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VOLUME 1, NO. 6 | 6 MAY 2011
Navy extends public comment period on missile wharf
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 â€œIt was a fun to see the event be interactive with the Sailors getting quizzed on Nimitzâ€™ history,â€? said Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Jonna Obermiller. â€œSailors were jumping at the chance to get the hoodies and other prizes
â€œThis is a once in a lifetime thing to do. This is my first ship and command, and a week of me being here; Iâ€™m writing my name on it.â€? â€“ Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Recruit Lauren Conner given out.â€? During the ceremony, Monger spoke about the history of the shipâ€™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
will be New York Times best-selling author Stephen Coonts. Contact Bill Paschall at (228) 243-2699 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ussnimitzassociation.org for information.
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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. â€œThere are very few things you get to do like this,â€? said Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman Joseph Burds. â€œItâ€™s a neat experience to say you signed the bottom of the first nuclear aircraft carrier of its class. Those opportunities donâ€™t present themselves often; youâ€™ve got to take advantage of them.â€? â€œThis is a once in a lifetime thing to do,â€? said Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Recruit Lauren Conner. â€œThis is my first ship and command, and a week of me being here; Iâ€™m writing my name on it.â€? 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 shipâ€™s hull during a celebration for the shipâ€™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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