NavEur News (96-21) 23 May 1996 
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 NavEur News (96-21) 23 May 1996

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2. ***************IMPORTANT NEWS ITEMS***********************
     - Across Seas, Boorda Bid Last Farewell
       VIPs, Sailors Gather in D.C., London and Italy
     - Sixth Fleet Pauses to Honor Shipmate
     - Marines Assist Another American Embassy in Africa
     - Marines Train with Spanish in Matador 96
     - Destroyer Joins Operation Sharp Guard
     - EUCOM Deputy Commander-in-Chief Visits USS Guam
     - Assured Response Sailor Returns to His Birthplace
     - Snapshots of Earth Transmitted to USS La Salle
     - Cruiser Back in the Med
     - 1996 Memorial Day Message from the Secretary of Defense
       to Members of the Armed Forces
     - Marines Honored By Elementary Students
     - Bill Would Ban {*filter*} Publications on Installations
     - Survey Aids in Establishing 1997 VHA Rates
     - NavEur Ships May 23
     - Quote of the Week: RADM John R. Ryan
     - Bravo Zulu: RADM Charles S. Abbot
     - NAVEUR Magazine Wants Your Ideas
(Editor's Note: The following story is published with permission
from Stars and Stripes Europe.)
Headline: Across Seas, Boorda Bid Last Farewell
          VIPs, Sailors Gather in D.C., London and Italy
By: Chuck Vinch and Sue Palumbo
     (STARS AND STRIPES Europe) - (NENS) -- A somber President
Clinton and other senior government and military officials
gathered Tuesday in Washington to offer a final farewell to Chief
of Naval Operations ADM Mike Boorda.
     In an emotional 90-minute service at Washington National
Cathedral, ADM Boorda's widow, Bettie, and his four children
accepted condolences from those who recalled the admiral as a
spirited leader who always held the well-being of his Sailors
close to heart.
     In London and Naples, Italy, hundreds of others also
gathered Tuesday to honor the memory of the Navy's top officer.
     The 57-year-old ADM Boorda shot himself to death with a .38-
caliber handgun last week at his home in the Washington Navy Yard
shortly before a scheduled interview with two Newsweek reporters
questioning the validity of some of the admiral's decorations.
     Clinton called 5-foot-5 ADM Boorda "a small man with a big
heart, large vision and great courage."
     "How we shall miss his warm manner and sharp wit ... and his
deep sense of honor, which no person should ever question,"
Clinton said.
     "In Mike Boorda's passing, the nation has lost a great
patriot, and I and the others who served beside him have lost a
very special friend," said U.S. Army GEN John M. Shalikashvili,
chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
     Every speaker at the memorial service noted ADM Boorda's
unwavering concern for the welfare of the enlisted Sailors who
served under him.
     ADM Boorda identified closely with enlisted Sailors because
he started his career as one. He was a "Mustang," the military's
term for officers who previously served in the enlisted ranks.
     "Although he was an excellent strategist, he will always be
remembered as a 'Sailor's Sailor,'" GEN Shalikashvili said.
     "Whether they were chipping paint or swabbing decks, he made
every one of them feel important," said Navy Secretary John
     "He made them feel that what they were doing had a major
impact on the mission of that ship."
     ADM Boorda was "a Navy man who, at every stage of his
career, put the interests of Sailors and their families first,"
said Defense Secretary William Perry.
     In Naples, the mood was quiet and reserved as more than 150
Navy officials, Sailors, family members and foreign military
officers gathered to grieve and remember.
     To many in Naples, ADM Boorda represented a friendly yet
powerful ally in the move to improve the quality of life.
     RADM John R. Ryan, commander, Fleet Air Mediterranean, spoke
of a man who was so keenly interested in his Sailors in the
Mediterranean that he made frequent unscheduled stops just to see
how things were in his old stomping grounds.
     During one whirlwind visit after a grueling three-day trip
and a late-night arrival, ADM Boorda insisted RADM Ryan meet him
in Sigonella, Sicily, to give him a personal update.
     At ADM Boorda's insistent enthusiasm, the talk lasted long
into the night. At the end of the encounter, RADM Ryan said, ADM
Boorda sat back with a sparkle in his eye and said, "Aren't our
Sailors great!"
     Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicole Barrett said ADM Boorda made
an impact on her life.
     "He looked at us as individuals with families, and not just
numbers," said Petty Officer Barrett, who attended the ceremony
in Naples. "You could see that he genuinely cared about us and
knew that the enlisted people are the backbone of the Navy and he
treated us like that."
     RADM Ryan told the sometimes tearful mourners not to listen
to the media and the "experts." He said no one will ever know the
full story of why ADM Boorda took his own life.
     "We can't focus on the unknown," said RADM Ryan. "So focus
on what we do know. Admiral Boorda gave 40 years of service to
the Navy, was a wonderful human being, a genuine and caring
leader who loved the Navy and you."
     In London, speakers at the U.S. Naval Forces Europe
headquarters' memorial service also urged mourners not to dwell
on the possible reasons for ADM Boorda's suicide.
     "We must remember his legacy. ... We must continue his
life's work," said RADM David S. Bill III, NAVEUR's Deputy
Commander-in-Chief. "Mike Boorda would not have it any other
     ADM Boorda served as Commander of NAVEUR and Allied Forces
Southern Europe immediately before he ascended to the Navy's top
position. One of his sons, LCDR Bob Boorda, is assigned to
     The midday service in London was held near NAVEUR
headquarters at Grosvenor Chapel, where U.S. forces "held divine
services" between 1939 and 1945, according to a stone mounted
outside. The ornate Church of England chapel was nearly full,
with Sailors, civilians and family members in attendance.
     "We are angry, puzzled, frightened and extremely sad,
because something has happened that does not make sense," CAPT
J.A. Baker, NAVEUR Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, said in a
     CAPT Baker praised ADM Boorda as "passionate and principled
... a visionary ... an amazing and gentle man," and thanked God
"for bringing Mike Boorda into our lives."
(Contributing to this report:  DeeDee Doke, U.K. bureau.)
Headline: Sixth Fleet Pauses to Honor Shipmate
By JO2 John Whipple
     USS LA SALLE (AGF 3) - (NENS) -- Soon after the crew of USS
La Salle discovered ADM Jeremy Mike Boorda had died from a self-
inflicted gunshot wound, they held a memorial service to honor
the admiral. They were joined by other U.S. and Spanish service
members who were embarked for the ongoing Exercise Matador 96.
     "Some of us here today knew ADM Boorda personally. But even
those of us who did not know him personally, feel like we do,"
said VADM Donald L. Pilling, Sixth Fleet Commander, as he spoke
to the those assembled on the flight deck. "He was that type of
man, and so it is with a deep sense of personal loss that we all
gather today."
     Sixth Fleet Chaplain, CAPT Roscoe E. Rector read several
scripture passages and delivered a brief eulogy.
     "Today we have stopped our exercise schedule not just to
honor our CNO, but to resolve to keep our commitment to those
causes he stood for," Chaplain Rector said. "Our prayers and
thoughts join with thousands of other Sailors, Marines and
friends around the world.
     "We are here to say farewell -- farewell to a shipmate who
gave his all for the Navy."
     VADM Pilling closed the memorial: "I think all we can do now
is pray for his soul ... pray for his family, and hope that the
Navy is able to produce another leader like we had in ADM
Headline: Marines Assist Another American Embassy in Africa
     MONROVIA Liberia - (NENS) -- Marines from the 22nd Marine
Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable), based on USS
Guam (LPH 9), began assisting U.S. Embassy personnel in Bangui, a
central African republic May 20. The Marines were already on
station in the area because of their involvement in Operation
Assured Response in Monrovia, Liberia.
     Because of civil unrest in the area, the Ambassador, with
National Command Authority (NCA) approval, requested that the
Marines be dispatched to the U.S. Embassy, for Operation Quick
Response. The ambassador ordered a precautionary draw down of
embassy personnel, the departure of non-essential embassy
personnel and non-official American citizens.
     While there, the Marines are acting as a liaison with the
ambassador, handling communications, processing departing
personnel, and reinforcing the existing security for the embassy.
Headline: Marines Train with Spanish in Matador 96
By LT Bruno Himmler
     USS TRENTON (LPD 14) - (NENS) - USS Trenton recently
participated in Exercise Matador 96 with its Spanish allies on
the coast of Spain.
     Before Matador, USS Trenton had been participating in
Operation Assured Response off the coast of Liberia with USS Guam
(LPH 9) and USS Portland (LSD 39) when the ship headed north to
join USS Tortuga (LSD 46) in the Mediterranean Sea for Matador.
     Trenton traveled five days before reaching the Spanish
coast. The crew had spent nearly 30 days off the coast of Liberia
where CWO2 Andy Rose, combat cargo officer was in charge of pre-
staging Marines and their equipment.
     "The day prior to the embassy turnover, all the gear was pre-
staged on the flight deck and ammunition was issued," CWO2 Rose
said. "The next day, we had the Marines fully dressed out and
ready to go in the troop berthing compartments awaiting the
arrival of helicopters. As each helicopter landed, combat cargo
Marines (totaling about 15) brought each group up onto the flight
deck and loaded them into the helos."
     While on Mamba Station, Trenton also embarked two CH-53s and
their crews from Helicopter Marine Medium Squadron (HMM) 162,
which Trenton had ferried from Rota, Spain, to Freetown, Sierra
     Once Trenton returned to the Mediterranean Sea, it sped to
the eastern coast of Spain to off-load the Marines for Matador.
CW02 Rose again assisted with the evolution.
     "The off-load went extremely well, lasting only eight
hours," Warrant Officer Rose said. "This was important, as it
sets the tone for the rest of the exercise ashore. If it goes
bad, and vital equipment doesn't make it off the ship, the whole
exercise can be effectively hampered".
Headline: Destroyer Joins Operation Sharp Guard
     USS ARTHUR W. RADFORD (DD 968) - (NENS) -- USS Arthur W.
Radford (DD 968), a Spruance class destroyer, based at Norfolk,
Va., left Naples, Italy, May 13 for the Adriatic Sea to join NATO
forces in Operation Sharp Guard.
      Once in the Adriatic, Radford joined NATO's multi-national
naval forces in monitoring ship movements to prevent importation
of arms into the former Yugoslavia.
     "It's a demanding job," said CDR Rick Holdcroft, Commanding
Officer of Radford. "Shipping is heavy in this part of the Med
which makes our job much more difficult."
     Radford is currently on deployment in the Mediterranean Sea
as a member of the USS George Washington (CVN 73) Battle Group
and is the flagship for Destroyer Squadron 26 and Commander Task
Force 60.
Headline: EUCOM Deputy Commander-in-Chief Visits USS Guam
By JO3 E. Michael Wagner
     USS GUAM (LPH 9) - (NENS) -- After visiting the Marines of
the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable)
at the American Embassy in Monrovia May 17, Deputy Commander-in-
Chief, U.S. European Command, Air Force GEN James L. Jamerson
departed for USS Guam (LPH 9) and spoke with Sailors and Marines
aboard the amphibious {*filter*} ship.
     The general, along with Deputy Director, J-3, U.S. European
Command, Marine BGEN David M. Mize, arrived early May 18.
     GEN Jamerson addressed the crew, emphasizing the importance
of the Navy and Marine Corps role in Operation Assured Response,
off the coast of Liberia.
     "This combination of Marines on the ground ... and the ships
that come in close enough for the people to see the power of the
U.S. Navy ... is a huge American flag. And that makes a big
difference to how people react."
     The Navy and Marine Corps team was present when civil war
erupted in Liberia in 1990.
     "Our task at EUCOM is to find a way to solve problems," said
GEN Jamerson. "You guys are the way we solve problems. When I
came here in '89-'90, Liberia was a problem. That's how we solved
the problem then and that's how we're solving the problem now, by
getting the ARG (amphibious readiness group) down here."
     USS Guam and the 22nd MEU arrived on Mamba Station April 20
after fighting escalated in Liberia and have evacuated U.S.,
Liberian, Ghanaian, Indian and Lebanese citizens. Guam remains on
station to conduct non-combatant evacuation operations and
provide humanitarian assistance if needed.
Headline: Assured Response Sailor Returns to His Birthplace
By JO3 E. Michael Wagner
     USS GUAM (LPH 9) - (NENS) -- USS Guam's current mission off
the coast of Liberia has taken most of the crew far from their
homes, except for one Sailor. As the amphibious {*filter*} ship
provides military support to a country ridden by {*filter*} and
chaos, it has also brought one crew member closer to his
     RM3 Tommy O. Brown was born in Nimba County in Liberia Nov.
17, 1971. When his parents separated, he moved to Freetown,
Sierra Leone, where he lived with his grandmother.
     His father wanted a change of pace. "In the early '70s, my
father moved to the United States to make a new, better life for
us," RM3 Brown said.
     His father went to the Washington, D.C. area, where he found
work as a computer operator and raised Petty Officer Brown's
younger brother, Eric. RM3 Brown stayed in Sierra Leone with his
grandmother until 1989.
     "I was finishing high school and felt I was ready to move on
to better things. My father encouraged me to move to the U.S. to
be with him, so I did.
     "I was working in a fast-food restaurant in D.C. with my
father, trying to save money for college, when a recruiter got a
hold of me and told me about the Navy and the opportunities. I
was interested in getting a technical skill, so joining the Navy
sounded like a good idea.
     "What we're doing here in Liberia is good," he said. "I'm
very happy, very proud to be here, serving my country in the
United States Navy."
Headline: Snapshots of Earth Transmitted to USS La Salle
     DAHLGREN, Va. - (NWSA) - (NENS) -- The first electronic
transmission of satellite "snapshots" to a Navy ship at sea were
successfully tested recently by the Naval Space Command at
Dahlgren, Va. USS La Salle (AGF 3) received the multi-spectral
imagery (MSI), or snapshots, to support recent evacuation
operations in Monrovia, Liberia.
     Multi-spectral images are snapshots of the Earth taken from
space by satellites. The images can be reproduced -- through
different combinations of spectral bands -- to highlight terrain
features, vegetation, urban development, and water depth near
shorelines. The imagery provides military commanders in the field
with an expanded geographical picture of operational areas.
     "We currently use regular mail or express mail as the
primary delivery for MSI products," said Marine SSGT Erika
Zollinger of Naval Space Command's MSI cell team. "However,
sometimes this method of delivery doesn't meet the operational
time constraints of many of our customers."
     Naval Space Command has generated MSI maps and charts for
use by naval units and Fleet Marine Force units. Since 1992,
electronic dissemination of MSI products directly to operational
naval units has been a long-term goal. However, due to the
enormous size of data files associated with MSI products --
typically 100 to 300 megabytes -- an acceptable means of
transmitting this volume of information over satellite
communications channels was not previously available.
Headline: Cruiser Back in the Med
     USS SAN JACINTO (CG 56) - (NENS) -- USS San Jacinto took a
moment to relax and celebrate as the ship transited the Suez
C{*filter*}on its way back to duty in the Mediterranean Sea. The
celebration included a day cookout on the fantail with burgers
and barbecued chicken.
     ENS "Chuck" Burwick, a native of the ship's adopted home
state, Texas, summed up his opinion of the barbecue in one word,
     MS1 Lenny James estimated they prepared more than 100 pounds
of burgers, 50 pounds of hot dogs and 200 pounds of chicken were
served along with an equally large amount of pasta salad and
baked beans.
     The ship also put on a "Suez C{*filter*}Run" where enlisted and
officers held a shared marathon that lasted from the moment the
ship entered the c{*filter*}until it exited more than 13 hours later.
     According to OSCS(SW) Scott Fields, who coordinated the run,
the 38 crew members ran for a good reason. Each participant
donated an entry fee to raise money for Navy-Marine Corps Relief,
an organization dedicated to helping Sailors in need of emergency
     As BM2 Dale Arnold put it, the cookout and run were "good
tension breakers."
     For many crew members the transit meant more than leaving
the heat and political unrest in the Arabian Gulf. The transit
also marked a "half-way" point in the deployment.
Headline: 1996 Memorial Day Message from the Secretary of Defense
          to Members of the Armed Forces
     (NENS) - Memorial Day is a time to remember with solemn
pride and heart-felt gratitude the men and women who have given
their lives for our great country.
     On this Memorial Day, we must remember that freedom often
exacts a terrible price. Ever since we first struggled for our
independence more than 200 years ago, Americans have been willing
to pay any price for freedom. The voices of these past heroes
echo in our memories today as we celebrate their spirit of
courage and patriotism.
     You men and women of today's Armed Forces are carrying on
that spirit of courage and patriotism. By pledging to keep our
nation strong and ready, you honor those who have gone before.
     Today, I join you in honoring the memory of those who have
served before you, and I join Americans everywhere in thanking
you for your service to America.
Headline: Marines Honored By Elementary Students
By JO1 Mark Hollis
     (NENS) -- The U.S. Marines have a well-earned reputation as
"Do-or-Die Tough Guys", but the Marines of the Marine Corps
Security Force Company (MCSFC) at NSA Agnano, Italy, have proven
that tough guys have tender hearts, too.
     "Each Wednesday a different group goes out to Naples
Elementary school to help the teachers and work with the
students," said GYSGT Jose R. Hernandez, Training Chief for the
Naples MCSFC. "All Marines get a chance to get involved at one
time or another. The students are e{*filter*}d to see us and to have a
new person to read with or do math problems with.
     "It has also given the Marines a chance to get involved in
the community and share a little of themselves. We've
participated in the Adopt-a-Classroom Program for the last two
years to act as positive role models by providing an interesting
learning environment and motivating the kids to get the most out
of their educational experience."
     "The mission has remained the same and the Marines'
dedication has never waned though the faces and activities change
weekly," said Dottie McCarthy, sixth-grade teacher and local Phi
Delta Kappa President. "This has been an enriching experience for
our students. They (the Marines) have shown great versatility
teaching the children computer skills, counting money, reading
with the students, participating in playground activities, and
art activities. Their enthusiasm has made learning a pleasure and
the kids look forward to seeing them each week."
     Other teachers at the elementary school also appreciate the
Marines' involvement. "They have given the students the one-on-
one attention I'm not always able to provide," said first-grade
teacher Frieda Brazelle.
Headline: Bill Would Ban {*filter*} Publications on Installations
by Michael Norris
     WASHINGTON (ARNEWS) - (NENS) -- The House National Security
Committee voted recently to ban the sale of {*filter*} magazines and
videos on military installations.
     Proponents of the bill said the legislation would limit the
sale or rental of {*filter*}ly explicit books, magazines and videos
at military installations, items otherwise available outside
military gates.
     Committee critics said the proposal was vaguely written, and
that it could be used to exclude sex manuals or even the Sports
Illustrated annual swimsuit edition.
     Rep. John M. McHugh was quoted in the following day's
Washington Post as saying: "When it comes to First Amendment
rights, there is a different standard for the military. Just
because you have a right to read it does not mean I have an
obligation to sell it to you."
     The committee also called for banning {*filter*}s from
military service and discharging service members infected with
the AIDS virus. A prohibition against performing {*filter*}s at
overseas military hospitals also was attached to the bill.
     The entire House must still vote on the fiscal year 1997
Defense Authorization Bill and its version must be reconciled
with the Senate version and signed by the president before any of
these measures become law.
Headline: Survey Aids in Establishing 1997 VHA Rates
By LT Kelly Watson, BUPERS Public Affairs
     WASHINGTON (NWSA) - (NENS) -- Sailors getting Variable
Housing Allowance (VHA) will soon receive the 1997 annual survey
from their command or Personnel Support Detachment.
     By law, VHA rates are set by surveying service members'
housing costs using an annual census. Last year, 74 percent of
Sailors returned the VHA survey. Less than 100 percent return
rate could cause VHA rates to be well below a Sailor's housing
    "Each year, after VHA rates are issued, we receive a number
of comments that the VHA rates are too low," said Chief of Naval
Personnel VADM Skip Bowman. "Upon investigation, we often find
the commands involved had a very low survey return rate."
    The survey can be completed in 10 minutes or less and most of
the responses can be provided from memory.
     "This is a great opportunity to make an immediate and
significant positive impact on Sailors' quality of life and
compensation," VADM Bowman said. "Please make the most of it."
NavEur Ships May 23:
Operation Assured Response:
USS GUAM (LPH 9)               Assured Response    Atlantic
USS PORTLAND (LSD 37)          Assured Response    Atlantic
USS BIG HORN (TAO 198)         Assured Response    Atlantic

Operation Sharp Guard:
USS MCINERNEY(FFG 8)           SNFL                Adriatic

Exercise Matador 96:
USS LA SALLE (AGF 3)           Matador             Med
USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) Matador             Med
USS SAN JACINTO (CG 56)        Matador             Med
USS TRENTON (LPD 14)           Matador             Med
USS TORTUGA (LSD 46)           Matador             Med
USS PLATTE (AO 186)            Matador             Med

Exercise Swordfish:
USS S.B. ROBERTS (FFG 58)      Swordfish           Med

Routine Operations:
USS DOYLE (FFG 39)             Routine Ops         Med
USS LABOON (DDG 58)            Routine Ops         Med

In Port:
USS MERRIMACK (AO 179)         In Port             Augusta Bay
USS SAN DIEGO (TAFS 6)         In Port             Palma
USS A.W. RADFORD(DD 968)       In Port             Corfu
USS SIMON LAKE (AS 33)         In Port             La Maddalena
USS CONOLLY (DD 979)           In Port             Naples
USS BARRY (DDG 52)             In Port             Rhodes
USS STOUT (DDG 55)             En Route            Villefranche
USS MOUNT BAKER (AE34)         En Route            Souda Bay
USS GRASP (ARS 51)             En Route            Augusta Bay
Quote of the Week: RADM John R. Ryan
     Admiral Boorda gave 40 years of service to the Navy, was a
wonderful human being, a genuine and caring leader who loved the
Navy and you.
   -- RADM John R. Ryan, Commander Fleet Air Mediterranean, at
one of the many Memorials held around the world for the late ADM
Mike Boorda, Chief of Naval Operations.
Bravo Zulu: RADM Charles S. Abbot
     Bravo Zulu to all personnel responsible for an outstanding
short-fused response in providing EO P-3s for CTJF Assured
Response. From notification April 8, 1996, through completion of
the deployment May 1, 1996, Task Force Six Seven and PATRON
Eleven anticipated and exceeded every expectation of this
   -- RADM Charles S. Abbot - Director of Operations, EUCOM
Headline: NAVEUR Magazine Wants Your Ideas
     LONDON, England - (NENS) -- NAVEUR Magazine is broadcast on
AFN the third Saturday of each month at 1730. CINCUSNAVEUR's
premier internal information program centers on issues for the
Navy in the European theater.
     Contact NAVEUR Magazine with news or story ideas! You can
reach them via fax, or phone -- DSN or commercial.
Fax: (COMM) 39-81-724-4085, (DSN) 625-4085
Voice: (COMM) 39-81-724-4497, (DSN) 625-4497
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5. Action addressees are encouraged to submit information and
news items of theater interest (in story format) by message, E-
mail or fax NLT COB each Wednesday to: CINCUSNAVEUR, Attn:
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171-514-4414 or fax: (DSN) 235-4304; (COMM) 44-171-514-4304. E-

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