USS Enterprise (CVN 65)
The Shuttle Newsletter Edition
“We are Legend”
September 3, 2012 Issue
Big E Observes Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month
Story by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jesse L. Gonzalez USS ENTERPRISE, At Sea – Sailors and Marines assigned to when they can’t see any for themselves. Chaplains have the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) are joining the rest privilege of being one of many who can help service members of the United States Navy in recognizing September as Suicide see hope despite hopelessness. Prevention and Awareness Month. “Ideally, a Sailor or Marine should be able to tell anybody “There are so many things vying for our attention on a that they are thinking about suicide, and whoever they tell daily basis,” said Cmdr. John B. Owen, Enterprise’s command should be able to personally guide them to someone who can chaplain. “But there are some help,” said Owen. “That’s what topics that demand we slow down ‘bystander intervention’ is all about. and really take a careful look, and If (you) encounter a shipmate who suicide is one of those topics.” expresses thoughts of suicide, Owen added that suicide is so (you should) contact a chaplain, insidious, so destructive and so duty officer, medical professional, preventable, that individuals need suicide hotline, or 911 to call in to do more than take a passing the cavalry and get a distressed glance at it as a “check in the box” shipmate to the help he or she for annual training. needs.” While only a small percentage According to the Bureau of Sailors and Marines will of Naval Personnel Behavioral attempt suicide, 100 percent of Health Program, during each service members are vulnerable, a week of September resources will fact that must be recognized and be available to guide discussion taken seriously. on stress navigation and suicide “Suicides occur most when prevention concepts. a person is vulnerable and The weekly concepts to be feeling hopeless and the pain of explored are: building resilience, their circumstance overwhelms navigating stress, encouraging them,” said Lt. Cmdr. Henry F. bystander intervention to A-C-T Holcombe, a chaplain aboard (Ask, Care, Treat and reducing Enterprise. “This normally barriers for seeking support through isn’t associated with a date on counseling. the calendar, but it is something “Our people are our greatest personal and can happen anytime. asset,” said Capt. Kurt Scott, Because it is a personal matter, we Behavioral Health Programs need to be ready to respond and director, Bureau of Naval assist our shipmates anytime we Personnel. “We’re promoting a see them struggling and becoming lifestyle of total fitness - physically, overwhelmed by their personal mentally, socially and spiritually circumstances.” to ensure our Sailors are best able to meet the challenges they Life is sometimes difficult and, sometimes, it deals out will face in today’s Navy. These efforts reinforce the Secretary more than one can handle, said Owen. Relationships are hard, of the Navy’s 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative, as managing money is hard, jobs can be hard and sometimes well as support the Chief of Naval Operation’s directions. things just pile up to the point that it feels like there’s just no Most importantly, focusing on total fitness puts us on a path to way out, and it’s just too painful to go on. prevent suicides.” “People consider suicide because they want the pain to The tools and resources are available online at: www. stop,” said Owen. “It really doesn’t matter what causes the suicide.navy.mil and www.navynavstress.com. These tools pain. Anything, or any combination of things, that leaves emphasize the themes of dedication, optimism, determination someone feeling overwhelmed, alone and hopeless can make a and humor. person vulnerable to thoughts of suicide.” For more information regarding suicide prevention and Service members need to know that the chaplains are there awareness aboard Enterprise, contact your chaplain or the to help, said Holcombe. Most just need to know there is hope Medical department.
Monday, September 3, 2012
Big E Happenings Congratulations to Lt. Cmdr. Gail M. Mulleavy
Lt. Cmdr. Gail M. Mulleavy, the assistant supply officer, joined her husband in participating in the Virginia Beach Rock n’ Roll 1/2 Marathon. Although she is on the other side of the globe, she completed the marathon in the hangar bay gym. (Photo by MC3 Gregory White)
Cmdr. Kevin Brown, senior medical officer, talks with Rear Adm. Abdullah al Raisi, commander, Royal Navy of Oman and Mr W. Johann Schmonsees, U.S. Charge d’Affaires to Oman, during a visit. (Photo by MC3 Jared King)
Seaman Dillon Lee explains the helm of aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) to Lt. Cmdr. Ali al Hosni, Royal Navy of Oman staff, and U.S. Air Force MSgt. Terry Lee. (Photo by MC3 Scott Pittman)
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Rear Adm. Walter E. Carter, Jr., commander, Enterprise Carrier Strike Group talks with Rear Adm. Abdullah al Raisi, commander, Royal Navy of Oman and W. Johann Schmonsees, U.S. Charge d’Affaires to Oman. (Photo by MC3 Jared King)
Monday, September 3, 2012
In the News U.S. Special Forces Suspend Training of Afghans By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
WASHINGTON - The commander of US special forces in Afghanistan has suspended training for all new Afghan recruits until Afghan soldiers are reinvestigated for ties to insurgents, The Washington Post reported late Saturday. The newspaper said the re-vetting process will affect more than 27,000 Afghan troops. The suspension comes in response to the killing of at least 45 US troops this year by their Afghan colleagues. “We have a very good vetting process,” the paper quotes an unnamed senior special operations official as saying. “What we learned is that you just can’t take it for granted. We probably should have had a mechanism to follow up with recruits from the
beginning.” According to The Post, numerous military guidelines were not followed by either Afghans or Americans because of concerns that they might slow the growth of the Afghan army and police. NATO has some 130,000 troops in Afghanistan fighting the Taliban’s decade-long insurgency alongside government forces. Most of the NATO troops are set to withdraw by the end of 2014 in a US-designed transition process that will put Afghan security forces in charge of security for their war-battered country. The process is already under way, with security responsibilities of about half of the Afghan population transferred to the local security forces.
Iran, DPRK Call for Expansion of Ties By Xinhua
TEHRAN -- The Islamic republic of Iran and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) called on Saturday for the expansion of bilateral ties. During a meeting with the ceremonial leader of the DPRK, Kim Yong Nam, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that Iran and the DPRK enjoy high capacity for the expansion of bilateral relations, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported. Khamenei referred to common positions of Iran and the DPRK in a number of areas and said that in the move towards the supreme objectives, nations should withstand pressure, threats and sanctions. Kim, president of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People’s Assembly, for his part, said that the expansion of ties with Iran is among the strategic policies of his country, according to Mehr. Also on Saturday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in a separate meeting with the DPRK leader, expressed his gratitude to Kim for partaking in the 16th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit which concluded Friday, the official IRNA news agency reported. Like Iran, the DPRK is also under the pressure of the arrogant powers, Ahmadinejad said, adding that the arrogant powers do not want any country to be independent, powerful and advanced, according to the report. The Iranian president said that the two countries have many common grounds to cooperate and can help each other to grow and resist the arrogant powers.
For his part, the DPRK leader said that the successful hosting of the NAM summit in Tehran would have great impact on the development of the NAM and its objective of establishing new order in the world, said IRNA. The relations between Iran and the DPRK have been enhanced in the past years and the DPRK emphasizes the expansion of all-out ties with the Islamic republic, said the DPRK leader. On Saturday, IRNA reported that Iran and the DPRK signed a document on expansion of mutual cooperation in scientific, academic and technological know-how. The document covers various issues such as conducting research studies, exchanging university students and researchers, setting up joint laboratories, sabbatical studies, exchanging technology of information, energy, environment, sustainable development, agriculture and food stuff, said IRNA. The document was signed between Iran’s Science and Technology Minister, Kamran Daneshjoo and the DPRK Foreign Minister Pak Ui Chun in the presence of Ahmadinejad and Kim. Kim attended the NAM summit held on Aug. 30-31 in Tehran and presented a speech. In his remarks on Thursday, the DPRK leader criticized the recent joint military exercise of the United States and South Korea in the Korean Peninsula, saying the exercise pushes the Korean Peninsula to the brink of war.
Monday, September 3, 2012
Sailors of the Day Aerographer’s Mate 3rd Class Barton D. McCoy
AG3 Barton D. McCoy, from Sharon, Pa., joined the Navy two and a half years ago to travel and for education opportunities. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, playing guitar and working out. In the future, he plans to attend a “C” school and earn a college degree.
Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Erik Antrim
AM3 Erik Antrim, from Champaign, Ill., joined the Navy five years ago to start a new life. In his spare time, he enjoys skate boarding, punk rock shows, and working with animals, among other things. In the future, he plans to become a veterinarian.
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