Junior Sailor of the Quarter

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman A. O. Tinubu, USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Public Affairs

ARABIAN GULF – Personnel Specialist 3rd Class Gabriele McStanislavCudjoe was named Junior Sailor of the Quarter for the first quarter of 2016, Feb. 29, aboard aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).

Truman is committed to recognizing enlisted Sailors who excel in their military and professional performance. The Junior Sailor of the Quarter program is implemented to recognize Sailors who consistently perform above standards with an emphasis on outstanding achievements, deckplate leadership, exemplary personal conduct, military bearing, as well as command-wide and community contributions. Every quarter, each department nominates an enlisted candidate, E-6 and below that is deserving of the title.

McStanislavCudjoe has been assigned to Truman since Dec. 10, 2015. He recently earned recognition as an Enlisted Information Dominance Warfare Specialist, in addition to being an Enlisted Surface Warfare and Enlisted Air Warfare Specialist.

“Naturally I was excited,” said McStanislavCudjoe. “Everybody on the board was extremely qualified, so I can only imagine how difficult it was for the panel to make a decision. Personally, I’ve been trying to go the extra mile and I’m grateful I was selected.”

McStanislavCudjoe credits his achievement to his departmental and command-level involvement. He is involved with the command Sexual Assault Prevention and Response team, and hold posts as the medical representative and mail petty officer for his department.

Additionally, McStanislavCudjoe is an active member of the Multicultural Committee, an organization that promotes cultural diversity on board the ship.

McStanislavCudjoe said earning Junior Sailor of the Quarter can be linked to the support he receives from his chain of command and other Sailors on the ship.

“I’ve had the privilege of having many mentors since I checked aboard Truman,” said McStanislavCudjoe. “They have all contributed in making this award possible for me.”

Personnel Specialist 2nd Class Nana Gyansah works closely with McStanislavCudjoe in the Personnel department.

“When McStanislavCudjoe first came to Personnel as a Seaman, I was impressed by the way he actively sought out guidance,” said Gyansah. “I did my best to advise him on how to progress in rank and better himself.”

Gyansah said McStanislavCudjoe’s drive is the propelling factor behind his success.

“I’ve been working in Personnel for approximately four years,” said Gyansah. “Throughout my time here, McStanislavCudjoe has been one of the most motivated junior Sailors I’ve ever met.”

After about a year in Personnel, McStanislavCudjoe began temporary assigned duty in Wardroom 3 (S-5) as a food service attendant. After just two months, he made a positive impression on his leadership.

“He’s always eager to get things done and help people out,” said Chief Culinary Specialist Christian Morrison. “He does his tasks without complaint, and requires minimum supervision. It’s not surprising at all to see that he’s achieved this goal.”

Since joining the Navy McStanislavCudjoe obtained a Master’s Degree in Intelligence Management. He aspires to become an Intelligence Officer.
McStanislavCudjoe advises Sailors to find their way in the Navy by putting their best foot forward everyday to achieve success.

“You have to work hard,” said McStanislavCudjoe. “Spend time developing yourself. At the end of the day it all pays off and you will be proud of yourself.”

USS Harry S. Truman’s Petty Officer of the Quarter Announced

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Bobby J Siens, USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Public Affairs

ARABIAN GULF – Aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman’s (CVN 75) Commanding Officer Capt. Ryan B. Scholl announced Aviation Support Equipment Technician 2nd Class Donterrius Walker as Truman’s Petty Officer of the Quarter for the first quarter of 2016, Feb. 29.

“It made me feel appreciated and I’m very thankful,” said Walker. “Awards like this bring you back down to earth and make you take everything into perspective. It opens your eyes to see how much people appreciate you for the things you do.”

Walker, originally from Pelham, Ga., has been in the Navy for ten-and-a-half years and assigned to Truman’s Aviation Intermediate Maintenance department for the last year-and-a-half. He earned his Enlisted Aviation and Surface Warfare Specialist qualifications during a six-month deployment aboard amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) in 2008.

After briefly speaking with Walker it becomes evident that he is a humble Sailor.

“I hands-down believe that the success of my junior personnel plays a role in me receiving this award,” said Walker. “Anybody can brag about what they do, but when the people under you are excelling, that speaks volumes.”

Walker is very involved within his department and the command. He functions as his department’s production supervisor, and tool petty officer. Additionally he is an assistant command fitness leader and an active member of the Second Class Petty Officer Association.

“I’m a big self-starter, it doesn’t take much to motivate me,” said Walker. “I wake up every day, count my blessings and try to stay thankful for how fortunate I am.”

Walker said he is grateful for the support he receives from his chain of command.

“It makes me proud to see him win this award, he’s earned it,” said Senior Chief Aviation Support Equipment Technician Tony Walker, AIMD’s IM-4 divisional leading chief petty officer. “He is a great leader, he knows how to motivate a crew. He’s very active around the division and the command and he is a big team-player.”

Throughout the many lessons Walker has learned in the Navy he feels teamwork is the most important.

“This is not a job for individuals,” said Walker. “Individuals will not excel within this profession. Through teamwork you can accomplish anything.”

Senior Chief Aviation Electronics Technician Robert Vontoure, Walker’s mentor, expressed his thoughts on his protégé winning this award.

“It is a joy to be his mentor and see his success,” said Vontoure. “He works hard for everything he gets and doesn’t expect anything to be given to him. He’s the kind of leader we need in the Navy, I hope to see him in the Chief’s Mess someday.”

Walker offers Sailors advice from lessons he has learned from his own experience.

“Don’t let negative situations blind you from your blessings and don’t push your negative thoughts upon others,” said Walker. “Just be fortunate and thankful for what you have and focus on the positive.”

Walker has big plans for his career’s future and aspires to one day become a Chief Warrant Officer.

USS Harry S. Truman’s Bluejacket of the Quarter Announced

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Bobby J Siens, USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Public Affairs

ARABIAN GULF – Aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman’s (CVN 75) Commanding Officer Capt. Ryan B. Scholl, announced Hospitalman Haley Lugiano as Truman’s Bluejacket of the Quarter for the first quarter of 2016, Feb. 29.

“It felt really great,” said Lugiano. “I work really hard and I am dedicated and passionate about my job, so it was really good to be recognized for going the extra mile.”

Lugiano has been in the Navy for two years, and assigned to Truman for the last year-and-a-half. She recently earned the career milestone qualification of Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist.

Lugiano credits her achievement to departmental and command-level involvement, as well as her dedication to making herself, and those around her, better. She is involved with the Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions, the Junior Enlisted Association, serves as the Female Wellness coordinator in the Medical department and is a member of the gospel choir.

“I thank my family for a lot of my success,” said Lugiano. “They instilled discipline and hard work into me. They taught me that if you want results you have to work hard for it, don’t expect anything to be given to you.”
Lugiano said earning Bluejacket of the Quarter is attributed to the support she receives from her chain of command.

“She’s an outstanding Sailor, and this award is definitely well deserved,” said Cmdr. Carlos Gomez-Sanchez, Truman’s senior medical officer, and Lugiano’s department head. “In the time she has been on-board, she has excelled at everything she does. She is very proactive, smart and eager to learn, she is doctor material.”

Lugiano said the patients she helps keep her motivated.

“I care a lot about people and their well-being,” said Lugiano. “What gives me joy is helping people and seeing them improve and get better.”

Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Courtney Carr, Lugiano’s mentor, expressed her thoughts on her protégé winning this award.
“It makes me very proud,” said Carr. “She is an extremely hard worker. From the time she got here she amazed me with how organized and motivated she is toward achieving her goals. She even motivates me. I have nothing but high hopes for her and her career.”

Lugiano believes in perseverance and the importance of setting goals.

“Roll with the punches, don’t let things get you down,” said Lugiano. “Keep a positive mindset and don’t ever run out of goals, don’t ever stop trying to achieve something.”

Lugiano aspires to attend the Navy’s Nurse Corps Program and become an operating room nurse or a critical care nurse.

Truman’s Sailor of the Quarter

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman A. O. Tinubu, USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Public Affairs

ARABIAN GULF – Logistics Specialist 1st Class Dustin Vest was named Sailor of the Quarter for the first quarter of 2016, Feb. 29, aboard aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).

Truman is committed to recognizing enlisted Sailors who excel in their military and professional performance. The Sailor of the Quarter program is implemented to recognize Sailors who consistently perform above standards with an emphasis on outstanding achievements, deckplate leadership, exemplary personal conduct, military bearing, as well as command-wide and community contributions. Every quarter, each department nominates an E-6 enlisted candidate that is deserving of the title.

Vest has been in the Navy for 11 years, and assigned to Truman for more than a year in the Supply department.

“I was honored to have even been considered for the award,” said Vest. The caliber of the other first class petty officers was more than impressive. It was a privilege just to be in the running, and a pleasant surprise to be selected.”

Vest credits his achievement to his positive attitude and his habit of going above and beyond to help out other Sailors. His passion of helping other Sailors in need is evident in his extra duties outside of his rate, more specifically, his role as a command sponsorship coordinator aboard Truman.

Command sponsor and indoctrination programs are designed to facilitate the adaptation of Sailors and their families into new working and living environments. They also minimize the anxiety associated with a permanent change of station move, and afford Sailors and their families the greatest opportunity for a successful and productive tour of duty.

“Mentorship is an important tool for your Sailors because you’re helping develop your future in the Navy,” said Vest. “We’re all on one team and we rely on each other to facilitate personal and professional growth in one another by sharing knowledge.”

Chief Ship’s Serviceman Atini Ransaw is one of Vest’s mentors, as well as a member of his duty section. Ransaw expressed his sentiments on Vest’s mentorship abilities and excellence as a Sailor.

“He’s always willing to go above and beyond to help anybody in any section,” said Ransaw. He’s always upbeat with a positive attitude and ready to assist. He never passes the buck.”

Senior Chief Logistics Specialist Sunshine Ridgeway, leading chief petty officer in S-8, has worked closely with Vest. S-8 receives all the stores for the entire ship.

“S-8 is a large division with a lot of responsibility and a large work-load,” said Ridgeway. “But with the right Sailors in place, it works. “Vest is one of those Sailors that makes all of our responsibilities easy.”
Positive leadership has a strong impact on the growth of junior Sailors and the overall success of a division.

“Vest is what I would call a deck plate leader,” said Ridgeway. “He not only gives direction, but does the work with the junior Sailors. His leaderships style involves not only telling Sailors what to do, but showing them how to do it.”

Ridgeway said that this method of leading from the front is conducive to keeping a grounded viewpoint in the Navy.

“Besides being a very involved first class he has a large amount of humility,” said Ridgeway. “He remembers when he was an E-1 and our Sailors appreciate that.

Vest advised Sailors to find their way in the Navy by supporting those around them- passing experience, wisdom and skill to junior Sailors.

“Being a leader is more than just issuing orders,” said Vest. “Mentorship is part of our culture. Always take the time to help your fellow Sailor.”

Double Play

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ethan Miller, USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Public Affairs

Capt. Ryan B. Scholl, commanding
officer of aircraft carrier USS Harry S.
Truman (CVN 75), announced Truman as
the 2015 recipient of the Dorie P. Miller
Award and the Carl Scheuefelle Award,
March 15.

The two awards represent the highest
rated wardroom and chief’s mess in the
fleet. The competition encompasses every
class of ship around the globe.

“I’m very proud of my Sailors,” said Chief
Warrant Officer Wanda Trammell, Truman’s
food service officer. “It’s not me, I’m not the
one who actually got the award – they made
it happen. I’m proud for them, that they are
being recognized at such a high level.”

Judging for both the Dorie P. Miller
and Carl Sheuefelle Awards took place in
September 2015. Representatives from
Commander Naval Air Force Atlantic
came aboard during Truman’s Composite
Training Unit Exercise and evaluated the
crew’s performance.

“These awards demonstrate the hard
work culinary specialists and food service
attendants put into ensuring the quality of
the food, and the presentation of the food is
at the five-star level we’re well known for,”
said Trammell. “We’re being recognized for
providing that service.”

Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Shawna
Schutts, a three-and-a-half year Truman
veteran with seven months assigned to
the wardroom, said winning the award is
a testament to the dedication of Truman’s
food service crew.

“Everybody, our whole crew, in the
wardroom has really done some hard work
and came together as a team to accomplish
our goal of being one of the best in the
fleet,” said Schutts. “It feels good that
we’re getting recognized for our efforts as
a whole, both culinary specialists and food
service attendants.”

Culinary Specialist 1st Class Samuel
Waits, leading petty officer of Truman’s
Chief ’s Mess, said working toward
these awards has been a rewarding
experience itself.

“Working in the Chief’s mess has been
great for me,” said Waits. “I’m very happy
to train the new guys and make the Chiefs
happy. That’s what our job is all about –
making the crew happy.”

Trammell added her thoughts on the
competition, stating the customer service
her crew provides has been the secret to
their victory.

“We care about our customers,” said
Trammell. “I think that’s the number one
concern. We listen to what they want,
we provide the service they request and
we present it in a manner they won’t see
anywhere else.”

This is not the first time Truman has
won either of these awards, according to
Trammell. However, it is the first time in
quite a while the crew has brought home
both in the same year.

“I want to say to the FSAs and the
CSs that I’m very proud of everything
they’ve accomplished,” said Trammell.
“We’re only as good as our last meal and
they try very hard to make every meal a
five-star affair. It’s not always easy, but I
want to tell them to keep on going, keep
your head high.”

Truman Receives Community Service Award

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class J. M. Tolbert, USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Public Affairs

ARABIAN GULF – Capt. Ryan B. Scholl, commanding officer of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), presented Truman’s Command Religious Ministries department with the Navy Community Service Environmental Stewardship Flagship Award, March 11.

On December 2nd, Vice Adm. Philip H. Cullom, deputy chief of naval operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics (N4) announced aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) as the large sea command recipient of the Navy Community Service Environmental Stewardship Flagship Award.

“Receiving this award is a great honor,” said Cmdr. Brian Waite, CRMD head of department. “We’re elated to have the opportunity to represent the efforts of such hard working Sailors. This reward reflects on the crew as a whole.”

Every year the awards are given to commands that exemplify and uphold the highest standards of Navy volunteer service projects for environmental stewardship.

Waite said that 2,439 Truman Sailors put in 9,663 hours of volunteer work, saving a total of $236,646.87 and making a difference in the lives of 1.5 million people in the Greater Hampton Roads area.

Religious Programs Specialist 3rd Class Devante Marable said that although the award was presented to his department, the entire crew is to thank for the achievement.

“CRMD organizes these events, but we only have about thirteen people in our department,” said Marable. “There is no way that we would have won this award without the selfless dedication of Truman’s crew.”

During the presentation, Scholl said winning this award speaks volumes to the character Truman projects around the world.

“I think it’s really cool that Sailors dedicate their careers and their lives in service to their country and we have nearly three thousand Sailors – almost the whole crew – dedicating volunteer service both to their country and to their community,” said Scholl. “They are ambassadors for their Navy, for their country and for their community. The Truman is very proud of them and I think their families would be very proud of them, as well.”

Other winners for 2015 include Navy Information Operations Command in the large shore command category, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 23 in the medium sea command category and U.S. Naval Hospital Guam in the large overseas category.

For more information on community service opportunities, contact Truman’s CRMD department.

Engineer of the Year

Story by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Thomas L. Gooley // USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Public Affairs

Machinist’s Mate 1st Class Kevin Warkentin, assigned to aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), was named the 2015 Engineer of the Year for Commander, Naval Air Forces, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, Feb. 22, 2016.

The Engineer of the Year award recognizes contributions to force readiness made by engineering personnel aboard aircraft carriers. Every year, each carrier nominates an enlisted candidate, E-6 and below, that is deserving of the title.

Warkentin, now the reactor training leading petty officer, was recognized for his role as the two-plant reactor propulsion leading petty officer throughout 2015. During this time, he led 42 Sailors through a compressed maintenance availability, completing more than 800 maintenance items and 600 retests.

Warkentin said he was very surprised and felt honored to represent what he considers to be unbelievable Reactor and Engineering departments aboard Truman. Warkentin was quick to credit his friends and family who he deems as major contributors to his success.

“I really can’t believe I won the award,” said Warkentin. “I couldn’t have done it without the love and support from my wife, the crew in the pipe shop, the welding shop, and finally, but not least, everyone in my work center.”

Master Chief Machinist Mate Cindy Huratiak nominated Warkentin for the award, stating his commitment toward mission accomplishment and development of his Sailors made the nomination an easy choice.

“Engineer of the Year is a prestigious award and Warkentin demonstrates that persona,” said Huratiak. “We had quite a few hurdles prior to deployment with compressed availability, yet Warkentin always kept his calm and remained focused.”

Huratiak said Warkentin is not only technically astute, but he always ensures his people do things the right way.

“Petty Officer Warkentin is the type of Sailor we want leading Sailors,” said Huratiak. “He gets his hands dirty and teaches the younger Sailors to do the same, and they follow. All while doing things the right way because it’s the right thing to do.”

Senior Chief Machinist Mate Brad Harmon, the reactor training leading chief petty officer, directly supervises Warkentin and echoes Huraitak’s remarks.

“He certainly makes my job a lot easier,” said Harmon. “He is always on top of everything whether it’s with ships training or reactor training — he does things before I can even ask for it. He definitely continues to demonstrate his worthiness of the award.”