El Paso (LKA 117) - Naval Cruise Book

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Terrorism was a 'threat from the beginning, and our nation's decisive actions against terrorism raised the stakes- even higher. Constant vigilance against this danger was our hallmark, as was our readiness to respond. I ,The 26 MAU came to the Mediterranean with special first-time capabilities for combating terrorism, and 26 MSSG, our marines, provided record setting support. These capabilities were tested, practiced and honed in concert with our NATO allies in six operations in 'five countries. We remained constantly ready-to act in our nation's interests at any point, at any time. Throughout all of this, El Paso's Navy and Marine team shined. Night and day, in fair weather and foul, boats were dispatched and helos landed to carry men and vital materials. During each operation over 100 .vehicles and tons of cargo were rapidly offloaded and recovered. The' unusual became the routine with the onload of giant A45 ton, submarine camels, and 'the routine was performed flawlessly as every sailor and marine pitched in to shoulder his share of the Job. In spite of the work we found time for fun. El Paso's goodwill ambassadors achieved an unblemished Med liberty record, actively participating in various sporting events, sightseeing, shopping, and charitable projects during eight' visits to six liberty ports in three countries. In short, MARG 1-86 was a remarkably successful cruise, we met all commitments, conducted more exercises and did it all better thanlany MARG in recent memory. And we put the -"icing on the cake" with an outstanding outchop OPPE enroute home! I extend to you my hearty congratulations for a job well done, and I especially thank the families who provided the loving dedication and moral support to make it possible. n X.,:lL g,l-. ,::',',T-'-2Q'-.' . IX x X 2, ' 'N 'a z. "1 v - f , M mug UV? ' . . , we v ' X' .41 gs 1- ' ,, ,,,, ., ji. I .,, .L.:!,1.-IT - ' ' ' ' any U.S.S. EI Paso ILKA 1172 'W iw ag: 1 v w f 9 wg 9 . E COMMAND HIS Ton Y K A ff., CUMMANDING OFFICER USS EL PASO ROY CASH JR CAPTAIN U.S. NAVY ,... Captain Roy Cash graduated from Memphis State University in 1962 and was commissioned in May 1963 after completion of Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rl. Shortly thereafter, Captain Cash reported to Pensacola for Naval Aviation Observ- er training. He then reported to VF-101 at NAS Key West for F- 4B training, then to VF-41 at NAS Oceana. After a ten month tour, Captain Cash was ordered back to Pensacola to begin flight training, becoming the first F-4 RIO to "retread." Captain Cash reported once again to VF-101 for F-4B training and then to VF-33 aboard USS AMERICA. After an eight month deployment, VF-33 returned to NAS Oceana and became one of the first squadrons to transition to the new F-4J, ln 1968 the "Tarsiers" deployed to WESTPAC. Captain Cash flew over 130 combat missions and on 10 July he was credited with downing a MIC-21, the first by an F-4J, and the first MIG kill of the Vietnam conflict by an AIRLANT squadron. Following his tour with VF- 33, he reported to the 58th Tactical Fighter Wing, Luke AFB in Phoenix, AZ for an exchange tour with the US Air Force. ln August 1971, Captain Cash reported to VF-121 at NAS Miramar for refresher training, then jonied VF-213. He made two deployments to WESTPAC with the "Black Lions," including a ten month combat cruise to Southeast Asia where he flew another 175 combat missions, bringing his total to over 300. Subsequent tours of duty included the Naval War College in Newport Rl, and OPNAV in Washington DC. Captain Cash has subsequently commanded Navy Fighter Weapons School at NAS Miramar, Carrier Air Wing 14 onboard USS CORAL SEA, and Fighter Wing One at NAS Oceana. He assumed command of USS EL PASO on 30 Aug 1985. Captain Cash is a native of Memphis, Tennessee. They have a daughter, Kellye, and a son, Carey. Captain Cash and his family reside in Virginia Beach, Virginia. ' COIVIIVIANDING OFFICER MSSG 26 LtCol Foster was born February 26, 1946 in Sumter, S.C. After graduating from Pembroke University in January 1968, he joined the Marine Corps Officer Candidate program and was ordered to the 51st Officer Candidate course on his 22nd birthday. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in May 1968 and completed his basic officer training in October at the Basic School, Ouantico, Virginia. After completing the Ground Supply Officer course in December 1968, he was ordered to the 5th Marine Division and served as the 13th Regimental Headquarters Battery Supply Officer until August 1969. After a brief assignment with the 5th Marine Division, he was ordered to the Fleet Marine Force Pacific, where he served as the MCB, Camp Butler S-4!Supply Officer until October 1970. Returning to the US, he was assigned to duty with the Second Marine Division where he served as 2nd Motor Transport S-4lSuppIy Officer, followed by an assignment as the OIC, Supply Management Team, Headquarters Battalion. His efforts earned him a second Navy Achievement award. After graduating from the Amphibious Warfare class of 1975, he returned to MCB, Camp Butler, Okinawa and served as OIC Shop Stores until August 1976 when he was ordered to the Marine Corps Logistics Base, Albany Georgia. He served as the Supply Specialist for the Landing Vehicle Track QLVTI and on promotion to Major, became the head of the Clothing Support Branch. After three years with the Marine Corps Inventory Control Point, he was reassigned to the Defense Construction Supply Center as the Executive Officer. During his tour with the Defense Construction Supply Center he completed a Masters degree and also received a Defense Meritorious Service Medal for his accomplishments. He graduated from the Ma- rine Corps Command and Staff College in June 1983, and was or- dered to the Second Force Service Support Group. He assumed the Group Supply Support Officer duties from July 1983 until 13 Aug 1985, when he was assigned the duties as CO., MSSG 26. Lieutenant Colonel Foster is married to the former Nancy Holder of Lillington, North Carolina. They have three daughters, Pamela, Mary, and Sylvia. 6 Xxx V," Q is ,,, ZZ Z f ,Zi SNNNNN X 5? 5- 11 zwWWw X S XA-XX ?2 fi ? l 4 Qe l Q ii f f 1i s 1 ii l iii , 4 21 ? f l l l l f fg l A-fl??5fi f l fiiillfih , 1 2 g i5l f li J f 2 f iiETS l l ? ig33?ffff213gia '222f? ifZ?f32i: , K K5 K K K , , , , 4 , , , k ,,, , , , ,, , , , , Q Q , 4 xwf RQHEESSS555fW8ZZ7WQ!7iZQ07ZWf?WQWWZWfQ? QQ? WWWQQ 'f "-- ifflfiz, f '1 . .,,., . ,.,.,. ,.,,, , ,,.. ,,f,h,m 4.,A.,..0A.,. ., .,,. ,.,,. ,,,, ,,W,, :.A l,:,0 ,.,. . f .- M A. A4 491 4, WW f , , .-,,., My 4 i, ,f .,s.W.-U.-Q-w,.1 .-Www, M Q -4-4,.q. ,,.4,M,,,,,,,,M,,4L W, X . ..:, ' f f,'L 'f' 7 ".f P-,1 ,f,-: 2 -14, f :-, 2 :,'f '.-' -'ff' , f f 'i'4f' .V .M-4 1 -V b- f. fff f 3-5 3-5 5 up 43 4 1,1 1, 3? QQQE EXECUTIVE OFFICER IVISSG 26 Major Butler is from Pomfret, Maryland and is a graduate of Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. After gradu- ating from Basic School he attended the Ground Supply Officers Course at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Upon com- pletion of Supply School he was assigned as the Assistant S- 4!Supply Officer for the 8th Motor Transport Battalion and later was the Supply Officer for 2nd 175 Gun Battery, 2nd Field Artillery Group, Camp Lejeune. ln 1973 he was trans- ferred to Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, FMFPac, Okinawa, assigned to HMH-462 as the squadron's material officer. Upon his return from WestPac, Major Butler was assigned to Support Battalion, Marine Coprs Base, Ouantico, Virginia, where he served as the Supply Officer, S- 4, and as the Executive Officer for Motor Transport Compa- ny. ln 1976 Major Butler was transferred to the Marine Coprs Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina, where he served as a Series Commander, and Battalion S-4! Supply Officer. In 1979, Major Butler returned to WestPac where he was as- signed to Third Supply Battalion. During the tour, he served as Supply Officer, OIC, Training Allowance Poolg S-3, and Supply Operations!Supply Block Officer and Detachment Commander with Brigade Service Support Group 9 during Operaiton Team Spirit. Upon his return to CONUS, Major Butler was assigned tothe Basic School where he served as a Staff Platoon Command- er, Instructor and Company Commander. Major Butler joined MAU Service Support Group 26 in July 1984. He is a grad- uate of the Amphibious Warfare School at Ouantico, Virginia. 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Making up the backbone of Deck Department, First Division personnel can be seen on deck at any time, in any weather, splashing boats and slushing booms. First Division spaces, being in plain view of the Skipper, have presented a challenge in maintenance and preservation. Regard- less of the task at hand, the men of First Division have always answered with heart and muscle to achieve the high standards expected of a boatswain's mate. TOP' Bow SN Pisselli, SN Kulp BM3 lVlcPeak, SN Reiss, SN Smith, SN Aviles, SN Winkel, LTjg Skinner, SECOND FIOW: BMC Workman, SA Le- dingham, BM2 Sandman, SN Beyer, SN Johnson, BM2 Barnes, SB Crenshaw, BM1 Chicketti, BOTTOM BOW: BM3 Fiestanio, SF? Arewales, SB Boatman, BM3 Fiamariz, SB Drummond, SA Brooks fwxf SECOND DIVISION Second Division is responsible for all deck equipment and maintenance aft of frame 94, and the Port Ouarterdeck. With four fifteen ton booms, one 40 ton and one 70 ton boom, one of Second Division's major responsibilities is cargo and boat handling. From loading stores for Supply Department to full offloads for a major 1-A, Second Division can be relied upon to complete the task in a timely, efficient manner. When it comes time to put forth everything possible, the whole division will work together as a group and complete the task. GFTS BACK ROW: SN Gronroos BM2 Murray SN Kelly, SN Jackson, SN Bryan, SN Wind ley, SN ldzior, BM2 Pruett BM1 Stelloh FRONT ROW: SN Beaudry, SN Lugo, SN Chap man, SN Nolen, BM3 Abshear SN Lasley, BM3 Little, SN Gil bert, SN Laughter, ABH2 Rob i 2 THIRD DIVISICDN The main function of this division is the Am- phibious assault in which Assault Landing Craft are utilized for transporting Marines and cargo to the beaches. In the dead time between invasions, they find time to carry mail, haul cargo, guard against swimmers and help lost Marines find a home. Aside from the normal workload, this divi- sion contributes an impressive part in all deck evolutions, by manning the motor whale boat dur- ing flight quarters, man overboard, and underway replenishments. In performing these day to day duties all personnel in Third Division take pride in their jobs and in their boats. SITTING: BM3 Car- mouche, SN Pucheu, SN Graham, BM3 Smith. MIDDLE ROW: BMC Bruer, BM3 Ford, BM3 O'Niel, SN Armstrong, SN Beckett, BM2 Ware, BMI Dawkins. TOP ROW: SN Miller, SN Sherwood, BM2 Hooper, SN Shuler, SN Pursley FOURTH DIVISION Whether it be the vigilant watch over Stinger missiles and Ma- rine's ammo, the meticulous loading of the Close-in Weapons System, or the watchful eye over the ship's emergency steering mechanism, Weapons Division is always there. A peculiar blend of old and new, the EL PASO'S weapons system is comprised of the MK 15 MOD 2 Close-in Weapons System and the MK 33 MOD O three inch fifties. The established GM's have grown accustomed to the new FO's, while the salty CPO's have taught the new Ensign a trick or two. Although diversified in their fields, Fourth Division, the oddballs of Deck Department, are a loyal and courteous bunch that enjoy a good sense of humor. TOP ROW: GMG2 Woods, GMGSN Kochte, GMG3 Be- thune, FC3 Debevo, FC3 Green, ENS James, FC2 Sin- nett, GMGSN Rush, GMG1 Wil- liamson. BOTTOM BOW: GMGC Pearson, SN Transmier, GMGSN Brooks, FC3 Anth- oney, FC2 Wittington, FOCS Chaney. ABOVE: Trophy shot down by CIWS. O: What's this? A: 4th Division target practice TOP: Training Marine Gunners HMM Machine Gun- ners . . . Something like that. 1ST ROW: BM3 Bourg, BM3 Stinson. 2ND ROW: SN Merculief, CWO3 Wright, BM1 Jo 3RD ROW: SN Sadler, SN Flodgers, SN Cassout. FIFTH DIVISICDN Fifth Division, sometimes referred to as the Bo's'n gang, is a handpicked, highly skilled and dedicated group of crooks and misfits who are responsible for procuring, maintaining, issuing and recovering the tools of the boats- wainmate trade. Paint, cleaning gear, blocks, line, hand tools, shackles, ladder treads, coffee cups and training manuals are but a few of the items that the men of Fifth Division cheerfully supply to the crew to insure the efficient operation of "El Barco Magnifico". These fine men young men are just ordinary, run-of-the-mill sailors doing what they do best. BM2 Wallace, nes, SN Wright. vbxs X! X , Officer of the Deck on the bridgewing in Genoa keeps a cool head while the Engineers keep the ship in shape and the boys in Op's Berthing chill. F ll""' Thoughts of home and loved ones come at the strangest times. 5 -Q LL... f 3 Z Z 4 1 Z 5 5 f 5 9 2 2 2 2 5 a Q 2 S fW,,,m,,5,.Z,,.5-4,55 QM ,. ,, ,- ,, .,,- , .M .- 7 Q . 4 ,- Q - 7 .- N. .- , .- N, 12 .- , .- V, 4 :, .: ::,: ,, 172: f s ffl z f 1 f 0 - f X f - f, 7 Qu - Q - .Q V- 1, .1-r L: sz 2 : z,7:s':- S 2-f 'wa af'-S f- - Q f, - W. sus, s ,sa Q as. .f 11:13. .1 1, ,es is, 2 fmvz Q 2 uw was A DIVISICDN A-GANG is a diversified division, consisting of various Enginemen, Machinist's Mates, and Machinerey Flepairmen. The division has a common goal of ensuring the proper operation and repair of all auxiliary machinery throughout the USS EL PASO. Within the division there are four work centers: The Internal Combustion Engine Shop, Mobile Handling Equipment Shop, Heating!Ventilation!Air Conditioning Shop and the Machinery Flepair Shop. During MARC 1- 86, combined divisional efforts consisted of refueling numerous helicopters and serving as boat engineers during amphibious and other boat operations. KNEELING: ENC Parki- son, EN3 Diles, FN Thopmson, B., EN2 Far- ley, EN3 Thompson, G., ENFN Hatcher. STANDING: EN2 Rall, FN Fogle, EN2 Phillips, EN1 Fledden, ENFN Craig, EN3 Brooks, EN2 Schlutter, EN2 Lafratta, ENFN Devault, MP3 Ber- nin, EN2 Christopherson, LTjg Leetz, MM1 Lowe. E DIVISION The Electrical Division encompasses two specialtiesg Electrician's Mates and lnterior Communication Electricians. The Electricians's Mates are responsible for all power generating and distribution equipment, and ancillary equipment such as galley and laundry equipment, deck machinery, elevators, assault craft and material handling equipment. The Interior Communication Electricians are responsible for the gyro Compasses used for navigation, ship's service telephones, intercoms, announcing and alarm systems. In addition, the IC shop maintains and operates the ship's entertainment system and closed circuit television station. KNEELING: lC2 Stancil, EM3 Skoglund, SA Lance, EM3 Mitton STANDING: EMC De- guzman, EM3 Zamarelli, lC3 Shaw, EMFN Wilson, lC3 Foreman, EM1 White, ICFN Guerrero, C3 Horton, lC2 Ponder EM3 Rogers, EM3 Bit- tenbender, CWO4 Grief, EM3 McKenzie r .f 4 Ft DIVISION R Division is a small elite group of Hull Maintenance Technicians that make up the ship's Repair Division. Tasked with a wide variety of welding and pipe repair work, the division is billeted with 3 high pressure pipe and plate welders. The HT's are also the Ship's Main Fire Fighting Team and damage control experts. R division is responsible for training the EL PASO'S crew in damage control, fire fighting equipment, and various installed fire fighting systems. As the ship's plumbers, the HT's complete all necessary repairs to the crew's sinks. TOP ROW: HT2 Emlet, HT2 Howard, HT3 Lagler, HT3 Rado. 2ND ROW: HT1 Kelly. HT3 Stark, HT2 Sunday, HT3 Wilson, HT3 Parker. BOTTOM ROW: HTFN Shavalier, HTFN Martin. IVIP DIVISION Main Propulsion is charged with the high priority task of moving the USS EL PASO from point A to point B and back. Encompass- ing the lives of 48 men, this segment of the Engineering department works tirelessly to achieve the highest standards. This was proven once again in passing the latest Mobile Training Team inspection with flying colors. Each watchstander typically stands a four hour watch followed by eight hours off. Always working with a strong team effort, MP Davision continues to strive for perfection, demon- strating to all that the USS EL PASO is a front running ship and that "NOBODY SWEATS lT LIKE MP DlVlSlON". BT1 Bates, FN Maury, FN Martin MM2 Serrano, FA Gooden, MM3 Hamil- ton, MMC Erbs, LTjg Weibley BT1 Reynolds, MM2 Heath, BTCS Brown, FN Faust, FN Mc Neil, FN Greene, FN Bassmusen, MM3 Campbell, FN Norfolk, FA Lane, BT1 Eichel- berger, BT1 Davidson FN Barner, MM2 Jour- ney, FN Mier, MM3 Lor- aedo, FN Plummer, ENS McKinnon, FN Finley, ' MM1 Martinage, BT3 Louchowski 25 Food is always a popular subject. On the facing page, smiling mess personnel serve DK1 Carrier while SN Beckett contemplates sec- onds. Chow was sent to the field during exer- cises, but, of course, the old standbys, MRE's and the individual shipboard emergency rations are shown. Mohmar Khadatfi never rode a bigger camel. lst Division camel jockeys corraled, saddled, rode and stowed two of these huge 45 ton beasts. The wardroom was provided with a wood sun-deck. LT Moore, HM2 Ste- phens, HM1 Bradley, HN Traff, HM3 Chesney, HM3 Schricten MEDICAL Medical Department has the overall responsibility for the health and welfare of the crew. The Medical Department is A made of personnel with different specialties and advanced schooling, including operating room, X-ray, laboratory, and preventive medicine technicians. The department is run by Lt. Moore, the Medical Officer, usually referred to as "Doc". The department runs a very smooth and professional health care plan for the entire crew. It continues to improve itself for the better ' care and welfare of the crew. ,f l gg ADMIN The Administrative Department includes a wide variety of ratings. The Administrative section of a shore or afloat activi- ty includes Yeomen, Personnelmen, Postal clerks, and Mas- ters-at Arms. Yeomen serve as administrative assistants in nearly every command, afloat or ashore. Personnelmen main- tain and update service records, assign people to various schools, transfer personnel and prepare administrative forms for special pay and benefits. Postal clerks sort incoming and out going mail, sell stamps and money orders. The Masterfat Arms is the ship's police, force, maintaining discipline N gg x g throughout the ship. "THE .1oB's Not ooNE UNTIL THE PAPEFiWOFiK'S f I , FINISHED" X kj,,.,ggXKQs 1 PNC Green, SN Haw- kins, YNSN Butler, YNSN Villaronga, PC3 Ferguson, YN1 Taylor, YN2 Dorsey PN3 Alonzo, PN3 Dekle, MA1 Fabian, SA Axelson, LT Wall The cruise provided the at sea time required by junior officers and senior enlisted striving for their Surface Warfare qualifications. Liberty ports and pride in a job well done provided re- enlistment incentives, and hard work was re- warded through promotions. Pictured here are just a few of the many men who advanced their careers and futures during MARG 1-86. Wm ,.. 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' '-I .gl--.hm V- N -, .-pawn.-v's....,-:iQ-+4 1 e31:f:d:5mr:1,'- -2? 1' .wwwwgsszi GC DIVISION ON LADDER GOING UP: LTJG Hartman, ENS Beardsworth, SMC Bry- son, RMO Oppel. STANDING: RM2 Hart, SM2 Lomlnac, RMSN Etheridge, RMSN Lynn, SM2 Tillman, RMSA Fuller, SMSN Devos, RM2 Rodriguez, RM3 Joyce, SMSN Weaver, RM2 Decicco, SM2 Killam, RMI Deckner. STANDING IN MIDDLE: SMSN Oaldero, RM2 Price. KNEELING: SMSN Johnson, SMSN Smith, RMSN Kemp, SMSN Perry, RM3 Misslgman, RM3 Zschiegner, SM3 Trigg, RM3 Springsteen, SM1 Oaks. OO Division is comprised of two ratings: Radiomen and Signalmen. Both are in the communications field, but each do it differently. Radiomen are involved in all types of radio communications, ranging from short range UHF to the long range HF MARS calls. Signalmen are the Radiomen's visual counterparts, using flaghoist flashing light and semaphore as their means of communication. GE DIVISION OE Division is comprised of two distinctly different ratings: Electronic Technicians and Electronic Warfare Technicians. The ET's are tasked with the maintenance of all electronic equipment onboard EL PASO, ranging from the AN! SPS-10 radar to the complex Satellite Communication system. The EW's maintain and operate all Electronic Support Measures equipment, including the state-of-the-art ANXSLQ-32IVl1. Guided by the unequaled leadership of ETCISWI Bradford, the Elec- tronic Material Officer, OE Division has truly become the BACKBONE of Operations De- partment. "F WE CAN'T FIX IT, IT AIN'T BBOKEJ' . TOP BOW: ET2 Salyer, EW2 Parker, ETSN Ken- nedy, ETCISWI Brad- ford, ET3 Higgins BOT- ' TOM BOW: EW3 Treat, ETSN Yerger, EW3 Dahmer, ET2 Cornine, EW2 Henderson CDI DIVISION OI Division is made up of Operation Specialist, and is responsible for keeping the bridge informed of the overall tactical picture. In doing so, they are highly skilled in many areas, including radar operations, communications, and navigation. During high threat conditions they work together to gather and process all the information that is received by radar, ESM, and communications. This information is then displayed for the Tactical Action Officer and the Captain, so they can decide how best to fight the ship. Working under the superb supervision of LCDR Glenn and LTjg Osten, the OS's have helped the El Paso maintain its status as "NUMBER ONE GATOR" tccccccccccctt , Bridges ON LADDER GOING UP: OSSN Jones, OS3 Verderber, OS3 Sher man, OSSA Willis, MID DLE ROW: OSSA Ra seta, OSSA Riley, OS2 Albert, OS2 Sorensen OS2 Cash, OS1 Camp bell, BOTTOM ROW: SN Cooper, OSSN Stewart OSSN Scott, OSSN JM ., ,,,. Q I P W' Manu, , L M Z! X, .N 35 --Q X if W' fffu Qfi 247' xx K mum, f, if fs, V f A f l 5 4 Q 7 I ? 2: 24 Q 75 5 42 9 65 'W GA va Vi 25 24 K5 S-1 SN Laidacker, SK2 Thur- man, SKSA Schadwald, SK2 Thorton, SK1 Lou- bier I S-1 Division, A.K.A. Stores Division is what it's all about in afloat supply management. The store- keepers are responsible for the proper manage- ment and optimum utilization ofthe ship's OPTAFl lOperating Targetl funds. S-1 Division procures, receives, stows and issues parts and consumables of all sizes and shapes. Storekeepers, with the help ot the other departments, maintain the CO- SAL QA consolidated listing of all equipment and component parts required aboard a shipl to en- sure the widest possible range of parts are stocked. SK's are called upon at any hour of the day or night to issue critically needed items and they always respond enthusiastically. SK's are, without a doubt, the backbone of Supply Depart- ment. ,.,,,,, , ,,,..M... vffw,- f S-2 The mission of the Food Service Division is to provide the crew with wholesome, well balanced meals served in an atmosphere that is conducive to fine dining. The Food Service Division con- sists of 15 cooks feeding nearly 500 persons each day. ln a typical meal, the bakery alone provides 800 cookies, 36 pies, 1000 dinner rolls, 40 loaves of bread and 500 hamburger rolls. The cooks work long and tedious hours, providing the crew with approximately 320 pounds of meat, 150 pounds of potatoes and 50 pounts of vegetables. This requires them' to start their day at 0400 and continue until 1900 everyday, including holi- days. Their pride and professionalism are reflected every day by . the quality of the food they prepare. lime KNEELING: MSSN Jen- kins, MSSA Fleming, MSSA Heffron, MSSN Hardman STANDING: MS3 Davis, MSC Escri- tor, MS3 Taylor, MS2 Hedrick, MS1 Dean NOT Shown: MS2 McCoy, MS2 Mason SH2 Ford, SH3 Martin, SHSN Parham, SHSN Dunbar, SHSR Maxwell SH1 Valasco, SH2 John- SOl'l S3 SERVICE TO THE CREW Our job is to pro- vide laundry and dry cleaning services as well as keeping the crew well groomed in the Barber Shop. We offer a wide assortment of merchan- dise in the Ship's Store at the lowest prices anywhere. The vending machines provide cold sodas to quench the crew's thirst while the fountain sells tasty popcorn and candy to make movie call more enjoyable. All profits generated from retail sales are turned over to Welfare and Rec for the benefit of the crew. m...4,,,,dQ A S-4 Division, better known as the Disbursing Office, is USS EL PASO'S "full service bank". It offers a wide variety of services to the crew and embarked Marines. Services offered are check cashing, registering allotments, ex- changing foreign currency, and of course - PAYDAY! The crew rarely deals with S-4 Divi- sion except for payday, but you can be assured they constantly audit pay records, compute travel claims, monitor changes in pay entitle- ments, and receive monies collected from the ship's retail activities. As Fred, the Disbursing computer says, "Happy is the day when a Sail- or and Marine gets his pay." S-4 l I DKSN Freeman, SN Brown, LTjg Rister, DK1 Carrier W www NAVIGATION Ouartermasters stand watch as assistants to the Officer of the Deck, and to the Navigator. They serve as steersmen and per- form ship control, navigation and bridge watch duties. OM's maintain navigational instruments and keep correct navigational time, render honors and ceremonies in accordance with national observance and foreign customsg send and receive visual mes- sages. In other commands they work as Petty Officers in charge of tugs, self-propelled barges, and other yard and district craft. FRONT BOW: QM2 Mendez, OMSN Bradley, OSSA Hayward, BACK BOW: OM3 Jenkins, LT Archer, OM2 Ortiz, OMSN Lightbourn, QMCS Fannon, OMSN Brooks, QM3 Dumas NAVIGUESSERS CHOOSE A CHART "UP 10 DEGREES RUDDER'?" SMOKE BREAK Www my .1 .wmzmfmm rms .W 4 ...M wmvfwunsuaw . . puummmwvmnww4, ., s 4 NOW SET CONDITICDN 1 A El Paso has 12 booms, 11 boats, and 15 forklifts to move thousands of tons of cargo and hundreds of vehicles from her 4 cargo holds and 7 ammunition magazines. Driving the boats, running the booms, operating forklifts, maintaining the equipment, communicating, handling the ship and feeding the crew require every man and then some. During Amphibious Operations, Condition 1-A is set. A special watch bill assigns every man to a job. When all is ready the command "Away all boats" sends the first four boats splashing to the water. With- in 15 minutes all 11 boats are underway. They return to the ship four at a time to be loaded with vehicles or cargo. The Marines clamber down debarkation nets to join their equipment, and the boats speed to the beach and return under the control of the Combat information Center. Even with all hands working their fas- test it can take days to finish the job . . . ff? 44 I. V all ' Ewa-fx Nwx ff sf -, ' ffl! Z viii? f X 1 Crews seep when they can, usually with a line in hand, a helmet for a pillow and a life preserver for a blan- ket. Supply Department sends box unches to feed the boat crews and busy men. Engineers provide 24 hour repair service, while the ET's stand ready to fix the infamous "green ra- dios". The work is hard and danger- ous. The Marines provide their "Ship's Platoon" to help and Medical Depart- ment personnel stand ready to treat any injured. When the job is done, the tired men of "CASH'S CAB COM- PANY" take pride in another job well done. 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The New Year's deck log entry written in verse, as dictated by tradition, reflects the feelings of those who served that night. DECK LOG ENTRY OIOOOIA JANUARY 1986 MOORED STARBOARD SIDE TO VALENCIA SPAIN WITH THOUGHTS OF OUR LOVED ONES RUNNING THROUGH OUR BRAINS THE WATER BARGE COMES DAILY AND TOPS OFF THE TANKS FROM THE TAP IT RUNS FREELY TO KEEP US FROM SMELLING RANK SIX STANDARD MOORING LINES ARE DOUBLED AND HOLD US TIGHT TO THE PIER THE PORT ANCHOR UNDER FOOT HELPS TO ALLAY OUR FEARS BREAST LINES ARE OUT WITH RAT GUARDS NICE AND TIGHT TO KEEP OFF UNWANTED GUESTS OF THE FOUR LEGGED TYPE BOTH STEAM GENERATORS ARE ROLLING AND PROVID- ING THE LIGHT TO KEEP US ALL GOING THROUGHOUT THIS LONG NIGHT BRAVO BOILER AND HER BURNERS ARE HOT ON THE LINE KEEPING US ALL TOASTY WARM DURING THIS COLD WINTER TIME A OUR FORWARD DIESEL IS IN LOCKOUT AND ITS REALLY ALL RIGHT 'CAUSE AFT DIESEL IS READY IF NEEDED TONIGHT THE FIREMAIN FLOWS THROUGH THE PIPES WITH A ROAR AT 145 POUNDS OF PRESSURE IT FLUSHES OVERBOARD THIS FANTASTIC PRESSURE IS PROVIDED THIS NIGHT BY NUMBER FIVE FIREPUMP WORKING AT ALL ITS MIGHT THE WIND IS BLOWING FROM THE SOUTHEAST AT TWENTYFIVE KNOTS IT ROARS LIKE A BEAST RIGHT THROUGH OUR PEACOATS AND DOWN TO THE MARROW THE WIND IS CHILLY BUT IT DOESN'T REALLY MATTER OUR MINDS ARE FIXED ON OUR LOVED ONES SO FAR THAT IT'S FORCED OUR SHIPMATES TO RUN THE BARS AT THESE CHEERY PLACES THEY DO SEEM TO GATHER TO TOAST IN THE NEW YEAR IN A VERY LOUD CHATTER SO HERES TO OUR COMRADES OUT CELEBRATING TONIGHT WE HOPE THEY RETURN SAFE AND SOUND AND NOT TOO TIGHT EVIEQIAIIQSTAY HERE ABOARD WITH OUR MINDS EVER SO Sig:-DETHINK OF THE DAY WHEN WE'LL DEPART FROM EL PASO SENDS GREETINGS TO ALL WHO MAY HEAR WE WISH IT WERE YOU IN OUR PLACE THIS NEW -"I in-I 2 1-K Y , Q xx- 4 K' , ,,,,, N.!, , W - A ' -.-mx " ',..v- 'nw-ff ,L 1 2' , """E'x' N' iw: ..1-:kiwi ,sw-F , '. 1' f, X. if:-zemftlflnw it Z: ffm ,4g1f'fvzg',1.pa,, ,, J.dy?w"'Fg':."f: , , im wig ,7,- l '1' .:l.,-.iff if - I ,V , ,N .V A4 A W, 3 A- X N X , 4. .af,-q.f:w..x.-.v.q-.qwH.: vm ,.,, 1 N-M.-..,M,',.k-,wvwx-,1,, f' if wuz.. 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Nov. 1979 become known as MAU Servrce Support Group 'MSSG 841 became one ofltltee tour prrmary command elements of the Landrng Force Slxth Fleet Untll late 1983 all MSSG Commands deactr vated upon deployment termrnatron and only reactlvated for operations 60 days pnor to deployment Currently the CG Second Force Servrce Support Group has three standlng commands supportmg CG Fleet Manne Force At lantlc ln any combat servlce support role assigned. X fe f ff X ff f -July ln harms bsenaSSrereaV a Qrearer ussoarr March 1986 rt became MSSG 26 to corncrde wrth the supported Manne Amphrbrous Unit On 5 May 1983 MSSG 24 embarked for Beirut Leba non a part of Landrng Force Srxth Fleet 2 83 ln support of the Multl Na tlonal Peacekeepmg Force Whrle serv mg as part of the US contrngent of the multl natlonal Force Lebanon the MSSG was tasked wlth provrdrng com bat servlce support rnternal camp se cunty as well as rmplementatlon of several clvrl actlon programs whlch rn eluded local populatlon lnoculatlons and lrmlted oonstructlon Followrng the tragrc bomblng of the battllon landing team headquarters on 28 Oct 1983 the MSSG spearheaded the rescue andsalvage operatron Dur mg this trying penod the MSSG ex eouted her mrsslon wrth profrclenoy and professronalrsm Wlth the same dedrcatron and expenenoe MSSG 26 became the frrst MSSG to support a Special Operatlons Capable Marine Amphlblous Unrt the 261:11 MAU QSOCJ Honors earned by MSSG 26 ln clude the Navy unrt Crtatron and Ma nne Corps Expedltronary Medal V ,V V ' V ..K K , K "o'- K 'r'- V, ' , 4 1 , K,KKKKK K ,K, , ,- Kg. 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'I V, , 1, V V' K ,K K , .K , K. .. , ,K,r KK , KK K KK ,. K KK . h ,KKK ,K,K K , ,, ,,K, K .K,K K ,.,,, , .K K ,K ,K ,,KK. K K KK, K K KK KK ,K KKK K mjV,V,, ,f ' KV V',V -': f. ' ' ,VV - , V, V K .... ,. V ,K ' r ' . 1, KK V- K V K , ,V "3 V V' " KK V wV A V ,V V"t 'F " 'F , " Vt , - . , rr. ,V ENGINEERS The 25 man Engineer Platoon is composed of a talented selection of Marines with finely honed skills. Included are Electricians, Bulkfuelmen, Water Supplymen, Heavy Junk Operators, and Construction Engineers. Through their in- herent ability to apply "Engineer ingenuity" they have solved a variety of problems and provided ample support in their own enviable style. From changing seawater to freshwater through the mystery of FZOWPU fFleverse Os- mosis Water Purification Unity to the Construction of com- bat sanitation facilities, no miracle has been too large or too small for this group of professionals to accomplish. KNEELING: SGT Harris CPL Williams, LCPL Craig, LCPL Vasquez, LCPL Camerer, LCPL Edwards STANDING: CPL Parker, LCPL Mc- Donald, CPL Murphy, CPL Floa, LCPL Tiernan, SGT Page, LCPL John- son, LCPL Oliver, LCPL Silvia, LCPL Palmer, LCPL Nolley, LCPL Brooks, LCPL Hendel, SGT Fenerty, LCPL Babb, LT Abraham, LCPL Morgan, SSGT Shipp, LCPL Malfavon Y ,t A X3 Why, X W W W M VMS? ' M -.44 L W, V f M, fn KXY5 f, GZ ' W' fx W QW x x 'f 2 W . Nw 1 f. f s!Electronics and other equipment of a Ma- MAINTENANCE The Maintenance Platoon is capable of providing technical assistance, intermediate maintenance, and overflow organizational maintenance on all Marine Corps Ordnance, Engineer, Motor Transport, Communication- rine Amphibious Unit. FRONT ROW: SSGT G r e e n , L C P L Nisewarner, CPL Wilcox, LCPL Weir, CPL Hines, LCPL Nations, CWO3 Swarts, CPL Rogers, CPL Waltzing, CPL Le- poer, LCPL Grenier, CPL Childress, LCPL Clark, SECOND ROW: SGT Simmons, LCPL McClure, CPL Gallois, CPL Graves, LCPL Tem- pleton, CPL Marshall, CP1 O'Brien, CPL Jones, CPL Mitchell, LCPL Karst, CPL Plante, CPL Picarro, LCPL Mar- tini THIRD ROW: MSGT Joesting, SGT Bishop, LCPL Kliminic, LCPL Schueaffer, CPL Hickey, LCPL Nakai, SGT Fo- gus, SGT Willis, CPL Henne, LCPL Rivera, CPL Starr, LCPL Ra- faelli, CPL Tardy, CPL Jordan, SGT Smith, SSGT Watson, SSGT Hunsucker M W Hive ,ff ff' ,N ,,, 1, Q 4 fx' Nr, ' 0 k ',,,, V, ' '- f, . ZZ, HEADQUARTERS The Headquarters Platoon is organized to Zifm 2: if Z MSSG. It provides military police, automated data processing, EOD, disbursing, and pos- tal services to the entire Marine Amphibious Unit KNEELING: GYSGT Girouard, SSGT McClain, SGT Petrasek, CPL Aulick, CPL Josif, CPL Guertin, CPL Kahan, LCPL Geisz, LCPL Correa, CPL Me- dina, SSGT Mariscal, SSGT Trew STANDING: GYSGT Miller, SGT Collins, SSGT Fluegel, CPL Domansky, CPL Barrow, LCPL Flepenning, LCPL Fias- nick, CPL Stewart, LCPL Mas- caro, LCPL Brailey, LCPL Foss, LCPL Ferrante, LCPL Ritchie, CPL Duffey, CPL War- ren, CPL Wilson, LCPL Her- bert, RP3 Isfalt, CPL Schaefer, PFC Harvin, LCPL Jarrett, 1STSGT Andrade, CAPT Lambertsen 70 provide command and control, administra- 4, A K tion, and coordination to the rest of the ff 2 S ,MAL i s a E i MEDICAL The MSSG Medical Platoon, one of the eight Combat Ser- vice Support Platoons, is comprised entirely of Naval person- nel: one Medical Officer, one Dental Officer, one Medical Service Officer, 21 Hospital Corpsmen and one Dental Tech- nician. The mission of the Medical Platoon during amphibious operations is to establish a Beach Evacuation Station for the collection, stabilizing and seaward evacuation of casualties. ln the event of a sustained operation, the Medical Platoon has equipment and supply assets to establish a 40 bed medical treatment facility. However, in this case, the Platoon would require additional personnel augmentation. Onboard the El Paso, the Medical Platoon assists the ship's Medical Depart- ment in providing health care services. 7 f ,AU J z 4' f 'M JA in r FRONT ROW HM2 Ludy, HM3 Soto, HM2 Cepeda, HM3 Wag- ner, CPL Lord, HM3 Hobbs MIDDLE BOW: HMC Ely, HM2 Cox, HM2 Kins, HM1 Pam- puro, HM2 Pavlak, HM2 Becker, HM3 Nichols BACK BOW: LTJG Koppenhaver, HM3 Plehder, HM2 Duncan, LT Lineberry, HM3 Stukenberg, HM1 O'Malley, HM1 Smith, HM3 Wilson, HMC McCarty M, iw! mm'wA Wf ., iw f , 2 2 , W 94 -,sss V, A . C tt ass," I' 9,Zf,,Zwk.h. Zi x I 1 t 1-5, 'W fi' 4 s-'w"'f4I1 WW fff J fy s Wfrf . 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A S. yt' NS X 5 s xl-kiwi Q 4.41 4 l SUPPLY The Supply Platoon provides all resup- ply functions of classes I, ll, lll, lpackagel V QWJ, VII and IX in support of the MAU, to include: - Fleoeipting, ordering and issuing to the elements of the MAU. - Capable of establishing ammunition TZJKEJJIY points ashore in support of the TOP LEFT: SSGT McKoy, SSGT Williams, CAPT Smiddy, SGT Williams, PFC Flood, LCPL Thomas, PFC Gatti, SGT Hoffman MlDDLE ROW: CPL Brown, LCPL Slater, LCPL Sherwood, LCPL Randolph, CPL Morse BOTTOM ROW SGT Bemiss, CPL Williams, CPL Wilkes, CPL Seward, LCPL Robinson, LCPL Sturtz COIVIIVI The Communicaitons Platoon provides internal communica- tions within the Tactical Logistical Operations Center and the Beach Support Area, as well as providing external VHF and HF radio and wire links to adjacent and higher headquarters. A message center team is used to augment a shipboard commu- nication center while the MSSG is embarked, and to guard for MSSG message traffic at all times. KNEELING: CPL Wilbanks, LCPL Cooper, CPL Ehter- idge, LCPL Floss, LCPL Clark, MIDDLE ROW: LCPL Vanniel, LCPL Brown, LCPL Hawthorne, LCPL Goodwin, LCPL Fox, LCPL Coffey, LCPL Fiasberry STANDING: SGT Veazey, LCPL Lomeli, LCPL Rebel, LCPL Jordan, CPL Smith, LCPL Parsons, CPL Siegler, LCPL West, LCPL Edwards, LCPL Torres, LT Richardson, SSGT Gray Tl-IE CATS AND DCDGS The Ship's Platoon is a task organized team of Marines specially trained in cargo hand ing. During embarkation and debarkation the platoon may be as arge as 32 men. Their mission is to assist the ship's personnel in handling, driving, stowing and securing Marine Corps equipment. Normally a ship's platoon is disbanded, except during condition 1-A, but for this cruise a small permanent platoon of eight 'men was organized. These men work with the Embarkation Officer to keep cargo secured and run vehicles to keep them in good mechanical condition. During most 1-A's these eight hard chargers did the job that would normally be done by 32. Below are listed the members of Ship's Platoon. Their varied backgrounds show in their official job descriptions. SEATED: LGPL Sturtz lSup- ply Glerkj GPL Medina fEmbark NGOJ KNEELING: LGPL Raffaelli lHeavy Equipment Ftepairmenl LGPL Templeton CTOW Missile Techl STANDING: LGPL Brailey fEmbark Glerkl GPL Stewart QEm- bark NGOJ KNEELING: GPL Lord, LGPL Bolden, LGPL Shelton, LGPL Schons, LGPL Reese, STAND- ING: SGT Polster, GPL Kluesner, GPL Jones, LGPL Kulp, LGPL Garri- er, LGPL Fry, LGPL Ste- phens, LGPL Keckler, LGPL Giovannielli, LGPL Garlos, LGPL Bailey The Transport Platoon provides medium and heavy support in reinforcing and augmenting the or- ganic land transport capabilities of the major ele- ments of the MAU in the Amphibious assault and subsequent operations ashore. J, T 9 Z A f f ff f X if , ,,,x i,. ,A, f.,.,4.,4 f.QA ,,A1'Q 'Q'1A, f 9 X f X ' f ' ffff f rw 424 , ,. , , ., A .,.W-z-:MwA-ff,Qy..Q.-0.-259.-0,-'cpwary-N,-tw..-N'f'M'2?'i5?i f,'0 0 13 4:5 1 3-fm-gYiT1'?5lpf:,'f,iff'f,f,g0512,"fL5g02:ggfg2zfff,f'f:gw:fajwfv,z,,2,wwfwi-ff'f.,w,fX4 '-yfflff fyfM:1'fzW2 qv f , ,,..,,,. 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The external load is attached, or the helo lands, is chained in place and loaded or refu- eled. Each bird that lands is a potential disaster. Crews stand ready to put out the flames and rescue the crew. The tension of the moment shows in the face of the Helo Control Officer as he watches a helo make its approach. , r,f" 09 2 f f . ft , ,, W ff 'W J 'V' ' X W ' 1X 7 'wif W' ZMW W Tk? CX- 'rbi WMWXW L Zu "wwf 'MY 1 X762 NVQ MW' 705' ' X " 7 r TX iff! l ' U I Ur I ww W, My, - Of 044: A , 1 W ff r 4, W 'f W , u., ', ' , , , . I ' I 2 X- vi A ,,, W. wgqy ,V X W ' f f ,gg W FREPLENISI-IIVIENT AND REFUELING AT SEA The Underway Replenishment KUNREPQ ships are a unique breed. These large ships ply the seas carrying food, ammunition, supplies and fuel to sustain the fleet. Frequently during the deployment El Paso rendez- voused with these ships for resupply. One of the sim- plest means of transferring cargo is to fly it in helos. 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