Meeting of the U.S. Naval Academy Board of Visitors
The U.S. Naval Academy Board of Visitors will meet to make such inquiry, as the Board shall deem necessary, into the state of morale and discipline, the curriculum, instruction, physical equipment, fiscal affairs, and academic methods of the Naval Academy. The executive session of this meeting from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on December 3, 2012, will include discussions of disciplinary matters, law enforcement investigations into allegations of criminal activity, and personnel issues at the Naval Academy, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. For this reason, the executive session of this meeting will be closed to the public.
Notice of Performance Review Board Membership
Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 4314(c)(4), the Department of Navy (DoN) announces the appointment of members to the DoN's Senior Executive Service (SES) Organizational Pay Pools (PPs) and the DoN Performance Review Board (PRB). The purpose of the PPs/PRB is to provide fair and impartial review of the annual SES performance appraisal prepared by the senior executive's immediate and second level supervisor; to make recommendations to appointing officials regarding acceptance or modification of the performance rating; and to make recommendations for performance bonuses. Composition of the specific PPs and PRB will be determined on an ad hoc basis from among the individuals listed below.
Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Disposal and Reuse of Surplus Properties at Naval Station Newport, RI and Notice of Public Scoping Meetings
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as implemented by the Council on Environmental Quality regulations (40 CFR Parts 1500-1508), the Department of the Navy (DoN) announces its intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate the potential environmental consequences of the disposal and reuse of surplus properties at Naval Station (NAVSTA) Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, per Public Law 101-510, the Defense Base Closure and Realignment (BRAC) Act of 1990, as amended in 2005 (BRAC Law). The surplus properties include: the former Naval Hospital, the former Navy Lodge, Tank Farms 1 and 2, and the Defense Highway/Stringham Road Corridor. Potential impacts associated with reuse of the surplus properties at NAVSTA Newport, including changes in land use and traffic patterns, will be evaluated and will contribute to the alternatives considered.
Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Disposal and Reuse of the Former Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove, Horsham, PA and Notice of Public Scoping Meetings
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as implemented by the Council on Environmental Quality regulations (40 CFR Parts 1500-1508), the Department of the Navy (DoN) announces its intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate the potential environmental consequences of the disposal and reuse of the former Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base (NAS JRB) Willow Grove, Horsham, Pennsylvania, per Public Law 101-510, the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Act of 1990, as amended in 2005 (BRAC Law). Potential impacts associated with reuse of NAS JRB Willow Grove, including the change in land use and traffic patterns, will be evaluated and will contribute to the alternatives considered.
Certifications and Exemptions Under the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972
The Department of the Navy (DoN) is amending its certifications and exemptions under the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 (72 COLREGS), to reflect that the Deputy Assistant Judge Advocate General (DAJAG) (Admiralty and Maritime Law) has determined that USS PELELIU (LHA 5) is a vessel of the Navy which, due to its special construction and purpose, cannot fully comply with certain provisions of the 72 COLREGS without interfering with its special function as a naval ship. The intended effect of this rule is to warn mariners in waters where 72 COLREGS apply.
Notice of Intent To Prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Guam and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Military Relocation (2012 Roadmap Adjustments) and Notice of Public Scoping Meetings
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as implemented by the Council on Environmental Quality Regulations (40 CFR parts 1500-1508), the Department of the Navy (DoN) announces its intent to expand the scope of the ongoing Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for a live-fire training range complex on Guam to evaluate the potential environmental consequences from construction and operation of a main cantonment area, including family housing, and associated infrastructure on Guam to support the relocation of a substantially reduced number of Marines than previously analyzed. This SEIS will supplement the Final EIS for the ``Guam and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Military Relocation; Relocating Marines from Okinawa, Visiting Aircraft Carrier Berthing, and Army Air and Missile Defense Task Force'' dated July 2010. Pursuant to 40 CFR 1502.9(c), the SEIS is being prepared for the limited purpose of supplementing the 2010 Final EIS regarding the establishment of a live-fire training range complex, a main cantonment area, including family housing, and associated infrastructure on Guam. The purpose and need for the proposed action is to ensure that the relocated Marines are organized, trained, and equipped as mandated in Section 5063 of Title 10 of the U.S. Code, to satisfy individual live- fire training requirements as described in the Final EIS and associated Record of Decision (ROD), and to establish an operational U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) presence in Guam in accordance with April 2012 adjustments to the May 2006 United States-Japan Roadmap for Realignment Implementation (Roadmap). The proposed action that will be analyzed in the SEIS is to construct and operate a live-fire training range complex on Guam that allows for simultaneous use of all firing ranges to support training and operations of the relocated Marines, and a main cantonment area of sufficient size and layout to provide military support functions, including family housing. The proposed action also includes the construction of utilities and infrastructure to support the range complex, main cantonment, and housing. The live-fire training range complex will consist of a Known Distance (KD) rifle range, a KD pistol range, a Modified Record of Fire Range, a nonstandard small arms range, a Multipurpose Machine Gun (MPMG) range, and a hand grenade range. The main cantonment area will provide military support functions (also known as base operations and support) to the relocated Marines. Such functions include, but are not limited to, headquarters and administrative support, bachelor housing, family housing, supply, maintenance, open storage, community support (e.g., retail, education, recreation, medical, and day care), some site-specific training, and open space (e.g., parade grounds, open training areas, and open green space in communities). The proposed action also includes the utilities and infrastructure required to support the range, cantonment, and housing areas. The DoN has identified seven (7) preliminary alternative locations for the live-fire training range complex: Two are adjacent to Route 15 in northeastern Guam, three are located at or immediately adjacent to the Naval Magazine (NAVMAG), also known as the Naval Munitions Site, one is located at Andersen Air Force Base (AAFB) Northwest Field in northern Guam, and one is located at Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station (NCTS) Finegayan on the northwest coast of Guam. The DoN has identified five (5) preliminary alternatives for the main cantonment/family housing: AAFB, NCTS Finegayan, NCTS Finegayan (main cantonment)/South Finegayan Navy Housing (family housing), Navy and Air Force Barrigada in the central area of Guam, and Naval Base Guam in the Apra Harbor area. The preliminary alternatives may continue to evolve as the DoN considers public and regulatory agency input through the NEPA process. For example, the DoN is currently working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to determine whether airspace impacts would render an otherwise preliminary alternative untenable. Should the FAA conclude that an alternative's conflicts with existing airspace are unmitigatable, that preliminary alternative would not be carried forward for evaluation in the SEIS. The DoN encourages government agencies, private-sector organizations, and the general public to participate in the NEPA process for the SEIS. The DoN has invited the U.S. Air Force, the FAA, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Federal Highway Administration, Environmental Protection Agency Region 9, and the Office of Insular Affairs in the U.S. Department of the Interior to participate as cooperating agencies in the preparation of the SEIS. The DoN invites comments on the expanded proposed scope and content of the SEIS from all interested parties. Comments on the scope of the SEIS may be provided by mail and through the SEIS Web site at: http:// guambuildupeis.us. In addition, the DoN will conduct open-house style public scoping meetings on Guam to obtain comments on the scope of the SEIS and to identify specific environmental concerns or topics for consideration in the SEIS. Meetings will be held at the following locations and times: Thursday, November 8, 2012, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Bldg. 4175 (Old McCool School) Gym/Cafeteria, Santa Rita, Guam; Friday, November 9, 2012, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Okkodo High School, Dededo, Guam; and Saturday, November 10, 2012, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., University of Guam Field House, Mangilao, Guam. Interested agencies, individuals, and groups unable to attend the open-house public scoping meetings are encouraged to submit comments by December 10, 2012, Chamorro Standard Time (ChST). Mailed comments should be postmarked no later than December 10, 2012, ChST to ensure they are considered. Mail comments to: Joint Guam Program Office Forward, P.O. Box 153246, Santa Rita, Guam 96915.
Notice of Availability of Government-Owned Inventions; Available for Licensing
The inventions listed below are assigned to the United States Government as represented by the Secretary of the Navy and are available for domestic and foreign licensing by the Department of the Navy. The following patents are available for licensing: Patent No. 7,810,498: VOLUME EXPANSION SYSTEM FOR BREATHING GAS IN CLOSED-CIRCUIT BREATHING//Patent No. 7,813,529: OPTICAL 3-D SURFACE TOMOGRAPHY USING DEPTH FROM FOCUS OF PARTIALLY OVERLAPPING 2-D IMAGES//Patent No. 7,905,527: HARNESS ASSEMBLY FOR USE IN UNDERWATER RECOVERY OPERATIONS// Patent No. 7,932,718: SYSTEM AND METHOD USING MAGNETIC ANOMALY FIELD MAGNITUDES FOR DETECTION, LOCALIZATION, CLASSIFICATION AND TRACKING OF MAGNETIC OBJECTS//
Notice of Availability of Government-Owned Inventions; Available for Licensing
The inventions listed below are assigned to the United States Government as represented by the Secretary of the Navy and are available for domestic and foreign licensing by the Department of the Navy. The following patents are available for licensing: Patent No. 7,603,251: MAGNETIC ANOMALY SENSING SYSTEM FOR DETECTION, LOCALIZATION AND CLASSIFICATION OF A MAGNETIC OBJECT IN A CLUTTERED FIELD OF MAGNETIC ANOMALIES//Patent No. 7,621,410: REMOVABLE EXTERNALLY MOUNTED BRIDGE CRANE FOR SHIPPING CONTAINERS//Patent No. 7,637,224: COMMAND INFLATABLE BOAT STOPPING BARRIER//Patent No. 7,654,262: SYSTEM FOR REDUCING HYDROSTATIC LOAD IMBALANCES IN A DRIVERS' OPEN-CIRCUIT BREATHING APPARATUS//Patent No. 7,688,072: PORTABLE MAGNETIC SENSING SYSTEM FOR REAL-TIME POINT-BY-POINT DETECTION, LOCALIZATION AND CLASSIFICATION OF MAGNETIC OBJECTS//Patent No. 7,712,727: AIR CUSHION VEHICLE BOW SKIRT RETRACTION SYSTEM//Patent No. 7,712,429: LAUNCH AND RECOVERY SYSTEM FOR UNMANNED UNDERSEA VEHICLES//Patent No. 7,721,666: HULL-MOUNTED LINE RETRIEVAL AND RELEASE SYSTEM//Patent No. 7,721,669: COMMON PAYLOAD RAIL FOR UNMANNED VEHICLES//Patent No. 7,726,497: REMOVABLE EXTERNALLY MOUNTED SLEWING CRANE FOR SHIPPING CONTAINERS// Patent No. 7,730,843: HULL-MOUNTED LINE RETRIEVAL AND RELEASE SYSTEM// Patent No. 7,735,781: METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DEPLOYMENT OF ORDNANCE FROM AN AIRCRAFT IN MID-FLIGHT//Patent No. 7,753,319: ADJUSTABLE CABLE HANGER FOR SECURING CABLES EXTERNALLY//Patent No. 7,760,438: AIR-TO- WATER DE-ANAMORPHOSER AND METHOD OF AIR-TO-WATER DE-ANAMORPHOSIS.//
Notice of Change of Public Meeting Location for the Draft Legislative Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Renewal of the Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Range Land Withdrawal, California
The location of one of the four public meetings on the Draft LEIS is being changed. The October 25, 2012 public meeting will now be held at the Oceanside City Council Chambers and Lobby, 330 North Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA. Each of the four public meetings will be conducted in an open house meeting format from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. A Notice of Public Meetings (NOPMs) for the Draft LEIS was published in the Federal Register on Friday, August 31, 2012 (Federal Register/Vol. 77, No. 170, page 53189).
Record of Decision for the U.S. Marine Corps Basewide Water Infrastructure Project at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, 42 United States Code (U.S.C.) Section 4332(2)(c), the regulations of the Council on Environmental Quality for Implementing the Procedural Provisions of NEPA (40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] parts 1500-1508), the Department of the Navy (DoN) NEPA regulations (32 CFR part 775), and the Marine Corps Environmental Compliance and Protection Manual (Marine Corps Order P5090.2A, Change 2), the DoN announces its decision to upgrade and improve the Basewide water infrastructure at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California (MCBCP). More specifically, the DoN has decided to implement Alternative 5, the Preferred Alternative of the Basewide Water Infrastructure Improvements Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), which entails two separate projects to construct, operate, and maintain water infrastructure upgrades, expansions, and improvements at MCBCP. These potable water infrastructure improvements will include construction, operation, and maintenance of a new Northern Advanced Water Treatment plant and associated facilities, an effluent discharge system, and connection of the MCBCP northern and southern water systems. All practical means to avoid or minimize environmental impacts resulting from implementation of the Preferred Alternative have been adopted.