This week in U.S. Navy History:
On Aug. 7, 1782, the Badge of Military Merit, now known as the Purple Heart, is established by Gen. George Washington.
Sailors Making Sailors at Recruit Training Command — No matter what a recruit's rate (job) will be in the Navy, there is one area of training they all receive that may someday be vital in saving lives aboard a ship — firefighting. Before they leave boot camp at Recruit Training Command, all recruits attend a five-day training evolution at the USS Chief that teaches them about Basic Damage Control and Fire Fighting before heading to the fleet.
The Flight Deck Choreographers — Flight deck operations on an aircraft carrier have been compared to a ballet. Anyone who is afforded the opportunity to observe flight deck operations on an aircraft carrier will instantly notice the assortment of colors worn by the personnel to specify their job. After watching how the flight deck operates for a while, it is clear, one jersey color is in charge of the big dance; yellow.
Sailors Encouraged to Call in Their Football Season "Shout-Outs" — The Navy Office of Community Outreach (NAVCO) is currently calling for Sailors to provide football season "shout-out" greetings to friends and family that are pre-recorded by telephone and considered for airing on local radio stations in Sailors' hometowns.
A Higher Level of Education — The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) hosted college professors and other high-level educators from across the country Aug. 4, in an effort to introduce opportunities available to college students pursuing engineering and nuclear programs. Theodore Roosevelt stepped away from its regular tour route, calling on the Propulsion Plant Department to host these engineering and nuclear field professionals.
NAVEUR Sailors Participate in The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo — Sailors assigned to U.S. Naval Forces Europe (CNE) Band, are joining more than a thousand international military and civilian musicians and dancers to perform in The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Edinburgh, Scotland, Aug. 4-26, 2017. The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo showcases music, dance, and displays from around the world and is performed against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.
Naval Aviation Hits Historic Milestone — The Navy completed the debrief for the 100,000th sortie using the Tactical Combat Training System (TCTS) Aug. 2, at Naval Air Station (NAS) Key West, marking the most sorties flown on naval ranges using the system. The sophisticated TCTS — in use for more than a decade — is the high velocity learning tool managed by Naval Surface Warfare Center Corona for the Navy and Marine Corps. It provides live monitoring and control during mission execution, plus a fully instrumented event reconstruction debrief, similar to "coaching tape" debriefs in pro football.
IW Commands Share Love for STEM with Future Generations — Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SSC) Pacific, its headquarters and partner program executive office hosted a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) event for the workforce and their family members, July 28. SSC Pacific along with Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) Headquarters and the Program Executive Office for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (PEO C4I) hosted the STEM event called "Kids to Work Day" on multiple Navy bases in San Diego. The event involved multiple demonstrations in several locations, including SSC Pacific topside, SSC Pacific bayside and SPAWAR near downtown San Diego.
These stories originally published by Navy News Service during Aug. 7-11, 2017. For more Navy news, go to: www.navy.mil/.