to pass with flying colors the first
time around, Menoni said.
Late this year, San Diego will
conduct the first at-sea recovery test
for the NASA Orion crew module
after it conducts its debut launch,
which is intended to test the capsule’s avionics, heat shield and parachutes. The spacecraft will orbit the
planet twice before plunging
through the atmosphere and splashing down in the Pacific Ocean, off
the coast of California.
The Navy then will locate and
recover the craft into the ship’s well
“San Diego will provide the recovery testing using the LPD 17-
class platform as the Orion splash-es down in the Pacific and tow it
back to the harbor,” Menoni said.
This test will be a joint effort
between NASA and the Navy, who
have a long history of working
together. The Orion has unique life
support, propulsion, thermal protection and avionics systems that
will extend the duration of the
spacecraft’s ride allowing astronauts
to travel farther into deep space,
and potentially land on Mars.
The San Diego Council also recognized Sgt Frank Cruz Jr. and
SSgt Joshua W. Cline as Marine
Drill Instructors of the Quarter
during the breakfast meeting.
Cruz, from El Monte, Calif., was
the Senior Drill Instructor of the
Quarter. He served a tour in the
Middle East with a Military Police
Company and currently is assigned
to Delta Company Recruit Training
Battalion, San Diego.
Cline, who is from Ohio, was
the Drill Instructor of the Quarter.
Upon completion of recruit training, Cline became an aviation electrician and was stationed at a number of naval air stations including
two Western Pacific tours in Japan.
He also was deployed to the
Persian Gulf. Cline currently is
assigned to Drill Instructor School
in San Diego.
USS Jimmy Carter
Officers Visit Atlanta
While the Seawolf-class submarine
USS Jimmy Carter was back in its
homeport at Naval Base Kitsap,
Wash., after a long deployment, its
top officers paid a visit to the Atlanta
area in November to meet with the
boat’s namesake, as well as members
of the Atlanta Metropolitan Council.
Commanding Officer CDR Brian
Elkowitz and Command Master
Chief Eric Antoine, chief of the boat,
met first with former President
Jimmy Carter at the Carter Center in
Atlanta, according to a report from
Council Member Diane Ritter.
Carter served in the U.S. Navy
and is the only U.S. president to
qualify in submarines. He served
onboard the Balao-class sub USS
Pomfret as a communications officer, sonar officer electronics officer, weapons officer and supply
officer. USS Jimmy Carter is the
first submarine to be named for a
living former president.
Since its commissioning in 2005,
the Atlanta Metropolitan Council
has sponsored the submarine.
After the president’s briefing,
Elkowitz and Antoine joined the
Atlanta Metropolitan Council Board
of Directors for an informal reception prior to the council’s November
meeting and council briefing.
Elkowitz has been serving as
commanding officer of Jimmy
Carter since March 2, 2012. While
he could not talk about his dialogue with Carter to the board, he
spoke about how this particular
submarine is considered a “
national treasure” for the special crew it
maintains and the intelligence
work that they do, Ritter said.
Antoine also described the
Sailors aboard the submarine as
“national treasures” for their great
skills and commitment to the sub,
the Navy and the nation. He also
shared a little bit about life aboard
the sub and how the crew members
are very proud of their ship.
One Sailor, he recalled, after a
temporary assignment on another
sub, came back talking about how
the other sub wasn’t as clean as
their sub. And, while Antoine may
call the sub “Big Jim,” the Sailors
correct him, saying its “Our Jim.”
Spokane Trophy Honor
Presented to Mobile Bay
The Spokane, Wash., Council presented its Spokane Trophy commendation to the Ticonderoga-class
guided-missile cruiser Mobile Bay
during a ceremony on the ship’s
flight deck Sept. 27 at its homeport
of San Diego.
Council President Ted McGregor
presented an engraved plaque commemorating the achievement that
includes a picture of the Spokane
Trophy. The trophy itself, made of
400 ounces of sterling silver with a
current value of more than $4 million, is on display at Commander,
Naval Surface Forces Pacific, headquarters at Naval Amphibious Base
“It’s my honor to present this
plaque to the crew,” McGregor said,
according to a Navy News Service
report. “Since we can’t bring the
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From the left, CDR Brian Elkowitz,
commanding officer of the USS
Jimmy Carter, and Command Master
Chief Eric Antoine, chief of the boat,
display Jimmy Carter prints that
were presented to them after
speaking to Atlanta Metropolitan
Council board members during a visit
to Atlanta Nov. 12. At right is Council
President Jeff Alexander.