100-year Anniversary of Underway Replenishment

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By Rear Adm. Dee L. Mewbourne
Commander, Military Sealift Command

May marks the 100-year anniversary of our Navy’s use of underway replenishment to refuel and resupply our combatant ships at sea.

As the organization responsible for the operation of Combat Logistics Force ships, we can take great pride in this anniversary knowing that we have contributed to this significant milestone.

Starting in 1898, the Navy began experimenting with ways to transfer coal from colliers to battleships, spending 15 years trying different methods to perfect an at-sea transfer system. A system of alongside refueling of liquid fuel dates to 1917, when then-Lieutenant Chester Nimitz jury rigged a system with ship booms supporting two hoses between the ships. Using this system, the USS Maumee (AO2) transferred fuel to 34 destroyers during a three-month period during World War I. Incredibly, these fuel transfers were done with only a 40-foot separation between the moving ships.

 The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) receives supplies during a replenishment-at-sea with the fleet replenishment oiler USNS Big Horn (T-AO 198) April 26, 2017. Ross, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert S. Price/Released)
MEDITERRANEAN SEA (April 26, 2017) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) receives supplies during a replenishment-at-sea with the fleet replenishment oiler USNS Big Horn (T-AO 198) April 26, 2017. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert S. Price/Released)

The foundations for our current replenishment system date to the 1950s and 1960s with the development of a multi-product ship that could deliver fuel, ammunition and stores to an aircraft carrier task force. These ships saw the first use of a transfer system using a ram tensioner that keeps the highline between the ships tensioned, allowing for smooth transfer and accounting for the movement of the ships. This method evolved into the system we use today, the Standard Tensioned Replenishment Alongside Method (STREAM).

Our ability to successfully conduct underway replenishments gives our Navy the ability to remain on-station, forward-deployed, ready to answer the call. This is just one more example of how the work we do at Military Sealift Command, assured maritime logistics, contributes to the security of our nation.

We should not lose sight of the fact that the success of our underway replenishment systems over these 100 years emanates from accomplished seamanship and ingenious engineering solutions.  It’s really people, mariners and those who developed these systems, who enable us to celebrate this anniversary.

We recognize the hard work and personal sacrifice, and say thank you to each and every man and woman who have contributed to this legacy.

ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 23, 2017) Military Sealift Command's fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8) recieves a fuel line from the fleet oiler USNS Laramie (T-AO 203) during an underway replenishment at sea, March 23. (U.S. Navy photograph by Bill Mesta/released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 23, 2017) Military Sealift Command’s fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8) recieves a fuel line from the fleet oiler USNS Laramie (T-AO 203) during an underway replenishment at sea, March 23. (U.S. Navy photograph by Bill Mesta/released)


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100-year Anniversary of Underway Replenishment

Worldwide Air Force

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The Air Force mission is to fly, fight, and win in air, space, and cyberspace anytime and anywhere. Every time I see images or watch video footage of my fellow Airmen I’m motivated even more to live out the Air Force core values. It’s almost like hearing your favorite song before you go to work out. After you hear the song, you are mentally prepared to accomplish your workout goals.

Here are a few videos that highlight parts of the Air Force mission from around the world that truly give insight into the amazing things Airmen are doing across the Air Force.  We’ll be sure to share more videos in the future of other Air Force missions. I chose to highlight these videos because of the job diversity shown in each video. We have more than planes in the Air Force; people assume we are all pilots or aircraft maintainers. All of the jobs in the Air Force reinforce our mission to fly, fight and win. We are truly one team! We will never falter, and we will not fail

Air Force Special Operations Command’s  primary mission is to deliver highly trained, capable and ready Airmen to conduct special operations. The mission is to organize, train and equip Airmen to execute global special operations.

The primary mission of U .S. Air Forces Pacific Air  Force (PACAF) is to deliver rapid and precise air, space and cyberspace capabilities to protect and defend the United States, its territories and our allies and partners; provide integrated air and missile warning and defense; promote interoperability throughout the Pacific area of responsibility; maintain strategic access and freedom of movement across all domains; and posture to respond across the full spectrum of military contingencies in order to restore regional security.

U.S. Air Forces in Europe Air Forces Africa (USAFE) directs air operations in a theater spanning three continents, covering more than 19 million square miles, containing 104 independent states, and possessing more than a quarter of the world’s population and more than a quarter of the world’s Gross Domestic Product.

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Infographic: Global Strike

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By Tech. Sgt. Steve Grever
Air Force Social Media

The Air Force leverages its global strike capabilities to project military power with a lighter footprint than other military option. Our aircraft and combat Airmen possess unique abilities that are critical to achieving tactical, operational and strategic effects during combat operations. The infographic below highlights how different Air Force assets are used to accomplish our mission of providing global strike capabilities to combatant commanders on “Any target, any time!”

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Infographic: Global Strike

INFOGRAPHIC: Wrapping up Month of the Military Child

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Growing up the child of a service member presents unique opportunities and poses particular challenges. As we wrap up Month of the Military Child, here at DoDLive, we’d like to share an infographic that gives insight into the lives of U.S. military children.

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First Lady Joins Maryland Governor at Veterans’ Bill Signing

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Story by Amaani Lyle, American Forces Press Service

First Lady Michelle Obama watches Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, seated, third from left, sign the Veterans Full Employment Act of 2013 during a ceremony at the State House in Annapolis, Md., April 17, 2013. Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, far left, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., second from left, and House Speaker Michael E. Busch, right, joined O'Malley. White House photo by Chuck Kennedy

First Lady Michelle Obama watches Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, seated, third from left, sign the Veterans Full Employment Act of 2013 during a ceremony at the State House in Annapolis, Md., April 17, 2013. White House photo by Chuck Kennedy

First Lady Michelle Obama joined Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley at the State House in Annapolis on April 17, 2013, as he signed into law the Veterans Full Employment Act of 2013.

The Defense Department collaborated in development of Maryland’s comprehensive bill, designed to streamline credentialing and licensing procedures for service members, veterans and their spouses.

“We have asked them to risk their lives in combat, manage dozens of peers, operate complicated machinery, oversee millions of dollars of assets and save lives on the battlefield,” Obama said. “And then, when they come home, we’re also asking them to repeat months of training for skills they’ve already mastered. So we have to ask ourselves: how does this make sense?”

The first lady said enacting the bill represents more than merely “eliminating a few bureaucratic headaches” for veterans and their spouses.

“This is about improving the financial security for thousands of military families,” Obama said. “It’s about giving veterans and their spouses an opportunity to build their careers and create a better future for their children.”

As part of their Joining Forces initiative, in February, the first lady and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, addressed the National Governor’s Association as part of a call to action to bring millions of veterans into the civilian workforce.

“With the Iraq war over [and] the war in Afghanistan winding down, more than a million service members are going to be hanging up their uniforms and transitioning back to civilian life,” Obama said. “And that comes on top of the hundreds of thousands of veterans and military spouses already out there looking for work.”

While the first lady noted much progress in veterans’ employment over the past few years, she acknowledged that there is still more work to do. As of March 2013, roughly 783,000 veterans were unemployed and looking for work, including 207,000 post-9/11 veterans.

“We need more businesses to make big, bold commitments to hire and train our veterans and military spouses,” Obama said. “We need more hospitals … colleges and employers from every sector to recognize our veterans’ and military spouses’ unique skills and experiences and give them a fair shot at a job.”

Prior to the bill-signing, Obama visited the U.S. Naval Academy, where she ate lunch with midshipmen and met with a number of health care professionals who have served the country for years and mastered highly technical, high-demand skills.

Introducing the first lady at the State House was 23-year Navy veteran and former Senior Chief Petty Officer Andrew Hite, who suffered a traumatic brain injury while on active duty. Hite said he experienced anxiety about pursuing a degree.

“Even though I served this country for more than two decades as a radar tech, an avionics electronics technician and an avionics instructor, I was unable to receive even a single college credit with all of my military experience and numerous formal training courses I completed on active duty,” Hite said. “Legislation that’s being signed today will ensure the well-deserved recognition of our country’s veterans’ efforts of service and acknowledge their military experience and their formal training received while serving our country.”

The legislation, Hite emphasized, will remove the barrier of time.

“It will help shorten the time required to complete the desired degree by allowing credit for the often-expensive knowledge [veterans] have gained during their military service,” Hite added.

Maryland joins a growing list of states that have taken legislative or executive action to help service members, veterans and their spouses get the credentials they need to successfully transition to the civilian labor market.

“Your bill here in Maryland is one of the best bills we have seen in the entire country,” Obama said. “You’re helping our veterans obtain professional credentials … earn college credit … and making it easier for military spouses to continue their careers as they transfer to your state.”

O’Malley also addressed the plight of veterans before signing the bill.

“These individuals should never come home, after overcoming all the barriers they have for us, and face barriers to employment, barriers to licensing, barriers that prevent them from keeping a roof over their children’s heads and providing them with a loving home with economic security and dignity.”

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A Marine and his Dog

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Story by Josiah Wilson, Defense Media Activity

I’m an avid dog lover.

I have two dogs, Caspian and Grimm, and the both of them mean the world to me. You can tell this as I spoil them perhaps a little too much.

Given my love of canines, the life of the military working dog handler has always been very fascinating to me. I imagine that working with these four-legged warriors on a daily basis would be an absolute blast. Thankfully, troops like Marine Cpl. Matthew Plumeri are willing to share their stories about life in this role to appease the rest of us (or maybe just me).

Check out this video as Cpl. Plumeri describes his relationship and training with his specialized search dog, Gulliver.

Gulliver and Plumeri belong to 1st Law Enforcement Battalion, Headquarters and Support Company, Military Working Dog Platoon. They are scheduled to deploy together later this year.

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Traumatic Brain Injury and Intimate Relationships: What You Need to Know

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Graphic: DoDlive-Rotator-Template_600x350Story by Erin Wittkop, Defense Media Activity

There has been a lot of news coverage in recent years about traumatic brain injury and how it impacts the lives of those who experience it. With each new story and study, a bigger picture is painted revealing that a bump on the head isn’t as simple as it once seemed.

TBI can happen to anyone, but it’s a very real concern for service members who put their safety on the line day in and day out in defense of our country. From training exercises to combat operations, the opportunity for injury is ever present.

I’ve been fortunate to make it to adulthood without experiencing such an injury but have watched as acquaintances, friends and loved ones have recovered from head injuries of their own. Recovering from them isn’t exactly a walk in the park.

So, what happens when you or your partner or spouse sustains a traumatic brain injury? What should you look for? What should you expect? How will it impact your life and your relationship?

I recently took part in a webinar hosted by the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center that focused on the effects of TBI on intimate relationships and how couples can cope during the healing process.

First and foremost, play it safe and encourage your partner to seek medical attention if you’re worried they’re at risk for TBI. If you’re the one who sustained an injury, get thee to a doctor. Medical professionals are the best people to consult if a head injury occurs no matter how minor or severe it may seem.

If you suspect TBI is afoot or you or your loved one have received an affirmative diagnosis, here’s a list of TBI symptoms (compliments of the DVBIC webinar’s keynote speaker) to look for after the initial injury occurs:

Physical

  • Balance Problems
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Light Sensitivity
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Ringing in the Ears
  • Sleep Disturbances
  • Visual Disturbances

Cognitive

  • Difficulty Finding Words
  • Disinhibition/Hypersexuality
  • Memory Problems
  • Poor Concentration
  • Slowed Thinking

Emotional

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Mood Swings
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Reaction

Remember also that TBI symptoms may not present themselves right away; every injury is as unique as the person that sustains it and the healing process takes time. Working with a qualified medical professional to manage symptoms and rehabilitate the injury is crucial to making a successful recovery. Also, the earlier an injury is treated, the sooner you or your loved one will be back on your feet.

Managing TBI is no easy task if you’re dealing with it firsthand or love someone who is. Lingering symptoms and side effects can leave partners and spouses wondering why their loved one is acting differently while the TBI sufferer grows frustrated that his or her partner can’t empathize.

Sally P. Cummings, Ed. D., FNP, keynote speaker of the DVBIC webinar, says that time and education are the keys to getting through this tough time. Personally, I think patience is pretty important, too; a whole lot of it.

Communication is crucial to working through the healing process with loved ones, though keep in mind that the injury may have impacted communication skills (this is where patience is extra important). Ms. Cummings offered a few tips to mitigate issues and alleviate stress when communication abilities have been impacted:

  • Ask open-ended questions
  • Allow time for word finding
  • Be clear and concise
  • Have a sense of humor
  • Keep your conversations brief
  • Make sure you have the listener’s attention
  • Reduce distractions
  • Remain patient and calm
  • Speak slowly and simply
  • Stick to the K.I.S.S. method (Keep It Simple, Straightforward)

Make sure that you and your partner continue to take care of yourselves and your relationship while the injury heals. Work to keep your stress levels low and take time to focus on each other.

  • Plan dates
  • Be appreciative of one another
  • Make time for each other every day
  • Do things together
  • Find the silver lining and stay positive
  • Offer positive reinforcement

Also, be sure to talk to your doctor if you and your partner encounter relationship struggles that are difficult to overcome. He or she might be able to help. Always remember that you’re not alone in this process and that things will improve with time.

If you’d like to learn more about coping with TBI, the following website have resources that can help:

www.brainline.org
www.brainlinemilitary.org
www.militaryonesource.mil

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Defense Travel System

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The Defense Travel System (DTS)

The Defense Travel System was established for all Active Duty and Reserve Military service members in need of temporary lodging arrangements while in a TDY status.  The Defense Lodging System provides the widest selection of hotel and extended stay lodging at DoD Per Diem Rates.

The Defense Lodging & Travel System

The Joint Federal Travel Regulation (JFTR) and Government Services Administration (GSA) set all travel related guidelines for reimbursement, allowances, and per diem rates for temporary and short term lodging accommodations.  The Defense Travel System (known as DTS) and other Federal Rooms programs may not have availability for military travelers or may not have the most suitable hotel accommodations for your TDY assignment.  The different reasons for embarking on a temporary duty assignment (school or course of instruction, conferences, etc.) may dictate or require more refined lodging requirements while on official travel.  Hotels and extended stays participating in the Defense Lodging reservation system are at the government rate for official travel.  Whether on a TDY assignment or PCS relocation, service members can book the same accommodations through DTS.  Military service members on official travel orders are also able to book hotels directly through the Defense Lodging System.  Travelers interested in an alternative to booking a standard hotel room through the Defense Travel System known as DTS or Federal Rooms lodging program can book hotels directly through the TDY Lodging program.

Military Rate Hotels

The inventory of select hotels and extended stays listed on TDY Lodging allow for a seamless reservation process with hotel receipts issued directly by the hotel itself which breaks down the nightly rate + any applicable transient lodging tax.  As part of the Defense Lodging System, TDY Lodging offers solutions for assignments nationwide and at select locations overseas offering some of the finest hotels available.  Official travelers using the Defense Travel System (DTS) should note that when making reservations off base when post or base lodging is full, and when utilizing a statement or certificate of non-availability (SNA or CNA), the best military hotels at per diem rates are available through the Defense Lodging System.

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BRAC Walter Reed Looks to Future Bethesda National Naval Medical Center

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American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Sept. 14, 2011 – The day before the congressionally mandated deadline to put all Base Realignment and Closure Commission recommendations into effect, the commander who oversaw the closing of Walter Reed Army Medical Center isn’t kicking back with a sigh of relief.

For Navy Vice Adm. (Dr.) John M. Mateczun, commander of Joint Task Force National Capital Region Medical, some of the toughest challenges are just beginning.

Mateczun was responsible for one of the most sweeping transformations in military medicine with the closure of the iconic Walter Reed hospital.

With all its patients, staff and health care services moved to what is now known as the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., and the new Fort Belvoir Community Hospital in Virginia, he now has set his sights on his next, post-BRAC goal.

“This is a new beginning,” he said. “We now have the opportunity here in the national capital region to form the first truly integrated regional delivery system within the military health system.”

Getting to this point was no small feat. Since BRAC became law in 2005, 2.6 million square feet of new construction and 472,000 square feet of renovations have taken place on the Bethesda campus and Fort Belvoir to accommodate the new, expanded missions there.

Meanwhile, the civilian workforces were consolidated into one Defense Department workforce. Mateczun said the merger will benefit workers by opening up more career opportunities and enabling them to transfer more smoothly between the two facilities.

The merger also will also be a plus for the hospitals, he said, helping them better attract and retain experienced workers with highly sought-after skills.

With the facilities and workforce in place, both the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Fort Belvoir Community Hospital are providing care for the former Walter Reed patients.

A convoy of ambulances transferred the last inpatients at that center to Bethesda Aug. 27, one day ahead of schedule to beat the approaching Hurricane Irene.

The final emergency-room patient at Fort Belvoir’s DeWitt Army Community Center was transferred to the new Fort Belvoir Community Hospital on Aug. 31. That same day, the staff performed its first operation and also delivered its first baby in the new facility, Mateczun said.

The last pieces of medical equipment are being moved from the old Walter Reed, much of it being redistributed to the Bethesda or Belvoir facilities. Back in 2008, BRAC planners estimated that $54 million in equipment would be transferred, but the actual figure exceeds $100 million, Mateczun reported.

With both facilities now running at full-throttle, he said now is the time to generate some of the efficiencies BRAC was designed to provide.

Many of those savings will come through consolidated support services such as human resources and facilities operations.

While designed to improve efficiency and save money, Mateczun said the consolidation also will promote patient care.

The nature of the consolidations, with highly specialized care delivered at Bethesda, ensures medical staffs providing that care have sufficient patient loads to remain at the top of their game, he said.

In addition, three electronic medical networks in use at facilities within the Washington, D.C., area are being combined into one joint medical network. This, Mateczun said, will enable providers at various clinics and hospitals to more easily access and share patient records.

Other initiatives will make it more convenient for patients to get care. For example, a consolidated appointment and referral center being stood up will provide a user-friendly, standardized way for patients to schedule appointments at either facility.

A major post-BRAC emphasis is on taking these efforts to the next level to reach a “world-class standard” in medical care, Mateczun said.

That standard — mandated by Congress in the wake of the 2007 Walter Reed scandal as BRAC initiatives already were under way — raises the bar in patient care.

Among its recommendations were the new wounded warrior lodging on the Bethesda campus and private hospital rooms that weren’t part of the original BRAC plan.

Subsequent congressional recommendations direct that parts of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center not impacted by BRAC also be raised to this world-class standard.

That, Mateczun explained, involves upgrading additional buildings on the Bethesda campus — all built or last renovated before 1975.

As part of that new standard, the last of existing two-patient rooms are being converted into private rooms.

In addition, individual patient rooms at both Bethesda and Fort Belvoir will soon be turned into “smart suites.” These rooms will be equipped with technology that enables caregivers to monitor patients’ vital signs electronically and even to recognize when a patient has gotten out of bed.

This technology benefits patients, too, who will be able to refer to a monitor in their room to identify who enters it and whether, for example, it’s a doctor, nurse or food-service provider.

“It is a patient’s right to know who is in their room and what they are doing there. And this technology will allow them to do that without having to necessarily question anyone,” Mateczun said.

Mateczun said he’s looking forward to seeing the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Fort Belvoir Community Hospital set a new standard for military medicine.

“So this is our next step, making the improvements required in the comprehensive master plan to provide world-class care for our beneficiaries,” he said.

“We are committed to keeping the covenant we have with America’s sons and daughters who come home wounded from Iraq and Afghanistan,” he said. “And that is what the BRAC projects have been about. We are intent on making sure that we meet the congressional mandate to a world-class capacity and infrastructure, both here at Bethesda and on Fort Belvoir.”

Fort Bragg, NC offers Army Green Lodging

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April 23, 2010

By Tina Ray/Paraglide

FORT BRAGG, N.C. – At Airborne Inn, guests who do not want to change their linen daily can opt to have it changed weekly simply by hanging towels back on the rack instead of placing them on the floor for retrieval by the cleaning crew.

The initiative is just one of many taken by participants in Fort Bragg’s Green Lodging Program. Fort Bragg is committed to integrate sustainability into daily operations in order to ensure future installations capabilities.

Other measures include turning off lights and televisions and unplugging personal appliances when not in use, said Virginia Helwig, chief of Army lodging. Residents are also encouraged to set their thermostats at 72 degrees in the winter and 74 degrees in the summer.

In yet another measure, the in-room and continental breakfast products were changed from Styrofoam to paper products, Helwig said. Incandescent light bulbs have been replaced with compact fluorescent light bulbs which use less energy and last longer.

With 685 rooms in six buildings, Fort Bragg’s Green Lodging Program supports the Department of Defense’s commitment to environmental stewardship in becoming a consumer of green products and services.

Fort Bragg will increase the energy security of installations by pursuing technologies so that the installation can efficiently and effectively execute missions today and into the future.
It also leads the way for other communities and upholds its responsibility of taking care of the environment, said Helwig.

Paul Hora, energy awareness manger for Sandhills Utility Services conducted a training session about energy management with Helwig’s staff.

“(I) hope guests to lodging will embrace the changes and make an effort to be more environmentally conscious,” Hora said.

Sergeant 1st Class Leonard H. Wilson is one guest who makes an effort do so. A resident of Moon Hall for three years, Wilson makes sure to turn off unused lights and appliances.

Wilson said he keeps his thermostat at about 74 degrees during the summer months.

“I don’t run it wide open. I keep it on low,” he said.

Hotel staff are willing to make any changes they think would benefit guests, added Wilson. One such change was the placement of more grills in the common area behind Moon Hall.

Though there is no place quite like home, “Coming here is almost like being home,” said Wilson.