View post tag: Maine USS Maine Gets MUC Training & Education Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Maine Gets MUC View post tag: USS View post tag: Naval View post tag: Defense The Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Maine (SSBN 741) was presented with the Meritorious Unit Commendation (MUC) award for meritorious service from Jan. 29, 2011 to March 12, 2012 at Marginal Wharf on Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor Sept. 26.The MUC is given for valorous or meritorious achievement by a unit. Former Secretary of the Navy John T. McNaughton established the award in 1967.“To justify this award, your service is on par with someone who earns the Bronze Star award,” said Rear Adm. Dietrich Kuhlmann, commander of Submarine Group 9. “That’s some pretty rare company and you should be proud of what that means for the team gathered around you.”Maine blue and gold crews worked together to consistently keep the ship ready and perform at a high level.“This award is a validation of all the hard work we have put in,” said Master Chief Machinist’s Mate Perry Willis, Maine gold crew chief of the boat. “We helped each other out maintaining the ship, even with the most mundane tasks.”Maine, underway for 349 days over a 14-month period, was a secure, reliable, and effective strategic deterrent in supporting Operation Order Global Citadel and exercise Global Thunder.“It feels good to win this award. It shows that all of our hard work was paying off,” said Missile Technician 2nd Class Brad Trogdor. “This makes all the drills, cleaning and inspections worth it.”Maine was named the 2012 Battle Efficiency (Battle “E”) Award winner and the Captain Edward F. Ney Memorial Award winner for earning runner-up in the Submarine Category July 19.“We have been winning the battle on undersea dominance for a long time now, thanks in large to the job [the crew members] do each day,” said Kulhmann. “Every one of [the crew members] on the Maine should feel very good about today.”[mappress]Press Release, September 30, 2013; Image: US Navy Share this article View post tag: Defence View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: MUC View post tag: gets September 30, 2013
I know now why they call Canaan Valley the Land of Milk and Honey.The first and only time I have ever visited that area was nearly a year ago in mid-December (check out the video recap from that trip here).Canaan Valley is a powder hound’s dream in the winter season. The nearby towns of Davis and Thomas are bustling with live music, great food, and free late night games of pool. It’s like someone picked up a happenin’ little ski town from Vermont (or out West even) and dropped it smack dab in the middle of West Virginia’s Allegheny Highlands.That’s during the winter, though. I had never been to the valley during the summer.I came into town late Sunday night, expecting the scant local population of Thomas to be closed up for the evening. It was after 9 o’clock, and I knew I was likely out of luck on finding any food (aside from whatever I could scrounge up at the local gas station).But as I came down the main drag, I saw lights on, people roaming the streets, music blasting. The place was, quite literally, bumpin’. I grabbed my Deuter day pack and followed the music, landing at the Purple Fiddle where Dangermuffin was performing (highly recommend checking these guys out). Just a few minutes after I sat down, I immediately started to see familiar faces.The town scenes of Davis and Thomas are a lot like what you might find out of a Cheers episode. Everyone knows everyone, and it’s pretty cool. Before long, I’d manage to track down my host for the week, the ever-wonderful local legend, Chip Chase. He’s the main guy over at White Grass Touring Center, and was the first person to introduce me to Canaan when I came into town last winter.Unlike the Grinch, Chip has a heart that is two sizes too big for his slight frame. He’s an encyclopedia of knowledge on mushrooms, local lore, and everything in between. He’s a hard worker who can make digging a ditch seem like the most fun you’ve ever had. More importantly, Chip is a social butterfly and he knows everyone. Consequently, just 5 days after getting the Tour de Canaan (summer edition) from Chipper, I couldn’t go to the local Tip Top coffee shop without seeing someone I knew.Most every morning, I would join Chip on his daily walk through the backside of his property and into the neighboring Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Mostly our talks were on the woods themselves, the chaga growing on birch trees, the blight of the hemlocks. But we also talked on the history of protected lands in the area and the current locals’ standing with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife. When we weren’t talking, we were just walking, taking in the early morning dew that saturated the sprawl of ferns and the brief shafts of sunlight struggling to break free from the rain clouds overhead.Walks with Chip.We always returned from our walks with pocketfuls of mushrooms, both edible and non. Breakfast was usually a cup of coffee and a veggie-egg scramble (complete with our freshly picked Chanterelles and homemade buttermilk biscuits – thanks Morgan!).The time sorta idled by. No one was ever in any particular hurry but there was always something going on. Group rides, community ultimate frisbee games, live music, bouldering sessions. For a couple of towns in the middle-of-nowhere-West-Virginia, the vibe here is g-r-o-o-v-y (and I don’t use that word often). The nearest hospital is close to an hour away. The nearest Wal-Mart, McDonalds, or any other corporate beast? About a 45-minute drive. Canaan Valley is the Land of Milk and Honey because it’s one of those diamonds-in-the-rough where artists and athletes reside, where culture and nature are the inspirational forces behind progress, behind business models and microbreweries and the Way of Life. The “locals” here come from every corner of the world to soak up the mountain vistas, the technical singletrack, the world class skiing, and some of the hardest whitewater on the East. It’s a melting pot of generations and cultures, passions and projects, and the best part about it? You can get lost and never see a single human soul, even on the busiest of weekends and regardless the season.The view from Weiss Knob Road.Local rider Sue Haywood tearing it up!Saw this guy cruising around downtown Davis.Sunset at Lindy Point.“What do you like about living here?” I asked Chipper the night we drove back to White Grass from the Purple Fiddle.“The traffic,” he says without hesitation. “There is none. I can drive 10 miles to my house and never see another car.”Of course, at that very moment, a car coming in the other direction rounded the bend, shutting down Chip’s claim. But just days later, I found myself driving back to the Go from Davis without ever dimming the brights and thought to myself, this valley must surely be a little slice of heaven.Major thanks to the Chase family for taking me in and to Jessica Scowcroft and the Tucker County Convention and Visitors Bureau for showing me the best of Davis. Lots of love to you wild and wonderful people!
BROOKVILLE, Ind. — The Top Dogs robotic club from Brookville Elementary tied for first place at the Liberty Robotics Competition on February 4th.This was the team’s first competition and they have qualified for the State Championship Competition on February 25th at IUPUI.