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Getting away with green A ST. PATRICKS DAY SURVIVAL GUIDE

Let’s Be real From REservists to the front line

Destination? SPecial programs




Letter from the Editor Dear Readers,

I look around the ship and I don’t see as many familiar faces as I used to. Over the last three and a half years its felt like the same crew toughing out this rough schedule together and making the best of bad times. But that just isn’t the case anymore. So many people have left or are about to leave that this ship, so familiar and constant, feels like a different place than it once was. That’s life, though; always changing. We’ve got our feet on the starting blocks for the 8,000 mile sprint back to the United States; to a whole new world that is the yards. The faces will be new, the ship will transform and another chapter will begin. If the Navy has taught me anything its that neither good nor bad things stay the same for very long. Every long day ends, everyone goes their own way eventually and the only mistake is attaching yourself to the idea that anything is a constant. If your life isn’t changing then you’re not moving. This issue we are featuring Lt. Gregory Glazachev, a reservist-turnedactive duty supply officer who thought his life stood on solid ground until the recession kicked the foundation out from under him. When a chance came to find a future in a new program for reservist supply officers he embraced the change that gave him a second chance. So I’ll make an effort to see every blue card that comes before mine as the herald of change that is coming quickly. When I walk away from this ship for the last time I’ll know that this part of my life has to end so that another can begin. I’ll take comfort in knowing that everyone else will keep moving forward, coming and going, in the amazing way they always do.

-Kathleen O’Keefe

UNDERWAY USS John C. Stennis

Commanding Officer Capt. Ronald Reis Executive Officer Capt. Jeff Graf Command Master Chief CMDCM Stan Jewett

Media Department

Public Affairs Officer Lt. Cmdr. Zachary Harrell Media Dept. DLCPO MCCS Alan Monyelle Media Dept. DIVO Ens. Joshua Kelsey Media Dept. LCPO MCC Jesse Sherwin Media Dept. LPO MC2 Kathleen O’Keefe

UNDERWAY Magazine Editor-in-Chief Lt. Cmdr. Zachary Harrell Editor MC2 Kathleen O’Keefe Creative Director MC3 Justin Lawrence Contributers MC2 Chase Corbin MC2 Lauren Howes MC2 Kenneth Abbate MC2 Lex Wenberg MC2 Charlotte Oliver MC2 Jamie Hawkins MC2 Joshua Keim MC3 Frederick Gray IV MC3 Claire Farin MC3 Grant Wamack MC3 Kasia Kobiljak MC3 Chelsy Alamina MC3 Destiny Cheek MCSN Marco Villasana ITC Michael Davis

A special thank you to all those who let us tell your stories to the crew and the fleet.


UNDERWAY is an authorized publication for the crew members of USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). Contents herein are not necessarily the views of, or endorsed by the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense, the Department of the Navy or the Commanding Officer of Stennis. Underway is edited, prepared and provided by the JCS media department. All news releases, photos or information for publication in the Underway must be submitted to the Public Affairs Office (3-180-0-Q). All submissions are edited for accuracy, clarity, brevity and conformance to style. The staff reserves the right to edit or reject any submission.Cover photo : MC3 Justin M. Lawrence


Volume 01 Issue 08 March 2013 Edition

contents STAPLES 3 Seabag

We fill you in on the facts and myths of caffeine, the ins and outs of child care when we return home, how to get away with green on St. Patrick’s Day, our March Madness picks and more!

14 Rating Page

Electronics Technicians do a big job on big machines and they aren’t afraid to scale great heights to get it done.


FEATUREs 15 Fit For Duty

We researched the biggest myths to get you the real skinny on health and fitness.

27 Overseas If you’re

looking for a duty station that’s a little out of the ordinary, check out these special duty programs available to Sailors.

29 Ask the LPO You have

the questions and USS John C. Stennis’ Sailor of the Year, PS1 Zamora, has the answers!

17 Silver Lining

Lt. Gregory Glazachev didn’t just want to be active in the reservist community. He wanted to be active duty and found a way to make it happen.

Be Real Guest 21 Let’s columnist ITC Davis

gets real about health and fitness out to sea.

31 What You Need to Know

About Sequestration and Continuing Resolution

We break down the effects that sequestration and continuing resolution will have on you.



Story by MC2 Charlotte Oliver



Most of us probably wake up everyday wishing for five more minutes of sleep. If you’re like me, your usual first stop before the workday is at the nearest coffee shop to help jumpstart your wake up. Some may take pills or a powder mix as a means to get that extra boost during a workout. What do all these products have in common? They all contain caffeine. Caffeine is a stimulant that affects the central nervous system and acts as a metabolic stimulant. With caffeinated beverage purchases on the rise so is the amount of caffeine found in coffees, energy drinks and other beverages. But is caffeine more than just a wonder wake up drug? We explore its effects on the human body.

natural Caffeine is found in the leaves, seeds and fruits of more than 60 plant species. The most common natural sources of caffeine come from coffee beans, cocoa beans, kola nuts, and tea leaves. Caffeine in it’s most natural state appears as a white crystalline substance that can be added to beverages and foods as added flavoring .

hydration Caffeine is a diuretic and will cause you to lose fluids more quickly. If you are only consuming caffeinated beverages throughout the day and not supplementing water between sodas, coffees, or energy drinks you can become dehydrated and no one wants to end up in medical with an IV! Drink that good old H2O between those “high octane” drinks!

tolerance With repetitive use caffeine users can develop a tolerance and even dependence. Withdrawal from caffeine can have the following effects: headache, irritability, inability to concentrate, drowsiness, insomnia, stomach pain, upper body, and joint pain. These symptoms may appear within 12 to 24 hours after discontinuation of caffeine intake, peak at roughly 48 hours, and usually last from two to nine days.




Coffee and teas, on their own, contain little to no calories. It’s all the cream and flavors added to these drinks that make them so calorie rich and fattening. Cut out the creamers and blended drinks and you cut the fat and calories!

Consuming caffeine in moderate amounts, 300 mg or three cups of coffee a day, will not cause any harm in most healthy adults. In adults with high blood pressure or are older may be more vulnerable to its effects.

children A study conducted in 2004 showed that children 6 to 9 consumed on average 22 mg of caffeine per day, however, caffeinated drinks are increasingly popular. Experts say that upwards of 300 mg of caffeine daily is safe for kids. Doctors note that many children are sensitive to caffeine, developing temporary anxiety or irritability, with the “crash” afterwards. The caffeine that many children consume is in the form of sodas and energy drinks and even sweetened teas. Children consuming these empty calories put themselves at risk for diabetes and obesity.

alcohol Research suggests that people only think caffeine helps them sober up. People who drink caffeine along with alcohol think they’re okay behind the wheel. In reality, their reaction time and judgment are still impaired. College kids who drink both alcohol and caffeine are actually more likely to have car accidents.

sleep The human body absorbs caffeine fairly quickly, but also gets rid of it quickly. After eight to ten hours 75% of the caffeine you consumed is eliminated. Drink a cup or two of coffee in the morning shouldn’t have any effect when you go to bed at night. That being said, consuming caffeinated beverages later in the day can interfere with your sleep.


Since the day we left, every parent on board has worried about their child and whether or not they are taken care of, but that will not end when we return home to Bremerton. Now, is the time to start thinking about who is going to watch your child while you are at work when we return. The Navy Region Northwest Child and Youth Programs (CYP) offers developmental child care for eligible children, 6 weeks to 12 years of age and has many options available from centerbased and home care to school-age care. The Child Development Centers which are located on base offer care for children 6 weeks to 5 years in age and are open 6 am to 6 pm, Monday through Friday, except federal holidays. The Child Development Homes which are located within the home of a certified caregiver offer care for children 6 weeks to 5 years in age and hours of operation vary based on each provider, but all offer up to 50 hours of care each week. School-Age Care programs offer after-school care for children 6 to 12 years in age. Each facility strives to meet each child’s social, emotional and intellectual needs to instill in each child a feeling of competence and positive self-concept. The CYP strongly encourages that you enroll your child early to ensure that a spot is available for them when we return home. To register your child for any of the child care options complete and submit a registration packet containing a Request For Care – DD2606 Form and Wait-list Policy and Statement of Understanding and submit your registration packet via e-mail to Upon accepting a space, you will be required to enroll your child by submitting a current LES, Sponsor’s Page 2, and a current copy of your child’s immunization records. Fees are tiered based on the total household income. A 20% discount is available for additional children in the same family.

How is family income determined, and what forms are required for verification? • The Application for Department of Defense Child Care Fees DD Form 2652 or electronic equivalent will be used to verify total family income (TFI) as defined in DoDIs 6060.2 and 6060.3. • For the purposes of determining child care fees in the Department of Defense child development program, TFI is defined as all earned income including wages, salaries, tips, special duty pay (flight pay, active duty demo pay, sea pay), and active duty save pay, assignment incentive pay, long term disability benefits, voluntary salary deferrals, retirement or other pension income including SSI paid to the spouse and VA benefits paid to the surviving spouse before deductions for taxes, quarters allowances, and subsistence allowances and other allowances appropriate for the rank and status of military or DoD civilian personnel whether received in cash or in kind. • Programs should not include alimony, and child support received by the custodial parent, SSI received on behalf of the dependent child, reimbursements for educational expenses or health and wellness benefits, cost of living (COLA) received in high cost areas, temporary duty allowances, or reenlistment bonuses. • Do not include cash awards, bonuses, or overtime pay in TFI calculation.

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Story By: MC2 Jamie Hawkins

Getting Away with


It’s that time of the year again where everyone gets to be Irish for a day! But unlike our green shirts, getting away with “Wearing the Green” will not be easy for most of us, but since you’re all Irish on Saint Patricks Day we know you’re too stubborn to let that stop you! As long as they’ve got the color and you’ve got the arms, why not stop on by Medical and make sure you’re up to date on all your shots and blood tests. It’s a quick and easy way to score the green. *Do not actually go to Medical

Some people like to keep green in their hearts (and in their pocket) all deployment long with a green phone case. While not the most original or inspiring of ways to wear the green, I’ll give you points for being prepared.


While pumping iron or training for the Fitboss’s next 5k, keep the sweat out of your eyes with a green bandana.

STOP! Irish Time! Ok that was a stretch but if you’ve got a watch there’s a good chance you have a green background or at least a light so if all else fails you can try and talk your way into the green.

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February 6th - April 15th, 2013 Though everyone’s tax return is different, Sailors who used Stennis’ VITA program in 2011 received a total of nearly $300,000* in tax refunds. Quickly file a simple tax return with a trained professional there to guide you.


*According to information provided by Legal Department based on information from FY 2011







Contact Stennis’ Legal Department for more information






Story and Illustrations by MC2 Kathleen O’Keefe Sources :

Using Your G.I. Bill

It may seem like a scary time to be counting on the federal government for benefits, but rest assured that your G.I. Bill benefits are currently one of the few government programs untouched by sequestration and the continuing resolution. Still, it doesn’t hurt to be as informed as possible so that the process of getting the benefits you’ve earned goes quickly and easily. Who qualifies for the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill? Any service member who served at least 90 days of consecutive active duty service after Sept. 11, 2001 is eligible for benefits. Officers who graduated from any service academy or used an ROTC scholarship also qualify, but the time they spent satisfying the active duty obligation that qualified them for their education does not count toward the time needed to receive other benefits. Service members who used the student loan repayment plan (SLRP) also qualify for Post 9/11 benefits, but the initial three years of service they are obligated to perform do not count toward time needed to get other benefits. So, if a service member used SLRP their obligatory three years of service would not count toward G.I. Bill benefits. However, if they served another two years they would be entitled to 70 percent of their benefits.


POST-9/11 SERVICE At least 36 cumul ative mo nths (Includes Entry Level or Skills Training time) At least 30 continuous d ays on active du ty & discharged due to service connected disability (Includes Entry Level or Skills Training time) At least 30 cumul ative mo nths (Includes Entry Level or Skills Training time) At least 24 cumul ative mo nths (Cannot Include E ntry Level or Skills Training time) At least 18 cumul ative mo nths (Cannot Include E ntry Level or Skills Training time) At least 12 cumul ative mo nths (Cannot Include E ntry Level or Skills Training time) At least 6 cumul ative mo nths (Cannot Include E ntry Level or Skills Training time) 90 agg reg ate days (Cannot Include E ntry Level or Skills Training time)

% of MAX


100% 100% 90% 80% 70% 60% 50% 40%

The chart above denotes the benefits a servicemember is entitled to based on the amount of time spent on active duty.

What degrees does the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill cover? The G.I. Bill will pay for all accredited degrees, undergraduate and graduate, as well as other non-degree programs like apprenticeships and on-the-job training. Trade schools like fire academies and cosmetology programs are also covered. My school requires students to have health insurance through the school. Does the G.I. Bill cover that? Mandatory student health insurance premiums are covered. Individual medical plans and costs are not covered. I paid $1,200 for education benefits when I joined boot camp, but I heard that other Sailors who joined after me didn’t have to pay anything. Will I get that money back? What you paid for were benefits under the older Montgomery G.I. Bill. You are entitled to get that money back, but you won’t see it until the last payment of the monthly housing allowance. Unfortunately if you paid for the $600 buy up program, you are not entitled to getting that $600 back. If I start using my G.I. Bill at one school can I transfer and use my benefits at another school? The short answer is yes. If you wish to change schools you must complete and submit a “Request for Change of Program or Place of Training.” This can be done using VA form 22-1995 or though VONAPP. Someone told me that I might have to take out loans for my first semester of school because my benefits may not kick in by the time the bills come. Is that true? It all depends on when you file for your benefits. Veteran’s Affairs separates the entire country into four sections and all paperwork and requests go through one of those four offices. Consequently, applying for your benefits can be a lengthy process. It can take up to three months for the VA to create a file for you and weeks after that before they determine the amount of benefits you are owed. The best thing to do is apply for your

benefits as soon as you know what school or program you are going to attend. You can apply on the eBenefits website (https:// using the Veteran’s Online Application (VONAPP). Once you’ve submitted your application the VA will contact you to let you know they have received your documents and that they are being reviewed. A few weeks after that you will receive a letter from the VA letting you know what benefits you are entitled to. There is no reason for you to pay for the first semester of your educational career out of pocket if you make the proper preparations. How does the VA handle the payments of my tuition, housing allowance, and other fees? Tuition and fees for your education are paid by the VA directly to the school you are attending. The living allowance is paid “arrears” at the end of each month. That means you don’t get paid your living allowance for August until September.

Does the G.I. Bill pay for extra programs like tutoring? It does! The Post 9/11 G.I. Bill pays for $100 worth of tutoring each month, but no more than $1,200 total. The student must receive tutoring that is aimed at improving problems a student has in passing in a particular course, so you can’t just get a tutor in sailing if you aren’t in a class that involves sailing. The student must be enrolled more than half time to qualify for the tutoring allowance. How does the book stipend work? The annual book stipend is designed to cover the cost of books, supplies, equipment and other educational fees. Students will get one lump-sum payment for the first month of each quarter, semester or term. Students will get $41.67 for every credit they are enrolled for, but payments cannot exceed $1,000 in each calendar year. Veterans that served less than three years on active duty only qualify for a percentage of the book stipend.



Story by: MC2 Chase A. Corbin


As you all know March is upon us and with that comes sports most exciting month of the year, March Madness. By definition the word madness means insanity, great folly, fury, rage, enthusiasm or excitement All of which accurately describe the culmination of the college basketball season. This season is far different than any recent season and in fact has been complete madness in itself.The roller coaster ride of this year’s college basketball season has been anything but predictable. Just about the only thing that is known is that someone who is expected to win will lose and the underdog will make a statement. Being on deployment doesn’t help any of us in the John C. Stennis Strike Group either. It has been almost impossible to keep track of and follow the ups and downs this season.With the exception of Indiana no other school has been able to hang on to the number one ranking for consecutive weeks. Indiana managed to break a stretch were the top ranked team changed five straight weeks even with a loss to unranked Illinois. No team in the country has stepped up and consistently flexed its’ muscle leaving every fan, coach and expert on the edge of their seats and setting up what should be the best March in recent memory.

#1 Seeds

Let’s take a look at five teams that have the best chance at getting a number one nod.

Indiana – This team has spent

the most time at number one this season but has shown that it is vulnerable taking a loss to unranked Illinois on a defensive breakdown in the last second. They have the depth and talent to bring a championship finally back to Bloomington this year.


– Miami came out of nowhere this season opening the nation’s eyes with a huge 30-point win against then number one ranked Duke in South Florida. They have struggled as of late but with a good conference tournament showing could easily snag a top spot.

Florida – One of the most complete 9

teams in college basketball, they need to come together and not allow another loss

to an S.E.C. opponent, which shouldn’t be too hard in a weak conference. They can’t sleepwalk through the tournament though. We all remember the Georgia team of 2008 and the Vanderbilt team of last year. Kentucky and Missouri are both looking to set up a run during the conference tourney and ruin the Gator’s parade.

Duke – There hasn’t been a year when the Blue Devils aren’t in contention for a top spot, but this year’s team isn’t like teams in Duke’s past. You know Coach K will have his boys focused and ready for the conference tournament where they must outplay Miami, which should lead to a number one seed.


– Being a good team in a bad conference never proves to be a good thing and that will continue to stay true. Gonzaga controls its’ own destiny and only St. Mary’s looks to be a threat in the West Coast Conference tourney. They will need to win out and take the tournament crown to stay in contention but even that may not be enough for a good Gonzaga team.

Probably In Colorado – Middle of the pack in the Pac-12 but they have shown they know how to win on the road. Now all they need to do is win a few at home.

Oregon – The Ducks lead the

Pac-12 but their strength of schedule is keeping them on iffy status. They must continue to win and show they are the best in the Pac-12 to keep a spot.


– Have shown they can beat the best teams anywhere (Indiana, Gonzaga, Minnesota, Butler and Ohio State), but has also shown weaknesses while losing to Northwestern and Purdue. Six of their eight losses were against top 30 teams which should help.

On the Fence Iowa State – The Cyclones

have a couple of questionable losses on their ledger, but with a tough schedule to finish the season they should easily play themselves off the bubble.

North Carolina

– ‘Almost’ against top ranked Duke isn’t going to be enough for the Tar Heels, but that is about all they have going for them right now. The conference tournament is going to be a make it or break it week for them, but Roy Williams’ boys should be ready to make a run, or else.


– Wins against Butler and La Salle are keeping Charlotte’s hopes alive, but they must continue to show they can win in the A-10, which is proving to be a tough challenge this year.

Notre Dame

– Not a strong schedule and a lack of signature wins could hurt the Irish. Their best win came in a marathon against Louisville. They are winning almost all of the games they should, and they will need to continue to do so.

Saint Louis

– Playing in the surprising Atlantic-10 Conference might help the Billikens this year. The only bad loss they have is against Rhode Island, but if they continue to win and don’t pitch a dud in the conference tournament they will be in.


– Another A-10 member, but the difference is they don’t have a signature win. Their biggest win came against Memphis in November. They must show up in the tournament and avenge losses to La Salle and Saint Louis.

La Salle – On paper they look


Temple – The Owls have the best

– Took it to Middle Tennessee earlier this season and haven’t had a major loss since. Look for the Bruins to go dancing and don’t be surprised if they knock a four or five seed off.

like a tournament team, but so do five other A-10 teams and the selection committee isn’t ready to put six A-10 teams in just yet.

win of all A-10 teams, but they also own the most head-scratching losses.

UCLA – Should be a tournament team, but they need to prove they can consistently beat teams in the Pac-12.

California – The Golden

Bears have a few losses that make you want to keep them out, but they have shown they can beat the best out west too.

Maryland – They can beat

some of the best teams in the country at home, but the Terps must prove that they can win on the road before they can go dancing.

Probably Out Massachusetts

– Another A-10 school, but the Minutemen are at the back of the line of good schools in this conference this season.

Indiana State

– Beat Miami on Christmas but have lost too much against non-tournament teams.

Wyoming – Started red hot, but are starting to freeze over.



– The Zips have beat Middle Tennessee and should have beat Oklahoma State. Watch out for Zeke Marshall who is a shot blocker and very efficient scorer.

Middle Tennessee

– The Blue Raiders don’t have a big win but they play great team basketball and if they all get warm together watch out.

Stephen F. Austin

– Signature win came against Oklahoma in early December but if they can manage to get in they can be a matchup nightmare for a few teams and could easily find themselves in the Sweet 16.


– The Wildcats don’t have a big win this season but they have played elite competition and played them close. Sometimes in March just knowing that you can play with good teams is enough to win, it doesn’t hurt that they are solid from the line and can hit from deep.

Boise State – Wins over UNLV

and Creighton look good, but a win over one of the other top teams (New Mexico x2, Michigan State, Colorado State and San Diego State) they played would have helped.


– The Wildcats are lacking a signature win, PERIOD.



BRIAN KEENE Best-Selling Author

In 1967, Brian Keene was born in a small town in Pennsylvania and also grew up in parts of West Virginia. After graduating high school, Keene joined the Navy at the young age of 17 as a radioman (RM), today’s equivalent of an interior communications electrician (IC). He was stationed on the USS Austin (LPD-4) in Norfolk, Va. “I was just a kid from a small town in Pennsylvania, and I’d never really been beyond that small town,” said Keene. “Four years later, I’d quite literally traveled the world and been exposed to different cultures and ideas and ways of life. It certainly opened my world-view, and molded and informed the man I am today.” After his four-year enlistment ended, Keene worked a variety of jobs before becoming a full-time writer. Some of these included working as a foundry worker, truck driver, data entry clerk, dockworker, telemarketer, customer service representative, repo man, bouncer, disc jockey, salesman, store manager, daycare instructor, custodian and much more. He attributes this diverse resume as the key to the rich characters that are inside of his books. “I used to work in a foundry,” Keene reminisces. “I ran a mold machine. Each day, I was responsible for making X amount of molds. If I did this, I received a paycheck at the end of the week. If I didn’t do this, then I was soon looking for another job. Writing for a living is the same way. You are responsible for writing X amount of words per day. Do this, and eventually you’ll get a paycheck. Don’t do it, and you’ll soon be looking for another job.” Keene had been toiling away for a number of years before he got his first novel published. He had written four “trunk” novels before Delirium Books had decided to publish “More than Infinity” as a hardcover in 2003. The title was later changed to “The Rising” and republished by Leisure Books, perhaps his most popular novel to date. The plot revolves around a father trying to find his son in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. The History Channel documentary on zombies, credits “The Rising” and Keene for bringing back the zombie resurgence in horror fiction and films. This led to him appearing on CNN, Howard Stern, and a trivia question answer game on ABC. Keene went onto win two Bram Stoker Awards: one in 2001 for his non-fiction book “Jobs in Hell” and one in 2003 for “The Rising.”. In 2004, “The Rising” was optioned for film and videogame adaptations and in 2005; “City of the Dead” was optioned for the same. In 2006, his short story “The Ties That Bind” was optioned for film, and premiered April 2009 at the Garden State Film Festival. In 2009, “Dark Hollow “was optioned for film by director Paul Campion. “Ghoul” was made into a TV movie and debuted on the Chiller Network April 13, 2012. In 2011, “Darkness at the Edge of Town” was optioned and “Castaways” was optioned by Drive-In-Films. In 2004 and 2005, Keene took charge of a Book for Troops program, in which various horror authors supplied free, signed books to American troops serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere around


Story by: MC3 Grant Wamack Photo courtesy of: Brian Keene

Beyond the Service

A look back at influential Americans who served in the United States Navy.

the world. In 2005, the 509th Logistics Fuels Flight Squadron based out of Whiteman Airforce Base honored him for charitable work. In addition, Keene still finds inspiration from his old Navy days. “Sometimes I name various characters after old Navy buddies and sometimes it’s much more than that,” said Keene. “My novel, Dead Sea, for example, is set on a Coast Guard cutter during a zombie apocalypse. A lot of the seafaring sections of that book were drawn from personal memories.” Even though Keene has been out of the Navy for a long time, he believes service members should stay connected even after the military. “Stay in touch with your old shipmates,” said Keene. “I’ve been lucky enough to attend three reunions for the Austin, and each time it’s like a family reunion. Truly, some of the best friends you’ll ever make in life are the people you serve with, whether you realize it at the time or not.” When asked about writer’s block, Keene often dismisses the notion. “I write for a living, meaning this is my job,” said Keene. “It’s how I pay my bills. I can’t afford to have writer’s block. When I worked in a foundry, I didn’t tell my boss, ‘Hey I can’t work on the molding line today. I have foundry-worker’s block.’ Writer’s block is just an excuse writers invented to get out of doing the work. The only way you get paid, is to produce. The only way to produce is to sit your ass down in the chair, put your fingers on your keyboard, and type. When you write for publication, you are producing a product for public consumption. If there is no product, then the public can’t consume and you can’t eat. So you have to produce.” Even if Keene wasn’t getting paid to be a writer, he’d still sit down in front of his computer everyday and pump out words. “Writing is a hard way to earn a living, and the costs are high. And yet, I continue to do it because the rewards are unlike those of any other profession I know. And I continue to do it because I can’t do anything else. I can’t not write. I’ve always liked my friend Tom Piccirilli’s description of this condition: If you’re stranded alone on a desert island, and you spend your time writing stories in the sand with a stick, then you’re meant to be a writer.” Keene wholeheartedly believes he’s meant to be a writer. “Instead of scrawling SOS in giant ... letters on the beach, I’d be using that castaway time to finish my next novel. I’d be doing that because I write for a living, and when you write for a living, there’s no time to ... around.” Keene is well respected and many younger writers look up to him for advice and guidance in the ever-changing publishing industry. “Greater writers than me have said it, as well, but the key is to simply write every day and read every day. And submit what you’ve written. You can teach a person writing, but you can’t teach them patience and perseverance, and those are the two things that it really takes in order to get published.”



*Statistics provided by the World Health Organization.


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I love being an Electrician Technician! It’s the coolest job I’ve ever had. How many other people can honestly say they work on RADAR for a living? Not many.


fit for duty

SOURCES: & & WebMD Introduction by MC2 Josh Keim Photo Illustration by MC3 Justin Lawrence Photo courtesy of

All too often I hear Sailors sharing well-intentioned but ill-informed advice about the right and wrong way to train, the good and bad foods to eat, and the best approach to losing weight and getting fit. From the bogus bologna about targeting belly fat to the pseudo magic of the “fat burning zone,” with so many different opinions, it can be tough deducing fact from fiction. I researched some of the top experts in the field of health and fitness to find out what myths they hear about from clients, and these are some of my favorite fitness falsehoods I’ve learned never to follow:

Fiction #1

The best way to lose weight is to drastically cut calories

Fact: “Our bodies are smarter than we think,” said Jari Love, star of the Get Extremely Ripped: 1000 Hardcore DVD. “When we eat too little, our body believes that it’s starving so our metabolism slows down and holds onto fat as a potential energy source.” A much better approach: Eat more often, but eat less food at one time. For the fastest weight loss, break up your total daily calorie allotment—don’t eat fewer than 1,200 calories if you’re a woman or fewer than 1,800 calories if you’re a man—into five to six small meals to keep your metabolism humming. 15

Fiction #2

Keep your heart rate in the fat-burning zone

Fact: If you’ve been exercising at 60–70% of your maximum heart rate in order to shed flab faster, you could be slowing your slim down.

“The fat-burning zone is a complete myth,” said Wayne Westcott, Prevention advisory board member and fitness research director at Quincy College. “While it’s true that you burn a higher percentage of fat calories when exercising at a moderate pace, you burn fewer calories overall.” For instance, if you get on a treadmill and walk at a 3.5 mph pace for 30 minutes, you might burn 250 calories. If you raise the speed to 7 mph, you’d burn 500 calories. Bottom line? “It’s much better to go at the faster speed.”

Fiction #3

Ab exercises are the fastest way to a flat belly

Fact: You can do crunches till you pass out, and you still might not get a six-pack. Why? If you have a high percentage of body fat, your

abs will be covered with — you guessed it — fat. And no, doing ab exercises won’t necessarily make you lose that belly fat, either. “Abs are made in the kitchen—not from doing crunches,” said Aaron Swan, private trainer at the Sports Club/LA-Boston. “Doing abdominal exercises can strengthen the different abdominal muscles, but it won’t burn body fat and reveal the ‘six-pack look,’” A proper diet low in refined carbohydrates and full of lean proteins, healthy fats, and lots of low-glycemic fruits and vegetables will bring you closer to the flat belly you’re after.

Fiction #4

You can target trouble spots

Fact: It would be nice to be able to choose where our bodies store fat, but that just isn’t possible. “The scientific truth is that your body decides where to burn fat based on genetics, regardless of the body part you are exercising,” said Samantha Clayton, personal trainer and co-star of YouTube’s “Be Fit In 90”. Instead of focusing on one area, spend your time doing full-body workouts that blast calories, like running or body-weight circuits, for all-over slimming.

Fiction #5

Muscle definition comes from lifting light weight for many reps

Fact: Leanness and muscle definition come from having muscle mass and low body fat. If you train with light weights only, you just won’t

build muscle. If you don’t have any muscle mass, you won’t burn much fat. If you have low body fat coupled with small muscles, you’ll have nothing to show off!

Fiction #6

Doing squats will make your butt big

Fact: “This one cracks me up,” said Chris Freytag, personal trainer and chairman of the board for the American Council on Exercise. “We

all know what makes your butt big and it isn’t squats. All of us who sit in front of a computer, at desk, or in a car seat all day are at risk for developing weak glutes unless we actively do something about it.” One of the best fixes: Squats! “Science shows that this move will help to lift, firm, and strengthen your buns,” said Freytag. “Just be sure to focus on good form. Keep your knees above your shoe laces and sit back into an imaginary chair; squeeze through your glutes as you return to standing.”


A Reservist’s Silver Lining




Story by MC2 Josh Keim Photos by: MCSN Marco Villasanna and MC3 Justin Lawrence


s an unforgiving recession swept across the nation, Lt. Gregory Glazachev was trapped in the wake. He thought his job was safe; his top secret clearance, master’s degree and years of government contracted work a shelter from its effects. But when it came, it struck hard and fast, leaving him and his wife searching for options. His job disappeared but the bills didn’t. Unemployment and parttime work in the Navy Reserve kept his head above water, but he needed more than a temporary answer. He needed a full-time job and an opportunity to advance; one chance before he lost everything. Then, as fear and uncertainty settled, appeared a silver lining within a perfect storm; one that would send him to the sea with a chance to start again. “There’s nothing we could do,” Glazachev explained. “It’s rough out there, and if it wasn’t for the Navy, I probably would have lost my house, my cars, everything. I would have been in massive debt if it wasn’t for the Reserve keeping me afloat. They extended my orders, offered me multiple training classes and did everything they could to prepare me for active duty.” Glazachev was selected among a large pool of applicants for recall to active duty orders under the Division Officer Afloat Program, a program only recently opened to Supply Corps officers which enables them to apply skills learned in the classroom to real time situations in the fleet. It was a chance for Glazachev to live, work, train and deploy aboard a Navy ship; “an opportunity of a lifetime,” he recalled. Now serving a 36-month tour aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), Glazachev is Stennis’ disbursing officer, working toward his warfare qualifications and in charge of more than $2 million and most of the financial transactions on the ship. Separated from his family by thousands of miles and adjusting to the sink or swim pace of a deployed carrier, Glazachev says he’s “enjoying every minute of it.” “I’m really excited to be here,” he said. “I tell these guys every day, ‘I might have a bad day, but in the end, I’m still happy as hell to be here.’ Sometimes I go out into the hangar bay, look outside and just say to myself, ‘I can’t believe I’m really here.’ For me, this is a dream come true.”


Personnel Specialist 3rd Class Janela Deleon, from San Diego, a disbursing clerk who currently works for Glazachev, wasn’t reluctant to described her new boss as hard working and fun. “The atmosphere here is really relaxed,” she said, “and I realy don’t notice a difference between working for him and working for active-duty officers.” Lt. j.g. Andrew Turk, Stennis’ Supply Department’s former S-8A division officer, called Glazachev’s integration with the crew seamless and “like a breath of fresh air.” “[Glazachev] is the perfect addition to a constantly deployed crew,” said Turk. “He has a selfless attitude and good patience for anyone who needs a favor. He’s always there to serve and support with a positive mental outlook. He can offer advice for those seeking employment after the Navy or looking to go to the Reserve themselves.” Turk added that through programs like this which allow reservists to serve with active-duty personnel, both sides are offered a great opportunity to learn from each other and bridge the gap between the active and reserve

components. “It’s like a fraternity with these guys,” said Glazachev. “You meet everyone and almost instantaneously there’s a connection. It’s even better in the Supply Corps because we’re such a close-knit group of people. We look out for each other.” “It was great from the moment I got here,” he said recalling his first day aboard Stennis. “I wasn’t even here for more than a day when three of the Supply Corps guys came up to me said ‘hey, want to go hangout?’ and boom; we were liberty buddies. I had just met these guys and they took me in like one of their own.” Lt. Jason Buonvino, Stennis’ Supply Department’s quality assurance officer and one of Glazachev’s liberty buddies, described Glazachev as motivated, inspirational and customer-service oriented. When the disbursing system goes down, Glazachev makes it his personal duty to fix the problem, he added. “Since arriving, [Glazachev] has molded himself into the team well,” said Buonvino. “This is an opportunity [for him] to learn hands on over an extended real-time environment the

various jobs Supply Corps officers perform at sea.” Lt. Cmdr. Derek Hotchkiss, Stennis’ services officer and Glazachev’s direct supervisor, said Glazachev’s integration with the crew was “completely seamless.” “He understands and acknowledges that there are differences between active duty and the Navy Reserve Supply Corps. It has been a very shallow learning curve for him to get up to speed and learn his job. The program is part of the ‘one Supply Corps’ approach that the chief of the Supply Corpse brings to the active and reserve Supply Corpse communities. From time to time, Glazachev stops to look outside and capture the moment, taking it all and never forgetting who he is, where he came from or why he’s here. “As we’re going through the Strait [of Hormuz] and we’re passing all the cruise ships and oil tankers, the mountains and all the activity around us, everyone just needs to stop,” he said;” stop and look around at something that’s bigger than you.

LEFT: :Lt. Gregory Glazachev and PSSR Alexander Fenstermacher helps a sailor resolve a problem with has Navy cash card. RIGHT: Lt. Gregory Glasachev discusses underway replenishment with Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Brickhause.




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Story by ITC Michael Davis


ach time we start a new workout routine, our body will resist every new twist, turn, or modification we force upon it. Even if we ask nicely with two sugar plums on top, our body won’t budge or become that sexy cover model we so desire it to be without some serious coaxing and smoozing. 22

Sailors participate in group physical training in hangar bay three.

After 18 years wearing a Navy uniform, and several Physical Readiness Tests—some as the Command Fitness Leader, all layered in between I’ve learned coaxing and smoozing the body relies on three important factors: compromise, compromise, and compromise. We have to compromise and recognize that we can indeed transform our bodies to become better, fitter, and more centered around our fitness potential. Some of us simply need to lose weight to remain in standards, while others may want to see an increase in muscle growth or stamina. Often, the physical change is the easiest to change, contrary to how we grow psychologically; which is often a much harder process. See, ideally our state of mind is often built like a bridge that connects us from the point where we currently stand, to a more bonafide sexy beast mode where we ultimately want or need to be. This state of mind is also a journey or transition that forces our mindset to change, which eventually provides


the necessary healing as our fitness grows stronger, leaner, and fitter for the next workout push. If you pay close attention, your physical change should always manifest itself into a mental and psychological change if possible. So, as you mark your calendars in preparation for the next upcoming spring PRT, know that your transition to physical greatness extends even beyond what is required of you. While many shipmates may simply want to “pass” the required BCA, others may find themselves exceeding all expectations with incredible weight loss/gain, significant muscle growth, or faster cardio speeds—without even being required to perform those actions during the next PRT. Whichever path you decide, know that having the self-awareness in arriving to either goal is paramount in how you learn to own your fitness goals. By owning your fitness goals, you will undoubtedly keep the momentum fresh to the touch, and ready for the next incredible push. In my 18 years of

moderating PRTs, I’ve centered my progress around three strategies that have helped maintain and glorify my fitness goals with amazing results.

It Ain’t Over Until It’s Over When we start a new exercise, or try to enhance our fitness to peak solid results, learn to have patience and understand that the key elements of effective progress are not always measured entirely by the fact that you are moving on a treadmill at 5 mph with a 10 degree incline, but rather that you have found true wisdom in your fitness program. What is most important is that you recognize your fitness goals as specific and realistic like any other goals you may have set for yourself. Many of you reading this have Enlisted

TOP LEFT: Sailors participate in a 5K run on the flight deck. TOP RIGHT: Sailors participate in total resistance exercise in hangar bay one MIDDLE: Sailors exercise during a TRX class. BOTTEM: Sailors participate in a 5K run on the flight deck.



Surface Warfare Specialist (ESWS) and Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist (EAWS) qualifications, as well as a ton of other worthy specialized qualifications acquired over many long deployments. Getting to the point where you have 6-pack abs staring back at you in the mirror, or huge jaw-dropping biceps is no different. Write out a viable plan, force yourself to make those goals realistic, and go after them! Work with your mentor, friend, shipmate, or any other positive influential person that can help break the barrier that holds you from your fitness goals. Start this process by eating the right foods before and after your workout, finding workouts that encourage growth, and getting enough sleep to make it all worth it. It ain’t over until you say it’s over, so what are you waiting for?

You Can Learn A Lot By Just Watching Whenever life throws you a new situation—you know, like those lemons— whether you are a new LPO or LCPO of a division, or starting a new workout like Crossfit or Zumba, the best advice is typically to observe as much as you can before jumping in head first. Observe the atmosphere, chemistry, and dynamic of the folks who are doing this more often and better than you. You can still find the necessary fitness markers during this process, because you are working out your intellectual acuity first in a better effort to be not just an athlete, but an intelligent athlete. For many years, I’ve had the chance to run in multiple races whether it be in the form of a cold chilly October Maine Marathon, or a more intimate Army 10-Miler fitted perfectly within the openness of Washington, DC during the spring. Before, during, and after each race, I have found myself observing how other runners place their feet during the harder mile positions, or the type of shoes worn, clothing, or style in how other runners train. Before each race, I take every opportunity to fill my head with the necessary tools in order to get acquainted with the intellectual side of being an athlete. This process gets my head in the right direction and lets me find the speed and pace from which I can gain the most confidence, strength, and power. So, know that you can observe so much more by just watching the process unfold, and taking the critical notes that you will later use to inspire others to do the same. LEFT: Sailors participate in a 5K run on the flight deck. RIGHT: Sailors participate in a flag football tournament sponsored by Morale, Welfare and Recreation in Manama Bahrain.

You Can’t Do It Fast If You Can’t Do It Slowly Many of you may not know that most musicians love to play music. They really do. I spent many years in jazz ensembles playing the trumpet, and the majority of the brass instruments that came along with loving jazz. This “music” thing came easy for me, and for once in my life—at least during that time—I felt at ease with the comfort of just being good at something. However, the nervousness of being a musician always kept me on my toes each time I was a met with a new piece of jazz music. The music dared and challenged me to mess up a note or two, which made the entire love of music intimidating and fearful during that time. Now, especially when looking at my own fitness goals, I’m reminded yet again of this internal battle; but I’ve also gained some incredible motivation in being able to handle and win this internal battle. I just take my time. I have learned to take my time to gain better form, appreciation, and love for the art of fitness. In doing so, this not only gives me a healthier approach to the correct physiological components of fitness, but it forces me to deal with the demons that say, “I dare you to screw

up”. So, remember that you can’t do it fast if you can’t do it slowly. It’s a very important step in protecting your balance as you achieve and overcome your fitness hurdles.

Finally… There is this amazing thing that destroys our motivation, and forces our insecurities to fester deep inside our most vulnerable parts of your fitness goals. This same thing causes you to question yourself and your fitness rhythm; which in turn, will take away the steam and wind from your sails in completing your fitness goals.This thing does not let go of the negative and tries to drown out your positive approach to your fitness goals without asking for permission. It not complicated, fractured, or out of the ordinary. It is... you. So, get out of your own way and let your fitness goals go beyond even your own expectations. Enjoy the process and do not let anything take away your power.



Story by: MC3 Frederick Gray IV

Destination: Special Programs Trying to find your next billet? Not sure what to choose, or maybe you’re not finding options that you are interested in. Why not check out the variety of the special programs that could be available to your rate.

Navy Ceremonial Guard: The U.S. Navy

ceremonial guard, a component of Naval District, Washington, DC, is the official ceremonial unit of the Navy. Criteria: Open to E-1 to O-5 with the exception administrative support personnel (YN, SK and SH) Height: Minimum – Males 6’0” Females 5’ 10” (waivers considered) Be able to participate in public ceremonies without glasses (contacts acceptable) Capable of strenuous marching, drilling and prolonged standing. Have outstanding appearance and military bearing. Possess facial features free from acne, scars, and other unusual distinguishing features. Prospective POs and E-4 to E-9 members must have no evaluation report trait average below 3.0 for the past three evaluation periods. Be high caliber individuals to serve as sharp military role models for junior members. Overall physical fitness test category good or higher and within body composition standards. All selectees must have at least 18 months of obligated service remaining upon completion of training.


USS Constitution: The crew is tasked with

promoting, protecting and preserving the ship. The ship is the Navy’s platform for receiving senior officers, high ranking government officials, and heads of state. Criteria: Must be able to interact with the public with maturity, tact, and be a model representative of the U.S. Navy. Must have impeccable appearance and military bearing. CPOs and POs must be high-caliber individuals ready to serve as sharp military role models for junior crew members and must be strong leaders. ASVAB scores of: WK=50, VE=50 No record of NJP, alcohol incidents and financial instability within 36 months. Have no evaluation/fitness report trait average below 3.0 within 36 months. Must be within current body composition standards, and not have failed any physical fitness assessments in the past year. No more than one PFA failure in the past four years. Must be fit for full duty without any limitations or disabilities which would preclude service onboard a ship. Must not have any tattoos which are visible in short-sleeves or skirts. Must have clear strong voice free from heavy accents or speech impediments. Must not be afraid of public speaking. Must not be afraid of heights. Non-POs must be unmarried and without dependants.

Navy Harbor Pilot Program: A Navy harbor pilot guides Naval ships of all classes and tonnage, in and out of harbors and Naval bases, or to and from docks and berths. They supervise Naval and civilian personnel in docking, berthing, and mooring of all classes of vessels, floating docks cranes, and barges. Directs operation of pusher boats in the movement of ships and tows, to and from sea in harbors. Criteria: Open to personnel in pay grades E-6 and above in BM and QM ratings. Must be willing to be in an area of political unrest , or strikes, to ensure the smooth flow of military cargo and ships. Must be willing to be in a constant state of stand-by to move on short notice. Must be recommended by a current Navy Harbor Pilot. If accepted, and upon completion of training, the applicant should expect at least two consecutive overseas tours before being assigned to duty in continental United States. Required obligated service for this program is 72 months.

Recruit Division Commander (RDC):

RDCs are the single most important factor in preparing new enlisted personnel for a successful Navy career. Few billets are as demanding as those of recruit division commander. Criteria: Must continually demonstrate superior leadership and motivational skills in demanding and often unique situations. Must be willing to endure mentally, physically and emotionally demanding tasks, and have imaginative problem-solving skills. Must be highly principled, possessing strong character and personal and professional integrity. Advantages: special duty assignment pay, leadership experience that is unmatched in any other billet, historically greater advancement opportunities, special clothing allowance rate of $220 per year, the Recruit Training Service Ribbon will be awarded to those RDCs who successfully train 9 divisions. Upon the completion of full three year tour as an RDC will be guaranteed choice of coast assignment. Tour length minimum of 36 months.

White House Communications Agency (WHCA) WHCA provides premier

communication systems that enable the President and the Presidential staff to lead the nation effectively. Criteria: E-4 may not have more than 5 years total active military service, E-5 no more than 10 years, E-6 no more than 15 years. Must be in the following ratings: CTI, CTM, EM, IC, MC, PS, IT. Must be a United States citizen. Eligible for assignment to a Presidential Support Duty. Required obligated service is 48 months. Must be qualified as Enlisted Surface/Aviation Warfare Specialist if attached by qualifying unit.

USS Arizona Memorial: USS Arizona

Memorial is a premiere tourist attraction in Hawaii. Thousands of visitors pay their respects to the ship and its crew. The crew is in charge of ferrying visitors to the memorial and back. Criteria: ASVAB scores of: WK=50, VE=50 Non-POs must be unmarried and without dependants. Must be for for full duty without any limitations or disabilities which would preclude service onboard a ship. Must not have skin blemishes or any tattoos which are visible in short-sleeves or skirts. Qualified second class swimmer. Volunteers must be released from their community via rating to Navy Personnel Command, Shore Special Programs Assignment Branch. Commanding officer signed letter of endorsement which must include a statement on military appearance and tattoos, an evaluation on the member’s speaking ability, the Sailor’s demeanor, professional knowledge, and leadership skills.

For more information on special programs visit detailing/shorespecialprograms


? ask the LPO What are some important facts that a pregnant Sailor under a sea billet need to watch out for? Pregnant women assigned to sea duty are typically transferred off (due to shipboard hazards) well before the 20-week gestation period – sometimes within the same week medical determines you’re pregnant. Once transferred, they become “availabilities” and stay at TPU pending further assignment. Generally they are assigned at commands in the local area through the course of pregnancy and recovery (the Navy still has to get its money’s worth off you, of course). If you discover you are pregnant and currently on sea duty, you are not off the hook with respect to owing sea time. Everyone has what is called a “sea counter” which is dictated by their sea/shore flow. By instruction, a person’s sea counter freezes when they discontinue their sea duty TEMPORARILY at another command. This sea counter resets after 18 months from the day they depart their current sea duty assignment for the duration of their gestation/delivery/recovery period. One way or another, pregnant Sailors will have to complete their sea time. To prevent losing out on the sea duty you’ve already had at sea I highly recommend discontinuing your time on land so you return to sea duty BEFORE 18 months to the day you transferred. Sailors returning to sea after a pregnancy tend to fall under “Needs of the Navy.” Pending the availability of billets at a particular sea duty assignment you could end up either back on the Stennis to finish off your sea time, or you may even get reassigned elsewhere (i.e. San Diego). The best way to guarantee your desired billet would be to work closely with your detailer and your chain of command. Read OPNAVINST 6000.1C (Navy Guidelines Concerning Pregnancy and Parenthood) for additional information.


All Sailors have questions they need answered. From the brand new Sailor who just checked on board yesterday to the salty master chief who has more sea stories than the sea itself.

What is a NAVADMIN? Why What are some of the is it important that a Sailor officer programs that a Sailor would look into if have to learn it? they are interested? A NAVADMIN is a directive issued via message traffic (or via the NPC website) that promulgates the latest information on a variety of Navy programs and policies or serves as special announcements to the Fleet from “Big Navy”. The contents of these NAVADMINs cover a variety of things, Navy uniform policy, Selection Board Results, or matters that directly impact the welfare of service members and their families, among other things. Given the scope of subjects covered everyone, from seaman recruits to Admirals, should check for new NAVADMINs regularly.

Depending on an individual’s eligibility there are a variety of commissioning programs available to enlisted personnel: Seaman to Admiral-21 (STA-21), Officer Candidate School (OCS), and Limited Duty Officer (LDO) are unique avenues that all lead to becoming an officer. Contact your departmental career counselor for more information on which commissioning program is best for you!

If I take courses on NKO, not necessarily pertaining to my rate or mandatory training, does that count toward anything? Absolutely! In fact, taking NKO courses outside of your rate helps you because it reveals a desire to learn more about the Navy and not just staying within your comfort zone. Completing such courses expands your perspective on the “bigger picture” and helps you appreciate your own role in the Navy. We are such a huge and multi-faceted organization. The more you learn about it from other points of view, the more things start to make sense. For more information in regards to off-duty education through regionally accredited colleges and universities.

What is the difference between a warrant officer and a commissioned officer?

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A warrant officer is an officer in a military organization who is designated an officer by a warrant, as distinguished from a commissioned officer who is designated an officer by a commission.

How many accrued days of What is OPSEC? And Why leave do I have in the book is it important? before I lose it? Operational Security (OPSEC) is the first NAVADMIN 026/13 recently announced the extension of the leave carry over policy. Sailors may now carry over 75 days of leave per year, vice the previous 60 days through September 30, 2015. Provided you do not exceed 75 days by the end of each fiscal year (September 30) you do not risk losing any leave. Check your LES on the MyPay website for your current leave balance. If you have any questions about your leave balance feel free to contact the Customer Service Desk at Personnel.

Why is it important to darken ship after sunset? Darken-ship prevents light from showing outside the ship. We must minimize our visibility to mitigate visual detection by surface contacts and maintain our ability to defend ourselves by being unseen. Practicing light discipline by switching to red or amber lighting and shutting Dog Zebra fittings sets darken-ship.

What is a MAC flight? Can my dependents utilize it even if I am not travelling with them? A “MAC flight” is a privilege available to active or retired service members and their dependents desiring to fly for free within the continental United States (CONUS) or to military air bases overseas (OCONUS). Space-available (Space-A) seating is free on Air Military Command (AMC) flights and are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. While this is an awesome and affordable opportunity to see the world, it is subject to availability as free travel is in high demand. People who utilize Space-A flights are often encouraged to have back-up plans in the event they are stranded OCONUS waiting for the next available Space-A flight to open up.

line of defense in this, the Information Age. Allowing our enemies even the smallest bits of information about our mission, capabilities, schedules, etc., could be used against us in our struggle to remain the dominant superpower in the world. OPSEC could be as simple as shredding sensitive data, the conversations we have in public places, or being mindful about what we post on social media websites, like Facebook or Twitter.

What is a maternity and paternity leave? How many leave days are authorized? Both types of non-chargeable leave offer mothers and fathers in the Navy the precious opportunity of welcoming the newest members of their families into the world. OPNAVINST 6000.1 states that a pregnant Sailor is allowed up to 42 days of convalescent (maternity) leave from the day she gives birth to her child. Per MILPERSMAN 1050-010, a male Sailor may request up to ten days of non-chargeable leave immediately following to the birth of a child (provided paternity leave hadn’t already been used in the same year).

I’m planning on reenlisting. How do they determine if I get a reenlistment bonus or not? If you are unsure about your eligibility for a selective reenlistment bonus (SRB), contact your Departmental Career Counselor immediately. I discourage asking other people within your rating who have previously earned SRBs because eligibilities change annually; ratings/zones that had it last year may no longer have an SRB this year. The sooner you ask, the easier it will be to request an SRB for those eligible.


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things Personnel wants you to know...

The hours for Personnel are 8:45 a.m.-11 a.m., 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m., and 6 p.m.-8 p.m. While underway, there is also a night check. The muster report is due to Personnel Specialist 3rd Class Anthony White by 9:30 a.m. If you lose your military identification card and want a replacement, you have to route a request chit through your chain of command. The chit has to be signed by the CMC before a new one can be issued to you. Personnel is a customer service department responsible for reenlistments, extensions, separations, travel receipts/ claims, checking in new Sailors, and identification cards. In order to get a new military identification card, you have to have an appointment. The first appointment time starts at 8:45 a.m. and lasts anywhere from 30-45 minutes depending on the speed of the program and equipment. 30

Q&A Story by MC2 Lex T. Wenberg Illustrations by MC2 Kathleen O’Keefe



CONTINUING RESOLUTION All around the internet and all over the 24-hour news networks, people are talking about sequestration and its effects on everyone’s lives. In the Military, we have special concerns about sequestration and what it means for our commands, our families, our jobs and our shipmates. We hope to answer some of the more common questions here and hopefully that knowledge provides a little bit of relief from the stresses that can come with budget cuts.

What is sequestration? Sequestration is a set of automatic cuts to federal spending which is part of the Budget Control Act (BCA), passed in August 2011. The cuts are evenly spread out between defense spending and domestic spending, while keeping entitlements like Social Security and Medicaid safe from cuts. Where did the Budget Control Act come from, and why is sequestration the result? As the government approached its debt limit in 2011, the White House and Congress agreed to raise the debt ceiling, (a self-imposed limit to the amount of credit the U.S. has access to), in order to avoid default (a failure to repay a loan). Since Republicans and Democrats couldn’t agree on a budget, congressional leaders from both parties and President Obama


agreed to the BCA, which would allow the debt ceiling to be raised by $2.1 trillion in exchange for the establishment of a supercommittee to develop a budget with $2.4 trillion in deficit reduction over the following ten years, with sequestration as a fall-back plan. So sequestration is the result of a failure for the supercommittee to come to an agreement on a budget. What does that mean for the Department of Defense, and more specifically, USS John C. Stennis? Along with the cuts that the BCA already approved of for $487 billion over the next ten years, the Pentagon was facing a $46 billion blanket cut for this fiscal year alone. Fortunately for Stennis, the Dry-dock Planned Incremental Availability (DPIA) scheduled for fiscal year (FY) 2013 is already covered by the current budget and will not be

affected by sequestration. So, due to sequestration, the government will be achieving the savings needed to reduce the deficit over the next ten years. Why doesn’t anyone think this is a good thing? Legislators do not have any control over the acrossthe-board cuts; they hit all programs evenly. Without the ability to cut spending in specific sectors, and manage spending in others, this limits legislators’ abilities in terms of moving money to where it counts. This indiscriminate cutting is meant to pressure everyone equally in order to properly motivate legislators into making a functional budget. Why did Congress and the White House agree to the sequester in the first place? The government was approaching its debt limit, which needed to be raised through a

congressional vote or else the country would default in early August 2011. While Democrats were in favor of a “clean” vote without strings attached, (Democrats hold majority in the Senate), Republicans, who hold a majority in the House of Representatives, were demanding substantial cuts in exchange for raising the debt limit. Sequestration was supposed to force both sides to make a deal quickly. The White House sequestration report says the “military personnel accounts” will be exempt from sequestration cuts. Does this cover all personnel related programs like tuition assistance, house and family support programs? Military pay (including PCS and Subsistence) is exempt under the President’s sequestration exemption. Programs such as TRICARE, tuition assistance and

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Q&A family support programs are not exempt and do fall under sequestration. Are there going to be cuts to Veteran’s Affairs (VA)? All VA programs, including the Montgomery and Post911 G.I. Bills, are exempt including administrative expenses.

John F. Kennedy or PCU America, or USS Harry S. Truman’s deployment to the Middle East. However, everyone in the DoD still gets paid and that we won’t see cuts to our pay at least for the rest of FY 2013.

How is the DoD avoiding cuts in pay to personnel and other pay?

Why doesn’t Congress pass a bill that extends the deadline for sequestration to buy some time to stop sequestration from going through?

Congress has agreed to a Continuing Resolution on DoD budgeting.

Congress and the President already did, as part of the Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012.

Continuing Resolution? What does that mean?

What is the Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012?

When Congress realized that they were not going to make a budget in time, they agreed that DoD needed special considerations, so they approved the FY 2012 budget to be applied to FY 2013. Unfortunately for the Navy, that doesn’t include special projects like finishing USS Abraham Lincoln or USS Theodore Roosevelt’s overhauls, finishing PCU

It made a deal to hold off some of the more important problems of the Fiscal Cliff (a set of problems of which sequestration was a big part) by increasing tax revenues and cutting spending. This also held off the sequestration aspect of the BCA for another three months (pushing the Sequestration date to March 1, 2013. )

Fleetwide Effects of Sequestration • Reduce Middle East carrier strike group presence by 50 percent • Cut WESTPAC deployment operations by 35 percent • Halt all non-deployed operation that do not support deployment training • Reduce CONUS and OCONUS port visits • Suspend Midshipmen summer training programs • Cancel operations in S. America (OPERATION CONTINUING PROMISE - USNS COMFORT) • Shut down four of the nine carrier air wings • Cancel work ups for two carrier strike groups (USS Ronald Reagan [CVN 76] and USS Carl Vinson [CVN 70]) • Delay up to 20 CVN/submarine shipyard availability periods


Fleetwide Effects of Continuing Resolution 1. Freeze the hiring of civilians 2. Cut administrative expenditures 3. Cancel 3rd and 4th quarter aircraft depot maintenance 4. Reduce ship operations and flight hours 5. Reduce facilities sustainment, resortation and modernization by 50 percent






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What else did the Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 do? The Bush tax cuts of 2003 were extended for families with incomes lower than $400,000, while the cuts expired for individuals with incomes over $400,000 limits. Estate taxes were increased on estates over $5 million to 40%, up from 35%. The two-year old cut to payroll taxes was not extended, increasing taxes from 4.2% to 6.2%. Some tax credits for poorer families were extended for five years, including ones for college tuition and an expansion of the Earned Income Tax-Credit. Also, a number of corporate tax breaks were extended, including the “active financing” tax exemption for major corporations (cost $9 billion), a rum tax supporting Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands rum industry, a tax benefit for NASCAR racetrack owners (around $43 million) and hiring of individuals who are members of a Native American tribe. In all, the bill included $600 billion over ten years in new

$1.16 bil tax revenue, about onefifth of the revenue that would have been raised had no legislation been passed. This means that revenues (taxes) would have been much higher across the board if this bill hadn’t been passed. In terms of spending, Federal unemployment benefits were extended for a year without a budget offset elsewhere, a cost of $30 billion. What is our leadership doing to ensure that we get through this? There are not really that many options left to military leadership since they can only work with the budgets they’re given, but Adm. Mark Ferguson, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, said this to the Senate Committee on Armed Services: “We look forward to working with the Congress to resolve this fiscal uncertainty and we must ensure that our Navy remains ready and capable to protect our nation’s security and prosperity.”

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Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning throws a football to a Sailor. Photo by MC2 Kenneth Abbate




Real Life Sea Stories! UNDERWAY is a monthly news and entertainment magazine for the crew members of USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74). UNDERWAY...


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