USS George Washington Welcomes Its Newest Master Chiefs

first_img View post tag: George View post tag: Naval View post tag: its View post tag: Washington Seven Sailors aboard the U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) were frocked to the rank of master chief petty officer May 24.Senior Chief Aviation Support Technician Gregory Della, Senior Chief Aviation Support Technician James Kenyon, Senior Chief Quartermaster Derek Mullenhour, Senior Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate Glen Newbis, Senior Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate Rick Putnam, Senior Chief Boatswain’s Mate Ray Sanders and Senior Chief Damage Controlman Gary Wise were frocked to the rank of master chief petty officer.“It’s an awesome day. This was 16 years in the making,” said Wise. “I never thought as a young Sailor that I’d ever be a master chief and I’m extremely honored.”The ceremony was held on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier during an all hands call with Capt. Greg Fenton, George Washington’s commanding officer, and Command Master Chief Shaun Brahmsteadt.“It’s always great to have more master chiefs in the fold,” said Brahmstead. “To see their leaders advance is a great accomplishment and it gives the crew incentive to excel.”Making master chief petty officer is no easy task, said Wise. It takes time, dedication and leadership to mold Sailors to become chiefs, senior chiefs and master chief petty officers.“This gives us the indication that what we are doing is worth it and lets us know we are on the right track,” said Wise. “It feels very good to be acknowledged.”Several family members took part in the ceremony and showed support by pinning on their new master chief petty officers’ collar devices.“It was very nerve racking up until the point he found out,” said Stacey Putnam, spouse of Putnam.Advancement to master chief reflects not only the hard work of the senior chief, but also the team of Sailors they lead.“Making master chief is just a testament to all the Sailors that have worked for and with me,” said Putnam. “I couldn’t be happier; I’m on cloud E-9.”[mappress]Press Release, May 28, 2013 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: USS May 28, 2013 Back to overview,Home naval-today USS George Washington Welcomes Its Newest Master Chiefs View post tag: Defence View post tag: Master View post tag: welcomes View post tag: Defense View post tag: newest USS George Washington Welcomes Its Newest Master Chiefs Share this article View post tag: Chiefs View post tag: Navy Authoritieslast_img read more

Lockheed Martin Wins Maintenance Deal for US Navy’s MK-48 Torpedoes

first_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today Lockheed Martin Wins Maintenance Deal for US Navy’s MK-48 Torpedoes View post tag: Martin Namely, the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) awarded Lockheed Martin a contract option worth approximately $10 million to support the Navy’s intermediate-level maintenance activities for all MK-48 torpedoes. This is the first option exercised from a contract awarded in 2013 and brings the total contract value to more than $18 million.“The key to this program’s success is our strong partnership with the U.S. Navy,” said Dr. Rob Smith, vice president of C4ISR for Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions. “Working in unison, our teams established a diligent process that ensures reliability and helps reduce life cycle costs for the Navy’s torpedo enterprise.”Lockheed Martin has provided specialized undersea weapons maintenance for the MK-48 since 2007. The Lockheed Martin team includes qualified torpedo maintenance technicians who maintain the Government-furnished equipment and property according to Navy regulations. Lockheed Martin provides all infrastructure support for the intermediate maintenance activities, including quality assurance, training, audit support, pier side services and ordnance handling. The Navy provides the facility, all required parts and equipment, as well as the procedures necessary to perform the maintenance tasks.Since torpedoes can be used multiple times for training and exercises, Lockheed Martin refurbishes these heavyweight torpedoes to ensure adequate numbers of ready-for-issue weapons are available to the Navy’s Fleet Commanders. Lockheed Martin performs intermediate-level maintenance for both exercise and wartime-ready “warshot” configurations of the MK-48 advanced capability torpedoes. These training torpedoes are used for fleet training, a critical combat advantage to the submarine force, and their reliability is paramount in the success of this training. Work on this contract is performed at the Navy’s facility in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. [mappress]Press Release, April 16, 2014, Image: Wikimedia View post tag: Defense View post tag: 48 Lockheed Martin Wins Maintenance Deal for US Navy’s MK-48 Torpedoes View post tag: Lockheed View post tag: Torpedoes Share this article View post tag: maintenance View post tag: Mk View post tag: deal US NAVY CREWMEN SECURE A MK TORPEDO TO THE DECK Operational readiness of the U.S. Navy’s MK-48 heavyweight torpedo inventory will continue to be ensured by Lockheed Martin, the U.S. defence contractor said. View post tag: Navy View post tag: Defence Equipment & technology April 16, 2014 View post tag: wins View post tag: USlast_img read more

Did you miss these stories over the weekend?

first_imgFull of the expected platitudes of former and future success, the first State of the State Address of Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop’s second term could not skirt some of the most significant and troubling issues of his first term: the impact of the recently-completed revaluation of property and a police corruption scandal.While both were presented atop a rosy bed of the successes his administration accomplished since he took office in July 2013, the issues remain part of an undercurrent of discontent. Property owners have seen their estimated taxes jump, and, behind the scenes, cops are unhappy with the city’s doing away with a lucrative off-duty jobs program. Click here for more.During last Wednesday’s Hoboken City Council meeting, several council members questioned Mayor Ravi Bhalla’s newly announced part-time position at a law firm, and also challenged his appointments to the Rent Leveling and Stabilization Board.A week ago Friday, the law firm of Lavery, Selvaggi, Abromitis & Cohen, P.C. announced that Bhalla had joined their Hackettstown-based firm in an “of counsel” role. Council members were concerned this could take away from the full-time job of mayor. They also noted that on Nov. 3, a week before he won the mayoralty, Bhalla said in an interview with hmag that he’d “be working full-time for the people of Hoboken, severing my employment with [his previous] law firm.”At Wednesday night’s City Council meeting, the council majority passed a resolution urging Bhalla to answer questions about his employment and how it will affect running the city. Click here for more.The ride-sharing service Uber celebrated the official opening of its new driver support center on Meadowlands Parkway in Secaucus on Feb. 20. Mayor Michael Gonnelli and Town Council members were on hand for the official ribbon cutting outside the specialized center, the first one in Secaucus and the only one in New Jersey. First established in Hoboken in 2015, Uber said they moved the local office to Secaucus because it has ample space for the office and parking. The center expects to serve 2,000 drivers weekly, according to Uber spokesman Craig Ewer. Click here for more.last_img read more

Dirty Dancing Does a Flash Mob ‘Mash-Potato’

first_img View Comments They can really shake ’em down in Beantown! Dirty Dancing—The Classic Story On Stage threw a helluva flash mob at the 2015 Boston Flower and Garden Show on March 13, featuring 20 local (and crazy talented!) dancers. The show, which will play the Citi Emerson Colonial Theatre April 28 through May 10, has been making its way across the counrty, starring Samuel Pergande as Johnny Castle and Gillian Abbott as Baby. Watch the video below to see the performers wow with their twists and mash-potatoes to “Do You Love Me?” and “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” from the hit film and the stage show.last_img

Swarms of Mosquitoes

first_imgCheck your screen doors and windows to make sure they aren’t torn. And have flyswatters and aerosol products ready for the pesky biters that get inside despite your bestefforts. Remove old tires or drill holes in those used for playground equipment to allow them todrain. Check tarps on boats or other equipment that may collect water in pockets orindentions. Those wonderfully warm, unseasonably pleasant days have apparently come with aprice tag. “We seem to have had the warm weather and the moisture at just the righttimes for mosquitoes,” Nolan said. Nolan said county extension agents throughout Georgia have called him withmosquito-control problems. “It seems to be more of a problem in south Georgia,though,” he said. “It floats and treats 100 square feet of water for 30 days,” he said. “You can get themin local farm supply stores or mail-order catalogs. They run about $11 for seven’donuts.’ And they won’t harm fish, pets, livestock or people.” Mosquitoes are mostly a nuisance with their painful bites, he said. But they can carryencephalitis to people and horses and heartworms to dogs. Nolan said some municipalities will use their mosquito-control equipment in nearbyrural areas. Most rural homeowners, though, are on their own. Well-managed ponds aren’t good breeding grounds for mosquitoes, Nolan said. Waveaction keeps larvae from surviving in open areas. Fish feed on the larvae, too. Spring has come early to Georgia this year, bringing gentle showers, warm days andswarms of mosquitoes. “It’s just going to slow them down a little,” he said. “A freeze will kill a ton of adultmosquitoes. And a hard freeze will ice over the water and kill the larvae and pupae.But we’re not likely to get a hard freeze.” “We learned from the 1994 flood that hardly anyone is prepared to handle things likethis,” Nolan said. “We need to have equipment in good operating condition for heavyoutbreaks when they happen.” The early outbreak of mosquitoes may have caught some cities off-guard with theircontrol programs.center_img “The critical thing is to be sure you get rid of the trash where mosquitoes breed,”Nolan said. “Spring cleaning is a great time to take care of mosquito problems.” “Without question, we’ve got some big mosquito populations much earlier thannormal,” said Maxcy Nolan, an entomologist with the University of Georgia ExtensionService. In shallow edges the fish and waves can’t reach, you may want to use a donut-shapedBacillus thuringiensis (Bt) product. Don’t count on that mid-March cold snap to take care of the early mosquito problem. A thorough cleanup helps because “99 percent of the mosquitoes that bite people comefrom within a few hundred feet,” Nolan said. “Most inland mosquitoes don’t fly far.” If you live out in the country, with no municipal control program, be sure to userepellants and wear proper clothing outside, he said. You can also buy commercialfoggers, from aerosol cans to larger hand-held products, that will kill mosquitoes. Clean out gutters and pick up any trash that could hold water. Look carefully. Adiscarded cup or can — even a plastic food wrapper — can be a breeding place formosquitoes. Mosquitoes don’t normally reach troublesome numbers this early in the year. “Thesethings fluctuate,” he said. “But we do have a heavy population of mosquitoes earlierthan normal.” Remove any trash pile and clean up other areas that can shelter adult mosquitoes. Whether you live in town or in the country, you can do some things to help ease yourmosquito woes.last_img read more

Good news for survivors, bad news for cheaters: Everest climbers to be tracked by GPS

first_imgThis year, hundreds of high altitude climbers will be making their way to Kathmandu, Nepal to scale the south side of Mount Everest, the world’s tallest peak. And for the first time, the Nepalese government will require several climbers to keep GPS locators on them for the entirety of their climb. If this pilot project is successful, Nepal may require all Everest summit-seekers to carry GPS. The government hopes that these GPS devices could help rescuers locate climbers more precisely in case of an emergency.Other climbers hope the addition of GPS trackers will stop people from falsely claiming to have summited the 29,035-foot mountain. All that is needed to prove to mountaineering authorities is a photo of you on the summit and confirmation from your team’s liaison officer, who are often not on the mountain.Last year an Indian couple claimed to have summited Everest and received all the official certificates, however, it was later determined the photo had been altered; this was a huge embarrassment to the Nepalese mountaineering authorities.After this year’s GPS pilot project, the Neplase government will decide whether or not to require GPS for all climbers.last_img read more

JPD on the MST: Final Lessons and Takeaways

first_imgI wanted to hike the Mountains-to-Sea Trail to reclaim something that I lost. Instead, it made me realize everything I had gained. In my twenties my identity was that of a long distance hiker. I worked until I had enough money to tackle a long trail and then I set off into the woods for hundreds or thousands of miles. I don’t think it was an addiction but it was certainly a lifestyle. I cherished the sinewy strength that appears under a soft layer of comfort, the freedom to think through your thoughts and clear your brain, the permission to feel deeply and act accordingly. I still think of myself as a thru hiker, I just assumed that I would have to wait until my children were much older before I could complete another long trail. When the opportunity arose to partner with the Mountains-to-Sea Trail and promote the footpath for it’s 40th Anniversary, I was thrilled. “This was it!” I thought. “I am going to experience a thru-hike just like I used to.”But everything had changed. I wasn’t racing down the trail trying to set a record, but there were days that I was rushing to get to a road crossing where I could nurse Gus. Other times, it took over an hour to go a mile because I was sharing the path and looking for “treasures” with Charley. There were times I took work calls while hiking. That’s something I hate to admit. But October is the busiest month for our hiking company. And book-publishing schedules don’t include three-month pauses so I couldn’t completely remove myself from that either. I couldn’t have experienced this trail without Brew’s support but for the past three months I never really connected with him. He spent the days caring for our children and when I finished my miles he needed a break- for sanity, for work, for exercise. When my shift started his ended. Instead of walking side-by-side, we spent the past three months and three days playing tag. I’ve enjoyed hiking the MST as much as any trail I did in my twenties, if not more. The trail experience itself hasn’t changed, but it is clear that my life off the trail is much fuller. It took walking 1,175 miles across North Carolina to realize that I am no longer a “long distance hiker.” I am a mom who shares the trail with my kids; a professional who needs a break from work; a wife who wants to walk a few miles with my husband. My relationship with the trail is more diverse and comprehensive than it used to be. I don’t need to be a thru hiker to enjoy the affects of long distance hiking. (And that’s good because Brew says I’m not doing another hike like this for a LONG time.)The main purpose of the Mountains to Sea Trail is not to walk across the state of North Carolina; that’s a fringe benefit. The path’s largest impact will be felt by individuals and families across the state who transform their bodies, think through their thoughts, and grapple honestly with their emotions on a path near their home. Long distance hiking is a luxury but being able to recreate outdoors and enjoy natural areas is a necessity. It is what we were made to do. Regardless of whether you are walking across the state or hiking in your backyard, the Mountains to Sea Trail allows us to be who we are and discover who we can become.last_img read more

West Middle School gives 8th graders send off to high school

first_imgBINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Binghamton 8th graders received a proper send off Tuesday afternoon as they transition into the high school years. Binghamton’s East Middle School also held a send-off. Educators say they want their students to know they support them and hope they felt they had a proper start to their summer. Teachers and staff at West Middle School held a drive through celebration handing out certificates, prizes and awards to their students.center_img Teachers and staff say the send off have them a chance to say good-bye to their students. “We want them to feel this a little closure for them ending their year here at West Middle School,” said West Middle School Principal Kristine Battaglino. “Going to Binghamton High School, doing their four years over there. We just want them to continue their success. So we’re here to support them.”last_img read more

Evidence plentiful of a pending pandemic

first_imgWebster RG, Govorkova EA. H5N1 influenza–continuing evolution and spread. (Perspective) N Engl J Med 2006 Nov 23;355(21):2174-7 [Full text](CIDRAP Source Weekly Briefing) – Certain recent new stories may have sown confusion about whether the threat of pandemic influenza still exists, and whether the world needs to continue to prepare. A New England Journal of Medicine article published last week provides the antidote, and the answer: It does, and we do.Reknowned avian flu expert Robert G. Webster, PhD, and colleague Elena Govorkova, MD, PhD, enumerate several factors that support the conclusion that the situation is worsening, not abating.These factors include an increasing number of countries affected [add link to graphic], ever increasing genetic differences within H5N1 “clades” (subgroups of the deadly form of avian flu virus), antiviral drug resistance, lack of adequate disease control in developing  countries, imperfect poultry vaccinations, and continued infection in waterfowl.Webster and Govorkova point out that H5N1 originated in Southeast Asia, similar to the origin of the last two pandemics in 1957 and 1968.The authors also explain how the H5N1 virus has emerged into two clades (clades 1 and 2) or genetically distinct viruses, the latter of which is further divided into three subclades. Unfortunately, these H5N1 categories differ enough genetically that a vaccine against one is unlikely to provide protection against the others.The authors do suggest that protection offered by a vaccine against one clade may offer some benefit against death if the pandemic is caused by other clades or subclades. Thus, they believe that it is “worth stockpiling” pre-pandemic vaccines, which differs from recent advice from the World Health Organization (WHO).Another obstacle to stopping the spread of avian influenza has been resistance to antivirals such as oseltamivir (Tamiflu). The authors point out that most of the clade 1 viruses are resistant, while most clade 2 viruses are not. Adding to the problem has been a delay in administering antivirals to patients with H5N1 infection in many instances, which may further promote natural selection of resistant strains because of high levels of virus in the patient’s body.The article also points out that, although controlling H5N1 influenza through culling and quarantining domestic poultry has worked for some wealthy countries such as Japan, that hasn’t been the case in poorer countries such as Thailand. Of note, in the past week, (The authors also mention South Korea’s success, but just within the past week it reported two separate H5N1 outbreaks in domestic poultry, calling into question the long-term effectiveness of Korea’s approach.)In addition, the authors do note that the effort to vaccinate uninfected poultry in conjunction with quarantine and culling by China, Indonesia, and Vietnam has failed, because the poultry vaccines are of poor quality, do not provide sufficient immunity, and promote genetic changes in the virus that may aid its spread.Webster and Govorkova point out that since Vietnam adopted a strategy of vaccinating all poultry with an inactivated (dead-virus), oil-emulsion H5N1 vaccine, there have been no additional cases in humans and no reported H5N1 infections in chickens.But in September 2006, H5N1 was reported to have emerged in ducks and geese in Vietnam, the report says.”Thus, H5N1 influenza vaccine seems to protect chickens, and indirectly, humans, but probably not waterfowl,” the writers state. The pair hypothesize that this could be the reason why H5N1 is not under control in China.”Clearly we must prepare for the possibility of an influenza pandemic,” the article concludes. “If H5N1 influenza achieves pandemic status in humans—and we have no way to know whether it will—the results could be catastrophic.”Comments from the Editor-in-Chief:Over recent months the No. 1 question that I am asked by many in the media and the general public goes something like this: “So, we don’t have to worry about that bird flu scare anymore . . . do we?” This perspective article by Webster and Govorkova should be required reading for each one of these questioners. It very clearly details why we should be even more concerned about the possibility of H5N1 causing the next pandemic than we were several years ago. It is a straightforward, balanced assessment of the current situation and is written so that every CEO can understand the message.last_img read more