USS Nimitz in port in San Diego
SAN DIEGO Sept. 8, 2014--Airman Joseph K. Craig, from Seattle, front, and Personnel Specialist 2nd Class Mark G. Roceles, from Waipahu, Hawaii, salute the flag during colors as the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) moors to the pier at Naval Air Station North Island. Nimitz is underway performing routine operations and training exercises. U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Eric M. Butler.
Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group now in 7th Fleet AOR
by MC2 Travis Alston,
USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs
WESTERN PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group arrived in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) Sept. 9.
The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group, consists of aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) with embarked Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 and Destroyer Squadron 1, guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52), along with guided-missile destroyers USS Gridley (DDG 101), USS Sterett (DDG 104), USS Dewey (DDG 105), and elements of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 3
Commanded by Rear Adm. Christopher Grady, the strike group will participate in routine scheduled exercises and engagements with coalition and regional partners while in 7th Fleet. The planned exercises will demonstrate and test months of preparation and planning by the strike group team.
"This strike group represents a flexible force, that is prepared to respond to a variety of crises - from humanitarian assistance to combat operations - at a moment's notice," said Grady. "We are looking forward to operating, and promoting peace and stability in this vast region."
The 7th Fleet AOR covers more than 48 million square miles (124 million square kilometers) and spans from west of the international date line to the western coast of India. Vice Adm. Robert Thomas, Jr., commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, is responsible for more than 45,000 Sailors, 100 ships and submarines, and more than 200 aircraft in the largest naval area of responsibility.
CVW-17 consists of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 22, VFA-81, VFA-113, VFA-94, Electronic Attack Squadron 139, Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 116, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 15, Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 73 and Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 30.
The more than 6,000 Sailors in the strike group left its homeport of San Diego, California, Aug. 22 for this deployment. This is Carl Vinson's 15th deployment in the ship's 32-year history.
At work on USS Ronald Reagan
SAN DIEGO Sept. 10, 2014--Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class Clifford Clark, from Houston, and Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) Airman Ana Dorsett, from Stockton, Calif., scrape grease from a catapult on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is homeported in San Diego and undergoing a planned incremental availability maintenance period at Naval Base Coronado. U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Timothy Schumaker
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3 things to know about the RAND Military Workplace Study
From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- On behalf of the Department of Defense (DOD), the RAND Corporation is conducting a Military Workplace Study that includes a survey of Sailors that is projected to conclude Sept. 24.
The Military Workplace Study is critical to helping DOD better understand workplace conditions and act to ensure a safe and professional work environment. This is a chance for Sailors to be heard by senior leaders.
Here are three things you need to know about the RAND Military Workplace Study:
1. Invitations to take a survey in support of this study were sent to 100% of female active duty Sailors, E-1 to O-6 (with more than 6 months of service), and a quarter of randomly selected active duty males. If invited, Sailors are encouraged to participate in the survey. Sailors who have not received an invitation, but think they should, may contact the RAND Corporation by calling the survey help desk at 1-855-365-5914 (OCONUS call collect 240-453-2620). Once your identity is verified, you will be emailed the survey information and passcode. You can also email the help desk at email@example.com, stating you have not received the survey, including your telephone number and the best time to call you. The help desk will call to verify your information and make the necessary arrangements for your participation in the survey.
2. Results from this study will help senior leadership evaluate current military workplace relations, professionalism and personal safety to determine future policies, programs and training.
3. The survey is voluntary and confidential. No one in DOD will see any individual Sailor responses.
The survey opened on Aug. 14 and is projected to close Sept. 24.
Navy and Marine Corps take home half of the Department of Defense's 2013 Fire and Emergency Services Awards
by the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Safety
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Navy and Marine Corps firefighters and fire and emergency services departments won six of the twelve Department of Defense Fire and Emergency Services of the Year Awards for 2013. The Department of Defense's Annual Fire and Emergency Services Awards are presented by the Secretary of Defense to Department of Defense firefighters and fire and emergency services departments that go above and beyond the call of duty.
From fighting fires, to delivering babies, to raising fire safety awareness, to responding to emergencies, these individuals and teams demonstrated an exceptional commitment to the safety of Department of the Navy personnel and resources.
The 2013 Navy and Marine Corps winners are as follows:
* The Award for Heroism is presented to Naval District Washington Fire and Emergency Services, under the leadership of Chief Charles Miedzinkski.
* The Civilian Firefighter of the Year Award is presented to Firefighter David Lewis from Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.
* The Civilian Fire Officer of the Year Award is presented to Chief Peter Sorensen, the Commander of Navy Region Japan Fire and Emergency Services.
* The Fire Prevention Program of the Year Award is presented to Navy Region Southwest, under the leadership of Chief Ernst Piercy and Chief Frank Montone.
* The Medium Fire Department of the Year Award is presented to Naval Station Rota, Spain, under the leadership of Chief Cort Jamison and Chief William Shanholtzer.
* The Large Fire Department of the Year Award is presented to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, under the leadership of Chief Thomas C. Thompson.
For additional information contact: The Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Safety at DASNSafety@navy.mil.
TTGP conducts change of command ceremony
by MC2 Jesse L. Gonzalez, Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet Public Affairs
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Tactical Training Group Pacific (TTGP) held a change of command and retirement ceremony at Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet headquarters Sept. 11.
Capt. John Nolan assumed command from Capt. John Miley, who retired from 29 years of honorable service.
"John Miley is a very humble guy as most of the best officers tend to be," said Rear Adm. Joseph W. Kuzmick, Commander, Carrier Strike Group Fifteen. "The key point is some of the synthetic work they do here. This is the only environment we can do the kind of training we need to do for the very highest end of warfare."
During his farewell address, Miley expressed his excitement in being able to turn over TTGP to his executive officer and a fellow U.S. Naval Academy graduate from the class of 1985.
"It's been a true honor serving with you, calling you friend and I couldn't think of a better naval officer to turn this command over to," said Capt. John Miley. "In the current and expected fiscal environment the Navy's reliance on synthetic training will only continue to expand. Tactical Training Group Pacific will continue to play a leading role in new synthetic training initiatives and in training strike groups in preparation for deployment well into the future."
Miley is a native of San Francisco and received his commission upon graduation from the United States Naval Academy. He was designated a Naval Aviator in 1986. Highlights from Miley's career include commander of Amphibious Squadron 1 and an extended overseas deployment as Commander, Tarawa Expeditionary Strike Group. He also commanded HC-8, the Navy's last east coast operational H-46 squadron and Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 3 (HSC-3), the Navy's west coast MH-60S Fleet Replacement Squadron.
Miley began his current command tour in March 2012 as commanding officer of TTGP and Nolan served as the executive officer of TTGP before taking command.
"It has been an honor to be the Tactical Training Group Pacific executive officer for the past two and a half years for skipper Miley and even a greater honor to fleet up and replace him as commanding officer," said Capt. John Nolan.
Nolan's sea tours included USS William H. Standley (CG 32), USS Leftwich (DD 984) and USS Oldendorf (DD 972). During these tours, he participated in Operations Earnest Will, Desert Storm, Southern Watch and Desert Fox.
He also commanded USS Elliot (DD 967) during which Elliot earned the 2003 Battle Efficiency Award, James F. Chezek Memorial Gunnery Award for gunnery excellence and the Commander, Naval Surface Forces Pacific Golden Anchor Award for retention and assumed command of USS Fletcher (DD 992) in Perth, Australia in December 2003 as part of a sea-swap.
In addition Nolan served as the surface operations officer for Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group 1 embarked on USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), Operations Officer of the Ronald Reagan Strike Group on the Commander, Carrier Strike Group 7 staff and commanding officer of USS Chancellorsville (CG 62).
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Seabees show the flag for local schoolchildren
by MCC Lowell Whitman, NCG 1 Public Affairs
CAMARILLO, Calif. (NNS) -- Seabees from Naval Construction Group (NCG) 1 joined Ventura County first responders and fellow service members to recognize Patriot Day with students of the University Preparation School, Sept. 11.
Patriot Day, also known as the National Day of Service and Remembrance, is observed annually on Sept. 11th as a day to remember those lost in the terrorist attacks of 2001. The ceremony marked the school's 13th observance.
Airmen from the Air National Guard Band at Point Mugu performed as students gathered around the schools flagpole. Service members and first responders, past and present, were invited in front of the audience. Charmon Evans, director at the school, welcomed them to applause from students, parents, and faculty in attendance.
The NCG 1 color guard marched the colors to the flag pole and color guard member, Steelworker 2nd Class Troy Franklin, from Cathedral City, Calif., ceremoniously unfurled the national ensign as attendees observed a moment of silence. As the flag was raised, Builder 2nd Class Marie Tauai, from Apia, Samoa, sang a duet of the national anthem with her brother Moses Failautusi. The poem, "My Name Is Old Glory" was read as the flag was set at half mast.
The event's guest speaker, Lt. Col. Constance Poulsen, assigned to the Air National Guard's 146th Airlift Wing, took to the podium to deliver her remarks.
"The attacks of 9/11 showed us the worst in people. But it was also a time when many wonderful, compassionate and heroic deeds happened," said Poulsen. "We do not forget the innocent people who lost their lives that day. Each person was a friend, a family member, a coworker. Every person is missed."
Poulsen spoke about her experiences working as a navigator on C-130 aircraft supporting Operation Noble Eagle, the initial support response that began 3 days after the 9/11 attacks. In conclusion, she offered a challenge to the students.
"The American military, police officers, firefighters, teachers and parents have your back. Now it's your turn," said Poulsen. "Stand up when you see someone in trouble, being bullied, or being left out. No one should be singled out for unfair treatment or unkind words. Make today the day you become a hero in someone's life."
Roberta Bramson, a member of the organizing committee, spoke about the importance of having the Seabees and other service members in attendance.
"I think it's outstanding that they would give their time for this," said Bramson. "I hope that [service members] will be able to explain to the children and give them the vision of who they are not just in war and times of need, but in everyday life."
Nominations sought for CNO Environmental Awards
From Chief of Naval Operations Energy and Environmental Readiness Division Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Rear Adm. Kevin Slates, director of Navy's Energy and Environmental Readiness Division (OPNAV N45), issued a formal call for nominations to Echelon II commands Sept. 10 to solicit nominations for the fiscal year (FY) 2014 Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Environmental Awards competition.
Each year the CNO honors Navy ships, installations, teams, and individuals for outstanding work in Navy environmental programs. Awards categories alternate annually based on a two-year cycle (between odd and even fiscal years). The achievement period for the FY 2014 competition is Oct. 1, 2012 through Sept. 30, 2014.
Award nominations must be sent via command channels/Echelon II commands to OPNAV N45. The deadline to submit nominations is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) Jan. 9, 2015.
Echelon II commands may submit nominations for each of the following 11 award categories:
* Natural Resources, Large Installation
* Environmental Quality, Industrial Installation
* Environmental Quality, Overseas Installation
* Sustainability, Non-industrial Installation
* Sustainability, Individual/Team
* Environmental Restoration, Installation
* Cultural Resources Management, Small Installation
* Cultural Resources Management, Individual/Team
* Environmental Excellence in Weapon System Acquisition, Small Program, Individual/Team
* Environmental Planning, Team
* Afloat (includes five competitive sub-categories)
Environmental experts from the government and private sector will evaluate nominations and determine winners at the CNO level of competition. CNO winners will advance to the Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Environmental Awards competition. Likewise, with the exception of winners in the Environmental Afloat and Environmental Planning categories-which are unique to the CNO and SECNAV levels of competition-eligible SECNAV winners will advance to the Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards competition.
For more information about the CNO Environmental Awards program and a list of past winners, visit http://greenfleet.dodlive.mil/environment/awards.
Ready now, anytime, anywhere
by Ens. Egdanis Torres-Dominicci, Commander, Navy Installations Command Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The month of September was proclaimed by President Barack Obama as the National Preparedness Month.
This culminates in a day of action Sept. 30, when we are all called to act. On this day of action we are challenged to prepare for six specific hazards: earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, and winter storms.
In support of this initiative Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) has launched an Emergency Preparedness campaign under the motto "Navy Ready."
"I want to see the National Day of Action, September 30th, become a Navy Day of Action where every member of the Navy is able to say 'YES' to the challenge, Are You Ready?" said Vice Adm. William French, commander, Navy Installations Command.
To be informed, Ready Navy is the "must go" link to Emergency Preparedness Resources. Navy Personnel and families are encouraged to visit www.ready.navy.mil to gain information, tools, and resources that enhance the Navy family to prepare, react, and recover when confronted with any emergency, with or without warning.
"Throughout the month of September, installation emergency managers will also be educating the community about emergency preparedness, and each day during the second week of National Preparedness Month, Ready Navy will highlight resources to meet a variety of emergency preparedness needs through Facebook and Twitter," said Jeff Sanford, CNIC emergency management specialist.
Navy personnel can take advantage of presentations, information fairs, and displays that may be present at installations taking place throughout the month. The schedule of resources and events are as follows:
Week 1: (Sept. 1-7): Plan How to Reconnect and Reunite with Family Following a Disaster. Emphasis will be placed on making a family emergency communication plan.
Week 2: (Sept. 8-14): Be Informed. Know Your Resources. Emphasis will be placed on making individuals aware of the resources that most closely align with individual planning needs.
Week 3: (Sept. 15-21): How to Build a Kit and Have What you Need. Emphasis will be placed on having the emergency supplies needed for individuals and families.
Week 4/5 (Sept. 22-30): How to be prepared Through Practice. Emphasis is focused on registering to participate in America's PrepareAthon by taking an action to practice preparedness, finding and participating in a posted readiness event, or sponsoring an event.
"Preparedness is the key to survival in any type of disaster," said Director of Operations for Navy Installations Command, Capt. Anthony Calandra. "Throughout the year personnel at our regions and installations participate in and/or conduct exercises like Citadel Gale, HURREX, Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield, and Citadel Rumble to put into practice the necessary actions when an incident occurs aboard an installation."
USS Green Bay prepping for forward deployment to Sasebo, Japan
SAN DIEGO Aug. 27, 2014 Sailors remove de-energized electrical cables from the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) after the ship underwent magnetic treatment at Naval Base Point Loma. The crew of Green Bay is in the basic phase of training in preparation for forward deployment to Sasebo, Japan, early next year. U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Elizabeth Merriam.