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Reporting from the fourth annual Naval Expeditionary Forces Symposium and Expo … Lt. Cmdr. Jeff Stebbins, executive officer of EOD Mobile Unit 6, is giving the EOD scoop. He is a mustang with a wealth of knowledge in gunnery, parachute ops and all things that go boom. And he brings a remarkable and commendable report of EOD operations in operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom for 2009. These sailors and officers: Conducted 6,125 combat missions Conducted 916 direct-action missions with Special Operations Forces Neutralized 1,306 improvised explosive devices Removed 336,000 pounds of explosives from the battlefield Were awarded six Purple…

From the fourth annual Naval Expeditionary Forces Symposium and Expo … Rear Adm. (select) Kevin Scott, director of the Expeditionary Warfare Division (N85), reiterated the Navy’s emphasis on “going green” in regard to energy consumption. “This is not lip service. We are dedicated to make this happen,” he said. “But this is not about being green totally. This is about saving lives because we are losing [troops] everyday hauling food, water, gas and those types of things. The sooner we can get down this energy slide, the sooner we are saving these lives.” Scott said fuel, which is running $80…

The final day of the fourth annual Navy Expeditionary Forces Symposium and Expo is off to a cold and miserable start. Sleet, snow and high winds made for a white beach and some wicked waves. You had to be expeditionary in nature to get across the chilly moat that now surrounds the Virginia Beach Convention Center. But once inside, you are treated to warm temperatures and the soothing sounds of an elevator-esque version of “Tequila.” The opening session featured Rear Adm. (select) Kevin Scott, director of the Expeditionary Warfare Division (N85). The key word was clear: Integration. Specifically, integration at…

Rear Adm. Nevin Carr, Jr., the 22nd chief of naval research, just wrapped up at the Naval Expeditionary Forces Symposium and Expo in Virginia Beach. The highlight was his “parade of cool things.” As would be expected. After all, the man has a team of 850 Ph.D.’s working on things from outer space to ocean depths. He has a squadron of test aircraft — he even has a submarine. And here are a few things he’s working on for the expeditionary warfighter: 1. Electronic Protection System — “Not all armor needs to be impenetrable — it just needs to be…

Brian Detter, deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for Expeditionary Warfare, thusfar has dibs on the eyebrow-raising moment of the fourth annual Naval Expeditionary Forces Symposium in Virginia Beach. Detter emphasized ways the Navy is going green. Not Army green, but environmental green. He addressed “the direction of the future” that included the use of flex-fuels, hybrid electricity and electric-only power to reduce petroleum use by 50 percent by 2015; the use of biofuels in surface vessels and aircraft by 2016 and plans to produce 50 percent of shore power by 2020 – an undertaking already showing its worth in…

Scoop Deck just spent an awesome week with the hard-working staff at Navy Personnel Command in Millington, Tenn. You’ll be seeing the fruit of this visit in coming editions of Navy Times. In the meantime, here are a few comments that really caught our attention: “We receive and process 7 million record updates annually.” – Dwight Stanton, deputy, Personnel Info Management Department. (For the record, that’s more than 19,000 letters every day. The personnel bubbas told me this mail alone weighs in at 130,000 pounds annually. That weight is equal to 356 links of anchor chain, 52 Humvees, three pre-boneyard…

It seems Navy Exchange Service Command uniform centers have been selling a blue T-shirt that is not authorized for wear with the blue-and-gray camouflage Navy Working Uniform. The T-shirt in question is the 50/50 cotton/polyester version identified by “Soffe” in red letters on the collar label. Only the cotton version is authorized. NEXCom has pulled the 50/50s from the shelf and is offering refunds (with receipt) or store credit (without receipt) for unworn shirts. Interestingly, Navadmin 015/10 encourages sailors to retain (but not wear) the 50/50s “and await the outcome of a study to determine if it is suitable for…

It’s no secret the naval fleet has more gaps than O.J.’s alibi. The Navy is lacking surface vessels, especially amphibs. Submarine and aviation gaps are on the horizon. Even the carrier fleet will drop below requirements for at least three years beginning in 2012. Adding the crushing blow on this already sizable dog pile is the fact that SSBN(X) will cost $80 billion — which the Navy doesn’t have. Unless Congress coughs up the cash, the shipbuilding budget will be cut by half for a whopping 14 years. Ouch. Since it’s very unlikely the Navy will get everything it needs,…

Some friends of a fired CO are rallying support online. Check out this Facebook page named “Support Capt. John Titus,” in honor of the commanding officer of the Navy Supply Corps School who was relieved of command on Jan. 8. The page creators want people to send letters of endorsement to the chief of naval personnel to consider along with Titus’ detached for cause package. Michael Aldrich, a supply officer with a Facebook page, posts on the wall “CAPT Titus ROCKS!!!!” That’s the fired CO himself up there (second from the left) in a photo from the groundbreaking for the new supply…

Thanks to Joel “Bubblehead” Kennedy, who reminds us of the 50th anniversary of the commissioning of USS George Washington (SSBN 598), the first ballistic missile submarine. What must it have been like to be there July 20 1960, when the skipper sent a burner 1,100 miles downrange, then sent President Eisenhower the message: POLARIS — FROM OUT OF THE DEEP TO TARGET. PERFECT. I think Bubblehead says it best: Service in SSBNs might not be as glamorous and exciting as being on an attack boat, but the bottom line is that our strategic capability is the cornerstone of our national…

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