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Military Mentors for U.S. Senate Youth Program

The Department of Defense (DoD) is soliciting nominations for 17 military officers (O-2 through O-5) to serve as ambassadors of the Armed Forces in support of the 58th Annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) Washington Week, March 7-14, 2020.  This educational experience for outstanding high school juniors and seniors interested in pursuing careers in public service was established in 1962 by United States Senate Resolution 324 and personifies one of the longest standing commitments of the Office of
the Secretary of Defense to a national youth program.

USSYP military mentors represent their individual Service components and serve as role models for the 104 USSYP student delegates, two from each state, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity.  They exemplify the highest standards of decorum and protocol, facilitate logistics and movements, and assist USSYP staff with safety and accountability.

Each military mentor is assigned a group of student delegates for whom they are personally responsible – from arrival until departure – presenting a unique opportunity for these bright and influential young Americans to gain a better understanding of DoD’s mission, people, and interrelationship with the other branches of government.

Please provide widest dissemination of the attached announcement, as you feel may be appropriate, to ensure best-qualified candidates are nominated to represent each of the military Services and DoD with distinction among prominent dignitaries, Cabinet-level officials, and future leaders of our nation.

Expeditionary Strike Group 3 Conducts Change of Command Ceremony

Expeditionary Strike Group 3 Conducts Change of Command Ceremony

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SAN DIEGO, CA, UNITED STATES
09.30.2019
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USS Makin Island (LHD 8)

SAN DIEGO – Rear Adm. John E. Gumbleton assumed command from Rear Adm. Cedric E. Pringle as Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 3 (ESG 3) during a change of command ceremony held aboard amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) Sep. 30.

Pringle assumed command of ESG-3 in December 2017, and upon his departure will be assigned as the 31st Commandant of the National War College.

Lt. Gen. Joseph L. Osterman, I Marine Expeditionary Force commanding general, served as the guest speaker for the event. Vice Adm. Scott D. Conn, commander, U.S. Third Fleet, presented Pringle with a Legion of Merit as an end of tour award, recognizing him for his exceptional service to the U.S. Navy.

“Here is a leader who has had incredible foresight with where we need to go as a naval service,” said Osterman. “He’s truly a selfless professional.”

As ESG-3 commander, Pringle prepared amphibious units for operations within U.S. 3rd Fleet and Amphibious Ready Group (ARG)/Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) deployments worldwide.

Pringle oversaw the USS America (LHA 6), USS Essex (LHD 2) and USS Boxer (LHD 4) ARG/MEU successful deployments to the U.S. 5th, 6th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility. Following this, he assisted in the homeport change planning for USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), USS Wasp (LHD 1), USS America (LHA 6) and USS New Orleans (LPD 18).

As Littoral Combat Force 36 deputy commander during Exercise Pacific Blitz 2018, he seamlessly integrated blue and green forces in the first exercise of its kind. Implementing advanced warfighting concepts, he exercised Littoral Operations in a Contested Environment and Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations.

Pringle’s initiatives during his tenure in command to improve warfighting readiness changed the way future strike groups will train and operate, which will deliver the most capable ships to geographic combatant commanders.

He reflected on his time as commander, while thanking his peers and the men and women of the ESG-3.

“Our Navy is still the most powerful force on the face of this earth and it doesn’t matter if we have 280 warships or 355 ships,” said Pringle, “We are still that impenetrable force. No one else in the world can do what we can do.”

Gumbleton is a native of Falmouth, Massachusetts, and was designated a naval aviator in October 1990.

At sea, Gumbleton served as commanding officer of USS Boxer (LHD 4) and most recently served as the deputy chief of strategy, resources, and plans (N5) at U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa-U.S. 6th Fleet, based in Naples, Italy.

“To win without fighting means that deterrence and diplomacy can only work under the shadow of a strong Navy and Marine Corps team,” said Gumbleton. “Our energies will be focused on the planning and testing of innovative concepts to further the intellectual work brought forward, balanced with setting the bar for credible, combat forces to be ready when the nation calls.”

ESG-3 is comprised of four amphibious squadrons, eight naval support elements and 15 amphibious warships comprised of approximately 15,000 active-duty and reserve Sailors and Marines. The mission of ESG-3 is to serve as the command element for Marine expeditionary-brigade level expeditionary operations as commander of an amphibious task force.

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