Harry S. Truman Wins Battle “E”

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Anthony Flynn, USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Public Affairs

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Rear Adm. Bruce Lindsey, commander, Naval Air Forces, Atlantic, announced aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) as the 2016 East Coast aircraft carrier Battle “E” award winner, Mar. 28.

The Battle “E” award recognizes ships that demonstrate operational excellence, in addition to superior performance during inspections, certifications and training exercises.

“Truman Sailors across the board earned this prestigious award by working hard to prepare for and sustain combat operations,” said Capt. Cassidy Norman, Truman’s executive officer. “Their teamwork and dedication to excellence is inspiring. It is an honor to serve alongside these Sailors on this great warship.”

Truman has now received the Battle “E” award nine times since commissioning just over 18 years ago. This year they were given marks of excellence in all 15 of the individual ship departments across the type commander.

“Winning this award is an outstanding achievement,” said Command Master Chief Antonio Perryman, Truman’s command master chief. “The compressed work-ups and extended combat cruise made for a tough schedule. In order to achieve this award every Sailor had to be enthusiastic, be a motivator, an excellent listener and an outstanding communicator. Sweeping all 15 sub-categories speaks volumes to the fact that this truly was a team award and I’m just so proud of this crew.”

The white battle “E”, along with the departmental letters and symbols will be painted on Truman’s superstructure, adding to previous awards and signifying the ship’s continued superior performance.

“It’s awesome to be able to call ourselves the best carrier on the East Coast,” said Fire Controlman 3rd Class Stephen Helbling. “This ship is like one massive team. Each department has a unique job but we all have the same goal in mind; to be the best at what we do.”

Some of Truman’s notable accomplishments that led to receiving this award include; a record-setting expenditure of 1,598 precision-guided munitions totaling over 819 tons, the Naval Safety Center rating Truman the number one carrier in terms of risk mitigation, CNAL awarding Truman’s medical department with the highest recorded Medical Readiness Inspection score, and Truman’s Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) selection for the 2015 Chief of Naval Operations Project Apollo Hatch Challenge Award.

Truman is currently undergoing a Planned Incremental Availability (PIA) at Norfolk Naval Shipyard for maintenance and refurbishment of shipboard systems to prepare for future operations.

For more news from USS Harry S. Truman, visit www.navy.mil/local.cvn75.


Leave It Better Than We Found It: Truman Wins CNO Environmental Award

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Lindsay A. Preston, USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Public Affairs

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Vice Adm. Phil Cullom announced aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) as the winner of the Chief of Naval Operations Environmental Award in the Large Deck Combatant category on March 16, 2017.

The CNO Environmental Awards recognize outstanding contributions to fleet readiness, increased morale and efficient economical use of resources to promote environmental protection at sea.

“We achieved significant milestones while safely executing a demanding schedule over the course of this past year, to include our eight-month deployment,” said Cmdr. Scott Morrill, Truman’s safety officer. “The foundation of our program is built on a training plan that starts when a Sailor checks on board. The environmental training is an all-hands effort that relies on the vigilance of our leadership and our Sailors on all levels.”

Environmental awareness training is required to be completed by all Truman Sailors. Similar facts and tips are also published in the plan of the day, the ‘Give ‘Em Hell Herald’ (ship’s newspaper), and the Ship’s Information Training and Entertainment (SITE) television program.

“Our training and commitment to environmental protection is evident in our record of zero reportable spills, releases of hazardous material (HAZMAT) or incident to marine mammals,” said Morrill.

One Sailor aboard Truman ensured HAZMAT issue and re-utilization efforts aligned with planned maintenance and procedural checklists.

“We strive to be the best in the fleet not only to protect the environment but our crew as well,” said Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Harrison Letchworth, assistant leading petty officer in HAZMAT issue and offload.

Truman Sailors collaborated with Sailors assigned to Carrier Air Wing 7 during corrosion prevention on air crafts in the hangar bay. This process involves using isocyanate, a paint used on air crafts that can be very dangerous if not used safely.

“It takes the entire crew to follow the proper procedures when handling HAZMAT and disposing of it safely as well as maintain fire prevention regulations. Our Truman standard is ‘leave it better than we found it’ and we definitely displayed our dedication to the environment this past year.”

In addition to HAZMAT management, Truman also exercises extreme caution when operating in areas likely to contain marine mammals. The crew employs every effort to minimize any potential negative effects on marine mammals.

“Efforts include knowing marine mammals’ patterns in geographic areas where the ship operates, scanning for mammals with passive [SONAR] systems and training our lookouts and airborne assets prior to commencing operations,” said Sonar Technician (Surface) 1st Class John Birmingham, leading petty officer in anti-submarine warfare planning under the Operations Department. “It is imperative we follow the protective measures assessment protocol prior to executing training. This is when we scan the surrounding area for mammals and ensure no harm will come to them.”

The awards honor individuals, teams and installations for their outstanding achievements and innovative work to protect the environment while sustaining mission readiness.

“Congratulations to all our accomplished winners for their impressive achievements in protecting environmental assets while maintaining mission readiness,” said Vice Adm. Phil Cullom, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics (N4). “The Navy commends you for your innovative and tireless efforts to demonstrate environmental stewardship and ensure national security. Bravo Zulu!”


Harry S. Truman Wins Battle “E”

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Anthony Flynn, USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Public Affairs


PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Commander, Naval Air Forces, Atlantic, announced aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) as the 2016 East Coast aircraft carrier Battle “E” award winner, Mar. 28.

The Battle “E” is awarded annually to Navy units that demonstrate superior performance and command readiness throughout a year-long evaluation.

Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker, commander, Naval Air Forces, Pacific and Rear Adm. Bruce Lindsey, commander, Naval Air Forcers, Atlantic, released a joint statement congratulating the recipients of the award.

“Congratulations to USS John C. Stennis (CVN74) and USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) for your selection as the 2016 Battle E Award winners,” wrote Shoemaker and Lindsey. “Additionally, congratulations to all departmental winners for your hard work and demonstrated superior performance. The Sailors and officers of these carriers should be proud of their efforts.”

Truman was awarded the Battle “E” for displaying a maximum condition of readiness and efficiency to perform their wartime responsibilities during the competitive cycle. The ship received excellence awards in all 15 individual department categories to include:

* Air- yellow “E”

* Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance- black “E”

* Combat Systems- green “CS”

* Damage Control- red “DC”

* Deck- black “D”

* Health Services- blue “M”

* Navigation- white ship’s wheel

* Operations- green “E”

* Reactor- red “E”

* Safety- green “E”

* Security- black “S”

* Supply- blue “E”

* Weapons- black “W”

* Carrier Maintenance- purple “E”

* Environmental Protection and Energy Conservation (EPEC) Award

Truman is currently undergoing a Planned Incremental Availability (PIA) at Norfolk Naval Shipyard for maintenance and refurbishment of shipboard systems to prepare for future operations. For more news from USS Harry S. Truman, visit www.navy.mil/local.cvn75.


Vigilance and Teamwork: How a Truman RAS Comes Together

Story by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Linday Preston // Staff Writer


Sailors aboard aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) come together each week to successfully bring on fuel, ammunition, cargo and mail through a difficult but critical evolution called a replenishment-at-sea.

Conducting a RAS allows the ship to continue its mission indefinitely without pulling into port.

“We prepare for the RAS 48 hours prior to the scheduled date,” said Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Elisha Chastain. “This evolution is what we like to call coordinated chaos and a lot of strategic planning and preparation go into conducting a successful RAS. It takes everyone in the deck department to man three fueling stations and four cargo receiving stations. Everyone must have their head in the game and make sure they are aware of their surroundings.”

As Truman pulls along side a dry cargo and ammunition ship (T-AKE) and a fleet replenishment oiler (T-AO), Sailors from various departments man their stations ready for the RAS to begin.

“The sound of the shot line, once fired to the other ship, announces the beginning of the RAS,” said Gunner’s Mate 3rd Class Amelia Guzman. “This step is the most important because without the other ship receiving the shot line, we would not be able to hook up lines for us to receive fuel and cargo. Nothing can happen until that line is shot and I love being the one who is responsible for that.”

Each station plays a vital role in swiftly transporting ammunition, cargo and mail to their proper locations.

“When weapons are loaded on to the ship they take priority,” said Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Jeffery Sirois. “It is important for us to quickly transport bombs from the flight deck, to the hangar bay then down to the magazines and it takes all of weapons department to accomplish that.”

After all of the ammunition is stored, mail begins to flood Hangar Bay 3 and is sorted into different departments. Truman receives an average of 14,000 pounds of mail each RAS so organization is very important to ensure Sailors receive their packages.

“Mail has a great impact on morale throughout the entire ship,” said Chief Logistics Specialist Adrian Galang. “Because it takes a lot to sort mail in a timely manner, Sailors should be mindful of the address they provide for their loved ones. Be sure to include department, division and box number. Let their loved ones know to not send liquids as these products can ruin care packages and make them unsalvageable.”

Because so many Sailors move throughout the hangar bay to transport mail and other goods throughout the ship, Security stands watch to ensure personnel not involved stand clear.

“We secure the hatches in the hangar bay and control traffic to guarantee things go smoothly and safely,” said Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Aaron Stehle. “Most Sailors who are not involved in the RAS [may] not pay attention and could possibly put themselves in harms way.”

To help ensure the safety of all personnel involved, Sailors from the Safety department also stand by to make sure all precautions are taken and Sailors are wearing the proper personal protective equipment.

“We are there to supervise the overall evolution and take the proper precautions in case any mishaps were to happen,” said Machinist’s Mate 1st Class Malik Leslie. “We want to promote awareness and safety and make sure everyone conducts their part properly.”

If an emergency or mishap does occur, Sailors from Medical department are ready to react at a moment’s notice.

“We are there in case a casualty happens,” said Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Marcus Reyes. “We can quickly assess the patient and treat any injuries. To help prevent injuries, Sailors must remain vigilant, do their part and don’t skip any steps. Anytime a Sailor becomes complacent, the evolution begins to become more dangerous and increase the possibility of an actual casualty occurring.”

A complex evolution such as a replenishment-at-sea calls for teamwork, vigilance and determination. When Truman Sailors come together to conduct a RAS in a swift and timely manner, the ship is able to carry out its mission. The safety of all personnel takes top priority and it is through coordinate chaos that a successful replenishment-at-sea occurs.

USS Harry S. Truman’s Operations Department in the Spotlight

Story by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Adelola Tinubu // Staff Writer


An operation is defined as an organized and concerted activity involving a number of people. Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group’s Operations Department assists in coordinating the efforts of Sailors within each department and squadron to unify efforts toward Truman’s mission to fight and win at sea.

The duties of Sailors within the department include but are not limited to, creating and dispersing schedules and air plans, identifying surface and air traffic, coordinating the launch and recovery of aircraft, and monitoring the ship’s self defense system.

Truman’s Operations Department consists of five divisions; Operations Administration, Combat Direction Center, Meteorology and Oceanography, STRIKE, and Carrier Air Traffic Control. Together these groups work as a united force to carry out the mission of the ship.

Admin handles the paperwork for everything done in Operations. Combat Direction Center coordinates Truman’s combat efforts throughout various missions, Meteorology and Oceanography determines the weather to inform plans at sea and in the air. STRIKE develops air plans, and CATCC controls the direction of aircraft immediately following departure.

Air Traffic Controller 1st Class Amadeo Chavez, the leading petty officer of CATCC, has 18 years of experience as the familiar voice directing pilots returning from an assignment. According to Chavez, CATCC’s main duty is to provide customer service to the pilots.

“When a pilot comes back from an 8 hour departure it’s very reassuring for them to hear a Sailor’s voice on the frequency,” said Chavez. “They know it’s one step closer to getting home. In addition to this, we’re able to assist in case of any emergency.”

Chief Air Traffic Controller Narciso Penate stressed the importance of Operations Sailors remaining in communication with pilots while they are airborne.

“Our job becomes really important at night and during bad weather,” said Penate. “During times of poor visibility we are the pilot’s eyes. Our job is crucial because we have the pilot’s lives in our hands.”

The departments Administration division is mission essential as well.

Yeoman 1st Class Jennifer Thompson has worked in Operations Department for one year. Her duties include processing paperwork, qualifications and evaluations that are directly related to Truman’s general operations. As a yeoman, Thompson provides support to Sailors involved in aircraft launch and recovery, combat direction and weather analysis.

“I enjoy being a part of Operations because it makes me feel like I’m directly contributing to the ship’s mission,” said Thompson. “Being a yeoman here allows you to gain knowledge about what those Sailors do and how they contribute to Truman. It gives you a frontline view of everything, from when they launch aircraft, to when you hear the alerts over the 1MC.”

In addition to taking care of the ship, Operations department assists Sailors by coordinating the logistics with Supply Department to move mail, personnel, and supplies. All of this is done through the air transfer office.

“Receiving mail and fresh fruits and vegetables boosts morale onboard and supports keeping the ship in good working order,” said Truman’s Operations officer. “[Our department] also reassures Sailors onboard that they are safe from air, surface and subsurface threats.”

Teamwork and cooperation from the entire ship may be the glue that holds everything together, directly contributing to the overall success of Operations department.

“We perform our function as part of this Truman team by driving the efforts of all other departments,” said Truman’s Operations officer. “The other departments are able to maximize their potential because they can rely on Operations to plan future evolutions and to execute the task given to them. Every Sailor in Operations stands out because of their pride, professionalism and their role in ensuring the success of Truman.”

Rain or Shine: METOC Stands the Watch

Story by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Lindsay Preston // Staff Writer


Sailors have long known the importance of weather conditions while at sea. From forecasting low visibility to rough seas, the Aerographer’s Mates aboard aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) are responsible for ensuring the safety of personnel, aircraft and the ship.

Meteorology and Oceanography division (METOC) determines weather forecasts to inform plans at sea and in the air. Their weather observations and calculations support the safety of navigation and flight operations as well as replenishments-at-sea. They collect this information using satellite imagery, radars and weather meters such as a kestrel.

“The biggest impact we have is information warfare,” said Aerographer’s Mate 1st Class Caroline Petty. “By providing products throughout our Strike Group, we give warfare commanders a better picture of what will give us the advantage when performing operations and weather plays a major role on how these operations will be carried out.”

METOC records observations every half hour during flight operations and look for potential adverse weather conditions. These conditions include sea heights, wind and speed directions that effect the launching of aircraft and cloud heights that can effect turbulence and hinder visibility for pilots in the air.

“The inherent nature of the job is a continuous state of change because weather never stays the same,” said Aerographer’s Mate 3rd Class Barry Deleonlee. “We have to stay on top of our observations because it can directly affect operations.”

METOC is made up of 14 Sailors who work around the clock to update weather information up to four days or more in advance. These observations are passed down to all personnel directly involved or in charge of ship operations such as the navigator, officer of the deck, air boss and pilots. Aerographer’s Mates also provide briefs that highlight safer routes for pilots to avoid potential thunderstorms or severe cloud coverage. When low visibility is predicted or reported, the officer of the deck is able to adjust the ship’s course accordingly.

“Weather doesn’t stop or get a day off,” said Aerographer’s Mate 1st Class Richard Walker. “Sailors in METOC are constantly supporting the Strike Group by detecting and informing the rest of the ship of hazardous weather.”

In addition to providing weather conditions for the ship out at sea, METOC also provides forecasts for bombing areas to help produce ranges for pilots and targeting systems.

“Not only do we want to take into account the weather around the ship but we also want to find vulnerabilities in our radar,” said Aerographer’s Mate 2nd Class Zachary Schwartz. “We relay this information to intelligence department, so their leaders can make informed decisions on how to carry out the mission effectively and safely.”

The environment can play a determining factor in the success of a particular mission. Incorporating weather and ocean forecasts into operational decision-making allows leaders to account for, and even take advantage of environmental conditions.