Story by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Ikenna Tanaka

BREMERTON, Washington – The U.S. Pacific Fleet Chief Petty Officer Training Team (FCPOTT) held leadership training for chief petty officers and first class petty officers assigned to USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) at the Naval Operations Support Center (NOSC) Kitsap Auditorium at Naval Base Kitsap Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, July 10 – 13.

The training is designed to provide Sailors with the tools needed to develop and strengthen effective leadership.

“This is considered a high-velocity leadership training,” said Command Master Chief Jasen Williams, one of the FCPOTT trainers leading the training, from Birmingham, Alabama. “A lot is covered in the six-to-eight hours that we have with the chiefs and first classes such as ethics, fundamentals, Sailorization and how to train the next generation.”

Some of the attendees were receiving FCPOTT for the first time, while for others, it was more of a review.

“This course is kind of like a refresher,” said Williams. “It’s recommended that chiefs and first classes get this training about every 18 months even though they have the tools in their tool box already. Sometimes you have to re-sharpen those tools.”

FCPOTT regularly receives positive feedback from the Sailors that attend, according to Williams, and promotes an energized environment filled with participation.

“The master chiefs selected have great personalities and are out-going,” said Information System Technician 1st Class Tyreeh Bailey, the leading petty officer in the automated data processing division of John C. Stennis’ combat systems department, from Colorado Springs, Colorado. “They’re training the Sailors as if they’re having a conversation and encouraging participation. [The training has] given me good tools to move forward, and try to improve and correct some of what I see and have the power to change.”

For more information on the FCPOTT visit http://www.facebook.com/fcpott.

To schedule training, email usff_fltcpotra@navy.mil; use “[CMD] SCHEDULE REQUEST” in the subject line.
John C. Stennis is conducting a planned incremental availability at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, during which the ship is undergoing scheduled maintenance and upgrades.

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Story by Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Eugene Rose

BREMERTON, Washington – Sailors aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) are attending ‘Full Speed Ahead,’ a new Navy training course which encourages positive decision making and highlights mid-level leadership.

‘Full Speed Ahead’ was announced by Vice Adm. Robert Burke, chief of naval personnel, Jan. 30, and reinforces the value of integrity, accountability, initiative and toughness to combat destructive behaviors and build professional resiliency.

The new training continues efforts in previous trainings, such as ‘Bystander Intervention’ and ‘Chart the Course,’ but in its own way.

“It’s more entertaining,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) 1st Class Dennis Archer, a command facilitator for ‘Full Speed Ahead,’ from Coral Springs, Florida. “There are a lot of videos in this training and it’s more interactive. You kind of get attached to the characters in the videos and I think that everyone likes it.”

Archer and other command facilitators are delivering the Full Speed Ahead training to all hands. Facilitators were selected to reflect the influence that they exhibit up and down the chain of command.

“We all went to training to be facilitators for this,” said Archer. “We had to … believe that we can make a difference in our culture. Change starts with us and we’d like to pass that on to our Sailors who are attending our trainings.”

Facilitators were trained and certified by Naval Education and Training Command’s (NETC) Master Mobile Training Teams (MMTT) to ensure quality training for Sailors.

Following their training, facilitators lead sessions incorporating the new, more interactive training techniques, such as interactive video and facilitated face-to-face sessions with small, mixed-paygrade groups.

Training is more effective and engaging, according to Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Benjamin Lindsay, from Safford, Arizona, because of the high level of interaction between instructors and Sailors.

“We encourage everyone to participate,” said Archer. “The more you participate the more enjoyable that the training will be and the more you’ll get from it because you get to engage with Sailors from different ranks, different backgrounds and see their side of it; how they’d handle different situations.”

Full Speed Ahead is already making an impact on John C. Stennis Sailors.

“I’ll keep in mind what was said and the different decisions that were made in the training,” said Electronics Technician 3rd Class Brandon Oakes, from Sacramento, California. “I’ll definitely follow that through with how I go about my career.”

John C. Stennis is conducting a planned incremental availability at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, during which the ship is undergoing scheduled maintenance and upgrades.

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Story by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Ikenna Tanaka

BREMERTON, Washington – Thirty-three Sailors assigned to USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) were recognized for their promotion through the Meritorious Advancement Program (MAP) during an all-hands call, July 5.

MAP allows commanding officers an opportunity to recognize and advance top-performing Sailors in the pay grades E3-E5 to the next higher pay grade.

The program evaluates Sailors based on their overall performance, including community relations, advanced education, collateral duties and command involvement.

“MAP is not only important to the Stennis, but to the Navy,” said Lt. j.g. Gabriel Sanchez, John C. Stennis’ educational services officer, from Ruskin, Florida. “It empowers commands [with] the opportunity to advance motivated Sailors that stand out and have proven to be ready for the next level.”

Four Sailors were promoted to petty officer first class, 10 to petty officer second class and 19 to petty officer third class. Captain Greg Huffman, John C. Stennis’ commanding officer, congratulated and shook hands with each promoted Sailor.

“This means a lot because I’ve been a [petty officer] second class since 2008,” said Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class Timothy Dudley, from Mount Clemens, Michigan. “It feels great that my hard work is being recognized. I spent long hours on deployment working and made sure that I took care of my Sailors working for me so that my leadership would show.”

The Sailors who were promoted to petty officer first class are Ship’s Serviceman 1st Class Michaelangelo Burdios, Yeoman 1st Class Demetrius Souza, Master-at-Arms 1st Class Shawn Woodford and Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class Timothy Dudley.

The Sailors who were promoted to petty officer second class are Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Kenneth Patrick, Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Destiny Berthoud, Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) 2nd Class Akayla Blackwin, Electronics Technician 2nd Class Satanou Na, Ship’s Serviceman 2nd Class Alexis Valleroldan, Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Jordan Crow, Quartermaster 2nd Class Bradley Price, Ship’s Serviceman 2nd Class Robert Perkins, Ship’s Serviceman 2nd Class Christopher Perrine and Interior Communications Electrician 2nd Class Elizabeth Norman.

The Sailors who were promoted to petty officer third class are Personnel Specialist 3rd Class Shannon Torrance, Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Jasilyn Quinones, Ship’s Serviceman 3rd Class James Morra, Ship’s Serviceman 3rd Class Ayana Baker, Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Susan Serrrano, Aviation Maintenance Administrationman 3rd Class Taylor Johnson, Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuels) 3rd Class Christopher Tierce, Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Tre Kubota, Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Derionta Stephens, Damage Controlman 3rd Class Margaret Simko, Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Bianca Knight, Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class Latrice Rose, Electrician’s Mate 3rd Class Leander Tom, Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Nathan Carrillo, Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Edith Rhodes, Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Christopher Settle, Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Alexa Browder, Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Wilisoni Vasukilakeba and Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Jessica Aranda.

John C. Stennis is conducting a planned incremental availability at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, during which the ship is undergoing scheduled maintenance and upgrades.
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Story by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dakota Rayburn

BREMERTON, Washington – Thirteen Sailors assigned to USS John C. Stennis’ (CVN 74) volunteered their time at the Bremerton Backpack Brigade, helping sort and deliver food to local schools, June 16.
Every Friday during the school year, the Bremerton Backpack Brigade provides backpacks and bags of food to children in need within the Bremerton School District along with information about local food programs throughout the summer.

Myra Battin, board president of Bremerton Backpack Brigade, said that improved education will help the children better their circumstances and provide them with a better future, and proper nutrition is an important aspect of that goal.

“Children are not responsible for their circumstances … but they remain hungry nonetheless,” said Battin. “We believe that feeding those little tummies, keeping them well-nourished over the weekends in particular, allows them to arrive at school Monday morning ready to learn.”

The volunteers recognized the value of helping out their local community and how they might learn new ways to assist those in need.

“It’s a learning experience … to see what people do differently than what you do so when you go back to your place you can use that for yourself,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) 2nd Class Yaovi Ameto, from Togo, West Africa. He added that he hopes he inspires others to volunteer their time.

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) Airman Janesha Johnson, from Brooklyn, said she has a significant amount of experience volunteering within her community before she joined the Navy. Her experiences taught her to understand other people and find common ground.

“If you get to know other people it make us more of a connected family,” said Johnson. “We all are dealing with the same [problems] together.”

Volunteering for worthy causes can become a healthy habit and all it takes is one time to get the bug.

“Just try it one time and see how much its helping and how much it’s appreciated and it will make you want to do it more,” said Information Specialist 3rd class Thalia Barry, from Fernwood, California. Barry said she was happy to volunteer her time to help people in need and believes other Sailors will feel just as rewarded as she did.

John C. Stennis is conducting a planned incremental availability at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, during which the ship is undergoing scheduled maintenance and upgrades.

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Story by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nick A. Grim

BREMERTON, Washington – Sailors from USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) hosted a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride month observance on the barge mess decks, June 16.

The event, a collaboration between John C. Stennis’ Multi-Cultural Heritage Committee (MCHC) and Gay, Lesbian, and Supporting Sailors (GLASS), included guest speakers and a musical performance.

“This is an opportunity for us to come together to recognize and honor the rich diversity and leadership of all LGBT individuals,” said MCHC President Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Destiny Berthoud, from Atlanta.

This is the second Pride observance onboard John C. Stennis, the first observance was held last June following President Barack Obama’s proclamation designating June as LGBT Pride month.

“Speaking at this event and being able to talk about the LGBT community openly inside the military is such a huge step forward,” said Lt. j.g. Jamie Moroney, from Atlanta, an LGBT ally and divisional officer aboard Stennis, “I hope we continue to have these events, and continue to share these so that we never forget what came before.”

The 2016 observance also marked the introduction of GLASS onboard John C. Stennis as a peer-to-peer group for LGBT Sailors and supportive members.

“Pride isn’t just about LGBT, it’s a time to be proud who you are; gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, we are all different,” said GLASS President, Intelligence Specialist 3rd Class Bryan Black, from Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

It is through events such as this, and other MCHC events, that the Navy demonstrates the diverse cultures that make up our Navy as well as our country.

John C. Stennis is conducting a planned incremental availability at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, during which the ship is undergoing scheduled maintenance and upgrades.

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Story by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan Jiang

BREMERTON, Washington – USS John C. Stennis’ (CVN 74) combat systems department began a combat systems light off, June 13, a key milestone in the ship’s yard schedule.

Approximately 95 percent of John C. Stennis’ combat systems, including navigation radar, aircraft approach and landing systems, and weapons systems were shut down in preparation for the ship’s planned incremental availability (PIA) earlier in the year.

“The light off is [one of] the linchpins in ensuring that we have the ability to get underway,” said Lt. Cmdr. Terrell Burnett, John C. Stennis’ combat systems maintenance officer, from Cleveland. “Without the systems that [we] provide, we would not be able to get the ship underway effectively.”

Bringing the systems back online is no easy task.

“Shutting off the systems is always easy but bringing it up has inherent problems,” said Burnett. “We work through those problems to make sure that we support our customers.”

Burnett likened the light off process to conducting an orchestra, bringing different groups of systems online while coordinating with Sailors and Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility personnel who are still doing maintenance work around the ship.

Alteration and installation teams from Naval Sea Systems Command, Naval Air Systems Command, and Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command worked on and upgraded John C. Stennis’ combat systems equipment while the systems were off.

Some of the upgrades included the next generation aviation data management and control system, and new shipboard telephone systems that will allow every digital phone on the ship to have voicemail.

While the light off is one of John C. Stennis’ milestones for completing PIA, it’s just the beginning for the combat systems department.

The next step is performing between 15,000 and 20,000 hours of preventative maintenance, preparing for the combat systems, command, control, communications and computer readiness assessment (C5RA), and sea trials, said Burnett.

John C. Stennis is conducting a PIA at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, during which the ship is undergoing scheduled maintenance and upgrades.

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Story by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Mike Pernick

BREMERTON, Washington – Sailors stationed aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) participated in a ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Midway at the Bremerton Boardwalk, June 6.

The event, which was also attended by local veterans, included a formation by John C. Stennis Sailors and a wreath laying ceremony to remember the lives lost during the battle and veterans lost in decades since.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for us to pay our respects to the generations that went before us, especially since there are very few left,” said retired Army Capt. Jim Taylor, from Fort Worth, Texas. “It’s important we don’t forget the sacrifices they made. It’s a commitment of a small amount of time for everyone to remember.”

The Battle of Midway, fought from June 4-7, 1942, was a decisive victory for the United States on the Pacific front during World War II. During the battle, allied surface and air forces destroyed a significant portion of the Japanese Imperial Navy. Midway is considered by many as the turning point of the War in the Pacific, and is one of the most well-known and revered battles in naval history.

On the morning of June 4, 1942, three U.S. torpedo squadrons, VT-8, VT-6 and VT-3 attacked the Japanese fleet while they were refueling and rearming, resulting in the sinking of four aircraft carriers. What’s significant about this battle is that the U.S. was flying the much slower and less maneuverable Devastator bombers.

American pilots and gunners were sitting ducks for the much quicker Japanese Zero fighters, yet went into the face of danger without hesitation. Only six of 41 Devastator aircraft made it back safely that morning.

“The courage they had to go into battle takes a lot of commitment and that dedication lives on today,” said Chief Master-at-Arms Michael Reyes, from San Antonio, who works at Naval Base Kitsap Security Department. “We may be called on to defend the homeland and we may need to find that type of courage again and we can use those that went before us as an example. Those are some big shoes to fill and big expectations that we need to live up to and carry on that tradition of service when called upon.”

Retired Army aircrewman, Kenneth Jensen, from Lapoint, Utah, was an honorary guest at the ceremony. Jensen flew out of a squadron stationed in Molesworth, England. His B-17 Flying Fortress bomber was shot down over Germany and he was a prisoner of war for three months. He flew 23 missions over Germany and is a Purple Heart recipient.

“I’m glad to be here today, and acknowledging this event is an honor,” said Jensen. “I have a lot of pride and many memories.”

The ceremony concluded with a gun salute and a bugler to play taps as the official party mixed in with the audience.

John C. Stennis is conducting a PIA at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, during which the ship is undergoing scheduled maintenance and upgrades.

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Story by Petty Officer 3rd Class Mike Pernick
BREMERTON, Washington – USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) held a frocking ceremony in the ship’s hangar bay, June 2.

Capt. Greg Huffman, John C. Stennis’ commanding officer, congratulated each of the 252 petty officers and six senior chiefs with a handshake while presenting them with their frocking letter in front of the gathered crew.

“It’s a great opportunity and a bit more responsibility now but I’m ready,” said newly frocked Petty Officer 2nd Class Jaemi-Leigh Aguinaldo, from Kapolei, Hawaii.

Frocking is a naval tradition authorizing Sailors selected for advancement in the most recent Navy-wide advancement cycle to wear the uniform and assume the responsibilities of the next higher rank prior to their official promotion date.

“It’s a great honor and great tradition we’re upholding here,” said newly frocked Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew Sherrill, from Marshall, Michigan. “It was a lot of hard work but I’m ready to be a leader for all my firemen.”

Aguinaldo emphasized the importance of studying and perseverance as a key to her success this advancement cycle.

“Start studying now and start reading through the bibliographies,” said Aguinaldo. “My chief pushed me a lot. He had me studying after working hours and encouraged me to really dissect the material.”

After the ceremony, the newly frocked petty officers returned to their departments and divisions ready to assume new responsibilities befitting their higher rank.

John C. Stennis is conducting a planned incremental availability (PIA) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, during which the ship is undergoing scheduled maintenance and upgrades.

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Story by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sierra D. Langdon

BREMERTON, Washington – Sailors assigned to USS John C. Stennis’ (CVN 74) weapons department visited with elementary students at Crownhill School as part of ongoing community outreach events, May 26.

The mission of the monthly visits is to aid in learning and connect with students to increase confidence both inside and outside the classroom.

“The goal is to get the students more socialized, more confident, more comfortable,” said Honi Matchell, a fifth-grade teacher at Crownhill. “That has absolutely been achieved.”

Sailors performed classroom support tasks such as setting up for lessons and assisting students with reading, writing and mathematics assignments.

“It’s nice when people are reliable and consistent and we have so many people helping us by donating so much of their time.” said Jennifer Erickson, a fifth-grade teacher at Crownhill.

Sailors also had the opportunity to play recreational and educational games with the students, tie-dye shirts and ate lunch together.

“Airman Diaz has been working with two of my ELL (English language learning) students,” said Matchell. “I often have her play games that allow for a lot of English speaking interaction to help them practice their language skills. They then take the skills they’ve learned with her and use them to teach other students to play the games.”

Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Melanie Diaz, from Inglewood, California, has been volunteering with the students in Matchell’s class for three months.

“I’ve definitely seen the bond grow,” said Diaz. “The first time I came, the students were shy and holding back. The next time, when it was time for me to leave one of the students ran up and asked me if I could come back again.”

Diaz went on to say that the role of the volunteers was not to be a teacher or authority figure, but to be a person that the student could look up to and be confident and comfortable learning with.

“I truly believe in the old adage ‘it takes a village to raise a child,'” said Matchell. “And the volunteers have become that village at Crownhill.”

Crownhill School is just one of several schools that the John C. Stennis weapons department volunteered in over the past several months.

John C. Stennis is conducting a planned incremental availability at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, during which the ship is undergoing scheduled maintenance and upgrades.

For more news on John C. Stennis, visit http://www.stennis.navy.mil or follow along on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/stennis74.

Story by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan Jiang

BREMERTON, Washington – USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) reached the halfway point of its planned incremental availability (PIA), May 24.
John C. Stennis officially started its PIA Feb. 16, at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS) and Intermediate Maintenance Facility to undergo scheduled maintenance and upgrades.
“This is the largest six-month availability ever for a Nimitz-Class aircraft carrier. The fact that we are on schedule and tracking to complete on time is a testament to the PSNS, Stennis, and contractor team,” said Capt. Greg Huffman, John C. Stennis’ commanding officer.

PIA is a regularly scheduled part of a ship’s life cycle to overhaul systems, install upgrades and complete work difficult or impossible to do at sea or without shipyard experience.
Sailors and PSNS personnel are working together on the various upgrades and repairs needed for the ship, including work on the engineering systems, aircraft catapult, crew berthing, tanks and voids, piping systems, insulation, decks and more. The total work planned for John C. Stennis by Sailors and shipyard personnel will amount to more than 2,100,000 man-hours of work.
Teamwork has been essential to staying on top of the required workload and staying on schedule.
“This whole event is based on good team building that we [John C. Stennis Sailors and PSNS personnel] have been developing over the last year, even before the availability started with the shipyard,” said Cmdr. Ken Holland, John C. Stennis’ chief engineer, from Denver, Colorado. “Us working as a team each and every day has made a huge difference.”

While reaching the halfway point is a milestone for John C. Stennis Sailors and PSNS personnel, there is more work to do before PIA is over.

Each day brings new obstacles, but by communicating with one another, PSNS and John C. Stennis overcomes them.

“The critical thing is we know what needs to get done so that we can finish the availability,” said Holland. “Work together as a team and push her [John C. Stennis] out of here and back to sea.”

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