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“Honoring our Sailors’ Service & Sacrifice”
Volume 2 Issue 7
Distinguished Author Speaks at RWW Boston
HEADLINES Active Duty FY13 CPO Results Announced
Results for the Fiscal Year (FY) 13 Active Duty E7 board were released July 31 and show Navy’s force management initiatives are having positive effects. Notable opportunity this cycle included Logistics Specialist with 100 percent opportunity and 22 quotas.
Use Career Development Boards to Improve Advancement With the release of the Active-Duty Chief Petty Officer Selection Board results July 31 more than 4,400 Sailors have embarked upon a rigorous induction season. Navy Personnel Command Force Master Chief says commands should talk to those who didn’t make it this time using a career development board.
More Sailors Now Eligible for Sea Duty Incentive Pay
The Navy is extending the Voluntary Sea Duty Program for an additional year and adding High Year Tenure waiver consideration as an incentive for senior enlisted Sailors who volunteer, according to NAVADMIN 229/12. Extension of VSDP is part of the Navy’s effort to address billet gaps at sea.
(ABOVE) Dr. Heidi Kraft, author of the book “The Rule # 2”, speaks at RWW Boston, July 28. Kraft served nine years in the Navy as a clinical psychologist during which she deployed to Iraq with a Marine Corps surgical company. Her book is a memoir of that deployment. (BELOW) Linda Macneal, motivational humorist, talks to RWW attendees about the importance of incorporating humor in life. Photos by MC2 Maddelin Angebrand. By MC2 Maddelin Angebrand RMARCC Public Affairs
BOSTON - More than 150 active duty and Reserve component Sailors each with a guest attended the Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Reserve Component Command (NRMA RCC) Returning Warrior Workshop (RWW) at the Marriot Copley Place Hotel in Boston, Mass. July 27-29. RWW is part of the Department of Defense Yellow Ribbon reintegration program and is designed to honor individual augmentee (IA) Sailors who have recently returned from mobilization in support of overseas contingency operations. Dr. Heidi Kraft, author of the book “The Rule # 2”, was the featured speaker for the event. Kraft served nine years in the Navy as a clinical psychologist during which she deployed to Iraq with a Marine Corps surgical company. Her book is a memoir of that deployment. Kraft said she makes speaking at RWWs a priority in her life, and even though she has been out of the Navy for seven years she still considers herself a Sailor. “…It’s a real pleasure to be here with
you,” Kraft said to the audience. “I think all of you have had a chance to know what my story is from the bio, but the bottom line is - it’s been a long time since I’ve deployed – it was 2004. I still remember it as if it were yesterday, and I hope that the stories you all will tell over this weekend will be as healing for you as telling our story was healing for me.” After hearing Kraft’s story, the Sailors were able to sit and talk with counselors and their families to discuss what they had been through on their deploy-
ments. This part of the workshop allows spouses and family members to learn more about what their loved one’s go through while deployed in a time of war. Michael Smith, spouse of Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Christina Smith, a Reservist who recently returned from an IA deployment and drills out of Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Schenectady, spoke about his RWW experience. “It’s shown us that there are people around us dealing with the same things we are,” said Smith. “It actually brings
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NOSC Wilmington Delaware SELRES Repairs Bridge
STRANGE TIMES RV Camper Crashes into Backyard Swimming Pool Brocton, Mass- A man crashed his RV through a fence Wednesday and into his neighbor’s in-ground pool. The 60-year-old man suffered health problems before the incident.
Crop Circles Appear in E. Washington Wheat Field
(ABOVE) HM3 Michael Rinehart, a Reservist attached to NOSC Wilmington, D.E, repaired and stained a bridge that allows access to the overflow parking lot to the Reserve center. The bridge was in need of major repairs and Rinehart’s efforts ensures the safety of many people that pass across the bridge daily. Photo and information courtesy of HM2 Amy Leslie.
NOSC Newport Volunteers to Clean up Local VA Hospital
Mysterious crop circles appeared in an eastern Washington wheat field last week, much to the amusement of the field’s owners. “You can’t do anything but laugh about it,” Cindy Geib said who owns the field.
Bear Wanders into Sears Store in Pittsburgh
A bear ran through the parking lot of the Pittsburgh Mills Mall in Frazier Saturday around 9 p.m. It slipped into the Sears store using the automatic doors.
Kitten Makes 6,500 Mile Trip on LABound Ship
A 3-month-old kitten appears alert after traveling from Shangai to Los Angeles in a freight container on a boat. The kitten arrived Wednesday officials say.
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Chief Editor/Design & Layout (ABOVE) HM2 Visage, PS3 Akinwande and PS3 Arbachouskas, each assigned to NOSC Newport, joined SFS AmeriCorps Student Veterans along with local high school students for a day of beautification work at the Rhode Island Veterans Home in Bristol, RI, July 10. Photo and information courtesy of NOSC Newport.
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Returning Warrior cont. me more into the naval group and makes me feel like I’m a part of it.” RWW is comprised of group presentations and smaller breakout sessions, which include topics such as family issues, debt management, wanting to re-deploy, along with a couples reconnecting workshop. Mandy Crandall, a contracted clinical social worker, was a facilitator for a group of Warriors attending the RWW. She led group discussions and encouraged members to seek assistance for their needs. Crandall has worked nine RWWs and said sharing their stories is an important part of the workshop. “I think it gets them to understand
Page 3 that it’s ok to ask for help and talk about their experiences,” Crandall explained. “Even if they didn’t do anything they feel is significant, they still served their country and it’s good to get them talking about it with their families.” Cmdr. Ken Gryzmalski serves on active duty and returned from an IA deployment in 2011. He attended RWW with his wife Lauren. “We thought we were kind of beyond all of this,” Lauren shared. “We thought we would come [to RWW] and help others see that there is light at the end of the tunnel, but the more we’ve been here, we realize that we needed to be here. There are things we needed to talk about and address that we never even thought to cover.”
Gryzmalski agreed with his wife and said hearing Rear Adm. Robert O. Wray, Reservist and President of the Board of Inspection and Survey, speak at the Banquet of Honors was an eye opener for him. “I thought the Admiral addressed it pretty well and put it out there that if your on an IA and your doing this desk job in the middle of a war zone…you’re still helping out tremendously,” Gryzmalski shared. RWWs are funded by the Department of Defense’s Yellow Ribbon reintegration program and are held multiple times per year in all regions of the United States. For more information about how you can attend a RWW in your region, contact your local NOSC.
NOSC Manchester Raises Funds for Navy Birthday Ball
NAVAL HISTORY July 1, 1797 Naval Regulations passed by Congress. July 4, 1777 John Paul Jones hoists first stars and stripes flag on Ranger Portsmouth, N.H. July 7, 1916
Thomas A. Edison becomes head of Naval Consulting Board which screens inventions for use by the Navy.
July 14, 1853 Commodore Matthew Perry Lands and holds first meeting with Japanese at Uraga, Japan.
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MANCHESTER, N.H- Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Manchester Sailors and SELRES joined together to support the security element at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS), providing traffic direction and control as well as pedestrian traffic safety, July 12-15. This event was organized as one of NOSC Manchester’s main fundraisers for their upcoming Navy Birthday Ball. Each day more than 20 Sailors were divided among three high volume areas on the south end of the raceway from the main gate to the infield tunnel entrance. Another hand selected group of 10 Sailors provided physical security for the infield coach area inside the racetrack to protect the drivers and their families during the race. “All workdays were 11 to 12 hours long, and carried out in 90 to 95 degree weather, so operational risk management was always a major concern for the safety of our Sailors,” said Chief Hospital Corpsman John Camp, assigned to NOSC Manchester. Tents were erected at the south end of the raceway to facilitate a smooth transition each morning prior to their daily work schedules. Coordination was done between the Command Camp and Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Kenneth MacDonald also assigned to NOSC Manchester. Debbie O’Neil, NHMS’s non-profit fundraiser coordinator also assisted in planning process. “This evolution consisted of numerous site visits, staff meetings and coordination with NHMS staff.” Camp
explained. “This fundraiser was key to making our annual Navy ball an enjoyable event for all hands.” Camp said the event did more than secure the funds needed for their upcoming Navy Birthday Ball. “Full time support staff and Reservists were able to function as a team as it should be,” Camp shared. “It also allows for pride, heritage, and esprit de corps for all Sailors even if they didn’t participate. Being out there allows us to show our colors and puff out our chests.” NOSC Manchester logged a total of 875 man-hours equating to $6,125.00. On top of that the NHMS awarded them a bonus of $200.00 when the group had 20 or more volunteers working bringing the total to $6,725.00 for 3 days worth of work. “Overall I feel that we cannot do enough to promote the Navy Reserves, whether its community service or fundraisers. We are public figures and need to be out there to promote our way of life and the sacrifices we make on a daily basis. Most think of the Reserves as weekend warriors, and I have always had issues with that blanket
statement. In fact whether we want to admit it or not the fact is that it doesn’t matter whether you are Full Time Support or a Selected Reservist we are all part of the Navy and the Reserve family.” Camp also wanted to thank NHMS and NASCAR for allowing them the opportunity to not only promote the finest Navy in the World, but allowing them to raise funds in support of the Navy Ball and Morale Welfare and Recreation. “Also, I would like to thank Mr. James Goss of the New Hampshire ESGR for greasing the skids and making this evolution possible and opening a pathway for us in future fundraisers,” said Camp. “In closing, I would like to say that anything is within reach with hard work, dedication, and professionalism. I have also made it known that those who participated in this event and other events will be admitted to our Navy Ball free of charge with a guest of choice. Bravo Zulu to all of those that came out and made us proud and look forward to September’s race in the future.”
July 17, 1927 First organized dive bombing attack in combat by Marine Corps pilots against Nicaraguan bandits who were surrounding U.S. Marine garrison at Ocotal, Nicaragua. July 22, 1893 U.S. ships laid down heavy barrage to support UN troops in Korea. July 27, 1953 Korean War armistice signed at Panmujon, Korea and Korean cease-fire went into effect at 10 p.m. July 31, 1912 First attempt to launch an airplane by catapult made at Annapolis.
PMK Question of the Month When was the UCMJ signed into law? Last month’s answer: LCU and LCM
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Exercise Patriot Partner Brings More Punch to the Flight By MC2 Maddelin Angebrand
NORFOLK, VA. -Terminating freight, special handling and ramp are all familiar terms to a Sailor or Airman working at the Norfolk Air Mobility Command (AMC) Terminal, but to most, checking in for a flight and boarding a plane is more familiar. Everything going on behind the scenes is virtually non-existent to passengers, but little do they know - they too are considered cargo and must be handled with care. Each department of any military air terminal is equally vital to a plane taking off and arriving on time, making Patriot Partner 2012 a critical training evolution for the Navy Reserve. This twoweek active duty training (ADT) conducted from 9-20 July, affords Reservists the opportunity to work side-by-side with their Air Force counterparts in all aspects of aerial port operations. Navy Air Terminal (NAT) 207 is the Reserve unit that augments the Norfolk AMC making them the lead group on the exercise. Commanding Officer of NAT 207, Lt. Cmdr. Brian Huckaby, said his unit seamlessly integrated with Navy Cargo Handling Battalion (NCHB) Eight, a Reserve unit from Ft. Dix, N.J. and two Air Force Reserve Units, 80th Aerial Port Squadron from Dobbins Air Force Base Georgia, and the 42nd Aerial Port Squadron out of Westover, Mass. “The overall objective of Patriot Partner is for Reserve units, regardless of service, to gather and jointly operate an air terminal to the point where at the end of the exercise they’re pretty much selfsufficient,” Huckaby explained. “For the most part, we operate the equipment, process passengers and handle cargo, which go downrange to Guantanamo Bay, Kuwait [and] pretty much anywhere there is an AMC flight.” There are various departments of the AMC that must function efficiently in order for operations to be executed. Each performs a vital role to support the AMC’s mission. The Air Terminal Operations Center (ATOC), known as the
Air Force crewmembers assigned to the 167th Air Lift Wing from Maritnsburg West Virginia prepare an Air Force C-5B Galaxy strategic transport aircraft to onload a Navy MH-53e Sea Dragon helicopter during exercise Patriot Partner at the Norfolk Air Mobility Command (AMC), July 18. Exercise Patriot Partner is a two-week, joint exercise designed to bring Navy and Air Force Reservists together to train in all aspects of air terminal operations. Photo by MC2 Maddelin Angebrand
brain of the airport, is where air traffic is monitored and organized. The cargo department is another key element in the AMC known for expertise in handling and organizing a variety of items for shipment. “The cargo section is where cargo is built and palletized for transport onto different types of cargo aircraft,” explained Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Lorenzo Lewis, senior enlisted advisor for Patriot Partner assigned to the 80th Aerial Port Squadron. “Also in cargo is terminating freight, where cargo comes into the port to be packaged and shipped to any destination or port of debarkation.” Lewis noted the cargo department does not handle every piece of material slated for shipment, because some are dangerous and require careful attention. “We have special handling which deals with hazardous materials from blood or anything you could think of that is not a normal type of issued cargo,” said Lewis. “It could even be human remains.” The Ramp department, although it sounds like an acronym, simply means loading. This is where cargo is loaded and unloaded to and from various aircraft.
Another department, known as Transient Line or Transit Alert as the Air Force refers to it, is responsible for safely directing aircraft to parking zones. Lastly, no AMC would be complete without passenger services where baggage and people are checked in. Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Curtis Cronk assigned to NCHB 8 worked in passenger services during Patriot Partner and said it was helpful to work with the Air Force. “We’re checking in customers and issuing boarding passes, it’s relatively simple,” said Cronk. “The Air Force came here and already knew a lot of the stuff; they are more rounded, so they are able to teach us what they know.” Cronk’s senior enlisted advisor Lewis said the exercise showcased the skills that Reservists can add to an operation. “We bring more punch to the fight, because we have people with multiple skill sets,” said Lewis. “They come here and put the Reserve hat on and bring those skills with them to assist, to enhance, and augment. You must have people trained and ready, if you don’t you’re going to have problems. Everything that we do here we do in theater.” During Patriot Partner Sailor and Airmen were involved in
actual operations, not simulated evolutions. One flight arrival put all their training to the test. An Air Force C-5B Galaxy aircraft arrived ready to transport a Navy MH-53 helicopter to a new destination. All departments took part in completing this process. Air Force Master Sgt. Joseph Powell, Patriot Partner’s noncommissioned Officer in charge, said loading the MH-53 together was a great way to test the effectiveness of Air Force and Navy Reservists teaming up. “My job in the Air Force is to load planes and our job in this exercise is to bring them [the Navy] up to speed by passing the expertise we have on to them,” Powell Shared. “I think the greatest benefit is getting the chance to work with the Navy and find out how they do things and incorporate what they do with what we’re accustomed to doing.” After the safe loading evolution, Commanding Officer Huckaby addressed a key point to wrap up the success of Patriot Partner 2012. “We know that whether they’re a Sailor or an Airman, they are both able to function at the same output with the same performance and that’s why we mixed them together. So, if it weren’t for the differences in uniforms you wouldn’t be able to tell who is who!”
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Support Staff Helps Out at RWW Boston
YN2 Wilson Stays Navy - Six More Years
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(ABOVE) Chief Yeoman Linda Johnson, RMARCCâ€™s command services LCPO works at the registration desk during RWW in Boston, July 27. RWWs give loved ones a chance to reconnect upon returning from individual augmentee assignments. For more information about attending a RWW, contact Eric Harris at eric.t.harris@navy.
(ABOVE)Yeoman 2nd Class Danielle Wilson receives an honorable discharge certificate before being reenlisted by Capt. Jay Adelmann, RMARCCâ€™s commanding officer. Wilson signed up for another six years and received a duffle bag with the command emblem attached, special liberty and a 30-day duty-free pass. Photo
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(LEFT) NOSC Eleanorâ€™s IT3 Sanders is frocked. MIDDLE LEFT) NOSC White River Junctionâ€™s MA2 Putnam receives a volunteer service medal, July 7. (MIDDLE RIGHT) NOSC Avoca Sailors are frocked by family and friends during a ceremony on their drill deck.
(RIGHT) Rear Adm. Scott Sanders, Reserve deputy director for joint coalition and warfighting, visited the Baltimore area to include NOSC Baltimore where he frocked MA1 Gage during a ceremony in the command conference room. Sanders also toured the Inner Harbor and gave an ESGR award during his trip.