Louisville, Ky. Providence, R.I.,
and Norfolk, Va., were among the
metro areas added to the list.
Grant guidelines for 2007 permit the six highest-risk urban areas
to use 25 percent of their UASI
funds for personnel costs if law
enforcement officers are working
on counterterrorism operations.
Last year, DHS denied some of
New York’s funding requests that
were focused on covering personnel costs for policing. The Bush
administration has tried to keep
homeland security funding from
being spent on personnel. DHS
hopes to announce specific grant
awards by this summer.
Coast Guard Readies
Adm. Thad Allen, Coast Guard
commandant, will release a Coast
Guard Maritime Strategy this
month that focuses on security,
safety and stewardship in coordination with the Navy’s maritime strategy expected later this year.
Allen said the service’s underlying priorities are strengthening the
U.S. maritime regime, achieving
awareness in the maritime domain,
unifying coordination and leadership among federal agencies, integrating Coast Guard capabilities for
national defense, creating a plan for
recovery of ports and waterways in
the event of national disaster and
fostering international agreement
in maritime governance.
Allen called for a central database for international vessel registration and greater port regulations
for boats of less than 300 gross
Marine Awarded Medal of Honor
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
President George W. Bush, right, presents the Congressional
Medal of Honor to Dan and Deb Dunham, parents of fallen U.S.
Marine Cpl. Jason Dunham, during a Jan. 11 ceremony in the
White House. Dunham posthumously was awarded the medal for
throwing himself over a grenade to save the lives of two other
men under his care April 14, 2004. Dunham’s commanding officers from the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines nominated him for the
medal. He is buried in Scio, N.Y., where his parents reside. The
last Marine actions to earn the medal occurred May 8, 1970, in
Vietnam. The only other Medal of Honor presented for action in
the Iraq war was to Army Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith in April
2005. He was killed while organizing a defense that held off an
attack on more than 100 coalition soldiers in 2003.
Pac Fleet Slates Amphib
For Civic Action Mission
The U.S. Pacific Fleet is planning a
third deployment to assist foreign
nations in humanitarian action in
the wake of the hospital ship USNS
Mercy’s two deployments since the
2005 tsunami that struck Indian
Adm. Gary Roughead, commander of the Pacific Fleet, announced
that the amphibious assault ship USS
Peleliu will deploy later this year to
Southeast Asia and the South Pacific
island nations for civic action missions. Called Operation Pacific
Partnership, the deployment will
concentrate on such civic action
assistance as construction, infrastructure improvement and rehabilitation,
and preventative medicine initiatives.
Mercy’s recent deployment focused
primarily on medical relief.
Roughead noted the benefits of
such operations in forging close
interactive relationships with other
nations and building more habitual
relationships with the nongovernmental organizations that provide
relief to impoverished and disaster-struck regions. ■
Reporting by Seapower Correspondent
Megan Scully. Managing Editor Richard
R. Burgess, Associate Editor Matt
Hilburn, Assistant Editor David W.
Munns and Special Correspondent Eileen
Sullivan contributed to this report.