Monday, September 16, 2013

RT News: Russian military resumes permanent Arctic presence

The Russian Navy’s long-distance cruise in the Subarctic along the Northern Sea Route has become a flagship mission in the region abandoned by the military after the fall of the USSR. Now the once deactivated infrastructure will resume operation.

Read more at: http://rt.com/news/russian-arctic-navy-restitution-863/

U.S. Navy Photo of the Day

SEMBAWANG, Singapore (Aug. 2, 2013) Sailors aboard the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) secure mooring lines to the ship during a swap of the embarked Gold crew with the Blue crew. Freedom pulled into port to conduct the first crew swap of a littoral combat ship during an overseas deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jay C. Pugh/Released

Carrier Air Wing 5 Reunites with George Washington for 2013 Patrol

Carrier Air Wing 5 Reunites with George Washington for 2013 Patrol

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ramon G. Go, USS George Washington Public Affairs
PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- The U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) welcomed aboard Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 to continue its 2013 patrol, Sept. 14.

Carrier Air Wing 5 is the nation's only "911" air wing and is a critical combat strike element of Battle Force 7th Fleet, the only forward-deployed carrier strike group in the U.S. Navy.

"Our goals are to support our operational chain of command's engagement strategy in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations while remaining ready to dissuade or react to any adversary that may threaten our interests in the region," said Capt. Michael Boyle, CVW-5's commanding officer.

During the first half of George Washington's patrol, CVW-5 participated in exercise Talisman Saber (TS), which is a biennial training event aimed to improve Australian Defence Force and U.S. combat readiness and interoperability as a Combined Joint Task Force.

"The combined work the carrier strike group [CSG] and the Australians accomplished during Talisman Saber helped promote greater international relations and train our aircrew for a variety of missions," said Lt. j.g. Eric Valdez, an aviator assigned to the "Liberty Bells" of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115. "As we progress into our patrol, we will continue to support and train with the CSG and our allied forces."

CVW-5 is comprised of nine squadrons with approximately 1,900 Sailors and 67 aircraft, which complete the full capacity of operations and manning for George Washington.

"We will initially focus on night landing currency," said Boyle. "Each pilot needs two-days of landings before landing at night, and each night recovery has to be accomplished within 29 days of the last night carrier landing or field carrier landing practice would be required at Iwo To."

CVW-5 commenced their first day of flight operations soon after their return.

"CVW-5 will conduct air-to-air and air-to-surface training exercises with our allied forces," said Boyle. "The air wing will continue to support these evolutions and demonstrate the capabilities of a carrier at sea."

CVW-5 is a collection of aircraft designed to perform various functions and exercises. The aircraft are attached to: the "Diamondbacks" of Strike Fight Squadron (VFA) 102 flying the F/A-18F Super Hornet; the "Royal Maces" of VFA-27, the "Eagles" of VFA-115 and the "Dambusters" VFA-195 each flying the F/A-18E Super Hornet; the "Shadowhawks" of Electronic Attack Squadron 141 flying the EA-18G Growler; VAW-115 flying the E-2C Hawkeye; the "Providers" of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 30, Detachment 5, flying the C-2A Greyhound; the "Golden Falcons" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 12 flying the MH-60S Seahawk; and the "Saberhawks" of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 77 flying the MH-60R Seahawk.

George Washington and CVW 5 provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

For more news from USS George Washington (CVN 73), visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn73/. By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ramon G. Go, USS George Washington Public Affairs
PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- The U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) welcomed aboard Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 to continue its 2013 patrol, Sept. 14.

Carrier Air Wing 5 is the nation's only "911" air wing and is a critical combat strike element of Battle Force 7th Fleet, the only forward-deployed carrier strike group in the U.S. Navy.

"Our goals are to support our operational chain of command's engagement strategy in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations while remaining ready to dissuade or react to any adversary that may threaten our interests in the region," said Capt. Michael Boyle, CVW-5's commanding officer.

During the first half of George Washington's patrol, CVW-5 participated in exercise Talisman Saber (TS), which is a biennial training event aimed to improve Australian Defence Force and U.S. combat readiness and interoperability as a Combined Joint Task Force.

"The combined work the carrier strike group [CSG] and the Australians accomplished during Talisman Saber helped promote greater international relations and train our aircrew for a variety of missions," said Lt. j.g. Eric Valdez, an aviator assigned to the "Liberty Bells" of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115. "As we progress into our patrol, we will continue to support and train with the CSG and our allied forces."

CVW-5 is comprised of nine squadrons with approximately 1,900 Sailors and 67 aircraft, which complete the full capacity of operations and manning for George Washington.

"We will initially focus on night landing currency," said Boyle. "Each pilot needs two-days of landings before landing at night, and each night recovery has to be accomplished within 29 days of the last night carrier landing or field carrier landing practice would be required at Iwo To."

CVW-5 commenced their first day of flight operations soon after their return.

"CVW-5 will conduct air-to-air and air-to-surface training exercises with our allied forces," said Boyle. "The air wing will continue to support these evolutions and demonstrate the capabilities of a carrier at sea."

CVW-5 is a collection of aircraft designed to perform various functions and exercises. The aircraft are attached to: the "Diamondbacks" of Strike Fight Squadron (VFA) 102 flying the F/A-18F Super Hornet; the "Royal Maces" of VFA-27, the "Eagles" of VFA-115 and the "Dambusters" VFA-195 each flying the F/A-18E Super Hornet; the "Shadowhawks" of Electronic Attack Squadron 141 flying the EA-18G Growler; VAW-115 flying the E-2C Hawkeye; the "Providers" of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 30, Detachment 5, flying the C-2A Greyhound; the "Golden Falcons" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 12 flying the MH-60S Seahawk; and the "Saberhawks" of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 77 flying the MH-60R Seahawk.

George Washington and CVW 5 provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

For more news from USS George Washington (CVN 73), visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn73/.

Sen. Ron Johnson: Weekly Report from Washington, D.C.

September 13, 2013

Johnson Urges Committee to Continue Investigation into Benghazi Attacks

It is now exactly one year since the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that took the lives of four brave Americans. It has been a year since those attacks killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith and Tyrone Woods -- and not a single terrorist who planned or executed that attack has been held accountable.
Nor have important questions been answered during the past year.  We do not yet know why the world's superpower failed to rescue its personnel. We do not know why the Obama administration deliberately misled the American people for days afterward about the cause of the attack. The Senate has not been given access to the surviving Americans who were in Benghazi that night nor heard testimony from key State Department personnel responsible for decisions before, during and after the attack.

The United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, of which I am a member, has a duty to learn what went wrong in Benghazi and to ensure it does not happen again.  The people we send abroad to represent us and the loved ones of the Americans who died in Benghazi deserve to know the truth.

This is why I am sending a letter today with my colleagues on the committee to Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, requesting that he schedule hearings to get to the bottom of the Benghazi attack. I particularly urge that he allow the committee to finally hear from survivors of the attack as well as from key State Department personnel who were placed on leaves of absence. Their testimony is crucial to ensuring our diplomatic personnel's safety.

The attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 taught this nation what can happen when the government is not diligent in analyzing threats and acting against them. What is hard to believe is that so many questions about what happened in Benghazi remain unanswered a year after the attack.  The committee must act now.

Senator Johnson and Staff File Comment to OPM’s Proposed Rule

On Aug. 8, 2013, in response to bipartisan complaints concerning the implementation of Obamacare's impact on Congressional offices, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) proposed a rule that violates the very clear purpose and intent of the law as enacted.  The rule would permit the federal government to make a contribution toward health insurance premiums for members of Congress and their staffs when they purchase health insurance through an exchange.  Obamacare originally directed that members and their staffs would no longer be eligible for insurance through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP), but instead would have to purchase health insurance on an exchange or in the open market without receiving a pre-tax payment by their employer. 

Yesterday, myself and several members of my staff urged OPM to reconsider its rule, which I believe this administration does not have the legal authority to institute.

When I ran my company, Pacur, I felt that providing my employees with a health insurance plan was important. It is equally concerning to me that my staff in the Senate will no longer have access to their current insurance plans, as President Obama promised all Americans when he campaigned for Obamacare,” Senator Johnson said.  “But even more egregious than the president’s failure to abide by his promise is his proposed bailout for Congress when millions of other working, middle class Americans are facing the same dilemma.  The answer is not to protect the privileged few here in Washington from this legislation. The answer is to repeal a law that is fundamentally flawed, is driving up health insurance costs, is impossible to implement efficiently, and is increasingly unfair to the American people.

My intent is to make sure President Obama is not allowed to exceed his legal authority in implementing this law, and that members of Congress and their staffs are not shielded from the harmful effects of this law that every other American will experience.

Johnson Announces Staff Mobile Office Hours

I announced earlier this week that my staff would be available for mobile office hours at the dates and locations listed below. These office hours allow constituents to meet with my staff to request assistance with a federal agency or regarding other federal matters.

Monday, September 16th, 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Park Ridge Village Hall


24 Crestwood Drive,  Stevens Point, WI 54481

Monday, September 16th, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Biron Village Hall

451 Kahoun Road, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494

Tuesday, September 17th, 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Theresa Village Hall

202 South Milwaukee Street, Theresa, WI 53091

Tuesday, September 17th, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Iron Ridge Village Hall, Community Center Room
205 Park Street, Iron Ridge, WI 53035


Tuesday, September 17th, 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Hustisford Village Hall

201 South Lake Street, Hustisford, WI 53034


Tuesday, September 17th, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Neosho Village Hall
210 South Schuyler Street, Neosho, WI 53059 


Wednesday, September 18th, 9:15 am - 10:15 am
Randolph Village Hall
248 West Stroud Street, Randolph, WI 53956


Wednesday, September 18th, 12:15 pm  - 1:15 pm
Black Earth Village Hall
1210 Mill Street, Black Earth, WI 53515


Friday, September 20th, 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Grafton Village Hall, Village Board Room
860 Badger Circle, Grafton, WI 53024


Friday, September 20th, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Avoca Village Hall, Village Meeting Room
401 Wisconsin Street, Avoca, WI 53506

U.S. releases illegal immigrants who are sex offenders - Washington Times

U.S. releases illegal immigrants who are sex offenders - Washington Times

Judge Napolitano: Rand Paul Can Lead Us To An Era Of Prosperity, Happiness & Small Government



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Boxer, New Orleans Visit the Philippines

Boxer, New Orleans Visit the Philippines

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jennifer Gold, Boxer Amphibious Ready Group Public Affairs
SUBIC BAY, Philippines (NNS) -- Sailors and Marines assigned to amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), and amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) arrived in Subic Bay, Philippines, Sept. 16 for a port visit and to begin a major bilateral exercise.

The Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) along with Marines from the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) will participate in Amphibious Landing Exercise 2014, three weeks of bilateral, air-ground and amphibious training alongside the Philippine Marine Corps.

"This opportunity to train alongside our Republic of the Philippines counterparts is a rarity for Southern California based ARGs and MEUs. I thank our hosts for extending the invitation for us to jointly expand our operational horizons as we share tactics and techniques on ranges and training areas that are new to us," said Capt. Malcolm Potts, commodore of Amphibious Squadron 1.

While in Subic Bay, the crew will participate in community relations projects, experience the local culture and take tours provided by the ship's Morale, Welfare, and Recreation department.

For some of the crew this is their first visit to the Philippines, but for others it's where they were born.

"I can't wait to see my family," said Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Joy De Dios, who is from Baguio City, Philippines and hasn't been back in 16 years. "Growing up, my aunts stayed home and took care of us while my parents worked all day."

De Dios' aunts and cousins are planning to meet her in Subic Bay, where she says she will get to catch up with them and treat them with dinner and a spa day. "It will be a chance for me to give back to them, instead of them taking care of me," she said.

Potts emphasized the cultural significance of the port visit and personally what the visit will mean for many of the crew members.

"Seeing new places and experiencing different cultures was a key factor many of us chose when joining the Navy or Marine Corps, and this will be our first port visit this deployment, as well as, the first time a large percentage of the Blue and Green team will set foot outside the United States. We look forward to seeing and experiencing the natural beauty Luzon has to offer," he said.

Personnel Specialist 3rd Class Marc Ginez, who grew up in Urdaneta City, Philippines said he is thrilled to visit. "It will be a surprise for my family," he said. "I haven't told them yet, but I plan to have them meet me at the pier."

The ARG is currently deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts.

For more news from USS Boxer (LHD 4), visit www.navy.mil/local/lhd4/.

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