Pendleton commemorates past leaders, names six new streets
by Sgt. Alvaro Aro
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON - Throughout the Marine Corps, countless memorials have been erected to honor service members who displayed exemplary acts of valor during difficult situations.
Names of leaders like Basilone and Vandegrift are embedded within Camp Pendleton’s geography and commemorate their historical contributions to the Marine Corps. In an effort to recognize and pay tribute to distinguished and heroic past Marines, six newly constructed streets in the San Luis Rey Family Housing area are being named after former Commandants of the Marine Corps.
Through the commemorative naming program, a unit can submit a request to the Commandant of the Marine Corps to name a specific facility or several streets aboard a Marine Corps installation.
The streets are named after former commandants Lt. Col. William W. Burrows, Brevet Brig. Gen. Archibald Henderson, Maj. Gen. Charles Heywood, Gen. Thomas Holcomb, Col. Charles McCawley and Gen. Lemuel C. Shepherd, Jr.
The Headquarters Marine Corps History and Museum Division is responsible for the commerative naming program of Marine Corps buildings, facilities, streets, parks, sites, and other property.
“Several units have honored particular contributions to Marine Corps history,” said Faye Jonason, museum specialist, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. “A good example is the naming of the main street in the 21 Area after Medal of Honor recipient; Pfc. Richard Kraus.”
Kraus served as an amphibious tractor driver with the 8th Amphibious Tractor Battalion, Fleet Marine Force. On October 3, 1944, Kraus and his three companions were approached by two Japanese dressed like American Marines. When Kraus requested a password, one of the Japanese threw a grenade; Kraus unhesitantly jumped on it, perserving the life of his three Marines.
“Commemorative naming is an opportunity for units to honor their contributions to Marine Corps history,” Jonason added.
A request must be forwarded through the normal chain of command and receive any necessary endorsements, then it will come to the acting head at the History Division to review the formal request and ensure it is complete and accurate.
“The requested names must be a "good fit" for the requested facility and worthy of commemoration,” said Bob Aquilina, acting head, Marine Corps History Division.
Upon receiving approval, the requesting Marine command may then inform the candidate's next-of-kin of their desire to name the specified facility in honor of their loved one, and formally request their permission to do so.
For more information, contact the Camp Pendleton History and Museums Office at (760) 725-5758.
CORAL SEA (July 14, 2009) The guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85) fires the MK 45 five-inch gun system during a naval surface fire support exercise at a training area off the coast of Australia. McCampbell is underway supporting the bilateral training exercise Talisman Saber 2009, an exercise between U.S. and Australian forces designed to enhance interoperability. U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Byron C. Linder
Amphibious Squadron Three welcomes new commander
by Lt. Ryan Fleetwood
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Amphibious Squadron (CPR) 3 held a change of command ceremony aboard USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) in San Diego July 10.
CPR 3, which is part of Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 3, bid farewell to Capt. Jonathan M. Padfield, departing commander, and welcomed Capt. Dale G. Fuller.
Padfield, a native of Salt Lake City, said he was proud of how well CPR 3, Peleliu Expeditionary Strike Group (PELESG) and 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) performed during his 17-month tenure as commander.
"The entire team was remarkable," said Padfield. "Comprised of CPR 3, USS Peleliu (LHA 5), USS Dubuque (LPD 8), USS Cape St. George (CG 71), USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52), USS Halsey (DDG 97), USS Benfold (DDG 65), as well as the Marines and Sailors of 15th MEU, this strike group conducted numerous theater security and maritime security operations in Fifth and Seventh Fleets, including a thwarted piracy attempt."
"This great group of men and women were ready to answer any call across the spectrum of conflict, either full combat operations to humanitarian relief," said Padfield. "I have known Captain Fuller for years, and I am turning the squadron over to a great surface warrior and a magnificent leader."
Fuller, a native of Philadelphia, took command of CPR 3 and thanked all those who have helped him to reach this high point in his Navy career.
According to Fuller, CPR 3 will continue to maintain the same high performance standards as the command had under Padfield's leadership.
"We will continue to lead the way ahead for the future of our nation's amphibious forces and provide the best possible support to all our ships and Marine brethren," said Fuller.
CPR 3 is one of nine U.S. Navy amphibious squadrons and is currently responsible for the amphibious assault ships USS Makin Island (LHD 8) and USS Peleliu (LHA 5), the amphibious transport docks USS Dubuque (LPD 8) and USS Green Bay (LPD 20) and the dock landing ships USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) and USS Germantown (LSD 42). CPR 3's primary mission is to command an amphibious ready group (ARG) and coordinate with an embarked MEU to perform assigned naval, joint or combined operations.
EOD Mobile Unit changes command
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Group (EODMU) 1 held a change of command ceremony at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado June 10.
Cmdr. Douglas Czarnecki relieved Cmdr. Eric Wirstrom as commanding officer.
Wirstrom took command of the unit in July 2007 when it was known as Naval Special Clearance Team (NSCT) 1. The unit was renamed EODMU 1 in October 2007.
Under Wirstrom's command EODMU-1 recently returned in May from a successful deployment in Iraq. The unit's primary mission was to provide command and control and EOD counter-improvised explosive devices (IED) forces in northern Iraq. The unit responded to a total of 4,963 EOD incidents, which included 550 IEDs. EODMU 1 is also the only unit in the Department of Defense capable of conducting clandestine mine countermeasure and obstacle clearance operations in the very shallow water zone.
"You've met every challenge and exceeded expectations," said Rear Adm. Robert P. Girrier, vice commander, Naval Mine and Anti-Submarine Warfare Command, who served as guest speaker. "You are among America's great warriors."
Wirstrom took a few moments to praise his Sailors and thank everyone for a job well done.
"I'm proud of the accomplishments of the command and all of the successes we have enjoyed," said Wirstom.
Wirstrom graduated from Texas A & M University and received his commission as an ensign in May 1991. Wirstrom's next assignment is at the Naval War College.
Czarnecki graduated from the University of Washington and received his commission in March 1994. His previous assignment was at Georgetown University where he completed an executive Master of Policy Management degree as part of the Navy's Political-Military Masters Program.
New inverter technology maximizes solar capability
by Mario Icari
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest awarded Synergy Electric Company, Inc., a small business from Santee, Calif., a $692,307 Recovery Act contract for the replacement of inverters for a 750 kilowatt (kw) solar array at Naval Base Coronado, San Diego June 30.
"NAVFAC is proud to support the president's initiative to enhance America's energy independence," said Jorge E. Pérez, NAVFAC Southwest project manager for the 750 kw inverter replace project.
"This project will restore full renewable power generation capabilities and extend the productive life of the 750 kw solar power generation system beyond the original productive life when built in 2003."
Synergy Electric Company, Inc., will replace three obsolete and unreliable inverters with two new highly efficient, latest-generation inverters. The contractor will also provide new conductors, replace all the components that are not up to today's codes and standards, will provide full system output monitoring capabilities by upgrading the existing data acquisition system, will replace any defective solar modules and will provide a new concrete block enclosure around the new equipment for protection. The new inverters, switches, conductors and associated equipment will provide a high level of maintainability and standardization, ensuring a dependable source of renewable energy to the personnel that work and call Naval Base Coronado home.
"This project will further the effort and help reduce America's carbon footprint by using renewable solar energy and providing electrical power for the Naval Air Station, North Island," said Diane Keltner, president of Synergy Electric Company, Inc.
"The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act contract will replace the existing damaged inverters with newer and safer inverter technology and maximize the solar DC (direct current) to AC (alternating current) efficiency. As a woman business enterprise, we are honored to participate in this project. The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act will require all Americans to come together and work together to rebuild our great nation. Our company motto has always been, "Working Together."
Work will be performed in San Diego and is expected to be completed by June 2010.
Recovery Act funds solar at San Diego Navy buildings
by Lee H. Saunders
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest awarded Synergy Electric Company, Inc., of Santee, Calif., a $4.16 million Recovery Act funded contract June 29 to install roof mounted solar photovoltaic power systems (SPVPS) on seven buildings at Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego.
"This project is twofold in nature," said Milton Washington, NAVFAC Southwest supervisory general engineer at Public Works Department Point Loma. "Number one, it addresses the need for new and improved roofs, but in addition it simultaneously provides a vehicle for tapping into alternative power supply - an important aspect as we look to the future in diversification of energy sources.
"Furthermore, this project addresses a tremendous need across the country by allowing the private sector to partner with NAVFAC and the Department of Defense by creating jobs and opportunities for construction entities and their subcontractors. We look forward to this partnering experience in meeting the operational commitments of our tenant commands and increasing the overall morale and welfare of the men and women in uniform with the added bonus of energizing the economy."
Synergy Electric Company will demolish and replace roofs and install roof mounted solar photovoltaic power systems on seven buildings of commands at Naval Base Point Loma including Naval Mine and Anti-submarine Warfare Command, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Support Center and Submarine Base. The SPVPS will supply power to the seven buildings and send excess electricity produced back into the civilian sector power grid.
"This project will further the efforts to reduce America's carbon footprint by using renewable solar energy to provide clean electrical power at seven building locations on the Naval Base Point Loma", said Diane Keltner, president of Synergy Electric Company Inc. "This American Reinvestment and Recovery Act contract will replace roofs that have reached their life cycle and install new solar technology to supplement the seven building's electrical needs".
The contractor will complete work by December 2009.
Pendleton’s visitor records go paperless
by Pfc. Daniel Boothe
CAMP PENDLETON - To better protect and serve the Camp Pendleton community, base officials implemented a new electronic program to monitor visitor traffic.
The Sponsored Visitor Program replaced paper visitor passes with an electronic database at Pendleton’s gates. “The new program will not only improve base safety and security, but will also decrease the amount of time visitors will spend at the gates,” said Mike Stefanyshyn, Pendleton’s Branch Access Control Manager. “Proper security keeps base residents safe and ultimately supports the Marine Corps’ mission.”
Visitors are required to state their identity, announce the base resident they plan to visit, present a valid driver license, proof of insurance and registration. Sentries will now scan in and out-of-state licenses to store visitor information in an electronic database as opposed to using logbooks to manually monitor traffic.
SHOALWATER BAY, Australia (July 15, 2009) Seaman Nyja Allen, from New York assigned to Beach Master Unit (BMU) 1, directs Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) 21, assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5, Det. Western Pacific as it comes ashore at Freshwater Bay during a training exercise supporting Talisman Saber 2009. Talisman Saber is a joint exercise between the U.S. and the Australian Defense Force that includes participation from more than 20,000 U.S. and 10,000 Australian personnel. U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Nardelito Gervacio
Surface commanders meet to improve warfighting readiness
by MC2 (SW/AW) Elena A. Velazquez
SAN DIEGO - Vice Adm. D.C. Curtis Commander, Naval Surface Forces/Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, hosted the 2009 Commanders Conference at Admiral Baker Club House in San Diego, to discuss Surface Navy readiness June 30-July 1. The conference's theme was "What it means to be a SWO".
Eight flag officers, including Rear Adm. Kevin Quinn Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; Rear Adm. Mike Shatynski, Vice Commander, Naval Surface Forces; and more than 40 Pacific Fleet commanders attended the event, which focused on current manning challenges, maintenance initiatives, and the training continuum and how these matters impact the execution of the Maritime Strategy.
"Our surface force is serving at the tip of the spear and your leadership is what makes it happen. My job is to ensure you and your crews are warfighting ready," said Curtis in his opening remarks.
Adm. Robert F. Willard Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, speaking by way of videotaped message, emphasized that "Surface Warfare is the heart of the Navy! SWOs should take pride and reflect upon the significant contributions that surface ships are making globally." Willard also underscored a present need for credible leadership, which is fostered by the values and standards that we uphold.
The agenda aimed to support the conference objectives, which were to discuss leadership, mentorship, and resource saving initiatives with the ultimate goal of collecting feedback sufficient to improve overall Warfighting Readiness. Subjects inspiring particular discussion included 3M, Surface Programs, CRO/CLASSRON contributions, CMC/FORCM leadership, and the fiscal environment. These conferences provide SWO Flags and their staffs direct waterfront engagement and facilitate CO to CO networking-products that yield the greatest return on investment.
"To be able to get together and talk about surface warfare issues with community leaders is invaluable," said Capt. Jon Padfield, Commodore, Amphibious Squadron Three. "We've got so many people spread across so many places doing different missions, it's imperative that we gather and focus on the priorities Vice Adm. Curtis has in mind."
The mission of SURFOR is to ensure that surface ships of the Pacific Fleet are properly manned, trained, and equipped to support global military operations. SURFOR is composed of 162 ships supporting operational commanders throughout the world.