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Navifor Announces 2017's Sea, Shore And Reserve Sailors Of The Year

During the ceremony, Cryptologic Technician (Technical) 1st Class Petty Officer (IW/SW/AW) Brandon B. Sneyd, assigned to Navy Information Operations Command, San Diego, was announced as the Senior Sea Sailor of the Year; Aerographer's Mate 1st Class Petty Officer (IW/SW) Pedro J. Henry, assigned to Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Professional Development Center, was announced as the Senior Shore Sailor of the Year and Intelligence Specialist 1st Class Petty Officer (IW) Chad R. Murray, assigned to Naval Reserve Office of Naval Intelligence Unit 0566 was announced as the Senior Reservist Sailor of the Year.

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Tamc Dental Clinic Relocates To Fort Shafter

Now in a more purpose-built building for dentistry, the new location is a state-of-the-art 19 chair clinic with the capabilities to perform the full scope of dental care, from exams, fillings, cleanings, orthodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics, pathology and oral surgery.

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Arff Conducts Wheel Fire' Training

Story by Cpl Jesus Sepulveda Torres on 02/06/2018
A sunny day with nothing out of the ordinary is the usual weather for aircraft landing aboard Marine Corps Base Hawaii, but that can all change immediately if they were to experience a malfunction.
When that kind of call comes, the Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) with Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay (MCAS) is first on sight already reacting to the situation.
To effectively prepare for worst case scenarios like these, ARFF conducted wheel fire training on Feb. 2, 2018 at West Field, MCAS.
"We focused on aircraft hot brakes," said Sgt. Miguel Castaneda, a station captain with ARFF. "Hot brakes occur when the braking system fails, then heat up so high that it actually melts the tires thus catching the wheels on fire."
He said the training included different aspects of responding to an aircraft related fire.
"Our driver's practiced driving their P-19 fire-fighting vehicles, approaching a simulated burning aircraft called a Mobile Aircraft Firefighting Training Device (MAFTD)," Castaneda said. "With two vehicles, the Marines assessed the type of fire and responded accordingly with cooling agent as well as water."
Castaneda said the exercise was approached with a crawl-walk-run method that had Marines learn the concept in a classroom environment, followed by practical application.
"Starting in the classroom, Marines were instructed on what hot brakes are and how to properly coordinate as a team to respond effectively to them," Castaneda said. "I feel confident in how well the Marines executed their objectives as well as being engaged in the after action briefs."
Lance Cpl. Kaleb Gray, a firefighter with ARFF, said the scenarios and instructions were clear and concise for him and junior Marines.
"To me, it was all refresher training, but to the newer guys who never done these classes before, it helps out a lot," he said. "The training was excellent, because we had more specific training in a step-by-step environment. We went through everything we needed to do out here in the classroom first to sharpen our reactions."
Gray said the instructors were able to identify flaws and correct them as the day went on. He also added that everybody who leaves from the training is that much more skilled in their job.
ARFF Marines are always training and are on call for airfield emergencies, said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jacob Forston, the officer in charge for ARFF.
"The goal was to instill confidence in the Marines, to be confident in what they're task is and knowing what they're their position on the site is, so that they don't have to think, just act," he said. "Out of all the worksites on this base, we are 100% ready at the firehouse, whether the airfield is open or not, we are working seven days a week," he said. "This training only makes us that much more proficient." read more

95th Engineer Company Trains On Helocast Operations

Partnering with the Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 (HMH-463), the Soldiers simulated being inserted into a military area of operations by exiting an aircraft just above the water's surface.

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