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May 23, 2014 Volume: 2 Issue: 10

Corporals Course Teaches Sailors, Marines to be Leaders

By MCSN Aaron T. Kiser Two Sailors aboard USS Bataan (LHD 5) were given the unique opportunity to participate in a Marine Corps corporal’s course taught by the embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) during April and May. The corporal’s course is a leadership skill-training course designed to prepare new noncommissioned officers with leadership skills using numerous written tests, sword and guidon evaluations, and technical military instruction necessary to teach and guide young Marines and Sailors. Sailor candidates for the course were nominated by their chain of command based upon overall job performance, Corporals Course cont. page 2

Photo by MCSN Aaron Kiser

Navy Announces Updates to Enlisted Advancement Policy

By MC3 Chase Hawley NAVADMIN 114/14 announced changes to its current enlisted advancement policy starting with the advancement cycle in March 2015. The changes include a new formula for the Final Multiple Score (FMS) and changes to the Command Advancement Program (CAP). These revisions are designed to reward sustained superior performance and strengthen the role of the Command Triad (commanding officer, executive officer, and command master chief) in the advancement of their Sailors. “This is really a tool to recognize our higher performing Sailors,” said Master Chief Navy Counselor Ellis Picheloupe, Bataan Command Career Counselor. The Final Multiple Score is a weightbased calculation used to rank Sailors

eligible for advancement. In the new FMS, the value of the advancement exam becomes the largest factor considered for advancement to E4 and E5, increasing in weight by eight percent, going from 37 percent to 45 percent. For E6 and E7, Performance Mark Average (PMA) becomes the largest factor in determining Sailors’ FMS. For advancement to E6, PMA increased three percent and now counts for 50 percent of the FMS calculation. For advancement to E7, PMA increased 10 percent to count for 60 percent of the total FMS. “This isn’t the first time we’ve done this,” said Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens. “Periodically we take a look at how we’re advancing Sailors and how the Final

Multiple Score is put together. We do that based on feedback we get from the Fleet.” This adjustment changes the emphasis on how performance is measured for junior and senior Sailors. “Leadership’s expectation is that junior Sailors know their occupational skill,” said Fleet Master Chief for Manpower Personnel Training and Education April Beldo. “As they rise to the level of E6 and E7, we’re looking for them to be ready to be in a management and leadership role, so their performance is more weighted.” The Good Conduct Medal and the Reserve Meritorious Service Medal will no longer contribute award points in the FMS. “We were seeing that the majority of our Sailors receive this award, and so to give a point for it was a zero sum,” said

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Look Inside! New Advancement Computations, Page 3 | Night RAS, Pages 4 & 5 | Relaxing with Comics, Page 6

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competitive attitude, and military bearing. After all candidates had an interview with Command Master Chief Kevin Goodrich, the top candidate was picked. Aerographer’s Mate 3rd Class Jennaca Heineck, from Baltimore, and Aviation Support Equipment Technician 3rd Class Joshua Keck, from Panama City, Fla., were the applicants chosen to participate in two separate courses. “In this course, you start to see young service members who demonstrate a greater appreciation for the privilege of leading Marines and Sailors,” said Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Richardson, a corporal course instructor from Douglasville, Ga. “Once they graduate they understand that it’s not just a haircut

and a set of chevrons, it’s a leadership role that they must utilize to the best of their ability.” Keck, who was also elected the honor graduate by fellow course members, expressed the benefits of having completed the course. “A huge thing to bring back with me is the customs and courtesies I learned about in the Marine Corps,” said Keck. “The Marine Corps really focuses on their history and it made me think more about traditions that Sailors have and how to better keep those alive by teaching it to those I lead.” Keck also said that applying the lessons learned by students who participated in the course, a Sailor’s leadership skills

become more systematic and thorough. “I also learned a lot about Marine Corps fighting tactics and operations,” said Keck. “That is what really made me hone in on what people think and how our actions are perceived and what is the most efficient way to handle a situation.” The Navy and Marine Corps core values are something that are easily recognizable as traits that define Marines and Sailors, said 1st Sgt. Benjamin Suter, course director from Hutchinson, Kan. “The core values guide Marines and Sailors in all that we do,” said Suter. “Dedication to our core values fosters an unrelenting determination to set a positive example and exceed potential and expectations every day of our lives.”

Rozell Siblings Serve Together Aboard USS Bataan

By MC3 Erik Foster It’s one o’clock in the morning and Machinist’s Mate 1st Class Mike Rozell is monitoring the running engines in the aft main machinery room. At the same time, his little sister, Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Airman Rebecca “Becca” Rozell, is securing aircraft in an aircraft hangar during continuous flight operations. The Rozell siblings have very different roles in the military. However, they serve in the U.S. Navy and were both assigned to the same command, the USS Bataan (LHD 5) during the ship’s 2014 deployment. “I knew I was going to join the military since I was a little kid,” said Mike. “I made the decision to join the military because it is a family tradition. From there, I had to make a decision for which branch I joined. I didn’t want to get shot

at so it was a choice between the Air Force and the Navy. The Air Force told me I could either pick up trash or work on planes. So I set my sights on being a Cryptologic Technician in the Navy. I joined the navy as a Nuclear Machinist’s Mate. I failed out of Nuke school and I have been in nine years now as a Machinist’s Mate.” After Mike joined the Navy on August 30, 2004, his younger sister Rebecca joined eight years later on September 11, 2012 from the same recruiting office in their hometown of San Antonio. “I didn’t want to keep going to school so I made the decision to join the military,” said Rebecca. “I chose to join the Navy because my brother was already serving.

Photo by MC3 Mark Hays

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The editorial content of this newspaper is prepared, edited and provided by Bataan’s Public Affairs Office. This newspaper is an authorized publication for members of military services at sea. Its contents do not necessarily reflect the official views of the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense or the U.S. Navy and do not imply endorsement thereof. Editor MC1(AW/SW) RJ Stratchko

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weight of one percent of the Final New FMS computation for E4/E5 MAX POINTS MAX PERCENT Multiple Score for advancement to FACTOR PMA 64 36% E4 through E6. Exam Score 80 45% Changes to the Command Awards 10 6% Advancement Program (CAP) will Individual Augmentee 2 1% take effect Oct. 1 for Fiscal Year PNA 15 9% 2015. SIPG 2 1% The new policy establishes the Education 4 2% period from July 1 to Sept. 30 as Total 177 100% the Navy’s CAP Season, and that timeframe is the only time that New FMS comutation for E6 commands can CAP Sailors. FACTOR MAX POINTS MAX PERCENT MCPON added that this change is PMA 114 50% designed to prevent commands from Exam Score 80 35% inadvertently over manning ratings Awards 12 5% by promoting Sailors after the Navy Individual Augmentee 2 1% establishes the quotas needed based PNA 15 6% on vacancies. SIPG 3 1% “By capping first and then building Education 4 2% the Navy-wide advancement exam Total 230 100% quotas, we prevent that from New FMS computation for E7 happening and allows us to maintain FACTOR MAX POINTS MAX PERCENT stable rating health,” said Stevens. PMA 120 60% Commands must use their Exam Score 80 40% remaining quotas for CAP from the Total 200 100% current policy prior to Sept. 30.

Stevens. “Sailors weren’t gaining anything by it.” Sailors who pass the advancement exam, but do not advance due to quotas limitations, are eligible to receive Pass Not Advanced (PNA) points; however, the new policy limits PNA points to the top 25 percent of Sailors. 1.5 PNA points go to the top 25 percent of Sailors by test score, and 1.5 go to the top 25 percent by Performance Mark Average, as opposed to the top 75 percent for both areas currently according to Picheloupe. “I believe putting this 25-percent window in place will motivate Sailors,” said Stevens. “It’s not just about passing the exam. It’s about passing the exam with flying colors.” Total PNA points in the FMS are determined from a Sailor’s last five advancement cycles for a maximum of 15 possible points. Service in Pay Grade has been reduced from seven percent to a










































Bataan Sailor Celebrates, Relaxes with Comic Books

By MCSA Michael J. Lieberknecht In the early 1990s the vast reach and influence of the Internet had just started. Instead of personal computers in every pocket or music and movies available in mere moments, there existed unreliable portable CD players, a living-room library constantly being compiled with worn video cassettes of movies recorded from cable television, and shelves dedicated to nothing but dust and books. The newspaper was still a major source for mainstream news and information. Those seeking a new or less popular form of entertainment had to rely on specialized magazines or word-of-mouth. When Air Traffic Controller 2nd Class Hector Vicioso, currently aboard USS Bataan, found his first comic as a child, he didn’t have to look any further than his own neighborhood. “The first comic I ever read was Moon Knight,” said Vicioso, originally from Patterson, N.J. “In the early ‘90s, my father took me to garage sales. I would always go straight to the comics and he would buy me one or two a month.” While on Bataan, Vicioso reads comics on deployment as a way to learn, relax, and form a bond with shipmates. Vicioso said his first language while growing up was Spanish. He used comics to sharpen and practice his English, which he would later use to help teach his parents. “Comic books are very disrespected, but they are a great learning tool,” Vicioso explained. “They are easy to read and pictures lend more detail to the scene.” Vicioso shared his frustration of how comics are often not viewed as actual books, citing Alan Moore’s “Watchmen” as a Hugo award winner and, despite it’s place on TIME’s “100 Best Novels” list, people still refuse to read it simply because it’s a comic book. “Comics did a lot for me,” said Vicioso.


“They opened a gateway and only because of them did I start reading actual novels.” Vicioso explained while he was in high school, his peers were so preoccupied with fitting in and being one of the cool kids that no one read comics. Or at least no one talked about it. “When I finally got to college, got a job, and got to be my own person, I got

While on the Bataan, Vicioso said that once he opened up and started talking about comics, people started coming to him for fun conversations and entertaining debates. He said an ongoing debate is about readers’ preference between Marvel Comics or Detective Comics (DC). Popular Marvel characters include Spider-Man, the X-Men, and Iron Man, while DC has Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman. One Sailor who joins frequent comic debates is Information Systems Technician 3rd Class Dominic Pera. “Usually we will debate about usual stuff such as who would win in a fight, or who would work well on a team,” said Pera, originally from Phoenix. “I’m more of a Marvel guy. I think their back-stories are better and feel the DC characters are overpowered.” “I’m a DC fan,” said Vicioso. “I used to be a Marvel fan, but I had to change my ‘religion’,” chuckled Vicioso. Vicioso used Spider-Man as an example why he prefers DC to Marvel. “Spider-Man is always a kid,” he said. “He never grew up with me, so as I got older I started leaning towards DC characters like Batman, which had more adult material to offer. Even Robin eventually grew up.” Photo Illustration by MCSA Michael J. Lieberknecht Vicioso said comics have been a major positive influence on his life, and to read comics like I always wanted to,” when it comes to life on deployment, said Vicioso. “I was able to break out, be still play a role in his social and mental myself and stop trying to be like everyone status. His choice to not let go of what else.” Vicioso remembered a favorite some may view as children’s stories or interaction during a trip to a comic cheap entertainment has only helped him convention where he ran into an old high through deployment. When he’s not using school acquaintance. his free time to study for advancement “You meet a whole bunch of different or his air warfare qualification, Vicioso people that you would never expect to be reads a few stories before going to sleep readers, even those people that used to be for the night. the coolest kids in class,” said Vicioso. “Whenever I just want to get away from “Now you have something to base a the ship and free my mind, I lay in my friendship on.” rack and read comics,” said Vicioso.

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He didn’t recommend the branch to me; I just called him and told him I was joining. I had very little choices when joining my rate, but I am happy.” Though she may have one of the tougher rates on the ship, Becca, who has been onboard Bataan for one year and three months has benefited from having a family member just a few hundred feet from her at all times. “So many people ask me what it’s like having your sibling at the same command,” said Rebecca. “He had all the connections for me, so I knew who all the right people were to go to right

away. Then whenever I have a question that no one else can answer, I can go to him. He pretty much knows everything about this ship.” Though Mike holds a slightly different perspective than his little sister, he still enjoys her company during deployment. “I’m big brother, she’s little sister,” said Mike. “It’s great to have someone aboard who I can talk to from back home.” This is Becca’s first deployment and Mike’s third deployment. However, Mike has experienced his share of firsts now that his sister is on the same ship.

“The first care package I got from my mom happened on this deployment,” said Mike. “First time any extended family members called before we left: this deployment. There are numerous firsts because she is on the same boat. Now it’s not just Mike leaving; It’s Mike and Becca leaving.” Mike’s future plans in the military include: reaching the rank of Chief Petty Officer, submit a limited duty officer package and retire from the Navy. Becca hopes transition from her rate to the officer side and pilot the same aircraft she handles - the MH-60S Sea Hawk.

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