By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Grant Wamack

Sailors aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) now have the opportunity to save money on transportation thanks to a fresh “tip.”

The Transportation Incentive Program (TIP) is intended to reduce federal employees’ contribution to traffic congestion, air pollution, and to expand commuting alternatives. The Department of Transportation, on behalf of the DOD purchases and distributes transit vouchers for Department of Navy participants.

“I think it’s a great program,” said Logistics Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Eric Gomez, from San Diego, Stennis’ TIP coordinator. “It helps Sailors who don’t live in the Bremerton area, and have to commute back and forth every day, save money.”

Acceptable methods of mass transportation include commuter bus, vanpool, commuter train, subway; light rail, and ferry for foot passenger only.

More than 60 Sailors enrolled in the TIP program last year.

“The TIP program is an outstanding way of encouraging the use of public transportation and allowed me to save both time and money in my daily commute,” said Lt. Ron Rumfelt, from Oak Harbor, Wash. “As an added benefit, Washington state has some of the best mass transit and public transportation available in the country.”

Sailors interested in the program must submit a typed hard copy application no later than Feb. 18 to the air logistics office. Once the application is submitted, they will be interviewed by Gomez who will determine whether or not the Sailor qualifies for the program. If approved, Sailors will normally receive vouchers for transportation within two months.

The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group (JCSCSG), consisting of Stennis, Carrier Air Wing 9, Destroyer Squadron 21, and guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) are forward deployed to the U.S. 5TH Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom.

For more information on the JCSCSG, visit www.stennis.navy.mil or www.facebook.com/stennis74.

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