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SAN DIEGO (Feb. 2, 2016) Secretary of Defense Ash Carter tours the guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance at Naval Base San Diego, Calif. Carter is meeting this week with troops and members of the defense community to preview the proposed fiscal year 2017 defense budget. U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Tim D. Godbee

SAN DIEGO (Feb. 2, 2016) Secretary of Defense Ash Carter tours the guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance at Naval Base San Diego, Calif. Carter is meeting this week with troops and members of the defense community to preview the proposed fiscal year 2017 defense budget. U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Tim D. Godbee

SECDEF Carter visits Naval Base San Diego
2/4/2016
by MC2 Will Gaskill, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Secretary of Defense Ash Carter spoke to Sailors about the impact of the proposed fiscal year 2017 defense budget, during a visit to Naval Base San Diego Feb. 3.
After touring Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111) and guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59), and meeting with Navy senior leadership, Carter addressed a crowd of more than 150 Sailors and local and national media about how the Department of Defense is investing in long-term naval power.
Carter said the budget will increase aircraft, ship, munitions, and technological capabilities over the next five years. This plan includes nine new Virginia-class submarines, 10 new Aegis destroyers, 40 new littoral combat ships, 13 more F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, and 16 more F/A-18E/F Super Hornets than originally planned, as well as additional funding for advances in cyber, space, and electronic warfare.
He also announced a new weapons capability.
"We're modifying the SM-6 (standard missile) so that in addition to missile defense, it can also target enemy ships at sea," Carter said. "It makes the SM-6 basically a twofer. You can shoot down airborne threats, and now you can attack and destroy a ship at long range with the very same missile."
Carter spoke about current terror threats around the globe, as well as strategic naval challenges and how the Navy and Marine Corps will receive the needed power to continue their efforts.
"Our fleet will be larger," said Carter. "It will be much more effective, potent, and lethal than it is today, because it will be equipped with weapons and the advanced capabilities that we'll need to deter any aggressor and to make any aggressor who isn't deterred very much regret the decision to take us on."
Carter stressed the significance of balancing investments and ensuring the U.S. continues to have the greatest technology and the most powerful capabilities of any other military in the world. He then commended the Sailors in attendance for their performance and asked they take a message home.
"I thank you, and since I know behind every Sailor is a family, tell them how proud we are of them and thank them for standing by you as you stand by our country," Carter said.

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Navy installations to conduct Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2016
Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces and CNIC will conduct Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2016 Feb. 1-12 on Navy installations located in the continental United States. This annual anti-terrorism force protection (ATFP) exercise is designed to train Navy security forces to respond to threats to installations and units. For more information about Navy shore installations visit http://www.cnic.navy.mil.

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Coastal Riverine Squadron 3 returns from deployment
2/4/2016
From Coastal Riverine Group One Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to Coastal Riverine Squadron 3 (CRS-3), based out of Naval Outlying Landing Field Imperial Beach, California, returned home, Feb. 2 and 3, following a six-month deployment supporting operations in U.S. Navy Central Command.
During the deployment, the 450 Sailors completed a variety of missions to include maritime domain awareness, seaward and landward security, and unmanned aerial vehicle operations. Additionally, Sailors provided tactical air control and aircraft security teams during their deployment.
CRS-3 participated in operations in the U.S. Central Command area of operations, including Kuwait, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates. In addition, during this deployment Sailors of CRS-3 supported U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command operating out of Rota, Spain, and conducted missions in Panama in support of U.S. Southern Command.
CRS-3 is part of Coastal Riverine Group 1 (CRG-1), whose primary mission is to man, train, and equip subordinate forces for tasking as assigned in the required operational capability and projected operational environment.
CRG-1 works in an extremely high operational tempo deploying squadrons in Djibouti and Bahrain while conducting high value unit escorts in San Diego; Bangor, Washington, and Guam.
The Coastal Riverine Forces deliver near shore littoral sea control of the coastal and riverine environment, effectively bridging blue water and landward operations and denying the use of these areas to hostile forces.

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Navy celebrates 2016 African American/Black History Month
From Navy Office of Information
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Throughout the month of February, the Navy joins our nation in celebrating the history and culture of African-American and Black Sailors during African-American/Black History Month.
Established in 1926, President Gerald R. Ford expanded the celebration in 1976 to include the entire month of February. This year, Navy commands are encouraged to celebrate and reflect on the theme "Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories."
"Our past is our history and our future is our destiny," said Victoria Bowens, Department of the Navy director for diversity and inclusion. "We must look at what worked, what did not work and how we can improve our efforts in promoting inclusion to optimize our results to achieve mission success."
From port cities where Africans disembarked from slave ships to the battle fields where their descendants fought for freedom, from the colleges and universities where they pursued education to places where they created communities during centuries of migration, the imprint of Americans of African descent is deeply embedded in the narrative of the American past.
USS Mason (DE 529), manned by a predominantly African American crew came under dire conditions during WWII in heavy weather when Mason's deck split, threatening the structural integrity of the ship. The crew made emergency repairs allowing the ship to continue its convoy operations. In 1994, President Clinton awarded commendations to the 67 surviving crew members.
USS PC 1264 was a submarine chaser built during World War II. She was one of only two U.S. Navy ships to have a predominately African-American enlisted complement during the war, the other being the Evarts-class destroyer escort USS Mason (DE 529). PC 1264 was in service for less than two years, but the performance of her crew--and of the USS Mason's--caused the U.S. Navy to reevaluate the role of African American Sailors. Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal and Navy Commendation Medal winner Vice Admiral Samuel L. Gravely served aboard the PC 1264 during the war, paving the way for future African American Navy leaders.
The USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE 7) was named for Master Chief Boatswain's Mate Carl M. Brashear (1931-2006). Brashear's career spanned more than four decades and exemplifies outstanding service and dedication. Brashear enlisted in the Navy in February 1948 and qualified as a First Class Diver in 1964. In 1965, while recovering atomic bombs off the coast of Spain, Brashear sustained injuries which eventually required the amputation of his leg. Despite his injuries, he became recertified in March 1968 as a diver, the first amputee to serve as such in the Navy, and in 1970, Brashear became the first African-American master diver in the Navy.
In April 2009, Vice Adm. Michelle Howard commanded CTF-151, a multinational task force established to conduct counter-piracy operations in the Indian Ocean when the U.S.-flagged M/V Maersk Alabama container ship was hijacked by pirates off the Somali coast. Howard and twelve U.S. naval forces coordinated the rescue of the ship and its crew including Captain Richard Phillips, who had been kidnapped and held hostage in a lifeboat.
African-Americans continue to serve with distinction, now comprising almost 19 percent of our active duty enlisted force, 8 percent of our active duty officers and 5 percent of our flag officers. The Navy continues to do outreach toward African American youth in order to ensure a diverse pool of people and backgrounds comprises the best talent possible.
Sailors and their commands are encouraged to use this month to celebrate and recognize the exceptional and distinctive contributions and the unique histories and cultures that our African-American shipmates bring to our Navy.
More information on the many milestones achieved by black Sailors and the history of the African-American Navy experience can be found at the Naval History and Heritage Command at
www.history.navy.mil/browse-by-topic/diversity/african-americans.html.
A complete educational presentation, including a downloadable educational poster on African American/Black History month, can be requested from the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI) by email at deomipa@us.af.mil.

Billet Based Distribution
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From Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- The Navy announced Jan. 28 that Billet Based Distribution (BBD) will be implemented February 2016 in NAVADMIN 016/16.
BBD will enable the Navy to more efficiently assign personnel in support of warfighting readiness and match Sailors to specific billets based on rate, rating and Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC).
The new functionality is being added into the Career Management System - Interactive Detailing (CMS-ID), but Sailors will continue to apply for jobs the same way they do now.
"Although the process behind the scenes will change, Sailors will not have to learn a new system to negotiate for PCS orders. To fleet Sailors, the upgrades will be transparent and seamless," said Rear Adm. Ken Whitesell, assistant commander for Career Progression, Navy Personnel Command (NPC). "Ultimately, BBD will help drive improved personnel readiness across the Fleet."
BBD will allow command personnel managers, detailers and placement coordinators to more reliably assess a vacant position's impact on readiness.
Specific goals include:
* The alignment of every enlisted Sailor, who is available for assignment, to a Navy position.
* A system that has the tools and accurate demand signal needed to maximize rating and Critical Navy Enlistment Classification (NEC) "Fit"
* The capability to better use available Permanent Change of Station (PCS) and Temporary Duty under Instruction (TDI) funds.
* The capability to forecast future fleet vacancies which will lead to better Sailor and fleet customer service.
* The foundation for an improved assignment process.
The first BBD enlisted requisition will run Feb. 5. Additionally, the February cycle of CMS-ID, which will use the new BBD capability, will be open for fleet applications Feb. 12.
To ensure they are placed in the right job, Sailors should review their records often for accuracy - especially for the NECs they hold to ensure accurate information for the detailing process.
The implementation of BBD requires all fleet users to resubmit paperwork for access. Enlisted Sailors who are negotiating for orders don't need to take any action. Leaders, personnel managers and others who require access for any other reason can send their requests now. Guidance on filling out and submitting paperwork can be found on the NPC BBD web page click here.

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What to look out for when filing taxes online

If you decide to file your taxes online here are some things you should be mindful of: Ensure your computer and software are up to date and you're using a reputable tax service. Make sure the online service you decide to use is safe and is a legitimate business. Also, check to see if it has a good rating with the Better Business Bureau. For more info about online filing visit www.militaryonesource.mil or www.irs.gov.

TRICARE pharmacy copays change Feb 1
Military pharmacies and TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery will remain the lowest cost pharmacy option for TRICARE beneficiaries when some TRICARE pharmacy copays change in 2016. On Feb 1, 2016, most copays for prescription drugs at Home Delivery and retail network pharmacies will increase slightly.
The 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) requires TRICARE to change its prescription copays. All drugs at military pharmacies, and generic drugs through Home Delivery, are still available at no cost to beneficiaries. Copays for brand name drugs through Home Delivery increase from $16 to $20, for up to a 90-day supply. At retail pharmacies, generic drug copays go from $8 to $10, and brand name drug copays go from $20 to $24 dollars, for up to a 30-day supply. Copays for non-formulary drugs and for drugs at non-network pharmacies will also change.
Beneficiaries can save up to $208 in 2016 for each brand name prescription drug they switch from retail pharmacy to Home Delivery. Home Delivery offers safe and convenient delivery of your prescription drugs right to your mailbox.
To see the new TRICARE pharmacy copays, learn more about the TRICARE Pharmacy benefit, or move your prescription to Home Delivery, visit www.tricare.mil/pharmacy.

CNIC program continues to extend child care and fitness hours on Navy installations
The Commander, Navy Installations Command's pilot program successfully expanded hours at select child development and fitness centers to provide greater services to support sailors and their families. CNIC will continue to roll out extended hours to more Navy installations by the end of this year in accordance with SECNAV's Talent Management Initiative. For more info go to www.cnic.navy.mil/

San Diego Navy news
PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 26, 2016) Personnel Specialist Seaman Dennis Tran, from Riverside, Calif., and Sonar Technician (Surface) 2nd Class Darryl Roberson, from Joliet, Ill., fish off the stern of the guided-missile destroyer USS Stockdale (DDG 106) during a fish call. Providing a combat-ready force to protect collective maritime interests, Stockdale, assigned to the Stennis strike group, is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment. U.S. Navy photo by MC3 David A. Cox.
PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 26, 2016) Personnel Specialist Seaman Dennis Tran, from Riverside, Calif., and Sonar Technician (Surface) 2nd Class Darryl Roberson, from Joliet, Ill., fish off the stern of the guided-missile destroyer USS Stockdale (DDG 106) during a fish call. Providing a combat-ready force to protect collective maritime interests, Stockdale, assigned to the Stennis strike group, is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment. U.S. Navy photo by MC3 David A. Cox.

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