Story by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nick A. Grim

BREMERTON, Washington – Sailors aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) are rehabilitating and refreshing 29 crew berthings during the ship’s Planned Incremental Availability (PIA) period.

The John C. Stennis berthing rehabitability team, one of the many specialized PIA teams, has been working on the berthings over a four-month period to provide added comfort for the crew.

“Everything you see when you walk into a berthing, we rip it out and replace it,” said Chief Cryptologic Technician (Collection) Matthew Ward, the John C. Stennis berthing rehab team leader from Fresno, California.

In addition to new equipment in berthing, the rehab team coordinates with the ship’s paint team to ensure fresh coats of paint are put on the bulkheads, and the deck and tile team replace the old tile with different flooring such as PRC, a wear-resistant type of flooring designed to reduce maintenance hours and costs.

“The old berthings were in need of new paint and ventilation systems,” said Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Cristo Salazar, from San Antonio. “The new berthings give us a new start and appreciation.”

While the updates keep the ship up to contemporary standards and looking fresh, the rehabilitation will increase crew morale during the work-up cycle and following deployment.

“I think having a nice berthing is one of the biggest things you can do to have decent morale on the ship,” said Ward. “Nobody wants to live in a not-so-nice area, everything clean and new, I think that’s something everyone on the ship deserves.”

John C. Stennis’ berthing rehab team has already completed more than ten berthings and is ahead of schedule.

“Leading the rehab team was an opportunity to work with different departments and lead a lot of Sailors,” said Ward. “The team of 70 Sailors I have working for me has been exceeding work timelines. This team works really hard and we wouldn’t be where we are without them.”

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 Mike Pernick

BREMERTON, Washington – Sailors temporarily assigned to USS John C. Stennis’ (CVN 74) planned incremental availability’s (PIA) deck and tile team are now replacing the tile decks with a new coating referred to as PRC, after its manufacturer, Products Research and Chemical Corporation .

PRC is a marine deck-coating made of a resin sealer and color epoxy that is designed to resist heavy abrasion, impact and other potential movements.

“The application process is really easy since it’s similar to painting,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 1st Class Alec Weeks, leading petty officer of the deck and tile team from Troy, Illinois. “With the new PRC decks all we have to do to keep them looking immaculate is a quick sweep and swab, no more stripping and waxing.”

Besides being easier to maintain, PRC coincidentally enhances John C. Stennis’ performance.

“It requires no underlayment which reduces the amount of weight we are adding to the ship,” added Weeks.

Having Sailors trained to install this deck surface also enhances the ship’s self-sufficiency. The skills they have learned will continue to be employed for future deck installations after the ship leaves the shipyard environment.

Weeks also praised his Sailors on their hard work and commitment to their temporarily assigned jobs.

“They are very passionate about this process and it shows,” said Weeks. “I couldn’t be more proud of the Sailors on the deck and tile team.”

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 temporarily assigned to USS John C. Stennis’ (CVN 74) planned incremental availability’s (PIA) deck and tile team are now replacing the tile decks with a new coating referred to as PRC, after its manufacturer, Products Research and Chemical Corporation .

PRC is a marine deck-coating made of a resin sealer and color epoxy that is designed to resist heavy abrasion, impact and other potential movements.

“The application process is really easy since it’s similar to painting,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 1st Class Alec Weeks, leading petty officer of the deck and tile team from Troy, Illinois. “With the new PRC decks all we have to do to keep them looking immaculate is a quick sweep and swab, no more stripping and waxing.”

Besides being easier to maintain, PRC coincidentally enhances John C. Stennis’ performance.

“It requires no underlayment which reduces the amount of weight we are adding to the ship,” added Weeks.

Having Sailors trained to install this deck surface also enhances the ship’s self-sufficiency. The skills they have learned will continue to be employed for future deck installations after the ship leaves the shipyard environment.

Weeks also praised his Sailors on their hard work and commitment to their temporarily assigned jobs.

“They are very passionate about this process and it shows,” said Weeks. “I couldn’t be more proud of the Sailors on the deck and tile team.”

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.

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 3rd Class Nick A. Grim

BREMERTON, Washington – Sailors from USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) volunteered their time at the Kitsap Rescue Mission, May 9.

John C. Stennis’ Women’s Enlisted Leadership program coordinated the volunteer event with the Kitsap Rescue Mission as an opportunity for Sailors to assist the organization with its many daily needs.

“What we do here is 90 percent volunteer based,” said Amy O’ Shaughnessy, the volunteer coordinator with Kitsap Rescue Mission.

During this community service event, John C. Stennis Sailors helped the Kitsap Rescue Mission by moving bags of donated clothing, demolishing drywall and extracting nails in the Kitsap Rescue Mission’s main building in downtown Bremerton, which is home to their donation offices and their day-room services.

“The presence of service members is pretty huge actually,” said O’Shaughnessy.

In addition to providing aid to the homeless and less fortunate in the community, the shelter offers volunteers the ability to give back as well as show compassion and understanding to those less fortunate.

“Based on experiences in my past, I understand the hardships that people go through, that’s why it’s important for me to come out and help out,” said Electrician’s Mate 3rd Class Matthew Hisermartinez, from North Adams, Massachusetts, “It’s important for John C. Stennis Sailors to come out and show that we want to give back to our community.”

The Kitsap Rescue Mission serves the community by providing a variety of services.

“We have everything from case management, which includes getting help with GED diplomas, paying court fines, family reconciliation, assisting with finding employment and more,” said O’Shaughnessy. “We also provide showers, clothing and toiletry donations, a day room service from nine to five, an overnight shelter and we provide meals.”

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 William Ford

BREMERTON, Washington (May 6, 2017) Eight Sailors assigned to USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) competed in the 25th Annual Armed Forces Culinary Competition at Olympic College, May 6.
The event, part of the city of Bremerton’s 69th Annual Armed Forces Festival, featured military chefs from 10 commands in the Pacific Northwest competing in several categories including appetizers, desserts, and a timed cooking challenge known as the “Battling Chef”.
“Showing off my culinary skills and representing JCS (John C. Stennis) at the same time gives me an enormous amount of pride,” said Culinary Specialist 1st Class David Houchins from Lexington, North Carolina. “Any time we CS’s (culinary specialist) can step out of the daily routine of following recipe cards and procedures to showcase our skills is what we love to do.”
Houchins, who considers his home town Lexington the barbecue capitol of the world, finished third in the ribs category. He and his counterpart’s dishes were judged based on originality, consistency, appearance and taste. The judges consisted of Navy officers and the Mayor of Bremerton, Patty Lent.
“From hors d’oeuvres to ribs to chili it’s pretty exciting for the community,” said Lent. “It’s the kickoff for our armed forces week and it has gathered a lot of attention not only locally but nationally as well.”
Along with Houchin’s third-place finish in the ribs category, Culinary Specialist 3rd Class James Bien, from Las Vegas, and Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Raquel Sumaoang, from Honolulu, took home third place in the wings category and John C. Stennis finished in third place in the overall competition.
The John C. Stennis team was comprised of Culinary Specialist 1st Class Tawney Holley, Culinary Specialist 1st Class David Houchins, Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Benjamin Lindsay, Culinary Specialist 3rd Class James Bien, Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Denmark Cortez, Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Juan Freas, Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Raquel Sumaoang and Culinary Specialist Seaman Khiem Nguyen.
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 Jackson G. Brown

SEATTLE – The Commanding Officer of USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) threw out the ceremonial first pitch before a Major League Baseball (MLB) game featuring the Seattle Mariners against the Texas Rangers, May 5.

Capt. Greg Huffman took the mound in front of 26,983 fans before the game at Safeco Field, home of the Seattle Mariners, throwing the first pitch to Capt. Scott Miller, John C. Stennis’ executive officer.

Cheering them on were more than 400 John C. Stennis Sailors, friends and families who were attending the game as part of “John C. Stennis Family Night,” organized by the ship’s Morale, Welfare, and Recreation department (MWR) and hosted by the Mariners.

“We have a great relationship with the Mariners, and it’s great to have them host John C. Stennis Night here,” said Huffman. “It’s a great opportunity for the Sailors to come out and enjoy some beautiful weather and the people of Seattle.”

The Seattle Mariners, established in 1977, are the only MLB team in the Pacific Northwest region, which has a significant naval presence. John C. Stennis, home ported in Bremerton, Washington, is one of two Nimitz-class aircraft carriers stationed in the region.

“We have a close relationship with the city of Bremerton, the city of Seattle, and all the sports teams down here.” said Huffman on the ties John C. Stennis has on the community.

The John C. Stennis Sailors in attendance took advantage of the opportunity to enjoy the game with a discounted ticket package thanks to the ship’s MWR.

“I think it’s great that MWR looks out for Sailors and provides us with an opportunity to go to these games,” said Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Kevin Mizgalski, from New York. “These [games] are some good ways to relax and take a load off.”

In the middle of a high-tempo Planned Incremental Availability (PIA) period at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, MWR events like John C. Stennis Family Night at SAFECO Field are a welcome break for Sailors who are looking to decompress after a busy week in the “yards.”

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.

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 3rd Class Mike Pernick

BREMERTON, Washington – USS John C. Stennis’ Health Promotions Committee conducted a health fair for its Sailors on healthy eating, supplement safety, weight management and sexual health, May 4.

The fair was an opportunity to interact one-on-one with Sailors and ensure they are getting accurate healthy lifestyle information from health professionals.

“The health promotions program has initiatives for every quarter, and the topic of healthy eating is the focus for the first five or six months of the year,” said Lt. Joe Garrett, from Birmingham, Alabama, the ship’s physical therapist and health promotions coordinator who lead the event. “We inform Sailors how to take the right steps toward increasing their health and improving the things in life that they want to improve. We’re here to give them the right answers.”

Sailors had the opportunity to visit booths focused on different health subjects and ask knowledgeable representatives questions about their personal health goals.

“One thing I didn’t know was that whey proteins can have a lot of cholesterol,” said Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Robert Barbaree, from Athens, Georgia. “I was advised to stick with healthier proteins.”

Representatives from the Stennis medical department were also present to advise and educate Sailors on sexual health topics.

Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Alex Rice, from Emporia, Kansas advised Sailors on the importance of talking to their partners, even in long-term relationships, about sexual health.

He also advised Sailors to be proactive, cautious and don’t be afraid to ask questions when they want to get serious with another person. Sailors can seek help onboard the ship for preventing and treating sexually transmitted infections.

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.

For more news on John C. Stennis, visit http://navy.mil/local/cvn74/ or http://www.facebook.com/stennis74.

Story by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Aime Lykins
BANGOR, Washington – Approximately 800 Sailors assigned to USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) participated in a Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM) challenge alongside Sailors from commands throughout the Kitsap peninsula at Naval Base Kitsap (NBK)- Bangor April 28.

The event, designed to raise awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it, was hosted by NBK Fleet and Family Support Center’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) program and was open to everyone with base access.

“This challenge is the culmination of all the awareness events we’ve held over the past month,” said Senior Chief Aviation Ordnanceman Matthew Bishop from Grand Harris,
California, one of John C. Stennis’ command SAPR coordinators. “I’ve personally seen a surge of interest from the crew about becoming VAs [victim advocates] and I attribute that to all those who helped raise awareness here on the ship.”

The challenge kicked off with a 5K fun run, after which service members rotated through events to learn about challenges and obstacles a victim of sexual assault may have when reporting an assault. The obstacles were all based on general military training talking points and satisfied the DOD 2017 SAPR training requirements.

“I’m really happy with the turn out and the quality of the training being presented,” said Candy Cardinal, a NBK SAPR team member and VA for the region. “This training is so valuable and important, so we are glad to be able to present it in an interactive and memorable way.” Members from John C. Stennis’ associations, including the wardroom, Chief Petty Officer Association, Second Class Petty Officer Association, Junior Enlisted Association, Gay and Lesbian and Supporting Sailors, and Multi-Cultural Heritage Committee volunteered at the event and helped fund the regional campaign efforts.

“The whole month has been great in terms of raising awareness, which was our main goal and I believe we achieved that,” said Bishop. “We started the planning [SAPR events for the ship] in February and with weekly events during April, I think we made contact with at least seven-eighths of the crew.”

Bishop reported that John C. Stennis organizations contributed approximately $3,300 and 35 volunteers for the Navy Region Northwest 2017 SAPR campaign.

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 – A USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Sailor returned from a mission to search for the remains of a Vietnam War pilot in Laos, April 8.

Information Systems Technician 1st Class Jaeson Estomo, from Oak Harbor, Washington, was selected for temporary assigned duty (TAD) to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) from Feb. 8 to April 8.

The DPAA’s mission is to provide the fullest possible accounting for missing U.S. service members. Estomo’s team was searching in Laos for the remains of a pilot who crashed in 1967 during the Vietnam War. His job was to set up and maintain communication equipment used by the team during the recovery work.

Estomo was selected from 70 service members from multiple military branches who volunteered for the position. He believes that his previous experience at a U.S. naval construction battalion command, where he worked with the same type of radios used by the DPAA team, gave him an edge in the selection process.

Estomo’s TAD began at DPAA headquarters in Hawaii with 10 days of communications equipment training before continuing onward to his final destination in Xepon, Laos.

“Laos is a beautiful country,” said Estomo. “The people were friendly and welcomed us out there.”

The team worked for over a month at the excavation site in the wilderness outside of Xepon. Around 60 Lao people from a nearby village aided the 20 person DPAA team in their search.

In addition to his primary duties of setting up the communication systems and performing communication checks were completed, Estomo participated in the excavation work by digging, sifting dirt, and searching for plane parts, bone fragments, and other evidence of the pilot’s fate.

This experience was Estomo’s first time working at a joint command with multiple branches of the military.
“Being able to interact with a lot of people from all the different branches at the base camp was a lot of fun,” said Estomo.

In the end, the DPAA team was unsuccessful in their search, but for Estomo, the chance to work together with service members from other branches and the people of another country was an unforgettable opportunity.

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 information about the DPAA, visit http://www.dpaa.mil.

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Story by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Aime Lykins

BREMERTON, Washington – Sailors assigned to USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) attended a presentation about healthy food choices coordinated by the ship’s Health Promotions Committee and the Kitsap Public Health District, April 4.

Kitsap County Public Health District intern and former John C. Stennis logistics specialist, Cassandra Allen, presented the class in a berthing barge used to provide living and workspace as well as basic services during the ongoing maintenance period.

“I’m really able to identify with [John C. Stennis Sailors] since I worked in supply on the ship and also went through a [planned incremental availability] PIA,” said Allen. “I’m passionate about nutrition and know just what they are dealing with nutritionally, particularly the limitations, in situations like a deployment.”

The Sailors who participated in the course received information on topics such as sugar consumption, label reading and choosing the most nutrient dense foods when shopping on a budget.

The presentation was followed by a question and answer period centered around shipboard nutrition and how Sailors can make healthy choices when they are making
food choices in the galley rather than a grocery store.

“I’m really interested in nutrition,” said Aviation Support Eqipment Technician 2nd Class Tanner Bayles, from Warner Robins, Georgia. “I plan to actually get a degree in nutrition once I’m finished with the Navy, but while I’m in I think it is really important to have as many people as possible spreading awareness about nutrition on the ship.”

Allen and Bayles discussed helpful guidelines for John C. Stennis Sailors interested in their health, including eating from the shipboard salad bar first, opting for water over energy drinks and soda, and how to avoid snacking on costly processed items or convenience foods.

“Sailors do face some dietary obstacles, but the more of us here that are educated about nutrition and can spread the word, the stronger and more empowered we can be with our health,” said Bayles.

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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