Saturday, September 28, 2013

Nevada Republican Party ignores Sandovals choice for party chairman; re-elect Michael McDonald

Nevada Republican Party ignores Sandovals choice for party chairman; re-elect Michael McDonald

China’s new futuristic Unmanned Aerial Vehicle is Straight Out Of “Star Wars” trilogy

China’s new futuristic Unmanned Aerial Vehicle is Straight Out Of “Star Wars” trilogy

U.S. Navy Photo of the Day

PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 26, 2013) An SH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter from the Island Knights of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron (HSC) 25 delivers supplies to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) during an underway replenishment with the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10). Preble is on patrol with the George Washington Carrier Strike Group in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paul Kelly/Released)

Friday, September 27, 2013

Navy Accepts Delivery of the Future USS Coronado (LCS 4)

Navy Accepts Delivery of the Future USS Coronado (LCS 4)

130823-N-EW716-001 GULF OF MEXICO (Aug. 23, 2013) The future USS Coronado (LCS 4) conducts at-sea acceptance trials in the Gulf of Mexico. Acceptance trials are the last significant milestone before delivery of the ship to the U.S. Navy, which is planned for later this fall. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Austal USA/Released)

By PEO LCS Public Affairs
MOBILE, Ala. (NNS) -- The Navy accepted delivery of the future USS Coronado (LCS 4) during a ceremony at the Austal USA shipyard here Sept. 27.

Coronado is the fourth littoral combat ship (LCS) to deliver to the Navy, the second of the Independence variant - noted for its trimaran hull - to join the fleet.

Capt. Randy Garner, Commodore LCS Squadron One (LCSRON), was on hand to mark the occasion.

"We are excited to receive USS Coronado into the LCS class and ultimately to San Diego alongside the other LCS class ships in service," said Garner.

The LCSRON supports the operational commanders with warships ready for tasking by manning, training, equipping, and maintaining all LCSs in the fleet.

Delivery marks the official transfer of LCS 4 from the shipbuilder, a General Dynamics-led team that includes Bath Iron Works, Austal USA, and Advanced Information Systems, to the Navy. It is the final milestone prior to commissioning, which is planned for April 2014 in Coronado, Calif.

Following commissioning, Coronado will be homeported in San Diego with her sister ships USS Freedom (LCS 1), USS Independence (LCS 2) and USS Fort Worth (LCS 3).

"This second ship of the Independence variant, which encompasses lessons learned from its predecessor, has proven her readiness for delivery through the most rigorous acceptance trial conducted to date," said LCS Program Manager Capt. Tom Anderson. "I'm excited to place this impressive ship in the hands of the crew and I know they are equally as excited to make her their own."

The Navy is committed to a 52-ship LCS class. Twelve more ships (LCS 5 through LCS 16) are currently under construction or in the pre-production phase. The first 24 ships of the class are evenly comprised of two variants, the steel monohull Freedom variant (odd numbered hulls) and the aluminum trimaran Independence variant (even numbered hulls).

The littoral combat ship class is designed to defeat threats in coastal waters where increasingly capable submarines, mines, and swarming small craft operate. To deliver capabilities against these threats, the Navy introduced LCS with innovative concepts, such as modular mission packages, to quickly respond to an evolving threat.

Program Executive Office (PEO) LCS is responsible for delivering and sustaining the fleet's littoral mission capabilities. Consistent delivery of high-quality warfighting assets, while balancing affordability and capability, is key to supporting the Navy's Maritime Strategy.

For more information, visit www.navy.mil, www.facebook.com/usnavy, or www.twitter.com/usnavy.
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McCain Hires Syrian Rebel Advocate Who Fabricated Her Background

McCain Hires Syrian Rebel Advocate Who Fabricated Her Background

USS Maine Receives MUC

USS Maine Receives MUC

130926-N-QY316-054 SILVERDALE, Wash. (Sept. 26, 2013) Rear Adm. Dietrich Kuhlmann, commander of Submarine Group (SUBGRU) 9, presents the Meritorious Unit Commendation award to Master Chief Machinist's Mate Perry Willis, Gold crew chief of the boat of the Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Maine (SSBN 741), and Senior Chief Electrician Technician Jon Miller, Blue crew chief of the boat of USS Maine, at the Marginal Wharf at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman William Blees/Released)

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman William Blees, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Det. Northwest
SILVERDALE, Wash. (NNS) -- The Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Maine (SSBN 741) was presented with the Meritorious Unit Commendation (MUC) award for meritorious service from Jan. 29, 2011 to March 12, 2012 at Marginal Wharf on Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor Sept. 26.

The MUC is given for valorous or meritorious achievement by a unit. Former Secretary of the Navy John T. McNaughton established the award in 1967.

"To justify this award, your service is on par with someone who earns the Bronze Star award," said Rear Adm. Dietrich Kuhlmann, commander of Submarine Group 9. "That's some pretty rare company and you should be proud of what that means for the team gathered around you."

Maine blue and gold crews worked together to consistently keep the ship ready and perform at a high level.

"This award is a validation of all the hard work we have put in," said Master Chief Machinist's Mate Perry Willis, Maine gold crew chief of the boat. "We helped each other out maintaining the ship, even with the most mundane tasks."

Maine, underway for 349 days over a 14-month period, was a secure, reliable, and effective strategic deterrent in supporting Operation Order Global Citadel and exercise Global Thunder.

"It feels good to win this award. It shows that all of our hard work was paying off," said Missile Technician 2nd Class Brad Trogdor. "This makes all the drills, cleaning and inspections worth it."

Maine was named the 2012 Battle Efficiency (Battle "E") Award winner and the Captain Edward F. Ney Memorial Award winner for earning runner-up in the Submarine Category July 19.

"We have been winning the battle on undersea dominance for a long time now, thanks in large to the job [the crew members] do each day," said Kulhmann. "Every one of [the crew members] on the Maine should feel very good about today."

For more news from Commander, Submarine Group 9, visit www.navy.mil/local/csg9/.

Steven Greenhut on California Struggling to Solve Its Water Problem

Steven Greenhut on California Struggling to Solve Its Water Problem

RIA Novosti: Russian Priests to Get Military Training

RIA NovostiRussian Priests to Train at Moscow Military UniversityRussian Priests to Get Military Training
12:25 27/09/2013 A group of Russian Orthodox priests will undergo military training at the Defense Ministry university in Moscow, the Russian army said Friday.>>

USS Mobile Bay Awarded Coveted Spokane Trophy

USS Mobile Bay Awarded Coveted Spokane Trophy

the Spokane Trophy sponsored by the Spokane, Washington Council of the Navy League of the United States. The award is given annually to the top surface ship in the U.S. Pacific Fleet.


By Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist (SW/AW) Donnie W. Ryan, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The crew of the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) was awarded the prestigious 2012 Spokane Trophy during a ceremony on the ship's flightdeck, Sept. 27.

The Spokane Trophy is an annual award sponsored by the Spokane, Wash., Council of the Navy League of the United States and is presented to the Pacific Fleet's surface ship with the highest level of operational readiness in areas ranging from coordinated air warfare, surface warfare and undersea warfare operations.

"It's my honor to present this plaque to the crew," said retired Navy Capt. Ted McGregor, president of the Spokane Navy League. "Since we can't bring the actual trophy, the Spokane Council developed a plaque and we are honored to recognize the crew of USS Mobile Bay this monring."

During the ceremony, McGregor spoke about colorful history of the Spokane Trophy, its beginnings as an award for excellence in naval gunnery marksmanship, and its unique ties to Theodore Roosevelt and the silver industry in the Spokane area.

The award was established in 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt to recognize naval warfighting proficiency. The actual trophy, created from 400 ounces of silver and valued in excess of $4 million, was donated by the Navy League and is kept on permanent display at the Naval Surface Force headquarters building in San Diego.

Mobile Bay received the award for attaining excellence in air, surface and undersea warfare areas. The ship set a new performance standard while serving as the air defense commander for back-to-back deployments in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operation with the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group.

Rear Adm. Douglas J. Asbjornsen, commander, Naval Air Force Reserve; Deputy Commander, Naval Air Forces; and Deputy Commander Naval Air Forces U.S. Pacific Fleet, joined officials from the Spokane Navy League to present the commemorative plaque to members of the crew.

"As I was walking down the pier this morning, the first thing that impressed me was how good the ship looks, especially getting ready to go into a maintenance availability," said Asbjornsen, a Navy Reservist who resides in Spokane and helped represent the city during the ceremony. "Then I looked at your history and how many deployments you have done, tip of the spear deployments, and you continue to do the great things you are doing."

Capt. Timothy J. Kott, Mobile Bay's commanding officer, credited his predecessor, Capt. Tom Halvorson, and the entire Mobile Bay crew for the ship's success.

"This is a big day in recognition of everything that Mobile Bay did in 2012," said Kott. "This culminates how far Mobile Bay has come since the INSURV [Board of Inspection and Survey] inspection in 2011. There is no better recognition than this award."

Commissioned in 1987, Mobile Bay is a Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser named after the Battle of Mobile Bay that took place during the American Civil War in 1864. In addition to the Spokane Trophy, the ship was also awarded the 2012 Battle Efficiency (Battle E) Award earlier this year.

For more news from Naval Surface Forces, visit www.navy.mil/local/cnsp/.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Open Carry protesters vs Constitutional LAWFUL Sheriff



h/t: @MTBZombie

Founding Fathers Quote

No one more sincerely wishes the spread of information among mankind than I do, and none has greater confidence in its effect towards supporting free and good government.

Thomas Jefferson

Re-examining Syria from a naval perspective - Naval Technology

Re-examining Syria from a naval perspective - Naval Technology

Russia, China Hold Large-Scale War Games

Russia, China Hold Large-Scale War Games

17% Would Vote to Secede and Form New State - Rasmussen Reports™

17% Would Vote to Secede and Form New State - Rasmussen Reports™

Rand Paul: If I'm Going To Get ObamaCare, John Roberts And Obama Should Be Forced In As Well



h/t: Eduardo89rp

ReasonTV: "For Their Own Protection": Children in Long-Term Solitary Confinement


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Savage to take Hannity time slot on Cumulus

Savage to take Hannity time slot on Cumulus

Rand Paul: President Is Saying "My Way Or The Highway," He Wants No Compromise On Obamacare



h/t: Eduardo89rp

DOD Identify Navy Casualties

Founding Fathers Quote

How prone all human institutions have been to decay; how subject the best-formed and most wisely organized governments have been to lose their check and totally dissolve; how difficult it has been for mankind, in all ages and countries, to preserve their dearest rights and best privileges, impelled as it were by an irresistible fate of despotism.

James Monroe

Girl With Amazing Packer Tribute

More proof that the Packers have the best fans.



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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

No communion for Nancy Pelosi: Vatican court head - Washington Times

No communion for Nancy Pelosi: Vatican court head - Washington Times

Way Up North: Book Review: "Walls, Wire, Bars and Souls"

Way Up North: Book Review: "Walls, Wire, Bars and Souls": I've just finished reading Peter Grant's latest offering , and will try to communicate my thoughts. Amazon.com describes it this w...

Founding Fathers Quote

The legislative department is everywhere extending the sphere of its activity and drawing all power into its impetuous vortex.

James Madison

Cartoon: Blow it up



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Rand Paul: John Roberts And All Government Workers Should Have to Enroll in ObamaCare



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U.S. Navy Photo of the Day

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Sept. 21, 2013) Landing craft air cushions (LCAC) from Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 4 conduct operations while assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is the flagship for the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Derek Paumen/Released)

Keeping the Promise to POW/MIA Service Members

Keeping the Promise to POW/MIA Service Members

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman William Blees, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Det. Northwest
KEYPORT, Wash. (NNS) -- Active duty, Reserve, and retired service members along with military family members and civilians attended a ceremony to pay tribute to POW/MIA Recognition Day at the Naval Undersea Warfare Museum, Sept. 20.

The 5th annual ceremony's emerging theme was "Keeping the Promise."

The theme honors America's promise to continue the search for POW/MIA service members until they are found and brought home.

"POW/MIA recognition day is a day of remembrance," said Capt. Dave Kohnke, Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Keyport commander. "This is a day we must not ignore, just as we must not ignore our uniformed personnel and those who never made it home."

Kohnke continued onward and illustrated how many of our service members are still POW/MIA by stating that more than 80,000 men and women are still out there.

He also discussed the measures that Joint Prisoner of War/Missing In Action Accounting Command (JPAC) is taking to find and bring home our heroes.

"JPAC teams are on site in 11 countries trying to find remains," said Kohnke "The United States is doing what it can to keep the promise."

JPAC's everyday operations involve researching case files, investigating leads, excavating sites and identifying Americans who were killed in action and never made it home.

During the ceremony, Navy Band Northwest performed the national anthem while Sailors assigned to NUWC Keyport passed the National Ensign prior to raising it for morning colors.

"It makes me proud to be part of the military," said Master Chief Navy Diver Chad Leaman. "It's an overwhelming sense of pride that our nation remembers our fallen heroes."

During the ceremony the missing man table was displayed in remembrance of our service members who can't be with us.

"We all took a solemn oath when we put on our uniform. Today, we honor those who made that oath," said Kohnke. "We, the United States of America, will not forget that."

The United States' pays homage to National POW/MIA Recognition Day across the nation on the third Friday of September every year. Many Americans and their families take time to remember those who were prisoners of war and those who are still missing in action.

"Keeping the promise has a profound impact on families and ripples across the nation," said Kohnke.

This observance is one of six days throughout the year that Congress has mandated the flying of the National League of Families' POW/MIA flag. The five others are Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day and Veterans Day.

For more information, visit www.navy.mil, www.facebook.com/usnavy, or www.twitter.com/usnavy.