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Big E Begins Stand Down with the Right Spirit
Navy NewsStand ^ | Journalist 2nd Class Daniel Vaughan

Posted on 04/01/2006 3:27:33 PM PST by SandRat

USS ENTERPRISE (NNS) -- USS Enterprise's (CVN 65) Junior Sailor Association (JSA), Enterprise First Class Association and Morale, Welfare and Recreation took the opportunity to conduct alcohol awareness training for the crew before pulling into port March 31.

This was no ordinary lecture about drinking, though. Enterprise conducted an activity-filled day in Hangar Bay Two as part of the Right Spirit campaign, allowing Sailors a chance to learn, train and have fun.

“Right Spirit is a program that we put together to show all Sailors how to make good decisions,” said Aviation Boatswain's Mate Handler (AW/SW) 2nd Class Harrison Moorer, JSA Master-at-Arms. “Right Spirit is also about getting people qualified.”

To encourage Sailors to think about the consequences of alcohol abuse and drunk driving, the JSA put on a skit. The performance told the story of Sailors who became involved in drinking and driving, with tragic results. One of the Sailors dies, and one suffers severe disciplinary consequences.

“We showed what can happen with death,” said Moorer. “We showed how Captain’s Mast can happen.”

Other events included warfare qualification training, damage control training, PT (physical training), a Color Guard demonstration, a Madden tournament and a basketball shoot-out. Machinist's Mate Fireman James Coleman’s favorite part of the day was the warfare qualification training.

“I thought it was very informative, especially the ESWS (enlisted surface warfare specialist) training,” he said. “I learned a bunch of stuff about Operations Department, and I met a bunch of new people. It’s nice to have something to do in port besides drink.”

Overall, the day was a success.

“I think it was very successful,” said Moorer. “A lot of people were satisfied because they got another step towards being qualified.”

Sailors also got to learn about the Right Spirit campaign and responsible drinking.

“There’s a lot of things we’ve learned as Sailors from our past cruises that could be put out to avoid some of the situations we’ve had, like drinking incidents,” said Moorer. “We’ve lost many a Sailor from drinking and driving or making a wrong decision.”

There are a lot of alternatives to irresponsible drinking that Sailors can explore. Moorer hopes Sailors will remember what they learned at yesterday’s events.

“Every Sailor, all ranks, should take heed of what was being put out today,” he said. “Because with the right spirit, we can make this cruise a success.”

For related news, visit the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) Navy NewsStand page at www.news.navy.mil/local/cvn65/.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: begins; bige; down; enterprise; navy; right; spirit; stand; usn; uss; ussenterprise








Atlantic Ocean (March 29, 2006) - Sailors run laps in the hangar bay on board the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) under the national ensign hung as part of the Navy's Right Spirit Campaign deglamorizing alcohol use. Enterprise is currently underway conducting operations in the Atlantic Ocean.
U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Milosz Reterski (RELEASED)

1 posted on 04/01/2006 3:27:34 PM PST by SandRat
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To: 2LT Radix jr; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; 80 Square Miles; A Ruckus of Dogs; acad1228; AirForceMom; ..

HAPPY SAILORS PING


2 posted on 04/01/2006 3:27:58 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat

USS Enterprise's (CVN 65) Bump

Go Navy!


3 posted on 04/01/2006 3:33:44 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SandRat
'Alcohol awareness' had a totally different meaning when I was in the Canoe Club!
4 posted on 04/01/2006 3:35:40 PM PST by CrawDaddyCA (Your Lord and Master...Foamy the Squirrel)
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To: CrawDaddyCA

Time flies when you are having Rum!


5 posted on 04/01/2006 3:39:29 PM PST by Donald Meaker (You don't drive a car looking through the rear view mirror, but you do practice politics that way.)
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To: SandRat
She's big, she's bad and she's beutiful.
6 posted on 04/01/2006 3:54:39 PM PST by Lancer_N3502A
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To: SandRat
Go Navy!

Be Ever Vigilant!


7 posted on 04/01/2006 4:05:27 PM PST by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: CrawDaddyCA
'Alcohol awareness' had a totally different meaning when I was in the Canoe Club!

Yep! This ain't grandpa's Navy anymore! They're really cracking down. If a sailor receives any alcohol related offense (ARO), he's off for an all-expense paid "navycation" to SARP (Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program). If he receives a second ARO after SARP treatment, he can be administratively separated as a treatment failure.

The Navy is trying to bury the "drunken sailor" image. It can afford to do so as the navy is over-manned. I'll still hear old sea stories from chiefs and 1st classes about "Back in the day, we was sooo f***ed up!" but those days are over. If you show up to work now smelling like booze, stand by to stand by. Don't get me wrong, we still have fun, but the navy is working hard to change attitudes about excessive drinking. It is a mission readiness issue.

Most people will be surprised to learn that the number one cause of death for United States Sailors are off duty traffic accidents --many of which are alcohol related. Not war. Not hazardous work environments, but drunken car and motorcycle accidents.

8 posted on 04/01/2006 4:22:57 PM PST by Drew68
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To: Lancer_N3502A
She's big, she's bad and she's beautiful.

Yes she is, but not nearly as beautiful as my beloved "Gee-Dub."

The USS George Washington (CVN-73) was my first boat and will always hold a special place in my heart.

9 posted on 04/01/2006 4:28:45 PM PST by Drew68
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To: Drew68
The Navy was really cracking down on drinking when I got out in 1995. It was getting so 'politically correct' (women in my rating [STG], women on combat vessels, etc.) it was ridiculous , so I brought my 8 yr career to an 'all stop' and mustered out. My oldest boy (a MA3) doesn't believe some of the stories his mother and I tell him (she mustered out an IC2). It's a family tradition to serve in either the Navy or Marines.
10 posted on 04/01/2006 4:31:44 PM PST by CrawDaddyCA (Your Lord and Master...Foamy the Squirrel)
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To: Drew68

Another GW Sailor here on FR V-1 Air 1995-1998!!!


11 posted on 04/01/2006 4:34:03 PM PST by Trueblackman (Terrorism and Liberalism never sleep and neither do I)
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To: CrawDaddyCA
The Navy was really cracking down on drinking when I got out in 1995.

Now that the navy has gotten rid of the drug users and is processing out the drunks, they have set their sights on PRT failures. If you are overweight, can't run the 1.5 mile or do situps and pushups, you're going home as well. You'll get a chance to get in shape but only one. My command holds "practice PRTs" now in addition to regular PT. And a lot of salty (and overweight) chiefs are howling in anger about this!

12 posted on 04/01/2006 4:39:28 PM PST by Drew68
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To: Drew68
No drugs or alcohol?
How are you suppose to get tattooed without those?
13 posted on 04/01/2006 4:45:42 PM PST by txroadhawg ("Stuck on stupid? I invented stupid! " Al Gore)
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To: Trueblackman
Another GW Sailor here on FR V-1 Air 1995-1998!!!

Excellent! I was attached to CVW-7 during the GW's last Gulf cruise in 2004. Now she's off to Japan to replace the USS Kitty Hawk. Met my wife on that cruise.

I was TAD to S-5 working in the officers' staterooms. Not a bad gig. Lots of liberty!

14 posted on 04/01/2006 4:50:53 PM PST by Drew68
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To: Lancer_N3502A

Thanks Lancer - What a shot!!!!


15 posted on 04/01/2006 5:23:56 PM PST by wingsof liberty
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To: CrawDaddyCA
I guess you had better find something else to do on liberty than drink these days (or employ the services of a bar girl/working girl these days as well). The Navy is cracking down on that as well, though for good reasons (AIDS).

I was "Station Dito" in Subic from 87-89 and I can imagine at least 3/4 of the people stationed there would be under the gun at some time in their tours there for some alcohol related incident, myself included, if Subic was still a base of ours in todays Navy.

I was the recorder for three or four Captain's Mast cases just for DWI and several other Masts for things as not getting back to base before curfew (we had a brief period from late 87 - mid 88 when you had to be on base or off the streets by a certain time if you were authorized to reside off base), etc. caused by alcohol.

You can multiply that by a hundred for the entire personnel stationed at the Subic Bay Naval Base when I was there, along with several hundred other incidents by sailors or marines on liberty from ships stopping at Subic for a liberty visit prior to going on or coming back from a Westpac/IO deployment, just for the two year period when I was there.

We were a small command within Subic, averaging some 30 enlisted and 2 officer, along with a few American Civilian employees (tech reps) and approximately 20 Filipino Nationals employed by our command as well.

I can't imagine being stationed somewhere like Subic Bay in todays Navy and not allowed to "become overly intoxicated" or freely use the services of the bar girls. In today's Navy, if Subic were still a base of ours, you might as well weld the gates shut and allow no sailors off base period. Heck, the military REALLY frowns on one wanting to marry a foreign national as well these days. Make it like being stationed at GITMO or Diego Garcia and limit their tours there one or one and a half years, unaccompanied.
16 posted on 04/01/2006 5:25:31 PM PST by AmericaOne
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To: Drew68
So it's the GW that's replacing the $hitty Kitty! My oldest is in Yokosuka now, BTW. He's waiting to go on his 3rd TAD to either Iraq of Afghanistan.
17 posted on 04/01/2006 5:35:32 PM PST by CrawDaddyCA (Your Lord and Master...Foamy the Squirrel)
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To: AmericaOne

Subic Bay is now a big tourist/container ship port now. I was there in 2001 on a cable laying ship. It's still a great town...won't go any further than that in my description! ;-)


18 posted on 04/01/2006 5:37:23 PM PST by CrawDaddyCA (Your Lord and Master...Foamy the Squirrel)
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To: SandRat
Machinist's Mate Fireman James Coleman’s favorite part of the day was the warfare qualification training. “I thought it was very informative, especially the ESWS (enlisted surface warfare specialist) training,” he said. “I learned a bunch of stuff about Operations Department, and I met a bunch of new people. It’s nice to have something to do in port besides drink.”

What he was REALLY thinking: “What a skate day. I got to check out that blonde Yeoman Third from the Captain's office. It’s nice to have something to do in port besides standing a firewatch or shoveling bilge out from under the turbine in the Pit.”

B-chan
Former MM3, USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65)

19 posted on 04/01/2006 5:45:37 PM PST by B-Chan (Catholic. Monarchist. Texan Any questions?)
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To: CrawDaddyCA
won't go any further than that in my description! ;-)

I wouldn't either, not in this venue anyways! Anyone reading this who was there, either passing thru or stationed there doesn't need us to explain things there and the people who have never been there don't need to know and probably wouldn't believe us if we told them anyways, ;-)

20 posted on 04/01/2006 5:50:20 PM PST by AmericaOne
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To: AmericaOne

Big E bump


21 posted on 04/01/2006 6:46:13 PM PST by Freee-dame
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To: SandRat

BTTT


22 posted on 04/02/2006 3:09:23 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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