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Heather Mongilio

USNI News

Annapolis, MD, United States

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  • USNI News
Past:
  • The Baltimore Sun
  • CapitalGazette.com
  • Govtech.com
  • Officer.com
  • Carroll County Times

Recent articles by Heather:

VIDEO: 18 Marines Become U.S. Citizens Following Naturalization Ceremony

There are 18 new American citizens Friday, after the Marine Corps held a naturalization ceremony aboard former battleship USS North Carolina. 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, 6th Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division held the ceremony Friday morning, bringing in 18 Marines from 14 countries to become U.S. citizens, one of the largest ceremonies for a Marine … → Read More

New Navy Senior Enlisted Marketplace Seeks to Realign Promotion System

This story has been updated to correct that the screening board creates the list of eligible E-8 sailors. Senior enlisted sailors will now advance to new positions through a billet-based promotion system, the Navy announced Tuesday. The service introduced its pilot for the senior enlisted marketplace, a sister project to the detailing marketplace assignment policy, … → Read More

USS Benfold Conducts November Taiwan Strait Transit

Guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG-65) conducted a previously unannounced Taiwan Strait transit earlier this month, Adm. Samuel Paparo, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, told reporters on Friday. Benfold transited the strait Nov. 5, the fourth transit of a U.S. warship since July. Benfold last sailed through the strait in July, USNI News reported. That was followed by … → Read More

Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 31 Commander Relieved After DWI Arrest

The commanding officer of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 31 was relieved from duty after she was arrested for driving while intoxicated, the Navy announced Friday. Naval Test Wing Pacific Commodore Capt. Ryan Bryla relieved Cmdr. Cassidi Reese of her command Thursday, citing a loss of confidence following her arrest, according to a Navy … → Read More

5 Aircraft Carriers Set to Operate Together in Europe for NATO Exercise

U.S. aircraft carriers USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) and USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) will exercise with aircraft carriers from France, Italy and the United Kingdom as part of a joint operation across Europe meant to show NATO interoperability, the Pentagon announced Thursday. The two American carrier strike groups, their embarked air wings and escorts … → Read More

Pentagon Adds 40 Armored Patrol Boats to Latest Ukraine Military Aid Package

The United States will send 40 armored riverine boats to Ukraine as part of the latest assistance package. The riverine boats are part of a $400 million aid package announced Friday. It’s the second time the U.S. is sending riverine boats to Ukraine as part of ongoing assistance in response to the Russian invasion. The … → Read More

Fuel Completely Removed From Red Hill Pipes

The Joint Task Force – Red Hill completely removed fuel from three pipelines at the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility, one of the steps in defueling and closing the space. Unpacking of the pipelines began Oct. 25 and took approximately two weeks to clear out the three pipes. The Joint Task Force first used … → Read More

Russia Resumes Participation in Grain Export Deal After Sevastopol Attack

Russia resumed its participation in a United Nations-Turkey-brokered deal that allows grain to leave Ukrainian ports, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced Wednesday. Erdogan told his parliament that Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu called Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar to say grain exports could resume at noon local time, according to Reuters. Russia had suspended … → Read More

Navy Restarts Flights for Some T-45C Trainers

Chief of Naval Air Training resumed T-45C Goshawk aircraft flight operations Monday, according to a Naval Air Systems Command release. The Navy and Marine Corps grounded the entire 193 T-45C Goshawks for a safety pause since Oct. 14 after an engine blade failure was discovered. There are some Goshawks that will remain grounded because the … → Read More

Former EOD Chief Petty Officer Pleads Guilty to Insurance Fraud Scheme

A former Navy chief petty officer pleaded guilty to his role in an insurance fraud scheme, the U.S. attorney’s office for the southern district of California announced Thursday. Christopher Toups, 43, a former chief petty officer construction mechanic assigned to the explosive ordnance disposal expeditionary support unit in San Diego, Calif., pleaded guilty Thursday to … → Read More

Marine Corps 'Shifting Threats' Campaign Highlights New Technology Focus

The Marine Corps adaptability is necessary for the changing world, according to the service’s new recruiting campaign, which launched online Thursday and will air Saturday during the University of Georgia vs. University of Florida football game. The advertising campaign, “Shifting Threats,” features Marines as they adapt to the more technologically sophisticated world in scenes that … → Read More

Navy COVID-19 Vaccine Refusal Separations Nears 2,000

The Navy separated 180 active-duty sailors in the past month for refusing to get vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the sea service’s monthly update. The Navy has separated a total of 1,544 active-duty sailors and 327 reservists for refusing to get the mandatory two-shot vaccine for COVID-19. Another 22 sailors were also released in their … → Read More

Red Hill Fuel to Stay at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickham, Says Task Force

The Joint Task Force – Red Hill is set to start draining jet and marine diesel fuel from three pipelines at the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility on Tuesday, Navy officials confirmed Monday. Draining the pipelines, which have approximately 1.16 million gallons of fuel split between them, is the first step in completely defueling … → Read More

Red Hill Fuel to Stay at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickham, Says Task Force

The Joint Task Force – Red Hill is set to start draining jet and marine diesel fuel from three pipelines at the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility on Tuesday, Navy officials confirmed Monday. Draining the pipelines, which have approximately 1.16 million gallons of fuel split between them, is the first step in completely defueling … → Read More

Red Hill to Start Removing Fuel From Pipes Next Week

Red Hill Bulk Fuel Facility unpacking operations should begin next week after a delay caused by a water main break on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The Joint Task Force – Red Hill will make final preparations on Monday before it starts removing approximately 1.16 million gallons of fuel from three pipelines at the Red Hill … → Read More

Red Hill Pipeline Defueling Delayed Due to Water Main Break

A water main break on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickham Hawaii, has caused the Navy to delay the first step of removing approximately 1.16 million gallons of fuel from the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility. The Navy was supposed to start unpacking fuel from three pipelines Monday, but the Friday water main break affected the systems … → Read More

George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group Now Under NATO Command

The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group went under NATO command on Friday as part of the Neptune Strike 2022 exercise series, the deputy Pentagon press spokesperson announced. “Neptune Strike 2022.2 and the Neptune series continues to enable multiple and unique theater-wide training opportunities necessary to integrate the high-end maritime warfare capabilities of these carrier … → Read More

New Navy Ad Campaign Kicks Off Targeting Gen Zs on Social Media

Gen Z, the Navy wants you. A new ad campaign, launched on the Navy’s 247th birthday, is using videos posted on social media to target 17 to 24 year olds with a pitch to consider a career in the sea service, Navy officials told USNI News on Wednesday. The goal of the latest version of … → Read More

Investigation Finds SEAL Trainee Kyle Mullen Died In the Line of Duty

SEAL candidate Kyle Mullen died of acute pneumonia, compounded by an enlarged heart, according to a Navy investigation into his death after completing Hell Week reviewed by USNI News. Mullen’s Feb. 4 death was determined to be in the line of duty and not due to his own misconduct, according to the investigation. While the … → Read More

Hawaii to Allow DoD to Start Removing Remaining Fuel in Red Hill Pipes

The Hawaii Department of Health cleared the Department of Defense to defuel three pipelines, one of the beginning phases in the DoD’s plan to remove all fuel from from the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility. The health department announced that it would conditionally approve the pipeline defueling phase of the DOD’s plan on Friday, … → Read More