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Military Connection: Historic Aircraft Carrier Found Off San Francisco Coast

Military Connection: Independance By Debbie Gregory.

A World War II-era aircraft carrier was found on the ocean floor near California’s Farallon Islands, and it’s seems to be in great shape.

The USS Independence CVL-22 had been the lead ship of its class of light aircraft carriers that were critical during the American naval offensive in the Pacific, and later was one of more than 90 vessels assembled as a target fleet for the Bikini Atoll atomic bomb tests in 1946. After returning to the United States, the blast-damaged carrier was scuttled in 1951.

Despite being underwater since 1951, the Independence is “amazingly intact,” said officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The rediscovery of the Independence offers a fascinating glimpse into American military history.

The expedition to locate and survey the Independence was led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, with help from the Navy and Boeing, which mapped the wreck, using an 18.5-foot-long autonomous underwater vehicle named Echo Ranger. The team created a 3-D sonar map of the ship, which was sitting upright on the ocean floor.

The 623-foot-long ship took a remarkable degree of punishment over its 10-year career, said NOAA official James Delgado, chief scientist of the Independence mission. “After 64 years on the seafloor, Independence sits on the bottom as if ready to launch its planes,” said Delgado “This ship fought a long, hard war in the Pacific and after the war was subjected to two atomic blasts that ripped through the ship.” The Independence was sunk on Jan. 26, 1951, and came to rest 2,600 feet below the ocean surface.

The Navy has been aware of the ship’s whereabouts for decades, but the location was intentionally withheld. And it remained a secret until the U.S. Geological Survey pinpointed its likely location while mapping the sea floor in 1990. In 2004, a NOAA ship captured a distant image of what looked like a giant caterpillar stretched on the bottom of the ocean, said Delgado, who has led a two-year mission to find and study historic shipwrecks in and around the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.

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Military Connection: Historic Aircraft Carrier Found Off San Francisco Coast: By Debbie Gregory

Military Connection: STEM Jobs May Be the Best Fix For Veteran Unemployment

Military ConnectionBy Debbie Gregory.

According to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployment among post-9/11 veterans was still running at a higher rate than the civilian population. This comes at a time when American employers are struggling to find workers who are qualified to work in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.

It has been projected that employment in occupations related to STEM will total more than 9 million jobs between 2012 and 2022. That’s an increase of about 1 million jobs over 2012 employment levels.

The demand for employees with technical training isn’t likely to subside anytime soon. STEM workers use their knowledge of science, technology, engineering, or math to try to understand how the world works and to solve problems.

This is especially relevant for Veterans because military service leaves many men and women particularly well-prepared for careers in these fields. Our nation’s military is highly trained, and extremely familiar with cutting- edge technology. When you add in the rich education benefits that Veterans have, continuing their advancement to train for these skilled jobs seems like a no-brainer.

Occupations with both high employment and fast growth usually offer better opportunities than small occupations with slow growth. High-employment, fast-growth occupations include computer systems analysts, applications software developers, and systems software developers. In fact, information security professionals will grow 37 percent by 2022 — faster than any other STEM positions.

Young veterans can thrive in high-demand STEM professions. What’s needed now is an aggressive, national effort to help America’s former service members put their abilities to work in the STEM fields.

By preparing today’s newly-minted Veterans for careers in STEM, they will be best positioned to achieve the American dream. All the while, they will be building the skilled workforce the 21st century economy demands.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) has detailed profiles for hundreds of occupations. Profiles include information about job duties, wages, typical education, job outlook, and more. The OOH is available online at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/.

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Military Connection: STEM Jobs May Be the Best Fix For Veteran Unemployment: By Debbie Gregory

Military Connection: Online Course Helps Healthcare Professionals Serve Military and Veterans

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By Debbie Gregory.

The Veterans’ Health Administration has a series of programs which are part of a national series of learning management products on public health. Specifically, Military Culture: Core Competencies for Health Care Professionals is offered to community health care providers online, and is free of charge. This program is a four-module course to aid healthcare professionals to better serve the military population, increasing their knowledge of military ethos and its impact on psychological health issues and treatment. The stressors associated with military deployments are unique, and often unfamiliar to most healthcare professionals unless they, too, had served in the military.

The course is a part of the Training Finder Real-Time Affiliated Integrated Network (TRAIN), a segment of TRAIN National, which is a catalog of public health learning products. TRAIN National is a free service of the Public Health Foundation.

It is vital that healthcare professionals have a better understanding of the shared culture of service members, in addition to the impact their individual  experiences  have on them and their families. This creates a better relationship between client and practitioner, resulting in a more successful outcome.

Military Culture: Core Competencies for Health Care Professionals is a collaboration between the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense. The modules include video clips, assessment tools, treatment-planning tools, and printable reference materials on everything from military insignias and basic training to information on the children of military personnel and treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

“Service members, veterans, and their families cite lack of respect and understanding of their experiences as a major reason for not seeking mental health treatment or for leaving therapy,” noted the course developers. “The ability to understand and appreciate the military culture and to tailor clinical practices based on that understanding and appreciation is imperative for clinicians working with service members.”

The course can be found on the DoD’s Center for Deployment Psychology website, the newly-launched VHA TRAIN website, or TRAIN National, train.org.

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Military Connection: Online Course Helps Healthcare Professionals Serve Military and Veterans: By Debbie Gregory

Military Connection: Gold Star Mother’s Voice is Heard

LeeBy Debbie Gregory.

In mid-April, forces from the Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL, gained control over much of the city of Ramadi in Iraq. At the time General Martin Dempsey, Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, commented that the fall of the city is “not symbolic in any way.”

But to some Americans, the city is very symbolic. For those who deployed to Iraq and fought there, and to those who lost loved ones there, the city of Ramadi is very symbolic.

Debbie Lee is the mother of Aviation Ordinanceman Second Class Petty Officer Marc Lee, a U.S. Navy SEAL who died on August 2, 2006 in Ramadi, Iraq. Mrs. Lee is a Gold Star Mother, one of the most highly respected designations in the military community. For the past several years, Debbie Lee has toured the country, spreading support for service members and their families. She also has her own blog on the website for America’sMightyWarriors.org, an organization that she started to support members of the military community.

In an April 17, 2015 blog entry entitled “Open Letter to Martin Dempsey”, Lee challenged the words of the nation’s highest ranking military officer. In it, the Gold Star Mother makes some heartfelt, compelling arguments, explaining how her son was the first SEAL to sacrifice his life in Iraq. She also pleaded the case of other service members who fought to gain control of the city in 2006.

“What about the troops who sacrificed their limbs and whose lives will never be the same. Our brave warriors who left a piece of themselves in Ramadi. What about the troops who struggle with PTS/TBI who watched their teammates breath their last or carried their wounded bodies to be medevac’d out of Ramadi,” Lee wrote.

General Dempsey responded to Lee in a personal note that was later published to NewsMax. In that note, the general apologized to the Gold Star Mother.

“I’ve read your letter, and I do apologize if I’ve added to your grief,” General Dempsey wrote. The note continued, “Marc and so many others died fighting to provide a better future for Iraq. He and those with whom he served did all that their nation asked. They won their fight, and nothing will ever diminish their accomplishments nor the honor in which we hold their service. We are in a different fight now, with a different enemy, and with a different relationship with the Government of Iraq. They must determine the path and pace of this fight. That’s what I intended to convey.”

General Dempsey followed his correspondence with a phone call to Lee. It has been reported that Lee felt the apology to be genuine. But she reportedly still disagrees with the general’s sentiment that the current conflict is against a different enemy than the one that her son died fighting against in 2006.

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Military Connection: Gold Star Mother’s Voice is Heard: By Debbie Gregory

Military Connection: How the VA Safeguards Veteran Data

VA cyber securityBy Debbie Gregory.

As it becomes easier and easier to access and utilize sensitive information online, it is critical that individuals protect their identity and sensitive information from cyber threats. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is doing its part to protect the Veterans it serves.

The VA has made a commitment to safeguard the data of Veterans, and is making information security a top priority. The VA has implemented progressive security measures to protect data and secure its network and information technology (IT) systems through a “defense in depth” approach. The VA’s strategy provides layers of technical, physical, and administrative security controls that make sure that even if one layer of security fails, or becomes otherwise vulnerable, there are additional measures in place to keep the data secure for our nation’s Veterans and their families.

With over 750,000 devices connected to the VA’s network, which runs 45,000 different applications, it is vital that the VA maintains the ability to manage and secure all of its IT assets. The VA’s Enterprise Visibility initiative, implemented in 2012, provides real-time visibility to ensure that all of the devices connected to the department’s network meet the VA’s high security standards. Every application is tested for vulnerabilities before they are cleared for operation on the VA’s network. If vulnerabilities are found, the VA and the application developers work together to resolve any the issues before the application is cleared to operate on the VA’s network.

Veterans should feel secure in knowing that the VA was one of the first federal agencies to employ continuous automated monitoring capability across its network of systems. With this measure in place, the VA is able detect any weakness early, and respond to threats immediately. The VA utilizes Einstein 3, an automated intrusion detection system that is operated by the Department of Homeland Security. Since its implementation, Einstein 3 has blocked hundreds of intrusion attempts. The VA was also one of the first federal agencies to implement Trusted Internal Connections, a program that improves the VA’s ability to monitor external connections, and identify potentially malicious traffic by reducing and consolidating external connections.

Furthermore, the VA has established a permanent team devoted to the department’s Continuous Readiness in Information Security Program (CRISP). The CRISP team is working to create a culture of security that extends to every VA employee. Through training and awareness campaigns, VA employees learn about the latest in cybersecurity and are trained to follow the department’s thorough incident response plan, ensuring that risks are always minimized.

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Military Connection: How the VA Safeguards Veteran Data: By Debbie Gregory

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