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Welcome Aboard! USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Heat Stress Safety Even with falling leaves right around the corner, the summer continues to heat up and sizzle Sailors as they walk to and from the 50th street parking lot. While summer is a time for fun, It’s very important to keep in mind that heat stress injuries are a reality. Heat stress is a dangerous condition that occurs when the body is unable to regulate it’s own temperature. When the body tries to cool itself, other body functions can potentially be neglected which causes heat stress . The following are symptoms to watch for in determining different heat stress injuries. Heat Rash Involves a raised, red rash which decreases the effectiveness of sweating. Heat Cramps Involves muscle cramps, pain or spasms in one or more areas

(abdomen, arms or legs) Heat Exhaustion Involves moist, clammy skin, dilated pupils. Symptoms can also include dizziness, nausea, weak pulse and rapid breathing.. Heat Stroke Involves dry, hot skin and constricted pupils. Symptoms can also include a very high body temperature, confusion, nausea, coma and even death. There are several methods of prevention you can use to combat heat stress: -Hydrate. Drink at least 8 cups of water per day.

-Take frequent breaks during sports or exercising and choose cool shaded areas. The Virginia heat and humidity is no joke but at least there is always the beach! Let’s just be vigilant in looking out for the safety of ourselves and our fellow Shipmates aboard USS Abraham Lincoln.

-Eat a well-balanced diet. -Limit your intake of coffees and sodas. -Get at least 6 hours of sleep per day. -Don’t wear coveralls if you don’t have to. -Avoid starch in uniforms.




Lincoln Sailors lay wreath at Arlington Cemetery

-Build-up your tolerance for warm climates for a period of (at least) two weeks and gradually increase your heat exposure and heat exertion during that time.


Four Sailors earn the 2016 NMA Peer Leadership Award

Lincoln Sailors grow as a result of other Sailors’ mentorship





Navigating C-Way: A Sailor’s Guide From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Career Waypoints or C-Way as it is commonly referred to, has been used since 2013 as the Navy’s primary method of providing Sailors future career options including reenlistment, rate conversion, or transition into the Selected Reserves. While some Sailors are very familiar with C-Way, others are not. However, the most important thing for every Sailor to know is they have the ability to review their reenlistment options early and often with their command career counselors and chain of command. “C-way is designed for Sailors to best help navigate their careers, whether they are reenlisting or if they convert to a different rate,” said Fleet Master Chief of Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education (MPT&E) April Beldo. “It allows the Navy to make sure that the health of our communities remains stabilized while providing Sailors the best opportunities for advancement. “

Starting the C-Way Process Sailors should meet with their command career counselor 15 months before their soft end of obligated active service (SEAOS) or projected rotation date (PRD) to discuss their options. The Career Navigator skill set list, located on the C-Way web page, assists command career counselors and Sailors on their career decisions before submitting a C-Way application for reenlistment or conversion. “The Career Management Program or Career Navigator is not only about transition, it is about being able to manage your career earlier, and Sailors having the ability to make choices,” said Beldo. “It enables the Navy to continue watching the

health of each rating and the health of the communities while providing Sailors with the best possible opportunities.”

in-rate reenlistment, active duty or FTS rate conversion, transition to SELRES or separation from the Navy.

Once Sailors have made a decision, command career counselors submit their application until the request has been approved. Those Sailors with a SEAOS will have four in-rate reviews staring at 13 months, followed by four conversions reviews, and then three selected reserve (SELRES) only reviews.

“Any time something changes, such as earning a warfare device, receiving an award or a personnel evaluation, Sailors should check with their command career counselors to make sure their applications reflect the latest information.”

Those Sailors in the Professional Apprenticeship Career Track (PACT) program should work with their career counselors to ensure that their applications are submitted correctly.

The Navy’s Approval Process The Bureau of Naval Personnel in Millington, Tennessee, approves requests for reenlistment through the C-Way system for all Active Component and FTS E3-E6 Sailors with 14 years or less of service. Most Sailor’s applications are approved during the first or second C-Way application window. “The monthly results for in-rate approval, conversion and SELRES usually releases results within ten business days after that month’s requests have been submitted,” said Earl Salter, deputy director of Career Waypoints. “If you are a first class petty officer or applying for a rate that has an auto-approval option, approval is instantaneous, he said. C-Way automatically generates reenlistment applications 15 months prior to a Sailors’ PRD for those who have less than 24 months between PRD and SEAOS. For SEAOS at 10 to 13 months, Sailors have several choices, including four in-rate looks for active duty or Full Time Support (FTS)

If Sailors are not selected for an in-rate reenlistment, they can then request conversion to a different rating they are qualified for from the open rates list during the nine to six month range. Sailors will receive four conversion looks or can choose to transition into SELRES or separate from the Navy. “Navy leadership has worked hard to make enhancements to C-Way so that it can be the best for both the Fleet and the Sailors,’ said Salter. “Retaining the best and brightest Sailors for the Navy is the most important thing for the Fleet.” For more information on Career Waypoints, talk to your command career counselor or visit and click the Career Waypoints link on the left side of the page. For more information, visit http://www., usnavy, or

Lincoln Sailors Lay Wreath at Arlington Cemetery

Story and photos by MC2 (SW/AW) Ryan Wampler


ailors assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) traveled to Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, July 21 to participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns. The event was organized as a heritage trip for first class petty officers who are a part of Lincoln’s CPO 365 program. Upon arriving, Sailors witnessed the traditional “Changing of the Guard” ceremony performed by Soldiers assigned to the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Regiment. At the Tomb, a delegation of four wreath-bearers picked from the group participated in the hourly, wreath-laying ceremony. Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Patrick Lumas, one of four wreath-bearers, said it was a great honor to commemorate the honorable men and women who made extraordinary sacrifices for the nation. “It’s very emotional being around here, seeing the resting

place of all the people who died fighting for our country,” said Lumas. “It was such an honor to be a part of a ceremony to honor them. I was inspired today, and I was motivated to keep going in my service to our nation.” The group also had the opportunity to visit the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, D.C., to interact with residents. The home, which houses veterans from all military branches, is funded by all service members through a small deduction each pay check. “It’s really priceless for Lincoln Sailors to experience this,” said Chief Yeoman John Gramlick. “A lot of these men and women fought for our freedom in some of the biggest wars in history. For us to be able to give back in any way we can, whether that be by talking with them or taking them for a stroll outside, is a humbling experience. It really comes full circle.” CPO 365 is a year-round training initiative that Chiefs Messes throughout the Navy take on to prepare first class petty officers to become chiefs.





A solider from the 3rd Calvary marches past the wreath laid by Lincoln Sailors at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Patrick Lumas harvests food with a resident of the Armed Forces Retirement Home.

Chief Yeoman John Gramlick and Aviation Ordnanceman Micah Mabra take residents of the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington D.C. outside during a visit .

Lincoln Sailors assigned to the pose in front of the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington D.C.

Sailors Receive

NMA Peer Leadership Award Story and photo by

MCSN Josiah Pearce


apt. Ron Ravelo, commanding officer, USS Abraham Lincoln, recognized four Sailors for earning the 2016 Navy and Marine Corps Association (NMA) Peer Leadership Award July 18. The awardees were: Senior Chief Culinary Specialist Stephen D. Wilson, Food Services Leading Chief Petty Officer; Lt. Sohn D. McGough, Reactor Department Mechanical Assistant; Lt. Cmdr. John C. Leitner, Administration Officer; and Cmdr. Hannah A. Kriewaldt, Chief of Engineering. Recipients of the NMA Leadership Award are selected by their peers for exhibiting the highest levels of excellence in leadership. “I’m still at a loss for words,” said Wilson. “I don’t come to work for the accolades or the pats on the back. When you know you’re putting in 110 percent, 110 percent of the time, and you get an award like this, it just shows that your hard work is being recognized.” NMA sponsors more than 400 awards annually for presentation by the Commanders of Naval Air Forces, Naval Surface Forces, U.S. Marine Forces Atlantic and Pacific and the Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy to those officers and enlisted personnel who have been selected

Award Winners (left to right): Lt. Cmdr. John C. Leitner, Cmdr. Hannah A. Kriewaldt, Lt. Sohn D. McGough, and Senior Chief Culinary Specialist Stephen D. Wilson

by their peers as outstanding leaders in their respective communities. “I realized that I can’t do it all, but I understand that I can do more; and the things that I do, I can do well,” said Wilson, referencing the mantra he teaches to his Sailors on a daily basis. Leitner beamed with pride while talking about how his success is a direct reflection of the Sailors he leads. “I always told myself that when I got in this position, I would do everything I could to make a positive impact on every Sailor,” said Leitner. Above all else, what this award symbolizes is the strength, courage and dedication it takes to be a great leader. Kriewaldt discussed how being a leader is about making the hard decisions, because it’s the right thing to do. “Being a leader means doing the right thing even when it is hard, inconvenient or much more difficult than cutting corners,” said Kriewaldt. “It means having the ability to admit when you are wrong and fixing it.”



Sailors USS ABRAHAMQuarter LINCOLN of the

CS1 Sonia B. Mance (Senior SOQ)

What do you think separated you from the rest of your competition? – I think it was definitely my command involvement. I went

above and beyond. Things like being triple warfare qualified definitely helped. But I think more than anything, it was my honesty.

ET3 Chance Tahah (Junior SOQ)

What’s your favorite part of your day to day job? – The most

rewarding thing about my job is being able to help people. I get to learn something new every day. The theory electricity is exciting to me. On a daily basis, I get to fix trouble calls on our ship, deliver power to receptacles, fix lighting problems and find solutions for ventilation issues. My job isn’t just a cool job—it’s very important as well, and it’s the best feeling in the world to know my work helped take care of an issue.

ABH2 Katherine McNally (SOQ)

Tell us about that day when you found out that you won? – It was

actually a rough morning. I had a lot of things picking at me. When they started calling away the names, I was talking to ABH1 Brewer outside of the V1 division office. When they said, “Sailor of the Quarter, from Air Department,” my face was just one of disbelief. I just kind of stood there and thought to myself that this must have been a misprint. I knew I went up against tough competition, like Sailors that were `three warfare pins, so I didn’t think I was going to win. It was definitely one of the most exciting feelings I’ve had. Everyone around me was excited and they were all “cheesing” as they congratulated me.

SN Tatiana E. Kaumatule (BJOQ)

What does this award mean to you? – It means a lot. I didn’t only do

this by myself. My whole team supported me through this. I feel like all my hard work is paying off. We deck seamen put in a lot of hard work and long hours, but we aren’t always recognized for all the dirty work that we do. When someone from deck department wins something, it makes us feel satisfied that people around the command are recognizing the work ethic we have in deck department.




Story by MCSN

Jacques-Laurent Jean-Gilles


ailors aboard the Nimitz-class carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) are growing in their careers as a result of mentors taking these Sailors under their wings. As per Instruction 5300.1, the Command Mentorship Program “is a leadership and management tool designed to enhance and challenge the senior leadership, to positively impact the careers of junior Sailors assigned to Abraham Lincoln.” “It helps junior Sailors to have someone who has their best interest in mind,” said Mabe. “Some of them need that person who

will ask them how they’re doing with their qualifications and career, pointing them in the right direction.” Guidance in the Navy is highly important, said Lincoln’s Sailor of the Quarter Personnel Specialist 2nd Class Neasha Johnson. Before joining the Navy, she thought she had life figured out. She was independent, living on her own, and didn’t need much help from anybody. “But the Navy is different,” said Johnson, who admitted there was a steep learning curve for her and mentors helped her reach her career goals.





“Sometimes your mentor isn’t going to be your friend,” said Johnson. “They might question you all the time, and that was what I needed.” In addition to the significance of senior guidance, Johnson explained it is critical for protégés to find a mentor to emulate. “More than likely, there’s going to be someone on the ship who has been through nearly everything you will experience,” said Johnson. “The mentorship program is valuable because you will meet and be able to learn from Sailors who have already taken advancement exams, have participated in community relations events and have made significant career milestones.” Senior Chief Aviation Electronics Technician Robert C. Cook, Lincoln’s Mentorship Program Coordinator, said a good mentor will help Sailors identify expectations of the Navy, set short and long term goals, guide them with special programs, and address housing and pay concerns. Cook stressed that mentors are not there to make decisions for Sailors, but rather impart knowledge and advice. For some, a good mentor to protégé relationship can develop into a strong professional bond or lifelong friendship. “Twelve years later, I still talk to my mentors, Master Chief Calvin Brown and Master Chief Jeff Price, every single day,” said Master Chief Operations Specialist Tarrance Holcombe. “I send them a text every day at 4 in the morning. My mentors are my friends and are they are genuinely concerned about my success.” Holcombe, now a mentor to many Sailors aboard Lincoln, said Sailors sometimes need

someone to help them get the most out of their time in the Navy. “When I was a junior Sailor, my role model, Master Chief Robert Dinges, gave his Sailors the tools and guidance we needed to be successful,” said Holcombe. “Once we had the tools, we were held accountable.” Sometimes all it takes for a Sailor to be successful is that one good example, he said. “We wanted to be just like him,” said Holcombe. “To me, he was the perfect Sailor. Master Chief Dinges was tough and made us work, but we knew that he not only cared about us, he loved all of us.” Now, years later, Holcombe is the example. Having pinned his own protégés as master chiefs and officers, he has imparted the knowledge he gained, guiding and developing the next generation of the Navy. A proper mentor is like having a motivated trainer in your corner when you step into the ring. They are there to push you and prepare you for success.



Capt. Ron Ravelo and Rear Adm. Brian K. Antonio walk through the hangerbay of the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Photo by MCSN Allen Lee.

Machinist’s Mate (Nuclear) 2nd Class Bryant Quick helps unload food supplies from pallets in the hangar bay. Photo by MC3 Aaron Kiser

Airman Kim Lucas cleans a juice dispenser on the ship’s mess deck. Photo by MC2 Eric Soto

Fire Controlman 3rd Class Jacob Marler rotates the Navy Sea Sparrow Missile System on Lincoln’s weather deck. Photo by MCSN Jacques-Laurent Jean-Gilles

Shipbuilder Donnell Rodgers welds a bracket for a curtain rod for proper installation. Photo by MC3 Aaron Kiser


Fire Controlman 3rd Class Jacob Marler stores the control unit for the Navy Sea Sparrow Missile System on Lincoln’s weather deck. Photo by MCSN Jacques-Laurent Jean-Gilles

Fire Controlman 3rd Class Taylor Hayes performs a lamp test aboard the ship on the maintenance interconnecting cabinet, which gives power to the launcher for the Navy Sea Sparrow Missile System Local Area Network. Photo by MCSN Jacques-Laurent Jean-Gilles

Lincoln Sailors help unload food supplies from pallets to an elevator in the hangar bay. Photo by MC3 Aaron Kiser.

Lieutenant Commander John Leitner receives a Meritorious Service Medal from Commanding Officer Capt. Ron Ravelo. Photo by MC3 Ciarra Thibodeaux


Religious Ministries Program AUGUST 2016


Sundays, 0805-0900 Foc’sle

07 AUG 2016: Chaplain Coates

“His Truth is Marching On” — Hebrews 11 14 AUG 2016: Chaplain Walton “God’s Watchful Care” — Luke 12:49-56 21 AUG 2016: Chaplain Kane “In and Out (The Non-Disney Version)” 28 AUG 2016: Chaplain Walton “Right Path” — Luke 14:1, 7-14 COMRELS Community Relations (COMREL) create and enhance our relationships with the communities in which we reside or visit. If you have a project of interest you'd like LINCOLN participation, become an Event Coordinator and route the request through (1) Legal, (2) PAO, then (3) us Chaplains. Further details found in LINCOLNINST 5410.1 and DODI 5410.18.

CONTACTING YOUR CHAPLAIN Every sailor in the Navy has a Chaplain! And we are honored to be yours! Please be in touch (info here) and for after hour emergencies, please note the 24/7 Duty Chaplain number (info down here).


We are glad to welcome back Chaplain Walton, our CRMD DIVO! He was underway with the USS TRUXTON and, now a member of the Order of the Blue Nose, returns to us a bit saltier.

CHAPS CHAT In late summer, the earth puts out one final burst of plenty. Days grow shorter. The Earth spills abundance: water, oxygen, and sunlight transformed into luscious peaches; the crunchy sweetness of corn from the stalk. Squirrels and people store food against the coming cold. Late Summer's gifts are nourishment, thoughtfulness, service, grounding, and transformation. We too can give these gifts. Hold steady―give ourselves and others a place to stand. Be reliable. Be consistent. Come to agreement, bring to fruition. Be generous. This season's imperative: gather your harvest and be a harvest. Whatever our abundance, give it. Ensure others have what they need. Metaphorically and literally, FEED people! (Bring cookies to the office.) Savor the plenty of the season and may the waning days of summer fill you with peace. Chaplain Kane (a/k/a “Mama Chaps”)

Chaplain Steve Coates Chaplain Cynthia Kane Chaplain Chris Walton


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Always. Continually. In all circumstances.


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