|Navy.TogetherWeServed Newsletter - October, 2007|
In This Issue
A Pearl of Leadership Wisdom...
Delegating work works, provided the one delegating works, too.
- Robert Half
FUTURE LOOKS - Three Sailors model prototype uniforms for enlisted service dress white and officer/CPO service dress khaki. The prototype service dress khaki uniform style (left and right) is a throwback to those worn during WWII. Chiefs and officers can easily shift from service khaki to service dress khaki by adding a black tie and the jacket. The enlisted service dress white uniform prototype (center) focuses on the use of better fabric and fit without drastically changing the look. The most visible change of the uniform is the addition of blue piping along the cuffs and the collar. Polyester fabric makes up the construction of the new enlisted uniform, allowing for improved ventilation and can be machine-washed, eliminating the need for dry cleaning. Click on the headline link below for more details.
Photo by MC1 Brien Aho
- Wear Test for New Navy Uniforms Announced
- 30 New Chiefs Pinned at Al Faw Palace
- USS Boxer Sweeps Surface Line Week
- U.S. Surgeon General visits, tours USNS Comfort
- Hospital Corpsman Named USO Sailor of the Year
- U.S. Military Wraps-up Hurricane Felix Relief Efforts
- Commander, Naval Activities United Kingdom Disestablished
- "Dukes" Actor John Schneider, "General Lee" Visit Ronald Reagan Sailors
New NTWS Military Book & DVD Store
We have just launched our new NTWS Book & DVD Store which contains one of the largest selections of military books and DVD sets available. Find what you are looking for here at lowest prices with fast delivery. The NTWS Book Store is available on the left hand Home Page as you log into NTWS or by clicking on this link:
One of many Navy books in stock: LEFT FOR DEAD - The story of the USS INDIANAPOLIS, the worst naval disaster in American history. 1,100 men went into the water...and then the sharks came. The story of her brave sailors & their wronged captain.
We hope you will enjoy browsing our Store and hope you find something of interest either for yourself or as a gift.
NTWS Forums - Your Sounding Board!
What was your best duty station or shipboard assignment and why? What is the recipe for that wonderful dish you make for a holiday or other occasions? Do you have any tips about keeping healthy, or things to watch out for if you have a disease? These are but a few of the topics that are covered by the many Forums on NTWS. These forums provide you, the members, a variety of places to discuss with other members the many topics we have in common.
Those members still on active duty would probably like to know about good assignments when they make out their "dream sheets" or talk to their detailers at BUPERS. Those who have worked as detailers might want to provide a few tips for members in preparing to talk about their next assignment.
If you have a disease like diabetes, what tips can you give others about the disease and things to watch out for with diabetes? Encourage a shipmate on NTWS to keep on top of a health problem so he stays with us for a long time.
These are but a couple of topics that are available for you to offer advice, warn others about, discuss with other NTWS members, or just vent your frustrations about. So check out the many Forums and start a lively discussion about a topic that interests you!
NTWS JOB BOARD
Welcome to the NTWS Job Board which is on the left hand Home Page just as you log into NTWS and contains hundreds of positions! All positions, described in detail, are posted by fellow NTWS Members who are familiar with the credentials and experience offered by former Shipmates.
Here is just a small sample of the many new jobs recently posted:
Position Offered: ATFP SME
Location: Naples and Guam
Salary Range: $85k
Position Offered: Hunting Staff, Videography, Graphic Arts, Web Design
Salary Range: TBD
Position Offered: Admin Assistant II
Location: UCSD LaJolla, CA
Salary Range: $2593.00 - $2764.00
Position Offered: Realty Professional
Location: Alamogordo, NM
Salary Range: TBD
Position Offered: Finish Carpenter
Location: Greene, NY
Salary Range: TBD
Position Offered: Military Combat Skills Instructor
Location: Norfolk, VA
Salary Range: TBD
Position Offered: Seabee Builder (BU) Instructor
Location: Port Hueneme, CA
Salary Range: TBD
Position Offered: Senior Technical Writer
Location: Port Hueneme, CA
Salary Range: TBD
Position Offered: Tactical Communications Specialist (MOS 18E)
Location: Quantico, VA
Salary Range: TBD
Position Offered: Personal Financial Management Instructors
Location: Fort Lee, VA
Salary Range: $22.62 p/h
To view additional job postings, please check our new Job Board in the LEFT-HAND column of the NTWS Home Page.
Useful Military Links
CURRENT UNIFORM REGULATIONS:
NAVY - NAVPERS 15665I
MARINE CORPS - MCO P1020.34G
ARMY - AR 670-1
AIR FORCE - AFI 36-2903
COAST GUARD - COMDTINST M1020.6E
Defenselink The OFFICIAL source of news and information from the Department of Defense, related agencies and all military branches.
The Pentagon Channel 24-hour broadcasts of official military news and information for members of the US Armed Forces through select stateside cable systems, and overseas via American Forces Network (AFN).
Stars & Stripes The DoD-authorized UNOFFICIAL daily newspaper for US Forces overseas, printed in European, Pacific and Mideast editions.
Department of Defense Educational Activity (DoDEA) DoDEA operates more than 218 public schools for grades K-12 in 14 districts located in seven U.S. states, Puerto Rico, Guam and 12 foreign countries to serve the children of military service members and Department of Defense civilian employees. "To provide an exemplary education that inspires and prepares all DoDEA students for success in a dynamic, global environment."
Navy World Wide Locator This office locates individuals on active duty, those recently discharged, and current addresses for retired Navy service members.
Navy Retired Activities Branch keeps the retired community informed of their benefits and provides customer service to Navy retirees and their families.
Shift Colors -- The Magazine for Navy Retirees.
Official links to the monthly/quarterly online magazines of each service branch:
NAVY - All Hands
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ARMY - Soldiers
AIR FORCE - Airman
COAST GUARD - Coast Guard
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STORIES FROM COMFORT
EDITOR'S NOTE: USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) is on a four-month deployment to Latin America and the Caribbean providing humanitarian medical assistance to patients in a dozen countries. Comfort is operated and navigated by a crew of 68 civil service mariners (CIVMARS) from the Navy's Military Sealift Command (MSC).
Here are a few touching stories that her crew of medical specialists from all military branches, allied forces and the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) encountered recently.
HAITIAN-BORN SAILORS SUPPORT COMFORT MISSION
Three Haitian-born translators assisted hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) on the first day of their humanitarian mission to Haiti, Sept. 2, providing medical and dental care to Hôpital De Universite Etat d' Haiti, in Port-Au-Prince. This French-Creole-speaking nation provided a new hurdle for the Comfort crew as they have only been to Spanish-speaking nations to this point.
Comfort has a high number of bilingual Sailors, but Creole is less commonly used throughout the world. With the help of three Haitian-born Sailors as well as local translators, patients were able to communicate with ease to the Comfort staff which allowed for more accurate and efficient medical assistance.
Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Yonel Joseph was born in the hospital he is now working at as a translator. Joseph left Port-Au-Prince seven years ago and joined the U.S. Navy right after he completed high school.
"The U.S. military has been a great experience for me because I have learned so much and I really enjoy what I do," Joseph said. "When I heard about this mission and that Haiti was on the list, I volunteered. I am proud to be Haitian and glad to have this opportunity to come back to help my brothers and sisters. We are all family here in Haiti."
Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Herold Desauguste left Port-Au-Prince five years ago and is now attached to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28, which has provided aerial personnel and equipment transportation for the mission since June 15.
"I'm really excited about being here providing translating services," Desauguste said. "The Haitian people are excited as well about the United States being here because they do not have much of anything."
Chief Hospital Corpsman Joseph Edouard from Gonaives arrived two days ago from Portsmouth Naval Hospital, Va. Edouard, who has made the Navy a career, left Haiti 22 years ago, but still speaks Creole fluently.
"It's been quite a change but I feel good having the opportunity to come back with the Navy to help," Edouard said. "We are making a great impact here. The people have been talking amongst themselves about how great it is that the United States is here."
With the help of local translators, Comfort jumped right in to do what they do best with the same results, despite language barriers. The Hôpital De Universite is the largest of four sites where Comfort is providing humanitarian assistance, and is located in the densely populated center of Port-Au-Prince along with two more sites: Hôpital Universitaire de la Paix and Centre Hôpitalier Eliazar Germain a' Petionville.
Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit 202 will provide construction services at Centre de Sante de la Croix des Bouquets, a remote clinic, to help repair an electrical system and improve a solar-powered power generating station.
"The Haitian people have heard of the U.S. military forces but never really understood what we are about," Edouard said. "Being here has given them an understanding that we are not about war but to help people."
DOCS TREAT SUFFERING BABY GIRL, REMOVE CYST
Aryana Balwah was born with a choledochal cyst, which is a growth between the liver and gallbladder that obstructs the common bile duct and, as a result, can cause jaundice.
Aryana first displayed signs of jaundice when she was 6 months old. "The jaundice was a sign that the bile was being blocked from her liver," said Cmdr. Frazier Franz, a pediatric surgeon on Comfort. "She can continue to get jaundice if it's not fixed."
The cyst was discovered earlier this year by doctors in Trinidad and Tobago after they ran blood tests and conducted ultrasounds and an MRI. Franz reviewed the results and was able to make a diagnosis. The jaundice Aryana displayed caused a very high fever and made her eyes look 'yellowish,' according to her father, Anthony Balwah.
Because of her rare condition, Aryana experienced pains in her chest, akin to that caused by acid reflux. "We'd walk back and forth with her all night because she couldn't sleep," Balwah said. To correct Aryana's rare condition, Franz removed the cyst and her gallbladder and re-routed her intestines up to her liver to recreate her common bile duct.
"The cyst was abnormal and from the chronic exposure to bile, the lining of the cyst would become cancerous," Franz said.
Balwah learned that the Comfort would be in the area when his wife called him at work to tell him about an article she read about the ship in their local paper. They learned more about how to get help from Comfort doctors when Aryana's doctor referred them to the ship.
"We are most thankful Comfort came along," Balwah said. "I was a little worried about the surgery because she's so small and she's only 13 months old but now I am most grateful. For everything."
In Trinidad and Tobago, Aryana would have had to wait until January 2008 to be operated on. Balwah said he knows the operation saved his daughter's life. "She would have been sick every day -- I'm so grateful our countries can work for the greater good. When we come together like this, share this kind of respect for each other -- it's a great thing," Balwah said.
While Aryana is recovering, local medical professionals will continue to monitor and provide care for her.
Two host nation doctors assisted and observed while Franz performed the surgery. "This country has very good medical care," Franz said. "With the doctors in the operating room, they know exactly what's going on -- I think that's really good for the patients."
NTWS is a place for all Sailors, living and deceased.
You can post and maintain Remembrance Profiles for your Shipmates by clicking on Remember a Shipmate on the left-hand side of the Home Page. This allows you to remember a Fallen, Deceased, MIA/POW, Unlocated Sailor/Aviator or to create an Assisted Profile for a living Sailor/Aviator who is unable to post their own profile.
AROUND THE SERVICES
ADDRESSING THE FUTURE - The nation has stood in awe of the U.S. Air Force's "bravery and endurance," dating from the Berlin Airlift during the Cold War's outset, through two wars in Asia and to today's global conflict, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said in observing the Air Force's 60th birthday, at ceremonies at the Pentagon on Sept. 18.
DoD. photo by TSgt. Jerry Morrison, USAF
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
- Coalition Forces Continue to Target al Qaeda Leaders in Iraq
- Troops Thwart Insurgent Ambush, Nab Suspect in Afghanistan
- Military Leaders, Stars Come Out for USO World Gala
- Defense Department Will Not Relent in MIA Efforts, Leaders Pledge
- Africa Command Poised to Help Continent's Security, Stability
- Chuck Norris delivers round house kick of fun during Al Asad visit
- Toys for Tots asks for donors to screen toys
- Marine Drum & Bugle Corps offers celluar ringtones
- Marksmanship course teaches Marine MPs to quickly engage, dispatch enemies
- Marine immortalizes fallen brother through art
- PACAF unveils 60th anniversary aloha shirt
- Housing privatization to begin at 6 bases
- POW/MIA Day: Remembering those who are not home
- B-52s demonstrate global reach, power
- 'Famous' former Airman recalls his service
- Military Advanced Training Center Opens at WRAMC
- Army Honors Its 'Top Dogs'
- Operation Arkansas: A Different Kind of Deployment
- Latest Version of Army Combat Shirt Debuts
- All New Soldiers to Become Combat-Lifesaver Certified
- New technology helps Coast Guard pinpoint emergency signals
- Boston-based Coast Guard cutter celebrates 20th anniversary
- Law enforcement agencies increase presence in So. Cal. waters
- Hawaii CGAUX to compete in international SAR meet
- Cutter Dauntless returns from patrol
Help NTWS Grow!
For every five Sailors who join NTWS from your invitation, you'll be rewarded with 6 months FREE Full Membership allowing you special access to all the premium areas of the TWS website!
Your support will also be recognized by a special "Recruiting Ribbon" placed on your LH Profile Page -- and a bronze star for every five new members you invite!
By inviting other Shipmates to join this site you not only greatly increase the chances for Members to find others with whom they served, but the site becomes even more enjoyable through the increased interaction between Sailors from all eras and Navy communities.
Inviting a Shipmate is simple: Click on the Invite tab at the top of your Profile Page, enter the name and e-mail address of the Sailor you wish to invite and a formal invitation, in your name, is instantly e-mailed to the recipient with full instructions on how to join. Also, all Sailors you invite will have your name on their Profile Page as being invited by you!
Stay Connected -- Keep Your E-mail Addresses Current!
There are two ways in which an old friends and Shipmates can contact you via the NTWS website: the first is via your "public" e-mail address displayed in your Personal Details on your Profile Page; and the other is by leaving a message in your Message Center Inbox.
The latter triggers an advisory e-mail, sent to your "private" e-mail address to inform you that you have received a message and who it's from.
Your "private" e-mail address, which is the one that TWS uses, is contained in your Account Details at the top of your Profile Page which you can modify at any time.
NTWS Members' "private" and "public" e-mail addresses are usually the same. So, please regularly log-in and update any changes to your e-mail addresses both in the Account Detail and Personal Detail sections of your Profile.
THE HOIST- Editorial Guidelines For Submissions
Want your command or unit in an edition of The HOIST? Here's our editorial submission standards for submitting items for online publication:
DEADLINE FOR ALL SUBMISSIONS IS THE 15th OF EACH MONTH!
TIPS FOR SUBMITTING NEWS ITEMS:
- Keep your submission under 500 words in length.
- Avoid, or explain, military jargon or acronyms that other Navy communities might not understand.
- Keep the writing CONVERSATIONAL, like you would tell the folks back home. A news story is not a Navy memo or formal letter generated by the admin department.
- When identifying shipmates in a story, use their rate/rank and FULL NAME. For example, there's a few hundred "PO3 Smiths" in the Navy, but identifying "MC3(AW) Harlan Smith, a native of Indianapolis, Ind." makes that person stand out.
- Include the writer's name, email address and phone number (if applicable), should we have any questions.
Submit them by email as a PLAIN TEXT (.txt) attachment to:
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
All submitted news stories will be reviewed and edited for clarity, grammar, spelling and punctuation.
We love getting pictures from the fleet and field, so send us your pictures in LARGE FORMAT (at least 1024 pixels wide) as an email attachment to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
PHOTOS WE DO WANT:
- Candid photos of Sailors on-the-job, in all situations
- Interesting/artistic pictures of Navy people and equipment (within security regulations)
- Navy families (we can't get enough of them -- kids, parents, relatives)
- Action photos (candid pictures of Sailors during drills, evolutions or operations)
PHOTOS WE CAN'T USE / DON'T WANT:
- "Firing squad" photos
(People lined up by rows, facing the camera)
While most military organizations like this kind of photography, it doesn't work well on a webpage when the picture will be cropped and reduced -- making the faces of the people into blurry little pixels. Save those for the trophy case.
- "Grip 'n grin" photos
(The bane of all military photography - the receipient grips the presenter's hand while smiling for the camera and showing their award)
Better idea: If a Sailor gets an award for being the best left-hand wrench turner, show the Sailor at-work turning the wrench! Readers like seeing people at-work, doing a top-notch job!
- People out-of-uniform, not within grooming standards
Ensure your subject(s) are in proper uniform (including proper safety gear) and within grooming regs if they're in a work/duty environment.
- Exposed security badges/classified material
If your subjects work in an environment where ID/security passes are worn, ensure they remove them before taking the picture or blur/black them out before submitting them. Same goes with any area where classified material may be on desks or in a workshop. If you're unsure, ask your security coordinator or PAO.
- Obviously posed/manipulated ("PhotoShopped") shots, mugging for the camera
We won't print shots of people hamming it up for the lens, nor shots that depict sailors in unfavorable or unprofessional situations.
These are just some tips to keep in-mind. Don't be discouraged if we don't immediately use your submission, we might find some use for it in a later edition!
If you have questions concerning photo submissions, contact us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
USS ROBISON (DDG-12) The Robie is having a reunion in Branson, MO Sept. 11-14, 2008. This is will be the first reunion and formation of the association. For more info and to get listed on our roster, contact RM1 Chuck Siedschlag (71-74) at email@example.com or call (715) 787-4559.
VA/VFA-113 We are trying to get a reunion together for any and all shipmates in VA-113/ VFA-113 from 1980 to 1985 who made the transition from A7e's to F/A-18's. Please contact Michael Noonan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
USS COGSWELL (DD-651) Reunion October 9-11, 2008, Boise ID. Contact: George H. Overman, P.O. Box 6098, Oceanside, CA 92052-6098. (760) 889-2216
USS CONCORD (AFS-5) We are looking for all shipmates who have served on this great ship. If you are interested please respond to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address, years on board, rate/rank and we will place your information in our database.
USS WHITE PLAINS (AFS-4) 40th Anniversary Reunion for crewmembers of the one and only "Orient Express!" June 21-28, 2008; Handlery Hotel & Resort, San Diego, CA (the birthplace of all Mars-class AFS).
For details and registration, contact Steve Edmison at email@example.com, or visit the AFS-4 Association website at usswhiteplains.org.
USS SAN DIEGO (AFS-6) Reunion planned for May 2008 in Norfolk, VA. We are looking for all shipmates who have served on this great ship. If you are interested please respond to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address, years on board, rate/rank and we will place your information in our database.
Please check out the ship's website at afs-6.org. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
ASWOC Misawa, Japan Plans in the works for a 2009 Las Vegas reunion for those who served at the ASWOC in Misawa, Japan. Contact AW3 Jeff Blankenship (ASWOC Misawa, 1990-1992) at email@example.com, or visit fam5.com for more information.
USS MARVIN SHIELDS (FF/DE-1066) Second reunion in Fall 2008. For further details go to ussmarvinshields.org.
USS GUNSTON HALL (LSD 44), 1995-1999 Those interested in attending a reunion for those who served aboard the "G Hall" from 1995 to 1999, please email Katina Robertson at KATINAGOALS@Yahoo.com.
USS GREENLING (SS-213 & SSN-614) A joint reunion for crew members from both subs in Branson, Missouri Sept. 19-23, 2008. The reunion website is reunionproregistration.com/ussgreenling.htm.
For more information, contact BU1 Jeff Stone at firstname.lastname@example.org. (512) 352-7034
NEWS FOR VETS
South Dakota offers bonus to veterans
WASHINGTON -- South Dakota is paying a veterans bonus of up to $500 to certain military personnel who were legal residents of the state for no less than six months immediately preceding entry into the Armed Forces, who are currently on active duty or were honorably discharged from the Armed Forces, and who served on active duty during one, or both of the following periods.
Individuals who have previously received the maximum $500 payment, for one or both of these periods, are not eligible for any additional payment. For service between the dates of Jan. 1, 1993 through Sept. 10, 2001 payment will be made only to those who served in an imminent-danger pay area or were awarded the Armed Forces Expeditionary medal, Southwest Asia Service medal, Kosovo campaign medal or any other United States campaign or service medal awarded for participation in combat operations against hostile forces.
All active duty between the dates of Sept. 11, 2001 through a date to be determined, qualifies for a bonus payment. This program also allows payment for active duty during the Operations Desert Storm/Desert Shield dates of Aug. 2, 1990 to March 3, 1991, and for individuals who served in an imminent-danger pay area during the dates of March 4, 1991 to Dec. 31, 1992.
Individuals who have previously received the maximum of $500 for these dates are not eligible for any additional payment. Applicants living outside of South Dakota may request an application from email@example.com. Please include your branch of the military and dates of service.
If you do not have e-mail, you may request an application and instructions by writing SD Veterans Bonus, 500 E. Capitol, Pierre, SD 57501 or by calling 605-773-7251. Applicants living in South Dakota may apply through the nearest County or Tribal Veterans Service Officer.
Illinois offers death benefit for OIF/OEF survivors
The State of Illinois established a new death benefit for Illinois resident Armed Forces members who are killed in line of duty in connection with either OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM or OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. The amount of this death benefit depends on the date of death, and ranges from $118,000 to $259,000.
The death benefit may be claimed either by the member's designated beneficiary or in absence of a designation certain family members in accordance with the State of Illinois Line of Duty Compensation Act (LODCA), 820 ILCS 315/1, et.seq..
Claims must be filed within one year of the member's death. Members killed prior to the effective date have until 17 October 2005 in which to have their claims filed with the Illinois Court of Claims. Eligible deaths extend back to the beginning of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2001.
In order to receive benefits under the Line of Duty Compensation Act dependents will need to complete an application and send to the Illinois Court of Claims. A printable application is located here you must have Adobe Reader to view.
The primary contact in the State of Illinois for this matter is Eric K. Schuller of the Lt. Governor's office at (312) 814-3139. For help applying for this benefit, and for assistance understanding this death benefit and other death benefits specific to the military, including Servicemembers Group Life Insurance, the Survivor Benefit Plan, Dependency and Indemnity Compensation, burial, medical, and PX/Commissary benefits, and other benefits, visit your local Legal Assistance Office. Legal Assistance Attorneys are trained in survivor benefits and estate planning law, and will provide advice on planning for these issues. Attached below is a "Designation of Beneficiary" form for use with this Illinois death benefit.
Free Maps of Iraq and Afghanistan
Free, downloadable full color maps of Iraq and Afghanistan in Adobe PDF format, courtesy of the military's only UNOFFICIAL daily newspaper, Stars and Stripes.
THE MAIL BUOY: Your E-mails, Letters and Comments
All I can say is -- WOW! This is the best military newsletter/newspaper/magazine I have ever read!!! I served in the US Air Force, US Navy, and the Reserve components of both Services for 42 years, and have never seen a publication so chock full of such interesting reading and excellent reporting!!!
CONGRATULATIONS! And, please, keep up the good work! We need you!
- CDR William T. Tucker, USNR (ret.)
I just read your most recent issue of The Hoist and am truly impressed with not only its quality but also with the depth of content. I joined the US Navy on my 17th birthday, February 1, 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii, where I grew up. It was a time I wouldn't trade for anything in the world and so my interest level is very high for both the Navy and the Marine Corps.
My father was a China Marine, I lost my only uncle on March 8, 1945 at Iwo Jima and my older brother was a Marine as well.
You have done an outstanding job with your newsletter and I encourage you to continue as you meet an unfulfilled need among veterans of all stripes.
Thank you very much.
- Paul Curtis, Past Commander
American Legion Post 291, Newport Beach, CA
An old Swabby e-mailed me the article by Shayla Brown on GIs getting boot for Personality Disorders.
My old Swabby was retired out of the Navy back in the early 1960s after 18 years, diagnosed as "neurotic depressison." Of course, he had just served 12 years straight on sea duty, and after two years shore duty, back again to 5 more of sea duty until retirement...which is not supposed to happen. He flipped out while on the USS Lake Champlain. After 6 months in the Naval Hospital in Jax and Bethesda, they decided to medically retire him with NO pension, leaving us with three young children and no income.
True, I'm sure that his "bipolar disorder" (they've finally settled on a name for it) was genetically inherited, and it took prolonged sea duty to trigger it, but he did everything he was told for 18 years, including service in WWII and Korean waters, yet the Navy washed their hands of him when they felt he could no longer happily do as ordered. So its not just the VA.
The services are the same way. Mental illness is still treated as something to totally be ashamed of, yet there are more genetically predisposed mentally ill people than there ever has been, and far more than any other physical problem. It is too bad that ignorant Americans cannot accept it, or even admit it, and shun those who do.
It is too bad that the services (i.e., federal government) have lied to service personnel for years and years over various things. One being medical care for life if you retire from the service. That rule was reneged clear back during Eisenhower's regime, yet the service personnel (were) lied to for nearly fifty years; recruiters promising that wonderful benefit if you retire from the military. But once you reach that 65 and go on Medicare...it ends. It took Bill Clinton to pass the "Keep Our Promises" act to reinstate the Tricare For Life supplement to Medicare.
They had not reckoned with his fightin' wife. I got busy and wrote our wonderful congressman of the time, Charlie Bennett who was also a medically retired Naval Officer with (a) pension. He managed to get Ken 30%...at the time amounting to $130 per month. Big deal, but better than nothing. He drew that for the next 20 years while working Civil Service, and then had to make a choice between Navy or Civil Service pensions, (no double-dipping...thanks to Reagan) and of course, chose the Civil Service, but they combined his time served in the Navy to his Civil Service time in calculating his pension.
My point to all this is that what they are doing now is nothing new. For all their promises to get these boys to face getting killed in a stupid war, those promises will not be kept. The bunch in Washington want their pork, their pensions, their annual salary increases, but they refuse to take care of the boys fighting to keep this Democratic Republic going, which also includes the jobs in Washington.
Thanks for listening to my rant.
- Beth Perry, Jacksonville, FL
NTWS Membership Growth
Since its launch on Navy Day, October 27th, 2006, more than 270,000 Sailors of all eras, from WWII to present-day, have joined this website. As a result, many Members have reported reconnecting with Shipmates from the past; and as the site continues to grow towards 350,000 Members by the end of the year, this will be an increasingly common occurrence. NTWS does not permit public access, and therefore has one of the highest percentages of Navy Members of any Navy community website - most Members have been invited by existing NTWS Members. Please help our unique Navy Community continue its strong growth and invite other Sailors that you know. To go directly to the Navy.Togetherweserved.com website click on: Navy.TogetherWeServed
SHIPMATES FOUND! NTWS Success Stories
Each edition, we'll feature some of the success stories NTWS members have enjoyed as members of the best Navy website online. Submit your testimonial in the "Shipmates Found Success Stories" header in the MESS DECKS forum.
Found One After Just One Day...
PO1 Steve Parr
I always had a lot of respect for an old XO from my days on board PRINCETON (CG-59). Through this website, I found him. Good guy, never pulled any punches, and always spoke his mind. You never had to wonder where you stood with him. Always wanted to track him down; I figured he'd be retired by now. Far from it; he's the CO of the SAN JACINTO!
PO2 Emery Barg
I have found a few friends from previous duty stations. Some of them pretty close. Heck, one lives only about an hour away. I also have dibs on another one that lives in the same state. All because of this site.
I would like to find a good friend that I had kept in touch with until a couple of years ago. His name is Mark Wilhelm. He was an IC3 on the USS Iwo Jima LHP-2 in the mid-late 80's. He was a deputy for the LaPorte County Sheriff's office for a good number of years. He always wanted to get to the US Marshall's. A few years ago, he moved to Florida (I assume he got got in to the Marshall's).
If anyone has connections and can help me out, I would much appreciate it. Just send me an e-mail. Thanks!
PO1 Ina Kaleopa
I am not a "myspace" person, but as soon as i was invited to this site, I was all over it! I have found many of my friends from bootcamp and have kept in touch with lots of friends/shipmates from previous commands. I have also made numerous friends along the way.
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FIRST CALL: Notes & Ramblings From The Pilothouse
"OLD SALTS" Photo courtesy of Naval Historical Center
CNO TO NEW CPOs: "Get Out There And LEAD!"
WASHINGTON - Chief of Naval Operations Mike Mullen sent a direct message to the Navy's newest chiefs in his weekly podcast to the fleet, available at www.navy.mil, telling them that once they put on khakis, he expects them to lead, every single day.
Petraeus: Troop-Reduction Plan Has Solid Military Backing
By Donna Miles
Scandal, Corruption Forces Closure of U.S.-Japan Agency
TOKYO - After 60 years as the Japanese government's liaison for facilities on American military bases in that country, corruption and scandal has brought down the Defense Facilities Administration Agency (DFAA).
Hawaii Commemorates 62nd Anniversary of the End of World War II
Story & photo by MC3(AW) Eric J. Cutright
An NTWS Member's Brush With Greatness!
NTWS member, Chief Damage Controlman Jason Nofsker, poses for a quick snap with actor and martial arts star Chuck Norris during his meet-and-greet tour of Iraq this month.
The History of an American Family -- A Story of Heroes
By LaShayla Brown
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PHOTO LOG: Views Around The Fleet This Month
Joint-Service Team Prepares Uniforms for Nation's Fallen Heroes
COMING THIS FALL TO THE PENTAGON CHANNEL!
WATCH OUT, EMERIL! Host Army Sergeant 1st Class (E7) Brad Turner is ready to add some BOOM! to your BAM!
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DECK LOG: USS Tennessee (ACR-10) & USS Memphis (CA-10), Part 2
By HM1 Sandra A. Dunlap (vet.)
The first LCAC was delivered to the Navy in 1984 and Initial Operational Capability (IOC) was achieved in 1986. Approval for full production was granted in 1987. After an initial 15-craft production competition contract was awarded to each of two companies, Textron Marine and Land Systems (TMLS) of New Orleans, La., and Avondale Gulfport Marine, TMLS was selected to build the remaining craft. A total of ninety-one LCAC have now been built. The final craft, LCAC 91, was delivered to the U.S. Navy in 2001. This craft served as the basis for the Navy’s LCAC Service Life Extension Program (SLEP). To date three operational craft have been delivered to the Navy in the SLEP configuration.
LCAC first deployed in 1987 aboard USS Germantown (LSD 42). LCAC are transported in and operate from all amphibious well deck ships including LHA, LHD, LSD and LPD. The craft operates with a crew of five.
In addition to beach landing, LCAC provides personnel transport, evacuation support, lane breaching, mine countermeasure operations, and Marine and Special Warfare equipment delivery.
Program Status All of the planned 91 craft have been delivered to the Navy. A Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) is currently in progress to add service life to the craft design life of 10 years, delaying the need to replace these versatile craft.
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OFF DUTY: Troops Invited to Submit Original Songs
By Samantha L. Quigley
Battleship Missouri Memorial commemorates military birthdays with admission specials
PEARL HARBOR -- Every branch of the U.S. Armed Forces recognizes a specific date as its official “birthday.” To commemorate these special anniversaries, the Battleship Missouri Memorial will offer complimentary admission to all active-duty and retired military personnel throughout the week of their respective service birthday. Immediate family members will also enjoy half-off admission.
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