NMCRS Supports Education for Navy and Marine Families

 

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Combat Casualty Assistance Nurse Program Offers Post-Combat Relief

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Rick Williams spent more than two decades as a Rear Admiral in the US Navy, leading complex operations and managing multifaceted organizations. Today, Rear Admiral Rick Williams supports the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, which operates the Combat Casualty Assistance Nurse Program to assist sailors and marines adversely affected by combat.

Combat experience can significantly change a person, with effects ranging from long-standing physical injuries to emotional duress that persists long after leaving the military. The CCA Visiting Nurse Program employs a team of skilled nurses who make personal visits to sailors and marines, their families, and their caregivers and provide them with the necessary resources to effectively deal with the aftermath. Nurses help clients understand injuries received during combat, resulting diagnoses, and recovery or rehabilitation processes. In addition, nurses can discuss reoccurring issues and available resources.

The program is open to individuals who served in the US Navy or Marine Corps during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn, or Operation Enduring Freedom. Individuals seeking assistance do not need to show ID and may request a visit at any time, regardless of current military status.

Red Cross Receives Record Donation for Benefit of Military Families

 

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A graduate of the University of Maryland with a master of business administration, Rear Admiral Rick Williams is a five-time Legion of Merit medal recipient who served as a leader in the United States Navy in various positions, including Deputy Fifth Fleet commander and eventually the commander of the Navy Region Hawaii. In addition to dedicating over 20 years of service to his country, Rear Admiral Rick Williams also serves his fellow man through the support of nonprofits, such as the American Red Cross.

Recently, the American Red Cross published a press release outlining the details of a record-breaking donation designated to benefit members of the military, veterans, and their families. French philanthropist and business professional Bernard Darty made a donation of $500,000, which will be applied toward the work of the Red Cross’s Hero Call Center, the provision of community services to current and retired military members, and the development of new programs that aim to meet the needs of people within this demographic. Darty was inspired to make the donation out of gratitude to the United States Armed Forces for saving his family when it liberated German-occupied France during World War II.

Support of current and retired military members and their loved ones is one of the primary missions of the Red Cross, which has provided services to over 1 million military families in the last 16 years.

Renewable Power in the Military – Solar

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Rear Admiral Rick Williams, now retired from the military, served in senior command roles at Navy Region Hawaii as well as Surface Group Middle Pacific. Over his career, Rear Admiral Rick Williams accomplished key administrative milestones, including a major renewable energy project involving use of solar technology.

In recent years, the Department of Defense (DOD) has moved rapidly to expand renewable energy in the armed forces. The reasons for the policy are manifold, but one major consideration is that renewable sources of energy can help reduce the military’s reliance on fossil fuels. In fact, solar power is now less expensive than fossil fuels.

Supplying military equipment with fossil fuels requires supply chains vulnerable to enemy attack. However, soldiers that rely on mobile solar-power technology can penetrate deep into enemy territory with less worry about the strain on their supply lines.

The DOD’s commitment to renewables like solar is apparent in the numbers. For example, between 2011 and 2015, the military developed nearly 1,400 renewable energy initiatives. That number represents a trebling of such projects.

U.S. Navy Christens 17th Virginia Class Submarine

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Rear Admiral Rick Williams earned a master of arts in National Security Affairs from the Naval War College in 1996. Beginning his career with the U.S. Navy in 1984, Rick Williams became a rear admiral in 2012, after which he led a number of air, ship, and shore groups in various mission areas.

In October of 2017, the U.S. Navy christened its 17th Virginia-class nuclear attack submarine, the South Dakota (SSN 790), though it won’t be commissioned for service until the latter part of 2018.

The sub was built by Newport News Shipbuilding, Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc., and the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics. Its propulsion is based on a single shaft design powered by a nuclear reactor and it can travel at a speed of more than 25 knots.

The crew consists of 117 enlisted sailors and 15 officers, and it boasts cutting-edge technology in stealth, weaponry, and intelligence gathering. Its mission is to destroy enemy submarines and surface ships while simultaneously projecting power on land with a payload of Tomahawk missiles and the ability to deliver special operations forces.