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Vol. 8 Issue 6

Your Source For News: "#1 In The Fleet"

April 12, 2013

Wasp passes DCMRA with flying colors

By MC3 (SW/AW) J. C. J. Stokes Assistant Editor

Damage controlmen, hull maintenance technicians, machinery repairmen and damage control petty officer’s (DCPOs) aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) completed and passed the Damage Control Material Readiness Assessment (DCMRA) March 25 March 29. In preparation for the upcoming light off assessment, scheduled later in May, members from Afloat Training Group (ATG) Atlantic came aboard Wasp to inspect everything from Halon and Aqueous Film Forming Foam systems to repair lockers and the ship's main drainage system. “Although, our job is to inspect the ship’s equipment and the Sailors who work on them, we are also here to help train,” said Senior Chief Damage Controlman Brenanan Barrett, an ATG inspector. “When we are conducting inspections and we observe something being done incorrectly or note a discrepancy we wait to see if they will correct themselves and if not we explain

U.S. Navy photo by MC3 (SW/AW) J. C. J. Stokes

DC2 Kylie Burniche performs an air quality check on a SCBA with ATG inspector DCC Hilda Jacobs March 27.

to them the proper way to address the situation.” A DCMRA is conducted when a ship’s boilers have not lit off within 120 days. It is the first stage in preparation for a light off assessment, which tests

the ship’s boilers ability to hold a fire and get underway. The inspection itself tests the ships ability to fight and control casualties such as fires and flooding. See DCMRA, Page 7

Afloat Culture Group targets safety By MC3 Kevin Johnson Staff Writer

It is common knowledge that Sailors often find themselves in dangerous situations. Many of the more dangerous situations that can occur have been, and continue to be, recognized by the Navy and have caused a revamp of the safety procedures governing those events, as well as a tighter scrutiny upon commands to follow procedures.

It is an unfortunate fact that many of the new safety procedures are written in the blood of Sailors who have been seriously injured or, worse yet, lost their lives. In an effort to do their own part, Sailors aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) participated in an Afloat Culture Workshop April 1–5. Sailors from all rates and ranks aboard the ship attended the workshop. The

goal was aimed at reducing mishaps by ferreting out behaviors that may foster a hazardous work environment. “We basically hold up a mirror to the commanding officer and executive officer,” said Capt. Donald Howell, lead Afloat Culture Workshop facilitator. “All we do is ask questions in an open environment where junior Sailors can let their hair down, and we become their See ACG, Page 8

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Wasp Sailors give the gift of life

A message from Command Master Chief Schlicht "Sexual Assault Awareness"

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. No one has the right to treat you inappropriately in a sexual way. Bystander intervention in the most important factor you can do in preventing sexual assault The word shipmate should mean that that Sailor is important to you and you care about their wellbeing. We all watched the SAPR video. There were so many Sailors that could have stepped in and prevented that from happening. Many of you go to the clubs together or attend functions together and those are the place where many sexual assaults are set up. Do you have a buddy and do you have a plan? He/she is the one that is going to say, “Hey that is enough”. I commend everyone who steps in and stops someone from being hurt. Let’s be good shipmates!

U.S. Navy photo by MCSN Michael Forbes

Sailors aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) wait in line to donate blood to the Armed Services Blood Program, April 2. By MCSN Michael Forbes can go anywhere,” said Jervier. “It could Editor be used for someone in Portsmouth or

Sailors aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) volunteer to give blood during Portsmouth Medical Center’s Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP) April 2. On a daily basis men and women in the U.S. military put their lives on the line to protect our country. Unfortunately some of these service men and women are injured during the line of duty and require blood to stay alive. Blood donations that the ASBP collect go to those men and women all over the world. Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Curtis Jervier assigned to Portsmouth Medical Center supervised the blood donations of Wasp Sailors. “The blood is for DoD members, it

Langley and if it’s needed, it can go overseas.” There are many requirements that one must fulfill in order to give blood. A few of the requirements are the desire to save lives, you cannot have any diseases such as Malaria, Creutzfeldt-Jakob (CJD) also known as Mad Cow, any type of bleeding condition that does not allow your blood to clot or an acute bacterial infection that could be transmissible by blood. “I might need it one day,” said Culinary Specialist Second Class Aaron Betourney. “I know that there are people who need it right now.” The most blood that one person can See LIFE, Page 3

First Call is produced by the USS Wasp public affairs staff. The editorial content of this newspaper and any supplement is prepared, edited and provided by the public affairs office. First Call is an authorized publication for military members serving aboard USS Wasp (LHD 1) and the ships of Amphibious Squadron 6. Its contents do not necessarily reflect the official views of the U.S. government, the Department of Defense, the U.S. Navy or the U.S. Marine Corps and do not imply endorsement thereof. Questions or comments can be directed to the public affairs officer or the editor. All news releases and submissions should be sent to Commanding Officer: Capt. Gary Boardman Executive Officer: Capt. Brian Teets Command Master Chief: CMDCM (SW/AW) Brian Schlicht Operations Officer: Cmdr. Rick Potter VI Division Officer: Lt. Cmdr. Francis Carmody Public Affairs Officer: MC1(SW/AW) Leslie Tomaino

VI Division LPO: MC1(SW/AW) Gretchen M. Albrecht Editor: MCSN Michael Forbes Assistant Editor: MC3 (SW/AW) J. C. J Stokes Staff Writer: MC3 Kevin F. Johnson Staff Writer: MC3 Markus Castañeda Staff Writer: MCSN Caleb Cooper

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U.S. Navy photo Illustration by MCSN Michael Forbes

By MC3 Markus Castañeda Staff Writer

Sailors aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) participated in the Easter Sunday Service held in the ship’s chapel, March 31. Cmdr. William Holiman, Wasp’s command chaplain, hosted the service for Sailors on duty that day that were unable to attend their respective churches. “Easter is the most important and holy day for Christians,” said Holiman. “Most would prefer it be called the Resurrection of Jesus, because this day represents the day that Christ has risen from the dead so the service served as a way for Sailors to celebrate His resurrection even when they are at work.” Wasp’s chaplains also organized


religious services for different religions such as Jewish, Muslims and Catholics that were scheduled earlier that week. “The idea of celebrating each religion’s special day is amazing,” said Holiman. “It was truly a blessing as a chaplain to be able to celebrate and practice our beliefs as well as theirs all in one week.” Likewise, on duty Sailors showed appreciation of the chaplain’s effort by participating in the service. Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fueling) 3rd Class Michelle Harrell, temporarily assigned in Security, was among the group of Sailors that were on duty. “For me to be able to celebrate this day while on duty definitely put me in a better mood because my beliefs are important to me,” said Harrell. “I also liked the fact that we were a smaller

group than usual because it was more personal; it brought the family sense to it.” Some Sailors grew up in their own churches back home and it has been a big part of their lifestyle. Gunner’s Mate 3rd Class Louise Stickel states that she has been to 5 different churches and still has not found one that suits her. “Sunday mornings in church are like family reunions,” said Stickel. “It’s a place to laugh and have a good time with people that share with you, the love for God. Being in a Navy church means you share a lifestyle in more than one-way. You have a group of people that love you as a brother or sister, and completely understand the troubles and hard times you go through being a Sailor, It’s an influence on your life that will change you forever.”

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give at one time is one pint. One pint also known as a unit of blood can be separated into several components such as red blood cells, plasma, and platelets. Red blood cells must be used within 42 days of the collection. Donated platelets have to be used within five

days of the collection, while plasma can be frozen and used for up to a year. A healthy donor can donate every 56 days. It takes 56 days for the iron levels in the human body to be restored. One unit of blood can save as many as three lives. “I’ve donated maybe fifteen times

before,” said Electronics Technician 3rd Class Mark Poister. “I just know that there are people out there who need it and I can help.” Wasp Sailors gave blood ensuring military service members continue to make an impact on the world by saving lives one pint at a time.

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"Wasp at Work"

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U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Markus Casta単eda AS3 James Marshall performs maintenance on a forklift aboard Wasp.

U.S. Navy photo by MC3 (SW/AW) J. C. J. Stokes

U.S. Navy photo by MCSN Michael Forbes

Cmdr. William Holiman uses the ships bell to baptize AS2 Samuel Johnson in the ships chapel April 7.

Sailors from Repair 5A dress out in fire fighting gear during a main space fire drill.

U.S. Navy photo by MCSN Michael Forbes ASC Jesse Jordan serves LS2 Ousseinou Kaba a burger as part of Wasp's Chief 's Mess celebrating the 120th Chief 's birthday April 4.

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U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Markus Casta単eda

U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Markus Casta単eda

EM2 Preciosa Alvarado verifies tagged out equipment.

ABH3 Tyler Harding fights corrosion by sanding a bracket on the gallery deck.

U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Markus Casta単eda GM3 Louise Stickel performs maintenance on a weapon in the ship's armory.

U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Markus Casta単eda ABH3 Justin Crawford performs maintenance on the pad eyes on the port side elevator.

U.S. Navy photo by MCSN Michael Forbes QMSN Andrea Post gives blood for the Armed Services Blood Program.

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U.S. Navy photo by MCSN Michael Forbes

Wasp's chiefs serve Sailors burgers during "Burger Day" as one of their activities to celebrate the 120th chief petty officer birthday April 4.

Wasp CPO's celebrate 120 years By MCSN Michael Forbes Editor

Not too long ago, 120 years to be exact, the beginning of the rank chief was born. Many chiefs have come and gone since then, but there values and traditions have stayed the same. During the first week of April, chief petty officers (CPO’s) aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) looked back on 120 years of their history. The history of the rank chief goes back to the beginning of the Navy and even America. Although the title chief was never made official until 1893, there has always been a senior person in every rate who acted as what we would call today a chief. Before the Navy had steam engines, there were men who were considered a chief in his designated rate. He would teach his apprentice, the equivalent of today’s first class, everything he knew about his rate. It was the chief’s job to

make sure that the knowledge and skills were passed down to the apprentice so that he could replace the chief one day. It has been said by many that chiefs are the back bone of the Navy. They are the

"We do not celebrate being a chief for just one week; we celebrate 365 days a year." - Chief Yeoman Lahaunn Moore

people who lead and teach junior Sailors and officers. Everyone can remember their first chief, from the Chief of Naval Operations down to an E-1 that just arrived to their first command. "Chiefs are not recognized by the cloth we wear or the anchors that we bestow on us,” said Chief Yeoman Lahaunn Moore. “It is a mannerism, it is a value, and it is a heritage that is instilled in us. Being a chief doesn’t happen overnight.” During the 120th anniversary of Navy chiefs, Wasp CPO’s helped clean trash around Naval Station Norfolk. They also served burgers to Wasp Sailors for lunch. Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike Stevens had a luncheon with some CPO’s stationed on Naval Station Norfolk including a few of Wasp’s CPOs. Chiefs do not always celebrate their rank’s heritage publicly. “It’s mainly just a time for self-reflection,” said Moore.” We do not celebrate being a chief for just one week; we celebrate 365 days a year.”

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Wasp's Color Guard looking for new members! The Wasp color guard participates in all types of ceremonies such as retirements, changes of command, commissioning/decommissioning of naval ships, and officer commission ceremonies both on and off ship. The team is looking to expand and would like to invite ships company to come check it out. Practice is typically held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2 p.m. in the ship's hangar bay. Anyone interested may contact AO2 McKinney or ET3 Sudder.


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According to Barrett, ATG conducts checks on all pieces of applicable gear from fire pumps to the air quality in the self-control breathing apparatus. “This is one of the best air quality checks I have seen,” said Chief Damage Controlman Hilda Jacobs, an ATG inspector. “This group of Sailors were very receptive to the training. I was very impressed by the questions asked and how the Sailors brought their ‘A’ game to this inspection. You could tell a lot of work and preparation went into this.”


For the past month Wasp has been running a series of drills and checks to ensure when the time came for the inspection, the inspectors would be blown away. “We knew what the inspectors were coming here for and what they would be looking at because we went line by line off of the afloat safety assessment checklist,” said Lt. Cmdr. Paul Clarke, Wasp’s damage control assistant. “These guys did all of the hard work and time and making sure this inspection went well.



In addition to going line by line off of the checklist the damage controlmen and DCPOs spent more than 1,000 working hours correcting discrepancies found during Wasp’s internal inspection. “It was definitely a rough month,” said Damage Controlman 3rd Class Kendrica Perkins “I was getting home around 6 p.m. everyday, but it was worth it. I have a love hate relationship when it comes to inspection. I hate the long hours, but I love the time I am able to hone my craft and learn a few things from the inspectors.

D e c k p l at e s

If you were not in the Navy, what would you want to be doing?

AN James Siochi: "To be an astronaut. I think it'd be awesome to ride a rocket ship"

RPC Cayce Mautino: "If I couldn't be a U.S. Navy Sailor I wouldn't want to live, I'd want to be dead."

SN Jaevone Harris: "I would be playing college basketball. It's what I like to do."

YNC Lahaunn Moore: "I would be a professor. I love teaching and educating people. Plus I like yelling at people."

ABF3 Michele Harrell: "I'd marry Johnny Depp. He's the most beautiful man in the world. Then I would travel the world."

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voice to the chain of command.” Sailors are asked to give feedback on the effectiveness of communication as well as the presence of trust and integrity, both in their peers and aboard the entire ship. “It was a great opportunity to communicate with the other departments that we don’t normally see. It really helped to foster a feeling of culture and community,” said Logistics Specialist Seaman Michael A. Manzo, a member of Wasp’s supply department and a participant in the workshop. “It provided a friendly environment for us to give positive criticism to our chain of command and have them relay information down to us.” The workshop aims at identifying hazards, the first step in the operational risk management (ORM) process that was first set in motion to minimize mishaps in the workplace. “One thing we hope to get from this is making Sailors more ORM focused and apply it to their daily routine,” said Capt. Brian Teets, Wasp’s executive officer. “We perform ORM for the big evolutions, but we should think about those everyday

situations that can potentially cause mishaps.” Facilitators use the “Swiss cheese” model to explain how mishaps can occur. The model explains that there are many layers a potential hazard must slip through in order to become a mishap. Those layers represent command policies, personnel, planning, priorities and procedures. Only when “holes” exist in these layers can potential hazards slip through. “We have an opportunity to improve the safety culture aboard Wasp,” said Teets. “It isn’t about simply addressing complaints; it’s about considering the climate of the command to improve our safety practices and address any other areas that our Sailors have concerns with.” Although the workshop facilitates the first step in the ORM process, the responsibility to change risky behavior within a command rests on every Sailor working within. “I tell these Sailors that I don’t have a magic wand,” said Howell. “All I can do is report. Each of you has the magic wand to keep up operational excellence, and you can do it with trust, integrity and leadership that is created and sustained

through effective communication.” While effective communication is easy to sustain among those closer in rank, it can be harder to get true communication from the lower ranks to the top of the chain of command. “Whenever a group of people get together, there’s always some sort of reluctance, whether it is fear of reprisal from superiors or ridicule from peers,” said Teets. “These facilitators are experts. They’ve been to many commands and have helped many Sailors. They know the general issues that can arise in a command, and they know how to help Sailors verbalize their concerns.” Originating in 1996 by Naval Air Forces following a series of high visibility aviation Class A mishaps, the Culture Workshop was adopted by Naval Surface Forces in 2005 to meet the Secretary of Defense’s 50% mishap reduction goal. However, facilitators continually stress that the workshop is not an inspection. “We only identify potential risks,” said Howell. “If safety isn’t present, then the ship cannot operate, it is the foundation to operational success. If the foundation is solid, then the house will be solid.”

Stinger Notes

Holocaust Days of Remembrance

Visa and Passport Submission Times

This week marks the beginning of Holocaust Days of Remembrance, which is observed from April 7th14th. This year's theme is "Never Again: Heeding the Warning Signs". The Holocaust was the state sponsored systematic annihilation of European Jews by Nazi Germany and its collaborators. Between 1933 and 1945 more than six million Jews were murdered while Poles, Soviet Prisoners of War, Gypsies, Jehovah's Witnesses, political dissidents, the physically and mentally disabled and homosexuals suffered grievous persecution under Nazi tyranny.

Due to the effects of sequestration and a possible furlough, DoD passport and visa office will need additional processing time to ensure you receive your documents in time. Effective immediately, passport and visa request must be submitted 60 days in advance of anticipated departure dates to ensure proper processing. To maximize processing time, send your visa applications directly to the following address: Logistics Services Washington/Travel Services Division, 9301 Chapek Road, Bldg. 1458, Fort Belvoir, Va 22060.

Skin Cancer Screening Wasp, in collaboration with Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, will be hosting two dermatologist May 7. They will see patients for skin cancer screenings which include skin biopsies of suspicious lesions. They will be seeing patients on an appointment basis only. The screening is open to the entire waterfront, but Wasp Sailors will have first priority. If you have any suspicion that you may have a cancerous lesion please feel free to make an appointment for your screening. Appointments can be made through the Medical Department until April 30.

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