first_img Family Members Reunite on USS Eisenhower View post tag: Eisenhower View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Family Members View post tag: USS View post tag: Navy View post tag: Reunite View post tag: Naval Twenty-one crew members from aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) took a carrier on board delivery (COD) flight to aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) today to reunite with family members currently serving aboard Ike.Crew members from Enterprise toured the Ike and seized the opportunity to spend time with family members and spouses they had not seen for nearly five months.“Twenty-one of the twenty-two passengers aboard the COD had family members aboard Eisenhower,” said Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman Cheri R. Snaza, the leading chief petty officer of Enterprise’s medical department. “They ranged from spouses, brothers, sisters and cousins to uncles and nephews.”Snaza, whose husband is Command Master Chief Gregg Snaza, the command master chief aboard Eisenhower, thought it would be an auspicious undertaking to help arrange a rendezvous between crewmembers from Enterprise and their respective family members aboard Eisenhower.“Taking the Ike’s deployment into consideration, it was going to be a 13-month time period before we were going to be able to see our spouses or significant family members,” Snaza said. “My husband and I began chatting about how we could accomplish some kind of a cross-deck.”After coordination and communication between the two carriers’ commanding officers and operations departments, the visit was made possible.The visit to the Ike included a welcome aboard by Eisenhower’s commanding officer, a group photo, individual photos, and most importantly, time for family members to spend with each other.“We wanted each Sailor to get as much time as possible with their family member,” said Snaza. “Because we went over via COD, instead of a helicopter, we were able to afford the family members much more time with each other.” “As soon as I walked off of the COD, my cousin was there waiting with arms wide open,” said Yeoman 2nd Class Jacqueline M. Martinez, assigned to the Screwtops of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123. “The trip was phenomenal. I’m very thankful for the opportunity.”The Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (IKE CSG)recently arrived in U.S. 5th Fleet, replacing the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group, July 17, augmenting the presence of the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group (ECSG)in the region.Enterprise and Eisenhower are both currently deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, July 27, 2012; Image: US Navy Share this article July 27, 2012 Training & Education Back to overview,Home naval-today Family Members Reunite on USS Eisenhower last_img read more

first_imgDeery Brothers Summer Series rookie of the year honors went to Cayden Carter (left). He is pictured with IMCA President Brett Root. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography)OSKALOOSA, Iowa ­– Already a two-division star, Cayden Carter impressed in a third IMCA class this season.Five top-five finishes figured in his run to rookie of the year honors in the Deery Brothers Summer Series for Late Models.“Everybody is good in this series. Just about anybody can win on a given night,” said Carter, who qualified for all 16 series main events and finished as runner-up in just his fourth tour start, at Quad City Speedway.That May 15 showing preceded three more top five’s in the next four series events.“Rookie of the year was our goal from the start of the season. We struggled in the first couple of races. The biggest challenge for us was dialing the shocks in and learning what to change and what not to change,” Carter said. “I led 32 of 40 laps at Quad City and while it was disappointing not to win, it was still a big confidence booster.”He followed with top five’s at Marshalltown Speedway, Independence Motor Speedway and Kos­suth County Speedway.“We got the car going pretty good and when you make the redraw, everything seems to go pretty good, too,” Carter said. “That was a pretty good stretch for us.”Wheeling a Joe and Sharon Ferguson-owned 2016 Barry Wright Chassis, Carter was ninth in Deery Series point standings. The Oskaloosa, Iowa, driver sharpened his Late Model skills with five weekly starts at West Liberty Raceway, where he finished second twice.“You race against tough competition in the Deery Series so you need to race against tough competition every week,” he reasoned. “It’s hard to win at West Liberty.”Carter was the tough competition in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car division, winning 11 of 13 regular season starts driving for Roger Kelderman. He qualified for both Late Model and Stock Car main events at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s coming up one spot short in the Modified.He also had 16 Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified starts in the Team Jimmy’s #10c LG2, winning once.Starts: 16Wins: 0Top Five Finishes: 5HIS CREW: Joe and Sharon Ferguson, and Roger Kelderman.HIS SPONSORS: Ferguson Family Farms; Precision Performance of Oxford; Performance Bodies of Cedar Falls; Karl Performance of Des Moines; Eibach Springs of Corona, Calif.; Barry Wright Race Cars of Cowpens, S.C.; and Channel Seeds.last_img read more