USS Remora Class Joins the Fleet

GROTON (June 10, 2014) – Sixty-six Sailors of “Class 14280” USS Remora (SS-487), graduated from Basic Enlisted Submarine School, Friday, 13 June.

Seaman Apprentice Joseph Sampson was Class Honorman with a Grade Point Average of 98.79. Sampson, who was meritoriously advanced as a result of his academic performance, continues in the Apprentice Team Training pipeline.

Seaman Apprentice Javier McMillon was recipient of the Submarine Heritage Award.

Seaman Apprentice Michael Mize received the Navy Core Values Award for best exemplifying the standards and expectations of a United States Navy Sailor.

With Grade Point Averages of 90.0 or higher Seaman Recruit Jesse Guillot, Seaman William Austin, Seaman Angelito Mostajo, Seaman Clay Mayer, Seaman Jamar Williamson, Fireman Recruit Alexander Williams, Fireman Derrick Francis, Seaman Miguel Diaz Morales, Seaman Apprentice Tyler Harrington, Seaman Recruit Thomas Sundell, Seaman Recruit Matthew Harsey, Seaman Nicholas Mabry, Seaman Apprentice Christopher Santana, Machinist Mate 3rd Class Ian Patsfield, Seaman Matthew Gabb, Seaman Andrew Dibble, Seaman Recruit Jordan Guerrerosargent, Seaman Recruit Chase Mikulastik, Seaman Brian Christian, and Seaman Recruit Todd Montgomery joined Mize and McMillon as Graduates with Distinction.

Basic Enlisted Submarine School is a six-week introduction to the basic theory, construction and operation of nuclear powered submarines. In preparation for an assignment, Sailors receive instruction on shipboard organization, submarine safety and escape procedures.

William Kenny
Submarine Learning Center Public Affairs

UNH ROTC Student Awarded Legion of Valor Achievement Award

WEST HAVEN, CT (05/30/2014)(readMedia)– Brett Rankowitz, a University of New Haven senior majoring in criminal justice and a member of the UNH Reserved Officer Training Corps program, has been awarded the Bronze Cross Legion of Valor Achievement Award.


Brett Rankowitz

Brett, a Niantic resident, was awarded the cross for outstanding performance throughout his junior year at UNH. Fewer than 50 cadets and midshipmen nationally receive the cross each year.

“Brett’s constant desire and willingness to achieve a higher standard warranted this prestigious award,” said Capt. Sean Ritchie of the UNH ROTC program. “Every single day he performed to the best of his abilities, and he consistently set a positive example for others within the program.”

Brett, who will be the company commander of the UNH ROTC cadets beginning this fall, has served as an ROTC team leader, squad leader, platoon sergeant, platoon leader and company first sergeant. “His peer and leadership evaluations, without a doubt, demonstrated his knowledge and frequently earned him a score of ‘excellent,”‘ Ritchie said.

As a member of the Nathan Hale Battalion Ranger Company, Rankowitz conducted physical training five days a week, and each Thursday he conducted road marches ranging of up to 12 miles while carrying a 50 pound backpack. “Brett’s willingness to push himself and, subsequently, to achieve a higher standard, motivated and inspired his subordinates and peers daily,” said Ritchie.

The University of New Haven is a private, top-tier comprehensive institution recognized as a national leader in experiential education. Founded in 1920 the university enrolls approximately 1,800 graduate students and more than 4,600 undergraduates.

214 New Ensigns Commissioned

Photo  Template for the ResidentBy Mary Belanger

On Wednesday May 21, Cadet Memorial Field is staged and ready to begin the US Coast Guard Academy’s 133rd commencement exercises.

What a picture-perfect scene of a breathtaking celebration to honor such an elite group of young men and women.  The sun shining through the multiple shades of blue in the sky only enhanced the white uniforms of the cadets soon to graduate and be commissioned into the US Coast Guard.

The time is here, there is a vigilance of silence, the chapel bells are chiming, the sound of a 21 gun salute brings a note of honor and the Coast Guard Band captures our hearts with the sound of Pomp and Circumstance as the Cadets march in. 

Distinguished Graduate, Stephanie Jocis of Palos Verdes, California spoke of how she related her four years at the Academy to the likes of entering a revolving door. Stephanie spoke about each turn of the door as being another challenging year.  At times she felt isolated. With last year’s final turn, she was able to exit with the best version of herself.  She concluded that, “Camaraderie of the Academy changes everyone from I to We in the service of their nation.”

Jeh Johnson, Secretary of the Department Of Homeland Security delivered the keynote address to the 214 graduates.  Secretary Johnson stated that, “Graduation represents an accumulation of four years of hard work, but it is not an end, it is not your destination, it is your next beginning.”  He gave reference to Stephanie Jocis,  “How at times she felt isolated” and said, “Yes, it’s been hard, and we make it hard for a reason, our nation, our department and our Coast Guard requires the best and the strongest.”  He asked the cadets to live by their moral and ethic compass, “Your fellow Americans will expect a lot from you. Set the example, behave as if the whole world is watching.”      

Admiral Robert J. Papp Jr., Commandant of the US Coast Guard, who will be retiring at the end of the month, administered the oath of office to the cadets. As the Admiral stood before the cadets for the last time, he asked them, “Turn around and say thank you!”

Class president Bradley Pienta thanked the Admiral and voiced, “We promise to take all that we have learned from you into the fleet.”

Submarine Officer Basic Course Graduation

GROTON (May 22, 2014) – Thirty-seven officers, “Class 14030”, graduated from the Submarine Officer Basic Course Thursday, 22 May

Captain Dale Green, USN, Shipyard Representative, Submarine Group Two, was the guest speaker.

Ensign Austin Anderson received the L. Y. Spear Award and a gold watch in recognition of his overall superior academic performance as the Basic Course Honor Graduate.

Ensign Andrew Moore was recipient of the Admiral Andrew I. McKee Award, given to the graduate who displays excellence in the submarine systems and diving trainer portions of the course and who demonstrates superior performance in the areas of submarine design and safety.

Lieutenant Daniel Cary was awarded the Naval Submarine League Tactical Excellence Award for achieving the greatest understanding of Target Motion Analysis (TMA) as measured by demonstrated proficiency in plotting mechanics and fire control system operation.

The Submarine Officer Basic Course is ten weeks in length and teaches officers the theory, instruction and operation of nuclear powered submarines. In preparation for their first submarine assignment, officers receive intensive instruction in areas to include shipboard organization, damage control, submarine safety and escape procedures, submarine weapons, fire control and sonar systems in order to be a fully contributing member of a ship’s wardroom from the day they report aboard.