Chief Selectees Begin Path on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower

first_img Share this article View post tag: Navy View post tag: D. View post tag: begin Fifty-eight 1st class petty officers aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), Carrier Air Wing Seven and the staff of Carrier Strike Group Eight were selected for advancement to chief petty officer, July 31.While operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, the selectees were announced by Capt. Marcus A. Hitchcock, IKE’s commanding officer and Capt. Samuel Paparo, commander Carrier Air Wing Seven, during a ship-wide announcement. “When I first found out I made Chief, there were a lot of emotions,” said Chief (Sel.) Machinist’s Mate (SW/AW) Chris Navitskis of reactor propulsion division. “To be selected to become part of that group is a pretty surreal feeling. I knew my time would come, I just wasn’t expecting it so quickly.”Selectees aboard IKE will wear a “Chief Selectee” badge and will soon change their title to “Chief,” forever changing their naval careers.“It really is an honor to be selected for chief,” said Chief (Sel.) Aviation Structural Mechanic (AW/SW) Francis Furstman, from the Jolly Rogers of VFA-103. “It’s been a career long goal of mine. I’m looking forward to taking more of a role as a mentor and leader.”The CPO selectees welcome the new challenge of taking charge of the deckplates and leading junior Sailors.“For the past few years, I have been trying to step up and be a leader for the younger guys,” said Navitskis. “Now, I’ll be able to have a stronger and deeper impact on junior Sailors. Everybody always looks up to the Chief, and to become a part of that tradition is humbling.”Command Master Chief (AW/SW) Gregg Snaza explained that prior to putting the gold anchors of a chief petty officer on their uniforms, selectees must go through an induction process.During the induction process, selectees receive physical training, mentoring, and training in the various new responsibilities they will take on with the gold anchors. IKE’s induction ends on Sept. 14, with a pinning ceremony.“The next six weeks will be challenging as they dive into the roles and responsibilities of a chief petty officer,” said Snaza. “IKE has more than 300 chiefs aboard and I think I speak for all of them when I say we’re looking forward to this year’s induction.”Snaza said another goal is to revitalize the chief’s mess by reinforcing the traditions and meaning behind the chief petty officers.“Our goal is to illuminate the challenges that chiefs face every day and to impart upon our new selectees that leadership and integrity are key,” said Snaza. “I look forward to induction every year. It recharges my batteries and brings back to the forefront all the great things chiefs stand for.”For those Sailors selected, being advanced is the result of years of hard work, dedication, and help from those before them.“Making chief has always been a goal of mine,” said Navitskis. “I wouldn’t be here without other chiefs who helped me along the way.”Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operation conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, August 3, 2012 View post tag: Eisenhower View post tag: Selectees View post tag: Dwight View post tag: chief View post tag: USScenter_img View post tag: Naval Chief Selectees Begin Path on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Back to overview,Home naval-today Chief Selectees Begin Path on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower August 3, 2012 View post tag: ON View post tag: path Authorities View post tag: News by topiclast_img read more

Construction at Exit 15 in Winooski to begin June 21

first_imgThe Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) on Monday, June 21, will begin work to improve the Exit 15 northbound off ramp along Interstate 89 in Winooski. The construction is expected to last into the fall, and will affect traffic seeking to exit the Interstate as well as traffic along Route 15. Once construction begins, motorists are encouraged to leave additional time to reach their destination.Currently, the northbound Exit 15 off ramp has two dedicated left turn lanes heading west toward downtown Winooski along Route 15, and one dedicated turn lane heading east along Route 15 towards St. Michaels College. At the completion of the project, there will be one left turn lane and two right turn lanes onto Route 15.The project also includes a slight widening of the Interstate exit ramp, as well as installation of new signs and traffic signals at the exit’s intersection with Route 15. A new traffic signal also will be installed at the intersection of Route 15 and Roland Court.When completed, this safety improvement project will allow traffic to exit the Interstate onto Route 15 with greater ease. At times, peak-volume traffic currently backs up onto the Interstate. This project is designed to alleviate this safety concern.A portion of this project will include night work along Route 15.  Night work will include milling existing pavement and laying new pavement between Exit 15 and Roland Court.  Traffic will be reduced to one-way during night work activities.  Specific dates of night work are undetermined at this time.During construction, motorists using Exit 15 northbound and Route 15 near the exit will experience traffic delays.  Traffic control will be present to maintain traffic flow.  Motorists are encouraged to either seek alternate routes or plan for delays when traveling in and around the project area.Source: VTrans. 6.15.2010last_img read more

Lyon face up to Ronaldo and Juventus as Juninho era struggles for lift-off

first_imgCristiano RonaldoLyon, France | AFP |  Anthony Lopes describes Cristiano Ronaldo as “extraordinary”, and the Lyon goalkeeper knows how big a job he faces keeping his Portuguese international colleague quiet when the French side face Juventus in the Champions League this week.“I have been lucky enough to play alongside him. He is the captain and an extraordinary personality, a great man,” Lopes told AFP when asked about playing with Ronaldo.Lopes, 29, was born near Lyon and has spent his entire club career there. But thanks to his Portuguese roots he has won seven caps and been to two major tournaments with Ronaldo, including Euro 2016 which Portugal won.“I have gone to major tournaments with him, the Euro and the World Cup, where you have to develop links to those around you, and to do what he does every day is quite incredible,” Lopes added. “Players today take great inspiration from him.”On Wednesday, OL host Ronaldo and the Italian giants in the first leg of their last-16 tie.Lyon are massive underdogs against a Juve side in a hurry for Champions League success given the massive investment they made in Ronaldo, who recently turned 35.Last year it was Lionel Messi who put Lyon to the sword at this stage, scoring twice as Barcelona won 5-1 in the second leg after a goalless draw in France.“When you play Barca or Juve, the danger comes from everywhere,” Lopes said, adding: “All eyes will be on Ronaldo, especially in the stands.”Lyon want to become regulars in the Champions League knockout stage, but they only just scraped through their group and have since lost star player Memphis Depay to a serious knee injury.– Off-field progress –OL are currently seventh in Ligue 1, seven points adrift of the Champions League qualifying spots for next season.Coach Rudi Garcia has struggled to win over supporters who were unimpressed at the decision to appoint him in October after the failed experiment with Brazilian novice Sylvinho.“We know our future and our chances of being in the Champions League again next season will go down to the wire,” Lopes said. Lyon president since 1987, Jean-Michel Aulas prefers to point out that they remain in every competition — they face Paris Saint-Germain in both the French Cup semi-finals and the League Cup final.Supporters are impatient for a first trophy since 2012, too long for a club who are France’s second-richest behind PSG.The latest Deloitte Football Money League ranking of the world’s richest clubs has Lyon 17th with revenue of 220.8 million euros ($240m).They are well behind PSG’s 636 million euros, and Juventus on 460 million euros. Nevertheless, Lyon’s potential is clear.In 2016 they opened a stunning 59,000-seat stadium which has hosted the women’s World Cup final. Their women’s team is Europe’s best, and the club recently bought Reign FC, the US team of Megan Rapinoe.Lyon’s stock market-listed holding company, OL Groupe, is expected to soon welcome French former NBA star Tony Parker onto its board — OL Groupe holds a sizeable stake in ASVEL, the local basketball club which is France’s most successful.But fans fear OL’s ever-growing off-field status will not be matched by on-field results.“We know not many of the supporters wanted Rudi Garcia, but it is down to the president, the board and me to make decisions,” sporting director Juninho told Le Progres.The Brazilian, a legendary former player, returned last summer but his attempts at building a new team have not yet convinced.Lyon sold stars like Nabil Fekir, Tanguy Ndombele and Ferland Mendy in the close season, while sizeable investments in new signings have yet to bear fruit.“We have an inconsistent team, but there are no bad guys. Most of the players are 24 or 25, have not won many trophies, and lack a bit of the culture that existed at the club when I played,” said Juninho.How they could have done with the Brazilian in his pomp against Juventus. Getting the better of Ronaldo and co. is a huge challenge for Lyon’s current crop.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Spring Arts Walk Registration Now Open

first_imgSubmitted by City of OlympiaIt’s that time again!  Registration forms for artists and downtown businesses participating in Arts Walk XLVI are now available at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW, online at or by calling Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation at 360/753-8380.  Earlybird deadline for registration is 7pm, Friday, February 8, 2013.  Sponsored by Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation and the Olympia Arts Commission, spring Arts Walk attracts over 20,000 visitors to celebrate the arts in downtown Olympia.  Spring Arts Walk dates are Friday, April 26, 2013, 5-10pm, and Saturday, April 27, 2013, 12-8pm. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more