Nimitz Sailors Prepare to Return Home

Story Number: NNS100303-08Release Date: 3/3/2010 4:47:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW/AW) Amara R. Timberlake, USS Nimitz Public Affairs

USS NIMITZ, At Sea (NNS) -- Sailors aboard aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) held Return and Reunion training Feb. 22-March 2 prior to their return to San Diego.

Fleet and Family Services San Diego sponsored the training which includes classes on interpersonal and relationship health, and financial well-being. The training serves as a way for service members returning from an operational deployment to deal with reintegration to their families and the accompanying stresses.

"The number one reason we're out here is to get our Sailors prepared for their families," said Duret Gray, a life skills educator from Fleet and Family Services.

Gray takes pride in seeing the results of what he does on a large scale.

"I'm covering vehicle safety, some of the new laws that are out there, and some of the existing laws that people aren't so familiar with," said Officer Art Athens, from the California Highway Patrol.

Athens and other officers know firsthand the potential challenges of a few thousand people driving around a city for the first time in eight months.

"Since you've been on deployment for eight months, living on a ship, your depth perception may have been reduced because of the close proximity of everything here," said Athens. "Before you get behind the wheel, you should ride around with somebody so that you can get acclimated to keeping your eyes up and looking as far down the road as possible so that you can have a little advanced lead-time for those hazards out on the California highways and freeways."

"It's a nicer opportunity for us to have a conversation here on the Nimitz, rather than on the side of I-5 [freeway]," said Athens.

Nimitz continues her routine deployment in the western Pacific in support of the maritime strategy.

Nimitz CSG is comprised of USS Nimitz, embarked Carrier Air Wing 11, embarked Destroyer Squadron 23, and Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS Chosin. Ships assigned to DESRON 23 include the destroyers USS Pinckney, USS Sampson and the frigate USS Rentz.

Squadrons from CVW 11 include the "Black Aces" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41, the "Tophatters" of VFA-14, the "Warhawks" of VFA-97, the "Sidewinders" of VFA-86, the "Indians" of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 6, the "Black Ravens" of Electronic Attack Squadron 135, the "Providers" of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 30 and the "Wallbangers" of Carrier Airborne Command and Control Squadron 117.

Helicopter detachments include the "Easy Riders" of Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron Light 37, the "Battle Cats" of HSL-43, the "Wolfpack" of HSL-45, the "Scorpions" of HSL-49 and the "Wildcards" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 23. Also accompanying the Nimitz CSG are Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 11 and the USNS Bridge.

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Paramedics Scott Neusch and Vincient Easevoli demonstrate on Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Joseph Childree aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) how paramedics treat accident victims.
100224-N-7939W-020 PHILIPPINES SEA (Feb. 24, 2010) Paramedics Scott Neusch and Vincient Easevoli demonstrate on Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Joseph Childree how paramedics treat accident victims aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) . The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is conducting operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nichelle Noelle Whitfield/Released)
February 24, 2010
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