USS Tarawa (LHA 1) - Naval Cruise Book

 - Class of 1998

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On November 15, 1971 Q Y , 4 the keel was laid at Ingalls T I shipyard in Pascagoula, 1 .1 1- ' Miss. for the making of F g USS Tarawa QLHA-ll. .W V The LHA class .,,,.,,,, .5 Itfi A 'A consolidated the functions :M e"i q g y qq pl ,K of four previous types of ' I "M I A D1 amphibious ships, LKAS, wif W' 7 V l A LPDS, LSDS, and LPI-IS' USS Tarawa ILHA I1 is launched Dec. I, 1973 ' , I HW The result was a ship . , y g qy,, , . in single-handedly capable LHA-1 was launched. On May 29, 1976 the 7 l. of launching a complete "Eagle of the Sea" was commissioned. . . A '55 'b-'i 5 A amphibious attack from T arawa is 820 feet in length, displaces , the air and sea. 40,000 tons and can travel speeds in excess ' 7 I On December 1, 1973 of 20 knots. A Group four flies past USS Tarawa f CV 401 during WWII. I named USS Tarawa ship to be named Tarawa. On December 8, 1945 the aircraft and commissioned in Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia. Yorktown, Shangri-La and Princeton. foot, 27,000-ton vessel with a wooden flight deck. Heavily aircraft, including the Navy's first jets. before being permanently decommissioned in 1960. ' USS Tarawa ILHA 11 during her first deployment in 1979. I s Tarawa History 7' USS Tarawa CLHA U11 - 5 Captain Paul H. S even Commander, Amphibious Squadron 3 FIIIIICM Hometown: Laconia, N.H. College: Southern Connecticut State College Commissioned: 1972, AOCS Family: Wife, Sheila: sons Paul, Ian, Gabriel, daughter Jeni Assignments: HSL ll HSL 1 USS Dubuque CLPD SJ HSL 10 HSL 12 Deputy CNO CManpoWer, Personnel and Trainingj staff HSL 4, Commanding Officer COMNAVAIRPAC staff USS Duluth CLPD 61, Commanding Officer COMPHIBRON 3, Commander Major awards: Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal CBJ, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal Intriguing note: Capt. Stevens, a Naval Aviator, also qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer 6 ' USS Tarawa ILHA 12 0 Commodore vw.-.,.,.,,.., rm- --., , L..- 4. V- .. ,.,,, , ., ,. . , ,.1. ,pr -n., , -.,.x,V....N-af.,-,,v-,uv-A-7-.,1.,.,- .... ,..-K,-4353-,f 'fT,,f5.- ,.,a.,1f.ff...,.,... .-.wwe I ., -,. MM..- I1 1' l I 1 l I J l I, 5 5 I E 1' l '1 1 '1 1 l 1 1 4 1, 1 E 1 .l i 5 I 1 E 1 I u I F 1 V ,l F D1 5 Captain James D. Bra Commanding Officer, USS Tarawa CLHA 11 Fld htm Hometown: Colmnbus, Ohio College: Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio Commissioned: 1973, NROTC Family: Wife, Katie: daughters Kristie, Natalie, Maggie Sea duty: USS Robert H. McCard QDD 8221 USS Truett CFF 10959 USS Hermitage CLSD 341 USS Juneau CLPD 101 USS Roosevelt CCVN 715, COMCARGRU 8 staff USS Germantown CLSD 42J, Commanding Officer USS Tarawa CLHA 15, Commanding Officer . Shore duty: Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif. CTG 168.4, Mlmich, Germany Navy Operational Intelligence Center, Washington, D.C. COMNAVSURFPAC, Coronado, Calif. Commander, Amphibious Force 7th Fleet, Okinawa Major awards: Legion of Merit 121, Meritorious Service Medal 125, Joint Commendation Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal C45 t Intriguing note: Capt. Bray eamed a subspecialties in Naval Intelligence and 1 Operational Logistics 3-f...g , rf 3 "-. ,V 1 ,,,,, , X 3 ' ' f - f -mv. :awww-wzvmq Commanding Officer ' USS Tarawa KLHA 11 ' 7 ,W -......-.,..-.-,...-.,,.... i .....-- -.:.- - fu., fi: 0' , V.. .c -.- ,M , 1.4. . A . . W., fs vs, ,- V., ea '76, 1 , ,S - .,,,:gy:p.y?:Q1:.g,- ypjf: ggi-,!'g.a,-:gg "i' I 1 Captaln Garr E. Hall Executive Officer, USS Tarawa QLHA 11 1 :mi Hometown: Buffalo, N.Y. College: Southern Illinois University Commissioned: 1976, U.S. Naval Academy Family: Wife, Darlene: children, Garry II, Courtney, Sam HSL-35 on USS Rathburne CFF 10571, USS Cushing CDD 9851 HSL-31 HSL-35 on USS Reasoner CF F 10631 Vice Director, Strategic Target Planning staff, Oifutt AFB HSL-51, Connnanding Officer USS Essex CLHD 21 HSL-41, Commanding Officer USS Tarawa CLHA 11 Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal 131, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal Capt. Hall enlisted in the Navy in 1971 before he was accepted at the Naval Academy Tours of Duty: Major Awards: Intriguing note: 8 ' USS Tarawa ILHA 12 ' Executive Officer l 1 i l al Fifa- .-5.17 'J-7 A311 ,.-..-...s.,..r:., ,:.,,,,. -,,g,.U-,,..,,-.,. lun.. :,..a---,..,-... ....- ,, U--. .. ,-.,,- ,-..,.. -... . -..V .. Y, ,, A N , 1 f ra: ,,..... 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Enlisted: June 18, 1973 Family: Wife, Kimberly: sons Michael, Nicholas, Alexander, daughters Jill Stephanie Sea Duty: USS Guitarro ISSN 6651 USS Drum CSSN 6771 USS Louisville CSSN 7241, Chief of the Boat USS Tarawa CLHA 11, Command Master Chief Shore Duty: Nuclear Power School Naval Prototype Training Unit SUBTRAFAC San Diego SUBGRU 5, Staff CMC Navy Recruiting District Pittsburgh, Command Master Chief Senior Enlisted Academy Major Awards: Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps V Commendation Medal 131, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal C51 Intriguing note: A career submariner, EMCM Daffem's first stu'face ship assignment is Tarawa Command Master Chief ' USS Tarawa CLHA 12 ' 9 MW' ,K , v .NF A ,M M, . . 1 -X-:,..5,:.,.5,f,,,g -. .. fx-:. rf 4- qw-15-cv' '-wits" ,a'1m5'F4?EY?rKH'?5"T9m Tfimew-vmmwq-mf-fwsvaaf 'fl-f rf:f,f1i"w -1.,.'fff.ff'--e::.if1'1-- if '- "M --f 5:-'iff '-:'-- -' f ""r1'K"' 'J fl F J' azz' if i J Fu . 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'aria' . ife At Sea ' USS Tarawa KLHA ,1j ' 25 -mamma , .,f . - , -in-.v-1 -vu maaygfg USS Tarawa KLHA 12 v Life At Sea ,gin-sl '-'wxvv"v-f:-rm7-Y1f.-fn,..- Y - - 5 V 5 I i I 1 , V Y Q-L.Q-fi:-ill H .'-YJ, K-A -fin STEER IEJQCHIEJIEHQEHMQ W, X G' ..,, ,,,,,, ,AW W, , f rm iii?-'fi'92g.v ffifffiv-'i1 w-x i L. iff'-'f -mill 1- is if ., Life Mt Sea 0 USS Tarawa KLHA 12 -- -f--'Q wire" -a 4' . ,, ,J , ,Q , ,1,1jf5'ggl26 - f ---A.'Av:v- - - fr :.-..-,.. BFVICBS Ci I Speciai Events ' USS Tarawa CLHA 11 X Water, Blood and Tears By RMSA Katherine E. Umbrell We knew we were leaving To do our job But our time from our families Would soon be robbed Politics would send us out A week early To fight and defend And leave our families to worry Everyday that came and went Felt so far from the end In a short time Shipmates would soon be friends We had our fun And we had our tears Outside, we were brave Inside, politics we feared We've waited a long time Finally 6'Libo ports are here Normally in our minds That means home is near Unfortunately someone is fighting On the other side of the sea One team, one tight 77 Because we are the blue and the green ha xg:-E .Zi..m.1.."sus-,...-'f ..' if ii r as..a:.111-s:1cf,.1:r'zax f " .33 , Kg www , - MWQS r .sf L X xw ,D gg, ...ss We s s . ays and nights at sea swiftly become a matter . of routine as our lives robotically conform to the schedule dictated by the repetitous commands of the IMC. . y I But there's more to the daily grind than turning I wrenches, standing watch, eating chow and catching a few winks before itiall begins again. There are periods of thoughtful reflection and introspection . . . e times when we are left alone to reconcile with I ourselves. During these private moments we no longer have our 'fgame face" on - and our humanity emerges tofassert its own identity. ' I A Here are four such soul musings. AS you read these,- expressions of individuality, you'llI realize our lives are not all Vbiack and whitef'We have learned -in - between the decisions and deadlinesgg thereareealways shades of gray. s I OCEAN OF LOVE BY RP2 JEFFREY M. WHITING THE OCEAN OF LOVE TAKES US TO AND FRO. WE SWAY LIKE A MOTHER WOULD ROCK HER CHILD TO GIVE COMFORT AND REST. THE OCEAN SHOWS US TRUE PEACE. IT ACCEPTS US WITHOUT CONDITIONS. WITH HER STILLNESS WE SOMETIMES PAUSE AND THINK OF THOSE WHOM SHE TOOK TO REST DEEP IN HER WATERS, KNOWING THAT WE SAIL TO PROTECT WHAT THEY FOUGHT FOR ON THIS OCEAN OF LOVE. AS HER WATER SITS STILL AND A MIGHTY WARSHIP SAILS ACROSS IT WE HAVE A SENSE THAT MAYBE WE TOO HAVE ADDED TO THIS PEACE. THE OCEAN SEARCHES OUR SOULS AND WE FIND A NEW DEEPER LOVE FOR THOSE WE LEFT BEHIND, DEEPER THAN ANY OCEAN. WE SAIL IN THIS OCEAN AND NOW WE LEARN LOVE. THIS IS OUR OCEAN OF LOVE. if 7 fwff Untiltled By AC2 Rick Fauble The mist in the morning The shine ot the sun Qne look ot your toce And I know youre the one The teel ot your Ioreoth Is Worm on my Cheek VVish I could Ioy here Beside you oll week But the olorm is ringing And the seo storts to coll I'II leove in the spring Come book in the tell Another deployment -Irhots Where I will be Six months is o long time VVhen l'm out to seo The ports I moy visit The things I will do But eoch doy is brighter Vxfhen I'm thinking ot you I knew when I Iett The Woy Wos so Wrong fVXy Iite's turning out Like on old country song Sweetheort, don't Worry Youre still in my heort IDon't let this cruise Teor us oport It's over holtwciy now I'm on my Woy home Soon I'II be with you And you Won't be olone .samwy F 4 5 I1 5 5 Q 1 x ii r ff' 2- Ve 1 R Z , 1 2 ik x C J. ,Q lil 4. v Q. 9 ff C 5, I J l 1 l Keeping sg s Q-gm Q' S 5 'ft Y Sf? 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The Avionics and Calibration Division CIMOSJ conducts intermediate maintenance on a number of systems, including aircraft avionics, communication, navigation, multi-function display systems, electrical wiring and lighting systems, calibration, circuit cards, and Armament Weapons Support Equipment. The Support Equipment Division fIMO4J is responsible for maintenance and repair on all white and yellow support equipment and material handling equipment. The personnel of IMG4 ensure that all forklifts, fire fighting and towing equipment required to move supplies, weapons, ammunition, and other equipment in support of the Air and Combat Cargo departments is fully operational on a moments notice. 32 USS Tarawa KLHA 12 0 .ASSWQ ,QT LCDFI Martin Jones SSGT B. Ewing AK1 H. Mateo AE1 J. Mosely AS1 P. Pagdanganan AO2 M. Gamet AK2 T. Khan AK2 R. Leblanc AZ2 S. Marquez AZ3 J. Boyd AZ3 J. Korling AZAN J. Bolin I 2 "" '- H '---LT:-'-M .-. -,.f..,..-f.,-k-....,, ..,.,,-.'... .....,.-. 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' USS Tarawa ILHA 12 ' IMO3 CPL C. Hacker ET3 J. Hoag CPL A. Holden CPL J. Kaza A03 C. Kelly CPL L. Keo AT3 G. Ketchum CPL J. Knowles CPL J. Krawczyk CPL J. Madison CPL L. Mankle AT3 E. Pierce AT3 J. Sampley CPL A. Sansur CPL D. Scraggs CPL S. Tenfort LCPL Fl. Berry AEAN B. Dibonas LCPL L. Espinoza LCPL J. Hall LCPL A. Jackson LCPL V. Keith ATAN D. Oliver LCPL B. Unliedt LCPL H. Zavala 2. J .- . ,VVV is ' 3 1 J f Yi- .f R iff! 9, .ff, . ffl Z E fl' a, , 38 ' USS Tarawa KLHA 12 - .Q!MD ,mf ,iiii - '-' ,,,,Q . .. . J K f Q J M , iiiiii 1 V A ,,.l W V .,.. . ',., J f . . J . K . in -L-.1-ggrav 1... ... 1 . ZJQLALL .M 132' 2 f: ,.:'.1:. W." 1.3711213Lii::LL1-i.?'.Z.3fT'. 'ISI ,gIL'.'1",.q f','-Q,j,g:2j515'rI-:Tj-1 1'g,fAfg'?'1""f LT77""i""f'g 77" i"'H T'I'lZ"'Fj"J' """"g""""" K' " -M' 'A' ' " ',g, , '----LM- -5' V4 1 Z IM04 ASC K. Skerritt AS1 R. Belisario AS1 A. Carreon AS1 M. Maraya AS2 M. Adamos AS2 R. Jimenez AS2 R. Nowak AS2 E. Sabater AS2 R. Sanidad AS2 N. Silvestre Mimi? 0 USS Tarawa KLHA 12 39 IMO AS2 D. Temple AS2 M. Washington AS3 C. Gardner AS3 D. Smith ASAN M. Ahearn ASAN J. Gonzales ASAN A. Gursky LCPL S. Schoenherr ASAN T. Tang - M a X , . .. ASAA H. Arnold ASAA Y. Huang X' X fx -M V ' W A , ' 'WMC n YW .. X X V 1 aff' a 'KVM' MZ, ,M I O -' USS Tarawa KLHA 12 0 A111170 4 l l I l a U I2 G light quarters! Flight quarters! Now man all LWQGOUZI' l I .Wefuef 002 CDR Ken Bitar flight quarters stations! That was the daily call to duty for the men and women of the fleet's finest Air Department - a challenge answered with pride and professionalism. The 'fPersian Excursioni' of 1998 saw many long, hot, tiring days and nights of rotary and fixed-wing flight operations. It was a busy schedule from the day we departed San Diego to the day we returned. V-1 Division expertly spotted, launched and recovered aircraft thousands of times on the high seas of the Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean, Persian Gulf, and Red Sea while supporting Navy and Marine Corps flight operations. The Crash and Salvage Team endured many hours in their hot crash suits, ready to respond at any moment to flight deck emergencies. V-3 Division was continuously busy moving aircraft in the hangar to support the Air Combat Elementis flight schedule, maintenance requirements, and Marine training requirements. V-4 Division continued to set the standard in both quality and quantity of JP-5 pumped to aircraft and amphibious vehicles. The "Grapes,' performed flawlessly in both aircraft and at-sea refueling evolutions. The professionals pictured in the next few pages Hmadc it happenv during this six-month deployment. They can be justifiably proud of their accomplishments. W aff l E I l LT C. Fletcher LT S. Starboard ABFCS F. Jingco ABH3 E. Kenny ABH3 A. Plotner g 42 ' USS Tarawa KLHA 11 ' 2',,,v 5:1 E76 --......a.- ..-Aw Muoaf.. fp-mx: 4 Q-ian.-f:w LT G. Caruso CWO3 R. Presley ABHC L. Caldera ABHC E. Mason ABHC R. Poedtke ABH1 D. Dills ABH1 P. Johnston ABH1 A. Rowling ABH2 M. Aguirre ABH2 T. Howard ABH2 S. Mendo ABH2 C. Reid ABH3 E. Belli ABH3 M. Bendo ABH3 M. Bornheimer ABH3 C. Borrego ABH3 G. Byram ABH3 S. Clark ABH3 J. Dearmon ABH3 J. Geddings ABH3 J. Gomez ABH3 J. Keown ABH3 C. Sanchez ABH3 M. Scott ABH3 A. Stevenson USS Tarawa CLHA 12 ' 3 ABH3 A. Szymanski AN R. Aguirre AN L. Asifuina AN O. Carbonell ABHAN C. Davis AN S. Dutton AN A. Guadron ABHAN A. Harun AN M. Hoyte AN J. Lara AN B . Morgan ABHAN J. Morris ABHAN T. Oller AN R. Olmos I , , ,W 0 A ,,,, M M f 5 i 44 ' USS Tarawa KLHA 12 0 .Q L . 7...-...eJ.. ,,a. S- s.,, -' lm .ef-s...'f 0.1 :f..- " EE- AN Fi. Parrish AN E. Perez AN S. Ramirez AA J. Alba AA T. Nicholson AA J. Suarez AA S. Toler AR D. Alvarado AR E. Anderson AA E. Daco AA S. Gibbs AA T. Letellier AA W. Morales AR A. Buck AR G. Davis AH M. Duran AR J. Fayervveatber AR J. Gamino USS Taravva KLHA 12 '5 NE 333335333 AR C. Haverich AR J. Hill AR R. Lemus AR H. To V-3 LT K. Bock ABHC C. Collins ABHC E. Tilleny ABH1 Fl. Cajusay ABH2 E. Galarza ABH3 E. Hunt 6 ' USS Tarawa KLHA 12 0 AM' .-...- V W V A A gA K A-AY gV,, i Y FAAH, . .. .. -k...-..-.........- L. , l l l l l l i I I ABH3 H. Legaspi ABH3 T. McClellan ABH3 M. Rodriguez ABH3 R. Saria ABH3 J. Vega AN C. Currie AN S. Dumas AN T. Ho AN W. Ico AN B. Lovelady AN M. Medrano AN C. Miller AN V. Miller AN J. MisSouri ABHAN C. Watkins AA M. Amador USS Tarawa KLHA 12 ' 47 A r , ' if AA G. Botello jr Af AA T. Brown A A A A N AAA. Dilworth AA lVl. Gary AA L. Jimeno AA J. Miller AA M. Olson AA M. Taylor AR F. Archibald AR A. Cornelio AH C. Escalante AR H. Marroquin AR J. Smith USS Tarawa KLHA 12 0 ii fix gi CWO4 M. Fogg ABF1 J. Gomez ABF1 A. Guajardo ABF1 A. Rivera ABF2 C. Cannady ABF2 J. Debelen ABF2 A. Dixon ABF2 R. Mirabueno ABF2 L. Ramirez ABF2 M. Zarate ABF3 J. Barajas ABF3 N. Bradley ABF3 J. Carrera ABF3 J. Chang ABF3 P. Fortner Agar' ' USS Tarawa KLHA 12 ' 49 ., ,Di-5'C.I'E :Q lg , .4 Y-nl 1 uls: V 50 ' USS Tarawa ILHA 11 Air ..U.C. 11.-.qi L .f:,Qo2f3+3:if-v:i:i5451agLzfk'.:,5s'iYl 1 AN W. Lhormmeus AN P. Luke AN J. Nlarcano 4 Q2 f ff AN E. Obas AN J. Rodriguez AN T. Wegleitner AA S. Bennett AA G. Borquez AA C. Celocia I 4 fg A ,ff I !,f'Sf if In ,fx Q ' P ,V . f' Q, , AMW, , W 41-A 7 zmvux-na-run-R .vm 1.v:-w.,-,w.w- ,---W...,.,M, N-5. Y-D-.. . ,. .-, ,WY - Y , .e V-4 ABFAA A. Flores AA R. Mariano AA A. Ontog AA M. Pantalone AA V. Pham AA A. Schneider AA W. Scroggins AA M. Sisco ABFAA C. Vento AA J. Wemhoener AR W. Abbs AR P. Caraig AR E. Fike AR L. Garza AA T. Giles AR D. Herrling AFI S. Holmsten AR J. Melton AR S. Mendez ' USS Tarawa KLHA 12 Aff 'lf X5 f,, M . . fm ,WX N: 5 W JW W fx XWfWN Wf vw M W Wf Z xl ,f f W 4-W 5 gy f , X 1 K If W 7 I I , XX,U,, f , , x , "X f,f, V , if f ,, 4 x W fs X ,,,f Q - yppxfim X ' . V f f , ' ',s ' My if K A XMIM IQ, X Afgx X ,sg M I ! X 1' K ,JV I y N X W ",h X ,WM W ,ax W 2 . , CAPT James Horzempa I, i l l 'lg - , 1 f swims , Hf af s long as the USS Tarawa has been afloat, its central mission has been to successfully land Marines ashore. The Combat Cargo team has been the essential element of this function, acting as the glue between Marine Corps and Navy personnel. Augmented by 50 MEU Marines during the deployment, Combat Cargo was responsible for the loading and unloading of landing force personnel, supplies and equipment. At the same time, theses Marines keep Tarawa on an even keel by constantly maintaining the load balance of the ship. To accomplish the amphibious mission, the Combat Cargo team is divided into three functions: Debark Control, Well Deck Operations, and Flight Deck. Debark Control monitors and directs the progress and movement of troops, cargo and equipment within the ship, and ensures each element reaches its destination. Well Deck Operations directs the movement of LCAC and LCU boats. Flight Deck Operations coordinate movement of people and supplies aboard Marine aircraft. USS Taravva CLHA 12 0 Combat Cargo Aw IA l I rl' l n I Q I. 1 I I rizxzozv X WV, . . A Ri f f . I ff'!"'V X f . f f4 f X ,A ff X f K .QW ' SOS a Q 'S X J ' Z8 f' X ,X G 3' , ' W !,f fame Q ' X W X ffgffi xX ZX! if Z gf? lj f M ef A I, Z, ffsf X , ff f f 1 f ,W f fl AAAQ if . VL . ,asf V ,. .1 gn K AA"'A" V fi' I ,fgfiisff X f X fg ZW f X J' V 1' 'F f' ,Z z7ffZw X 1 I wQ--1A . A, i f rg ,f L! f 1 it Q , f ,ff z ' 6 f , f ef f , f '1+, f at 5 ":. . M W e f 1 K W 1 f . sv . . 1. 6 fl 1 ' f 55: Q ,,fQZ rW'ZZZ Kaz? 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Combat Systems personnel keep all ship's self defenses in the highest state of readiness to support sustained combat operations from the sea. . The Aviation Ordnancemen of Combat Armament CCAJ Division provide direct support for the weapons capabilities of the ll'h Marine Expeditionary Unit, Navy SpCC121l Operations, Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit, and ship's self defense systems. The AOS receive, inventory, stow, and issue all ordnance. The Interior Communications Electricians of the Combat Communications CCC? Division maintain all interior communications, navigation, and alarm systems. The ICS also keep the ship's Closed Circuit Television system in peak operating condition. i The Electronics Technicians and Data Systems Technicians of Combat Electron1CS CCEJ Division maintain and repair all air traffic control, search and navigation radars, navigational aids, weather equipment, exterior communications systems, SHICHIYC communications, and message processing equipment. They also maintain exterior phone systems, tactical data systems, information systems, test equipment, and perform micro- miniature repair. The Fire Controlmen and Gunneris Mates of Combat Fire Control CCFJ Division ke6P Tarawa and her crew out of harm's way through meticulous maintenance of all missile, gun, and fire control radar systems. They also maintain the shipts armory and train ship,S personnel on Weapons in the small arms inventory. . The Electronics Warfare Technicians of Combat Electronic Warfare QCWD Divisioll operate and maintain equipment involving the use of the radio frequency CRFJ spectrum. They exploit the RF spectrum to locate, identify, and attack the enemy while maintaining capability to friendly forces. 60 - USS Tarawa CLHA 12 0 Combat? Hyste-:ws CA LTJG P. Dosen AOC G. Church AOC H. McFarland AOC D. Sumerall AO1 M. Brady AO1 C. Caner AO1 R. Hansel AO1 T, Hodge AO1 D. lVIcGinty AO1 J. McNaughton AO1 B. Rhodes AO1 C. Stiles AO1 D.Torres AO2 K. Musicant AO2 D. Radford AO3 R. Brice AO3 J. Cribbins AO3 J. Davis AO3 A. Glover AO3 A. Hunt AO3 B. Lange 1 wsnimaf Svwiems USS Tarawa KLHA 12 0 61 ..... AO3 C. Lepak AO3 A. Miller A03 C. Modlin AO3 M. Parus AO3 J. Bivera AO3 B. Salter AO3 E. Wilson AOAN A. Beal AOAN K. Davis AN M. DiLorenzo AOAN Fi. Montgomery AOAN D. Morris AOAN M. Penton AOAN C. Rosinski AOAN K. Schouten AOAN A. Tinsley AOAA C. Gaines AOAA A. Quezada AOAA M. Fieaves AOAB B. Cvetko AOAB T. Quintens 1' f-4 e..fEf'w . Q jf fi? f N if , W Q. , ii" ,,, - d "L, , , '.' rggfy- - V- - turf. V H 14' 'A-"' Sli 5792171 " K 753-Lv? izfififgigf. A 1 ,wzfn.fe:7'25,-13,4-,,w:c,f3'z.gt,:QL:f'::Q1u4-a f.f5fif.xL2Js:2,?f?."',:-,.."5'f ' ' ' " , WW 4 NXNXNXN X Q , . , ,,..- . Y .mf-rfb. ,-,f.n.v-w,f.:ff.f ,,,, D WWW - M W. Y -W . -.1,.?..,w,- f-Q'zvf'w.N:,f:,fs:?wQ15ew,2Q,'uzfev:x?.."fi".-,f"'af.'A.s.ff'x.:F'S.:s"1K 'F my .Q .1 . A CC ENS S. Breland ICC K. Wright IC1 M. Fejaran IC2 W. Cowan IC2 G. Hughes IC2 T. Vandrasik IC3 A. Anderson IC3 S. Brewer IC3 J. Chaudoir IC3 S. Nhek IC3 B. Schuknecht IC3 S. Waters ICFN H. Lange ICFN R. Murchison ICFA E. Blevins 64 USS Tarawa KLHA 72 ' Gamba? Syxfwms USS Tara wa KLHA CE DSCS D. Yumol ETC E. Grady ETC B. Meeks DSC M. Trejo ET1 M. Berry ET1 D. Downes DS2 J. Ancheta ET2 A. Britt ET2 L. Day DS2 J. Dietz 12 65 CE DS2 J. Dietz ET2 J. Eden ET2 Fi. Ganey ET2 P. Lazzarotti DS2 R. Maddox DS2 H. Riley ET2 M. Rose DS2 C. Schneider ET2 S. Snider DS2 C. Thompson ET3 C. Birks ET3 R. Brown ET3 J. Cobb DS3 C. Derouen ET3 lvl. Greer DS3 D. Hammond DS3 L. Nowak ET3 Pi. Pimental DS3 J. Pomeroy ET3 G. Terrell ET3 D. Weaser DSSN S. Landers 66 USS Tarawa KLHA 11 ' 2I.?wfwb'2E6y.9M:fn2s LT"'I'x "MD ' -,-' :5,'L.Y...i ETCS J. Bartolotta FC1 R. Murphy FC1 K. Pearson GM1 M. Short FC2 J. Atkins FC2 S. Fell FC2 J. Kline GM2N. Lunningham l . FC2 J. McAllister FC2 C. McDaniel FC3 D. Barneski FC3 G. Hardin GMS J. Legaspy FC3 B. Mitchell FC3 A. White GMSN D. Nowell GMSN K. Reed GMSA R. Allday 2'Zy.ssS'.efw5 ' USS Tarawa KLHA 11 - 067 WW 45 ?Sl CW ENS M. Nelson ' EWC D. Wilson EW2 J. Held EW2 A. Leverman EW3 L. Curtis EW3 B. Harris EW3 G. Harris EWS J. Schreiber EWSN S. Casto 68 ' USS Tarawa CLHA 12 - W! f ,AM -x 'Ur W 1 11517-..-Wg v- . V VV . V gzf ,T , ' W., ,,,,Q 2 X i X , , VVV V V VVV fffglbx W V X . V V he Communications Department provides many critical functions aboard Tarawa. But far from just processing messages and providing email, Comm personnel allow us to exchange information with each other and the rest of the world through the use of advanced technology and time-tested methods. The Data Processing Technicians and Radiomen of CI Division manage and maintain Tarawcfs automated information systems. This includes NIPRNET, SIPRNET, JMCIS, SUADPS, NALCOMIS, and OMMS. Among other things, these systems allow the crew to surf the World Wide Web, send email within and off the ship, and requisition supplies. The RM,s of CR Division maintain all electronic communications through the use of satellite technology and regular radio. With as many as 75 mission-critical command and control circuits operational at any one time, Comm technicians used troubleshooting, testing and quality control techniques to keep an unprecedented 95 percent connectivity rate throughout the deployment. The RM's also processed more than 100,000 incoming and outgoing messages. CWO2 J. Clark DPC J. Luss 1 DP1 H. Colin LT Steve Averett ,nf ,lfv A vj"'WW'WdM!,7r .... ""' "CZK" , V. V if "Ml 5 V . - 22 N ...,,. Q W X ,V ,gs V , Q ir f W A DP1C.R rn DP2 U.Cooser f oP2 c. Gill A 9 , IV CAPT K. Winter 70 ' USS Tarawa fLHA 72 ' Commarnicaiions ' 'Q wx--:U ff- DP2 C. Norton DP2 L. Taylor RMS J. Biggs DP3 S. Meyer RM3 N. Rendell RMS S. Stanfield RM3 L. Taylor RMSN J. Higgs RNISN E. Lampe RMSN A. Odom CR CWO3 J. Rickard FIMCIVI C. Warner RMC S. Johnson RMC D. Mixon RMC A. Nloldonado RM1 M. Allshouse FIM1 L. Mack RM1 A. Fioybal RM1 T. Watkins RM2 J. Akins RM2 B. Baker RNI2 D. Ball RNI2 C. Fatilua RM2 J. Harris RM2 A. Komperda f' .M fs' zz efmw ion USS Tarawa KLHA 11 ' 71 ,Q ' '1r ' ' ii' CR RM2 K. Nalley RM2 T. Rogers RM2 Fi. Rolison RM3 J. Brown RMS C. Campbell RMS D. Cronin RM3 J. Cugtas RMS S. Dyer RM3 R. Johnson RMS K. Littlejohn RM3 G. Lundie RM3 M. Mastromonico HM3 T. Morgan RMS S. Morrison RMS C. Ward RMSN A. Fisher FIMSA N. Fries RMSA S. Ramirez RMSA K. Umbreli 72 USS Tarawa CLHA 12 ' Qwmrwwnswazzofws 0 Z, 4 W, Z X f W ff Wi X!! f ffy if ' ,Wf jf f ff ,W W 6 2 if M A4, 'Q W W' ff! M , xW 0 ZXZZ W f eamansbi p s long as there have been sailing ships, there have been deck seamen. The men and Women of Tarawa's Deck Department proved they were no different from their predecessorsg they fcourageously performed tough tasks in the spirit ofthe sea service's most basic traditions. With salt water in their veins and an eye on the horizon, representatives of the Navyis oldest rate, the Boatswain's Mates, stood Watch at the helm, operated the boats, droped the anchor, and kept the hull gray. The Sailors of First Division were in charge of the fo,c'sle and anchors. They operated Station 1-Bravo during Replenishment-At-Sea CRASJ evolutions and assisted with mooring operations. Second Division supported Marine Corps amphibious operations from the Well Deck and mooring evolutions. During RAS these Boatswain's Mates and seamen manned Station 5. Third Division personnel performed a myriad of jobs. They operated the ship's boats and crane, manned Station 1- Alpha during RAS, and set up the Quarterdeck during mooring. lst ENS D. Kelly BMC S. Reynolds BM1 D. Williams BM2 M. Heard BM2 M. Legaspi BM2 R. Fiadoc BM2 J. Sellman BM3 S. Albea BM3 Fi. Antiporda BM3 J. Gonzales ' USS Tarawa 'KLHA 11 ' Deck l LCDR Gary Brister Outgoing lst Lieutenant , ,Y N., m,+m f.-W? F... we f-21-.az----Q-fi-sau., LCDR Nancy Paulsen Incoming lst Lieutenant CWO2 R. lnniss CWO2 T. Sevilla i 1 4 .Q-,.,.,...,.......L, . Y -QM. mf, , -L Q1m1n',m'?n . . i., N """"'h'4 A' L':"""'X'? 'h A "N" "'5"'32Hf'4-i15731"'-5'-li V5-HW! R ' 'agua i,"'Qg, BM3 J. Schwartz BM3 M. Smith BM3 A. Sonderson BM3 D. Thomas SN A. Abrego SN A. Abshire SN R. Armstrong SN M. Barrazagarcia SN C. Calambacan SN C. Craig Deck 0 USS Tarawa KLHA 12 ' 75 Wi ,,,,, W, Q SN C. Hedlund SN S. Huber SN B. Jackson SN T. Jones BMSN M. Simpson SA S. Harris SA J. Rodriguez' SA G. Shilts III SR J. Skowron SRJ.TamanaIevu I .S 6 ' USS Tarawa KLHA 72 ' Qeerifr Y '11 '-1211, -v-Svwdmvlia-2'f4l','l5v2' '-'-2 "f521x11"r. t' v-Klv.F,QI2'.4S12Qf2flEp!n"I.25m'nl13P3r:,4.gjE.5,'j5,gg.juQg1:7,'5.i:4L 3:12 ?krm 2Q gunna-a.a.w..w......4 ,Wm ww, .,.., -.,,a......,.a, .Q --fam in-Mm. -A mf-.. ,si sef.511-amaze-1:--mn:r.:.fr:ssz5.ra:vr:r:11m:2.3m1Kan1zF'?i.,.L iTIfQ327Ms?T'QiQTPi7'5f'T"'l: .fi l 2nd LTJG M.Woolstenhume ENS K. McGuire BMC F. Moya BM1 V. Hall BM1 D. Shattuck BM2 J. Barroso BM2 L. Trannon BlVl2 K. Whitney BM3 B. Angell BM3 B. Browning BM3 D. Mangrum SN L. Benally SN Q. Luper SN B. Matsen SN P. Newell SN I. Stanford SN Q. Thomson SN W. Warren SN L. Whatley SA D. Boseman SA lVI. Braham SA C. Denley SA E. Isaac SA J. Jackson SA A. Ortiz f USS Tarawa CLHA 12 ' 77 3rd LTJG J. Hernandez BM1 V. Meza BM1 E. Flafols BM2 G. Dodsun BM2 S. Wilkinson 2nd SA E. Overman SA M. Powers SR N. Shipley BM3 A. Cotton BM3 G. Dwight BM3 T. Gibson BM3 J. Harper SN N. Christian BMSN J. Diouhy SN D. Esqueda SN K. Jackson SN A. Karaoguz SN N. Mole SN R. Williams SA H. Segal ' USS Tarawa KLHA 12 0 De-ck ,, A 7 I ll 1 3 , ,"', , f X y K if 5,0 f iff? .J , . D-V -uw ----H115--2--1-W --- -Q-grmglw EaaEE eeeeeaa Qeeae CDR Juan Chavez v Incoming CHEN G LCDR K. Schmitz here are few people on the ship that can claim to have dirtier, harder, noisier and more fundamentally important jobs than the men and women in Tarawcfs Engineering Department. Without the Machinist's Mates, Enginemen, Electricianas Mates, Damage Controlmen, Hull Maintenance Technicians, and Machinery Repairmen, the crew wouldn't have the basic necessities for quality of life - and the ship wouldn't have the means to be combat-ready. A Division makes the ship comfortable for the rest of the crew. Without the hard work of 'LA-gang," the crew would be without creature comforts such as air conditioning, refrigerated food, clean .D l LCDR Fl. Harris IVIIVICIVI N. Molina 80 USS Tarawa CLHA 11 ' Engineering laundry, heads, and hot showers. The men and women in E Division maintain the entire electrical power supply for the ship. They keep the lights on and our equipment humming. R Division is a diverse group of Sailors that provides firefighting expertise, creates critical machine parts from scratch, and corrects our plumbing problems. The hardworking Sailors in MP1 and MP2 Divisions have perhaps the toughest jobs on the ship: they maintain and operate the ship's massive boilers and auxiliary systems, including the fresh water supply. The small, yet important MP3 Division is responsible for monitoring the two million gallons of fuel that drives the ship. IVIM1 G. Stevens YN3 B. Stevens t .I A I fra fain x....,K,1A V ,S gaqigy. V 'EE Q, V V. V V i 5 E V. larv a . , i I .-D..-.-.-,T-..L-5.--:,,,,,,. LTC. Jones MMC D. Kari MMC N. Rivor MM1 A. Laguer EN1 A. Leonor EN1 J. McKinley EM2 L. Delafuente MM2 D. Dove EN2 J. Givens MM2 I. Gregory EM2 B. Marcelo MM2 L. Poirier MM2 B. Rabanal EN2 D. Sack MM3 D. Aguilar MM3 O. Callejas MM3 S. Cashin EN3 M. Esteban MM3 Fi. Midgette EN3 R. Mitchell MM3 J. Nunez MM3 C. Perez EN3 A. Richardson MM3 D. Sanftner MM3 M. Smith ' USS Tarawa KLHA 12 ' 81 MM3 J. Spengler MM3 G. Tyler MM3 J. Underberg MM3 S. Walder MM3 E. Waller FN B. Crenshaw FN M. Denegal FN J. Garcia ENFN B. Helding A FN A. Kane ENFN M. Miller 3 EMFN L. Vu FA J. Kidd MMFA C. Lyman FA A. Matthews i 1 FR L. Galvan FN E. Ryan USS Tarawa KLHA 12 ' Zfngifzezsfizfag C? f LTJG J. Douglass CWO3 S. Cash EMC J. Manubay EM1 M. Ayonon EM1 F. Cacacho EM1 E. Kamber EM1 R. Limcaoco EM1 D.Todd EM2 R. Gasmin EM2 C. Nocum EM3 W. Allen EM3 A. Bergado EM3 C. Burger EM3 J. Grossman EM3 S. Garcia Q 1117 XX fir Q., ff cwmq USS Tarawa KLHA 12 -,qw w k 1 I Si , P 1: EM3 A. Smyk ' EMFN R. Fajardo J IP ki ls --. 1 EMFN J. Glover V EMFN J. Gonzales J a x J ! , I J J EMFN B. Graves Q EMFN O. Llanda J l 1 it J L I EMFN Sulaiman EMFN D. Suniega FR J. Matlock FR J. Villalovos 84 ' USS Tarawa CLHA 12 0 Kngiweefingg J I ,Lilfil MI 1: 1 LTJG N. Spong HTC G. Wells ,......,,,,, fx ENS W W I " ' f!,,f'f'f" f ' 'R . f I Dccsipmksfon , . .V , f X f ff f fl X HT1 A. Gilcrease MR1 A. Paris NIR1 E. Ricasata DC1 IVI. Rikard HT1 N.Tanaka DC2 Fi. Acosta DC2 D. Coulter y H " .fi XRS N' f ,ff - E, ff!!! I v I 1 Mffff 7 wif X 7 f 3-"'N X xx DN ' USS Tarawa ILHA 11 ' 85 ,. .,,:.w""??'f ' X 252 fx bnfw' .Y J 4: J. .A Ex DC2 V. Junior DC2 Ft. Rupp DC2 N. Whiting DC3 D. Aviles HT3 M. Caldwell DC3 O. Castillo DC3 A. Davis HT3 J. Downes DC3 S. Ferreira DC3 M. Gabon DC3 J. Gordon DC3 R. Ibarri DC3 E. Lopez DC3 M. Otton HT3 T. Ramsey m.,........Tff rf.-----ref.. Q-------H--f--W U'--W 'WW3 DC3 A. Sanchez MR3 G. Zemke HTFN B. Bennett MRFN S. Cleary HTFN E. Gonzalez FN W. Trujillo HTFN D. Walser DCFA J. Matlock FR J. Morrow FR K. White 86 0 USS Tarawa CLHA 12 ' Engineering l u 1itQ9 . fm-m.2mumwz WW" , J, 5' f M4 f . ' USS Tarawa KLHA 12 ' MP1 LTJG J. Danckwerth MMC P. Bair MMC D. Orneias MM1 B. Donaby MM1 D. Gursky IVIM1 R. Nickerson BT2 T. Adams MM2 R. Garcia MM2 A. Ngalongalay MIVI2 D. Wilson BT3 L. Daniels BT3 R. B. Gonzales MIVI3 R. N. Gonzales MM3 C. Crumedy FN K. Chu MMFN D. Clawson FN N. Cruz FN D. Davidson MMFN B. Davis 87 P1 FN F. Estrada FN I. Gentalian MMFN B. Gibbs I 1 FN J. Hernandez FN P. Howse MMFN J. Petrey MMFN A. Roquemore FN W. Sheppard BTFA K. Campbell FA R. Danford FA S. Milan FA V. Santiago MMFN S. Seavey FN W. Simmons MMFA N. Sublett FA J. Thomas FR J. Dunnegan FR D. Jackson FR A. Wallace 88 ' USS Tarawa CLHA U V' Emgimeaafisag A I i I l I l I I L 1 I i I 1 1 I r I I I i l I 1 'I I 1 I i .."1' VFTQQI' . -'I ' M2 ENS N. Maver-Shue BTCG.Treber MM1 L. Knudsen BT1 J. Ward MM2 D. Leal MM2 J. Mind MM2 D. Robeniol MMS B. Aller MM3 F. Bailey MM3 B. Burgess MM3 G. Everett MM3 G. Foster MM3 S. Goff MM3 C. Hendon BT3 J. Hlas MM3 S. Keen MM3 D. Kepford MM3 G. Maple MM3 D. Probst ' USS Tarawa CLHA 11 ' 89 f - ...few vein E M2 lVllVl3 D. Walls MM3 N. Winn FN C. Artnurs FN R. Berry MMFN R. Gouk FN T. Hallyburton FN R. Hernandez MMFN M. lnfin FN K. Isbell BTFN R. Romero IVllVlFN C. Werner FN J. Winn FA C. Blackman MMFA B. Goldsberry FA L. Johnson MP3 LTJG A. Miller MM3 L. Baldwin BT3 Raunsuwav MM3 P. Roberts MMS T. Zavala IVIMFA J. lVlitzner FA S. Spidell FR M. James lVllVlFR J. Shelley 90 0 USS Tarawa CLHA 12 ' ZQUQQMQWEZUQ L Q31-LW EP RT . 1 x if X wi N! S f f ff 1 fx V9 W l Q ff f 92 f f f ww? my X f X aumedica! emergency happens there 's nryrrooln for indecision., g Ulf Ji! V ,, 1 lf, '27 T hat's why Tarawa medzcal ojjicers and C0"Ps1?'e"f7'ain We"-V daily r I X Q to be athe very best at what they . i y ' 1 r ee because one day your lqfe may depend on tliem. he creW's physical readiness is the paramount mission of the Medical Department. If you aren't healthy enough to do your job withwfl Qflpercent effortithge the shipis overall battle readiness is affgcteclg ppppp I A s llss ,'fff fys,y , qi , ,,,s fr A That's why Tarawaesydoctors tzgldcorpsmen ensure your health care isnlt just, "Take two Motrin and come back to sick call in the morningiv With a full range of preventive medicine techniques, such as the unforgettable series of anthrax vaccines and anti-malaria pills, the Medical Department kept use ,physically ready. They also stayed battle-ready by participating in mass casualty exercises primarily designed to support the embarked MEU. They further extended their mission toihfrmanitarian projects in the orts , P we visited. They provided healthfservices to hundreds of people in countries like Jordan and Eritrea. , LT M Llm LTF McLean HMC C. Roberson HM1 R. Cranston HM1 T. Gille CDR Jeffrey Paulson I-uvn B. Scherrer 92 0 USS Tarawa KLHA 12 ' Medicalfbental nz.. f HM2 Fl. Cejas HM2 B. Clark HM2 S. Eastep HM2 T. Glass HM2 M. Moreton HM2 P. Nafus HM3 K. Browning HM3 S. Farmer HNI3 R. Horton HM3 E. Jenkins HM3 A. Krilevich HM3 G. Mathiesen HM3 D. Nlillerburns HM3 D. Nivens HM3 R. Salinas HM3 M. Walker HN L. Harris HNT.Jensen HN J. Reyes v USS Tarawa ILHA 12 ' 93 he small, yet capable dental staff aboard T arawa performed a variety of tasks under sometimes difficult conditions. Whetherfuqitwwgs ttt' 2tendin'gJ,gL9sIlge!, cav1ty that needed oral surgery, the five dental technicians supported4Jtlle'ff:'4,iQ00 Sailors and Marines on Tarawtz of the ARG! 2 rrvv f , f In addition, dengallfteoltlnidiaiis assisted the medical staff during maSS'jQQSll2fty drills. Despite the occasional heavy roll or loss of power, the Dental Department came through and helped keep us healthy. LT Jacqueline Palaisa 94 USS Tarawa KLHA 12 0 M'e-dia-al!Dentaf DTC Fl. Martin DT3 L. Boland DT3 M. Gallegos X' aff 14, ' ' - f ,ff Q .W DA J. Sanders FN N. Stiller Al,,,,,,,, 1 Ps . E fl 5 , 3 3 S! v 'A 3 X Ls 5 Y z i A .Ax fu 1 2 f' 1 S :I U 'fr 'S G if T. 1.5 1: 14 H: D . . 'zz ! J Yi 4: ,Q Q51 Tx .E 'X 2 ., F4 fs Q4 3 IA. , fl -.Z -2 ka fl' 4? it .xx va 42 V.: 41 's FS 3 '55 55 fl W! w ,R af 44 5 - J gi 'N ,,, 4 4: 32 ',I-' w .1 1 ,E '4 3 u 1? sa 2 L E a a fl-3 fi 73 R t E ms ,m.n-...4ua- ,,-g-,.Qzmg.:... mum Y 'game . -1-Giga,-K,-,v-k-nr --,,,, -- --,..,v-c.-V,:--,.,.,,z...,-ga1...,1k " -' 2, W--V - 7 ra f - -g - tl, n VI 7 r 5 , f ' ' M ,i,, gg Qlfgffl 'A. Q g y , ,, , . ., r , r 'Gvf arr, u . X232 l ll ' Vrllr Danze, vl I' , ff, ln ijll M, ,,:f bfi ll A ss f ll T ,V , W, if ' T by - .x.... xc , A f f- -- X It ,, k l avigation Division is one of Tarawa 's most valuable assets underway. Consisting 3 of Signalmen and Quartermasters, Nav conforms to todayis smaller, more flexible i Navy. l . . The Signalmen are responsible for all visual communications, including flashing light, flag hoist, and semaphore. SMS play a pivotal role in the safe steaming of the ship since they i , y, y are the most knowledgeable and experienced lookouts aboard. '1 l li y Quartermasters are solely responsible for ensuring that Tarawa remains clear of all fl l ,V p hazards to navigation, including shoal Water, shipwrecks, mine fields and various man- ! , 1 made objects. ' E ,Q The QMS must know the exact location of the ship at all times and provide constant t recommendations of course and speed changes to the Officer of the Deck. They accomplished LCDR J. Scott Cl'1lSl'lOlII1 this during the deployment, as Tarawa successfully transited 31,000 nautical miles and navigated in and out of more than a dozen foreign ports. NA ENS Fi. Bessel QMCNI F. Jordan QM1 R. Copenhaver SM1 C. Pollard QM1 R.Ticer l 96 0 USS Tarawa KLHA 12 ' Navigaaworsfgxeowfivw , 4 . I 'Ig Li- SM2 B. Morando QM3 T. Arnold SM3 C. Jones SM3 C. Moog QM3 C. Munoy SM3 R. Zawadski SMSN M. Mitchell SMSA A. Majette f . if f W WL 7 ,.., Z ' USS Tarawa CLHA 11 ' 97 With more ratings than any other division, gsvamafalva was the hallmark trait of these professionals ith more than 30 people representing nine different ratings, Executive Division set the example of teamwork. Personnelmen kept the crew's service records in good order and made everything from TAD orders to new I.D. cards happen in a timely manner. Administration and the Captain's Office were manned by Yeomen. The YNs performed similar duties for the officers of the ship that the PNs did for the enlisted crew. Navy Counselors helped steer the careers of the ship's company, including up-to-date details on service schools, enlistment bonuses, and special programs. The Chaplain and Religious Program Specialists played a key role in facilitating the crew's spiritual needs. They set up services for a variety of faiths and ran the library. The Journalists kept the ship informed about world events via live TV newscasts and the daily newspaper, Tarawa Times. The JOS also operated the shipis TV and radio systems and public affairs program. The ship's Master-At-Arms enforced Navy regulations and the policies of the CO. They reminded shipmates about uniform rules and provided internal security. The Legal Office was responsible for processing the paperwork necessary for administrative hearings, courts- martial, and NJP. The LN also gathered information on legal benefits and programs. The Graphic Arts!Print Shop, crewed by Lithographers and an Illustrator Draftsman, supplied the ship with the creation and reproduction of all types of printed material. . JOC J. DeAngio LCDR D' F'x , lVlA1G.Bashford CommandChapIam LH R Bm' 98 ' USS Tarawa CLHA 12 ' Mai.f,fEx'ec LTJG Fl. Fuentes . PNCM Fl. Largoza, Jr. NCCS G. Taylor .. . 4' ,um .-...N ...U -. f . .wn,,.,.,s.B...-..g 1 l i l i l l l l i l i A l l 1 l l l l F -1:4 -.al MA1 G. Jacobs RP1 M. Lines ' ..,. 13, J fx ':, Y- ff f .5 Q , YN1 A. Murdock PN1 W. Nelson x I NC1 D. Petrocco DM1 J. Rhoades Nw.. MA1 T. Savino LN1 C. Smith JO1 S. Williams MA2 G. Callahan fxfasffffxwc ' USS Tarawa KLHA 12 PN2 L. Connelly MA2 M. Navarro YN2 Fi. Phillips MA2 A. Ramirez RP2 J. Whiting PN3 G. Arballo MA3J. Englander Ll3 B. Hunter MA3 A. Lopez MA3 K. Matsumoto MA3 D. Sola Ll3 T. Tunstall LISN J. Alvarez PNSN J. Carr YNSN T. Jones AN C. Ramirez S ,ff?11rl2g:QxNw""5Zi? K iff A gg ,5 X,l....... T X ..., P x X . 14-:um if ,ff f I 1. f M, i. X ,X XX is A 3q...J . ...,... 11 X ' lk f 1 Tf 1 ,,.... - ...ie A L X ,,fj1iLZ11:L,..f t XX .xyw f A .fl , wx X, 'QTY , f' AQ, ,.f'X .,,, - if L My ' f ff XX X ,ld-v.f'fL,f Q ff 's E.. ,. , X TQ'-, i " ,ff if "H X--" 100 ' USS Tarawa KLHA 12 0 X, , 5, k uf' ff , I ' ! ff , W 2 L- , u,f .ah J 1 ' r 35, If 5. ,,' 'xgii '56 fig 6if Y , Y , I 3M . ,M .K .X .h-g. y A 45 f .,,g I , gg, gig, 'IF an ' v4 fx! S, . .wwf .. ,Ml . -'Til' I. I I , 63? f Nw Q, - 7 f T ' ' 'IVY LJ perations. It's a rather general term for such a very complex department. Indeed, there are all kinds of "operations," but on Tarawa the Word applies to the department responsible for coordinating the tactical missions of the ship. OA Division consists of Aerographer's Mates. The AGS interpret meteorlogical and oceanographic information to provide a clear picture of weather conditions. Even in this modem age of naval technology, the weather plays a crucial role in navigation, air operations and amphibious missions. The Air Traffic Controllers in OC Division do the same job as their civilian counterparts except they direct combat aircraft within 50 nautical miles of the ship. The ACS, all currently licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration, play an integral role in the Helicopter Direction Center by supplying tactical flight data to the CIC Officer. The Operations Specialists of OI Division collect air 'and sea contact information from radar consoles in CIC and relay them to various command and control stations throughout the ship. The OSs form the nucleus of the shipis nerve center. OZ Division is responsible for gathering, interpreting and relaying intelligence information for mission planning. The Intelligence Specialists and Cryptologic Technicians ensure Tarawais special operations and combat missions have a true picture of the combat environment. OZs Photographer's Mates assist with the intelligence mission and provide still camera documentation and photo printing for the ship. 102 USS Tarawa KLHA 11 ' Qpreraationx nd direction LCDFZ J. Whittington MAJ Fl. Wheeler l Ol -.-. s . ,LA 4. V .. L., I AAG3 S. Stouffer Jw X. AGAN F. Santos AGAA D. Klger X LCDR J. Furgerson AGC J. Uncapher AG1 T. Latham AG1 S. Lipnick AG2 J. Monson AG2 A. Wiiliams AG3 C. Droge AG3 J. Kendrick wk rm: - USS Tarawa CLHA U 0 103 I H N n s I i i F s A n E A w a , "I"71rrrY i. .QV s D r 1, GC LT B. Bachand ACC C. Bayford AC1 T. Kelly AC1 J. Mathis AC2 J. Collavo AC2 Fl. Fauble ,N 2f'w'E ik ..... AWN ..,,.. ' AC2 C. Gaines AC2 B. Koenig AC2 B. Schnabel AC3 T. Leonard AC3 J. Clarke AC3 D. Jeffery ACAN P. Hansen ACAN C. Hoe ACAA H. Peterson 104 ' USS Tarawa KLHA 1 l - l 1 ' Operaziwfss L 1. YW.. .aggvzzf . , .h Y. ..- .M 5 N f.. ,.,f,. f1,4...EV' + GI LT E. Wilson CWO3 W. Strumfa OSCS A. Zemke OSC K. Larson Q fi, X z X a 1 4 1 x X. ' X Klitziij OS1 T. Boef OS1 C. Daniel OS1 E. Garner OS1 R. Jackson OS2 M. Candino OS2 M. Emmerick OS2 R. Fredricks Tiff? "T" ' - OS2 K. Pullin 0 USS Tarawa KLHA 12 ' 105 -mtl K 1 'H 1 -'w 'T"."f'T"?77!"'1"4 , ,Q- Q ,z I l F2 .gi V. 'Q 5 J A, r., 1 ,lr OI OS2 W. Vega OS2 C. Wolfe OS3 E. Coleman OS3 T. Dukeman OS3 A. Hughes OS3 L. Magash OS3 T. McClendon OS3 C. McKnight OS3 C. Murphy OS3 M. Shatwell OS3 L. Snaer OS3 D. Sud OS3 T. Ware OS3 J. Wildermuth OS3 L. Wright OSSN B. Denison OSSN J. Green OSSN J. Korringa OSSN K. Pollard OSSN A. Rivac OSSN S. Venugopal OSSN K. Woodcock OSSA D. Banta OSSA J. Davis OSSA B. Edwards 106 ' USS' Tarawa KLHA 11 v Qpergfigrpg M-1-ly! , OI OSSA A. Lindstrom OSSA Fl. Osuna OSSR T. Dingman OSSR G. Zamora in-iii!!! NNN ffhy wwf ,, N55 o . .x..x ww ------ t ' xxxx f, 5 OZ LCDFZ D. Abbott LCDRS.TooIe ISCS T. Kelly CTOC C. Morse IS1 R. Bush ' USS Tarawa ILHA 12 ' 107 ll li il Q l I 4 1 li 1 i l li EI Q i l li. 2 ll il ll l I: l .i i I . lx l . -ii gi ll l l i i i il l l l i l CTO1 D. Schwenzer CTO1 J. Steffish CTA1 S. Stellmacher CTM2 C. Gill lS2 D. Martin CTO2 T. Miles ISS C. Finch lS3 J. Johnson CTO3 D. Marshall lS3 S. McGuire PH3 W. Pierce CTOSN N. Gray CTMSN J. Remack PHAA G. Barnitt ISSA K. Carlson CTOSA A. Wallace f""- V ' .. X N x X X xxx 108 ' USS Tarawa KLHA 12 0 Giygfaggwmg i 5 x 5 5 1' Q 4 s Q i 5 i 4 ' :am 11 - gb. ' f'3 ,gQf,:iq,gzqg-F' ,w,,z. -'ig ' 5 , 'QL-y.y,5Q,M,5f 1 X. XX x X- , ,ggi X, , QSSXSM gay , ' N X 3 Mg, ,. ,, X .4 Q ,W X W, - ,, 4 X Q X X X ix WX .Q ' f, NW f. 'xAX ex, y xy, VZQX i if XX S? ,Q X W!! X X, ,X LQ Y ii NWXX5 X, , XX .ww W :i ,NZM f .5 my I X X, Q4 , ' 5 x, 'Q K ,, 25 gif, I X x W Q ' V X fl Z ff ' 2 f 1,37 fx S X X X Q X f x X I 3' 1 xx K ' SUPPO CDR M. Brown LCDR W. Bergeron Y, , ,, mi. H74 f - -- - ' " ' ' -YT. A? fx '00 wkateuer ,Ae ' B . . f ' S if if if 1 c e! fe n cc ff - X . . .. 1. . 1. . M sr.,-si. si, ' 4 . . Q I gpg, as f A he best fighting forces in the world canit carry out their mission Without a highly functional and efficient supply system. That's why Tarawcfs Supply Department was crucial to combat readiness during deployment. The Stock Control Division CS-IJ was in charge of Tarawa's financial accounts, maintained the ship's S30 million operational budget and 26,000 items of inventory valued at S60 million. The Mess Specialists in the Enlisted Dining Facility provided more than 8,400 meals a day to embarked Sailors and Marines, making S-2 one of the most visible divisions aboard. The Shipis Servicemen in the Sales Division CS-31 operated the Eagle Emporium and Gator Express, the barber shops, laundry service and vending machines. Profits from sales went to MWR, furthering the crew's quality of life. . f , f 4, ,f , ff' f 4 " 25175. S-4 Division consisted of the Post Office and Disbursing. Thousands of pounds of mail were processed by the Postal Clerks each week and the Disbursing Clerks maintained ghip'S company and embarked pay accounts daily. S-5 Division operated Hotel Tarawa, the Chief Petty Officer's Mess, and the Officer's Wardroom. In addition to cleaning and maintaining some 120 spaces, S-5 also took care of VIP accommodations for guests. W The Aviation Support Division CS-61 operated Sea Mart and gave suppon to embarked squadrons and AIMD. The Aviation Storekeepers and Marines tracked an inventory of more than 11,000 items in lll storerooms. The Storekeepers in S-8 Division received and stored an inventory of 15,000 items in 23 storerooms. They also controlled hazardous material storage and disposal. S-1 LTJG D. Norton SKC R. Flores SK1 E. Ceballos SK1 W. Nolz f S N at SK1 Fa. Reyes X YN3 R. Coates fp ' ix SK3 E. Nepomuceno S-2 LT S. Fuselier MSCM Degano MSCS A. Bunggay MS1 R.Are-valo MS1 D. Valencia 2 I 1 10 ' USS Tarawa KLHA 11 0 Suppiy . f-,"---.. V. S-2 MS2 L. Basco MS2 H. Conde MS2 C. Fitch MS2 E. Gido MS2 B. Ignacio MS2 A. Padilla MS2J.Tividad 1 1 i MS3 S. Brown MS3 J. Burrola MS3 R. Chambers MS3 V. Collins-Goss MS3 M. Davis i i MS3 P. Garcia MS3 D. Gutierrez MS3 M. Johnson MS3 K. Morgan MSSN C. Bezotte S Suppiy ' USS Tarawa KLHA 11 ' 1 1 1 Eh:-v ' A xi af. and w alk. ,, 5.. ,-Id" 531-g ggafiri' 2 1 , it IQQY, .,-i' A1-Zlrirgrrgi' , ,:5g1T"f" fsfi , JI ? i f-f I Ir I I I I I I I S 2 MSSN J. Garcia I I MSSN J. Kirsch I MSSN T. Pardo MSSA S. Bailey I MSSA J. Neo I I I . I S-3 LTJG J. Oldakowski SHCS R. Jones SH1 R. Casal SH1 C. Cruz SH2 W. Carino A .I . . F gf XX, X Y I SH2 J. Garza SH3 A. Amadeo . SH3 D.Apodaca ' , SH3 E. Basco X , SH3 Lopez SH3 C. Metadio SH3 W. Neikirk SH3 T. Pacheco SHSN B. Lawrence I I I II ' ' I I I I I I I SHSN R. Leland SN T. Serda SHSN D. Smith SHSN A. Tso SHSA N. Hayes I I I I 3 I I I I 112 ' USS Tarawa KLHA 12 0 HMWWZ31 II 'I - ' W- . Z ' 'L1f',-:fz,','r.Q:'- M.,-.1 , .-.., , - ., HU.. 4 .gQ.. S-4 LTJG B. Woodard DKC O. Dy DK1 M. Corpus PC2 M. Marx PC3 B. Banum DK2 M. Wright DK3 J. Coburn DK3 M. Farley PC3 B. Matthewson DKSON M. Calimquim DKSB J. Barnett X X X N J . Xiwms 'Q M Q Q XX - 8 Q C M00 sf! ,X B a.-a...a - PM x Xrxwxwwii .Supply ' USS Tarawa KLHA U ' 113 LTJG C. Bombasi MSC T. Sherfey MS1 E. Pascual MS1 T. Simmons IVIS2 C. Deperalta MS2 D. Panopio MS2 D. Ramos MS2 R. Sabanga MS2 J. Taylor MS3 D. Balik MSS Fl. Garrett MS3 D. Griffith IVIS3 M. Larkin MS3 R. Satsatin MSSN M. Cocova MSSN D. Esteban NISSN A. Henzon IVISSN A. Zabeierio 1 14 ' USS Taravva CLHA 12 ' f2u,f.:20?3f i 1 l 3' T " W2 W QW ' , f gy, L., 9.57, , 'LQ , .rr-xii. X. fig. fz jf 'J 'Y f . "sf X M W. Sf ff" , T fha ,f,.Y.R X 'f 7, X T -we xefexga .X ' '-A ...... A XX ' , 'ifiif ' iyxw , , N X .L WWW, -f x i iff S CX f fi? - S xogs rx ff K 1 fl 3. 1 I 5 as-gf X S.. Q X X SX MQ? ,S NPO X iw x S N- gg'-gala! V, ,,,-1 A- 3. , ,.- ...ln A V., ....A,,,,.,, -1,-.LL......4.- I J .g:3'C'k S-6 LT C. Hunter LTJG F. Griak 1ST LT R. Sherwood AKCS Fl. Cavin AK1 A. Amador SSGT C. Lumba AK1 L. Wells AK1 M. White SK2 E. Beals SGT W. Dimagiba SGT D. Jackson AK2 C. Martinez AK2 C. Navera AK2 J. Price AK3 C. Alvarado AK3 Fl. Deivalle AK3 M. Edwards AK3 D. Hathaway AK3 W. Hull CPL B. Block AKAN C. Cabatic AKAN A. Callahan AKAN G. Gavaldon CPL J. Matzkanin W iifflliiii mark' X ....... Huppfy ' USS Tarawa KLHA 1j 0 1 15 -pe-fu--.n . Q-nw-rv , , 1v7m-ff'-www-rv K mmmw . L E LL E T F F? E 5 5. 5. F is i- if X e E fff S-8 LT D. Draheim SKC Ft. Dizon SKC K. Teal AO1 M. Gibbons DC1 D. Page SK1 A. Ronquillo SK2 D. Bennett SK2 A. Lawrence SK3 C. Castaneda BM3 S. Hicks SK3 R. Mangaya SK3 V. Williams SN V. Abes SKSN D. Baptiste SKSN F. Callejas SKSN N. Davila SKSN A. Pugliese SKSN A. Sapanlay 1 16 0 USS Tarawa KLHA 12 ' Supply E Y Qlt. X X. X L fx,txt"' f'i x A . A LcPl.G.Hodge-S A tt S? -ff i n :N . R 1 4 YS J, C X .S A, X ,R It ,X ...., if ' S g t ? CQ, f ,J , X x . If .5 f X 'K fi 42 'X W , wge- 'f - - :t..t--f.u1.e1ia.-fnfl-. .f 'wegzfrgq -1 J 1 - .. ' if 7- -An'-.,-2-:f.,.u , Qieifiiiif XE-T Safety, BM, and MWR LT G. Romero Safety ABHC C. Shaw MM1 E. Morey RM2 J. Klase Three small deparfmen fi with three big 17711551.0175 hey are three tiny departments, but they performed functions that undeniably helped us all. I The men in Safety did exactly what their department's name implies: they helped keep us safe. Safety reps ceaselessly roved the ship, looking for material discrepancies, reckless work methods, and unfit environments that were hazardous to Tarawa personnel. Their accomplishments were tangible: During deployment, the Safety Department processed 230 reports of safety hazards that could have led to injury. The 3M Department CMaintenance and Material Managementj quietly but efficiently tracked the shipis overall maintenance schedules and actions. They coordinated repairs between work centers and outside sources and trained more than 300 Work center 3M petty officers. 3M approved and assigned more than 850 Trouble Log jobs alone. The Morale, Welfare and Recreation Department had the critical task of keeping us from going out of our minds. Armed with games, sports equipments, movie videos, the gymnasium, Cinema at Sea and a penchant for getting good deals on tours and hotels at liberty ports, MWR reps worked hard so we could play hard. MWR spent nearly Sl00,000 during deployment to help us weather the rigors of extended sea duty. , CWO4 M. Wilson 3M SKCM M. Fomby MM1 M. Apostadero HT1 N. Baughman X Z tvtvt I X102 -Q QR P S Xi 2 ' S N ABH1 J. Schmid -Q CPL T. Best 9-16, , 1 . p p 1 f LCPLC. Cope x K Qs? .ag X , . LCPL N. Sudangez '-waxmrgw,-f ',-. -.N 1.--,......,..e,. Safety!MWF?f3M ' USS Tarawa KLHA 12 ' 117 LCDR M. Cleveland LCDR S. Vincent LT V. Ambers LT K. Bogucki LTJ. Calabrese CAPT D. Hutzley LTJG M. Harris LTJG B. Quattrone LTJG J. Rockwell CWO3 J. Daly Qt .1 zz'-9 MMCM Fi. Fransk FIMCM R. McCalne CTRCS M. Alexander OSCS D. Hennemann GYSGT C. Hayes J O I .... mphibious Squadron Three, led by Commodore Paul Stevens and his Chief Staff Officer, Commander Jeffrey Crane, were the nucleus of the Tarawa Amphibious Ready Group. Their organizational leadership was the glue that held together the three ships, Marine Expeditionary Unit and associated supporting commands. The mission of CPR-3 was to prepare plans, embark amphibious forces, conduct rehearsals, movements and perform assaults upon hostile shores in support of national policy during low intensity conflicts and as a component of an integrated battle force during major conflicts. The men and Women of CPR-3 accomplished their mission with pride and excellence. CDR J. Crane , l .l -ll D all Q il 1 18 ' USS Tarawa CLHA 12 0 CQBHPHQBRQM3 X l s I l r l l l l I i CTR2 A. Sanders YN3 M. Boling OS3 T. Clarke OS3 E. Dillard CTR3 T. Medlock CTRSJ. Shaver CTTSN S. Lewis OSSA J. Gonzales EWC Fl. Vlaminck MSC Fl. Eugenio CTT1 D. Champion YN1 K. Crayton CTT1 D. Cutler OS1 C.Jarman IS1 R. Judd PN1 L. Penn FllVl1 D. Powell OS1 D.Thew QM1 T. Wyman CTR2 R. Blum CTR2 T. Farris OS2 B. Monks RM2 C. Pelaez QQSEQQWHSBRONS 0 USS Tarawa KLHA 12 0 1 19 HI From search and rescue tn picking up the mail. the Eunbearers of HE-ll were rack steady and having fun. hile most of the helicopters aboard Tarawa were part of the Marinels Air Combat Element, there were two HHQ46 Sea Knights that belonged to Helicopter Combat Support Squadron ll. Headed by LCDR Kevin Bianci, this detachment of Gunbearers was invaluable to several Navy support missions. They flew logistics sorties for mail, supplies and took part in vertical replenishment evolutions. D HC-ll was a primary means of transporting personnel from ship-to-ship and ship-to-shore. The Gunbearers also supported aerial photo missions, and search and rescue operations. With hundreds of flight hours and maintenance time spent with the aircraft, the men and women of HC-ll worked hard to maintain a vital link between Tarawa and the rest of the world. i AD2 M. Gendreau AD2 D. Minden AE2 W. Primer AZ2 M. Salter AT3 C. Austin AMS3 C. Herrera AMS3 M. Maziarz AK3 T. Pruitt AT3 D. Wigfall ADAN J. Dawes ADAN S. Donegan 120 ' USS Tarawa KLHA 12 ' HCM? 'Z .LY 1- A T 'ff sf X X 0 USS Tarawa KLHA 1j - 121 4 K.5q 3, - - .ss ' S as .fs Lg ,, " LCUS and LCACS have the steady ride to the beach ince the dawn of the first modern amphibious assaults during World War II, landing craft units have played a critical role in moving troops and supplies to enemy beaches. During the 1998 deployment, Assault Craft Units One and Five provided the means to carry out that mission for the Tarawa ARG and 11th MEU. ACU-1 drove the Landing Craft Utility CLCUJ and ACU-5 operated the Landing Craft, Air Cushion CLCACJ. The workhorse LCU provided bulk lift capability, steadily transporting men and equipment ashore. The fast-moving LCAC raced combat vehicles and heavy supplies across the sea and onto beaches. ACU- 1 QM1 C. Burns EN1 D. Cotton BM1 J. Kneeland BM1 T. Pixley QIVI1 Fi. Smith EN1 W. Whitmore BM2 K. Bender EN2 T. Comer MS2 Ejanda i EN2 C. Frana EM2 Lazo MS2 C. Monserrat SM2 L. Price EM2 A. Wade EN3 M. Capers EN3 T. Smith BM3 S. Wolf SMSN A. Shaw SA Buenoibarra FA G. Colaccio FA T. Floresocampo SA D. Walker 122 USS Tarawa KLHA 12 ' ACTZE-ffl EWEIEY 1 1 Lanai x.,- . - fm ..N-fm, ,. of 5922'- . . Lg 1 ACU- LTJG G. Donahoe OSC A. Cook HT1 M. Allen BM1 R. Dooley -XX 0 USS Tarawa KLHA 11 ' 123 ACU- QNI1 D. Kenneson GSE1 D. Lee SM2 M. Stafford GSM2 E. Tappendorf GSIVI2 T. Washington 5 GSM3 R. Holmes FN J. Banlman HTFN J. Crane FN J. Kearns FA M. Atis 1 .. , 1"f lk 6 7' INTR9 QP o 0 v 'la lll gq .eg asa-no 017, ' QQ 0 - . x C A J Wwisi .W 124 ' USS Tarawa KLHA 1j . A53-U,5 1 " "- Qflit- L35 V f 1' , rf. , ,f . , - J .. ,ga meh --us, -L,-,. TACRON controllers keep the pattern precise and aircraft rotating hen it comes to coordinating air traffic in a foreign environment, there can never be enough control. As the air staff component for the ARG Commodore, Tactical Air Control Squadron ll CDetachment Twoj had the important job of managing helicopter support and close air support aboard and afield. For 141 days of flight operations during deployment, the detachment carefully controlled more than 6,000 deck landings without mishap. Also, TACRON ll managed air operations ashore in rugged regions of Kuwait and Jordan. Led by CDR Dennis Schulz, TACRON ll was comprised of five officers and 20 enlisted personnel with a wide range of rating backgrounds, including Operations Specialist, Air Traffic Controller, Radioman, Yeoman, Intelligence Specialist, and VTC-1 1 Mess Management Specialist. L"'Y!iEi1:av sf. '-" - --W ' A -f-f- -X - CDR D. Schulz LCDR S. Burfield LCDR M. Cossette LCDR J. Hickey LT M. Fizepczynski OSC C. Johnson AC1 P. Lunsford YN1 D. Woodrum OS1 L. Younce AC2 B. Baker OS2 T. Cajar AC2 V. Fisher AC2 M. Gregg AC2 J. Horn AC2 G. Wilson VTC-1 1 ' USS Tarawa KLHA 12 ' 125 VTC-11 OS3 S. Crager RM3 G. Garcia AC3 W. Genereux OS3 B. Huff ACAN J. Barrera ISSN C. Birkheimer ACAN J. Blackmon MSSN s. Hansen OSSA H. Jones SN T. Linden 126 0 USS Tarawa CLHA 12 ' VTC-11 Showing the wa to the beach Beachmasters clear the path for amphibious assault tis pitch black outside with a dense layer of fog. The LCACS and LCUs are on the way, packed with hundreds of Marines. Did somebody see a beach around here? Exactly where is that landing zone? Before the landing craft can deploy troops ashore, they must know where to put them. Finding that place and guiding the boats in is the job of Beach Master Unit One. Among the first ARG personnel to set foot on enemy soil, BMU-1 steals ashore and sets up visual and radio contact with the rest of the landing force while removing obstacles and hazards. After the landing craft come ashore, BMU-1 directs and assists with the offloading of equipment and fighting personnel. BMU- LTJG M. Etz HMC D. Garcia BMC E. Hopper SM2 A. Gipson BM2 M. Glatz SM2 E. Harrison CM2 G. Olguin BM2 M. Thiem BM2 J. Wilson CM3 Fl. Curtis RM3 S. McKinney BMS Fi. Rosimini BMSN P. Brown SN F. Medeiros SN D. Sabo l ,. BMU-1 0 USS Tarawa KLHA 12 ' 127 W4 .,. 1... , , .114 l' 4l' --N - in-u -' BMU-l SA A. Booth SA J. Howell SA L. White CMSFI B. Hernandez EOD LT J. Polanin HTCS K. Childre HTC M. Burgoyne BM1 G. McMahon blowing ihingf up or patching people up: iff a tough job EOD and FST. Two acronyms that when compared, have almost polar missions. The first deals with the business of destruction, and the second exemplifies human mercy. The Explosive Ordnance Disposal detachment aboard the ship was tasked with a variety of dangerous missions. However, one of the most important was the detection and disposal of live and inert ordnance in the war-torn former combat zones in Eritrea. It was a rare chance to employ their skills in a real-World scenario. The Fleet Surgical Team detachment augmented TaraWa's medical staff with experienced surgeons and medical administration. Just like the bomb experts in EOD, the FST staff got some of their best real- World training in places like Kuwait, Eritrea, and Jordan. AO1 J. Monk QM1 Filimmerman RM2 R. Lassiter 128 0 USS Tarawa ILHA 1j v BIWU- ?'!E'OL7iVIlJ-3!FST-:5 FST- CAPT F. Arko CDR G. Hoeksema LT S. Dover LTA. Rois-Mendez 51 .,-" P ' , ,RX V,x,L,!,. , ,K ., eg, X ff, , ,QQ K x ' Wi,'JV'?42?', 1: f n 'K-' ffff 26515 ,,ffw,. .I ZW? , A fm- 1' W 4w,,,, - an :Q-+?22mw2f2f.n1 f,'a,4mgfg fwfr WWA f,,f,f4, mn, ,Q ,. 5 ,msg Jima , ., M, L W, my J .Q4,Q,zf,,' 4 f 45' 'ffl' 1? ,, .1 R f, I if 5 ,k,,.f,f . 1 1 .gqif 3- w .-Q, 1,7 4 f X f Wm . . 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M Manama, Bahrain: Our first port visit of WESTPAC 698 7 oasting the "Tree of Life," gold souqs and a good dose of Arabic culture, the island nation of Bahrain became our first port visit when the ship pulled into the capitol city of Manama on March 1 l. Following a high-speed, month-long transit to the Arabian Gulf, We spent nearly a Week visiting one ofthe smallest countries in the region. There, We had plenty of opportunities to participate in sports toumaments, barter for souvenirs and visit the area' s cultural and religious landmarks. Numerous mosques dotted the water- front capital. The hard-to-find Al-Khamis Mosque is more than 1,000 years old, but the modem uGrand Mosquev Cphoto on previous pagej isrsteeped in tradition as Well. Many of us enjoyed the opportunity to shop for great bargains at the souqs Cbazaarsj. Carpets and pearls were a popular buy, but most of us were interested in the great selection of gold. 'Tm mostly just looking for something for my mom, something to surprise her with for her birthday in Aprilf, explained 25-year-oldYNSNTerrenceJones. "I came to the souq to find her something because I knew I could find a good deal here." 132 USS Tarawa ILHA 12 0 Bahrain 5? A' X f if NNN 'H-'W ' fl -- "K -f' b-M -.V f-,J A ' 41.122,-J.13fxirilsgfgziiff 5353 ,ZW s 8 i s i W, , Bahrain ' USS Tarawa KLHA 12 0 133 ,F ,,,, , . ,,-.. v. ,,, , -V,.v,nf. .,.-,, ,V-,Vf,Y.,.,- Y -,V-..: K 1- 7'f'W'7?fAf 5557. fi" -TTIET if 35, .rf,',1C.l w 5 .'1':! U P ,V ... ,Y E, -A Q .xii -. 9 ., ' az Q. z, if 4 N 'Es 'Q H fx 3 .T 'Y w. r .x if S- 4 1 7 S. 1 R fgygirav ,- -'FiV"7Tf f C' ,hw .YT Kf- 'S ex . A E, 5 .. - , ,,.. --f.,y.,5g, H--,.f., Emfffmffafiifiiiiffifi.: :iiS2TfT- ' M v 1 g fveffE3T2ii ,xy w fe A. ,, fi Q. 4 Z 5 5 I i I, ix ilu 1 2 '1 S x r 1 Q. if Z 7' T, QCQM 4-v A M 1 L "4 wif X-fi A f A,,-Ll Manu-Mn-.. X 134 ' USS Tarawa KLHA 12 ' Kuwait .2 3 sa. . 4- F 'il '- Q , 3, 'fr gb ffffsg .fflfkg W 1 'hlrnifi F at, 1 Rig, Q fi if f 1394 1' '75 , riff' '- ff' L f , t 'fy f-ff Ev, , s ,.,,j qu, r, ti y T ' T ll 1 of call: Kuwait City. The port visit that really wasnlt a port visit at all was more like a chance to stretch our legs. The best views of the city were probably found at dusk from the flight deck, although some folks actually did get ashore for tours of the city. There they found remarkably well- tended waterfront parks and unusual towers that dominated the skyline. The rest of those who made it ashore for liberty were relegated to the U. S. Armyls delightful Camp Doha, where they found a souvenir shop or two, and the item most cherished of all: pizza, that great American staple! USS Tarawa KLHA 11 135 5 ,ig ll 2 fi 52 ,4 F' U ay W-fq, 1' f ,fg ,,: E rV,',,' 7" f CIO x , H WI' ' af. . f. .., ..,.,..s 'Pa ' Q. 1 f ' Q ta Xl Eine 2 Z, u 4 I . 1, X v al ll Ju . 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We also saw a majestic mosque with a flashing neon billboard for a backdrop. And, close to the ancient souq where we could buy famous spices from the Orient, there were sprawling, modern shopping malls and night clubs, including a Hard Rock Cafe. Outside the metropolitan area, where the concrete meets the sand, the culture clash continued. Whether it was fun in a late-model all- terrain vehicle for off-road adventure, surfing the dunes on a fiberglass snowboard, or trading an air-conditioned bus for a ride on a camel, the UAE was fun in the sun. Even an overnight stay in a Bedouin village, complete with belly dancing entertainment, was an option for those of us interested in exploring the culture of the common local. "This is my fourth visit to the UAE andl always find something new to do,', exclaimed A02 CSWJ Kyle Musicant, 26. 'The city, the people and tours are by far the bestf' United Arab Emirates ' USS TEIFSWH CLHA 71 ' 739 fad 7523 Zi!! YS! V1 Eritrea: Africa's Newest Country KY-, w Eritrea is on a quest to bulld its nation with sweat, not debt. Though impoverlsh Left 417 V1 M tw up 54 H2 for independence, Eritrea is rlch with spirit, resourcelulness and knowlege. Th made a vow to recreate itself with the expertise of its people, not foreign capit ad Eritrea ls just slightly larger than England or the US state of Pennsylvania. However, it ff? occupies a strategic position along f rt the world's busiest shipping lanes . pt and the Middle East oil fields. jf Consequently, Eritrea has been f Q3 administered by the Italians 2 ' C1889-19411, administered by the British C1941-19521, federated i li with Ethiopia 11952-19621, and finally incorporated as a province as of Ethiopia. Etl1lopla's V annexation of' Eritrea led to the longest, bloodlest guerilla war on the African continent in the last half of the 20th century. For lx thirty years the Erltreans and Ethio ians battled - and in 1991, P as the smoke cleared the if zu to battlefields, the Eritreans stood ta it lr f Eritrea retained its entire coastal Since winning their lndependencf self-sufficiency and rejecting an 322 and economic autonomy. Erltrf it determined to remain fee fron' W at avoid mistakes made by other watchwords are lmprovisatl is A symbol of those watchwf mile railroad which once r l mountains to the cool big' at efficient system, carrylr The railroad, first bui jsj other uses during the rl hillsides. Steel sleepers build their homes. The workshops, stores and engine turntable was b ttf Soon after the war, it be' c' ressure off of the over' 5 P 3 cities farther inland. Es y mountains at five miles tie Q? ti lr, 59 , I fl lei: gi P . A C gg rg 140 ' USS Tarawa CLHA 12 0 Eritrea i "' J '?7fl'f- 'GYYAWPAGQRZU fT?0EIfTf1"F"" MWA" 'T ' V, ""n'nf::c. 4 . e ,.. . -. -f, V. 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H' ' M n K N -a-' .- A 1 H Eritrea ' USS Tarawa KLHA 11 0 141 742 ' USS Tar ig Making improvements.. l ?-l VilL Tarawa crewmembers pitched into improve oth r ' ' ' e s quality of life in Asmara and Massawa Eritrea they madelastingimpressions andleft behind mate ' I , na s that would remind theirbenefactors of "Team Tarawa's" b . enevolence fora long, long time. And they all were richly rewarded fortheir community relationsgestureswith ' ' ' ' fortheirnewfriends. "lt was a very gratifying experience, one that I will remember for a lifetime," exclaimed AT1 Edward McDowell, 40. "Justto see all those happy faces brou ht Q joy to my heart and if it brought the same to any one of them, for e ' ' ' an insight and a deep appreciation , 'ww ' f iw tif, ji' , 1,3-g 1 ' ip- 1. - "- ' M ,Y gyg, , ,,,, ,,,,, iioo l venjustamlnute, then it was well worth it!" awa KLHA 12 ' Eritrea 4 i l l l , . I A -' 'U '-----f- .. . .,Y,k,VAVi4i, ..,- VF: I ,' 'ex L. and making new friends. W Eritrea v USS Tarawa CLHA 12 ' 143 Ig ', A 354' ' 5.p,:Lw:fg f f f f f f , f f ,-vyfk-, ,K 1 f 1 ga' '6 ff! X77 LHA t -XX It Z, if far' .. , ,5 44 x, ef! , 4 X , M-""' .4 e spent nearly a month sitting pierside in Aqaba, Jordan, where we worked hard, but played hard as well. The majority of our team was out in the desert, exercising with the Jordanian armed forces. But there was still plenty of work to do aboard the ship. Not too much though, to keep us from taking a good look at this part of the world. While some crewmembers were out touring historic but hot and dusty Petra, others said they met some nice folks in town. There was Wadi Rum for great climbing, plenty of time to float in the famous Dead Sea, or experience the world class diving in the Red Sea. "I went scuba diving and saw an old shipwreck, seahorses, and many different kinds of colorful fish," exclaimed ABF2 Robert Mirabueno. 6'There were bright orange and yellow butterfly and angelfishf' ' USS Tarawa ' 145 etra :fffg 324 'Q I f -J if my f ,- f ,f ff .W a 146 0 USS Tarawa KLHA 12 ' Petra .wx 1 V, ..--,N mfm-:ammmm While combat elements were staging war games in the field, medical personnel waged war on disease and decay, completing a Medical and Dental Civic Action Program CMEDCAPIDENCAPD with the Royal Jordanian armed forces. At the invitation of local authorities, several doctors, dentists, hospital corpsmen and dental technicians took tums assisting Jordanians as they went town to town inoculating children in several schools, providing whole family blood work, check-ups, and dental assistance. "We were working hand in hand with the J ordanians, drawing blood and giving immunizations, helping out with X-rays, getting stool samples, water and air samples from the towns and culturing them Cin the labJ," explained HM2 Justin Ross, 23. Each day for nearly two weeks, they set up shop in three remote villages as partofeXerciselNFlNITEMOONLIGHT ,98. "This has been absolutely wonderful? agreed 31-year-old HM3 Art Medina. "I've learned a lot about the Jordanian people, their culture and their country. "I consider it an honor to be chosen to come out here and do this," he continued fromamakeshift medical center. "I take it very seriously. It is something I will always remember, even 20 years from nowf' 148 USS Tarawa KLHA 11 ' Jordan ' - . . ' . , ,., ,..' 17,57 J"?4,4a .M M f 'f-JI-ff-Qi' 4 A3844 , v yu ,, ful: ' LM'Jff'hHZ k i, 7 W, ' ., 3 fad mf.. ,blwfwlttw T 4 3 . QQ E7 'QWLVQ f gi F' ' f. wf-?.f.' Jordan ' USS Tarawa KLHA 11 0 149 z I I E I L i 5 E yi F F1 L l L E L L Q: ? 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Music filled the air near the Terror Club's pool, the aroma of chicken on the grill wafted over the basketball and volleyball courts. There were games for the kiddies and plenty of red white and blue. But what seemed to garner the most "oohs,' and uaaahhsn was the fantastic fireworks display! uThis party reminded me of why I joined the Navyj' revealed Lt. j. g. Dennis Kelly, wand it reminded me of why I wanted to serve my country. It was refreshing and put things into perspective. It makes me feel proud to be doing my paitf, Singapore ' USS Tarawa ILHA 11 ' 159 .Q . ' u ' 1 - ", 4 ,. -. Q f, , ,, 'Mn' v - hx., vb 'uk 1 Q Q V ,..5f,"27,"-' sv' 4 . 5,-Q54 ' Jfty, . . , , - .,,,,.1.,, H. ,.- -' 'gfwf 4 4 f M I ' -LUN ' , , , 1, .ni K. , , i ..'-"Tp .' if M. 4' ' v f V wr' ,v 11 :uf ' 1vaygA f,.'.,.., , , 2,,m, 5, ' W -I 1 1. ' .5 1 . .,-1, Ng. 4. n ,t " ' 'f3,'7',.w Q n 1 1,4,.,,,f' fin ,.r ,vu ., U 1 4 -4-v .lug "Fin ,' U , 2 a . wh. '14 .1 . .-fi. I 1 ., Q . yin . 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After a hearty welcome, fathers boosted sons Cand sometimes sons boosted fathersj into the cockpits of Tarawa aircraft. They toured and talked and took lots of pictures. It was a great Way to start the final leg home. During the Week-long voyage, Tigers toured thegentire ship, top to bottom, fore and aft. They got 'Tiger Warfarev qualified, enjoyed an air show, ate a bunch of ice cream at an old fashioned social, worked alongside their Sailor or Marine. They even enjoyed our 'fSailor Phonesi' and email, the "link to our loved ones." The "Tigers, are some ofthe special people in our lives and together, special memories were forged that will last forever. 170 USS Tarawa KLHA 11 0 Tiger Cruise F - 1 56, 696 m 1111-1- Tiger Cruise ' USS Tarawa ILHA 11 v 171 f 'jr' i 'ff' -' V--Y-Y ff ' js- ff .' av , I 1 I I, as H, i-,Tm .f. , 1 f,.:354Wgm.:,4,:- x 1 P , A Q A : i Y Y Ll m 'E-2' 122' , ' 7' '. A' " ' Hombcoming - USS Tarawa fLHA 11 ' 173 1 ful. V: :TSS Si 'V -X - - . . sf gfifjg .Lf ' f - - 'WPI ' :1:'.gffg.fg3sg 5. .wa w X f fff ,J 1 ,"f ff ay , f 'f Homecoming 'Q!ff, X 9, - wish to extend sincere appreciation to the Marines and Sailors of the Tarawa ARG!1lth MEUCSOCJ for your superior performance during COPERATION SAFE DEPARTURE' Your performance underscored professionalism, dedication, and combat readiness of the Navy-Marine Corps team? - GEN Anthony Zinni, US CIN CCEN T A resounding well done and congratulations on being awarded the Navy Unit Commendation. You can be justifiably proud of your accomplishments while supporting operations 'SOUTHERN WATCH' and QDESERT THUNDER, at the tip of the Navy and Marine Corps spear. Your exemplary performance is indicative of your pride, professionalism, and can-do spirit." - RADM David L. Brewer, III COMPHIBGRU THREE HTeamwork displayed during workups... An accelerated departure... Forward presence and immediate crisis response... You showcased a spectrum of capabilities and demonstrated the importance and flexibility of naval expeditionary forces... Congratulations on the completion of a most successful deployment. 'i - ADM Archie Clemins Congratulations on completion of an extremely successful deployment. Your outstanding C . - . B operational performance was indicative of a ommitted, well trained ARG from top to bottom. est wishes for a happy homecoming and a joyful reunion with family and friendsf, - VADM John N atter COMSEVENTHFLT southern California and your homeport Your Journey has been long, highly successful and has ally come full circle. We are very proud of your rformance. You demonstrated the versatility and striking power of the expeditionary forces. You 1S with great pleasure that I welcome you back to 1 helped keep the peace, deter aggression, and convey a positive image of the United States. Well done and welcome home!" - RADM David L. Brewer, III coming ' USS Tarawa KLHA 12 ' 175 Kim LT S. Starboard, SN i IVI. Lines, PH3 VIL Piero. 1 J. Schmid, SH3 W. Neikirk, H7 S. Vincent, OSC A. Cook, LT A Hoeksema, FC3 G. Hardin, an us along the way. Q 776 ' USS Tarawa ILHA 1j . Staff --ggi' Q ..A. -' 1 ' MI? ' ga ,fn 3, we 11? if 3 Nw: r ffriz-A ' fin: 4231 255' ' W. . ,fb - 'i7'1?2'f? 3192, if ? . ,1.C:g-,- 334 , ,352 NGK -7 N I Gfff HY T fx . Eff 1 Q ,Q I 1 w MARSHAU. ISLANDS f w . fql :EDI-ERATED. , - STATESOF ' nlcRoNEs1A . NAURU 1 . . - xy QSJLOMON , Q , IS cm Q 1 VANUATU? New Q Cawdonh Gul 555 Sydney Auckland


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