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Sept. 20, 2013

Vol. 2 Issue 106




Story and photo by MCSA Andrew W. Price



here are places on the ship where few Sailors travel on a daily basis. Spaces where one would become soaked in grease just by walking in, or spaces where the open ocean is visible through the deck you are working on. These are spaces where the aircraft elevator operating machinist’s mates of Engineering Department’s EAO-1 Hydraulics Division call home. “We are the backbone of the elevator,” said Machinist’s Mate Fireman Jose Herrera. “We keep the elevators, windlass, aft steering and most

parts of the ship that rely on hydraulics running.” Constant maintenance is needed to keep the elevators in working order, some of which is corrective and must be done on the spot. “When others get off, we go to work,” said Herrera. “Most maintenance we do requires that equipment to be unused for a while, so when we are in port we can work long days.” Most maintenance can be as simple as throwing on a green pair of coveralls, guaranteed to be ruined, and greasing down elevator cables directly below the flight deck for an hour or two. Other CONTINUED ON PAGE 3

Sailors of the Day


unner’s Mate 3rd Class Kyle P. Roest, from Battle Ground, Wash., was named Sailor of the Day Sept. 18. As damage control petty officer for G-2 Division, Weapons Department, Roest’s leadership and performance led to the preventative and corrective maintenance on 253 damage control components, the completion of 100 planned maintenance checks and 14 successful spot checks. “It feels great to be recognized by my division,” said Roest. Additionally, Roest served as full-bore gun control liaison officer, a position normally held by senior petty officers. As guidance for other Sailors, Roest said to “work hard for the things that you want and do the right things when nobody is looking.”

Stories and photos by: MC3 (SW) Raul Moreno


ogistics Specialist 3rd Class Brittany D. Czobakowski, from Riverside, Calif., was named Sailor of the Day Sept. 19. Her outstanding performance as the Aviation Support Division Day-Check Supply Response Section (SRS) supervisor and Supply Department, “It feels awesome,” said Czobakowski. “You get recognition all over the ship.” As SRS supervisor, Czobakowski led and trained seven temporarily assigned squadron personnel in processing more than 7,000 routine requisitions and 850 critical off-station and 3,000 on-station demands. “My advice to other Sailors is to just stay positive,” said Czobakowski. “Even if you just smile at someone who’s looking down, that’s about the best advice I can give to anybody.”

Commanding Officer Capt. Jeff Ruth

GM3 Kyle Roest prepares to drive the ship

Executive Officer Capt. John Cummings

Editor MC2 (SW) Jason Behnke

Command Master Chief CMDCM Teri McIntyre

Public Affairs Officer Lt. Cmdr. Karin Burzynski

Lead Designer MC3 (SW) George J. Penney III

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 maintenance could include shutting down an elevator for up to a couple workdays, depending on their available manpower, and makes getting aircraft to the flight deck significantly more troublesome. “We really get to know our equipment,” said Machinist’s Mate Fireman Matthew Miller. “We are always tearing it apart and really getting to know what’s inside of it.” Besides repairing and rebuilding their equipment, EAO-1 machinist’s mates stand watches where they are solely responsible for vital parts of hydraulic equipment such as aft steering, elevators and the windlass. “On our watches, we do roves through

all of our spaces and make reports of any findings that are out of the ordinary,” said Herrera. “We rarely find anything wrong, but if we did, it would be an emergency, because this equipment can be dangerous if it is broke.” Along with four to eight hours of equipment watch every day, these hydraulic operators work a normal workday of four to eight hours. “This department on other ships is manned by up to 25 people, we are doing the same job with 10,” said Herrera. “We work as hard as anyone on the ship and still manage to get our qualifications and enlisted surface warfare specialist (ESWS).”





Story by MCSA Kelly M. Agee

apt. Jeff Ruth, commanding officer, announced the Blue Jacket of the Quarter (BJOQ), Junior Sailor of the Quarter (JSOQ), Sailor of the Quarter (SOQ) and Senior Sailor of the Quarter (SSOQ) Sept. 18. The awardees were Aviation Boatswain’s Mate Airman Tanya Noggle (BJOQ), Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Bryan Labrador (JSOQ), Yeoman 2nd Class Geoffrey Herrington (SOQ) and Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Thomas Robertson (SSOQ). When some Sailors found out they had received the award they felt overwhelmed with this achievement. “It feels great,” said Labrador. “It’s overwhelming but I’m very happy about receiving this award.” According to Herrington, an important part of his success goes to his chain of command, especially his leading petty officer (LPO) and leading chief petty officer (LCPO). “I would like to thank my LPO and LCPO for helping me achieve recognition,” said Herrington. For some Sailors receiving these awards makes them feel responsible in helping others to

achieve the same kind of recognition. “I hope I can someday help out other junior Sailors in my shop to receive similar recognition,” said Herrington. “It feels great but I hope I can use this experience to show others if they strive and push themselves they can achieve great things,” said Noggle. Teamwork is a Nimitz tradition, and according to Robertson, receiving this award was a team effort. “I don’t believe that anything we do in the Navy is an individual effort,” said Robertson. “No matter what, someone is helping us and having our back. I have had the good fortune to be placed into a position where I am able to lead and work with the best group of Sailors I have ever encountered.” Being a hard worker is an important factor for Sailors who would like to receive the same kind of recognition. “Keep working hard,” said Herrington. “Sailors should ask themselves every morning what they can do that day to make themselves better and at the end of the day ask themselves what they did that day to improve.”



AZAN Stephon Deas and other Sailors take the E-4 exam.



ore than 430 Sailors on board took the Navy-wide advancement exam for E-4 on the mess decks, Sept. 19. According to some Sailors, being on deployment was an advantage in preparing for the exam. “The advantage of taking the test while underway is that you are able to do more hands on with your job and familiarize yourself with the equipment,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) Airman Kyle Lutz. “I feel you have less distractions while underway and you are more focused too.” Preparation is an important factor on how well Sailors perform on the exam. Many Sailors used Navy bibliographies to help them with the exam. “I studied everything on the bibliographies and anything that I thought would be on the test,” said Aviation Ordnanceman Airman

Jessica Clover. For some Sailors this was there first time taking the E-4 exam. “This was my first time taking the test but I am confident in my abilities and I think I did well,” said Personnel Specialist Seaman Jeremy Joseph. Even though the test was difficult to some Sailors, others believe they performed well on the exam. “I think I did good because I recognized a lot of what was on the test because of my studying and that helped out a lot,” said Hospitalman Remi Thomas. One Sailor who took the E-4 exam had advice for those getting ready for the next test cycle. “If you’re going to take the test, study way in advance because it helps a lot so you don’t have to cram everything in on short notice,” said Hospitalman Edison Tiamson. 5


An F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to VFA-154 launches off of the flight deck.

What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.


Cpl. Kristen F. Starkus works on an F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to VMFA-323, on the flight deck.


By MCSN Siobhana R. McEwen

By MCSN Siobhana R. McEwen

Sgt. John Cummings, right, and Cpl. Joshua Duso perform as the band “6 to Midnight” in an audition for “Nimitz Got Talent” in the TV Studio.

By MC2 (SW) Devin Wray



30 nel 29 Ch annel 6 Channel 7 Chan Channel 5 Channel 0800 / 2000 Bla zing Saddles

The Soloist

Tak ing of Pelha m 123

1000 / 2200 odfellas Adven tur ela nd Go

1200 / 0000

Air pla ne

17 Aga in 1400 / 0200 Da nce Flick

1800 / 0600 Yea r One

Know ing

The Haun ting in Connecticu t

The Un touch ables

1600 / 0400 The Ghost of Gir lfr iends Past

Die Ha rd

Away We Go

Wa nderlust

Kill Bill Volum e 1

The Town

Act of Valor

G.I. Joe: Retali ation

Fan tastic You M ay Fou r: Rise Not Kiss Silv er The Bride of the Sur fer Red Dawn

Dr ag Me To Hell

Identity Thief


Ma n On A Ledge

The Da rk Knight Rises

02 - AFN News 03 - AFN Xtra 04 - AFN Sports

05 - 8MM Movies 06 - 8MM Movies 07 - 8MM Movies 08 - ROLLER 09 - NTV


Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away Eas y A

ON THE COVER: MMFN Matthew Miller spreads grease on cables as part of maintenance on aircraft elevator three.

Nimitz News Daily Digest - Sept. 20, 2013  

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