Stennis Partners with Puget Sound Navy Museum

•April 18, 2014 • Leave a Comment

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jordan Crouch

BREMERTON, Wash. – Sailors assigned to Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) volunteered at the Puget Sound Navy Museum, April 15.

The volunteers moved the museum’s library of naval history, assembled storage shelves and rearranged furniture.

“With just three of us on staff, it would take us a week to do all this work,” said Carolyn Lane, museum curator and volunteer coordinator. “Thanks to Stennis we were able to get this done in one day.”

Electrician’s Mate Fireman Chloe Wesolick, from Austin, Texas, said he enjoyed volunteering because it was his way of giving back to the community.

“Events like this are important.” said Wesolick, “Not only are we’re helping our city, but it shows Sailors as a positive force in the community.”

The museum, established Dec. 4, 1954, contains more than 18,000 naval artifacts and houses the Stennis exhibit, an interactive exhibit that allows visitors to experience life as a Sailor aboard a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier.

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Stennis Families Hunt for Eggs

•April 15, 2014 • Leave a Comment

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman James Lyon

BREMERTON, Wash. – Sailors assigned to Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and their family members participated in an Easter egg hunt at the Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton softball field April 13.

The event, sponsored by Stennis Moral Welfare and Recreation (MWR), featured approximately 5,200 gifts, including candy filled eggs, prizes and baskets.

In addition to the gifts, MWR provided free food, refreshments and music with help from Stennis’ Junior Enlisted Association (JEA) and Mustang Association.

“This is our way of saying thank you to every Stennis family for their support,” said Chris Cation, Stennis’ MWR director. “Their Sailors are working hard to get Stennis back to sea so it’s good to get the families together on a day like this to have some fun.”

For many, the event was a great way to not only spend time together but also an opportunity to get to know other Navy families.

“I think it’s awesome,” said Courtney Reese, from Ervington, Ala., wife of Aviation Boatswains Mate (Handling) 1st Class Korinne Reese, from Woodland, Calif. “It is cool to be able to come to these events and meet other families.”

Stennis is currently undergoing a Docking Planned Incremental Availability (DPIA) maintenance period at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility.

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Stennis Partners with Local School to Teach STEM

•April 15, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Story by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jordan Crouch

BREMERTON, Wash. – Sailors assigned to Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) partnered with Mullenix Ridge Elementary School, in Port Orchard, Wash., to teach children about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) April 10.

The event, part of the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS & IMF) STEM Outreach program, was designed to increase student interest in a STEM related field.

“We’re here to interact with the children and hopefully get them interested in STEM,” said Lt. William Fleming, from Broken Arrow, Okla. “We’re teaching them the basics of science and engineering, which is something I’m really passionate about.”

Stennis volunteers taught students how to create a bristlebot, a category of robot made by attaching the bristles from a detached toothbrush head to a pager motor and battery.

“It’s important for the students to understand they can take a set of unusual elements and create something unique,” said fourth-grade teacher Shirley Silvernail, from Port Orchard, Wash.

“I think that we inspired a few future engineers,” said Cryptologic Technician Collection 2nd Class Melvin Woods, from Durham, N.C.

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Kitsap County Shows Appreciation for Military

•March 31, 2014 • Leave a Comment

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman James Lyon

Bremerton, Wash. — Service members, veterans and local businesses gathered Mar. 29, in the Kitsap Sun Pavilion to celebrate Military Appreciation Day.

The free event, hosted by the Silverdale Chamber of Commerce, included an informational fair, entertainment and speakers from the local civilian and military community.

The commanding officer of Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), Capt. Michael Wettlaufer, said the event helped strengthen the relationship between the local and military communities.

“We [military service members and families] found out what’s available in the local community and got to know our neighbors,” said Wettlaufer. “In the end it made the relationship between Stennis, the Navy and Kitsap County much closer.”

More than 100 booths and displays were set up in the pavilion by local businesses, colleges and military organizations to help educate military members and their families on various opportunities for service members throughout Kitsap County.

“This event shows [service members] what’s available in the area,” said Hospital Corpsman Seaman Dustin Baldwin, a volunteer at the Naval Hospital Bremerton booth. “We [Naval Hospital Bremerton] can use this event to network and reach out to the military community so they know what services the hospital has available to them.”

“Most of the people who live here are former military,” said Angela Sell, the master of ceremonies, “so we respect and welcome our active duty members and veterans because we have been in their shoes.”

Stennis is currently undergoing a Docking Planned Incremental Availability maintenance period at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility.

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Stennis Sailors Focus on Safety

•March 29, 2014 • Leave a Comment

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Zulema Sotelo

Bremerton, Wash. – - More than 2,000 Sailors assigned to Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) attended a command safety stand down at the Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton gym Mar. 27.

During the event, Sailors were briefed by command representatives on topics such as responsible decision making, motorcycle safety, sexual assault prevention, and risk management.

Stennis’ commanding officer, Capt. Michael Wettlaufer, explained that the purpose of the stand down was to take a break from the workday and emphasize the responsibilities each Sailor has both on and off duty.

“We need to look out for our shipmates, practice bystander intervention and remind each other about the responsibilities we have to our shipmates and to ourselves,” said Wettlaufer. “It’s not hard but sometimes we have to be reminded of it.”

According to Machinist’s Mate 1st Class Sean Burton, from Redmond, Ore., the topics discussed during the event not only gave Sailors information on how to accomplish their mission safely but also prompted them to think ahead.

“It reminds people that we’re all in it together and that pretty soon we will be fighting fires or doing drills right next to each other,” said Burton.

Stennis’ safety officer Cmdr. Derek Atkinson, from Matunuca, R.I., spoke about how the choices Sailors make throughout the ships’ maintenance period contribute to the overall mission.

“We’re all part of a legacy,” said Atkinson. “What we do now and throughout DPIA (Docking Planned Incremental Availability) to get the ship ready for the next deployment is going to carry this ship through its life span.”

Stennis is currently undergoing a DPIA maintenance period at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility.

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Stennis Celebrates Women’s History Month

•March 22, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Story by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Erin Hamilton

BREMERTON, Wash. – Sailors assigned to Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) attended a ceremony honoring Women’s History Month, March 21.

The ceremony, held in the ship’s forecastle, was coordinated by Stennis’ Multi-Cultural Committee and focused on celebrating women of character, courage, and commitment.

Bremerton’s mayor, Patty Lent, was the guest speaker and spoke about the impact women have made in history.

“Today we [women] have more opportunity than ever because the women before us took risks in a troubled society,” said Lent. “I continue to work every day with strength, wisdom and courage because of the women who came before me.”

Stennis’ command chaplain, Cmdr. Yolanda Gillen, spoke about the influence her mother has had on her life .

“Seeing my mother [dealing with adversity] while I was a young girl helped me realize that regardless of what happens in your life, you can overcome it,” said Gillen.

When asked about the importance of the ceremony, Lent said it “reminds us that we can navigate better with a team of both men and women.”

For more information on the impact women have made in the Navy visit www. history.navy.mil.

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Stennis Sailors Attend Women’s Symposium

•March 21, 2014 • Leave a Comment

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Zulema Sotelo

EVERETT, Wash. – Sailors assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and various commands in Navy Region Northwest attended the Surface Navy Women’s Waterfront Symposium at Naval Station Everett Mar. 19.

This year’s message, “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment,” emphasized the value women bring to the Navy.

“A Navy’s effectiveness is greatest when it harnesses every applicable resource its nation has to offer,” said key-note speaker Rear Adm. Babette Bolivar, commander, Navy Region Northwest from Honolulu. “We [the Navy] are the world’s strongest due to the fact that our resources are expanding to include everyone in this great country.”

When asked about achieving goals, Bolivar advised the symposium attendees not to accept limitations but to find the right mentor and believe in themselves.

“If you have a goal to be the best diver, follow your dream, believe in your team and you’ll get there,” said Bolivar.

The symposium included a Women and Leadership at Sea panel discussion which gave service members the opportunity to ask senior leaders about on various topics such as the challenge of being a female in a male dominated rate and pregnancy on sea duty.

“[The panel] gave people an opportunity to ask questions they wouldn’t necessarily feel comfortable asking in their own workspace,” said panelist Cmdr. Nicholie Bufkin, from St. Paul, Minn. “Having a woman’s panel opens up topics that might otherwise not be discussed.”

For more information on the impact women have had in the Navy visit http://www.history.navy.mil.

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