A SALUTE TO LIFE
BZ to EM2 Hunter J. Ericson an instructor for SWOS ELS Norfolk O-26, who was identified back in February as an excellent match for a 43-year-old female patient with ACUTE MYELOGENOUS LEUKEMIA under the Salute to Life Bone Marrow Donor Program. EM2 returned from Washington, DC on 6 Apr 2018 after Donating some Peripheral Blood Stem Cell (PBSC) on behalf of this patient. The gift of life is a precious thing and a marrow or PBSC transplant can often help patients with leukemia, lymphoma, and other life-threatening diseases live longer, healthier lives. Not many outsides of mother and father hood can be a part of the giving of life, so with the utmost of respect SWOS would like to say thank you EM2 for your dedication and fundamental compassion as well as the giving heart that you have displayed in your decision to give the gift of life.
This week we spotlight EN1 (SW/ND) Mark McClure. Born in Charleston, South Carolina EN1 McClure enlisted in the Navy in October 1999. He completed Basic Training and Engineman “A” School at Naval Training Center in Great Lakes, Illinois. He was selected for Dive School and completed Mark-16 Rebreather and Scuba Diver course at Naval Dive School Training Center in Panama City, Florida in October 2000.
At Sea, EN1 McClure has served on the USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44), USS Laboon (DDG 58), USS Gonzalez (DDG 66), USS Stout (DDG 55), Patrol Coastal Crew Foxtrot, USS Firebolt (PC 10), and the USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43). He has made 10 deployments and earned his Engineering Officer of the Watch six times.
EN1 McClure is now serving as an instructor at Engineering Learning Site, San Diego. He is currently the Course Supervisor for MCM Propulsion Technician Engineman “C” School, Point Loma and earned his Master Training Specialist qualification. He is the Lead Petty Officer for Point Loma and serves as his Department’s Career Counselor, MTS coordinator, and MWR Representative.
He was married to his wife, Amy Alford McClure in September of 2002 and is a proud father of their daughter Bethany born in December 2004, their daughter Naomi born in August 2006, their son Kail born in July 2008, and their daughter Elizabeth born in November 2011.
Our final groupd today, hosted by N72, included the students from Riverhead High School who spent their time in the Full Mission Bridge.
SWOS also hosted a group of students from Southold High School's NJROTC program who toured COVE III and LCS simulators.
The second group we hosted was a contingent of students from Proctor High School's NJROTC unit who also toured Full Mission Bridge and LCS country.
SWOS was a-buzz with tours today. The first group to visit included representatives from the DAV who were able to observe students in COVE I and practice shiphandling in the LCS bridge simulator and Full Mission Bridge
Today CDR Frank Azzarello relieved CDR Riley Murdock as the BDOC Norfolk OIC. Thank you CDR Murdock and fair winds and following seas.
Below is a link for a live stream of the OPNAV Shore Sailor of the Year Ceremony being held today (1500-1600 EST) that our very own EM1 Taylor from ELS Norfolk will be attending after competing this past week in Washington D.C.
Please watch if you have time and share to see our outstanding Sailor representing SWOS at the Nation's capital.
SWOS was privileged to host Mr. Jason Potter and Mr. Creighton Greene for a visit. Mr. Potter and Mr. Greene are both Professional Staff Member on the Senate Armed Services Committee for Seapower.
Congratulations to the students of LCS OOD Class 106 who graduated today after completing the five week course of instruction.
Commanding Officer, CAPT Scott Robertson, and Command Master Chief, CMDCM Randy Bell, paid a visit to the SWOS Engineering Learning Site in Yokosuka.
Congratulations to the students of LCS CST Class 18030 who graduated today after four week of intensive training.
Stars and Stripes produced this article and video featuring SWOS Engineering Learning Site Yokosuka.
SWOS was privileged to host the Honorable Robert Wittman, US Congressman Virginia’s 1st District, and the Honorable Donald Norcross, US Congressman New Jersey’s 1st District today
The students of Advanced Division Officer Course Class 18040 graduated Friday in a ceremony held in Mullen Auditorium. CDR Wilke was on hand to congratulate the students as well as present special recognition to the distinguished graduates.
The recipient of the ADOC Shiphandler Award was LTJG Welch who, in addition to his certificate, received a copy of Naval Shiphandler's Guide.
The Distinguished Graduates are those students who score a 94% or better on Rules of the Road, 90% or higher on all other exams, pass all shiphandling assessments on their 1st attempts, complete all assignments on time, and score an overall average of 95% or better. The recipient for Class 18040 was LTJG Benware.
The overall Honor Graduate for ADOC is the student who meets all requirements of a Distinguished Graduate and scores the highest overall average. The Honor Graduate for class 18040 was LTJG Watanabe. In addition to his certificate, LTJG Watanabe was presented a copy of Last Stand of the Tin Can Soldiers.
While in visiting the SWOS site in San Diego, CAPT Robertson, Commanding Officer, was privilieged with presenting CDR Milicic, Director of N79: Damage Control and Fire Fighting Training, with the Meritorius Service Medal (second award) in recognition of of 20 years of honorable service. CDR Milicic will retire next month.
A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for Newport County from 8 AM Wednesday until 8 AM Thursday. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 8 inches is possible. Plan on difficult travel conditions during this storm. NAVSTA Newport and SWOS expect to maintain normal business hours. Monitor the base and our Facebook pages and the NAVSTA condition line at (401) 841-2211 for further updates.
Ready, Relevant Learning (RRL) is one of the Navy’s Sailor 2025 key initiatives with a focus on providing Sailors the right training at the right time throughout their career. RADM Cozad, Commander, Naval Education and Training Command, discusses the when, how, and where of RRL in this blog post.
Congratulations to the students of LCS OOD Class 102 who graduated Friday after completiong their five week course of instruction.
SWOS wishes fair winds and following seas to ENC (SW) Reginald Pierre-Lys. ENC Pierre-Lys was recently selected for the Chief Warrant Officer program and will be reporting to Japan for follow on duty.
SWOS was privileged to host Admiral John Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations, this afternoon. ADM Richardson met with many staff members and toured the multitude of trainers and simulators used as part of the SWOS curriculum.
SWOS will be open tomorrow per our normal schedule. No delays.
Per the NAVSTA announcement below, it will be Mission Essential Personnel
only tomorrow, Tuesday 13 March. 10-15 inches of snow expected. The SWOS buildings will be closed down. Focus for tomorrow will be to get everything back up and running for Wednesday, 14 March. Expect additional announcements via AtHoc. Keep an eye on the SWOS and NAVSTA Facebook page.