel under his or her direction.

 

Capt. Karl Thomas, commanding officer, USS Abraham Lincoln reflected on Duprey's enthusiastic support of Lincoln Sailors and his devotion to the command. "I am immensely proud of Lt. Duprey's accomplishments," said Thomas. "Lt. Duprey personifies honor, courage and commitment in everything he does for our command. He truly is a talented and gifted chaplain with amazing reach and impact across my entire command during a difficult and lengthy overhaul. I truly appreciate the Surface Navy Association acknowledging Dave as he is so humbly deserving of this recognition." Nominees for this award are suggested by fellow shipmates. Lt j.g. Bryan Gill nominated Duprey for his dedication and devotion to the crew of more than 2,500 assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln.

 

"Lt. Duprey is the most dynamic and passionate officer in our command. No leader has more impact on our Sailors, as individuals, than Dave does," said Gill. "Words like force-multiplier, synergy, passion, sacrificial leadership, humble and inspiring truly define his character. Admiral Zumwalt would yearn for a c haplain like Dave Duprey." Since his arrival on board USS Abraham Lincoln, Duprey has served as the command's community relations program (COMREL) coordinator and has managed 196 projects involving 3,460 Sailors resulting in nearly 14,000 hours of community service directly benefiting the Hampton Roads region.

 

Due to his work as COMREL coordinator, the command earned the 2013 Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Environmental Stewardship Flagship Community Service award for Community Service. Duprey also works with the Command Suicide Prevention Program and is responsible for the command's three-tier suicide prevention strategy, overseeing training of 1,074 Sailors in Applied Suicide Prevention Skills Training” (Ref. Story Number: NNS140116-03 - Release Date: 1/16/2014 11:40:00 AM - By Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Cragg, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va (NNS)).

 

Lincoln's Spaghettysburg Address Competes in 'Best of the Mess'

 

“There was an exquisite aroma of Tuscan cuisine filling the air on 25 January 2015 at the Fourth Annual "Best of the Mess" culinary competition at the Founder's Inn in Virginia Beach.

Six Hampton Roads commands, including
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) team, called "Spaghettysburg Address," competed to help raise awareness for the Chief Petty Officer Scholarship Fund.

Co-sponsored by the Culinary Institute of Virginia, the Iron Chef style competition is the brainchild of former Master Chief Petty Officers of the Navy Robert Walker and Duane Bushy. The annual competition was created to showcase the best culinary specialists in the area and raise awareness for a worthy cause, according to the host, Navy Exchange Service Command's Command Master Chief (AW/SW) Gregg Snaza.

"The spirit of the event is to showcase the Navy by highlighting our talented Sailors so
the 'Best of the Mess' seemed natural," said Snaza. "Any time you have an event, you want to have food, so why not make food the event."

Some 350 guests were treated to "A Taste of Tuscany." Spaghettysburg Address members Culinary Specialist 1st Class Christopher Williams, Culinary Specialist 1st Class Virginia Durbin and Culinary Specialist 1st Class James Parrott were pumped up to bring their best to the competition.

"We're proud to be representing our command in this competition," said Williams "I'm glad for the positive responses we received from our patrons and the judges. It's
nice to try something new and get feedback that is this affirmative and reassuring in our abilities as CSs in the Navy."

Lincoln was first runner up in "Best of the Mess" to USS Oak Hill (LSD-51).

"This has become a coveted competition to participate in, if you're a ship or command in Norfolk that has CSs and a galley you want to be a part of this. Today is like Super bowl for the Navy's culinary specialists in the Hampton roads area," said Snaza” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS140131-12 - Release Date: 1/31/2014 11:53:00 AM - From USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS)).

 

Lincoln Chief Warrant Officer to Receive ASNE's Fleet Engineer Award

 

“A chief warrant officer assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) is the American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE)'s Claud A. Jones Award (Fleet Engineer) winner for 2013. The award will be presented at the ASNE Day 2014 at Crystal City, Va. on 21 February 2014.

Chief Warrant Officer 4 Gregory Collins is also the first warrant officer to receive the Fleet Engineer Award. Excelling professionally and receiving praise for a job well done is something familiar to Collins. In October 2013, Collins also earned his sixth Military Outstanding Service Award by logging a total of 10,000 hours of community service. Additionally, he has been awarded as Marine Engineer of the Year three times.

"It is an honor to be recognized by the American
Society of Naval Engineers," said Collins, the assistant Damage Control Assistant aboard Lincoln. "This award would not be possible if were not for the superb leadership of my superiors and the technical prowess of my colleagues and Sailors who I have served with during my Engineering career."

The recipient of the Fleet Engineer Award, presented annually since 1987, is a fleet or field engineer who has made significant contributions to improving operational engineering or material readiness of maritime forces during the past three years.

Cmdr. Vincent Janowiak, chief engineer aboard
Lincoln, reflected on Collins' professionalism in the Damage Control Division and why he deserves recognition.

"He has taken on a difficult job with significantly reduced manning and is playing many roles. The fact that he is doing so well is just another testament to his selection for this award. Everything that he does, he does with vigor and enthusiasm," said Janowiak. "I'm proud to have him on my team."

Admiral Claud A. Jones, for whom the award was named, had a career that spanned over 40 years, including his midshipman days, the first 24 years largely spent on ships and with the fleet serving with distinction in engineering assignments” (
Ref. Story Number: NNS140207-03 - Release Date: 2/7/2014 12:21:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Christopher Huot, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).

 

Lincoln Weapons Captures Captain's Cup Bowling

 

“Five Sailors from Weapons Department defeated their shipmates from Reactor to win the final round of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Captain's Cup bowling tournament on 17 February 2014 at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard Scott Annex's bowling center.

The final match's winner needed to win the best two-out-of-three games.
Weapons Department's final score of 1,659 after two games topped Reactor's 1,568.

Electricians Technician 2nd Class Brice Leonard described his experience as a Captain's Cup champion.

"I'm really excited to win over the very competitive reactor squad," said Leonard. "In the end it's just great being part of Captain's Cup and having fun with my shipmates."

Event coordinator, Chief Ship's Serviceman Tyronne Nicholas, planned the 16-team, 80-Sailor tournament.

"Each player had to bowl a total of 12 games in order to make it to the finals," said Nicholas. "
Weapons displayed the best talent on the ship, but I still want to thank everyone who came out here and gave it their all."

Nicholas noted that 12 Sailors in the tournament bowl competitively in leagues in the Hampton Roads area.

"Doing something like this is good because it represents the command and could be used on an all-Navy bowling team application," said Leonard.

The Captain's Cup tournaments help build morale and give
Lincoln Sailors a respite from work.

"It builds camaraderie and expands diversity around the ship," said Nicholas. "Events and hobbies like this have a way of relaxing you. You have to take time away from the rigors of work to stay focused"” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS140301-02 - Release Date: 3/1/2014 7:56:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Wesley T. Buckett, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS)).

 

Lincoln Places Third in Patriot Soccer Tournament

 

“The USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Morale Welfare and Recreation Division hosted the first Newport News Patriot Soccer Tournament, at Gosnold's Hope Park, Hampton, Va. on 22 March 2014.

Six teams, including two
Lincoln teams, two Newport News Shipyard (NNS) teams, along with the Newport News Fire and Police departments, played in the day-long tournament, fighting each other for first place. After several intense games, NNS placed first and second while Lincoln's "A-team" took third.

"We started this event because a Sailor came to us, he was new to the area, and wanted to know what there was to do for recreation," said Bonnie Wojcik, a NNS project management analyst with
Lincoln's Refueling Complex and Overhaul (RCOH) team and the coordinator for the tournament. "This tournament, which was just going to be a pick-up game, turned into the first Newport News Patriot Soccer tournament."

The tournament began with
Lincoln's "A-team" winning their first game. It didn't take long before the Police squared off against NNS Pink and the Fire department went head-to-head against another NNS team.

"We played pretty well together," said Aviation Maintenance Administrationman 3rd Class Michael Uchendu. "This was the first game that we have played since the end of last season, but I think that if we had more time to practice we could have made first place."

After leaving the fields, players sat together and ate some of the sizzling hamburgers and hotdogs grilled for the event.

"We couldn't
have a soccer tournament without some kind of social," said Wojcik. "When you get in the middle of an RCOH, it's challenging because the whole relationship between Sailors and shipyard workers is torn apart. So this tournament helped show both Sailors and (NNS) workers alike that there are things to do outside of the shipyard and that they can be fun and engaging."

Wojcik also said this event helps bridge the gap between Sailors and workers because it allows them to build new friendships and think of someone in a new light.

"I think it's important for Sailors to participate in tournaments and social events because it definitely builds camaraderie and it helps teach Sailors that
there is more to do in the area than sit at home," said Lincoln's fun boss, Shannon Smith” (Ref. Story Number: NNS140326-09 - Release Date: 3/26/2014 12:09:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seamen Christopher Huot, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).

 

USS Lincoln Sailors Recognized at Admirals Hockey Game

 

“Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) watched the Norfolk Admirals knock off the Hershey Bears 5-3 during an American Hockey League game at the Norfolk Scope Arena on 16 April 2014.

Lincoln's Commanding Officer, Capt. Karl Thomas, alongside Lincoln Command Leadership Award winner, Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 1st Class Glenn Walter, dropped the puck to kick off the game.

"Dropping the puck was a great, and humbling experience," said Thomas. "You don't realize that you're standing in front of so many people in the middle of the arena, you just hope you don't slip and fall on the ice."

More than 150 Sailors came out to the event organized by
Lincoln's Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) team.

"It's great that we have an
MWR program for our Sailors due to the fact that the work we do is very hard and the environment we work in is challenging. Events like this are a great way to unwind," said Thomas. "They allow our Sailors the oppourtunity to get out and enjoy the camaraderie that will build better teamwork resulting in success in the workplace."

Lincoln's
color guard presented the American flag before the game, and Airman Apprentice Aaron Clark sang the national anthem during the pre-game ceremony.

"It was a little nerve-racking, but once I started singing the butterflies went away," said Clark. "I was very proud to represent the
Lincoln and my fellow shipmates. This will make a great memory!"

Sailors can look forward to
MWR providing more opportunities to attend similar events throughout the year.

"It was great to represent the
Abraham Lincoln and its outstanding crew," said Thomas. "It was great to see the crowd give recognition to Lincoln Sailors to show they appreciate what we do"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS140417-20 - Release Date: 4/17/2014 9:53:00 PM - By Mass Communications Specialist 3rd Class Brenton G. Poyser, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Public Affairs, NORFOLK, Va. (NNS)).

 

Lincoln Announces Senior Sailor of the Year

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) announced its 2014 Senior Sailor of the Year at the ship's annual holiday party on 11 December 2015.

Capt. Ronald Ravelo,
Lincoln's commanding officer, gave the announcement congratulating Ship Serviceman 1st Class (SW/AW) Marquita Canada, leading petty officer for Supply Department's S-3 Division, as the winner chosen for this year's award.

"These four Sailors are a wonderful example of the excellent crew we have serving aboard the
USS Abraham Lincoln," said Ravelo of Canada, as well as the other Lincoln recipients of this year's Bluejacket of the Year, Junior Sailor of the Year and Sailor of the Year awards. "They embody our enduring commitment of redelivering a warship with trained warriors in October 2016."

Although Canada was honored to receive the individual award, she credits her selection in part to the support received from her chain of command and the Sailors she leads.

"My chain of command has always been so supportive of me throughout my Navy career, not just on board
Abraham Lincoln," Canada said. "I've had leaders that have taught and steered me in a direction of success and I'm just so thankful for them."

Canada hopes to use this award as a stepping stone to achieve a career goal of making chief petty officer, which will allow her even more opportunities to mentor her junior Sailors' careers.

As advice to her fellow Sailors, Canada said, "There will be times where things are not going your way or you are struggling, but just remember not to give up. If you do the right thing all the time and do
what is expected of you, it will work out in your favor."

This integrity and persistence positioned Canada as a stand-out Sailor and in 2014 she went up in front of the ship's Senior Sailor of the Year board for further evaluation of her educational accomplishments, physical fitness standards, participation in civic and community activities along with a variety of rigorous tests of professional military knowledge, leadership, military bearing, Navy values, and current events.

Canada, with over 13 years of naval service, will now advance to the next round of competition and represent Lincoln against the best of the best
at the Commander Naval Air Forces Atlantic Senior Sailor of the Year selection board” (Ref. Story Number: NNS141218-20 - Release Date: 12/18/2014 3:51:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Petty Officer Ryan L. Wampler, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).

 

Lincoln Announces Sailor of the Year

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) announced its 2014 Sailors of the Year at the ship's annual holiday party on 11 December 2014.

Capt. Ronald Ravelo,
Lincoln's commanding officer, congratulated Personnel Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Hellen Streeter for her selection as the Lincoln's Sailor of the Year.

"These four Sailors are a wonderful example of the excellent crew we have serving aboard the
USS Abraham Lincoln," said Ravelo of Streeter, as well as the other Lincoln recipients of this year's Sailor of the Year awards.

Streeter was excited to receive the award but wanted to make sure that her department and chain of command received the credit that they deserved for helping her.

"The Sailors that I work with and my chain of command helped me a lot," Streeter said. "I couldn't have done it by myself, it's not all about me; it's all about them."

One of the things that played a part in Streeter being nominated for Sailor
of the Year was her passion for taking on tasks outside her primary duties.

"Apart from being separation supervisor, I'm also the departmental career counselor and sponsor coordinator," Streeter said. "Helping these Sailors come in and feel welcome in the department and in the command is a big deal because if they succeed then I succeed."

Streeter offered advice to Sailors who are striving to one day be selected as the Sailor of the Year just as she was.

"My philosophy is to get the job done regardless of who gets the credit," Streeter said. "A lot
of people are more worried about being competitive. As long as you have the mindset that 'I'm doing this because I enjoy doing it and it's not all about me,' this mentality can take you far."

Personnel Specialist 1st Class Mishell Browlee, leading petty officer of personnel department, had nothing but good things to say about Streeter.

"Streeter comes ready to work every day and her commitment shows through her work and love of helping others around her," Brownlee said. "She always has a smile on her face and is willing to help whoever comes into
the office with any problems that they have"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS141218-21 - Release Date: 12/18/2014 3:54:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Patrick D. Maher, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).

 

Lincoln Announces its Junior Sailor of the Year

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) announced its 2014 Junior Sailor of the Year at the ship's annual holiday party on 11 December 2014.

Capt. Ronald Ravelo,
Lincoln's commanding officer, announced Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Andres Jimenez, a New York native, as this year's recipient.

"These four Sailors are a wonderful example of excellent crew who are serving aboard the
USS Abraham Lincoln," said Ravelo referring to Jimenez as well as the other Lincoln recipients of this year's Sailor of the Year awards.

Jimenez had previously been nominated for Sailor of the Quarter six times.

"It feels good; it has been a long time coming," Jimenez said. "But I knew that if I kept trying, eventually I would get there. The board portion was very challenging."

In the most recent board Jimenez added that he was up against a good friend of his, Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 2nd Class Carlouie Claro, who is the current Junior Sailor of the Quarter.

"He made runner up but I would've been happy
with either one of us making it," said Jimenez.

According to Jimenez he owes a lot of his success to the support from his leadership.

"Out of all the third classes I've met throughout my years in service, he has been the most forward-thinking and has been an asset to the ship," said Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class Shawn Wingle, Jimenez's leading petty officer. "He is truly a model Sailor."

Offering advice to his fellow Sailors, Jimenez said, "It's all about coming to work with a positive attitude. If you show up and try your best
everything else will fall into place"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS141218-22 - Release Date: 12/18/2014 3:56:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Derry Todd, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Abraham Lincoln Sailors Compete in Culinary Competition

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Abraham Lincoln Sailors Surprised With Navy Achievement Medal

 

“Three Sailors aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) were awarded Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals (NAM) during a ceremony on 23 April 2015.

Lincoln's Commanding Officer, Capt. Ron Ravelo, presented NAMs to Culinary Specialist 1st Class James E. Parrott, Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Chad P. Smith, and Seaman Apprentice Benjamin T. Priebe in recognition of their continued success and hard work during Lincoln's current phase of its Refueling Complex and Overhaul (RCOH).

"I have been here for about four-and-a-half years and I'm getting ready to transfer, so it was a nice going-away gift," Smith said about receiving the award. The NAM was created in 1961 as a way to recognize junior officers and enlisted personnel for outstanding work in their field or for going above and beyond the call of duty.

"It feels good to be acknowledged for our work," Parrott said. "It is nice to know that we are not just working to work, but we are actually contributing." Sailors were recognized for their hard work
and dedication.

"It has been a lot of hard work over the past nine months and it feels good to be recognized for it," Priebe said. "My parents keep saying how proud of me they are and I wish I could be there to see their reaction, because they're going to be really excited"” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS150504-15 - Release Date: 5/4/2015 1:41:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Paul E. Manukin III, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).

 

Abraham Lincoln Officer Presents Plaque to Honor Pioneer Aviator

 

“Cmdr. Todd D. Tavolazzi, strike operations officer assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), presented a plaque on behalf of the Hampton Roads Navy League to Capt. Bob Clark, commanding officer of Naval Station Norfolk, during a ceremony commemorating Eugene Ely at Ely Hall on 8 May 2015.

Tavolazzi and Clark were joined by Capt. Ronald Ravelo, Lincoln commanding officer and Capt. Doug Beaver, executive officer of Naval Station Norfolk as they hung the plaque, which details the significance of Ely above a statue of his likeness in the building named for him.

On Nov. 14, 1910, Ely piloted the first aircraft to take off from a ship, the USS
Birmingham (CL-2) in Hampton Roads. Ely would eventually land his aircraft safely on Willoughby Spit in Norfolk.

"When I was stationed as a junior officer at a helicopter squadron at Naval Station Norfolk from 2006-2011, the squadrons used to stay in a duty room in Ely Hall," Tavolazzi said. "Every time I would pass through the lobby I would see the lonely statue of Eugene Ely with nothing to inform anyone who he was and what his significance was for the U.S. Navy, naval aviation and Naval Station Norfolk in particular."

Seeing a problem, Tavolazzi then went forward to
find a solution to get Ely the recognition that he deserved.

"I happened to speak to Maryellen Baldwin of the Navy League Hampton Roads about Naval history and Eugene Ely during the centennial of Naval Aviation commemoration events in 2010 and 2011," Tavolazzi said. "I mentioned that it was a shame that there was not an explanation of how important Eugene Ely was to naval aviation in the very building named after him." Tavolazzi's efforts and teamwork with the Navy League were appreciated by Naval Station Norfolk leadership.

"This is the good stuff, the stuff we like to
celebrate," Clark said. "When a Sailor notices something that needs to be changed, goes out and gets it done"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS150514-17 - Release Date: 5/14/2015 3:57:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Patrick Maher, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NORFOLK (NNS)).

 

Abraham Lincoln Sailors Receive Leadership Awards

 

As reported on 8 June 2015, “two Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) and one Sailor who recently transferred were presented leadership awards from The Stennis Center for Public Service at an award ceremony on 5 June 2015.

The Stennis Center for Public Service is a federal, legislative branch agency created by congress in 1988 to promote and strengthen public service leadership in America.

The
Lincoln Sailors who were awarded for their leadership included the following: Chief Warrant Officer 4 Gregory Collins, who received the Statesman Award; Master Chief Machinist's Mate Richard Quinn, who received the Union Award, and Personnel Specialist 1st Class Mishell Brownlee, who received the Liberty Award.

"The
Lincoln on Leadership awards, presented by The Stennis Center for Public Service, serves to recognize the top performing Sailors on the deckplates whose management and leadership capabilities are seen and appreciated by their peers and seniors," said Capt. Ron Ravelo, commanding officer, USS Abraham Lincoln. "It is absolutely wonderful to take the time to recognize our top-performing Sailors who are truly leading making a difference at the deck plates with proven and appreciated results."

The recipients were presented their awards by Rex Buffington II, executive director of The Stennis Center for Public Service.

"It's a great honor for us to be able to honor them because they are so worthy and so deserving," said Buffington. "It is important to recognize them for their achievements and for them to be held up as examples for others to follow."

These Sailors have been chosen
by their peers throughout the ship for their exceptional leadership and provides an opportunity to be seen by those throughout the ship as well as leaders outside of the ship.

"In many ways we see these award winners as representatives as the whole ship," said Buffington. Brownlee, one of the recipients, reflected on the honor and esteem of the award, which is peer nominated.

"I am honored to have been selected for this award," said Brownlee. "It is a blessing to receive this award and I hope that through this I am able to set a good example for my junior Sailors on what good leadership should be"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS150608-25 - Release Date: 6/8/2015 4:39:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan Lockwood, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs, NORFOLK (NNS)).

 

USS Abraham Lincoln Crowned Best of the Mess

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

Lincoln Sailors Honored with Leadership Awards

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

Lincoln Sailors Recognized with Peer Leadership Award

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Abraham Lincoln Wins Third Consecutive Retention Excellence Award

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) has gold anchors for the third consecutive year, once again earning the Retention Excellence Award for fiscal year 2016 on 11 January 2017.

The award, announced by Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, is given to commands which pass the annual Career Information Program Review (CIPR) with a score of 90 points or better and meet benchmarks showing commitment to the growth and development of Sailors.

"The retention team's commitment to the Sailors, and the support that the Chiefs Mess and wardroom provided them really made us stand out for this award," said Chief Navy Counselor Eddie Wilkinson, a Lincoln command career counselor.

Commands which receive the Retention Excellence Award, formerly known as the Golden Anchor Award, are given the opportunity to paint their anchors gold in commemoration of their success. These commands have shown superior levels of retention, and represent a large number of individuals willing to make the Navy a long-term career.

The chain of command and departmental career counselors play a pivotal role when it comes to shaping Sailors' careers.

"It's our job to get to know the Sailors on a more personal level, see where they want to go, and what they want to do with their careers," said Navy Counselor 1st Class Shawn Fuller, a Lincoln command career counselor. "It's up to us to help them get to where they want to be."

Fuller went into detail about how programs like the family care plan and financial management program provide resources to Sailors and help make sure they are cared for, as well as their family.

Abraham Lincoln is in the final stages of a four-year, refueling complex overhaul and will be delivered back to the fleet early this year” (Ref. Story Number: NNS170203-04 - Release Date: 2/3/2017 8:48:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Josiah Pearce, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Public Affairs, NEWS, Va. (NNS)).

 

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170127-N-UX013-174 - VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Jan. 27, 2017) Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Ebony Hudson, assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), prepares dessert plates during the annual "Best of the Mess" competition at the Founders Inn and Spa, Virginia Beach, Va. The competition is held to showcase the skills of Navy Culinary Specialists and to raise money for the Chief Petty Officers Association scholarship fund. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jonathan Clay/Released)

 

Abraham Lincoln Named 'People's Choice' at 2017 Best of the Mess

 

“During the 7th annual "Best of the Mess" showcase, aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) earned three awards for culinary expertise in the competition held at The Founders Inn in Virginia Beach, Virginia on 27 January 2017. The team from Abraham Lincoln -- Culinary Specialist 1st Class Sonia Mance, Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Ebony Hudson, and Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Christian Figueroa -- won the "People's Choice" award, took first place in "Best Decorated Station," and placed third in the overall competition.

"There is a lot that goes into the preparation for the event," said Mance, who spent months with her team planning the menu, prepping the ingredients, practicing dishes, and preparing decorations. "Even on the morning of the event, we came in to work at 5 a.m. to review our items just one more time to make sure we had everything we needed before heading to the event."

The Best of the Mess competition is an annual culinary showdown featuring Navy culinary specialists from local commands in the Hampton Roads area. Each team demonstrates their skills through the preparation of a three-course menu. Menu items reflected this year's theme, "Masquerade." Judges graded the teams based on their adherence to the theme and how the dish was prepared, cooked, and tasted.

Abraham Lincoln
Sailors competed against six other local Navy teams from the Hampton Roads, Virginia, area -- amphibious dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD-51), guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG-72), guided-missile destroyer USS Gonzalez (DDG-56), Naval Station Norfolk, Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, and Naval Air Station Oceana Dam Neck Annex.

In 2016,
Abraham Lincoln took first place in the competition, but Figueroa said the real honor is just being in the competition, working together as a team, and also enjoying the food other teams have prepared. "At the end of the day, it really is an honor just to be able to compete; it is also a great feeling to place in any category," said Figueroa. "Although we didn't take home the gold this year, I am proud to represent Lincoln and we had a great time doing it."

The proceeds generated from the annual event benefits the Chief Petty Officer Scholarship Fund, which provides educational assistance to family members of chief petty officers. In addition to raising funds, the event presents an opportunity for Navy culinary specialists to refine their skills and demonstrate them to the general public” (Ref. Abraham Lincoln Named 'People's Choice' at 2017 Best of the Mess - Story Number:
NNS170203-03 - Release Date: 2/3/2017 8:42:00 AM - By Mass Communications Specialist 3rd Class Juan Cubano, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Public Affairs, VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS)).

 

Lincoln Sailors Receive Stennis Leadership Awards

 

“Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) received Lincoln Leadership awards from the Stennis Center for Public Service for their exceptional performance, during a dinner celebration on 6 April 2017 in Norfolk.

Lt. Cmdr. William Dougher was presented the Statesman Award; Senior Chief Aviation Boatswains Mate (Handling) Donovan Mahiai was presented the Union Award; and Culinary Specialist 1st Class Sonia Mance was presented the Liberty Award. The awards recognize individuals who demonstrate sustained superior performance and exhibit the most exceptional leadership skills.

"It's important we take the time to recognize those who demonstrate the characteristics of great leaders," said Rex Buffington, executive director of Stennis Center for Public Service Leadership. "By the example these Sailors set for those around them, they are helping shape and create future leaders."

The Stennis Center for Public Service began annually presenting the Lincoln Leadership Awards to formally recognize an officer, chief petty officer and petty officer who exemplify superior and sustained leadership skills in 2011.

"It really is an honor for me to be part of the recognition of these Sailors, "said Capt. Ronald Ravelo, commanding officer of the
Abraham Lincoln. "They not only exemplify characteristics of great leaders, but represent the USS Abraham Lincoln with the highest regard for Navy core values."

"My family and I being invited to an event like this to be recognized for leadership is truly and honor," said Mahiai. "It's good to be acknowledged by the people I look up to as leaders and peers."

Awardees were nominated and selected by groups of their peers on board, which made the recognition even more special for those selected.

"Sailors are always watching the actions of their leaders," said Mance. "It's important for us to set an example for those we lead"” (Ref. Story Number:
NNS170417-29 - Release Date: 4/17/2017 1:19:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Juan Cubano USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Public Affairs, NORFOLK (NNS)). 

 

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Crew, Division, Department and Command

Awards, Commendations and Prizes from 2013 to 12 May 2017 - 2017 Sea Trials

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

 

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

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

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

 

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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