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10 Women’s History Month
8 Hometown News: Suck it up, Buttercup
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4 Hometown News: A Return to Service
3 News from around the Fleet
COVER: Capt. Greg Leland relieves Capt. Brad Busch as commanding officer of the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan during a change of command ceremony while the ship was at sea conducting sea trials.
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Commanding Officer Capt. Greg Leland Executive Officer Capt. Bryan Carmichael Command Master Chief CMDCM(SW/AW) Ryan Lamkin BATAAN PUBLIC AFFAIRS Public Affairs Officer
MCC(SW/AW) Stacee McCarroll
Editor, Layout & Design MC1(SW/AW) Jaq Renard MCSN Levi Decker
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MC1 Kegan Kay MC2 Zachary Anderson MC3 Leonard Weston MC3 Alan Robertson 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. USS BATAAN (LHD 5) USS BATAAN
NEWS FROM AROUND THE FLEET MY NAVY PORTAL INTRODUCES ADVANCEMENT DASHBOARD
Sea Warrior Program Public Affairs, Cmdr. Erik Wells
WASHINGTON -- It just got a lot easier for Sailors preparing for the Navy-wide Advancement Exam (NWAE) with the roll-out of the Advancement Dashboard on MyNavy Portal (MNP), March 8. The Advancement Dashboard for E-4 to E-6 candidates is a dynamic, user-friendly, web-based dashboard on MNP to give Sailors a detailed personal view of their eligibility status for advancement, and instructions and documentation to prepare for the advancement process. The Advancement Dashboard currently only applies to E-4 to E-6 candidates, but future updates will include enhancements for E-7 to E-9 candidates. More advancementcentric features will roll out on MNP as the Enlisted Advancement
RATING MODERNIZATION: ADVANCEMENT PROCESS
Navy Blog, Rear Adm. John Nowell, Director, Military Personnel, Plans and Policies
Rating Modernization is the future of the growing workforce in the Navy. In August we released NAVADMIN 196/18 which provided an update on those four lines of effort and this is the fourth of a total of five blog posts that will talk about the updates to Rating Modernization. In 2017, we gave commands the ability to reinstate an E3 Sailor to E4 who had been awarded NJP, after a six month waiting period. We also eliminated E4 advancement exams for 20 ratings where Sailors auto-advance, which helps to reduce administrative burden. Then, late in 2017, Navy senior
Worksheet (EAW) becomes available for all Sailors in the fall of 2019 and the Professional Military Knowledge Eligibility Exam is fully automated. “We wanted to design a one-stop trusted source for Sailors to get the information they need and provide clear insight into the advancement process,” said Capt. Dave Whitehead, director of Military Community Management (BUPERS-3). “We also wanted to make sure Sailors could easily correct their record prior to the exam and had an avenue to provide feedback on the Advancement Dashboard through the Advancement and Promotion Career and Life Event page on MNP.” In the past, Sailors had limited visibility into the enlisted advancement process, which includes
enlisted leaders completed the first phase of the Advancement Exam Readiness Review (AERR) testing bank improvement plan by drafting advancement exam questions that match current and relevant ratingspecific technical requirements with the hands-on, real-world knowledge and experience needed in the fleet. The establishment of the Professional Military Knowledge Eligibility Exam (PMK-EE) focuses the Navy Wide Advancement Exam (NWAE) on occupational knowledge and will serve as an eligibility requirement for advancement to pay grades E4/5/6/7. PMK-EE is delivered electronically and is available via the MyNavyPortal (MNP) website. The online Enlisted Advancement Worksheet (EAW), will automate
eligibility factors, exam preparation, and exam scoring. Without a transparent view, Sailors may miss key deadlines to validate their eligibility information and lose ample time on studying for the test. “We want to empower our Sailors and that is what is taking place as we transform the way we deliver our human resources support to the fleet,” said Vice Adm. Robert Burke, chief of naval personnel. “The Advancement Dashboard provides a centralized location with the authoritative data so Sailors know their personal information is correct and the reference materials used to study for the exams are up-to-date and reliable.” The Advancement Dashboard is the latest in the Manpower, Personnel,
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the manual advancement processes and enable Sailors to review their
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A Return to Service Story by MCSN Levi Decker, photos courtsey of AOC Kyrstal Peck
he didn’t have definite plans to go back to active duty after being in the reserves, but for this chief, it was her clients that inspired her to go back to a community she loved. A San Francisco native, Chief Aviation Ordinanceman Krystal Peck spent 10 years as an active duty AO before deciding to join the reserves. She wanted to put down some roots, start a family and finish her education. Shortly after the terrorist attacks on September 11th, Peck decided to join the Navy. And in February of 2002, she was in boot camp at Recruit Training Command, in Great Lakes, Illinois. And since then she has completed deployments with United States European Command, Pacific Command and in Iraq. As Peck grew so did her goals and with that the hard decision to leave active duty, but she didn’t want to stop serving her country so she joined the reserves. She put down roots in Gladwin County in central Michigan; finished her bachelor’s degree in Integrated Leadership with a Military Concentration, from Central Michigan University and a Master’s degree in Military Psychology from Adler University, and started a family.
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But after five years she yearned to go back to a community she missed and finish her naval career in the active component. There was one other deciding factor that pushed her decision to go back active duty even more; the veterans she helped as the Director of Veteran Affairs in Gladwin County, Mich. It was their tales of service and heroism had profound impact.
30 Sailors to mission readiness and success. “My mentorship style is eclectic,” says Peck. “All Sailors are different, so I acclimatize to a style that is most effective to their individual growth. Life is a process of constant self-improvement, so mentoring Sailors teaches me things about myself, too.”
“My clients were a factor of why I chose to come back in to active duty,” said Peck. “Their stories were inspiring and their advice was all the same, ‘stay as long as you can, stay out of the crosshairs and continue our country’s legacy,” explained Peck. “I had clients from World War II who stormed the shores of Normandy, Atomic Vets who were present during the first nuclear detonation and an Operation Enduring Freedom veteran who supported Operation Neptune Spear, which is the raid that led to Bin Laden’s demise. I absolutely love veterans and war stories.”
While mentoring junior Sailors brings challenges, being a female and mother in the military brings its own.
In 2017, the opportunity to go back to active duty presented itself. After a long talk with her family, she put in an reserve-to-active duty package, spoke with the enlisted community manager and within two months she was back to serving her country in the active duty component, and within a year she received orders to the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5).
Bataan has approximately 300 women serving onboard and Peck always finds a way to help Sailors, whether it is on the suicide prevention team or bringing a cheerful greeting on the deckplates.
“Being a woman in the military poses unique challenges and being a mom in the military is even more challenging,” said Peck. “As parents, we are just trying to leave the world in a better place for our kid, which is a central tenet of service. Mary Edwards Walker, the first and only female Medal of Honor recipient said, ‘Let the generations know, that women in uniform also guaranteed their freedom.’ I’m proud to serve with these women.”
In August 2018, Peck reported to the Bataan to as a chief in Weapons department leading and mentoring
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Nutrition, Arriving Story & photo by MC2 Zachary A. Anderson
March is national nutrition month and in honor of the month the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) brought a Naval Medical Center Portsmouth dietician to the ship for a week while the crew conducts sea trials March 4 to 11. While the crew is workin g hard to get the ship trained and certified for deployment, there is one mission that is just as important and that is health and the importance of eating notoriously to stay mission ready. Lieutenant Sara Stenburn, NMCP dietician offered numerous classes on general nutrition and one-on-one nutrition counseling sessions to make sure the crew themselves are ready to fight. “This is all about readiness,” said Stenburn. “We have to maintain standards; we have to be
ready for whatever the Navy calls us to do. A large part of that is health, fueling our bodies and being in shape.” While promoting Sailor readiness was a central goal of her time onboard, the effects of good nutrition effect all aspects of a Sailor’s life. “I want to promote nutrition as much as I can while I’m here,” said Stenburn. “It depends on the patient and what their individual goals are as far as what I can do for them now, but I think we always feel better and function better when we fuel ourselves properly. When we give our bodies what we need we just sleep better, function better and are generally in a better mood.” Practicing good Nutrition takes self-discipline, but for Stenburn, being disciplined doesn’t mean you can’t ever eat comfort food. “Unless there is a medical condition involved, I really don’t like to tell patients they can’t eat a certain food ever again,” said Stenburn. “But there are lots of foods that I call ‘sometimes foods’ and it’s about how can you balance those foods that you really enjoy eating, but aren’t the best for our health, that’s where most people struggle with nutrition, so I really strive to help my patients find that balance in their diets.” Living on a ship can present unique challenges to a healthy diet, but Stenburn says it all comes down to personal choice. “There are always plenty of healthy options available,” said Stenburn. “We have to make the best out of what we’re given. Just because fried meat is being served doesn’t mean you have to eat it.”
LT Sara Stemburn discusses proper nutrition and quality of life to the crew.
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U.S. MILITARY PLANS RELEASE OF TENANT BILL OF RIGHTS Office of the Navy Chief of Information
WASHINGTON -- All four military services of the U.S. Department of Defense are preparing a joint Tenant Bill of Rights in an effort to ensure service members and their families have safe, quality homes and communities, and clear rights while living in them. It is intended to increase the accountability of privatized housing companies by putting more oversight authority in the hands of local military leaders.
All three service secretaries have seen firsthand and reviewed problems in housing units, and the Tenant Bill of Rights is intended to help remedy them by both protecting and empowering service members and their families. The Tenant Bill of Rights will be enforced through renegotiated leases with the privatized housing companies. The Tenant Bill of Rights will be implemented in the coming weeks.
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worksheets before the exam and take charge of their advancement records. An EAW pilot, is available through the Navy Standard Integrated Personnel System (NSIPS), for the Active Duty and Reserve spring 2019 advancement cycles. The Senior Enlisted Advancement to Vacancy (A2V) pilot was announced in June and will fill senior chief petty officer and master chief petty officer priority billets using a spot advancement incentive, and will lead enlisted advancement modernization for exceptional Sailors in all pay grades with critical NECs in the future.
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DON’T DRINK & DRIVE Drivers with a blood alcohol content of .08 or above are considered too drunk to drive in every state. You may reach this limit faster than you think. Even one drink could affect your ability to drive safely and react in time especially if you haven’t eaten in a few hours. Know your limit-before you get there. Have a plan and stick with it.
Training and Education (MPT&E) Transformation efforts to change the way the Navy delivers human resources (HR) – personnel, pay and training– services to the fleet. As part of the Transformation, Sailors have a more transparent view into the advancement process and improved access to resources to study for the NWAE through a centralized dashboard. “We want our Sailors to advance and succeed during their enlistment period in the Navy,” said Whitehead. “This is the first step in improving our process to help our junior Sailors reach their goals and advance their careers, where they can improve their skills and develop greater leadership responsibilities.” No Mama, No Papa, No Uncle Sam | 7
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Story by MC3 Lenny Weston & photos courtesy of Lt. j.g. Emily Garlington
er passion is horses. It’s been her passion since childhood and hopes to one day turn her passion into a second career to treat individuals with acute psychological disorders. Lt. j.g. Emily Garlington loves the surface warfare officer (SWO) life. Currently she leads Sailors as amphibious assault ship, USS Bataan’s (LHD 5) auxiliary division officer. What she loves more than SWO life are her horses. At the age of two, Garlington recalls her earliest fond memories were horses, and despite the constant traveling that accompanies the military family lifestyle, her father a Naval officer and her mother a U.S. Coast Guardsman, were still able to let her enjoy the thrills and exhilaration of riding horses. “I’ve always asked for a horse ever since I was little,” said Garlington. “I never got one, but they always made
sure I was able to get horseback riding lessons wherever we lived. Cattle horses in Texas, retired racing horses in Japan and up until I left for college, I’ve always been riding or taking care of other peoples horses.” While growing up her earliest passion was horses, as she got older the Navy grew to another passion. “I went into the Navy because it’s the only job I ever wanted,” explained Garlington. “My earliest memories are of me picking my dad up from deployments, and when he would get back, I would take his sleeping bag and sleep in it because I loved the way the ship smelled. I would keep it until it stopped smelling like the ship.” Originally, Garlington wanted to be a Navy nurse, however she changed her mind and degree plan after learning she had a slim chance of being stationed on a ship. “I had a Navy nursing scholarship and the whole nine yards, but when they told me that I would never see a ship, I didn’t want that,” expressed Garlington. “I wanted to be on a ship, so I voluntarily gave up my scholarship and converted to be a surface warfare officer and switched my degree to psychology.”
Lt. j.g. Emily Garlington stands with both of her horses. Gunny and Doc Holiday.
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Her degree serves her well onboard the Bataan, she is part of the command’s suicide prevention team. her psychology background has helped her better understand Sailors mindset, which aides her experiences in mentoring junior Sailors dealing with stress related issues and addressing problems that might result in direr consequences.
“[psychology] helps me become better at listening and finding out the root of their problems and helping them work through it,” explained Garlington. “A part of psychology is to understand people’s reactions to certain things and understand when something is upsetting them and what is causing them to get upset about it.” When it’s time for Garlington to leave the Navy, she wants to fulfill a long term goal of providing alternative therapy for people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder by offering horseback rides. “I want to do therapeutic horseback riding for those patients and with the Navy’s help get a master’s [degree] in clinical psychology.” Garlington’s passion for horses and the Navy has been
Cmdr. Andrew Garlington receives a kiss on the cheek from his 2 year old daughter Emily Garlington after returning back from deployment.
that way as long as she can remember. “It’s the only thing I care about,” said Garlington. “Memories of me riding horses and wearing my dad’s combination cover is all I remember.” “When I lived in Texas they had this old quarter horse named Red. “The first time I rode him around in a field, I was telling my dad that I wanted to go faster and he told me not to do It. So, I kicked Red to make him go faster and I turned around and stuck my tongue out at my dad and when I turned back around, a tree branch caught me right in the face and knocked me back on the horse’s butt,” Garlington expressed. “I was bouncing around and all my dad said, ‘I don’t want to hear it, suck it up, Buttercup!’” Garlington’s parents were convinced that when she got older that she would give-up on horses and only care about boys, but to this day she still has a horse border around her room in her parents’ home. So, she proved them wrong. “I went on dates where I’ve shown up with hay in my hair and mud on my boots, so clearly my parents were wrong and my true love is horses. I even got a tattoo the day I bought my horse to commemorate the expansion of my herd.” Her herd continues to grow not only with four legs, but with Sailors she leds everyday. No Mama, No Papa, No Uncle Sam | 9
, Women s history month USS Bataan Celebrates
Story by MC1 Jaq Renard & Photos by MCSN Levi Decker
Cmdr. Krista Mann is the guest speaker during the Women’s History Month Celebration.
The Multicultural Heritage Committee hosted a Women’s History Month celebration for the crew March 15. The event held on the mess decks honored the sacrifice, struggle and achievement of women who served their country in defense of the nation’s civil liberties, fought for equality and the right to stand side-by-side on the battle fields along with their male counterparts in war and on the high seas of combatant ships. This year marks 25 years since women were allowed to serve on combatant ships; however women have been near or on the front lines fighting and providing support since the American Revolution. On November 30, 1993, congress repealed 10 USC 6015 law, barring women to serve on combatant ships and directed the Navy to make preparations for a mixed-sex crew. On March 7, 1994, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) was the first ship to welcome female Sailors onboard. Currently, Bataan has 216 women onboard serving across all departments. Adm. Ronald Zlatoper, retired deputy chief of naval operations [1991-1994], noted the inclusion of women on combatant ships made perfect sense, “it was the logical progression after 50 years of service by Navy women.” The equal rights and opportunities for women in the military to serve in harm’s way, was a long and hard fought debate. In 1988, the Department of Defense had issued its Risk Rule, which barred servicewomen from situations in which they might be at risk of hostile fire, capture or direct combat. However, by the early 1990s, with the first Gulf War subjecting female service members to all but direct combat, the Risk Rule made little sense and within that year, the Navy’s Women’s
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Study Group began the process of trying to revise the Risk Rule to reflect the new ambiguities of battle. In response to women’s new visibility in war, President George H. W. Bush convened the commission on the assignment of women in the Armed Forces in 1991; ordering assessments on the law and policies restricting the assignment of female service members. Former Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Elmo Zumwalt, wrote in his August 1971 Z-gram; “I foresee that in the near future we may very well have authority to utilize officer and enlisted women on board ships. In view of this possibility we must be in a position to utilize women’s talents to help us achieve the size Navy we need under an all-volunteer force environment and maintain the sea shore rotation goals for all naval personnel toward which we have been working.” The opening of combatant ships to Navy servicewomen has created new opportunities for women to attain distinction in battle. Female aviators now fly strike missions from carriers, female submariners now launch ballistic missiles from under the waves, and female medics now treat Sailors from one war zone to another. During the ceremony there were poetic readings, musical performances and speakers celebrating women’s strength, courage and accomplishments. The ceremony’s guest speaker, Cmdr. Krista Mann, Bataan’s command, control communications, computers and information systems department head, addressed the crew about the numerous failures that had to happen which lead to the success of a first to happen. “I’m glad to be a part of that process,” she said. “Where I may inspire a young woman to reach the ranks CNO [chief of naval operations] or even the President of United States.”
LS3 Tajana Brown, ABHAN Jemeres Essandjo, BM3 Anthony Hyland, Capt. Greg Leland, AO3 Hannah Swigert, Cmdr. Krista Mann, YN3 Deidra Pedley, AG2 Steven Lincey, LN2 Nina Kettles and (not seen) AS3 Anthony Coleman gathered around to cut the cake after the ceremony.
YN3 Deidra Pedley recites Maya Angelou’s poem ‘Phenomenal Woman’ during the Women’s History Month Ceremony.
AO3 Hannah Swigert reads the opening remarks to the crew during the Women’s History Month Ceremony.
BM3 Anthony Hyland recites his poem ‘Black Girl Magic’.
Bataan’s Praise team; AG2 Steven Lincey, ABH3 Trevon Lovell, ABHAN Jemeres Essandjo and LS3 Anthony Coleman, prepares to serenade the ladies.
LS3 Brown serenades the crew with the song ‘Girl on Fire’ .
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Members of W.O.R.T.H. pose for photo. ABH2 Teslyn Foster, ABH2 Heather Landry, ABF2 Gillian Zamora, LSSN Erin Williams, AOC Krystal Peck, AC2 Ashley Hancock AS2 Coraima Ortega, YN1 Lisa Watson-Lynch, ABFCS Hawa Riley and AE1 Jeanie Jorgensen.
Story by MC1 Jaq Renard & Photo by MCSN Levi Decker
Bataan’s Women Organization to Reach Teach and Help (WORTH) was started by enlisted female Sailors for female Sailors to provide women with opportunities of empowerment through tailored workshops to build comradery, mentorship and boost morale. During this underway WORTH members are reaching out to Bataan’s newest female Sailors who have little or no experience out to sea, giving quick morning routine tips, training and women’s health and wellness information. Although WORTH is focused on addressing the needs of women, the organization has an open membership policy. WORTH’s empowerment can also be a helpful resource for all Sailors new and experienced to increase their communication skills. Members of WORTH serve meals to the crew during supper hours aboard USS Bataan.
“When empowered, it becomes easy for women or anyone to communicate in their work center and leadership,” said Senior Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuel) Hawa Riley. Although, the organization has been dormant since 2017, current WORTH members are using this underway to educate the crew on what resources they can provide. They have hosted a WORTH burger-of-theday serving the crew lunch and hosted a tea and poetry night on the mess decks for anyone wanting to express their artistic personality. “This is a very rewarding program,” explains Yeoman 1st Class Lisa Watson-Lynch. “We provide volunteer opportunities with Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Appetite4-Awareness and host a well-received open mic ‘Poetry and Tea Night’ held on mess decks.” WORTH is planning more engagements during the upcoming underway periods, and if you like to dance, WORTH is preparing to host Zumba classes in the hangar bay soon.
SUMMER UNIFORM SHIFT
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defination of a Story & photos by MC3 Alan Robertson, courtsey photos provided by DC2 Larissa Lopez-Rodriguez
he lessons that people learn from childhood heroes help to build their character and influence the lifelong decisions they make. For some, a hero is someone who is famous, an athlete or powerful individuals who are visible in the world. For Damage Controlman 2nd Class Larissa LopezRodriguez that influential hero was her mom. What she learned most from her mom was always have a courageous spirit. “She played a huge role in my life,” said Lopez. “My mom wanted my sister and I to have a backbone. My mom was big on standing up for not only ourselves, but also for what we know to be right. Both of my parents would preach that if you don’t stand for something then you will fall for anything.”
These base lessons and a strong desire to serve her country inspired Lopez to join the nation’s military, but it was a couple of former Sailors who showed her the damage controlman way. “I was heavily influenced by my youth pastor, David Fraker, and his wife Tayrn,” said Lopez. “They were both Damage Controlman (DC) in the Navy
and would spend hours talking about being a DC. They were so thrilled with it that their license plate read DC1 DC2. It made for an easy decision for me when I was choosing a rate. I knew immediately that I also wanted to be a damage controlman.” The dangers involved with being a damage controlman are numerous and it takes a strong willed individual to fly into the danger looking to save the ship and others. Lopez is able to apply the lessons she learned as a young girl to her job with the Navy. “It’s not about being fearless, but to be brave which comes in handy as a DC because we don’t run away from a fire we run to it,” said Lopez. “We are the Flying Squad, because when there is a casualty we fly in there.”
Lopez. “One of my greatest passions is that I enjoy teaching people so that they can be a better Sailor. I am very passionate about my rate and I have to be the subject matter expert with all ranks of individuals.” The lessons learned from a loving parent combined with the inspiring sea stories from Sailors helped guide a young Lopez towards a career that she loves and where she continues to grow.
To be the force that saves the ship require that those Sailors who are not damage controlman possess the drive to learn what they can do to help. It is this strong passion that Lopez wishes to instill into the next generation of Sailors. “Being a DC I’m involved in a lot of training evolutions and it has led to me becoming very comfortable being in front of people,” said
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(1) Capt. Greg Leland addresses the crew. (2) A MH-60S Sea Hawk, assigned to the Chargers (HSC-26) delivers supplies during a VERTREP. (3) SN Matthew Luera helps fake down mooring lines during a sea and anchor evolution on the fantail.
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6 | MC3 Weston (4) Sailors observe flight operations from vultures row. (5) SN Robert Grosinski along with other Sailors from deck department reel in mooring lines during a sea and anchor evolution in the forecastle. (6) FN Jerek Vannes and FN Austin Duchi have fun dispensing Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) into a 50 gallon drum barrel during an AFFF light off test in the hangar bay. (7) DC1 Charles Register operates sprinkler heads during an AFFF light off test in the hangar bay. (15) DC2 Maribel Brambila secures plastic sock tubes for an AFFF test in the hangar bay. 7 | MC3 Weston
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8 | MC3 Weston (8) BM3 Angelica Gutierrez prepares to shoot a .240 caliber machine gun during a live fire exercise. (9) ABH2 Adam Romero gives instructions to his fire party during a simulated fire drill in the hangar bay. (10) Capt. Brad Busch gives his farewell remarks during the change of command.
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(11) HM3 Gabriel Arojna raises the Union Jack. (12) Capt. Brad Busch tosses a bean bag during a corn hole game with MACS Eddy Monson on the mess decks. (13) AO3 Victor Morales Uribe fires a M-9 pistol during a gun shoot. (14) Sailors engage a simulated fire during a fire drill. (16) ABH3 Clayton Heath and ABHAN Damon Hartin spray AFFF off the flight deck. (17) SN Mewegnim Tabate stands aft lookout on the fantail. 14 | MCSN Decker
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(6) Sailors simulate combating a fire in the hangar bay during a fire drill. (7) GMSN Zachary Vanhaelen shoots a line to the fast combat support ship USNS Supply (T-AOE-6) during a replenishment-atsea. (8) HM2 Paris Blackman and AO3 Rannen Woodworth call for a stretcher bearer during a mass casualty drill in the hangar bay. (9) AO2 Paul Carter does pull-ups during a MWR fitness challenge.
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(10) YN3 Jerry Caldwell performs basic life saving skills on a simulated patient during a medical drill. (11) Sailors fake down mooring lines during a sea and anchor evolution. (12) Sailors clean AFFF off the flight deck. (13) DC3 Junior Villamizar manâ€™s an AFFF station before testing. (14) Deck department lowers the 7-meter Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) during a man overboard drill. (15) SN Brittany Williams, heaves around line in the forecastle. (16) A MH-60S Sea Hawk, assigned to the Chargers of Sea Combat Squadron Two Six (HSC-26), delivers supplies during a vertical replenishment with the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5). (17) Capt. Greg Leland speaks at a Black History Month Celebration.
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(1) SN Jordan Hayes stands forward lookout watch. (2) An MV22B Osprey, assigned to the Blue Knights, of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 365, takes off from the flight deck. (3) LCAC carries cargo to the USS Bataan (LHD 5). (4) An F/A-18 Super Hornet flys over the USS Bataan (LHD 5). (5) An AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Attack Squadron. (VMA) 542 lands on the flight deck.
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(6) A MH-60S Sea Hawk, assigned to the Chargers, of Sea Combat Squadron Two Six (HSC-26) delivers supplies during a vertical replenishment. (7) Amphibious assault vehicles line the upper-vehicle stowage. (8) Lt. j.g. Gianluca Perino, an Italian naval officer, performs a mock takedown on the red man, during an oleoresin capsicum course. (9) MMCS Narcisse Satchivi and ABFCS perform on the mess decks as part of the Chief Petty Officer to Food Service Attendant fund raiser.
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(10) Lt. j.g. Kevin Marvel and PSC John Tanedo pose for a photo in the disbursing office. (11) MC3 Lenny Weston takes the Petty Officer Second Class advancement exam. (12) Sailors walk along the flight deck during a sunset. (13) Sailors and Marines conduct a foreign object debris (FOD) walk down. 11 | MCSN Decker
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12 | MC3 Weston
14 | OS2 Golden (14) An MV-22B Osprey, assigned to the Blue Knights, of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 365, takes off from the flight deck. (15) BM2 Mary Jaramillo poses in front of landing craft air cushions in the well-deck. (16) Sailors perform warm-up exercises before an oleoresin capsicum course. (17) ABH1 Boubacar Tinni performs safety checks before shooting an M4A1 Rifle on the aircraft elevator.
15 | MC3 Weston
17 | MC2 Anderson 9 | MC2 Anderson
16 | MC1 Kay
No Mama, No Papa, No Uncle Sam |19
20 | We Are The Battling Bastards of Bataan
In this issue of the Gator Growl we highlight the ship's change of command ceremony, Women's History Month and photos of our Battling Bastar...
Published on Mar 31, 2019
In this issue of the Gator Growl we highlight the ship's change of command ceremony, Women's History Month and photos of our Battling Bastar...