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Monday, February 14, 2005

good job Scotty!

i post the following as found. Scott Van Buskirk was a very green fresh enswine back in the day when i ruled the roost on seawolf as a civilian nuclear test engineer. i woke his ass up many times on the midwatch to intiate work permits, clear tags, or perform tests. he's definitely one of the good ones. congratulations big guy.

Van Buskirk Selected To Lead Navy Total Force Task Force
By Robert A. Hamilton, New London Day, 13 Feb 05
Rear Adm.-select Scott R. Van Buskirk, a former commodore of Submarine Development Squadron 12 at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton, has been picked for a high-visibility assignment supervising a new program to make the most effective use of Navy personnel.
Van Buskirk, currently chief of staff to the Atlantic submarine force commander, Vice Adm. Charles L. Munns, will be the first commander of the Total Force Task Force in Washington, D.C.
The initiative has the enthusiastic backing of the Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Vernon E. Clark, and the Chief of Naval Personnel, Vice Adm. Gerald L. Hoewing.
The Air Force rolled out its Total Force proposal earlier this year to more closely integrate Reserve and Guard units into the active duty force. For instance, some of its Guard units that now fly older F-16s will soon fly the next-generation F/A-22 Raptor, and Guard and Reserve personnel will soon be operating unmanned air vehicles in combat theaters from bases in Nevada and Texas.
The Navy plan would be even more ambitious, making better use not only of its Reserve forces and active forces, but also taking a comprehensive approach to training and outfitting its civilian workers and contractors.
Total Force would seek to incorporate more technology into the fleet to eliminate some of the most unfulfilling tasks sailors have to perform today - for instance, rather than paying a 22-year-old sailor to carry around a clipboard and record engine temperatures on a ship, installing sensors that track the temperatures and record them automatically onto the ship's intranet.
Many of the personnel policies are also being overhauled, such as targeting the Navy's selective re-enlistment bonuses to sailors in specialties that are in demand and understaffed.
Clark has also talked about a "pay for performance" policy, which would require a change in the law, so that top-performing sailors in understaffed specialties could draw a larger paycheck.
Van Buskirk was nominated for rear admiral last March. A native of California, he graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1979 with a degree in management technology, and after nuclear training was assigned to the USS Seawolf, SSN 575, from 1981-84, where he started out as a junior officer but advanced to weapons officer before leaving the boat.
He served tours as engineer on the USS Salt Lake City, SSN 716, and as navigator and operations officer on the USS Tunny, SSN 682, before he served as executive officer on the USS Georgia, SSBN 729, from 1992-94.
Van Buskirk took command of the USS Pasadena in October 1996, and during his tour earned the Squadron Seven Battle "E" as the most combat-ready submarine. The Naval Submarine League selected him for the 1999 Rear Adm. Jack N. Darby Award for Inspirational Leadership. He served as commander of Squadron 12 from 2001-03.


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