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USS CONSTELLATION CVA-64
Hotel for this NYC get together
is going to be the Sheraton Lincoln Harbor, 500
Harbor Blvd, Weehawken, New Jersey. There is
ferry service within walking distance from the
hotel to take us across the Hudson River for a
short ride to NYC. Once there you then can take
a Cab to where ever you like within the city.
Rates per night are $229.40 plus 7% NJ tax, this
does include your room for 2, free parking per
night, continental breakfast for 2 per night.
We have set aside 9 rooms, 3 of which are
already booked by the organizers, Marty
Horowitz, Phil Tambasco and Rich Romeo. To book
a room you must call Marty, 203-393-0004, he
will give you the confirmation number so you can
book one of the remaining rooms. Call the hotel
using that confirmation number and giving them
your credit card info for billing! Hotel
Reservation # is 800-325-3535. Cut off day for
reservation and or cancellations is April 21st
As a group, we would like you to set aside
Friday and Saturday evenings, 6pm, for dinner at
one of the local fine restaurants near our
hotel. Then have our regular sea story "bull
sessions" before retiring for the evening. Our
main goal to meet and greet our fellow "Connie"
There is just to many sights and things to see
and do for us to decide on what you all would be
interested in seeing and doing. We decided to
leave that up to you. Below we have listed some
of the sights you might want to look into, all
details can be found on the internet.
1. World Trade Center Memorial, need
2. The USS Intrepid Air/space Museum
3. Ellis Island/Statue of Liberty Tours
4. Broadway Shows, Saturday Matinees
5. Circle Line Cruises around Manhattan Island
6. Lower Eastside Tenement Museum
7. Empire State Building, go to the top!!
8. Bus Tours of the city
We look forward to seeing all of you and we are
always open for any suggestions you might have
concerning our Northeast Mini reunions. DON'T
MISS THIS ONE "BOYS & GIRLS" !!!!!!!! More
USS CONSTELLATION CVA/CV.. 64
TEXAS MINI REUNION - 2014
APRIL 24-27, 2014
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES
309 State Highway 114
Grapevine, TX 76051
Rate: $89.00 plus tax includes breakfast
Deadline for this rate is March 23, 2014
These dates are for three nights Thursday thru
Saturday with departure on Sunday. (More people have
been arriving on Thursday and there is a lot to do
in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area.)
Grapevine is a cute town just north of the D-FW
Airport. It has several blocks of nice shops plus a
glass blowing studio and a vintage train that goes
to the Ft. Worth Stockyards.
Things to do:
Dallas-Bush Library, 5th Floor Museum, Arboretum,
Nasher Sculpture Garden
Ft. Worth-Stockyards Billy Bobs, Longhorn Round-up,
Kimble Museum, Sundance Square
Click Here for our 2013 Memorial List Page
The Center for Service Support (CSS),
announced Feb. 27 the development of new
Personnel Qualification Standards (PQS)
for the mass communication specialist
(MC) rating. The current PQS was last
updated in September 2009.
The Los Angeles-class attack submarine
USS Norfolk (SSN 714) was officially
presented its 2013 Battle Efficiency
(Battle "E") award Feb. 28 during a
ceremony held at Norfolk Naval Station,
The U.S. Navy and Timor-Leste Defense
Force (F-FDTL) concluded the second
Cooperation Afloat Readiness and
Training (CARAT) Timor-Leste exercise
Feb. 26, with a closing ceremony on
board USS Kidd (DDG 100).
More than 62 Hawaii-based Sailors and
Marines and their families were
recognized for their service as
individual augmentees (IAs) during the
sixth annual "Boots on the Ground" IA
recognition luncheon held Feb. 21 at the
Ala Moana Hotel.
The Defense Department's fiscal year
2015 budget request seeks to balance the
nation's security needs with the
realities of fiscal constraints, the
vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of
Staff said here Feb. 26.
Sailors and Airmen stationed on Guam
spoke to hundreds of students about
their military careers during career day
at F.B. Leon Guerrero Middle School in
Yigo Feb. 26.
NNS140228-17. USS Rentz
Returns from Deployment
From Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific
Fleet Public Affairs
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Guided-missile
frigate USS Rentz (FFG 46) returned to
San Diego from a seven-month deployment
to the 4th Fleet Area of Operations (AOR),
Deployed since July 25, 2013, the
officers and crew of Rentz, in
conjunction with Helicopter
Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 49
and U.S. Coast Guard law enforcement
detachments, disrupted four shipments of
cocaine, totaling nearly 2,000
kilograms, in international waters of
the Eastern Pacific Ocean off the coast
of Central and South America as part of
Launched in January 2012, Operation
Martillo targets illicit trafficking
routes in coastal waters along the
Central American isthmus, and is an
international, interagency operation
which includes the participation of 14
countries committed to a regional
approach against transnational criminal
organizations moving illicit cargo.
"The crew worked long and hard during
Rentz' final deployment to the 4th Fleet
in support of the U.S. Southern
Organized Crime Operations mission,"
said Cmdr. Lance C. Lantier, Rentz'
commanding officer. "I could not be more
pleased in terms of the crew's
performance and the achievements made on
our final mission as the sole U.S. Navy
warship deployed in the region."
Rentz' interdictions were:
Aug. 10, 2013, A U.S. Navy aircraft
spotted a suspicious fishing vessel
approximately 260 miles north of the
Galapagos Islands. Rentz intercepted the
vessel and a U.S. Coast Guard LEDET 104
boarding team and Rentz crew members
boarded the vessel and discovered some
963 kilograms of cocaine in the fish
hold. The contraband was seized and four
suspected smugglers were taken into
Nov. 30, 2013, the Coast Guard Cutter
Rush and LEDET 401 aboard the USS Rentz
teamed up to seize some 460 kilograms
and detain three suspected smugglers
from a Costa Rican fishing boat
approximately 50 miles South of Isla de
Cohiba, Panama. The vessel had been
spotted by a Navy aircraft. Cocaine was
discovered hidden in fishing buoys on
Dec. 17, 2013, U.S. Coast Guard LEDET
401 aboard USS Rentz seized
approximately 313 kilograms and detained
three suspected smugglers from a fleeing
Ecuadoran vessel some 240 miles
northeast of the Galapagos Islands. The
suspected smuggler's boat was stopped by
airborne marksman shooting out their
Jan. 20, 2014, U.S. Coast Guard C-130
aircraft spotted a suspicious vessel and
coordinated with USS Rentz to intercept
it. Coast Guard LEDET 406 aboard the USS
RENTZ seized 243 kilograms and detained
three suspects who stopped their boat
after a Coast Guard marksman aboard one
of the USS Rentz' helicopter fired
"The reach and impact of our law
enforcement teams is greatly expanded by
our partnerships with the U.S. Navy,
other agencies and nations in the
region," said Rear Adm. Karl Schultz,
commander of the 11th Coast Guard
District. "The cartels, or transnational
criminal organizations behind this
smuggling, are engaged in wide-ranging
illegal activities, destabilize the
regions in which they operate, and
engage in brutal and ruthless violence
to further their criminal activities.
They threaten the security of our
homeland and we need to aggressively
thwart their smuggling operations. Every
shipment stopped denies these criminal
organizations the funds and resources
they need to perpetuate their violent,
destructive practices," he said.
Overall coordination of counter
narcotics patrols and surveillance in
the Eastern Pacific region is done by an
interagency joint task force based in
Florida. U.S. law enforcement and the
interdiction phase of operations occur
under the tactical control and authority
of the 11th Coast Guard District
headquartered in Alameda, Calif.
"The success of this deployment clearly
stands out as a testament to the mindset
that has driven this ship since 1984,"
said Lantier. "That is, we have always
stood ready, put the mission first, and
always got the job done."
During their deployment Rentz also
transited through the Panama Canal for a
port visit to Cartagena, Colombia and to
participate in the multinational
exercise UNITAS 54-13 from Sept. 7-15,
2013. UNITAS, Latin for "unity," is a
combined South American and U.S.
sponsored annual exercise series that
incorporates several North and South
American nations and fosters friendly,
mutual cooperation and understanding
between participating navies.
Rentz will conduct operations and
training within 3rd Fleet's 50-million
square mile AOR upon return.
Joint, interagency and international
relationships strengthen U.S. 3rd
Fleet's ability to respond to crises and
protect the collective maritime
interests of the U.S. and its allies and
For more information about USS Rentz (FFG
For more news from Commander, U.S. 3rd
Fleet, visit www.navy.mil/local/c3f/.
NNS140228-07. USS Simpson Arrives in
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd
Class Tim D. Godbee, USS Simpson Public
CARTAGENA, Spain (NNS) -- Guided-missile
frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56) arrived in
Cartagena for a scheduled port visit,
Simpson's visit serves to strengthen the
existing partnership between Spain and
the U.S. and allow Sailors an
opportunity to experience Spanish
During the visit, the ship's leadership
is scheduled to meet with Spanish Navy
officials and Simpson is scheduled host
a reception and ship tours.
"This is my first visit to Spain, so I'm
looking forward to experiencing Spanish
culture and interacting with the Spanish
Navy," said Cmdr. Kenneth Anderson,
Simpson's executive officer. "It will be
interesting to see the differences and
similarities between our two navies.
It's an outstanding opportunity for our
counties to interact on multiple
With Simpson nearing the end of its
deployment, the visit gives its crew an
opportunity to see southern Spain up
close and in person.
"I've been to parts of Spain in the past
and enjoyed every second of it," said
Operations Specialist 3rd Class Justin
Vasquez, a crewmember aboard Simpson. "I
love the culture, scenery and most of
all the great weather. I'm excited to
get another opportunity to enjoy this
Simpson is on a scheduled six-moth
deployment to the 6th Fleet area of
responsibility conducting maritime and
theater security operations.
U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples,
Italy, conducts a full range of maritime
security operations and theater security
cooperation missions in concert with
coalition, joint, interagency, and other
parties in order to advance security and
stability in Europe and Africa.
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Forces Europe and Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet,
visit www.c6f.navy.mil and www.navy.mil/local/naveur/.
NNS140228-24. Navy Medicine Highlights
Commitment to Global Partnerships
By Lt. Cmdr. Dustin J. Harrison, U.S.
Naval Medical Research Unit No. 2 Phnom
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (NNS) -- Navy
Surgeon General completed a visit to
Naval Medical Research Unit No. 2 -
Phnom Penh (NAMRU-2 PP), Cambodia, Feb.
26 - 28.
Vice Adm. Matthew L. Nathan, Navy
Surgeon General and Chief, U.S. Navy
Bureau of Medicine and Surgery met with
NAMRU-2 staff, U.S. Ambassador to
Cambodia, William Todd, Lt. Gen. Kong
Saly, director Health Department,
Ministry of National Defense, the
Cambodia Minister of Health, Mam Bunheng,
and others to discuss current and future
U.S. government public health
Nathan was provided with a detailed
overview of current partnerships,
projects, and progress in capability and
capacity building, and infectious
disease surveillance efforts in
Cambodia, some of which is lead by
"The work being conducted here by U.S.
and Cambodian researchers is not only
important for the health of Americans
and Cambodians, but everyone in this
region," said Nathan. "We do this not
thinking of ourselves but it's for that
child, out in the province, that hasn't
been born yet that will grow up to live
a happier, healthier, longer life," said
At a dinner reception hosted by Todd,
the Navy's "top doc" got more
opportunities to discuss the current
state of military medical research and
reiterated his full support for the
continued success of the U.S. -
"The visit of the Navy Surgeon General
highlights the commitment of the U.S.
government for health sector development
in Cambodia," said Todd.
Nathan also spent some time at a NAMRU-2
PP field study site in Kampong Cham
Province, and was given a firsthand look
at how subjects are enrolled and
interviewed. NAMRU-2 PP field staff, led
by Malen Ly, provided a tour of the
village and a summary of the work being
conducted in the province as well as
life in rural Cambodia.
NAMRU-2 PP conducts research and
surveillance of infectious diseases of
military and public health importance in
Southeast Asia. NAMRU-2 PP researchers
partner with regional governments,
international health organizations and
U.S. government agencies to build
capacity, detect, mitigate and control
U.S. Navy Medicine is a global health
care network of 63,000 Navy medical
personnel around the world who provide
high quality health care to more than
one million eligible beneficiaries. Navy
Medicine personnel deploy with Sailors
and Marines worldwide, providing
critical mission support aboard ship, in
the air, under the sea and on the
For more news from Navy Medicine, visit
NNS140228-04. US Navy and Timor-Leste
Defense Force Build Relationships during
From Commander, Logistics Group Western
Pacific Public Affairs
USS KIDD, Dili Port, Timor-Leste (NNS)
-- The U.S. Navy and Timor-Leste Defense
Force (F-FDTL) concluded the second
Cooperation Afloat Readiness and
Training (CARAT) Timor-Leste exercise
Feb. 26, with a closing ceremony on
board USS Kidd (DDG 100).
Rear Adm. Cindy Thebaud, commander, Task
Force 73, and U.S. 7th Fleet's Executive
Agent for CARAT, delivered remarks at
the ceremony alongside her F-FDTL
counterpart, Brig. Gen. Filomeno Paixao
De Jesus. More than 60 guests attended
the ceremony, including defense attaches
representing several Asia-Pacific
nations and F-FDTL personnel who
participated in the final training
scenario on board Kidd earlier in the
Thebaud thanked the F-FDTL for hosting
USS Kidd as part of the second annual
convening of CARAT, and noted that the
week's training events covered essential
maritime skills, such as military
medicine and navigation, that would
contribute to successful follow-on
"This ship visit, and the many training
sessions and professional exchanges held
on board Kidd and in Port Hera this
week, speak to the strong partnership
between our nations and the growing
relationship between our navies," said
While in Dili, Thebaud also conducted
office calls with senior Timor-Leste
leadership, including the prime
minister, president and chief of defense
CARAT Timor-Leste is part of an annual
bilateral exercise series between the
U.S. Navy and the naval forces of
Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia,
Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and
Thailand. As a longstanding venue in
Southeast Asia, CARAT helps regional
navies work together to address shared
maritime security priorities during a
series of cooperative training events
and subject matter exchanges.
The exercise is just one aspect of the
permanent U.S.-Timor-Leste partnership,
which includes annual port calls by U.S.
Navy ships, visits by senior U.S. Navy
leaders and ongoing civic action
projects by U.S. Navy Seabees.
During CARAT 2014, U.S. Navy Sailors
assigned to USS Kidd (DDG 100) and
Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction
Battalion 3 Construction Civic Action
Detail held training with their F-FDTL
counterparts across a range of maritie
skills, including damage control,
military medicine, small boat operations
and navigation. In addition to several
training events aboard Kidd, Sailors had
opportunities to enjoy Dili and interact
with its people during visits to the
Ahisuan Foundation, Dili Institute of
Technology and Resistance Museum.
For more news from Commander, Task Force
73, visit www.navy.mil/local/ctf73/.
NNS140228-11. USS Norfolk Presented
By Kevin Copeland, Commander, Submarine
Force Atlantic Public Affairs
NORFOLK (NNS) -- The Los Angeles-class
attack submarine USS Norfolk (SSN 714)
was officially presented its 2013 Battle
Efficiency (Battle "E") award today
during a ceremony held at Norfolk Naval
Station, Norfolk, Va.
Capt. Blake Converse, commander,
Submarine Squadron (COMSUBRON) 6,
formally presented the award to Cmdr.
Greg Zettler, commanding officer; Lt.
Cmdr. Peter French, executive officer;
and Senior Chief Logistics Specialist
(SS) Kevin Gibbs, chief of the boat; and
the crew during the ceremony on Pier 3.
"It is a tremendous honor and a
privilege standing before you today and
presenting the Battle "E" award to your
commanding officer," said Converse. "He
receives this award on behalf of every
crewmember of USS Norfolk, because the
Battle "E" is a team award. It is your
award - a testament to your hard work
and dedication in preparing USS Norfolk
for combat operations and extended
peacetime missions on deployment.
"As you depart your homeport, your high
level of operational proficiency and
impressive commitment will be tested to
their limits. Go forward and meet that
challenge. Make the submarine force and
our nation proud, and return with heads
held high and your chests out - you've
earned it. Congratulations and God
The Battle "E" competition is conducted
to strengthen individual command
performance, overall force readiness,
and to recognize outstanding
performance. The criterion for the award
is the overall readiness of the command
to carry out its assigned wartime tasks
as a unit of the Atlantic Submarine
Force, and is based on a yearlong
One submarine from each submarine
squadron in the Atlantic Fleet is
recognized. The awards are presented by
the commodore of each squadron to the
submarine under their command which has
demonstrated the highest level of battle
readiness during the evaluation year.
USS Norfolk is the COMSUBRON 6 winner.
"The crew of Norfolk is deeply honored
to be recognized as the most
battle-ready ship on the waterfront,
especially in light of the tremendous
accomplishments of the other ships in
Squadron Six," said Zettler. "The
Norfolk Sailors are always focused and
ready to execute, so the recognition for
the long hours spent training and
maintaining the ship has been a big
boost to morale as we prepare for
"The crew's outstanding attitude has
been the foundation for our every
success. Their resiliency, receptiveness
to feedback, and teamwork, coupled with
a strong sense of purpose will continue
to make us successful on deployment. We
are also blessed to have superb family
support system, with two outstanding
Ombudsmen and strong Family Readiness
Group. They strength allows us to focus
on the task at hand when we are at sea
because we know our families will be
well taken care of."
All submarine force command Battle "E"
winners were announced via Navy message
by Vice Adm. Michael J. Connor,
Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic Jan.
"Bravo Zulu and congratulations to all
of the awardees," said Connor. "The
competition for these honors is always
extremely keen, and being the recipient
of the Battle E should be a source of
great pride to each and every crew
For more information on the Submarine
NNS140227-24. CNRC Visits NRD Dallas
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd
Class Jonathan Vargas, Commander, Navy
Recruiting Command Public Affairs
IRVING, Texas (NNS) -- Rear Adm. Annie
B. Andrews, commander, Navy Recruiting
Command (CNRC), visited Navy Recruiting
District (NRD) Dallas Feb. 24, her first
visit since assuming command of CNRC.
Joined by the National Chief Recruiter,
Master Chief Navy Counselor Jimmie A.
Holt, Jr., Andrews met with Sailors and
staff at headquarters and recruiters
from Navy Recruiting Stations
Carrollton, Irving and Oak Cliff.
"I enjoy the opportunity to visit our
Sailors in their own working
environment," said Andrews. "It gives me
personal insight to their challenges,
commuting rigor and personal and
During her visit, Andrews received a
tour of district headquarters from Cmdr.
Ed Morales, commanding officer of Navy
Recruiting District Dallas.
"The visit went well," said Morales.
"The crew did a great job in welcoming
the admiral and she enjoyed talking to
the Sailors here at headquarters."
During her tour of the building, Andrews
ran into a former Sailor that takes her
back to the days when she was the
commanding officer of Recruit Training
Command. Former recruit and now Aviation
Electronics Technician 2nd Class Oscar
Montero was thrilled to find out that
Andrews was his first commanding
"It was nice to see the admiral since
she was my first commanding officer,"
said Montero. "It takes me back down
memory lane to my days at boot camp. She
complimented me on my career going from
a recruit to now a second class petty
officer. It was a humbling experience
that I won't forget."
Andrews continued her tour of the
district at one of the recruiting
stations in the area.
Andrews mentioned that she was pleased
to meet the men and women assigned to
the command's recruiting districts. The
support from the district to the
stations is remarkable and enables the
field recruiters to perform their
"Throughout my visit to the district, I
enjoyed engaging and getting to know our
Sailors," said Andrews. "I am impressed
with the dedicated recruiters that make
things happen every day to find
America's best and brightest."
Andrews will continue her tour this week
in Texas to districts in San Antonio and
For more news from Commander, Navy
Recruiting Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/cnrc/.
NNS140227-23. Sailors, Marines in Hawaii
are Honored for Individual Augmentee
By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman
Apprentice Rose Forest, Navy Public
Affairs Support Element West, Det.
HONOLULU (NNS) -- More than 62
Hawaii-based Sailors and Marines and
their families were recognized for their
service as individual augmentees (IAs)
during the sixth annual "Boots on the
Ground" IA recognition luncheon held
Feb. 21 at the Ala Moana Hotel.
Hosted by the Honolulu Council Navy
League and presented by Partners in
Patriotism, the luncheon recognized
service members who deployed away from
their command to regions in need of a
unique skill that they possessed.
"This is an opportunity to call out
individuals and recognize what they have
done," said Rear Adm. Robert P. Girrier,
deputy commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet.
"The name says it all; it was
'individuals' who came forward to
'augment' critical shortfalls in certain
"It's the nature of our force," said
Girrier. "This volunteer force that we
have created over the decades has some
incredible talent at the individual
level. This is what you get when you
have a professional force."
Since 2002, more than 114,000 active and
Reserve Sailors and Marines have served
on IA deployments. They leave their
normal military duties to fill critical
jobs in locations around the world.
"It was a huge learning experience for
me," said Information Systems Technician
2nd Class Tara Myles. "That's why I
volunteered. I wanted to learn and see a
different aspect of my rate."
More than 1,400 IA Sailors have been
awarded the Bronze Star, and nearly
20,000 have been awarded meritorious
service awards of various types.
The Navy League is a civilian non-profit
organization that hosted the luncheon to
give the Marines and Sailors who served
as individual augmentees recognition for
For more news from Commander, Navy
Region Hawaii, visit www.navy.mil/local/cnrh/.
By Mass Communication Specialist 1st
Class (SW/EXW) Jason J. Perry, Commander
Submarine Group 2 Public Affairs
PLAINVILLE, Conn. (NNS) -- Groton-based
divers and enlisted submariners helped
judge a statewide underwater robotics
competition in Plainville, Conn., Feb.
Half-a-dozen Naval Submarine Support
Facility Divers and nine enlisted
Sailors stationed aboard USS Minnesota (SSN
783) travelled to Plainville High
School. A total of 53 three-person teams
from 15 schools across Connecticut
"These young students are really
inventive, I am impressed," said
Machinist's Mate (Nuclear) 1st Class
(SS) Jonathan Bentley, a Sailor assigned
to USS Minnesota. "You might not think
it's possible to build a submersible
robot with a 20-dollar kit and some PVC
pipe, but they did and it's awesome to
The Navy divers evaluated the obstacle
course and a deep water transfer
challenge. Minnesota Sailors helped
grade those events as well as the speed
Greg Kane, adjunct professor at Central
Connecticut State University and
coordinator for SeaPerch Connecticut,
worked with the Navy to organize the
"I really love seeing the interaction
between the Sailors and students," said
Kane. "They get to see that this is more
than just a neat toy to play with in the
pool but that it's a tool that the
Sailors can use every day."
The SeaPerch program provides students
with the opportunity to learn about
robotics, as well as science,
technology, engineering and math (STEM)
while building an underwater remote
operated vehicle (ROV). Throughout the
project students learn engineering
concepts, problem solving, teamwork, and
"It makes sense for us to host this
event here in Connecticut with Electric
Boat and Naval Submarine Base New London
essentially in our backyard," said Kane.
"It just seems to be a natural fit."
Chief Navy Diver (DV) Bradley Howells
and fellow divers brought one of their
team's ROVs to showcase how the divers
currently employ this technology.
"I see a bright future for us in the
Navy," said Howells. "These young
students are so excited about technology
and innovation. They are using this
challenge and their imagination,
applying it to marine technology and
having a great time too."
While the competitors stayed dry pool
side, the Navy dive team volunteered in
and under the water to evaluate the
performance of each of the
student-team's SeaPerch during the
competition and reset the obstacles.
After the daylong competition, Team No.
20 from Daniel Hand H.S. won the
obstacle course division, Team No. 14
also of Daniel Hand won the 'Heist'
division and Team No. 11 of Charles H.
Barrows STEM High School in Windham,
Conn., had the fastest SeaPerch of the
competition. The top teams will now move
on to compete in the National SeaPerch
Competition in Indiana, May 17.
Parker Haupt, a student at Daniel Hand
High School in Madison, Conn., operated
a SeaPerch for Team No. 20 with an
innovative balloon ballast inflation
system that allowed his team to lift all
six blocks from the deepest end of the
pool at the same time. Every other team
was only able to lift one at a time.
"I did the math and realized there was
no way the motors could lift the blocks
by themselves, said Haupt. "It made more
sense for me to try to pick up all six
blocks at once and come through the
gate, rather than trying to do it
For more news from Commander Submarine
Group 2, visit
NNS140228-15. NAVFAC Southeast
Participates in USACE Engineering Career
By Earl Bittner, Naval Facilities
Engineering Command Southeast Public
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval
Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC)
Southeast civilians, contractors and
military personnel participated in the
Jacksonville District U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers (USACE) 2014 Engineering
Career Day Feb. 21 in Jacksonville, Fla.
More than 150 high school students,
parents and teachers from 13 schools in
northeast Florida attended the event and
project competition. The day-long event
was the largest yet for the Jacksonville
District Corps of Engineers which has
been co-sponsoring this event with the
Society of American Engineers (SAME) for
the past 12 years. The event is one of
the major events of Northeast Florida
Engineers Week held every year in
"It's great to see so many kids engaged
and interested in engineering. It was a
thrill for me to be able to be a part of
today's activities," said NAVFAC
Southeast Commanding Officer and SAME
Jacksonville Post President, Capt.
The competition promotes Science,
Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
(STEM). STEM is a national education
program focused on preparing the
workforce of tomorrow by encouraging
students today to study science,
technology, engineering and math. The
hope is the competition will inspire the
scholars' efforts and energies toward
careers in STEM fields in the future.
The Engineering Career Day event
challenged four-person student teams to
compete in building and entering a take
home project, completing a surprise
project assigned the day of the event
and completing a trivia challenge.
"The judges consisted of leaders from
NAVFAC Southeast, the USACE, CEOs of
local architectural and engineering
firms, and professors and department
heads from the University of Florida and
University of North Florida," said
NAVFAC Southeast Capital Improvements
Business Line Coordinator and Chief
Engineer Jack McCarthy, one of eight
judges for the competition.
"Four person teams made up of students
from local high schools interested in
engineering competed in several
elements," said McCarthy. "The take home
project encouraged the students to
explore the age-old art of artillery."
The teams applied imagination and sound
engineering to develop a launcher
capable of propelling a standard,
regulation ping pong ball at a target.
Each team had 10 minutes to launch as
many ping pong balls as they could at a
target consisting of three different
sized holes. Points were awarded for the
number of balls that went through the
holes. Aesthetics of the equipment was
also a factor in determining the winner.
The only constraint was that no
explosive charges could be utilized or
anything that would produce noxious
gases. Other than that, the sky was the
"These kids really used their
imagination creating their artillery
launchers," said McCarthy.
There was a surprise project that
required the teams to build a bridge
using an 8.5 by 11 inch piece of paper.
The constructed bridge was required to
span approximately 7.75 inches and the
winner was chosen by noting which bridge
was able to withstand supporting the
greatest number of pennies before
"It was amazing to see the creativity in
this simple, yet challenging task. It
was hard to believe the winning team
loaded 255 pennies on their "bridge"
before it collapsed," said McCarthy.
"Overall, it was a great day for
engineering and to witness the talented
youth of our local high schools," said
The following schools entered teams in
the competition: Atlantic Coast High
School, Bishop Kenny High School,
Baldwin Middle Senior High School,
Christ's Church Academy, Eagles View
Academy, Englewood High School,
Fernandina Beach High School, Fletcher
High School, Frank H. Peterson
Academies, Providence School, Providence
Extension Program, Robert E. Lee High
School and Yulee High School.
Eagle View Academy, Team A, was the
overall winner of the competition. Eagle
View Academy entered two teams this
year. Both placed well in the
competition resulting in Eagle View
Academy taking home the James L. Garland
Award for Engineering Excellence to
display in their school all year.
For more news from Naval Facilities
Engineering Command, visit
NNS140228-14. Carl Vinson Sailors Bowl
for the Team
By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman
Cody Howell, USS Carl Vinson Public
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Seven Sailors
attached to aircraft carrier USS Carl
Vinson (CVN 70) competed in the Navy
Regional Morale, Welfare and Recreation
(MWR) Base Bowling Team Qualification
Tournament at the Sea N' Air Bowling
Center on Naval Air Station North
Island, Feb. 27.
The competition secured the top six
participants roster spots on the North
Island Southwest Regional MWR Base
Bowling Team. These Sailors can now
compete in the Navy MWR Base Bowling
Championship League which consists of
all military service branches. After the
regional competitions, the winning teams
qualify to compete for the national
Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class (AW)
Travis Felver placed 6th in the
tournament and was awarded an alternate
spot on the North Island team roster.
"I have been bowling since I was four,"
Felver said. "Most of the time I bowl
for fun just to have a good time and get
out of the house."
The bowling tournament is an approved
Chief of Naval Operations program and is
sponsored by the league's board of
directors, which includes Commander,
Naval Installations Command.
Aviation Support Equipment Technician
1st Class (AW/SW) Aaron Chavez,
participated in the event and said
bowling on the regional team as a Carl
Vinson Sailor would be an honor but he
enjoys the sport for more than just the
"Bowling is a team sport," said Chavez.
"It gives you an opportunity to go hang
out with friends and enjoy camaraderie."
The league consists of six regions with
ten divisions competing for the
Southwest Regional Championship, slated
to start March 1.
Regional trophies will be awarded to the
top two teams with the highest final
pin-fall score at the end of the
For more news from USS Carl Vinson (CVN
70), visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn70/.
NNS140228-12. CSS Announce Changes to
Mass Communication Specialist PQS
By Chief Mass Communication Specialist
(AW/SW) Shawn D. Graham, Center for
Service Support Public Affairs
NEWPORT, R.I. (NNS) -- The Center for
Service Support (CSS), announced Feb. 27
the development of new Personnel
Qualification Standards (PQS) for the
mass communication specialist (MC)
The current PQS was last updated in
A PQS is a compilation of the minimum
knowledge and skills an individual must
demonstrate in order to qualify to stand
watches or perform other specific
routine duties necessary for the safety,
security or proper operation of a ship,
aircraft or support system.
Master Chief Mass Communication
Specialist (SW/AW) Melissa Weatherspoon,
Navy Public Affairs Support Element
(NPASE) West senior enlisted advisor
(SEA) said the chief petty officers
(CPOs) who developed the PQS were among
the finest she had worked with in the
"We had old salts working with fairly
new chiefs - many of them, I had never
met - so I was excited to share their
experiences and take in the knowledge
they had gained over the years," said
Weatherspoon. "The younger chiefs
brought a fresh perspective to the
table, while the more senior folks
shared years of experience and know how
in the development of qualifications for
MCs in the Fleet. The whole vibe was how
do guide our Sailors to be the best MCs
they can be while giving our chiefs an
awesome leadership and professional
According to Richard Rangel,
Occupational Standards (OCCSTDs) and PQS
model manager, the MC PQS was outdated
and needed an addition of new
qualifications due to the recent
publication of the OCCSTDs.
"The MC community is very diverse," said
Rangel. "I think the dynamics of our
group were good as well as the diversity
in their professional experience. We
hosted a very experienced group. I think
the OCCSTDs should be the basis for
everything we do and since the OCCSTDs
were just published last year it helped
a great deal in our approach to the new
edits. The new PQS will reflect a more
efficient and realistic PQS for the MC
Occupational standards provide the
common thread linking Navy work with
Sailors. They are the building blocks
for all Navy professional development
and training tools, such as rate
training manuals, personal qualification
standards, course curricula and
advancement exams. Because of this,
updating and maintaining OCCSTDs is
critical to ensuring they accurately
reflect what jobs Sailors in specific
ratings are performing throughout the
According to Bill Peterson, CSS deputy
director of Operations, the MC community
is entering a second wave of rating
consolidation since the community formed
"The updated PQS reflects our continuing
effort to ensure new accessions will be
successful in the fleet," said Peterson.
"We will continue to amend PQS to help
our Sailors develop and hone skills that
are relevant as operational
requirements, equipment, and ratings
change. The success of the PQS will not
be determined by CSS, but will be
determined by the fleet where Sailors
Peterson said the electronic-only
versions of the PQS booklets will be
available on Navy Knowledge Online (NKO)
by the end of the year.
CSS and its learning sites provide
Sailors with the knowledge and skills
needed to support the fleet's
warfighting mission. More than 300 staff
and faculty work hand-in-hand with the
fleet and are dedicated to ensure
training is current and well-executed.
Ten thousand Sailors graduate from CSS
courses annually in the administration,
logistics and media communities.
For more news from Center for Service
Support, visit www.navy.mil/local/css/.
NNS140228-09. McRaven: Special Ops Ready
for Post-2014 Afghanistan
By Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C.
Marshall Jr., American Forces Press
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Special operations
forces will be prepared for any decision
made on the post-2014 U.S. military
presence in Afghanistan, the commander
of U.S. Special Operations Command told
Speaking to the House Armed Services
Committee, Navy Adm. William H. McRaven
cited "great strides" in dealing with
current conflicts, preparing for future
conflicts, and with the state of his
"SOCOM continues to provide the world's
finest warriors to the fight in
Afghanistan," he said. "As we approach
the end of 2014, your special operations
forces will be able to adjust to
whatever decisions are made regarding
our future employment in that country."
Earlier this week, President Barack
Obama ordered Pentagon leaders to
prepare for the possibility of a full
withdrawal of U.S. forces from
Afghanistan by the end of the year if a
signed bilateral security agreement is
not in place.
"Globally, we are developing plans to
better serve the geographic combatant
commanders, who, owing to the past 12
years of engagement in Iraq and
Afghanistan, have gone under-resourced
with special operations forces," McRaven
The admiral referred to Socom as the
Defense Department's "synchronizer for
the planning of the war on terrorism,"
noting the work special operations
forces are doing to better coordinate
activities locally, regionally and
globally with both the geographic
combatant commanders and the U.S.
"I believe the future of special
operations will be in helping to build
partner capacity with those willing
nations who share our interests," he
This will mean strengthening existing
allied relationships, McRaven said, and
building new ones. "No nation alone can
stem the rise of extremism," he said.
"We need our friends and allies more now
than ever before."
The admiral said Socom's future is
"inextricably linked" to the
general-purpose force and government
agencies outside DoD.
"The past 12 years have shown us that a
whole-of-government effort is required
to be successful," McRaven said. "In
special operations, we have always known
that without our fellow Soldiers,
Sailors, Airmen and Marines, we are
destined to fail."
McRaven said the command has also gone
to great lengths to take care of what he
called his most precious resource: his
"The preservation of the force and
family ... has already seen a marked
improvement in the morale and well-being
of those who serve in [special
operations forces]," he said. While
there are still issues to be addressed,
McRaven acknowledged, he expressed
confidence in the health of the force
and their families going forward.
"I believe that we have laid the
foundation for keeping our force, and
their families, strong and resilient
into the future," he said.
NNS140228-05. Guam Sailors Celebrate
African-American History Month
By Jesse Leon Guerrero, Joint Region
Marianas Public Affairs
SANTA RITA, Guam (NNS) -- Sailors from
U.S. Naval Base Guam (NBG) celebrated
African-American History Month at the
base chapel Feb. 28.
The NBG Multicultural Committee
coordinated the event to honor the
accomplishments and sacrifices of civil
rights leaders such as Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr. and Medgar Evers, who is
Mississippi's first field secretary of
the National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People.
"This definitely has an impact on me,"
said NBG Yeoman 3rd Class Akeem
Williams. "Being a young
African-American, it's nice to know that
the Navy celebrates diversity and to
know that I am welcomed amongst my peers
The committee presented a historical
slideshow that highlighted the Civil
Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s
that saw many black and white Americans
protesting for an end to discrimination
and segregation. This year marks the
50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act
that President Lyndon Johnson signed
into law July 2, 1964. That national
milestone prohibited discrimination
based on race, color of skin, religion,
sex and national origin.
NBG Commanding Officer Capt. Mike Ward
said combining people's differences,
such as their culture, experiences and
skills, with the Navy's core values
creates a strategic advantage for the
"What we're celebrating throughout the
year is the fact that our Navy is a
diverse culture and it is reflective of
our society," Ward said. "The fact that
we bring (in) people from all walks of
life, from all parts of the country,
some from other countries to join our
military makes us a better military. It
makes us better people, better Sailors."
According to NAVADMIN 016/14,
African-Americans make up more than 17
percent of the Navy's active duty forces
and they participate in all facets of
This African-American History Month
celebration is one of several events
that the base holds throughout the year
in recognition of American history and
social progress. The NBG Multicultural
Committee is looking at hosting an
upcoming event that will commemorate
women's equality and suffrage.
For more news from U.S. Naval Forces,
NNS140228-02. Sexual Assault Reports:
Week of Feb. 17 - 23
From the Office of the Chief of
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- This week's overview
of alleged sexual assaults is compiled
based on 15 initial reports across the
Navy from Feb. 17 - 23.
This time frame reflects only the
receipt of the initial reports; two of
these reported incidents also occurred
during this period.
Every one of these reports will be fully
investigated. Looking at this snapshot
in time, we see the following:
Nine reports come from events that
occurred on-base and six from events
that occurred off-base.
Fourteen of the alleged offenders were
male, one was female, and one was
unknown. The vast majority were known to
their alleged victims. Two were
officers, nine were petty officers, two
were E-3 or below, two were civilians,
and one was unknown.
Eleven of the reported incidents are
alleged to be service member on service
Among the alleged victims, one was an
officer, six were petty officers, five
were E-3 or below, two were civilians,
and one was unknown. Of these reported,
11 were female and four were male.
To contact a Sexual Assault Response
Coordinator at the Department of Defense
Safe Help Line, call (877) 995-5247 .
To learn more about Navy's Sexual
Assault Prevention and Response program,
NNS011213-39. This Day in Naval History
- Feb. 28
From Naval History and Heritage Command,
Communication and Outreach Division
1893 - The first U.S. Navy battleship,
USS Indiana (BB 1), is launched.
1844 - While on the Potomac River, the
experimental 14-inch gun explodes on
board USS Princeton, killing Secretary
of State (former Secretary of the Navy)
Abel P. Upshur, Secretary of the Navy
Thomas W. Gilmer, and five other
dignitaries and injuring 20 people.
1942 - USS Jacob Jones (DE 130) is sunk
by German submarine U 578 off the
1942 - USS Houston (CA 30) engages the
Japanese in Battle of Battle of Sunda
Strait and is later sunk the next day.
675 Sailors and Marines die with
HOUSTON. 366 men are taken into
captivity. In 1945 only 290 men
1944 - USS Balao (SS 285) and USS Sand
Lance (SS 381) sink Japanese army cargo
ship Akiura Maru, transport Shoho Maru
about 90 miles northwest of Manokawari,
New Guinea and transport Kaiko Maru just
east of Musashi Wan, off Paramushir,
1959 - USS Strong (DD 758) rescues 13
Arab fishermen from Bahrain when their
fishing boats flounder.
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