Heather Mongilio

About Heather Mongilio

Heather Mongilio is a reporter with USNI News. She has a master’s degree in science journalism and has covered local courts, crime, health, military affairs and the Naval Academy.


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Pentagon Unclear How Military Would Manage End of Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccines

Pentagon Unclear How Military Would Manage End of Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccines

Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Gregzon Fontanilla, from Guam, prepares a COVID-19 vaccine aboard the America-class amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli (LHA-7) on May 10, 2022. US Navy Photo

The Pentagon has no ready answers on how the Department of Defense would implement pending legislation that would allow service members to refuse the COVID-19 vaccine without facing separation, officials said this week. Read More

Keen Sword Exercise Shows Need for Interpreters in Military Medicine

Keen Sword Exercise Shows Need for Interpreters in Military Medicine

U.S. Navy medical personnel with Expeditionary Medical Facility Alpha, Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command, perform a simulated exploratory laparotomy during a demonstration of theater hospital capabilities during exercise Keen Sword 23 on Camp Foster, Japan, Nov. 17, 2022. US Marine Corps Photo

A translator is necessary when it comes to medical interoperability between the United States and its allies, the commanding officer of a Navy medical unit told USNI News. Read More

Navy Accepting Recruits with Lower Scores on Entrance Exam in Pilot Program

Navy Accepting Recruits with Lower Scores on Entrance Exam in Pilot Program

Recruits with the 64th Annual Recruit Cardinal Division stand at attention during a pass-in-review graduation ceremony inside Midway Ceremonial Drill Hall at Recruit Training Command, Nov. 4, 2022. US Navy Photo

The Navy is lowering its admittance requirements for one of the required entrance exams as part of the service’s latest changes to widen the recruiting pool for sailors.
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Navy Cleaning Up, Investigating Fire Suppressant Spill at Red Hill

Navy Cleaning Up, Investigating Fire Suppressant Spill at Red Hill

Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Pearl Harbor employees uses tools to relocate contaminated soil onto a wheelbarrow as part of NAVFAC Public Works Department and Joint Task Force-Red Hill’s (JTF-RH) hazard material spill recovery operation at the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility (RHBFSF) in Halawa, Hawaii, Dec. 1, 2022. US Army Photo

The Navy appointed an Army two-star general to oversee the investigation into another spill at the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility, which comes nearly a year after a fuel spill contaminated the water supply and forced the eventual closure of the space. Read More

Tough Military Recruiting Environment is About More than Low Unemployment, Experts Say

Tough Military Recruiting Environment is About More than Low Unemployment, Experts Say

Recruits with the 64th Annual Recruit Cardinal Division stand at attention during a pass-in-review graduation ceremony inside Midway Ceremonial Drill Hall at Recruit Training Command, Nov. 4, 2022. US Navy Photo

This story has been updated to correct the name of Shannon Razsadin’s organization.

When it comes to military recruiting, economist Beth Asch is an optimist. Asch has been studying military recruiting for almost 40 years, during which she has seen good recruiting years and bad ones. Read More

New Navy Senior Enlisted Marketplace Seeks to Realign Promotion System

New Navy Senior Enlisted Marketplace Seeks to Realign Promotion System

Nine newly Chief Petty Officers sing anchors away during a chief petty officer pinning ceremony aboard Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) in the Philippine Sea on Oct. 21, 2022. US Navy Photo

This story has been updated to correct that the screening board creates the list of eligible E-8 sailors.

Senior enlisted sailors will now advance to new positions through a billet-based promotion system, the Navy announced Tuesday. Read More