Flaspoler performs maintenance on life ring
Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Samuel Flaspoler, from Winfield, Mo., performs maintenance on a life ring aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Maggie Keith).
Samuel Flaspoler entered the Navy following his high school graduation as a PACT Seaman, and after three months of bootcamp he began SCC (Surface Common Core), an A School for further training. In January of 2011 Flaspoler followed orders to board the USS George H.W. Bush, a newer Aircraft carrier. Flaspoler was assigned to the Deck Department 1st Division for his second year of duty. After making Boatswain Mate Third Class he received his Surface warfare pin and was then moved to 2nd Division to further his skills.
Flaspoler’s main duties are driving the ship (helmsman), standing lookout for surface, air, subsurface, and man overboard. He also is in charge of passing words over the ships PA system known as BMOW. Along with his watch stations those on board also stand normal working duties like UNREP (underway replenishment), mooring the ship in port, anchoring out to sea, setting up swim call gear, driving the ready life boats known as RHIB’s (rigid hull inflatable boat), and painting the sides of the ship itself.
Flaspoler said his favorite quote about being in the Navy is from President Kennedy, “If anyone in this century is asked what they did that was of great importance to them they can hold their head high and say with great pride and courage ‘I served in the UNITED STATES NAVY’.”
Flaspoler, along with his other shipmates conduct routine maintenance on the life ring (pictured at right) known as a M-1. Flaspoler was checking the lights to make sure they are in working order, along with checking the ring for any cuts or marks that might prevent it from being effective in a man overboard situation, if one was to occur.
Samuel Flaspoler is a 2010 graduate of Winfield High School and is the son of Laura and Robert Flaspoler, of Winfield.