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  2. About 300 students from Saudi Arabia have been grounded at three Florida bases in the wake of a shooting at a Pensacola Navy base that left three people dead. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/10/us/pensacola-florida-shooting-saudi-students.html?action=click&module=Top Stories&pgtype=Homepage
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  4. UNCLASSIFIED// ROUTINE R 101455Z DEC 19 MID110000223792U FM CNO WASHINGTON DC TO NAVADMIN CMC WASHINGTON DC INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC BT UNCLAS NAVADMIN 285/19 PASS TO OFFICE CODES: FM CNO WASHINGTON DC//N2N6// INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC//N2N6// MSGID/NAVADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N2N6/DEC// SUBJ/2020 NAVAL INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY AWARDS SOLICITATION// REF/A/DOC/OPNAVINST 1650.26E/06DEC17// REF/B/DOC/COMNAVIFORESINST 1650.4P/21DEC18// NARR/REF A IS THE NAVAL INTELLIGENCE AWARDS PROGRAM. REF B IS COMNAVIFORES POLICY AND PROCEDURES GOVERNING MILITARY AWARDS AND RECOGNITION PROGRAM.// POC/SCOTT/LT/OPNAV N2N6C/TEL: 703-604-6288/ EMAIL: ALLISON.SCOTT2(AT)NAVY.MIL// RMKS/1. Reference (a) is the Naval Intelligence Awards Program that recognizes excellence and outstanding achievement in Naval Intelligence. This NAVADMIN builds on guidance provided in references (a) and (b), and solicits nominations. a. Rear Admiral Thomas A. Brooks Intelligence Junior Officer of the Year award recognizes junior officers for their leadership, performance, special accomplishments, and overall contribution to command efficiency, morale, and welfare while serving on both sea and shore duty. Active and Reserve Component Naval Intelligence officers (183X/683X) O-1 through O-3 are eligible. Two Active or Reserve Component junior officers will be selected one each for the sea duty and shore duty categories. b. Commander Dan F. Shanower Intelligence Specialist of the Year award recognizes Intelligence Specialists for their performance, leadership, special accomplishments, and overall contribution to command efficiency, morale, and welfare. Active and Reserve Component Intelligence Specialists in paygrades E-1 through E-5 are eligible to compete for the Junior Intelligence Specialist of the Year award. Active and Reserve Component Intelligence Specialists in paygrade E-6, including those frocked to E-6 during the eligibility period, are eligible to compete for the Senior Intelligence Specialist of the Year award. A total of four Active or Reserve Component Intelligence Specialists will be selected one junior and one senior Intelligence Specialists of the Year for each of the sea duty and shore duty categories. c. Vice Admiral Rufus L. Taylor Award for Leadership recognizes leadership from deserving Active or Reserve Component officer, enlisted, or civilian personnel who exemplify excellence and exceptional dedication to duty within the Naval Intelligence Community. Active and Reserve Component Naval Intelligence officers (183X/683X) O-4 through O-6, Intelligence Chief Warrant Officers (CWO) (783X) CWO-3 through CWO-5, Intelligence Specialists E-7 through E-9, and civilians GS-13 through GS-15 (or equivalent) are eligible. Two candidates will be selected for this award one Active or civilian candidate, and one Reserve Component candidate. d. Vice Admiral Rufus L. Taylor Award for Excellence in Intelligence Instruction recognizes Intelligence instructors who embody the time-honored principles which Vice Admiral Taylor exemplified throughout his career: desire for professional knowledge, intellectual curiosity, initiative, enthusiasm, ability to command respect and motivate others, devotion to duty, effective communication skills, and personal and intellectual integrity. Active and Reserve Component U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps service members serving as instructors, faculty, or staff at Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC) Virginia Beach and IWTC San Diego are eligible. Two candidates will be selected one each from IWTC Virginia Beach and IWTC San Diego. e. Rear Admiral Edwin T. Layton Award for Leadership and Mentorship recognizes outstanding leadership and mentorship in the furtherance of Naval Intelligence performance. Active and Reserve Component Naval Intelligence officers (183X/683X) O-4 through O-6, Intelligence CWOs (783X) CWO-3 through CWO-5, and Intelligence Specialists E-6 through E-9 are eligible. There is no set number of awards to be given each year. f. Herman Dworkin Award for Maritime Analytic Excellence recognizes a civilian or military analyst working maritime issues who displays an exceptional work ethic and analytical expertise. Active and Reserve Component Naval Intelligence officers (183X/683X) O-3 through O-5, Intelligence CWOs (783X) CWO-2 through CWO-5, and civilians GS-12 through GS-14 (or equivalent) are eligible. Nominees shall have at least ten years of experience in the field of maritime intelligence analysis and be currently analytically active. One candidate will be selected for this award. 2. Submission requirements are outlined in references (a) and (b). The eligibility period for all Intelligence awards is 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019. 3. Submission instructions. All nomination packages shall be submitted as a single .pdf file. With two exceptions (listed below), the nominees current command shall forward all award nomination packages to LT Allison Scott at email allison.scott2(AT)navy.mil and Mr. Michael Saunders at email michael.saunders(AT)navy.mil via encrypted email. All emails shall have the award name and last name of the nominee in the subject line. If unable to send encrypted emails, utilize DoD Secure Access File Exchange (SAFE) website at https://safe.apps.mil. a. Vice Admiral Rufus L. Taylor Award for Leadership, Reserve Component nominations shall be received by Commander, Naval Information Force Reserve (COMNAVIFORES) no later than 15 February 2020. Nomination packages shall be endorsed by the supporting Naval Information Force Reserve (NIFR) Region of that unit (if applicable) prior to submission. NIFR Regions will forward all packages for boarding to COMNAVIFORES Headquarters via encrypted email to YN1 Dexter Correll at email NIFR_ALL_AWARDS(AT)navy.mil to meet the 15 February 2020 deadline. b. Vice Admiral Rufus L. Taylor Award for Excellence in Intelligence Instruction nominations. Forward all packages to appropriate IWTC Point of contacts (POC) via encrypted email. POC for IWTC Virginia Beach is Mr. Larry Banks at email larry.banks(AT)navy.mil, and POC for IWTC San Diego is Mr. Adam Thompson at email adam.d.thompson(AT)navy.mil. 4. All packages shall be submitted no later than 13 March 2020, with the exception of the Vice Admiral Rufus L. Taylor Award for Leadership (Reserve Component), which shall be submitted no later than 15 February 2020 per reference (b). 5. Reference (a) covers recognition details for each award. 6. The nomination template is posted to the Navy Information Warfare Outreach page on MilSuite at https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-244835 (Common Access Card email certificate login required). Reference (a) and the award nomination template do not require the use of Social Security Numbers or other sensitive Personally-Identifiable Information (PII). Commands should avoid including unnecessary PII in nomination packages. 7. Incomplete packages or packages failing to meet all guidance as outlined in this message and reference (a) will not be considered. Late submissions will not be accepted. 8. Classified nomination packages will not be accepted. 9. Released by VADM Matthew J. Kohler, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare, OPNAV N2N6.// BT #0001 NNNN UNCLASSIFIED//
  5. UNCLASSIFIED// ROUTINE R 101418Z DEC 19 MID110000223670U FM CNO WASHINGTON DC TO NAVADMIN INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC BT UNCLAS NAVADMIN 284/19 PASS TO OFFICE CODES: FM CNO WASHINGTON DC//N1// INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC//N1// MSGID/GENADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N1/DEC// SUBJ/MARCH 2020 (CYCLE 247) NAVY-WIDE ADVANCEMENT EXAMINATIONS FOR ACTIVE- DUTY, FULL-TIME SUPPORT AND CANVASSER RECRUITER PETTY OFFICERS (E-4 - E-6)// REF/A/DOC/BUPERS/19SEP18// REF/B/MSG/SECNAV WASHINGTON DC/052044ZMAR13// REF/C/MSG/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N1/201449ZDEC18// REF/D/MSG/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N1/201604ZDEC18// REF/E/MSG/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N1/272057ZDEC18// NARR/REF A IS BUPERSINST 1430.16G, ADVANCEMENT MANUAL FOR ENLISTED PERSONNEL OF THE U.S. NAVY AND U.S. NAVY RESERVE. REF B IS ALNAV 015/13, PERSONNEL SECURITY INVESTIGATION SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS. REF C IS NAVADMIN 312/18, ADVANCEMENT POLICY UPDATE. REF D IS NAVADMIN 313/18, PROFESSIONAL MILITARY KNOWLEDGE ELIGIBILITY EXAM BUSINESS RULES. REF E IS NAVADMIN 316/18, ENLISTED ADVANCEMENT WORKSHEET.// RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN announces the March 2020 (cycle 247) Navy- wide Advancement Examinations for advancement in rate of Active, Full-Time Support and Canvasser Recruiter Sailors. a. Exam dates are: E-6 - 5 March 2020 E-5 - 12 March 2020 E-4 - 19 March 2020 b. In addition to the requirements of reference (a), chapter 6 and this NAVADMIN, Educational Services Officers (ESO) must follow the pre-exam preparation requirements in the exam verbatim, which can be found on the Navy Enlisted Advancement System (NEAS) via MyNavy Portal (MNP) at https://www.mnp.navy.mil/group/navy-advancement-center/my-eso. 2. Eligibility requirements are found in reference (a), chapter 2, with the following information specific only to cycle 247: a. The terminal eligibility date used to compute time-in-rate (TIR) is 1 July 2020. b. The minimum TIR date must be on or before E-6 - 1 July 2017 E-5 - 1 July 2019 E-4 - 1 January 2020 c. E-6 candidate TIR requirements for Early Promote Sailors can be waived by 1 year with the commanding officer (CO)/officer-in- charge (OIC) approval, in line with reference (a), paragraph 214. d. High-year tenure (HYT) date must be effective 1 July 2020 or later. Any HYT waiver must be approved prior to 1 March 2020. e. Candidates in a rating requiring a security clearance must have a favorable investigation adjudication by the Department of Defense Central Adjudication Facility reflected properly in the Joint Personnel Adjudication System (JPAS) prior to 1 March 2020. If the CO of the candidate grants an interim clearance, JPAS must be updated prior to 1 March 2020. Candidates must maintain security clearance eligibility throughout the advancement cycle to be eligible for advancement. If for any reason a clearance is denied or revoked, an exam is not authorized until a new clearance is granted. Ratings requiring a security clearance are AC, AE, AG, AO, ATI, ATO, AWF, AWO, AWR, AWS, AWV, AZ, CTI, CTM, CTN, CTR, CTT, EOD, ET, FC, FCA, GM, HT, IC, IS, IT, LN, MA, MC, MN, ND, OS, QM, SB, SO, STG, YN, as well as nuclear and submarine ratings. Refer to references (a) and (b) for additional guidance. f. For candidates taking E-4 and E-5 exams, compute Performance Mark Average (PMA) using evaluations in the current pay grade of the candidate with an ending date that falls within the following time periods: E-4 exam - 1 June 2019 to 29 February 2020 E-5 exam - 1 December 2018 to 29 February 2020 g. For candidates taking E-6 exams, compute the Reporting Seniors Cumulative Average (RSCA) PMA, as outlined in reference (c), using evaluations in the current pay grade of the candidate with the ending date that falls within the time period E-6 exam - 1 March 2017 to 29 February 2020. h. For guidance in establishing PMA for new accessions, refer to reference (a), paragraph 308.b. i. For guidance on Professional Military Knowledge Eligibility Exam (PMK-EE), refer to reference (d). PMK-EE is mandatory for cycle 247. j. For guidance on establishing Enlisted Advancement Worksheet (EAW) user roles and completing worksheets, refer to reference (e). EAW is mandatory for cycle 247. EAW will be the authority for PMA/RSCA PMA and awards. 3. Exam ordering. Order exams in line with chapter 4 of reference (a). a. Deploying commands and candidates departing to Congressionally- Designated Combat Zones and Approved Contingency Operations Areas (CDCZ/ACOA) can order exams up to 6 months prior to the scheduled exam date. Refer to chapter 4 and paragraph 614 of reference (a) for additional guidance. b. Regular Exams: (1) Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) Exams. Cryptologic-Technician Interpretive (CTI)/Cryptologic-Technician Network (CTN)/Cryptologic Technician-Collection (CTR) SCI exam ordering dates can be found on the NEAS website. ESOs must verify initial Active TIR eligibility lists on the NEAS website for exam ordering. The deadline for ordering supplemental TIR SCI exams is 2 January 2020. (2) Non-SCI Exams. Exam ordering for non-SCI exams begins 1 December 2019. ESOs must verify TIR eligibility lists on the NEAS website during the following time periods: (a) Initial TIR lists will be available: E-6 11 December 2019 to 18 December 2019 E-5 11 December 2019 to 7 January 2020 E-4 11 December 2019 to 13 January 2020 (b) Supplemental TIR lists will be available: E-6 19 December 2019 to 29 January 2020 E-5 8 January 2020 to 2 February 2020 E-4 14 January 2020 to 2 February 2020 (3) Exams ordered after the TIR lists have closed shall be ordered using preferred formatted e-mail to sfly_N321_exam_order(at)navy.mil or naval message following guidelines in line with chapter 4 of reference (a). Ensure a point of contact is included in the submitted e-mail or message. Orders submitted after Supplemental TIR list closure will result in a substitute exam being sent. c. Substitute Exams: (1) The deadline for ordering SCI substitute exams is 3 April 2020. The deadline for ordering non-SCI substitute exams is 31 March 2020. (2) Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center (NETPDC N321) is the approval authority for all substitute exams. (3) Recent graduates of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program training pipeline on transfer leave in route to their first at-sea assignment during the E-4 and E-5 examination dates will have substitute examinations ordered for them by their ultimate duty station if dates permit exam ordering before the published deadline. (4) Substitute examinations may be administered with regular exam administration or in line with reference (a), paragraph 606. d. ESOs must verify examination orders at the View Previous Exam Orders link via the NEAS website within 7 to 10 days of placing the order. If exam order discrepancies are noted, contact the Fleet Services Branch (NETPDC N321) as listed in the NEAS website NETPDC N321 Point of Contact Table. e. Exceptions to Policy for exam orders will continue to be submitted in line with reference (a). f. Candidates in the following ratings are separated into the following competitive groups: (1) CTI Group 1 Middle East/North Africa Group 2 East/Far East Group 3 Latin/South America Group 4 Eastern Europe (2) EMN, ETN and MMN Group 1 Submarine Group 2 Surface Group 3 Training 4. Exam Administration and Answer Sheet Returns a. For exam administration and answer sheet return instructions refer to chapter 6 of reference (a). b. ESOs must check the exam tote board on the NEAS website via MyNavy Portal often to ensure answer sheets have been received and processed. Answer sheets that are in error will not be counted until they are processed successfully. c. A detailed discrepancy list can be found at the NEAS website via MNP. For guidance on discrepancy correction requirements, refer to reference (a), chapters 3 and 7. d. Post-exam administration discrepancy correction correspondence with NETPDC N321 is to be submitted using the EAW post-exam administration comments function, refer to reference (e). All corrections must have CO/OIC letter and supporting documentation included as attachments. Education point corrections require a submission of the Joint Service Transcript indicating the degree type and date of completion. e. For guidance on E-4 through E-6 candidates with missed exams due to assignment in CDCZ/ACOA, refer to reference (a), chapter 6. 5. Examination Results. Refer to reference (a), chapter 7. 6. Any additional information regarding this cycle will be posted on the NEAS website. 7. Points of contact. a. MyNavy Career Center (MNCC) is available 24/7 by phone at 1- 833-330- MNCC (1-833-330-6622) or via e-mail at askmncc(at)navy.mil. b. SCI exam questions and orders can be reached at (850) 473- 5867/DSN 753 or via e-mail at sfly_cryptologic.products(at)navy.mil. c. Non-SCI exam questions and orders can be reached at (850) 473- 6148/DSN 753 or via e-mail at sfly_N321_exam_order(at)navy.mil. d. Records and discrepancies can be reached at (850) 473- 6148/DSN 753 or via EAW. 8. For further NEAS information, to include exam verbatim and other related documents, visit MNP at https://www.mnp.navy.mil/group/navy- advancement-center/my-eso. 9. This NAVADMIN will remain in effect until superseded or canceled, whichever occurs first. 10. Released by Vice Admiral John B. Nowell, Jr, N1.// BT #0001 NNNN UNCLASSIFIED//
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  7. USS America (LHA-6) arrived at its new homeport of Sasebo, Japan, on Thursday, a move that puts the big-deck amphibious assault ship designed to accommodate the F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters in the Western Pacific. America is now part of the U.S. 7th Fleet forward-deployed amphibious force, replacing big-deck amphib USS Wasp (LHD-1), which completed a move to Naval Station Norfolk last month. https://news.usni.org/2019/12/06/amphibious-assault-ship-uss-america-arrives-in-japan#more-71799
  8. UNCLASSIFIED// ROUTINE R 062204Z DEC 19 MID510000783122U FM CNO WASHINGTON DC TO NAVADMIN INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC BT UNCLAS NAVADMIN 279/19 PASS TO OFFICE CODES: FM CNO WASHINGTON DC//N1// INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC//N1// MSGID/GENADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N1/DEC// SUBJ/PUBLICATION OF BUPERSINST 1610.10E (EVALMAN)// REF/A/DOC/NAVPERSCOM/01OCT18// REF/B/DOC/DOD/10JUL17// NARR/REF A IS MILPERSMAN 1610-015, DOCUMENTATION ON FITNESS REPORTS AND PERFORMANCE EVALUATIONS FOR FAILURE TO MAINTAIN DEPLOYABILITY OR INDIVIDUAL MEDICAL READINESS. REF B IS SENATE REPORT 115-125 ACCOMPANYING S. 1519 OF THE FY-18 NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT.// RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN announces the publication of BUPERSINST 1610.10E, Navy Performance Evaluation System (EVALMAN). 2. Summary of Changes: This revision incorporates policy guidance contained in NAVADMINs 141/17, 304/17, and 193/19. In addition, the following new guidance applies with the updated instruction: a. Incorporating reference (a) guidance when a member willfully does not meet deployability standards and authorizing the submission of a Special Report when a member willfully does not meet deployability standards. b. Requiring reports for Navy reservists who perform active-duty periods that are greater than 90 days and prohibiting reports for Navy reservists who perform active-duty periods that are less than 90 days. c. Assigning September 30 as the periodic report date for Chief Warrant Officer-1. d. Prohibiting delegation of reports on members in the grades of E5 through E9, including members frocked to E5, below the grade of lieutenant designated department heads. e. Prohibiting reporting seniors, raters and senior raters from evaluating members who have filed an accusation of sexual misconduct against the reporting senior, rater or senior rater while an investigation is pending to reflect the requirements of reference (b). f. Incorporating changes to flag officer reporting requirements, including changes to blocks 14-15 (Period of Report Table 19-1), requiring submission 15 days sooner and changing the verbiage for blocks 10-13 (Occasion of Report) to read, Special Reports will be selected for Concurrent or Operational Commander report. g. Adding billet specific language to the instruction requiring reporting seniors evaluating Navy Installation Commanding Officers (CO) to document in block 41 (comments on performance) their performance in managing family and unaccompanied housing programs. Additionally, reporting seniors evaluating Naval Facilities Engineering Command COs are required to document in block 41 (comments on performance) their performance in facility management of family and unaccompanied housing and enforcement of Public Private Venture business agreements. 3. For questions concerning these policy changes contact the MyNavy Career Center at (833) 833-6622 or via email at askmncc(at)navy.mil. 4. Released by VADM John B. Nowell, Jr, N1.// BT #0001 NNNN UNCLASSIFIED//
  9. UNCLASSIFIED// ROUTINE R 091841Z DEC 19 MID510000792292U FM CNO WASHINGTON DC TO NAVADMIN INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC BT UNCLAS NAVADMIN 282/19 PASS TO OFFICE CODES: FM CNO WASHINGTON DC//N1// INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC//N1// MSGID/GENADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N1/DEC// SUBJ/NAVY UNIFORM POLICY AND UNIFORM INITIATIVE UPDATE// REF/A/MSG/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N1/261312ZOCT17// REF/B/DOC/COMNAVPERSCOM/1JAN03// REF/C/MSG/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N1/111904ZJUL18// REF/D/MSG/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N1/251319ZMAR19// NARR/REF A IS NAVADMIN 259/17, REDESIGNATION OF CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER SUBMARINE ELECTRONICS DESIGNATOR 728X AS ACOUSTIC TECHNICIAN. REF B IS NAVPERS 15665I, U.S. NAVY UNIFORM REGULATIONS. REF C IS NAVADMIN 163/18, NAVY UNIFORM POLICY AND UNIFORM INITIATIVE UPDATE. REF D IS NAVADMIN 075/19, NAVY UNIFORM POLICY AND UNIFORM INITIATIVE UPDATE.// RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN announces updates to the Navy uniform policies, approved uniform design improvements and a status update on several Navy uniform initiatives. Navy uniform policy updates directly support Sailor 2025 objectives to attract and retain the very best Sailors by finding greater flexibility in our policies and practices, including uniforms. Navy uniform policy updates are the result of Fleet feedback, command sponsored requests and direction from Navy leadership. New uniform policy changes approved for this update include optional wear of the Gold Star Lapel Button (GSLB) and Next of Kin Lapel Button (NKLB), optional wear of a black neck gaiter for extreme cold weather environments, optional physical readiness test (PRT) swimwear, and the establishment of the Acoustic Technician Chief Warrant Officer insignia. Approved new uniform design improvements include the summer white/service dress white maternity shirt and the Navy working uniform (NWU) and cold weather parka (CWP) black fleece liner. Uniform initiative updates include MyNavy UNIFORMS application (App), improved boot 5 (I-Boot) and new uniform/uniform component mandatory possession/wear dates. 2. Navy Uniform Policy Update a. GSLB and NKLB. Effective immediately, the GSLB and NKLB are authorized for optional wear with service dress and full dress uniforms. The GSLB is designated for eligible survivors of Service Members who lost their lives during any armed hostilities in which the United States is engaged. The NKLB is designated for eligible survivors of Service Members who lost their lives while on Active Duty or while assigned to a Reserve or National Guard unit in a drill status, but not as a result of armed conflict. Policy guidance denoting wear eligibility criteria is contained in Section 1126 of U.S. Title Code 10 (GSLB: Eligibility and distribution) and the Code of Federal Regulations, Section 578.63 of Title 32, chapter V. (1) Description. The GSLB consists of a gold star on a purple circular background, bordered in gold and surrounded by gold laurel leaves. The NKLB consists of a gold star within a circle surrounded by sprigs of oak, and the entire button is gold in color. Both buttons are approximately one inch in diameter. (2) Manner of wear. Wear only one lapel button on the uniform. Sailors eligible to wear the GSLB and NKLB may wear the lapel button of choice. The GSLB and NKLB is worn as follows: (a) Dress uniform coats with lapels. Officers, chief petty officers or female E-1 through E-6. Center the GSLB or NKLB vertically and upright on the right lapel and adjacent to the placement of the nametag. (b) Dress uniform coats without lapels (chokers). Center the lapel button on the wearers right breast approximately four inches from the outer edge of the coat when fastened and down between the top and second button fastener of the coat. (c) Dress jumpers. Center the lapel button on the front and right side of the jumper flap approximately five and a half inches to six and half inches from the bottom of the v-neck opening of the jumper (point where the collar opens). On service dress jumpers with piping, ensure the lapel button is placed over three rows of piping. On service dress white jumpers without piping, adjust the placement of the lapel button as necessary to ensure proper centering on the jumper flap. b. Black neck gaiter. Effective immediately, optional wear of a black neck gaiter is authorized during extreme cold weather conditions as promulgated by regional commanders ashore. Neck gaiters authorized for wear will be removed upon request of security forces or senior military personnel to facilitate verifying the identity of individual Sailors when required. Neck gaiters are authorized for afloat Sailors within the lifelines of the ship/boat/vessel in line with the discretion of the commanding office. Neck gaiters may be worn with the following cold weather outer garments only: cold weather parka, NWU type II/III parka, peacoat, reefer and all weather coat. (1) Description. Black in color, polyester, cotton or polyester blend fabric. The securing mechanism may be drawstring, zipper or elastic. Logos (if contained), must not be visible when worn with the uniform. (2) Manner of wear. The neck gaiter will be worn to cover the area of the face and nose beneath the eyes and extend down inside the outer garment being worn. When wearing the neck gaiter, fully fasten outer garments at the top to secure the neck gaiter in place and cover the uniform being worn. The neck gaiter may also be worn with earmuffs, watch caps and appropriate Navy head gear. (3) Availability. Neck gaiters are commercially procured non- government issued clothing items. Sailors may personally purchase neck gaiters from retail manufacturers wherever available. c. Optional PRT swimwear. Effective immediately, optional wear of full- body swimwear is authorized for Sailors who elect to swim during their semi- annual PRT. Optional swimwear will be navy blue or black in color, conservative in design and appearance and must not prohibit the swimmer from swimming freely. Authorized optional swimwear includes the following: (1) One-piece swimwear: (a) Males. Physical training uniform (PTU) shorts, square trunks, board shorts or full body swimsuits. (b) Females. Swimsuit covering the full torso less arms, swimsuit covering full torso and arms or full-body swimsuit covering torso, legs and arms. One-piece swimwear back openings will not extend below the middle of the back. (2) Two-piece swimwear (Full torso coverage required): (a) Males. PTU shorts, square trunks or board shorts with PTU shirt or rash guard top (short or long sleeve). (b) Females. PTU shorts, square trunks or board shorts with PTU shirt or rash guard top (short or long sleeve), and two-piece burqinis/burkinis. d. Acoustic technician chief warrant officer (CWO) (728X) Insignia. In line with reference (a), the acoustic technician CWO insignia is authorized for wear by CWOs designated with a 728X designator. The Acoustic technician CWO insignia design captures the rich 65-year history of the Naval integrated undersea surveillance system (IUSS). (1) Description. A gold globe with vertical and horizontal lines representing latitude and longitude on which a Hippocampus (seahorse) is centered. The globe is bisected in the rear by a trident pointing upward. The trident represents the ocean systems technician rating (OT), which spanned from 1969 through 1998 and subsequently merged with the sonar technician rating. The trident also represents the three disciplines of IUSS-fixed, mobile and deployable systems. The sea horse or Hippocampus has been associated with IUSS since the opening of the first Naval Ocean Processing Facility in the 1950s. The globe represents the dominance of the global undersea environment. (2) Manner of wear is in line with reference (b), chapter 4, section 1. 3. New uniform design improvements a. The summer white/service dress white maternity shirt is being redesigned to enhance appearance and functionality when worn. The new design improvements include princess seams, adjustable side tabs with three buttons, epaulettes and two side seam hidden pockets. The improved design also removes chest pockets to align with the current style service khaki and Navy service uniform maternity shirt. A future NAVADMIN will announce projected availability for purchase and wear. b. NWU/CWP black fleece liner is being redesigned to facilitate enhanced wear and functionality as a stand-alone outer garment. Development efforts are underway to enhance the design of the black fleece to include weather-resistant (rain and wind) outer fabric, attached rank tab and two side access pockets with zippered closures. A future NAVADMIN will announce projected availability for purchase and wear. 4. Navy uniform initiatives update a. MyNavy UNIFORMS App. The OPNAV Uniform Regulations App was revised and renamed in July 2019 and is now the MyNavy UNIFORMS App. The latest revision includes the addition of Chapter 2 (Grooming Standards) and Chapter 5 (identification badges, breast insignia, awards, aiguillettes, brassards, buttons, boatswains pipe and lanyard), as well as recently released uniform policy announcements. The MyNavy UNIFORMS App may be downloaded from www.applocker.navy.mil or your preferred app store. b. I-Boot 5. Fleet testing of the I-Boot 5 previously announced in reference (c) continues to evaluate the performance of the boots under cold weather conditions. Thus far, feedback from I- Boot 5 evaluation participants has been overwhelmingly positive, indicating the incorporated enhanced design features are a major improvement to the standard Navy safety footwear in the terms of overall fit, comfort and performance. The evaluation will continue through the end of calendar year 2019 to facilitate wear during cold weather conditions. The completion of the I-Boot 5 evaluation, participant survey and final report to Navy leadership with recommendation is expected to occur by the first quarter of calendar year 2020. If the I-Boot 5 is approved, introduction into the sea bag and the fleet may be as early as Fiscal Year 2021. c. New uniform/uniform component mandatory possession and wear dates. The next phase of new uniforms mandatory wear and possession wear dates previously announced in reference (d) remains as follows: (1) Female E-1 through E-6 jumper style service dress blue with enlisted white hat: 31 January 2020. (2) Female officer and CPO service dress white coat(choker): 31 January 2020. (3) Black cold weather parka: 30 April 2021. (4) Navy fitness suit: 30 September 2021. (5) Male and female E-1 through E-6 service dress white with blue piping: 31 October 2021. 5. Questions regarding this NAVADMIN should be addressed to Mr. Robert B. Carroll, Navy Uniform Matters Office (OPNAV N13X), via e- mail at robert.b.carroll(at)navy.mil, CMDCM Marisol S. Dumlao, (OPNAV N13X) via e- mail at marisol.dumlao(at)navy.mil or PSCS Alexandre D. Adriano at alexandre.d.adriano(at)navy.mil. Questions regarding Civilian Clothing Allowances should be addressed to PS2 Philip Borisei, OPNAV N13X, via e-mail at philip.borisei(at)navy.mil. 6. Feedback and recommendations regarding uniform policy, uniform components and uniform availability are welcome and can be provided via MyNavy Portal at https://www.mnp.navy.mil/, select Professional Resources, U.S. Navy Uniforms and *Ask The Chiefs.* Feedback can also be provided via the MyNavy UNIFORMS App. 7. Retain this NAVADMIN until policy changes are incorporated in reference (b), superseded or cancelled, whichever occurs first. 8. Released by Vice Admiral John B. Nowell, Jr, N1.// BT #0001 NNNN UNCLASSIFIED//
  10. UNCLASSIFIED// ROUTINE R 091731Z DEC 19 MID510000792065U FM CNO WASHINGTON DC TO NAVADMIN INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC BT UNCLAS NAVADMIN 280/19 PASS TO OFFICE CODES: FM CNO WASHINGTON DC//N1// INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC//N1// MSGID/GENADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N1/DEC// SUBJ/MERGER OF ACTIVE COMPONENT SURFACE ORDNANCE LIMITED DUTY AND CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER DESIGNATORS INTO SURFACE ELECTRONICS DESIGNATORS// REF/A/DOC/OPNAV/14DEC09// AMPN/REF A IS OPNAVINST 1420.1B, ENLISTED TO OFFICER COMMISSIONING PROGRAMS APPLICATION ADMINISTRATIVE MANUAL.// RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN announces the merger of active component surface ordnance limited duty officers (LDO) and chief warrant officers (CWO) designators 616X/716X, into the surface electronics LDO and CWO designators 618X/718X and announces updates to reference (a). 2. Sailor 2025 focuses on improving the ability of our Navy to develop, reward and retain the force of tomorrow. With this merger of two related designator groups, the Navy will have a larger pool of highly skilled combat systems/weapons subject matter experts to match against surface fleet billet requirements. 3. The implementation process will consist of two phases. a. Phase I will begin immediately with the conversion of all 616X/716X billets to 618X/718X. b. Phase II will begin approximately 1 month from the date of billet conversion and will re-designate all officers. (1) Current officers will be re-designated from 616X/716X to 618X/718X. (2) Applicants who have submitted applications to the Fiscal Year 2021 LDO/CWO In-Service Procurement Board will be considered for selection to the 616X/618X or 716X/718X designators as applicable. Announcement results and commissioning documents will reflect 618X/718X. 4. No administrative action is required by individual officers. 5. Surface Ordnance CWOs (716X) will continue to wear current designator device on the collar, sleeve, and shoulder boards until promoted to their next higher paygrade. 6. A list of frequently asked questions is located via MyNavy Portal at https://www.mnp.navy.mil/group/career-planning. 7. Point of contact is LDO/CWO Community Manager, CAPT Edward L. Callahan at (901) 874-3042/DSN 882, or e-mail at edward.l.callahan(at)navy.mil. 8. Released by Vice Admiral John B. Nowell, Jr, N1.// BT #0001 NNNN UNCLASSIFIED//
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  12. WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Three Sailors died during an active shooter incident at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Dec. 6. The identities of the Sailors are: -Ensign Joshua Kaleb Watson, Student, Naval Aviation Schools Command, 23, from Coffee, Alabama -Airman Mohammed Sameh Haitham, Student, Naval Aviation Schools Command, 19, from St. Petersburg, Florida -Airman Apprentice Cameron Scott Walters, Student, Naval Aviation Schools Command, 21, from Richmond Hill, Georgia (Not Pictured) “The sorrow from the tragic event on NAS Pensacola will have a lasting impact on our installation and community,” said Capt. Tim Kinsella, commanding officer, NAS Pensacola. “We feel the loss profoundly and grieve with the family and friends of the deceased. The Sailors that lost their lives in the line of duty and showed exceptional heroism and bravery in the face of evil. When confronted, they didn’t run from danger; they ran towards it and saved lives. If not for their actions, and the actions of the Naval Security Force that were the first responders on the scene, this incident could have been far worse.” The installation is now open to mission essential personnel only through the weekend. Families who live on base will have access to the base and their residences. The National Naval Aviation Museum is closed until further notice. The Barrancas National Cemetery is closed to visitors until further notice. An Emergency Family Assistance Center was established today and will reopen at the Fleet and Family Service Center (FFSC). FFSC will have counselors there to support witnesses, friends, family and base residents. They can be contacted at (850) 452-5990.
  13. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said he has instructed the armed forces to review both security at military bases and screening for foreign soldiers who come to the United States for training after a shooting in Florida. A Saudi Air Force lieutenant killed three people and wounded eight others in a shooting rampage Friday at a U.S. Navy base in Pensacola, Florida. Esper said on “Fox News Sunday” that he had asked top defense officials to “make sure we’re taking all necessary precautions” to make sure military installations were secure. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-florida-shooting-esper/us-defense-secretary-securing-military-bases-after-florida-shooting-idUSKBN1YC0EN
  14. Six Saudi nationals were taken into custody for questioning Friday night in the deadly shooting at the Naval Air Station base in Pensacola, Florida, Fox News reported. https://nypost.com/2019/12/07/six-saudis-questioned-over-deadly-pensacola-naval-base-shooting/
  15. HONOLULU — The U.S. Navy sailor who fatally shot two people at Pearl Harbor before killing himself was unhappy with his commanders and had been undergoing counseling, a military official said Friday. Gabriel Romero, 22, also faced non-judicial punishment, which is a lower-level administrative process for minor misconduct, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss personnel matters not made public. He used his two service weapons in the attack, the official said. https://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/sailor-who-killed-two-in-hawaii-was-unhappy-with-commanders-1.610090
  16. WASHINGTON — A member of the Saudi Arabian air force opened fire Friday morning in a classroom building at the Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., killing three and injuring several others, according to local and law enforcement officials. The aviation student, who was fatally shot by an Escambia County sheriff's deputy, was a second lieutenant in the Saudi air force, two U.S. officials who spoke on condition of anonymity told The Associated Press. The officials said authorities were investigating whether the attack was terrorism-related. https://www.stripes.com/news/us/four-dead-in-fla-navy-base-shooting-gunman-was-saudi-air-force-officer-officials-say-1.610078
  17. Norfolk, Va (NNS) -- Sailors on the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) used an Advanced Manufacturing Lab (AML) onboard to produce about 300 plastic parts that were installed during a recent seven-month around-the-world deployment. "Additive manufacturing was a powerful capability to maximize readiness while deployed," said Capt. Randy Peck, Commanding Officer of the John C. Stennis. "In the hands of creative Sailors loaded with initiative, it allowed us to increase logistics capability—in some cases reducing potentially longer lead times and shipping costs for material delivery.” John C. Stennis Sailors used the AML to fabricate a rotary joint for the ship’s Commercial Broadband System Program (CBSP) antenna. This innovative repair restored a critical satellite communication system and reduced the expected eight week repair timeline to just one day, which significantly increased the bandwidth capacity for data transmission in support of the ship’s mission. During a Composite Unit Training Exercise (COMPTUEX) that preceded the deployment, they also created a plastic replica of a bolt that sheared off on the hangar bay door of USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93), enabling technicians to ensure correct fit before machining a metal bolt to repair the door. For the medical department, John C. Stennis machinery repairmen designed and printed an adaptor that connected a new size of tubing to the ship’s insufflator, a device used to pump carbon dioxide (CO2) into a patient’s abdomen to facilitate laparoscopic surgery. The insufflator was then used for three successful appendectomy operations onboard the ship. As the old tubing size was no longer available, without the adaptor John C. Stennis would have been faced with ordering a new insufflator. This would have created a potential gap in emergency medical capability while the equipment request was fulfilled. Other additively manufactured parts designed and used frequently by the ship included knobs for calibration and test equipment and power panels, door switches for self-service dryers, and retaining brackets to ensure watertight integrity for overhead light covers. “Manufacturing an item with exact specifications for immediate use played a large part in keeping USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), and the rest of Carrier Strike Group Three, in the fight,” said Capt. Peck. “I look forward to seeing other units carry on its development with respect to increasing the number of pre-made and approved designs, expanding the types of building materials and enabling policies to expedite solutions to improve operational readiness. ”USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) volunteered to host the AML in 2017. Installation of the equipment, including four additive manufacturing printers, a 3D scanner, a laser cutter, and a computer numerical control mill, was completed in October 2018. While the Stennis AML was initially authorized for a one-year test period that ended in October 2019, it is being extended through the ship’s refueling and complex overhaul availability that is ongoing and expected to run through 2023.Funded by the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics (N4), this AML was the first to be installed on a U.S. Navy ship via the official process that outlines requirements for integration of new equipment. Naval Sea Systems Command warfare centers and regional maintenance centers provided about 40 hours of initial training for ship personnel who used the AML systems, as well as continuing “reach back” support throughout the test period. The team also included staff from Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab who created ship drawings and engineering designs for the AML and also assisted with shipboard installation. “The challenges we face in naval logistics won’t be solved with a business-as-usual approach,” said Vice Adm. Ricky Williamson, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics (N4). “We have to give Sailors creative tools—such as advanced manufacturing—to solve problems on the fly if we are going to remain agile and effective for the future. I commend Capt. Peck and his John C. Stennis crew for being the first to employ this new capability and embrace the possibilities of this technology. They are at the forefront of Navy innovation.” N4 is also funding AMLs aboard USS Makin Island (LHD 8), installed as of June 2019, and aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), scheduled for installation in early 2020.
  18. WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Our entire Navy and Marine Corps team is struck and deeply saddened by the attacks within our own naval family over the past several days, at Little Creek, Virginia, last week, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Wednesday, and today in Pensacola, Florida. These acts are crimes against all of us. Our prayers are with the families of the fallen and with the wounded. It is our solemn duty to find the causes of such tragic loss and ceaselessly work together to prevent them. Let us make concerted efforts to care for the families of those lost, and those wounded, visibly and not. Let us shepherd them through these first moments of despair, and make them, and our greater Naval family, whole and strong.
  19. UNCLASSIFIED// ROUTINE R 062002Z DEC 19 MID510000782745U FM SECNAV WASHINGTON DC TO ALNAV INFO SECNAV WASHINGTON DC CNO WASHINGTON DC CMC WASHINGTON DC BT UNCLAS ALNAV 080/19 MSGID/GENADMIN/SECNAV WASHINGTON DC/-/DEC// SUBJ/SECNAV VECTOR 1// RMKS/1. It is the honor of my lifetime to serve as your Acting Secretary of the Navy. Although no one, other than the President and his Secretary of Defense, can positively determine how long this tenure may be, I fully intend to execute their strategic vision. I consider the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), ADM Mike Gilday, and Commandant of the Marine Corps (CMC), Gen Dave Berger to be the right leaders at the right time in history to lead the Navy and Marine Corps, together, through a set of immediate changes designed to ensure that Integrated American Naval Power will continue to enable our economic and physical security for the rest of the 21st century. 2. I am convinced that dominant naval force is the primary engine of our National Defense Strategy (NDS) and we must plan for it, and most importantly, resource it, accordingly. As those most trusted with planning for our naval requirements, programming, and systems acquisition, it is our time now to seize this opportunity with relentless intellectual focus and dedication. This memorandum is first in a series of weekly vectors that I will send to the integrated Navy and Marine Corps team, each addressing my focus and direction on our way forward in achieving specific critical enterprise-level objectives. 3. I have three broad priorities for which I expect alignment from naval military and civilian leadership up and down the chain of command: a. Designing a Future Integrated Naval Force Structure. b. Advancing Our Intellectual Capacity and Ethical Excellence. c. Accelerating Digital Modernization Across the Force. 4. My top five immediate objectives are the following: a. Put All Hands on Deck to make the USS GERALD R. FORD (CVN 78) ready as a warship as soon as practically possible. b. Establish an Integrated Plan to achieve a 355 (or more) ships, Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs), and Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) for greater global naval power, within 10 years. c. Increase Engagement with Emerging Naval Partners and Allies in the Pacific Region. d. Fully Fund Our New Naval Education and Information Management Strategies. e. Drive Measurable, Accountable Results to Resolve Public Private Venture (PPV) Issues for our Sailors, Marines, and their families. 5. Successful implementation of all these first objectives will depend upon an integrated Navy and Marine Corps leadership team. I will meet with the CNO, CMC, and senior members of their teams together, starting immediately and then twice a month in order to lay the foundations and set conditions for these changes, among others. I am committed to supporting the Commandants Planning Guidance (CPG), and expect that the CNOs forthcoming vision will complement it, in coordination with my staff. All future high-level strategies, visions, and guidance emanating from our Navy and Marine Corps team must start and finish as integrated efforts, not as final phase bolt-ons from one to the other. 6. Additionally, my staff and I will become involved in the current Integrated Naval Force Structure Assessment (INFSA). The INFSA will serve as the main analytic and planning effort upon which our integrated plan for a larger, more capable naval force will depend, especially in terms of force design and future fleet architecture. This will occur immediately in any recommended changes made to our budget for FY 21, and in current planning for FY 22 and beyond. The INFSA must be based on an accurate understanding of our current and future national industrial base, advanced technological capability, and digital domains. I will require regular briefings on the progress of the INFSA and expect it to be published no later than January 15, 2020. 7. Thank you for your leadership in building the Integrated American Naval Force we need to set sail safely into an unpredictable future. Above all else, it has always been our people and their combined intellects, striving for agility and accountability, which have historically marked the Navy and Marine Corps team as leaders in adaptation for new operational and strategic environments. As we work in pursuit of the above goals, the nation requires we embody the qualities of velocity, collaboration, visibility, adaptability, innovation, humility, trust, and yes, skepticism in order to create the kind of agility necessary for continual learning and any eventual success we might earn as a team. It is up to us today to hold each other accountable to display the best of these attributes, and take fullest advantage of this opportunity to build the Navy-Marine Corps team of the future. 8. Released by the Honorable Thomas B. Modly, Acting Secretary of the Navy.// BT #0001 NNNN UNCLASSIFIED//
  20. (CNN)A gunman opened fire at Naval Air Station Pensacola on Friday, killing at least two people and injuring several others, according to authorities. The shooting is over, the Escambia County, Florida, Sheriff's Office said, and the shooter is dead. Baptist Health Care received at least five patients from the shooting, according to spokeswoman Kathy Bowers, who had no information on their conditions. https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/06/us/pensacola-naval-station-lockdown/index.html
  21. Richard C. Taylor of Balfour Beatty Communities, which manages housing on military bases, told lawmakers Thursday that the company fired 17 employees and is cooperating with a federal investigation into allegations that workers altered paperwork to receive financial bonuses from the Defense Department. “We take the issue of fraud seriously, including the allegations that certain members of our staff handled work orders inappropriately, and we are cooperating with the Department of Justice with regard to their investigation into these allegations,” said Taylor, president of facility operations, renovations and construction for the company and a former Navy civil engineer corps officer. https://www.stripes.com/news/us/management-company-fires-17-employees-assists-in-federal-probe-into-fraud-in-military-housing-crisis-1.610050
  22. A U.S. sailor fatally shot two civilian Defense Department employees and wounded a third at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in Hawaii before killing himself, military officials said. Rear Admiral Robert Chadwick said the civilian shipyard worker who was wounded was stable. The gunman has been tentatively identified as an active duty sailor assigned to a submarine, he said. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/reported-shooting-pearl-harbor-naval-shipyard-security-forces-responding-n1096216
  23. WASHINGTON – The Pentagon has authorized the Humanitarian Service Medal for troops who responded following a pair of devastating 2018 typhoons that ripped through American territories in the Pacific, among other nations. The Joint Chiefs of Staff approved the medal for service members who directly contributed to humanitarian and disaster relief operations in Guam and the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands after they were struck by Typhoon Mangkhut in September and Typhoon Yutu in October. The announcement came via an administrative announcement to the Marine Corps dated Nov. 19. https://www.stripes.com/news/us/pentagon-approves-awarding-of-humanitarian-service-medal-for-recent-typhoon-responses-1.609774
  24. UNCLASSIFIED// ROUTINE R 041527Z DEC 19 MID510000770165U FM CNO WASHINGTON DC TO NAVADMIN INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC BT UNCLAS NAVADMIN 277/19 MSGID/NAVADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC/CNO/DEC// SUBJ/CNO GUIDANCE TO THE FLEET - FRAGMENTARY ORDER 01/2019: A DESIGN FOR MAINTAINING MARITIME SUPERIORITY// RMKS/1. Our Navy's strategic direction, focused on Great Power Competition, is sound. This Fragmentary Order is written for senior Navy leaders to simplify, prioritize and build on the foundation of Design 2.0, issued in December 2018. 2. We will focus our efforts toward Warfighting, Warfighters, and the Future Navy. 3. Modern naval operations are in rapid transition, demanding the integrated, multi-domain capabilities of our fleets. We will respond to this transition with urgency. 4. Combined with a robust constellation of allies and partners who desire to build and strengthen the international economic order, we are operating towards the same end - continued security and stability that results in a free and open maritime commons. We will continue to partner and stand shoulder-to- shoulder with all nations who share a mutual respect for and adherence to international law as well as a vision of free and open maritime commons. 5. Together with the United States Marine Corps, our Navy is the bedrock of Integrated American Naval Power, a force capable of fulfilling the mandate of the National Defense Strategy and the National Military Strategy. 6. I am confident that we will maximize the Navy we have today while delivering the Navy that our Nation will rely upon tomorrow. 7. To read Fragmentary Order 01/2019 in its entirety and download a one-page infographic, please visit: www.navy.mil/cno. 8. See you in the Fleet. 9. Released by Admiral Michael M. Gilday, Chief of Naval Operations.// BT #0001 NNNN UNCLASSIFIED//
  25. Beijing’s decision to suspend US military port calls in Hong Kong has been greeted with a degree of derision in Taiwan, with many suggesting that the Americans would be welcome to come to the island instead. https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3040429/us-navy-invited-come-taiwan-and-have-fun-after-beijing-bans
  26. Hong Kong (CNN)The US Navy on Monday awarded its most expensive shipbuilding contract ever, more than $22.2 billion worth of the world's most advanced submarines. The massive contract for nine nuclear-powered, Virginia class attack submarines comes just months after the head of the US Navy in the Pacific warned of a massive Chinese naval buildup and his trouble in getting enough submarines to counter it. https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/03/politics/us-navy-submarines-contract-intl-hnk/index.html
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  28. WASHINGTON – More than 100 U.S. military installations face water shortage risks, according to the Government Accountability Office, which warned in a new report that the Pentagon needs to use better standards for monitoring and determining the bases that could be impacted. https://www.stripes.com/news/us/gao-102-military-bases-face-water-shortage-risk-pentagon-must-track-issue-better-1.609642
  29. WASHINGTON (NNS) -- How does a little extra cash sound? The Navy is looking to retain talented and skilled Sailors by offering reenlistment bonuses for critical billets; some as high as $100,000. For Sailors coming up on their reenlistment date, MyNavy HR recommends they talk to a career counselor as soon as possible and chart out their career course. “Incentives are just one way we are retaining and managing top talent as part of Sailor 2025. To those eligible and re-enlisting, we’re excited that you are staying Navy,” said Rear Adm. Jeffrey Jablon, director of military personnel, plans and policies. With the December changes, there are 62 award-level additions and 46 bonus increases, making this a significant update since July and a great time to go see your career counselors. The Navy also announced the expansion of the Pay for Performance (P4P) pilot program (a Sailor 2025 initiative) for Sailors in seven engineering ratings and now two additional ratings: naval aircrewman (helicopter) and culinary specialist (submarine). To be eligible for this superior performance kicker, you must have received two early promotes (EP) on your three most recent regular periodic evaluations. Transfer, concurrent, or special evaluations will not qualify. It goes without question, a Sailor cannot have received non-judicial punishment and have not failed any part of the physical fitness assessment within the last three years. To find out more about the Navy’s critical billets and Pay for Performance pilot, read NAVADMIN 272/19 or go to https://www.mnp.navy.mil/group/pay-and-benefits.
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