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  2. HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – Randolph M. Prince, a former U.S. Navy Lieutenant stationed in Virginia Beach, will serve 4-years and two month’s in prison on fraud charges. According to court documents, Prince will also have to pay $144,359 dollars as part of restitution and will have three years of supervised release once he leaves prison. Court documents showed that Prince defrauded the United States government – specifically the Defense Logistics Agency and Department of Defense – by submitting subcontracts for work to be done by sub-vendors, who were paid by the U.S. government on false pretenses. https://wtkr.com/2019/01/21/former-virginia-beach-based-navy-lieutenant-to-serve-more-than-4-years-for-fraud/
  3. The app is the only way I know to get it.
  4. Last week
  5. This is a Vet folks... FRANKFORT, KY. Students at a Kentucky Catholic school who were involved in a video showing them mocking Native Americans outside the Lincoln Memorial after a Washington rally could potentially face expulsion, according to the diocese. https://pilotonline.com/news/nation-world/national/article_60f9ffd8-b4f5-56bd-ba97-09f4371438dc.html
  6. At the bottom of the linked page, I have the new "E4 Through E7 Final Multiple Score" chart and right above that, in the yellow box, is the link to the FMS Calculator app.
  7. Has anyone used the FMS Calulator app? The historical cut information was updated not long before the test. I looked up a couple of rates, averages for both over the last 3 years was 157.2 to make the 60% cut. That equals a 3.8 PMA and 48 SS on the exam, or a 3.6 and 58 for the two I saw. According to the NAC, "A SS of 70 indicates candidate scored higher than 98% of all candidates, 60 indicates 84%, 50 indicates 50%, 40 indicates 16%, 30 indicates 2%, and 20 indicates 1%". I'm glad they're being more transparent with the historical cuts, gives you somewhere to aim.
  8. I’d say late June (board convenes June 24) to early July when the rumor mills start grinding again. Pending any board compromises. By August I’d expect the FY-21 to start up.
  9. I would expect the same. And even then, the real action doesn’t occur until August.
  10. UNCLASSIFIED// ROUTINE R 181624Z JAN 19 FM SECNAV WASHINGTON DC TO ALNAV INFO SECNAV WASHINGTON DC CNO WASHINGTON DC CMC WASHINGTON DC BT UNCLAS ALNAV 010/19 MSGID/GENADMIN/SECNAV WASHINGTON DC/-/JAN// REF/SECNAV MEMORANDUM/12OCT2018// SUBJ/OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT INFORMATION// RMKS/1. As Department of the Navy personnel, we are bound by the oath we took to protect classified and sensitive information. That oath is a solemn and legally enforceable obligation to support and defend our Constitution, maintain the faith and confidence of our leadership, and carry out our orders to safeguard our Nation, our Navy, and each other. 2. In order to carry out these responsibilities, we are often granted access to some of the most sensitive and closely-held information in our government. It is a violation of our oath to reveal, in any fashion, nonpublic Department of the Navy information, classified or unclassified, to anyone without both the required security clearance and the specific need to know in the performance of their duties. Doing so places our service men and women at risk, endangers our intelligence operations, and undermines our technological and warfighting advantages over our foes. 3. We each have a special responsibility protect our secrets and privileged internal communications. The unauthorized disclosure or intentional release of non-public information, classified or unclassified, including For Official Use Only (FOUO) and business -sensitive information, is serious and inexcusable. 4. We must be vigilant in executing our responsibility to prevent disclosure of any information that isnt authorized for release outside of the Department. All hands must be alert to prevent unauthorized disclosure of non-public information for any reason, whether by implied acknowledgement or intentional release. Misconduct cannot be tolerated, and suspected or confirmed disclosure must be reported at once. 5. As a Department, we have increasingly complex security challenges which call for increased vigilance in protecting our secrets. We must always be mindful of the obligations we have to each other and to the Nation we have sworn to protect. 6. Released by the Honorable Richard V. Spencer, Secretary of the Navy.// BT #0001 NNNN UNCLASSIFIED//
  11. UNCLASSIFIED// ROUTINE R 181700Z JAN 19 FM SECNAV WASHINGTON DC TO ALNAV INFO SECNAV WASHINGTON DC CNO WASHINGTON DC CMC WASHINGTON DC BT UNCLAS ALNAV 011/19 MSGID/GENADMIN/SECNAV WASHINGTON DC/-/JAN// SUBJ/2019 ANNUAL NAVY LEAGUE SEA SERVICE AWARDS// POC/AWARDS BOARD/NA/CALLSIGN: NAVY LEAGUE OF THE UNITED STATES/LOC/ARLINGTON, VA/TEL: (703)312 1562/EMAIL/ QCROCKETT(AT)NAVYLEAGUE.ORG RMKS/1. The Navy League of the United States (NLUS) is a national organization of more than 35,000 members and over 220 councils throughout the United States and overseas. Each year, NLUS presents awards in recognition of outstanding individual achievements in leadership, maritime affairs, scientific progress, engineering excellence, logistics competence, excellence in intelligence, and service to community and country. All active and reserve Navy and Marine Corps members are eligible. Coast Guard members and civilians may also be eligible for some awards. 2. The NLUS awards follow: a. The John Paul Jones Award for Inspirational Leadership recognizes a Navy Officer who has made an outstanding contribution to the high standards of leadership in the naval service. b. The Admiral Claude V. Ricketts Award for Inspirational Leadership recognizes two Navy enlisted (one E-7 or above and one E-6 or below) that have demonstrated leadership and professional competence. c. The Captain Winifred Quick Collins Award for Inspirational Leadership recognizes two Navy or Marine Corps females (one Officer and one Enlisted) who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and performance in their military duties and have reflected credit on women in the naval service. d. The Lieutenant General John A. Lejeune Award for Inspirational Leadership recognizes a Marine Corps Officer who has made an outstanding contribution to the highest standards of leadership in the Marine Corps. e. The General Gerald C. Thomas Award for Inspirational Leadership recognizes an Enlisted Marine who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and professional competence. f. The Stephen Decatur Award for Operational Competence recognizes a Navy Officer or Sailor who has made an outstanding personal contribution in the course of actual naval operations that have advanced the readiness and competence of the naval service. g. The General Holland M. Smith Award for Operational Competence recognizes a Marine Corps Officer or Enlisted Marine who has made an outstanding personal contribution that has advanced the readiness and competence of the naval service in the course of actual operations. h. The Robert M. Thompson Award for Outstanding Civilian Leadership recognizes a civilian who has furthered the cause of seapower. i. The Rear Admiral William S. Parsons Award for Scientific and Technical Progress recognizes a Navy or Marine Corps Service Member or civilian who has made an outstanding contribution in any field of science that has furthered the development and progress of the Navy or Marine Corps. j. The Alfred Thayer Mahan Award for Literary Achievement recognizes a Navy or Marine Corps Service Member or civilian for a notable literary contribution that has advanced the importance and cause of seapower in the United States. k. The Honorable J. William Middendorf II Award for Engineering Excellence recognizes a Navy Petty Officer who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and professional competence required while assigned to a deployed ship. l. The Admiral Ben Moreell Award for Logistics Competence recognizes an Officer (Navy or Marine Corps) and an Enlisted Service Member (Navy or Marine Corps) who has made an outstanding personal contribution that has advanced the logistics readiness and competence of the naval service. m. The Vice Admiral Robert F. Batchelder Award recognizes five Navy Officers in the Supply Corps levels O-1 through O-4 who have made the most significant personal contributions to the supply readiness of the operating forces. 3. Sea Service Awards for Excellence of Naval Professionals in Intelligence, the Merchant Marines, and Coast Guard sponsored by NLUS follow: a. Civilian Mariners Awards for the Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force and special mission ships are the Captain Arthur L. Johnson Award for Inspirational Leadership and the Able Seaman Oscar Chappell Award for Outstanding Maritime Stewardship. b. Coast Guard Awards are the Captain David H. Jarvis Award for Inspirational Leadership by a Coast Guard Officer and the Douglas A. Munro Award for Inspirational Leadership by an Enlisted Coast Guardsman. c. The Naval Intelligence Professionals Award for Exceptional Leadership in Intelligence Support to the Fleet is awarded to that Officer of the Sea Services, in the pay grades of O-4, O-5, or O-6, and selected among those nominated by afloat and shore-based commands. d. The Project Handclasp Humanitarian Service Award recognizes a Navy, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard Service Member for exceptional personal effort and accomplishments in humanitarian assistance. 4. Nominations: a. Nomination criteria. Nominations must be fully substantiated and reflect a careful and conscientious evaluation of the nominee's accomplishment from December 1, 2017 through November 30, 2018. Each nomination package shall include: (1) A cover page with nominee's full name, rank/rate, current duty station and address, current city, work phone number, email address, home of record, length of service (for military nominees), name of award being nominated for, point of contact name, rank/rate, address, commercial phone number (this cannot be a DSN number), fax number, email address, and signature of commanding officer. (2) A nomination achievement/justification section in paragraph or bulletized format. It should explain in a manner easily understood by the general public and should avoid acronyms, generalities, or excessive use of superlatives. (3) A proposed citation in standard paragraph form. (4) The total submission packet, excluding the proposed citation, must not exceed four pages. (5) A template for the required format is available. Please contact Mrs. Qawnana Crockett at qcrockett@navyleague.org to receive a copy. b. Submission. The requested method of submission is via e-mail to awards@navyleague.org with all attachments in Microsoft Word format or Adobe Acrobat. Nominations must be received no later than February 15, 2019. 5. Additional information regarding the awards and nomination process may be found on the Navy League website, www.navyleague.org, under programs/awards/sea service awards. 6. Awards will be presented at the 2019 Navy League Convention held in Norfolk, Virginia June 17-23, 2019, or another appropriate event. The Navy League will cover expenses for lodging and meals of award participants, plus one guest. Travel costs will not be covered by the League. Using this message as a reference, commands are encouraged to issue no cost temporary additional duty orders so award recipients may attend the Navy League's Annual Convention. For additional logistics information about this program, point of contact is Mrs. Qawnana Crockett of the Navy League at Tel: 703- 312-1562 or email: qcrockett@navyleague.org. 7. Released by the Honorable Richard V. Spencer, Secretary of the Navy.// BT #0001 NNNN UNCLASSIFIED//
  12. Now that the test is over I expect the conversations will pick up some, but probably still slow until SBE results
  13. Former Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin used a government car for his wife and occasionally used an agency driver as her chauffeur on the driver’s personal time in violation of ethics guidelines, according to a new inspector general report. Additionally, security details for leadership at the VA were mismanaged and exposed the former secretary to lapses in protection, according to the report. https://abcnews.go.com/beta-story-container/Politics/va-secretary-wife-unethically-govt-resources-report/story?id=60448035
  14. Alright how many brains are still hurting?
  15. I feel the same way about every exam. I know most but not all. I average in the 70's for exam score.
  16. Now the wait for Selection Board eligibility results. Felt good about the exam, hopefully that doesn’t translate into the standard navy thinking 😂
  17. For 733X I imagine it will be somewhere between 24 and 26. I don’t believe there’s anything significant holding them up either, just would be nice to see a little update. Especially for people like me who are extremely impatient. But that’s the way it goes.
  18. Where would I find the designator health? I imagine it is somewhere on NPC, but a slight point in the right direction would be truly appreciated.
  19. I do not believe that there is anything significant holding up the release. You should be able to get a decent indicator as to what the quotas are going to be by using historical precedence and designator health.
  20. DETROIT (AP) — A Marine veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder was held for three days for possible deportation before federal authorities learned that he was a U.S. citizen born in Michigan, lawyers said Wednesday. Jilmar Ramos-Gomez, 27, lives in the Grand Rapids area. He was released on Dec. 17 from a detention center in Calhoun County after personal records were provided to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan. https://news.yahoo.com/aclu-government-mistakenly-wanted-deport-us-veteran-140244111.html
  21. From USS Gerald R. Ford Public Affairs NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- The Navy’s newest aircraft carrier, USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), closed out 2018 on a high note with the acceptance of the ship’s first advanced weapons elevator (AWE), setting the tone for more positive developments in the year ahead. AWE Upper Stage #1 was turned over to the ship on Dec. 21, following testing and certification by engineers at Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding, where the ship is currently working through its post-shakedown availability (PSA). The acceptance marks a major milestone for the ship and the Ford-class of aircraft carriers to follow. USS Gerald R. Ford is the first Ford-class aircraft carrier and is the first new carrier design in over 40 years. Unlike Nimitz-class carrier elevators that utilize cables for movement, the Ford class elevators are commanded via electromagnetic, linear synchronous motors allowing for greater capacities and a faster movement of weapons. The new design will allow the ship to be able to move up to 24,000 pounds of ordnance at 150 feet-per-minute. This is in contrast to the 10,500 pounds at up to 100 feet-per-minute on a Nimitz-class carrier. “This will allow us to load more aircraft faster, and in the long run, increase our overall sortie generation rates,” said Lt. Cmdr. Chabonnie Alexander, Ford’s ordnance handling officer. But aside from the advantages of the new AWE, the new ship design also offered a chance to streamline the overall movement and assembly of weapons to allow for even greater efficiencies. Ford features three upper stage elevators that move ordnance between the main deck and flight deck, and seven lower stage elevators that move ordnance between the main deck and the lower levels of the ship. Ford also features a dedicated weapons handling area between the hangar bay and the flight deck, on the 02 level, that eliminates several horizontal and vertical movements to various staging and build-up locations. This ultimately offers a 75% reduction in distance traveled from magazine to aircraft. An additional benefit of the ship’s design is a separate utility elevator that can serve as a dedicated elevator to move both ordnance and supplies, and also serve as a means to medically evacuate (MEDEVAC) injured personnel from the flight deck to the hangar bay. This allows the 10 main AWEs and Ford’s three aircraft elevators to be dedicated to their primary missions of ordnance and aircraft movement during real-world operations. To keep up with the new technologies and radical changes that the AWEs offer, Ford Sailors recently completed newly developed familiarization, operations and maintenance training in Newport News to become better educated on how to work with and maintain the elevators. The crew is now conducting hands-on training where they will validate technical manuals and maintenance requirements cards against the elevator’s actual operation. Their feedback and observations will ultimately inform future Sailors how to properly and safely operate the elevators. Alexander said Sailors are now training with the elevator which will complement the classroom instruction they have received to this point. “Getting this elevator turned over to the ship and allowing our Sailors to get hands-on training on the elevator will help in two ways,” said Alexander. “One, it will help in the training and understanding of the system itself, and two, to work out any bugs that remain with the system during our PSA.” Though the first elevator has been accepted, work still remains on the remaining 10. Currently, all shipboard installation and testing activities of the AWEs are due to be completed prior to the end of Ford’s PSA, scheduled for July. However, some remaining certification documentation will be performed for five of the 11 elevators after PSA completion. According to Alexander, while there was sense of accomplishment and satisfaction in having the first elevator turned over, the team working on the elevators can’t rest on this single event. “We’re all 100 percent invested in this, but there’s still work left to do,” Alexander explained. “We’re all one big team with the same goal in mind: to get these systems operational and turned over to the ship. “I think it was a greater sense of accomplishment to my Sailors that have been working on these systems for the last 4-to-5 years,” he said. “To be able to finally push the buttons and watch it operate like it’s designed to do was a great feeling. Once these systems are proven, they are going to pay huge dividends for naval strike capability.”
  22. Hello everyone, I am a complete Navy noob but I currently serve in the Army National Guard. The question is...how difficult is it to go from a reserve enlisted navy sailor to a reserve navy officer. I know the information warfare direct commission route is heinously difficult but I was wondering about a standard I get sent to standard officer school (assuming I was selected). Is that even in option in the navy reserves for someone going IP or Crypto officer?
  23. Hopefully everyone knocks the test out of the park so we can all prepare for the board.
  24. The Navy is slated to commission its newest littoral combat ship, the future USS Wichita, during a ceremony Saturday in Naval Station Mayport, Fla. Kate Lehrer, wife of Wichita native Jim Lehrer, former anchor of “The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour” on the Public Broadcasting Service, is the ship’s sponsor. According to naval tradition, the sponsor gives the crew its first order: “Man our ship and bring her to life!” https://www.stripes.com/navy-to-commission-its-newest-littoral-combat-ship-the-uss-wichita-1.563980
  25. MIAMI (Tribune News Service) — Ezell Finklea didn’t have to help. When the military veteran witnessed a slaying in Miami, Finklea cooperated with law enforcement, identifying his neighbor as the killer. Even when the suspected killer was believed to have broken into his home and attacked him, Finklea refused to back down, testifying at hearings or depositions at least seven times over the years. But on the eve of the trial, Finklea was returning from buying a chicken dinner Saturday night when an unknown gunman walked up to his car on Northwest 30th Avenue, firing more than a dozen shots. https://www.stripes.com/news/veterans/he-was-very-brave-on-eve-of-trial-former-green-beret-who-witnessed-a-miami-slaying-is-shot-dead-1.564500
  26. Worksheets for Cycle 243 have been posted in the Enlisted Advancement Worksheet (EAW), a module in NSIPS available under Sailor self-service accounts. The worksheets are initially being made available as part of a pilot to ensure the authoritative data in NSIPS matches the paper worksheet processes per NAVADMIN 316/18. Active Duty, FTS and Canvasser Recruiter E4-E6 advancement candidates for the upcoming cycle should check their worksheets in EAW before signing their paper worksheet.
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