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Thursday, December 14, 2017

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Coast Guard Captain Retires After 30 Years of Service

Capt. Kevin L. Marshall is presented with the Legion of Merit by Rear Adm. Robert F. Duncan during Marshall's retirement ceremony held at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans on March 31. Marshall has served as the Eighth Coast Guard District chief of staff since November 2004. His area of responsibility included all or parts of 26 states, from St. Marks., Fla., to the U.S./Mexico border at Brownsville, Texas, and from the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes. Scheduled to replace Marshall as Eighth Coast Guard District chief of staff is Capt. Ronald W. Branch.

USMMA Acceptance Day Ceremony and Parade

Photo: USMMA

The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) will welcome 237 “plebe candidates” of the Class of 2017 into the Regiment of Midshipmen as they take the Academy oath administrated by Rear Admiral Helis during Acceptance Day Ceremony and Parade, Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. They will be sworn in as U.S. Navy Reserve midshipmen by Vice Admiral Robin R. Bruan, chief of Navy Reserve, commander, Navy Reserve Force. Braun has accumulated 5,800 flight hours in Navy aircraft. Her awards include Defense Superior Service Medal…

Navy's Surgeon-General to Receive Honorary Degree

Vice-Adm. Matthew Nathan: Photo Alvernia

Franciscan Alvernia University is to award an an Honorary Degree of Humane Letters to Vice-Admiral Matthew L. Nathan before he addresses the Class of 2014 at the upcoming May 2014 Commencement. Nathan is Surgeon General of the Navy and Chief of the Navy’s Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. Alvernia inform that Nathan’s education and naval background is extensive: he is board certified and holds Fellow status in the American College of Physicians and the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Adm. Currier to Become USCG Chief of Staff

Rear Adm. John Currier, commander of the 13th Coast Guard District, has been nominated by the Commandant of the Coast Guard, Adm. Thad Allen, to serve as the future chief of staff for the service. Once approved by Congress, Currier will oversee acquisition, personnel, budgeting, communication technologies, engineering and logistics for the service. Currier was commissioned in 1976 upon graduation from officer candidate school and was designated as an aviator after completion of Naval Flight training in 1977.

MSC Europe and Africa Changes Leadership

In a ceremony today at Naval Support Activity Capodichino in Naples, Italy, Capt. Richard Soucie assumed command from Capt. James E. Tranoris of Military Sealift Command Europe and Africa, also called MSCEURAF, MSC’s Naples-based office. MSCEURAF is responsible for MSC ships operating in the European and African theaters and is dual-hatted as Commander, Task Force 63, coordinating and providing transportation and delivery of personnel, equipment, fuel, supplies, repair parts, mail and ammunition via air and surface logistics assets to sustain U.S. forces in the European and African theaters. Soucie reports to MSCEURAF from his most recent duty as director of the Plans and Policy Division in the manpower and personnel directorate at U.S. Central Command Headquarters in Tampa, Fla.

US Warship Departs for Final Deployment

U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Bath Iron Works

To begin the ship's final deployment, USS Simpson (FFG 56) departed her homeport Nov. 14, for regularly scheduled theater security missions in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. Commanded by Cmdr. Ken Anderson, the crew concluded a highly-successful maintenance availability and intense training exercises, and was outfitted with four Fire Scout (MQ-8B) vertical takeoff and landing tactical unmanned aerial vehicles prior to departure. Simpson returned from her last 6th Fleet…

SUPSHIP Gulf Coast Change of Command

In a traditional Navy change of command ceremony Capt. Mary E. Dexterrelieved Capt. David W. Bellaas the Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair (SUPSHIP) Gulf Coast on Feb. 24. Bella was the first SUPSHIP Gulf Coast, which resulted from the summer 2003 merger of SUPSHIPs New Orleans, LA and Pascagoula, MS. Rear Adm. Mark A. Hugel, deputy commander for Logistics, Maintenance and Industrial Operations, Naval Sea Systems Command (SEA 04), spoke and presented Captain Bella with the Legion of Merit. Hugel paid tribute to Bella's strong leadership as he molded the two SUPSHIPs into one and in meeting the challenges of quickly restoring his command following Hurricane Katrina.

Bentley to be Feted by National Maritime Historical Society

Photo courtesy BSY Associates Inc.

Helen Delich Bentley will be an honoree at the National Maritime Historical Society's Washington Annual Award Dinner beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, at the National Press Club, 529 14th St., NW, Washington, DC, 20045. A former chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission and five-term U.S. Congresswoman representing Maryland's 2nd Congressional District, Bentley's history of advocacy for the Port of Baltimore was highlighted in 2006 when the Port was officially renamed The Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore by Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich.

CAE USA Names New Tech Director

CAE USA marine systems has named Capt. William H. Luebke to the newly created position of director of technology, effective Jan. Luebke, who just retired from the U.S. Navy, will work with the division's existing management team to set, monitor and evaluate technical standards, as well as develop new engineering approaches to bring the best marine control solutions to market. Luebke is expected to work with technology leads in CAE's Tampa, Montreal and Norway facilities. He will report directly to Joe Lee Frank, president of CAE USA marine systems. According to Frank, "Capt.

Coast Guard Promotes Newest Admiral

Coast Guard Atlantic Area Chief of Staff, Captain Christopher C. Colvin, was promoted to the rank of rear admiral lower half today at a ceremony held at the Coast Guard Atlantic Area Command. Rear Adm. Colvin is currently assigned as the Chief of Staff for the Coast Guard Atlantic Area, which encompasses the eastern half of the world from the Rocky Mountains to the Persian Gulf. He will report Nov. 8, to the United States Northern Command at Peterson Air Force Base located in Colorado Springs, Colo., where he will serve as Deputy Director of Operations. Rear Adm. Colvin has served afloat on ten Coast Guard cutters and has been the commanding officer of the Dallas home ported in Charleston…

Gallaudet Relieves Brown at Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command

Rear Adm. Timothy C. Gallaudet relieved Rear Adm. Brian B. Brown  as commander of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (NAVMETOCCOM) in a traditional change of command ceremony held June 18 at Stennis Space Center. Gallaudet was promoted to the rank of rear admiral (lower half) just prior to the ceremony. Brown said he felt “blessed and lucky” to have worked with the Navy’s military and civilian oceanography workforce to perform a mission so critical to the warfighting effectiveness and readiness of the fleet and joint force despite personal hardships…

USMMA Commissions New Deputy Superintendent

Commissioning Ceremony: Photo credit US MMA

Rear Admiral Susan L. Dunlap commissioned into the United States Maritime Service by Deputy Secretary of Transportation John Porcari. The ceremony was conducted in the presence of administration, faculty, staff and the Regiment of Midshipmen. Maritime Administrator David Matsuda also attended the commissioning ceremony along with Marlise Streitmatter, chief of staff for the Department of Transportation. "We're thrilled to welcome Captain Dunlap on-board to help continue the important work of training and preparing the next generation of Merchant Mariners," said deputy secretary Porcari.

Craine To Be Proposed as Interim President at SUNY Maritime College

Vice Admiral John W. Craine Jr. will be proposed as interim president of the State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College next week. Craine recently retired as the Chief of Naval Education and Training for the Navy where he was responsible for all training and education programs across the Navy, including technical and flight training, and Naval ROTC programs. Trustees will vote on this formal appointment Oct. 23, and Craine will take office Oct. 24. Once approved, he will serve through June 2002. SUNY Maritime College is a four-year institution located at historic Fort Schuyler in Throggs Neck, N.Y. of special projects, including international programs and distance learning.

New Commander for Navy’s Carderock Division

Captain Charles D. Behrle USN relieved Captain Steven W. Petri USN as 32nd commander of the Naval Surface Warfare Center's Carderock Division October 28th, 2003. Captain Behrle leaves his NAVSEA post as technical director of the DD(X) Program, a vessel destined to be the Navy's premier multi-mission destroyer for the 21st century. A Connecticut native, Captain Behrle (U.S. Naval Academy '80) earned a B.S. in math. He began his career aboard USS STARK (FFG 31). In 1985, he went to the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California for an M.S. in Electrical Engineering. While there, he was selected for engineering duty. Personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (with two gold stars), the Navy Commendation Medal (with three gold stars), and the Navy Achievement Medal.

New Senior Manager at Bollinger Shipyard

Bollinger Shipyards announced the appointment of Richard K. Murphy as Senior Manager.

Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. announces the appointment of Richard K. Murphy as a senior manager working on Coast Guard and other governmental programs. Murphy joins Bollinger Shipyards following a very successful 30-year career with the United States Coast Guard, culminating with the rank of Captain. His most recent assignment was Commanding Officer, U.S. Coast Guard Yard, Baltimore, Md. His prior assignments include staff tours at Coast Guard Headquarters, Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard Civil Engineering Unit in Miami…

Clark Nominated as Candidate for Horizon Board of Directors

Admiral Vern Clark, U. S. Navy (Retired), as a nominee to replace Mr. Marcel Fournier on the Board of Directors at the next annual meeting. directors at the Company's next annual meeting. Mr. July 2004. years of distinguished military service. Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Second Fleet, NATO's Striking Fleet, and the Atlantic Fleet. three Navy Distinguished Medals, and three awards of the Legion of Merit. Japan, Portugal, Singapore, and the Netherlands.

Cramer Commander, Naval Undersea Warfare Center

Capt. Todd W. Cramer relieved Capt. Michael W. Byman as Commander, Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Newport, July 16, in a ceremony at the warfare center. Rear Adm. Thomas Wears. Commander, Naval Undersea Warfare Center was the guest speaker. "Captain Byman fostered an environment that valued uniqueness and diverse perspectives" said Wears. Byman, who has served as Commander of NUWC Newport since Aug. 2005, will report to the Navy's Submarine Acoustic Systems Program Office (PMS 401) in Washington D.C. He holds the distinction for serving as Commander of NUWC Newport for the longest period in the command's 141 year history. "NUWC's technical capabilities derive from the combination of the talent…

Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Bath Change of Command Held

Capt. Michael Taylor relieved Capt. Robert Crowe as commanding officer, Supervisor of Shipbuilding (SUPSHIP), Bath, during a ceremony at Bath Waterfront Park

Capt. Michael Taylor relieved Capt. Robert Crowe as commanding officer, Supervisor of Shipbuilding (SUPSHIP), Bath, during a ceremony at Bath Waterfront Park on Sept. As the 30th commanding officer, Taylor reports to SUPSHIP Bath after serving most recently as the test and evaluation director for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Program Office. Over the course of his 21-year career, he also served assignments with the Programming Division of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV N80), the Arleigh Burke-class Program Office, and the Personnel Exchange Program in Ottawa, Canada.

Profile: Rear Admiral Carpenter, Commander, Navy WDC, Norfolk

Photo courtesy U.S. Navy

Rear Admiral Wendi B. Carpenter is the daughter of an Air Force veteran of WWII, Korea and Vietnam. Raised throughout the United States, she graduated from the University of Georgia in 1976 with a bachelor of science degree in psychology. Carpenter was commissioned in 1978 through Aviation Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Fla. and in July 1979 was designated a Naval Aviator. Graduating at the top of her class, she was assigned as the Navy’s first Selectively Retained Graduate Instructor Pilot (SERGRAD) in the T-44 aircraft at VT-31, NAS Corpus Christi, Texas.

Navy League Past National President Daniel B. Branch Dies at 75

Daniel B. Branch

The Navy League of the United States mourns the death of its past national president, Capt. Daniel B. Branch Jr., USN retired. He died on Oct. 21, 2013, of complications from mesothelioma cancer at the age of 75. Memorial services will be held Thursday Oct. 24, at 2 p.m. at St. Ambrose Episcopal Church, 7520 South Boulder Road, Boulder, Colo. Burial services will be held at a future date at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md. Dan was born in Greenbelt, Md., in 1937, and graduated in 1959 from the U.S. Naval Academy.

New Commander, Sealift Logistics in Pacific

Sealift Logistics Command Pacific, the San Diego-based U.S. Navy command responsible for operational control of Military Sealift Command ships in the Eastern Pacific, changed command during a ceremony on board fleet replenishment oiler USNS Guadalupe at Naval Station San Diego. SEALOGPAC outgoing commander, Capt. David L. Kiehl, was relieved by Capt. Jerome Hamel during the ceremony. Since assuming command of SEALOGPAC in 2007, Kiehl has overseen a wide range of operations and exercises within the command's area of responsibility, including the deployment of hospital ship USNS Mercy in support of the 2008 Pacific Partnership humanitarian mission, a 2008 Joint Logistics Over the Shore exercise and the 2008 Rim of the Pacific exercise.

USNS Comfort's Medical Treatment Facility Changes Command

(Left to right) Navy Lt. Harlan Kimball, Comfort chaplain; Navy Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby, commander, Military Sealift Command; Navy Capt. David K. Weiss, U.S. Navy Medical Corps; and Navy Capt. Kevin J. Knoop, commanding offer, Medical Treatment Facility, USNS Comfort, participate in Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort's Medical Treatment Facility change of command ceremony May 25 in Baltimore.

Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort's Medical Treatment Facility changed leadership May 25 as Navy Capt. Kevin J. Knoop assumed command from Navy Capt. David K. Weiss during a ceremony aboard Comfort at Canton Pier in Baltimore. Comfort's primary mission is to serve as an afloat, mobile, acute-surgical medical facility to the U.S. military, with a secondary mission of providing hospital services for disaster relief and humanitarian operations worldwide. Comfort's Medical Treatment Facility, or MTF, is crewed and maintained by medical personnel from the U.S.

New Command at CG Yard Baltimore, Md.

Photo courtesy USCG

Captain Richard Murphy, United States Coast Guard (USCG), recently assumed command of the U.S. Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, Md. He is the 40th Commanding Officer in the 111-year history of the shipyard, the only shipbuilding and ship repair facility of the United States Coast Guard. Captain Murphy took charge of the Coast Guard Yard from Captain John Kaplan who served as the shipyard’s Commanding Officer from May 2008 to May 2010. Captain Kaplan retired from the U.S. Coast Guard with 28 years active duty service.

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