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On the cover Amphibious assault vehicles (AAV), assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, approach USS Green Bay (LPD 20) during an equipment onload. Photo by MC1(SW/IW) Chris Williamson

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Leaving for Our Patrol

Picking Up Marines

Sailor in the Spotlight

Haze grey, underway! Green Bay departed its forwarddeployed base of Sasebo on Jan. 25 for a routine patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.

No, not like a date. We arrived in Okinawa Jan. 30 in order to pick up Marines from the 31st MEU to conduct blue-green exercises and training.

A heart-to-heart conversation with the internet guru himself. The man. The myth. The legend. IT3 David Ezell.

Moyer’s Foyer

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XO & Old Goat

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Photo Gallery

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On the left Cpl. Thomas Barnette, assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 262, tightens a bolt on a UH-Y Huey helicopter propeller. Photo by MC1(SW/IW) Chris Williamson

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Gunner’s Mate 3rd Class Tyler Hall performs maintenance on an M240B machine gun during a small caliber action team (SCAT) drill.


Good day, GREEN BAY, I wanted to put it down in print just how honored I am to be your Commanding Officer. Each and every morning, I wake up and reflect on the awesome things that you do each and every day. I really can’t put my gratitude for your efforts into words, but I can tell you that I will continue striving throughout my entire tour to make a positive impact in your lives. You all are doing amazing work. Every place I go throughout this ship, magic is happening. I have never served aboard a ship so self sufficient in everything we do. We can repair any system. We can operate in any environment. We can counter any adversary. We can also have some fun doing it. I love the fact that this ship is going to be able to let down our hair in Thailand. You deserve it. You have worked far too hard and have experienced too few quality port visits. Well, this one if for you!! Enjoy, be safe, have fun and just remember what Grandma Moyer used to say “Everything in moderation while being slow and deliberate.”

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I am honored to be your Commanding Officer of GREEN BAY. I’ll see you on the deck plates and on the beach. Until the next Newsletter... Very Respectfully, Nate Moyer


The Official USS GREEN BAY (LPD 20) Monthly Newsletter

Commanding Officer Capt. Nate Moyer GREEN BAY friends and families, Greetings from the Gulf of Thailand! As the Captain has highlighted, the ship and our Sailors are performing superbly on Spring Patrol. It’s definitely impressive and also humbling to see what our Sailors accomplish each and every day. One item I’d like to focus on is our return to Sasebo and upcoming Summer Patrol. This is quite a busy year operationally for GREEN BAY. After we return this spring, the ship will be focused on preparing for our Mid-Cycle Inspection (MCI) which occurs May 10-12. MCI is an inspection that only occurs once every 2.5 years, taking a look at every piece of equipment onboard to assess the overall material readiness of the ship and its ability to complete its missions. We started preparations about 6 months ago and we’re tracking to perform well, but we’ll need to continue to work smart and efficient from now until the inspection to ensure we’re fully ready to excel. After MCI, we’ll soon be on our way for our Summer Patrol. With the short inport period beforehand, I’ll ask if everyone can start thinking now what you or your families may need so that Team GREEN BAY is fully ready for patrol both on the ship and at home. If there is any support you’ll need, I’ll ask that you communicate that to the Ombudsman or through the chain of command as appropriate so we can prepare accordingly. The Summer Patrol will have some pretty cool port visits, so if you’re thinking about trying to meet up with us, please start working plans through your Sailor as we’d love for you to join us during our stops. Thank you again for everything you are doing. This ship and our Sailors could not succeed without the support of our friends and families. Our success is a direct reflection on our Sailors and you, so let’s keep setting the standard across the SEVENTH Fleet! Mahalo, XO

What’s up GREEN BAY! Let me start off by saying how proud I am, to be YOUR Command Senior Enlisted Leader. As I make my rounds throughout the day and stop to talk with everyone, the ideas, the questions, and the comments, never cease to amaze me. I realize how lucky we all are to have so many bright, hard working Sailors and Marines ready to kick butt and get stuff done. Will things be perfect every time? Probably not. Will things be easy all the time? Nope. But if we take care of this Ship and take care of each other, she will take care of us and so will our shipmates. We’ve all been turning-to pretty hard for quite sometime and here soon, we will have time for some well deserved liberty. Remember; we are all family and family takes care of each other, on and off the ship no matter what. Let’s have a safe, fun, and memorable port visit. I am looking forward to hearing some good sea stories. Senior Chief Guerrero...Out.

Command Senior Enlisted Leader ITCS(IW/SW/AW) Gil Guerrero Executive Officer Capt. Tom Shultz Public Affairs Officer Lt. j.g. Angelia Carrizosa Assistant PAO Content / Layout / Design MC1(SW/IW) Chris Williamson Staff Content Provider MC2 Kaleb Staples

“Cheddar Letter” is a product of the USS GREEN BAY (LPD 20) Public Affairs Office. The editorial content of this newsletter does not necessarily reflect the official views of the U.S. Navy, or any government agency, and does not imply endorsement.


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Photo by MC1(SW/IW) Chris Williamson

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Directly above: CPL Trotman secures the tail propeller of a UH-Y Huey helicopter. At right: LCU 1666 prepares to embark the well deck. Top left: ET3 Grubbs loads a .50-caliber machine gun during a SCAT drill. Top right: Lt. j.g. Ammu looks through binoculars as the ship transits through the Taiwan Strait.

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At left: CPL Drummond inspects a UH-Y Huey helicopter after the completion of flight operations. Bottom left: SN Anderson heaves a line from the forecastle to the pier in Okinawa. Bottom right: QM3 Stuart gives a tour of the pilot house to MAJGEN Timberlake. Directly below: LCU 1666 prepares to perform a stern gate marriage with Green Bay’s well deck. Photo by MC1(SW/IW) Chris Williamson

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Directly above: ABHAN Reynolds pulls on a chain in order to lift a barrel of mogas.

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Top left: SFC Sailer recites the oath of enlistment on the forecastle during her reenlistment. Middle left: An AAV prepares to embark the well deck. Bottom left: AN Gerauld uses hand signals on the flight deck.

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Deck Department Sailors get the ship underway, as Green Bay departs Sasebo, Japan for patrol.

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OUR PATROL By MC1(SW/IW) Chris Williamson

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Quartermaster 3rd Class Anthony Rodriguez relays messages via sound powered telephone in the pilot house as the ship transits out of Sasebo and into open water.

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he forward-deployed amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) departed its forward-deployed base of Sasebo, Japan on Jan. 25 for a routine patrol in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

commanding officer. “As we soon embark our Marines, I look forward to seamless integration as we train and work together while building stronger ties with partners in the region.”

While on patrol, Green Bay and Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) will participate in exercises and training meant to increase combat readiness and enhance partnerships with allies in the region.

Green Bay returned to Sasebo from a patrol with the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group in November 2016 after completing Valiant Shield, Philippine Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX), and Blue Chromite.

“Embarking, training and operating with the 31st MEU remains our number one priority,” said Capt. Nathan Moyer, Green Bay’s

Since that time, Green Bay has welcomed many new junior Sailors, who are looking forward to upcoming operations.


“I’m excited to go underway because this will give me the opportunity to do my job in a deployed environment,” said Quartermaster Seaman Josephine Sablan. “I can’t wait to get rolling and also visit future ports.” Moyer shares the optimistic sentiments of his crew, recognizing the benefits of being on patrol.

crew that we are all very excited about the opportunity to work side-by-side with our Marines and also the opportunity to experience different cultures,” said Moyer. Green Bay is part of Amphibious Force 7th Fleet, the Navy’s only forward-deployed amphibious force, headquartered at White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa.

“Although it is always difficult to say goodbye to loved ones, I can speak for the

Top left: Ensign Benjamin Fritz takes notes in the pilot house as the ship transits away from Sasebo. Top right: Quartermaster Seaman Josephine Sablan takes bearing readings from the bridge wing. the CL | Feb #1

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Picking Up Marines By MC1(SW/IW) Chris Williamson

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SS Green Bay (LPD 20) departed White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa Feb. 2 to conduct blue-green exercises designed to integrate the Navy and Marine Corps team into one cohesive combat force. Green Bay arrived in Okinawa on Jan.30 after forward-deploying from Sasebo, Japan Jan. 25 for a regularly scheduled patrol to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. While in Okinawa, Green Bay onloaded more than 600 Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), along with various amphibious equipment and vehicles, during the three-day period.

“Our mission aboard Green Bay is to support the Marines,” said Moyer. “Together, as a bluegreen team, we will seamlessly integrate in several training events to maximize our combat readiness. At the same time, we will provide stability throughout the region by participating in exercises with partner nations.” Green Bay and the 31st MEU will focus on the ability to plan for and execute multiple amphibious missions, with some missions even overlapping others. “It’s motivating to go out to sea and see what the Marines can do,” said Moyer. “The crew of the Green Bay will assist the MEU with their certifications and qualifications, as they get up to a level where they are fully combat ready.”

“A couple of times per year, we have regular deployments in which we embark elements of the 31st Before arriving MEU,” said Capt. in Okinawa, and Nathan Moyer, Green throughout the patrol, Bay’s commanding Green Bay has been officer. “It’s very working on their Maj. Gen. Timberlake speaks with Sailors and Marines. important that the material condition of MEU receives required training and that their readiness and making sure the Marines feel a part of certifications are accomplished with the help from the Navy and Marine Corps family. assets of U.S. 7th Fleet.” “The crew fully understands the priority of This phase of training and certifying the 31st supporting our Marines,” said Moyer. “Throughout MEU will provide the Navy and Marine Corps our period of transition from Sasebo to Okinawa, team with an opportunity to familiarize each other we have been building our tempo and level of with procedures, enabling them to operate as one enthusiasm so that when we operate with the collective unit. Marines, we are already prepared to support in every way.”

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nformation Systems Technician 3rd Class David Ezell is for lack of a better term - an internet guru. Because of this, he was recently recognized by the skipper as the “Hard Charger of the Week.” In fact, he is the man who fixed the CAC issue with Internet Explorer by creating a how-to, step-by-step, guide to use your CAC with Mozilla Firefox. Without his efforts, we would have more than likely thrown our computers out the window... if we had windows. So without further adieu, here is a little look into his life and what exactly makes this guru tick. the CL: First off, where you from? David: I’m from San Jose, California. the CL: Where did you go to high school? David: I went to Milpitas High School. the CL: Never heard of it. How long have you been in the Navy? David: About a year and a half. the CL: Ah to be young again. So what does being nominated as “Hard Charger of the Week” mean to you? David: Being recognized as the Hard Charger of the

Week means that I am doing my job exceptionally well. Also, it makes me want to work harder to reach more achievements, both in my career and personally. the CL: Sounds good. Can you give me a brief description about your job? David: I’m an Information System Technician. the CL: Alright, brief indeed. What are your primary duties onboard the ship? David: I support the daily network and communications operations. the CL: Well that’s important. I definitely need to have comms. How has serving in the Navy helped you grow professionally and personally? David: I have seen a growth in my devotion to work; just having pride in the work I do and continuing to get college credit. Personally, I have been able to move out and become more independent and just learn to cherish each moment I spend with family. the CL: Seems like you are heading in the right direction. Which brings me to my last question - What do you enjoy most about being in the Navy? David: The part I enjoy the most about being in the navy is being able to see different parts of the world, and the people I have met.


Sailors say the darnedest things... PO2: “I heard that SH1 Mathews once flexed his arms so hard, he busted the sleeves on his coveralls.” ENS: “I once got ticketed for cussing in Virginia Beach. 50 f***ing dollars.” PO1: “Add on another 50.” PO3: “What does the new 3M instruction pertain to?” CPO: “3M.” PO1: “Thailand will... swallow... you... whole.” LTJG: “Starts with a ‘T’ and ends with a ‘D’... I wonder what that means?” SN: “First Lieutenant is like the Hulk. He’s always angry.” PO2: “What’s up with your pants, Johnson? They look like they’re painted on!” CAPT: “Secretary of the Navy takes pleasure in presenting the Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal for being kick-ass.” PO3: “We were up s**t’s creek and he threw the paddle 40 feet away!” PO2: “I’ll put about anything in my mouth. Doesn’t mean I’ll like it though.”


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