Miss Veteran America 2014
Navy vet takes top honors
Last fall, I received a phone call from a close friend prompting me to investigate the Ms. Veteran America competition. Initially, I disregarded his comments due to the objectification that typically accompanies beauty pageants.
Cooking for a Crowd
CS1 cooks for the Rachael Ray show
When Culinary Specialist 1st Class Stephanie R. Cooper, USS Forrest Sherman, got the call the day before Halloween, she wasn't sure if it was a trick or a treat. Did Rachael Ray really want her to appear as a guest cook on her show?
He Flew Their Colors
WWII Vet carries on flag ceremony to honor the fallen
Marvin Hume has a soft-spoken way about him. The Navy veteran's quiet afternoons now spent in the sleepy coastal town of Cape May, N.J. are a far cry from the deafening roars of Saipan 70 years earlier.
In the Company of Heroes
The door of our van wasn't even finished closing in the parking lot of the Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) in Washington, D.C. before Frank Lawrence began speaking.
An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) conducted it's first arrested landing aboard the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Nov. 3
Navy test pilot Cmdr. Tony Wilson, assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23, landed the F-35C test aircraft CF-73 at 12:17 p.m. on board Nimitz.
GW Chief Receives Bob Feller Act of Valor Award
2nd annual award recognizes strong leadership
Senior Chief Aviation Electronics Technician(AW/SW/EXW/IDW) Carl M. Thompson of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington's Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department could not have even dreamed that he would receive an award for simply living his life.
Rope Yarn Wednesday
USS Boxer Enjoys an Old Tradition
It's an early Wednesday morning, and a Sailor wipes a drip of sweat from his forehead as he finishes up maintenance on the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4).
Bold Alligator 2014
What Google doesn't tell you
When I first checked onboard USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), I knew absolutely nothing about amphibious assault ships. I had never heard the term "Gator Navy," and I kept hearing about something called "Bold Alligator." To be honest, I wasn't all that interested.
Native Pride and Spirit: Yesterday, Today and Forever
Each year since 1994, November has been the month to honor Native American and Alaska Natives. There are posters, themes and ceremonies centered on the history and heritage of these men and women. But behind the big stories of an entire race of people, are the people themselves, and their individual stories.
Teams conduct 3D survey of USS Arizona and USS Utah
A mere few feet below the tranquil waters off Pearl Harbor's Ford Island, sit the silent remnants of one of the most devastating days in our history.
What's in a Name?
The Story Behind USS Makin Island
While Hollywood continues to churn out fictional fantasies about futuristic wars, Special Forces operations, or superhero-esque spying organizations, few are capable of capturing the level of difficulty and insurmountable odds of the true story of the raiders of Makin Island.
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."
Man's Best Friend
Navy K-9 warrior talks about the bonds of war
They deployed together. Max and Salazar were a team. Though war brought with it incredible lows, these two stood side by side, Salazar on two legs, and Max on four.
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.
Navy lieutenant finds out what life is like in the nuclear field
Don't Nuke It. The phrase is often used by Sailors as a way to say stop over thinking things in the way a nuclear officer might. Don't dissect everything down to its nuts and bolts. Just stop thinking. But that's the thing; Sailors who are part of the nuclear Navy can't stop. They have no choice but to nuke it.
Navy's New CAP Policy- 5 Things You Need to Know
CNP revises command advancement program
Earlier this year, the Chief of Naval Personnel announced updates to the Command Advancement Program (CAP) for active component (AC) and Reserve component (RC) and a shift from a calendar to a fiscal year timeline for CAP and Navy Recruiter Meritorious Advancement Program (NRMAP), starting Oct. 1.
Constitution Celebrates 217 Years
Frigate sets sail one final time before 3-year restoration period
As the Navy prepares to say Happy 217th birthday to the USS Constitution, the ship embarked on its fifth and final Boston Harbor Underway demonstration until 2018.
MR1 Jeffrey Tumacder and MR3 Feliciano Garcia
Find out what it's like to be a machinery repairman aboard the USS Emory S. Land
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.
The Face of the Navy - Sailors of the USS Constitution Part 3
Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Randall King
Ready. Aim. Fire.
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.
Sailors' Gift for the Navy's Birthday
Celebrating 239 Years with an Attitude of Gratitude
All Hands Magazine wanted to find the perfect gift for the Navy's 239th birthday. It was a daunting task. After all, as the old saying goes, "What do you give someone who has everything?"
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.
Boots to Roots - Sailors of the USS Constitution - Part 2
Seaman Ashley Maldonado
Navy boot camp prepared her to be a Sailor for the most modern and advanced Navy in the world. Then she got orders to the oldest warship afloat.
A Fleet Made of Bricks
A former naval architect uses Legos to get kids excited about STEM
Wilbert McKinley has always had an interest in ships. Growing up on the East coast, he was fascinated by every vessel that caught his gaze.
RP2 Brianna Wahl
Find out how RP2 Brianna Wahl feels about being a religious program specialist aboard NAS Meridian, Miss.
2014 Warrior Games
Emphasizing capabilities, not disabilities
Thirty-nine seriously wounded, ill and injured Sailors - who hail from across the country - landed in Colorado Springs, Colo., for the fifth annual Warrior Games, which kicked off at the Olympic Training Center Sept. 28.
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.
A New Way to PASS
Sailor creates new way for service members to mentor each other
Chief Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) Gloriana Jensen, Naval Information Operations Command, Hawaii had a dilemma. As one of the only senior females on the watch floor, and as the mother of two, she seemed to be bombarded with Sailors seeking pregnancy and parenting advice.