Forged by Opportunity
Navy Officer Turns to Bodybuilding
Lagos, Nigeria, 1994: A father entrusts his beloved 15-year-old son to a close friend, knowing it will probably be years before they meet again, if ever. He will miss Sheu (pronounced SHEE-YOO), his son, but knows the opportunities that await in America are limitless. He takes Sheu by the shoulders, looks into his eyes and offers one final piece of advice: "I want you to go out there, know where you came from and make us proud."
Passion to Serve
Chef Uses Cooking Skills to Serve Country
Culinary Specialist 1st Class Frida Karani likes to say that a peaceful kitchen makes her nervous - and it shows.
An American Legend
Marine Colonel John Glenn donned his space suit, preparing to launch into space with one mission: becoming the first American to go into orbit. He blasted off in in a ball of fire and a cloud of smoke, Feb. 20, 1962, aboard the Friendship 7 spacecraft, circled the Earth three times and landed in the history books.
Managing Sailors' Servicemembers Group Life Insurance Elections via the Online Portal
Sailors should update their life insurance coverage online by the end of April 2018, unless they have a testamentary trust or a testamentary custodial account. When logging in for the first time, beneficiary information may not be reflected in the online system, but Sailors can rest assured that the beneficiaries identified on the paper forms they previously filled out will maintain their entitlements to insurance proceeds unless beneficiary or coverage information is changed via the new system.
Hail to the Chief
Six Naval Officers Who Became President
This Presidents Day, All Hands looks at the service records of six Navy men who went on to become president. All but one served in World War II. Several were commended for heroism.
Building Lives Together
The Hampton Roads Naval Museum held its 7th annual Brick by Brick Lego Shipbuilding event Saturday, Feb. 3.
All-Black Crew Overcomes Racism to Save WWII Convoy
Sailors called the storm the worst of the century, perhaps recorded history. Frigid, 50-foot waves rocked Convoy NY 119, tossing Navy ships and Army tugboats alike into the air like toy boats. It went on for days in October 1944, the type of weather to make even seasoned mariners turn green while calling on the gods and patron saints of the sea for protection.
Navy TPC Fixing PCS Travel Claim Backlog
5 Things to Know
Navy leaders said the Navy's Permanent Change of Station (PCS) Travel Processing Center (TPC) Memphis is currently experiencing a significant backlog in processing travel claims.
CMS-ID Database Error Causes Accidental Job Posting Cancellation
An upload of corrupted data during routine software updates Feb. 3, caused an error within the Career Management System - Interactive Detailing (CMS-ID) resulting in many job listings to be incorrectly listed as cancelled.
Breaking Down the Walls of Segregation
Veterans Remember First All-Black Navy Band
"Get out of our town! You don't belong here!" Despite the hostile response they received from some of the audience when marching down the streets of segregated southern towns, the 44-member, all-black ensemble of professional musicians played on, braving the insults and missiles violently hurled at them.
47th Anniversary of the Apollo 14 Lunar Landing
More than 230,000 miles from home, a lunar module gently touches down on the surface of the moon. Outside, temperatures can range from 387 below zero to 253 F. Men who have been among the privileged few to set foot on its rocky surface talk about the stillness, the hush, the isolation, the vastness, the velvety blackness, the jaw-dropping rise of the milky blue marble known as Earth. The moon, they say, is unforgettable.
Five Things to Know
1. Personnel Tempo (PERSTEMPO) is a congressionally mandated program that is used to track and report the time a service member is away from home. It defines time away from home as any time Sailors are engaged in official duties at locations or under circumstances that make it unfeasible for them to spend off-duty time in their homes.
Breaking Barriers, Part 1
The Raye Montague Story
Seven-year-old Raye Jordan gasped with excitement, her eyes wide with delight, as she held on tight to her grandfather's hand. She had never seen anything like the small German submarine before.
Giving veterans hope through surfing
It was like any other day in Afghanistan for Sgt. Tommy Counihan, an Army combat engineer. Seven months into his deployment, he was accustomed to the dangers of his job clearing improvised-explosive devices (IEDs). In fact, he had already finished his mission for the day and was ready for some much-needed rest. Suddenly, as he returned to his forward-operating base, his vehicle launched into the air.
Fueling the Fleet
Meet the men and women who know about fuel, the people for whom fuel is virtually their entire profession: aviation boatswain's mates (fuels), who serve aboard USS Reagan (CVN 76) and USS Wasp (LHD 1), among other ships.
Five Things to Know
Preparing for a selection board, keeping your record up to date
1. Check your record three or four months before it's due to be reviewed by a selection board. Make sure all your evaluations and fitness reports are included, and that there are no gaps in your performance history. Also make sure you've entered any personal awards, qualifications or off-duty education that you wish the board to consider.
Keep What You've Earned
Give the Gift of a Designated Driver
The holidays may be over, but you can still give the gift of a designated driver (DD). The Keep What You've Earned Campaign's online pledge continues through Feb. 14, 2018, giving Sailors and members of the Navy community an extended opportunity to show their appreciation for others by serving as designated drivers.
Naval Medical Center San Diego
The surfing clinic offered by the Health and Wellness Department at Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) offers a unique experience, allowing patients to utilize water as a way to rehabilitate their injuries, either with a surfboard, boogie board, stand-up paddle board or by body surfing.
You Stand No Watch Alone
An Open Letter from a Veteran
Some 40 years ago, a young aviation electronic technician stood a cold and lonely mid-watch, the only sound the slap of waves against his ship and the echoing of his own thoughts. It was one of hundreds of watches Richard H. Thayer Jr. would stand over 13 years in the Cold War-era Navy, and almost 12 more in the Reserves.
Alleviating Tax Season Woes
VITA program is here to help
Tax season can be a hectic time of year and for some reading all the different forms can be difficult. Many people will simply drop their paperwork on a professional's desk and pay a pile of cash to get the job done as quickly as possible.
Training Goes Virtual
MRTS 3D Lets Sailors Train Whenever, Wherever
Most Sailors know it can be difficult to keep up with training while deployed, or even at home in a high optempo environment.
Long May I Live
Arlington National Cemetery
I awake each morning to the sun rising over our nation's capital. My rolling hills rise above the Potomac River, symbolizing service and an ultimate sacrifice to our country.
Why we Remember
11 Things to Know About MLK
1. Martin Luther King Jr. was actually born Michael King Jr. on Jan. 15, 1929. In 1934, his father, pastor of Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church, traveled to Germany and was inspired by Martin Luther, leader of the Protestant Reformation. As a result, King Sr. changed his own name as well as that of his 5-year-old son.
In the Slammer
Special Programs, Brig Duty
It's 4 a.m., and Petty Officer 1st Class Melissa Mayer is heading to jail.
On the Forefront of Innovation
Sailor serves as catalyst for innovation movement
"Man overboard!" The unthinkable can happen in a heartbeat, and an underway can go from routine to disaster. It can take hours to find a Sailor who has gone overboard, if he or she is found at all. The cold reality is that many Sailors have been lost at sea, and it is often an unnecessary cause of death in this day and age.
Where Sailors and innovation meet
Like any other organization, the Navy is not perfect. Many times Sailors ask why things must be done a certain way. Often, they're convinced they know a more effective way. Sometimes, they're right. The Innovation Lab, better known as the iLab, gives Sailors a chance to take those ideas and possibly turn them into reality.