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Vol. 49, No. 8 Serving the Military Community in Southeastern Connecticut since 1918 Thursday, August 5, 2010

USS Missouri joins U.S. Navy fleet


By MC1 T.H. Merritt
Submarine Group 2 Public Affairs

GROTON, Conn. - With the


traditional first order “man our
ship and bring her to life,” Sailors
assigned to USS Missouri (SSN 780)

New Haven, CT 06511


boarded the Virginia-class attack

40 Sargent Drive
submarine during a commissioning
ceremony at Naval Submarine Base
New London, July 31.
About 3,000 people from across
the nation attended the ceremony
at the submarine base, while others
viewed it live on the Internet. The
submarine gleamed under the New
England sun as family, crewmem-
bers and veterans past and present
lined the pier.
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus
reminded the crew of the versatility
of their future missions.
“It may take you underneath the
Arctic ice or the warm waters of the
Indian Ocean,” said Mabus.
Secretary Mabus also stressed
the importance of the savings of
the construction program, citing the
submarine’s early completion and
delivery ahead of schedule.
“For every dollar we don’t spend
correctly, that’s one less we have to
defend the country,” said Mabus.
Other speakers included Admiral
Gary Roughead, Chief of Naval
Operations, who noted Missouri
“will deliver an outstanding return Photo by MC1 Tiffini Jones Vanderwyst

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on the nation’s investment.”

NEWSPAPERS
SHORE LINE

PRSRT/STD
Missouri will directly enable five GROTON, Conn. - Sailors man the rails and bring the ship to life during the commissioning ceremony for the Virginia-class
of the six Navy maritime strategy
core capabilities - sea control, power attack submarine USS Missouri (SSN 780) at Naval Submarine Base New London, July 31.
projection, forward presence, mari- vital to our national security. The and deep waters. started,” said Skelton. lucky plank owner assigned to
time security, and deterrence. simple reason is contained in one At 377-feet long, Missouri is Commander Timothy Rexrode is Virginia-class submarine Missouri.
Representative Ike Skelton of word: stealth.” slightly longer than a football field. the commanding officer of Missouri, Electrician’s Mate 1st Class Joseph
Missouri, Chairman of the House
Armed Services Committee, was the
keynote speaker.
Missouri is built to excel in anti-
submarine warfare; anti-ship war-
fare; strike warfare; special opera-
She has a 34-foot beam, will be able
to dive to depths greater than 800
feet and will operate at speeds in
the seventh ship of the Virginia-
class.
The night before the commission-
Amick was presented the four-year
scholarship by Retired Rear Admiral
Karen Harmeyer, a member of the
INSIDE
“There is none better,” said tions; intelligence, surveillance, and excess of 25 knots submerged. ing, the USS Missouri (SSN 780) university’s Board of Directors, dur-
Skelton, referring to the submarine. reconnaissance; irregular warfare; “Although her main goal is to Commissioning Committee, in part- ing the commanding officer’s recep-
“This amazing submarine and the and mine warfare missions in both prevent war, this vessel can in fact nership with Grantham University, tion hosted by the committee at the
other submarines of this class are the world’s shallow littoral regions win a high intensity conflict once presented a full scholarship to a See Missouri on Page 6

SUBASE DPWO retires after 30 years Navy makes move to


Director who has replaced nance planning, financial
By SN Michael Henderson

NEW LONDON, Conn. - For


more than 30 years at Naval
Hosig, said he believes there
isn’t a job that Hosig didn’t
hold during his 30 years of
service to the ‘Submarine
management, work recep-
tion, self-help and building
manager programs. Finally,
Hosig settled into the Public
digital vacation time SUBSCOL Sailor
honored by
local rotary
Submarine Base New London Capital of the World’. Works Office as Deputy and Accounting Service so a
(SUBASE), Rodger Hosig, Hosig took his first role Public Works Officer from By Petty Officer 1st Class Leave and Earning Statement Page 2
the SUBASE Deputy Public on SUBASE in October 2002 – 2010, where he man- Tim Comerford isn’t required to verify a leave
Works Officer, has literally 1980 as Facilities Support aged the base’s day to day balance. Once online, this sys-
shaped the base with his Contract Manager in the financial execution. NORFOLK - Commander, tem will make it easier for all
own hands and paved the Resident Officer in Charge “My time here has been Navy Region Mid-Atlantic commands and our Personnel
way into its future. On July of Construction office, man- like one massive year, the is preparing to move from Support Detachments. As a
29, Hosig who also served aging a wide variety of people have changed, but pen and ink to digital as it Yeoman, I’m very excited
more than 28 years in the service and construction Public Works has continued embraces the electronic form about e-Leave and the improve-
Army and Army National projects. He later became its work to make the base a of the leave chit. ment it brings.”
Guard, relinquished his vigi- the Supervisory Contract better place for the Sailors,” The e-Leave chit will work The program, which was
lant watch over the base Specialist from 1983 – said Hosig. as a benefit for both the per- set to transition earlier this
when he retired at a ceremo- 1990, managing a $40 mil- Commander Frank son taking leave and their week, works through a ser-
ny at the United States Coast lion annual budget. From Mulcahy, SUBASE Public administration. According to vice members Electronic
Service Record and all Sailors
Bruisers take
Guard Academy Officer’s 1990 - 2002, Hosig served Works Officer, spoke on the NAVADMIN 103/10 process-
Club before friends and fam- as Director of Facilities trials and tribulations during ing leave requests accounts wishing to take leave must the crown again
ily. Management Engineering Hosig’s career, such as Base for 21.6 percent of all pay have an account.
Andrew Stackpole, for- Division, where he man- Realignment and Closure’s transactions submitted each “Once established, you go Page 7
mer SUBASE Environmental aged long range mainte- year. to the NSIP’s website, select
See Hosig on Page 10 The new application will e-Leave and complete your
allow Sailors to request leave, request,” said Johnson. “The
extend leave, electronically e-Leave request is viewed just
check-in and out on leave, like the paper leave request,
cancel leave and check the the only thing difference is
status of their leave approval. - it’s electronic. Once a mem-
Commands will be able to ber completes the request, it’s
approve, disapprove, monitor forwarded to their chain of
and account for leave elec- command. An e-mail will be
tronically. sent to all reviewers notifying
“This system eliminates them of the request.”
paper and speeds up the pro- If you have non-military in All-girl drill
cess,” said Senior Chief Petty your chain of command, it
Officer (SW/AW) Clarence requires some work for them team comes to
Johnson, yeoman, command- to be able to see leave chits. SUBASE
“Civilians will need to
“This system complete a modified version
of the DD Form 2875, the
Page 10
eliminates paper
INDEX
System Authorization Access
Form to have access to view
and speeds up the and approve leave requests,”
explained Johnson. Local...................................2
process.” If a Sailor has a problem Movies.....................................7
with e-Leave, they will know Classifieds................................8
Senior Chief Petty Officer where to go for help.
(SW/AW) Clarence Johnson
“Each command will
have a Command Leave
er Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Administrator that will be
Personnel Leading chief petty able to assist with any prob-
Photo by SN Michael Henderson officer. “Our personnel depart- lem,” said Johnson. “In addi-
ment will no longer have to tion, the CLA is responsible
NEW LONDON, Conn. – Andrew Stackpole, former Naval Submarine Base New London (SUBASE) Environmental waste man hours calculating for training all users.”
Director, presents a photo gift of SUBASE to Rodger Hosig, retired SUBASE Deputy Public Works Officer, during his leave dates, the system does it Don’t worry about being
retirement ceremony held at the United States Coast Guard Academy Officer’s Club, July 29. Hosig retired after having automatically. Also, the system tethered to your Navy Marine
served SUBASE for 30 years. Stackpole became the new Deputy Public Works Officer in Hosig’s stead. works with Defense Finance See E-leave on Page 8
2 • THE DOLPHIN • Thursday, August 5, 2010

SUBSCOL Sailor is Serviceperson of the Month


By Lena Blanch

EAST LYME, Conn. – Sonar


Technician Submarine 2nd
Class Raymond Penyak of Naval
Submarine School (SUBSCOL)
was selected as Serviceperson of
the Month for July. The Niantic
This newspaper is an authorized publication for personnel of the
Department of Defense and their families. Contents of The Dolphin are not
Rotary honored Penyak, July 28
necessarily the official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, the during a luncheon at Flander’s
Department of Defense or the Department of the Navy. Fish Market in East Lyme.
The Service Person of the
Commanding Officer Naval Submarine Base New London Month Program provides com-
Capt. Marc W. Denno munity recognition of outstand-
Executive Officer Naval Submarine Base New London ing active duty enlisted person-
Cmdr. Daniel M. Rossler nel stationed in the Groton-New
Command Master Chief Naval Submarine Base New London London area. Championed by
CMDCM(SS) Ray Powell
Public Affairs Officer - Christopher Zendan
the Chamber of Commerce of
Editor - Sheryl Walsh Eastern Connecticut in coopera-
Editorial Assistant - Christina Lough tion with all active duty units of
Public Affairs Staff - MCC(SW/AW)Evelyn Haywood, military organizations perma-
MCC(SW) James O’Donnell, MC1(AW) Peter Blair, nently based in the area, the
MM3 Sean Phillips, SN Joshua Hirschfeld program is actively supported
and SN Michael Henderson by local service clubs and civic
organizations who celebrate the
• NEWS - The editorial content of this newspaper is prepared, edited monthly awardees at events
and provided by the Public Affairs Office of the Naval Submarine Base New
London. News items and photos must be received by 4 p.m. the Friday
sponsored by the clubs or orga-
before publication. News ideas and questions can be directed to Christopher nizations.
Zendan at 694-5980. Readers can e-mail us at dolphin@ctcentral.com. Log East Lyme’s First Selectman
onto the Web site at www.dolphin-news.com. Paul Formica presented Penyak
• ADDRESS - The Dolphin staff can be reached at 694-3514 or write to: with a proclamation acknowl-
The Dolphin, Naval Submarine Base New London PAO, Box 44, Groton, CT edging his community service Photo by Lena Blanch
06349-5044. All news releases should be sent to this address. in Southeastern Connecticut. EAST LYME, Conn. - Pictured left to right: Paul Formica, East Lyme ‘s First Selectman; Alan Wilensky, President of the
• ADVERTISING - Advertisements are solicited by Shore Line Commander Tom Kraemer, Niantic Rotary; STS2 (SS) Raymond Penyak; Commander Tom Kraemer, Executive Officer Naval Submarine School, Chief
Newspapers and not the editorial staff or Public Affairs Office. Inquiries Executive Officer of SUBSCOL,
regarding advertisements should be directed to the Display Advertising or Laurence Maddy, Naval Submarine School; and Heather Leonard, Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut.
Classified Advertising departments.
in his introduction said, “Petty
Officer Penyak is a guy who is known and respected by both and Events Coordinator for everything that they do.
Display Advertising, Laura Carpenter at (203) 752-2704, Betsy staff and students for his men- the Chamber of Commerce of He also said, “I come from
Lemkin at (203) 752-2706 and Mercy Mosher at (203) 752-2702 trains Sailors. He keeps them on
the straight and narrow.” toring and willingness to go Eastern Connecticut, thanks the a small town where everyone
Classified Advertising (in Conn.) (800) 922-7066
Classified Advertising (outside Conn.) (203) 789-5200 Petty Officer Penyak has above and beyond to assist any- Niantic Rotary for hosting the helps each other, so I’m used to
spent countless hours assisting one. event and for honoring the ser- helping.” When he first joined
The Dolphin is published every Thursday by Shoreline Newspapers, students with their personal He is very involved in com- vice member. the Navy, a Navy coordinator
40 Sargent Drive, New Haven, CT 06511. Telephone (203) 752-2701. issues. He assisted them with munity volunteer work. Penyak At the luncheon, Penyak was got him out doing volunteer
Minimum weekly circulation 10,000. financial difficulties and guided coordinated 85 service members presented with the following: A projects, and he has continued
them through the process of to assist with a volunteer proj- gift certificate from Mallove’s doing them and now he is get-
John Slater, General Manager ect at the Connecticut Veteran’s Jewelers; a savings bond from ting the young Sailors involved.
Shore Line Newspapers using Navy-Marine Corps Relief
Society and Fleet and Family Home. During Thanksgiving The Day; a savings bond from Commander Kraemer
The editorial content of this publication is the responsibility of the Naval and Christmas, Penyak volun- the Submarine Force Library remarked, “Penyak is a star
Submarine Base New London Public Affairs Office. Support Center. He has helped
The Dolphin is published by Shoreline Newspapers, a private firm in no multiple students through the teered to deliver 170 meals for and Museum; a monetary gift performer and he does a great
way connected with the Department of Defense or the U.S. Navy under exclu- process of moving their fami- the Caring and Sharing Program. from the Niantic Rotary; a check job getting Sailors ready for sub-
sive written contract with the Naval Submarine Base New London. lies to the local area, including He also coordinated a Veteran’s from the Eastern Connecticut marine duty.
The appearance of advertising in this publication, including inserts of coordinating with the Housing Day celebration at Brown Council of the Navy League; two Penyak is entitled to wear the
supplements, does not constitute endorsement by the Department of Defense Office and Balfour Beatty University. During a cemetery free tickets for the Black Hawk following medals and ribbons:
or Shoreline Newspapers of the products and services advertised.
Communities. On several occa- cleanup, Penyak supervised 15 Fishing Boat; two adult tickets to Joint Meritorious Unit Medal;
Everything advertised in this publication shall be made available for pur- volunteers. the Mystic Aquarium; two adult Navy Unit Commendation; Navy
chase, use or patronage without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national sions, his foresight and knowl-
edge assisted initial accession From March to May, Penyak tickets to the Mystic Seaport; Battle “E” Ribbon (2); Good
origin, age, marital status, physical handicap, political affiliation or any other led three volunteer projects four passes to the Denison Conduct Medal (3); National
non-merit factor of the purchaser, user or patron. Sailors with the process of pro-
curing and maintaining auto- of unloading food at the New Pequotsepos Nature Center; a Defense Service Medal; Global
This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint. Please help conserve our mobiles, to include state reg- London Food Bank. He had 74 gift certificate from Rita’s Ice; War on Terrorism Expeditionary
resources and recycle this paper when you are finished with it. istration, insurance, and base SSUBSCOL students to assist a gift certificate to Flander’s Service Medal; Global War on
registration. He was the first to with this project. In addition, Fish Market; and a plaque from Terrorism Service Medal; Sea

News in your community volunteer to assist instructors


on other shifts, increasing the
flexibility within the division.
he still found time to volunteer
at the SUBSCOL Chaplain’s food
garden COMREL project.
the Chamber of Commerce of
Eastern Connecticut.
After receiving his gifts,
Service Ribbon (3); Navy Arctic
Service Ribbon; Expert Pistol
Marksmanship Medal and
Penyak has high standards and Heather Leonard, Program Penyak thanked the group for Expert Rifle Marksmanship.
Thrift Store UNH to host open house
needs volunteers
The Navy-Marine Corps Relief
Society’s (NMCRS) Thrift Store,
The University of New Haven
will be offering an all-day open
house for the New London cam-
NBHC Groton FCPOA steps up to the plate
pus, Aug. 12 from 8:30 a.m. to
in Building 108, will be closed
on Wednesdays and Fridays in 4:30 p.m. The event will be held By Kathy MacKnight
August, due to a lack of volunteers at their offices at the Mitchell PAO, Naval Health Clinic New England
to man the store. College campus, located at 469
Members of the Naval Branch Pequot Ave. in New London. GROTON, Conn. - The Naval
Health Clinic Groton’s First Class For more information or to reg- Branch Health Clinic (NBHC)
Petty Officer Association have ister, call (860) 701-5454 or e-mail Groton, First Class Petty
volunteered to man the store on SECampus@newhaven.edu. Officer Association (FCPOA),
Tuesdays, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. is hoping that their initiative
for the remainder of August. College visits SUBASE will encourage other Naval
Normal hours of operation will Thomas Edison State College Submarine Base New London
resume in September; Tuesdays will visit the Navy College (SUBASE) groups to follow
and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 Office, Aug. 17 from 10 a.m. to their example and volunteer
p.m., and Wednesdays from 9 3 p.m., to meet with students time working at the Navy
a.m. to 2 p.m. on a walk-in basis. Edison is a Marine Corps Relief Society’s
If you’d like to volunteer to help flexible, distance learning col- (MCRS) Thrift Store on the
operate the NMCRS Thrift Store, lege that readily accepts SMART base. Every week, two NBHC
contact them at (860) 694-4774. & CLEP/DSST exams. Groton FCPOA staff mem-
bers work the Thrift Store

Veterans preferred for


on Tuesday, from 10 a.m. to
1 p.m. This allows the store
to be open during the lunch
hour to accommodate noon-
small business ownership time shoppers, in addition to
the Wednesday and Friday
hours that the store has been
ship would be to buy into an ongo- operating under.
By Frank Quinn ing company as a franchise owner. Hospital Corpsman 1st Class
FFSC Some of these include businesses Brandy Baltimore of NBHC Photo by Kathy MacKnight
such as Sears maintenance and saw the opportunity for the
GROTON, Conn. - Active duty repair, Snap-on Tool franchises, FCPOA to get involved while GROTON, Conn. - Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Brandy Baltimore, from Naval Branch Health Clinic Groton, assists shoppers,
service members who are in the Weed man (lawn care franchise) attending a Navy - Marine Sherry Parker (center) and Terry Bader (right) who are signing in and checking the discount coupons.
process of transitioning back to or food prep as a Hooters owner Corps Relief Society (NMCRS)
the civilian sector rarely take the where the proprietor purchases and meeting. She presented received from the Thrift Shop gravitating to the books, a.m. to 2 p.m., and Fridays
time to explore the many lucra- is responsible for the day to day the idea to HMCM Michael sales goes into the General kitchenware, children’s toys, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., so
tive opportunities of becoming an operation. The choices enterprises Shoulberg and he endorsed Fund that provides funds to women’s clothing and shoes. check it out and consider
owner of a small business. These available to you numbers in the the project with his standard assist SUBASE Sailors. The store is clean and nicely what a great service project
chances are overlooked simply thousands. All offering entry level enthusiastic reply of, “Go for The Thrift Store has an arranged, making it easy to giving time to the Thrift Store
because the service member thinks management training to get you it.” Members of the clinic impressive display of gen- locate and find the items one would be for your group or
the idea is too costly. Many mis- started. Many companies will offer FCPOA rotate working the tly used military clothing is looking for. association. For more infor-
takenly believe the headache of a franchise discount to veterans Thrift Shop and have the sat- and accessories, which HM1 The Thrift Store is open mation, contact Tami Scace
small business ownership will be and spouses of services members. isfaction of giving something Baltimore says shoppers gen- Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to at (860) 694-4550 or tamara.
overwhelming and just not worth If finances are an issue then the back to the base. The money erally head to first, before 1 p.m., Wednesdays from 9 scace@nmcrs.org.
the time or effort. new Patriot Express Loan Program
The facts are, most of the workers may be your pathway to owner-
employed today in the United States
are employed by small businesses.
ship. This program can provide
up to a $500,000 loan to veterans Students are
At present, over 65 percent of the
nation’s workforce are employed
or spouses of veterans or spouses
of active duty services members to ‘write’ for
by small businesses with workers
numbering between 1 and 500
employees. Starting a small busi-
buy into a new business or to get
funding to expand an existing busi-
ness or franchise. To be eligible the
scholarships
Photo by MM3 Sean Phillips
ness has been made even easier for service member, veteran or spouse,
veterans today than ever before. must own 51 percent or more of GROTON, Conn. – Defense
The various types of businesses the business. Commissary Agency scholarship
that are available for ownership If owning a business sounds any award winner Jacqueline Benton
range from contract services, all the better to you, go to the upcoming stands with her parents and Captain
way to franchise owner. Contract Entrepreneur Expo, Sept. 23 at 9 Marc Denno, Commanding Officer
services are as easy as submitting a.m., in the Radisson hotel in New
of Naval Submarine Base New
a bid with a major company or a London. Expo sponsored by the
London, (SUBASE) in the SUBASE
government entity to provide goods Fleet and Family Support and the
MilitarySeeds®. Meet other small Navy Exchange Conference room,
and/or services. Some examples
of contracted services would be business owners, attend educa- July 26. Benton won a $1,500 schol-
unloading UPS trucks, transport- tional sessions on small business arship from DECA for the essay she
ing the US mail, cleaning office ownership, talk to contract ser- wrote as part of the DECA contest.
buildings, providing lawn care for vicers as well franchise providers. Craig McCue and Emily Maycock
a casino or musical services for All will be present to help you, the (not pictured) were also awarded
a church. In this type of service veterans, get the information you scholarships for their essays in the
work, whether it involves one per- need to become a small business essay contest. For more information
son or a crew, the owner of the owner. To learn more about this on DECA scholarship programs, visit
business is responsible for the task event and other opportunities for http://www.militaryscholar.org.
to be performed and is paid accord- transitioning service members and
ing to the terms of the contract. spouses go to www.SBA.gov and
Another type of business owner- www.militaryseeds.org.
Thursday, August 5, 2010 • THE DOLPHIN • 3
4 • THE DOLPHIN • Thursday, August 5, 2010

Sailors graduate SUBASE honors employees at awards ceremony

from SUBSCOL
BESS class graduates Michael Kirkham, SA Andrew
Church, SN Richard Shaw,
GROTON, Conn. - Fifty-six
Jr. and SN Tyler Franklin
Sailors, Class 10340/10350,
joined SN Steven Harrelson as
USS Kete (SS 369) graduated
Graduates with Distinction.
from Basic Enlisted Submarine
School, July 30. SOBC students graduate
Fire Control Technician 1st GROTON, Conn. - Eighty-
Class (SS) Justin Thompson, nine officers graduated from
Sonar Technician Submarines the Submarine Officer Basic
1st Class (SS) Darrel Malone, Course Class 10050, July 30.
Electronics Technician 2nd Captain Michael Bernacchi,
Class (SS/DV) William Perez Commander Submarine
and FT2 (SS) Christopher Squadron Four, was the guest
Omary were class instructors. speaker.
Seaman Recruit Michael
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Slone was Class Honorman
Sean Genis received the L. Y.
with a 96.1 Grade Point
Average. Slone, who was meri- Spear Award and a gold watch
toriously advanced because of as class honorman in recog-
his overall academic achieve- nition of his overall superior
ment, continues in Apprentice academic performance.
Team Training, ATT. Ensign Austin Pfannenstiel
Seaman Matthew Northfell was recipient of the Admiral Photo by MM3 Sean Phillips
received the Navy League Andrew I. McKee Award. GROTON, Conn. - Sailors and Department of Defense civilians display their awards after the quarterly awards ceremony at Naval Submarine Base New
Award for his academic efforts The McKee award is given London’s Dealey Center, July 30. The awards were presented by Captain Marc Denno, Naval Submarine Base New London’s Commanding Officer. Among
and SN Ryan Vista was recipi- to the graduate who displays the awards were five Length of Service awards, and three Sailor of the Quarter awards.
ent of the Submarine League’s excellence in the submarine
William Purdum Award for systems and diving trainer
most improved student. Both
join Slone in ATT.
With Grade Point Averages
portions of the course and,
who demonstrates superior
performance in the areas of
Hartford Stage to hold general auditions for local actors
of over 90.0, Machinist Mate submarine design and safety. Hartford Stage will hold open call auditions for local non-equity actors for the upcoming 2010-2011 season at the Tony Award-
3rd Class Jeremy Torres, Ensign Christopher winning theater, Aug. 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m. Participants must be at least 18 years old.
SN Matthew Copperwheat, Kagehiro was awarded the Appointments can be arranged by calling (860) 520-7103 weekdays between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., through Aug.6. Appointments
SR Joseph Hubbard, SR Naval Submarine League Fire will be taken on these dates only and space is limited. Audition location and requirements will be discussed when actors call to
Cameron Romero, SN Control Excellence Award for arrange for an appointment.
Thomas Galbreath, SA achieving the greatest under- Equity auditions and auditions for children’s roles in Hartford Stage’s annual production of “A Christmas Carol” will be held
Mattthew Gneiting, SA standing of Target Motion separately later this year on dates to be determined. Hartford Stage is an equal opportunity employer.
Nicholas Giovannoni, Seaman Analysis (TMA) as measured
by demonstrated proficiency
Check out our Web site at www.dolphin-news.com
Apprentice Jaime Cano, SN
Joshua Jones, SN Edmund in plotting mechanics and fire
Yue, SR Austin Spiller, SN control system operation.
Thursday, August 5, 2010 • THE DOLPHIN • 5

Rules change on VITAS honors veterans


escorting families
during duty station moves
To apply for escort entitle-
By Wm. Cullen James ment, the member must be on
Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs ITDY orders dated March 15,
2010, or later. Orders dated
MILLINGTON, Tenn. – prior to March 15 can be
Service members traveling modified, but this modifica-
on indeterminate temporary tion does not grandfather in
duty (ITDY) orders are now prior travel.
authorized to escort their “ITDY orders are issued to
family members to and from service members going on
an alternate location at gov- temporary duty when the
ernment expense, according return date is unknown,” said
to NAVADMIN 227/10. Chaffin. “To qualify for ITDY
The message, released July orders, the Navy has reduced
9, announces the change the estimated minimum num-
in the Joint Federal Travel ber of days on assignment to
Regulations (JFTR) law that 210 days. ITDY orders extend
went into effect March 15. the same entitlements as TDY
This new policy adds an orders, plus additional enti-
escort entitlement for Sailors tlements for moving family
to accompany their family members to an alternate place.
during an authorized move. The escort option only applies Photo by MC1(AW) Peter D. Blair
There is no change to family to the member when assist- GROTON, Conn. – Submarine Veterans man the rails of Historic Ship Nautilus at the Submarine Force Library and Museum during the VITAS Honor and
member travel. ing family members such as Remember Ceremony, last month. During the ceremony each branch of the Armed Forces was honored by VITAS and the guests in attendance.
ITDY is similar to TDY, for the purpose of concurrent
which the Navy calls tempo- travel.”
rary additional duty (TAD), Under the new rules, ser-
but there is no specified time vice members must request
period and no end-date in the approval of their itinerary
orders. A modification or fol- prior to starting travel. Travel
low-on orders are required for is either from the PDS to the
the member to go to their per- ITDY location or from the
manent duty station (PDS). ITDY location to the PDS.
According to Commander Service members currently
Carl Chaffin, Distribution on Global War on Terrorism
Management and Procedures Support Assignments (GSA)
Branch head, this change cannot be reimbursed retroac-
in policy is the culmination tively for previous travel, but
of more than two years of may make a request for their
work that was initiated at the return travel.
direction of the Task Force Some typical scenarios:
Individual Augmentee (IA) * A service member accom-
Conference held in the fall panies family members from
of 2007. an alternate location en route
“To allow service members to the old PDS upon return
returning from IA assign- from an individual augmen-
ments to reunite with their tee assignment when the ser-
families was a major issue vice member does not have
of that conference,” Chaffin follow-on Permanent Change
said. “Reducing the require- of Station orders.
ment from 365 to 210 days * The member escorts fam-
to be eligible for ITDY orders ily members to an alternate
and the escort entitlement location and returns to the
were the courses of action
taken to meet that issue.” See Rules on Page 10
6 • THE DOLPHIN • Thursday, August 5, 2010

Photo by MC1 Tiffini Jones Vanderwyst

GROTON, Conn. - Sailors man the rails and bring the ship to life during the commissioning ceremony for the Virginia-class
attack submarine USS Missouri (SSN 780) at SUBASE, July 31.

Missouri ...
Continued from page 1
Mystic Marriott. reliable and sustained mission readi- of the “Show Me State.” The last
“This is a perpetual scholarship,” ness at sea. USS Missouri, the legendary battle-
said Harmeyer. “There will always Construction on Missouri began ship, was the site where Fleet Adm.
be one scholarship available to a in December 2004; the submarine’s Chester Nimitz, General Douglas
member of USS Missouri’s crew. keel was authenticated during a cer- MacArthur, and many other U.S.
What better way to grow our lead- emony, Sept. 27, 2008, at the Electric and Allied officers accepted the
ers of tomorrow.” Boat facility in North Kingstown, unconditional surrender of the
The scholarship can be used to R.I.; and, she was christened during Japanese at the end of World War
earn an undergraduate or graduate a late morning ceremony at Electric II, Sept. 2, 1945.
degree at Grantham and includes Boat, Dec. 5, 2009. Missouri is built to excel in anti-
tuition costs, required textbooks and Another milestone occurred April submarine warfare; anti-ship war-
software, and a laptop computer. 16 during “In Service Day,” when fare; strike warfare; special opera-
Amick said he plans to get started crew members moved aboard the tions; intelligence, surveillance, and
right away. submarine, bringing her systems to reconnaissance; irregular warfare;
“I’m a little overwhelmed right life, beginning general day-to-day and mine warfare missions. Adept
now,” he said. “I never thought I operations and preparing for sea-tri- at operating in both the world’s
would be selected for this amazing als, work-ups and commissioning. shallow littoral regions and deep
opportunity.” Rexrode leads a crew of about
Amick acknowledged he felt a waters, Missouri will directly enable
134 officers and enlisted personnel. five of the six Navy maritime strat-
little bit of pressure.
“I feel like I need to complete this A native of Spencer, W.Va., Rexrode egy core capabilities - sea control,
early,” he said. “There are so many graduated with honors in 1990 from power projection, forward presence,
other deserving crewmembers that West Virginia University, receiving maritime security, and deterrence.
could also use this.” a Bachelor of Science degree in The 7,800-ton submarine Photo by MC1 Steven Myers
In addition, Harmeyer said the Aerospace Engineering. In addition, Missouri is being built under a
GROTON, Conn. – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, right, hands the ceremonial spyglass to Lieutenant Mark Treen, USS Missouri
university is donating five additional Rexrode is a distinguished graduate teaming arrangement between
(SSN 780) Navigation Officer, left, as the first watch is set aboard the Virginia-class submarine. Missouri, the fifth ship to
laptops loaded with selected courses of the United States Marine Corps General Dynamics Electric Boat and
Command and Staff College, hold- be named for the “Show-me” State.
from Grantham for general crew Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding-
use. ing as Master’s in Military Studies. Newport News. At 377-feet long,
submarine’s commissioning. The
Any crewmember who completes He also received a Master’s of Arts Missouri is slightly longer than
Commissioning Committee offers
the courses could opt to enroll at degree in Administration from a football field. She has a 34-foot information about the development
Grantham to receive credit. Central Michigan University. beam, will be able to dive to depths of the submarine, as well as history
Missouri, which completed sea Becky Gates, wife of U.S. Defense greater than 800 feet and will oper- on former Navy ships named for the
trials in early July, arrived at Naval Secretary Robert M. Gates, serves ate at speeds in excess of 25 knots “Show Me State.”
Submarine Base New London July as the submarine’s sponsor. She submerged. Missouri is designed Grantham University was found-
22 in preparation for commission- broke the traditional champagne with a nuclear reactor plant that ed in 1951 by Mr. Donald Grantham,
ing following a material readiness bottle against the boat’s sail dur- will not require refueling during the a veteran of World War II, to help
inspection by the Navy’s Board of ing the christening ceremony last planned life of the ship, reducing prepare veterans for new jobs in
Inspection and Survey (INSURV) December. lifecycle costs and increasing under- the electronics industry and a better
team. INSURV is a survey team Her initials were welded into a way time. future upon their return to civilian
established by Congress to assess plaque inside the boat during last The USS Missouri Commissioning life. Today, the University supports
Navy surface ships, aircraft carriers year’s keel laying ceremony. Committee, an IRS-designated thousands of online students in 36
and submarines and ensure they Missouri is the fifth Navy ship to 501(c)3 nonprofit charity, was cre- different associate, bachelor’s and
are properly equipped for prompt, be named in honor of the people ated to increase awareness of the master’s degree programs.

Photo by MC1 Steven Myers

Photo by MC1 Steven Myers GROTON, Conn. – The crew of USS Missouri (SSN 780) stands ready for the
command to ‘bring the ship to life”.
GROTON, Conn. – The crew of USS Missouri (SSN 780) “brings the ship to life” following the command from sponsor Becky Gates, during the commissioning ceremony, July 31.
Thursday, August 5, 2010 • THE DOLPHIN • 7

Bruisers Museum offers free


beat
Mixed Nuts admission for military
Photo by MM3 Sean Phillips
families this summer
The Lyman Allyn Art Museum is pleased to announce its
participation in the Blue Star Museums program, a partner-
ship between the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue
Star Families, an organization that supports military families
GROTON, Conn. – The and increases awareness of the unique challenges of military
Bruisers pose for a picture life.
with Commander Daniel The Blue Star Museums program offers free admission to
Rossler, Executive Officer active duty military personnel and their families through
of Naval Submarine Base Labor Day, Sept. 6. More than 650 museums across America
New London (SUBASE), are participating in the program. For a full list, visit http://
after the women’s soft- www.arts.gov/national/bluestarmuseums/index.php.
ball tournament held on The free admission program is available to active duty mem-
the SUBASE ball fields, bers including Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard
July 31. The Bruisers held and active duty Reserve and active duty National Guard. ID
the championship for the is required; personnel should bring their Geneva Conventions
fourth consecutive year, Common Access Card and families their DD Form 1173 ID.
beating the Mixed Nuts Up to five immediate family members – spouse, child, or sib-
12-11. ling – are allowed in for free per visit.
For more information, contact Susan Hendricks at (860)
443-2545, Ext. 130 or at hendricks@lymanallyn.org.
The museum is located at 625 Williams Street in New
London, Conn., exit 83 off I-95. The museum is open Tuesday
through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from
1 to 5 p.m., closed Mondays and major holidays. For more
information, call (860) 443-2545, Ext. 112 or visit us on the
Web at www.lymanallyn.org.

Christmas in August
at Bank Square Books
Bank Square Books, located at 53 W. Main St. in Mystic, will
host Christmas in August, Aug. 7-13.
Santa may be relaxing, but Bank Square Books, located at 53
W. Main St. in Mystic, is not. Join them for Christmas in August,
a holiday children’s book sale and preview of new holiday titles,
August 7-13. See what’s new for this season. Find some bargain
selections. Talk with our staff about children’s books. And on Aug.
13th, meet local children’s book author CJ Connolly and illustrator
Lisa Adams.
Also, the popular Mystic- and Connecticut-themed boxed holi-
day cards will be available during this special holiday week.
Don’t miss this chance to get ready for Christmas in August at
Bank Square Books!
For more information, call (860) 536-3795, e-mail at
banksquarebks@msn.com, or visit the Web site, www.bank-
squarebooks.com.

Groton Public Library


announces events
Last day to play ‘Make a Splash Read!’
The Groton Public Library reminds children from birth to grade
6 that Aug. 7 will be the last day to play the summer reading game.
Children have been reading tons of books and earning prizes and

Mystic Seaport brings history to SUBASE Library


fun items. They will be able to play the game until 4:30 p.m.
For more information, call the Children’s Room at (860) 441-
6750.
Photo by MM3 Sean Phillips

GROTON, Conn. – Carl Thornton plays Caleb Walker, Chief’s Mate of the Whale Ship Nile, at Naval Submarine Base New London’s Library, July 30. Children learned Wet and Wild Summer Reading Finale
many facts about whale hunting and how Sailors dealt with long years at sea during that time. The Summer Reading Program continues next week with a Disney The Groton Public Library invites children of all ages and their
themed scavenger hunt, Aug. 6. adult caregivers to celebrate the end of summer reading at our Wet
and Wild Fun Finale, Aug. 13 at 11 a.m.
This event will feature games, prizes, food and plenty of fun
Children party with the fishes - both wet and dry! Children who read for at least eight hours, or
have at least 50 books read to them, will earn a chance to try and
soak our department head, Miss Beth! Open to all ages – preregis-
tration is required.
This program is free and open to the public. For more informa-
tion or to register, call the Children’s Room at (860) 441-6750.

Photo by MM3 Sean Phillips


Now showing at
GROTON, Conn.
– Children play “pin
Dealey Center Theater
the fin on the fish”
at Naval Submarine Aug. 5 6:00 p.m. Grown Ups
Base New London’s Aug. 6 6:00 p.m. Twilight Saga: Eclipse
(SUBASE) library Aug. 7 3:00 p.m. Toy Story 3
during the Summer 5:00 p.m. The Last Airbender
Reading Program’s 7:00 p.m. Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Undersea Party, Aug. 8 5:00 p.m. Toy Story 3
July 23. Participants 7:00 p.m. Twilight Saga: Eclipse
learned about sharks, Aug. 9 6:00 p.m. Twilight Saga: Eclipse
“fished” for starfish, Aug. 10 6:00 p.m. The Last Airbender
Aug. 11 6:00 p.m. Twilight Saga: Eclipse
and played hot potato
Aug. 12 6:00 p.m. The Last Airbender
with a plastic sea-
horse. The library’s Grown Ups Cast: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Rated: PG-13,
Summer Reading Story Type: Comedy, Runtime: 102 min.
Program rewards Twilight Sage: Eclipse Cast: Kristen Stewart, Robert
continuous participa- Pattinson, Rated: PG 13, Story Type: Drama, Romance,
tion with prizes based Thriller, Adaptation, Sequel and Teen, Runtime: 124 min.
on the number of Toy Story 3 Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Rated: G, Story
books read. For more Type: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Animation
information, call the and Sequel.
SUBASE library at The Last Airbender Cast: Noah Ringer,
(860) 694-3723. Nicole Peltz, Rated: PG, Story Type: Kids/
Family, Science Fiction/Fantasy and Adaptation,
Runtime: 103 min.
Next Week: Despicable Me and Predators

DoD child care fees change to maintain quality services


dren and youth, said during an week, she said. of care, she said. Thompson said. she said. “When you look at
By Lisa Daniel interview with American Forces Under the new schedule, fam- The changes come after two “We understand that these what you’re getting for your
American Forces Press Service Press Service and The Pentagon ilies with a total family income years of study that found the are tough economic times for child care fees, it’s a wonderful
Channel. Each service will issue between $73,501 and $85,000 fees were not keeping up with families, but we did this very opportunity in a high-quality
WASHINGTON - The Defense specific fee guidelines, includ- will be in Category VI and will inflation and family income, deliberately after careful study,” care environment.”
Department is adjusting its ing exceptions to the fee sched- pay between $122 and $130 per
child care fees, adding catego-
ries for its highest income earn-
ule, and adopt fees within the
policy office’s ranges, she said.
child per week, still under $3
per hour for a 50-hour week,
Category
New DoD child care fees
I – incomes of $29,400 or below – will pay between $44 and $59 per week
ers, to compensate for six years The adjustment brings the Thompson said.
without fee range increases, number of fee categories to There is a high cost option for Category II – incomes from $29,401 to $35,700 – will pay between $60 and $74 per week
Pentagon officials announced nine, causing some people to installations that meet specific Category III – incomes from $35,701 to $46,200 – will pay between $75 and $90 per week
last week. move into different categories, criteria due to the high cost of Category IV – incomes from $46,201 to $57,750 – will pay between $91 and $105 per week
The department’s Military Thompson said. In the previous living and high staff salaries. Category V – incomes from $57,751 to $73,500 – will pay between $106 and $121 per week
and Community Family Policy fee schedule, which has been in Military child care is known as a Category VI – incomes from $73,501 to $85,000 – will pay between $122 and $130 per week
Office has added three catego- effect since 2004, everyone with model for the nation, and fund- Category VII – incomes from $85,001 to $100,000 – will pay between $131 and $133 per
ries to the top of its fee schedule a total family income of $70,001 ing is evenly split by fees and week
to go into effect by Sept. 30, or more was in Category VI federal subsidies, Thompson Category VIII – incomes from $100,001 to $125,000 – will pay between $134 and $136 per
Barbara Thompson, director, – the top level – and paid an said. The increased fees are nec- week
office of family policy, chil- average of $124 per child per essary to maintain high quality Category IX – incomes of $125,001 or above – will pay between $137 and $139 per week
8 • THE DOLPHIN • Thursday, August 5, 2010

Iwo Jima Survivors to host SUBASE implements Navy Electronic Leave Program
candlelight ceremony From Naval Submarine Base
UIC for which they will be
administering this program.
PSC(SW/AW) Smith or sec-
ondary POC - Tom Seguin at
marines will implement e-leave
by Oct. 1 per specific submarine
with, and are seeking infor- New London Personnel Support PSD will endorse and return thomas.seguin@navy.mil or force direction. Upon receipt of
NEWINGTON, Conn. mation on, any of the 100 men to the originator that specific (860)-694-4262, DSN prefix: that direction, PSD will pub-
Detachment
- The Iwo Jima Survivors KIA or Survivors of the battle command’s leave input source 694. lish execution plan to all con-
Association, Inc. is hold- who have passed away. code, or in the case of com- If commands are unable to cerned.
There will be a ceremony, GROTON, Conn. -
ing their 65th Anniversary mands administering/consist- meet the “comply by” date of Training available
followed by taps and a rifle NAVADMIN 252/10 is the latest
Reunion this month. This will ing of two or more UIC’s, a Nov. 1, they must communi- Per SUBASE New London
salute, after which candles of a number of messages direct-
be their final gathering. As leave input source code for each cate exceptions or issues to message 151125Z JUL 10,
will be lit. A bell will be tolled ing shore commands to imple-
part of this reunion, survi- individual UIC. LOD examples PSD prior to Oct. 15. Request PERS-26 will conduct two,
for each of the 100 men KIA ment e-leave to request, track,
vors will be hosting the 2nd may be obtained from and sub- customer commands communi- eight-hour training sessions
as their names are called. The and manage leave transactions
Annual Candlelight Ceremony mitted to: cate exceptions/issues by Navy at Naval Submarine Base New
survivors wish to invite the for military personnel, effective
of Remembrance at the Primary Point of Contact letter to Director, Personnel London, Sept. 1 and 2 from 8
public to attend this free event Aug. 1. This article provides
National Iwo Jima Memorial (POC): Personnel Specialist 1st Support Activity Detachment, a.m. to 4 p.m., in Building 439,
and participate by remember- additional information to cus-
Monument and Park, Aug. 14 Class (SW) Joseph Downing New London, Box 88, Groton, Conference Room 2. Attendees
ing any survivor, or other tomer commands as to how
at 6 p.m. here. at joseph.downing@navy.mil CT 06349-5088. must provide the following
servicemen/women who are Personnel Support Detachment
The Candlelight Ceremony or (860)-694-3024, DSN prefix: Primary POC: Roy J. Simmons information via e-mail, to the
no longer with us. You may New London will implement
of Remembrance takes place 694. at roy.simmons1@navy.mil. POC, Robin McAuliffe at robin.
call their name and toll the the e-leave program.
to remember and honor the Secondary POC: PSC(SW/ Secondary POC: PSC(SW/AW) mcauliffe@navy.mil. Include
bell for them. Registration Customer commands should
100 men from Connecticut AW) Warren Smith at warren. Smith. rate/last/first/e-mail/phone
for anyone who would like to have submitted a letter of des-
who died during the World e.Smith@navy.mil or (860)- Submarine force number/date attending/com-
honor a serviceman/woman ignation (LOD) to PSD des-
War II Battle of Iwo Jima. 694-3046, DSN prefix: 694. Per NAVADMIN 252/10, sub- mand no later than Aug. 20.
will be held from 6 to 6:30 ignating their comand’s Navy
The names of those men are Customer commands should
Standard Integrated Personnel

E-leave ...
inscribed on the black gran- p.m., prior to the ceremony. have submitted a System
Everyone is invited to bring System (NSIPS) Command
ite panels on the front of the Authorization Access Request
a photo of the service person Leave Administrator (CLA) by
monument. The ceremony (SAAR) (OPNAV Form 5239/14)
they would like to remember July 30. Continued from page 1
will also honor and remem- to PSD by July 31, so they
and place it on the Wall of Presently, each customer Corps Internet account, e-Leave ate an account at https://nsips.
ber all survivors of the battle can administer access to the e-
Honor. command has a specific leave nmci.navy.mil or on the NSIPS
that have since passed away. leave application within NSIPS can be done at home, although
Parking is available at input source code assigned to server aboard ship. NAVADMIN
In addition, all Killed In for CLA’s. Once they have it may take a trip to the Navy
Central Connecticut State them regardless of how many 043/09 announced the require-
Action (KIA), Missing In arranged NSIPS access, they Exchange.
University, where a shuttle Unit Identification Codes (UIC) ment for all active duty and
Action (MIA), and deceased will inform CLA’s by e-mail and “In order to access e-Leave
to the park will be avail- they administer. As of Aug. 1, reserve personnel to establish
veterans who served at any advise them to take actions per from home, a CAC card reader is
able. leave input source codes must and maintain a Self-Service ESR
time in the armed forces, will paragraph 3.d of NAVADMIN required,” said Johnson.
be assigned to each UIC. As as the Navy phases out paper
be honored. The survivors 252/10. SAAR forms should be Sailors who have not yet estab-
See Iwo Jima on Page 10 such, when submitting LOD’s, service records.
would like to make contact submitted to: lished a Self-Service ESR can cre-
commands must include each
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Rules ...
Continued from page 5
Chicago girls drill team performs
Photo by MM3 Sean Phillips

Sailor’s PDS prior to depart- ITDY orders. Any travel prior GROTON, Conn. - The championship Angel Drill Team, above, performs at Naval
ing for an IA/GSA. to having written orders is not Submarine Base New London’s Submarine Force Library and Museum, July
* When the service mem- reimbursable. 29. The group is an all girls team from Lake County, Ill., and is led by retired
ber has follow-on PCS orders, * The member has already Signalman Chief Nathaniel Hamilton. The team has performed at countless ven-
travel from the ITDY loca- reported to the new PDS. ues around the United States, including the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Parade.
tion to the old PDS (if fam- Specific information on
ily members elected to stay
there) and travel to new PDS
when returning from a GSA.
how to apply can be found
in the message; visit the Navy
Personnel Command Web site
Iwo Jima ...
Continued from page 8
The government will not at www.npc.navy.mil and click
on “Messages.” For more infor- The Battle of Iwo Jima was of the Battle for Iwo Jima and
pay for escort travel when: fought Feb. 19 through March the memory of those who fought
* The member wants to mation about the change, ref-
26, 1945. It was the bloodiest and died there.
use it to arrange for house- erence the Per Diem, Travel,
battle in Marine history, resulting For more information, visit
hold goods or privately owned and Transportation Allowance in the deaths of 6,821 American their Facebook page and Web
vehicle shipments, take leave Committee memorandum servicemen and wounding more site at www.SOSIwoJima.
or any other personal conve- announcing the change to the than 19,000. The purpose of The com. You may also e-mail
nience. JFTR at www.ia.navy.mil/new. Iwo Jima Survivors Association, SOSIwoJima@yahoo.com or
* The member does not have htm. Inc., is to perpetuate the history call (860) 291-9666.

Hosig ...
Continued from page 1
(BRAC) looming threat of
shutting down of SUBASE in
2005. “It was Rodger that had
to sort through all of that”
said Mulcahy.
“It’s gonna be sad when
he leaves, I don’t know how
I’ll show up to work every
morning for a while,” said
Mulcahy.
During the ceremony, Hosig
received gifts and accolades
from many members of the
Public Works Department. One
such gift was a sharply folded
National Ensign. The Flag was
flown above places Hosig held
a special interest in, includ-
ing the Tournament Players
Club Golf Course in Cromwell,
Conn., Connecticut National
Guard Armory in Hartford,
Naval Submarine Base New
London, the New Hampshire
Speedway, and finally Yankee
Stadium.
Hosig remarked on what he
will do with his free time: “I
would like to play a little golf,
travel, and possibly work for
Habitat for Humanity; I live on
a lake now I could always go
fishing.”