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November 1, 2013 Volume: 1 Issue: 13

Bataan Sailors, 22nd MEU Marines Begin ARG Exercise By MCSN Mark Hays

Sailors from the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and Marines assigned to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) are participating in Amphibious Ready Group Marine Expeditionary Unit Exercises (ARGMEUEX), commencing Oct. 23, 2013. ARGMEUEX is a three week exercise that is designed to strengthen Navy and Marine Corps amphibious capabilities in preparation for deployment. The Bataan ARG consists of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), the amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19), the amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44), Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) SIX, 22nd MEU embarked with the ARG and multiple units and ships participating in ARGMEUEX. ARGMEUEX consists of thousands

Photo by MC3 Shannon M. Smith

of Sailors and Marines attached to ships, aviation squadrons, medical units, and a Marine Expeditionary Unit training together for global security. “We have over 25 Navy and Marine

Corps commands and detachments teaming up and participating in the Bataan ARGMEUEX,” said Commodore, Amphibious Squadron Six, Capt. Neil A. Karnes. “This incredibly talented and Exercise story cont. on page 2

Your Deployment Checklist: Wills, Powers of Attorney

Photo by MCSN Chase Hawley

Airman Apprentice Dylan Hartford, from Cincinnati, Ohio, signs a Power of Attorney in Legalman 1st Class Amanda Houser's office.

By MCSN Chase Hawley When deploying it is important for service members to be able to focus on their mission and not worry about affairs back home. Having a will and power of attorney in place is a critical step in achieving that goal. “Anything that affects your performance at work is going to affect the ship’s readiness and the ship’s ability to respond,” said Lt. Cmdr. Wayne T. Fitts, Bataan’s safety officer and collateral duty legal officer. Wills are especially important for single Sailors and those with significant assets to ensure their estate is passed along according to their wishes if anything should happen. Debt can also be addressed in a will. “It is recommended for everybody to have a will in place,” said Legalman 1st Class Amanda Houser, Bataan’s command legalman. “It’s always a good idea, no matter what.” A will must be executed by an attorney, but the legal office here will Wills story cont. on page 2

Look Inside! RAM Missile Launch, Pages 4 & 5 | Navy Announces “Thrive During the Holidays,” Page 6 | Comic, Page 7

Exercise cont. from Front page

diverse group of hard-charging Sailors and Marines are dedicated to the safe and successful execution of this extremely complex and realistic training opportunity, both at sea and on the beach.” The BATARG is scheduled to train to a multitude of scenarios designed to test the abundant capabilities of the amphibious force. The core of amphibious ops is ship to shore movement with MV-22, tiltrotor aircraft and high speed hovercraft, or Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC). Additionally, the exercise will assess many other aspects of maritime operations to include boarding, noncombatant evacuations, and rescue missions. “Amphibious operations are highly demanding. It takes flight crews, boat crews, bridge teams, as well as well deck and flight deck crews, staffs and the steely eyed Sailors and hard-charging Marines of the Bataan ARG to pull it Wills cont. from Front page

be offering a workshop before deployment. “The will workshop is an excellent opportunity because we have the JAG officers coming to us and they will be on the ship,” said Fitts. The sign-up sheet is located on the legal office door, and more information, like times and dates, will be emailed to everyone who signs up. A worksheet to fill out prior to the workshop will also be sent out. “All any member needs to do is fill out the paperwork and show up,” said Fitts. Houser suggested interested Sailors sign up as early as possible in order to have time to fully prepare for the workshop. Another important step in preparing for deployment is having a power of attorney to guarantee affairs back home will be

Photo by MCSA Michael J. Lieberknecht

all together into a choreographed blue/ green team of unmatched capability,” said Karnes. “The exercise will further develop communication and at-sea experience, working together as Sailors and Marines toward a common goal of combat readiness.”

“Bataan Sailors and Marines must always be ready” said Capt. George J. Vassilakis, Bataan’s commanding officer. “ARGMEUEX will test us and help strengthen our capabilities to execute complicated and realistic amphibious operations.”

taken care of while they are gone. There are two types of powers of attorney: general and special. A general power of attorney allows another individual to make decisions for the deployed service member for an allotted period of time. Because a general power of attorney allows the designated individual to do almost anything in the service member’s name, it should be someone who is trusted. Special powers of attorney are more limited and can include real estate, automotive, and in loco parentis, where the appointee can make all decisions for your children including medical and dental care, and continuing enrollment in DEERS and Tricare – an option often used by single parents. Tasks that can be completed under

a power of attorney include vehicle registration and license plate renewal, making insurance claims, paying bills, renewing rental agreement among many other things. A general power of attorney will allow the appointee to do all these, whereas a special power of attorney will limit what they can do to a very specific range. Houser said filling out paperwork for either general or special power of attorney only takes five to ten minutes and the only information needed is the name and address of the person being appointed the power of attorney. By completing a power of attorney and will, Sailors contribute to mission readiness by being able to fully commit mentally to the task at hand.

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.

Commanding Officer

Command Master Chief

Executive Officer

Public Affairs Officer

Captain George J. Vassilakis

Captain John “J.C.” Carter


CMDCM(SW/AW) Kevin M. Goodrich MCC(SW/SCW) Dennis Herring

Editor MC1(AW/SW) RJ Stratchko Layout and Design MC3 (SW/AW) Shannon M. Smith MC3 Erik Foster News Team 5 MCSN Nicholas Cottone MC1(SW/AW) John Belanger MCSN Chase Hawley MC1(AW/SW) RJ Stratchko MCSN Mark Hays MC2(SW/AW) Gary Prill MCSN Jesse A. Hyatt IC2 (SW) Michael Smith MCSA Michael J. Lieberknecht MC3 (SW/AW) Shannon M. Smith











USS Bataan (LHD 5) Holiday Party

CASINO NIGHT E-3 and below: $5 E-4 to E-6: $15 E-7 and above: $25

November 18, 2013 1800 - 2300 Semi-Formal Attire Virgina Beach Convention Center 1000 19th St. Virginia Beach, VA 23451



BATAAN TESTS R Photos by MC1 RJ Stratchko, MC2 Gary Prill, MCSN Mark Hays

By MCSN Nicholas Frank Cottone Fire Controlmen aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) completed final loading tests on the ship’s Rolling Airframe Missile system (RAM) Oct. 21, preparing Bataan for a multi-ship firing exercise Oct. 22. “Bataan will be partaking in the multiship exercise because the Unites States Fleet Force requires that pre-deplorers conduct multi-ship missile exercises,” Senior Chief Fire Controlman Heather Barrow from Owensville Miss., the combat systems maintenance manager aboard Bataan. “It’s important that we verify the system operability prior to deploying to a potentially hostile 5th Fleet area of responsibility,” said Barrow. “We need to guarantee that we have the capability to put ordnance on target at any time.” Four other ships participated with Bataan during the exercise; USS Gunston Hull (LSD 44), USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19), USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) and USS Nitze (DDG 94). Gunston Hull and Mesa Verde both fired off RAM missiles with armed

warheads while Donald Cook and Nitze had telemetry missiles that were for testing purposes only. The RIM-116 RAM is a supersonic, lightweight, quick response, fire-andforget missile designed to destroy antiship cruise missiles and asymmetric air and surface threats. It was designed as an all-weather, high-firepower, lowcost, self-defense system missile and is fully operational on more than 100 U.S. Navy ships ranging from fast patrol boats to aircraft carriers. Verifying that the system operates properly is important because the system hasn’t fired a missile since the early 2000’s, said Barrow. “Being able to safely and efficiently detect, track and engage a target is why the system was put on Bataan,” said Barrow. “It is important that we test the systems before deployment because data recorded during the mission will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of the system and how efficient the watch team was during the exercise,” Bataan is now one step closer to being able to protect all its assets during the upcoming deployment.



Navy Announces New Holiday Stress Navigation Campaign for Sailors, “Thrive During the Holidays” From Chief of Naval Personnel With the holiday season approaching, Navy officials announced the launch of its annual holiday stress navigation campaign Nov. 1. This year’s campaign, “Thrive During the Holidays,” will provide Sailors and families proactive resources to get ahead of holiday chaos while focusing on building resilience for the New Year. “For many of us, ‘the most wonderful time of the year’ is as demanding as it is joyous,” said Capt. Kurt Scott, Navy resilience chief. “Our Sailors and families are operating under more stress and uncertainty than ever this year, and planning for the holidays can be overwhelming. Our annual campaign will address everything from financial preparations to maintaining diet and fitness goals, so that we can help everyone stay in the holiday spirit and position themselves to thrive in the New Year.” Navy Operational Stress Control’s 2013 “Thrive During the Holidays” campaign will include collaboration between Navy’s

21st Century Sailor programs and other readiness programs to offer resources on topics such as responsible alcohol use during holiday celebrations; planning and time management; budgeting; incorporating physical fitness into busy schedules; healthy eating tips; spirituality and relationship fitness; and more. MISSION READY “Our focus is helping Sailors and families proactively identify these sources of stress Sailors, Families and Commands before things start to pile up on them, so Day to day life in the Navy can be that they canstressful truly enjoy theircan holidays and extraordinarily - but you be better for the said inevitable challenges do soprepared responsibly,” Scott. “Continuing of military life by learning how to navigate our effort to promote a sense of community, operational stress. Stress is a normal part welifereally have something for everyone this of and we respond to it physically, emotionally, spiritually.the Stress year from mentally familiesand navigating holidays can help us perform at our best, but too much with a loved one on deployment to helping can hurt us. The Navy wants to safeguard you Navy kidsyou ‘Track Santa.’” by helping to become more resilient - by increasing your ability to prepare for, recover Engagement with the North American from and adjust to life in the face of stress, Aerospace Defense Command’s annual adversity, trauma or tragedy. “NORAD Tracks Santa” promotion is a To do that, the Navy theN171 annual new initiative for established the OPNAV Operational Stress Control (OSC) Program. holiday campaign this year, part of an The comprehensive effort is Line-owned expanded to reach outMedicine. to Navy kids. and led, andeffort supported by Navy It integrates various policies initiatives The “Thrive Duringandthe Holidays”

campaign will continue through early January 2014. Releases can be found on Navy Operational Stress Control’s blog,, and the Navy Suicide Prevention website, www.suicide.


Mission Ready Keep Fit, Eat Right, Relax

REACTING Stress Response Talk to someone you trust


Persistent Distress Talk to a Chaplain,Counselor, or Medical Provider

ILL Mission Ineffective Seek Medical Attention

Navy Operational Stress Control’s stress continuum and zones are useful tools to help ADDITIONAL RESOURCES Sailors recognize how they, their shipmates, and Operational StresstoControl Online their families are reacting the rigors of military life, both in the holiday season and year-round. Chain of Command

under one overarching umbrella. OSC is Navy Marine Corps Public Health designed to build resilient Sailors, families and commands; and to increase the ACROSS acceptance of seeking help for stress-related Naval Center for Combat injuries and illnesses through education, 1. The front of a ship. and Operational Stress Control training and communication. 3. A paddlewheel ship that uses sail or steam power. 6. The long pole rising from the keel throughNavy theKnowlege deck of aOnline ship. This guide is just one tool to help you 7. A group of ships traveling together for protection is called a _ _ _ _ _ _. recognize how you, your shipmates, and 9. rigors Rope of onmilitary a ship. families are reacting to the Fleet and Family Support Center 11.use The frame life. Talk to each other and the stressof a ship. Locate your local FFSC 12.signs A fastofship that has many uses. continuum to recognize the stress. left side of a ship. Learn to stay or get to into14. theThe “Green”. Chaplains 17. A ship that launches planes. Contact your local Base Chapel or 19. The back of a ship. 20. The bathroom on a ship. Medical and Mental Health Providers 22. A person who prefers the land to theyour sea. Contact local Military Treatment Facility or

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Crossword from Naval History and Heritage Command

DOWN Military One Source 1. A formerly modern ship with the heaviest guns and armor. / 1.800.342.9647 2. Stairs on a ship. 3. The right side of a ship. OSC Sailor 4. “Swab the _ _ _ _,” the floor of a ship. NAVPERS 172008 0500LP1105791 5. The lookout, or what you wear on your wrist to tell time. 8. You will learn about ships on your visit to The _ _ _ _ Museum. 10. 17 across carries _ _ _ _ _ _ . 13. When the _ _ _ _ _ _ is turned, the bow of a ship moves in the same direction. 15. The revolving structure on a warship that holds guns mounted inside. 16. A group of ships. 18. Drop the _ _ _ _ _ _ to hold the ship in place. 19. See 3 across. 21. A sailor sleeps in a _ _ _ _ on board a ship.

Navy Trivia

Smoking Lamp: Aboard wooden ships, perhaps one of the most frustrating problems was getting fire to kindle a cigar or pipe tobacco after a hard day’s work. Matches were scarce and unreliable; yet, smoking contributed positively to the morale of the crew, so oil lamps were hung in the foc’sle and used as matches. When smoking was allowed, the smoking lamps were lighted and the men relaxed with their tobacco. Fire was, and still is, the great enemy of ships at sea. The smoking lamp was centrally located for the convenience of all and was the only authorized light aboard. It was a practical way of keeping open flames away from the magazines and other storage areas. In today’s Navy, the smoking lamps have disappeared, but the words “smoking lamp is lighted in all authorized spaces” remains a carry over from our past. Photo by MCSN Mark Hays

Bataan Conducts Mass Casualty Drill Sailors aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) participate in a mass casualty drill. Bataan Sailors and 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit Marines are underway conducting routine qualifications.

Photos by MCSN Jesse A. Hyatt


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