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March 3, 2011

Vol. 36, No. 9

Nimitz Sailors dispose of hazardous material in the controlled hazardous material area “HAZWorld”. HAZ-World is located in Hangar Bay 3. (Photo by MC2 (SW) Mark Sashegyi)

Safety encourages proper Disposal of hazardous material By MC3 (SW) Mark Sashegyi Command wide concerns among Nimitz Sailors have increased regarding improper disposal of hazardous material and waste. Improper disposal of HAZMAT can result in multiple mishaps including command fines and even personnel injuries. “On numerous occasions personnel have been caught throwing away HAZMAT along with common trash,” said Lt. Cmdr. Joshua Porton, Nimitz’ Industrial Hygiene Officer.

Personnel have had to climb into dumpsters and crawl through all kinds of trash to ensure waste that doesn’t belong with common trash is not accidently disposed of, said Porton. “The other day, we found five battle lanterns in the dumpsters among common trash,” said Cmdr. Todd McVay, Nimitz’ Safety Officer. “Fortunately we have found everything that has been improperly disposed of before it was taken out of the area, so we haven’t encountered any major problems yet.”

An area called HAZ-World has been setup in Hangar Bay 3 near Elevator 4 where personnel can take any HAZMAT or waste to ensure proper disposal. “HAZ-World has been open for about one month,” said Porton. “The majority of (hazardous) waste generated on the ship now goes there.” There are personnel stationed in HAZWorld to inform Sailors whether or not something registers as HAZMAT. Their hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to midnight. Common trash includes items such as plastics, glass, toiletries, furniture and office materials. Items that do not constitute as common trash include batteries, lightbulbs, liquids of any kind, scrap metal, cables, toner cartridges, cardboard and any aerosol cans. A list of what does and does not constitute as common trash has also been sent out in a command e-mail. “If any hazardous waste is taken off of the ship, it can not be brought back onboard,” said Porton. Once any hazardous waste is taken off the ship, it can be brought to Building 992 in the northeast corner of drydock area six. An area for recyclable scrap metals such as aluminum, steel pipes (without lagging), and all galvanized cables is located on the portside of the pier near the vehicle ramp. “Environmental hazards in Pudget Sound are far more scrutinized than they were in San Diego,” said Porton. If anyone has any questions or concerns regarding HAZMAT feel free to contact the safety office located on the barge.


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Commanding Officer CAPT Paul Monger Executive Officer CAPT John Ring Command Master Chief CMDCM (AW/SW) William Lloyd-Owen Public Affairs Officer LCDR Steve Ruh Division Officer LTJG Jason Scarborough Media LCPO MCCM Jon McMillan Layout/ Designer MCSN Ashley Berumen Editor MC2 Nathan Gomez Media Dept MC2 J.D. Levite MC2 Scott McCall MC2 James Mitchell MC2 Amara Timberlake MC2 Adam Wolfe MC3 C.J. Amdahl MC3 Peter Merrill MC3 Matthew Patton MC3 Mark Sashegyi MC3 Thomas Siniff MC3 Glenn Slaughter MC3 Nichelle Whitfield MC3 Devin Wray YN3 Sang Nguyen MCSN Shayne Johnson MCSN Andrew Jandik MCSA Alexander Ventura II

“Nimitz News” is an authorized publication for the members of the military services and their families. Its content does not necessarily reflect the official views of the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense, the Department of the Navy, or the Marine Corps and does not imply endorsement thereby.

CMDCM William Lloyd-Owen, Rear Adm. Michael J. Lyden, AD1 Dominic Tovias, Capt. Paul Monger, CO, and Capt. John Ring, XO, prepare to cut a cake in honor of Admiral Chester Nimitz’ 126th Birthday. There was also a cake in recognition of the reception of the Ney Award. (Photo by MCSN Ashley Berumen)

Rear Adm. Lyden recognizes Supply for their reception of the Ney Award By MCSN Ashley Berumen Rear Adm. Michael J. Lyden visited Nimitz to recognize the Supply Department for their accomplishment in receiving the Ney Award, Feb. 24. Nimitz was awarded first place in the aircraft carrier category for Captain Edward F. Ney Memorial Food Service Award, Jan. 27. “It’s absolutely huge that he made time to visit,” said Cmdr. Jack Moreau, supply officer. “It definitely is important to the Sailors’ morale to have a two-star admiral recognize who they are and what they did to receive the award.” Lyden, Naval Supply Systems Command Chief of Supply Corps, said that the entire ship’s workforce contributed to Nimitz receiving the award. “Outstanding teamwork and professionalism from the S-2

“It’s an honor to be aboard, division to the ship’s team, is the reason why Nimitz received the especially on the great admiral’s birthday,” said Lyden. award,” said Lyden. During his visit, Lyden was The award recognizes the work of Nimitz’ entire food service escorted on a tour of the ship’s dry dock, by operation Capt. Paul f r o m “Outstanding teamwork Monger, leadership and professionalism from Nimitz’ to the commanding culinary the S-2 division to the ship’s officer, and specialists team, is the reason why Capt. John and food Nimitz received the award,” Ring, Nimitz’ service -Rear Adm. executive attendants. Michael J. Lyden officer, and “ We ’ r e Moreau. glad he “The dry dock looks like it’s was able to walk around and see that the Sailors are working hard,” going well,” said Lyden. “DPIAs (Docking Planned Incremental said Moreau. are incredibly Lyden attended a cake cutting Availability) ceremony held in the crew messing complex and the ship looks great at and berthing barge, in honor of this point.” Adm. Chester Nimitz’ 126th The tour of the drydock was birthday and to celebrate Supply’s Lyden’s first time underneath an reception of the Ney Award. aircraft carrier.


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2011 Navy Marine Corps Relief Society fund drive By MC2 Nathan Gomez The 2011 Navy Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) fund drive began Mar. 1, and will run through Apr. 16. Nimitz coordinators are already planning to raise more money than last year. Nimitz raised $79,000 in 2010. The goal for this year is $100,000. If every Sailor attached to Nimitz donated $5 a month, the amount donated would be more than enough to reach the goal. The Nimitz coordinators for this year’s drive are Lt.j.g David Chumley, Senior Chief Machinist Mate John Welch, and Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate Jason Pick. Additionally, there are departmental representatives for Sailors to set up donations. For those members who don’t know what the NMCRS is, it’s a 107-year-old charity designed to help Sailors, Marines and their families. “Since arriving to Bremerton, Nimitz Sailors have already used $19,000 in 41 cases,” said Pick.

The NMCRS is here to help with basic living expenses, such as auto repairs, bills or groceries. They provide no interest loans up to $300 and have to be paid back by allotment within 10 months. “We can give you a plane ticket and an emergency travel pass right now,” said Pick. “Anything else, you have to go to the main building on base.” NMCRS can also provide money for college. In 2010, the Society gave 252 Sailors, Marines and their families funds for college. They have several financial assistance programs in place to help with furthering education. “They have grants up to $3,000 and loans up to $2,000,” said Chumley. Those are just a few of the ways Navy Marine Corps Relief Society help servicemembers. For more information on the NMCRS, contact your department coordinator or go to www.nmcrs.org.

Whispers Down The Lane By CDR Brent Johnson Command Chaplain Kids like to play games. Actually most people, no matter their age, like to play games, but the older ones usually need to be talked into joining a game in progress. Once in, the older ones often participate with the same joy and abandonment of a young child. There was a game I would play in group settings called telephone. Another name for this game is Whisper Down the Lane. All you do is sit in a line and the first person whispers a line of conversation to the person seated next to them. The message is whispered down the lane to the last person who has to announce out loud what the message is. We would usually get a laugh at the garbled final message, changed from the original in various and silly ways. All the game illustrates is the timeless communication truth that intended communication

does not always equal received communication. I remember when I was on a training exercise with Marines out in the desert on night and a message came in about a serious injury. I travelled with the Battalion Surgeon back the, and we took off to treat this injury. According to the radio message a Gunnery Sergeant has impaled his hand with an engineer stake while setting up the command post. Engineer stakes are real big, and driven in with sledge hammers. When we arrived we found the Gunney sucking on his finger. He got a sliver in it while setting up a stake. He was surprised we showed up to care for him. He thought it a little much for a small sliver that he could pull out on his own. The injury had been magnified as various people passed down the word. I wonder how often we hear reports of what happened somewhere else, or what someone

said, and we are actually not receiving the intended message? How often have we received a message that was not even intended for us? One aspect of military life I really do not like is the passing of rumors, those little whispers sent down the lane that ends up becoming hurtful. My advice to people is usually to confirm what you hear before acting on a rumor. I read in the Bible these practical words in Proverbs chapter four, “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. Put away from you crooked speech and put devious talk far from you.” That ties in perfectly with the ninth commandment, “You shall not lie.” A rumor is merely crooked speech, and is often a lie. Be careful when you hear rumors that are whispers down the lane. Make sure they are truthful, and meant to be helpful before you pass them along.


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Seeking Seattle’s Sea-Life By MC3 (SW) Nichelle Whitfield I love aquariums. Not in the way one would express in something general, i.e. “I love that movie!” No, I love aquariums the way kids love Disneyland or Santa Clause. So naturally, when I discovered there was an aquarium in Seattle, I made sure my camera and I became acquainted with it. Entering the aquarium, I was greeted by cheerful attendants who seemed happy that a visitor chose to visit their aquarium for the day. Past the ticket counter is the view of an enormous fish tank embedded in the wall that sets the tone for the overall experience of the aquarium with its grandeur and beauty. Although the aquarium is somewhat small compared to the ones located in California (specifically Sea World), it offers enough exhibits to keep visitors interested. The attendants are knowledgeable as well as enthusiastic in the answers they provide. This created a high comfort level as far as approaching them. They all give the vibe of people who love what they do and can’t wait to educate anyone who wants to know more about sea-life. The Seattle Aquarium is housed within two buildings spread out over three levels. The aquarium held displays of fish from all over the world. There was a wide variety of otters, seals, birds and two touching tanks with star-fish and sea barnacles. One of the coolest displays in the aquarium was the huge male octopus. I came across it by chance as I curiously

wandered over to a large crowd of excited visitors. I was intrigued as to what could cause such excitement. I’m sure the octopus was relatively average in size, but I was shocked with its overall mass. His tentacle span reached more than 10 feet and he was very actively extending them. Within the first glance, I was just as enthralled as everyone else. We were hanging on to the attendants every word yet we couldn’t pull our eyes away from the huge circular tank housing the lively red octopus with its suckers spread out and stuck to the sides of the tank. Other great attractions were the mammal tanks in the second building of the aquarium. The underground portion of the tanks submerge you in the blue world of the seals and otters and for a little while you can imagine you are swimming with them. Tiny hand prints can be seen on the glass from previous children reaching out in wonder and curiosity. The next best thing to seeing the mammals move gracefully in the water is the look and excitement on the children’s faces. It was easy to see that many of the visitors with young children were mostly content with witnessing the kids’ reactions. The aquarium seemed to entertain guests from 6-months old to teenagers. The best thing the aquarium offers is the show and information session held at the tank near the entrance of the aquarium. As I was leaving, I became confused as to where two voices were coming from when I could see just one attendant standing at the front. People were seated

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nd focused on the tank as if it were a huge TV screen. It asn’t until I rounded the seats that I realized there was a ver in the water! She was in full dive gear and connected an air-hose. There was a microphone somewhere in her ask because her voice was clear through the speakers ong with her labored breathing from swimming. She had veryone’s attention as she explained about the fish in e tank and answered questions from shy children. At ne point she had an eel in her arms that she was actually etting. More astonishing, the eel seemed to seek for her tention and brushed itself against her gloved hands and pened its mouth to eat the chummed calamari she had. hen she was finished, visitors were encouraged to go p to the tank and high five the diver through the glass. Overall, the aquarium provided a few hours of ducational entertainment that’s simple and advanced nough to keep patrons of all ages pleased. The aquarium so has a food court located above ticket counter. The Seattle Aquarium is located on Pier 59 on the aterfront in Seattle near Pike Place Market. Parking can e located directly across the street from the aquarium in garage. If you park in the lot diagonal to the street, be ware that there is a two hour parking max and tickets ll be issued out for being late in return. For more formation visit www.seattleaquarium.org.

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NAAT classes back in session

By MC3 (SW) Nichelle Whitfield Nimitz Sailors are preparing for upcoming Navy-wide advancement exams in March, 2011. The First Class Petty Officer Association (FCPOA) is sponsoring the Nimitz Advancement Attack Team (NAAT) program in an effort to assist Sailors in advancing their careers while providing mentorship. “The First Class Petty Officer Association is dedicated to elevating the knowledge base of our soon to be peers,” said Damage Controlman 1st Class Edward Carriero, FCPOA member. “We will do anything to support the overall success of our junior Sailors.” The NAAT program is a learning tool provided by the FCPOA to assist Sailors in preparing for Navy-wide advancement exams. The programs classe sessions offer power points, student teacher interaction, and games to promote learning and memorization. “NAAT is a great way to supplement studying for the exam,” said Religious Programs Specialist 1st Class Monica Kuhl, FCPOA Secretary. “It shouldn’t be your only source of studying. It is more effective it you use it to reiterate what you have already gone over.” NAAT program classes are being held in the barge library on Monday and Wednesday from 11:00 to Noon.

HM1 SW/AW Jonna Obermiller conducts a cleaning on a patinent in the Mobile Dental Unit. The MDU is located on the pier next to the drydock. (Photo by MC2 Nathan Gomez)

Nimitz Dental Dept. receives mobile unit

(ADDP) to assist with the demand, which By MC2 Nathan Gomez The dental department onboard the allows Sailors to receive dental care from aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) is a civilian dentist at no expense to the utilizing several resources to assist with the Sailors. “When we moved over to the barge, we high demand of maintaining Nimitz Sailors’ went down to 4 operatory rooms,” said dental hygiene and mission readiness. Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (SW/AW) The dental department was provided Jonna Obermiller. “That’s why we’ve a mobile dental unit (MDU) from been sending a lot of Naval Hospital patients out in town.” Bremerton. “There are more than Although the “Thanks to Capt. 1500 Sailors needing amount of space has James Martin, we decreased from 7 cleanings.” were able to get the MDU and get back -Cdr. Jeff Jorden rooms since Nimitz up to speed with our Dental Officer began the Docking Planned Incremental dental care,” said Availability (DPIA), Cdr. Jeff Jorden, the number of dental appointments has not Nimitz Senior Dental Officer. “We were been reduced. “We’ve been sending our very grateful he allowed us to have it.” Sailors out to civilian dentists to help with The MDU provides Nimitz’ Dental the workload,” said Hospital Corpsman department with two extra rooms for dental 2nd Class (SW/AW) Katrina Carne. “Even cleanings, which are a large portion of with the MDU, we’ll still continue to use Nimitz’ workload. the ADDP.” “There are more than 1500 Sailors Sailors requiring dental care can schedule needing cleanings,” said Jorden. “That’s a an appointment with the Dental department lot of our people that need attention.” on the barge. All Sailors with appointments Nimitz’ Dental department has also been are reminded to arrive 15 minutes early. utilizing the Active Duty Dental Program


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1408 & 1805 Violations Lead to Suspension around 30 people that need to go to traffic court,” said MasterBy MC3 (SW) Mark Sashegyi Sailors stationed at Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) and Naval Base at-Arms 1st Class Darren Webster, Nimitz Security Ticket Kitsap-Bangor (NBK-B) who illegally park their vehicles in spaces Supervisor. Every parking lot has a letter designation to mark where not designated will be issued a 1408 Armed Forces Traffic Ticket, individuals can and cannot park, for example, the first two levels while more serious offenses such as DUI’s will be issued an 1805 of the parking structure near the Charleston Gate are reserved for United States District Court Violation. commissioned officers and enlisted Sailors rank E-7 and above. 1408 tickets can be issued by Nimitz Security Force and base “I just want sailors to make sure they know where they’re police to anyone driving a government owned vehicle or any active parking at all times,” said Webster. duty personnel driving a personally owned vehicle. The 1805 tickets which are issued for worse violations, will 1805 tickets can only be issued by base police to anyone driving require Sailors to travel off base to the District Court Civil/ a non-government owned vehicle and are enforced by the local Infraction Division located at 1902 96th Street South, Tacoma, government. Wash. Their hours are 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. While there is no financial penalty for receiving a 1408 ticket Monday through Friday. there is a point system that can build up over time if more tickets Sailors must pay or contest the ticket within 15 days of it being are accumulated. issued or a late fee of $52 will be charged. Additionally, their Once a Sailor receives a ticket, they have 10 working days to license may be placed in a suspended status until the amount due contest the ticket if they believe they are innocent of is paid. the violation. “Right now we have around 30 Sailors can pay their 1408 tickets can be contested on NBK at the Base fines via mail or deliver people that need to go to traffic Traffic Court located inside Building 433 near the it in person to either the court” Farragut Gate entrance. Civil/Infraction Court Traffic court is held Tuesday and Thursday from -MA1 Darren Webster or the District Court 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. An Nimitz Security Ticket Supervisor Criminal Division in appointment is not necessary, however Sailors must Pierce County located be dressed in the uniform of the day. at 930 Tacoma Ave. South, Tacoma, Wash. Their hours are 8:30 If the ticket is not contested within the allotted timeframe, it will a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. automatically be annotated onto the Sailor’s base driving record. For further information, visit their website at; http://www. After three uncontested violations within a 12 month period, the co.pierce.wa.us/pc/abtus/ourorg/distct/abtusdst.htm Sailor’s privilege to drive onto base will be suspended. “I only track the tickets that I issue out and right now we have


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MPlayers of Nimitz’ basketball team, 5 Star, scrimmage against Ballaholics, Mar. 1. The players are preparing for play-offs which begin Mar. 7. (Photo by MCSN Ashley Berumen)

Nimitz’ 5 Star prepares for play-offs By MCSN Ashley Berumen Nimitz’ basketball team, 5 Star, scrimmaged against Ballaholics at the Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton Concourse West Gym, Mar. 1. The team prepared for their game against SWFPAC Platypus Mar. 2, in hopes of improving their current record of 8-1. Practice is a time for the team to run through offensive and defensive plays, said Greg Anderson, 24, point guard. “Practice leads to good team chemistry,” said Anderson, a Houston, Texas native. “We learn who can do what, so we can make sure players are at the right place at the right time when it counts.” With the Basketball Navy Northwest Championships on Mar. 12 and 13, practice is more important than ever. “Stats show we are a competitive team,” said Anderson. “The team has a lot of natural talent, but we need to practice

harder because future games are going to be tougher on the team both mentally and physically.” Coach Artez Davis said the team’s defense is what helps the team win games. “Our team puts a lot of pressure on our opponents, which causes numerous turnovers that convert to fast break points for us,” said Coach Davis. Coach Davis said he continues to push the team to their full potential, which helps with their press and half court defenses. Cedric James Davis attended 5 Stars’ scrimmage and said the team looks strong. “They have the determination and they are really working together as a team,” said Davis. Many players on the team have been playing basketball since high school and have a lot of experience. Curtis Pruit, small forward and shooting guard, has been playing with the team

for the last four years. He is currently preparing to go to San Diego to attend a camp. If selected, he will play for the AllNavy basketball team. “The Navy team is another level of competition,” said Anderson, 31. “It’s competitive and a lot of hard work.” Anderson leaves for the two-week camp Mar. 20; this will be his second time tryingout for the team.

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Upcoming Schedule of Events Nimitz TNT vs. Young Gunnas at Bremerton Old gym tonight Mar.7 play-offs begin Mar. 12/13 Championship Current Standings

5 Star: 8-1 TNT:7-0


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