PACIFIC OCEAN (March 19, 2017) The guided-missile destroyers USS Pinckney (DDG 91), USS Howard (DDG 83) and USS Shoup (DDG 86) steam in formation behind the guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) while underway conducting a composite training unit exercise with the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group in preparation for an upcoming deployment. U.S. Navy photo by MCSN Kelsey J. Hockenberge
PACIFIC OCEAN (March 22, 2017) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the "Blue Diamonds" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 launches from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The ship is underway conducting a composite training unit exercise with it's carrier strike group in preparation for an upcoming deployment. U.S. Navy photo by MCSN Leon Wong
The sting of the Bee by MC2 Charlotte C. Oliver,
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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
Navy uniform policy update released 1/26/2017
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- On Jan. 26, the Navy released NAVADMIN 015/17 that updates several previously announced uniform policy changes.
These include specifics for the occasion for wear of Navy Security Force (NSF) identification badges/patches, revised implementation schedule for the Navy fitness suit, policy clarification for combination covers, female Service Dress Blue (SDB) covers and black slacks, safety boot wear, coyote brown command ball cap manner of wear requirements, and Cold Weather Parka insignia.....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 now 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
SECNAV announces new administrative separation policy
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
U.S. 7TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (March 22, 2017) United States and the Republic of Korea Navy vessels participate in a photo exercise during Exercise Foal Eagle. The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is on a western Pacific deployment as part of the U.S. Pacific Fleet-led initiative to extend the command and control functions of U.S. 3rd Fleet. U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Z.A. Landers
Seal Beach celebrates 'Best in the Navy' award win 3/10/2017
by Gregg Smith, Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach Public Affairs
SEAL BEACH, Calif. (NNS) -- Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach was formally recognized as the best small base command in the Navy during an awards presentation in front of the command building, March 9.
The Navy Installations Command Installation Excellence Award recognizes Navy bases for outstanding and innovative efforts to improve and create efficiencies in a wide range of areas.
The naval weapons station won in the Small Installation category, which included the headquarters command in Seal Beach and detachments in Fallbrook and Norco, California.
Rear Adm. Yancy Lindsey, commander of Navy Region Southwest, was on hand to present an award pennant to base Commanding Officer Capt. Noel Dahlke.
"This recognition comes as no surprise to me," said Lindsey. "The staff here has a long and proud history of efficiency and innovation. Whether it involves support to the fleet, quality of life, or environmental sustainability, I can count on the Seal Beach team to lead the way."
In December, the command celebrated winning the Navy Region Southwest Installation Excellence Award for Small Installations. The weapons station then competed against the best small bases from 11 other Navy regions around the world to determine the overall Navywide winner.
"This is a very proud moment for everyone here and at our detachments," said Dahlke. "Each and every Sailor and civilian employee owns a part of this honor. I see our talent, our drive, and our determination every day."
In recent years, base personnel have championed programs which reduced water usage by 30 percent since 2014, and reduced energy use by more than 11 percent since 2015.
"I believe that this is only the beginning," said Dahlke. "We have projects under study or underway to increase our renewable energy usage, improve our munitions storage capabilities, and build a replacement ammunition wharf. I'm looking forward to even greater accomplishments as we move forward."
Navy announces Assignment Incentive Pay for some Sailors heading to NAS Lemoore From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy announced Thursday that some Sailors who are considering orders to sea-duty squadrons at Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore may be authorized Assignment Incentive Pay (AIP).
AIP is a temporary compensation tool used to incentivize voluntary assignment to billets determined to be historically difficult to fill.
"We recognize Lemoore is a hardship duty station for many Sailors," said Rear Adm. John Nowell Jr., Director, Military Personnel Plans and Policy. "This is why we're working hard to compensate Sailors who choose to serve there and go to sea."
Those Senior Chief and Chief Petty Officers who are issued orders on or after Jan. 31, 2017, for Aviation Machinist Mate (AD), Aviation Electrician's Mate (AE) and Aviation Structural Mechanic (AM) with the Navy Enlisted Code (NEC) 8342 or 8800 are eligible to apply and may receive AIP.
Sailors that already have orders or are currently stationed at NAS Lemoore are not eligible to receive AIP.
To apply, members should submit applications and bid for an AIP assignment on the navy on-line career management system. The maximum AIP bid for this assignment is $500. Members may view maximum AIP bid amounts through their command career counselors or on the NPC website www.npc.navy.mil.
NAS Lemoore is the Navy's Master Jet Base on the west coast and home to 16 sea duty F/A-18E-F squadrons.
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U.S. 7TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (March 22, 2017) United States and the Republic of Korea Navy vessels participate in a photo exercise during Operation Foal Eagle. U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Devin M. Monroe
WASHINGTON (March 6, 2017) Vice Adm. Luke M. McCollum, left, chief of Navy Reserve, and Force Master Chief CJ Mitchell, force master chief of the Navy Reserve, prepare to cut the Navy Reserve birthday cake during the 102nd Navy Reserve birthday celebration at the U.S. Navy Memorial. The Navy Reserve was officially established March 3, 1915 by combining 17 state naval militias into a single federal force. U.S. Navy photo by Mc2 Jonathan L. Correa Navy Reserve celebrates 102nd birthday 3/7/2017
by MC1 Jason Behnke
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Sailors and guests gathered at the Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C., March 6 to celebrate the 102nd birthday of the U.S. Navy Reserve.
Navy Reserve Force Master Chief CJ Mitchell, spoke to the crowd about his trips to visit Navy Operational Support Centers (NOSC) and how he is continuously impressed with the Sailors he meets.
"I am excited and enthusiastic about the Navy Reserve today," said Mitchell. "They pride themselves on being ready. They are proud to contribute, proud to serve and they want to do more."
Vice Adm. Luke M. McCollum, chief of Navy Reserve and commander, Navy Reserve Force, talked about how the Navy Reserve has changed over the years. He said there have been some of the most dramatic changes since 9/11.
"Since 9/11 we have learned to operate much differently," said McCollum. "There's an expectation that you [Reservists] will go on active duty and mobilize, and deploy."
He explained that the key to dealing with changes and the success of the Navy Reserve in the future is obvious.
"Everybody knows that it's the people and then it's about what the people deliver," said McCollum. "Our people make the difference.
Navy foreign language opportunities announced 3/9/2017
From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs Office
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Navy Language, Regional Expertise, and Culture Office (LREC) is highlighting a new opportunity for Sailors looking to exercise their language skills and expand expertise across the service.
Navy is requesting four to six Sailors who will participate in the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center standard setting panel for the Hindi language. This panel will be held March 21-24 in Baltimore, MD.
Navy applicants must meet criteria of being active duty, achieve an Interagency Language Roundtable score of level 3 in English listening and reading, and are current within two years for a Defense Language Proficiency Test, or over the phone test with a score of 3 and above in Hindi.
Recommendations will be accepted from up to 17 members on a first-come-first-serve basis. Panelist should consist of both native speakers of English with high level of proficiency in Hindi, and native or heritage speakers of Hindi with strong English skills.
"These panels are important for developing the standards by which language is tested across the services," said Master Chief Petty Officer Kenneth Paulsen, Navy LREC Office. "Sailors would help review each test question and make a recommendation on how difficult they would be for a non-native speaker, essentially giving the test the accuracy that will help develop the best language professionals we need."
The Defense Language Institute will pay temporary duty assignment (TDY) expenses for qualified service members. Participation in the standard-setting study is on a first-come-first-served basis.
Sailors may benefit from foreign language testing regardless of the individual's eligibility for a foreign language proficiency bonus. The American Council on Education recommends college credits for certain languages based on proficiency levels achieved on the Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT). Details are available via your local Navy college office.
DLIFLC will pay TDY expenses for active service members. Recommended panelists who are active service members are advised to contact Ms. Jungeun Youn at Jungeun.email@example.com for information regarding their TDY to the Hindi study.
Enlisted Sailors who attain scores of L1+/R1+ or better, via DLPT (S1+ or better via oral proficiency interview) also earn a Navy enlisted classification code to document the language skill(s) in their personnel records.
Sailors interested in taking a language test must schedule a testing time through their local DLPT testing center.
Please send your recommendations and requests Master Chief Kenneth Paulsen, Kenneth.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Navy seeks enlisted women for submarine force From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy released NAVADMIN 025/17, Feb. 6, reminding female Sailors that the third cycle selections for conversion to Submarine Force ratings closes April 1.
This cycle's conversions will be for the 2018 initial enlisted integration of the USS Ohio (SSGN 726) submarine crews in Bangor, Washington.
The Submarine Force is seeking hard charging, motivated female applicants from all ratings and ranks, seaman recruit to senior chief petty officer, to apply for conversion.
Applications are due by April 1, with selection process beginning in May.For additional information and to begin the application process, Sailors can go to http://www.navy.mil/ewis.
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 email@example.com to make your appointment. This program is offered at both USO San Diego centers.