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Vol. 2 Issue 18

May 2, 2013

BEFORE SUNSET The Battle to Quit Smoking Cessation |seˈsāSHən| Noun The fact or process of ending or being brought to an end: the cessation of hostilities | a cessation of animal testing of cosmetics. ORIGIN late Middle English: from Latin cessatio(n-), from cessare ‘cease.’


Story and Photo by MC3 Vanessa Y. David

n board USS Nimitz (CVN 68), there is a tobacco cessation program available in the physical therapy room to Sailors on board who are ready to take steps toward regaining control. The cessation counselors accept walk-ins, conduct individual counseling, and may schedule cessation classes if assistance is in high demand. “Two or three people come in every day asking for help, and we can gather up to 12 patients in a space to conduct the classes,” said Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Eduardo Bello, a tobacco cessation manager. Continued on page 3



in compliance with OPNAV 4790 prior to the air wing arriving on board. “I’m excited and happy,” he said. “This is my second time getting Sailor of the Day. Last time was during RIMPAC (Rim of the Pacific Tour) when I was with a different division.” When asked how he has managed to receive this recognition twice he said, “Go hard or go home.” Rolison joined in July 2011 to get an education. He is pursuing a law degree and is currently taking a business class on board. Because of work and his pursue of a law degree, Rolison has little to no free time while underway. During his free time in Everett, he likes to play basketball and hang out at home.

AOAN (AW) Bryton J. Rolison Story and Photo by MCSA Aiyana Paschal


Houston native, now a Sailor on board the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), Aviation Ordnanceman Airman (AW) Bryton J. Rolison was named the Sailor of the Day May 1. As an Ordnance Team Member of G-1, Rolison took the lead for the quick and safe on-load and de-caning of 24 TACTS Pods and the off-load of shipping containers in support of Carrier Air Wing 11, while in port San Diego April 18. In addition, he also personally completed corrective maintenance for 80 pieces of armament weapons support equipment. He ensured that 694 planned maintenance checks were complete and Commanding Officer CAPT Jeff S. Ruth Executive Officer CAPT Buzz Donnelly Command Master Chief CMDCM Teri McIntyre Public Affairs Officer LCDR Karin Burzynski

Editor MC2 (SW) Glenn Slaughter Lead Designer MC3 George J. Penney III

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“We have a PowerPoint, and we use a lot of paperbased information from different sources such as the Navy Marine Corps Health Promotion Center and They have many tools that are handy. One of them is a money calculator that plugs in how many cigarettes you smoke a day and how much you pay per pack to indicate how much you pay on cigarettes per week, month and year.” Each individual has different motivations for trying to quit. It could be for personal health, a family member may have asked for them to quit, or it could be about saving money. “I can’t force someone to want to quit,” said Bello. “The only way to break that habit is to gain personal knowledge that they have an addiction and that they want to break it.” The Dental Department on board is also involved in the program to help Sailors lead healthier lives. “[Hospital Corpsman Sam Crowell] and I are both tobacco cessation counselors because we find that it’s important to inform our patients of the negative effects of tobacco to oral health,” said Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Richard Estevez, a dental tech. “On one end of the cigarette, there’s the filter, and on the other end, it’s lit. It causes a vacuum that pulls saliva out of the mouth. Saliva’s important because it produces fluoride

and antibodies that help fight infection and keep the mouth free of negative bacteria. As the vacuum dries out the mouth, it also causes the salivary glands to produce less saliva. As a result, cavities form, lesions develop in various areas of the mouth.” The damage that tobacco causes to the mouth is not limited to the enamel of the teeth. “It also causes intrinsic stains, meaning stains forming from inside the tooth,” said Crowell. “You can’t just remove them by trying to clean or scrape away the yellow that cigarette smoke causes. There’s no quick fix for that. With absence from tobacco, basic oral hygiene, a proper diet, and time, one could recover from that stain.” Withdrawal symptoms for quitting can include cravings, irritability, tension, tingling sensations, dizziness, lack of concentration, increased coughing, increased appetite and weight gain. “I used to smoke many years ago,” said Bello. “I quit, and I understand how difficult it is to do because it’s easy to relapse due to stress and other factors. The urge for smoking usually doesn’t go away. It’s all about how much will power you have. My job is to teach them how to take back control.” For more information, contact Bello at J-Dial 6058 or visit

Don’t Tread On Me MAY 2, 2011 Two years ago today, the terrorist leader Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. Navy SEALs. Within 24 hours of the terrorist leader’s death, religious rites were performed aboard the Nimitzclass aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in the North Arabian Sea. The ceremony followed traditional Muslim burial customs. Officials said the deceased terrorist was buried at sea because no country would accept bin Laden’s remains. Page 3

GOIN THE Story and Photo by MCSA Andrew Price



fter several months of battling alcoholism, Airman Justin Lewandowski a member of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 and a native of Buffalo, NY has an upper hand in the fight. Lewandowski joined the Navy as an undesignated airman at the age of 19, and until his 21st birthday hadn’t had a drop of alcohol. “When I turned 21, I hit the bottle hard,” said Lewandowski. “Before I knew it I was headed straight for an alcohol problem. I started losing friends and coming into work late or hung over,” He said. “That is when I knew I was in a bad place.” Lewandowski noticed the problem early, but it wasn’t until shipmates began to suspect a problem with his work performance that he admitted himself to the base hospital at Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif. “When I drank it was like Russian roulette; I never knew who I was going to be: the happy guy, the downer, or the thief,” he said. Once admitted to the hospital, the attendants Page 4

there gave him information on how to become an outpatient of the DAPA and referred him to a DAPA representative. “The DAPA program gave me a chance to hear others’ stories and made me realize what all I could lose if I stayed on that path,” said Lewandowski. With an aftercare program, support from his shipmates, and support from his chain of command, Lewandowski feels better than ever, he said. “Though I still feel urges here and there, I know I have a human element of support and people who care,” said Lewandowski. Lewandowski is optimistic about deployment. “I know now that you don’t have to drink,” he said. “I am going to find productive things to do in port, like adventure, or hang out by the beach.” If you think you have a problem or know someone who does, contact your command DAPA, HMC (SW/ AW) Marvin Ramos. (J-dial: 6057, 2-113-3-Q). Also, Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are held Mondays at 8:30 a.m. and Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. in the ship’s library.



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REMEMBER Photos by

MCSN Kole Carpenter (Top) MC2 (SW) Robert Winn (Bottom Left) MC3 Vanessa Y. David (Bottom Right) Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) perform maintenance on a tow tractor in the hangar bay.

Aviation Electronics Technician Airman Anthony Leblanc, from Beaumont, Texas, performs maintenance on avionics equipment. Page 6

Hull Maintenance Technician 3rd Class Chase Prosser, an Apache Junction, Ariz., native, cuts the tops for salmon boxes in the carpentry shop.

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