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Welcome Aboard! USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Gotta’ Catch Some Pokemon Go! Safety The mid-90s craze is back and more interactive than ever. The Pokemon Company released a new app called Pokemon Go! July 6, and it has taken off to become one of the most-used apps of all time. Many people are amazed with the app’s GPS and camera features that allow players to capture and train virtual creatures all throughout the real world. Pokemon has garnered a lot of praise for its innovative concept and its ability to get players to engage in more outdoor activity. The game has reached over 7.5 million downloads in its first week and has made an average of $1.6 million a day in revenue. Just go outside and look around, it is difficult to miss the many Pokemon players who are out and about trying to catch new creatures.

While many are enjoying the game, some people worry that the app poses safety concerns. Players are required to move while looking at their phone screens in order to catch Pokemon. This creates risks for pedestrians who attempt to walk and play, or drivers attempting to simultaneously play Pokemon and drive.

MCSN Ashley Raine Northen

Numerous accidents and near accidents have already been reported, according to the National Safety Council. People are also more at risk of getting assaulted when they walk around paying more attention to their phones than their surroundings. There have been reports of people waiting at PokeStops in order to rob players who arrive at the location. Also, some believe that unknowing Pokemon players are at risk of wandering into dangerous neighborhoods that they are unfamiliar with. Within the command, Sailors are authorized to use their phones in the shipyard, but are




Lincoln meritoriously advances Sailors through the MAP program.

not allowed to use their phone’s camera or walk while using the app. Pokemon Go! has been banned within the shipyard, but everyone can continue to enjoy the game when they get off work, just make sure you stay aware and keep safe out there as you attempt to catch ‘em all!

Lincoln Sailors at the Safety Standdown.


Lincoln Sailors return from Stennis deployment.





Navy Releases Mid-Year SRB Update From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Navy released an update to the Selective Reenlistment Bonus (SRB) award plan July 5 in NAVADMIN 155/16 that includes 25 award level decreases and four skills removed from the list released earlier this years in NAVADMIN 036/16. Eighty-four skills remain unchanged in this update and no skills were added or had award levels increased. NAVADMIN 155/16 also lists 39 skills closed since February when they met their reenlistment quotas. The NAVADMIN contains the complete list of SRB skills award levels with changes.

Sailors should expect to see more frequent SRB updates via NAVADMIN as well as through the SRB page on Navy Personnel Command’s website. This update brings back the policy that Sailors with Tier 2 and Tier 3 skills must reenlist in the same fiscal year as their expiration of active obligated service (EAOS), a change from the last NAVADMIN.

Skill removals and award levels decreases take effect 30 days after release of the NAVADMIN.

SRB rewards Sailors who attain special training in skills most needed in the fleet and helps meet critical skill reenlistment benchmarks. Award levels are adjusted as reenlistment requirements for specific ratings and skill sets are met.

Navy continues to see strong retention in all zones, providing an opportunity to adjust skills mid-fiscal year.

Enlisted Community managers continuously monitor the health of their community and make recommendations to leadership, as

required, to maintain acceptable manning levels in critical skills. As reenlistment requirements for specific ratings and skill sets are met, award levels are reduced to zero and posted on the Navy Personnel Command (PC) SRP webpage enlistedcareeradmit/Pages/SRB.aspx/. Eligible Sailors desiring SRB reenlistment are encouraged to work with their command career counselors, command master chiefs and chain of command to discuss timing of reenlistment and procedures well before their EAOS. Requests are required to be submitted a minimum of 35 days prior to the requested reenlistment date, Current SRB information can be found at http:// enlistedcareeradmin/Pages/SRB.aspx/.

Navy Unveils National Museum of the American Sailor From Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs

GREAT LAKES, Ill. (NNS) -- The Great Lakes Naval Museum was officially renamed the National Museum of the American Sailor during a ceremony and sign unveiling at the museum July 4. The Navy’s top enlisted Sailor, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (AW/NAC) Mike Stevens, was joined by retired Rear Adm. Sam Cow, director of naval History and Heritage Command, North Chicago Mayor Leon Rockingham, Capt. James Hawkins, commanding officer of Naval Station Great Lakes, Jennifer Searcy, Ph.D., director of the National Museum of the American Sailor Foundation to unveil the new sign in front of the museum. “Dedicated to telling the story of anyone who has ever worn the Navy uniform, this building will do more than house history,” said Cox, “The National Museum of the American Sailor will stand as a place for Sailors, Navy families and proud Americans to learn more about the Navy that serves them by using the history and

experiences of our Sailors as the basis for its exhibits.” Cow and Stevens shared the news of the name change with attendees of the Naval Station Great Lakes July Fourth Celebration with a speech and video presentation Monday evening. The National Museum of the American Sailor name change signals a shift in vision from a regional focus to one that depicts the diverse history of Sailors who have served in the U.S. Navy. The name change also reflects the interest of museum visitors, many of whom travel from across the country to attend the basic training graduations at the Navy’s Recruit Training Command. “What may appear as a simple name change to some, for me, marks a recommitment to my shipmates that as a Navy, and as a Nation, we honor the service and sacrifice of all American Sailors,” said Stevens.

The National Museum of the American Sailor currently features exhibits on life in Navy boot camp, naval uniforms and traditions, the history of Naval Station Great Lakes, the role of diversity in the Navy and the role of women in the Navy. Over the next two years, the museum will expand its exhibits to introduce visitors to the overall history and role of the U.S. Navy and the experiences of American Sailors in the past and today. “I am very excited for this ‘new’ museum, and I welcome you all to visit. Our nation’s history would not be the same if it were not for the millions of American Sailors who have served in the United States Navy,” said Cox. The museum is located in Building 42 just outside the perimeter of Naval Station Great Lakes. Building 42, known as the Hostess House, was built in 1942 and served as a visitors and reception center for almost one million American Sailors who came through Great Lakes during WWII.

LINCOLN MERITORIOUSLY ADVANCES 30 SAILORS Story by MCSA Josiah Pearce Photos by MCSN Jacques-Laurent Jean-Gilles


hirty Sailors aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) received advancement through the Meritorious Advancement Program (MAP) during a surprise frocking ceremony July 8 in the ship’s Aft Galley. The MAP program is offered to sea-duty personnel as a way to recognize superior performance while working in a rigorous operating environment. The command promotions resulted in three new first class petty officers, eight new second class petty officers and 19 new third class petty officers. Engineman 2nd Class Janceley Acosta Lucena, was surprised and excited about her new role as a first class petty officer. “I love what I do; I love my job, and I really want to do 20 years in the Navy,” said Acosta Lucena, who credit her success to the Sailors she leads. “I’m overjoyed; it’s a dream come true.” The promotions these Sailors received will put them in positions of increased authority and responsibility. Chosen by their chain of command, the surprise advancement is a direct result of their proven hard work and dedication to the Navy.

Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Brittnie Huskey, now first class petty officer, attributed her success to her dedication to become not only a better Sailor, but also a better person. “It’s important to stay focused and do what you have to do,” said Huskey. “Don’t just get the qualifications you need, but go above and beyond. It will make you stand out.”






Lincoln Sailors


From Stennis Deployment Story and photos by

MCSN Jacques-Laurent Jean-Gilles


wenty-four Sailors assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) returned home July 7, following their six-month deployment aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). Lincoln is currently months away from completing a refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) at Newport News Shipbuilding. These Sailors bring back a wealth of new experience and qualifications that will bolster the ship’s crew and help fulfill its mission to redeliver to the fleet a modernized warship manned with trained warriors. Sailors from Lincoln have deployed to various platforms to gain experience to help the ship, currently in Newport News Shipyard, fulfill its mission to redeliver to the fleet a fully refueled and modernized warship manned with trained warriors. “This is not only helping Air Department tremendously, but also USS Abraham Lincoln,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuel) 1st Class Christopher Pustam, who greeted his shipmates upon their return. “It gives us the opportunity for us to be properly manned and ready to go when we come out of the yards.” Pustam said his Sailors have gained




invaluable knowledge that can be shared with the rest of the crew, especially junior Sailors that have yet to go out to sea. “Most of the flight deck qualifications for our rate are qualifications that Sailors can’t get while in port—they have to be at sea,” said Pustam. “I think it was an awesome opportunity for them because it allowed them to get qualifications that we can’t offer.” Information Systems Technician 3rd Class Samantha Duke, one of the Sailors who returned from deployment, agreed with Pustam that this was a great opportunity to gain experience. “This was my first time on an operational ship,” said Duke. “This experience broadened my knowledge. Before I left for deployment, I had only been in the Navy and on the Lincoln for two months.” Duke said she deployed without any shipboard qualifications and returned dualwarfare qualified. “With these qualifications, I come back to our ship as an asset,” she said. Duke added that she plans to use her newfound skills and knowledge to teach other Lincoln Sailors. “Our other Sailors will be leaning on these

7 newly-qualified Sailors,” Cmdr. Carlton McClain, the assistant air officer aboard Lincoln. “They’ve seen how Stennis does it, now they have something to reference from. Even little things like their ‘sea stories’ will become a tool that they can use to teach other Sailors. Our junior Sailors in RCOH do not have that reference to pull from.”


S FETY STANDDOWN Photos by MC3 Ciarra Thibodeaux

Commanding Officer Capt. Ron Ravelo introduces the USS Abraham Lincoln Family Readiness Group (FRG) at the Safety Standdown at Hampton Roads Convention Center.

Senior Chief Sonya Best introduces the USS Abraham Lincoln Sexual Assault Response and Prevention advocates.

Sailors listen to a brief during the command’s 2016 Saftey Standdown.

Sailors answer questions during a safety brief held June 17 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center.

Damage Controlman 1st Class Kent Crouch gives a brief on damage control safety.





MCSN Ashley Northen examines life jackets after a boating safety brief.

Deanne Noel from Fleet and Family Support Center discussed the Navy’s Family Advocacy program and domestic violence prevention and awareness.

Lt. Jg. Benjamin Traylor gives a brief on motorcycle safety.

“Street Smart”, a national touring group that teaches about the hazards of reckless driving, gives a paramedic demonstration during a driving safety brief.



Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Scott Hath fixes springs on a bowl dispenser on the ship’s mess decks. Photo by MC2 Eric Soto

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class Erin Murphy cleans a windshield during a Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decision’s (CSADD) car wash. Photo by MCSN Jacques-Laurent Jean-Gilles

Lt. Abe Cook is awarded a Navy Commendation Medal during a Supply Awards at Quarters ceremony. Photo by MCSN Josiah Pearce

A member of Lincoln’s Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decision’s (CSADD) participates in a car wash fundraiser. Photo by MCSN Jacques-Laurent Jean-Gilles

Commanding Officer Capt. Ron Ravelo conducts a personnel inspection with weapons department at Hunting Hall field. Photo by MC3 Juan Cubano


Commanding Officer Capt. Ron Ravelo snd Sailors celebrated LGBT Awareness Month with a special program and cake cutting ceremony on the Aft Mess Decks. Photo by MCSN Allen Lee

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Airman Neal Rogers cleans padeyes to prevent rust on Lincoln’s flight deck. Photo by MC3 Aaron Kiser

Commanding Officer Capt. Ron Ravelo conducts a personnel inspection with weapons department at Hunting Hall field .Photo by MC3 Juan Cubano

Sailors participate in a working party bringing supplies onboard. Photo by MCSN Allen Lee

Penny Press, July 20, 2016  
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