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Posted: January 6, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 6, 2013 2:00 a.m.
 

Charity L. Winiarski

Navy Airman Charity L. Winiarski, daughter of Anthony Saraceni and stepdaughter of Vicki Stewart of Castaic, and other Sailors from the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) recently conducted operations in the vital Asia-Pacific region along side with Sailors from the USS George Washington (CVN 73).

The two CSGs are part of a strong U.S. naval presence in the Pacific that has helped to maintain peace and stability in the region as part of the U.S. 7th Fleet, which was established 69 years ago. USS John C. Stennis returned to the 7th Fleet’s area of operation four months ahead of schedule to maintain combatant commander requirements for its presence in the region.

The crew has been engaging in live-fire exercises, torpedo countermeasures exercises and numerous other training exercises during its current deployment and transit to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.

The U.S. Navy routinely conducts simultaneous CSG operations when and where opportunities exist and are operationally feasible.

While operations such as this ensure peace and stability, they also allow the two CSGs to improve interoperability and readiness.

They further provide the Navy the capability to respond quickly to various situations throughout the Asia-Pacific region, ranging from combat operations to humanitarian assistance missions.

Winiarski is a 2001 graduate of Grover Cleveland High School of Reseda, and joined the Navy in November 2009.



Xinxin Wu

Navy Seaman Apprentice Xinxin Wu, a 2005 graduate of Williams Hart High School in Newhall, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Wu completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

The capstone event of boot camp is “Battle Stations”.

This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. “Battle Stations” is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment.

Its distinctly ‘’Navy’’ flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a Sailor.

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