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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 PO1 Mark Logico

Command Master Chief Lee Salas (right) presents Petty Officer 3rd Class Daniel Preto as Warrior of the Week. Photo by PO3 Brandon Davis

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 Patrick D. Maher SNPO3 Jessica Paulauskas

Comic by PO1 Mark Logico

Sailors hike NEWS, along the Wilderness Trail NEWPORT Va.Saint (Sept.Mary’s 30, 2016) Petty Officer to begin maintenance. 3rd Class Samuel L. Kruse, from Puyallup, Wash., conducts aluminum tig welding on an oil sample rack aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).

Infographic by SN Jessica Paulauskas





Sailors make a path along the Saint Mary’s Wilderness Trail. Photo by SN Jessica Paulauskas


ailors participated in a trail maintenance project on the Saint Mary’s Wilderness Trail in the George Washington Jefferson National Forest Oct. 16. “This is trail maintenance for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy,” said PO1 Patrick Landis, from the ship’s Aviation Intermediary Maintenance Department (AIMD). “We come out twice a year for a big maintenance project to clean up anything that’s been noticed; trees that are down or brush and debris that has grown into the trail.” Landis said he first learned of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy while backpacking with friends when they encountered a woman and her grandson working on a trail. He has been participating in trail maintenance projects for five years. “Ever since I came to the Lincoln I’ve been putting word out through the department to try to get involvement from the ship,” said Landis. “We’ve come out here for the last three and a half years, twice a year. It’s been a great time, everybody really appreciates all of our help and I think we make an impact.” The group collaborated with members of the Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS), a non-profit devoted to wilderness stewardship. “A lot of people don’t realize what a treasure it is to have public lands,” said Chris Roby, assistant trail leader for SAWS. The jobs SAWS takes on are typically in remote areas that park services cannot access to clear out, said Roby. “For one thing, it’s just really cool to see people getting out and putting their time towards doing the kind of work that were doing,” said Roby. “It kind of goes to show that people care enough to put that time forward.” The SAWS crew consisted of six crew members who had various points on the trail that needed work.

“It’s a huge help to us because we have so much labor intensive work ahead of us that to have all these people taking some of the burden off of us as a six man crew is phenomenal,” said Roby. According to Roby, it saved the crew a lot of time to focus on doing the landscaping and more architectural facets of the trail. “That gives us time to work this big project and puts us ahead of schedule,” said Roby. “Volunteering, even just a day, doing this kind of work can totally change your perspective on what it means to come out here and hike on these trails. It makes you feel like you are a part of something.” Sailors can be a part of something great while taking a trip away from the local area they live in. “It’s great getting everybody out here, away from the shipyards, and the job. You get to be a little more real with people,” said Landis. Overall, Sailors enjoyed the experience and opportunity to get outdoors. “Some people come because they already know they love the outdoors and they love camping,” said Landis. “Other people get talked into it by their friends and come out for the first time. A lot of them fall in love with nature and come out again. Within the next couple weeks, I’ll get asked constantly about different parks in the area and where people can go and how to do it more.” The Appalachian Trail Conservancy also maintains parks local to Lincoln Sailors said Landis. “Come on out. You don’t have to drive three hours away. You can get involved in local projects in the community right around Newport News,” said Landis. “If you’ve ever gone outdoors or gone on a picnic you have enjoyed the fruits of a group like this,” said Landis.

For more information on the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and future trail maintenance events contact PO1 Patrick Landis in AIMD.


Scenic early-morning view of a lake in the Sherando Lake recreation area in George Washington and Jefferson National Forest. Photo by SN Matt Herbst

Petty Officer 2nd Class Kenneth Taber, a Sailor assigned to the Aviation Intermediary Maintenance Department, crushes boulders for a trail staircase. Photo by SN Matt Herbst

A hiker on the Saint Mary’s Wilderness Trail uses the trail staircase built by Sailors. Photo by SN Matt Herbst




Lincoln Families Celebrate Fall Festival Story and photo by PO2 Ryan Wampler

Sailors and their families participate in a fall festival hosted by the Lincoln Family Readiness Group (FRG) and the Second Class Petty Officer Association at Wood’s Orchards in Hampton, Virginia.


ailors celebrated the holiday season with their families and shipmates during the Lincoln Harvest Festival at Wood’s Orchard in Hampton, Va., Oct. 15. The annual event was hosted by the Lincoln’s Family Readiness Group (FRG) and the Second Class Petty Officer Association. It provided a family-friendly atmosphere for Sailors to enjoy fun fall-themed events with their loved ones. “I think a lot of times we get wrapped up with our work, so it is nice to see everyone, their kids and their spouses, here,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Neahsha Johnson, a volunteer at the event. “It makes us into a family unit to get Sailors’ families involved in some of the extra-curricular activities.”

The festival featured a children’s costume contest, a pumpkin patch and various booths for face painting, cookie decorating, pumpkin painting and Halloweenthemed games. Hosting events like the festival help Lincoln’s FRG to foster a beneficial relationship between Sailors’ families and the command. “It was nice to come out here and help the FRG,” Johnson said. “I really hope that we can get more single Sailors involved in the FRG, as well as families. By volunteering at the event I am able to have some fun and interact with kids and get to know people outside of the nine to five every day.”


Sailors partake in an evolution to on load a rigid-hull inflatable boat (RHIB) back aboard. Photo by SN Clint Davis

Lt. j.g. Katherine Bermudez oversees an evoloution to on load a rigid-hull inflatable boat (RHIB) back aboard. Photo by SN Clint Davis

Sailors on load a rigid-hull inflatable boat (RHIB) back aboard. Photo by SN Clint Davis

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.


Celebrate halloween with CSADD and ALMC at Fort Monroe’s sea wall:

OCT. 27

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

ASIST teaches participants when someone may be at risk of suicide and help them create an immediate safety plan. Who: Interested CVN 72 Sailors (20 per session) What: 2-day interactive workshop Where: Naval Station Norfolk When: November 1-2 and 8-9, 0730-1600 Contact Senior Chief Lloyd by Wednesday 26 Oct. to register. J Dial - 4343 Phone - 757-534-1173 Space - 03-247-3-Q

Election Day is Nov. 8

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

National Drug Take Back Day Sailors can surrender dispensed controlled medication. Bring in your unused and outdated medication for safe collection and disposal to the quarterdeck on Oct. 21 from 0600 to 1530.

Penny Press, Oct. 20, 2016  
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