Author Jacqueline Klimas

Lt. Brad Snyder has already proven his dominance in the water, earning three medals at the 2012 Paralympics in London. Now he’s looking to show that being blind won’t hold him back on land or a surfboard either. On May 19, Snyder is participating in the Trident Challenge — a 5K run, 500-meter ocean swim, and 1.5K ocean surfboard paddle — as part of the Never Quit weekend in Jacksonville Beach, Fla. He will be guided in the run and the paddle by Bethany Hamilton, a surfer who lost one arm in a shark attack. Snyder, a former explosive ordnance…

For your daily dose of heartwarming videos, check out the two homecomings below. Though they happen across the country, they have expressions of pure joy in common. The first, from the Kitsap Sun. [HTML1] Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) (AW) David Templeton, Operations Specialist 1st Class (AW) Sean Shenefelt and Senior Chief Machinist’s Mate (SW) Jason Turner made a surprise visit to PineCrest Elementary School in Bremerton, Wash., on Tuesday afternoon. The three sailors, assigned to the carrier John C. Stennis, were scheduled to be home in early May. About 130 kids were at an assembly having a story read to…

A group of Naval Academy mids found that Buzz Lightyear could fly neither to infinity, nor beyond it, despite the cartoon character’s claim. For their final project, four midshipmen decided to determine the aerodynamic capabilities of the toy superhero star of the 1995 Pixar film “Toy Story,” an academy release said. Midshipmen 2nd Class Kris Ward, Cameron Little, Zachary Haueter and Robert Dunlap tested Buzz in one of the Naval Academy’s wind tunnels and found that his body was too large compared to his wings to allow him to fly. So they did what anybody would do: built Buzz a…

The Navy’s uniform history stretches back centuries, covering everything from Revolutionary War-era garb to iconic World War II khakis to modern-day aquaflage. And don’t forget those dinner-dress tiaras. But while some of these seabag selections may have earned cultural prominence, one milestone isn’t as well known. According to one manufacturer and several history books, the modern-day T-shirt will turn 100 this year, after being first issued to sailors in 1913. The T-shirt was introduced by the Navy as a way to get sailors to cover up the chest hair revealed by their V-neck uniforms, according to the book “Elsewhere, U.S.A:…

On Friday, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus took a break from his desk job to take part in the greatest American pastime: baseball. Mabus threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the April 12 game between the Nationals and the Braves in Washington, D.C. The game was the Nationals’ annual Navy appreciation game. All five services will have a game played in their honor during the 2013 season. The Coast Guard’s will happen Aug. 5. The Braves won the Friday night game 6-4 in 10 innings. Prior to taking the mound, Mabus administered the oath of enlistment to 11 sailors at the…

Today marks the 113th birthday of the U.S. Navy’s submarine force. The Navy bought its first submarine, the Holland VI, on April 11, 1900, for $150,000, a Navy release said.The sub, named after its creator John Holland, was commissioned in October of that year. By June 1900, Congress had given the Navy permission to buy five more subs, creating the first fleet of U.S. submarines. Birthday balls for submariners are happening around the country this weekend and next, including one at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and one in Washington, where Adm. John Richardson, director of the Naval Nuclear…

Lt. Brad Snyder’s presentation at the Navy League’s annual Sea-Air-Space symposium outside Washington, D.C., didn’t have any PowerPoint slides. “I can’t see it, so you can’t either,” he said during the Monday afternoon speaker floor session at the Navy League booth. Snyder was blinded by an improvised explosive device blast during a deployment to Afghanistan in September 2011. During his recovery, the Naval Academy grad and former swimmer got back into the pool to regain his confidence. He never imagined it would lead him to the London Paralympics last summer, where he won two gold medals and one silver. The…

The new flight deck jerseys we wrote about last month are on display at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space symposium outside Washington, D.C. A mannequin is wearing the new jersey, as well as a float coat, gloves and the new trousers at the Office of Naval Research booth. The new trousers have more secure pockets, with stitching to prevent anything from falling out while working. The trousers also fit better and are less expensive to make, an ONR news release said. The new flight deck gloves are commercially available and feature better knuckle and finger protection, increased ventilation and improved fire…

Culinary Specialist 1st Class (SW/MST) Matthew Susienka, an enlisted aide at U.S. Fleet Forces Command, was cooking up something delicious Monday for attendees of the Navy League’s annual Sea-Air-Space symposium outside Washington, D.C., at the Naval Supply Systems Command booth. Susienka cooked a trial run for his certification exam for executive chef, coming up on Saturday. His exam piece, which he made at the conference, is pan-seared salmon with poached lobster in a warm butter sauce. He also made a spinach and bibb lettuce salad with candied pecans and poached apple, and an artichoke fritter with a bacon vinaigrette. He…

The Naval Academy is often recognized for its stellar athletics and academics, but this time the academy is in the news because of one female mid. Midshipman 2nd Class Margaret Gilroy was named one of the top 10 college women across the country by Glamour magazine. She is the only woman in the top 10 from a service academy. The 21-year-old serves as the brigade training sergeant and oversees the professional knowledge program, an entry-level training program for freshman to teach them about Navy concepts they’ll use at the academy and in the fleet, a spokeswoman from the academy said.…

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