Monday, March 21, 2011

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Navy Office of Information March 20, 2011
Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn
"I am extremely proud of the Sailors, Marines and multi-mission naval platforms operating as
 part of JTF-OD. They are demonstrating the naval forces’ unique ability to be critical enablers
 and components of the larger joint force." – Adm. Samuel J. Locklear, III, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa
In response to a call for action by the Libyan people and the Arab League, the
President of the United States called for a limited military action with coalition
partners under United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1973,
to end the violence against Libyan citizens. The UNSCR authorizes use of
force with an explicit commitment to pursue all necessary measures, to include the
enforcement of a no-fly zone over Libya. Carefully coordinated with coalition partners,
U.S. naval forces participated in cruise missile strikes as part of Operation Odyssey Dawn
designed to set the conditions for a coalition no-fly zone, striking more than 20 integrated air
defense systems and other air defense facilities ashore in Libya March 19. Joint Task
Force Odyssey Dawn Command Structure U.S. Joint Task Force (JTF) Odyssey
Dawn is commanded by Adm. Samuel J. Locklear, III, commander, U.S. Naval
Forces Europe-Africa, and is operating aboard USS Mount Whitney (LCC/JCC 20),
currently deployed in the Mediterranean Sea. The JTF was established to provide
 operational and tactical command and control of U.S. military forces supporting the
international response to the unrest in Libya. th Marine Expeditionary Unit; explosive
ordnance disposal teams and a maritime expeditionary security squadron. Mobilizing
Ready Forces U.S. ships supporting the JTF include: command ship Mount Whitney; Arleigh
Burke-class, guided-missile destroyers USS Stout (DDG 55) and USS Barry (DDG 52)
and submarines USS Providence (SSN 719), USS Scranton (SSN 756) and
USS Florida (SSGN 728), which launched Tomahawks at more than 20 integrated
 air defense systems and other air defense facilities ashore in Libya March 19; and
 USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) and USS Ponce (LPD 15). The U.S. Navy will continue
to use its unique capabilities to create the conditions under which the coalition
can best enforce the full measure of the UN mandate.
• U.S. Navy EA-18G Growlers from coalition bases and U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B

Harriers aboard USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) launched in support of Operation Odyssey
Dawn March 20. Navy Growlers provided electronic warfare support over Libya
while AV-8B Harriers from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit conducted strikes
 against Qadhafi's ground forces and air defenses.
• The Joint Forces Maritime Component Command (JFMCC) is commanded by

Vice Adm. Harry B. Harris, Jr.
• U.S. forces assigned to the JFMCC are: Expeditionary Strike Group 5, commanded

by Rear Adm. Margaret Klein; Navy Tactical Air Control Center (TACRON) 21;
 five U.S. Navy ships; three U.S. Military Sealift Command vessels; three U.S. submarines;
 28 Navy and Marine Corps aircraft (to include P-3, EP-3, EA-18G, AV-8B, KC-130J,
MV-22, CH-53 and MH-60), elements of the 26
Key Messages Facts & Figures

• The President stated that military action would not involve U.S. troops on the ground in Libya.
• Under the authority of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973, the U.S. military and international partners are taking measures to protect Libyan civilians
America’s Navy is committed to Operation Odyssey Dawn and is working with coalition partners to put an end to the violence in Libya.

• 5,100 Sailors, Marines, Soldiers, Airmen and civilians are involved in Operation Odyssey Dawn.
• Coalition countries include United Kingdom, France
• TACRON 21 managed control of all U.S. strike aircraft March 19.
More than 110 Tomahawk cruise missiles were used to strike Libyan air defense systems, surface-to-air missile sites and communication nodes. , Canada, Denmark, Spain, Italy and United States.

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Friday, March 18, 2011

FY 11 Pro Y's

For those who were Professionally Recommended this last fiscal year but are not getting ship dates there is some good news.  The OPO (Department Head) received an email from CNRC stating that all Pro-Y's that we have currently will be Final Selected to ship next fiscal year.  I believe ship date will be the second week of July 2012.  Anything else I get, I will make sure to post it. 

In the meantime Fleet Week is coming up in May so look for those updates as well.....(to be continued)

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Community Closings

As many have heard there has been some direction pushed down from CNRC.  We have shut down all programs on the GenOff side...exceptions

AC (active component):   Nuke, Chaplain, Jag
RC (reserve component): CEC, AMDO, Chaplain, EDO

No official word as to the status on current or pending applications that have already been sent to board.  As I hear things I will post.  Most likely they will "table" apps that have already gone out which basically send them back to the NRD and we will have to sit on them until OCS/ ODS spots open up in the future.  Fiscal Year 2012 is already full so that would mean new shippers would not go until July 8, 2012 which would be the first graduating class of FY 2013.

Alot to process but feel free to post comments or questions and if you have news that may be useful go ahead and post that as well.

Navy Chaplain Program

Navy Chaplain Programs are a big focus right now.  Take a look at the link and get more information on some of the opportunities that the Chaplain Corps has available.  Great videos and testimonies to browse and view.