Military News

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Medical Tech Puts Skills to Work

By Air Force Capt. Joe Campbell
386th Air Expeditionary Wing

May 6, 2010 - There aren't enough physicians in the Air Force to be placed everywhere they may be needed. However, airmen in certain career fields can perform limited medical treatment in their stead. Independent duty medical technicians like Air Force Master Sgt. Roberto Gutierrez from the 386th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron here often are attached to units in isolated locations to tend to the units' medical needs.

"Since there are fewer than 500 of us in the Air Force, most folks have not even heard of us," Gutierrez said. "We are usually attached to flying units or other units that deploy in remote and austere locations."

As a member of a small-in-numbers career field, Gutierrez provides a variety of critical services to his unit, performing numerous jobs to support the mission.

"We are physician extenders and force multipliers capable of providing different aspects of medicine with a small footprint," he said. "I have multiple jobs here; IDMTs are like a hospital in a package. I treat patients, do sick call, immunizations, dental [and] bioenvironmental duties, such as checking water quality, public health inspections of eateries and the dining hall."

Deployed from Yokota Air Base, Japan, the Manila, Philippines, native said there are some aspects of being an independent duty medical technician at a deployed location that differ from his job in garrison. There, he does a lot of training; here, he puts those skills to work.

"Being a part of a squadron medical element at home station, we train constantly under the supervision of our medical preceptor," he said. "We have functional area trainers who ensure we are on top of our game, so that we are proficient in all aspects of the job when it comes to medicine and environmental sanitation."

A typical day in the U.S. Air Forces Central area of responsibility for Gutierrez includes following up on patients at the expeditionary medical support unit and gathering supplies.

"My day starts out by visiting [expeditionary medical support] to check for any patients seen after hours, and also to pick up needed supplies," the 22-year Air Force veteran said. "We keep close tabs on our patients, especially the aircrew, to ensure they are fit-to-fly to accomplish the mission. We see a variety of medical conditions just like in EMEDs, but with the convenience [for patients] of being close to the flightline."

Gutierrez said that in order to be successful, IDMTs cannot be shy or afraid to tackle differing aspects of the health care profession. Additionally, an IDMT must be able to work independently.

"Most essential to successful mission accomplishment here is ensuring personnel are in the best health and condition possible," he said. "I enjoy interacting with people and being involved in their medical care. It is challenging to learn different aspects of the operations world, but I have to be in touch with patients and familiar with their jobs and duties so I may better care for them."

Gutierrez said his current deployment is his best, in part, because of the quality-of-life initiatives.

"I love deployments, and each one is unique," he said. "I love the fact that I bring my specialty to the fight. This deployment surely has been my best, so far.

"The quality of life here is outstanding," Gutierrez continued. He and his fellow servicemembers, he said, enjoy "a great dining hall," and around-the-clock Internet access.

Gates to Brief Senate on New START Treaty

By Elaine Wilson
American Forces Press Service

May 6, 2010 - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is slated to go to Capitol Hill today to brief the full Senate on the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty that President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed last month, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell told reporters today.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Marine Corps Gen. James E. Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also are slated to attend the briefing, he said.

"As demonstrated by that briefing team, this treaty has broad interagency support," Morrell said.

Obama and Medvedev signed the so-called "New START" treaty April 8, with both countries pledging to reduce their deployed, strategic nuclear weapons stockpiles. The treaty sets new limits on ready-to-use, long-range nuclear weapons and establishes comprehensive verification procedures for both countries to verify which weapons the other possesses.

The goal of today's briefing is to provide senators with an overview of the treaty and to answer questions, Morrell said, noting the briefing is closed to the media.

In a podcast recorded earlier this week, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called the treaty "significant."

Should the treaty be ratified by the United States and Russia, "it will result in a reduction of nuclear weapons," the chairman noted.

From a military standpoint, the United States will retain a strong nuclear capability based on the triad of bombers, intercontinental ballistic missiles and ballistic missile submarines, Mullen said. "That is sustained," he added.

"We're still able to deter; we're able to sustain a very strong nuclear triad," the chairman said. "I'm very supportive of how the treaty came out." The proposed treaty is a step toward Obama's long-term goal to reduce and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons, Mullen added.

Families Affected by Flooding Advised to Complete Assessment

By Bruce Moody, Commander, Navy Installations Command, Navy Family Readiness Program

May 6, 2010 - WASHINGTON, D.C. (NNS) -- Navy personnel affected by the recent flooding in Tennessee are encouraged to communicate their needs and update their current contact information using the Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System (NFAAS). NFAAS is found at https://www.navyfamily.navy.mil.

"Through NFAAS, affected Sailors, Navy civilians or Navy families should provide current contact information," Mike Bruner, the Navy Family Emergency Response and Preparedness manager, said. "Navy is using NFAAS to find out if Sailors and families are okay, where they are and how to reach them if they need help."

NFAAS has a user-friendly assessment tool to coordinate and prioritize disaster-related needs. The system allows families to assess their needs in 19 categories including, medical, missing family locator, transportation, housing and personal property, financial, employment, child care, education, legal services, counseling and mortuary and funeral assistance.

Once disaster-related needs are identified, a case manager from a Fleet and Family Support Center is assigned. The case manager will contact the Navy family member to assist them with support that ranges from the urgent to the informational.

Access to the assessment information is restricted. Details of the assessment will not be provided to anyone outside the case management team without the provider's approval.

It is an official source of current storm information, and it is an official source of base evacuation announcements. The site also provides a significant amount of information about how to prepare for a disaster.

NFAAS was developed by Task Force Navy Family following the major hurricane season of 2005. The task force identified the need for a single reporting system for Navy family members to inform the Navy regarding their status after a declared emergency or catastrophic event.

If a Navy community is evacuated because of flooding or any other disaster, the Navy will use NFAAS to account for evacuated Sailors and Navy families. The Navy will also use NFAAS to find out if Sailors and families are okay, where they are and how to reach them if they need help. NFAAS is also used to manage and monitor their well-being and recovery process.

"You never know when you're going to need NFAAS," Bruner said. "We've had earthquakes rattling all ends of the planet, tsunami warnings, volcanic clouds over Europe, flooding, and June 1 is the start of the hurricane season. The ideal time to log on is now."

Bruner said that people should log on, have a look at the site and see where they'll check in their family, and get familiar with how they would conduct a needs assessment.

"This won't be so easy to do when people are stressed from having to evacuate their home," Bruner said. "It's also a good idea to see if contact information needs updating, since many families are moving this time of year."

The Navy calls an area affected by a disaster a geographic area of interest (GAOI). After a disaster, all Navy personnel and their families residing, deployed to or working within a GAOI are required to check in at the first available opportunity. There are three options available to check in.

Sailors can check in directly with their commands and provide their family's status and whereabouts. This is the primary way to account. Commands will upload the information into NFAAS. If they are unable to reach their command, Sailors can muster on NFAAS at https://navyfamily.navy.mil. If unsuccessful, the third option is to account by phone through the Navy Emergency Coordination Center at 1-877-414-5358 or 1-866-827-5672 (TDD 1-866-297-1971).

Millington Clears Storm Damage, Works on Restoring Services to the Fleet

By Pamela Warnken, Navy Personnel Command Communications Office

May 6, 2010 - MILLINGTON, Tenn (NNS) -- In the wake of a 14-inch rainstorm that flooded all tenant commands at Naval Support Activity (NSA) Mid-South, the base is cleaning first-floor offices and slowly restoring essential services for Sailors.

When the flash flood hit over the weekend, base decision makers shut down key personnel systems to limit long-term damage and save personnel data. Now, responders say the goal is to clear the mud, clean the buildings up, restore information technology systems and get people back to work providing personnel services to the Fleet.

Personnel services will remain limited to emergency actions primarily because Navy Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) is unavailable on base for at least another week according to Steve Hubbard, the Chief Information Officer at Navy Personnel Command (NPC).

Also down is PERSNET, which hosts BUPERS Online (BOL), the Physical Readiness Information Management System, and Web-Enabled Record Review which allows Sailors to visit BOL to view their official military personnel file seen by selection boards. The NPC website is also offline, but in the interim, CNIC.navy.mil/mid-south is posting updated information.

Selection board services and Electronic Military Personnel Records System (EMPRS) are also down, meaning statutory and screening boards are being delayed. Future selection board schedules will be updated via NAVADMIN when they become available.

Regular monthly promotions and advancements are not impacted and will occur as normal.

For those transitioning to the Reserve force, NPC's Career Transition Office (CTO) is evaluating whether remote or manual transactions are possible. More information will be available on this next week. Reserve retirements are set through June 1, however NPC indicates receipt of printed certificates may be delayed. Additionally, the Navy Reserve Limited Duty Officer and Chief Warrant Officer selection results are delayed for about two weeks.

Programs coming online include the Enlisted Service Record and other applications on the Navy Standard Integrated Personnel System (NSIPS), Career Management System/Interactive Detailing (CMS/ID), Perform to Serve (PTS) and FLEETRIDE. The latter three are taking applications but officials estimate up to several weeks before the systems can be fully restored.

"Sailors can conduct reenlistment activities and detailing actions as they normally would using these systems," said Ann Stewart, NPC deputy commander.

In addition, detailers are beginning to gain access to phones and should be returning to normal operations next week. The releasing of orders has resumed via the Navy Messaging System. However, officials caution that Sailors should not execute a Navy-related move without orders in hand.

Career Information Management Systems (CIMS) including Career Development Boards, Officer Promotion Administration System and regular pay and personnel transactions are available for use.

The NPC Customer Service Center is relocating to an unaffected portion of the base and is available to address emergent calls. Call 1-866-U-ASK-NPC (1-866-827-5672).

"It's been challenging but we are using all communication means available including social networking such as the Navy Detailers Facebook page, in concert with Navy.mil to keep the fleet updated," Stewart said.

"This was the 100-year flood for this area. Now that the base has been stabilized, our singular goal is to meet the personnel needs of Sailors and commands in the fleet," said Stewart.

NOSC Fort Richardson Becomes NOSC Anchorage

By Lt. Cmdr. John M Lewis, Commander, Navy Region Northwest Public Affairs

May 6, 2010 - ANCHORAGE, Alaska (NNS) -- Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Fort Richardson became NOSC Anchorage, Alaska, May 1.

NOSC Anchorage is the only NOSC covering the entire state of Alaska, which is the largest geographic region and most geographically diverse region in the United States.

"Most of our Reservists are from Anchorage, so the new name better represents our drilling population," said Lt. Christian Gaskill, commanding officer of Naval Operational Support Center (NOSC) Anchorage.

NOSQ Anchorage consists of eight full-time staff and 86 drilling Reservists.

The primary mission of NOSC Anchorage is to provide mobilization ready Reservists to maximize operational support to the fleet.

Navy Breaks Ground on Sub Tender Projects in Diego Garcia

By Ronald Inman, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Far East Public Affairs

May 6, 2010 - YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- Navy Support Facility (NSF) Diego Garcia broke ground on two wharf upgrade projects April 28 in support of the future arrival of the forward-deployed submarine tender USS Emory S. Land (AS 39).

Approximately 40 people associated with the project attended the event.

"These two projects, when completed, will enhance NSF Diego Garcia's ability to support war fighters within the AOR (area of responsibility)," said Lt. Cmdr. Sylvester Adamah, director, Public Works Department Diego Garcia Facilities Engineering and Acquisition Division.

Naval Facilities Engineering Command Far East awarded the two design-build projects to Black Construction Corporation/MACE International Joint Venture in August 2009 and January 2010.

The first project, for $19.2 million, will upgrade the potable water system, wastewater treatment-system, bilge and oily waste treatment-system and construct a humidity-controlled, storage facility.

The second project, for $9.1 million, will provide a steam plant and an augmentation to shoreline power available at the wharf. Both projects are scheduled to be completed in October 2011.

"It's very satisfying when you see the private industry and military working together for the common good," said Adamah. "Some of these projects take many years of planning and programming effort and not all of them become reality."

TIME magazine honors Airman at New York City gala


by Staff Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III
Defense Media Activity-San Antonio

5/5/2010 - NEW YORK (AFNS) -- The editors of TIME magazine honored Chief Master Sgt. Antonio D. Travis as one of the 100 most influential people in the world for his efforts following the Haiti earthquake. He was recognized May 4 during the 2010 TIME 100 gala event at New York City's Lincoln Center.

Chief Travis was one of the first U.S. military members on the ground at the Toussaint L'Ouverture International Airport in Port au Prince, Haiti, only 30 hours after the earthquake and less than 12 hours after the nation's president requested U.S. assistance. The chief led a team of special tactics Airmen from the 23rd, 21st and 123rd special tactics squadrons.

With his team of combat veterans, Chief Travis led the largest single-runway operation in history, using hand-held radios to control thousands of aircraft. Their air traffic control tower was a card table set up next to the airport's runway.

"Twenty-eight minutes after touchdown, we controlled the first air landing followed immediately by a departure, and we did not slow down for the next 12 days," said Chief Travis, who hails from Nelson County, Ky.

After establishing control of the airfield there, his team orchestrated an orderly flow for incoming aircraft and dealt with the constraints of the inadequate airfield, which potentially could have limited relief operations. Facing 42 aircraft jammed into a parking ramp designed to accommodate 10 large planes, untangling the gridlock was the first of many seemingly insurmountable challenges necessary to facilitate the flood of inbound relief flights.

"I'm the figurehead for the 224 Airman participating in Operation Unified Response," said Chief Travis of his selection to be honored by the TIME magazine editors. "This honor is for the men and women from the 1st Special Operations Wing and more importantly, Air Force Special Operations Command, who went down there."

The TIME list, now in its seventh year, recognizes the activism, innovation and achievement of the world's most influential individuals.

As TIME's managing editor Rick Stengel has said of the list in the past, "The TIME 100 is not a list of the most powerful people in the world, it's not a list of the smartest people in the world, it's a list of the most influential people in the world. They're scientists, they're thinkers, they're philosophers, they're leaders, they're icons, they're artists, they're visionaries. They're people who are using their ideas, their visions, their actions to transform the world and have an effect on a multitude of people."

The TIME 100 Gala was headlined by guest speaker former President Bill Clinton with a musical performance by Prince. Also in attendance were honorees and celebrities including Sarah Palin, Sir Richard Branson, Sir Elton John, Taylor Swift, Katherine Bigelow, Oliver Stone, Neil Patrick Harris and Betty White.

The full 2010 TIME 100 list and related tributes of all those honored will appear in the May 10 issue available on newsstands and online. (Maj. David Small, National Media Outreach Office, contributed to this article.)

Travis Airmen help deliver Coast Guard equipment to assist cleanup efforts in Gulf

by Senior Master Sgt. Ellen L. Hatfield
349th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs

5/6/2010 - TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) -- Airmen from Travis Air Force Base partnered with Coast Guard members May 2, to get equipment to the Gulf of Mexico to assist with oil slick cleanup efforts.

Though they normally truck equipment into disaster-stricken locations, the Coast Guard's Pacific Strike Team in California contacted officials from the 349th Air Mobility Wing at Travis AFB to help get equipment there faster.

The C-17 Globemaster III crew included Capt. Adam Walsh, aircraft commander; Maj. Matt Vukich and Capt. David Berry, pilots; and Senior Master Sgt. Charles Speir and Staff Sgt. Tinna Kroll, loadmasters, all assigned to the Reserve's 301st Airlift Squadron; and Staff Sgt. Andrew Baumgart, an active-duty flying crew chief with the 860th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 60th Air Mobility Wing.

"This was a historic event for me," said Coast Guard Lt. J.G. Michael Oubre, of the Gulf Strike Team. "I was there to meet the load, and it was my first experience using a Department of Defense asset for something like this. We usually load our equipment on trucks for transport."

Reserve aerial porters from Travis AFB got to work weighing and palletizing the equipment; 17 pallets in all. According to Lieutenant Oubre, the cargo included 10 reels of inflatable boom, 656 feet each, to be positioned off shore to keep the oil slick from coming ashore. Once they are unrolled and blown up, temporary storage devices suck up the oil. Four of these were in the shipment with a capacity to hold 70,000 gallons of oil.

"For such a short notice tasking, everything went quite smoothly," Captain Walsh said. "Lt. Col. William Wickersham, our 301st Airlift Squadron director of operations, started calling crew members Friday night, as soon as he got the word. He worked tirelessly to assemble a crew. The whole group sprang together to help."

The crew departed Travis AFB May 2, landing at Mobile, Ala.

"It was late at night, on a Saturday, so the radar and tower operators were not there, so it was an uncontrolled airport. There were also some crosswinds, and although it wasn't raining, it was overcast. It was more difficult than we expected. It's nice to know we're having a direct impact on saving whole ecosystems. We don't get to see that all the time."

"We do so many contingency missions, and so little humanitarian, that it is a welcome opportunity," Captain Walsh said. "It is great to be part of the solution."

General sees opportunity, innovation at F-35 training wing

by Ashley M. Wright
96th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

5/6/2010 - EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFNS) -- The commander of Air Education and Training Command visited the 33rd Fighter Wing April 26 here.

General Stephen R. Lorenz visited Eglin Air Force Base to observe how the wing staff is taking "the opportunity to shape the future," by training pilots and maintainers on the F-35 Lightning II.

"(The wing's mission connects to) not just a larger Air Force mission, but a larger (Department of Defense) mission, because they have the opportunity to shape the future on how we fly, maintain and integrate the F-35 across all the services including international (partners) that will be coming here," General Lorenz said.

More than 2,100 F-35 pilots and maintainers are projected to annually train on the fifth generation aircraft when the wing reaches full capacity in 2014.

Officials from the Air Force, Marines, Navy and international partner nations are set to send their students to Eglin AFB for instruction on the F-35.

"General Lorenz's positive feedback and motivation couldn't have been timelier," said Col. David Hlatky, the 33rd Fighter Wing commander. "Our folks are feeling the drain of driving integration and best practices for F-35 training. At the same time they are bedding down new equipment and learning complex new systems. When the four-star validated their innovative concepts, thanked them for the effort and then asked how he can help, everyone got a lift."

Included in the general's visit was a 33rd FW "all hands" call where he addressed more than 200 Airmen, Marines, Sailors, contract partners and one Soldier.

"It was a lot of insight on how he sees things," said Marine Cpl. Lewis McCormick, from the Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501. "He talked about how it was important for us being the first boots on the ground and setting the tone for future joint operations. It made me a little more proud to be a part of this organization."

Like all new ventures, challenges are bound to arise, the general said.

"There are lots of challenges whenever you bring new weapons systems on board," he said. "There are challenges on the integration of the services and the international (partners), how we are going to share the ranges around here, how we are going to share the runways."

"A lot of great leaders from the all the services are working these issues on a day-to-day basis and are doing a great job," General Lorenz said. "As a team, I expect them to build a foundation for others in the future to move the ball down the field. They are going to have an opportunity to shape the future. That opportunity is only given to a few people, especially in such a large defense program like the (joint strike fighter), which is the largest defense program in the DOD at this time."

To keep pace with the expanding realm of technology, AETC officials recently added a fourth core competency; innovation, the general said.

As 33rd FW members prepare to continue their air power dominance for the next half century by training aviators and maintainers on the joint strike fighter, the general forecasted innovation on a multitude of levels.

"This is a perfect example with the leveling off top lines of the DOD budget: where they have to think faster, better and cheaper in order to accomplish the same mission in the 21st century," General Lorenz said. "Building and bringing the F-35 to Eglin (AFB) and the 33rd FW is on the cutting edge of all these issues, and they are on the forefront of innovation."

The 33rd Fighter Wing staff ceased operations of the F-15 Eagle in September 2009 and became the DOD's first F-35 training wing Oct. 1, 2009. The F-35 establishment at Eglin AFB stems from a 2005 Base Realignment and Closure directive.

Air Force officials poised to take part in Pentagon Motorcycle Safety Event

5/6/2010 - WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- On May 7 and 8, Airmen here can participate in a joint motorcycle safety event in the Pentagon's parking lot. This event will feature riding exhibitions, freestyle shows, bike inspections and instruction opportunities to educate participants on the fundamentals of motorcycle safety.

The primary goal of the event is to curtail the "Spring Spike" of preventable accidents and prepare for the Critical Days of Summer campaign.

As the weather improves during the spring and summer months, officials see a rise in Airmen fatalities corresponding to increased participation in outdoor activities. According to Maj. Gen. Frederick Roggero, Air Force chief of safety, "during the Spring Spike, the uptick in mishaps is typically associated with reckless behavior, which includes excessive speed, high risk maneuvers, failure to wear protective equipment and excessive alcohol."

In a recent memorandum, Air Force Secretary Michael Donley and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz wrote, "Our goal is zero fatalities in preventable private motor vehicle mishaps." To accomplish this goal, Air Force safety officials urge Airmen to operate motor vehicles in a responsible manner to include wearing seatbelts, obeying posted speed limits and avoiding distractions while driving.

According to Col. Roberto Guerrero, Air Force Safety Center vice commander, there were 11 fatalities involving private motor vehicles between March 1, 2009, and May 22, 2009. Of those, eight involved motorcycles. Colonel Guerrero emphasized education and training are essential, and the key to success is encouraging every Airman to develop a 24-7 safety mindset.

"It is critical to evaluate potential consequences before every decision we make," Colonel Guerrero said. "There are countless examples of Airmen who drove their motorcycle too fast, lost control and fatally injured themselves or someone else. In order to mitigate risk and save lives, we need to enforce personal risk management and ensure every Airman complies with the rules."

Colonel Guerrero described the up-coming motorcycle event as "an excellent venue to refresh motorcycle safety awareness and engage motorcycle riders in the National Capital Region."

"We're looking forward to great event and ask for your participation and support," he said.

MILITARY CONTRACTS May 6, 2010

NAVY

United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is being awarded an advance acquisition contract with an estimated value of $138,800,000 for long lead components, parts and materials associated with the Lot V low rate initial production of 22 F135 conventional take off and landing propulsion systems for the Air Force; 13 short take-off and vertical landing propulsion systems for the Marine Corps; and 7 carrier variant propulsion systems for the Navy. Work will be performed in East Hartford, Conn. (70 percent); Bristol, United Kingdom (19 percent); and Indianapolis, Ind. (11 percent), and is expected to be completed in April 2011. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. This contract combines purchases for the Air Force ($51,300,000; 37 percent); Marine Corps ($65,600,000; 47 percent); and Navy ($21,900,000; 16 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-10-C-0005).

Clark/Balfour Beatty, JV, Bethesda, Md., is being awarded a $49,595,866 firm-fixed-price contract for design and construction of main operating rooms in Building 9 at National Naval Medical Center Bethesda. The work to be performed provides for repair, upgrade, and reconfiguration of 17 existing operating rooms. The project also includes the configuration and renovation of adjacent supporting spaces and systems including mechanical, electrical, and plumbing infrastructure. Work will be performed in Bethesda, Md., and is expected to be completed by May 2012. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was procured as a sole-source in accordance with FAR 6.302-1, "only one responsible source." The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Washington, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N40080-10-C-4405).

Sword & Shield Enterprise Security, Inc., Knoxville, Tenn., is being awarded a ceiling price $31,800,000 firm-fixed-priced, blanket purchase agreement for production and logistic support of the AN/TRC-170A (V)3/(V)5 Troposcatter antenna system replacement. Work will be performed in Orlando, Fla., and is expected to be completed within three and one-half years after award. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via NASA's Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement vehicle. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity (M67854-10-A-7044).

Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc., McLean, Va., is being awarded a $23,517,593 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00421-09-C-0016) to provide for additional technical and engineering services for communications-electronics advanced technology systems supporting the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division's Special Communications Requirements Division. The estimated level of effort for this modification is 336,000 man-hours. Work will be performed in Lexington Park, Md. (70 percent), and St. Inigoes, Md. (30 percent), and is expected to be completed in January 2011. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the fiscal year. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Md. is the contracting activity.

General Dynamics C4 Systems, Scottsdale, Ariz., is being awarded a $10,025,760 delivery order #0009 under a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (M67854-06-D-5079) for integrated trailer-environmental control unit generators (ITEGs). The ITEG shall provide electrical power and environmental conditioning to multiple-type users in all anticipated environments. Its principal means of transport will be towed behind a tactical vehicle. Work will be performed in Scottsdale, Ariz., and is expected to be completed by May 6, 2011. Contract funds will not expire by the end of the current fiscal year. Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity (M67854-06-D-5079).

ViaSat, Carlsbad, Calif., is being awarded a $6,051,119 firm-fixed-price delivery order #0001 under previously awarded contract (N00039-10-D-0032) for multifunctional information distribution system-low volume terminals (MIDS-LVTs). The MIDS-LVT provides secure, high-capacity, jam-resistant, digital data, and voice communications capability for Navy, Air Force, and Army platforms. Contract funds in the amount of $428,506 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Work will be performed in Carlsbad, Calif. (30 percent), and various other sites worldwide (70 percent). Work is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2011. This contract was competitively procured via the Space and Naval Warfare Systems E-commerce Web site, with an unlimited number of proposals solicited and two offers received. The synopsis was released via the Federal Business Opportunities Web site. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, Calif., is the contracting activity.

Oshkosh Corp., Oshkosh, Wis., is being awarded a $5,186,360 fixed-price delivery order #0073 under previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (M67854-06-D-5028) to purchase 85 armor kits to include Engineering Change Proposals 4, 5, and 6, for the logistic vehicle system replacement production cargo vehicles. Work will be performed in Oshkosh, Wis., and is expected to be complete by May 31, 2011. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Marine Corps System Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity.

AIR FORCE

Universal Technology Corp., Dayton, Ohio, was awarded a $49,000,000 contract which will provide solutions for broadly defined military needs and make the transition into the design and development phase with a focus on improving or developing new and creative non-destructive evaluation health management techniques based upon applied research and advanced development technology. At this time, $701,000 has been obligated. Det 1 AFRL/PKMM, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8650-10-D-5210).

ARMY

Force Protection Industries, Inc., Ladson, S.C., was awarded on May 4 a $32,934,778 firm-fixed-price contract for Buffalo mine protected clearance vehicles, data items, field support representative, and technical manuals. Work is to be performed in Ladson, S.C., with an estimated completion date of Nov. 1, 2012. One bid was solicited with one bid received. U.S. Army TACOM, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-08-C-0028).

Tetra Tech EC, Inc., Metairie, La., was awarded on April 30 a $28,945,972 firm-fixed-price contract for the construction of Westbank and vicinity, New Orleans, Louisiana, hurricane storm damage risk reduction system wbv-74 western tie-in closure structure, St. Charles Parish, La. Work is to be performed in St. Charles Parish, La., with an estimated completion date of Sept. 10, 2011. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with three bids received. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Hurricane Protection Office, New Orleans, La., is the contracting activity (W912P8-10-C-0076).

Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., Hurst, Texas, was awarded on April 30 a $20,720,482 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of two, with an option for one, standard commercially configured Bell Helicopter 412 EP aircraft with optional equipment requirements and complementary pilot and maintainer training. Work is to be performed in Quebec, Canada (88 percent), and Piney Flats, Tenn. (8 percent), with an estimated completion date of Oct. 1, 2012. One bid was solicited with one bid received. U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, CCAM-RD-F, Redstone, Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-10-C-0080).

Hellfire Systems, LLC, Orlando, Fla., was awarded on April 30 a $15,839,000 firm-fixed-price contract for the transition of the new AGM-114R Hellfire II Romeo missile into the current Hellfire II missile production line. Work is to be performed in Orlando, Fla., with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2013. One bid was solicited with one bid received. U.S. Army Contracting Command, AMCOM Contracting Center, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W31P4Q-08-C-0361).

General Atomics Aeronautical System, Poway, Calif., was awarded on April 30 a $15,215,147 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for the exercise option for contract W58RGZ-09-C-0151 in support of the extended range/multi-purpose system production readiness test asset. Work is to be performed in Poway, Calif., with an estimated completion date of April 09, 2011. One bid was solicited with one bid received. U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Commands, CCAM-AR-A, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-09-C-0151).

QinetiQ North America, Waltham, Mass., was awarded on May 3 a $15,181,067 firm-fixed-price contract for Talon robotic systems and sustainment parts. Work is to be performed in Waltham, Mass., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 30, 2010. One bid was solicited with one bid received. TACOM Contracting Center, Warren CCTA-AHL-D, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-10-C-0320).

CUH2A/Smith Carter/Hemisphere, JV, Lawrenceville, N.J., was awarded on May 4 a $14,471,840 firm-fixed-price contract for construction, administration support services for the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) replacement facility at Fort Detrick, Md. The Institute plays a key role as the only laboratory equipped to safely study high hazardous infectious agent requiring maximum containment at biosafety level. This project will design the replacement, expansion, and renovation of the existing USAMRIID facilities, which will include approximately 686,787 gross square feet of new biomedical research and vivarium facilities. Work is to be performed in Fort Detrick, Md., with an estimated completion date of May 30, 2014. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with six bids received. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, Baltimore, Md., is the contracting activity (W912DR-06-C-0009).

Kipper Tool Co., Gainesville, Ga., was awarded on May 3 a $13,402,000 firm-fixed-price contract for 64 standard automotive tools sets. This is a current contract to place a delivery order for an additional 64. Work is to be performed in Gainesville, Ga., with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2011. One bid was solicited with one bid received. TACOM Contracting Command, Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., is the contracting activity (DAAE20-03-D-0085).

The Whiting Turner Contracting Co., Towson, Md., was awarded on May 4 a $13,332,934 firm-fixed-price contract for the contracting of Heat Engine Systems Altitude Test Facility, Army Research Laboratory. Work is to be performed in Aberdeen, Md., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2011. One-hundred-and-eight bids were solicited with four bids received. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, Baltimore, Md., is the contracting activity (W912DR-10-C-0078).

RQ Construction, Inc., Carlsbad, Calif., was awarded on May 3 a $12,544,000 firm-fixed-price contract for fiscal 2010 to design and construct a new 51,150 square foo 144-person dormitory. Work is to be performed in Pima County, Ariz., with an estimated completion date of Nov. 25, 2011. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with nine bids received. U.S Army Engineer District, Los Angeles, Calif., is the contracting activity (W912PL-10-C-0027).

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co., LLC, Oak Brook, Ill., was awarded on April 30 a $10,248,000 firm-fixed-price contract for 2010 north coast dredging, including the mouth of the Columbia River. Work is to be performed along the Columbia River in Washington State and Oregon, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 1, 2010. Two bids were solicited with two bids received. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District, Portland, Ore., is the contracting activity (W9127N-10-C-0026).

H-S, JV, Atlanta, Ga., was awarded on April 30 a $9,630,000 firm-fixed-price contract to construct a 1300-soldier enlisted personnel dining facility to include supporting site work and surrounding area. The contractor will: relocate utilities currently in the proposed building footprints as necessary to maintain continuity of services; design and construct supporting facility for the new building and parking to include electrical, water sewer, and natural gas services not handled by privatized utility company; and design and construct security lighting, exterior communications, fire protection, storm sewer system, detention structure, roads and parking lots to include striping, curbs, and gutters. The work is to include site preparation, erosion control, grassing, landscaping, fencing and signage. Work is to be performed in Fort Bragg, N.C., with an estimated completion date of Sept. 1, 2011. Three bids solicited with three bids received. U.S. Army Engineer District, Savannah, Ga., is the contracting activity (W92236-10-D-0011).

Warrior Games to Include Pentathlon Ultimate Challenge

By Judith Snyderman
Emerging Media, Defense Media Activity

May 6, 2010 - The inaugural Warrior Games competition May 10-14 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., will feature individual and team events and an ultimate champion multi-sport challenge for a Chairman's Cup trophy. During a "DoD Live" bloggers roundtable today, Robert E. Moore Jr., chief of strategic communications at the Army's Warrior Transition Command, said the games will start with a fitting opening ceremony.

After all, Moore asked rhetorically, "What is an Olympics without a torch?"

For the Warrior Games, Moore said, the symbol of the torch will be represented by U.S. flags that have flown in Iraq, Afghanistan, at the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, at 9/11's Ground Zero in New York City, at the Pentagon Memorial, and at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa.

Rolling Thunder motorcyclists are riding across the United States to Colorado Springs with the flags, and will deliver them to the arena as part of the opening ceremony.

Moore credits the idea for the Warrior Games to Brig. Gen. Gary H. Cheek, commander of Army Warrior Transition Command, and Col. Greg Boyle, commander of the Wounded Warrior Regiment at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. He said they drew inspiration from seeing the tremendous positive impact participants derived from the "Ride 2 Recovery" biking fitness challenge program.

"A lot of what we are trying to do is show the value of not just competition, but of adaptive sports in the recovery and [the] maximum potential these individuals can reach post injuries or wounds," Moore said.

He added that the U.S. Olympic Committee, the USO and the American Red Cross helped to develop the concept.

Organizers took pains to ensure a fair selection process, he said. The 200 participants proportionately represent each branch of the armed services. Since the Army is the largest service, it has 100 participants in the games. Each service set its own guidelines and picked its own team members.

Most, Moore said, serve on active duty, though some of the athletes are veterans. Participants are divided into categories based on injuries, and Moore said they include, "those who have not so obvious injuries of traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder."

Gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded at the end of each event. Events include shooting, swimming, archery, track, discus, shot put, cycling, sitting volleyball and wheelchair basketball.

A pentathlon ultimate champion challenge will culminate with the awarding of a new Chairman's Cup trophy. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Adm. Mike Mullen cannot attend the Warrior Games, Moore said, but he will send a personal message to honor all the players.

Moore said he expects to see results long after the May 14 closing ceremonies. The games haven't even begun, he said, and he's already witnessed confidence growing by leaps and bounds among competitors who are overcoming limitations and surpassing their own expectations.

Wisconsin's 128th Air Control Squadron welcomes new commander

Date: May 6, 2010
By Tech Sgt. Jon LaDue
Wisconsin National Guard

For the first time in nearly 15 years, a new commander leads Wisconsin's 128th Air Control Squadron. Lt. Col. Gerry Iverson formally assumed command of the ACS during a change-of-command ceremony at Volk Field Saturday (May 1).

Iverson thanked his fellow Airmen and Wisconsin National Guard leaders for the trust and opportunity to lead such a great unit. He said the significance of the change of command is less about himself or and more about the unit.

"We're closing another chapter in the illustrious career of the 128th Air Control Squadron and we're opening a new one," Iverson said.

Iverson assumed command from the 128th's longest-standing commander since the unit's inception in 1947. Lt. Col. Herb Dannenburg will retire following 28 years of service - the last 15 leading the air control unit. Dannenburg thanked his Airmen and their families, and Wisconsin military leaders for their support over the years. He also offered some promising words to his successor.

"If your stints as commander turns out to be half as good as mine, it's going to be a great and awesome job," Dannenburg said.

The 128th is a mobile radar/communications unit that supports air operations from the ground. The 128th has more than 125 traditional Guard members and about 30 full-time employees. The unit most recently returned in October from a deployment to Southwest Asia but has conducted multiple deployments in support of the global war on terror since Sept. 11, 2001.

Volk Field Command Col. Gary Ebben pledged his support for Iverson and said he expects the great work from the 128th will continue.

"I have just extreme confidence in Col. Iverson," Ebben said. "I think the 128th ACS is very fortunate to march forward with him as the leader."

Iverson, who hails from a small, rural town in southeastern Wisconsin, said he is proud of what he's been able to achieve thus far. He also acknowledged some keys to success that will help him lead the 128th in the future.

"Never in my 35 years did I ever think this would happen," Iverson said. "It just goes to show a little bit of hard work and a little bit of dedication can take you a long way."

Missouri Guardsman interprets for SPP partner

By Senior Airman Jessica Donnelly
Missouri National Guard

(5/1/10) -- Staff Sgt. Herastico Pitty-Diaz, a member of the 131st Bomb Wing Security Forces Squadron here, is using his other skills as a Panamanian translator with the State Partnership Program. He has worked with the program for almost two years. "I overheard somebody talking about the program and I made some phone calls to get into it," he said.

Pitty-Diaz is a great asset to the State Partnership Program, because he is originally from Panama, said Lt. Col. Rebecca Segovia-Johnson, Missouri State Partnership Program director.

They have other Spanish-speaking members within the program, but since there are so many different dialects of the language, having someone who is able to speak with the Panamanian counterparts without any trouble makes a great contribution to the mission, she said.

He is also able to help navigate the area when the program members visit Panama since the roads aren't very well marked and he is familiar with some of the areas.

Another positive feature Pitty-Diaz brings to the program is his willingness to put forth the effort, said Segovia-Johnson. Not only did he voluntarily seek out this position, but when the topic that he will be translating between the Missourians and Panamanians is out of his realm he will take the time to study the briefings beforehand.

"He is very quick on his feet," said Segovia-Johnson. "And with his SF background, he also has the situational awareness we need when we're in another country."

There are 62 foreign countries partnered with states in the State Partnership Program. The program works to provide subject matter experts who have capabilities to share with Panamanian forces and vice versa, said Segovia-Johnson.

Depending on the mission, Panamanians may come to Missouri to learn new skills, or Missourians will visit Panama.

"We have a real purpose to help each other be successful," added Segovia-Johnson.

One of the most recent State Partnership Program missions, where Sergeant Pitty-Diaz worked as a translator, was Panamanian representatives visiting the Missouri National Guard Counterdrug Drug Demand Reduction Program to learn new ways to present drug education to their youth, and teach the Missouri National Guard new techniques as well.

"He has been very valuable to the State Partnership Program," said Segovia-Johnson. "He really does a great job for us."

Not only does the Missouri National Guard commend Pitty-Diaz on the work he does with the program, but the Panamanian forces also acknowledge how far he has come. He has been featured in multiple newspaper articles during his visits to Panama.

"They feel proud to see someone from their country come back and do good things," said Pitty-Diaz.

General Officer Announcement

May 6, 2010 - Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates announced today that the President has made the following nomination

Air Force Maj. Gen. Frank K. Kisner, has been nominated for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general with assignment as commander, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Special Operations Headquarters, SHAPE, Belgium. Kisner is currently serving as commander, Special Operations Command Europe/director, Special Operations, U.S. European Command, Stuttgart-Vaihingen, Germany.

Oregon governor to recognize military families

(5/5/10) - Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski will recognize military dependent families and sign a proclamation declaring May 8 as Military Family Appreciation Day in Oregon.

The official presentation will be made in the governor's ceremonial office at 1:30 p.m., Friday, May 7.

The governor said the observance was designated to raise awareness of the sacrifices made by not only brave men and women in uniform who serve and defend the United States, but also to draw awareness to the families who stand behind them with love and support as they do so.

"We want all Oregonians to always recognize and honor the sacrifices, support and dedication of the families of the men and women who have served," Kulongoski said. "That steadfast support for each military member helps America to continually maintain a strong, well-equipped, well-educated and well-trained military to safeguard freedoms and perform peacekeeping missions around the world."

During the 2009 legislative session, the 75th Oregon Legislature passed House Bill 2762 that would designate May 8th of each year as Military Family Appreciation Day in the state.

The family members who will be highlighted at the ceremony on May 7 represent families of military members who have returned from deployments, those who are currently on deployment, and those who serve here in the state.

Also attending the event will be Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, the adjutant general of Oregon, Paula Brown, deputy director of the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs, and Cameron Smith, the governor's senior military policy advisor.

"The example of the thousands of Oregon Guard and Reserve families who are left behind while troops volunteer to serve in harms prompted the state's lawmakers to designate this day to honor our military families," Kulongoski said.

At least five cities in Oregon will be hosting major community events on May 8 to commemorate the day. They include, Clackamas, Forest Grove Grants Pass, Medford, and The Dalles.

Army Continues Transformation, Casey Says

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

May 6, 2010 - The Army is continuing the most fundamental and profound series of changes it has seen since World War II, the service's chief of staff said here today.

Gen. George W. Casey Jr. spoke to the Defense Writers Group about the way ahead for the nation's senior service and his observations from a recent trip to Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Army will continue rebalancing the force to handle the range of conflicts the nation faces today, Casey said. The fiscal 2011 budget now on Capitol Hill contains the resources to finish Army transformation from a Cold War-era formation to one that is relevant in the 21st century.

"We are moving to put the whole Army on a rotational model, much like the Navy and Marine Corps have been on for years," Casey said. "We have to do that, because I have to continue to generate trained and ready forces for employment around the world for the next decade or so."

The service will complete the "modularization" of the forces with the funds from the 2011 budget. Army officials also will continue to tinker with the shape of the force and the training that soldiers receive, the general said.

"We know a lot more about war today than we did in 2002-2003, when this idea was proposed," he explained. "We are going to continue to adapt."

The world is in a period of fundamental and continuous change, Casey said, and everything the Army does has to be flexible and adaptable.

Casey said he is optimistic about the security situation in Iraq. He said U.S. forces there are doing well in setting up the "advise and assist" brigades that will take over from American combat units in September. All U.S. forces will be out of Iraq by the end of 2011.

Casey also observed that Iraq's political situation "is still very difficult, as the government forming process goes forward."

Casey also visited regional commands South and East in Afghanistan. "In Marja, I walked down a street that you wouldn't have flown over a couple of months ago," Casey said. "I was very impressed with what the Marines are doing there as they move into the 'hold and build' phase. It's just going to take time." He noted "positive atmospherics" from the soldiers and Afghans. "There is a sense of positive momentum," Casey said.

Casey also discussed the need for better dialogue within the Army about risk.

"The superior commanders have to create an environment where their subordinates are comfortable coming back to them to say, 'I can't do what you've asked me to do on the timelines you want with the resources you've given me,'" the general said. The Army's "can-do" attitude sometimes gets the better of commanders, he said, and they will try to do missions without the resources they need.

Casey said he is proud of the way soldiers and their families have responded to almost a decade of war, noting that he'd have given a different answer five years ago if asked whether the Army could go to a cycle of one year deployed followed by a year at home.

"I would have said, 'You're nuts,'" Casey said. "What I've seen is you cannot discount the courage and commitment of this generation of young Americans. It is remarkable to me what they have done and what they have endured."

The vocal support of the American people and Congress for the armed forces has played a large role in holding the force together, he said.

"We've done some things that have helped this, too," he added. "We're a very competent, seasoned, confident professional force.

"But, we are stretched," Casey acknowledged, pointing out that Army families feel a great deal of that strain.

"We were asking them to endure [a] significantly greater burden than they signed up for," Casey said. "So, we doubled the amount of money dedicated to family programs. We also accelerated the growth of the Army."

The original plus-up for the Army was supposed to be finished in 2012. But families thought that was too far into the future, Casey said. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, he said, allowed the service to speed up recruiting for the larger force. The Army finished its plus-up last year.

"That additional growth has really helped us," the general added.

Some 94,000 American servicemembers are in Iraq, and 87,000 are in Afghanistan. Casey said roughly 90 percent of the soldiers in the Army have deployed, are in units with orders to deploy, or are in basic training and advanced individual training. "Everybody is moving toward the fight," Casey said.

Asked if the Army is ready to implement changes if Congress repeals the law that bars openly gay soldiers from serving, Casey said he needs to wait for the results of a study that Gates commissioned to investigate that question. Jeh C. Johnson, the Defense Department's general counsel, and Army Gen. Carter F. Ham, commander of U.S. Army Europe, are leading the study panel.

"We don't know what we need to do yet," Casey said. "This will take shape between now and the first of December."

HSV 2 Swift Departs for Southern Partnership Station 2010

By By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Robert A. Wood Sr., U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet Public Affairs.

May 6, 2010 - MAYPORT, Fla. (NNS) -- MAYPORT, Fla. – High Speed Vessel Swift (HSV 2), along with various embarked Navy and Marine Corps units, departed Naval Station Mayport May 5 for a five-month deployment for Southern Partnership Station (SPS) 2010.

While in port, Swift received 140 Project Handclasp pallets and two fire engines. The Wisconsin National Guard State Partnership Program donated the fire engines to Project Handclasp for transportation to Nicaragua, their partner nation.

Project Handclasp is a U.S. Navy program that accepts and transports educational, humanitarian and goodwill material on a space-available basis aboard U.S. Navy ships for distribution to foreign nation recipients.

SPS is an annual deployment of various specialty platforms to the U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) area of responsibility (AOR) in the Caribbean and Latin America. The mission's primary goal is information sharing with navies, coast guards, and civilian services throughout the region.

A compliment of U.S. Navy Sailors and Marines embarked on Swift will conduct training and subject matter expert (SME) exchanges with partner nations in the USSOUTHCOM AOR. During the SPS deployment, Swift will visit Barbados, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, and Suriname.

COMUSNAVSO is the naval component command for USSOUTHCOM and is responsible for all naval personnel and assets in the AOR. COMUSNAVSO conducts a variety of missions in support of the U.S. Maritime Strategy, including Theater Security Cooperation, relationship building, humanitarian assistance and disaster response, community relations, and counter-illicit trafficking operations.

Top Navy Officer Describes Navy's Busy Pace, Emphasizes Affordability

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Kyle P. Malloy, Chief of Naval Operations Public Affairs

May 5, 2010 - WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead said the Navy's pace of operations remains busy due to global demands, and emphasized the importance of improving affordability during the Service Chiefs' Panel at the Navy League Sea Air Space 2010 Exposition in National Harbor, Md. May 3.

Roughead told audience members that he expects current multinational counter-piracy missions to continue, and pointed out the Navy's role at the forefront of ballistic missile defense in highlighting the Navy's versatility in global operations.

"Even as we're engaged in Iraq and Afghanistan, we continue our normal activity, our normal presence, our normal assurance [and] deterrence in so many other places around the world," Roughead said. "Whether it's the Indian Ocean, the Western Pacific, Africa or South America, we continue to keep watch in those areas."

Roughead, the Navy's 29th CNO, joined the Commandant of the Marine Corps General James T. Conway and the Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Thad W. Allen to address attendees of the exposition and discuss "Seapower and America's Security."

Roughead told the audience that in the face of future fiscal pressures and an industrial base that has "changed markedly since the last pressurization within the Defense Department," controlling costs will become increasingly important.

"We need to look at every way to improve affordability. Common hulls, common components, open architecture are key," said Roughead.

The Navy is focused on the "ability to fight the fights that we find ourselves in today," even as it develops future capabilities in programs such as the Littoral Combat Ship, the Joint High Speed Vessel, unmanned vehicles and in the cyber technology. According to Roughead, and affordability is central to developing those future capabilities.

"There's no question that in the coming years we will have to look extraordinarily hard at costs, not just procurement costs, but the issue of total ownership cost will continue to be foremost in my mind," said Roughead.

Prior to the panel, CNO helped kick off the event by attending the opening ceremony and being part of the ceremonial ribbon cutting, marking the official opening of the exposition.

CNO Meets with Navy Families Displaced by Flooding in Millington

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Tiffini Jones Vanderwyst, Chief of Naval Operations Public Affairs

May 5, 2010 - MILINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead visited Naval Support Activity Mid-South command to meet with Sailors and families affected by severe flooding and survey the damage to the base on May 3.

CNO was accompanied by Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP) Vice Adm. Mark Ferguson and Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) Vice Adm. Mike Vitale. The Navy leaders got a firsthand look at the condition of the base and discussed the path ahead for the Sailors, Navy civilians and their families as they recover from the flooding that overtook the base Saturday, May 1.

CNO said the Sailors' and Navy civilians' swift reactions to the flooding ensured the safety of those who work and live on the base.

"I can't say enough about how prepared this base was and how responsive everyone who serves here was," said Roughead,. "First and foremost [to] safety, but then volunteering and making sure that everybody was taken care of."

During a town hall meeting with Sailors, families, volunteers and other base personnel, Roughead told those affected that the entire Navy is working to ensure they remain safe and cared for during the difficult time.

"I want to assure everyone here that the entire Navy is going to lean forward to make sure that we take care of your needs, that we meet the needs of your family and that we get the base restored and get your lives back to normal as soon as we possibly can," said Roughead.

Roughead also expressed the importance of a quick recovery due to the business of the Navy that takes place in Millington.

"There is a lot that goes on here that affects everybody [in the Navy]," said Roughead. "I also want to make sure everybody understands we are going to do everything necessary to get Millington and the Navy personnel system back in battery, back in business and back to serving the fleet."