USS Enterprise (CVN 65)- Sunday June 26, 2011
Sunday June 26, 2011
Big ‘E’ Engineering and Reactor Sailors re-up and cash in By MC3 Nick C. Scott USS Enterprise Public Affairs
USS ENTERPRISE, At sea – Sailors from the Engineering and Reactor departments aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) orchestrated their biggest group reenlistment yet on June 24. A total of 13 Sailors from six divisions of both Engineering and Reactor departments reenlisted in a ceremony and were presented with a ceremonial check the for $1,037,665.90, the total of their reenlistment bonuses combined. They’ll receive that money tax-free because they reenlisted in the U.S. Navy Fifth Fleet Area of Operations (AOR) which is designated as a taxexempt combat zone. “It was a lot of paperwork to make this happen,” said Electronics Technician 2nd Class Jeremy B. Carrell, who helped think up and organize the group reenlistment. “We were having a hard time reenlisting and getting bonuses while in a tax-free zone, but thanks to the Executive Officer and Command Master Chief’s open door policies, we were able to sort through it,” said
Photo by MC3 Nick C. Scott
13 Sailors from the engineering and reactor departments aboard the deployed aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) stand with Cmdr. Todd Wobig, assistant reactor officer and reenlisting officer for the ceremony, after re-enlisting and receiving bonuses for doing so, The check is ceremonial but shows the amount of total money earned by the group- $1, 037,665.90, tax-free.
Carrell. “I really can’t thank them enough.” The bonuses may be big, but so is the workload. The Engineering and Reactor departments are responsible for keeping some of the most vital systems going, and that’s one reason why the Navy pays bonuses to Sailors. “We are the heart and soul of a ship. Propulsion. Power. Water. Steam. We give the ship the ability to do her mission,” said Master Chief Machinist’s Mate (SW) Cameron R. Cuskey, the Reactor Department Master Chief. “I went through two and a half years of training to get where I am and I’m glad the Navy wants me
stay in and advance,” said Carrell. “Nuclear operators cost the Navy a lot of money to train and develop, and the bonuses give the Sailors a good incentive to stay Navy,” said Cuskey. “This is my second tour on Enterprise,” said Cmdr. Todd Wobig, the assistant reactor officer and reenlisting officer for this ceremony. “It will leave them lasting memories and friendships when they walk away from here.” Wobig himself had the privilege of signing the massive ceremonial check as well as performing the reenlistment.
“It’s always an honor and a privilege for me when I’m asked to do a reenlistment ceremony,” said Wobig. “I’ve done quite a few in my 20 years of service, but this is probably the biggest in terms of people and accumulated bonuses.” Three different ratings - Electrician’s Mates, Electronics Technician’s and Machinist’s Mates, comimg from four different Reactor divisions - Reactor Training, Reactor Electrical, Reactor Controls and Reactor Mechanical, and two Engineering divisions - E Division and M Division, took part in the ceremony.
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