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Mine Warfare ‘Shifts Colors’ to Southern California

December 28, 2008
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The Navy’s mine warfare community is “shifting colors” from Texas to Southern California. The mine warfare ships, squadrons and support units will begin to leave prior to the end of this fiscal year 2009.

Sailors negotiating for orders in support of mine warfare (MIW) should know that the mine warfare community is planning to move from Ingleside, Texas, to Southern California.

Naval Station Ingleside has been the Center of Excellence for Mine Warfare since the base opened in 1992.

“Sailors know that there is a fleet concentration area here, specifically for surface mine warfare,” said Chief Navy Counselor Malcolm T. Schneider, Navy counselor for the mine warfare community.

“Many Sailors who take orders here are either from Texas, want to retire here or know that because there is a surface mine warfare fleet concentration here, they can go from sea duty or shore duty and back without moving their families,” said Ingleside’s Senior Enlisted Leader Senior Chief Dewite Wehrman.

However, Naval Station Ingleside is slated to close in September 2010, based on a 2005 Base Realignment and Closure decision.

“The mine warfare community is shifting homeports beginning Spring 2009,” added Schneider, an 18-year Navy veteran who is a native of Cleveland.

With that shift, goes the fleet concentration center. The mine countermeasures ships, along with dedicated personnel, equipment and support will move to the San Diego area.

“As the transition of the ships and staffs take place, supporting systems such as CMS/ID (career management system/identification), will reflect the changes,” Schneider said. “Sailors within their projected rotation date window now, who are negotiating for orders to any mine countermeasures (MCM) crews or ships, are headed to Southern California, not Texas.”

In addition to the MCM ships moving, other mine warfare commands moving to the West Coast include MCM Crews, MCM Class Squadron, MCM Squadron 1, MCM Squadron 3, Mobile Mine Assembly Group, and Mobile Mine Assembly Unit 15.

“Having realistic expectations and maintaining a positive outlook for the impending move to San Diego is the best thing that Sailors can do,” said Lt. Cmdr. Tracey Mays, who manages Sea Special Programs for Navy Personnel Command. “As many of the Sailors in this area have spent the majority of their careers in Texas and with the current economic situation, many will be faced with various challenges that will require tough decisions. As such, command leadership is vital to ensuring the smoothest transition possible for these Sailors.”

Sailors interested in the exceptional opportunities within the mine warfare community, should speak with a detailer or command career counselor.

Fifi Kieschnick (NNS)

Transfer of Navy Logistics Functions will Enhance Warfighter Support

December 28, 2008
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More than 200 Navy positions at Fleet and Industrial Supply Center (FSIC) San Diego’s Fleet Readiness Center (FRC) Southwest detachment will transfer in place to the Defense Logistics Agency North Island, Calif., when it activates Feb. 15, 2009.

This action is the result of a 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) decision to transfer all supply, storage and distribution (SS&D)functions at service-run maintenance depots, industrial sites and shipyards to DLA to optimize military readiness.

DLA North Island will continue to provide supply, storage and distribution support to maintenance activities on base.

Air Force Brig. Gen. Andy Busch, commander, Defense Supply Center Richmond (DSCR); Bill Bickert, deputy commander, Fleet and Industrial Supply Centers (COMFISC); and Capt. Glenn Robillard, commanding officer of FISC San Diego, met with the detachment’s work force and supervisors Nov. 17. Robillard described the process in place to accomplish the transition.

“This is a well thought-out process. The planning time is over; now it’s execution time. We need to look at how to make this happen. The purpose [of today’s meeting] is to get your questions answered. DLA is ready; FRC Southwest is ready, and the Navy is ready,” Robillard said.

Busch said the BRAC transfer is aimed at achieving inventory efficiencies and enhancing warfighter support. He said BRAC is not just something DLA was told to do; it’s public law.

“As a result of the BRAC-related addition of 12 locations across the country, the total DSCR workforce will add up to nearly 4,500 people. DSCR is leading the way in DLA, and I’m committed to a smooth transition,” said Busch.

“There is no mandate to change or do a manpower reduction; I’m looking for inventory efficiencies to achieve the savings we need to make and to break down the barriers between wholesale and retail,” he said.

Bickert told the group that the big benefit of the SS&D transfer to DLA will come from inventory savings.

We’re watching Cherry Point and Jacksonville and [those transfers] have gone very, very smoothly. This is a testimony to Brigadier General Busch’s leadership,” Bickert said.

He encouraged the FISC employees to embrace the changes ahead.

“We hate to lose mission work, but we think it’s going to benefit DoD in the long run. I encourage you to be excited about this,” Bickert said. “You’re the leading edge of supply chain management.”

DLA and the Navy are working together to smooth the transition for realigned employees, while ensuring continuity of service to warfighters. Similar transfers have already taken place at Navy FRCs at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., in August and at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., in October.

COMFISCS provides an array of integrated global logistics and contracting services to Navy and joint operational units across all warfare enterprises. COMFISCS is responsible for facilitating best business practices and efficiencies across the seven FISCs located in San Diego; Norfolk; Jacksonville, Fla.; Yokosuka, Japan; Pearl Harbor; Bremerton (Puget Sound), Wash.; and Sigonella, Italy; and for optimizing the performance of base supply functions and standardizing levels of service across 13 regions and 79 Navy installations.

COMFISCS comprises more than 7,500 military and civilian logistics professionals, operating as a single cohesive team providing global logistics services from nearly 135 locations worldwide.

A component of the Naval Supply Systems Command, headquartered in Mechanicsburg, Pa., COMFISCS is part of a worldwide logistics network of more than 25,000 military and civilian personnel providing “One-Touch Supply.”

(NNS)

Nations Gather to Prep for Black Sea Interoperability Exercise

December 14, 2008

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Commander, Carrier Strike Group 12, hosted representatives of 11 nations Dec. 2-4 for the initial planning conference for the 37th annual Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) exercise at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel.

BALTOPS 2009 will take place in the Baltic Sea June 8-19, 2009 and is the largest international exercise organized in the Baltic.

The purpose of BALTOPS is to promote mutual understanding and maritime interoperability between U.S. Navy, NATO and Partnership for Peace (PFP) participants through a series of multilateral training exercises. Carrier Strike Group 12 is assigned as the primary planning, coordination and execution command for the exercise.

For the 2009 BALTOPS exercise, 12 countries are scheduled to participate: Estonia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States.

“The purpose of BALTOPS is to bring all of the nations together in one exercise,” said Cmdr. J.G. Olaf Albrecht, the head of the delegation from the German Navy Fleet Headquarters. “We learn how other navies work and how to live together in the Baltic Sea, especially the nations which are former Soviet nations such as Lithuania and Latvia. It’s a very educational experience.”

The initial planning conference is only one step in the preparation for a successful BALTOPS.

“We have more planning conferences left; the main planning conference will be hosted in Germany,” said Lt. Sam Bethune, Carrier Strike Group 12 exercise lead planner for BALTOPS. “And the final planning conference will be hosted by Poland. Not only are these nations helping to plan the exercise, but they’re hosting our conferences so we can learn a little bit about their country and culture as we do the planning.”

BALTOPS is an important experience because it improves interoperability among the participating nations and creates forces that are able to easily integrate into multinational, multiwarfare operations.

“It’s a great exercise and a great experience for everybody who will take part because it’s unique,” said Albrecht. “Normally, we don’t train with the United States, so this is the only time we have training with Americans inside the Baltic. It’s a very important thing.”

Through the dedication and the hard work of everyone involved, Bethune hopes this upcoming BALTOPS will be as successful as the previous 36 BALTOPS.

“We had great participation at this conference,” said Bethune. “We hope for even better participation at our next conference in Germany. We accomplished all of our goals, so we’re moving ahead in pretty good shape. It was a very successful event, and having it here in downtown Norfolk was a treat.”

Clark Meredith (NNS)

Piracy Map Online

December 14, 2008


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UNOSAT, the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) Operational Satellite Applications Program, released a 3D map of piracy incidents in the Gulf of Aden for 2008. This 3D perspective map illustrates the relative spatial density of reported pirate incidents in the Gulf of Aden for 2008.

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