e Missile Express e Missile Express March, 3rd 2017 Vol. 1 No. 2 The o cial Newsle er of Naval Weapons Sta on Earle U.S. Navy Photo Ac ve Shooter Exercise Tests EarleÂ’s Resolve By NWS Earle Public Affairs An argument over a parking space ended in gun re, a police stand o and a bomb scare during an ac ve shooter exercise on Naval Weapons Sta on Earle Jan. 31. The scenario was part of the NavyÂ’s annual Solid Curtain Citadel Shield exercise designed to ensure the readiness of U.S. Navy security forces to respond to changing and dynamic threats. The exercise provided a myriad of training for the installa ons rst responders, which included Navy security forces, Fire and Emergency Services and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) members. Â“This exercise was designed to not only test our Security Forces Sailors to respond to an ac ve shooter threat, but to help them incorporate their responses with our emergency medical pro fessionals as well,Â” said Earl Galloway, Installa on Training O cer. Â“It also helps reinforce our run, hide, ght training to the workforce in response to an ac ve shooter.Â” Galloway said the complexity of the situa on forced the units to work together to not only eliminate the threat of the shooter, but safely administer rst aid to the vic ms while dealing with the addi onal threat of a poten al explo sive device in the area. While the bullets were blanks, the cas ual es were actors and the Â“bombÂ” was fake, the threat is real, according to Galloway. Â“ItÂ’s unfortunate, but these are types of situa ons that have happened at military installa ons in the past,Â” he said. Â“Our responders know this, and they take this training deadly serious.Â” It also provides essen al rst me experience for many re sponders, which helps prepare them for the possibility of a real world a ack. For MA3 Alec Rosse it was his rst me serving as the inci dent commander for EarleÂ’s security forces. Â“It was interes ng, having to coordinate between MAs (Master at Arms Sailors) and Fire and NCIS,Â” he said. Â“In a real life situa on, it would have been state and local authori es as well.Â” Rosse said the training helped him feel con dent in his ability to handle the job in a real life situa on and it taught him valua ble lessons in leading a team. Â“You have to make tough decisions, just donÂ’t second guess yourself,Â” he said. In the end, the shooter was apprehended by security force Sail ors and NCIS, the wounded were evacuated and treated and the Â“bombÂ” was safely removed and detonated by EOD person nel. Â“ItÂ’s our responsibility to ensure the safety of the installa on and its people,Â” said Galloway. Â“I think we successfully showed that we are fully capable to do just that.Â” First responders from NWS EarleÂ’s Security and Fire and Emergency services get ready to administer rst aid to injured employees during an ac ve shooter exercise Jan. 31. MA3 Felix Mena prepares to enter build ing C 9 during an ac ve shooter exercise on NWS Earle Jan. 31. U.S. Navy Photo
2 Sailor in the Spotlight: MA3 Rosse U.S. Navy Photo This monthÂ’s sailor in the spotlight is MA3 Alec Rosse A na ve of Milford Conn., Rosse currently serves as Naval Weapons Sta on Earle Security DepartmentÂ’s only Watch Commander below the rank of 2nd class. What mo vated you to join the navy and why speci cally did you choose to become a Master at Arms? Â“I always wanted to do something in law enforcement. I joined as an undesignated seaman [4 years ago] and it took me 2 years to get to become an MA.Â” What has your experience been like so far? Â“ItÂ’s been interes ng. IÂ’ve done a lot of di erent things Â— from manual labor to pain ng and underway opera ons on the ship. Now that IÂ’m [in] law enforcement, IÂ’m dealing with all di erent sorts of people and situa ons. Â“ WhatÂ’s your favorite part of the job? Â“Coming into work, being produc ve and actually making a di erence.Â” During the recent Ac ve Shooter drill, you had a chance to be the Incident Commander. Was that your rst me in that role and what was that like for you? Â“It was both me and Assistant Fire Chief Seliga. It was my rst me as watch commander doing that. Before, IÂ’d always been part of the response team. It was a li le di erent between being the rst one in and trying to quarterback everybody. It was inter es ng, having to coordinate between MAs, Fire and NCIS. In a real life situa on, it would have been state and local authori es as well. It was a lot of making sure you had the right people in the right spots, making sure everybody was safe. Can you think of any lessons you learned in that posi on that you could pass on to other MAs? Â“[During the drill] they wanted to send the Fire Department in, but they didnÂ’t know if it was safe. You have to make tough deci sions. Just donÂ’t second guess yourself. If you donÂ’t feel like itÂ’s a safe situa on, then donÂ’t send them in. You need to make be lieve itÂ’s you going in there, because you want everyone to go home at the end of the day.Â” Have you had any previous experiences or training that you can point to that helped prepare you for the exercise? Â“When I was at my last command, I went through Security Ac on Force Advanced (training). So I became a team leader on the ship and I had a duty sec on of four or ve Sailors and we would train for those sorts of scenarios. It was obviously not on the same scale as this. The Master at Arms school house also goes through training for what to do in these scenarios. ItÂ’s about knocking the dust o of that training, knowing what your local [Standard Opera ng Procedures] are and being ready to imple ment them.Â” What does it mean to you to do Law Enforcement for the Navy? Â“ItÂ’s something di erent. Not a lot of people want to do this kind of work, especially with everything thatÂ’s going on around the na on. ThereÂ’s some sort of sa sfac on to know that if some body needs help, you can be there to help them. You never know whatÂ’s going to happenÂ— you never know whatÂ’s going to come over the radio. Â“ What advice would you give a new Sailor coming to this command as an MA? Â“Do the job. If you think you can handle something more, do it. IÂ’m the only E 4 who handles watch. If you think you can do it, get the quali ca on and prove yourself. YouÂ’ll be standing there with E 5s and E 6s. DonÂ’t let your rank determine what you can handle.Â” MA3 Alec Rosse NWS Earle Security Forces, serves as EarleÂ’s only Watch Commander below the rank of Second Class. If youÂ’re interested in featuring a Sailor or civilian in the spotlight, please contact the Public A airs o cer at firstname.lastname@example.org
3 Navy Announces Crea on of New Personnel Web Portal U.S. Navy Graphic WASHINGTON (NNS) The Navy announced Feb. 17 that it is beginning a beta test of a new web portal designed to aggregate several personnel, training and educa on websites into one lo ca on. Today, the content and applica ons Sailors need to access their per sonnel infor ma on is spread across mul ple websites. Over me, that capabil ity will be integrat ed into My Navy Portal. My Navy Portal is intended to be come the central on line loca on for Sailors to access all of their personnel infor ma on. Addi onal capabili es and func ons will be added in phases before becoming fully opera onal. "Sailors have been asking for a pla orm that allows them to ac cess their personnel informa on in one loca on," said Chief of Naval Personnel, Vice Adm. Robert Burke. "While there is s ll much work to be done on My Navy Portal, this is the rst step in providing a consolidated one stop shop for Sailors' personnel informa on. Our Sailors deserve a modern personnel system and we are commi ed to giving it to them." The ini al release of My Navy Portal will allow Sailors to access their Physical Readiness Informa on Management System (PRIMS) data and O cial Military Personnel File (OMPF). Addi onally, Sailors will be able to view Navy Knowledge Online (NKO) content, the Navy Advancement Center, Navy Schools and Learning Centers, Personnel Quali ca on Standards, and Gen eral Military Training. My Navy Portal will also provide links to Career Management System Interac ve Detailing, Sailors' Elec tronic Training jackets, their Joint Services Transcript, Navy eLearning, Navy Creden aling Opportuni es Online (COOL), Na vy Standard Integrated Personnel System (Electronic Service Record and eLeave), Pay/Personnel Standard Opera ng Proce dures, U.S. Navy Awards (NDAWS), and more. The beta release of My Navy Portal will serve as a eld test for how to improve its func onality and capability. There are cur rently known challenges for pla orms with limited, low, or inter mi ent bandwidth/connec vity, and we are working to develop a solu on that will be more responsive in shipboard environ ments. Those individuals iden ed as beta testers will be no ed by email. Sail ors should see con nued improve ment with each so ware update to My Navy Portal, expected quarterly. Upon comple on of the beta test, My Navy Portal will be launched Fleet wide and be available to Sailors as the central on line loca on for their personnel infor ma on. Sailors can access My Navy Portal's public homepage by view ing h ps://my.navy.mil From there, individuals can securely log into the website and view their personnel informa on using their CAC. Sailors experiencing di culty logging on should email the My Navy Portal help desk at MNP_Helpdesk@navy.mil for assistance. Addi onally, with the launch of MNP, Navy Knowledge On line (NKO) has been tenta vely scheduled for re rement a er the Spring Navy Wide Advancement Exam Cycle is complete. The NKO data will be incorporated into MNP. The Navy is seeking Sailors' feedback and recommenda ons on how to improve the portal, especially during the beta test. Fleet users who are not designated beta testers are strongly encour aged to provide comments and recommenda ons for the im provement of the portal's capability using the site's feedback op on located at the bo om right of every My Navy Portal page. More informa on about the portal can be found on the My Navy Portal Help tab, and on the Navy Personnel Command Career Toolbox website at: h p://www.public.navy.mil/bupers npc/ career/toolbox/Pages/My Navy Portal.aspx My Navy Portal is a single self service portal that consolidates personnel training and educa on websites into one loca on for Sailors to access their informa on. The portal is intended to become the central online loca on for Sailors to access all of their person nel informa on.
4 Seen Around Earle ... Welcome Aboard MA3 Carolyn Pi man CS1 Erwin Aurich QM2 Sidarius Mar n MASN Luiz Diazmaysonet MA3 Manuel Linares MASR Savannah Summers Farewell MASN Michael Cargill LS2 Harry Spruill