Category Archives: Military Personnel

Navy Stands Up Development Command to Breed Elite Surface Warfare Officers

Navy Stands Up Development Command to Breed Elite Surface Warfare Officers

Rear Adm. Jim Kilby during an April training exercise in conjunction with the Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center. NSMWDC Photo

Rear Adm. Jim Kilby during an April training exercise in conjunction with the Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center. NSMWDC Photo

The Navy is in the midst of a surface warfare renaissance after 15 years of lower-end tasks in the backgrounds of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In addition to beefing up its weapons and material readiness to wage a high-end fight, the surface community is also borrowing lessons from the naval aviation to train a new cadre of elite surface warfare officers (SWOs). Read More

Destroyer USS Sampson Returns to San Diego After 7 Month Deployment

Destroyer USS Sampson Returns to San Diego After 7 Month Deployment

USS Sampson (DDG-102), operates in the Java Sea while supporting the Indonesian-led search effort for AirAsia flight QZ8501. US Navy Photo

USS Sampson (DDG-102), operate together in the Java Sea while supporting the Indonesian-led search effort for AirAsia flight QZ8501. US Navy Photo

The guided missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG-102) returned to Naval Station San Diego, Calif. after a seven month deployment that included search and rescue efforts for AirAsia Flight 8501 earlier this year, the service announced on Monday. Read More

Slogans that Sell the Service: A Brief History of U.S. Navy Television Ads After the End of the Draft

Slogans that Sell the Service: A Brief History of U.S. Navy Television Ads After the End of the Draft

Screengrab from Navy's video for the

Screengrab from Navy’s “Global Force Good” campaign.

The Navy has long recognized the effectiveness of powerful visual images for attracting new recruits. Men who had not been drafted were often enticed to enlist by the striking images found on ubiquitous posters as well as by the smartly uniformed personnel manning the recruiting booths. Read More

In Dual Ceremony, Harris Takes Over PACOM, Swift Assumes Command of PACFLT

In Dual Ceremony, Harris Takes Over PACOM, Swift Assumes Command of PACFLT

Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., left, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) Ashton Carter, Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, and Adm. Scott H. Swift, render honors during the joint U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM) and U.S. Pacific Fleet (PACFLT) change of command ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on May 27, 2015. US Navy photo.

Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., left, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, and Adm. Scott H. Swift, render honors during the joint U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM) and U.S. Pacific Fleet (PACFLT) change of command ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on May 27, 2015. US Navy photo.

In a double change-of-command ceremony in Pearl Harbor, Adm. Harry Harris was promoted from U.S. Pacific Fleet commander to U.S. Pacific Command commander, and Adm. Scott Swift earned a fourth star and took over as the new PACFLT commander. Read More

Document: GAO Report On 'Implementation and Effects' of Sequestration on the Pentagon

Document: GAO Report On ‘Implementation and Effects’ of Sequestration on the Pentagon

The following is the May 27, 2015 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, Sequestration: Documenting and Assessing Lessons Learned Would Assist DOD in Planning for Future Budget Uncertainty. The report was called for in the Fiscal Year 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to review the “implementation and effects” of the FY 2013 sequestration cuts levied on the Department of Defense. Read More

Document: China's Military Strategy

Document: China’s Military Strategy

A naval honor guard at the in 2012 on board the Liaoning. Xinhua News Agency Photo

A naval honor guard at the in 2012 on board the Liaoning. Xinhua News Agency Photo

The following is the first public Chinese Military Strategy white paper outlining a new policy of “active defense,” released by the Chinese Ministry of National Defense on May 26, 2015. Read More