Story by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Erika L. Kugler

BREMERTON, Washington – Sailors aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) recognized African American and Black Heritage Month with speeches from ship’s leadership and junior Sailors Feb. 16.

The Navy’s theme this year is “African American in Times of War,” which celebrates the contributions that African Americans have made to the nation during times of war from the Revolutionary War to present-day conflicts.

“It is a known fact that the Navy, and the military as a whole, is a melting pot,” said Yeoman 2nd Class Jazmin Maria, president of the Multi-Cultural Heritage Committee. “This diversity of backgrounds and values makes us stronger.”

Speeches celebrated groups such as the Golden Thirteen, who were a part of the process to racially integrate the Navy, and the Tuskegee Airman. Other prominent figures who overcame adversity and are known for many firsts, to include Master Chief Boatswain’s Mate Carl M.

Brashear and Adm. Michelle Howard, current commander of U.S. Naval Forces Europe and U.S. Naval Forces Africa were also discussed.

“Let us understand that Black History Month and all months that we use to specifically recognize the accomplishments of marginalized groups, the struggles we’ve been through, and how far we have to go, are an effort to ensure that the contributions made by these groups are not forgotten,” said Lt. Cmdr. Sarah Smith in her speech about fans, allies, and mentors.

ALNAV 007/18 encourages commands to participate in heritage celebrations and special observances throughout the year that honor the contributions, unique histories and cultures Navy’s diverse Sailor and civilian team.

John C. Stennis is in port conducting routine training as it continues preparing for its next scheduled deployment.
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Story by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Erika L. Kugler

BREMERTON, Washington – Under Secretary of the Navy, the honorable Thomas B. Modly visited USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), Feb. 15.
Aboard, Modly spoke with Sailors and ship leadership while touring the ship.

As the 33rd under secretary of the Navy, Modly is the service’s second most senior official. He was sworn into office on Dec. 4, 2017.

Prior to becoming the under secretary of the Navy, Modly held positions in and out of government, including Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Financial Management from 2004 to 2007. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and served in the Navy as a helicopter pilot from 1983 until 1990.

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Story by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Erika L. Kugler

BREMERTON, Wash. – USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) returned from a two-week underway, Jan. 29, after conducting routine training.

During the underway, John C. Stennis Sailors conducted damage control and firefighting training, medical training, and exercises designed to maintain technical and tactical proficiency in a variety of warfare areas.

While in port in San Diego, John C. Stennis successfully completed Command Assessment for Readiness and Training (CART) phase II inspection. The evolution evaluated the crew’s ability to respond to damage control, medical emergencies, and other casualties.

With the completion of CART II the ship continues preparing for Tailored Ships Training Availability and Final Evaluation Problem.

John C. Stennis is in port preparing for future operations and its next scheduled deployment.

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Story by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Erika L. Kugler

BREMERTON, Wash. – USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) returned from a two-week underway, Jan. 29, after conducting routine training.

During the underway, John C. Stennis Sailors conducted damage control and firefighting training, medical training, and exercises designed to maintain technical and tactical proficiency in a variety of warfare areas.

While in port in San Diego, John C. Stennis successfully completed Command Assessment for Readiness and Training (CART) phase II inspection. The evolution evaluated the crew’s ability to respond to damage control, medical emergencies, and other casualties.

With the completion of CART II the ship continues preparing for Tailored Ships Training Availability and Final Evaluation Problem.

John C. Stennis is in port preparing for future operations and its next scheduled deployment.

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Story by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Erika L. Kugler

NAVAL AIR STATION NORTH ISLAND, Calif. – Sailors aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) completed their Command Assessment for Readiness and Training (CART) phase II, Jan. 25.

The four-day evaluation assesses a ship’s ability to respond to carry out a variety of mission areas, including responding to casualties across various warfare areas.

“Events like CART II are no different than the air wing conducting CQs [carrier qualifications] or football players attending practice,” said Lt. Cmdr. Dan Washington, John C. Stennis’ training officer. “Every opportunity the ship has to train makes the crew more proficient and capable, allowing us to deploy and carry out the most challenging missions.”

A team of about 40 personnel from Afloat Training Group (ATG) arrived on the ship evaluate the ship’s preparedness.

ATG San Diego performed the assessment using more than 300 Training Assessment Cards. The cards specify the actions the crew should take during damage control scenarios, medical casualties, and various other warfare areas scenarios. This cumulates in a final score that grades the ship’s overall procedural compliance and casualty response proficiency in a training environment.

“We’re here not only to critique, but also give guidance and assess from an outside perspective,” said Lt. Cmdr. Freddie Koonce, carrier training liaison officer for all West Pacific aircraft carriers.

For John C. Stennis, CART II is an important tool as it continues its training cycle.
“It’s really important because it gives us a baseline of where we are deficient. It shows us what we need to work on to make sure the crew is well-rounded and able to combat casualties safely so everyone can go back home,” said Chief Damage Controlman Matthew Wierson.

With the successful completion of CART II, John C. Stennis will continue preparing for Tailored Ships Training Availability and Final Evaluation Problem as the ship continues to certify prior to deployment.

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Story by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class William Ford

PACIFIC OCEAN – USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Sailors observed Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Day aboard the ship while underway, Jan. 18.

MLK was instrumental in America’s civil rights movement, and is still celebrated today for his approach to embracing peace and togetherness in American society nearly 50 years after his assassination.

“What Martin Luther King did paved the way for us all to be here today, hand-in hand, serving our country as patriots,” said Culinary Specialist 1st Class David Houchins, from Lexington, North Carolina.

John C. Stennis’ Multicultural Heritage Committee hosted the event which celebrated the life and legacy of MLK with a luncheon and cake-cutting ceremony on the ship’s mess decks. During the event, Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Isis Gooden, from St. Helena Island, South Carolina, read a speech written by Coretta Scott-King, MLK’s wife.

“The King Holiday honors the life and contributions of America’s greatest champion of racial justice and equality, the leader who not only dreamed of a color-blind society, but who also lead a movement that achieved historic reforms to help make it a reality,” said Scott-King. “On this day we commemorate Dr. King’s great dream of a vibrant, multiracial nation united in justice, peace and reconciliation.”

MLK Day was first celebrated as a national holiday on Jan. 15, 1986, and serves as an annual reminder of his contributions and dedication to a more just society.

John C. Stennis is currently underway conducting routine training as it continues preparing for its next scheduled deployment.

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Story by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alexander Akre

BREMERTON, Wash. – USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) departed Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton to carry out routine training at sea, Jan. 16.

This is the first underway of the new year for John C. Stennis.

John C. Stennis Sailors are scheduled to conduct flight operations, damage control and
firefighting training, seamanship training, medical training, and exercises designed to maintain technical and tactical proficiency in a variety of warfare areas.

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Story by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles D. Gaddis IV

BREMERTON, Wash. – USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) held a holiday event in the ship’s hangar bay to celebrate the holiday season, Dec. 15.

John C. Stennis’ Weapons department and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) division hosted the event to provide a morale-building opportunity for the crew.

The ship’s crew gathered in the hangar bay for a concert played by the All-Star Band, made up of Stennis Sailors, and participate in holiday competitions including an ugly sweater competition, tree decorating, and a tractor pull.

“I’ve done this event at every command I’ve been attached to,” said Cmdr. Rodney Moss, weapons department head, and member of the All-Star band, from Concord, North Carolina. “I love to showcase the talent aboard the ship.”

The All-Star Band played many holiday songs including “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” and “Soulful Little Drummer Boy.”

“This is the first time the ship has held this celebration since I’ve been stationed here,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Isis Gooden, from St. Helena Island, South Carolina. “Shout-out to Cmdr. Moss for bringing change and increasing morale.”

“I’m glad the celebration took place, it boosts morale and gives everybody a sense of family onboard the ship for those who won’t be going home for the holidays,” said Gunner’s Mate 3rd Class Mia Garcia, from Houston.

Moss expressed his gratitude for all present and his excitement for the next concert.

“It was great to bring the command together to celebrate the holidays before our leave period,” said Moss.

John C. Stennis is in port conducting routine training as it continues preparing for its next scheduled deployment.

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Story by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles D. Gaddis IV

BREMERTON, Wash. – USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) held a holiday event in the ship’s hangar bay to celebrate the holiday season, Dec. 15.

John C. Stennis’ Weapons department and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) division hosted the event to provide a morale-building opportunity for the crew.

The ship’s crew gathered in the hangar bay for a concert played by the All-Star Band, made up of Stennis Sailors, and participate in holiday competitions including an ugly sweater competition, tree decorating, and a tractor pull.

“I’ve done this event at every command I’ve been attached to,” said Cmdr. Rodney Moss, weapons department head, and member of the All-Star band, from Concord, North Carolina. “I love to showcase the talent aboard the ship.”

The All-Star Band played many holiday songs including “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” and “Soulful Little Drummer Boy.”

“This is the first time the ship has held this celebration since I’ve been stationed here,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Isis Gooden, from St. Helena Island, South Carolina. “Shout-out to Cmdr. Moss for bringing change and increasing morale.”

“I’m glad the celebration took place, it boosts morale and gives everybody a sense of family onboard the ship for those who won’t be going home for the holidays,” said Gunner’s Mate 3rd Class Mia Garcia, from Houston.

Moss expressed his gratitude for all present and his excitement for the next concert.

“It was great to bring the command together to celebrate the holidays before our leave period,” said Moss.

John C. Stennis is in port conducting routine training as it continues preparing for its next scheduled deployment.

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Story by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class William Ford

BREMERTON, Wash. – Sailors aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) commemorated the 76th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor and Oahu, and celebrated the ship’s 22nd commissioning anniversary with an event in the ship’s hangar bay, Dec. 7.
During the ceremony, Commanding Officer Capt. Greg Huffman spoke about the attacks that precipitated the U.S.’s entry into World War II as well as John C. Stennis’ history since its commissioning on Dec. 9, 1995.

The attack on Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941, was a costly one for the U.S. Pacific Fleet, and would shape the Navy as it is known today. During the attack, more than 2,000 American lives were lost, 21 U.S. Navy ships were sunk or damaged, and numerous aircraft were destroyed. In response, the Navy expanded its fleet’s capabilities, which led to the more advanced aircraft carriers that it has today.

John C. Stennis, the seventh Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, traveled to Hawaii to participate in the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor last year.
“It was such a great honor to be in Pearl Harbor for the 75th anniversary,” said Air Traffic Controller 3rd Class Dustin Reyes. “Any chance you get to honor those who have served before you or talk with someone who’s fought for this country is a real honor. I’m just glad I was able to take part in it.”
During John C. Stennis’ visit to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, the ship hosted 2,208 visitors, including retired Army National Guard Col. Donald “Doc” E. Ballard, a Vietnam War Medal of Honor recipient, retired Air Force Col. Bud Anderson, a three-time ace during World War II, veterans, and their family and friends while in port from Dec. 3-8 of last year.
The more than 70,000 crewmembers that have served on board John C. Stennis have fought for this country like the veterans that came before them.

The construction of John C. Stennis began at Newport News Shipbuilding Company March 29, 1988, the ship’s keel was laid March 13, 1991, and the ship was christened Nov. 11, 1993. Following sea trials, the ship deployed to the Persian Gulf Feb. 26, 1998, beginning an eventful career.

Since then the ship has completed nine deployments, launched strikes against Al-Qaeda after the 9/11 attacks, led a rescue operation of the Iranian fishing vessel Al Mulahi from pirates, and completed a litany of exercises to showcase strength in the Middle East and Pacific.
As John C. Stennis continues preparing for its next deployment, Sailors remember the sacrifices made by those service members on that day that shall live in infamy, and will continue to protect America and her interests at home and abroad.
John C. Stennis is in port conducting routine training as it continues preparing for its next scheduled deployment.

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