Monday, December 09, 2013
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NEWS AND NOTES
Boston National Historical Park (MA) Pearl Harbor Attack Commemoration Held
Over 200 people gathered at the World War II destroyer USS Cassin Young in the Charlestown Navy Yard on December 7th to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the 1941 attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor.
USS Cassin Young is named for Navy Commander Cassin Young, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Participating in the ceremony was Pearl Harbor survivor Donald Tabbut of Winthrop, Massachusetts, who was an 18-year-old Navy radio operator on Ford Island in Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked.
“While our memories may be faded by time, the spirit of what Mr. Tabbut and all our veterans did to keep our country safe is remembered in ceremonies like this,” said Superintendent Cassius Cash.
USS Constitution Commanding Officer Sean Kearns also participated in the program, which featured the musical selection “Remember Pearl Harbor” by the Apollo Club of Boston, a rifle salute and a rendition of “Taps” by the Leatherneck Honors Society, and a gun salute from USS Constitution.
USS Cassin Young has been in the Charlestown Navy Yard since 1978, where the National Park Service and many dedicated volunteers maintain the ship as a living memorial to the thousands of men and women who built, repaired, and served on Navy ships throughout American history.
In August 2010 the ship entered Dry Dock 1 in the Navy Yard for repairs, but after the hull was scraped and cleaned further inspection revealed that it had deteriorated much further than originally anticipated. The US Navy and the National Park Service joined to save the ship in a cost-sharing arrangement so she could be removed from Dry Dock 1, preventing a potential impact on the scheduled dry docking of USS Constitution in 2015. This past August she was undocked and returned to her berth at Pier 1.
[Submitted by Sean Hennessey, Public Affairs Officer]
United States Park Police Deputy Chief Robert MacLean Selected As Acting Chief
Deputy Chief Robert MacLean has been named the acting chief of the United State Park Police, effective December 6th.
MacLean was hired by the National Park Service in July, 1991, and is a 22-year veteran of the force. He has held myriad operational and administrative positions within the force during his career, most notable of which was his assignment as the commander of the Homeland Security Division, during which he oversaw the icon protection mission in Washington and New York.
MacLean currently serves as the commander of the Services Division, which entails oversight of the force's administrative and personnel functions.
[Submitted by Sergeant Lelani Woods] More Information...
NPS Alumni Passing Of Retired Special Agent Gary Pace
Retired NPS Special Agent Gary Pace passed away on his property in Coshocton County, Ohio, on December 2nd as a result of a hunting accident.
Gary’s career with the NPS spanned 32 years as a law enforcement ranger, wildland firefighter, firearms instructor, special agent, and a member of the Midwest Region SETT. He was a district ranger at Cuyahoga Valley prior to becoming a special agent.
Gary retired from the NPS in April 2005. He loved hunting, fishing, woodworking, cooking, and spending time with his family, friends, and dog Kindisch. He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Linda Pace, and his children Jessica (Mark) Alessandro of Cleveland and Joshua Pace of Chicago. He will be greatly missed.
To honor Gary's wishes, there will be no funeral services. A celebration of Gary's life will take place at the family home in April.
In lieu of flowers, donations should be sent to Law Enforcement United at www.lawenforcementunited.org. Law Enforcement United is an organization founded upon and committed to honoring officers who have died in the line of duty. This organization ensures that their surviving families are supported and not forgotten.
Condolences to Linda Pace and the family can be sent to Linda Pace, 28385 TR 341, Warsaw, OH 43844.
[Submitted by Russell Roy, Acting Chief, Investigative Services Branch]
Office of Legislative and Congressional Affairs Weekly Legislative Activities Report
The Office of Legislative and Congressional Affairs puts out weekly reports on hearings, new legislation and other activities on the Hill. This report covers activities in Congress for the week ending December 6th.
In order to obtain the full text of any of the bills that appear below, click on the following link: http://thomas.loc.gov/ . That will take you to Thomas, the Library of Congress legislative tracking system. Enter the bill number in the “Search Bill Text” block, being sure to also click on the “Bill Number” option below the block.
New Public Laws
Nothing to report.
On December 3rd, the House passed by voice vote H.R. 1846 (Velazquez, D-NY-7), to amend the Act establishing the Lower East Side Tenement National Historic Site, and for other purposes. The bill would add a second property to the designated site, which is an affiliated area of the National Park System. The Department supports the bill.
On December 4th, the House Natural Resources Committee (Hastings) approved the following bills of interest to the National Park Service:
- H.R. 915 (Kennedy, D-MA-4) and S. 230 (Portman, R-OH), bills to authorize the Peace Corps Commemorative Foundation to establish a commemorative work in the District of Columbia and its environs, and for other purposes. The Department supports the legislation.
- H.R. 2319 (Mullin, R-OK-2), to clarify certain provisions of the Native American Veterans' Memorial Establishment Act of 1994. The bill was amended to clarify that the location of the memorial will be on land owned by the Smithsonian Museum. The Department did not testify on the bill.
- H.R. 3286 (Daines, R-MT-At Large), to direct the Secretary of the Treasury to reimburse States that use State funds to operate National Parks during the Federal Government shutdown, and for other purposes. Six states donated a total of $3.6 million to operate certain national park units during the recent shutdown; $1.6 million in unexpended funds were returned to the states. The Department’s testimony stated that statutory authority was needed to reimburse the states for the $2 million of donated funds that were spent.
On December 5th, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources (Lamborn) held a hearing on the following bills of interest to the National Park Service. The Department’s witness was Kevin T. Gallagher, USGS Associate Director for Core Science Systems:
- H.R. 1604 (Lamborn, R-CO-5), to establish the National Geospatial Technology Administration within the United States Geological Survey to enhance the use of geospatial data, products, technology, and services, to increase the economy and efficiency of Federal geospatial activities, and for other purposes. The stated objectives of the bill are to reduce duplication of federally managed geospatial data and take full advantage of the expertise of the private sector. The Department opposes the bill because it is inconsistent with and duplicates existing authorized activities and programs, includes definitions of geospatial information and activities that are overly broad, and is not adequately designed to achieve the stated goals of the bill.
- H.R. 916 (Kind, D-WI-3), to improve Federal land management, resource conservation, environmental protection, and use of Federal real property, by requiring the Secretary of the Interior to develop a multipurpose cadastre of Federal real property and identifying inaccurate, duplicate, and out-of-date Federal land inventories, and for other purposes. The Department has serious concerns with the bill, as it would provide little new critical information about the lands the Federal government manages and would be prohibitively expensive to implement.
New Bills Introduced
The following new bills of interest to the NPS were introduced:
- H.R. 3590 (Latta, R-OH-5), to protect and enhance opportunities for recreational hunting, fishing, and shooting, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 3661 (Gosar, R-AZ-4), to authorize the Secretary of the Interior or the Secretary of Agriculture to enter into agreements with States and political subdivisions of States providing for the continued operation, in whole or in part, of public land, units of the National Park System, units of the National Wildlife Refuge System, and units of the National Forest System in the State during any period in which the Secretary of the Interior or the Secretary of Agriculture is unable to maintain normal level of operations at the units due to a lapse in appropriations, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 3664 (Brady, D-PA-1), to prohibit the Federal Government from preventing a private business from operating during a Government shutdown on Federal property leased by the business from the Federal Government.
Upcoming Committee Activity
On December 12th, the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee (Wyden) will hold a hearing on the nomination of Rhea Suh to be Assistant Secretary of Fish and Wildlife and Parks. The hearing will follow the committee’s consideration of nominations, including Esther Kia’aina for Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas, scheduled for 9:30 a.m. in SD-366 Dirksen.
For additional information, please visit the Legislative and Congressional Affairs Office website at http://www.nps.gov/legal/
[Submitted by Susan Farinelli]