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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 - December 8, 2017
This week in U.S. Navy History:

Dec. 7, 1941: In one of the defining moments in U.S. history, the Japanese attack the U.S. Pacific Fleet and nearby airfields and installations at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Navy to Launch New Branding Campaign, Tagline at Army-Navy Game — The Army-Navy football game is one of the oldest and most storied contests in the history of collegiate athletics. On Saturday, Dec. 9, in Philadelphia the U.S. Navy will use the occasion to tell a new story about itself, as it launches a new, multifaceted branding campaign aimed at attracting a new generation of recruits. The launch will also mark the debut of the Navy's new tagline, "Forged by the Sea."

Leading with Confidence, Courage and Competence — Leaders from across the Navy enterprise came together for the inaugural "Leadership in a Diverse Environment" training event Nov. 28-29, organized by the NAVSEA Warfare Centers and held at NSWC Carderock Division. The event focused on the challenges and opportunities facing women in leadership, with input welcomed from all, encouraging leadership and potential future leaders to "lean in" and move forward with strategies to hire, train and retain an inclusive workforce that will be even better poised to develop innovative solutions to Navy problems.

Forged by Our Past: Ready to Defend Our Ship, Our Country — Dec. 7, 1941: a day America will never forget. An attack on the U.S. Navy Pacific fleet in Pearl Harbor. More than 2,400 Americans lost their lives. Twenty-one ships were sunk or damaged. More than 300 aircraft were destroyed.

Navy Posthumously Awards Silver Star Medal for Valor at Pearl Harbor — The Navy recently authorized the posthumous award of a combat medal to a Sailor who was present at Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack of Dec. 7, 1941, officials announced Dec. 4. Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer awarded the Silver Star Medal to Chaplain Lt. j.g. Aloysius H. Schmitt for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving on the battleship USS Oklahoma (BB 37). As Oklahoma was capsizing, Schmitt sacrificed his own life to assist many of his shipmates in escaping to safety.

Navy Posthumously Awards Bronze Star Medal for Valor at Pearl Harbor — The Navy recently authorized the posthumous award of a combat medal to a Sailor who was present at Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack of Dec. 7, 1941, officials announced Dec. 1. Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer awarded the Bronze Star Medal with V device for valor to Chief Boatswain's Mate Joseph L. George for heroic achievement while serving aboard the repair ship USS Vestal (AR 4). George, a second class petty officer at the time, saved the lives of several Sailors from the battleship USS Arizona (BB 39). He survived the war and retired from the Navy in 1955, but passed away in 1996.

Blue Angels Announce 2018 Air Show Schedule Changes, Release 2019 Air Show Schedule — The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, announced updates to the 2018 air show schedule and released the 2019 air show schedule at the International Council of Air Shows convention, Dec. 4, 2017.

USS Pittsburgh (SSN 720) Completes Historic 1,000th Dive — For USS Pittsburgh (SSN 720), making submarine history is just another day in the ship's long and storied tradition. On Nov. 15, USS Pittsburgh continued to add to history by completing its 1000th dive. The dive capped a busy underway period in which the ship completed Tactical Development Exercises, Submarine Command Course (SCC) and port visits to Port Canaveral, Florida and Kings Bay, Georgia.

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (Dec. 5, 2017) U.S. Navy's new Logo, brand and tagline. (U.S. Navy graphic by Petty Officer 3rd Class Kyle Hafer/Released)
MILLINGTON, Tenn. (Dec. 5, 2017) U.S. Navy's new Logo, brand and tagline. (U.S. Navy graphic by Petty Officer 3rd Class Kyle Hafer/Released)

WASHINGTON (Dec. 1, 2017) An undated file photo of Chief Boatswain's Mate Joseph L. George. After enlisting in 1935, George was assigned to the repair ship USS Vestal, which was moored alongside USS Arizona (BB 39) when the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor began on Dec. 7, 1941. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of the George Family/Released)
WASHINGTON (Dec. 1, 2017) An undated file photo of Chief Boatswain's Mate Joseph L. George. After enlisting in 1935, George was assigned to the repair ship USS Vestal, which was moored alongside USS Arizona (BB 39) when the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor began on Dec. 7, 1941. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of the George Family/Released)

PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. Sailors assigned to the USS Pittsburgh (SSN 720), Ships Control Party pose for a picture after the USS Pittsburgh completed its 1000th dive on Nov.15. The dive capped a busy underway period in which the ship completed Tactical Development Exercises, Submarine Command Course (SCC) and port visits to Port Canaveral. (U.S. Navy Courtesy photo by Yeoman (Submarine) 1st Class Mathew Cliber/Released)
PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. Sailors assigned to the USS Pittsburgh (SSN 720), Ships Control Party pose for a picture after the USS Pittsburgh completed its 1000th dive on Nov.15. The dive capped a busy underway period in which the ship completed Tactical Development Exercises, Submarine Command Course (SCC) and port visits to Port Canaveral. (U.S. Navy Courtesy photo by Yeoman (Submarine) 1st Class Mathew Cliber/Released)
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