Sunday, February 7, 2010

The USS Nimitz is Coming Home!

The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower has relieved the USS Nimitz in the North Arabian Sea and the Nimitz will be making its way home to San Diego.
The Nimitz, along with the USS Pinkney and the USS Rentz, made a port call in Phuket, Thailand for a few days of well deserved R & R. Sailors availed themselves of beautiful beaches, elephant rides, good Thai food, and other tourist attractions.
The Nimitz Strike Group had operated in the area since September, 2009. Friends and relatives of Nimitz sailors can welcome their sailors home with these Welcome Home USS Nimitz T-shirts and Gifts:


My Mommy is a Sailor on the USS NimitzWelcome Home Nimitz Women's Cap Sleeve T-Shirt
Welcome the USS Nimitz home along with your sailor on that carrier. Make your sailor feel welcome with this great T-shirt.

Product Information
Get into sporty, stylin' casual comfort with our Women's Cap Sleeve Raglan. Looks great on the go or just hangin' out. Made of 100% combed ring-spun cotton that gets even softer with each washing. Shaped fit, side seamed, contrast color cap sleeves and single-needle bound collar.
See all of the "Welcome Home USS Nimitz" T-Shirts and Gifts.


Monday, January 25, 2010

More Feedback for the Navy for Moms Holiday Project 2009

The coordinator of our project received a nice letter from J. W. Miller, Rear Admiral, US Navy, Commander, Carrier Strike Group 11.


It's a little difficult to read so here is what it says:

Commander, Carrier Strike Group ELEVEN
24, December 2009

Dear Ms. Peterson,

On behalf of the NIMITZ Strike Group please accept my sincerest thanks for initiating and coordinating the NIMITZ gift-giving project. As you can imagine being away for the holidays takes a tremendous toll on our Sailors, so this selfless act of kindness is certainly appreciated. Thanks to you and the other Navy Moms involved, every Sailor will have a gift to open on Christmas Day.

Once again, thanks and I hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Sincerely,

J.W. MILLER
Rear Admiral, U.S Navy

I thought the sailors would like the stockings and goody bags but I am surprised at the number of nice notes and letters some of our members got back. Some of the sailors even sent Nimitz coins in return. I know they are very busy and often very tired and we just wanted to let them know that they were being thought of by people back home.

USS Carl Vinson Sailors Volunteer to Help Provide Water for Haiti

The Carl Vinson has been playing an important role in providing relief to the Haitian victims of the 7.0 earthquake. U.S. Navy Captain Bruce H. Lindsey, the USS Carl Vinson’s commanding officer says “As long as there are injured people needing our care, we will stay here as long as it takes.”

In addition to tending the wounded, the ship has delivered medical supplies and more than 30,000 gallons of water to the island. The ship has a complement of helicopters that can transport people, supplies and equipment.

According to a Department of Defense article: “A group of sailors on the ship created a water tree, where they took piping and created spigots, and use the supply of water from the ship to fill containers with water for those in need in Haiti.

Lindsey said sailors volunteered their time to do build the water tree and fill 5 gallon jugs with water by hand. Because of their volunteer efforts each helicopter that leaves the ship has 32 of these jugs on flight.”

Like all aircraft carriers, the USS Carl Vinson has the ability to make 400,000 gallon of fresh water from sea water every day.

Source: Department of Defense

Friday, January 22, 2010

Quotes on the Constitution

In questions of power let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the constitution.
Thomas Jefferson
The Kentucky Resolution
1798

The people are the only legitimate fountain of power, and it is from them that the constitutional character, under which the several branches of government hold their power, is derived.
James Madison
The Federalist Papers
1788

It is an excellency of this Constitution that it is expressed with brevity, and in the plain common language of mankind.
Oliver Ellsworth
Statement made during the ratification debate
1787-1788


Thursday, January 21, 2010

USS Enterprise sends Sailors to Haiti

The Nimitz Class aircraft carrier, the USS Enterprise, which is currently in the Newport News Shipyard undergoing maintenance, will be sending 47 sailors to Haiti to assist in relief efforts.
Eleven are French-Creole speakers who will be doing translating on the hospital ship, the USNS Comfort. According to Navy.mil, there will be “air traffic controllers, aviation boatswain’s mates, ship’s servicemen, information systems technicians and several sailors from various specialties who will serve in general duties.” Despite having very little notice, when the call came the volunteer response from the sailors was overwhelming.

Kudos to the Enterprise sailors who are helping out in Haiti!

Quick Link:
USS Enterprise

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The 17th Amendment

Did you know that US Senators were originally appointed by the state legislatures? It seems strange to us now but this was part of the system of checks and balances intended to make the people more secure and keep the government limited. It would keep the states sovereign and would protect the people from abuses by either the state or federal government. People would have recourse from abuse by either. The Senators would be able to veto any legislation from the House of Representatives that threatened states' rights.

The protection of states’ rights was completely lost with the passage of the 17th amendment in 1913, which said that Senators would be elected by popular vote. States lost all representation on a Federal level. We really now have two Houses of Representatives and nothing can protect states from usurpation of their rights by the Federal government.

We need to teach the history of the founders and the making of the Constitution if we expect to keep our republic free. Otherwise we become sheep and unknowingly allow the wolves to steal our freedom and protection.

Quick Links:

The Miracle of the US Constitution
Banning Prayer in Public School
Unapologetically-Conservative-T-Shirts

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Ted Kennedy's Senate Seat

Democratic voters jumped ship in Massachusetts today as they elected Republican Scott Brown to fill Ted Kennedy's senate seat. One more Republican senator means that the Democrats do not have a filibuster proof majority in the senate any longer. The future of the health care bill now seems to be in jeopardy. One wonders what this election means for Barack Obama. Obama campaigned in Massachusetts for the Democrat Martha Coakley, as did former President Bill Clinton but to no avail. Voters who were surveyed said they did not like having the health care bill stuffed down their throats. Many said they were really voting against Obama rather than for Scott Brown. It remains to be seen if this an ill omen for the Democrats in the midterm elections. In any case, there is a new order in Massachusetts politics and it is a breath of fresh air.

Monday, January 18, 2010

USS Nimitz Tiger Cruise 2010

What is a Tiger Cruise? When an aircraft carrier is coming home from deployment they give relatives a chance to meet the ship and cruise the rest of the way home with them. The relatives are called "Tigers." The families sleep in bunks just like the sailors. No fancy guest rooms on a war ship! They eat in the same galley as the sailor. No fancy restaurants either!

The Nimitz is coming home in a few months and they are already planning the Tiger Cruise. Participants have to be medically screened as there are a lot of steep stairs (ladders) and they will be doing a LOT of walking. They are advised of safety rules to follow while on board, such as to wear sensible clothing. No high heels and they don't recommend skirts.

In the words of Nimitz Captain Monger:
"On behalf of the entire crew of the USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) and Carrier Air Wing ELEVEN, it is my pleasure to invite you to join us for 'Operation TIGER CRUISE 2010.'
'Tiger Cruise' is the Navy's name for a very special guest cruise program. A ship returning from deployment is permitted to embark relatives and friends of crewmembers, (Tigers), eight years of age or older, for a Tiger Cruise.
The cruise provides an opportunity for family and friends to see and participate in our daily shipboard routine. It is always action packed, informative and a fantastic way to end a very successful deployment.
USS NIMITZ and CVW 11 will host a Tiger Cruise as we transit home in March 2010. We plan to demonstrate to the Tigers most every aspect of what this national asset does while at sea. I can guarantee you an exciting time and a once in a lifetime opportunity to cruise aboard a US Navy warship."

If you have a sailor on the Nimitz I encourage you to go on the Tiger Cruise 2010. Last March the Nimitz hosted a Friends and Family Day Cruise in San Diego and it was very worthwhile. Not only did we get to see our sailor, but we saw what an awesome ship the Nimitz is. We cruised out to sea and they put on a fantastic air show, we saw about 200 dolphins, they fed us well and we had a great time.




Quick Links:

The USS Nimitz
Nimitz Friends and Family Day Cruise

Sunday, January 17, 2010

US Support for Haiti following 7.0 Earthquake

I am amazed at the amount of disaster relief that is being sent to Haiti by the US Navy. A “Sea Base” is being assembled off the coast of Haiti including ships that make it uniquely configured to offer aid. It is anchored by the Nimitz-Class aircraft carrier, USS Carl Vinson which, like all US carriers, has a 4.5 acre flight deck.

The medical staff on the USS Carl Vinson is treating patients in their state of the art 50-bed medical clinic. Doctors from the USS Carl Vinson also went onshore to treat patients in an impromptu clinic on the beach. A Haitian baby was born aboard a Coast Guard cutter, child of a woman who had been rescued. Mother and baby along with other Haitians were later transferred to the Carl Vinson medical facility. The primary mission of the Vinson is to ferry personnel and supplies by helicopter but they are filling in the gap until the hospital ship, the USNS Comfort arrives. The Comfort has a 1000 bed facility as well as state of the art equipment.

Injured Haitians have been flown to the US Naval Hospital at Guantanamo Bay to be treated and stabilized before being transferred to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.

US helicopters have been dropping water, Gatorade, bandages and MREs.

Ships either already in Haiti or on the way:

USS Carl Vinson
USS Grasp (Salvage Ship with Divers for Haiti's Port)
USS Bataan (Medical facilities)
USS Fort McHenry
USS Underwood
USS Normandy
USS Carter Hall (Marine Expeditionary Force)
USS Gunston Hall (Marines)
USS Higgins (afloat logistical services for the Coast Guard)
USNS Henson (an oceanographic survey ship)
USNS Sacagawea (can offload cargo with no port)
USNS 1st LT Jack Lummus (dry cargo ship)
USNS Comfort (Hospital Ship)
Seabee units, navy engineers, and navy dive teams are there.

I have only mentioned the response from the Navy. The US Southern Command has established a task force called Operation Unified Response. The Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard are all assisting with relief operations. The Air Force is working on getting the Haitian airport repaired. The soldiers are providing security on the ground to control looting and rioting and to ensure the orderly distribution of supplies. The US military is assessing the need and coordinating efforts from the US and internationally. Currently there are 5000 US military personnel in Haiti and on Monday there will be 7500 more. Our military is an awesome war machine but they are also uniquely suited to be first responders in disasters such as this one.

This is only the military response. As I make my daily rounds of the internet I see many sites facilitating donations for Haiti. My Points, Swag Bucks, Zazzle, Squidoo, Kmart and Amazon are just a few of the internet sites offering a way to donate to the Haiti relief effort. I've also seen that local communities have efforts underway to help the victims in Haiti. Americans always step up to the plate when disaster strikes. It touches my heart to witness the generous spirit of the American people.

When I see a US response of this magnitude it makes me wonder why countries around the world hate us so much. It is the wealth created within the free enterprise system that gives us the resources to support an operation of this size. It will be very, very expensive and I have not heard anyone complaining about the cost. I wonder how much aid is coming from communist and socialist countries that despise capitalism? I heard that Hugo Chavez of Venezuela sent one planeload of supplies. How much did Saudi Arabia, the richest country in the world send? What about China or Russia? The world knows that they can count on the US to be there in time of need and they know we will be equipped to get the job done.

Quick Link:
USS Carl Vinson

Saturday, January 16, 2010

The National Center for Constitutional Studies

Have you ever read a book that was so illuminating that you had to share it? The 5000 Year Leap was like that for me. I thought I was pretty knowledgeable about the United States Constitution but after reading this book I realized there was a LOT I did not know. Our founding fathers were amazing men and they produced an amazing document in the Constitution. It has a solution for everything and many of our country’s problems could be solved if we would apply a Constitutional remedy.

The National Center for Constitutional Studies distributes a video class on the Constitution with The 5000 Year Leap as a text. We have several of these classes going on in our community. My husband and I completed this course and we highly recommend it to anyone. It would be perfect for home school co-ops and could be counted as government, civics, or history. The teaching is done for you by the videos. We have allowed the teaching of this important part of our history to be removed from public schools. We need to resume teaching our nation’s children this vital information.

You can order the video class from the National Center for Constitutional Studies at a very reasonable price.

Quick Link:
National Center for Constitutional Studies


Friday, January 15, 2010

Sweetheart of a Sailor

Valentines Day is coming soon. If you are the sweetheart of a sailor, I have some great Valentine t-shirts for you. This is another way to support your sailor and another way to be a Patriotic American. If your sailor is out at sea, how about taking a picture of yourself wearing a Valentine t-shirt and sending it to him? What a great morale booster!

I Heart My Sailor shirt
I Heart My Sailor by navy_tees_gifts
Shop for a tee on zazzle.com




Thursday, January 14, 2010

The US Sends Humanitarian Aid to Haiti after a 7.0 Magnitude Earthquake

The USS Carl Vinson, a Nimitz Class aircraft carrier, just came out of dry dock and finished her sea trials. She had left Hampton, Virginia and was headed to her new home port of San Diego to join the USS Ronald Reagan and the USS Nimitz on the west coast. Then came the news of the devastating 7.0 earthquake in Haiti. Fortuitously, the Carl Vinson was in the area and in a position to help. The carrier will arrive in Haiti today.
Assisting in humanitarian efforts is part of the mission for aircraft carriers. Whenever a “situation” pops up, whether it is war related or a natural disaster, the first question asked in Washington is, “Where is the nearest carrier?”

Carl Vinson will stop in Mayport, Florida to pick up supplies and helicopters. The helicopters will transport relief workers, supplies, and heavy equipment.

In addition:

1. The army has sent 3500 troops from the 82nd Airborne and 3 amphibious ships to accompany the Carl Vinson to Haiti.
2. Our Air Force has sent a special operations team to help get Haiti’s airport up and running.
3. Several Coast Guard Cutters are off the coast of Haiti, ready to help.
4. The USNS Comfort, a hospital ship, is standing by, ready to go if called. The Comfort carries 650 medical personnel as well as supplies and equipment.
5. A large deck amphibious ship with an expeditionary force of Marines is ready. There are a total of 7 navy ships either on the way or standing ready.

This is just a part of the military humanitarian response from the US. There will also be teams from fire departments around the country such as the 72 man elite urban search and rescue team from Los Angeles. They are carrying literally tons of equipment, search and rescue dogs, as well as water and food so they can be self sufficient in Haiti. You can bet that there will be US churches and charities sending people, supplies, and millions of dollars to Haiti too. It is what we do.

I am very saddened by the destruction and loss of life in Haiti, but our response to this tragedy makes me very proud of my country.


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Feedback for the Navy for Moms Holiday Project

The Nimitz moms on the Navy for Moms website initiated a project to send a stocking or a goody bag to each sailor in the Nimitz entourage, Carrier Strike Group 11. We had others join us along the way, some who did not even have a sailor in the strike group. It was a successful project and now we have some feedback from the sailors.

Dear Navy Mom, Terry

Thank you for the Christmas card and bag of goodies. I truly
appreciate the time that you put into not only the baggy but the hand
written note. We know that you support us but when the Home front lets
us know that we are in their hearts it makes a world of difference on
all of us. Thank you Terry not only from me but from the rest of the
crew and my mom too because I know she would appreciate you making my
day a little brighter.

V/R
MA2 (SW/AW) Jacqueline xxxxxx
USS Nimitz CVN -68
___________________________
I wanted to say Thank-you for sending those wonderful packages to us
for Christmas. They have certainly cheered up a bunch of us. One of
the girls started clapping her hands, bouncing up and down and cheered
"Christmas! Christmas! It's Christmas!" Which definitely cheered me
up a lot! Thanks again for the card, candy, popcorn and the cinnamon
pine cones! I've been a bit blue lately and everything cheered me.
From one mom to another, Thank-you! Shen

It warms our hearts to see letters like these. Carrier Strike Group 11, you are in our hearts! Go to Navy for Moms Christmas Project to read more about the project and the feedback from the sailors. The Nimitz will be stateside next Christmas but another carrier group will be deployed. We are making plans to provide Christmas cheer to what ever strike group that is deployed over the Christmas holidays.