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Welcome Aboard! USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72)

USS Abraham Lincoln 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 PO3 Quincee Miller as Warrior of the Week. Photo by SN Matt Herbst

Lincoln & Berry

Editor PO3 Derry Todd

Media Department Staff PO1 Mark Logico PO1 Josue Escobosa PO2 Ryan Wampler PO2 Andrew Dean PO3 Derry Todd PO3 Rob Ferrone PO3 Aaron Kiser PO3 Patrick Maher PO3 Juan Cubano SN Jacques-Laurent Jean-Gilles SN Ashley Raine Northen SN Allen Lee SN Matt Herbst SN Jessica Paulauskas SN Clint Davis SN Cody Anderson SN Brandon Davis 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 Cody Anderson

Comic by PO1 Mark Logico

Petty Officer 3rd Class Robert Ferrone cheers during a hockey match.

From Libya to Syria, Iraq, US Navy Fights ISIL from the Med From U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa / U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs

NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- The Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (Ike CSG) resumed support of Operation Inherent Resolve, Dec. 6, launching sorties from the Eastern Mediterranean. Simultaneously, elements of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) continued conducting precision air strikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) targets in Sirte, Libya, from amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) as part of Operation Odyssey Lightning to support Libyan Government of National Accord-aligned forces fighting there. “U.S. 6th Fleet is fighting ‘Daesh’ on multiple fronts, simultaneously supporting three combatant commanders. As a flexible, adaptive force, we are committed to defeating Daesh, we are committed to our NATO allies and partners, and we are ‘where it matters, when it matters,’” said Vice Adm. Christopher W. Grady, Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet U.S. 6th Fleet is concurrently supporting three geographic combatant commanders: U.S. Central Command, U.S. Africa Command, and U.S. European Command. Ike CSG consists of aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), Carrier

Air Wing (CVW) 3, guided-missile cruisers USS San Jacinto (CG 56) and USS Monterey (CG 61), and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 26 with associated guidedmissile destroyers USS Roosevelt (DDG 80), USS Mason (DDG 87), and USS Nitze (DDG 94). Operation Inherent Resolve demonstrates the deep commitment of the U.S. and regional partner nations to eliminating the terrorist group ISIL and the threat it poses to the international community. Wasp is deployed as part of the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. Commander, Amphibious Squadron 6 commands the Wasp ARG, which consists of

amphibious dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41), amphibious transport dock USS San Antonio (LPD 17), and Wasp. The 22nd MEU is embarked on the Wasp ARG. Since Aug. 1, the 22nd MEU had been conducting precision air strikes against ISIL targets in Sirte, Libya, from the Wasp ARG as part of Operation Odyssey Lightning to support Libyan Government of National Accord-aligned forces fighting there. `

Pearl Harbor Survivors gather for 75th Pearl Harbor Attack Commemoration PEARL HARBOR (Dec. 7, 2016) Pearl Harbor survivor Jack Holder wipes away tears during the 75th Commemoration Event of the attacks on Pearl Harbor and Oahu at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The 75th commemoration, co-hosted by the U.S. military, the National Park Service and the State of Hawaii, provided veterans, family members, service members and the community a chance to honor the sacrifices made by those who were present Dec. 7, 1941, as well as throughout the Pacific theater. Since the attacks, the U.S. and Japan have endured more than 70 years of continued peace, a cornerstone of security and prosperity in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Rebecca Wolfbrandt/Released)






Story and Photos by Seaman Cody Anderson


embers from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln’s (CVN 72) hockey team played a game against Joint Expeditionary Base (JEB) Little Creek hockey team on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk. The Lincoln team returned home with a resounding victory after shutting out Little Creek in an 8 to 0 victory.

Lincoln Sailors line up on the ice before a hockey game against JEB Little Creek.

“It took a little bit of time to build up the team, but now that we have, we are pretty good,” said Seaman Quinton Wilson, one of Lincoln’s players. “It’s kind of a bitter sweet victory.” Wilson, who scored one point and one assist in the game, was playing in his Abraham Lincoln jersey for the last time after transferring to the USS Arleigh Burke. “Now I’m excited to get on a team and play against these guys,” said Wilson.

Lincoln Sailors play hockey game against JEB Little Creek at the Scope Arena in Norfolk, Va.

The game was part of a fouryear evolution project conducted by Senior Chief Petty Officer James Werner who is trying to get more exposure for the military teams that play in the area. The end goal of the project is for each team to have at least one game per month culminating in a championship at the end of the year. If you would like to support the Lincoln Sailors they will be playing the first round of a championship series on Dec. 14, at Iceland in Virginia Beach.


Story BY CPO Amy Kirk Photos by SN Matt Herbst



here is nothing more dangerous than complacency and a false sense of security.” Those are words retired Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Lammey wants every Sailor to remember. More than 2,000 Sailors assigned to Nimitzclass aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) attended the command’s annual Winter Safety Standdown at the Hampton Roads Convention Center, Dec. 2. The semiannual event is aimed at providing professional training and resource information to help Sailors focus on safety, both on and off-duty. Lammey, a guest speaker at the event, was one of six Sailors injured (two fatally) during a boiler explosion aboard submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) in Guam in December 2006. He founded “Safety Happens” as a way to educate others who work in high pressure, dangerous jobs -- like many Sailors in the U.S. Navy -- that safety matters. “When things go wrong, they go wrong quickly,” said Lammey, who suffered 3rd degree burns on over half his body. “We have to take personal responsibility for our own safety; if you see something, say something. Safety happens if you make it happen.” An urge for Sailors to take personal responsibility and make smart choices both on and off-duty linked the themes of the day’s presentations. The event featured presentations on a variety of topics ranging from hazardous material procedures to shipboard electrical safety, as well as more than a dozen display booths with information on everything from domestic violence support resources to tire safety. Commanding Officer Capt. Ron Ravelo kicked off the event by talking to the crew about developing the right mindset to successfully complete the ship’s refueling and complex overhaul and returning to the fleet in early 2017. “We need to develop a mindset and say ‘This is where we are. Now, let’s find a way around the roadblocks,’” said Ravelo. “It may take some creative, out-of-the-box thinking, but we can Sailors from security department conduct an active shooter drill. do it. Look at the resources around you right now.” Ravelo also shared some sobering statistics with Sailors involving off-duty motor vehicle fatalities. In fiscal year 2016, the Navy had 28 private motorized vehicle (PMV) deaths, and three months into FY 2017 the Navy has had seven PMV deaths. “I hope sharing these numbers with you has an impact on your off-duty decision making; they definitely scare me,” said Ravelo. “I urge you to use the resources available to succeed. Have a liberty plan, and control what you can control.” Sgt. John LaFond, a Virginia State police officer and retired Air Force service member, echoed the captain’s words during his presentation. “I was once in your seats ... and the messages never sank in,” said LaFond. “Now that I am on the other side, I get the importance. If I can get just one person to stop and think; it’s all about the choices we make -- control what you can control.” Chief Petty Officer Larry Pugh, Abraham Lincoln’s casualty assistance calls officer, spoke on having to make a family notification and repeatedly stressed to the Sailors, Special Guest Speaker Michael Lammey talks to the crew in the Hampton Convention Center about the importance of safety.

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College Fair Story and photo by SN Jacques-Laurent Jean-Gilles

Seaman Adam Lyons speaks with a Navy College representative.


SS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) held a College Fair Dec. 1 on the ship’s mess decks to inform Sailors about the educational opportunities available for them and their

families. “The College Fair was sponsored by Educational Services and the career counselors office,” said Lt. Denise Masella, Lincoln’s educational services officer. “It provided information about Fleet and Family Support Center resources, Navy College program, and commissioning programs.”

The event also provided Sailors with the opportunity to learn about Tuition Assistance. “Many Sailors join for the GI Bill, and they should start going to school early,” said Masella. “Not everyone likes regular college, but there are also tech schools and certifications available.” Masella said the fair’s goal was to bring awareness of the Navy’s many programs to junior Sailors aboard the ship. Navy College Educational Specialist, Darlene Davis, talked to Sailors about Tuition Assistance and choosing the right school. “Education is important, but it’s equally important that a Sailor is ready when pursuing that goal because it’s a huge time commitment,” said Davis. The most important thing any Sailor needs to do is to contact their education office to make sure they’re making informed decisions, Davis added. “The Navy invests time, sacrifice, and money in their Sailors, so it is important that our most important resource (people) are educated,” said Masella. “Getting a degree sets Sailors up for success within the Navy, and it can lead to increased job opportunities after completion of naval service.”

Safety Standdown, continued from page 5.

“What you do and what you say matters.” “Be honest with your chain of command about liberty plans and make smart choices,” said Pugh. “No parent or spouse wants to see me and chaplain coming to the door in our dress blues.” Other guest speakers included John Bellis, Abraham Lincoln’s deployed resiliency counselor, who addressed suicide prevention and support, as well as representatives from the Newport News Fleet and Family Support Center who spoke on surviving the financial stresses of the holiday, promoted 2017 as the “Year of the Healthy Family,” and encouraged Sailors to reach out to FFSC counselors for help and assistance. “Knowledge is power; it helps you make the right decisions,” said Chief Petty Officer Don Mahiai. “It’s easy to get immune to the information passed out every year at this time, but if we can reach a few Sailors and then they can turn around and reach some of their shipmates and that can save someone’s life, then we have succeeded.”

Capt. Ron Ravelo gives a brief during the Safety Standdown.




Petty Officer 3rd Class Christopher Emanus, a Pojoaque, New Mexico native, rescues simulated drowning victims during a Search and Rescue swimmer final qualification test. Photo by SN Matt Herbst

Petty Officer 3rd Class Ernest Anderson (right), from San Marcos, Texas, learns hose handling techniques from Chief Petty Officer Matthew Thompson from Midland, Michigan, during an integrated fire drill. Photo by PO3 Aaron Kiser

Sailors move a belly band, used to lift aircraft during emergencies, on the flight deck. Photo by SN Jacques-Laurent Jean-Gilles

Captain’s Mast Results An E-3 was found guilty for violation of UCMJ, Article 111 (Drunken or reckless operation of vehicle). Member was awarded Forfeiture of 1/2 month’s pay per month for two months, 45 days of restriction and 45 days of extra duty. An E-2 was found guilty for violation of UCMJ Article 92, 3 specifications of violation or failure to obey other lawful written order; Article 112a, Wrongful use, possession, etc., of controlled substancces for a positive urinalysis of marijuana, a Schedule I controlled substance; and Article 121, Wrongful appropriation of a hard hat. Member was awardaded forfeiture of 1/2 month’s pay per month for two months, 45 days of restriction, and 45 days of extra duty. An E-2 was found guilty for violation of the UCMJ, Article 86, 2 Specifications of Failure to go to appointed place of duty; and Article 92, Violation or failure to obey other lawful written order. Member was awarded 45 days of restriction.

Tuition Assistance

Sailors planning to take college classes are required to have their tuition assistance requests approved by their command a minimum of 14 days prior to term start dates. The URL for the new Navy College Program website is: https://www.

Volunteers Needed Wreaths Across America volunteers are needed. Lincoln Sailors have the opportunity to participate in the Wreaths Across America ceremony Dec. 17 at the Hampton National Cemetery in Hampton, Virginia, as a way to show appreciation to those who are no longer with us but are not forgotten. Fifty Lincoln Sailors in service dress blues are needed to assist with laying holiday wreaths at gravesites of veterans Dec 17. If you are interested, please contact CPO Kirk at J-dial 5930, or CPO Truex at J-dail 6499, angelique.Truex@cvn72.

Tax Season

Tax season is coming and now is the time to prepare. Your tax statements (W-2, 1099R and 1095-B or C) will be posted to your myPay account by January 31. Do you have acces to myPay? If not, do you remember your login ID? Is your password updated? Make sure and stay prepared.

Password OPSEC

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