Category Archives: Military Personnel

French Carrier Strike Group Begins ‘Foch’ Deployment

French Carrier Strike Group Begins ‘Foch’ Deployment

FS Charles de Gaulle (R91) deploying on Jan. 21, 2020 from Toulon, France. French Navy Photo

The French Navy (Marine Nationale) Carrier Strike Group set sail yesterday for a long operational deployment named, “Foch.” Aircraft Carrier Charles de Gaulle and its escort set course to the Eastern Mediterranean before sailing for the Northern Atlantic area. Read More

Navy Maintains Increased Meritorious Advancement Quotas for Petty Officer First Class

Navy Maintains Increased Meritorious Advancement Quotas for Petty Officer First Class

Vice Adm. Lisa Franchetti, commander, U.S. 6th Fleet and commander, Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO, frocks Operations Specialist 2nd Class Zabribna Weddle to 1st Class Petty Officer under the Navy’s meritorious advancement program at Naval Support Activity Naples, Nov. 22, 2019. Navy photo

This post was updated with additional information about the Navy’s Advancement-to-Position program and Meritorious Advancement Program.

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Navy has a finite amount of money for retaining experienced enlisted sailors, so to ensure proper ship staffing, the service is increasing the number of meritorious promotions to petty officer first class.

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Navy Hits 2019 Enlisted Sailor Retention Targets

Navy Hits 2019 Enlisted Sailor Retention Targets

Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical) Fireman Samantha Geesling, right, from El Paso, Texas, assigned to USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN-78) engineering department, recites the oath of enlistment administered by Lt. Rodney Curry, Ford’s repair officer, in one of Ford’s damage control repair stations. US Navy photo

The Navy hit its 2019 retention goals for early and mid-career sailors, in large part because of what the top enlisted sailor at Naval Personnel Command called a culture shift. Read More

Lincoln Strike Group CO: Record Deployment Marks New Uncertainty for Fleet

Lincoln Strike Group CO: Record Deployment Marks New Uncertainty for Fleet

Sailors render honors as the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) transits past the USS Arizona Memorial while pulling into Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a scheduled port visit on Jan. 8, 2020. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to show Lincoln was deployed for 295 days, counting the day it returned — Jan. 20, 2020.

SAN DIEGO — The 3,000 sailors aboard aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) arrived at their new California homeport this morning having spent more time deployed than any carrier since the mid-1970s – 295 days. Read More

Navy, DoD Conducting Parallel Reviews of OFRP

Navy, DoD Conducting Parallel Reviews of OFRP

Adm. Christopher Grady, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command on Jan. 16, 2020. US Navy Photo

ARLINGTON, Va. — U.S. fleet commanders are nearing the conclusion of two reviews into the efficacy of the Navy’s model for training, sustaining and deploying ships as the East Coast carrier force has struggled to meet demand. Read More

Bataan ARG, 26 MEU Now Operating in the Middle East

Bataan ARG, 26 MEU Now Operating in the Middle East

USS Bataan (LHD-5) sails in the Atlantic Ocean during Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) on Nov. 1, 2019. US Marine Corps Photo

Amphib USS Bataan (LHD-5) is operating in the Red Sea as tensions between the U.S. and Iran continue to simmer, USNI News has learned. Read More

Navy Releases Civilian Manpower Strategy to Attract, Retain Amid 'War' for Talent

Navy Releases Civilian Manpower Strategy to Attract, Retain Amid ‘War’ for Talent

Able Seaman Genaro Cuico, a Military Sealift Command civilian mariner assigned to the submarine tender USS Emory S. Land (AS-39), prepares to toss a line to the pier as the ship moors at Subic Bay, Philippines on Nov. 18, 2019. US Navy Photo

THE PENTAGON – The Department of the Navy needs to improve how it attracts and keeps its civilian workforce as the Navy and Marine Corps hope to grow and modernize in the coming years. Read More