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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
Phone: 210-224-2500
Room rate $125 plus tax
5 nights $729.70
Use supper shuttle from air port
Hosted by Jack and Kathy Kilcrease.
201 La Jolla Drive Live Oaks ,TX 78233


I've got the 2017 reunion in New Orleans, LA booked. Would you please put this on the website so people can start planning for next year?


Y'all mark your calendars the 2017 USS Constellation reunion is booked in New Orleans, Louisiana starting Tuesday September 5th and ending Sunday September 10th 2017. So save your nickels and save your dimes come on down to New Orleans for some good times. If you don't want to be like Fats Domino in his song “Walking to New Orleans" then start saving for your transportation now! We are booked at the Crowne Plaza hotel on the corner of Canal Street and Bourbon Street in the historic French Quarters. Find out all the details at this year’s reunion in San Antonio.

Laissez Less Bon Temps Rouler!!


Dennis Chapman

More information coming later.


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.

A message from the President:

New Plaque Building 92


Commemorative Plaque Dedication
Brooklyn Navy Yard and Center
May 2, 2016, Noon

Good afternoon, my name is Gayland Rushing, President of the USS Constellation CVA/CV-64 Association. I am a Plank Owner, having served onboard from 1961-1963, as part of the original sea worthiness crew. You ask why we are here today.
We are here to celebrate the lives of your Brooklyn Navy Shipyard family members, lost while working onboard the USS Constellation, which evolved into a part of America’s history, protecting our beloved freedoms, we all hold so dear to our hearts. Rest assured your shipyard family has never been forgotten and our wish is to honor and remember them this day and forever more.

The keel was laid in 1957 and just before her completion on Dec 19, 1960, a tragic accident occurred. A fire broke out. While many workers escaped the fire, unfortunately, fifty perished. It took several months to rebuild the ship. She was commissioned on October 27, 1961, a testament to the tenacity, grit and spirit of the men working in this shipyard. A commemorative bronze plaque, memorializing their names was created by the Navy League. That original plaque was mounted on the bulkhead hangar deck and traveled around the world for forty two years. Unfortunately, the plaque disappeared around the time the ship was decommissioned in 2003. After several years of unsuccessful investigations, the original plaque was deemed lost. But the spirit of the plaque and its’ recipients memories lived on. Something good arose from this unfortunate incident. Safety rules were updated to forbid use of wooden scaffolding in future ship building.

The USS Constellation’s motto was “spirit of the old, pride of the new”, serving in numerous conflicts around the world, the first being the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. After Cuba, her home port was changed from Jacksonville, FL to San Diego, CA. She was too large to go through the Panama Canal so she sailed around the tip of South America’s Cape Horn making many stops in the process where she and her crew became great ambassadors for America’s Navy. She hosted three Presidential visits, Lyndon Baine Johnson, Richard Milhouse Nixon and Ronald Wilson Reagan who proclaimed her to be “America’s Flagship”. Her maiden cruise was 1961-1962. She made many cruises to the Far East known as Westpac and to the Middle East known as Westpac and the Arabian Sea cruises. Her twenty first and final cruise returned to San Diego in 2003 where she was decommissioned, after forty two years’ service.

You and your families and our Navy families, were privileged to witness the achievements made by our beloved ship. What a legacy! The USS Constellation went on to become one of the most decorated and valued aircraft carriers of her time. She received at least sixteen Awards, Citations, Campaign Ribbons and Medals such as:
Presidential Unit Citation, Navy Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Secretary of the Navy Letter of Commendation, Navy “E” Designation, Navy Expeditionary Service Medal, Navy Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, South East Asia Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Unit Citation and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and I am certain there are many more awards which I have not mentioned.

In conclusion, 2003 was a sad year for members of the USS Constellation Association, our beloved ship was removed from service and our treasured plaque was also adrift. How can we turn this negative issue into a positive issue? Three compassionate men of the USS Constellation Association, who are in attendance today, Marty Horowitz, Rich Romeo and Phil Tambasco, knew the importance of replacing this plaque. So they worked hard to come up with a plan and presented it to the Association’s Executive Board and general membership during one of our annual reunions in Arlington, VA. The plan, passed by a unanimous vote, was to fund and recreate a new plaque and GIFT it to the Brooklyn Navy Yard, memorializing shipyard workers names with a new permanently installed plaque as a reminder of the lost lives on that fateful day. From this day forward, all families will have a place to visit and perpetuate their memories. Thank you USS Constellation Association for remembering and providing this beautiful new bronze plaque today.

I thank you all for being here for this important occasion and for your attention. Thank you to the Building 92 committee for coordinating this ceremony, especially Aileen Chumard, Executive Director of Programs and Exhibits, John Coburn Vice President and Lead Architect, Andrew Gustafson Vice President Turnstile Tours, Cindy Vanderbosch President Turnstile Tours, Marie Nachsin External Affairs and Adrianne Murray Manger Visitor Services. Again, thank you for allowing me to speak today. I bid you:
Fair Winds and Smooth Seas and may
God Continue to Bless and Keep America Strong!
And now we take great pride and pleasure in presenting to this great ship yard, your
new plaque, ENJOY!

Also we have designed a coin which will be available for all to purchase, $15.00, commemorating that faithful day in "Connies" history.  These will be available at our future reunions.




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;

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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 Scrapping Links

USS Constellation Last Voyage Site

Voyage of the Carbon Foss

Brooklyn Navy Yard Tribute Wall

Click Here for our 2015 Memorial List

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NNS160705-06. Navy Releases Mid-Year SRB Update

From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs Office

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Navy released an update to the Selective Reenlistment Bonus (SRB) award plan July 5 in NAVADMIN 155/16 that includes 25 award level decreases and four skills removed from the list released earlier this year in NAVADMIN 036/16.

Eighty-four skills remain unchanged in this update and no skills were added or had award levels increased. NAVADMIN 155/16 also lists 39 skills closed since February when they met their reenlistment quotas. The NAVADMIN contains the complete list of SRB skills award levels with changes.

Skill removals and award level decreases take effect 30 days after release of the NAVADMIN.

Navy continues to see strong retention in all zones, providing an opportunity to adjust skills mid-fiscal year.

Sailors should expect to see more frequent SRB updates via NAVADMIN as well as through the SRB page on Navy Personnel Command's website.

This update brings back the policy that Sailors with Tier 2 and Tier 3 skills must reenlist in the same fiscal year as their expiration of active obligated service (EAOS), a change from the last NAVADMIN.

SRB rewards Sailors who attain special training in skills most needed in the fleet and helps meet critical skill reenlistment benchmarks. Award levels are adjusted as reenlistment requirements for specific ratings and skill sets are met.

Enlisted Community Managers continuously monitor the health of their community and make recommendations to leadership, as required, to maintain acceptable manning levels in critical skills. As reenlistment requirements for specific ratings and skill sets are met, award levels are reduced to zero and posted on the Navy Personnel Command (NPC) SRB webpage

Eligible Sailors desiring SRB reenlistment are encouraged to work with their command career counselors, command master chiefs and chain of command to discuss timing of reenlistment and procedures well before their EAOS. Requests are required to be submitted a minimum of 35 days prior to the requested reenlistment date.

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NNS160705-01. Navy Unveils National Museum of the American Sailor

From From Naval History and Heritage Command Communication and Outreach Division

GREAT LAKES, Ill. (NNS) -- The Great Lakes Naval Museum was officially renamed the National Museum of the American Sailor during a ceremony and sign unveiling at the museum July 4.

The Navy's top enlisted Sailor, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (AW/NAC) Mike Stevens, was joined by retired Rear Adm. Sam Cox, director of Naval History and Heritage Command, North Chicago Mayor Leon Rockingham, Capt. James Hawkins, commanding officer of Naval Station Great Lakes, Jennifer Searcy, Ph.D., director of the National Museum of the American Sailor, and representatives from the Great Lakes Naval Museum Foundation and National Museum of the American Sailor Foundation to unveil the new sign in front of the museum.

"Dedicated to telling the story of anyone who has ever worn the Navy uniform, this building will do more than house history," said Cox. "The National Museum of the American Sailor will stand as a place for Sailors, Navy families and proud Americans to learn more about the Navy that serves them by using the history and experiences of our Sailors as the basis for its exhibits."

Cox and Stevens shared the news of the name change with attendees of the Naval Station Great Lakes July Fourth Celebration with a speech and video presentation Monday evening.

The National Museum of the American Sailor name change signals a shift in vision from a regional focus to one that depicts the diverse history of Sailors who have served in the U.S. Navy. The name change also reflects the interest of museum visitors, many of whom travel from across the country to attend the basic training graduations at the Navy's Recruit Training Command.

"What may appear as a simple name change to some, for me, marks a recommitment to my shipmates that as a Navy, and as a Nation, we honor the service and sacrifice of all American Sailors," said Stevens.

The National Museum of the American Sailor currently features exhibits on life in Navy boot camp, naval uniforms and traditions, the history of Naval Station Great Lakes, the role of diversity in the Navy and the role of women in the Navy. Over the next two years, the museum will expand its exhibits to introduce visitors to the overall history and role of the U.S. Navy and the experiences of American Sailors in the past and today

"I am very excited for this 'new' museum, and I welcome you all to visit. Our nation's history would not be the same if it were not for the millions of American Sailors who have served in the United States Navy," said Cox.

The museum is located in Building 42 just outside the perimeter of Naval Station Great Lakes. Building 42, known as Hostess House, was built in 1942 and served as a visitors and reception center for almost one million American Sailors who came through Great Lakes during WWII.

The former Great Lakes Naval Museum was dedicated on Oct. 26, 1996 in Building 158 and opened to the public on Oct. 13, 1997. It became an official Navy Museum in Building 42 in 2009, joining the Naval History and Heritage Command museum enterprise.

The National Museum of the American Sailor is one of ten museums in the naval history enterprise. Other museums include:
--National Museum of the United States Navy (Washington Navy Yard, D.C.)
--National Naval Aviation Museum (Pensacola, Fla.)
--Hampton Roads Naval Museum (Norfolk, Va.)
--United States Navy Seabee Museum (Port Hueneme, Calif.)
--Submarine Force Library and Museum and Historic Ship NAUTILUS (Groton, Conn.)
--Naval Undersea Museum (Keyport, Wash.)
--Puget Sound Navy Museum (Bremerton, Wash.)
--Naval War College Museum (Newport, R.I.)
--United States Naval Academy Museum (Annapolis, Md.)

The 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, ten museums, USS Constitution repair facility and the historic ship Nautilus.

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NNS160705-15. Naval War College Holds STEM Camp, Stimulates Student Scientists

By Ezra J. Elliott, U.S. Naval War College Public Affairs

NEWPORT, R.I. (NNS) -- Seventy-eight high school students from public, private, and charter schools in the New England area participated in U.S. Naval War College's (NWC) Starship Poseidon Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Camp, June 26 to July 1.

"This program is designed to offer students the opportunity to experience science and technology as real applications in the Navy," said Lewis Duncan, NWC provost. "The United States currently has a deficit of engineers and scientists and we need them to keep our country on the leading edge of technological progress, so programs like these are an essential investment in our shared future."

The STEM project at NWC began in 2012 with the camp's first group of just 30 students, and it has been steadily growing ever since.

"Our approach is to bring different types of students together," said William F. Bundy, NWC professor, director of the college's Gravely Naval Warfare Research Group, and program lead of the camp. "There are students with backgrounds in physics and chemistry who have taken advanced placement courses. We also bring in students who have not taken those subjects in earnest, so they can talk about STEM programs with their peers. The students encourage each other."

NWC's Cmdr. Joseph Santos, program administrator for the camp, agreed.

"Each group has an even distribution of students," Santos said. "We make sure there are a proportionate number of students of all grades, backgrounds and genders in each."

During the weeklong camp session, students participated in several interactive projects of their choice, from water filtration experiments to building hydraulic robotic arms. The events were jointly led by six active-duty military members from the NWC and seven civilian educators from various STEM professions.

The students experienced tours of facilities at Naval Station Newport, as well as field trips to the Battleship Cove Naval Heritage Museum, the New England Institute of Technology, Naval Submarine Base New London, and the Naval Undersea Warfare Center. During these trips, students get the opportunity to meet and pose questions to young engineers who work with technology.

"These students are being exposed to things that they've never seen before," said Santos. "You can see the incredible interest in them -- their fascination. They're energetic."

At the end of the week, each student received a certificate signifying their completion of the program. In addition, awards were given to students who displayed intellectual potential or peer-leadership.

Some students who participated in the camp have been accepted to U.S. Naval Academy and Coast Guard Academy programs.

"It's a good program in terms of exposure, and we've seen some very positive results," Bundy concluded.

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NNS160705-13. Navy's Oldest Family Medicine Residency Program Holds Graduation Ceremony

By Yan Kennon, Naval Hospital Jacksonville Public Affairs

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Hospital Jacksonville's award-winning Family Medicine Residency Program, now in its 45th year of continuous accreditation, graduated 20 new physicians during a ceremony at the Officers' Club at Naval Air Station Jacksonville June 30.

The graduates included 13 interns and seven residents, and the graduation also served as a kickoff to the program's new school year, which begins July 1 for 29 residents and 14 interns.

All program participants are physicians who have completed medical school. By the end of the first year, each has completed training rotations in primary and inpatient care, emergency medicine, general surgery, orthopedics, ophthalmology, urology, and dermatology.

To become board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, physicians must successfully complete three years of residency training in a program that is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education -- such as NH Jacksonville's.

"One of the best experiences our graduates have had is being fully embedded in our Medical Home Port, which places patients at the center of our collaborative team of caregivers," said Cmdr. Kristian Sanchack, NH Jacksonville's medical residency program director. "Now it's time for the graduates to take what they've learned and apply it in the fleet, to the service members and families that are entrusted to our care."

Upon completion of the first year of study, some residents choose to go directly into the fleet to serve as general medical officers, flight surgeons, or undersea medical officers. Those who stay continue for two additional years of training in such areas as sports medicine, neurology, mental health, hospice, trauma, and intensive care. Third-year residents are assigned as staff family medicine physicians, providing care to active-duty personnel, retirees and families.

NH Jacksonville's Family Medicine Residency Program has earned the 2014 and 2015 Outstanding Achievement in Scholarly Activity Award from the Uniformed Services Academy of Family Physicians, and the 2013 Excellence in Teaching Award and 2011 Clinical Site of the Year by the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

Celebrating its 75th Anniversary this year, NH Jacksonville's priority since its founding in 1941 is to heal the nation's heroes and their families. The command is comprised of the Navy's third largest hospital and five branch health clinics across Florida and Georgia. Of its patient population -- 163,000 active and retired Sailors, Soldiers, Marines, Airmen, Guardsmen, and their families -- almost 85,000 are enrolled with a primary care manager and Medical Home Port team at one of its facilities.

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NNS160705-08. Truman Transits Strait of Gibraltar

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Anthony Flynn, USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Public Affairs

ATLANTIC OCEAN (NNS) -- Aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) transited the Strait of Gibraltar, July 2.

The Strait of Gibraltar sits between the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, dividing southern Europe and northern Africa.

"It's one of the most historic straits in the world," said Quartermaster 2nd Class Daniel Searfoss. "Some of the greatest explorers, like Ferdinand and Columbus, have used this strait in their journeys. I'm honored, as a navigator, to be able to say I've gone through it."

This is the second time Truman has transited the strait; however, this time there are some key differences.

"When we transited the strait on our way out here it was during the night," said Intelligence Specialist 1st Class Giacomo Zach. "They didn't open up the flight deck to the crew and there wasn't a whole lot that you could see. This time we had great weather and visibility so you could see Spain, Morocco and the Rock [of Gibraltar]."

Strait transits can be a challenge and demand a lot of attention to detail throughout the entire evolution.

"When the ship's in open water we can just maneuver around stuff," said Searfoss. "In straits we're locked on course. Every movement we make requires early communication, and any time we have to get off track could create a hazard for us."

The strait is 7.7 nautical miles wide at its narrowest point with heavy traffic consisting of ferries, merchants and fishing boats from both continents.

"This strait is a little wider than some of the others we've gone through, but there's quite a bit of activity," said Zach. "We did have incidents where people tested the ship's boundaries and our [helicopters] had to get involved."

Truman's Security department provides increased protection around the ship as an additional safety measure during the transit.

"We man the .50-calibers and [M240 machine guns]," said Master-at-Arms 1st Class Thomas Powers. "We're extra cautious of our surroundings. Even small boats can be a threat to us."

Completing the transit and entering the Atlantic Ocean was a major milestone and one of the final evolutions of this deployment.

"The Strait of Gibraltar was the entrance and exit for this deployment," said Searfoss. "Making this transit means we are on our way out. The next time any of us see land it will be Norfolk."

Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is currently on an 8-month deployment to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts.

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NNS160705-05. Accession Training Service Ribbon Established

From Navy Office of Information

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Department of the Navy renamed the Recruit Training Service Ribbon July 5 to the Navy Accession Training Service Ribbon, expanding eligibility to personnel serving in accession billets and commands across the Navy.

The new ribbon is retroactive for all service members completing a successful tour of duty within one of six training commands after October 1, 1995.

"The Sailors who serve at our Navy's training commands are some of the best our service has to offer," said Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, the Honorable Franklin R. Parker. "This award will recognize the extremely important work these men and women do to ensure future generations of our force are trained and ready to serve in the fleet."

Eligible Sailors must have maintained outstanding personal standards without any disciplinary incidents while serving at one of the following commands: Naval Service Training Command, Recruit Training Command, Officer Training Command, Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps, United States Naval Academy and the United States Naval Academy Preparatory School.

More information about the Navy Accession Training Service Ribbon can be found in ALNAV 049/16.

NNS160705-04. 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment Marines Disembark USS Ashland After Participation in CARAT

By Lance Cpl. Carl King, Amphibious Force 7th Fleet Public Affairs

OKINAWA, Japan (NNS) -- U.S. Sailors and Marines with Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment disembarked the forward-deployed Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) in Okinawa, Japan, after several training engagements in the region, July 4.

The Marines returned to Okinawa after participating in exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) with Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand.

CARAT is a nine-country, bilateral exercise series between the United States and Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand and Timor-Leste. The CARAT series remains ongoing in the region.

"CARAT was [a] very new experience for a vast majority of the landing force and there was a lot of enthusiasm because of what we were able to accomplish out there with our Pacific partners," said U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Andrew Hornfeck, company commander of Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment.

CARAT allowed U.S. service members to show partner nations the amphibious capabilities the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps possess when working together, while also building relationships in the Pacific.

The Marines, being ambassadors of the United States in the places they visited, took joy in teaching and learning from their Pacific counterparts.

"It was a good experience," said U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Zachary Wiggins, an automatic rifleman with Easy Company. "I would definitely come back on the next deployment if I get the opportunity."

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NNS160704-01. Wasp Holds Burial at Sea

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Eric Garst, USS Wasp (LHD 1) Public Affairs

ATLANTIC OCEAN (NNS) -- Sailors aboard USS Wasp (LHD 1) laid to rest 20 military veterans and one military spouse during a burial at sea, June 30.

Seventeen Sailors, one Marine, one Airman, one Soldier and one military spouse were committed to the sea with full military honors, including a 21-gun salute.

The ceremony was conducted under the direction of Wasp's Commanding Officer Capt. Andy Smith and Command Chaplain Cmdr. Carla Barry.

"On this solemn occasion we stand ready to carry out a duty, which is also a privilege," said Smith. "To render appropriate military honors for shipmates who have passed on from this life."

During the ceremony, the command chaplain recognized each service member individually. The deceased were then laid to rest, honored with a 21-gun salute and the playing of Taps.

Each department aboard Wasp played a role in conducting the burial at sea. Sailors volunteered to carry the cremains of each fallen service member and dependent.

"I feel it is my duty to give them the honors they deserve for serving their country," said Air Traffic Controller 1st Class Aaron Kish, Wasp honor platoon leader.

Burials at sea are often performed for fallen military members who were honorably discharged, retired, honorably discharged or served on active duty as well as their family members.

"The burial at sea is one way which we honor the memory of our fellow service members," said Smith. "Historians have documented that burials at sea have been conducted by sea bearing people down through the ages."

According to, the tradition of a burial at sea is an ancient one. This practice has been around as long as people have gone to sea. In earlier times, the body was sewn into a weighted shroud, usually sailcloth. The body was then sent over the side, usually with a religious ceremony. Many burials at sea took place as recently as World War II when naval forces operated at sea for months at a time. Since World War II many service members, veterans, and family members have chosen to be buried at sea.

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NNS160702-02. NAVSEA Engineers Win DoD Value Engineering Achievement Awards

From NAVSEA Office of Corporate Communication

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- WASHINGTON - Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) engineers were awarded four 2015 Department of Defense (DoD) Value Engineering Achievements Awards during a ceremony at the Pentagon, June 28.

The awards acknowledge outstanding achievement and encourage additional projects to improve government and contractor productivity.

"Winning four DoD Value Engineering Awards demonstrates both the technical rigor of our work and NAVSEA's dedication to providing innovative solutions to the fleet," said Vice Adm. Tom Moore, commander, NAVSEA.

Value engineering is a systematic approach to analyzing the function of systems, equipment, facilities, services, and supplies to ensure they achieve their essential functions at the lowest life cycle cost consistent with required performance, reliability, quality, and safety.

The DoD selected awardees based on five categories: program/project, individual, team, organization, and special.

In the program/project category, the NAVSEA Naval Systems Engineering Directorate's improvements to the Infrared Thermography Inspection Program resulted in a safer, more efficient means of testing post-repair steam-piping systems and achieved a 1-year direct cost avoidance of $424,000 for planned maintenance availabilities; a three-year savings of $664,000; and a 5-year savings of $1.1 million.

Also within the Naval Systems Engineering Directorate, the command's Engineering Cumbersome Work Practices Resolution Team received the Team category award for its optimized analysis of several processes and products within the command's shipbuilding and ship maintenance operations that resulted in $60.83 million cost savings for fiscal year 2015.

Two additional awards went to one of NAVSEA's remote field activities in Crane, Indiana, the first to the Special Warfare and Expeditionary Systems Department, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Crane in the Special category at for a value engineering effort on the costly maintenance cycles of the MK 186 Mod 2 Radio Firing Device (RFD) Kit and MK 67 Mod 0 (zero) RFD Kit. Through visual inspection, cycling and a capacity discharge test on the RFD's remote and controller units, the team determined they could extend the battery shelf life from three years to seven years. The shelf life extension decreased downtime from five months every three years to five months every seven years, resulting in an 8 percent overall reduction in downtime. NSWC Crane's efforts to challenge the shelf life requirement resulted in approximately $3.26 million in total cost avoidance from fiscal year 2014 - 2020.

The Global Deterrence and Defense Department at NSWC Crane won the command's second award in the Special category for its value engineering effort of the field services for the submarine main storage battery and support systems in the Navy's submarine fleet. Their analysis of the support functions showed savings potential by moving the field services from commercial vendors to the submarine battery In-Service Engineering Agent. This transition resulted in an increased level of service and achieved nearly $1 million in cost savings for fiscal year 2015.

"They have done exceptional work in support of the Naval Sea Systems Command," said Rear Adm. Lorin Selby, NAVSEA Chief Engineer and deputy commander for Ship Design, Integration and Naval Engineering and Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) commander.

"The application of innovation, high-velocity learning, best practices, and applied research and development, into our ship construction, maintenance and direct support of fleet activities are aligned with NAVSEA priorities and have resulted in a great benefit to the Navy."

NAVSEA is the largest of the Navy's five system commands with a mission to design, build, deliver and maintain ships and systems on time and on cost for the U.S. Navy.

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NNS160701-36. USS Patriot Commences Summer Patrol

By Amphibious Force 7th Fleet Public Affairs

SASEBO, Japan (NNS) -- The Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship USS Patriot (MCM 7) departed Sasebo, Japan, July 2 for a routine patrol in U.S. 7th area of operations.

During the ship's patrol, Patriot will conduct a series of port visits throughout Japan and participate with the Japanese Maritime Self Defense in a bilateral mine countermeasures training exercise.

"Our crew is excited to get underway and train alongside our Japanese counterparts in the vital mission area of mine warfare," said Lt. Cmdr. Emily Royse, commanding officer of Patriot. "We all recognize how important our alliance is with Japan and look forward to furthering that through our efforts in port and at sea."

Patriot is assigned to Commander, Mine Countermeasures Squadron (MCMRON) 7 forward deployed to Sasebo, Japan in U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

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NNS160701-35. Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton Residents Graduate

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Yasmine T. Muhammad, Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton Public Affairs

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (NNS) -- Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton held a graduation ceremony for its Residents and Interns in the hospital's Medal of Honor Mall, June 30, 2016.

Twelve Family Medicine residents, four Dental residents, two Sports Medicine fellows, one Pharmacy resident and 13 Family Medicine interns graduated during the ceremony.

As one of only three naval hospitals with a training program for family medicine doctors, NHCP takes in several residents per year to train them to give Marines, Sailors and their families the best care possible.

The guest speaker, who delivered his speech via video teleconference, was Capt. Mark Flynn -- a prior program director at NHCP and currently the head medical officer at Branch Health Clinic Diego Garcia. During his commencement speech, Flynn mentioned where each graduate was headed and gave everyone their own personal congratulations. Following that he gave the graduates a few lessons learned during his Naval career and offered advice as they move forward in theirs.

"I hope you all feel well prepared and are ready to take on new challenges," said Flynn. "And to all the families, know that you too have been instrumental in getting to this day and are deserving of congratulations as well."

All new Navy doctors arriving at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton participate in a one-year internship, where upon completion they either continue training for two more years as a resident or go out into the fleet as a general medicine officer.

Lt. Luke Womble, a graduating intern, will be staying at NHCP for the remainder of his residency and said while the internship was difficult, the support from the staff and fellow residents helped to push him without making him feel forced or alone.

"Now is the time to see as much as you can while you're under the supervision of other doctors.; you have a great support system to help you as you're learning and they serve as your safety net," said Womble. "I learned a lot this year and it's really exciting to see how much I've grown as a physician."

While operating as residents, the graduates have been working 60-80 hours per week. This ceremony gives them the completion of a milestone needed to continue in their naval careers.

Dental residents are new dental school graduates that elect to receive one year of postgraduate training in specialty care diagnosis and treatment, in addition to managing patients in a hospital environment.

Sports Medicine fellows are usually Family Medicine physicians returning from the fleet to further their education in treating and preventing injuries associated with intense physical activity.

The Pharmacy Residency Program at NHCP is a one-year accredited program that provides increased clinical pharmacy skills and helps to better identify problems related to drug therapy and provide sound recommendations to physicians.

Lt. Lauren Alderson, a 3rd year graduate headed to Naval Hospital Oak Harbor at Whidbey Island, Washington, said her experience was a lot better than she anticipated and she is excited to move on to her next command.

"The biggest takeaway that I have is just feeling confident in both what I know and what I don't know," said Alderson. "They have trained us well, but as a family medicine doctor you can't know everything, so you have to know your limits and be ready to ask questions. My advice to the new interns is to be humble. Being an intern is not easy so you have to earn respect and trust. If you are knowledgeable and humble it will take you very far."

Womble lended a piece of advice as well.

"My biggest piece of advice would be to keep a positive attitude throughout the year," said Womble. "By keeping a positive outlook, I found that the work was more enjoyable, and looking back it has been a very fun year."

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NNS020702-07. This Day in Naval History - July 05

From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

1801 - David G. Farragut is born near Knoxville, Tenn. Known for the quote, Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead during the Battle of Mobile Bay in 1864, he is appointed vice admiral by President Abraham Lincoln in 1864 and is commissioned an admiral, the first-ever in the US Navy, by a Congressional Act in 1866.

1814 - The sloop-of-war, USS Peacock, captures British vessels HMS Stranger, HMS Venus, HMS Adiona, and HMS Fortitude.

1859 - Hawaiian bark Gambia, commanded by Capt. N.C. Brooks, discovers the Midway Islands. The islands are named "Middlebrook Islands." On Aug. 28, 1867, Capt. William Reynolds of the USS Lackawanna takes possession of the atoll for the U.S., making Midway the first offshore islands annexed by the U.S. government.

1862 - The Navy Department is reorganized by act of Congress.

1942 - USS Growler (SS 215) torpedoes and sinks the Japanese destroyer, Arare, in the Salmon Lagoon, off Kiska. In the attack, USS Growler damages destroyers Kasumi and Shiranui.

1944 - USS Thomas (DE 102) and USS Baker (DE 190) from Task Group 22.5, sink German minelayer submarine (U 233) off Halifax, Nova Scotia.

NNS160706-24. Navy Week Kicks Off in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dominique Shelton

MILWAUKEE (NNS) -- Sailors assembled at Discovery World Science and Technology Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, July 5 to kick off Milwaukee Navy Week.

Kickoff festivities included static displays and equipment demonstrations from Sailors assigned to the Trident Refit Facility Dive Locker based out of Kings Bay, Georgia, USS Constitution, Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Milwaukee (LCS 5), Navy Recruiting District Chicago and Navy Medicine Logistics Command. Navy Band Great Lakes also performed at one of the many firework displays that took place throughout the city July 4.

"Navy Weeks are a great opportunity to let people who might not know about the Navy learn what we are really about," said Electrician's Mate 1st Class Quinton L. Wilson, a Sailor stationed aboard Milwaukee. "These types of events give us Sailors the chance to meet people who might not live near a Navy installation, while also giving back to the communities that we work so hard to protect."

Since 2005, the Navy Week program has served as the Navy's principal outreach effort in the areas of the country without a significant naval presence. More than 185 Navy Weeks have been held in 68 different U.S. cities.

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NNS160706-21. Navy's San Clemente Island Fuel Facility Renovations Complete

By Candice Villarreal, Director, Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center Office of Corporate Communications

SAN CLEMENTE ISLAND, Calif. (NNS) -- Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center (NAVSUP FLC) San Diego celebrated the complete replacement of its San Clemente Island fuel facility during a ribbon cutting ceremony July 6.

The ceremony commemorated the conclusion of Military Construction Project (MILCON) P-704F, a $31 million project replacing fuel storage facilities and pipeline slated to ensure Navy aircraft will have the essential fueling support they need to keep flying into the foreseeable future.

The Navy-owned, coastal California island serves as a live-fire range and research facility, playing a pivotal role in tactical training for both fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft squadrons assigned to Navy Region Southwest. As a result, enhanced aircraft fueling capabilities are a critical component of mission success.

"Fuel is one of the most essential resources for military forces in every theater and corner of the globe today," said Commander, NAVSUP Global Logistics Support Rear Adm. James McNeal. "The fueling facilities in the Southwest region, in particular, service one of the largest concentrations of naval forces in the world. To ensure the facility maintained optimal support levels to the fleet while also mitigating impact to the environment during such substantial construction is a very significant achievement."

"The success of this project is testament to the fantastic working relationship between NAVSUP and Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC)," continued McNeal. "I'd like to thank Rear Adm. Bret Muilenburg (commander, NAVFAC), and his entire team at NAVFAC Southwest."

During the three-year MILCON, three subterranean JP-5 jet fuel tanks were replaced with new, state-of-the art, 100,000 gallon above-ground tanks. A new pump house and pump room also complement the innumerable upgrades to the facility's fire suppression systems, truck fill stands, and leak detection systems. The intensive construction project essentially replaced an aging fuel facility with the cutting-edge, safety and mission-focused modernizations it needs to provide unparalleled warfighter support.

"It is noteworthy to consider the nature and number of tactical flight operations this facility supports," said NAVSUP FLC San Diego Commanding Officer Rear Adm. (Select) John Palmer. "The execution and ultimate success of each of those evolutions hinges on the ability of this facility and its staff to keep them ready, fueled and flying."

The San Clemente Island fuel facility issues in excess of 80,000 gallons of jet fuel each month for hundreds of Navy, joint service and allied forces aircraft.

As part of the Navy's ongoing commitment to the environment, much of the project was planned and executed according to "green building" guidelines. Those initiatives, in turn, led to the facility's current consideration for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver certification for groundbreaking efforts in environmental responsibility.

"To have such a busy fuel facility undergo a construction project of this magnitude -- while still meeting all mission requirements in supporting aggressive warfighter training -- speaks volumes about the caliber of personnel we have on the job," said Palmer. "Everyone involved, from our civil service and military personnel to our trusted contractor partners, has certainly gone above and beyond in ensuring this project resulted in success. I am certain I speak for America's warfighters when I thank them for their tireless efforts and congratulate them on a job well done."

NAVSUP FLC San Diego, one of eight fleet logistics centers under NAVSUP Global Logistics Support (GLS), provides operational logistics, business and support services to fleet, shore and industrial commands of the Navy, Coast Guard, Military Sealift Command, and other joint and allied forces. Services include contracting, regional transportation, fuel, material management, household goods movement support, postal and consolidated mail, warehousing, global logistics and husbanding, hazardous material management, and integrated logistics support.

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NNS160706-19. West Coast Seabees Welcome New Commodore

From Naval Construction Group 1 Public Affairs

PORT HUENEME, Calif. (NNS) -- Hundreds of Seabees, family members, and guests gathered at Naval Base Ventura County's Port Hueneme parade field to welcome the newest commodore of Naval Construction Group (NCG) 1 during a change of command ceremony, July 1.

During the ceremony, Capt. Mike Saum relieved Capt. Christopher Kurgan, who has led the Pacific Seabee force of more than 4,500 Seabees and civilians since June 2014.

Rear Adm. Frank Morneau, commander, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command and guest speaker for the event, spoke of his admiration for his fellow Seabees, thanked Kurgan for his service and welcomed Saum to his new position of command.

"Commodore Kurgan has set the example for this group, and set the example in the entire expeditionary combat force," said Morneau. "I can't thank you enough for what you've done. You've turned vision into reality, readiness into fighting spirit, and the Seabees of this group into the traditional, warfighting Sailors that they have always stood for."

Morneau presented Kurgan with a Legion of Merit, earned for his exceptional meritorious conduct and the performance of outstanding services and achievements.

"I'm humbled on a daily basis by the amount of leadership that occurs across this group to make things happen here in Port Hueneme, as well as across the Pacific," said Kurgan. "I've been absolutely blessed over the last two years. I've been blessed to have had the opportunity to serve with my heroes. Thank you for your leadership, for your support, and your example of our values. I will always cherish our time together. You exemplify our motto 'with compassion for others, we build, we fight, for peace with freedom.'"

While under Kurgan's leadership, operational control of NCG 1's homeported units aligned under U.S. 3rd Fleet August 2015, and the group saw the further integration of reserve forces and training, among many other accomplishments.

In an unelaborate but important exchange of courtesies, both Kurgan and Saum read their orders, and the group flag was passed from one to another signifying the transfer of command.

"To the men and women of the Pacific Fleet Seabees, you are the reason I joined the Navy; you're the reason I've stayed, and the reason I've continued to serve," said Saum. "Our mission is inspirational, our people motivational, and our professional values aspirational ... I humbly pledge to you my very best in leveraging the authority of this position to bring the resources to bear, to set the conditions for your success. I'm all in. Let's go."

Capt. Saum takes charge of the group from Naval Facilities and Engineering Command Pacific, where he served as the deputy commander for operations from August 2014 to June 2016. Saum is a Seabee Combat Warfare officer, a member of the Acquisition Professional Community, a registered Professional Engineer in California and Oregon, and a Basic Diving officer.

His personal awards include the Bronze Star Medal, five Meritorious Service Medals, and three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals among various other unit and individual awards.

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NNS160706-18. Wasp ARG Enters US 6th Fleet

From Wasp ARG Public Affairs

ATLANTIC OCEAN (NNS) -- The Wasp Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), with the embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), entered the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations July 3.

While in theater, more than 4,000 Sailors and Marines of the ARG and 22nd MEU will train with international militaries and help ensure naval superiority in the AOO.


"This ARG is here to advance the security of the 6th Fleet maritime environment. The Sailors and Marines aboard our ships will be working and training alongside international partners and they will be ensuring that these seas remain free to international commerce." - Capt. F. Byron Ogden, commodore, Amphibious Squadron 6

"We have been preparing for months for this deployment. Our crew is ready and our ship is ready. We are here to complete any mission that our nation calls upon us to carry out." - Capt. Andy Smith, commanding officer, USS Wasp (LHD 1)

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Amphibious Ready Groups are capable of a variety of operations from anti-piracy to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

Wasp, the flagship of the ARG, is deployed for the first time in over 10 years. After a rigorous training cycle and upgrades to the ship's combat systems, the ship and its crew arrive equipped to exercise all of its capabilities.

The Wasp ARG is comprised of Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 6, the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Wasp, amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio (LPD 17) and dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41).

Also embarked on the Wasp ARG are Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22, Fleet Surgical Team (FST) 2, Tactical Air Control Squadron (TACRON) 22, Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 4, and Beach Master Unit (BMU) 2.

U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint, and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.

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NNS160706-14. Testa 'Takes the Conn' at HSM-74

By Lt. Carie Boothe

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (NNS) -- The "Swamp Foxes" of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 74 conducted an aerial change of command ceremony above aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69)(Ike) in the Mediterranean Sea when Cmdr. Daniel W. Testa relieved Cmdr. Teague R. Laguens as commanding officer, July 4.

During the ceremony, Testa and Laguens flew MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopters. Laguens flew in the formation lead, symbolically turning the squadron over to his relief.

"It's bittersweet," Laguens said. "Since my first sea duty, I set a bit of a personal goal. I wanted to be a commanding officer of a squadron. Here I am seeing that culminate and come to end, and it's emotional."

He noted some challenges in rising to the position of commanding officer.

"There's a lot of competition, a lot of hard work involved in getting to this point," Laguens said. "It was the greatest honor of my life to work with these guys, the people in my squadron, the commanding officers of the other squadrons and the leadership in the strike group. I couldn't have asked for a better team to serve with."

Laguens has taken shore duty orders to Millington, Tennessee.

A 1997 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Laguens reported as HSM-74's executive officer December 2013 while forward deployed aboard aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). He assumed command May 2015 at the beginning of the work-up cycle for HSM-74's deployment with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3.

His sea tours include deployments on six ships with Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 49 and HSM-71. Ashore, he has served as an operational test director at Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 1 and as a military assistant for the 55th Presidential Inauguration. He completed Air Force Air Command and Staff College Joint Professional Military Education Phase 1, was an instructor pilot at HSM-41, and served as a flag aide to Commander, Naval Air Forces. Before arriving in "The Swamp," he served as the strategic communication plans chief for North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Laguens' follow-on assignment is at Aviation Officer Assignments, Navy Personnel Command in Millington, Tennessee.

Testa, a 1997 graduate of Purdue University, was honored and humbled to begin his command tour of HSM-74.

"A day does not go by that I don't think of all the officers, Sailors, friends, and family who have helped me to get to where I am," Testa said. "My only regret for today is that my family could not be here, so I could thank them personally for their sacrifice and support."

Testa reported as executive officer of HSM-74 May 2015. He spent his first tour as a pilot in HSL-48, deploying with ships involved in a myriad of missions and he returned to HSL-48 for his department head tour as an officer-in-charge. He spent time deployed on amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) as handler and mini-boss. Ashore, he was an instructor pilot at HSL-40, attended the Naval War College, and was the J5 team lead while serving as a NATO Staff Officer at Joint Force Command Brunssum, Netherlands -- during which time he was forward-deployed to the International Security Assistance Forces staff in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Cmdr. Nicholas C. DeLeo assumed duties as the squadron's executive officer.

HSM-74, embarked aboard ships in the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (Ike CSG), is deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operations.

HSM-74 is part of the Ike CSG comprised of Ike, CSG-10 staff, the squadrons and staff of CVW-3, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 26 staff and accompanying ships guided-missile destroyers USS Stout (DDG 55), USS Roosevelt (DDG 80), USS Mason (DDG 87) and USS Nitze (DDG 94), and guided-missile cruisers USS San Jacinto (CG 56) and USS Monterey (CG 61).

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NNS160706-10. Ceremony Commemorates USS Arleigh Burke's Silver Anniversary

By Ensign Nicolas Mahone, USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson, joined crew members past and present, family and friends commemorated the 25th anniversary of USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51), July 4 at the Nauticus Naval Heritage Museum in downtown Norfolk where the ship was commissioned.

Named for the visionary admiral and Chief of Naval Operations Arleigh "31-Knot" Burke, DDG 51 is the flagship destroyer of a class spanning 62 active vessels in the U.S. Navy. An additional 11 are planned or are under construction.

"Today, trust and confidence, delegated leadership, are more important than ever," said Richardson during the memorial ceremony. "These qualities stem from our ability to live and act in accordance with our core values."

"The margin of victory is razor thin," Richardson added. "We must learn fast to remain ahead and meet our sacred responsibility to defend our nation's freedoms. It is a tough challenge, but one that I know our Navy can handle."

While visiting the site of the ship's commissioning, the crew hosted a reception, showed off their ship to numerous visitors, and attended a Norfolk Tides baseball game during the holiday event.

"This weekend is about remembering the legacy of Adm. Arleigh Burke, the ship and the great Sailors who serve on board," said Cmdr. Tom Myers, Arleigh Burke commanding officer. "It is an honor and pleasure for my crew and I to celebrate not only the Silver Anniversary of the ship, but to also celebrate the independence of our country here."

The four-day visit culminated with an Independence Day fireworks display presented by the city of Norfolk.

"Hopefully, we gave the public a glimpse at the awesome seapower Arleigh Burke brings to bear in the defense of our country and allies," said Myers. "We look forward to coming back again."

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NNS160706-09. Big Transition Coming for Two Mason Sailors

By Fire Controlman 3rd Class Cody J. Fischer, USS Mason(DDG 87) Public Affairs

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (NNS) -- Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87), assigned to the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (Ike CSG), are ready to face a new challenge. During the next few months, the crew members will say goodbye to Mason as they transition back to civilian life.

Two of those Sailors have been accepted into NCAA Division I schools.

Cryptologic Technician (Technical) 2nd Class Blake Nations will depart Mason in July and attend the University of Mississippi in the fall to pursue a degree in civil engineering.

"I have a feeling of accomplishment," Nations said. "During my six years of active duty, I have accomplished nearly all of my professional and personal goals while enlisted, and the final goal that I set for myself was to be accepted into the University of Mississippi for civil engineering. I have proven to myself and my friends that while in the Navy you can have unparalleled personal growth and accomplish any goals that you set."

Logistic Specialist 3rd Class Steven Vaughan is also making big plans for once he becomes a civilian. Vaughan will be attending Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pennsylvania.

"Getting accepted to an NCAA Division I school was an incredible feeling," Vaughan said. "In high school, I never reached a 3.0 grade point average. I slacked off way too much, so my dreams of wrestling for some big university never seemed reachable."

Vaughan was selected for several wrestling trials all over the country, including All-Navy Wrestling.

"After being on board USS Mason for four years, I know without a doubt I can graduate on the honor roll or even the Dean's list," Vaughan said. "There is only so much the civilian world can do that the Navy has not already prepared me for."

College is a transition that the Navy promotes and encourages. The GI Bill is a key factor in enlisting civilians with the promise of financial compensation or significant assistance with college tuition and fees in return for honorable active-duty service.

Mason will say goodbye to these two Sailors with a full heart, confident they will again succeed and take the Navy standards of honor, courage and commitment wherever they go.

Ike CSG is deployed to the U.S. Fifth and Sixth fleets in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts.

Ike CSG includes Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 10 staff, aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike), the squadrons and staff of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON 26) staff and its ships guided-missile destroyers USS Stout (DDG 55), USS Roosevelt (DDG 80), USS Nitze (DDG 94) and Mason, and guided-missile cruisers USS San Jacinto (CG 56) and USS Monterey (CG 61).

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NNS160706-06. Research Psychologist Proposes EI Training for New Officers

From Naval Service Training Command Public Affairs

GREAT LAKES (NNS) -- A Naval Service Training Command (NSTC) officer is using a unique concept to help develop leaders in the NSTC domain.

Lt. Tara Smallidge, NSTC's research psychologist and member of the Navy's Medical Service Corps, has proposed introducing Emotional Intelligence (EI) into officer accession training.

EI measures how a person's emotions affect their ability to fulfill a mission, whether the mission is operational, medical, academic, professional or personal.

This emerging field explores many questions to help leaders understand their blind spots, strengths and opportunities for improvement: How are emotions affecting someone's ability to make decisions, communicate and simply get the job done? Is it understood how emotions can derail people or make them more effective? Do emotions control people or the other way around?

"The military is a unique environment where emotional unpredictability is a familiar experience; understanding our emotional baseline will help us navigate through," said Smallidge. "The scientific study of human behavior is enhanced by understanding trends. We are looking at military leadership through a new lens; this is not just about leadership development, but continued leadership sustainment. In order to understand where military leadership is headed we have to know where we currently are by measuring, modifying or enhancing as such. The work being conducted is truly ground breaking and the first time we are looking at military leadership with this perspective."

Smallidge said the military environment, due to its unique stressors and nature of consequences, may require more consistent and keen emotional self-awareness than most other environments.

"In some cases, our lives and the lives of those around us depend on our ability to manage emotions and react accordingly," she said. "One thing that every person on this planet has in common is emotions; the difference is how we handle them."

Smallidge pointed out leadership development does not happen when you take command or are in the pipeline for command; it happens when you first enter the Navy.

"Our actions, our decisions, and the ability to know our emotional default needs to happen well before we enter a leadership role," Smallidge said.

Rear Adm. Stephen C. Evans, NSTC commander, has seen the value in her work and supports emotional intelligence training as part of the Naval ROTC curriculum. Additionally, Officer Training Command (OTC) is piloting Emotional Intelligence Assessments for Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island.

"Emotional Intelligence is becoming a more familiar concept in the Navy," said Evans. "And I feel that as the understanding of the EI field expands, our Navy will place increasing emphasis on providing EI training for our future leaders."

Evans and his NSTC staff oversee 98 percent of initial officer and enlisted accessions training for the Navy, as well as the Navy's Citizenship Development program. NSTC includes Recruit Training Command (RTC), the Navy's only boot camp at Naval Station Great Lakes, NROTC units at more than 160 colleges and universities, OTC at Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island, and Navy Junior ROTC and Navy National Defense Cadet Corps (NNDCC) citizenship development programs at more than 600 high schools worldwide.

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NNS160706-02. NAVFAC Marianas Awards Multiple Award Construction Contract

By Catherine Cruz Norton, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Marianas Public Affairs

PITI, Guam (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Marianas awarded a Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) Multiple Award Construction Contract (MACC) to five SDVOSBs for construction and facility work primarily on Guam.

The five successful companies include Global Engineering Services Inc., a small business of California; M-80 Systems Inc., a Guam-based small business; Pacific Industrial Coatings, a Guam-based small business; Pearl Construction Environmental Service Inc., a Guam-based small business; and Relyant Global LLC, a small business of Tennessee.

Each were awarded an indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) construction contract with a combined maximum dollar value of $30 million that includes a base period and four option years.

Under the terms and conditions of the SDVOSB MACC, these five contractors will compete for work issued as task orders. The work involves minor renovation and modernization, routine minor repair and maintenance projects, and will generally include all supervision, labor, safety controls, transportation, materials, equipment, permit and clearances, and other incidental work.

"This award demonstrates our strong commitment to provide maximum practicable opportunities for small businesses," said NAVFAC Marianas Deputy for Small Business Al Sampson. "These service-disabled, veteran-owned small businesses will work to meet the Navy's facility needs, thereby enhancing quality of life for our service members and their families."

The first task order was awarded to Relyant Global LLC for approximately $99,600 to install window shutters for 15 homes located at Naval Base Guam, Apra Harbor. Work for this task order is expected to be completed by February 2017.

The term of the SDVOSB MACC is not to exceed 60 months, with an expected completion date of July 2021. It was competitively procured via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online website with 14 proposals received.

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NNS160706-01. Commander Navy Region EURAFSWA Speaks About Supporting Missions in Unique Area

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joe Bishop, Commander, Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia Public Affairs

NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- After 100 days in command of Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia (EURAFSWA), Rear Adm. Rick Williamson, spoke about the unique challenge of commanding a region that has an environment of threats that range from hybrid war, terrorism, and low intensity conflict to humanitarian crisis.

Williamson previously served as commander of Navy Region Midwest, Navy Region Southeast, and Navy Region Mid-Atlantic, but said this region is definitely different from his previous regional commands.

"EURAFSWA's mission sets are the same as CNIC and other regions," said Williamson. "CNIC (Commander, Navy Installations Command) provides air operations, port operations, security, safety, Fleet and Family [Support Center], MWR (Morale, Welfare, and Recreation), and housing. In addition to that, we also provide what I like to call 'the core.' The core is -- I use an engineering analogy here being an old engineer -- is basically the water, the power, sewage, all the things that basically make a city, which is what are our installations are."

Speaking on the challenges that EURAFSWA faces, Williamson stated the geographic area of operations in EURAFSWA is extensive and covers three continents -- Africa, Europe, and Asia.
As the persistent shore presence in the AOR, EURAFSWA cooperates with its host nations to strengthen relationships and bonds to ensure an increase in peace and prosperity throughout the region.

"The thing that's different about EURAFSWA is where those missions are being performed," said Williamson. "We rely heavily on our host nation for support. All the nations here have been beneficial and supportive as we do the missions to support NATO and the countries in the gulf."

"The challenges might be a little bit different," Williamson added. "Instead of the Virginia Beach Police Department or the San Diego Police Department coming to support you, it is really the host nation. My COs (commanding officers) and staff on the installations work very hard to ensure that's seamless."

As the security provider for forward deployed naval forces, EURAFSWA's installations provide secure installations to operating forces and housing to their families.

"We have nine bases in the AOR and soon we'll have a base in Poland; the AOR is massive so obviously time and distance is one of our challenges," said Williamson. "But one of the things that we do, just like in the regions I had in CONUS (continental United States), we support the fleet, the fighter, and the family."

Williamson also spoke about the difference between a program-focus versus a mission-focus within CNIC.

"When we speak air operations the fleet understands that as runways, the lighting, the air traffic controllers, the hangars, the ability to do maintenance on the ground on the airplane, [and] port operations," said Williamson. "All those things are very critical to the fleet. We need to talk that language to them. That's the mission language. The program language is what I need to secure the resources to generate those things -- taking the mission sets and breaking them down into the programs so that we can communicate back to the states to ensure that we have the resources necessary to meet those missions. I think my job as a region commander and my staff's job is to be that translator."

The capability of the shore installations allows U.S. and Allied forces in the region to maintain the right presence where and when they are needed.

"I've been absolutely impressed by the regional staff here and all the installations," said Williamson. "Obviously they take their jobs very seriously. One of the things that is very interesting to me is that not only do we support the Navy, but we support the other services as well -- the Army, the Air Force and the Marine Corps. They all operate off our installations. In addition to that a lot of our installations have family members. So our ability to provide a safe environment for those platforms to operate is really critical to us. The region staff and the region take this very seriously."

The regional commanders have been developing relationships that are important to the missions of U.S. operations in the EURAFSWA area.

"I'm very proud of the COs here," said Williamson. "They work very hard maintaining the relationships within the fence line and also outside the fence line, which is critical to their success."

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NNS020702-08. This Day in Naval History - July 06

From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

1747 - John Paul Jones is born in Arbigland, Scotland. Originally appointed to the Continental Navy in 1775, he is known for his quote, Ive not yet begun to fight! during the battle between Continental frigate, Bonhomme Richard, and HMS Serapis on Sept. 23, 1779.

1898 - During the Spanish-American War, the auxiliary-cruiser USS Dixie captures the Spanish vessels, Three Bells, Pilgrim, and Greeman Castle, off Cape Cruz, Cuba.

1943 - Following the Allied landing on New Georgia, the Japanese attempt to land reinforcements with 10 destroyers, resulting in the Battle of Kula Gulf. In the battle, USS Helena (CL 50) is hit by three torpedoes, breaks apart, and sinks, with nearly 170 of her crew lost.

1943 - While serving as VB 102's Squadron Commander and as Plane Commander of a PB4Y 1 Patrol Bomber during the Central Solomons campaign, Lt. Cmdr. Bruce A. Van Voorhis courageously undertakes a lone long-range mission to disrupt potential Japanese attacks. While striking enemy facilities and aircraft at Greenwich Island in the face of overwhelming aerial opposition, Van Voorhis' plane is caught in the blast of its own bombs and crashes into a nearby lagoon, killing those on board. For his "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity" on this occasion, he is posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor and promoted to Commander.

1944 - USS Paddle (SS 263) attacks a Japanese convoy northwest of Halmahera and sinks destroyer Hokaze off Sangi Island. Also on this date, USS Sealion (SS 315) attacks a Japanese convoy in the East China Sea and sinks merchant passenger cargo ship Setsuzan Maru off Ningpo, China while USS Tang (SS 306) sinks Japanese freighter Dori Maru in Chosen Bay.

NNS160707-19. Navy Training's Force Master Chief Tours Security Courses

By Gunner's Mate 1st Class Tiffany Montoya, Naval Technical Training Center Lackland Public Affairs

SAN ANTONIO (NNS) -- Naval Education and Training Command Force Master Chief Mamudu Cole conducted a site visit to Naval Technical Training Center Lackland in San Antonio, June 28.

Cole assumed his position in March and has been visiting various NETC training activities to gain a better understanding of their mission and training requirements.

While at Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) Lackland, he also toured the U.S. Air Force Basic Military Training facility.

He met with staff and students of NTTC Lackland to discuss upcoming changes to current training instructions and policy. He saw the master-at-arms "A" school training, including handcuffing and searching techniques, M4 rifle familiarization, a class graduation, as well the Naval Corrections Specialist (and Counselor) training facility.

During his meeting with staff and students, Cole commented on the review of rating names.

"We've changed rates in the past," Cole said. "The goal is to better align our jobs with our civilian counterparts. This is a great time in the Navy to be transparent and inclusive. We are all one. We fight the same war -- one team, one fight."

Cole also discussed the recent introduction of mobile phone applications to Navy training. The applications provide Sailors with access to several general military training (GMT) topics, in addition to other resources such as Domestic Violence Prevention (DVP), Final Multiple Score (FMS) Calculator, Navy COOL, and eDIVO.

"It makes things a lot easier," he said. "Providing multiple options for Sailors to complete their required military training is essential in moving forward with additional technological advances. It makes sense to deliver training and education through the use of mobile devices."

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NNS160707-16. Self Defense Test Ship Completes Test Trials Using 100 Percent Alternative Fuel

By Brian Melanephy, Naval Surface Warfare Center Port Hueneme Division Public and Congressional Affairs

PORT HUENEME, Calif. (NNS) -- Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division's (NSWC PHD) Self Defense Test Ship (SDTS), ex-PAUL F. FOSTER went underway for final-phase testing of two alternative fuels, May 31.

The SDTS traveled to San Diego, where it took on approximately 30,000 gallons of two types of alternative fuels. The ship then proceeded on a normal cruise, demonstrating that the alternative fuels could function as a drop-in replacement, requiring no changes to equipment or operating procedures. The two fuels were developed using different methods: Synthetic Iso-Paraffin (SIP) and Catalytic Hydrothermolysis Conversion Diesel (CHCD).

SIP is a fuel derived from alternative feedstock and blended with military-grade petroleum-based fuel, known as F-76, with 20 percent non-petroleum sourced. CHCD is a military grade drop-in replacement for traditional F-76 that is 100 percent non-petroleum sourced.

"The goal is to qualify as many alternative fuel sources as possible," Diane Mattingly, in-service engineer with Naval Surface Warfare Command, Philadelphia Division, said. "A range of operational fuel sources will give our mission planners and commanders increased operational flexibility."

The objective of this particular test was twofold; first, to demonstrate that these alternative fuels are drop-in replacements for petroleum-sourced F-76- meaning they require no equipment modifications or operational modifications by the crew; second, to ensure that approved alternatively-sourced fuels perform equally to, or better than, existing petroleum-sourced fuels.

For this mission, the alternatively-sourced fuels were loaded into the two gas-turbine engines and the two gas-turbine generators. The test period lasted approximately 12 hours along the Southern California Coast, while returning to Port Hueneme.

While under the power of the alternatively-sourced fuels the ship successfully completed multiple engine starts and speed changes. There were no mechanical, operational or qualitative differences when operating on either fuel. The data collected from the trial will be fully analyzed and coupled with borescope results into a final report.

In-service Engineers, Martin Quinones and Diane Mattingly from NSWC Philadelphia Division embarked with the SDTS to monitor operations and ensure the alternatively-sourced fuels performed as intended.

Quinones and Mattingly monitored the performance of the gas-turbine engines while running on F-76, prior to taking on the alternatively-sourced fuels, to establish a baseline for further monitoring when the other fuels were in use.

Prior to testing aboard the SDTS, the fuels went through fit-for-purpose, component and full-scale engine testing. The component and full-scale engine testing included performance tests to determine the combustion quality and emissions.

The project was a collaborative effort involving the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy Energy Office (DASN Energy), Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP), Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), NSWC PHD and NSWC Philadelphia Division.

"These trials would not have been successful without the combined support from DASN Energy, NSWC PHD, NSWC Philadelphia Division, NAVAIR, NAVSUP and DLA," said Mattingly.

Each organization that provided support to the test is involved in either Department of Defense or Department of the Navy energy initiatives.

The SDTS is an asset of NSWC PHD. An all-civilian Port Hueneme crew of approximately 40 personnel operated the vessel while underway. Approximately 70 additional personnel rode the vessel in support of the test.

NSWC Philadelphia Division has been involved in fuel testing from the start as the lead for the fit-for-purpose, component and full-scale engine testing, which was conducted in a laboratory setting. Quinone rode the ship in 2011 for the first platform test and has been involved in the project from the very beginning.

Test and evaluation and in-service engineering are aligned with NSWC PHD's mission statement and the SDTS continues to be a platform which supports the future of the Fleet. Since 1963, NSWC PHD has provided highly-skilled personnel and state-of-art facilities and assets to develop and support the Navy's surface ship warfare systems.

In October 2009, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus directed the Navy to decrease its reliance on fossil fuels and set the goal of at least 50 percent of the Navy's energy consumption coming from alternative sources by 2020.

The alternative fuels were to come from non-food sources, be compatible with all existing hardware and not compromise performance, handling or safety. The use of alternatively-sourced fuels would improve the Navy's energy independence and lessen environmental impact.

In 2011, the SDTS tested 15,000 gallons of a 50/50 blend of fuel and it was a success. There were no adverse effects in the gas path of the gas turbines. The fuel was tested in one of the SDTS' ship-generator sets and one propulsion engine.

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NNS160707-15. NSAB Receives SECNAV Platinum Energy Award, Opens New Energy Resource

By Andrew Damstedt, Naval Support Activity Bethesda Public Affairs

BETHESDA, Md. (NNS) -- Naval District Washington Commandant, Rear Adm. Yancy B. Lindsey presented Naval Support Activity Bethesda (NSAB) with an award for its energy initiatives and helped open a new ground source heat pump during a ribbon cutting ceremony, July 6.

The 2015 Secretary of the Navy Platinum Energy Award was awarded to NSAB for its improvements in energy conservation, including a 42.8 percent energy reduction from 2003-2014 and a 35.6 percent water reduction from 2007-2014. NSAB also saved $10 million in fiscal year 2014 through its energy projects and an energy behavioral campaign.

When he was given the task of improving the base's energy program three years ago, NSAB Installation Energy Manager William Ortega-Ortiz said, "it took me all of two minutes to realize that we were extremely deficient as an installation" in energy conservation.

So for the past three years, NSAB has made several improvements including the installation of new LED light fixtures in several buildings and outside lighting areas, implementing energy conservation projects into future construction and renovations such as the new ground source heat pump.

The installation has 44 energy projects scheduled between 2013-2018 that will result in an estimated $16 million in savings.

"The savings are completely off the chart right now," said Ortega-Ortiz.

In addition to being good for the environment, energy conservation helps with the warfighting effort by saving dollars, Lindsey told the assembled audience.

"Those are resources that can be pumped back into ships and airplanes that we need in the Navy," said Lindsey.

Changing the culture is a big part of energy savings, he emphasized.

"When you don't sign those [power and water bills], you don't tend to be as conscious of it as you are at home or elsewhere," said Lindsey. "Getting people to think a different way, not having a string of lights in your office or not everybody having a little refrigerator under their desk to keep their soda cold -- it's little things like that that make a difference."

Jones commended those involved with reducing NSAB's energy consumption.

"I'm encouraging you all to continue the stewardship we've done thus far and to be very efficient and creative in our energy conservation efforts," said Jones.

The $8.2 million ground source heat pump project replaced the current heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) system at the CDCs with one that is high-efficiency, includes renewable energy, and will result in an estimated $516,000 in annual savings, according to Ortega-Ortiz.

Recycling posters -- some made from leftover puzzle pieces and one with plastic bottles shaped into a caterpillar -- made by preschool children were hung up on the columns in front of the CDCs for the ribbon cutting.

"We wanted to show that we do recycle," said NSAB Child & Youth Program Oversight Director Jamila Aziz.

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NNS160707-11. CTF 56 Remembers NECC's Fallen Warriors

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sean Furey, CTF 56 Public Affairs

MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) -- Commander, Task Force (CTF) 56 hosted a Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) memorial ceremony at Naval Support Activity Bahrain, June 30.

CTF-56 Sailors gathered to remember and pay tribute to the 51 service members who paid the ultimate sacrifice during combat operations throughout Iraq and Afghanistan.

The guest speaker for the ceremony, Capt. Jim McGovern, commodore, CTF-56, reminded everyone in attendance that freedom does not come without sacrifice.

"Since gaining our independence, over 1.1 million Americans have lost their lives protecting what America is best known for -- freedom," said McGovern. "This historic American milestone did not come without cost to our greatest American treasure, our military forces. Without the selfless sacrifice of our men and women in the armed forces, our country would without question not be free."

As part of the ceremony, the names of the 51 fallen service members were read aloud and their dog tags were hung on CTF-56's newly-built Fallen Warrior Memorial.

"The unveiling of this fallen warrior memorial is extremely important because it serves as a constant reminder," said McGovern. "The freedom we enjoy today is never free, and our expeditionary heroes are never to be forgotten."

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NNS160707-10. Health Innovation Month: Highlighting, Inspiring Innovation in Navy Medicine

From U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Public Affairs

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (NNS) -- Navy Medicine is showcasing the importance of innovation by recognizing July as Health Innovation Month in efforts to continue to improve care through innovation.

Throughout the month, Navy Medicine will cultivate a culture of innovation by highlighting initiatives and programs that improve the convenience and experience of its services, and how it uses technology to better serve Sailors, Marines and their families.

"Our priority is ensuring the health and well-being of an increasingly young Navy and Marine Corps force with demanding jobs and busy lives," said Vice Adm. Forrest Faison, Navy Surgeon General and chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED). "Innovation is a critical part of our mission."

BUMED is creating a culture of innovation by accelerating the implementation and increasing scale of innovative ideas across Navy Medicine.

"Innovation never stops," said Cmdr. Hassan Tetteh, lead, Navy Medicine Futures and Innovation Office. "We need to ensure that innovation is part of our culture at Navy Medicine."

The Surgeon General's assessment cell is one way Navy Medicine is creating a culture of innovation. It provides an unfiltered conduit for innovative ideas from the deckplate to reach the Surgeon General on topics ranging from sustaining critical skills to digital medicine.

Navy Medicine is improving the convenience of care through innovative programs and procedures such as Naval Medical Center Portsmouth's (NMCP) Picture Archiving Communication System, which uses teleradiology to network hospitals and clinics, providing the ability to remotely review x-rays and magnetic resonance images.

Simulation and training labs at NMCP and Navy Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) provide physicians and corpsmen state-of-the-art training, allowing them to improve the quality and the experience of care for all beneficiaries across Navy Medicine.

Additionally, Navy Medicine is finding new innovative ways to leverage technology. For example, the Digital Health Office at BUMED is developing mobile applications which improve access to Navy Medicine on mobile devices.

Navy Medicine is also finding new innovative ways to use existing technology. For example, NMCSD is posting live pharmacy wait times on its website to improve patient experience.

"We must continue providing the best care that our nation can offer," Faison said. "The solution to every challenge we face is between the ears of one member of our team, and our team is the most capable, highly-trained, and dedicated team that I have seen in my career."

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NNS160707-09. Next Generation Expeditionary C2 Debuts at RIMPAC

By Krishna M. Jackson, Program Executive Office for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence

PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- The Navy's Shore and Expeditionary Integration Program Office (PMW 790) recently achieved an important milestone for its latest Deployable Joint Command and Control (DJC2) system. The system was set up in Hawaii for use during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise, which kicked off June 30.

As part of continuous modernization efforts and in response to demands from forward deployed commanders, PMW 790 has developed the DJC2 Next Generation Enclave (NGE) to support global operations with lower size, weight and power (SWaP) requirements. The previous DJC2 has supported joint task force (JTF) and combatant commanders during real-world humanitarian assistance/disaster relief (HADR) operations around the world since 2003.

"Operationally, DJC2 has been deployed extensively in support of HADR missions such as Hurricane Katrina back in 2005, the earthquakes in Haiti [in 2010] and Nepal [in 2015], the earthquake and subsequent [2011] tsunami in Japan, and the [2014] Ebola relief effort in Liberia," said Anthony Vanaria, PMW 790 joint expeditionary assistant program manager.

PMW 790 is working with partners from industry and academia to create and test the latest configuration during RIMPAC.

"The NGE gives us an increased capability to support the multinational contingent present at RIMPAC, and it does so on a diet," said Jake Rakestraw, DJC2 operational demonstration planner and subject matter expert (SME) from New Venture Research Corporation. "The ability to support the expanding needs of the RIMPAC HADR with a smaller, more efficient system is a milestone event."
"We are working with PMW 790 to develop hardware and software solutions that move beyond interoperability and achieve true convergence into a common expeditionary and shore baseline supporting joint and Navy users for the foreseeable future," explained Diana Akins, of the Georgia Tech Research Institute, a DJC2 and Navy shore and expeditionary project command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance SME.

Despite the critical role DJC2 fills for JTF commanders as their forward-deployed headquarters, DJC2's size and weight make it intensive to transport. Its standard JTF headquarters configuration is known as the core configuration and consists of five enclaves that combine to weigh well over a ton. Each enclave is made up of individual components such as laptops, computer terminals, servers, peripherals, a networking suite and supporting infrastructure. Even a slightly scaled-down version, the early-entry (EE) configuration with only three enclaves, is cumbersome to deploy, taking up 20 transport cases weighing 2,727 total pounds.

DJC2 already needed a technical refresh for its heavily used components as well as to incorporate the latest advances in cybersecurity. Like many systems today, technology advancements allowed DJC2 to be modernized so it can do more with less, meaning less bulk and more capability. The necessary SWaP reductions and enhanced cybersecurity changes were suited to be explored simultaneously because expert personnel believed the upcoming system technical refresh could accomplish both objectives.

The vision for NGE was to reduce SWaP requirements while increasing the cybersecurity posture to reach levels comparable to the latest and emerging commercial technologies, but with the ability to manage the system virtually, rather than requiring a large cadre of information technology (IT) support.

"It's common practice for us to conduct technical insertion and technical refresh updates in order to modernize and avoid obsolescence of fielded systems," Vanaria said. "We also continuously seek to enhance our products' cybersecurity posture and reduce SWaP requirements, which should equate to lowered cost in fabrication, operation and sustainment."

The effort to modernize DJC2 started in 2015 with research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E) analysis of alternatives and proof of concept for hardware and software configuration changes.

Personnel working on the RDT&E effort determined multiple solutions, each with its own advantages, risks and barriers. The first consideration was to upgrade the traditional server enclave setup, but this did not provide the necessary reduction in SWaP. Another design consideration involved a converged infrastructure -- meaning downsizing the compute, storage and networking capabilities to a single equipment chassis.

"What was most attractive about the converged infrastructure design was the reduced number of IT support personnel needed to maintain the system," Vanaria said. "Unfortunately, a converged infrastructure does not support the SWaP reductions we were looking for, and we therefore knew that solutions beyond a converged infrastructure design would need to be examined."

Since the converged infrastructure was not a viable option due to the SWaP issue, developers next explored a hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) layout. HCI accomplishes two major goals of modernization -- virtualizing servers in order for them to operate as individual virtual machines dedicated to specific tasks and virtualizing data to enhance security. Virtualization compartmentalizes servers and allows operators to access and store data on dedicated secure servers offsite, which helps mitigate the potential for loss of data if the system is compromised. The HCI also offers lowered maintenance requirements, which saves personnel and maintenance costs.

Although HCI provided all the bells and whistles developers were looking for, the SWaP issue was not completely solved and developers therefore are exploring a solution beyond HCI for future iterations of the DJC2.

This next logical step beyond HCI is a fabric-based infrastructure (FBI), which has the advantages provided by HCI but also includes cloud or data center storage. These features enable virtual expansion rather than physical expansion, but FBI does not meet today's cybersecurity requirements. Therefore, DJC2 personnel opted to adopt the HCI solution now, confident SWaP goals will be achieved and another DJC2 system technical refresh will occur in three to five years, well before HCI-based SWaP advances would be negated.

"Currently, support manning is a considerable part of managing operation of DJC2 in the field," Jennifer Stitt, DJC2 program execution manager for PMW 790, said. "Reducing the need to have a team of technicians on hand is critical to cost savings. Incorporating virtual machines will move much of the maintenance and management of the system out of the field. This not only provides a cost benefit, but also provides added cyber security measures."

Procurement of the DJC2 NGE has begun, and fielding will start in fiscal year 2017. Forward-deployed commanders will immediately see the benefits of the upgraded C2 system.

"The three-enclave EE configuration will go from 20 transit cases with 78 racks to four transit cases with 16 racks that take just 1 1/2 hours to set up," Vanaria said. "The five-enclave standard core configuration will have similar proportional SWaP reductions."

PMW 790 also is procuring a DJC2 NGE for its Navy Expeditionary Combat Command Enterprise Tactical C2 solution. Additionally, the Navy's Carrier and Air Integration Program Office (PMW 750) Tactical Mobile program has expr

NNS160707-08. Farmer Fleets-Up at VFA-131

From Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (NNS) -- Cmdr. Jeffrey Farmer relieved Cmdr. Brad Freeman as commanding officer of the "Wildcats" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 in an airborne change of command ceremony above the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69)(Ike) in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, July 6.

Accompanied by the commander of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3, Capt. Jeffrey Anderson in a F/A-18F Super Hornet, Farmer and Freeman flew F/A-18C Hornets.

Freeman, a 1996 graduate the University of Texas, thanked the squadron for their teamwork and dedication.

"It's taken a lot of hard work from every single person in the squadron to get us to this point," Freeman said. "I'm extremely proud to have been able to witness it and be a part of it. We have come together as a team and as a family, and I will cherish my time in the Wildcats for the rest of my life."

He will retire after 20 years of naval service.

Freeman commissioned April 1997 through Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida, and was winged as a naval aviator July 1999.

He completed operational tours with the "Sidewinders" of VFA-86 in Beaufort, South Carolina, deploying aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2001; the "Gladiators" of VFA-106 as an instructor in 2003; CVW-8 as air warfare officer in 2006; and the "Blue Blasters" of VFA-34, deploying twice aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn. He most recently served at North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) where he worked in the NORAD-U.S. Northern Command J5 until 2013.

Freeman assumed duties as the executive officer of the Wildcats December 2013.

A 1999 graduate of the United States Military Academy, Farmer was humbled to begin his command tour of the Wildcats.

"Taking command of a Navy strike fighter squadron underway on a combat cruise, while at the controls of an F/A-18C is undoubtedly the biggest highlight and honor of my Naval career," Farmer said. "The men and women of VFA-131 make up the finest team I've ever been associated with, and I relish the chance we have now to add to the Wildcat legacy."

Farmer expressed gratitude for the support he received during his career.

"This opportunity would not be possible if it weren't for my shipmates, friends, family and especially my wife, Mandy," he said. "I cannot thank them enough for their unwavering support."

Farmer attended flight school in Corpus Christi and Kingsville, Texas, and was designated a naval aviator February 2001. His operational tours include serving with the "Diamond Cutters" of Sea Control Squadron (VS) 30, deploying aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73) in 2002 and USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) in 2004; the "Flying Eagles" of VFA-122 in Lemoore, California, for transition to the F/A-18E Super Hornet; and the "Pukin' Dogs" of VFA-143 January 2006, deploying aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom; and the "Knighthawks" of VFA-136, deploying aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65).

Farmer reported to VFA-131 as the executive officer April 2015.

Cmdr. Bradley Converse assumed duties as the squadron's executive officer.

VFA-131 is part of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (Ike CSG), which is comprised of Ike, CSG-10 staff, the squadrons and staff of CVW-3, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 26 staff and accompanying ships guided-missile destroyers USS Stout (DDG 55), USS Roosevelt (DDG 80), USS Mason (DDG 87) and USS Nitze (DDG 94), and guided-missile cruisers USS San Jacinto (CG 56) and USS Monterey (CG 61).

Ike CSG is deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operations.

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NNS160707-07. NAVFAC Awards First Djiboutian Contract

By Trevor Bingham, Facilities Engineering and Acquisitions Division, Camp Lemonnier

CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) is determined to put qualified Djiboutian companies first as Camp Lemonnier continues to expand its facilities footprint to further expand economic opportunity for the Djiboutian people, July 7.

U.S. Congress passed legislation in 2014 to give contractual preference to qualified Djiboutian businesses that provide goods and services to Camp Lemonnier. By passing legislation and creating a law which directly benefits businesses, the United States is showing its commitment to be a long-term partner with the people of Djibouti.

On June 2, NAVFAC Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia (EURAFSWA) awarded the first construction contract under the Djibouti First initiative. The contract was awarded to Nalco Construction Company, a qualified Djiboutian owned company, to renovate the Building 213 conference room. The project will include demolition and replacement of existing light fixtures, floor, ceiling, and door. It will also include interior painting and adding new furniture to the facility. The work is estimated to be complete by fall.

This project, while demonstrating the U.S. and Djiboutian international partnership, will further enhance the U.S. military forces ability to accomplish their mission on the African continent.

Camp Lemonnier provides, operates and sustains superior service in support of combat readiness along with security of ships and aircraft detachments and personnel for regional and combat command requirements, enabling operations for the Horn of Africa while fostering positive U.S.-African nation relations. Camp Lemonnier enables the forward operations and responsiveness of U.S. and allied forces in support of Navy Region, Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia's mission to provide services to the fleet, fighter, and family.

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NNS160707-05. USS Patriot Arrives in Osaka

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sarah Villegas, Task Force 76 Public Affairs

OSAKA, Japan (NNS) -- Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship USS Patriot (MCM 7) arrived in Osaka, Japan, July 6 for a regularly scheduled port visit during a summer patrol of U.S. 7th fleet area of operations.

The port visit to Osaka is an opportunity for Sasebo-based Sailors to enjoy the culture history of another prefecture in Japan.

"We are excited to be here in Osaka," said Cmdr. Emily Royse, Patriot's commanding officer. "Port visits like this allow us to experience and appreciate the rich Japanese culture."

Patriot, part of Mine Countermeasures Squadron 7 and Amphibious Force 7th Fleet, is conducting a routine patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of partnership building and regional security.

Commander, Amphibious Force U.S. 7th Fleet, is the Navy's only forward-deployed amphibious force, headquartered at White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa.

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NNS160707-01. Navy Warfare Development Command Releases Supporting Arms Coordination Doctrine

From Navy Warfare Development Command Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- Navy Warfare Development Command published the latest Navy tactics, techniques, and procedures (NTTP)/Marine Corps warfighting publication (MCWP) as a guide for commanders, staffs, and fire support personnel involved in supporting arms coordination, July 7.

NTTP 3-02.2, Supporting Arms Coordination, consolidates into a single source the basics of amphibious operations and the processes involved in planning, coordinating, and executing fires to support those operations.

"It articulates Navy and Marine Corps fire support coordination tactics, techniques, and procedures and delineates the tactical organization, planning, and coordination of sea-based aviation and ground support," said Lt. Col. Guy Ravey, NWDC Doctrine action officer. "This doctrine is also aligned with the latest joint procedures."

The Chief of Naval Operations has assigned NWDC responsibility for overseeing the development of service doctrine to ensure doctrine development is iterative, considers current capabilities, force structure, proven processes, and fielded material systems. NWDC aligns doctrine development initiatives with higher echelon force development and force generation lines of effort, and represents Navy equities in the development of naval, joint, multi-service, allied, and multinational doctrine.

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NNS020702-09. This Day in Naval History - July 07

From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

1798 - Congress rescinds treaties with France, and the Quasi War begins.

1846 - During the Mexican-American War, Commodore John D. Sloat, disembarks from his flagship frigate, USS Savannah, at Monterey and claims California for the U.S.

1915 - Thomas A. Edison becomes the head of the Naval Consulting Board, which screens inventions for the Navy.

1944 - USS Mingo (SS 261), USS Skate (SS 305), USS Sunfish (SS 281), USS Flasher (SS 249), and USS Bonefish (SS 223) sink up to eight Japanese ships.

1944 - While serving with the Fourth Battalion, Tenth Marines, Second Marine Division during the Battle of Saipan, Pfc. Harold C. Agerholm uses an abandoned ambulance and makes repeated trips for three hours under heavy rifle and mortar fire, single-handedly evacuating approximately 45 wounded men until mortally wounded by a Japanese sniper. For his "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity," he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

1948 - The first six enlisted women are sworn into Regular Navy: Chief Yeoman Wilma J. Marchal; Yeoman Second Class Edna E. Young; Hospital Corpsman First Class Ruth Flora; Aviation Storekeeper First Class Kay L. Langen; Storekeeper Second Class Frances T. Devaney; and Teleman Doris R. Robertson.

1979 - USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) is commissioned at her homeport of Norfolk, Va. The submarine tender is named after Adm. Emory S. Land, an officer noted for his designs of submarines.

NNS160708-19. JMSDF Training Squadron Visits Naval Station Mayport

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Hendricks

MAYPORT, Fla. (NNS) -- U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet (USNAVSO/FOURTHFLT) is hosting the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) Training Squadron during a three-day port visit to Mayport as part of an around-the-world deployment designed to train newly-commissioned Japanese naval officers.

Three ships, including two training vessels, Hatsuki-class destroyers JDS Seto Yuki (TV 3518) and JDS Kashima (TV 3508), as well as Asagiri-class destroyer JS Asagiri (DD 151), will conduct 16 port visits in 13 different countries. The squadron is crewed by over 750 Japanese sailors and 190 newly-commissioned ensigns, and is commanded by Rear Adm. Hidetoshi Iwasaki. Since departing Tokyo May 20, the JMSDF Training Squadron has visited Pearl Harbor, San Diego, and Panama City, Panama prior to their arrival in Mayport.

"It is truly an honor for my staff and me to host you during your stay," said Rear Adm. George Ballance, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet. "Visits with other maritime nations afford us special opportunities to connect as partner nations and as friends, to foster relationships and learn about each other's culture."

While in Mayport, JMSDF and U.S. Sailors participated in friendly sports competitions, a formal reception aboard the JMSDF flagship and a free concert featuring the JMSDF Squadron Band and the Navy Band Southeast Wind Ensemble.

Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Michello Willard, who is assigned to San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS New York (LPD 21) and a participant in the sporting events recalled his time spent overseas in Japan.

"I was previously stationed in Okinawa," said Willard. "While I was there I appreciated their culture; they were very welcoming and courteous to us as Americans and did a lot to accommodate our way of life. Now that they are here I want to give them the same amazing experience that I got. I love the camaraderie that playing sports gives us, as it helps break down the language barrier. At the end of the day, everyone understands a smile."

The U.S. and Japanese navies have participated in several different exercises together in the last year, the most recent being the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC 2016), which is currently ongoing in the Hawaiian Islands and at sea in the Hawaiian operating area. This is the 19th year Japan has participated in the RIMPAC exercises.

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NNS160708-18. MUOS-5 Transfer Maneuver Temporarily Halted, Satellite Reconfigured into Safe Intermediate Orbit

From Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The fifth Mobile User Objective System satellite, which successfully launched aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 on June 24, was projected to reach its geosynchronous orbit and enter its test location 22,000 miles above Hawaii by July 3.

The satellite experienced an anomaly that required the transfer maneuver to be temporarily halted.

The Navy's Program Executive Office for Space Systems has reconfigured the satellite from orbital transfer into a stabilized, safe intermediate orbit to allow the MUOS team to evaluate the situation and determine options for proceeding.

MUOS-5 was launched as an on-orbit spare to provide immediate redundancy to the MUOS constellation, which is performing nominally. MUOS-5 is an on-orbit spare, and delay in reaching its test location will have no impact upon current legacy or Wideband Code Division Multiple Access satellite communications operations.

MUOS-1 through MUOS-4 are now in orbit and supporting operations via their legacy payloads that provide ultra high frequency satellite communications for the Department of Defense.

The Navy's Program Executive Office for Space Systems, located at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command in San Diego, is responsible for the MUOS program.

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NNS160708-14. NAS Whiting Field Hosts Patriotic Motorcycle Ride

By Lt. j.g. Marissa Tungyunyatham, Naval Air Station Whiting Field Public Affairs

MILTON, Fla. (NNS) -- The rumble of patriotism rolled through Naval Air Station Whiting Field Wednesday, July 6 as two motorcycles groups escorted a single American Flag to the installation.

The two organizations were part of the cross-country Nation of Patriot's campaign called the 2016 Patriot Tour. Since 2009, their mission has been to escort one American Flag across 48 states for 100 days to pay tribute to all members and families of America's armed forces -- the past, the present, and the fallen. Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) chapters from throughout the country helped the Nation of Patriots organize the flag relay to make the journey possible.

The flag began its travel May 28 from Harley Davidson of Madison, Wisconsin. The flag is handed off from motorcycle group to motorcycle group as it makes a full circle back to Wisconsin over Labor Day weekend. NAS Whiting Field was the 39th stop out of the 99 made during the tour.

Following a police escort onto the installation, more than 30 motorcycle riders parked in front of the Command Building to hold a flag exchange ceremony, passing the colors from the Tallahassee group to the Northwest Florida Chapter.

"It's a pleasure to have the riders of the 2016 Patriot Tour here at Naval Air Station Whiting Field," said NAS Whiting Field Commanding Officer, Capt. Todd Bahlau said as he welcomed veterans to the base. "We are happy to support you towards your goal of aiding wounded veterans and their families. We are honored to have you here today."

The veterans fell in rank behind a NAS Whiting Field colors detail as they marched to the base's main flagpole. The riders presented the flag to the colors detail, and they raised the flag high for the Pledge of Allegiance. When the flag reached the top, a moment of silence was held to honor the fallen patriots who have bravely served to protect the nation.

As the colors detail retrieved the flag and began to fold it with assistance from the veterans, the flag bearer from Tallahassee read "The Rite of Passing the Flag" to the Pensacola group who will carry the flag onward in its journey.

"By accepting this duty, you are accepting all that is embodied with the colors of this flag. You will proudly represent the nation's collective past, present, and our future. You will represent the many that have stood to the call of duty, the many that serve today, their families and above all, rider, you will bear the memory of those that have fallen defending what is represented in these colors. You ride for honor, for country and for all members of our military -- the heart of our Nation travels with you. Godspeed, flag bearer."

The Pensacola flag bearers, Director of H.O.G. Northwest Florida Chapter Bob Booth and Assistant Director Tom Zolecki accepted the American flag from Aviation Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Matthew Beasley.

Many of the riders and members of the Northwest Florida H.O.G. Chapter enjoyed their time on base as it was a homecoming of sorts. Booth was a former fixed-wing flight instructor at Training Squadron (VT) 3 in the 1970s, and several other members were also instructors at NAS Whiting Field. The Patriot Tour gave them a chance to raise awareness for a cause they feel passionate about.

"We're here to drum up support for the Nation of Patriots," Zolecki said. "100 percent of donations they collect are given to wounded veterans and their families. I'm a retired Air Force service member and half of the members in our chapter are retired armed forces. This is something that's near and dear to us."

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NNS160708-13. Naval Surface Warfare Center Stands Up System Depot in Support of MH-60S Seahawk Integration Program

From Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division Office of Congressional and Public Affairs

PANAMA CITY BEACH (NNS) -- Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division has been identified as a MH-60S Seahawk Carriage, Stream, Tow and Recovery System (CSTRS) depot.

The Joint Services Maintenance Interservice Support Management Office (MISMO) has determined the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) is uniquely positioned to function as a depot for the MH-60S Seahawk Carriage, Stream, Tow and Recovery System (CSTRS).

"Independent assessments performed by Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) indicated NSWC PCD is expertly qualified to transition from acquisition to sustainment," said Reppen. "This NAVAIR facility at a Naval Sea Systems (NAVSEA) command, NSWC PCD, makes the CSTRS depot the first of its kind in Panama City."

Assemblies the depot are expected to support include CSTRS subassemblies such as: base structure assembly, carriage/deployment kit assembly, automated secondary winch, actuation mechanism guide assembly, sheave system assembly, cable catch assembly, hydraulic winch assembly and a level-wind assembly. In addition, there is a Winch Control Assembly (WCA), which will interface between the operator and winch.

"The WCA is an intricate electronic box that is already 100 percent designed and manufactured at NSWC PCD," Reppen said. "This was certainly a factor in NAVAIR's decision to send the entire depot work here."

According to Reppen, CSTRS is designed to employ/deploy an Organic Airborne Mine Countermeasures (OAMCM) sensor from an MH-60S helicopter. It is configurable for a deployable Airborne Mine Neutralization System (AMNS) and a non-towed Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS).

In addition, there is prominent interest from the Department of the Navy to add an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) capability very soon. All these systems are minimizing danger by taking the warfighter out of the minefield, according to Reppen.

"Once these systems are fully delivered to the fleet, every three years they will need to come back for an overhaul, which is what establishing this CSTRS depot facility has as its primary focus," said Reppen. "So, when the system is broken or damaged, the fleet will be able to send it back here to NSWC PCD to be fixed."

Reppen described how NSWC PCD is uniquely staffed and equipped to meet the needs of the fleet, particularly regarding how CSTRS helps facilitate the OAMCM mission requirements.

"Because NSWC PCD is the original equipment manufacturer (OEM), we have subject matter experts who know best how to provide a complete kit," said Reppen. "NSWC PCD will be responsible for production contracting, test support, depot maintenance, kit shipment, trouble shooting, data analysis, performance, correction of deficiencies, logistics documentation, baseline system documentation, as well as configuration control of all existing assets."

Although Reppen said becoming a depot for the CSTRS system is rewarding, it is mainly achieved by NSWC PCD's high-performance engineering that earned their notoriety as CSTRS subject matter experts.

"Over the years, the MH-60S team has had a large number of top-notch leadership and engineering talent. And I find that talent everywhere I go at NSWC PCD. Our job isn't just showing up, and doing engineering well. Our job is to give something to the warfighter they can rely on," added Reppen. "It's that kind of feedback from the fleet that motivates our engineers. It's knowing we're doing our part to keep the warfighters out of danger."

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NNS160708-12. Milwaukee Navy Week Sailors Volunteer at Habitat for Humanity ReStore

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class John S. Smolinski, Navy Public Affairs Support Element East Detachment Southeast

MILWAUKEE (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to Navy Medicine Professional Development Center, Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Crew 104 and Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Milwaukee volunteered at Habitat for Humanity ReStore in the Third Ward neighborhood of Milwaukee, July 7.

Sailors worked with 20 other local volunteers to organize reclaimed furniture, household fixtures and other products for the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

"Everything in the store is donated," said Megan Strittmater, Habitat for Humanity ReStore manager. "With the help of volunteers like these Sailors, we process all these items to be sold at a discounted price to help fund all of our Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity projects."

In April 2013, Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity launched a Neighborhood Revitalization strategy that focused the organization's efforts in the Washington Park neighborhood. They are working together with their partner families and other neighborhood organizations to execute a comprehensive sustainable community plan. Their goal is transform Washington Park into a safe, vibrant neighborhood of choice.

"I have done community relations events before on deployments, but nothing big like this," said Fire Controlman 2nd Class Alex Muhs, from Visalia, California, and assigned to guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81). "I'm here because this is something that is going to benefit the community directly. My work in the Navy benefits the country, but that is something not always seen on the local level. Here we are able to see the people we are helping directly, and that's a great experience."

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization whose vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. According to their website, the organization helped build more than 500,000 houses worldwide and served 2.5 million people.

In addition to the Habitat for Humanity event, Navy divers from Trident Refit Facility Kings Bay, Georgia, participated in events throughout the week, from local Boys and Girls Clubs to Discovery World Science and Technology Center to Navy Day at the Milwaukee Public Museum July 7.

Milwaukee Navy Week is the eighth of 15 Navy weeks in 2016 that focus a variety of assets, equipment and personnel on a single city for a weeklong series of engagements designed to bring America's Navy closer to the people it protects.

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NNS160708-11. NAVSEA Kick-starts Shipyard Innovation

From Naval Sea Systems Command Office of Corporate Communication

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) announced an inaugural Naval Shipyard Innovation Fund of $1 million to test innovative shipyard projects designed to reduce the time and cost of repairing and returning ships to the fleet, July 7.

The fund is tied directly to shipboard maintenance work and support systems that enhance NAVSEA Commander Vice Adm. Tom Moore's priority for improving ship maintenance. It also embraces the Chief of Naval Operation's directive for high velocity learning, including "innovation -- encouraging risk-taking and tapping into the creativity of the workforce to do things better and differently, without fear of failure."

"This is like a Kickstarter campaign -- with a little seed money we can test an idea and see if it will deliver what we think it can," said Marissa Eyon, industrial process manager of NAVSEA's Communities of Practice (CoP).

The CoP offers an opportunity to test new ideas that have the potential to solve shipyard maintenance challenges and provides funding to allow shipyards to try them out and evaluate their worth to the command.

"Since there are no 'quick-fix' technologies for getting ships out, these efforts are investments into increasing future capacity," said Eyon.

Under this program NAVSEA will evaluate these shipyard-proposed and shipyard-executed projects monthly and at the end of the fiscal year to ensure each meets its goals in time, quantity, safety and cost projections. Each project must demonstrate the anticipated results to continue its funding.

"We must continue to support our innovators and reward thinking that is fundamental to an innovative culture," said Sharon Smoot, executive director for NAVSEA Logistics, Maintenance and Industrial Operations.

The Eight Innovations Projects

Projects in the ship maintenance process feature either technological advancements or improvements.

One of the pilot programs is automated tracking of paper and parts through radio-frequency identification (RFID). Portsmouth Naval Shipyard has already gained cost and schedule benefits through RFID tracking of boat components and work instruction across its industrial complex.

According to Jeff Campbell, RFID manager, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, he saw the naval shipyard innovation effort as the best way to quickly acquire the assets needed to stand-up the RFID systems as well as maintain commonality and standardization across the corporation.

After pitching the idea to NAVSEA, "They set up the corporate review process and helped to manage the various timelines ... so that we now have firm implementation plans," said Campbell. "NAVSEA has been a great partner. They bring a lot of resources to the table which helps to quickly stand-up new process improvements."

Seven other initiatives are now underway across NAVSEA shipyards:

. THz and infrared thermography for insulated piping
Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility personnel are exploring alternative non-destructive test methods which will allow the inspection of piping defects prior to removing insulation aboard a ship. If successful, this effort could provide up to $2.5 million in cost avoidance for each aircraft carrier maintenance availability.

. iHAT -- A hat with sensors
This innovative hat will provide workers in storage tanks with real-time information about their health, work environment, and physical location to proactively improve their situational awareness and workplace safety. This concept may also include a Confined Space Safety initiative that could reduce the amount of manual effort needed to maintain these tanks.

. 500 kilowatt motor generators -- In place repair for attack submarines
This Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility-lead effort funds the first of two phases to repair 500kW motor generators without removing them from their extensive shipboard structures. After phase two is completed, it is estimated to yield a cost avoidance of $6.26 million over the Future Years Defense Program.

. Laser metal cutting -- Streamlining a complex conversion process
Laser metal cutting is a multi-step process which involves scanning 2-D files, and then laboriously tracing the pattern through computer-aided design to convert the information, making it readily available for existing equipment. This effort will test best processes and programs that automatically scan 2-D files and convert the information needed for laser cutting at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility.

. Laser metrology -- Automating tank and void monitoring
This project will test automating the manual inspecting and documenting of defect indications in tank and hull structures at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility.

. 3D training -- Safety first for rigging and crane operators
This initiative will test a 3-D scanning and modeling trainer which replicates the actual, complex gear used rigging and crane lift operators in a "safe to learn" environment at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility.

. Fusion/Wiki -- Secure project collaboration
Similar to websites such as Wikipedia, Twitter and LinkedIn, the NAVSEA Fusion/Wiki pilot program provides For Official Use Only information-sharing behind the NMCI firewall for more than 1,000 employees to collaborate outside traditional hierarchal lines. The funding upgrades services and features, including a flexible action tracking tool and automated organizational charts to easily find peers across the NAVSEA enterprise.

This effort provides a great opportunity for the many shipyard workers seeking continuous improvement to further support the Navy, said Eyon. "So many people are hungry to do better."

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NNS160708-09. Decatur Hosts Midshipmen for Summer Training Program

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Gerald Dudley Reynolds, USS Decatur (DDG 73) Public Affairs

SOUTH CHINA SEA (NNS) -- Eighteen Midshipmen from colleges around the U.S. embarked guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 73) for their 2016 summer training surface warfare cruise, July 7.

The purpose of the midshipman summer training program is to allow them the opportunity to experience the daily lives of officers and enlisted Sailors in the fleet. Throughout the training program aboard Decatur, midshipmen participated in damage control training, small boat operations, medical training, maneuvering exercises, underway refueling at sea and tours of ship spaces.

"The summer training program is vital to their training as they will not only get to experience life on a frontline destroyer operating at the tip of the spear, but they will learn firsthand what it is like to be a Sailor and a division officer," said Cmdr. Garrett Miller, Decatur's commanding officer. "They are immersed in every aspect of shipboard life at sea and in port."

The midshipmen were paired with "running mates" -- junior officers and exceptional Sailors -- to help train and mentor them.

"I remember my experience when I was a midshipman," said Lt. j.g. Christian Tan, Decatur's gunnery officer. "I try to teach them things they can't learn in the academy and give them as much information as possible so they can be the best future leaders that they can be."

Tan added having the midshipmen aboard brings a new energy and motivation to the Sailors.

"It really is a great experience for the midshipmen, as it gives them a chance to see how officers and enlisted interact with each other and make the ship run smoothly," said Quartermaster 2nd Class Dametrious Jenkins. "I was able to learn some things from them and I know they learned some things from me, and at the end of the day that's success."

The midshipmen were assigned to various departments aboard Decatur. They received exposure to the engineering propulsion plant, supply system, the Aegis weapons system, small arms, naval weapons and navigation while they also got a behind the scenes look at everyday life of Sailors.

For Midshipman 1st Class Destiny Harrell, from Round Lake, Illinois, shadowing Sailors in the engineering department was an eye-opening experience.

"I have a better understanding and appreciation for what they do on a daily basis," said Harrell. "When I get to my first ship I will keep in mind the amount of time and effort that goes into each job."

At the end of their time aboard Decatur these future Sailors will continue their education and leadership training.

"Decatur Sailors are proud of who they are and what they do. Anytime our Sailors get to teach and mold the future leaders of the Navy, that's a win in my book," said Miller.

Decatur is currently underway in the Indo-Asia-Pacific Region as part of a U.S. 3rd Fleet Pacific Surface Action Group (PAC SAG) with guided-missile destroyers USS Spruance (DDG 111) and USS Momsen (DDG 92), under the operations of Destroyer Squadron (CDS) 31.

The U.S. Navy maintains a presence in the region to help preserve peace and security and to further their partnerships with friends and allies. This forward presence contributes to freedom of navigation and lawful use of the sea, as well as furthers operational training and enables an exchange of culture, skills, and tactical knowledge.

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NNS160708-08. USS Frank Cable Arrives in Diego Garcia

From USS Frank Cable Public Affairs

DIEGO GARCIA (NNS) -- Submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) arrived at U.S. Navy Support Facility Diego Garcia for a port visit, July 8.

The Frank Cable team, consisting of more than 500 Sailors and civilian mariners is currently on deployment to provide vital flexibility to the fleet commanders, extending the range and impact of U.S. naval forces.

While in Diego Garcia, Frank Cable's Repair Department will provide support services to guided-missile submarine USS Georgia (SSGN 729).

"This is what a submarine tender is supposed to do," said Capt. Drew St. John, Frank Cable's commanding officer. "We were in the Philippines only two weeks ago and as we arrive in Diego Garcia we are looking forward to showing off our repair capability supporting USS Georgia.

Frank Cable is one of two forward-deployed submarine tenders and is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to conduct maintenance and support deployed U.S. naval force submarines and surface vessels in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

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NNS160708-03. Pacific Partnership 2016 Co-hosts Joint Disaster Management Symposium

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Elizabeth Merriam, Commander, Task Force 73 Public Affairs

LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines (NNS) -- Pacific Partnership 2016 held a Joint Disaster Symposium at Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital (BRTTH), June 30.

The symposium gave Pacific Partnership personnel attached to hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, participating non-government organizations, and local medical personnel the chance to have an open dialogue about disaster management relief in a medical context.

"I think the symposium is a great program to get all of our medical providers together in one room," said Lt. Michael Bowe-Rahming, environmental health officer aboard Mercy. "Everybody can see how we do things similarly and yet how we do things differently, to get to the same result."

Participants spent the day learning about BRTTH's emergency protocols implemented during disaster and regular emergency response, nutrition care in a disaster situation and clean water.

"I think this is a great [opportunity] for us; we will meet and exchange new ideas about how we will prepare when disaster comes," said Capt. Danty E. Avergonzado, Armed Forces Philippines Nurse Corps. "At the same time we can also engage updates on other [nations' disaster responses] and how they prepared. It will be a great [opportunity] for us; how we lend our hands to each other in terms of disaster preparation."

Because the Philippines is located in a region prone to volcanic activity, many speakers focused on topics relevant to the area including respiratory trauma cases after volcanic eruption, burn management and forensic dental.

Lt. Cmdr. Franklin Margaron, pediatric surgeon assigned to Mercy, covered the prevention of pediatric trauma.

"Pediatric trauma is the number one cause of morbidity and mortality, not just in the United States but worldwide for children," said Margaron. "More children are killed every year by traumatic injury than any other disease process."

Army veterinarian Capt. Erin Hennessey focused her presentation on working dogs often utilized in the recovery efforts following a disaster. She provided some basic tips for first responders who may be called upon to provide first aid care to an animal.

"There are not necessarily veterinary assets in the front line teams, so it's human first responders who end up taking care of these [working] dogs," said Hennessey. "There is a general effort going on to increase awareness of what [the dogs] do, what hazards they might face and conditions they might develop."

She added that a dog's health on-scene and after the recovery efforts could also be an indicator of potential hazards to human health and safety.

After each discussion questions were answered and participants broke into small groups to further explore areas of interest.

"One of the biggest things we should take away from this symposium is the collaborative effort that we have built," said Lt. Richard Tan, site supervisor for the disaster symposium. "We have a joint effort of engaging and tackling issues that are set forth in any emergency disaster and in managing that collaborative effort."

The Armed Forces of the Philippines and Pacific Partnership 2016 co-hosted a Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief workshop July 5-9, at the Disaster Coordination Center, allowing for further in-depth discussion about collaborative disaster response.

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NNS160708-01. Amphibious Squadron 1 Changes Command on Boxer

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brett Anderson, USS Boxer (LHD 4) Public Affairs

ARABIAN GULF (NNS) -- Capt. Keith G. Moore was relieved by Capt. Patrick V. Foege as Commander, Amphibious Squadron One (PHIBRON 1) during a change of command ceremony held aboard amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), July 7.

During Moore's time as commander he guided the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) through numerous multinational exercises and operations including Exercise Dawn Blitz 2015 and the ARG's current deployment to the U.S. 3rd, 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operations in support of Exercise Ssang Yong 2016, Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater cooperation efforts.

"I cannot imagine having a better group of warfighters to lead the Sailors and Marines of the ARG/MEU (Marine Expeditionary Unit) through that fast-paced work-up cycle and subsequent 5th and 7th Fleet deployment," said Moore. "When I reflect back on your brilliance in executing Ssang Yong, maritime security operations in Yemen and in the Arabian Gulf, I am humbled, amazed and very proud."

The ceremony's keynote speaker, Col. Anthony M. Henderson, commanding officer of the 13th MEU, cited in a letter from Moore's family the impact his service has had on his hometown.

"If you visit Winona (Mississippi) and run across someone who knew him, do not be surprised if they show you a picture of him in his commander's uniform and relay to you how proud they are of the fact that someone from their little town has gone on to serve the United States in such a capacity," said Henderson.

In attendance was the ceremony's special guest, Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Francis Donovan, commander, Task Force 51. Donovan commended Moore on his accomplishments and his dedication to the Boxer ARG.

"There is no better person to command an amphibious ready group than Capt. Keith Moore," said Donovan. "When we look at the commodore go over the brow for the last time as our leader of Amphibious Squadron 1, we're losing 34 years of experience, which is incredible."

Moore's next command will be at the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV), Expeditionary Warfare (N95) in Washington, D.C.

"Your sense of duty and mission excellence is beyond compare," said Moore to Foege. "The Navy gets a lot of stuff right, and they definitely got it right when they brought you in here to command this squadron. I know you are ready for what lays ahead."

During the ceremony, Moore read his orders and transferred command to Foege, who read his orders, assumed command and addressed the audience as commander, PHIBRON 1.

"This is a humbling opportunity to continue serving our Sailors and Marines as commodore of Amphibious Squadron 1, especially while deployed here in the dynamic Arabian Gulf region," said Foege. "While the ceremony marks the passing of command from one commander to the next, it also recognizes the awe-inspiring work of every Sailor and Marine in this fighting force."

Foege assumed command after serving as the deputy commodore of PHIBRON 1. His previous assignments include serving as flight deck officer and assistant air officer aboard Boxer, commanding officer of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 10 flying the H-60F/H Seahawk, air boss aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) and a hull swap with USS Essex (LHD 2) in Sasebo, Japan.

PHIBRON 1 is one of nine U.S. Navy amphibious squadrons and is currently responsible for Boxer, amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18), and amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49).

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NNS160707-23. USS Ashland Returns to Sasebo

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sarah Villegas, Task Force 76 Public Affairs

SASEBO, Japan (NNS) -- The Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) arrived in Sasebo, Japan after completing several phases of the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) series, July 8.

The Ashland crew embarked and supported Marines from 2nd Marine Battalion, 2nd Regiment during the CARAT series in an effort to enhance relationships, increase interoperability, and maintain peace and security in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

"Ashland and the embarked Marines of 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment performed superbly over the past month and half. Their combined participation in CARAT demonstrates the critical mission set of amphibious warfare to this theater," said Rear Adm. John Nowell, Amphibious Force 7th Fleet. "The Sailors and Marines accomplished important training with our partners, and I know they also built relationships that will have lasting impact."

The ship and embarked Marines completed bilateral training under CARAT with partner forces from Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand.

The Ashland crew is returning to Sasebo after a month and a half out at sea, during which time they conducted ship formations, medical training, and combined amphibious assaults throughout the CARAT series. Ashland also made a port visit to Singapore, where Sailors and Marines volunteered a local soup kitchen.

Ashland is forward-deployed to Sasebo, Japan, as part of the Amphibious Force 7th Fleet.

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NNS020702-10. This Day in Naval History - July 08

From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

1777 - British frigate HMS Rainbow and brig HMS Flora chase the Continental frigates Boston and Hancock and the captured prize, British frigate HMS Fox, off Halifax, Nova Scotia. Boston escapes but Hancock is captured and renamed HMS Iris.

1778 - The Allied French fleet under Adm. Comte dEstaing arrives in America with reinforcements for the American Revolution and participates in the Battle of Rhode Island and at the Siege of Savannah.

1879 - USS Jeannette departs San Francisco to explore the Arctic, but becomes frozen in the ice pack by September. On June 13, 1881, the bark-rigged wooden steamship sinks after she is crushed in an Arctic ice pack during an attempt to reach the North Pole through the Bering Strait. Of the 33 who set off after the ship went down, only 13 of Jeannette's men survive their adventures and return to civilization.

1944 - The cruisers and destroyers of Task Group 53.18, commanded by Rear Adm. Charles Turner Joy, begin daily bombardment of Japanese defenses on Guam. Battleships join the bombardment group on July 14.

1944 - While serving as Tank Commander with Second Battalion, Sixth Marines, Second Marine Division during the Battle of Saipan, Sgt. Grant F. Timmermans tank is halted by the enemy when the Japanese hurl a grenade. Blocking the deadly missile, Timmerman holds the grenade to his chest and absorbs the blast, sacrificing his life to save his comrades. For his "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity" on this occasion, he is posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. Grant F. Timmerman is buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii.

1960 - USS Proteus (AS-19) is recommissioned and serves as a tender for the Polaris Fleet Ballistic Missile submarines.

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