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June 11, 2013

STOCKING UP T HE AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) holds enough Sailors on board to comprise a small city, and in order to fuel a small city, a lot of supplies are needed. The 18 logistics specialists (LS) who work in Stock Control are in charge of keeping the inventory of all materials on board Nimitz, except for aviation materials. “We are in charge of ordering all materials on board, updating the shipping status of the materials and maintaining the financial information on board,” said Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Johnny

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Estrella, of Bronx, N.Y. “We are also in charge of providing maintenance related parts to our battle group.” According to Chief Logistics Specialist Edgar L. Nepomuceno, of Subic Bay, Philippines, Stock Control leading chief petty officer, the Sailors in Stock Control are also in charge of managing the budget for the ship that is handed down from Command Naval Air Forces (CNAF), which dictates how much monetary funds Nimitz is given for each fiscal year. “We allocate the funds in a way that the divisions on board get the supplies they -Continued on page 3-


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viation Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class Lelyn Knowlden, of West Orange, N.J., was named USS Nimitz’ (CVN 68) Sailor of the Day June

Petty Officer Knowlden performed her demanding duties in an exemplary manner. “I stepped up when I needed to step up and did what I was told when I needed to,” said Knowlden. Knowlden was recognized for the tear down and build up of ten jet engines and three after burner modules that totaled 526 man-hours and led to 100 percent engine availability for Carrier Air Wing Eleven. Petty Officer Knowlden’s initiative, loyalty, and total devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. “It’s not hard, I just did my job,” said Knowlden. Commanding Officer CAPT Jeff Ruth


eoman Seaman Recruit Robyn Gonzales, of San Angelo, Texas, was named USS Nimitz’ (CVN 68) Sailor of the Day June 10. “Everyone is given jobs, some they like, some they don’t,” said Gonzales. “It is all about how you approach the job that matters.” Gonzales displayed exceptional skills above her pay grade including managing training requirements for Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 142 for 82 newly assigned Sailors and maintaining a weekly watch bill detailing 135 watch personnel. “It is a lot of work, but I like it,” said Gonzales. Gonzales also revamped the training program by rebuilding 217 training jackets resulting in the reorganization of more than 500 historical files and clearing a backlog of 1000 pieces of correspondence.

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-Continued from page 1need,” said Nepomuceno. “We take all the requests for supplies on board for the ship’s needs and we check to see if it’s within the budget.” Supplies are ordered twice a week by Stock Control for items that are always in need of replenishment on board such as toilet paper, hazmat, paper and items for food service like paper plates, forks and paper cups. “There are high priority items such as parts that are needed to fix critical items that are needed to keep the ship running as part of the ship’s mission,” said Chief Logistics Specialist Nelson M. Deleon, customer service and postal leading chief petty officer. “We expedite those orders to get them here quickly.” All of the mail on board Nimitz is also handled by the Sailors who work in Stock Control. “We also distribute all the incoming and outgoing mail on board,” said Estrella. “Everything that is mail related goes through us.” Every division on board Nimitz has a repair parts petty officer (RPPO) that is in charge of ordering supplies for their entire division. “The RPPOs on board for every department go to the relational supply (r-supply) on the computer to place orders for consumable supplies such as pens or paper and maintenance related supplies,” said Estrella. “The orders are then processed by the suspense manager in Stock Control. If we have the item on board, the RPPO will get the supplies from the S-8 division storerooms. If we don’t have it on board, it gets off station which means we order it and then it will come from a COD [carrier onboard delivery], RAS [replenishment at sea] or crane ops when we hit a port.”


LSSN Justice D. Aloisio processes a postal form in the post office.

According to Estrella, the amount of time it takes to get materials or supplies ordered can vary depending on where the ship is, if CODs are flying on board, if there’s a RAS planned or if crane operations are available in ports the Nimitz pulls into. Working in Stock Control can prove to be challenging at times, according to Deleon. “The most challenging part of working in Stock Control is maintaining our records because we have goals to meet with being able to maintain a certain amount of supplies on board and controlling the spending and not ordering things that we don’t need and how much money we are spending,” said Deleon. With all the challenges that come with working in Stock Control, there are also rewarding moments, according to Estrella. “The most rewarding part of working in Stock Control is when we are able to deliver a material on time to keep the ship running,” said Estrella.

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RE YOU tired of lifting weights every day? Or maybe running a mile or two? Maybe it’s time you talk to Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Alexander Watkins, or how some from his shop would refer to him, “the CrossFit guru.” Watkins began doing CrossFit when he was a student at a fleet replacement squadron. One of his instructors that led physical training was a CrossFit instructor. “I think it is an excellent way to get into and stay in shape,” said Watkins. “I really enjoyed it after doing a couple of the different workouts, and have been doing it ever since.” Watkins isn’t the only one aboard Nimitz who is doing CrossFit work outs. “The idea behind CrossFit is that each of the moves is a functional movement,” said Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Tadashi Morishita. “It’s a movement you would use in everyday life, and I’ve actually noticed a huge improvement on my ability to lift things or move my body certain ways. I’ve just became more capable of a person.” While CrossFit is not a mandated Navy physical training routine, some commands are leaning toward similar regiments. “The Navy is trying to go more toward CrossFit because it takes away from the norm of just sit-ups, pushups and a run,” said Naval




Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Michal Moulton. In Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 6’s ready room, a work out of the day, or WOD as it is often referred to, is posted on a white board. “We have apps that have WODs on them, or you can get them off websites,” said Moulton. On the board, individuals can also post their results from work outs. “You can post how quickly it took you to do it, personal bests, how much you lifted,” said Moulton. We have bench marks that consist of a workout. You post your time or weight lifted. Later you complete the same WOD and see how you’ve improved.” Having a WOD board in the ready room isn’t just for posting a WOD or recording results. Moulton su ggests it might do much more than just that. “Doing the WODs creates shop bonding because we do it together,” said Moulton. “It’s kind of a competition to see who can do the best, and at the same time, it helps us push each other to do better.” Morishita encourages those who might be new to CrossFit, or just working out in general, to give CrossFit a try. “I’d say definitely go for it,” said Morishita. “I just feel like if you don’t have your own work out regiment this would be a great place to start. Most CrossFit gyms will post their WOD on their websites. I started it about three or four years ago, and ever since then, it’s the only work out I do.” 5



AD2 Samuel Ruvalcaba and ADAN Zachary Lichte perform an engine maintenance check in the jet shop. - Photo by MC3 Derek W. Volland

SN Daron J. Edwards stands forward lookout as part of his watch rotation. - Photo by MCSA Victoria Ochoa

CS3 Kenra Bellinger prepares freshly cooked meat to be served during a Sunday brunch. - Photo by MCSN Derek Harkins

ABE3 Samen Delrosario works on an engine of an F/A-18C Hornet. - Photo by MCSA Kelly Agee 6

AM2 Nigel Belulin performs a daily inspection of the cockpit of a C-2A Greyhound. - Photo by MC2 )SW) Devin Wray

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Nimitz News Daily Digest - June 11, 2013  
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