Vinson Sailor Looks Forward to New Experiences on IA

Story Number: NNS080606-20Release Date: 6/6/2008 3:03:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman John Sampedro, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- A veteran Sailor aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) is venturing into unfamiliar territory this July as he prepares to depart on an individual augmentation (IA) deployment.

Aviation Electronics Technician 1st Class (AW/SW) Alain Wescott has served in the Navy for more than 11 years, and has spent the majority of his time while aboard Carl Vinson leading Sailors assigned to the ship's calibration lab.

Despite a drastic change in work environments, Wescott's leaders are confident that he's the right Sailor to handle the transition from shipboard life to operations in a forward-deployed, land-based environment.

"He is an extremely effective leader and mentor," said Senior Chief Aviation Electronics Technician (AW/SW) Robert Bennett, Vinson's Calibration Lab leading chief petty officer. "He is a very good Sailor and strives to improve all of the Sailors that work for him. He's ready for this IA assignment."

During his assignment, Wescott will assist Navy, Marine Corps and Army units in a joint-operations mission. Wescott said his IA assignment will be a change of pace from shipboard life, but will be an experience he said he'll benefit from.

"These IA deployments give Sailors an opportunity to serve the global war on terror[ism] in different capacities," said Wescott. "I understand the need for Sailors to deploy and help the other services."

Wescott said another benefit to his deployment is that good learning experiences can be passed by working in a joint-service environment.

"I've worked with the Marine Corps before and I look forward to the new experiences I will have with each branch of service," said Wescott.

Wescott's supervisors said his experiences on IA duty will only make him a better Sailor, and will also make him a more well-rounded military professional.

"Because he's a quality Sailor, Petty Officer Wescott will have a very successful IA tour," said Bennett. He is motivated to go and do his part to support the global war on terror[ism]."

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