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Stennis Sailors Settle into New Quarters

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS050217-11
Release Date: 2/17/2005 6:12:00 PM

By Journalist 3rd Class Nick Flabi, USS John C. Stennis Public Affairs

NAVAL BASE KITSAP (NNS) -- Junior Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) settled into bachelor enlisted quarters (BEQ) after changing homeport from San Diego to Naval Base Kitsap Jan. 8.

The ship is currently at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard undergoing a routine dry-docked planned incremental availability period. Stennis Sailors are moving into the BEQ as part of the Chief of Naval Operations' (CNO) Sailor Ashore Program.

"This is phenomenal for junior Sailors," said Command Master Chief Terry Etherton. "When I was junior, I didn't like living on the ship crammed in a berthing with a bunch of other people and limited space to store things. The BEQs provide our junior Sailors with a great place to relax that has plenty of space to store their belongings. And if people are taking college classes, which we highly encourage, they have a nice private place to study."

The Sailor Ashore Program was initiated to improve quality of life by providing comfortable quarters for shipboard Sailors during scheduled maintenance availabilities.

The BEQ rooms are designed for two people and include a private bathroom, microwave, small refrigerator, recliners, a television with built-in DVD and VCR, and many more amenities.

Seaman Frederick S. Fulgencio has been living in the BEQ for more than a month and said it exceeded his expectations.

"It feels a lot like a high-class hotel," said Fulgencio, a native of La Union, Philippines. "I have a lot of privacy, and a lot of space to move around and store my things."

Yeoman Seaman Amber Roberts has a BEQ room in nearby Keyport. The Vancouver, Wash., native said she's happy to have the opportunity to stay in a BEQ room.

"The BEQ is spacious, quiet, and close to Silverdale, where I do a lot of shopping," said Roberts. "I like everything about the BEQ."

Etherton said the most important thing Sailors occupying BEQ rooms should realize is that it's a privilege. He expects all occupants to be good tenants and follow the rules.

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