Category Archives: Military Personnel

Former USS Fitzgerald CO Outlines Defense in Rebuttal to SECNAV

Former USS Fitzgerald CO Outlines Defense in Rebuttal to SECNAV

Cmdr. Bryce Benson, then-executive officer, assists in bringing down the battle ensign aboard USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) in 2016. US Navy Photo

The former commander of USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) is pushing back against a rebuke from the Secretary of the Navy, disputing major facts in the service’s argument he was criminally negligent leading up a June 17, 2017, fatal collision, according to a copy of the April 26 rebuttal obtained by USNI News. Read More

Next Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Announced

Next Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Announced

U.S. Marine Sgts. Maj. Troy E. Black (left) and Lonnie N. Travis shake hands after the 1st Marine Logistics Group Relief and Appointment Ceremony aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif. on April 7, 2017. US Marine Corps Photo

THE PENTAGON – The Marines have announced the next senior enlisted leader of the service. Read More

USNI News Video: Britain's Caribbean Naval Mission

USNI News Video: Britain’s Caribbean Naval Mission

A Mexifloat from RFA Mounts Bay on its way to Grand Tuck with Heavy Plant for use in the rebuild after the hurricane in 2017. UK Royal Navy Photo

ABOARD ROYAL FLEET AUXILIARY SHIP MOUNTS BAY — One of three British Bay-class landing ships has spent nearly two years in the Western Atlantic and the Caribbean Sea, both looking after British interests as well as finding ways to partner with the U.S. Navy. Read More

Sailors Join New Ready, Relevant Training Pilot Program

Sailors Join New Ready, Relevant Training Pilot Program

Operations Specialist 3rd Class Ashley Decko stands watch in the bridge of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1), operating in the Indo-Pacific region. Navy photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A group of sailors have entered a new enlisted education program that could reshape Navy training, Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Bill Moran said Tuesday.

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UPDATED: VCNO Moran Nominated for Top Navy Job as Service Prepares for a High-End Future

UPDATED: VCNO Moran Nominated for Top Navy Job as Service Prepares for a High-End Future

Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Bill Moran speaks to command master chiefs from around the Navy at the 2019 Leadership Mess Symposium on March 27, 2019. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated with additional statements from the Navy.

The Navy’s number-two officer has been nominated to lead the service as the next chief of naval operations, USNI News has learned. Read More

Milley, Hyten to Lead Joint Chiefs of Staff; Marine Lt. Gen. Smith to Command MCCDC

Milley, Hyten to Lead Joint Chiefs of Staff; Marine Lt. Gen. Smith to Command MCCDC

Current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford speaks with Army Gen. Mark Milley, who was nominated to serve as the next chairman, during the 2018 Army Navy Game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Dec. 8, 2018. US Army photo.

The Pentagon announced its nominations for the next chairman and vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as well as the generals who will lead the Marine Corps Combat Development Command and the Joint Strike Fighter Program. Read More

UPDATED: Three Marines Killed in IED Attack Near Bagram Air Base

UPDATED: Three Marines Killed in IED Attack Near Bagram Air Base

A Chinook helicopter transports equipment around Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. US Army photo by SGT James Dansie.

This post has been updated with the names of the Marines who were killed.

CAPITOL HILL – Three Marines were killed in an improvised explosive device attack near Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan on Monday, Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer told a Senate panel on Tuesday. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: April 8, 2019

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: April 8, 2019

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These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of April 7, 2019, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship. Read More

Navy Rethinking Suicide Prevention as Rates Across Military Rise

Navy Rethinking Suicide Prevention as Rates Across Military Rise

Sailors attached to U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19), attend a candle light vigil in observance of Suicide Prevention month in 2018. US Navy Photo

THE PENTAGON — The Navy is rethinking how it addresses suicides after two years of rising rates in the service. While there’s wide recognition among the senior leadership of the problem, quick fixes don’t exist and resources are stretched thin. Read More