Welcome Aboard! USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72)
As 2016 is behind us, and RCOH begins to wrap up, we are reminded of what a big year it has been. Among many big accomplishments aboard the ship, we finished Crew Move Aboard, successfully tested catapults and completed reactor testing. At the end of every year the Penny Press likes to take a look back at the last 12 months and highlight some of this years achievements and milestones. Happy New Year! Media Department
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USS Abraham Lincoln
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Navy Leaders Bring Back Rating Titles From Chief of Naval Operations Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- On Dec. 21, the Navy announced that effective immediately, Sailors may continue to be addressed by their Rating Titles. Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral John Richardson, with the support of Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Steve Giordano, made the announcement in NAVADMIN 283/16. “Our Navy needs to be a fast-learning organization - that includes Navy leadership,” Richardson wrote in the NAVADMIN. “The Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority states that our most junior teammate may have the best idea and that we must be open to capturing that idea. We have learned from you, and so effective immediately, all rating names are restored.” “The SECNAV, MCPON and I, along with other Navy leadership, have had
the opportunity to speak with thousands of Sailors during our travels throughout the fleet. The feedback from current and former Sailors has been consistent that there is wide support for the flexibility that the plan offers, but the removal of rating titles was unnecessary and detracted from
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Huey D. Younger Jr.
accomplishing our major goals.” The rating modernization working group will continue its work on the substantive portion of the rating modernization effort. “As we looked at rating modernization effort over the past few months, we saw that we could still achieve the positive results we want without changing rating titles right now,” said the Navy’s Chief of Personnel Vice Adm. Robert Burke. “However, modernizing our industrialage personnel system in order to provide Sailors choice and flexibility still remains a priority for us. Our personnel system has not fundamentally changed since the 1970s, and just like our ships, aircraft and weapons systems, it needs updates to keep pace with a rapidly changing world. We must not shy away from adapting to meet the needs of a 21st century Navy -including the way we manage our people.”
The Impact of a Continuing Resolution on PCS Orders Timelines Story by Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy announced today that Sailors should expect to receive orders with approximately two months lead time for permanent change of station (PCS) moves following passage of a second Continuing Resolution (CR) for Fiscal Year 17 that will fund the government through April 28, of next year. “The Navy fully realizes that these shortened lead times limit Sailors’ time to prepare for moves, and burdens them and their families,” said Chief of Naval Personnel, Vice Adm. Robert Burke. “Going forward, we remain committed to providing Sailors with as much information and lead time as we can. Our goal remains to mitigate the CR’s impact on Sailors and their families, to the best of
our ability. We ask for your patience as we work through the funding challenges.” Due to the way resources are phased and allocated under a CR, the Navy currently does not have sufficient funds in our manpower accounts to allow for normal three to four month lead times for Sailors’ PCS orders. While the Navy will make every effort to ensure that PCS orders are released in a timely manner, these fiscal challenges will result in compressed PCS timelines for Sailors. To date, NPC has received less funding than planned and the average lead time for PCS orders has decreased to approximately two months. Sailors who have not yet received orders will likely have less than two months lead time when the orders
are released. The Navy has utilized a prioritization strategy in previous PCS funding-constrained periods with the intent to minimize impact to Fleet readiness, career timing, and families. Emphasis will remain on global support assignment rotations, career milestone billets, critical readiness fills, minimizing gaps at sea for deployed units and those working up to deploy, and keeping the training pipelines moving. Those Sailors who are going to operational units about to deploy, numbered fleet staffs, overseas billets, individual augmentees or mustmoves (safety, early return of dependents, humanitarian) will be issued their orders first.
J A N U A RY
Culinary Specialist 1st Class Sonya Mance competes in the “Best of the Mess” competition. Photo by MC3 Ciarra Thibodeaux
Lt. Adam Cunningham performs the duties of a shooter during the successful testing of Lincoln’s catapult on the flight deck. Photo by MC3 Aaron Kiser Lincoln Sailors particpate in Ship Handling Training. Photo by MC3 Michael Fiorillo
OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS The Lincoln’s culinary team won the “Best of the Mess” competition. Lincoln Sailors participated in Navigation, Seamanship and Ship Handling Training (NSST). First successful catapult test in RCOH. Commander, Naval Air Forces, Pacific Force Master Chief William LloydOwens visits. Force Master Chief William Lloyd-Owens visits with Lincoln Sailors. Photo by MC3 Aaron Kiser
F E B R U A RY
OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS Lincoln onloaded thousands of pounds of supplies to make the ship ready for Crew Move Aboard. Crew Move Aboard marked a major milestone. The galley, ship’s store and barbershop were opened for business for the first time aboard the Lincoln in several years. Bought services onboard for CMA, restored 138 heads, 606 ventilation systems restored to full service. Lincoln’s triad serves food to Sailors during the first meal on the mess decks as part of Crew Move Aboard. Photo by MC3 Aaron Kiser
Ship’s Serviceman 3rd Class Jesse Turtenwald checks out a video game console and games during the grand opening of the ship’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation gear locker. Photo by MC3 Ashley Northen
Command Master Chief Lee Salas receives the first haircut during the opening of the Lincoln barbershop. Photo by MC3 Ashley Northen
M A R C H
Former Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Michael D. Stevens presents a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medal to Senior Chief Aviation Ordnanceman Jason Faciszewski. Photo by MC3 Robert
Lincoln Chief petty officers compete in the Goat Locker Challenge. Photo by MC1 Leeanna Shipps
OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS Former Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Michael D. Stevens presented awards to Lincoln Sailors. Underway replenishment training was conducted to further mission readiness. Lincoln Sailors participate in underway replenishment training. Photo by MC3 Ciarra Thibodeaux
Lincolnâ€™s Chiefs mess won the Goat Locker Challenge.
A P R I L
Chief Warrant Officer Chris Smith inspects fuel. Photo by MC2 Derry Todd
Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fueling) Airman Travis Dutton uses a sound-powered telephone. Photo by MC2 Derry Todd
Lincoln Sailors celebrate the 123rd CPO birthday in the ships fo’c’sle. Photo by MC2 Derry Todd
OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS Lincoln’s V4 division and their Newport News counterparts brought JP5 fuel aboard the Lincoln for the first time in several years. Chief Petty Officers celebrated their 123rd birthday onboard. Lincoln’s all-star hockey team faced-off against EOD at the Norfolk Scope. Lincoln’s hockey team prepares to play. Photo by MC3 Ciarra Thibodeaux
Sailors participate in General Quarters (GQ) training. Photo by MC2 Eric Soto
Sailors perform a traditional dance routine during Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage month. Photo by MC3 Juan Cubano
Sailors demonstrate the dangers of drunk driving. Photo by MC3 Aaron Kiser
In May, Lincoln celebrated Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage month. Sailors illustrated the dangers of drunk driving, Lincoln was honored to host Springfield, Illinois dignitaries aboard for a tour. CVN 72 hosted Aircraft Carrier Naval Aviation Requirements Group (CVN NARG).
Capt. Ron Ravelo and Springfield, Illinois dignitaries pose for a photo. Photo by MC3 Aaron Kiser
Lincoln conducted GQ training in preparation for redelivery in 2017.
OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS Lincoln frocked new petty officers and conducted Sexual Assault Prevention and Response training. We also took part in the Command picnic on the beach, and the ship observed LGBT Pride Month.
Sailors stand in formation during a command frocking ceremony. Photo by MC3 Robert Ferrone
The ship’s soccer team won the Naval Station Norfolk Spring Soccer League Championship June 9, bringing home the command’s first championship trophy in three years.
Lincoln’s soccer team competed in Naval Station Norfolk Spring Soccer League Championship. Photo by MC3 Jacques-Laurent Jean-Gilles
Lincoln Sailors participate in a working party to unload goods from the hangar bay. Photo by MC3 Ciarra Thibodeaux
OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS Tested the NATO Seasparrow missile system. Re-opened Jittery Abe’s coffee shop. Saw the return of Lincoln Sailors from the John C. Stennis (CVN 74).
A Sailor purchases coffee from the newly opened Jittery Abe’s. Photo by MC3 Ashley Northen
Fire Controlman 3rd Class Jacob Marler rotates the NATO Seasparrow missile system on Lincoln’s weather deck. Photo by MC3 Jacques-Laurent Jean-Gilles
Lincoln Sailors return home following a 6-month deployment aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). Photo by MC3 Jacques-Laurent Jean-Gilles
Chief Machinst’s Mate Jaana Hahn speaks during Women’s Equality Day celebration. Photo by MC3 Aaron Kiser
Sailors paint the Battleship Wisconsin during a CPO 365 COMREL. Photo by MC3 Juan Cubano
Sailor participate in damage control training. Photo by MC3 Ciarra Thibodeaux
OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS The ship observed Women’s Equality Day. CPO 365 gave their time to preserve naval heritage by repainting parts of the USS Wisconsin. Deployed Resiliency Counselor arrives onboard. Lincoln Sailors donated their time and their blood to help save lives. CVN 72 CATCC Team achieves initial Air Traffic control certification. 3MAT-lite kept us moving toward redelivery. A Sailor donates during a blood drive. Photo by MC3 Robert Ferrone
Chief Intelligence Specialist Josemarcelo Baqueroalvarez receives his combination cover during the Chief Petty Officer pinning ceremony. Photo by MC3 Robert Ferrone
Capt. Amy Bauernschmidt, executive officer aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), poses for a photo with the Shipyardâ€™s Warrior of the Week. Photo by MC2 Derry Todd
Lincoln Sailors participate in the Out of the Darkness Community Walk in Virginia Beach. Photo by MC1 Josue Escobosa
OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS We took time to remember and honor those who lost their lives on September 11th. Pinned 19 chief petty officers. We said farewell to our former Executive Officer Capt. Todd Marzano and welcomed our current Executive Officer Capt. Amy Bauernschmidt, the Navyâ€™s first female CVN XO. AC2 Coleman returns from 12-month IA in Djibouti Africa. Sailors lay a wreath to honor the sacrifice of all civilians, service members, police officers and firefighters during a 9/11 remembrance ceremony at the Victory Arch in downtown Newport News. Photo by MC3 Aaron Kiser
Lincoln Sailors shovel sand at Buckroe Beach as a part of a community relations service project. Photo by MC3 Matt Herbst
Sailors on load a rigid-hull inflatable boat (RHIB). Photo by MC3 Clint Davis
Aviation Boatswainâ€™s Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Lyle Sarmiento, pins a purple ribbon to his uniform to promote domestic violence awareness. Photo by MC3 Cody Anderson
Sailors observe and perform waist catapult launch testing. Photo by MC3 Jacques-Laurent Jean-Gilles
OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS In 2016, CVN 72 provided 5000 hours of community service. Noise abatement paint completed. RHIB embarkation. Catapult launch testing continued.
Sailors pass boxes in the hanger bay. Photo by MC3 Cody Anderson
Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Gelisa Garza communicates with her crew during a working party. Photo by MC3 Jacques-Laurent Jean-Gilles
Capt. Ron Ravelo and CMC Lee Salas pose for a photo with the newly announced Senior Sailor, Sailor, Junior Sailor and Blue Jacket of the Year. Photo by MC3 Jacques-Laurent Jean-Gilles
OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS The 007-themed holiday event gave our Sailors a chance to use their 0072 dollars for bids on various prizes and we announced the Senior Sailor, Sailor, Junior Sailor and Blue Jacket of the Year.
A Sailor poses with a family member during the Lincolnâ€™s Thanksgiving celebration. Photo by MC3 Juan Cubano
For those that spent Thanksgiving on ship, Supply department provided a beautiful meal that was then served by the CO and other leaders. 5 Intel Sailors deployed with USS Ronald Reagan.
Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jacques-Laurent Jean-Gilles salutes after placing a wreath on a gravestone in Hampton National Cemetery. Photo by MC3 Jessica Paulauskas
Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Kyle Payne gives a Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Mathew Nelson receives his thumbs-up to signal the catapult is ready to launch. Photo frocking letter from Capt. Ron Ravelo. Photo by MC3 Robert by MC3 Cody Anderson Ferrone
Lincoln Sailors line up on the ice before a hockey game against Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek. Photo by MC3 Cody Anderson
Cmdr. Stephen Coates and his family members serve food during the Christmas celebration on board. Photo by MC3 Jessica Paulauskas
Lincolnâ€™s Reactor department successfully passes RSE. Combat System Trials Rehearsal (CSTR). We frocked over 270 Lincoln Sailors. SAR Certification achieved. We celebrated Christmas on board with Sailors and their families. We payed tribute to those who have gone before us during Wreaths Across America. Communicated from new Combat Direction Center (CDC). LRMC and shipâ€™s chapel opened.
Captain Mast Results, Dec. 16 An E-5 was found guilty for Violation of the UCMJ, Article 112a, (Wrongful use, possession, etc., of controlled substances), for a positive urinalysis of marijuana, a Schedule I controlled substance. Member was awarded reduction in rate to E-4, forfeiture of ½ month’s pay per month for two months, and 60 days of restriction. An E-5 was found guilty for Violation of the UCMJ, Article 112a, (Wrongful use, possession, etc., of controlled substances), for a positive urinalysis of cocaine, a Schedule II controlled substance. Member was awarded reduction in rate to E-4, forfeiture of ½ month’s pay per month for two months, and 60 days of restriction. An E-4 was found guilty for Violation of the UCMJ, Article 111 (Drunken or reckless operation of vehicle). Member was awarded reduction in rate to E-3 (suspended for six months), forfeiture of ½ month’s pay per month for two months, 60 days of restriction. An E-3 was found guilty for Violation of the UCMJ, Article 112a, (2 Specifications of Wrongful use, possession, etc., of controlled substances), for a positive urinalysis of marijuana, a Schedule I controlled substance. Member was awarded reduction in rate to E-2, forfeiture of ½ month’s pay per month for two months, and 60 days of restriction. An E-3 was found guilty for Violation of the UCMJ, Article 112a, (Wrongful use, possession, etc., of controlled substances), for a positive urinalysis of marijuana, a Schedule I controlled substance. Member was awarded reduction in rate to E-2, forfeiture of ½ month’s pay per month for two months, and 60 days of restriction. An E-3 was found guilty for Violation of the UCMJ, Article 112a, (Wrongful use, possession, etc., of controlled substances), for a positive urinalysis of cocaine, a Schedule II controlled substance. Member was awarded reduction in rate to E-2, forfeiture of ½ month’s pay per month for two months, and 60 days of restriction. An E-3 was found guilty for Violation of the UCMJ, Article 86, (Absence without leave). Member was awarded reduction in rate to E-2 (suspended for six months), forfeiture of ½ month’s pay per month for two months, 30 days restriction, and 30 days extra duties. An E-1 was found guilty for Violation of the UCMJ, Article 86, (3 Specifications of Absence without leave); Article 107, (False official statements); and Article 112a, (Wrongful use, possession, etc., of controlled substances), for a positive urinalysis of cocaine, a Schedule II controlled substance. Member was awarded Forfeiture of ½ month’s pay per month for two months and 60 days of restriction.
Navy Announces BOL Updates and Tech Refresh
BUPERS On-line (BOL) is undergoing a needed two-week maintenance and tech refresh starting Dec. 16. There will be a number of important upgrades that will be accomplished during this refresh and Sailors will likely experience some intermittent BOL system outages, which could last two or three days per system while being updated.
Stateside Housing Allowances to Rise an Average of 2.4 Percent Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) paid to a million service members living off base in the United States will climb an average of 2.4 percent, or about $41 a month, on Jan. 1. Actual increases for individual BAH recipients will vary by Military Housing Area, pay grade and dependency status.