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CHIPS Articles: U.S. Navy History and Week in Review

U.S. Navy History and Week in Review
News you may have missed in America’s Navy this past week
By Navy News Service - April 21, 2017
Navy Installations Underway with Transitioning to Defense Biometric Identification System to Enhance Base Security — In 2015 Navy installations began transitioning to the Defense Biometric Identification System (DBIDS) to enhance base access control security. On April 17, the Navy began transitioning all vendors, contractors, sub-contractors, suppliers and service providers seeking base access who currently use or qualify for the Navy Commercial Access Control System (NCACS) from NCACS to DBIDS. The transition applies to installations in the continental United States, Hawaii and Guam.

Navy is Building Strength Through Stewardship for Earth Day — Performing missions at sea, on land and in the skies daily around the globe, the Navy is a constant presence in the environment. To emphasize stewardship on all fronts, the Navy workforce is taking part in Earth Day-related activities throughout the month of April. The official Earth Day date is April 22. The Navy's Earth Day theme for 2017 is, "Building Strength Through Stewardship." The theme emphasizes the value of environmental initiatives in supporting the mission by helping to build trust with government agencies and the public.

Doolittle Raid Principles Relevant 75 Years Later — This month commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid, also known as the Tokyo Raid, an allied mission during World War II with direct relevance to the modern military's ability to operate together. The Navy and Air Force continue to demonstrate that in their training today.

"Father of Seabees" Honored at Dedication Ceremony — Rear Adm. Bret Muilenburg, commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) and chief of Civil Engineer Corps (CEC), delivered key remarks today at a dedication ceremony honoring Adm. Ben Moreell, founder of the U.S. Navy Seabees at the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis, Missouri. The dedication ceremony, a joint effort between the CEC/Seabee Historical Foundation, the U.S. Seabee Veterans of America Island and the St. Louis Soldiers Memorial, honored the memory of Moreell's life in St. Louis, his naval service, including the creation of the Seabees and his other contributions to victory in World War I.

Navy Announces 2017 Navy Visionary Leadership Award Recipients — The Navy announced Monday the selection of five Sailors from more than 70 nominees as the Capt. Joy Bright Hancock and Master Chief Anna Der-Vartanian Leadership Award winners. Established in 1987, the Capt. Joy Bright Hancock and Master Chief Anna Der-Vartanian Leadership Awards honors Navy men and women with visionary leadership whose ideals and dedication foster a positive work environment while reinforcing and furthering the integration of women in the Navy.

Naval War College updates, expands missions to align with new roles — The missions of U.S. Naval War College (NWC) have been expanded and updated to reflect the school's current functions and to better serve the fleet, the Department of Defense, and the nation. Three additional missions have been added to the existing four missions, which remain unchanged. The additions were made to reflect the emphasis Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson is placing on leader development in his document, "A Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority."

Navy Accepts Delivery of USNS Yuma — The Navy accepted delivery of its eighth Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) vessel, USNS Yuma (EPF 8), April 21. EPFs are shallow draft, all aluminum, commercial-based catamarans capable of intra-theater personnel and cargo transport that provide combatant commanders high-speed sealift mobility.

From Four Bars to Four Stars: First NJROTC Cadet to Reach Full Admiral Speaks to Navy's Newest Sailors — Adm. Harry B. Harris, Jr., commander, U.S. Pacific Command and the first four-star Admiral who participated in Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC), served as the Reviewing Officer (RO) for recruit graduation, April 14. Harris, who graduated from Booker T. Washington High School, in Pensacola, Florida in 1974, participated in the NJROTC program for three years and attained the highest rank that can routinely be attained: Cadet Commander, which at the time had a collar device of four attached gold bars. Harris went on to the U.S. Naval Academy, where he graduated and was commissioned as an Ensign in 1978.

These stories originally published by Navy News Service during April 17-21, 2017. For more Navy news, go to: www.navy.mil/.

WASHINGTON (April 20, 2017) A poster produced for Earth Day by the Chief of Naval Operations Environmental Readiness Division highlights the Navy Earth Day 2017 theme of "Building Strength Through Stewardship." Sailors and their communities are celebrating Earth Day with special events throughout April. U.S. Navy graphic.
WASHINGTON (April 20, 2017) A poster produced for Earth Day by the Chief of Naval Operations Environmental Readiness Division highlights the Navy Earth Day 2017 theme of "Building Strength Through Stewardship." Sailors and their communities are celebrating Earth Day with special events throughout April. U.S. Navy graphic.

ST. LOUIS (April 18, 2017) Rear Adm. Bret Muilenburg, right, commander of Naval Facilities Engineering Command and chief of the Civil Engineer Corps (CEC), and retired Capt. Jim Shelton, CEC, pose for a photo during a dedication ceremony in honor of Adm. Ben Moreell, founder of the U.S. Navy Seabees. The ceremony was held to honor the memory of Moreell's life in St. Louis, his naval service and the creation of the Seabees. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Seabees and 150th anniversary of the CEC. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Latrice Jackson.
ST. LOUIS (April 18, 2017) Rear Adm. Bret Muilenburg, right, commander of Naval Facilities Engineering Command and chief of the Civil Engineer Corps (CEC), and retired Capt. Jim Shelton, CEC, pose for a photo during a dedication ceremony in honor of Adm. Ben Moreell, founder of the U.S. Navy Seabees. The ceremony was held to honor the memory of Moreell's life in St. Louis, his naval service and the creation of the Seabees. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Seabees and 150th anniversary of the CEC. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Latrice Jackson.

MOBILE, Ala. (March 29, 2016) Yuma, Ariz. Mayor Douglas Nicholls, left, etches his initials into the keel plate of the future expeditionary fast transport ships USNS Yuma (EPF 8) with the help of Austal USA welder Courtney Cagle as part of a keel authentication ceremony. Expeditionary fast transport ships are non-combatant vessels designed to operate in shallow-draft ports and waterways, increasing operational flexibility for a wide range of activities. U.S. Navy photo.
MOBILE, Ala. (March 29, 2016) Yuma, Ariz. Mayor Douglas Nicholls, left, etches his initials into the keel plate of the future expeditionary fast transport ships USNS Yuma (EPF 8) with the help of Austal USA welder Courtney Cagle as part of a keel authentication ceremony. Expeditionary fast transport ships are non-combatant vessels designed to operate in shallow-draft ports and waterways, increasing operational flexibility for a wide range of activities. U.S. Navy photo.

GREAT LAKES, Ill. (April 14, 2017) Adm. Harry B. Harris, Jr., commander of U. S. Pacific Command, inspects an honor guard as reviewing officer of the pass-in-review graduation ceremony at Recruit Training Command. Approximately 30,000 to 40,000 recruits graduate annually from the Navy's only boot camp. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Petty Officer Seth Schaeffer.
GREAT LAKES, Ill. (April 14, 2017) Adm. Harry B. Harris, Jr., commander of U. S. Pacific Command, inspects an honor guard as reviewing officer of the pass-in-review graduation ceremony at Recruit Training Command. Approximately 30,000 to 40,000 recruits graduate annually from the Navy's only boot camp. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Petty Officer Seth Schaeffer.
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