April 23, 2013
Commander, Pacific Fleet Pins More Than 30 Nimitz Sailors
By MCSN Nathan R. McDonald
Adm. Cecil D. Haney, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, was on board the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), participating in an Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist(ESWS) pinning ceremony for Sailors.
Warfare qualifications are a rite of passage, affirming that a Sailor has a well-rounded knowledge of not only their rate, but all major areas of war-fighting capabilities and mission effectiveness.
“Getting to where you are today takes a lot of hard work and dedication,” said Haney. “It gets to that war-fighting readiness that the CNO (Chief of Naval Operations) has made a priority, and I have made a priority as well.”
Earning an ESWS pin is a landmark event in any Sailor’s career, and many feel a great deal of satisfaction in their accomplishment.
“I feel very proud that I earned this pin, and that the Admiral was the one that got to pin all of us,” said Aviation Support Equipment Technician 3rd Class Juan Garcia. “It took a lot of work, but it was all worth it.”
“I was a hospital corpsman back when I first did my FSA duty,” said Timpa. “That was 20 years ago. I was with the Marines in an outdoor galley. We had huge buckets of food we had to slop out. This is much nicer.”
Timpa and the rest of VFA 147 arrived aboard Nimitz April 2 for this deployment. He also participated in an event like this during the Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) last year.
When the chiefs work on the mess decks for a day, it gives FSAs and culinary specialists a break. It also shows the crew that our chiefs are willing to put down what they’re working on that day to help out in the galleys.
Deck Plate Leaders Serve A New Way
By MCSA Aiyana Paschal
Amid the clinking of silverware and the chatter of Sailors and Marines waiting in line for dinner, food service attendants (FSA) and culinary specialists work long and hard to provide food that is being served. This time however, they had some extra help.
Chiefs and gunnery sergeants aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) volunteered their time to help out in the galleys and sculleries.
“I’m helping out here to give back to these guys,” said the Command Master Chief of Strike Fighter Squadran (VFA) 147, CMDCMGerald Timpa. “They work hard everyday.”
For a lot of these chiefs and gunnery sergeants, it isn’t their first time in a galley; in fact, some were once FSAs.
9/11 Memorial Ceremony
Nimitz Leaves Dry Dock
USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Chief Petty Officer Selects conducted a 9/11 Tenth Anniversary Remembrance Ceremony aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68), Sept. 9, 2011. Nimitz Sailors gathered in the forecastle to commemorate the tenth anniversary of 9/11.
Dry Dock Ep. 6
Dry Dock Ep. 5
Replenishment At Sea
Nimitz Flight Deck