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Remember in the ’80s when sitcoms did Very Special episodes? Who will ever forget Jessie’s freak out when she took caffeine pills? Or the time Urkel got drunk and almost died? And don’t get Scoop Deck started on the time Brad got high, or on Uncle Ned’s drinking problem. The sailors up at the Naval Submarine School in Groton, Conn., are reliving those glory days with “Spiced.” It’s a Very Special episode that naturally features puppets named “Josh” and “Greg” and the latter’s struggle with a very real problem in today’s Navy. Spice and other designer drugs are scary stuff. And…

The Obama administration is working hard to play down the U.S. role in the airstrikes and no-fly zone operations on and over Libya, with senior officials stressing that the U.S. involvement is “limited” and that the operation is a broad-based coalition effort with international participation and Arab League backing — not a U.S.-led foray into yet another predominantly Muslim nation, which could further damage its already poor image in that part of the world. The Navy released at least seven images Monday, all apparently aimed at reinforcing that sense: All but one includes a coalition officer or aircraft. For example:…

Hospitalman Briana Bartholomew belts out a “hooyah!” after completing several pushups with Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (SS/SW) Rick West in San Diego March 16 at the Sea Service Leadership Association annual women’s symposium.//Photo by MC1 Elena Pence In a crowd of more than 1,300, Hospitalman Briana Bartholomew answered a challenge from Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (SS/SW) Rick West and knocked out several pushups on the stage at the Sea Service Leadership Association Women’s Symposium before she gave a loud “hooyah.” “OK, now I’m ready for some questions,” West told the group of mostly female…

As you probably know by now, Adm. John Harvey of Fleet Forces Command on Thursday unveiled the results of his investigation into the controversial “XO Movie Night” video skits aired on the carrier Enterprise from 2005 to 2007, recommending that secretarial letters of censure be issued to two admirals and two of the carrier’s former executive officers — including Capt. Owen Honors, who as XO played a primary role in most of the questionable productions. If you haven’t read about the findings yet, here’s our short version. For those with a LOT of time on their hands, and perhaps curious…

Adm. John Harvey learned about the controversial, four-year-old shipboard videos co-produced by Capt. Owen Honors on Dec. 31 — the day before they were published for the first time outside the skin of the carrier Enterprise — and “immediately ordered an investigation,” he says in a Jan. 7 post on his command blog. Harvey also says he reviewed the videotapes published online by Norfolk’s Virginian-Pilot newspaper that weekend and then made his controversial decision to fire Honors, who’d graduated from executive officer — his position when the sometimes-racy, meant-to-be-humorous  short films were produced — to become the 49-year-old carrier’s commanding…

The Navy didn’t mince words in its official reaction to Capt. Owen Honors’ role in the creation of what are viewed by many as overly suggestive or inappropriate videos — meant to be humorous — that were broadcast aboard the carrier Enterprise during his run as XO back in 2006-2007. “Those in command … are held accountable for setting the proper tone and upholding the standards of honor, courage and commitment that we expect sailors to exemplify,” said Cmdr. Chris Sims, spokesman for U.S. Fleet Forces Command. You won’t find any such criticism on a Facebook page, “We Support Captain…

It’s that time of year again, and the top brass are issuing their holiday greetings. Top marks, as usual, go to MCPON Rick West with yet another creative video put out on his Facebook page. You can view it here. He seems to enjoy putting out goofy videos to get his message across. CNO Adm. Gary Roughead issued his own message: Thank you for your dedicated service and the great work you continue to do. Because of you, our nation can celebrate this holiday season knowing the world’s most powerful Navy is on watch around the world. To follow MCPON…

  Meet Lt. John Pucillo. This EOD leader lost his left leg above the knee when an IED exploded outside his vehicle in May 2006, in Baghdad. But he didn’t let that hold him back. Pucillo endured nine grueling months of rehab at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, then returned to active EOD service. He made the U.S. Paralympics Sailing National Team and earned his master’s degree in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College in Newport, R.I. Now, the Bronze Star recipient has added another decoration to crown his fruit salad: Jump wings.

For the second time in as many weeks, Defense Secretary Robert Gates has publicly proclaimed his own sanity. Or at least that he is “not crazy.” The first happened May 7 when he told reporters: I may want to change things, but I’m not crazy. I’m not going to cut a carrier, OK?” The comment was in response to headlines Gates made on May 3 when he questioned the need for 11 carrier strike groups. Today, Gates conceded a fiscal fight when the House Armed Services Committee decided the Pentagon’s basic pay raise from 1.4 to 1.9 percent. As first…

Date: May 13, 2010 Location: Heritage Foundation, Washington D.C. Subj: CNO comments In a speech and response to questions offered at the Heritage Foundation Thursday, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead urged fiscal responsibility yet downplayed talk of further cuts to Navy ships and programs. He agreed with Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ call for greater scrutiny in procurement, and said he is a “proponent” for considering revisions to decades-old laws governing personnel issues. (You can read more about that in Monday’s edition of Navy Times).  Other highlights:

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