Monday, October 31, 2011

CNO Strategic Studies Group - XXXI is looking at Warfighting in the Complex Electromagnetic Environment

The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Strategic Studies Group (SSG) generates revolutionary naval warfare concepts. Revolutionary implies that the concepts would upset the existing order. Therefore, these concepts are non-consensual. The SSG focuses its efforts on warfighting concepts that appear to have great potential, but Navy organizations are currently not pursuing. In conducting this mission, the SSG is at the leading edge of the Conceptualization Phase of the Process for Naval Warfare Innovation.

Revolutionary innovation has been the key to U.S. naval supremacy. A key to past, successful innovations was the iteration of thought between operators, technologists and analysts. The operator brought "unarticulated requirements" to the table. The technologist brought emerging and existing technologies. Analysis blended the two. Only after considerable iteration did new thinking, combining the unarticulated requirement and technology, result in what became major naval warfare innovations.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

USS JOHN P. MURTHA - maybe not

Hoping that the FBI investigation may help Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus reconsider his decision to name LPD-26 USS JOHN P. MURTHA.  The contract to build the ship was awarded to Ingalls Shipyard on April Fool's Day 2011.  Many in the Navy thought it was an April Fool's Day joke.  Sadly,  it was not.  I am hoping that the FBI investigation will convince SECNAV to change his mind.  

There is still time to do as Former SECDEF Gates said - "Do the 'hard right' instead of the 'easy wrong'."

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Monday, October 24, 2011

Essential Qualities of Leadership - Choose the 'hard right' versus the 'easy wrong'

 “Another essential quality of leadership is integrity. Without this, real leadership is not possible. Nowadays, it seems like integrity – or honor or character – is kind of quaint, a curious, old-fashioned notion.  We read of too many successful and intelligent people in and out of government who succumb to the easy wrong rather than the hard right – whether from inattention or a sense of entitlement, the notion that rules are not for them. But for a real leader, personal virtues – self-reliance, self control, honor, truthfulness, morality – are absolute. These are the building blocks of character, of integrity – and only on that foundation can real leadership be built."
United States Naval Academy Commencement Address
As Delivered by Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, Annapolis, Maryland, Friday, May 27, 2011

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Great News For Officers Who Conserve Energy

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said promotion boards will consider an officer’s energy management when deciding whether to move him up.

This is exceptional news for some officers.  I've heard there are some in the Navy who are not expending any energy at all.

Friday, October 21, 2011

And Nosse makes twenty

Commander Joe Nosse, CO of USS KENTUCKY (SSBN 737 GOLD) was relieved for cause on 17 October 2011 by Captain Paul Skarpness, Commander Submarine Squadron SEVENTEEN.  Captain Skarpness lost confidence in Commander Nosse's ability to command. Nosse is the 20th Commanding Officer fired in 2011.
An official Navy spokesman said, "Commander Nosse exhibited inadequate leadership and oversight of the crew in the areas of operations and administration."

A thought

"One able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise."

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Hope springs eternal.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Where is she now? Captain Sara Joyner - Deputy Commander Air Wing THREE

Captain Sara “Clutch” Joyner, a native of Maryland, received her commission in 1989 graduating with merit from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Oceanography.  After graduation, she attended flight school and earned her Naval Aviator wings in July 1991 from VT-24 in Beeville, Texas. After completing flight training, Captain Joyner reported to VC-5, the “Checkertails,” in Cubi Point, Philippines to fly the A-4E Skyhawk. In May of 1992, due to the imminent closure of Cubi Point, she was assigned to VC-8, the “Redtails,” in Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico.

Captain Joyner reported to COMSTRKFIGHTWINGPAC in Lemoore, California in November of 1994 as Assistant Operations Officer. She subsequently received a transition to the F/A-18 Hornet and reported to VFA-125, the “Rough Raiders,” for training in October of 1996.

Upon completion of her training as a Hornet Pilot, she reported to VFA-147, the “Argonauts,” in May of 1997. Remaining with VFA-147 for both her Junior Officer and Department Head tours, she completed two Western Pacific Cruises to the Arabian Gulf aboard USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) in September of 1997 and USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74) in September of 1999 in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH. In November of 2001, she again deployed with VFA-147 aboard USS JOHN C. STENNIS in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. During her tour at VFA-147, she served in many capacities, including the Department Head in Maintenance, Operations, and Safety.  

In January 2002, she reported to United States Joint Forces Command, Norfolk, Virginia where she served in the Current Operations Branch as Force Deployment Officer for the NORTHCOM, EUCOM, and CENTCOM Areas of Responsibility in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM. She reported to VFA-105 in November of 2006 as Executive Officer.   

In March 2007, Captain Joyner assumed command of VFA-105. On 2 November 2007, she led the Gunslingers on their combat cruise to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Under her leadership the squadron performed nearly 2,000 combat missions totaling over 4,900 flight hours and delivering 35,000 pounds of ordnance in support of coalition ground forces in Iraq.  

Captain Joyner recently completed her tour at OPNAV N88 as the Joint Strike Fighter Requirements officer responsible for bringing the next generation of carrier strike aircraft to the fleet.

She is currently serving as Deputy Commander, Air Wing THREE ("The Battle Axe"), homebased at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Navy is # 1 Service to work for in Department of Defense

Ranking # 15 (right in the middle of the 31 large government agencies) among the best government agencies to work for, Navy is ranked #1 among the Services by the The Best Places to Work rankings — the most comprehensive and authoritative rating of employee satisfaction and commitment in the federal government — are produced by the Partnership for Public Service.  You can see the list HERE.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

A Genuine Officer and A Gentleman

Happy Birthday Rear Admiral Eugene S. Ince Jr!

On this date in 1926, Eugene St. Clair Ince Jr. was born to Eugene and Jay Green Ince. He is an only child. The love of his life, Jean Marion Gregory Ince passed on 12 January 2009. Theirs was a love story that lasted a lifetime. His proposal to Jean is truly legendary and their story has been featured in Gourmet Magazine and many others. They were married on 8 June 1949 in Oak Park, Illinois following his graduation from the United States Naval Academy-Annapolis, Maryland.

Admiral Ince was a Naval Aviator. During the Korean War, he deployed with VA-115 in USS PHILIPPINE SEA and USS KEARSARGE. He had 128 successful carrier 'traps'. Following the Korean War, he was a flight instructor. He attended the Naval Postgraduate School (Naval Intelligence) and the Defense Language Institute (Russian) in Monterey, California. In June 1960 he changed designators from 1310 (Naval Aviator) to 1610 (Special Duty- Cryptology). From 1966-1968, he was the Commanding Officer of NSGA Skaggs Island. He went on to become the Operations Officer (G50) for Naval Security Group Command and the Deputy OP944B at OPNAV.

He served as Commander, Naval Security Group Command from August 1978 to September 1980.

Today, he's living the good life in Madison, Virginia.

Monday, October 17, 2011

19th Navy Commanding Officer FIRED

From the Navy Times
CAPT Geisler, who relieved CAPT Hodge as CTF 53 at a change of command ceremony held at Commander, Sea Logistics Command Central Aviation Unit, Bahrain on January 9, 2011 was fired by VADM Mark Fox, Commander FIFTH Fleet.  Commodore Geisler had been in command for 10 months.  He is the 19th Navy Commanding Officer fired in 2011.

"Loss of confidence in his ability to lead" was cited as the reason for the firing.

CTF 53 is responsible for providing air and sea logistics support to the U.S. Navy in the Middle East. It also has tactical control of all combat logistics force ships, strategic sealift, special mission ships and logistics aircraft operating in theater, as well as the supporting shore-based infrastructure.

Commodore Geisler also served as Commander, Logistics Forces, U.S. Naval Forces Central. In this role, he was responsible for coordinating the air and sea delivery of personnel, mail, cargo, fuel, ammunition and provisions to a fleet of 40-plus U.S. and coalition ships operating in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.  Captain Jesus Cantu has relieved Captain Geisler on a temporary basis until a permanent replacement is named.  CTF 53's motto is "We're All Over It".

FY12 Commanding Officer selectees and their new commands announced by VADM Rogers

Captain Command


Commander Command


I ask that you continue to stress the importance of command to your wardrooms and to each other. Leadership remains one of our fundamental developmental building blocks (the other two being technical expertise and operational proficiency) and command is the ultimate embodiment of that building block.  There is no higher calling for a naval officer than to command others. 
Vice Admiral Michael S. Rogers
Commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/TENTH Fleet

Iconic Limited Duty Officer - Captain Eaton (Cryptology/Information Warfare) to retire after 37 years service

Captain Craig Eaton will retire on 28 October 2011 after 37 fun-filled years serving our great Nation and the Navy.  Beginning his service in 1974 as a Cryptologic Technician Technical (CTT), he served in a number of ships and submarines around the world.  In 1984, he was selected for commissioning as an LDO Ensign.

He served as the Electronic Warfare Officer and as the OUTBOARD officer in USS LONG BEACH (CGN-9).  Subsequently, he served in USS RANGER (CV-61) as the carrier's Cryptologist and Ships Signals Exploitation Space (SSES) division officer.  He was the assistant cryptologic officer and EWO in USS BELKNAP (CG-26). in 1994, he flew as the Senior EP-3E Special Mission Evaluator with Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron TWO while assigned to U.S. Naval Security Group Activity Rota, Spain.  He served as Commanding Officer twice - once as CO of Naval Security Group Activity Groton, Connecticut and as CO of U.S. Naval Security Group Activity Rota, Spain.  Most recently he served on the staff of Naval Network Warfare Command and U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/TENTH Fleet.

Fair Winds and Following Seas Captain !!

Sailor - Genius

 Every Sailor is a genius. But, if you judge a Sailor solely by his ability to sail, he will spend his whole life believing that he is stupid.
- Albert Einstein (loosely paraphrased)

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Task Force TEN THIRTY !! BZ !


Admiral Jonathan Greenert
Chief of Naval Operations 

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Navy Command Fitness Leaders call out Chiefs and officers

Navy Times published an article recently which described problems with the PRT measurement and testing program.  Command Fitness Leaders have had enough and are calling out Chiefs and officers who have cheated and bullied their way to passing scores.

Having experienced this cheating and bullying first-hand in Japan, I am surprised to see how long it has taken for this story to surface.  Our CFL  (then CTM1 Holland/now CWO3CWO4) was responsible for CFL certification training for many of the other tenant command CLFs aboard Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan in the 1997-2000 timeframe.  He trained to the Navy standard.  Several CFAY Commanding Officers thought he was too tough in his training and fired their CFLs for being too strict.  Their "Holland" trained CFL had failed too many khaki test takers.  The CO appointed 'untrained' CFL passed them on the retest.  BTW, that CO's failing score was changed to a "PASSED/Within Standards".  Skipper - you know who you are.  Those aren't the only standards you ignored. 

I am anxious to see the 'rest of the story'.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Captain Susan K. Cerovsky to assume Command of Center for Information Dominance - Corry Station

Captain Gary Edwards will be relieved as Commanding Officer of CID Corry Station by Captain Susan K. Cerovsky at a ceremony at the National Museum of Naval Aviation at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida today, Friday the 14th of October.

2011 Frank B. Rowlett Trophy Winner - Navy Cyber Defense Operations Command

The Frank B. Rowlett Trophy for Organizational Achievement is awarded annually to the U.S. Government organization recognized as making the most significant contribution to the improvement of national information systems security, operational information assurance readiness, or the defensive information operations posture of the United States.

Captain Alan Kukulies is the Commanding Officer of NCDOC.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

This is about one thousand times better than "A Global Force For Good"

Just in time for the Navy's 236th Birthday tomorrow.

Useful Advice For Your Consideration

Since “Two are better than oneask yourself these questions:
  • Who is helping you to be your best? Thank them!
  • Who do you need to help you be at your best? Ask them!
  • Who can you serve and ease their load? Serve them! 
Ripped from Tommy Kiedis' blog HERE.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Chief of Naval Operations enters the blogosphere


You can read his blog HERE. He's already got 325,087 active duty followers. Who can compete with that???

Monday, October 10, 2011

What our schools must do

There are three things a school must do:
  • First, it must transmit to the pupil a substantial body of knowledge; 
  • Second, it must develop in him the necessary intellectual skill to apply this knowledge to the problems he will encounter in adult life; and 
  • Third, it must inculcate in him the habit of judging issues on the basis of verified fact and logical reasoning.
Admiral Chiam G. Rikower

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Admiral Jonathan Greenert on cyber threats and opportunities

The Navy is on a good course and speed regarding transformation initiatives and we have a good navigation plan for the future. If confirmed, my goals will remain largely consistent with our current efforts. For example, Navy has taken the lead within DoD in reshaping itself to meet current and future cyber threats and opportunities, but we have more work to do to capitalize on our progress to date and realize the full potential of our growing cyber force. We must continue to mature Navy’s recently-formed Information Dominance Corps.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Help for the boss

"I want to talk to senior staff at round table and tell people to stop giving me information the day of a meeting, it does not do me any good. If it is long, I should be given it the Friday before, if not, it needs to be given to me the day prior, so I have time to read it. To give me a notebook or a long paper right before a meeting is not a service -- it is a waste of the peoples' time who put the information together; it makes me feel bad; and I'd rather not get it."

Donald Rumsfeld
Secretary of Defense

You're not helping the boss by giving him lots of information he won't have time to process.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Honest, Open and Robust Dialogue


From Vice Admiral Michael S. Rogers', Commander, Fleet Cyber Command/TENTH Fleet "Assumption of Command" message.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

My Guy on The Mat
“Wrestling is a terrific sport. It requires discipline and application. Success results from a great deal of individual hard work, which is a good lesson, regardless of the field of activity. I can’t think of anything I would change from my high school and college years. Back in those days, the development of the sport of wrestling was far from what it is today. Today wrestling programs are much more rigorous and the coaching greatly advanced. As a result, competition today is considerably greater, which makes all competitors better.”

“I suppose the toughest wrestler I wrestled was Tom Evans of Oklahoma in 1956. He was, as I recall, second in the Olympics in 1952.”

“Wrestling has made a big difference in my life. You don’t do something for that many years – four years in high school, four years in college, three-plus years in the Navy, and a year or two after I left the Navy in the AAU and YMCA tournaments – and not have it have a big impact on your life."

Donald Rumsfeld
All American

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Rear Admiral Jan E. Tighe - CAPSTONE

Rear Admiral Jan E. Tighe is a Capstone Fellow in group FY2012-1.  Rear Admiral Tighe is currently serving as the N2N6F4 - Director, Decision Superiority on the OPNAV Staff.  She earned her PhD in Electrical Engineering in 2001 from the Naval Postgraduate School. 

Education at the general/flag officer level is inherently joint and unified in nature. Its focus is on the highest levels of strategy, integrating the elements of national power to achieve national security objectives. In particular, the CAPSTONE course reinforces new general/flag officer comprehension of joint matters and national security strategy needed for the remainder of an officer's career.

She'll return to the OPNAV staff upon completion of Capstone in November 2011.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

In case you may have missed this

Captain Donald P. Darnell, Jr. was relieved as Commanding Officer, Navy and Maine Corps Intelligence Training Center on September 30, 2011, by Captain William Kotheimer.

All in

Vice Admiral Michael S. Rogers is ALL IN. Make sure you are!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Diversity we can believe in - diverse in experience, background and ideas

Ready Sailors and Civilians will remain the source of the Navy’s warfighting capability.
  • Our people will be diverse in experience, background and ideas; personally and professionally ready; and proficient in the operation of their weapons and systems.
  • Our Sailors and Civilians will continue a two-century tradition of warfighting excellence, adaptation, and resilience.
  • Our character and our actions will remain guided by our commitment to the nation and to each other as part of one Navy team.
From the CNO's Tenets.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Profession of Arms

"We must renew our commitment to the Profession of Arms. We’re not a profession simply because we say we’re a profession. We must continue to learn, to understand, and to promote the knowledge, skills, attributes, and behaviors that define us as a profession."

General Dempsey
U.S. Army
Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff 

Saturday, October 1, 2011

History in the making

Yesterday was a day marked by a little bit of naval history in the making.  You had to have been there to really capture the whole of it.

Somewhere around 1530 on Friday, 30 September, the Navy's Cryptologist, Vice Admiral Michael S. Rogers broke his 3 star Flag for the first time when he assumed command of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. TENTH Fleet at Fort McHenry, Maryland.

Some readers will recall Fort McHenry's historical significance and others are completely unaware.  Here's some of it... During the war of 1812, beginning at 6:00 A.M. on September 13, 1814, British warships bombarded the fort for 25 hours. Due to the poor accuracy of the British weapons at maximum range, and the limited range of the American guns, very little damage was done on either side, but the British ceased their attack on the morning of September 14, 1814, and the naval part of the British invasion of Baltimore had been repulsed.

Francis Scott Key, a Washington lawyer who had come to Baltimore to negotiate the release of Dr. William Beanes, a civilian "Prisoner of war", witnessed the bombardment from a nearby truce ship. An oversized American flag had been sewn by Mary Pickersgill in anticipation of the British attack on the fort. When Key saw the flag emerge intact in the dawn of September 14, he was so moved that he began that morning to compose the poem "The Defence of Fort McHenry" which would later be renamed and become the United States National anthem.

Now, how cool is it that VADM Rogers breaks his flag as a 3 star for the first time in this historic place?  The 15 gun salute was icing on the cake.  It was awe inspiring.  It really was.