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SHUTTLE USS Enterprise (CVN 65) - Wednesday, April 6, 2011

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EJSO’s poetry night puts Big ‘E’ Sailors in the spotlight Photo by MCSN Gregory A. Pickett II


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

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Enterprise News

Full-time Enterprise Sailors, Part-time Poets

By MCSN Gregory A. Pickett II USS Enterprise Public Affairs

USS ENTERPRISE, at Sea- As the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) continued its 21st deployment April 5, its Sailors explored new frontiers both geographically and within the realm of personal creativity and selfexpression. After their moment in the spotlight had passed, Enterprise’s Sailor-poets took their bows and quietly exited the mess deck stage, not to thunderous applause but rather to a symphony of fingers snapping simultaneously. A dim red light and DJ helped to enhance the atmosphere as the mess deck audience ate up every word. This night was not a typical night aboard Big ‘E’, as around 65 Sailors gathered together to witness the Elite Junior Sailor Organization’s (EJSO) inaugural poetry night of the ship’s deployment. Poetry night aboard the ship is a unique way to get the Sailors involved in something positive through spoken word and music. And it’s a unique way to relax and demonstrate the diversity of the crew. “I like to perform in front of my peers so they can relate to me,” said Personnel

Photo by MCSN Gregory A. Pickett II

Aviation Structural Mechanic Airman Jonathan G. Mendez recites poetry he created for EJSO’s poetry night aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65).

Specialist 2nd Class (SW/ AW) Latrina Flemons, a transfer supervisor for Supply department’s S-1 division and part-time poet. The crowd was quiet and listening attentively as the poets acted out, sang and delivered punch lines from their personally-crafted poems. “I enjoyed watching poetry night because everyone has a different take on spoken poetry,” said Seaman Apprentice Ricardo D. Hodges, a Deck department Sailor and audience member. “I like when the poets get into their poetry so they can take you along for the ride inside

their mind. Whether it is yelling, flowing, calm or animated, I just want to feel what they feel.” The poets work hard to deliver great poems. but all of this would not be possible without the assistance of EJSO, whose members worked hard to put together a platform for Sailors to articulate their words and thoughts. “We just wanted to do something that was similar to a real poetry atmosphere,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 3rd Class (AW/SW) Kinia I. Guice, the tractor king for Air department’s V-3 division

and EJSO member. Sailors participating in the event used poetry as a way to express how they feel or what is going on in their life. “I use poetry to tell my story and I know that people can relate to the words in their own way,” said Flemons. “That is what makes it so real and straight from the heart.” The EJSO is big on letting Sailors express themselves. “Our origination is devoted to creating an environment that Sailors can use to get away from the stresses of everyday life and just relax,” said Guice.


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Sailors of the Day

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Jacob Briggs - Franklin, New Jersey

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EMFN Briggs, a power shop technician assigned to Engineering’s Electrical division, joined the Navy “to improve the quality of life for my wife and myself.” To Briggs, the most rewarding aspect of his job is “to make things happen and look at what I did when when my jobs are done.” After his naval career is over, Briggs aspires to become a construction supervisor and one day own is own construction company specializing in building hotels and restaurants. During his free time, Briggs enjoys watching baseball, fishing and going out with his wife.

ATAN Lamb, a TAD Wardroom II food service attendant from the “Knighthawks” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 136, joined the Navy one-and-a-half years ago to travel the world and serve her country. To Lamb, the most rewarding aspect of her job is learning new things every day that help her to better maintain F/A-18s. Lamb is working hard to make petty officer 3rd class and earn her EAWS pin by the end of deployment. Lamb enjoys swimming during her spare time.

Photos by MCSN Jesse L. Gonzalez

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