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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Tư Lệnh Hạm Đội Thái Bình Dương Mang Hai Dòng Máu Mỹ-Nhật

HoangsaParacels: Với đà kinh tế và quân sự đang lên, Trung Cộng nóng lòng muốn nắm vai trò lãnh đạo thế giới; nhưng tư cách cường quốc cuả họ rất nhỏ mọn, húng hiếp các nước làng giềng nhỏ yếu, bủn xỉn khi láng giềng gặp hoạn nạn, giỏi sao chép, trộm bản quyền, dân trí thấp kém khi tiếp xúc với thế giới văn minh. Hơn nưã một dân tộc tương đối thuần chủng và tự tôn như Tàu không thể nắm vai trò lãnh đạo, họ chỉ giữ vai trò thống trị, độc đoán.  
Nước Mỹ trong nhiều thập niên tới, dù kinh tế khó khăn, nợ nần chồng chất vẫn sẽ là siêu cường số một trên thế giới vì tính đa chủng tộc, một nền dân chủ đại nghị lâu đời, một dân tộc can đảm, phóng khoáng, yêu tư do.  Việc dùng các Đô Đốc Hải Quân gốc Nhật và các hạm trưởng người gốc Á Châu trong chiến lược chuyển trục qua Thái Bình Dương là một cách sử dụng tài sản quốc gia quý hiếm cuả Hoa Kỳ không phải bất cứ cường quốc nào cũng có.

Hạm Đội Thái Bình Dương cuả Hải Quân Hoa Kỳ
Đô Đốc Harry B. Harris, Jr. , Tư Lệnh Hạm Đội Thái Bình Dương cuả Hải Quan Hoa Kỳ, cha là lính Hải Quân Mỹ, mẹ là người Nhựt, và Phó Đề Đốc Alma Grocki (gốc Nhựt Hawai).
Trong hàng Tướng lãnh Bộ Tư Lệnh Hạm Đội Thái Bình Dương Hoa Ky có 2 vi gốc Nhựt.

Admiral Harry B. Harris, Jr.

Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet

Official photo of Admiral Harry B. Harris, Jr.
Adm. Harris was born in Japan and raised in Tennessee and Florida. Following graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1978 and designation as a naval flight officer, he was assigned to VP-44. His subsequent operational tours include tactical action officer aboard USS Saratoga (CV 60); operations officer in VP-4 at Barbers Point, Hawaii; three tours with Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 1 at Kami Seya, Japan; Director of Operations for U.S. 5th Fleet at Manama, Bahrain; and Director of Operations for U.S. Southern Command.
Harris commanded VP-46, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 1, Joint Task Force-Guantanamo, the U.S. 6th Fleet, and Striking and Support Forces NATO.
Harris has served in every geographic combatant command region, and participated in the following major operations: S.S. Achille Lauro terrorist hijacking incident, Attain Document Ⅲ (Libya, 1986), Earnest Will (Kuwaiti reflagged tanker ops, 1987–88), Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, Willing Spirit (Colombia hostage rescue, 2006–7), and Odyssey Dawn (Libya, 2011). For Odyssey Dawn, he served as the Joint Force Maritime Component Commander afloat.
Harris’ graduate education focused on East Asia security. He attended Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, and Oxford University. He was a MIT Seminar 21 fellow.
Harris’ staff assignments include aide to Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Japan; chief speechwriter for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS); and three tours on the Navy Staff, including as an action officer in the Strategic Concepts Branch, director for the current operations and anti-terrorism/force protection division, and Deputy CNO for Communication Networks (OPNAV N6).
In October 2011, he was assigned as the Assistant to the Chairman of the JCS where he served as the Chairman’s direct representative to the Secretary of State and as the U.S. roadmap monitor for the Mid-East Peace Process.
Harris was promoted to Admiral and assumed command of the U.S. Pacific Fleet in October 2013.
Harris has logged 4,400 flight hours, including more than 400 combat hours, in maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft. His personal decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal (two awards), Defense Superior Service Medal (three awards), Legion of Merit (three awards), the Bronze Star (two awards), the Air Medal (one strike/flight), and the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award. He is a recipient of the Navy League’s Stephen Decatur and the Who’s Who in Asian American Communities’ Spirit awards.


Rear Admiral Alma M. Grocki

Director, Fleet Maintenance

Official photo of Rear Admiral Alma M. Grocki
Rear Adm. Grocki was raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. She was the first woman from Hawaii appointed to the United States Naval Academy where she graduated in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering. Her first assignment was at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard as a non-nuclear ship superintendent for USS Tullibee (SSN 597) and Submarine NR-1. During this time, she also completed her Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering at the University of New Hampshire.
She returned to Hawaii as the billeting officer, Pearl Harbor Naval Station, then transferred to Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, and was accepted into the engineering duty community in 1985. While stationed at the shipyard, she was the ship superintendent for several surface ships, and senior ship superintendent for numerous submarine availabilities, and became the first woman officer to accompany her boat on post-availability sea trials. Following Nuclear Ship Superintendent School, she was designated as the nuclear ship superintendent for the decommissioning of USS Skate (SSN 578) and USS Sargo (SSN 583), and served as the shipyard docking officer.
Grocki transferred to the Navy Reserve in 1988. Her assignments include commanding officer, Naval Reserve (NR) Shore Intermediate Maintenance Activity (SIMA) Portsmouth, Va.; NR SIMA Everett, Wash., (formerly SIMA Bremerton); NR USS Frank Cable (AS 40), San Diego; NR Naval Submarine Support Command, Honolulu, Hawaii; NR Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Wash; NR Naval Undersea Warfare Command, Keyport, Wash.; and, NR Naval Seas Systems Command (NAVSEA) 102, Bremerton, Wash., before becoming the first national director for the SurgeMain program.
Grocki currently serves as Deputy Chief of Staff for Fleet Maintenance, U.S. Pacific Fleet. Previously, she held the position of NAVSEA NR chief of staff; the reserve engineering duty community training director; and, the reserve engineering duty community lead for the Industrial Maintenance Group, comprising approximately 40 percent of all the engineering duty officers. In the past four years, she has served on active duty for extensive periods of time as the deputy operations officer, PHNSY&IMF and director of submarine maintenance, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
In her civilian career, she has worked for CACI Dynamic Systems, Inc. as a member of the NAVSEA Dry Dock Audit team and as a senior engineer in the Information Technology Department, Ship Maintenance, at U.S. Pacific Fleet. She has been a volunteer blue and gold officer (BGO) for the U.S. Naval Academy, and the BGO area coordinator (AC) for Hawaii and the Western Pacific since 2000, assisting high school students, Fleet Marines, and Sailors applying for admission, and currently serves on the AC Steering Committee.
Grocki’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards) and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

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