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2015 ANNUAL REUNION USS
CONSTELLATION CVA/CV-64 ALERT
ur annual 2015 USS
Constellation CVA/CV-64 Reunion, September 9-14,
2015 is drawing nearer each day and that means the
deadline to reserve hotel rooms, at the special
Connie rate, is August 7, 2015, no exceptions. You
may still make reservations after the deadline at a
much higher rate. We are staying at Sheraton
Pentagon City, 900 South Orme Street, Arlington, VA
(www.afr-reg.com/constellation2015). Refer to your
Starscope Newsletter dated June 2015 and below
listed sources for more details.
Constellation CVA/CV-64 Association Activity
Registration Form must be in AFRI hands no later
than August 07, 2015 showing your tours, hotel
events and disability/dietary choices. Refer to your
Starscope Newsletter dated June 2015 and below
listed sources for more details.
If you wish
to pre order souvenir Connie Tee shirts, fill out
the order form found in the Starscope June 2015
Newsletter and mail to Tommy Best, 2005 Meadow Road,
Durham, NC 27705. The order form must be in Tommys
hand by August 01, 2015. Your shirts will be
available for pickup at the ships store during the
We are anticipating a large turnout
and encourage you to act quickly making plans to
invite everyone to attend this reunion. You do not
have to be a member to attend, you can come see what
our reunions are like and then make an informed
decision to join the USS Constellation CVA/CV-64
Association while attending the fun week. You must
have served on board the Connie to join the
Sources of information and
ussconstellation.org (web page)
ussconstellation (facebook page)
newletter dated June 2015
2015 USS Constellation CVA/CV 64
Washington DC Reunion
Check in: Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Check out: Monday, September 14, 2015
Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel
900 South Orme Street
Arlington, Va. 22204
Guests must make own reservations by calling
1-800-325-3535 and identify themselves as member of
USS Constellation group.
Single daily rate (includes breakfast for 1): $99.00
Double daily rate (includes breakfast for 2):
$109.00 + tax
Room rates will be available three (3) days before
and after the reunion
Cut-off date to reserve a room is Wednesday, August
Complimentary shuttle service to and from Metro
Complimentary shuttle service to and from Reagan
Tours have not been set up yet
Parts of Connie on Ebay
Photos of the 2014 Branson Reunion
Here's a link to a
fine article published December 6, 2013 in the U-T
San Diego Newspaper:
Important and Interesting USS Constellation
USS Constellation Last Voyage Site
Voyage of the Carbon Foss
Brooklyn Navy Yard Tribute Wall
Click Here for our 2014 Memorial List P
Recent Navy News
NNS150824-16. Secretary of the Navy Announces
Innovation Awards Program
From the Office of
the Chief of Information
WASHINGTON (NNS) --
Across the Department of the Navy our talented
Sailors, Marines and civilians are continually
creating innovative solutions to our most complex
problems. Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy, wants to
recognize the top naval innovators in our workforce
today and inspire future innovators to continue
developing their bold ideas for the future.
The SECNAV Innovation Awards Program seeks to
recognize top DON individuals or teams who made
significant innovative achievements in Calendar Year
2015. The institution of the Innovation Awards
Program is part of a larger effort to incentivize
contributors and leaders of innovation across the
DON. These efforts include empowering and rewarding
innovators by incorporating innovation into
performance reviews and providing cash rewards.
The Innovation Awards Program will recognize
innovators in the following areas:
Robotics/Autonomous Systems: To distinguish advances
to these emergent and vital fields, this award
recognizes contributions in robotics and autonomous
systems. Contributions may have occurred within the
science and technology community or within the
* Data Analytics: This
award seeks to identify members of the data savvy
workforce that implemented new approaches to using
data analytics to improve performance, support
decision making or provide meaningful insight to
* Additive Manufacturing:
This award seeks to highlight DON achievements in
the field of additive manufacturing. Submissions
should focus on those efforts that result in direct
benefit to the operational forces through cost
savings, improved readiness, expanded fleet or fleet
support capabilities or led to innovative warfighter
* Innovation Leadership: This
award seeks to recognize top naval leaders (military
or civilian) who inspire innovation within their
organization. This can be done by creating an
environment that fosters innovation or by removing
unnecessary barriers that prevent innovation from
* Innovation Scholarship: This
award seeks to recognize top academic achievements
by naval officers in professional military education
programs and future naval officers currently in
commissioning programs. Academic faculty should
nominate top academic papers focused on the future
operating environment and emerging operational
concepts and capabilities.
Innovator: Award seeks to identify top ideas from
our enlisted Sailors or Marines. It is widely known
that those closest to the problems often have the
best solutions. However, because of the demanding
workload placed upon our enlisted force, they do not
have the resources to implement their good ideas.
Not only will the originators of these bold ideas be
recognized, their ideas will be evaluated by top
* Innovation Catalyst: An effective
support network is essential for innovation to
succeed. This award seeks to identify the
contributions of an individual who has made a
significant contribution to an organization by
inspiring others to innovate or directly supporting
the innovative work of others.
* Outside the
Box: The award seeks to identify contributions that
are cross-cutting and do not neatly align to any
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https://www.facebook.com/DUSNMSI or @DON_Innovation
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NNS150824-04. "Motor City" Hosts
By Mass Communication
Specialist Seaman Jamal McNeill, Navy Office of
Community Outreach (NAVCO)
DETROIT (NNS) --
Detroit, also known as the "Motor City" for its role
in the pioneering of the automotive industry, will
host the U.S. Navy during Detroit Navy Week, Aug.
The events and special programs to be
held throughout the "Motor City" are the culmination
of planning and preparation over many months by the
Navy Office of Community Outreach, multiple Navy
assets, and city leaders.
Detroit Navy week has been exciting," said Genna
Young, in-city planner for Detroit Navy Week. "It
has also proved to be a bit overwhelming at times,
simply because the Navy has so many great stories,
people and assets to share with the people of
Navy Weeks focus a variety of
assets, equipment and personnel on a single area for
a week-long series of engagements designed to bring
America's Navy closer to the people it protects.
Detroit native Rear Adm. John E. Jolliffe,
deputy commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet, will receive a
proclamation declaring Navy Week from the Mayor's
office at Campus Martius Park, Aug. 24 at 6 p.m.
This free, public event will also feature a
patriotic musical performance by U.S. Navy Band
"I am most excited for the
kickoff event in the heart of Detroit at Campus
Martius Park," said Young. "We'll have all hands on
deck to celebrate the launch of Detroit Navy Week,
and introduce the public to Navy Band Great Lakes,
Navy divers, explosive ordnance disposal technicians
and the crew of PCU Detroit."
Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Crew 103, the "Rough
Riders," who will be one of the crews of the future
USS Detroit when it is commissioned in 2016, will
also be a part of Detroit Navy Week.
it's important for the wonderful people of Detroit
to meet some of the officers and crew who will
eventually sail USS Detroit," said Cmdr. Mike
Desmond, prospective commanding officer of LCS Crew
103. "We are honored to be the ones who will bring
Detroit's namesake ship to life. Their support means
a great deal to us."
Littoral combat ships
are the Navy's newest class of ship, designed to
operate in hostile near-shore environments, yet
capable of open-ocean operations.
littoral combat ship crews have uniquely strong ties
with their namesake cities; more than any other
ships that I've seen," said Desmond. "This Navy Week
is Crew 103's chance to help lay the foundation for
just such an enduring relationship."
said they feel honored to be the ones to eventually
sail the sixth ship named after the "Motor City,"
and to have the opportunity to be a part of Detroit
"We look forward to meeting
face-to-face with the many community leaders who
we've only been able to communicate with by phone or
email," said Desmond. "There are so many remarkable
supporters of the Navy and of USS Detroit here, and
we are eager to get to know them and to interact
with the general public as much as possible."
The commander added that Detroit has played a
major role in the shaping of America, and it's
fitting for this city to have a new ship named after
it and to host a Navy Week.
"The city of
Detroit has always played an exceptionally important
role in keeping America strong, just like USS
Detroit will have in building strong international
partnerships and in maintaining our Navy's uniquely
important role in global stability," said Desmond.
Along with Crew 103, Explosive Ordnance
Disposal Group 2, Navy Recruiting District Michigan,
Navy Operational Support Center Detroit, and Navy
Medicine will all be in attendance, participating in
community outreach events throughout the week at the
YMCA, Ronald McDonald House, Habitat for Humanity,
Boys and Girls Club, VA Medical Center and food
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group 2
will also conduct demonstrations with Navy robotics
systems at the Detroit Zoo and Michigan Science
Center, while Navy Medicine will inform citizens
about their job, medical opportunities in the Navy,
and personal health.
Detroit Navy Week is the
ninth of 12 Navy Weeks in 2015, and is expected to
increase the bond between the "Motor City" and
"When I first joined the
Detroit Navy Week planning team, I didn't know what
to expect," said Young. "Now I know that the movie
"Top Gun" is based on the Navy and I am starting to
master the Navy lingo. The goal is for Detroiters
who are unfamiliar with the Navy, much like I was,
to get a better understanding of the Navy, its
people and everything it does to keep our country
For more information about Detroit
Navy Week, visit www.navyoutreach.org .
more news from Navy Office of Community Outreach,
NNS150824-01. USS Fort Worth Completes 2015 CARAT
With Indonesia and Malaysia
Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joe Bishop, USS
Fort Worth Public Affairs
SULU SEA (NNS) --
The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3)
wrapped up its participation in Cooperation Afloat
Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercises with both
Indonesia and Malaysia following an Aug. 21 closing
ceremony held in Sandakan, Malaysia.
a series of bilateral naval exercises between the
U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and the armed forces
of Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia,
Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and
In deepening navy-to-navy
relationships, Fort Worth visited Surabaya,
Indonesia, for the first time in her 16-month
rotational deployment to U.S. 7th Fleet. This port
visit is particularly significant for Fort Worth, as
she was part of the Indonesian-led Air Asia search
efforts in the Java Sea.
"It was a pleasure
operating at sea with our TNI-AL (Tentara Nasional
Indonesia - Angkatan Laut) naval partners during the
sea phase of CARAT Indonesia", said Cmdr.
Christopher Brown, commanding officer of Fort Worth.
"Fort Worth once again demonstrated its combat
capabilities and relevance in the region while
fostering long-term personal and professional
relationships with our Southeast Asian partners."
CARAT is a model of how the TNI-AL and U.S.
Navies can cooperate and work together to enhance
interoperability, develop relationships and address
shared maritime security priorities, as in the
visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) exercises.
TNI Sailors conducted their first VBSS boarding of
Fort Worth during this year's CARAT.
CARAT Indonesia LCS SUW DET FOUR (Surface Warfare
Mission Package, Detachment 4) and the Indonesian
navy had an outstanding opportunity to interact and
exchange VBSS tactics and hold discussions about our
different capabilities", said Lt. j.g. Andrew Pena,
officer in charge of Detachment 4. "These positive
interactions culminated in two successful at-sea
VBSS exercises between our Navies."
year's CARAT Indonesia also provided the opportunity
for TNI pilots to practice deck landings on the
flight deck of Fort Worth with a
Messerschmitt-Bolkow-Blohm BO-105 Indonesian navy
CARAT Malaysia 2015 consists of
five days of shore-based and at sea training events
designed to address shared maritime security
concerns, build relationships, and enhance
interoperability among participating forces.
"This marks the 21st year that the U.S. and
Malaysian Armed Forces have come together for CARAT
and our enhanced military partnership today reflects
the maturity of this relationship," said Rear Adm.
Charlie Williams, commander, Task Force 73.
"Partnerships matter in this region; sustained
partnerships matter even more."
Malaysian Navy for the first time conducted deck
landing practice with its Super Lynx helicopter on
the flight deck of Fort Worth. The bilateral and
multilateral exercises provide a regional venue to
develop strong maritime partnerships that contribute
to the greater peace and stability of the region.
"CARAT is a practical way for our two navies
to address shared maritime security priorities in a
realistic training environment," said Capt. H.B. Le,
commodore, Destroyer Squadron 7.
Malaysian Armed Forces have been a part of CARAT
since its inception, and our partnership's spanning
more than two decades demonstrates a firm mutual
commitment to stability and security throughout the
U.S. units participating in the
exercise include the littoral combat ship USS Fort
Worth (LCS 3), the amphibious dock landing ship USS
Germantown (LSD 42), a P-3C Orion, Naval Mobile
Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5, Explosive Ordnance
Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5, Coastal Riverine
Group (CRG) 1, and U.S. Marines assigned to the 3rd
Marine Expeditionary Brigade (III MEB).
U.S. 7th Fleet conducts forward-deployed naval
operations in support of U.S. national interests in
the Indo-Asia-Pacific area of operations. As the
U.S. Navy's largest numbered fleet, U.S. 7th Fleet
interacts with 35 other maritime nations to build
partnerships that foster maritime security, promote
stability and prevent conflict.
For more news
from Destroyer Squadron 7, visit
NNS150822-01. Secretary of the Navy Ray
Mabus Names Virginia-Class Submarine
Secretary of the Navy Public Affairs
Idaho (NNS) -- Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus
hosted a ship-naming ceremony today to announce that
SSN 799, a Virginia-class attack submarine, will
bear the name USS Idaho.
The submarine will
be named to honor the history its namesake state has
with the Navy. Idaho is home to the former Farragut
Naval Training Station, which was the second largest
training facility in the world during World War II.
From the early 1950s to the mid-1990s, the Naval
Reactors Facility (NRF) located within the Idaho
National Laboratory, trained nearly 40,000 Navy
personnel in surface and submarine nuclear power
plant operations with three nuclear propulsion
prototypes including the first nuclear-powered
submarine prototype, S1W. The facility continues to
support the Navy by examining Naval spent nuclear
fuel and irradiated test specimens, which are used
to develop new technology and to improve the
cost-effectiveness of existing designs. And nearby,
Lake Pend Oreille, the fifth deepest lake in the
United States, continues to conduct tests of
large-scale submarine and surface ship prototypes in
a setting with acoustic properties similar to that
of the ocean.
The future USS Idaho will be
the fifth naval vessel to bear the name. The first,
commissioned in 1864, was a steam sloop that served
as a store and hospital ship; the second,
commissioned in 1905, was a battleship that largely
supported American Foreign Policy in Central America
and conducted operations and exercises in Guantanamo
Bay. The third Idaho was a motorboat commissioned in
1917 that patrolled New Jersey and Pennsylvania
harbors. The last Idaho was a New Mexico-class
battleship launched on June 30, 1917 and saw action
in World War II.
submarines provide the Navy with the capabilities
required to maintain the nation's undersea supremacy
well into the 21st century. They have enhanced
stealth, sophisticated surveillance capabilities and
special warfare enhancements that will enable them
to meet the Navy's multi-mission requirements.
These submarines have the capability to attack
targets ashore with highly accurate Tomahawk cruise
missiles and conduct covert, long-term surveillance
of land areas, littoral waters or other sea-based
forces. Other missions include anti-submarine and
anti-ship warfare; mine delivery and minefield
mapping. They are also designed for special forces
delivery and support.
submarine is 7,800-tons and 377 feet in length, has
a beam of 34 feet, and can operate at more than 25
knots submerged. They are designed with a reactor
plant that will not require refueling during the
planned life of the ship, reducing lifecycle costs
while increasing underway time. The submarine will
be built under a unique teaming agreement between
General Dynamics Electric Boat (GDEB) and Huntington
Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding
(HII-NNS) wherein both companies build certain
portions of each submarine and then alternate
deliveries. Idaho will be delivered by GDEB located
in Groton, Connecticut.
For more news from
the Secretary of the Navy, visit
information about the Virginia-class attack
more news from Secretary of the Navy, visit
NNS150824-15. NAVSUP WSS Hosts NAE Supply Summit
By Jenae Jackson, NAVSUP WSS Office of Corporate
PHILADELPHIA (NNS) -- Senior
leaders from the aviation community recently
gathered in Philadelphia for the Naval Aviation
Enterprise (NAE) Supply Summit.
150 Naval Aviation Enterprise leaders were in
attendance for the first NAE summit organized by
NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support (NAVSUP WSS).
"This is the first time we had this level of
engagement focused on aviation sustainment issues,"
said NAVSUP WSS Commander, Rear Adm. Paul Verrastro.
"It is an honor for us to host this summit in an
effort to gain a higher level of understanding of
fleet challenges and join forces to solve them."
The summit provided the opportunity to discuss
key focus areas such as funding, allowancing and
forecasting, partnership solutions/contracts and
sustainment. Discussions centered on how the NAE can
commit to improve readiness, attack root causes and
foster better decisions that benefit naval aviation
as a whole.
The summit also served as an
opportunity for the fleet to present availability
challenges and to develop collaborative approaches
to solving pressing sustainment issues.
addition to Verrastro, key stakeholders in
attendance included Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker,
commander, Naval Air Forces, commander, Naval Air
Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet; Vice Adm. David Dunaway,
commander, Naval Air Systems Command; Lt. Gen. Jon
Davis, deputy commandant for Aviation, Headquarters
Marine Corps; Rear Adm. Jonathan Yuen, commander,
Naval Supply Systems Command, and 47th Chief of
Supply Corps, among other executive leaders.
The summit concluded with confidence in future
readiness and decision making, both of which will
better produce warfighting readiness in the most
cost effective manner.
A field activity of
the Naval Supply Systems Command, NAVSUP Weapon
Systems Support (NAVSUP WSS) is the U.S. Navy's
supply chain manager providing worldwide support to
the aviation, surface ship, and submarine
communities. NAVSUP WSS provides Navy, Marine Corps,
joint and allied forces with products and services
that deliver combat capability through logistics.
There are more than 2,000 civilian and military
personnel employed at its two Pennsylvania sites.
The NAVSUP WSS Philadelphia site supports aircraft,
while its Mechanicsburg site supports ships and
For more news from Naval Supply
Systems Command, visit: www.navsup.navy.mil and
NNS150824-14. Southern Partnership Station-Joint
High Speed Vessel 2015 Completes Mission in Honduras
By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class
Kathleen A. Gorby, U.S. Naval Forces Southern
Command & U.S. 4th Fleet Public Affairs
PUERTO CASTILLA, Honduras (NNS) -- Sailors and
Marines deployed as an adaptive force package (AFP)
from USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1) wrapped up their first
mission stop in support of Southern Partnership
Station-Joint High Speed Vessel 2015 (SPS-JHSV 15)
in Puerto Castilla, Honduras, Aug. 24.
Spearhead is deployed in support of SPS-JHSV 15, a
U.S. Southern Command-sponsored deployment focusing
on enhancing cooperative partnerships with regional
maritime services, and improving operational
readiness for all participating services. In
addition, SPS-JHSV 15 provides the opportunity for
U.S. and partner nation forces to operate in the
multinational environment, refine coordination,
improve interoperability, and demonstrate
While ashore, the AFP provided
training and subject matter expert exchanges
(SMEEs), conducted community relations projects, and
completed multiple construction projects throughout
the Colon district.
"We accomplished quite a
lot while in Honduras," said Cmdr. Robert Toth,
commander of the AFP for SPS-JHSV 2015, and
commanding officer of Explosive Ordnance Disposal
Mobile Unit (EODMU) 6. "Overall, our Soldiers,
Sailors, Airmen and Marines exceeded all
expectations and have left a lasting impact on the
According to the exercise
participants, the training opportunities proved
"Working alongside the Honduran
Buzos de Combante unit, the EOD and dive teams
conducted SMEEs," said Ensign Adam Pierce, EOD
platoon officer-in-charge. "We engaged in demolition
operations, diving and underwater sonar techniques,
while forging relationships which will benefit both
nations in the near future."
Engagement Team (MET) comprised of various commands
across two continents, came together to educate,
teach and aid Hondurans and AFP members.
MET visited five schools, educating more than 1,100
children about mosquito illness prevention methods,"
said Lt. Rebekah Sorensen, a physician assistant
assigned to Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River,
Maryland. "We trained 30 Honduran tactical combat
casualty care (TCCC) instructors, who in turn,
taught 150 Honduran military personnel.
Additionally, we provided force health protection to
U.S. service members in the camp battalion aid
U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) combat
engineers, assigned to 8th Engineer Support
Battalion in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and Navy
Seabees, assigned to Construction Battalion
Maintenance Unit 303 in San Diego, worked together
on various community construction projects.
Marine water purification specialists, assigned to
8th Engineer Support Battalion in Camp Lejeune,
North Carolina, created freshwater by pulling
directly from the ocean and running it through a
Lightweight Water Purification System.
"During our short time in Honduras, we created
10,000 gallons of freshwater," said USMC Sgt.
Matthew Lore, noncommissioned officer-in-charge. "We
also created 5,000 gallons for the local community
of Puerto Castilla and distributed it in five-gallon
jugs to those in need."
The AFP traveled to
Honduras and sent a small detachment to Belize.
During the next stop in Guatemala, a small
contingent will be sent to Colombia. The deployment
will continue through mid-October.
Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet support
joint and combined military operations by employing
maritime forces in cooperative maritime security
operations to maintain access, enhance
interoperability and build enduring partnerships in
order to enhance regional security and promote
peace, stability and prosperity in the Caribbean,
Central and South American regions.
news from U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command & U.S.
4th Fleet, visit www.navy.mil/local/cusns/ .
NNS150824-10. Center for Service Support
"Nails" Accreditation Review and Inspection
From Center for Service Support Public Affairs
NEWPORT, R.I. (NNS) -- A 5-member team of
Council on Occupational Education (COE) inspectors
completed their thorough review of the Self-Review
for Center for Service Support (CSS) on Aug. 20.
This is the final step prior to full COE
The council is a nonprofit,
voluntary membership organization serving
post-secondary education and training institutions
to provide quality assurance reviews of their
workforce training programs.
determined that CSS was in compliance with all ten
of their standards and recommended CSS for
re-accreditation without any follow-on
recommendations. All five members of the team
responded, "no findings, no recommendations," as
they debriefed Capt. Derric T. Turner, CSS
"The comments per
category were consistent, "No findings, no
recommendations, and no suggestions," said Turner in
an email to the entire CSS domain. "It doesn't get
any better than this exceptional result for our
important/significant 5-year accreditation."
"It was especially great to hear from the COE
team members that they appreciate working with
military organizations," said John Smith, CSS
curriculum evaluation and accreditation manager.
"They each affirmed the professionalism of CSS
personnel and the exceptional services and products
we provide our customers."
According to Dan
Dull, Ed.D, team leader for the inspection team, COE
is a national accrediting agency that conducts
in-depth reviews of occupational programs to
validate career and workforce training standards and
practices. The council evaluates various public and
private organizations using the standards and
criteria outlined in their charter. There are
typically 10 or 11 applicable standards that
organizations must meet in order to be accredited
"The most challenging aspect of
our responsibility is deciphering the language of
diverse communities we inspect, Dull said. "The
military has a lot of jargon and acronyms. Often we
have a ask questions to gain a complete
understanding of the organization."
requires all organizations to conduct a self-study
before their team visit. This self-study is compiled
into a volume publication that defines and
self-reports on the 10-standards. The study becomes
a vehicle for an organization's future improvement
and development, which usually aligns to or supports
the development of a command's strategic planning
CSS conducted a self-study process
during the past nine months to document the
qualifications required for COE accreditation.
During their assessment, the COE team reviews all
self-study documents; interview staff, faculty,
administrators and students; visit three of the
seven CSS commands and learning sites, review
procedures, policies, programs and plans; and seek
to secure a comprehensive view of an organization.
COE's close observation of an organization's
conditions and practices are used to determine
compliance with the standards and criteria required
for accreditation. CSS's self-study supports the
command mission "to provide Sailors in the Naval
Administration, Logistics, and Media communities the
necessary skills, knowledge, and education to
enhance lifelong learning and to support the fleet's
CSS is comprised of
active-duty military, civilian and contractor
personnel who direct the training efforts of
administration, logistics and media schools for
active-duty and commissioned officers. The CSS team
ensures curriculum and professional development
tools are current.
For more news from Center
for Service Support, visit www.navy.mil/local/css/.
NNS150824-09. NMCP Celebrates
Service of Dental Corps on 103rd Birthday
Mass Communication Specialist (SW) Terah L. Bryant,
Navy Medical Center Portsmouth Public Affairs
PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) -- Naval Medical Center
Portsmouth (NMCP) celebrated the Navy Dental Corps'
103rd birthday, Aug. 21, with a ceremony that
featured the reading of birthday letters from the
Navy surgeon general, each of the Corps chiefs, and
the force master chief.
The ceremony was an
opportunity to reflect on the dedication of the
Dental Corps to the health and readiness of Sailors,
Marines and their families. The Corps was
established in 1912, and a few years later, had an
immediate impact during World War I when 30 dental
surgeon assistants first deployed with the Marines.
"Since World War I, the Dental Corps has been a
part of every wartime effort, and has grown
significantly in strength and numbers," wrote the
Navy surgeon general, Vice Adm. Matthew L. Nathan.
"Today, the Dental Corps continues to ensure high
operational readiness. They serve on the battlefield
and aboard ships, performing medical duties beyond
the scope of a typical dental practice. They are
truly capable of providing world-class dental care,
In his letter, Rear Adm.
Stephen Pachuta, chief of the Dental Corps,
recognized the integral role his Corps has had on
Navy Medicine and supporting operations around the
"On this special day, let us celebrate
the past, present and future members of our Corps
and reflect upon our legacy and faithful service to
the nation," the admiral wrote. "Your ability to
provide unwavering care on land and sea epitomizes
what it means to be a Navy Medicine leader and
professional. As new missions and opportunities
arise for the Navy and Marine Corps, I am confident
the Dental Corps will successfully meet any and all
During his remarks, Capt. Darin
K. Via, commanding officer, NMCP, highlighted the
capabilities of the more than 100 Dental Corps
officers and civilian dental staff at NMCP and its
branch health clinics, who support the dental
readiness of the fleet.
"We have every dental
subspecialty represented here at NMCP and three
graduate programs," Via said. "There is nothing in
this area of responsibility that the fleet could ask
for, that you aren't ready for. Thank you,
congratulations, and happy birthday."
ceremony concluded with the cutting of a cake topped
with a cake-filled tooth and dental instruments made
with frosting. The most senior and junior dental
officers present, Capt. Christopher Cobb and Lt.
Melanie Pommer, were selected for the honor of
cutting the cake.
The Navy Dental Corps was
established Aug. 22, 1912, with an Act of Congress
that was later signed by President Howard Taft. The
Secretary of the Navy was authorized to appoint no
more than 30 acting assistant dental surgeons to the
Medical Department. Six years after the Dental Corps
was founded, the United States entered World War I,
and the Dental Corps expanded from 35 to more than
500 personnel, including 124 dentists commissioned
in the regular Navy.
Currently, more than
1,300 active duty and reserve Dental Corps personnel
serve and support the Navy and the Marine Corps
throughout the world and care for Sailors, Marines
and their families.
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Medical Center Portsmouth, visit
NNS150824-08. Navy Medicine Wraps KC Navy Week with
STEM High School Visit
By Larry Coffey, NMETC
LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. (NNS) --
Navy Medicine's education and training director
wrapped up Navy Medicine's Navy Week events in
Kansas City, Aug. 21, with a visit to nearby Lee's
Summit Technology Academy (STA).
Rebecca McCormick-Boyle, commander of Navy Medicine
Education and Training Command (NMETC) and Navy
Nurse Corps director, spoke to approximately 200
high school teachers and students during the event.
Summit Technology Academy is a shared
campus, praised as a national model by President
Barrack Obama, where juniors and seniors spend half
a day as an extension of their high school. Students
seriously interested in science, technology,
engineering and math (STEM) related careers apply to
attend the academy.
the importance of Navy and Navy Medicine's forward
presence. She also discussed the importance of
Sailors with a STEM background.
States Navy says we are forward, we are engaged, and
we are ready, anytime, anywhere," she said. "Navy
Medicine does that as well. Navy Medicine is where
it matters, when it matters."
It was a
message that resonated with 17-year-old Savannah
Pottinger, a senior studying nursing.
think it would be really cool to go out into the
world and help my country," Savannah said. "It was
really cool to see a woman in her position as a
nurse in the Navy. That is something that I would
definitely consider doing."
The admiral also
explained how Navy Medicine supports the Navy
mission, by caring for Sailors and Marines.
"Navy Medicine is there to support and take care of
the Navy; the Sailors; the fleet," she said. "We are
also there to take care of the United States Marine
Corps. We take care of people on, above and below
the sea, and on the battlefield."
presentation opened with two brief videos. One
showed an aircraft carrier passing with the message
that 70 percent of the world is covered by water, 80
percent of the population lives near the water, 90
percent of the world's trade travels by water, and
the Navy is on watch 100 percent of the time. The
second video highlighted three young women serving
as crew members on an anti-submarine warfare
"I really liked the first video
with the women," said 17-year-old Alexis Hayes, a
senior studying engineering. "They can go out and
get manicures and go shopping. But once they are on
the job, they can do everything the men can do."
McCormick-Boyle explained primary focus areas of
Navy Medicine: expeditionary medicine, garrison
care, wounded warrior care, biomedical research,
education and training, and humanitarian assistance
and disaster response. She also pointed out how a
STEM background applies to those specific areas,
something many students said resonated with them.
"I could see the gears moving in their
heads, thinking, 'Wow. I didn't realize the Navy had
so much to offer in STEM careers,'" said Paul
Rutherford, an engineering instructor and former
Navy aviation maintenance officer. "The admiral
encouraged the kids to consider the Navy as a very
viable option after high school or college. She had
the students' attention."
Senior Ryan Skahan
was one of those captured by the presentation. The
17-year-old nursing student said he was both
intrigued and impressed.
"I came in here not
knowing what to expect," Ryan added. "My brother was
in the Army, so I never knew anything about the
Navy. There are so many options and so many ways to
help people. I had never considered the Navy or Navy
nursing, but after seeing her presentation, it's
something I'll look into."
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NNS150824-07. Army Civic Action Team Departs Palau,
Air Force Takes on Mission
From Joint Region
Marianas Public Affairs
KOROR, Republic of
Palau (NNS) -- It was a standing ovation as members
of the U.S. Army Civic Action Team (CAT) 84-03 were
recognized for their efforts during a change of
charge ceremony in the Republic of Palau Aug. 21.
The 554th Red Horse Squadron out of Andersen Air
Force Base took over the CAT with a mission to
continue the U.S. commitment to assist and support
the development of the republic and further positive
relations with the people of Palau.
and Republic of Palau have had a strong and long
relationship," Palau's Minister of State Billy
Kuartei said. "They will be here for many more years
to come and we will welcome them. Thank you U.S. for
your presence here in Palau."
six-month deployment to Palau, the outgoing U.S.
Army CAT completed 10 construction projects,
supported more than 100 community relations
activities and provided medical assistance to more
than 1,000 patients.
"The success of the CAT
team was a result of the collaboration and
cooperation with the community," Rear Adm. Bette
Bolivar, U.S. Defense Representative to Palau, said.
"You have done an amazing job and will leave your
post with a positive and lasting legacy."
Among those who recognized the dedication of the
outgoing CAT was U.S. Ambassador to Palau Amy Hyatt.
In front of a crowd of approximately 200 people, she
spoke about the Soldiers' desire to leave a positive
mark in Palau.
"We can always count on them,"
Hyatt said. "The CAT has always been there for us,
and we are proud of the work they have done."
Palau residents adopted many of the outgoing CAT
members and welcomed the Soldiers into their
families. For many of the service members, it was
bittersweet to say goodbye to a community they have
"I am forever grateful to the
people of Palau," 1st Lt. Amy Smith, outgoing CAT
officer in charge, said. "It was a blessing to have
served here in this pristine paradise."
incoming CAT team from the U.S. Air Force, which is
led by Capt. Naseem Ghandour, is excited to take on
the mission. According to Ghandour, the team plans
to meet the high standards set by the Army team.
"We want to show the people of Palau what we can
do," he said. "We want to start and get this going.
We are very happy to be here."
deployment, the Air Force team will provide
construction support to the host nation, assist and
train apprentices with general engineering skills,
facilitate an in-camp and outreach medical program
and conduct community relations projects.
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NNS150824-05. NMTSC Sailors Present Supplies to
Elementary School Students
Communication Specialist 1st Class Jacquelyn D.
Childs, Navy Medicine Education and Training Command
SAN ANTONIO (NNS) -- Sailors
at Navy Medicine Training Support Center (NMTSC) on
Joint Base San Antonio - Fort Sam Houston, Texas,
distributed supplies gathered throughout the summer
to students at Middlepoint Elementary School, Aug.
Efforts began May 18 to gather enough
school supplies to present more than 600 children at
a local elementary school with a full backpack at
the beginning of the school year.
donations from service members at Fort Sam Houston
and a partnership with local Walmart, Target, and
U-haul businesses, they were able to reach that
"Education is important. It is our
mission," said Capt. Denise Smith, NMTSC commanding
officer, who helped distribute the supplies at the
school's 'Meet the Teacher' night. "It's only
fitting that we're here helping the younger
generation pursue their education."
Corpsman 1st Class Gregory Jones, a staff member at
NMTSC, said he came up with the idea to donate
supplies when he was talking to his neighbor, Lisa
Schmedthorst, who has worked as a cook at
Middlepoint Elementary School for three years.
"During just a casual conversation, she was
telling me how some of the kids don't have money for
food," said Jones. "I called the school to see if
there was anything we could do, and the lady I
talked to said they didn't have enough supplies to
last the rest of the school year. That's how this
whole thing came about."
After hearing Jones'
story and idea, several organizations at NMTSC
jumped on board to help gather funds and coordinate
gathering the supplies. The Chief Petty Officer
Association, First Class Petty Officer Association,
Petty Officer Association, and Morale, Welfare, and
Recreation worked together to set up donation
stations and put up fliers. They also received help
from local stores and a delivery company.
Schmedthorst said it's a blessing to be able to help
the children, and expressed her gratitude toward the
Sailors for their support in alleviating some of the
need in the community.
"There are so many
underprivileged children at this school, and just to
see their eyes light up looking at the brand new
supplies is priceless," she added. "They don't have
to worry about their parents struggling to get them
what they need for the start of the school year."
Smith also expressed appreciation for the
efforts of her Sailors in planning and coordinating
"This is a wonderful
opportunity," she said. "It's important for us to be
able to build these community relations and act as
ambassadors for the Navy here in San Antonio."
NMTSC is an echelon-4 command, reporting to the
Navy Medicine Education and Training Command. NMTSC
is part of the Navy Medicine team, a global
health-care network of Navy medical professionals
around the world who provide high-quality health
care to eligible beneficiaries. Navy Medicine
personnel deploy with Sailors and Marines worldwide,
providing critical mission support aboard ships, in
the air, under the sea and on the battlefield.
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NNS150824-03. EOD Sailors Make a
Splash at the Kansas City Sea Life Aquarium
By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jennifer
Gold, Navy Office of Community Outreach
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (NNS) -- U.S. Navy Explosive
Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Sailors interacted with
visitors from the inside of an aquarium tank at the
Kansas City Sea Life Aquarium, Aug. 20-21.
"When you're in the usual military city nobody
thinks twice about it," said Senior Chief Explosive
Ordnance Disposal Roy Vanek, assigned to Explosive
Ordnance Disposal Group (EODGRU) 1. "But, here it's
been great, people are extremely friendly and very
appreciative of the military."
assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit
(EODMU) 3 and EODGRU 1, both homeported in Coronado,
California, performed six dives over the two-day
The special dives were part of events
planned during Kansas City Navy Week, which
coincides with the performance of the U.S. Navy
flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, at
the Kansas City Aviation Expo and runs through, Aug.
While in the aquarium the Sailors played
tic-tac-toe, wrote messages and interacted with
"It's neat how he interacted with
the kids and made it so special," said Dawn
Tinklepaugh, from Leavenworth, Kansas. "My son
really enjoyed beating him at tic-tac-toe, he was
such a good sport."
tic-tac-toe, Tinklepaugh and her children wrote a
message to Vanek, thanking him for his service and
explaining that her husband was currently deployed
"She wrote us a big letter,
and that's why I saluted her. I'm glad that we could
make her day," said Vanek.
it was a touching gesture that she couldn't wait to
share with her husband.
"I'm so glad we
came," she said. "It's a moment to remember
During the week the EOD Sailors
also visited some of the local high schools, Boys
and Girls Clubs and YMCAs.
really interested and loved what we do," said
Explosive Ordnance Disposal 3rd Class Mark Ghilici,
assigned to EODMU 3. "It was a good time showing
everyone what we actually do. Letting everyone know
that it's a good time, but also it's hard work."
They gave kids a hands-on experience showing
them the capabilities of some of their EOD
equipment, including the small unmanned ground
vehicle (SUG-V) and the Talon robotic system.
Vanek said there are only 2,000 EOD Sailors in
the entire Navy so it was a rare opportunity for
them to be able to participate in the Kansas City
"This is not our usual TAD
[temporary assigned duty] trip to go dive in the
aquarium and talk to kids. Usually it's train,
train, and more training and long hours and hard
work, but that's why we do the job."
Weeks are designed to educate Americans on the
importance of Naval service and help them understand
the investment they make in their Navy. They are
held in cities that might not otherwise see Navy
Sailors at work on a regular basis.
City is one of 12 cities selected to host a 2015
Navy Week, which is coordinated by the Navy Office
of Community Outreach (NAVCO). NAVCO is a unit
tasked with enhancing the Navy's brand image in
areas with limited exposure to the Navy.
NNS150824-02. U.S. Sailors in Korea Help
Children at Historic Home
Communication Specialist 1st Class Abraham
Essenmacher, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea
KOJE ISLAND, Republic of Korea
(NNS) -- Active duty and reserve Sailors stationed
in Korea continued a longstanding community
partnership by volunteering at the Aikwangwon Home
and School for the Physically and Mentally Disabled,
Aikwangwon, which means "the garden
of love and light," was founded during the Korean
War in 1952 and began with seven orphans. It has
transformed during the past six decades into a
complex that houses 240 resident children and adults
of all ages with disabilities, while providing
academic courses and learning opportunities.
"Our residents will remember all the joy, happiness
and laughter from today," said Woojung Lee,
executive director for Aikwangwon. "Even though you
may speak a different language, today is special to
the children because their Navy friends came to
The visit began with Aikwangwon
residents conducting several traditional
performances including a drum concert and vocal
choir recital. After the introductory event, the
volunteers were divided into four groups and paired
up with resident partners to play games, perform
arts and crafts, dance, and play music.
Operations Specialist 1st Class Gregory Ellzey, a
reserve Sailor temporarily in Korea in support of
the joint exercise Ulchi Freedom Guardian, said he
was honored to be a guest at Aikwangwon and hopes
this visit will have a lasting positive impact for
the children and their relationship with the Navy.
"I will remember this place and I hope the kids
remember our group, the Navy and know that we are a
good people," he added.
Commander, U.S. Naval
Forces Korea is the regional commander for the U.S.
Navy in the Republic of Korea and provides expertise
on naval matters to area military commanders,
including the commanders for the United Nations
Command, the Combined Forces Command, and Commander,
U.S. Forces Korea.
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NNS150822-05. Southern Partnership Station-Joint
High Speed Vessel 2015 (SPS-JHSV 15) Completes
Mission in Belize
By Mass Communication
Specialist 1st Class Kathleen A. Gorby
CREEK, Belize (NNS) -- U.S. Navy Diver and Explosive
Ordnance Disposal Technician training teams
completed their second stop of the SPS-JHSV 15
mission Aug. 21 in Big Creek, Belize as part of the
Adaptive Force Package (AFP) onboard USNS Spearhead
(JHSV 1), operated by the Military Sealift Command.
USNS Spearhead is deployed in support of
SPS-JHSV 15, a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored
deployment focusing on enhancing cooperative
partnerships with regional maritime services and
improving operational readiness for all
participating services. In addition, SPS-JHSV 15
provides the opportunity for U.S and partner nation
forces to operate in the multinational environment,
refine coordination, improve interoperability and
While ashore in
Belize, Navy Divers from Mobile Diving and Salvage
Company 3-1 from EODMU 3 and Explosive Ordnance
Disposal Technicians from Platoon 642, EODMU6
provided training and conducted subject matter
expert exchanges (SMEEs) with their counterparts to
increase partner nation's capabilities to counter
illicit trafficking and deal with explosive ordnance
Ensign Adam Pierce, AFP EOD
officer in charge from Platoon 642, EODMU6 said they
accomplished an incredible amount of work, fostering
shared interests and values in the short period of
"During our two and a half weeks
in Belize we were able to conduct five days of
demolition operations, including two days of an
ordnance disposal operation," said Pierce.
"This operation included the explosive disposal of
nine 81-mm mortar rounds, which were no longer
serviceable and provided a safety hazard to the
ammunition storage point in Hattieville.
Additionally, we conducted diving familiarization
training which directly improved the maritime safety
capabilities of Belize Coast Guard (BCG) and Belize
Defense Force (BDF)."
SPS-JHSV 15's mission
to the region exemplifies the U.S. Southern Command
and U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command commitment to
cooperative partnerships in the Caribbean, Central
and South America.
Master Diver and Senior
Chief Navy Diver Michael Hunt is the leading Chief
Petty Officer of Mobile Diving and Salvage Company
3-1 from EODMU 3, stationed in San Diego.
"The BDF and BCG are both extremely professional
military units and we were privileged to work with
them," said Hunt. "The culminating event of the
engagement was an afternoon luncheon at a local
nature preserve, which included an exchange of
personalized plaques. We look forward for the
opportunity to work with them in the future."
The AFP traveled to Honduras and is heading to
Guatemala and Colombia next.
Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet support
U.S. Southern Command's joint and combined military
operations by employing maritime forces in
cooperative maritime security operations to counter
illicit trafficking, enhance interoperability and
build enduring partnerships in order to enhance
regional security and promote peace, stability and
prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South
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NNS150822-04. Pearl Harbor Chief Selectees Put
Damage Control Skills to the Test During Challenge
By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jason
Submarine Force Pacific Fleet Public
PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- Chief petty
officer (CPO) selectees competed in a Damage Control
(DC) Challenge on the Pearl Harbor waterfront Aug.
20, sponsored by the Commander, Submarine Force,
U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMSUBPAC) Chief Petty Officers
The competition gave CPO selects
from local commands a chance to train and test their
knowledge and practical skills in a friendly
"This event was set up for the
newly selected chief petty officers to inspire
teamwork through casualty procedures and make sure
everyone is working together properly," said Chief
Machinist's Mate Corey Murphy of the Virginia-class
fast attack submarine USS North Carolina (SSN 777).
Murphy, a native of Buffalo, New York, judged
the teams participating in pipe patching drills.
Much of the focus was on safety procedures,
proficiency with different types of pipe patching
equipment and most importantly the ability to
communicate as a team, according to Murphy.
"They need to be able to work as a team, Murphy
said. "If they can't work as a team, there is no
task they can complete effectively."
Competition involved events such as Emergency
Medical Assist Teams, safety and rescue-carrying a
175-pound training mannequin, pipe-patching of
ruptured pipes with pressurized water spraying out,
setting up and running an electrical submersible
pump for dewatering, and numerous other firefighting
simulations with real equipment.
about teamwork," said Chief-select Electrician's
Mate Greg Rosenthal, a native of Tiverton, Rhode
Island, stationed aboard the Los Angeles-class fast
attack submarine USS Olympia (SSN 717). "We all have
different levels of experience and different
backgrounds," he said. "We all have to come together
and share our experiences and come out on top."
Sailors were outfitted with firefighting gear
and donned Scott air bottles in the 90-degree heat
to complete more than half of the challenges.
"My favorite part is getting sprayed with the
hose because it's really hot out," said Chief-select
Culinary Specialist Joe Nicholson, of Palm Bay,
Florida, who serves on the COMSUBPAC staff. "I would
rather do chief induction season in the winter."
Despite the high temperatures, the DC Challenge
provided Sailors with valuable training designed to
enhance their skills and abilities in performing
their missions at sea and ashore.
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Pacific Fleet, visit www.navy.mil/local/subpac/.
NNS150822-03. Ashland, 31st MEU to
Depart Saipan After Disaster Relief Efforts
By Joint Region Marianas Public Affairs
SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands (NNS) -- Federal
and local officials announced that the 31st Marine
Expeditionary Unit (MEU) embarked aboard the dock
landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) completed its
disaster relief mission in Saipan.
not only pleased with the results and the production
of water but also that [the service members] became
a part of our community for the last 2-3 weeks,"
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Lt.
Gov. Ralph Torres said. "We will miss you guys and
we would like to extend our sincere appreciation."
Torres and Federal Emergency Management Agency
Federal Coordinating Officer Steve DeBlasio thanked
the Navy-Marine Corps team for its hard work in a
joint press conference at the Garapan Fishing Base
on Saturday. The Marines have been providing water
and conducting debris clearance on Saipan since Aug.
9 following Typhoon Soudelor. Rear Adm. Bette
Bolivar, Commander Joint Region Marianas, and Lt.
Col. Eric Malinowski, 31st MEU Liaison, were in
attendance as well.
expedited immediate humanitarian relief," DeBlasio
said. "We appreciate the unique capabilities of the
The 31st MEU produced and
distributed more than 300,000 gallons of water
combined at five sites and more than 70,000 meals.
Marines and Ashland Sailors also helped clear debris
at local schools earlier last week. On Saturday
evening at the Garapan Fishing Base, they were still
filling water jugs as the Marines were preparing to
move back aboard Ashland.
The team was part
of a larger federal response that included the Army,
Air Force and Coast Guard, elements of which will
remain on Saipan for the longer recovery effort.
"It's been a joint effort," Bolivar said. "We
are proud and honored to have assisted our island
and to ease the suffering of its people in a time of
need. Our hearts go out to the resilient people of
Saipan and we thank you for opening your arms to
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NNS150822-02. USS Columbus Returns from
Southern Command Deployment
Communication Specialist 1st Class Steven Khor
PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- The Los Angeles-class fast
attack submarine USS Columbus (SSN 762) recently
returned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam following
a unique deployment to the south.
returned Aug. 11 to the submarine piers lined with
family and friends bidding a warm aloha welcome as
she returned from a deployment to the U.S. Naval
Forces Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) 4th Fleet area of
The crowd cheered and waved
signs, banners, and leis as the submarine came into
view in the harbor.
Columbus completed two
safe and efficient transits of the Panama Canal and
made the first-ever Los Angeles-class submarine
visit to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, according to the
submarine's commanding officer, Cmdr. Albert
Alarcon. He said the crew was outstanding and
productive throughout the deployment.
very proud of my shipmates," said Alarcon. "It has
been a pleasure to watch each of my Sailors grow
personally and professionally as they continuously
postured the Columbus team to reach a higher level
Columbus' executive officer,
Lt. Cmdr. Ryan Mewett from Plano, Texas, said the
crew was outstanding, maintaining a 96 percent
operations tempo over the deployment and
successfully completing both national and theater
According to Mewett,
submarines bring unmatched covert combat power to
the theater commander and are ready to execute a
broad set of missions, including intelligence,
surveillance and reconnaissance; anti-surface
warfare; anti-submarine warfare; strike warfare and
naval special warfare operations.
Pacific Fleet submarines have extensive experience
operating in the Western Pacific," said Mewett,
noting that Pacific Submarine Force units have not
frequented SOUTHCOM to nearly the same levels.
"We had more to learn and familiarize ourselves
as we operated in an unfamiliar area. Also, we
deployed for just three months rather than the
typical six months of a Western Pacific (WESTPAC)
In addition to gaining the
experience of operating at sea, the deployment
afforded Sailors the opportunity to work on
Over the course of the
deployment, 19 enlisted Sailors and one officer on
the crew became submarine qualified and are now able
to wear their respective submarine warfare insignia,
also known as "dolphins."
also qualified on new supervisory watch station
"Our junior crewmembers performed
well, aggressively pursuing submarine and watch
station qualifications and taking advantage of the
opportunity to gain operational experience," said
Many Columbus Sailors had favorite
moments during the deployment. Some were genuine
favorites while others were funny memories.
"Preparing the charts for the first submarine visit
to Guantanamo Bay in 21 years," said Electronics
Technician 2nd Class Reese Hand of Dallas, Texas.
Electronics Technician 3rd Class Brandon Heglie
from Post Falls, Idaho, said his favorite experience
was seeing various crewmembers earn their dolphins.
"Smoking a cigar on the bridge with Oahu in
sight on the last day of deployment," was
Philadelphia native Machinist's Mate 3rd Class
Kurtis Bradley's favorite moment.
Columbus is the 51st Los Angeles-class submarine and
the 12th improved version of the class, which
includes a vertical launch system for Tomahawk
cruise missiles and an improved hull design for
under-ice operations. In September 1994, the ship
conducted an inter-fleet transfer to Pearl Harbor,
Hawaii, and joined the U.S. Pacific Fleet Submarine
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NNS150821-36. USS Boise Holds Changes of Command
By Kevin Copeland, Commander, Submarine Force
Atlantic Public Affairs
NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) --
Cmdr. Chris Osborn relieved Cmdr. Scott Luers as
commanding officer of the Los Angeles-class attack
submarine USS Boise (SSN 764) during a ceremony held
onboard the submarine at Naval Station Norfolk, Aug.
A native of Westminster, Md., Luers
earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Ocean
Engineering from the Naval Academy in 1995, and a
Master's Degree in Engineering Management from Old
Dominion University in 2007.
"I am truly
proud of all that Boise has accomplished over the
past few years," said Luers. However, I can take
credit for very little. While much of what you'll
hear today centers around Cmdr. Osborn and me, the
truth, as any skipper worth his salt will tell you,
is that each and every accolade and recognition
received by the ship was the result of a stellar,
professional, enthusiastic crew of submarine
"Steaming over 33,000 miles during
our recent Central Command deployment, a distance
equivalent to circumnavigating the earth one and a
quarter times, these Sailors faced numerous
material, psychological and physical challenges and
overcame each to return safely home to our loved
ones. In doing so they sailed in four different
theaters of operation, conducting missions vital to
our national security in some of the most heavily
transited, shallow waters of the world, and executed
numerous port visits and goodwill events. Each of
these told friend and foe alike, in no uncertain
terms, that the United States was present and
accounted for, and knowledge of our professionalism
added a high degree of uncertainty to their
calculations. All the while we operated, far from
friendly ports, these Sailors kept their 23-year-old
ship running smoothly."
Luers assumed command
of Boise, Feb. 22, 2013, as the submarine's 10th
commanding officer. Under his command, the submarine
completed a deployment to the Central Command Area
of Responsibility, Jan. 16, 2015, where the crew
executed four missions vital to national and global
security. The submarine was also awarded the 2014
Commander, Submarine Squadron Six Battle Efficiency
"Crew of Boise, I am honored and
humbled to have been your commanding officer," said
Luers. "I consider you true shipmates, and look
forward to our paths crossing again, as they
inevitably will. Congratulations on everything you
have accomplished. Keep up the great work that I
have witnessed every day, defending our nation while
serving onboard this amazing submarine as a Bronco.
Chris, it is now your turn. You bring an impeccable
record to BOISE and, based on my short 30 day
observation, are a slam-dunk to take Boise into the
next chapter in her history. Congratulations!"
Luers' next duty will be as the operations
officer in the Operations and Special Operations
Directorate at SUBLANT. Capt. Paul Snodgrass,
Commander, Submarine Squadron Six and immediate
superior in the chain of command, presented Luers
with his second Meritorious Service Medal.
Brian O'Neill, Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic's
(SUBLANT) deputy operations and special operations
officer, and retired U.S. Navy captain who was Luers
commanding officer onboard the Los Angeles-class
attack submarine USS Albany (753), was the guest
"Boise is a superbly designed and
constructed submarine," said O'Neill. "It is the
finest most sophisticated warship ever built;
encompassing the most advanced technologies man has
developed. They are a tribute to human ingenuity,
genius and craftsmanship. But the key element is
really the men who serve aboard this magnificent
ship, the fine crew of USS Boise. You joined the
world's finest navy and then signed up for one of
the most respected fraternal organizations in the
history of naval warfare - the United States
Submarine Service. You represent the top 4% of the
U. S. Navy. Hold your heads high and be proud of
"Submariners work hard and
they must be an opportunity for to have fun, but it
isn't all fun. The goal is always mission
accomplishment and Scott and the entire Boise team
have been doing just that. Under Scott's leadership,
Boise successfully completed four nationally-tasked
missions in four different areas of responsibility.
Those missions are the cool ones we can't talk
about. The Boise team did a fantastic job, in fact,
they were the first boat in the history of the
submarine force to accomplish some portions of the
mission. Scott is a superb example of patriotism,
leadership, sacrifice and dedication to duty.
"Chris, congratulations on being selected to
relieve on Boise. You stand on the threshold of an
adventure. Please embrace your tour and be sure to
share the magic and sense of adventure with your
entire crew. I envy you."
duty assignment was the Submarine Readiness and
Military Construction Officer at SUBLANT. A native
of Freeland, Mich., he enlisted in the Navy in 1990
as a nuclear-trained Electrician's Mate. Selected
for the Nuclear Enlisted Commissioning Program, he
earned his Bachelors of Science Degree (Summa Cum
Laude) in Mechanical Engineering from Auburn
University. He received his commission through the
Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Fla., in
He earned his Masters of
Science in Operations Research from the Naval
Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. His thesis
on the at-sea effects of an alternate watch standing
schedule for U.S. submariners garnered an Excellence
in Undersea Warfare Technology award from the Naval
Undersea Warfare Center.
"I would like to
thank the mighty crew and exceptional families of
the USS Boise," said Osborn. "I cannot express
enough how blessed, privileged, and excited I am to
be your commanding officer. Your team spirit and
esprit-de-corps is unlike any other, and I look
forward to continuing with you Boise's long legacy
of excellence. I know many of you have worked very
hard taking this fine warship thousands of miles
from friendly shores on your recent deployment, and
through your untiring efforts, have been able to
share in many successes. Together, we will prepare
Boise to execute a full range of war fighting
capability in her next decade of service. Our
mission will be challenging, but I know of no better
crew who is up to the task. I cannot wait to tackle
the challenges that lay ahead for us."
Dignitaries attended the ceremony were former
Secretary of the Interior, U.S. Idaho Senator, and
Idaho Governor Dirk Kempthorne; Boise Councilwoman
Elaine Clegg; retired Vice Adm. Al Konetzi; and Tom
Killingsworth, Chairman of Boise Commissioning
Fast-attack submarines like USS
Boise 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 to
intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance to
projecting power ashore with Special Operation
Forces and Tomahawk cruise missiles in the
prevention or preparation of regional crises.
Boise was built by Newport News Shipbuilding and
commissioned November 7, 1992. The 360-foot
submarine is the second naval ship to be named in
honor of the city of Boise.
NNS150821-32. NAVAIR Commander Rallies FRCSE Team
By Kaylee LaRocque, Fleet Readiness Center
Southeast Public Affairs
(NNS) -- Commander, Naval Air Systems Command Vice
Adm. David Dunaway visited Fleet Readiness Center
Southeast (FRCSE), the largest tenant command on
Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Aug. 12 to thank
depot employees for their dedicated service to the
Hundreds of FRCSE employees turned out
for several all-hands calls to hear the admiral
speak about the future of fleet aviation, the
important role the military depot plays in keeping
aging legacy aircraft flying, budget issues and
"We are in a time where we
have to recapitalize our equipment and that is where
you play a huge role," said Dunaway, while
addressing FRCSE workers at Vertical Lift Hangar
124. "We've had an incredible asset [aircraft]
utilization rate to complete our military taskings.
When you look at how much our aviators are flying
the H-60s, trainers, P-3Cs, P-8As and F/A-18s, it's
much more than was ever predicted. We are flying
aircraft well beyond their service life and that is
where you all come in."
continued, "We are entering an era of sustainment
and modernization. I think you will see a lot more
of this effort in the future. It's unheard of to
take a fighter aircraft built to fly 6,000 hours and
increase that capability to 10,000 hours, but you're
doing it. It's unheard of to fly a P-3C for 50
years, but you're making this happen. I think you'll
see the T-44 and T-6, H-60 for a very long time and
what you do is critical to keeping them flying. I'm
extremely proud of all your hard work at this
Dunaway echoed his remarks while
meeting with FRCSE employees at the Crinkley Engine
Facility, engineering and logistics courtyard and
F/A-18 production line.
"I have never seen a
world in more turmoil than what we are looking at
right now and the U.S. is always the first to
respond to world events," said Dunaway. "This puts
us in a position where we have to manage our assets
correctly. We have to keep our squadrons manned with
capable aircraft. We have to be much more
predictable and precise in the delivery of our
aircraft and that is what is driving some of the new
processes you are seeing here like CCPM [Critical
Chain Project Management.] I encourage you to
embrace this process because it really makes a
difference on how aircraft are repaired."
The admiral also briefly toured the P-3C, Industrial
Manufacturing and the F/A-18 Line. "I think additive
manufacturing will greatly impact the mission and
FRCSE will be a frontrunner in this area," he said.
"As soon as we are capable of creating airworthy
metal parts on a 3D printer, we will revolutionize
the utilization and sustainment of our platforms."
In front of a large gathering of employees at
the F/A-18 line, Dunaway praised the team and
encouraged them to keep up the good work. "You are
making a difference in keeping these aircraft
flying," he said. "The demand for more production at
the depot level is going up and you will continue to
push out more products. You are a premiere
organization and I'm very proud of the work that
Dunaway also met with FRCSE
Sailors to thank them for their service and answer
questions. Some topics included detailing issues,
rating changes and what he is most proud of during
his tenure as NAVAIR's commander.
"I am most
proud of implementing integrated warfighting
capability which is essential to mission success,"
he stated. "This new concept modernizes engineering
processes by incorporating the design, development,
acquisition, test and sustainment of NAVAIR
platforms. With increased demands for assets in the
fleet and decreasing budgets, this is our future."
For more news from Fleet Readiness
Center Southeast, visit www.navy.mil/local/FRSE/.
NNS150821-30. Navy Entomologists
Visit Keys To Test Mosquito Control Technology
By Jolene Scholl
NAS Key West Public Affairs
KEY WEST, Fla. (NNS) -- With the support of the
local mosquito control agency, Navy scientists are
using a hand-held fogger at the Stock Island fishing
docks to test a method of controlling mosquitos that
If successful, the technique
could be used to protect warfighters detached to
subtropical and tropical areas worldwide.
project's overall purpose is to determine if the
fogging method is efficient and effective in
controlling the larvae of disease-carrying insects.
This particular experiment is targeting the
Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is a carrier of dengue
Scientists from the Navy Entomology Center
of Excellence in Jacksonville, Florida, chose Key
West as its testing site because of an outbreak of
dengue fever in 2009; it was the first report of
locally acquired cases in 50 years.
dengue transmission reoccurred in 2010 and cases are
now being reported in Palm Beach, Martin,
Hillsborough, Osceola and Seminole counties.
If the experiment proves to be successful, the
military could use the hand-held thermal fogger to
disperse larvicides in difficult terrain in tropical
The new method would also lower the
risks associated with applying pesticides.
The Aedes aegypti seeks clean, fresh water - like
rain water - to lay its eggs, preferably in tiny,
hard-to-reach sites. The Stock Island fishing docks
have a plethora of hidden water pockets; a teaspoon
of water is enough for breeding.
fogging technique) is great for broad areas but
still concentrated enough that we don't need aerial
application," said Catherine Pruszynski, research
biologist with Florida Keys Mosquito Control
District, which is collaborating with NECE. "It gets
into the small cracks and crevices where inspectors
can't reach," she added.
technology itself isn't new, noted NECE Medical
Entomologist James Cilek, who is leading the
Foggers were used to spread
pesticides in the 1940s, but the fog was
petroleum-based and required a lot of fuel, which
made it too expensive to use, he said. The process
was revived in the 1970s but the fog was still
petroleum-based, although it did use far less fuel.
The thermal fogger is primarily used for adult
mosquitos, "we're seeing if we can use that same
technology for larviciding," Cilek said.
NECE experiment uses water-based larvicides,
creating a fine mist that is safe to people, animals
and other insects.
The testing, which was in
its third local trial this week, involves three
separate days of testing. The first establishes a
control and the second and third test the
effectiveness of two different larvicides, according
to NECE Assistant Department Head Lt. Akiyo Arimoto.
Collection cups are placed in cryptic areas
around the docks and collected after the fogging and
then taken to the FKMCD lab. A set number of larvae
are added, along with water, to the cups. The cups
are checked 24 hours later and the number of
surviving larvae is counted.
"So far, it's
proved to be promising," Cilek said. "We are getting
completing control of the larvae."
detachments in tropical areas, the hand-held fogger
and water-based larvicides could lead to a win on
the war with disease-carrying insects.
more news from Naval Air Station Key West, visit
NNS150821-27. Surface Line Week 2015 Concludes in
By Mass Communication Specialist
2nd Class Phil Ladouceur, Naval Surface Force, U.S.
Pacific Fleet Public Affairs
San Diego (NNS)
-- The 34th annual Surface Line Week (SLW) in San
Diego came to an end with the presentation of
overall awards during closing ceremonies at Naval
Base San Diego, Aug. 21.
Vice Adm. Tom
Rowden, commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific
Fleet, thanked all the commands who participated
before handing out trophies to winners.
think it's important from time to time that we just
take a step back to take a breath, enjoy each
other's company, have some friendly competition and
have the opportunity to share some sea stories
around the waterfront," said Rowden.
on to thank all those involved with organizing the
event, and also those who participated, noting that
their day-to-day efforts at their commands do not go
"I know that you all work very
hard every single day on your ships and at your
commands, and I sincerely appreciate it," he said.
SLW is an annual competitive event that allows
San Diego military commands and service members the
opportunity to showcase their athletic and
professional talents in a variety of
there were 32 total events and 32 commands that
participated. USS San Diego (LPD 22) was the overall
first place winner, with USS Comstock (LSD 45)
finishing in second place, and USS Cowpens (CG 63)
coming in third.
In the large command
category, USS San Diego (LPD 22) took first place,
USS Comstock (LSD 45) placed second, and USS Makin
Island (LHD 8) finished in third place.
the medium command category, USS Cowpens (CG 63)
took first place, USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) placed
second, and USS Lake Erie (CG 70) finished in third
In the small command category,
Littoral Combat Ship Squadron (LCSRON) 1 captured
first place honors, Navy Region Southwest Transient
Personnel Unit was awarded second place, and Beach
Master Unit (BMU) 1 finished in third place.
This year's athletic events included a 5K run,
basketball, billiards, bowling, dodgeball, flag
football, softball, golf, push-up/pull-up endurance,
functional fitness and soccer. There was also a
chili and salsa cook-off on the final day of
SLW professional events for 2015
included a damage control marathon, marksmanship,
medical diagnosis/stretcher bearer race, photo
competition, rescue swimmer, sailing, seamanship,
ship handling, welding/cutting, lathe and visual
"I think SLW was a success,"
said Lt. Jochelle Schatz, this year's SLW
coordinator. "Every year it seems like it's growing
Nearly 300 games were played
throughout the week, including 38 football games, 39
basketball games, 26 dodgeball games, 27 racquet
ball matches, 30 soccer matches, 37 softball games,
27 tennis matches, and 44 volleyball matches. In
addition, there were more than 400 rounds of golf.
Schatz was happy to see the level of involvement
from commands, from Seaman to Captain.
was great seeing commanding officers and leadership
from commands, out supporting their teams," said
Schatz was happy to see the
camaraderie that built between different commands
despite all the competition.
commands throughout this whole event build
friendships with one another, encourage each other
throughout the competitions, and cheering each other
on. It was a nice surprise to observe that," she
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NNS150821-25. Inaugural Issue of Advanced
Warfighting Journal Launched
Warfare Development Command
(NNS) -- The Navy Warfare Development Command
announced the launch of the Advanced Warfighting
Journal (AWJ). The AWJ is a classified, quarterly
theme-based electronic periodical featuring
warfighting development articles from subject matter
experts from across the Navy.
The AWJ is
intended to stimulate tactical warfighting
conversations in ready rooms and wardrooms, inform
readers about emerging capabilities, and connect
them to Navy doctrine and tactics, techniques and
The inaugural AWJ focuses on a
key CNO initiative: Electromagnetic Maneuver
Warfare. AWJ is posted on the NWDC Navy Warfighting
Individuals can request access by going to the NWDC
SIPR SharePoint Portal:
Navy integrated fires is the theme for the Fall 2015
AWJ which will feature articles on efforts enabling
our kill chain in the anti-access area denial
environment while disrupting adversary capabilities.
Submissions are due Sept. 25, 2015 to
NWDC_NRFK_AWJ@navy.smil.mil. Content is classified
up to secret-noforn.
Contact Grant Sattler,
NWDC N3 Outreach, for questions about submissions:
For more news from Navy
Warfare Development Command, visit
NNS150821-24. Underwater Energy Transfer to Expand
By Nicholas Malay, NSWCCD
BETHESDA, Md. (NNS) -- The
Navy is developing ways to recharge underwater
unmanned vehicles (UUVs) using undersea wireless
The Navy uses UUVs for many
types of missions, including the location and
identification of underwater threats such as mines,
ocean floor mapping, and optimizing remote sensing
platforms. The ability to use wireless technology to
charge UUV batteries while underwater may
significantly decrease time between missions,
improving overall utility.
and energy transfer are expected to multiply the
effectiveness of Navy-operated UUVs and other
unmanned platforms by providing a vehicle-agnostic
method for autonomous underwater energy charging,"
said Alex Askari, Naval Surface Warfare Center,
Carderock Division (NSWCCD) technical lead. This
technology can be used on many different types of
NSWCCD supported Naval Undersea
Warfare Center, Division Newport (NUWC DIVNPT) in
demonstrating this capability during the first-ever
Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX), Aug. 10-14 at the
Stillwater Basin Test facility in Newport, Rhode
Island. ANTX is a weeklong showcase of Undersea
Constellation technology from NUWC DIVNPT, and Space
and Naval Warfare Systems Command SPAWAR Systems
Center Pacific (SSC PAC).
executed a successful underwater wireless energy
transfer demonstration in a 6,000 gallon tank at its
West Bethesda, Maryland facility, June 29-July 3.
These concepts of wireless underwater energy
transfer, such as Forward Deployed Energy and
Forward Deployed Energy and Communications Outpost
(FDECO), were born in NSWCCD's Disruptive
"We want to recharge a
battery underwater through wireless technology, and
we want to know the batteries charge to the highest
fidelity," Mayer Nelson, NSWCCD technical project
manager said. The NSWCCD demonstration was a
collaborative effort as Carderock hosted teams from
NUWC DIVNPT and SSC PAC.
"The NUWC team was
on-hand to simulate the full capabilities of the
NUWC-developed Mid-sized Autonomous Research Vehicle
(MARV) UUV, as well as to provide assistance with
testing," Joseph Curran, NSWCCD integration lead
The MARV is 16.5 feet long and just
slightly more than one foot in diameter for testing
different UUV programs and technologies.
Carderock Division's developed technology enables
power transmission between underwater systems, such
as UUVs. During the main demonstration on July 3,
the team was successful in transferring power
wirelessly from an underwater docking station to a
MARV UUV section, and ultimately to the UUV's
battery, which was charged at 2 kilowatts while
submerged, according to Nelson.
State of Charge (SOC) program developed by Dr.
Michael Knauff, a Naval Ship Systems Engineering
Station (NAVSSES) in Philadelphia electrical
engineer was integrated by Crystal Lutkenhouse, a
NSWCCD mechanical engineer.
"We tested a
Carderock-developed algorithm and pulled in data
from the actual battery; then ran voltage, current
and temperature data through the data acquisition
system," Knauff said.
energy transfer, this program was run using data
that had been transferred wirelessly underwater
using SSC PAC's underwater optical communications
system and allowed an enhanced estimation of the
charge on the battery through the SOC program.
For more news from Naval Sea Systems
Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/navsea/.
NNS150821-23. Boot Camp Graduates First
to Earn Recruit Honor Graduate Ribbon
Brian Walsh, Recruit Training Command Public Affairs
GREAT LAKES, Ill., (August 21, 2015) (NNS) --
The first 15 recruits were awarded the new Recruit
Honor Graduate Ribbon during their Pass-In-Review
(PIR) rehearsal in the Midway Ceremonial Drill Hall
at Recruit Training Command (RTC), Aug. 20.
The Honorable Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus
approved the award to recognize initial accession
enlisted personnel who demonstrate superior
performance throughout basic military training in
the areas of academics, physical readiness, recruit
leadership, and commitment to the Navy Core Values.
"RTC recognizes multiple top performing recruits
at graduation, but now the recognition is outwardly
visible on an honoree's uniform," said Rear Adm.
Stephen Evans, commander of Navy Service Training
Command (NSTC), who oversees the Navy's only boot
camp. "Wearing the Honor Grad Ribbon will be a
visible sign to peers and superiors at the
recipient's future duty stations that the member
demonstrated extraordinary excellence and leadership
potential during basic military training and is
capable of accelerated and increased leadership
positions within the Fleet."
earning the ribbon will be authorized to wear it
during their PIR graduation ceremony. No more than
three percent of graduates from each training group
will be designated as Honor Graduates.
ribbon is given to recruits who excel in every
aspect of their training at RTC," said Chief Navy
Counselor Tongela Freeman, a recruit division
commander at RTC. "Their commitment and performance
motivates their shipmates within the division to
succeed. These recruits are typically the ones that
will take time from their training to help others
and are key in bringing the division together to
work as a team."
Seaman Recruit (SR) Joseph
Agbingpadua entered boot camp on June 28 and was one
of the 15 recruits who were the first recipients of
the Recruit Honor Graduate Ribbon. According to
Agbingpadua, it was an honor to be selected among
his shipmates receiving the ribbon.
special to me to think that in the 239 years of the
Navy's existence, I'm the first to receive the award
out of boot camp," said Agbingpadua. "Through the
past eight weeks, my philosophy has been 'Good,
better, and best; never rest until your good is
better and your better is best.' I wouldn't have
received this award if it wasn't for the leadership
from my RDCs and the support from my shipmates in my
In addition to Agbingpadua, the
other new Sailors awarded the ribbon include: SR
Jamie Murray, SR Matthew Jones, SR Brittany Walker,
SR Renata Choi, SR Carlin Hatcher, SR Richard
Cassube III, SR Stephen McGahey, SR Allison
Revera-Medina, SR Garrett Firestone, SR Jeremy
Cryer, SR Hunter Morrow, SR Bethany Vikowski, SR
Timothy Seybold, and SR James Bell III.
is primarily responsible for conducting the initial
Navy orientation and training of new recruits. The
command is commonly referred to as "boot camp" or
Boot camp is
approximately eight weeks, and all enlistees into
the United States Navy begin their careers at the
command. Training includes physical fitness,
seamanship, firearms familiarization, firefighting
and shipboard damage control, lessons in Navy
heritage and core values, teamwork and discipline.
RTC Great Lakes is the Navy's only basic
training location, and is known as the "Quarterdeck
of the Navy." Today, approximately 38,000 recruits
graduate annually from RTC and begin their Navy
Rear Adm. Evans and his NSTC staff
are headquartered in Building 1; the historic clock
tower building on Naval Station Great Lakes. NSTC
oversees 98 percent of initial officer and enlisted
accessions training for the Navy.
oversees the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps
(NROTC) at more than 160 colleges and universities,
Officer Training Command at Naval Station Newport,
Rhode Island, and Navy Junior Reserve Officers
Training Corps (NJROTC) and Navy National Defense
Cadet Corps (NNDCC) citizenship development programs
at more than 600 high schools worldwide.
For more news from Naval Service Training Command,
NNS150821-22. USS Barry CO and CMC Relieved
From Commander Naval Surface Force Atlantic
NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- The commanding officer and
command master chief of USS Barry (DDG 52) based at
Naval Station Norfolk, Va. were relieved of their
duties today by Commander, Destroyer 26, Capt. Brian
Cmdr. Patrick Foster was relieved of
his duties by Fort due to loss of confidence in his
ability to command following an on-going
investigation into a series of decisions over time
reflecting poor judgment, failure to meet and uphold
the highest personal and professional standards, and
poor program management.
Chief Torrence Kelly was temporarily reassigned by
Fort due to substandard performance over time.
Cmdr. Zoah Scheneman, Deputy Commander,
Destroyer Squadron 26, temporarily assumed command.
The new command master chief is in the process of
Foster assumed command of
USS Barry (DDG 52) in April 2014 and has been
reassigned to Commander, Naval Surface Force,
Kelly has served as Barry's
command master chief since March 2015. He has been
temporarily reassigned to Commander, Naval Surface
USS Albuquerque Returns from Final Deployment
By Commander, Submarine Squadron 11 Public
NAVAL BASE POINT LOMA, Calif. (NNS)
-- The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS
Albuquerque (SSN 706) returned to its homeport Aug.
21 following its final regularly-scheduled
Albuquerque, under the command of
Cmdr. Trent Hesslink, returned from the U.S. 5th
Fleet area of responsibility where the crew executed
the Chief of Naval Operations' Maritime Strategy in
supporting national security interests and maritime
"This crew did an
absolutely amazing job," said Hesslink. "We trained
well, left at the top of our game, and to close out
Albuquerque's service life with such a successful
deployment, I couldn't ask for more."
Albuquerque left its homeport of San Diego on Feb. 6
and steamed more than 50,000 nautical miles during
the deployment. Port visits were conducted in
Stirling, Australia; Duqm, Oman; and Diego Garcia.
For one Albuquerque Sailor, this final
deployment was bittersweet.
"I've been aboard
for four years and to know this is it, it's tough to
imagine this boat no longer being at sea," said
Electronics Technician Petty Officer 1st Class Derek
Warren. "I have a lot of memories on this boat, and
I will certainly miss it."
In its more than
32-year career, Albuquerque deployed more than 15
times, steamed more than 500,000 miles, and visited
nearly 20 countries. Albuquerque was also one of the
first nuclear submarines to experience combat,
gaining the moniker of "Sure Shooter of the
Albuquerque is scheduled to
transit to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, in Bremerton,
Washington, later this year for its inactivation and
Albuquerque was commissioned
May 21, 1983. Measuring more than 360 feet long and
displacing more than 6,900 tons, Albuquerque has a
crew of approximately 140 Sailors. Albuquerque is
capable of supporting various missions, including
anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare,
strike warfare, and intelligence, surveillance and
For more information about
Commander, Submarine Squadron 11, visit
www.css11.navy.mil or www.facebook.com/COMSUBRON11.
For more news from Commander, Submarine
Squadron 11, visit www.navy.mil/local/css11/.
NNS020718-36. This Day in Naval History
- Aug. 24
From Naval History and Heritage
Command, Communication and Outreach Division
1814 - During the War of 1812, the British invade
Md. and burn Washington, D.C. and the Navy Yard.
1862 - During the Civil War, Capt. Raphael
Semmes takes command of CSS Alabama at sea off the
island of Terceira, Azores, beginning his career of
raiding American commerce.
1912 - The
collier, USS Jupiter, is launched. The vessel is the
first electrically-propelled Navy ship. She is
renamed USS Langley in April 1920 with the
designation of aircraft carrier CV-1 and a few
months later becomes the Navys first aircraft
carrier in March 1922 following conversion.
1942 - Task Force 61, commanded by Vice Adm. Frank
J. Fletcher, engages the Japanese First Carrier
Division, Third Fleet, commanded by Vice Adm. Nagumo
Chuchi, during Battle of Eastern Solomons. Planes
from Japanese carrier, Ryujo, bomb U.S. positions on
Lunga Point but SBDs from VB-3 and TBFs from VT-8
off carrier USS Saratoga (CV 3) sink Ryujo.
Additionally, USS Enterprise (CV 6) is damaged by
carrier bombers from Japanese carrier, Shokaku. As a
result of this battle, the Japanese recall the
expedition to recapture Guadalcanal.
TBF aircraft from USS Core (CVE 13) sinks the German
submarine (U 185) southwest of the Azores.
1992 - USS Essex (LHD 2) is commissioned without
ceremony from Pascagoula, Miss., in order to take
part in an emergency sortie to avoid Hurricane
Andrew. After transiting through the Panama Canal,
USS Essex is officially commissioned Oct. 17 at
Naval Air Station, North Island, San Diego.
NNS150825-09. Seawolf Completes Six-Month Arctic
By Mass Communication Specialist
2nd Class Amanda R. Gray, Commander, Submarine Group
9 Public Affairs
BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) --
The fast-attack submarine USS Seawolf (SSN 21)
returned to its homeport of Naval Base
Kitsap-Bremerton Aug. 21, following a six-month
During the deployment, Seawolf
conducted routine submarine operations, which
included scheduled under-ice transits and under-ice
"The crew performed superbly on
multiple operations in the 6th Fleet area of
responsibility," said Cmdr. Jeff Bierley, Seawolf's
commanding officer, from Birmingham, Alabama. "We
conducted two polar transits, including a routine
surfacing at the North Pole. Operations under the
Arctic are part of the Navy's continued commitment
to maintain access to all international seas, and
Seawolf was just part of that commitment."
The Navy has been operating in the Arctic for
decades and it is expected that presence
requirements will likely increase as maritime
traffic in the region increases. Ships like Seawolf
support the Arctic national strategy by developing
capabilities, increasing maritime awareness and
"Seawolf did an
exceptional job; they had an accelerated fleet
readiness training period so they were really pushed
to get all of their preparations, training and
certifications done before deployment, including
preparations for the very challenging Arctic
transit," said Capt. Douglas Perry, commander,
Submarine Development Squadron 5, from Alexandria,
Virginia. "Arctic transits are important, not just
for us to be able to keep our fleet assets around
the globe, but it also give us an opportunity to
maintain undersea dominance of the Arctic spaces, an
area that is very challenging and is changing
This was the first deployment
for many of the Sailors aboard Seawolf, awarding
them the unique experience of visiting the North
"It was a very interesting deployment
full of mixed emotions and the unexpected," said
Yeoman 3rd Class Felipe Aparicio, from Los Angeles.
"Surfacing at the North Pole was awesome. As you
push through the surface it takes your breath away.
You feel the ice hit the hull of the boat and you
hear thumping back and forth all around you; then it
just stops. It was a memorable experience. We got
out of the boat, and the best way to describe the
North Pole is that it's a cold, snowy desert."
These polar transits and the surfacing of
submarines demonstrate the U.S. Navy's commitment to
assure access to all international waters. USS
Nautilus (SSN 571) was the first submarine to
complete a submerged polar transit.
very happy to be home to the Pacific Northwest, and
we are eager to spend time with our family and
friends," said Bierley.
July 19, 1997, is the first of the Navy's three
Seawolf-class submarines. The Seawolf is
significantly quieter than any Los Angeles-class
submarine. It is also faster, has more torpedoes
tubes and can carry up to 50 torpedoes or missiles,
or 100 mines.
All of the Seawolf-class
submarines are homeported in the Pacific Northwest -
USS Connecticut (SSN 22) and Seawolf at Bremerton,
Washington, and USS Jimmy Carter (SSN 23) at Naval
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NNS150825-20. NOSC Detroit Sailors Participate in
Navy Reserve Centennial 5K Run
Communication Specialist 1st Class David Wyscaver,
NOSC Detroit Public Affairs
NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Mich. (NNS) -- Reserve Sailors
assigned to Navy Operational Support Center Detroit,
family members and local U.S. Navy Sea Cadets
participated in a 5K run at Selfridge Air National
Guard Base Aug. 23 to commemorate the Navy Reserve
"I was very pleased with the
amount of participation and happy to see so many
people proud to celebrate the 100th anniversary of
the Navy Reserves," added Lt. Michael Cullen,
executive officer of NOSC Detroit.
brought together more than 150 reservists and
members of the U.S. Sea Cadet Corps Tomcat Squadron
to emphasize the importance of the Navy Reserve
Centennial while helping to promote fitness in a fun
"The Navy Centennial 5K run was a
great opportunity to boost camaraderie amongst NOSC
Detroit Sailors while highlighting the rich
tradition of the Navy Reserves," said Senior Chief
Yeoman Amy Kelly, NOSC Detroit command senior chief.
It was truly heartwarming to see Sailors
support one another throughout the entire event,
said Kelly. The cheers and encouragement really
showcased the teamwork, dedication and loyalty
Sailors at the NOSC have for one another.
promote some friendly competition, participants with
the best finish time in each of the five age
categories received a plaque highlighting the
achievement. The participants were organized in the
following subgroups: children ages 14 and under,
male and female ages 15-34, and male and female ages
35 and older.
"I thought it was an awesome
event," said Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Alexander
Estrada, 5K participant, Operational Support Unit
1301 NOSC Detroit. "It was very well organized and
commemorated the history of the Navy Reserves both
past and present.
The event also included a
roving medical support staff, hydration stations
throughout the course, nutritious snacks, and each
participant received a personal finish time with the
help of volunteers from a local running
NOSC Detroit is one of 123
Navy Operational Support Centers fleet-wide that
will be celebrating 100 years of Navy Reserve
service this year.
The mission of NOSC
Detroit is to generate mobilization readiness by
providing administrative services, training support,
and world class customer service to Reserve
personnel in support of surge and operational
requirements for the Navy and Marine Corps team, and
The command includes 23 staff
members, both officers and civilians, 18 full-time
supports and active-duty Sailors as well as
approximately 550 selected reserve Sailors assigned
to 20 different units.
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NNS150825-19. CPO Selectees Attend WAVES Training
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class
Patrick Maher, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs
NORFOLK (NNS) -- Chief petty officers and chief
petty officer selectees assigned to the Nimitz-class
aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) joined
hundreds of other chiefs and selectees from the
Hampton Roads area during a heritage event held at
the USS Wisconsin (BB 64) and Nauticus museum in
Norfolk, Virginia, Aug. 18.
event, the selectees discussed many topics,
including the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency
Service, or WAVES program, which was established in
August 1942. Throughout World War II women
contributed to the war effort in various fields of
endeavor. Their numerous contributions proved to be
a vital asset to winning the war as well as proving
that mixed-gender forces could be successful.
The training was led by Jo-Anne Teel, a member
of Military Women of Tidewater and April Maletz,
assistant director and Honor Flight Historic
Triangle Virginia, who are both Navy veterans.
"I love sharing Navy, WAVES and chief history,"
Maletz said. "We have to share what we have; our
history doesn't do anyone any good rotting away on a
These two women having been
conducting this training for the chief petty officer
selectees for the past two years and know how
important it is for these soon-to-be chief petty
"I feel it is very important for
the selectees to realize the history of women in the
Navy," Teel said. "Females have come such a long way
since I enlisted in the early 70s, and I feel it
will help them in appreciating their Sailors and
guiding them on the right path for each one. You
can't know where you are going if you don't
understand where you came from."
They are not
the only ones who recognize the importance of the
training; the selectees learned a lot that day as
"Events like these are good for us
because not only do we get a chance to see how
strong the chief's mess is but we learn valuable
information," said Chief (Select) Personnel
Specialist Derrick Washington, a Sailor assigned to
Lincoln. "WAVES is a real important part of the
Navy's history. It gave women a chance to serve
At the end of these events,
it is important that each selectee walks away with
something they didn't know before the event began.
"It is a great honor to know that Sailors of
today are interested in knowing where they came
from," Teel said. "Congratulations to all the
selectees. Take everything you have learned and be
the chief to the best of your abilities."
Abraham Lincoln is the fifth ship of the
Nimitz-class to undergo a refueling and complex
overhaul (RCOH), a major life-cycle milestone. Once
RCOH is 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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NNS150825-13. NCMS Holds Change of Command
From NCMS Public Affairs
ANDREWS, Md. (NNS) -- Cmdr. James A. LeCounte
relieved Cmdr. J. Steve Correia as commanding
officer of Naval Communications Security Material
System (NCMS) during a change of command ceremony at
Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, Aug. 21.
Correia commented that his greatest accomplishment
was "forging a culture of teamwork between the
military and civilian personnel at NCMS while
accomplishing the mission." He will now transfer to
the Pentagon to serve as Cyber Division action
officer for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of
LeCounte had served as assistant
chief of staff and chief information officer at U.S.
Naval Forces Japan in Yokosuka, Japan, since January
2014. His previous tours include USS Osprey (MHC
51), USS Saipan (LHA 2), Navy Personnel Command,
Joint Command Information Systems Activity Korea,
Destroyer Squadron 28 in Norfolk, Naval Computer and
Telecommunications Station Guam, and C4I in Strike
Group 5 in Yokosuka, Japan.
"Being in command
you can make great changes in an organization and
its people's lives and careers," said LeCounte.
"It's a rare opportunity and I relish the experience
I will gain along the way working in a command so
representative of the diversity in our Navy."
LeCounte graduated from Savannah State
University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in
Mathematics. He received his commission through the
Savannah State Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps
program. In 2003, he received his Master of Science
in information systems technology management at the
Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, California.
NCMS administers the Department of the Navy
Communications Security (COMSEC) program and serves
as the central office of records for accounts and
COMSEC material throughout Navy, Marine Corps, Coast
Guard, Military Sealift Command and the national
COMSEC community. The command provides leadership,
guidance and support to the Navy's information
assurance program as the Navy's leading authority on
public key infrastructure for unclassified and
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NNS150825-12. NWS Yorktown Serves Up Ordnance and
Training for Military
By Mark O. Piggott,
Naval Weapons Station Yorktown Public Affairs
YORKTOWN, Va (NNS) -- Naval Weapons Station
(WPNSTA) Yorktown is known for providing "Ordnance
on Target" to the warfighters, but the 15,000-acre
facility plays another important role in today's
military. With more than 19 training zones, two
small arms ranges, an explosive ordnance disposal
(EOD) range, and two helicopter landing pads, WPNSTA
Yorktown is prime real estate for training of the
In 2014, 55 military units and
civilian government agencies conducted more than
67,000 man-hours of training. Jerry Griffin, range
training officer at WPNSTA Yorktown, explained that
the installation offers unique opportunities for
military commands needing specific types of
training. "We have training sites that are unique to
Hampton Roads and that's bringing people up here,"
One of the recent additions
to the installation's training capabilities is the
renewed level of use at one of two helicopter
landing pads, LZ Mason and LZ Pinto, at WPNSTA
Yorktown. According to Griffin, helicopter squadrons
are always looking for new venues. They operate at
the LZ's for "touch and go" training while Marine
Corps Security Force Regiment (MCSFR), a tenant
command at WPNSTA Yorktown, has increasingly used
the helo-pads for "fast rope" and aircraft
transition training for the FAST (Fleet
Antiterrorism Security Team) companies.
Marines utilize our training zones 50% of the year,
followed by the Navy at 47%, Army at 2% and all
others less than 1%," Griffin said. "However, if you
add in the small arms range, those are almost
exclusively used by the Navy."
The small arms
range at Cheatham Annex (CAX) is used year-round for
pistol, rifle, and shotgun qualifications. Its
primary purpose is for training the WPNSTA Yorktown
Security Force, but when they're not using it, it is
booked solid by visiting ships, ships in the Newport
News Shipyard, and installation tenant commands on
The two largest training
zones on WPNSTA Yorktown belong to two tenant
commands under Navy Expeditionary Combat Command
(NECC). The Home Station Training Lanes (HSTL)
provides counter- improvised explosive device (IED)
training to NECC Sailors, as well as Sailors from
deploying units and service members from other
branches of the armed forces. HSTL Manager, Mike
Cobble, told Sailors undergoing counter-IED training
that, "the procedures we're teaching you are written
The other training zone is at CAX
and is primarily used by Navy Expeditionary
Logistics Support Group (NAVELSG) for their "tent
city" set up. Tent city gives deploying units the
chance to train and live in a self-sufficient,
expeditionary environment similar to what they would
"The NAVELSG schoolhouse
offers basic and advanced cargo handling, shipboard
pedestal cranes, air cargo, expeditionary fuels
training at Fort Lee, along with field messing,
expeditionary cargo operations, explosive driver and
weapons training to three regimental and six
battalion reserve component personnel comprising
over 2700 members across the United States," said
Chief Master-at-Arms Duane Piercy, NAVELSG Training
Department School House leading chief.
also practiced by Navy Expeditionary Medical Support
Command (NEMSCOM) for their fleet hospitals. These
hospitals can range from 20-200 beds with full
medical and dental capabilities to support deployed
"About everything we do crosses both
operational commitments and training," Griffin said.
"These training sites can be used not only for
training but also for equipment testing."
NEMSCOM and NAVELSG combine both operational and
training commitments annually during "Exercise
Trident Arch" where fleet hospitals, packed into
connex boxes, are loaded onto cargo ships to be
rotated from staging areas overseas. Additionally,
the fleet hospitals were put to the test in 2013
with a collective protection exercise, under the
Bureau of Navy Medicine, exercising chemical,
biological and radiological capabilities during a
mass casualty drill.
"NAVELSG represents the
central training point for all mobilizing reserve
component personnel in support of expeditionary
logistics cargo operations for the Navy and Joint
Service Customer," said Chief Mass Communication
Specialist Edward Kessler, NAVELSG public affairs
Training opportunities at WPNSTA
Yorktown have, at times, reached personnel as far
away as Chicago, Illinois, and New Orleans,
Louisiana. The EOD range has hosted training courses
conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation
(FBI) in forensic examination. The range was first
used to detonate an improvised explosive device
(IED), allowing students to study the blast area and
separate materials needed to identify the bomb and
"The EOD range is considered
a training range for specialized training under
EOD," Griffin said.
Overall, the training
capabilities of WPNSTA Yorktown have proven to be a
vital asset to our Navy and our nation in defense of
our country. Though ordnance remains the primary
mission for the installation, training is becoming a
major factor in its ongoing mission.
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NNS150825-11. Brazil's Top Navy Officer Tours
By Scott A. Thornbloom, Naval Service
Training Command Public Affairs
Ill. (NNS) -- Adm. Eduardo Bacellar Leal Ferreira,
commander of the Brazilian Navy, toured U.S. Navy
training facilities at Recruit Training Command
(RTC), the Navy's only boot camp, Aug. 21.
Ferreira was joined on the tour by Rear Adm. Stephen
C. Evans, commander, Naval Service Training Command,
who hosted Ferreira and his Brazilian contingent
during the two-day tour of training facilities on
RTC and Training Support Center. Rear Adm. Todd
Squire, director for International Engagement for
the office of the Chief of Naval Operations also was
on hand for the tour that included Battle Stations
and a "ship" visit of USS Trayer (BST 21), the U.S.
Navy's largest simulator.
"It was an honor to
host Adm. Ferreira and his staff officers," said
Evans. "I am proud to highlight the various ways our
Navy's top Sailors train our Navy's newest Sailors,
preparing them for service in our fleet. This was a
valuable exchange with our Brazilian counterparts."
The visit began with breakfast with top
graduating honor recruits in the USS Arizona ship
barracks. The group was able to see how each
three-story barracks is set up like a ship, with
galleys, messing, classrooms, berthing compartments
and offices. They observed how the daily routine for
a recruit is similar to the routine on board a ship
or submarine in the fleet, that includes quarterdeck
and compartment watches.
The tour culminated
at USS Trayer, RTC's premiere training facility.
Trayer, the 210-foot-long Arleigh Burke-class
destroyer simulator, is where recruits go through
Battle Stations, a grueling 12-hour culmination of
basic training and the last evolution they must
accomplish before they graduate.
his staff experienced firsthand the sights, sounds
and smells Trayer presents by using the latest in
simulation technology with video screens, piped-in
smells, large stereo woofer-created vibrations and
shipboard sound effects, from helicopters to missile
The group was told how training
simulations utilize lessons learned from actual
events in recent Navy history and incorporate them
into scenarios aboard Trayer, which include
firefighting, flooding, and personnel casualties.
Following the tour of Trayer and Battle
Stations, the Brazilian officers observed a capping
ceremony, in which recruits are congratulated for
completing Battle Stations. It's also where recruits
replace the recruit ball caps they have worn since
arriving at RTC, with a Navy ball cap. This
signifies a recruit is now considered a U.S. Navy
RTC is primarily responsible for
conducting the initial orientation and training of
new recruits. The command is commonly is referred to
as "boot camp" or "recruit training" and has been in
operation at Great Lakes since 1911. Boot camp is
approximately eight weeks, and all enlistees into
the United States Navy begin their careers at the
command. Training includes physical fitness,
seamanship, firearms, firefighting, shipboard damage
control, and lessons in Navy heritage, core values,
teamwork and discipline. Since the closure of RTCs
in Orlando and San Diego in 1994, RTC at Naval
Station Great Lakes is now the Navy's only basic
training location, and is known as "The Quarterdeck
of the Navy."
In July 2010 RTC successfully
completed a 12-year $770 million recapitalization
plan that included the building of the 13 "ship"
barracks and other facilities, to meet the mission
of training 21st century Sailors. Today,
approximately 38,000 recruits graduate annually from
RTC and begin their Navy careers.
his NSTC staff oversee 98 percent of initial officer
and enlisted accessions training for the Navy. This
includes RTC; the Naval Reserve Officers Training
Corps at more than 160 colleges and universities;
Officer Training Command on Naval Station Newport,
R. I.; and Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training
Corps and Navy National Defense Cadet Corps
citizenship development programs at more than 600
high schools worldwide.
For more information
about NSTC, visit http://www.netc.navy.mil/nstc/
For more information about RTC, visit
information on TSC Great Lakes and Learning Sites,
For more news from Naval Service Training
Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/greatlakes/
NNS150825-07. NAS Whiting Field
Hosts Commander, Navy Installations Command
By Jay Cope, Naval Air Station Whiting Field Public
NAS WHITING FIELD, Fla. (NNS) --
Naval Air Station Whiting Field and NAS Pensacola,
both recipients of the 2015 Installation Excellence
award, hosted Commander, Navy Installations Command
(CNIC), Vice Adm. Dixon Smith, during his tour
across the Gulf Coast this week.
The two air
stations served as the final stopping points for
Smith before he returned to CNIC. NAS Whiting Field
and NAS Pensacola received the recognition in the
small and large categories, respectively. Something
he alluded to immediately in his comments to the
assembled senior staff to kick-off his visit.
"First and foremost, congratulations on
receiving the Installation Excellence Award," Smith
said. "You ought to be very proud of that
During his travels Smith
emphasized the importance of his guiding principles
of taking customer service to the next level, being
brilliant on the basics, making smart business
decisions and living a culture of continuous
improvement. Both Sailors and civilians, along with
base leadership, were pleased to connect with CNIC
during the week.
"I was happy for the
opportunity to meet Adm. Smith," said NAS Whiting
Field Commanding Officer, Capt. Todd Bahlua. "I
think his visit gives us a lot of insight to
incorporate as we try to improve the way we serve
the tenant commands. His comments were positive, and
I believe the trip enabled him to see the tremendous
caliber of people we have on our team."
Smith, Jackson, and CNIC's Force Master Chief Andrew
Thompson, along with the Region's Command Master
Chief Michael Jackson toured NAS Whiting Field
visiting a variety of locations to see first-hand
the work that goes into maintaining fleet readiness
and supporting sailors and their families. Stops
included visiting a variety of morale, welfare and
recreation sites, Fleet and Family Support Center,
security department, water treatment facilities,
fire house, and Child Development Center, to name a
"The quality of services we provide
Sailors and their families is so important," said
Smith. "I'm pleased to meet and see the people here
who make it all go."
Covering 13 states and Cuba,
Region Southeast headquarters located in
Jacksonville, Florida, is responsible for 17
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Region Southeast, visit
information about Navy Installation Command, visit
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NNS150825-05. CP-15 Veterinarians Treat, Train in
the Dominican Republic
By Mass Communication
Specialist 2nd Class Brittney Cannady, Continuing
Promise Public Affairs
Dominican Republic (NNS) -- U.S. Army veterinarians,
technicians, and volunteers with non-governmental
organization (NGO) World Vets, partnered with
Dominican Republic (D.R.) military members and
veterinarians to perform surgeries, vaccinations,
treatment and training, Aug. 15-21, during
Continuing Promise 2015.
The veterinary team
collaborated with the Ministry of Health and the
Humane Society of the Dominican Republic to conduct
veterinary civil affairs programs (VETCAPs) for
local residents at Hospital Clinico Veterinario and
multiple locations throughout Santo Domingo, which
were selected based on their need for vaccination
"Being at the local clinic where
we can interact with pet owners and their animals,
allows us a chance to get immediate feedback and see
how our work impacts the people of the Dominican
Republic," said U.S. Army Capt. Emily Corbin, a
veterinarian assigned to Public Health Command
District Fort Meade, Maryland.
VETCAPs, vets worked closely with local NGOs to
provide in-depth training on surgical procedures,
preventative medicine and vaccinations, helping
strengthen working relationships between the U.S.
and the D.R.
"The vet team was a tremendous
help to our veterinarians," said Patricia Valerio,
chief veterinary epidemiologist at the Dominican
Republic National Anti-rabies Center. "The skills
they shared with us are greatly appreciated by
everyone. The staff and students were able get more
hands-on training with canine surgeries and
Medications and supplies were
donated to the clinic, and more than 30 surgeries
were performed side-by-side with local veterinarian
staff, allowing both groups to sharpen their skills
while treating animals in the community.
enjoyed having the team working alongside us,
because every procedure was used as an opportunity
to teach each other," said Valerio. "They were
willing to help as many animals as they could while
here in Santo Domingo."
The team also
facilitated behavioral training with D.R. military
working dogs at Unidad Canina de Operaciones
Especial de la Policia Nacional, and Escuela
Regional de Entrenamiento. Lessons on diet,
nutrition and first aid were presented to help
handlers keep their working dogs in top form;
something Corbin said she believes will make a
difference even after the mission.
how the Dominican handlers operated at their
facilities helped us identify what techniques could
be adapted to fit their specific environment, and
that sense of collaboration is really how we
strengthen the working relationship in each country
we visit," she added.
team has conducted VETCAPs in Belize, Guatemala,
Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, El Salvador, Colombia,
Dominica and the Dominican Republic. More are
planned to take place at the final mission stops in
Haiti and Honduras.
Continuing Promise is a
U.S. Southern Command-sponsored and U.S. Naval
Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet-conducted
deployment to conduct civil-military operations
including humanitarian-civil assistance, subject
matter expert exchanges, medical, dental, veterinary
and engineering support, and disaster response to
partner nations and to show the United States'
continued support and commitment to Central and
South America and the Caribbean.
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NNS150825-04. Rushmore Arrives in Abu Dhabi
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chelsea
Troy Milburn, Commander, Amphibious Squadron 3
ABU DHABI, United Arab
Emirates (NNS) -- The amphibious dock landing ship
USS Rushmore (LSD 47) arrived in Abu Dhabi for a
scheduled port visit, Aug. 25.
Rushmore's second to Abu Dhabi, will provide Sailors
and Marines with the opportunity to go on tours
through Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR), and
the chance to experience the local culture and a
different side of Abu Dhabi, compared to their
previous visit in July.
Stephens, Rushmore's commanding officer, explained
the significant role his Sailors have during this
port visit between the United States and United Arab
"This truly is a 'liberty as
a mission' port visit, as this visit will help
strengthen the United States' relationship with
UAE," he said. "My crew remains professional and
acts as the goodwill ambassadors the United States
expects of its armed forces. Additionally, my
Sailors work hard, and this is the perfect
opportunity for them to relax and unwind a bit
before we hit the daily grind again."
Although, Rushmore has been at-sea 16 days since
their 10-day port visit to Bahrain, many Sailors
spent most of their time during that port visit
conducting in-port repairs and maintenance as part
of the ship's mid-deployment voyage repair period.
"This port visit is going to be a lot more
enjoyable for us because all of our major
maintenance is complete, and we'll be able to spend
more time on personal liberty," said Electronics
Technician 3rd Class Winston Friedly. "I'm excited
to get off the ship and have a break after getting
all that work done."
Rushmore is part of the
Essex Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked
15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed in
support of maritime security operations and theater
security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet
area of operations.
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NNS020718-39. This Day in Naval History - Aug. 25
From Naval History and Heritage Command,
Communication and Outreach Division
CSS Tallahassee, commanded by Cmdr. John Taylor
Wood, returns to Wilmington, N.C. to refuel on coal.
During her more than two week raid, CSS Tallahassee
destroys 26 vessels and captures seven others.
1927 - USS Los Angeles (ZR 3) rises to a
near-vertical position due to the sudden arrival of
a cold air front that lifts the airships tail,
causing it to rise before she can swing around the
mast parallel to the new wind direction. Los Angeles
only suffers minor damage but the affair
demonstrates the risks involved with high mooring
1943 - Depth charges from USS
Patterson (DD 392) sink the Japanese submarine
RO-35, 170 miles southeast of San Cristobal Island,
1944 - USS Picuda (SS 382),
in attack on Japanese convoy at the western entrance
to the Babuyan Channel, sinks destroyer Yunagi 20
miles north-northeast of Cape Bojeador, Philippines
and merchant tanker Kotoku Maru.
1951 - 23
fighters from USS Essex (CV 9) escort Air Force
heavy bombers in an attack on Najin, Korea due to
the target being beyond range of land-based
NNS150826-14. Small Acts Can
Save Lives - Navy Observes Suicide Prevention Month
From Chief Of Naval Personnel Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- While September is Suicide
Prevention Month, subject matter experts from the
21st Century Sailor Office's Suicide Prevention
Office, OPNAV N171, say their goal isn't to prevent
suicide on just a single day or month, but every day
of the year.
"Every life is precious, and
the fight is year-round," said Capt. Mike Fisher,
OPNAV N171 director. "We want people engaged with
their shipmates every day of the year. We're talking
about being there for every Sailor, every day."
This year, Suicide Prevention Month will focus
on a new message with its Every Sailor, Every Day
campaign, "1 Small ACT." The message promotes
simple, everyday actions that can ultimately save
lives, using Navy's "ACT" (Ask Care Treat) bystander
Last week, the Navy
Suicide Prevention office released a toolkit to help
Navy commands and Sailors engage in the fight to
prevent suicide. This toolkit features educational
resources, high-resolution graphics, and ideas for
actions to take during September and year-round.
Also in the toolkit are engagement ideas to
promote peer support, personal wellness and
bystander intervention all year long. One way to get
involved as an individual or organization is to
participate in the "1 Small ACT" Photo Gallery.
Participants can print the "1 Small ACT" sign
directly from the toolkit or online, personalize it
with their example of a small act that they can
perform in a shipmate's life, and then send a photo
with the sign to email@example.com.
Submissions will also be accepted through the Real
Warriors mobile app, which can be downloaded on the
Apple App Store or Google Play.
"We want to
highlight people across the fleet as they share
their ideas for supporting their shipmates and
promoting psychological health," Fisher said. "You
never know when that everyday action - a kind word,
an offer to help - will make the big difference in
The "1 Small ACT" Photo
Gallery will be displayed on the Navy Suicide
Prevention Office's Operational Stress Control
Facebook page, building a virtual wall of hope for
the entire Navy community. Submissions will be
accepted from Sept. 1 through Aug. 31, 2016.
For more information, please visit the Navy
Suicide Prevention's Every Sailor, Every Day webpage
Help is always available. Call the Military
Crisis Line at 1-800-273-TALK (press 1), text 838255
or visit www.militarycrisisline.net for
confidential, free support, 24/7.
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NNS150825-21. CNO Speaks Via VTC with PLAN Chief
From CNO Public Affairs
-- Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert
participated in a video teleconference (VTC) Aug. 25
with his Chinese counterpart, People's Liberation
Army (Navy) (PLA(N)) Commander Adm. Wu Shengli to
discuss the state of relations between the two
navies and introduce his replacement as CNO, Adm.
This is the second time
Greenert has engaged with Wu over the VTC, the last
being in April 2015.
During today's call,
Greenert and Wu highlighted the on-going progress
between the U.S. Navy and PLA(N), including the
continued use of Code for Unplanned Encounters at
Sea (CUES), development of the Rules of Behavior for
the Safety of Air and Maritime Encounters (RoB)
confidence building measure, participation in the
next Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC), pending
port visits, and an upcoming visit by USN
prospective commanding officers to China.
note, both admirals agreed to share CUES and RoB
lessons learned with their respective coast guard
counterparts, in the hope of expanding communication
and further reducing the likelihood of maritime
The next VTC is tentatively
scheduled for later this fall.
NNS150826-16. TR Celebrates Women's Equality Day
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class
Stephane Belcher, USS Theodore Roosevelt Public
ARABIAN GULF (NNS) -- Sailors and
Marines celebrated Women's Equality Day on the mess
decks aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore
Roosevelt, Aug. 26.
The celebration marked
95 years since passage of the 19th Amendment, which
gave women the right to vote.
Donahue, the command chaplain, spoke at the event to
reflect on her experience with the progress of women
in the military.
"Since I've been in [the
military], women's equality has been a given," said
Donahue. "When it comes to equality, if you're
really equal, you should be capable of pursuing an
exciting demanding career. Then you should be able
to continue on to take on more and more
responsibility. And that's been my experience."
In 2000, Donahue was the first female chaplain
onboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN
70), the same year Capt. Kathleen McGrath became the
first woman to command a U.S. warship while deployed
in the Arabian Gulf.
"I was very proud, and
yet it didn't matter. I had a job to do. It really
doesn't matter what gender I am. It's my calling, my
job, my profession. I was just thrilled to be on a
carrier, period," said Donahue.
years of service, Donahue said she was honored to
have the opportunity to speak to the younger
generation of military women.
"Women have a
lot of determination to join into something that is
a predominantly male profession, which is
warfighting," said Donahue. "I think this is the
case for most women in the military, myself
included, that I never looked at myself as a
pioneer. I just thought it was my right. It's open
to me, I want to do it and so I'm going to do it."
Some of Donahue's experiences throughout her
civilian and naval career, as woman of many firsts,
left an impact on the Sailors.
liked the chaplain's story," said Aviation
Electronics Technician Airman Reshae Davenport, from
Cleveland. "I thought it was very personal and
impactful. I also liked the song that the choir did.
It was really emotional and overall, it got me
feeling spirited about the whole movement. It made
me feel really proud about the history of women in
Following Donahue's speech,
an all-female group from TR's choir took to the
stage, along with a cake cutting and video
Theodore Roosevelt is the
flagship of the TRCSG, which is composed of Carrier
Strike Group 12, Carrier Air Wing 1, Destroyer
Squadron 2 staff, the guided-missile cruiser USS
Normandy (CG 60) and the guided-missile destroyers
USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81), USS Farragut (DDG
90) and USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98).
Roosevelt is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of
operations supporting Operation Inherent Resolve,
strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed,
maritime security operations and theater security
cooperation efforts in the region.
conversation with TR online at
www.Twitter.com/TheRealCVN71. For more news from USS
Theodore Roosevelt, visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn71/.
NNS150826-15. MARMC Divers
Perform USS Anzio Blade Change Outs
West, MARMC Public Affairs
NORFOLK (NNS) --
Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC)
Dive Team Charlie completed a five-blade change out
on USS Anzio's (CG 68) port side propeller, Naval
Station Norfolk, Virginia, Aug. 20.
initial inspection during a cleaning by Seaward
Marine Services, only three blades were visibly
damaged; however, all five blades had to be changed
out in order to keep Anzio's propeller balanced.
"Divers went down to do a visual and technical
inspection of the blades and cracks were found in
the prairie air channel of one of the blades," said
MARMC Dive Team Charlie Supervisor and Leading Petty
Officer Navy Diver 1st Class (Diving Salvage
Warfare/Surface Warfare/Expeditionary Warfare) Bryan
Edwards. "The prairie air channel is welded onto the
blade. The damaged blade looked like it had been
cleaned so much that the weld was exposed and that's
where the hairline cracks were coming from."
Dive Team Charlie is one of four of MARMC's military
"Most of us that have done blade
changes on this team have worked on [guided-missile
frigates] or [guided-missile destroyers]; this is
the first [guided-missile cruiser] we have worked on
and this boat hasn't been out of the water in 14
years," said Edwards. "With the exception of
cleanings, nothing on the [propeller] has been
touched in 14 years. After removing the first blade,
we discovered that the first center post sleeve was
cracked. It's probably been cracked for years."
Divers started work Aug. 10, working in 12-hour
shifts and over the weekend to ensure the job was
completed on time.
"Although we had a slow
start, we got down there and were able to figure out
what needed replacing, got the tools and parts to
fix it and got things moving," said MARMC Dive Team
Charlie Navy Diver 3rd Class Ryan Blacklaw.
Divers worked the job in pairs; a senior diver and a
junior diver worked together, in order for the
junior diver to gain more experience and learn how
to make repairs from the senior diver.
guys are doing awesome," said Edwards. "Over the
weekend, they worked from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. one
night; just because we work 12 hours, doesn't mean
we stop at 12. We have a lot of guys that this is
their first locker; they have picked up quick from
previous jobs and now they are the ones in the water
being the lead diver. They are doing really good.
Even through the hiccups we had on this job, we
still planned to be done ahead of schedule."
Anzio's blade change out was a joint effort between
MARMC divers; Naval Sea Systems Command Supervisor
of Salvage and Diving (NAVSEA 00C); Emergency Ship
Salvage Material (ESSM) technical experts, who
oversaw all components of the work package; and
Phoenix International Holdings, Inc.
a civilian presence here and they showed us some of
the tools we could use for this job," said Blacklaw.
"We helped [ESSM technical experts] put the tools in
the water and they taught us how to trouble shoot
them. They gave us a lot of information on
counterbalancing and the work package; why we had to
change all the blades out, the size of them, and the
A-frames - how we were going to set them up. It was
a lot of numbers and a lot of information, but we
went step by step and got the job done."
"This was a good experience for all hands," said
NAVSEA 00C ESSM Journeyman Mechanic Dennis Miller.
"I've worked with a lot of divers and saw it from
different aspects, the civilian side and the Navy
side, and I've learned a lot. I definitely wanted to
be able to teach the divers all the knowledge I
could on this job, so they could learn how to do it
the correct way and have the proper knowledge
throughout their careers."
NAVSEA 00C Chief
Warrant Officer 3 Joseph Theodorou oversaw the Anzio
blade change outs and even dove with MARMC's divers.
"A steadfast technical expert who was on the job
site representing [NAVSEA] 00C and ensuring the job
went as planned, [Chief Warrant Officer 3 Joseph
Theodorou] provided deck plate leadership and is
truly a person for all of our dive locker Sailors
and civilians to emulate," said MARMC Production
Officer Capt. Jeffrey Sheets. "He is a great
communicator and made a difficult job seem easy; I'd
welcome his professionalism on any task."
Dive Team Charlie finished the job four days ahead
"The job went really well," said
USS Anzio Chief Engineer Lt. Cdr. Justin Neff. "The
divers have been awesome in communicating with us.
They had a couple of hiccups here and there, which
is to be expected on such a major job, but they
really worked hard to finish ahead of schedule and
keep us mission ready."
Anzio will be
deploying in early September.
information about MARMC please visit:
news from Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center,
NNS150826-13. NSWC Commander Inspires Innovators
By John Joyce, NSWC Dahlgren Division Corporate
DAHLGREN, Va. (NNS) -- Army
Staff Sgt. Joshua Burnett envisioned his career
after retiring from the U.S. Army last year - start
up a company to rapidly deploy life-saving ideas,
solutions and technologies to warfighters.
Like many small business owners and entrepreneurs,
however, he encountered a daunting Department of
Defense acquisition process that could delay or
prevent his vision from becoming reality.
Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Commander Rear
Adm. Lorin Selby listened to Burnett, who was among
DoD technologists, business executives, and
educators who came to share their ideas, technology
solutions, and concerns at NSWC Dahlgren Division's
second annual Unmanned Systems Integration Workshop
and Technical Exchange Meeting, Aug. 19.
"What is the best way to get the technologies that
are ready to go into the hands of the warfighter,"
Burnett asked the admiral. "We have game changing
technology now and I'll do it at cost to get the
technology into the hands of the warfighter. I've
been in their shoes and know what they're going
through. We have toolsets that can help them win."
In his keynote speech, Selby inspired 160
scientists, engineers and technologists in DoD,
industry, and academia to overcome the challenges
they face - including certification, accreditation
and acquisition processes - to obtain funding for
new technologies that can quickly become a program
of record and deployed to the warfighter.
"The idea of coming up with ideas and then
transferring those ideas is a huge part of the
future, and as a nation, I think we can do it faster
and better than anyone else," said Selby. "We need
to establish more collaborative partnerships. We
will never solve these problems in stovepipes, so
we've got to be more collaborative and more team
oriented. Collaboration is what it's all about."
The technical exchange, which included panel
discussions, harnessed the power of intensive
collaboration among the joint services, industry and
"Our society is very open and
sharing," said Selby. "We're very willing in our
society to put ideas out there and that's very
powerful. Some are going to shoot holes in them
while others will say, 'that's a good idea, I will
use it'. That's powerful."
In all, 25
unmanned systems experts from the public and private
sector presented 20 briefs and two panel
discussions. Robotics teams from two local high
schools also demonstrated their science, technology,
engineering and mathematics projects.
"Integration of unmanned systems continues to be a
challenge for the Navy, and judging by the
cross-organizational participation at this workshop,
it seems to be a challenge for everyone else as
well," said Ajoy 'AJ' Muralidhar, NSWCDD Human
Systems Integration engineer and the event's lead
organizer. "New technology and capabilities are
introduced every day and we constantly have to
evolve and adapt our approaches in order to ensure
that we are able to provide the best options for the
The briefing titles -
speaking volumes about new approaches and options -
included: Autonomous Weapons and Proportionality;
Perception for Unmanned Systems; Multinational
Capability Development Campaign; Situation Awareness
and Decision Support within Unmanned Systems;
Simulation Methods for Unmanned Surface Vehicles for
Software Development and Sensor Simulation; Marine
Corps Ground Unmanned Support Surrogate; and
Mechanisms for Lifelong Learning in Autonomous
Systems: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
"The workshop was a unique collaboration for
unmanned and autonomous technology development,"
said Harry Dreany, technical direction agent for the
U.S. Marine Corps Maneuver Science and Technology
Program, sponsored by the Office of Naval Research.
"Nowhere else in the Navy are these types of
discussions being held with as much depth and
breadth across the DoD, industry and academia. The
large number of Ph.D.s and experts in attendance
made a considerable contribution to technical
interchange that occurred with the presenters and
panel members during and after the presentations.
This allowed researchers like myself to see other
possible approaches to technical problems that we
might not have thought of within our own
Dreany joined four unmanned
systems experts from the Navy and the Army to
discuss, "Weaponization of Tactical Unmanned Surface
and Ground Platforms - an Integration Perspective".
As a presenter, the NSWCDD scientist briefed his
research findings on, "Safety Engineering of
Computational Cognitive Architecture within Unmanned
The objective of his research is to
build a dynamic changing model to evaluate a
cognitive architecture's ability to ensure safe
performance of an autonomous safety-critical system.
Results will provide cognitive science researchers
with a comparison of safety engineering among
multiple cognitive research paradigms.
workshop was a great opportunity for me to share and
discuss my research with experts in the field of
autonomy and unmanned technology," said Dreany.
"Cognitive development within artificial
intelligence is a difficult and complex problem.
Safety engineering is a large part of my research
and I had directional changing discussions with
other engineers on the development of safety
measurements, mechanisms and methodologies for
cognitive development. These conversations would not
have happened without this workshop."
unmanned systems integration workshop - one of
several ongoing NSWCDD initiatives to foster
collaboration and cooperation between government,
industry and academia - was sponsored by NSWCDD
Chief Technology Office and the Office of the Under
Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology,
and Logistics (Tactical Warfare Systems, Land
Warfare and Munitions, Joint Ground Robotics
"It was a true workforce
development opportunity," said Muralidhar. "The
volunteers, session chairs and coordinators, as well
as the organizing committee were all junior
engineers who impacted the event with fresh ideas
and perspectives on unmanned systems integration."
NSWCDD, a Naval Sea Systems Command warfare
center division, is a premier research and
development center that serves as a specialty site
for weapon system integration. The command's unique
ability to rapidly introduce new technology into
complex warfighting systems is based on its
longstanding competencies in science and technology,
research and development, and test and evaluation.
For more news from NSWC Dahlgren, visit
NNS150826-12. Aviation Training Expands Corrosion
Control Course to Four Sites
From Center for
Naval Aviation Technical Training Public Affairs
PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- The U.S. Navy's single
point of accountability for developing, delivering
and supporting aviation technical training recently
implemented the final phase of a five-year effort to
streamline aircraft corrosion control courses.
The Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training
(CNATT), after several business case analysis
studies at CNATT units, began offering corrosion
control training in August at CNATT Unit Detachment
Atsugi, the last of five sites offering courses in
what is a naval aviation mainstay.
to Joe Meehan, Naval Air Technical Data and
Engineering Service Center (NATEC) liaison to CNATT,
the additional teaching sites will result in
decreased training times and provide a significant
improvement in corrosion control practices
throughout the fleet.
"The increased training
of Navy and Marine Corps technicians will improve
aircraft material condition and ultimately increase
fleet readiness," he said. "CNATT courses will
continue evolving to address valid fleet training
A corrosion control course
was pioneered in the 1970s. In 1998, Naval Aviation
Maintenance Training Group Detachment Norfolk,
Virginia, was asked to teach the corrosion and paint
final finish courses in the Norfolk region. The two
courses were eventually transitioned to proper
format, assigned course numbers and ultimately
With the expansion of fleet
corrosion training requirements, courses were taught
through CNATTU Norfolk, Naval Air Systems Command
(NAVAIR) and remotely by NATEC representatives. A
significant backlog - sometimes approaching nine
months - was noticed for service members needing the
course. To address this issue, in 2010, NAVAIR and
CNATT leadership investigated the possibilities of
expanding the CNATTU Norfolk corrosion course to
CNATTUs in Lemoore and Ocean. CNATT approved the
proposal in 2012 after a business case analysis
reflected a major cost savings.
that with the success of those two initiatives,
CNATT approved the expansion of the course to CNATTU
Whidbey Island, Washington, and the CNATT Detachment
in Atsugi, Japan.
A decade ago, less than
150 students completed aircraft corrosion control
courses in a calendar year. Today, almost 1,000
students finish the requisite coursework each year,
a number Meehan said is ensuring that the best
trained and best qualified service members are
working corrosion control issues throughout naval
CNATT is a technical training agent
for the Naval Aviation Enterprise, an organization
designed to advance and sustain naval aviation
warfighting capabilities. The center and its many
units provide operational and maintenance training
that supports ashore and afloat operations. This
includes specialized skills training for enlisted
ratings and officer designators, supporting all
facets of aviation maintenance and support.
For more news from Center for Naval Aviation
Technical Training, visit www.navy.mil/local/cnatt/
NNS150826-09. NAVFAC Announces
Industry Day Meetings in Three Cities
Rochon, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Public
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Naval Facilities
Engineering Command (NAVFAC) announced, Aug. 26,
that it will hold five public Industry Day meetings
in three cities during the month of September.
The goal of the meetings is to foster the
exchange of information between the Navy and
industry. The meetings will cover energy storage
solutions, extending the life of airfield pavement,
improving lighting technologies, cybersecurity of
industrial control systems, and innovative
"The five NAVFAC
Industry Day events are an excellent opportunity for
industry leaders and NAVFAC subject matter experts
to exchange ideas on important topics within the
built environment," said Joseph Gott, NAVFAC chief
engineer and director of Capital Improvements. "The
exchange of information between NAVFAC and industry
will help inform criteria and improve the
effectiveness of our facilities for the Department
of the Navy and other supported federal agencies."
The meetings will be held in San Diego (for
energy storage and innovative construction),
Virginia Beach, Virginia, (for extending airfield
pavement life and improving lighting technologies),
and Washington D.C. (for cybersecurity of industrial
The meetings in San Diego
will be held Sept. 14 and 15 at the Admiral Baker
In Virginia Beach, the meetings
will be held Sept. 15 and 17 at the Meyera E.
Oberndorf Central Library Auditorium.
Washington D.C., the meeting will be held Sept. 22
at the Martin Luther King Memorial Library.
For more information, venue addresses, and to
register for any of the meetings, visit
For more news from Naval Facilities
Engineering Command, visit
NNS150826-07. Rota Utilizes Navy's Newest Campaign
Element to Prevent Suicide
Communication Specialist 1st Class Brian Dietrick,
Naval Station Rota, Spain Public Affairs
ROTA, Spain (NNS) -- September is National Suicide
Prevention Month and Naval Station Rota plans to use
this time to encourage Sailors to talk about the
topic and take a more proactive approach to prevent
suicide with the Navy's new "One Small ACT" message.
According to the Navy Suicide Prevention Branch,
"One Small ACT" encourages simple yet meaningful
interactions between peers, leaders and family
members to promote cohesion, intervene and save a
life, based on the Navy's Ask Care Treat (ACT)
model. This message is part of the broader "Every
Sailor, Every Day" campaign.
"The goal of the
annual suicide prevention observances is not to
prevent suicide on a singular day, week or month,"
said Capt. Michael Fisher, director, Navy Suicide
Prevention Branch. "Rather, efforts aim to encourage
the widest participation in educational activities,
focusing on the prevalence of suicide as a
call-to-action to change the way the public
discusses, perceives and reacts to psychological
health concerns and seeking help. For too long,
psychological health has been a topic that we rarely
discuss openly, until we experience the tragic loss
of a shipmate or family member to suicide. Starting
now, I am asking you to break down the barriers to
speaking up and seeking help."
Naval Station Rota who may be contemplating suicide,
can seek help through chaplains, medical personnel
and suicide prevention coordinators. Those people
know that talking about feelings and asking the
question, "Are you going to kill yourself?" can be
tough, but is essential to help save the lives of
"A lot of people might be
scared to ask the tough questions because they're
afraid it will trigger something in the individual
to actually go through with hurting themselves,"
said Chief Hospital Corpsman Javier Cortes, suicide
prevention and awareness coordinator for Naval
Hospital Rota. "That is a huge misconception. Asking
them, 'Are you going to kill yourself?' will
actually make them reconsider doing any bodily
Suicide is defined as "death caused by
self-directed injurious behavior with any intent to
die as a result of the behavior," and according to
Navy Suicide Prevention Branch's website, for every
one suicide, there are at least 30 suicide attempts.
Last year, 68 active duty and reserve Sailors took
their own lives. So far this year, 31 active-duty
and reserve Sailors have committed suicide.
Lt. Reginald Jones, one of Rota's chaplains, said he
believes that talking about suicide and getting the
topic out in the open is one of the best measures to
prevent further suicides from happening in the
"The best thing Sailors can do to
possibly prevent a suicide from actually being
carried out, is being a good friend; a good
shipmate," he added. "Be a person that your friends
can come and talk to about anything. If a problem
does arise in their life, they know they can come
talk to you about anything, and that might prevent
something tragic happening in the future."
Jones said he is a firm believer that anyone can be
a suicide prevention specialist. It doesn't take a
superhero to save a life or lend a helping hand.
"It takes a lot for someone to open up and talk
about their feelings," Jones explained. "Everyone
has them, but they're hard to talk about. You don't
have to talk to a chaplain or a medical
representative, but it's imperative that you talk to
somebody to mitigate suicidal thoughts from turning
into something more."
Rota has many events
planned to bring suicide awareness and prevention to
the forefront and hopefully make it an easier topic
to discuss. These include a 5K run, hanging posters
and providing training,
"We are trying to
bring prevention and awareness to the forefront,"
said Chief Hospital Corpsman Michael Stanley,
assistant suicide prevention and awareness
coordinator for Naval Hospital Rota. "We want to
intervene before someone goes too far down that
road. If you see some changes in a person's
behavior, it's OK to ask them the tough questions.
You could be saving someone's life."
Sailor is having suicidal thoughts or showcasing
suicidal behaviors, there are many avenues for
Sailors can call the Military
Crisis Line at 1-800-273-TALK, which connects
active-duty service members and veterans in crisis
with qualified and caring Department of Veterans
Affairs responders through a confidential, toll-free
There are also command chaplains,
medical personnel and other shipmates. Cortes added
that if a Sailor aboard Naval Station Rota dials 118
on a Defense Switched Network phone, it will
immediately connect them to a crisis hotline in the
Before Naval Station Rota can provide
the necessary support to base personnel and the
forward-deployed naval force destroyers, the
installation must ensure the Sailors are
operational, both mentally and physically. Talking
about suicide will not end a Sailor's career, but
keeping it bottled up could end a life.
2015 Navy Suicide Prevention Month resources are
available on the Navy's Suicide Prevention website,
For more news
from Naval Station Rota, Spain, visit
NNS150826-06. Program Executive Officer Visits
Aviation Maintenance Training
From Center for
Naval Aviation Technical Training Public Affairs
PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- The program executive
officer for Air Anti-Submarine Warfare, Assault and
Special Mission Programs spoke with students during
a visit to the Center for Naval Aviation Technical
Training (CNATT) Detachment at Naval Air Station
Whiting Field, Florida, Aug. 24.
Cindy "CJ" Jaynes, who maintains oversight
responsibility for 10 program offices and seven
acquisition category major acquisition programs,
visited the detachment as part of familiarization
Jaynes spoke with 25 students in the
Naval Aviation Maintenance Program (NAMP)
Indoctrination course, stressing the importance of
maintaining professionalism despite adversity, as
well as continuing to improve as an officer in the
United States Navy.
"Never stop learning,"
she said. "Education will help you out along the
way. Don't be afraid to keep learning. It's not the
job, but it's what you do with the job."
NAMP Indoctrination Course is the entry level
maintenance course that teaches the basics
principles of the aviation maintenance community.
CNATT Detachment Whiting Field Officer-in-Charge
Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Bittle said the visit afforded the
aviation maintenance officer students a unique
opportunity to speak and ask questions with a
"It is an honor to have a
senior leader take time to re-emphasize the
importance of what we teach here," he added.
"Hearing it from the top shows students that the
naval aviation enterprise is not only concerned
about the big picture, but also what is going on in
CNATT, one of 13 learning
centers under the Naval Education and Training
Command, provides single site management for Navy
and Marine Corps aviation technical training. With a
staff of more than 3,000, CNATT is responsible for
the training of more than 110,000 students annually.
CNATT provides formal technical training in the
maintenance of aircraft, aircraft systems and
associated equipment, and is also the primary
advisor to Commander, Naval Air Systems Command for
the design and acquisition of aviation maintenance
CNATT is the technical
training agent for the Naval Aviation Enterprise, an
organization designed to advance and sustain naval
aviation warfighting capabilities at an affordable
cost, and is the largest training center under Naval
Education and Training Command.
news from Center for Naval Aviation Technical
Training, visit www.navy.mil/local/cnatt/ .
NNS150826-05. NAVCENT Commander Awarded
Bahrain Medal of the First Class
Communication Specialist 1st Class Robert Zahn,
COMUSNAVCENT Public Affairs
(NNS) -- Vice Adm. John Miller, commander, U.S.
Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet and the
Combined Maritime Forces, received the Bahrain Medal
of the First Class from His Majesty King Hamad bin
Isa Al Khalifa, Aug. 24, during a visit to the
kingdom's Al-Sakhir Palace.
"It is an honor
to receive this award from His Majesty, the King,"
said Miller. "While it may be me standing there, I'm
really standing in for the women and men of our
Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard who built the
foundation for our long-lasting and mutually
beneficial relationship with Bahrain over the years.
This award represents all their hard work and
sacrifices to maintain security and stability in
The presentation came when His
Majesty received U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain William
Roebuck, accompanied by Vice Adm. Miller, to mark
the completion of the admiral's tenure in Bahrain,
and the arrival of his successor, Vice Adm. Kevin
The king praised the strong
friendship between the United States and the Kingdom
of Bahrain, which increased mutual understanding and
strengthened defense cooperation. He also lauded
Miller for his efforts during his time in command to
maintaining stability in the region.
said such cooperation is a two-way street.
"His Majesty, the King, has been an integral part of
building upon the close friendship between our two
nations," the admiral added. "The result has been
long-lasting ties between the United States and the
Kingdom of Bahrain, which I know will pay dividends,
both now and into the future."
For more news
from Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central
Command/5th Fleet, visit www.navy.mil/local/cusnc/ .
NNS150826-03. Don't Wait -
From Navy Installations Command
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The time
to prepare for an emergency is before the first
raindrop falls, the first crack of lightning
splinters the sky, or the first media report of a
storm warning elevates your fear factor.
time to make a plan is now-don't wait! This urgent
theme of action is the focus of September's National
Preparedness Month: Don't wait. Communicate! Make an
emergency plan today that includes how you'll
communicate with your family if disaster strikes.
"We may not know when a wildfire will break out
or a flood will occur, but with a communication
plan, your family will know who and how to contact
someone so you'll know if our loved ones are safe in
any emergency," said Jeff Sanford, Navy
Installations Command emergency management
specialist. "Having a documented and
well-thought-out plan can be the difference between
calm and panic in a storm or other disastrous
Your communications plan should
include how to advise your family members on your
status, location, next steps, and a place to go
where you'll be safe and can be found.
Sailors, civilian personnel, and families are urged
to assess their readiness at home and abroad and act
during the month-long campaign culminating with
America's PrepareAthon! (AP!) National Day of Action
on September 30.
There are several other ways
to participate in National Preparedness Month and
* Follow @ReadyNavy, @Readygov, and
@PrepareAthon and share the conversation with
#NatlPrep and #PrepareAthon.
* Conduct an
emergency drill at home to practice your escape
routes, such fire, or tornado exercise.
Register to receive Wide Area Alert Network and
local emergency alerts.
* Purchase flood
insurance, which can take 30-days to go into effect.
* Collect and safeguard important documents
(e.g. insurance policies and birth records).
Assemble or update emergency supply kits.
For more information on Ready Navy, visit
www.Ready.Navy.mil, or contact Ready Navy by e-mail
at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (202)433-9348,
Follow Ready Navy on Facebook
(www.facebook.com/ReadyNavy), Twitter (@ReadyNavy),
YouTube, and Instagram.
For more information
on Navy Installations Command, visit
www.CNIC.navy.mil and www.navy.mil/local/cni/.
NNS150826-02. US Sailors, Marines
Enhance Regional Cooperation During CARAT Thailand
From Task Force 73 Public Affairs
SATTAHIP NAVAL BASE, Thailand (NNS) -- The 21st
annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training
(CARAT) exercise between the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine
Corps, and the Royal Thai Armed Forces began Aug. 27
in the vicinity of Sattahip Naval Base.
Thailand phase of CARAT 2015 consists of eight days
of shore-based and at-sea training events, through
Sept. 3, designed to address shared maritime
security concerns, build relationships, and enhance
interoperability among participating forces.
"CARAT Thailand continues to be a great venue to
promote regional security cooperation," said Rear
Adm. Charlie Williams, commander, Task Force 73.
"Twenty-one years of CARAT brings complexity and
sophistication to this exercise, which allows our
navies to refine tactics and enhance readiness to
meet emerging maritime challenges."
a series of bilateral naval exercises between the
U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and the armed forces
of Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia,
Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and
More than 1,000 U.S. military
members will participate in CARAT Thailand alongside
their counterparts from the Royal Thai Armed
Services. The exercise will feature amphibious
landings, surface warfare drills, visit, board,
search and seizure demonstrations, maritime patrol
and reconnaissance operations, coastal riverine
training, diving and salvage operations, and
community outreach engagements by U.S. Navy Seabees
and the U.S. 7th Fleet Band.
Thailand focuses on legacy maritime security
training, this year's exercise will have increased
emphasis on Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief
(HA-DR), search and rescue, and community outreach
After more than two decades of
annual CARAT training engagements between U.S. and
Thai armed forces, the exercise reflects the
maturity of regional defense cooperation between the
"CARAT 2015 will allow our
forces to continue enhancing our interoperability
while addressing shared maritime security
priorities," said Capt. H.B. Le, commodore,
Destroyer Squadron 7. "The exercise demonstrates our
commitment to our regional partnerships and
stability and security in the Asia-Pacific."
American units participating in the exercise include
the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD
42), a P-3C Orion, Naval Mobile Construction
Battalion 5, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit
5, Coastal Riverine Group 1, Mobile Diving and
Salvage Unit 5 and U.S. Marines assigned to the 3rd
Marine Expeditionary Brigade.
Task Force 73 and Destroyer Squadron 7 staff conduct
advanced planning, organize resources and directly
support the execution of maritime exercises such as
the bilateral CARAT series, the Naval Engagement
Activity with Vietnam, and the multilateral
Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training with Brunei,
Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and
For more news from Commander, Task
Force 73, visit www.navy.mil/local/ctf73/ .
NNS150826-01. USS Frank Cable Holds
Change of Command
From USS Frank Cable Public
POLARIS POINT, Guam (NNS) -- The
submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) held a
change of command ceremony pierside on Polaris
Point, Aug. 26.
In front of Frank Cable crew,
dignitaries, commanding officers, family and
friends, Capt. Andrew St. John relieved Capt. Mark
Benjamin as Frank Cable's commanding officer during
a change of command ceremony held on the pier.
Rear Adm. Phillip Sawyer, commander, Submarine
Force U.S. Pacific Fleet, was the guest speaker at
the ceremony where he congratulated Benjamin and the
crew of Frank Cable on a job well done.
"Mark, you and your team, which is a hybrid crew of
civilian mariners and Sailors, can be justifiably
proud of all they have accomplished together," said
Sawyer. "To all of the men and women of Frank Cable,
please accept my profound gratitude for everything
you do day in and day out. Everything you do matters
and helps form the most formidable Navy in the
Sawyer presented the Legion of Merit
award to Benjamin for his accomplishments during his
time as commanding officer.
tenure as commanding officer, the ship completed
more than 522 thousand man-days in support of
submarines and surface vessels in the U.S. 5th and
7th Fleet areas of responsibility and earned
numerous awards including the Battle Efficiency
"I am so proud of this crew. When I
took command, I tasked them with making tenders more
relevant while increasing our repair capacity," said
Benjamin. "They have done exactly that. Frank Cable
has restored capabilities onboard that were lost and
we have become more relevant to the Navy. We are
doing things now that haven't been done since our
fathers and grandfathers were on these ships."
Benjamin will report to Commander, Submarine
Group 7 as chief of staff in Yokosuka, Japan.
St. John, a native of Texas, received his
commission in 1991 after graduating from Rice
University with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. He
most recently served as the chief of staff for Joint
Interagency Task Force West, the executive agent for
DoD counter-narcotic efforts within U.S. Pacific
St. John said he is excited to
command Frank Cable, and hopes to exemplify the
significance of the Navy's submarine tender force
during his time aboard.
"Across these decks,
have walked some of the giants in the United States
Navy and the crew assembled before us today is no
less impressive, added St. John. "The future of
Frank Cable is bright and you, her crew, should be
proud of all your accomplishments in making Frank
Cable a true warship that fixes warships."
Frank Cable, forward-deployed to the island of Guam,
conducts maintenance and support of submarines and
surface vessels deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet area
For more news on Frank
Cable (AS 40), visit www.cable.navy.mil,
NNS020626-13. This Day in Naval History - Aug.
From Naval History and Heritage Command,
Communication and Outreach Division
The brig USS Washington seizes the Spanish slaver
Amistad, near Montauk Point, N.Y. The Africans are
held on murder charges due to their prior seizure of
the ship in July. The case goes to the Supreme Court
in Jan. 1841, and former President John Quincy Adams
successfully argues the defendants' case.
1843 - The day after the steam frigate, USS
Missouri, becomes the first steam-powered ship to
complete a Trans-Atlantic crossing, she accidently
catches on fire, explodes and sinks at Gibraltar,
without loss of life.
1912 - A detachment of
Marines from USS Rainbow lands at Camp Nicholson,
near Shanghai, China, to protect American interests
from local revolutionaries.
1944 - Motor
torpedo boats PT-511, PT-514, and PT-520 take part
in a night engagement that turns back the last
German attempt to reinforce the besieged garrison at
La Havre. The PTs sink Germany artillery ferries
AFP-98 and AFP-108.
1949 - While operating in
stormy seas off northern Norway, USS Cochino (SS
345) suffers a series of serious battery explosions
that result in her loss. Though Cochino's crew is
successfully rescued by USS Tusk (SS 426), the
submarine loses seven of her own men during this
NNS150827-04. Navy's First
Mrs. Sybil Stockdale Ombudsman of the Year Award
By Navy Installations
Command Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) --
The Navy announced recipients of the 2015 Mrs. Sybil
Stockdale Ombudsman of the Year Award August 25.
While formally recognizing four notably outstanding
individuals, the award honors the dedication and the
contributions of all ombudsmen.
awardees, who were nominated by their commanding
officers for serving their command and families with
extraordinary, selfless dedication and commitment to
family readiness, are:
* Ms. Karina
Dickinson, Ombudsman for USS New York (LPD 21),
representing the U.S. Fleet Forces Command
Mrs. Cheryl Trujillo, Ombudsman for USS Hopper (DDG
70), representing the U.S. Pacific Fleet
Mrs. Ronye McCarthy, Naval Station Rota Ombudsman
Assembly Chair and Ombudsman for Commander, Task
Force (CTF) 68, representing Navy shore activities
* Mrs. Colleen G. Weaver, Ombudsman for Navy
Operational Support Center Sacramento, representing
the Navy Reserve Force
Named in honor of Mrs.
Sybil Stockdale the award memorializes her steadfast
support to families of prisoners of war (POW)
throughout her husband's, Vice Adm. James Bond
Stockdale, seven-year internment in Southeast Asia
during the Vietnam War. She became a co-founder and
national coordinator of the National League of
Families, a nonprofit organization that worked on
behalf of American Vietnam-era Missing in Action and
POW Families, serving as their liaison to the White
House and the Department of Defense.
award recognizes Sybil Stockdale who selflessly
helped others and has continued to serve as an
inspiration to all military families, including our
amazing ombudsmen who go above and beyond for the
Navy family," said Vice Adm. Dixon R. Smith,
Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC).
The recipients will be formally recognized at a
ceremony at the San Diego Town and Country Resort
Sept. 24 hosted by the San Diego Armed Services
YMCA, USO San Diego, the San Diego Navy League and
the Fleet & Family Support Center.
Family Ombudsman Program was created in 1970 by
Admiral E.R. Zumwalt, Jr., then chief of naval
operations (CNO), to improve communication between
commands and the families of Sailors who served in
Additional information about the 2015
Mrs. Sybil Stockdale Ombudsman of the Year Award and
the Navy's ombudsman program can be found here.
Click here to view NAVADMIN 201/15 - 2015 MRS.
Sybil Stockdale Ombudsman of The Year Award
For more news from Commander, Navy
Installations Command, visit
NNS150827-18. Air Training Center Offers New
From Center for Naval
Aviation Technical Training Public Affairs
PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- Instructors at Naval Air
Technical Training Center (NATTC) began teaching a
revised course in August which incorporates new
technology and maintains Aviation Structural
Mechanics' (AM) readiness throughout the Naval
Aviation Enterprise (NAE).
NATTC's Mechanical Department redesigned the
curriculum for the Navy and Marine Corps
Non-Destructive Inspection (NDI) 'C' School, a
three-month course encompassing the five methods of
NDI used in naval aviation. According to Aviation
Structural Mechanic 1st Class (AW/SW) James Bowers,
an NDI instructor, the course should have a positive
impact throughout the fleet.
students are getting, what we're able to teach them
about NDI techniques, is something they'll bring to
their shops, whether with a squadron, aboard a
carrier or at a (maintenance) facility," he said.
"These engineers are learning to use some of the
newest technology available to ensure we keep our
aircraft flying. Our job is to train students to
inspect critical aircraft structures, components and
aircraft related equipment for damage prior to
component or equipment failure."
Nondestructive inspection, also called
nondestructive testing (NDT) and nondestructive
examination (NDE), is the examination of an object
or material with technology that does not damage a
product or material or affect its future usefulness.
A wide range of nondestructive testing methods are
available to help an engineer examine problems and
various defects in an assortment of materials under
Bowers said they
updated the course curriculum by incorporating new
equipment to align with equipment used in the fleet,
including the addition of the Computed Radiography
(CR) system, a nearly two-month portion of the
course which is at the forefront of NDI skills.
"This is a completely new piece of equipment and
this has changed how radiography is performed and
x-ray images are processed," he said. "We've
eliminated the need for expensive one-time use x-ray
film, which can typically cost $300-$700 for a box
of fifty sheets. The CR system uses an image plate
to capture an image and store it for processing."
Bowers added that the image plate can be used
several thousand times, a number resulting in a
significant reduction to training costs.
During their service lives, industrial components
need regular nondestructive tests to detect damage
that may be difficult or expensive to find using
other methods, Bowers said. Aircraft skins can
develop cracks, components might develop corrosion,
pipes and tubing components are subject to erosion,
corrosion and cracking, and wire ropes and cables
can suffer from weather, vibration and high loads,
developing breaks and other damage.
"Components associated with the skin of the aircraft
are under enormous amounts of stress," he said.
"These NDI technicians are the first-line defense
for the overall health of an aircraft - what they
see when using the techniques we're teaching here at
NATTC is saving lives and ensuring the readiness of
aircraft throughout the fleet."
said the NATTC Mechanical Department received a new
magnetic particle inspection bench, replacing a
twenty-year-old version, as well as a replacement
for the department's 15-year-old ultrasonic scanner.
"We're training the next generation of
aviation structural mechanics in technologies used
around the world," he said. "What we're doing here
will ultimately keep our pilots safe, our aircraft
in the air and our Navy ready."
For more than
70 years, the Naval Air Technical Training Center
has been providing training and increasing readiness
within the Naval Aviation Enterprise (NAE). The
facility graduates approximately 15,000 Navy, Marine
and international students annually and is part of
the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training
(CNATT), which provides single site management for
Navy and Marine Corps aviation technical training.
CNATT is the technical training agent for
the Naval Aviation Enterprise (NAE), an organization
designed to advance and sustain naval aviation
warfighting capabilities at an affordable cost, and
is the largest training center under the Naval
Education and Training Command.
news from Center for Naval Aviation Technical
Training, visit www.navy.mil/local/cnatt/.
NNS150827-17. AEODRS Tactical EOD
Robotic Program Approved for Engineering and
Manufacturing Development Phase
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Naval Sea
Systems Command approved Milestone B for the Advance
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Robotic System (AEODRS)
Tactical Operations variant (Increment 2) Aug. 18.
The AEODRS program is developing a new
family of interoperable EOD robotic systems. Rear
Adm. Thomas Kearney, director for Acquisition and
Commonality at NAVSEA approved the Increment 2 for
Milestone B which allows the Tactical Operations
variant to proceed to the engineering and
manufacturing development phase.
interoperable approach is based on a
Government-owned common architecture that utilizes
common physical, electrical, and logical interfaces.
This enables the creation of a family of unmanned
ground vehicle systems with a high degree
interoperability and interchangeability to enable
rapid integration of new technologies across the
three AEODRS EOD robots.
Operations system (Increment 1) is the smallest
variant and must be light enough to be transported
via a backpack. The primary mission focus of this
system is on reconnaissance.
Operations variant (Increment 2), which received
Milestone B approval, is a medium-sized system that
must be transportable via an EOD response vehicle
and capable of being carried by two technicians over
a moderate distance. The primary mission focus of
this variant is on in-depth reconnaissance and
wide-range item prosecution. The Increment 2 robot
will replace the EOD Man Transportable Robotic
System that first went into full rate production in
The Base/Infrastructure Operations
system (Increment 3) is the largest variant and
requires transportation via a large response
vehicle/trailer. Increment 3's primary mission
includes maximum load/lift capabilities and the
widest-range of EOD neutralization, render-safe, and
other special capabilities.
adoption of this modular, open architecture approach
across all three Increments we will be better able
to integrate emergent technologies and improve
overall capability of EOD warfighters," said Capt.
Aaron Peters, program manager, NAVSEA Expeditionary
Missions Program Office.
The Milestone B
Approval comes one month after the program conducted
a successful Prime System Integrator Industry
Awareness day to exchange AEODRS Increment 2
technical specifications, industry access to system
test bed, the draft solicitation and program
The AEODRS program is managed by
PMS408 Expeditionary Missions Program Office as part
of the Naval Sea Systems Command's Directorate for
Acquisition and Commonality. The directorate brings
together personnel dedicated to bridging
communication gaps between government and industry,
in order to enable cost and variance reductions
throughout the acquisition lifecycle. The
directorate also provides leadership support to
expeditionary missions, and the Explosive Ordnance
Disposal and special warfare communities.
more news from Naval Sea Systems Command, visit
NNS150827-16. Chief of Chaplains Visits NRC
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brandon
Martin, Navy Recruiting Command Public Affairs
MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- Navy
Recruiting Command (NRC) hosted Rear Adm. Margaret
Grun Kibben, chief of Navy chaplains, in a visit to
Naval Support Activity (NSA) Mid-South Aug. 25.
During her visit, Kibben met with several
members of NRC including eight Chaplain Corps
program officers to discuss the status of
recruiting, the chaplain candidate program, and the
new program authorizations for chaplain applicants.
"Visits like this ensure we're on the same page
when it comes to recruiting highly qualified
religious ministry professionals to help us meet the
diverse religious and spiritual needs of our
people," Kibben said. "Our new program
qualifications have clearly raised the bar in terms
of the leadership skills and education we're after
in our applicants."
The Chaplain Corps'
program officers are spread across the U.S.
currently looking for workforce clergy from various
faith groups and traditions who are interested in
diverse and unique opportunities for ministry.
Prospective chaplains must be ready to serve in a
religiously diverse and institutional environment
and to minister outside of conventional settings.
"As chaplains, we provide religious support to
service members and families of our own faith group,
and we also facilitate religious support to service
members and families of other faith groups," said
Capt. Fred McGuffin, senior Chaplain Corps recruiter
and command chaplain for NRC.
diverse we are as a Chaplain Corps, the better
positioned we are to meet the diverse religious and
spiritual needs of our people. When a service member
connects with a chaplain, whether it's from their
particular faith tradition or not, it helps affirm
that one can be a person of faith serving God while
serving in the Navy," he added.
The Chief of
Chaplains expressed how thankful she was for the
opportunity to meet with the chaplain program
officers and discuss chaplain recruiting.
"These chaplains play a key role in helping the
Chaplain Corps meet our mission, and we must
celebrate their successful recruiting efforts over
the past year," said Kibben.
discerning a call to serve as a Navy chaplain?
for more information and to connect with a
For more news from Commander, Navy
Recruiting Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/cnrc/.
NNS150827-15. Tin Can
Sailors Reunion Group Visits NAVSTA Newport
By Bob Krekorian, NAVSTA Newport Public Affairs
NEWPORT, R.I. (NNS) -- More than 100
destroyermen, members of the National Association of
Destroyer Veterans/Tin Can Sailors, and their
spouses and guests, concluded their 2015 reunion
visit to Naval Station (NAVSTA) Newport, Aug. 27.
The visit included an orientation at the Surface
Warfare Officers School (SWOS) and a presentation by
the Naval War College Museum on the history of the
Navy in Narragansett Bay.
association reunion that gathered in Warwick, Rhode
Island, were the USS Ammen (DD 527), USS Borie (DD
704), USS Philip (DD/DDE 498), and USS Wiltsie (DD
716) reunion groups. The association headquarters is
located in Somerset, Massachusetts.
the destroyermen group were World War II veterans
Byron Seales, 93, of Mason, Ohio; and Hazard
Benedict, 92, of Boston, Massachusetts.
served in the South Pacific aboard destroyers that
came to be known as Tin Cans because the ships were
designed with thin steel hulls.
aboard the destroyer USS Philip (DD/DDE 498) and the
destroyer USS Orleck (DD 886) as a fire controlman
2nd Class. Enlisting at age 23, he served from
December 1941 to December 1945 and saw action when
Japanese bombers attacked LSTs (Landing Ship, Tank)
carrying cargo and personnel to the captured Pacific
"The main fleet of battleships,
carriers, cruisers and troop ships could not go out
to sea without the destroyer escorts," Seales said.
"Enemy submarines were always a dangerous threat."
"The Tin Can thin hulls allowed them to be more
maneuverable in order to chase the Japanese
submarines," Seales said.
aboard the Philip as a radarman 2nd class. Enlisting
at 17, he served in the South Pacific from January
1941 to June 1946. His most memorable experience was
seeing the Japanese suicide bombers attack U.S.
Naval forces. He attended recruit training at Naval
Training Station, Newport.
Other Tin Can
Sailors who attended the 2015 reunion with spouses
and family served during the Korean War and during
the Vietnam era.
One hundred and sixty-five
group members visited Memorial Hall, SWOS, for
orientations in the Full Mission Bridge I and II
ship handling simulators, littoral combat ship (LCS)
I and II bridge simulators, and the gas turbine
The SWOS training
simulators are used to train surface warfare
officers on the fundamentals of ship handling and
surface warfare tactics.
During the SWOS
visit, group members also had an opportunity to view
the Pentagon 911 Memorial located in Memorial Hall.
Shortly after 911, Memorial Hall was named and
dedicated to honor the six Naval officers from the
surface warfare community who died 911 in the
Pentagon terrorist attack.
Welch, commanding officer, SWOS, was the guest
speaker, Aug. 26, at the group's dinner. He
presented an overview of SWOS training programs and
"The challenge is how
to deliver cost effective training in a demanding
and fiscally constrained environment," Welch said.
He told group members that an Enlisted Engineering
Program has been added.
He said the Navy is
looking to recruit a more educated Sailor with a
good moral track record.
Life aboard one of
the early Tin Cans is described in Living in a Tin
Can: The USS Bainbridge (DD 246), published in 1996
by retired Navy Lt. Cmdr. Howard E. Lyon. The author
compiled the collective stories of the Sailors who
served aboard the third Bainbridge following her
re-commissioning in 1921.
Most of the stories
were provided by Sailors who served in the Atlantic
when Bainbridge was a convoy escort during the
German submarine offensive of 1942.
headquarters at NAVSTA Newport, SWOS oversees 10
learning sites, which provide more than 1,000
courses a year to 78,000 Sailors fleet wide. The
command also provides training to many international
For more news from Naval Station
Newport, visit www.navy.mil/local/nsnewport/.
NNS150827-14. First of Class
Research Vessel Neil Armstrong (AGOR 27) Completes
From PEO Ships Public
ANACORTES, Wash. (NNS) -- The
first-of-class oceanographic research vessel R/V
Neil Armstrong (AGOR 27), successfully completed
acceptance trials Aug. 7 the Navy reported Aug. 27.
Neil Armstrong is a modern mono-hull research
vessel based on commercial design, capable of
integrated, interdisciplinary, general purpose
oceanographic research in coastal and deep ocean
The Navy's Board of Inspection and
Survey (INSURV) found the ship to be well-built and
inspection-ready. The trials evaluated the ship's
major systems and equipment to include
demonstrations of the ship's main propulsion system,
dynamic positioning system, navigation, cranes and
winches, and communication systems.
trials are the final major milestone prior to
delivering Neil Armstrong," said Mike Kosar, program
manager for the Support Ships, Boats and Craft
office within the Program Executive Office, Ships.
"Neil Armstrong performed very well during these
trials, especially for a first of class vessel. The
results of these tests and the outstanding fit,
finish and quality of the vessel, stand as a
testament to the preparation and effort of our
entire shipbuilding team. It reflects the
exceptionalism of AGOR 27's namesake, Neil
Acceptance trials represent the
cumulative efforts following a series of in-port and
underway inspections conducted jointly by the AGOR
Program Office, SUPSHIP, and builder Dakota Creek
Industries throughout the construction, test and
trials process. The trials are the last significant
shipbuilding milestone before delivery of the ship
to the Navy, expected to occur this fall.
Neil Armstrong Class AGORS are 238 feet long and
incorporate the latest technologies, including
high-efficiency diesel engines, emissions controls
for stack gasses, and new information technology
tools both for monitoring shipboard systems and for
communicating with the world. These ships will
provide scientists with the tools and capabilities
to support ongoing research including in the
Atlantic, western Pacific and Indian Ocean regions
across a wide variety of missions.
Armstrong will be capable of assisting with
integrated, interdisciplinary, general purpose
oceanographic research in coastal and deep ocean
areas. The ship will be operated by the Woods Hole
Oceanographic Institution under a charter party
agreement with Office of Naval Research (ONR). The
vessel will operate with a crew of 20 with
accommodations for 24 scientists.
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. Delivering
high-quality war fighting assets - while balancing
affordability and capability - is key to supporting
the Navy's maritime strategy.
For more news
from Naval Sea Systems Command, visit
NNS150827-12. NECC Deputy Commander Visits STEM
Students, Veterans in Phoenix
By Lt. Cmdr.
Jennifer Cragg, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command
PHOENIX (NNS) -- Rear Adm.
Sandy Adams, deputy commander, Navy Expeditionary
Combat Command (NECC) participated in a Navy
executive engagement visit, Aug. 24-25 in Phoenix.
During her visit Adams met with Sailors assigned
to Navy Recruiting District Phoenix, local
government officials and members of the Chamber of
Adams emphasized the importance of
participating in the outreach program to help inform
the capabilities of America's Navy.
honored to participate in the Navy's Executive
Outreach program because I believe it provides an
ideal opportunity to share what America's Navy does
to protect and defend all of our freedoms," said
Adams. "When it comes to protecting and defending
America, being there matters and America's Navy is
already there. They are there around the clock, far
from our shores, defending America at all times."
One of the highlights of her visit while
informing citizens of Phoenix about America's Navy
was watching Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training
Corps Sea Perch demonstrations at Greenway High
School, which serves to encourage the next
generation of scientists and engineers to pursue
science, technology, engineering and mathematics
"Within the Navy
Expeditionary Combat Force our men and women have
accomplished missions in over 40 countries on seven
continents in support of six geographic and three
functional combatant commands over the past 10
years," said Adams, who added that the missions our
force engages in require the use of systems
developed through advances made in science,
technology, engineering and math.
also included meetings with the Arizona Director of
Veterans' Service, MANA House veterans, and
leadership at Arizona State University's Pat Tillman
Adams' two-day visit was
part of a Navy Executive Outreach program to inform,
educate and increase America's understanding of the
Navy, its people and its importance to national
security, global trade and prosperity.
is an enduring warfighting force providing
expeditionary capabilities across the full range of
military operations in sea-to-shore and inland
operating environments focused on delivering combat
support and combat service support ready for
worldwide operations now and into the future.
NNS150827-11. SPAWAR Reserve
Unit 406 Sailor Receives NDIA "Twice A Citizen
By Tina C. Stillions, Space and Naval
Warfare Systems Command Public Affairs
DIEGO (NNS) -- Space and Naval Warfare Systems
Command (SPAWAR) Reserve Unit 406 Chief Yeoman Diana
Anderson was selected as one of four winners of the
National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) 2015
"Twice a Citizen" Award Aug. 26.
awardee received a check for $1,500. The check and
the award certificate were presented at the Navy
Gold Coast NDIA awards luncheon in San Diego.
During her career, Anderson spent time at Camp
Eggers in Afghanistan and Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti,
Africa where she taught school-age children the
"If the children know how
to speak English, they have an advantage," said
Anderson. "It sets them up to be successful."
Following her mobilization, Anderson returned to
her job as a human resource specialist for Fleet and
Family Readiness, Navy Region Southwest. She said
she is currently aspiring to be a Big Sister mentor.
"The rewards of volunteering are not tangible;
you feel it inside. When you see the results, it is
invaluable," she said. "You have to go out and get
that, experience it because it's indescribable and
there are so many organizations that need help."
The Twice A Citizen Award goes back to 2002 when
the NDIA San Diego Chapter initiated a cash
recognition program for National Guard and Reserve
Component members. In the early years, there were
seven awards made with a single award going to a
single selectee from each Reserve Component. By the
fourth year, the program criteria for selection
morphed into a "best of the best" award, regardless
of branch of service. In 2006, the award recognized
those individuals who put their careers on hold to
deploy during the Global War on Terror, counter
narcotics and contingency operations around the
"Diana continues a long-tradition of
SPAWAR Reserve Sailors," said Capt. Craig Schorr,
director SPAWAR Reserve Program. "These are the
Sailors who go above and beyond to support our Navy,
our Sailors and the fleet."
As the Navy's
Information Dominance systems command, SPAWAR
designs, develops and deploys advanced
communications and information capabilities. With
more than 8,900 active duty military and civil
service professionals located around the world and
close to the fleet, SPAWAR is at the forefront of
research, engineering, acquisition and support
services that provide vital decision superiority to
our forces at the right time and for the right cost.
For more news on the Space and Naval Warfare
Systems Command, visit
For more news from Space and Naval Warfare
Systems Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/spawar/.
NNS150827-10. Pearl Harbor
Survivor Meets with CPO Selectees, Chief's Mess
By Zach Mott, Training Support Center Great
Lakes Public Affairs
GREAT LAKES, Ill. (NNS)
-- As one of the last living Pearl Harbor survivors,
retired Chief Boatswain's Mate Joe Triolo has spoken
many times in many places but he recently had the
chance to speak about another side of his Navy
career while visiting Training Support Center Great
Lakes, Aug. 26.
Triolo met with chief petty
officer (CPO) selectees and members of the Chief's
Mess from various commands across Naval Station
Great Lakes to talk about how he earned chief and
the impact it had on his career and life.
Triolo became a chief in 1945 during the final
months of the war in the Pacific. While aboard a
carrier in Buckner Bay, Okinawa, Japan, the yeoman
stopped him and said, "Triolo, you're chief now. And
that was it," Triolo, now 95, said.
retired from the Navy in 1958 after serving in World
War II, the Korean War and at Recruit Training
Command Great Lakes. He then went on to be a teacher
and counselor with the North Chicago School
Today, 70 years after he was first
called 'chief,' there is more ceremony for the most
recent CPO selectees. However, the sentiment and
composition of a chief remains constant through
"I think the basic reason for
making chief is the same reason I made chief," he
said. "They're devoted people, they'll put their
life on the line and they will do their duty.
There's no doubt about it. They're just as committed
as we were and we were at war."
selectees said they were honored to listen to Triolo
speak and humbled by his service and sacrifices.
"A lot of the traditions (of being a chief petty
officer) hold true today," said Chief (Select) Fire
Controlman (SW) Shod Williams, an instructor for FC
'A' School, Center for Surface Combat Systems Unit
(CSCSU). "The role of the chief petty officer is
still the backbone of the Navy."
news from Training Support Center, Great Lakes,
NNS150827-09. NAVSUP FLC Norfolk Holds Change of
From NAVSUP FLC Norfolk Office of
NORFOLK (NNS) --
Capt. Kurt Waymire was relieved by Capt. Patrick J.
O'Connor as commanding officer of Naval Supply
Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center
(FLC) Norfolk in a ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk
Waymire assumed command of NAVSUP
FLC Norfolk on April 11, 2013. His previous
assignment was as Naval Supply Systems Command chief
of staff. He will report next to Commander,
Submarine Force Atlantic as the force supply
During his time as commanding
officer, his accomplishments included leading NAVSUP
FLC Norfolk in the execution of more than 40
thousand contract actions worth $20 billion in
contract value and overseeing changes in global
husbanding procedures for ship's port visits,
improving service to the fleet.
the beneficiary of a lot of great leaders here,"
said Waymire. "The entire team has just been
incredible; it has been a treat for me to serve as
your commanding officer."
(Select) Peter Stamatopoulos, U.S. Fleet Forces
Command fleet supply officer, served as the guest
speaker. In his remarks he spoke about the size and
the importance of the NAVSUP FLC Norfolk mission and
how Waymire's leadership has benefitted the fleet
during his tour.
"Every commander on the
waterfront and every strike group commander
absolutely understands what you are all about and
what logistics support you bring to the fight," he
In his remarks, O'Connor thanked the
Sailors and civilians who make up the NAVSUP FLC
Norfolk team and closed with a quote from President
Harry S. Truman, "It is amazing what you can
accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit."
NAVSUP FLC Norfolk, one of eight fleet logistics
centers under NAVSUP Global Logistics Support (GLS),
provides operational logistics, business and support
services to fleet, shore and industrial commands
with 37 separate locations in three Navy regions.
For more news from Naval Supply Systems Command,
NNS150827-07. NRL Scientist Receives Outstanding
Lifetime Achievement Award
By Daniel Parry,
U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Peter Wilhelm, retired
director, Naval Center for Space Technology, U.S.
Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), was awarded the Dr.
Fred E. Saalfeld Award for Outstanding Lifetime
Achievement in Science, Aug. 26, during a ceremony
at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) headquarters
in Arlington, Virginia.
The Saalfeld Award
is the highest scientific award that can be bestowed
upon a naval research scientist by the ONR. Wilhelm
was conferred the award for contributions to the
Department of Defense, the Department of the Navy,
and the nation over the span of his career in the
areas of intelligence, surveillance and
reconnaissance, science, design engineering,
navigation, and tactical communications.
Wilhelm's extraordinary leadership and inspirational
vision have contributed substantially to ensuring
the nation's continued leadership in space," said
Dr. Bhakta Rath, associate director of research for
Materials Science and Component Technology at NRL.
"His innovative concepts in the areas of satellite
launch, orbit insertion, transfer, and maneuvering
systems have benefited American taxpayers by making
major national space systems affordable, while also
permitting their development and operational
deployment in service of the warfighter."
Since the advent of the Space Age in the late 1950s,
Wilhelm has provided technical expertise and
managerial leadership for some 100 scientific and
support satellites launched by NRL. He personally
oversaw the design, development and deployment of 48
of these spacecraft, making him one of the most
experienced space system engineers in the world
today. His technical achievements in
high-performance, long-life satellites, multiple
satellite launching systems, passive and active
gravity gradient stabilization systems, low
power-low weight electronics, station-keeping
micro-thrusters, and solid-state memory systems have
been critical to maintaining the United States'
superiority in space.
Among his many
contributions are his work on the world's first
reconnaissance satellite during the Cold War; the
design of the experimental and early satellites that
led to the world-changing global positioning system
(GPS); the design of the Clementine Satellite, which
photographed the entirety of the moon's surface and
discovered water at its poles; and the design of
WindSat, which measures wind speed and direction
over the oceans at a resolution that is directly
relevant to naval operations.
overall contributions over the past 55 years perhaps
will never be surpassed when it comes to space
systems. They include 26 intelligence, surveillance
and reconnaissance satellites, which provide
tactical and strategic support to the military,
security and intelligence services and national
decision makers; four satellites that proved out the
ultrahigh precision clock technology that underlies
GPS; 28 satellites hosting a variety of
one-of-a-kind scientific experiments to study, among
other things, solar radiation, radiofrequency
propagation, and new advanced materials for
communications, computational and other
technologies; seven satellites to provide
unprecedented tactical communications abilities; and
35 satellites to space qualify many new
technologies, such as gravity gradient
stabilization, attitude control, solid state
electronics, and laser communications and spacecraft
"All of this belies what perhaps is
his greatest accomplishment of all: the creation and
maintenance of a culture of innovation at NRL that
has earned it a prominent spot in the entire and
ongoing history of the U.S. space program," said
This award is named in honor of Dr.
Fred E. Saalfeld, the ONR executive and technical
director from 1993 - 2002.
For more news from
Naval Research Laboratory, visit www.nrl.navy.mil or
NNS150827-06. DHA Focus Group Hosted at Naval
By Douglas H Stutz, Naval
Hospital Bremerton Public Affairs
Wash. (NNS) -- A Tri-Service Defense Health Agency
(DHA) Focus Group visited Naval Hospital Bremerton
on Aug. 25, to assess Patient Centered Medical Home
(PCMH), identify best practices and obtain feedback
from staff and patients regarding access, care,
coordination, patient satisfaction, and quality.
NHB was highlighted due to having several
processes identified as "best practices" such as the
coordination between the Urgent Care Clinic and
Family Practice to providing timely patient-centered
"The DHA came to assess our
implementation of the medical home concept. In
regard to the best practices, we have some good
ideas that are still being implemented. DHA has been
watching the Puget Sound area and NHB in particular
and have heard good things on what we're doing,"
said Cmdr. David V. Thomas, NHB deputy director for
Medical Services, Ambulatory Care Nursing Specialty
leader and coordinator for the visit.
more commonly known as Medical Home Port - is NHB's
standardized primary care team model designed to
provide better access, continuity, wellness, and
disease management for patients.
way to find out if the program is effective is to
simply approach those providing healthcare as well
as those receiving it, which is exactly what
happened in the focus groups.
"We have heard
wonderful things about Naval Hospital Bremerton.
We're not here for an inspection, but to learn and
have one conversation lead into another. We know
that we need to talk to those on the staff doing the
work and also hear from the patients so we can make
the best decisions based on the best practices,"
said Regina M. Julian, DHA PCMH Primary Care chief,
who lead the visiting team of Tri-Service team of
Army, Navy, and Air Force experts on primary care
standardization, optimization and collaboration.
"What's working? What doesn't work? What needs
to be changed? What recommendations do you have?
Going over challenges and opportunities are all
things that we can take and present back in
Washington, D.C. on your behalf," Julian said.
According to Julian, NHB is one of 15 'listening
tours' the DHA Tri-Service team is visiting to focus
on subjects as better continuity, better access to
care, especially for acute needs, and reducing
Emphasis was also placed on
understanding what staff consider access to care
with Medical Home Port might very well be different
with what patients think.
always get more attention than good comments. That's
what we have to deal with and access to care remains
a priority," explained Julian.
session had the DHA team meet with patients so they
could voice their likes and dislikes on receiving
their medical care with NHB's Medical Home Port
"How easy is it to get access to care
here? We hear about cool stuff from the staff on
what they're doing, but we need to hear from
patients also," added Lt. Col. Del Lofton, U.S. Air
Force Medical Service Corps, and Access Improvement
Working Group chair.
explained that the main reason she came to the focus
group session was to share her opinion about the
overall management of her care and experiences by
Cmdr. Lucelina Badura, Navy Nurse Corps officer on
one of NHB's Medical Home Port teams.
thought I had a cold, which she quickly diagnosed as
pneumonia. That was important to catch because I
have had chemotherapy treatment. She knew my
background, and surprised me by mentioning my white
count. She looked at me and not just at her computer
when I was being seen. I liked that. She also
checked up on me so I felt like I was in good
hands," the patient said.
explained that a visit to the eye doctor went from
cataract treatment into immediate handling of a skin
condition by the Dermatology clinic.
instant same-day referral from one clinic to another
was a theme echoed by more than one patient in the
Another patient shared that her care
has been excellent all through her pregnancy and
knows she can schedule a timely appointment and ask
anyone in the OB/GYN department or Northwest
Beginnings Family Birth Center any question. But...
"Once here, parking isn't always ideal. There's
not always a good spot so I'm searching for one. It
can be a gamble. It is what it is," she said.
"Parking is a prime example of access to care.
More convenient parking is important to patients,"
"When I approach a staff member
in a clinic, I really don't want them to tell me
immediately what they can't do. I need to hear what
they can," commented one patient.
that customer service can be an issue. Just a smile
and being nice to someone can go a long ways. We are
working on it. We are putting together a program to
have ideally the same approach to treat patients
with appropriate focus," said Lofton.
Medical Home Port goal was initially implemented in
stages starting in 2011 to improve the partnership
between the patient, his/her primary care provider
and their primary care team, and where appropriate,
the patient's family. The partnership focuses on
sustaining and enhancing wellness in patients as
well as efficient delivery of comprehensive health
care services, based on every patient's needs.
Patients have an entire team responsible for
their healthcare. In addition to a primary care
manager (PCM), there will be a registered nurse
(RN), along with a hospital corpsman and/or medical
assistant as part of the healthcare team. Additional
physicians/providers are also part of the team to
fill in during absences. This team will partner with
each patient to fulfill administrative requests and
provide additional medical services.
Patients already enrolled in TRICARE Prime at NHB
are automatically assigned and can contact the
TRICARE Regional Appointment Center (TRAC) at
1-800-404-4506 to schedule an appointment.
Beneficiary with a question can contact the clinic
directly to speak with their Medical Home Port Team.
A representative from their team will contact them
within two business days for non-urgent issues.
"We also need to make sure we have multiple ways
in place so patients can get in touch with their
nurse or provider, where it's by secure messaging
with RelayHealth, on the phone or face-to-face,"
NHB continues to stress with
all patients on enrolling in RelayHealth, a secure
messaging system. RelayHealth allows two-way
communication between patients and their primary
care manager and Medical Home Port Team to answer
questions, refill medications, receive test results
Patients can request appointments,
renew prescriptions, ask non-urgent questions, and
receive lab results, all from their home computer.
This can reduce phone calls, waiting-room time, and
the time it takes to travel to their doctor's
office. Patients can use
www.relayhealth.com/patients to consult with their
doctors about non-urgent medical care needs.
The Nurse Advice Line (NAL) available at NHB is
staffed by a team of registered nurses who answer
healthcare questions and provide live advice 24/7.
NHB beneficiaries have the option to contact the NAL
for professional medical advice to help decide
whether self-care is the best option, or wait for an
appointment with their primary care manager, or seek
CPO Selectees Present NWUs to WWII-Era Retired CPO
From CNATT Public Affairs
(NNS) -- More than 100 Pensacola-area chief petty
officers and Class 122 chief petty officer selects
attended an Aug. 25 ceremony dedicated to an
89-year-old World War II-era retired chief petty
The ceremony, a presentation of the
Navy Working Uniform (NWUs) to retired Chief
Aviation Machinist's Mate William Spear, served not
only to reinforce the concept of brotherhood in one
of the most unique ranks that the United States Navy
boasts, but also to showcase the history and
heritage of the chief petty officer rank, according
to Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training
(CNATT) Command Master Chief (AW/SW) Michael
"Chief Spear represents a living
link to history," he said. "This is a Sailor - a
chief petty officer - who bore witness to some of
the historic naval battles of 70 years ago. Being
here today and meeting this new generation of chiefs
is something I know all of us wearing the anchor can
Spear, who retired in December
1963, had a chance meeting with a Class 122 CPO
selectee that initiated the presentation ceremony.
While at the NAS Pensacola Navy Exchange (NEX)
shopping for her port and starboard anchors, Naval
Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) Aviation
Boatswain's Mate (Launching and Recovery) 1st Class
(AW/SW) Susie Hursey noticed Spear shopping for
NWUs. She began talking with the retired Sailor, and
discovered he was buying the uniform to wear at his
Touched by the dedication to the
Navy that Spear showed, Hursey approached other
Class 122 CPO selects with the story, and they
collectively passed the hat and purchased the
complete uniform for him, presenting Spear with the
blue camouflage uniform during the ceremony.
"Seeing a retired chief picking out a uniform he
never wore on active duty reinforced what we as
Sailors, as future chief petty officers, should
embody," she said. "Chief Spear has been out of the
Navy for more than 50 years, and to know that he
wanted to be buried with the anchors he earned means
so much to us (Class 122 CPO selects) that we felt
it imperative to help one of ours, to show this
chief petty officer that the traditions he remembers
are still with us."
The United States Navy
and the United States Coast Guard are distinct among
the U.S. armed forces in that promotion to the
paygrade of E-7 traditionally has involved a season
of specialized activities known collectively as CPO
365-Phase II. The "induction season," as the
six-week process was previously called, is currently
ongoing, with Pensacola-area chief petty officer
selects scheduled to be "pinned" during an upcoming
"Part of being in the Navy is
recognizing and understanding the core values we as
Sailors all know," Knowles said. "These chief
selects are epitomizing these by working together
and ensuring their roles in the Navy we have all
chosen to serve remain intact."
time with Class 122 CPO selects discussing some of
the differences and similarities during the past
five decades of one of the most respected ranks in
the United States armed forces.
He said he
was surprised and touched by the generosity shown by
his fellow chief petty officers.
completely flabbergasted," he said.
joined the Navy in May 1944 in Pensacola at age 17.
He served the last 14 months of World War II aboard
the USS Pittsburgh (CA 72).
After he retired,
he returned to Pensacola, attended college and built
a general contracting business. He also worked with
the Department of Defense and spent three years in
Vietnam as a helicopter specialist.
suffers from a condition that affects his nervous
system and he cannot walk without help. Because of
his age, he decided it would be wise to make funeral
plans so that his family members would not have to
"I have my funeral expenses
all paid for," he said.
And now his uniform
is ready for when the time comes.
news from Naval Air Station Pensacola, visit
NNS150827-03. Fleet Master Chief Beldo Visits
From U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S.
10th Fleet Public Affairs
FORT MEADE, Md.
(NNS) -- U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet
(FCC/C10F) hosted the Fleet Master Chief of
Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education (MPT&E)
for a visit Aug. 21.
During her visit, Fleet
Master Chief (AW/SW) April Beldo received a command
brief and toured FCC/C10F spaces at the National
"I know there are a lot of
outstanding Sailors operating at the tip of the
spear," said Beldo. "They need to know Navy
leadership appreciates everything they do."
As part of the visit, she met with members from
FCC/C10F's Chief Mess and this year's chief
FCC/C10F selectees include:
Intelligence Specialist 1st Class Thomas Irwin,
Intelligence Specialist 1st Class Tyler Rubin,
Cryptologic Technician (Networks) 1st Class Carlos
Shelmire, Information Systems Technician 1st Class
Megan Gill, Information Systems Technician 1st
Cortney Grover and Yeoman 1st Class Marcus
Blackstock, Navy Reserve.
U.S. Fleet Cyber
Command serves as the Navy component command to U.S.
Strategic Command and U.S. Cyber Command, and the
Navy's Service Cryptologic Component commander under
the National Security Agency/Central Security
Service. Fleet Cyber Command also reports directly
to the Chief of Naval Operations as an Echelon II
U.S. 10th Fleet is the operational
arm of Fleet Cyber Command and executes its mission
through a task force structure.
For more news
from Commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th
Fleet, visit www.navy.mil/local/FCCC10F/.
NNS150827-02. New Military Postal System
Installation Aids Global Trade Compliance
Sky M. Laron, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Director of
(NNS) -- NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC)
Yokosuka and Military Postal Service Agency (MPSA)
personnel teamed together Aug. 8-26 to provide
training on a recent mail processing system
installation, which aids in meeting new federal
global trade compliance requirements.
United States Post Office and MPSA announced these
new requirements, effective Oct. 1, which will
impact all packages mailed at Navy Fleet Post
The new Global Trade
Compliance program requires the data on all customs
forms for packages mailed to and from Navy FPOs to
be entered into the U.S. Customs and Border
Protection (USCBP) database, similar to the way U.S.
Postal Service (USPS) post offices are currently
conducting business for international and military
packages with customs forms.
In order to meet
these new requirements a new system, which better
interfaces with USPS and USCBP, was installed and
postal clerks were trained on how to run it.
"We are updating the USPS dispatching system and
procedures using a military system, which provides
more transparency of U.S. mail for our customers
worldwide," said Larry Robinson, chief, Internal
Management Division, MPSA.
Postal clerks from
the U.S. Navy, Army, Air Force as well as the U.S.
Embassy in Tokyo were trained on Automated Military
Postal System (AMPS), the newest military system for
the tracking and accountability of military mail.
"The benefit of the initiative to our valued
communities is greater visibility of mailed items as
each mailed piece will now be nested to a receptacle
at the local Military Post Office," said Otilio
Santos, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Regional Postal Manager.
"This means that we now have awareness and
visibility of exactly where each mailed item is even
when turned over to the air carrier for transport
to/from CONUS [continental United States]."
The MPSA has been the single point of contact
between DoD and the USPS since 1980, said Robinson.
"The MPSA training team has been fantastic,
providing onsite and classroom training as well as
equipment setup," said Santos, adding that the FPOs
have what they need but it would save customers
valuable time at the post office if they came in
with their printed customs forms since USPS no
longer accepts the handwritten format.
humbly request that our valued customers have
patience through this major transition and highly
encourage them to complete their customs form online
at www.usps.com," said Santos.
Yokosuka personnel and many other DoD personnel
across the region now have the updated skills and
technology enabling them to continue providing
around-the-clock postal services, ensuring timely
delivery of mail across the Asia Pacific region.
NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka, one of eight fleet
logistics centers under NAVSUP Global Logistics
Support (GLS), is the Western Pacific region's
largest U.S. Navy logistics command, headquartered
just 26 miles due south of Tokyo, the enterprise
networks more than 20 sites from Misawa, Japan, to
Sydney, Australia; Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean
to Guam with a mission to serve the Asia Pacific
Region's forward deployed maritime warfighter with
around-the-clock logistics support.
NAVSUP and Navy Supply Corps team as a whole shares
one mission -- to deliver sustained global logistics
and quality-of-life support to the Navy and joint
warfighter. NAVSUP/Navy Supply Corps' diverse team
of more than 25,000 civilian and military personnel
oversee a diverse portfolio including supply chain
management for material support to Navy, Marine
Corps, joint and coalition partners, supply
operations, conventional ordnance, contracting,
resale, fuel, transportation, security assistance,
and quality-of-life issues for our naval forces,
including food service, postal services, Navy
Exchanges, and movement of household goods. The
NAVSUP/Navy Supply Corps team forms a vast network
of professionals who deliver unparalleled products
and services to customers in the fleet and across
For more news from Naval Supply
Systems Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/navsup/.
NNS150827-01. MCPON Visits
By Mass Communication Specialist
1st Class Joseph R. Vincent, Naval Air Station
Fallon Public Affairs
FALLON, Nev. (NNS) --
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike
Stevens conducted an all-hands call for Sailors at
Naval Air Station Fallon (NASF), Nevada, Aug. 24.
This was the first stop of a two-week visit to
various duty stations in Nevada and California.
During the visit, Stevens addressed NASF and
tenant command Sailors during an all-hands call in
the Warrior Fitness Center. He fielded questions on
a variety of topics including pay and benefits,
morale, and quality of life initiatives, to include
possible changes to the military retirement system.
"It's always great to visit our hard working
Sailors in Fallon," said Stevens. "I've been out
here on several occasions; twice as the MCPON. I
believe it's critical that we recognize the great
work that each of you are doing out here to ensure
Following the all-hands
call, Stevens took time for a photo opportunity with
"It was nice that the MCPON took
time out of his day for photos with us," said Yeoman
3rd Class Kadijah Jones. "It made me feel like he
genuinely cares for us and knows what it's like to
be in our shoes."
During his visit to NASF,
Stevens also met with the chief's mess, and
conducted several office calls with the commanding
officer and tenant command leadership.
wrapping up both the chief's and all-hands call,
Stevens detailed what he described as his most
important career advice for Sailors at all levels.
"I want you all to remember my Foundations to
Success," said Stevens. "Work hard every single day,
stay out of trouble, and, be a good and decent
For more news from Naval Air Station
Fallon, visit www.navy.mil/local/nasf/.
NNS150826-17. Sea Service Leaders Discuss
Importance of Chaplains' Spiritual Leadership on
By Christianne M. Witten, Chief of
Navy Chaplains Public Affairs
(NNS) -- Over 100 senior chaplains and religious
program specialists (RP) gathered for the Chaplain
Corps' 2015 Strategic Leadership Symposium at Joint
Base Anacostia-Bolling, Aug. 18-20.
annual, three-day Strategic Leadership Symposium
provides an opportunity for senior chaplains and RPs
to come together and hear from Chaplain Corps
leadership on "where we've been and where we're
going as a Chaplain Corps community as well as where
we are today in the strategic context in which we
operate," said Chief of Navy Chaplains Rear Adm.
Margaret Grun Kibben.
Vice Adm. Ted Carter,
superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy, was among
several sea service leaders who addressed the
audience at this year's symposium.
discussed the importance of chaplains' spiritual
leadership and moral and ethical advisement in the
command to help calibrate one's moral compass. "When
we talk about moral, ethical and spiritual
grounding, it's about personal choices and
decisions," and "our people hunger for direction,"
Carter shared Lord Moulton's three
domains for ethical decision making: positive law,
absolute freedom and the obedience to the
unenforceable. He went on to discuss how a chaplain
is uniquely positioned to build and maintain trust
with Sailors and to help them make sound decisions.
Carter was also joined by keynote speakers:
Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Paul Zukunft,
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON)
Michael D. Stevens and Sergeant Major of the Marine
Corps Ronald L. Green.
Zukunft expressed his
appreciation for his 40 Navy chaplains serving in
the Coast Guard who are fulfilling his commitment of
duty to people. Across Coast Guard stations,
sectors, training commands, and deployed on cutters,
"chaplains know their people, the command climate
and provide a spiritual outlet for the crew," he
Zukunft went on to stress the
importance of a chaplain's embedded presence in the
command and confidential pastoral counseling "to
open the door to the conversation for Coast
Guardsmen who may be hurting, in a dark place, or
Chaplains bring the
power of empathy and a listening ear to the most
difficult of situations, like a loss in the unit or
a casualty notification to families who've lost
loved ones at sea, said Zukunft.
brief, entitled "Leading Today's Sailor," focused on
the importance of leading by example in the Fleet
and embodying quiet, humble, servant leadership.
After all, "the more senior you become, the more
people you serve," he said. "You can't talk to
others about doing the right thing and not do it
yourself," he added.
MCPON also discussed
several key initiatives to improve morale and
promote a command climate of dignity and respect.
For the senior RPs in the room, MCPON underscored
the power of the Chief's Mess to influence the
enlisted population and model the standards of
conduct expected of junior Sailors.
it's sexual assault prevention, suicide prevention
or alcohol abuse, "chaplains and RPs have a role to
play in helping mitigate these destructive behaviors
by engaging with and staying on the pulse of every
sailor, every day," he added.
of the Marine Corps Ronald L. Green followed MCPON
with a brief on "Leading Today's Marine," with a
specific focus on spiritual fitness. Throughout his
remarks, Green empowered the chaplains and RPs to
engage warriors on the spiritual pillar of
readiness, "the pillar you own and the one that is
least talked about." Green used the analogy of a
compass bezel ring to describe the role and value of
chaplains' counsel to help Marines, commanders, and
families get back to true North.
discussing the moral and ethical grounding of the
current generation of warriors, Green noted, "Young
people are looking for leadership in this area from
us. We owe it to them to help them make smart
decisions," he said. "When chaplains are actively
advising their people, they help them come back to
true north, morally and ethically," Green added.
At the close of the symposium, Kibben encouraged
the participants to think about what it means to
bring "what matters" to the Fleet in the coming
year, with a particular emphasis on advisement and
This was the first
Strategic Leadership Symposium for Capt. William J.
Muhm, 2nd Marine Logistics Group Chaplain.
"I enjoyed Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps' talk.
He encouraged chaplains to speak up in our commands
about spirituality and spiritual fitness," Muhm
said. "It was a good reminder that we don't have to
get into the specifics of religion in order to talk
about spirituality," he added.
appreciated the Supe's message on how commanders
need to consider and apply ethical principles as
they carry out the mission, and how we, as their
chaplains, need to speak to these ethical issues in
our advisement," Muhm said.
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NNS020718-38. This Day in Naval
History - Aug. 27
From Naval History and
Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach
1942 - USS Iowa (BB 61) is launched
at the New York Navy Yard. Commissioned in Feb.
1943, Iowa serves in both the Atlantic and Pacific
Ocean during World War II and now serves as a museum
battleship at Los Angeles, Calif.
1944 - USS
Stingray (SS 186), after being depth charged and
lightly worked over while reconnoitering the
designated spot lands a party of one Filipino
officer, 14 men and 60 percent of the supplies
earmarked for delivery to guerilla forces at Saddle
Rock, Mayaira Point, on northwest shore of Luzon.
Heavy Japanese shipping in the vicinity compels
Stingrays departure before all stores land.
1944 - PV Ventura aircraft sink Japanese vessel,
Tensho Maru, between Odomari, southwest of Sakhalin
and Onnekotan Island, Kuril Islands.
Units of the Pacific Fleet enter Japanese waters for
the first time during World War II, to prepare for
the formal Japanese surrender on Sept. 2, 1945.
1959 - While off Cape Canaveral, Fla., USS
Observation Island (EAG 154) makes the first
shipboard launch of a Polaris missile.
Vice Adm. Adam M. Robinson, Jr., becomes the first
African-American to be appointed as Surgeon General
of the US Navy.
Down: Navy's Latest Communication Satellite Ready
By Steven A. Davis, Space and
Naval Warfare Systems Command Public Affairs
CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. (NNS) -- The
Navy's fourth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS)
satellite is awaiting countdown - and the whims of
Tropical Storm Erika - for launch Aug. 31. The
launch window is between 6:07 and 6:51 a.m. ET.
A live launch broadcast will begin at 5:47 a.m.
ET and will be viewable as an online webcast at
MUOS works like a
smartphone network in space, vastly improving secure
satellite communications for mobile U.S. forces.
MUOS provides users a global, on-demand,
beyond-line-of-sight capability to transmit and
receive high-quality voice and mission data on a
high-speed Internet Protocol-based system.
"There are three critical points for the MUOS
program today," explained Navy Capt. Joe Kan,
program manager for the Communications Satellite
Program Office. "First is that it's operational,
supporting the warfighter every day. Second, it
brings enhanced capabilities over the legacy system.
Third, it is critical for the tactical warfighter."
MUOS is already providing legacy
communications to combatant commanders via active
satellites on-orbit. MUOS' new Wideband Code
Division Multiple Access capability has been
demonstrated in various environments, platforms and
applications such as integration testing with the
newest submarine antennas, Navy special operations
scenario exercises and Air Force C-17 in-flight
"MUOS will be used by all services.
For example, the Army will extend satellite
communication to their individual soldiers. The
special operations forces will use MUOS for all
their missions. And the Navy uses MUOS in particular
for submarine communications," said Kan.
MUOS provides satellite communications in the
narrowband spectrum. Although narrowband
communication is less than 2 percent of total
Department of Defense bandwidth, it represents more
than 50 percent of all DoD satellite communication
users. In addition to ad-hoc situations such as
disaster response, narrowband represents the
majority of communications for SEAL teams.
Two MUOS satellites, launched in 2012 and 2013, are
already providing legacy communications capability
from their geosynchronous orbits over the Pacific
Ocean and the United States.
launched in January, was accepted by the Navy in
June after on-orbit testing. The third satellite is
awaiting final testing before being accepted for
constellation and associated network will extend
narrowband communications availability well past
The Navy's Program Executive Office for
Space Systems, located at the Space and Naval
Warfare Systems Command in San Diego, is responsible
for the MUOS program.
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NNS150828-06. 'Underway! Shift Colors!' Ike
Concludes Availability with Triumphant Return to Sea
By Chief Mass Communication Specialist John
Osborne, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Public Affairs
ATLANTIC OCEAN (NNS) -- The crew of the aircraft
carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike)
returned to sea, Aug. 28, following a 23-month
dry-docking planned incremental availability (DPIA)
at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY).
deployments to its credit, Ike commenced the
availability period in Sept. 2013, to receive
upgrades and maintenance required to sustain
operational readiness for the next decade.
The ship's force integrated with NNSY maintenance
workers and contractors to complete more than 1.2
million man-days of work. The work forces
collaborated to complete a workload, encompassed 50
percent growth from the original work package on
ship systems, such as the shafts, rudders and
distilling units that required more maintenance than
The revitalization of the ship
comprised of more than 117,000 square feet of spaces
with 25 crew living compartments and 774 racks
rehabilitated; 150,000 square feet of non-skid
surface on the flight deck removed and replaced; and
all four catapults overhauled.
extended yard period and lack of crew proficiency at
sea, Capt. Steve Koehler, Ike's commanding officer
since July 2013, is certain everyone will rise to
the occasion as they have during the shipyard
"We just completed the most
extensive DPIA for any CVN, and I promise it was not
always easy," Koehler said. "Every department had
their share of long days and nights, but through it
all, the work was completed and our Sailors still
managed to garner several awards along the way."
Since entering the DPIA, Ike earned the 2013
Commander, Naval Air Forces, Atlantic Yellow E
Award; the 2013 and 2014 Ramage Awards; and the 2014
Retention Excellence Award which the crew proudly
displays with its golden anchor. Additionally,
Medical department earned consecutive "Blue M"
awards and two consecutive CNO Health Promotion and
Wellness "Blue H" awards with Gold Stars.
Koehler said as he has watched the turnover of the
ship's crew, one thing has remained constant. "I
never cease to be impressed by the incredible
dedication and pride every crew member has
demonstrated with the hard work they all put in day
in and day out," Koehler said. "We're at sea today
because of them."
As the first ship to
implement the optimized fleet readiness plan (OFRP),
Ike begins the basic phase with sea trials off the
coast of Virginia.
"We're back and we're
more than ready to begin putting this great warship
through its paces," said Koehler. "The crew will
test a broad range of the ship's capabilities, from
basic surface operations and deck seamanship to
adjusting to an underway schedule and running flight
deck and damage control drills."
completion of sea trials, Ike will return to its
homeport at Naval Station Norfolk and begin a full
work-up schedule to certify the flight deck and
return to underway flight operations. This training
cycle will culminate in a deployment next summer.
"The pace for this crew will be fast, but they
have proven time and again that they are up for the
challenge," Koehler said. "We are returning this
ship to service, and with this crew on watch, I have
no doubt that Ike is more than ready to conduct the
necessary qualifications and training to once again
take the fight to the enemy and make our families
and our nation proud."
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NNS150828-26. USS Michigan Gold Crew Conducts Change
of Command Ceremony
By Mass Communication
Specialist 2nd Class Amanda R. Gray, Commander,
Submarine Group 9 Public Affairs
Wash. (NNS) -- The Gold crew of the Ohio-class
guided-missile submarine USS Michigan (SSGN 727)
conducted a change of ceremony at Naval Base
Kitsap-Bangor, Aug. 28.
Gutierrez, from Miami, Florida, relieved Capt.
Benjamin Pearson III, from Gig Harbor, Washington,
and assumed the duties and responsibilities of the
Michigan Gold crew commanding officer during the
ceremony at Deterrent Park.
command of Michigan Gold crew Dec. 16, 2013,
following an extended maintenance and modernization
period (MMP) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. During
his tour, the crew completed multiple crew swaps in
the Western Pacific, while the boat was
forward-deployed to Guam.
"We have done a
lot as a team over the past 21 months. We integrated
female officers into the crew and we are on the way
to being the first submarine to integrate female
enlisted Sailors into the submarine force. We
deployed for nine of 12 months, completed multiple
inspections, conducted five exchange of commands,
numerous long flights to and from Guam, steamed
thousands of miles, and finally our 'tip of the
spear' deployment in Guam, all while maintaining
great crew morale and a great family atmosphere on
Michigan," said Pearson.
Highlights from the
deployment include exercises involving Special
Operations Forces, a port visit in Singapore and
coordination with foreign countries. Gold crew
earned the Navy Expeditionary Medal, two Sea Service
Medals, and the Commander, Submarine Squadron 19
Battle Efficiency (Battle "E") Award.
final act as commanding officer, Pearson pinned the
submarine warfare insignia "dolphins" onto Michigan
Gold's supply officer, Lt. Jennifer Charlton, from
Uniondale, New York.
"Of course everybody
says they have the best crew on the waterfront, but
based on our recent accomplishments, I feel that I
have the best crew a captain could ask for. These
Sailors breathe life into Michigan," said Pearson.
"I wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for their
hard work and dedication. My major goal when taking
command was to instill a sense of pride and
determination into the crew, and allow them to do
their job as best they could. They are the reason
for all of our successes while I've been in
Pearson's next assignment is deputy
commander, Submarine Squadron 19, located at Naval
Gutierrez comes to
Michigan Gold from Chief of Naval Operations staff,
where he served as the section head in the Joint
Requirements and Acquisition Branch of the
"I'm truly humbled and
honored as I take command of USS Michigan," said
Gutierrez. "I expect the crew will continue to
perform with honor, courage and commitment. I
especially look forward to the ship and the crew's
return to sea at the pointy end of the spear,
conducting missions of vital importance to national
Armed with tactical missiles and
equipped with superior communications capabilities,
Michigan has the ability to conduct large-volume
short-notice strike missions and covertly deploy
Special Operations Forces.
Michigan and its
sister ship, USS Ohio (SSGN 726), are both
homeported at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor.
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NNS150828-25. USS Albuquerque Holds Change of
From Commander, Submarine Squadron 11
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Cmdr. Don
Tenney relieved Cmdr. Trent Hesslink as commanding
officer of the Los Angeles-class fast-attack
submarine USS Albuquerque (SSN 706) during a
ceremony on Naval Base Point Loma, Aug. 28.
Retired Rear Adm. Michael McLaughlin, a former
commander of Submarine Squadron (CSS) 11, was the
guest speaker at the ceremony. He congratulated
Hesslink and the crew of Albuquerque on a job well
"To the crew, [Cmdr. Hesslink] will
receive some sort of award and recognition for the
success of the ship over the past two years, but he
and I both know that has something to do with his
leadership and everything to do with your hard work
and dedication," said McLaughlin. "In the commercial
nuclear world, we say success has everything to do
with how well your organization performs five years
after you're gone. Looking at this crew and
listening to your accomplishments, I am confident
[his] and your legacies are safe."
Albuquerque recently completed its final deployment,
a six-month deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of
responsibility where the crew executed the Chief of
Naval Operations' maritime strategy in supporting
national security interests and maritime security
operations. In its more than 32-year career,
Albuquerque deployed more than 15 times, steamed
more than 500,000 miles, and visited nearly 20
countries. Albuquerque was also one of the first
nuclear submarines to experience combat, gaining the
moniker of "Sure Shooter of the Submarine Force."
Capt. Gene Doyle, commander, CSS-11, presented
Hesslink with a Meritorious Service Medal.
"During the tour, the ship has done things I would
have never thought I would have done," said
Hesslink. "There is an 'it' on this ship, an 'it'
where the crew feels a togetherness like no ship I
have been a part of before. The feeling is part
coworker, part teammate, part family. It's difficult
to put into words, but it is most certainly the
engine of this ship. It's what makes this crew the
best crew in the Fleet. This togetherness is what
makes this ship so successful, and this ship has
been extremely successful over the past 19
deployments and 32 years."
scheduled to report to the Joint Chiefs of Staff in
Albuquerque is scheduled to transit to
Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, in Bremerton,
Washington, later this year for its inactivation and
"I am truly honored and
humbled by the responsibility the Navy has entrusted
me with," said Tenney. "I am incredibly excited
about serving as your commanding officer. I look
forward to working with you as we bring
Albuquerque's distinguished service to the United
States to a close."
Tenney enlisted in the
Navy in 1989, and following Nuclear Power training,
graduated from the University of Arizona in 1998
with a bachelor's degree in nuclear engineering,
earning his commission through the enlisted
commissioning program. He reported from CSS-11,
where he served as the deputy commander for
Albuquerque was commissioned May
21, 1983. Measuring more than 360 feet long and
displacing more than 6,900 tons, Albuquerque has a
crew of approximately 140 Sailors. Albuquerque is
capable of supporting various missions, including
anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare,
strike warfare, and intelligence, surveillance and
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NNS150828-23. NAWCAD Innovation Challenge
Teams Develop Creative Solutions to Warfighter Needs
By Bill Couch, Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft
Division Public Affairs
PATUXENT RIVER, Md.
(NNS) -- Three teams of developmental engineers and
scientists from Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft
Division (NAWCAD) demonstrated their
proof-of-concept technology projects Aug. 19,
wrapping up the command's participation in Naval Air
Systems Command's (NAVAIR) inaugural Innovation
Following six months of focused
research and development, the teams presented their
findings, recommendations and lessons learned to
NAVAIR Commander Vice Adm. David Dunaway, NAWCAD
Commander Rear Adm. Dean Peters, Commander, Fleet
Readiness Centers Rear Adm. David Sohl and other
"There is one constant in
this business, and it's that things are changing,"
said Dunaway to the teams in his opening remarks.
"Our goal was to get you to think about that change,
giving you a chance to develop unique solutions to
specific technical challenges, and you came through
with flying colors."
"This has really been an
experiment to foster innovation," said Anthony
Cifone, NAVAIR deputy assistant director for
research and engineering. "We want to solve problems
for the Navy and the command, but we also want to
show our folks -- especially our young folks -- that
we value innovation."
In fall 2014, 26 NAWCAD
teams submitted proposals. Three were ultimately
Team NOID (No-Oil Innovation
Demonstration) examined technologies and innovative
materials that could potentially allow gearboxes to
run without oil lubrication. Its results showed
promise in extending the time that a gearbox could
operate in a loss-of-lubrication situation,
potentially saving lives.
(NOvel Innovative Sound Energy Harvesting Device)
successfully harnessed sound energy from jet engines
in a field environment and demonstrated that it
could be stored via battery. With future
development, an optimized device could collect and
store acoustic energy on board ships, reducing
dependence on energy transported across long
Team SEAM (Sensor Embedding for
Additive Manufacturing) demonstrated that it is
possible to get reliable, accurate data for
structural health monitoring of metallic "3-D
printed" parts. In fact, during testing, the team's
embedded sensors outlasted the conventional strain
gauges that they used as benchmarks.
showed me that there are tremendously good ideas out
there that our young folks have," said Cifone, who
first conceived the Innovation Challenge together
with then-NAWCAD commander Rear Adm. Mark Darrah.
"Ultimately, what we got out of this were great
ideas with some results behind them."
addition to addressing military technical issues,
the Innovation Challenge provided a unique
professional development opportunity for 14 NAWCAD
employees who are part of NAVAIR's Engineer and
Scientist Development Program or the Navy
Acquisition Development Program.
learned a lot about how NAVAIR as a whole works, and
also the process of forming a project," said Denise
Orthner of Team SEAM. "It was kind of surprising
getting so much responsibility when I had only been
here a couple of months. It was, 'You have a great
idea. Okay, here you go. We're handing over the
reins to you.' But really, we've been able to get
everything that we have accomplished done because
we've received so much support from everyone here."
"It gives me a lot of respect for the engineers
on this base and on other bases who work to make the
Navy systems that we have today," said Jazmin Myres
of Team NOISE-HD. "To think about all of the effort
and all of the work that has gone into an aircraft
-- or any system -- it's incredible to see."
NAWCAD leaders were pleased with the results of the
challenge, both in what the teams developed and in
how they developed as teams.
"I'm so proud of
our team members," said Antonella Thompson,
Innovation Challenge Program manager, who
coordinated and mentored all three teams, ensuring
they had the facilities, materials, and staff
support they needed throughout the Challenge. "These
young men and women have grown professionally and
personally, and they've really come together in a
focused way to hopefully benefit our men and women
"Innovation starts with a solid
foundation in the mission and in the technical
aspects of the mission," said Peters. "With limited
resources, there is always pressure to attack
problems in a traditional manner instead of pursuing
ideas that may or may not come to fruition. The
Innovation Challenge provides an opportunity to
attack problems in creative ways. In essence, the
Innovation Challenge is not only about launching
teams to work on promising ideas, it's also about
developing a workforce that thinks a certain way.
I'm proud of the teams for their creative
approaches, and I thank the experts from across the
command who provided guidance and encouragement
throughout the project."
"I think it has been
a tremendous success," said Cifone. "It really
points to the skills and capabilities of our young
folks. It's a reflection on the great people we
have. I'm highly encouraged, and I'm very excited
looking forward to the next Innovation Challenge
NAWCAD is now preparing to evaluate
submissions for the next Innovation Challenge. As
with the first challenge, teams of developmental
employees can submit white papers to Thompson for
evaluation by a selection board. White papers are
due Oct. 15.
Team members from the first round
encouraged others to consider applying for future
"It's definitely a
good opportunity," said Ian Gallagher of Team SEAM.
"You get the chance to work on one thing for six
months straight, which is pretty rare. You really
get to see it through from beginning to end."
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NNS150828-22. MCPON Visits California's Master Jet
By Mass Communication Specialist 1st
Class Martin L. Carey, Office of the Master Chief
Petty Officer of the Navy
(NNS) -- LEMOORE, Calif. (Aug. 26, 2015) Master
Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens
visited Sailors, chiefs, and command leadership,
assigned to the master jet base, Naval Air Station
(NAS) Lemoore as part of his two-week trip to Navy
MCPON started his visit
with a series of all-hands calls at the base theatre
where he spoke about the importance of face-to-face
"As a chief petty officer, as
a Sailor, it's important to see your people and
speak with them in order to know what's going in
their lives," said Stevens. "And that's why I'm
here, to have a conversation with you, hear your
concerns and recommendations."
questions ranging from changes to the Physical
Fitness Assessment (PFA) program to potential
changes to dual-military Basic Allowance for Housing
Regarding changes to the PFA,
Stevens said, "It's not about lowering standards:
it's about ensuring total-Sailor fitness 365 days a
year." He continued, "It's about establishing a
culture of fitness, ensuring Sailors are physically
and mentally, fit so we can always be mission
MCPON also queried the crowd of
approximately 600 Sailors to get an understanding of
how many of them would be affected by the proposed
cuts to dual-military BAH.
"This show of
hands helps me to understand how much these changes
could impact the fleet," said Stevens. "I want you
to know that myself and the other senior enlisted
leaders want to take an in depth look at this before
any changes are approved."
After the call,
MCPON met with a group of nearly 50 chief petty
officer (CPO) selectees to talk about leadership
"The level of training that you
will receive over the next few weeks is at a level
never seen before in the history of our mess," said
Stevens. "CPO 365 is a process that allows for
year-round leadership development and mentorship in
order to help prepare you to lead at the next higher
Chief Aviation Maintenance
Administrationman (Sel.) Kasey Prather, from Talari
California, assigned to Commander, Strike Fighter
Wing Pacific, said. "It was pretty awesome to have
MCPON come out here to speak with us. To be there as
a selectee and have the MCPON pass on some knowledge
is truly incredible."
Before wrapping up his
visit, MCPON toured the base hospital where he
visited with Naval doctors and hospital corpsman.
"MCPON's a great guy, he's very personable and
seems to really care about his Sailors," said
Hospital Corpsman Kevin Rayford, from Huntington
Beach, California. "When senior people come out to
these areas it really lets us know that they care
about us and are thinking about our well-being."
For more information on the Master Chief Petty
Officer of the Navy visit www.navy.mil/local/mcpon.
NNS150828-20. Higgins Renders
Aid to Distressed Mariners
By Ensign Joe
Barone, USS Higgins Public Affairs
GULF (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile
destroyer USS Higgins (DDG 76) rendered assistance
to the crew of a burning fishing vessel on Aug. 28.
Higgins spotted the vessel on the horizon and
proceeded to its location to render assistance.
Upon arrival, Higgins found the fishing vessel
engulfed in flames. As the ship proceeded closer to
investigate, lookouts spotted the vessel's crew in
the water clinging to debris. Higgins launched one
of her rigid-hull inflatable boats (RHIB) and
rescued the four-person crew. After the crew was
delivered to the ship, hospital corpsmen examined
them while the ship's Rescue and Assistance Team
provided them with food and water. None of the
crewmen were injured.
"This was a terrific
demonstration of the Navy's ability to render
assistance to those in need," said Chief Hospital
Corpsman Frank Gonzalez, a San Diego native. "It
gave me a deep sense of accomplishment knowing I
could help (others) while being deployed."
Higgins delivered the four crewmen to local
authorities so they could be returned ashore.
"Higgins is fully capable to perform a full
spectrum of operations," said Cmdr. Allen P.
Johnson, Higgins' commanding officer. "It is the
duty of any professional maritime force to render
assistance when needed and we were upholding that
Higgins is deployed to the
U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations, supporting
Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in
Iraq and Syria as directed, maritime security
operations and theater security cooperation effort
in the region. The ship is homeported in San Diego.
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NNS150828-19. Class of 2017 Commits to Serve
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tyler
Caswell, U.S. Naval Academy Public Affairs
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (NNS) -- During the first two years
at the U.S. Naval Academy, midshipmen have the
option to choose a different path for their
education and career. They can leave the academy,
free and clear of any obligation to serve on active
Upon entering their third year,
however, 2nd class midshipmen are greeted with a
serious long-term decision: to continue their
studies as midshipmen for two more years and commit
to at least five years of active duty service.
The 1,132 midshipmen of the Class of 2017 signed
their "2 for 7" agreements Aug. 21. The term "2 for
7" indicates their decision, after two years of
academy training, to devote the next seven years to
the Navy or Marine Corps.
"As a company
officer you see that they go from the hopeful young
enthusiastic plebe to the mature, serious second
class who realizes the gravity of the situation,"
said Marine Maj. Richard Ruiz, 3rd Company officer.
"They realize that all they have worked hard to
achieve over the course of two years has amounted to
this one moment that will change their life forever.
The choice to dedicate their life to the Navy of
Marine Corps becomes real."
professional training, studying, athletics and
extracurricular activities, the transformation
starts to take hold and the midshipmen inevitably
look forward to their futures.
"One of the
largest changes I see is a sense of purpose derived
from both maturity and the decision to commit to
something much larger than oneself," said Midshipman
2nd Class Chosnel J. Raymond, 2017 class president.
"As plebes, yes, service was at the forefront of our
minds, but the reality of commitment and all that it
entails was not there."
celebrated the "2 for 7" signing at a commitment
dinner Aug. 25. The mids presented the massive
scroll, signed by each midshipman, to Commandant of
Midshipmen Col. Stephen Liszewski.
commitment you have made for a life of honor is
important for many reasons, but mostly because of
what you will do after you graduate," said
Liszewski, addressing the mids. "You will most
likely operate in a realm of the harshest
circumstances known to man. In order to be followed
in that environment, you have to be men and women of
honor and leaders with character. By vowing to live
by those principles here at USNA, you are preparing
yourselves for what lies ahead."
the Class of 1967 - the "Link in the Chain" class
that graduated 50 years ahead of the Class of 2017 -
attended the dinner, including keynote speaker
retired Vice Adm. Norbert R. Ryan Jr.
decision and commitment you have made to be a leader
in an all-volunteer force will give you tremendous
opportunities in your careers, but will also give
great satisfaction and sense of purpose," said Ryan.
"This is just the beginning, and looking out at you
all in uniform reminds me personally of why I served
and why this country is great."
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NNS150828-18. FEP Sailors Learn New Fitness Moves
By Dan Smithyman, Southeast Regional Maintenance
Center Public Affairs
MAYPORT Fla. (NNS) --
Mia Kuhn offers a little-known fitness regimen at
the Mayport Fitness Center intended to help
individual Sailors discover their inner strength
while developing physical strength and fitness.
As a fitness specialist, she is helping Sailors
stationed at the Southeast Regional Maintenance
Center (SERMC) who are enrolled in the Fitness
Enhancement Program (FEP) with some new exercises
that dramatically depart from traditional workouts.
Kuhn facilitates segments of the Navy
Operational Fitness and Fueling System (NOFFS).
NOFFS provides physical fitness and nutrition
information for Sailors, going so far as to tailor
workouts to various ship platforms. They have
specific training for the tight spaces of a
submarine, or the open spaces of a big deck ship,
for instance. NOFFS introduces several series of
workouts too, such as the Strength or Endurance
Series. The Regeneration Series helps facilitate
recovery, which is also a critical component to any
"Lack of awareness prevents
our Sailors from achieving mental and physical
strength," Kuhn said. "They don't know how to take
care of themselves."
According to a NOFFS
website, rather than focusing specifically on the
physical readiness test (PRT), NOFFS emphasizes how
to specifically improve the functional performance
of a Sailor during daily operations including:
lifting, pushing, pulling, carrying,
aerobic/anaerobic demands, body movement skills with
balance, agility, and coordination.
strength is essential. If our core is weak,
everything is going to be a tired, uphill battle and
at a higher risk of injury," Kuhn said.
NOFFS workouts are deceptively demanding, most
involving little more than one's own body weight for
resistance and can be performed nearly anywhere. The
effort to maintain balance and breathing is
surprisingly difficult. The repetition of exercise
is what develops strength. Kuhn said being mindful
of your body and what you do with it - or to it -
will make the difference in achieving fitness goals.
It's a balance of mind and body that helps you
become truly strong, she said.
"If you have a
Ferrari, or a Porche, and put in a lawn mower
engine, you always struggle, and it's like that with
us," she said.
"I've done the yoga, the
cycling and NOFFS," Machinist's Mate 1st Class (SW)
Ernest Young, one of SERMC's FEP participants said.
"Yoga was kind of surprising; it takes a lot of
strength and muscle coordination. Stretching is
really important, and with yoga it helps a lot of
people stretch so we're not sore."
management is hugely important, too. The Navy
teaches how to exercise. It's equally important to
learn how to relax, and recover from a workout.
"It's a process, a transformation through
fitness that helps to balance your life; how to
exercise, eat, relax and become the 'pilot' of your
body," Kuhn said. "You will learn to trust yourself,
and your energy. We need to have mental fitness to
achieve these goals. You cannot be all you should be
without mental fitness."
Kuhn said nutrition
is major part of the balance. She said many FEP
participants believe they have to starve themselves
[to lose weight]; it's not true."
is simply the process of nourishing the body, giving
it what it needs to perform. Giving it too much of
something negative may lead to obesity and poor
health. Good choices must be made in this area.
"I've learned to feed myself better food, and I
eat more often," said Gas Turbine System Technician
(Electrical)(SW) Georgina Bennett, another FEP
participant. "I have breakfast, then a healthy
snack, lunch, a healthy snack, dinner, and healthy
Bennett's philosophy is to keep the
body's metabolism at work instead of eating just
three big meals and then starving the body between
meals when the body is likely to store food as fat.
By eating healthy and more often, her metabolism is
always working, burning calories, but the key is
healthy eating. Processed food offers little
nutritional value and ultimately slows the
metabolism and creates fat.
There's a lot of
responsibility, and personal accountability in
making choices and living with the consequences of
those choices - this is part of that mental fitness,
part of the journey to inner/outer strength.
"A person who knows how to achieve these goals
can grow on more levels; they can be a better parent
or spouse, better people. There's a lot of power in
that," Kuhn said.
Kuhn said the
transformation truly begins when there is that "Aha"
moment and the commitment decision occurs. Sometimes
it's a dramatic event, sometimes it's an
environmental influence. It's different for
"The energy makes us
buoyant. It brings you up," said Kuhn.
said having consistency and strictness to your
people, or yourself, will ultimately deliver this
buoyancy. That doesn't mean we become fitness
tyrants. It means plotting a path to making healthy
choices and following that path.
"You have to
find something that sustains you through the jungle
of life," Kuhn said. "The most powerful
body-fat-cutting, muscle-toning, anti-aging
substance known in science is the human growth
hormone, which is naturally produced by the body
"I did NOFFS before I was
a CFL, and I saw it was much more than pushups,
sit-ups and the run," said Damage Controlman 1st
Class (SW/AW) Jose Espinal, one of SERMC's command
fitness leaders. "I started using NOFFS, and then
cycling to try to mix up the workouts."
workouts routine with photos and videos, nutrition
information and other fitness tools is available as
a smartphone application, and it's free. Just go to
your app store and search "NOFFS."
there are endless options to exercise, one
philosophy remains constant, and that is no weight
can be lost, no fitness can be achieved by ignoring
your health. The two primary tenets permeate all
workout options: diet and exercise.
your normal exercise routine may be, add short
intervals to fight off aging and acquire never
before levels of fitness," said Kuhn.
more information on NOFFS, log on to
www.navyfitness.org or visit the MWR Fitness Center.
For more news from Southeast Regional
Maintenance Center, visit www.navy.mil/local/sermc/.
NNS150828-17. Africa Alumni
Return to NWC for Regional Symposium
Daniel L. Kuester, U.S. Naval War College Public
NEWPORT, R.I. (NNS) -- Eighty-two
representatives, many graduates of U.S. Naval War
College (NWC), from 25 nations and the African Union
attended the 12th Regional Alumni Symposium - Africa
at NWC, Aug. 25-27, as part of the school's
continuing education program.
days, the group discussed defense, maritime domain,
migration, humanitarian assistance and other topics
important to the African continent.
event, titled "Enhancing Regional Maritime
Security," was co-hosted by U.S. Naval Forces
Europe-Africa and the U.S. 6th Fleet, and sponsored
by U.S. Africa Command.
Thomas Mangold, dean
of international programs at the school and
organizer of the event, says the symposium was both
a continuing education effort for graduates and a
way to build relationships for the nations involved.
"This is an effort to continue the professional
military education long after they leave here," said
Mangold. "This was a way to reach out to make sure
our international alumni are getting current
information. The second thing the symposium does is
help network and build relationships. And not just
with the U.S., although that is very important, but
also with each other so they can work together and
start building relationships, friendships and
eventually trust between their countries."
Keynote speaker for the symposium, Amanda Dory,
deputy assistant secretary of defense for African
affairs, gave an address titled "Africa's Strategic
Importance; a U.S. Department of Defense
"In terms of African security,"
Dory said after her presentation, "the maritime
domain is fundamental to economic prosperity for
Africa. Whether it is getting products or innovation
out and in [Africa], it is important to have all
these leaders here in Newport renewing their
acquaintance with one another and with the U.S."
The subjects addressed at the symposium are
relevant to this vital area, according to Mangold.
"Topics are chosen because they are important in
the region and also to the world," he said.
"Migration, for instance, is one of the most
important topics in the world. We have top experts
here to help understand the issue. We also had a
session focusing on humanitarian assistance and
disaster response with the doctor who arranged the
American relief effort during the Ebola crisis.
Vice Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet, Rear Adm. Thomas
Reck noted that in the long term, the NWC
affiliation also benefits international relations.
"You can see the importance that these
individual nations place on the education they
receive here," said Reck. "And then to actually gain
those friendships and incubate those partnerships
over the years until it gets to the point that these
graduates are now heads of navy for their
Reck, a NWC graduate himself,
pointed out that these relationships are vital to
what he called "the global network of navies."
"It is always important to anchor back on those
relationships, and keep that trust built so it will
be strong when the next generation of leadership
comes along," he added.
Mangold said the
global network of high-ranking navy officers is
something NWC takes seriously.
important for the Naval War College because we have
over 40 heads of navies from around the world who
have graduated from here," said Mangold. "We are a
leading educator. We have this event here because we
are one of the few institutions who could do it."
One of the attendees, Cmdr. Abdellah Benhamou,
director of the Royal Moroccan Naval Academy, said
that NWC is the best place and the right environment
for this symposium.
"It is the kind of
environment [at NWC] that you know beforehand that
it is going to be productive," said Benhamou. "[The
conversation] is going be free from political
constraints that keep you from discussing matters
frankly and asking the right questions."
"What this symposium does is offer attendees a
chance to meet, talk about issues that are
important, offer shared experience and perspective.
That all makes them more trustful of each other,"
Mangold added. "All navies need to work together.
One of the best outcomes from this event is that our
graduates call their other alumni when they have
As host of the event, Rear Adm. P.
Gardner Howe III, president, NWC, stressed that
building and maintaining relationships is vitally
important in an increasingly unstable world.
"The operational environment is more volatile, more
uncertain, more ambiguous and more dynamic than ever
before," said Howe. "How are we, as military
professionals, to deal with such an environment? I
would offer that the answer lies in a commitment to
continuing professional education and by nurturing
meaningful relationships with friends and allies."
NWC is a one-year resident program that
graduates about 600 students and about 1,000
distance learning students a year carrying out four
missions: educate and develop leaders, help define
the future of the Navy, support combat readiness,
and strengthen maritime partnerships. Students earn
Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) credit
and either a diploma or a master's degree in
National Security and Strategic Studies. Established
in 1884, U.S. Naval War College is the oldest
institution of its kind in the world. More than
50,000 students have graduated since its first class
of nine students in 1885 and about 300 of today's
active duty admirals, generals and senior executive
service leaders are alumni.
For more news
from Naval War College, visit
NNS150828-16. Hospital Corps School Sees Success in
By Mass Communication
Specialist 1st Class Jacquelyn D. Childs, Navy
Medicine Education and Training Command Public
SAN ANTONIO (NNS) -- After becoming
one of the first Navy commands to go 100 percent
smoke-free in January, Navy Medicine Training
Support Center (NMTSC) located at Joint Base San
Antonio - Fort Sam Houston reported Aug. 28 success
and promising trends for future and current Sailors.
NMTSC provides administrative and operational
control over Navy staff and students assigned to
Hospital Corps "A" and "C" schools at the Medical
Education & Training Campus (METC) and other medical
training programs in the San Antonio area.
implemented this policy Jan. 1, and I believe this
has significant impact to the health and welfare to
our newest healthcare providers," said Capt. Denise
Smith, NMTSC commanding officer.
newest tobacco-use policy is one of the strictest
command smoking policies in the Navy.
did this, the only internal instruction was for
students not to use tobacco on the actual campus
itself," said Chief Hospital Corpsman James Pell,
NMTSC command fitness leader and smoking cessation
program coordinator. "Under the new program,
students and staff are not allowed to use any
tobacco products on base at all."
at the command including Smith and Pell believe the
training environment for future healthcare providers
should promote the healthiest lifestyle possible.
"We're the epitome of healthcare," said Pell.
"You should be physically fit. You should be able to
answer the questions and lead by example. If you're
out there standing on the smoke deck next to your
fellow Marine or Sailor, who are they going to turn
to if they want to quit? It's not going to be you."
Through the program, Pell and a small team of
Sailors inform incoming staff and students during
their command indoctrination about the policy and
smoking cessation class offered to them during their
time at NMTSC. The class encourages Sailors to quit
smoking and provides them with resources and support
they might need.
Students who finish the
class can go to the troop medical clinic to receive
extra help in the form of prescription patches and
medication to help them stay off nicotine.
"Overall the program has been more of a success,"
said Pell, who said 13 Sailors have gone through the
class already with a 100 percent success rate. "It's
hard to get students into a smoking cessation class.
The nice thing is that boot camp has the same
no-smoking policy, so typically they're showing up
here after already withholding their tobacco use."
Aside from the class, Sailors can attend monthly
support meetings, and a display booth is set up
quarterly to continue raising awareness about the
program and its many benefits.
those who want to quit to come to the course," said
Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Matthew Koepp, the
assistant command fitness leader. "You can't force
someone to quit. But if someone is interested, I
tell them to come out and get the resources you need
and the medications if you decide to take that
route. I highly recommend it."
Their time at
NMTSC is the perfect opportunity for Sailors to kick
any tobacco addictions. Between boot camp at Great
Lakes, Illinois, followed by the Basic Medical
Training Course "A" School, graduating hospital
corpsmen are now entering the fleet after more than
22 weeks of strictly enforced no-smoking policies.
For more news from Navy Medicine Education and
Training Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/nmsc/.
NNS150828-14. USS Jason Dunham
Returns to Homeport
From USS Jason Dunham
NORFOLK (NNS) -- The Arleigh
Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Jason
Dunham (DDG 109) returned to Naval Station Norfolk
Aug. 28, following a seven-month deployment in the
U.S. 4th Fleet and U.S. 6th Fleet areas of
Jason Dunham deployed to the
Caribbean on Jan. 27. With an embarked U.S. Coast
Guard law enforcement detachment, Jason Dunham
conducted operations in support of Operation
Martillo, a U.S., European and Western Hemisphere
effort targeting illicit trafficking routes in
waters along the Central American isthmus.
After transiting the Atlantic Ocean and entering
U.S. 6th Fleet, Jason Dunham conducted maritime
security operations and theater security cooperation
missions in the Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea, North
Sea and Baltic Sea; which demonstrated U.S.
commitment toward strengthening the partnerships and
joint operational capabilities among U.S., NATO and
Under the leadership of
Cmdr. Darren T. Dugan, the Jason Dunham officers and
crew conducted a variety of operations and exercises
with multinational allies and partners, including
Exercise Shark Hunt 2015, in the North Sea; and
conducted operations in the Black Sea in support of
Operation Atlantic Resolve. While in theater, Jason
Dunham also participated in multiple passing
exercises with Montenegrin, Albanian, Greek,
Bulgarian, Romanian, Turkish, Finnish, Latvian, and
Polish maritime forces, which to provided individual
training opportunities and increased
interoperability across the maritime domain.
"Jason Dunham strengthened key partnerships and with
allies and regional partners throughout the
Mediterranean, Black Sea, and in the Baltic," said
Dugan. "Jason Dunham Sailors demonstrated United
States' lasting commitment to ensuring safety and
security across Europe. This has truly been a once
in a lifetime deployment. We were afforded the
opportunity to represent the United States while
working alongside our overseas maritime partners, at
sea and ashore, and build lasting, positive
relationships. It was a true honor to lead the
exceptional crew in Jason Dunham through deployment;
their energy, professionalism, and fighting spirit
never ceases to amaze me."
With visits to 16
different countries across Europe, Jason Dunham
served a critical role in U.S. partnership building
missions ashore. Hosting U.S. and foreign
dignitaries, including the President of the Republic
of Poland, four Chiefs of Navy, three U.S.
Ambassadors and hundreds of allied and partner
nation civil and military leaders, Jason Dunham
strengthened ties with key regional partners. Jason
Dunham's crew also acted as goodwill ambassadors,
dedicating more than 100 hours to the completion of
community relations projects in Bulgaria, Spain,
Latvia and Lithuania.
"One of the greatest
parts of this deployment was having the opportunity
to volunteer all over the world," said Yeoman Seaman
Immanuel Granillo. "Having the chance to visit and
help children from the countries we visited was
awesome. The children, having never met U.S. Sailors
before, beamed with joy just from having us there.
From painting to repairs, even something as simple
as playing soccer with the kids, we helped the local
communities. It was an amazing experience that I
will never forget."
While working to
accomplish national and fleet objectives, Sailors
worked on individual accomplishments as well.
Ninety-two Sailors earned their Enlisted Surface
Warfare Specialist pin while seven officers earned
their Surface Warfare Officer qualification, and one
Surface Warfare Supply Corps Officer qualification.
"This deployment was especially rewarding for
me, my Sailors and fellow crew members across the
command," said Operations Specialist 1st Class James
Weber. "Not only did we strengthen relations with
multiple allied nations, but, as a crew, we were
able to complete the mission and come home safe to
our friends and family. For my fourth deployment,
this has been one of the best; it was definitely
exciting, challenging, and rewarding."
more news from Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S.
Atlantic Fleet, visit www.navy.mil/local/surflant/.
NNS150828-13. Navy Announces
Bowen Award Winners
By Jay Pinsky, Naval
Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division Public
ARLINGTON, Va. (NNS) -- Chief of
Naval Research Rear Adm. Mathias W. Winter presented
the 2014 Vice Adm. Harold G. Bowen Award for
Patented Inventions to two U.S. Navy researchers in
a ceremony at the Office of Naval Research (ONR)
Wednesday, Aug. 26.
The two researchers,
Philip Dudt, a scientist at Naval Surface Warfare
Center Carderock Division (NSWCCD) in West Bethesda,
Maryland, and Dr. Roshdy Barsoum, a scientist
assigned to ONR, received the award, which
recognizes the patented inventions of present or
past Navy employees, civilian and military, that are
of greatest benefit to the Navy.
contributed as inventors to the patent "Armor
Including a Strain Rate Hardening Elastomer," a
lightweight alternative to armor for ships and
ground vehicles and are officially named as
inventors on the final patent, U.S. 7,300,893 B2,
granted Nov. 27, 2007, while the United States of
America, as represented by the Secretary of the
Navy, is the final patent holder. The award marks
the eighth time NSWCCD has earned the Bowen award.
According to the Office of Naval Research, the
men were recognized for their contributions by
leading the effort to expeditiously identify, test
and exploit an explosive resistant coating that
provided a lightweight alternative to armor for
ships and vehicles.
According to ONR, the
increased platform survivability and personnel
protection associated with this class of materials
provided the operational commander with the
potential to reduce personnel casualties and
expanded the operational envelope available during
combat and peacekeeping operations.
Phil and Roshdy's vision in elastomeric armor, we
would not have these solutions available to our
military," said Dr. Joseph Teter, NSWCCD's director
of technology transfer.
The idea for the
patent came during the review of underwater
explosion experimental test results and ballistic
test results of the explosion resistant coating
created at NSWCCD to mitigate future damages similar
to those suffered during the Oct. 12, 2000, USS Cole
(DDG 67) disaster.
"The underwater shock
performance of explosion resistant coating was found
to be highly capable in suppressing damage to
close-in underwater threats," said Barsoum.
Dudt thought if the coating from these tests could
work underwater it could work well in other
applications. "I'm always willing to try things, you
never know where a good idea will come from," he
Dudt's creativity is no surprise to
Alyssa Littlestone, deputy director of technology
transfer at NSWCCD, who was mentored by Dudt earlier
in her career. "I learned a great deal working with
Phil," she said. "Not only technically, but also in
terms of creativity and approach. As a mentor, Phil
was supportive of out-of-the-box thinking and
accepting of failure, a combination which fosters
innovation. I believe his combination of technical
knowledge and forward-thinking creativity is what
has enabled Phil to become a successful and prolific
Dudt shared his idea of applying
the elastomer polyurea on metallic surfaces for bulk
explosive and ballistic protection with Barsoum, his
co-inventor on the patent, who developed the concept
to sandwich front and back applications of the
elastomer to the armor for blast and ballistic
"The amazing property of the
explosive resistant coating material is, as the
threat increases in severity, the efficiency of the
material to resist assault increases," said Barsoum.
Dudt and Barsoum continued to explore the
idea, sponsored by ONR, taking the elastomer to the
U.S. Army's Aberdeen Proving Grounds for ballistic
testing which showed promise. According to Barsoum,
based on these successful, initial tests, a spray up
armor was rapidly deployed for the Iraq theater for
U.S. Marine Corps vehicles.
Research with the
elastomer continues today with global participation
inspired by the patent. "This patent was one of the
first stepping stones for other people to take this
technology further," said Dudt.
Teter, the use of the elastomer led to significant
cost savings estimated at $7.8 million in the first
year of up-armor production. Additionally, Teter
noted the elastomeric up-armor was lighter than the
equivalent amount of steel add-on armor, saving
2,000 pounds per vehicle, which put less stress on
the vehicle power plant and drivetrain increasing
vehicle service life.
"While this invention
helped the military to save cost and increase our
military capability in terms of vehicle life, and
operational envelopes, this innovation most
critically helped to increase the protection of
America's warfighters in theater ultimately
mitigating and preventing their injuries," said
NSWCCD, a field activity of the Naval
Sea Systems Command, leads the Navy in hull,
mechanical and electrical engineering. Headquartered
in West Bethesda, Maryland, NSWCCD employs
approximately 3,600 scientists, engineers,
technicians and support personnel and includes the
Ship Systems Engineering Station located in
Philadelphia, as well as detachments in Norfolk,
Virginia; Cape Canaveral, Florida; Fort Lauderdale,
Florida; Memphis, Tennessee; Bangor, Washington;
Ketchikan, Alaska; and Bayview, Idaho.
NNS150828-12. Ashland Arrives in Okinawa
and Offloads 31st MEU
By Mass Communication
Specialist 3rd Class David A. Cox, Amphibious
Squadron Eleven Public Affairs
(NNS) -- The amphibious dock landing ship USS
Ashland (LSD 48) arrived in Okinawa, Japan Aug. 27
to offload the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU).
Ashland completed an array of exercises
throughout her patrol, which began June 3, that
culminated in the bi-annual, joint-force exercise
Talisman Sabre 2015 in addition to providing aide to
Saipan after Typhoon Soudelor made landfall.
Ashland's final mission will be to offload the
embarked 31st MEU's Amphibious Assault Platoon and
Command Logistics Battalion (CLB) 7 in Okinawa.
Gunnery Sgt. Carlos Martinez, the amphibious
assault platoon sergeant, says the mission will
consists of several moving parts.
"We will be
landing at Camp Schwab, we'll stage our vehicles on
the AAV ramp, get our gear together and turn our
weapons into the armory," said Martinez. "We will
also have three AAVs that will be towed to our
staging area, the gear that we will be loading into
the AAVs include; rucksacks, seabags, communications
gear, rifles, pistols, M-16s and .50-caliber
Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 1666
will be working hand-in-hand with the 31st MEU to
tow three AAV's to the staging area in addition to
ferrying equipment and vehicles from CLB.
will be conducting stern gate marriages and well
deck operations for our disembarking 31st MEU, which
will include the off-load of amphibious assault
vehicles, 7-Ton trucks, tractors and trams," said
Chief Boatswain's Mate Gerren Alexander, the LCU's
craft master. "I think this was a successful
deployment by both Navy and Marine Corps, we also
had a helping hand with the humanitarian relief in
Saipan by local civilians. Overall it was a
successful deployment, a successful mission and a
Cmdr. Daniel P. Duhan,
the ship's commanding officer, said all aspects of
Ashland's Sailors and the embarked 31st MEU, Navy
Beach Unit (NBU) 7's Beach Party Team (BPT) and LCU
1666 were the definition of teamwork.
always there is a lot of turnover before, during,
and after a deployment. The pace of operations
during this patrol has given Ashland a nucleus of
experienced operators that will bridge future
turnover within Ashland. The embarked NBU 7 and 31st
MEU elements and Team 48, whom all worked completely
in sync during this patrol, and just like this one
they will not miss a beat during the next patrol in
2016," said Duhan.
Duhan said the mission was
a major success and the conclusion of the patrol in
Okinawa sets another milestone in Ashland's ongoing
"It's good to be back in
Okinawa," said Duhan. "Coming here is always a
momentous event as we commence and conclude our
operations and are so warmly welcomed home."
Ashland and its embarked 31st MEU and NBU 7 are a
part of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group
(BHRARG). BHRARG is assigned to the U.S. 7th Fleet
area of operations supporting security and stability
in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
news from Commander, Amphibious Squadron 11, visit
NNS150828-11. USS Chafee Completes OMSI in Support
of Maritime Security
From USS Chafee Public
WESTERN PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- The
Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS
Chafee (DDG 90) conducted an Oceania Maritime
Security Initiative (OMSI) with U.S. Coast Guard's
14th District, Aug. 5 - 21, in the Western Pacific
OMSI is a maritime security operation
designed to enhance maritime domain awareness,
increase law enforcement presence, and expand at-sea
law enforcement capabilities throughout Oceania.
"We were there to provide key presence in the
region and build partner nation capacity for a
critical oceanic partner," said Cmdr. Shea Thompson,
Chafee's commanding officer. "Our presence with the
Coast Guard and our partner nation set a new tone of
deterrence in the region and will prevent future
The Navy-Coast Guard team,
including the two embarked MH-60R Sea Hawk
helicopters from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron
(HSM) 37, conducted a total of 19 external visual
inspections and nine boardings to internally inspect
fishing vessels across three separate jurisdictional
areas - high seas, Marshall Islands and Nauru
exclusive economic zones (EEZ). The boarding
inspection resulted in some documented violations
and, more importantly, demonstrated U.S. commitment
to regulating these fishing areas in partnership
with our friends in the region.
side by side with Coast Guard in support of District
14's initiative was a unique and beneficial mission
for Chafee Sailors," said Lt. Robert Eidson,
Chafee's weapons officer. "Not only were we able to
experience, first hand, the great efforts required
for law enforcement at sea, we also had the
privilege of working side by side with an elite
Coast Guard Law Enforcement team. The team provided
invaluable training to Chafee's Visual Board Search
and Seizure team to include tactical team movements,
tactical combat casualty care, and safe boarding
techniques. Cognizant of the level of expertise that
comes with a Coast Guard Law Enforcement team, we
welcomed this training with enthusiasm."
is a Secretary of Defense program which leverages
Department of Defense assets transiting the region
to increase the U.S. Coast Guard's maritime domain
awareness (MDA), ultimately supporting its maritime
law enforcement operations in Oceania.
U.S. Coast Guard is responsible for patrolling the
waters around the numerous islands associated with
the United States throughout the region. Each of
these islands have territorial waters stretching out
to 12 miles from shore. Beyond that, stretching out
to 200 nautical miles is an exclusive economic zone
(EEZ), an area defined by international law that
allows each nation exclusive rights to the
exploration and use of marine resources. Oceania
contains 43 percent, or approximately 1.3 million
square miles, of United States' EEZs.
was deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operation
supporting security and stability in the
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NNS150828-10. Detroit Zoo Welcomes US Navy
Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW)
Stephen D. Doyle II, Navy Office of Community
DETROIT (NNS) -- Detroit Navy Week
came out to the city's zoo, Aug. 25. U.S. Navy Band
Great Lakes, the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery
(BUMED), Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit
(EODMU) 2, and the Navy STEM (science, technology,
engineering and mathematics) tour showed visitors
something they may not have been expecting at the
"I like to come out to events like this
because we get to show people what we do and explain
some of our gear that they've never seen before",
said Navy Diver 3rd Class Jonathan Grygus, assigned
to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Expeditionary Support
Unit (EODESU) 2.
The Navy Week program is
designed to raise awareness about the Navy in areas
that traditionally do not have a naval presence and
include community relation projects, speaking
engagements and media interviews with flag hosts and
The soundtrack for the day,
played by the U.S. Navy Band Great Lakes, was as
much of a draw and some of the hands-on activities.
"It's been pretty fun, the people passing by
seem to enjoy it and there have been some little
kids dancing," said Musician 2nd Class Daniel
Bonnin, assigned to Navy Band Great Lakes. "Its
really special for us to be in Detroit, it's nice to
get to a new place and to show them what the Navy
and Navy music is all about."
The zoo is
known as a place for animals of all types, but some
of the kids visiting seemed to be equally as excited
by the Sailors that were out.
"Well, I liked
meeting the wolf," said Jakob Quillen, a Clarkston,
Michigan, native. "But the band is really cool, and
I like dancing, and I liked the polar bears, but
they weren't out today."
The Detroit Navy
Week is part of an ongoing effort by the Navy Office
of Community Outreach designed to provide area
residents an opportunity to learn about their Navy,
its people, and its importance to national security
"Doing these interesting and
fun exhibits for the kids is great," said Paul Good,
director of community and government relations for
the Detroit Zoological Society. "You can tell by the
voices of the kids, the yelling and the screaming,
they love it. I think it's a good lesson for
everyone. We're happy to be a part of this and happy
to support, it's a great honor."
STEM tour was present, teaching people the important
roles of science, technology, engineering and
mathematics, which are major factors of today's
Manned by area recruiters,
the tour was not about bringing people into the Navy
but bringing the Navy to people.
interacting with the community," said Construction
Electrician 2nd Class Sparkle Smith, assigned to
Navy Recruiting District Michigan. "You're not
looking for people that want to join the Navy, it's
more about the awareness of the Navy. A lot of
people have no idea that there is Navy around here,
but here we are. The kids are excited, and they want
to know about the ships and how long you've been in.
The kids are cool."
NNS150828-09. Maritime Preposition Ships Squadron 3
Joins Typhoon Relief in Saipan
By Ensign Andy
Wang, Commander, Task Force 73 Public Affairs
SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands (NNS) -- A
small fleet of ships with Maritime Prepositioning
Ships Squadron (MPSRON) 3, recently played a
different role assisting the people of Saipan
recover from the destruction of Typhoon Soudelor, a
Category 2 typhoon that devastated the island on
MPSRON 3, which typically anchors
four or five ships off Saipan and provides heavy
equipment and supplies for the U.S. Marine Corps,
U.S. Army, and U.S. Air Force supporting
contingencies and operations in the Pacific,
provided a different type of support during
Soudelor-they supported delivery of much needed
water and ice to the citizens of Saipan when all
public services on the island were inoperable.
"It's heartbreaking. I survived Hurricane Iniki
on Kauai (Hawaii) many years ago," said Karen A.
Reyes, captain of USNS Charlton (T-AKR 314), which
is anchored off Saipan. "The devastation reminds of
me what we went through on that island."
Reyes has sailed around the Pacific for more than
two decades and has spent the past two years sailing
off the waters near Saipan. As soon as news of
Typhoon Soudelor's destruction spread, her priority
was to provide as much assistance as possible.
"I am an island girl at heart. I do love Saipan
like a second home," said Reyes. "We have been
supplying ice and the potable water since the first
launches started running after Typhoon Soudelor."
Throughout the decades of MPSRON 3 presence, the
mariners have developed a friendship and a sense of
community with the people of Saipan. For many of the
mariners, Saipan is not just another port of call,
it's their home. When Typhoon Soudelor hit, members
throughout Military Sealift Command felt the pain.
The crews of USNS Charlton, USNS Soderman (T-AKR
317) and USNS Dahl (T-AKR 312) spent countless hours
supplying residents of Saipan with fresh water and
ice, which was desperately needed following the
storm. Ships in the squadron have the capability to
create upwards of 20,000 gallons of potable water
per ship per day.
Additionally, a working
party from the USNS PFC Dewayne T. Williams (T-AK
3009) went ashore to help the Brilliant Star
Montessori School on Navy Hill here. Fourteen crew
members participated including the ship's captain
and various mariners. They repaired the electrical
conduit connections on two buildings where fallen
trees had pulled the connection down breaking the
conduit support and wire connections. The crew also
assisted in repairs to the potable water connections
to three buildings. The school was able to open its
doors on Aug. 19 due to the assistance of USNS PFC
Dewayne T. Williams' crew.
"I couldn't be
more proud of the mariners who worked side-by-side
with our Saipan brothers and sisters to help in the
delivery of those needed supplies and support," said
U.S. Navy Capt. Robert "Rocky" Rochford, commodore
of MPSRON 3. "I believe their actions on those
subsequent days really eased some of the hardship
that was apparent island-wide."
support, MV MAJ Bernard F. Fisher (T-AK 4396) left
Guam on Aug. 21 carrying a group of U.S. Army divers
who will assist the U.S. Coast Guard in ensuring the
approach channel and harbor are clear of any hazards
that may have sunk during the storm.
his time as commodore, Rochford has developed a
relationship with the community of Saipan. To him
and his staff, the small Pacific island was more
than just an anchorage, it was their second home.
Rochford immediately called upon the service members
at Guam Naval Base for help. With the help of U.S.
Navy Lt. Andrew Forester, chaplain, MPSRON 3 led a
typhoon relief drive for a battered women shelter in
Saipan that was severely crippled by Soudelor.
The supplies were transported from Guam to
Saipan on the USNS Dahl. The rebuilding of Saipan is
going to take some time and MPSRON 3 ships and crews
will continue to support those efforts.
MPSRON 3, operating in the western Pacific,
maintains tactical control of the 12 ships carrying
afloat prepositioned U.S. military cargo for the
U.S. Marine Corps, the U.S. Army, and the U.S. Air
Force. The squadron's mission is to enable force
from the sea by providing swift and effective
transportation of vital equipment and supplies for
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NNS150828-07. Sexual Assault Reports: Week of July
August 17-23, 2015
From the Office of the
Chief of Information
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- This
week's overview of alleged sexual assaults is
compiled based on seven initial reports across the
Navy from Aug. 17-23. This timeframe reflects only
the receipt of the initial reports; four of the
reported incidents occurred during this period, one
occurred outside of the report period and two
occurred at an unknown time. Each report will be
fully investigated. Looking at this snapshot in
time, we see the following:
* Five reports
are from events that occurred on-base, one is from
an event that occurred off-base and one event
occurred at an unknown location.
* Of the
seven alleged offenders, one was a chief petty
officer, three were E-3 and below and three were
* Six of the alleged offenders were
male and one was unknown.
* Three of the
reported incidents were alleged to be service member
on service member, two were non-service member on
service member and two were service member on
* Among the seven alleged
victims, one was a midshipman, three were petty
officers, two were E-3 and below and one was a
civilian. Five of the alleged victims were female
and two were male.
To contact a Sexual
Assault Response Coordinator at the Department of
Defense Safe Help Line, call (877) 995-5247.
To learn more about Navy's Sexual Assault Prevention
and Response program, visit www.sapr.navy.mil.
NNS150828-04. Detroit Sailors
Support Habitat for Humanity Project
Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW) David
Wyscaver, NOSC Detroit Public Affairs
COUNTY, Mich. (NNS) -- More than 30 Sailors assigned
to Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Detroit
and Littoral Combat Ship Crew 103 Pre-Commissioning
Unit Detroit, participated in a Habitat for Humanity
community relations project in Macomb County,
Michigan, Aug. 26 as part of Detroit Navy Week.
The project included Sailors laying and securing
foundation, setting steel plates for basement floor
joists, painting as well as cutting and installing
"We're out here helping the
Habitat for Humanity organization as much as we
can," said Machinist's Mate Seaman Devon Williams,
operational support unit, NOSC Detroit. "I
personally have been helping set the support beams
and platforms in the basement while assisting in
handing out tools and other supplies."
Detroit native Rear Adm. John E. Jolliffe, deputy
commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet, stopped by the work site
to show his appreciation for all of the hard work
and dedication put forth by the Sailors.
Several NOSC Detroit Sailors expressed their
personal feelings on why it's important to give back
to the local community and helping those in need.
"I'm from northern Michigan myself and anytime
the Navy can help the community, not only does it
strengthen the relationship between the Navy and
surrounding areas but I take an extra sense of pride
knowing I'm helping a fellow Michigander," said
Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (SW) Nathan Orr, medical
department at NOSC Detroit.
"There's a lot of
Sailors from Detroit and the surrounding communities
and we're all doing our part to support and give
back to the community while making it known the Navy
wants and enjoys helping," said Builder 1st Class
(SCW) Dan Burks, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion
25, NOSC Detroit.
The community relations
project also provided an opportunity for Sailors to
come together and continue to build a lasting bond
that will continue to grow in an operational
"I've really enjoyed the
opportunity to give back to the local community and
doing my part to make a difference," said Williams.
I feel a sense of pride seeing every Sailor out here
today, regardless of rank, coming together to
achieve a common goal."
Macomb County Habitat
for Humanity is a non-profit housing ministry that
provides low-income, working families the
opportunity to purchase safe, decent, affordable
housing in which to raise their families. Habitat
was founded in the belief that every man, woman, and
child should have a decent, affordable place to
live, where they may dwell in dignity and safety.
Navy Weeks focus a variety of assets, equipment and
personnel on a single area for a week-long series of
engagements designed to bring America's Navy closer
to the people it protects.
Detroit Navy Week
is the ninth of 12 Navy Weeks in 2015, and helps to
increase the bond between the "Motor City" and
PACFLT Commander Reaffirms Close Ties with
Singapore, Thanks Sailors During Southeast Asia
From Task Force 73 Public Affairs
SINGAPORE (NNS) -- Adm. Scott Swift, commander
of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, made his inaugural visit
to the Republic of Singapore Aug. 26-28 to reaffirm
the U.S. Navy's strong partnership and ties with the
Singapore Armed Forces. The visit followed two days
of leadership engagements in Kuala Lumpur, where
Swift met with Malaysian defense officials and
discussed the Navy's commitment to peace and
stability in the region.
Singapore visit, Swift met with the Republic of
Singapore Chief of Defense Major-General Perry Lim
and Chief of Navy Rear Admiral Lai Chung Han, after
inspecting a Guard of Honor at the Ministry of
partnership with the Republic of Singapore Armed
Forces reflects our shared commitment to security in
Southeast Asia," said Swift. "We're grateful for our
strong ties with partners like Singapore that help
our Navy remain forward deployed and ready to
contribute to the greater stability of the region."
Swift also made time to visit with U.S.
Sailors and their families during a town hall at
Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific (COMLOG
During a question and answer session,
Swift discussed the rotational deployments of
littoral combat ships (LCS) to Southeast Asia,
including USS Fort Worth's (LCS 3) current 16-month
deployment, and the planned rotational deployment of
four LCS to the region by 2018 as part of the U.S.
Navy's support for the Pacific rebalance. Swift also
highlighted the 21st anniversary of Cooperation
Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT), a series of
bilateral exercises held annually to enhance
interoperability with nine regional navies.
"CARAT remains a critical venue for increasing
maritime security cooperation throughout South and
Southeast Asia," said Swift. "Your hard work and
critical engagement during these exercises is one of
the reasons why the United States remains the
partner of choice for many nations in this region."
Swift also responded to a wide range of
personnel topics, including uniforms, the fiscal
budget, and future manning initiatives. He
emphasized the importance of the Navy's forward
presence and thanked Sailors for operating forward
in a critical and relevant area of the world.
"I greatly appreciate what you do; day in, and
day out," said Swift. "I'm also very thankful for
our families who have chosen to serve alongside our
Sailors and civilian personnel far away from home
and away from your extended families. Your support
makes all the difference."
COMLOG WESTPAC is
the U.S. 7th Fleet's provider of combat-ready
logistics, operating government-owned and contracted
ships to keep units throughout 7th Fleet armed,
fueled, and fed.
Additionally, Task Force 73
conducts advanced planning, organizes resources and
directly supports the execution of maritime
exercises such as the bilateral CARAT series, the
Naval Engagement Activity (NEA) with Vietnam, and
the multilateral Southeast Asia Cooperation and
Training (SEACAT) with Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia,
the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand.
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NNS020718-41. This Day in Naval History - Aug. 28
From Naval History and Heritage Command,
Communication and Outreach Division
Capt. William Reynolds of the screw sloop-of-war,
USS Lackawanna, raises the U.S. flag over Midway
Islands and takes formal possession of these islands
for the United States.
1891 - During a period
of political unrest at Valparaiso, Chile, Marines
form boarding parties from cruisers USS San
Francisco and USS Baltimore to protect American
lives and guard the U.S. Consulate.
One hundred twenty women are commissioned as ensigns
or lieutenant junior grades as WAVES (Women Accepted
for Volunteer Emergency Service) and report to "USS
Northampton," Smith College, Northampton, Mass.
1942 - PBY Catalinas from VP-92 and Canadian
corvette HMCS Oakville sink German submarine U-94.
USS Lea (DD 118) and Oakville pick up the survivors.
Previously, U-94 had sunk 26 Allied vessels while
also damaging one Allied vessel, although none from
the United States.
1952 - USS Boxer (CV 21)
launches an explosive-filled drone which explodes
against a railroad bridge near Hungnam, Korea. This
mission marks the first guided missile launched from
a ship during the Korean War.
1991 - A
helicopter from USS America (CVA 66) rescues three
civilian sailors who spent 10 days in a lifeboat 80
miles off Cape May, N.J., after their sailboat
2004 - USS Momsen (DDG 92) is
commissioned at Panama City, Fla., before sailing to
its homeport of Everett, Wash. The 42nd of the
Arleigh Burke-class of guided-missile destroyers is
the first to carry the remote minehunting system and
the first ship named after Vice Adm. Charles B.
Momsen, the designer of the submarine escape
breathing apparatus now known as the Momsen Lung.
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