'Recruit Reboot' war game includes Fleet Sailors in recruit training process
Recruit Reboot is an opportunity for Sailors in the fleet to impact how their future shipmates are trained.
Registration will remain open at https://mmowgli.nps.edu/
recruitreboot/ until May 13. "We are listening," said Rear Adm. Stephen C. Evans, commander, Naval Service Training Command. "And good ideas go a long way to help us train better."... read more
2016 Military Child of the Year Awards presented
Vice Adm. David C. Johnson, principal military deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development, and acquisition, along with other senior military leadership, named the 2016 Military Child of the Year award recipients during an awards gala in Washington, D.C. April 14. ...... read more
Navy expands tattoo options, command ball cap wear
This policy update is being made in response to the increased popularity of tattoos for those currently serving and in the population from which the Navy draws its recruits. It is also meant to ensure the Navy does not miss opportunities to bring in talented young men and women who are willing to serve......... read more
Military couple assignment policy: 5 things to know
The Navy realizes how important families are, and when they're not whole it can add stress to a Sailor's life. Collocation of dual-military couples is part of supporting families. It is a priority, along with balancing fleet readiness. The revised policy updates the collocation and distribution procedures and makes orders negotiation less cumbersome........ read more
Local ships depart on Pacific Surface Action Group deployment 4/18/2016
U.S. 3rd Fleet Public Affairs
Guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen (DDG 92) departed her homeport of Naval Station Everett for a scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific, April 15.
Momsen joined guided-missile destroyers USS Spruance (DDG 111) and USS Decatur (DDG 73), and the embarked "Devil Fish" and "Warbirds" detachments of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 49 upon their departure from Naval Base San Diego, April 19. They will all deploy as part of Pacific Surface Action Group (PAC SAG) under Destroyer Squadron 31 (CDS-31).
U.S. 3rd Fleet ships, aircraft, and submarines regularly operate throughout the Western Pacific and this PAC SAG will operate under 3rd Fleet control during deployment. U.S. 3rd Fleet operating forward offers additional options to the Pacific Fleet commander by leveraging the capabilities of the world's two most powerful numbered fleets. This operational concept allows 3rd and 7th Fleet forces to complement one another and provide the foundation of stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
The PAC SAG will conduct maritime security operations and theater security efforts to enhance regional security and stability and is expected to also participate in the Oceania Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI). OMSI is a secretary of defense program utilizing Department of Defense assets transiting the region to increase the Coast Guard's maritime domain awareness, ultimately supporting its maritime law enforcement operations in Oceania.
U.S. 3rd Fleet leads naval forces in the Pacific and provides the realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy.
San Diego to be homeport for two new DDG class ships
SAN DIEGO - The Navy announced today the future guided-missile destroyers USS John Finn (DDG 113) and USS RAFAEL PERALTA - DDG 115 are scheduled to be homeported at Naval Base San Diego following their respective commissionings.
Rafael Peralta is expected to arrive in San Diego in fall of 2016 and John Finn will follow in early 2017.
Rafael Peralta is being built by Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine and John Finn is being built by Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Both ships are Arleigh Burke-class destroyers.
The U.S. Navy continually monitors force readiness and ability to provide the most robust, capable maritime force possible. Stationing destroyers in a West Coast port supports the rebalance to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, placing our most advanced capabilities and greater capacity in that vital theater. By 2020, approximately 60 percent of Navy ships and aircraft will be based in the region.
Guided-missile destroyers are multi-mission surface combatants capable of conducting Anti-Air Warfare (AAW), Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), and Anti-Surface Warfare (ASUW). The destroyer's armament has greatly expanded the role of the ship in strike warfare utilizing the MK-41 Vertical Launch System (VLS).
For more news from Commander, Naval Surface Force, visit: www.public.navy.mil/surfor or follow the Surface Force at www.facebook.com/SurfaceWarriors and on Twitter @surfacewarriors
San Diego military news Branch Health Clinic Miramar unveils MRI suite
SAN DIEGO - Local military leaders unveiedl a new MRI suite at the MCAS Miramar Branch Health Clinic last week.
The $2.3 million MRI will directly support the more than 12,000 patients enrolled at the Miramar clinic. The machine provides full diagnostic capabilities for musculoskeletal imaging of the shoulder, knees, and other major joints.
"We are ecstatic to house the first MRI machine outside of the main medical center. This gives us the opportunity to provide the highest quality diagnostic imaging to our providers and for our beneficiaries in the North County region, especially to our war fighters here on MCAS Miramar," said Cmdr. Darryl Sol, Branch Health Clinic Miramar Department Head. "We are committed to providing the most accurate, safe and convenient care to our patients."
Rear Admiral Bruce Gillingham, Navy Medicine West Commander, Capt. Jose Acosta, Naval Medical Center San Diego Commanding Officer, and Col. Jason Woodworth, MCAS Miramar Commanding Officer, joined the Miramar healthcare team in the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Theodore Roosevelt Sailors volunteer around San Diego 4/15/2016
by MC2 Danica M. Sirmans, USS Theodore Roosevelt Public Affairs
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Sailors aboard aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) hosted a joint community service outing to Chollas Lake Park and Balboa Park in San Diego, April 14.
More than 1,000 Sailors volunteered for the dual-site event.
Sailors painted the Cabrillo Bridge at Balboa Park and cleaned rubbish, conducted trail maintenance, brush removal, and erosion clean-up at Chollas Lake Park.
Lt. Jessie Pamaran, one of Theodore Roosevelt's assistant air operations officers, volunteered for the event.
"I think it's important that we're helping with the beautification of San Diego," said Pamaran. "It's a beautiful city to begin with. I know we have 500 people here at Balboa Park and 500 Sailors at Chollas Lake [Park]. We started early this morning and we'll round out to having about 7,000 man hours of total labor in the San Diego community when we finish up today. It's rewarding to know we're making that kind of impact."
Theodore Roosevelt's Command Religious Ministries Department facilitated the event. Chief Religious Programs Specialist Alan Brandt said CRMD was grateful to garner so much support.
"We serve every day but this service project provides another way to make an impact in a tangible way," said Brandt. "Every time our Sailors visit these parks, they'll know they contributed to making their communities great."
Personnel Specialist 2nd Class Matthew Martinez said he saw the event as the perfect opportunity to make a first impression on the San Diego community. Theodore Roosevelt recently homeport shifted from Norfolk to San Diego following an around-the-world deployment.
"We're new to San Diego," Martinez said. "I just think it's a good time to let the community know that we're here for them and that we're happy to be here. It goes beyond making an impact on the community. I come to Balboa all of the time and I look forward to coming again knowing that my shipmates and I painted this wall and helped maintain the grounds."
Pamaran was grateful to the facilitators and the command for encouraging so much involvement for what he said was a great cause.
"These are beautiful parks," said Pamaran. "We just wanted to give back. I think people should visit these parks as much as they can. They're just a couple of things that make San Diego such a beautiful place to live."
ANSO to host Western Region Symposium 3/31/2016
Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Association of Naval Services Officers (ANSO) will host the 2016 Western Region Symposium, May 19, at the Admiral Kidd Catering and Conference Center in San Diego.
This year's symposium theme is "Mentoring and Career Management to Grow Our Future Leaders."
ANSO's mission is to assist the Sea Services Chiefs' efforts in Hispanic workforce recruitment and retention by fostering the personal growth and professional development of officers, enlisted and civilians.
The mission also includes providing mentoring, networking, training and educational opportunities, and engaging the Hispanic community through outreach initiatives. ANSO is celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2016.
Navy-funded participation has been approved for the symposium. All Navy-funded registrations must be coordinated through the Navy Office of Outreach and Engagement (OPNAV N134), and will require participation in pre- and post-event surveys.
While all active duty Sailors are eligible, ideal candidates for the symposium include outstanding officers and enlisted personnel who are at a career decision point.
One travel request is permitted for each of the 30 type commands and system commands. Travel will be funded through individual commands, however, OPNAV N134 will provide the registrations. Service members must first seek approval from OPNAV N134 if they wish to travel. Commands outside of the 30 approved travelers shall not fund registrations and are not authorized to fund lodging, transportation, meals and incidental expenses.
Lunch will be provided on May 19 for those in attendance. Non-provided meals must be purchased by the attendee. The uniform will be service khaki for E-7 and above and service uniform for E-6 and below.
To register for the symposium contact Lt. Kalen Kropa at (703) 604-5075, or at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also contact Lt. Steve Jaworski at (703) 604-5072, or at email@example.com.
More information can be found at www.ansomil.org
National military news 16 US-based Navy College offices to close 4/15/2016
From Naval Education and Training Command Public Affairs
PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Education and Training Command announced 16 Navy College Offices (NCO) in the continental United States will close Oct. 1, as part of a restructuring effort to increase virtual and self-service options to Sailors.
"We are continuously looking to make changes and improvements that will enhance education opportunities to our Sailors," said Rear Adm. Mike White, commander, NETC. "Our young Sailors today are more technologically advanced and adaptive to change. Our goal is to provide them the access to tools and information when and where they need it."
The following NCOs will close Oct. 1: Bethesda, Maryland; New London, Connecticut; Little Creek, Virginia; Pensacola; Charleston, South Carolina; Gulfport, Mississippi; Kings Bay, Georgia; Ventura County, California; Coronado, California; Lemoore, California; Fallon, Nevada; Whidbey Island, Washington; Everett, Washington; Great Lakes; Millington, Tennessee; Corpus Christi, Texas.
To help with this transition, the Navy will keep four NCOs open for an additional year in the fleet concentration areas of Norfolk, San Diego, Jacksonville, Florida, and Kitsap, Washington. They will be open until Sept. 30, 2017.
There will be no effect on the 11 overseas NCOs in Atsugi, Japan; Guam; Misawa, Japan; Sasebo, Japan; Yokosuka, Japan; Bahrain; Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Rota, Spain; Sigonella, Sicily; Naples, Italy; and Pearl Harbor.
This new structure will make counseling and tuition assistance accessible for all Sailors in the continental U.S. through a combination of virtual services that they can access at times and places of their choosing that is most convenient to them.
Additionally, Navy regional advisors will be established at four Navy regions to support and advise installation commanding officers, and facilitate access for academic institutions to operate on base.
"We are committed to providing the right resources for our Sailors," said White. "This will not impact Tuition Assistance or impact any Sailor who wishes to advance their education."
For more information on the Naval Education and Training Command, visit http://www.netc.navy.mil.
For more news from Naval Education and Training Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/cnet/.
PACFLT enhances bilateral cooperation with Vietnam 4/15/2016
by MC2 Tamara Vaughn, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs
PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- U.S. Pacific Fleet senior military leaders hosted bilateral staff talks with officials from Vietnam to exchange ideas on a variety of technical and operational topics at PACFLT headquarters, April 12- 14.
The talks, the sixth between the PACFLT staff and their Vietnamese counterparts, focused on strengthening ties between the two nations by agreeing on bilateral and multilateral naval activities that deepen cooperation; exchanging knowledge and developing methodologies ranging from maritime domain awareness, maritime security, and submarine rescue; and learning lessons from past cooperative efforts.
Rear Adm. Patrick A. Piercey, PACFLT's director of maritime operations, met with Rear Adm. Do Minh Thai, deputy chief of staff of the Vietnam People's Navy to discuss planning and joint training concentrated on maximizing future opportunities, including expanding on the scope and complexity of bilateral engagements, and humanitarian and disaster response efforts that will allow countries to rapidly respond in the event of a crisis.
"The bilateral naval talks provided a great opportunity to build and strengthen our existing Navy and Marine Corps relationships with our counterparts from Vietnam," said Piercey. "Our forces are better prepared and more versatile because of our ability to better communicate with our partners and learn from each other and contribute to the norms, rules, standards, and laws that maintain stability in maritime Southeast Asia."
The three-day conference included a tour of the Pacific Aviation Museum and the Battleship Missouri Memorial, demonstrations at Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 3, a tour of a P-3C Orion from Patrol Squadron 47, and a visit to the Naval Submarine Training Center Pacific.
United Through Reading® Deploying? Service members invited to record stories for family at San Diego USO
United Through Reading® is a program helping ease the stress of separation for military families by having deploying or deployed service members read children’s books aloud via DVD for their family to watch at home. This powerful program is available to all military units. It provides service members a chance to make lasting connections from afar. The DVD recording and the book are mailed to the child and family back home.
Service members who are leaving for training can also take part in this program. Being a parent is not required; service members can send the DVD & book(s) to any special child in their life such as younger sister or brother, niece, nephew or godchild.
On the day of the recording, service members are encouraged to dress in the attire they will be wearing while deployed/training, but this is not required. The room is private, so any special message, or those fun reading voices, will only be heard by the recipient of the DVD recording. USO San Diego has books available, or service members can bring their own. Our volunteers will help set up the camera and then leave the room. The DVD can hold a 30 minute recording.
Please e-mail USO San Diego Staff Member Nichole Duarte at firstname.lastname@example.org to make your appointment. This program is offered at both USO San Diego centers.