Truman Sailors Prepare to Advance, Attend Workshop

Story Number: NNS090810-08Release Date: 8/10/2009 4:55:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jymyaka Braden,
USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs

USS Harry S. Truman At Sea (NNS) -- USS Harry S. Truman's (CVN 75) First Class Petty Officers' Association is hosting an advancement exam prep workshop every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m. in the first class petty officer's mess for all eligible E-4 through E-6 candidates.

The first class petty officers association (FCPOA) has also solicited help from members of the second class petty officers association (SCPOA) to lead training.

"We wanted to include SCPOA in this as well so that we have the most subject matter experts to help teach these topics," said Air Traffic Controller 1st Class (AW) Nick Braunshaun, workshop coordinator. "We're going to go over all the professional military knowledge topics and basic military requirements that will be on the bibliographies."

Braunshaun said the ultimate goal of the workshop is improve and encourage command advancement.

"Realistically, we know that everyone won't advance, but everyone can benefit from the knowledge," Braunshaun said. "We all want the best for our Sailors because as we transition, they are our reliefs."

"As the Navy continues to transition ahead, it's critical we focus on the junior Sailors of today and instill the knowledge in them they need in order to be successful."

Braunshaun said it was essential to him that the leaders today made an effort to improve the next generation of the Navy.

SCPOA President Machinist Mate 2nd Class (SW) Kelvin Hugley said helping his shipmates advance is important to him.

"Truman Sailors are the best the fleet has to offer. We're above the standard. What better way to reward superior Sailors than to advance them?" Hugley said.

He added that studying as a group can be more effective and motivating than studying alone.

"Group-studying offers encouragement and makes it easier to identify your weaknesses," Hugley said. "Other people can challenge you more and offer some perspective."

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