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NNS130719-10. CNO Updates Status of the Navy

NNS130719-09. Navy Satellite Launch to Boost DoD Satellite Communications

DNU — Headlines for Friday, July 19, 2013: USS Freedom Conducts Compliant Boarding Exercise; Truman Strike Group Set to Deploy

DNU — July 13th – 19th, 2013

NNS130719-01. Highest Ranking Russian Sailor Visits U.S. Naval History

DNU — Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command successfully launched the Navy’s newest communication satellite July 19

NNS130719-18. Navy Fire and Emergency Services wins DoD Annual Awards

DNU — Navy Expands SAPR Initiatives

NNS130719-15. Five Named ‘Service Members of Year’ for 2013

NNS130719-13. Peleliu Completes Ammo Off-load

NNS130719-12. Talisman Saber 2013 Gets Underway with Extra Help

NNS130719-17. Navy Region Southeast Family Readiness Program Conducts Emergency Response Exercise

NNS130719-20. USNH Okinawa Welcomes New CO

NNS130719-21. Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit ONE Holds Change of Command

NNS130719-11. Peleliu Cross-Trains Sailors of America

NNS130719-14. Tidewater Enhanced Multi-Service Market to Focus on Cost Savings

NNS130719-16. Red Cross Donates Items for Cancer Patient Comfort Kits at NMCP

NNS130719-22. Current All Hands Update

NNS020715-18. This Day in Naval History – July 20

Eye on the Fleet – U.S. Navy Photo of The Day


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Ammo Off-load

NNS130719-10. CNO Updates Status of the Navy

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jennifer Lebron, Defense Media Activity – Navy

WASHINGTON (NNS) — Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert discussed the status of the fleet, readiness impact due to sequestration, and modifications to Navy policies at a press conference July 19 at the Pentagon.

“Presence remains our mandate,” Greenert said. “This is what we are mostly about, and it’s an essential element of our defense strategic guidance.”

Greenert pointed out that the Navy has about 95 ships deployed and about 3,700 operational aircraft. The current ship count in the Mediterranean has been higher than it has been through the years.

USS Kearsarge and USS San Antonio are positioned in the Red Sea and stand ready with a range of missions and operations if required. USS Nimitz is deployed to the North Arabian Sea supporting ground operations in Afghanistan with close air support, and piracy in the region is slowly increasing and is becoming more of a concern.

In the Pacific theater, Talisman Saber Exercise, started July 14, off the coast of Australia and in the Coral Sea. TS13 is an ongoing biennial training exercise with Australia and currently has George Washington Carrier Strike Group and Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group assets participating.

In the Southern Command, sequestration has caused the reduction to zero combat ships in the region.

“There are other naval forces in the region,” Greenert said. “Non-combatant ships and other forces.”

The Navy’s first spearhead class joint high speed vessel will deploy to the Southern Command area of operation in FY 14.

“Presence forward, assuring our allies and deterring potential adversaries is our primary function,” Greenert said. “I think we are out there at the, what I call, the maritime crossroads where it matters, when it matters.”

CNO addressed the readiness impact of sequestration for FY 13 and FY 14.

There is one carrier strike group (CSG) and one amphibious ready group (ARG) deployed to the each of the Arabian Gulf and Western Pacific theaters.

However, the surge force is a concern, Greenert said.

Currently, there is only CSG and one ARG ready to surge if needed. A year ago, the Navy had three CSGs and ARGs ready to surge.

Despite reduced operations and maintenance spending in FY 13, Greenert said the Navy’s focus is to keep sea commands ready for deployments scheduled for FY 14.

For FY 14, sequestration could reduce each account by 10 percent. The Navy possibly faces deeper cuts for FY 14, because FY 13 used money available from previous years to help pad the effects of sequestration, Greenert explained.

CNO’s goal is to preserve shipbuilding and aviation contracts through this process.

Furlough impacts to the civilian force continue to be a challenge.

“Regrettably, we’re enduring furloughs,” Greneert said. “It’s an impact, I felt it last week. I feel it this week. It hurts our readiness and it hurts our productivity as well.”

CNO addressed sexual assault organizational changes and a revision to the Navy Exchange alcohol sales policy by further discussing the Navy’s newest changes that are taking place fleet-wide. Greenert said with more than half of all sexual assaults involving alcohol, the Navy had to look more critically at the atmosphere and climate of its bases.

Greenert said after a review of Navy Exchange alcohol sales trends at base stores the data showed a high volume of sales occurring late into the night and early morning and were not in line with mainstream retailers.


NNS130719-09. Navy Satellite Launch to Boost DoD Satellite Communications

By Steven A. Davis, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Public Affairs

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. (NNS) — The Navy’s second Mobile User Objective System satellite was launched today at 9:00 a.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex 41. The successful launch represents a key step in providing enhanced satellite communications for the Navy and Department of Defense (DoD).

MUOS is a next-generation narrowband tactical satellite communications system designed to significantly improve beyond-line-of-sight communications for U.S. forces on the move. MUOS will provide military users 10 times more communications capacity over the existing system by leveraging 3G mobile technology, including simultaneous voice and data capability.

“The MUOS-2 launch is an especially significant event for the program because not only are we launching the second satellite, but the ground system, the networking software and the waveform are all aligning at the same time,” explained Navy Cmdr. Matt Bohlin, the MUOS principal assistant program manager. “With MUOS-2 on-orbit this fall, we’ll be testing the full system with all the new capabilities that it brings to the warfighter.”

The first MUOS satellite, launched in February 2012 and accepted for operational use by U.S. Strategic Command in November, has been providing high quality voice communications for users.

The Navy plays a key role in national space efforts by providing narrowband satellite communications for the DoD and other government agencies. MUOS satellite communications capability is designed for mobile users who require high-speed mission data with higher data rates and improved operational availability.

Bohlin says users requiring these essential services will soon see significantly improved benefits when the full system suite comes on-line.

“Users are going to notice more bandwidth that is accessible on demand as opposed to preplanned channels, better voice quality and better connectivity while not being impacted by remote regions, urban environments or inclement weather.” he said. “It will be a revolutionary leap for satellite communications for DoD.”

With current capability, tactical users have limited access to narrowband satellite communications, and channels must be preplanned and allocated. Additionally, dismounted users had to be stationary to acquire the satellite.

With MUOS, users will have access on demand and be able to use the service while on the move and in all environments and weather to talk to beyond-line-of-sight recipients, whether they are on the other side of a mountain or the other side of the world.

Services will also be available for platforms such as ships, aircraft and vehicles.

Over the next several days, the satellite, which functions much like a cell tower in space, will transition to its geosynchronous orbit location 22,000 miles above the earth. Its solar arrays and mesh antennas will then be deployed and on-orbit testing will begin for eventual commissioning into service.

The constellation of four satellites and one on-orbit spare will extend narrowband communications availability well past 2025.

The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, the Navy’s Program Executive Office for Space Systems, Chantilly, Va., and its Communications Satellite Program Office, San Diego, are responsible for the MUOS program.

Additional imagery, videos and launch coverage can be found at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command website link here http://www.public.navy.mil/spawar/Press/Pages/MUOS-2.aspx .


NNS130719-01. Highest Ranking Russian Sailor Visits U.S. Naval History

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class(AW) Tim Comerford, Navy History and Heritage Command Communication and Outreach Division

WASHINGTON (NNS) — Adm. Viktor Chirkov, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Federation Navy, visited three U.S. Navy museums July 15-18 to learn more about its history as part of a larger official visit to the U.S. Navy. He began his history visit at the National Museum of the U.S. Navy where he was hosted by Capt. Henry J. Hendrix, director of the Navy’s History and Heritage Command (NHHC), which is responsible for the preservation, analysis, and dissemination of the U.S. Navy’s art, artifacts, and objects. The nine U.S. Navy museums report to NHHC, with the original one located at the Washington Navy Yard.

“The National Museum of the United States Navy (NMUSN) was created by Admiral Arleigh Burke,” Hendrix explained to the Russian admiral as the group entered the museum. It was established to both capture and promote the great history of the U. S. Navy.

The Russian commander-in-chief asked about the industrial nature of building in which the museum is housed.

“It was a shipyard factory building and then became a museum?” Chirkov asked.

“The entire Washington Navy Yard was the Washington Gun Factory,” explained Hendrix, pointing out the large overhead cranes. “This was just one of the many factory buildings where large guns were assembled. These cranes can still work, so when we have to move large objects we test them and then use them.”

Chirkov was then led on a whirlwind tour of the museum’s exhibits and learned much about the history of the U.S. Navy.

The first stop was the museum’s newest exhibit “Don’t Give Up the Ship” which opened in June. The exhibit details the support the U.S. Navy leant the U.S. Army during the war of 1812’s lake battles. The director called the admiral’s attention to one of the main artifacts of the exhibit, the Chambers Gun.

“This is one of the most interesting pieces in our collection,” Hendrix explained. “It was the secret weapon of the War of 1812. They would pack 24 bullets into each of its seven barrels, and once the trigger was pulled, it would fire off up to 145 shot [in about two minutes]. The gunner would be up on the fighting top firing down on the opposing ship. Once you cleared the enemy’s gun deck, you would board.”

Hendrix explained that NHHC holds many firearms, most in working order.

“We try to retain a working copy of all arms back to the beginning of our Navy,” Hendrix said. “We still have muskets from the American Revolution that are fire-able. Every now and then we have a scientist or engineer who wishes to test them to determine their muzzle velocity and firing characteristics.”

Hendrix led Chirkov through exhibits featuring the U.S. Navy during World War II, a period when the United States fought to clear the Atlantic Ocean of German submarines in order to convoy supplies to the Allies, including the then-Soviet Union. Chirkov, a former commander of an Udaloy-class anti-submarine destroyer, was particularly interested in reviewing the display on commercial shipping losses, as well as German submarine attrition rates.

One of the citations on display showed that the Soviet Union honored 183 American Sailors, “For Outstanding Military Activities Which Facilitated the Sailing of Transports with War Supplies to Ports of The Soviet Union During the War Against the Common Enemy of the USSR and the USA…–and for the Valor and Gallantry They Displayed.” Sailors and Coast Guardsmen were awarded the Order of the Great Patriotic War, First and Second Class; Order of the Red Star; Medal for Valor; Medal of Ushakov; and Medal for Combat Merits. U.S. Navy also had a lend-lease program with the Soviet Navy where 34 minesweepers were transferred for their use in protecting their coasts from U-boat laid mines.

Chirkov remarked that Russia’s Naval Museum is set to move to new quarters.

“In St. Petersburg they just renovated the old Navy barracks and so now we are moving the naval museum from its old building into the new building,” Chirkov told Hendrix, who responded by wishing that the new museum reflected the great history of the Russian navy since its founding by Peter the Great in 1696.

The next day, Chirkov visited Annapolis, Md. to gain a better idea of how the U.S. Naval Academy prepares the next generation of Navy and Marine Corps officers. As part of the visit, he toured the John Paul Jones Crypt and the U.S. Naval Academy Museum.

According to Tim Disher, the U.S. Naval Academy’s Director of International Programs, the admiral was, “impressed and was quite inquisitive about the Rogers Ship Model Collection, the largest collection of 17th- and 18th-century ship models on public display in North America.” Disher added that there was “lively interaction with the Russian language faculty and Russian language-proficient midshipmen.”

At Naval Air Station Pensacola on Thursday, Chirkov’s first stop was to the National Naval Aviation Museum, where he took particular interest in the large flying boats once flown by the U.S. Navy.

“This is real history,” he commented when looking at the PB2Y-5R Coronado that carried members of Fleet Adm. Chester W. Nimitz’s staff to Tokyo Bay for the signing of the surrender ending World War II. Appreciating the tremendous number of school age children who were in the museum on a hot summer day, Chirkov said, “Museums are important in teaching the lessons of history that are generally not taught in schools.”

For more information on the Navy History and Heritage Command’s museums visit http://www.history.navy.mil.


NNS130719-18. Navy Fire and Emergency Services wins DoD Annual Awards

By Commander, Navy Installations Command Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) — The Department of Defense (DoD) announced the winners of the DoD Annual Fire and Emergency Services July 16.

Of the 10 categories, Navy Fire and Emergency Services took six awards, the Air Force earned two, and the Army and Defense Logistics Agency each took one.
Each year, DoD recognizes the outstanding accomplishments and honors fire departments and firefighters through the annual DoD Fire and Emergency Services awards Program.

“It is my pleasure to announce the recipients of the DoD Fire and Emergency Services Awards for calendar year 2012. The Fire and Emergency Services community is on duty 24 hours a day, every day, sometimes putting their own lives on the line while protecting those who defend America. I congratulate their achievements,” said John Conger, assistant deputy under secretary of Defense for Installations and Environment.

Navy Fire and Emergency programs were awarded:

Large Fire Department of the Year – Commander Navy Region Hawaii Regional Fire & Emergency Services
Medium Fire Department of the Year – Commander Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia, Naval Station Rota, Spain
Fire Prevention Program of the Year – Regional Fire & Emergency Services Navy Region Northwest
Civilian Fire Officer of the Year – Mr. Christopher H. Hubmer, Commander Naval Forces Japan, Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan
Fire Service Instructor of the Year – Mr. Shane A. Rayfield, Commander Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia Naval Air Station Sigonella, Sicily
Recognition for Heroism- Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (ME) & Submarine Base New London (CT), Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Fire & Emergency Services for actions related to response
to SSN 755 USS MIAMI fire on 23 May 2012.

“To have so many in our Navy Fire and Emergency Services team recognized is a great honor and testament to the professionalism and pride of all our Fire and Emergency personnel,” said Vice Adm. William French, commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC). “Every day, they’re ready and willing to risk their lives for others, and I commend them for all their hard work and sacrifice.”

Navy Fire and Emergency Services is one of many CNIC services. CNIC manages more than 100 products and services for the Fleet, Fighter and Family ranging from Morale, Welfare and Recreation, to port operations and much more.

For more news from Commander, Navy Installations Command, visit http://www.navy.mil/local/cni/.

NNS130719-15. Five Named ‘Service Members of Year’ for 2013

By C. Todd Lopez, Army News Service

WASHINGTON (NNS) — Five service members, one from each branch of service, including the Coast Guard, were honored July 18, on Capitol Hill, as “Service Members of the Year,” by newspaper publisher Military Times.

The five were nominated for the recognition by fellow service members. They include Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Joshua E. Beemer; Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Karen D. Beattie; Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Clifford M. Wooldridge; Air Force Master Sgt. William G. Janczewski II; and Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Chase M. Severns.

Serving as the keynote speaker for the event, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert noted that the five were so impressive, their fellow service members had taken the time to sit down and nominate them for the award. The admiral himself was impressed.

“They continue to put service before self while off duty as well as while on duty; volunteering to do such things as volunteer in the Make-A-Wish Foundation, teaching math and English to children in Afghanistan, raising awareness for Gold Star Families, building homes with Habitat for Humanity, and working with wounded warriors,” Greenert said.

Noting that July is the 40th anniversary of the all-volunteer military force in the United States, he said the award recipients represent the best of what America has to offer — to those at home, and to those overseas.

“These individuals represent a really special quality of all the service members that we have,” the admiral said. “And they represent the face of the United States around the globe. They build the trust that enables the partnership that we need so very much to continue to do what we do around the world to ensure security. They are our ambassadors.”


Beemer, a cryptologic technician and Arabic linguist with the Navy Information Operations Command at Fort Gordon, Ga., was named “Sailor of the Year.”

“Humbling. Humbling, to say the least,” Beemer said of the award. “There are so many great things that every other service member is doing. We’re finishing up two wars. We’ve been doing great things in the military for so many years. It’s like — why me?”

Greenert, who served as the military presenter for Beemer’s award, gave at least one answer for why Beemer had been selected.

“While in Afghanistan, CTI1 Beemer dearly missed his wife and four-year-old daughter, Liliana,” Greenert said. “He filled this void in his life by using his limited free time to serve as the secretary of the Cat in the Hat Language Arts Center. The center teaches Afghan children ages six to 11 basic English and math skills.”

Having served now about 12 years of active duty in the Navy, starting in 2000, and with a break in between — Beemer said he plans to push on beyond 20, if he can. It’s his fellow Sailors that make him want to stay.

“You don’t get rich in the Navy,” he said. “But being able to work with young people, and people who have a sense of service, and of actually coming to work every day and doing the job — it’s not about coming and collecting a paycheck. I’m proud of what I do and I’m proud of what the junior guys do.”


Beattie, named the “Soldier of the Year,” today serves as part of the 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade at Fort Sill, Okla. She and her now-deceased husband, Sgt. 1st Class Clifford Beattie, had served together in Baghdad, Iraq, in 2011.

He was killed in action there that May. The loss of her husband and friend left Beattie considering if she wanted to continue service in the Army. At the time, she’d already been in for 14 years.

Acting as the military presenter for the award, Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. John F. Campbell said that it was Beattie’s faith that kept her in uniform.

“She faced her struggle head-on and turned her grief into a way to support and inspire other Gold Star families — families that have a fallen service member,” Campbell said.

Herself a Gold Star spouse, Beattie started an awareness program called the Fort Sill Survivor Outreach Services, or SOS, to provide support to other Gold Star families.

“We just want to make the world better, and make people better, and make everything better for survivors,” Beattie said of her efforts with the program.

When she heard she’d been selected for the award, she said, she was surprised — and humbled.

“We just do what we do,” she said. “There are so many amazing men and women in the military; and to get picked out of all of them is just humbling. It’s just awesome.”


“It’s very, very humbling,” said Janczewski of his being named the “Airman of the Year.” “I see what happened as just doing my job. The volunteer work was just a way to pay back all my experiences, so other families or other people don’t have to go through the same problems we went through. Being here tonight, it’s just very humbling to be recognized for something on this scale.”

Janczewski’s son, six-year-old Ethan, was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. The young boy was born with only a right ventricle and right atrium. The heart defect left the newborn in the hospital for nearly five months — about four of those in an induced coma.

Ethan is now in stable health. Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Larry O. Spencer, the military presenter for the award, said Janczewski and his wife were able to get through the difficult times thanks to support from friends and family.

Now, Janczewski works to provide that kind of support to others who may face similar family crisis. He volunteers with the Arkansas Congestive Heart Defect Coalition to help others who are in the same situation now that his family was in years ago.

An Air Force firefighter who is approaching 20 years of service, Janczewski now serves with the 19th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Emergency Services at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. He said he plans to stay in uniform as long as he is allowed.

“I love the job and I love the mission,” he said.


A boatswain’s mate, Severns recently started a new assignment at the Aids to Navigation Team on the Columbia River in Kennewick, Wash., after having served aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Haddock, in San Diego, Calif.

Severns was described by Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr., who was the military presenter for the award, as “highly competitive.” But at the same time, “willing to help those around him.”

Perhaps one reason Severns was named “Coast Guardsman of the Year” was his efforts aboard the Haddock to help his fellow service members prepare for advancement, Papp said.

“Severns started a challenge to get the crew to study for their next Rating Advancement Test,” Papp said. “He spent countless off-duty hours assisting crew members with their training and advancement sign-offs.”

Papp also noted that Severns’ commander aboard the Haddock said he had been “instrumental in making the Haddock the most successful patrol boat in counternarcotics operations in the Coast Guard in 2012.”

Severns has been in the Coast Guard now for seven years, and plans to make it a career. He said he loves the responsibility laid at the feet of Coast Guard

NNS130719-13. Peleliu Completes Ammo Off-load

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dustin Knight, Peleliu Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) — Amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) completed its ammunition four-day off-load near the coast of Camp Pendelton, Calif., July 15-19, ahead of its planned maintenance availability.

Weapons department’s 70 Sailors, combining aviation ordnancemen (AO) and gunner’s mates (GM), worked nearly 17 hours a day to stage, move and ready for lift 960 tons of ordnance from ship to shore depots. With the help of Air department and other ship teams, the ordnance moved without incident and on-time.
“They’re tired but they know what it means and they know the ship is counting on them and that keeps them motivated,” Peleliu’s Gun Boss Lt. Michael Dasch said. “I have not heard one complaint and there are smiles on people’s faces. They love it.”
As with many evolutions onboard, safety trumps speed, staying paramount in process and procedure.
“We have a lot of safety personnel on deck to make sure people aren’t getting run over or walking in restricted areas,” said Peleliu’s armory leading petty officer Gunner’s Mate 1st Class James O’Day. “We held safety meetings every morning to ensure everyone was aware of the concerns we have when moving ordnance.” Teams assembled with personal protective equipment and extra safety personnel observed the stages of the ordnance movement.

“We can’t have enough people looking out for any discrepancies as far as safety is concerned,” added O’Day.

Long hours and high-stress evolutions can impact crew’s morale. Leadership and social events help reduce this impact.

“We had an ice cream social at [10] last night for the Weapons department family,” said Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Claire Arnold. The teams had “a chance to rest, relax and come together as a team without all the stress of the day.”

Arnold added jokingly that caffeinated drinks proved to be an important asset throughout the week.
The Weapons department upper chain of command acknowledges the hard work of their junior Sailors.
“I keep telling all the guys every chance I get that they’re doing a great job and to keep it up,” said O’Day. “We have Gun Boss and chiefs … pushing everybody.”
munitions off-loads are one of the few occasions where the AOs and GMs come together entirely to complete an evolution, at times, adding unfamiliarity.
“It’s been outstanding working with the AOs,” said O’Day. “We have been doing a lot of banding, integrating with the flight deck crew, picking the helicopters and a lot of forklift driving.”
Though new to the ship, O’Day is experienced with a off-loads. Some of his team is green like Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Apprentice Julia Dennison.
“My chain of command prepared me on what it was going to be like so I was expecting it to be hectic and crazy, and it has been,” Dennison said. “It’s exciting. I got here in the middle of deployment so I wasn’t able to be here for the on-load, so this is my first time moving ordnance. We’re handling it well.”
“The off-load went great,” said Dasch. “I couldn’t have asked for a better crew. Nobody had to be asked or told to do something. We’re aviation ordnancemen and gunner’s mates. We move ordnance and we do it well.”
Peleliu plans to enter a six-month planned maintenance availability shortly after returning to Naval Base San Diego.

For more news from USS Peleliu (LHA 5) , visit http://www.navy.mil/local/lha5/.

NNS130719-12. Talisman Saber 2013 Gets Underway with Extra Help

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joshua Karsten

SYDNEY, Australia (NNS) — The U.S. 7th Fleet flag ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) is a little heavier this week as over 230 reserves, active duty and Australian augments board to take part in Talisman Saber 2013 (TS13) in Sydney, Australia, July 20, 2013.

Talisman Saber is a joint exercise sponsored by U.S. Pacific Command and Australian Defence Force (ADF) Headquarters Joint Operations Command that incorporates components of the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force, the Australian Defence Force and other government agencies from each country.

“This is an exciting opportunity to serve with the Australians,” said Navy Capt. Kevin Hayes, commanding officer of the reserve unit supporting 7th Fleet. “Getting the opportunity to work hand in hand with the Australians is always a terrific opportunity because they’re such a great partner of ours.”

The Navy Reserve unit based out of Fort Worth, Texas, provides trained Sailors to augment the 7th Fleet staff in conjunction with any type of exercises and contingencies that the 7th Fleet supports in a given year, such as Operation Tomadachi in 2011.

The logistics and planning involved in getting the mass influx of TS13 support takes a great deal of coordinated efforts from all parties involved.

“The associated hurdles that goes along with orders for putting the service member in theater is complex,” said Hayes. “Just in terms of making sure the arrival date coincides with the ships arrival date, if the ship is going to be in port when the service members arrive, and making sure that transportation is arranged.”

Joining the fight are 104 Australian service members to practice their combined operation level of planning and execution, as well as certifying their major components of the exercise are fit for future operations.

“We’ve brought together members of the army, navy and air force from around Australia and in some cases from places from around the world to join the Blue Ridge,” said Australian Brig. Gen. David Coghlan, TS13 deputy commander. “The intricacies of coming aboard a U.S. Navy command and control ship have been challenging, but really useful and worthwhile.”

Talisman Saber is a realistic and challenging exercise that improves both nations’ ability to work bilaterally and multilaterally, and prepares them to be poised to provide security regionally and globally.

“It’s an absolute pleasure to work with the United States forces,” said Coghlan. “The level of integration with the U.S. is unprecedented and we appreciate it.”

TS13, which includes more than 27,000 U.S. and Australian personnel, is a biennial training activity aimed at improving ADF and U.S. combat readiness and interoperability as a Combined Joint Task Force. The exercise is designed to enhance multilateral collaboration in support of future combined operations, humanitarian emergencies and natural disasters. This exercise is a major undertaking and illustrates the closeness of the Australian and U.S. alliance and the strength of the military-to-military relationship.

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

For more news from Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, visit http://www.navy.mil/local/c7f/.

NNS130719-17. Navy Region Southeast Family Readiness Program Conducts Emergency Response Exercise

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW) Greg Johnson, Navy Region Southeast Public Affairs

Navy Region Southeast Public Affairs

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) — Commander, Navy Region Southeast (CNRSE) Family Readiness Program hosted phase two of an Emergency Family Assistance Center (EFAC) exercise at Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville July 17.

The training was an installment of a three-phase exercise designed to test the region’s ability to establish and sustain EFAC operations in the days and weeks following the landfall of a hurricane.

Phase I, conducted on May 30, involved more than 30 Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) representatives from NAS Jacksonville, Naval Station (NS) Mayport and Naval Submarine Base (NSB) Kings Bay, as well as installation and training officers and emergency management personnel from all three bases. Phase II incorporated a variety of additional base organizations, such as the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, Navy Legal Service Office, Navy Gateway Inns and Suites, base housing and many others.

“This training is vital because it’s not a matter of if one of our installations will be affected by a hurricane, it’s a matter of when,” said Commander, Navy Region Southeast Rear Adm. John C. Scorby Jr. “Our ability to bring together multiple organizations and people to work as a cohesive unit is crucial to our recovery efforts in this kind of scenario, and I think training like this has a huge impact on our ability to respond when the real thing does happen.”

The EFAC exercise is essentially a continuation of the region’s HURREX 2013, which tested the region’s hurricane preparedness through a scenario involving multiple simulated storms that made landfall near installations throughout the Southeast Region. While HURREX focused on pre-landfall preparations, the EFAC exercise was designed to focus on the recovery phase of disaster response.

In this scenario, NS Mayport and NSB Kings Bay residents were evacuated prior to landfall and each base suffered extensive flooding damage as the simulated storm passed. FFSC personnel from all three participating bases worked with emergency management, training personnel and other installation departments to establish an EFAC on board NAS Jacksonville.

“Phase II of this exercise had a lot more moving pieces due to the fact that we brought in a variety of additional agencies to participate,” said Carol Lucius, CNRSE Family Readiness Program work and family life coordinator. “To incorporate all these different people into this exercise is invaluable because we will be working together in the event of a real disaster and establishing roles, responsibilities and relationships is crucial.”

After a real disaster, the EFAC would function as a hub for FFSC case workers and emergency response personnel to provide a wide range of support services for affected family members. According to Lucius, much of that support is managed through the Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System (NFAAS).

“After a disaster, people can go into the ‘Needs Assessment’ portion of NFAAS and specify what they need, then our case managers can go in and see what those needs are. We will then call them back and get them the appropriate resources,” she said.

Although NFAAS is one of the primary methods for EFAC personnel to assess needs after a disaster, people can also come directly to the EFAC for assistance, Lucius added.

“Circumstances can change very quickly in the days and weeks following a hurricane, so our recovery efforts need to be flexible and our services have to be adjusted accordingly,” Lucius said. “It’s important for us to identify exactly who we need to have in the EFAC based on what peoples’ needs are. The EFAC is not staffed with only FFSC personnel, but there are a lot of other organizations involved, such as chaplains, medical, legal, housing and a long list of others. Part of this exercise is to establish a clearer picture of what resources we are likely to need in the EFAC at different times in the recovery process.”

After an actual hurricane, EFAC personnel would also coordinate with a number of civilian agencies and local officials in order to get people the help they need. Lucius said most people who seek help are in need of food, shelter, clothes or some other physical need, which makes it important to conduct this kind of exercise in order to be better prepared for recovery efforts when a real-world scenario occurs.

“The nature of an emergency or crisis event is that of unpredictability,” she said. “However, even though things will inevitably happen that we don’t necessarily expect, we still need to have a plan in place so that our people are confident in themselves, confident in their leadership and confident in the plan.”

Lucius said training like this is essential for preparing emergency management and FFSC personnel for an actual event, but it is equally as important for family members and dependents to know what to do in the event of an emergency.

“They really need to know about NFAAS. They need to know that it is essential for them to have their personal contact information updated in NFAAS so that when a disaster strikes, they can be contacted and they know how to contact somebody for help,” she said.

While phase II of the exercise included about 30 more participants than phase I, phase III of the exercise will expand even further and will include a number of civilian agencies and organizations, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Salvation Army and others.

Sailors, dependents and government civilians can log into NFAAS at https://navyfamily.navy.mil where they can update their contact information, report their status or submit a needs assessment.

For more information about hurricane readiness or NFAAC, contact your local FFSC.

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NNS130719-20. USNH Okinawa Welcomes New CO

By Brian J. Davis, U.S. Naval Hospital, Okinawa Public Affairs

OKINAWA, Japan (NNS) — U. S. Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan held a change of command ceremony aboard Camp Foster July 18.

Hospital staff and distinguished visitors looked on as Capt. Pius A. Aiyelawo turned command of the Navy’s largest overseas hospital over to Capt. Anne M. Swap in a ceremony at the Camp Foster Theater.

The presiding officer and guest speaker for the event was Vice Adm. Matthew L. Nathan, the Surgeon General of the Navy and Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery.

Distinguished visitors included flag officers and military commanders from Okinawa as well as officials representing the U. S. Consulate, Government of Japan, Okinawa Prefecture, and Japan Self Defense Forces.

Swap, a Medical Service Corps officer, is the hospital’s 19th commanding officer since the facility was commissioned in 1977. She will be the first commanding officer to serve a full tour of duty at the hospital’s new facility on Camp Foster.

Swap’s previous assignment was at Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, N. C., where she served as Executive Officer.

During his tour Aiyelawo, also a Medical Service Corps officer, presided over the preparation and execution of the hospital’s historic transition from Camp Lester to Camp Foster. The facility on Camp Foster became operational in the spring of 2013, and the first patient was seen at Camp Foster March 16.

During the ceremony, Aiyelawo received a special award from Rear Adm. Shigeaki Yanagida, Surgeon General and Director of Medicine, Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF). Yanagada personally went on stage and presented the award to Aiyelawo in praise of his efforts to establish partnerships, such as a fellowship program for JMSDF medical officers.

“This unique fellowship program creates an environment which not only strengthens the medical readiness of JMSDF and it physicians but also builds excellent bridges between the medical forces of the U. S. Navy and the JMSDF, “said Yanagida.

Aiyelawo will proceed to his new assignment as Deputy Commander, Naval Medicine Research and Development Command at Fort Detrick, Md.

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NNS130719-21. Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit ONE Holds Change of Command

By Commander, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group One Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR (NNS) — Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit One (MDSU-1) held a change of command ceremony on board Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, July 12.

During the ceremony, Cmdr. Jeffrey W. Stebbins relieved Cmdr. Thomas P. Murphy as commanding officer, MDSU-1.

“You maintained the highest state of mission readiness despite an arduous operational schedule during which the command trained, equipped, and deployed seven combat ready mobile diving and salvage companies to locations all over the word, conducting priority missions, numerous exercises, salvage operations and unexploded ordnance responses,” said Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar, Commander, Navy Region Northwest.

Under Murphy’s leadership, MDSU-1 deployed forces to the United States’ Third, Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Fleet areas of responsibility in support of national security objectives. Also, Cmdr. Murphy successfully deployed twice as Commander, Task Group 56.1 and 56.9 where he led MDSU-1 and Explosive Ordnance Disposal sailors in the completion of over 950 high-risk operations throughout multiple regions with zero mishaps and 100 percent mission success.

Cmdr. Murphy was commissioned in 1993 at State University New York Maritime College after earning a degree in business administration. Murphy’s next assignment is as Chief of Staff for Commander, Mine Countermeasures Squadron Seven, in Sasebo, Japan.

Cmdr. Stebbins, a native of Hingham, Massachusetts, received his commission in 1998 through Officer Candidate School after previously earning a degree in economics from St. Michael’s College in Burlington, Vermont. Prior to assuming command, Stebbins served in the Current Operations Directorate at Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

“To the officers and crew of MDSU-1, it is my greatest honor to serve with you. We will maintain the extraordinary tradition of expeditionary diving excellence already established and continue to raise the bar as the best diving unit in the Navy,” said Stebbins.

MDSU-1 is one of the Navy’s premier diving and salvage units, prepared to rapidly deploy combat-ready, expeditionary warfare capable, specialized dive teams to conduct harbor and waterway clearance, emergent underwater repairs, and salvage operations in all environments.

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NNS130719-11. Peleliu Cross-Trains Sailors of America

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Michael Duran, USS Peleliu Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) — Amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) hosted 125 Sailors assigned to pre-commissioning unit USS America (LHA 6) for a five-day underway, July 15-19.
Members of America, the Navy’s latest amphibious assault ship and the first of the America class, practiced essential “big deck” amphibious skills aboard Peleliu, placing an emphasis on post-deployment activity.
“The overall goal was to observe an amphibious assault ship during an ammo off-load,” said Lt. Matthew Eaton, America’s Gun Boss. “We can use the experience we gained for when LHA 6 pursues its ammo off-load and on loads in the future.”
More than thirty years America’s senior, the second-oldest amphibious ship, Tarawa-class Peleliu features a similar-sized flight deck allowing America crew members the opportunity to experience real-life on-the-job training. The MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter, used for the ammunition off-load, will be a type of aircraft America Sailors can expect to see.
“We are here working on our landing signalman enlisted qualifications and our ‘blue shirt’ qualifications,” said Airman Apprentice Cody Clemans from Knoxville, Tenn. “Chocking and chaining, operating the flight deck elevators, tow tractors; we’re here to become familiar with the ship.”
Known as “cross-deck” training, Sailors from a pre-commissioned vessel join an active ship in a similar class to develop in-rate skills as well as a broader understanding of the ship’s role in the fleet.
“Cross-deck training is important to the sustainment of the Navy,” said Cmdr. Matthew Niedzwiecki, Air Boss for Peleliu. “Departments aboard Peleliu gain valuable experience by leading training sessions and mentoring some of the newest Sailors to the fleet while our shipmates from USS America will walk away with a deeper appreciation of flight operations, and the confidence to continue the high level of pride and professionalism in the amphibious fleet.”
Service members from both platforms participated in the off-load of more than 960 tons of ammunition and ordnance in just four days, demonstrating teamwork and dedication to mission accomplishment.
“These Sailors have definitely worked together throughout this entire underway,” added Eaton. “I am just totally inspired by the way LHA 5 Sailors have opened their arms to LHA 6 Sailors and really shown us how they conduct business with a real professional effort.”
America Sailors were impressed with the mentorship they received aboard Peleliu, and understood how the training would benefit them in the future.
“It’s important that we learn here,” said Clemans. “Our group here will be the first group on the America, and we have to be able to train the people who follow us.”
The fourth ship in Navy history to be named America, LHA 6 is expected to be delivered to the Navy later this year and, like Peleliu, will be homeported in San Diego.

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NNS130719-14. Tidewater Enhanced Multi-Service Market to Focus on Cost Savings

By Rebecca A. Perron

Portsmouth, Va. (NNS) — As military medicine moves toward integration among the branches of service and cost reduction becomes a primary goal, the Tidewater enhanced Multi-Service Market is continuing to prepare for providing health care in a joint environment, including most recently a visit from the leadership of the Office of Health Affairs July 17 – 18.

Dr. Karen S. Guice, principal deputy assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs and others from OHA met at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth with leadership from NMCP, U.S. Air Force Hospital Langley and McDonald Army Health Center, as well as the deputy Surgeons General from the Army, Navy and Air Force or their representative.

The more than two dozen health care leaders, which also included leaders from Veterans Affairs and the Coast Guard, spent the two days discussing expectations, functions and challenges as the military treatment facilities in Hampton Roads prepare for changes to military medicine that take effect on Oct. 1.
“We are becoming a more integrated military health system, stronger and more relevant for the future,” Guice said. “It’s going to improve readiness, it’s going to make sure our military health care providers have the clinical capabilities and capacity to take care of any kind of deployment environment they may face. It’s all about maintaining readiness and doing so with the wealth of patient material that we have.”
The changes she spoke of means that the TRICARE Management Activity and other military health offices will aggregate into the new Defense Health Agency. Starting Oct. 1, DHA will oversee about half of the common health services used by the military medical commands, such as TRICARE and pharmacy benefits, health information technology, medical logistics and facilities planning.

Locally, this new structure will mean the three services will operate their MTFs as one entity under the Tidewater eMSM.

“The multi-service market is basically a way of integrating medical health care among the services,” said Cmdr. Susan Union, MSM director at NMCP. “Before, you had three separate services doing their own thing. The MSM concept has been around for nearly a decade, but the eMSM, the enhanced version, is still in its infancy.”

The basic difference between MSM and eMSM is that under eMSM, the market manager has increased authority, including funding allocation, policy and better maximizing staff skill sets.
NMCP commander Rear Adm. Elaine C. Wagner will serve as the market manager for the Tidewater eMSM. Of the six eMSMs being created across the country, Wagner is the only Navy market manager.

“The market manager has the ability to move staff back and forth among the three services,” Union explained. “She can take an Army medic and have him sent TAD to work at Portsmouth, and vice versa, send Navy corpsmen to the Army or Air Force MTFs. We have to look at ourselves as the Tidewater eMSM, not three individual entities when thinking about staffing and caring for patients. We have to think of ourselves as one market.”

The goal of this new health care delivery structure is to recapture patients who are being sent to a civilian provider for care or who are going to an emergency room for non-emergencies, primarily by ensuring all appointment slots are being used and, in some cases, adding services.

“I think it’s difficult for people to understand that TRICARE is an insurance just like any other health insurance, and we just can’t let people go anywhere like we have been,” Union said. “There is a cost associated with providing care, and when the patient isn’t paying anything out of pocket, it can seem like free health care.”

Union provided a few examples of how costs can rise beyond what’s expected, including spending several million dollars for one child to receive care in a neonatal intensive care unit at a civilian hospital; someone with a stubbed toe or a cold coming to the ER; and more than 60 percent of prescriptions being filled at civilian pharmacies, much more than the 16 percent goal.

“We do great medical care, we have the ability and capacity, we just need to better utilize it,” Union added. “We need to better educate our staff and beneficiaries about what we can do.”
By doing this, they hope to reduce civilian purchased care costs by nearly $30 million annually. A change in the handling of consults for specialty care appointments will help move toward that goal.
“Currently, when a doctor puts in a consult for a patient, if they can’t get seen within 30 days, they are referred out to the network,” said Lt. Suzanne Tschauner, Healthcare Business Office staff at NMCP. “In the future, if that appointment is not available for that MTF, the other two services will look first to see if they have an appointment at their MTF before the patient is referred to the network. A lot of people want to be seen by military medicine, they just don’t want to have to wait for more than 30 days for the appointment. So this will be a big advantage for both sides.”

“I think we have tremendous opportunity,” Guice concluded. “This is an almost one-in-a-lifetime opportunity to really change the way we do business. I’m quite excited about the challenge.”

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NNS130719-16. Red Cross Donates Items for Cancer Patient Comfort Kits at NMCP

By Rebecca A. Perron

Portsmouth, Va. (NNS) — The American Red Cross station at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth used funds from an annual federal grant to purchase supplies for comfort kits given to newly diagnosed cancer patients, delivering the supplies to the Ambulatory Infusion Center July 16.

The donation amounts to $1,000 in lip balm, toothbrushes, water bottles, lotion and other items for about 50 kits.

They also spent $300 on items for Biopsychosocial Services to be used by patients for leisure, therapy or life skill education; $250 in books for the Inpatient Mental Health Unit; and $300 for blankets, water bottles and hard candy for Hematology/Oncology Clinic patients.

“The American Red Cross falls into a unique position because we are given the privilege to serve a community of people who have given so much of themselves and sacrificed a great deal for our country,” said Prerana Korpe, station manager. “The Red Cross was able to reach out to a few departments within NMCP to offer support. Thanks to the swift response of these departments we were able to procure the requested materials.”

These departments often rely on such donations to provide patient comfort items, and for the newly diagnosed cancer patients, frequently it’s the AIC staff who pool their money to pay for the kits – that’s about $15 per kit for the 50 new patients diagnosed each year at NMCP.

“Some patients sit for up to seven to nine hours for treatment, getting three to four drugs infused at one time, so these kits give them something to do when they are sitting there,” said Lt. Cmdr. Aleah McHenry, AIC division officer. “The kits also help them decrease the chances for infection, which is important for patients who are undergoing chemotherapy.”

The kits typically include items to keep the patient’s skin protected and from becoming cracked – lotion, lip balm, sunscreen and hand sanitizer; a water bottle and tea bags for hydration and relaxation; pens and a word search book for entertainment; a thermometer to monitor for infection; a planner to track appointments; and hard lemon-flavored candy to counter a metallic taste that can result from the treatments.

“We also include a toothbrush and toothpaste because we want our patients to brush their teeth four to five times per day,” McHenry said.

The Red Cross also purchased about 50 copies of the book, “The Chemotherapy Survival Guide,” which had not previously been included in the kits.

“It was a great pleasure for the Red Cross to be able to assist by providing the comfort kits and chemotherapy survival guide books to the AIC for their patients,” Korpe said. “The AIC staff has demonstrated a special component of patient care – letting patients know that they are not alone. The gesture behind the welcome kit symbolizes an element of togetherness and community resiliency that is prevalent at NMCP. We hope the comfort items will bring some level of joy to the patients.”

Many of the AIC’s patients will undergo their first round of chemotherapy for three to six months, receiving treatment once a week or once every three weeks depending on their diagnosis and treatment course. Although NMCP can treat any type of cancer, the cancers most commonly treated are colorectal, breast, lung, lymphoma and leukemia.

The AIC typically treats 150 cancer patients per month, seeing some patients for more than the initial treatment.

“Those who have a curable cancer we see for a more limited time, but those who have a cancer that cannot be cured, we will provide them treatment for several years to help them manage the disease,” McHenry said. “We will watch them to see which treatment is providing them the best quality of life, monitor their labs, and collaborate with folks from disciplines all over the medical center.”

That includes surgical services, occupational health, pediatric oncology, physical therapy and nursing services. Accredited by the Commission on Cancer and deemed a Cancer Center of Excellence, NMCP provides state-of-the-art care for beneficiaries of all services from the pretreatment evaluation throughout the delivery of cancer treatment.

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NNS130719-22. Current All Hands Update

From Defense Media Activity – Navy

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

First One-minute newscast-
– Headlines for Friday, July 19, 2013: USS Freedom Conducts Compliant Boarding Exercise; Truman Strike Group Set to Deploy

Second one-minute newscast-
– Navy Expands SAPR Initiatives

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).



NNS020715-18. This Day in Naval History – July 20

From the Navy News Service

1846 – First visit of U.S. warships (USS Columbus and USS Vincennes) to Japan is unsuccessful in negotiating a treaty.
1960 – In first launch of Polaris missile, USS George Washington (SSBN 598) successfully fires 2 operational Polaris missiles while submerged off Florida.
1964 – Four Navy divers enter Project SEALAB I capsule moored 192 feet on the ocean floor off Bermuda for 11 day experiment.
1969 – Former Navy pilot Neil Armstrong is first man to set foot on the moon, announcing, “that’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Armstrong was Commander of Apollo 11 which during its 8 day mission landed on the Sea of Tranquility. Recovery was by HS-4 helicopters from USS Hornet (CVS 12).


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