USA: Jacksonville Recognizes Sailor for Heroic Actions

first_img View post tag: Jacksonville Authorities USA: Jacksonville Recognizes Sailor for Heroic Actions December 4, 2012 A Sailor from Patrol Squadron (VP) 30 was recognized by the City of Jacksonville Nov. 30 for his heroic actions.Naval Aircrewman (Mechanical) Airman Brett Parks was presented a proclamation from Victor Guillory, director of Military Affairs, Veterans and Disabled Services Department on behalf of Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown.The proclamation designates Dec. 5 as “Brett Parks Day” to pay tribute to Parks who was shot while coming to the assistance of a robbery suspect in October.Since then, Parks has been hospitalized at Shands Jacksonville Medical Center recovering from his life-threatening wounds which have resulted in the loss of a kidney and part of his right leg. He hopes to be transferred to the Tampa VA Hospital this week to continue his rehabilitation process and receive his prosthetic.While telling his story, Parks said he does not consider himself a “hero.”“I didn’t look at what I was doing as heroic – it’s just something that you do. I just heard a man screaming for help and I ran over there. The man attacking him ran so I chased after him. I stopped him but didn’t see a gun. A couple seconds later, he shot me and I fell,” said Parks, a native of Miami, who joined the Navy in 2008.Emergency personnel quickly transported Parks to the hospital where he has since undergone numerous surgeries to save his life. The gunshot wound damaged a major artery incurring a great loss of blood. During his ordeal, Parks has required nearly 80 pints of blood. With his family, friends and co-workers rallying by his side, Parks is making strides towards his recovery. “I’m really excited to be going to rehab in Tampa and get my prosthetic. The support I’ve received from everyone is really overwhelming and humbling,” he continued.Parks said he is also thrilled that he and his wife, Susan are expecting their second child in early December. “We have a 1-year-old son, Jason and now we are having a little girl,” he said.After receiving the proclamation which was read by Guillory in front of his family and shipmates, Parks stated. “This is very humbling and overwhelming. All I did was try to help someone. Thank you so much. I just praise God for getting me through this. From what I hear 99.6 percent of those with my injury don’t make it and I did. I’ve had incredible nurses and doctors. They saved my life and I am so grateful I’m still here for my family,” he added. “I’d also like to thank my co-workers for being by my side. I really appreciate them helping us with whatever we’ve needed.”A member of VP-30 for almost two years, he is known as a dedicated Sailor and fitness enthusiast who works as a personal trainer in his free time. “I came in the Navy to be a rescue swimmer – I wanted to help people. Unfortunately, I broke my foot and couldn’t complete the course. Then I got married and my priorities changed. And with this happening, I’m not sure where our future lies. I am thinking about doing some motivational speaking,” said Parks.The incident also highlighted the importance of blood donations within the community. VP-30 held a blood drive Nov. 21, collecting 78 pints of blood.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, December, 2012 Share this article View post tag: Naval View post tag: Recognizescenter_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: Heroic View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Actions View post tag: Sailor Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Jacksonville Recognizes Sailor for Heroic Actions last_img read more

Navy Cadets Mentor Receives Commendation

first_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Asia-Pacific View post tag: Commendation June 30, 2014 View post tag: Cadets View post tag: receives Navy Cadets Mentor Receives Commendation Back to overview,Home naval-today Navy Cadets Mentor Receives Commendation Commanding Officer of Training Ship Shoalhaven, Lieutenant John Huisman has received a commendation for 16 years of work mentoring hundreds of Australian Navy Cadets. Authorities View post tag: Mentor His commendation was presented by HMAS Albatross’s Executive Officer, Commander Gary Holgate, on behalf of Commander Australian Fleet during the cadet unit’s annual inspection to recognise his outstanding dedication and commitment to the task of training and leading cadets.Lieutenant Huisman said the key characteristics he hopes cadets under his charge gain from the experience include developing great pride in themselves, self discipline, self confidence and respect for others.“I have been the Commanding Officer of Training Ship Shoalhaven for 12 years. I originally became involved to give the then Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Sandy Powell, a hand and somehow ended up staying.“When I started there were approximately 20 cadets, the unit was in a good location with great people, and the support that the unit received from Albatross was fantastic.“Since then only the numbers and location have changed. We now have approximately 60 cadets and the unit has moved to a bigger and better location.”[mappress]Press Release, June 30, 2014; Image: Australian Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

MARCOM Staff Members Receive NATO Awards

first_img View post tag: MARCOM View post tag: receive Authorities View post tag: NATO View post tag: Naval View post tag: awards February 26, 2015 Back to overview,Home naval-today MARCOM Staff Members Receive NATO Awards Last week, Mr. James Bergeron (USA) and Lieutenant Christine Godelain (FRA N) were presented NATO awards by Commander NATO Allied Maritime Command, Vice Admiral Peter Hudson CB CBE.Mr. Bergeron is the political advisor to the Commander Maritime Command and was awarded the NATO Meritorious Service Medal for distinguished service while assigned on NATO duties.Lieutenant Christine Godelain, staff officer for Operation OCEAN SHIELD at NATO Maritime Air Command was awarded the Supreme Allied Commander Europe’s Recognition Award for outstanding performance and leadership.Vice Admiral Hudson said:This ceremony as an important moment for MARCOM’s family. It is truly a pleasure to recognize these staff members for their hard work, perseverance and commitment to MARCOM’s wide array of Allied operations.[mappress mapid=”15240″]Image: MARCOMcenter_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: members MARCOM Staff Members Receive NATO Awards Share this article View post tag: Staff View post tag: europelast_img read more

Another pair of Canadian ships heads for Op Caribbe 2016

first_img Authorities Two Canadian Navy coastal defence vessels, Edmonton and Saskatoon departed Esquimalt, Canada on February 12 to participate in Operation Caribbe 2016.HMC Ships Edmonton and Saskatoon are the second pair of several Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) ships that will participate on Operation Caribbe 2016. Before them, HMCS Moncton and HMCS Summerside headed for Op Caribbe on January 27.Throughout the year, the Royal Canadian Navy will deploy warships from both the East and West Coasts, while the Royal Canadian Air Force will provide CP-140 Aurora aircraft from various long-range patrol squadrons, all in support of Operation Martillo.As part of Operation Caribbe 2015, the CAF contributed four CP-140 Aurora surveillance aircraft, five Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels (HMC Ships Brandon, Goose Bay, Nanaimo, Shawinigan and Whitehorse), two Halifax-class frigate with their embarked CH-124 Sea King helicopter (HMCS Winnipeg and Vancouver), and one Iroquois-class destroyer (HMCS Athabaskan) with her two embarked CH-124 Sea King helicopters.HMC Ships Edmonton and Saskatoon will look to follow-up on the success of HMC Ships Brandon and Whitehorse. The ships assisted in the seizure and disruption of more narcotics during a 44-day deployment in the fall of 2015 than any other duo of Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels in the history of Operation Caribbe , with a combined total of approximately 9,800 kilograms.Rear-Admiral Gilles Couturier, Commander, Maritime Forces Pacific, said: “Our sailors are proud to support this multinational effort to suppress criminal activity at sea and interrupt the flow of illicit drugs which contributes to the erosion of regional stability.”“We remain steadfast in our commitment to build and sustain relationships with our regional partners, who share our interests and security concerns, through various training opportunities, port visits and humanitarian projects.” Back to overview,Home naval-today Another pair of Canadian ships heads for Op Caribbe 2016 February 15, 2016 View post tag: Royal Canadian Navy Another pair of Canadian ships heads for Op Caribbe 2016 View post tag: HMCS Saskatoon Share this article View post tag: HMCS Edmontonlast_img read more

GALLERY: Warships gather for exercise Komodo 2016

first_img Share this article April 11, 2016 View post tag: Indonesian Navy GALLERY: Warships gather for Indonesian naval exercise Komodo 2016 Photos: Multilateral Naval Exercise Secretariat, Jakarta – IndonesiaA number of foreign warships arrived in Padang, West Sumatra, ahead of the opening of the Indonesian-hosted naval exercise Komodo 2016 which is set to start on April 12.The first Komodo was organized in 2014 and held in Batam, Indonesia. Komodo 14 saw 18 ASEAN-Plus Navies participate in exercises focused on the theme of “Cooperation for Stability”.Komodo 2016 theme will be “Readiness and Cooperation for Peace” and participating navies will focus on maritime peacekeeping operations scenarios.The exercise will, among other participants, be attended by ships from the Russian Pacific Fleet and two Chinese vessels, frigate Weifang and rescue vessel Changxingdao.center_img Authorities View post tag: Komodo 2016 Back to overview,Home naval-today GALLERY: Warships gather for Indonesian naval exercise Komodo 2016 last_img read more

US Navy awards contracts for additional two LCS

first_img View post tag: LCS View post tag: Lockheed Martin The US Naval Sea Systems Command has awarded shipbuilders Austal and Lockheed Martin contracts to build additional two littoral combat ships.Under the contracts, Austal is to deliver the 15th Independence-variant of the LCS, while Lockheed Martin and its partner Fincantieri Marinette Marine are to deliver a Freedom variant LCS.In an announcement on Oct. 6, the Pentagon said both contracts were under the US congressional cost cap of US$584 million per ship without revealing their exact value due to competition reasons.Both ships are expected to be delivered by October 2023.Austal has delivered six LCS and Lockheed five littoral combat ships to the US Navy so far. Odd-numbered hulls (LCS 1, LCS 3) are being stationed at Naval Station Mayport, and even-numbered hulls are homeported at San Diego. Share this article View post tag: US Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy awards contracts for additional two littoral combat ships center_img Authorities US Navy awards contracts for additional two littoral combat ships View post tag: Austal October 9, 2017last_img read more

US attack submarine USS Key West visits Yokosuka

first_img US attack submarine USS Key West visits Yokosuka November 21, 2017 Authorities View post tag: Fleet Activities Yokosuka US Navy fast-attack submarine USS Key West (SSN 722) stopped at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, for a port visit on November 21.The Los Angeles-class submarine is visiting Japan as a part of her Indo-Asia-Pacific deployment.“I’m incredibly proud of the crew and what they have accomplished over the past couple of months,” said Cmdr. Grady Hill, commanding officer. “Their hard work and preparation for deployment was evident in their flawless execution of complex operations. Now we have a new mission at hand – representing the United States while enjoying the sights and experiences that Japan has to offer.”“The sailors of this warship have worked very hard this year and we have accomplished a lot,” said Command Master Chief Eric Baker, chief of the boat. “Key West is excited to be back in Japan to enjoy some well-deserved and outstanding liberty.As a flight 688 submarine, Key West is outfitted with four Mk 67 torpedo tubes and 12 Tomahawk cruise missile vertical launch tubes.Key West was commissioned Sept. 27, 1980 in Norfolk. It completed a number of successful Eastern Atlantic deployments. In 1996 Key West transited the Panama Canal on the way to its new homeport in Hawaii. In 2012 Key West shifted to its current homeport of Guam. View post tag: USS Key Westcenter_img Share this article View post tag: US Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today US attack submarine USS Key West visits Yokosuka View post tag: Los Angeles-classlast_img read more

Obangame Express kicks off in Gabon

first_img March 23, 2018 View post tag: US Navy View post tag: USS Mount Whitney Obangame Express kicks off in Gabon Share this article Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today Obangame Express kicks off in Gabon Obangame Express, an exercise sponsored by US Africa Command (AFRICOM) and designed to improve regional cooperation, kicked off on March 21 with an opening ceremony in Libreville, Gabon.The annual exercise aims to enhance maritime domain awareness (MDA), information-sharing practices, and tactical interdiction expertise of Gulf of Guinea and West African nations to counter sea-based illicit activity.OE18, now in its eighth year, is one of three U.S. Naval Forces Europe- Africa-facilitated regional exercises. The exercise is part of a comprehensive strategy by CNE-CNA/C6F and AFRICOM to provide collaborative opportunities amongst African forces and international partners that addresses maritime security concerns.“It must be recognized that, in many respects, African states have taken the lead in pushing the importance of maritime security toward the top of the international agenda, forcing us to consider the ramifications of action, or inaction, in the maritime domain. African leadership in this area reflects a profound change both in how the world understands and defines security,” said U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Mark Camerer, director of logistics, U.S. Africa Command. “The maritime domain serves as the crossroad of national, regional and global interests. Be it security, economic or environmental interests, the maritime domain connects us all,” added Camerer.The exercise will last eight days, with a two-phase underway portion that will encompass a regional framework and then transition to an emphasis on national patrols. Throughout, the maritime operations center (MOC) will exercise information sharing practices.OE18 will be conducted in multiple areas at sea and ashore. At-sea operations will be conducted throughout the Gulf of Guinea. The largest footprint ashore for OE18 will be in Libreville, Gabon. Numerous MOCs will be participating from ashore across the Gulf of Guinea and West Africa along with several international organization MOCs.“The exercise provides an excellent arena to show the necessity of interagency cooperation for governments to accomplish a larger mission,” said Randall Meridith, deputy chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Libreville, Gabon.OE18’s Accra, Ghana, site kicked off with a tabletop exercise. A team comprised of U.S. Sailors and Marines worked together with Ghanaian officials on scenarios at the maritime operations center in Accra. This part of the exercise is designed to help build relationships between the many different agencies used to help secure the Gulf of Guinea.Specific skill sets exercised for OE18 include boarding techniques, search and rescue operations, medical casualty response, radio communication, and information management techniques.The US will provide multiple training teams and controllers operating in African partner nations and aboard partner vessels.The Blue Ridge-class command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20), the command ship for US 6th Fleet, will participate in the exercise and could be used for a wide variety of scenarios, to include at-sea ship boarding and queries, air operations, communication drills, and regional information sharing.The 31 nations scheduled to participate in Obangame Express 2018 include Angola, Belgium, Benin, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Canada, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, France, Gabon, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Morocco, Namibia, Netherlands, Nigeria, Portugal, Republic of Congo, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, Togo, Turkey and the United States, as well as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS). View post tag: Obangame Expresslast_img read more

Australian ships join French Croix du Sud exercise

first_imgRoyal Australian Navy ships have arrived in Noumea, New Caledonia, to take part in the French-led disaster response exercise Croix du Sud.Amphibious landing ship HMAS Choules and Coastal Mine Hunters HMAS Gascoyne and Yarra will join French and Royal New Zealand Navy ships for the exercise which is running until May 25.Exercise Croix du Sud (Southern Cross) 18 is the largest humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) training exercise in the South Pacific and is led by the French Armed Forces of New Caledonia (FANC).HMAS Choules will be the command ship in the exercise. Commanding officer, Commander Scott Houlihan said they are looking forward to the task. “We are embarking a French Maritime Component Commander (MCC) staff to coordinate the HADR effort,” CMDR Houlihan said. “We will be working alongside the other principle amphibious ships including French Ship D’Entrecasteau and Her Majesty’s New Zealand Ships Wellington and Canterbury.”HMAS Choules will be embarking a landing force of up to 300 troops and vehicles, primarily from France (a company group) and personnel from Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands.Croix du Sud is designed to ensure all involved are prepared for major HADR operations. The scenario will call for military assistance including a non-combatant evacuation operation followed by stability and security operations.“Australia is very experienced in supplying aid and disaster recovery forces in the region and assisting people in need is one of our most rewarding tasks,” he said, ”But Croix du Sud will tackle the more difficult areas of disaster response.’ View post tag: RNZN Photo: HMAS Choules, alongside in Noumea, New Caledonia, is preparing to conduct Exercise Croix du Sud 2018. Photo: Royal Australian Navy View post tag: HADR View post tag: Croix du Sud Share this article View post tag: French Navy View post tag: HMAS Choules View post tag: Royal Australian Navylast_img read more

Advanced Practice Professional-Cardiothoracic Surgery-Thoracic -85002

first_imgPosition Summary:Coordinates and manages the care of the CT surgery patient acrossthe continuum of care. Works in collaboration with the CT Surgeryproviders to ensure comprehensive acute/ long-term care forpatients managed by the service. Helps develop the team to meetquality and performance measures for CT Surgery. The AdvancedPractice Professional (APP) coordinates involvement ofmedical/surgical specialty teams necessary to develop acomprehensive plan for the patient, and reviews the plan of carewith the other members of the clinical team, participates indirecting that care. The APP will order/performdiagnostic/therapeutic procedures, interpretation of such studies,will be involved with all aspects of the peri-operative servicesand coordinates discharge/follow up planning. The APP will workwith the team to ensure adherence to protocol requirements andregulatory guidelines. They will ensure protocol compliance andclose monitoring of order sets. The APP participates in theeducation of residents and medical/APP/nursing students.Provide healthcare services consistent with state law and therequirements of the professional licensing or certificationauthority and/or hospital privileges, where applicable. Suchservice may include, but are not limited to.Minimum Qualifications:Nurse Practitioner:- Graduate of a CCNE accredited nursing program with Master’sDegree in Nursing.- National Certification by one of the recognized APRNCertification Centers.- Licensure or eligibility for licensure as a professionalRegistered Nurse and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in WestVirginia.- BLS Certification required with additional Advanced Life Supporttraining at the discretion of the department.- D epartment Specific : APRNs requesting to beprivileged as First Assists in peri-operative services will berequired to complete an ANOR approved CNOR Certificate program andobtain a passing grade on CNOR certification exam.- Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) at the discretion of thedepartment.- Eligible new graduates will be considered.Physician Assistant:- Bachelor’s OR Master’s Degree as a Medical/Surgical (asapplicable) Physician Assistant required.- Graduate of an ARC-PA approved Physician Assistant (PA) trainingprogram required.- Certification by the National Commission for Certification ofPhysician Assistants required.- Must be licensed or eligible for licensure by the WV Board ofMedicine.- BLS Certification required with additional Advanced Life Supporttraining at the discretion of the department.- Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) at the discretion of thedepartment.- Eligible new graduates will be considered.Please click on the link below to open and review the detailedjob description and minimum qualifications:Advanced Practice Professional – HVI -Cardiothoracic Surgery, ThoracicNotes To ApplicantsThis is a cardiothoracic surgery position. Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals withDisabilities.Please view Equal Employment Opportunity Posters provided byOFCCP here .The contractor will not discharge or in any other mannerdiscriminate against employees or applicants because they haveinquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay ofanother employee or applicant. However, employees who have accessto the compensation information of other employees or applicants asa part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay ofother employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwisehave access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is(a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtheranceof an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including aninvestigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with thecontractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR60-1.35(c)last_img read more