Skip to comments.Big E Begins Stand Down with the Right Spirit
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 Captains 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 Colemans 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. Its 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.
Theres a lot of things weve learned as Sailors from our past cruises that could be put out to avoid some of the situations weve had, like drinking incidents, said Moorer. Weve 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 yesterdays 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/.
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)
HAPPY SAILORS PING
USS Enterprise's (CVN 65) Bump
Time flies when you are having Rum!
Be Ever Vigilant!
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.
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.
Another GW Sailor here on FR V-1 Air 1995-1998!!!
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!
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!
Thanks Lancer - What a shot!!!!
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! ;-)
What he was REALLY thinking: What a skate day. I got to check out that blonde Yeoman Third from the Captain's office. Its nice to have something to do in port besides standing a firewatch or shoveling bilge out from under the turbine in the Pit.
Former MM3, USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65)
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, ;-)
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