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Today@NPS - May 2016

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U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Lewis Hunsaker
Biennial Symposium Advances Naval Mine Warfare
By MC1 Lewis Hunsaker

Director, Expeditionary Division Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Christopher Owens addresses the audience during the 12th International Mine Warfare (MIW) Technology Symposium at the Embassy Suites in Seaside, California, May 24. The three-day biennial symposium is the only Navy-sponsored event solely focused on naval mine warfare and associated technologies. 

"It has occurred to me that we [as a community] are trying to do three things simultaneously," said Owens. "Replace our primary surface and air platforms with multi-use platforms, replace most of the systems and go mainly to remotely operated systems to take the Sailor out of the minefield, and increase our clearance rates.

"The bottom line is we have been making progress towards this future force, but the progress has been choppy," he added.

Some of the reasons for the uneven progress is the nearly $110 million cut to mine warfare programs over that last three years, Owens noted.

"Mine warfare is a very complex area, but when you get into the Pentagon and the Navy Yard, it gets even more complex," said Owens. "In this area of resource constraints, each of the other resource sponsors is wrestling not with what should be funded, but with what can be cut with the least amount of damage."

During the symposium, naval and industry speakers, along with guests from 12 countries, had the opportunity to address a broad range of topics including the current status, operational reports, future concepts, requirements, mine countermeasures, technologies, unmanned maritime systems and concepts.

"The key thing about a symposium like this is the sharing of ideas and working together [to solve problems]," said Commander, Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center Rear Adm. James W. Kilby. "We need to be able to experiment throughout the community on ideas, and expend some energy at the academic level such as NPS."

May 25, 2016

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Faculty Experience Life at Sea Aboard USS America
By MC3 Brian H. Abel

NPS faculty, Drs. Amela Sadagic, Eric Hendricks, Dragoslav Grbovic and Thomas Albright, from left, spent several days on board USS America, May 9-13, through the Scientists at Sea program. The effort provides academics and scientists who work on advanced defense technology with a first-hand view of naval vessels and systems in action.

"I was part of a larger group of 17 people, all Navy civilians, who were given the opportunity to go visit and spend five days on USS America," said Sadagic, a research associate professor in NPS' MOVES Institute, who said she appreciated the opportunity to gain some perspective on the life her students lead while deployed.

"We have a very good chance to learn things from our students as we work with them; however, we rarely have a chance to gain a clear understanding of context," she said.

Albright agreed, noting the effort not only gives the Navy an opportunity to expose top scientists to its top platforms, it also exposes faculty to the skill sets Sailors are required to master.

"The Navy wanted fresh eyes on old problems … But I wanted to go to sea to understand my students better, to understand the skills they employ, and the training they may have taken to permit them to do fueling at sea, or firefighting, for example," Albright said. "We appreciate having been invited aboard USS America, and appreciate the time they took out of their busy schedules to show us around." 

May 24, 2016

U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Lewis Hunsaker
NPS Students, Researchers Prepare Rockets for Latest Launch
By MC1 Lewis Hunsaker

Students in Dr. Oleg Yakimenko's Engineering Systems Design course display their rockets following a prelaunch inspection in Root Hall, May 18. For the first time, students in the class have built and will launch their own rockets at the Mojave Desert in Southern California.

"This class provides students with the opportunity to put together all the stages of a project in order to see how everything works," said Yakimenko. "If everything goes well from this launch, the next class will build two-stage rockets in teams of two."

For this current project, each student was provided a rocket kit to construct and modify as needed on their own. When launched, each rocket will gather acceleration and altimeter data to compare and analyze against predicted software data for each rocket.

"This class provides us with the opportunity to see the various stages of a project," added systems engineering student Cmdr. Chris Hall. "This will help most of the students later on when they are working in the acquisitions field and each project is in a different stage of production."

May 23, 2016

U.S. Navy photo by Javier Chagoya
Peacock to be Named in Honor of Famed Admiral
By Melinda Larson, NSAM Public Affairs

The Naval Support Activity Monterey (NSAM) peacock has a name thanks to the votes of 103 people who selected from a list of 16 names, with 40 original names being added as write-ins. From Foghorn Leghorn to Commodore Sloat, Peacock McPeacockface to Professor Plum, the people let their voices be heard. 

"Admiral Chester Nimitz it is," said NSAM Commanding Officer Capt. Kevin Bertelsen. "Let's call him Chester for short."

Admiral Chester Nimitz received the highest number of votes, just edging out "Admiral Hornblower," "Admiral," and "Birdie McBirdface," all of which were very popular. 

"The response on social media to our call for a proper name was phenomenal," said Vicki Taber, Installation Environmental Program Director. "I'm happy he now has an official name." 

Taber has been calling the nameless bird "Bert," in honor of the installation commanding officer, while Chester acclimated to NSAM. She keeps weekly tabs on Chester, who can often be seen in the La Novia terrace area, just outside the La Novia Room.

"But you never know where Chester might be seen next strolling the grounds of Naval Support Activity Monterey," Taber said.

Chester was adopted late last year through the Monterey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. "Peacocks have long been associated with the Naval Postgraduate School and NSAM. Chester is a welcome addition to this amazing installation," Bertelsen added. "And now he has a proper name."

Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz, the tenth Chief of Naval Operations from Dec. 15, 1945–Dec. 15, 1947, was one of the signatories of the Japanese surrender documents on board USS Missouri on Sept. 2, 1945. He signed for the United States as General Douglas MacArthur signed for the United Nations.

Although not native to North America, this species of peafowl is known to have only a minimal impact on native animals and plants. No other exotic birds will be introduced to the base and there is no plan to introduce peahens.

May 20, 2016

U.S. Navy photo by Javier Chagoya
NPS Marksmanship Team Dominates Latest Competition
By Javier Chagoya

NPS Marksmanship Team members Lt. Zachary Lukens, right, and Marine Corps Capt. Andrew Blackwell, left, hoist their recently-acquired Master Guns Pistol trophy onto a shelf in the Trident Room, May 12. Team captain Lukens created the marksmanship display as a centerpiece to officially thank Naval Support Activity Monterey (NSAM) Commanding Officer Capt. Kevin Bertelsen and NPS Dean of Students Capt. Matthew Vandersluis for the commands' support of their efforts.

"The NPS Marksmanship Team takes this opportunity to share the team's achievements with the chains of command that support us, and raise school-wide awareness of the team and the opportunities that it offers," said Lukens.

The team could not exist without the help of both NSAM and NPS DOS support, Lukens says. NSAM owns and stores the weapons in its armory, and provides ammunition for the team's target practice sessions. The Dean of Students office coordinates with program officers to ensure participants can compete in regional and national competitions without conflicting with their studies.

"Our program at NPS/NSAM is unique in that the team is comprised of NPS students and faculty, and civilians from all tenant commands in the area, and that is why both chains of command are here today – to thank both," added Lukens.

At their latest competition, the NPS Marksmanship Team dominated the Pistol category with Marine Corps Maj. Kevin Kratzer and Capt. Anthony Rybicki, and Navy Lts. Mitchell Nelson and Lukens, and civilian Youssef Carpenter each earning a first place showing. Capt. Andrew Blackwell, along with Nelson and Lukens, distinguished themselves with a second place in the rifle competition. Two team members earned the coveted SECNAV's M-1 Trophy Rifle.

In addition to campus leadership, Lukens also credited the Marksmanship Team's eminent coach and mentor, the late Gordon Nakagawa, a retired Navy captain and NPS lecturer emeritus in the Department of Operations Research.

"Gordon really created the NPS Marksmanship Team from the ground up. We have trophies and plaques dating back to 1970, demonstrating that NPS has been a contender in the marksmanship sport for decades," explained Lukens. "I never had the pleasure of meeting him, but his spirit lives on in the coaches who worked with him, and they pass their collective knowledge on to us. And because of Coach Nakagawa's inexhaustible influence and contributions, his photograph crowns the Marksmanship Team's display."

May 19, 2016

U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Victoria Ochoa
NPS Celebrates Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month
By MC2 Victoria Ochoa

Yamamoto Hula Ohana member Jenny Camara performs a traditional Hawaiian dance during NPS' Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month celebration outside Herrmann Hall, May 17. Each May, the U.S. Navy celebrates AAPI Heritage Month, recognizing the history and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

"AAPI month corresponds with two major events in history," said master of ceremonies and NPS Training Officer Lt. Kristen Connor. "The arrival of Japanese immigrants to the U.S. and the significant contributions Chinese immigrants made in creating the transcontinental railroad."

AAPI month originally began as "Asian American/Pacific Islander Week" in 1978 to coincide with the first Japanese immigrants that arrived in the U.S. in May of 1843. In 1990, the celebration was extended to a month-long event.

"I feel blessed to be a part of the Navy, and be able to bring a different perspective to how we can be a global force for good," said NPS Department of National Security Affairs student and guest speaker Lt. Cmdr. Jonathan Kim. "My cultural upbringing has made me the person I am today, I learned to treat everyone equally and with respect."

Today, there are 24,500 Asian American and Pacific Islander Sailors serving in the Navy, including eight Admirals and 235 master chief and senior chief petty officers. These Sailors represent more than 56 ethnic groups who speak more than 100 languages.

"It's through an appreciation for diversity that we can identify and recognize the many contributions we all bring to the fight," said NPS Manpower Officer and speaker Lt. George W. Acfalle. "Diversity makes us the best Navy in the world." 

May 18, 2016

U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Brian H. Abel
Celebrating Diversity at Monterey's Annual Language Capital of the World Festival
By MC3 Brian H. Abel

NPS student Lt. Cmdr. Colleen McDonald explains how drones operate during the 2nd Annual Language Capital of the World Cultural Festival at the Custom House Plaza in downtown Monterey, May 14. The event serves to highlight Monterey's rich, diverse international culture through music, dance, food and celebration.

"We're here with international students to educate the public on the vast capabilities of the military and NPS." said McDonald. "Many people are very interested in technology and how NPS ties into the area."

Drones were a major attraction at this year's festival. McDonald enjoyed sharing her experiences working with them for the Navy.

"Everyone was very impressed … they enjoyed being able to touch the drones," said McDonald. "Most [people] only hear about them on the news."

The event also featured American, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Middle Eastern cuisine and a wide array of performances to include, Filipino, Spanish and Pakistani folk dancers.

May 17, 2016

U.S. Navy photo by Javier Chagoya
NPS, DLI Benevolence Boosts Brains
By Javier Chagoya

U.S. Army Capt. Ryan Miller, right, watches a child's face light up as Breakfast for Your Brain program tutor Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) Army Spec. Eric King, center, listens raptly to an answer from his young pupil in NPS' Dudley Knox Library, May 7. King and Miller are part of a team of dedicated volunteers for the free Saturday tutoring program open to Monterey County kids.

"I really like teaching children. The Breakfast for Your Brain Program gives me the opportunity to share with kids new ways of solving math problems. The children are like learning sponges — it's a joy to watch," said King.

Over the years, the tutoring program, established by the Monterey chapter of the National Naval Officers Association, has had an ebb and flow of volunteers. With recruitment of a reliable source of volunteers difficult, the benevolent tutoring program had been curbed for the past year.

NPS Department of Applied Mathematics Associate Professor Ralucca Gera picked up the baton. She found overwhelming support and enthusiasm from NPS student Miller who joined in to reinvigorate the program by recruiting a bevy of enthusiastic volunteers.

"Establishing a method of continuity for the leadership role is paramount for the program to flourish. We already have an NPS student who will continue in the leadership role when Capt. Miller graduates in June. I will serve in the continuity role along with the outgoing volunteers to continually groom future leaders," said Gera.

Miller is a master's candidate in applied mathematics, and has served as the current leader of the Breakfast for Your Brains program since January 2016. His team is made up of volunteers from both NPS and DLI, and with the school year nearing its end, the team is about to wrap up their final weekend of helping kids with their math, science and other homework projects.

"Each tutor works with up to three children that cover subjects ranging from reading, writing, English, history, geography and Earth sciences. The parents of the children appreciate the reinforcement that comes along with the tutor's enthusiasm, providing problem-solving strategies the youngsters may not have encountered in the classroom," said Miller.

Even though the program will be on hiatus for a handful of weeks, the program is actively looking for volunteers for next year's program. Interested students, faculty and staff should e-mail

May 16, 2016

U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Lewis Hunsaker
NPS Alumnus Addresses Energy Independence, Culture Change
By MC1 Lewis Hunsaker

U.S. Navy Capt. Greg Zacharski, right, NPS alumnus and current director of the Navy Energy Coordination Office, is presented with a certificate of appreciation by Energy Academic Group Program Officer Kevin Maher following Zacharski's Defense Energy Seminar in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Auditorium, May 6. Zacharski discussed progress on the service's energy goals, and the Navy's continued call for innovation in the energy space.

"Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus' message to the Navy is power and presence, these two words articulate what the vision is forward," said Zacharski. "The Navy is about power, or projecting combat power forward. And presence, which is about persistent combat power in a forward place in a sustained manner."

That combat power and presence, Zacharski added, is enabled through using energy intelligently.

"Operational energy is about being smarter in what we do to keep combat power forward," he said. "We are changing the way we think about the use of energy in the fleet. We have to use energy better, more effectively and efficiently, so we have more of it at the sharp end of the spear."

Zacharski closed his presentation by urging those at NPS to continue thinking about energy solutions through practice and material solutions.

May 13, 2016

U.S. Navy photo by Javier Chagoya
NSA Student Wins First USNI/Foundation Essay Competition
By Javier Chagoya

NPS student U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Christopher Bartos of the Department of National Security Affairs has been named winner of the inaugural NPS Foundation/U.S. Naval Institute Essay Contest. His 3,000-word winning entry, "Cyber Weapons Are Not Created Equal," will be published in the June issue of Proceedings.

"I was very surprised to find out I had won because I wasn't sure the editorial board would agree with some of my conclusions," said Bartos. "I had no idea that I was in the running for the top prize until I was informed by [NPS Foundation Executive Director] Ms. Suzanne Fortune over the phone that I had won."

Bartos' winning essay attempts to clear up misperceptions in cyber attack and defense operations, and how they are postured. He declares that a rigorous network defense negates offensive penetration because, over time, attack methods become perishable and obsolete.

"My essay challenges a commonly held belief about cyber operations – that they favor the offense more than the defense. While it is true that cyber attacks happen quickly, and that expanding Internet use creates many gaps, the most significant form of cyber operations require significant planning, resources, and expertise to develop and execute. Small attacks will cause problems for society and individuals at large, but it is only these advanced attacks that will influence security at the strategic level," said Bartos. 

Bartos is pursuing a Masters of Arts in National Security Studies – East Asia. In August, he will be attending the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center to study Korean before going to South Korea to complete his training as a Northeast Asia Foreign Area Officer. 

May 12, 2016

U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Brian H. Abel
Air University President, Commander Offers Latest SGL 
By MC3 Brian H. Abel

Lt. Gen. Steven L. Kwast, commander and president Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, addresses students, faculty and staff during an NPS Secretary of the Navy Guest Lecture (SGL) in King Auditorium, May 10. Kwast visited NPS as part of a countrywide tour to discuss how the military needs to change its thinking.

"I'm here to not only be a part of the Joint Interagency Field Exercise, but to talk to students at NPS," said Kwast. "I want to talk to you about how to evolve the way you think, in order to keep up with the constant evolution of our enemies’ capabilities."

Kwast currently leads the intellectual and leadership center of the U.S. Air Force, providing all levels of Airmen – enlisted, officer and civilian, as well as joint and coalition service members – with unique in-residence and distance-learning courses to meet emerging geo-political challenges faced by the U.S. and its international partners.

During the SGL, Kwast also talked about moving from the industrial age in regards to school curriculum, to the information age and embracing new technologies. To conclude his SGL, Kwast answered and questions or concerns from members of the student body.

May 11, 2016

U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Victoria Ochoa
NPS Observes Holocaust Remembrance Day 
By MC2 Victoria Ochoa

NPS Senior Lecturer Carolyn Halladay discusses the murder of some 6 million people during the NPS Multicultural Committee's annual Holocaust Remembrance Day observance, May 5. NPS students, faculty and staff gathered at the event to honor the memory of those who lost their lives during the Holocaust.

"The holocaust, as a term, refers specifically to the Nazi state's program of exterminating the Jews of Europe, an official policy that evolved into a plan to find and kill every last man, woman and child of Jewish extraction within reach of the Third Reich," said Halladay.

For over seventy years on "Yom Hashoah" or Holocaust Remembrance Day, the mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, friends and neighbors, who lost their lives during the Holocaust are remembered. The word holocaust comes from the Greek "holocaustos," which means "a burnt sacrificial offering."

"What was unique about the Holocaust was the totality of its translation of abstract thought into a plan to implement murder," said Halladay. "The death toll … was horrific. In fact, 2/3rds of the pre-war Jewish population of Europe - gone."

Also honored at the event were those who survived the Holocaust, many of whom were spared from death because of individuals who risked their lives to save Jews and other victims from persecution.

The Holocaust followed the round up and transport of European Jews to concentration camps in 1944. Of those taken to concentration camps by the Nazi regime, most were immediately put to death in gas chambers. Others were used for forced labor and fell victim to hunger and disease.

According to Halladay, four words sum up the pleas of the victims of the Holocaust, "Never forget, never again!"

May 10, 2016

U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Michael Ehrlich
Promotion and Tenure Ceremony Highlights Faculty Efforts
By MC2 Michael Ehrlich

NPS President retired Vice Adm. Ronald A. Route, front left, and Acting Provost Dr. James Newman, front right, are pictured with select faculty honored during the university's Promotion and Tenure Ceremony, May 4, in front of Herrmann Hall.

"The promotion and tenure process at NPS is a rigorous, peer-reviewed process that works to ensure that those professors who have proven themselves in research, teaching and service over many years are afforded the opportunity to continue to serve at NPS without a term limit," said Newman.

The tenure process is used by most institutions of higher learning to ensure qualified, high-performing faculty remain committed to their institutions while being afforded some stability of employment.

"NPS' promotion and tenure process ensures that NPS embodies those principles that have helped make America's institutions of higher learning some of the best educational institutions in the world," continued Newman. "Our faculty can participate in the governance of NPS, adding a long term, academic perspective that is committed to the outstanding performance of NPS' academic mission."

May 9, 2016

U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Michael Ehrlich
UC Merced Professor Discusses Robotics and Risk Management with NPS' CRUSER
By MC2 Michael Ehrlich

Dr. Stephano Carpin discusses risk management in the field of robotics to NPS students, faculty and staff during the latest Consortium for Robotics and Unmanned Systems Education and Research (CRUSER) Colloquium in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Auditorium, May 2. Carpin has worked with CRUSER for several years, and is currently an associate professor of engineering at the University of California, Merced.

"The risk is, and has to be manageable … It's about finding the right balance between how much risk I can take, and how much risk I tolerate to take," explains Carpin.

Carpin is a leader in the research of mobile and cooperative robotics for service tasks, and robot algorithms. Despite the fact that much of his lecture was theoretical, Carpin focused part of his discussion with the student officers toward application.

"Academia is easy to get lost in irrelevant problems," said Carpin. "I am trying to cast this in a mission-driven light … I have been cooperating with NPS for a few years, and I'm in a privileged position because I have had a chance to know what problems people are working on here and what their common backgrounds have been."

Since Carpin moved to UC Merced, his research has been supported by several federal agencies and corporations, including the National Science Foundation, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and the Office of Naval Research. He is also a founding member of UC Merced's Center for Autonomous and Interactive Systems, and leads the university's Robotics Lab.

May 6, 2016

U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Victoria Ochoa
Acquisition Leaders Converge on NPS
By Kenneth A. Stewart

Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition the Honorable Sean Stackley addresses attendees at NPS' 13th annual Acquisition Research Symposium, May 4. The symposium brings together leading defense acquisition experts from around the world to exchange ideas and to benefit from NPS student-led acquisition research.

University President retired Vice. Adm. Ronald A. Route welcomed Lewis and other attendees to the symposium while touting the importance of what he called "sharpening the spear" – NPS' commitment to honing naval officers with the education and skill sets required to serve at the tip of the nation's defense spear.

Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition the Honorable Sean Stackley served as keynote speaker at the symposium. He called upon attendees, and policy makers at large, to streamline the defense acquisition process.

"Please, [Congress,] no more policy, no more rules and regulations. We have plenty of policy. We need practices," Stackley said. "It's about product. It's about putting weapons systems into the hands of Sailors and Marines around the world and giving them the confidence to do their jobs."

Stackley also pointed to regulatory red tape as an impediment to the acquisition process while noting some of its more frustrating consequences.

"Admirals report to the Pentagon after solving the problems of nations with their fleets. Only they come to the Pentagon, and learn that they do not have the authority to approve a travel voucher to attend a conference," explained Stackley.

Retired Rear Adm. James Greene serves as chair of NPS' Defense Acquisition Program, and called upon attendees and students to prepare for the 14th symposium through both attendance and paper presentations.

"It is my hope that we can continue to stimulate interest by research sponsors in relevant and timely acquisition research efforts by faculty and students at NPS, and affiliated universities and think tanks," said Greene. "We would like to see NPS emerge as 'the place of choice' for acquisition research efforts."

May 5, 2016

U.S. Navy photo by Javier Chagoya
Jordan Fact-Finding Team Pursues NPS Cyber Experts
By Javier Chagoya

A delegation of Jordanian military and defense leadership stopped at NPS as part of a fact-finding mission to get the details on the university's current cybersecurity educational and research programs, April 29.

The officials, senior members of Jordan's cyber, intelligence and communications communities, included two brigadier generals, two colonels and one ministry of defense secretary general, all touring the U.S. in the discovery phase for certificate and degree programs in cybersecurity, operations and computer forensics. 

"The cybersecurity programs at NPS have a very strong reputation, as do our cyber operations programs. It is not surprising that a group seeking solid educational programs for military officers on these topics would come to NPS. Other countries have already sent students here for the NPS cybersecurity programs," said Distinguished Professor of Computer Science Dr. Cynthia Irvine. 

The Jordanian delegation toured the recently-constructed Cyber Battle Lab, which uses virtual machines and servers to simulate defend and attack network scenarios. They also met with subject matter experts from NPS' Information Technology and Communications Services (ITACS) department to round out presentations on network infrastructure and bandwidth development.

U.S. Central Command Operations Branch Chief Marine Corps Col. Brian King, who accompanied the delegation, said the effort is about supporting the nation's capability to secure its networks. "Education is critical to developing these individuals, but our trip covered many aspects of cybersecurity in order to glean best practices in the development of strategy, policy, critical infrastructure protection, etc.," he said.

May 4, 2016

U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Lewis Hunsaker
Annual Submarine Ball Recognizes the Silent Service
By MC1 Lewis Hunsaker

Director of Undersea Warfare Division (N97) and guest speaker, Rear Adm. Charles A. Richard, addresses university students, faculty, staff and guests during the 116th Submarine Birthday Ball in the Barbara McNitt Ballroom, April 30, while Northern California Submarine League President, NPS student Lt. Mitchell Nelson, center, listens in. The theme for this year’s celebration, planned by Nelson and his fellow league officers, was “Submarines in the Movies: Where Fiction Meets Reality.”

"Tonight we celebrate our past and honor those that have gone before us to lay the foundation for our force," said Richard. "It has truly been an exceptional year for the submarine force."

Within the last year, USS John Warner (SSN 785) was commissioned and USS Illinois (SSN 786) was launched, marking the first time that two Virginia-class submarines were released to the fleet within the same year.

"This is the force that many of you in this room will have the privilege to operate, on behalf of our American people, to ensure our nation's security," said Richard. "What we did to get here didn't happen by accident. It came from innovation, necessity, creativity, and most of all, hard work by submariners over the last 116 years."

Richard noted there have been four generations of submariners over that time span, and each generation has helped improve the force, from fundamentals to tactics to new technology.

"The generations of submariners that came before us forged the path, and it's our responsibility and honor to continue and build the force," he said. "As we celebrate our birthday, let us remember and give thanks to the initial innovators from the first generation, our heroes from WWII, and those that have laid the foundation for us."

On April 11, 1900, the U.S. Navy purchased John Philip Holland's revolutionary submarine and renamed it the USS Holland (SS-1), America's first commissioned submarine. Since then, submariners have been patrolling the depths of the oceans, providing maritime security around the world. 

May 3, 2016

U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Lewis Hunsaker
Naval War College Honors Quarter's Top Graduates 
By MC1 Lewis Hunsaker

Naval War College (NWC) Monterey students earning academic honors during the second quarter of Academic Year 2016 are pictured following a brief ceremony in their honor near the NWC Monterey Program offices in Halligan Hall, April 26.

The graduates who earned "with Highest Distinction" honors by completing the program in the top five percent of their class include Army Majs. Jonathan Baker and Jonathan Swoyer; Marine Corps Capt. Peter Bose, and Lt. Leslie Ward.

Graduates earning "with Distinction" honors by completing the program in the top 15 percent of their class include Army Maj. Andrew Ballow; Marine Corps Capt. Amber Coleman; Lt. Cmdrs. Ernest Anderson, Alapaki Gomes, Sumner Rollings, Joshua Stonehouse; Lts. Stephen Bremer, Zachary Lukens, Daniel Nesmith, Vanessa May Rigoroso, and Lucas Scruby.

May 2, 2016


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