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    Air Trafc Controllers from USS Theodore Roosevelts

    (CVN 71) Carrier Air Trafc Control Center (CATCC)

    traveled to Pensacola, Fla. in April to attend a Team

    Training course that sharpened their skills and prepared them to

    do their jobs once TR becomes mission ready.

    We go down to Pensacola because thats the only place that

    has the kind of simulators that we need to get ready for being

    underway and getting qualications, since were not able to do

    our job on the ship right now (while in the shipyard), said Air

    Trafc Controller 2nd Class Ramona Jones, one of the Sailorswho attended the training.

    The training started with a scored test that assessed the

    air trafc controllers level of knowledge (LOK). TRs Sailors

    passed with ying colors.

    I had some high expectations going down there, said Chief

    Air Trafc Controller (AW/SW) Scott A. Howe, TRs CATCC

    Chief. The rst day we take a CV NATOPS [Naval Air Training

    and Operating Procedures Standardization Program] exam, and

    our whole team has a combined score. The expectation I set was

    that as a team we should score 95 percent. They did better than

    that. They scored a 97.4 percent. That in itself is awesome, and

    that goes to show just how hard these guys have been working.

    The training then prepared the air trafc controllers by plac-ing them in an environment similar to the CATCC aboard TR and

    running them through a number of scenarios.

    One scenario we deal with is equipment outages, Jones

    said. Another scenario we do is with the ship turning, because

    wind is a big part of landing aircraft. So, we had a scenario where

    winds would sweep every ve minutes, so it became a question

    of, How do we correct that pattern? How do we make sure that

    we give these guys the best approaches that they need in order to


    According to Jones, getting through these scenarios took a

    combination of knowing the job and knowing when and how to

    use that knowledge.

    A lot of it is the controllers being able to improvise, shesaid.

    According to Howe, the Sailors performed well again and

    again during their exercises.

    On the second week, we do whats called a graded simulat-

    ed exercise, and thats either a sat or unsat. We passed that the

    rst time with no problem, he said. They did outstanding.

    Overall, the training TRs air trafc controllers received

    honed their skills and prepared them for when they will direct

    real planes aboard their ship.

    You have pre-season for NBA players to get them ready for

    the regular season. Thats kind of what this is for us, Jones said.

    It gives us a chance to establish what each others habits are,

    how we work with one another. Its really good training.Knowing each other and having a sense of being a part of a

    team is a large part of the ATC rate, Jones said. To that end, TRs

    air trafc controllers got together to celebrate both Joness birth-

    day April 25 and Air Trafc

    Controller Airman (AW)

    Todd Cavells birthday

    April 17.

    We made sure to keep

    morale up while we were

    down there, Jones said.

    We all came together as a

    family and had little birth-

    day parties.Jones is condent

    that her family of fellow

    air trafc controllers will

    perform outstandingly once

    TR leaves the shipyard and

    rejoins the eet at large.

    I think were going

    to be great, Jones said.

    Were going to have the

    best CATCC team in the


    story by MC3 Casey Cosker

    training for

    ightphotos by Lt. Jonathan Bacon

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    Opposite & top: Air Trac

    Controller 1st Class (SW)

    Mildford Ford mans the

    marshall radar staon during

    a training evoluon inPensacola, Fla.

    Botom: Air Trac Controller

    1st Class (AW) Christopher

    Reynolds and Air Trac

    Controler 2nd Class Williams

    Faison man radar staons

    during a training evoluon in

    Pensacola, Fla.

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    a good day

    ride hard


    Story and photos by MC3 Casey Cosker

    The sun shone. A cool wind blew off the Chesapeake Bay.

    Engines revved, ripped and roared. It was a good day for a

    ride, and 14 Sailors from USS Theodore Roosevelts (CVN

    71) Motorcycle Club had brought their bikes to the Navy Ex-

    change (NEX) parking lot May 3 in Norfolk to go on a ride with

    Sailors from commands throughout the Hampton Roads area.

    The Sailors had come out to participate in the third annual

    Hampton Roads Motorcycle Safety Run, an event that both high-

    lights motorcycle riding safety and gives Sailors a chance to get

    on the road and into the open air.

    Its great. Its a blast, said Chief Air Trafc Controller

    (SW/AW) William Kumley. Long ago I heard somebody say thatwhen you drive a car youre watching a movie because youre

    looking through the screen. Youre looking through a windshield.

    Whenever youre on a motorcycle youre not watching a movie,

    youre in a movie because youre out in the open and every-

    things right there. You can smell things. You can hear things

    that you cant hear in a car. You seem much more connected to

    everything around you than in a car.

    Kumley was a road captain for the event, which means he led

    a group of 10 other riders through the route that he helped plan

    the day before.

    Its a nice ride, especially for today. Its good stuff, Kum-

    ley said at the rally point in the NEX parking lot. Were going to

    leave here, go up north on (Interstate) 64 up to (Route) 17. Thenwere going to pull over at the Yorktown Harley Davidson for the

    rst stop for a few minutes; head out, take the Colonial Parkway

    up to Jamestown area; get on the ferry that crosses by James Riv-

    er Bridge; ride the ferry across; and then take (Route) 58 down to

    the (Interstate) 264 area back to this parking lot.

    More than 100 Sailors from commands in the Hampton

    Roads area met in the parking lot. They were greeted by Naval

    Station Norfolk Command Master Chief (EXW/SW/AW/PJ)

    David Carter.

    Im sure itll be a great day out on the bikes, Carter said.

    Were here to ride. Thats what riders like to do. The main pur-

    pose of this event is to do that safely.

    After all the riders for the event assembled, Carter introducedthe events guest speaker, Rear Adm. Kenneth Norton, a former

    helicopter pilot who likened piloting to motorcycle riding in

    terms of safety. Norton emphasized the similarities between heli-

    copters and motorcycles, saying that both required their riders to

    check their equipment beforehand, ensure they are of sound mind

    to operate their vehicle, and remain aware of their surroundings.

    I want you guys to have a safe ride and a fun ride today,

    Norton said. Use this time as mentorship for the inexperienced

    riders. Show them how to do it right.

    After the admiral spoke, the ride kicked off. Motorcyclists

    roared out of the parking lot in groups of 10, led by their road

    captains. For approximately four hours and 130 miles, they tore

    through Hampton Roads. It was a bright day, and they were proudto ride.


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    Opposite: Members of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71

    Motorcycle Club pose for a photo before the third Annua

    Hampton Roads Motorcycle Safety Run outside the Navy

    Exchange in Norfolk, Va., May 3.

    Above: Members of the TR Motorcycle Club rally outside of

    the Navy Exchange movie theater.

    Lef: Electronic Technician 2nd Class (SW/AW/EXW) Jonathan

    Meisner sits on his motorcycle.

    Right: Motorcyclists parcipang in the 3rd Annual Hampton

    Roads Motorcycle Safety Run wait to board the James River

    Bridge Ferry (photo by Chief Air Trac Controller (SW/AW)

    William Kumley).

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    Sailors aboard aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt

    (CVN 71) can now savor the avor of signature Starbucks

    espresso and cream as they start their day.

    The Big Sip, a coffee shop located off TRs aft mess decks,

    opened for business May 1, serving Starbucks brand beverages

    to the ships crew. The rst steaming cup of Joe went to Capt.

    Daniel Grieco, TRs commanding ofcer.

    Ive been on aircraft carriers now for about 25 years, andI can tell you that this is unprecedented from my perspective,

    Grieco said. Its kind of neat to bring a little bit of Americana

    onto the ship so that when were underway and gone for a long

    period of time, we can live the normal lives we would like to live

    every single day, he said.

    Sailors from S-3 Division, which is headed up by Senior

    Chief Ships Serviceman (SW/AW) Shannon Franck, run The

    Big Sip. Franck beams over the efforts of her team to convert the

    space that is now home to the caf.

    A lot of work went into it, Franck said. It used to be an

    ice cream machine shop before. We had to move out all the ma-

    chines that were in there. The shipyard helped us out by moving

    all the machinery out. Then we had a contractor come in there,

    design it for us, and get it situated. Our part of it was ordering all

    of the products for it.

    Ship Serviceman Seaman Tamara Pope, the seaman-in-

    charge of the caf, cut the ceremonial red ribbon with Grieco, at

    the opening ceremony. After which she worked the rst shift in

    the caf.

    The rst half hour was hectic, but I got through it, Pope

    said. I know there are going to be long lines, so Ive got to getused to it. I worked on USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77), and

    they had long lines there too. So I was expecting it.

    Pope received training as a barista aboard the Bush, which

    has a similar coffee shop called The Lonestar Caf. She was

    responsible for training TR Sailors who work at The Big Sip.

    Events, such as this opening ceremony, are not just brewed


    This is the culmination of about a years worth of efforts,

    said Cmdr. Mark Runstrom, TRs Supply Ofcer. Weve had

    folks who were trained by Starbucks employees. Specically,

    representatives from Starbucks came aboard TR prior to The

    Big Sips opening to show Sailors how to make their signature

    beverages.As for the coffee shops

    name, Runstrom said it was

    selected through a shipwide

    nomination process. Members

    of the crew were invited to

    email suggestions for the cafs

    name. After 130 suggestions,

    The Big Sip was selected. The

    name is a play on the ships

    nickname Americas Big

    Stick, which comes a Speak

    softly and carry a big stick;

    you will go far, a West Afri-

    can proverb and policy used by

    the ships namesake, president

    Theodore Roosevelt, through-

    out his career.

    Well done to everybody

    who put the time and effort

    who did this, Grieco said.

    Im really proud of you guys

    for all the effort thats gone

    in to make this happen. Its a

    huge boost for the crew.

    story by MC3 Casey Cosker, photos by MC2 Sean Hurt

    TR opens new caf on aft mess decks

    jet fuel

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    Opposite: Capt. Daniel Grieco, commanding ocer of USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), poses for a photograph with a cafe lae

    outside The Big Sip.

    Above: Ship Serviceman Marquise Ball, Seaman Jennifer Miller, Airman Tiany Elston and Ship Serviceman Tamara Pope prepare

    espresso beverages in The Big Sip.

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    ships thof

    USS Porter

    DDG 78

    USS Arleigh Burke

    DDG 51

    USS James E Williams

    DDG 95

    USS Laboon

    DDG 58

    USS StoutDDG 55

    The mission of the Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer

    (DDG) in the Carrier Strike Group is providing

    primary protecon for the aircra carrier

    and bale group. DDGs are capable of An-

    Air Warfare (AAW), An-Submarine Warfare(ASW), and An-Surface Warfare (ASUW)

    bales simultaneously. The ship contains myriad

    oensive and defensive weapons designed to

    support marime defense needs well into the

    21st century.

    Propulsion: Four General Electric LM 2500-30

    gas turbines; two shas, 100,000 total sha


    Length: 509 feet

    Speed: In excess of 30 knots.

    Crew: 276

    USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) is the agship

    of Carrier Strike Group 12. These are some of theassets that may deploy with TR when she answers

    the naons call to go into harms way.

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    The Ticonderoga guided missile cruise

    (CG) is a large combat vessel withmulple target response capability. It

    performs primarily in a Bale Force role

    with Air Warfare (AW), Undersea Warfare

    (USW), Naval Surface Fire Support (NSFS

    and Surface Warfare (SUW)] capabilies

    in support of the carrier bale group

    Propulsion: 4 General Electric LM 2500

    gas turbine engines; 2 shas, 80,000

    sha horsepower total

    Length: 567 feet

    Speed: In excess of 30 knots

    Crew: 30 Ocers, 300 Enlisted

    strike group

    USS Mahan

    DDG 72

    USS Nit

    DDG 94

    USS TruxtunDDG 103

    USS NormandyCG 60

    USS Vicksburg


    USS Theodore Roosevelt

    CVN 71

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    Man our ship and bring her to life! ex-

    claimed ship sponsor Annette Conway,

    wife of retired Marine Corps Gen. JamesT. Conway, 34th Commandant of the U.S. Marine

    Corps, as the crew ran up the brow and engaged all

    ship systems.

    The commissioning culminated more than

    seven years of construction and development for the

    seventh San Antonio-class LPD that was built at the

    Huntington Ingalls Industries Shipbuilding site in

    Avondale, La., and delivered to the U.S. Navy last


    Guests at the snow-covered ceremony listened

    to congratulatory remarks from distinguished mem-

    bers of Alaskas delegation including Governor Sean

    Parnell, Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan, and Sena-

    tors Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich. The keynote

    address was delivered by Commander, U.S. Pacic

    Fleet, Adm. Cecil D. Haney.

    To the commander and crew of Anchorage, its

    great to see you again. Last time it was in Avondale,

    La., near New Orleans when I toured the ship and it

    was hot and muggy and 90 degrees, said Haney. I

    am deeply honored to commission a United States

    warship named after such a wonderful city, repre-

    senting great people that have a rich and vibrant


    After ceremoniously delivering the newly commissionedship, Cmdr. Joel Stewart, Anchorages commanding ofcer,

    echoed Haneys sentiments.

    The ship and her crew are a testament to the pioneering

    spirit of the city it represents, said Stewart. The relationship the

    crew forged with the shipbuilders helped create a vessel worthy

    of the name, and she will serve the nation for the next four de-

    cades on the foundations set by that relationship.

    Anchorage is the second ship to be named for the city. The

    rst USS Anchorage (LSD 36) was commissioned in 1969 and

    served in Vietnam, Operation Desert Storm, and Operation Iraqi

    Freedom before being decommissioned in 2003.

    I never thought I would have found myself bringing to life a

    ship with this name, said Senior Chief Culinary Specialist Jacin-to Ganac, a member of the decommissioning crew of LSD 36 and

    current member of LPD 23s plankowner crew. Its an honor to

    be a member of both crews because I feel as though I am passing

    along a great tradition and knowledge to a newer generation that

    will serve us long after I leave the service.

    The ceremony ended a four-day celebration in which the

    crew was able to interact with the city and its welcoming hosts.

    Public tours allowed guests to get a rst-hand view of the ship

    as well as the various aircraft and marine amphibious vessels on

    display which included an MV-22 Osprey, a CH-46 Sea Knight

    helicopter, and a landing craft air cushion (LCAC).

    Seaman Cruz Boseman, one of the ships crew to call the city

    of Anchorage home, said he enjoyed being able to show off the

    ship to his fellow Anchorage citizens.It was great timing that I was able to be selected to be a part

    of this crew, said Boseman, who enlisted in the Navy in May

    2012. When I was in boot camp, [pre-commissioning command-

    ing ofcer Capt. Brian] Quin happened to be visiting in the build-

    ing where I was assigned during my training and I was excited

    to learn of a new ship being named after my hometown. We have

    a hardworking spirit in Anchorage and whats great is that is the

    same mentality I see every day in my shipmates. I know well

    make this city proud.

    Anchorages crew will transit back to San Diego to continue

    preparing for Final Contract Trials (FCT) in July. FCT is the nal

    assessment from the Navy Board of Inspection and Survey (IN-

    SURV) in which the crew will be responsible for demonstratingthe effectiveness of all installed equipment and systems.

    The ceremony is a nice pause for a majority of the crew

    who has worked tirelessly to bring this ship to life over the past

    two years, said Stewart. But we press on and are ready to ex-

    ecute the gold standard we established. Its the nature of our job

    and Im sure the great people of Anchorage and the nation would

    expect nothing less.

    USS Anchorage, a San Antonio-class amphibious transport

    dock, embarks, transports, and lands elements of a landing force

    for a variety of expeditionary warfare missions as well humani-

    tarian efforts when the need arises.

    commissionedalaskanamphib story by MC1 Aramis Ramirez

    Sailors and Marines man the rails aer bringing the ship to life during the

    commissioning of the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS

    Anchorage (LPD 23) at the Port of Anchorage. More than 4,000 people gathered

    to witness the ships commissioning in its namesake city of Anchorage, Alaska

    Anchorage, the seventh San Antonio-class LPD, is the second ship to be named

    for the city and the rst U.S. Navy ship to be commissioned in Alaska. (U.S. Navy

    photo by Mass Communicaon Specialist 1st Class James R. Evans/Released)


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    photos fromtheeet

    Gunners Mate 2nd

    Class Max Link,

    assigned to the Arleig

    Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS

    Pinckney (DDG 91),

    res a M4 service rie

    during a small-arms

    qualicaon at Naval

    Air Staon Point Mug

    Pinckney is at Port

    Hueneme conducng

    a combat systems and

    deck groom preparing

    for an upcoming

    board of inspecon

    and survey (INSURV).

    INSURV is conducted

    every ve years of a

    ships life to ensure

    mission readiness and

    material condions

    are up to standards.

    (U.S. Navy photo by

    Mass Communicaon

    Specialist 3rd Class

    Daniel M. Young/


    An Explosive Ordnance

    Disposal (EOD) senior

    chief pey ocer bears

    a ceremonial wreath

    dedicated to fallen EOD

    Sailors during the 44th

    Annual EOD Memorial

    Service at the Kauman

    EOD Training Complex.

    The wreath was placed in

    front of the Navy panel of

    the memorial wall with

    separate secons for each

    service bearing the names

    of EOD service members

    who died in the line of

    duty. (U.S. Navy photo

    by Mass Communicaon

    Specialist 1st Class Peter

    D. Lawlor/Released)

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    MayAsian/Pacic Islander Heritage Month

    TR PhotoFind

    Military SpouseAppreciation Day10MemorialDay27

    XO Readiness Exercise29-30

    1. School bus2. TR the Man3. Ruler

    4. Candy bar5. Batman

    6. Earth7. Penny8. Cane



    Armed ForceDay18

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    StaffCommanding OfcerCapt. Daniel Grieco

    Executive Ofcer

    Capt. Mark Colombo

    Public Affairs Ofcer

    Lt. Cmdr. Patrick Evans

    Media Ofcer

    Lt. j.g. Michael Larson

    Senior Editor

    MCCS (SW/AW/EXW)David Collins

    Public Affairs SupervisorMC2 Sean Hurt

    Editor & Layout

    MC3 Casey Cosker

    Rough Rider Contributors

    Lt. Jonathan Bacon

    MC2 Sean Hurt

    MC3 Casey Cosker

    Command Ombudsman

    April [email protected]

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    crew of USS Theodore Roosev(CVN 71).

    Contents herein are notnecessarily the views of,or endorsed by, the U.S.government, Department ofDefense, Department of theNavy or the CommandingOfcer of TR.

    All items for publication inthe The Rough Rider must besubmitted to the editor nolater than three days prior topublication.

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