RSEP Briefs Give ALCSG Sailors Heads-Up on Pacific Region

Story Number: NNS060307-11Release Date: 3/7/2006 9:00:00 PM
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By Journalist 2nd Class Michael Hart, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs

USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS) -- Sailors from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Carrier Strike Group (ALCSG) have the opportunity to attend Regional Security Program (RSEP) briefs March 2-12 while underway.

The briefs cover topics ranging from the overall picture of a Security Affairs Program to China's rise as an economic power in the world.

"These briefs help Sailors better understand how the world works," said retired Rear Adm. Stephen Loeffler, director of program development and regional security education.

The briefs, which are as varied as the region's naval vessels deploy to, are designed to give Sailors a better view on the foreign ports that they'll visit at anytime during a deployment.

"There are briefs for everywhere Navy forces go to," said Loeffler. "The briefs help raise regional awareness for a country's history, political and economic situation, what influence the United States has in the area, current issues and cultural awareness and diplomacy."

Loeffler added when Sailors visited foreign ports, they are acting as diplomats for the United States and that by attending these briefs, they realize that fact and become better diplomats.

The information put out, although broad and unspecific due to operational security (OPSEC), left an impression on both Lincoln and air wing Sailors.

"I think it's important for everyone to be here at these briefs," said Intelligence Specialist 2nd Class Richard Jensen, of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 34. "They can get a better understanding of the Navy's mission and [that of] other U.S. forces, as well."

Jensen wasn't the only one impressed with the brief.

"The subjects covered definitely impact the things we do," said Intelligence Specialist 1st Class (SW) Jeremy Heyer from operation's OZ division. "The brief was a look at the big picture on world events. It was definitely a neat way to look at things going on."

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