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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Confessions of a Black Conservative

Editor's Note:  The guest is a former servicemember.
On April 23, 2010, Conversations with American Heroes at the Watering Hole will feature a conversation with former US Army Soldier Lloyd Marcus, the author of Confessions of a Black Conservative.

Program Date: April 23, 2010
Program Time: 2100 hours Pacific
Topic: Confessions of a Black Conservative
Listen Live: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/lawenforcement/2010/04/24/confessions-of-a-black-conservative

About the Guest
Lloyd Marcus “was drafted almost immediately and served two years in the Army. Although he didn’t quit his hedonistic lifestyle, he found outlets for his creativity while serving at Fort Bragg, N.C. He designed artwork for Army brochures and, despite not being a Green Beret, he sang first tenor in the Green Beret chorus.” Lloyd Marcus is the author of Confessions of a Black Conservative.

According to the book description of Confessions of a Black Conservative, “Lloyd Marcus, (black) Unhyphenated American, Tea Party Spokesperson and Troubadour, releases his much anticipated book; Confessions of a Black Conservative: How the Left has shattered the dreams of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Black America. Mr. Marcus travels extensively singing his originals, American Tea Party Anthem and Twenty Ten, Vote Them Out to thousands in audiences across America. At each event Marcus receives raucous applause for his signature statement, “I am NOT an African American, I am Lloyd Marcus, AMERICAN.”

About the Watering Hole
The Watering Hole is Police slang for a location cops go off-duty to blow off steam and talk about work and life. American Heroes Radio brings you to the watering hole, where it is Sometimes funny; sometimes serious; but, always interesting.

About the Host
Lieutenant Raymond E. Foster was a sworn member of the Los Angeles Police Department for 24 years. He retired in 2003 at the rank of Lieutenant. He holds a bachelor’s from the Union Institute and University in Criminal Justice Management and a Master’s Degree in Public Financial Management from California State University, Fullerton; and, has completed his doctoral course work. Raymond E. Foster has been a part-time lecturer at California State University, Fullerton and Fresno; and is currently a Criminal Justice Department chair, faculty advisor and lecturer with the Union Institute and University. He has experience teaching upper division courses in Law Enforcement, public policy, Public Safety Technology and leadership. Raymond is an experienced author who has published numerous articles in a wide range of venues including magazines such as Government Technology, Mobile Government, Airborne Law Enforcement Magazine, and Police One. He has appeared on the History Channel and radio programs in the United States and Europe as subject matter expert in technological applications in Law Enforcement.

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National Naval Medical Center Promotes STD Prevention, Education

By Sarah Fortney, National Naval Medical Center Public Affairs

April 17, 2010 - BETHESDA, Md. (NNS) -- In light of staggering statistics dealing with the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), April is STD Awareness Month and health care providers are raising awareness about the consequences of unprotected sex and the impact STDs have on overall health.

An estimated 19 million new cases of STDs are reported in the U.S. every year, almost half of which are among people under age 25, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

At the National Naval Medical Center, health care practitioners educate service members and patients about STDs not just during the month of April, but throughout the year. In the Infectious Diseases clinic, providers help patients identify modes of treatment and offer referrals for treatment, said Lynn Johnson, a counselor in the Infectious Diseases clinic.

Johnson, who gives weekly lectures in the OB/GYN clinic, said the Infectious Diseases Clinic also provides counseling for patients who have contracted an STD, noting it is more common today for people who have contracted an STD to have more than one at a time.

Those who seek treatment for an STD are often, but not always, found to be engaging in risky lifestyles and, therefore, might need counseling for an underlying mental health issue. Johnson added that alcohol and drug use are also common factors in the equation, as they alter a person's sense of security and impair judgment. He encourages individuals to recognize these factors and to practice safe sex.

"Get to know your partner, and don't let emotions get in the way," Johnson said. "You are responsible for your actions."

At NNMC, he said, health practitioners see patients with various types of STDs, but there are a few that seem to be more prevalent.

"Chlamydia is the most common STD we see, then gonorrhea, then syphilis," he said.

Unlike gonorrhea and syphilis, which are associated with symptoms that are painful and discomforting, symptoms of chlamydia are usually mild or absent, he said. Thus, many individuals who have the disease may not know they have it and are likely to continue spreading it.

According to the CDC, chlamydia is one of the most common STDs in the country, especially among young women. It can potentially cause damage to their reproductive organs, infertility and pregnancy complications.

Johnson added that people who have contracted an STD are at an increased risk of becoming HIV positive. Those who are sexually active in the D.C. area should be especially cautious, as the area has the highest number of people infected with HIV in the country, he said.

In the military, he said, there is a common misconception that service members are "safe" against STDs when, in fact, they are just as at risk and should be just as careful.

In the Navy, Sailors are required to be tested for HIV every two years, but are not limited to that requirement – they can be tested more often if they so choose.

Navy Region Southeast Raises Sexual Assault Awareness

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Monica R. Nelson, Commander, Navy Region Southeast Public Affairs

April 17, 2010 - JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Commander, Navy Region Southeast underscored the region's initiatives against sexual assault by signing a Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) proclamation Apr. 15.

Rear. Adm. Townsend "Tim" Alexander signed the proclamation while the Region's Executive Director Bruce Cwalina and nine members of the Southeast Region's family readiness program looked on.

"This proclamation is a springboard for education and awareness," said Alexander. "Effort from every individual is necessary to ensure safety and quality of life for our shipmates and in our communities. Sexual assault is an affront to mission readiness because it undermines the health and dignity of individuals. The well-being of the Navy is dependent upon the well-being of its people. I urge all personnel to reach out to victims, learn more about this crime, speak out against it, and intervene to prevent it."

According to Commander, Navy Installations Command, the Navy recorded approximately 600 reports of sexual assault in fiscal year 2009. A sexual assault is an attack that can reverberate throughout a unit and beyond, degrading readiness by harming the life of the victim and the ability of a unit to work effectively as a team.

"This is a pivotal time in Navy history surrounding sexual assault awareness and prevention, with the highest level of attention from Navy leadership on the issue that I have seen in my 10 years experience working for the Navy," said Julie Mooney, Southeast Region credentialing and programs manager. "Leadership and those on the front lines working in sexual assault prevention and response have called for a culture change within the Navy where sexual intimidation, harassment and assault are not tolerated."

Alexander's proclamation echoes the Department of Defense 2010 SAAM theme of "Hurts one. Affects all."

Installations within the Southeast are already responding by hosting leadership training, 5k walk/runs, setting up information booths and conducting training in civilian sexual assault and rape crisis centers.

Military Networking Key to Eliminating HIV/AIDS: Hormazd Sethna

Hormazd Sethna is a desk officer for countries in the US Pacific Command region, including India, Indonesia, and Vietnam. This is the third blog post in a series written from the 2010 International HIV/AIDS Conference in Tanzania.

April 17, 2010 - I joined the Department of Defense HIV/AIDS Prevention Program (DHAPP) in February 2009 as a desk officer for countries in the US Pacific Command (USPACOM) region. I came to DHAPP with a background in medical anthropology and public health, and some experience working on HIV/AIDS projects, both in the U.S., as well as my native India.

My first reaction to seeing the job posting for DHAPP was, “What does the U.S. Department of Defense have to do with HIV prevention?”, followed quickly by, “Why would they want to hire a civilian like me, whose military experience extends only as far as being a fan of the television show ‘MASH’?”

As I learned, HIV/AIDS poses a threat to militaries as much as, if not more so, than the civilian population. This, in turn, poses a threat to national security.

DHAPP plays a leadership role in working with the militaries of over eighty countries across the globe to eliminate this threat by developing and strengthening sustainable programs in prevention, care, and treatment. These programs form the cornerstone of military-to-military diplomatic engagement between the U.S. and the militaries of the host countries. Militaries also often serve as a change agent for the broader society, so it stands to reason that they are actively involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

My duties as desk officer have extended me the privilege of traveling to countries like Indonesia and Laos to assess their military HIV/AIDS programs and work with them in developing strategies to strengthen these programs and ensure their sustainability. I have also attended an international conference in Botswana, and collaborated with U.S. Government colleagues at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in providing technical assistance in HIV prevention to civilian and military partners in Kenya.

That’s a lot of frequent flyer miles!

I write this blog from Arusha, Tanzania where DHAPP has organized the Third Annual International Military HIV/AIDS Conference. The Tanzania People’s Defense Force (TPDF) is playing host to delegates from over sixty countries, including India, Indonesia, Nepal and Vietnam from the USPACOM area of responsibility. In addition. the guest list also boasts invitees from the Combatant Commands, the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, the United Nations Joint Program on HIV/AIDS, and (drum roll please!) the President of Tanzania, Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete.

The level of seriousness with which militaries view the HIV/AIDS threat is demonstrated by the attendee list. Flag officers, heads of military medical services, and directors of HIV/AIDS services are all in attendance, using the opportunity to share their expertise, ideas, and best practices with each other.

National Naval Medical Center to Conduct Alcohol Screening

By Sarah Fortney, National Naval Medical Center Public Affairs

April 17, 2010 - BETHESDA, Md. (NNS) -- The National Naval Medical Center's (NNMC) Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program (SARP) and Health Promotion/Wellness Clinic will conduct a free, command-wide alcohol screening Apr. 19-21.

This screening will help individuals assess how well they know the affects of alcohol and help them understand the signs of a drinking problem.

During the screening, which will take place Monday through Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the hallway outside of the morale, welfare and recreation office, counselors will be available to answer questions and provide information. Private booths will be set up for individuals to fill out an anonymous questionnaire about their drinking habits and how alcohol affects their health.

Every year, SARP aims to conduct this command-wide alcohol screening in April as part of Alcohol Awareness Month, said Chief Operations Specialist Sharon Rogers, senior enlisted leader directorate for mental health at NNMC. The questionnaire will help people learn about alcohol consumption and better understand how it affects their overall health.

According to Rogers, the screening is an opportunity to reach out to individuals who might be struggling with alcohol and help them recognize the potential consequences before their drinking becomes a problem, be it violence, an injury or a drunk driving charge.

"We're here to help them," Rogers said.

Alcohol use disorders include alcoholism, also known as alcohol dependence; and alcohol abuse, characterized by significant impairment but not necessarily physical dependence, according to Military Pathways, a voluntary mental health and alcohol self assessment program for military service members and their families. Through Defense Department funding, the program created the questionnaire that will be used at NNMC next week.

In addition, both alcohol abuse and dependence are more common among men than women and decrease with aging, according to Military Pathways.

Alcoholism is characterized by a number of symptoms. Rogers said one indication of a problem is when a person's alcohol tolerance increases. For example, when a person who usually drinks four beers suddenly needs eight beers to feel satisfied.

The signs to look for, Rogers said, are when drinking impacts a person's lifestyle, work, or family and they're not able to function normally.

It's important for people to understand their "alcohol IQ," she said - being able to identify the warning signs and recognize their drinking habits.

"If you drink an excessive amount [of alcohol], do you know how it will affect your health?" Rogers asked.

"We know about our other health [problems], blood pressure, cholesterol, but we hardly ever think about our drinking," said Shellie Spadaro, SARP department head and counselor.

SARP offers a variety of services to help people coping with alcohol disorders or who have been in trouble because of an incident related to alcohol, Spadaro said. SARP counselors assess individuals with potential drinking problems and work closely with the command drug and alcohol program advisor and the hospital wards.

The program also has a continuing care group for those who have been diagnosed with alcohol dependence, she said, and an early intervention class for those who have not been diagnosed with alcohol dependence or alcohol abuse, but have gotten in trouble because of alcohol.

For the first time, SARP is working with NNMC's Health Promotion/Wellness Clinic to conduct the command-wide screening.

"We're really excited about it," said Lauren Thomas, department head of the Health Promotion/ Wellness Clinic.

The department promotes health, fitness, nutrition, stress management and tobacco cessation, Thomas said, and has been focusing more on educating staff about the affects of drinking, making it a more comprehensive program.

With the screening, she added, individuals are able to be proactive and seek treatment before they begin to suffer the consequences.

"Don't wait until it's on your record," she said. "We want to help identify the risks of problem drinking ahead of time."

Enterprise Departs for Sea Trials

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Meredith

April 17, 2010 - NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- USS Enterprise (CVN 65) departed Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipyard April 17 to conduct sea trials.

The ship will be testing equipment, running system checks and making certain that Enterprise is ready to be delivered to the fleet.

"It's kind of like buying a car," said Cmdr. Edward M. Galvin, Enterprise's operations officer. "You have to take the car out for a test drive to try out all of its systems. That's what we'll be doing with sea trials: taking the keys from Northrop Grumman and trying the ship out."

Also getting underway with Enterprise during the trials are key members of Northrop Grumman who will help make sure the ship is ready for the open water.

"I am very confident and hopeful that the next place we'll be pulling into will be Naval Station Norfolk," said Galvin. "I think everyone is ready to get back out to sea."

Upon the successful completion of sea trials, Northrop Grumman will deliver the ship to the fleet, and Enterprise will begin preparing for deployment.

"This will mark the culmination of our shipyard work," said Galvin. "At that point, we'll be able to shift our focus from fixing the ship to combat presence, our real job."

After the completion of sea trials, Enterprise will begin preparing for full-scale flight operations.

"The next time we go out will be for flight deck certification," said Galvin.

The end of every day marks another step closer to Enterprise beginning her 21st deployment in her 48 years of service.

Enterprise is currently conducting sea trials in preparation for her return to the fleet.

Flag Officer Assignments

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead announced today the following assignments:

Rear Adm. (lower half) Samuel J. Cox will be assigned as director, National Maritime Intelligence Center, Washington, D.C. Cox last served as director, plans, policy, and intelligence integration, Naval Network Warfare Command, Norfolk, Va.

Rear Adm. (lower half) Samuel Perez Jr. will be assigned as commander, Carrier Strike Group Three, Bremerton, Wash. Perez is currently serving as deputy commander, Joint Interagency Task Force, U.S. Southern Command, Key West, Fla.

Navy Signs Mentoring Agreement with Arlington Public Schools

By Lt. j.g. Laura K. Stegherr, Diversity Directorate Public Affairs

ARLINGTON, Va. (NNS) -- The Navy signed a formal partnership agreement April 14 with the Arlington, Va. Career Center (ACC) that will bring together Navy volunteers and mentors with ACC students.

The Personal Excellence Partnership Agreement, signed by Steffanie Easter, assistant deputy chief of naval operations for manpower, personnel, training and education, and Dr. Jerry Caputo, principal of ACC, establishes a link between the Navy and ACC through which ACC students will have the opportunity to work with Naval professionals in the Washington, D.C. area in several classroom and extra-curricular activities.

The ACC is a program of the Arlington Public Schools system which provides high-school level students with career and technical education programs and educational certificates. The center serves more than 1,100 students a day.

With this agreement, Navy volunteers will serve as classroom aides and tutors, volunteers for special events, and provide one-on-one mentoring for ACC students, with the goal of equipping students with the necessary skills to be life-ready and college-bound.

Before signing the agreement, Easter expressed confidence that the Navy volunteers will make a positive and life-changing impact on ACC's students.

"I'm very excited about the opportunity we have today to forge this relationship with the ACC," said Easter. "The Navy is committed to providing professional, well-prepared and disciplined sailors and civilians to help out in this effort, and they are all committed to making this program a success. The Navy's core values of honor, courage and commitment will form the foundation of the services and support that we are here to offer to you."

Chris Pagliaro, assistant principal at ACC, also expressed his thoughts on the partnership.

"It's no secret that having volunteers helps students and schools in so many ways," said Pagliaro. "The collaboration between the Navy and the career center will have as its chief goal to provide role models for academic success and civic responsibility. It is my hope that our new volunteers reach that threshold of enjoyment in an academic classroom, a field trip, working on a project in class, or chaperoning, or developing a relationship with a student that evokes fond memories of a community adult who gained as much from the students and the students gained from them."

The Navy has historically provided volunteers and mentors to work with local schools within the Washington, D.C. area. Opportunities to volunteer with the ACC ar open to uniformed and civilian Naval personnel.

San Antonio's Fiesta Spirit Welcomes Sailors During Navy Week

By Chief Mass Communication Specialist L.A. Shively, Navy Office of Community Outreach Public Affairs

SAN ANTONIO (NNS) -- San Antonio Navy Week officially kicked off with the commander Naval Medicine Center (NMC), Portsmouth Va., speaking before the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee April 14.

Rear Adm. William R. Kiser commander NMC will be the inaugural commanding officer for the new Medical Education Training Campus (METC) at Ft. Sam Houston which will combine medical training for the Navy, Army and Air Force.

METC is the largest consolidation of service training in Department of Defense history and will be the world's principal military medical education and training institution.

Though traditionally an Army and Air Force town and often referred to as Military City USA; Navy presence in San Antonio is growing rapidly as a result of the 2005 Base Realignment Act (BRAC).

Kiser's presentation to the Military Affairs Committee described METC and the benefits of a joint training center.

According to Kiser, under BRAC standardized training for medical enlisted specialties will enhance tri-service interoperability and joint deployment opportunities, while cutting redundant curricula, streamlining system capacity and reducing infrastructure.

"In the coming months, San Antonio will see a huge influx of Sailors moving here with the establishment of METC, the joint Medical Education Training Campus," said Kiser.

"Navy Weeks are a great opportunity for us to travel to non-fleet concentrated areas and tell our Navy story to people who don't traditionally hear it," said Kiser. "The San Antonio Navy Week is a wonderful way for us to get in front of their [METC] arrival and explain to the people who live here who we are and what we do.

The San Antonio Navy Week began April 14 and runs through April 25 during which Sailors will be celebrating Fiesta at the Riverwalk, visiting sick children and swapping sea stories with veterans.

The U.S. Naval Academy band Electric Brigade will visit Ft. Sam Houston during the Army's Fiesta celebration. Sailors from USS San Antonio (LPD 17) are speaking to youth and Navy flag officers are visiting area universities and businesses to communicate support and engender a sense of partnership with the BRAC endeavor.

Sailors will be on board for the Navy Day at the Alamo, the Battle of Flowers and Texas Cavaliers River Parades.

Students at area high schools will get a chance to experience the flight simulator and have fun in the Navy Suburban, an SUV loaded with Navy interactive video games.

San Diego Padres' Host Military Opening Night

By Chief Mass Communication Specialist Daniel Sanford, Combat Camera Group Pacific

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Thousands of service members were recognized during the San Diego Padres' Military Opening Night game at Petco Park April 14.

Prior to the start of the game, 16 service members, recognized as service-wide front-runners in the Navy, Marine Corps, Army, Air Force and Coast Guard, were honored on the field.

The Padres' announcer also asked each individual active duty, Reserve and retired service member to stand so they could be acknowledged for their service.

Following the presentation, the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (3MAW) Band from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar played the national anthem, while Edwards Air Force Base Color Guard presented the colors. During the national anthem, a procession of Sailors from Naval Base San Diego carried the 50 U.S. state flags.

As the anthem concluded, a Coast Guard HH-60J Jayhawk helicopter performed a flyover of the stadium.

"I'm glad it's a ceremonial pitch because I'm certainly not trying out for the Padres," said Marine Corps Major Gen. Thomas Conant, 3MAW commanding general and guest of honor, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

However, the game didn't officially begin until Jacob and Jeremiah Bruce said "play ball."

The two young boys, along with their sister, Aleah, and mother, Legalman 1st Class Jessica Bruce, were brought onto the field so the boys could kick off the game.

But before Jacob and Jeremiah could officially begin the game, a video greeting from their father, Chief Master-at-Arms Todd Bruce, three months into a one-year deployment to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, played on the Petco Park big screen.

"My daughter cried, the boys were excited. I'm still shaking," said Bruce. "I'd like to thank Navy Region Southwest and the Padres organization for making this happen. It was awesome."

Logistics Specialist 1st Class Lonny Wedell, who returned from a seven-month deployment to Qatar April 9, arrived in uniform to take advantage of the Padre's half-price tickets for uniformed service members.

"I got a front row seat behind the visitors' dugout," he said. "I think the Padres' are known for supporting the military more than any other team and what they're doing for us is pretty awesome."

Master-at-Arms Seaman Apprentice Hannah Sutton, who carried the Montana state flag during the procession, was also excited to attend.

"I think it's nice because sometimes people don't seem to appreciate what we do so it's really great when you see something like this," said Sutton, from Shepherd, Mont. "When all the service members stood up to be recognized, it was nice to hear the applause."

Master-at-Arms Seaman Apprentice Samantha Riker, from Luther, Mich., carried the Idaho state flag and this was the first professional baseball game she attended.

"The field was really big and I'd never been on such a large area where everyone was staring at me," she said. "I was really nervous."

Members of the Wounded Warrior Battalion Detachment from Naval Medical Center (NMC) San Diego enjoyed the game in hospitality suites.

Marine Gunnery Sgt. David Rohde, a 17-year veteran originally from Sandy, Utah, enjoyed watching the game from the suite.

"This is my first time at the stadium," said Rohde, who suffered injuries from an improvised explosive device. "I enjoyed seeing all the state flags and hearing the Marine Corps Band. It was well put together and a good show. It's great that Northrop Grumman could host this suite for us."

The Padres wore their desert camouflage uniforms to honor service members and although losing 6-1 to the Atlanta Braves, Padres' All-Star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez had a broader perspective on the night's meaning.

"We're able to play this game here because of what the military does out there," he said. "We just want to thank the military for all our freedom. Today is our way of giving them a little bit of recognition."

Charleston Celebrates Navy Day and USS Yorktown Birthday

MT. PLEASANT, S.C. (NNS) -- Sailors, World War II veterans, guests and the public celebrated Navy Day at Patriots Point, home of the USS Yorktown (CV 10) museum on April 15. Yorktown's 67th birthday celebration coincided with Charleston Navy Week, April 12-18.

"This day is a highlight for me because it brings back so many memories and thoughts from the past," said Rev. Harold Syfrett, USS Yorktown plankowner and an original crew member. "I have lived in Charleston for more than 40 years, and I have seen the good things that the Navy has done here. I'm a Navy man."

Syfrett proudly showed his plankowner certificate to Rear Adm. Bill Goodwin, assistant chief of naval operations for the Next Generation Enterprise Network (NGEN), the Navy's official representative during Charleston Navy Week.

"This ship [Yorktown] helped to restore order to a chaotic world. Her Sailors hoped for the best, but were prepared for the worst," said Goodwin. "They transitioned from peace time, steaming to wartime combat operations dozens of times. They conducted humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations. And because of Yorktown, and especially the sacrifices of the Sailors who served aboard her, the world is a better place."

The day celebrated all things Navy, showcasing the SEAL Tour, the U.S. Navy's F-18 flight simulator and the Navy Rock Band Southeast Pride, which greeted the public as they entered Patriots Point. USS Yorktown's 67th birthday celebration recognized veterans that served in America's wars from World War II to those currently fighting the Global War on Terror.

Charleston Navy Week is one of 20 Navy Weeks planned across America in 2010. Navy Weeks are designed to show Americans the investment they have made in their Navy and increase awareness in cities that do not have a significant Navy presence

World War II Veterans Honored at Charleston Riverdogs Baseball Game

From Navy Office of Community Outreach Public Affairs

April 17, 2010 - CHARLESTON, S.C. (NNS) -- Sailors and World War II veterans were honored at the Charleston Riverdogs baseball game April 13 as part of Charleston Navy Week.

"Our Navy is still very present here in Charleston," said retired Rear Adm. James H. Flatley III, who enjoyed the game along with more than 20 World War II veterans. "I think the Navy gave us a lot of foresight in choosing Charleston as one of the Navy Week cities."

Navy Band Southeast "Pride" sang the national anthem and Rear Adm. Bill Goodwin, assistant chief of Naval Operations for the Next Generation Enterprise Network (NGEN) threw out the game's first pitch.

"It's always fun to be at a ballpark to enjoy America's favorite pastime – baseball," said Goodwin. "Tonight was especially a treat to be with members of the 'Greatest Generation,' our World War II veterans."

Sailors from the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Pinckney (DDG 91) were recognized during the seventh inning stretch. They were driven around the bases, arriving at home plate to cheers from the crowd.

"I live for this," said L. "Lee" Allison, U.S. Submarine Veterans of World War II, South Carolina State Commander. "I am so glad to have seen this dedication to the Navy to let people know they are well protected."

Charleston Navy Week is one of 20 Navy Weeks scheduled during 2010. Navy weeks are designed to increase awareness and show communities the investment they have made in their Navy and increase awareness in cities that do not have a significant Navy presence.

DOD Announces Recruiting and Retention Numbers for March 2010

The Department of Defense announced today its recruiting and retention statistics for the active and reserve components for March 2010.

• Active Component.

• Recruiting. All four active services met or exceeded their accession goals for March 2010.

o Army – 6,615 accessions with a goal of 6,389; 104 percent

o Navy – 2,886 accessions with a goal of 2,886; 100 percent

o Marine Corps – 1,118 accessions with a goal of 1,116; 100 percent

o Air Force – 2,835 accessions with a goal of 2,835; 100 percent

• Retention. All service retention accomplishments are above the fiscal year-to-date goals for the first six months of the year.

• Reserve Component.

• Recruiting. All six reserve components met or exceeded their accession goals for March 2010.

o Army National Guard – 6,774 accessions with a goal of 5,150; 132 percent

o Army Reserve – 3,010 accessions with a goal of 2,706; 111 percent

o Navy Reserve – 348 accessions with a goal of 348; 100 percent

o Marine Corps Reserve – 772 accessions with a goal 523; 148 percent

o Air National Guard – 583 accessions with a goal of 540; 108 percent

o Air Force Reserve – 983 accessions with a goal of 949; 104 percent

• Attrition. Losses in all reserve components are within acceptable limits.

Detailed information on specific recruiting data can be obtained by contacting the individual military recruiting commands at 502-626-0164 for Army, 210-565-4678 for Air Force, 703-784-9454 for Marine Corps and 901-874-9049 for Navy. The reserve components can be reached at the following numbers: National Guard Bureau 703-607-2586; Army Reserve 404-464-8490; Air Force Reserve 703-697-1761; Navy Reserve 757-322-5652; and Marine Corps Reserve 504-678-6535.

MILITARY CONTRACTS April 17, 2010

ARMY

Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems & Sensors, Akron, Ohio, was awarded on April 14 a $142,100,000 firm-fixed-price contract. This contract is for procuring 17 fully integrated persistent threat detection systems, support equipment, and initial spares, to provide a responsive, dedicated day/night netted sensor capability that enables U.S. and coalition forces to detect, locate, characterize, identify, track, and target forces in their battle space. Work is to be performed in Akron, Ohio, with an estimated completion date of April 14, 2011. One sole-source bid solicited with one bid received. CECOM Acquisition Center, Fort Monmouth, N.J., is the contracting activity (W15P7T-10-C- American International Contractors, Inc., Arlington, Va., was awarded on April 14 a $55,883,898 firm-fixed-price contract for the construction of a close air support parking apron at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Work is to be performed in Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 21, 2011. Thirty-four bids were solicited with 13 bids received. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Middle East District, CETAM-CT-M, Winchester, Va., is the contracting activity (W912ER-10-C-0012).

The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pa., was awarded on April 12 a $30,219,105 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to exercise option for 145,480 hours in the amount of $30,219,105 for engineering services. Work is to be performed in Ridley Park, Pa., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2011. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Aviation and Missile Command Contracting Center, CCAM-CH-A, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-04-G-0023).

Global Strategies Group North America Inc., Frederick, Md., was awarded on April 14 a $26,753,153 firm-fixed-price contract for 147 containerized kitchen and spare parts kits. Work is to be performed in Frederick, Md., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2012. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with six bids received. U.S. Army Research, Development & Engineering Command Contracting Center, Natick Contracting Office, Natick, Mass., is the contracting activity (W911QY-05-D-0004).

Davila Construction, San Antonio, Texas, was awarded on April 14 an $8,360,000 firm-fixed-price contract for the construction of one soldier and family assistance cSenter for the Warrior in Transition Complex located at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Work is to be performed in Fort Sam Houston, Texas, with an estimated completion date of May 28, 2011. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with 10 bids received. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth, Texas, is the contracting activity (W9126G-10-C-0031).

The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pa., was awarded on April 12 a $7,999,920 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to exercise option for 38,513 hours in the amount of $7,999,920 for engineering services. Work is to be performed in Ridley Park, Pa., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2011. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Aviation and Missile Command Contracting Center, CCAM-CH-A, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-04-G-0023).

CDM Constructors Inc., Denver, Colo., was awarded on April 13 a $7,051,653 firm-fixed-price contract for the design/build of various elements to provide a clean potable water system, to include installation and replacement of domestic water lines; replacement of transmission main; addition and replacement of fire hydrants; construction of new looped water line arrangement; construction of a new treatment plant building for filtration including transmission main; and renovation of existing pump station at Dugway Proving Ground, Utah. Work is to be performed in Dugway Proving Ground, Utah, with an estimated completion date of May 14, 2012. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with 10 bids received. U.S. Army Engineer District, Sacramento, Calif., is the contracting activity (W91238-10-C-0026).

Badger Truck Center, Inc., Milwaukee, Wis., was awarded on April 14 a $6,258,564 firm-fixed-price contract to disassemble M915A1 trucks, repair/refurbish, replace parts, and deliver to Red River Army Depot in the form of kits for assembly. Work is to be performed in West Allis, Wis., with an estimated completion date of Oct. 22, 2010. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with six bids received. Red River Army Depot, Texarkana, Texas, is the contracting activity (W911RQ-08-D-0006).

NAVY

Boeing Co., Integrated Defense Systems, Phantom Works, Huntington Beach, Calif., is being awarded a $32,988,112 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) enterprise network manager software support for the network enterprise domain under the Joint Program Executive Office, JTRS. This two-year contract includes three one-year options which, if exercised, would bring the potential value of this contract to $54,880,000. Work will be performed in Huntington Beach, Calif., and is expected to be completed April 15, 2012. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via publication on the Federal Business Opportunities and SPAWAR e-Commerce Central Web sites, with three offers received. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, San Diego, Calif., is the contracting activity (N66001-10-D-0069).

Michael Baker, Jr., Inc., Virginia Beach, Va., is being awarded $6,147,294 for firm-fixed price task order #0004 under a previously awarded architect-engineering contract (N62470-10-D-3000) for multimedia environmental compliance engineering support at various Navy and Department of Defense installations worldwide. The work provides for environmental compliance reports and plans, fuel pipeline pressure testing, bulk fuel storage integrity testing, and annual equipment certifications. The work to be performed is for engineering testing and evaluation of fuel systems at various Navy, Marine Corps and Defense Energy Support Center facilities inside and outside the contiguous United States, and is expected to be completed by April 2011. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Atlantic, Norfolk, Va., is the contracting activity.

General Dynamics C4 Systems, Scottsdale, Ariz., is being awarded a $5,803,648 modification to previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (M67854-02-C-2052) to purchase one Combat Operations Center (COC) Capability Set II system, 10 duct plenum adapter kits and 10 generator environmental control unit tent-trailers. The COC is an integrated, mobile package of shelter, trailers, power, cabling, and communication and network processing systems. This integrated package provides software and interface to current Marine Corps communications assets. Work will be performed in Scottsdale, Ariz., and is expected to be completed by Sept. 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity.

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

Anham, LLC, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is being awarded a maximum $6,469,092,827 fixed-price with economic price adjustment contract for full-line food and beverage support to authorized ordering facilities in Iraq, Kuwait, and Jordan. The original proposal was a full and open solicitation with four responses. This contract provides for one 18-month option and three one-year periods. The date of performance completion is 18 months post first delivery order. The Defense Supply Center Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity (SPM300-10-D-3373).

2009 DOD Reserve Family Readiness Awards

Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs Dennis M. McCarthy hosted the 2009 Department of Defense Reserve Family Readiness Awards winners in a ceremony this morning here at the Pentagon.

The award recognizes the National Guard and reserve units, one from each of the seven reserve components, with the very best programs to support their families. Representatives from each of the units selected received a commemorative plaque from Secretary McCarthy. Each unit also received a cash award from the Military Officers Association of America. The cash award is to be put towards the further enhancement of family support programs.

This year's winners are:

• Army National Guard, 32d Infantry Brigade, Camp Douglas, Wis.

• U.S. Army Reserve, 108th Training Command (Initial Entry Training), Charlotte, N.C.

• U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 772, Willow Grove, Pa.

• U.S. Navy Reserve, Navy Operational Support Center, Columbus, Ohio

• Air National Guard, 148th Fighter Wing, Duluth, Minn.

• U.S. Air Force Reserve, 482d Fighter Wing, Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla.

• U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, Port Security Unit 311, San Pedro, Calif.

The DoD Reserve Family Readiness Awards Program was established in 2000 to recognize the top unit in each of the reserve components. Family readiness programs are particularly important as we rely on significant numbers of reservists to serve in critical locations worldwide. Family readiness has proven to be a key component of mission readiness. Robust family readiness programs have enhanced the deployability of our Guard and Reserve units and they represent a vital link in the support networks for our reserve families.