Reserve Detachment Offers Unique Insight while Underway with Truman

Story Number: NNS090822-05Release Date: 8/22/2009 8:35:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Chief Lucy Quinn, USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs

USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, At Sea (NNS) -- Navy Reservists from around the country embarked USS Harry S. Truman (HST) (CVN 75) Aug. 2 to support the ship's current underway operations and receive training.

HST Sailors welcomed the 58 Reservists aboard and looked forward to learning from the Reservists' civilian job experiences and skills.

"I appreciate that they are here," said Command Master Chief Allen R. Walker. "They bring diversity and success. We're all fighting a common war on terrorism."

Master Chief Fred Kurtz, a Reservist from Commander Navy Installation Fire and Rescue Command, Willow Grove, Penn., repairs freight cars as a civilian employee for Norfolk Southern Railroad. He'll celebrate 28 years in the Navy Aug. 12.

"My mechanical background with the railroad fits in here - it all works hand-in-hand," said Kurtz. "Underway means everything to me. The training is always indispensable."

While the Reservists support the crew in successfully completing required workups and qualifications underway, they receive training and experience that better prepares them to support the fleet during mobilizations.

"We're happy we've been so well received by the ship," said Lt. Cmdr. Kirk Schneringer, officer in charge of Reserve Detachment 09-9.

The most junior Sailor in the detachment is Seaman Stephen Ghanoo. Ghanoo, a Reservist from the Navy Operational Support Center Orlando, Fla., has only been in the Navy for one year. During the underway, his first at-sea experience, he had the opportunity to experience line handling while assigned to deck division 2.

"The lines were way heavier than I thought they'd be," said Ghanoo.

Ghanoo's goal in the Navy is to become an aviation rescue swimmer. He is currently a college student and plans on becoming a psychiatrist.

Some of the civilian professions represented by the Reserve Sailors on board include law enforcement, retail, healthcare, automotive, education and communication. These Reservists offer unique insight into civilian career opportunities.

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