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“We are Legend”

Monday Jan. 16, 2012 Issue

Enterprise Sailors Set to Remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Gregory White

The aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) is scheduled to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy Monday, Jan. 23rd at 6 p.m. The Big E’s Multicultural Heritage Committee is responsible for planning, preparing and organizing the event as well as other events observing cultural diversity throughout the year. “This month we are celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday,” said Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Judith L. Wesley, the ship’s independent duty corpsman and president of the Multicultural Heritage Committee. “It’s a day that we celebrate unity and

bring everybody together to make the world a better place,” said Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Tamara M. Porter, a member of the Multicultural Heritage Committee. The committee has been working on planning this event for several months and held a meeting Friday to start finalizing the order of events for the celebration. “Our strike group commander, Admiral Carter, will come out to speak and commemorate the event, and the commanding officer will say a few words,” said Cmdr. Anthony S. Kelly, a member of the Multicultural Heritage Committee and the ship’s AIMD officer. “It’s great that our leaders will come out to help us recognize the man (King) and his dream.” Wesley said that a benediction will be

offered and that Enterprise’s Gospel Choir is scheduled to sing. She also said that Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech will be recited by a diverse group of people. “People are going to recite key parts of his famous “I Have a Dream” speech and reflect on all the great things he did for this country; not just for African Americans but for everybody,” said Porter. “He did so much to improve our knowledge and equality,” said Wesley. “He realized that life is not about race, but rather about knowledge.” The committee would also like to see some other talent at the celebration. They discussed possibly having instrumental performances, poetry readings, dramatic MLK continued on Page 3


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Big E Happenings

Monday Jan. 16, 2012

Newly reporting Sailors learn about the fire of 1969 and the importance of knowing damage control. Photo by MCSN Gregory White

Photo by MC3 (SW) Daniel J. Meshel

A F/A-18 F Super Hornet assigned to the Red Rippers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 11 prepares for flight operations. Photo by MC3 Scott Pittman

Sailors climb down a pilot’s ladder into a rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) alongside the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) during a visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) exercise. The exercise is designed to familiarize the crew with maritime interdiction operations.

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USS Enterprise (CVN 65)

The Shuttle is published and printed daily underway and biweekly 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.

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Public Affairs Officer Command Master Chief Lt. Cmdr. Sarah T. Self-Kyler ABCM (AW/SW) Eric M. Young Editors MC2(SW) Kristin L. Grover MCSN Eric Brann MCSN Harry Andrew D. Gordon


Monday Jan. 16, 2012

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U.S. To Withdraw About 7,000 Troops From Europe Navy Aircrew Assists By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

The United States plans to withdraw about 7,000 US troops of the 81,000 troops based in Europe, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said. In an interview with the Armed Forces Press Service, Panetta said two brigade combat teams, or roughly 7,000 U.S. troops, would be withdrawn from Europe, but rotational units would still maintain strong military presence in the region. “The Secretary and other senior Department officials have consulted closely with our European allies on our new strategic guidance,” Pentagon spokesman George Little said in an email. “Our security commitments to Europe and to NATO are unwavering,” he added. The move is part of a 10-year defense strategy that President Barack Obama presented on January 5, giving strategic priority to the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions. “We will continue to maintain our presence both in the Middle East and Asia,” Panetta said, according to the Armed Forces Press Service, an in-house Defense Department news service. “Yes, we’ll have the Navy and the Air Force, but in my experience, in any conflict you need to have the potential use of ground forces.” Each combat brigade consists of around 3,500 troops. According to Pentagon figures, there were 81,000 U.S. MLK continued acts or other forms of art presented by crewmembers at the event. Wesley said she would like to make this event as interesting as possible by not only looking at the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., but also the perspectives and thoughts of people today. “He was able to bring millions of people to Washington to hear him speak,” said Wesley. “That is a lot of power and a lot of stress for one man,

troops based in Europe as of late last year. Obama unveiled the new military strategy earlier this month for a leaner U.S. military focused on countering China’s rising power and signaling a shift away from large ground wars against insurgents. The plan calls for preparing for possible challenges from Iran and China, emphasizing air and naval power, while discounting future long-term, counter-insurgency campaigns like those conducted in Iraq and Afghanistan. The “defense strategic review” sets out an approach for the U.S. military in a looming era of austerity, as Obama’s administration prepares for $487 billion in defense cuts over the next 10 years. “Our budget is, basically, designed to reinforce the new missions we are talking about and that agile, deployable and ready force that has to move quickly,” Panetta said in the interview with Armed Forces Press Service. “The example I’ve used is if we are in a land war in Korea and Iran does something in the Strait of Hormuz -- to go after that and to deal with that threat is largely going to be the responsibility of the Air Force and Navy,” Panetta told the publication. Anticipating attacks from his Republican rivals in an election year, Obama said earlier this month that reductions would be limited and would not come at the expense of America’s military might.

but he took it around the world to make sure that everyone knew what his fight was for. It wasn’t for the importance of race. It was for the importance of everybody.” “I think it will be a great time to reflect on the struggles that he went through to make sure everyone has equal rights,” said Kelly. “I hope everyone gets the message that Martin Luther King had a dream and that dream became reality.”

In At-Sea Rescue From Commander, U.S. Naval Forces EuropeAfrica/U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs

NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- An aircrew assigned to Patrol Squadron 47, operating from Naval Air Station Sigonella, Sicily, sprang into action to help rescue 68 people adrift on a powerless raft in the Mediterranean Sea, Jan. 15, more than 80 miles from the southwest coast of Malta. Responding to a request for assistance from Malta’s Rescue Coordination Center to search for a reported vessel in distress, crews made initial preparations and boarded their P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft for the mission, at approximately an hour before sunset, Jan. 14. Within an hour the Orion’s crew of eight was already on station, searching a 30 x 60 nautical mile area southwest of the island nation. Minutes after arriving, the crew spotted a drifting raft and contacted a civilian merchant vessel, the M/V Sunfish, to render assistance. M/V Sunfish found the raft was empty, while the U.S. Navy aircrew continued their search. Now, flying in the dark skies over the Mediterranean, the crew found another raft drifting in the open water. The rubber raft had 68 men, women, children of Somali origin, packed aboard the vessel with no shelter from the wind, water, or chilling temperatures. The VP-47 aircrew immediately deployed relief supplies of water, food, and flashlights to the stricken raft, and searched for other vessels in the area that could immediately render assistance. The Panamanian-flagged M/V Verona, over 60 miles away, responded and made its way toward the raft. Meanwhile, the P-3 crew remained in the area above the raft, reassuring its passengers that help was on the way. Finally, just before 1 a.m. today, the M/V Verona rendezvoused with the raft, taking all 68 passengers on board. Once all 68 passengers were safely on board the merchant vessel, and arrangements made to transfer the migrants to dry land, P-3 aircrew returned to their Sigonella air field, after an 11-hour mission.


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Big E Entertainment

Sailor of the Day

Monday Jan. 16, 2012

Movie Schedule Jan 16, 2012 Channel 6

Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class (AW) Beena Ragoonath

League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen Law Abiding Citizen Carriers The Invention Of Lying The Fight Club

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Channel 7 The Stepfather Where The Wild Things Are Paranormal Activity Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs The Last Of The Mohicans

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Channel 8 The Love Guru Red Riding Hood Precious Prince Of Persia: Sands Of Time MacGruber

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Channel 10 Taken Easy A The Expendables Toy Story 3 Inception

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Channel 11 Social Network Despicable Me Salt Termination Star Trek

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Photo by MC3 Scott Pittman

AM3 Beena Ragoonath from Endeavor, Trinidad, joined the Navy three years ago to visit as many countries as possible. Ragoonath enjoys kayaking, running and photography. In the future, Ragoonath is looking forward to completing her Bachelor’s degree and studying marine wildlife.

Groundhog Day Megamind Kill Bill: Volume 1 Red The Town

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Channel 13 Transporter Legend Of The Guardians G.I. Joe: Rise Of Cobra Up A Few Good Men

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Enterprise Sailors Set to Remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.