Washington, DC - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Mexico’s National Migration Institute (INM) announced today the launch of the Joint Pedestrian Land Port of Entry Pilot at the San Ysidro-El Chaparral Port of Entry to facilitate the collection and sharing of biographic information on pedestrians who leave the United States and enter Mexico. As part of Phase I of the pilot program, the U.S. and Mexico will exchange biographic information on Mexican nationals to create traveler entry and exit records.

Washington, DC - Navy released NAVADMIN 283/17 December 6 authorizing special leave accrual (SLA) for Sailors who had leave canceled or disapproved in support of humanitarian and emergency assistance for hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

San Diego, California - Daughters of Medal of Honor recipient Marine Corps First Sergeant Jimmie E. Howard embarked the guided-missile destroyer USS Howard (DDG 83) during its Tiger Cruise from Pearl Harbor to San Diego, November 28 to December 5.

Washington, DC - On December 4, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Donald Yamamoto attended the Somalia Security Pact Review in Mogadishu. The meeting was chaired by President Farmaajo and provided the opportunity for stakeholders invested in Somalia’s security and stability to discuss the development of Somali security institutions.

Souda Bay, Greece - The amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22) departed Naval Support Activity Souda Bay, Greece, November 30 after a scheduled port visit.

Washington, DC - Sailors and Marines from Naval Amphibious Force, Task Force 51, 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade (TF 51/5) and 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit embarked French Mistral-class amphibious assault ship LHD Tonnerre to conduct amphibious and maritime security operations within U.S. 5th Fleet, today.

Washington, DC - The Department of the Navy was well represented as teams and individuals were honored by Department of Defense (DoD) Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Information Technology (IT) and cyber excellence at a ceremony November 30, at the Pentagon.