Author Kevin Lilley

Police arrested a 31-year-old E-6 on Sunday night in Chula Vista, Calif., after he allegedly punctuated an argument over cab fare by denting the hood of a taxi with an Australian musical instrument. A cab driver told San Diego’s 10News that he picked up Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 1st Class (NAC/AW) Joaquin Gonzalez and his female companion at a Mission Valley bar shortly after the San Diego Chargers-Denver Broncos game and drove them to Chula Vista — a $60 cab fare. Gonzalez and the woman both fell asleep, the cabbie said. When they woke up, they reportedly attempted to leave without…

Navy History and Heritage Command had planned to name the winner of its logo contest sometime last month, possibly to coincide with the Navy’s birthday celebration. Then, this happened. Instead, the word came out late last week that designs entered by Nathan E. Quinn, a graphics specialist at the Defense Media Activity, were selected as the best out of dozens of proposals. “The main point I was trying to convey with the design is that ‘our past guides our future,'” Quinn told NHHC community outreach officials in a news release announcing his selection. His work appears at right. Honorable mention…

First the video, then a few deep breaths, then some background: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-5kdCdM6So[/youtube] Rather than parades, appliance sales or ribbons one day a year, sailors aboard the aircraft carrier John C. Stennis are paying tribute to veterans on a more personal level — visiting veterans homes as part of the ship’s community-relations efforts. It’s led to one-on-one history lessons and brightened the days of both generations. It also led to the three-minute video above, put together by MCSNs Eric Melone and Jose Hernandez and featuring Aviation Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Joseph Hodge during a visit to the Washington Veterans Home in…

Recent cinematic efforts involving Navy SEAL units have included the dramatized takedown of a terrorist mastermind and real-life special operators lending their talents to Hollywood. Later this year, an adaptation of a SEAL’s story of a 2005 ambush in Afghanistan will hit theaters, with Academy Award buzz likely. Also, “The Rock” is going to kill some monsters. The Hollywood Reporter reported yesterday that the wrestler-turned-actor-turned-sometimes-wrestler Dwayne Johnson will star in “SEAL Team 666,” in which special operators will “battle demons” as they do in the Weston Ochse novel of the same name. A brief passage: “While one of the SEALs…

Sailors on the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln opened a time capsule of sorts last month and didn’t know it. While performing work connected to the refueling and complex overhaul Lincoln is undergoing at Virginia’s Newport News Shipbuilding, sailors assigned to the ship’s combat systems department found the signatures of two sailors on the carrier’s original deck plates while they were removing tiles. The plankowners made their marks less than a year after the ship’s 1989 commissioning. A picture of the signatures went up on the ship’s official Facebook page shortly after the Oct. 23 find. In a social media success…

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the Mercury Theater on the Air’s radio production of “War of the Worlds” — a dramatization of a Martian invasion that put both Orson Welles and Grovers Mill, N.J. on the map. A recent PBS documentary discussed the broadcast and the fallout from it — angry listeners who thought the whole thing was real, that Martians were using poison gas and heat rays to rip up a good chunk of the East Coast, and that civilization as we know it was as good as roasted — and on the day before Halloween, no less.…

First, the heartwarming video. Then, the details: [HTML1] Cincinnati-area mom Karen Gardner has three sons in uniform: Aviation Electrician’s Mate 1st Class (AW) Charles Gardner, Electronics Technician 3rd Class (SS) Christopher Gardner, and Joey Gardner, who turns 7 on Halloween and plays linebacker and running back for the Anderson Wildcats. Christopher Gardner hasn’t exactly been available to attend many of his brother’s recent sporting events — he serves on the attack submarine Helena, which only recently returned to Norfolk, Va., from a six-month deployment. But when he did have some time on the surface and was able to make it…

The U.S. Navy continues to rely on international partnerships, unified maritime standards and “best management practices” to combat piracy off the coast of Africa. The British Merchant Navy has its own counterpiracy strategy. It involves decade-old pop hits by a former “X Factor” judge and soft-drink spokeswoman. According to a Metro (UK) report quoting a Merchant Navy officer, British commercial vessels moving though the region blast Britney Spears hits toward any potential threats — a tactic that’s proved “so effective, the ship’s security rarely needs to resort to firing guns.” Need to thwart a pirate attack and only have limited…

Major League Baseball has used the seventh-inning stretch to pay tribute to service members during this year’s World Series, with representatives from various branches singing “God Bless America” in front of packed crowds and millions watching at home on network television. Sunday night was Army Sgt. Christine Permenter’s turn, for example, and the Game 1 singer, former Marine Sgt. Dan Clark, brought down the house with his rendition … and nearly melted the Battle Rattle blog’s servers for doing it while wearing a borrowed uniform. Saturday night, for those who may have missed it, was the Navy’s turn. The fleet’s…

Is your family ready for a “Zombie Apocalypse”? Have you created a disaster plan for dealing with a slow-moving (or, depending on your viewing habits, fast-moving) mass of undead, brain-eating, B-movie extras? If an unstoppable horde attacks, who’s in charge of gathering supplies? Who rounds up the family dog? Who rescues critical reference material? The Navy wants you to be ready — if not for zombies, then for other, less-fictional disasters like hurricanes or tornadoes. And it’s hoping a contest prompting Navy kids ages 5 to 17 to prepare an “escape plan” will pass that message of preparedness throughout the…

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