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NMCRS Active Duty Fund Drive Kicks Off in Pensacola

NMCRS Active Duty Fund Drive Kicks Off in Pensacola

PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) — Navy and Marine Corps leaders and command representatives met, Feb. 21, onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola to launch the Northwest Florida region 2018 Active Duty Fund Drive in support of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS).

Beginning March 1, the drive is a voluntary opportunity to provide much needed funds for the direct benefit and support of shipmates and fellow Marines.

Rear Adm. Kyle Cozad, commander of Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) and regional coordinator chairman for this year’s drive, highlighted how the fund drive campaign theme, “For Our Own, By Our Own,” embodies a shared commitment.

“It’s about us taking care of our family when they are in a time of need,” said Cozad. “There is tremendous power in what we bring to Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society. The Active Duty Fund Drive is an opportunity to support fellow shipmates and Marines experiencing financial hardships.”

For more than 100 years, NMCRS, which does not receive government funding, has helped Sailors, Marines and their families deal with crises, prepare for the future, solve problems, and find peace of mind through financial assistance and education. NMCRS also supports retired Sailors and Marines and the widows and children of Sailors and Marines who have died.

Examples of support provided include budgeting classes, counseling, emergency loans, financial and administrative support for funeral services, temporary lodging and meal assistance, and no-interest loans.

Each local command across the region, from Pensacola to Milton to Panama City Beach, has fund driver coordinators and key personnel to lead efforts in raising awareness to ensure 100 percent of Sailors and Marines are afforded the opportunity to learn about the NMCRS mission, programs and services.

“Many young Sailors and Marines who are just beginning their careers, are stationed at commands here,” said Lt. Cmdr. Timothy

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Pacific Partnership Mission Prepares to Enhance Disaster Response Cooperation, Strengthen Ties in Indo-Asia-Pacific

Pacific Partnership Mission Prepares to Enhance Disaster Response Cooperation, Strengthen Ties in Indo-Asia-Pacific

SINGAPORE (NNS) — The U.S. Navy will join allied and partner nation militaries for the 13th Pacific Partnership mission, scheduled to begin Feb 23.

This annual maritime operation will help improve disaster response preparedness, resiliency and capacity while enhancing partnerships with participating nations and civilian humanitarian organizations throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multilateral disaster response preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. This year’s mission will be led by Commander, Destroyer Squadron 31 and staff, embarked on the hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH-19) and the expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Fall River (T-EPF 4) and will include more than 800 military and civilian personnel from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, France, Peru and Japan.

“Through Pacific Partnership we are deepening integral ties with our allies and partners across the Indo-Asia-Pacific region,” said Rear Adm. Don Gabrielson, commander, Task Force 73, the executive agent for Pacific Partnership 18. “The challenges we face with natural and manmade disasters do not respect borders or national sovereignty. This dynamic mission enables many nations and subject matter experts to come together to pursue solutions to complex problems while enhancing preparations for disaster emergencies that reduce the severity of their impact. The foundation of trust created through Pacific Partnership engagement helps foster a cooperative environment that encourages collaborative approaches to improving the lives and conditions for the people of this region and beyond.”

Mercy will make mission stops in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and Vietnam while USNS Fall River (T-EPF-4) will visit Yap, Palau, Malaysia, and Thailand. Medical, dental, civil-engineering and veterinary teams will partner with each host nation to conduct civic-action projects, community health exchanges, medical symposiums and disaster response training activities. Additional community relations engagements will occur in each mission stop to enhance relationships and camaraderie with citizens

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Presidential Sailors | Navy Live

Presidential Sailors | Navy Live

On this President’s Day weekend, we’re taking a look at the Sailors who went from shipmates to presidents.

 

WASHINGTON (Feb. 16, 2018) A graphic illustration depicting the Presidents who have served in the U.S. Navy. (U.S. Navy graphic by Kirsten Sisson/Released)
WASHINGTON (Feb. 16, 2018) A graphic illustration depicting the Presidents who have served in the U.S. Navy. (U.S. Navy graphic by Kirsten Sisson/Released)

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DVIDS – Video – Marine Minute, February 20, 2018

DVIDS – Video – Marine Minute, February 20, 2018


Sergeant Annika Moody tells us about the Commandants visit to Thailand and U.S. Marines with Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Divisions participation during a live-fire range with Royal Thailand Marines.









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Production Supervisor

Production Supervisor

Kent, Washington, USA
Hexcel Corporation

With our strong investment in research and development and our culture of continuous improvement, Hexcel is the industry leader in the manufacturing of composite materials and industrial fabrics. We invite you to join the Hexcel team at various manufacturing sites, sales offices and R&T centers around the globe. Become a part of the “strength within.”

Hexcel is currently seeking a Production Supervisor for our Kent, WA, USA location.

The successful candidate will provide coordination, scheduling and management of materials, personnel and equipment to optimize production. Organize, coordinate and lead the activities of production shift personnel. Assign responsibilities, develop and maintain schedules for the safe and efficient manufacture of high quality product at minimum cost. Monitors work area production schedule and employee productivity performance. Educate, coach and provide motivational opportunities to team members; remove barriers to assure individual and group success and completion of all goals. Manage non-manufacturing personnel during off shift coverage (lab personnel, maintenance, etc.)

The selected individual will be responsible for but not limited to the following obligations:

    • Directly supervise hourly employees in area of responsibility. Train, plan, assign, and direct work in accordance with applicable policies and laws. Monitor area production schedule and productivity.
    • Provide leadership through active participation in the development of employees and enhancement of a positive work environment. Establish an atmosphere of teamwork to assure the success of the team and the business.
    • Establish and maintain a professional and consistent work environment to help ensure Hexcel Kent remains a viable and healthy facility that provides a work environment that recognizes and rewards employees for their active engagement in the business and provides growth opportunities for employees. Work to achieve “employer of choice” recognition.
    • Support the Safety Management System as outlined in the Safety Program. This includes specific initiatives such
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Vice chief testifies how Army is addressing threats through modernization, other capabilities | Article

Vice chief testifies how Army is addressing threats through modernization, other capabilities | Article

Soldiers with 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, participate in a live-fire exercise at Novo Selo Training Area, Bulgaria. Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. James C. McConville noted that this type of training is valuable for increasing readiness against a peer threat.
1 / 1 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers with 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, participate in a live-fire exercise at Novo Selo Training Area, Bulgaria. Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. James C. McConville noted that this type of training is valuable for increasing readiness against a peer threat. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Alan Brutus) VIEW ORIGINAL

WASHINGTON — The last time a Soldier was killed by enemy aircraft on the battlefield was in 1953, during the Korean War, said Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. James C. McConville.

Now, the Army is preparing in earnest for that type of possible scenario against a peer adversary by rebuilding its air defense capabilities, he said, during testimony at a Senate Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee meeting, Feb. 14.

Asked about the Army’s other modernization focus efforts, McConville cited the Army’s six priorities: long-range precision fires, a next-generation combat vehicle, future vertical lift platforms, a mobile and expeditionary Army network, air and missile defense capabilities, and Soldier lethality.

Within each of those six priority areas, research and development efforts are focusing on two or three systems that are deemed most relevant to boosting current and future readiness, he said.

In the long-range precision fires priority, for instance, the Army is looking at hypersonic weaponry, as well as an extended-tube artillery that will increase range, he said.

The science and technology, or S&T, efforts depend on industry investments, along with the Army’s organic capability, he added.

In addition to S&T efforts, the Army’s fiscal year 2019 budget is geared toward weaponry that would be most effective against peer adversaries, including purchase and upgrades of tanks, artillery and attack helicopters, he said.

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McConville said the ideal deployment-to-dwell time for Soldiers is a 1:2 ratio. Currently, however, that ratio is about

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Segregated in Service, Medal of Honor Recipient’s Actions Saved Lives of All Races

Segregated in Service, Medal of Honor Recipient’s Actions Saved Lives of All Races

This blog is part of a weekly series called “Medal of Honor Monday,” in which we’ll highlight one of the nearly 3,500 Medal of Honor recipients who have earned the honor of wearing the U.S. military’s highest medal for valor. 

By Alex Snyder, Defense Media Activity 

Orphaned just a few years after his 1919 birth, Vernon Baker was raised with his two sisters by his grandparents in Wyoming. He moved in with an aunt in Iowa while in high school. After graduation, he joined his grandfather as a railroad worker, serving as a porter.

Vernon Baker, circa 1943. Army photo

In the summer of 1941, Baker grew tired of railroad life, and enlisted in the Army. After completing officer candidate school, he was commissioned on Jan. 11, 1943. Baker joined the segregated 270th Regiment of the 92nd Infantry Division. He and his fellow soldiers were members of the first African-American unit to go into combat in World War II.

Almost three years to the day that Baker enlisted, his division landed at Naples, Italy, and fought its way north into the center of the embattled country. In the fall, Baker, on night patrol, ran into a German guard. Baker killed the German, but he was wounded so badly that he was hospitalized for two months.

In the spring of 1945, Baker — the only black officer in his company — was back on duty and in command of a weapons unit near Viareggio, Italy. It was just a few months before the war would end, but on April 5, the battles were still raging. Baker and his troops were ordered to launch an early morning assault against a mountain stronghold occupied by the Germans.

Baker led two attacks against the stronghold, taking out many of the enemy positions in the

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U.S. and Kuwaiti Marines share best practices > The Official United States Marine Corps Public Website > News Display

U.S. and Kuwaiti Marines share best practices > The Official United States Marine Corps Public Website > News Display

By Staff Sgt. Jacob Osborne, 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade

Logistics Marines from the Command Element and Logistics Combat Element of Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Central Command organized a three-day Tactical Resupply Subject Matter Expert Exchange at the Kuwait Naval Institute to share best practices in logistics with the Kuwaiti Marine Battalion, Dec. 18-20, 2017.

“Whatever country someone comes from, those who serve in the Marines share the same mindset and spirit for protecting their country,” said Maj. Andrew Harkins, logistics officer in charge, Command Element, SPMAGTF-CR-CC.

The Tactical Resupply Subject Matter Expert Exchange is one of multiple training engagements SPMAGTF-CR-CC will conduct with the Kuwaiti Marine Battalion over the next year.

A mix of 27 logisticians and infantryman from the Kuwaiti Marine Battalion attended the event with the U.S. Marines from the SPMAGTF-CR-CC. Having Kuwaiti Marines from both infantry and logistics backgrounds in attendance was an important part of the tactical resupply training.

“I like seeing a mix like this because the infantry and the logisticians must be able to communicate with each other for effective planning,” said Harkins.

During the three-day bilateral exercise, the U.S. Marines showed the Kuwaiti Marines how they conduct logistics and observed how the Kuwaiti Marines conduct logistics. On the last day of the exercise SPMAGTF-CR-CC Marines and Kuwaiti Marines conducted a logistics tactical decision game together to practice what they learned.

“This was an incredible opportunity to engage not only a crucial partner nation, but their Marine warriors,” said Maj. Michael Pigford, the future operations officer for the Command Element, SPMAGTF-CR-CC. “We look forward to building on these enduring relationships between SPMAGTF-CR-CC and the Kuwaiti Marine Battalion.”

The SPMAGTF-CR-CC Marines involved in the tactical resupply training with the Kuwaiti Marine Battalion are working to pass

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Test of Arrow 3 Missile Defense System Completes Successfully > U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE > Article

Test of Arrow 3 Missile Defense System Completes Successfully > U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE > Article

Today at 2:30 a.m. local time, the Missile Defense Agency and the Israel Missile Defense Organization successfully completed a flight test of the Arrow 3 weapons system that is designed to defend against ballistic missiles outside of the atmosphere.

The test was conducted at a test site in central Israel and was led by Israel Aerospace Industries, in collaboration with the Israeli air force.

The Missile Defense Agency, as system co-developer, supported the test.

The Arrow 3 weapons system is a major part of Israel’s multilayered defense array. This array is based on four layers; Iron Dome and David’s Sling, and the Arrow 2 and Arrow 3 systems. The success of this test is a major milestone in the operational capabilities of Israel and its ability to defend itself against current and future threats in the region.

Arrow 3 interceptors were delivered to the Israeli air force in January 2017 for operational use.

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Modest Investments Needed to Build Security Network > U.S. Southern Command > News

Modest Investments Needed to Build Security Network > U.S. Southern Command > News

U.S. Southern Command has focused on building a “regional security network of principled, inclusive partnerships,” Navy Adm. Kurt W. Tidd, Southcom’s commander, told the Senate Armed Services Committee here yesterday.

The command — the smallest combatant command — works with partners throughout Latin America and the Caribbean to address shared challenges and build capabilities and capacity.

The challenges these nations feel often manifest themselves in the streets of the United States, the admiral told the panel. “Criminal and extremist networks continue to threaten regional stability and our national security,” Tidd said. “We know of specific cases of individuals who were involved in plots to attack our homeland or our partners. Fortunately, they were stopped, but this remains a significant, persistent concern.”

Great Power Competition

Great power competition has returned, and China and Russia are trying to gain influence in the Western Hemisphere by saying the United States is withdrawing from leadership in the world. “And as they succeed in their efforts, [there] comes an increased ability for them to interfere with our security relationships and to hold our interests at risk,” Tidd said.

“These challenges are less overt and sometimes more insidious than in other theaters,” he continued. “They are manageable with modest investment, sufficient attention and early engagement. For Southcom, that involves tools that strengthen relationships and build capacity.”

“Modest” is the key word here, he said, noting that the command is not asking for a large commitment of the American military. Tidd said he doesn’t want or need brigade combat teams or carrier battle groups.

“We’re talking about small teams of general purpose and special operations forces to maintain critical training engagements,” he said. “We’re talking about medium-endurance ships with embarked helicopters, and particularly those that are interoperable with our partners,

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