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<ul><li> 1. VOL 1 / NO 32July 21, 2010 Vinson Uploads and Launches Missiles for QualificationsStory by MCSN Rosa A. ArzolaUSS 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 Ships Qualification Trials.This is the first time the ship has had missiles on board since the completion of a five-year Refueling Complex Overhaul.Its part of the qualifications for Combat Systems to test its equipment and abilities underway, said Lt. Cmdr. Michael Bornstein, Vinsons 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 ships 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. Im excited. This is what we train for. We train like we fight, we fight like we train. This is what its all about, our sole purpose as fire controlmen is to defend the ship.This was the first time in four years that Combat Systems andThe 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 orthe Navy and do not imply any endorsement thereby. Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Petty Officer 3rd Class Patrick Green </li></ul> <p> 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 Divisions 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 Ships 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 dont 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 Systems Ships 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 ships 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. PublisherCapt. Bruce H. LindseyCommanding Officer Executive Editors Lt. Cmdr. Erik ReynoldsPublic Affairs OfficerLt. j.g. Erik Schneider Deputy Public Affairs Officer Managing Editor MC2 Ashley Van Dien Layout and Design MC3 Patrick GreenMCSN Rosa A. ArzolaStaff Writers/PhotographersMC3 Heather RoeMCSN Zachary D. BellMCSN Rosa A. Arzola Follow Vinson on Facebook: www.facebook.com/USSCARLVINSON 3. July 21, 2010 3 4. 4Carl Vinson Voice ATG onboard, Vinson Sailors Motivated Brenner. Enthusiasm goes a long way, if youre excited about what youre 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 Vinsons 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 whatPhoto by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Adrian T. White theyre doing, that makes me feel comfortable in return.Rileys locker leader in 1B is Interior performing a broad spectrum of Communications Electrician 1stStory by MCSN Zachary D. Bellmaritime missions.Class (SW/AW) Thomas Ingram.USS Carl Vinson Staff WriterChiefDamage 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 shipLong hours underway are a part of Divisions Leading Chief Petty safe, said Ingram. a Sailors life at sea and something Officer and member of the Damage Ingram does what he can to keep weve all come to expect. Whats 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 cant get out of it you might hundreds or thousands of miles Having motivation during drills as well get into it, said Ingram. Its from home. So when Sailors are helps determine how enthusiastic our job, its our mission, its 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 Vinsons 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 units 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. July 21, 2010 5 SailorSPOTLIGHT IN THE training exams and is also aStory by MC3 Heather Roe major contributor to the trainingUSS Carl Vinson Staff Writer of Reactor Department Sailors through propulsion plant drills, said Senior Chief (select) Nuclear Always being a hard worker and Machinists 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 haveAlong 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 Mate2nd I like being a nuke because it always toReactor Class (SW) keeps me on my toes. Depa r t ment Josh Poplaskiu p o n to achieve MM2 (SW) Josh Poplaskia s sig n ment . t hroughoutHe also serves his naval enlistment. as Reactors career counselor. A native of Hot Springs, Ark.,I like meeting the new Sailors,Poplaski has been a hard- said Poplaski. Its nice having thecharging Sailor since arriving initial inf luence on them becauseaboard Carl Vinson in I like motivating the Sailors andSeptember 2007. As a getting them excited about the ship.nuclear machinists mate, The Navy provides an opportunity Poplaski spent the for growth in all aspects of life, first year and a half whether its a career youre lookinglearning his craft.for or leadership and people skills.Although Poplaski has always made a good Poplaski is a impression on his chain of command. secondclass Osgood explained why he is such an petty officer, he asset to Reactor Department. is often tasked Hes 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 qualificationsrepresentative for Reactor and responsibility well above hisDepartment training. time in rate. I like being a nuke becausePoplaski 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. Bachelors 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. 6Carl Vinson Voice Vinson Welcomes New Fun BossBoss on the USS Story by MCSN Rosa A. Arzola Nimitz (CVN 68) USS Carl Vinson Staff Writer before reportingaboard Vinson June6.The days are getting longer andShes ready to keep the work load could very wellthe crew entertained, increase as Vinson inches closer toespecially during deployment. One of Vinsons newest Vinsons first six- crewmembers realizes that a little month deployment relaxation and entertainment can since the completion have a positive effect.of afive-yearThe Morale, Welfare and RecreationRefueling Complex (MWR) Division on board has aOverhaul. new Float Recreation Specialist, or Iunderstand Fun Boss, who is excited to offerthat Carl Vinson is many new entertainment options.stilltransitioningTherese Guinane, a native offrom a ship-yard Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Rosa A. Arzola Chicago, earned her Recreation environment to a and Park Administration Bachelors 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 Libertydeployment 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 MWRs FunGuinane.Guinane also plans to organizegroups where Sailors who sharecommon interests can get together,including book, movie, chess, andopen-mic clubs.Its important to have an MWRcenter aboard Carl Vinson that canorganize fun activities because itgives you a chance to get your mindoff of work for a while, said AviationOrdinanceman 1st Class (AW) JoseSorola. It boosts the morale of theSailors during a deployment, and ahappy Sailor is a productive Sailor.It helps Sailors accomplish whateverthe mission is.Guinane understands howimportant MWR is for Sailors andwants to do the best she can at herjob.MWR is an important mission-essential program, and its existenceis to build support and help passfree time smoothly throughoutdeployment, said Guinane. Iunderstand what my job is, and I willcome every day to work to do my joband my best, to make people happy. Ihope I make a positive impact on thenext deployment. </p>