TR Closes Out SAAM With Record-Breaking 5K Run

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SAN DIEGO – An unprecedented 600 Sailors from the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) participated in Naval Air Station Coronado’s Sexual Assualt Awareness Month (SAAM) 5K run, April 29.

The annual event began in 2011 with a little over 100 participants. This year, NAS Coronado’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) team hosted more than 2,500 participants.

“This is our culminating event for the Sexual Assault Awareness Month,” said Theodore Roosevelt’s SAPR point-of-contact, Lt. Jennifer Yedoni. “We supported Denim Day and hosted our Clothesline Campaign.”

Theodore Roosevelt participated in Denim Day to raise awareness of sexual assault and rape. The day is recognized in protest of a 1998 Italian Supreme Court ruling that resulted in an overturned rape conviction on the basis that the victim’s jeans were so tight that she must have had to help the alleged offender remove them. The ruling stated that her assistance meant consent. Theodore Roosevelt Sailors, along with more than 20 states across the nation, recognize Denim Day as an international symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault.

“We hosted our Denim Day, April 15, of this month,” said another of Theodore Roosevelt’s point-of-contacts, Chief Aviation Electrician’s Mate Regita Moore. “We also hosted our Clothesline Campaign where we decorated t-shirts to bring awareness to issues of violence against women. Each shirt represented a different form of abuse. This run brings a close to our awareness month. This is one of the largest showings in the history of the event. This is an opportunity for all of the support systems to come out, outline the services they provide. It’s amazing to see the support because what hurts one, affects all.”

NAS Coronado’s SAPR Coordinator, Lori Walsh, said she was very pleased with the outcome of the event.

“It’s important to shed light on this issue,” said Walsh. “It affects more than the person assaulted. It’s really important to have this mass show of support. We’ve hosted a number of events throughout the month. [Theodore Roosevelt], one of our tenant commands, has done an amazing job of showing their support. We’ve never had this many people represented from a carrier before so it’s been a very successful awareness event.”

Engineering department’s Ensign Keith Lafferty came in first place of the Theodore Roosevelt Sailors with a time of 19:25.

“I’ve been doing 5Ks bi-weekly with my division,” said Lafferty. “I wanted the whole division to come run with me so I’m grateful that our Chief Engineer let us all come out here to support for a great cause. I like competing for who I represent. We’re running for TR today and for awareness and for that I’m grateful.”

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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Danica M. Sirmans, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Public Affairs

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Theodore Roosevelt Joins The Big Leagues

160424-N-DV340-218 SAN DIEGO (April 24, 2016) – Electrician’s Mate (Nuclear) 1st Class Alexander Bryans, representing the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), throws the ceremonial first pitch on the field at Petco Park, home field of the San Diego Padres during Petco Park’s Theodore Roosevelt Day. Theodore Roosevelt is currently homeported in San Diego awaiting a regularly scheduled maintenance period. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chase C. Lacombe/Released)

SAN DIEGO – Sailors from the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) were honored at Petco Park, home field of the San Diego Padres, during the park’s Theodore Roosevelt Day April 24.

Sailors participated in various pre-game events such as the ceremonial first pitch, joining the starting nine on the field, reenlistments, lining the bases and performing the national anthem prior to the Padres taking on the St. Louis Cardinals.

Capt. Craig Clapperton, Theodore Roosevelt’s commanding officer, personally reenlisted six Sailors on the field behind home plate, a unique opportunity for Sailors who have chosen to continue their naval career.

160424-N-DV340-151 SAN DIEGO (April 24, 2016) – Capt. Craig Clapperton, commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), reenlists six Sailors on the field at Petco Park, home field of the San Diego Padres during Petco Park’s Theodore Roosevelt Day. Theodore Roosevelt is currently homeported in San Diego awaiting a regularly scheduled maintenance period. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chase C. Lacombe/Released)

“Reenlisting Sailors is one of the best parts of my job,” Clapperton said. “I admire and appreciate the choice these young men and women make to continue to serve our nation, and it’s a great opportunity to show a stadium filled with our neighbors how important and special that choice is.”

Approximately 35 Sailors took the field and lined the bases as the crowd erupted in a chorus of cheers and remained standing as Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Grace Layugan performed the national anthem.

“HM3 Layugan did an outstanding job singing our national anthem,” said Clapperton. “It was a wonderful opportunity for some of our best and most talented Sailors to represent our Navy and their community. So many of our Sailors have hidden talents that are rarely seen on board, and even after all the time I have been in the Navy, I am still amazed at just how gifted many of these fantastic young men and women are. I am sure it was a moment she will carry with her for the rest of her life.”

160424-N-DV340-196 SAN DIEGO (April 24, 2016) – Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Grace Layugan, representing the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), performs the national anthem on the field at Petco Park, home field of the San Diego Padres during Petco Park’s Theodore Roosevelt Day. Theodore Roosevelt is currently homeported in San Diego awaiting a regularly scheduled maintenance period. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chase C. Lacombe/Released)

A traditional mainstay in baseball is the ceremonial first pitch thrown by an individual recognized prior to the actual game itself. Electrician’s Mate (Nuclear) 1st Class Alexander Bryans, Reactor Electrical Division’s Leading Petty Officer, was selected by the command to throw the first pitch.

Theodore Roosevelt Sailors continued to be honored with nine crewmembers taking the field alongside the Padres’ starting nine, taking their places at all bases as well as infield and outfield locations. Immediately thereafter, continuing the ceremonial festivities recognizing the Roosevelt’s Sailors, Electrician’s Mate 2nd Class Jasmine Richards rang the ceremonial bell signifying the start of the game.

During the seventh inning stretch, before the crowd sang “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” Electronics Technician 3rd Class Jessica Bourque preformed “God Bless America.”

It was a close game throughout most of the match up and was tied five to five at the end of the 7th inning stretch. However, the Cardinals three runs in the 8th inning left the game as a hard-fought loss for the Padres.

“It was a great privilege to be a part of this momentous day with our Sailors at Petco Park,” said Rear Adm. Lisa Franchetti, Commander Carrier Strike Group Nine. “We thank the city of San Diego and the Padres’ organization for giving the USS Theodore Roosevelt team such a warm and memorable welcome to her new homeport city. We were deeply honored to have our command recognized in such a grand fashion and greatly appreciate the opportunity for so many of our Sailors to take part in this day.”

 

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chase C. Lacombe, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Public Affairs

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More Than Just a Cake

PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 9, 2015) – The smell of fresh cake fills the air of the bake shop. One Sailor, known as the cake boss, is there waiting for the cake to be ready for icing. With long strokes he spreads the icing. The detail in the design on top takes hours of perfecting. When the cake is finished it’s time to enjoy.

The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) has their own cake boss in Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Keizer Rosales.

 

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151107-N-ZF498-075 PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 7, 2015) – Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Keizer Rosales, from San Francisco, decorates a cake aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations as part of a worldwide deployment en route to its new homeport in San Diego to complete a three-carrier homeport shift. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Anthony N. Hilkowski/Released)

“I really enjoy making the cakes for the ship,” said Rosales. “I really like art and drawing so I am able to use my artistic abilities with that, for making the cake and decorating them as well.”

For Rosales making cakes is a rather new challenge for him. Before the Navy he did not have any training for making or decorating them.

“I had never made or decorated a cake before,” said Rosales. “I was new to the whole thing but now I am looking to go and take some decorating classes in my free time to learn more and be able to make better cakes for everyone.”

Rosales has an appreciation for decorating cakes that wasn’t necessarily there before.

“What people don’t understand that is it is actually hard to get the cake the way you want it, especially when you are as passionate about it as I am,” said Rosales. “It is a way for me to take what I see in my head and then transfer it onto the cakes I make.”

TR cakes play a big part in celebrating everything from a reenlistment to the Chief Petty Officer birthday. With the amount of cake that is made for the ship it can sometimes become a lot for one person.

“Rosales never complains about the amount of work he has to do,” said Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Steven Heard. “At one point he was making two or three cakes a day, which is a lot, and every one of them looked great. He put everything he had to each cake.”

Rosales does the job with enthusiasm and seamlessly filled the role of a first class petty officer.

“He has definitely done a very good job with the cakes,” said Chief Culinary Specialist Nino Villamor. “He has taken over when one of our CS1’s left and he has moved right into the roll and has just done a great job with it.”

 

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151107-N-ZF498-035 PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 7, 2015) – Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Keizer Rosales, from San Francisco, spreads icing on a cake aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations as part of a worldwide deployment en route to its new homeport in San Diego to complete a three-carrier homeport shift. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Anthony N. Hilkowski/Released)

 

By Mass Communication Specialist Anthony N. Hilkowski, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Public Affairs

 

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Theodore Roosevelt Departs 7th Fleet and Enters 3rd Fleet

WESTERN PACIFIC OCEAN – The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) departed the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations and entered the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of operations Nov. 13.

While in 7th Fleet, Theodore Roosevelt participated in Exercise Malabar 15 with the Indian Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, made a port visit to Singapore and hosted Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and Malaysia’s Defense Minister.

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“Our time in 7th Fleet was certainly well spent and eventful,” said Rear Adm. Roy Kelley, commander, Carrier Strike Group 12. “Malabar 15 was an excellent opportunity to build relationships and improve interoperability with our Indian Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force counterparts. It was also a pleasure to host Secretary of Defense Carter.
It was great for our crew members to hear, from the highest levels, why their service matters and how it is having a direct impact every day.”

Theodore Roosevelt’s entrance into 3rd Fleet marks the final phase of the ship’s eight-and-a-half month deployment before pulling in to its new homeport of San Diego.
“It has been an arduous eight months and the crew has done a superb job, and I am incredibly proud of their accomplishments. I look forward to finishing strong and bringing Theodore Roosevelt to her new home in San Diego,” said Capt. Craig Clapperton, commanding officer of Theodore Roosevelt.

Before the 2015 deployment officially ends Theodore Roosevelt will pick up friends and family for a five-day Tiger Cruise that concludes in San Diego. It is the first time Theodore Roosevelt will pull into San Diego in the ship’s 29-year history. Theodore Roosevelt’s change of homeport is part of a three-carrier swap that includes USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, and USS George Washington (CVN 73), which is on her way to her new homeport in Norfolk.

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jennifer Case, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Public Affairs

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United Through Reading Connects Sailors with Their Loved Ones

PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 9, 2015) – USS Theodore Roosevelt’s (CVN 71) Sailors and Marines submitted more than 2,000 videos to their loved ones through the United Through Reading (UTR) program and earned themselves recognition as the leading command for submissions in the Atlantic Fleet.

The previous record for the Atlantic fleet was 1,610, and the all-time record for any carrier is at 2,371 which was recorded during a 15-month deployment.

“There were 96 volunteers and 800-plus hours went into this program,” said Religious Program Specialist 1st Class William Murdy, the program coordinator.
UTR is a program that allows deployed Sailors to read to their children via video recordings. Program volunteers provide some age-appropriate books, space and equipment and then convert parents’ recordings to CD or DVD so children can view the readings at home.

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“The most influential time in a child’s development is when the child is young,” said Religious Program Specialist 1st Class William Murdy. “Being able to show themselves on a TV and reading a book to their kids, allows the children to see and recognize that person—so that when they come back from deployment, the mother or father is not a stranger.”

Although the program was originally for Sailors to read to children, the program has evolved into a way for Sailors to connect with anyone, be it a child, spouse, or friend, through recorded video. This has allowed Sailors to get creative when sending these video recordings.

Some people will even write their own stories,” said Aviation Electrician’s Mate 1st Class Caitlin Brunetta, a program volunteer. “I had a Sailor who would write a story and then read it with his own illustrations of it on notebook paper. Another would read out the letters he wrote to his wife.”

Brunetta opted to give her child an opportunity to interact with her while watching the recording.

“I bought a 10-pack of books, and I read the whole series to my daughter. I told her with each book to read with me,” she said. “When I was done reading all the books, I sent the package with all the books I recorded home to her.”

Volunteers were careful to provide maximum privacy since some Sailors cry during the videos, said Murdy.

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“The recordings are private, so once the volunteer starts the recording: the Sailor can speak however they want, in whatever language they speak and however is most comfortable to them,” said Brunetta. “Then we just come in to end the recording, put it on a disc, and we give it to them in an envelope to mail. They can send it home on their own.”

Sailors and Marines are encouraged to try the program, “There is no limit on how many times a Sailor can come back to make another video,” said Brunetta. “So if a Sailor was away from their child or family for a long time, this is a way for that Sailor to cope. Some people came every other day to make a video for their child.”

Theodore Roosevelt is the flagship of the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (TRCSG), which is composed of Carrier Strike Group 12, Carrier Air Wing 1, Destroyer Squadron 2 staff, the guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60) and the guided-missile destroyers USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81), USS Farragut (DDG 90) and USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98).

Theodore Roosevelt is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations as part of a worldwide deployment en route to its new homeport in San Diego to complete a three-carrier homeport shift.

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Joseph S. Yu, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Public Affairs

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Secretary of Defense Visits USS Theodore Roosevelt

SOUTH CHINA SEA (NOV. 05, 2015) – Secretary of Defense Ash Carter visited the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) today in the South China Sea and met with Sailors and Marines aboard the ship to thank them for their service following more than 8 months at sea.

During the visit, Carter received a brief covering the operations of Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group, held a brief press conference, met with Cmdr. Robert Francis, commanding officer of the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG-82), and spoke with a group of 200 Sailors and Marines.

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During his press conference, Carter discussed the U.S. role in security operations in the region.

“The American approach to the security structure for Asia is an inclusive one. I believe that discussions with China, military-to-military contact with China and making sure that nobody does anything or has any misunderstandings, is all a critical part of the job of keeping peace and stability out here,” said Carter. “We’re not trying to make divisions. We want China to be part of the security system of Asia, not to stand apart from it.”

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Speaking to the crew, Carter thanked them for their service and noted the impact they have had on events around the world.

“I am so proud to be your Secretary of Defense. You have been at the hinge of everything happening in the strategic history of this era,” said Carter. “First off, you were part of the ISIL fight. That was when you were in the Middle East. Now you are in a completely different part of the world. If you look around this region, there is no NATO, there is no structure that keeps the peace in Asia and yet half of humanity lives here, half of the world’s economy is here, so it is a place of great consequence for America’s future and security. We are what creates reassurance, brings people together and stops the animosity that is very real among these countries.”

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Following his speech, Carter presented coins to the crew in attendance as more than 200 Sailors and Marines lined up to shake the defense secretary’s hand.

“He was very knowledgeable on the region. It was definitely interesting to have him put it in perspective for us,” said Aviation Electronics Technician 3rd Class Joseph Evans. “It was nice hearing that someone actually knows and cares about what’s going on with our military.”

Theodore Roosevelt is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations as part of a worldwide deployment en route to its new homeport in San Diego to complete a three-carrier homeport shift.

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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Chad M. Trudeau, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Public Affairs

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