THE DOLPHIN •
Thursday, February 3, 2011
News in your community
SAC now servingGales Ferry schools
Naval Submarine Base NewLondon’s (SUBASE) SchoolAge Care Program is excited toannounce they are now servingGales Ferry Elementary Schooland Juliet Long ElementarySchool students in Gales Ferry!The School Age Care program(SAC) provides care for childrenfrom Kindergarten through 14years of age. They offer beforeand after school care, half-dayKindergarten care for childrenin morning Kindergarten, careon non-school days and care onschool and summer vacations.Hours of operation are 6:30a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and fees arebased on total family income.Eligible patrons include depen-dent children of military per-sonnel, Department of Defensecivilian personnel paid from APFor NAF, reservists on active dutyor inactive duty for training,DOD contractors, and active dutyCoast Guard. Transportation toand from school is provided andthe program provides a healthybreakfast and an afternoonsnack; lunch is also provided onnon-school days.For any questions or furtherinformation, contact the SchoolAge Care Program at 694-4702.SAC welcomes Gales Ferry fami-lies to our program.
Submarine BirthdayBall date is set
The 111th Submarine BirthdayBall will be held at the MGMGrand Premier Ballroom atFoxwoods, April 16.Tickets are $45 per personand will be on sale beginningnext month. This year’s theme is“Celebrating 20 years of Cold WarVictory,” and the guest speak-er will be retired Vice AdmiralAlbert “Big Al” Konetzni.Uniform for the evening isservice dress blues or better.Covers are not required. In addi-tion, commands are encouragedto participate in the traditionalcenterpiece contest.Military personnel should con-tact their command’s birthdayball representative to purchasetickets. Others interested shouldcontact Master Chief ElectronicsTechnician Jon Smedley at (860)694-3980.
USS Iwo Jima reunionis scheduled for 2011
The USS Iwo Jima (LPH2/LHD7) shipmates reunion hasbeen scheduled for June 1 through5, 2011, at the Marriott City CenterHotel in Newport News, Va.Those interested should con-tact Robert G. McAnally at(757) 723-0317 or via e-mailat email@example.com. Allship’s company and embarkedNavy and Marine Corps per-sonnel are invited to attend.
USS Boston shipmatesplan reunion for July
Crew members of USS Boston(CA-69, CAG-1, and SSN-703) areinvited by the USS Boston Shipmatesto a reunion in July 2011 for allUSS Boston officers, crew, USMCand flag personnel. The reunionwill take place in Chicago, July 14through 17.For more information, contactUSS Boston Shipmates, Inc., ArthurL. Hebert, Secretary, P.O. Box 816,Amherst, NH 03031-0816 or call(603) 672-8772. You can also accesswww.boston.org for information.
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Awarding hard work
Photo by MC1(AW) Peter D. Blair
GROTON, Conn. – Sailors and civilians from Naval Submarine Base New London (SUBASE) pose for a group photo following the quarterly awards at quarters,Jan. 28. The awards range from civilian years of service awards and Sailor, Junior Sailor, and Blue Jacket of the Quarter to numerous end of tour awardsfor Sailors leaving SUBASE for other assignments in the Navy.
By MC1(AW) Peter D. Blair
GROTON, Conn. –
As thenation celebrates the contri-butions of African Americansthroughout its history, the Navycelebrates the outstanding spir-it and courage of those AfricanAmerican Sailors who haveserved with honor throughoutits history. One such man isVice Admiral Samuel L. GravelyJr., who not only served hiscountry, but became a pioneer-ing legend to Sailors who wouldfollow in his foot steps.Vice Adm. Gravely servedwith honor and distinction dur-ing a career that spanned fourdecades and saw him becomethe first African AmericanOfficer, first African AmericanCommanding Officer of a war-ship, and the first AfricanAmerican Flag Officer in theUnited States Navy.Gravely was born June 4,1922 in Richmond Virginia,and attended Virginia UnionUniversity. In 1942, he enlist-ed in the Naval Reserves andwas trained as a FiremanApprentice. In 1943, he par-ticipated in the Navy’s V-12program to train naval officers,and in 1944 he became thefirst African American Navalofficer.He began his seagoing careeras a Sailor aboard the USS PC-1264, a submarine chaser thatwas one of only two WorldWar II ships with a largelyAfrican-American crew. He wasreleased from active duty in1946, and chose to stay in thenaval reserves, until 1949 whenhe was recalled to active dutyas part of the Navy’s responseto President Truman’s orderto desegregate the U.S. ArmedForces.During a 38-year career,Gravely became the first AfricanAmerican to command a U.S.Navy warship when he assumedcommand of the USS Falgout(DE 324) in 1961. He servedin combat during WWII, theKorean War, and the VietnamWar, serving on ships like USSIowa (BB-61), USS TheodoreE. Chandler (DD-717), USSTaussig (DD-746), USS Jouett(CG-29), USS Toledo (CA-133)and USS Seminole (AKA-104).In 1971, he was promot-ed to Rear Admiral, becom-ing the first African Americanflag officer in the U.S. Navy.As an Admiral, Gravely com-manded the U.S Navy’s ThirdFleet, was Director of NavalCommunications, Commander,Naval TelecommunicationsCommand, and Director of the Defense CommunicationsAgency (DCA). DCA was hislast command before he retiredfrom the Navy in 1980.In 2004, he suffered a mas-sive stroke and later died atNational Navy Medical Centerin Bethesda, Md., Oct. 22.On Nov. 10, 2010, the Navycommissioned the newestArleigh Burke-Class destroyer,USS Gravely (DDG 107), namedin Gravely’s honor.“For those of you who sailon Gravely, this is your legacy.The namesake of your ship wasthe consummate Navy profes-sional. He was calm in com-mand, quiet and confident tohis approach to any question,but make no mistake: He worethe unmistakable mantle of thecaptain.” said retired Adm. J.Paul Reason, who delivered theships principal remarks duringthe christening ceremony onMay 17, 2009.The Navy names ships afterStatesman, Presidents, states,and cities, but the greatest trib-ute a Sailor can have is to havea ship named after them.“Appropriately DDG 107 willbe a member of the most pow-erful class of surface ships everput to sea. She will serve as aplatform for heroes for decadesto come. We now have a vesselbearing his name to remind uswho broke down the barriersthat once kept African Americansaway from the Navy,” said thenActing Secretary of the NavyB.J. Penn.Admiral Gravely was alsohighly decorated, with deco-rations including the Legionof Merit (2), Bronze Star,Meritorious Service Medal andNavy Commendation Medal,along with numerous campaignmedals from the wars he servedin.
U.S. Navy file photo
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Capt. Samuel L. Gravely Jr., speaking at the ceremony mark-ing his promotion to flag rank aboard USS Jouett (DLG 29) at San Diego, Calif.,Jun. 2, 1971. Retired Vice Admiral Gravely passed away Oct. 22, 2004. He wasthe first African-American to be selected for the rank of Admiral and the first tocommand a Navy warship.
FRA announces February events
Branch and Unit 20 of theleet Reserve Association (FRA)ill hold their regular monthlyeetings Feb. 17 at the Branchome, located at 242 Thames St.n Groton. Unit 20 will meet at 6.m. and Branch 20 will meet at 7.m. All members in good stand-ng are encouraged to attend theseeetings. Membership in the FRAs open to all active duty, retired,nd veterans of the sea services,.e., the Navy, Marine Corps, andoast Guard. Membership in theRA Auxiliary, or Unit, is openo all spouses, children and stephildren over age 16, parents andrandparents of FRA memberas inood standing. For more informa-ion, call (860) 445-0731.Branch 20 and Unit 20 willerve their two monthly break-asts, Feb. 5 and 19 from 8 to 11.m. at the Branch Home. Thereakfast boasts an extensivemenu for a donation of only $5.Come on down for breakfast andsupport your Branch! Volunteers,particularly cooks, to help with thebreakfasts are always welcome.Call (860) 445-0731 and leave amessage for Charlie.February 6 is Super BowlSunday. Join your Shipmates atClub 20 to watch the game!The Board of Governors onceagain will host their highly popularCorned Beef and Cabbage Dinnerin March, the date and time to bedetermined. Advanced paid reser-vations are required. The sign-upsheet with the menu, times, andprice will be posted in the club inmid-February.The March Board of Directorsmeeting will be held March 1 atthe Branch Home at 6 p.m. Allmembers in good standing areinvited at attend.
Celebrating an African American pioneer
From Submarine Group 2Public Affairs
GROTON, Conn. -
Because of significant interest in the BlackHeritage Month Gospel MusicConcert, the date of the eventhas been moved to Saturday,Feb. 19 at 6:30 p.m., at theShepherd of the Sea Chapel inGroton.The Commanding Officer of Naval Submarine Base NewLondon and the Commanderof Submarine Group 2, in con-cert with our Black HeritageCommittee, cordially invite youto “make a joyful noise” andhelp celebrate Black HeritageMonth through music, duringthis event.Music has been a part of thetrials and triumphs in African-American heritage, and we’vecome to understand that thechurch and Gospel music havebeen a keystone for much inAfrican-American culture. Wehope to recognize and celebratethis, and the many contribu-tions of African-Americans tothe country and the world,by lifting our voices in unitythrough song and fellowship.For more information, con-tact Joseph M. Brickhouse Sr.,office (860) 694-4292/3341, cell(201)463-3867 or Eric Rattler,office (860) 694-4451/3341.We look forward to the pos-sibility of your choir and youjoining us for this joyful BlackHeritage Month celebration.
Black Heritage MonthGospel concert date changes
SUBASE Sailor honored by local Lions
By Lena Blanch
NEW LONDON, Conn. –
Ajunior Sailor from NavalSubmarine Base New London(SUBASE) was recently hon-ored by the New London Lionsclub for his service to theNavy and the SUBASE com-munity.Seaman Kimgauden GarciaValenciano a Boatswain’s Matewith SUBASE Port Operationswas named January 2011’sServiceperson of the Monthfor January 2011. The NewLondon Lions honoredValenciano Jan. 25, during adinner held at the OpportunitiesIndustrialization Center inNew London.Service Person of theMonth provides communityrecognition of outstandingactive duty enlisted person-nel stationed in the Groton-New London area. Sponsoredby the Eastern ConnecticutChamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut in coop-eration with active duty mili-tary organizations based in thearea, the program is activelysupported by local serviceclubs and civic organizationsat monthly events sponsoredby the clubs or organizations.“Seaman Valenciano is anoutstanding Sailor with abright future in the Navy.He is an invaluable asset tothe department,” said PortOperations Officer in Charge,Lieutenant Richard Thomas.Valenciano works at theSUBASE Pier Master Divisionin Port Operations Departmentwhere he’s job includes main-tenance and repair of equip-ment used for mooring andsupport of vessels at SUBASEand the drafting of detailedplans used during the moor-ing evolution of vessels, saidThomas. He is also qualifiedas a Sounding and Securitywatch stander in which he con-ducts hourly rounds ensuringthe safe mooring and watertight integrity of several smallboats used by Port Operationsin support of waterfront oper-ations, Thomas added.Thomas remarked thatalthough his hard work withPort Operations was a fac-tor in his nomination asService Person of the Month,his work with a local animalshelter cemented his recogni-tion. Valenciano in coordina-tion with the Fleet ReserveAssociation Branch 20 helpedraise more than $600 for sup-plies for the Groton AnimalShelter.“I am so thankful forthis honor tonight,” saidValenciano. “Sometimesyour work can be unrecog-nized but then you realizethat there are people takingnotice.”
Photo by Lena Blanch
NEW LONDON, Conn. - Seaman Kim Gauden Garcia Valenciano of Naval Submarine BaseNew London receives a plaque from Denny Hicks of the Chamber of Commerce of EasternConnecticut after being names Service Person of the Month for January, at a dinner Jan. 25.