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TR Performs CONREP with USNS Mount Baker

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) took part in a Connected Replenishment (CONREP) with USNS Mount Baker (T-AE-34) as Sailors helped return supplies and ammunition offloaded last year before a routine maintenance period.

“When we were in the shipyard, we offloaded all of our ammunition because we had to renovate the ship,” said TR Executive Officer, Capt. Greg Fenton. “This CONREP gives the Deck Department enough practice to perform Underway Replenishments (UNREP) and CONREPS to load supplies onto the ship.”

TR Sailors felt they were prepared for the CONREP before the underway period started.

“So far, this will be my second CONREP,” said Aviation Ordnanceman (AW) 3rd Class Dustin Heinbaugh. “It took us months of preparation to get ready for this. We had the best training to get us prepared for the CONREP. I believe if we perform this CONREP as smoothly as possible and exactly like we were trained, we should be done ahead of schedule.”

Not only is the CONREP essential to TR’s mission readiness, Sailors have to keep safety in mind while loading ordnance onto the ship.

“Everyone has to be vigilant and keep an eye on our shipmates at all times,” said Chief Boatswain’s Mate (SW) Alston Gaines, Deck Department’s 1st Division Leading Chief Petty Officer (LCPO). “When we load everything we need onto the ship, there are many dangerous factors that have to be taken into account. For example, nobody should be standing between the load and sliding pad eye. It’s also important that no one turns their back on the rig because the load could break loose and fall on someone.”

After loads are complete and more onloading occurs, departments bring the ammunition to their respective locations.

“We have to make sure certain magazines are loaded into certain types of ordnance,” said Senior Chief Gunner’s Mate (SW) Valerie Waters, Weapons Department’s G-2 Division LCPO. “Our job is to properly segregate all the ammunition to make sure every weapon is put in their place. So far, we’ve loaded torpedoes, bombs and small arms ammunition onto the ship.”


College Scholarships Available for Children of Military Heroes

Freedom Alliance Provides Tuition Assistance to Dependents of Troops Killed or Permanently Disabled in the Line of Duty

Dulles, Virginia – The Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund honors the bravery and dedication exhibited by Americans in our armed forces who have sacrificed life or limb in the defense of our country by providing college scholarships to their children. Freedom Alliance is now accepting applications for the 2006-2007 academic year.

“We can never fully give back to our brave service members what they have sacrificed for us and the cause of freedom," said Freedom Alliance President Tom Kilgannon, "but what we can do is show our appreciation by helping their children pay for college.”

The application deadline for the 2006-2007 academic year is July 31st. Freedom Alliance is accepting applications from dependent children of U.S. military personnel who have been killed or permanently disabled (100% VA rating) in the line of duty during the War on Terror (Iraq, Afghanistan, Philippines, etc.). Students must be enrolled (currently or by September 2006) at an accredited college, university or vocational school.

Over the years, the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund has provided numerous college scholarships to students whose parents have been killed or permanently disabled in such conflicts as the Persian Gulf War, the liberation of Grenada and the 1983 terrorist attack on the Marine Corps barracks in Beirut. More recently, Freedom Alliance provided scholarship assistance to the dependent children of military personnel who were killed in the October 2000 terrorist attack on the USS Cole and in the September 11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon. In the most recent academic year, Freedom Alliance provided $250,000 in college scholarships to qualified students."

For more information about the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund or to download an application, visit http://www.freedomalliance.org or call (800) 475-6620.

The mission of Freedom Alliance is to promote the American heritage of freedom embodied in our Constitution; to defend the sovereignty of the United States, her people and institutions, and to maintain the security of our country with a strong national defense.


Flight Students Soar Above TR

Aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), training for flight students is nearing completion. Before the flight students get their wings, they must first fly the T-45A and C Goshawks to become fully trained on the basic and advanced stages of flying. "For training, we learn the different tactics of flying such as bomb runs, carrier qualifications, low level and formation flying," said Marine Corps 1st Lt. Lamar Harris, a flight student in the final stages of training. “So far, we’ve been practicing flight deck landing, taking off and performing touch and go’s with the Goshawks. The Goshawks are the only jet trainer the Navy and Marine Corps have to properly train student pilots." The instructors, who are qualified pilots themselves, evaluate the students on their performance in the air and on the ground. "Students go through four touch-and-go's and ten trap landings every day on the flight deck," said LCDR John "Froggy" Jack, an instructor from Fixed Winged Training Squadron (VT) 9 at Naval Air Station (NAS) Meridian, Miss. "The students have gone through 10-12 months flying the T-45’s. After this underway period, they will be assigned to different Fleet Replacement Squadrons." Not only does training affect students’ qualifications, but weather conditions also factor into the process."TR plays a huge role in the process of qualification because we are currently out in a part of the Atlantic Ocean where the weather is nice," said Cmdr. Carl Conti, TR Air Boss. "The weather is perfect for the students to practice flying because it’s their first time being on an aircraft carrier and it’s stressful for them. Safety is also an important element in qualifying students. TR Sailors working on the flight deck ensure the well being of all equipment and personnel."My job is to make sure all aircraft are handled with care," said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Terrence Johnson. "We have to know how many aircraft will be flown, how long the pilots will be flying for and how long an aircraft will remain aboard the ship. Another one of my duties is to make sure all aircraft don’t get too close to each other, no aircraft exhaust is directed towards other aircraft and that the pilots get to where they need to be."

"Rough Rider" returns from IA in Africa

Some people imagine places in Africa like Senegal, Cameroon and Ghana; few have the opportunity to experience those places first hand. Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Danielle L. Gauthier from the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Weapons Department is one of those few. Gauthier, an Akron, Ohio, native who was raised in Brooklyn, NY, recently returned from an individual augmentee tour aboard USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43), where she served as a French linguist and taught medical combat lifesavers courses to African military members. "I have been speaking French all of my life," said Gauthier, whose grandmother was from Senegal. "I was told they needed a French interpreter, and I wanted to see where my grandmother came from." Besides being able to see the area her family roots stem from, Gauthier took part in many experiences, such as community relations projects, of which she is grateful. "Africa is beautiful," she said. "We built chicken coops and met with little kids. These kids would be so happy just to see us. It was nice seeing that." During her deployment, Gauthier spent most of her time as a teacher to African military members, however, Gauthier left Africa learning a great deal herself. "It was a new experience for me," Gauthier said. "Seeing other countries makes you appreciate home. Going down the street and seeing homelessness on either side of the street. We have that here, but not like in Africa. I've never seen anything like that, even in New York. Now that Gauthier is back aboard TR, she is adjusting to life on an aircraft carrier again, but as she reflects on her experience she hopes she left a positive impact on the countries she visited. "I hope that West Africa has gotten a good impression of America," said Gauthier. "I know what I learned is that we have differences but we are really the same." Electricians Mate 1st Class (SW/AW) Kiayi C. Woods, Gauthier’s Division Assistant Leading Petty Officer, said she is happy to have her back."She is very positive and self-motivated. There is nothing that she won't be able to do," said Woods. "She has only been in the Navy for barely a year. She volunteered for this IA and to step up and serve your country like that shows the new Sailors that you can make a difference no matter what your pay grade is." USS Theodore Roosevelt, America's "Big Stick", is homeported in Norfolk, Va., and is the centerpiece of the USS Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group.

Sailors of the Year named aboard USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55)

The Norfolk-based guided missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) recently named the ship’s Sailor of the Year, Junior Sailor of the Year, and Blue Jacket of the Year. Damage Controlman 3rd Class Izzy B. Rosenthal-George, of Orcutt, Calif., Fire Controlman 2nd Class (SW) Dustin O. Gower, of Raleigh, N.C., and Engineman 1st Class (SW) James R. Starnes, of White, Ga., earned Blue Jacket, Junior and Senior Sailor of the Year respectively. "I was actually shocked," said Rosenthal-George. "I wasn’t expecting to be even nominated and then actually win it. I just hope that the other people, E-4 and below, could use me as some type of motivator to help get where I'm at, and hopefully keep them striving to be better Sailors." Rosenthal-George, assigned to Leyte Gulf since June 2006, is active in and out of her division. Not only is she a petty officer third class filling an Assistant Work Center Supervisor position and a Repair Locker scene leader, she’s also qualified for a vital command position. "I'm a SAR (search and rescue) swimmer," said Rosenthal-George, "Anytime there's a man overboard drill or any type of training evolution I have to be there for all that. Gower has been aboard the ship since April 2003. During that period he has divided his skills between the cruiser’s close-in weapon system and Security division with the Master-at-Arms. "The fact that I work with the chief master-at-arms on board I get a little bit more attention," said Gower. "I think I did my job at a high enough level that it brought on good recognition." While his title is Assistant Chief Master-at-Arms, Gower has also filled positions as the Force Protection Training Team Leading Petty Officer and Vessel Boarding Search and Seizure Leader. He said he has participated in about 270 boardings so far. With all of these events behind him, Gower is now looking to the future. "I think it’s good personally for me because I transfer in a few months," said Gower. "It's something I can take to another command with me. Since I'm going somewhere else it's not so much like I'm starting out completely fresh. I can take it and say 'Hey, I was just awarded this from my last command. Maybe you can put me a step above. Give me more responsibility. Give me something so I don't feel like I'm starting from scratch.'" A Leyte Gulf Sailor since August 2005, Starnes serves as the 'A' division LPO. He said it keeps him busy maintaining equipment throughout the ship. "I did my job to the best of my ability," said Starnes, "and went above and beyond just my rate to help out the rest of the engineering department. I use my leadership skills throughout the ship to help the command." Starnes also maintains collateral duties as part of the Engineering Training Team and the Engineering Operation Sequencing System Coordinator. Despite all of this responsibility he remains humble. "I was overwhelmed that the crew and the senior leaders of the ship thought that I was worthy enough to be Sailor of the Year of the USS Leyte Gulf," Starnes said. USS Leyte Gulf is part of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Carrier Strike Group.

TCC OFFERS MILITARY FAMILIES FREE VIDEO CALLS TO LOVED ONES IN IRAQ

Families in Hampton Roads separated by war across the ocean can now "video call" loved ones in Iraq at no cost right from a local community college. Tidewater Community College has linked with Freedom Calls Foundation to provide video conference service to Camp Taji, Camp Fallujah, Al Asad Air Base, Camp Victory (Baghdad) and Camp Taqaddum (often called "TQ") in Iraq. Family members can go to www.tcc.edu/freedomcalls

to fill in a short form about their video call request or call TCC's Information Center at 822-1122 for assistance. Scheduling is contingent on connectivity to Iraq and facility availability. With Iraq eight hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time, many, if not most, of the calls are scheduled during the nighttime hours in Iraq. Members of the military sometimes look tired, but I have never heard a complaint, says Dick Bartlett of Freedom Calls, who organizes the links around the country. TCC arranged its first Iraq video call at a nursing student's pinning ceremony this May. The student's husband, serving in Iraq, requested the videoconference through Freedom Calls, which then asked TCC to supply the electronic wizardry. The TCC and Freedom Calls team pulled it off as a surprise lowering a huge screen onstage, revealing the Marine's face to his wife and a packed theatre. Pleased to share TCC's technology for the overseas connections, Richard Andersen, TCC vice president for information systems, looks forward to helping more families. TCC President Deborah DiCroce embraces outreach to the community as part of the college's mission," he says, adding, "This sort of project is a joy to implement."

PHONE CENTER FOR ARMY RESERVE FAMILIES

Army Reserve family members and Soldiers affected by Hurricane Katrina now have a way to contact the Army Reserve through a newly created call center. The toll free number for the center is 1-877-464-9330, or from a military phone DSN 367-9330. Operators will take down information to aid deployed Army Reserve Soldiers in determining the status and whereabouts of their families affected by Hurricane Katrina. In addition to the phone lines, a website has been created. Families can log on to www.arpf.org.

THE MILITARY FAMILY NETWORK

This organization is made available through military families who take time to record their experiences and pass along their community knowledge. The Military Family Network brings together organizations on the national, state and local level, businesses, government agencies, and military installations to help military families make their communities a home. Click here for more information.

SHOW YOUR SUPPORT

Have a loved one overseas, or just want to help a soldier fighting for our freedom, but don't know where, or who to send it to? At AnySoldier.com you have all the help you need. This website lists approx.113,044 brave men and women fighting for our country. Free mail is available to those with family members in combat. Soldiers post pictures and requests of what to send. Available for purchase are health and hygiene items such as Combat Bath ; an antibacterial cloth for full body cleansing, sunscreen, personal care kits, and the Wonder Wash, an alternative to waiting for laundry service. This website was started by The Horns,whose son Brian is their reason for creating this effective and creative website . For more information go to Anysoldier.com and find out how you can help our troops.

COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR CHILDREN OF MILITARY HEROES

Freedom Alliance provides tuition assistance to dependents of troops killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Freedom Alliance is now acceptng applications for the 2005-2006 academic year." We can never fully give back to our brave service members what they have sacrificed for us and the cause of freedom," said Freedom Alliance President Tom Kilgannon, "but what we can do is show our appreciation by helping their children pay for college." Freedom Alliance has provided scholarship assistance to the dependent children of military personnel who were killed in the 2000 terrorist attack on the USS Cole and in the September 11th terrorist attack on the Pentagon. To find out how you can contribute visit freedomalliance.org.

FREEDOM CALLS KEEPS YOU IN TOUCH

Family is important, especially during wartime. By contributing to the Freedom Calls network we can allow our loved ones overseas to experience the important moments in their families lives. Soldiers are now able to participate in milestones such as weddings, birthdays, births and graduations via video conference over the Freedom Calls Network at no charge. For more information log onto frredomcalls.com

GET YOUR WRISTBANDS TODAY

The SOS wear Desert Camo wristband project is sweeping the nation becoming the hottest novelty item on the market raising valuable funds for the families of our brave troops. The SOS Fund currently assist families throughout the USA with financial assistance during these emotional times. Visit SOS Fund at sosfund.us. Operation Homefront was established in the aftermath of the September 11th disaster to channel volunteer and monetary aid to families of troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan. They have recently paired with Armen Eloyan, an entrepreneur from California,who has promised to raise over a million dollars to help families left behind. The wristband campaign consisiting of selling red silicone "One Nation" similiar to the "Livestrong" Lance Armsrong bracelets, with 100% of proceeds going directly to Operation Homefront. The wristbands can be purchasedthrough logging onto ussoldier.org

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