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VOLUME 1, NO. 6 | 6 MAY 2011

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Navy extends public comment period on missile wharf

Veteran’s space

By GREG SKINNER

Kitsap Navy New

The Navy last week extended the comment period for the proposed construction of a 260,000 square-foot missile wharf complex at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor. Originally scheduled to end on May 2, the comment period is open until May 17. According to a Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest the extension was granted to allow more input.

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THIS EDITION Don Chacon, interim vice president of Student Services, stands in Olympic College Veteran and Military Support Center as work continues to put the finishing touches on the 1,300-square-foot space committed to veteran student needs. The center opens May 18 with a celebration. GREG SKINNER/KITSAP NAVY NEWS

Veteran and military student center opening at OC College says center will improve veteran student life at school By GREG SKINNER Kitsap Navy News

Hundreds of veteran and active duty students at Olympic College will soon have a place to call their own at Olympic College’s Bremerton Campus. With Washington state’s second highest veteran student population per capita, the three-campus community college will open the Veteran and Military Support Center on May 18 with a celebration and BBQ to coincide with the Armed Forces

Festival week. Local leaders, community members and local military leaders are expected to speak at the ceremony honoring student veterans’ service to the nation. Dan Chacon, interim vice president of Student Services, said the goal behind creating the center was to create a space specifically dedicated for the 1,500 veteran and active duty students attending the school for two-year associate degrees and certificate programs or four-year degrees in education, engineering and nursing.

“They deserve it,” said Chacon who started the project some four months ago after some discussion and polling of student body veteran and active duty population. The center is primarily a place for them to hang out and secondarily a conduit of a veteran-specific college orientation and information clearing house, he said. The transition to college life from the very rigidly-structured protocol-driven military life is not necessarily an easy one when student veterans wind up in classrooms full of colleagues with a different idea of what school is, Chacon said. Nicole Logan served more than eight years in the Navy as an operations specialist before enrolling at OC seeking

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Female officers to join Bangor subs in fall 2011 ....pg. 2 USS Nimitz turns 36, sailors celebrate in yard ...pg. 3 Preparing your children for deployment ............pg. 4 Thresher changed everything, Yesterday’s Fleet . pg. 11


Maine and Ohio to see women soon By GREG SKINNER

Kitsap Navy News

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus last week said female officers will begin service on ballistic and guided missile submarines starting next fall. The USS Maine and USS Ohio will see women enter their chain of command next November to coincide with similar assignments with two East Coast missile boats. The first class of sub-bound women were chosen from Naval Academy and naval ROTC programs and have been in an 18-month training cycle, which includes nuclear power school, submarine school and the Submarine Officer’s Basic Course. It remains unclear how many female submarine officers will arrive at Bangor for service in the fall, but nearly a dozen are advancing through training now. Speaking for Submarine Group 9 Lt. Ed Early said the Maine and Ohio are ready to welcome their first female officers.

The guided-missile submarine USS Ohio (SSGN 726) prepares in Apara Harbor, Guam for an upcoming deployment to the western Pacific Ocean April 30, 2011. Ohio is one of two nuclearpowered guided-missile submarines forward deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S.

NAVY PHOTO BY LT.J.G. MATTHEW WADDEN.

“Drawing from this new talent increases our ability to maintain the world’s best submarine force,” Early said. We’re looking forward to welcoming all of our future submariners who are currently in the initial training pipeline.” During his speech, Mabus said that both enlisted women and officers should be allowed to serve. He expanded current plans saying women should not be restricted from service on fast attack boats. There is noting insurmountable for women on submarines, he said.

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First woman Command Senior Chief for oldest war ship afloat CHARLESTOWN, MASS. (NNS) – USS Constitution appointed its first female command senior chief in the ship’s 213-year history, during a turnover ceremony held aboard the ship in Charlestown, Mass., April 29. Senior Chief Aviation Maintenance Administrationman Roxanne Rhoades relieved Command Master Chief David Twiford, who advanced to master chief petty officer during his CSC assignment to Constitution. As CSC, Rhoades will be responsible for mentoring, training and leading all enlisted

Sailors at Constitution for the next three years. She will also play an important leadership role as the crew prepares to celebrate the bicentennial of the War of 1812. The ship is expected to draw national media attention for the event. “I want to ensure the historical value of the past is presented today with underway demonstrations in full-sail and our Sailors are fully trained to the highest Navy standards,” said Rhoades. “Overcoming challenges is an everyday business, and there is nothing we cannot conquer as the crew of ‘Old Ironsides.’ “

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Great American machine celebrates 35 years of service “It was a fun to see the event be interactive with the Sailors getting quizzed on Nimitz’ history,� said Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Jonna Obermiller. “Sailors were jumping at the chance to get the hoodies and other prizes

“This is a once in a lifetime thing to do. This is my first ship and command, and a week of me being here; I’m writing my name on it.� – Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Recruit Lauren Conner given out.� During the ceremony, Monger spoke about the history of the ship’s commissioning and was presented a plaque constructed by Hull Technician 3rd Class Brent Carlson and

Nimitz reunion set for Florida Naval reunion The USS NIMITZ (CVN68) Association 14th Annual Reunion will be held Oct. 26-29 in Pensacola. Celebrate the 100th anniversary of naval aviation. Banquet guest speaker

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Machinery Repairman 3rd Class Stephen Hughes. After the speech, sailors were encouraged to approach a section of the starboard side of the ship and sign the hull with permanent marker. “There are very few things you get to do like this,� said Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman Joseph Burds. “It’s a neat experience to say you signed the bottom of the first nuclear aircraft carrier of its class. Those opportunities don’t present themselves often; you’ve got to take advantage of them.� “This is a once in a lifetime thing to do,� said Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Recruit Lauren Conner. “This is my first ship and command, and a week of me being here; I’m writing my name on it.� Nimitz was commissioned May 3, 1975, at Naval Station Norfolk. Nimitz is participating in a year-long Docking Planned Incremental Availability at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, where the ship is receiving major upgrades to its combat, self-defense, navigation and potable water systems and numerous other components.

Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) sign the ship’s hull during a celebration for the ship’s 36th commissioning anniversary at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard May 2, 2011. Nimitz is conducting a yearlong Docking Planned Incremental Availability for major upgrades to its combat, self-defense, navigation, potable water systems and other components. U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 3RD CLASS NICHELLE WHITFIELD.

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BREMERTON, WASH. (NNS) – USS Nimitz (CVN 68) sailors celebrated the 36th anniversary of the ship’s commissioning with a ceremony held at the bow of the ship while in dry-dock May 3. Crew members and Puget Sound Naval Shipyard workers signed their names on the hull of the ship during the ceremony. “This is a unique experience; once in a lifetime of a ship where you get to do something like this,� said Capt. Paul O. Monger, USS Nimitz commanding officer. “President Gerald Ford spoke at the commissioning, and he said ‘only in America can we build this machine, there’s nothing else like it in the world.� Prizes were awarded by USS Nimitz Executive Officer Capt. John C. Ring, during the beginning of the event to Sailors who correctly answered trivia questions about the ship’s history.


Preparing kids for deployment This column previously benefits the entire family. Not appeared in April 2011 issue of only do you prepare them for the All Hands Magazine deploying parent’s departure, When mom or dad deploys, you give them some control over children may find it difficult to family decisions, especially when prepare for, and then adjust to they have little control over a large the absence of their loved one. It’s part of their lives. During meetimportant to involve children in ings with the kids, try to include the preparations both discussion for deployment and activities. and explain to Children look LISABETH them exactly to their caregivADAYAG what a deployers and model ment involves in their reaction to LEET AND a way that they deployment. will understand. Therefore, it AMILY UPPORT Don’t assume is important to ENTER they are aware project confiand will underdence that you stand why their will not only parent is deploying. survive, but thrive during deployEveryone reacts to the news of ment. a deployment differently. Expect Though it’s a joyous time, many a wide range of emotions and be families may find themselves facpatient with yourself and others. ing another adjustment period You may feel a variety of feelings, when a loved one returns from a such as: anger, sadness, confusion, deployment. nervousness or a strong sense of As with preparations for depardenial. Some people may also start tures, the entire family should to withdraw from their spouse be involved in preparations for or partner to try and make the returns. When a loved one comes transition easier. All of these are home, some people may have normal reactions to a deployment. resurfacing feelings of resentment, While it might feel like you have impatience or increased anxiety. no control, there are things you There will also be an adjustment can do to feel better and get ready. period while family members Communicate with your begin renegotiating relationships children. Talking openly about and responsibilities. deployment and reassuring them they will be cared for while mom Children look forward to havor dad is away, can help soothe ing a missing parent back at home. fears. This may clear up any misThe absent service member looks understandings about the separaforward to a joyful reunion and tion your children may have. No the comforts matter where you begin, or what of home. After a dangerous you do to prepare, take small steps deployment, families are relieved instead of concentrating on the that the service member is returntotal length of the deployment, ing home safely. But, mixed in break up the time into manageable with those feelings of excitement chunks. It’s also important to keep and anticipation are also some talking to your child and monitor- perfectly normal worries and ing how he or she is handling the resentments. separation. Reunions can be especially Including your children in the preparations for deployment SEE DEPLOYMENT | PAGE 9

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Bin Laden buried at sea, no country wanted remains WASHINGTON (NNS) – Osama bin Laden received a Muslim ceremony as he was buried at sea, a senior defense official said in Washington, D.C., May 2. The religious rites were performed aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in the North Arabian Sea and occurred within 24 hours of the terrorist leader’s death, said the official. “Preparations for at-sea [burial] began at 1:10 a.m. Eastern Standard Time and were completed at 2 a.m.,” said the official. The burial followed traditional Muslim burial customs, and bin Laden’s body was washed and placed in a white sheet, said the official. “The body was placed

in a weighted bag. A military officer read prepared religious remarks, which were translated into Arabic by a native speaker,” the official added. Afterward, bin Laden’s body was placed onto a flat board, which was then elevated upward on one side and the body slid off into the sea. The deceased terrorist was buried at sea because no country would accept bin Laden’s remains, a senior defense official said. Central Intelligence Agency and Defense Department officials are sure it was the body of bin Laden. CIA specialists compared photos of the body with known photos of bin Laden and said

with 95-percent certainty it was the terrorist leader, a senior intelligence official said. In addition, bin Laden’s wife identified the al-Qaida leader by name while the strike team was still in the compound, said the intelligence official. CIA and other specialists in the intelligence community “performed the initial DNA analysis matching a virtually 100-percent DNA match of the body against the DNA of several of bin Laden’s family members,” the official added.

U.S. Kills bin Laden in Intelligence-driven Operation WASHINGTON (AFPS) – An intelligencedriven U.S. operation in Pakistan killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden yesterday, President Barack Obama announced in a nationally televised address from the White House late last night. “Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan,” Obama said. “A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability. “No Americans were harmed,” he continued. “They took care to avoid civilian casualties. After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body.” Obama noted that bin Laden had been al-Qaida’s leader and symbol for more than 20 years and continued to plot attacks against the United States and its allies. “The death of bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our nation’s effort to defeat al-Qaida, yet his death does not mark the end of our effort,” Obama said. The president revealed that shortly after taking office in January 2009, he ordered CIA Director Leon E. Panetta to make bin Laden’s death or capture the top priority of the U.S. war against the al-Qaida terrorist organization. “Then, last August, after years of painstaking work by our intelligence community, I was briefed on a possible lead to bin Laden. It was far from certain, and it took many months to run this thread to ground,” he said. The president said he met repeatedly with his national security

team as information developed indicating bin Laden was at a compound in Pakistan, and that last week he determined enough information was available and authorized the operation. The president emphasized that the war against al-Qaida is not a war against Islam. “Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader,” he said. “He was a mass murderer of Muslims. Indeed, al-Qaida has slaughtered scores of Muslims in many countries, including our own. So his demise should be welcomed by all who believe in peace and human dignity.” The president praised those who worked to find bin Laden and those who carried out the operation that killed him. “Tonight, we give thanks to the countless intelligence and counterterrorism professionals who’ve worked tirelessly to achieve this outcome,” he said. “The American people do not see their work, nor know their names. But tonight, they feel the satisfaction of their work and the result of their pursuit of justice. “We give thanks for the men who carried out this operation,” he continued, “for they exemplify the professionalism, patriotism, and unparalleled courage of those who serve our country. And they are part of a generation that has borne the heaviest share of the burden since that September day.” Former President George W. Bush released a statement that said, “This momentous achievement marks a victory for America, for people who seek peace around the world, and for all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001.”

Master-at-Arms 1st Class Kelvin Lee reads about Osama Bin Laden’s death while reading the morning news aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52) May 2, 2011. Bin Laden was killed by Navy SEALs during a raid on his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Barry is on a routine deployment conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation missions in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. NAVY

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Everett based commander sacked over misconduct SAN DIEGO – The commanding officer of guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen (DDG 92) was sacked on April 27 for misconduct. Rear Adm. Mark Guadagnini relieved Cmdr. Jay Wylie “due to loss of confidence in his ability to command” following allegations of misconduct. What exactly constitutes Wylie’s misconduct was not released. A 3rd Fleet press

release said an investigation into the misconduct is ongoing. Wylie is the fourth Navy commanding officer relieved over “misconduct” in recent weeks Wylie has been temporarily assigned to Commander, Naval Surface Forces, Pacific, pending the results of the investigation, the Navy said.

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Intel and ops team up to kill bin Laden WASHINGTON, (AFPS) – The plan to attack the compound of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden was the result of relentless intelligence work and operational professionalism, White House officials, speaking on background, said this Monday. The operation was the culmination of years of careful and highly advanced intelligence work, officials said, as officers from the CIA, the National GeospatialIntelligence Agency and the National Security Agency worked as a team to analyze and pinpoint the

Pakistani compound where bin Laden was killed. Once the intelligence pointed precisely to the compound in Abbottabad –- a town 35 miles north of Pakistan’s capital of Islamabad –- the work on the mission began between the intelligence and military communities. “In the end, it was the matchless skill and courage of these Americans that secured this triumph for our country and the world,� one official said. A small team conducted the helicopter raid on the compound. An official called it a complex

operation, noting that the compound was a virtual fortress -– built in 2006 with high walls, razor wire and other defense features. Its suburban location and proximity to Islamabad complicated the operation, the official said. “The men who executed this mission accepted this risk, practiced to minimize those risks, and understood the importance of the target to the national security of the United States,� he said. “This operation was a surgical raid by a small team designed to minimize collateral damage and to pose as little risk as

possible to noncombatants on the compound or to Pakistani civilians in the neighborhood.� U.S. helicopters delivered the team to the compound, and the team was on the ground for less than 40 minutes, an official said. They did not encounter any local authorities. In addition to bin Laden, three adult males were killed in the raid. “There were several women and children at the compound,� the official said. “One woman was killed when she was used as a shield by a male combatant. Two other women

were injured.� One of the U.S. helicopters was lost at the compound due to mechanical failure. The crew destroyed it on the ground, and the assault force and crew members boarded the remaining aircraft to leave, an official said. “There’s also no doubt that the death of Osama bin Laden marks the single greatest victory in the U.S.-led campaign to disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaida,� the official said. “It is a major and essential step in bringing about alQaida’s eventual destruction.�

Though the organization’s terrorists still are dangerous and al-Qaida may not fragment immediately, an official said, “the loss of bin Laden puts the group on a path of decline that will be difficult to reverse.� The United States did not share any intelligence on the raid with any other country, the official said. “We believed it was essential to the security of the operation and our personnel,� he said. U.S. officials contacted senior Pakistani leaders shortly after the raid, he said.

Tricare tops benefit issues at Retiree Council in D.C.

WASHINGTON (NNS) – The annual Secretary of the Navy Retiree Council were held May 2 in Washington, D.C., to discuss matters of importance to Navy and Marine Corps retirees. “A number of issues have not changed in recent years,� said retired Vice Adm. John Totushek, SECNAV Retiree Council cochair. “One of our major issues is getting the word out that we even exist.� “There will be several very important issues brought up this year,� said Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman Brian Conroy, event coordinator and representative from the assistant SECNAV for Manpower and Reserve Affairs. “One of the biggest issues will be Tricare and the delivery of care as well as the cost.� Communication with retirees is another issue that both Totushek and Conroy believe will be discussed at the meeting. “I expect the board to look at and address how to effectively inform the retired population on what changes in benefits and law are coming their way,� said Conroy. “This year’s retiree council is highly motivated to ensure that its recommendation get addressed in the quickest fashion possible.�

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Money released, construction of Virginia class to begin in fall GROTON, CONN. – The U.S. Navy has released $1.2 billion for the construction of the 14th Virginia-class submarine, SSN787. The release of the funding allows procurement of long lead-time components that will support the planned official construction start later this year on the as-yet-unnamed submarine at Electric Boat and its teammate, Huntington Ingalls Industries in Newport News, Va. The Virginia class is the first U.S. Navy warship designed from the keel up for the full range of mission requirements in the post-Cold War era. Optimized for maximum technological and operational

flexibility, these submarines play a key role in the nation’s defense with their stealth, firepower and unlimited endurance. Virginia-class submarines displace 7,800 tons, with a hull length of 377 feet and a diameter of 34 feet. They are capable of speeds in excess of 25 knots and can dive to a depth greater than 800 feet, while carrying Mark 48 advanced capability torpedoes, Tomahawk land attack missiles and unmanned underwater vehicles. Electric Boat last received funds for two submarines in 1991, when the Navy ordered the USS Connecticut (SSN 22) and USS Louisiana (SSBN 743), the final Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine.


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The U.S. Navy’s Trident nuclear powered submarine USS Alaska (SSBN 732) is guided into the current explosives handling wharf at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor. U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY GENE ROYER

Three evening public forums were recently held in western Puget Sound and Seattle to record spoken commentary on the Navy’s plans and allow citizens to ask the project’s engineers and managers questions during an open house every year the Navy says are needed to support session. the program as the already 31-year-old missiles The Navy seeks comment on five optional age. plans to build up to 260,000 square-feet of The five plans vary in size and scope and trestle and wharfing facilities the Navy says are include the option of not building the second needed to load, unload and maintain the Trident Wharf. The Navy has plans to mitigate water D-5 missiles in effort to extend their funcand sediment quality, damage to marine vegetationing lifespan until 2042 – 15 years past the tion, shellfish, mammals, fish and bird species. originally planned lifespan of the sea launched Some environmental nuclear missile. damage will occur, but As of Tuesday, the the Navy said it will not Navy received 241 writexceed permitted levels ten comments and 36 Draft Environmental Impact statement With $750 million oral comments were can be found in local libraries and online in federal construcrecorded during public at www.nbkeis.com/ehw/ tion money already hearings. approved by Congress, Send written comments to: Attention For an EIS the turn the Navy has yet to Ms. Christine Stevenson, EHWS EIS out and public comcomplete a final EIS, Project Manager, Toutog Circle, ment numbers are which is expected pretty good, said Sheila Silverdale, WA 98315-1101. Make electo be filed with Murray, project spokestronic comments at www.nbkeis.com/ the Environmental person. ehw/ Protection Agency “A lot of people are next fall. Following an interested,” she said. additional 30-day wait Three of four Kitsap period, Assistant Secretary of the Navy Roger residents that testified at the March 19 hearing Natsuharathe will choose from one the the plans held in Poulsbo said the project was unnecesand construction could begin in 2012. sary and that the Trident missile program a cold State Department of Ecology and Army Corps war relic that should be defunded and ended. of Engineers permits are also required before Murray said the public requested more time the project moves into reality on the water of to comment on the draft document, which is Hood Canal. Those state and federal agencies more than 900 pages long. The Navy said there was enough time to expand the comment period rely on the final EIS as a guide in permitting the massive marine construction project. and keep the project on track, Murray said. “It’s Full details of the project, its various options a decent sized document,” she said. and the expected impact on the shore and The current Explosives Handling Wharf was marine environment in and around the probuilt in the 1970s. It will remain in operation posed project area, can be found at www.nbkeis. with the second wharf to cover the estimated com/ehw/. Trident Fleet needs of 400 maintenance days

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John Pahrmann cuts and places flooring tiles during construction of the Olympic College Veteran and Military Support Center. The 1,300-square-foot space hosting computers, a small kitchen, a lounge, office and instruction space is dedicated to veteran needs and use. GREG SKINNER/KITSAP NAVY NEWS a transferable associates degree. Logan said the center will give veterans a place to be with other like minded people from similar backgrounds. Logan said she, like a lot of other veterans, thought

she was just supposed to tough her way through classes and the entire academic system all on her own. The new center will help expaline the administrative side of school, she said.

Dusty Van Gelder was a quarter master in the Navy and is after a bachelors degree in elementary education at OC. She said veterans just have different needs than most students as they transition to stu-

dent life. “ [they need] a welcome to the real world,” Van Gelder said. Olympic College has long served the West Sound military community, but until this month there has only been the Veterans Service Office, which has no place to congregate Director of Veteran Services Office, Wendy McFadden said one of the great advantages the center will bring is a central location to get vets connected to information on the various support services available to them. A career Navy wife, with 13-years in the VSO at the college, McFadden said her office has become a de facto information clearing house as veterans look for information relevant to their status. However, she said, the VSO is a business office that verifies attendance and grades for the Department of Veterans Affairs education programs. There is no place to congregate and there is no coffee, she said. Beyond comforts, the center will have a lot of

resources on state and federal veterans benefits and education programs, McFadden said. The center will go beyond its primary educational slant with information and access to counseling programs,

Grand Opening of Veterans and Military Support Center May 18, 11 a.m. on the lawn of Haselwood Library Olympic College, Bremerton Catered BBQ lunch Speakers include Naval Base Kitsap Commander Capt.Pete Dawson information sessions and seminars geared toward veterans and active duty students. The need for something like the center at OC has existed for some time

and veteran enrollment is increasing at OC. Chacon said that he thinks prior to the center, the Olympic College community simply assumed programs assisting veterans at school were in place. A self describe dealmaker who is at the college for one year, Chacon polled veterans on campus about needs, then held a focus group that led to the center idea. With the college president’s approval late in the winter, Chacon found space in the engineering building and got the college to paint, carpet and divide 1,300 square feet into a kitchen, space for lounge, a computer center and classroom area with a projection system. Chacon said the college is providing the physical space, but intentionally, the veterans will have to fill the center and decide how to best use it. Not a vet himself, Chacon said he is humbled by what veterans go through and feels they’re owed a great deal. “I take that personal,” Chacon said.


Kudos for service in decade of war Adm. Mullen says American forces continue to learn and adapt WASHINGTON D.C. (AFPS) – Calling personnel issues his greatest comfort and greatest concern, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff today praised U.S. service members for the way they’ve adapted over a decade of war. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen told attendees at a Government Executive Magazine leadership briefing that while he is most proud of the flexibility and adaptability of American military forces, he also is concerned that America is losing touch with its military. The experience in Iraq illustrates the adaptability of American service members, Mullen said, noting that when he took office

in 2007, the U.S. surge into Iraq was under way and the levels of violence in the country were high and looked to be going higher. “I was there last week, and it is like night and day,� Mullen said. “There has truly been an extraordinary shift and change and the creation of an opportunity for 26 million people that just didn’t exist. That came at a great price, and that [this has occurred] is a reflection of our military’s ability to adapt and change from the classic conventional force to what I call the best counterinsurgency force in the world.� After 10 years of war and the multiple deployments that has entailed, the American military continues to learn and adapt,

Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addresses participants at the leadership breakfast for the Government Executive Media Groups at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., April 28, 2011. DOD PHOTO BY U.S. NAVY PETTY OFFICER 1ST CLASS CHAD J. MCNEELEY.

Mullen said. A well-known strength of the U.S. military is that it’s an all-volunteer, professional force, the chairman said. But less well known is that it’s also a weakness, because only a small percentage of the nation’s population has a first-hand military connection. “I do worry about the connection we have with the American people,� the

chairman said. “We’re less than 1 percent of the population, we come from fewer and fewer places, and I worry about the things we don’t do any more.� The base realignment and closure process has shuttered many facilities, Mullen said, and that means service members no longer live in many neighborhoods around the country where they once

were part of the fabric. “We’re not in the churches, coaching the teams, going to the schools,� he said. “So the relationship or understanding [of the military] is often created by what’s in the media.� The military footprint in the country will not change, the chairman said. “But America’s military must stay connected with the American people,� he added. “If we wake up one day and find out that we’re disconnected or almost disconnected, I think that’s a bad outcome for the country.� The National Guard and other reserve components are great avenues for connections, he said. These service members are in every part of the country and can explain the military to the greater population. Mullen said the military needs to use this avenue to better communicate with America. The American people respect the military and want to reach out to sol-

diers, sailors, airmen and Marines, Mullen said, but often are confused about how to do so. The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments and local communities must work together to ease service members’ transition to civilian communities when they leave the military, the nation’s top military officer said. “I say this generation is ‘wired to serve,’â€? he said. “They are in their mid-20s, and they’ve seen some very difficult times in some cases. But they offer great potential for our country, and with a little investment, ‌ they’ll take off and provide decades of service.â€? Americans also need to reach out to those wounded in the wars and the families of those killed, Mullen said, noting that these famil The military needs to fully embrace these families and America’s communities need to join them in the effort, Mullen said.

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Thresher’s demise changed everything YESTERDAY’S FLEET By GREG SKINNER Kitsap Navy News

With her sudden sinking during diving trials in April, 1963, the USS Thresher (SSN-593) changed the way the U.S. Navy designed, built and operated submarines. Built by Portsmouth Naval Ship Yard, the Thresher’s keel was laid on May 28, 1958. Completed and launched on July 9, 1960. At 279-feet long with a 32-foot beam the 3,770 ton nuclear powered Thresher was commissioned on Aug. 3, 1961. She spent the rest of 1961 and 1962 in the Western Atlantic Ocean doing extensive sea trials and took part in Nuclear Submarine Exercise 3-61 in September 1961. That November, in Puerto Rico, Thresher’s crew was evacuated after her reactor shutdown and was not restarted for 24 hours. Before returning to Portsmouth on Nov. 29, 1961, Thresher tested torpedo systems. In port for the remainder of 1961, she conducted sonar and Submarine Rocket evaluations. Following refurbishing in 1963, Thresher sailed 190 nautical miles out to sea off of Cap Cod, Mass. On April 9, 1963. The submarine rescue ship Skylark was along for the deepdiving test scheduled for the Thresher. As Thresher neared test depth Skylark received garbled messages and then nothing as she settled into the deep with 129 officers, sailors and civilians aboard. At 09:13 came the message from Thresher, “Experiencing minor difficulty, have positive up angle, attempting to blow.� The last understandable message from Thresher was, “exceeding test depth.�

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Thresher was later found in six major pieces spread across 160,000-square yards at a depth of 8,400 feet. It’s is believed that she imploded near the 1,300-foot mark. A Court of Inquiry later determined that Thresher probably sank after a joint failed in a salt-water piping system – which was brazed with silver at the time rather than the welding methods that followed. It is believed that the water shorted out Threshers electrical system which in turn shutdown the reactor stalling the submarine without propulsion. Ballast tanks were also determined to have failed

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CELEBRITY SAILOR BILL COSBY Upon receiving an honorary rank of Chief Petty Officer last February, William Henry Cosby said he’d joined the Navy in 1956 because, he said, “I want to be in the Navy, because no matter how you die, you’re in the middle of the ocean and it will wash out your underpants and that will make my mother very happy.� Cosby served as a Hospital Corpsman for four years before leaving the Navy in 1961. He mostly worked rehabilitating veterans of the Korean Conflict after his high I.Q. qualified him for training as a physical therapist. During his four-year tour, Cosby was stationed at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va.; the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.; Naval Hospital Argentia, Newfoundland; aboard USS Fort Mandan; and Philadelphia Naval Hospital. Outside of working within his rating, Cosby served the Navy as an athlete of high order. On the Navy track team, he ran the 100yard dash in 10.2 seconds, he played guard on the National Naval Medical Center varsity basketball team and he played on the Quantico Marine football team. “[Over] the years I spent in the Navy, and so many moments remembering that, the Navy gave me a wake-up call,� Cosby told Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Rick D. West.

“The Navy showed me obedience, and that’s the thing that pushed me to realize the mistakes I had made in my young life at 19 years old, and that I could do something with myself and become somebody.� Cosby attended Temple University on a track scholarship after gaining his high school diploma in the Navy. He eventually gained a PhD. Four years after leaving the Navy, Cosby appeared on the tonight show as a comedian and was later hired for a role in the 1965 TV series I Spy. – Greg Skinner

This week in Navy history May 10, 1776: John Paul Jones receives his first independent command, the sloop Providence. PHOTO BY HOPE GEORGETTE PHOTOGRAPHY

KNN homecoming photo contest winner announced The name says it all, “A Hug to End the Lonely Days.� Navy wife Shanon Pruden said the long hug capture in the winning photograph of the Homecoming photo contest came after a brief kiss. “we just needed to hug each other and be close

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May 7, 1778: the Washington and the Effingham, Continental frigates are lost to a British raiding party burning ships in the Delaware River. May 7, 1779: the Continental sloop Providence captured the British brig Diligent in the Atlantic Ocean. May 10, 1797: the frigate United States is launched at Philadelphia. May 12, 1847: Commodore Matthew Perry’s Home Squadron enters Coatzacoalcos River on the Gulf of Campeche. Two ships made it 24 miles upstream gathering intelligence. May 10, 1861: the blockade of Charleston begins. May 13, 1861: the blockade of Pensacola begins. May 10, 1862: Naval forces recapture

the Norfolk Navy Shipyard. May 11, 1862: unable to escape Union gunboats by going up the James River, Confederate flag officer Josiah Tattnall ordered the Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia blown up. May 10, 1864: the transport Harriet A. Ward is sunk by a mine in the St. John’s River in Florida. Complied by Kitsap Navy News from reference materials

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