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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…

Sailors assigned to the Marianas detachment of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 5 kept Guam safe from a blast from the past. On Thursday, after an evacuation, their “render safe” procedure on a 500-pound, World War II-era bomb found near the entrance to the naval magazine proved successful. The team disarmed the bomb’s tail and nose fuzes before it was removed from the area for disposal, according to a post on Naval Base Guam’s official Facebook page. The bomb was found on a construction site. Lt. Dhruy Parashar, the unit’s officer in charge, had some words of advice for others…

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 football team clinched its trip to the postseason in decisive fashion Saturday, rolling over South Alabama 42-14 in Annapolis to move to 6-4 on the year. The win guarantees Navy will finish its regular season at .500 or better, meaning it can accept a bid to the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, which kicks off at 11:45 a.m. Eastern on Dec. 30 in Fort Worth, Texas. Navy’s set to face a team from the Mountain West Conference, though the Mids might not know which team until early December. Can’t swing a trip to Texas over the holidays?…

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…

Chalk it up as another win for the Navy’s band of botanists. Two rare and long-imperiled plants that subsist only on San Clemente Island are returning from the brink of extinction after decades under the threat of bombs, shelling, SEAL raiders and especially feral goats. The San Clemente Island lotus and paintbrush are numerous enough that the Fish and Wildlife Service downgraded their status from endangered to threatened in a July 25 announcement, which credited the Navy for their comeback. San Clemente, the most southern of the Channel Islands off southern California, is an uninhabited and oft-bombarded isle used in…

Three months after Information Systems Technician 1st Class (EXW) Ernie Torres set an unofficial world record for breaking pine boards while plummeting toward Earth, the Guinness Book of World records has confirmed it. Torres now holds the record for “Most Pine Boards Broken in Free-fall.” Torres punched through 12 boards while free-falling 16,000 feet at 120 mph, and didn’t do it for the fame. He did it to bring awareness to his fundraising efforts with the Wounded Warrior Project. “I know the news of the record went worldwide,” Torres said in a Navy release. “My goal was to raise awareness…

Not many people can say that they were born at 12,000 feet, but that’s how it happened for Michigan’s Andy Howay on New Year’s Day 1986. His mother, JoAnn Howay, went into premature labor that day, and when she arrived at the local hospital in Alpena, Mich., the doctors thought she’d be better cared for at a hospital with a neonatal intensive care unit. It would take a three-hour drive to get there, if the baby could wait that long. The other option was a 20-minute flight by Coast Guard HU-25 Falcon jet, one of which just happened to be…

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