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Oct. 3, 2013

Vol. 2 Issue 115




Story by MC3 Linda S. Swearingen


Photos by MCSA Kelly M. Agee

ne of the biggest morale boosters for Sailors while out to sea is getting a delicious meal made by the culinary specialists (CS). In addition to making the main courses and side dishes for Sailors to enjoy, the CSs who work in the bake shop late at night make desserts and sweet treats. “We make every single dessert you can find in any of the galleys on board: cakes, cookies, pies, cinnamon rolls, brownies, cornbread and specialty cakes for things such as reenlistments or change of command ceremonies,” said Culinary Specialist 3rd Class James A. Hibbard, of Los Angeles, assigned

to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 75. In addition to Hibbard, there are two other culinary specialists who work the night shift in the bake shop to ensure the crew is provided with the highest quality of baked goods possible. “There are only three bakers that bake for most of the galleys,” said Hibbard. “We all work at night. It’s easier to have us all working at nights because it’s less hectic and there’s less cooks in the kitchen so we can move around more and get a lot more done.” The typical work day for the Sailors who work in the bake shop is from 7 p.m. to 10 a.m. and during Continued on page 3

Sailor of the Day

Story and photo by MCSN (SW) Kole Carpenter


viation Electrician’s Mate 3rd Class Gabriel Hayes, originally from Portland, Ore., was named Sailor of the Day Oct. 2 aboard Nimitz. As one of the command’s top-notch electrician’s mates, he aided in the repair of five vapor cycle discrepancies. His efforts restored four aircraft to full mission capability in support of Carrier Strike Group 11’s 2013 deployment. “It feels great,” Hayes said. “It feels like I finally get recognized for all the hard work.” As a plane captain, he supervised, trained, and qualified three plane captains, four oil consumption technicians, four fuel surveillance technicians, and Commanding Officer Capt. Jeff Ruth

five brake riders, increasing work center 310’s qualifications by 30 percent. Additionally, he used his out-of-rate expertise to assist the squadron in four 400-hour special inspections and became only the second final checker in the work center, a position normally held by aviation structural mechanics and aviation machinist’s mates. Hayes said he owes his success to a combination of a good work ethic and positivity. “If something needs to be done, I do it,” he said. “And I keep a positive attitude. That’s the main thing. Always try to stay positive, and keep the guys around you positive too.”

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this time they bake almost every baked good that is consumed on board by the crew. “My favorite thing to make is things that are small quantities like cream puffs and specialty cakes because we get to make it from scratch,” said Culinary Specialist Seaman Shena M. Schmidt, of Spokane, Wash. “It’s different than the everyday thing we have to do. I like making things that are out of the norm.” According to Schmidt, she picked the CS rate with the intention of becoming a baker due to the love of baking she had prior to joining the Navy. Schmidt said that working in the bake shop provides her with the experience necessary to fulfill her dream of one day opening up her own bakery. For Culinary Specialist Seaman Erik L. Chamberlain, of Thorton, Colo., working in the bake shop on board Nimitz is a continuation of a six-year long career he had prior to joining the Navy as a pastry chef. “I joined the Navy to be a CS,” said Chamberlain. “I enjoy baking and working in the bake shop.” According to Chamberlain, the best part of working in the bake shop is making the people who consume the baked goods happy. “My favorite thing to make is cookies because everyone loves cookies,” said Chamberlain. One of the biggest and most important jobs of the CSs who work in the bake shop is making

Completed cake displayed within the bake shop.

cakes for special events held on board such as reenlistments, retirements and promotions. For Schmidt, the opportunity to interact with people from various departments throughout the ship when designing and making cakes for special occasions is the highlight of working in the bake shop. “My favorite part of working in the bake shop is the people we interact with outside of the bake shop who want cakes made,” said Schmidt. “The people we make the cakes for are always happy when we give it to them and I like seeing them smile.” The sweet treats and desserts made by the CSs who work in the bake shop help to keep the morale on board high every time someone takes a bite out of their hard work.



WELF Story by MC3 Chris Bartlett

Photo by MC2 (SW) Devin Wray

RECRE PSSN James Jenkins, left, plays a game of dominoes with CS1 Reed Williams during board game night held on the mess decks.



“We are also doing mini movie nights showing some forgotten favorites like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and we are running marathons showing popular TV series like he ships Morale, Welfare perience,” said Mallety. Duck Dynasty, Scandalous, and Recreation (MWR) This group of MWR music videos and even award Department has a wide variety specialists, aka Avengers, does shows that we missed back of activities and events to keep their best to break up the mohome,” said Mallety. us preoccupied during the de- notony of an everyday Sailor’s You can’t forget the hilariployment. day. ous karaoke nights and classic According to Ship’s Ser“Things can be repetiboard game nights too. viceman 1st Class Melvin Mal- tive to the point you feel like a “When I look around at lety, MWR offers a positive homesick robot,” said Mallety. an event and see people smildistraction for everyone deal“We find ways to make you ing, getting along, and enjoying ing with the ships schedule of laugh, make you feel good, give themselves, it makes you feel uncertainty. you a break from the seriousgood about what you do,” said “I don’t think Sailors ness of the job we are out here Mallety. realize this is the best time doing.” Most of these events are of their lives,” said Mallety. MWR offers a huge vaheld on the forward mess decks “Check Facebook, what are riety of movies, board games, at 8 p.m. your friends doing that’s cooler PS3, Xbox and PSP consoles “We have a lot of fitness than what you’re doing right along with games. You can events too like Zumba, spin now?” view the list of movies/games classes and TRX,” said MalleMallety is the leading pet- on the share point page and ty. “ I’m still trying to kick my ty officer of the MWR Aveng- also at the MWR ticket office. leg up as high as our Zumba ers, call sign “Baloo the Bear.” Upcoming events for vid- instructor.” “We call ourselves the eo game fanatics include tourMWR also has merchanAvengers because we all come naments for Madden, FIFA, dise for sale like t-shirts, coins, from different areas in supply Mortal Combat, Street Fighter, patches and cruisebooks. and we each bring something College Football, NBA and “Its great, I get paid to unique to the division as far as Mario Kart for the Nintendo make people happy,” said Malcustomer sales and service ex- 64. lety.



AM2 Steven A. Wooton, left, watches as AM3 Bernice D. Aguirre drills a hole to replace a latch on an E-2C Hawkeye assigned VAW-117 on the flight deck.

For me, the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity.

- Henri Cartier-Bresson ABE2 Ryan Horvath, left, works with ABEAN Vanzel Simmons, middle, and ABE1 Stephan Fox to repair an impact pad on the flight deck.


By MCSN Siobhana R. McEwen

By MCSN Eric Butler

Sailors prepare to launch an E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to VAW-117, on the flight deck .

By MCSN Siobhana R. McEwen


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Nimitz News Daily Digest - Oct. 3, 2013  

The daily underway publication of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68).

Nimitz News Daily Digest - Oct. 3, 2013  

The daily underway publication of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68).