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Surface Navy Association 2020 National Symposium

Owning Tomorrow’s Fight Today

Jan. 14-16, 2020

Welcome to Navy Live blog coverage of the 2019 Surface Navy Association National Symposium in Arlington, Virginia, where naval leaders, government officials and members of private industry will discuss a broad range of professional and career issues of importance to the surface warfare community.

The theme of the symposium is Owning Tomorrow’s Fight Today. The event provides an opportunity to highlight the Surface Navy’s vision for the future. Below you will find articles about and links to live events at the symposium, as well as the schedule of events.

Find out more at the SNA website: https://navysnaevents.org/national-symposium/index.html.

“The United States Navy has a Surface Force that is second to none, and we have taken deliberate steps to maintain that premier status in the face of great power competition,” said. “We will build on our improvements as we build the best mariners, build the most lethal ships and warfighters, and build fully-prepared warfare commanders.”

–Vice Adm. Richard Brown, Commander, Naval Surface Forces

LIVESTREAM VIDEO LINKS

Day 1 (Tuesday, Jan. 14):

Day 2: (Wednesday, Jan. 15)

Day 3: (Thursday, Jan. 16)

SCHEDULE
(Subject to change. All times EST.)

Tuesday, Jan. 14

1045-1245: Enlisted Roundtable and Luncheon
Active Duty/Reservists in Uniform/ Retired Enlisted, E-1 to E-9 only
Moderator: CMDCM Bryan Exum, USN(Ret)

1030-1145: Retired Flag Briefing (Flag Officers Only; All Branches Welcome) VADM Rich Brown, USN, Commander, Naval Surface Forces/Commander, US Pacific Fleet
RADM Gene Black, USN, Director, Surface Warfare (N96)

1130-1200: SNA Podcast
Moderator: CAPT Paul Rinn (Ret)

1230-1330: NAVSEA Media Availability: LCS in the Fleet Today

1300-1310: Opening Remarks: VADM Rick Hunt, USN (Ret), President, Surface Navy Association

1310-1410: The Surface Navy Today
VADM Rich Brown, USN, Commander, Naval Surface Forces/Commander, US Pacific Fleet

1330-1400: NAVSEA Media Availability: Surface Maintenance Engineering Planning Program (SURFMEPP) Update
John Murphy, SURFMEPP Deputy

1410-1510: Keynote Address (Seminar Package Required): ADM Michael Gilday, USN, Chief of Naval Operations

1530-1650: Updating the Surface Navy Vision
RADM Gene Black, USN, Director, Surface Warfare (N96)
Maj Gen Tracy King, USMC, Director, Expeditionary Warfare (N95)

1700: USNI Podcast Interview with VADM Rich Brown

Wednesday, Jan. 15

0900-0930: NAVSEA Media Availability: Surface Ship Modernization Update
Capt. Kevin Byrne, Surface Ship Modernization program manager

0930-1000: NAVSEA Media Availability: Amphibious, Auxiliary and Sealift Shipbuilding Update
Matt Sermon, Amphibious, Auxiliary and Sealift Office PEO Ships
executive director

10000-1030: NAVSEA Media Availability: DDG 51 Flight III Update
CAPT Seth Miller, DDG 51 Class program manager
CAPT Jason Hall, Above Water Sensors program manager

1015-1100: Coast Guard Update
ADM Charles W. Ray, USCG
Deputy Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard

1100-1145: NAVSEA Media Availability: DDG 1000 Class Update
CAPT Smith, DDG 1000 Class program manager

1100-1130: NAVSEA Media Availability: Naval Power & Energy Systems: Way Forward
Steve Markle, U.S. Navy Electric Ships program manager

1100-1145: Marine Corps Update
Gen David H. Berger, USMC
Commandant, U.S. Marine Corps

1300-1330: NAVSEA Media Availability:Surface Training Systems Update
Bob Kerno, Surface Training Systems program manager

1330-1400 NAVSEA Media Availability: Surface Ship Sustainment Update
Capt. Steve Murray, Surface Ship Sustainment program manager

1400-1430: NAVSEA Media Availability: USNS Navajo-class Towing, Salvage and Rescue (T-ATS) Overview
Chris Paulus, Support Ships, Boats and Craft assistant program manager

1400-1500: Transformation of the Navy Warfighter for the 21st Century
Moderator: VADM John B. Nowell, Jr., USN, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education, N1, OPNAV Chief of Naval Personnel

1515-1615: Navy/Marine Corps Integration
Moderator: VADM James Kilby, USN, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfighting Requirements & Capabilities, N9, OPNAV

1615-1700: Keynote Address: The Hon. James F. Geurts,
Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development & Acquisition

1800-1930: Naval Heritage Program – “Life and Times of Admiral Bulkeley”

Thursday, Jan. 16

0830-0915: Keynote Address: ADM Christopher W. Grady, USN, Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command

0900-0930: NAVSEA Media Availability: In-Service Aircraft Carriers Update
Capt. Charles Ehnes, In-Service Aircraft Carrier program manager

0930-1030: NAVSEA Media Availability: CVN 78 Update
Capt. Ron Rutan, CVN 78 Class program manager

1000-1030: NAVSEA Media Availability: Future Aircraft Carriers Update
Capt. Philip Malone, Future Aircraft Carriers program manager

1015-1145: Building the Future Force
Moderator: VADM Thomas J. Moore, USN, Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command

1300-1330: NAVSEA Media Availability: Unmanned Maritime Systems Update
CAPT Pete Small, Unmanned Maritime Systems program manager

1330-1400: NAVSEA Media Availability: Mine Warfare Update
CAPT Danielle George, Mine Warfare Programs manager

1400-1430: NAVSEA Media Availability: Mission Package Program Update
CAPT Gus Weekes, Mission Modules program manager

1415-1530: Maintaining the Current Force
Moderator: VADM Moore, USN, Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command

1645-1730: Closing Remarks: VADM Richard Hunt, USN (Ret), President, Surface Navy Association

https://navylive.dodlive.mil/2020/01/13/surface-navy-association-2020-national-symposium/ U.S. Navy

Keeping Our Best

By Vice Adm. Tom Rowden
Commander, Naval Surface Forces

It takes top performing division officers to build top performing mid-grade and senior officers – especially those who will command at sea. But in today’s extremely competitive, globally connected world, organizations from all industries are fighting a “war for talent” as they strive to attract – and keep – the best. I am proud to say the same is true in the Surface Warfare community. We need high performing division officers who are committed to becoming top performing department heads and commanding officers, and that improves not only the surface community, but also the Navy as a whole. To that end, I have challenged our community to think differently about how we can attract and retain our very best, and I am extremely pleased with the innovative ways we are retaining and rewarding our top performers .

PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 26, 2016) - Lt. Serg Samndzic and Lt. Aaron Jochimsen, Warfare Tactics Instructors (WTI) of the Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) coordinate missile exercise rehearsals on the USS Princeton during an anti-submarine exercise in the Southern California operating area. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Trevor Andersen/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 26, 2016) – Lt. Serg Samndzic and Lt. Aaron Jochimsen, Warfare Tactics Instructors (WTI) of the Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) coordinate missile exercise rehearsals on the USS Princeton during an anti-submarine exercise in the Southern California operating area. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Trevor Andersen/Released)

 

But in some ways, this effort isn’t new. In fact, the Departartment Head Retention Bonus (DHRB) marks the latest chapter in a nearly 20-year process of striving to develop a system that rewards the right people at the right time. This process first began with the Surface Warfare Officer Continuation Pay (SWOCP) bonus, which had the simple objective of retaining division officers through the completion of two department head tours. The next evolution was the Revised Junior Critical Skills Retention Bonus (RJCSRB) – a major bonus overhaul that added more money and was designed to retain the critical skills of our junior officers.  As a result, we’ve been able to consistently meet our department head requirements, enabling screening boards to be more selective.

SOUTH CHINA SEA (July, 23, 2015) Lt. j.g. Hasenbank, center, mentors new ensigns as he stands his last officer of the deck watch aboard the littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) during a Singapore Strait transit. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. James Arterberry/Released)
SOUTH CHINA SEA (July, 23, 2015) Lt. j.g. Hasenbank, center, mentors new ensigns as he stands his last officer of the deck watch aboard the littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) during a Singapore Strait transit. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. James Arterberry/Released)

So why does this new department head bonus matter? Because for the first time, we’re able to reward what has been the primary selection factor at all of our screening boards – superior performance at sea.

We have found a way to not only measure superior performance at sea, but also a method to reward that performance and retain top performers. Bottom line, the bonus is bigger than just getting division officers to stick around as department heads. It’s about retaining our best so that they can one day help us lead the Navy!

To do this, we have created a program similar to the performance bonuses used by many civilian corporations to reward and retain top talent. This performance-based bonus is a first of its kind for the Department of Defense and not only pays for a skillset, but also rewards officers with extra incentive payments – up to $30,000 – based on fleet performance that results in first or second look selection at the department head screening board.

This tiered incentive program ensures those who screen for advancement to department head at the earliest career opportunity (their first look usually occurs after reaching three years of commissioned service) are eligible to receive three extra payments of $10,000 a year for an ultimate total bonus of $105,000. Officers screening on their second look will receive two incentive payments of $10,000 each in addition to the standard bonus of $75,000 for a bonus totaling $95,000. Those screening a year later on their third look will receive a standard base bonus of $75,000.

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 24, 2015) Cmdr. Gilbert Clark, executive officer of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS The Sullivans (DDG 68), directs Ensign Christian Diaz as he monitors the course indicator during a replenishment-at-sea training exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Daniel Gaither/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 24, 2015) Cmdr. Gilbert Clark, executive officer of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS The Sullivans (DDG 68), directs Ensign Christian Diaz as he monitors the course indicator during a replenishment-at-sea training exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Daniel Gaither/Released)

 

We’re investing in the junior officers who spend months deployed across the globe and those who are permanently forward deployed. We’re investing in those officers who excel at leading Sailors, tirelessly stand the watch, and spend countless hours preparing their ships for deployment. These bonuses allow us to signal the value of superior performance from our junior officers as they move into the role of department head, and continue on to billets as commanding officers, major commanders, and flag officers.

Ensign Stephanie Gies looks for contacts as the guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61) transits the Atlantic Ocean, Dec. 27, 2013. Monterey is scheduled to return to homeport in Norfolk after a nine-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Billy Ho/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 27, 2013) Ensign Stephanie Gies looks for contacts as the guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61) transits the Atlantic Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Billy Ho/Released)

These bonuses aren’t given lightly; they are earned through effort. Not all Surface Warfare Officers screen for department head, much less on their first look. In fact, doing so is highly competitive and takes hard work, skill, and grit. For those officers who make the effort, I am thrilled that we are able to reward and invest in you the same way you have helped make our Navy better.

DHRB is transformational in a way that benefits our 21st century Navy . But make no mistake, this bonus is bigger than just the division officers and our department heads who receive it. This bonus is about creating an environment where our top talent remains in the Surface Navy. Because when our top officers continue to serve, these high performers make every ship in our force better .

There has never been a better time to stay SWO!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://navylive.dodlive.mil/2016/10/19/keeping-our-best/ U.S. Navy