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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


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.

New Plaque Building 92

The engraving shows yard workers sitting on the dock, across from them you can see a ship at dock side in the navy yard, crane is visible.

This a redesigned replica of that plaque which we will be presenting to the yard in early May commemorating their sacrifice.

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


We have not set an exact midweek date for the presentation, but we're hoping as stated in early May. We will have final details concerning all matters within the next few week so check back with us periodically. We 're hoping for a nice turnout for this occasion!


Here's a link to photos of the 2015 Reunion in Washington D C.  Contact Leslie if you would like copies of any of there;

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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:

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USS Constellation Last Voyage Site

Voyage of the Carbon Foss

Brooklyn Navy Yard Tribute Wall

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NNS160426-05. NAVCENT Commander Concludes IMCMEX, Calls "Realistic" Training a Priority

By Lt. Cmdr. Matt Gill, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Public Affairs

MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) -- Leaders of the International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX) brought the exercise to a close and highlighted the need to continue training with scenarios that are likely to occur in real life in order to keep waterways safe.

The exercise "raised the bar in terms of reality," said Vice Adm. Kevin Donegan, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, "not in terms of some arbitrary metric, but in terms of real-world value. You couldn't just show up and declare success. You actually had to get in the water."

IMCMEX, which ended April 26, featured international naval and civilian maritime forces from more than 30 nations spanning six continents training together across the Middle East.

U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) organized and led IMCMEX. NAVCENT leads U.S. Navy and afloat Marine Corps forces across the more than 2.5 million square miles of ocean in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.

Participants focused on maritime security from the port of origin to the port of arrival and included scenarios ranging from mine countermeasures, infrastructure protection and maritime security operations in support of civilian shipping.

"What's important to each of our nations is the free flow of commerce," said Donegan. "We did raise the bar, and we did it in a way that will be a springboard for next year and the years after that."

More than 4,000 civilian and military personnel, ashore and aboard more than 30 ships, participated the Fleet Tactical Exercise (FTX) portion of IMCMEX, which focused on shipboard, air, and undersea training and conducting port and maritime security operations.

FTX operations included mine countermeasures, diving operations, small-boat exercises, maritime security operations coordinated with industrial and commercial shipping, unmanned underwater vehicle operations, and port clearance.

The FTX demonstrated new technologies, such as unmanned underwater vehicles, and the sealift capabilities of the expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Choctaw County and the afloat forward staging base USS Ponce, equipped with the U.S. Navy's only operational laser weapon system.

During the FTX, 161 mine-like shapes were dropped in the water as practice aids for mine countermeasures. Using the wide array of technology and expertise among the partner nations, participants found and retrieved all of them.

Industry participation in this year's IMCMEX was the largest it has ever been, with collaboration and training between industry representatives and 11 merchant and commercial vessels, including cruise ships HMS Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth 2.

IMCMEX began April 4 with a symposium in Bahrain on Maritime Infrastructure Protection, bringing together governments, militaries and industry to discuss how to best provide the necessary foundation of security that supports unrestricted access to the vital maritime infrastructure critical to regional and global economies.

Leaders from 13 participating nations, together with the U.S. Naval War College and U.S. Joint Staff, also spent time thinking through notional threats and developing plans to counter and mitigate those notional threats during the Command Post Exercise.

"We've tried a number of things this year that we haven't tried in the past," said Commodore William Warrender, Royal Navy, Combined Maritime Forces deputy commander and leader of the exercise, as he thanked multinational partners for their robust participation and ambition in this year's IMCMEX during the exercise closing ceremony. "I hope you got as much out of this exercise as I did."

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NNS160426-20. Vouchers Accelerate Advanced Education for Senior Enlisted

By Ed Barker, Naval Education and Training Professional Development and Technology Center Public Affairs

PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- A path to providing senior enlisted personnel with advanced education opportunities was announced April 26 via Naval Administrative Message (NAVADMIN) 092/16, in a call for applications for the FY-16 Advanced Education Voucher (AEV) program.

The AEV program offers post-secondary, Navy-relevant education at the baccalaureate and master's level and provides financial assistance to chief, senior chief and master chief petty officers.

Master Chief Electronics Technician (EXW/FPJ) Richard Simpson, Enlisted Education Program coordinator for the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC), said this program is a significant investment in the future of enlisted leadership, offering a fully-funded and rapid education.

"For senior enlisted members interested in or pursuing advanced education in Navy-approved areas of study, the AEV program is an incredible resource," said Simpson. "AEV offers the opportunity for accelerated degree completion as it pays for 100 percent of tuition, books and fees up to a specified limit. Sailors currently on or transferring to shore duty and those at sea whose duty assignment will allow for degree completion during off-duty time should definitely apply."

Examples of approved, Navy-relevant degrees include: strategic foreign languages, construction management, security management, emergency and disaster management, human resources, engineering, information technology, nursing, and business administration, among others. Degree programs other than those specifically listed by the NAVADMIN must be validated by the AEV program coordinator at NETC.

Financial assistance for baccalaureate degrees covers 100 percent of tuition, books, and related fees up to $6,700 per year for a maximum of three years with the total program cost capped at $20,000. For master's degrees, it provides 100 percent of tuition, books, and related fees up to $20,000 per year for a maximum of two years with the total program cost capped at $40,000.

Senior Chief Navy Counselor (SW/AW) Nikki Munoz, command career counselor for the Naval Special Warfare Development Group in Virginia Beach, Virginia, used the AEV program to get her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Phoenix.

"We are leading an exceptionally intelligent force in today's Navy," said Munoz. "In order to provide the most effective leadership, we must drive personal and professional development. The Navy offers programs such as AEV to meet those goals, and I advertise this program at chief petty officer career development boards."

Eligible applicants include E-7s with no more than 17 years time-in-service (TIS), E-8s with no more than 19 years TIS, and E-9s with no more than 23 years TIS. TIS is computed to Oct. 1.

At a minimum, baccalaureate program applicants must have an associates degree from an accredited institution of higher learning or the equivalent amount of college credits already earned. Master's program applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher learning.

AEV is available to personnel transferring to, or currently on shore duty with sufficient time ashore to complete the degree program. Prospective applicants on sea duty may still apply if they provide an education plan that shows their ability to complete the program as specified in the NAVADMIN. Selectees are expected to enroll in the fall 2016 term.

If an applicant is already invested in furthering their education through TA or other financial assistance programs, they may still apply for AEV. However, AEV and TA benefits may not be combined, nor may AEV be used to earn more than one degree at a time. Lower division or prerequisite courses may be authorized if they are part of the approved education plan.

A service obligation of three times the number of months of education completed or three years, whichever is less, is incurred upon completion of or withdrawal from the AEV program. This obligation is discharged concurrently with any other service obligation the participant may have already incurred. Use of AEV does not obligate the Navy to retain a member on active duty.

Applications for AEV are currently being accepted by NETC (N523). The deadline for submission for the FY-16 program is May 27 and the selection board will convene in June 2016. An endorsement by both the applicant's commanding officer and command master chief must be included in the application.

Application details, format and more information can be found at the Navy College website:

For more information contact Master Chief Richard Simpson, NETC N523, at (850) 452-7268 (DSN 459) or email at

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NNS160425-28. Kearsarge ARG/26th MEU Departs US 6th Fleet

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Dana Legg , USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) Public Affairs

ATLANTIC OCEAN (NNS) -- The Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (KSGARG) flagship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), and embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), departed the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations, April 25.

The KSGARG/MEU, comprised of embarked Marines from the 26th MEU, multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD 24) and amphibious dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51), is headed home to Virginia after a successful deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleets.

While in the U.S. 6th Fleet, Kearsarge visited the port of Valencia, Spain, where ship hosted a dinner reception on the flight deck for approximately 120 Spanish distinguished visitors and 100 crew members.

"The Kearsarge and MEU team had a wonderful port visit in Valencia and appreciate the people of this great city for giving us such a warm welcome," said Capt. Larry G. Getz, commanding officer, USS Kearsarge. "The reception held on our flight deck was a great way to strengthen partnership with our Spanish counterparts as we continue to work together to promote peace and stability in Europe and the world."

Additionally, while in port, Sailors and Marines took advantage of the opportunity to participate in several community relations events to include participating in a 5K walk/run for Autism Awareness as well as a visit to the Polytechnic University of Valencia where they interacted with the students and faculty.

Sailors and Marines aboard Oak Hill visited Lisbon, Portugal, during a scheduled port visit where the embarked 26th MEU Marines participated in a tactical exchange with the Portuguese Fuzileiro. The military-to-military cooperation is beneficial to strengthening our interoperability as allies.

As Kearsarge and Oak Hill were in port, Arlington stopped pulled pierside in Marseille, France, to enjoy some of the French culture the city had to offer. While in port, the crew attended a reception hosted by the Association France Etats-Unis, provided ship tours for the local media and participated in a community relations project with the Marseille Blue Stars American football team at a sports camp for kids.

"As the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group departs the 6th Fleet area of operations, the bonds with our European and African partners were made stronger," said Capt. Augustus P. Bennett, commodore, Amphibious Squadron 4. "The Sailors and Marines embarked aboard USS Kearsarge, USS Arlington, and USS Oak Hill were able to participate in events with our partners throughout the region, including conducting community relations (COMREL), passing exercises, officer exchanges at sea, sporting competitions, hosting distinguished visitors and guests, and bilateral training ashore. Engagements conducted with our partners in Turkey, Tunisia, Spain, Portugal, and France help forge a strong Global Network of Navies needed to advance regional security and stability together with our allies."

The KSGARG ships are now preparing to return to their homeports in Joint Expeditionary Base-Little Creek and Norfolk, Virginia.

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NNS160426-12. USS Gladiator Completes IMCMEX

By Ensign Samuel Dodson, USS Gladiator (MCM 11) Public Affairs

GULF OF OMAN (NNS) -- Mine countermeasures ship USS Gladiator (MCM 11) is scheduled to return to homeport after participating in the International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX) April 4-26.

IMCMEX featured international naval and civilian maritime forces from more than 30 nations and spanning six continents.

Participants trained together across the Middle East, focused on maritime security from the port of origin to the port of arrival and included scenarios ranging from mine countermeasures, infrastructure protection and maritime security operations in support of civilian shipping.

Gladiator's contribution to IMCMEX involved surveying approximately 100 miles of ocean floor in search of training mines. These surveys were conducted with HMS Chiddingfold and HMS Penzance under a task force led by the Royal Australian Navy. Gladiator rigged and streamed two different minesweeping configurations, practiced maritime security with USCGC Maui and USS Hurricane, and replenished stores alongside RFA Cardigan Bay.

Gladiator was designed to detect and counter several types of mines in many different types of environments using a diverse set of MCM systems. During IMCMEX the ship was able to demonstrate its wide variety of capabilities.

"We truly enjoyed the opportunity to exercise our combat systems to find and neutralize mines," said Lt. Cmdr. Francisco Garza, commanding officer of Gladiator. "The practice provided by IMCMEX is crucial for seamless teamwork in the future."

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NNS160426-17. US Naval Academy Hosts Annual Special Olympics Competition

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan Correa, U.S. Naval Academy Public Affairs

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (NNS) -- U.S. Naval Academy Midshipman Action Group (MAG) hosted its annual Special Olympics competition April 23-24.

More than 400 midshipmen volunteers were paired with athletes who competed in swim events at the Macdonough Hall pool and track and field events at Ingram Field.

This is MAG's largest community event of the year.

"The Special Olympics has been held at the Naval Academy for about as long as the Special Olympics has been around," said Jim Schmutz, president and CEO of Special Olympics Maryland. "This is a testimony to the academy, and the mission and philosophy that exists here to engage the midshipmen in a way that contributes to the greater good and the community."

Midshipman volunteers provided support to the athletes, ensuring they arrived to their events on time and cheering them on to boost morale.

"This event gives us midshipmen a large and impactful opportunity to connect with the community," said Midshipman 2nd Class Michael Ross, USNA Special Olympics project leader. "It gives us the opportunity to show not only the local community but the state that we are here to serve."

In Maryland approximately 7,311 athletes are participating in 27 different Special Olympics sports year-round, and in this event athletes earned qualification times to continue to the next level of competition at other venues statewide.

Midshipmen and athletes both benefit from the experience, said Schmutz.

"Our athletes certainly look up to the midshipmen and have a lot of respect for them, and based on what I observed, it is equally valuable to the midshipmen," he said. "The one-on-one relationship between them is priceless. I am grateful and want to thank the people here at the academy for being so dedicated to our athletes."

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for persons eight years of age and older with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.

"I really didn't know what to expect, but it has been great," said Midshipman 2nd Class Carter Oleary, USNA Special Olympics volunteer. "I think this is an amazing program and a fun time. I think anybody out there should think about volunteering."

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NNS160426-08. USFJ Commander Visits Navy in Misawa

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Samuel Weldin, Naval Air Facility Misawa, Japan Public Affairs

MISAWA, Japan (NNS) -- U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. John L. Dolan, commander of U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force, held an all-hands call for Sailors stationed or deployed at Misawa Air Base April 26.

Dolan spent the morning touring a P-8A maritime surveillance aircraft assigned to the 'Mad Foxes' of Patrol Squadron 5, sat down for lunch with Misawa chief petty officers, and held an all-hands call with the Sailors here.

The all-hands call included topics such as: general tensions in the Pacific area of responsibility (AOR), manning requirements, and of course, the curfew and liberty restrictions placed upon U.S. service members in this AOR.

"We are here in Japan because we are under a treaty obligation to protect Japan if it comes under attack," said Dolan. "Don't ever underestimate the importance of what you are doing here each and every day."

Dolan focused on the stability U.S. Forces provide in the northern Pacific and Pacific region as a whole. He also spoke about the liberty policy for U.S. service members in Japan.

"The curfew and liberty is a living document, and by that I mean it's a readiness issue, you are the biggest and most valuable asset that we have," said Dolan. "I have to balance between having people in places for success and limiting the unsuccessful situations so that we can stay ready and be deployed at a moment's notice if need be."

He also wants Sailors to focus on the unique experiences that come with being forward deployed in this area of responsibility.

"You have an incredible opportunity being stationed here in Japan," said Dolan. "If you're not taking advantage of the opportunities you have here to get out and see this incredible country, then you're really letting a great opportunity pass by."

Dolan and Chief Master Sgt. Terrence Greene wrapped things up with a question and answer session with the Sailors.

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NNS160426-15. Sailors Experience Effects of Simulated Intoxication

By Chief Master-at-Arms Natalie Dymond, Naval Technical Training Center Lackland Public Affairs

SAN ANTONIO (NNS) -- Students assigned to Naval Technical Training Center Lackland attended a drug and alcohol awareness event April 21 as part of the Navy's Alcohol Awareness Month.

Students from the Master-at-Arms "A" School, Corrections, and Military Working Dog courses came together to discuss the issues and consequences alcohol may have on Sailors and their career if not used responsibly.

NTTC Lackland's Drug and Alcohol Program Advisors, Chief Master-at-Arms Andrew Williams and Damage Controlman 1st Class Jonathan Rider, discussed the importance of planning and decision making when alcohol is a factor in one's plan.

Sailors had the opportunity to wear special goggles that simulate the effects of intoxication and perform normal tasks such as walking, playing catch, and riding a scooter -- tasks normally accomplished with ease when alcohol has not been introduced into the body.

"Sailors have a misconception of what drunk is," said Williams. "They need to understand how quickly decision making and the body's reflexes are affected once alcohol is ingested into the body. When students witnessed a participant ride a scooter through an obstacle course with and without the 'drunk goggles,' they were able to see firsthand the effects alcohol has on the body."

Rider informed the Sailors about a mobile application released recently. The application, "Pier Pressure," provides Sailors with numerous resources in regard to the Navy's "Keep What You Earned" campaign including safe drinking tips, the Safe Ride Home program, a blood-alcohol content calculator, and self-referral information.

Also speaking at the event was Eddie Jimenez, survivor of a drunk-driving accident. Jimenez provided his personal account of the day when a drunk driver took the life of his son and his son's friend.

When asked about the training, Seaman Vincent Dimarco, from Delran, New Jersey, said, "It was very touching. I would never want anything like that to happen to me [because of] the fact that someone's actions took the life of his [Jimenez's] son and [his] son's friend, and he could not stop it. The account of the accident made me realize that not only can a drunk driver hurt themselves, but also the lives of innocent bystanders. People often do not realize their actions can have such an impact on others until something like this happens."

The Navy Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention's mission is to support fleet readiness by fighting alcohol abuse and drug use. They disseminate quarterly e-grams and provide Sailors and commands with resources related to drug and alcohol abuse prevention and response.

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NNS160426-14. SPAWAR Office of Small Business Programs Awarded DoD Verdure Award for Innovation

By Kara McDermott, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The Department of Defense has awarded the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) with the Verdure Award for innovative and proactive approaches in promoting the use of small businesses in SPAWAR acquisitions throughout fiscal year 2015.

The Verdure Award is a part of the DoD's Vanguard Awards Program, which recognizes the exemplary contributions of small business professionals or members of acquisition teams that influence small business participation in defense procurement.

SPAWAR OSBP's use of innovative approaches to build relationships, increase communications and provide tailored trainings improved awareness and understanding of their objectives across the organization.

To build and foster relationships, SPAWAR OSBP assigned each team member as a point of contact for each of the program offices and competencies within the command. This created a culture of teaming that enabled advocacy for OSBP initiatives and small business opportunities on future procurements. Each small business professional worked closely with their designated program office to actively engage in program reviews and procurement planning strategy meetings.

"By becoming an integral part of acquisition teams, our OSBP professionals assist with market research, determination of the procurement, developing small business source selection criteria, evaluating proposals and participating in debriefings after award," said Faye Esaias, SPAWAR's director of small business programs. "These relationships allow us to articulate and advocate OSBP initiatives and small business opportunities for procurement."

Taking relationship building a step further, SPAWAR created office space for the local Small Business Administration procurement center representative -- an individual who helps an agency meet small business goals -- to sit on-site to facilitate their participation in the procurement process.

The SPAWAR OSBP team also actively collaborates with local industry organizations that support the small business community, such as procurement technical assistance centers and small business development centers, to provide training on how small business can do business with the federal government and local commands. On a semi-annual basis the team partners with San Diego-based Defense Acquisition University to provide additional training on small business programs to acquisition students.

To promote awareness of small business participation as subcontractors, SPAWAR OSBP developed a contracts data requirements list (CDRL) to track small business utilization on larger contracts. The CDRL is currently utilized in large, high-visibility contracts like the DoD Health care Management System Modernization, the Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services and the Next Generation Navy Marine Corps Intranet contracts. This CDRL allows the government to track the prime contractor's subcontracting accomplishments at the micro level.

"We are committed to trying new approaches to increase opportunities for small businesses while also striving to nurture and develop small businesses that can support tomorrow's Navy," said Esaias.

In fiscal year 2015, the DoD procured 24.64 percent of all prime contracting with small businesses and exceeded the goal of 21.6 percent for the second consecutive year.

"I am particularly pleased with the commitment and professionalism of the FY 2015 Vanguard awardees and I appreciate the hard work and dedication of the entire acquisition community in support of achieving our small business procurement goals," said Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall in a memo to the award recipients.

All Vanguard awardees will receive formal recognition during the DoD Small Business Innovation Training Week, May 9-13, in Atlanta.

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NNS160426-10. Service Members Attend SAPR-Sponsored Training

From Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Public Affairs

PENSACOLA, Fla (NNS) -- More than 3,000 service members attended an interactive training symposium at Naval Air Station Pensacola April 22, designed to enhance service members' understanding of sexual assault and prevention (SAPR).

Sponsored by the base Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC), the event took place at the Naval Air Technical Training Center.

The majority of the attendees were students from one of the Navy's largest 'A' School campuses.

"Can I Kiss You?," is an innovative training approach from the Date Safe Project. The Date Safe Project is an anti-sexual assault organization providing prevention materials and advocacy programs for schools, community organizations and the U.S. armed forces.

With April designated as Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, NAS Pensacola FFSC Sexual Assault Response Coordinator Anne Ballensinger said the program -- the only Date Safe Project presentation in the Commander, Navy Region Southeast area of operations this year -- represents the importance local and Navy leadership place on sexual assault within its ranks.

"This is something that is taken very seriously at all levels, whether it's from a position of prevention or response, whether from a command level or even higher leadership," Ballensinger said. "We have a population here in Pensacola -- and particularly at NATTC -- which mirrors a college campus, and these can be some of our highest risk population in the Navy. Getting lessons to them in a way they can engage and involve themselves in is a different approach and a way they can relate to."

The program, put on by Date Safe Project founder Mike Domitrz, is designed to provide skills applicable to anyone regardless of age, rank, gender or marital status. During the interactive training symposium, Domitrz engaged the audience in discussions about consent, communication and bystander intervention.

"One of the most important things I believe the students will walk away with is education and training on sexual assault and prevention," NATTC Instructor and SAPR Victim Advocate Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 1st Class Lois Bourne said. "April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month and the NAS Pensacola FFSC sponsored this event at NATTC to create awareness on sexual assault and prevention."

NATTC Commanding Officer Capt. Hugh Rankin said the program, held in the NATTC Charles A. Taylor Hangar, serves as a welcome addition to Navy-mandated sexual assault training.

"Programs such as this increase the level of knowledge our students need," Rankin said. "Along with the tools they'll need for duty in the fleet, NATTC also ensures the students coming through our doors are aware of other programs the Navy has to offer. Mr. Domitrz's presentation reinforces our commitment to a safe environment for all our Sailors."

According to Domitrz, the Date Safe Project is an organization dedicated to leaving a positive impact on the many issues surrounding sexual assault and healthy intimacy, and encourages seminar participants to focus on clear communication so unwanted sexual overtures can become a thing of the past.

For more than 70 years, NATTC has been providing training and increasing readiness within the Naval Aviation Enterprise. The facility graduates approximately 15,000 Navy, Marine Corps and international students annually and is the largest training facility in the Navy post-Recruit Training Command.

NATTC is part of the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training, which provides single site management for Navy and Marine Corps aviation technical training.

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NNS160426-09. Deployable Preventive Medicine Team Completes Operational Readiness Evaluation

By Lt. Rohan Jairam, Navy Environmental and Preventive Medicine Unit Five Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Members of Forward Deployable Preventive Medicine Unit Team 4 completed a seven-day simulated exercise to evaluate deployment readiness at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, April 19-26.

Fifteen Sailors assigned to Navy Environmental and Preventive Medicine Unit 5 San Diego's FDPMU platform took part in the Operational Readiness Evaluation (ORE). The team was augmented by three members of Hawaii-based NEPMU-6, along with observers from the Republic of Singapore Armed Forces, as part of a greater effort to strengthen and validate Preventive Medicine capabilities in the United States Pacific Command (PACOM) area of responsibility.

"The visit from our Singaporean partners provided an excellent opportunity for subject matter expertise exchanges," said Lt. Cmdr. George Vancil, Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center FDPMU program manager. "We look forward to working with them during Pacific Partnership 2016."

Exercise planners and coordinators from NMCPHC were on site to evaluate the performance of the FDPMU as they completed the ORE. Scenarios tested the team's capabilities to identify and evaluate environmental health hazards, conduct disease vector surveillance and infectious disease assessments, while assessing health outcomes in a deployed environment.

Lt. Nickita Brown, NEPMU-5's FDPMU coordinator, was also on hand to gauge the team's potential for success.

"Based on their performance during this training evolution, I am confident in their success this summer as they provide public health services throughout the Pacific," said Brown.

"The FDPMU is the most capable and advanced preventive medicine unit across the services," concluded Vancil.

FDPMUs provide health services support (HSS) to Navy and Marine Corps forces by rapidly assessing, preventing, and controlling health threats in the theater of operations to enhance organic preventive medicine assets. Teams that successfully complete the ORE are certified as fully capable to support deployed forces with flexible and sustainable force health protection services.

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NNS160426-01. NDW Observes Alcohol Awareness Month

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Pedro A. Rodriguez, Naval District Washington Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Having an alcoholic beverage is not uncommon among adults, civilian and military alike. But when drinking starts to affect an individual's behavior, health and lifestyle then there's a problem.

The Navy's observation of Alcohol Awareness Month includes a campaign called "Keep What You've Earned." Established in 2013, it is designed to encourage responsible drinking among Sailors by focusing on the accomplishments in their Navy careers. Naval District Washington is participating in this campaign to keep its personnel on the right track when it comes to responsible alcohol use.

"I believe that it is important to show Sailors and civilians that the Navy does not defend the stereotype of the 'drunken' Sailor," said Chief Culinary Specialist Penelope Cooper, Naval Support Activity Washington Drug and Alcohol Program advisor. "We want to educate and inform our Sailors on the importance of Keep What You've Earned. [It] is not just a slogan, it's a lifestyle. We don't condone reckless behavior. It is paramount that Sailors realize that everything they have worked so hard to achieve can be taken away in the blink of an eye because of one wrong decision."

Alcohol abuse is a nationwide problem. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report 34 percent of drinkers consume five or more alcoholic beverages in a short amount of time. Furthermore, according to a survey conducted in 2014 the number of alcoholic liver disease deaths was 18,146 and the number of alcohol-induced deaths, excluding accidents and homicides was 29,001.

Service members face unique situations many health professionals warn could lead to alcohol abuse later. Deployments, separation from loved ones, and hazardous duty are among the stressors that most personnel face. But health professionals warn against treating such stress with alcohol.

"I think one of the reasons many Sailors turn to alcohol is peer pressure," said Cooper. "People are trying to fit in or portray what they think the Navy life is like. A lot of junior Sailors (single Sailors living in the barracks) say they drink out of boredom. They feel like there's nothing else to do. That's why it's important that we offer alternatives to them via MWR (Morale, Welfare and Recreation) and command morale boosters."

Military Pathways, a joint Department of Defense and Screening for Mental Health organization, is geared toward helping military personnel. They provide anonymous mental health and alcohol self-assessments for family members and service personnel in all branches including the National Guard and Reserve. The program is available online at and at special events held at installations worldwide.

Cooper added, every command has resources available to Sailors or concerned personnel regarding alcohol abuse including the Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program (SARP) and Navy drug and alcohol counselors.

"Sailors may elect for a self-referral or the command can refer them to SARP," said Cooper.

Washington Navy Yard is scheduled to host a regional safety standdown before the summer starts in preparation of the "101 Critical Days of Summer," the period between Memorial day and Labor Day. Included will be an alcohol awareness brief in line with the "Keep What You've Earned" campaign.

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NNS020424-07. This Day in Naval History - April 26

From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

1860 - The screw steamship Mohawk captures the slaver Wildfire with 530 slaves on board in the Bahama Channel, taking them to a camp in Key West guarded by Mohawks Marines until returned home.

1869 - As a post-Civil War push for re-enlistments, the Good Conduct Medal, then called Good Conduct Badge, is authorized by Secretary of the Navy Adolphus E. Borie.

1918 - USS Stewart (DD 13) collides with an unidentified steamer near Brest, France. Just days earlier, Stewart crew members attacked a German submarine and saved the SS Florence H crew when she exploded internally.

1944 - USS Frost (DE 144), USS Huse (DE 145), USS Barber (DE 161) and USS Snowden (DE 246) sink the German submarine U 488 northwest of the Canary Islands.

1952 - While steaming at night in formation 700 miles west of the Azores, USS Hobson (DD 464) and USS Wasp (CV 18) collide as Hobson crossed the carriers bow from starboard to port and was struck amidships, breaking her in two. Hobson and 176 of her crew are lost, including her commanding officer, Lt. Cmdr. W. J. Tierney.

1960 - USS George Washington (SSN 598) conducts a Polaris missile test firing in Long Island Sound in the Atlantic Ocean.

2002 - The Watson-class vehicle cargo ship USNS Soderman (T AKR 317) is launched at National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., San Diego, Calif.

NNS160427-22. Future USS Frank E Petersen Jr Begins Fabrication

From Team Ships Public Affairs

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (NNS) -- The construction of future USS Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG 121) is officially underway at Huntington Ingalls Industries shipyard.

The milestone, which signifies the first 100 tons of steel being cut, was marked with a ceremony held in the shipyard's fabrication shop, April 27.

The guided-missile destroyer honors Frank Emmanuel Petersen Jr. who was the first African American aviator and general officer in the United States Marine Corps. After entering the Naval Aviation Cadet Program in 1950, Petersen would go on to fly more than 350 combat missions throughout the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

"With this milestone, Ingalls is now in various stages of production on five Arleigh Burke-class destroyers," said Capt. Mark Vandroff, DDG 51 class program manager, Program Executive Office (PEO) Ships. "DDG 121 will greatly benefit from the serial production of those earlier ships and once delivered, will be the 70th destroyer of its class to join the U.S. Fleet."

Frank E. Petersen Jr. will be built in the Flight IIA configuration with the AEGIS Baseline 9 Combat System, which includes Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) capability. This system delivers quick reaction time, high firepower, and increased electronic countermeasures capability for Anti-Air Warfare.

When operational, these multimission surface combatants will serve as integral players in global maritime security, engaging in air, undersea, surface, strike and ballistic missile defense as well as increased capabilities in anti-submarine warfare, command and control, and anti-surface warfare.

As one of the Defense Department's largest acquisition organizations, PEO Ships is responsible for executing the development and procurement of all destroyers, amphibious ships, special mission and support ships, and special warfare craft.

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NNS160427-21. Navy Helps Usher in Next Generation of STEM at Conrad Challenge

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brandon Martin, Navy Recruiting Command Public Affairs

COCOA BEACH, Fla. (NNS) -- Four Navy officers served as judges in the 2016 Spirit of Innovation Conrad Challenge at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, April 20-23.

The Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge is an annual, multiphase innovation and entrepreneurial competition that brings in teams of high school students from around the world who invent, design, create and promote inventions in one of four fields: Aerospace and Aviation, Cyber Technology and Security, Energy and Environment, and Health and Nutrition.

The event kicked off with the participants, also known as diplomats, giving their first round of power pitches. A power pitch is the name for the presentation the teams gave about their individual inventions or prototypes. These pitches were judged by a group of experts for accuracy, originality and marketability.

After their preliminary pitches, the teams had to give their presentations in front of their fellow competitors and a panel of judges including the Navy officers. The second round of pitches was judged based on the style, content and delivery of the presentation.

"The presentations were very advanced and complicated and I think what impressed me the most was how thoughtful the students were in approaching problems that were current and applicable to things that we face today," said Lt. Cmdr. Jami J. Peterson, a Medical Corps fellow at the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery in Falls Church, Virginia, and judge of the Health and Nutrition panel.

The first set of presentations was in the category of Cyber Technology immediately followed by the Aerospace and Aviation portion. During the presentations, the Navy judges were able to see and critique some of the newest innovations in their fields of study.

"The prototypes were pretty well thought out and obviously they spent a lot of time researching what they needed to build and they succeeded tremendously," said Lt. Cmdr. Christopher T. Coy from the staff of Office of Naval Intelligence and judge on the Cyber Technology and Security panel. "One of my favorites was the HeatRescue, a device that allows you to tell if there is a living being in a hot car without needing to be around the vehicle."

Following the power pitches, participants visited the Apollo/Saturn V Center and took a tour of the center to learn the history behind the many space explorations that led to the 1969 moon landing. Along with the tour, the diplomats were also given the opportunity to listen to a variety of speakers from various backgrounds, including Capt. Dave Bouve, marketing and advertising director at Navy Recruiting Command.

"It was a real pleasure and an honor visiting the Kennedy Space Center, the site where so much history happened and where the Navy has had the great fortune to provide so much of a contribution to our space program," said Bouve. "The energy, intelligence, optimism and creativity these young adults displayed was inspiring. The real trick is making sure we continue to effectively communicate the Navy message, because the better we are able to capture the attention and aspiration of young adults like this, the better off our Navy is going to be."

From there, diplomats had the chance to have a group conversation with retired Capt. Jon McBride, resident Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex astronaut. McBride discussed his experiences as an astronaut and fielded questions from the audience about his vision for the future of space exploration.

After the chat with McBride, the teams began giving their second power pitch in the field of Energy and Environment, which was followed by pitches in the field of Health and Nutrition.

"Interests in the areas of STEM are so important," said Cmdr. Kenneth Roman, director of Submarine and Nuclear Accessions at NRC and judge for the Energy and Environment panel. "The Conrad Challenge is really an opportunity for the students to present these innovative ideas and push this area forward. STEM being an important field in the Navy, we need individuals coming up that are able to do the research and operate these amazing pieces of machinery."

Following the second set of power pitches, diplomats engaged in a group discussion on how to improve communication in the community and the means for making lasting connections.

As part of the Conrad Challenge, guests were given a chance to take part in the Atlantis Exhibit/Shuttle Launch Experience. From there, the diplomats and their families and coaches were able to listen to a variety of guest speakers.

The event concluded with the announcement of the winners and award ceremony.

Taking first place in the Aerospace and Aviation category was Team Noodles with their Sixth Sense Helmet, an invention designed to help filter out toxic chemicals in space.

In the Cyber-technology and Security category, Team Kosmos took first place with an invention that allowed first responders the ability to be able to access a patient's medical records from an app to provide the best care possible.

Team Firebird took gold in the Energy and Environment category with their NaSoPod, an invention designed to absorb heat from the sun during the daytime and release that heat inside of a home in the evening.

In the final category of Health and Nutrition, Team Ilm earned top honors for their invention DStress, an invention designed to lower stress levels in patients and improve overall health.

"New opportunities are emerging all the time for everyone and whether you are a student or in the military, as you leave I encourage you to continue to learn and continue your education," said Capt. Kathryn P. Hire, former NASA astronaut, current director of innovation at the United States Naval Academy and judge for the Aerospace and Aviation panel. "Always work to hone your skills because you never know when a great opportunity is going to come your way and we need people who are willing and ready to take those strides into the future."

The Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge Conrad Challenge was founded by Nancy Conrad in honor of her late husband, Apollo astronaut, innovator, and entrepreneur, Charles "Pete" Conrad Jr. The Conrad Challenge is an annual, multiphase innovation and entrepreneurial competition focused on innovations and technologies that will benefit the world.

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NNS160427-16. Lincoln Hosts SAAPM Event

By Mass Communications Specialist Seaman Ashley Raine Northen, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va (NNS) -- USS Abraham Lincoln's (CVN 72) Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) team sponsored a special track and field day on the Huntington Hall field April 22 in support of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM).

The day kicked off with Lincoln Sailors walking in silence, to raise awareness of the silence victims of sexual assault often endure. SAPR representatives also set up a booth to provide Sailors with information on the program and how it can assist victims.

Throughout the afternoon, Lincoln Sailors competed against Sailors from USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) and USS Enterprise (CVN 65) in multiple track and field events.

"We have more people showing up this year than we did last year," said Shannon Minor, the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) for the region. "Every year there has been an increase in participants, so I am pleased with the support that the Lincoln has given for this event; it's a great turnout."

Participants also had the opportunity to take part in The Clothesline Project by writing messages or drawings to create a visual display of shirts to graphically depict the impact of violence faced by both male and female victims of abuse.

"The Clothesline Project gives people the opportunity to read raw feelings and emotions of what the victims are going through and thinking about," said Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class Kevin Snow, a SAPR advocate. "It also lets others give words of encouragement. The main takeaway is that you are never alone; there is a large group of people who are ready and willing to help."

This event is one of many scheduled during Sexual Assault Awareness Month to raise awareness about sexual violence, educate Sailors on how to prevent violence and what help is available should a sexual assault occur.

"Events like this help spread the information and awareness so that people can see who their SARC is and meet other SAPR victim advocates," Minor said. "We all come together to agree that everyone is against sexual assault and to learn how we can intervene to prevent it from happening."

Lincoln is currently undergoing Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH) at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries. It is the fifth ship of the Nimitz class to undergo a RCOH, a major life-cycle milestone. Once complete, Lincoln will be one of the most modern and technologically-advanced Nimitz-class aircraft carriers in the fleet and will continue to be a vital part of the nation's defense.

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NNS160427-15. MDSU 2 Divers Visit Virginia Beach Elementary School

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Charles Oki, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group 2 Public Affairs

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- Divers from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2 visited fourth-graders at Hermitage Elementary School in Virginia Beach as part of a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math engagement April 26.

The divers spoke about their mission and used simple math problems to discuss how STEM topics related directly to life as a Navy diver.

"We are here to show students that even boring subjects like mathematics have a use outside the classroom," said Navy Diver 2nd Class Gavin Rowe, assigned to MDSU Company 2-5. "Education is important but not a lot of people think that they'll use what they've learned but we literally use math and science every day for our jobs. Hopefully by talking to the students we can get them to understand the importance of higher education."

The divers also showed videos about Navy diving and followed with a question and answer session. The questions ranged from what it was like to wear the KM-37 diving helmet to what kind of sea life the divers have encountered.

"The students really seemed to enjoy listening to their stories," said Lark Kosloski, a fourth-grade teacher at Hermitage Elementary. "The divers did a great job speaking to the students in an engaging way. It definitely puts the reality in the student's minds as to why they are learning math and science. We're very appreciative of this opportunity because not only do they learn more about what's out there job wise, but they also learn about why they are learning what they are."

MDSU 2 is the only East Coast-based mobile diving and salvage unit and is headquartered at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story.

MDSU 2 is assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group 2, which oversees all East Coast-based Navy EOD mobile units, including one forward deployed mobile unit in Spain, as well as EOD Expeditionary Support Unit 2, and EOD Training and Evaluation Unit 2.

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NNS160427-12. USNA Hosts Banquet in Honor of Asian American, Pacific Islander Month

By Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan Correa, U.S. Naval Academy Public Affairs

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (NNS) -- The U.S. Naval Academy hosted a banquet honoring the upcoming Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month April 25 at the Naval Academy Club in Annapolis.

Rear Adm. Victorino G. "Vic" Mercado, director of the Chief of Naval Operations' Assessment Division, was the keynote speaker, specifically addressing the midshipmen on the increased diversity of the fleet they will be leading in the future.

"In the fleet, everyone has a different skin color, but in the wardroom, the ready room, your platoon, everyone is color blind," said Mercado. "You will carry your weight and work together no matter the difference."

Mercado, a 1983 Naval Academy graduate, encouraged the midshipmen to develop their ambitions.

"Don't limit yourself," said Mercado. "One of you in here could be the next chief of naval operations, or the commandant of the Marine Corps. The sky is the limit. You are part of the Brigade of Midshipmen that is steeped in history of naval and Marine Corps warriors."

He also spoke about the history of Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders in the U.S. military and the importance of remembering those earlier sacrifices, something that particularly resonated with the midshipmen present.

"Rear Adm. Mercado spoke on how we must understand that previous generations of Asian-Americans paved the way for our generation to become officers and make a difference," said Midshipman 1st Class Zenas Yun. "Even at a time of tremendous racial discrimination and cultural prejudice, there were Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who helped defend and develop the United States."

Asian Pacific American Heritage Week was first established in 1979. In 1990, President George H. W. Bush expanded the observance to encompass the month of May, and in 1992, Congress passed a law permanently designating May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

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NNS160427-11. Firebolt's Crew Remembers Fallen Shipmates

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Benson, Naval Support Activity Bahrain Public Affairs

MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) -- Sailors, Coast Guardsmen and their families joined together for a memorial service and 5K held at Naval Support Activity Bahrain to honor the ultimate sacrifice made by three fallen U.S. service members, April 24.

On Saturday, April 24, 2004, a seven-member team from the forward-deployed patrol coastal ship USS Firebolt (PC 10), conducting maritime security operations in the Northern Arabian Gulf, was dispatched in an rigid-hull inflatable boat (RHIB) to clear multiple fishing dhows that were operating in a restricted area around an Iraqi oil terminal.

As the team approached one of the dhows, it abruptly maneuvered toward Firebolt's crew and exploded in an apparent suicide bombing, injuring four crew members and claiming the lives of three U.S. service members: U.S. Coast Guard Damage Controlman 3rd Class Nathan B. Bruckenthal, 24, of Smithtown, New York; Signalman 2nd Class Christopher E. Watts, 28, of Knoxville, Tennessee; Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Michael J. Pernaselli, 27, of Monroe, New York.

Firebolt's crew celebrates the heroic lives of their fallen shipmates with a memorial service and 5K run every April.

"We always want to make this event bigger and better to honor the Sailors and Coast Guardsman who have gone before us and paid the ultimate sacrifice," said Operations Specialist 2nd Class Allan Pavlak, a Sailor from Firebolt. "As a crew we have the privilege to represent those guys every time we put the uniform on."

Lt. Cmdr. Larry R. Ford, Firebolt's commanding officer, gave welcoming remarks for the ceremony.

"The memorial ceremony is an extremely important event to the crew," said Ford. "It helps us to remember the importance of what we do here on a day to day basis, and strengthen the ties between the Navy, the Coast Guard, and our partner nations here and abroad. The 5K run has grown in popularity the last couple of years, and is a positive way to carry on the spirit of our fallen shipmates."

The run started at the Firebolt Memorial, led over the bridge to NSA's Mina Salman Pier passing by where Firebolt is moored, and finished back at the memorial. More than 100 runners participated in this year's memorial service and 5K.

"On behalf of the crew, we would just like to thank everyone for their help in spreading the word for the event and all the people behind the coordination as well," said Pavlak. "The Firebolt and her crew look forward to seeing more participants for years to come!"

Even though the ceremony may last only one day, it's a reminder for the rest of us not to take anything for granted.

"The freedoms we enjoy are not free and they are paid for by the sacrifice of armed forces service members and support personnel every day, all across the globe," said Ford. "At times our young men and women pay the ultimate sacrifice, as in the case of Pernaselli, Watts, and Bruckenthal. I ask that all persons wearing the cloth of our nation take the time to consider the importance of what we do on a daily basis, and ensure that we don't take our incredible opportunities for granted."

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NNS160427-10. Stennis Sailors Observe Passover at Sea

By Lt. Brendan Good, USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Public Affairs

SOUTH CHINA SEA (NNS) -- Sailors aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) observed Passover with a traditional seder in the wardroom, April 25.

Despite being more than 10,000 miles from their families, Sailors sought to create a sense of community.

At the dinner, the seder plate took center stage, as the ship's supply department and other organizations combined to provide matzah, horseradish, hard-boiled eggs along with other required items. Sailors followed the same guidance as Jewish people around the world, retelling the story of slavery in Egypt, the 10 plagues and exodus toward the Promised Land.

The event was open to the entire crew, as the holiday provides an opportunity to build a community around their common religion and culture.

Each Sailor had family at home who was practicing similar rituals. On the ship, Sailors continued the tradition of their ancestors by joining in with the Jewish community around the world in celebration of this event.

"I felt like I was at home, like a little kid again, back at the table," said Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Mitchell Dubin, from Sarasota, Florida. "We dress up in nice clothes and get together at the grandparent's house, eat until we can't move anymore, drink wine, be merry. There's a reason it's a two-hour ceremony."

Many pieces of Sailors' daily lives on an aircraft carrier are out of the ordinary, uncertain or high stress. One way to propagate a sense of normalcy is to carry on traditions and observe religious rituals as part of their busy weekly routine.

"It was great to get away from the everyday business and bustle of work down in the [propulsion] plant," said Electrician's Mate 2nd Class Andrew Pluss, from Denver. "It felt amazing getting back to my religion and celebrating a happy, yet sad, holiday that just brings me back home. Being able to do this on the ship provides that opportunity."

The Jewish calendar is replete with holidays, remembrances and celebrations; one of the most significant is Passover. Like many religions, Judaism holds tradition paramount. This is why each Friday evening, the Jewish Sabbath, a group of Sailors from around the ship gathers together in the chapel. This simple observance is often enough to return Sailors to a positive frame of mind, reminding them of the importance of stepping back from looming deadlines or upcoming inspections, to practice their religion.

"Every Friday night at [6 p.m.] we have services in the chapel," said Dubin. "I wish we did this every night. It brought us together for something very familiar and I am thankful for everyone involved who made it possible."

Providing a ready force supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific, John C. Stennis is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled 7th Fleet deployment.

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NNS160427-09. Naval Station Rota Recognizes, Honors Community Volunteers

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brian Dietrick, Naval Station Rota, Spain Public Affairs

ROTA, Spain (NNS) -- Service members, civilians and Spanish local nationals gathered at the Naval Station Rota base chapel, April 27, to recognize volunteers and give a special honor to four individuals and two groups who were named as the 2016 Rota Volunteers of the Year (VoY).

This is the third year the Volunteer Recognition Program for Commander, U.S. Naval Activities Spain, has given out the award.

The VoY award acknowledges achievement, citizenship and community involvement. One winner was selected in six different categories: military, civilian employee, Spanish local national, dependent, small group (2 to 7 members) and large group (7 or more members).

"We're celebrating the men and women who give their time, talents and skills freely for a good cause in order to improve the quality of life on base and throughout the local communities," said Capt. Greg Pekari, commander, U.S. Naval Activities Spain. "Our volunteers represent the best examples of selfless service, patience, compassion and pride that our community has to offer. We depend on you and I'm glad we can come together and celebrate the precious time you devote to the community and for being an inspiration to us all."

A total of 18 packages were submitted and a selection board voted for the winners in each category.

Electronics Technician 1st Class Bryan Madsen, assistant Volunteer Recognition Program manager, said all of the different individuals and groups that were nominated continuously demonstrated dedication and self-sacrifice.

"Your leaders have admiration and appreciate your hard work," said Madsen. "You are all winners and should be proud."

The winners and their respective category were: Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Laquisha Cooks, Military VoY, (more than 500 volunteer hours); Ricca Wocking, Civilian VoY, (more than 500 volunteer hours); Maria Ferreira-Ramos, Spanish Location National VoY (more than 850 volunteer hours); Chantelle Dousay, Dependent VoY, (more than 1,800 volunteer hours); Retired Activities Office, Small Group VoY (more than 1,780 volunteer hours) and Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, Large Group VoY (more than 15,000 volunteer hours).

"My heart is grateful and it really means a lot," said Wocking. "This is a great community that we have here and giving back to the community is my way of making a difference."

"I don't feel like we won anything; we support, we're supporters," said Tom Brennan, director of the Retired Activities Office. "We help our retired community throughout Spain and they are the focus of this recognition."

In order for individuals or groups to be nominated, they must have 150 or more documented community service hours for the corresponding calendar year. This award is for service of significant magnitude or duration in one or more community organizations, which enhances the quality of life in the community.

Along with the category winners, there were others who received an honorable mention for the dedicated time and effort they devoted to their community. Those volunteers were: Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuels) 2nd Class Isaac Baiden, Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Steven Piedrahita, Electronics Technician 3rd Class Tellisa Boles, Electronics Technician 3rd Class Katelyn Aquino, Utilitiesman 2nd Class Joshua Gatlke, Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Darius Grays, Charles Hampton, Estevan Gallardo, Barbara Nelson, Nicole Retana, Sarah Wester and the Rota Ombudsmen Assembly.

"Your contributions, your sacrifices and your collective enthusiasm make significant changes here on base," said Pekari. "We hope that by recognizing your achievements, sacrifices and good work will inspire new ranks of Rota volunteers to further improve the quality of life for everyone."

Naval Station Rota enables and supports operations of U.S. and allied forces and provides quality services in support of the Fleet, Fighter, and Family for Commander, Navy Installations Command in Navy Region, Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia.

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NNS160427-08. Sailors Visit Students in Singapore

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Sierra D. Langdon, USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Public Affairs

SINGAPORE (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 visited with children at the International Community School in Singapore during a community service (COMSERV) project, April 20.

The visit began with an introduction to the school's philosophy followed by arranging Sailors into groups to visit students in the elementary classrooms.

"I usually try to do a [COMSERV] in each port," said Logistics Specialist 1st Class Nicholas Winkler, from Wichita, Kansas. "I have two kids back home, so since I can't be with my kids, I can volunteer with the children here to have the same feeling of being young and energetic."

Sailors answered questions about life in the Navy, played games, and participated in science and art projects with the students.

In classrooms with older students, Sailors got an inside peek at a foreign education system before joining the students for lunch.

"My favorite part of the day was watching them work on fractions," said Winkler. "There was a little girl who was playing a bracelet game based on fractions and she was zipping through them like they were nothing. It was impressive seeing what their curriculum enabled them to do."

After lunch, the students and Sailors headed to the playground for recess where they played outdoor games, swung on swings and held races.

"Some of the other groups with the older kids played basketball while we went to the playground to play tag," said Yeoman 2nd Class Luc-Rikardo Fils, from Fort Myers, Florida. "It was like being transported back in time. We all got to feel like we were kids again."

At the end of the visit, the students and Sailors took pictures together and exchanged the paintings they had created earlier in the day. The Sailors said their goodbyes and headed back to the ship.

"I was sad to leave at the end," said Fils. "Being in port is fun. Going out and seeing the country is amazing, but getting to meet the people is one of the greatest investments of our time. It's incredibly rewarding as well."

Providing a ready force supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific, John C. Stennis is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled 7th Fleet deployment.

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NNS160427-07. Region EURAFSWA to Transition Overseas US Local Hires to USAJobs

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

NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- Beginning May 1, Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia (EURAFSWA) is scheduled to implement the Department of the Navy new hiring process for DON overseas civilian positions.

To affect continuity and clarity, the DON is moving all U.S. local hire recruitment work to the Office of Civilian Human Resources operations centers responsible for servicing overseas Navy and Marine Corps applicants -- OCHR San Diego and OCHR Stennis.

Instead of requiring applicants to search for and submit applications to their command's Human Resource Office (HRO), the new process will go through one automated source.

"The main change is that everything will be done online through USAJobs," Navy Region EURAFSWA Human Resource Specialist Antonella Guercia explained. "We in HR will no longer be accepting or processing local hire resumes. And, all available jobs will be posted on USAJobs. This change will make everything easier, because it's all done on one site, and the process will be uniform throughout the DON."

"The site is very intuitive and comprehensive," added Ester Iachetti, the Naval Support Activity Naples head, Staffing and Employment Division HRO. "After creating an account, you can store your resume, tailor your search to a particular field or region; you can set up alerts for job openings, and apply for jobs through the site."

All applicants need is a valid email address to create a USAJobs account. USAJobs can be accessed at Follow the instructions under the "Create an Account" tab. USAJobs also has a resource center that provides additional information to help applicants utilize the site.

The HRO members said though their responsibilities have shifted, they are always available to answer questions and help applicants. Also, members are encouraged to submit any additional questions on applying for overseas DON civilian positions to the Employment Information Center at

Navy Region EURAFSWA provides efficient and effective shore support to the U.S. and allied forces in the across the region. EURAFSWA continually provides effective and efficient shore capability to sustain the fleet, enable the Forward Deployed Naval Forces, and support families.

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NNS020426-03. This Day in Naval History - April 27

From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

1805 - With naval bombardment from USS Nautilus, USS Hornet, and USS Argus, Lt. Presley OBannon leads his Marines to attack Derne, Tripoli, and raises the first U.S. flag over foreign soil. The Battle of Derna was the Marines' first battle on foreign soil, and is notably recalled in the first verse of the Marines Hymn.

1813 - A U.S. naval squadron under the command of Commodore Isaac Chauncey supports an attack on York (now Toronto), Canada, of nearly 1,800 troops under Gen. Zebulon Pike during the War of 1812.

1944 - USS Bluegill (SS 242) torpedoes the Japanese light cruiser Yubari west of Sonsorol Island, while USS Halibut (SS 232) sinks Japanese minelayer off Okinawa.

1952 - During the Korean War, USS Samuel N. Moore (DD 747) conducts counter-battery fire against enemy shore batteries off Kosong, Korea. The enemy guns are silenced. Also on this date, USS Waxbill (AMS) is damaged by enemy shore battery off Wonsan, Korea.

1963 - USS Daniel Webster (SSBN 626) is launched at Groton, Conn. Commissioned a year later, she serves until decommissioned in August 1990.

NNS160428-01. Upgrade to Navy COOL Mobile App Includes Advancement BIBs

By Ed Barker, Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center Public Affairs

PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- The Navy Credentialing Opportunities Online (COOL) app for mobile devices received a significant upgrade April 28 with the addition of advancement exam bibliographies (BIBs).

Added to the Navy COOL website last month, BIBs on COOL allows Sailors, including the Reserve forces, who are preparing for advancement examinations to access their references without the need for a Common Access Card (CAC). The direct links to the Navy COOL website BIBs enhance the functionality of the COOL app for mobile devices.

"Adding the BIBS to the Navy COOL CAC-free website was a major win for the Sailor," said Master Chief Electronics Technician - Nuclear Power (SS) James Berhalter, command master chief for the Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center (NETPDC). "Adding that same tool to the Navy COOL app makes it even more convenient, with the ability for active-duty and Reserve Sailors to prepare for advancement exams virtually anywhere."

According to Keith Boring, Navy COOL program manager, adding the BIBs to the app is a major accomplishment, but is just one of the upgrades.

"Many of the documents in the app have been compressed, making downloading it easier," said Boring. "We've also added supporting files for the Learning and Development Roadmaps, Rating Information Cards and Joint Service Transcript files. App users should see noticeable improvements after downloading the update."

The Navy COOL app is a bring-your-own device tool designed to work on personal devices outside of the NMCI domain.

Users can download the Navy COOL app from the Apple store and Google Play Store at no cost.

To find the free Navy COOL app, search "Navy COOL" in app stores or in your web browser. To update the existing Navy COOL app on your mobile device (if you haven't received a notification), check the page in the device store and there will be an upgrade option -- choose 'upgrade' and download.

The Navy COOL office is located at the Center for Information Dominance at Naval Air Station Pensacola Corry Station. CID is the Navy's learning center that delivers information warfare professionals to the Navy and joint services, enabling optimal performance of information warfare across the full spectrum of military operations.

NETPDC, located on board NAS Pensacola Saufley Field, provides products and services that enable and enhance education, training, career development, and personnel advancement throughout the Navy. Primary elements of the command include the Voluntary Education Department, the Navy Advancement Center and the Resources Management Department.

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NNS160428-02. Navy Calls for All-Hands Participation in National Take Back Day

From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- Misuse and abuse of prescription drugs is a serious health threat, and a threat to Fleet readiness. The U.S. Navy is participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 30.

The event offers Navy personnel and their families a safe venue to turn in expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs to a local drop-off site anonymously and free of charge.

Through Take-Back Days, Navy personnel can take a proactive role in preventing the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs.

"When prescription medications fall into the wrong hands, they have serious health and career consequences," said LaNorfeia Parker, deputy director of the Navy Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Office. "Take-Back Day should be an all-hands event, where we each have the chance to protect our Sailors and their families."

Sailors can find information about whether their military treatment facilities (MTFs) are participating by contacting the hospitals directly. While participation at MTFs is encouraged, Sailors and their family members can also drop off unused or expired medications at participating sites in their local communities. Collection sites in local communities can be found by visiting the DEA's Office of Diversion Control and searching for local collector locations.

Local law enforcement, military security, and MTF staff can support this DEA initiative by hosting a Take-Back program on base or in their local community.

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In addition to this event, the Prescription for Discharge website provides tips for all Navy personnel on the safe and proper use of prescription drugs, as well as offers materials for distribution and display at Navy medical clinics, pharmacies, waiting rooms, barracks, etc. The website also provides resources for Navy leadership, medical personnel, and drug abuse prevention personnel to present at safety stand downs, briefings, or community health fairs.

Sailors can also watch and share videos from the Prescription for Discharge campaign on YouTube. The Prescription for Discharge training video details the warning signs and facts about prescription drug misuse in the Navy. The Public Service Announcement "Flooding the Brain" describes how prescription drug misuse and abuse overwhelms normal brain chemical levels, while "Toxic Agents" explains the dangers of chemical build up and overload caused by prescription drug misuse and abuse.

"Please take part in this important event to help rid our Navy communities of unused or expired medications before they get into the wrong hands," said Parker. "And encourage your shipmates to do the same!"

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NNS160428-08. USS Toledo Returns from 7-Month Deployment

By Chief Mass Communication Specialist Steve Owsley, Naval Submarine Support Center, New London Public Affairs

GROTON, Conn. (NNS) -- Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Toledo (SSN 769) returned to Naval Submarine Base New London following a regularly scheduled deployment, April 25.

Under the command of Toledo, Ohio, native Cmdr. Michael Majewski, Toledo and crew returned from a deployment to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility where they executed the chief of naval operations' maritime strategy in supporting national security interests and maritime security operations.

"The crew performed amazingly well," said Majewski. "When we found out that we were extended on deployment, everyone took it in stride and rose to the challenge, because everyone on the crew knows how important the mission is."

While on deployment Toledo steamed approximately 31,000 nautical miles, equal to nearly 1 1/2 trips around the world at the equator or just over six round trips from New London, Connecticut, to San Diego. Toledo conducted port visits in Manama, Bahrain; Rota, Spain; Toulon, France; Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates; Duqm, Oman; and Souda Bay, Greece.

Like Toledo and her crew, loved ones attending the homecoming also traveled great distances -- some as far away as Washington, Oregon and California.

In a long-standing naval tradition, the first Sailors to meet their families were two new fathers who held their children for the first time.

Kelsey Smith gave the first kiss to her husband, Electrician's Mate 2nd Class James Smith.

Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Clint Van De Water's family made the most of the first hug. Van De Water's wife, Melissa, watched as the family's four children, ranging in age from ages 3-10, embraced their father in a group hug. Melissa said it was an amazing experience.

"We missed him so much over the past seven months," she said, "This is our second deployment and a perfect ending to his 4 1/2 years on Toledo."

Fast-attack submarines are multi-mission platforms enabling five of the six Navy maritime strategy core capabilities -- sea control, power projection, forward presence, maritime security, and deterrence.

The submarine is designed to excel in anti-submarine warfare, anti-ship warfare, strike warfare, special operations, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, irregular warfare and mine warfare -- from open ocean anti-submarine warfare and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, to projecting power ashore with special operation forces and Tomahawk cruise missiles in the prevention of or preparation for regional crises.

Commissioned Feb. 24, 1995, Toledo is the 81st Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine and the second Navy ship named for the city of Toledo. It is 377 feet long with a beam of 34 feet and a crew of approximately 132, consisting of 15 officers and 117 enlisted Sailors.

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NNS160428-03. NETPDTC Changes Name to Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center

By Ed Barker, Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center Public Affairs

PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- Capt. Lee Newton, commanding officer of the Naval Education and Training Professional Development and Technology Center (NETPDTC), announced April 28 the command will drop the 'technology' term from its name and become the Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center (NETPDC).

The name change follows a reorganization of the command last year by its headquarters, Naval Education and Training Command (NETC).

The re-organization realigned the NETPDC technology component under the NETC N6 Information Technology department and the visual information component under the NETC N7 Fleet Integration, Learning and Development department. Also under the realignment, Navy Voluntary Education was transferred under the management of NETPDC.

"We've changed our name to better reflect our new composition and mission," said Newton. "Our name may have changed, but our customers can expect the same exceptional service from our team of dedicated professionals here at NETPDC."

NETPDC, located at Saufley Field in Pensacola, provides products and services that enable and enhance education, training, career development, and personnel advancement throughout the Navy. Primary elements of the command include the Voluntary Education Department, the Navy Advancement Center and the Resources Management Department.

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NNS160428-19. US Cyber Commander Speaks at U.S. Naval Academy on Future of Cyber Operations

By Mass Communication Seaman Brianna Jones, U.S. Naval Academy Public Affairs

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (NNS) -- Adm. Michael S. Rogers, commander, U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM), spoke at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, April 26, as part of the Cyber Lecture Series.

Rogers addressed more than 600 midshipmen about the critical role cyber operations will play throughout their naval careers.

"Not everyone is going to be a hardcore cyber professional, but I believe increasingly that in the world we live in, there is a fundamental level of knowledge that we all must have of cyber operations," said Rogers. "[Cyber] is that pervasive, it's that foundational."

Rogers, an Auburn University graduate, received his commission in the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps. Originally a surface warfare officer, he was later selected for redesignation to cryptology, now information warfare.

Rogers emphasized that cyber operations, at its core, is a mission set that is powered by men and women - that USCYBERCOM's greatest edge is not its technology but the intellectual power of the highly skilled and trained people who make up the cyber community.

Rogers underscored the critical role of leadership in cyberspace, posing "... how do you train commanders at the unit level and above to understand both the implications of cyber threats to their ability to execute their mission as well as how do you apply cyber capability?"

The future success of the U.S. military's cyber operations relies on recruiting well-trained, adept individuals to stay on the cutting edge of this ever evolving field, said Rogers.

27 midshipmen in the Class of 2016 will be the first to graduate from USNA with degrees in cyber operations. Rogers reminded these midshipmen that because their field is still in the development stage, they will be shaping the future for USCYBERCOM.

"As cyber operations officers, you will be building the future for the nation and our entire workforce," he said. "You will be creating something new every day and developing a skill set that no one has ever seen before."

According to Rogers, most people spend their naval career in fields that have been fully developed by the hard work of men and women who came before them. But for those who work in the cyber operations field, they are trailblazing a new path and molding the future for the Navy and the nation.

"The midshipmen at USNA are at the forefront of this developing field," said Rogers. "They are the future of the Navy and will be the minds developing new technologies for the fleet that will keep our nation and our citizens safe."

USNA immediately recognized the critical role that cyber operations would serve in support of DoD missions, and has led the way with a series of projects, including the development of the new cyber operations major, adding required cyber classes to the overall curriculum for all midshipmen and, ultimately, the construction of the academy's Center for Cyber Security Studies, scheduled to begin later this year.

The building will be a multistory academic mission facility including classrooms, teaching and research laboratories, lecture halls, offices, multipurpose space, an observatory, loading dock, and research and testing tank in support of the engineering and weapons labs. This facility will allow midshipmen to develop cutting-edge skills cyber skills and knowledge before joining the fleet.

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NNS160428-18. Medical Laboratory Professionals Recognized at Naval Hospital Bremerton

By Douglas H. Stutz, Naval Hospital Bremerton Public Affairs

BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) -- What better date to hold the quarterly Armed Services Blood Program military blood drive than on the start of National Medical Laboratory Professionals week?

Laboratory Department staff members assigned to Naval Hospital Bremerton are being recognized throughout April 24-30 for their numerous behind-the-scenes contributions to the overall mission of NHB of providing the highest quality of patient and family centered care.

"It's good to take the time to come together and celebrate a tradition like this because we don't always take the time, especially for behind-the-scenes work that is done. You are appreciated here for what you do. Thank you all for what you do," said Capt. Kimberly Zuzelski, NHB executive officer.

The 33 enlisted personnel, 12 civilians, one lab officer, and two pathologists assigned to NHB's Laboratory, including several at Madigan Army Medical Center with the (Armed Services) Blood Bank Donation Center, and at Branch Health Clinic Everett, handle approximately 3,236 lab studies daily.

"Approximately 70 percent of medical decisions made in patient care can be attributed directly to the results from what we do," said Lt. Michael Messick, NHB Laboratory officer and Ft. Wayne, Indiana, native.

Messick cites that 'Lab Week' is significant because it's an entire showcase their profession and capabilities.

"Which includes all the professionals that comprise the lab staff - admin support, phlebotomists, medical technicians, medical technologists, cytotechnologists, histology technicians, pathologists - and of course to have some fun," Messick said.

The list of all the specific jobs/duties/responsibilities handled by the Med Lab technicians includes: collecting blood or body fluids from patients; accessioning patient samples to allow automated equipment and laboratory information systems to analyze, interpret, and result provider ordered testing; processing patient samples to allow ordered tests to occur; performing testing in chemistry, hematology, urinalysis, coagulation, microbiology, immunohematology (blood banking), serology, histology, and cytology; collating and verifying testing results; certifying the authenticity of results and release them to the health care providers; conducting quality control and quality assurance initiatives to ensure the continued accuracy and precision of reported results; and equipment maintenance in every area listed above.

According to Messick, National Medical Laboratory Professionals week really helps make the laboratory staff stand out.

"We have an awesome team that is dedicated to supporting our clinicians and their care of our patients by providing timely and accurate results to the providers. We embody this year's slogan, 'Solving Patient Cases One Test at a Time,'" said Messick.

Besides obtaining and receiving patient samples - everything from blood to tissue - and processing them, areas of specialty include: Phlebotomy, the act or practice of opening a vein by incision or puncture to remove blood as a therapeutic treatment; Chemistry, the study of the chemical processes in living organisms; Urinalysis, an examination of the urine to determine the general health of the body and, specifically, kidney function; Hematology, the study of the nature, function, and diseases of the blood and of blood-forming organs; Microbiology, the branch of biology dealing with the structure, function, uses, and modes of existence of microscopic organisms; Serology, the science that deals with the properties and reactions of serums, especially blood serum); Histology, the branch of biology dealing with the study of tissues; Cytology, the study of the microscopic appearance of cells, esp. for the diagnosis of abnormalities and malignancies; Pathology, the science or the study of the origin, nature, and clinical course of diseases; and Blood Bank (management) of the packed red blood cells and/or plasma which is typed, processed, and stored for future use in transfusion.

On Monday, the start of the traditional work week, the Armed Services Blood Bank collected 35 units of blood.
The NHB Laboratory has been intricately involved with the Armed Services Blood Bank Center - Pacific Northwest since being the host site for the center in 1993 after being originally located in Fort Ord, California, before the U.S. Army base closed.

Compiled statistical evidence shows that approximately one patient out of seven who enter a hospital like NHB will need blood. That's stateside-relevant data, completely separate to Afghanistan, where NHB still has staff members currently deployed.

More than 150,000 units of blood have been transfused on the battlefield in the last 12 years. Along with battlefield needs, blood and blood products are needed to support all active duty, retirees and military families, from cancer patients to surgical patients. Forty or more units of blood may be needed for a single trauma victim.

One pint (or unit) of blood can save up to three lives, and that unit can be separated into several components: red blood cells, plasma, platelets and cryoprecipitate. The red blood cells carry oxygen to the body's organs and tissues. Plasma is a mixture of water, protein and salts, and makes up 55 percent of actual blood volume. Platelets promote blood clotting and give those with leukemia and forms of cancer the chance to live. Cryoprecipitate is collected from plasma that has been frozen, then thawed, and acts as a coagulation agent.

There is never any real down time in the laboratory. Laboratory personnel continually work around the clock to support the Urgent Care Clinic and all inpatient clinics and departments. The Lab is open to beneficiaries for specimen drop-off around the clock and for outpatient specimen collection Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 a.m.

NHB's Laboratory has also been fully accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) and American Association of Blood Banks (AABB). It is also licensed and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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NNS160428-15. Navy Region Center Singapore Welcomes USS John C Stennis Carrier Strike Group

By Marc Ayalin, Commander, Task Force 73 Public Affairs, Navy Region Center Singapore

SINGAPORE (NNS) -- Navy Region Center Singapore welcomed USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Carrier Strike Group Sailors during a port visit in Sembawang, Singapore, April 19-23.

As part of their regularly scheduled 7th Fleet deployment, strike group Sailors took advantage of the various services and facilities Navy Region Center Singapore offers.

For installation leadership, this was a chance to support the fleet during a period of rest and relaxation.

"A major part of our mission is taking care of the fleet," said Capt. Scott Murdock, NRCS commanding officer. "So when the strike group arrives in Singapore, we pull out all the stops to ensure they have a five-star experience."

During port visits from U.S. Navy vessels, NRCS's supporting departments and tenant commands such as the Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center Yokosuka, Site Singapore, Fleet and Family Readiness, Morale, Welfare and Recreation, the Navy Exchange (NEX), and Navy Federal Credit Union, often extend efforts to support the fleet.

In terms of preparation, the FLC logistics team coordinates with supply officers aboard ships prior to their arrival in order to provide quality logistics services such as provisions, fuel, postal services, and pierside support.

"The planning process for an incoming ship is very time consuming and must be coordinated with extreme attention to detail," said Lt. Cmdr. Ronald K. Terry, FLC site director. "If something is missed during the planning phases it could affect the ship's visit."

During the strike group's visit the extent and volume of support provided by FLC included 350 pallets of provisions, 2,000 pieces/124 Pallets of Cargo, and 1,871 pieces/232 pallets of official mail. This scope of support presents challenges, but through effective communication among fleet organizations and between FLC departments, most obstacles are often overcome.

"Most of the challenges encountered included access requests for contractors, vendors, [and] transportation, but with the strike group's advanced party presence prior to their arrival, these challenges were ironed out," Terry said.

MWR activities were in full swing as the Sailors took advantage of the region's sports facilities and Terror Club, as well as other services such as participating in local tours, shopping at the Navy Exchange and utilizing Navy Federal Credit Union banking services.

For off-duty enjoyment, 2,124 Sailors from across all ships signed up for local tours to such places as Universal Studios, Singapore Night Safari, Singapore wildlife tours and more. By the end of the five-day period, Terror Club profits topped over $80,000.

However, the visit was about more than just profits for the installation; for strike group Sailors, it was about having familiar surroundings to rest and relax.

"It feels really good to have a piece of home when you're so far away for so long," said Interior Communications Electrician 3rd Class Melinda Carlson. "It's really nice and makes you realize how blessed you are."

Another Sailor seemed more than happy to rest his sea legs.

"I'm just happy to be on land and be off the water for a bit, but I really look forward to playing football and maybe go swimming," said Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Michael Forte.

One highlight of the visit was providing strike group Sailors access to newly renovated sports facilities. Sailors reserved the baseball field and scheduled softball matches playing against different departments from among the ships. For personnel assigned to the region, getting a chance for some friendly basketball tournaments against Sailors from the strike group was a welcome opportunity.

"I thought all the Sailors from each ship had a great time and it was a great opportunity to get to know and play against them and also showcase the Singapore Sailors' basketball skills," said Chief Logistics Specialist Jonathan Magsanoc, FLC operations leading chief petty officer. "Above all, I think with the help of MWR, we showed them how to be a great host of such events."

Strike group Sailors also found some quiet time at the region's Cafe Lah Community Center, a shop featuring espresso coffees, sandwiches and free Wi-Fi. There, Sailors enjoyed free movies and comfortable seating in a place to unwind.

Aside from Cafe Lah and along the Headquarters' building walkway, local souvenir shops and a barbershop saw much foot traffic. The Navy Exchange seemed to get the most customers over the five-day visit garnering approximately $307,187 in revenue.

For NEX Singapore Branch Exchange Manager Shelly Albright, her team's efforts were all about servicing the fleet.

"It was great to be able to provide direct support to the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group because being able to provide quality goods and premier customer service is what our mission is all about," Albright said. "The staff at NEX Singapore had a fantastic time doing what they do best, which is helping support the Navy and its quality of life programs."

As John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group Sailors continue their scheduled 7th Fleet deployment, the Navy Region Center Singapore team continues to prepare and reset for the next big visit.

"I am extremely proud of the entire team, but I am not surprised. This is what they do on a daily basis. We are small but mighty," Murdock added.

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NNS160428-14. Navy Region Singapore Observes Denim Day 2016

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Madailein Abbott, Commander, Task Force 73 Public Affairs

SINGAPORE (NNS) -- Sailors and Navy Civilian personnel based in Singapore observed Denim Day April 27 to stand with past and current victims of sexual assault.

The Denim Day observance was part of a host of activities planned throughout Navy Region Singapore for Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.

The observance included a gathering to commemorate the significance of the day and included a ceremonial group photo of participants in denim attire.

"This has truly been a month of awareness here in Navy Region Singapore," said Lt. Russ Ferguson, command chaplain. "We've done more than the recognition at the beginning of the month and the traditional cake cutting. We've had an event to recognize sexual assault prevention just about every week and it really shows with the participation we have for Denim Day."

Denim Day began in 1992 after an 18-year-old girl in Italy was sexually assaulted by her driving instructor. The man was later convicted and sentenced to prison. In 1999, he appealed the sentence and the case went to the Italian Supreme Court where the conviction was overturned based on the argument that the victim was wearing tight jeans that led to the assault. Enraged by the verdict, women in Parliament came to work the next day wearing jeans in support of the victim.

"The event was originally organized more than 20 years ago to stand with the sole victim of that particular incident," said Ann Wilson, regional Sexual Assault Response Coordinator for Navy Region Center Singapore. "Through the years it's developed into standing with all victims of sexual assault to let
these people know they are not alone or forgotten."

The first Denim Day in the U.S. was held in Los Angeles in 1999; since then it has been observed by a variety of businesses, schools, and government agencies around the world.

"It' a fun way to address a serious issue," said Wilson. "Everyone is a bit more relaxed and can interact with the people in their community to help break down barriers around this important message. We hope that everybody will participate if they're able to."

Eliminating sexual assault requires everyone to be a steadfast participant in creating an appropriate environment and upholding the Navy's core values.

"The Navy expects us to foster a culture of respect and events like this are part of how we embrace this culture," said Ferguson. "Denim Day was a great success here in Singapore and across our Navy."

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NNS160428-11. NMCB 5 Completes Airfield Damage Repair During FTX

By Utilitiesman 3rd Class Stephen Sisler, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5 Public Affairs

FORT HUNTER LIGGETT, Calif. (NNS) -- Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5 Sailors completed the Airfield Damage Repair portion of their Field Training Exercise (FTX) April 21.

The event tested the battalion's ability to repair runways and other airfield facilities following a simulated attack by an enemy force. A 12-hour stand-alone project during previous FTXs, this ADR exercise spanned three days and involved a majority of the battalion.

The Seabees combed an expeditionary runway to assess the damage from a simulated rocket attack, and working together with Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 3, identified and allowed EOD to properly dispose of unexploded ordnance while Sailors assigned to Naval Construction Group 1 evaluated their proficiency.

"Working with EOD brought a lot more realism to the training and just added authenticity to the situation," said Equipment Operator 3rd Class Patrick Heng.

After assessing damage and EODMU 3 Sailors removed unexploded ordnance, NMCB 5's ADR team worked within a timeline of eight hours to fill and compact various craters created by the simulated attack, install bolted fiberglass panels, and place concrete patches.

"This is probably the first battalion that has done as much training has they have done this homeport prior to coming out here so [NMCB 5] was very well prepared coming out here," said Builder 1st Class Richard Turgeon, NCG 1 lead ADR instructor. "Each day they knocked about an hour off their time. Even the last day when we threw a night scenario with more damage they still repaired it just over five hours."

During the repair exercise, the ADR team also built a concrete vertical takeoff or landing (VTOL) pad and a 10,000-gallon fuel storage bladder for refueling aircraft.

"ADR is a valuable tool in our arsenal that will prepare us to react to ongoing events in the world, and deal with challenges that the enemy may throw at us." said Heng.

The exercise marked a renewed focus on ADR for the Seabees, although it is not new. Seabees have constructed and repaired airfields throughout their history, beginning in World War II. Implementing ADR in the FTX ensures the skills needed to repair damaged airfields remains a core competency of deployed Seabee units.

"The ADR mission is a battalion level responsibility, and NMCB 5 was successful in bringing the entire NMCB's resources to bear to accomplish that mission," said Lt. Eric Truemper, NCG 1 training exercise officer.

The FTX prepares and tests the battalion's ability to enter hostile locations, build assigned construction projects and defend against enemy attacks using realistic scenarios in a controlled environment. The exercise is the last qualification for NMCB 5 prior to receiving certification to deploy.

NCG 1 prepares Pacific Fleet Naval Construction Force units to conduct deliberate construction in support of Combatant Commanders, Numbered Fleet Commanders, Marine Air-Ground Task Forces, and other warfighter requirements.

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NNS160428-10. Naval Supply Systems Command Celebrates 50th Anniversary

By Debbie Dortch, Naval Supply Systems Command Corporate Communications

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (NNS) -- More than 2,000 Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) employees from around the world attended a town hall celebration in person or via video teleconference April 26 to celebrate NAVSUP's 50th Anniversary.

The celebration was hosted by NAVSUP Headquarters and featured previous NAVSUP commanders as guest speakers. Current NAVSUP Commander Rear Adm. Jonathan A. Yuen was keynote speaker. NAVSUP's Vice Commander John C. Goodhart served as master of ceremonies.

"The continuing thread for NAVSUP is our people; we're not just a team but a family," said retired Rear Adm. Edward K. Walker Jr., commander NAVSUP 1984-1988 and 35th Chief of Supply Corps.

"I look back upon my time as the commander NAVSUP with a great deal of fondness and pride," said retired Rear Adm. Keith Lippert, commander NAVSUP 1999-2001 and 41st chief of Supply Corps. "I thoroughly enjoyed working with a very professional workforce. We are blessed as a nation to have such a talented and dedicated workforce at NAVSUP to deal with challenges. I am very confident the future of NAVSUP will continue to be very challenging and very successful."

"As I reflect on my time as the NAVSUP commander, I continue to be impressed by the NAVSUP Team's ability to balance and contribute to the success in two major challenges facing our Navy at that time - the continued war effort in the Middle East and the increased focus on operating our naval forces as business and warfighting enterprises," said retired Rear Adm. Daniel H. Stone, commander NAVSUP 2004-2007 and 43rd chief of Supply Corps. "The professionalism and technical competency of the NAVSUP organization, both at headquarters and in the field, enabled the fleet to operate successfully in combat operations around the clock and around the world. The names have changed over the years, but the results have not. Warfighter trust never wavered."

"My most important memory is the relevance of NAVSUP and the good work that this great team did. We were aligned with everyone and they were aligned with us. Our partnerships generated seats at the table for NAVSUP and NAVSUP's accomplishments were celebrated everywhere," said retired Rear Adm. Mark Heinrich, Commander NAVSUP 2011-2013 and 46th chief of Supply Corps. "I am confident you will continue to adapt and face the challenges that are brought before you and succeed in supporting the needs of the warfighter, and improving the quality of life for our Sailors and their families."

"Since 1966, NAVSUP has reorganized and realigned many times to meet the demands of our Navy, sometimes gaining functions, passing on functions, or consolidating functions. As the Navy moved through the Cold War and Vietnam, through Desert Storm, as we sent our brothers and sisters to Iraq and Afghanistan, the Navy has become stronger and NAVSUP has proactively supported. Through it all -- while other commands were swallowed up in big government -- NAVSUP and the Navy Supply Community has stood independent and relevant," Yuen said.

"NAVSUP is independent because we cannot be absorbed -- we protect and control the Navy's logistics and supply chain -- with direction. We are the warfighters who send our Sailors and Marines out to fight and bring them home. We are relevant because of our dedication to our people, our customers, and our processes. We take care of our team and we provide quality-of-life support to the warfighter. That's a job that will never go away," Yuen said.

NAVSUP was established May 1, 1966, as a redesignation of the Bureau of Supplies and Accounts (BUSANDA) to support the Chief of Naval Material Command, a new command that was created after a major Navy Department organization earlier that year. Rear Adm. Herschel Goldberg was the last chief, BUSANDA, and the first commander NAVSUP. The Navy reorganization also designated the commander NAVSUP as chief of Supply Corps.

Today, NAVSUP's mission is to provide supplies, services, and quality-of-life support to the Navy and Joint warfighter. We employ a diverse, worldwide workforce of more than 22,500 military and civilian personnel. We manage supply chains that provide material for Navy aircraft, surface ships, submarines and their associated weapons systems. We provide centralized inventory management for Navy's non-nuclear ordnance stockpile. We provide a wide range of base operating and waterfront logistics support services, coordinating material deliveries, contracting for supplies and services, and providing material management and warehousing services.

NAVSUP is responsible for many of the quality-of-life programs that touch the lives of Sailors and their families every day, including Navy Exchanges, Navy Lodges, the Navy Personal Property Program, and the Navy Postal System. We administer the Navy Food Service Program, with responsibility for the policies and procedures that govern the day to day operations of general messes afloat and ashore.

"NAVSUP is resilient and will continue to change to meet the needs of our people, customers, and nation," Yuen added. "It's because of our past that we have such a strong presence today. It's because of our presence that we look forward to a bright future."

NAVSUP's Headquarters is located in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, with 12 Echelon III and IV activities located in Norfolk, Virginia; Jacksonville, Florida; Puget Sound, Washington; San Diego, California; Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Yokosuka, Japan; Sigonella, Italy; and Manamana, Bahrain.

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NNS160428-09. US Navy Transfers Research Vessel to Philippine Navy

By Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Travis Litke, Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The U.S. Navy transferred ownership of Research Vessel (R/V) Melville to the Philippine Navy, during a ceremony April 27 at Naval Base San Diego.

The ship was transferred under the U.S. Department of Defense's excess defense articles program to help augment the Republic of the Philippines oceanographic research and study capabilities.

Melville, named for George Melville, an explorer and rear admiral in the United States Navy, was launched from La Jolla, California, in 1968. Since then, it has served the Office of Naval Research, been operated by Scripps Institute of Oceanography, and also played a role in the 1976 film King Kong.

Melville will be received as the Philippine Navy's first dedicated research vessel.

"The Philippines is and will remain a vital strategic ally in the region for the foreseeable future, and I am proud to play a part in that relationship," said Vice Adm. Nora Tyson, commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet. "Today, we not only transfer a platform that will enhance the Philippines' environmental research and law enforcement capabilities but will also contribute to the security and stability of the region."

With the signing of handover paperwork between Tyson and the Honorable Leo Herrera-Lim, Consul General of the Philippines in Los Angeles, the vessel transferred ownership to the Philippine Navy.

"The transfer of the vessel Melville to the Philippines today signifies the shared commitment of the Philippines in terms of furthering scientific research in our part of the world but also our shared values of advancing security of our common people in terms of the future ahead of us," said Herrera-Lim.

The ship's new sponsor, Fidelis Herrera-Lim, wife of the Honorable Leo Herrera-Lim, smashed a bottle of wine against the hull, officially christening the vessel BRP Gregorio Velasquez (AGR 702), named after Gregorio Velasquez, a renowned leader in the Philippine scientific community.

Once christened, official orders were read, the commissioning pennant was hoisted, watches were set, and the vessel was officially placed in commission.

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NNS160428-07. Navy Leader Passes Away, Leaves Legacy in Surface Warfare Community

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Charlotte Oliver, Defense Media Activity

FORT MEADE, Md. (NNS) -- Retired Vice Adm. Henry C. Mustin passed away April 11 from congestive heart failure at age 82. The U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, will hold funeral services at the Academy Chapel to honor Mustin and his 34-year service to the Navy.

A fifth generation naval officer, Mustin commissioned as an ensign from the Naval Academy June 3, 1955.

"From as far back as the 1800s, the Mustin family name has been synonymous with a legacy of service in our Navy," said Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson.

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) is named for the Mustin family.

The Vietnam veteran served with the Delta River Patrol Group as flag lieutenant to the commander-in-chief Pacific and later as a destroyerman serving at sea both in the Pacific and Atlantic Fleets.

"His forward-leaning approach to warfighting was instrumental in the development of numerous shipboard and weapons technologies," Richardson said. "Vice Adm. Mustin took strong hold of the naval legacy passed to him by both his father and grandfather, cementing into history a continued family drive for ingenuity and service to country."

Some of those naval developments and fleet introductions include the Tomahawk cruise missile, Standard missile (SM-2), LAMPS helicopters and the Ticonderoga-class Aegis guided-missile cruisers. He was also instrumental in the initial requirements for Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers.

Mustin directed all U.S. Navy arms control planning, including negotiations with the Soviet Union and led high level U.S. interagency delegations to Moscow; London; Paris; Lisbon, Portugal; Oslo, Norway; and Seoul, Republic of Korea. He also served as the senior U.S. military representative to the United Nations.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Lucy, the entire Mustin family and the countless shipmates that mourn his loss," Richardson said. "He will be greatly missed."

Mustin retired from the Navy in 1989. His decorations include two Distinguished Service Medals, three Legions of Merit, three Bronze Stars with Combat "V," Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with Gold Star and Combat "V," Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal With Combat "V," Navy Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation, two Navy Unit Commendations, three Meritorious Unit Commendations, many campaign and service medals, and numerous foreign decorations and awards, including the Vietnamese Medal of Honor and Gallantry Cross with Palm.

NNS160428-06. Navy Announces FY17 JAG Corps In-Service Procurement Program

From Navy Judge Advocate General Corps Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy is seeking Sailors for the fiscal year 2017 JAG Corps In-Service Procurement Program (IPP) and announced the deadline for package submission is Dec. 2.

The JAG Corps IPP is open to qualified and career-motivated enlisted personnel of all ratings. Candidates selected for the JAG Corps IPP have the opportunity to complete a Juris Doctor degree in preparation for commission as a JAG Corps officer.

The JAG Corps IPP provides both funded and unfunded paths to JAG Corps commissions. Sailors who have earned a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts may apply for funded legal education; Sailors who have already earned a Juris Doctor degree from an American Bar Association accredited law school and a bar license from any state may apply for direct appointment.

"Each year more and more Sailors take advantage of this great opportunity," said Lt. Cmdr. Holly Didawick, acting JAG accessions detailer at Navy Personnel Command. "The 2017 board will be the fourth one held and the number of applicants from all rates increases each year. The IPP is meant to expand the pool of applicants from which we recruit and adds key enlisted fleet experience to our JAG Corps as a whole."

The JAG Corps IPP is open to active-duty enlisted personnel and Navy full-time support personnel in any rating or military occupational specialty, in pay grades E-5 through E-7 with at minimum of two years and no more than 10 years of service. Applicants must be at least 21 years old and under the age of 42 by the time of commissioning.

Complete application procedures and education requirements are provided in NAVADMIN 094/16 and can be found in the "Careers" section of the JAG Corps website.

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NNS160428-04. Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany Hosts Solar Groundbreaking Ceremony

From Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Department of the Navy and Georgia Power, a Southern Company subsidiary, broke ground April 28 on a large-scale solar facility at Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) Albany in Georgia.

Expected to be one of the largest solar facilities in the state, the facility will have a production capacity of up to 44 megawatts (MW) of direct current power (31 MW alternating current). The facility will cover 150 acres of land with 138,000 solar panels, which will be able to power the equivalent of up to 5,000 homes.

Georgia Power will build, own, operate and maintain the solar facility at MCLB Albany, which will generate electricity for its electric grid. The utility company anticipates the solar facility to be online and producing power within a year.

Notable groundbreaking ceremony presenters and attendees included the Honorable Dennis V. McGinn, assistant secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations & Environment; Lt. Gen. Michael G. Dana, deputy commandant of the Marine Corps, Installations and Logistics; Col. James C. Carroll III, commanding officer, MCLB Albany; Kenneth E. Coleman, senior vice president of Marketing, Georgia Power; and Georgia Public Service Commissioner Vice-Chair Lauren "Bubba" McDonald Jr.

"This project, our second collaboration with Georgia Power, will help to enhance the energy security of MCLB Albany," said McGinn. "It is these partnerships that have yielded such high value for the Department of the Navy, our installations and the surrounding communities. As we begin to tighten our focus on energy resiliency, these projects will be the foundation of energy security on our bases."

"This project will generate solar energy as part of a diverse generation mix, while providing security for the base and a positive economic impact in the local community," said Coleman. "The projects we are developing on our state's military bases are great examples of renewable energy growth being driven by collaboration and innovative partnerships."

"The Marine Corps is known for implementing our Energy Ethos vision within our ranks. We know that making efficient use of our energy resources is critical to our mission readiness. This solar facility extends that ethos to energy resiliency," said Dana. "We are excited for this and other energy projects on base aimed at making the installation more resilient."

"At MCLB Albany, we are fortunate to be collaborating with this group of military and private entities," said Carroll. "We have all been working together toward the same goal--to provide an unprecedented capacity for continuity of operations furthering grid stability."

The Marine Corps and the Navy have been leaders in energy innovation and deployment of renewable energy on DON installations continues to strengthen the DON's warfighting capabilities. The next step for the DON will be exploring the next level of energy technology advances such as battery storage, electrification, fuel cells and microgrids to further enhance the DON's energy security, operational capability, strategic flexibility and resource availability.

NNS020426-04. This Day in Naval History - April 28

From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

1907 - A U.S. Marine Corps detachment from the patrol gunboat Paducah serves ashore at Laguna, Honduras, to protect Americans during a war between Honduras and Nicaragua.

1942 - The U.S. Navys Task Force 99, which consists of USS Wasp, USS Tuscaloosa and USS Wichita, plus four destroyers, sail from the Royal Navy base at Scapa Flow, Orkney Islands, as part of the mixed U.S.-British force Distaff, to provide cover for Russian convoy at Iceland.

1944 - German torpedo boats attack U.S. Navy LST convoy in Lyme Bay during Operation Tiger training for the Normandy Invasion. USS LST 507 and USS LST 531 are sunk at Portland Bill, England, and USS LST 289 is damaged, with 198 Sailors dead or missing and 551 Army dead or missing from later reports.

1944 - Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox dies. He expanded the Navy into a force capable of fighting in both the Atlantic and the Pacific during the early years of World War II.

1945 - USS Sennet (SS 408) sinks the Japanese cable layer Hatsushima off Kii Strait, south southeast of Miki Saki; USS Springer (SS 414) sinks the Japanese submarine chaser CH 17 west of Kyushu as she is escorting landing ship T.146, and USS Trepang (SS 412) sinks T.146 off Ose Saki, Japan.

NNS160429-24. Honoring the Toughness of a Forgotten Hero

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric Lockwood, Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- District leaders, military officials and veterans, as well as representatives from the Embassy of Canada honored a forgotten Medal of Honor recipient at St. Elizabeths Hospital Cemetery in Washington, D.C., April 29.

Captain-of-the-Hold Joseph Benjamin Noil received the Medal of Honor for bravery in 1872 for actions while serving in the Navy. According to his citation, "Serving on board the USS Powhatan at Norfolk, 26 December 1872, Noil saved Boatswain J.C. Walton from drowning."

But until today you wouldn't know that from his tombstone. In fact, aside from his name, there is no mention of his deed -- and even his name is spelled wrong. Likely because of a clerical error on his death certificate, the name on his headstone was originally engraved as Noel.

Originally born in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, Canada, Noil moved to America and enlisted in the Navy Oct. 7, 1864, in New York. He served his adopted country until March 18, 1867, whereupon he got out, but he reenlisted Dec. 18, 1871. It was during this enlistment that he earned the medal.

Investigations carried out by Galyle Alvarez, Don Morfe and Bart Armstrong of Medal of Honor Historical Society of the United States helped correct the 130-year-old oversight.

Alvarez and Armstrong referenced the Powhatan deck log and found no mention of Noil's heroism, but the day after Walton's rescue, Capt. Peirce Crosby, commander of the Powhatan, acknowledged the bravery in a memo that was published in a Jan. 11, 1873, Army and Navy Journal. The memo states:

"Sir: I have the honor to bring to the notice of the Department the gallant conduct of Joseph B. Noil, seaman, (negro,) one of the crew of this vessel. The circumstances are as follows: On yesterday morning the boatswain, I .C.[sic] Walton, fell overboard from the forecastle, and was saved from drowning by Joseph B. Noil, seaman, who was below on the berth deck at the time of the accident, and hearing the cry 'man overboard,' ran on deck, took the end of a rope, went overboard, under the bow, and caught Mr. Walton, who was then in the water, and held him until he was hauled into the boat sent to his rescue. The weather was bitter cold, and had been sleeting, and it was blowing a gale from the northwest at the time. Mr. Walton, when brought on board, was almost insensible, and would have perished but for the noble conduct of Noil, as he was sinking at the time he was rescued."

Noil passed away March 21, 1882, at St. Elizabeths. Records indicated that a tombstone was ordered, but due to a typo on his death certificate, the error was later repeated on his headstone.

The purpose of the ceremony was to replace the headstone and to reflect on Noil's heroism. For one person in attendance, the ceremony was personal.

"I believe a thread runs through every family, and if we follow that thread it will explain where we come from, and show us where we're able to go," said Bernadette Maybelle Parks Ricks, Noil's great-great granddaughter. "As someone said to me recently, they didn't know he had a family. But now he has a vibrant gang of descendants. We love you. We thank you. And now you can rest in peace."

Speakers also included Chief of Navy Reserve Vice Adm. Robin Braun and Canadian Defense Attache Rear Adm. William Truelove, CMM.

"I can say that the people of Liverpool are profoundly honored to have one of their own bestowed with the Medal of Honor of which, to date, there are only 3,514 recipients," said Truelove, also a Liverpool native. "This is a special day for Canada. This is a special day for the United States. This is a special day for those that we recognize."

Braun in particular was struck by the selfless regard Noil displayed for his shipmate, a word she holds in extremely high esteem.

"Your shipmate is not simply someone who happens to serve with you," Braun said. "He or she is someone who you know that you can trust and count on to stand by you in good times and bad and who will forever have your back.

"So, by [...] rededicating his headstone, we are not only correcting a wrong, we are highlighting and reinforcing the eternal bond which exists between Shipmates-past, present, and those yet to come. And, although I-or any of us-did not know him, we are his Shipmates-and, 134 years after he passed, we have his back."

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

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NNS160428-21. Navy Celebrates 2016 Asian American, Pacific Islander Heritage Month

From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy joins the nation in celebrating the contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders during Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month throughout May.

The Navy encourages commands to embrace this year's national theme "Walk Together, Embrace Differences, Build Legacies."

This year's three imperatives serve to promote equal representation and to remove barriers in developing diverse leaders, acknowledging the challenges that still exist today.

Today, there are 24,500 Asian American and Pacific Islander Sailors serving in the Navy, including eight admirals and 235 master chief and senior chief petty officers. These Sailors represent more than 56 ethnic groups, speaking over 100 languages from Asia and the Pacific Islands, living in the United States.

Asian American and Pacific Islanders of various nationalities and ancestry have been serving in the Navy since the early 19th century. The rich history of these cultures, their struggles against adversity to achieve equality, significant contributions to the American experience, and the opportunity to build the foundation for a bright future are made reality by some great leaders who share the same heritage.

Senior leaders serving in the Navy today, who are Asian American and Pacific Islanders, are:

Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., commander, U.S. Pacific Command, was previously commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet. Born in Japan and raised in Tennessee and Florida, he became a P-3 Orion navigator after graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1978.

Adm. Raquel C. Bono is the director of the Defense Health Agency. She is a diplomat of the American Board of Surgery. Of Filipino descent, her brother, Anatolio B. Cruiz III, was also an admiral in the Navy until he retired in 2013.

Rear Adm. Peter A Gumataotao, a native of Guam, is the deputy chief of staff, Strategic Plans and Policy, NATO Supreme Allied Command Transformation in Norfolk.

Rear Adm. Jonathan A. Yuen is commander, Naval Supply Systems Command and 47th chief of Supply Corps. He is a member of the Acquisition Professional Community.

Another Sailor of Asian American decent is Capt. Sunita L. Williams, currently serving as an astronaut for NASA. She served as the flight engineer for the Expedition-14 crew and science officer at the International Space Station in 2007. In 2012, she served as a flight engineer on Expedition-32 and then commander of Expedition-33. Her seven space walks set records for women.

The Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute provides printable posters, presentations, guidance for organizing observance, and educational facts on their website, under the section "Special Observances."

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NNS160429-16. GHWB Completes INSURV Phase II

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Mario Coto, USS George H.W. Bush Public Affairs

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) -- Aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) completed the second phase of the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey, April 29.

INSURV Phase II is a five-day visit by the INSURV Assist Team to help the ship's crew prepare for INSURV by identifying discrepancies on the ship that aren't up to Navy standards.

"I, and the rest of team, have come on board to get to know the crew and engage with as many of them as possible," said Clete Strausbaugh, INSURV Assist Team Leader. "The purpose of this team is to make sure CVN 77 has a successful INSURV."

According to Strausbaugh, each inspected area receives a score from the INSURV team.

"Damage control, combat systems, information systems, engineering, auxiliary, electrical and deck, to name a few," said Strausbaugh. "Out of those 18 functional areas, you'll receive a score -- red, yellow, or green for each area. The best score you'll want to get in your area is green."

INSURV itself is a five-day inspection of the ship's overall material condition to verify it meets official Navy standards and to ensure all systems are functioning at the intended level.

"Congress established INSURV 130 years ago to inspect our Navy ships and to report on their readiness," said Lt. Cmdr. Chris Reedy, command INSURV coordinator. "It's a thorough inspection to examine ships against known Navy standards to determine readiness in sustained combat situations."

A successful inspection depends on the combined effort of the entire crew, as well as the guidance and experience of officers and senior enlisted personnel. INSURV is critical not only to ensure ships are ready to meet the needs of the Navy, but also to assure the nation each vessel is properly cared for.

"INSURV is important to the Navy because it demonstrates to Congress and the taxpayers that we are maintaining this national asset to the highest standards of material readiness," said Reedy. "We are obligated to ensure our ship lasts its entire lifespan, and the public needs to know that our Sailors are taking care of the ship properly."

Inspectors go through every space on the ship, and all Sailors aboard are responsible for their spaces.

"Our ship has to work as a team to ensure every piece of gear the crew is responsible for operates to specification and functions within guidelines," said Reedy. "This ensures CVN 77 is ready to carry out our assigned mission with all systems working the way they should be."

GHWB is currently undergoing a planned incremental availability period at Norfolk Naval Shipyard.

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NNS160429-06. US Forces, Australian Defence Force Complete Fleet Synthetic Training

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sara B. Sexton, Commander Task Force 70 Public Affairs

YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- Commander, Task Force 70 units, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 units, Army and Air Force assets and units from the Australian Defence Forces participated in a Fleet Synthetic Training-Joint exercise 16-72, April 29.

FST-J is a computer-based synthetic training that allows geographically separated units to integrate in a tactically and operationally demanding virtual environment.

"This FST-J exercise is conducted according to 7th Fleet requirements to ensure the units are current on their training and certification," said Capt. Richard Haidvogel, commanding officer of Tactical Training Group, Pacific. "Ultimately the goal of these exercises is to improve interoperability with our joint partners and allies."

FST-J 16-72 is a multiplatform scenario designed to integrate air, land, and sea units.

Participating units in FST-J 16-72 include USS Antietam (CG 67), USS Barry (DDG 52), USS Benfold (DDG 65), USS Chancellorsville (CG 62), USS Curtis Wilber (DDG 54), USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), USS McCampbell (DDG 85), USS John S. McCain (DDG 56), USS Mustin (DDG 89), USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), USS Shiloh (CG 67), USS Stethem (DDG 63), DESRON 15 personnel, units from USS Nimitz Carrier Strike Group, units from the Australian Air Defence Force, Australian Maritime Defence Force, and a number of other units from the United States armed forces.

"The benefit of conducting this exercise on multiplatforms is that it's a 'dress rehearsal' that prepares us for deployment," said Lt. Cmdr. Craig McDonald, CTF 70 joint interface control officer. "We have the ability to flex our tactics, techniques and procedures with all of the other commands."

The various units worked together for more than a week, operating under a synthetic simulation environment designed to mimic warfighting in a "peer threat" environment.

"The purpose of this exercise is to get our joint players, the Command Task Forces in the area along with our other allies and units, to simulate any threats that might occur in the area and stimulate our systems to ensure that they are working effectively," said Haidvogel.

Synthetic training exercises such as FST-J improve the capabilities of the interoperability between the U.S. and other units. Each FST-J exercise is specifically focused on a different mission with the ultimate goal of maintaining readiness to support security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific.

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NNS160429-08. USS Arleigh Burke Successfully Completes Missile Firing Exercise

By Ensign Michelle Kim, USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) Public Affairs

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- The crew of USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) launched a Standard Missile-2 (SM-2) missile off the coast of Virginia, April 26.

The ship was at sea conducting a post-availability SM-2 (PASM) missile-firing event as part of their post Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) availability shakedown.

"A lot of work and effort went into getting the ship to this point, and my ship and crew were ready," said Cmdr. Tom Myers, Arleigh Burke commanding officer. "We could not have gotten where we are today without the dedication and commitment of the maintenance community and our Aegis Modernization Team. Their support was truly outstanding during all phases of the planning and preparation, readiness reviews, shipboard training and event execution."

Myers went on to say the PASM event was completed with exceptional results due to the tremendous team effort by all involved.

Arleigh Burke recently completed a complex, year-long maintenance period in which the ship's combat systems suite was upgraded to the Navy's latest Aegis Baseline 9 system. The ship is scheduled to start combat systems ship qualification trials in May.

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NNS160429-14. Carl Vinson Cruises toward Deployment Preparations

By Airman Courtney Leavitt, USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) began simulating an at-sea environment April 26, in preparation for their first underway since returning from a 10-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operations.

The simulated at-sea environment, or fast cruise, is a multiday simulated underway period consisting of drills and training evolutions to ensure the carrier is in good working condition and personnel are trained to safely operate the ship at sea.

Fast cruise is the ship's final training event prior to going underway for sea trials.

"This crew has done an exceptional job preparing the ship for fast cruise and sea trails," said Capt. Karl Thomas, Carl Vinson commanding officer. "We have had a large turnover of personnel since we were at sea, but I have complete confidence in the ability of each and every Sailor on board this ship."

Not only does the fast cruise train and test the proficiency of the crew, it also gets them back into an operational mindset. This is critical since Carl Vinson is completing a nearly 8-month Chief of Naval Operations maintenance availability, said Thomas.

"The distance we've come in the last five months is truly impressive," said Thomas. "I appreciate the hard work and dedication [of] Team Vinson, to include our shipyard partners, displayed in getting us to where we are today to ensure this ship is ready to return to sea."

USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) is preparing for a 2017 Western Pacific deployment.

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NNS160429-21. USS Cole Holds 13th Change of Command

By Ensign Travis Greenaway and Ensign Chase Finch, USS Cole Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- Guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67) held a change of command ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk April 29.

In the presence of Cole Sailors, special guests, family and friends, Cmdr. David P. Wroe relieved Cmdr. James A. Quaresimo as commanding officer.

"It has been a great honor to serve as your commanding officer, the commanding officer of the greatest destroyer to ever sail the seas with the greatest crew ever," said Quaresimo. "For it is the character of Cole's crew that makes her what she is, and I say without a doubt that this is the best ship in the Navy."

Quaresimo assumed command of Cole January 2015. During his tenure, he led Sailors in ballistic-missile defense operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations, where Cole supported Operation Active Endeavour in the Mediterranean Sea and Black Sea.

Under Quaresimo's command, Cole was awarded the Battle Effectiveness Award, or "Battle E," for proficiency in overall readiness and ability to carry out assigned wartime tasks.

Wroe is a native of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and received his bachelor's degree from the College of the Holy Cross. Wroe served as Cole's executive officer from December 2014 to April 2016.

On Oct. 12, 2000, Cole was attacked by members of the al-Qaeda terrorist organization. The terrorists used a small vessel posing as a trash barge to close in on the ship before detonating an improvised explosive device. The blast tore a 40 feet by 60 feet hole in the side of the ship at the waterline. Seventeen Sailors perished in the attack, and 37 were injured. The crew fought for 96 consecutive hours to save their ship.

Cole is preparing for a scheduled deployment later this year.

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NNS160429-20. DACOWITS Conducts Study with NECC at JEBLC-FS

By Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Cragg, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command Public Affairs

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- The Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS) visited Navy Expeditionary Combat Command at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story (JEBLC-FS) April 26-27, to conduct research for part of its report to the Secretary of Defense.

DACOWITS was founded in 1951 by then Secretary of Defense, George C. Marshall, shortly after the Women's Armed Services Integration Act of 1948 was signed into law.

Today, the Committee's research is taking place at a time when the Department of Defense is developing gender integration implementation plans to open all military platforms and occupations to servicewomen, including submarines and SEALs.

The Committee offers annual advice and recommendations on matters and policies relating to recruitment and retention, treatment, employment, integration, and the well-being of highly qualified professional women in the Armed Forces.

Electronics Technician 1st Class Jason Kepner, assigned to Coastal Riverine Squadron 4, attended a luncheon with the DACOWITS visiting delegation.

"It was good to be a part of the bigger process within the Department of Defense," said Kepner.

The visit with NECC forces was the seventh of 13 planned visits to installations across all five branches of service throughout the United States this spring.

U.S. Army Col. Aimee Kominiak, DACOWITS Military Director said, "This year the Committee's focus will be on gender integration, mentorship, talent management, parenthood and co-location policies, and transition training programs."

Kominiak also noted "The Committee's research has resulted in a number of policy initiatives and quality of life improvements for all service members over the past 65 years."

NECC is an enduring warfighting force providing sea-to-shore and inland operating environment capabilities across the full range of military operations that is focused on delivering combat effective expeditionary forces ready for worldwide operations now and into the future.

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NNS160429-10. Arleigh Burke Hosts Family and Friends

By Ensign Michelle Kim, USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) Public Affairs

USS ARLEIGH BURKE, At Sea (NNS) -- The guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) hosted a "Family and Friends Day" cruise from Naval Weapons Station Yorktown to Naval Station Norfolk, April 22.

The event provided an opportunity for family and friends of Arleigh Burke's crew to experience some of the day to day operations of a ship at sea.

"I actually get to visit my son and see what he does at the same time," said Linda Farrell, Hull Technician Fireman Frank Sullivan's mother. "This is awesome."

Guests learned about the ship through demonstrations, guided tours and a steel beach picnic. They also had an opportunity to receive a certificate from the commanding officer for completing a Teen's Surface Warfare Specialist Qualification, which was styled after the qualifications completed by the Sailors.

Demonstrations of the ship's capabilities included a visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) demonstration, where guests were taught about the mission area and the equipment used to complete these tactical evolutions; a crew-served weapons gun shoot; and a damage-control equipment demonstration.

"[VBSS] is one of many missions that U.S. citizens are paying for, so it's good for them to see the equipment and training that their taxes provide," said Fire Controlman 1st Class Marko Fusilero.

"With such an extraordinarily capable warship, this is a great time to show her off to the public and demonstrate the value of the surface Navy to the American people," said Cmdr. Jason Stepp, executive officer.

The transit to Naval Station Norfolk proved to be filled with fun for the families and productivity for the crew.

"My favorite part of the day was looking through the big eyes on the bridge because you can see more stuff," said Victoria Hammock.

"The crew accomplished a lot during this underway, and it's just great to be able to enjoy a family day cruise," said Cmdr. Tom Myers, Arleigh Burke commanding officer. "I am committed to getting families involved with my crew as much as possible, because we rely on them for so much."

Underway time with family, friends and the ship's crew is an awesome way to show our thanks for all of their support.

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NNS160429-15. CSCS Provides Quality Technicians and Saves Money

By Kimberly M. Lansdale, Center for Surface Combat Systems Public Affairs

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- The Center for Surface Combat Systems (CSCS) Micro Miniature-Module Test and Repair (2M-MTR) Program is helping the Navy save money and providing combat-ready Sailors to the fleet.

The 2M-MTR Program supports testing and repair of Circuit Card Assemblies (CCA) and Electronic Modules (EM). All unsuccessful CCA / EM are contenders for screening and repair. CSCS provides this critical training at four of their learning sites; CSCS Detachment (Det.) East, CSCS Det West, CSCS Det Mayport, and CSCS Det Pearl Harbor.

"The classroom is a fully stocked repair station with microscopes, tools, and Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) stations in accordance with the program's technical manual," explained Electronics Technician 1st Class Eajen Ahmed, CSCS Det East's 2M-MTR Instructor. "The course offers a lot of hands-on training, which includes installing and forming discrete components, building Bayonet Nut Connector (BNC) cables, preparing wires and installing them on solder cups, tabs, and terminals."

Many people assume that Electronic Technicians (ET) are the only Sailors to take this training.

"We train Cryptologic Technicians (CT), Aviation Electronics Technicians (AT), Aviation Electrician's Mates (AE), Fire Controlmen (FC), Fire Control Technicians (FT), Gunner's Mates (GM), Gas Turbine Systems Technicians (GSE), Interior Communications Electricians (IC), Missile Technicians (MT), and Sonar Technicians Surface (STG)," said Chief Gunner's Mate Wick Woodrow, CSCS Det East's 2M Leading Chief Petty Officer (LCPO).

Surface Combat Systems training is becoming more complex but electronics theory remains the same.

"The process of troubleshooting a CCA will not change," Ahmed explained. "Our current Micro-miniature Repair course will still prepare Sailors for the fleet when discrete components are being slowly phased out to surface mount components. For example, since new CCAs are densely populated, the components are becoming smaller. This in turn has emphasized the need to use a pre heater to soak the CCA prior to conducting repairs."

CSCS' 2M-MTR Program strengthens fleet readiness with the additional benefit of helping the Navy save a significant amount of money.

"In FY15, the U.S. Navy's cost savings totaled over $41 million," verified Ahmed. "This figure was recently published in the 2M newsletter, 'Solder Junction.'"

The overall goal of the CSCS 2M-MTR Program is to conduct the most effective training for its Sailors.

"My top priority is to provide quality technicians to the fleet, not quantity," Ahmed stressed. "Our training program is truly successful in shaping the Navy's future force."

CSCS' mission is to develop and deliver surface ship combat systems training to achieve surface warfare superiority. CSCS headquarters' staff oversees 14 learning sites and provides nearly 70,000 hours of curriculum for 700 courses a year to more than 40,000 Sailors.

CSCS delivers specialized training for Officer and Enlisted Sailors required to tactically operate, maintain, and employ shipboard and shore-based weapons, sensors, and command and control systems utilized in today's navy.

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NNS160429-05. Navy CPI Saves Money on its Own Process, Inspires Marine Corps

From Program Executive Office for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The Program Executive Office (PEO) for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I) Continuous Process Improvement (CPI) team successfully implemented a cost-effective project management tool that has inspired members of the Marine Corps to implement their own version.

Scott Gegenworth, PEO C4I CPI director, described the command's Microsoft Sharepoint-based CPI project tracker tool as an alternate to the current program used to track CPI data to attendees of a CPI executive committee (EXCOM) meeting in February.

"We kept the best and left the rest," Gegenworth explained of the tool's development.

"We migrated from CPIMS [CPI Management System] to our CPI project tracker tool as a way to avoid incurring $70,000 in annual CPIMS fees. It has been very successful," he said.

By keeping the tool's design simple, the CPI team has saved the Navy about $210,000 in costs since fiscal year 2014. The cost savings and effectiveness of the tracker tool caught the attention of two Lean Six Sigma (LSS) black belts from the Marine Corps.

Susan Stuffle and Kimberly Reath, Marine Corps Installations Command LSS black belts, attended the EXCOM and wanted to learn more about PEO C4I's CPI project tracking tool.

"They were interested in learning how the Marines could create their own CPI project tracker tool to eliminate annual CPIMS costs; they asked for a demonstration," Emily Corcoran, PEO C4I financial representative and independent reviewer, said.

When the Marine Corps black belt duo visited PEO C4I to take a closer look, Mike Dettman, PEO C4I CPI analyst and LSS Black Belt, discussed the entire design-to-implementation process, displayed the capabilities of the tool, and shared documents critical to the tool's development and stand-up.

"Utilizing a tool that our workforce was already familiar with was critical," Dettman explained. "We were able to deploy a new capability with next to zero training required."

Stuffle and Reath received permission from the U.S. Marine Corps Logistics Command to move forward with replicating and implementing the CPI project tracker tool, which is designed to keep core functionality of the CPIMS full project workflow without the cost.

Training to use the tool is minimal and maximizes standardization and transparency for CPI. PEO C4I's CPI team uses the Navy's Systems Engineering Resource Center portal and SharePoint to host and manage the tool.

The Navy and Marine Corps CPI teams will continue to work together in an effort to continually improve and streamline processes.

NNS160429-07. Surgeon General Shares Navy Medicine Vision with US Naval Hospital Naples

By Capt. Dora Lockwood, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Public Affairs

NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- Navy Surgeon General and Force Master Chief visited U.S. Naval Hospital Naples, April 28-29.

Vice Adm. Forrest Faison, Navy Surgeon General and chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery and Force Master Chief Terry Prince, director of the Hospital Corps, toured the naval hospital in Italy, met with Sailors and staff and conducted all hands calls at the military treatment facility.

During the visit, Faison spoke about his vision and the operational imperative of the Navy Medicine mission.

"Military medical readiness is our mission," said Faison. "Keeping the naval force healthy and on the job is why we exist. I thank each of your for what you do every day to meet this mission. You play a critical role in ensuring our forward-deployed naval forces are able to do their jobs."

In addition to protecting, promoting and restoring the health of Sailors and Marines around the world, the surgeon general explained the importance of maintaining the combat skills and competencies of the medical force in order to be ready for the next conflict.

"As we come out of our country's longest conflict, we have the highest combat survival in recorded history," said Faison. "We must build on that unprecedented survival rate and preserve our ability to save lives at a moment's notice no matter what the environment."

During the all-hands calls, Faison and Prince answered a wide range of questions from Sailors and staff members. Prince discussed enlisted training, advancement opportunities and the future of the Hospital Corps. In addition, they recognized Sailors for the great work they are doing.

The surgeon general presented a coin to Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Keith Anthony, from Spartanburg, South Carolina, for his duties as leading petty officer for surgical services and his role as a career development team member.

"My vow is to take care of junior Sailors and help them achieve personal goals through mentorship and education," said Anthony. "Receiving this recognition today is a testament to my passion of seeing others succeed."

USNH Naples leadership praised Anthony for the significant positive impact he has on the command.

"I have no doubt Petty Officer Anthony will be successful in whatever task he is responsible for," said Command Master Chief Maurice Coffey. "His drive to succeed and to help others is truly inspiring."

Faison was impressed with what he observed during his first visit to the naval hospital at Naples.

"Navy Medicine is entrusted to provide the best care that our nation can offer for those who have volunteered to defend our freedom," said Faison. "I thank you for honoring the trust that is placed in your hands, and carrying on not only the tradition of honor, courage and commitment, but also that of hope, caring and compassion."

USNH Naples is committed to the delivery of high-quality, family centered care by providing care to 12,000 beneficiaries to the region.

Navy Medicine is a global health care network of 63,000 personnel who provide health care support to the Navy, Marine Corps, their families and veterans in high operational tempo environments, at expeditionary medical facilities, medical treatment facilities, hospitals, clinics, hospital ships and research units around the world.

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NNS160429-09. US 7th Fleet, ROK Navy Bands Make Sweet Music Together in Seoul

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jermaine M. Ralliford, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea Public Affairs

SEOUL, Republic of Korea (NNS) -- The U.S. 7th Fleet Band joined the Republic of Korea Navy Band for a combined concert in Seoul, April 28.

The band, composed of more than 40 U.S. and ROK musicians played a range of genres ranging from classical to pop and rock.

"This is my fourth time performing alongside the ROK Navy band," said Lt. Brian Chaplow, 7th Fleet band master. "This is like a brotherhood of music and we're here to put on a great show."

Sang Won Jee, ROK concert staff worker, said both bands seemed like they'd been playing together for several years.

"My favorite part of the show was when they played 'Esprit de Corps,'" said Sang. "I think it was very meaningful to both bands and represented the strength of the ROK and U.S. alliance. The audience really enjoyed it and I hope both bands do more concerts."

Senior Chief Musician Guy Gregg, 7th Fleet Band senior enlisted leader, shared Sang's sentiment and felt the concert was a success.

"Thousands of people were able to enjoy the concert live, on TV or online, and see the fun that we are having," said Gregg. "They get to see the joy bands from two countries making music together. We're strengthening our relationship through music."

The U.S. 7th Fleet Band was created in 1943 with the establishment of the U.S. Navy 7th Fleet and has performed for thousands of audiences throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

The band is forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, and embarks aboard USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), flagship for the U.S. 7th Fleet, during patrols and deployments. The 7th Fleet band also conducts theater security cooperation engagements independently from the 7th Fleet staff in Korea and in other locations across the region.

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NNS020429-01. This Day in Naval History - April 29

From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

1814 - American sloop USS Peacock and HMS Epervier engage in battle. Peacock takes two 32-pound shots in her fore-yard with the first exchange, but her return broadside smashes most of Eperviers rigging and guns. After 45 minutes, Epervier is captured. The battle is hailed as a tribute of American gunnery as Epervier has 45 shot holes in her port side.

1944 - Task Force 58 begins a two-day attack on Japanese shipping, oil and ammunition dumps, aircraft facilities, and other installations at Truk following the support of the Hollandia landings in the Pacific.

1944 - USS Pogy (SS 266) sinks the Japanese submarine I 183, 30 miles south of Ashizuri Saki, Japan.

1945 - USS Comfort (AH-6) is hit by a kamikaze plane off Okinawa, which kills 28 persons (including six nurses), wounds 48 others, and causes considerable damage.

1945 - USS Bream (SS 243) sinks the German minesweeper depot ship Quito off Tanjong Putting, Borneo, N.E.I.

1961 - USS Kitty Hawk (CVA 63), an oil-fired aircraft carriers, is commissioned at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. She is homeported at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.

1975 - Commander Task Force 76 receives the order to execute Operation Frequent Wind (initially Talon Vise), the evacuation of U.S. personnel and Vietnamese who might suffer as a result of their past service to the allied effort.

2009 - A destroyer formerly known as USS Conolly (DD 979) is sunk during the UNITAS Gold sinking exercise in the Atlantic Ocean.

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