Author Jacqueline Klimas

Miss Virginia 2012 visited her state’s namesake sub Monday to recognize the crew members for their service to the country. Rosemary Willis spoke with the crew of the Virginia-class attack submarine Virginia in Groton, Conn., a Navy release said. “It is an honor to thank those who serve aboard USS Virginia,” she said in the release. “I believe every military member should be recognized for their sacrifice.” Former Miss Virginias have visited the sub since 2008, when Hannah Kiefer became the first to do so, a service release said. Willis is from Chesapeake, Va. Her pageant platform was “Get moving…

Lt. Cmdr. Benjamin Amdur got to see how much of a difference 50 years could make to nuclear submarines when he got to his new command. Amdur had previously served as the engineering officer of the Virginia-class submarine North Dakota, which will become the service’s newest sub when it is delivered in 2014, a Navy release said. On Tuesday, he became the officer-in-charge of the Nautilus, the world’s first nuclear-powered ship, during a ceremony in Groton, Conn. “I’m amazed every day at how far we have come in 50 years of nuclear power, and, as a credit to the original…

The Navy’s seeking input on its uniforms from female sailors. About 16,000 of them. Those women were randomly selected to take part in an online survey, which went live May 15 and will last 90 days. It’s designed to provide a broader analysis of “female sailor uniform preferences and concerns,” according to the fleetwide message, NAVADMIN 127/13, that announced its launch. Such a sweeping survey was deemed necessary by Navy officials after small focus groups and interviews involving female sailors’ uniform concerns. The survey will focus on the female sailors’ level of satisfaction with the current uniforms’ “form, fit and…

A group of Navy dolphins who detect underwater mines found something unique during a training session: a Howell torpedo that is more than 100 years old. In April, a bottlenose dolphin named Ten surfaced from a training dive off the coast of Coronado, Calif. and touched the front of the boat with his nose — a sign that he had found something during the dive, the Los Angeles Times reported. Navy personnel were surprised that he had signaled positive in a place they didn’t expect, but they were even more surprised when Spetz, another dolphin in the program, did the…

The goat locker just got a new member: Michele Cole, who has been fitting sailors with uniforms for more than a decade. Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (AW/NAC) Mike Stevens made Cole an honorary chief during a ceremony at the Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C, according to a post on MCPON’s Facebook page. “Michelle’s complete dedication and devotion to our sailors is admirable. Thanks, Chief!” it said on Stevens’ Facebook post. Cole is the manager of the Navy Exchange Arlington Uniform Center at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., and has been fitting sailors in Virginia for 13 years.…

Lt. Brad Snyder, a former explosive ordnance disposal technician blinded by a blast in Afghanistan, lit the cauldron during the 2013 Warrior Games opening ceremony May 11. At the 2012 Warrior Games, Snyder won four gold medals in swimming and three gold medals in track and field events. Later that year, he went on to win two gold and one silver medal in swimming at the 2012 London Paralympics just one year after the improvised explosive device blinded him in Afghanistan in September 2011. “I am humbled by the opportunity to still be a part of something very near and…

Here’s a video presentation sailors won’t see today: a 16-minute lesson in how to succeed with brunettes. The video, produced in 1967, shows how far the service has come in more than 40 years. As the Navy talks about ways to stamp out sexual assault, including Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s recent announcement that work spaces will be searched for degrading images of women, it is clear that a video like this would never fly in today’s Navy. However, one message of the video is still applicable today: to treat women with respect. [HTML1] If you don’t have time to watch…

The Navy’s newest warship will have a one-of-a-kind decoration: a trophy moose head. Lex Patten donated the moose head, with antlers measuring 65 inches, to the newly-commissioned amphibious transport ship Anchorage, the Boston Globe reported. Patten donated the moose head to honor his father who served in the Navy during World War II, the story said.  He presented the gift to the ship on Monday before the Anchorage departed for its homeport in San Diego. Allen Patten served aboard the battleship Nevada during the attack on Pearl Harbor, and later served on the carriers Lexington and Enterprise, the article said.…

A Navy daughter recently got a surprising package in the mail: a sword that belonged to her late father who died at sea more than 70 years ago, the Tallahassee (Fla.) Democrat reported. [HTML1] Lt. Ned James Wentz was serving aboard the patrol gunboat Erie when a German submarine sank it off the Venezuelan coast in 1942. Seven men, including Wentz, died at sea. His daughter, Frances Wentz Taber, was only 2 when her father died. All she had to remember her dad were some letters, photos and childhood possessions. That was until a sword with her father’s initials on…

Though his face isn’t on the Iwo Jima memorial in D.C., Alan Wood played a role in one of the most iconic images of World War II. Wood, a former Navy officer, provided the flag raised over Iwo Jima. He died April 18 at the age of 90, the Los Angeles Times reported. Wood was in charge of communications on a landing ship off the coast of the island. During the battle, a Marine boarded the ship and asked for the biggest flag he could find. Wood gave him a 37-square-foot flag from a Pearl Harbor Navy depot, the Times…

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