Harry S. Truman's CMC Shares Deployment Lessons

Story Number: NNS071109-21Release Date: 11/9/2007 2:19:00 PM
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From Mass Communication Specialist Seaman James Fallon, USS USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs

USS Harry S Truman, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) began its seven-month deployment Nov. 5.

For many Sailors this is their first taste of the salty seas, for others just routine, but for Command Master Chief (AW/SW) Clarence Frye, it will be his last.

This is Frye's seventh deployment. More than 20 years ago, he set sail on his first underway cruise for eight and a half months. He said he only stopped at one port and explained how there wasn't Internet access or e-mails or any of the other amenities Sailors enjoy today. The mission however, was the same.

"It was 1980 and the enemy at the time were the Russians," said Frye. "Our job was very much like it is today-it was a presence deployment to show the flag and be the big stick."

Frye said getting underway was really emotional for him. It was the last time he will see the sight of 500 Sailors standing tall on the flight deck and looking sharp as their ship deploys.

He advises Sailors embarking on their first deployment, to set little goals; whether it is achieving qualifications, attending college classes or even learning a new language.

Aviation Boatswain's Mate Handler Airman Apprentice Lee Atkins' goals for this deployment include all qualifications, saving money, experiencing different countries and having fun.

"This is my first deployment and I am looking forward to it," Atkins said. "I'm expecting to have a good time. I have never been to another country, so I am excited about going to Italy and experiencing differences from the United States."

Information Systems Technician 2nd Class (SW) Corey Jackson deployed on the Harry S. Truman in 2004. Some of the challenges he faced during his last deployment were getting his work qualifications and warfare pins. To overcome some of these challenges, Jackson looked to Sailors who were more experienced.

"I asked them a lot of questions and tried to mimic some of the good things they did," Jackson said. "I kept asking people for help and they started showing me some of the tricks of the trade."

Jackson advises those Sailors on their very first deployment to carry their best attitude, be positive and find a stress reliever.

"No matter how small, silly or big it is, find something that puts your mind at ease and it makes the deployment easier," he said. "Some of my stress relievers are listening to music, playing games, playing guitar and just talking to people makes the time move a little faster."

Jackson's expectations are to carry on Harry S. Truman's standards of excellence, get his air warfare pin and make sure no mishaps occur.

Frye also expects the Truman team to work extremely hard. However, he recommends Sailors expect the unexpected and stay flexible.

"I don't have expectations to where we are going," Frye said.

Frye advises Sailors to use their time wisely. He said Sailors should take advantage of all the opportunities available to them.

"Set little goals," Frye said. "They don't have to be big goals, because little goals add up to the bigger goals."

For more news from USS Harry S. Truman, visit www.news.navy.mil/local/cvn75/.

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