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PENNY PRESS USS Abraham Lincoln

Welcome Aboard! USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72)

Commanding Officer Capt. Ron Ravelo Executive Officer Capt. Amy Bauernschmidt Command Master Chief CMDCM(AW/SW) Lee Salas

Public Affairs Officer Lt. Cmdr. Tiffani Walker Assistant Public Affairs Officer Ensign Anthony Junco Media Department LCPO Senior Chief Hendrick Dickson Media Department CPO Chief Amy Kirk Editor PO1 Mark Logico

Capt. Ronald Ravelo (right) presents Petty Officer 2nd Class Daniel Saldivar as Warrior of the Week. Photo by SN Jessica Paulauskas.

Media Department Staff PO1 Mark Logico PO1 Josue Escobosa PO2 Ryan Wampler PO3 Rob Ferrone PO3 Aaron Kiser PO3 Patrick Maher PO3 Brandon Davis PO3 Juan Cubano PO3 Derry Todd SN Ashley Raine Northen SN Jacques-Laurent Jean-Gilles SN Allen Lee SN Matt Herbst SN Clint Davis SN Jessica Paulauskas SN Cody Anderson SN Josiah Pearce Penny Press is an authorized publication for members of the military services and their families. Its contents does not necessarily reflect the official views of the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense, the Department of the Navy, or the Marine Corps and does not imply endorsement thereby. Front Cover Photo PO3 Patrick D. Maher

Comic by PO1 Mark Logico.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (Sept. 30, 2016) Petty Officer 3rd Class Samuel L. Kruse, from Puyallup, Wash., conducts aluminum tig welding on an oil sample rack aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).

Lincoln Takes Temperature Command Climate Survey

Story and photo by Seaman Jacques-Laurent Jean-Gilles and Seaman Cody Anderson


he Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) began conducting a command climate survey Sept. 28. The 21-day survey is meant to assess the crew’s experience, well-being, moral and perception of the work environment aboard Lincoln. “We use the survey to get an overview of the whole command,” said Chief Petty Officer (AW/SW) Emery Tronchin, a command climate specialist aboard Lincoln who is a native of Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. “We want to find out what’s going on around our ship and what our Sailors are thinking about.” The command values every voice and wants to know how its Sailors are treated, said Tronchin. All Sailors, commissioned or enlisted, are invited to take part in the survey. “When the survey is complete, the command assessment team we have

trained will break down the survey, find the key points and address them,” said Tronchin. Lincoln’s two command climate specialists work directly for the commanding officer to promote an environment conducive to optimal mission readiness and free from discrimination and harassment. The command climate specialists oversee the command-managed equal opportunity program, the command assessment team and the command training team, said Chief Hospital Corpsman (FMF) Jennifer Avila, a native of Brooklyn, New York who is also a command climate specialist. They also train and educate Abraham Lincoln Sailors about professionalism and fair treatment. “Equal opportunity is important because every human is equal, and if a Sailor feels discriminated against, their productivity and mindset will be

negatively impacted,” said Avila. Sailors can come to Avila and Tronchin for counseling on issues they may have aboard the ship unrelated to equal opportunity as well. “We are trained in resolution and mediation,” said Avila. “Even if Sailors are experiencing something like a personality conflict, we can address the issue and bring awareness to their department.” Avila said she wanted to become a command climate specialist because she encountered discrimination in her life and wanted to make a difference. “When a Sailor comes to tell me things have gotten better in her workplace after coming to us, I feel delighted and satisfied to have made a difference,” said Avila. Sailors who would like to take the survey can contact their department leading chief petty officers or department heads.




Navy Announces Enlisted Rating Modernization Plan From Chief of Naval Personnel, Public Affairs


ollowing the completion of its review earlier this year, the Navy announced Sept. 29, it will modernize all rating titles for Sailors with the establishment of a new classification system that will move towards occupational specialty codes similar to how the other services categorize skill sets. “In modernizing our enlisted rating system we are not only giving our Sailors increased opportunities within the Navy, such as a higher level of flexibility in training and detailing, but also increasing their opportunities when they transition out of the service. In aligning the descriptions of the work our Sailors do with their counterparts in the civilian world, we more closely reflect the nation we protect while also making it easier for our Sailors to obtain the credentials they’ll need to be successful in the private sector,” said Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus. Chief of Personnel Vice Adm. Robert Burke emphasized, “We believe that opening enlisted career paths will enhance our ability to optimize talent in our enlisted workforce. This change is the first step of a multi-phased approach to help us do just that.” Former Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Michael Stevens led the review earlier this year for the Secretary of the Navy on behalf of Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. John Richardson. “We are all Sailors and changing our rating titles does not affect that,” said current Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, Steven S. Giordano, who relieved Stevens Sept. 2. “While we certainly understand that this represents a significant cultural shift for the Navy and will take time to become fully adapted throughout the Fleet, this is about giving Sailors more choice and flexibility and ultimately providing the Navy opportunities to get the right Sailors with the right training and experience in the right billets.” Giordano described how this change will work. “Sailors would no longer be called, ‘yeoman second class’ or

YN2, for example,” he said. “Instead they will be ‘second class petty officer, or ‘petty officer.’ However, Sailors’ rates will not change: an E-7 will remain a Chief Petty Officer and an E-3 will remain a seaman. Additionally, there will no longer be a distinction between ‘airman, fireman and seaman.’” This change will also allow the Navy to more accurately identify Sailors’ skills by creating “Navy Occupational Specialty” (NOS) codes that allow greater assignment flexibility for Sailors throughout their career and will be matched with similar civilian occupations to enable the Navy to identify credentials and certifications recognized and valued within the civilian workforce. For example, a petty officer who used to be identified as a corpsman will now have a NOS matched as a medical technician. Medical technician better reflects the work and responsibilities of someone in that position and is better aligned with the civilian medical profession. Sailors will be able to hold more than one NOS, which will give them a broader range of professional experience and expertise and will be grouped under career fields that will enable flexibility to move between occupational specialties within the fields and will be tied to training and qualifications.

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Abraham Lincoln ombudsmen Toni Eckert, Jessica Pugh, Cailla Impelido-Dayoan and Jeshanna Walter pose with Capt. Ronald Ravelo for a group photo at an ombudsmen appreciation dinner at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.

Lincoln Celebrates Command Ombudsmen Story and photos by Seaman Jacques-Laurent Jean-Gilles


apt. Ronald Ravelo, Abraham Lincoln’s commanding officer, recognized the dedication and hard work of the command’s ombudsmen, Jessica Pugh, Jeshanna Walter, and Impelido-Dayoan, with bouquets of flowers before the dinner began. “I think all of us, in any type of leadership position, come to value the ombudsmen,” said Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John M. Richardson, who spoke at the ceremony with his wife Dana Richardson. When a submarine he was commanding had pulled in, his first phone call was to an ombudsman to hear how families were doing. “I remember really relying on the ombudsmen, especially when the submarine was out at sea,” said Dana Richardson. “That was a long

six months. Many of us were raising young families at that time and no communication and the ombudsman was really the liaison between the families and the command.” The ombudsman’s efforts went a long way in keeping families together, said Dana Richardson. “We are families’ support system when they are in need,” said Pugh. “We are especially needed during deployments because when Sailors deploy they leave their families behind. A key piece of a puzzle is missing for seven, eight months.” Sailors and their families in unfamiliar locations may experience emergencies they may not know how to solve or where to solve them. Families may also need to contact a Sailor on deployment and ombudsmen help ease this process.

“We can even help families find emergency child-care,” said ImpelidoDayoan. Ombudsman frequently deal with these scenarios and give the families the answers they are looking for at any time of the day. Supplying information about programs and organizations like Fleet and Family Support Centers, Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society, Chaplains, legal assistance services, ombudsmen are a proven asset to Abraham Lincoln and the fleet. “We want families to know we can help them find so many resources,” said Impelido-Dayoan. Families can contact Lincoln’s ombudsmen by phone at (757) 4474ABE.


Boatswain’s Mate Seaman Deon Hackworth, from Dallas, Texas, and Seaman Fred Sellers, from New Orleans, Louisiana, assist deck department with davit testing aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Photo by PO3 Brandon Davis.

PO3 Brianna Robinson, from Washington, D.C., helps prepare the Lincoln’s monthly birthday meal. Photo by PO3 Brandon Davis.

PO3 Bradley Lester, a native of Cumberland Center, Maine, and PO3 Class Keefe Jackman, a native of Cape May, N.J., take a hearing test in the Navy medicine mobile hearing conservation vehicle. Photo by SN Jessica Paulauskas.

Command Climate Survey

The survey will help provide attention to problems areas and improve human relations climate of our command. Your perception is valuable. Please be honest. Please complete the survey by: Oct 18.

UNIFORM SHIFT It’s that time of year. Prepare your Dress Blues by:

OCT. 17 Legal Note Information Assurance Note Legal is now open aboard the ship at 2-98-5-Q. Please stop or email if you need assistance. Customer service hours are as follows: Monday - Thursday 0900 - 1100 Open for Customer Service 1100 - 1300 Closed for Lunch 1300 - 1400 Open for Customer Service Friday 0900 - 1100 Open for Customer Service

Email is one of the most important means of communication in our personal and professional lives. Unfortunately cybercriminals know this and try to exploit our use of email through phishing attempts. Phishing is a term coined by cybercriminals meaning the act of trying to deceive individuals into divulging their background information. From this point cybercriminals can sell the information, steal identities, or attack the victim’s contacts. Remember when using email to always be cautious. Be sure to never click on any suspicious links. As always if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call Information Assurance at J-Dial: 4418 or email us at We are located in Ready Room 7 at 03-227-1.

DAPA’s Corner

In celebration of the Navy’s birthday, remember to keep yourself and your shipmates safe. Instead of drinking, celebrate the Navy heritage with family, friends, good food and company.


Families can contact Abraham Lincoln’s ombudsmen with the contact info below:


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