USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) hosts commemoration
SAN DIEGO (Dec. 6, 2013) Sailors assigned to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) salute the flag as it flies at half mast in remembrance of the attack on Pearl Harbor. (U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Christopher Lindahl
Navy to audit port services
From Secretary of the Navy Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus spelled out in a memorandum last week his expectations for the review and audit of procedures, administration, and performance of all husbanding and port services contracts.
The memorandum, dated Dec. 5, provides details and additional tasking to guidance Mabus originally directed in September, in light of investigations by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) and audits by the Naval Audit Service of husbanding and port service contracts.
"Back in September, I directed a complete review of our husbanding and port services contracts following the investigation into contracting procedures in the Pacific Fleet. This tasking memo reiterates the urgency of that review and provides additional tasking," said Mabus.
Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition) (ASN (RD&A) Sean Stackley will review the acquisition strategies for husbanding and similar service contracts worldwide. Additionally, the Auditor General of the Navy (AUDGEN) will audit husbanding and port services contracts to identify ways to improve internal controls for the delivery of goods and services, contract administration, and eventual payment to contractors.
"This review will ensure we have the proper procedures and policies in place to ensure we live up to our responsibility to the American taxpayer," said Mabus. "This is a responsibility I take seriously, and we will take the necessary steps to ensure we do not violate their trust."
ASN (RD&A)'s final report, including recommendations, will be due Jan. 31, 2014. The AUDGEN's report will be due no later than June 2, 2014.
Pharmacy now open at CPen's replacement hospital
The pharmacy at the replacement Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton opened at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8 for full services. It has a spacious waiting area, new equipment and upgraded technology to ensure continued patient safety and improve efficiency. The old hospital pharmacy is now closed. Eligible beneficiaries can also get new and refill prescriptions at one of NHCP’s satellite pharmacies located at the 13, 21, 31, and 52 Area Branch Health Clinics or at the Family Medicine Oceanside Clinic. For more information, please call the pharmacy at 760-725-1489.
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Remembering Pearl Harbor...
SAN DIEGO (Dec. 6, 2013) Retired Capt. Jack Evans, a survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor, salutes the side boys of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) at a commemoration of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Evans, who was a seaman second class, assigned to battleship USS Tennessee (BB 43) at the time of the attack, was the guest of honor for the event. U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Christopher Lindahl
Command change at NMCSD
SAN DIEGO (Dec. 4, 2013) Commander of Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) and Navy Medicine West (NMW) Rear Adm. Bruce L. Gillingham salutes the sideboys during a change of command ceremony at NMCSD. Gillingham relieved Rear Adm. C. Forrest Faison III during the ceremony. U.S. Navy photo by MCSN Justin W. Galvin
USS New York changes homeport to Naval Station Mayport
by MC1 Michael Wiss, Navy Public Affairs Support Element East, Detachment Southeast
MAYPORT, Fla (NNS) -- The Mayport community welcomed over 350 new neighbors to Northeast Florida when the USS New York (LPD 21) changed homeport from Naval Station Norfolk to Naval Station Mayport Dec. 6.
USS New York is one of three ships that make up Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG)the Navy is moving from Norfolk, Va., to Mayport, Fla. The other two ships - USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) and USS Fort McHenry (LSD-45) - are slated to arrive as early as 2014. The three ships will bulk up the Navy's fleet at Mayport, as the station's frigates are retiring. The USS Underwood and the USS Klakring were decommissioned in March. According to U.S. Rep. Alder Crenshaw, the move is a win-win situation for the Navy and the Mayport community.
"As Congress deals with very difficult budget decisions, this is promising news for national security and the First Coast," Crenshaw said in a statement. "This first phase of the amphibious ready group move to Mayport underscores the Navy's commitment to a strategic dispersal of assets - a strategy I have long advocated on Capitol Hill."
USS New York is not the first Navy ship to hold that state's name, but never before has the name had so much meaning. The amphibious transport dock was built with 7 1/2 tons of steel from the World Trade Center. The USS New York is not the only ship that will be named to commemorate the attacks, but it is the first. USS Somerset is under contract and the USS Arlington will follow. According to USS New York's Commanding Officer Capt. Jon C. Kreitz, although leaving Hampton Roads was difficult, maritime strategy is the main job for the new ship.
Carl Vinson conducts carrier qualifications
by MCSA James Bleyle, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs
USS CARL VINSON, At Sea (NNS) -- Aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) departed Naval Air Station North Island, Dec. 3, to provide carrier take-off and landing training for fleet replacement aviators and facilitate squadron carrier qualifications.
Naval aviators from CVW-9, assigned to the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), and Marine Corps aviators from Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron (VMFAT) 101, assigned to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., joined Carl Vinson for flight operations training over a short underway period.
"A by-product of CVW-9 and VMFAT-101 being here is that the crew of the Carl Vinson is receiving training as well," said Master Chief Avionics Technician (AW/SW) Mike Baker, CVW-9 maintenance master chief petty officer. "Any flight ops are good flight ops, so in helping us train, Carl Vinson Sailors are getting valuable experiences as well."
During carrier qualifications a pilot has time to develop and hone the demanding skills needed to take off and land fixed wing aircraft on an aircraft carrier.
"We haven't had prolonged flight operations in a long time and having aircraft launched and recovered is pretty important to get Carl Vinson ready for deployment," said Chief Air Traffic Controller (AW/SW) Eric Gravely, assigned to Operations Department's carrier air traffic control center.
Some Marine Corps squadrons are assigned to a carrier air wing. For aviators not in those squadrons, Marine Corps Capt. Cory Kuhn, a pilot with VMFAT-101, explained the purpose of carrier qualifications.
"Carriers provide Marine Corps pilots assigned to land-based commands with another option for landing safely in case the original airstrip becomes compromised in some way," said Kuhn. "But that option is only available if a pilot is trained how to land on one."
The pilots temporarily assigned to train with Carl Vinson have all had extensive training before coming aboard, said Baker.
"They were already naval aviators; we're just helping them qualify to make landings in their arrested aircraft, such as F/A-18 Super Hornets and E2C Hawkeyes," Baker said.Since Navy and Marine aviators use the same type of jet, Marine aircraft are already compatible with Carl Vinson's landing systems, said Gravely.
Gravely believes Carl Vinson benefits when conducting carrier qualifications with aircrew from different services and from different carrier air wings.
"We can all compare how Carl Vinson works as opposed to John C. Stennis and can apply some of their unique procedures here, and vice versa," said Gravely.
That double benefit during carrier qualifications isn't lost on the visiting crew.
"We are here to qualify pilots, but we are also helping to ensure that when the resident air wing comes on board, Carl Vinson's air crew will be ready," Baker said.
President issues Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day proclamation
From American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- President Barack Obama issued a proclamation declaring Dec. 7, 2013, as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
Here is the text of the president's proclamation:
More than seven decades ago, on a calm Sunday morning, our Nation was attacked without warning or provocation. The bombs that fell on the island of Oahu took almost 2,400 American lives, damaged our Pacific Fleet, challenged our resilience, and tested our resolve. On National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we honor the men and women who selflessly sacrificed for our country, and we show our enduring gratitude to all who fought to defend freedom against the forces of tyranny and oppression in the Second World War.
In remembrance of Pearl Harbor and to defend our Nation against future attacks, scores of young Americans enlisted in the United States military. In battle after battle, our troops fought with courage and honor. They took the Pacific theater island by island, and eventually swept through Europe, liberating nations as they progressed. Because of their extraordinary valor, America emerged from this test as we always do -- stronger than ever before.
We also celebrate those who served and sacrificed on the home front -- from families who grew Victory Gardens or donated to the war effort to women who joined the assembly line alongside workers of every background and realized their own power to build a brighter world. Together, our Greatest Generation overcame the Great Depression, and built the largest middle class and strongest economy in history.
Today, with solemn pride and reverence, let us remember those who fought and died at Pearl Harbor, acknowledge everyone who carried their legacy forward, and reaffirm our commitment to upholding the ideals for which they served.
The Congress, by Public Law 103-308, as amended, has designated December 7 of each year as "National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day."
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim December 7, 2013, as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. I encourage all Americans to observe this solemn day of remembrance and to honor our military, past and present, with appropriate ceremonies and activities. I urge all Federal agencies and interested organizations, groups, and individuals to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff this December 7 in honor of those American patriots who died as a result of their service at Pearl Harbor.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifth day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.
Former San Diego ship USS Constellation to be scrapped
The Navy will soon turn over the Constellation, former pride of the San Diego fleet, to a company that will dismantle the aircraft carrier.
After approximatedly 42 years of service, shortly after the "Connie" participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom, the ship was decommissioned and transferred to the inactive-ship maintenance facility in Bremerton, Wa. in 2003.
Over the course of her service nearly 160,000 men and women served aboard the 1,062-foot-long Connie, nicknamed “America’s flagship” by President Ronald Reagan.
NEX locations now offer free wi-fi
by Kristine M. Sturkie, Navy Exchange Service Command Public Affairs
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- The Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) announced Dec. 6 that customers can now stay connected and even check their email when shopping the NEX thanks to free Wi-Fi services being provided at more than 50 selling locations worldwide.
"The landscape of retail is changing and more customers are using their smartphones to shop, find product information and even product reviews," said Richard Dow, NEXCOM senior vice president, Store Operations. "Offering free Wi-Fi is another customer service we provide as part of the NEX shopping experience."
One of the locations that features free Wi-Fi is NEX Norfolk, Va. According to the NEX General Manager, Tom Jacobsen, free Wi-Fi is a service the NEX is happy to provide its customers. "Whether our customers use our Wi-Fi for price comparison, shopping the NEX web store or simply browsing the Internet, it is a service they deserve," said Jacobsen. "Providing free Wi-Fi is another example of the NEX putting our Sailors first and our commitment to enhancing the time they spend in the store."
NEX locations offering the service will have "Wi-Fi On Board" signing prominently displayed.
Active Duty E7 exam date change
From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Personnel officials announced today in NAVADMIN 308/13 that the Cycle 222 Active Duty E7 exam date has been changed from Jan. 16 to Jan. 14.
The change is to avoid disruption of the testing process due to a potential lapse in government funding.
Personnel Support Detachments staffed by civilians and contractors could be forced to reduce services without funding, making exam administration unfeasible.
Roughly 35,000 first class petty officers are scheduled to take the exam, changing the date will ensure the process is fair and orderly for all involved.
For information on exam guidance and requirements, read NAVADMIN 288/13 at www.npc.navy.mil.