USS Theodore Roosevelt’s AIMD, Weaopns Department Conduct Equipment Testing Evolution

first_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy Training & Education View post tag: Evolution Sailors attached to USS Theodore Roosevelt’s (CVN 71) Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) and Weapons Department conducted load testing on aerial equipment, Dec. 11.The testing helps prepare Sailors for operational conditions during the ship’s last year of refueling complex overhaul (RCOH). The testing included the loading of an AOQ-99 jamming pod and an AWW-13 data pod using a hoist. The equipment has not been used since TR first entered RCOH at Newport News Shipbuilding in August 2009.“Today, we demonstrated how to operate the equipment that the shipyard has provided to us,” said Master Chief Aircraft Maintenanceman (AW/SW) Steve Newman. “We have a new configuration in our mezzanine – it’s more user-friendly and safer for our Sailors to use. We sent our Sailors to the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) to gain experience in our rate, but this is the first time we have used this equipment since 2009.”Aviation Electronics Technician 1st Class (AW) Amy Ricker of AIMD, one of the leading Sailors who participated, is one of the few Sailors in the evolution with experience in working the equipment.“We load tested our hoist and made sure our systems were working, which include the rails and storage racks,” said Ricker. “This test was necessary so that, when we become operational, everything is in working order. We did as well as we could with what we currently have, and with many of our Sailors having little to no experience being in the shipyards and not out to sea. We did great.”Because this evolution was the first exercise with AIMD equipment for many of the Sailors aboard, the testing was another big step for TR as the ship gets closer to rejoining the fleet.“This was my first experience working in any aspect of my rate as an Aviation Electronics Technician,” said Aviation Electronics Technician Airman Adrienne Atkinson of AIMD. “It’s great because I’m learning what I will be doing out at sea, and I think I did pretty awesome for my first time. For now, I have to read up on my rate and get qualified, so I can do this when our ship becomes operational, and when my time comes.”It was a good day for Sailors attached to AIMD and Weapons, according to Newman.“Yesterday, we were Sailors rehabbing spaces and doing shipyard work,” said Newman. “Today, we were AIMD Sailors. This evolution shows who we really are and what we can do out to sea, and I’m pretty stoked about that.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff, December 13, 2012; Image: US Navy USS Theodore Roosevelt’s AIMD, Weaopns Department Conduct Equipment Testing Evolution Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Theodore Roosevelt’s AIMD, Weaopns Department Conduct Equipment Testing Evolution View post tag: Department View post tag: AIMD View post tag: Theodore View post tag: Roosevelt’s View post tag: Naval View post tag: testing View post tag: conduct December 13, 2012 View post tag: Weaopns View post tag: USS View post tag: equipment Share this articlelast_img read more

Zephyr Teachout, Anti-Common Core Firebrand, Running For Congress

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York After teasing supporters all last week, Zephyr Teachout, the Fordham Law professor who challenged New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the 2014 Democratic primary, formally announced her bid for Congress Tuesday.Teachout, whose unsuccessful attempt to unseat the governor had galvanized many Democrats backing her stance against controversial education reform, Common Core, will seek to represent the state’s 19th district, which she carried in her gubernatorial contest, and which comprises parts of 11 upstate and Hudson Valley counties. The seat will be vacated by Chris Gibson, a Republican who announced last year he would not seek reelection in November.“I’ve shown that I’m not afraid to be independent and stand up to political insiders, and I’m not willing to give up,” she texted the Press Tuesday. “The people of the 19th aren’t willing to give up—every day I see people creating their own media, sharing their stories, and demanding their voice back.” Teachout’s insurgent run for governor resulted in impressive numbers, securing 34 percent of the overall vote—a significant total representing tens of thousands of dissatisfied voters–and a tribute to her campaign prowess since she’d never run for public officer before. Though her popularity can surely be credited to her progressive stand on such issues as public campaign financing and hydrofracking, Teachout’s outspoken opposition to Common Core was undoubtedly largely responsible for her remarkable showing—fueled by a loyal core of parents and teachers who saw her challenge to Cuomo as a rejection of standardized testing and its disastrous roll-out.“I’m running to raise up the voices of people who are shut out—and that includes the voices of parents and teachers,” she declared. “As you know, education policy will be important in my campaign. And, as Congressperson.”Hundreds of thousands of parents opted their children out of taking the Common Core exams last year, with rallies and highly charged protests against Coumo and the initiative held across the state. It’s a subject that still resonates with families throughout New York.Shortly after announcing her congressional run, Teachout posted on Facebook that she’d already received 1,257 contributions in just 28 hours—more than double her initial goal.“I’ve learned so much talking to parents and teachers over the last few years, and I look forward to learning even more,” she said.Teachout reportedly won’t face a Democratic primary. John Faso, a former Assembly minority leader, and Andrew Heaney, an investor, are both vying for the Republican nomination.last_img read more