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    What are your goals with this new command?

    To make Theodore Roosevelt the best carrier that the United

    States has ever seen.

    How do you want to go about doing that?

    By empowering Sailors to own their ship and take care of

    each other. Any crew is about the people. Either youve got a

    great group of people or you dont. I think the leadership on the

    ship between the ofcers and the chiefs has to lead fr om the front.

    Weve got to focus on taking care of each otherwatching each

    other and holding each other accountableand making the crew

    the best they can be. The rest will just fall into place.

    What can junior Sailors expect from you as the CMC?

    That I hold their leadership accountable for their behavior.

    The same standards that theyre held to are the same standards

    that were all held t o. Regulation and instruction isnt written for

    any specic pay grade. Its written for all of us. I know as sure

    as Im sitting here that there are juniors and seniors alike that are

    not behaving or acting like they should or not setting the example

    when the Navy expects them to do that. Its hard when youre

    a junior Sailor and you see poor examples. Although there are

    many good examples in the Navy and especially on TR, there

    are those who are not. My promise to the junior sailors on this

    ship is that they have a CMC that is aware of that, is looking for

    that, and is holding everybody accountable for their share of their


    You went from E1 to E5 on the USS L. Y. Spear (AS 36).


    Especially after going to captains mast once? The only way I can

    describe that is when I came to work I worked as hard as I could.

    I was honest. I think I had a good moral compass. I was young,

    making young people mistakes, and I had a lot of people who

    recognized the goodness in me and took care of me and helped

    steer me in the r ight direction. That is ultimately why I becamea CMCfrom those experiences on my rst ship and the people

    who took good care of me. I still to this day feel obligated to pay

    that back.

    Why did you decide to take on the CMC program?

    My rst tour when I was taken care of, I honestly didnt

    have the pride in the ship that I think a Sailor should have. Once

    I gained a little maturity and got into my early 20s and started

    realizing that people were truly looking out for Bill Smalts, I

    realized thats what its about. The people part of the Navy has

    always been important to me. Thats why I became a boatswains

    mate. Everybody chooses their own route for their own

    but not everybody has the opportunity to lead as many S

    as deck department has. Ive always enjoyed people. Th

    itbeing able to drive boats and be outdoorswas wha

    sonally enjoyed, but I became a CMC because that was

    Watching people grow and be successful and nd happi

    thats the sheer joy of life more than driving any boat. I

    the human interaction is what should drive people to hap

    life. Thats why I became a CMC.

    This is not your frs t time as a CMC onboard TR. Yo

    the CMC of VAW 124. Whats it like coming back?

    Amazing. TR was a great ship. It executed the miss

    well as can be in the gulf under extreme conditions. Kno

    what it was like to me was really important to me as CM

    though most of those people are gone now, the example

    set was important to me. And I know TR is a good ship.

    given us a good shell for a good crew to do a lot with. S

    solid for the last cruise, and I have no doubt that this cre

    take a new, revitalized TR into legend.

    Where do you see us going as a crew and as a ship co

    of the yards?

    I see us being the go-to carrier in the Navy. I did so

    workups on the USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77), wh

    just come out of the yards. Although shes a great ship,

    a base-model Nimitz-class. Thats how they come out o

    yardswith a few upgrades to the radar rooms and wha

    is so much more than that. In my opinion shes more mi

    capable, more comfortable for t he crew. Shes matured a

    brought up to the current standards. If youve been on a

    you know that were in a better place and in a better situ

    ing on TR coming out of a four-year RCOH than going

    new carrier because its not a base model Nimitz-class a

    Its an evolved Nimitz-class. I think the rest of the Sailo

    the ship need to understand how fortunate they are to bethey are, because the opportunities for TR to dominate t

    E competitions; to come out of the yards and blow away

    workups; to walk to the exchangeto go anywhere with

    patch on your uniformand have people whisper, The

    of those TR Sailorsthats who I personally want to b

    the vibe of what I want the ship to feel like. When you t

    mom and dad how great the ship i s, thats a reection of

    sonally because you have something to do with it. Ive h

    of great commands, but I want this to go down as one of

    Ive been at in 27 years.

    MeetingWilliaM SMaltS

    CoMMandMaSter Chief

    Inerview y MC3 Casey Csker

    Command Master Chief (AW/SW) William Smalts has served in the Navy since 1986, and his ca

    impressive. Despite youthful setbacksincluding going to captains masthe climbed from E1

    at his rst command aboard USS L.Y. Spear (AS 36). He was aboard USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) wh

    sailed up the Mississippi River after the devastation in New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina. He was the

    mand master chief of squadron VAW 124 aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) during its ships la


    I sat down with Smalts to discuss his new role as TRs CMC. I expected him to have the intelligenc

    candor that many high ranking Sailors possess, but I did not expect how much he would convey his car

    Sailors working under him or his passion for service. I will let his words speak for themselves.

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    After the r ecent Physical Readiness Test, some Sailors

    onboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) who either

    failed to make weight or came close to failing may feel

    like giving up. For those who think putting in the effort to lose

    those extra pounds is impossible, Aviation Maintenance Admin-

    istrationman Airman Joseph J. Hickey is walking proof of what

    hard work can do.

    Hickey lost 118 pounds total before joining the Navy in

    July 2012, and he is now on his way to becoming TRs assistant

    command tness leader.I got bullied a lot when I was a kid for being fat, and since

    I wasnt able to do anything about it, the way I dealt with it was

    to eat, Hickey said. I gured if they were going to call me fat, I

    might as well stay fat.

    Hickey experienced his rst weight-related health problem

    while attending community college.

    I was sitting in class when I started having bad stomach

    pains and I didnt know why, Hickey said. The next thing I

    knew, I was waking up in the nurses ofce. They said I had an

    ulcer on my stomach, which was caused by stress and my diet.

    They said I was eating too much f ried food, and if I continued

    to eat the food I was eating, it could get worse and cause other

    problems in the future.

    The health scare was a wake-up call to make some major

    changes, Hickey said. He started his path to lose weight on his

    19th birthday when he decided to adopt a vegan diet.

    That was the last time I ate meat, said Hickey. I went

    strict vegan cold turkey. No dairy, no meat. It kept me away from

    junk food.

    The choice was also in part due to Hickey recognizing a

    history of obesity in his f amily.

    My dad served in the Navy in the 70s, and he was in really

    good shape, but when he got out he started gaining weight, said

    Hickey. He got up to 400 pounds. My grandmother was diabetic,

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    Every day Im rying nd a new challengeanewjrney eermyseland help ringhe peple arnd me ha same level.

    and my grandfather had knee problems because of his w

    thought it might be a genetic problem, and I didnt wan

    about my health at an older age.

    Hickey stuck to his new diet and began practicing b

    tion control and exercise. In just four months, he lost 75

    At my heaviest I was 260 pounds, said Hickey.

    lot of weight from January to April of 2008 and got dow

    pounds. I rst noticed the difference it made when I wa

    up and down the stairs at my college and I wasnt out of

    Hickey was able to maintain his new weight for motwo years, but he started gaining back the weight he wo

    hard to lose in college.

    In 2010, I was back up to 215 pounds, said Hick

    gained it all back while I was joining a fraternity becaus

    eating habits and workout routine got off key.

    After realizing he had started to gain back the weig

    a depressed Hickey decided to go for a drive. I t was on t

    that he saw a military recruiting station.

    The Navy recruiter gave me some brochures and

    weeks later I was talking to my hometown recruiter, sa

    ey. He told me that to join I needed to be 186 pounds,

    wouldnt even consider recruiting me until I lost the we

    Determined to join, Hickey told the recruiter he wo

    the weight and be back in three months. The recruiter do

    would see Hickey again.

    When I wanted to lose the weight, all I had was p

    doubting me said Hickey. I often times found myself

    me too, but at the end of the day I had something to pro

    just to my recruiter, not just to the people who thought I

    do it, but to myself.

    Three months later, when Hickey stepped on the re

    scale it read 172 pounds.

    They always tell you to take off your sneakers an

    clothes to avoid adding extra weight, Hickey said. I w

    fully clothed just to mess with him.Today, Hickey is a runner and a mixed martial arts

    He is sponsored by, a community w

    for vegan athletes, and More Than Ink, a clothing li ne th

    dorses an alcohol, tobacco, and drug free lifestyle.

    Every day Im trying to nd a new challengea n

    journey to better myselfand help bring the people aro

    that same level, said Hickey. Sure, Ill hit speed bump

    the way. I might get chewed out at work for something,

    a bad running day, but the bumps in the r oad are all a pa

    process. Its what helps me grow, helps me learn and ma

    better person inside and out.



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    Top lef: Aviaon Boatswains Mate (Handling) Airman Jusn Hagele handles a safety line as an aircra crash and salvage crane, nicknamed Tilly, is loaded

    aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) during an equipment onload May 22, 2013 in Newport News, Va. Boom lef: Chief Aviaon Boatswains Mate (Han-

    dling) (AW/SW) Carl Dawson explains safety procedures to members of TRs V-1 Division. Center: TRs V-1 Division loads Tilly onto the carriers ight deck. Top

    right: Aviaon Boatswains Mate (Handling) Airman Jusn Hagele handles a line securing Tilly during the equipment onload. Boom right: Aviaon Boatswains

    Mate (Handling) (AW) Janet Salas coils line around her arm as she supports the equipment onload.

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    aircra air wing 2


    Helicopter Anti-Subm

    Squadron 11

    Sea Hawks


    Carrier Early Warning

    Squadron 123

    E2-C Hawkeyes


    Marine Fighter Attack

    Squadron 2


    Red Rippers

    Strike Fighter Squadron 11



    Carrier Strike Squadron 211



    arrier Strike Squadron 136


    When USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)

    deploys, its purpose will be to launch aircra.

    These are the squadrons of Carrier Air Wing

    Two that are slated to deploy with TR.

    F-18 F/A Superhornets are strike ghter

    aircra used for long-range aacks against

    surface and air targets and posions.E2-C Hawkeyes are the ey

    sky. They idenfy contacts


    Sea Hawk (SH-60H/F) helicopters perfor

    combat search and rescue (CSAR), naval spec

    warfare, an-submarine warfare, verc

    replenishment, an-ship missile defense, an

    passenger and cargo transfer mission

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    Through a combination of tug boats and the power of the

    natural tide, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) performed

    an about face maneuver and shifted 180 degrees at its pier

    ay 17, putting it another step closer to leaving the shipyard in

    ewport News, Va. and returning to the operational eet.

    The turn ship operation, which provides an opportunity for

    al systems on the ships port side to be overhauled, marks thest time TR has left her dock at pier three at Huntington Ingalls

    dustries, Newport News Shipbuilding in two years. It is an im-

    rtant milestone that takes the ship closer to the end of its Refu-

    ng Complex Overhaul (RCOH) process.

    Turning the ship is a major milestone for us in t hat it proves

    at we can accomplish all the major muscle movements that have

    go into getting the ship underway, said Cmdr. Brendan Mur-

    y, TRs navigator. The deck department executes their job; the

    vigation department executes their job; the engineering depart-

    ent-all of the team comes together at a very specic instant in

    me when we get underway, and thats a big part of what we do

    the Navy.

    According to Ens. William Boll, TRs boatswain (Bosn), the

    olution was a 60% version of a normal underway.

    Well be manning the focsle, the fantail and the bridge,

    oll said. The fantail and the focsle will be where were manning

    the wiring. Were working with the shipyard getting wire ropes

    and off the ship and making sure its a safe evolution.

    Boll had praise for the shipyard workers who worked along-

    de his crewmembers on the decks.

    Theyre hard workers, the Bosn said. The communication

    great between the two of us, the Navy and the shipyard. They do

    eir job, and they do it well.

    The deck department backed up the shipyard workers with

    mmunications and extra workers.

    Deck, as a department, weve been pretty much supporting

    e shipyard workers while they remove and work with all the

    es that are going out to the pier, said Seaman Merlena Peter,

    ho worked as a sound-powered phone talker during the evolu-

    n. Peter, who has been aboard TR for ve months, added, This

    the rst time Ive seen any movement of the ship, and it was

    nd of nice.

    After lines were cast from the ship, the aircraft carrier was

    ided by tugboats and used the current of an ebb tide to drift away

    om the pier Murphy recounted. As soon as TR was clear of the

    er, the tugboat Huntington propelled the carrier away from the

    ck and into the open water of the Chesapeake Bay.

    Two more tugs then joined TR on the starboard side of the

    ship, and they maneuvered opposite the tugs on TRs port to hold

    the ship on both sides, forward and aft. The tugboats then rotated

    the ship clockwise so that TRs bow faced the shore. Then, using

    the bays ood tide, they guided the ship back to the pier.

    Weve had a lot of milestones in the past year, said Capt.

    Mark Colombo, TRs executive ofcer. Probably others were justas important and just as signicant in getting us out of the yards,

    but none were as noticeable of an achievement as it is to turn the

    ship. So because of that, I think we should all be justiably proud.

    It was a heck of an accomplishment for us.

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    Sry y MC3 Casey Csker

    Top Lef: Boatswains Mate 3rd Class John Porter blows the Boatswains

    Mate pipe at the conclusion of a turning maneuver. Photo by Mass Commu-

    nicaon Specialist 3rd Class Kae Lash.

    Top Right: Airman Eric Walton stands a security lookout watch while the

    ship conducts a turning maneuver during its mid-life overhaul at Newport

    News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va.. Photo by Mass Communicaon

    Specialist 3rd Class Brian G. Reynolds

    Boom: The tug boat Hunngton pulls along side the aircra carrier USS

    Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) during a turning maneuver in the James River

    at Newport News Shipbuilding. Photo by MC3 (SW/AW) John Kotara.

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    Jailah Driver, the ve-year-old daughter of Aviation Boat-

    swains Mate (Handling) 1st Class (SW/AW) Jamorn Driver,

    assigned to USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), called the

    ewport News Fire Department when her mother, LaQuin Driv-

    began seizing on the morning of September 12, 2012.

    For her good deed, Jailah Driver received the Newport

    ews Fire Departments Good Samaritan Award on May 13,

    13 during the Newport News Fire Department Recognition

    eremony, at Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center.Jailah acted as soon as her mother started seizing that

    onday morning. When the operator picked up, she quickly

    gan assessing the situation by asking Jailah a set of questions,

    morn said.

    I answered all of the questions, Jailah said. I wasnt

    ared at all.

    While Jailah was speaking to emergency services, her fa-

    er, who was at work, received a phone call from his mother-in-

    law that his wife had begun having a seizure. Jamorn said that he

    immediately began calling his home, and when no one answered

    he started to get worried.

    A short while after the call was made, emergency services

    arrived at Jamorns house to nd a locked door. The emergency

    service members walked Jailah through how to open the door,

    and shortly thereafter they were inside.

    When Jamorn arrived at home, emergency services were

    already treating his wife. He was i mpressed at how well Jailahhad handled the emergency situation.

    I was amazed at how much of what we taught her had

    stuck, said Jamorn. When you teach your kids you always hope

    that they remember it when or if the time comes, and it just so

    happens that it did this time.

    LaQuin was rushed to a nearby hospital where she recovered.

    Shes doing ne now, Jamorn said with a smile.

    With TR almost out of the shipyard, it was important to

    Jamorn and LaQuin that their daughter be taught

    what to do in an emergency, Jamorn said.

    I knew I would be gone a lot of the time,

    and it worried me to leave my wife and daughter

    at home alone, so my wife and I began teaching

    Jailah what to do in case something did hap-

    pen, Jamorn said. She knows to trust police

    ofcers and remen when she needs help, so

    I guess thats why her rst instinct was to call


    The Newport News Fire Departments

    Good Samaritan Award goes to a civilian who

    shows bravery and selessness when someones

    life is in danger. The awardee is chosen by 11

    judges on an awards committee.

    If it wasnt for this girls bravery this story

    may not have had as happy an ending as it did,

    said Scott W. Liebold, acting re chief of the

    Newport News Fire Department. She acted

    quickly and calmly answered all questions she

    was asked, shes a hero.

    The Drivers were very happy to see Jailah

    receive the award.

    It feels amazing that she received this

    award, Jamorn said. I mean, its been so

    surreal the past few months. The media has

    been interviewing us, and there were cameras

    everywhere. She deserves all of it though. Shes

    a blessing.

    co W. Liebold, acng re chief of the Newport News Fire Department, presents

    Jailah Driver with the Newport News Fire Departments Good Samaritan Award

    May 13.

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    everyne in rn.-Chief Legalman (SW/AW) Katrina Hall

    The Diversity Committee onboard USS Theodore Roosevelt

    (CVN 71) is scheduled to host an event celebrating Asian

    and Pacic Islander heritage in the U.S. Navy May 23,


    The Diversity Committees goal is to primarily raise mo-

    e, said Chief Legalman (SW/AW) Katrina Hall, leading chief

    tty ofcer of TRs legal department and head of the Diversity

    ommittee for two years. Its great to get a group of people

    gether with different backgrounds and work towards a common

    al. This event is a great way to do that, and raise morale in the


    The Navys ethnically diverse community ranges from

    cers to seamen, and Asians and Pacic i slanders have a strong

    story within its ranks. To that end, Congress passed a joint Con-

    essional Resolution in 1978 to commemorate Asian and Pacic

    merican Heritage Week during the rst week of May. In 1990,

    ongress voted to expand it from a week to a monthlong celebra-

    n, and in 1991, the month of May was permanently designated

    Asian and Pacic Islander Heritage Month.

    Its great how people come from different places and back-

    tRasian and pacic islanderheriage mnhceleraes diversiySry y MCSN Jhn Drewgrounds, said Operation Specialist Seaman Kent Baylon, a

    third generation Filipino Sailor. It creates one big melting pot.

    Everyone has something unique to bring to the table that helps

    us be a better Navy.

    That melting pot extends to Sailors who were not citizens

    prior to joining the Navy. For example, Machinists Mate Fire-

    man Michie Biyo was nationalized in boot camp.

    I really wanted to join the Navy so I could live and serve

    in the U.S., said Biyo. In the Philippines its frowned upon

    for a woman to serve in the armed forces, but I wanted to.

    When I was nationalized as a U.S. citizen in boot camp, I f elt

    really proud, and I knew my family in the Philippines were

    proud of me as well.

    Biyo, Baylon and two other Sailors will perform a native

    Philippine dance called the Tinikling at the Diversity Commit-

    tees event. The dance involves two or more people beating,

    sliding and tapping two poles while jumping between, over and

    underneath them.

    Its our national dance, were proud to perform it, Bay-

    lon said.

    Another Sailor, Machinists Mate Fireman

    Raymond Li will perform a Lion Dance with

    another Sailor. In a Lion Dance, one person acts as

    the head of a dragon and the other as the tail. The

    two weave back and forth to mimic the motion of

    a ying dragon, Li said.

    This is normally performed on a Chinese

    New Year or holiday said Li. We are proud to be

    representing our country in this dance.

    Li added that he was the rst person in his

    family to join the U.S. military.

    Im pretty excited at the chance for us to

    show people something different, said Li. This

    month is a chance for the Asian and Pacic Island-

    er community to represent our culture with pride.The event will have food from Thailand, Ja-

    pan, Hawaii, China and the Philippines, as well as

    musical performances sung in multiple languages,

    Hall said.

    There is a rich history of diversity in the

    Navy, said Hall. Its one of the great things

    about the Navy. The Navy doesnt care about the

    color of your skin or where youre from. It sees

    you as an invaluable asset, and it allows fair op-

    portunities to everyone in turn.

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    AO3 (AW/SW)Khiry Carter in G4

    I means hnring rpas veerans.

    QMCS (AW/SW)Chris Allor (engineering)

    Rememering hse whhave served ere s andrememering why we wear

    he nirm every day.

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    sacrices those before me

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    Chief Electronics Technician Cheyenne Shasky, assigned to USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) is pinned to chief by her grandf

    rered chief pey ocer, and her brother during the Sailor of the Year pinning ceremony in Washington, D.C., hosted by Ma

    Pey Ocer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens. Photo by MC2 (SW) Ausn Rooney.

    Vice Adm. David H. Buss, Commander, Naval Air Forces (CNAF), arrives at the aircra carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 7

    the in-service New Construcon Quarterly Progress Review at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Hunngton-Ingalls

    Photo by MCSN Christopher A. Liahat.

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    The Navys X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demon-

    strator (UCAS-D) began touch and go landing operations

    aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN

    ) May 17.

    For UCAS-D, this represents the most signicant technology

    aturation of the program. Ship relative navigation and precision

    uchdown of the X-47B are critical technology elements for all

    ture Unmanned Carrier Aviation (UCA) aircraft.

    Earlier in the week, the UCAS-D test team and CVN 77

    orked together to successfully complete the rst ever launch of

    unmanned aircraft from an aircraft carrier proving the impor-nce of introducing unmanned aviation into the already powerful

    senal of aircraft squadrons.

    We are proud to be a part of another historic rst for Naval

    Aviation. The landing was spot-on and its impressive to witness

    the evolution of the Carrier Air Wing, said Capt. Brian E. Lu-

    ther, Commanding Ofcer USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77).

    The various launch and landing operations of the X-47B on

    the ight deck of George H. W. Bush signify historic events for

    naval aviation history. These demonstrations display the Navys

    readiness to move forward with unmanned carrier aviation oper-


    Capt. Jaime Engdahl, program manager for Unmanned

    Combat Air Systems program ofce, said, When we operate in

    a very dynamic and harsh carrier environment, we need networksand communication links that have high integrity and reliability

    to ensure mission success and provide precise navigation and

    placement of an unmanned vehicle.

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