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Navy News Service for Friday, February 18, 2011
U.S. Navy sent this bulletin on February 18, 2011 03:45 PM

Navy News Service for Friday, February 18, 2011

Navy News Service for Friday, February 18, 2011

NNS110218-26. Detailers Reach Out to Sailors Deployed to Afghanistan
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http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=58699

NNS110218-13. Enterprise Strike Group Transits Bab el-Mandeb Strait, Enters Gulf of Aden
-- http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=58681

NNS110218-23. FY 2010 CNO Environmental Award Winners Announced
-- http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=58663

NNS110218-02. CNO Speaks at George P. Shultz Lecture Series
-- http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=58675

NNS110218-21. ONR Touts Educational Opportunities at BEYA Conference
-- http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=58697

NNS110218-06. BEYA to Recognize NAVSEA Employees for Career Achievements
-- http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=58659

AHU -- Headlines from around the fleet: Exercise Solid Curtain - Citadel Shield will be conducted aboard U.S. naval installations Feb. 21-25; The Sexual Assault Prevention Summit meets to plan strategies for stopping sexual assault in the Navy.
-- http://www.navy.mil/swf/mmu/mmplyr.asp?id=15494

NNS110218-08. Navy Region EURAFSWA Installations to Participate in Exercise Citadel Shield 2011
-- http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=58649

NNS110218-03. Enterprise Chorus Reaches out with International Language of Music
-- http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=58665

NNS110218-11. Blue Ridge Sailors, Philippine Seabees Improve Manila Orphanage
-- http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=58641

NNS110218-20. ONR-Funded Technology Improves Humanitarian Aid Initiative in Cobra Gold
-- http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=58695


NNS110218-18. STRIKFORNATO Supports Bush Strike Group During JTF Exercise
-- http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=58685

NNS110218-17. Southern Partnership Station 2011 Medical Team Visits El Salvadorian Island
-- http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=58678

NNS110218-27. Grandson Of Navy's First Black Aviator Speaks At NAS Jacksonville
-- http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=58698

AHU -- Military saves week runs Feb. 21-25.
-- http://www.navy.mil/swf/mmu/mmplyr.asp?id=15496

NNS110218-14. Harry S. Truman Conducts Ammo Offload
-- http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=58682

NNS110218-24. Harry S. Truman Sailors Return, Prepare for Maintenance Period Opportunities
-- http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=58684

NNS110218-07. NCIS, CNIC Celebrate Black History Month
-- http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=58638

AHU -- Green Bay Packers athletes and trainers visit amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3).
-- http://www.navy.mil/swf/mmu/mmplyr.asp?id=15495

NNS110218-22. Civilian Human Resources Council Holds First Integration Town Hall
-- http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=58656

NNS110218-10. National Naval Medical Center Receives Joint Commission Accreditation
-- http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=58652

NNS110218-09. Navy Medical Research Unit Commissioned
-- http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=58669

NNS110218-05. Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune Advances New Blood Platelet Collection Technology
-- http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=58602

NNS110218-04. USS Theodore Roosevelt Sailors Mentor Elementary School Students
-- http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=58672

NNS110218-01. U.S. Pacific Fleet Team Receives CNO Environmental Award
-- http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=58676

AHU -- The 49th Anniversary of Lt. Col. John H. Glenn Jr.'s historic first American orbit of the Earth is Feb. 20.
-- http://www.navy.mil/swf/mmu/mmplyr.asp?id=15493

NNS110218-28. Current All Hands Update
-- http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=58702

NNS011213-29. This Day in Naval History - Feb. 18
-- http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=358

All Hands Radio News - 22 February 2011
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Rick West talks about the Navy's Zero Tolerance Policy. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program is available for Sailors to use.
  -- http://www.navy.mil/navydata/radioPlay.asp?id=4317

Eye on the Fleet - U.S. Navy Photo of The Day
-- http://www.navy.mil/list_single.asp?id=97725

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NNS110218-26. Detailers Reach Out to Sailors Deployed to Afghanistan

From Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- Technology bridged the distance between Navy Personnel Command (NPC) and Sailors currently deployed to Afghanistan, during a Fleet Engagement meeting conducted through a video teleconference, Feb.16.

"We are very excited to have the opportunity to connect with Sailors in Afghanistan; this forum allowed NPC to deliver the Fleet Engagement brief to their doorstep, without the logistics involved with flying," said Master Chief Navy Counselor (SW/AW) Steven Cullen, Navy counselor/legalman detailer, who provided Sailors an overview of detailing process.

Cullen highlighted changes to the Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders negotiation timeline which changed in late 2009, and may be news to deployed Sailors who have not had to negotiate for orders since the change. Under the new timeline, Sailors may negotiate for orders nine-to-seven months prior to their projected rotation date (PRD) before falling into the needs of the Navy window.

"This provides Sailors three cycles to review and apply for billets advertised on Career Management System Interactive Detailing (CMS/ID)," said Cullen.

CMS/ID is the web-based system used to advertise more than 13,000 billets available each month to Sailors in their orders negotiation window. Sailors may apply for up to five billets a month in CMS/ID.

"There are certainly challenges for deployed Sailors who need to negotiate for orders, but NPC will do whatever it takes to help you," said Cullen. "But you also need to help yourself. Sailors need to be aggressive when negotiating for orders."

Cullen also stressed the importance getting Perform to Serve approval before negotiating for orders.

PTS/Fleet Rating Identification Engine (RIDE) is a centralized reenlistment reservation system for Sailors in pay grades E-3 to E-6. While most Sailors are permitted to reenlist in their current rate, Sailors in overmanned ratings may be offered reenlistment in an undermanned rating; while other Sailors may not be granted permission to reenlist.

In addition to PCS orders, PTS/Fleet RIDE is one of the main career management concerns among Sailors in the theater of operations.

"Sailors need to be proactive in their careers when it comes to PTS," said Senior Chief Navy Counselor Erwin Hunter, a command career counselor from Naval Forces Central Command forward deployed to Afghanistan. "If they are IA, they need to contact their parent command as soon as possible for assistance. If they are GSA/OSA, they can contact me or the Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center with their PTS concerns/questions.

VTC participants said it was good to hear information directly from NPC about PTS. Cullen also discussed the importance of career development boards and communication between Sailors and their detailers; explaining that early communication gives the Sailor the ability to shape their expectations well before they enter the negotiation window, effectively ensuring a positive negotiation cycle.

More than 25 detailers attended the VTC from Millington, to hear the concerns from their Sailors. After the brief, Sailors had an opportunity to connect directly with their detailers over the phone to discuss individual situations.

"In a constantly changing environment with regards to career information, often what Sailors hear from their leadership here is months-old information that is outdated," said Lt. Ivor Kristiansen, a supply corps officer filling a GSA billet in Afghanistan. "This was a great opportunity to get the latest information."

Kristiansen, Hunter and Senior Chief Personnel Specialist (SW/AW) Tyrone Blockton reached out to NPC to organize the fleet engagement for the Sailors.

"In the fast-paced environment here, it is difficult to focus on anything but work," said Kristiansen. "This VTC 'forced' Sailors to focus on themselves for two hours, and you could tell it got the wheels in their heads turning in a good way."

Nearly 3,000 Sailors are currently serving as IA or GSA in Afghanistan.

For more news from Navy Personnel Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/npc/.

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NNS110218-13. Enterprise Strike Group Transits Bab el-Mandeb Strait, Enters Gulf of Aden

By Enterprise Strike Group Public Affairs

USS ENTERPRISE, Red Sea (NNS) -- Enterprise Carrier Strike Group (CSG) transited the Bab el-Mandeb Strait and entered the Gulf of Aden, Feb. 18 in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR).

Enterprise, the world's largest aircraft carrier, transited the strait along with guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) and fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8).

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the Strait of Bab el-Mandab is a key chokepoint between the horn of Africa and the Middle East, and a strategic link between the Mediterranean Sea and Indian Ocean. It is located between Yemen, Djibouti, and Eritrea, and connects the Red Sea with the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea. Three to four billion barrels of oil per day are shipped through the Strait, making it a vital waterway for the global economy.

"The Bab el-Mandeb Strait and Gulf of Aden are strategically important to the United States as an important sea lane for lawful shipping and transit," said Rear Adm. Terry B. Kraft, Commander of Enterprise CSG. "Our presence in the region helps ensure this freedom of navigation and the defense of these interests."

Enterprise and Carrier Air Wing One are deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR to conduct maritime security operations and to provide support to operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn.

For news regarding Enterprise Strike Group's deployment, log onto www.navy.mil/local/cvn65 or visit the USS Enterprise Facebook page at www.facebook.com/USS.Enterprise.CVN.65

For more news from USS Enterprise (CVN 65), visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn65/.

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NNS110218-23. FY 2010 CNO Environmental Award Winners Announced

By Katherine M. Turner, Chief of Naval Operations Energy and Environmental Readiness Division Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Winners of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Environmental Awards competition, sponsored by the CNO Energy and Environmental Readiness Division, were announced Feb. 17.

The annual CNO Environmental Awards program recognizes exceptional environmental stewardship by Navy ships, installations and people. Twenty-seven winners were selected in ten award categories. The winners, listed alphabetically within each category, are provided below.

Natural Resources Conservation, Large Installation Award:
- Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif.
- Naval Base Coronado, Calif.
- Naval Base Ventura County, Calif.

Cultural Resources Management, Installation Award:
- Naval Air Station Fallon, Nev.
- Naval Base Guam

Environmental Quality, Industrial Installation Award:
- Fleet Readiness Center East, Cherry Point, N.C.
- Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga.
- Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Calif., including Detachments Corona and Fallbrook

Environmental Quality, Overseas Installation Award:
- Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan
- Navy Region Center, Singapore
- U.S. Naval Support Activity Bahrain

Environmental Quality, Small Ship Award:
- USS MOMSEN (DDG 92)
- USS STERETT (DDG 104)
- USS THACH (FFG 43)

Sustainability, Individual or Team Award:
- Environmental Sustainability Team, Fleet and Industrial Supply Center Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
- Fleet Readiness Center Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla.
- PMA-231 Environment, Safety, and Occupational Health Team, Naval Air Systems Command, Md.

Sustainability, Non-Industrial Installation Award:
- Naval Base San Diego, Calif.
- Naval Station Great Lakes, Ill.
- Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

Environmental Restoration, Installation Award:
- Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, Calif.
- Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Va.
- Naval Station Norfolk, Va.

Environmental Excellence in Weapon System Acquisition, Small Program, Individual or Team Award:
- Battle Force Tactical Trainer In-Service Engineering Agent Design Team, Naval Sea Systems Command Combat Direction Systems, Dam Neck, Va.

Environmental Planning Team Award:
- East Coast Range Complex Environmental Planning Team, Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command
- Southern California Range Complex Environmental Planning Team, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet
- Undersea Warfare Training Range Environmental Planning Team, Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command

Vice Adm. William R. Burke, deputy chief of naval operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics, commended the winners.

"Bravo Zulu to all award winners, and to the many other nominees," said Burke. "You exemplify the Navy's steadfast commitment to protecting and sustaining the natural environment as a global force for good."

The CNO award winners will be honored June 7, in a ceremony at the United States Navy Memorial in Washington, DC.

For more news from the Chief of Naval Operations Energy and Environmental Readiness Division visit http://greenfleet.dodlive.mil/environment/.

For more news from Ocean Stewardship, visit http://www.navy.mil/local/oceans/.

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NNS110218-02. CNO Speaks at George P. Shultz Lecture Series

By Chief Mass Communication Specialist (SW/AW) Tiffini Jones Vanderwyst, Chief of Naval Operations Public Affairs

SAN FRANCISCO (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead spoke at the George P. Shultz Lecture Series at the Marines' Memorial Club, Feb 16.

Roughead addressed attendees on the role of the Navy and Marine Corps team as a major contributor to the agile sea power that the country will need in world affairs.

"I see growing opportunities for American sea power to contribute to national objectives in development, diplomacy, and defense" said CNO.

Roughead spoke of the future for the Navy, stressing that it must have a realistic view of the future and ensure a dominant Fleet will continue to provide the six corps capabilities that were set forth in the Maritime Strategy three years ago.

He also commented on the economic challenges that face the Navy of today and tomorrow, noting that the success of our naval force continues to exist because of the cooperation between the U.S. its allies.

"Prosperity derives from the health of an international system that we helped create and which has survived because of U.S. leadership, U.S. cooperation with global partners, and America's tireless service as a global security provider," he said.

The Series was established shortly after 9/11 to bring prominent military and civilian leaders to the Marine's Memorial Theatre in San Francisco to speak on national security issues. It further assists the Marine's Memorial Association in educating the public on the service and sacrifice of our veterans.

For more news from Chief of Naval Operations, visit www.navy.mil/local/cno/.

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NNS110218-21. ONR Touts Educational Opportunities at BEYA Conference

By Office of Naval Research

Arlington, Va. (NNS) -- The Office of Naval Research (ONR) will highlight its educational fellowships and internship programs at a conference honoring African-American engineers in Washington, D.C., Feb. 17-19.

Now in its 25th year, the Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA) conference attracts thousands of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals and students nationwide.

The event, co-hosted by U.S. Black Engineer and Information Technology magazine, Lockheed Martin, and the Council of Engineering Deans, recognizes and rewards minority scientists and engineers for excellence in the development and delivery of technology. The conference also serves as a learning tool for students interested in pursuing professional interests in STEM.

ONR's participation in the BEYA conference is part of the Department of the Navy's campaign to develop future engineers and scientists, and further diversify the service's workforce.

Today, there are nearly 89,000 African-Americans serving in the Navy, including 19 active and reserve flag officers, 105 command master chiefs, and 16 members of the Senior Executive Service.

Students and educators can visit ONR at Booth 1903 for information about a variety of available programs, including the Naval Research Enterprise Internship, Science and Engineering Apprenticeship, and Young Investigator programs. ONR staff will be on hand to answer questions about options for students at the K-12 and university level.

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead will present the keynote address at BEYA's Stars and Stripes dinner, Feb. 18.

In 2009, BEYA awarded ONR the inaugural Global Congress of Diversity Executives Award.

For more information on ONR educational programs, visit ONR's website at www.onr.navy.mil.

For more information on the BEYA conference, visit its website at www.beya.org/.

The Department of the Navy's Office of Naval Research (ONR) provides the science and technology necessary to maintain the Navy and Marine Corps' technological advantage. Through its affiliates, ONR is a leader in science and technology with engagement in 50 states, 70 countries, 1,035 institutions of higher learning and 914 industry partners. ONR employs approximately 1,400 people, comprising uniformed, civilian and contract personnel, with additional employees at the Naval Research Lab in Washington, D.C.

For more news from Office of Naval Research, visit www.navy.mil/local/onr/.

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NNS110218-06. BEYA to Recognize NAVSEA Employees for Career Achievements

From Naval Sea Systems Command Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Program Executive Office (PEO) Littoral and Mine Warfare executive director, will be recognized with a career achievement award at the Black Engineer of the Year (BEYA) Conference held at the Wardman Park Marriott in Washington, D.C., Feb. 18.

Victor Gavin will also be recognized for promoting small business innovation research integration and mentoring young engineers.

As executive director of the NAVSEA-affiliated PEO, Gavin leads eight program management offices and more than 179 employees, both military and civilian, who oversee the design, development, procurement, fielding and sustainment of 220 registered programs for the Department of the Navy.

"To be recognized by an organization known for its commitment to encouraging participation in science, engineering and technology; and improving workplace diversity, is an honor," said Gavin. "We at NAVSEA also realize the benefits that come from a workforce truly reflective of the American demographic, and we are equally committed to becoming an employer of choice by building a diverse workforce at all levels of the organization that can offer new perspectives to our mission."

In addition to Gavin's award, two other NAVSEA employees will be recognized.

Larry Mannings, Sensors and Sonar Systems electrical engineer, Naval Undersea Warfare Newport Division; and Montrell Smith, Landing Craft Utility (LCU) manager, Program Executive Office for Ships, will receive Modern-Day Technology Leader awards.

BEYA's Modern-Day Technology Leader awards recognize men and women in the fields of science, engineering, and technology who demonstrate outstanding performance and who are shaping technologies of the future.

Mannings works as an electrical engineer in NUWC's Sensors and Sonar Systems Department with specific expertise on the AN/SQQ-89(V)15, AN/SQQ-89(V)6, and AN/SQQ-89(V)14 sonar systems. Additionally, he works with the scaled improved performance system, and the land-based integrated test site.

As the Navy's Landing Craft Utility (LCU) manager, Smith translates capability and performance requirements into tailored product support to achieve specified availability, reliability, and affordability parameters.

Such recognition helps the NAVSEA enterprise support the chief of naval operations' objectives for the Navy to become increasingly diverse, to build an inclusive climate that retains talent and have the Navy recognized as an employer of choice in the United States.

For more information on BEYA's 2011 conference, visit http://www.beya.org/

For more news from Naval Sea Systems Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/navsea/.

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NNS110218-08. Navy Region EURAFSWA Installations to Participate in Exercise Citadel Shield 2011

From Commander Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia Public Affairs

NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- Installations in Navy Region Europe Africa Southwest Asia (EURAFSWA) will join Navy installations worldwide participating in Exercise Citadel Shield 2011 (CS-11) Feb. 22-24, an annual security training exercise coordinated by Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC).

The exercise will focus on areas of the Navy's anti-terrorism program, to enhance the training and readiness of naval security force personnel to respond to real-world threats. The Navy aims to make the exercise as realistic as possible by executing field training events aboard its installations.

"The drill's purpose is to test the capabilities of our security forces and is not in response to any particular threat," said Lt. Ken Frauenthal, EURAFSWA director of training and readiness.

Participating installations throughout EURAFSWA intend to minimize traffic congestion and any other inconveniences to local communities, that may result from the exercise's field training events.

"Throughout our region, this evolution will provide a realistic training environment for personnel, allowing us to work on command and control as well as communication with our force protection tactical commanders," said Stan Scott, EURAFSWA lead exercise controller.

During the exercise, a regional assessment team will collect information and look for inconsistencies in reporting processes and tactical procedures.

"Then we will relay the lessons learned back to CNIC headquarters in an effort to improve how Navy Region EURAFSWA and our six installations may respond in the future," said Frauenthal.

For more news and information about the EURAFSWA region, log onto www.cnic.navy.mil/europe or visit www.facebook.com/cnreurafswa.

For more news from Commander, Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia, visit www.navy.mil/local/cnre/.

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NNS110218-03. Enterprise Chorus Reaches out with International Language of Music

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Aaron Chase, USS Enterprise Public Affairs

USS ENTERPRISE, At Sea (NNS) -- The USS Enterprise (CVN 65) chorus is learning new songs as the crew completes its second day of operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR), Feb. 17.

Enterprise's 50-Sailor chorus conducted its first public performance, Feb. 8, and opened with their rendition of the Turkish national anthem before hundreds of Sailors, Turkish dignitaries and locals, as part of a hangar bay reception to kick off a port visit in Marmaris, Turkey.

"The chorus performed flawlessly," said Command Master Chief (AW/SW) Keith Oxley. "We could not be more proud of all of them."

The chorus director, Lt. Jonathan Pohnel, said the chorus exists to inspire the Sailors of Enterprise and act as a catalyst for international friendship between the United States and its allies. He said it is not part of the job to bring Turkish nationals to tears in gratitude for quality of the performance, but it is a benefit.

"It's not only to inspire our Sailors, but to inspire unity with other nations," Pohnel said. "You can use music to do that. Music is an international language, and we want other nations to know we care enough to learn their music," he said. "We may not be able to learn Turkish conversationally before a port visit, but we can learn their songs, and I think that goes straight to the heart."

Pohnel said he was a member of the United States Marine Corp Band before becoming a naval officer. While performing for foreign guests is a goal, Pohnel said he put together the chorus to perform at ceremonies and events for the ship itself.

The music will be a mixture of 'sea shanties', classical, sacred, and patriotic songs. Pohnel said he wants Enterprise Sailors to feel as strongly when they hear the chorus sing the national anthem as the Turkish guests did when they heard theirs. He said he wants the music to bring "goose bumps" to the back of listeners' necks.

The ship's chorus is less than a month old. Auditions were performed Jan. 22, and judged by Pohnel, who holds a degree in music. The chorus practices once a week in harmony and pronunciation, often breaking words down phonetically, especially foreign words. Choral members are also expected to take recordings of the songs with them for personal practice.

"It's cool to have that out-of-rate experience, to do what I used to do and sing," said Information Systems Technician Seaman Shauna Matheny, who has been singing since she was 11 and has a background in musicals and opera performance.

Matheny is also a member of a special, 12-member ensemble within the choir, put together to provide chamber music for smaller events such as formal dinners.

While the chorus is a voluntary act, it could lead to larger possibilities for those in the choir. Within the Navy's music community, there are numerous opportunities for skilled vocalists including "Music for Recruiting," which gives Navy vocalists the chance to recruit new Navy musicians.

For anyone interested in joining the chorus, Lt. Pohnel is still accepting auditions. While the process is rigorous and much is expected of its members, existing members say it's rewarding.

"I think the chorus lets people know there are opportunities on the ship outside of your job," said Information Systems Technician Seaman Skyler Mullis. "We are still Sailors, but we get to enjoy our time while we get to show what we do to different people around the world."

"This is not just something for people to put on their evaluation," said Pohnel. "This helps people remember that they are serving on Enterprise, that they are serving the United States of America, and the music reminds us of our of mission."

Enterprise and Carrier Air Wing 1 are in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility on a routine deployment to conduct maritime security operations and to provide support to operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn.

For news regarding Enterprise Strike Group's deployment, log onto www.navy.mil/local/cvn65, or visit the USS Enterprise Facebook page at www.facebook.com/USS.Enterprise.CVN.65.

For more news from USS Enterprise (CVN 65), visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn65/.

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NNS110218-11. Blue Ridge Sailors, Philippine Seabees Improve Manila Orphanage

By Mass Communications Specialist 3rd Class (SW) Brian A. Stone, USS Blue Ridge Public Affairs

MANILA, Republic of the Philippines (NNS) -- USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) Sailors and Republic of the Philippines navy Seabees volunteered at the Philippines' oldest welfare institution, the Hospicio de San Jose during a combined community service event, Feb. 15.

Sailors built 12 desks, six cribs and two full clothes dressers for residents of Hospicio de San Jose during the coordinated effort. Many Sailors expressed gratitude for being able to serve the community of Manila.

"I like helping people," said Ship's Serviceman 3rd Class Louis Gonzales. "You wouldn't believe how great it is to show up and see people from all over showing their appreciation that we are here."

Philippine navy Seabees worked alongside the Blue Ridge Sailors to complete the construction project, lending expertise and tools to the effort.

"I feel very appreciative," said Philippine Navy Chief Petty Officer Pablo Bauit. "The navy Seabees are happy to be here. We would work until midnight if you asked. We are so happy to work with the U.S. Navy."

State Department officials assisted by providing logistical support to the community service effort.

"It's good for residents to see people from the U.S. and Philippines helping them out," said Andrea Lindgren, a foreign service officer at the U.S. Embassy in Manila. "I spoke to a little girl who asked in Tagalog what we were doing, and I told her we were making a crib for her. If only everyone could see the smile on her little face."

Staff members assisted in the project, working side-by-side with the sailors.

"I'm very happy," said Sister Maria Socorro Evidente, a nun at the orphanage. "It's like the old times. I have so many memories with U.S. Navy Sailors visiting and helping us here. We feel so happy to have such ties."

The Hospicio de San Jose is more than 200 years old and is home to more than 400 orphans and dozens of elderly and mentally disabled persons. The institution has more than 100 years of history with U.S. Navy volunteerism, with the earliest recorded volunteer event in 1910.

During World War II, a number of American soldiers were interned at Hospicio de San Jose and cared for by the Sisters of Charity during the Japanese occupation.

Blue Ridge serves under Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 7/Task Force (CTF) 76, the Navy's only forward deployed amphibious force. Blue Ridge is the command ship for Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet. CTF 76 is headquartered at White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, Japan, with an operating detachment in Sasebo, Japan.

For more news from USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), visit www.navy.mil/local/lcc19/.

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NNS110218-20. ONR-Funded Technology Improves Humanitarian Aid Initiative in Cobra Gold

By Katherine Crawford, Office of Naval Research Public Affairs

Arlington, Va. (NNS) -- Sailors and Marines may soon have the power of mobile data storage and mapping, following the testing of an information-collection system at Exercise Cobra Gold 2011 being held Feb. 6-18 in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Cobra Gold is an annual joint training exercise held in Thailand and sponsored by the U.S. Pacific Command and the Royal Supreme Thai Command. One of the world's largest multinational exercises, it draws participants from 24 nations, including the armed forces of Thailand, Republic of Singapore, Japan, Republic of Indonesia, Republic of Korea and the United States.

Funded by Office of Naval Research, the Army Geospatial Center is developing the International Stability Assessment and Analysis Capability (ISAAC), a handheld, mobile data-collection system. Researchers from ONR's Human, Social, Cultural and Behavioral (HSCB) group are putting ISAAC to the test during combined arms live-fire exercises at Cobra Gold.

The HSCB team is assessing how the Army Geospatial Center's ISAAC performs during humanitarian and disaster relief missions. The goal is to obtain warfighter feedback, which will be compiled into "lessons learned" for future improvements.

The team will be "gathering user requirements (and) learning how the mobile devices help warfighters improve data collection . so we can tailor the technology to meet their needs," said Dhiren Khona, ONR's HSCB deputy program officer.

ISAAC is a Web-based framework that records and stores information using an application downloaded onto a smart phone, said HSCB Program Analyst Clark Phillips. Based on the data and its analysis, the system then creates models of critical response areas during complex humanitarian emergencies or disaster-response operations, which can be displayed on a geospatial Common Operational Picture map viewer.

The ability to collect and save this type of information on a handheld device is a new and exciting capability.

"Collecting information and storing it in a central location in a standard data schema allows for standards-based data collection," Khona said. This makes it easier for "other analysts to have access to this information for their own purposes."

ONR's HSCB focus area seeks to develop a full understanding of social cultural and cognitive factors to optimize warfighters' abilities. The goal is to enable naval forces to identify, anticipate, preempt and defeat threats operating within the complex physical, cyber and sociocultural domains.

Nearly 13,000 military personnel, approximately 7,300 of them American troops, will participate in Cobra Gold 2011. The event improves participating nations' ability to conduct relevant and dynamic training while strengthening relationships between the militaries and local communities.

ONR provides the science and technology necessary to maintain the Navy and Marine Corps' technological advantage. Through its affiliates, ONR is a leader in science and technology with engagement in 50 states, 70 countries, 1,035 institutions of higher learning and 914 industry partners. ONR employs approximately 1,400 people, comprising uniformed, civilian and contract personnel, with additional employees at the Naval Research Lab in Washington, D.C.

For more news from Office of Naval Research, visit www.navy.mil/local/onr/.

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NNS110218-18. STRIKFORNATO Supports Bush Strike Group During JTF Exercise

By Chief Mass Communication Specialist (SW/AW) Mary Popejoy, Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet Public Affairs

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- Headquarters Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO) personnel supported USS George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group's (GHWB CSG) Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) at Commander, U.S. Second Fleet, Feb. 11-21.

In support of JTFEX, representatives from Canada, Denmark, Greece, Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Turkey, UK, and U.S., are working together in a scenario-driven tactical exercise that focuses on major combat operations for the GHWB CSG, and serves as the final deployment certification.

"The key mechanism is information exchange from the U.S. domain into the NATO domain, and how we're able to plan with that information," said U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Mark Coppess, STRIKFORNATO. "It breeds a level of interoperability that facilitates responsiveness if we do get the call and have to come together to execute the task we're given."

While STRIKFORNATO has had routine engagements with U.S. forces in the past, this is the first time STRIKFORNATO is participating as a component commander in a CSG certification.

"We practice as we play," said Operations Specialist 2nd Class Cyrus Jones, STRIKFORNATO. "If we don't practice now, we won't be able to get it together later, which is why it's so important to train early and often."

With different standard operating procedures, languages, data systems and forms, the NATO partners are learning how each country operates, so they can work in concert together.

"This is a great opportunity to get together and see how other nations do business, because we can learn from them and vice versa," said German Navy Senior Chief Julia Klemme, Communication and Information Systems deploy senior chief.

GHWB Strike Group ships and units, participating in JTFEX include, USS George H. W. Bush, USS Mitscher (DDG 57), USS Gettysburg (CG 64), USS Truxtun (DDG 103), USS Anzio (CG 68), the squadrons of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8, as well as Spanish frigate ESPS Almirante Juan de Borbon (F 102), French Frigate Primauguet (D644) and French Submarine Perle (S606).

For more news from Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet, visit www.navy.mil/local/c2f/.

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NNS110218-17. Southern Partnership Station 2011 Medical Team Visits El Salvadorian Island

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jeffery Tilghman Williams, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet Public Affairs

PUERTO CORSAIN, El Salvador (NNS) -- A U.S. Navy medical team and U.S. Marine Corps engineers visited the Unidad De Salud medical clinic on the island of Zacatillo, El Salvador, to assess public health needs in support of Southern Partnership Station (SPS) 2011, Feb. 17.

The three Sailors and two Marines took a 30-minute boat ride from Puerto Corsain, El Salvador, to meet with medical officials at their sole medical clinic to discuss capabilities and limitations for providing quality medical care to 2,000 island residents.

"Basically, we wanted to see firsthand how they provide care, and evaluate our ability to work together and partner to provide the best public health for the men, women and children who live here," said Cmdr. David Blazes, SPS 2011 senior medical officer.

"We view this as a positive step toward improving the services we offer our patients," said Karen Ivania Ponce, Unidad De Salud primary care provider. "Our resources and funding are very limited, so we often face challenges which make it difficult to do our jobs."

After a briefing and tour of the facility by Ponce and her staff, the service members' attention shifted toward key concerns by island residents and medical clinic staff.

"The biggest problem we face here is potable water," said Rafael Antonio Martinez, Unidad De Salud head nurse practitioner. "We have three wells used to provide water throughout the island, but we don't have a quality filtering system, which allows bacteria and disease to travel through our water."

Because of the uncertainty and lack of ability to produce purified water, all residents are required to boil their water prior to consumption. There is also a limit on production capabilities, and residents are only provided with 18 gallons of water per week. The water provided is used for bathing, cooking, cleaning and drinking.

"This is a very important issue here, because water is critical to life," said Corp. Robert Wrobleski, 2nd Marine Logistics Group water support technician. "We're evaluating their equipment and procedures, and offering recommendations to improve their filtering process."

"Hopefully being able to walk through the streets of our town, and see our wells and purification process, will help in developing a joint plan to end this problem and provide limitless clean water to our people," said Ponce.

The team of service members spent five hours on the island walking and talking with residents prior to heading back to High Speed Vessel Swift (HSV 2) to draft plans and document recommendations.

"There is so much value in these site assessments, because it allows us to gain an in-depth knowledge of how and what we can do, to provide assistance and continue to build and sustain enduring relationships with the El Salvadorian government," said Blazes.

SPS 11 is an annual deployment of U.S. ships to the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility in the Caribbean and Latin America. The mission's primary goal is information sharing with navies, coast guards and civilian services throughout the region.

Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command (COMUSNAVSO), is the naval component command for U.S. Southern Command and is responsible for all naval personnel and assets in the area of responsibility. COMUSNAVSO conducts a variety of missions in support of the U.S. maritime strategy, including theater security cooperation, relationship building, humanitarian assistance and disaster response, community relations, and counter-illicit trafficking operations.

For more news from Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. FOURTH Fleet, visit www.facebook.com/NAVSOUS4THFLT,  or www.public.navy.mil/comusnavso-c4f.

For more news from Southern Partnership Station 2011, please visit www.facebook.com/southernpartnershipstation or www.navy.mil/local/sps.

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NNS110218-27. Grandson Of Navy's First Black Aviator Speaks At NAS Jacksonville

By Kaylee LaRocque, Naval Air Station Jacksonville Public Affairs

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Hundreds of Sailors and civilians gathered at Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville Officers' Club Feb. 16 to learn about the life of the Navy's first black aviator, Ensign Jesse Brown, from his grandson, Jamal Knight, during the annual African-American History Month observance at the installation.

During his opening remarks, NAS Jacksonville Commanding Officer Capt. Jeffrey Maclay said, "Today and throughout our Navy's history, African-Americans have seized opportunities to serve. They have led and excelled in challenging assignments, and their contributions have shaped our legacy. Since the Revolutionary War, African-Americans have participated in every war fought by and within the United States."

Maclay also praised the heroic actions of Brown who was killed during the Korean War. "On Dec. 4, 1950, Brown's aircraft was hit while making a strafing run against the enemy. With tremendous skill, he managed to crash land on a rough, boulder-strewn slope. He survived the crash, waving to his friends overhead. They new he was in trouble when he remained in the cockpit as smoke began to billow from the wreckage," said Maclay.

"As others attacked and held off enemy troops, Lt. j.g. Thomas Hudner landed nearby and struggled desperately to get Brown out. I would like to tell you they both made it and over the years have become the best of friends, but that was not to be. Brown died on that slope in Korea," Maclay continued. "When Brown risked his life to help a Marine regiment that day, he didn't consider their race. And when his fellow pilots saw him in danger, they did not think about the color of their skin. They only knew he was an American in trouble."

"Today, we are honored to host his grandson, Mr. Knight, and learn more about this heroic man's life," said Maclay.

As Knight took the podium, he stood next to a portrait of his grandfather, then a young, 24-year-old in his Navy dress white uniform who earned his wings of gold at NAS Jacksonville in 1948.

"The impact of naval aviation and the Navy aviator can be viewed in all of its glory throughout history. We are here to celebrate 100 years of innovation, courage and devotion. My grandfather Jesse Leroy Brown's desire was not only to fly, but to fly and be of service to mankind. He wanted to be a Navy pilot," said Knight, a senior piping engineer in Houston, Texas.

"Growing up in Southern Mississippi, set the stage for the adventures that would lead to my grandfather's path to naval aviation. In an unjust south, he was often told about everything that he couldn't do or become," Knight continued. "The word 'can't' became the catalyst for my grandfather to navigate uncharted territory to set his own path. He would become a Navy pilot, the first African-American pilot in Navy aviation history."

Knight went on to say, "My grandfather was the son of sharecroppers and had five siblings. It became apparent early on that he was smart. He skipped two grades and graduated from high school early. He soon left Mississippi for Ohio State with $980 in his pocket to pay his expenses. There he spent the next three years getting a degree in architectural engineering and working full time for the Pennsylvania Railroad."

"My grandfather soon realized he could not continue at this pace, so he tried to join the Navy ROTC. After taking the test several times, he was eventually allowed to join. In March 1947, he reported to Navy Air Training Command in Glenview, Ill. and was finally sworn in as an aviation midshipman," said Knight.

"He then reported to NAS Pensacola for flight training where he was berated and discriminated against daily.

Knight continued, talking about his grandfather's proposal of marriage to his grandmother prior to their arrival at NAS Jacksonville in June 1948, where he'd eventually receive his gold wings 4 months later.

"His next assignment was at NAS Quonset Point, R.I. where racism still impacted his life as many were dismayed to see a black man with aviator wings. He then reported to Fighter Squadron 32 on board USS Leyte during the Korean War," stated Knight.

"On Dec. 4, 1950, my grandfather's flight took off towards the Chosin Reservoir where he crashed and was pinned in the aircraft. As his squadron mate Tom Hudner rushed to him, my grandfather asked him to cut his leg off but he didn't have a knife. My grandfather died on that ridge. To this day, the plane wreckage can still be seen from satellites," said Knight. ""Although he faced immeasurable odds, his courage and devotion would not let him fail. My grandfather was 24-years-old when he was killed in action protecting Marine troops. I never knew my grandfather, but I carry his story with me of perseverance, endurance and a deep belief that with God's help and guidance, I can accomplish anything."

Following his speech, Knight was presented a special plaque from Maclay in appreciation for him attending the event.

Knight was also given a base tour where he was thrilled to stop at places where his grandfather might have visited during his time here. He also had the opportunity to "fly" in the MH-60R simulator using the same runway his grandfather flew on.

"He looked at the sky and said, 'one day I'll fly a plane.' He fulfilled his dream. I'm very mindful of what he accomplished and some of the things he went through. He was a strong, strong man. I'm proud to carry on the legacy of Jesse Leroy Brown and to tell his story."

For more news from Naval Air Station Jacksonville, visit www.navy.mil/local/nasjax/.

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NNS110218-14. Harry S. Truman Conducts Ammo Offload

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class David R. Finley Jr., USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs

ATLANTIC OCEAN (NNS) -- USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) completed a three week underway period with an ammunition offload, Feb. 17.

Sailors from Truman's Weapons department, moved more than 1,500 tons of ammunition to USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) and USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE 2) during four days of connected (CONREP) and vertical replenishments (VERTREP).

"Overall the ammo offload was very successful," said Capt. James Daniels, USS Harry S. Truman weapons officer. "We have worked hard the last six days and I am proud of the job my Sailors did out there."

After conducting more than two years of high-tempo carrier operations, Truman is scheduled to enter an extended maintenance period next month.

"Our goal was to get all of the ammunition out of our magazines and onto the Bush and the Sacagawea," said Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class (AW) Daniel Trombley. "We cannot pull into the yards to work on the ship with explosives on board."

Through long and careful planning, Truman's weapons department ensured the offload was a successful evolution.

"About halfway through the deployment, we started getting everything ready by preparing tags and bar codes for all the ordnance," said Trombley. "All the ordnance is sentenced according to the condition code to ensure it's ready for the next squadron that is going to use it."

The department began moving the ordnance from storage magazines to the hangar bay earlier this week in order to organize and separate it.

"It took many long hours of collaboration between the divisions and various teams to get it out of the magazines," said Lt. Chris Dillard. "But it was all necessary to ensure it was moved safely and to the right place. The entire team showed a lot of pride and professionalism in getting the job done."

Even though Weapons department played a major role in the ammunition offload, it took an all-hands effort to make it a successful evolution.

"It wasn't just weapons department out there," said Daniels. "It was a big team effort from every major department on board that made this a successful ammunition offload. We had fire teams manning hoses, security patrolmen on station, air department manning the con-flag stations and deck department doing the connected replenishment."

For more news from USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn75/.

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NNS110218-24. Harry S. Truman Sailors Return, Prepare for Maintenance Period Opportunities

By MCSA Kristina Young

NORFOLK (NNS) -- USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) has completed its final underway period Feb. 18 before preparing to head to its new home in the Norfolk Naval Shipyards for an upcoming dry-docking planned incremental availability (DPIA) period.

During Truman's underway period, the crew completed many milestones, including the support of the first E-2D Advanced Hawkeye suitability testing on a carrier, the training of five Fleet Replacement Squadrons (FRSs), the announcement of Truman's third consecutive Battle "E" award and an ammunition offload.

"We accomplished a lot during this underway period," said Capt. Joe Clarkson, Truman's Commanding Officer. "The accomplishments we have made could not have been possible without the hard work, pride and professionalism the crew has displayed time and time again."

Truman Sailors also hosted multiple African American History Month events, a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration and a Super Bowl party.

With the ship scheduled to be in DPIA for over a year, crew members who have become accustomed to the rigors of a high-tempo operational schedule for the last two years now have ample opportunities to better themselves personally and professionally.

"I am really excited to be coming home and to be done with being out to sea for a while," said Damage Controlman Fireman Andrew Pacheco. "I will be around my kids and be a bigger part of their lives now."

Sailors will have many options available to them, such as striving to earn their college degrees, various physical fitness opportunities, and even pursuing some life goals.

With the ship inhabitable while in DPIA, crew members that would normally live on board, will also get a chance to relax in places they can call all their own when they move into private partner venture (PPV) housing.

"PPV housing offers Sailors who don't receive basic allowance for housing (BAH) an opportunity to live off the ship," said Electronics Technician Chief (SW) James Czeiszperger, Truman's PPV representative. "It's their own apartment that's jam-packed with amenities, making it an ideal place to relax away from the ship."

"I am really looking forward to moving into my PPV housing," said Culinary Specialist Seaman Frances Vazquez. "It will be a different atmosphere than the ship life and I will have so much more privacy in my own place!"

Sailors will also have more free time to focus on staying in shape. The options range from gyms on base to fitness centers located throughout the Norfolk region.

"There will be plenty of fitness options available to Sailors," said Truman Fit Boss Nathan Owen. "The departments will be mandating PT times for their Sailors, so there are no excuses why Sailors can't stay in shape. Everything for their PT needs will be provided for them. It will help them get in shape for the summer, too."

Navy fitness programs, such as "Crews Into Shape", the "24-Week Program" and several team sporting events, will also be offered to the crew.
In addition to PPV housing and more physical fitness opportunities, Sailors may now pursue their educational goals by enrolling in college classes in Norfolk's local community.

"Since we are going to be home for a while, now is the time to set yourself up for your future," said Personnel Specialist Seaman Abner Colmenares, an education services office (ESO) representative. "I encourage all Sailors to take advantage of their free time and attempt to earn their degree and earn as many college credits as they can. If any Sailors need any help or guidance, we will be available and the ESO will be open during our yard period."

Based on Truman's successful deployment, the upcoming DPIA period should exceed Clarkson's high expectations of Truman Sailors to come together once again to "Give'em Hell" and continue their winning streak.

"Now that we will be home for an extended period of time, it will be a great opportunity for Sailors to take a break from the shipboard environment," said Clarkson. "We still need to uphold our pride and professionalism to get us through the yard period safely, according to our budget and completed on-time. I have full confidence in our crew to ensure we have a successful DPIA period."


For more news from USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn75/.

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NNS110218-07. NCIS, CNIC Celebrate Black History Month

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Kristen Allen, Naval Criminal Investigative Service Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) and Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) employees gathered together to celebrate the Black History Month theme of "African-Americans and the Civil War," aboard the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., Feb. 15.

U.S. Rep. James Clyburn, of South Carolina, served as the keynote speaker and recounted stories from his childhood and throughout his career to explain how those experiences had an impact on who he is today.

"No two people have had the same experiences, and because of that, no two people will see the world the same way," said Clyburn. "No matter what your gender, sometimes you will have experiences because of your gender. No matter what your skin color may be, you will have some experiences based on the color of your skin in our society. As a result of that, you are going to internalize some things differently."

NCIS Director Mark Clookie also addressed the crowd and expressed his appreciation for the committee members from NCIS and CNIC.

"I want to thank everyone who participated in this ceremony today for helping us to remember the many sacrifices that African-Americans have made for us as a country, and also for many other countries."

Clookie said diversity is very important to all military organizations and to the nation as a whole.

"Our strength is in our diversity," said Clookie. "The more we blend together and fight for a common cause, the more the true strength of America shows through."

Capt. Bette Bolivar, CNIC chief of staff, closed the ceremony by talking about the Navy's diverse force in today's world.

"Our forces today continue to be educated on the theme of diversity," said Bolivar. "Diversity of thought, experience, background, and skill is essential to meeting mission requirements. Diversity has made our nation and our Navy that much stronger."

Bolivar said the Navy will recognize Black History Month by commemorating the distinguished service of more than 89,000 African-Americans currently serving in the Navy, including active duty, Reservists and civilians. She echoed themes sounded by the other speakers and explained how they apply to today's military.

"We must continue to track, develop, mentor and retain top diverse talent to remain a strong and relevant force," added Bolivar.

Law enforcement and defense attaches from the Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Egypt, Ghana, Haiti, South Africa, and Uganda, and representatives from the Ad Hoc Committee, a group of African-American senior executives serving in the Department of the Navy, and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) attended the ceremony.

NCIS is a federal law enforcement agency that protects and defends the U.S. Department of the Navy against terrorism and foreign intelligence threats, investigates major criminal offenses and provides law enforcement and security services to the Navy and Marine Corps on a worldwide basis. The agency is comprised of approximately 2,400 employees, including more than 1,200 civilian special agents, in more than 150 locations around the world.

For more news from Naval Criminal Investigative Service, visit http://www.navy.mil/local/ncis/.

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NNS110218-22. Civilian Human Resources Council Holds First Integration Town Hall

By Cat DeBinder, National Naval Medical Center Public Affairs

Bethesda, Md. (NNS) -- The Civilian Human Resources Council (CHRC) worked with the staff at the National Naval Medical Center (NNMC) on the process of integration with Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) at a town hall meeting Feb. 11.

From now until September, when the new joint medical facility opens, the council will provide a series of presentations during monthly meetings for civilian employees and supervisors.

Once the transition takes place, the JTF will review all position descriptions for accuracy, said Nory Hagerty, CHRC consultant to the Joint Task Force National Capital Area Medial (JTF CapMed).

Supervisors should begin talking with their staff about these matters if they haven't done so already, she said.

Some internal policies such as timekeeping, performance appraisal system and standard operating procedures (SOPs) will differ, said Hagerty.

"Additionally, a new Human Resources (HR) Servicing office will be established in June," she said.
During this transition, Hagerty explained, all employees will still be Federal employees and in June all civilian personnel will convert to Department of Defense (DOD) employees.

There will be no change in the basic rules and regulations that govern benefits; basic benefits will remain the same, including insurance, retirement and Thrift Savings Plan (TSP).

Friday's meeting also included a presentation on how to uphold a successful cultural integration.

Mary Abbajay, president and CEO of the Careerstone Group, a leadership development firm contracted by the JTF, explained cultural integration is something that can be difficult and won't happen overnight.

"Culture is famously difficult to change, merge or integrate," said Abbajay. "Fifty to 80 percent of all mergers fail as a direct result of ignoring cultural integration ... People will resist change [and] resistance is natural."

To ensure smooth transition, it's important to have everyone within the organization work toward a clearly understood common purpose with shared processes and core values, Abbajay said, adding, "Successful cultural integration has occurred when individuals are prepared to give up on 'their way' for a best practice in service of the common good."

To keep the lines of communication open, staff who attended Friday's meeting had an opportunity to fill out a questionnaire, offering their feedback and suggestions, which may be discussed in future meetings.

For more information, or to submit suggestions for future topics during this series, e-mail Nory Hagerty at norieta.hagerty@med.navy.mil.

For more news from National Naval Medical Center, visit
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NNS110218-10. National Naval Medical Center Receives Joint Commission Accreditation

By Sarah Fortney, National Naval Medical Center Public Affairs

Bethesda, Md. (NNS) -- The National Naval Medical Center (NNMC) received Joint Commission accreditation in recognition of the its safe and high quality care, treatment and services, Feb. 9.

The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 18,000 health care organizations and programs nationwide, ensuring health care provided is safe and effective.

"There are multiple participation requirements that we have to meet in order to be accredited," said Gene Monroe, NNMC Joint Commission specialist. "Part of that includes our on-site survey that took place in November."

During the tri-annual survey, Nov. 15 through Nov. 19, 2010, commission surveyors conducted on-site observations and interviews, and assessed documents provided by hospital staff. Evaluating the hospital's efforts to improve performance, the commission also reviewed more than 1,500 standards, addressing areas such as medication management, emergency management, leadership, life safety, rights and responsibilities of the individual, treatment and services, and national patient safety goals.

"If you were to ask yourself what a high quality hospital looks like, these standards provide that picture for you," said Monroe. "We successfully completed the survey process, and that has resulted in our continued re-accreditation."

Department of Defense medical treatment facilities are required to seek and maintain accreditation, he added.

"It's one of the ways we validate we're doing great work, we're providing safe and quality health care to the beneficiaries," said Capt. Khin Aungthein, NNMC Joint Commission fellow.

Aungthein said even though the commission surveys the hospital tri-annually, they can survey the organization anytime between 18 and 39 months after a completed survey.

"We need to be ready at any given time," said Aungthein, adding that it is not just about meeting the Joint Commission's standards. "We're doing it for our patients to keep our patients safe, our staff safe and our organization safe."

"[The] National Naval Medical Center upholds a commitment of quality patient care," said Col. Charles Callahan, NNMC chief of staff. "Despite everything else we have going on, our staff is committed to providing quality primary care and specialty services in a patient and family-centered environment. The Joint Commission survey process is an opportunity to benchmark our hospital against the highest healthcare industry standards. Our warriors - past, present and future - and their families deserve nothing less."

Aungthein said in addition to the Joint Commission accreditation, the Medical Inspector General (IG) team also evaluates the hospital, making sure NNMC is also compliant with their requirements.

A separate organization, the IG visits at the same time as the Joint Commission, assessing efficiency, readiness and quality of health care in accordance with the secretary of the Navy, and Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED).

"All of those things are very important to make sure our organization is performing at the level we should [be]," said Aungthein.

This spring, the Joint Commission will return for a one-day, life-safety survey of the hospital's new spaces, said Monroe. Staff can also expect another visit within three to six months after integration, surveying Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Bethesda (WRNMMCB) as a new organization.

For more information on the Joint Commission, visit www.jointcommission.org.

For more news from National Naval Medical Center, visit www.navy.mil/local/nnmc/.

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NNS110218-09. Navy Medical Research Unit Commissioned

By Larry Coffey, Naval Medical Support Command Public Affairs

LIMA, Peru (NNS) -- Navy Medicine's Medical Research Det. in Lima, Peru, conducted a commissioning ceremony, Feb. 10, transitioning the Naval Medical Research Center Detachment (NMRCD) Lima to a command - the U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit No. 6 (NAMRU-6).

"This is a pivotal day for Navy Medicine Research in Peru and for our partnership with the Peruvian people," said Rear Adm. Eleanor Valentin, commander, Navy Medicine Support Command (NMSC). "We are here to honor the historic, life-saving accomplishments of the American and Peruvian team that was Naval Medical Research Institute Det. Lima, celebrate the beginning of Naval Medical Research Unit 6, and mark what I believe will be an unprecedented future of equally significant accomplishments."

Naval Medical Research Institute Detachment (NAMRID) was established in Lima, Jan. 20, 1983, to study infectious diseases. Since then, the research operations have expanded from a limited number of research projects in Peru to more than 130 research, surveillance and response, and public health capacity building programs in 11 countries in South and Central America.

"Over the last 28 years, the research partnership between our two countries has been a tremendous success," said Valentin. "Our team has had a direct impact on research and patient care for diseases like malaria and Yellow Fever."

The results of Navy medical research in Peru directly impacts the health and well-being of Navy, Marine Corps and civilian personnel who work in this part of the world. The research also benefits the civilian population of U.S. partners in the region.

Valentin compared the life of NAMRID and now NAMRU-6 Lima, to the life of a Navy ship.

"There are four key ceremonies for a Navy ship," she said. "The first is the keel laying ceremony. On that day, the people building the ship celebrate its strong structure and dedicate themselves to build a capable vessel, worthy to join the fleet. The keel laying ceremony for us was Jan. 20, 1983, at the founding of NAMRID."

The second ceremony, Valentin said, is the christening ceremony. That is the ceremony in which the ship is given its name. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus christened NAMRU-6, Jan 13, 2011, giving the command its official Navy name, Valentin said.

"The third ceremony is the most important," Valentin said. "The commissioning ceremony is the day that a ship joins the fleet. Today, I congratulate our crew - the staff, family and friends of NAMRU-6 - as today you officially join our fleet of Navy Medicine Research Units. This ceremony indicates that we, the leaders of the U.S. and Peruvian navies, consider that your vessel and your crew are sea worthy."

For more news from Navy Medicine, visit www.navy.mil/local/mednews/.

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NNS110218-05. Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune Advances New Blood Platelet Collection Technology

By Anna Hancock, Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune Public Affairs

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (NNS) -- Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune (NHCL) is setting a medical precedence as the first Department of Defense military treatment facility (MTF) to collect blood platelets through a collection process introduced in December 2010, using two key advances in medical science and technology.

The AMICUS Separator, a state-of-the-art piece of blood platelet collection equipment, and InterSol, a new, Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approved platelet additive solution (PAS), are new to the military medicine community, and the medical community at large. NHCL is only the second hospital in the nation to process blood products with these technologies.

With the aphaeresis program on-going in NHCL's Blood Donor Center, the program has recently proven its advantages in safety, donor participation and blood product collection.

To date, approximately 30 donors have donated blood platelets, and each collection has exceeded the donation quality standards, allowing the center confidently confirm the success of the program, and more importantly, to transfuse the collected products to NHCL patients.

"The program began with leadership, who identified the need for aphaeresis platelet collections and challenged the Blood Donor Center to start up a program," said Lt. Cmdr. Jonathan Hoiles, director, Blood Donor Center.

During an aphaeresis collection, the AMICUS Separator extracts whole blood from the donor's arm and sends the blood through sterile tubing into a centrifuge. The centrifuge then spins the blood until it separates into three components: red cells, plasma and platelets.

Following the donation, the donor's blood platelets are suspended in a mix of 65 percent InterSol and 35 percent plasma. This is the most significant difference from traditional aphaeresis collection processes in which platelets are suspended in 100 percent plasma.

This new process gives the donor and the center the options to donate and collect multiple blood products in a single donation. And the reduced volume of plasma in the platelet product allows for a host of benefits to the platelet transfusion recipient and to the blood center.

"By storing platelets in the platelet additive solution, we are able to collect platelets and collect more plasma into a second container," said Hoiles. "Then we can store the platelets for NHCL patients, freeze the plasma, and ship the plasma to the operational theater."

For the platelet transfusion recipient, the suspension mix reduces the risk of allergic reactions and Transfusion Related Acute Lung Injury (TRALI). TRALI is the leading cause of transfusion related deaths and the number one safety concern of all blood donor centers.

Lt. Cmdr. Elizabeth Grasmuck, medical director, Blood Donor Center; said the majority of platelet transfusions done at NHCL are to support the Labor and Delivery Department patients.

The Labor and Delivery Department delivers an average of six babies a day, so NHCL staff identified the need to have platelets on hand, should an emergency arise. Typically, platelets are requested by doctors once every two weeks.

"In general, platelets are transfused to patients who have a low platelet count, damaged platelets, or need platelets to assist with the normal blood clotting processes," Grasmuck said.

Grasmuck said the on-site process benefits the rare trauma or critical care patient in need of platelets in order to stabilize him or her prior to transport for treatment at a larger medical facility.

The transfusion recipient and the Blood Donor Center are not the only other benefactors of this process.

Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Marcus Edwards, NHCL laboratory technician, was one of the first platelet donors to experience the new procedure. He said the process is relaxing, but the process takes longer than an average red blood cell donation.

"There was only one needle inserted into my arm," said Edwards. "The entire process took about two hours, compared to about 20 minutes for a red blood cell donation, but I was able to sit in a comfortable environment and enjoy a movie on the center's portable DVD player."

Edwards said he felt completely normal after the aphaeresis process was complete. Because the red blood cells are returned to the donor, the donor typically feels less fatigue after a platelet donation as compared to a whole blood donation.

Hoiles encourages everyone to donate platelets, particularly those who are blood type AB, since the shelf life for blood platelets is considerably less than red blood cells; which can last between 35-42 days. Fresh plasma is good for up to one year when frozen. Platelets only last up to five days.

The body's quick replenishment of platelets and plasma also enables donors to give platelets more frequently than whole blood. Platelets can be donated at NHCL once every two weeks, but not more than 24 times in a 12-month period.

"Blood group AB, representing only 4 percent of the population, is the universal plasma and platelet type, and can be given to any patient," said Hoiles. "I encourage potential donors to contact NHCL or the nearest blood center in the Armed Services Blood program to see how they can donate blood. Each donation is a gift of life."

For more news from Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, visit http://www.navy.mil/local/nhcl/.

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NNS110218-04. USS Theodore Roosevelt Sailors Mentor Elementary School Students

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Sandra Pimental, USS Theodore Roosevelt Public Affairs

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Sailors partnered with Campostella Elementary School staff during an assembly, Feb. 17, in Norfolk, Va., to address bullying in schools.

In attendance were students and Sailors who participated in an interactive video and judging panel.

"The children are our future," said Cmdr. Richard D. Jones, USS Theodore Roosevelt Air Department assistant air officer. "Interacting and sharing the information with them while they are young is everyone's responsibility."

The goal of the assembly was to educate children in the different ways to handle a bully situation, and the effects it can have on a child.

"TR and Campostella have had a long standing relationship," said Jones. "Our participation helps bring the Navy and the Norfolk County School system together."

The videos showed four different scenarios in which Sailors played both the bullies and the victims. During the video, Jones addressed the students and Sailors as to whether the scenarios presented were in fact bullying or horseplay. This allowed for students to ask questions and give feedback on personal situations where bullying was present.

"It was good to learn how bullying could affect you," said Angellee Hayes, a fifth grader at Campostella. "I liked the video and was happy the Sailors came; they made it fun."

One Sailor, who was depicted as both the victim and the bully, felt proud to help in the making of the video.

"I think that having this kind of learning for the children so young is great," said Yeoman 2nd Class (SW/AW) Sheena Taylor. "It helps them become comfortable enough to talk to an adult when something happens."

"If you are being bullied you should tell someone," said Hayes. "Children should never feel helpless. They need to know that they can go to anyone they trust, a parent, teacher or even the janitor."

Norfolk Public School District Superintendent, Dr. Richard Bentley, and Campostella's principal, Dr. Laguna Foster, said they the program will filter to neighboring schools, and throughout the school system itself.

"I appreciate the Navy being present," said Bentley. "My son is in the military, and I know how important service is."

Bullying has become a national issue. This is one way TR is attempting to reach out to the community and help alleviate the problem.

TR is currently undergoing a 39-month Refueling Complex Overhaul (RCOH) at Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va.

For more news from USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn71/.

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NNS110218-01. U.S. Pacific Fleet Team Receives CNO Environmental Award

By Ensign Joe Painter, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS) -- Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet's (CPF) Southern California (SOCAL) Range Complex Environmental Planning Team, was announced as one of 27 recipients of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Environmental Awards Feb. 16.

The annual CNO Environmental Awards program recognizes Navy ships, installations, and individuals or teams for exceptional environmental stewardship.

The team was recognized based on the success of the SOCAL Range Complex' environmental planning and compliance project that allows CPF the ability to use sonar for its sea-based, sonar training mission while continuing to protect marine resources.

"Awards like these really recognize the hard work that the planning team has put in over the years to support the continuation of fleet training in Southern California," said Alex Stone, the project team leader for the SOCAL Range Complex.

Stone led a diverse, interdisciplinary governmental and contractor team in support of one of the most highly visible, operationally critical and environmentally complex planning efforts in the Navy.

The work the planning team does is a testament to the Navy and the U.S. Pacific Fleet's commitment to environmental stewardship and ensures that the Navy's training has the least amount of impact on the environment possible, said Stone.

The Navy has been training for more than 40 years on the SOCAL complex, which is the principal training range for aviation, surface, submarine, amphibious and special warfare units located in Southern California and spans an area of about 120,000 square nautical miles.

Part of the planning team's job requires completing necessary environmental planning documentation and full compliance with laws and regulations, offering the public opportunities to participate, and conducting comprehensive marine resources assessments including long-term, at-sea monitoring.

The SOCAL planning team was one of two recipients of awards under the Environmental Planning Team category.

Fifteen other commands in CPF's area of responsibility also received the prestigious CNO Environmental Award this year:

Cultural Resources Management Installation Award: Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada; Naval Base Guam.

Environmental Quality Industrial Installation Award: Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, California, including Corona and Fallbrook Detachments.

Environmental Quality Overseas Installation Award: Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan; Navy Region Center, Singapore.

Environmental Quality Small Ship Award: USS Momsen (DDG 92); USS Sterett (DDG 104); USS Thach (FFG 43).

Environmental Restoration Installation Award: Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, California.

Natural Resources Conservation Large Installation Award: Naval Air Station Lemoore, California; Naval Base Coronado, California; Naval Base Ventura County, California.

Sustainability Individual or Team Award: Environmental Sustainability Team, Fleet And Industrial Supply Center Pearl Harbor.

Sustainability Non-Industrial Installation Award: Naval Base San Diego, California; Naval Station Pearl Harbor.

The CNO award winners will be honored in a ceremony at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C., June 7.

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

NNS110218-28. Current All Hands Update

From Defense Media Activity - Navy

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- All Hands Update features four newscasts each day - one two-minute newscast and three one-minute newscasts.

Two-minute newscast-
- The 49th Anniversary of Lt. Col. John H. Glenn Jr.'s historic first American orbit of the Earth is Feb. 20.
http://www.navy.mil/swf/mmu/mmplyr.asp?id=15493

First one-minute newscast-
- Headlines from around the fleet: Exercise Solid Curtain - Citadel Shield will be conducted aboard U.S. naval installations Feb. 21-25; The Sexual Assault Prevention Summit meets to plan strategies for stopping sexual assault in the Navy.
http://www.navy.mil/swf/mmu/mmplyr.asp?id=15494

Second one-minute newscast-
- Green Bay Packers athletes and trainers visit amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3).
http://www.navy.mil/swf/mmu/mmplyr.asp?id=15495

Third one-minute newscast-
- Military saves week runs Feb. 21-25.
http://www.navy.mil/swf/mmu/mmplyr.asp?id=15496

Defense Media Activity-Navy 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 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).

For more news, visit www.navy.mil.

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NNS011213-29. This Day in Naval History - Feb. 18

From the Navy News Service

1846 - General order on port and starboard is issued. Port replaces the term "larboard."
1944 - An amphibious force under Rear Adm. Harry W. Hill lands troops on Engebi Island, Eniwetok, in the South Pacific.
1955 - The first of 14 detonations takes place during the Operation Teapot nuclear test.

For more information about naval history, visit the Naval Historical Center Web site at www.history.navy.mil.

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Navy News Service is the official news wire service of the U.S. Navy, containing stories recently posted to the Navy Web site at www.navy.mil. It is a product of the Defense Media Activity - Anacostia, 2713 Mitscher Rd. SW, Anacostia Annex, D.C., 20373-5819. Reprints should be credited to the Navy News Service (NNS).

For the latest in Navy news from around the fleet, visit www.navy.mil.

For all Navy-related questions, review the FAQs posted at www.navy.mil or visit www.history.navy.mil.

Media queries should be directed to the Navy News Desk at (703) 697-5342.


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