Command Master Chiefs Host Daily GQ Show

Story Number: NNS070403-10Release Date: 4/3/2007 7:05:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Seaman Jeff Troutman, USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- USS Harry S. Truman's (CVN 75) command master chief and his embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3 colleague have begun airing a special debriefing program on the ship's Site TV stations following General Quarters (GQ) drills.

The program, dubbed 'The Truman Show,' airs each time a GQ drill is staged aboard the ship and aims to inform crew members on their performance during the drills.

Truman Command Master Chief (AW/SW) Clarence Frye explained that he thought the drills might be a good opportunity for he and CVW-3 Command Master Chief (AW/SW) James Day to show their faces, stress a few points and hit on some things that they thought were really important.

"On [this ship], it's always been just the captain and me as the faces of Harry S. Truman, and I think this program gives the crew a little different spin on what's out there," Frye said.

Frye said the "Truman Show" will primarily focus on assessing the ship's performance of GQ drills, but will also discuss topics relating to how the air squadron and ship's crew can come together as a team.

Truman and CVW 3 are united for a 25-day underway period that began March 20. Together, the squadron and the ship's crew are working to complete the Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) evaluation and prepare the ship for deployment later this year. The Afloat Training Group (ATG) is conducting the assessment.

"As aviation Sailors, we don't get a lot of integration to the warfighting responsibilities of the Sailors who are surface warfare-qualified," Day said. "It's good training for [the aviation crew] to prepare in the event there is ever a catastrophe."

Day said the "Truman Show" is a great way to keep the Truman-Battle Ax warfighting team updated on how they're performing as a unit.

"A lot of times the Sailors don't get a big picture of the whole warfighting effort, so we try and touch on a little bit of all the areas," Day said.

Frye said he would like to see the "Truman Show" become a continuous program on the ship's television site. He said if the team could apply their training well enough to the GQ drills, they may be able to perform for a grade earlier than expected.

"If we get done sooner, there's only one thing left for us to do, and that's go home," Frye said.

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Sailors dress out in full firefighting equipment while participating in a general quarters (GQ) drill on board USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).
Official U.S. Navy file photo of Sailors in full firefighting equipment while participating in a general quarters (GQ) drill aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).
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