ARABIAN GULF (Oct. 1, 2015)– The Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD) welcomed Sailors and Marines to a professional development event entitled, “Kickstart,” on the aft mess decks aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), Oct. 1.
The CSADD-led event featured organizations such as the First Class Petty Officer Association, Second Class Petty Officer Association, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response team, Drug and Alcohol Program Advisor and coordinators from each warfare program to facilitate command involvement and encourage maximum qualification proficiency.
“We invited all the associations and the enlisted coordinators to help Sailors get training, as well as get more involved throughout the command,” said Personnel Specialist 3rd Class Rona Enzon, CSADD vice president. “We had more than 600 people who attended the event and everyone has been telling us they were able to get what they wanted out of it.”
Warfare qualifications are a requirement for TR Sailors. The crew is expected to be proficient in their warfare areas in order to be an asset to the TR team. Unfortunately, finding time to train with qualified personnel can be difficult because of the ship’s busy schedule. TR’s Kickstart created a solution to that common problem by providing the crew with an opportunity to network with the subject-matter experts aboard.
CSADD is primarily geared toward junior Sailors trying to make a difference in their commands, but it is open to all personnel and welcomes the advice and experience of more senior members. One such member is Chief Logistics Specialist Donna Massey, one of CSADD’s senior advisors.
“I believe Kickstart was very successful because it gave us a chance to introduce the programs that are aboard,” said Massey. “Most of the Sailors that spend a lot of time manning their watch stations, or confined to their workspaces, don’t get a chance to get out and get the ESWS [Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist pin] signatures and training that they need, so instead of those Sailors leaving work tired and trying to find ESWS board members, we brought all warfare programs to a central location.”
Far from being a business-only event, Kickstart featured games and music while crew members mingled and made new connections.
Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Jeterry Cain found the event so uplifting that he signed up to join CSADD that night.
”It was great,” said Cain. “I had a chance to meet a lot of great people that I had a lot in common with. It definitely did boost morale.”
Cain felt Sailors were able to gain a great deal from the night’s festivities.
CSADD is a group of Sailors dedicated to creating a culture in which Shipmates maintain a course of success through good decision making. Kickstart was an event imbued with those ideals and designed to raise the morale of all Sailors in the process.
If anyone is interested in joining CSADD and volunteering to help with similar events, contact any CSADD board member or visit their SharePoint page.
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 99) and USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98).
Roosevelt is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the region.
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