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Naples honors Battle of Midway Story and photo by MCSN Luis R. Chavez, NPASE East Detachment Europe
NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- Service members, Department of Defense civilians and their families attached to Naval Support Activity (NSA) Naples attended a memorial ceremony in honor of those who lost their lives during the Battle of Midway, June 4. The ceremony marks the 71st anniversary of one of the most prominent naval battles of World War II, which created a shift of power between the Japanese and U.S. Naval forces. “The Battle of Midway is considered the very paradigm of the spectacular reversal of military force by a weaker force,” said Gray. “The Midway victory was a pivot point. It placed the United States in a position to check the growth of Japan in the Pacific.” During June 4-7, 1942, nearly six months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, a small fleet of U.S. forces defended against and defeated four carriers of the Japanese navy during the Battle of Midway, which issued the Japanese one of their most prominent losses in naval history. “Though the Japanese force was on the move, though it had the momentum, American forces had what mattered most,” said Gray. “Selfless warriors of character and courage.
Captain Scott Gray, commanding officer of NSA Naples, NSA Command Master Chief Charles A. Collins and Cmdr. Phillip Pelikan, command chaplain, salute a wreath in honor of those lost in the Battle of Midway.
These were desperate times for our country and they stepped up and steeled their resolve.” Through memorial and commemoration ceremonies people can remember those throughout history who gave their lives through selfless acts of honor, fidelity and integrity that
have shaped our nation. “This celebration is important to make sure that we always remember where we came from, those who came before us, and to honor their memory and keep track of the significant events that make us who we are today,” said Cmdr. Robert Barbee, NSA executive officer.
Battle of Midway: 71st Anniversary Commemoration
The commemoration included a special video presentation that was voiced by World War SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Active duty, II veterans involved in the retired service members and historic battle. civilians observed the heroism of “The video gives us an idea World War II veterans at the 71st where our veterans are Anniversary Battle of Midway coming from,” said Damage commemoration aboard the USS Controlman 1st Class Mike Midway Museum, June 1. Minotti. “We got to see the The Battle of Midway took place veterans perspective of what June 4-7, 1942, where U.S. Navy happened, and it ties us closer carrier strike forces prevented the to our heritage.” Japanese from capturing control of The observance also included Midway Island in the Pacific. The several speakers. Retired victory proved to be a pivotal point U.S. Marine Corps officer Lt. of World War II and is an important Col. Jerry Coleman, who also marker in naval heritage. served during World War II, “History has shown that the gave the keynote speech. Retired U.S. Navy officer Lt. George Bernstein gives a salute during the playing of the Battle of Midway was absolutely National Anthem at the 71st Battle of Midway commemoration ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo “If every Sailor gets a the turning point in the war in the by MC3 Bradley J. Gee/Released) chance to interact with these Pacific and probably the entire veterans, they need to,” said of Midway, were honored by current military war of World War II,” said Vice Adm. Thomas Minotti. “It instills a sense of pride and makes personnel and civilians, for their extraordinary H. Copeman III, commander, Naval Surface the Sailor proud.” service 71 years ago. Forces, commander Naval Surface Force, “The event is to honor the veterans of U.S. Pacific Fleet. “It was the end of the Midway,” said Copeman. “It’s to make sure Japanese offensive six months into the war.” that the memory of the Battle of Midway and For more information about the Battle of During the ceremony, 13 surviving veterans, the heritage of what it stands for is not lost Midway visit www.history.navy.mil/midway/ along with family and friends of those who upon the younger generation of Sailors.” midwaybattle-index.htm gave the ultimate sacrifice during the Battle By MC3 Bradley J Gee, NPASE West Public Affairs
W W I I r e m e m b e r a n c e Heroes of Midway Remembered 71 Years Later Fleet Adm. Chester W. Nimitz 1885-1966
Chester Nimitz, of Fredericksburg, Texas, served as Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet during the Battle of Midway. Due to intercepted and decrypted Japanese messages, Nimitz was able to counter offensive attacks. On June 4, 1942, under Nimitz’s order US aircraft from the USS Enterprise, USS Hornet and USS Yorktown attacked and sank four Japanese carriers; changing the course of WWII.
Lt. Cdr. George Henry Gay 1917 - 1994
George Henry Gay, of Waco, Texas, was a TBD Devastator pilot in the U.S Navy Torpedo Squadron 8, operating from the USS Hornet. Of his squadron’s 30 pilots and radiomen, who courageously fought in the Battle of Midway, Gay was the only survivor. For his part in the Battle of Midway, he received the Navy Cross, Purple Heart Presidential Unit Citation.
Commodore Dixie Kiefer 1896-1945
Dixie Kiefer, of Blackfoot, Idaho, was the Executive Officer of the USS Yorktown during the Battle of Midway. The Yorktown was lost as a result of enemy action during the battle. Kiefer was injured while directing the abandonment of ship and was awarded the Navy Cross for his heroic acts during the war.
Rear Adm. C. Wade McClusky 1902 - 1976
C. Wade McClusky, Jr., of Buffalo, New York was a U.S. Navy aviator during the Battle of Midway. As USS Enterprise air group commander McClusky was credited with sinking two of Japan’s fleet carriers, Kaga and Akagi. McClusky served 1926-1956 during which he was awarded the Navy Cross.
Rear Adm. John Ford 1895-1973
John Ford, of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, served as head of the photographic unit for the Office of Strategic Services, making documentaries for the Navy Department. During the Battle of Midway, he obtained and observed photographic record from atop the Midway Island power plant. While photographing the battle, he was wounded but continued to report battle action verbally; thus aiding the Commanding Officer in the disposition of the defending American forces.
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NAS Sigonella Sailor Receives Purple Heart Story and photos by MC3 Cameron Bramham
Sigonella, Sicily--Master-atArms 1st Class Leroy Williams Jr., was one of 33 Sailors who were frocked during the Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella base frocking ceremony on NAS II, May 30. However, Williams received much more than a frocking certificate and a new set of chevrons as NAS Sigonella Commanding Officer, Capt. Chris Dennis presented Williams with the Purple Heart after he was injured from an improvised explosive device (IED) while deployed in Afghanistan. “This award is a representation of a lot of things,” Dennis said. “It’s a representation of a lot of professionalism and a lot of devotion to duty, and love. I just want to make sure that we all understand that and take time to appreciate [Petty Officer] Williams, the dog han-
MA1 Leroy Williams Jr. shakes hands with Capt. Chris Dennis, commanding officer, Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella after Dennis awarded Williams with the Purple of Heart (U,S, Navy photo by MC3 Cameron Bramham)
dlers, and all of the fine folks at [NAS Sigonella] Security.” Williams, attached to NAS Sigonella Military Working Dog Division, was downrange where he was tasked to the front with his canine “Dinomt,” to search for hidden explosive devices. “We were looking for a couple of high valued targets, considered to be terrorists,” Williams said. “When we got close MA1 Leroy Williams Jr. speaks to Naval Air Station (NAS) to a Taliban Sigonella service members after being awarded the Purple Heart. check point, (U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Cameron Bramham)
a remote detonation was setoff that killed my dog.” Williams said the eight pound explosive device detonated three feet away from him. Dinomt was in between the bomb, Williams and an Explosive Ordinance Disposal Technician. “He actually saved my life; saved both [EOD Tech] of our lives” he added. Williams did suffer TBI (Traumatic Brian Injury) and shrapnel in his leg, but realizes that if it wasn’t for Dinomt, he would not have been able to receive the Purple Heart or his 1st class crows (chevrons). “Fortunately we’re both [EOD Tech] still here,” Williams said. “Every day forward, I take my dog with me. We don’t leave our dogs, no matter what. When he was killed, I picked him up, put him in my sleeping bag and carried him about 500 meters in order to get to a medevac.”
As humbled as Williams is for receiving the Purple Heart, he says he is very grateful for the award. “It means a lot to me,” Williams said. “If you receive this award you’re not normally alive to hold it. Because I’m still here, I’m able to move forward, teach future dog handlers, and continue to do my job, which means a great deal to me. I’ll carry it with honor, pride, and the memory of my dog.” Although receiving a Purple Heart is a tremendous honor for Williams, he did not want the spotlight of the day to shine only on him. He was after all, frocked with other NAS Sigonella Sailors. “Congratulations to everybody that’s here,” Williams said. “This is a huge and great accomplishment. I always love to see people advance to whatever pay-grade. Good luck to your future endeavors!”
A r o u n d T h e R e g i o n USS Florida Visits NATO Pier Augusta Bay Story by MC3 Cameron Bramham
I feel like I’m actually headed Sailors from NAVSUP Fleet Logistics underway and a part of the Center (FLC) Sigonella provided fleet side of the Navy.” “We high priority Casualty Repair are an extension of the Supply (CASREP) parts for the USS Florida Department onboard those ships (SSGN 728) during a recent Brief and submarines”. Stop for Passenger (BSP) to NATO Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Pier, Augusta Bay, May 29. (SS) David Outlaw of Priority Logistics Specialist 1st Class (AW) Material Office (PMO) Det Richard Fox, leading petty officer Sigonella also enjoys the trips for the Logistics Support Center to Augusta Bay and thinks that (LSC) division within NAVSUP FLC providing CASREP parts to the Sigonella, says it’s important for Florida was an important part him and his Sailors to embark at of NAVSUP FLC Sigonella’s Augusta Bay when fleet units come BM2 Ronnie Davis throws a bag of supplies to crew members of the Ohio- mission to the fleet. class guided-missile submarine USS Florida (SSGN728), gold crew, during in for port visits because it’s the “Our mission is to track all a replenishment evolution (U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Cameron Bramham) easiest way for the ships to take on high priority material to the made numerous trips to the NATO provisions, mail and parts if needed. units deployed to the 6th Fleet area of Pier, August Bay since arriving at “When ships are transiting through operations,” Outlaw said. “I’m excited NAVSUP FLC Sigonella two years ago. the Med., to wherever it is that they’re about today’s trip because it gives Marks say it’s always an experience going, they need to resupply,” Fox me an opportunity to interact with the when she travels to Augusta Bay for a said. “Sigonella is the hub out here fleet customer while delivering critical replenishment evolution. for providing materials to the fleet and materials to support their day to day “I always love the trips to A-Bay [Augusta without that support they won’t get missions.” Bay],” she added. “Just knowing that their required items to conduct their Home ported in Kings Bay, Ga., the we are able to assist other Sailors who operations. Our mission is to support the Florida is currently deployed, conducting are traveling around the Mediterranean fleet units when called upon.” maritime operations and theater security makes my job a lot easier. We get to ride Logistics Specialist Seaman Kristan cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet out on the water taxi’s and sometimes Marks, also from the LSC division has of responsibility.
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New SACEUR Visits Sailors in Naples
Europe (SACEUR), May 30. During the visit, Gen. Breedlove met with senior leadership from U.S. Naval Forces NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- U.S. Air Force Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet (CNE-CNA/ Gen. Philip M. Breedlove made his first C6F) and spoke about the growing need visit to Naval Support Activity Naples as for joint forces and the importance of the commander, U.S. European Command military in the region. and NATO Supreme Allied Commander “Thank you for what you’re doing,” said Breedlove. “It’s working in Afghanistan and in other places. You are a part of that. The sacrifice of our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines is working and you should take pride in that.” Gen. Breedlove spoke to officers and enlisted leaders about issues concerning today’s military, interservice and international interoperability and Gen. Phillip Breedlove, commander of U.S. European Command and cooperation, and answered NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe is greeted by Adm. Bruce questions from those in Clingan, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa and commander of Allied Joint Force Command Naples. (Photo by MC2 Jacob attendance. Story by U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/ U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs
B i g N a v y N e w s Family and Friends Pay Final Respects to Adm. Frank Kelso II, 24th CNO
Hagel: Defense Department Welcomes Supreme Court Decision American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON (NNS) -Defense Department officials will move forward in making benefits available to all military spouses, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a statement issued after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act. The law had prevented federal agencies from offering all of the same benefits to spouses in same-sex marriages that they provide to other spouses. Here is the secretary’s statement: The Department of Defense welcomes the Supreme Court’s decision today on the Defense of Marriage Act. The Department will immediately begin the process of implementing the Supreme Court’s decision
in consultation with the Department of Justice and other executive branch agencies. The Department of Defense intends to make the same benefits available to all military spouses -- regardless of sexual orientation -- as soon as possible. That is now the law, and it is the right thing to do. Every person who serves our nation in uniform stepped forward with courage and commitment. All that matters is their patriotism, their willingness to serve their country and their qualifications to do so. Today’s ruling helps ensure that all men and women who serve this country can be treated fairly and equally, with the full dignity and respect they so richly deserve.
Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert ceremoniously presents a national ensign to the widow of retired Adm. Frank Kelso, the 24th CNO, at Rose Hill Cemetery on June 29 in
Fayetteville, Tenn., where Kelso was laid to rest with full military honors. He served as CNO from 1990-1994. Kelso was 79 years old. (U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Peter D. Lawlor)
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BALTOPS ‘13 Culminates at Kiel Week Story by Expeditionary Strike Group 2 Public Affairs
KIEL, Germany (NNS) -- Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2013, a multinational forces exercise, drew to a close June 22 in Kiel, Germany. In Kiel, BALTOPS’ events include a post exercise discussion; ship tours of the BALTOPS Maritime Force by local government officials, military members and the public; a reception aboard USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20); as well as participation in Kiel Week. Kiel Week is a nine-day sailing festival. The event has a history of more than 200 years, attracts many world-famous participants and draws more than 2,000 sail boats and 5,000 participants yearly. “As a complement to a successful
Amphibious command ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) leads a formation during exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2013. (Photo by MC2 Josh Bennett.
BALTOPS, we are able to participate in Kiel Week, which provides an exciting opportunity to continue developing and enjoying relationships with our coalition partners,” said Cmdr. Lance Lesher, acting afloat deputy commander,
Expeditionary Strike Group 2. Focusing on interoperability and team building, BALTOPS promotes and fosters maritime security and cooperation among regional partners. BALTOPS ‘13 began in Ronne, Denmark and Ventspils, Latvia
with pre-sail conferences followed by an at-sea phase that included exercises focused on maritime interdiction operations, mine countermeasures, undersea warfare and seamanship. This was followed by a wargame phase which placed participants in an asymmetrical threat environment, allowing them to showcase procedures, training and cooperative efforts honed during the exercise. Participating nations included Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, the United States and NATO. “No nation can confront today’s challenges alone,” said Lt. Col. David Bussel, director, Joint Training, Readiness and Exercises at U.S. European Command.
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NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY, Bahrain (June 24, 2013) MN2 Colin McCormick, assigned to CRG-2, swims laps at the Naval Support Activity Bahrain Training Tank. (U.S. Navy photo by MC1 David R. Krigbaum/Released)
DJIBOUTI- Lewis Parish, a civilian business analyst with Camp Lemonnier, plays a trumpet solo at the Djibouti International Music Festival June 21. Parish and four U.S. military members deployed to Camp Lemonnier and Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa performed together as the jazz band Horns of Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Lily Daniels, Camp Lemonnier Public Affairs)
Naval Air Station Sigonella service and community members gathered on NAS in June for the Navy Heritage Run which focused on Navy fitness and Naval history. (U.S. Navy photos by MC3 Cameron Bramham/Released)
DJIBOUTI (June 5, 2013) Camp Lemonnier Commanding Officer Capt. Peter Van Stee, flanked by first class petty officers with the Camp Chief Petty Officer 365 training team, cuts the ceremonial ribbon to officially open the Combat Café (Photo by MC1 Jerome W. Mapp)
SOUDA BAY, Greece (June 11, 2013) Sailors on the forecastle of the guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107) prepare for mooring as they arrive in Souda Bay for a scheduled port visit. (U.S. Navy photo by Paul Farley/Released)
NAPLES, Italy (June 20, 2013) Command Master Chief Richard Hatton, left, and NCCM Ellis “Fish” Picheloupe fire up the grill at the CNREURAFSWA command picnic at Carney Park. (U.S. Navy photo by MA2 Donyelle Davis )