Warfare Stand-down Helps Get Sailors Qualified

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jacob I. Allison

SOUTH CHINA SEA, (Oct 6, 2012) –  Sailors aboard the U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) took a break from operations to host an Enlisted Warfare stand-down  Oct. 6.

Subject-matter experts from 13 different departments for surface, and six for air, took Sailors on tours of ship spaces while supplying the instruction and institutional knowledge critical for the Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist (ESWS) and Enlisted Air Warfare Specialist (EAWS).

“This is the first warfare day of this cruise due to our schedule,” said Senior Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Robert Stolt, from Detriot, the command warfare coordinator, “It’s the first opportunity for Sailors to come out and get their qualifications signed off. We have many 1st and 2nd class petty officers who were able to provide training and walkthroughs today.”

The ESWS and EAWS warfare qualifications denote Sailors who have learned and qualified on systems from every department in their community.

Warfare pins are critical for a Sailor’s career in today’s Navy.

“Warfare pins show that you have a general knowledge of the ship and all of its systems,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Mark Alexander from Enterprise, Alabama, “With the strong competition to stay Navy, the pins show the Sailors with the drive and motivation to know their ship.”

“All Sailors should be qualified,” said Stolt. “We afford Sailors enough opportunities to get qualified. There shouldn’t be any excuses if a Sailor wants it badly enough; this is the perfect time to get their pin.”

During George Washington’s last warfare day, more than 750 Sailors participated in the event.

Most Sailors try to study too broadly and miss specifics of the different subjects.

“I’ve amassed quite a bit of study material, but it’s the precision study that works well,” said  Master Chief Cryptologic Technician (Collection) Kyucca-Ali Simpson, who recently completed his Air Warfare qualification, “Studying the information that’s going to be on the tests and knowing what’s important to your ship is what matters.”

“I’m really glad to see all the people benefiting from the warfare day,” said Simpson. “I’m hoping to see them on George Washington more frequently.”

George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its partners and allies in the Asia-Pacific region.

For high resolution photos of USS George Washington (CVN 73), click on our new Flickr website at http://www.flickr.com/photos/uss_george_washington/

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