MILITARY NOTES: Seaman Ceja gains training

Navy Seaman Jorge A. Ceja, a 2008 graduate of Hood River Valley High School, is currently deployed. Ceja, along with fellow sailors and Marines aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65), hosted a material, maintenance and management assist (3MA) team, as they evaluated the ship’s 3M program.

The 3MA team consists of senior enlisted members ranging from chief petty officers to master chief petty officers from Commander, Naval Air Force’s 3M training department. They are responsible for assessing Enterprise’s 3M program and training Sailors to be more successful at 3M.

The purpose of this visit is to find out where the ship stands right now in their maintenance program. This serves as an indicator to tell the ship what improvements are needed, whether it’s procedure, a tag-out or something involving personal protective equipment.

The 3MA team conducts multiple spot checks with various work centers in an effort to evaluate the effectiveness of the ship’s 3M program. The 3MA visit is designed to help raise that awareness and train sailors on how to improve the ship’s 3M practices.

Sailors and Marines aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise and Carrier Strike Group conducted training and promoted the Sexual Assault Awareness Month campaign throughout the month of April, starting with “Hurts One, Affects All.”

The SAAM initiative is to ensure each and every sailor and Marine aboard the Enterprise completely understands that the prevention of sexual assault is an all-hands effort.

Sexual assault not only negatively impacts the Navy’s readiness, but also the well being of sailors. This effort was driven by Enterprise’s leadership, because every sailor and Marine has the right to a workplace free of discrimination, harassment and assault.

The Command’s SAAM initiative consists of three phases. The first phase, “Hurts One, Affects All,” informs service members that even a single incident of sexual assault negatively impacts combat readiness and effectiveness.

The second phase, “Prevention is Everyone’s Duty,” focuses on how sailors and Marines must look out for one another, both on and off duty, to prevent harm.

The third phase, “We Will Not Tolerate Sexual Assault,” stresses the fact that sexual assault is a problem affecting everyone in the military, regardless of service or pay grade, and must be eliminated through an all-hands effort.

Additional support and information regarding sexual assault prevention can be found at cf1ul www.sapr.navy.mil http://www.sapr.navy.milcf0ulnone.

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Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge



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