USS Enterprise (CVN 65)- Wednesday June 15, 2011
Countin’ ‘em down Photo Illustration by MC2 Brooks B. Patton
Wednesday June 15, 2011
Big ‘E’ Sailors and Families do “The Deployment Countdown” By MC2 Brooks B. Patton USS Enterprise Public Affairs
USS ENTERPRISE, At sea – As kids, most people learned to count as a game taught by parents right about the time we start watching Sesame Street. As adults, we count all the time. We count birthdays, anniversaries, game scores, calories, the moons of Jupiter…anything really. It’s human nature, and it helps us keep our world in order. As the deployed aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) gets closer to heading home, Sailors and Marines on board are finding unique was of counting down the days. Some use Excel spreadsheets that autopopulate the days, hours, minutes and seconds left, while others simply cross out days on their calendars. The manner in which each person counts is a window into their personality and how they view time. Although everyone knows that the method of counting doesn’t actually change how long it takes, the personal ways invented to pass the time are as varied as the number of personalities aboard the largest warship in the world. Some Sailors started counting the day they left their home port. Others would plug their ears when one of their shipmates announced a milestone because they thought it was
too early to begin counting. Some divisions count together as small daily victories, while others count to themselves and try to go about their day without thinking of the seconds passing by. “We have a white board with the remaining days on it, each day we try to make predictions on what might happen next, always ending with us returning on time,” said Interior Communications Electrician 1st Class (SW/AW) Jessica A. Douglas, a veteran of multiple deployments. Counting down the days to Big ‘E’s return helps pass the days and helps many Enterprise families awaiting their loved ones return. “My wife and kids made a construction paper chain before I left,” said Aviation Electronics Technician 1st Class (AW/SW) Michael L. Kohan. “It has one link for each day of deployment, and every night they take one link off the chain and write what they did that day. So when I get home and tell them all my stories from cruise, they can tell me their stories.” Sailors are not the only ones watching their calendars closely. Marines aboard Enterprise also have there unique ways of checking off the days. “Counting down days for me is like hanging on a bar for the flexed-arm hang. Counting down how much longer I have left helps
Photo courtesy of Cpl. Courtney C. White
Mary McNealy, mother of Cpl. Courtney C. White, a Marine deployed aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65), tears a link off a paper chain from her home in Paxton, Ill. The chain represents how many days White has left at sea. McNealy sends photos to White with different friends and family members tearing links to remind her how many people are eagerly awaiting her return home.
me to hang on longer.” said Cpl. Courtney White, a Jet Stream Staff Writer attached to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 251. “I set small dates to reach, like every 10 percent, until each port. My mom also made a chain for how many days I have left and sends me pictures of different people tearing links off.” The ship’s captain often counts during his daily announcements to the crew, reminding them of how many days they have left
to the next milestone. It’s a way for him to break up large goals into much smaller, more mentally manageable morsels which are easier for his crew to swallow. A majority of the crew has not deployed before. As Enterprise Sailors each find their own way to visualize the time left before home port, they know that the most important thing is that they stay focused on the goal of coming home safely, which will make every day counted worth the wait.
Wednesday June 15, 2011
It’s RAS Day
The fast combat supply ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8) conducted a much-need vertical and underway replenishment with both USS Enterprise (CVN 65) and the guided missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80). Enterprise crew had to be extra vigilant to ensure this simultaneous replenishment got off without a hitch.
Photos by MCSN Jesse L. Gonzalez and MC2 Michael L. Croft
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