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USS Enterprise (CVN 65)

The Shuttle Newsletter Edition

“We are Legend”

September 21, 2012 Issue

Enterprise Administers Final Advancement Exam Story by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW/AW) Jared King

USS ENTERPRISE, At Sea – Sailors aboard aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) occupied the ship’s forward and aft mess decks as they took part in the final Navy-wide advancement exam to be administered aboard the “Big E” Sept. 20. As Enterprise continued its support of Operation Enduring Freedom in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, 473 eligible junior Sailors gathered in the early morning hours to participate in the E-4 advancement exam, which was facilitated by the ship’s Educational Services Office (ESO). “Preparation for the exam began months in advance,” said Chief Personnel Specialist Jasper D. Mitchell, the ship’s educational services officer. “It takes between five and six months of preparation to administer the exam.” As Enterprise steams toward the completion of its 25th and final deployment, the significance of Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Airman Khadisha McMillan takes the E-4 advancement exam on the forward mess decks. (Photo by MC3 Jared King) the last advancement exam aboard the ship was not discounted by the Sailors taking the test. last of Enterprise’s long line of frocking ceremonies, I will “To be one of the last Sailors to test for advancement aboard feel grateful for the fact that the Navy has allowed me the Enterprise is indeed an honor,” said Personnel Specialist opportunity to advance in the ranks and become part of naval Seaman Jarrid L. Boykin, exam participant. “If I advance history and heritage.” in rank and become one of the many Sailors frocked in the As Enterprise brings to a conclusion a name that has been a symbol of the great struggle to retain American liberty, justice and freedom since the first days of the American Revolutionary War, it offers one final chance for its Sailors to begin their successful journey up the ranks. “The third class exam is the first step toward a goal that everyone hopes to achieve,” said Mitchell. “Whether it is senior enlisted or the officer ranks, advancement is a stepping stone that is exciting and that Sailors look forward to.” Enterprise has been a platform for many Sailors to develop their leadership and excel professionally, throughout its 51 years of service. “The time I spent aboard Enterprise has aided me in preparation for my advancement exam in ways I never would have thought,” said Boykin. “The saying is true, ‘there is tough and then there is Enterprise tough,’ I am glad to say I chose the latter.” Enterprise is scheduled to inactivate in a ceremony on December 1, 2012, following the completion of the ship’s current deployment, bringing to an end 51 years of Aviation Electronics Technician Airman Joseph Pongwisooti takes the E-4 distinguished service. advancement exam. (Photo by MC3 Scott Pittman)


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Busy Day Ab

Airman Carter, temporarily assigned to security, from Jacksonvile, Fla., participates in a SUW-17/crew served weapons (CSW) exercise. (Photo by MC3 Heath Zeigler) Master-at-Arms 1st Class Andrew McLaren, from Aurora, Ore., acts as a line coach for Aviation Electronics Technician 1st Class Richard Powell, from Jackson, Miss., as he fires an M-16A1 rifle during a live-fire exercise on the flight deck. (Photo by MC3 Scott Pittman)

Aviation Structural Mechanic Airman Chrisen Maharaj takes the E-4 advancement exam on the forward mess decks. (Photo by MC3 Jared King)

Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Greg Reely, from Westminster, Md., acts as a line coach for Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Robert Vigil, from Pensacola, Fla., as he fires an M-16A1 rifle during a live-fire exercise on the flight deck. (Photo by MC3 Scott Pittman)

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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.

Executive Officer Capt. G. C. Huffman

Command Master Chief Public Affairs Officer CMDCM (AW/SW) Dwayne E. Huff Lt. Cmdr. Sarah T. Self-Kyler Editor MC3 Brian G. Reynolds

Electrician’s Mate Fireman Ian D. King takes the E-4 advancement exam on the forward mess decks. (Photo by MC3 Jared King)


Friday, September 21, 2012

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board Big E

Airman Joshua Stewart, from Kenosha, Wisc., scrubs scuppers and coamings on the flight deck. (Photo by MC3 Scott Pittman)

Aviation Support Equipment Technician 3rd Class Diango Mendez, from Acworth, Ga., performs preventative maintenance on the accumulator of an aircraft tow tractor on the flight deck. (Photo by MC3 Scott Pittman)

Information Systems Technician Seaman Dominic Guetierrez, temporarily assigned to security, from San Bernadino, Calif., participates in an SUW-17 crew served weapons (CSW) exercise. (Photo by MC3 Heath Zeigler)

CSADD Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions Big E Sailors and Marines, If you’re feeling stressed or just need somebody to talk to, come to REAL TALK. Bring your friends, your buddies, bring anybody. Blow off some steam or just come and chill out. If you need help with anything, let us extend a hand to you. Real Talk will be hosted in the ESO classroom every Thursday from 2000-2100.

This Month’s Training Topic: Suicide Prevention


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Sailors of the Day

Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Reuben Lee Bryant

AOAN Reuben Lee Bryant, from St. Petersburg, Fla., joined the Navy three years ago to begin a career. In his spare time, he enjoys drawing, martial arts, swimming and spending time with his family. In the future, he plans to become a warrant officer and a role model.

Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Jillian E. Matte

AO3 Jillian E. Matte, from Dracut Mass., joined the Navy three and a half years ago to see the world. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, watching TV and studying ESWS. In the future, she plans to go to college to become an equine veterinarian.

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Enterprise Administers Final Advancement Exam