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Saturday, August 16, 2014

NIOC GA Reserve Component Holds EIDWS Boot Camp



From U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet Public Affairs

FORT MEADE, Md. (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to Navy Reserve, Navy Information Operations Command Georgia (NR NIOC GA) completed an enlisted information dominance warfare specialists (EIDWS) boot camp Aug. 1.

Forty-four Sailors from NIOC GA and one Sailor assigned to Navy Operations Support Center Augusta attended the two-week training program.

The program is designed to assist Sailors, in the information dominance community, earn the EIDWS qualification.

"Since the program for attaining the EIDWS qualification is comprehensive and rigorous, the boot camp provides Sailors, especially those new to the IDC [Information Dominance Corps], a focused period to obtain information and interact with their peers," said Capt. Steven Simon, commanding officer of NR NIOC GA.

The training resulted in 31 Sailors passing their respective tests, five Sailors completing the pre-qualification board, and two Sailors earning their EIDWS pins.

"Earning their warfare pin demonstrates that the Sailor has obtained knowledge and understanding of the mission of our community and the unit to which they are aligned," said Simon. "Achieving this qualification also makes the individual more competitive during promotion cycles."

As a result of the successful program, NR NIOC-GA plans to expand training by offering both EIDWS and information dominance warfare officer boot camps in the future.

NR NIOC-GA welcomes participation from active duty and reserve unit both inside and outside NIOC GA and Tenth Fleet.

7th Fleet Maintenance and Sustainment Summit Expands on Deployed Capabilities



By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Zac Shea, USS Frank Cable Public Affairs

SANTA RITA, Guam (NNS) -- More than 20 participants, both military and civilian, attended 7th Fleet Maintenance and Overseas Sustainment Summit hosted on board the submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) in Santa Rita, Guam, Aug. 11 through Aug. 13.

Opened by remarks from Vice Adm. Robert L. Thomas Jr., commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, the summit provided briefs, tours and contingency scenarios for all maintenance stakeholders in the 7th Fleet as a way to exchange ideas and strategies to improve maintenance capabilities in 7th Fleet.

Key topics included maximizing logistics in war game scenarios, diving and salvage operations, and submarine and shipboard maintenance from both the Fleet and unit perspectives.

"The purpose was to bring together everyone related to surface ship and submarine maintenance; to discuss and share what capabilities they bring to the force and also to learn from each other," said Capt. John Brughelli, assistant chief of staff for logistics at Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet. "We've already got a great system out here providing maintenance and sustainment support to our units but we want to optimize everybody's capabilities, integrate better, and communicate better to make them a more ready force to support the 7th Fleet commander's mission."

The three day summit allowed for a diverse group of maintenance brokers from various commands and platforms throughout the Pacific to exchange ideas and strategies.

"The 7th Fleet maintenance summit was a big success," said Capt. Mark Benjamin, commanding officer of Frank Cable. "Its charter is to confirm, verify and plan to sustain maintenance and logistics in the Western Pacific during a wartime scenario where we could provide resupply, rearmament and repair to any battle damage."

Over the years the summit has been held at various locations throughout the 7th Fleet area of responsibility to give a more hands on experience.

"Going to different locations throughout the theater allows people to do on-site visits and see maintenance on the deckplate," said Brughelli. "It's been a great location to visit and have the opportunity to view what's possible here as far as maintenance. Frank Cable is a critical platform for supporting and sustaining the force."

In addition to providing a chance for maintenance brokers to plan and network, the summit gave Frank Cable a chance to demonstrate and possibly expand their role in repair.

"I would like for the summit participants to take away an appreciation for Frank Cable's extensive repair capabilities and my standing offer to utilize these capabilities to repair surface ships of the U.S. Navy and the navies of our allies and partners," said Benjamin. "I also expect to communicate Frank Cable's capabilities to those outside the submarine lifelines in order to facilitate future maintenance opportunities on surface platforms to include the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) class."

The summit included a guided tour of the Cabras Marine Corporation's Pacific Dry-dock and Integrated Maintenance Ship Repair Facility (PACDIM SRF), located in Apra Harbor, Guam.

"We're taking away a lot from the summit. There's a lot of capability out here and we're making good use of it but we know there are some areas where we can improve and push our limits," said Brughelli.

The 7th Fleet's area of responsibility encompasses more than 48 million square miles, 36 maritime countries, and contains half of the world's population.

Frank Cable, forward deployed to the island of Guam, conducts maintenance and support of submarines and surface vessels deployed in the U.S 7th Fleet area of responsibility.

Dempsey Favors Building Vietnamese Naval Capabilities



By Jim Garamone
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16, 2014 – If the United States lifts the embargo against the sale of lethal weapons to Vietnam, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey would recommend providing materials for the Peoples’ Navy, he said during a news conference in Ho Chi Minh City today.

In the first trip by a chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to Vietnam since 1971, Dempsey visited Hanoi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City.

Forty-five years ago, the United States was in a conflict with North Vietnam, and Dempsey was a cadet at West Point preparing to join that war. “The challenge now is to think 45 years ahead,” the highest-ranking U.S. military official said.

By 2050, there will be 9 billion people on Earth -- 7 billion of whom will live in the Indo-Pacific. “Where the people are is where the issues are,” the chairman said.

Vietnamese reporters questioned Dempsey on China’s territorial claims in the East China Sea. “We’ve been very clear that we don’t take sides in the territorial disputes, but we do care very much how they are resolved,” he said. “They should not be resolved through use of force.”

The United States has longstanding defense agreements with nations in the region -- Thailand and the Philippines are treaty allies. “We are interested in becoming a partner with a strong and independent and prosperous Vietnam,” the chairman said.

Still, at its core the solution to the East China Sea issue hinges more on stronger multinational response brokered through the Association of Southeast Asian Nations rather than a question of “‘What does the United States intend to do about it?’,” he said.

The United States and Vietnam have common interests. “We’re encouraging many of our ASEAN partners and friends to take a multinational approach to maritime security and maritime domain awareness,” he said.

Building capabilities for maritime domain awareness is important to any effort in the region, Dempsey said, including patrol boats, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets and search and rescue equipment.

“Our advice is that we look at this regionally, not country-by-country,” the chairman said. “We’re working our way forward in that spirit.”

There is a growing sense among U.S. elected officials and non-governmental organizations that Vietnam has made progress on the human rights issues that initially led to the embargo being put in place more than three decades ago.

“I think in the near term there will be a discussion on how to lift it,” Dempsey said. “My military advice … will be if it is lifted that we begin with assets that would make the Peoples’ Navy more capable in the maritime domain. That would generate a conversation on what that means, but I think the maritime domain is the place of our greatest common security interest right now.”

This could include intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance assets and even some weapons they don’t yet have for their fleet, the chairman said.

Vietnam is uniquely and importantly positioned as the 13th largest economy in the world, he said. While it is located in Southeast Asia, the nation is the springboard into the Indo-Pacific region.

“I do see Vietnam occupying a key geostrategic region,” Dempsey said. “In terms of managing its maritime resources and managing the territorial disputes -- I’d suggest as goes Vietnam, I think as goes the South China Sea.”

Roberts Relieves Goldman at Naval Submarine Training Center Pacific



By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jason Swink

PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- Capt. Michael Martin relieved Capt. Howard Goldman as commanding officer of Naval Submarine Training Center Pacific (NSTCP) and Training Support Department (TSD) Hawaii in a time-honored change of command ceremony atop the historic Battleship Missouri Memorial, the "Mighty MO."

NSTCP is comprised of 90 permanently-assigned officers and enlisted instructors and 30 civilians and government contractors who oversee more than 800,000-square-feet of training spaces and simulators where they train more than 25,000 Sailors each year.

Guest speaker Capt. David Roberts, the commanding officer of Submarine Learning Center, said he is one of Goldman's biggest fans as he spoke of NSTCP's accomplishments during the last three years.

"I want to thank you for your passion in training, your passion for submariners, your incredible talent and strong leadership during your tenure here," said Roberts.

Under Goldman's leadership, NSTCP received numerous awards and accolades including retention excellence awards in 2011 and 2012, and was a driving force in the rapid build-up of a new schoolhouse in Guam.

"On his watch, Howard brought new capability to his school to support newly reporting Virginia-class submarines including trainers and curricula," said Roberts. "With the assistance of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, he built a new state-of-the-art submarine bridge trainer with its IMAX theater-like immersive training capability to better simulate surfaced submarine operations."

Goldman during his parting remarks thanked several dozen individuals and organizations by name for their support.

"To those I have served for, thank you for your mentorship and your teaching. To those who I have served with, thank you very much for your friendship," said Goldman. "Most importantly, to those who have served me, my crew, thank you for everything. Without you, none of this would have been possible."

Goldman was presented the Legion of Merit for his leadership, vision and boundless energy during his tenure.

As Martin assumed command, he thanked Goldman for setting him up for success.

"You have established programs, processes, and most importantly, a culture of knowledge and desire to support the waterfront in the NSTCP team," said Martin.
Martin went on to address the officers, Sailors and civilian staff of NSTCP, challenging them to do three things.

"Be the expert in your profession. Learn something new about your craft every day. Impart that knowledge on the fleet," said Martin. "If you execute those three things each and every day, you will allow our command to continue to excel and most importantly, grow."

NSTCP provides training to all U.S. submarine crews in Pearl Harbor and to visiting submariners from allied nations in the Pacific, including Singapore, Japan, South Korea and Australia. In addition, NSTCP maintains a detachment of instructors in Guam who provide training to U.S. submariners based in Guam and submariners visiting Guam while deployed to the Western Pacific.

Bolivar Assumes Command of Joint Region Marianas



By JoAnna Delfin, Joint Region Marianas Public Affairs

AGANA HEIGHTS, Guam (NNS) -- Joint Region Marianas held a change of command ceremony at the Guam High School gymnasium aboard U.S. Naval Hospital Guam Aug. 15.

Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar relieved Rear Adm. Tilghman Payne as commander, Joint Region Marianas; U.S. Defense Representative Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and Republic of Palau; and commander, U.S. Naval Forces Marianas.

Vice Adm. William French, commander, Navy Installations Command was the ceremony's guest speaker and praised Payne for his leadership during his tour.

"The region Marianas team flawlessly executed over five-hundred million dollars worth of military construction," French said. "Tilghman and his team managed the largest U.S. training range in the Western Pacific. Over the last two years, Tilghman and his team have coordinated over two thousand training events on those ranges and that's really what matters."

Following his remarks, French presented Payne with the Defense Superior Service Medal for his service on Guam from July 2012 to August 2014.

During that time, Payne provided context regarding the U.S. Defense Policy Realignment Initiative to senior members of the U.S. and Japanese governments, furthering force realignment to Guam. In the wake of threats from North Korea, he led the effort to receive a Terminal High Altitude Defense system, a strategic asset that strengthened regional defenses, deferred aggression and highlighted the nation's commitment to the defense of the Mariana Islands.

"The past two years have been an extraordinary opportunity for me both professionally and personally," Payne said. "This job has enabled me to be involved in the entire breadth of activities that a military officer can do. It involves a bit of diplomacy, lots of work with the other services, great engagement with the community and the ability to make things better for our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, and their families."

Payne thanked members of the Government of Guam and the local community for their partnership and expressed his gratitude to his staff for their support during his tour.

"All the men and women who have made the past two years at the helm of the only joint region in the Department of Defense such an enjoyable experience, thank you," he said. "You are doing incredible things and it's been an honor to be a part of your team."

Payne retires after 33 years in the Navy.

Bolivar reports to Guam after serving as commander, Navy Region Northwest.

"The morale and energy of this region are awesome and strong," Bolivar said. "I know I have some big shoes to fill but you can rest assured that you will leave team Marianas in good hands. They will be my top priority and together we will meet the challenges head on with continued success. Team Guam, team Marianas, thank you for the warm welcome you've shown me so far. I look forward to working with each and every one of you."