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May 17, 2013

Vol. 2 Issue 26


Story and Photos by MC3 Chris Bartlett


he walking blood bank on board the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz provides a continuous and immediately available source of blood to be used where an emergency exists. The time lapse between the transfer of the patient to a medical facility requires the administration of whole blood and is considered to be detrimental. There are currently 334 personnel onboard who donate blood for the walking blood bank. The ship is required to have 10 percent of ships company. Members of the walking blood bank report to

Dental when the walking blood bank is needed. Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (SW/AW) Elizabeth Anderson, helps facilitate the process for members to donate blood. “When a patient cannot be transferred to the nearest military treatment facility, and needs emergency surgery and required blood due to severe blood loss, we collect whole blood from qualified shipmates that are willing to donate blood to help save their shipmates’ life,” said Anderson In an emergency, anyone can receive type O red blood cells, and type AB individuals can receive red blood cells of any ABO type. Therefore, people with type O blood are known as “universal Continued on page 3


Story and Photo by MCSN Nathan McDonald


oatswain’s Mate Seaman Crystal L. Hingtgen, of Jesup, Iowa, was named Sailor of the Day Thursday. “It was a surprise for me,” said Hingtgen. “At first I was told I was going to DRB (Disciplinary Review Board).” As lead damage control maintenance petty officer and 3M maintenance person for DX40 work center, Hingtgen completed more than 113 damage control maintenance checks and worked 275 man-hours. Hingtgen was instrumental in correcting more Commanding Officer CAPT Jeff S. Ruth Executive Officer CAPT Buzz Donnelly Command Master Chief CMDCM Teri McIntyre Public Affairs Officer LCDR Karin Burzynski


BMSN Crystal L. Hingtgen

than 100 material discrepancies, resulting in Deck department receiving numerous “Outstanding” scores during weekly zone inspections. “My family and friends keep me motivated,” she said. “My family will be excited about this.” Hingtgen enlisted in September 2011 and plans on reenlisting when given the opportunity. “I like the benefits, and plus I’ll be up for shore duty,” she said. Hingtgen credited being named Sailor of the Day to her work ethic. “I got this through hard work and staying motivated,” said Hingtgen.

Editor MC2 (SW) Jason Behnke Lead Designer MC3 George J. Penney III

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Continued from page 1 donors,” and those with type AB blood are known as “universal recipients.” The whole blood that is collected is good for up to 48 hours. “We have the capability to make packed red blood cells which are good for 42 days,” said Anderson. Packed red blood cells are also used to treat blood loss. Anderson’s job is to screen each donor, get an accurate count each month of the donors and to recruit new members. “O negative blood is recommended but anyone can be a donor,” said Anderson. The entire process of screening and blood draw takes less than 15 minutes.

















HM2 Elizabeth Anderson carefully draws blood.

Collected blood is good for up to 48 hours.

“The first thing is each donor has to be screened for any tattoos within the last year, medications or present illnesses, any travel to malarial endemic area,” said Anderson. “If they pass the screen test, the next step is draw blood.” Anyone interested in becoming a member of the walking blood bank, can see Anderson in the Laboratory in medical at 2-107-1-L. You can also register to be a member during your Birth Month Recall (BMR) process.

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Story and Photo by MCSA Aiyana Paschal


hen Electrician’s Mate 3rd Class Tatsuru Morimoto joined the Navy, he didn’t think he’d be sorting trash aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). “I didn’t like it at first, but now I realize it’s not that bad,” says Morioto, who spent most of his time growing up in Japan. “It’s not a glorious job, but it’s a job that has to get done.” Morimoto worked in cryogenics before he was temporarily assigned trash duty, which he has been doing for more than a month now. De-bloused and headphones in, Morimoto works franticly in a loud room filled with bags of garbage. He works fast to keep up with the rush of trash that comes in when the announcement is made over the ship’s intercom, “Haul all garbage to the proper receptacle bins.” Since it can’t be thrown into the ocean, he needs to process the mounds of plastic that fill the corner of the room. As bags of plastic bottles and wrappers melted and compressed into large, easy to store discs, he rips open a bag of paper and pours it into a machine that makes it into pulp. The smell of burning plastic reminds Morimoto of how he used to cringe at the odor. “When I was first here the smells were horrible,” says Morimoto crinkling his nose as he remembers. “I’ve become used to it now though.” Machinist’s Mate 1st class Joe Herrera, originally from Indianapolis, Ind., has been on board Nimitz for about seven months and is the leading petty officer of waste management and pollution control on board. “We have to adhere to the Nimitz’ instruction and NAVPERS instruction on pollution control,” explains Herrera. “Plastic doesn’t degrade in the water. It’s not good for the sea life.” An improperly sorted trash bag is a ticket to the back of a long line. “When I have to send a Sailor back, it ruins their day, and I don’t like doing that,” says Herrera. During the seven months Herrera has worked in trash aboard Nimitz, the worst smell he has

EM3 Tatsuru Morimoto

encountered was seaweed that was stuck in a piece of equipment someone had brought down. “It was the most obnoxious smell ever,” he says. “When you can flood such an open air environment with a smell, you know it’s got to be bad. Oh my god, it straightened my chest hairs.” Herrera says the best part about his job is the people he works with. “When you’re sorting through everyone else’s garbage you have to keep light about the job or it’s just going to drag you down,” says Herrera. “Generally everyone in here is pretty lightspirited. Everyone is able to crack jokes and take them.” When asked what really gets him through a tough and long work day he pauses, turns to his computer and pulls off a photo that was taped to it. “My kids,” he says softly as he holds the photo up. “My kids make my job worthwhile. It doesn’t matter what I do as long as I’m taking care of my wife and kids. It’s what keeps me going every day.”

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TAKING A Story by Ensign Amber Lynn Daniel Diversity and Inclusion Public Affairs


ew guidance for the Career Intermission Pilot Program (CIPP), released with the update of OPNAVINST 1330.2B, includes a provision that now permits Full Time Support (FTS) personnel to apply for CIPP. Announced in NAVADMIN 125/13, the revised instruction authorizes FTS personnel the option to participate in CIPP, which was previously closed to all Navy Reserve Sailors. "These changes were in direct response to feedback we received from the fleet," said Vice Admiral Scott Van Buskirk, Chief of Naval Personnel. "CIPP allows us to meet the shortterm needs of our Sailors, while ensuring they stay Navy for the long term. These important changes will now allow us take that mission further, providing more Sailors the opportunity to utilize this valuable program." The revised instruction also authorizes up to 60 days of accrued unused leave to be carried over through a CIPP participant's intermission. It also clarifies authorization for disability processing, allowing participants that are critically injured or

ill to be treated under the same provisions as a member serving on active duty. CIPP presents a unique opportunity for Sailors to take a career intermission from the Navy, without penalty, and return to active duty to complete a successful Navy career. During their time in CIPP, participants retain their full medical and dental benefits for themselves and their dependents, as well as exchange and commissary benefits. Participants also receive a small monthly stipend equal to 1/15th of their basic pay. Members may also choose a Navy-funded permanent change of station move to anywhere in the continental United States when entering the program. Upon returning to Active Duty, the CIPP participant's date of rank/service is adjusted day for day to account for their intermission, ensuring participants compete in promotion boards with people at the same experience level. Sailors who are interested in learning more can visit SUPPORT/TFLW/Pages/CIPP.aspx

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Photos By MCSN Derek HArkins (Top Left/Right) MC3 Linda S. Swearingen Bottom Left

AM2 Cammilo Moreno documents his inspection of an aircraft in the hangar bay.

LSSN Seth Perrodin SN Daniel Beier await the arrival of the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Rainier (T-AOE 7) before a replenishment at sea. Sailors distribute mail during a mail call in the hangar bay. Page 6

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