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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97% of Active-Duty Sailors Fully Vaccinated With Four Days Until Deadline

97% of Active-Duty Sailors Fully Vaccinated With Four Days Until Deadline

U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Emily Pierce, left, from Bremerton, Washington, assigned to the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), administers the COVID-19 vaccine to Information Systems Technician 1st Class Correy Bushman, from Rochester, Minnesota, assigned to the John C. Stennis, during a Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic led vaccination effort in conjunction with Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. US Navy Photo

The Navy has 97 percent of its active-duty sailors fully immunized with four days to go before the service’s deadline to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Read More

Marine Corps Aiming to Keep Marines in Longer With More Transparency, Attention to Physical and Mental Fitness

Marine Corps Aiming to Keep Marines in Longer With More Transparency, Attention to Physical and Mental Fitness

Rct. Riley Goodrichstocking, a recruit with Fox Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, practices combat marksmanship during the companies’ Table II fire drills at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., Sept. 15. U.S. Marine Corps Photo

The Marine Corps is aiming to add more transparency and data into how it evaluates career trajectories to retain enlisted Marines and officers, as the service lays out how to meet the goals of its new talent management strategy. Read More

Chief of Naval Personnel to Determine Status for Partially Vaccinated Sailors

Chief of Naval Personnel to Determine Status for Partially Vaccinated Sailors

Steady sticklers with Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command (NMRTC) Bremerton began a Shot Exercise to administer the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to all unvaccinated active duty personnel assigned to commands in the nation’s third largest fleet concentration area of Puget Sound, Aug. 31, 2021. US Navy Photo

Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. John Nowell will decide the career outcomes of active-duty sailors who have started the vaccination process but will not meet the impending deadline to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Read More

Navy Releases New Guidance on Separating Sailors for Vaccine Refusal

Navy Releases New Guidance on Separating Sailors for Vaccine Refusal

Hospital Corpsman Julio Trujillo, from Orlando, Fla., administers a flu vaccine aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG-67) transits the Philippine Sea on Oct. 25, 2021. US Navy Photo

Sailors who are not granted an exemption for the COVID-19 vaccine will have five days to initiate the vaccination process before facing separation, according to new Navy guidance. Read More

Federal Contractor Vaccine Deadline Postponed, DoD Civilians to be Vaccinated by Nov. 22

Federal Contractor Vaccine Deadline Postponed, DoD Civilians to be Vaccinated by Nov. 22

Capt. P. Scott Miller, left, commanding officer of Nimitz-class nuclear aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), receives the COVID-19 vaccine from Hospital Corpsman 3rd class Ang Li, a native of Newport, Ore., aboard the ship on Feb. 19, 2021. US Navy Photo

The deadline for federal contractors to get vaccinated against COVID-19 has been pushed back to Jan. 4 to line up with new requirements for health care workers and other employers, the White House announced on Thursday. Read More

Marine Corps Shifting Focus From High Turnover Force To Retaining Experienced Marines

Marine Corps Shifting Focus From High Turnover Force To Retaining Experienced Marines

U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. Aaron J. Seeley, a native of Corner, Alabama, graduates Marine Corps recruit training as the honor graduate for Platoon 2082, Fox Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina, Oct. 15, 2021. US Marine Corps Photo

The Marine Corps will undertake a multi-year shift from its signature high turnover and young force approach to new ways to recruit more seasoned talent and retain Marines. Read More

Pentagon Report: Navy 2020 Suicide Rate Lowest in Four Years

Pentagon Report: Navy 2020 Suicide Rate Lowest in Four Years

Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Alexis Vazquez places her handprint on the bulkhead of the vehicle stowage ramp aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) in recognition of Suicide Awareness Month. US Navy Photo

The Navy has seen its lowest rate of suicide in four years in active duty sailors, while the other services have seen a rise, according to the Department of Defense’s most recent suicide report. Read More