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F/A-18 Super Hornets perform a fly over the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman F/A-18 Super Super Hornets Hornets perform perform aa fly fly over over the the Nimitz-class Nimitz-class aircraft aircraft carrier carrier USS USS Harry Harry S. S.Truman Truman F/A-18 (CVN 75) during a change of command ceremony for the “Fighting Checkmates” of Strike (CVN 75) 75) during during aa change change of of command command ceremony ceremony for for the the “Fighting “Fighting Checkmates” Checkmates” of of Strike Strike (CVN Fighter Squadron (VFA) 211. Fighter Squadron Squadron (VFA) (VFA) 211. 211. Fighter

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deploy when called upon. “Our strike group’s missions have dem“Our strike group’s missions have demNORFOLK onstrated we are inherently maneuverable NORFOLK NORFOLK onstrated we are inherently maneuverable Nearly 6,500 Sailors of the Harry S. Tru- and flexible while remaining operational unNearly 6,500 Sailors of the Harry S. Tru- and flexible while remaining operational unman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) arrived predictable to any potential adversary,” said man Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) arrived predictable to any potential adversary,” said in Naval Station (NS) Norfolk, Virginia, July Black. “This epitomizes the Navy’s dynamic in Naval Station (NS) Norfolk, Virginia, July Black. “This epitomizes the Navy’s dynamic force employment concept and shows this 21. force employment concept and shows this 21. The aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman strike group is ready and capable of accomofwe accom- time to give back more and more organizations have The aircraft carrier USS Harry Truman strike group is ready and capable By Kristi R S. Britt year any time, as ourtake na(CVN 75) and strike group ships USS Nor- plishing any mission, at“Each Norfolk Naval Shipyard Affairs plishing any mission,to at any time, as our na- while trying to joined the effort to do their part. 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Even bit helps.” thisasamount about the Italy, France, Germany Egypt, Morocco, and the last three months erability exercises, get as well maritimesays and a lot said HSTCSG Commander Rear Adm. Gene ors have shown overlittle Egypt, Morocco, Italy, France, Germany and ors have shown over the last three months erability exercises, as well as maritime and said HSTCSG Commander Rear Adm. Gene in the face of the ongoing pandemic, Marine Toys for Tots Foundation shipyard being give backKingdom. to United Also, aircraft from emHarry S. Truman’s theater security operations. Strike willing group tothe Black. “We carried out the full spectrum of operating at sea,” saidThe the be United Kingdom. Also, aircraft from emat help sea,” said Harry S. Truman’s intheater security Strike group Black. “We carried outthe theteam full spectrum of operating persevered with the firstNick established 1947participated to help operations. community I couldn’t inour Exercise Baltic –Operabarkedprouder Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 supported Commanding Officerwas Capt. Dienna. units missions from sustained combat flight oper- and units participated in Exercise Baltic Operabarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 supported CommandingcolOfficersupport Capt. Nick Dienna. missions from sustained combat flightNNSY oper- employees of generous in need the from the Adriatic Sea and Operation tionsduring (BALTOPS) Inherent Resolve during May and time in port, ations to training and integration with NATO “While we plan to enjoy our children from the Adriatic Sea and Operation Inherent Resolve during May and our season. time in port, ations to training and integration NATO “While we plan to enjoy lected 704with toys. holiday Since tions its (BALTOPS) founding, ❯❯ See TOYS | A7 Exercise Lightning Handshake with the Moincluding reconnecting with those who supallies and regional partners.” including reconnecting with those who sup- Exercise Lightning Handshake with the Moallies and regional partners.” Black also emphasized that the strike ported us from afar, we’re continuing to stay roccan Navy and Air Force. »»See HOME | A6 Black also emphasized that the strike ported us from afar, we’re continuing to stay roccan Navy and Air Force. »»See HOME | A6 Public Affairs Affairs Public

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Naval Weapons CNRMA HOLDS Station Yorktown CNRMA HOLDS CHANGE OF COMMAND, COMMAND, nominated for OF CHANGE RETIREMENT CEREMONY 2021 Installation RETIREMENT CEREMONY Excellence By MC3 Caledon Rabbipal was the guest speaker. By MC3 MC3 Caledon Caledon Rabbipal Rabbipal By was the guest speaker. Scorby, a native of Manlius, N.Y., asAward Scorby, a native of Manlius, N.Y., asNavy Public Affairs Support Element – East Navy Public Public Affairs Affairs Support Support Element Element –– East East Navy

USS New York holds change of command By MC2 Lyle Wilkie

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sumed command of CNRMA on March sumed command of CNRMA on March 10, 2016 and demonstrated innovative 10, 2016 and demonstrated innovative Rear Adm. Charles W. Rock relieved leadership in guiding 14 installations Rear Adm. Charles W. Rock relieved leadership in guiding 14 installations Rear Adm. John C. Scorby Jr. as Com- across a 20-state region. Rear Adm. John C. Scorby Jr. as Com- across a 20-state region. mander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic While under Scorby’s command, YORKTOWN mander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic While under Scorby’s command, (CNRMA), during a change of command CNRMA encouraged energy conservaSusanne Greene (CNRMA), during a change of(NWS) command CNRMA encouraged energy conservaNaval Weapons Station ceremony held at Naval Station Norfolk,Thetion initiativesStation such Yorktown as BattleScudder Hall Galley gathers with staffthrough at Naval Weapons ceremony held at Naval Station Norfolk, tion through initiatives such as Battle Yorktown from Navy Regionresulting Mid-Atlantic July 20. nominated to represent representatives “E” for energy program, in to celebrate their 17th consecutive July 20. “E”certification, for energyOct. program, resulting in Commander, Region ceremony Mid- 5 Star 7, 2020. The change Navy of command the region garnering 27 Secretary of the The change of 2021 command ceremony the region garnering 27 Secretary of the Atlantic for the Installation was immediately followed by a retire- Navy energy and water management was immediately followed by a retire-theNavy energylarge and and water management Excellence Award (Small Installatop three threeScorby Defense criteria for the Department ceremony for Scorby. awards during 2016 andtop 2017. ment ceremony for Scorby. Navy In- small awards during 2016 and 2017. Scorby tion) at the Commander, on their ment of Defense Commander-inVice Adm. Mary M. Jackson, com- alsoinstallations, championed based the Fleet and FamVice Adm. Mary M.level. Jackson, com- alsoofchampioned the inFleet and Famstallations Command performance compliChief Installation Excellence mander, Navy Installations Commandlevel ily Support Program, collaborating with mander, Navy Installations ily Support Program, collaborating The Navy’s Installation Command Excel- ance with the command’s goals with lence Award program recognizes and the Office»of theCEREMONY Secretary of | A8 ❯❯ See AWARD | A7 »See »»See CEREMONY | A8 By Susanne Greene, Naval Weapons StaNORFOLK NORFOLK NORFOLK tion Yorktown Public Affairs

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The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship, USS New York (LPD 21), held a change of command ceremony in Norfolk, December 11. Capt. Javier Gonzalez relieved Capt. Pete Kennedy after his sixteen-month tour as the commanding officer. Gonzalez reported to New York on November 30th to become its ninth commanding officer. Capt. Gonzalez has completed operational tours with USS Momsen (DDG 92), Command Destroyer Squadron Two Four, USS Taylor (FFG 50), USS Hue City (CG 66) and USS De Wert (FFG 45). He also served on shore assignments as the Division and Branch Chief at U.S. Central Command Operations Directorate Plans Division, Training Liaison Officer at Afloat Training Group, and lead Maritime Planner at Joint Interagency Task Force South. ❯❯

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James Foehl A photo illustration of Lt. Joshua Bowman, project officer, Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Business Systems Center (BSC), using a data-analytics dashboard.

NAVSUP Business Systems Center delivers interactive inventory accountability dashboard By James Foehl

NAVSUP Business Systems Center Public Affairs

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Information Technology Specialists at Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Business Systems Center (BSC) deployed an interactive business intelligence dashboard to improve commercial and organic inventory accountability of parts for NAVSUP Weapon Systems Center (WSS), October 30. “This project demonstrates our team’s vital role in utilizing data as a strategic asset to improve end-to-end supply chain readiness,” said Capt. Gene Cash, commanding officer, NAVSUP BSC. “NAVSUP BSC is uniquely positioned to deliver logistics information technology solutions that improve data-driven decision-making, and increase warfighting capability and readiness for the Navy.” The dashboard is designed to streamline distribution and analysis of inventory audit data from budget submission offices (BSO) by providing users the data in a centralized,

easy-to-use, interactive display. “NAVSUP WSS Inventory Operations Center (IOC) needed a real-time, interactive dashboard for analysts to provide auditable reports and inventory accountability at commercial and organic sites,” said Mike Leedy, project manager, Data/Analytics Solutions department, NAVSUP BSC. “The IOC dashboard fulfills these requirements and allows analysts to quickly drill down into data from various BSOs, see on-hand inventory reporting from BSO sites, stock-in-transit information from Navy Enterprise Resource Planning, and measure repair capability,” said Leedy. The dashboard displays key inventory accountability information, including oversight-testing results from multiple fiscal years, end-of-year audit results, 100% physical inventory results, on-hand inventory, and related financial values. “These key metrics permit stakeholders to monitor performance and progress for Navy Working Capital Fund – Supply Management (NWCF-SM) initiatives,” said Nestor Nieves, IOC dashboard lead, NAV-

SUP WSS. “The metrics depicted in the dashboard are being evaluated by all echelons, BSOs, and commercial vendors who provide support to the Navy. By monitoring performance metrics, each NWCF-SM stakeholder can leverage the information to inform their respective remediation plans, and meet any contractual obligations.” The IOC team was established in 2019 and is responsible for improving and standardizing the audit of NWCF-SM inventory at organic inventory warehouse management sites, commercial sites, organic U.S. Navy repair sites, and shipyards. “As of October 31, there is $38.8 billion of NWCF-SM inventory held in more than 1,000 plants across the globe. The IOC dashboard provides a level of transparency required to make substantive improvements in materiel accountability,” said Nieves. Dashboard deployment was the first step of a multi-phased project and serves as the foundation for building out future data-analytic requirements to improve and standardize audit readiness. “Our experts created the dashboard uti-

lizing robust business intelligence capabilities of Navy Data Platform and Netezza Performance Server. This provided a reusable construct that can increase the speed of delivery for future requirements throughout the NAVSUP Enterprise,” said Angel Rodriguez, project engagement lead, Data/Analytics Solution department, NAVSUP BSC. Future enhancements that drill down further into data are currently being developed for the IOC dashboard. “Once completed, the IOC dashboard will provide a vehicle where all key performance data directly related to audit will be in one place,” said Nieves. “It will give us the opportunity to set goals and objectives while tracking progress across multiple fiscal years.” NAVSUP BSC provides the Navy with information systems support through the design, development, and maintenance of systems in the functional areas of logistics, supply chain management, transportation, finance, and accounting and is one of 11 commands under Commander, NAVSUP. NAVSUP is headquartered in Mechanicsburg and employs a diverse, worldwide workforce of more than 22,500 military and civilian personnel. NAVSUP’s mission is to provide supplies, services, and quality-oflife support to the Navy and joint warfighter.

Kearsarge completes fast cruise before contractor sea trials By MC2 Jacob S. Richardson USS Kearsarge Public Affairs

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The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) completed a fast cruise Dec. 10, in preparations for contractor sea trials and operations at sea and after a nearly one-year hiatus. The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) completed a fast cruise Dec. 10, in preparations for contractor sea trials and operations at sea and after a nearly one-year hiatus. A fast cruise is a crew simulauation of being at sea to test critical systems, operations, and personnel requirements to sustain the ship. “Our efforts today will set the tone for upcoming sea trials,” said Capt. Tom Foster, executive officer of Kearsarge. “We want to ensure we have the right people and equipment for each job and requirement, keeping focus on the safety of the ship and its Sailors.”

During the fast cruise, Kearsarge Sailors completed operational checks of the ship’s systems, tested communications, verified watchbills, ran fire and flooding drills, and prepared their workspaces for going underway - all to prove that the ship and crew are both ready and able to return to operations at sea. A large portion of the ship’s crew has reported to the command after the last deployment so doing a fast cruise helps identify and address any potential knowledge gaps. “We have a crew with a range of experience levels,” said Aviation Support Equipment Technician 1st Class Romeo Martin, a Damage Control Training Team member. “Some Sailors have been here for a while and some have just checked aboard. We have to prepare them all.” The ship’s contractor sea trials will test the integrity of the work done during Kearsarge’s nearly one year maintenance availability following its seven-month deployment.

MC2 Brandon Parker Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) transits the Atlantic Ocean, July 5, 2019.

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MC2 Ryan Seelbach Sonar Technician (Surface) 3rd Class Maria Martinez, from Pasadena, Texas, assigned to USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN 78) operations department, lowers the AN/SLQ-25 NIXIE torpedo countermeasure system to the water from Ford’s fantail during regularly scheduled maintenance on Sept. 5, 2020.

Ford Sonar Technicians support integrated CSG-12 operations From USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) Public Affairs

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Sailors serving as Sonar Technicians assigned to USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN 78) Operations Department, Operations Maintenance (OM) division, work day and night performing a variety of different evolutions in support of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) TWO. Sonar Technician 1st Class Landon Walker from Memphis, Tennessee, is one of Ford’s five sonar technicians in the OM division. He explains the primary objective of his work center. “OM division’s primary purpose is to support DESRON with the Carrier Tactical Support Center (CV-TSC), NIXIE

[a towed torpedo decoy device], the Under Sea Warfare Decision Support System and the WQC-2A underwater communication system,” said Walker. “Additionally, the MH-60 Romeo Sea Hawk helicopters deploy sonobuoys and we can remotely monitor them from the CV-TSC as well.” OM division conducts NIXIE streams as a type of torpedo countermeasure, which involves deploying hydrophones into the water with a long cable. The hydrophones serve as a torpedo decoy and the cable creates a magnetic field behind the ship to activate any magnetic detonators in a torpedo. “The hydrophones generate sound in the water. They look like little torpedoes,” said Walker. “When we put them into the water, they’re towed behind the

ship, as a torpedo defense.” In addition to torpedo defense, OM division plays a crucial role in a man overboard scenario. Walker describes how his team uses their equipment to assist in the recovery. “CV-TSC also helps out with man overboard scenarios. It’s probably the best tool for finding a person who has gone overboard,” said Walker. “We have an overlay where we can put in the direction of the currents, the speed of the currents, the winds, how long ago the person was reported overboard, and the direction the ships in the Strike Group are going.” Sonar Technician 2nd Class Andrew Tierce from Victorville, California, explained how they work with other Sailors to obtain the inputs of that informa-

tion. “As soon as they call man overboard, we call METOC [meteorological and oceanographic center] and get the weather information,” said Tierce. “We put it in our system and it calculates, in a pretty tight ring, where the person should be.” In regards to the numerous roles that sonar technicians play into the mission of Ford, Walker said what keeps him motivated is working with the DESRON and the different Air Wing squadrons that come aboard and getting to see the Strike Group from a bigger perspective. Ford is underway in the Atlantic Ocean conducting first-ever integrated Carrier Strike Group operations with Carrier Air Wing EIGHT, Destroyer Squadron TWO and their Air and Missile Defense Commander, Commanding Officer of USS Gettysburg (CG 64). For more news from USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), visit www.dvidshub.net/unit/CVN78

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Aldo Anderson From left to right: Production and Facilities Equipment Manager (Code 900F) Joseph Singer, Process Improvement Program Manager (Code 900) Martrail Parker, and the Executive Development Program Manager Danielle Larrew.

NNSY’s Executive Development Program alumni: Then, now By Hannah Bondoc

Norfolk Naval Shipyard Public Affairs

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Every year since 2001, a number of Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) Employees apply to the Executive Development Program (EDP) in hopes to not only gain knowledge and understanding about how to be a better leader and team player, but also to use their newly found skills for new opportunities in the shipyard. The Purpose of NNSY’s EDP is to provide each participant with the following: an understanding of the totality of naval shipyard operations; an introduction to the leadership competencies and experience it takes to operate such a wide-ranging enterprise; face time with senior leaders at NNSY, site visits (TDYs) with NNSY’s Detachments and supported commands (Philadelphia, Kings Bay and Charleston), the other Naval Shipyards (Pearl Harbor, Portsmouth and Puget Sound), Naval Sea System Command (NAVSEA) Headquarters and Fleet Forces Command; and an opportunity for each successful graduate to be reassigned to an area where NNSY needs to improve

its leadership pipeline. Among those who have graduated over the years are Production and Facilities Equipment Manager (Code 900F) Joseph Singer, Process Improvement Program Manager (Code 900) Martrail Parker, and the EDP’s very own manager, Danielle Larrew—all of whom would like to impart a glimpse of their experience in the program to those who might be interested. Singer had been assigned at NNSY and worked in Special Emphasis Group (Code 361) while he was still in the Navy. Upon retirement, he applied to an open Assistant Project Superintendent position and was hired—but was encouraged to reach for more. “My department head at the time encouraged me to apply because of my advanced skill and leadership level, thinking it would help me with future assignments at the shipyard,” he said. Little did he know that through the program he would meet several senior shipyard employees throughout the corporation. “It gave me an opportunity to learn from them and draw some of their leadership abilities into my management style,” he added. “It taught me to be patient, and realize that people have several different

skill levels and each needs to be handled accordingly. Honest feedback and accountability is important to grow. Moreover, the fair treatment of all does not mean the same treatment for all.” After 10 years as an Operation Specialist in the Navy, Parker left the military and began working in the private sector. His wife’s experiences within the shipyard however influenced him to serve his country yet again. He had worked his way up from Training Technician (Code 105.43) to Process Improvement Manager of the Rapid Prototype Center (Code 900P) when he had heard about the EDP and waited for the opportunity to apply. If his EDP diploma is anything to go by, the wait was worth it. “As an employee, I was able to learn from the most influential individuals within our enterprise and was given a different perspective,” Parker said. “As a person, I am now more in-tune with how much work we need to do to change the status quo (employee development).” He also says that he is more in-tune with the needs of his employees and the shipyard in general. With this in mind, he tries to take the time to ensure that he provides completed staff work,

and removes any and all barriers his employees may experience. As he stated, “my goal is to make my NNSY a place we are all proud to work at.” One of the graduates who may have experienced the most change through the EDP however is Danielle Larrew. Hired as part of the a military spouse initiative after her husband was transferred to Fort Eustis in Newport News, Virginia, she was a facilitator in Command University (Code 900T) when she made the decision to apply to the program. “I saw the EDP as an opportunity to learn about NNSY and the NAVSEA corporate structure,” she explained. “I also thought it would benefit me as a facilitator to understand the points of view of other employees across NNSY.” She was proven right as she now uses the skills she learned through the program to be its manager. “I have an understanding of the opportunities and challenges of being in the program, as well as honor that comes along with it,” she elaborates. “In my day-to-day job, I lean on the connections I made during the program to help support Production Resources (Code 900) personnel. I also appreciate what everyone at NNSY and NAVSEA does much more now.” The program will be accepting new applicants in Jan. 2021. For those interested, contact Larrew at 757-396-2602 or danielle.larrew@navy.mil for more information.


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Coming full circle By MCC Todd MacDonald, Navy Recruiting Command Public Affairs

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Born and raised in Burlington, New Jersey, a suburb of Philadelphia, Aviation Boatswain’s Mate Nevin Stevens grew up playing hockey and rooting for the Philadelphia Flyers, Phillies and 76’ers. Upon graduation from high school, Stevens did not know what he wanted to do in life. What he did know however, was that college was not it. One day, and with no intention of joining the military, he drove a friend to a Navy recruiting station. As the saying goes, “The rest is history.” Stevens has been in the Navy for seven years. His first assignment had him operating, maintaining and performing maintenance on steam catapults, barricades and arresting gear aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). His most recent two years have been spent as a recruiter at NRS Virginia Beach, part of Navy Talent Acquisition Group Richmond. After buying a house in Virginia Beach, working for recruiting just made sense. “I came from a divorced family and moved around a lot up until the age of 8 when I moved in with my father,” said Stevens. “I wanted to have a way to where my 5-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son could have a home to grow up in.” Making the decision to join the Navy at 18 was the best thing he could have done, said Stevens. He said without the Navy he would not have started a family nor would he have been able to provide for them the way he does. “My family is the reason why I have stayed in the Navy, for the simple fact of I love what I do and it’s a sense of security to be able to support them.” There was a learning curve for Stevens on his transition to recruiting. Getting familiar with the different forms an applicant needs to join the Navy and the process of making initial contact with potential applicants were some of his challenges. He said he wasn’t the type of person to just approach people and strike up conversations. “I usually go out prospecting with another recruiter so they can start the conversation, then I join in,” he said. “Or I find something I might have in common with the individual and talk about that. That puts us both more at ease.” Despite the initial adjustments, Stevens has settled into recruiting just fine. In October 2020, for his outstanding efforts and accomplishments in recruiting, he was meritoriously promoted to the rank of first class petty officer, pay effective immediately. Though the personal accolades are flattering, Stevens

Courtesy photo Aviation Boatswain's Mate Nevin Stevens poses for a photograph.

said being able to help people better their lives by joining the Navy is what really matters to him. When he gets calls from Sailors who have graduated boot camp, thanking him for mentoring them, that’s what makes it all worth it, said Stevens. “It doesn’t get any better than that,” Stevens said with a smile. “That, and giving people a chance to be a part of something bigger than themselves.” Being able to spread Navy awareness to people who may not think the Navy is for them is a feeling that comes full circle for Stevens. From an 18-year-old kid offering a ride to a friend, to a Petty Officer 1st Class who now offers careers, what a

difference seven years makes. At the end of this year, Navy Recruiting Command will consist of a command headquarters, three Navy Recruiting Regions, 26 NTAGs and 64 Talent Acquisition Onboarding Centers (TAOCs) that will serve more than 1,000 recruiting stations around the world. Their mission is to attract the highest quality candidates to assure the ongoing success of America’s Navy. For more news from Commander, Navy Recruiting Command, go to http://www.cnrc.navy.mil. Follow Navy Recruiting on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ NavyRecruiting), Twitter (@USNRecruiter) and Instagram (@USNRecruiter).

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NSWC Dahlgren mechanical engineer wins extraordinary innovation award From Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division Public Affairs

DAHLGREN, Va.

When Dr. David Hubble came to Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) in 2013, he was unaware his career would lead to work with laser testing and instrumentation. This path led to him winning the NSWCDD Gun and Electric Weapon Systems Department Extraordinary Innovation Award for his exemplary achievements. Hubble began working with heat transfer in 2006 and joined the Dahlgren team in 2013. In 2018, he began supporting the laser testing and instrumentation unit. The command’s Gun and Electric Weapon Systems Department recognized Hubble for his superb leadership and brilliant expertise shown while working on the Flat Plate Calorimeter (FPC); an instrument designed to measure the power that high-energy lasers can deliver at tactically relevant distances. Hubble’s work with Dahlgren is far reaching and includes testing support on the Potomac River Test Range. “To help assess the lethality of these new laser weapon systems, the power that they can deliver to a down range target must be measured,” Hubble explained of the FPC. In reflecting on the accomplishments of the FPC, Hubble recognized three teammates who were all instrumental in the success of this task. Those coworkers are Peter Wick, Justin Stiltner and Thomas Cormier. Each played a key role in making the FPC successful. “Additionally, the project wouldn’t have gotten off the ground without the encouragement of our Test and Evaluation Division Head Barry Mohle, and the initial funding provided by Directed Energy Division Head Ronald Flatley,” explained Hubble. Today, Hubble continues to work on refining the FPC and enjoys his role. “It’s great to be performing heat transfer analysis again. That is my background and it’s the part of mechanical engineering I most enjoy,” he said. During his career, Hubble received recognition and awards for his efforts and contributions. One such award is the NAVSEA Excellence Award for the 57mm PACS Development and Test Team that Hubble supported. Another recognition was the Dr. Charles J. Cohen Award of Excellence for Science and Technology for Hubble’s innovation and leadership in development of an advanced design liquid propane burner system for use in mandatory Insensitive Munitions test and evaluation. These, along with the Extraordinary Innovation Award, are just a few of the accomplishments that highlight Hubble’s career.

Stacia Courtney The Gun and Electric Weapon Systems Department recognized Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) mechanical engineer Dr. David Hubble with the Extraordinary Innovation Award for his superb leadership and brilliant expertise shown while working on the Flat Plate Calorimeter (FPC). The FPC is an instrument designed to measure the power that high-energy lasers can deliver at tactically relevant distances.

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USS New York holds change of command Continued from A1 Kennedy led the New York crew through Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training (SWATT), Amphibious Ready Group/Marine Expeditionary Unit Exercise (ARGMUEX), and a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX). These exercises certified the New York for a 8-month deployment to 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of Operation. He also led the ship in a homeport shit from Mayport, Florida, to Norfolk. “It has been my honor to serve on a ship which means so much to our country,“ said Kennedy. ”Our Sailors’selfless service in answering our nation’s call has truly been inspiring. I have complete faith that the Men and Women of USS New

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Norfolk Naval Shipyard VET-ERG leads charge with annual Toys for Tots collection Continued from A1 of our workforce,” said VET-ERG Member Colten Brinkman who led the program for NNSY this year. Another group that embraced the giving spirit for this year’s collection was the NNSY Chapter of the National Association of Superintendents (NAS), donating $5,000 to purchase gifts. “It was an amazing opportunity to be able to give something back to those in need,” said NAS President William

Naval Weapons Station Yorktown nominated for 2021 Installation Excellence Award AWARD |

Continued from A1 Awards. The installation nominees were announced by Rear Adm. Charles W. Rock, Commander, Navy Region MidAtlantic. “NWS Yorktown provided unsurpassed, world-class support to their tenant activities, completely focused on the Fleet, Fighter, and Family,” stated Rear Adm. Rock. “Their impressive successes clearly demonstrated a commitment to the US Navy’s overall mission.” A few of NWS Yorktown’s most no-

York will continue to ensure our nation never forgets the lives lost on and in response to 9/11." During the ceremony, Kennedy, received the Legion of Merit for his performance as commanding officer. Gonzalez officially assumed the title of commanding officer after orders were read and salutes rendered. “It is a tremendous privilege to command New York and this amazing crew,” said Gonzalez. “It will be challenging to get the necessary repairs and systems upgrades in the upcoming yard period. I have no doubt that we will overcome these obstacles and get New York back to sea, where she belongs." New York, the sixth U.S. Navy ship to be named for the state of New York has recently executed a home port shift from Mayport, Florida, to Norfolk. For more information, visit www.navy.mil, www.facebook.com/usnavy, or www.twitter.com/usnavy. For more news from USS New York

MC2 Lyle H. Wilkie III Capt. Jason Rimmer, center,commodore of Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 8, watches as Capt. Pete Kennedy, left, former commanding officer of the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21), is relieved by Capt. Javier Gonzalez, during the change of command ceremony in the ship hangar bay, Dec. 11, 2020.

Stubbs. “The NAS normally enjoys their annual Christmas party and with COVID restrictions in place it was not a wise decision to hold it this year. Being able to put a smile on the faces of potentially hundreds of children is what the NAS’s outreach to the community is all about. We have a tendency to think of all the luxuries, like Christmas parties, that COVID has taken away but when you look at how that inconvenience can be used as a greater opportunity to bless those that really need it most, it really puts things into perspective. My hope is that maybe one of the children who received a gift from this donation will be a future leader at NNSY. Small sparks of good will set large fires of culture change.” “On behalf of all of us in the VETERG, I wish to express our thanks and gratitude to National Superintendents

Association for this amazing donation to the Toys for Tots campaign,” said Boyle. The NNSY VET-ERG celebrated the end of this year’s campaign Dec. 9, turning over the collected gifts to the Marines. “This is amazing and I thank the efforts of the VET-ERG and the NAS for taking charge and making this happen,” said Deputy Shipyard Commander Capt. Todd Nichols. “This is a wonderful achievement and I’m sure it will bring a smile to many within our community.” Command Master Chief Gene Garland added, “In today’s environment with COVID-19 and a lot of families in need, this is a great way to make someone’s Christmas brighter. A child will get up on Christmas morning and will see toys from a place of giving.

We’re making a difference in our community and I thank everyone who helped to contribute to this huge donation!” VET-ERG Founding Member and retired NNSY employee Rick Nelson attended this year’s closeout to help sort out donations and he noted what an achievement this was for NNSY. “Realizing there are kids who are getting presents for Christmas that may not have gotten something otherwise – it’s remarkable what the shipyard has done. The commitment of the VETERG is always commendable and they continue to step up to the plate to help our fellow shipyarders and our community. I’m proud of the legacy we’ve built and how they continued to grow.” To learn more about the Toys for Tots program, visit https://www.toysfortots.org/.

table accomplishments include Scudder Hall Galley 5 Star Certification (11th consecutive) and numerous environmental accolades and new endeavors. The installation received the United States Secretary of the Navy 2020 Environmental Restoration Award, their 17th consecutive Hampton Roads Sanitation District Excellence Award, Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration Challenge Award, Fiscal Year 2020 Retention Excellence Award and NWS Yorktown’s ID Lab being highly praised for their mission accomplishment during COVID-19 and far exceeding expectations. “This nomination is due to the outstanding work ethic of our Sailors, Civilians and Contractors that make NWS Yorktown one of the finest installations in the US Navy,” stated Captain Jason J. Schneider, Commanding Officer of Naval Weapons Station Yorktown. YORKTOWN, Va. – Naval Weapons

Station (NWS) Yorktown nominated to represent Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic for the 2021 Installation Excellence Award (Small Installation) at the Commander, Navy Installations Command level. The Navy’s Installation Excellence Award program recognizes the top three large and top three small installations, based on their level of performance in compliance with the command’s goals and the Office of the Secretary of Defense criteria for the Department of Defense Commander-in-Chief Installation Excellence Awards. The installation nominees were announced by Rear Adm. Charles W. Rock, Commander, Navy Region MidAtlantic. “NWS Yorktown provided unsurpassed, world-class support to their tenant activities, completely focused on the Fleet, Fighter, and Family,” stated Rear Adm. Rock. “Their impressive successes clearly demonstrated a com-

mitment to the US Navy’s overall mission.” A few of NWS Yorktown’s most notable accomplishments include Scudder Hall Galley 5 Star Certification (11th consecutive) and numerous environmental accolades and new endeavors. The installation received the United States Secretary of the Navy 2020 Environmental Restoration Award, their 17th consecutive Hampton Roads Sanitation District Excellence Award, Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration Challenge Award, Fiscal Year 2020 Retention Excellence Award and NWS Yorktown’s ID Lab being highly praised for their mission accomplishment during COVID-19 and far exceeding expectations. “This nomination is due to the outstanding work ethic of our Sailors, Civilians and Contractors that make NWS Yorktown one of the finest installations in the US Navy,” stated Captain Jason J. Schneider, Commanding Officer of

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Newest U.S. Navy submarine visits newest Brazil submarine base

Courtesy photo U.S. and Brazilian officials pose for a photo on the brow of the U.S. Navy's newest Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Vermont (SSN 792), during a brief logistics stop for the ship in Rio de Janeiro.

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The Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Vermont (SSN 792) is operating in the U.S. 4th Fleet area of operations and conducted a brief stop for logistics in Rio de Janeiro, Dec. 10-15. Vermont is the newest submarine in the U.S. Fleet and is visiting Brazil’s newest submarine base the Itaguaí naval base in the state of Rio de Janeiro. During Vermont’s visit, Brazil will accept three Brazilian built Scorpene-class diesel-electric submarine’s into their fleet: BNS Riachuelo (S40), BNS Humaitá (S41) and BNS Tonelero (S42). While operating in U.S. 4th Fleet, Vermont

conducted anti-submarine warfare (ASW) exercises with the Brazilian Navy Submarine Tupi (S30) and maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft. “It is an honor to visit Brazil’s newest submarine base and see first-hand the Brazilian Navy’s success in the Brazilian Navy Submarine Development Program (PROSUB) through the build of BNS Riachuelo, BNS Humaitá, and BNS Tonelero,” said Vice Adm. Daryl Caudle, Commander, U.S. Submarine Forces. “The PROSUB program plays an important part in strengthening our bilateral ties and the overall regional security foundation. We will continue to work closely together toward achieving our shared objectives to improve our combined undersea effectiveness.” U.S. Ambassador to Brazil Todd Chapman

hosted President Jair Bolsonaro, accompanied by Caudle and other Brazilian dignitaries for a key leader engagement on Vermont, reaffirming the strong history of military collaboration between the United States and Brazil. “This visit reiterates our strong military-tomilitary relationship, and our common commitment to a partnership that helps strengthen the security of each of our nations, as well as the broader hemisphere. I was pleased to see first-hand, along with President Bolsonaro, the world-class technology and capabilities of this vessel, and to reiterate at the highest level of government our commitment to partnership with Brazil, said Chapman.” Vermont was commissioned April 18, 2020, and is the 19th Virginia-class fast-attack submarine. It is homeported in Groton,

Connecticut. Vermont, while in the 4th Fleet area of operations, will operate under the command and control of Commander Task Force 46 to complement the undersea warfare capabilities of U.S. Southern Command. The crew will adhere to COVID-19 health guidelines to ensure the health and safety of the local population and Sailors onboard. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/ U.S. 4th Fleet supports U.S. Southern Command’s joint and combined military operations by employing maritime forces in cooperative maritime security operations to maintain access, enhance interoperability, and build enduring partnerships in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American region.

Royal Australian Navy, Royal Canadian Navy, Royal Canadian Air Force join U.S. forces for Fleet Synthetic Training From Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

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U.S. military forces partnered with Australian and Canadian military units for a Fleet Synthetic Training – Joint Exercise (FST-J) that began Dec. 3. The week-long virtual exercise included participants from the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Army; as well as units from the Royal Australian Navy, Royal Canadian Navy, and Royal Canadian Air Force. These units are located throughout the United States, Japan, Canada, and Australia. “Exercises like FST-J strengthen the teamwork between our U.S., allied, and partner militaries,” said Rear Adm. Will Pennington, commander, Carrier Strike Group Five. “The complex virtual scenarios probe future security challenges in the IndoPacific and allow us to leverage the collective experience of our Joint and international team. Smart technology reduces costs and expands the problem set that we examine. It was especially useful this year in reducing risk within the COVID-19 envi-

ronment.” The synthetic nature of FST-J provides significant team-building between units and staffs in a dynamic environment without the need to get ships and Sailors underway. The training also reduces the complex logistics involved in live exercises and allows for intricate and demanding tactical and operational scenarios. Limiting factors in live exercises such as weather conditions, range restrictions, and opposing force sizes are fully customizable in the virtual space, allowing teams to focus on specific challenges throughout the training. “To be able to fight an Australian warship to her full potential in a synthetic domain alongside our American and Canadian partners is a fantastic way to refine our shared skills and complementary capabilities,” said Capt. Pete Bartlett, director, Royal Australian Navy’s Fleet Force Generation directorate. “HMAS Parramatta embedded in the USS America Expeditionary Strike Group earlier this year, and it is events such as FST-J which enabled the RAN to seamlessly integrate into U.S. Navy Strike Groups.” Due to its virtual nature, FST-J is particularly well-suited for training in the midst of

MCSN Askia Collins Lt. Zack Lukens, from Port Charlotte, Fla., left, and Sonar Technician (Surface) 1st Class Tyler Davis, from Lemoore, Calif., assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, serve as the sea combat tactical watch standers during Fleet Synthetic Training - Joint (FST-J) exercise aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), Dec. 03, 2020. FST-J is a week-long exercise that brings together multiple units from across the globe to train together in a virtual environment.

the COVID-19 pandemic. “FST-J provides a valuable opportunity to build and test the tactical expertise of geographically separated units during the challenges presented by COVID-19,” said Commodore Richard Feltham, Commander Canadian Fleet Atlantic. “A virtual exercise such as FST-J is the perfect way to strength-

en our commitment to upholding global security and prosperity while keeping our military and community safe and healthy.” Tactical Training Group Pacific (TTGP), located in San Diego, is facilitating the FST-J, providing the virtual architecture and distributed training environment to participants.


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I am single/divorced and have custody of a child. Am I entitled to family housing? Service members who are entitled to a housing allowance at the “with dependent rate” must have legal and physical custody of a child who lives with them at least six consecutive months of the year.

Francis Molinari Lisa Molinari and her daughter, Lilly, lined up outside the thrift shop.

Holiday head-to-head reveals need for normalcy By Lisa Smith Molinari

“Lilly, wake up!” I whisper-yelled to my sleeping daughter, who looked as if she’d slipped into a coma overnight, “It’s seventhirty! We’re leaving for the Christmas Fair in thirty minutes!” Lilly emitted a deep groan, clearly indicating that she’d forgotten the plan that we’d forged the night before: Get up early and be first in line for St. Matthew’s thrift shop Christmas Fair. I’d been frequenting thrift stores and yard sales my whole adult life. In college, I’d buy lambswool sweaters and Levi’s jeans to keep up with my preppy peers. In law school, I bought furniture, clothing, and housewares because I was flat broke. As a young Navy wife, stationed in the English countryside, I began collecting antiques and vintage items with other military spouses for fun. After our son was born, I bought lots and lots of toys and games to use when he needed home therapy. When our daughter became interested in up-cycled fashion, I’d skim thrift stores in search of Harley Davidson t-shirts and 80s jeans she’d use in her designs. Over the years, I’ve purchased everything from ceramic Christmas trees to couches second hand. I once wore a gown I snagged for $5 from a thrift store to the Navy Ball. And I looked fabulous in it, if I might say so

myself. When we moved to our current location, my daughters and I were excited to find that our new hometown had a thriving little second-hand shop run out of a church basement. Every Saturday morning at nine, St. Matthew’s Thrift Shop becomes a veritable bee-hive of activity. Women come to socialize as much as shop, often gathering around the popular “free table” while the husbands kibitz in the used book section. When the pandemic began, the villagers here were temporarily deprived of their weekly sojourns to the thrift shop, until St. Matthew’s reopened with occupancy limits and safety protocols, including lining up outside six feet apart to wait for permission to enter. When it was announced that St. Matthew’s Annual Christmas Fair was still taking place, Lilly and I made our plan to be first in line. Little did we know, so did everyone else. The rain was coming down in sheets when my husband pulled our car into St. Matthew’s parking lot 45-minutes before opening time. No one was in line, but cars were parked with engines running. Through the rain we could see shadowy figures seated inside. We eyed them suspiciously. A few minutes later, a woman exited a Subaru, popped open an umbrella, and scur-

ried toward the entrance. As if a starting gun had been fired, we all burst out of our vehicles and ran. One surprisingly spry, portly lady dashed ahead, and beat us. Lilly and I huddled under our umbrella, six feet behind her, ready to fight for our rightful place in line. “You started this!” someone in the back shouted through the rain and fog to the woman at the entrance. We all chuckled, as the ridiculousness of our situation dawned on us. Why on Earth would a dozen women stand out in the freezing rain at 8:30 in the morning, elbows poised for battle? For the chance to peruse used Christmas junk, of course! A half hour later, Lilly and I, our shoes soaked through, were finally granted permission to enter. As I scanned the tables filled with old holiday ornaments, stockings, jewelry, table linens, lights and tree stands, I realized that the fervor over the St. Matthew’s Christmas Fair had nothing to do with the sale. The pandemic has robbed us all of our routines, our traditions, our community. Deprived of those things that make us uniquely human, we have become desperate this holiday season. Desperate for entertainment, desperate for fellowship, desperate for normalcy. Rain, sleet and snow won’t stop us from finding that 50-cent Santa mug that we’ll donate back to charity next year. That 99-cent “Nutcracker" CD that skips in the middle. That irresistibly sparkly $2 rhinestone candycane pin that we’ll never wear. And, most of all, that priceless Christmas Spirit that we simply can’t live without.

Resources for Military Parents As COVID-19 Continues From Military Onesource

Parents are facing a variety of new and ongoing challenges as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Virus conditions keep changing, and work and school schedules vary. It’s easy to feel stressed about making the best choices for your family, and bogged down by decision fatigue. Military OneSource is committed to helping families thrive during these challenging times. Check out the following resources. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention resources The CDC offers extensive resources for keeping families healthy as COVID-19 continues. The latest CDC guidance includes everything from school planning to preparing for daily activities such as running errands, playing sports, social gatherings and much more. Check out the CDC’s: • School Decision-Making Tool for Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians to help you decide between in-person and virtual learning options for children • Checklists for in-person and virtual learning once you have made a decision • Tips for coping with stress and taking care of yourself •COVID-19 Parental Resources Kit organized by age group to help promote social, emotional and mental health for children and young adults • Ideas and links to programs to help children learn at home • Guidelines for daily activities and going out • Frequently asked questions • Department of Education resources The Department of Education also offers a variety of resources to ensure students can continue to pursue their educational goals during the pan-

MC2 Daniel Young U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Charles Harris, assigned to the USS Freedom (LCS 1), embraces his daughter during a homecoming celebration at Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, Calif., Aug. 7, 2013.

demic: Resources for learning at home with links for activities from the Library of Congress, NASA, the Kennedy Space Center, the Smithsonian Institution and more Pandemic relief measures in place through Dec. 31, 2020, for those who currently have Department of Education-held federal student loans Distance learning and general wellness resources The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry provides a wide variety of resources for helping kids and parents. Links include guidelines for talking to kids about COVID-19, stress management for teens, support for parents of children with disabilities, online educational activities for kids and more. The Department of Defense Education Activity also offers a comprehensive list of parent resources including: Guidance on returning to school, with information on virtual learning options, health and safety, and frequently asked questions and answers Extensive links for activities for students at home for children in prekindergarten through fifth grade, such as: • DODEA activities in math, science, social

studies and language arts • Ideas for indoor and outdoor physical activities • Recipes and experiments from America’s Test Kitchen Kids • Programs such as EarSketch and ScratchJr that teach computer coding skills •Best Virtual Events with concerts, story times and classes to stream from home • SciShow and Sick Science! for fun science activities • Online museum tours, field trips, jigsaw puzzles and much more Military OneSource resources Learn about more COVID-19 resources on the Military OneSource COVID-19 page. Find information about a wide range of military family topics, including: • Expanded Hourly Child Care Service • Supporting Military Children During the New School Year • Maintaining Strong Relationships • Staying Financially Fit • Virtual Resources for Overall Well-Being • Staying Vigilant and Keeping Up With Understanding of COVID-19 continues to change, so check our Coronavirus Updates for Our Military Community page.

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CNIC calls on all PPV housing tenants to take upcoming satisfaction survey By Kyle Z. Hendrix

Commander, Navy Installations Command Public Affairs

WASHINGTON

The annual Public-Private Venture (PPV) Tenant Satisfaction Survey (TSS) will be conducted from Dec. 10, 2020 through Jan. 31, 2021, and CNIC is calling on all tenants of Navy PPV housing to participate. “I want to emphasize how important it is for all PPV residents to complete this survey. Their feedback provides valuable information to help us improve their quality of life and service, and to determine where the Navy and our housing partners are getting it right and where we need to focus more attention,” said Vice Adm. Yancy Lindsey, CNIC Command-

er. The TSS is anonymous and is administered by CEL & Associates, an independent third party, with funding provided by the Navy. The surveys are designed to accurately identify the current state of Navy housing, and inform decisions on needed improvements. In addition to identifying immediate health or safety concerns, the Navy is looking at larger trends, such as reoccurring issues, the level of customer service, government oversight and identification of future projects such as new playgrounds or dog parks. The Navy has oversite of approximately 40,000 PPV housing units that are managed by the following PPV partners throughout the United States; Balfour Beatty, Clark, Hunt,

Landmark, Lincoln and Patrician. The upcoming TSS survey applies to all tenants of Navy PPV housing. Tenants will be receiving an email from CEL & Associates with instructions on how to provide their responses. If you are a tenant of PPV housing and do not receive a notification email please contact your local Housing Service Center (HSC) for assistance. “Our commitment remains unchanged, provide quality and safe housing to our service members and their families,” said Greg Wright, CNIC housing director. “I would like to thank all those who have brought up issues in the past, and encourage all tenants to take the annual survey as the feedback received translates into improvements for not only the

submitter, but the entire Navy community.” Several of the initiatives implemented recently in PPV housing oversight were a result of feedback through the various surveys last year such as, transparency in the maintenance process, use of online portals and apps, hiring additional personnel in Housing Service Centers and adding time between occupants to ensure houses are ready for the next tenant. Family members living in privatized housing are allowed to take the survey, but only one survey is allowed per household. Tenants with questions about the upcoming TSS should contact their local HSC for assistance. Outside of the RSS, residents can always contact their HSC with any housing question. HCS staff are there to support Sailors and families and can help with all of their housing needs. To learn more about Navy Housing, visit the nearest Housing Service Center or go to www.cnic.navy.mil/housing.

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MC3 Vincent Zline Capt. Luke Frost salutes Rear Adm. Fred Kacher, commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 7, during a change of command ceremony aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6), Dec. 11, 2020. Capt. Kenneth Ward, left, relieved Frost as the ship commanding officer.

USS America holds change of command By Lt. John Stevens

USS America (LHA 6) Public Affairs

SASEBO, Japan

Capt. Luke Frost, commanding officer of the U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed amphibious assault ship, USS America (LHA 6), turned over command to Capt. Ken Ward during a change of command ceremony onboard Dec. 11. Due to shipboard COVID-19 prevention measures, the ceremony was held with a small group in America’s pilothouse, broadcast to the crew over the ship’s general announcing system. “Luke Frost and USS America have quite simply made history in their first year forward deployed to Seventh Fleet,” said Rear Adm. Fred Kacher, commander of Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 7. “Captain Frost has embodied all the qualities we look for in our commanding officers and flawlessly led America’s crew through two superb patrols sailing upon some of the most critical and strategic waterways in the world today. While we will

miss Luke’s leadership, I look forward to working with Captain Ken Ward as he takes command of this incredible warship following his outstanding performance as America’s executive officer. Let there be no doubt that USS America remains in good hands.” Frost’s tour included notable operations for America highlighted by the largest embark of F-35B’s to date with a Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force, America’s forwarddeployment to Sasebo, Japan, and participation in Valiant Shield, Cobra Gold, multiple Noble and Lightning series exercises as well as bilateral engagements with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, Japan Air Self-Defense Force, Republic of Korea and a cooperative deployment with the Royal Australian Navy. The ship completed two extended periods of uninterrupted operations during the height of the global novel coronavirus pandemic with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and Amphibious Squadron 11, operating across the Indo-Pacific as the Flag Ship for ESG 7. “America is the pinnacle. Navy families

know that these incredible, formidable, hard sailing and fearless fighting ships are not made of steel – the steel is just the vessel. Ships are teams of flesh and blood, heart and soul. America is an incredibly impressive high-performing team of Sailors and Marines. It is also the team of civilians that keeps us fit to fight, and our families that support us in all that we do,” said Frost. “I could not be more proud of what this team has accomplished in the past thirty months. You are the best in this business. I’ve been fortunate to be in the locker room with you all, and I know great things lie ahead as you all continue to play hard in the IndoPacific.” Ward, who assumed command as part of the Navy surface force’s “fleet-up” model, served as the ship’s executive officer for fifteen months. “It is a tremendous honor and privilege to follow Captain Frost in command of this talented and diverse team of dedicated professionals,” said Ward. “For our Sailors’ families: you should be supremely proud of the critically important work and vast accomplish-

ments of your daughters, sons, husbands and wives, serving on board USS America. I am humbled and thankful for the opportunity to continue to serve alongside each one of them.” Ward, America’s sixth commanding officer, graduated from Pacific Lutheran University and received his commission through Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Fla. Designated a naval aviator in 1999, he is a helicopter pilot whose embarked sea tours include USS McInerney (FFG 8), USS San Jacinto (CG 56), USS Juneau (LPD 10), and USS Shiloh (CG 67). He served as executive officer and commanding officer of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 77 deployed onboard USS George Washington (CVN 73) and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Frost’s next assignment will be in the Office of the Chief of Navy Reserve in Washington, D.C. America, the lead ship of the America Expeditionary Strike Group, is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility to enhance interoperability with allies and partners, and serve as a ready response force to defend peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

Vertical lift modules raise the bar for storage options on F-35 line By Heather Wilburn

Fleet Readiness Center East Public Affairs

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C.

New storage solutions are delivering big benefits on the F-35 Lightning II aircraft modification line at Fleet Readiness Center East, with everyone from aircraft maintenance professionals to program leadership noticing improvements in safety and efficiency. As part of remodeling efforts of the F-35 modification line, FRCE installed new vertical lift modules – also known as vertical stackers – to house aircraft parts and supplies. Collocated with each of the renovated modification bays, the system helps corral items that have traditionally been placed on carts and stands across the hangar area. “It’s really cleaned up our hangar deck,” said Wes Klor, the supervisor on the F-35 modification line at FRCE. “All of the parts racks and wagons that were used to transport and temporarily store the parts, the A-frames that hold the common hardware – all of those things are gone. Everything is inside the stackers, which takes a lot of things off the floor.” The tidier hangar deck has helped improve safety and cut down on foreign object debris (FOD) hazards, Klor said. “If you look at any traditional aircraft maintenance space, there’s stuff all over the place: parts, storage, hardware, toolboxes,” he said. “It’s not ideal, but it’s necessary. We don’t have to deal with that to the same degree now.” The stackers make good use of a space that is often overlooked, said Ike Rettenmair, F-35 branch head at FRCE. Going up instead of out in search of storage solutions on the hangar deck is a new concept at the facility. “Having these modules in place really makes the most of the space,” he explained. “Instead of being spread out around the hangar space, everything the artisans need is vertical in one location. Getting them was a worthwhile investment in the line.” The stackers were installed with space optimization in mind, agreed Matt Crisp, FRCE site lead for the F-35 Joint Program Office. When the office identified a need for additional F-35 maintenance stalls at FRCE and began renovating a new space to make it suitable for F-35 operations, it became clear that horizontal space was at a premium. “It was identified that, using our standard shelving, there was insufficient floor space available within the building to store all the parts removed from the aircraft,” he said. “The vertical stackers were identified as an ideal solution to more efficiently use the vertical space available in the hangar to store parts.” The stackers, Power Column 3 models produced by SencorpWhite, are the world’s largest vertical lift modules, according to the manufacturer. The systems each feature a welded frame, an integrated tray locating system and trays

Heather Wilburn Kemp Wickizer III, a production control coordinator on the F-35 Lightning II modification line at Fleet Readiness Center East, demonstrates use of a new vertical lift module for Ike Rettenmair, F-35 branch head at FRCE. The modules also known as vertical stackers house aircraft parts and supplies within the aircraft modification bay space, and have helped increase productivity while improving safety and reducing the potential for foreign object debris hazards.

with a maximum load of up to 2,000 pounds each. Task managers and work leaders keep an inventory of which parts and hardware are stored in each tray, making it easy to quickly locate an item when it’s needed. The modules each measure more than 12 feet wide by more than 20 feet tall and contain 28 trays set at varying heights, customized to the tray’s contents. This configuration allows the stackers to store parts and hardware both large and small, with their locations documented in a database that is updated whenever items are added or removed. Operators access the tray retrieval system using a touchpad on the front of the column, which sends the lift platform to the appropriate height to retrieve the correct tray and position it in the retrieval window. The operator can then move the tray clear of the column using the column’s pick and delivery mechanism, an integrated carriage that facilitates easy access to the tray and its contents. Use of the stackers has produced such positive results that the possibility of using them in the remaining F-35 modification space is being considered, Crisp added. “An informal business case analysis was performed and showed significant return on investment from a reduction in part handling time and delays to maintenance activities waiting on delivery of parts, as well as increasing shop floor organization, cleanliness, FOD reduction and shop safety improvements,” he explained. Klor said he believes the bump in productivity is a direct result of the stackers providing a centralized location for everything the aircraft maintenance professionals need.

“A big benefit is having everything you need for the airplane right there at your fingertips; there are no wasted footsteps,” he explained. “There’s no walking across the hangar to go get the hardware, there’s no moving parts back and forth from one building to another. When material gets ordered, it gets processed, brought here and it goes in the stacker until it’s ready to go on the airplane. Nothing for these airplanes gets stored anywhere else besides right next to the aircraft.” Kemp Wickizer III, a production control coordinator on the F-35 line, said he has noticed the benefits. “The artisans aren’t having to run back and forth to find the parts or hardware they need to do the job,” he said. “It helps us keep everything in one place, there’s a space for everything and they’re pretty simple to use – these are great.” Klor agreed, and said he hopes to see use of the stackers gain traction across the facility. “I didn’t have any idea how beneficial they would be until we started using them, and now I’m a big proponent of these things,” he said. “They’re a really great thing for us. If every product line could figure out how to find a footprint for them, I would highly recommend it.” FRCE is North Carolina’s largest maintenance, repair, overhaul and technical services provider, with more than 4,000 civilian, military and contract workers. Its annual revenue exceeds $900 million. The depot generates combat air power for America’s Marines and naval forces while serving as an integral part of the greater U.S. Navy; Naval Air Systems Command; and Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers.


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Jacob Moore The militarytop medical leaders pose for a photo after presenting Senior Leadership Panel at Defense during the 2020 Association of Military Surgeons of the United States annual meetings.

Navy Surgeon General highlights supporting service members, COVID response during AMSUS Conference By Ed Gulick

U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Public Affairs

FALLS CHURCH, Va.

The top military medical leaders came together virtually as a panel during the annual Association of Military Surgeons of the United States (AMSUS) Conference to discuss the top challenges they are facing including end strength reductions, facility restructuring, COVID-19 and the transition of medical facilities to the Defense Health Agency (DHA). Rear Adm. Bruce Gillingham, Navy Surgeon General and Chief, U.S. Navy of Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, discussed that while DHA is moving forward in military treatment facility administration and care, his focus is on the readiness of Sailors and Marines. “The reason that we are in uniform is to support the Chief of Naval Operations and the Commandant of the Marine Corps,” said Gillingham, “and to make sure that we are supporting them in line with their intent as they support the National Defense Strategy.”

He emphasized that COVID-19 has dramatically emphasized that role and not only in medical care, but also in military installation support which includes public health guidance so installation commanders can make the best choices to protect everyone on an installation. “It’s about keeping the Fleet or the Marine Corps healthy and ready to go. That remains paramount,” Gillingham said. When Rear Adm. Gillingham became the Surgeon General, his view of military medicine was primarily “projecting medical power in support of naval superiority, that was frankly, combat casualty care,” he said. But that broadened substantially when COVID-19 disrupted operations for the Navy and Marine Corps. “I would say for Navy that it [COVID-19] really has accelerated our approach to be one Navy Medicine. To really bring the entirety of our expertise to bear,” he said. The unique nature of Public Health experts, scientists, especially infectious disease specialists, logisticians all coming together to face this pandemic had a tremendous impact on his thinking.

In response to the dynamic environment, Navy Medicine started synthesizing the various best practices, published research and specific CDC and other government agency guidance into a weekly scientific report. The report is shared with Service leaders, installation commanders and medical professionals to aide in decision making at each level. Among the scientific papers presented in the science update was a study that was designed, approved and carried out by Navy researchers that provided closer examination of how best to keep Marine recruits healthy. The paper was eventually published by the New England Journal of Medicine and provided invaluable guidance on the spread of the virus in young adult populations. Another study, conducted with the Centers for Disease Control, was also published on how COVID spread on a ship, including a focus on asymptomatic spread. Other topics discussed during the panel included the military treatment facility transition to the Defense Health Agency, service medical end strength reductions and the MTF review and restructuring of certain facilities. Additional panelists included the Honorable Thomas McCaffrey, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs; the Army and Air Force Surgeons General; the Director of DHA; the Joint Staff Surgeon and the President of Uniformed Services University.

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Courtesy photo An aerial view of sandbar features near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. Researchers at NRLOcean Sciences Division study coastal features to determine how they evolve and impact coastal infrastructure. The division is a partner in the new Gulf Coast Tech Bridge announced Dec. 9.

NRL’s Ocean Sciences Division connects research with industry, academia From U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Public Affairs

WASHINGTON

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Ocean Sciences Division at Stennis Space Center, Mississippi, has joined a broader Navy effort to connect scientific discovery with civilian industry and universities across the nation and beyond. NRL joins the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division, and the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, to form the new Gulf Coast Tech Bridge, which spans four states— Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. “Developing new partnerships with industry and academia will accelerate

the transition of our science and technology for the benefit of the Navy, Marine Corps and the public,” said research physicist Joe Calantoni of the Ocean Sciences Division. “We are excited about the long-term potential of this new venture.” The Tech Bridge is focused on the future, growing coastal science and unmanned vehicle development, hosting industry events and expanding strategic partnerships. The Gulf Coast Tech Bridge’s focus areas are: coastal sciences and technology, assured maritime access and operational meteorology and oceanography. “We want to enable our scientists and engineers to transform their discoveries into commercial products,” Calantoni said. NRL’s Ocean Sciences Division con-

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Lt. Jason Figgeroa U.S. and Singapore military personnel pose for a photo while planning for amphibious interoperability training at sea during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Singapore.

U.S., Singapore militaries join for bilateral amphibious training during CARAT exercise By Lt. Lauren Chatmas, Command Destroyer Squadron 7 Public Affairs

SINGAPORE

U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and Republic of Singapore Navy partnered in the 26th annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) maritime exercise, in international water of the South China Sea and on Changi Naval Base, Singapore, Dec. 9-14. With over a half century of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Singapore, the two countries continue to work closely together to maintain a free, open, inclusive, peaceful, and secure Indo-Pacific region. CARAT Singapore 2020 underscores a shared commitment toward regional maritime security and stability. During the virtual commander’s conference, U.S. and Singapore leaders emphasized the success of this year’s CARAT, focusing on the diverse training value of integrating small amphibious landing crafts in addition to the traditional large deck operations. Rear Adm. Fred Kacher, commander, Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 7, addressed the mutual benefit and training opportunities of exercises like CARAT Singapore. “The 26th anniversary of CARAT Singapore symbolizes the strong and enduring

U.S.-Singapore partnership that has benefitted both of our navies for more than a quarter century,” said Kacher. “As someone who has lived, worked and sailed alongside our Singaporean partners during multiple CARAT exercises, I believe that practicing bilateral maritime operations in the South China Sea emphasizes our interoperability, cooperation, and a shared interest in maintaining regional security and stability in a free and open Indo-Pacific.” During the closing ceremony, Republic of Singapore Navy’s Commander Third Flotilla, Col. Ang Jeng Kai, commented on the successful completion of the exercise, and how CARAT 2020 is an extension of the stronger understanding the U.S. and Singapore navies have built over the years. “I am glad that we are still able to conduct exercises together, even though the planning for Exercise CARAT 2020 had to be done virtually,” said Ang. “The successful conduct of Exercise CARAT 2020, which included drills that required close coordination between the ships, also bears testament to the firm professional rapport we have established.” Using both integrated technology and inperson meetings on Changi Naval Base, a roundtable featuring amphibious interoperability included subject matter experts ex-

changing capabilities and organizational structure of U.S. and Republic of Singapore Navies amphibious operations. The discussion highlighted both exercise and future opportunities for bilateral amphibious training. Capt. Ann McCann, commodore, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7, emphasized the U.S.-Singapore bond grows stronger while planning exercises and when the two nations spend time together, both ashore and at sea. “CARAT Singapore is a perfect example of how we are able to sharpen maritime skills while simultaneously expanding our already deep bond,” said McCann. “Practicing tactics between RSS Endurance and one of our most capable amphibious warships, USS Somerset, will provide a unique training opportunity for both countries.” The at-sea phase took place in international water of the South China Sea with ships and aircraft from both partner militaries. The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Somerset (LPD 25) and Singapore Endurance-class landing platform dock RSS Endurance (207) met at sea for a variety of events, to include launching of landing craft air cushions (LCACs) and fast craft utilities (FCUs), respectively. The ships practiced simultaneous launches of their aircraft, U.S. Marine Corps helicopters and a Republic of

Singapore Navy drone. Additional events included search and rescue exercise, divisional tactics and maneuvering, communication drills, and a coordinated farewell sail past marking the conclusion of the sea phase. All events were planned with an emphasis on COVID-19 social distancing and other mitigation measures. Coordination across participants was conducted in person and online, adhering to Singapore Government and Department of Defense regulations. Both nations continued to use integrated technology for content generation and collaboration throughout the exercise. U.S. assets participating in CARAT Singapore include staff from ESG 7, DESRON 7, USS Somerset (LPD 25), Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5 LCACs, and U.S. Marine Corps UH-1Y Venom and AH-1Z Viper helicopters. Singapore assets include Commander Third Flotilla, RSS Endurance (207), and FCUs. Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 7/Task Force 76 and DESRON 7 conduct advanced planning, organize resources, and directly support the execution of CARAT and other engagements, on behalf of U.S. 7th Fleet, in support of theater security cooperation in South and Southeast Asia. U.S. 7th Fleet conducts forward-deployed naval operations in support of U.S. national interests in the Indo-Pacific area of operations. As the U.S. Navy’s largest numbered fleet, 7th Fleet interacts with 35 other maritime nations to build partnerships that foster maritime security, promote stability, and prevent conflict.

View from the bridge: U.S. Navy, Royal Navy partner in newly launched London Tech Bridge From Office of Naval Research Public Affairs LONDON

The United Kingdom’s Royal Navy and the United States Navy announced a new partnership to accelerate the adoption of novel ideas and technologies, marking a unique chapter in the historic relationship between the two nations. A newly established London Tech Bridge—with both nations as full partners—will serve as a command post for innovation for the two Navies as they work toward interchangeability in everything from technology development to deployment and operations. Royal Navy Second Sea Lord Vice Adm. Nick Hine, and the Hon. James “Hondo” Geurts, U.S. Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition, announced the official partnership today at a live virtual event on social media. “The London Tech Bridge will form a significant upgrade to the U.S./U.K. maritime partnership and will enhance the Royal Navy’s already significant investments in technology and innovation,” said Hine. “Collaborative problem-solving will allow us to advance from operating alongside our partners in an interoperable manner, to truly working with them in an interchangeable manner.” Speaking from his office in Washington, Geurts noted the importance of getting broad participation to make the Tech Bridge concept succeed. "The Tech Bridge name denotes technol-

ogy, but there’s a huge human element to this,” said Geurts. “One of the competitive advantages of a democratic society is its ability to bring people together in a collaborative, not coercive fashion. In fact, the more diverse ideas, the better. “We do not need you to be an expert in the U.S. or Royal Navy,” he added. “The kind of folks I’m hoping to excite, attract and leverage are those with the curiosity to explore, the humility to learn, and the boldness to act. There are certainly technology priority areas we have, but don’t make that a limiter in bringing ideas to us.” Over the last year, the U.S. Naval Agility Office (NavalX) has successfully leveraged Tech Bridges across the U.S., with the London outpost announced as the 13th and first overseas location. They are set up as innovation centers of gravity where military, industry and academia can meet, share ideas and collaborate to produce solutions that benefit the general public in addition to defense capacity. While announced just over one month ago, today’s event is noteworthy in that this Tech Bridge will be a full partnership between two nations—a first for the Tech Bridge concept. It is one of the first key examples of the two navies moving out on the recently signed Future Integrated Warfighting Statement of Intent. Initial focus areas will be Unmanned and Autonomy, Artificial Intelligence, Biotechnology, Space, and Directed Energy and Lasers. “The Tech Bridge concept is flourishing and showing serious promise,” said Rear Adm. Lorin Selby, the U.S. Chief of Naval

The United Kingdom Royal Navy and the United States Navy announced a new partnership to accelerate the adoption of novel ideas and technologies, marking a unique chapter in the historic relationship between the two nations.

Research. “These are places where great minds can come together in a unique atmosphere, share ideas and technologies, and say ‘what if.’ “We are honored and delighted to be partnering on this new Tech Bridge in London with the Royal Navy.” Selby and Royal Navy Director of Development Rear Adm. Andy Burns took questions during the live event. Cmdr. Albert Arnold, of ONR Global, who will serve as the U.S. director, noted the impact of the London Tech Bridge will go beyond new technology, and will facilitate crucial conversations that surround the tech

itself, focused on strategy, ethics, and trust. “By innovating together across key strategic areas—from problem curation to solution development and fielding—we can truly reach the goal of being interchangeable throughout all we do,” he said. “Using ONR Global’s deep networks as the perfect foundation, we’re very excited to expand the breadth and reach with our Royal Navy partners to deliver capability for defense and beyond.” For more information on NavalX Tech Bridges visit https://www.secnav.navy.mil/agility/ Pages/techbridges.aspx


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COVID-19 vaccine headed to Naval Medical Center San Diego, Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton From US Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Public Affairs

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The COVID-19 vaccine that received emergency use authorization (EUA) approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week is headed to two military treatment facilities in Southern California. On Monday, Dec. 14, Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) received its first shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine, some of which will be distributed to Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton (NHCP). Naval Medical Center San Diego expects to begin vaccinations Tuesday, Dec. 15 and Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton expects to begin vaccinations on Wednesday, Dec. 16. This shipment is part of the DOD allotment of vaccine and is separate from vaccine being

shipped directly to State of California authorities. In accordance with the Department of Defense’s prioritization schema for administering the vaccine, which is consistent with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the first doses of the vaccine will be given to frontline health care workers and first responders, including emergency medical services personnel, security forces, and other essential personnel. “As part of our commitment to protect the health of our people, maintain readiness, and support the national pandemic response, we are proud to support Operation Warp Speed and the Department of Defense in getting this much-needed COVID-19 vaccine to our military treatment facilities in the San Diego region,” said Rear Adm. Tim Weber, commander, Naval Medical Forces Pacific. “I encour-

age everyone who has the opportunity to get vaccinated, to do so. This doesn’t just protect the health of individuals, it protects the health of our shipmates, our families, and our community.” The vaccine for COVID-19 was only made available after the manufacturer demonstrated it to be safe and effective in large, phase 3 clinical trials, a requirement for receiving the FDA’s approval for an EUA. In phase 3 vaccine trials, researchers administer the vaccine to very large groups of people to confirm how effectively it prevents illness, to monitor for potential side effects, and to collect information that allows the vaccine that allows it to be used safely. Before the FDA grants approval, it reviews the data submitted by the manufacturer for all clinical trial phases. “This is the first step in getting the COVID-19 vaccine to everyone who

wants it and the end goal is reducing the risk of COVID-19 infection and its impact on our warfighters and our nation,” added Weber. “But until we enter the next phase of expanding vaccine distribution and it becomes widely available, I encourage everyone to fight complacency and continue with vital public health measures such as wearing masks, socially distancing, and washing your hands frequently.” Naval Medical Forces Pacific (NMFP), led by Rear Adm. Tim Weber, provides oversight for 11 Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Commands (NMRTC), on the West Coast and Pacific Rim that train, man, and equip medical forces, primarily in military treatment facilities. Globally, NMFP oversees eight research laboratories that deliver cutting-edge research to enhance the deployment readiness and survivability of our warfighters. Additional information about the DoD’s COVID-19 response and vaccination efforts can be found online at: https://www.defense.gov/Explore/ Spotlight/Coronavirus/

USS Gabrielle Giffords interdicts over $100 million in drugs From U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/ U.S. 4th Fleet Public Affairs

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The Independence-class littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) with embarked U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) 407 seized an estimated 2,810 kilograms of suspected cocaine, Dec. 5. While on routine patrol, Gabrielle Giffords was diverted to intercept a lowprofile vessel (LPV). Gabrielle Giffords deployed one of her helicopters, assigned to the “Wildcards” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23, to provide over watch and ensure compliance while the embarked LEDET and small boats were deployed to achieve positive control and begin boarding of the LPV. Gabrielle Giffords and the embarked LEDET searched the vessel and recovered approximately 134 bales, for an estimated 2,810 kilograms of suspected cocaine worth over an estimated wholesale value of $106 million. Three suspected drug traffickers were also detained. “Interdiction evolutions, no matter how often you conduct them, are different every time,” said Chief Boatswains Mate Daniel Pike, of Gabrielle Giffords. “Our

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Our team is dedicated to exemplifying the qualities of safe, professional mariners during these operations from start to finish.” Chief Boatswain’s Mate Daniel Pike

team is dedicated to exemplifying the qualities of safe, professional mariners during these operations from start to finish.” Gabrielle Giffords is deployed to the U.S. 4th Fleet area of operations to support Joint Interagency Task Force South’s mission, which includes counter illicit drug trafficking in the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific. On April 1, U.S. Southern Command began enhanced counter-narcotics operations in the Western Hemisphere to disrupt

the flow of drugs in support of Presidential National Security Objectives. Numerous U.S. agencies from the Departments of Defense, Justice and Homeland Security cooperated in the effort to combat transnational organized crime. The Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, Customs and Border Protection, FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, along with allied and international partner agencies, play a role in counter-drug operations. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/

U.S. 4th Fleet supports U.S. Southern Command’s joint and combined military operations by employing maritime forces in cooperative maritime security operations to maintain access, enhance interoperability, and build enduring partnerships in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American region. Learn more about USNAVSO/4th Fleet at https://www.facebook.com/NAVSOUS4THFLT and @NAVSOUS4THFLT


The Most Delicious Christmas Butter Cookies Butter cookies are a holiday classic for a reason: They’re delicious, versatile, and make the perfect foundation for sugary-sweet frosting. Using the cookie cutter of your choice, turn this basic dough into stars, Christmas trees, and more. ❯❯ See

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U.S. Coast Guard Fireman Lukas Kuehne, a crewmember aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Tampa, homeported in Portsmouth, VA., helps move drugs during a contraband transfer aboard the cutter on an unknown date. The cutter crew conducted a 57-day counter-drug and migrant interdiction operations patrol.

Coast Guard Cutter Tampa crewmembers return home following 57-day Caribbean patrol From U.S. Coast Guard District 5 PORTSMOUTH, VA.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Tampa returned to their homeport in Portsmouth, after a 57-day counter-drug and migrant interdiction operations patrol, Saturday. Patrolling known drug trafficking areas throughout the Caribbean and working with partner agencies and maritime patrol aircraft, the Tampa crew interdicted a vessel carrying approximately 170 pounds of cocaine worth $1.95 million. Additionally, in a joint operation with various law enforcement agency partners, the Tampa assisted the Coast

Guard Cutter Richard Dixon, homeported in San Juan, Puerto Rico, with the interdiction of two fishing vessels, with 26 alleged smugglers, suspected of engaging in drug trafficking. The Tampa’s efforts to combat drug smuggling in the Caribbean was part of Operation Unified Resolve, a larger effort to increase regional stability and undermine the influence of Transnational Criminal Organizations who routinely attempt to smuggle drugs throughout the region. “I am exceptionally proud of everything our crew accomplished during this challenging patrol,” said Capt. Michael Cilenti, commanding officer of the Tampa. “Through my entire Coast Guard

career, this has been one of the most dynamic patrols I have experienced, and I appreciate the resiliency and adaptability of our crew immensely. Additionally, Tampa’s exceptional commitment to readiness and individual accountability allowed us to sail healthy, on time, and ready to execute our assigned missions. Of course, Tampa’s operational success would not have been possible without the continuous support and encouragement from our friends and families. Their constant support allowed us to operate through the holiday season, focus on mission excellence and continue to serve our country. We could not be more grateful.” The Tampa crew also conducted mi-

grant interdiction operations mission off the coast of Haiti as part of Operation Southeast Watch. The Tampa frequently patrolled Haitian waters, providing a law enforcement presence and deterrent to potential migrants and embarked an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen, Puerto Rico, which was used as an additional asset to patrol Haitian waters for potential migrant vessels. The crew of the Tampa celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday underway with a traditional meal served by the cutter’s culinary staff. As the Coast Guard continues to conduct assigned missions, the service requires strict precautions to protect service members, their families, and the general public from COVID-19. The Tampa crew continues to confront the challenges and dangers of this pandemic head-on to ensure the crew remains mission ready.

Hampton Native Selected for NAVFAC Aspiring Leadership Development Program From Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Atlantic Public Affairs

Jennifer Colton was recently selected for the NAVFAC Leadership Development Program (LDP). A two-year program with a focus on gaining corporate-wide experience and networks, while participating in rotational assignments and specialized training. Colton, a supervisor in the Total Workforce Development group with Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) Atlantic, she will take part in a rigorous rotation of assignments. Training will also involve other development activities involving the entire NAVFAC enterprise. Inclusion in the LDP cadre is extremely competitive. “All of the selectees can be justifiably proud of this accomplishment,” said NAVFAC Atlantic Business Director Richard Roth. “Only candidates with high leadership potential were selected for participation in these programs.” Colton has been working at NAVFAC for five years and pursued a career in government service because it gave her the oppor-

tunity to support our military and pursue interesting yet challenging work. “And, of course, continue to develop and train in my field of choice,” added Colton. Colton is a Hampton, Virginia native, and an alumnus of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. For her exemplary service and leadership ability, she was also named the 2018 NAVFAC Atlantic Supervisor of the Year. There are many opportunities for government employees to earn recognition in their command, community and careers. Colton is most proud of the development and success of the Aspiring Leaders Development Program that was developed at NAVFAC Atlantic and adopted system command wide. NAVFAC is fully committed to meeting the Chief of Naval Operations' (CNO) Navy Civilian Strategic Goals identified in the Navy Civilian Workforce Framework to strengthen and develop the workforce. NAVFAC participates in various Department of Defense (DOD) and Department of Navy (DON) leadership programs which are listed in the DON Civilian Leader Development Program chart.

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4 Ways to Uplift Small Businesses this Holiday Season From Statepoint

With nearly half of all Americans employed by a small business, these establishments need our support more than ever this holiday season and going into 2021. According to the latest Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index, 46 percent of business owners surveyed have seen a drop in revenue over the past 12 months, with some entrepreneurs seeing even more severe impact. “Small businesses are at the heart of our communities and the key to millions of jobs,” says Steve Troutner, head of Small Business, Wells Fargo. “Keeping holiday spending dollars in local communities is an impactful way to rally around small business owners.” Wells Fargo is sharing four ways to brighten the season for small businesses: 1. Shop local. While one-stop holiday shopping on leading e-commerce sites can be tempting, the simple act of purchasing something from your favorite local retailer can go a long way in keeping business afloat and money in your community. Returning or exchanging gifts? Ask for store credit instead of cash. It helps keep money with

a small business and makes their cash flow more stable. Many shops have safety measures in place, such as limiting occupancy or offering contactless pick-up. This year, some cities are even hosting virtual holiday markets, a great way to support local artisans, farmers and more while shopping for loved ones. Check your local chamber of commerce or neighborhood association for details. 2. Eat local. Support your neighbors by dining at locally-owned establishments. Getting takeout or having food delivered? Order directly from the restaurant rather than through third-party sites that take a cut. When it comes to food shopping, opt for neighborhood grocers, which often carry produce from small family-owned farms and other locally-sourced goods. Many offer the same curbside pickup and delivery options as major chains. 3. Uplift diverse-owned businesses. Keep in mind that minority- and women-owned businesses have been hard hit by COVID-19. Many are counting on your patronage right now to help them survive the holiday season and into the new year.

To help entrepreneurs stay open and support local jobs, Wells Fargo is deploying approximately $50 million from its Open for Business Fund to Community Development Financial Institutions across 32 states. The initiative focuses on increasing access to training and flexible capital that businesses can use for rent, utilities, payroll and other business needs. If you are a business owner looking for assistance and resources, visit wellsfargo.com/shoplocal to learn more. 4. Shine a light on your favorite business. Whether it’s expanding outdoor patios and installing heat lamps or updating tech to facilitate contactless checkout, small businesses have had to get creative to stay relevant. One simple way of supporting businesses as they make these changes is to follow them on social media and give positive reviews on websites like Yelp. As part of its “Many hearts. One community” campaign, Wells Fargo is highlighting the determination, resilience and creativity that so many small business have shown in 2020. “Community has meant everything to me,” says Kadijatu Ahene, owner of Dija’s Touch Designs, which benefitted from Wells Fargo and Local Initiatives Support Corporation working together. “The challenges we’re dealing with have brought us closer. Whether its friends and neighbors checking on me and my girls, delivering food and more, COVID has reminded us that we need each other to move forward in unity.”

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Food How to Make the Most Delicious Christmas Butter Cookies By The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen

Butter cookies are a holiday classic for a reason: They’re delicious, versatile, and make the perfect foundation for sugarysweet frosting. Using the cookie cutter of your choice, turn this basic dough into stars, Christmas trees, and more. Ingredients • 1 c. butter (no substitutions) • 1/2 c. sugar • 1 large egg • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract • 3 c. all-purpose flour • 1/2 tsp. baking powder • Assorted colored granulated sugars for decorating • Ornamental Frosting Directions Preheat oven to 350oF. In large bowl, with mixer at low speed, beat butter and sugar until blended. Increase speed to high, beat until light and creamy. At low speed, beat in egg and vanilla. Beat in flour and baking powder just until blended. Divide dough into 4 equal pieces. Wrap each piece with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm enough to roll, about 1 hour. On lightly floured surface, with floured rolling pin, roll 1 piece of dough 1/8 inch thick. With floured 2- to 3-inch assorted cookie cutters, cut dough into as many cookies as possible, wrap and refrigerate trimmings. Place cookies, 1 inch apart, on large ungreased cookie sheet, sprinkle cookies with colored sugar now if you like, or frost with Ornamental Frosting after baking. Bake cookies 10 to 12 minutes, until lightly browned. Transfer cookies to wire rack to cool. If you like, brush colored sugar remaining on cookie sheets onto piece of waxed paper to use again. Repeat with remaining dough and trimmings. When cookies are cool, prepare Ornamental Frosting if you like, use to decorate cookies as desired. Sprinkle colored sugars as desired on frosting before it dries. Allow frosting to dry completely, about 1 hour. Store cookies in tightly covered container up to 2 weeks.

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BUICK 1936 MODEL 41

63,000 miles. Clean. Serviced. $7900. 757-439-0582. Va Dlr

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92k miles, 32-34 mpg, 4 dr, great running shape. $3,600. 757-816-8369

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