Point Break -
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.
Surf Therapy -
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.
Healing through Woodwork -
Veteran Overcomes PTSD by Making Toys for Military Kids
Sawdust lingers in the air, illuminated by small work lights. Silence fills the dark garage as the loud whirring of a belt sander comes to a stop. Bruce Empol stops working momentarily and runs his rough, weathered hands up and down the now-smooth wooden block.
An Epidemic of Hope -
The U.S. Military's War on HIV
Many underdeveloped countries in Africa, South America and Asia are still experiencing a crisis when it comes to preventing and treating HIV/AIDS. As of 2015, about 36.7 million people are living with HIV, and most of those infected live in sub-Saharan Africa. Of that number, an estimated 1.8 million infected are children, who contracted the virus during pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding.
Standing Strong -
How one Sailor overcame sexual assault and attempted death by suicide
"Thanks for walking me home," Petty Officer Jane Harrison* told her friend, a fellow Sailor who had offered to escort her back to her overseas apartment one evening. He was a liberty buddy, someone she trusted, and she had been happy to have the company - happy that is, until he tried to follow her inside.
Finding Relief and Peace in the Water -
Navy Veteran turns to surfing to relieve pain
Waking before the sun to catch a wave is the best feeling, according to surfers. They say there is nothing better than cool, soft sand between your toes, especially before the daily mob of people arrives to sun bathe. The sweet smell of the ocean and the harmony of the waves can make time stand still. While this remains a dream for most people, or at most a pleasure to be indulged in once or twice a year, it is a regular reality for medically retired Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Nate Hamilton.
Building on the Boat -
Sailors take body sculpting to the next level
"You haven't had a carb in three days, and you haven't had a sip of water in 12 hours, but you've got to have confidence while you're up there. You've got to feel like the 'baddest' man out there. We're all friends until we step on that stage. When I'm up there, it's me against everybody."
Living with Traumatic Brain Injury
The last Sailor of the day holds an anti-tank rocket (AT4) launcher on his shoulder, pointing the business-end down range, ready for the order to loose its might with the push of a button.
Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Reporting Options: -
6 Things You Need to Know
April 2017 is designated as Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. This year's theme is "Protecting Our People Protects Our Mission. The Difference Starts with You. Step Up and Step In to Stop Sexual Assault."
Get Framed -
Naval Hospital Bremerton Optometry
Getting framed is now a fashionable, eye-opening experience courtesy of Naval Hospital Bremerton's Optometry Clinic.
Scalpels, Sutures, Mannequins? -
The next generation of military medical training
Across the military, Sailors are taught to "train like you fight, fight like you train." At Naval Medical Center San Diego, this has never been more true.
The Buzz: -
Mosquitos and the Zika Virus
Mosquitos just got a lot more annoying. In addition to their painful, itchy bite, comes the possibility of being exposed to the Zika Virus.
5 Things You Need to Know -
SECNAV's new ADMIN separation policy
Traumatic Brain Injuries, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, as well as any other diagnosed mental health condition, have sometimes led to a Sailor or Marine's misconduct or even discharge.
Masters of Fate and Captains of Soul: -
The Invictus Spotlight: Retired Lt. Steven Simmons
It's day one of Invictus Games 2016. The track is already busy with hundreds of people. Athletes take the track on bikes of different varieties, each tailored for that service member and their disability.
Warrior, Athlete, Champion -
The Invictus Games 2016
Invictus. It means unconquered. It also describes the embodiment of wounded warriors from around the globe.
Boxed Out -
Sailors aboard USS Boxer punch through deployment
Humidity hangs heavy in the air mixed with the smell of grease and sweat. The loud snap of leather hitting leather echoes through the hangar bay of amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). You can hear the sharp exhale as each snap cracks through the air.
Medical Teams Take On The Gunpowder Challenge -
Exercise simulates battlefield scenario to help prepare military medical students
Bullets are zooming past your head. The ground is shaking from the aftermath of bombs detonating. The deafening sounds of war make it hard to hear yourself think. Your most important weapon is not your rifle, but your medical kit.
Spring PFA Cycle Incorporates BCA Changes -
5 things every Sailor needs to know
Time is not the only thing springing forward this physical fitness assessment cycle. So too are the Navy's new requirements for assessing physical fitness.
Celebrating 6 Months of Small ACTs -
1 Small Act
March marks the six-month anniversary of the Every Sailor, Every Day campaign's "1 Small ACT" message, which launched during Navy Suicide Prevention Month in September 2015.
Heart To Heart -
Discovering strength when you feel your weakest
My day started like any other at Great Lakes Naval Station. I went to work and decided to use my lunch break to work out.
Jackey's Journey: Part III -
'Can I handle my truth?'
For five consecutive days last month, I was a "victim, not victor." Five dark days of convincing myself that cancer will defeat my spirit, soul and rob me of my body.
Balance, Bonding and Expectations -
One mother's advice for military parents
Finally, the day had come! The end of the seven month deployment was here! I was so anxious to finally pull in to see my husband and kids on the pier. I had seen all of the sappy commercials and television shows about homecomings and spent 210 days envisioning ours.
Suicide First-Aid -
Are You Willing to ASIST?
On the outside, it looked like any other Navy vessel moored to a pier; haze gray and resting on crystal blue waters. Though a light shower poured out of a bright blue sky, and Sailors didn't seem to mind.
The Heart of the Lifter -
Six pack...ripped back
Clunk... Clunk... Clunk. The noises of weights being pumped by people in the gym are the only sounds heard over soft-toned music.
21st Century Sailor Office: 1 Small Act Can Save a Life -
All Hands Magazine sat down with Rear Adm. Ann Burkhardt, Director, 21st Century Sailor Office, to talk about Suicide Prevention Month.
Although Burkhardt is the new face of the 21st Century Sailor Office, she has served the Navy for 28 years now, and like many service members she knows someone who had considered ending their life.
1 Small Act for Suicide Prevention Month -
The 21st Century Sailor Office invites you to perform one small act for Suicide Prevention Month.
Dr. William James-influential American philosopher and psychologist-once said to "act as if what you do makes a difference. It does." This statement holds particular meaning when placed in the context of promoting Total Sailor Fitness and Resilience-especially when it comes to suicide prevention.
Team Red White and Blue -
Enriching the lives of Sailors physically and emotionally
How often are sailors heard admitting that the only time they exercise is right before a PRT? A nation-wide organization dedicated to enriching the lives of all who serve is helping Sailors not only get healthier physically, but mentally and emotionally as well.
7 Things to Know about Navy's PFA Changes -
Key changes begin Jan. 1, 2016
The goal of these changes is to achieve a healthier, fitter force over the short and long term with more Sailors taking the PRT resulting in fewer failures and better mission readiness.
Tandem Cyclist -
Master-at-Arms 1st Class Adrian "A.J." Mohammed
Navy Chief Fights PTSD With Family's Help
As the nightmares took control of him, the sailor's wife wrapped her arms around him and told him he was safe, comforting him until he calmed down and went back to sleep.
Competitive Adaptive Swimmer -
HM3 Redmond "Red" Ramos
Pulling Arrows Through Teeth -
HN Katriana 'Kat' Durakovich
Running on Water -
The flagship's 100-mile club
Every day while underway, Sailors fight for space in small compartments. But one has been even more crowded as of late. Clinking weights mix with the steady thud of shoes as Sailors struggle to find a vacant machine in the ship's small gym.
Succeed Through Struggle -
Navy Safe Harbor's Adaptive Athletics Program
Success is often defined by wins and losses. By life-changing professional achievements or things that give people acclaim in their community. However, the most important form of success is often overlooked - personal fulfillment.
Staying Alive to Enjoy the Ride -
MCPON's Motorcycle Safety Tips
Although great strides have been made in motorcycle safety gear and training programs in recent years, Sailors and Marines continue to incur injuries and, in extreme cases, lose their lives while riding motorcycles.
Keep What You Earned This Memorial Day -
Pledge to Drink Responsibly This Summer
Memorial Day officially kicks off the summer season, it is a good time to discuss the dangers of over-consumption of alcohol, and the importance of taking a few simple steps like planning ahead for a safe ride home to keep what you've earned.
Every Sailor, Every Day -
New Video Launched for Campaign
In 2014, the 21st Century Sailor Office's Suicide Prevention Branch (OPNAV N171) introduced the "Every Sailor, Every Day" message to the fleet.
Traumatic Brain Injuries -
If Only Everything Could Be Seen and Heard
Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, started off like any other weekday morning for Chief Sonya Ansarov. As usual, she woke up at 4:30 a.m., got ready for work, and hit the road for her 45-minute drive to the Pentagon.
Nutrition: Why should we care? -
Your diet effects how you live and perform
Ok, be honest, when was the last time you ate or drank something you knew you shouldn't have? As members of the military, it's crucial to be able to perform at work.
Patuxent River NAWCAD Purple Heart Recipient -
HM3's account of surviving an IED blast
"I remember loading up in the truck and the next thing I know I'm seeing dust at my feet, my ears are ringing and I'm seeing dust everywhere," said Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Robert Scott Elder.
The Navy's Blood Source: Taking Care of Our Own -
Blood Donations prove useful for more than just traumatic events
When something catastrophic affects the world, people take notice; donating money, food and time to those affected. But there is often something people don't think about donating; something that can save a life when the catastrophic event is more personal, sometimes affecting just one person - blood.
Life at 335 Pounds -
How one woman lost 150 pounds and found her freedom
Nancy Sheppard had never had a weight problem. Growing up, she was one of those girls who ate what she wanted and didn't think twice about stopping for fast food or adding additional bread items to her meals.
Donating Blood Really Can Make the Difference Between Life and Death -
The day a stranger saved my life
When I was pregnant with my second daughter, Clara, I was diagnosed with cervical cancer. I worried about my life and the life of my unborn daughter. There was never a choice for my husband and me as to whether we were going to continue on with the pregnancy, even though we knew the cancer could spread.
Jackey's Journey: Part II -
Steroids and chemo complete, what's next?
Hooray! Hooyah! Praise God! Today marked the last day that I will have to take steroids, get a shot into my stomach, or swallow anti-nausea and anti-diarrhea medications.
Who Are You Talking To? -
Get to know your Victim Advocates
Never Walk Alone (Part 4) -
"You never have to walk alone, and I learned that. In this uniform, in this service, you never have to walk alone."
This is the fourth and final article in a four-part series about a Navy petty officer who came close to taking his own life but did not do so, thanks to the intervention of his leadership and the use of support networks-and his strength and resilience on the road to recovery.
Preventing Domestic Violence -
The fight stops here
For Petty Officer 3rd Class Jazmin Thomas, the abuse started with words; harsh words that began to eat at her from the inside out. "I'm the only one who could ever love you." "You are just something to look at." "Come over here house slave." "No one would ever want something like you."
Never Walk Alone (Part 3) -
"When I admitted I needed help, I wasn't thinking about my career. I just wanted to live."
This is the third article in a four-part series about a Navy petty officer who came close to taking his own life but did not do so, thanks to the intervention of his leadership and the use of support networks-and his strength and resilience on the road to recovery.
Never Walk Alone (Part 2) -
"The intervention didn't save his life. What saved him was his admission that he needed help."
This is the second article in a four-part series about a Navy petty officer who came close to taking his own life but did not do so, thanks to the intervention of his leadership and the use of support networks, and how he continues to brave his battle with alcoholism and depression.
I Am Unconquered -
Invictus Games 2014
Every story is important, but sometimes, one can count themselves lucky to get assigned a story that resonates so intensely that it can change your outlook on life. In July I was chosen to be part of a team covering the Invictus Games taking place in London, England from Sept. 10 to 14.
Jackey's Journey -
A glimpse into cancer, chemo and courage
I am Chief Petty Officer Jackey Smith. I was asked to share my breast cancer journey a few weeks ago and I quickly agreed. However, as the deadline grew closer, I found myself putting off writing about my experience with this ugly disease called breast cancer. Showing this vulnerability isn't comfortable for me.
Never Walk Alone (Part 1) -
One Sailor's story of coming back from the brink
As Suicide Prevention Month comes to a close, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has said preventing military suicides will remain one of the Defense Department's highest priorities.
MCPON Talks Suicide Prevention -
Ask. Care. Treat.
September is 2014 Navy Suicide Prevention month. MCPON Mike Stevens sat down to engage directly with Sailors about what they can do to help someone in need, and to promote the Navy's message of "Every Sailor, Every Day."
We're in this Together -
One suicide is one too many
Starting in September the Navy will be promoting the message "Every Sailor, Every Day," to encourage all Sailors, leaders, families and members of the Navy community to strengthen their connections with those around them in accordance with Suicide Prevention Month.
From Valor to Victory -
One Marine's Journey from the Battlefield to the Ice Rink
Duty, Honor, Country. For service members, those three words define what they ought to be, can be, and will be.
Caring For Exceptional Family Members -
EFMP ensures all resources needed are readily available
Boy or girl, when news of a pregnancy arrives, most parents are only hoping for a healthy child. When Tristan was born, his parents could not have imagined the long road that lay ahead for their second son to get to good health.
From Quit to Fit -
Navy Leader Goes from Smoker to Ironman
Command Master Chief Terry Prince used to go on 10 cigarette breaks a day before he quit smoking, gained and lost 50 pounds, and became an Ironman triathlete.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) -
It's All in Your Head
Chief Petty Officer Tracey Duke Putney doesn't sleep well at night and she ends up taking a nap most afternoons. She loses focus quickly and she finds it nearly impossible to complete the simplest tasks that aren't work-related.
Wounded Warrior Team Navy Trials- Dacanay -
Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Michael Dacanay
It started in a recruiting station in Seattle.
Diving the World Over -
Southern Partnership Station 2014
Navy divers from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 2 are in Belize working with divers from the Belize Coast Guard Service as part of Southern Partnership Station 2014.
Wounded Warrior Team Navy Trials- Taylor -
Navy Counselor 1st Class Misty Taylor
Many determined faces showed up to Naval Station Norfolk, June 3. They all had different reasons for coming, each from a different part of the U.S. but they all had one thing in common, the 2014 Wounded Warrior Team Navy trials.
Wounded Warrior Team Navy Trials- Dressel -
Chief Navy Counselor Ching Dressel
Wounded warriors are often thought of as the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines who have been wounded in action and have visual representations of their medical conditions.
Wounded Warrior Team Navy Trials -
Lt. Rickey Bennett (Ret.)
It wasn't until the end of a seven-month deployment with the 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment that Lt. Rickey Bennett's efforts and heartache began to catch up to him.
Wounded Warrior Team Navy Trials- Parks -
Airman Brett Parks
Lying on the ground, he made a deal with himself. He wasn't going to fall asleep until he got to the hospital. When he finally arrived and allowed himself to close his eyes, he slipped into a coma.
Running in Their Honor -
30% Physical, 70% Mental, All Heart
The sun was just peeking over the Atlantic Ocean and already it was way too warm for running. No matter, Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman Chris Cwiklinski laces up his running shoes and heads out to begin day one of his four-day journey.
Prescription for Discharge -
5 things you need to know to avoid misuse of prescription drugs
Did you know that the Navy's zero tolerance policy for drug abuse applies to the misuse of prescription drugs?
Staying Fit Underway -
GW Sailors show you how to stay fit at sea
Being stationed on a ship presents numerous challenges for Sailors and staying physically fit is one of the biggest. Some of USS George Washington's fitness leaders are going to show you a few exercise routines that don't require much time or space to complete.
Are You There, Chaps? -
Navy chaplains are a valuable resource
In 2009, while preparing for retirement, Chief Hospital Corpsman Beverly Gosch felt like she was losing it. Earlier in her career she had been sexually assaulted, but had chosen to "suck it up, and drive on." But now, after consecutive illnesses and the loss of yet another relationship, she knew something had to give.
The Costly Gift -
A True Holiday Story
Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class William H. Joyner shares his story of a night that he will never forget.
Calling the Red Light Ugly -
Commands are doing a better job of handling sexual assault cases
When I was an E-4 on board a ship, I remember sitting across from my command master chief, who has long since retired, during a holiday party committee briefing and him sliding an envelope across the table and asking me to look inside.
The Gift of Life -
Sailor Meets Bone Marrow Recipient
Eric Priest carefully removed the paper wrapping from a small box and wordlessly inspected the pewter clock inside and the words engraved on the surface: "Eric Priest, Thanks For Adding Time To My Life. Phil Jones July 4, 2012."
March is Navy Nutrition Month -
Getting your Health Goals Back on Track
A study released by the University Of Scranton in January revealed the most popular New Year's Resolutions for 2014. Not surprisingly, "lose weight" and "stay fit and healthy" were among the top two.
Losing Control -
One Sailor's Struggle with Alcohol Abuse
I did not join the Navy on a winning streak. The 9/11 terrorist attack did not move me to fight the War on Terrorism, and I did not watch Top Gun in its entirety until I joined the Navy.
Making the Connection -
Warrior Canine Connection Pairs Support Dogs and Wounded Service Members
With a new generation of warriors returning from Afghanistan and Iraq, the military is investing many resources into medical research to care for wounded warriors.
A Means of Balance -
Standing Tall Again
Chief Yeoman Javier Rodriguez Santiago was injured in a motorcycle accident in January 2011. After the accident, he underwent multiple surgeries and was confined to a wheelchair.
A Story of Love and Survival -
The Story of EOD2 Taylor Morris and Danielle Kelly
Taylor Morris is many things. He's a 25-year-old college student and a boyfriend to Danielle Kelly. He's also a real life example of the fighting spirit of the Navy.
The Affordable Care Act -
Five Things Sailors Should Know About the New Law
The Affordable Care Act has created quite a stir across the country. Also known as Obamacare, the new law aims to make medical care more accessible to all Americans. Here are five things that Sailors should know about the new law.
Running for the Wounded -
185 for Heroes Runs for Their Lives
March 12, while Mississippi was busy passing the "Anti-Bloomberg" Bill, while Facebook was getting an updated timeline design and while Lamar and Khloe were getting a new puppy, Chief Christian Michael Pike, a 31-year-old Navy Seal, was dying.
Thriving In Your Community -
Suicide Prevention is Everyone's Responsibility
I despair when I hear that of one of our Sailors or Marines has taken his or her own life. These are tragedies where we must intervene somehow and somewhere in the chain of events that leads to the hopelessness of suicide, be it impulsive or the culmination of chronic thoughts.
One Night, One Mistake: ET2 Palfrey's Story -
What does "Keep What You've Earned" Mean to You?
My name is ET2 Michael Palfrey. This is my story about a bad decision I made while drinking and the lessons I hope to pass on to my shipmates. Watch my story now.
Battle of the Bulge -
Sailors weigh in on what worked for them
"The stress of your weight in the military is immeasurable," said AMC Michelle Korab. "For me it started with the sweatband I was required to wear in Boot Camp for chow, letting everyone know I wasn't to be given sweets of any kind."
"He Didn't Say Goodbye" -
Suicide Prevention Month launches yearlong efforts to encourage Sailors to seek help
"I got a phone call Dec. 7, 2011 from the school," said Chief Petty Officer Rita Powell. "They told me my son might possibly have a 'people to kill' list in his bedroom. When I found the list my name was first, then my husband's name, then his older sister's name third. There were 14 other names on that list as well; kids from school."
Moving Forward -
Wounded Warriors Enjoy Recreational Sports Camp
Twelve seriously wounded, ill and injured Sailors and Coast Guardsmen took part in a recreational adaptive sports camp Aug. 1 - 3 at the Waterfront Athletic Complex at Naval Station Norfolk
Inside the Cage -
Two Competitors, Head to Head, Minimal Rules
Mixed Martial Arts is a sport that takes, takes and takes some more. It takes years of dedication and training. It takes extreme commitment and endurance. And most of all it takes a willingness to get hit in the face on purpose.
A Fight at 15 -
Navy Dietician Parlays Early Cancer Survival Into Life Dedicated To Others
The word "cancer" is ugly. It takes lives, devastates families and destroys people from the inside. It's a word no one wants to hear come from a doctor's mouth. But when the unsightly word is paired with another three-syllable sound, it becomes a label of hope, perseverance and optimism.
A Look Back at the 2013 Warrior Games -
Navy Leaders Say for Wounded Warriors, Best Yet to Come
The biggest message everyone should take away from this year's Warrior Games is that "the best time in the lives of wounded warriors is still ahead," said a top Navy leader.
It Could Happen to You -
"Last thing I remembered was this is going to be a good day."
Don't Become a Statistic -
How the Navy is introducing mentorship in its motorcycle safety policy
When Senior Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuels) Brian Collins was a young Sailor in 1991 he made a decision that almost cost him his life.
A Fighting Spirit -
2013 Warrior Games: Joseph Frank
A vehicle accident took away one medically retired Sailor's dream of becoming a Navy SEAL, but it did not take away his fighting spirit or thirst for the gold in the Warrior Games.
An Invisible Injury -
2013 Warrior Games: Rickey Bennett
Retired Navy Chaplain Lt. Rickey Bennett will compete for Team Navy during the 2013 Warrior Games at the U.S. Olympic Training Center and at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 11-17.
Standing Tall -
2013 Warrior Games: John Kremer
Being a double amputee does not stop one medically retired Sailor from competing for the gold in the 2013 Warrior Games.
Always Moving Forward -
2013 Warrior Games: Linda Simpson
With quick smiles and positive energy, one Navy Reservist does not let her amputation stop her from competing for the gold in the 2013 Warrior Games.
Whatever it Takes -
2013 Warrior Games: Nathan DeWalt
Being paralyzed from the chest down does not stop one medically retired Sailor from competing for the gold in the Warrior Games.