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USS Abraham Lincoln Dining Out

September 23, 2016 Norfolk, Virginia


RADM BRUCE LINDSEY COMMANDER , NAVAL AIR FORCE ATL ANTIC Rear Adm. Bruce Lindsey graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and was designated as a Naval Flight Officer in 1983. His initial at-sea assignments were with Antisubmarine Squadron (VS) 21 aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65) and on the staff of Commander, Task Force 70/75/77 embarked aboard USS Midway (CV 41). His aviation department head tour was with VS-21 assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 forward deployed to Atsugi, Japan, operating from USS Independence (CV 62). From 2005 to 2007 he served as the Executive Officer of USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). At sea, Lindsey’s first command was VS-29 embarked aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) during the first 72 days of Operation Enduring Freedom. His first ship command was USS Dubuque (LPD 8) during Operation Enduring Freedom deployment to the Persian Gulf, North Arabian Sea and Red Sea. He commanded USS Carl Vinson while completing a change of homeport from Norfolk, Virginia, to San Diego, providing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to the people of Haiti during Operation Unified Response, and executing a deployment to the Persian Gulf and North Arabian Sea in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn. Ashore, Lindsey served as aide to the chief of staff, Commander in Chief, U.S. Naval Forces Europe in London, England; as the operational test director and analyst at Air and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 1 in Patuxent River, Maryland; and as a senior operations officer at the National Military Command Center on the Joint Staff (J3) in Washington, D.C. His first flag assignment was deputy director for Operations, J3, Joint Staff. He most recently served as commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 10. Lindsey holds a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Joint Forces Staff College and the Navy’s Nuclear Power Program. In 2005, he earned a doctorate in Public Policy from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Lindsey assumed command of Naval Air Force Atlantic July 29, 2016. Lindsey received the 1997 Naval War College President’s Award for Academic Achievement and Community Service, and the 2007 Adm. Jeremy Boorda Award for Outstanding Integration of Analysis and Policy.


CAPT RONALD RAVELO COMMANDING OFFICER USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN Captain Ravelo hails from San Diego, CA. He is a 1987 graduate of the University of Southern California, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering through the NROTC program. Upon graduation and commissioning he reported to NAS Pensacola to commence flight training and was subsequently designated an unrestricted naval aviator in September 1989. Captain Ravelo has proudly served with the Chargers of HS-14 in all of his fleet aviation tours, eventually commanding the squadron from 2005 to 2007. As a Charger he flew the SH-3H in USS RANGER (CV 61) and the SH-60F/HH-60H in USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63). During his tours with the Chargers he participated in OPERATION DESERT STORM, OPERATION SOUTHERN WATCH, and OPERATION RESTORE HOPE. During his command tour the squadron established the first helicopter detachment in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, PHILIPPINES and JTF-510/515. His shore assignments include Instructor Pilot in HS-10, Flag Lieutenant to the Commander, U. S. FIFTH Fleet, Helicopter Shore Assignments Officer in the Bureau of Naval Personnel (Pers-43), and Maritime Division Chief on the staff of North American Aerospace Defense Command. Captain Ravelo is a distinguished graduate of the University of Redlands, earning a Master of Arts in Management, and is a graduate of the Naval War College where he earned a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies. He completed advanced studies in National Preparedness and Leadership through Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and School of Public Health. Captain Ravelo was selected to the Navy Nuclear Propulsion Program in October 2006 and completed his tour as Executive Officer of USS RONALD REAGAN in November 2010. Captain Ravelo commanded USS COMSTOCK (LSD 45) from February 2013 to April 2014 and was selected for CVN Sequential Command in October 2013. He assumed command of the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) in August, 2014. Captain Ravelo’s personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal and Navy Achievement Medal. He was awarded the 2007 Commander, Naval Air Forces Navy and Marine Association Outstanding Leadership Award for his tour as CO of the Chargers.

MR . VICE PRESIDENT L I EU TENA N T BRYC E “ BI F F ” FI T Z GE R ALD OWNER/OCCUPANT OF VAN DOWN BY RIVER Lieutenant Bryce “Biff ” Fitzgerald grew up in Orlando, FL. After graduating high school, and deciding between the University of Florida and Tulane, he wisely chose to go to New Orleans. Remarkably, he remained sober enough to earn his Bachelors in Philosophy, so he could figure out why he decided to join the Navy in the first place. After selecting for aviation, he continued the training of his skills and liver throughout a rigorous Naval Flight Officer program, ultimately landing in Patrol Squadron Forty, serving as Tactical Coordinator on P-3C Orion aircraft. After growing several spectacular mustaches at that command, he departed for an ONI tour out of Patrick Air Force Base. A testament to his superior wisdom, LT Fitzgerald spent the next 3 years interacting with Air Force Officers, contractors and a never-ending supply of highly-useful government civilians. During his tour, he achieved such amazing accomplishments like becoming a Contracting Officer’s Representative, completing acquisitions Program Manager Level I training and even lamer GMT than the Navy has. That, and a National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation. Not learning from his previous tour, LT Fitzgerald decided that being stationed on an aircraft carrier going through RCOH was a good idea. With what remained of his fragile spirits, he volunteered to go out to sea on the Carl Vinson and earned all of his Catapult & Arresting Gear qualifications. Having witnessed sustained flight operations in an active theater against real enemies, LT Fitzgerald now can be found cursing at keyboards, wishing that various Navy websites would actually work. He spends copious amounts of his time searching for PQS folders lost by Engineering, belittling his peers, frustrating his superiors, quoting obscure movie references and, at least according to his FITREP, being some sort of deckplate leader. Currently living in Suffolk, he has been married to his lovely wife Rachel for almost 9 years and they have a son, Brennan, who just turned 6. Unlike her husband, Rachel has the ability to be embarrassed, and has wisely opted not to be here this evening.




1830 - Embark / Cocktail Hour

1910 - 15-Minute Warning (“Dinner Chimes”)

1915 - Call to Dinner (“Officers’ Call”)

1925 - Arrival of the Head Table

1930 - Underway Grace and Welcome Remarks

1935 - Presentation of the Grog

1940 - Parading of the Beef

1945 - Dinner, Charges, Entertainment

2045 - Guest Speaker Remarks (Dessert / Coffee)

2100 - Passing of the Port

2110 - National Anthem, Formal Toasting

2120 - Informal Toasting

2130 - Mess Adjourned / Social Hour

2230 - Disembark



ormal dinners in wardrooms afloat and messes are among the finest traditions of military institutions. The history of the Navy and Marine Corps is replete with examples of such occasions. The Corps’ most notable early mess nights were held in Washington D.C., while the Navy functions were in wardrooms of ships anchored in foreign ports. The practice of formal dining-ins in ships was usually reserved for entertaining foreign officials during port calls. In 1820, while conducting joint operations with some British ships, the officers of the USS Cyane had many exchanges of on-board dinners with their British counterparts. Clearly, the British introduced the formal ritualistic tradition of guest night to American Naval officers during such occasions. In all instances of on-board entertaining, toasting with tine was very much a part of the formal dinner. The loyal toast or the royal toast was the British custom of drinking to the reigning monarch. Since its inception in the days of Elizabeth I, the loyal toast has always been drunk in British messes ashore and afloat. Americans transposed King to President and, until 1914, when Navy Secretary Josephus Daniels banned alcohol in United States Navy vessels, U.S. Naval officers practiced loyal toasting both ashore and afloat. The days of the wine mess in the wardroom abruptly ended and with it the formal on-board dinners in the guest night tradition. The center of Naval social life shifted from the wardroom to the officer’s club. Despite attempts to keep it alive at sea, without wine the tradition became dormant in the Navy. We, in the Naval service, can thank the Marines for preserving the time-honored custom of dining-in. As the Naval officers afloat were privileged to share guest night functions with the British, the deployed Marine forces of this century were entertained by the Royal Marines. Despite the obstacles of the twentieth century, the tradition of dining-in has not died out. Veterans of old days remember and revive the tradition at every opportunity. They recognize the important role these occasions play in preserving the traditions of Naval service.

H I S TORY of the GROG


rog was originally developed to cure and prevent scurvy. Scurvy, even in its early stages, was both debilitating and demoralizing. Many years passed before the disease was recognized as being related to diet, and it was then blamed not on too little fresh food, but on too much salted food. Western medical men knew by about 1600 that green herbs or citrus fruits could affect a swift cure. But the official mind could see no way of growing sufficient green herbs on board heavily manned ships to protect the crews against scurvy, and citrus fruits were much too expensive for economy conscious owners or administrators. For two hundred years, physicians and sea captains neglected the only known remedies for scurvy while they attempted to find others that would be cheaper and more convenient. Finally, it was accepted that the juice of citrus fruits was the only medicine, which could conquer a disease that was killing more seamen than enemy action. At the end of the eighteenth century, the British Admiralty decreed that a fixed amount of lemon juice should be issued daily to sailors in the British Navy after their fifth or sixth week afloat. The morality rate in the Navy declined with startling suddenness. The citrus juice was usually mixed with the rum ration, whose issue was the highlight of the sailor’s day. Since 1740, rum had rarely been dispensed. The first commander to dilute the ration was Admiral Vernon, whose nickname of Old Grog, which referred to the old cloak of grogram cloth he wore in rough weather, was soon transferred to the watered drink. Sailors of long ago sang:

For grog is our starboard, our larboard, Our mainmast, our mizzen, our log At sea, or ashore, or when harbour The mariners compass is grog.




he missing man table is a tribute to our comrades who have gone before us, and who are still missing. The table is an integral part of a Wardroom and any Dining Out, and symbolizes our deep desire to receive our comrades in fellowship once again.

The white tablecloth symbolizes the purity of motives when answering the call of duty. The plate is round to show our everlasting concern. They break bread with us in spirit alone. A plate bears a slice of lemon and a pinch of salt, centuries old symbols of bitterness and tears endured in a foreign land. The single red rose is a tribute to the loved ones and friends of missing Americans who keep their faith, awaiting answers, while they suffer in silence. The vase is tied with a yellow ribbon, the same yellow ribbon used as a symbol of demand for proper accounting of our missing. The lighted candle reminds us of the flame of eternal life; that the memory of our fallen comrades be with us always. The glass is inverted, symbolizing their inability to share this evening’s toasts. The chair is empty and we await the presence of our comrades in arms.




embers of the mess may raise a point of order at any time to the President or Vice President as appropriate. The following are procedures for addressing the mess or bringing up a point of order:

a. The member will stand at the position of attention and address the Vice President: “Mr. Vice, (Rank & Name) requests permission to address the Mess.” b. The Vice President will address the President: “Mr. President, (Rank & Name) requests permission to address the Mess.” (Note: The Vice President has the unconditional option to deny or forward the request.) c. Should the President grant permission, the member will address the President and state the charge. d. If the nature of the address is to accuse a member of an infraction, the President has the option of allowing the accused to respond to the accusation, consider charges only, or dismiss the accusation and fine the accuser. For a nominal fee paid to the mess, an accused member may request that a “sea-lawyer of repute” respond to the accuser in his stead. e. When addressing the Mess, do not break the position of attention without permission. This requires the individual to request permission to “speak and move about freely.” f. Members denied permission to address the mess must wait a minimum of five minutes before again requesting permission. g. The Head Table is not required to request permission and may address the mess directly.

V I OL AT I ON S of the

MESS Potential Violations Include: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Untimely arrival at proceedings. Failure to present oneself to the President or drinking/smoking prior to presenting oneself to the President. Haggling over date of rank. Loud and obtrusive remarks in any language. Improper toasting procedure. Leaving the dining area without permission from the President. Foul language. Being caught with an uncharged glass. Addressing the Mess or President while seated. Rising to applaud particularly witty, succinct, sarcastic or relevant toasts, unless following the example of the President. Commencing a course before the President or the senior member at the head table. Casting aspersions on another service, corps, or warfare specialty. Placing a bet or wager. Telling an off-color or unrefined story. Discussing issues of controversial nature. Shop talk. Improper attire to include mismatched uniform parts. Failure to recognize an inverted cummerbund or wearing a clip-on bowtie at an obvious list. Removing articles of clothing from oneself or others. Haggling over penalties or fines.

While these are examples of violations, any ill-mannered or ill-conceived act is a potential violation of Mess rules. It is a Mess member’s duty to report all violations to Mr. Vice.

TRIPS to the GROG Any trip to the grog bowl shall be carried out as following: a. Arrive in front of the grog bowl at the position of attention. b. Fill a glass with the grog, then face the mess. c. Toast the mess and drink the grog. d. About-face once more and put the glass back on the table. e. Promptly return to your seat. Except for the words “To the Mess!� one is not allowed to speak while carrying out this punishment.

WA R D R O O M Alston, Frederick LCDR Alsup, Jeffry LCDR Amerau, Colin ENS Amiss, Jason LT Arthur, Robert LT Ausband, Cheryl LCDR Badger, Nicholas LTJG Baitinger, Jason ENS Baker, Frank CWO3 Bauer, James LTJG Bauernschmidt, Amy CAPT Beaumont, Christopher LT Bennett, Joshua LT Bermudez, Katherine LTJG Bezzant, RyanLT Bick, George LCDR Blair, Jeffrey CDR Bradley, David LT Bryant, Steven LCDR Buchanan, Jordan LT Burmeister, David CDR

Burdick, Bethany LCDR Butler, Marcus ENS Butler, Timothy CWO2 Carbaugh, James LT Cassin, Scott ENS Caudle, Justin LT Cedenomillan, Henry ENS Chacon, David CAPT Cheeseman, David LT Coates, Stephen CDR Cominsky, James LT Creveling, Nik LT Cunningham, Adam LT Cush, Brian LT Dang, Eric LTJG Davis, Kevin CWO4 Dejesus, Adam CDR Dougher, William LCDR Dowdell, Chris LT Fairbanks, Keith LT Fields, Devin ENS

WA R D R O O M Fitzgerald, Bryce LT Fleenor, Patrick LT Forehand, Meghan CDR Freeman, Alexandra LT French, Forrest LT Gay, Justin LT Gervais, Brian LT Greene, Ryan ENS Grisso, Jason CWO2 Gruber, Timothy LT Guire, Charles LT Harris, William LCDR Hearn, Patrick LTJG Heffington, Howard LT Henderson, Bradley LCDR Hernandez, Benny LTJG Hnatt, Steven CDR Holman, Nicholas LT Howell, Wade CWO3 Hughes, Anthony LCDR Hunt, Sheena ENS

Huskinson, Earle ENS Ingersoll, Benjamin LTJG James, Kelvin LCDR Jingst, David LTJG Johnson, Andrew LTJG Jolley, AustinLT Jones, Tanya LT Junco, Anthony ENS Kane, Cynthia LCDR Kelleher, Kelly LT Kennedy, Alexander ENS Kerr, Terry LCDR Knapek, Richard LT Kriewaldt, Hannah CDR Kuhaneck, Michael ENS Landry, Tim LT Lane, Gary LCDR Lara, Lashonda LT Leitner, John LCDR Letson, Joshua CWO3 Lin, Kathrine LT

WA R D R O O M Lozier, William LCDR

Newberry, Joel LTJG

Lubin, Nelson ENS

Nichols, Jermaine LT

Lugo, Manuel CDR

Noble, Daniel ENS

Malinowski, Matthew LCDR Nuckols, Eric LT

Mancha, Karina ENS

Owens, Loreli LT

Manning, James LT

Parsons, Drema CDR

Martin, Chad LT

Patrick, Ryan LT

Marzano, Todd CAPT

Perez, Marc LT

McClain, Carlton CDR

Peterson, Sheltric LT

McGough, Sohn LT

Phillips, Renee ENS

McIntosh, Catina LCDR

Quenga, Kimberly LTJG

McNeil, Kevin LT

Ravelo, Ron CAPT

Menjivar, Paula ENS

Remus, Daniel LTJG

Menteer, Terry LCDR

Rexha, Edmond LT

Mestnik, Grant LT

Reynoso, Valentin CWO2

Merriam, Christopher LT

Richey, Bryan CWO2

Mobley, Denarius ENS

Rigby, Jeff LT

Myrick, Quentin CWO2

Ringelstein, Kevin LT

Nalley, Casey CWO2

Rimmer, Jason CAPT

Neal, David CDR

Ruelos, Eugene CWO2

Neil, Joseph LT

Salvatini, Jaclyn LT

WA R D R O O M Sanders, Brandi LTJG

Taggart,Phillip LT

Sannuto, Salvatore LTJG

Tasin, Scott CDR

Sarkissian, Vahe LT

Tavolazzi, Todd CDR

Schwab, Scott CWO3

Taylor, Gregory LCD

Scott, Louis CDR

Tejeda, Christopher LCDR

Scott, Bryan LT

Traylor, Benjamin LTJG

Seese, Daniel LT

Vanderwater, Gary ENS

Sharp, Sean LT

Walker, Tiffani LCDR

Shey, Antonia LCDR

Walton, Christopher LT

Short, Marc CWO2

Walz, Richard LT

Smalley, Nicholas LT

Washburn, Timothy LT

Smith, Christopher CWO3 Wells, Alonza CWO4 Smith, Melissa LTJG

Weber, Yuning LT

Smith, Stevie CWO2

Webster, Jared LT

Snyder, Jenny

Westgard, Loudon LT

Stelzner, Anthony LT

Whittington, Alfred ENS

Stevens, Brandon ENS

Wilson, Kenneth CWO4

Stranahan, Brian CDR

Wood, Jon LT

Stratton, Melissa LT

Woods, Garrett LT

Stuart, Joshua LT

Zakar, James LCDR

Summerlin, Emily LT

“I am a firm BELIEVER IN THE PEOPLE, if given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. the great point is to BRING THEM THE REAL FACTS, AND BEER.” -ABRAHA M LINCOLN

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