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Why I Serve: USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) Edition

Lt. Kyle Copeland, from Columbus, Ohio, shares his #WhyIServe statement from the cockpit of an F/A-18C Hornet. Copeland is assigned to the "Golden Warriors" of Strike Fighter Squadron Eight Seven (VFA-87), embarked aboard USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77).

On any given day there are more than 380,000 Sailors, active-duty and Reserve, ready to defend America, around the world and around the clock. From diverse backgrounds, they join the Navy to serve their country with honor, courage and commitment. For each Sailor, the drive to serve is different. On …

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Navy Foreign Affairs Officers: Building Partnerships through Presence

By Capt. Reginald Baker U.S. Naval Attaché, Chile The U.S. Navy Foreign Affairs Officer (FAO) program is still relatively young compared to other Navy communities. However, the effects of this small cadre of highly skilled foreign affairs experts/diplomats are already being felt throughout DoD agencies and staffs; U.S Embassies; and …

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Quality Sailors = Fleet Readiness

Rear Adm. Michael White, commander, Naval Education and Training Command, (left) talks with Sailors in the Aviation Machinist's Mate Jet Engine Laboratory at Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC), onboard NAS Pensacola, Feb. 14, 2014. The F-18 jet engine training device provides students an inside look at how the engine, allowing the Sailors to see what they will be working on when they arrive in the fleet. NATTC graduates approximately 15,000 Navy and Marine students each year. The largest part of the student body is comprised of enlisted personnel attending "A" schools designed to provide them with the knowledge and skill levels required to perform as technicians at the apprentice level. (U.S. Navy photo by Joy Samsel/Released)

By Rear Adm. Mike S. White Commander, Naval Education and Training Command As you read this blog there are more than 31,000 Sailors in commands around the world being trained in the skills and abilities that keep our Navy the most formidable maritime force in the world, and our republic …

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Faces of the Fleet

Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class Aaron Burnfield guides an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Gunslingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 105 onto a catapult on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).

“Faces of the Fleet” takes a look at YOUR Navy operating forward. These images represent the greatest Sailors in the greatest Navy in the world leading from the deck plates, and completing missions around the globe. This is your fleet and these are your Sailors! Hooyah, Navy!   Tell us …

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Social at Sea: 24 Hours Inside the U.S. Navy

By Peg Fitzpatrick I recently had the opportunity to visit USS Carl Vinson, a Navy aircraft carrier. My initial thought was “why would I want to do that? I don’t like military stuff.” I had no idea what our military did even though my father was in the Navy as …

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Navy Recruiting: The Future of our Fleet

By Rear Adm. Annie B. Andrews  Commander, Navy Recruiting Command This week we recognize our Navy’s top recruiters of the year in Washington, D.C., to include visits with senior leadership at the Pentagon and an awards ceremony on Wednesday evening at the U.S. Navy Memorial. Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Admiral …

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What is the Optimized Fleet Response Plan and What Will It Accomplish?

By U.S. Fleet Forces Command On Jan. 15, during the Surface Navy Association National Symposium, ADM Bill Gortney introduced the Optimized Fleet Response Plan. Below are additional details on the plan. Battling fiscal constraints, dealing with training back-ups and under-manned crews, and flexing with unpredictable deployment schedules, the Navy is …

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