USS Dewey (DDG 105) wash down
RED SEA Nov. 10, 2014--Sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105) sweep water into drains during a fresh water wash down. Dewey is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, maritime security operations, and theater security cooperation efforts in the region. U.S. Navy photo by MC3 James Vazquez.
CNRSW celebrates national Native American Heritage Month
by MC2 Chelsea Kennedy, Commander, Navy Region Southwest, Public Affairs
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Commander, Navy Region Southwest (CNRSW) held a cultural event to celebrate National Native American Heritage, Nov. 13.
Able Silvas, a ninth-generation Native American/Latino from San Diego, served as guest speaker for the event held in the command's conference room.
"Howka, howka is how we say hello here in San Diego in our Kumeyaay language," said Silvas.
Silvas took time to answer specific questions participants had about Native American culture.
"People don't really talk about the history of Native Americans in the military, they generalize it," said Silvas. "I was intrigued by some of the questions that were asked today because of military actions and the discipline of the military."
Silvas talked to Sailors and civilians about his heritage, the vibrant history of Native Americans in the San Diego region and their ties to the military.
"My family's service goes back to the battle of San Pasqual," said Silvas. "My grandfather's, grandfather fought in that battle. My brother served during Vietnam, and I have many nieces and nephews who have been in Afghanistan."
Silvas has championed the history and culture of his people. He is active in the Native American community and was appointed to the Tribal Council of the Juaneño Band of Mission Indians. He was also appointed to the Mayor's American Indian Advisory Committee for the city of San Diego and is committed to historical research.
"I think you're never too old to learn something, anybody can learn at any age," said Francesca Malone, a member of the command diversity team and civilian employee at CNRSW. "There are things that I have learned since I've been a part of the diversity team that I never knew before. Every year we do the same diversity events, but I always learn something new and we achieve that by bringing different people to the command."
National Native American Heritage month is celebrated in November and this year's theme is "Native Pride and Spirit: Yesterday, Today and Forever," to honor the rich history of Native Americans.
"You open people's eyes to things that they never thought about with celebrations like this," said Malone. "You look at a person and you don't know anything about their background. It's nice to know that you're not just a number, you're a person that has a background and everybody has one so learning as much about other people as you can, I think is a benefit to everybody."
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by MC2(SW/AW) Leonard Adams, Defense Media Activity, Fort Meade
ARLINGTON, Va (NNS) -- Department of the Navy (DON) leadership recognized Sailors, Marines, Civilians and their families that participated in the 6th annual "Feds Feed Families" (FFF) campaign during a ceremony held at the Pentagon Memorial Chapel, Nov. 14th.
The Navy and Marine Corps collected over 1.5 million pounds of food Jun. 1 through Aug. 27, to help combat hunger in local communities across the country and around the world.
Participation went beyond the national boundaries and extended to the far reaches of deployed Marines and Sailors around the globe.
"There is no way to say thank you enough, to the many hard working men and women who have made the 2014 Feds Feed Families Campaign a success," said Cmdr. Phillip King, commander Naval Installations Command, Chaplin Corps, during his fleet acceptance remarks. "But our gratitude can be expressed by being willing to join with them in the days ahead pledging a renewed effort through these holidays and again with the campaign in 2015."
The FFF campaign is a yearly drive, led by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which allows federal employees to donate perishable and non-perishable food items for area food banks. Last year the overall federal campaign brought in 9 million pounds of food in which the Navy contributed 1.2 million of the 1.8 million pounds from the Department of Defense.
"This year's goal was to create interaction and understanding of how the program benefits the community," said Thea Lopez, DON Feds Feed Families operations officer. "With the leadership and support of the Marine Corps Installations Command and Commander Navy Installations Command Chaplains, every Marine and Sailor has the resources, points of contact, and motivated support to make the most of their volunteerism."
This year, the Navy and Marine Corps contributed over 1.5 million pounds of food making the total DON contributions over 5 million pounds to date.
Operation Keen Sword photo ex
PHILIPPINE SEA Nov. 12, 2014--The guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97), left, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force tank landing ship JDS Shimokita (LST 4002), the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42), and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter destroyer JDS Ise (DDH 182) participate in a photo exercise for Keen Sword. Exercise Keen Sword is a bilateral training exercise held biennially since 1986 to increase the interoperability of U.S. Forces and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. Germantown is part of the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group and is conducting joint forces exercises in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by MCSN Patrick Dionne
Sailors receive San Diego County Sheriff's highest award
by MC3 Emiline L. M. Senn, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Two Sailors from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 3 received Meritorious Service Awards from the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, at the Bob Hope Theater on Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Nov. 13.
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 1st Class Jeremy D. Owen and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 2nd Class Alfred R. Quinlan were awarded the San Diego County Sheriff's Department highest award for saving a life while endangering their own safety in aiding deputy Michael Alcarion, a motorcyclist who was severely injured in a motor vehicle collision.
"Without their selfless and quick thinking actions, Deputy Alcarion might have succumbed to his injuries," said Don Fowler, police Cmdr. of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. "It is with sincere gratitude that we recognize Jeremy Owen and Alfred Quinlan with the Sheriff's Meritorious Service Award."
Quinlan was riding his motorcycle to work on Oct. 7, when traffic was slowing down due to an accident in the left lanes of the freeway. When he arrived closer to the scene, he noticed that a motorcycle rider was injured on the freeway with no one assisting him.
"My first thoughts were, 'why isn't anybody helping this guy?'" said Quinlan. "People had already stopped, just watching him bleed on the highway."
Quinlan tried to assess the victim by talking to him and asking questions to keep him conscious. Owen arrived at the scene to offer his help.
"I was riding down highway 94 when I noticed Quinlan and pulled over," said Owen. "I saw that he was okay and helping someone who was hurt."
While the Sailors were stabilizing and monitoring the victim, Quinlan discovered that he was a San Diego County Sheriff's Deputy. The emergency medical technicians arrived on the scene and transported the deputy to a nearby hospital to further treat his injuries.
"I'm just glad I was there and that Jeremy showed up to help too," said Quinlan. "It was good that the deputy could get help before the ambulance got there."
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USS Mobile Bay honors fallen shipmate on Veterans Day
From USS Mobile Bay, Public Affairs
PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- The crew of the guided missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) paid tribute to one of their own on Veterans Day this year, conducting a burial at sea for Master Chief Fire Controlman Mark Dinyar, Nov 11.
Dinyar served on board Mobile Bay from September 2007 until his unexpected passing on April 19, 2014; just six months shy of his scheduled retirement following 30 years of service.
"Burials-at-sea are important because it allows us to respect both the life and the service of our fellow veterans," said Lt. Steve Brown, Mobile Bay's command chaplain. "This burial at sea was an honor to be a part of but also very difficult because this one was for someone we once called our shipmate, mentor, brother and friend; there was no more appropriate day to honor him than Veterans Day."
Many burials at sea are performed for retired veterans who likely did not know the current crew of the ship. Burials at sea are a long standing tradition dating to when the Navy did not have the means for a proper burial so bodies and remains were buried at sea.
Nowadays, the ceremony is a sacred honor requested by the military member, their family, or dependents. This tradition demonstrates honor and commitment to service and their country beyond a military member's life.
Dinyar spent the majority of his career at sea, serving on five different ships, enduring countless underways and deployments, earning the Meritorious Service Medal, five Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, nine Good Conduct Medals, and various campaign and unit awards.
It was his request that his remains be scattered upon the very sea that he spent over half his life honorably and courageously protecting.
"Master Chief Dinyar was a mentor to everyone on board Mobile Bay, including me," said Capt. Timothy Kott, Mobile Bay's commanding officer. "We all miss him very much. It was an honor for our ship to pay respects to him and his family by having his burial at sea on Veterans Day."
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MAYPORT, Fla. (NNS) -- To begin the ship's final deployment, USS Simpson (FFG 56) departed her homeport Nov. 14, for regularly scheduled theater security missions in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.
Commanded by Cmdr. Ken Anderson, the crew concluded a highly-successful maintenance availability and intense training exercises, and was outfitted with four Fire Scout (MQ-8B) vertical takeoff and landing tactical unmanned aerial vehicles prior to departure.
Simpson returned from her last 6th Fleet deployment just eight months ago and recently got underway with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Readiness Group and 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit completing a unit exercise designed to prepare the ship for a wide-range of warfighting missions.
As one of the few remaining Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates, Simpson excels as a multiwarfare platform and stands ready to answer any and all tasking in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.
Simpson was commissioned Sept. 21, 1985, and named for Rear Adm. Rodger Whitten Simpson, who commanded USS Mahan (DD-364) and Destroyer Division 15 during World War II. During his years of combat duty in the Pacific, Simpson was awarded the Navy Cross, Silver Star and Legion of Merit for rescuing and evacuating more than 7,500 Allied prisoners of war and civilians interned in Japanese concentration camps.
E-4 - E-6 advancement results release schedule
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WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The approved quotas for the fall active duty and full time support (FTS) Petty Officer advancements will be posted on Navy's All Hands Magazine at www.ah.mil, Nov. 19.
Results for command triad only are scheduled to be posted to commands' BUPERS Online (BOL) account, Nov. 24, at 9 a.m. EST providing commanding officers the opportunity to notify Sailors of the results 24 hours prior to public release.
Individual results are expected to be released via BOL and the full list of those advanced posted on All Hands Magazine, Nov. 25 at 9 a.m.
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ARABIAN GULF (Nov. 11, 2014) Sailors work out during the 1,000 Club Challenge in the hangar bay of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, maritime security operations, and theater security cooperation efforts in the region. U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Scott Fenaroli
USS Ingraham decommissioned after 25 years of service
by MC2 Jeffry Willadsen, Navy Public Affairs Support Element Detachment Northwest
EVERETT, Wash. (NNS) -- Sailors and guests bade farewell to Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Ingraham (FFG 61) as the ship concluded 25 years of naval service during a decommissioning ceremony on Naval Station Everett (NSE), Washington, Nov. 12.
Former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates joined the crew in honoring Ingraham and her many years of service by acting as the guest speaker at the ceremony.
Several former crew members, plankowners, friends and family also attended.
Ingraham's last commanding officer, Cmdr. Daniel Straub kicked off the ceremony and put into context the ship's place in the history of the Navy during her time in service.
"During 25 years of service to the nation, Ingraham has answered America's call; Ingraham has always been ready, willing and able to fulfill mission requirements," said Straub.
The decommissioning ceremony, a time-honored naval tradition, retires a ship from service through a variety of ceremonial observances, including the department heads' final reports, lowering of the ship's commissioning pennant and Sailors walking off the ship while a bugler plays "Taps." The ceremony is meant to pay respect to the ship and the Sailors who have served in her over decades of honorable service.
According to Gates, the ship has seen a long and storied career, and deserves to be honored for the part she played in history. However, Ingraham's Sailors, along with all service members, also deserve to be honored for their great courage and sacrifice, he said.
"I think its important that people understand the sacrifices involved, not just by the men and women in uniform, but by their families," said Gates. "We owe a huge debt of gratitude, all of us."
Ingraham was assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9. In October, the ship returned from her last deployment to the 4th Fleet in support of Operation Martillo. During this deployment, Ingraham disrupted or intercepted 11,937 kilograms of cocaine valued at more than $560 million.
"Ingraham, as a crew, has proven time and again that they care about their ship and each other," said Straub. "They are the ones who forged all of Ingraham's successes.
"All the incredible men and women who have served their country on this great warship have earned my deepest gratitude, and the gratitude of this nation," he said.
For Gates, the ceremony was a new experience, as it was the first decommissioning he has ever attended. He said he has seen many commissioning ceremonies in his day, and a decommissioning brings forth a whole different set of emotions.
"It's kind of sad, actually," said Gates. "The last time I was at a commissioning, seeing the the Sailors run on board and man the ship, it's sort of the start of the whole long service for a ship. To see everybody come off is kind of sad."
USS Ingraham was commissioned Aug. 5, 1989, at Naval Station Long Beach, California, as the last Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate. She was the fourth ship named for Captain Duncan Nathaniel Ingraham.
"[Ingraham] has been in service for so long, and seen so many things; it's got so much history, it's huge," said Information Systems Technician 2nd Class (SW/IDW) Steven Harte, an Ingraham crew member. "It's done a great job, it deserves a retirement."
Ingraham is scheduled to be transferred for dismantlement Jan. 30.
Sailors receive deployment pay in mid-December
From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Eligible Sailors will begin receiving Hardship Duty Pay - Tempo (HDP-T) in their December midmonth paycheck Navy officials announced Nov. 10.
The Department of the Navy HDP-T proposal, authorized by the secretary of the Navy earlier this summer, was approved by the Department of Defense, Sept. 17. It authorizes the pay for Sailors and Marines, active duty and reserve, deployed beyond 220 consecutive days as of Sept. 17.
Sailors and Marines will receive HDP-T on a prorated daily basis of $16.50, not to exceed a monthly rate of $495, when they are operationally deployed beyond 220 consecutive days.
USS Bataan Amphibious Ready Group and USS George H. W. Bush Strike Group were among the first units eligible to receive HDP-T. Bataan returned to Norfolk, Virginia, Oct. 31, while Bush is scheduled to return home in November.
Sailors and Marines on those platforms accrued the pay since September and will see the full amount earned in their midmonth December paycheck.
Sailors and Marines will receive the pay on a monthly basis. Reservists serving in individual augmentee assignments that meet the 220-day threshold will receive their pay upon completion of their mobilization.
The DoD has authorized HDP-T for two years. Military pay systems are being updated to handle payment of HDP-T with implementation by Dec. 1, allowing time for eligible service members to see the pay in their midmonth paycheck.
5 things you need to know about
flat rate per diem
From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- To provide an incentive to Sailors and civilians on long-term temporary duty assignment (TDY) to seek out extended-stay lodgings, the Joint Travel Regulations (JTR) was changed Nov. 1.
The change to a flat rate will help the Department of Defense (DoD) save more than $22 million a year and is in keeping with what many federal agencies already outline for reduced travel rates for longer stays.
Here are five things you need to know about flat rate per diem:
1. Long-term TDY is any temporary duty longer than 30 days. Travel from 31 to 180 days will receive a flat-rate per diem of 75 percent. For travel greater than 180 days, the flat-rate per diem will be at 55 percent. Flat rate will apply to all three parts of the per diem - lodging, meals and incidentals.
2. When staying in government lodging, a traveler will be reimbursed for actual lodging costs. The flat rate per diem does not apply when government lodging or contracted government lodging is available and directed, when contracted government lodging is provided at no cost, or if a traveler chooses to stay in government quarters.
3. Currently the Defense Travel System (DTS) does not automatically calculate the reduced per diem based on the length of the TDY. Travelers should follow their component guidelines for how to handle TDY in DTS.
4. Travelers may consider furnished apartments or similar types of lodging, which are typically cheaper than the standard room rate at commercial hotels. This policy change also simplifies travel expense management as you will not be required to submit lodging receipts or itemize utilities and furniture rental when renting a home, if receiving the flat rate per diem.
5. You still have options if you are unable to find extended-stay lodging within a reasonable distance of the duty location, or if additional costs arise. You may work with your approving official to do actual-expense authorizations, which may go above the flat-rate per diem to 100 percent, if needed. At no time should travelers end up paying out-of-pocket for authorized TDY expenses.
For further information visit www.defensetravel.dod.mil.