Category Archives: Military Personnel

Fleet Forces Making Investments in Training, Equipment Upgrades Following Collision Review

Fleet Forces Making Investments in Training, Equipment Upgrades Following Collision Review

Adm. Phil Davidson, right, commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command, asks Sailors questions about steering control console procedures in the pilothouse of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52). Barry is forward deployed to Yokosuka Japan, supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. Davidson toured fleet concentration areas around the world while leading a 60-day comprehensive review of the surface forces. US Navy Photo

NAVAL STATION NORFOLK, VA – While the Navy will spend months and years dealing with the aftermath of two fatal surface ship collisions this year and the subsequent Comprehensive Review of Recent Surface Force Incidents, U.S. Fleet Forces Command is beginning to implement some changes that will affect individual sailors and units in the near-term. Read More

McCain to USNA Midshipmen:  It's Time for America to Wake Up to Threats to Our Freedoms

McCain to USNA Midshipmen: It’s Time for America to Wake Up to Threats to Our Freedoms

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) speaking at the 2016 Arizona Manufacturing Summit at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, Arizona on Oct. 16, 2016. Gage Skidmore photo

The freedoms we enjoy are threatened from both outside and within our nation while too many Americans are content to ignore our moral and historical place as world leaders, said Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), while addressing midshipmen at the United States Naval Academy.

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Rear Adm. Lisa Franchetti Nominated to Lead U.S. 6th Fleet

Rear Adm. Lisa Franchetti Nominated to Lead U.S. 6th Fleet

Rear Adm. Lisa Franchetti, Commander, Carrier Strike Group 9, makes an announcement on the public announcement system on the bridge of guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG-73) 2016. US Navy Photo

Navy Rear Adm. Lisa M. Franchetti was nominated by President Trump for appointment to the rank of vice admiral, and assignment as commander, 6th Fleet, according to a statement from Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis. Franchetti is currently stationed at the Pentagon where she is the Chief of Staff of J-5, the joint staff which proposes strategies, plans, and policy recommendations to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Read More

USS Oak Hill Likely Sailing Home After Puerto Rico Relief Operations; USS Wasp Next Stop Still Being Determined

USS Oak Hill Likely Sailing Home After Puerto Rico Relief Operations; USS Wasp Next Stop Still Being Determined

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Franklin Williams helps guide a landing craft utility assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 2 into the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1). US Navy Photo

Two amphibious warships know they’ve been released from providing Hurricane Maria disaster relief, but as to when they’ll be leaving Puerto Rico or where to next is not so clear-cut. Read More

Foggo Takes Command of U.S. Naval Forces in Europe, Africa

Foggo Takes Command of U.S. Naval Forces in Europe, Africa

171020-N-WO404-188 NAPLES, Italy (Oct. 20, 2017) Adm. James Foggo III relieves Adm. Michelle Howard as commander, Allied Joint Force Command Naples and commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa during a change of command ceremony held at the Allied Joint Force Command auditorium in Naples, Italy. (U.S. Navy photo)

Adm. James Foggo III relieves Adm. Michelle Howard as commander, Allied Joint Force Command Naples and commander, US Naval Forces Europe-Africa during a change of command ceremony held at the Allied Joint Force Command auditorium in Naples, Italy. US Navy Photo

U.S. Navy Adm. James Foggo is now in command of U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa. Read More

Marines Solicit Science Fiction Stories to Imagine the Future of Conflict

Marines Solicit Science Fiction Stories to Imagine the Future of Conflict

Artwork by Michael Ball. US Marine Corps Image

If there’s one constant in planning for future war, it’s that no one expects it to get any easier. To figure out the rough contours of how war gets harder, the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory put together uniformed service members with science fiction authors to craft the “Marine Corps Security Environment Forecast: Science Fiction Futures,” a series of short stories approximating calamities the Corps should expect in the future. Read More

Elements of 24th MEU to Relieve Marines from 26th MEU in Puerto Rico

Elements of 24th MEU to Relieve Marines from 26th MEU in Puerto Rico

A U.S. Marine with Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), uses a chainsaw to cut a tree blocking a road as part of Hurricane Maria relief efforts in Ceiba, Puerto Rico, Sept. 27, 2017. US Marine Corps Photo

Elements of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit are in the process of traveling to Puerto Rico, to provide disaster relief in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Read More