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Bloggers-Media Embark to Aircraft Carriers

In Print Media on April 9, 2010 at 5:12 pm

USS Nimitz (CVN 68)

By Dennis Hall, Founder

The social media postings of the bloggers and podcasters from this Bloggers-Media Embark during April 25-26 continue to come along.  There has been much posting to Facebook of photo albums and postings of blog posts.   If you’re not already one of my Facebook friends, you can find me via Avere Group, Dennis Hall.

Also, now that this embark is complete, I’m networking bloggers and podcasters to others who embarked separately, e.g. with Guy Kawasaki and me.  I believe the Navy at-sea experiences shared between people whether together or separately are great ice-breakers to build new, productive relationships.  For example, I am networking Amanda Congdon with Andrew Nystrom, Digital Media Manager of Red Bull USA, who embarked with me to the USS Nimitz.

Steve Fiebing, Deputy Public Affairs Officer for the Commander – Naval Air Forces – Pacific, supported a Bloggers-Media Embark for April 25-26, 2010.  Andy Sernovitz and I nominated participants.  My three nominees selected were Will Mayall, co-founder with Guy Kawasaki, of Alltop.com; Amanda Congdon, Executive Producer of the SomeTimesDaily blog and podcast; and, Robert Coombs, Director of Public Affairs and blogger for the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CalCASA.org).

Robert Coombs posted this amazing interior video of himself enduring the whole process of when he was strapped into the Navy C-2 Greyhound on April 26, 2010 for his catapult launch from the bow of the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).

The total complement of 15 bloggers-podcasters-journalists connected prior to meeting each other and created an on-line community via Twitter and Facebook.  Each posted details of their enthusiastic planning for the embark, and then each step along the way leading to their boarding the C-2 Greyhound Navy transport to take them out to sea for a tailhook landing or ‘trap’ on the flightdeck of the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).  The Navy leans forward on social media, so it was particularly exciting for me as co-founder of the Bloggers-Media Embarks to hear from the participants while they were underway via Facebook.  Such direct connectivity was not available as recent as July 2009 when Guy Kawasaki and I lead our first group of bloggers-podcasters-journalists out to the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier.  For us, this is a significant sign of a new era for Navy and Marine Corps personnel at sea to keep connected with those on shore, and on other vessels at sea, as well.

My June 2009 post titled, “Bloggers’ Embark Start-up” details the first Bloggers-Media Embark lead by Guy Kawasaki and me to the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier.  My post contains links to many of the other participants posts pertaining to our USS Nimitz embark.  The participants were Guy Kawasaki, Bill Reichert, Carroll Lefon a.k.a. Lex, Robert Scoble, Charlene Li, Beth Blecherman, Jennifer Leo, Jennifer Jones, Jennifer Van Grove, Pamela Slim, Jefferson Wagner a.k.a. Zuma Jay, Andrew Nystrom, and Andy Sernovitz.

The embark involved the group of 15  flying from Naval Air Station North Island on Coronado Island near San Diego, California aboard a Navy transport to a Navy nuclear-powered aircraft career underway in the Pacific Ocean.

The 15 participants boarded a Navy C-2 Greyhound COD equipped with a tailhook and take off from a normal runway to fly out to sea to the aircraft carrier steaming underway about 100 miles off shore.  The aircraft carrier moves at about 22 to 30 nautical miles per hour through the waves of the Pacific Ocean as the C-2 Greyhound approaches its stern for landing … skill and timing for the flightcrew are everything.

C-2 Greyhound COD with tailhook

The crew lined up for landing once given the ‘go-ahead’ to do so.  The flightcrew landed or ‘trapped’ the C-2 onto the ship’s stern of the flightdeck with the tailhook snared the third arresting cable stung perpendicular to the plane’s flightpath.

They offloaded, and spent the next 24 hours touring, dining, and sleeping aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).

On April 26, they boarded the C-2.  The ‘Shooters’ hooked the catapult to the C-2.  Then the pilot powered up and then the catapult propelled them down a short stretch of flightdeck until aerodynamic lift kicked  in and they flew aloft away from the carrier’s bow.

Participants' First Impression

All participants paid their own expenses to travel roundtrip to and from the vicinity of NAS North Island near San Diego, CA, and pay the Navy approximately $50 for meals and berthing while aboard ship.  Each participant  lodged in or near San Diego on the night of April 24, as show time at NAS North Island was 8 a.m. on April 25.

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Bloggers’ Embarks to Hawaii & Illinois with Air Force

In Print Media on February 20, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Hawaii is the hub of humanitarian relief and national defense.  The US Pacific Command and the Pacific Air Force are based on Oahu.  Seeking to send out a planeload of bloggers-podcasters-journalists to see the operations, I requested support of our US Air Force’s Air Mobility Command, based at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.  The Air Force responded most enthusiastically.

Currently the plan is for two bloggers’ emarks.  One will originate at Travis Air Force, California, home of the 60th Air Mobility Wing (AMW).  This embark involves our group of bloggers-podcasters-journalists flying roundtrip to Hickam AFB,  Hawaii probably using an Air Force C-17 Globemaster III transport seen above. The group would tour and be briefed at US Pacific Command, Pacific Air Force, and Air Mobility Wing operations in Hawaii.  The second embark involves bloggers-podcasters-journalists converging on Scott Air Force Base, IL.  There the group would meet leadership and support staff of the US Transportation Command, Air Mobility Command, 618th Tanker/Airlift Control Center and tour the headquarters and operations centers at Scott AFB.   These operations are key in the logistical operations of the Haiti relief and our military operations throughout the globe.  The KC-10 Extender air-refueling tanker is shown below.

More information, links, and pictures to soon follow.

Bloggers’ Embark to California Highway Patrol

In Print Media on February 20, 2010 at 1:07 pm

In seeking a Bloggers’ Embark to the CHP’s Emergency Vehicle Operator’s Course track for bloggers to have an exhilarating ride on the track, the CHP accommodated the request with inclusion in its CHP Media Day.

The CHP afforded me three slots for this Media Day on March 10, 2010 at the CHP Academy in West Sacramento, CA.  Jereiah Owyang will team with me and we will be ‘CHP Academy cadets for a day’.  Our morning will begin at 7 a.m. with physical training, including an obstacle course.  We then will progress to the driving track, to a simulated shooting range, use of DUI-simulation googles, and other tours.  CHP will provide lunch.

More details, links, and pictures to follow via updates.

Avere Group Blogger Nominees Embark to USS Green Bay

In Print Media on August 17, 2009 at 8:50 pm

lpd-green-bay

The Bloggers’ Embarks to the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier during May and early June christened a new journey of research and development on using social media to reach audiences of all kinds and ages.   I had nominated Guy Kawasaki for a Distinguished Visitor Program embark to an aircraft carrier.  Commander Charlie Brown, Public Affairs Officer for the Commander-Naval Air Forces-Pacific, selected Guy to participate, so I coordinated with Commander Brown and Guy to get him squared away to embark … paperwork, you know.  Guy embarked to the USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier during late September 2008 with a group of 16 distinguished visitors from various professional disciplines.

Guy Kawasaki, Dennis Hall, Bill Reichert

Upon return to shore, Guy wrote the longest blog in history.  I try to meet up with people whom I’ve nominated and get selected, so I visited Guy at his offices of Garage Technology Ventures in Palo Alto, CA.  It was a reunion of sorts, as I’ve been acquainted with Guy since June of 2001 through the Asia Silicon Valley Connection (ASVC.org).  Bill Reichert, also a Managing Director, was there, too, that day, and we go back a few years, so we had a bit of a reunion roundtable.  Guy discussed with me his idea of a bloggers’ embark to an aircraft carrier.  He said, ‘what if the Navy loaded 16 bloggers into a Navy C-2 Greyhound transport and embarked them to sea.’  My gut reaction was that the Navy would love his idea.  So, I wrote the proposal, submitted it to Commander Charlie Brown, and as forecast … he immediately supported Guy Kawasaki’s vision.  He arranged for such an endeavor to-from an aircraft carrier, the USS Nimitz (CVN-68).  Guy and I orchestrated the nomination process with the Navy during the latter part of 2008.  We embarked out with a total 16 bloggers, podcasters, experts, and authors during spring 2009.  I have that blog and links to the others here at my Avere Group blog.

Having achieved embarkations to-from an aircraft carriers with scores of blog and podcasts reaching hundreds of thousands of readers worldwide, it was time to explore other areas of the Navy.

7217_129254757818_504712818_2562761_4385544_nTo advance further understanding, Lieutenant junior grade Jan Shultis, a Public Affairs Officer (PAO) for the Commander, Naval Surface Forces – Pacific, coordinated with me to create a Bloggers’ Embark by Navy helicopter for September 10, 2009 to the very recently commissioned USS Green Bay underway in the Pacific Ocean.  Embarking via SH-60 Seahawk helicopter to and from the vessel were bloggers Deborah Keyek-Franssen, Jennifer Leo, Jennifer Van Grove, Gina Hughes , Adam BrownJake McKee, and  Ponzi Pirillo, a most eclectic band of bloggers-podcasters.

Jennifer Van Grove and Jen Leo are Bloggers’ Embark veterans, as both embarked as part of a Bloggers’ Embark to the USS Nimitz aJen Leo & Jenn Van Groveircraft carrier via fixed-wing aircraft, the Navy C-2 Greyhound, during May 20-30, 2009.  We arrived to the USS Nimitz abruptly via the tailhook of the C-2 snagging the arresting cable of the flightdeck.  The following day we departed via catapult launch aboard the C-2 off the bow.

Working closely with Navy Lieutenant Jan Shultis, I contacted bloggers-podcasters who embarked with me during MayLt.j.g. Jan Shultis 29-30, 2009 to the USS Nimitz to see if they would like to participate in Leaders to Sea, the program implemented by the Commander-Naval Surface Forces.   While all wanted to do so, schedules were too packed except for Jennifer Van Grove and Jennifer Leo.  Assisting me in finding high-profile bloggers-podcasters were  Guy Kawasaki, Andy Sernovitz, Jennifer Jones, Beth Blecherman, and Robert Scoble in making referrals to other bloggers-podcasters.  Their referrals lead to instant success! For example, Beth Blecherman referred me to Gina Hughes. She accepted the opportunity for me to nominate her, and she in turn recommended several bloggers, e.g. Ponzi Purillo and Jake McKee.

10530_130197782681_714437681_2422706_3478839_nThe embark began early in the morning at 7:00 a.m. PST (o700 hours).  All arrived to Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, the Headquarters for the Commander-Naval Surface Forces-Pacific, and incidentally, the home, too, of our Navy SEALs (Sea Air Land warriors).   Video of Boarding the UH-60 Seahawk shot by Jennifer Van Grove. The sky was filled with dark cumulous clouds, but winds were light.  Following take-off, the cameras came out. Here is video shot by Jennifer Van Grove. Writes Gina Hughes in her Facebook posting, “We took a helicopter ride to the USS Green Bay in San Diego. What an experience!” (turn down volume)

Per Navy Lieutenant Jan Shultis, and the bloggers, the Bloggers’ Embark was an immense success.  You may immediately see posts for on Facebook for Gina Hughes (TechieDiva.com) and Jennifer Van Grove, and Ponzi Pirillo.

Lt. Jan Shultis, USN

Lieutenant (j.g.) Jan Shultis, Public Affairs Officer, Commander, Naval Surface Forces, Pacific

Group Shot XL

Bloggers-Podcasters

It’s not just a blog; it’s an adventure.

USS Green Bay cap

USS Green Bay cap for Every Blogger

SH-60 Group Shot L

Boarding the Navy SH-60 Seahawk Helicopter

Jennifer Van Grove with leadership

USS Green Bay Leadership with Jennifer Van Grove (www.Mashable.com)

Adam Brown strapped, SH-60

Adam Brown (www.Coca-ColaConversations.com)

Gina Hughes with Command Master Chief

Gina Hughes (www.TechieDiva.com, GadgetSpin.com) with Command Master Chief Cecilio Macias

Deb

Deborah Keyek-Franssen (Colorado.edu)

Jen Leo & Chaplain

Chaplain & Jen Leo (www.JenLeoLive.com, latimes.com)

Jake McKee listening

Jake McKee (www.antseyeview.com, www.communityguy.com) listens to briefing

Ponzi Pirillo in Goggles-Helmet

Ponzi Pirillo (www.GadgetSpin.com)

Jennifer Van Grove shotgun & pistol - great

Jennifer Van Grove (www.Mashable.com, http://www.JenniferVanGrove.com)

XO Briefs Bloggers

Greeting by Commander Randy Zamora, Executive Officer

Jen Leo, Ponzi Pirillo, Jennifer Van Grove aiming

Onboard Virtual Shooting Range Simulator

Gina Hughes - High calibre

Gina Hughes with High Caliber Weapon

Navigation

Navigation Monitor

LCAC Approaching fast

Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) Hovercraft Approaching for Boarding

LCAC Bay

Landing Craft Air Cushion Hovercraft Holding Pen

Ladies' berth 2

Womens’ Berthing Area

Adam Brown - in berth

Adam Brown in Men’s Berth

Jennifer Van Grove in LCAC

Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) Tour

USS Green Bay bow 2

Bow view of USS Green Bay (Note Green Bay logos)

Aerial view of flightdeck

Aerial View of USS Green Bay flightdeck

NAS North Island - aerial

Aerial View of Naval Air Station North Island, Coronado, CA

Ponzi Pirillo & Gina Hughes

Upon return to shore, Gina Hughes wrote me via Facebook, “Best experience ever! Just got off a Seahawk , being briefed by Admiral Curtis talking about their mission and robotics.”

Jen Leo wrote, “Dennis – it was a lovely day out! Very different from the Nimitz experience. I really felt the emphasis of the Navy as a family and how they try to be connected to and provide for the entire family – not just the sailor was communicated and appreciated. Obviously this was a much smaller ship. I think we were only the 3rd DV group to go be flown out there. It was sparkling clean, we were toured by the XO and the Master Chief the entire day. And Jan [Lt. Jan Shultis, USN] was amazing.  Extremely well spoken, passionate and knew her stuff. She was truly excited about us. Thank you for this. It was a nice group too.”

Ponzi Pirillo recounted her day, “Hi Dennis, I had a wonderful time! Jan and EVERYONE was so caring and attentive.The whole group on the USS Greenbay were amazing! It was an experience I feel really fortunate to be able to say I’ve had and I’m looking forward to writing about it. 🙂  Jan [Lt. Jan Shultis, USN] was simply amazing as was everyone literally from the top Admiral to the youngest seaman, I’m totally impressed with how things were handled.  Thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity to be able to join in The Leaders to Sea program.  I feel honored be able to help shed some light on the amazing efforts of our Navy.”

USS Green Bay

Commander Joseph R. Olson, Commanding Officer

Commander Randy Zamora, Executive Officer

CMDCM (SW) Cecilio I. Macias, Command Master Chief

The USS Green Bay (LPD 20)

Amphibious Transport Dock – LPD

Amphibious transport dock ships are warships that embark, transport, and land elements of a landing force for a variety of expeditionary warfare missions.

The ships are used to transport, and land Marines, their equipment and supplies by embarked air cushion or conventional landing craft or amphibious vehicles, augmented by helicopters or vertical take-off and landing aircraft in amphibious assault, special operations, or expeditionary warfare missions.

LPD 20 USS Green Bay is the fourth of the San Antonio Class of amphibious transport dock ships.

Namesake – The city of approximately 100,000 residents was founded in 1634 by French explorer, Jean Nicolet.  The oldest community in Wisconsin , Green Bay is well known for its commitment to team efforts, and particularly for its support of its football teams. As Packers’ Coach Vince Lombardi put it, “The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.”

When the former Secretary of the Navy Richard Danzig announced the name of LPD 20, he noted, “Green Bay may be modest in size, but it is enormous in spirit. The city is well known for its commitment to team efforts and the LPD 20 will be home to another team – the Navy-Marine Corps team- that is no stranger to the hard work and sacrifice necessary to be the best in the world.” This will be the second ship named Green Bay. The first, a patrol gunboat, was in service during the 1970s.

The USS Green Bay transports and lands Marines, their equipment and supplies,by embarked air-cushion (Landing Craft Air-Cushion Vehicle – LCAC) or conventional landing craft or Expeditionary Fighting Vehicles, augmented by helicopters or vertical take-off and landing aircraft. USS Green Bay will support amphibious assault, special operations, or expeditionary warfare missions throughout the first half of the 21st Century.

Ship Characteristics:

Length 684 feet (208.5 meters)

Beam 105 feet (31.9 meters)

Displacement Approximately 24,900 tons full load

Speed In excess of 22 knots (24.2 mph)

Aircraft Four CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters or two MV-22 tilt rotor aircraft may be launched or recovered simultaneously. The ship’s hangar can store 1-2 aircraft.

Armament Two 30 mm Close-in-Guns, for surface threat defense; two Rolling Airframe Missile launchers for air defense

Landing Craft Two LCACs (air cushion) or one LCU (conventional)

EFVs 14 Marine Corps Expeditionary Fighting Vehicles

Power plant Four Colt-Pielstick diesel engines, two shafts, 40,000 Hp

Crew 360 (28 officers, 332 enlisted), three Marines

Troops 699 (66 officers, 633 enlisted); surge to 800 total.

Embarking to USS FranklinFor more information on Bloggers’ Embarks contactDennisHall@gmail.com, AvereGroup.WordPress.com

The word “Contact” is part of my e-mail address.  Anchors Aweigh!  Dennis

Bloggers’ Embark icebreaker, May 13, 2009, Palo Alto, CA

In Print Media on May 17, 2009 at 6:53 pm
Blue Chalk Cafe, Palo Alto, CA

Blue Chalk Cafe, Palo Alto, CA

Sound the Bell !  To launch the Bloggers’ Embark, I dispatched an All Hands bulletin to the bloggers to rendezvous at Charlene Li’s recommendation of the Blue Chalk Café in Palo Alto, California. On May 13, 2009, Navy Commander Romuel ‘Roy’ Nafarrete, Commanding Officer of the Navy Recruiting District San Francisco greeted Beth Blecherman, Charlene Li, Jennifer Jones, Robert Scoble and me for the icebreaker. Other bloggers wished to attend, but either had schedule conflicts or live hundreds or thousands of miles from the Blue Chalk Café.

Navy Commander Nafarrete provided animated descriptions of what to expect during the embarkation.  He further dished background information on some of the key contacts whom the bloggers will meet and get acquainted with once aboard the USS Nimitz.  He wants so much to be with this eclectic group.

The evening was wonderful!

Dennis Hall, Bloggers’ Embark

Bloggers Dennis Hall, Beth Blecherman, Jennifer Jones, Robert Scoble, Charlene Li

Bloggers Dennis Hall, Beth Blecherman, Jennifer Jones, Robert Scoble, Charlene Li.

Jennifer Jones and Commander Nafarrete, USN

Jennifer Jones and Commander Nafarrete, USN

Charlene Li & Robert Scoble

Charlene Li & Robert Scoble

Charlene Li signing Groundswell

Charlene Li signing Groundswell