A busy Monday aboard the USS Ronald Reagan

Life aboard the USS Ronald Reagan

Every day at sea seems long. I got up today at around 5:30 am after putting on my uniform and getting ready I made my way up to the Carrier Air Traffic Control Center, better known as CATCC. I’m there each morning to receive the plan for the day’s flight schedule from the crew that worked the night before. In the process, I lost track of time and missed breakfast.

Instead, I went to our ship store and had two blueberry muffins and a Mountain Dew. I had first watch this morning as air operations supervisor where I am in charge of any changes to our air plan and maintaining the big picture for the day’s missions. An air plan change is when either an aircraft can’t make his mission or if an aircraft has an emergency. We have to change the plan on the fly to ensure that the number of planes they need in Afghanistan actually get there. As of today, we’ve flown more than 1,200 sorties into Afghanistan, and we’ve met the requirement 99.8% of the time!

At the end of my shift, I caught the tail end of lunch. Today they had chicken fried steak and potatoes. My favorite is taco Tuesday, but I must admit I was sad when I saw it was only Monday. Sometimes you forget what day it is out here. After that, it was back to work. We have a zone inspection coming up in our living area in the next couple of days so I had to make sure my shipmates and I were ready to pass. A zone is an inspection where an officer or a chief petty officer will inspect our living area for cleanliness and order. I had to track down some starters for our lights to make sure all of them were working properly. As for now, I have to get back on position…our last mission from Afghanistan is coming in to land….so until next time, have a good one!

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