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“Honoring our Sailors’ Service & Sacrifice”
Volume 2 Issue 2
NOSC Syracuse Meets Pearl Harbor Survivor, Presents Award
Navy Launches Updated Eval Fitness Report Software Navy is set to deploy a new version of the performance evaluation software used throughout the fleet, officials said, Feb. 6.
Sailors More Responsible; Less ARIs and DUIs in 2011 With Navy-wide decreases in alcohol-related incidents and driving under the influence reports in 2011, Sailors are reminded to stay responsible in 2012, officials said, Feb. 6.
Carl Vinson Watches Second Straight Super Bowl While Deployed For the second year, Carl Vinson Sailors have watched the National Football League’s Championship game at sea, in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
New Training Available For Online Academic Skills Course Administrators The Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education Support (DANTES) announced new training is available for Online Acedemic Skills Course (OASC) Administrators, Feb. 6.
Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Newman, commanding officer Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Syracuse, pins the Navy Commendation Medal with combat “V” on Pearl Harbor survivor Sylvester Puccio during a ceremony in his honor at the Franklin Hotel in Rome, N.Y., Feb. 20. Photo by MC2 Maddelin Angebrand.
By MC2 Maddelin Angebrand ROME, N.Y. – More than 70 years after the attack on Pearl Harbor, unheard stories and unsung heroes remain. One hero with a remarkable story goes by the name of Slvester Puccio or “Syl” for short. Syl was a Ship Fitter 3rd Class when his ship, the USS West Virginia (BB-48), came under attack at Pearl Harbor. “…I didn’t take many steps going down the hatchway,” Puccio recalls in one of his writings of the attack, “I yelled into the Ship Fitter shop, ‘the Japs are attacking!’” Puccio had just left topside where he witnessed a low-flying plane. At first, he thought it was a mock raid. “…But when the plane dropped a torpedo at the West Virginia and strafed about 15 to 20 feet above my head and I saw the red circle on his wings, I knew it was a Jap,” Puccio writes. Puccio remembers the crew of his ship automatically assuming general quarters. Upon entering his
damage control compartment he heard a loud shout. “Pooch! I forgot my locker keys up in the shop,” yelled Rucker – Puccio’s shipmate. “I knew I couldn’t break the lock on the locker, so I took a large crank from the cable towing reel and attacked the hinges and demolished the locker door,” Puccio recalls. “The first thing I went for was the crank to open the counter flooding tank valves on the starboard side,
then I grabbed a battle lantern.” If Puccio had not counter flooded the ship, the West Virginia would have capsized. Puccio’s actions earned him the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat “V”, which he received Feb. 20 during a ceremony at the Franklin Hotel in Puccio’s hometown of Rome, NY. Friends, family and distinguished guests listened as Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Newman, commanding officer Navy
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NOSC Erie CO Recognizes Hard Work, Dedication and Loyalty
STRANGE TIMES Lottery-pitching Groundhog Fired
NOSC Erie Commanding Officer Lt. Cmdr. Jason Anders, awards multiple Saliors for their hard work, dedication and loyalty to the Navy on their drill deck, Feb. 12.
The Pennsylvania state lottery has fired advertising icon “Gus,” the secondmost famous groundhog: in the state behind Punxutawney Phil, authorities said, Feb. 22.
Police: Man Threw Spaghetti at Wife
Police in Arizona said they arrested a man who allegedly threw spaghetti at his wife and broke her cell phone, because he didn’t like her cooking, Feb. 22.
Poll: Tooth Fairy Leaves Average $2.10
CAREER COUNSELOR’S CORNER Transition Benefits: ASN Holds Town Hall Meeting on NB Coronado By MC2 Spencer Mickler Navy Public Affairs Support Element West SAN DIEGO – Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs Juan Garcia held a town hall meeting at Naval Base Coronado, Feb. 22. Sailors from the area attended the meeting, which covered a range of topics including Enlisted Retention Board (ERB), transitioning Sailors as well as Perform-to-Serve (PTS). “We want to get the word out in what’s been a year of change,” said Garcia. “There’s a new defense strategy, new budget, and a number of major policy changes, we want to get the message to every Sailor.” One of the main topics of the meeting was the effect of the ERB, a program for retention in the Navy, and what it entails for the future of the Navy. “After going through a very painful policy decision like the ERB, we want to make sure that any Sailor
that has to separate is availing themselves of the opportunities we have created to have as soft a landing as possible,” Garcia said. The Navy has hired contractors to help Sailors transitioning into the civilian workforce to help with job finding skills and job placement in order to make the transition easier. “We want those who were retained to know that going through an effective ERB has left us in the position of being able to say that we don’t think there will be an ERB for the next two years or possibly even three, and that retention and advancement are going to increase significantly,” said Garcia. Garcia also thanked those attending for their service during this time of high op-tempo and challenges including PTS and ERB. After speaking to Sailors, the Assistant Secretary opened the
floor for questions and addressed the concerns in attendance. The town hall meeting on Coronado was one of several speaking engagements for Garcia in the San Diego area to spread the word to Sailors on news of PTS, ERB and transition programs. PTS and ERB are force-shaping tools used by the Navy to determine whether a Sailor can reenlist or must transition back into the civilian sector. For more information about the ERB transition support, check out the NPC ERB transition support page at www.npc.navy.mil/boards/ ERB/, contact the NPC customer service center at 1-866-U-ASK-NPC (1-866-827-5672), or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit www. navy.mil, www.facebook.com/usnavy, or www.twitter.com/usnavy. For more news from Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, visit www.navy.mil/local/pacensandiego/.
An Illinois non-profit organization said its annual survey published Feb. 22, suggested the “Tooth Fairy” left on average 42 cents less in 2011 than in 2010.
Purse with $1,800 Returned with Cash
A New York state woman who tracked down a woman to return a lost purse, Feb. 23, said the good karma from her deed did not stop her from being hit by a car a week later.
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WWII Veteran cont. Operational Support Center (NOSC) Syracuse read the award citation before pinning Puccio with the medal. “It’s an honor to meet this man,” said Newman, “And to present this award is a real pleasure.” Puccio was granted the award thanks to the hard work and research of Roger Hare, whose father also served aboard the West Virginia. “I always knew that I owed my life to the anonymous Sailor that bashed open that locker,” Hare shared. If not for Puccio, Hare’s father, Howard, may have died during the attack. Hare scoured multiple accounts of the day and found evidence of Puccio’s actions in Navy records, which he submitted on Puccio’s behalf to U.S Representative Richard Hana. Puccio’s son John said his father never spoke of himself as a hero, but
NAVAL HISTORY February 9, 1799 The USS Constellation commanded by Capt. Thomas Truxtun encountered French insurgents in the West Indies.
Pearl Harbor survivor Sylvester Puccio, (RIGHT), age 91, speaks to another survivor during a ceremony in his honor at the Franklin Hotel in Rome, N.Y., Feb. 20. Puccio was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with combat “V” for his heroic actions at Pearl Harbor. Photo by MC2 Maddelin Angebrand
simply explained what he did that day. “To us, he is a hero,” said Puccio’s son as he looked over at his dad.
As for Puccio, he was thrilled to receive the award and said softly, “I hope maybe I did save some lives.”
Military Saves Week Offers Financial Advice to Sailors
By Naval Station Great Lakes Public Affairs GREAT LAKES, Ill. – To mark Military Saves Week, Feb. 19-26, the Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) will offer a Million Dollar Sailor course Feb. 22 and 23 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bldg. 26. The course teaches Sailors how to develop good financial habits, how to become savvy consumers, and how to save and invest to become future “million dollar Sailors.” “FFSC’s Million Dollar Sailor course is a two-day, personal wealth-building program that teaches sailors and their families to successfully navigate the transitions of Navy life and the financial challenges that accompany them,” said Bill Braun, personal fi-
nancial management specialist (PFM) at FFSC, who is a certified financial planner and accredited financial counselor. “The vision is for the Navy com munity to be financially fit through a comprehensive overview of key money-related areas,” Braun said. “Understanding the basic building blocks of money management, consumer awareness, insurance, car and home buying, as well as wealth building, Sailors and their families can reap the benefits of sound financial decisions.” Braun will teach the course along with Dannie Reeves, PFM. The course enhances personal financial fitness by providing a basic understanding of financial issues, an awareness of available resources, financial problemsolving skills and strategies for achiev-
ing financial growth. “Navy families are best positioned to weather their economic challenges by fully taking advantage of the benefits, services and professional skills available to them through their command’s financial fitness team and personal financial fitness coaching staff at Fleet and Family Support Centers worldwide,” said Braun. “This is a time to focus on reducing debt, building emergency savings and developing strategies to increase personal net worth and family readiness,” he said. In addition, FFSC offers three presentations Feb. 27, 28 and 29 at Forrest City Community Center, 2007 Virginia Ave. Understanding TriCare Benefits will be discussed Feb. 27. How to Buy Your Next Car will be the topic Feb. 28, and Building Your Wealth, learning how to save and invest in these challenging times, will be discussed Feb. 29. All presentations are from noon to 1 p.m. Military Saves Week is part of the larger nationwide year-long American Saves Campaign and conducted in cooperation with the non-profit Consumer Federation of America. During this time, the entire military community comes together with federal, state, and local resources, including military banks and credit unions, to focus on the financial readiness of military members and families to help them reduce debt and save money. For more information, visit www. navy.mil, www.facebook.com/usnavy, or www.twitter.com/usnavy.
February 1, 1800 The USS Constellation sustains 39 casualties, while the French suffered 160 casualties before the battle is called off. February 2, 1942 The USS Seadragon sinks the Japanese vessel Tamagaw Maru of Luzon. February 27, 1942 A series of battles make up what is called the Battle of Java Sea. The US Crusier Marblehead was attacked from the air repeatedly during the battle. February 21, 1943 The USS Spencer (PG-36) sinks the German U-606. February 11, 1963 The Japanese submarine RO-102 is sunk in the Coral Sea by the Cruiser Helena and the Destroyer Fletcher. February 7, 1945 The Japanese Cruisers Naka and Katori and three destroyers Maikaze, Oite and Tachiaze are sunk by US Task Force 58.
PMK Question of the Month Name three standard mooring lines used to secure a normal size ship at a pier. Last month’s answer: administrative and battle organization
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NOSC NYC Hosts ‘Step Into Their Boots’ Program Seminar By PS2 Bailey Lloyd BRONX, N.Y. – Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) New York City held a seminar on their drill deck, Jan. 20, to educate command members about the “Step Into Their Boots Program.” Speaker and program developer Jessica Bryan spoke at the event and explained how she started the program. “The main purpose of the program is for community to remember Sailors and Soldiers who have served or are currently serving in the United States military,” Bryan explained to the audience. Bryan visited the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C. in 2010 sparking her thought of starting such a program. “Looking at the names, I realized how
many Sailors and Soldiers had unselfishly fought for our freedom,” Bryan recounted. After returning home from the trip, with the help of her mother, Bryan started planning the “Step Into Their Boots Program.” The objective of the program is to remember and reflect on the service of mili-
tary members by decorating a pair of boots with the name of the service member including their branch of service and the dates they served. For further information, you may visit www. stepintotheirboots.org or click “Like” on their facebook page.
NOSC Wilmington DE Awards ‘Canned Food Drive Champions’
By NOSC Wilmington DE Public Affairs
WILMINTON, D.E. – From October through December 2011, Navy Reserve units assigned to Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Wilmington, D.E, participated in a friendly competition in support of the local community. Lt. Cmdr. Emily Pulka, NOSC Wilmington Delaware’s commanding officer organized the food drive to benefit the Food Bank of Delaware while promoting esprit de corps. NOSC Wilmington food drive participants
included Military Sealift Command Expeditionary Port 105, Operational Health Support Unit Bethesda Detachment “V,” Operational Support Unit, Navy Maritime Construction Battalion Detachment 1423, and Undersea Warfare Operations Detachment “M”. In total, the NOSC collected 1,098 pounds of food and $694 in cash donations. Food donations included a wide range of goods, not just those items typically used in holiday meals, such as toiletries, coffee, evaporated milk, condiments, cooking oils, baking mixes, desserts, canned soups, vegetables, cere-
als, stuffing mix, and infant care items. Undersea Warfare Operations Detachment “M” won the competition and received the NOSC “Canned Food Drive Champions” trophy by donating approximately 300 pounds of food with 100% unit participation. “I am extremely pleased by the overwhelming response from all units.” Pulka stated. “The charity and goodwill demonstrated here today truly exemplifies our Navy core values.” NOSC Wilmington will continue to hold competitive food drives quarterly in an effort to continue supporting families in need throughout the local community.
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Another Successful RWW Hosted in Greensboro (ABOVE) RMARCC’s Warrior and Family Support Specialist Eric Harris, gives a presentation titled “Celebrating What’s Right With the World” during one of the breakout sessions of the Returning Warrior Workshop (RWW). RWWs give loved ones a chance to reconnect upon returning from IA assignments. For more information about attending an RWW, contact Harris at email@example.com. Photo by PSCS Anton Barte.
Logistics Specialists Refreshed by RESMART (ABOVE) RMARCC regional Logistics Specialists attended a four-day, 32-hour rate specific class titled Reserve Supply Management and Refresher Training (RESMART), Feb. 13-15. RESMART serves as a wealth of supply knowledge for all Logistics Specialists in the FTS/Reserve community. Various topics such as inventory management, requisition procedures and funding are presented in the course. Photo by MC2 Maddelin Angebrand.
In Our Navy: Glass Brings Support to Gay, Lesbian Sailors By Training Support Center Great Lakes Public Affairs GREAT LAKES, Ill. –The founder of the Gay, Lesbian and Supportive Sailors (GLASS) organization outlined how it supports Sailors through advocacy, education and outreach programs in an interview Feb. 17. GLASS is a peer-to-peer group for lesbian, gay, bisexual (LGB) Sailors and supportive members. GLASS seeks to provide a space for all Sailors to increase their understanding within this support group. Participants are encouraged to express their feelings and questions in a open, nonjudgmental environment. “By creating GLASS, we hope to start such a community that will grow through a network of Sailors and staff, to cater to the particular needs of the LGB community and their allies,” said Fire Controlman 3rd Class Ann Foster, the founder of GLASS. “Education is also very important to us as we hope that by being a visible presence on base, other Sailors who may not know anything about the community can take the opportunity
to learn about their fellow LGB shipmates.” GLASS held its kick-off meeting Feb. 13 at the United Services Organization building aboard Naval Station Great Lakes, Ill. GLASS hopes to create a strong, cohesive organization that seeks to encourage a base free of prejudice, bigotry, harassment, and violence. “I strongly support this effort,” said Capt. Peter R. Lintner, commanding officer for Training Support Center (TSC) Great Lakes. “I believe there is still a lot of contrary information floating around out there and that still may make people feel uncomfortable about their orientation. I believe a support group such as this may alleviate some of that. We know we have gay men and women here at Great Lakes. If GLASS makes them more comfortable and helps spread the correct information, it’s a wonderful thing.” “I really think we are witnessing history,” said Chief Boatswain’s Mate (SW/SC) Dena M. Partain. “I think this group will be a great place for gay/lesbian Sailors to just be themselves and
talk about issues that directly affect them.” “For someone that is still scared to ‘come out of the closet,’ this could be a life-changer,” he continued. GLASS believes that it is important that LGB Sailors be recognized as individuals and as a group. This is most important in maintaining working relationships with other students, TSC, learning site and naval station staff, their families, and friends. “Most reactions have been those of curiosity from many ‘straight’ Sailors,” Foster said. “Of course, we expect a certain amount of backlash from some shipmates but that is to be expected. For the most part, the greater majority of people are just standing by to see how GLASS turns out here before embracing it at other commands.” GLASS participants plan to volunteer at shelters for gay teens in Chicago, participate in major events on base and in the Chicago and Milwaukee Pride events later this year. “We have many other support groups and information groups throughout the Navy,” said Lint-
ner. “As commanding officer, I have attended one of the meetings and found it to be a wellrun and organized function.” Although GLASS members can communicate via the Internet, meetings offer many subjects for discussion in a safe space for free expression. GLASS also promotes outreach and advocacy, visibility of LGB issues, referrals, and academic and leadership opportunities. “Many of our new Sailors are unsure how their sexual orientation will be perceived and GLASS is a good way to share experiences and perspectives,” said Lintner. “I believe the group has the potential to grow as a source of accurate information. By sharing their experiences and stories, new sailors can learn to cope, making them better Sailors as a whole.” For further information on GLASS, review their Facebook site at: www.facebook.com/ GLASSgreatlakes. For more information, visit www.navy.mil, www.facebook.com/usnavy, or www.twitter.com/usnavy. For more news from Training Support Center Great Lakes, visit www.navy.mil/local/tscgl/.
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(LEFT) NOSC Syracuse Commanding Officer Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Newman reads to students at a local school during a community outreach project. Photo Courtesy NOSC Syracuse. (MIDDLE LEFT) NOSC Manchester held an awards ceremony during a January drill weekend. Photo Courtesy NOSC Manchester. (MIDDLE RIGHT) NOSC Newport was recognized for eighty-five percent medical readiness and celebrated with a cake social hour. Photo Courtesy NOSC Newport.
(RIGHT) RMARCC Commanding Officer Capt. Walter J. Adelmann meets with staff members at NOSC Greensboro during a routine visit in January. Photo Courtesy NOSC Greensboro.