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September 29, 2016

Dear Shipmates,


One more week to go before the 42nd AOM Reunion. If you are one of those who puts off things until the last minute---that minute has arrived. Please check the Reunion web page for all the latest news.

It is with deep sadness that we report the death of one our most senior members, Freddy Reid. He and son, Jim, were present at our Reunion in Whidbey Island. He and Millie will be greatly missed.


Fredrick A. "Freddy" REID, 90, of Louisville, died Tuesday September 27, 2016, at Baptist Health, after a brief illness. His immediate family and close friends were at his bedside.

Born in New Haven, KY, he was a Master Chief Mineman, U.S. Navy, retired, having served in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. He was also a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church. Fred was preceded in death by his wife, Millicent Spanyer Reid, who passed away in April of 2015; and a son, Stephen Reid.

He is survived by his daughter, Linda Knox (William); his son, Commander James "Jim" Reid (Joy); daughter-in-law, Melissa Reid; sisters, Louise Dant, Catherine Sheckarski, and Roberta Brinker; his brother, Edmund Reid; grandchildren, Robert Knox, Christopher Lindfors, and Shannon, John, Jennifer, Peter, and Michael Reid; and great-grandchildren, Sophia, Rhys, Abigail, Hunter, and Audrey.
His funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 1, 2016 at St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church, 1920 Newburg Rd., with burial to follow in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1-7 p.m. Friday, September 30 and 9-10 a.m. Saturday at Highlands Funeral Home, 3331 Taylorsville Road, Louisville. Interment will be at Calvary cemetery, next to Millicent.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to Mass of the Air or the Rosary Club.

Expressions of condolence may be sent to Fred's son, Jim at:
Jim Reid, 209 Esperanza Drive, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601

A note of sympathy may be left at the funeral home web site.

Members and guests of the 42nd AOM Reunion will be delighted to have the opportunity to meet one of our early members. 

CDR Jorgen Strange Lorenzen, RDN (ret.) will be flying from Denmark to attend the reunion. Jorgen is well known in Denmark as one of the remaining World War II resistance fighters.  
This newsletter couldn't begin to tell the story of his life. The colorful details can be found at  his web site..  

Eddie Atkins will meet Jorgen at the airport along with Jorgen's long-time friend, Jack Smoot.

Reunion event coordination and timing is always difficult to plan. Our hostess, Stephanie Coward has done a marvelous job thus far and has fine-tuned some of the events. She writes:
"Looking at having the early bird event Tuesday evening at Berret's Seafood Restaurant and Taphouse Grille, located at 199 South Boundary Street (1.7 miles from the hotel). See their menu on theirweb site."
"Right now, I have a hospitality room from Tuesday afternoon - Friday noon. The room is reserved for the BOD meeting Wednesday morning with the general membership meeting that afternoon. 
Wednesday night is the banquet dinner. I'm still working out a deal with the hotel since the hotel's bar will still be closed for renovations during our conference. I'm trying to work out having a "bar" at our banquet until midnight, or authorization to BYOB. If they will let us do that, I will have a DJ come in and set up to play after the dinner and we can stay in the banquet room and socialize, drink, dance, etc....
Thursday will be the picnic at the local VFW. It's a 7 mile drive from the hotel. It will be a catered picnic."  


Statement from Vice Adm. Tom Rowden, Commander, Naval Surface Forces  
Results from the Chief of Naval Operations Directed 60-Day Review of the Littoral Combat Ship Program
Sept. 08, 2016

A joint memo from the Chief of Naval Operations and Assistance Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition directed the establishment of a Littoral Combat Ship Review Team on Feb. 29, 2016. Our task was to review crewing, operations, training and maintenance of the ship class.
Our core focus was to maximize forward operational availability, while looking for ways to increase simplicity, stability and ownership. It became clear the LCS crewing construct is the variable that most impacts the other factors such as manning, training, maintenance, and - most importantly - operations forward. As such, one of the main changes to the program will be establishing a "Blue/Gold Plus" crewing concept. This change maximizes forward presence and improves stability, simplicity, and crew ownership. With this change, the crew will now focus on a single mission (Anti-Submarine, Anti-Surface, Mine Countermeasures) for the entirety of their tour.
With Blue/Gold Plus crewing we will create three Divisions of four ships operating on each coast. The divisions will have a single mission (ASW, ASUW, MCM) and be commanded by a major commander identical in stature to officers commanding guided missile cruisers, amphibious transportation docks ships, destroyer squadrons, or amphibious assault ships. The 12 Freedom- variant ships will be homeported in Mayport, Florida. The 12 Independence-variant ships will be homeported in San Diego, California. One ship in each division will be designated as the "training ship," manned by a single crew comprised of seasoned, experienced LCS Sailors. These training ships will be charged with knowing their mission, training to their mission and training/certifying the remaining six crews in their Division. The remaining ships of the squadron will be the ships that deploy and will be crewed with a "Blue-Gold" construct (similar to the crewing concept of our SSBN's).
The deploying crews will consist of 70 Sailors plus the Sailors manning the aviation detachment. These 70 Sailors are a combination of what was previously known as the "core" crew and the "mission module" crew - ONE CREW focused on ONE MISSION.
The Division Commander and staff will oversee all aspects of manning, training and equipping their assigned ships and crews, building expertise, ownership and stability within the crews.
To simplify and stabilize the ongoing testing and evaluation program, the first four ships in the in class will be shifted to dedicated, single-crewed testing ships whose main mission will be test and evaluation of the modular systems being installed on our LCS. Like the training crews, these ships will be manned with seasoned, experienced LCS Sailors. These ships will be available on an as needed basis for training and deployment; however, their main focus will be on system testing.
For all of our new ships, a single pre-commissioning crew will remain with the ship through the completion of post-shakedown availability and preparations for the first deployment.
To foster increased ownership by our sailors, we will establish Maintenance Execution Teams within the Division structure. These teams comprised of LCS Sailors will augment the ship crews within the Division in the execution of both preventative and corrective maintenance.
Finally, as we grow the number of forward operating stations to support our operations forward we wil
l establish Forward Liaison Elements to ensure the support for our LCS where they are operating.
As we implement these changes, we will continue to make iterative adjustments and improvements based on evolving fleet requirements and technological developments. Implementing the approved recommendations from this review and continuing to examine other areas for improvement will better position the LCS program for success -" both now and in the future.

Many thanks to Ron Swart for this article.
As time passes, we continue to age and things that used to work, don't and the time it took us to accomplish things takes longer. Toby Horn is recovering from heart surgery and hopefully will be able to attend the reunion. Curtis Christian continues to recover from his last surgery. While Curtis is noted for his fighting spirit, he and Mary will probably not attend the reunion. Don DeCrona and his lovely wife, LaVon, have moved to an apartment complex which makes home maintenance much easier. He writes:
"We moved into our new place on Monday and today the tech came to hook up our TV, phone, and Internet. As you can tell we can now receive messages."

"The telephone number stayed the same. 775-826-3081. Email is Our new address: Don & LaVon DeCrona, 3201 Plumes St., Apt. 254., Reno, NV 89509"
 A card or e-mail message of cheer would be appreciated.





Respectfully submitted,
Derick S. Hartshorn
Communications Coordinator

Association of Minemen, PO Box 510515, Punta Gorda, FL 33955-0515