USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH, At Sea (NNS) -- USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) welcomed a new fun boss aboard.
Erin Saluta is a personal trainer, certified to teach cardio-kickboxing, step and spin classes.
"She has a very positive attitude, and upbeat tempo," said Chief Electronics Technician (SW/AW) Timothy M. Gerton, MWR leading chief petty officer. "We have a lot more programs scheduled now than we used to, so it will appeal to a larger percentage of the crew, which will give everyone a chance to have something they might be interested in."
If Sailors workout they are going to feel better, Saluta said.
"She has taken an active role in creating a wonderful physical fitness program that will improve the well-being and fitness of the whole crew and allow for a higher rate of passing the PFA," Gerton said. "With the physical fitness incentive program awarding people things like water bottles, George Bush patches and eventually a George Bush sweater, it will also increase the participation and esprit de corps of the ship."
Saluta has also established fitness challenges including a 2,000 meter rowing challenge and a bench press contest. The challenges encourage Sailors to try new exercises. Every challenge will have a winner and prizes, but for those challenges she plans on having a plaque posted for the winners displaying their name and time or weight, starting a ship's record.
Saluta offers activities every night while the ship is underway, ranging from video game and Texas Hold'em tournaments to bingo and movie nights. She keeps the program booked with trips and events even after the ship pulls back into port, to give Sailors and their families a variety of fun, affordable opportunities for liberty.
"I treat being back in port like another port of call, so if you haven't explored Virginia, here's a chance," Saluta said.
Saluta encourages suggestions for other activities.
"My program is only as good as the people who are participating in it," Saluta said. "If I offered the same thing over and over again then we are getting those people, but what about the people who want to try something different."
Saluta plans on being with George H.W. Bush as long as she keeps having fun and as long as the commanding officer thinks she is doing a good job, she said.
"When you get into MWR, you can't get out. You have all the benefits of the Navy life without being in the Navy," Saluta said. "I get to see the world and travel with you guys and experience it. How many civilians get to say they've deployed with an aircraft carrier?"
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