ET3 and MT3 with Commanding Officer of USS West Virginia (SSBN-736) (Gold.) While on patrol in USS West Virginia, they were awarded their dolphins at the stroke of midnight 31 December, making them the first West Virginia Sailors to receive their dolphins in the year 2000.
Tending to Business
As our designator suggests, the USS Emory S. Land (AS-39) is a "submarine tender" and a member of the Submarine Community. This has earned us the right to fly the Submarine Centennial Jack, and most of the time - wherever we are - the "customers" tied up alongside are nuclear-powered submarines. But not always. Since there are no longer any active destroyer tenders, our services have been much in demand by surface ships as well - particularly when they're on deployment. In the past month, three surface ships have come to Land to take advantage of her skilled craftsmen and 53 specialized technical shops, all contained in a ship the size of a small town. A six-day availability for surface ships in Souda Bay, Crete demanded 8,733 man-hours from Land's crew, in hundreds of jobs that ranged from hanging pictures to the more complicated task of replacing 350 feet of lagging. Repair parties turned to at 0700 and frequently were still at it until after 2200. This required an unbelievable amount of overtime from the crew, according to ET1(SS/SW) Michael Harvey, the ship's maintenance supervisor. Since Land doesn't normally carry technical documentation for surface ships, it's been difficult sometimes to meet all the needs brought to us by our surface counterparts. "Everything is a challenge and the learning curve is very steep," said Harvey. "But we're learning what it is they need and the knowledge and skills we need to support them." So call us a "submarine tender" if you must. But we're really a Mediterranean Fleet Support Ship. We're here to serve, and we're ready for your "boat"...whether it submerges or not.
The United States Naval Academy Class of 2000 completed their Service Assignment process the last weekend in January. This year 123 midshipmen were selected into the submarine community. Service Assignment Night is the culmination a long process that includes four years of professional training, interviews by a board of Naval Academy officers, intensive screening of records, and a day of interviews at Naval Reactors in Washington, DC. This process ensures the best-qualified individuals are assigned to their desired communities. On January 28th, the future Submariners were welcomed to the Submarine Force by Vice Admiral Giambastiani, Commander Submarine Force, US Atlantic Fleet. Also in attendance were ADM Hank Chiles, USN (Ret), RADM Kirk Donald, Deputy Director for Operations, National Military Command Center, and RADM Jerry Talbot, Jr., Director, Navy Staff, N09B. A large contingent from Norfolk also drove up for the evening including CAPT Mike Tracy, COMSUBLANT Chief of Staff and CAPT Frank Drennan, Commander Submarine Squadron Six. During the festive evening, the midshipmen selected their Nuclear Power School class-convening dates and had an opportunity to discuss their futures with submariners attending from throughout the Yard, the DC area and Norfolk. The midshipmen were clearly excited about their warfare community assignments and were anxious to make their way into the fleet. During his remarks, VADM Giambastiani reminded the midshipmen of the proud heritage of the Submarine Force and the officers in whose footsteps they followed. As we celebrate a century of "Silent Service" the future looks bright for the Class of 2000.
RADM Donald, VADM Giambastiani, RADM Talbot, and retired ADM Chiles pose with USNA's future submariners.
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LTJG Kevin Brown, USS Connecticut (SSN-22)
TRANSCRIPTS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE TO
SAILORS AND MARINES
Public Affairs Under the Navy College Program (NCP) individual Sailor/Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcripts (SMARTs) are now available to every member of the Navy and Marine Corps on the internet via the Navy College Program (NCP) web site. It has never been easier for Sailors and Marines to obtain a copy of their individual SMART to see what college credits they have earned via their military training. Previously, they had to request copies from local Navy College Offices or from the Navy College Center (NCC) via e-mail or by phone. "The SMART access page is located on the Navy College Program web site at www.navycollege.navy.mil," said Dr. Jeff Cropsey, Director of the Voluntary Education Department at the Naval Education and Training Professional Development and Technology Center. "When one accesses the Navy College Program Web site, he or she will see simple instructions to follow in order to access his or her individual SMART." The SMART documents recommend college credit for a Sailor's military training and occupational experience. Provided with the SMART is information on any DANTES tests taken for college credit (e.g. College Level Examination Program (CLEP)), and a list of Navy funded college courses taken while on active duty. Ms. Ileen Rogers, the Director of Navy Voluntary Education Requirements and Policy in OPNAV says the ability for Sailors and Marines to obtain their SMART online is exciting. "Having access online, on demand, will greatly help Sailors and Marines in their pursuit of a college degree," explains Rogers. "The SMART shows them right up front what college credits they've earned from the training they've received." Sailors and Marines may still request copies from the Navy College Center by calling 1-877-253-7122/DSN 922-1828, via e-mail at email@example.com or by visiting their local Navy College Office. Sailors' official SMART transcript can be sent directly to an academic institution of their choice, and must be requested from the Navy College Center or by visiting their local Navy College Office.