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NNS130716-01. Newest Three Star, Vice Adm. Nora Tyson, Named Deputy USFF

NNS130715-06. 9-Digit ZIP Codes Mandatory for FPOs

DNU — Headlines for Monday, July 15, 2013: New “Pier in the Ocean” Delivered to Fleet; Nations Work Together at Exercise Sea Breeze 2013

NNS130715-01. U.S. Navy and Republic of Singapore Navy Commence 19th CARAT Singapore

NNS130716-02. Pearl Harbor Based Independent Deployers Participate in Training Exercises

NNS130715-03. GWCSG Kicks Off Talisman Saber 13

DNU — This Week on All Hands Magazine Online: Sailor’s Role in Oklahoma’s F-5 Tornado Relief

NNS130715-02. New Zealand Takes Phase Lead as Pacific Partnership Arrives in Kiribati

NNS130715-09. Sea Breeze 2013 Plants Roots for the Future

NNS130715-11. US Pacific Fleet Master Chief visits TACAMO Sailors

NNS130715-10. NAVSUP WSS Personnel Honored During “Virtual” Admiral Stan Arthur Awards Ceremony

NNS130716-04. NAVFAC Marianas Archaeologist Receives CNO Environmental Award

DNU — Seabees Join Japanese Fire Department in Rappel Training

NNS130715-08. SWOS Welcomes Navy’s Newest Department Heads

NNS130715-12. CSS Welcomes New Command Master Chief

NNS130715-13. ‘Hollywood to the Navy’ Tour USS Independence

NNS130715-16. Safe in Flight

NNS130715-14. Japanese and American Submariners Reach New Heights, Summit Mt. Fuji

NNS130715-05. NMETC Reservists Volunteer At Local Foodbank During Exercise

NNS130715-15. NMCP Welcomes Army Reservists for Annual Training

DNU — Sasebo Security Force Weapons Training

NNS130716-05. Current All Hands Update

NNS020715-11. This Day in Naval History – July 16

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NNS130716-01. Newest Three Star, Vice Adm. Nora Tyson, Named Deputy USFF

From U.S. Fleet Forces Public Affairs

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) — Adm. Bill Gortney, commander U.S. Fleet Forces (USFF) command, promoted Nora W. Tyson to vice admiral in a ceremony held at USFF headquarters aboard Naval Support Activity Norfolk July 15.

Tyson assumes the position of deputy commander USFF and also is Director of the Combined Joint Operations from the Sea Center of Excellence (CJOS COE). CJOS, the only NATO COE in the U.S., provides a focus for the sponsoring nations and NATO in improving allied ability to conduct combined joint operations from the sea in order to ensure that current and emerging global security challenges can be successfully solved.

A native of Memphis, Tenn., Tyson graduated from Vanderbilt University and received her commission from Officer Candidate School in Newport, R.I. She earned her wings as a naval flight officer in 1983 and reported to Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron (VQ) 4, where she ultimately served three tours at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, Md., and Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., including one as commanding officer.

Tyson also commanded the amphibious assault ship, USS Bataan (LHD 5), leading the Navy’s contributions to disaster relief efforts on the U.S. Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and deployed twice to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Her other commands include commander, Task Force 73, commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific based in Singapore and commander, Carrier Strike Group Two, where she led USS George H.W. Bush Strike Group on its maiden deployment in support of operations in both 6th and 5th Fleet areas of responsibility.

Tyson completed a tour as vice director, Joint Staff prior to reporting to USFF.

For more information, visit http://www.navy.mil, http://www.facebook.com/usnavy, or http://www.twitter.com/usnavy.

For more news from U.S. Fleet Forces Command, visit http://www.navy.mil/local/clf/.

NNS130715-06. 9-Digit ZIP Codes Mandatory for FPOs

By Debbie Dortch, NAVSUP Corporate Communications

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (NNS) — Effective immediately, family, friends, and businesses sending mail to Navy mobile units must use a nine-digit ZIP code to ensure delivery, according to an ALNAV message released July 12 by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus.

Mail not addressed correctly, including mail already en route, will be returned to the sender as undeliverable.

“Every mobile unit – ships, squadrons, detachments, et cetera – has a unique nine-digit ZIP code,” said Naval Supply Systems Command Postal Policy Division Director Thomas Rittle. “Commanding officers will provide the correct ZIP codes to Sailors so they can notify their correspondents about the new address requirement.”

According to the message, “The United States Postal Service (USPS) is resizing military mail processing operations from two coastal locations to one located in Chicago, Ill. to gain efficiencies in military mail delivery. As part of this effort, new procedures affecting configuration of mobile Fleet Post Office (FPO) addresses have been implemented to completely leverage automated mail sorting equipment and reduce manual sorting workload.”

USPS automated equipment is set up to read the nine-digit ZIP code separated with a dash between the first five digits and the last four digits.

The nine-digit ZIP code is required for all classes of mail.

The ALNAV message is available at http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/reference/messages/Documents/ALNAVS/ALN2013/ALN13047.txt.

ZIP codes are a system of postal codes used by the United States Postal Service (USPS) since 1963. The term ZIP is an acronym for Zone Improvement Plan. All U.S. addresses have a standard five-digit ZIP code that informs the postal service of the area of the country and the post office where mail is received. In 1983, the USPS added four digits to ZIP codes to help further pinpoint a recipient’s location.

The NAVSUP and Navy Supply Corps team share 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 the world.

For more news from Naval Supply Systems Command, visit http://www.navy.mil/local/navsup/.

NNS130715-01. U.S. Navy and Republic of Singapore Navy Commence 19th CARAT Singapore

From Commander Task Force 73 Public Affairs

SINGAPORE (NNS) — The 19th annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Singapore exercise commenced with an opening ceremony at Changi Naval Base, July 15.

Continuing through July 26, CARAT Singapore 2013 consists of 12 days of shore-based and at-sea training events designed to address shared maritime security priorities, develop relationships, and enhance interoperability among participating forces.

CARAT Singapore is part of a series of bilateral naval exercises between the U.S. Navy and the armed forces of nine partner nations in South and Southeast Asia. Training events in each CARAT phase are tailored based on available assets and mutual exercise goals across a broad range of naval capabilities.

“As I have said many times, CARAT Singapore looks a lot like a U.S. Navy Fleet training exercise off the coast of the United States,” said Rear Adm. Tom Carney, commander, Task Force 73 and Commander, Naval Forces CARAT. “The training we conduct over the next two weeks put our ships, aircraft and personnel through their paces.”

This year’s CARAT Singapore will feature a complex series of coordinated air defense, anti-submarine warfare, maritime patrol aircraft and surface warfare training scenarios led by a combined afloat staff embarked on an RSN ship.

“This training complexity at sea speaks to the interoperability of our naval forces, and the value of our longstanding defense relationship, both of which support our shared interests in promoting maritime security and stability in the Asia-Pacific region,” Carney said.

New events this year include a combined air-to-surface missile exercise, a medical evacuation via shipboard helicopter, and participation by the U.S. Navy’s littoral combat ship, USS Freedom (LCS 1). As an LCS, Freedom’s capabilities and size are comparable with many RSN frigates and corvettes participating in the exercise. CARAT Singapore is also a key milestone in Freedom’s maiden deployment to Southeast Asia in which the first-of-class LCS will operate alongside 7th Fleet units and regional navies during port visits, exercises and exchanges.

During the shore-phase, several professional symposia and subject matter expert exchanges will allow U.S. and Singaporean participants to share best practices and enhance cooperation. Classroom and field training events will cover military medicine, visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS), military law enforcement procedures, and military operations in urban terrain.

More than 700 U.S. Sailors and Marines are participating in CARAT Singapore 2013.

Participating ships include guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) with embarked Commander, Task Group 73.1 Destroyer Squadron 7 staff and USS Freedom (LCS 1) with embarked MH-60R helicopter and maritime security module.

Also participating in CARAT Singapore are a Patrol Squadron 62 P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft, a platoon of Marines from 3rd Law Enforcement Battalion, as well as VBSS evaluators from Maritime Civil Affairs and Security Training Command.

For more news from Commander, Task Force 73, visit http://www.navy.mil/local/ctf73/.

NNS130716-02. Pearl Harbor Based Independent Deployers Participate in Training Exercises

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sean Furey,
Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Detachment Hawaii

PEARL HARBOR (NNS) — Hawaii-based ships from Commander, Destroyer Squadron 31 (COMDESRON 31), as well as a ship from the British Royal Navy, started a training and certification exercise off the coast of Hawaii July 15.

While underway the guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70), guided-missile destroyers USS Chafee (DDG 90), USS Hopper (DDG 70) and USS O’Kane (DDG 77), along with fleet replenishment oiler USNS Guadalupe (T-AO 200) and the Royal Navy’s Type 45 destroyer HMS Daring (D 32), are scheduled to conduct intermediate and advanced training across all warfare areas.

This Independent Deployer Certification (IDCERT) exercise was designed to ensure that USS Hopper and USS Lake Erie are certified as independent deployers as tasked by Commander, U.S. Third Fleet.

“I would say this is one of the more exciting underways that we get to do because we get to work with other ships on the waterfront instead of going by ourselves,” said Lt. j.g. Michelle Romero, assigned to the Engineering Dept aboard USS O’Kane. “During certifications we are actually going to employ some of our tactical knowledge and we haven’t been able to do that since deployment. It’s good to get back into the rhythm of working with other ships and we get to partner up with the British ship that is here in Hawaii so they get to participate with us. We get to provide support to the other ships that are certifying and have fun with it.”

The exercise allows ships from COMDESRON 31 to meet their Fleet Response Plan (FRP), which ensures the Fleet can consistently sustain a level of at least six surge-capable carrier strike groups, with two additional strike groups able to deploy within approximately 90 days of an emergency order. The presence of the British ship HMS Daring also allows an opportunity for the U.S. and British Royal Navy to conduct joint training.

“Even though we are giving up a weekend to get underway it’s nice to get a glimpse of what we will have to do in the future,” said Sonar Technician (Surface) 2nd Class Ginger Parr. “It will make things easier for us to see what we will have to do to make it successful.”

COMDESRON 31 serves as Immediate Superior in Command (ISIC) for eight ships – the largest DESRON in the United States Pacific Fleet, providing oversight for maintenance, manning and the Unit Level Training cycle. They also plan and conduct at-sea exercises to develop integrated skills for deploying ships.

For more information, visit http://www.navy.mil, http://www.facebook.com/usnavy, or http://www.twitter.com/usnavy.

For more news from Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Det. Hawaii, visit http://www.navy.mil/local/pacenhawaii/.

NNS130715-03. GWCSG Kicks Off Talisman Saber 13

From Commander, Task Force 70 Public Affairs

USS GEORGE WASHINGTON, At Sea (NNS) — U.S. and Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Sailors from the George Washington Carrier Strike Group (GWCSG) began their portion of Talisman Saber 2013 off the northeast coast of Australia, July 15.

Exercise Talisman Saber 2013 is a biennial training activity aimed at improving Australian and U.S. combat readiness and interoperability.

“Talisman Saber 2013 demonstrates the U.S. and Australian commitment to enhancing security, peace and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region,” said Rear Adm. Mark Montgomery, the commander of GWCSG. “Our alliance with Australia is solidly grounded in our shared values and common security concerns and approaches. We coordinate closely with our Australian partners to promote security throughout the region.”

Over the next two weeks the GWCSG will participate in various events with their RAN partners including air-defense warfare, anti-submarine warfare, surface warfare, visit, board, search and seizure, air-to-air training, and close-air support to amphibious forces.

“This exercise provides effective and intense training to ensure our forces are capable, interoperable, and deployable on short notice” said Montgomery. “It increases the ability of all participants to plan, coordinate and execute complex operations.”

Participants from the GWCSG include Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) with embarked Carrier Air Wing 5, embarked Commander Destroyer Squadron 15, Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54), Arleigh-burke class guided-missile destroyers USS Lassen (DDG 82), USS Preble (DDG 88), USS Momsen (DDG 92), USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93), and the RAN guided-missile frigate HMAS Sydney (FFG 03).

For more information, visit http://www.navy.mil, http://www.facebook.com/usnavy, or http://www.twitter.com/usnavy.

NNS130715-02. New Zealand Takes Phase Lead as Pacific Partnership Arrives in Kiribati

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Samantha J. Webb, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West

TARAWA, Republic of Kiribati (NNS) — The amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) arrived in the Republic of Kiribati for Pacific Partnership 2013, July 15.

New Zealand has assumed the role as the phase lead for Kiribati marking the first time in the mission’s eight years that a partner nation other than the U.S. has taken the lead on a phase of the mission.

“This is a great first step in continuing our capacity building in the conduct and coordination of humanitarian activities,” said Royal New Zealand Navy Capt. Tony Millar, phase lead and deputy mission commander. “It also marks a great amount of confidence that the U.S. has in New Zealand’s ability to do such work.”

Millar said that, in taking the lead for this phase of the largest disaster-response preparedness mission in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, he expects everyone to grow professionally from the collaboration between New Zealand and U.S. forces.

U.S. Navy Capt. Wallace Lovely, Pacific Partnership mission commander, said that New Zealand leadership has already shown that they have been forward leaning and detailed in planning. He said they have been following through on all the expectations he is set for them during this phase.

“We are all focused on the same thing in this region,” said Lovely. “We are preparing ourselves for humanitarian assistance disaster relief in the event that we have to respond collectively.”

Mission personnel will be working alongside Kiribati professionals to conduct varied projects on the ground including medical and dental care, health education, water filtration system evaluations, school refurbishments, bridge repairs and optometry clinics among others.

Throughout the 11 days scheduled for this mission port, experts will exchange information with local officials in the fields of medicine, dentistry, agriculture, firefighting and more in order to create a lasting impact in Kiribati, the Pacific Ocean nation with just greater than 100,000 people.

The unique mission utilizes the strengths of 10 partner nations including Australia, Canada, Colombia, France, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, New Zealand and the United States to improve maritime security through disaster preparedness.

Millar said that New Zealanders pride themselves on knowing the Polynesian and Melanesian people.

“We’ve found that we are great conduits in passing information from the likes of the U.S. to our Southeast Pacific partners,” said Millar.

HMNZS Manawanui (A09), New Zealand’s diving support vessel, will also be in Kiribati for Pacific Partnership 2013. U.S. Navy divers will join New Zealand divers from that ship to participate in searches in the Tarawa Atoll for unexploded ordinance from World War II.

In addition to the HMNZS Manawanui, USNS Matthew Perry (T-AKE-9), a dry cargo and ammunition ship, will be off the coast of Kiribati to provide USS Pearl Harbor with supply and helicopter support from two SA-330J Puma helicopters that will aid in quickly transporting mission personnel ashore, such as Canadian Forces Cpl. Kristina McEachern.

McEachern is a dental technician who will be working with mission dental professionals from other militaries and nongovernmental organizations to evaluate and provide care for patients in Kiribati, a nation that McEachern has never visited before.

“This is definitely a once in a lifetime thing for me,” said McEachern. “I’m really looking forward to it.”

Lovely said that Kiribati leadership is excited to welcome Pacific Partnership with open arms.

Kiribati is one of six host nations participating in Pacific Partnership 2013, along with Samoa, Tonga, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands and Solomon Islands.

For more information, visit http://www.navy.mil, http://www.facebook.com/usnavy, or http://www.twitter.com/usnavy.

NNS130715-09. Sea Breeze 2013 Plants Roots for the Future

By Lt. Cmdr. Kim E. Dixon, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs

ODESSA, Ukraine (NNS) — Ukrainian and U.S. participants from Exercise Sea Breeze 2013 visited with students from two Odessa secondary schools Saturday, July 13, where they planted four trees to commemorate the event.

Ukrainian Rear Adm. Dennis Berezovsky, exercise director; U.S. Navy Capt. James Aiken, exercise deputy directory, members of their staffs, and the leadership of the Ukrainian Western Naval Base, which is hosting the exercise participants, went to the maritime middle school number 24 and middle school number 12 where they met with students and school administrators.

In brightly colored traditional dress, young women at both schools greeted the visitors with a traditional Ukrainian greeting of bread and salt.

“Tradition dictates that guests are offered bread and a dish of salt on an embroidered ceremonial cloth called a rushnyk by their hosts with the greeting, ‘With this bread and salt we greet you. Welcome,'” said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mariya King, exercise interpreter and former Ukrainian national. “Protocol requires the guest to break off a small piece of bread, dip it in salt, and bow their head slightly in thanks, before eating. Bread represents hospitality and salt symbolizes a friendship that will never sour or be corrupted by time.”

The maritime middle school teaches students from 8 to 16 years of age with a specialized curriculum that prepares them for a career in the Ukrainian navy or border guard, although it is not a mandatory profession. The students paraded the school colors for the visiting guests, sang the school anthem and performed a Ukrainian musical number, all reflective of their maritime theme, which even runs to the motivational sayings posted on the classroom wall.

“It is very appropriate you have that on the wall,” Aiken told the students through an interpreter, referring to the saying in Russian “From the school desk to the captain’s bridge,” posted in the classroom. “We all started at the school desk and with hard work, ended up in the captain’s chair.” He urged the students to make their own opportunities by “knocking at the door, asking for the chance, and seeking out chances.”

Heading out to the school yard, Bereszovsky and Aiken each planted a tree, racing to the finish in good humor. Aiken recruited a young student, Sasha, to assist him in the race.

“We have planted the trees, now we will see them grow, and hope for the peace that comes with them,” said maritime secondary school Principal Lyudmila Sebova.

The group was received with similar warmth by the staff and students at secondary school number 12, who performed a Russian folk dance, with a small modern touch in the addition of a faux ‘boom box.’

After the planting of the two trees, students posed with their visitors for a group photo on the school steps.

“This event is part of our cooperation program with our mentors, the Western Naval Base,” said the school principal. “Thank you for your hard work of defending our countries.”

For more news from Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet, visit http://www.navy.mil/local/naveur/.

NNS130715-11. US Pacific Fleet Master Chief visits TACAMO Sailors

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chris Delano

TINKER AFB, Okla. (NNS) — U.S. Pacific Fleet Master Chief (AW/SW) Marco Ramirez, visited Tinker Base, July 12, to talk with TACAMO (Take Charge And Move Out) Sailors stationed with Strategic Communications Wing 1.

During his visit, Ramirez toured workspaces and met with Sailors from several commands, including Strategic Communications Wing 1 and Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadrons (VQ) 3, 4 and 7.

“I need Sailors that lead people, priority one is warfighter readiness, which to me, means being ready and able to execute,” said Ramirez during a meeting with the First Class Petty Officers. “This means that everyone in your work center is current on their required qualifications and actively pursuing other qualifications such as their warfare qualification, rating requirements and personal development.”

Other topics discussed included the future of manning requirements, upcoming changes to CMS, and the effects of sequestration and concluded with a brief question-and-answer session on the newly revised Career Waypoint Program.

“I appreciated having a subject matter expert take the time to clarify the future program processes that impact my Sailors,” said Master-at-Arms 1st Class (AW) Michael Hance. “This information allows me, as a leader, to help my Sailors make informed decisions about the opportunities available specifically to them and their career goals.”
“You’re an awesome team,” said Ramirez. “I’m so proud of each and every one of you, and I hope that each of you make chief.”

Ramirez’s visit ended with a tour of Moore, Okla., which took a devastating hit from a tornado during two weeks of severe weather that began May 20.

“I think the Sailors here are doing a tremendous job,” said Ramirez. “Their tremendous focus and resilience in face of the recent challenges is inspiring. I think they’re carrying out the mission and have proven that they’re ready to do whatever the nation calls upon them to do.”

Task Force 124 also known as TACAMO is located in the heartland of America at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., and is responsible to Commander Naval Air Forces for manning, training and equipping the Navy squadrons responsible for Nuclear Command and Control Communications to the nation’s nuclear triad mission.

For more news from Strategic Communications Wing 1, visit http://www.facebook.com/CSCW1.

For more news from Pacific Fleet, visit http://www.navy.mil/local/cpf/.

NNS130715-10. NAVSUP WSS Personnel Honored During “Virtual” Admiral Stan Arthur Awards Ceremony

By Margaret Kenyon-Ely, Naval Supply Systems Command Public Affairs

PHILADELPHIA (NNS) — Four NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support (NAVSUP WSS) personnel received accolades during the 2012 Admiral Stan Arthur Awards Ceremony conducted virtually July 11.

NAVSUP WSS-Philadelphia’s Maj. Garrett Randel, Frank McGoldrick, Steve Van Note, and John Dockins (contractor support) were members of the joint Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) V-22 Logistics Team who won the Operational Logistics Team of the Year Award.

Joining them in Philadelphia on the video teleconference connecting participants to the virtual ceremony were NAVSUP WSS Commander Rear Adm. John G. King and Chief of Staff Capt. Derric Turner. NAVSUP WSS Vice Commander Karen Meloy attended in Mechanicsburg, Pa.

The annual Admiral Stan Arthur Awards recognize military and civilian logisticians who exemplify excellence in logistics planning and executive.

The V-22 Logistics Team was recognized for its Fleet Focus, process innovation, and attainment of measurable results. The team developed a highly detailed cost model and cost per flight hour metrics tracker, both of which were part of numerous maintenance and supply solutions in alignment with the 2012 Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Guidance.

“It’s the nature of the logistics business that we have to continue to improve the opportunities for our operating forces to do their business … I continue to be extraordinarily impressed with the innovations … I congratulate you on your success,” said retired Adm. Stan Arthur, commenting on the overall award nominations received and thanking all for the efforts they brought to the tasks at hand.

Immediately following the virtual ceremony, King presented the NAVSUP WSS team members with their official award certificates.

“This is a huge deal in our Naval logistics world,” King commented. “You have done a superb job, and the reductions in V-22 Cost per Hour are remarkable – and highlight the terrific work performed by the entire V-22 Team. I want to personally thank you and congratulate our entire V-22 IWST (Integrated Weapons System Support Team) for their significant efforts.”

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 submarines.

For more news from Naval Supply Systems Command, visit http://www.navy.mil/local/navsup/.

NNS130716-04. NAVFAC Marianas Archaeologist Receives CNO Environmental Award

By JoAnna Delfin, Joint Region Marianas Public Affairs

SANTA RITA, Guam (NNS) — U.S. Naval Base Guam (NBG) Archaeologist and Cultural Resource Manager Lon Bulgrin was awarded the Chief of Naval Operations Environmental Award for Cultural Resources Management during an awards ceremony at The Big Screen theater on NBG July 16.

Bulgrin is a Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Marianas employee assigned to support NBG and received the award for the second consecutive year.

Capt. Mike Ward, NBG commanding officer, presented the award to Bulgrin and congratulated him for his selection among multiple installations.

“This is not just a Pacific region award; it’s not just a Naval Base Guam or 7th Fleet or CNIC-specific award, it is the Navy,” he said. “The CNO presented the award to Mr. Bulgrin and commended (him) for cultural resource management, environmental stewardship…he’s being recognized but he’s got a team of professionals who make it happen every day and set the standards not only for the base but the entire installation and enterprise across the Navy.”

Bulgrin said he was honored to be presented such a prestigious award but shared Ward’s sentiments and acknowledged his team.

“It’s pretty nice,” he said. “It’s a real reflection on the work we’re doing here and of course it’s to me but I need to acknowledge all the support I get from my BOSC (base operations support contractor) contractors over at DZSP and my co-workers within the environmental department and certainly from the command particularly the public works officer.”

The environmental and cultural resources management team is responsible for overseeing permitting for military exercises and dig sites.

“We’re really supporting the base on this,” he said. “Not just me in cultural resources but also our natural resources people all take on a tremendous load in permitting and to make sure our projects are done correctly, done legally and that we don’t impact the environment, we do not impact irreplaceable archaeological sites and historic architecture. What we try to do is protect them as well as we can because damage is permanent and there’s very little we can do to make up for that if we do that kind of damage.”

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For more news from U.S. Naval Forces, Marianas, visit http://www.navy.mil/local/guam/.

NNS130715-08. SWOS Welcomes Navy’s Newest Department Heads

By Lt. Forrest Griggs, Surface Warfare Officers School Command Public Affairs

NEWPORT, R.I. (NNS) — The Surface Warfare Officers School (SWOS) graduated Department Head Class 222 in the Admiral Michael G. Mullen Auditorium July 11.

The class, consisting of 48 Surface Warfare Officers, completed the 27-week course designed to prepare officers for duty as chief engineers, combat systems and weapons officers, operations officers on all classes of ships, and as first lieutenants on amphibious ships.

The course is divided into two major subdivisions: the Tactical Action Officer (TAO) curriculum, which focuses on areas such as undersea warfare, air defense, and surface warfare; and Operations, Readiness, Training, and Engineering (ORTE), which explores the specifics of each student’s prospective job assignments.

“The duties and responsibilities of the shipboard department head are significant and reflect a great degree of authority,” said Capt. Richard A. Brown, SWOS commanding officer. “The length of the course is indicative of the investment the Navy has made in the future readiness of the students and in their importance to the mission of the ship. A significant graduation ceremony is merited to acknowledge these facts and to note each officer’s passage from student to ship’s officer.”

The ceremony’s guest speaker, retired Rear Adm. Richard D. West, former SWOS commanding officer and oceanographer and navigator of the Navy, thanked families and friends who gathered to celebrate their graduate’s career milestone. He then addressed the new department heads.

“I have always thought that department heads were the key to a good ship; the most day-to-day responsibilities, the most work, the most to learn and demonstrate both professionally and personally,” said West. “After your department head tour, you will know who you are and where you fit…your department head tour will guide the rest of your life.”

Lt. Art Trejo, prospective operations officer for USS Stockdale (DDG 106) received the Arleigh Burke Award for the graduate recognized by classmates as the individual possessing the strongest leadership, industry and perseverance; best exemplifying the fighting spirit of Admiral Burke’s ‘Little Beavers’ of Destroyer Squadron 23.

Lt. Ralph Lufkin, prospective operations officer for MCM Crew Fearless, received the City of Newport Award for demonstrating the highest qualities of professionalism and leadership, as reflected by his overall contributions to Class 222.

Other awardees honored during the graduation ceremony were Lt. Corbin Dryden, Lt. Antonia Shey, and Lt. Reeves Thurman. Dryden, the prospective weapons officer for USS Halsey (DDG 97), earned the Top Gunner Award for having the highest overall grade point average for the tactical action officer portion of the course. Shey, prospective operations officer for USS Shoup (DDG 86), received the Newport Navy League Award for academic excellence as the top graduate for Department Head Class 222. Thurman, prospective chief engineer for USS Ingraham (FFG 61) earned the Top Snipe Award for having the highest overall grade point average for the engineering portion of the course.

The graduates will report to their next assignments aboard ships around the world in the coming months.

After more than 50 years, the Department Head Course remains the flagship course at SWOS. Approximately 275 students attend the course each year.

SWOS is headquartered in Newport, R.I. and oversees nine learning sites, providing more than 1,000 courses a year to more than 67,000 officer and enlisted Sailors.

SWOS uses a mix of blended-learning techniques comprised of instructor-led classes, hands-on labs, simulation and computer-based training. Courses include specialized training supporting all enlisted engineering ratings, and Surface Warfare Officers at every level. Building maritime partnerships, the command also provides training to many international students.

For more information about Surface Warfare Officers School, visit https://www.netc.navy.mil/centers/swos/.
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To learn more about the Naval Education and Training Command, visit https://www.netc.navy.mil and http://www.navy.mil/local/cnet/.

NNS130715-12. CSS Welcomes New Command Master Chief

By Chief Mass Communication Specialist Shawn D. Graham, Center for Service Support Public Affairs

NEWPORT, R.I. (NNS) — Center for Service Support welcomed its new command master chief (CMC) July 15.

Command Master Chief (SW/AW/SCW) Reinaldo Rosado said he has been warmly welcomed into Newport’s Navy family.

“My family and I have been received with open arms by the community and by the Sailors and civilians stationed at Naval Station Newport,” said Rosado. “The camaraderie and friendship has been humbling and overwhelming.”

Rosado said he is aware of the challenges facing CSS in the future.

“We must continue to bridge the gap between the Fleet and our schools,” said Rosado. “We also have to communicate more effectively with our Sailors who are in transit between commands.”

Rosado also cited the importance of two-way communication between the various learning site leaders and their instructors to develop their students.

“We will listen to our leaders and instructors on the deck plates and ensure everyone has a chance to be successful,” said Rosado. “Our learning sites and schools are charged with the future of our Navy. The next journey for our Sailors following boot camp begins with the service schools. We must have great leadership in our training pipelines in order to develop the Navy’s future leaders.”

Rosado hails from New Britain, Conn., and enlisted in October 1985 where he completed Basic training at Recruit Training Command Great Lakes. His first duty station was USS Mississippi (CGN 40) homeported in Norfolk, Va. Following this tour, he was assigned to USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) and then Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) 2 in Little Creek, Va., where he was promoted to the rank of chief petty officer.

He is a graduate of the CMC/Chief of the Boat Course and his CMC tours include USS Dubuque (LPD-8), USS Antietam (CG54) and USS Cowpens (CG 63).

CSS and its learning sites provide Sailors with the knowledge and skills needed to support the Fleet’s warfighting mission. More than 300 staff and faculty work hand in hand with the Fleet and are dedicated to ensuring training is current and well executed on behalf of 10,000 Sailors who graduate from CSS courses annually in the administration, logistics and media communities.

For more news from Center for Service Support, visit http://www.navy.mil/local/css/.

NNS130715-13. ‘Hollywood to the Navy’ Tour USS Independence

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Omari K. Way, Navy Office of Information West

SAN DIEGO (NNS) — The littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2) played host to actor Milo Ventimiglia and nine other Hollywood professionals in support of the Navy’s “Hollywood to the Navy” program, July 13.

Organized by the Navy Office of Information West (NAVINFO West), Hollywood to the Navy provides actors, producers, and other motion picture and television professionals with an inside look at some of the Navy’s newest technology and the men and women who make it work.

The aim is for stories involving the Navy to have greater accuracy and authenticity.

Writer and producer Ethan Reiff, an executive producer with the TNT cable network, toured the Independence and was impressed with the ship’s all-aluminum design and versatility, particularly how the ship’s modular mission packages can be changed in 72 hours or less.

“You couldn’t write about this without seeing it for yourself,” Reiff said.

The modular mission packages, unique to both the Independence-class and Freedom-class LCS platforms, are part of many capabilities and technologies that separate the new littoral combat ships from other surface ships. Designed with minimal manning and automation as a requirement, Mineman 1st Class (MN1) Michael Taylor, a native of Panama City, Fla., explained that the Independence’s crew of 42 Sailors is able to accomplish missions that would require many times the manpower on older Navy ships.

“We do a lot more with a lot less,” Taylor said.

The tour also included visits to the USS Vandergrift (FFG 48) and the Tarawa-class amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA-5), where visitors got an extensive view of the U.S. military’s largest combat medical department on an amphibious warship. Taking notes were Lindsay Sturman and Sharon Watson, writers for the CBS broadcast network, who are collaborating on a new television drama.

“It’s been useful for trying to figure out where we want to set it and get the most out of the drama,” said Watson, a writer-producer for the Criminal Minds series, about the Navy tour.

For actor Milo Ventimiglia, who plays Robert DeNiro’s son in the recently released film Killing Season, the Hollywood to the Navy tour was a reaffirmation of his feelings about the U.S. military.

“The lasting impression I always get in spending time with our military is its sense of honor, pride and integrity,” said Ventimiglia. “The Sailors of the Naval Base San Diego uphold that sense to the highest degree. It really is impressive the strength and honor of our nation’s great Navy.”

For more information, visit http://www.navy.mil, http://www.facebook.com/usnavy, or http://www.twitter.com/usnavy.

NNS130715-16. Safe in Flight

By Story by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Derek Stroop, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West

SAN DIEGO (NNS) — The safe operation of the SH-60B helicopter is the primary focus of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 49, who recently celebrated 25,000 mishap-free flight hours.
Dozens of black and red ornamented helicopters adorn the hot and steamy flight line of Naval Air Station North Island. “Whomp, whomp, whomp, whomp, whomp” is the only audible sound heard as a variety of aviation-rated Sailors constantly power up and down the rotors.
The flight line is chock-full of personnel guiding aircraft through various maintenance checks, safety procedures and directing aircraft around the flight line. Within the phalanx of personnel and helicopters that are perched along the flight line, Sailors in an array of red, yellow, blue, red and purple-colored jerseys fuel, guide and arm the aircraft to prepare it for the mission. Each jersey with matching cranial signifies a job to accomplish, including keeping the Sailor safe from potential hazards on the tarmac.
According to Aviation Electrician 1st Class Joseph Demerath, Quality Assurance (QA) leading petty officer and Janesville, Wis., native, there are several different aircraft safety checks that must occur before each bird takes flight.
“The first line of defense is the prep-crew,” said Demerath. “They check for major and minor discrepancies such as fluid leaks and overall cleanliness before every flight.”
Lt. Jesse Joyce, Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization (NATOPS) officer of HSL-49, mentioned that plane captains are overall responsible for these turnaround inspections before each flight, except in “hot seat” exchanges.
Demerath explained that a “hot seat” exchange is when two separate aircrews turnover an aircraft without powering down the rotors.
“Another line of defense in safety is the foreign object damage check,” said Demerath. “This is a daily check for all hands where they walk the flight line looking for anything that can harm the aircraft. We also do this in hangar spaces as well. Our goal is to have safe conditions everywhere.”
An additional facet to maintaining a safe environment at HSL-49 is the proper use of personal protective equipment, or PPE. The prep-crew is required to wear cranials, which include hearing, eye and head protection.
“It is part of my job in QA to perform routine checks to make sure my personnel are wearing the proper PPE,” said Demerath. “PPE and pre-flight checks all play a part in keeping HSL-49 mishap free.”
Training also plays a role in keeping crews and equipment safe.
“It is my role to make sure the squadron sticks and abides to NATOPS,” said Joyce, a New York native. “It ensures that everything is done the same way [Navy-wide] so that safety and training is standardized.”
HSL-49’s quality assurance department takes pride in maintaining a safe training environment.
“What I enjoy most about my job is training others,” said Demerath. “I want to make sure that other Sailors know what they are doing and that they are doing it safely.”
HSL-49 provides detachments, which consist of one or two aircraft that deploy to destroyers, cruisers and frigates. From there, the detachment teams up with the ship to complete and execute its missions while deployed. The squadron currently has several detachments our on deployment supporting missions.

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For more news from Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, visit http://www.navy.mil/local/pacensandiego/.

NNS130715-14. Japanese and American Submariners Reach New Heights, Summit Mt. Fuji

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sebastian McCormack, Commander Submarine Group 7 Public Affairs

YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) — Sailors from Commander, Submarine Group 7 (CSG7) along with Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) Commander, Fleet Submarine Force (CFSF) sailors climbed to the summit of Japan’s Mt. Fuji July 10-11.

The event, organized by CSG 7 Lt. Daniel Huynh and Lt. Benjamin Sacramento, was a staff engagement with the purpose of developing professional relationships and team work between CSG 7 and JMSDF CFSF.

The two-day climb started from Mt. Fuji’s 7,562-foot-high Kawaguchi 5th station. From there, the group began their climb toward the summit located approximately 12,388 feet above sea level.

The group was led by Lt. Cmdr. John Roussakies and his Japanese counterpart Cmdr. Misato Watanabe. They looked after the group and ensured everyone made it to the top and back safely.

For the majority of the participants, this ascent marked their first try at summiting Mount Fuji.

Halfway to the top, the group stopped for a rest at Mt. Fuji 8th station. There, the group ate dinner and slept. The following morning, they woke up early and continued the climb reaching the summit just before sunrise.

“The most difficult part was getting used to the high altitude and weather changes,” said Roussakies. “There was a big difference in weather. It was 70 degrees at 5th station and 39 degrees at the top.”

At the summit, the group spent about 45 minutes enjoying a meal and taking photographs before beginning their descent.

“Both days were clear. It was hard to describe the view. You could see for miles and miles,” said Roussakies.

The event was a veritable show of camaraderie between the two forces.

“Amongst submariners, we have similar experiences and sea stories,” said Roussakies. “You can communicate with each other based upon that common bond.”

“The climb allowed us to interact in a social environment and relate to each other outside of the workplace,” said Sacramento. It helped us to build a stronger bond between the two navies and peoples, and enjoy the close relationship that we have.”


NNS130715-05. NMETC Reservists Volunteer At Local Foodbank During Exercise

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW) Bruce Cummins

MARTIN, Tenn. (NNS) — Navy, Air National Guard and Air Force medical professionals participating in one of the largest community outreach efforts in the Midwest as part of an Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) mission volunteered for a local food distribution agency July 13 in Greenfield, Tenn.

The 14 service members, participating in the Hope of Martin 2013 IRT in Martin, used their limited time off duty to participate in the event, something Hope of Martin Senior Enlisted Leader Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman Jeffrey Tabor said speaks volumes of the Guardsmen, Airmen and Sailors involved in this Office of the Secretary of Defense(OSD)-sponsored, Air National Guard (ANG)-led initiative designed to improve military readiness while simultaneously providing quality services to communities throughout America.

“These individuals are working 16-hour days, seeing hundreds of patients daily and for them to use their extremely limited down time to assist a project this big is truly outstanding,” he said. “These service members are epitomizing teamwork at the clinic in Martin and here at Greenfield High School.”

Volunteers unloaded a 53-foot trailer filled with perishable and non-perishable items, produce and breads. They additionally sorted the consumables and then assisted in the assembly line-style distribution of the food to an estimated 250 families in the Weakley County area.

Tabor said the service members’ short-notice volunteer effort, sponsored by the Weakley County Backpack Program with food donated by Second Harvest in Nashville, represents the spirit of service members everywhere, and their willingness to assist those in need.

“Even though we are wearing different uniforms, these individuals are shipmates,” he said. “Our participation in this effort is an extension of what we’re doing at the clinic – working in a joint environment, learning each other’s military culture, training for a mission anywhere and most importantly, becoming part of the community.”

The Hope for Martin IRT project is a multiservice mission comprised of active duty, Reserve and National Guard members from Navy, Army and Air Force components. Navy service members participating in the weeklong exercise include personnel from the Navy Medicine Education and Training Command (NMETC) Reserve Component.

NMETC Reserve Sailors and other U.S. Armed Forces participants are scheduled to provide medical, dental, pharmaceutical and ophthalmology services to Martin and surrounding area residents.

The tri-service medical personnel are scheduled to provide multiple services, including nursing evaluations, blood glucose monitoring and Hemoglobin A1C testing. Dental services include assessments, extractions, fillings and cleanings. Eye exams and spectacle manufacturing are offered, and a pharmacy is dispensing prescriptions once the patient has been seen and assessed by the medical team.

NMETC Reserve Component Executive Officer and Hope of Martin IRT On-Site Coordinator Capt. Janie Brier said the importance of the Hope of Martin IRT and subsequent day-long volunteer effort serves as a reminder of the flexibility for which the U.S. military is known.

“We are capable of working in austere environments and overcoming any challenge,” she said. “This IRT proves what a dedicated, ready and team-oriented group of service members can accomplish anywhere, at any time.”

NMETC is the sole point of accountability for formal Navy Medicine education and training services, and 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 more than 1 million 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.

For more news from Navy Medicine Education and Training Command, visit http://www.navy.mil/local/nmsc/.

NNS130715-15. NMCP Welcomes Army Reservists for Annual Training

By MC2 (SW) Anna Arndt

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) — A second group Army and Navy reservists arrived at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth July 15 for their annual training as the first group of 25 marked their halfway point. The third and final group arrives next week.

The reservists work alongside permanent staff in many departments including the pharmacy, operating room and galley, giving the reservists and permanent staff the unique opportunity to work in a joint-services environment. They get to interact and become familiar with how other services operate.

“Oftentimes, you train with the people who you deploy with, so we will train with the Air Force and Navy, especially with the military going to more of a tri-service approach, so it’s good to have a training opportunity where you can see what your counterparts are doing,” said Staff Sgt. Julius Lindo, an Army health care specialist, who deployed to Kuwait in 2005. “It provides for a complete training opportunity.”

Many specialties in the Army are identified differently from their counterparts in the Navy, and the differences can be confusing in a joint-service environment.

“We have LPNs (Licensed Practical Nurses) in the Army, whereas the Navy does not have LPNs, but the corpsmen work in the same capacity as our LPNs,” Lindo said. “So the job description is parallel, but the title is not, which can cause problems when assigning duties.”

Many of the reservists have civilian jobs similar to their military specialties, and they bring new ideas and ways of doing things to the military.

“I freshened up on skills I haven’t used in a few years,” said Staff Sgt. Joseph Daugherty, a CT technician, who deployed to Afghanistan for 11 months and the Balkans for seven months. “I have been doing CAT scans in the civilian side for about four years but I haven’t done X-rays in a long time, which is what I have been doing here this week.”

Some of the reservists are working in a completely different field from their civilian careers, giving them an opportunity to learn new skills.

“I teach for Head Start,” said Spc. Michele Reed, a nutrition care specialist, who has been in the reserves for two years. “I feel it makes me more rounded, getting to work in these two different fields. I’m a very energetic person so I like to have my hand in a lot of different pots.”

The reservists working in the galley help make “mother meals” for new moms, work with the dietary office and cook for the hot and cold food lines.

“We are working in three different areas and we are dealing with all the nutrition aspects,” said Reed. “So we are working with the nutritionists, the dietitians, and we’re just getting a little bit of everything. We all have two days in each area.”

A major difference between the Army and Navy is the rank structure. It can be confusing; for instance, a captain in the Army is an O-3 and a captain in the Navy is an O-6. The annual training gives both services a chance to become fluent in each other’s rank structure.

“It is a pleasurable experience working with the Navy,” said Lindo. “The personnel we have run into have been very accommodating. The biggest difference is how we relate as far as rank. Learning the rank structure and the power authorization that goes with a particular rating was one of the biggest eye-openers.”

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For more news from Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, visit http://www.navy.mil/local/NMCP/.

NNS130716-05. Current All Hands Update

From Defense Media Activity – Navy

WASHINGTON (NNS) — All Hands Update features four newscasts today – one two-minute newscast and three one-minute newscast.

Two-minute newscast-
– This Week on All Hands Magazine Online: Sailor’s Role in Oklahoma’s
F-5 Tornado Relief

First One-minute newscast-
– Headlines for Monday, July 15, 2013: New “Pier in the Ocean” Delivered to Fleet; Nations Work Together at Exercise Sea Breeze 2013

Second one-minute newscast-
– Seabees Join Japanese Fire Department in Rappel Training

Third one-minute newscast-
– Sasebo Security Force Weapons Training

Defense Media Activity – Navy usually produces four All Hands Update(AHU)newscasts each day – one two-minute newscast and three one-minute newscasts. AHU can be seen throughout the day and evening on the Direct-to-Sailor (DTS)satellite television service available aboard
160 ships of the fleet and via the Navy Web site at http://www.navy.mil. Check your local DTS program schedule for air times. AHU can also be seen throughout the world on the American Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS).



NNS020715-11. This Day in Naval History – July 16

From the Navy News Service

1862 – Congress creates rank of Rear Admiral. David G. Farragut is named the first Rear Admiral.
1912 – Rear Adm. Bradley Fiske receives patent for torpedo plane, or airborne torpedo.
1915 – First Navy ships, battleships USS Ohio (BB 12), USS Missouri (BB 11), and USS Wisconsin (BB 9) transit Panama Canal.
1945 – First atomic bomb test at Alamogordo, N.M.



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