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The Ohio-class guided-missile submarine USS Ohio (SSGN 726) arrives at the Republic of Korea fleet base in Busan for a regular port visit during a routine deployment to the Western Pacific. Ohio is stationed out of Bangor, Wash. and is currently forward deployed to Guam.


Sens. Brown and Portman to Co-Host Nine United States Service Academy Seminars Throughout the State

Eligible Students May Apply for the U.S. Air Force Academy, Naval Academy, Merchant Marine Academy, and Military Academy at West Point

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) recently encouraged Ohioans interested in 2018 admission to U.S. Military Service Academies to apply to each senator’s office for a congressional nomination.

“Ohio’s students have the integrity, courage, and knowledge needed to enroll in our nation’s prestigious military academies and I am honored to nominate students for this high honor,” said Brown. “These academies develop the next generation of leaders who will serve our country as military officers and national leaders.”

“I am particularly honored as a United States Senator to have the privilege every year of nominating a number of Ohio’s top young achievers for entry into one of our nation’s service academies,” said Portman. “Our nation has never had to look further than the Buckeye State to find those individuals who exhibit the sterling qualities of leadership, daring, and the sense of adventure needed to turn the biggest dreams into reality, and to rise to any occasion.”

Each year, Brown and Portman nominate up to 10 students for each service academy: the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Interested students who meet the eligibility requirements should send their completed application packet to Brown’s Cleveland office and to Portman’s Columbus office no later than September 22, 2017. The application process is time-intensive. Applicants should plan well in advance.

For more information or to request an application, please visit Brown’s website here or Portman’s website here. Inquiries can also be directed to Brown’s Academy Coordinator at the Cleveland office 888-896-6446 to Portman’s Academy Coordinator at the Columbus office 1-800-205-OHIO.

Brown and Portman will co-host nine United States Service Academy Seminars throughout the state for students who are interested in learning about the application processes. A list of locations can be found below:

Thursday, Apr. 6, 2017: Youngstown State University; Kilcawley Center; Ohio Room; One University Plaza; Youngstown, OH 44555; 6–8 p.m.

Tuesday, Apr. 11, 2017: St. Charles Preparatory School; Atrium; 2010 East Broad St.; Bexley, OH 43209; 6–8 p.m.

Thursday, Apr. 13, 2017: Bowling Green State University; Bowen Thompson Student Union Building; Alumni Meeting Room 316; Bowling Green, OH 43403; 6–8 p.m.

Tuesday, Apr. 18, 2017: Zane State College; Advanced Science and Technology Center; Room 223; 1555 Newark Road; Zanesville, OH 43701; 6–8 p.m.

Thursday, Apr. 20, 2017: The Mills Morgan Tower; 3500 Pentagon Boulevard, 1st Floor; Beavercreek, OH 45431; 6–8 p.m.

Saturday, Apr. 22, 2017: Horizon Science Academy; 6000 South Marginal Road; Cleveland, OH 44103; 10 a.m.–noon

Tuesday, Apr. 25, 2017: Jackson City Library; 21 Broadway Street; Jackson, OH 45640; 6–8 p.m.

Wednesday, Apr. 26, 2017: North Central State College; Kee Hall, Rooms 128A & 128B; Main Campus; Mansfield, OH 44901; 6–8 p.m.

Thursday, May 4, 2017: Symmes Township Branch Library; 11850 Enyart Road; Loveland, OH 45140; 6–8 p.m.

Westerville, Ohio Native Supports Naval Aviation Modernization

By Lieutenant Jill Ryan,

Navy Office of Community Outreach

LEMOORE, Calif. – A Westerville South High School graduate and Westerville, Ohio native is serving in the U.S. Navy with Commander Strike Fighter Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CSFWP).

Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicholas George works as an aviation electronic’s technician and operates out of Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore, California.

George is responsible for the avionics on the F-35 aircraft.

“Making planes fly and seeing them take off after I’ve worked hard on them is a very rewarding feeling,” George said.

“Lemoore has been home to the Navy’s west coast strike fighter community since 1980, when strike fighter squadron VFA-125 was the first squadron established to train Navy and Marine Corps aviators in the F/A-18 Hornet,” said Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker, Commander, Naval Air Forces.

The strike fighter wing, headquartered at NAS Lemoore, ensures that each squadron is fully combat-ready to conduct carrier-based, all-weather, attack, fighter and support missions for the Pacific Fleet.

“The camaraderie throughout the shop and entire command is very career oriented and family oriented,” George said.

With the CSFWP consisting of more than 20 squadrons, highly specialized jobs range from training new aviators to maintaining airframes and engines, to handling and flying aircraft.

“I get to serve my country and follow in my grandfather’s foots steps and those who have gone before me. I take great pride in following that tradition,” George said.

Newark, Ohio Native Supports Naval Aviation Modernization

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David Wyscaver

Navy Office of Community Outreach

LEMOORE, Calif. – A Licking Valley High School graduate and Newark, Ohio native is serving in the U.S. Navy with Commander Strike Fighter Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CSFWP).

Petty Officer 3rd Class Aurora Chalfant works as an aviation maintenance administration-man and operates out of Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore, California.

Chalfant is responsible for maintaining the logbook records for the jets within the squadron.

“I enjoy working with my fellow shipmates, getting to know new people and traveling around the world,” Chalfant said.

“Lemoore has been home to the Navy’s west coast strike fighter community since 1980, when strike fighter squadron VFA-125 was the first squadron established to train Navy and Marine Corps aviators in the F/A-18 Hornet,” said Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker, Commander, Naval Air Forces.

The strike fighter wing, headquartered at NAS Lemoore, ensures that each squadron is fully combat-ready to conduct carrier-based, all-weather, attack, fighter and support missions for the Pacific Fleet.

“I like that the chain of command looks out for their Sailors and ensures their well-being,” Chalfant said.

With the CSFWP consisting of more than 20 squadrons, highly specialized jobs range from training new aviators to maintaining airframes and engines, to handling and flying aircraft.

“The most important thing I’ve learned during my naval service is that everyone has an important role to play in order to ensure team success,” Chalfant said.

ONG member Death reported in Indiana

An Ohio National Guard member has died at a training facility in Indiana.

Capt. Brian A. Stillman, 43, of Norton, Ohio collapsed while training at Camp Atterbury in Edinburgh, Indiana shortly after 12:30 p.m. Friday, March 10.

Efforts to revive Stillman were unsuccessful. The cause of his death is under investigation and no further details are available at this time.

The Ohio-class guided-missile submarine USS Ohio (SSGN 726) arrives at the Republic of Korea fleet base in Busan for a regular port visit during a routine deployment to the Western Pacific. Ohio is stationed out of Bangor, Wash. and is currently forward deployed to Guam.
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