Saturday, April 06, 2013

Italy vs. Argentina soccer match planned to honor Pope :: EWTN News

Italy vs. Argentina soccer match planned to honor Pope :: EWTN News

U.S. Navy Photo of the Day



NORTH ARABIAN SEA (March 24, 2013) An E-2C Hawkeye from the Bluetails of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) on the ship's first day of combat air sorties of 2013 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Justin R. Wesley/Released)

Alabama Legislators Need to Fix New Eminent Domain Law

Alabama Legislators Need to Fix New Eminent Domain Law

Pope appoints top Franciscan to Vatican’s religious life department :: EWTN News

Pope appoints top Franciscan to Vatican’s religious life department :: EWTN News

Release: Coast Guard, Houston Police stop security zone violator in Houston Ship Channel

News Release

Coast Guard, Houston Police stop security zone violator in Houston Ship Channel

HOUSTON — The Coast Guard issued a violation to a recreational boat captain who failed to heave to after entering a Coast Guard-regulated security zone, Thursday, in the Houston Ship Channel.
Coast Guard Sector Houston's Vessel Traffic Service detected the 38-foot boat illegally entering the security zone. A Houston Police Department marine division boatcrew intercepted the boat after ignoring repeated radio calls to stop.

A Coast Guard Station Houston boatcrew escorted the operator of the boat out of the security zone and issued the violation. Four other violations were issued due to the boat being out of compliance.
The owner of the boat was cited for entering a security zone without the Captain of the Port's permission, a violation which carries a maximum potential penalty of 10 years imprisonment, $10,000, fine and or forfeiture of the vessel.

Recreational vessel owners are required to apply for a security zone entrance permit at least five days in advance of a planned voyage, in accordance with regulation 33 CFR 165.814.

"In order to provide proper maritime safety and security for the public and industry, security zones are established to ensure that only authorized vessels or persons can transit through key designated areas," said Capt. James Whitehead, Captain of the Port for Sector Houston-Galveston. "Establishing specific security zone areas allows for better law enforcement monitoring and response by prohibiting unknown vessel traffic through the nation's largest petrochemical complex. This provides safety to outlying communities while also ensuring vital maritime commerce is not inhibited."

For further information, review the Houston-Galveston security zone and boating safety documents.

http://www.dvidshub.net/video/286039/coast-guard-houston-police-stop-security-zone-violator-houston-ship-channel#.UV8xwKt4ZQY Video from the Houston VTS of the boat in the security zone and being stopped by the police marine division. U.S. Coast Guard video.
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Conn. representative: New state gun laws a ‘foundation’ for nation - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

Conn. representative: New state gun laws a ‘foundation’ for nation - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

RIA Novosti: Russian Frigate Built for India Starts Final Trials in Baltic Sea

RIA NovostiThe Tarkash frigateRussian Frigate Built for India Starts Final Trials in Baltic Sea
21:12 05/04/2013 The last in a series of three frigates that Russia is building for India at the Yantar shipyard in the Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad has started final trials, a shipyard spokesman said on Friday.>>

E-update From the Desk of Governor Scott Walker

E-update From the Desk of Governor Scott Walker
One of the most important duties I have serving as your Governor is to provide you directly with updates related to the operation of our state government. I also frequently provide updates on Facebook (Governor Scott Walker) and Twitter (@govwalker). Please feel free to share this update with your family, friends, and others who may be interested in state government operations.

Honoring our Veterans
 
Recently, I kicked off the commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War at a ceremony with Vietnam Veterans in the State Capitol. 
 
During the ceremony, I thanked our veterans and their families for their sacrifices and called on all Wisconsinites to remember those who were wounded, those who are unaccounted for, and those who died. The war had a huge impact on our state, as more than 165,000 Wisconsinites served in Vietnam and 1,239 paid the ultimate sacrifice. 
 
In honor of all veterans, I was also proud to announce state agencies and Kwik Trip collected more than 5,200 cell phones for the nonprofit charity, Cell Phones for Soldiers. This collection has paid for more than 13,000 free hours of talk time for our service men and women who are currently away from home. With every donated phone, Cell Phones for Soldiers is able to provide two and a half hours of free talk time to deployed troops. 
 
I encourage all Wisconsinites to remember and honor those who have selflessly served in the armed forces to protect the freedoms we all enjoy today. 
 

Remembering Officer Sebena
 
Earlier this week, Chairman & CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial Fund, Craig Floyd, called me to let me know about the decision to add Officer Sebena to the memorial wall. 
 
I would like to thank Chairman Floyd and the Board for considering our request and making the decision to add Officer Sebena’s name to the memorial wall.

Officer Jennifer Sebena was on duty when she was killed on December 24, 2012. The Board had initially denied adding her name to the wall because her death was viewed as an act of domestic violence. It was then decided to wait until next year for a final decision. I am grateful that support for Officer Sebena’s cause grew so quickly that the Board decided to add her name this year. The ceremony will take place on May 13, 2013 during a candlelight vigil. Officer Sebena worked with the Wauwatosa Police Department.


Forestry Tour in Northern Wisconsin
 
Today, I toured a logging site, a wood yard, a mill, and a wood pellet plant in Springbrook and Hayward, Wisconsin and was able to get a first-hand look at the economic impact of Wisconsin’s forests. Wisconsin is the nation’s leader in the value of shipments of forest products, totaling nearly $20 billion per year, which doesn’t include more than five billion dollars in economic value from forest-based recreation and tourism.

The forest products industry is Wisconsin’s second largest manufacturing employer, providing 1 in every 6 manufacturing jobs in the state. Touring forestry facilities and meeting with representatives from this important industry has been helpful as we work to help the private sector create jobs in Wisconsin.

During the visit to northern Wisconsin, I announced the appointment of Gary Zimmer to the Natural Resources Board. By joining the Board, Gary will be able to advocate for good, sustainable ways to manage our forests. Forests are one of Wisconsin’s strategic assets and they are a key part of our state’s economy.

Gary has spent his career as a wildlife professional. For 18 years, Gary worked with the US Forest Service at the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and for 12 of those years he was District Biologist. Currently, he is a Senior Regional Wildlife Biologist at the Ruffed Grouse Society. Mr. Zimmer received a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Management and a Master of Science in Natural Resources from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point.



It has been a pleasure communicating with you. It is an honor to serve as your Governor and represent the residents of Wisconsin.
Sincerely,

Governor Scott Walker

Catholic-based group Generation Life aims to spread pro-life message among youth

Wisconsin Student Bullied By Teacher

Wisconsin Student Bullied By Teacher

USS Cowpens Returns from Japan, Hull-Swap

USS Cowpens Returns from Japan, Hull-Swap



By Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63) is scheduled to return from the Seventh Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR) April 8 after completing its forward-deployed mission and a hull swap with USS Antietam (CG 54).

Cowpens has been forward deployed to Yokosuka since 2000 and recently participated in the widely-lauded Operation Tomodachi, assisting Japan following the 2011 devastating earthquake and the ensuing tsunami.

"We are honored to bring USS Cowpens back home once again to San Diego after more than 10 distinguished years in the forward deployed naval forces in Yokosuka," said USS Cowpens Commanding Officer, Capt. Robert Tortora. "After spending most of 2012 preparing USS Antietam for forward operations, the crew conducted a professional and well-executed turnover with Cowpens this February, and then worked diligently to learn the differences between the two hulls and how to operate Cowpens at sea. I am very proud of the efforts of all hands to first make Antietam ready and then make themselves fully mission capable in Cowpens."

Cowpens will conduct operations and training within Third Fleet's 50-million square mile AOR.

U.S. Third Fleet leads naval forces in the Eastern Pacific from the West coast of North America to the international date line.

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Friday, April 05, 2013

U.S. Navy Photo of the Day



ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 23, 2013) Seaman Joseluis Robles directs the take off of an SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopter from the guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81). Winston S. Churchill is on a scheduled deployment supporting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 2nd Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Aaron Chase/Released)

Russian Bomber Roulette

Russian Bomber Roulette

U.S. amassing B-1 strategic bombers near North Korea

U.S. amassing B-1 strategic bombers near North Korea

UN Commission on the Status of Women equates 'women’s rights' with abortion, LGBT issues | LifeSiteNews.com

UN Commission on the Status of Women equates 'women’s rights' with abortion, LGBT issues | LifeSiteNews.com

Focus on the Family executive: Homeschool asylum case 'critical' | LifeSiteNews.com

Focus on the Family executive: Homeschool asylum case 'critical' | LifeSiteNews.com

Virtual tour available for Pope's former cathedral in Argentina

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Did You Know? 90% of Babies With Down Syndrome are Aborted

Did You Know? 90% of Babies With Down Syndrome are Aborted

Alabama (Gold) Returns Home From Long Patrol

Alabama (Gold) Returns Home From Long Patrol

Navy to Commission Newest Amphib Warship Arlington

Navy to Commission Newest Amphib Warship Arlington



By Department of Defense Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy will commission the newest San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship, Arlington, during a 12:30 p.m. EDT ceremony Saturday, April 6, at Naval Station Norfolk, Va.

The ship is named for the county of Arlington and honors the first responders and the 184 victims who died when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon Sept. 11, 2001.

"This ship and her proud name symbolize what is exceptional about the United States," said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. "For the next several decades, Arlington will take Marines and their equipment wherever they are needed, whether to provide humanitarian assistance or lethal combat capability. But more important, Arlington will carry with her the legacy of valor exhibited by Marines throughout the Corps' history and shown by those who lost their lives on American Airlines Flight 77."

More at: http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=73174

Peleliu ARG, 15th MEU Depart 5th Fleet

Peleliu ARG, 15th MEU Depart 5th Fleet



By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael Duran, Amphibious Squadron Three Public Affairs
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (NNS) -- The Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit departed the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) April 4, completing a regularly scheduled five-months of operations supporting maritime security operations and security cooperation objectives with partner nations in the region.

Peleliu ARG entered the AOR Oct. 30, relieving the Iwo Jima ARG and served as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force.

The ARG conducted several exercises in the AOR strengthening partnerships, reinforcing regional security, and promoting successful interoperability for the area.

"We had many successes," said Capt. Shawn Lobree, commander, Amphibious Squadron Three. "We conducted a lot of very valuable unit level training but more importantly we supported a lot of real world missions and operations such as counter-weapons proliferation, special forces mission support, and contingency security reinforcement for several embassies and consulates, to name a few."

The ARG consists of Amphibious Squadron Three, amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5), amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20), and amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47) with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit embarked throughout the ships. The MEU, comprised of approximately 2,400 Marines and Sailors, served as the nation's rapid-response, sea-based Marine Air Ground Task Force in the AOR.

"It has been my privilege to command the 15th MEU as we served as America's away team in the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR," said Col. Scott D. Campbell, commanding officer, 15th MEU. "Our Marines and Sailors demonstrated their tenacity and resiliency during the fast-paced work-up that began more than a year ago. During our time in the AOR, our maritime warriors stood ready to support any number of missions across the range of military operations to resolve conflict, conduct humanitarian assistance or combat the enemy in remote, austere environments that would otherwise be inaccessible."

Although the ARG entered the U.S. 5th Fleet together, it consistently found itself separated in order to accomplish its many obligations.

"We were literally pulled in three different directions," said Lobree. "It was a bit of a challenge to maintain awareness with the leadership both on the blue-side and green-side but, with the robust communication capability that the Peleliu [ARG] has, we were able to maintain proper command and control of events."

Relieved by the Kearsarge ARG and the 26th MEU, the Peleliu ARG continues its deployment into the 7th Fleet area of responsibility. The Peleliu ARG and embarked 15th MEU provide a combat ready force for maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies in the Asian-Pacific region.


For more news from USS Peleliu (LHA 5) , visit www.navy.mil/local/lha5/.

Rand Paul Vaults to GOP Top Tier in latest PPP Poll

Rand Paul Vaults to GOP Top Tier in latest PPP Poll

Navy Seeks Sailors for Recruit Division Commander Duty; Navy Launches "Keep What You Own" Campaign

USS Chung-Hoon Departs for Independent Deployment

Jury Sees Photos of Unborn Babies Kermit Gosnell Stabbed in the Neck

Jury Sees Photos of Unborn Babies Kermit Gosnell Stabbed in the Neck

For the Children: Break Up the Corrupt Government School Monopoly System!

For the Children: Break Up the Corrupt Government School Monopoly System!

Meet Alfred Xuereb, Pope Francis' Personal Secretary

GOA Alert: Anti-Gunners Reveal their Strategy

Gun Owners of America

 
Reid to use his Gun Bill to Portray
Republicans as "Rape Supporters"

 
Honestly. Watching MSNBC is torment. It is like planting a listening device in Hitler's bunker.
After consultation with the White House, MSNBC has revealed what the Democrat's strategy is for passing "universal gun registration," gun bans, and magazine bans.

Ironically, one MSNBC commentator, Mike Barnicle, accidentally referred to universal background checks as "universal gun registration." What does that tell you about the Left's agenda for background checks?

Bottom line: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will bring gun control (S. 649) to the floor, and he will use his privileged recognition to force Republicans to cast votes that will paint them as wanting to arm rapists and violent felons.

You can click here to read the transcript of the MSNBC strategy session or view the video by clicking here.

The message is clear for Republicans and pro-gun Democrats:

They need to stop the Gun Control Bribe-O-Thon by filibustering and defeating the Motion to Proceed to the Gun Control Vehicle, which will probably be S. 649.

If they allow the Senate to proceed to the gun control bill, Harry Reid, who has privileged recognition in the Senate will orchestrate a multi-day gun control bash-o-thon — with Obama, Biden, and every other anti-gunner in America coordinating a narrative that pro-gunners support rapists, murderers, and every other type of evil-doer.

The strategy is NOT to allow Reid to stage his bash-o-thon so the GOP can show what it's "for." Reid has control of the floor, and, as we saw with ObamaCare, he will use that control to mercilessly destroy supporters of the Second Amendment.

Plus, Reid will try to get a sufficient number of Senators by using bribes and kickbacks to buy the 60 anti-gun votes he needs (just like he did on ObamaCare).

ACTION: Click here to contact your Senators. Reinforce that the key vote on gun control is a vote to oppose the motion to proceed to the gun control bribe-o-thon, and to support the Paul-Cruz-Lee filibuster of the motion to proceed to the gun control bribe-o-thon.

1,200 Feet: Don't try this at home!

U.S. Navy Photo of the Day



Navy Junior ROTC students from Robert Service High School in Anchorage, Alaska, tour the amphibious transport dock ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) USS Anchorage (LPD 23) at its homeport in San Diego. The 16 high school seniors from the ship's namesake city were the first group from Anchorage to tour the ship as its crew prepares for its commissioning ceremony, scheduled to take place May 4 at the Port of Anchorage. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class James R. Evans (Released)

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Threat of Islamic Militant Comeback in Mali Threatening French Withdrawal Plan

Threat of Islamic Militant Comeback in Mali Threatening French Withdrawal Plan

Hamburg First German Ship to Deploy in U.S. Carrier Strike Group

Hamburg First German Ship to Deploy in U.S. Carrier Strike Group



By Lt. Timothy Gorman
ABOARD FGS HAMBURG (F220) AT SEA (NNS) -- The German Sachsen-class frigate Hamburg (F220) is the first German ship to fully integrate and deploy with an American carrier strike group, and April 3 marks her second week of operating in the North Arabian Sea with USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (IKE).

The Hamburg will stay a part of the strike group until the group's completion of operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility.

Both Rear Adm. Michael Manazir, commander CSG 8, and Cmdr. Ralf Kuchler, commanding officer of Hamburg, hope this is the start of a long partnership between their two countries.

"It has been a pleasure to work with Hamburg," Manazir said. "She has integrated seamlessly with our strike group and I would feel confident deploying with a German ship in any situation."

While this is the first time a German ship has been part of a carrier strike group, it is not the first time one has trained and deployed with American ships. FGS Hessen (F221) completed interoperability exercises and deployed with USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) in 2010, but detached in the Mediterranean Sea. German ships routinely collaborate with American ships in the European Union's Operation Atalanta, an anti-piracy mission around the Horn of Africa, as Hamburg did in 2011.

While integration was slow at first to allow time for the sides to get acquainted with one another, Hamburg now helps IKE by coordinating the air space around the strike group and in defense of its surface assets. This is the role Kuchler said he foresees German Sachsen-class frigates fulfilling in the future.

"Within Carrier Strike Group 8, my mission is to provide the admiral the same service he is used from a U.S. cruiser within the boundaries of my national rules of engagement, which is to safely coordinate the airspace around the carrier and to protect IKE if the situation demands," Kuchler said.

Hamburg is suited to do that, as she has some similar surface-to-air and anti-ship missiles. The Sachsen-class frigate is the only ship in the western world with three types of surface to air missiles: the Standard Missile 2 block IIIA (SM-2), the Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM), and the Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM).

Hamburg's Active Phased Array Radar (APAR) and SMART-L air-surveillance radar are both new European developments. APAR, comparable to the U.S. SPY radar, is primarily a fire control radar and it operates well in a wide-range of environments. The SMART-L has a detection range of more than 200 nautical miles for air targets and can track up to 1,000 air tracks automatically. Its 3-D picture helps threat analysis and enables a quick handover of target data to APAR for potential engagements.

Indeed, Hamburg is a frigate in name only.
"These ships are designed for this type of mission," said Cmdr. Christian Wikarczyk, Hamburg's executive officer.

To help the crews of Hamburg and IKE get acquainted with one another, an exchange program has been set up between the two ships during deployment. Each day - whenever the operational environment permits - they cross deck three Sailors for an orientation of about five hours. There is no shortage of volunteers from each side.

While the planning of future carrier strike group missions may be on hold due to budgetary constraints, the leadership of CSG 8 and Hamburg are hopeful this relationship will lead to more cooperation in the years to come.

"My personal goal is that this deployment paves the ground for a rotational 2-year participation of a German 124 (Sachsen class) frigate in a U.S. carrier strike group," Kuchler said. "I am pretty sure that the steps we make here are the best basis to convince both sides that this is the right way ahead for our common future."

For more news from USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn69/.
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The Next Wisconsin Supreme Court Election, 2015

The Next Wisconsin Supreme Court Election, 2015

With the re-election of Pat Roggensack now over, we now look to the future. Interesting which Wisconsin supreme court justice is up for re-election. First, lets discuss the past two years. The liberal left, unions and democrats kept throwing money at any election they could find to hurt Gov. Scott Walker.

Wisconsin Among Worst for Business Taxes, State Contemplates Circus Bailout | RedState

Wisconsin Among Worst for Business Taxes, State Contemplates Circus Bailout | RedState

Congresswoman Does Not Realize the 'Assault Magazines' She Wants to Ban Are Reusable

Congresswoman Does Not Realize the 'Assault Magazines' She Wants to Ban Are Reusable

The Arctic region: An emerging maritime frontier

The Arctic region: An emerging maritime frontier

Written by Capt. Jonathan S. Spaner, Coast Guard director, Office of Emerging Policy.

The Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp spoke of the Arctic as an emerging frontier during the 2013 State of the Coast Guard Address in February. He said, “one example of what our future holds can be seen in the emerging frontier of the Arctic, where there is a new ocean appearing. In September we observed the lowest sea ice extent in recorded history, and there are vast areas of open water where there used to be ice…As the receding ice increasingly gives way to commercial ventures, and human and economic presence increases, so do our responsibilities. We must continue to refine our ability to provide – and then support – a persistent operational presence during periods of increasing human activity and environmental risk.”

More at: http://coastguard.dodlive.mil/2013/04/the-arctic-region-an-emerging-maritime-frontier/

USS Alexandria Returns from Six-Month Deployment

USS Alexandria Returns from Six-Month Deployment

By Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Cragg, Commander, Submarine Group Two Public Affairs
GROTON, Conn. (NNS) -- Los Angles-class attack submarine USS Alexandria (SSN 757) returned to Naval Submarine Base New London April 3 following a regularly scheduled deployment.

Alexandria, under the command of Cmdr. Todd Weeks, returned from its six-month deployment to the U.S. Africa Command and European Command areas of responsibility where it executed the nation's maritime strategy in supporting national security interests and national security operations.

"Throughout the deployment, USS Alexandria met all operational commitments largely due to the hard work of the crew," said Weeks. "I could not be more proud of my crew."

Alexandria steamed more than 34,000 miles during its deployment. The crew looks forward to reuniting with their families. A few of those family members will be performing for the boat as it returns to port, said Weeks.

Tanner and Sierra Steinhagen, both members of the Norwich Free Academy Wildcat Marching Band will not only welcome home the submarine and its crew, but their father, Lt. Cmdr. Neil Steinhagen, USS Alexandria's executive officer, by performing a cacophony of patriotic songs.

"We are excited to have the Norwich Free Academy Wildcat Marching Band, directed by Kristen Motola, performing at our homecoming," said Patty Weeks. "The students offered to perform at the boat's homecoming to support two of their band members' father and to support their local Navy community."

The "first kiss" honor was awarded to Crystal Easley, who welcomed her husband, Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Mack Easley, home.

"The spouses and families of USS Alexandria have done an outstanding job of coping with the difficulties relating to deployment," said ombudsman Tracie Kerstetter. "The families demonstrated extraordinary resilience in coping with two memorable weather events as well as multiple missed holidays. We are so excited to welcome home our Sailors and celebrate their homecoming!

The submarine, commissioned June 29, 1991, is the third Navy vessel to be named for cities in both Louisiana and Virginia.

For more news from Commander Submarine Group 2, visit www.navy.mil/local/Subgru2/.

Tax Freedom Day Five Days Later, Wisconsin Ranks Ninth Latest | MacIver Institute

Tax Freedom Day Five Days Later, Wisconsin Ranks Ninth Latest | MacIver Institute

South Carolina special election 2013: Sanford wins, to face Colbert Busch next - POLITICO.com

South Carolina special election 2013: Sanford wins, to face Colbert Busch next - POLITICO.com

USS Charlotte Departs for Western Pacific Deployment

USS Charlotte Departs for Western Pacific Deployment


By By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Steven Khor
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS) -- Goodbyes were heard from family and friends at the submarine piers on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam as the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Charlotte (SSN 766) departed Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam April 2 for a scheduled six-month deployment to the Western Pacific region.

While deployed to the 7th Fleet area of operations, the submarine will conduct peacetime missions while providing forward presence to the operational commander.

Charlotte's Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Andrew Miller, commented that the submarine and her crew are ready for the deployment.

"We have materially prepared the ship, certified our crew and prepared our families for deployed operations in the 7th Fleet," said Miller.

Miller said of the 130 enlisted and 16 officers aboard, more than one third of the crew will be going on their very first deployment.

The submarine's priority will be to safely and effectively execute the tasking provided by the operational commander. While on deployment, the crew intends to conduct training and qualify new Sailors in attaining their submarine warfare qualification designation or "dolphins."

Miller said his crew is very excited to deploy and conduct operations they have been preparing for. After months of rigorous training and maintenance periods, they are ready to apply their knowledge and exercise their skills to effectively operate the submarine while deployed.

"I am very proud of the crew and the improved performance of the ship over the last several months," said Miller. "Their hard work along with the sacrifice of Charlotte's families has resulted in a highly capable team that is ready to conduct forward - deployed operations in support of national security and theater security cooperation objectives."

Culinary Specialist Seaman Junnel Sapida said he is excited about his first deployment.

"I feel good about my first-time deployment. I'm looking forward to going on our mission, hitting some good ports and feeling the whole experience." said Sapida.

Commissioned in September 1994, Charlotte is the fourth ship of the United States Navy to be named for Charlotte, N.C. She is a Los Angeles-class nuclear attack submarine that is 360-feet long and displaces 6,900 tons. She can be fitted with Mk-48 torpedoes and Tomahawk missiles.

For more news from Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, visit www.navy.mil/local/subpac/.

U.S. Navy Photo of the Day



(April 2, 2013) Family members of Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) watch the ship depart Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for an independent deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. The ship and its crew are scheduled to conduct integrated operations in conjunction with allies and partners. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Diana Quinlan/Released)

RIA Novosti: US Needs 5-7 GBIs to Intercept One Topol ICBM - Expert

RIA NovostiTopol-M intercontinental ballistic missilesUS Needs 5-7 GBIs to Intercept One Topol ICBM - Expert
17:05 02/04/2013 The United States will need between five and seven Ground Based Interceptors (GBI) to intercept one Russian Topol-M intercontinental ballistic missile, a Russian military expert said on Tuesday.>>

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Wisconsin needs leadership

Earlier today I posted on two reports, one pointed out Wisconsin's horrible tax and business climate and the other our poor personal freedom rating. What makes these reports so disappointing is that Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican-controlled state legislator could have improved our ratings by fighting for substantial change in this state.
 
It appears that the fight with the teachers union and the recall effort have neutered them. There is no support from leadership for right-to-work, I cannot think of a single change they have made to our state laws to make Wisconsin more pro-liberty, we could not even get Gov. Walker to support constitutional carry. What good does it do Republicans and Libertarians in this state if we control the state legislator and governor's office and still can't get limited government ideas of fair hearing let alone a vote?
 
Wisconsin needs jobs and business investment that is not going to happen, unless there is substantial change to our tax system, and I believe we need to immediately pass right-to-work legislation to stay competitive; and simply because it's the right thing to do for Wisconsin. The size of the state government could use substantial trimming and there are way too many nanny-state laws and regulations on the books. Let's make Wisconsin a beacon of freedom. It is no longer good enough just to be better than Illinois. Too many states, like Louisiana, are moving forward and we cannot afford to have leadership who lacks the vision or courage to keep pressing forward.

USS Tortuga Arrives in Manila

USS Tortuga Arrives in Manila

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Amanda S. Kitchner, PHIBRON 11 Public Affairs
MANILA, Republic of the Philippines (NNS) -- Forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46) arrived in Manila, Republic of the Philippines for a port visit and preparation for exercise Balikatan April 2.

"It's very exciting to be visiting our friends in Manila," said Cmdr. John Barnett, commanding officer, Tortuga. "This port visit, as well as exercise Balikatan, gives our Sailors and Marines a chance to strengthen the bonds between the U.S. and the Philippines."

In addition to the Balikatan exercise, Sailors and Marines will be given the opportunity to experience the rich culture of the Philippines with various tours of local historic locations and regional attractions provided by the ship's morale, welfare and recreation (MWR) association.

"MWR Manila offers paint ball, zip-lining and golf, as well as tickets to the new Ocean Park Aquarium," said Ensign Patrick Tabi, Tortuga's MWR officer. "Sailors who are looking for ways to enjoy Manila have many great options to choose from."

Many Sailors will also be able to spend time with their families and friends who are residents of the Philippines.

"I'm excited to see my family," said Engineman Fireman Dariel Colcol, a native of the Philippines. "I haven't been to Manila in five years; I'm interested in seeing how much has changed."

Tortuga is part of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group and is currently on deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. Bonhomme Richard ARG reports to the commander, Amphibious Force 7th Fleet, Rear Adm. Jeffrey A. Harley, headquartered in White Beach, Okinawa, Japan.


For more news from Commander, Amphibious Force, U.S. 7th Fleet, visit www.navy.mil/local/ctf76/.

Navy Announces Updates to Working Uniform; USS Nimitz Departs Homeport for Training Exercise

Justin Amash: Meet the New Ron Paul, Same as the Old Ron Paul?

Justin Amash: Meet the New Ron Paul, Same as the Old Ron Paul?

REPORT: Wisconsin Tax, Business Climate Among Worst in Nation | Media Trackers

REPORT: Wisconsin Tax, Business Climate Among Worst in Nation | Media Trackers

DR: It's time Gov. Scott Walker and the state legislature gets serious about cutting taxes. However this is not the only report to come out that shows Wisconsin in a bad light, Wisconsin's personal freedom score in the Mercatus Center Freedom in the 50 States 2013 report is an appalling 37.

If Wisconsin is going to be a place businesses and families want to move to, there needs to be a change in the way the state handles personal liberties and taxes. Don't forget Gov. Walker and the Republican leadership in the State Senate and Assembly refuse to support right-to-work legislation. Wisconsin is falling significantly behind other states, which will lead to a continuing exodus of jobs and families.

U.S. Navy Photo of the Day



WASHINGTON (April 1, 2013) The U.S. Navy chief's mess celebrates 120 years of the chief petty officer rank during a ceremony at the U.S. Navy Memorial. Chiefs have been charged with leading sailors since the creation of the rank in 1893. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Todd Frantom/Released)

Marine mom continues to break stereotypes

Get Out And Vote

 
 
Just wanted to quick encourage everyone to get out and vote today, it is important.
 
For Supreme Court Justice
 
Re-elect Justice Pat Roggensack
 
For Superintendent of Public Instruction
 
Vote for Don Pridemore

Monday, April 01, 2013

Peter Schiff: We're Headed To A Currency Crisis One Way Or Another - CNBC



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Mark Sanford holds edge ahead of Republican runoff in South Carolina - The Hill's Ballot Box

Mark Sanford holds edge ahead of Republican runoff in South Carolina - The Hill's Ballot Box

Rep. Justin Amash on Debt, Abortion, Immigration & More

USS Warrior Replaces Ex-Guardian in Japan

Final: Red Sox 8, Yankees 2

Final: Red Sox 8, Yankees 2

USS Freedom Arrives in Guam on Maiden Deployment

USS Winston Churchill Returns to Norfolk Following Deployment

MCPON - 120TH Birthday of U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officers

USS Higgins Participates in Multi-Force Exercise

USS Higgins Participates in Multi-Force Exercise

By Ens. Kara Lynn Yingling, USS Higgins Public Affairs
AT SEA (NNS) -- Guided-missile destroyer USS Higgins (DDG 76) participated in a joint air and surface exercise with Destroyer Squadron 50, USS Green Bay (LPD-20), USS Whirlwind (PC-11), USS Sirocco (PC-6), USS Chinook (PC-9) and several United States air assets Mar. 24-25.

Several air platforms participated in the exercise including U.S. Navy helicopters, Maritime Reconnaissance Patrol Aircraft, U.S. Air Force fixed wing fighter aircraft, and U.S. Marine Corps fixed wing and rotary assets.

The exercise was designed to validate the effectiveness of using joint aviation assets in a maritime environment.

"The exercise was designed to overcome the challenges of working in a joint maritime environment, specifically in terms of communications, coordination, and command and control," said Lt. Hilary Griswold, the operations officer for Destroyer Squadron 50. "By refining our ability to work jointly and maximize the potential of our combined capabilities, we expand the nation's ability to counter threats and ensure maritime security."

More at: http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=73062

6 Indian MiG 29 jets upgraded in Russia - Business Line

6 Indian MiG 29 jets upgraded in Russia - Business Line

U.S. Navy Photo of the Day



 Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) prepare to man the rails as the ship gets underway. Nimitz departed its homeport of Everett, Wash., for a sustainment training exercise in preparation for an upcoming deployment. U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kole E. Carpenter (Released) 130330-N-JC752-765

RIA Novosti: Russia to Deliver First Kilo Class Sub to Vietnam in 2013

RIA NovostiThe Varshavyanka class submarine (archive)Russia to Deliver First Kilo Class Sub to Vietnam in 2013
21:43 29/03/2013 The first of six Varshavyanka class (Project 636M) diesel-electric submarines will be delivered to Vietnam in 2013 as scheduled, the submarine designer said on Friday.>>

Catholic group publishes book honoring seven Anglican martyrs killed in Oceania

Red Sox set to face Kevin Youkilis in pinstripes

Red Sox set to face Kevin Youkilis in pinstripes

Susana and others protest the million sequestration hit to NM

Susana and others protest the million sequestration hit to NM