Mission: USS Nimitz

I've got my mission orders. It was sent from Theresa Donnelly, LTJG COMPACFLT via email to meet at the Nimitz Gate at Pearl Harbor Naval Base this morning to embark on a tour of the US Navy Aircraft Carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). With all this excitement I could barely sleep last night. The mission is to spend a day on the USS Nimitz and experience first hand a snapshot of life on an aircraft carrier. A bunch of us including Nathan Kam will get flown over on a C-2A Greyhound COD (Carrier Onboard Delivery) aircraft. You will notice there are no windows on this aircraft so I suspect landing on the USS Nimitz will be rather abrupt. People ask me how did I get onto the "Distinguish Visitor" list and I tell them you just gotta know the right people: L. P. Neenz Faleafine and Ryan Ozawa! They both were on a recent embark to the USS Ronald Regan and recommended to the Navy that I be considered on this next ship visit. The US Navy has been very good about their media relations, inclusive of the new social media channels. Bill Doughty, chief of internal information for the Commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet makes it a point to stay current with social media and web 2.0 tools. Okay, I am getting anxious so I best be rechecking my gear to make sure everything is in order. Stay tune for updated blog posts on the embark. It might be doubly exciting with Hurricane Felicia heading for the islands. I'll report back on what it is like to experience a hurricane on an aircraft carrier at sea!

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  1. I hope you have a great trip. Melissa Chang, Shane and I did! Few companies are as willing to let people inside this much; of course I have a zillion more questions now that I am home and processing all sorts of information from our overnight on Friday.

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