Category Archives: Military Personnel

Marine Task Force, USNS Stockham Team Up For Training, Engagements in Indo-Pacific

Marine Task Force, USNS Stockham Team Up For Training, Engagements in Indo-Pacific

U.S. Marines with Task Force Koa Moana (TF KM) conducts a night live fire exercise during the TF KM Mission Rehearsal Exercise at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. on July 19, 2018. US Marine Corps Photo

A task force of Marines and sailors recently deployed to islands in Oceania, assisted by a Navy maritime prepositioning cargo ship that added to the growing list of places where the Marine Corps stretched its global reach in 2018. Read More

MCPON, SMMC: Military Childcare is a Critical Readiness Issue

MCPON, SMMC: Military Childcare is a Critical Readiness Issue

Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Ronald Green and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Russell Smith speak to an audience at the Maritime Security Dialogue hosted by USNI at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Navy photo.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Navy and Marine Corps’ top non-commissioned officers say finding affordable childcare is critical to personnel retention. Read More

U.S. Airstrike Kills Terrorist Behind USS Cole Bombing

U.S. Airstrike Kills Terrorist Behind USS Cole Bombing

MV Blue Marlin transporting USS Cole from Yemen following the 2000 attack on the ship. US Navy Photo

A U.S. military airstrike on New Year’s Day reportedly killed Jamal al-Badawi, who helped orchestrate the October 2000 bombing of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG-67), officials said.

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Navy Launches New Electronic Enlisted Advancement Worksheets

Navy Launches New Electronic Enlisted Advancement Worksheets

Sailors aboard the U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19), in Yokosuka, Japan, participate in the Navy-wide E-6 advancement examination in September 2018. U.S. Navy photo

Roughly a third of active duty sailors will be part of a pilot program testing the Navy’s new system intended to cut down on paperwork and errors associated with the Enlisted Advancement Worksheets (EAW). Read More

Marines Flex Expeditionary Construction Skills by Rebuilding the 'Airport in the Sky'

Marines Flex Expeditionary Construction Skills by Rebuilding the ‘Airport in the Sky’

Catalina Runway 4/22, with the runway mostly cleared of the old asphalt. The existing taxiway (right) will be used as the temporary runway for limited flights until mid-April, when the new concrete runway built by Marines is expected to receive its first flight. Runway Photo by Glen Gustafson, courtesy of the Catalina Island Conservancy

This post has been updated to clarify comments from Cynthia Fogg on the role of the Navy’s Seabees in the process of rebuilding the runway.

Marines will deploy soon for a unique expeditionary mission: Three months on rugged Santa Catalina Island, off California’s coast, building a concrete runway at a small, cliff-top airport. Read More