August 14 is the anniversary of VJ Day (or Victory Over Japan Day) in 1945 when Alfred Eisenstaedt captured the iconic photograph of "the kiss" between sailor and nurse in Times Square.
Richard V. Spencer was sworn in as the 76th secretary of the Navy on Aug. 3, 2017.
New SECNAV's message to the Navy and Marine Corps 8/3/2017
From SECNAV Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- On Aug. 3, Richard V. Spencer, a native of Connecticut, was sworn in as the 76th secretary of the Navy. The following is his opening statement:
Sailors, Marines and Civilian Teammates,
It is with great excitement and humility that I take on the role of your 76th secretary of the Navy. The excitement is born from the challenges and opportunities that we face now and in the near future.
Due to your consistent ability to successfully deliver on all demands put before you, there is a commensurate level of expectation for more of the same going forward. Therein lies the challenge we face and prudency says we should expect that challenge to grow as the threats around the world continue to increase.
Within every challenge lies opportunity and I urge everyone to adopt that point of view. Every member involved in the Navy Marine Corps team has the opportunity to make a contribution towards a more effective, versatile, resilient and lethal organization.
You, as a member of this team, will have access to a wide range of resources. Those resources must be applied in the most impactful manner possible in order to enhance our ability to deliver when called to fight. I look to each of you to seize the opportunity and contribute to enhancing the effort.
I am humbled to be in the position to lead an enterprise that is manned with such a stunning amount of proven talent. Our Nation's all volunteer force, and supporting teammates, are second to none. That is because of you.
I believe that the most valuable asset within an organization is the high performing human component. We will work together to ensure we have the best, sustainable environment in order to continue our history of delivering when requested.
Make no mistake, we are facing a threat level that has not been witnessed for quite some time and urgency is the manner in which we must all act as the complexity of threats increase in size and scope. We must all be focused on the pointed end of the spear.
I eagerly look forward to working with you as we step out to face the challenges set before us and embrace the opportunities that lie within those challenges.
The sting of the Bee by MC2 Charlotte C. Oliver,
Defense Media Activity
The Seabees, affectionately called "Dirt Sailors," have been present in every war and conflict since World War II. But these tough men and women do more than build latrines and airstrips; they are also trained to defend what they build. Throughout 2017, the Navy will celebrate 75 years of the Seabees, their mettle and their "can do" spirit.....read more
Infantry Marines getting new vehicles
Infantry Marines will soon receive ultralight off-road vehicles that will improve mission readiness by providing rapid logistics support in the field.
Program Executive Officer Land Systems, the Corps’ acquisition arm for major land programs, is expected to deliver 144 Utility Task Vehicles to the regiment-level starting later this month—a mere six months from contract award. The rugged all-terrain vehicle can carry up to four Marines or be converted to haul 1,500 pounds of supplies. With minimal armor, the UTV can quickly haul extra ammunition and provisions, or injured Marines, while preserving energy and stealth.........read more
Military couple assignment policy: 5 things to know
The Navy realizes how important families are, and when they're not whole it can add stress to a Sailor's life. Collocation of dual-military couples is part of supporting families. It is a priority, along with balancing fleet readiness. The revised policy updates the collocation and distribution procedures and makes orders negotiation less cumbersome........ read more
Navy Pregnancy and Parenthood mobile app available
"Pregnancy and parenthood can be compatible with a successful military career when Service members and the Command both understand their roles and responsibilities, said Capt. Candace Eckert, director of N1 Diversity. "This app makes that task easier by identifying regulations, instructions and references from a wide variety of sources and offering them in one easy-to-use app. The app includes information regarding assignments, retention, separation, standards of conduct and much more." ......read more
Separation policy update
To protect Sailors and Marines suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI) or any other diagnosed mental health condition, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has made his department the first in the military to assure such conditions are considered before separating a service member. ......read more
Sailors encouraged to call in their football season "Shout-Outs" 8/8/2017
From Navy Office of Community Outreach (NAVCO) Public Affairs
FORT MEADE, Md. (NNS) -- The Navy Office of Community Outreach (NAVCO) is currently calling for Sailors to provide football season "shout-out" greetings to friends and family that are pre-recorded by telephone and considered for airing on local radio stations in Sailors' hometowns.
Those desiring to participate can do so simply by calling NAVCO's toll-free number, 1-855-OUR-NAVY (1-855-687-6289), from any phone prior to August 18 at 8:00 am EST. Sailors will hear voice directions, followed by a pause and a beep, after which they can record their holiday message, which should follow the sample provided below. The audio recording of the message will be sent automatically to NAVCO's email as soon as a Sailor completes his or her message and hangs up the phone.
NAVCO will screen the greetings received for useable files and then share selected recordings with radio media outlets in Sailors' hometowns. If the shout-out is picked up by a radio station, NAVCO will send details to the public affairs officer at the Sailor's command.
Sailors must speak audibly, clearly, and enthusiastically when recording their shout-outs. NAVCO must be able to understand the Sailor's name, hometown, and command in order to use the shout-out.
A Sailor providing a shout-out recording should use the following script template, modified to reflect his or her name and rank, hometown, command and geographic area of operations. If desired, the script may also be modified to address particular friends or family members.
HI, I'M NAVY PETTY OFFICER JOHN SMITH FROM MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE AND CURRENTLY SERVING ABOARD THE FLAG SHIP, USS BLUE RIDGE.
WE ARE FORWARD DEPLOYED IN THE 7th FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY AND READY TO DEFEND AMERICA AT ALL TIMES.
I WANT TO WISH THE TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS GOOD LUCK THIS SEASON. GO BIG ORANGE!
*** Sailors should tailor it to their command, AOR, home town and family they are recognizing ***
Please make sure to speak AUDIBLY and CLEARLY. If we cannot understand the name, hometown or command the shout-out will be unusable.
Other shout out opportunities are provided for holidays and special occasions throughout the year. Commands who wish to be added to future shout out opportunities should e-mail navyoutreach.navy.mil.
For more information, visit www.outreach.navy.mil/
US Navy successfully conducts AN/SPY-6(V) air and missile defense radar ballistic missile test 8/3/2017
From Program Executive Office Integrated Warfare Systems
PACIFIC MISSLE RANGE, KAUAI, Hawaii (NNS) -- The U.S. Navy successfully conducted another Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) flight test with the AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) off the west coast of Hawaii, July 27.
At 2:05 p.m., Hawaii Standard Time (8:05 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time) a medium-range ballistic missile target was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility at Kauai, Hawaii. AN/SPY-6(V) AMDR searched for, detected and maintained track on the target throughout its trajectory. The flight test, designated Vigilant Titan, is the second in a series of ballistic missile defense flight tests for the AN/SPY-6(V) AMDR.
"We are continuing to stress this radar by increasing the range and complexity of the targets and demonstrating the awesome capability and versatility of the Navy's next generation Integrated Air and Missile Defense radar." said Navy Capt. Seiko Okano, major program manager for Above Water Sensors, Program Executive Office (PEO) Integrated Warfare Systems (IWS). "AN/SPY-6 is the nation's most advanced radar and will be the cornerstone of the U.S. Navy's surface combatants for many decades."
Based on preliminary data, the test successfully met its primary objectives against a complex medium range ballistic missile (MRBM) target. Program officials will continue to evaluate system performance based upon telemetry and other data obtained during the test.
The culmination of over a decade of Navy investment in advanced radar technology, AN/SPY-6(V) AMDR is being designed for the DDG 51 Flight III destroyer to provide the U.S. Navy with state-of-the-art technology for integrated air and missile defense.
PEO IWS, an affiliated PEO of the Naval Sea Systems Command, manages surface ship and submarine combat technologies and systems and coordinates Navy enterprise solutions across ship platforms.
Navy updates wear of earrings and ball caps for women 6/21/2017
From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Wednesday, the Navy released NAVADMIN 146/17, which announces several uniform changes that are effective immediately.
Officially authorized in the message is the decision by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson to permit women to wear a hair bun through the rear opening of a command or Navy ball cap. The change was prompted by a question from a San Diego Sailor June 6.
"Effective immediately you can now wear your cap with the bun through the hole in the back above the strap," Richardson said in a Facebook video to the Fleet announcing the change June 8. "I think this will be more comfortable and will look a lot better. Thanks to the Lt. j.g. out there for making that known to me. We promised to fix it and now it's fixed."
The other grooming standard change for women announced in this NAVADMIN authorizes the wear of white pearl or white synthetic pearl earrings with Dress Uniforms and round cut white diamonds or white synthetic diamonds with Dinner Dress Blue and White Jacket uniforms. Earrings must be 4 millimeter - 6 millimeter (approximately 1/8 inch - 1/4 inch) in size.
Additionally, pregnant Sailors now can purchase the NWU Type III maternity uniform if the Type I version is not available. This change is in response to the reduction in the production of the Type I uniform.
NAVADMIN 146/17 also authorizes approval for wear of two joint command badges.
Sailors assigned to the Defense Health Agency (DHA) and Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) are now authorized to wear command identification badges for the duration of their assignments at those units. Full description of the badges and manner of wear can be found in the NAVADMIN.
Finally, Navy will transition to a Standard Prisoner Uniform to enhance correctional security. Prisoners in a pre-trial status will wear a brown uniform while post-trial prisoners will wear a khaki-color variant of the pre-trial uniform. The NAVADMIN contains complete descriptions of the uniforms.
For complete information on the updates to uniform policy, see NAVADMIN 146/17 at www.npc.navy.mil.
SRB update released 6/21/2017
From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Wednesday, the Navy released an update to the Selective Reenlistment Bonus (SRB) award plan for active component (AC) and full time support (FTS) Sailors in NAVADMIN 144/17.
This NAVADMIN updates the December SRB plan released in NAVADMIN 284/16, and decreases 14 award levels and removes six skills from the list. There are no award level increases or additions in this update.
This is the second update to the SRB plan this fiscal year.
SRBs serve as an incentive for those Sailors with critical skills to remain in the Navy.
Sailors can keep abreast of award changes through the Navy's SRB webpage at http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/career/enlistedcareeradmin/Pages/SRB.aspx/ and review the NAVADMIN, which contains a complete listing of changes to skills award levels eligible for SRBs.
Enlisted community managers continuously monitor the health of their community to maintain acceptable manning levels in critical skills, and recommend adjustments to SRBs when necessary.
Skill removals and award level decreases take effect 30 days after notification through release of the NAVADMIN or posting on the Navy Personnel Command website, whichever is earliest.
Eligible Sailors desiring SRB reenlistment are encouraged to work with their command career counselors, command master chiefs and chain of command to discuss timing of reenlistment and procedures well before their EAOS. Requests are required to be submitted a minimum of 35 days prior to the requested reenlistment date.
NAVADMIN 144/17 can be read at http://www.npc.navy.mil/.
SoCal military news
Carl Vinson underway for carrier qualifications 8/2/2017
by MC2 Z.A. Landers
PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) departed her homeport of Naval Air Station North Island to complete fleet replacement squadron (FRS) carrier qualifications (CQ), July 31.
During the underway period, Carl Vinson will conduct qualifications with the Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 122 "Flying Eagles" based at Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore and the Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129 "Vikings" based at NAS Whidbey Island. The Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30 "Providers" and the Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 4 "Black Knights" will also operate with the ship in support of carrier qualification operations.
Carl Vinson Air Operations Officer Cmdr. Joshua Hammond said carrier qualifications are important because they allow Carl Vinson to practice launching and recovering aircraft while helping qualify new pilots.
"Being at sea for FRS CQ gives us practice at what we do on deployment: launching and recovering aircraft," said Hammond. "We can't always be underway with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, so these operations help us stay sharp and hone our craft while helping new pilots gain proficiency."
Hammond went on to say the purpose of FRS CQ is to qualify new naval aviators for duty operating with an aircraft carrier.
"Carrier qualifications allow fleet replacement squadrons to get pilots carrier qualified, so they can join their fleet squadrons," said Hammond. "Some are brand new and have never flown fleet aircraft. Some are transitioning aircraft or are requalifying in their original aircraft. Practicing launching and recovering from Carl Vinson will be their last step before going to a fleet squadron."
Hammond said the work done during FRS CQ benefits not just Carl Vinson and the squadrons, but the entire fleet.
"These operations support the larger mission of sending qualified pilots into the fleet to join their squadrons," said Hammond. "While these pilots will be sent to squadrons across the fleet, some of them could very well be assigned to Carl Vinson's air wing when we depart for [the] next deployment."
Carl Vinson is currently underway conducting carrier qualifications off the coast of Southern California.
NMCSD staff lend helping hands during Stand Down 2017 8/3/2017
by MCSA Harley K. Sarmiento, Naval Medical Center San Diego
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) Sailors extended helping hands at the Veterans Village of San Diego's 30th Annual Stand Down July 21-23.
Veterans Village of San Diego (VVSD) Stand Down is an annual three-day event, and more than one thousand San Diego homeless veterans received a range of free services, including substance abuse counseling, health care and legal assistance.
"Essentially we build a small town for these veterans," said Ron Stark, VVSD logistics Coordinator and site set up manager. "Anything a small town would have, we will have it here for the homeless veterans to use. We take them away from the war on the streets and give them a safe place to stay for three days. It gives the veterans and their families a break."
The event is held in a tent city constructed by active duty military volunteers at the San Diego High School sports fields. This marked the 30th year for the annual Stand Down event.
When veterans walked into the gates of Stand Down, volunteers greeted them with a handshake and open arms. They were assigned to a tent where tent leaders assisted them in accessing the services they needed; immediate visits to the clothing tent, showers, barbers, makeovers, medical, dental and optical services were provided.
"The philosophy of Stand Down is to provide some of the essentials that these homeless veterans can't receive on a daily basis," said Stark. "Stand Down is like a boot camp for these veterans."
For the Sailors and Marines that volunteered at Stand Down, it could be a wake-up call.
"While on active duty, the service member receives everything he or she needs," said Stark. "Once you leave active duty, sometimes it's not that easy. Coming off active duty, some people fall into a hard transitioning period and end up on the streets. So for some of the active duty volunteers this is an eye opening experience."
Among the olive green and khaki tents, both Sailors and Marines in uniform provided security, conducted health and dental screenings and helped out where ever they could. Master Chief Joe Murphy, a NMCSD senior enlisted leader was among these uniforms.
"I have a lot of family members that served in the military before me and I know some of them are experiencing hard times," said Murphy. "I wish this was something that was offered around the country. To me, this is a better way to give back to the community. It brings it home to me. I really want to give back to the Sailors and all the service men that have gone before us."
Veterans Village of San Diego is a non-profit organization founded in 1981 to give homeless and mentally wounded veterans a chance to get back on their feet with its "No One Left Behind" creed.
"The Naval Medical Center staff looks forward to this event every year," said Captain Shannon Johnson, NMCSD Executive Officer. "We want to ensure you, our veterans are not alone. We have tremendous respect for all the contributions you have made to the security of our nation, and we are grateful for the sacrifice."
USS Sterett deployment extended 7/7/2017
by Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet Public Affairs
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- U.S. Pacific Fleet ordered the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104) to extend the previously scheduled deployment in the Western-Pacific until the end of August.
The reduced availability of destroyers in the region after the damage to USS Fitzgerald necessitated the extension of Sterett in order to provide responsive capability and presence in the region.
The extension represents an approximate one month addition to the deployment schedule of Sterett and embarked helicopter detachment from Helicopter Maritime Squadron (HSM) 49.
Sterett and HSM 49, along with the command staff of Destroyer Squadron 31, USS Dewey (DDG 105) and embarked HSM 78, deployed from San Diego as part of the Sterett-Dewey Surface Action Group (SAG) under Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet control, Mar. 31.
Since deploying in March, Sterett has participated in joint exercises with the U.S. Air Force and several multilateral exercises with naval units from Japan, France, Canada, Australia, Singapore, and Thailand, as well as maritime maneuvers with China. Sterett additionally welcomed distinguished visitors to include Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. John M. Richardson; Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Adm. Scott Swift; members of the House Armed Services Committee, and the Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore.
U.S. 3rd Fleet leads naval forces in the Pacific and provides the realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy. Third Fleet constantly coordinates with U.S. 7th Fleet to plan and execute missions based on their complementary strengths to promote ongoing peace, security, and stability throughout the entire Pacific theater of operations.
United Through Reading® Deploying? Service members invited to record stories for family at San Diego USO
United Through Reading® is a program helping ease the stress of separation for military families by having deploying or deployed service members read children’s books aloud via DVD for their family to watch at home. This powerful program is available to all military units. It provides service members a chance to make lasting connections from afar. The DVD recording and the book are mailed to the child and family back home.
Service members who are leaving for training can also take part in this program. Being a parent is not required; service members can send the DVD & book(s) to any special child in their life such as younger sister or brother, niece, nephew or godchild.
On the day of the recording, service members are encouraged to dress in the attire they will be wearing while deployed/training, but this is not required. The room is private, so any special message, or those fun reading voices, will only be heard by the recipient of the DVD recording. USO San Diego has books available, or service members can bring their own. Our volunteers will help set up the camera and then leave the room. The DVD can hold a 30 minute recording.
Please e-mail USO San Diego Staff Member Nichole Duarte at firstname.lastname@example.org to make your appointment. This program is offered at both USO San Diego centers.