Servicemembers on Air Force One!

Recently, the 2007 Coast Guard’s Enlisted Person of the Year, Machinery Technician Second Class Christopher Hutto, along with four other servicemembers from different branches, flew on Air Force One with President Bush. Apparently, this has never happened before, except for servicemembers who were formally attached to the President’s detail.

The servicemembers along with MK2 Hutto were, Sergeant John Badon of the Marine Corps, Senior Airman Alicia Goetschel of the Air Force, Chief Petty Officer Shenequa Cox of the Navy, and Staff Sergeant Michael Noyce-Merino of the Army National Guard.


Information for this post was derived from reading: The Free-Lance Star and First Coast News.

USS New Hampshire (SSN 778)

081025-N-6553L-022 KITTERY, Maine (Oct. 25, 2008) Crewmembers of the Virginia-class attack submarine USS New Hampshire (SSN 778) line the boat during the commissioning ceremony at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. More than 3,500 people were in attendance at the ceremony, held at the Navy’s first shipyard. New Hampshire is the fifth Virginia-class submarine, the first major U.S. Navy combatant vessel class designed with the post-Cold War security environment in mind. U.S. Navy photo by Jeremy Lambert (Released)

You can find more photos here and here of the commissioning ceremony.

WWII Submarine found

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii – The Navy has confirmed the wreckage of a sunken vessel found last year off the Aleutian Islands is that of the USS Grunion, which disappeared during World War II.

Underwater video footage and pictures captured by an expedition hired by sons of the commanding officer, Lt. Cmdr. Mannert L. Abele, allowed the Navy to confirm the discovery, Rear Adm. Douglas McAneny said Thursday in a news release.

McAneny said the Navy was very grateful to the Abele family.

“We hope this announcement will help to give closure to the families of the 70 crewmen of Grunion,” he said.

The Grunion was last heard from July 30, 1942. The submarine reported heavy anti-submarine activity at the entrance to Kiska, and that it had 10 torpedoes remaining forward. On the same day, the Grunion was directed to return to Dutch Harbor Naval Operating Base. The submarine was reported lost Aug. 16, 1942.

Japanese anti-submarine attack data recorded no attack in the Aleutian area at the time of the Grunion’s disappearance, so the submarine’s fate remained an unsolved mystery for more than 60 years, the Navy said.

Abele’s son’s, Bruce, Brad, and John, began working on a plan to find the sub after finding information on the Internet in 2002 that helped pinpoint USS Grunion’s possible location.

In August 2006, a team of side scan sonar experts hired by the brothers located a target near Kiska almost a mile below the ocean’s surface. A second expedition in August 2007 using a high definition camera on a remotely operated vehicle yielded video footage and high resolution photos of the wreckage.


Chris Altice and Christian Garzone from PBS’ CARRIER Join Us 9/9 9pmET

This Tuesday 9/9 at 9pmET we welcome two “cast” members from PBS’ CARRIER. You don’t want to miss this show LIVE! Here are the details:


Tuesday 9 September 08 – CARRIER | PBS Special | Chris Altice and Christian Garzone –

Chris Altice

Chris Altice

The PBS Special CARRIER evokes many different reactions depending on who you ask. Some loved the series, some not so much. No matter which side of the fence you fall on, our listeners keep telling us it’s the closest view we as spouses will ever get to what it’s like living on an aircraft carrier. Just like any good evening drama, CARRIER had it share of dramatic story lines. We were introduced to young Sailors, who quickly became fan favorites. When we began the search on which crew members to invite to the show, our two guests tonight were tops on the list. Tonight we welcome Chris Altice, who we watched on the flight deck in his red shirt loading ordinance. We got to know this young father-to-be and rooted for him during his agonizing girlfriend experience.

Christian Garzone

Christian Garzone

Second, we welcome the humorous Christian Garzone. His homemade videos with side-kick Phil gave us a unique insight into their world inside the ship. Christian was a breath of fresh air during series and was the 1st person our fans requested.

We’ll hear from both Chris and Christian on what it was like on board during the filming, their thoughts on how well or truthful the series depicts Navy life on board a Carrier, what they are doing now and much more.

As always we’ll be taking your questions and your calls.

We are also announcing the winners to our *Nights in Rodanthe* by Nicholas Sparks Book Contest!

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You don’t want to miss this show LIVE! Our call in # is 646-652-4629.

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Chris Altice served for three-and-a-half years in the Navy as an E-3/aviation ordnanceman, which was his position during the deployment featured in CARRIER. He separated from the Navy in September 2006 and is currently working and planning to attend college full-time. He was born in West Virginia and resides in Virginia, where he grew up.

Christian Garzone has served in the Navy for four years. During the deployment featured in CARRIER, he served as an undesignated airman working in Air Department/V-2 Division. He continues to serve in the Navy; his current position is petty officer third class, mass communications specialist (aviation warfare specialist) based out of Japan. He grew up in upstate New York.



Look for a Part 2 featuring more crew members from the hit PBS series CARRIER.

The Chief Results are out

While surfing around this morning I found Blunoz had the link to FY09 E-7 Selection Board “Chief’s” list. Gosh these folks are quick. You can download the list here or visit BUPERS online.

On a personal note the husbands jr. on his last boat made it, so a BIG congratulations out to him and all those who made Chief!


Update 8/4/08 – I have to state our stats went through the roof yesterday with folks searching for the “FY09 Chiefs list”.  A big welcome to all those just discovering our blog.

The Navy Times now has the list up, so you can find it here:

Welcome Home

080718-N-4879G-372 NORFOLK, Va. (July 18, 2008) A Sailor assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67) hugs his family during the ship’s return to Naval Station Norfolk after a six-month deployment. Cole was deployed with the British Royal Navy’s aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious and was the first U.S. Navy ship to sail under the command of a foreign battle group. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman PatricK Grieco/Released)

I just love homecomings!

Bush Signs New GI Bill

This is exciting news for military families!

Bush signs war funding, GI Bill overhaul

By Rick Maze – Navy Times Staff writer
Posted : Monday Jun 30, 2008 12:27:54 EDT

A $162 billion war funding bill that includes a $63 billion overhaul of GI Bill education benefits was signed Monday by President Bush.

“The bill shows even in an election year, Republicans and Democrats can come together to stand behind our troops,” Bush said, predicting the GI Bill increases would be a boost to military recruiting and also a boon to families if educational benefits are transferred to family members.

The signing of HR 2642 brings an end to a Pentagon cash-flow crisis that threatened to disrupt military and civilian payroll, cancel or delay maintenance, and postpone nonessential training and travel.

And, for the first time since the Vietnam War, there will be a completely free veterans’ education benefit program that pays enough to fully cover the cost of getting a four-year college degree. read more