By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Patrick Enright.

BREMERTON, Wash. – Sailors assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) gathered in the Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton gymnasium Dec. 13 for a holiday safety stand down.

The stand down was held to reinforce responsible decision making and included topics such as electrical safety, domestic violence prevention and the prevention of drunken driving and drug abuse.

Capt. Michael Wettlaufer, Stennis’ commanding officer, spoke about the need for every Sailor to be safe at work and at home.

“Safety does not end when we get off work,” said Wettlaufer. “We need to be aware of and mitigate the hazards around us so we can help protect ourselves our shipmates and our families.”

Boatswain’s Mate Seaman Apprentice Melissa Brasil, from Lompoc, Calif., reminded the crowd about the importance of making good decision when she spoke about getting caught drinking under age.

“Remember, it starts with you,” said Brasil, “Eventually you will get caught, and it’s not worth what I went through.”

Brasil, now a member of Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD), said she chose to speak at the stand down because to help prevent people from making similar mistakes.

“I hope this stand down helped everyone realize the importance of making the right decision and what could go wrong when you don’t,” said Brasil.

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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