The summer of 2005 finds the world’s best Submarine Force on watch, supporting the global war on terrorism and ensuring that our Force will meet future threats. To facilitate this, we stand poised to usher in a new submarine, the converted Ohio–class SSGN, and continually place new submarines to sea with technologies that previous undersea warriors could only imagine. Additionally, we continue to refine our Human Capital Strategy (HCS), our comprehensive plan to build rewarding careers for every member of the Submarine Force.
Continuing education programs are a vital – and yet to be fully exploited – asset for the Submarine Force and a critical pillar of our HCS. Worthwhile programs for career-minded officers are plentiful, one of which is the Naval Postgraduate School’s (NPS) Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) program. The EMBA program is available to those of you who will be on shore duty in Norfolk, San Diego, or the Washington, D.C. area. This and other fully funded programs are a key component of an officer’s resume and help to build a better balanced Submarine Force. The EMBA program is administered remotely by video teleconference. The two-year span coincides well with a nominal shore tour. As exceptional an opportunity as this programs is, we are underutilizing it. Of the more than 100 naval officers who participate in the NPS course annually, we only fill 3 of the 14 billets allotted to the Submarine Force. To learn more about the EMBA program, visit the website at www.nps.navy.mil/gsbpp/emba/index.htm. For more about other education programs, see our article, “Naval Postgraduate School Pushes USW Envelope” on page 16 of this issue.
In other people news, this issue contains guidance and vision from senior leaders of the Submarine Force. On page 4, Vice Adm. Munns lays out his vision for the near future of our Force and reflects back on some of the great strides made by submariners. In the “Operational Depth” section of this issue, the Submarine Force Master Chiefs, COMSUBFOR Master Chief Petty Officer Dean Irwin and COMSUBPAC Master Chief Petty Officer Michael Benko set forth the standards and tones that Chief Petty Officers should model and reinforce with their Sailors.
I cannot complete my discussion of people news without some words of farewell and welcome. The Submarine Force said a heartfelt goodbye to Rear Adm. Paul Sullivan, former Commander, Submarine Force, Pacific Fleet on April 20 as he retired after 35 years of distinguished service. Rear Adm. Jeff Cassias now has the helm of the Pacific Fleet Submarine Force. Rear Adm. Cassias previously served as Commander, Submarine Groups 2 and 10, and Commander, Navy Region Northeast.
I wish fair winds and following seas to Lt. Cmdr. Scott Young, our outgoing military editor. Scott, who was dual-hatted as our N77 congressional liaison, is returning to the fleet as Executive Officer of USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN-730). And finally, I welcome aboard Scott’s relief, Lt. Cmdr. Wayne Grasdock. Wayne comes to us from USS Philadelphia (SSN-690), where he served as navigator.
Moving on to the hardware aspects of our business, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are contributing to the global war on terrorism by providing surveillance and force protection for our troops. Using this technology for the photographic surveillance of submarines in port is an option being explored by the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). To learn more about this, see the article on page 6.
To fully appreciate the work that goes on behind the scenes to support our Navy, on page 8 we learn about the Naval Surface Warfare Center’s Carderock Division, one of the most advanced research, design, and testing facilities in the world. Carderock evaluates and hones all our platforms, both current and future, to make them as stealthy and lethal as possible.
Finally, I wish to thank the Naval Submarine League for their
support of our 7th Annual Photo Contest (see centerfold). As one can
see from the photos, the pride for all who serve in the Silent Service
runs deep. BZ to all who submitted photos.