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USS Abraham Lincoln

Welcome Aboard! USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72)

Commanding Officer Capt. Ron Ravelo Executive Officer Capt. Amy Bauernschmidt Command Master Chief CMDCM(AW/SW) Lee Salas

Public Affairs Officer Lt. Cmdr. Tiffani Walker Assistant Public Affairs Officer Ensign Anthony Junco Media Department LCPO Senior Chief Hendrick Dickson Media Department CPO Chief Amy Kirk Capt. Ron Ravelo (right) presents Petty Officer 3rd Class Kyle Payne as Warrior of the Week. Photo by PO3 Brandon Davis

Editor PO1 Mark Logico Media Department Staff PO1 Mark Logico PO1 Josue Escobosa PO2 Ryan Wampler PO3 Rob Ferrone PO3 Aaron Kiser PO3 Patrick Maher PO3 Brandon Davis PO3 Juan Cubano PO3 Derry Todd SN Ashley Raine Northen SN Jacques-Laurent Jean-Gilles SN Allen Lee SN Matt Herbst SN Clint Davis SN Jessica Paulauskas SN Cody Anderson SN Josiah Pearce Penny Press is an authorized publication for members of the military services and their families. Its contents 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. Front Cover Photo SN Jacques Jean-Gilles Lincoln performs waist catapult launch test.

Comic by PO1 Mark Logico

Navy Works to Improve its Pay and Personnel Support System By Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs


ollowing a review by a special task force jointly commissioned by the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Financial Management and Comptroller and the Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP), the Navy announced today in NAVADMIN 235/16 that a number of actions have been identified that will help improve the quality of pay and personnel services provided to Sailors. These actions include improving training for pay and personnel professionals, assigning more military personnel to Personnel Support Detachments (PSDs) in continental United States locations, improving Sailor and command self-service capabilities, and implementing organizational changes that will produce more opportunities for civilian upward mobility. “We believe that these changes will ultimately result in retaining key talent and expertise to improve the support Sailors and their families receive from their PSD,” said Dave Menzen, director Total Force Manpower, Training, Education Requirements Division (OPNAV N12). “Our efforts are aimed at having a Sailor-focused pay and personnel support system that is highly trained, auditable and enhanced by today’s technology.” Additionally, some changes already been put in place including revamping the Command Pass Coordinator (CPC) position, renamed as Command

Pay and Personnel Administrator (CPPA), to include more defined responsibilities and enhanced training. All Navy commands and Navy detachments with an independent unit identification code, whether that command is located in one geographical area or spread through a geographical region, will have at least one CPPA to ensure command level accountability, auditability, and full engagement with their supporting PSD. Monthly CPPA engagements, both ashore and afloat, will help identify the resources available to assist CPPAs in performing their duties, provides facilitated CPPA training of Navy approved training aids, provides guidance and clarification on specific pay and personnel topics, and presents the opportunity to address local issues. “The Sailors that fill these positions have a lot of responsibility. Formalizing their training will benefit them and the fleet they serve,” said Capt. Steven Friloux, commanding officer, NPPSC. The Navy has also established a new Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) code of 95AD for CPPAs to ensure that once Sailors are trained in the pay and personnel policies and procedures they can continue to use those skills throughout the fleet. The NEC can be awarded to CPPAs once the online training, on-the-job training and letter of designation requirements are satisfied. Civilians acting as the unit CPPA are also required to complete the CPPA course.




Ballast Sailors Pay It Forward PO3 John Villa and SN Corey Clements rebuild a broken bench at Palmer Elementary School. Photo by SN Jean-Gilles

Story by SN Jacques-Laurent Jean-Gilles


wenty-five Lincoln Sailors restored Palmer Elementary School’s courtyard Oct. 21 as part of a community relations project. The Sailors removed weeds and wilting plants, planted flowers, and rebuilt and repainted several benches. Students stopped by throughout the day to watch the the work. “Seeing the children made us all feel special knowing that we’re being positive role models to the children and at the same time restoring something that was once beautiful,” said Seaman Cameron Cason, a native of Mobile, Alabama. Lincoln Sailors spent seven hours working on the project taking a break only to eat lunch. “My students were watching from the windows and they couldn’t believe that the Lincoln Sailors spent so much time on the courtyard,” said Elizabeth Brown, a history teacher at the school. “Their perseverance to get the job done right was great for the students to witness.” Brown added that the courtyard has never looked as good as it does now in nearly a decade and stressed the importance of Navy COMRELs. “I think it’s crucial that the Navy does things in the community,” said Brown. “We talk to our students about the land of the free, and the home of the brave. They actually get to see ‘the home of the brave’ when they see these Lincoln Sailors here in uniform.” These young children were able to witness that the military is not just there to defend the country, but to help people as well. Students will now be able to use this courtyard as a classroom, to read, eat lunch, and enjoy a beautiful surrounding, said Brown. Students couldn’t do that before because the benches were too dangerous. “This is my third COMREL, and I want to keep doing more because there’s not better feeling than making a difference,”

said Cason. In the month of October alone, Abraham Lincoln planned five COMRELS to improve and empower the local community.

Seaman Amber Leyva plants flowers during a community relations project at Palmer Elementary School. Photo by SN Jean-Gilles


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Deck Team Contributes to Mission Success Story and photo by SN Cody Anderson


incoln Sailors assigned to the Upon completion of training, Sailors deck team are in the process of are able to perform the process of laying refurbishing the deck in areas the new deck, providing them a sense of throughout the ship. accomplishment and contribution to the Deck renovation and repair is an ship. integral part of mission readiness “It’s good to feel like I’m part of the and financially contributes to mission team and doing something bigger than success while speeding up the refueling myself for the ship,” said Seaman Parker complex overhaul (RCOH) process. Collings. “My input is valued and in the “The average cost of a contractor doing grand scheme of things, I’m making a the floor is $36 per square foot,” said long-lasting contribution to the next 25 Chief (SW/AW/IDW) Enrique Gerald, years of the ship’s life cycle.” deck team leading chief petty officer. Additionally, Sailors are able to learn “For Sailors, it’s seven or eight dollars valuable skills that are easily translatable per square foot.” to the civilian world. With the team scheduled to install “Not long ago two guys I trained while flooring on more than 10,000 square feet they were in the Navy were hired and in approoximately 40 different spaces, are working doing this exact skill set I this works out to a savings of more than trained them for,” said Lyons. “I want to $280,000. set them up With for success.” “My input is valued and in the grand training Whether being furthering scheme of things, I’m making a longincluded a naval lasting contribution to the next 25 in the career or years of the ship’s life cycle.” purchase of transitioning materials, to the civilian - Seaman Parker Collins selected world, these Sailors critical learn how to install floors and lay skills will help serve the Navy now and nonskid. provide a greater range of skills and “These guys come to our warehouse opportunities for the Sailors involved. and I train them to do this job,” said Bret “Being a part of different teams like Lyons, a civilian technical consultant, this has helped me gain a numerous about the Sailors performing the work. range of skills,” said Seaman Josiah “Basically I’m here to coach them Scott. “My problem solving has really through small problems that may arise increased, and I feel like I contribute to from a technical job like this.” the ship and the whole RCOH process.”


Sailors observe and perform waist catapult launch testing. Photo by SN Jean-Gilles

PO3 Saints gives a thumbs-up for the waist catapult launch testing. Photo by SN Jean-Gilles

Sailors observe and perform waist catapult launch testing. Photo by SN Jean-Gilles

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Captain’s Mast Results for 19 October 2016: An E-5 was found guilty for Violation of the UCMJ, Article 92, (Dereliction in the performance of duties). Member was awarded reduction in rate to E-4, 30 days of restriction, and 30 of days extra duties. An E-4 was found guilty for Violation of the UCMJ, Article 112a, (Wrongful use of controlled substance). Member was awarded reduction in rate to E-3, Forfeiture of ½ month’s pay per month for two months, 45 days of restriction, and 45 of days extra duties. An E-3 was found guilty for Violation of the UCMJ, 2 Specifications of Article 111, (Drunken or reckless operation of vehicle). Member was awarded reduction in rate to E-2, Forfeiture of ½ month’s pay per month for two months, 45 days of restriction, and 45 of days extra duties. An E-3 was found guilty for Violation of the UCMJ, 2 Specifications of Article 128, (Assault consummated by battery). Member was awarded reduction in rate to E-2 (Suspended for six months), 30 days of restriction, and 30 of days extra duties.


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OCT. 27

Navy Personnel Chief releases rating overhaul timeline: -- Phase 1 (now through September 2017) -- redefine career fields and map out cross-occupation opportunities. Identify career groupings to define those rating moves that can be done, and that also translate to civilian occupational certifications. -- Phase 2 (now through September 2018, will run parallel with Phase 1) -- examine the best way forward for how we best align our processes for: •Recruiting and initial job classification; •Planning for accessions -- the numbers and mix of skills for folks we recruit; •Advancements -- how do we define what is required for advancement if you are capable of several skill sets? Do we eliminate advancement exams altogether? •Detailing processes; •Pay processes -- to include things like SRB, Assignment Incentive Pay, etc.; and •Reenlistment rules. -- Phase 3 (now through September 2018) -- updating underlying policy documents, instructions, things like applicable BUPERSINST, OPNAVINST, and the Navy Enlisted Occupational Standards Manual. This will include changes to how we handle things like Evaluations and Awards. -- Phase 4 (began last year, expect to go through September 2019) -- identify and put in place the underlying IT systems. This is probably the most complex and game changing aspect of the project. -- Phase 5 (September 2017 through September 2018) -- redesign the Navy rating badges. The idea is to hold off on this until we settle on the right definition of career fields, to better inform the conversation on the way ahead in this area. -- Phase 6 (September 2019 and beyond) -- continuous improvement, further integration with all Sailor 2025 initiatives.

Penny Press, Oct. 27, 2016  
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