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NAVY LAYS KEEL FOR PCU JOHN WARNER
Photos by MCSN Scott Barnes Former Sen. John Warner addresses guests during the keel laying ceremony for Pre-Commissioning Unit John Warner (SSN 785).
Submarine named after ﬁve-term Virginia senator Press Release Team Submarine Public Affairs
The Navy celebrated the keel laying of Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) John Warner (SSN 785) at Huntington Ingalls Industries – Newport News Shipbuilding (HII -NNS) in Newport News, March 16. The submarine is named for former ﬁve-term U.S. Senator from Virginia and Secretary of the Navy John Warner. In a time-honored Navy tradition, the initials of Jeanne Warner, the submarine’s sponsor, were welded onto a steel plate that will be permanently afﬁxed to the submarine’s hull. Jeanne is a long-time sup-
porter of military families and is active in many local Virginia-based charities. Making the ceremony unique, the submarine’s namesake also had his initials welded onto the plate. “The Navy and the Submarine Force are honored to have Mrs. Warner serve as the sponsor for the future USS John Warner,” said Capt. David Goggins, Virginia-class program manager. “The event marks the ﬁrst major construction milestone for the submarine and helps forge a special bond between Mrs. Warner, her submarine and her crew
■ about the submarine Virginia-class submarines are designed to dominate the world’s littoral and deep waters while conducting antisubmarine warfare; anti-surface ship warfare; strike warfare; special operation forces support; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; irregular warfare; and mine warfare missions.
that will last for years to come.” PCU John Warner’s keel laying is the submarine’s ﬁrst major event since it began construction in March of 2010. The submarine is on-track to continue the Virginia-class program’s trend of delivering sub-
marines early to their contract delivery dates and meeting the incredibly stringent standards expected of U.S. submarines. “John Warner’s keel laying is a special day for our Navy, the Commonwealth of Virginia and our shipbuilding partners,”
said RearAdm. David Johnson, Program Executive Ofﬁcer for Submarines. “Building the Virginia-class is a team effort and the skill and commitment of the entire shipbuilding team is evident in the ﬁrst-time quality and operational successes of these front-line platforms.” PCU John Warner is the 12th submarine of the Virginia-class and the second of the block III construction contract. Virginia-class submarines are built under a unique construction contract between HII-NNS and General Dynamics Electric Boat.
Mathew Shilling, an employee of the Newport News Shipyard, welds the initials of Jeanne and John Warner on a steel plate during the keel laying ceremony for Pre-Commissioning Unit John Warner (SSN 785).
Warner’s keel laying is the ﬁrst of several major shipbuilding milestones for the Virginiaclass program in 2013. PCU Minnesota’s (SSN 783) commissioning is scheduled for Sept. 7 and PCU North Dakota’s (SSN 784) christening is expected this fall. PCU Delaware (SSN 791) will begin construction on Sept. 2.
■ memorial Sailors pay their respects during a memorial service at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story for Navy Diver 1st Class James Reyher and Navy Diver 2nd Class Ryan Harris, from MDSU-2, who died on Feb. 26.
San Antonio receives second ‘Battle E’ By MC3 Lacordrick Wilson Amphibious Squadron Four Public Affairs
The crew of the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio (LPD 17) received the Battle Efﬁciency, or Battle “E” award, March 7. The Battle “E” award is a tribute to the ship’s overall readiness and was determined by a year-long evaluation of San Antonio’s accomplishments during training exercises and various command inspections. The San Antonio was nominated by Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) Four and has received the Battle “E” two years in a row while under the leadership of Commanding Ofﬁcer Cmdr. Neil Koprowski. “I am overwhelmed with excitement and pride for the ownership of a second Battle ‘E,’” said Koprowski. “The Sailors have put in hard work to sustain our superior ship performance, and winning this award demonstrates to the Navy that this is the world class crew that I know it is.” Personnel aboard the San Antonio are now authorized to wear the Navy “E” ribbon and Battle “E” device. “It’s great to have the crew wear the Battle ‘E’ ribbon for the second consecutive time,” said Command Master Chief Timothy Bailey. “This achievement is a true reﬂection of the crew’s commitment in demonstrating excellence in every evolution and the day-to-day workloads.” San Antonio’s consecutive wins sets a standard for other ships in the ﬂeet, one that Navy leadership believes is achievable.
» see BATTLE E | A7 CARR DECOMMISSIONED The guided-missile frigate USS Carr (FFG 52) was decommissioned at a ceremony onboard Naval Station Norfolk, March 13. In 27 years, she deployed 13 times and traveled as far North as the Arctic Circle, South to the Equator, East to the Indian Ocean and West to the Eastern Paciﬁc. » see A8
Navy divers remembered MC2 Steven C. Hoskins
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Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 2 held a memorial service for two Navy divers aboard Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, March 14. The ceremony honored Navy Diver 1st Class James Reyher, 28, of Caldwell, Ohio, and Navy Diver 2nd Class Ryan Harris, 23, of Gladstone, Mo., who both died while conducting dive operations at Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Mary-
land last month. Reyher and Harris died while diving at Aberdeen Proving Ground’s Underwater Explosion Test Facility, also known as the Super Pond, Feb. 26. Cmdr. Michael Runkle, Commanding Ofﬁcer, MDSU 2, spoke of the challenges Navy Divers face and offered words of comfort to the crowd of more than 400 service members, civilians, families and friends. “We come together to honor ND1 James Reyher and ND2 Ryan Harris, two extraordinary men who made the ul-
CNP VISITS NORFOLK Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. Scott Van Buskirk addressed Sailors during an all hands call at Naval Station Norfolk, March 18.
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timate sacriﬁce serving as Navy divers,” he said. “These heroes, and those like them, understand and accepted dangers, not for fame or fortune, but for their friends, for their families and for their country.” The memorial included remembrances and sea stories of Reyher and Harris from fellow Navy divers and concluded with the playing of taps. An investigation to determine the cause of the accident is currently ongoing and is being conducted by Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group (EODGRU) 2.
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It made me feel good that there are people like her around.â€? â€“ Barbara Johnson, about Lt. (Dr.) Alyson Brinker
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When Lt. (Dr.) Alyson Brinker went into a meeting at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP), March 14, she had no idea that she was about to be honored for the generosity she offered to a stranger. Brinker is a medical intern at NMCP and her face turned bright red when she realized the camera in the conference room was capturing her shock and surprise on video. WTKR-TV news anchor Kurt Williams was there to shoot the weekly segment, â€œPeople Taking Action,â€? which highlights random acts of kindness that otherwise would go unnoticed. Barbara Johnson nominated Brinker for recognition. Several months ago, Johnson was in line at the Portsmouth Wal-Mart and realized her prepaid debit card was not going to cover the balance. She told Brinker, who was behind her in line, that she might want to choose a different line since she might take a while. Instead of moving to a shorter line, Brinker offered to pay the difference for
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MC2 (SW) Anna Arndt Lt. (Dr.) Alyson Brinker, an intern at NMCP, received a â€œPeople Taking Actionâ€? framed certiďŹ cate, a pin and a $100 Visa gift card as recognition for her random act of kindness. Brinker stands with Barbara Johnson who nominated her for the award.
someone she had never met. â€œI was about to tell her she might want to ďŹ nd another line because the cashier was going to have to subtract some things, and she said, â€˜Can I pay for this for you?â€™ and it caught me off guard, so I said, â€˜No, maâ€™am, thatâ€™s OK.â€™ She said, â€˜No, I want to do this for you.â€™ So she paid for it, and to this day, I donâ€™t know how much she paid,â€? said Johnson. Johnson was so touched by Brinkerâ€™s kindness that she invited Brinker to Christmas dinner, though she was unable to attend. Johnson wanted to ďŹ nd some way to thank Brinker for her generosity and decided to nominate her for the award. â€œNobodyâ€™s ever done that for me and I donâ€™t know anyone else
anyone has done this for,â€? said Johnson. â€œIt made me feel good that there are people like her around. Sheâ€™s a great girl and her parents would be very proud of her.â€? Brinker said she did it because Johnson had â€œlots of healthy groceries and I like random acts of kindness, and as a doctor I support healthy eating.â€? People who know Brinker said her generosity was completely in character. â€œIt didnâ€™t surprise me a bit,â€? said Capt. Ashley Schroeder, Brinkerâ€™s internship program director. â€œIt is pretty typical of Alyson.â€? Williams presented Brinker with a â€œPeople Taking Actionâ€? framed certiďŹ cate, a pin and a $100 Visa gift card.
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The Navy announced suspension of the Early Career Transition Program (ECTP) in a Navy message, released March 14. According to NAVADMIN 063/13 Navy Personnel Command (NPC) will no longer accept requests to transition to the selected reserve under this program. Requests submitted
and received at NPC prior to March 14 will be accepted and processed. Requests received after March 14 will be returned without action. Previously approved requests are unaffected. Established in 2011, ECTP allowed active duty and Full Time Support (FTS) Sailors with at least two, but less than 16 years of service, to leave active duty and afďŹ liate with the selected reserve to ďŹ nish out the remainder of their
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Local squadrons donate generously during food drive By MC2 (SW) Jonathan Sunderman Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Public Affairs
Service members from Commander, Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Atlantic (HSC WINGLANT) participated in a food drive during the month of February, known as “For The Love of Food,” raising nearly four tons of food and canned goods for the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia. The Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia serves those who are hungry throughout the Foodbank’s 4,745-square-mile service area including the cities of Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Franklin and Virginia Beach, as well as the counties of Southampton, Northampton, Sussex, Isle of Wight and Accomack. Squadrons that competed in this year’s food drive included: Helicopter Mine Countermeasure Squadron Fourteen (HM-14) “Vanguard,” HM-15 “Blackhawks,” HSC-2 “Fleet Angels,” HSC-9 “Tridents,” HSC-22 “Sea Knights,” HSC-26 “Chargers,” HSC-28 “Dragon Whales,” HSC-84 “Red Wolves,” HSC WINGLANT headquarters, Helicopter Sea Combat Weapons School Atlantic and Airborne Mine Countermeasures Weapon Systems Training School. In total, the squadron’s raised more than 7,400 cans of food, which will provide nearly 6,600 meals to those in need. This year’s food drive exceeded the previous year’s totals and expectations of all who participated. “When I saw the ﬁnal numbers … I can’t even really get my head around it,” said Command Master Chief Marie Clark, HSC-28. “A lot of people really took it to heart and they went out of their way to help out and donate – I couldn’t be more proud.”
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When the competition was all said and done, HSC-28 was deemed the winner. They raised 1,675 cans, which equates to approximately 11.6 cans per person. To make it balanced for squadrons who had fewer participants, the total personnel in each squadron was divided by the total number of cans collected, which gave them the amount of cans collected per person. “Me and several guys from the ofﬁce went out to do some food shopping for the drive,” said Aviation Machinist Mate 2nd Class Michael Rushing, HSC-28. “There was this real moment when we were picking out all this food that we just stopped, looked around at each other and realized that we are not just doing something for work … this is going to help out a person or family in need someday.” Each of the participating squadrons had single points of contact during the span of the drive which made it easier to spark motivation and push weekly information updates. “I sent out emails every week to the squadrons to let them know how they were doing throughout the drive … not to mention, it ended up fostering some healthy competition,” said Religious Programs Specialist 2nd Class Angelique Tulp, HSC WINGLANT. “I think, honestly, [competition] beneﬁted the food drive.” “We had a little internal rivalry going on between some of the shops within the squadron,” said Aviation Electrician’s Mate 2nd Class Beau St. Dennis, HSC-28. “Our guys pooled together their money and
Photos by MC2 Jonathan Sunderman Sailors assigned to Commander, Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Atlantic and HSC-28 pack up food and canned goods donated during a food drive in which all proceeds will be donated to the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia.
Aviation Ordinanceman 1st Class James Evalenko (right) and Aircrew Survival Equipmentman 2nd Class Shelby Woods, both assigned to Commander, Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Atlantic, pack up food and canned goods donated during a food drive in which all proceeds will be donated to the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia.
went to the commissary and just got as much food as they could. It’s for such a good cause – win or lose.” In 2012, service members volunteered more than 3,000 man hours to the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia, which provided food to more than 414,000 individuals annually. “The military, as a whole, does a lot of volunteer work for us,” said Marianne Vargas, Chief of Philanthropy for Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia. “Overall, a tenth of our volunteer hours are by service members. When you look at the power of that and the efﬁciency of the military, it can be a pretty powerful thing. Having military volunteers is critical to what we do … no doubt about it.” Chaplain Lt. Jeffrey Ross, HSC WINGLANT was excited with the food drive’s outcome and is already looking forward to next year’s drive. “Next year I want to challenge the carriers … I want to make it a competition between all the squadrons versus one of the carriers … they have more people than we do, but I think it would be a big challenge and it would foster healthy competition,” he said. “I also think we could raise a tremendous amount for the Foodbank.”
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