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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Officials announce 2010 AFA outstanding Air Force civilians

Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs Office

June 29, 2010 - RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – Air Force officials announced June 29 the winners of the 2010 Air Force Association Outstanding Air Force Civilian of the Year awards.

Each year, the AFA recognizes four Air Force civilian employees for outstanding achievement in any career field. This year's recipients were:

- Eric Straight, aircraft metals technology craftsman, Hurlburt Field, Fla., civilian wage employee category

- Christopher Deanes, operational support office director, Pope Air Force Base, N.C., civilian program specialist category

- Gary Strickland, Airman and Family Readiness Center chief, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, civilian program manager category

- David Dias, logistics technology integration division chief, Scott AFB, Ill., civilian senior manager category

Mr. Dias will receive his award in September at the AFA’s 2010 Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition in Washington D.C. The remaining winners will receive their awards at state and local chapter ceremonies.

For more information on this and other Air Force recognition programs, visit the Air Force Personnel Center personnel services website at https://gum.afpc.randolph.af.mil/ or call the Total Force Service Center toll-free at (800) 525-0102 or DSN 665-5000.

JROTC Cadets Learn Valuable Lessons

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nardel Gervacio, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Whidbey Island, Det. Northwest

June 29, 2010 - OAK HARBOR, Wash (NNS) -- Students from various high schools participated in Northwest Navy Junior Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) Leadership Academy June 19-26.

The Leadership Academy is designed to teach high school students the value of citizenship, leadership, service to the community, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment, while instilling in them self-esteem, teamwork, and self-discipline. It prepares high school students for leadership roles while making them aware of their rights, responsibilities, and privileges as American citizens.

"We have a number of programs for the kids to participate in. We have seven different types of teams. Which includes drill (unarmed and armed), color guard, physical fitness, academic, marksmanship and an orienteering [map and compass land navigation]," said retired Navy Cmdr. Rick Gile, senior naval science instructor at Everett High School.

The group of 110 was comprised of students from JROTC Area 13, which encompasses schools from Japan, Guam, Hawaii, northern California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska and Nebraska.

JROTC is a course of instruction taught for academic credit in high schools by retired commissioned and noncommissioned officers.

"I think, personally, that the high school ROTC cadets are the cream of the high schools. The one thing I like about the program is that it is an inclusive program, instead of an exclusive program," said Gile. "With this program, everyone is welcome."

The program is a stimulus for promoting graduation from high school, and it provides instruction and rewarding opportunities that will benefit the students and the community.

Upon arrival, students get settled in, receive academic training and a physical fitness test. They are divided into platoons of 25 to 30 and are given a platoon leader who guides them throughout the week.

Platoon handlers, which are comprised of both instructors and 12 active-duty Marines assigned to commands around Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, see them through their academic training in classrooms and field drills where cadets practice physical fitness such as survival training.

"We teach them leadership and discipline, we also help them on drill movements, and we get them involved in military life," said Marine Staff Sgt. Adrian Martinez of Beaumont, Texas, platoon handler and instructor in Electronic Countermeasures at Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit (CNATTU) Whidbey Island.

In classes such as leadership labs, physical training and field training exercises, students learn firsthand what it takes to lead others and motivate groups.

"We conduct a leadership-building problem solving exercise in which each platoon is broken down and they are given what looks like silly games, but within these games are serious lessons about what makes us better citizens, what makes us good leaders and followers, and how, we as a collective group, as a team, solve a fairly complex problem," said Gile.

The team-building portion included exercises such as the trust lean and trust lift, wind in the willows, a mine field, in which students must navigate their blind-folded partner through without hitting a mine using verbal communication only, and a disappearing bridge, where the group must get everyone to the other side using only provided materials.

"They are doing excellent. They're a little rusty in the beginning, but they're all coming along just like boot camp," said Martinez.

"It wasn't what I thought it would be; it's very intense [compared to] what I'm used to where I'm from," said Christian Dunean, from Yokosuka, Japan and a student at Nile C. Kinnick High School. "This program has helped me a lot. It taught me how to guide a platoon the right way and be in charge and it gave me more confidence in myself."

According to Gile, a misconception of the program is that participants are required to join the military; students do not enter an obligation to serve by participating.

"Some kids come to the program and see if they're interested in the military, so they test the waters with the program and see if military life is for them. Some kids think they may what to go into the military, but, once they experience the program, they say it's not for them and that's fine," added Gile.

Gile said cadets who graduate will wear a silver cord on their JROTC uniform, which is considered a badge of honor that signifies that they have successfully completed the leadership academy program.

"I'm thinking about going into the military after high school, and this program is going to make me a better leader," said Dunean.

"I measure my success by how many of my kids go to college. The high schools who are lucky enough to have ROTC programs know what we're about." said Gile. "They treasure the programs because of what we do for the kids. High school ROTC cadets have better attendance, they have better grades, less disciplinary problems and more of them go to college than their average peers."

Friday, June 25, 2010

Air Force officials honors top youths at Pentagon

by Army Sgt. 1st Class Jon Soucy
National Guard Bureau

6/25/2010 - WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- The son of two North Carolina Air National Guard officers was named one of the 10 Air Force Youth of the Year for 2010 June 24 at the Pentagon.

Dakota Johnson, the son of Capt. Stephanie Johnson and 2nd Lt. Eric Johnson, who are both members of the 145th Medical Group, was recognized for his achievements at the ceremony.

The Youth of the Year Program partners with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, to recognize one young person from each Air Force installation, who exemplifies outstanding leadership ability, community service and scholastic achievement, said Anne-Marie Wallace, the chief of child and youth programs during the ceremony.

Winners at the installation level then go on to compete at the major command level, and the winners there are named the Air Force Youth of the Year.

"Each award recipient represents the best of the best," said Ms. Wallace.

That recognition goes beyond the Air Force.

"Certainly, you represent the best of not only Air Force youth, but I would say American youth," said Lt. Gen Richard Y. Newton III, deputy chief of staff for Manpower and Personnel at Headquarters Air Force, who hosted the event.

Dakota was selected as the winner for the Air National Guard as a result of his time spent volunteering in his church and local community and for his status as a "rising high school senior."

Challenge Academy graduates recognized for achievements

Date: June 25, 2010

Six months ago, 11 young adults were at risk of making choices that would jeopardize their futures. Now those same Challenge Academy cadets received scholarships, awards or honors during a graduation ceremony June 12 at DeForest Area High School.

Jacob Kratz of Pardeeville received a $500 Air Force scholarship. He plans to pursue a law enforcement degree at Madison Area Technical College.

Clara Stagman of Wauzeka received the "Never Give Up" award. This award recognizes the cadet who demonstrates the perseverance and determination to "never give up" during the 22-week residential phase of the academy.

Vargas Maldonado of Milwaukee received the "Most Improved Graduate" award. This award recognizes the cadet who, through unwavering determination, shows the most improvement in overcoming life's natural difficulties.

Daniel Beaudry of Stevens Point was named Military Honor Graduate. This award recognizes a cadet's understanding and application of personal discipline, leadership excellence, ability to be a loyal follower, and excellence in all eight core components of the Challenge Academy curriculum.

Nicholas Hanson of Middleton received the Academic Honor award. This award recognizes a high grade point average, excellence in homework assignments, perseverance in the classroom, consistent classroom participation, and excellence in all eight core components of the Challenge Academy curriculum.

Jerome Drake of Wauwatosa received the "Character Development Honor" award. This award recognizes the cadet who understands that it is not enough to merely know what is morally and ethically correct - strength of character is also required to act on what is right. Character is what enables successful, responsible lives.

The following cadets were named Platoon Honor Graduates: Dirk Holder of Tomah, Company A, 1st Platoon; Paul Dorn of Poynette, Company A, 2nd Platoon; Jacob Kratz of Pardeeville, Company B, 1st Platoon; Neria Chavez of Racine, Company B, 2nd Platoon. These cadets were recognized as the best overall in their platoons by demonstrating excellence in all areas of the Challenge Academy's eight core components.

Evan Precord of Hartford was named the Distinguished Honor Graduate, the highest recognition bestowed by the Challenge Academy. To receive this award, cadets must excel in each of the Challenge Academy's eight core components, consistently offer assistance to other cadets, maintain excellent academic standing throughout the program, and display superior application of honor, integrity, courage, commitment and discipline.

One hundred and six Challenge Academy cadets from 42 counties graduated June 12. The Challenge Academy reshapes the lives of at-risk 16-to-18-year-olds by using a structured, military-style environment and state-certified teachers and counselors to build cadets' academic abilities, character, self-confidence, and personal discipline.

After graduating, cadets are paired with hometown mentors who offer guidance and encouragement in pursuing their new direction in life.

The Wisconsin Challenge Academy will begin its next class July 22. Applications are available for future classes by contacting the Challenge Academy at (608) 269-4605 or visiting their website at www.challengeacademy.org.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Air Guard strives to protect people on, off duty

by Army Sgt. Darron Salzer
National Guard Bureau

6/24/2010 - FORT WORTH, Texas (AFNS) -- Air National Guard officials have established the safest working environment for conducting what is often a dangerous business, the ANG director told an audience here June 23.

"However, we're not losing our people in the workplace, were losing them on the way home or to work and on the weekends," said Lt. Gen. Harry M. Wyatt III. "So we need to take that safety culture we've created for our professional lives, and (instill) it into the thought processes of our young Airmen so that they live that culture 24 hours a day."

That was the message of the 2010 Executive Safety Summit held here this week: to get Airmen to strive for zero safety incidents, both on and off the job.

"While on-duty, we're getting better in terms of safety, just like the general population," said Col. Doug Slocum, the director of safety for the Air Guard, "but off-duty, we've seen a spike in safety incidents.

"Over the last 15 years, incident rates have leveled out, but how can we get that margin down to zero so that every guardsman makes it home safely every night?" he asked.

Colonel Slocum said the solution begins with leadership.

"We've fallen short and failed as an organization 20 times so far this year, and anything that affects our guardsmen, preventing them from getting home safely, is unacceptable," he said.

One of the main topics discussed was safe motorcycle riding.

"Over time, airplanes and automobiles have become safer, but motorcycles have not," Colonel Slocum said. "When it comes to motorcycle safety, just the decision to ride a motorcycle is dangerous, and in order to get that margin to zero, we're going to have to make some tough decisions."

Cell phone use while driving is another major concern for the Air Guard safety staff, he said.

"Simply carrying on a conversation is unsafe while driving," Colonel Slocum said, "and statistically, hands-free devices do not make cell phone usage any safer."

Other safety areas that were covered included driving while drunk, speeding, use of seatbelts, nighttime activities, fatigue and its similarity to alcohol insobriety, and suicides.

"These behaviors can add up and can lead to one another," Colonel Slocum said. "From a leadership perspective, we can see the behaviors and the warning signs, and we can target those groups and identify problems before they become fatal."

He also said accidents affect the organization as a whole.

"When our people are not there, we can't do the mission," he said.

The burden of being able to recognize bad behaviors that could affect the welfare of guardsmen and the Air Guard's mission does not fall solely on leaders, the colonel said.

"We need to practice (the) wingman ethos, giving each other feedback when we see an unsafe act," he said.

Training Leaders to Think LEAN

Since 2004, Sheriff John Rutherford has being fostering a culture of continuous improvement throughout the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office (JSO). With over 3000 employees having received initial roll out training, a full fledged division that bears the continuous improvement title, a dedicated steering committee comprised of top level executives to help ensure every project's success, and now as part of the JSO Leadership Development Academy. It's no wonder things are going so well in Jacksonville.
In the years to come, JSO will be dedicating resources towards training the leaders of tomorrow. Topics include Situational Leadership II, Emotional Intelligence, Continuous Improvement philosophies such as LEAN and Six Sigma, as well as demonstrating how each are directly related to the Sheriff's recurring theme of "can I trust you?" "are you committed to excellence?" and "do you care about me?" This piece is presented by the Sheriff himself. How is that for Lean Leadership?
Many agencies and corporations are focusing on JSO as a leading agency in LEAN thinking. Notice the word "thinking?" Yes, to be part of the culture it needs to be something that is a part of your everyday thought process. LEAN is a way of thinking, not just doing. But, thinking and doing go hand in hand. After all, LEAN has a bias for action..to get people thinking LEAN...start doing LEAN.
Several people have asked me for the slide show that we present during our leadership academy, so I have included it below. Some of the links may be inoperable, but if you read, "It's Your Ship" by Captain D. Michael Abrashoff, you will be able to fill in most of the gaps...enjoy!

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About the Author: William "Billy" Wilkerson is a Police Sergeant with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office and 20 Year veteran with the Florida Air National Guard. He is currently assigned to Sheriff's Office Continuous Improvement Division and also supervises the Staff Inspections Unit. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has been using Lean Six Sigma to streamline many of its processes for the past several years to much success. Billy has also been assisting with the Florida Air National Guard's rollout of their CPI Program (Continuous Process Improvement). Billy can be found on LinkedIn @ http://www.linkedin.com/in/billywilkerson or by email at 7388wtw@gmail.com .

All American Teams Service Awards Highlight Contributions to Community

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Elizabeth Vlahos, Defense Media Activity – Anacostia

June 24, 2010 - WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Navy Recruiting Command was a sponsoring organization of Parade Magazine's High School All America Teams Service Awards at the Ronald Reagan Federal Building June 23.

The All America Teams Service Awards are an annual recognition of high school students who performed community service projects as an extra curricular activity. Each member of the All America High School Service Team has made an impact on his or her community by spearheading projects to include mentoring, food drives, readiness training for homeless and at-risk teens, prescription drug abuse prevention, and knitting hats for cancer patients, to name a few.

"To think that what you're doing at 13, 14, 15 and 16 years old is just absolutely amazing," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in his address to the winners. "I think that what you do at 27, 47, and 67 makes me incredibly hopeful for the future."

The annual ceremony recognizes and celebrates the top schools, teams and students as determined by The LEAGUE, a non-profit organization that aims to promote volunteerism and community service by establishing service teams in all high schools.

"People ask me all the time why I volunteer, and that's a very difficult question to answer," said Katherine Stone of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., who was recognized for her work with Save Our Cats and Kittens Shelter (SOCKS). "The work is hard, and the stories you hear are even harder. But when you're there and you get the call that Miracle's going to be okay, or you see [a little girl's] face when her grandmother says she can pick out a kitten to keep…that's when you realize that even though it says 'non-profit' above the door, it's really a very profitable experience.

"My high school football coach always said, take pride in what you have [and] what you will have, and what you own," said Zachary George Swiatko of Racine, Wisc., who was recognized for creating Operation Underwear to collect undergarments and socks for homeless people in nearby Kenosha, as well as socks for deployed troops. "I took responsibility for the unmet need in my community. Women and children needed these undergarments, and soldiers in Iraq needed socks. Someone needed to take action and do it, and I decided to do it.

The Navy's sponsorship of the awards ceremony is geared toward establishing relationships with key influencers and recognizing student achievement in creating a better world through volunteer action.

"It's very important that the Navy continue to reinforce involvement in the community," said Cmdr. Brent Phillips, director of advertising and marketing for Navy Recruiting Command at Millington, Tenn. "Whether we're bringing aid across the beach for an earthquake-ridden country or we're collecting food in a local food drive to help out, this is a natural extension of what we do as Sailors. That mentorship, that involvement, being a teacher and being an interested member of your community is absolutely critical to our mission."

After the awards ceremony, the winners toured the White House and were honored at a private ceremony after the tour.

"This is a very, very good thing to do at a time when we have a President of the United States who got started by service to the community," said Vice President Joe Biden to the winners. "This stuff doesn't happen by accident. The fact of the matter is, you guys fill us with genuine pride.

"I have found that [the people] I most admire in community, in government, in business - they're the people who don't preach a sermon, they act [it out]. They actually go out and do things, no matter what you think people are thinking."

Phillips had some insight on how sponsoring events such as the awards ceremony reflected the mission.

"It adds to us being 'A Global Force For Good,'" said Phillips.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Mullen Praises Merchant Marine Academy Graduates

By Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden
American Forces Press Service

June 22, 2010 - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff praised the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy's Class of 2010 yesterday, urging the 198 graduating mariners to live their institution's motto, "Acta Non Verba," or "Deeds, not words."

Navy Adm. Mike Mullen spoke at the academy's commencement exercises in Kings Point, N.Y.

"Five decades in uniform has taught me it's not what people say, it's what they do," Mullen said. "And by choosing to serve, you already began a life with purpose and consequences, not just at Kings Point, but around the world.

"Soon, most of you will be commissioned as ensigns in the naval reserve," he continued, "many serving in the Merchant Marine -- a vital resource upon which our nation has long depended in peace time and in war."

The chairman cited examples from U.S. military history and security and peace contributions of recent academy graduates. He noted the 142 merchant mariners killed in World War II, as well as academy graduates who gave their lives serving with other military branches in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"A big part of the heritage of this institution is remembering those who have been tested the most when it mattered most," Mullen said. "All of those on the roll of honor died for us, and I pray that they rest content."

Merchant Marine Academy graduates support military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the chairman noted, and they help to conduct humanitarian missions such as this year's earthquake-relief operations in Haiti. "Our military, our nation, and even the world owe the United States Merchant Marine a huge debt of gratitude," he added.

Upon receiving their commissions, the graduating midshipmen became part of the more than 2 million people who make up the U.S. armed forces, the greatest military in the history of the world, Mullen said.

Sixty-five graduates accepted active-duty commissions in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard. Five will serve in the Army National Guard, while the rest will serve in the Navy Reserve. The class also included seven graduates from Panama.

All of the graduates earned a bachelor of science degree while undergoing rigorous sea training, which included more than 400 days of work study at sea with various Navy and Coast Guard vessels. Nine graduates served aboard ships in support of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"I'm grateful for each and every service and each and every one of you raising your right hand to serve ... our military," Mullen said. "[Today's military] and their families are the best I've ever seen. Not a day goes by when I'm not proud of the sacrifices they continue to make. And we are entrusting their safety, their welfare, and, quite literally, their lives to your leadership."

Despite the obstacles the graduates overcame over the past four years, many more challenges lie ahead, the chairman said. "There are many more tests to come, and next time it won't be in the classroom," he told them.

Mullen's advice for the graduates was to stay engaged in all aspects of their service and lives to keep pace and lead within the sea services' ever-changing mission. America's maritime mission has been tested and is trusted, "but times have changed," he said.

"Who would have predicted our missile defense system of choice would come not from land-based sites, but from destroyers and cruisers?" he asked. "Who would have predicted that some of our counterpiracy solutions would not come from the sea, but from aid workers and counterinsurgency experts in villages, helping locals to meet basic needs, finding meaningful, nonviolent employment for young men?"

The chairman underscored those changes, noting one thing that's remained consistent among the sea services and military: "We are here to help," he said.

"The global partnerships we keep, those we work so hard to process through our deeds, drive our nation's security strategy, and they provide the kind of presence and support essential to confronting challenges before they lead to conflict," he said. "I offer to you that we gain more, become collectively stronger, culturally richer and infinitely wiser by what we learn from others."

Mullen cited the importance of maintaining and building international partnerships. Whether talking about Afghanistan, Africa or inlet seas, he said, no service or country can be successful alone.

"As you head out in the world to sail, fly, fight and build partnerships on the leading edge of change, I know that you will remember deeds, not words, matter most," he said. "Hold fast to your parents' values and your mariner traditions. Embrace your life's next test, and remember that we cannot control or capture hearts and minds. We must engage them -- we must listen to them one heart and one mind at a time, over time."

The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy is funded by the Transportation Department's Maritime Administration. The academy's midshipmen study marine engineering, navigation, ship administration, maritime law and other areas important to managing a large ship.

What a New Sergeant Needs to Know

When you began your law enforcement career, your organization sent you to a training academy and then, likely, provided you with a field training officer or senior officer with whom to work. However, when you promote to sergeant, there is little training and nothing like the mentoring of a field training officer system. Moreover, the transition from police officer to sergeant is often one of the most difficult transitions of your career.

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Albanian Armed Forces NCO Academy Visits USS Taylor

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (AW) Edward S. Kessler, USS Taylor Public Affairs

June 21, 2010 - DURRES, Albania (NNS) -- Enlisted members of the Albanian Armed Forces Non-Commissioned Officers (NCO) Academy visited USS Taylor (FFG 50) June 17 as part of their professional development curriculum and cross-cultural exposure to NATO allies.

The Albania Armed Forces created their NCO Academy in 1993 and just recently became a part of NATO in 2009.

The eight-week course is designed to improve the NCOs' professional development, give the members a chance to see enlisted members roles and interactions within other NATO partner militaries.

"The joining of NATO is the first step," said Master Sgt. Mary Eiteuner, operation coordinator for Defense Attaché Office, Albania. "As Albania develops a modern military force, they are going to have to develop their NCO program."

After World War II, the Albanian government and armed forces were isolated from the rest of western Europe and thus a predominantly conscripted force under communist rule. After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Albania elected a democratic government and began to move toward a more westernized armed forces model based on the all-volunteer professional force of the United States.

"[Albanian] forces are working with NATO allies," said Eiteuner. "They are coming into contact every day with NCOs from western military forces, so it's important that they understand how to interact with our NCOs."

"This visit today was very special for our students," said Albanian Command Sgt. Maj. Proletar Panxha, senior enlisted advisor chief of Defense Force. "The first thing they noticed was how all the NCOs were taking care of the ship, and they could see the [American NCOs'] leadership at work here."

Establishing the Albanian Armed Forces NCO Academy is part of a series of steps Albania is taking to enter into the European Union.

Taylor, an Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate, is homeported in Mayport, Fla., and is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet Area of Responsibility.

Friday, June 18, 2010

LCS Sailor Wins Surface Warfare Excellence Award

From Surface Forces Pacific Public Affairs

June 18, 2010 - SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The USS Constitution Chapter of the Surface Navy Association (SNA) named a USS Freedom (LCS 1), Gold Crew, Sailor as the 2010 George Sirian Meritorious Service Award winner June 18.

Chief Engineman (SW) Corbin Stalcup received the George Sirian Award, which recognized chief petty officers (CPOs) who demonstrate exceptional seamanship, operational excellence and inspirational leadership.

"It is an amazing honor to be selected, and I credit the littoral combat ship (LCS) program for this achievement," said Stalcup, a Goldthwaite, Texas, native who was chosen from 27 nominees from both the Pacific and Atlantic surface fleets. "LCS is a command where, due to small crew size, we are all given the opportunity to engage in a wide range of operational activities. We are continually challenged to grow technically and as leaders."

The award is named for George Sirian, who served in the Navy for nearly 50 years in the 1800s. During that time, Sirian rose through the ranks from seaman to master gunner, and eventually warrant officer. He served multiple tours aboard the Constitution during the first half of the 19th century.

Stalcup will receive his award, a replica of a 19th century naval cutlass and a framed citation, aboard the Constitution during a harbor sail in honor of CPO Heritage Week from August 23-27, 2010. The ceremony will take place in front of 150 newly selected CPOs.

"We are very excited to reflect the proud heritage and spirit of the early years of the Navy with the George Sirian Award, and to present the eight annual award to such an outstanding sailor such as Chief Stalcup of the USS Freedom," said retired Capt. James Alosi, president, Constitution Chapter of the SNA.

"No one better embodies the spirit of service, excellence and tradition represented by this award," said Cmdr. Randy Garner, commanding officer, Freedom, Gold Crew. "A superior leader and a true 'Sailor's Sailor,' he consistently and successfully leads Freedom's Sailors in setting new records and breaking through boundaries."

Stalcup enlisted in the Navy in 1995. Prior to reporting to Freedom, he served aboard USS Crommelin (FFG 37), USS Black Hawk (MHC 58) and at the Mine Warfare Training Center in Ingleside, Texas.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Leadership quotations

Being a CEO still means sitting across the table from big institutional investors and showing your leadership and having them believe in you.
Christie Hefner

President Reagan was a leader at a time when the American people most needed leadership. He outlined a vision that captured the imagination of the free world, a vision that toppled the Communist empire and freed countless millions.
Dennis Hastert

Leadership requires the courage to make decisions that will benefit the next generation.
Alan Autry

Many citizens see all the leadership of these large institutions together in a conspiracy against them rather than in any adversary relationship with each other.
Robert Teeter

So I think that our foreign policy, the president's strong and principled leadership when it comes to the war against terror and foreign policy is going to be an asset. Ed Gillespie
This is easy to say with the benefit of hindsight, but I think it once again points out how very important style of leadership, that is the way he does what he does, is to his perception.
Robert Teeter

In fact, the converse is true: At a time when the United States has been called on for a level of moral leadership, vision and inspiration not seen since World War II, we cannot afford to dissemble about crimes against humanity.
Adam Schiff

We should be therefore supporting a larger Europe, and in so doing we should strive to expand the zone of peace and prosperity in the world which is the necessary foundation for a stable international system in which our leadership could be fruitfully exercised.
Zbigniew Brzezinski

All Americans and freedom-loving people around the world owe President Reagan our deepest gratitude for his strong, principled leadership that ended the Cold War and brought freedom to millions of people.
Jim Ramstad

I don't know what leadership is. You can't touch it. You can't feel it. It's not tangible. But I do know this: you recognize it when you see it.
Bob Ehrlich

I believe that we as the leader of the Free World must provide important leadership on the ethical parameters, the ethical constraints that this research requires.
Ron Kind

Half a world away nations that once lived under oppression and tyranny are now budding democracies due in large part to America 's leadership and the sacrifices of our military.
Bob Riley

Research has shown that the perceived style of leadership is by far the most important thing to most voters in evaluating officeholders and candidates.
Robert Teeter

Roosevelt was the one who had the vision to change our policy from isolationism to world leadership. That was a terrific revolution. Our country's never been the same since.
W. Averell Harriman

One simple way to keep organizations from becoming cancerous might be to rotate all jobs on a regular, frequent and mandatory basis, including the leadership positions.
Robert Shea

But I think Steve's main contribution besides just the pure leadership is his passion for excellence. He's a perfectionist. Good enough isn't good enough. And also his creative spirit. You know he really, really wants to do something great.
Andy Hertzfeld

The biggest difference is in the leadership. It was better for us. We had more coaches and mentors to help us. A lot of the younger players today suffer from a lack of direction.
Isiah Thomas

I think it is important to ask ourselves as citizens, not as Democrats attacking the administration, but as citizens, whether a world power can really provide global leadership on the basis of fear and anxiety?
Zbigniew Brzezinski

As for leadership, I am the kind who leads reluctantly and more by example than anything else. Someone had to be on the incorporation papers as president.
Keith Henson

There would not be enough talent that's educated, developed and ready to take on the next leadership challenge, and it would cap our growth. Now we've put programs in place not to have that happen, but that could be a weakness.
Kevin Rollins

Leadership quotations

Leadership is intangible, and therefore no weapon ever designed can replace it.
Omar N. Bradley

The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes.
Tony Blair

The cardinal responsibility of leadership is to identify the dominant contradiction at each point of the historical process and to work out a central line to resolve it.
Mao Tse-Tung

The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.
Ralph Nader

All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership.
John Kenneth Galbraith

Charlatanism of some degree is indispensable to effective leadership.
Eric Hoffer

Educationists should build the capacities of the spirit of inquiry, creativity, entrepreneurial and moral leadership among students and become their role model.
Abdul Kalam

The things journalists should pay attention to are the issues the political leadership agrees on, rather than to their supposed antagonisms.
Michael Pollan

A leader is one who, out of madness or goodness, volunteers to take upon himself the woe of the people. There are few men so foolish, hence the erratic quality of leadership in the world.
John Updike

The test of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.
James Buchanan

Leadership cannot just go along to get along. Leadership must meet the moral challenge of the day.
Jesse Jackson

Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.
Norman Schwarzkopf

You learn far more from negative leadership than from positive leadership. Because you learn how not to do it. And, therefore, you learn how to do it.
Norman Schwarzkopf

The Dalai Lama. He is a very wise man of great inner peace who believes that happiness is the purpose of our lives. Through his teachings and leadership, he continues to make this world a better place in which to live.
Sidney Sheldon

Leadership cannot really be taught. It can only be learned.
Harold S. Geneen

Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions.
Harold S. Geneen

Honor bespeaks worth. Confidence begets trust. Service brings satisfaction. Cooperation proves the quality of leadership.
James Cash Penney

In our system leadership is by consent, not command. To lead a President must persuade. Personal contacts and experiences help shape his thinking. They can be critical to his persuasiveness and thus to his leadership.
Donald Rumsfeld

Presidential leadership needn't always cost money. Look for low- and no-cost options. They can be surprisingly effective.
Donald Rumsfeld

Don't necessarily avoid sharp edges. Occasionally they are necessary to leadership.
Donald Rumsfeld

I think a major act of leadership right now, call it a radical act, is to create the places and processes so people can actually learn together, using our experiences.
Margaret J. Wheatley

I believe that the capacity that any organisation needs is for leadership to appear anywhere it is needed, when it is needed.
Margaret J. Wheatley

I'm sad to report that in the past few years, ever since uncertainty became our insistent 21st century companion, leadership has taken a great leap backwards to the familiar territory of command and control.
Margaret J. Wheatley

I think what actually works best is local-level individual targeting of key leadership nodes.
John Abizaid

Education is the mother of leadership.
Wendell Willkie

The more that social democracy develops, grows, and becomes stronger, the more the enlightened masses of workers will take their own destinies, the leadership of their movement, and the determination of its direction into their own hands.
Rosa Luxemburg

An old African leader says about leadership, he says that leadership should never be shared; it should always remain in the hands of the dispossessed people. We will lead the revolution.
H. Rap Brown

An old African leader says about leadership, he says that leadership should never be shared; it should always remain in the hands of the dispossessed people. We will lead the revolution.
H. Rap Brown

We must recognize that as the dominant power in the world we have a special responsibility. In addition to protecting our national interests, we must take the leadership in protecting the common interests of humanity.
George Soros

Leadership must be established from the top down.
Sam Nunn

One of the true tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.
Arnold H. Glasow

The art of leadership... consists in consolidating the attention of the people against a single adversary and taking care that nothing will split up that attention.
Adolf Hitler

We in the press, by our power, can actually undermine leadership.
Christiane Amanpour

It is the responsibility of leadership to provide opportunity, and the responsibility of individuals to contribute.
William Pollard

Leadership is the key to 99 percent of all successful efforts.
Erskine Bowles

We need leadership, and we need it now.
Byron Dorgan

The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.
Harvey S. Firestone

I emphasize self-esteem, self-confidence, and dignity, not as an ideal, but as a real test of community organization. Without leadership development, community organizations do not have staying power.
Paul Wellstone

And the whole world, the whole world that believes in freedom, whether you're talking about personal freedom, economic freedom, religious freedom, they look to the United States for leadership; and you're part of that leadership.
Don Nickles

And I'd say one of the great lessons I've learned over the past couple of decades, from a management perspective, is that really when you come down to it, it really is all about people and all about leadership.
Steve Case

In this nation, leadership is dollars.
Norman Lear

We live in a time where government is not a leadership thing, it's more a business that's out there and running riot, so I guess the people have to go out there and say stuff.
Yahoo Serious

Leadership involves finding a parade and getting in front of it.
John Naisbitt

The art of communication is the language of leadership.
James Humes

Leadership quotations

Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.
John D. Rockefeller

Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.
Harry S. Truman

Leadership is diving for a loose ball, getting the crowd involved, getting other players involved. It's being able to take it as well as dish it out. That's the only way you're going to get respect from the players.
Larry Bird

Leadership is getting players to believe in you. If you tell a teammate you're ready to play as tough as you're able to, you'd better go out there and do it. Players will see right through a phony. And they can tell when you're not giving it all you've got.
Larry Bird

Example is leadership.
Albert Schweitzer

Character matters; leadership descends from character.
Rush Limbaugh

Clearly no one knows what leadership has gone undiscovered in women of all races, and in black and other minority men.
Gloria Steinem

I forgot to shake hands and be friendly. It was an important lesson about leadership.
Lee Iacocca

Leadership is getting someone to do what they don't want to do, to achieve what they want to achieve.
Tom Landry

Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain confidence, seeing how you react. If you're in control, they're in control.
Tom Landry

There are many elements to a campaign. Leadership is number one. Everything else is number two.
Bertolt Brecht

Leadership is, among other things, the ability to inflict pain and get away with it - short-term pain for long-term gain.
George Will

Overall, the challenge of leadership is both moral and one of developing the characteristics that make us respected by one another.
Louis Farrakhan

The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.
Ken Blanchard

To have long term success as a coach or in any position of leadership, you have to be obsessed in some way.
Pat Riley

Leadership quotations

Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.
Colin Powell

Leadership is influence.
John C. Maxwell

Absolute identity with one's cause is the first and great condition of successful leadership.
Woodrow Wilson

Leadership quotations

Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. Dwight D. Eisenhower

Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things. Peter Drucker

Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes. Peter Drucker

No institution can possibly survive if it needs geniuses or supermen to manage it. It must be organized in such a way as to be able to get along under a leadership composed of average human beings. Peter Drucker

The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office. Dwight D. Eisenhower

You don't lead by hitting people over the head - that's assault, not leadership. Dwight D. Eisenhower

Leadership quotations

It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership. Nelson Mandela

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.
John F. Kennedy

Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out. Stephen Covey

Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall. Stephen Covey

Leadership quotations

I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.
Mohandas Gandhi

Leadership quotations by Warren G. Bennis:

Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It is precisely that simple, and it is also that difficult.

Excellence is a better teacher than mediocrity. The lessons of the ordinary are everywhere. Truly profound and original insights are to be found only in studying the exemplary.

Failing organizations are usually over-managed and under-led.

Good leaders make people feel that they're at the very heart of things, not at the periphery.

Great things are accomplished by talented people who believe they will accomplish them.

Leaders are people who do the right thing; managers are people who do things right.

Leaders keep their eyes on the horizon, not just on the bottom line.

Leaders must encourage their organizations to dance to forms of music yet to be heard.

Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.

People who cannot invent and reinvent themselves must be content with borrowed postures, secondhand ideas, fitting in instead of standing out.

Taking charge of your own learning is a part of taking charge of your life, which is the sine qua non in becoming an integrated person.

The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment.

The manager accepts the status quo; the leader challenges it.

The manager asks how and when; the leader asks what and why.

The manager has a short-range view; the leader has a long-range perspective.

The manager has his eye on the bottom line; the leader has his eye on the horizon.

The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born-that there is a genetic factor to leadership. This myth asserts that people simply either have certain charismatic qualities or not. That's nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.

There are two ways of being creative. One can sing and dance. Or one can create an environment in which singers and dancers flourish.

There is a profound difference between information and meaning.

Trust is the lubrication that makes it possible for organizations to work.

You need people who can walk their companies into the future rather than back them into the future.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

JEB Little Creek-Fort Story Holds 3rd Annual Command Challenge to Build a One Team Mentality

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ash Severe, Navy Public Affairs Support Element, Norfolk

June 16, 2010 - NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- Active duty members stationed on Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story held their 3rd annual Command Challenge June 11.

A maximum of 20 participants from each command team competed in six sporting events: flag football, iron team, sand volleyball, dodgeball, ultimate frisbee, and three-on-three basketball. Each of the six events are single elimination with the iron team (a team version of an iron man event) as the final event.

"It's pretty fun out here, you get to do everything as a team, as a command," said Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Maddelin Angebrand from Navy Operational Support Center Norfolk. "You kind of get to know each other a little better and work on team-building skills."

The event concluded with an award presentation for first, second and third place winners received a plaque and the base champion received a trophy presented by the base commanding officer.

"This kind of event brings the base together. On board base Little Creek-Fort Story we have 18,000 people and 155 different commands, so one of my key objectives is to get people to get to know each other, get the commands to interact," said Capt. Charles Stuppard, commander Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story. "What I've seen over the past 10 weeks that I've been here is that people just go about doing their own things. People go to work, go to their workspace, and then go home. People don't really interact, so I'm trying to do things so people get to know each other and get that camaraderie. I see Little Creek-Fort Story as one big ship, where everybody knows everybody."

The event was sponsored by Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

Officials seek Flemming award nominations

Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs Office

June 16, 2010 - RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – Awards and decorations officials at the Air Force Personnel Center here are seeking nominations for the 62nd Annual Arthur S. Flemming Awards.

The award is sponsored by The George Washington University in conjunction with the Arthur S. Flemming Awards Commission. It honors outstanding federal employees who have made significant and extraordinary contributions to the federal government.

The Air Force may nominate six federal civilian employees or military members -- two in each of the following three categories: managerial or legal achievement; basic science; and applied science, engineering and mathematics. Each major command, field operating agency and direct reporting may only nominate one person in each category. Individuals previously nominated but not selected for a Flemming Award may be re-nominated. Previous award winners may not be re-nominated.

Organizations and base-level personnel must contact their MAJCOM, FOA or DRU for applicable suspense dates and additional information regarding nomination procedures. Additional guidance and nomination forms are also available at http://www.gwu.edu/~flemming/.

Completed nomination packages must be sent to AFPC by Dec. 1, 2010.

For more information about the awards, visit the AFPC personnel services website at https://gum.afpc.randolph.af.mil or call the Total Force Service Center at (800) 525-0102.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Gates Cites Leaders' Responsibilities at Army Birthday Event

By Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden
American Forces Press Service

June 14, 2010 - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates helped to celebrate the Army's 235th birthday today at a Pentagon courtyard ceremony and imparted a message for its leadership to always make time to listen to what their troops have to say.

"There are many downsides to [being Defense Secretary], but one of the things I truly look forward to is any chance I have to meet soldiers and their families," Gates said. "Every stop I make anywhere will include troop talks or town halls, so that I can hear honestly how things are going.

"There is always time on my schedule to listen to what these amazing Americans have to say, even if sometimes it's tough to hear," he continued. "My direct engagement with soldiers on the battlefield, their families at home and civilians employed around the world has helped shape my views and the priorities of service and the department." The Army birthday celebration also included Army Secretary John M. McHugh, Army Chief of Staff George W. Casey Jr., Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston and other senior leaders.

Gates underscored his comments, citing that recent innovations such as increased education benefits and better combat uniforms and gear, have developed from soldiers' input to leaders.

Leaders must never forget they have a responsibility to listen, he said.

"This institution's legacy of patriotism and the spirit of the men and women who've served in it demand no less," the secretary said.

More than 200,000 soldiers today are deployed around the world, the majority of which are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many more have seen combat in those theaters as well as others.

Gates expressed his admiration for those soldiers and their ability to adapt to the nature of those conflicts. Today's soldiers have the skills and intellect necessary to adjust to the demands of an ever-changing set of capabilities and competencies required by today's multi-faceted Army missions, he said.

"I'm awed by their ability to adapt and succeed in a mission that at various stages has called upon them to be scholars, teacher, policeman, farmers, bankers, engineers, social workers and, of course, warriors, often all at the same time," he said. "Above all, I am perpetually thankful for their willingness to serve and have the greatest faith in their ability to face the difficult and dangerous missions that lie ahead."

The U.S. military liberated more than 50 million people from tyranny and totalitarian regimes during the past decade alone. The individual soldiers and servicemembers deserve much credit for their desire to relieve so many from oppression, Casey said during the Pentagon ceremony.

The Army's senior uniformed officer cited an Army birthday message from President Barack Obama, which decreed that soldiers "represent the best of America."

"I would tell you that we are that way because of our core values, because of our ethos and because of our people," Casey said. "At its core, our history is the history of our people; ordinary Americans, ordinary men and women who have done extraordinary things over time for this great country."

More than 30 million men and women have served in the Army since its establishment by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1775.

Today's Pentagon ceremony concluded with a traditional cake cutting by the oldest and youngest soldiers serving in the Military District of Washington. Also, some 20 Army National Guardsmen and active duty soldiers reenlisted. The event also featured static displays of past and present Army uniforms, weapons and technology displayed throughout the Pentagon courtyard.

Monday, June 14, 2010

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'It's Time to Act,' Mullen Tells Post-Grad Students

By Lisa Daniel
American Forces Press Service

June 14, 2010 - "It's time to act," the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told 41 people receiving post-graduate degrees in public policy during his commencement address at Pardee RAND Graduate School in Santa Monica, Calif., June 12.

Noting that "there can't possibly be any more school" for most of the graduates – 28 of whom obtained doctoral degrees – Navy Adm. Mike Mullen encouraged them to build relationships and partnerships to turn their academic achievements into real-world successes.

"It's time to act. Continue to broaden your partnerships, let your studies evolve with society's needs, and always live up to the greatest ideals of your profession," Mullen said. "Then, and only then, will you be relevant and truly be the answer."

The graduation comprised "a gathering of trail blazers and innovators," Mullen said. And, when he thinks about those who make a real-world impact, Mullen said RAND Corp. comes to mind. RAND – which stands for Research and Development – is a nonprofit think-tank.

"The education you earned here positioned you to lead the changes of the future," Mullen said. "Bold leadership certainly is in order. We need leaders with strength of character, broad perspective, and sharp insight."

Since its start, RAND has driven technology and military advancements with its research and analysis, Mullen said. Now 60 years later, the world is a different place, "flatter, faster and inextricably interconnected," and where change has become the norm, the admiral said.

"Whatever happens in the future, we're simply going to have to be able to adjust," Mullen said. "That's why our strategies and policies should constantly struggle with each other."

Analysis must be timely, nonpartisan, adaptive and objective, Mullen said. "In order for your analysis to shape the world we're living in, you must be the answer," he said. But, "being the answer is more than just having the right answer. The most rigorous, well-reasoned, quantitative analysis in world will fail and fall on deaf ears if the analyst ignores relationships."

Policy analysts need to understand the world from others' perspectives, the chairman said. "No e-mail, no phone call, no PowerPoint slide, no [video teleconference] can adequately substitute for face-to-face conversations," he said.

Mullen encouraged the graduates to follow the style of Greg Mortenson, an author and activist who founded the nonprofit Central Asia Institute to build schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Mortenson effects change by forming relationships with residents of the villages where he builds schools, the chairman explained. In 2000, 800,000 children were enrolled in school in Afghanistan and all were boys. Now – with 130 new schools built – more than 9 million Afghan children are in school, and one-third of them are girls, he said.

"What you learn from listening, and seeing challenges through others' eyes, will inform your analysis," Mullen said. "It will make your analysis better."

The days are gone when organizations or nations can "go it alone," he said. "We depend on one another to compliment our best efforts with theirs."

The nation and the world need great minds to solve problems, Mullen said, but he warned the graduates against insulating themselves in organizations of like-minded people "where work is its own end."

"I can see this is a gifted and upwardly mobile group with much to be proud of," the chairman said. "Many of you have ambitions to make a huge impact. Be sound craftsmen of your profession, dedicated to service, ... enrich your life by improving the lives of those you serve."

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Surface Warfare Instructor Receives Navy Safety Award

By Steve Vanderwerff, Naval Education and Training Command Public Affairs

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- A Navy instructor was honored for establishing and maintaining exemplary safety procedures, and received the Rear Adm. Buie Safety Excellence Award for 2009 from Rear Adm. Arthur J. Johnson, commander, Naval Safety Center June 10.

Lt. Jason Plumley, Surface Warfare Officer School (SWOS) Learning Site Norfolk's officer in charge and its senior instructor, was presented the award during a ceremony held on board the SWOS Learning Site in Norfolk.

The award recognizes Plumley's contribution to the Navy's afloat safety culture.

"At SWOS' Norfolk Learning Site, we make safety a priority," said Plumley. "This award is a testament to the individual and collective professionalism of our Sailors and Marines. I continue to strive for the safest possible workplace to the benefit our Sailors and Marines health and mission accomplishment."

Plumley's citation noted his outstanding contribution to fleet readiness, increased morale, and efficient, economical use of resources through safety. In addition to his command's outstanding safety record, his aggressive safety programs actively contributed to increased mishap prevention for the general benefit of the afloat community.

"I'm very fortunate to have Lt. Plumley as a part of the Surface Warfare Officers School" said Capt. Neil R. Parrott, commanding officer of SWOS. "He brings the professionalism and experience we need to keep improving the officers we are charged with preparing for the fleet."

The award is given to an individual who contributes the most toward the Navy's afloat-safety awareness through the submission of hazard, near mishap, and lessons learned reports, and safety-related articles for publication.

Plumley has been published twice; once in the Fall '09 edition of Safety Center's Sea/Shore Magazine for his article, "Damage Control Tactics in Extreme Stability Situations"; and another in the November '09 edition of US Coast Guard (USCG) Damage Control Force Notes & USCG Engineering, Electronics, and Logistics Quarterly, titled "Damage Control in the New Frontier".

The award commemorates Rear Adm. Buie's contribution to afloat safety during his tour as commanding officer of the Naval Safety Center (NSC) from January 1965 to July 1968.

"The Rear Adm. Buie award is recognition for our efforts to promote safety both in the workplace and our home lives," said Don Strong, SWOS safety officer. "At SWOS we uphold the highest standards of safety. Having Lt. Plumley aboard is a welcome addition to the command."

The goal of the award is to increase the communication of hazards, near mishaps, and lessons learned outside the lifelines of surface ships and to prevent similar incidents from occurring. Providing this type of information to a larger Navy audience helps to reduce hazards and prevent mishaps.

DoN Personnel Receive Adm. Stanley R. Arthur Awards for Logistics Excellence

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (AW) Jonathan Hutto, Defense Media Activity - Anacostia

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The annual Adm. Stanley R. Arthur Awards for Logistics Excellence were presented to Department of the Navy logistical employees at the Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C., June 10.

The awards were established in 1997 to annually recognize individuals and specially-formed logistics teams that exemplify logistics professionalism and excellence.

Cmdr. Thomas Graebner, from Fleet and Industrial Supply Center, Puget Sound, Wash., was named as the 2009 Military Logistician of the Year at the ceremony.

Daniel Hohman, from Naval Inventory Control Point (NAVICP) in Mechanicsburg, Pa., was named as the 2009 Civilian Logistician of the Year.

Commander, 2nd Fleet's Logistics Readiness Center in Norfolk received the 2009 Operational Logistics Team of the Year award.

The F402 Aircraft Engine Logistics Team from NAVICP Philadelphia was named as the 2009 Acquisition Logistics Team of the Year.

Vice Adm. Bill Burke, deputy chief of naval operations for logistics and readiness, introduced retired Adm. Stanley Arthur to present awards.

"Rear Adm. Henry Eccles said, 'The essence of flexibility is in the mind of the commander; the substance of flexibility is in logistics,'" said Burke. "Without logistically ready forces, a commander's options are extremely limited - he will not have much flexibility. But, with logistically ready forces, only the mind of the commander limits the art of the what's possible."

Arthur thanked the awardees for their commitment and dedication.

"Logistics continues to be the backbone for our Navy/Marine Corps operating units," said Arthur. "The operating forces do an exceptional job of doing the day to day maintenance of their equipment, but without the logistics team acquiring the spares, providing rework facilities, documentation and trend analysis, their efforts would not be sufficient to keep the force fully operational."

Top Navy Officer Receives Public Service Award for Diversity Initiative

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Kyle P. Malloy, Chief of Naval Operations Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Asian-American Government Executives Network (AAGEN) recognized the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead with the AAGEN Excellence in Public Service Award June 10.

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs L. Tammy Duckworth presented the award which is given to an outstanding leader in public service who has demonstrated great spirit, courage and dedication to public service.

"Unquestionably, Admiral Roughead has served our nation in peace and war with the highest courage, honor and patriotism that exemplifies the best of our military leaders," said Duckworth.

Duckworth went on to highlight that currently, under Roughead's leadership, the Navy has the highest number of Asian-Pacific American (APA) flag officers in its history with nine APA's serving at the rank of rear admiral or higher.

Roughead, the 29th CNO, received the award for his leadership and his diversity initiatives throughout the Fleet.

"I can't tell you how humbled I am to receive this award but I really receive it on behalf of the United States Navy," said Roughead. "[The Navy leadership] makes the achievements that the Navy has enjoyed possible."

CNO talked about the importance of racial and gender diversity in all ranks of the military and how much stronger of an organization the Navy is with a fleet which reflects the face of the nation.

"[I appreciate] the richness and the value that can be derived from the many different view points, ideas and thoughts that can come together and make any organization stronger, better and more effective," said Roughead.

Finally, CNO addressed the magnitude of possibilities offered to a Sailor in the Navy and the extraordinary opportunities available to be part of a 'Global Force for Good.'

"We in the Navy, and the Armed Services, can offer young men and women an opportunity to play a role on the global stage, to cause outcomes that make life better for people around the world in ways that they never thought possible," said Roughead.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Gates Imparts Advice to Kaiserslautern H.S. Graduates

By John D. Banusiewicz
American Forces Press Service

June 11, 2010 - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates shared insights here today from his own life as a student and his decades of public service at commencement ceremonies for Kaiserslautern High School's Class of 2010.

The student body of the Department of Defense Education Activity managed school is composed mostly of children of servicemembers and Foreign Service officers. Gates thanked the graduates' parents for their sacrifices.

"You serve your country here in various capacities – military and civilian – but, most importantly tonight, you are all proud parents," he said. "I know that moving your family to another country and culture can be challenging. Many long days and nights at work compete with the time you would rather spend at home with your child. The dual role of parent and public servant is not an easy one – I can attest to that myself.

"Some of the uniformed parents of today's graduates are deployed and cannot be here today," the secretary continued, "while some of you have just returned or are getting ready to leave. We're all grateful for the sacrifices you make on behalf of all of us."

In commending Kaiserslautern's faculty, Gates noted he still remembers the names and faces of high school teachers who made a difference in his life.

"They opened my eyes to the world and to the life of the mind, and they were role models of decency and character," he said. "I only hope that half a century from now, these graduates will look back on their time here with such fond memories and, above all, remember the role you teachers played in their lives."

Calling the graduating class "a remarkable bunch," Gates told the students he knows life hasn't always been easy for them, as they've been subjected to frequent moves and sometimes-absent parents.

"Some of your parents have been gone over extended periods," he said. "Many have moved multiple times. New faces, new curriculums, new teachers, new friends: None of this is easy. I am impressed by the way that you all, much like your parents, have risen to the challenge and excelled."

Despite the challenges their parents' careers have posed for them, the secretary told the graduates, they've managed to exceed academic expectations, with 90 percent of them going on to college. In addition, he said, they've given of themselves while making the most of their circumstances.

"Your community service programs such as Soles 4 Souls and your Haiti fundraisers put others before yourselves in their time of utmost need," Gates said. "Through your travels and experiences, you have learned about your host country and familiarized yourselves with its culture. And, the whole while, your sports teams – the Raiders – have competed with the best of them. You've all come to represent Kaiserslautern High's mission of 'Model Citizens in a Diverse Society.'"

For the college-bound graduates, the secretary cited himself as an example in urging them to continue working hard, even if they find the adjustment to college life to be difficult.

"Back in Kansas," he told them, "I had gotten good grades in high school, so I thought I was pretty smart. Well, first semester my freshman year of college at William & Mary, I got a 'D' in calculus. My father made a long-distance call to ask how such a thing was possible, and I told Dad, 'The "D" was a gift.'

"Years later, as president of Texas A&M," he continued, "I would tell university freshmen that I learned two lessons from that 'D.' First, even if you're fairly smart, you will not succeed if you don't work hard. Second, I am standing proof that you can survive a 'D' as a freshman and still go on to make something of yourself."

If they find college tough at first, the secretary told the graduates, they should remember to work harder, improve their study habits, and reach outside their comfort zones to consider new subjects or try new things.

But regardless of whether they go on to college or not, Gates told the graduates, they should be prepared for their lives to turn in unexpected directions. At a time when he thought he was going to be a history professor, he said, he encountered a CIA recruiter and chose that path, though he hadn't considered that career before.

"Now, at first, CIA tried to train me to be a spy," Gates said. "However, my efforts were less James Bond and more Austin Powers – and I don't mean that in a good way."

He told the graduating class about one of his first training assignments, in which he and two fellow trainees were to practice secret surveillance on a woman CIA officer around Richmond, Va.

"Our team wasn't very stealthy, and someone reported to the Richmond police that some disreputable-looking men – that would be me and my fellow CIA trainees – were stalking this poor woman," he said. "My two colleagues were picked up by the Richmond police, and the only reason I didn't get arrested was because I had lost sight of her so early."

He and his CIA superiors agreed that field work probably wasn't a good fit for him, Gates said, and he became an analyst for the agency in which he rose through the ranks to become director.

"So it may take you a few missteps, and even embarrassments, before you find the thing you're really good at," the secretary told Kaiserslautern's graduating class. "But keep at it."

In the nearly 45 years since he joined the government, Gates said, he has learned about service and leadership.

"Many of you probably already have found opportunities, even at a young age, to exercise leadership in different ways – in athletics, extracurricular activities, student government, your church, or wherever you happen to have a part-time job," he said. "These opportunities have placed you in a position to show responsibility or influence others. Above all, you are fortunate to have parents who, in carrying out their duties in America's military, provide sterling examples of leadership and service on a daily basis."

Gates said his experience has shown him that leadership in any career entails three important qualities. "One of those things is integrity – I'm talking about honesty, telling the truth, being straight with others and with yourself," he said.

Courage, he told the graduates, is an important quality because it requires going against the collaborative culture in academia, business and government.

"The time likely will come someday when you see something going on that you know is wrong," he explained. "You may be called to stand alone, and say, 'I disagree with all of you. This cannot be allowed.' Don't kid yourself – that takes courage."

The third important quality of leadership, Gates said, is treating people with common decency and respect.

"Too often," he said, "those who are in charge demonstrate their power by making life miserable for their subordinates, just to show they can. President Truman had it right when he said, 'Always be nice to all the people who can't talk back to you.' In America today, we badly need leaders in every walk of life with these three traits – integrity, courage, common decency. We need real leaders in all walks of life."

The nation also needs people, Gates said, who step up to serve others.

"It has been the sacrifice of those willing to step forward at a time of crises and conflict – men and women like so many present here tonight – that has made it possible for us to live free and secure, [and] to be able to make the choices about our own lives that I've been talking about," he said. "Those of you who will follow your parents into the armed forces or other public service will sustain a noble tradition that often spans several generations."

But serving in the military or working as a civilian in government service aren't the only ways to contribute, he added, noting that many of the graduates already have served others in school and in their community.

"I think this work -- service beyond self -- is so important," he said, "because when all is said and done, American democracy is not just about our rights. It's also about our responsibilities and obligations." Gates concluded his remarks by reminding the graduates how lucky they are to be Americans.

"I've noticed that too often people back in the United States get so absorbed in their own needs and their own problems that they lose sight of how blessed we are as citizens of the United States of America," he said. "It is the goodness and the opportunity of America that made all things possible for me -- that made possible my journey from a public high school grad in Kansas to the corridors of power in Washington and around the world.

"It has been my privilege, and the honor of my life, to give something back in service," he continued. "And so for all of you, tonight, with this graduation, the door to opportunity opens – for you to serve and to lead."

Thursday, June 10, 2010

NETC Wins Stinson Equal Employment Opportunity Leadership Award

By Ed Barker, Naval Education and Training Command Public Affairs

June 10, 2010 - ARLINGTON, Va. (NNS) -- Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) was honored for their exemplary leadership and received the 2009 Nathaniel Stinson Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Award in a ceremony in Arlington, Va., June 3.

Rear Adm. Joseph F. Kilkenny, NETC commander, and Richard James, NETC executive director, were both recognized with the award. Patricia Adams, deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for Civilian Human Resources presented the award to James, who accepted the award on behalf of NETC.

"The Stinson Leadership Award is given annually to commands and individuals who have made significant contributions in EEO," said Adams. "For NETC to produce two individuals who have been so honored as recipients this year is very impressive. I am proud of their achievements and pleased that NETC leadership is so active in the EEO area."

"Although this is a leadership award, it recognizes the hard work and dedication of the entire NETC organization," said James. "Our Human Resources and EEO staff make things happen. Rear Adm. Kilkenny and I depend upon them each and every day to make our HR and EEO programs a success."

NETC also received the 2009 award for outstanding overall EEO program, including achievement in affirmative employment, human rights, equal opportunity, human resources, fair hiring practices, cultural and heritage programs. The overall command award was presented last October.

"Winning both the Stinson leadership and overall program awards for 2009 is an exceptional achievement," said Kilkenny. "Employees with diverse backgrounds are crucial to NETC's continued success. Our accomplishments throughout the Naval Education and Training Command are a direct result of our embracing diversity and hiring highly-skilled people. These awards not only recognize the unwavering effort by our staff in the Civilian Personnel Programs Department, but also validate our path for the future."

Nathaniel Stinson was the Navy's first Equal Employment Opportunity Officer. He is recognized for establishing Navy EEO when affirmative employment was taking shape in the workplace. In 1993, the Secretary of the Navy implemented the Stinson EEO and leadership awards. The program salutes commands, activities and individuals who have directly aided the mission of the Department of the Navy by increasing efficiency, effectiveness and implementing forward-thinking EEO policies and objectives. It raises awareness of the Navy's EEO efforts, and reflects the Navy's belief that recognizing and supporting diversity is instrumental to a productive workforce and good government.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

CNP Engages With Chicago Youth, Leadership

By Lt. Jeffrey S. Gray, Special to Chief of Naval Personnel - Diversity Directorate Public Affairs

June 9, 2010 - CHICAGO (NNS) -- The chief of naval personnel (CNP) visited with students, staff and faculty at two area high schools and met with city leadership in Chicago June 2.

CNP Vice Adm. Mark Ferguson met with students at Northside College Preparatory High School and cadets at the Hyman G. Rickover Naval Academy.

Ferguson also visited with Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and Chicago educational leaders.

"This was a great opportunity to engage and connect with some of the youth in Chicago. I was extremely impressed with the caliber of students at both schools," said Ferguson. "These students clearly have the drive, determination and talent to be the future leaders of tomorrow."

Ferguson began his trip to Chicago with a visit to Northside College Preparatory High School, one of the top 100 high schools in the country, according U.S. News & World Report. While at Northside, Ferguson met with student and school leaders and discussed a broad range of topics from education, ethics and leadership to Navy cyber security scholarship opportunities. Ferguson also toured the school, meeting and greeting students and faculty.

During a roundtable discussion with student leaders, Ferguson was asked to discuss the relationship between innovation and education.

"As a nation, we can't afford to outsource our capacity for innovation," said Ferguson. "Developing a love of learning in our nation's youth is crucial to the innovation we will need in the future. Our nation's public schools educate the vast majority of young adults, and schools like Northside will produce some of our 21st century leaders."

Barry Rodgers, principal at Northside College Preparatory High School, remarked that Ferguson's message resonated with students.

"We teach our students the relationship between ethics, leadership and responsibility," said Rodgers. "Vice Adm. Ferguson's interaction with our student leaders really brought home the relationship by discussing his real world experiences."

Dr. Peggy Murphy, Northside College Preparatory High School assistant principal, also said that it was an honor to host Ferguson at Northside.

"Having him talk to our students about his 32 years of experience, and especially about his current responsibilities, was eye-opening. I'm sure he inspired a number of our students to learn more about educational and career opportunities in the Navy," said Murphy.

Ferguson also visited the Hyman G. Rickover Naval Academy, one of Chicago Public School's six military academies.

The culminating event was Ferguson's participation in the Senior Bell Ceremony. Speaking in front of the assembled battalion of 400 cadets, he addressed the graduating seniors and spoke about his decision to attend the U.S. Naval Academy.

Over the last two years, Hyman G. Rickover Naval Academy graduates have accumulated in excess of $4 million in scholarships. Six cadets will enlist in the military in 2010. Sixteen cadets will attend a Navy-funded science, technology, engineering and mathematics summer program either at the U.S. Naval Academy, Purdue University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University or the University of San Diego.

Ferguson's last stop was to Chicago's City Hall, where he met with Daley, Chancellor of City Colleges of Chicago Cheryl L. Hyman and Chief Area Officer of Chicago Public Schools Rick Mills to discuss opportunities to partner with city educational agencies.

"Exploring opportunities to further student development is important to our nation and our Navy," said Ferguson.

Ferguson's visit to Chicago is part of the Navy's national outreach initiative to engage and connect with youth, educational, civic, government and business leaders across the country, and to communicate the importance of educating and training future leaders from diverse segments of society.

Wisconsin Challenge Academy to honor 106 graduates, scholarship recipients

Date: June 9, 2010

One hundred and six cadets from 42 counties will graduate from the Wisconsin National Guard Challenge Academy in a noon ceremony Saturday, June 12, at DeForest Area High School.

The Challenge Academy reshapes the lives of at-risk 16-to-18-year-olds. It uses a structured, military-style environment and state-certified teachers and counselors to build cadets' academic abilities, character, self-confidence, and personal discipline. After graduating from the 22-week residential phase of academy training, cadets are paired with hometown mentors who offer guidance and encouragement in pursuing their new direction in life. U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin (2nd District) is scheduled to address graduates along with their parents, relatives, mentors and friends on hand to celebrate their success. Five cadets who graduated from Challenge Academy in 2009 will receive scholarships to the colleges of their choice:

• Nicholas Feldman of Lyndon Station will receive a $1,000 scholarship from Merrill Lynch and Co., Inc. Feldman is enrolled in the mechanics program at Madison Area Technical College.

• Wal-Mart will award an $1,800 scholarship to Sharnika Polzar of Green Bay. Polzar is currently attending Northwest Technical College pursuing a degree in criminal justice.

• David Sorenson of Beloit will receive a $1,000 Docu-Pak scholarship. Sorenson is enrolled at Blackhawk Technical College pursuing a computer technician degree.

• EADS North America will award a $1,000 scholarship to Alexa Jolin of Tomah. Jolin is currently attending the International Air and Hospitality Academy in Vancouver, Wash.

• Cory Schladweiler of New Richmond will receive a $1,200 Fund a Future Scholarship given in the name of Col (Ret.) Christopher Mears. Schladweiler is currently enrolled at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College.

Twenty-nine states offer similar programs nationwide. More than 80,000 teens have successfully completed the National Guard youth programs since 1993. More than 87 per cent of cadets who finish the program receive their high school equivalency diploma (HSED), and more than 80 percent stay out of trouble with the law.

The Wisconsin Challenge Academy will begin its next class July 22. Applications are available for future classes by contacting the Challenge Academy at (608) 269-4605 or visiting their website at www.challengeacademy.org.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Secretary Gates to Receive the 2010 American Patriot Award

National Defense University Foundation to Present this Prestigious Honor at Its 9th Annual Gala

Washington, DC, June 8, 2010—Dr. Robert M. Gates, Secretary of Defense, was named today as recipient of the 2010 American Patriot Award given by The National Defense University Foundation. Washington’s most powerful and influential leaders will gather to celebrate his lifetime of patriotism and to witness his receiving this prestigious award at the American Patriot Award Gala on Friday, November 5, 2010, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. Secretary Gates will be recognized for his outstanding contributions to the intelligence, national security and defense communities throughout his impressive career in government.

Past recipients of the American Patriot Award include former President George H.W. Bush; General Colin Powell; Dr. Henry Kissinger; General David H. Petraeus, USA, and the Extraordinary Men and Women of CENTCOM; Senator Bob Dole; Senator John W. Warner and Representative Ike Skelton; Senators Daniel Inouye and Ted Stevens; Astronaut and Senator John Glenn; former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger; and The Men and Women of our Nation’s Defense Team.

The American Patriot Award Gala is one of Washington, D.C.’s most illustrious events, attended by nearly 600 guests, including senior Administration officials, Members of Congress, senior military officials, Ambassadors, dignitaries, and corporate and community leaders.

Past attendees include former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Alan Greenspan; White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel; ABC News’ Chief White House Correspondent Martha Raddatz; NBC News’ Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchell; Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen; former National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft; Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps General James Conway; and, Commanding General of the U.S. Army Materiel Command General Ann Dunwoody, USA.

Beyond honoring the recipients, the Gala showcases and supports the National Defense University and its crucial mission of preparing military and civilian leaders from the U.S. and other countries to examine national and international security challenges through multidisciplinary educational and research programs, professional exchanges, and outreach. It is the only university providing a common educational experience for all the various professional communities engaged in national security. The main campus is located at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C.

“As a true patriot, Secretary Gates is most deserving of the National Defense University Foundation’s American Patriot Award because of his inspirational leadership and selfless dedication in serving our nation’s ideals, values and democratic principles,” said Brigadier General William J. Leszczynski, Jr., USA (Ret), President and CEO, National Defense University Foundation.

The National Defense University Foundation is a non-profit organization that has provided private sector support for the National Defense University in mission-oriented areas for more than 28 years. Additionally, in collaboration with the University, the Foundation develops and manages outreach programs that help educate and engage the public for a better understanding of critical national security issues and the vital role NDU plays in addressing them.

For more information on the American Patriot Award and the Gala, please visit our websites at www.americanpatriotaward.org and www.NDUFoundation.org/Gates or contact Nancy Miller at 202/685-2527, email: millern@nduf.org.

Boy Scouts Experience Navy Life

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (AW) Crystal M. Mullen, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West

June 8, 2010 - SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Boy Scouts Troop 918 from Saddleback Church Troop in Orange County, Calif., had the opportunity to experience Navy life during a camping trip in San Diego June 5-6.

Several adults and 43 children from the troop set up camp at Naval Submarine Base Point Loma.

The camping trip was an opportunity for the troop to complete the requirements for their community merit badge.

"This is the first time we have done this trip," said Dave Klein, assistant scoutmaster. "We are working on our citizenship in the community merit badge. We not only learn about our community, but people that serve their community, and serving your country is certainly serving your community. It is one of the ultimate ways to serve."

A Navy SEAL (Sea, Air and Land) officer spoke to the group and started his presentation off with a leadership exercise, which was led by the troop's acting senior patrol leader.

After lunch the troop received a tour of USS Halsey (DDG 97).

"This has been one of my favorite trips," said Nathan Gibson, who is 12-years-old. "I really liked the destroyer, and I think everybody like it."

The scoutmaster for the troop was happy with the way the trip was going.

"They enjoyed coming on base, meeting different people in the military, and they like to see things in action," said Matt Burstein, scoutmaster. "I am pleasantly surprised, everybody we have met has been very friendly and open, and I am very pleased with the people we've met, they have been very warm and welcoming."

The children in the troop expressed how much they enjoyed the trip and the tours they were given by Navy personnel.

"I thought the trip was awesome and my favorite part was touring the destroyer," said Justin Harrison, who is 11-years-old. "Getting to see the sleeping area and the galley was really interesting."

"I have two boys in the scouts, and it seemed like a really unique opportunity to see what was in the Navy," said Chris Miller, a parent who attended the troop event. "It gives the boys a chance to experience something that they would rarely have gotten access to."

Monday, June 07, 2010

Department Teachers Receive Presidential Honor

By Elaine Wilson
American Forces Press Service

June 7, 2010 - WASHINGTON, June 7, 2010 - President Barack Obama today named two Department of Defense Education Activity teachers as recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, the nation's highest honor for math and science teachers.

Timothy Kelly, a math teacher at Baumholder Middle-High School in Germany, and Ray Smola, a physics teacher at Heidelberg High School in Germany, are among the 103 recipients of the award.

Each year, the best pre-college-level math and science teachers from across the nation are selected for the award, a White House release said. The winners are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians and educators following an initial selection process conducted at the state or activity level.

Mike Kestner, DoDEA's branch chief for mathematics, attributed Kelly's award to his "good rapport" with students and use of technology within the classroom. Kelly and another colleague "turned the advanced math program around," Kestner added, and increased student enrollment in advanced math courses.

Kelly was nominated for the award by Diane Schnellhammer, a former math teacher from Ramstein High School, Germany, and a prior recipient of the same award, he said.

Clarence Bostic, headquarters science coordinator, called Smola an "amazing" teacher, saying he's very deserving of the top honor.

Smola makes physics accessible to students by using a combination of student working groups, laptops, whiteboards, experiments and student-facilitated questions, Bostic said. Smola serves as a guide in the classroom, he added, rather than act as a lecturer from up front.

Through the exchange facilitated by small groups, students are able to absorb information, present it to peers and develop a common understanding, Bostic explained.

"Ray Smola's personality and methodology in concert made something that seemed like a complex concept approachable," he said.

Smola was nominated by Rick Renninger, Heidelberg's assistant principal, Bostic noted.

For their accomplishments, Kelly and Smola each will receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion, as well as an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for an awards ceremony slated for later this year, the release said. The trip includes several days of educational and celebratory events, including visits with members of Congress and science agency leaders.

Since 1983, more than 4,000 teachers have been recognized for their contributions to mathematics and science education, according to the presidential awards website.