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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Navy Relieves Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 28 CO

Navy Relieves Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 28 CO

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Blake Rossen directs an MH-60S Knight Hawk helicopter, attached to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28, during flight operations on the flight deck of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) on April 30, 2022. US Navy Photo

The Navy relieved the commanding officer of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 28 on May 10, the sea service announced Thursday. Read More

Navy Nearing 1,000 COVID-19 Vaccine Denial Separations

Navy Nearing 1,000 COVID-19 Vaccine Denial Separations

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 Navy is inching toward 1,000 separations due to COVID-19 vaccine denial, with the sea service approving separations for another 56 sailors over the past week.

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Harry S. Truman Strike Group Back Under NATO Command for Neptune Shield Drills

Harry S. Truman Strike Group Back Under NATO Command for Neptune Shield Drills

The Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Sioux City (LCS-11), front, transits the Tyrrhenian Sea alongside the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) on May 16, 2022. US Navy Photo

USS Harry S. Truman returned to NATO command as the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group participates in exercise Neptune Shield, Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby announced to reporters Tuesday. Read More

Navy Predicts Challenging Future Recruiting Environment, On Target to Hit Retention Goals

Navy Predicts Challenging Future Recruiting Environment, On Target to Hit Retention Goals

Sailors assigned to USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) prepare to re-attach the starboard anchor chain following the completion of preventive maintenance on March 30, 2022. US Navy Photo

The Navy’s latest budget proposal will cut more than a thousand sailors from the sea service, a reflection of a difficult recruiting environment that defense officials predict will only get worse. Read More

COVID-19 Vaccine Refusal Separations Increase to 884

COVID-19 Vaccine Refusal Separations Increase to 884

Seaman Apprentice Johnnese Poomaihealani, from Waianae, Hawaii, receives a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot during a shot event in the foc’sle aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) on Jan. 3, 2022. US Navy Photo

Navy separations due to continued refusal of the COVID-19 vaccine rose by nearly 70 sailors over the past week. Read More