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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 Editor SN Ashley Raine Northen

Captain Ron Ravelo (right) presents Petty Officer 3rd Class Robert Hill as Warrior of the Week. Photo by SN Jacques-Laurent Jean-Gilles

Navy Foreign Language Opportunities Announced By Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

The Navy Language, Regional Expertise, and Culture (LREC) office is highlighting several new opportunities for Sailors looking to exercise their language skills and expand expertise across the service. Navy is requesting four to six Sailors who will participate in the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center standard setting panel for the German language. This panel will be held Nov. 1-4 in Crystal City, Virginia. Navy applicants must meet criteria of being active duty, achieved an Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) score of level three in English, and are current within two years for a Defense Language Proficiency Test or over the phone interview score of three and above in German.

“These panels are important for developing the standards by which language is tested across the services,” said Master Chief Petty Officer Kenneth Paulsen, Navy LREC Office. “Sailors would help review each test question and make a recommendation on how difficult they would be for a non-native speaker, essentially giving the test the accuracy that will help develop the best language professionals we need.” The Defense Language Institute will pay TDY expenses for qualified service members. Participation in the standard-setting study is on a first-come-first-served basis. Please send your recommendations and requests to Master Chief Kenneth Paulsen, Kenneth.

Media Department Staff PO1 Mark Logico PO1 Josue Escobosa PO2 Ryan Wampler PO2 Andrew Dean PO3 Rob Ferrone PO3 Aaron Kiser PO3 Patrick Maher PO3 Juan Cubano PO3 Derry Todd SN Brandon Davis SN Ashley Raine Northen SN Jacques-Laurent Jean-Gilles SN Allen Lee SN Matt Herbst SN Jessica Paulauskas SN Clint Davis 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 PO3 D. Maher SNPatrick Matt Herbst SN Brian rescues a simulated NEWPORT NEWS,Acosta Va. (Sept. 30, 2016) Petty Officer drowning victim during thePuyallup, Search and 3rd Class Samuel L. Kruse, from Wash., Rescue swimmer qualification conducts aluminum tigfinal welding on an oiltest. sample rack aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).

Navy to Commission Submarine Illinois From Department of Defense

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy will commission its newest fast attack submarine, the future USS Illinois (SSN 786), during an 11 a.m. EDT ceremony Saturday, Oct. 29, at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Connecticut. Adm. John Richardson, chief of naval operations, will deliver the ceremony’s principal address. First Lady Michelle Obama is serving as the ship’s sponsor. In a time-honored Navy tradition, she will give the order to “man our ship and bring her to life!” “USS Illinois is one of the most technologically advanced platforms in the world,” said the Honorable Ray Mabus, secretary of the Navy. “This submarine represents not only the Navy’s Sailors assigned to the Virginia-class attack submarine Pre-Commissioning Unit Illinois (SSN 786) salute. Photo by Chief Petty Officer Darryl I. Wood lasting connection to the state of Illinois but also the American with the name Illinois. The previous surveillance of land areas, littoral innovation and manufacturing skill Illinois (BB 7), a battleship, was built waters or other sea-based forces. that have given us such a powerful at Newport News Shipbuilding and Other missions include antiadvantage, making us the most Dry Dock Company, laid down in 1897 submarine and anti-ship warfare, powerful expeditionary fighting force and was the lead ship of a class of three mine delivery and minefield the world has ever known.” 11,565-ton battleships. In December mapping. It is also designed for Illinois is the 13th Virginia-class 1907, Illinois steamed out of Hampton special forces delivery and support. fast attack submarine and the third Roads, Virginia, to begin a voyage with Virginia-class submarines are Virginia-class block III submarine. the Great White Fleet. In January 1941, 7,800 tons and 377 feet in length, This next-generation attack submarine she was renamed Prairie State (IX-15) have a beam of 34 feet and can provides the Navy with the capabilities and served through World War II as a operate at more than 25 knots required to maintain the nation’s midshipmen’s training school. submerged. They are built with a undersea supremacy well into the 21st Illinois has the capability to reactor plant that will not require century. attack targets ashore with highly refueling during the planned life The submarine is only the second accurate Tomahawk cruise missiles of the ship-reducing lifecycle costs U.S. Navy ship to be commissioned and conduct covert long-term

while increasing underway time.

Infographic by SN Jessica Paulauskas






he Physical Readiness Test (PRT)—the thought alone is enough to cause some Sailors to shudder. Since its inception, the test, and its partner in crime, the Body Composition Assessment (BCA), has struck fear into the hearts of service members with its ability to sneak-up twice a year and cause worry and distress across the Navy. But what if there were simple day-to-day decisions that Sailors could make to keep to stay healthy and ready for the semi-annual PRT and weigh-in? Petty Officer 3rd Class Juan Cubano, a Command Fitness Leader aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), shares some keys to his ability to stay PRT-ready year round. “I never have to worry too much about the PRT because I do my best to maintain an active lifestyle,” said Cubano. “I play for the command soccer team, and between going to practice and a game once a week I’m fairly active.” Simple pastime activities, such as sports involvement, is a simple way to seamlessly incorporate healthy lifestyle choices into one’s personal life. “Having hobbies like that that I enjoy take the focus away from passing a test and center it more around the activity I like.”

Photos by SN Jessica Paulauskas

Choices such as an apple over a bag of chips or water instead of soda can be the difference from a PRT and BCA pass versus failure or a satisfactory versus excellent. “I want to do my best on the soccer field so I make sure I’m eating properly and staying in shape rather than fretting about making sure I can get a passing score for the PRT,” said Cubano. Petty Officer 1st Class Lucas Mabe, a Command Fitness Leader aboard Lincoln, feels the same way about staying healthy. “It’s all about finding something you like that will keep you active and sticking to it,” said Mabe. “When you do that you’ll find you are happier and healthier.” Fitness and nutrition go hand-in-hand to enhance overall personal health. “Just having a basic understanding of nutrition helps Sailors to know what to put into their bodies,” said Mabe. “The Navy already labels the food they serve with what Sailors should be eating often and what they should be eating less frequently. Following those simple instructions will improve your overall health and you’ll see it too.”


Door decorating contest winners

Berry and Lincoln

First Place door by Combat Systems

Story and photos by SN Cody Anderson MWR sponsored a ship-wide door decorating contest in celebration of Halloween. Combat Systems took first place with a Frankenstein officer and death of rates themed doors. Second place was secured by CO’s Administration with a “No escape from the insane asylum” themed hallway. And finally third was taken by Dental with a custom created monster which features protruding horns and eyes. Congratulations to the winners! Comic by PO1 Mark Logico




Why does your vote matter?

Infographic by PO2 Ryan Wampler


CSADD hosts a halloween event for the children of Abraham Lincoln Sailors. Photo by SN Jacques-Laurent Jean-Gilles

SN Brandon Hutton carves a pumpkin during the MWR pumpkin carving contest. Photo by PO3 Patrick Maher

Sailors perform a hoisting and lowering drill on the ship’s starboard anchor. Photo by SN Jacques-Laurent Jean-Gilles

Tuition Assistance Compliance Update There are new Tuition Assistance Procedures. Visit to take the mandatory HEP-US001 Higher Education Preparation Course in order to continue to receive TA. The course is required to be completed prior to 1 January 2017 in order to continue to receive TA. Don’t wait! Call the ESO, Lt. j.g. Denise Massella at J: 5037 with questions.

What? Lincoln’s birthday celebration! When? November 10th, 2016! Where? Aft mess decks! Why? 27 years of service! Come join Sailors from around the command for a ceremony celebrating Lincoln’s 27 years of faithful service and the following years to come. S-2 will be providing a special meal to commemorate the event... Abraham Lincoln’s own favorite dish, chicken fricassee! Other items on the menu will consist of dishes found in southern Illinois during Lincoln’s lifetime. Not only will there be karaoke, popcorn and cotton candy machines, and music, but a Lincoln look-alike contest as well! Stop by the MWR office to sign up for the contest and see who best recreates the style of our ship’s namesake.

Is your department reaching a milestone? Do you know a stand-out Sailor?

Election Day is Nov. 8

Visit to register, request a ballot, check your status and track your ballot. Questions? Contact Lt. Joshua Bennett at

Captain’s Mast results

An E-7 was found guilty of violation of the UCMJ Article 92 (failure to obey order or regulation) and three specifications of Article 134 (threats, communication). Member was awarded reduction in rate, 60 days of restriction and forfeiture of a half month’s pay, per month, for two months. An E-3 was found guilty of violation of two specifications of the UCMJ Article 86 (absence from unit, organization, or place of duty). Member was awarded 30 days of restriction and 30 days of extra duties. An E-3 was found guilty of violation of two specifications of the UCMJ Article 112a (wrongful use, possession, etc., of controlled substance). Member was awarded 60 days of restriction and forfeiture of a half month’s pay, per month, for two months.

Contact Lincoln’s Public Affairs team! J: 5930 or swing by our spaces! 3-180-0-Q

Penny Press, Nov. 3, 2016  
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