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December 7, 2012


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On Dec. 7 we will be observing National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, in which we will take a moment to remember the 2,400 American servicemen who gave their lives on Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941. That morning, planes launched from four Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft carriers attacked the American Naval base at Pearl Harbor along with other military installations on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Taken almost totally by surprise, the American Navy suffered terrible losses, including four battleships that were moored at the base. World War II had been raging around the globe for two years but America had stayed neutral until the attack on Pearl Harbor. After that day, public opinion was almost universally supportive of intervention, and Congress declared war against Japan Dec, 8 and then against Germany and Italy a few days after that. Japanese war planners had made a crucial error; they felt that a hammer blow at Pearl Harbor would convince Americans not to jump into the fight, as it would be too difficult a war to win. The attack, however, had the opposite effect; from the day of the assault until the war ended on Sept. 2, 1945, America was determined to see the war through to a successful conclusion. World War II was the costliest conflict in history, about 50 million civilians and soldiers died, including 400,000 Americans. For our country, the war began in Hawaii on a sleepy Sunday morning In Dec, 1941, and it is important that we remember the sacrifice of so many that day and in the years to come to bring peace once more to a war-torn world. Chaplain Ryan R. Rupe

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his Christmas, thousands of children around the Hampton Roads area will wake up and rush down to their Christmas trees, ready to open their presents. Unfortunately, not every child will wake up on Christmas morning to a pile of gifts. According to WVEC Channel 13 News, in Norfolk, there are close to 30,000 families in the area living below the poverty line, struggling every day to provide their children with food on the table, much less presents under a Christmas tree. Volunteers from USS Theodore Roosevelt’s (CVN 71) Weapons Department had these children in mind as they set off on the road to the Salvation Army warehouse in Virginia Beach Dec. 4, in a truck loaded with Christmas presents donated from Sailors on the ship. Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class (AW) Emmanuel Zapata, a magazine supervisor aboard TR, said he was sitting at home watching TV when he saw a commercial for a program called ‘Angel Tree.’ “I thought this program would be a great way to bring Weapons Department into the spotlight, and to make TR stand out in the community,” said Zapata. The program, sponsored by WVEC TV and the Salvation Army, gives out paper ‘stars,’ each of which contains an underprivileged child’s name, gender, and clothing size. With this information, the recipient of the star can shop VS for appropriate Christmas VS child, and return the star presents for the VS along with the VSpresent to the coordinator. Within twoVSdays of seeing the comVS VS

mercial, Zapata contacted the TV station and the Salvation Army and received 150 stars to hand out to Sailors on the ship. Within two days, all of the stars were gone. “Sailors really took to this idea,” said Zapata. “I think they realized that they had the means to give back to the community, so they pulled through and did a great job.” Zapata said he handed out 225 stars in total during the two weeks he spent promoting the Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Jered Gonzalez (left) and Aviation program. Ordnanceman Airman Elizabeth Swecker (right) help unload gifts donated by TR Sailors to deliver them to the Salvation Army warehouse “I think it really shows in Virginia Beach Dec. 4. people in the area that we’re not just here to do a job, we Brittany Saucedo, one of the program actually care about our community and we want to help give back,” said Zapata. “These coordinators for TR, said she thinks the ship’s generosity showed through during the presents aren’t going far, they’re all going two weeks she spent collecting gifts from to the kids and families we see every day in Sailors. Hampton Roads.” “It’s great that so many people were Once all of the gifts were collected, willing to buy gifts for kids they don’t even Zapata and his volunteers from Weapons know,” said Saucedo. “These are presents Department delivered them to the Salvation they could have bought for their own kids, Army warehouse in Virginia Beach, where but they chose to help those in need.” families will come to receive them. Diane Zapata said he thinks the program was Vanous, the warehouse coordinator, said she successful, and he has heard nothing but appreciates that the Sailors spent the time positive feedback from around the ship. and money to help out their cause. “I think we showed the ship that our “We can’t do this without the tremendous department really cares,” said Zapata. “Rehelp from our community,” said Vanous. ally, it’s all about the kids though. No child “Everyone who donated presents just helped wants to have nothing waiting for them on make someone’s Christmas a little brighter.” Christmas morning.” Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class (AW) Page 3


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NS PETTY OFFICERS! Photos by USS Theodore Roosevelt Media Department 1) Commanding officer Capt. William Hart addresses the crowd and petty officer selectees at the Huntington Hall gym Nov. 30 during TR’s frocking ceremony. 2) Hart prepares to frock the ship’s newest first class petty officers. 3) Hart congratulates newly-frocked third class petty officers. 4) Hart frocks Culinary Specialist 1st Class (SW) Osman Fernandez. 5) Newly-frocked petty officers from Operations Department pose for a photo. 6) Fire Controlman 2nd Class Sammie Bradford is congratulated by his wife and son. 7) Newly-frocked petty officers from Air Department pose for a photo. 8) Family members stand by to watch their Sailors get frocked. 9) Newly-frocked petty officers from AIMD Department pose for a photo.

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Attendees observe the inactivation ceremony of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65). Enterprise was commissioned in 1961 and is scheduled to celebrate her inactivation, Dec. 1, after 51 years of service. Photo by MC3 Zachary S. Welch

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early 12,000 past and current crewmembers, family and friends attended the inactivation of USS Enterprise (CVN 65) Dec. 1, at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. Enterprise recently completed its 25th and final deployment and returned to its homeport for its scheduled inactivation. The Chief of Naval Operations, the Commander of United States Fleet Forces, nine of 23 prior commanding officers, many decorated war heroes, and thousands of Enterprise veterans attended the event. In honor of the ship’s spirit, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced that the name Enterprise will live on as he officially passed the name to CVN-80, the third Ford-class carrier and the ninth ship in the U.S. Navy to bear the name.

Sailors remove slot seals from catapult one on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) as the ship prepares to depart Norfolk Naval Shipyard to conduct sea trials. George H.W. Bush is conducting sea trials in collaboration with Norfolk Naval Shipyard to train Sailors and ensure operability of equipment and systems following the successful completion of a four-month planned incremental availability period. Photo by MC2 Timothy Walter

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Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the Honorable Ray Mabus presents Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Patrick Quill with the Silver Star medal on behalf of the President of the United States during an award ceremony at Camp Pendleton. Mabus also presented the Department of the Navy’s highest award, the Navy Cross medal, and two additional Silver Stars to members of Quill’s unit for their actions while serving with 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion (MARSOC) operating in the village of Heyderabad, Afghanistan, in July 2010. Photo by MCC Sam Shavers


Staff Commanding Officer Capt. William Hart Executive Officer Cmdr. Mark Colombo Public Affairs Officer Lt. Cmdr. Patrick Evans Media Officer Lt. j.g. Michael Larson Senior Editor MCCS (SW/AW/EXW) David Collins Editor MC2(SW) Austin Rooney Layout MCSN Eric Norcross Rough Rider Contributors MC2(SW) Austin Rooney MC3(SW) Brian Reynolds MC3 Katie Lash MCSN Eric Norcross Command Ombudsmen April Kumley cvn71ombudsman@yahoo.com

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Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Tim Haake is performing maintenance on a battle lantern. What is he doing wrong? We counted 5 infractions. See below for the answers!

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FLEET FORCES COMMANDER VISITS TR Story by MC3 (SW) Brian G. Reynolds USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Public Affairs

Adm. Bill Gortney, commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command, addresses the crew and takes questions aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) during a scheduled tour of Newport News Shipbuilding. Photo by MCSN Eric Norcross

NEWPORT NEWS, Va (NNS) -- The commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFF) visited aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) as a part of a scheduled tour of Newport News Shipbuilding Dec 4. Upon arrival, sideboys rendered honors to Adm. Bill Gortney as he embarked ship. Gortney is no stranger to TR. From 1992-1994, he served as the executive of�icer of the Valions of Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 15 aboard TR. “I’ve had over 400 traps on TR,” said Gortney as he addressed TR

Sailors in the hangar bay. “This is my ship, and it’s great to be back.” During the visit, Gortney conveyed his leadership philosophies and took questions from Sailors. “You guys are actually setting records getting this ship out of the yards, bringing it back to operational standards and returning it to the �leet,” said Gortney. “You all need to know how important it is to �inish this up and to �inish this safely. It is phenomenal. It is your teamwork, yourselves and your command that is making this happen.”

Photo by MC3 (SW) Brian G. Reynolds

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Many Sailors aboard TR welcomed Gortney’s visit and also welcomed insight about what is in store for the carrier and crew. “I think that the admiral’s visit was good for the crew,” said Chief Hull Technician Erik Sykes. “We hear the message from the captain, which is great, but it was nice to hear it from the admiral as well. The question and answer session was great. He took the time out of his busy schedule to come and speak to us. I think that means a lot to the crew.” “It was really nice having the upper chain of command come and check on us,” said Seaman Raynard Kelly. “It shows that they really do care about what goes on here.” Gortney, a former naval aviator, is the 32nd commander of USFF. During his 35-year naval career, he has served with a variety of commands including director of the Joint Staff for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and as commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command; commander of U.S. 5th Fleet and Combined Forces Maritime Component Commanders. Gortney’s visit comes as TR wraps up the �inal stages of its midlife Refueling Complex Overhaul (RCOH) at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries.


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