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11/14/2018
From Department of Defense Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy will commission its newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Sioux City (LCS 11), during a 9 a.m. ceremony Saturday, Nov. 17, at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
U.S. Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa will deliver the commissioning ceremony's principal address. Mary Winnefeld, the wife of former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, retired Adm. James "Sandy" Winnefeld, is the ship's sponsor. The ceremony will be highlighted by a time-honored Navy tradition when Mrs. Winnefeld gives the first order to "man our ship and bring her to life!"
"This ship is named in honor of Sioux City, Iowa, but represents more than one city," said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. "USS Sioux City represents an investment in readiness and lethality, and is a testament to the increased capabilities made possible by a true partnership between the Department of the Navy and our industrial base."
The future USS Sioux City, designated LCS 11, is the 13th LCS to enter the fleet and the sixth of the Freedom-variant design. The future USS Sioux City is the first naval vessel to be named in honor of Sioux City, Iowa. The fourth-largest city in the state, Sioux City was founded in 1854 at the navigational head of the Missouri River and takes its name from one of a group of North American Indian tribes that make up the Great Sioux Nation.
The littoral combat ship is a fast, agile, mission-focused platform designed to operate in near-shore environments, while capable of open-ocean tasking and winning against 21st-century coastal threats such as submarines, mines and swarming small craft. They are capable of supporting forward presence, maritime security, sea control and deterrence.
USS Sioux City will be homeported at Naval Station Mayport, Florida.
The ceremony can be viewed on the Navy Live blog at http://navylive.dodlive.mil.

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Homeport shift for USS O'Kane, USS Wayne E. Meyer
From Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM (NNS) -- “Aloha” means hello and goodbye.
The guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) arrived in its new homeport, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in a homeport shift with USS O’Kane (DDG 77). O’Kane departed for San Diego this week after nearly 19 years of service in the middle Pacific.
O’Kane was commissioned in Pearl Harbor October 23, 1999.
O’Kane’s namesake is World War II Prisoner of War and Medal of Honor Recipient Rear Adm. Richard O’Kane. During WWII, O’Kane, aboard submarines USS Wahoo (SS 238) and USS Tang (SS 306) earned an unprecedented and unrivaled record of victories against the enemy, destroying warships and supply lines.
The guided-missile destroyer Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) arrived Sept. 13, just after Tropical Storm Olivia passed through the Oahu.
The ship’s namesake, Rear Adm. Wayne E. Meyer, is considered the father of Aegis, the Navy’s computerized weapons system able to detect and counter threats from nearly 300 miles away. Aegis aboard ships and Aegis ashore help the Navy execute multi-mission tasking.
Both USS O’Kane and USS Wayne E. Meyer, along with other DDGs, support forward presence, maritime security, sea control and deterrence. DDGs coordinate with units of a task group to conduct naval operations and execute the Maritime Strategy under a naval component commander.
Maintaining the most technologically advanced ships is vital to support the United States’ commitment to the security, stability and prosperity of the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

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Military couple assignment policy: 5 things to know
The Navy realizes how important families are, and when they're not whole it can add stress to a Sailor's life. Collocation of dual-military couples is part of supporting families. It is a priority, along with balancing fleet readiness. The revised policy updates the collocation and distribution procedures and makes orders negotiation less cumbersome........ read more

Navy Pregnancy and Parenthood mobile app available
"Pregnancy and parenthood can be compatible with a successful military career when Service members and the Command both understand their roles and responsibilities, said Capt. Candace Eckert, director of N1 Diversity. "This app makes that task easier by identifying regulations, instructions and references from a wide variety of sources and offering them in one easy-to-use app. The app includes information regarding assignments, retention, separation, standards of conduct and much more." ......read more

Separation policy
To protect Sailors and Marines suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI) or any other diagnosed mental health condition, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has made his department the first in the military to assure such conditions are considered before separating a service member. ......read more

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Navy, NASA complete Underway Recovery Test 7
11/6/2018
From U.S. 3rd Fleet Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26) successfully completed test recovery operations of NASA’s mock Orion capsule, Nov. 5.
The Underway Recovery Test-7 (URT-7) is part of a U.S. government interagency effort to safely retrieve the Orion crew module, which is capable of carrying humans into deep space.
This marks the first completion of a URT aboard John P. Murtha. NASA engineers worked alongside Sailors from the John P. Murtha, Special Boat Team 12, and Navy divers from Mobile Diving Salvage Unit 11 and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 3 to test recovery operations of the Orion test article. Tests were conducted throughout the day and night in varying sea states.
"John P. Murtha was tasked to assist NASA with their seventh Underway Recovery Test. Our crew executed of every assignment given to them flawlessly and their recovery-at-sea experience and dedication directly contributed to our overall mission success,” said Capt. Tony Roach, commanding officer USS John P. Murtha. "I am continually impressed and proud of the outstanding efforts of my crew members during each and every evolution."
San Antonio-class ships have distinctive capabilities essential to NASA’s mission. One of the more important capabilities is the ship’s ability to recover the test capsule using the ship's well deck, designed to launch and recover amphibious craft. John P. Murtha also has the ability to carry and deploy multiple small boats to assist in the recovery process of the capsule, and an advanced medical facility ideal for treating returning astronauts.
The tests allowed NASA and the Navy to continue to demonstrate and evaluate the recovery processes, procedures, hardware and personnel in a realistic open-ocean environment before conducting actual recovery operations.
“All test objectives were accomplished as planned,” said Melissa Jones, NASA Landing and Recovery director. “The success of this week would not have been possible without the positivity and experience of the John P. Murtha crew.”
John P. Murtha is homeported in San Diego and is part of U.S. 3rd Fleet.
Commander, U.S. Third Fleet leads naval forces in the Pacific and provides realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy. They coordinate with Commander, U.S. Seventh Fleet to plan and execute missions based on their complementary strengths to promote ongoing peace, security, and stability.

Navy Wounded Warriors demonstrate athletic prowess at 2018 Invictus Games in Australia
10/25/2018
by Kyle Malloy, Navy Wounded Warrior-Safe Harbor Public Affairs

SYDNEY (NNS) -- Months of training toward healing have paid off for fourteen Navy wounded warriors representing the nation and Team USA at the 2018 Invictus Games, an international adaptive multi-sport event currently being held in Sydney, Australia.
The Navy athletes are able to compete in the Invictus Games as part of their enrollment in the Navy’s Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor program, which is managed by Navy Installations Command (CNIC) and coordinates non-medical care of seriously wounded, ill and injured Sailors and Coast Guardsmen, and provides resources and support to their families.
More than 550 wounded, ill and injured servicemen and women from 17 allied nations competing in the international competition --going head-to-head in archery, athletics (track and field), indoor rowing, powerlifting, road cycling, sitting volleyball, swimming, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis, wheelchair rugby, golf and sailing.
Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor provides individually-tailored assistance designed to optimize the success of the wounded warriors' recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration activities. To learn more, visit www.navywoundedwarrior.com/.

New naval aviator career path
announced

Fall 2018
From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Navy announced the launch of the Aviation Professional Flight Instructor (PFI) program, designed to improve aviator retention by offering a new career path for officers who have successfully completed an aviation department head tour, Sept. 28, in NAVADMIN 241/18.
Aviators selected by the FY-19 PFI board will return from their department head assignment to serve as flight instructors for a minimum of 36 months, with an option to serve in repeated tours as a flight instructor beyond their initial obligation.
The program will provide selected officers career flexibility, greater assignment stability, and rewarding experiences training the newest naval aviators, with the goals of improving aviator retention and flight instructor manning.
Officers selected for the PFI program can serve until they reach statutory retirement with no further operational assignments, so long as they continue to meet applicable performance standards as a flight instructor.
Officers selected for PFI are no longer eligible for command consideration.
Applications for the first PFI board, scheduled to convene November 20, are now being accepted from qualified 1310 and 1320 designated lieutenant commanders and commanders with a projected rotation date in calendar year 2019.
Full-Time Support and Selected Reserve officers are not eligible to apply for this program.
For program details, eligibility, and application procedures, visit the Navy Personnel Command Aviation Bonus website at https://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/officer/Detailing/aviation/Pages/Professional-Flight-Instructor.aspx or read NAVADMIN 241/18 at www.npc.navy.mil.

Family PCS travel flexibility
expanded

Fall 2018
From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Navy has expanded the eligible categories for advanced dependent travel (ADT) and delayed dependent travel (DDT), personnel officials announced September 13.
For permanent change of station (PCS) moves within the 50 states, the policy allows for dependent travel of up to six months before or after the sponsoring Sailor’s PCS move in the following situations: spousal employment or education, dependents in elementary or secondary school (K-12), dependent enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program, or caring for an immediate family member with a chronic or long-term illness. The previous approved policy that allowed DDT for the length of the school year is unchanged by this expansion.
For moves from the 50 states to overseas locations, only DDT will be authorized. For moves from overseas locations to the 50 states, only ADT will be authorized.
Sailors will only receive one housing allowance, either for their location or their dependent’s location, under delayed or advance travel. Sailors or dependents may be assigned government quarters if available, but may not displace a member or dependent in government housing.
Requests for DDT or ADT must be submitted to Navy Personnel Command (PERS-451).
For information and answers to questions on this policy, email NXAG_N130C@navy.mil.

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (Aug. 21, 2018) Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Jacqueline Francis (left), from New York, assigned to USS Gerald R. Ford's (CVN 78) combat systems department, trains USS George Washington (CVN 73) Sailors on how to use the Consolidated Afloat Network Enterprise System. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Liz Thompson) (This image has been altered by blurring out badges for security purposes) NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (Aug. 21, 2018) Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Jacqueline Francis (left), from New York, assigned to USS Gerald R. Ford's (CVN 78) combat systems department, trains USS George Washington (CVN 73) Sailors on how to use the Consolidated Afloat Network Enterprise System. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Liz Thompson) (This image has been altered by blurring out badges for security purposes)

Navy office leans forward to enhance afloat technology offerings
10/18/2018
From Program Executive Office Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The Navy’s Tactical Networks Program Office (PMW 160) developed an inventive contract with industry that will benefit from private-sector expertise to influence the design of the Navy’s premier afloat network.
PMW 160, which is a part of the Program Executive Office Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (PEO C4I), recently awarded the Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) Baseline Analysis of Alternates Services (BAAS) contract to Lockheed Martin. CANES is the Navy’s afloat Information Warfare Platform on ships and submarines. It uses commercial information technology (IT), networking hardware and core services software to deliver cyber-resilient, assured networking.
BAAS, at its essence, enables an efficient broad-spectrum comparison across commercial off-the-shelf products and services to ensure the Navy gets what it needs for the best value. Through the new contracted effort, PMW 160 and Lockheed Martin will work together on CANES engineering design activities to perform market research, cost analysis, design descriptions and product evaluations to field network capabilities to the fleet faster and more affordably.
“The team was looking for a way to accelerate our engineering efforts and leverage Industry expertise,” said Capt. Kurt Rothenhaus, program manager, PMW 160. Rothenhaus noted, “One of our engineers, working with our contracts specialist, came up with this truly innovative approach in the BAAS to deliver commercial IT to the fleet.”
The program office and larger Navy derive three major benefits from contracting the BAAS work.
Bob Bradley, PMW 160’s chief management officer, said, “First, we partner with industry, leveraging their expertise in areas in which they do well. Second, we have the ability to conduct broad-spectrum continuous market research and predicative obsolescence management. Third, we streamline processes and reduce delivery timelines which will enable us to improve speed to capability.”
Amy Rickey, CANES production specialist, PMW 160, added, “The government often looks to industry for technical innovation. Our job was to find innovative ways to use industry’s expertise to deliver warfighting capability, and the BAAS contract accomplishes that goal.”
Program Executive Office Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (PEO C4I) provides integrated communication and information technology systems that enable information warfare and command and control of maritime forces. PEO C4I acquires, fields and supports C4I systems which extend across Navy, joint and coalition platforms. More information can be found at http://www.public.navy.mil/spawar/PEOC4I/Pages/default.aspx

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United Through Reading®
Deploying? Service members invited to record stories for family at San Diego USO
United Through Reading® is a program helping ease the stress of separation for military families by having deploying or deployed service members read children’s books aloud via DVD for their family to watch at home. This powerful program is available to all military units. It provides service members a chance to make lasting connections from afar. The DVD recording and the book are mailed to the child and family back home.
Service members who are leaving for training can also take part in this program. Being a parent is not required; service members can send the DVD & book(s) to any special child in their life such as younger sister or brother, niece, nephew or godchild.
On the day of the recording, service members are encouraged to dress in the attire they will be wearing while deployed/training, but this is not required. The room is private, so any special message, or those fun reading voices, will only be heard by the recipient of the DVD recording. USO San Diego has books available, or service members can bring their own. Our volunteers will help set up the camera and then leave the room. The DVD can hold a 30 minute recording.
Please e-mail USO San Diego Staff Member Nichole Duarte at utr@usosandiego.org to make your appointment. This program is offered at both USO San Diego centers.

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