Chief Selectees Begin Path on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower

first_img Share this article View post tag: Navy View post tag: D. View post tag: begin Fifty-eight 1st class petty officers aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), Carrier Air Wing Seven and the staff of Carrier Strike Group Eight were selected for advancement to chief petty officer, July 31.While operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, the selectees were announced by Capt. Marcus A. Hitchcock, IKE’s commanding officer and Capt. Samuel Paparo, commander Carrier Air Wing Seven, during a ship-wide announcement. “When I first found out I made Chief, there were a lot of emotions,” said Chief (Sel.) Machinist’s Mate (SW/AW) Chris Navitskis of reactor propulsion division. “To be selected to become part of that group is a pretty surreal feeling. I knew my time would come, I just wasn’t expecting it so quickly.”Selectees aboard IKE will wear a “Chief Selectee” badge and will soon change their title to “Chief,” forever changing their naval careers.“It really is an honor to be selected for chief,” said Chief (Sel.) Aviation Structural Mechanic (AW/SW) Francis Furstman, from the Jolly Rogers of VFA-103. “It’s been a career long goal of mine. I’m looking forward to taking more of a role as a mentor and leader.”The CPO selectees welcome the new challenge of taking charge of the deckplates and leading junior Sailors.“For the past few years, I have been trying to step up and be a leader for the younger guys,” said Navitskis. “Now, I’ll be able to have a stronger and deeper impact on junior Sailors. Everybody always looks up to the Chief, and to become a part of that tradition is humbling.”Command Master Chief (AW/SW) Gregg Snaza explained that prior to putting the gold anchors of a chief petty officer on their uniforms, selectees must go through an induction process.During the induction process, selectees receive physical training, mentoring, and training in the various new responsibilities they will take on with the gold anchors. IKE’s induction ends on Sept. 14, with a pinning ceremony.“The next six weeks will be challenging as they dive into the roles and responsibilities of a chief petty officer,” said Snaza. “IKE has more than 300 chiefs aboard and I think I speak for all of them when I say we’re looking forward to this year’s induction.”Snaza said another goal is to revitalize the chief’s mess by reinforcing the traditions and meaning behind the chief petty officers.“Our goal is to illuminate the challenges that chiefs face every day and to impart upon our new selectees that leadership and integrity are key,” said Snaza. “I look forward to induction every year. It recharges my batteries and brings back to the forefront all the great things chiefs stand for.”For those Sailors selected, being advanced is the result of years of hard work, dedication, and help from those before them.“Making chief has always been a goal of mine,” said Navitskis. “I wouldn’t be here without other chiefs who helped me along the way.”Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operation conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, August 3, 2012 View post tag: Eisenhower View post tag: Selectees View post tag: Dwight View post tag: chief View post tag: USScenter_img View post tag: Naval Chief Selectees Begin Path on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Back to overview,Home naval-today Chief Selectees Begin Path on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower August 3, 2012 View post tag: ON View post tag: path Authorities View post tag: News by topiclast_img read more

The Best Summer Ever at the Springs

first_imgOther spas and healing centers are located on streets surrounding the park lending credence to claims that there are three times as many massage therapists as lawyers in town. All use the famed spring water as they offer menus of facials, massage, steams, scrubs and other bodywork treatment.   George Washington who wrote that “the waters will make a cure of me” would be amazed at what experiences are available three centuries later. For travelers in the metro area, Berkeley Springs’ proximity to the city lets families avoid air travel, and enjoy outdoor activities that allow for social distancing amid lush mountain scenery. Centuries of visitors coming to take the famed healing warm spring waters provide a well-earned aura of health and wellness; all local attractions and businesses are committed to uphold that tradition with appropriate safety precautions. Cacapon has also been ramping up its mountain biking terrain, recently becoming the first destination east of the Mississippi River to receive a Trail Accelerator grant from the International Mountain Biking Association. The park now offers about 20 miles of single-track mountain biking trails, as well as a three-mile course aimed at beginners, but with some technical features for moderate-level riders. Coolfont Resort, located about 10 minutes from Cacapon State Park, reopened in fall 2019 with renovated buildings and new amenities. New suites look out over Coolfont Lake, where Craft’s Adventures offer a slew of new water sports this summer, including kayaking, canoeing, fishing and stand-up paddleboarding. Wooded hiking trails and picnic areas create an altogether serene resort experience. This resort experience at Coolfont also includes a rustic themed restaurant overlooking the lake and a legendary bar keep. Cross the road and discover Berkeley Springs Brewery and Cold Run Valley Winery.  Discover everything you need to know at berkeleysprings.com or call 800-447-8797. Other outdoor activities at Cacapon include a sand beach lake, wobble clay shooting, horseback riding, fishing and an excellent 18-hole golf course.  Classic cabins at Cacapon State Park, newly renovated with Gat Creek furniture. Photo courtesy Travel Berkeley Springs. All of this eating, bathing and playing outside requires more than a quick drive through.  Berkeley Springs encourages visitors to stay for the night or two or longer. There are numerous cabins, cottages and fully equipped vacation homes from which to choose, many handled by Berkeley Springs Cottage Rentals. The historic Country Inn adjacent to the springs has spa and lodging packages, a chef-operated restaurant and live entertainment on weekends. Visitors to Cacapon State Park can enjoy a stay in the recently-renovated historic park cabins outfitted with local Gat Creek furniture and impressive new kitchens. By summer’s-end, Cacapon opens a new 78-room lodge with swimming pool and indoor/outdoor dining area with a fire pit. Set in the ridge and valley section of the Appalachians, Berkeley Springs offers easy access to two rivers and two state parks with ample hiking trails, peaceful lakes and historic springs. Come summer, urban families in need of some fresh air will find more activities available than ever before. Soak up the healing waters in the historic Roman Baths. Photo by Robert Peak One of the best ways to see all that the area has to offer in natural and historic wonders is to drive the 85-mile Washington Heritage Trail through the county. One of the most splendid sights along the trail is Panorama Overlook just three miles west of town. Upstairs in the Roman Bath House is the Museum of the Berkeley Springs open daily in summer and highlighting the geology and extraordinary social history generated by the springs. Local historian and Museum President, Jeanne Mozier says that “throughout its long history, Berkeley Springs has experienced periods of boom and decline. With new places opening and reopening, we’re booming and looking forward to a most memorable summer.” Panorama Overlook Along the Washington Heritage Trail. Photo by Robert Peak. Quilt Show and Sale at Ice House Art Center All Summer Long. Photo courtesy Travel Berkeley Springs Cover photo courtesy Travel Berkeley Springs Historic streets are also lined with distinctive shops and eateries for every taste from gourmet to country. Tasty shops offer everything from cheese and vintage candies to gourmet oils not to mention a dazzling array of art, antiques, a century-old hardware store and even a year ‘round Christmas boutique. This summer the Ice House Gallery is filled with the annual Quilt Show and Sale and a Yard Square Quilt display that spills out into store windows throughout the town. An auction of the yard squares will be held during Labor Day weekend. Riding mountain trails at Cacapon State Park. Photo courtesy Travel Berkeley Springs Craft’s Adventures also offers two-to-four-hour tubing trips down the nearby Cacapon and Potomac Rivers, where guests can spot deer, abundant waterfowl and the occasional shoreline bear. A different view of outdoor fun is pursued in the historic town. Berkeley Springs State Park has the largest public array of thermal spring waters in the Blue Ridge and the springpools and channel are open 24/7 for toe dabbling and child-scale paddling. There is also a more traditional public swimming pool. Most unique are the spa attractions. Tubs in the 200-year-old Roman Bath House have been newly updated to meet accessibility standards, and historically-accurate white octagonal tile has been installed. The water in all tubs is heated to between 102 and 104 degrees. It’s easy to feel the water exert its healing powers in these tubs. Cacapon State Park is a 6,000-acre haven located about 20 minutes from town, with a variety of options for outdoor adventure. Visitors can walk or hike along 23 miles of mountain trails, ranging from easygoing Piney Ridge to the more strenuous Ziler Loop. Berkeley Springs has been a choice summer destination since George Washington started visiting in the 18th century. But this summer in particular, the area is gearing up for the season with new outdoor adventures, from paddleboarding to mountain biking, as well as new lodging. Several new restaurants and a new brewery join longtime favorites.last_img read more

A New Telescope 42,164 km From Earth Will Replace The Hubble In 2013

first_imgBy Dialogo February 15, 2010 A new ultraviolet telescope that will be put into orbit 42,164 kilometers from Earth and that will make it possible to make astronomical observations without interference from the atmosphere will be the successor to the Hubble beginning in 2013, its launch date. The Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) announced the World Space Observatory-Ultraviolet (WSO-UV) project, led by the Russian space agency Roscosmos with the participation of Spain, Germany, Ukraine, and China. The WSO-UV mission will fill the gap left by the Hubble space telescope at the end of its mission and will become the planet’s only astronomical observatory for ultraviolet imaging and spectroscopy in the 2013-2023 period, the UCM reported in a statement. The Hubble, launched in 1990, was the first telescope in space and is considered one of astronomy’s most valuable instruments. It has captured images of phenomena never before observed, such as stars surrounded by cosmic dust and the collision of galaxies, and has found evidence that the majority of the constellations have black holes at their centers, as well as determining the age of the universe.last_img read more