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  1. 1. VOL 1 / NO 32 July 21, 2010 Vinson Uploads and Launches Missiles for Qualifications Story by MCSN Rosa A. Arzola USS Carl Vinson Staff Writer Carl Vinson uploaded and launched Evolved Sea Sparrow Surface Missiles (ESSM) and Rolling Airframe Missiles (RAM) July 16 and 17 to support the Combat Systems Ship’s Qualification Trials. This is the first time the ship has had missiles on board since the completion of a five-year Refueling Complex Overhaul. “It’s part of the qualifications for Combat Systems to test its equipment and abilities underway,” said Lt. Cmdr. Michael Bornstein, Vinson’s Ordnance Handling Officer. These qualifications indicate when the ship is ready to defend itself from attack. The ESSM weighs approximately 590 pounds, while the RAM is a light-weight 200-pound missile. Both are quick-reaction, fire-and-forget missiles designed to destroy anti-missiles and asymmetric air and surface threats. For some Sailors, this was the first time they handled these kinds of missiles and for most of the crew it was the first missile firing they had witnessed. “These guys have never done this before, so there has been a lot of training for the junior personnel to prepare them for this operation,” said Fire Controlman 2nd Class (SW/ AW) James Worley, the ship’s Combat Systems Assistant Leading Petty Officer. “They are all very excited.” Being part of this event underway was a new experience for many junior Sailors. “I love my job and my experience here so far,” said Fire Controlman Fireman Kevin Van Gorder. “I’m excited. This is what we train for. We train like we fight, we fight like we train. This is what it’s all about, our sole purpose as fire controlmen is to defend the ship.” This was the first time in four years that Combat Systems and The Carl Vinson Voice is an internal document produced by and for the crew of Weapons Departments worked together. the USS Carl Vinson and their families. Its contents do not necessarily reflect See MISSILES, page 2 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 Petty Officer 3rd Class Patrick Green
  2. 2. 2 Carl Vinson Voice MISSILES Continued “It was fairly easy to accomplish the movement of the missiles,” said Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class (AW/SW) Joshua Shryock, Weapons Department G-3 Division’s Leading Petty Officer. “Combat Systems dictated ordnance control while Weapons Department physically moved the missiles.” Combat Systems launched the missiles July 17 as part of Combat Systems Ship’s Qualification Trials. “We did a lot of work for our ship to be functional now,” said Fire Controlman 2nd Class (SW/PJ) Eric McQuitty. “Launching these missiles gives us more purpose to do our job everyday because we feel more prepared and motivated.” Not only did Sailors accomplish the mission, for some it was a unique opportunity to shoot missiles. “Most Sailors don’t have the opportunity to shoot this many missiles in their entire career and we are going to do it within a week period,” said Chief Fire Controlman (SW/ AW) Derek Besand, Combat System’s Ship’s Self Defense Division Leading Chief Petty Officer. “Launching missiles shows our ship, the Navy and the world that Vinson is ready for combat.” “We successfully shot three missiles, one RAM and two ESSMs. We passed our qualifications and certifications for the ship’s self-defense system, which demonstrates that Carl Vinson can defend itself from any attack,” said Worley. “It felt awesome. We put in a lot of long hours and a lot of hard work, and it paid off. All eyes were on us, and we delivered.” 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 MC3 Patrick Green MCSN Rosa A. Arzola Staff Writers/Photographers MC3 Heather Roe MCSN Zachary D. Bell MCSN Rosa A. Arzola Follow Vinson on Facebook: www.facebook.com/USSCARLVINSON
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  4. 4. 4 Carl Vinson Voice ATG onboard, Vinson Sailors Motivated Brenner. “Enthusiasm goes a long way, if you’re excited about what you’re doing and you present that to other Sailors, it affects how well you and others perform positively.” Damage Controlman 3rd Class Garland Riley teaches damage control classes, is the number one nozzleman for Vinson’s “Gold Eagle” flying squad and the on-scene leader for GQ in repair locker 1B. “Having motivation is important because it keeps everyone on their toes. Everyone is affected by the people around them,” said Riley. “Sometimes motivation sharpens your brain in a stressful situation. When my hose team is really pumped up, ready to go and they know what Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Adrian T. White they’re doing, that makes me feel comfortable in return. Riley’s locker leader in 1B is Interior performing a broad spectrum of Communications Electrician 1st Story by MCSN Zachary D. Bell maritime missions. Class (SW/AW) Thomas Ingram. USS Carl Vinson Staff Writer Chief Damage Controlman “Drills are serious business,” said (SW) Matt Brenner, Engineering Ingram. “They are vital to keeping us Department Damage Control mission-ready and keeping the ship Long hours underway are a part of Division’s Leading Chief Petty safe,” said Ingram. a Sailor’s life at sea and something Officer and member of the Damage Ingram does what he can to keep we’ve all come to expect. What’s Control Training Team, believes that Sailors motivated. difficult for others to understand a positive attitude has a direct affect “Like I tell everyone in my locker, though, is what keeps a Sailor going on performance. if you can’t get out of it you might hundreds or thousands of miles “Having motivation during drills as well get into it,” said Ingram. “It’s from home. So when Sailors are helps determine how enthusiastic our job, it’s our mission, it’s our exhausted and the whistle blows Sailors around you are,” said home and we have to protect it.” over the 1MC, “This is a drill, this is a drill,” what keeps these Sailors going? Motivation. Motivation is one of many critical things necessary for Carl Vinson’s success during General Quarters (GQ) and basic damage control drills. The Afloat Training Group (ATG) is currently onboard to conduct Command Assessment of Readiness and Training (CART) II, a performance based assessment of a unit’s readiness in critical mission areas. They are here to give an outside perspective on drills and grade how well Vinson Sailors perform leading into inspection and survey. ATG provides dynamic, quality afloat training to ensure a combat ready force, capable of Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Adrian T. White
  5. 5. July 21, 2010 5 SailorSPOTLIGHT IN THE training exams and is also a Story by MC3 Heather Roe major contributor to the training USS Carl Vinson Staff Writer of Reactor Department Sailors through propulsion plant drills,” said Senior Chief (select) Nuclear Always being a hard worker and Machinist’s Mate (SW/SS) James having complete dedication to Osgood, Reactor Training Leading your rating in the Navy can be a Chief Petty Officer. hard thing. These two factors have Along with his training duties, not been hard qualities for Nuclear Poplaski trains all new Sailors M a c h i n i s t ’s attached Mate 2nd “I like being a nuke because it always to Reactor Class (SW) keeps me on my toes.” Depa r t ment Josh Poplaski u p o n to achieve MM2 (SW) Josh Poplaski a s sig n ment . t hroughout He also serves his naval enlistment. as Reactor’s career counselor. A native of Hot Springs, Ark., “I like meeting the new Sailors,” Poplaski has been a hard- said Poplaski. “It’s nice having the charging Sailor since arriving initial inf luence on them because aboard Carl Vinson in I like motivating the Sailors and September 2007. As a getting them excited about the ship. nuclear machinist’s mate, The Navy provides an opportunity Poplaski spent the for growth in all aspects of life, first year and a half whether it’s a career you’re looking learning his craft. for or leadership and people skills.” Although Poplaski has always made a good Poplaski is a impression on his chain of command. second class Osgood explained why he is such an petty officer, he asset to Reactor Department. is often tasked “He’s a hard-charging highly with first class motivated sailor,” said Osgood. petty officer “He is constantly seeking personal work. He is the and professional improvement primary mechanical through advanced qualifications representative for Reactor and responsibility well above his Department training. time in rate.” “I like being a nuke because Poplaski has many goals in mind it always keeps me on my toes,” for the years to come in the Navy said Poplaski. “There is always and once he has completed his time something new to learn every in the service. day and you never know what the “I want to make first class and next day is going to bring you.” further my qualifications in reactor Poplaski writes and administers to improve my knowledge overall,” all reactor mechanical exams. said Poplaski. He also maintains and ensures Poplaski plans to finish his exams are up-to-date. Bachelor’s in Science and Nuclear “MM2 is responsible for writing Technology within the next year- Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Heather Roe the departments continuing and-a-half.
  6. 6. 6 Carl Vinson Voice Vinson Welcomes New “Fun Boss” Boss” on the USS Story by MCSN Rosa A. Arzola Nimitz (CVN 68) USS Carl Vinson Staff Writer before reporting aboard Vinson June 6. The days are getting longer and She’s ready to keep the work load could very well the crew entertained, increase as Vinson inches closer to especially during deployment. One of Vinson’s newest Vinson’s first six- crewmembers realizes that a little month deployment relaxation and entertainment can since the completion have a positive effect. of a five-year The Morale, Welfare and Recreation Refueling Complex (MWR) Division on board has a Overhaul. new Float Recreation Specialist, or “I understand “Fun Boss”, who is excited to offer that Carl Vinson is many new entertainment options. still transitioning Therese Guinane, a native of from a ship-yard Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Rosa A. Arzola Chicago, earned her Recreation environment to a and Park Administration Bachelor’s full-deployment ship, Degree at Illinois State University. and I want to get the ship ready for MWR will be organizing events She interned with the Liberty deployment by offering a variety of such sports competition, ice-cream Program Overseas in Guantanamo entertainment for our Sailors,” said socials, karaoke and movie nights. Bay, Cuba, and was MWR’s “Fun Guinane. Guinane also plans to organize groups where Sailors who share common interests can get together, including book, movie, chess, and open-mic clubs. “It’s important to have an MWR center aboard Carl Vinson that can organize fun activities because it gives you a chance to get your mind off of work for a while,” said Aviation Ordinanceman 1st Class (AW) Jose Sorola. “It boosts the morale of the Sailors during a deployment, and a happy Sailor is a productive Sailor. It helps Sailors accomplish whatever the mission is.” Guinane understands how important MWR is for Sailors and wants to do the best she can at her job. “MWR is an important mission- essential program, and its existence is to build support and help pass free time smoothly throughout deployment,” said Guinane. “I understand what my job is, and I will come every day to work to do my job and my best, to make people happy. I hope I make a positive impact on the next deployment.”