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The Navy is Underrepresented!

Published: March 15th, 2013
Updated: August 16, 2014

One of my favorite places to stay when we travel to Florida is the Shades of Green, but during each visit I find the Navy is seriously underrepresented! Rarely do I find anyone, active duty or retired, who served in the Navy. The Army folks are everywhere, and good on them! It is time for the Navy to realize and take advantage in greater numbers. I can only assume our Sailors are just unaware of the opportunity, so I hope to help inform via this post. (Read the rest of the article…)



My Intro to Film Class

Published: October 12th, 2012
Updated: November 5, 2012

This current semester, I am taking Introduction to Film. I decided to take the class only because it was in a convenient time slot, and not because I had any interest in taking the class. I am, however, enjoying it; for instance, we watched Quentin Tarantino’s, Reservoir Dogs — it was the first time I had ever seen the film, it was weird, but cool. Anyway…

The first major paper in the class is a scene analysis. We could pick any movie, any scene. I choose the movie, Saving Private Ryan; hopefully you are able to figure which scene via my essay…

The world as we experience it through our own senses is limited in its scope to the singular perspective. In film, however, using the same setting with the use of many different camera angles and positions, producing shots that are choreographed with crisp sound into a sequence, can take even an otherwise boring event and present it as epic. Filmmaking has the ability to broaden perspective — exponentially. In an essential scene in Saving Private Ryan, the film maker manages the elements of cinematography, sound, setting and editing to grab the audience’s attention and put them on edge for what will be coming next.

Released to theaters on July 24, 1998, (Read the rest of the article…)



Navy Veteran, Dave Bray

Published: September 3rd, 2012
Updated: May 21, 2015

During the long Labor Day weekend, my wife and I traveled to the Soldiers’ Angels Headquarters in San Antonio, Texas. We attended a Milblog conference where we had the opportunity to discuss many topics from the care of our Wounded Warriors to the opportunities for Veteran employment in this time of limited job availability. It was during this conference that we had the chance to meet Navy Veteran, and the lead singer of Madison Rising, Dave Bray.

Dave Bray of Madison Rising Packing Boxes for Soldiers' Angels

Dave Bray is filling care-packages for deployed Servicemembers.

The son of a Sailor, Dave Bray was born in England outside of Menwith Hill Station. Soon thereafter, he and his family transferred to Ft. Meade, Maryland where the family took up homestead in Southern Pennsylvania. His father’s service to his country was a great example to both Dave and his brother.

Dave’s older brother was the first to enlist. He followed his brother as soon as he could – entering the Delayed Entry Program (DEP) at 17. Dave, always the achiever, he saw an opportunity to get ahead and referred three of his peers who also enlisted – earning him the pay-grade of E-3 before he even got on the bus to go to Recruit Training Command.

While in boot-camp, Dave was selected to the position of RCPO (Recruit Chief Petty Officer). (Read the rest of the article…)



Project Valour-IT 2012

Published: July 13th, 2012
Updated: October 20, 2014

There are just a few organizations that my wife and I provide donations throughout the year, and they are; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, our church, and Soldiers’ Angels Project Valour-IT.

Since 2005, Project Valour-IT has helped thousands of our Wounded Warriors by providing them with voice-controlled/adaptive laptop computers and other technology to support Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines recovering from hand wounds and other severe injuries. Some of the items include; (Read the rest of the article…)



Machinist Jobs in Tennessee

Published: June 5th, 2012
Updated: October 20, 2014

An employment opportunity for those leaving the Navy in the near future or are out and looking for employment; Kronos Energy Solutions, an expanding company in Cordova, Tennessee that has been operating since 2009, has two openings for skilled full time machinists capable of working with a wide variety of different materials. Machines included but not limited to are, Lathes, Punches, brakes, saws, and water jet cutting. Candidates with a variety of machining skills are encouraged to apply. CNC experience preferred but not required. Blueprint reading, precision measuring, and organized work habits are a must. Ability to calculate in decimals and fractions are required. Occasional heavy lifting with assistance is required.

The following (Read the rest of the article…)



Join the USNI

Published: January 16th, 2012
Updated: March 6, 2012

If you are considering a career in one of our sea services, I recommend that you join the United States Naval Institute (USNI).

Your USNI membership will give you access to online resources to assist you in gaining valuable knowledge of our nation’s history. A resource that no Future Sailor and interested family members should be without.

From the USNI Member’s Benefits page;

  • You empower active-duty Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen by giving them exclusive access to strategic insights and perspectives that shape their understanding of key issues that challenge America’s armed forces, plus the real-world, decision-making tools they use every day to carry out their missions and keep America strong, safe and free.
  • You foster a stronger, more dynamic national defense by providing the means for an indispensable independent forum that stimulates and enables an open exchange of Sea Services commentary and discourse that challenges conventional wisdom and maximizes the quality of professional debate.
  • You honor the men and women of our Sea Services by preserving their powerful legacy and history so that future generations may continue to value their service, dedication and sacrifice.

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Labor Day 2011, Need a Job?

Published: September 5th, 2011
Updated: October 20, 2014

Even with the national unemployment rate hovering at 9.1%, there are jobs available for those with the skills and education to fill them. In a lot of cases your prior military experience will fill the bill; companies are seeking Veterans with your skill set.

One such company is IAP Worldwide Services. IAP is currently seeking applicants for various positions within the United States and internationally. Here is a sampling of the positions IAP is looking to fill;

In the United States:

–Administrative assistant position in Fort Irwin, CA. You would need to be able to get a secret clearance, the job pays $28 an hour.
–Director, Operations and Power Systems position in Panama City, Florida.
–HVAC/Controls Technician position in Annapolis, MD.
–Electrician position in Washington, DC. You would need a top secret clearance.
–Maintenance Carpenter position in Jacksonville, FL. (Read the rest of the article…)



Nuke Jobs Available in US, Asia, and the Middle East

Published: August 8th, 2011
Updated: October 20, 2014

Time to leverage your shipboard power knowledge and translate it to land based power plants and other projects? Bechtel Corporation is prepared to help transition qualified engineers – Naval Officers and NCOs for engineering leadership positions, into their business. Bechtel currently has several projects and needs for Navy Nuclear Power trained engineers in the US, in Asia, and the Middle East. Bechtel is prepared to help transition qualified engineers into their business and allocate resources to do this.

Bechtel has 100’s of openings, many in the field of Nuclear Power generation, and they are aggressively seeking the usual suspects; US Navy nuclear propulsion trained Petty Officers (E-6 and up) qualified in Submarines (i.e., Engineering Lab Technicians [ELT’s], Machinist Mates [MM’s], Electronic Technicians [ET’s]) (AS degrees preferred); US Navy nuclear propulsion trained officers (ranks of O3 – O5 preferred); US Navy nuclear submarine qualified officers (ranks of O3 – O5 preferred); US Navy nuclear propulsion trained Warrant officers – submarine or surface ship; US Navy nuclear aircraft carrier nuclear propulsion trained officers; US Navy nuclear propulsion trained US Naval Petty Officers (E-6 and up) surface Navy (i.e., ELT’s, MM’s, ET’s) (AS degrees preferred); US Navy nuclear propulsion prototype instructors (Read the rest of the article…)



BNSF Railway

Published: July 7th, 2011
Updated: October 20, 2014

The BNSF Railway is looking to hire military leaders, E-5 and above, with a minimum of three years of supervisory experience, who are on terminal leave or completely out of the service for an August/September start date.

Having a mechanical background is NOT required.

The locations for employment include, Montana, Nebraska, Wyoming, Minnesota, and Kansas.

Expected starting salary range is $57,400 to $67,800 plus an annual benefits package valued at about $22,000.

To apply, applicants MUST fill out a complete (Read the rest of the article…)



Project Valour-IT 2011

Published: July 1st, 2011
Updated: August 22, 2014

This year, from today to the 14th of July, we must pool our resources and truly help and assist our Wounded Warriors. With Soldier’s Angels Project Valour-IT, there is no better direct contribution to their well-being that you can make beyond handing your resources directly to them. You see, Project Valour-IT is a 100%, absolutely no administrative cost deducted, donation to the cause – that is a rare occurrence, as I’m sure you’ll agree.

Over the years, more than 6000 of our Wounded Warriors have benefited from the donations made to Project Valour-IT, but, sadly, many more than 6000 could have benefited if only there was more money available.

What is Project Valour-IT?

Project Valour-IT helps provide voice-controlled/adaptive laptop computers and other technology to support Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines recovering from hand wounds and other severe injuries. Items supplied include: (Read the rest of the article…)



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