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This is the final video of my three part series showcasing the fun we had aboard the USS Nimitz. In this video, we explore the flight deck from back to front, visit the ship’s nurse to find out about medical capabilities, and visit a Magazine Room to learn about weapons. Truly an experience I’ll never forget.


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Apologize for the delay in posting part 2 of my overnight embark on the USS Nimitz (@USS_Nimitz). Work has been pretty busy lately launching new tourism campaigns on the west coast.

But I’m a man of my word and glad to share with you this next installment of our overnight fun at sea. In this video, we check into “Hotel Nimitz”, explore the hangar, spend time in flight operations, witness insane nighttime landings on the carrier, and take a special “after hours” tour with MC1 David Mercil to visit the anchor room and other cool places.

I hope you enjoy this sneek peek of Navy life at sea. I’ll have the 3rd and final video up soon.


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I hate to sound like a broken record, but I have to say once more that my experience aboard the USS Nimitz was incredible. As promised, I’m sharing the first of three videos that showcases some of the more interesting and exciting parts of our overnight embark.

In this video, we depart Hickam Airforce Base on a C-2A Greyhound (aka COD or Carrier Onboard Delivery aircraft) and head to the USS Nimitz. Once we landed, we were briefed and headed to the Bridge to watch the F18 Hornets land on the ship and watch flight deck operations from up above. We then headed to the flight deck to watch these amazing aircraft takeoff and land.

It’s an experience I’ll never forget. After we “boltered” (or missed all arresting cables on landing) on our first try, I finally experienced an arrested landing on the carrier. The only way I can describe it is like someone pushing on your entire body as hard as they can for 3 seconds. What a feeling! Spending time on the Bridge was surreal. Talking to the men and women in control of the ship, watching planes land, and observing deck operations was a lot of fun.

But being on the flight deck, standing 20 yards from a fighter jet, and watching it take off right before my eyes has to take the cake. The powerful smell of jet fuel, the deafening roar of the engines, and the heat coming off the deck was overwhelming.  Then, to witness the accuracy in which the pilots land these $80 million jets on a moving target was awesome.

I hope you enjoy this video. There’s two more to come, so stay tuned. I’ll continue my tour of the USS Nimitz into the library and hangar, check into “Hotel Nimitz,” and much more.


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Group photo with Admiral Miller following our one-hour briefing.

As mentioned in my previous post, I had the chance to meet Rear Admiral John W. Miller, commander of the USS Nimitz Carrier Strike Group 11. He spent an hour with our group talking in great depth and candidly about the role of the Navy and its purpose today in defending our country and ensuring the freedoms we enjoy. I found the conversation so informative and interesting that I hit record on my FlipMino and recorded. Instead of me trying to explain in writing what was shared with us, I’ll let you hear it straight from the source.

In the videos below, Admiral Miller defends the relevance of and need for the U.S. Navy, discusses why no solider or marine has been killed in an air strike in 57 year, how the role of the Navy is changing and its overall mission, and why China’s emergence as a military power is potentially good for the United States and global economy.

We begin with a tough question posed by one of our group members – Is the U.S. Navy really necessary? As I soon found out, the answer is “hell yes.”

In my next USS Nimitz post, I’ll share video of the cool and interesting stuff we saw. Flying to the carrier in the COD and takeoffs/landings on the flight deck. In the meantime, my fellow embark bloggers have been keeping busy sharing their experiences. Be sure to check out their sites too.

Burt Lum —-> Bytemarks
Roxanne Darling / Shane Robinson —-> Beach Walks With Rox
Melissa Chang —-> Urban Mix Plate


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One of the many highlights during my overnight embark on the USS Nimitz this past Sunday was the opportunity to meet Rear Admiral John W. Miller, commander of the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group 11. I must confess I had no idea what an admiral’s responsibilities were before talking with him, but I soon learned he has one of the most important jobs at sea…commanding the fleet of ships that make up the strike group.

Admiral Miller is a very engaging man and spent an hour talking with our group about the Navy’s maritime strategies, the future of aircraft carrier, and of course, social media! In the video above, he shares some thoughts about the Navy’s use of social media and the challenges the military in general faces as it moves into the blogosphere without compromising national security. My shipmate Burt Lum asked the admiral about his personal use of social media tools and got quite a humorous response. While the admiral may not Twitter, I bet he’s got more than three friends on Facebook which he claims.

Here I am in full gear on the COD as we head to the USS Nimitz. Priceless!

Here I am in my flight gear on the COD as we head to the USS Nimitz. Priceless!

As the Marines ban the use of social media on its network, the Navy is opening up its doors and sharing its story with everyone who’s interested in listening. As a distinguished guest invited aboard the USS Nimitz (who is also on Twitter) to blog about my experiences, it’s clear the Navy is engaging in and executing one of the most unique social media campaigns today. It’s not everyday you get to land on, spend the night on, and takeoff from an aircraft carrier. And they want to you to tell the whole world about it.

But Admiral Miller raises a good question. “How much is too much?” when it comes to sharing information. He admits the challenge becomes educating your people to use communications responsibly, whether it’s email or social media tools. That’s not just a challenge in the military, but within public and private organizations as well. What I’m most impressed with is the Navy’s efforts to open up the conversation and share a side of its organization many will never see.

I will say one thing and that it is the goal of the U.S. Navy’s distinguished visitor program is to educate civilians like me about what they do for our country and share it with others. If you haven’t noticed yet, they have clearly succeeded with me!

Lot’s more to come about my time on the USS Nimitz. Stay tuned.


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I’m going to be straight with you. The words I’m about to blog here over the next few weeks about my overnight embark on the USS Nimitz (August 9-10) likely won’t do the entire experience justice. It’s one of those things in life you have to do personally to fully appreciate it. But I’ll do my best in sharing just how amazing the opportunity I relished with 15 other distinguished visitors (DVs) really was.

But before I get there, there’s something called reality and work that I need to tend to first. No  more “cheat posts” after this one. Promise! I’ve posted above the complete welcome our group received by Capt. Michael Manazir shortly after we landed  on the carrier. In the video above he explains how we “boltered” on our landing (missed the arresting cable) and what has ahead over the next 20 or so hours. After meeting the Captain and hearing him talk, I knew this would be the trip of a lifetime.


Our Distinguished Visitor group consisted of a variety of different folks from all sectors of the community. A couple educators, a realtor, a dentist, a couple of PR pros, a video production team, a techie, and others. It was great to share this experience with them!

Lots more to come about my time on the ship from beginning to end. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the photos I took and posted to Flickr yesterday. If that’s not enough, my blog-mate on this journey Burt Lum also posted photos he took to his Flickr page as well, and fellow bloggers Roxanne Darling and Melissa Chang – who completed the same embark a day before us – have already been busy posting to their respective sites/blogs. Check them out!

I’ll be back later this week with another update. For now, please turn your attention to Capt. Manazir.


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