Eye on the fleet.
* On a Solemn Note
MUCS Michael La Pean directs the Pacific Fleet Band during the Dec. 7th commemoration ceremony. Hosted by Commander, Navy Region Hawaii, the ceremony featured Hawaii's senior senator and Medal of Honor recipient, Sen. Daniel Inouye, as the guest speaker. The solemn commemoration marked the 61st anniversary of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor by Japan.
* Valians Away
Catapult Safety Observer, ABM2 Joseph Noriega moves out of position after launching an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the "Valians" of Strike Fighter Squadrom (VFA) 15 from one of four steam-driven catapults on USS Theodore Roosevelt's (CVN 71) flight deck.
* Drop'n the Hammer
On board USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), AM3 Jeremiah Graham breaks an aircraft tire's seal from its rim with a sledge hammer in preparation for a disassembly and inspection in the ship's Tire-Wheel Shop.
* Iraqi Freedom
The guided-missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69) launches a Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM) toward Iraq during the initial stages of the Operation Iraqi Freedom.
PH1 Michael Pendergrass goes through gas mask training at Fort A.P. Hill, Va. During the five-day training exercise, personnel honed their skills at combat documentation, land navigation and marksmanship.