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First Looks at our 2016 Reunion in San Antonio, TX
2016 reunion will be held
in San Antonio, TX, October 23-28, 2016.
Holiday Inn on Riverwalk.
217 N St Mary's St, San
Antonio, TX 78205
Room rate $125 plus tax
5 nights $729.70
Use supper shuttle from air port
Hosted by Jack and Kathy
201 La Jolla Drive Live
Oaks ,TX 78233
For those of you who served aboard Constellation
over the years you might have noticed hanging in the
hanger bay a plaque memorializing those 50 yard
workers killed in the Dec 1960 fire that happened in
the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
That plaque came up
missing when the ship was decommissioned in 2003.
The engraving shows yard workers sitting on the
dock, across from them you can see a ship at dock
side in the navy yard, crane is visible.
a redesigned replica of that plaque which we will be
presenting to the yard in early May commemorating
Also we have designed a coin
which will be available for all to purchase, $15.00,
commemorating that faithful day in "Connies"
We have not set an exact midweek date for the
presentation, but we're hoping as stated in early
May. We will have final details concerning all
matters within the next few week so check back with
us periodically. We 're hoping for a nice turnout
for this occasion!
Here's a link to photos of the 2015
Reunion in Washington D C. Contact Leslie if
you would like copies of any of there;
Parts of Connie on Ebay
Photos of the 2014 Branson Reunion
Here's a link to a
fine article published December 6, 2013 in the U-T
San Diego Newspaper:
Important and Interesting USS Constellation
USS Constellation Last Voyage Site
Voyage of the Carbon Foss
Brooklyn Navy Yard Tribute Wall
Click Here for our 2015 Memorial List
NNS160426-05. NAVCENT Commander
Concludes IMCMEX, Calls "Realistic" Training a
Cmdr. Matt Gill, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command
MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) -- Leaders of the
International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX)
brought the exercise to a close and highlighted the
need to continue training with scenarios that are
likely to occur in real life in order to keep
exercise "raised the bar in terms of reality," said
Vice Adm. Kevin Donegan, commander, U.S. Naval
Forces Central Command, "not in terms of some
arbitrary metric, but in terms of real-world value.
You couldn't just show up and declare success. You
actually had to get in the water."
IMCMEX, which ended April 26, featured international
naval and civilian maritime forces from more than 30
nations spanning six continents training together
across the Middle East.
Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) organized and
led IMCMEX. NAVCENT leads U.S. Navy and afloat
Marine Corps forces across the more than 2.5 million
square miles of ocean in the U.S. Central Command
area of responsibility.
Participants focused on maritime security from the
port of origin to the port of arrival and included
scenarios ranging from mine countermeasures,
infrastructure protection and maritime security
operations in support of civilian shipping.
"What's important to each of our nations is the free
flow of commerce," said Donegan. "We did raise the
bar, and we did it in a way that will be a
springboard for next year and the years after that."
than 4,000 civilian and military personnel, ashore
and aboard more than 30 ships, participated the
Fleet Tactical Exercise (FTX) portion of IMCMEX,
which focused on shipboard, air, and undersea
training and conducting port and maritime security
FTX operations included mine
countermeasures, diving operations, small-boat
exercises, maritime security operations coordinated
with industrial and commercial shipping, unmanned
underwater vehicle operations, and port clearance.
FTX demonstrated new technologies, such as unmanned
underwater vehicles, and the sealift capabilities of
the expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Choctaw
County and the afloat forward staging base USS
Ponce, equipped with the U.S. Navy's only
operational laser weapon system.
the FTX, 161 mine-like shapes were dropped in the
water as practice aids for mine countermeasures.
Using the wide array of technology and expertise
among the partner nations, participants found and
retrieved all of them.
Industry participation in this year's IMCMEX was the
largest it has ever been, with collaboration and
training between industry representatives and 11
merchant and commercial vessels, including cruise
ships HMS Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth 2.
began April 4 with a symposium in Bahrain on
Maritime Infrastructure Protection, bringing
together governments, militaries and industry to
discuss how to best provide the necessary foundation
of security that supports unrestricted access to the
vital maritime infrastructure critical to regional
and global economies.
Leaders from 13 participating nations, together with
the U.S. Naval War College and U.S. Joint Staff,
also spent time thinking through notional threats
and developing plans to counter and mitigate those
notional threats during the Command Post Exercise.
"We've tried a number of things
this year that we haven't tried in the past," said
Commodore William Warrender, Royal Navy, Combined
Maritime Forces deputy commander and leader of the
exercise, as he thanked multinational partners for
their robust participation and ambition in this
year's IMCMEX during the exercise closing ceremony.
"I hope you got as much out of this exercise as I
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NNS160426-20. Vouchers Accelerate
Advanced Education for Senior Enlisted
Barker, Naval Education and Training Professional
Development and Technology Center Public Affairs
PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- A path to providing senior
enlisted personnel with advanced education
opportunities was announced April 26 via Naval
Administrative Message (NAVADMIN) 092/16, in a call
for applications for the FY-16 Advanced Education
Voucher (AEV) program.
AEV program offers post-secondary, Navy-relevant
education at the baccalaureate and master's level
and provides financial assistance to chief, senior
chief and master chief petty officers.
Chief Electronics Technician (EXW/FPJ) Richard
Simpson, Enlisted Education Program coordinator for
the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC),
said this program is a significant investment in the
future of enlisted leadership, offering a
fully-funded and rapid education.
senior enlisted members interested in or pursuing
advanced education in Navy-approved areas of study,
the AEV program is an incredible resource," said
Simpson. "AEV offers the opportunity for accelerated
degree completion as it pays for 100 percent of
tuition, books and fees up to a specified limit.
Sailors currently on or transferring to shore duty
and those at sea whose duty assignment will allow
for degree completion during off-duty time should
Examples of approved, Navy-relevant degrees include:
strategic foreign languages, construction
management, security management, emergency and
disaster management, human resources, engineering,
information technology, nursing, and business
administration, among others. Degree programs other
than those specifically listed by the NAVADMIN must
be validated by the AEV program coordinator at NETC.
Financial assistance for
baccalaureate degrees covers 100 percent of tuition,
books, and related fees up to $6,700 per year for a
maximum of three years with the total program cost
capped at $20,000. For master's degrees, it provides
100 percent of tuition, books, and related fees up
to $20,000 per year for a maximum of two years with
the total program cost capped at $40,000.
Chief Navy Counselor (SW/AW) Nikki Munoz, command
career counselor for the Naval Special Warfare
Development Group in Virginia Beach, Virginia, used
the AEV program to get her Bachelor of Arts and
Master of Business Administration degrees from the
University of Phoenix.
are leading an exceptionally intelligent force in
today's Navy," said Munoz. "In order to provide the
most effective leadership, we must drive personal
and professional development. The Navy offers
programs such as AEV to meet those goals, and I
advertise this program at chief petty officer career
Eligible applicants include E-7s with no more than
17 years time-in-service (TIS), E-8s with no more
than 19 years TIS, and E-9s with no more than 23
years TIS. TIS is computed to Oct. 1.
minimum, baccalaureate program applicants must have
an associates degree from an accredited institution
of higher learning or the equivalent amount of
college credits already earned. Master's program
applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an
accredited institution of higher learning.
available to personnel transferring to, or currently
on shore duty with sufficient time ashore to
complete the degree program. Prospective applicants
on sea duty may still apply if they provide an
education plan that shows their ability to complete
the program as specified in the NAVADMIN. Selectees
are expected to enroll in the fall 2016 term.
applicant is already invested in furthering their
education through TA or other financial assistance
programs, they may still apply for AEV. However, AEV
and TA benefits may not be combined, nor may AEV be
used to earn more than one degree at a time. Lower
division or prerequisite courses may be authorized
if they are part of the approved education plan.
A service obligation of three
times the number of months of education completed or
three years, whichever is less, is incurred upon
completion of or withdrawal from the AEV program.
This obligation is discharged concurrently with any
other service obligation the participant may have
already incurred. Use of AEV does not obligate the
Navy to retain a member on active duty.
Applications for AEV are currently being accepted by
NETC (N523). The deadline for submission for the
FY-16 program is May 27 and the selection board will
convene in June 2016. An endorsement by both the
applicant's commanding officer and command master
chief must be included in the application.
Application details, format and more information can
be found at the Navy College website:
more information contact Master Chief Richard
Simpson, NETC N523, at (850) 452-7268 (DSN 459) or
email at email@example.com.
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NNS160425-28. Kearsarge ARG/26th
MEU Departs US 6th Fleet
Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Dana Legg , USS
Kearsarge (LHD 3) Public Affairs
ATLANTIC OCEAN (NNS) -- The Kearsarge Amphibious
Ready Group (KSGARG) flagship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3),
and embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU),
departed the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations,
KSGARG/MEU, comprised of embarked Marines from the
26th MEU, multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS
Kearsarge (LHD 3), amphibious transport dock ship
USS Arlington (LPD 24) and amphibious dock landing
ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51), is headed home to
Virginia after a successful deployment to the U.S.
5th and 6th Fleets.
in the U.S. 6th Fleet, Kearsarge visited the port of
Valencia, Spain, where ship hosted a dinner
reception on the flight deck for approximately 120
Spanish distinguished visitors and 100 crew members.
"The Kearsarge and MEU team had a
wonderful port visit in Valencia and appreciate the
people of this great city for giving us such a warm
welcome," said Capt. Larry G. Getz, commanding
officer, USS Kearsarge. "The reception held on our
flight deck was a great way to strengthen
partnership with our Spanish counterparts as we
continue to work together to promote peace and
stability in Europe and the world."
Additionally, while in port, Sailors and Marines
took advantage of the opportunity to participate in
several community relations events to include
participating in a 5K walk/run for Autism Awareness
as well as a visit to the Polytechnic University of
Valencia where they interacted with the students and
Sailors and Marines aboard Oak
Hill visited Lisbon, Portugal, during a scheduled
port visit where the embarked 26th MEU Marines
participated in a tactical exchange with the
Portuguese Fuzileiro. The military-to-military
cooperation is beneficial to strengthening our
interoperability as allies.
Kearsarge and Oak Hill were in port, Arlington
stopped pulled pierside in Marseille, France, to
enjoy some of the French culture the city had to
offer. While in port, the crew attended a reception
hosted by the Association France Etats-Unis,
provided ship tours for the local media and
participated in a community relations project with
the Marseille Blue Stars American football team at a
sports camp for kids.
the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group departs the 6th
Fleet area of operations, the bonds with our
European and African partners were made stronger,"
said Capt. Augustus P. Bennett, commodore,
Amphibious Squadron 4. "The Sailors and Marines
embarked aboard USS Kearsarge, USS Arlington, and
USS Oak Hill were able to participate in events with
our partners throughout the region, including
conducting community relations (COMREL), passing
exercises, officer exchanges at sea, sporting
competitions, hosting distinguished visitors and
guests, and bilateral training ashore. Engagements
conducted with our partners in Turkey, Tunisia,
Spain, Portugal, and France help forge a strong
Global Network of Navies needed to advance regional
security and stability together with our allies."
The KSGARG ships are now
preparing to return to their homeports in Joint
Expeditionary Base-Little Creek and Norfolk,
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NNS160426-12. USS Gladiator
Ensign Samuel Dodson, USS Gladiator (MCM 11) Public
OF OMAN (NNS) -- Mine countermeasures ship USS
Gladiator (MCM 11) is scheduled to return to
homeport after participating in the International
Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX) April 4-26.
featured international naval and civilian maritime
forces from more than 30 nations and spanning six
Participants trained together
across the Middle East, focused on maritime security
from the port of origin to the port of arrival and
included scenarios ranging from mine
countermeasures, infrastructure protection and
maritime security operations in support of civilian
Gladiator's contribution to IMCMEX involved
surveying approximately 100 miles of ocean floor in
search of training mines. These surveys were
conducted with HMS Chiddingfold and HMS Penzance
under a task force led by the Royal Australian Navy.
Gladiator rigged and streamed two different
minesweeping configurations, practiced maritime
security with USCGC Maui and USS Hurricane, and
replenished stores alongside RFA Cardigan Bay.
Gladiator was designed to detect and counter several
types of mines in many different types of
environments using a diverse set of MCM systems.
During IMCMEX the ship was able to demonstrate its
wide variety of capabilities.
truly enjoyed the opportunity to exercise our combat
systems to find and neutralize mines," said Lt.
Cmdr. Francisco Garza, commanding officer of
Gladiator. "The practice provided by IMCMEX is
crucial for seamless teamwork in the future."
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NNS160426-17. US Naval Academy
Hosts Annual Special Olympics Competition
Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan
Correa, U.S. Naval Academy Public Affairs
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (NNS) -- U.S. Naval Academy
Midshipman Action Group (MAG) hosted its annual
Special Olympics competition April 23-24.
than 400 midshipmen volunteers were paired with
athletes who competed in swim events at the
Macdonough Hall pool and track and field events at
This is MAG's largest community
event of the year.
Special Olympics has been held at the Naval Academy
for about as long as the Special Olympics has been
around," said Jim Schmutz, president and CEO of
Special Olympics Maryland. "This is a testimony to
the academy, and the mission and philosophy that
exists here to engage the midshipmen in a way that
contributes to the greater good and the community."
Midshipman volunteers provided
support to the athletes, ensuring they arrived to
their events on time and cheering them on to boost
event gives us midshipmen a large and impactful
opportunity to connect with the community," said
Midshipman 2nd Class Michael Ross, USNA Special
Olympics project leader. "It gives us the
opportunity to show not only the local community but
the state that we are here to serve."
Maryland approximately 7,311 athletes are
participating in 27 different Special Olympics
sports year-round, and in this event athletes earned
qualification times to continue to the next level of
competition at other venues statewide.
Midshipmen and athletes both benefit from the
experience, said Schmutz.
athletes certainly look up to the midshipmen and
have a lot of respect for them, and based on what I
observed, it is equally valuable to the midshipmen,"
he said. "The one-on-one relationship between them
is priceless. I am grateful and want to thank the
people here at the academy for being so dedicated to
mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round
sports training and athletic competition in a
variety of Olympic-type sports for persons eight
years of age and older with intellectual
disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities
to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage,
experience joy and participate in a sharing of
gifts, skills and friendship with their families,
other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.
really didn't know what to expect, but it has been
great," said Midshipman 2nd Class Carter Oleary,
USNA Special Olympics volunteer. "I think this is an
amazing program and a fun time. I think anybody out
there should think about volunteering."
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NNS160426-08. USFJ Commander
Visits Navy in Misawa
Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Samuel
Weldin, Naval Air Facility Misawa, Japan Public
MISAWA, Japan (NNS) -- U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. John
L. Dolan, commander of U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air
Force, held an all-hands call for Sailors stationed
or deployed at Misawa Air Base April 26.
spent the morning touring a P-8A maritime
surveillance aircraft assigned to the 'Mad Foxes' of
Patrol Squadron 5, sat down for lunch with Misawa
chief petty officers, and held an all-hands call
with the Sailors here.
all-hands call included topics such as: general
tensions in the Pacific area of responsibility
(AOR), manning requirements, and of course, the
curfew and liberty restrictions placed upon U.S.
service members in this AOR.
are here in Japan because we are under a treaty
obligation to protect Japan if it comes under
attack," said Dolan. "Don't ever underestimate the
importance of what you are doing here each and every
Dolan focused on the stability
U.S. Forces provide in the northern Pacific and
Pacific region as a whole. He also spoke about the
liberty policy for U.S. service members in Japan.
curfew and liberty is a living document, and by that
I mean it's a readiness issue, you are the biggest
and most valuable asset that we have," said Dolan.
"I have to balance between having people in places
for success and limiting the unsuccessful situations
so that we can stay ready and be deployed at a
moment's notice if need be."
also wants Sailors to focus on the unique
experiences that come with being forward deployed in
this area of responsibility.
have an incredible opportunity being stationed here
in Japan," said Dolan. "If you're not taking
advantage of the opportunities you have here to get
out and see this incredible country, then you're
really letting a great opportunity pass by."
and Chief Master Sgt. Terrence Greene wrapped things
up with a question and answer session with the
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NNS160426-15. Sailors Experience
Effects of Simulated Intoxication
Chief Master-at-Arms Natalie Dymond, Naval Technical
Training Center Lackland Public Affairs
ANTONIO (NNS) -- Students assigned to Naval
Technical Training Center Lackland attended a drug
and alcohol awareness event April 21 as part of the
Navy's Alcohol Awareness Month.
Students from the Master-at-Arms "A" School,
Corrections, and Military Working Dog courses came
together to discuss the issues and consequences
alcohol may have on Sailors and their career if not
Lackland's Drug and Alcohol Program Advisors, Chief
Master-at-Arms Andrew Williams and Damage Controlman
1st Class Jonathan Rider, discussed the importance
of planning and decision making when alcohol is a
factor in one's plan.
Sailors had the opportunity to wear special goggles
that simulate the effects of intoxication and
perform normal tasks such as walking, playing catch,
and riding a scooter -- tasks normally accomplished
with ease when alcohol has not been introduced into
"Sailors have a misconception of
what drunk is," said Williams. "They need to
understand how quickly decision making and the
body's reflexes are affected once alcohol is
ingested into the body. When students witnessed a
participant ride a scooter through an obstacle
course with and without the 'drunk goggles,' they
were able to see firsthand the effects alcohol has
on the body."
informed the Sailors about a mobile application
released recently. The application, "Pier Pressure,"
provides Sailors with numerous resources in regard
to the Navy's "Keep What You Earned" campaign
including safe drinking tips, the Safe Ride Home
program, a blood-alcohol content calculator, and
speaking at the event was Eddie Jimenez, survivor of
a drunk-driving accident. Jimenez provided his
personal account of the day when a drunk driver took
the life of his son and his son's friend.
asked about the training, Seaman Vincent Dimarco,
from Delran, New Jersey, said, "It was very
touching. I would never want anything like that to
happen to me [because of] the fact that someone's
actions took the life of his [Jimenez's] son and
[his] son's friend, and he could not stop it. The
account of the accident made me realize that not
only can a drunk driver hurt themselves, but also
the lives of innocent bystanders. People often do
not realize their actions can have such an impact on
others until something like this happens."
Navy Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention's mission is
to support fleet readiness by fighting alcohol abuse
and drug use. They disseminate quarterly e-grams and
provide Sailors and commands with resources related
to drug and alcohol abuse prevention and response.
Center for Security Forces provides specialized
training to more than 23,000 students each year. It
has 14 training locations across the United States
and around the world where training breeds
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NNS160426-14. SPAWAR Office of
Small Business Programs Awarded DoD Verdure Award
Kara McDermott, Space and Naval Warfare Systems
Command Public Affairs
DIEGO (NNS) -- The Department of Defense has awarded
the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR)
Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) with the
Verdure Award for innovative and proactive
approaches in promoting the use of small businesses
in SPAWAR acquisitions throughout fiscal year 2015.
Verdure Award is a part of the DoD's Vanguard Awards
Program, which recognizes the exemplary
contributions of small business professionals or
members of acquisition teams that influence small
business participation in defense procurement.
OSBP's use of innovative approaches to build
relationships, increase communications and provide
tailored trainings improved awareness and
understanding of their objectives across the
build and foster relationships, SPAWAR OSBP assigned
each team member as a point of contact for each of
the program offices and competencies within the
command. This created a culture of teaming that
enabled advocacy for OSBP initiatives and small
business opportunities on future procurements. Each
small business professional worked closely with
their designated program office to actively engage
in program reviews and procurement planning strategy
"By becoming an integral part of
acquisition teams, our OSBP professionals assist
with market research, determination of the
procurement, developing small business source
selection criteria, evaluating proposals and
participating in debriefings after award," said Faye
Esaias, SPAWAR's director of small business
programs. "These relationships allow us to
articulate and advocate OSBP initiatives and small
business opportunities for procurement."
relationship building a step further, SPAWAR created
office space for the local Small Business
Administration procurement center representative --
an individual who helps an agency meet small
business goals -- to sit on-site to facilitate their
participation in the procurement process.
SPAWAR OSBP team also actively collaborates with
local industry organizations that support the small
business community, such as procurement technical
assistance centers and small business development
centers, to provide training on how small business
can do business with the federal government and
local commands. On a semi-annual basis the team
partners with San Diego-based Defense Acquisition
University to provide additional training on small
business programs to acquisition students.
promote awareness of small business participation as
subcontractors, SPAWAR OSBP developed a contracts
data requirements list (CDRL) to track small
business utilization on larger contracts. The CDRL
is currently utilized in large, high-visibility
contracts like the DoD Health care Management System
Modernization, the Consolidated Afloat Networks and
Enterprise Services and the Next Generation Navy
Marine Corps Intranet contracts. This CDRL allows
the government to track the prime contractor's
subcontracting accomplishments at the micro level.
"We are committed to trying new
approaches to increase opportunities for small
businesses while also striving to nurture and
develop small businesses that can support tomorrow's
Navy," said Esaias.
fiscal year 2015, the DoD procured 24.64 percent of
all prime contracting with small businesses and
exceeded the goal of 21.6 percent for the second
particularly pleased with the commitment and
professionalism of the FY 2015 Vanguard awardees and
I appreciate the hard work and dedication of the
entire acquisition community in support of achieving
our small business procurement goals," said Under
Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and
Logistics Frank Kendall in a memo to the award
All Vanguard awardees will
receive formal recognition during the DoD Small
Business Innovation Training Week, May 9-13, in
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NNS160426-10. Service Members
Attend SAPR-Sponsored Training
Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Public
PENSACOLA, Fla (NNS) -- More than 3,000 service
members attended an interactive training symposium
at Naval Air Station Pensacola April 22, designed to
enhance service members' understanding of sexual
assault and prevention (SAPR).
Sponsored by the base Fleet and Family Support
Center (FFSC), the event took place at the Naval Air
Technical Training Center.
majority of the attendees were students from one of
the Navy's largest 'A' School campuses.
Kiss You?," is an innovative training approach from
the Date Safe Project. The Date Safe Project is an
anti-sexual assault organization providing
prevention materials and advocacy programs for
schools, community organizations and the U.S. armed
April designated as Sexual Assault Awareness and
Prevention Month, NAS Pensacola FFSC Sexual Assault
Response Coordinator Anne Ballensinger said the
program -- the only Date Safe Project presentation
in the Commander, Navy Region Southeast area of
operations this year -- represents the importance
local and Navy leadership place on sexual assault
within its ranks.
is something that is taken very seriously at all
levels, whether it's from a position of prevention
or response, whether from a command level or even
higher leadership," Ballensinger said. "We have a
population here in Pensacola -- and particularly at
NATTC -- which mirrors a college campus, and these
can be some of our highest risk population in the
Navy. Getting lessons to them in a way they can
engage and involve themselves in is a different
approach and a way they can relate to."
program, put on by Date Safe Project founder Mike
Domitrz, is designed to provide skills applicable to
anyone regardless of age, rank, gender or marital
status. During the interactive training symposium,
Domitrz engaged the audience in discussions about
consent, communication and bystander intervention.
of the most important things I believe the students
will walk away with is education and training on
sexual assault and prevention," NATTC Instructor and
SAPR Victim Advocate Aviation Boatswain's Mate
(Handling) 1st Class Lois Bourne said. "April is
Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month and
the NAS Pensacola FFSC sponsored this event at NATTC
to create awareness on sexual assault and
Commanding Officer Capt. Hugh Rankin said the
program, held in the NATTC Charles A. Taylor Hangar,
serves as a welcome addition to Navy-mandated sexual
"Programs such as this increase the level of
knowledge our students need," Rankin said. "Along
with the tools they'll need for duty in the fleet,
NATTC also ensures the students coming through our
doors are aware of other programs the Navy has to
offer. Mr. Domitrz's presentation reinforces our
commitment to a safe environment for all our
According to Domitrz, the Date Safe Project is an
organization dedicated to leaving a positive impact
on the many issues surrounding sexual assault and
healthy intimacy, and encourages seminar
participants to focus on clear communication so
unwanted sexual overtures can become a thing of the
more than 70 years, NATTC has been providing
training and increasing readiness within the Naval
Aviation Enterprise. The facility graduates
approximately 15,000 Navy, Marine Corps and
international students annually and is the largest
training facility in the Navy post-Recruit Training
is part of the Center for Naval Aviation Technical
Training, which provides single site management for
Navy and Marine Corps aviation technical training.
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Preventive Medicine Team Completes Operational
Rohan Jairam, Navy Environmental and Preventive
Medicine Unit Five Public Affairs
DIEGO (NNS) -- Members of Forward Deployable
Preventive Medicine Unit Team 4 completed a
seven-day simulated exercise to evaluate deployment
readiness at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, April
Fifteen Sailors assigned to Navy Environmental and
Preventive Medicine Unit 5 San Diego's FDPMU
platform took part in the Operational Readiness
Evaluation (ORE). The team was augmented by three
members of Hawaii-based NEPMU-6, along with
observers from the Republic of Singapore Armed
Forces, as part of a greater effort to strengthen
and validate Preventive Medicine capabilities in the
United States Pacific Command (PACOM) area of
"The visit from our Singaporean
partners provided an excellent opportunity for
subject matter expertise exchanges," said Lt. Cmdr.
George Vancil, Navy and Marine Corps Public Health
Center FDPMU program manager. "We look forward to
working with them during Pacific Partnership 2016."
Exercise planners and
coordinators from NMCPHC were on site to evaluate
the performance of the FDPMU as they completed the
ORE. Scenarios tested the team's capabilities to
identify and evaluate environmental health hazards,
conduct disease vector surveillance and infectious
disease assessments, while assessing health outcomes
in a deployed environment.
Nickita Brown, NEPMU-5's FDPMU coordinator, was also
on hand to gauge the team's potential for success.
"Based on their performance
during this training evolution, I am confident in
their success this summer as they provide public
health services throughout the Pacific," said Brown.
FDPMU is the most capable and advanced preventive
medicine unit across the services," concluded
provide health services support (HSS) to Navy and
Marine Corps forces by rapidly assessing,
preventing, and controlling health threats in the
theater of operations to enhance organic preventive
medicine assets. Teams that successfully complete
the ORE are certified as fully capable to support
deployed forces with flexible and sustainable force
health protection services.
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NNS160426-01. NDW Observes
Alcohol Awareness Month
Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Pedro A.
Rodriguez, Naval District Washington Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Having an alcoholic beverage is
not uncommon among adults, civilian and military
alike. But when drinking starts to affect an
individual's behavior, health and lifestyle then
there's a problem.
The Navy's observation of Alcohol
Awareness Month includes a campaign called "Keep
What You've Earned." Established in 2013, it is
designed to encourage responsible drinking among
Sailors by focusing on the accomplishments in their
Navy careers. Naval District Washington is
participating in this campaign to keep its personnel
on the right track when it comes to responsible
believe that it is important to show Sailors and
civilians that the Navy does not defend the
stereotype of the 'drunken' Sailor," said Chief
Culinary Specialist Penelope Cooper, Naval Support
Activity Washington Drug and Alcohol Program
advisor. "We want to educate and inform our Sailors
on the importance of Keep What You've Earned. [It]
is not just a slogan, it's a lifestyle. We don't
condone reckless behavior. It is paramount that
Sailors realize that everything they have worked so
hard to achieve can be taken away in the blink of an
eye because of one wrong decision."
Alcohol abuse is a nationwide problem. The Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention report 34 percent
of drinkers consume five or more alcoholic beverages
in a short amount of time. Furthermore, according to
a survey conducted in 2014 the number of alcoholic
liver disease deaths was 18,146 and the number of
alcohol-induced deaths, excluding accidents and
homicides was 29,001.
Service members face unique situations many health
professionals warn could lead to alcohol abuse
later. Deployments, separation from loved ones, and
hazardous duty are among the stressors that most
personnel face. But health professionals warn
against treating such stress with alcohol.
think one of the reasons many Sailors turn to
alcohol is peer pressure," said Cooper. "People are
trying to fit in or portray what they think the Navy
life is like. A lot of junior Sailors (single
Sailors living in the barracks) say they drink out
of boredom. They feel like there's nothing else to
do. That's why it's important that we offer
alternatives to them via MWR (Morale, Welfare and
Recreation) and command morale boosters."
Military Pathways, a joint Department of Defense and
Screening for Mental Health organization, is geared
toward helping military personnel. They provide
anonymous mental health and alcohol self-assessments
for family members and service personnel in all
branches including the National Guard and Reserve.
The program is available online at
www.militarymentalhealth.org and at special events
held at installations worldwide.
added, every command has resources available to
Sailors or concerned personnel regarding alcohol
abuse including the Substance Abuse Rehabilitation
Program (SARP) and Navy drug and alcohol counselors.
"Sailors may elect for a self-referral or the
command can refer them to SARP," said Cooper.
Washington Navy Yard is scheduled to host a regional
safety standdown before the summer starts in
preparation of the "101 Critical Days of Summer,"
the period between Memorial day and Labor Day.
Included will be an alcohol awareness brief in line
with the "Keep What You've Earned" campaign.
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NNS020424-07. This Day in Naval
History - April 26
Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication
and Outreach Division
The screw steamship Mohawk captures the slaver
Wildfire with 530 slaves on board in the Bahama
Channel, taking them to a camp in Key West guarded
by Mohawks Marines until returned home.
As a post-Civil War push for re-enlistments, the
Good Conduct Medal, then called Good Conduct Badge,
is authorized by Secretary of the Navy Adolphus E.
USS Stewart (DD 13) collides with an unidentified
steamer near Brest, France. Just days earlier,
Stewart crew members attacked a German submarine and
saved the SS Florence H crew when she exploded
USS Frost (DE 144), USS Huse (DE 145), USS Barber
(DE 161) and USS Snowden (DE 246) sink the German
submarine U 488 northwest of the Canary Islands.
While steaming at night in formation 700 miles west
of the Azores, USS Hobson (DD 464) and USS Wasp (CV
18) collide as Hobson crossed the carriers bow from
starboard to port and was struck amidships, breaking
her in two. Hobson and 176 of her crew are lost,
including her commanding officer, Lt. Cmdr. W. J.
USS George Washington (SSN 598) conducts a Polaris
missile test firing in Long Island Sound in the
The Watson-class vehicle cargo ship USNS Soderman (T
AKR 317) is launched at National Steel and
Shipbuilding Co., San Diego, Calif.
NNS160427-22. Future USS Frank E
Petersen Jr Begins Fabrication
Team Ships Public Affairs
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (NNS) -- The construction of
future USS Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG 121) is
officially underway at Huntington Ingalls Industries
milestone, which signifies the first 100 tons of
steel being cut, was marked with a ceremony held in
the shipyard's fabrication shop, April 27.
guided-missile destroyer honors Frank Emmanuel
Petersen Jr. who was the first African American
aviator and general officer in the United States
Marine Corps. After entering the Naval Aviation
Cadet Program in 1950, Petersen would go on to fly
more than 350 combat missions throughout the Korean
and Vietnam Wars.
"With this milestone, Ingalls is
now in various stages of production on five Arleigh
Burke-class destroyers," said Capt. Mark Vandroff,
DDG 51 class program manager, Program Executive
Office (PEO) Ships. "DDG 121 will greatly benefit
from the serial production of those earlier ships
and once delivered, will be the 70th destroyer of
its class to join the U.S. Fleet."
E. Petersen Jr. will be built in the Flight IIA
configuration with the AEGIS Baseline 9 Combat
System, which includes Integrated Air and Missile
Defense (IAMD) capability. This system delivers
quick reaction time, high firepower, and increased
electronic countermeasures capability for Anti-Air
operational, these multimission surface combatants
will serve as integral players in global maritime
security, engaging in air, undersea, surface, strike
and ballistic missile defense as well as increased
capabilities in anti-submarine warfare, command and
control, and anti-surface warfare.
of the Defense Department's largest acquisition
organizations, PEO Ships is responsible for
executing the development and procurement of all
destroyers, amphibious ships, special mission and
support ships, and special warfare craft.
more news from Naval Sea Systems Command, visit
NNS160427-21. Navy Helps Usher in
Next Generation of STEM at Conrad Challenge
Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brandon
Martin, Navy Recruiting Command Public Affairs
COCOA BEACH, Fla. (NNS) -- Four
Navy officers served as judges in the 2016 Spirit of
Innovation Conrad Challenge at the Kennedy Space
Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, April 20-23.
Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge is an annual,
multiphase innovation and entrepreneurial
competition that brings in teams of high school
students from around the world who invent, design,
create and promote inventions in one of four fields:
Aerospace and Aviation, Cyber Technology and
Security, Energy and Environment, and Health and
The event kicked off with the
participants, also known as diplomats, giving their
first round of power pitches. A power pitch is the
name for the presentation the teams gave about their
individual inventions or prototypes. These pitches
were judged by a group of experts for accuracy,
originality and marketability.
their preliminary pitches, the teams had to give
their presentations in front of their fellow
competitors and a panel of judges including the Navy
officers. The second round of pitches was judged
based on the style, content and delivery of the
presentations were very advanced and complicated and
I think what impressed me the most was how
thoughtful the students were in approaching problems
that were current and applicable to things that we
face today," said Lt. Cmdr. Jami J. Peterson, a
Medical Corps fellow at the Bureau of Medicine and
Surgery in Falls Church, Virginia, and judge of the
Health and Nutrition panel.
first set of presentations was in the category of
Cyber Technology immediately followed by the
Aerospace and Aviation portion. During the
presentations, the Navy judges were able to see and
critique some of the newest innovations in their
fields of study.
prototypes were pretty well thought out and
obviously they spent a lot of time researching what
they needed to build and they succeeded
tremendously," said Lt. Cmdr. Christopher T. Coy
from the staff of Office of Naval Intelligence and
judge on the Cyber Technology and Security panel.
"One of my favorites was the HeatRescue, a device
that allows you to tell if there is a living being
in a hot car without needing to be around the
Following the power pitches, participants visited
the Apollo/Saturn V Center and took a tour of the
center to learn the history behind the many space
explorations that led to the 1969 moon landing.
Along with the tour, the diplomats were also given
the opportunity to listen to a variety of speakers
from various backgrounds, including Capt. Dave
Bouve, marketing and advertising director at Navy
was a real pleasure and an honor visiting the
Kennedy Space Center, the site where so much history
happened and where the Navy has had the great
fortune to provide so much of a contribution to our
space program," said Bouve. "The energy,
intelligence, optimism and creativity these young
adults displayed was inspiring. The real trick is
making sure we continue to effectively communicate
the Navy message, because the better we are able to
capture the attention and aspiration of young adults
like this, the better off our Navy is going to be."
From there, diplomats had the
chance to have a group conversation with retired
Capt. Jon McBride, resident Kennedy Space Center
Visitor Complex astronaut. McBride discussed his
experiences as an astronaut and fielded questions
from the audience about his vision for the future of
the chat with McBride, the teams began giving their
second power pitch in the field of Energy and
Environment, which was followed by pitches in the
field of Health and Nutrition.
"Interests in the areas of STEM are so important,"
said Cmdr. Kenneth Roman, director of Submarine and
Nuclear Accessions at NRC and judge for the Energy
and Environment panel. "The Conrad Challenge is
really an opportunity for the students to present
these innovative ideas and push this area forward.
STEM being an important field in the Navy, we need
individuals coming up that are able to do the
research and operate these amazing pieces of
Following the second set of power pitches, diplomats
engaged in a group discussion on how to improve
communication in the community and the means for
making lasting connections.
part of the Conrad Challenge, guests were given a
chance to take part in the Atlantis Exhibit/Shuttle
Launch Experience. From there, the diplomats and
their families and coaches were able to listen to a
variety of guest speakers.
event concluded with the announcement of the winners
and award ceremony.
first place in the Aerospace and Aviation category
was Team Noodles with their Sixth Sense Helmet, an
invention designed to help filter out toxic
chemicals in space.
Cyber-technology and Security category, Team Kosmos
took first place with an invention that allowed
first responders the ability to be able to access a
patient's medical records from an app to provide the
best care possible.
Firebird took gold in the Energy and Environment
category with their NaSoPod, an invention designed
to absorb heat from the sun during the daytime and
release that heat inside of a home in the evening.
In the final category of Health
and Nutrition, Team Ilm earned top honors for their
invention DStress, an invention designed to lower
stress levels in patients and improve overall
opportunities are emerging all the time for everyone
and whether you are a student or in the military, as
you leave I encourage you to continue to learn and
continue your education," said Capt. Kathryn P.
Hire, former NASA astronaut, current director of
innovation at the United States Naval Academy and
judge for the Aerospace and Aviation panel. "Always
work to hone your skills because you never know when
a great opportunity is going to come your way and we
need people who are willing and ready to take those
strides into the future."
Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge Conrad
Challenge was founded by Nancy Conrad in honor of
her late husband, Apollo astronaut, innovator, and
entrepreneur, Charles "Pete" Conrad Jr. The Conrad
Challenge is an annual, multiphase innovation and
entrepreneurial competition focused on innovations
and technologies that will benefit the world.
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NNS160427-16. Lincoln Hosts SAAPM
By Mass Communications Specialist
Seaman Ashley Raine Northen, USS Abraham Lincoln
(CVN 72) Public Affairs
NEWPORT NEWS, Va (NNS) -- USS Abraham Lincoln's (CVN
72) Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR)
team sponsored a special track and field day on the
Huntington Hall field April 22 in support of Sexual
Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM).
The day kicked off with Lincoln
Sailors walking in silence, to raise awareness of
the silence victims of sexual assault often endure.
SAPR representatives also set up a booth to provide
Sailors with information on the program and how it
can assist victims.
Throughout the afternoon, Lincoln Sailors competed
against Sailors from USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) and
USS Enterprise (CVN 65) in multiple track and field
"We have more people showing up
this year than we did last year," said Shannon
Minor, the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator
(SARC) for the region. "Every year there has been an
increase in participants, so I am pleased with the
support that the Lincoln has given for this event;
it's a great turnout."
Participants also had the opportunity to take part
in The Clothesline Project by writing messages or
drawings to create a visual display of shirts to
graphically depict the impact of violence faced by
both male and female victims of abuse.
Clothesline Project gives people the opportunity to
read raw feelings and emotions of what the victims
are going through and thinking about," said Aviation
Structural Mechanic 1st Class Kevin Snow, a SAPR
advocate. "It also lets others give words of
encouragement. The main takeaway is that you are
never alone; there is a large group of people who
are ready and willing to help."
event is one of many scheduled during Sexual Assault
Awareness Month to raise awareness about sexual
violence, educate Sailors on how to prevent violence
and what help is available should a sexual assault
"Events like this help spread the information and
awareness so that people can see who their SARC is
and meet other SAPR victim advocates," Minor said.
"We all come together to agree that everyone is
against sexual assault and to learn how we can
intervene to prevent it from happening."
Lincoln is currently undergoing Refueling and
Complex Overhaul (RCOH) at Newport News
Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls
Industries. It is the fifth ship of the Nimitz class
to undergo a RCOH, a major life-cycle milestone.
Once complete, Lincoln will be one of the most
modern and technologically-advanced Nimitz-class
aircraft carriers in the fleet and will continue to
be a vital part of the nation's defense.
more news from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), visit
NNS160427-15. MDSU 2 Divers Visit
Virginia Beach Elementary School
Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Charles Oki,
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group 2 Public Affairs
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- Divers from Mobile
Diving and Salvage Unit 2 visited fourth-graders at
Hermitage Elementary School in Virginia Beach as
part of a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
engagement April 26.
divers spoke about their mission and used simple
math problems to discuss how STEM topics related
directly to life as a Navy diver.
are here to show students that even boring subjects
like mathematics have a use outside the classroom,"
said Navy Diver 2nd Class Gavin Rowe, assigned to
MDSU Company 2-5. "Education is important but not a
lot of people think that they'll use what they've
learned but we literally use math and science every
day for our jobs. Hopefully by talking to the
students we can get them to understand the
importance of higher education."
divers also showed videos about Navy diving and
followed with a question and answer session. The
questions ranged from what it was like to wear the
KM-37 diving helmet to what kind of sea life the
divers have encountered.
students really seemed to enjoy listening to their
stories," said Lark Kosloski, a fourth-grade teacher
at Hermitage Elementary. "The divers did a great job
speaking to the students in an engaging way. It
definitely puts the reality in the student's minds
as to why they are learning math and science. We're
very appreciative of this opportunity because not
only do they learn more about what's out there job
wise, but they also learn about why they are
learning what they are."
is the only East Coast-based mobile diving and
salvage unit and is headquartered at Joint
Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story.
is assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group 2,
which oversees all East Coast-based Navy EOD mobile
units, including one forward deployed mobile unit in
Spain, as well as EOD Expeditionary Support Unit 2,
and EOD Training and Evaluation Unit 2.
more information from Explosive Ordnance Disposal
Group 2, visit http://www.navy.mil/local/eod2/
NNS160427-12. USNA Hosts Banquet
in Honor of Asian American, Pacific Islander Month
Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan
Correa, U.S. Naval Academy Public Affairs
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (NNS) -- The U.S. Naval Academy
hosted a banquet honoring the upcoming Asian
American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month April
25 at the Naval Academy Club in Annapolis.
Adm. Victorino G. "Vic" Mercado, director of the
Chief of Naval Operations' Assessment Division, was
the keynote speaker, specifically addressing the
midshipmen on the increased diversity of the fleet
they will be leading in the future.
the fleet, everyone has a different skin color, but
in the wardroom, the ready room, your platoon,
everyone is color blind," said Mercado. "You will
carry your weight and work together no matter the
Mercado, a 1983 Naval Academy graduate, encouraged
the midshipmen to develop their ambitions.
limit yourself," said Mercado. "One of you in here
could be the next chief of naval operations, or the
commandant of the Marine Corps. The sky is the
limit. You are part of the Brigade of Midshipmen
that is steeped in history of naval and Marine Corps
He also spoke about the history
of Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders in the U.S.
military and the importance of remembering those
earlier sacrifices, something that particularly
resonated with the midshipmen present.
Adm. Mercado spoke on how we must understand that
previous generations of Asian-Americans paved the
way for our generation to become officers and make a
difference," said Midshipman 1st Class Zenas Yun.
"Even at a time of tremendous racial discrimination
and cultural prejudice, there were Asian Americans
and Pacific Islanders who helped defend and develop
the United States."
Pacific American Heritage Week was first established
in 1979. In 1990, President George H. W. Bush
expanded the observance to encompass the month of
May, and in 1992, Congress passed a law permanently
designating May as Asian Pacific American Heritage
For more news from U.S. Naval
Academy, visit http://www.navy.mil/local/usna/.
NNS160427-11. Firebolt's Crew Remembers Fallen
Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Benson,
Naval Support Activity Bahrain Public Affairs
MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) -- Sailors, Coast Guardsmen
and their families joined together for a memorial
service and 5K held at Naval Support Activity
Bahrain to honor the ultimate sacrifice made by
three fallen U.S. service members, April 24.
Saturday, April 24, 2004, a seven-member team from
the forward-deployed patrol coastal ship USS
Firebolt (PC 10), conducting maritime security
operations in the Northern Arabian Gulf, was
dispatched in an rigid-hull inflatable boat (RHIB)
to clear multiple fishing dhows that were operating
in a restricted area around an Iraqi oil terminal.
As the team approached one of the
dhows, it abruptly maneuvered toward Firebolt's crew
and exploded in an apparent suicide bombing,
injuring four crew members and claiming the lives of
three U.S. service members: U.S. Coast Guard Damage
Controlman 3rd Class Nathan B. Bruckenthal, 24, of
Smithtown, New York; Signalman 2nd Class Christopher
E. Watts, 28, of Knoxville, Tennessee; Boatswain's
Mate 1st Class Michael J. Pernaselli, 27, of Monroe,
Firebolt's crew celebrates the
heroic lives of their fallen shipmates with a
memorial service and 5K run every April.
always want to make this event bigger and better to
honor the Sailors and Coast Guardsman who have gone
before us and paid the ultimate sacrifice," said
Operations Specialist 2nd Class Allan Pavlak, a
Sailor from Firebolt. "As a crew we have the
privilege to represent those guys every time we put
the uniform on."
Cmdr. Larry R. Ford, Firebolt's commanding officer,
gave welcoming remarks for the ceremony.
memorial ceremony is an extremely important event to
the crew," said Ford. "It helps us to remember the
importance of what we do here on a day to day basis,
and strengthen the ties between the Navy, the Coast
Guard, and our partner nations here and abroad. The
5K run has grown in popularity the last couple of
years, and is a positive way to carry on the spirit
of our fallen shipmates."
run started at the Firebolt Memorial, led over the
bridge to NSA's Mina Salman Pier passing by where
Firebolt is moored, and finished back at the
memorial. More than 100 runners participated in this
year's memorial service and 5K.
behalf of the crew, we would just like to thank
everyone for their help in spreading the word for
the event and all the people behind the coordination
as well," said Pavlak. "The Firebolt and her crew
look forward to seeing more participants for years
though the ceremony may last only one day, it's a
reminder for the rest of us not to take anything for
freedoms we enjoy are not free and they are paid for
by the sacrifice of armed forces service members and
support personnel every day, all across the globe,"
said Ford. "At times our young men and women pay the
ultimate sacrifice, as in the case of Pernaselli,
Watts, and Bruckenthal. I ask that all persons
wearing the cloth of our nation take the time to
consider the importance of what we do on a daily
basis, and ensure that we don't take our incredible
opportunities for granted."
more news from Naval Support Activity Bahrain, visit
NNS160427-10. Stennis Sailors
Observe Passover at Sea
Brendan Good, USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Public
CHINA SEA (NNS) -- Sailors aboard USS John C.
Stennis (CVN 74) observed Passover with a
traditional seder in the wardroom, April 25.
Despite being more than 10,000 miles from their
families, Sailors sought to create a sense of
At the dinner, the seder plate
took center stage, as the ship's supply department
and other organizations combined to provide matzah,
horseradish, hard-boiled eggs along with other
required items. Sailors followed the same guidance
as Jewish people around the world, retelling the
story of slavery in Egypt, the 10 plagues and exodus
toward the Promised Land.
event was open to the entire crew, as the holiday
provides an opportunity to build a community around
their common religion and culture.
Sailor had family at home who was practicing similar
rituals. On the ship, Sailors continued the
tradition of their ancestors by joining in with the
Jewish community around the world in celebration of
felt like I was at home, like a little kid again,
back at the table," said Electrician's Mate 3rd
Class Mitchell Dubin, from Sarasota, Florida. "We
dress up in nice clothes and get together at the
grandparent's house, eat until we can't move
anymore, drink wine, be merry. There's a reason it's
a two-hour ceremony."
pieces of Sailors' daily lives on an aircraft
carrier are out of the ordinary, uncertain or high
stress. One way to propagate a sense of normalcy is
to carry on traditions and observe religious rituals
as part of their busy weekly routine.
was great to get away from the everyday business and
bustle of work down in the [propulsion] plant," said
Electrician's Mate 2nd Class Andrew Pluss, from
Denver. "It felt amazing getting back to my religion
and celebrating a happy, yet sad, holiday that just
brings me back home. Being able to do this on the
ship provides that opportunity."
Jewish calendar is replete with holidays,
remembrances and celebrations; one of the most
significant is Passover. Like many religions,
Judaism holds tradition paramount. This is why each
Friday evening, the Jewish Sabbath, a group of
Sailors from around the ship gathers together in the
chapel. This simple observance is often enough to
return Sailors to a positive frame of mind,
reminding them of the importance of stepping back
from looming deadlines or upcoming inspections, to
practice their religion.
Friday night at [6 p.m.] we have services in the
chapel," said Dubin. "I wish we did this every
night. It brought us together for something very
familiar and I am thankful for everyone involved who
made it possible."
Providing a ready force supporting security and
stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific, John C. Stennis
is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a
regularly scheduled 7th Fleet deployment.
more news on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) visit
NNS160427-09. Naval Station Rota
Recognizes, Honors Community Volunteers
Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brian
Dietrick, Naval Station Rota, Spain Public Affairs
Spain (NNS) -- Service members, civilians and
Spanish local nationals gathered at the Naval
Station Rota base chapel, April 27, to recognize
volunteers and give a special honor to four
individuals and two groups who were named as the
2016 Rota Volunteers of the Year (VoY).
is the third year the Volunteer Recognition Program
for Commander, U.S. Naval Activities Spain, has
given out the award.
VoY award acknowledges achievement, citizenship and
community involvement. One winner was selected in
six different categories: military, civilian
employee, Spanish local national, dependent, small
group (2 to 7 members) and large group (7 or more
celebrating the men and women who give their time,
talents and skills freely for a good cause in order
to improve the quality of life on base and
throughout the local communities," said Capt. Greg
Pekari, commander, U.S. Naval Activities Spain. "Our
volunteers represent the best examples of selfless
service, patience, compassion and pride that our
community has to offer. We depend on you and I'm
glad we can come together and celebrate the precious
time you devote to the community and for being an
inspiration to us all."
total of 18 packages were submitted and a selection
board voted for the winners in each category.
Electronics Technician 1st Class Bryan Madsen,
assistant Volunteer Recognition Program manager,
said all of the different individuals and groups
that were nominated continuously demonstrated
dedication and self-sacrifice.
leaders have admiration and appreciate your hard
work," said Madsen. "You are all winners and should
winners and their respective category were:
Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Laquisha
Cooks, Military VoY, (more than 500 volunteer
hours); Ricca Wocking, Civilian VoY, (more than 500
volunteer hours); Maria Ferreira-Ramos, Spanish
Location National VoY (more than 850 volunteer
hours); Chantelle Dousay, Dependent VoY, (more than
1,800 volunteer hours); Retired Activities Office,
Small Group VoY (more than 1,780 volunteer hours)
and Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, Large Group
VoY (more than 15,000 volunteer hours).
heart is grateful and it really means a lot," said
Wocking. "This is a great community that we have
here and giving back to the community is my way of
making a difference."
don't feel like we won anything; we support, we're
supporters," said Tom Brennan, director of the
Retired Activities Office. "We help our retired
community throughout Spain and they are the focus of
order for individuals or groups to be nominated,
they must have 150 or more documented community
service hours for the corresponding calendar year.
This award is for service of significant magnitude
or duration in one or more community organizations,
which enhances the quality of life in the community.
with the category winners, there were others who
received an honorable mention for the dedicated time
and effort they devoted to their community. Those
volunteers were: Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuels)
2nd Class Isaac Baiden, Hospital Corpsman 1st Class
Steven Piedrahita, Electronics Technician 3rd Class
Tellisa Boles, Electronics Technician 3rd Class
Katelyn Aquino, Utilitiesman 2nd Class Joshua
Gatlke, Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Darius Grays,
Charles Hampton, Estevan Gallardo, Barbara Nelson,
Nicole Retana, Sarah Wester and the Rota Ombudsmen
contributions, your sacrifices and your collective
enthusiasm make significant changes here on base,"
said Pekari. "We hope that by recognizing your
achievements, sacrifices and good work will inspire
new ranks of Rota volunteers to further improve the
quality of life for everyone."
Station Rota enables and supports operations of U.S.
and allied forces and provides quality services in
support of the Fleet, Fighter, and Family for
Commander, Navy Installations Command in Navy
Region, Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia.
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NNS160427-08. Sailors Visit
Students in Singapore
Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Sierra D.
Langdon, USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Public Affairs
SINGAPORE (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to USS John C.
Stennis (CVN 74) and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9
visited with children at the International Community
School in Singapore during a community service
(COMSERV) project, April 20.
visit began with an introduction to the school's
philosophy followed by arranging Sailors into groups
to visit students in the elementary classrooms.
"I usually try to do a [COMSERV]
in each port," said Logistics Specialist 1st Class
Nicholas Winkler, from Wichita, Kansas. "I have two
kids back home, so since I can't be with my kids, I
can volunteer with the children here to have the
same feeling of being young and energetic."
Sailors answered questions about life in the Navy,
played games, and participated in science and art
projects with the students.
classrooms with older students, Sailors got an
inside peek at a foreign education system before
joining the students for lunch.
favorite part of the day was watching them work on
fractions," said Winkler. "There was a little girl
who was playing a bracelet game based on fractions
and she was zipping through them like they were
nothing. It was impressive seeing what their
curriculum enabled them to do."
lunch, the students and Sailors headed to the
playground for recess where they played outdoor
games, swung on swings and held races.
of the other groups with the older kids played
basketball while we went to the playground to play
tag," said Yeoman 2nd Class Luc-Rikardo Fils, from
Fort Myers, Florida. "It was like being transported
back in time. We all got to feel like we were kids
At the end of the visit, the
students and Sailors took pictures together and
exchanged the paintings they had created earlier in
the day. The Sailors said their goodbyes and headed
back to the ship.
sad to leave at the end," said Fils. "Being in port
is fun. Going out and seeing the country is amazing,
but getting to meet the people is one of the
greatest investments of our time. It's incredibly
rewarding as well."
Providing a ready force supporting security and
stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific, John C. Stennis
is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a
regularly scheduled 7th Fleet deployment.
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NNS160427-07. Region EURAFSWA to
Transition Overseas US Local Hires to USAJobs
Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Luke
Meineke, Commander, Navy Region Europe, Africa,
Southwest Asia Public Affairs
NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- Beginning May 1, Navy Region
Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia (EURAFSWA) is
scheduled to implement the Department of the Navy
new hiring process for DON overseas civilian
To affect continuity and clarity,
the DON is moving all U.S. local hire recruitment
work to the Office of Civilian Human Resources
operations centers responsible for servicing
overseas Navy and Marine Corps applicants -- OCHR
San Diego and OCHR Stennis.
Instead of requiring applicants to search for and
submit applications to their command's Human
Resource Office (HRO), the new process will go
through one automated source.
main change is that everything will be done online
through USAJobs," Navy Region EURAFSWA Human
Resource Specialist Antonella Guercia explained. "We
in HR will no longer be accepting or processing
local hire resumes. And, all available jobs will be
posted on USAJobs. This change will make everything
easier, because it's all done on one site, and the
process will be uniform throughout the DON."
site is very intuitive and comprehensive," added
Ester Iachetti, the Naval Support Activity Naples
head, Staffing and Employment Division HRO. "After
creating an account, you can store your resume,
tailor your search to a particular field or region;
you can set up alerts for job openings, and apply
for jobs through the site."
applicants need is a valid email address to create a
USAJobs account. USAJobs can be accessed at
https://don.usajobs.gov. Follow the instructions
under the "Create an Account" tab. USAJobs also has
a resource center that provides additional
information to help applicants utilize the site.
HRO members said though their responsibilities have
shifted, they are always available to answer
questions and help applicants. Also, members are
encouraged to submit any additional questions on
applying for overseas DON civilian positions to the
Employment Information Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Region EURAFSWA provides efficient and effective
shore support to the U.S. and allied forces in the
across the region. EURAFSWA continually provides
effective and efficient shore capability to sustain
the fleet, enable the Forward Deployed Naval Forces,
and support families.
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Africa, Southwest Asia, visit
NNS020426-03. This Day in Naval
History - April 27
Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication
and Outreach Division
With naval bombardment from USS Nautilus, USS
Hornet, and USS Argus, Lt. Presley OBannon leads his
Marines to attack Derne, Tripoli, and raises the
first U.S. flag over foreign soil. The Battle of
Derna was the Marines' first battle on foreign soil,
and is notably recalled in the first verse of the
A U.S. naval squadron under the command of Commodore
Isaac Chauncey supports an attack on York (now
Toronto), Canada, of nearly 1,800 troops under Gen.
Zebulon Pike during the War of 1812.
USS Bluegill (SS 242) torpedoes the Japanese light
cruiser Yubari west of Sonsorol Island, while USS
Halibut (SS 232) sinks Japanese minelayer off
During the Korean War, USS Samuel N. Moore (DD 747)
conducts counter-battery fire against enemy shore
batteries off Kosong, Korea. The enemy guns are
silenced. Also on this date, USS Waxbill (AMS) is
damaged by enemy shore battery off Wonsan, Korea.
USS Daniel Webster (SSBN 626) is launched at Groton,
Conn. Commissioned a year later, she serves until
decommissioned in August 1990.
NNS160428-01. Upgrade to Navy COOL Mobile App
Includes Advancement BIBs
Barker, Naval Education and Training Professional
Development Center Public Affairs
PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- The Navy Credentialing
Opportunities Online (COOL) app for mobile devices
received a significant upgrade April 28 with the
addition of advancement exam bibliographies (BIBs).
Added to the Navy COOL website
last month, BIBs on COOL allows Sailors, including
the Reserve forces, who are preparing for
advancement examinations to access their references
without the need for a Common Access Card (CAC). The
direct links to the Navy COOL website BIBs enhance
the functionality of the COOL app for mobile
"Adding the BIBS to the Navy COOL CAC-free website
was a major win for the Sailor," said Master Chief
Electronics Technician - Nuclear Power (SS) James
Berhalter, command master chief for the Naval
Education and Training Professional Development
Center (NETPDC). "Adding that same tool to the Navy
COOL app makes it even more convenient, with the
ability for active-duty and Reserve Sailors to
prepare for advancement exams virtually anywhere."
According to Keith Boring, Navy COOL program
manager, adding the BIBs to the app is a major
accomplishment, but is just one of the upgrades.
of the documents in the app have been compressed,
making downloading it easier," said Boring. "We've
also added supporting files for the Learning and
Development Roadmaps, Rating Information Cards and
Joint Service Transcript files. App users should see
noticeable improvements after downloading the
Navy COOL app is a bring-your-own device tool
designed to work on personal devices outside of the
Users can download the Navy COOL
app from the Apple store and Google Play Store at no
To find the free Navy COOL app,
search "Navy COOL" in app stores or in your web
browser. To update the existing Navy COOL app on
your mobile device (if you haven't received a
notification), check the page in the device store
and there will be an upgrade option -- choose
'upgrade' and download.
Navy COOL office is located at the Center for
Information Dominance at Naval Air Station Pensacola
Corry Station. CID is the Navy's learning center
that delivers information warfare professionals to
the Navy and joint services, enabling optimal
performance of information warfare across the full
spectrum of military operations.
NETPDC, located on board NAS Pensacola Saufley
Field, provides products and services that enable
and enhance education, training, career development,
and personnel advancement throughout the Navy.
Primary elements of the command include the
Voluntary Education Department, the Navy Advancement
Center and the Resources Management Department.
the latest information on Navy enlisted advancement
by visiting the Navy Advancement Center on Facebook:
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Training Professional Development Center can be
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Professional Development And Technology Center,
NNS160428-02. Navy Calls for
All-Hands Participation in National Take Back Day
Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs
MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- Misuse and abuse of
prescription drugs is a serious health threat, and a
threat to Fleet readiness. The U.S. Navy is
participating in the Drug Enforcement
Administration's National Prescription Drug
Take-Back Day on April 30.
event offers Navy personnel and their families a
safe venue to turn in expired, unused and unwanted
prescription drugs to a local drop-off site
anonymously and free of charge.
Through Take-Back Days, Navy personnel can take a
proactive role in preventing the misuse and abuse of
prescription medications fall into the wrong hands,
they have serious health and career consequences,"
said LaNorfeia Parker, deputy director of the Navy
Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Office. "Take-Back
Day should be an all-hands event, where we each have
the chance to protect our Sailors and their
Sailors can find information about whether their
military treatment facilities (MTFs) are
participating by contacting the hospitals directly.
While participation at MTFs is encouraged, Sailors
and their family members can also drop off unused or
expired medications at participating sites in their
local communities. Collection sites in local
communities can be found by visiting the DEA's
Office of Diversion Control and searching for local
law enforcement, military security, and MTF staff
can support this DEA initiative by hosting a
Take-Back program on base or in their local
To identify the appropriate DEA
point of contact to help you host a Take-Back day in
your area, visit
In addition to this event, the
Prescription for Discharge website provides tips for
all Navy personnel on the safe and proper use of
prescription drugs, as well as offers materials for
distribution and display at Navy medical clinics,
pharmacies, waiting rooms, barracks, etc. The
website also provides resources for Navy leadership,
medical personnel, and drug abuse prevention
personnel to present at safety stand downs,
briefings, or community health fairs.
Sailors can also watch and share videos from the
Prescription for Discharge campaign on YouTube. The
Prescription for Discharge training video details
the warning signs and facts about prescription drug
misuse in the Navy. The Public Service Announcement
"Flooding the Brain" describes how prescription drug
misuse and abuse overwhelms normal brain chemical
levels, while "Toxic Agents" explains the dangers of
chemical build up and overload caused by
prescription drug misuse and abuse.
"Please take part in this important event to help
rid our Navy communities of unused or expired
medications before they get into the wrong hands,"
said Parker. "And encourage your shipmates to do the
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NNS160428-08. USS Toledo Returns
from 7-Month Deployment
Chief Mass Communication Specialist Steve Owsley,
Naval Submarine Support Center, New London Public
GROTON, Conn. (NNS) -- Los Angeles-class fast-attack
submarine USS Toledo (SSN 769) returned to Naval
Submarine Base New London following a regularly
scheduled deployment, April 25.
the command of Toledo, Ohio, native Cmdr. Michael
Majewski, Toledo and crew returned from a deployment
to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility
where they executed the chief of naval operations'
maritime strategy in supporting national security
interests and maritime security operations.
crew performed amazingly well," said Majewski. "When
we found out that we were extended on deployment,
everyone took it in stride and rose to the
challenge, because everyone on the crew knows how
important the mission is."
on deployment Toledo steamed approximately 31,000
nautical miles, equal to nearly 1 1/2 trips around
the world at the equator or just over six round
trips from New London, Connecticut, to San Diego.
Toledo conducted port visits in Manama, Bahrain;
Rota, Spain; Toulon, France; Jebel Ali, United Arab
Emirates; Duqm, Oman; and Souda Bay, Greece.
Toledo and her crew, loved ones attending the
homecoming also traveled great distances -- some as
far away as Washington, Oregon and California.
long-standing naval tradition, the first Sailors to
meet their families were two new fathers who held
their children for the first time.
Smith gave the first kiss to her husband,
Electrician's Mate 2nd Class James Smith.
Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Clint Van De Water's
family made the most of the first hug. Van De
Water's wife, Melissa, watched as the family's four
children, ranging in age from ages 3-10, embraced
their father in a group hug. Melissa said it was an
missed him so much over the past seven months," she
said, "This is our second deployment and a perfect
ending to his 4 1/2 years on Toledo."
Fast-attack submarines are multi-mission platforms
enabling five of the six Navy maritime strategy core
capabilities -- sea control, power projection,
forward presence, maritime security, and deterrence.
The submarine is designed to
excel in anti-submarine warfare, anti-ship warfare,
strike warfare, special operations, intelligence,
surveillance and reconnaissance, irregular warfare
and mine warfare -- from open ocean anti-submarine
warfare and intelligence, surveillance and
reconnaissance, to projecting power ashore with
special operation forces and Tomahawk cruise
missiles in the prevention of or preparation for
Commissioned Feb. 24, 1995, Toledo is the 81st Los
Angeles-class fast-attack submarine and the second
Navy ship named for the city of Toledo. It is 377
feet long with a beam of 34 feet and a crew of
approximately 132, consisting of 15 officers and 117
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NNS160428-03. NETPDTC Changes
Name to Naval Education and Training Professional
Barker, Naval Education and Training Professional
Development Center Public Affairs
PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- Capt. Lee Newton,
commanding officer of the Naval Education and
Training Professional Development and Technology
Center (NETPDTC), announced April 28 the command
will drop the 'technology' term from its name and
become the Naval Education and Training Professional
Development Center (NETPDC).
name change follows a reorganization of the command
last year by its headquarters, Naval Education and
Training Command (NETC).
re-organization realigned the NETPDC technology
component under the NETC N6 Information Technology
department and the visual information component
under the NETC N7 Fleet Integration, Learning and
Development department. Also under the realignment,
Navy Voluntary Education was transferred under the
management of NETPDC.
changed our name to better reflect our new
composition and mission," said Newton. "Our name may
have changed, but our customers can expect the same
exceptional service from our team of dedicated
professionals here at NETPDC."
NETPDC, located at Saufley Field in Pensacola,
provides products and services that enable and
enhance education, training, career development, and
personnel advancement throughout the Navy. Primary
elements of the command include the Voluntary
Education Department, the Navy Advancement Center
and the Resources Management Department.
the latest information on Navy enlisted advancement
by visiting the Navy Advancement Center on Facebook:
Additional information about the Naval Education and
Training Professional Development Center can be
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Education And Training Professional Development And
Technology Center, visit
NNS160428-19. US Cyber Commander
Speaks at U.S. Naval Academy on Future of Cyber
Mass Communication Seaman Brianna Jones, U.S. Naval
Academy Public Affairs
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (NNS) -- Adm. Michael S. Rogers,
commander, U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM), spoke at
the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, April 26, as
part of the Cyber Lecture Series.
addressed more than 600 midshipmen about the
critical role cyber operations will play throughout
their naval careers.
everyone is going to be a hardcore cyber
professional, but I believe increasingly that in the
world we live in, there is a fundamental level of
knowledge that we all must have of cyber
operations," said Rogers. "[Cyber] is that
pervasive, it's that foundational."
Rogers, an Auburn University graduate, received his
commission in the Naval Reserve Officers Training
Corps. Originally a surface warfare officer, he was
later selected for redesignation to cryptology, now
emphasized that cyber operations, at its core, is a
mission set that is powered by men and women - that
USCYBERCOM's greatest edge is not its technology but
the intellectual power of the highly skilled and
trained people who make up the cyber community.
Rogers underscored the critical
role of leadership in cyberspace, posing "... how do
you train commanders at the unit level and above to
understand both the implications of cyber threats to
their ability to execute their mission as well as
how do you apply cyber capability?"
future success of the U.S. military's cyber
operations relies on recruiting well-trained, adept
individuals to stay on the cutting edge of this ever
evolving field, said Rogers.
midshipmen in the Class of 2016 will be the first to
graduate from USNA with degrees in cyber operations.
Rogers reminded these midshipmen that because their
field is still in the development stage, they will
be shaping the future for USCYBERCOM.
cyber operations officers, you will be building the
future for the nation and our entire workforce," he
said. "You will be creating something new every day
and developing a skill set that no one has ever seen
According to Rogers, most people spend their naval
career in fields that have been fully developed by
the hard work of men and women who came before them.
But for those who work in the cyber operations
field, they are trailblazing a new path and molding
the future for the Navy and the nation.
midshipmen at USNA are at the forefront of this
developing field," said Rogers. "They are the future
of the Navy and will be the minds developing new
technologies for the fleet that will keep our nation
and our citizens safe."
immediately recognized the critical role that cyber
operations would serve in support of DoD missions,
and has led the way with a series of projects,
including the development of the new cyber
operations major, adding required cyber classes to
the overall curriculum for all midshipmen and,
ultimately, the construction of the academy's Center
for Cyber Security Studies, scheduled to begin later
The building will be a multistory
academic mission facility including classrooms,
teaching and research laboratories, lecture halls,
offices, multipurpose space, an observatory, loading
dock, and research and testing tank in support of
the engineering and weapons labs. This facility will
allow midshipmen to develop cutting-edge skills
cyber skills and knowledge before joining the fleet.
For more news from U.S. Naval
Academy, visit http://www.navy.mil/local/usna/.
NNS160428-18. Medical Laboratory
Professionals Recognized at Naval Hospital Bremerton
By Douglas H. Stutz, Naval
Hospital Bremerton Public Affairs
BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) -- What better date to hold
the quarterly Armed Services Blood Program military
blood drive than on the start of National Medical
Laboratory Professionals week?
Laboratory Department staff members assigned to
Naval Hospital Bremerton are being recognized
throughout April 24-30 for their numerous
behind-the-scenes contributions to the overall
mission of NHB of providing the highest quality of
patient and family centered care.
good to take the time to come together and celebrate
a tradition like this because we don't always take
the time, especially for behind-the-scenes work that
is done. You are appreciated here for what you do.
Thank you all for what you do," said Capt. Kimberly
Zuzelski, NHB executive officer.
enlisted personnel, 12 civilians, one lab officer,
and two pathologists assigned to NHB's Laboratory,
including several at Madigan Army Medical Center
with the (Armed Services) Blood Bank Donation
Center, and at Branch Health Clinic Everett, handle
approximately 3,236 lab studies daily.
"Approximately 70 percent of medical decisions made
in patient care can be attributed directly to the
results from what we do," said Lt. Michael Messick,
NHB Laboratory officer and Ft. Wayne, Indiana,
Messick cites that 'Lab Week' is
significant because it's an entire showcase their
profession and capabilities.
includes all the professionals that comprise the lab
staff - admin support, phlebotomists, medical
technicians, medical technologists,
cytotechnologists, histology technicians,
pathologists - and of course to have some fun,"
list of all the specific
jobs/duties/responsibilities handled by the Med Lab
technicians includes: collecting blood or body
fluids from patients; accessioning patient samples
to allow automated equipment and laboratory
information systems to analyze, interpret, and
result provider ordered testing; processing patient
samples to allow ordered tests to occur; performing
testing in chemistry, hematology, urinalysis,
coagulation, microbiology, immunohematology (blood
banking), serology, histology, and cytology;
collating and verifying testing results; certifying
the authenticity of results and release them to the
health care providers; conducting quality control
and quality assurance initiatives to ensure the
continued accuracy and precision of reported
results; and equipment maintenance in every area
According to Messick, National Medical Laboratory
Professionals week really helps make the laboratory
staff stand out.
have an awesome team that is dedicated to supporting
our clinicians and their care of our patients by
providing timely and accurate results to the
providers. We embody this year's slogan, 'Solving
Patient Cases One Test at a Time,'" said Messick.
Besides obtaining and receiving patient samples -
everything from blood to tissue - and processing
them, areas of specialty include: Phlebotomy, the
act or practice of opening a vein by incision or
puncture to remove blood as a therapeutic treatment;
Chemistry, the study of the chemical processes in
living organisms; Urinalysis, an examination of the
urine to determine the general health of the body
and, specifically, kidney function; Hematology, the
study of the nature, function, and diseases of the
blood and of blood-forming organs; Microbiology, the
branch of biology dealing with the structure,
function, uses, and modes of existence of
microscopic organisms; Serology, the science that
deals with the properties and reactions of serums,
especially blood serum); Histology, the branch of
biology dealing with the study of tissues; Cytology,
the study of the microscopic appearance of cells,
esp. for the diagnosis of abnormalities and
malignancies; Pathology, the science or the study of
the origin, nature, and clinical course of diseases;
and Blood Bank (management) of the packed red blood
cells and/or plasma which is typed, processed, and
stored for future use in transfusion.
Monday, the start of the traditional work week, the
Armed Services Blood Bank collected 35 units of
The NHB Laboratory has been
intricately involved with the Armed Services Blood
Bank Center - Pacific Northwest since being the host
site for the center in 1993 after being originally
located in Fort Ord, California, before the U.S.
Army base closed.
Compiled statistical evidence shows that
approximately one patient out of seven who enter a
hospital like NHB will need blood. That's
stateside-relevant data, completely separate to
Afghanistan, where NHB still has staff members
than 150,000 units of blood have been transfused on
the battlefield in the last 12 years. Along with
battlefield needs, blood and blood products are
needed to support all active duty, retirees and
military families, from cancer patients to surgical
patients. Forty or more units of blood may be needed
for a single trauma victim.
pint (or unit) of blood can save up to three lives,
and that unit can be separated into several
components: red blood cells, plasma, platelets and
cryoprecipitate. The red blood cells carry oxygen to
the body's organs and tissues. Plasma is a mixture
of water, protein and salts, and makes up 55 percent
of actual blood volume. Platelets promote blood
clotting and give those with leukemia and forms of
cancer the chance to live. Cryoprecipitate is
collected from plasma that has been frozen, then
thawed, and acts as a coagulation agent.
is never any real down time in the laboratory.
Laboratory personnel continually work around the
clock to support the Urgent Care Clinic and all
inpatient clinics and departments. The Lab is open
to beneficiaries for specimen drop-off around the
clock and for outpatient specimen collection Monday
through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on
Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Laboratory has also been fully accredited by the
College of American Pathologists (CAP), American
Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) and American
Association of Blood Banks (AABB). It is also
licensed and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
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NNS160428-15. Navy Region Center
Singapore Welcomes USS John C Stennis Carrier Strike
Marc Ayalin, Commander, Task Force 73 Public
Affairs, Navy Region Center Singapore
SINGAPORE (NNS) -- Navy Region Center Singapore
welcomed USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Carrier Strike
Group Sailors during a port visit in Sembawang,
Singapore, April 19-23.
part of their regularly scheduled 7th Fleet
deployment, strike group Sailors took advantage of
the various services and facilities Navy Region
Center Singapore offers.
installation leadership, this was a chance to
support the fleet during a period of rest and
major part of our mission is taking care of the
fleet," said Capt. Scott Murdock, NRCS commanding
officer. "So when the strike group arrives in
Singapore, we pull out all the stops to ensure they
have a five-star experience."
port visits from U.S. Navy vessels, NRCS's
supporting departments and tenant commands such as
the Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics
Center Yokosuka, Site Singapore, Fleet and Family
Readiness, Morale, Welfare and Recreation, the Navy
Exchange (NEX), and Navy Federal Credit Union, often
extend efforts to support the fleet.
terms of preparation, the FLC logistics team
coordinates with supply officers aboard ships prior
to their arrival in order to provide quality
logistics services such as provisions, fuel, postal
services, and pierside support.
planning process for an incoming ship is very time
consuming and must be coordinated with extreme
attention to detail," said Lt. Cmdr. Ronald K.
Terry, FLC site director. "If something is missed
during the planning phases it could affect the
the strike group's visit the extent and volume of
support provided by FLC included 350 pallets of
provisions, 2,000 pieces/124 Pallets of Cargo, and
1,871 pieces/232 pallets of official mail. This
scope of support presents challenges, but through
effective communication among fleet organizations
and between FLC departments, most obstacles are
of the challenges encountered included access
requests for contractors, vendors, [and]
transportation, but with the strike group's advanced
party presence prior to their arrival, these
challenges were ironed out," Terry said.
activities were in full swing as the Sailors took
advantage of the region's sports facilities and
Terror Club, as well as other services such as
participating in local tours, shopping at the Navy
Exchange and utilizing Navy Federal Credit Union
off-duty enjoyment, 2,124 Sailors from across all
ships signed up for local tours to such places as
Universal Studios, Singapore Night Safari, Singapore
wildlife tours and more. By the end of the five-day
period, Terror Club profits topped over $80,000.
However, the visit was about more than just profits
for the installation; for strike group Sailors, it
was about having familiar surroundings to rest and
"It feels really good to have a
piece of home when you're so far away for so long,"
said Interior Communications Electrician 3rd Class
Melinda Carlson. "It's really nice and makes you
realize how blessed you are."
Another Sailor seemed more than happy to rest his
just happy to be on land and be off the water for a
bit, but I really look forward to playing football
and maybe go swimming," said Aviation Ordnanceman
Airman Michael Forte.
highlight of the visit was providing strike group
Sailors access to newly renovated sports facilities.
Sailors reserved the baseball field and scheduled
softball matches playing against different
departments from among the ships. For personnel
assigned to the region, getting a chance for some
friendly basketball tournaments against Sailors from
the strike group was a welcome opportunity.
thought all the Sailors from each ship had a great
time and it was a great opportunity to get to know
and play against them and also showcase the
Singapore Sailors' basketball skills," said Chief
Logistics Specialist Jonathan Magsanoc, FLC
operations leading chief petty officer. "Above all,
I think with the help of MWR, we showed them how to
be a great host of such events."
group Sailors also found some quiet time at the
region's Cafe Lah Community Center, a shop featuring
espresso coffees, sandwiches and free Wi-Fi. There,
Sailors enjoyed free movies and comfortable seating
in a place to unwind.
from Cafe Lah and along the Headquarters' building
walkway, local souvenir shops and a barbershop saw
much foot traffic. The Navy Exchange seemed to get
the most customers over the five-day visit garnering
approximately $307,187 in revenue.
NEX Singapore Branch Exchange Manager Shelly
Albright, her team's efforts were all about
servicing the fleet.
was great to be able to provide direct support to
the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group because
being able to provide quality goods and premier
customer service is what our mission is all about,"
Albright said. "The staff at NEX Singapore had a
fantastic time doing what they do best, which is
helping support the Navy and its quality of life
John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group Sailors
continue their scheduled 7th Fleet deployment, the
Navy Region Center Singapore team continues to
prepare and reset for the next big visit.
extremely proud of the entire team, but I am not
surprised. This is what they do on a daily basis. We
are small but mighty," Murdock added.
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NNS160428-14. Navy Region
Singapore Observes Denim Day 2016
Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Madailein
Abbott, Commander, Task Force 73 Public Affairs
SINGAPORE (NNS) -- Sailors and Navy Civilian
personnel based in Singapore observed Denim Day
April 27 to stand with past and current victims of
The Denim Day observance was part
of a host of activities planned throughout Navy
Region Singapore for Sexual Assault Awareness and
observance included a gathering to commemorate the
significance of the day and included a ceremonial
group photo of participants in denim attire.
has truly been a month of awareness here in Navy
Region Singapore," said Lt. Russ Ferguson, command
chaplain. "We've done more than the recognition at
the beginning of the month and the traditional cake
cutting. We've had an event to recognize sexual
assault prevention just about every week and it
really shows with the participation we have for
Day began in 1992 after an 18-year-old girl in Italy
was sexually assaulted by her driving instructor.
The man was later convicted and sentenced to prison.
In 1999, he appealed the sentence and the case went
to the Italian Supreme Court where the conviction
was overturned based on the argument that the victim
was wearing tight jeans that led to the assault.
Enraged by the verdict, women in Parliament came to
work the next day wearing jeans in support of the
"The event was originally
organized more than 20 years ago to stand with the
sole victim of that particular incident," said Ann
Wilson, regional Sexual Assault Response Coordinator
for Navy Region Center Singapore. "Through the years
it's developed into standing with all victims of
sexual assault to let
people know they are not alone or forgotten."
first Denim Day in the U.S. was held in Los Angeles
in 1999; since then it has been observed by a
variety of businesses, schools, and government
agencies around the world.
fun way to address a serious issue," said Wilson.
"Everyone is a bit more relaxed and can interact
with the people in their community to help break
down barriers around this important message. We hope
that everybody will participate if they're able to."
Eliminating sexual assault requires everyone to be a
steadfast participant in creating an appropriate
environment and upholding the Navy's core values.
"The Navy expects us to foster a
culture of respect and events like this are part of
how we embrace this culture," said Ferguson. "Denim
Day was a great success here in Singapore and across
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Task Force 73, visit http://www.navy.mil/local/ctf73
NNS160428-11. NMCB 5 Completes
Airfield Damage Repair During FTX
Utilitiesman 3rd Class Stephen Sisler, Naval Mobile
Construction Battalion 5 Public Affairs
HUNTER LIGGETT, Calif. (NNS) -- Naval Mobile
Construction Battalion 5 Sailors completed the
Airfield Damage Repair portion of their Field
Training Exercise (FTX) April 21.
event tested the battalion's ability to repair
runways and other airfield facilities following a
simulated attack by an enemy force. A 12-hour
stand-alone project during previous FTXs, this ADR
exercise spanned three days and involved a majority
of the battalion.
The Seabees combed an
expeditionary runway to assess the damage from a
simulated rocket attack, and working together with
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 3,
identified and allowed EOD to properly dispose of
unexploded ordnance while Sailors assigned to Naval
Construction Group 1 evaluated their proficiency.
"Working with EOD brought a lot
more realism to the training and just added
authenticity to the situation," said Equipment
Operator 3rd Class Patrick Heng.
assessing damage and EODMU 3 Sailors removed
unexploded ordnance, NMCB 5's ADR team worked within
a timeline of eight hours to fill and compact
various craters created by the simulated attack,
install bolted fiberglass panels, and place concrete
is probably the first battalion that has done as
much training has they have done this homeport prior
to coming out here so [NMCB 5] was very well
prepared coming out here," said Builder 1st Class
Richard Turgeon, NCG 1 lead ADR instructor. "Each
day they knocked about an hour off their time. Even
the last day when we threw a night scenario with
more damage they still repaired it just over five
the repair exercise, the ADR team also built a
concrete vertical takeoff or landing (VTOL) pad and
a 10,000-gallon fuel storage bladder for refueling
"ADR is a valuable tool in our
arsenal that will prepare us to react to ongoing
events in the world, and deal with challenges that
the enemy may throw at us." said Heng.
exercise marked a renewed focus on ADR for the
Seabees, although it is not new. Seabees have
constructed and repaired airfields throughout their
history, beginning in World War II. Implementing ADR
in the FTX ensures the skills needed to repair
damaged airfields remains a core competency of
deployed Seabee units.
ADR mission is a battalion level responsibility, and
NMCB 5 was successful in bringing the entire NMCB's
resources to bear to accomplish that mission," said
Lt. Eric Truemper, NCG 1 training exercise officer.
The FTX prepares and tests the
battalion's ability to enter hostile locations,
build assigned construction projects and defend
against enemy attacks using realistic scenarios in a
controlled environment. The exercise is the last
qualification for NMCB 5 prior to receiving
certification to deploy.
prepares Pacific Fleet Naval Construction Force
units to conduct deliberate construction in support
of Combatant Commanders, Numbered Fleet Commanders,
Marine Air-Ground Task Forces, and other warfighter
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NNS160428-10. Naval Supply
Systems Command Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Debbie Dortch, Naval Supply Systems Command
MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (NNS) -- More than 2,000 Naval
Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) employees from
around the world attended a town hall celebration in
person or via video teleconference April 26 to
celebrate NAVSUP's 50th Anniversary.
celebration was hosted by NAVSUP Headquarters and
featured previous NAVSUP commanders as guest
speakers. Current NAVSUP Commander Rear Adm.
Jonathan A. Yuen was keynote speaker. NAVSUP's Vice
Commander John C. Goodhart served as master of
continuing thread for NAVSUP is our people; we're
not just a team but a family," said retired Rear
Adm. Edward K. Walker Jr., commander NAVSUP
1984-1988 and 35th Chief of Supply Corps.
look back upon my time as the commander NAVSUP with
a great deal of fondness and pride," said retired
Rear Adm. Keith Lippert, commander NAVSUP 1999-2001
and 41st chief of Supply Corps. "I thoroughly
enjoyed working with a very professional workforce.
We are blessed as a nation to have such a talented
and dedicated workforce at NAVSUP to deal with
challenges. I am very confident the future of NAVSUP
will continue to be very challenging and very
"As I reflect on my time as the
NAVSUP commander, I continue to be impressed by the
NAVSUP Team's ability to balance and contribute to
the success in two major challenges facing our Navy
at that time - the continued war effort in the
Middle East and the increased focus on operating our
naval forces as business and warfighting
enterprises," said retired Rear Adm. Daniel H.
Stone, commander NAVSUP 2004-2007 and 43rd chief of
Supply Corps. "The professionalism and technical
competency of the NAVSUP organization, both at
headquarters and in the field, enabled the fleet to
operate successfully in combat operations around the
clock and around the world. The names have changed
over the years, but the results have not. Warfighter
trust never wavered."
most important memory is the relevance of NAVSUP and
the good work that this great team did. We were
aligned with everyone and they were aligned with us.
Our partnerships generated seats at the table for
NAVSUP and NAVSUP's accomplishments were celebrated
everywhere," said retired Rear Adm. Mark Heinrich,
Commander NAVSUP 2011-2013 and 46th chief of Supply
Corps. "I am confident you will continue to adapt
and face the challenges that are brought before you
and succeed in supporting the needs of the
warfighter, and improving the quality of life for
our Sailors and their families."
1966, NAVSUP has reorganized and realigned many
times to meet the demands of our Navy, sometimes
gaining functions, passing on functions, or
consolidating functions. As the Navy moved through
the Cold War and Vietnam, through Desert Storm, as
we sent our brothers and sisters to Iraq and
Afghanistan, the Navy has become stronger and NAVSUP
has proactively supported. Through it all -- while
other commands were swallowed up in big government
-- NAVSUP and the Navy Supply Community has stood
independent and relevant," Yuen said.
"NAVSUP is independent because we cannot be absorbed
-- we protect and control the Navy's logistics and
supply chain -- with direction. We are the
warfighters who send our Sailors and Marines out to
fight and bring them home. We are relevant because
of our dedication to our people, our customers, and
our processes. We take care of our team and we
provide quality-of-life support to the warfighter.
That's a job that will never go away," Yuen said.
was established May 1, 1966, as a redesignation of
the Bureau of Supplies and Accounts (BUSANDA) to
support the Chief of Naval Material Command, a new
command that was created after a major Navy
Department organization earlier that year. Rear Adm.
Herschel Goldberg was the last chief, BUSANDA, and
the first commander NAVSUP. The Navy reorganization
also designated the commander NAVSUP as chief of
NAVSUP's mission is to provide supplies, services,
and quality-of-life support to the Navy and Joint
warfighter. We employ a diverse, worldwide workforce
of more than 22,500 military and civilian personnel.
We manage supply chains that provide material for
Navy aircraft, surface ships, submarines and their
associated weapons systems. We provide centralized
inventory management for Navy's non-nuclear ordnance
stockpile. We provide a wide range of base operating
and waterfront logistics support services,
coordinating material deliveries, contracting for
supplies and services, and providing material
management and warehousing services.
is responsible for many of the quality-of-life
programs that touch the lives of Sailors and their
families every day, including Navy Exchanges, Navy
Lodges, the Navy Personal Property Program, and the
Navy Postal System. We administer the Navy Food
Service Program, with responsibility for the
policies and procedures that govern the day to day
operations of general messes afloat and ashore.
"NAVSUP is resilient and will continue to change to
meet the needs of our people, customers, and
nation," Yuen added. "It's because of our past that
we have such a strong presence today. It's because
of our presence that we look forward to a bright
NAVSUP's Headquarters is located in Mechanicsburg,
Pennsylvania, with 12 Echelon III and IV activities
located in Norfolk, Virginia; Jacksonville, Florida;
Puget Sound, Washington; San Diego, California;
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Yokosuka, Japan; Sigonella,
Italy; and Manamana, Bahrain.
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NNS160428-09. US Navy Transfers
Research Vessel to Philippine Navy
Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Travis
Litke, Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet Public Affairs
DIEGO (NNS) -- The U.S. Navy transferred ownership
of Research Vessel (R/V) Melville to the Philippine
Navy, during a ceremony April 27 at Naval Base San
ship was transferred under the U.S. Department of
Defense's excess defense articles program to help
augment the Republic of the Philippines
oceanographic research and study capabilities.
Melville, named for George Melville, an explorer and
rear admiral in the United States Navy, was launched
from La Jolla, California, in 1968. Since then, it
has served the Office of Naval Research, been
operated by Scripps Institute of Oceanography, and
also played a role in the 1976 film King Kong.
Melville will be received as the
Philippine Navy's first dedicated research vessel.
Philippines is and will remain a vital strategic
ally in the region for the foreseeable future, and I
am proud to play a part in that relationship," said
Vice Adm. Nora Tyson, commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet.
"Today, we not only transfer a platform that will
enhance the Philippines' environmental research and
law enforcement capabilities but will also
contribute to the security and stability of the
the signing of handover paperwork between Tyson and
the Honorable Leo Herrera-Lim, Consul General of the
Philippines in Los Angeles, the vessel transferred
ownership to the Philippine Navy.
transfer of the vessel Melville to the Philippines
today signifies the shared commitment of the
Philippines in terms of furthering scientific
research in our part of the world but also our
shared values of advancing security of our common
people in terms of the future ahead of us," said
ship's new sponsor, Fidelis Herrera-Lim, wife of the
Honorable Leo Herrera-Lim, smashed a bottle of wine
against the hull, officially christening the vessel
BRP Gregorio Velasquez (AGR 702), named after
Gregorio Velasquez, a renowned leader in the
Philippine scientific community.
christened, official orders were read, the
commissioning pennant was hoisted, watches were set,
and the vessel was officially placed in commission.
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NNS160428-07. Navy Leader Passes
Away, Leaves Legacy in Surface Warfare Community
Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Charlotte
Oliver, Defense Media Activity
MEADE, Md. (NNS) -- Retired Vice Adm. Henry C.
Mustin passed away April 11 from congestive heart
failure at age 82. The U.S. Naval Academy in
Annapolis, Maryland, will hold funeral services at
the Academy Chapel to honor Mustin and his 34-year
service to the Navy.
fifth generation naval officer, Mustin commissioned
as an ensign from the Naval Academy June 3, 1955.
"From as far back as the 1800s,
the Mustin family name has been synonymous with a
legacy of service in our Navy," said Chief of Naval
Operations Adm. John Richardson.
Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS
Mustin (DDG 89) is named for the Mustin family.
Vietnam veteran served with the Delta River Patrol
Group as flag lieutenant to the commander-in-chief
Pacific and later as a destroyerman serving at sea
both in the Pacific and Atlantic Fleets.
forward-leaning approach to warfighting was
instrumental in the development of numerous
shipboard and weapons technologies," Richardson
said. "Vice Adm. Mustin took strong hold of the
naval legacy passed to him by both his father and
grandfather, cementing into history a continued
family drive for ingenuity and service to country."
of those naval developments and fleet introductions
include the Tomahawk cruise missile, Standard
missile (SM-2), LAMPS helicopters and the
Ticonderoga-class Aegis guided-missile cruisers. He
was also instrumental in the initial requirements
for Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers.
directed all U.S. Navy arms control planning,
including negotiations with the Soviet Union and led
high level U.S. interagency delegations to Moscow;
London; Paris; Lisbon, Portugal; Oslo, Norway; and
Seoul, Republic of Korea. He also served as the
senior U.S. military representative to the United
thoughts and prayers are with his wife Lucy, the
entire Mustin family and the countless shipmates
that mourn his loss," Richardson said. "He will be
retired from the Navy in 1989. His decorations
include two Distinguished Service Medals, three
Legions of Merit, three Bronze Stars with Combat
"V," Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with Gold
Star and Combat "V," Joint Service Commendation
Medal, Navy Commendation Medal With Combat "V," Navy
Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon,
Presidential Unit Citation, two Navy Unit
Commendations, three Meritorious Unit Commendations,
many campaign and service medals, and numerous
foreign decorations and awards, including the
Vietnamese Medal of Honor and Gallantry Cross with
NNS160428-06. Navy Announces FY17
JAG Corps In-Service Procurement Program
Navy Judge Advocate General Corps Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy is seeking Sailors for
the fiscal year 2017 JAG Corps In-Service
Procurement Program (IPP) and announced the deadline
for package submission is Dec. 2.
JAG Corps IPP is open to qualified and
career-motivated enlisted personnel of all ratings.
Candidates selected for the JAG Corps IPP have the
opportunity to complete a Juris Doctor degree in
preparation for commission as a JAG Corps officer.
JAG Corps IPP provides both funded and unfunded
paths to JAG Corps commissions. Sailors who have
earned a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts may
apply for funded legal education; Sailors who have
already earned a Juris Doctor degree from an
American Bar Association accredited law school and a
bar license from any state may apply for direct
"Each year more and more Sailors
take advantage of this great opportunity," said Lt.
Cmdr. Holly Didawick, acting JAG accessions detailer
at Navy Personnel Command. "The 2017 board will be
the fourth one held and the number of applicants
from all rates increases each year. The IPP is meant
to expand the pool of applicants from which we
recruit and adds key enlisted fleet experience to
our JAG Corps as a whole."
JAG Corps IPP is open to active-duty enlisted
personnel and Navy full-time support personnel in
any rating or military occupational specialty, in
pay grades E-5 through E-7 with at minimum of two
years and no more than 10 years of service.
Applicants must be at least 21 years old and under
the age of 42 by the time of commissioning.
Complete application procedures and education
requirements are provided in NAVADMIN 094/16 and can
be found in the "Careers" section of the JAG Corps
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NNS160428-04. Marine Corps
Logistics Base Albany Hosts Solar Groundbreaking
Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for
Energy, Installations and Environment
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Department of the Navy and
Georgia Power, a Southern Company subsidiary, broke
ground April 28 on a large-scale solar facility at
Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) Albany in
Expected to be one of the largest
solar facilities in the state, the facility will
have a production capacity of up to 44 megawatts
(MW) of direct current power (31 MW alternating
current). The facility will cover 150 acres of land
with 138,000 solar panels, which will be able to
power the equivalent of up to 5,000 homes.
Georgia Power will build, own, operate and maintain
the solar facility at MCLB Albany, which will
generate electricity for its electric grid. The
utility company anticipates the solar facility to be
online and producing power within a year.
Notable groundbreaking ceremony presenters and
attendees included the Honorable Dennis V. McGinn,
assistant secretary of the Navy for Energy,
Installations & Environment; Lt. Gen. Michael G.
Dana, deputy commandant of the Marine Corps,
Installations and Logistics; Col. James C. Carroll
III, commanding officer, MCLB Albany; Kenneth E.
Coleman, senior vice president of Marketing, Georgia
Power; and Georgia Public Service Commissioner
Vice-Chair Lauren "Bubba" McDonald Jr.
project, our second collaboration with Georgia
Power, will help to enhance the energy security of
MCLB Albany," said McGinn. "It is these partnerships
that have yielded such high value for the Department
of the Navy, our installations and the surrounding
communities. As we begin to tighten our focus on
energy resiliency, these projects will be the
foundation of energy security on our bases."
project will generate solar energy as part of a
diverse generation mix, while providing security for
the base and a positive economic impact in the local
community," said Coleman. "The projects we are
developing on our state's military bases are great
examples of renewable energy growth being driven by
collaboration and innovative partnerships."
Marine Corps is known for implementing our Energy
Ethos vision within our ranks. We know that making
efficient use of our energy resources is critical to
our mission readiness. This solar facility extends
that ethos to energy resiliency," said Dana. "We are
excited for this and other energy projects on base
aimed at making the installation more resilient."
MCLB Albany, we are fortunate to be collaborating
with this group of military and private entities,"
said Carroll. "We have all been working together
toward the same goal--to provide an unprecedented
capacity for continuity of operations furthering
Marine Corps and the Navy have been leaders in
energy innovation and deployment of renewable energy
on DON installations continues to strengthen the
DON's warfighting capabilities. The next step for
the DON will be exploring the next level of energy
technology advances such as battery storage,
electrification, fuel cells and microgrids to
further enhance the DON's energy security,
operational capability, strategic flexibility and
NNS020426-04. This Day in Naval History - April 28
Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication
and Outreach Division
A U.S. Marine Corps detachment from the patrol
gunboat Paducah serves ashore at Laguna, Honduras,
to protect Americans during a war between Honduras
The U.S. Navys Task Force 99, which consists of USS
Wasp, USS Tuscaloosa and USS Wichita, plus four
destroyers, sail from the Royal Navy base at Scapa
Flow, Orkney Islands, as part of the mixed
U.S.-British force Distaff, to provide cover for
Russian convoy at Iceland.
German torpedo boats attack U.S. Navy LST convoy in
Lyme Bay during Operation Tiger training for the
Normandy Invasion. USS LST 507 and USS LST 531 are
sunk at Portland Bill, England, and USS LST 289 is
damaged, with 198 Sailors dead or missing and 551
Army dead or missing from later reports.
Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox dies. He expanded
the Navy into a force capable of fighting in both
the Atlantic and the Pacific during the early years
of World War II.
USS Sennet (SS 408) sinks the Japanese cable layer
Hatsushima off Kii Strait, south southeast of Miki
Saki; USS Springer (SS 414) sinks the Japanese
submarine chaser CH 17 west of Kyushu as she is
escorting landing ship T.146, and USS Trepang (SS
412) sinks T.146 off Ose Saki, Japan.
NNS160429-24. Honoring the Toughness of a Forgotten
Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric
Lockwood, Naval History and Heritage Command,
Communication and Outreach Division
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- District leaders, military
officials and veterans, as well as representatives
from the Embassy of Canada honored a forgotten Medal
of Honor recipient at St. Elizabeths Hospital
Cemetery in Washington, D.C., April 29.
Captain-of-the-Hold Joseph Benjamin Noil received
the Medal of Honor for bravery in 1872 for actions
while serving in the Navy. According to his
citation, "Serving on board the USS Powhatan at
Norfolk, 26 December 1872, Noil saved Boatswain J.C.
Walton from drowning."
until today you wouldn't know that from his
tombstone. In fact, aside from his name, there is no
mention of his deed -- and even his name is spelled
wrong. Likely because of a clerical error on his
death certificate, the name on his headstone was
originally engraved as Noel.
Originally born in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, Canada,
Noil moved to America and enlisted in the Navy Oct.
7, 1864, in New York. He served his adopted country
until March 18, 1867, whereupon he got out, but he
reenlisted Dec. 18, 1871. It was during this
enlistment that he earned the medal.
Investigations carried out by Galyle Alvarez, Don
Morfe and Bart Armstrong of Medal of Honor
Historical Society of the United States helped
correct the 130-year-old oversight.
Alvarez and Armstrong referenced the Powhatan deck
log and found no mention of Noil's heroism, but the
day after Walton's rescue, Capt. Peirce Crosby,
commander of the Powhatan, acknowledged the bravery
in a memo that was published in a Jan. 11, 1873,
Army and Navy Journal. The memo states:
I have the honor to bring to the notice of the
Department the gallant conduct of Joseph B. Noil,
seaman, (negro,) one of the crew of this vessel. The
circumstances are as follows: On yesterday morning
the boatswain, I .C.[sic] Walton, fell overboard
from the forecastle, and was saved from drowning by
Joseph B. Noil, seaman, who was below on the berth
deck at the time of the accident, and hearing the
cry 'man overboard,' ran on deck, took the end of a
rope, went overboard, under the bow, and caught Mr.
Walton, who was then in the water, and held him
until he was hauled into the boat sent to his
rescue. The weather was bitter cold, and had been
sleeting, and it was blowing a gale from the
northwest at the time. Mr. Walton, when brought on
board, was almost insensible, and would have
perished but for the noble conduct of Noil, as he
was sinking at the time he was rescued."
passed away March 21, 1882, at St. Elizabeths.
Records indicated that a tombstone was ordered, but
due to a typo on his death certificate, the error
was later repeated on his headstone.
purpose of the ceremony was to replace the headstone
and to reflect on Noil's heroism. For one person in
attendance, the ceremony was personal.
believe a thread runs through every family, and if
we follow that thread it will explain where we come
from, and show us where we're able to go," said
Bernadette Maybelle Parks Ricks, Noil's great-great
granddaughter. "As someone said to me recently, they
didn't know he had a family. But now he has a
vibrant gang of descendants. We love you. We thank
you. And now you can rest in peace."
Speakers also included Chief of Navy Reserve Vice
Adm. Robin Braun and Canadian Defense Attache Rear
Adm. William Truelove, CMM.
say that the people of Liverpool are profoundly
honored to have one of their own bestowed with the
Medal of Honor of which, to date, there are only
3,514 recipients," said Truelove, also a Liverpool
native. "This is a special day for Canada. This is a
special day for the United States. This is a special
day for those that we recognize."
in particular was struck by the selfless regard Noil
displayed for his shipmate, a word she holds in
extremely high esteem.
shipmate is not simply someone who happens to serve
with you," Braun said. "He or she is someone who you
know that you can trust and count on to stand by you
in good times and bad and who will forever have your
"So, by [...] rededicating his
headstone, we are not only correcting a wrong, we
are highlighting and reinforcing the eternal bond
which exists between Shipmates-past, present, and
those yet to come. And, although I-or any of us-did
not know him, we are his Shipmates-and, 134 years
after he passed, we have his back."
Naval History and Heritage Command, located at the
Washington Navy Yard, is responsible for the
preservation, analysis, and dissemination of U.S.
naval history and heritage. It provides the
knowledge foundation for the Navy by maintaining
historically relevant resources and products that
reflect the Navy's unique and enduring contributions
through our nation's history, and supports the fleet
by assisting with and delivering professional
research, analysis, and interpretive services. NHHC
is composed of many activities including the Navy
Department Library, the Navy Operational Archives,
the Navy art and artifact collections, underwater
archeology, Navy histories, nine museums, USS
Constitution repair facility and the historic ship
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NNS160428-21. Navy Celebrates
2016 Asian American, Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy joins the nation in
celebrating the contributions of Asian Americans and
Pacific Islanders during Asian American and Pacific
Islander Heritage Month throughout May.
Navy encourages commands to embrace this year's
national theme "Walk Together, Embrace Differences,
This year's three imperatives
serve to promote equal representation and to remove
barriers in developing diverse leaders,
acknowledging the challenges that still exist today.
Today, there are 24,500 Asian
American and Pacific Islander Sailors serving in the
Navy, including eight admirals and 235 master chief
and senior chief petty officers. These Sailors
represent more than 56 ethnic groups, speaking over
100 languages from Asia and the Pacific Islands,
living in the United States.
American and Pacific Islanders of various
nationalities and ancestry have been serving in the
Navy since the early 19th century. The rich history
of these cultures, their struggles against adversity
to achieve equality, significant contributions to
the American experience, and the opportunity to
build the foundation for a bright future are made
reality by some great leaders who share the same
leaders serving in the Navy today, who are Asian
American and Pacific Islanders, are:
Harry B. Harris Jr., commander, U.S. Pacific
Command, was previously commander, U.S. Pacific
Fleet. Born in Japan and raised in Tennessee and
Florida, he became a P-3 Orion navigator after
graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1978.
Raquel C. Bono is the director of the Defense Health
Agency. She is a diplomat of the American Board of
Surgery. Of Filipino descent, her brother, Anatolio
B. Cruiz III, was also an admiral in the Navy until
he retired in 2013.
Adm. Peter A Gumataotao, a native of Guam, is the
deputy chief of staff, Strategic Plans and Policy,
NATO Supreme Allied Command Transformation in
Rear Adm. Jonathan A. Yuen is
commander, Naval Supply Systems Command and 47th
chief of Supply Corps. He is a member of the
Acquisition Professional Community.
Another Sailor of Asian American decent is Capt.
Sunita L. Williams, currently serving as an
astronaut for NASA. She served as the flight
engineer for the Expedition-14 crew and science
officer at the International Space Station in 2007.
In 2012, she served as a flight engineer on
Expedition-32 and then commander of Expedition-33.
Her seven space walks set records for women.
Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute
provides printable posters, presentations, guidance
for organizing observance, and educational facts on
their website, http://www.deomi.org/ under the
section "Special Observances."
more information about the history of Asian
Americans and Pacific Islanders and their numerous
contributions to the Navy, visit
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NNS160429-16. GHWB Completes
INSURV Phase II
Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Mario Coto, USS
George H.W. Bush Public Affairs
PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) -- Aircraft carrier USS George
H.W. Bush (CVN 77) completed the second phase of the
Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey, April 29.
Phase II is a five-day visit by the INSURV Assist
Team to help the ship's crew prepare for INSURV by
identifying discrepancies on the ship that aren't up
to Navy standards.
"I, and the rest of team, have
come on board to get to know the crew and engage
with as many of them as possible," said Clete
Strausbaugh, INSURV Assist Team Leader. "The purpose
of this team is to make sure CVN 77 has a successful
According to Strausbaugh, each inspected area
receives a score from the INSURV team.
"Damage control, combat systems, information
systems, engineering, auxiliary, electrical and
deck, to name a few," said Strausbaugh. "Out of
those 18 functional areas, you'll receive a score --
red, yellow, or green for each area. The best score
you'll want to get in your area is green."
itself is a five-day inspection of the ship's
overall material condition to verify it meets
official Navy standards and to ensure all systems
are functioning at the intended level.
"Congress established INSURV 130 years ago to
inspect our Navy ships and to report on their
readiness," said Lt. Cmdr. Chris Reedy, command
INSURV coordinator. "It's a thorough inspection to
examine ships against known Navy standards to
determine readiness in sustained combat situations."
A successful inspection depends
on the combined effort of the entire crew, as well
as the guidance and experience of officers and
senior enlisted personnel. INSURV is critical not
only to ensure ships are ready to meet the needs of
the Navy, but also to assure the nation each vessel
is properly cared for.
"INSURV is important to the Navy because it
demonstrates to Congress and the taxpayers that we
are maintaining this national asset to the highest
standards of material readiness," said Reedy. "We
are obligated to ensure our ship lasts its entire
lifespan, and the public needs to know that our
Sailors are taking care of the ship properly."
Inspectors go through every space on the ship, and
all Sailors aboard are responsible for their spaces.
"Our ship has to work as a team
to ensure every piece of gear the crew is
responsible for operates to specification and
functions within guidelines," said Reedy. "This
ensures CVN 77 is ready to carry out our assigned
mission with all systems working the way they should
is currently undergoing a planned incremental
availability period at Norfolk Naval Shipyard.
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NNS160429-06. US Forces,
Australian Defence Force Complete Fleet Synthetic
Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sara B.
Sexton, Commander Task Force 70 Public Affairs
YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- Commander, Task Force 70
units, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 units, Army
and Air Force assets and units from the Australian
Defence Forces participated in a Fleet Synthetic
Training-Joint exercise 16-72, April 29.
is a computer-based synthetic training that allows
geographically separated units to integrate in a
tactically and operationally demanding virtual
FST-J exercise is conducted according to 7th Fleet
requirements to ensure the units are current on
their training and certification," said Capt.
Richard Haidvogel, commanding officer of Tactical
Training Group, Pacific. "Ultimately the goal of
these exercises is to improve interoperability with
our joint partners and allies."
16-72 is a multiplatform scenario designed to
integrate air, land, and sea units.
Participating units in FST-J 16-72 include USS
Antietam (CG 67), USS Barry (DDG 52), USS Benfold
(DDG 65), USS Chancellorsville (CG 62), USS Curtis
Wilber (DDG 54), USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), USS
McCampbell (DDG 85), USS John S. McCain (DDG 56),
USS Mustin (DDG 89), USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), USS
Shiloh (CG 67), USS Stethem (DDG 63), DESRON 15
personnel, units from USS Nimitz Carrier Strike
Group, units from the Australian Air Defence Force,
Australian Maritime Defence Force, and a number of
other units from the United States armed forces.
benefit of conducting this exercise on
multiplatforms is that it's a 'dress rehearsal' that
prepares us for deployment," said Lt. Cmdr. Craig
McDonald, CTF 70 joint interface control officer.
"We have the ability to flex our tactics, techniques
and procedures with all of the other commands."
various units worked together for more than a week,
operating under a synthetic simulation environment
designed to mimic warfighting in a "peer threat"
purpose of this exercise is to get our joint
players, the Command Task Forces in the area along
with our other allies and units, to simulate any
threats that might occur in the area and stimulate
our systems to ensure that they are working
effectively," said Haidvogel.
Synthetic training exercises such as FST-J improve
the capabilities of the interoperability between the
U.S. and other units. Each FST-J exercise is
specifically focused on a different mission with the
ultimate goal of maintaining readiness to support
security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific.
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NNS160429-08. USS Arleigh Burke
Successfully Completes Missile Firing Exercise
Ensign Michelle Kim, USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51)
NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- The crew of USS Arleigh Burke
(DDG 51) launched a Standard Missile-2 (SM-2)
missile off the coast of Virginia, April 26.
ship was at sea conducting a post-availability SM-2
(PASM) missile-firing event as part of their post
Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) availability
"A lot of work and effort went
into getting the ship to this point, and my ship and
crew were ready," said Cmdr. Tom Myers, Arleigh
Burke commanding officer. "We could not have gotten
where we are today without the dedication and
commitment of the maintenance community and our
Aegis Modernization Team. Their support was truly
outstanding during all phases of the planning and
preparation, readiness reviews, shipboard training
and event execution."
went on to say the PASM event was completed with
exceptional results due to the tremendous team
effort by all involved.
Arleigh Burke recently completed a complex,
year-long maintenance period in which the ship's
combat systems suite was upgraded to the Navy's
latest Aegis Baseline 9 system. The ship is
scheduled to start combat systems ship qualification
trials in May.
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NNS160429-14. Carl Vinson Cruises
toward Deployment Preparations
Airman Courtney Leavitt, USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70)
DIEGO (NNS) -- Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier
USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) began simulating an at-sea
environment April 26, in preparation for their first
underway since returning from a 10-month deployment
to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operations.
simulated at-sea environment, or fast cruise, is a
multiday simulated underway period consisting of
drills and training evolutions to ensure the carrier
is in good working condition and personnel are
trained to safely operate the ship at sea.
cruise is the ship's final training event prior to
going underway for sea trials.
crew has done an exceptional job preparing the ship
for fast cruise and sea trails," said Capt. Karl
Thomas, Carl Vinson commanding officer. "We have had
a large turnover of personnel since we were at sea,
but I have complete confidence in the ability of
each and every Sailor on board this ship."
only does the fast cruise train and test the
proficiency of the crew, it also gets them back into
an operational mindset. This is critical since Carl
Vinson is completing a nearly 8-month Chief of Naval
Operations maintenance availability, said Thomas.
distance we've come in the last five months is truly
impressive," said Thomas. "I appreciate the hard
work and dedication [of] Team Vinson, to include our
shipyard partners, displayed in getting us to where
we are today to ensure this ship is ready to return
Carl Vinson (CVN 70) is preparing for a 2017 Western
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NNS160429-21. USS Cole Holds 13th
Change of Command
By Ensign Travis Greenaway and
Ensign Chase Finch, USS Cole Public Affairs
NORFOLK (NNS) -- Guided-missile destroyer USS Cole
(DDG 67) held a change of command ceremony at Naval
Station Norfolk April 29.
presence of Cole Sailors, special guests, family and
friends, Cmdr. David P. Wroe relieved Cmdr. James A.
Quaresimo as commanding officer.
has been a great honor to serve as your commanding
officer, the commanding officer of the greatest
destroyer to ever sail the seas with the greatest
crew ever," said Quaresimo. "For it is the character
of Cole's crew that makes her what she is, and I say
without a doubt that this is the best ship in the
Quaresimo assumed command of Cole January 2015.
During his tenure, he led Sailors in
ballistic-missile defense operations in the U.S. 6th
Fleet area of operations, where Cole supported
Operation Active Endeavour in the Mediterranean Sea
and Black Sea.
Under Quaresimo's command, Cole
was awarded the Battle Effectiveness Award, or
"Battle E," for proficiency in overall readiness and
ability to carry out assigned wartime tasks.
is a native of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and received
his bachelor's degree from the College of the Holy
Cross. Wroe served as Cole's executive officer from
December 2014 to April 2016.
Oct. 12, 2000, Cole was attacked by members of the
al-Qaeda terrorist organization. The terrorists used
a small vessel posing as a trash barge to close in
on the ship before detonating an improvised
explosive device. The blast tore a 40 feet by 60
feet hole in the side of the ship at the waterline.
Seventeen Sailors perished in the attack, and 37
were injured. The crew fought for 96 consecutive
hours to save their ship.
is preparing for a scheduled deployment later this
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NNS160429-20. DACOWITS Conducts
Study with NECC at JEBLC-FS
Cmdr. Jennifer Cragg, Navy Expeditionary Combat
Command Public Affairs
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- The Defense Advisory
Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS)
visited Navy Expeditionary Combat Command at Joint
Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story
(JEBLC-FS) April 26-27, to conduct research for part
of its report to the Secretary of Defense.
DACOWITS was founded in 1951 by then Secretary of
Defense, George C. Marshall, shortly after the
Women's Armed Services Integration Act of 1948 was
signed into law.
the Committee's research is taking place at a time
when the Department of Defense is developing gender
integration implementation plans to open all
military platforms and occupations to servicewomen,
including submarines and SEALs.
Committee offers annual advice and recommendations
on matters and policies relating to recruitment and
retention, treatment, employment, integration, and
the well-being of highly qualified professional
women in the Armed Forces.
Electronics Technician 1st Class Jason Kepner,
assigned to Coastal Riverine Squadron 4, attended a
luncheon with the DACOWITS visiting delegation.
was good to be a part of the bigger process within
the Department of Defense," said Kepner.
visit with NECC forces was the seventh of 13 planned
visits to installations across all five branches of
service throughout the United States this spring.
U.S. Army Col. Aimee Kominiak,
DACOWITS Military Director said, "This year the
Committee's focus will be on gender integration,
mentorship, talent management, parenthood and
co-location policies, and transition training
Kominiak also noted "The Committee's research has
resulted in a number of policy initiatives and
quality of life improvements for all service members
over the past 65 years."
is an enduring warfighting force providing
sea-to-shore and inland operating environment
capabilities across the full range of military
operations that is focused on delivering combat
effective expeditionary forces ready for worldwide
operations now and into the future.
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NNS160429-10. Arleigh Burke Hosts
Family and Friends
Ensign Michelle Kim, USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51)
ARLEIGH BURKE, At Sea (NNS) -- The guided-missile
destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) hosted a
"Family and Friends Day" cruise from Naval Weapons
Station Yorktown to Naval Station Norfolk, April 22.
event provided an opportunity for family and friends
of Arleigh Burke's crew to experience some of the
day to day operations of a ship at sea.
actually get to visit my son and see what he does at
the same time," said Linda Farrell, Hull Technician
Fireman Frank Sullivan's mother. "This is awesome."
learned about the ship through demonstrations,
guided tours and a steel beach picnic. They also had
an opportunity to receive a certificate from the
commanding officer for completing a Teen's Surface
Warfare Specialist Qualification, which was styled
after the qualifications completed by the Sailors.
Demonstrations of the ship's capabilities included a
visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS)
demonstration, where guests were taught about the
mission area and the equipment used to complete
these tactical evolutions; a crew-served weapons gun
shoot; and a damage-control equipment demonstration.
"[VBSS] is one of many missions that U.S. citizens
are paying for, so it's good for them to see the
equipment and training that their taxes provide,"
said Fire Controlman 1st Class Marko Fusilero.
such an extraordinarily capable warship, this is a
great time to show her off to the public and
demonstrate the value of the surface Navy to the
American people," said Cmdr. Jason Stepp, executive
transit to Naval Station Norfolk proved to be filled
with fun for the families and productivity for the
"My favorite part of the day was
looking through the big eyes on the bridge because
you can see more stuff," said Victoria Hammock.
crew accomplished a lot during this underway, and
it's just great to be able to enjoy a family day
cruise," said Cmdr. Tom Myers, Arleigh Burke
commanding officer. "I am committed to getting
families involved with my crew as much as possible,
because we rely on them for so much."
Underway time with family, friends and the ship's
crew is an awesome way to show our thanks for all of
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NNS160429-15. CSCS Provides
Quality Technicians and Saves Money
Kimberly M. Lansdale, Center for Surface Combat
Systems Public Affairs
NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- The Center for Surface Combat
Systems (CSCS) Micro Miniature-Module Test and
Repair (2M-MTR) Program is helping the Navy save
money and providing combat-ready Sailors to the
The 2M-MTR Program supports
testing and repair of Circuit Card Assemblies (CCA)
and Electronic Modules (EM). All unsuccessful CCA /
EM are contenders for screening and repair. CSCS
provides this critical training at four of their
learning sites; CSCS Detachment (Det.) East, CSCS
Det West, CSCS Det Mayport, and CSCS Det Pearl
"The classroom is a fully stocked
repair station with microscopes, tools, and
Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) stations in accordance
with the program's technical manual," explained
Electronics Technician 1st Class Eajen Ahmed, CSCS
Det East's 2M-MTR Instructor. "The course offers a
lot of hands-on training, which includes installing
and forming discrete components, building Bayonet
Nut Connector (BNC) cables, preparing wires and
installing them on solder cups, tabs, and
Many people assume that
Electronic Technicians (ET) are the only Sailors to
take this training.
train Cryptologic Technicians (CT), Aviation
Electronics Technicians (AT), Aviation Electrician's
Mates (AE), Fire Controlmen (FC), Fire Control
Technicians (FT), Gunner's Mates (GM), Gas Turbine
Systems Technicians (GSE), Interior Communications
Electricians (IC), Missile Technicians (MT), and
Sonar Technicians Surface (STG)," said Chief
Gunner's Mate Wick Woodrow, CSCS Det East's 2M
Leading Chief Petty Officer (LCPO).
Surface Combat Systems training is becoming more
complex but electronics theory remains the same.
"The process of troubleshooting a
CCA will not change," Ahmed explained. "Our current
Micro-miniature Repair course will still prepare
Sailors for the fleet when discrete components are
being slowly phased out to surface mount components.
For example, since new CCAs are densely populated,
the components are becoming smaller. This in turn
has emphasized the need to use a pre heater to soak
the CCA prior to conducting repairs."
2M-MTR Program strengthens fleet readiness with the
additional benefit of helping the Navy save a
significant amount of money.
FY15, the U.S. Navy's cost savings totaled over $41
million," verified Ahmed. "This figure was recently
published in the 2M newsletter, 'Solder Junction.'"
The overall goal of the CSCS
2M-MTR Program is to conduct the most effective
training for its Sailors.
top priority is to provide quality technicians to
the fleet, not quantity," Ahmed stressed. "Our
training program is truly successful in shaping the
Navy's future force."
mission is to develop and deliver surface ship
combat systems training to achieve surface warfare
superiority. CSCS headquarters' staff oversees 14
learning sites and provides nearly 70,000 hours of
curriculum for 700 courses a year to more than
CSCS delivers specialized
training for Officer and Enlisted Sailors required
to tactically operate, maintain, and employ
shipboard and shore-based weapons, sensors, and
command and control systems utilized in today's
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NNS160429-05. Navy CPI Saves
Money on its Own Process, Inspires Marine Corps
Program Executive Office for Command, Control,
Communications, Computers and Intelligence Public
DIEGO (NNS) -- The Program Executive Office (PEO)
for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and
Intelligence (C4I) Continuous Process Improvement
(CPI) team successfully implemented a cost-effective
project management tool that has inspired members of
the Marine Corps to implement their own version.
Scott Gegenworth, PEO C4I CPI
director, described the command's Microsoft
Sharepoint-based CPI project tracker tool as an
alternate to the current program used to track CPI
data to attendees of a CPI executive committee
(EXCOM) meeting in February.
kept the best and left the rest," Gegenworth
explained of the tool's development.
migrated from CPIMS [CPI Management System] to our
CPI project tracker tool as a way to avoid incurring
$70,000 in annual CPIMS fees. It has been very
successful," he said.
keeping the tool's design simple, the CPI team has
saved the Navy about $210,000 in costs since fiscal
year 2014. The cost savings and effectiveness of the
tracker tool caught the attention of two Lean Six
Sigma (LSS) black belts from the Marine Corps.
Stuffle and Kimberly Reath, Marine Corps
Installations Command LSS black belts, attended the
EXCOM and wanted to learn more about PEO C4I's CPI
project tracking tool.
were interested in learning how the Marines could
create their own CPI project tracker tool to
eliminate annual CPIMS costs; they asked for a
demonstration," Emily Corcoran, PEO C4I financial
representative and independent reviewer, said.
When the Marine Corps black belt
duo visited PEO C4I to take a closer look, Mike
Dettman, PEO C4I CPI analyst and LSS Black Belt,
discussed the entire design-to-implementation
process, displayed the capabilities of the tool, and
shared documents critical to the tool's development
"Utilizing a tool that our
workforce was already familiar with was critical,"
Dettman explained. "We were able to deploy a new
capability with next to zero training required."
Stuffle and Reath received
permission from the U.S. Marine Corps Logistics
Command to move forward with replicating and
implementing the CPI project tracker tool, which is
designed to keep core functionality of the CPIMS
full project workflow without the cost.
Training to use the tool is minimal and maximizes
standardization and transparency for CPI. PEO C4I's
CPI team uses the Navy's Systems Engineering
Resource Center portal and SharePoint to host and
manage the tool.
The Navy and Marine Corps CPI
teams will continue to work together in an effort to
continually improve and streamline processes.
NNS160429-07. Surgeon General
Shares Navy Medicine Vision with US Naval Hospital
Capt. Dora Lockwood, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine
and Surgery Public Affairs
NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- Navy Surgeon General and
Force Master Chief visited U.S. Naval Hospital
Naples, April 28-29.
Adm. Forrest Faison, Navy Surgeon General and chief,
Bureau of Medicine and Surgery and Force Master
Chief Terry Prince, director of the Hospital Corps,
toured the naval hospital in Italy, met with Sailors
and staff and conducted all hands calls at the
military treatment facility.
the visit, Faison spoke about his vision and the
operational imperative of the Navy Medicine mission.
"Military medical readiness is
our mission," said Faison. "Keeping the naval force
healthy and on the job is why we exist. I thank each
of your for what you do every day to meet this
mission. You play a critical role in ensuring our
forward-deployed naval forces are able to do their
addition to protecting, promoting and restoring the
health of Sailors and Marines around the world, the
surgeon general explained the importance of
maintaining the combat skills and competencies of
the medical force in order to be ready for the next
come out of our country's longest conflict, we have
the highest combat survival in recorded history,"
said Faison. "We must build on that unprecedented
survival rate and preserve our ability to save lives
at a moment's notice no matter what the
During the all-hands calls,
Faison and Prince answered a wide range of questions
from Sailors and staff members. Prince discussed
enlisted training, advancement opportunities and the
future of the Hospital Corps. In addition, they
recognized Sailors for the great work they are
The surgeon general presented a
coin to Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Keith Anthony,
from Spartanburg, South Carolina, for his duties as
leading petty officer for surgical services and his
role as a career development team member.
vow is to take care of junior Sailors and help them
achieve personal goals through mentorship and
education," said Anthony. "Receiving this
recognition today is a testament to my passion of
seeing others succeed."
Naples leadership praised Anthony for the
significant positive impact he has on the command.
"I have no doubt Petty Officer
Anthony will be successful in whatever task he is
responsible for," said Command Master Chief Maurice
Coffey. "His drive to succeed and to help others is
was impressed with what he observed during his first
visit to the naval hospital at Naples.
Medicine is entrusted to provide the best care that
our nation can offer for those who have volunteered
to defend our freedom," said Faison. "I thank you
for honoring the trust that is placed in your hands,
and carrying on not only the tradition of honor,
courage and commitment, but also that of hope,
caring and compassion."
Naples is committed to the delivery of high-quality,
family centered care by providing care to 12,000
beneficiaries to the region.
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personnel who provide health care support to the
Navy, Marine Corps, their families and veterans in
high operational tempo environments, at
expeditionary medical facilities, medical treatment
facilities, hospitals, clinics, hospital ships and
research units around the world.
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NNS160429-09. US 7th Fleet, ROK
Navy Bands Make Sweet Music Together in Seoul
Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jermaine M.
Ralliford, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea Public
Republic of Korea (NNS) -- The U.S. 7th Fleet Band
joined the Republic of Korea Navy Band for a
combined concert in Seoul, April 28.
band, composed of more than 40 U.S. and ROK
musicians played a range of genres ranging from
classical to pop and rock.
is my fourth time performing alongside the ROK Navy
band," said Lt. Brian Chaplow, 7th Fleet band
master. "This is like a brotherhood of music and
we're here to put on a great show."
Won Jee, ROK concert staff worker, said both bands
seemed like they'd been playing together for several
favorite part of the show was when they played
'Esprit de Corps,'" said Sang. "I think it was very
meaningful to both bands and represented the
strength of the ROK and U.S. alliance. The audience
really enjoyed it and I hope both bands do more
Chief Musician Guy Gregg, 7th Fleet Band senior
enlisted leader, shared Sang's sentiment and felt
the concert was a success.
"Thousands of people were able to enjoy the concert
live, on TV or online, and see the fun that we are
having," said Gregg. "They get to see the joy bands
from two countries making music together. We're
strengthening our relationship through music."
U.S. 7th Fleet Band was created in 1943 with the
establishment of the U.S. Navy 7th Fleet and has
performed for thousands of audiences throughout the
band is forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, and
embarks aboard USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), flagship for
the U.S. 7th Fleet, during patrols and deployments.
The 7th Fleet band also conducts theater security
cooperation engagements independently from the 7th
Fleet staff in Korea and in other locations across
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NNS020429-01. This Day in Naval History - April 29
Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication
and Outreach Division
American sloop USS Peacock and HMS Epervier engage
in battle. Peacock takes two 32-pound shots in her
fore-yard with the first exchange, but her return
broadside smashes most of Eperviers rigging and
guns. After 45 minutes, Epervier is captured. The
battle is hailed as a tribute of American gunnery as
Epervier has 45 shot holes in her port side.
Task Force 58 begins a two-day attack on Japanese
shipping, oil and ammunition dumps, aircraft
facilities, and other installations at Truk
following the support of the Hollandia landings in
USS Pogy (SS 266) sinks the Japanese submarine I
183, 30 miles south of Ashizuri Saki, Japan.
USS Comfort (AH-6) is hit by a kamikaze plane off
Okinawa, which kills 28 persons (including six
nurses), wounds 48 others, and causes considerable
USS Bream (SS 243) sinks the German minesweeper
depot ship Quito off Tanjong Putting, Borneo, N.E.I.
USS Kitty Hawk (CVA 63), an oil-fired aircraft
carriers, is commissioned at Philadelphia Naval
Shipyard. She is homeported at Puget Sound Naval
Commander Task Force 76 receives the order to
execute Operation Frequent Wind (initially Talon
Vise), the evacuation of U.S. personnel and
Vietnamese who might suffer as a result of their
past service to the allied effort.
A destroyer formerly known as USS Conolly (DD 979)
is sunk during the UNITAS Gold sinking exercise in
the Atlantic Ocean.
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