The U.S. government has discriminated against "countless" Black military veterans dating back decades, rejecting service-connected disability claims disproportionately compared to white applicants, and blocking access to housing and education benefits that helped fuel the rise of America's middle class after World War II, a lawsuit filed Monday claims.
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SUBJ/NAVY ATTENDANCE AT THE 35th ANNUAL SURFACE NAVY ASSOCIATION (SNA)
NATIONAL SYMPOSIUM, 10-12 JANUARY 2023//
REF/C/SECNAV RCS 5050-1/20221115
NARR/ REF A IS SECNAV CONFERENCE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM.
REF B IS DNS MEMO UPDATING TIER 2 APPROVAL AUTHORITIES.
REF C IS SECNAV 5050 APPROVING ATTENDANCE AT 35th ANNUAL SNA.
REF D IS NAVADMIN 130/22 COVID-19 DESIGNATION OF MISSION CRITICAL TRAVEL FOR
UNVACCINATED INDIVIDUALS AND UPDATED TRAVEL GUIDANCE.
REF E IS DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE SENIOR LEADER ATTENDANCE AT OUTSIDE EVENTS.
REF F IS DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE CONFERENCE GUIDANCE VERSION 4.0.
REF G IS JOINT ETHICS REGULATION REGARDING OFFICIAL PARTICIPATION N NON-
RMKS/1. The Surface Navy Association (SNA) will hold its 35th Annual National
Symposium in Arlington, VA, at the Hyatt Regency, Crystal City from 10
through 12 January 2023. This year's theme is "Sharpening our Competitive
2. The SNA Annual National Symposium provides an opportunity for discussions
on a broad range of professional and career issues.
This is a forum where personnel can discuss innovative solutions to current
and future Surface Warfare challenges.
3. Reference (a) designates SNA as a Tier 2 level non-DOD hosted conference,
granting a designated agent approval authority if the conference cost does
not exceed $500,000, per reference (b). SNA 2023 meets this threshold.
Reference (c) approves Department of the Navy attendance at this conference.
a. All Navy participation in SNA 2023 shall be consistent with
references (d) through (g).
b. SNA has four meal events planned as part of the symposium.
(1) Vice President/Program Manager Breakfast (Invitation only)
(2) Award Recognition Lunch (Invitation only)
(3) CEO/Flag Officer Luncheon (Invitation only)
* If invited, attendees should consult with their ethics
counselor for assistance in determining whether attendance is permissible.
(4) Annual Banquet
(a) Free to all active duty service personnel and government
civilians. To ensure accurate meal count, active duty and government
civilians are asked to register and pay the $20 fee online
at http://www.navysna.org/. Participants will be reimbursed after check-in
(b) OPNAV N9 Legal Counsel determined that free attendance
and acceptance of the Annual Banquet by all military personnel and Navy
Government Civilians is authorized.
4. Registration information is available on the SNA website at
http://www.navysna.org/. There is no charge to attend the SNA Seminar
Sessions for Active Duty in Uniform and Government Civilians. All others are
charged in accordance with respective status as determined when registering.
5. COVID-19 Mitigation Measures. Travel to, from and during the SNA
Symposium complies with all Navy mitigation measures for Force Health
Protection Guidance (FHPG) addressed in reference (d). Meeting request
approval by UNSECNAV for more than 50 in attendance is not required for this
symposium. The CDC assess all nine counties in the National Capital Region as
community level low. Refer to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-
6. TAD Travel. The estimated cost allocations for Temporary Additional
Duty (TAD) travel are provided below. Reference (c) limits TAD
attendance to 310 individuals and attendance is controlled by OPNAV
N96. Commands below are provided designated TAD quotas and must ensure
both attendee and cost thresholds are not exceeded without prior
approval from OPNAV N96. Additional TAD funds will not be provided.
There is no Line of Accounting associated with this conference. All
attendees should arrange for TAD funds through parent command.
COMMAND ESTIMATED TAD ATTENDEES COST CEILING
COMNAVSURFOR 250 $380K
NETC 20 $45K
NAVSEA 16 $35K
NRL 1 $2K
NAVWARCOM 3 $8K
OPNAV N96 20 $30K
Total 310 $500K
Note: OPNAV N96 will assign the remaining 20 attendee allocations on a
Naval Surface Forces Pacific (SURFPAC) commands should provide attendee
information directly to SURFPAC CAG at CNSP-CAG@navy.mil for consolidation.
Naval Surface Forces Atlantic (SURFLANT) commands should provide information
to SURFLANT CAG at CNSL_NRFK_CAG@navy.mil.
Required information is Rank, Name, Email, and Command. SURFOR will work with
Navy Air Logistics Office (NALO) to arrange flights from San Diego for
maximum SNA participation and continued cost savings.
OPNAV N96 will manage overall participation to ensure attendee and cost
thresholds are not exceeded without prior approval. POCs are CDR Neil Gabriel
at firstname.lastname@example.org - (703)614-1957 or Mr. Bernie Carter at
email@example.com - (571)256-7911.
7. Attendees, travel-authorizing officials, and certifying officers are
directed to follow the guidance in references (a) through (g) when
authorizing travel and are responsible for protecting taxpayer funds from
fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement. Attendees must be good stewards of
taxpayer dollars in attending this event and are required to file tax
extension forms to reduce lodging costs if applicable. Meals and lodging are
reimbursed to attendees in a TAD status only at the authorized per diem rate.
If the conference host provides meals, attendees must annotate travel
Local attendees who are able to attend at no cost to the government are
authorized to file Local Defense Travel System claims. High quality
government/military lodging options such as NGIS, Navy Lodges, and transient
lodging facilities are available at https://www.dodlodging.net/.
8. Rental cars are not authorized unless mission required or considered the
most cost efficient means of transportation, and specifically approved and
documented by the TAD authorizing official.
9. Questions regarding the symposium may be directed to the SNA
administrative office at http://www.navysna.org/, (703)960-6800 or email at
10. Released by VADM Scott D. Conn, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations,
Warfighting Requirements and Capabilities (N9)//
HONOLULU — A U.S. Navy officer stationed in Hawaii cannot be denied a firearms permit solely because he sought counseling for feeling depressed and homesick, a federal judge ruled.
Michael Santucci, a cryptologic warfare officer from Fort Myers, Florida, saw a medical provider at a military hospital for feelings of depression and homesickness a few months after arriving in Hawaii last year, according to his lawsuit, filed in April.