USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, At Sea (NNS) -- Thirty USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) Air Department Sailors, who volunteered to extend their deployment to complete their professional qualification training, embarked aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) June 26.
The Sailors checked in on board Eisenhower midway through the deployment and wanted to complete their professional qualifications before returning home.
Leadership from both Eisenhower and Truman supported the Sailors' requests, and the Eisenhower Sailors arrived shortly before Truman relieved Eisenhower in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR).
The group includes four officers, one chief, one leading petty officer and 24 junior enlisted sailors.
Although it is not common for a large group of Sailors to cross-deck and extend their deployment, it is becoming a more frequent practice, said Cmdr. Espiridion Limon, Eisenhower's assistant air officer.
"Because of the strategic realm we are in, it is important we work together and keep our Sailors trained so that we can accomplish the mission," said Limon. "We are all on the same team."
One of the benefits of having the Eisenhower Sailors on board is their familiarity with the 5th Fleet AOR.
"We are already acclimated to this area," said Limon. "We know the weather conditions, and we are used to the time change. We can use our experience to help."
The Eisenhower Sailors have integrated into Truman's crew well.
Some of the junior Eisenhower Sailors said they even want to extend their time on board to last the entire Truman deployment. Limon attributes this motivation to the Sailors' desire for professional growth and desire to serve.
"What we do is bigger than any individual," said Limon. "What we do is for a greater good, and these Sailors want to be a part of the adventure."
Truman's crew has made the transition between the two carriers easily, said Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuel) Airman Alfonso Morris, temporarily assigned to the V-4 Division.
"The chain of command here is really supportive of the junior people and qualifications. Everyone is really professional and extremely nice," said Morris. "Everyone just started talking to me as if I have worked here forever. I feel like I fit in well."
Truman Sailor Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuel) 3rd Class (AW/SW) Michael Martin, a JP-5 Pump Room 3 console operator, agrees with Morris.
"Morris' hard work and drive for his qualifications helps more than himself, it helps us too," said Martin. "It has been a pleasure to have such a hard working Sailor on board with us."
Morris, who reported to the Eisenhower in November 2009, said he volunteered to come to the Truman to get more time in the fuel pump rooms.
"Anything can happen while you are over here doing what we do," Morris said. "You have to be prepared for any emergency. Experience is the best training you can get."
Morris and his fellow Eisenhower Sailors will depart Truman once they complete their required qualifications. They expect to be back in Norfolk late summer 2010 to join Eisenhower pierside in Norfolk.
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