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The Waterline May 24, 2012

Vol. XXIX No.21


The tools of the Battle of Midway By Benjamin Christensen, NDW Waterline staff writer The tools of the trade for the Sailors at Midway were varied yet distinguished, and stood tall against the Imperial Japanese Navy's weapons. The Battle of Midway, which took place from June 4-8 1942, was a turning point in the PacificWar and arguably set the stage for the United States to help win the SecondWorldWar. Soldiers from all military branches played a part in the battle, but the primary burden of the engagement was shouldered by naval fleet forces. “The Navy has core values and the people who fought at Midway personify them,” said Robert Cressman, a historian with the Naval History and Heritage Command. The battle is noted as being the first decisive victory by the United States in the war with Japan. The Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) had already made broad strokes in the Pacific, beginning with the attack on Pearl Harbor, the invasion of the Philippines, Malaya and Singapore, the Battle of Wake Island and recently a tactical victory at Coral Sea. “It was a major battle in terms of our own ability to meet the enemy and defeat him,” said Cressman. "The skill of the attacks and heroism was great on both sides.” The biggest and most obvious piece of technology that the U.S. Navy photo courtesy Naval History and Heritage Command Sailors at Midway utilized was of course the aircraft carriers, all U.S. Navy Douglas TBD-1 Devastators of Torpedo Squadron 6 (VT-6) unfolding their wings on the deck of three of which were of the Yorktown class: the Enterprise (CV 6), the Hornet (CV 8), and the Yorktown (CV 5). These massive USS Enterprise (CV 6) prior to launching for attack against four Japanese carriers on the first day of the

Battle of Midway. Following the entry of the United States into World War II, VT-6 participated in hit and run raids against the Marshalls and Wake Island. Launched on the morning of 4 June 1942, against the JapanSee Midway, Page 5 ese carrier fleet during the Battle of Midway, the squadron lost ten of fourteen aircraft during their attack.

A look at NAVFAC Washington By Benjamin Christensen, NDW Waterline staff writer, in collaboration with NAVFAC Washington Public Affairs

U.S. Navy photo

Naval Facilities Engineering Command Washington Plant Manager Larry Gray inspects equipment atop a cooling tower at the Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D.C. Jan. 12.

A lot of individuals do a lot of different work at theWashington Navy Yard and beyond, but who are they and what are they really doing? Naval Facilities Engineering CommandWashington, or NAVFAC Washington, is one of the largest and most active tenant commands on location at Naval Support Activity Washington (NSAW). NAVFAC Washington provides public works services to Navy and Marine Corps installations in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Northern Virginia. Each time the lights go on, water flows, doors open and buses

run on schedule, it is because of behind the scenes efforts performed by public works employees. “Our mission is to provide efficient and effective infrastructure and base services to our supported commands,” said Capt. Kenneth Branch, commanding officer, NAVFAC Washington. “At the installations we serve, we actually succeed best if people don’t even notice us.” The role of public works in improving quality of life for Department of the Navy personnel in the National Capital Region is recognized during National PublicWorks Week, May 20-26. NAVFAC Washington’s Public Works Departments work directly for base commanding officers to provide services that range from basic utility requirements to advanced

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energy solutions, simple facility service calls to complex facility management services, standard transportation to heavy construction equipment, janitorial and grounds maintenance to snow and trash removal. During FiscalYear 2011, NAVFAC Washington delivered 780,000 Mega Watt Hours of electricity, 2.2 billion gallons of water and responded to more than 56,000 emergency and service calls. They also conducted work on over $1 billion worth of construction projects. NAVFACWashington, as it is now known, has a long history of serving Navy and Marine Corps commands in the National Capitol region. The Navy Bureau ofYard and Docks cre-

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Thursday, May 24, 2012


ONR to Showcase Futuristic Technologies at Fleet Week New York By Katherine H. Crawford, Office of Naval Research The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is taking some of its hottest technologies and hands-on science activities to the city that never sleeps during FleetWeek New York May 23-30, a free event open to the public. "This is a great opportunity to connect with others across the maritime family and with NewYorkers to show how ONR's work is improving

their armed forces' capabilities and national security," said Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder. "We thank New York for showing its appreciation to those who serve and honoring the heroes who've made the ultimate sacrifice." ONR will have exhibits on Piers 86 and 92. At Pier 92, ONR is featuring some of its cutting-edge technologies. Making its first Fleet Week appearance is the new F/A18E/F Super Hornet flight

simulator.Visitors can try piloting a virtual F/A-18 featuring newly developed flight control software that aids landing aboard aircraft carriers. Other featured technologies include: * Catapult Capacity Selector Valve Calculator-a handheld electronic device with custom software that allows flight deck officers to accurately and quickly compute the proper catapult setting for aircraft carrier launches

*Fuel CellVehicle-this automotive technology runs on hydrogen-powered fuel cells rather than a standard internal combustion engine, producing zero emissions *GroundUnmannedSupport Surrogate Vehicle-an unmanned vehicle designed to re-supply troops,reducetheloadscarriedby Marinesandprovideanimmediatemeansforevacuatingcombat casualties *Improved Flight Deck Uniform-includes new, safer head protection; a more

durable, quick-drying and comfortable jersey; a coat that acts as a flotation device in emergencies; and trousers with secure pockets and an improved fit *Modular Advanced Armed Robotic System-a remotely operated unmanned ground vehicle that can provide remote targeting and weapons engagement, as well as advanced intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance * Multiple Weapon Con-

trol Sight-an infantry weapon fire control unit that mounts to the side of numerous weapon systems to provide ballistic fire control with a range knob and light-emitting diode (LED) display screen *Octavia-a mobile, dexterous, social robot that moves on wheels and can express humanlike facial expressions, gesture with her hands and move objects At Pier 86, next to the Intrepid

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Around The Yard Memorial Day is next week; what would you like to tell service members who sacrifice to preserve our way of life?

"I was a Vietnam vet, and it is an honor and a privilege to wear a uniform. The fact that you shared a uniform, its a bond that transcends race, age, sex, anything." Gerald Butler, Strategy and Future Requirements

"Memorial Day is a time for us to observe, remember, and pay respect to those who have paved the way through their ultimate sacrifice for the many freedoms here and around the world." Capt. Karen Newcomb, AFPAK Hands

"We often take things for granted... our freedom to vote, our freedom of speech, our freedom of religion. To all the men and women in the service of our country, a most sincere thank you for all your sacrifices and for your commitment to our country." Alba Gonzalez, Strategy and Future Requirements

U.S. Navy photos by Benjamin Christensen

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Thursday, May 24, 2012



This Week in Naval History May 24

U.S. Navy photo

A visitor at Deep Submergence Unit (DSU), located on Naval Air Station North Island, takes a peek at the interior of a Submarine Rescue Chamber (SRC) that is used to rescue the crew from a submerged disabled submarine. This is an improved version of the McCann Submarine Rescue Chamber, developed in 1929 by Charles Momsen and Allan Rockwell McCann.

1917 - First U.S. convoy to cross North Atlantic during World War I leaves Hampton Roads, VA 1918 - USS Olympia anchors at Kola Inlet, Murmansk, Russia, to protect refugees during Russian Revolution 1939 - First and only use ofVice Adm. Allan McCann's Rescue Chamber to rescue 33 men from sunken USS Squalus (SS 192) 1941 - Authorization of construction or acquisition of 550,000 tons of auxiliary shipping for Navy 1945 - Fast carrier task force aircraft attack airfields in southern Kyushu, Japan 1945 - 9 US ships damaged by concentrated kamikaze attack off Okinawa 1961 - USS Gurke notices signals from 12 men from Truk who were caught in a storm, drifted at sea for 2 months before being stranded on a island for 1 month. USS Southerland investigated, notified Truk, and provided provisions and supplies to repair their outrigger canoe. The men would be picked up on 7 June by the motor launch Kaselehlia. 1962 - Launch of Aurora 7 (Mercury 7), piloted by LCDR Malcolm Scott Carpenter, USN, who completed 3 orbits in 4 hours, 56 minutes at an altitude up to 166.8 statute

miles at 17,549 mph. He was picked up by HSS-2 helicopters from USS Intrepid (CVS 11). The capsule was recovered by USS John R. Pierce (DD 753).

May 25

1952-USSIowabombardsChongjin,Korea. 1973 - Launch of Skylab 2 mission, which was first U.S. manned orbiting space station. It had an all Navy crew of Capt. Charles Conrad, Jr., USN. (commanding), Cmdr. Joseph P. Kerwin, USN and Cmdr. Paul J. Weitz, USN. During the 28 day mission of 404 orbits, the craft rendezvoused with Skylab to make repairs and conduct science experiments. Recovery by USS Ticonderoga (CVS 14)

May 26

1944 - USS England sinks fifth Japanese submarine in one week 1952 - Tests from 26-29 May demonstrate feasibility of the angled-deck concept conducted on simulated angled deck on USS Midway 1990 - USS Beaufort rescues 24 Vietnamese refugees in South China Sea

May 27

1805 - Naval forces capture Derne, Tripoli;

raise U.S. flag over foreign soil 1813 - American joint operations against Fort George, Canada 1919 - Navy NC-4 completes trans-Atlantic flight from Newfoundland to Lisbon, Portugal

May 28

1813 - Frigate Essex and prize capture five British whalers 1917 - First underway fueling in U.S. Navy, USS Maumee fuels 6 destroyers in North Atlantic. Lt. Cmdr. Chester W. Nimitz served as Maumee's executive officer and chief engineer. 1957 - 1st of 24 detonations, Operation Plumbbob nuclear test 1980 - 55 women become first women graduates from the U.S. Naval Academy.

May 29

1781 - Frigate Alliance captures HMS Atalanta and Trepassy off Nova Scotia 1991 - Amphibious Task Force in Bangladesh for cyclone relief redeployed

May 30

1814 - Navy gunboats capture three British boats on Lake Ontario near Sandy Creek, NY

COMSUBGRU 2 Visits Mississippi, Praises State for Support of Submarine and Crew By Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Cragg, Commander, Submarine Group 2 Public Affairs Commander, Submarine Group 2 visited the Mississippi Gulf Coast May 16-18 in preparation of the commissioning of Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Mississippi (SSN 782), the ninthVirginia-class submarine. The future USS Mississippi will be commissioned in Pascagoula on June 2. "This is going to be an incredible moment for the history of the state," said Rear Adm. Rick Breckenridge, who met with host-city officials, PCU Mississippi Commissioning Committee members and submarine veterans during his visit to the Magnolia State. While meeting with submarine veterans from the United States SubmarineVeterans Inc. (USSVI) Base, in Biloxi, Breckenridge thanked them for their contributions and support. "The spirit and pride that you all have for the future USS Mississippi is eye-watering," said Breckenridge. "The hospitality, support and the response from the citizens of Mississippi for their ship has been phenomenal." Breckenridge added that their namesake state will play a pivotal role in the history of the boat and forge a strong bond that will endure during its lifespan of 33 years. "When the ship is brought to life and the crew is called to man their ship, that is when USS Mississippi will become part of the U.S. Navy," said Breckenridge, who added that the future USS Mississippi will be the fifth ship to bear the name of its namesake state. Herbert Edmonds attended a submarine veterans meeting with the admiral and he praised the technological advancements of the Virginia-class program. "The ship is all computerized, completely different from what I served aboard, but I'm so looking forward to see it," said Edmonds. Edmonds is one of 50 members of the USSVI Tullibee Base of Mississippi, which was charted on Aug. 25, 2001.The oldest member of the USSVI Tullibee Base, retired Lt. Cmdr. Richard Halloran, 91, served 29 years in the Navy and volunteered for submarine service, ultimately serving aboard six submarines while on active duty. Virginia-class submarines are built under a unique teaming arrangement between General Dynamics Electric Boat

U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Jeff Prunera

Sailors aboard the Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Mississippi (SSN 782) take on lines at her first pier mooring site at Naval Submarine Base New London after transiting up the Thames River from General Dynamics Electric Boat division shipyard. and Huntington Ingalls Industries - Newport News. Construction on the submarine began in February 2007 and will be commissioned June 2, 2012. Once commissioned, Mississippi, like allVirginia-class submarines is designed to dominate both the littorals and deep oceans. It will serve as a valuable asset in supporting the core

capabilities of the Maritime Strategy: sea control, power projection, forward presence, maritime security and deterrence. For more information, visit,, or For more news from Commander Submarine Group 2, visit


Thursday, May 24, 2012


NSA Washington-JBAB Fleet Family and Fun CAREER SUPPORT AND RETENTION The Transition Assistance Management Program (TAMP)

Offers an array of services and benefits to transitioning service members, including computers setup for individuals to go online to different job banks, college and scholarship resources and career assessment tools. ResumeWritingWorkshops are offered which includes Federal Resume Writing Interview Skills, information on veterans' benefits and a professional resource library; Two TAP Seminars and one ExecutiveTAP Seminar - five-day programs - are offered monthly sponsored by the departments of Labor andVeteran Affairs, and include information that will benefit the transitioning military member.

Family Employment Readiness Program (FERP)

Offers seven basic services, which include job search strategies, job readiness, resource information, job referral service, individual counseling assistance, career planning and links to education and volunteer opportunities.

Personal Financial Management (PFM)

Program offers individual and family financial counseling, financial classes, and is responsible for the Command Financial specialist training in the Region (NDW).

Volunteer Program

Opportunities are available as an administrative assistant, counseling mediator, transition assistant, Information & Referral assistant, data entry/word processor and a retired activities volunteer.


Provides presentations to help commands meet requirements, as well as enhance operationalandpersonal readinessincludingparenting skills training, couples communication, anger and stress management, conflict resolution, Child Abuse Awareness, Spouse Abuse Awareness and suicide prevention. Trainings canbecustomizedtofitneedsofthecommand.

NAVFAC Continued from 1 ated a District Public Works Office in 1920 to provide facilities engineering and public works services to the Washington Navy Yard. A large emphasis is placed on environmental stewardship by NAVFAC Washington. NAVFAC Washington ensures responsibility through environmental planning, conservation of natural and cultural resources, environmental compliance and environmental restoration. Environmental professionals manage the permits and regulatory requirements that we need before and during construction. They manage waste disposal for supported commands in a way that protects the environment and they look for innovative

New Parent Support Program (NPS)

Assists new parents in coping with the demands of parenting and military life through parenting education and training and home visits to new parents prior to delivery and after delivery; information and referral for military and community resources; child development screenings and monitoring. All active duty members and their families who are pregnant and or have children in the home from infancy to three years old are eligible for these home visitation services.


Assisting Sailors and family members prepare for deployment, manage separations and reunite and reintegrate with families and community through services including the Family Accountability and Assessment System, Individual augmentee (IA) Indoc Course and Deployed Family Fun Days

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)

Provides assistance to service members with special needs children and family members with medical needs including resource referral to medical, counseling and educational services, support groups and care providers. Assists in finding duty stations where needs are met. Mandatory enrollment per OPNAVINST 1754.2D.

MWR Happenings Karaoke nights

NSA Washington's MWR team will host free karaoke nights at the Mordecai Booth's Public House located on theWashington Navy Yard every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month between the hours of 4-9 p.m. DJ Scott will be on-site to offer the latest songs for you and your friends to sing.

New Service for Washington Navy Yard Customers

Based on customer inputs and requests, Navy Exchange (NEX) and Naval Support Activity Washington (NSAW) have partnered to install a Redbox DVD rental machine located at the Town Center bldg 22 next to the ITT sales office.This service will be available starting today, May 24. Please come by and check out the new service! ways to help our supported commands reduce energy consumption. NAVFACWashington's responsibility is not limited to the NDW area, however. One thing other tenants might not be aware of is that NAVFAC Washington provides services throughout the globe, recently by supporting Operation Enduring Freedom by providing employees to help engineering and construction requirements with the mission in Afghanistan. NAVFAC Washington also sent five engineers to assist in Operation Unified Response, working with other military commands including three Seabee units to provide building assessments and advising commanders on the scene. For more information on NAVFAC Washington, visit their website at https://portal

FFR/MWR Phone numbers Child Development Programs

Child Development Center 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(202) 767-2890 Child Development Center 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(202) 404-8071 Child Development Center 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 433-0771 Child Development Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 433-3223 or (202) 404-1454 Regional Child Placement Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(202) 433-3055 or (877) 269-9322 Regional Child & Youth School Liaison Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 433-0942

Family Housing

JBAB Housing Office 1, Bldg 414 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(202) 433-0346 JBAB Housing Office 2, Bldg 21 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(202) 404-6828

Fitness Centers & Information, Tickets, and Tours (ITT)

JBAB Fitness Center 1, Bldg 15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(202) 767-5895 JBAB Fitness Center 2, Bldg 419 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(202) 433-2962 Washington Navy Yard, bldg. 22 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(202) 433-2484/2829

Military and Family Support Center

JBAB MFSC Bldg 72 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(202) 433-6151 JBAB MFSC Bldg 13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(202) 767-0450

Liberty Program (E1-E6 Single/Unaccompanied Service Members)

Liberty Center, bldg. 72 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 685-1802 JBAB Liberty Program Office, Bldg. 72 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(202) 433-2636 JBAB Liberty Center, Bldg. 72 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(202) 685-1802

Food & Beverage

Catering and Conference Center, WNY Bldg. 211 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(202) 433-3041 Mordecai Booth's Public House, WNY Bldg. 101 . . . . . . . . .(202) 678-0514 or (202) 433-3041 Furnari Restaurant, JBAB Bldg. 418 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(202) 433-2574

Other Important Numbers

WFR Administrative Office, JBAB Bldg. 12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 767-7707 WFR Marketing and Special Events Office, JBAB Bldg. 12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 767-1371 Gateway Inns and Suites, JBAB Bldg. 602 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(202) 404-7050 MWR Sports Program/Sports Complex Rental, JBAB Bldg. 419 . . . . . . . . . . . .(202) 685-0483 Outdoor Recreation, JBAB Bldg. 928 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(202) 767-9136 Vehicle Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 767-9136/8562

New Web Based Housing early application tool From Commander, Navy Installations Command Public Affairs WASHINGTON - Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) announced the phased Navy-wide release of the Housing Early Application Tool (HEAT) beginning May 1. This web based tool will allow Sailors and their families to apply for housing online from any computer. “HEAT makes the Navy house hunting process smoother and less stressful for our Sailors and their families. By providing the early housing application online, Sailors and their spouses can use HEAT to review housing and community information, and make an informed decision on a home before receiving their permanent change of station (PCS) orders,” said Vice Adm. William French, Commander, Navy Installations Command. HEAT utilizes authoritative systems to reduce the amount of personal information and to steam line the online process. HEAT can be securely accessed from any computer with an internet connection. Service members or their spouses can use HEAT prior to receiving permanent change of station (PCS) orders to request information about community housing or check on their eligibility for military and privatized housing. They may also submit HEAT requests to multiple Installations if they are not sure where they may be stationed next.

“Our goal with HEAT is to reach out to Sailors early in the PCS process to reduce stress and provide proactive support when moving from one duty station to another,” said CorkyVazquez, CNIC Housing Program Manager. “With HEAT, Sailors and their families are able to make contact with our Navy Housing Service Centers and Privatization Partners to discuss their housing needs and learn about their housing options at any time. HEAT makes it easy to connect with our housing professionals and make informed decisions before even having orders.” HEAT will be deployed Navy-wide by Navy Region according to the following schedule: • Naval District Washington, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic and Navy Region Midwest began May 1, • Navy Region Southwest began May 8, • Navy Region Southeast began May 15, • Navy Region Europe, Africa, Asia beginning May 22, • Navy Region Hawaii beginning May 29, • Navy Region Japan, Navy Region Korea and Singapore Area Coordinator beginning June 8, • Joint Region Marianas beginning June 15. HEAT will be implemented by region and will be Navy-wide by June 30. To access HEAT and for more information about when your base will have HEAT, please visit

Thursday, May 24, 2012

NDW News

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Naval Histor y and Heritage Command Seminars

The Naval History and Heritage Command hosts a series seminars for which historians select basic readings that will cover major trends, wars, battles, policies, and technologies across the chronological span of the U.S. Navy's history and facilitate discussion on the readings and their implications. Each one-hour seminar starts at noon in the National Museum of the United States Navy's Museum Education Center, Building 76, Washington Navy Yard. The topics for each seminar are listed below: June 20 - Navy Leadership - How did the personalities of its leaders affect the Navy's performance in World War II and the Cold War?

Improve your speaking and leadership skills! Come to Helmsmen Toastmasters!

Join us Thursdays from 7:30-8:45a.m. at the Pentagon Library and Conference Center (PLCC). Toastmasters is an international organization that helps everyone speak, think, lead and listen better. For more info, contact Carl Sabath at or 703695-2804 or Elizabeth Femrite at or 571-256-8674. Remember - Great Helmsmen say "YES!"

Want to help Sailors and Marines in DC?

The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society is looking for volunteers at theWashington Navy Yard Office. Please call 202-433-3364, or stop by Monday-Friday, 8 am-4 pm in Building 208 for more information. Must have a valid military ID. All experience levels welcome.

MIDWAY Continued from 1 carriers, each with a standard displacement of around 20,000 tons, were built following lessons learned that large carriers were more operationally useful and tended to survive longer (this survivability may have played a role in that only one carrier was lost at Midway). They all had speeds of around 32 knots, and ranges of 12,500 nautical miles. The Enterprise was the only vessel of the three to survive the war and for its service earned 20 battle stars, the most of any vessel during WWII. Just as important as the carriers themselves were the aircraft that they carried and deployed. Probably the most notable of them (at least in number) were the Douglas SBD-3 "Dauntless" dive bombers, which were used extensively in attacks against the IJN fleet. The Dauntless bombers had a maximum speed of 222 knots, and while slow and cumbersome at early stages of the war, they became one of the most efficient and successful bombers in naval history. Escorted by their Grumman F4F "Wildcat" fighters, the Navy bombers utilized a new "Hellfire" bombing technique that gave them an advantage over their Marine coun-



terparts. The Wildcats were notable in their own right; even though they were less maneuverable and slower than their Japanese Mitsubishi A6M "Zero" fighter counterparts, they achieved nearly a 6-1 kill-to-loss ratio in air-to-air combat in 1942. Of the Wildcats, British test pilot Eric Brown said, "I would still assess the Wildcat as the outstanding naval fighter of the early years ofWorldWar II ... I can vouch as a matter of personal experience, this Grumman fighter was one of the finest shipboard aeroplanes ever created." However, even with all of the technology that was in their hands, the Sailors at Midway had to rely on their training and skill first and foremost, as ships and planes are ultimately just tools. These Sailors responded to their need in fine fashion, delivering the first major victory for the United States in the war. The Battle of Midway is being commemorated this year for its 70th anniversary. NDW will host the 70th anniversary of the historic Battle of Midway with a wreath laying ceremony June 4, 2012 at 9 a.m. at the United States Navy Memorial in downtown Washington, D.C. The Battle of Midway commemoration event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit NDW’s Facebook page at NavDistWash.

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In an effort to keep you informed of military discipline and administrative matters that have occurred in Naval DistrictWashington, theWaterline will periodically publish CourtMartial and Administrative Separation results. Court Martial U.S. v. MMFN, USN, In a Special Court-Martial, MMFN pled guilty to 1 specification of violating a lawful general order by possessing drug paraphernalia, and 2 specifications of possessing heroin. The Military Judge sentenced the MMFN to confinement for 180 days and a bad conduct discharge. Non-Judicial Punishment A Captain was found guilty at Nonjudicial Punishment of Abuse of Subordinates and Assault. The Captain was given a Punitive Letter of Reprimand.

Navy announces new uniform components, regulations From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs NAVADMIN 164/12, released May 18, announced the chief of naval operations' (CNO) approval of a number of changes to uniforms and uniform wear policy. "These uniform changes are the direct result of Sailor and leadership feedback," said Rear Adm. Tony Kurta, director, Military Personnel Plans and Policy. "Updating Navy uniforms is part of outfitting the 21st Century Sailor, ensuring our Sailors have practical uniforms they want and that represent our proud naval heritage while reflecting advances in clothing technology and design." An improved design of the male E1-E6 Service Dress Blue (SDB) Uniform, incorporating a side zipper on the jumper and a hidden center zipper on the trousers, is approved.The uniform is scheduled to begin distribution in October 2015, at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, and Fleet availability is expected by October 2018. Specific details regarding fleet availability will be announced in a future NAVADMIN. The E1-E6 men's and women's Service Dress White (SDW) jumper approved design improvements include incorporating a side zipper, front and rear yoke, Navy blue piping on the flap, and sleeve cuffs with Navy blue piping and button fasteners. Introduction of the new E1-E6 SDW will begin October 2015, at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes. Fleet roll out will begin by October 2018. Specific details regarding Fleet availability will be announced in a future NAVADMIN. The contemporary design for Service Dress Khaki (SDK) is approved for optional wear. Detailed guidance on the occasion for wear and Fleet availability will be announced in a future NAVADMIN. A number of changes to the Navy flight suit occasion and manner of wear are contained in the NAVADMIN, including changes to the approved colors for undershirts and aligning the manner of wear of the one-piece flight suit with the NavyWorking Uniform (NWU)Type I. Among the changes to NWU policy approved in the NAVADMIN is the option to wear a nametape on the left shoulder pocket flap of the NWU Type I Parka, beginning July, 17. These nametapes will be purchased at the Sailor's expense during the optional period. Nametapes will become mandatory Oct 1, 2013. Sailors will receive a clothing replacement allowance to help purchase one additional nametape for the parka. Other changes to the NWU policy include the approval to wear as an optional item a nylon webbing rigger belt and NWU pattern foul weather Gore-Tex trousers.The optional rigger belt will be a one and three-fourth inch wide, one-piece adjustable nylon webbing, metal or plastic buckle. Belts worn by E-1 through E-6 personnel will be black, while belts worn by E-

7 and above will be tan/khaki. Sailors will be able to buy the NWU pattern foul weather Gore-Tex trousers for wear during inclement weather to and from home and work. Personally purchased trousers will not be worn to perform official or assigned duties. The trousers will be available for purchase at selected Navy Exchange Uniform Centers, online and 1-800 call centers beginning Oct. 1. The NAVADMIN includes a list of additional commands authorized to wear the NWU Type III (Woodland) for daily and deployment and deployment training wear, as well as further guidance on approval authority for the wear of this uniform. Fleet Commanders (USFF and PACFLT) will now be the authorizing authority for wear of the NWU Type III for deployment and pre-deployment work up/training.When not in a deployment or predeployment training status, personnel will wear the NWUType I or service uniform as appropriate. In June 2013, an optional redesigned khaki maternity blouse with adjustable waist tabs and slightly shorter length will be available in regular and long sizes.The blouse will become a mandatory, as needed, item in 2015. The NAVADMIN also approved several insignia and badge additions and changes including standardizing the design and reducing the number of Navy Security Forces Identification badges from eight to three badges: U.S. Navy Security Forces, U.S. Navy Corrections Specialist and U.S. Navy Master-at-Arms. A Strategic Sealift Officer Warfare Insignia (SSOWI) for wear by officers who have successfully completed the qualification requirements will be available May 2013. The United States Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) identification badge is authorized to be worn by officers and enlisted assigned to USCYBERCOM beginning July 17. Also beginning July 17, the Marine Corps Combatant Diver (MCD) breast insignia is authorized for wear on Navy uniforms by Sailors that successfully meet all qualification requirements stipulated in MILPERSMAN article 1220-101, (U.S. Marine Corps Marine Combatant Diver Breast Insignia and Designation). Illustrations of the new uniform items and insignia, as well as instructions on how to submit uniform changes to the Uniform Board, can be found on the Navy Uniform Matters Office website at http://www.public. For complete information on the approved uniform policy changes read NAVADMIN 164/12 at For more information, visit,, or www.twitter. com/usnavy. For more news from Chief of Naval Personnel, visit


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The Mother of all Battles: Saddam Hussein’s Strategic Plan for the Persian Gulf War Reviewed by Cmdr. Youssef Aboul-Enein The Mother of all Battles: Saddam Hussein’s Strategic Plan for the Persian Gulf War by Kevin M.Woods. The Official U.S. Joint Forces Command Report published by the Naval Institute Press, 291 Wood Road,Annapolis,Maryland. 384 pages, 2008.

AFPAK Hands submitted by Lt. Armando Marron Fernandez who has recently deployed to Afghanistan. This picture was taken at the District Governor's compound in the District Center of Delaram. It was taken right after our Security Shura (meeting) with the local elders and government officials. Lt. Armando Marron Fernandez is a Engineering Duty Officer assigned to the Navy's National Capital Region AFPAK (Afghanistan-Pakistan) Hands program at Naval District Washington. Editor's Note: AFPAK Hands is a language and cultural immersion initiative which consists of three phases: language and cultural training, in and out of theater deployment. During an out of theater deployment a service member can be assigned to a government agency,DoD command or other organization where their work in country can be applied and then add to their perspective when they redeploy.


It is easy to be dismissive of the losing side of any war, but that would be a tragic mistake. For no military history is complete without taking account of the adversary, with the support of the Joint Forces Command, the Naval Institute has published the Iraqi account of Operation Desert Storm. Rationalizing the Iraqi decisions for their deployments and military decisions designed within the constraints of their polity, capability and psychology is important for America’s future military leaders. Part of the future of military education is not to create sympathy but empathy for an adversary and this requires an immersion in the documents of our adversaries. Kevin Woods and the Joint Forces Command have done a great service with their Iraqi Perspectives Report. The book begins with an overview of Operation Desert Storm laying the overall political climate that led to Iraq invading Kuwait in August 1990. The book contains many surprises, such as clear Iraqi reconnaissance photographs of Kuwaiti ministries and government buildings perhaps the only successes of the Iraqi Air Force was its use of MIG-25s in the surveillance of Kuwait and the Saudi border town of Khafji in Saudi Arabia. The utility of reading Iraqi source documents is getting into Saddam Hussein’s deep psychological and allegorical frame of mind. Saddam would be heavily influenced by the Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988), and what he took from that was playing off the international community to gain an advantage. Some of Saddam’s allegory is not rooted in any western military tradition, but harkens back to pre-Islamic Arabia where he refers to the Iranians as the Sassanid Persians, the United States as Christian Byzantium, Israel as the Byzantine vassal state of Abysinia and finally as Iraq as pre-Islamic Arabia or Mecca sandwiched between these great powers. These allegories require an

understanding of Arabia both at the time of Prophet Muhammad and before around 570 CE. A Saddam quote that you will ponder, “If you decide to fight your enemy then you have to make him look like the aggressor.” Saddam’s conspiracy theories, regional jealousies and grand strategy at the end was reduced to money by 1990. Iraq’s war with Iran, depression of oil prices, OPECs inaction, and seeing him loose $1 billion per year for every $1 decrease in the price of oil per barrel, led to Saddam’s calculus to first intimidate and then take over Kuwait. A letter sent by Saddam to the Emir of Kuwait contained his final demands, $2.4 billion compensation for the disputed Rumailah Oil Field, $12 billion for Kuwait’s role in depressing oil prices, $10 billion in debts to be forgiven, and a long lease on the Kuwaiti island of Bubiyan. Impossible demands for Kuwait to accept and they dismissed Saddam’s bluster. Chapters reveal the most intelligent historical analogy offered by Saddam’s ministers was from his Minister of Higher Education who compared Iraq’s seizure of Kuwait to France’s retrieval of Alsace-Lorraine after World War I. Planning for the invasion of Kuwait was done exclusively by the Iraqi Republican Guard and its Chief of Staff General Aayad al-Rawi. This robbed Iraq of talented planners like the Army Chief of Staff and Iran-Iraq hero General Nizar al-Khazraji, he along with other service chiefs were informed hours before the invasion. General Ra’ad Hamdani, a brigade commander in Operation Iraqi Freedom, during Operation Desert Storm, worked the tactical solution of an armored thrust 160 KM south towards the southern tip of Kuwait City, his need for intelligence was so great he planned a covert operation

in which he dressed as a sergeant under the guise of picking up supplies for his platoon to reconnoiter the Kuwaiti port of Ahmadi. It was called off by his division commander, and they were reduced to using dated maps of 1: 100,000 scale, what helped was aerial reconnaissance of Kuwait City. Iraq’s Chief of the Navy was informed 36 hours before the invasion of Project 17 (the plan to invade Kuwait) and was given the mission of taking Faylakah Island and assume tactical control of Kuwait’s naval bases. The main invasion comprised of three separate division level thrusts into Kuwait. Despite the failure of Iraqi Air Units in providing air-ground support and damaging Kuwaiti airfields, they did succeed not just in reconnaissance but its helicopters did work relatively well in moving Special Forces units. Kuwaiti resistance took advantage of Iraq’s undisciplined regular Army units, luring troops with alcohol and slaughtering them, or into houses and killing them. Iraq’s Taha Ramadan was appointed literally a minister in charge of looting Kuwait. A chapter focuses on how Iraq planned to keep Kuwait, and among the surprises was the quotation from a candid book published by Iraqi General Hazim Ayyubi entitled, “Forty-Three Missiles on the Zionist Entity,” which details Iraq’s SCUD missile preparations that do back to 1988. This is a demonstration of the need to translate, analyze and discuss Arabic books of military interest. The book ends with a chapter on Umm al-Maarik, (Mother of all Battles), and Saddam deriving the lesson from Operation Desert Storm that President Bush Sr., did not succeed because he (Saddam) was not removed from power. This is an important read in the current climate of attempting to understand the Arab way of conventional and guerilla warfare. Editor’s Note: Cmdr. Aboul-Enein has been publishing essays highlighting Arabic books of military significance for years. His work appears in such U.S. Army journals as Infantry, Armor, and Military Review. In 19971998, Aboul-Enein served at sea in Operation Southern Watch that focused on the containment of Saddam Hussein’s forces in the southern Iraq.

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The KILLER BEES, NAVFAC Washington's Dragonboat team, pulls ahead to win their first race in the 11th Annual DC Dragonboat Festival May 19th. This is the Killer Bees' second season. Dragonboats are rowed watercraft traditionally constructed in the Pearl River delta region of southern China - Guangdong Province, of teak wood to various designs and sizes. Four boats painted to resemble scales in hues of green, red, blue and yellow sporting dragon heads and tails of blue, red and gold lined up to sprint over distances of 250 and 500 meters. The racing was divided into festival and premier categories, open (men’s), women’s, mixed and youth divisions.

SHOWCASE Continued from 2 Pier 86, next to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, ONR will display two of its project-based educational outreach tools: SeaPerch and Physics of Sail. Visitors can take part in the SeaPerch national, curriculum-based STEM education program by "driving" the underwater remotely operated vehicle. Physics of Sail gives attendees the opportunity to construct boats from aluminum foil, Popsicle sticks and paper sails and race them across a pool to test construction and design. Since 1984, Fleet Week New York has served as the city's celebration of the sea services. According to organizers, the event provides an opportunity for the citizens of New York City and the surrounding area to meet Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen and view some of the Navy, Marine Corps

and Coast Guard's latest capabilities. The event includes military demonstrations and displays, as well as tours of some participating ships. ONR provides the science and technology necessary to maintain the Navy and Marine Corps' technological advantage. Through its affiliates, ONR is a leader in science and technology with engagement in 50 states, 30 countries, 1,035 institutions of higher learning and more than 900 industry partners. ONR employs approximately 1,065 people, comprising uniformed, civilian and contract personnel, with additional employees at the Naval Research Lab in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit mil,, or www. For more news from Office of Naval Research, visit

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Students learn history of military medicine By Helen Hocknell NSAB Public Affairs staff writer Each year, first year medical students from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USUHS) gather in Sharpsburg, Md., for the Antietam Road March. "This is an opportunity for students to learn the principles of military medicine, and the foundations of where these innovations came from," said Navy Lt. Brian Andrews-Shigaki, USUHS assistant professor of emergency medicine, who organized this year's march. Students had originally participated in a march through nearby Rock Creek Park to break in their new boots, but the event took on a deeper meaning when it was moved to Antietam in the 1990s. During the annual event, students walk a seven-mile route around the park, volunteers dressed in period clothing demonstrate Civil War surgical procedures, and USUHS professors discuss battle tactics and the logistics of military medicine.

"It all started here," explained Andrews-Shigaki. "As the students see this battlefield and hear about the experiences of doctors in the past, they gain a better understanding of what they are learning in school now." The Battle of Antietam on Sept. 15, 1862, resulted in more than 23,000 casualties, leaving approximately 4,000 dead. It marked the single bloodiest one-day battle in American history, but many lives were saved thanks to changes implemented by Dr. Johnathan Letterman, a surgeon appointed as medical director of the Union army in June 1862. Known as "The Father of Military Medicine," Letterman was the first to organize a system for the evacuation of wounded from the battlefield. He established mobile field hospitals, connected them by an efficient ambulance corps and implemented a system for the distribution of medical supplies. KyleWichtendahl, director of interpretation and programming atThe Pry House Field Hospital Museum, said Antietam marked a turning point in the development of military medicine. "It's common sense today, but it was revolutionary at the

Photo by Helen Hocknell

Army Lt. Col. (Dr.) Justin Woodson, assistant professor in the Department of Military and Emergency Medicine, speaks to Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences students about the treatment of wounded during the Battle of Antietam at Bloody Lane.


time - you can't re-supply a hospital you don't know is there," explained Wichtendahl. In addition to the logistical improvements introduced by Letterman, the Civil War brought about advances in first aid procedures and surgical techniques. "The CivilWar is considered to be the beginning of modern military medicine," said Dr. John Rathgeb, a retired orthopedic surgeon and volunteer with the National Museum of CivilWar Medicine. "Was it primitive?Yes. But theWright brothers didn't fly a 747. They had to start somewhere." Rathgeb explained to the student group that German and French surgeons were considered the best in the world in the early 1800s, but by the conclusion of the Civil War, American surgeons were considered on par with their European counterparts. Rathgeb said patients continue to reap the benefits of these advances nearly 150 years later. Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 1st Class Todd Hammond, a wounded warrior and patient atWalter Reed National Military Medical Center, spoke to students about his experiences in the care of military doctors, and described how his treatment compared to the care soldiers received during the Civil War. Hammond had his right leg amputated below the knee after he was severely injured by an improvised explosive device while serving in Afghanistan in 2011. "A military doctor is not always in a hospital setting - their patients won't always be put on a table in front of them," said Hammond. "It's important that the students get a glimpse of what goes on outside the hospital, out on the battlefield." Seated on a bale of hay in a barn similar to those used as makeshift hospitals during the CivilWar, Hammond described how he was treated and transported from Afghanistan to Germany, then brought to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He showed students his scars, and explained how tourniquets were used to reduce the bleeding from the wounds to his legs. "Tourniquet theory has changed over time, but what they did for me is actually quite similar to what they did back then," explained Hammond. "Nowadays we put them higher up on the limb without worrying about tissue damage, as we know there won't be as much time elapsing between injury and treatment in a hospital," explained Hammond. Hammond said he feels grateful to the military doctors for their service, and that this trip gave him a greater appreciation of the heritage of military medicine. "Quite a few doctors who've worked on me are so skilled and talented and knowledgeable, they could go wherever they wanted. Any major trauma hospital in the country would snatch them up in a heartbeat, but they're here atWalter Reed because they want to be here and work on wounded warriors," said Hammond. "I feel lucky to have received such excellent care." Air Force 2nd Lt. Elizabeth Kim, a first-year medical student at USUHS, said hearing descriptions of the conditions CivilWar soldiers endured and learning about the logistics of battlefield medicine was both moving and enlightening. "It shows how much we can learn from the past," said Kim.

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