By Journalist Seaman Erica R. Gardner, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/ Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet Public Affairs The Navy Reserve’s top leader recently visited the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/Commander 5th Fleet region and spoke with about 150 Reservists serving at Naval Support Activity Bahrain. Vice Adm. John Totushek, commander, Naval Reserve Force, headquartered in New Orleans, took a few hours while in theatre to discuss the mission of the Navy Reserves and to highlight his admiration for the work Reservists have done in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Totushek discussed the future of the Navy Reserves and the plan to integrate the service with the active-duty Navy. “Everyone I have spoken with has said the missions in the Arabian Gulf could not have been done without the help of Reservists,” Totushek said. Totushek went on to express his vision of the Naval Reserve Force in the future. “We are starting to see the leadership recognize the position of the Naval Reserve Force and the impact they have on the active-duty Navy,” Totushek said. He further expressed the need for Reservists to continue working well with active-duty Navy personnel. Working toward a cohesive naval force enables the missions to be carried out more efficiently.
Global Associates, Ltd, contractor for the U.S. Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, has selected FJORD, Inc. to supply its brand name Chafe-Pro chafing gear for the protection of the mooring lines used by the ships located at the naval reserve fleet in Philadelphia. The facility is used to hold decommissioned U.S. Navy and auxiliary ships pending the determination of their final fate. FJORD, Inc. is a woman-owned small business located in Graham
(From the Navy News Service) 1798 - Congress rescinds treaties with France; Quasi War begins with frigate Delaware capturing French privateer, Croyable. 1846 - Commodore John D. Sloat lands at Monterey and claims California for U.S. 1916 - Thomas A. Edison becomes head of Naval Consulting Board which screens inventions for use by the Navy. 1948 - First six enlisted women sworn into Regular Navy. The Navy WAVES in Naval Reserve, who were the first to transfer to the Regular Navy
1812 - U.S. declares war on Great Britain for impressment of Sailors and interference with commerce 1942 - First African-American officer, Bernard W. Robinson, commissioned in Naval Reserve 1957 - CNO approves ship characteristics of the Fleet Ballistic Missile sumbarine (Source: Navy News Service)
1944 - Four U.S. Carrier Groups (15 carriers) begin attack on Japanese positions in the Marianas. 1948 - The Women's Armed Forces Integration Act provides for enlistment and appointment of women in the Naval Reserve. 1970 - After earthquake in Peru, USS Guam begins 11 days of relief flights to transport medical teams and supplies, as well as rescue victims. 1990 - CDR Rosemary Mariner becomes first Navy woman to command fleet jet aircraft squadron.
Today in U.S. Naval History - June 12 1944 - Four U.S. Carrier Groups (15 carriers) begin attack on Japanese positions in the Marianas. 1948 - The Women's Armed Forces Integration Act provides for enlistment and appointment of women in the Naval Reserve. 1970 - After earthquake in Peru, USS Guam begins 11 days of relief flights to transport medical teams and supplies, as well as rescue victims. 1990 - CDR Rosemary Mariner becomes first Navy woman to command fleet jet aircraft
1812 - Frigate Essex captures British brig Leander. 1912 - First airborne radio communications from naval aircraft to ship (Lt. John Rodgers to USS Stringham). 1942 - Capt. Joy Bright Hancock appointed director, Women's Naval Reserve. 1948 - President Harry S. Truman orders desegregation of the Armed Services. 1954 - Three aircraft from USS Philippine Sea (CVA 47) shoot down two Chinese fighters that fired on them while they were providing air cover for rescue operations for a U.K
From the Navy News Service 1812 - Frigate Essex captures British brig Leander. 1912 - First airborne radio communications from naval aircraft to ship (Lt. John Rodgers to USS Stringham). 1942 - Capt. Joy Bright Hancock appointed director, Women's Naval Reserve. 1948 - President Harry S. Truman orders desegregation of the Armed Services. 1954 - Three aircraft from USS Philippine Sea (CVA 47) shoot down two Chinese fighters that fired on them while they were providing air cover for
1804 - American Squadron, including USS Constitution, attacks Tripoli 1812 - Frigate Essex capture British brig Brothers 1861 - Construction of USS Monitor authorized 1861 - First manned ascent in a balloon from a ship, gunboat USS Fanny, to observe Confederate artillery position at Hampton Roads, VA 1942 - Mildred McAffee (Horton) becomes the first woman officer commissioned into Naval Reserve. 1950 - First Marine Corps aviation mission against North Korea by VMF-214
Huntington Ingalls Industries announced that Mike Petters, its president and chief executive officer, was recently elected to the board of directors for the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation. He will serve a four-year term. The mission of the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation is "to support, promote and advance the mission of the Naval Academy by working in conjunction with Academy leadership to identify strategic institutional priorities, and by raising
Michael E. Ford, 75, of Waretown, NJ, passed away on January 4, 2014. Born in Washington, DC and raised in Chevy Chase, Md., he graduated from the #United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY, in 1960 with a degree in Marine Engineering
The U.S. Navy said it will christen Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) John Glenn Feb. 1, during a 1 a.m. PST ceremony in San Diego, Calif. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert, will deliver the ceremony's principal address. Lyn Glenn, daughter of John Glenn
BMT Group Ltd., an international design, engineering and risk management consultancy, has announced that Jan Kopernicki has joined the Board of Directors as a nonexecutive Director. Jan has extensive experience in the shipping industry, with his career at Shell spanning over 40 years
Today in U.S. Naval History - March 3 1776 - First amphibious landing operation. Continental naval squadron under Commodore Esek Hopkins lands Sailors and Marines, commanded by Captain Samuel Nicholas, on New Providence Island in the Bahamas, capturing urgently-needed ordnance and gunpowder.
John Parrott, President of Totem Ocean Trailer Express, Inc. (TOTE), was honored earlier this month by his alma mater, the US Merchant Maritime Academy, with the 2011 Outstanding Professional Achievement Award. The Outstanding Professional Achievement Award is given to the USMMA graduate
Crowley Awards Three United States Merchant Marine Academy Cadets with Scholarships at the Connie Awards Luncheon. Continuing in its tradition of supporting academic excellence, Crowley Maritime Corporation awarded Thomas B. Crowley Sr
The Fort Schuyler Maritime Alumni Association is proud to announce it will honor John M. Ringelberg PE as Distinguished Alumnus of the year at its bi-annual Awards Dinner on Thursday, Janaury 26, 2012 at Bridgewaters in NYC. www.fsmaa.org/awardsdinner
Newport News - Huntington Ingalls Industries President and CEO Mike Petters spoke at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business on March 6. Petters' address was part of the school's Leadership Speakers Series, which features the world's thought leaders and gives MBA students
From the Navy News Service: 1944 - Four U.S. Carrier Groups (15 carriers) begin attack on Japanese positions in the Marianas. 1948 - The Women's Armed Forces Integration Act provides for enlistment and appointment of women in the Naval Reserve.
The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) has awarded degrees & licences to 219 new potential leaders in the mercantile marine Captain Mark Kelly, Class of '86 and a former NASA astronaut, gave the commencement address before a crowd of more than 2,000 graduates
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John Moy has joined the team at Water Quality Insurance Syndicate as Vice President of Underwriting. John will lead the WQIS underwriting department. John came to WQIS from Crum & Forster where he served as the Vice President of United States Fire Insurance Company for the past five years
KPI Bridge Oil, a global broker and trader in marine bunkers, marine lubricants and risk management products, appointed Rob Atkinson as Vice CEO for the group and Jesper Rasmussen as Managing Director for its North American operations. Rob Atkinson has held a senior position in the company
Lt. Carl Comasco, Jr. receives the Theodore Roosevelt Junior Officer of the Year Award. This award, given annually by the TRA since 1992, recognizes young officers serving aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) who exemplify the exceptional leadership, pride, professionalism
The Navy is hosting an online collaborative event to solicit input from a broad, diverse audience in hopes of generating innovative ideas on how to best maintain the capabilities and capacity of the Navy and mitigate risks in an era of constrained resources.