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Yesterday, the Naranjo family buried a loving husband, adoring father, and faithful Navy Chief. Chief Mass Communications Specialist Brian Naranjo was buried Monday, February 13 at the Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery at Fort Riley with Navy Honors.

 

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By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 2, 2012 – Service members now will receive imminent danger pay only for days they actually spend in hazardous areas, Pentagon officials said here today.

The change, which took effect yesterday, was included in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, which President Barack Obama signed into law Dec. 31. READ MORE.

Act of Valor

The Navy Chief of Information (CHINFO) put out information on new movie Act of Valor. This is a Navy-supported film featuring active duty SEALs. Take some time to read the CHINFO’s Rhumb Lines to learn a little background on the film before it premiers February 24, 2012.

READ MORE:  CHINFO Rhumb Lines – Act of Valor

WATCH TRAILER: http://www.actofvalor.com/#/TRAILER

 

NERVOUS FOR NEWPORT?, by Ensign Greg Melville

10 Ways to Prepare for the Direct Commission Officer Indoctrination Course
So, you’re a new Navy Reserve DCO. Congratulations. You’ve probably got the uniform, and you know how to say “sir” and “ma’am” real well. Now there’s just one more thing, newbie: learning how to be a Navy officer. The two-week indoctrination course for reservists at Naval Base Newport is your starting point. The chiefs who do such a fantastic job of running the program probably wouldn’t be pleased if we give you the lowdown on exactly what DCO school entails, so at least allow us to provide some insight on how to prepare.

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 Navy Announces Changes To PFA & PRIMS, Lt. j.g. George McElwee

     The Navy recently announced changes to its physical fitness assessment (PFA) and web-based reporting application for command fitness leaders (CFL) known as the Physical Readiness Information Management System (PRIMS).

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By Sam Fellman – Navy Times Staff writer
Posted : Thursday Jul 21, 2011 16:38:18 EDT

http://www.navytimes.com/news/2011/07/navy-flag-cno-vcno-nominations-072111w/

Get ready for a new boss.

Adm. Jon Greenert, the current vice chief of naval operations, was formally nominated Thursday to be the 30th CNO by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. The nomination comes atop a slew of flag moves:

• Vice Adm. Mark Ferguson, the chief of naval personnel, was nominated to replace Greenert as VCNO, a position that comes with four stars. Ferguson is a 1978 Naval Academy graduate and a nuclear-trained surface warfare officer. He has commanded destroyer Benfold and Destroyer Squadron 18.

• Vice Adm. Cecil Haney was tapped to take command of Pacific Fleet. If confirmed, Haney would be the second African-American naval officer to wear four stars. Haney, now the deputy commander of U.S. Strategic Command, is a 1978 academy grad and submariner. He has commanded attack submarine Honolulu and Submarine Squadron 1.

• Vice Adm. Harry Harris, the 6th Fleet commander, was nominated for assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon and was recommended for reappointment to vice admiral. Harris is a 1978 academy graduate and naval flight officer who was born in Yokosuka, Japan.

• Vice Adm. Scott Buskirk, the 7th Fleet commander, was nominated to be chief of naval personnel and would be reappointed to vice admiral. Buskirk is a submariner and 1979 academy grad.

• Buskirk’s relief at 7th Fleet would be Rear Adm. Scott Swift, who is director for operations at U.S. Pacific Command. Swift, a graduate of San Diego State, was recommended for a third star. He entered the Navy in 1979 through the Aviation Reserve Officer Candidate program and commanded Carrier Air Wing 14 and Carrier Strike Group 9.

Naval chief: Sea service ready for combat

By John T. Bennett – 06/16/11 08:20 PM ET

The Navy is poised to take on a greater load in future military operations thanks to changes made by the sea service in recent years, its top officer said Thursday.

During the early 2000s, the Navy had a much smaller role in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, leading military experts — and some service officials — to wonder how the service would fit into future U.S. combat operations.

Several years later, the Navy’s slate of missions is becoming clear.

The sea service has spent years building up its tactical aviation fleet, enhancing its information operations abilities and moving toward unmanned craft that operate beneath the ocean’s surface, Adm. Gary Roughead, chief of naval operations (CNO), said Thursday.

That should give the Navy a place in future operations, because the service’s aircraft carriers mean “we don’t have to ask permission” to use allies’ airfields, Roughead said.

An example of that came this spring, as naval aircraft operating from Navy ships helped set up and maintain a no-fly zone over Libya.

Leon Panetta, tapped to become the next Defense secretary, told the Senate Armed Services Committee last Thursday that he “strongly believes the Navy has to project our force across the world.”

Roughead described a multi-plane fleet that the sea service has built during his tenure. That fleet will be in the commander in chief’s arsenal and made up of F-35s, F-18 fighters, E-18 electronic warfare planes, P-8 surveillance aircraft and two new versions of its Seahawk helicopters.

It also will feature several kinds of unmanned aircraft that can do surveillance and engage targets while taking off from and landing on naval vessels.

In the past, the Navy had been forced into operating unmanned aircraft like Predators that operate from airfields. But service brass didn’t like that because “that’s not our forte,” Roughead said during a talk at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Roughead also wants to push the technical envelope on developing unmanned craft that can operate underwater.

In an era when defense budgets are expected to remain flat or shrink, some lawmakers and defense analysts say it is unlikely the Navy will ever have the 313 ships it says are needed. The fleet is now at 285 ships, Roughead said Thursday.

Employing more crewless underwater drones is one way to help offset a smaller fleet, Roughead noted.

But those kinds of craft are years from being fielded, and much work remains on getting the technologies involved right. And that causes fears for Roughead, who says the military weapons acquisition community has become less willing to take risks and push the envelope on technology development.

 “I can just imagine when [President John F.] Kennedy said, ‘By the end of the decade we’ll put a man on the moon,’ ” Roughead said. “Somebody said, ‘Ehh, we’ve got to get it through the JCIDS process first.’ ”

He was referring to the Pentagon’s cumbersome Joint Capabilities Integration Development System (JCIDS), which many Defense officials, experts and lawmakers blame for the decades it can now take to field a new combat platform.

“I really do think we’re kind of losing that sense of ambition, adventure and reach that really characterized the great things that we did as a country,” the CNO said. “I see that in some of the newer technologies. … Some things are going to fail. But if you fail early, you learn and you move on.”

In the Pentagon, there has long been a push to take a new technology and make it a program of record with its very own budget line. No more, Roughead said, suggesting the sea service will seek ways to have weapon programs “move fast” by working around the military’s traditional acquisition system.

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