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SHUTTLE USS Enterprise (CVN 65) - Thursday, March 31, 2011

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Thursday, March 31, 2011


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Enterprise News

Carrier Strike Group 12: Leading the mission

By MC3 Nathan R. Carpenter USS Enterprise Public Affairs

USS ENTERPRISE, At Sea – The aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) and its crew of more than 3,000 Sailors accomplish many amazing feats on a daily basis while conducting operations in the 5th fleet area of responsibility March 31, but when it comes to the Navy’s overall game plan, they can not do it all alone. For its 21st deployment, Enterprise and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1, three ships of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 2, and the guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) are led by Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 12. Together, these assets form the Enterprise Strike Group, of which Enterprise is the flagship. From the aircraft that launch off Enterprise’s flight deck to DESRON 2 ships’ anti-piracy operations, these efforts must be coordinated by Enterprise CSG. Approximately 90 CSG-12 staff members are embarked aboard Big ‘E’ to ensure strike group operations run smoothly. Enterprise Sailors also augment the staff on temporary assignment to assist with administrative, food and hotel services for the CSG-12 staff. While ships in the strike group often operate independently, it is the job of the strike group


USS Enterprise

USS Leyte Gulf

Destroyer Squadron 2

Carrier Air Wing 1

CSG-12 Flagship

USS Barry

USS Mason

USS Bulkeley

commander, Rear Adm. Terry B. Kraft, and the staff of CSG-12 to coordinate the actions of each warfare commander in the strike group and to ensure that the mission issued from the fleet commander is carried out. “The strike group commander is like the conductor of an orchestra,” said Lt. Cmdr. Keith Schroeder, the flag lieutenant for the strike group. The Admiral provides guidance to each warfare commander in the strike group and makes sure Enterprise CSG units meet the guidance of the fleet commander, then offers any assistance they might need in achieving that goal. “From humanitarian assistance in Japan to closein air support to Operation

CSG-12 Enduring Freedom, the carrier strike group is a flexible force ready for any mission,” said Kraft. “It takes an extraordinary amount of precision to coordinate the air, surface and subsurface picture, and I’m proud of the professionalism of the entire Enterprise strike group team who works to make this happen. In the end, however, the performance and dedication of each individual Sailor and Marine is key.” The strike group staff works to support the strike group commander with administration, operations support, maintenance, information systems support and training, but it takes cooperation from every sailor in the strike group to make the mission a success. As the ships in the

VFA-11 VFA-211 VFA-136 VMFA-251

VAQ-137 VAW-123 HS-11 VRC-40

Enterprise strike group continue to work together to accomplish the Navy mission, the commander and staff of CSG-12 lead the way for each new operation. Enterprise CSG is made up of Enterprise, CVW 1, DESRON 2, Leyte Gulf and the guided-missile destroyers USS Barry (DDG 52), USS Bulkeley (DDG 84), and USS Mason (DDG 87). Enterprise, Leyte Gulf and CVW-1 are conducting close-air missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR). Bulkeley and Mason are conducting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR, and Barry is supporting Operation Odyssey Dawn in the U.S. 6th Fleet AOR.

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Sailors of the Day

Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (FMF)

Aviation Machinist’s Mate Airman

Lennis T. Graham - Beech Island, South Carolina

HM2 (FMF) Graham, a preventive medicine technician assigned to Enterprise’s Medical department, joined the Navy “post 9/11 in hopes of protecting and serving my country and I am proud to say I have, from the front line with the Marines to Naval hospitals and now at sea.” To Graham, the most rewarding aspect of his job is receiving “smiles and thank yous” from satisified customers. Graham aspires to one day return to 1st Marine Division as a chief to lead a batallion aid station, and would also like to earn a master’s degree. Graham enjoys barbecuing and relaxing with his family during his spare time.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Ingrid O. Huchard - Chicago, Illinois

ADAN Huchard, a power plants technician assigned to the “Checkmates” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 211, joined the Navy three years ago “to travel the world and change my life with new experiences.” To Huchard, the most rewarding aspects of her job are working with different people, traveling the world and the great feeling of accomplishment she gets when fixing aircraft. Huchard aspires to attend college and one day become an intelligence officer. During her free time, Huchard enjoys working out, reading, studying and listening to music.

Photos by MCSN Jared M. King


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