Vol. 2 Issue 4
April 9, 2013
Remember STORY BY MC3 PHIL LADOUCEUR
â€œFor the dead And the living,
We MUST bear witness.â€? A
pril 8 is Holocaust Remembrance Day, a part of the Holocaust Days of Remembrance, April 7-14. The day marks the anniversary of the Warsaw ghetto uprising, and invites people to reflect on the history of the Holocaust in order to
- Elie Wiesel prevent it from happening again. From 1933 to 1945, Nazi Germany and its collaborators were responsible for the deaths of more than six million Jews. Millions of others were also persecuted, tortured, and killed. Continued on page 4
SAILORs DAY OF THE
Story and Photos by MC3 Linda S. Swearingen
Story and Photos by MC3 Christopher Bartlett
A Tacoma, Wash., native, now a Sailor on board the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) was named Sailor of the Day, April 6. Electronics Technician 3rd Class (SW) Anthony J. Black is Nimitz’ Sailor of the Day. “It feels good to be named Nimitz’ Sailor of the Day,” said Black. “It makes me feel accomplished.” As Leading High Frequency Radio Group (HFRG) Technician for Nimitz’ Combat Systems Department, Black performed his duties in an exemplary and highly professional manner. Black’s technical ability and determination led to the identification and correction of 47 faults, which consisted of over 400 man-hours of troubleshooting and corrective actions within the HFRG. He was also solely responsible for the HFRG system on board Nimitz being 100 percent operational for the first time prior to DPIA 2011. Black’s recent accomplishments include coordinating the extensive repair and testing of a narrow band coupler control cable. His perseverance has saved the Navy more than 100,000 dollars in repair and labor costs. When asked what other Sailors on board Nimitz can do to make themselves stand out among their peers to be recognized as a Sailor of the Day, Black recommends for Sailors to keep their heads up and to not let their environment get them down. “Don’t be afraid to think outside the box,” said Black. “Keep yourself busy, participate in activities on board and don’t be afraid to learn something new.”
A Dallas, native, now a Sailor on board the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) was named Sailor of the Day, April 8. Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class (SW) Aaron S. Mosley is Nimitz’ Sailor of the Day. “It feels great to be named Nimitz’ Sailor of the Day,” said Black. “It totally came unexpected and I am very pleased.” Mosley was named the Sailor of the Day for his outstanding performance as Deck Department’s Spray Team Petty Officer in Charge and 3M maintenance man. He was personally responsible for the complete spray-out of 62 spaces that involved over 45,000 square feet of preparation and painting. Accumulating 231 man-hours toward the projects, his leadership allowed Nimitz to save over $40,000 in contracted work costs. Furthermore, he recently qualified as an Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist and is over 80 percent complete in his Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist qualification. The Navy was a good fit for Mosley for his passion to travel and see different places. “I like to travel to scenic spots,” said Mosley. “So far San Francisco is my favorite. When asked what other Sailors on board Nimitz can do to make themselves stand out among their peers to be recognized as a Sailor of the Day, Mosley recommends for Sailors to keep focused on their jobs and do what ever it takes. “Do it for yourself, because nobody is going to do it for you,”
Commanding Officer CAPT Jeff S. Ruth Executive Officer CAPT Buzz Donnelly Command Master Chief CMDCM Teri McIntyre Public Affairs Officer LCDR Karin Burzynski
Editor MC2 Glenn Slaughter Lead Designer MC3 George J. Penney III
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SHSN Sandra Givin Ship’s Serviceman Seaman Sandra Givin became a SAPR victim advocate because she wanted to do more with her Naval career. She stresses the importance of a SAPR victim advocate being able to listen. “I feel as a SAPR advocate you not only have to listen to the victim but we need to not judge them as well,” said Givin. “That’s a problem a lot of people have. They try to judge instead of just listening.”
FC1 (SW) Daniel Valenzuela Fire Controlman 1st Class Daniel Valenzuela has been a SAPR rep for four years. “I’ve been in almost nineteen years and helping people out that’s really my only job,” said Valenzuela. His experience dealing with sexual assault as a cop and a husband is what made him want to become a SAPR victim advocate. “The only way you can make a program better is by becoming a part of it,” said Valenzuela.
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We Remember Continued from page 1
Those others included homosexuals, the physically and mentally disabled, political dissidents, Roma, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Poles, and Soviet prisoners of war. Many other groups were also terrorized, and even Nazis who fell out of favor or disgraced themselves in some way could end up in a concentration camp. All of those deaths are difficult to comprehend, and the Holocaust was an event in history that words literally could not describe. The PolishJewish lawyer Raphael Lemkin had to invent the word ‘genocide’ to do so. A few years ago I had the privilege to visit Auschwitz. The camp, now a museum, contains exhibitions and historical artifacts. The exhibitions are educational and set up in the buildings where the horrible events took place. You read about how they put three prisoners in a three-foot by three-foot cell and left them until they died. When you look up from reading, you are looking into the cell. The most impressive thing I learned was that the people who were subject to Nazi brutality may have been victimized, but this did not make them victims. There were amazing acts of resistance, such as when a group of Jewish prisoners managed to blow up one of the crematoriums. You can read letters passed between prisoners and villagers who lived in the surrounding villages, trying to help in what small ways they could. These gestures of defiance against the Nazis must have been like struggling against a tsunami. And they did it anyway. And the artifacts from time are impossibly saddening. There is nothing like the feeling of combined horror, humility and sorrow you feel while looking at a pile of human hair next to rugs that are woven from it. Or a pile of glasses, taken from their owners and piled high like a dragon’s
treasure. Or a mountain of luggage, each with a name and place of origin written on the side. A brown suitcase stuck out at me, the name painted in white: Marie Kafka, from Prague, a city I had just visited. All I have in common with Marie Kafka are Prague and Auschwitz, and I will never forget her name. What has always frightened me about the Holocaust is how many inside of German society at the time saw nothing wrong with what was happening. It would be understandable if Nazi camp commandants tried to destroy the evidence. But some, such as Josef Kramer, commandant of the Belsen camp, were proud of their work. When the British captured Kramer, he gave speeches about the efficiency of his establishment and noted especially his own contributions. And he was ultimately hung as war criminal on the basis of those proud speeches. The Days of Remembrance are a time for all of us to reflect on these horrific events and consider how so many people doing evil could convince themselves they were doing good. How so many people could turn their eyes away and ignore what was happening. And how if just a few more hadn’t turned away, and a few more had raised their voices, how many would have lived.
â€œThe Holocaust was not only a Jewish tragedy,
but a HUMAN tragedy.â€?
Cover Photo: Recently liberated survivors in the Woebbelin concentration camp support and help each other. Previous Page: A group of survivors sits outside a barracks in the newly liberated Dachau concentration camp. This Page: General Dwight D. Eisenhower and other high-ranking U.S. Army officials view the bodies of prisoners killed by the German camp authorities during the evacuation of the Ohrdruf concentration camp. Page 5
Where Should Naval Innovation Go Now? By Dr. Lawrence C. Schuette Office of Naval Research, Acting Director of Research
high-speed camera captures the first full-energy shots from the Office of Naval Research-funded electromagnetic railgun prototype launcher that was installed at a test facility in Dahlgren, Va., Feb. 23, 2012. (U.S. Navy photo/Released) Warfighters of the future will experience a Navy that is safer, lighter, faster, stealthier, more affordable, energy efficient and autonomous than today’s Navy, thanks in part to the men and women at the Office of Naval Research and the Naval Research Laboratory. As ONR’s acting director of Research for Discovery and Invention, I spend a lot of time thinking about innovative and disruptive technologies, and how to think asymmetrically about our needs and capabilities (I wanted to call the position chief technology cheerleader, but couldn’t sell it to Human Resources). The budgetary pressures facing the Department of the Navy require us to think about innovation in the context of the Navy and Marine Corps’ current and future needs. Former Chief of Naval Operations Gary Roughead repeatedly said “This time it’s different” when describing the budgetary pressures, and CNO Adm. Jonathan Greenert has continued that focus. Based on what’s happened in the last year, it’s hard not to agree. So what should innovators do? Since we are innovating with the intent of developing or improving systems in the field, understanding and correctly responding to the pressures the Department of the Navy is facing will increase the probability of our innovations being fielded. To this point, I think some historical context may be helpful. During the Cold War, U.S. naval forces were willing to pay more for an advanced capability. The threat environment demanded it; the budgetary climate allowed it. For example, the Seawolf was a dramatic improvement Page 6
over the Los Angeles class submarine, albeit at a higher cost. After the Cold War, technology insertion into our naval forces became more restrained. The threat environment required advanced capability, but only if it could be provided at the same cost as the system it replaced. The Joint Strike Fighter program began as a merger of the Joint Advanced Strike Technology and Common Affordable Lightweight Fighter programs. In the early 1990s, affordability was clearly important when developing a program. Today, we’re in a new budgetary environment — one that will value innovation that can deliver the same or better capability as existing systems but at a lower cost. Thus, unmanned systems, directed energy (i.e., lasers, rail guns), distributed and netted technologies, open architectures, expanded use of the electromagnetic spectrum — all have the potential to complement and potentially replace existing capabilities but at lower cost. We will continue to vigorously pursue these innovations. We also need to look at innovations that allow the existing systems to be operated at reduced cost. We have watched as “acquisition reform” has simultaneously succeeded at reducing the acquisition cost while sometimes increasing total ownership cost. ONR’s focus on corrosion research, however, is a great example of how to do it right. By having scientists, engineers and warfighters work together, we have successfully formulated coatings that have increased the number of deployments each submarine is expected to perform over its service life. For more information, please visit Navy. mil.
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