VOL 1 / NO 33     July 25, 2010

Carl Vinson’s Green Team
    Story by MCSN Rosa A. Arzola
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  1. 1. VOL 1 / NO 33 July 25, 2010 Carl Vinson’s Green Team Story by MCSN Rosa A. Arzola USS Carl Vinson Staff Writer Steps up and Helps Out Carl Vinson has initiated a program on board to recycle,” said Aviation Electronics Technician 1st Class promote and implement environmentally-friendly (AW/SW) Jason Wasson, member of the Recycling alternatives while in port and at sea. Group from Vinson’s Green Team. “Then the team Vinson’s Green Team is a group of motivated took it from there and we implemented blue recycling volunteers organized to generate policy, practices bins in some departments so recycling can be more and partnership to measure and improve overall convenient.” environmental impact afloat and ashore. The team In addition to recycling, Carl Vinson is trying to is implementing the recycling of plastic, aluminum, eliminate dumping garbage while at sea completely. metal, paper and cardboard. The garbage produced by thousands of Sailors out to “I started the research on how and what we can sea can take up a lot of space, so it is condensed into See GREEN, page 2 The Carl Vinson Voice is an internal document produced by and for the crew of the USS Carl Vinson and their families. Its contents do not necessarily reflect the official views of the U.S. Government or the Departments of Defense or the Navy and do not imply any endorsement thereby. Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Matthew Haran
  2. 2. 2 Carl Vinson Voice GREEN Continued tri-walls and pucks to be dumped when Vinson pulls into port. A tri-wall consists of about 10 bags of garbage. Plastic is melted down into pucks which are one-inch thick and 15-inches in diameter. “ V i n s o n accumulated 17 tri- walls of cardboard, 14 tri-walls of metal, two tri-walls of aluminum, 11 tri- walls of paper, and 120 plastic pucks during the last six-day underway period.” Said Lt. Wayne McDonald, the Supply Department’s S-8 Division Material Officer. Airman Christopher Hicks operates a compress melting unit. Photo by Mass Carl Vinson held Aviation Support Equipment Technician E. Ramirez. Communication Specialist 3rd Class Luis all trash on station until it could be properly disposed Recycling Group from Vinson’s command and help the environment,” of in port. Vinson is also trying to Green Team. “The ship got rid of said Wasson. “I volunteered to do minimize waste by changing a few our plastic cereal bowls and replaced this for future generations. We have things on the mess decks. them with mini-cardboard cereal to change our attitude of how we “We have now switched from boxes. We are also trying to get feel about recycling.” individual condiment bottles on rid of the small peanut butter and “Don’t just recycle at work, each table to condiment stations jelly plastic containers for reusable implement this at home too,” said with industrial-size, refillable ones.” Sharpe. “It’s not always easy to containers,” said Logistics All it takes is one motivated Sailor recycle from one day to another, but Specialist 1st Class (AW/SW) to make a difference on board. if we take it one step at a time it can Frederick Sharpe, member of the “I wanted to do something for my be accomplished.” Publisher Capt. Bruce H. Lindsey Commanding Officer Executive Editors Lt. Cmdr. Erik Reynolds Public Affairs Officer Lt. j.g. Erik Schneider Deputy Public Affairs Officer Managing Editor MC2 Ashley Van Dien Layout and Design MCSN Rosa A. Arzola Staff Writers/Photographers MC3 Patrick Green MCSN Zachary D. Bell MCSN Rosa A. Arzola Follow Vinson on Facebook: www.facebook.com/USSCARLVINSON
  3. 3. SPOTLIGHT Sailor IN THE Story by MCSN Zachary D. Bell a small amount of effort to separate USS Carl Vinson Staff Writer aluminum cans from paper will decrease the carbon footprint this ship will leave on the earth.” One of the Navy’s biggest resources The Green Team is doing its part in is the environment and a certain Carl a major way by not only helping the Vinson Sailor wants to make sure it environment but also giving back to stays protected. Vinson. Money received from the From implementing a recycling recycling of aluminum cans goes to the program on board to simply riding a 2nd Class Petty Officer Association, bike instead of driving a car, Aviation Family Readiness Group and Morale, Electronics Technician 1st Class (AW/ Welfare and Recreation (MWR) SW) Jason Wasson is doing his part. Division, which in return is given back Wasson is the aviation electronics to the Sailors. technician Shop 8 Leading Petty Wasson is also making an effort Officer (LPO), Divisional Training to help the environment even LPO for Aviation Intermediate when he is not on board. Maintenance Department’s IM-3 “When I go home I just ride a Division and a member of Vinson’s bicycle everywhere. It’s natural, Green Team Recycling Group. gets you some exercise and not Aviation Electronics Technician 3rd to mention a lot cheaper,” said Class Luis Gray works in Shop 8 and Wasson. looks up to Wasson as a supervisor. Wasson is aware of the way “He is a very good leader. He knows emissions from vehicles and his stuff and passes his knowledge other toxic substances can down to others,” said Gray. “Whenever harm the environment. I’ve had a problem he’s helped me find “If you go out to eat the solution.” and notice that they use Wasson is looking to find solutions Styrofoam cups, realize when it comes to environmental what that does to the preservation. environment,” Wasson “When I came here and the said. “If Styrofoam is opportunity came up that I could burned, it releases toxic be part of the Green Team, I joined gasses into the air and without hesitation,” said Wasson. if it is buried, it lasts “I felt like I could give something for hundreds of years. back to the environment. Even if it’s Something as simple something as simple as helping get as not eating at a place the recycling program started.” like that helps our The Green Team Recycling Group’s environment.” initial focus was aluminum can Wasson has goals for recycling. They’ve procured blue bins the future that include to separate garbage and recyclables starting to recycle plastic and Wasson says bigger and better and paper on board and things are coming to the near future. ascending the ladder of “Right now we’re only recycling success. aluminum cans, but as the program “My main personal goal expands Sailors just need to be for the future is following in my conscientious and open-minded to father’s footsteps and putting on the program,” said Wasson. “Using anchors,” said Wasson. Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Zachary D. Bell
  4. 4. 4 Carl Vinson Voice An Early Start is Key for Advancement Story by MC3 Patrick Green USS Carl Vinson Staff Writer The Navy advancement exam is a major part of a Sailor’s career. For Vinson Sailors taking the upcoming exam in September, preparation is key to success. The Educational Services Office (ESO) is working with Sailors to help them get ready for the advancement exam in several ways. “Advancement for a Sailor is important for many reasons,” said Ens. Edward Polk, Vinson’s Educational Services Officer. “Of course there’s the monetary gain, but there’s also the leadership opportunities that arise and it helps you professionally.” Polk adds that not preparing for advancement could affect a Sailor’s career due to the Perform to Serve (PTS) Personnel Specialist Seaman Luis Cano Espinoza assists Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Kimberly Frye sign her worksheet on the aft mess decks. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman program. PTS is a readiness program Matthew J. Haran. that acts as a quality screening process by controlling re-enlistments for Sailors by after the results are out, and they are a Polk. “Stay with your schedule and your measuring their overall performance. couple points shy of advancing,” said Polk. group the whole time, and you’ll be According to Personnel Specialist “We then go back and see they have awards okay.” Seaman (AW/SW) Carl Vizzi, a member that weren’t accounted for, and it adds a lot Polk said that help with preparation of the ESO team, preparation for the more work for the Sailor and ourselves.” is available a lot closer than many of exam begins several months before your Along with signing the worksheet, Sailors think. pencil hits the paper. Sailors can be studying and preparing for “Talk to your mentors,” said Polk. “You The process begins five-to-six months their exam. can find a subject matter expert to learn out, with the ESO office gathering names Both Polk and Vizzi recommend first more about a rate, and ask them some of the candidates who are eligible to going to the rate bibliography, which of the things that are more important take the test. Shortly after that, Sailors provides all the information that may be to study for. Know your weaknesses can get started on their own personal on the exam. Bibliographies are available and make sure you spend more time on preparation. on Navy Knowledge Online (NKO). those.” “The first thing you should do is review “Imagine that the bibliographies are all Other techniques may include setting and sign your worksheet,” said Polk. your notes for the final exam,” said Vizzi. up a study plan, pulling study materials “Make sure to check the plan of the day “All of the material in the test will be in the from NKO, and forming a study group. to see when the correct date to sign the bibliography.” Sailors with any questions or concerns worksheet is.” There is also help available on board, with are more than welcome to visit the ESO Polk added that it’s also a good idea the First Class Petty Officer’s Association during their normal working hours, as for Sailors to make sure their enlisted working to provide basic military they’re always preparing for the exam. service record is in order, with award knowledge (BMR) training, which is part “We’re preparing throughout the and passed-not-advanced (PNA) points of the test as well as rating knowledge. year. It’s very time-consuming, but we’re properly accounted for. “As far as BMR goes, people from any happy to do anything to help Sailors “You have a lot of Sailors that come rate can get together to study that,” said advance,” said Vizzi.
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