This week in U.S. Navy History:
On Jan. 23, 1960, the Bathyscaph "Trieste" descended seven miles to the deepest part of the world’s oceans, Challenger Deep, located at the southern end of the Mariana Trench.
On Jan. 31, 1961, Lt. Cmdr. Samuel Lee Gravely, Jr. became the first African-American to command a combat ship, USS Falgout (DER 324). In 1976, he attained the rank of vice admiral.
Navy Honors the Contributions of African Americans during 2018 African American/Black History Month — The Navy joins the nation in celebrating the history of African American Sailors and civilians during African American/Black History Month, Feb. 1-28. This year's theme is "African Americans in Times of War," which recognizes the contributions African Americans have made to the nation during times of war from the Revolutionary War to present-day conflicts.
Naval War College Issues 'Call for Papers' on Women, Peace, Security — U.S. Naval War College (NWC) has issued a "call for papers" in preparation of its 6th annual Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Conference that will be held May 31 to June 1, at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. In an effort to gather theoretical and practical ideas from a wider audience not normally represented in a limited conference format, the conference series chair is soliciting papers from academics, researchers, military personnel, non-governmental organizations and individuals who have an interest or experience in issues pertaining to WPS.
DON CIO Awards Recognize Information Management and Information Technology Excellence — Acting Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer Dr. Kelly E. Fletcher has announced the selection of 10 individuals and teams to receive DON Information Management/Information Technology Excellence Awards for transforming the Navy and Marine Corps through information technology. The awards are presented annually at both the DON IT West Conference and at the DON IT East Conference.
Navy Information Warfare Pavilion to be Featured at WEST 2018 — U.S. Navy Information Warfare (IW) will be featured at WEST 2018 at the San Diego Convention Center from Feb. 6-8. Now in its 28th year, WEST 2018, the premier naval conference and exposition on the West Coast, brings military and industry leaders together in a single locale to encourage discussion with personnel that design and build the technologies impacting the warfighter and the information warfare domain. This three-day conference is co-sponsored by Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) International and the U.S. Naval Institute (USNI).
Naval War College's College of Maritime Operational Warfare Designs Warfighter Course — U.S. Naval War College's (NWC) College of Maritime Operational Warfare has begun work to design a warfighter course to better prepare the college's student military officers to think and excel at the operational level of war. NWC professor Eric Dukat is leading the effort to build a curriculum based on academics, case studies and practical exercises that build in complexity.
NAVSEA Commander Launches Tour of Navy Warfare Centers, Sees Campaign Plan in Action — Vice Adm. Thomas Moore, Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), kicked off his nationwide tour of the NAVSEA Warfare Centers, announcing that he will keep tens of thousands of employees updated, involved, and informed along the way with online posts. Moore, speaking at an all-hands meeting, invited Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) employees to engage with him via the internal online collaboration tool, iNFusion. Such interactive tools encourage employees to share information across the NAVSEA enterprise.
DoD and VA Release Online Tool to Assist Veterans with Discharge Upgrade Process — The Department of Defense, through a joint initiative with the Department of Veterans Affairs, is pleased to announce the launch of a web-based tool that will provide customized guidance to veterans who desire to upgrade or change the conditions of their military discharge.
NRL Partners with Naval Academy to Forge Stronger Research Relationship — The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) signed a comprehensive memorandum of agreement (MOA) Jan. 24, to foster greater educational development of academy midshipmen and further the science and technology efforts of the Navy. With the signing ceremony, the two institutions formalized their relationship, partnering in research and development, experimentation, prototype development, field testing of experiments and internship opportunities for academy midshipmen.
Navy and NASA Complete Underway Recovery Test — San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage (LPD 23) successfully completed test recovery operations of NASA's Orion test article, Jan. 23. The Underway Recovery Test-6 (URT-6) is part of a U.S. government interagency effort to safely retrieve the Orion crew module, which is capable of carrying humans into deep space. This marks the fourth completion of a URT aboard Anchorage. NASA engineers worked alongside Sailors from the Anchorage, the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS New Orleans (LPD 18), Special Boat Team 12 and Navy divers from Explosive Ordinance Disposal Mobile Unit 3 to test recovery operations of the Orion test article. Tests were conducted in varying sea states, during the day and at night.
Modly is Sworn in as the 33rd Under Secretary of the Navy — Thomas B. Modly was sworn in as the 33rd under secretary of the Navy by Secretary of the Navy, Richard V. Spencer, during a ceremony at the U.S. Naval Academy Jan. 5.
These stories originally published by Navy News Service during Jan. 22-Feb. 2, 2018. For more Navy news, go to: www.navy.mil/.