Saturday, October 3, 2015

Forest City hears the discontent

A while back I blogged that Forest City was changing how it charged for electricity. It would use historical data that basically scammed residents. I and apparently many others wrote about our disapproval to Forest City, with no response. Then we wrote to the Region Command, hoping that an actual Navy person might actually care about us.

Looks like it worked. Recently I received the following email:

Sunday, September 27, 2015

"Ships of the US Navy" is now available for Kindle purchase!

If you have a Kindle Fire and love the Navy, go to Amazon and download my new children's book!

The book is free if you're a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, or 1.99 otherwise. You can view it here.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

The South China Sea and China's Navy, explained

ONI has put together a really good unclassified wrap-up of the Chinese Navy and the South China Sea disputes. I've been remiss at posting it, mainly because I received a printed copy and forgot others would find it useful.

First, the video below explaining why there are disputes in the South China Sea


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Thank you Delta!

Delta A330-330, from Wikipedia
I left for a week of TDY, having arranged for a conference on the island the first week of October.  I came back discovering that the conference had to shifted a week...which coincidentally interfered with my leave plans.

Which I had already bought tickets for. With miles. Ugh.

So I called Delta. Flights changed, free of charge. No significant questions asked (I had to give them my bosses name and phone number). Delta, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for not charging me change fees when you were 100% able to do so.

A few years ago, I had to change planes with SATO, and got charged 300 dollars, despite the fact I had asked for better tickets that would have been cheaper the first time (I had the idiot that runs travel at Pensacola at the time to thank for that), despite the change being required to fit PCS orders.

Delta > SATO, that's what I learned today.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Bouncing back

Gavel, by Wikipedia
Did you know that at any time after a Sailor has been reduced in rank from E-2 or E-3, a CO can restore them based on their performance? It's true!

2. Reinstatement to Pay Grades E-2 and E-3.  As outlined in reference (a), COs have the authority to reinstate members to E-2 or E-3 (one paygrade only) any time after reduction in rate, without referral to higher authority.

Other reductions can be appealed and restored, but it must be at least 12 months after the offense.