VOL 1 / NO 36    August 15, 2010

CVW-17 Checks On
Board Carl Vinson
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  1. 1. VOL 1 / NO 36 August 15, 2010 CVW-17 Checks On Board Carl Vinson Story by MCSN Zachary Bell USS Carl Vinson Staff Writer While walking through the passage ways, you may have noticed several new faces on board Carl Vinson. Approximately 1,400 Sailors from Carrier Air wing 17 have checked on board and will be working side-by-side Vinson Sailors from the mess decks to the flight deck. “We are all one team and the air wing is part of our team. This aircraft carrier is nothing without an air wing,” said Master Chief Avionics Technician (AW) Susan Kinstler, Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) Leading Chief Petty Officer. Carrier Air Wing 17 (CVW-17) will be conducting aircraft launch and recovery missions this underway period, giving Vinson’s Air Department hands-on experience. “I’m excited and glad that the air wing is here, we have been waiting for this for a long time,” said Chief (Select) Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) (AW/SW) Shaven Savoy, Flight Deck Leading Petty Officer. “My Sailors and I are ready to show the level of talent that Air Department has and the air wing is an essential part in doing that.” An aircraft carrier’s mission is to launch and recover aircraft. “Without the air wing we’re just a flat-top airport, sitting out in the middle of the water,” said Savoy. “The air wing plays a key role on the Carl Vinson team in accomplishing our mission.” The flight deck is not the only place that Vinson and air wing Sailors are working together. Several air wing Sailors are working as food service attendants in Vinson’s galleys. “Our work in the galley becomes a lot easier because of the talent that the air wing brings on board,” said Chief Warrant See AIRWING, Page 2 The Carl Vinson Voice is an in ter nal document pro duced by and for the crew of the USS Carl Vinson and their families. Its contents do not neces- sarily 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 3rd Class Luis Ramirez
  2. 2. 2 Carl Vinson Voice AIRWING, from page 1 Officer Amorsolo Fernando, Food Service Officer. With the arrival of the air wing, Sailors in the galley have been faced with the challenge of feeding 1,400 additional Sailors. “Supply is going to be challenged because we have a lot more Sailors that we need to feed,” said Fernando. “We are preparing for this by having the forward galley open nine hours straight from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.” One Sailor who knows the experience of being in the air wing first hand is Vinson’s own Senior Chief Culinary Specialist (SW) Andre Harris, who was with Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 11 in 1988 as a seaman recruit. “This experience is especially great for me because it’s personal,” said Harris. “I was once in an air wing and was going to a ship. Now I’m ship’s company and the air wing is coming to me.” Harris understands the importance of Sailors working together. “You learn to work as a team coming from two different backgrounds. In the end, we’re all on the same team working toward the same goals,” said Harris. Personnel Specialist 2nd Class D.A. Johnson is an air wing Sailor who handles pay and service records for members of the air wing. “I enjoy getting underway,” Johnson said. “Carl Vinson sailors have been very welcoming and helpful and we look forward to completing our goals and missions as one team.” 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 Photo Editor MC2 Adrian White Layout and Design MC3 Patrick Green Staff Writers/Photographers MC3 Heather Roe MCSN Zachary Bell Follow Vinson on Facebook: www.facebook.com/USSCARLVINSON son Facebook: www.facebook.com/ SSCAR VINSON w Vinso so a book: k ac oo com SCARLVIN m/USSC m/U C RLVI
  3. 3. August 15, 2010 3 Photos by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Adrian White, Mass Communication Specialists 3rd Class Luis Ramirez and Heather Roe
  4. 4. 4 Carl Vinson Voice Story and Photo by MCSN Rosa Arzola USS Carl Vinson Staff Writer One Carrier Airwing 17 Sailor has already made himself stand out with a work ethic and attitude that has his peers and supervisors taking notice. Aviation Structural Mechanic Airman Benjamin Mayo, attached to Strike Fighter Squadron 25 (VFA-25), has been recognized as a model Sailor despite having only been in the squadron for about two months. The 21-year-old Eagle River, Wis. native has been in the Navy for three years and loves it so far. Mayo works on the F/A-18 Hornets, including the hull and the hydraulics system. “I love what I do and I enjoy working with the people in my shop,” said Mayo. “I enjoy my job and that’s what makes me happy.” Mayo’s supervisor, Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class (AW) Mark Meckley, VFA-25’s Airframes Work Center Leading Petty Officer, said that he deserves to be recognized for his great attitude and superb work. “I can trust Mayo to finish any job I assign him to do,” said Meckley. “He can work on hydraulics or the structure of the jets without my supervision and I know that his main focus will be to succeed.” Although he doesn’t hold the rate of a petty officer, he aspires to get there and consistently shows he has what it takes to succeed in the most challenging environments. “Mayo, along with other shipmates, is responsible for maintaining the structure and hydraulics of nine jets,” said Meckley. “He can finish whatever the task might be faster and better than some petty officers I have met in the Navy.” Although Mayo is humble he recognizes what can make you a standout from other Sailors. “I transferred from Marine Corps Station Miramar which showed me to be respectful toward my superiors,” said Mayo. “I try to respect and get along with everyone.” “I was impressed by Mayo’s military bearing when he checked in with the squadron,” said Meckley. “He respects everyone up and down the chain of command. He talks to a third class with the same respect as he would talk to a Master Chief. It’s really hard to find a worker like him nowadays.” Although Mayo works hard he also knows how to have a good time. “In my free time I like to go scuba diving and relax,” said Mayo “I also enjoy going to Pacific Beach, to just walk around to enjoy the weather and spend time with my friends.”
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  6. 6. 6 Carl Vinson Voice Vinson Sailors Recieve Smallpox Vaccine Story by MC3 Heather Roe USS Carl Vinson Staff Writer Carl Vinso conducted a smallpox arl Vinson vaccination shot exercise August 11 in hangar bay 2 to immunize Sailors for the upcoming deployment. There are certain possible side affects that Sailors should be aware of regarding the smallpox immunization. Vinson’s Medical Department is taking the necessary safety precautions so Sailors vaccinated don’t have a negative reaction to the smallpox immunization. “We are worried about the smallpox vaccination because of cross contamination,” said Lt. Cmdr. Angelo Lucero, ship’s nurse. ”The vaccine is a live virus and although it’s in a small amount, it can spread onto other parts of the body.” With any vaccination, there are risks and safety measures that need to be taken seriously. The smallpox vaccine contains a live vaccinia virus to protect an individual from the virus. Vaccinia is another “pox”- type virus, similar to smallpox which creates an immunization from the virus five-to-10 days after receiving it. “Right after the vaccination is administered, it can be very infectious and spreads very easily,” said Lucero. “In a population like this, it’s a possibility to have adverse reactions, but as long as Sailors take the right precautions, they will be Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (FMF) Rashan Robinson prepares to administer a smallpox vaccination in the ship’s hangar bay. Carl Vinson conducted a smallpox vaccination shot exercise August 11 in hangar bay 2 to fine.” immunize Sailors for the upcoming deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class After Sailors receive the shot, Adrian White. medical personnel will apply a breathable bandage that allows the That’s the only way we can prevent is to protect military members from injection site to heal and not spread. cross-contamination.” countries who seek to use viruses as Everyone vaccinated is urged not to Over the course of two-to-four biological warfare. After receiving change the dressings themselves, but weeks the vaccination site will heal. the vaccination, the body will build to allow medical to change them to During this time, don’t share any natural defenses against the virus. help reduce the risk of spreading the clothing, bunks or towels. Be sure This will ensure protection for virus. to keep the infected area dry and servicemembers who may come into “In such tight quarters, we clean. Although exercising is still contact with dangerous viruses. don’t want Sailors to contaminate permitted, always wear a shirt with “There are a lot of countries who themselves or other shipmates,” sleeves that cover the vaccination seek to make viruses as weapons,” said Lucero. “Think about your area. said Lucero. “Prevention is the key shipmates and wash your hands. The purpose for the vaccination to being prepared.”