USS Enterprise (CVN 65)
The Shuttle Newsletter Edition
“We are Legend”
September 13, 2012 Issue
BABY BOOM! 93 and Counting… Story by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Gregory White
MC3 Randy J. Savarese reads to his one-month-old daughter Mila via iPad through the ship’s United Through Reading program. (Family photo)
USS ENTERPRISE, At Sea – Ninety-three babies have been born to aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) Sailors and embarked air-wing and strike group staff thus far in the ship’s 25th and final deployment, and more babies are expected before the “last ride” is over. When new babies are born to deployed service members, the American Red Cross contacts their command with all of the necessary information to inform the child’s parent of the birth. “Red Cross contacts us with the baby’s name, sex, birthday, mother’s name and father’s name and rate,” said Religious Programs Specialist 2nd Class Ralph A. Oliver II. “We keep track of all the new dads onboard. At this time we have 93 new dads and we still have time left on deployment.” With the real-time convenience and speed of communication such as email and telephones, many crew members had already
received word their children were born even before the Red Cross messages arrived. Others just knew. “The ship received a Red Cross message and informed my chain of command, who in turn informed me,” said Cryptologic Technician Seaman Elliot S. Bautista, an Enterprise Sailor and father to two-month old Ezra Antonio Bautista, born July 20th. “It was funny though, because in my heart I already knew he was born that night. My third class woke me up in the middle of the night and said ‘It’s going to be a long day.’ I knew exactly what was going on.” New fathers have access to the same basic means of communication as the rest of the crew. However, programs such as VTC (Video Teleconference) are designed to better accommodate the desires of new dads and mothers alike. “VTC is the biggest program we have to offer new fathers and their families,” said Oliver. “RP1 Ortiz runs the program, which is similar to Skype.” Another program new parents can take advantage of is United Through Reading. It is a program in which a service member records him/herself reading a book to his/her child. The footage is then made into a DVD by the Religious Ministries Department (RMD) and given to the service member to mail home. Oliver said that Fleet and Family Services will be returning to visit Enterprise again before the carrier returns to homeport. This visit could also prove helpful to new parents. Fleet and Family Services offers a variety of classes to the crew and one of the classes they will be offering during their next visit is a class for new dads. It is geared toward helping them adjust to coming home to a small
child. “Last cruise they offered something along the lines of a baby shower with cake and gifts,” said Oliver. “This cruise it will probably be a little different because there are a lot more new dads. New fathers also receive Enterprise Baby Certificates that the Media Department prints out, but perhaps the best thing is that new fathers get off the ship first when we pull back into homeport.” Bautista agrees that getting off of the ship first might be the most rewarding thing aside from meeting his boy in person for the fist time. “I get pictures of him e-mailed to me every three days doing regular baby things like sleeping and eating,” said Bautista. “He looks just like me. I know that when I hold him for the first time it will change my life forever.”
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Electricianâ€™s Mate 3rd Class Jeremy Marking, from Madison, Wisc., and Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Jessica Buffum, from Cuba, Ill., keep unauthorized personnel from walking into an unsafe area. (Photo by MC3 Scott Pittman)
Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Nathan Fegan, from Elk Rapids, Mich., and Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Kevin Allison, from Herndon, Va., sort mail in the hangar bay. (Photo by MC3 Scott Pittman)
Logistics Specialist Seaman Darryl Marshall, from Baltimore, Md., secures wooden pallets for transport. (Photo by MC3 Scott Pittman)
A helicopter assigned to the Dragonslayers of Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron (HS) 11 prepares for take off. (Photo by MC3 Randy J. Savarese)
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The Shuttle is published and printed daily underway and bi-weekly in port by the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) Media Department, FPO AE 09543-2810. This newspaper is an authorized publication for members of the Department of Defense. Please direct all story ideas, questions and comments to MC1 (SW) Steve Smith at smithsw@cvn65. navy.mil. Commanding Officer Capt. William C. Hamilton, Jr.
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AS3 Shawn M. Pankratz, from Glidd Wisc., troubleshoots electrical wires in the hangar bay. (Photo by MC3 Heath Zeigler)
Thursday, September 13, 2012
In the News Islamist Storm U.S. Missions in Lybia, Egypt
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Protesters angered over a film that ridiculed Islam’s Prophet Muhammad fired gunshots and burned down the U.S. consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, killing one American diplomat, witnesses and the State Department said. In Egypt, protesters scaled the walls of the U.S. embassy in Cairo and replaced an American flag with an Islamic banner. It was the first such assaults on U.S. diplomatic facilities in either country, at a time when both Libya and Egypt are struggling to overcome the turmoil following the ouster of their longtime leaders, Muammar Qaddafi and Hosni Mubarak in uprisings last year. The protests in both countries were sparked by outrage over a film ridiculing Muhammad produced by an American in California and being promoted by an extreme anti-Muslim Egyptian Christian campaigner in the United States. Excerpts from the film dubbed into Arabic were posted on YouTube. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton confirmed that one State Department officer had been killed in the protest at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. She strongly condemned the attack and said she had called Libyan President Mohammed el-Megarif “to coordinate additional support to protect Americans in Libya.” Clinton expressed concern that the protests might spread to other countries. She said the U.S. is working with “partner countries around the world to protect our personnel, our missions, and American citizens worldwide.” “Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior
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as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet,” Clinton said in a statement released by the State Department. “The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. But let me be clear: There is never any justification for violent acts of this kind. “ In Benghazi, a large mob stormed the U.S. consulate, with gunmen firing their weapons, said Wanis al-Sharef, an Interior Ministry official in Benghazi. A witness said attackers fired automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades at the consulate as they clashed with Libyans hired to guard the facility.
Israeli Official: U.S. Resisting on Iran Ultimatum
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
JERUSALEM - An Israeli official said Monday that Washington’s refusal to issue an ultimatum to Iran over its nuclear program brings Tehran closer to producing an atomic bomb. Israel has been pushing for the international community to give Iran “clear red lines” with regard to the disputed program, which Tehran insists is for peaceful purposes only. An Israeli official reiterated his country’s position on Monday night, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue. “Without a clear red line Iran will not cease its race toward a nuclear weapon,” he said. Israeli leaders have been hinting at a possible military strike to stop Iran from acquiring an atomic weapon. The U.S. says sanctions and diplomacy should be given more time.
Israel sees a nuclear Iran as an existential threat, due to its arch foe’s frequent calls for Israel’s destruction, its missile program and support for violent groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah. Speaking to reporters in Washington, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said “it is not useful to be ... setting deadlines one way or another” or to outline “red lines” for how far the U.S. can allow Iran’s nuclear program to advance. She repeated that President Barack Obama has stated unequivocally that the United States will not allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon, and that U.S. support for Israel’s security is unwavering. But she said she would not speak about ongoing discussions between the U.S. and Israel, calling such talk “not helpful for the diplomacy.”
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Sailors of the Day Hull Technician Fireman Frank Ferguson
HTFN Frank Ferguson, from Antioch, Calif., joined the Navy one year ago to gain job experience and earn money for college. In his spare time, he enjoys working out and playing video games. In the future, he plans to advance in rank and start a family.
Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Jamail Clayton Trahan
CS2 Jamil Clayton Trahan, from Beaumont, Texas, joined the Navy seven years ago to develop a sense of responsibility. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, playing sports and spending time with family. In the future, he plans to advance in rank.
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