|Navy.TogetherWeServed Newsletter - January, 2009|
In This Issue
STANDING IN RANKS - Sailors from USS Green Bay (LPD 20), stand at parade rest; awaiting the word from ship's sponsor Rose Magnus to man the rails and bring their vessel to life. Green Bay is the fourth ship of the San Antonio-class.
- Photo by MC1 Jose Lopez, Jr.
- Last Nimitz-class carrier, USS George H.W. Bush, commissioned
- Selective re-up bonus policy changes
- New Navy counter-piracy task force established
- Free anti-virus software available to DoN, DoD employees
- Three brothers serve aboard Navy's newest carrier
- USS The Sullivans Sailors visit namesake DoDDS school in Yokosuka
SIGHTING-IN - Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Jamie Mctizic, from Hobbs, NM; fires a .50-caliber Barrett sniper rifle off the fantail of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) during a live-fire exercise. Stennis is on a scheduled six-month deployment to the western Pacific Ocean.
- Photo by MC3 John Husman
INAUGURAL POMP & CEREMONY - The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, a unit of the US Army's 3rd Infantry Regiment, march down Pennsylvania Avenue during the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Parade in Washington, DC. More than 5,000 military members provided ceremonial support to the 2009 Presidential Inauguration, a tradition dating back to George Washington's 1789 Inauguration.
- Photo by MC2 George Trian
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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!
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TRICARE Portal -- Information you need about your TRICARE health benefits. Includes details on eligibility, plans, medical, dental and vision coverage. Also details on TRICARE operations, guidance, manuals and policy.
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.
Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) -- The military's largest retailer. A mission-essential, and the premier quality of life provider for all DoD military members, civilians, contractors and their families worldwide.
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United Service Organizations (USO) -- The USO supports U.S. troops and their families wherever they serve. Across the United States and around the world, the American military knows that the USO is there for them. Until Every One Comes Home.
Space Avaliable Travel fact sheet -- Answers to the most common Space A travel questions, courtesy of the 60th Air Mobility Wing, Travis AFB, CA.
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Welcome to the NTWS Job Board which is on the left hand Home Page just as you log into NTWS and contains hundreds of job 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: All Aviation Ratings/MOS/AFSC
Location: MCAS Cherry Point, NC & MCAS Miramar, CA
Salary Range: TBD
Position: Project Manager Gov't/Industrial
Location: Glendale Heights, IL
Salary Range: TBD
Position Offered: Rig Test Engineer
Location: Sugarland, TX
Salary Range: TBD
Position: Hydraulic Design Engineer (Hydraulic Engineering)
Location: Independence, OH
Salary Range: TBD
Position: Senior Logistics Engineer
Location: CA & MD
Salary Range: TBD
Position: Senior IT Network Engineer/Technician
Location: Iraq (1 year tour)
Salary Range: TBD
Position: Public Safety Officer
Location: Highland, CA
Salary Range: $39K - $55K p/a
To view additional job postings, please check our new Job Board in the LEFT-HAND column of the NTWS Home Page.
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.
KEEPING THE BEAT - Army SSG Brian L. Barnhart, a snare drummer assigned to the 3rd US Infantry Regiment's Fife and Drum Corps, trails the ensemble down Sheridan Avenue on Fort Myer, VA, during rehearsal for President-elect Barack Obama’s inaugural parade Jan. 20 in Washington DC. Fifty-eight members will march in the inaugural parade - the largest number of members in the Fife and Drum Corps' history.
- DoD photo by SSG Michael J. Carden
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
- Senate slates hearings to confirm Defense nominees
- CJCS Mullen: Emphasis on 'soft power' in foreign policy
- DoD, VA host suicide prevention conference
- Services meet, exceed December recruiting goals
- Former CJCS Pace portrait unveiled at Pentagon
- Economic improvements in Iraq show promise
- Command donates ambulances to Afghan Police medics
- DoD photo by PO1 Chad J. McNeeley
- Baghdad Sports Complex Reopens After Renovations
- Indian Army Plans Future Operations With US Forces
- USACE Civilian Engineer in Iraq Earns Top Honors
- Training, UAVs, Key to Army Aviation in the Field
- Soldiers Bolster US Bobsled Team for World Championships
- East Whips West at Army's All-American Bowl
RAISING OLD GLORY - Marines raise the American flag in front of the Chancery Building during the dedication ceremony for the new US Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, earlier this month. The flag raising was accompanied by a rendition of the "Star-Spangled Banner" and other music provided by the US Army's 4th Infantry Division Band. More than 1,200 US diplomats and staff from 14 federal agencies will work and live on the embassy compound. The Marines are assigned to the Marine Security Guard (MSG) detachment at the new embassy.
- US Army photo by SFC Derren J. Mazza
- Provisional Global Strike Command activated
- McChord Airmen earn top marks in nuclear inspection
- Servicemembers help following Costa Rica quake
- Museum opens exhibit dedicated to 'Warrior Airmen'
- Airmen in sky give situational awareness to ground warriors
- AF amputee returns to SW Asia
- Yokota Airmen strengthen bonds with Japanese military
ON PATROL, ALWAYS READY - A boat crew from Coast Guard Station Washington DC conducts a waterway patrol along the Potomac River in front of Nationals Park during an exercise leading up to the 2009 Presidential Inauguration.
- USCG photo
MAN, THAT'S COLD! - An Airman checks the temperature as he heads to his car on Eielson AFB, AK. The recent cold spell that hit the interior of Alaska sent temperatures plummeting into the -50's and -60's at night.
- USAF photo by A1C Laura Max
- Advisor awarded Bronze Star for battlefield recovery efforts
- Grunts assault mock city on Fort Pickett
- Navy Chaplain's 'guardian' always ready to fight
- MCRD PI recruits learn to duck, weave
- Corps conducts urban flight operations in Virginia
- 1st LAR Bn. Marines plant seeds to boost local economy
FLAG-MAKING 'LADY FINGERS' - Christine Upchurch (upper left) and Maria Martins work together sorting thread bobbins while hand-embroidering a new vice presidential flag at the Defense Supply Center Philadelphia (DSCP). Official embroidered flags for military organizations and federal agencies are hand-made by a staff of civilian specialists employed by the Defense Logistics Agency.
- Photo courtesy Defense Logistics Agency
- 2008: Lowest figures for recreational boating mishaps
- CG recruit company to march in Inaugural Parade
- Cutter Boutwell to deploy with USS Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group
- CG rescues stuck swan from Ohio river
- Marine Safety: Are you ready? SAR beacon signals go digital on Feb. 1
AFGHANI SUNSET - British Royal Marines from 3 Commando Brigade, 42 Commando, based in Plymouth, UK; take part in Operation Sond Chara, the clearance of Nad-e Ali District of Helmand province in southern Afghanistan by Afghan National Security Forces and International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troops. The operation's goal was to bring stabilization to the district, increased security for Lashkar Gah and set safe conditions for voter registration later this year.
- USMC photo Cpl. John Scott Rafoss
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.
Email your announcement as early as possible to:
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
USS WAHOO (SS-565), Apr. 16-18, 2009; Honolulu, HI. Contact: Tom Young, firstname.lastname@example.org, (603) 362-5781, or web: www.usswahoo.com
USS SEA DEVIL (SS-400 & SSN-664) Combined Reunion, Apr. 23-26, 2009. All years, all crews, all patrol riders. For full details, visit: www.seadevilssn664.org.
USS SAM RAYBURN (SSBN-635), April 26-30, 2009, Fredricksburg, TX. For details go to: www.ssbn635.org, click on "Reunion Information."
USS MULIPHEN (AKA-61), Apr. 26-29, 2009, Virginia Beach, VA. Contact Ron Wiant: (302) 737-1751 or email@example.com.
USS WARRINGTON (DD-843), Apr. 29-May 3, 2009; San Diego, CA. Contact: Stan Prager (916) 791-6700 or Stashuman843@ msn.com
USS WACCAMAW (AO-109), Apr. 30-May 3, 2009; Fort Lauderdale, FL. Contact: Sandy Jackson (318) 222-3828, or firstname.lastname@example.org
USS BUSHNELL (AS-15), May 3-6, 2009; Raleigh, NC. Contacts: Ben Supowitz: (215) 676-3585, or email@example.com; Mike Wentzel: (610) 985-6641, or firstname.lastname@example.org
USS SCAMP (SSN 588), May 6-10, 2009; Mt. Pleasant (Charleston), SC. For details, visit www.uss-scamp.com
USS WILLARD KEITH (DD-775), May 13-16, 2009; New London, CT. Contact: Richard Marcham: (860) 647-1522 or email@example.com
USS MAGOFFIN (APA-199) Association reunion, May 19-24, 2009; Norfolk, VA. For details: ussmagoffin.org, or (540) 337-0290.
NAVAL WEATHER SERVICE ASSOCIATION, May 20-24, 2009; Jacksonville FL. Open to all former & current USN, USMC, USCG and federal civilians. Contact Bob Johnson: (904) 777-4443, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
USS CONYNGHAM (DD 371/DDG 17), May 31-June 4, 2009; Gettysburg PA. Contact: Warren Wilde, email@example.com
USS INGRAHAM (DD-694) June 10-14, 2009; Buffalo, NY. For details visit www.dd-694.com
USS THOMAS C. HART (DE/FF 1092) Veterans Association, June 10-14, 2009; Charleston, SC. Contact: Jerry Leatherwood: (252) 524-4021 or firstname.lastname@example.org
USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) Association Reunion, June 13-18, 2009; aboard Royal Caribbean's "Enchantment of the Seas." For details: www.ussnimitzassociation.org.
MINESWEEPER REUNION (all ship classes), June 27, 2009, Ft. Worth, TX. Contact: Allan Fitzwater, email@example.com.
USS WHITFIELD COUNTY (LST-1169), Aug. 24-27, 2009; Reno, NV. Contact: Carl Forbes (304) 278-5722 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: lst1169.homestead.com
USS ENTERPRISE (CVA[N]-65) Fire Veterans Reunion, Aug. 14-16, 2009; Seattle, WA. Third reunion of fire veterans and families of our fallen shipmates aboard Enterprise on Jan. 14, 1969. Contact: Mike Neville: email@example.com, or (775) 331-1918
USS MISSOURI (BB-63) annual reunion, Sept. 2-7, 2009; Norfolk, VA. All crews from 1944 to 1992. Contact: mo63@FTC_I.net, or www.bb63vets.com
USS OGLETHORPE (AKA 100), Sept. 8-11, 2009; Newport, RI. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, (908) 475-4435, or visit ussoglethorpe.com
USS STONEWALL JACKSON (SSBN 634 ), Sept. 9-12, 2009; San Diego, CA. Contact: Galon Olson (906) 542-3396, email: email@example.com, or http://www.ssbn634.com/
USS FLOYD B. PARKS (DD-884), Sept. 14-21, 2009; San Antonio, TX. Contact: Bill Birdsong (951) 789-5309, or firstname.lastname@example.org
AE SAILORS ASSOCIATION 2009 annual ships reunion, Sept. 16-20, 2009; Norfolk, VA. AE & AO Sailors, families and guests are invited. Contact: Jerry King (626) 339-9793, or email email@example.com
PATROL SQUADRON 22 (VP-22) reunion, Sept. 17-20, 2009; Cocoa Beach, FL.
USS NORTHAMPTON (CA-26 /CLC-1/CC-1), Sept. 17-21, 2009; Norfolk, VA. Contact: Ron Groft (765) 430- 6535, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
USS FORRESTAL (CVA/CV/AVT-59), Sept. 22-27, 2009; Virginia Beach, VA. Contact: Hugh McCabe, (757) 340-1105, or email: email@example.com
USS PHILIPPINE SEA (CV-47), 1946-1958 eras, Oct. 2009; Tucson, AZ. Contact: Chuck Davis, (941) 743-5460 or (941) 391-1509. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
USS MAUNA KEA (AE-22), Oct.1-4, 2009; San Antonio, TX. Contact: Jerry Mouton: email@example.com
NATIONAL SONAR ASSOCIATION, Oct. 2-5, 2009; San Diego, CA. Contact: John Bedford (925) 768-4702, or web: www.sonarshack.org
USS BORDELON (DD/DDR-881) reunion, Oct. 7-11, 2009; Myrtle Beach, SC. All years, all crews. Contact: Barney Oursler, (410) 789-2281, or firstname.lastname@example.org
MOBILE CONSTRUCTION BATTALION ONE (MCB-1) reunion, Oct. 9-12, 2009; Las Vegas, NV. Contact: Peter Dowd: email@example.com or (781) 837-0393
NAVY AMPHIBIOUS FORCE ASSOCIATION reunion, Oct. 11-16, 2009; San Antonio, TX. Contact: John J. Walsh, (732) 367-6472 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
PATROL SQUADRON SIX (VP-6) "Blue Sharks", Oct. 13-18, 2009, Honolulu, HI. Contacts: Steve Ellis: email@example.com or (706) 202-7105; Frank Lueder: firstname.lastname@example.org or (808) 728-6348; Larry St. Pierre: email@example.com. For details, visit PatronSix.com
USS HENRY L. STIMSON (SSBN 655), Oct. 23-25, 2009; King's Bay, GA. Contact: Jim Kinney JimRKinney@aol.com, or visit www.ssbn655.org
USS POLLUX (AKS-2 & AKS-4), Oct. 28-Nov. 1, 2009; San Diego, CA. Contact: Glen Broxson (850) 994-0416 or GLENBROXSON@aol.com
USS JULIUS A. FURER (DEG/FFG-6), Nov. 2-7, 2009; onboard Carnival cruise ship Destiny. Contact: Paul Croteau, firstname.lastname@example.org
USS FIREDRAKE (AE-14), Nov. 6-8, 2009; Jacksonville, FL. For details: AE14.email@example.com, or visit www.USSFiredrake.org
USS WHITE PLAINS (AFS-4), May 2010; Washington DC. Contact: (801) 985-3665, or email AFSfirstname.lastname@example.org
The NTWS profile pages are very detailed, so we've created a list of tips and pointers to help you navigate and use the features of the site more easily.
You may visit the "Member Assistance" section at the bottom left of the Home Page under the "Home" tab or e-mail email@example.com for assistance.
Canadian Navy (CN) - www.navy.forces.gc.ca/
Royal Australian Navy (RAN) - www.navy.gov.au/
Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) - www.navy.mil.nz/
Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) - www.mindef.gov.sg/
Philippine Navy (PN) - www.navy.mil.ph/
Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) - www.mod.go.jp
Royal Thai Navy (RTN) - www.navy.mi.th/
Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) - www.navy.mil.kr
UK Royal Navy (RN) - www.royal-navy.mod.uk/
Israel Navy (IN) - www1.idf.il/
Federal German Navy (Bundesmarine) - www.marine.de/ (German only)
Irish Naval Service (Seirbhís Chabhlaigh na hÉireann) - www.military.ie
French Navy (Marine Nationale) - www.defense.gouv.fr
Italian Navy (Marina Militare) - www.marina.difesa.it/ (Italian only)
Spanish Navy (Armada Espanola) - www.armada.mde.es/
Swedish Armed Forces/Navy (Marinen) - www.mil.se/
Indian Navy (Bharatiya Nau Sena) - indiannavy.nic.in/
NTWS Membership Growth
Since its launch on Navy Day, October 27, 2006, 375,000 Sailors from WWII to the 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 beyond 400,000 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 - as most have been invited by existing NTWS Members. Please help our unique Navy Community continue its strong growth and invite other Sailors that you know.
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Its YOUR CAREER!
NPC Makes Preparing for Selection Boards Easier
Story by MCC(SW) Maria Yager
Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs
MILLINGTON, TN - A new program announced this month by Navy Personnel Command (NPC) makes reviewing records and preparing for selection boards easier by providing online access to their official military personnel file (OMPF).
Web Enabled Record Review (WERR), announced in NAVADMIN 011/09, allows Sailors to review documents in their OMPF, which are the same documents reviewed by selection board members when considering candidates for officer advancement, selection for chief, senior chief and master chief, and other selection boards.
"There's no substitute for empowering Sailors with the benefits of personalized access to their official military personnel file," said Jim Laudermilk, head, Military Personnel Records Management and Policy at NPC.
Sailors can now access their WERR through Bupers on Line (BOL) at https://www.bol.navy.mil. All active duty and selected Reserve personnel with a BOL account and a CAC-enabled computer with appropriate certificates can now view their OMPF online by selecting the WERR option on the BOL main menu page. This application also allows Sailors to download and print service-record documents for personal and professional use.
"[It is] very impressive, user friendly, and offers easy access. I was extremely pleased with the availability of my personnel files in WERR and my ability to access and print copies of the things that I needed," said Lt. Cmdr. Ricky Small, assigned to NPC.
Since WERR mirrors what is uploaded to the Electronic Military Personnel Records System, recently submitted documents may not yet appear in the record. If documents have been sent to NPC within the past 12 months, there is no need to resend them. They are still being processed.
"The projected goal of WERR tool is to empower Sailors. Offering almost instantaneous viewing of service-record documents and providing the opportunity to notify NPC of official corrections online improves records management for the entire Navy and ensures records are selection-board ready." said Dwight Stanton, director, Military Personnel Records Management Division.
WERR is an improvement because it eliminates the wait Sailors previously faced.
"There are unnecessary time-lags caused by waiting days or weeks to receive the CD version of the OMPF in regular mail," he added.
- US Navy photo
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I HATE BEING SICK...
What ticks me off is that I get the flu shot religiously (now that I'm 50, it's high on my health 'to-do' checklist) before the start of the season, eat healthy, get a reasonable amount of excercise, and take the meds my doctor prescribes to maintain my health.
Unfortunately, my dear lovely wife came home the other day with a bug that's going around her office. I thought I was OK and would sidestep it...then BAM! (sorry, Emeril...); a couple of days later, I'm a mess of sneezing, body ache, mucus, used facial tissues and hacking.
Y'know, folks...if you're SICK, STAY HOME! That's what sick time is for (for those of you TWS members who earn it at your civ jobs). Last thing I need is to get what you've got. And if you just HAVE to go to work sick, do your co-workers a favor by wearing a barrier mask to reduce the transmission, cough/sneeze in your sleeve; and wash your hands or use hand sanitizer!
DOING THE RIGHT THING...
The pilot of US Airways Flight 1549, Chelsey B. "Sully" Sullenberger, crash-landed a crippled airliner in New York's Hudson River saved 155 lives on board. He steered the aircraft toward the river when both engines failed less than five minutes after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport in New York.
Sullenberger learned how to fly in the Air Force, serving-out his seven-year commitment as an officer and pilot. He then began a 29-year career as an airline pilot and safety expert. When you throw in his time as a cadet at the Air Force Academy (Class of 1973), he had more than 40 years of training, education and experience to prepare him for the challenge he would face when his jet lost power.
When faced with a crisis, Sullenberger didn't panic. Instead he focused on what he had to do to save his plane and his passengers. Ditching an Airbus jetliner is an incredibly difficult thing to do, and Sullenberger was able to do it safely. He executed his responsibilities with excellence.
Once the aircraft stopped in the cold waters of the Hudson, he continued to care for his passengers and crew. New York's Mayor described how Sullenberger walked the aisles of his airplane twice to make sure everyone was out -- putting service to others before his own personal safety. In the middle of incredible stress and strain, Sully chose to do the right thing.
Flight 1549's story had "legs" -- in media-speak. Even with an historic inauguration approaching, the public remained fascinated with the incident, hanging on every detail as recounted by the passengers, ferrymen and rescue specialists. This can be explained by the sheer drama of the crash and the fact that it happened in our largest city.
On a very cold day in New York City, Sully made a difference. They came from his Air Force core values of integrity, service and excellence; which echoes the Navy's core values of honor, courage and committment.
Core values weren't created by the military. They came from the American people we serve. Although the headlines may be filled with stories of fraud, greed and waste, it's important to remember that there are millions of Americans -- in and out of uniform -- who choose to live by these values. Whether it's the teacher who takes the time to help a troubled student or the cop who chases-down a perp, many Americans choose to live according to basic core values.
"Sully" Sullenberger reminds us of this. In these challenging times, it's good to remember what makes our country great.
By Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs
Obama Vows Not to Waver in Americas Defense
By Jim Garamone
Obama said Americans will not apologize for their way of life, nor waver in its defense. "And for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you," he said.
America is a country of doers and risk-takers; it is an immigrant country where each generation worked hard to provide for the next, he said.
"For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search of a new life," Obama said. "For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West, endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth.
"For us, they fought and died in places like Concord and Gettysburg, Normandy and Khe Sanh," he continued. "Time and again, these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw so that we might live a better life. They saw America as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions, greater than all the differences of birth or wealth or faction."
Americans today must continue this journey, he said. It is time for hard decisions and a time of change. "Our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions, that time has surely passed," he said. "Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America."
Obama rejected the idea that the nation has to choose between its safety and its ideals. "Our Founding Fathers -- faced with perils that we can scarcely imagine -- drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience's sake."
In the United States, all languages are spoken, all religions are practiced, and all good people are welcomed, he said. "And because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace," he said.
Obama reached out to the nations of the world in his speech. He told them that America "is a friend of each nation, and every man, woman and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more."
He also spoke to the Muslim world, saying America seeks a new way forward, based on mutual interest and respect.
"As we consider the road that unfolds before us, we remember with humble gratitude those brave Americans who, at this very hour, patrol far-off deserts and distant mountains," the president said. "They have something to tell us, just as the fallen heroes who lie in Arlington [National Cemetery] whisper through the ages. We honor them not only because they are guardians of our liberty, but because they embody the spirit of service; a willingness to find meaning in something greater than themselves."
He called on all Americans to shoulder that burden of service. He said it is the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies.
"Greatness is never a given. It must be earned," he said. "Our journey has never been one of shortcuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted -- for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame."
The faith and determination of Americans can serve the nation well in a time rife with challenges.
"Our nation is at war against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred," the president said. "Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age."
Americans have lost their homes, their jobs, their businesses, and health care is too costly, he said. Schools are failing too many, and the American energy policy plays into the hands of the nation's enemies.
"These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics," he said.
These are disturbing, but more disturbing is a sapping of confidence and the fear that with this decline the next generation must lower its sights, he said.
"Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real," the president said. "They are serious, and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America: They will be met."
While the challenges of this age are new, the values which have seen the country through in the past will best serve the nation, Obama said. "Honesty and hard work, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism -- these things are old, but these things are true," he said.
America must return to these truths, he said. "What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility -- a recognition on the part of every American that we have duties to ourselves, our nation and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task," Obama said.
"This is the price and the promise of citizenship," he said. "This is the source of our confidence, the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny."
If Americans seize this responsibility, then the challenges will be surmounted, he said.
"Let it be said by our children's children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God's grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations," Obama said.
Green Bay Commissioned in Long Beach
Story & Photo by MC1 Jose Lopez, Jr.
Rose Magnus, wife of Gen. Robert Magnus, former assistant commandant of the Marine Corps and ship's sponsor uttered the famous words of a commissioning ceremony, "Man your ship and bring her to life."
The crew answered the call. Within a few minutes the men and women of USS Green Bay lined the rails of the new ship while the call to battle stations rang. A pair of Marine Corps CH-53 Sea Stallions performed a fly-by over the ship.
"This is a thin line," said Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England, about Green Bay's future role in world affairs. "But, it is a thick wall of defense to the lives which we bring freedom."
"Just as a great generation answered the call seven years ago," added England, "so do the Sailors of Green Bay answer that call today. We believe in freedom for all people, and we back our words with deeds."
Though the ship is new to the fleet, Green Bay begins trials and training exercises to prepare her for her future role in the war on terrorism.
"I hold the crew to high expectations," said Command Master Chief Cecilio Macias about the ship's upcoming tests. "During pre-com they did well. Now, we have to get the ship ready to go on deployment."
Green Bay is a multi-task ship in the amphibious Navy that will perform the mission of four previous classes of ships. With its modern capabilities Green Bay will be a key factor in littoral combat operations which call for the projection of sea power deep inland; part of the Chief of Naval Operations' Maritime Strategy for the 21st Century.
Green Bay will accommodate the Marine Corps' "mobility triad," an attack strategy that involves advanced amphibious assault vehicles, landing craft air cushion and the vertical/short takeoff and landing tactical aircraft MV-22 Osprey.
Green Bay is the second ship to bear the name of Wisconsin's largest city. The first Green Bay was a patrol gunboat (PG 101), which served from 1969 to 1977. The current Green Bay is also the first Navy warship commissioned in the Los Angeles area since 1994.
Troops Bid Bush Farewell at Andrews AFB
By Donna Miles
Bush admitted that he wasn't sure how he would feel passing the presidency to the next administration, but declared, "I am thankful, I am grateful and I am joyful!"
"I've had a lot of great experiences," as president, he told the group, but said none has been better than leading military members who have volunteered to serve the country in a time of danger. Bush said he'll miss being commander in chief and being able to stand in front of the troops to tell them "how much we respect you and how much we admire you."
Bush said he'll leave the presidency with his "head held high," confident that he took the right course in difficult times. Historians will sort-out his time in office, he said, expressing belief that they'll note "we did not shirk our duty, we did not shy away" from difficult decisions and that "we served with conviction."
Cheney praised Bush for taking on "the big jobs that needed doing" after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks launched some of the greatest challenges to ever confront the United States. "George W. Bush protected America," he said. "History remembers such leaders and marks them well."
Bush shook hands with many in the crowd, then turned toward the massive VC-25, what the US Air Force's highly-modified executive version of the Boeing 747 is designated, that would take him home to Texas. The flight was designated "SAM (for Special Air Mission) 28-Hundred" rather than Air Force One, which belongs only to the airplane carrying the sitting president.
On the tarmac, Air Force Brig. Gen. Maggie Woodward, the 89th Airlift Wing commander, escorted the Bushes to a red carpet stretching to the aircraft. A 42-servicemember joint honor guard flanked both sides of the carpet.
At the end of the carpet, Air Force Col. Steven Shepro, commander of the 316th Wing, and Col. Eric Snadecki, his vice commander, said their final goodbyes before Bush climbed the steps to the plane.
Shepro said he felt honored for him and his Airmen to bid a personal goodbye to the departing former president. "It's like saying goodbye to an old friend,” he said. He credited his elite team that regularly serves the president -- with the Air Force's only flightline protocol office and a second-to-none security detachment, among them -- with bringing honor to the Air Force.
"This is another moment in history that they share," he said. "We're giving him a fitting sendoff just like we always do."
Command Chief Master Sergeant James Davis, Andrews' top noncommissioned officer, relished his base's role in the inauguration and presidential departure ceremony. "We are a part of history, from the person working the logistics to the ones in the cordon to the ones marching in the parade," he said.
"We're all here to honor our former commander-in-chief as he departs," said Army Sergeant Tyler Murray, one of six members of the 3rd Infantry Regiment "The Old Guard" to serve in the joint service honor guard. "President Bush has looked out for his troops, and we're here to honor him."
"I've been involved in a lot of high-priority missions," said Army PFC Jared Robison, a fellow "Old Guard" soldier. "But this one is the highest on my list, personally."
"It's wonderful being a part of it, especially as a military member," agreed Air Force TSgt. Steven Hawkens, from the 316th Security Forces. "It's breathtaking, it's exciting, it's wonderful to see these things going on."
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