Author Meghann Myers

[HTML1] Controversy erupted earlier this week when the Military Religious Freedom Foundation reached out to the media on behalf of 18 service members at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who were uncomfortable with some Nativity scenes set up in the on-base galleys. Base commander Capt. J.R. Nettleton ordered them removed on Wednesday. On the following day, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly invited MRFF president Mikey Weinstein onto “The O’Reilly Factor” to ask him about the week’s events. As you can probably imagine, things got ugly pretty quickly. O’Reilly accused Nettleton and the complainants of being cowards; Nettleton for his decision, the complainants…

Navy Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention released two anti-drug videos on YouTube this week: one targeting spice use, the other warning about the dangers of bath salts. The animated PSAs feature original music and lyrics about all of the bad things designer drugs will do to you and your career. Take a gander and let us know what you think. The animation is decent and the message is clear: Drugs will ruin your career. But are cute, sing-song cartoons the way to show sailors how bad it’s going to be when they get caught? The video below, a PSA against…

The woman in this picture probably doesn’t look familiar to you, but it’s likely that you know something about her. Christine Fox is the former Maritime Air Superiority specialist who inspired Charlie, the Top Gun instructor who took off with Maverick’s heart in the 1986 movie named after the Navy Fighter Weapons School. She’s also the Defense Department’s acting deputy defense secretary,  as of Dec. 3, a position she’ll hold while the Pentagon searches for a permanent replacement for outgoing Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter. Fox never actually taught at Top Gun, but she used her math and physics background…

When the Midshipmen take the field for the 2013 Army-Navy football game, their uniforms will showcase a history as storied as the Annapolis-West Point rivalry itself. The Nike Pro Combat uniform starts with a burlap-patterned base layer emblazoned with “Don’t Give Up the Ship.” The saying was the last command of Capt. James Lawrence, commander of the frigate Chesapeake, who died of wounds from small arms fire during the War of 1812. Unfortunately, Chesapeake ended up falling to the British. But not long after Lawrence’s death, Commodore Oliver Perry would fly a flag reading “Don’t give up the ship.” This…

When you think of President John F. Kennedy, you probably think about him as the commander in chief. But long before that, he was the commander of PT-109, a patrol torpedo boat in the Pacific during World War II. Too young to know the story (or to have seen the movie)? Give it a read at Naval History and Heritage Command’s website. In short, Kennedy received the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for leading his crew to safety after a Japanese destroyer rammed the boat and ripped it in two. The crew swam to a nearby island and survived on…

When Seaman Apprentice Dylan Ruffer told his fiancee he wanted to marry her the moment he set eyes on her after a nine-month deployment, she decided to make it happen. Madison Meinhardt, 19, sent an email to Reno-Tahoe International Airport, asking if it might be possible to get married in the terminal. “I’ve been here for 10 years, and I have brought home troops and fallen soldiers,” airport spokesman Brian Kulpin told Navy Times, “so this is an absolute honor, to do a wedding for somebody returning from being on a ship in the Mediterranean off the coast of Syria.”…

This past summer, the waterfront complex at Naval Weapons Station Earle, N.J., put in a new emergency broadcast system. Within weeks, the base was fielding calls from neighbors about the new and unwelcome noise. The Asbury Park Press reported that neighbors have been asking the base to turn the volume down for the 8 a.m. “Call to Colors” and playing of the national anthem. “Why should someone not in the service have to wake up to reveille?’” asked Bob Wille, a Belford, N.J., resident who has called to complain. According to base spokesman Michael Brady, the new system went live a…

The Naval Academy on Sunday posted photos of midshipmen getting tossed into the Severn River. It’s part of a Final Fall Parade  tradition, in which plebes chase their company commanders to the river. Once at the dock, the commanders are hoisted up and tossed in. The temperature topped out in the high-50s over the weekend in Annapolis, Md., so you know that water was cold. The academy posted an album from the day’s festivities on Facebook, with the accompanying description: Midshipmen marched in the final fall parade of the 2013 season on Friday, October 25. However – this parade did not end…

It was a big week for Navy rescue helicopter crews in the Pacific, who responded to two incidents, transporting six injured civilians to medical facilities. First, a crew with Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 rescued four people whose plane had crashed Sunday while flying over the Northern Mariana Islands. The squadron’s Rescue 10 team spotted the single-engine plane in the jungles of Tinian, after a call from Coast Guard Sector Guam alerted them that the plane had missed its scheduled arrival in nearby Saipan. The rescue crew hiked through the jungle to recover four survivors, who were transported to a…

Before Chief Aviation Ordnanceman (AW/SW) Robert Williamson could embrace the sister he hadn’t seen in decades, he made sure to render a salute. Navy nurse Cmdr. Cindy Murray and her brother had spent most of their lives trying to find each other. After their parents divorced in the 1970s, 14-year-old Murray and her mother moved away from their Denver area home, while her 6-year-old brother stayed behind with his father. Murray, 51, finally decided to call up her father in July. She hadn’t spoken to him in decades. He dropped a bombshell: Her long-lost brother was also in the Navy. She…

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