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  • 1 Newport News Shipbuilding Employee Information Phone Line: 1-877-871-2058

    CurrentsA weekly publication of Newport News Shipbuilding | Nov. 28 - Dec. 2, 2011

    Remembering 125 Years of HistoryOn Nov. 28, 1894, Newport News Shipbuilding won the contract to build the steamer Newport News (pictured).

    On Dec. 1, 1917, the so-called million dollar agreement was made with Henry E. and Archer Huntington for the purchase of adjacent land for the shipyard.

    USS Enterprise Celebrates its 50th BirthdayThe USS Enterprise (CVN 65) celebrated its 50th birthday on Friday, Nov. 25. To commemorate the special event, Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) created a special website to honor the ship. The site features NNS shipbuilder quotes as well as information about the ships history, construction, commissioning and deployments. To view the site, go to FREE posters celebrating the USS Enterprises 50th birthday are also available outside the Communications Office in Bldg. 520-1 (pictured). Shipbuilders are also encouraged to view the NNS ad that ran in the Nov. 25 edition of the Daily Press.

    The USS Enterprise is a grand ship that every shipbuilder can take pride in knowing that their skills and hands turned out an excellent ship designed to be the best from the first moment the keel was laid to the final day when she will be decommissioned, said Alan V. Varney (X31). That alone shows that we build nothing but quality ships, and the USS Enterprise represents just that.

    LegendHonoring a

    50 YeARS1961-2011

    USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) sailed into history on November 25, 1961, joining the U.S. Navys fleet as the worlds first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. For 50 years she has ruled the seas, projecting American power and diplomacy around the world. We honor USS ENTERPRISE, her sailors and her shipbuilders. After a half century, she continues to make history. Newport News Shipbuilding is proud to have built and maintained this legendary carrier.

    Shipbuilders Making a DifferenceThe Fall 2011 Business Letter Writing (Hourly Leadership Development Program) class donated food and gifts to the City of Newport News Department of Human Services to benefit two local families during the holiday season. On Nov. 18, several students distributed the five boxes of food and monetary donations to the families.

    This project was extremely successful, said Nancy Hill (E49), class instructor. The students applied their academic training in this program to real human needs. We hope to make this an annual event with the help of future Leadership Development participants.

    First row L to R: Gregory Rawlings (X31), Scott Dangerfield (X11), J.P. Paler (M53), Anna Richardson (X32). Second row L to R: Shirley Smith-King (O22), Theora Rankins, Department of Human Services volunteer coordinator, Teresa Dixon (X43), Vanessa Wise (X71). Third row L to R: Dr. James Hughes (O22), Nancy Hill (E49), TNCC class instructor, Eileen Bunn, Department of Human Services volunteer coordinator. Not pictured: Barbara Anderson (O53), James Davidson (X31), Pierson Eaves (X43), Carolyn Ezell (X33), Christina Green (X43), Jarrod Griffith (E06), Joseph Jones (E79), Raymond Rodgers (X18), Brock Rougeux (X88), Robert Self (X36), Anthony Swinson (X42), and Andrew Treml (A572).

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    Currents | Nov. 28 - Dec. 2, 2011

    OFI Program Announces October Promotional WinnersThe Opportunity for Improvement (OFI) program has announced the winners of its Holiday Cash OFI promotion. Joshua Fuelling (O53) and Larry Darden Jr. (M30) each won $1000. The winners were randomly selected from the 483 valid OFIs submitted during October. For more info on the OFI program, visit the Yardnet OFI website.

    First row L to R: Towanda Challenger (O19), Jill ODonnell (E87), Anna Richardson (X71), Eddie Bouie (O39), Paul Newton (X88/X31), Michael Paxton (X10), Susan Banning (T54). Second row L to R: Jason Arsenault (X82), James Holliman (X88), Chris Adkins (X73), Reginald George (X18), Paul Barber (T54), Billy Callis (X88/X43), Richard Watson (X18), Brandon Jenkins (X82). Third row L to R: Mike Norman (X88), Will Lietzenmayer (E19), Jeffery Chastain (X18), Trent Busch (T53), Matthew Mulherin (O78), Alan Whitt (X88).

    Leadership Development Recognizes New EPL GraduatesNewly promoted supervisors and managers are required to attend an Enhancing Personal Leadership (EPL) five-day course once in their new position. Congratulations to the November 2011 EPL class of new supervisors and managers for completing the training. For more info, visit the Yardnet EPL website.

    Walk Away for a Day SuccessHealthWaves celebrated Walk Away for a Day on Nov. 17 by encouraging shipbuilders to give up tobacco products in exchange for gum. During the event, the team collected 30 packs of cigarettes and a variety of other tobacco products. In addition, HealthWaves representatives handed out more than 700 Quit Now Virginia cards for a free phone call with a quit coach.

    This event was very successful, said Terry Holbert, HealthWaves Waterfront manager. Current literature highlights the toxicity of second hand smoke as a health risk to everyone. HealthWaves thought this event provided encouragement and positive options to being smoke-free.

    The OFI program is a great way for new employees to submit ideas for improvement. The shipyard has made it possible for my wife and I to give my two girls a great Christmas this year.

    Joshua Fuelling (O53)

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  • Currents | Nov. 28 - Dec. 2, 2011

    22 Accidents Reported Nov. 18 - Nov. 23 Newport News shipbuilders reported 22 accidents from Friday, Nov. 18 through Wednesday, Nov. 23 with Nov. 21 being accident-free. Great job shipbuilders! Of the 22 accidents reported, 10 were delayed reports, meaning the accidents were not reported on the day they occurred. Shipbuilders are encouraged to report accidents as promptly as possible. Visit the Yardnet O27 website for info.

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    Energize Your CareerSeats are still available for the Winter Night School class Energize Your Career: Tools for Success every Tuesday, Jan. 10 - March 13, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Topics of discussion include career planning, self assessment, resume writing, interviewing tips and networking. To enroll, complete a Night School Application; the deadline for registration has been extended. For registration info contact the Night School Office at 8-8608. For course info, please contact David Adams (O44) at 0-7810 or Tina Howell (O44) at 0-7898.

    Summer Internships AvailableNewport News Shipbuilding Talent Acquisition is now accepting applications for the summer internship pipeline program. The intern program provides meaningful summer employment to college students with a minimum 3.0 GPA enrolled in degree programs that match the companys needs. Participants will work full-time, 40-hours per week, for 10 weeks during the summer months. Internships are available for both NNS and Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) Corporate. The deadline to apply is Feb. 10. For more info, visit the Careers website and search for Requisition ID 11022609.

    NNS is at the Movies!Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) is at the movies! Watch the new recruitment video that is now playing at the AMC Hampton 24, Regal Greenbrier Stadium 13, Regal MacArthur Center Stadium 18, Regal Strawbridge Marketplace 12 and Regal Columbus Stadium 12 movie theaters. Shipbuilders are encouraged to arrive 20 minutes before show time to view the NNS ad on the big screen! Share this with friends and family today!

    Petters to Speak on Dec. 7SHIPs Network and LEARN will co-host a presentation with Mike Petters, president and CEO, Huntington Ingalls Industries, on Dec. 7 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Virginia Advanced Shipbuilding and Carrier Integration Center (VASCIC) auditorium. Prizes and refreshments will follow the presentation. The event is open to

    all shipbuilders; reservations are required. Reservations are currently underway, click here to sign-up.

    Reminders:Last Week for TAH... for WellnessNewport News Shipbuilding is continuing to offer the flu shot and a full health screening in November to all shipbuilders during the Take An Hour (TAH)... for Wellness program. To get a jump start, complete your Live Well Profile now! This is your FREE pass into the program! A schedule of times and locations for TAH is located on the HealthWaves Yardnet website. Schedule an appointment using the online system.Note: Login is hii, password is healthy.

    Annual Holiday Food DriveThe 2011 Shipbuilders... Caring and Sharing Holiday Food Drive to benefit the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank is underway and will run through Dec. 9. The Foodbank accepts all non-perishable items (no glass). Labeled collection boxes are placed inside designated buildings on the first floor, warehouses and at piers, docks and trailers. Food boxes will not be placed outside of doors or gates. For more info, contact Brenda Roth (O18) at 0-3011.