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NAS Pensacola conducts emergency management training Story, photo by Greg Mitchell NAS Pensacola Public Affairs
Emergency Operations Center (EOC)/Incident Management Team (IMT) training was recently conducted in the Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP) Command EOC, Jan. 9-11. NAS Pensacola Commanding Officer Capt. Christopher Martin opened the training session, emphasizing the important role of team members should a catastrophic event occur. The three-day course focused on areas which ranged from EOC/IMT organization and coordination, mass warning and notification, to incident action plan/planning and Command, Control, Communications Computers and Intelligence (C4I) familiarization. “What we attempt to do is standardize the emergency management process and procedures across the enterprise to enable installations to respond to and recover from incidents or disasters, regardless of scope,” said Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) Shore Operations Trainer Group Emergency Management instructor James Alger.
Alger is the leader of a four man delivery team which teaches an average of over 30 courses a year. Along with course lectures, students are required to perform in a training setting during an exercise scene setter. The first day called for responders to set up shop due to massive flooding, swells and high tides on the installation and also within the peninsula. “Obviously there are many things involved in an emergency management evolution, but this training is the actual physical aspect of the training that we do online,” said NAS Pensacola Installation Mission Readiness Officer Trent Hathaway. “So in here, you are doing the communications and working as a team to complete the overall goal, which is to support the first-team responders.” The second day began with a recap of the first drill, proceeding into the second drill, an active shooter disaster, which took place on the base as well. NAS Pensacola Emergency Management Officer, Burt Fenters, acted in the capacity of an extra facilitator during the drill. “I think that as a whole we just need to focus on all the little things,” said Fenters. “That
Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP) Assistant Fire Chief Christopher Hatch explains emergency operating procedures from the perspective of a firefighter/first team responder in the event of a catastrophe to students of the NASP Emergency Operations Center (EOC)/Incident Management Team (IMT) training course held in the command building, Jan. 11.
means things such as insider communications and making sure that we have the right person in place to do the right job, which in turn is one of the key components for a successful EOC.”
Fenters also said that due to the class’ high volume of students from various tenant commands, broader reach could be achieved, and an increase in the pool of potential future EOC team members can be estab-
lished. “I hope that the students gain an understanding of the importance of efficient and effective response of the EOC in an effort See EOC on page 2
Blue Angels announce change to 2018 air show schedule From Blue Angels Public Affairs
NAF EL CENTRO, Calif. – The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, announced an update to its 2018 air show schedule, Jan. 12. The update adds the Luke Air Force Base Air Show, Ariz., to replace the open weekend, March 17-18. With the changes to the schedule, the Blue Angels are now scheduled to perform 60
demonstrations at 31 locations in 2018. Demonstration sites are selected in support of Department of Defense objectives and in the interest of the armed services, with safety as the primary consideration. Performances greatly assist in recruiting and retention goals for the military services, enhance esprit de corps among uniformed men and women, and demonstrate the professional skills and capabilities of the naval services to the American public and U.S. allies.
Beulah Elementary Students write letters to recruit Sailors at boot camp Story, photo by Kim Stefansson Escambia County School District Public Relations Coordinator
A writing project for a local elementary school will help recruits just starting Navy boot camp keep their motivation, according to Capt. Kertreck Brooks,
commanding officer of the Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center (NETPDC), who visited Beulah Elementary School to say thanks to the students Jan. 12. Allison Rhodes’ fourth-grade class took on the project as part of a class See Letters on page 2
NETPDC Commanding Officer Capt. Kertreck Brooks thanks students for letters they wrote to Navy recruits in boot camp. The students wrote the letters as a class writing project, sharing thoughts and jokes with Sailors to help improve morale.
The mission of the Blue Angels is to showcase the pride and professionalism of the United States Navy and Marine Corps by inspiring a culture of excellence and service to country through flight demonstrations and community outreach. For information about individual air shows, please go to each air show’s official website. For more information about the Blue Angels, including the 2018 and 2019 air show schedules, visit www. blue angels. navy. mil.
Register and request your absentee ballots for upcoming primary elections From Federal Voting Assistance Program
This year the entire House of Representatives and a third of the U.S. Senate are up for election. Dont miss your opportunity to vote in your states primary election as it will determine who is on the November 2018 general election ballot. To register and request your absentee ballot, visit FVAP.gov to complete a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). The following states have elections in the next 90 days: • March 60-day notice – Texas: March 6; Illinois: March 20. • April 90-day notice – No elections scheduled.
Primary elections begin in March: Register and request your absentee ballots for all 2018 elections now at FVAP.gov FVAP recommends that all military members and their eligible family members away from their voting jurisdiction, as well as U.S. citizens overseas, send in a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) every January to ensure receipt of absentee ballots for all federal elections in 2018. Now is the time to update your mailing address and absentee ballot request information to reflect any changes since the 2016 general election.
To register and request your ballots, complete the FPCA using the online assistant (fvap.gov/ militaryvoter/ registration-ballots). You may also use the fillable PDF (fvap.gov/ uploads/ FVAP/ Forms/ fpca.pdf) or pick up a hardcopy version from a Voting Assistance Officer on your installation or at the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulates American C i t i z e n See Vote on page 2
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Partnerships matter at IWTC Corry Station From Center for Information Warfare Training
Royal Navy Cmdr. Katherine Clare (left), British defense staff with the British Embassy in Washington, D.C., and Royal Navy Chief Cryptologic Technician Paul Thomas, instructor at Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC) Corry Station pose for a photo outside IWTC Corry Station headquarters during Cmdr. Clare’s visit Jan. 9-10. Clare visited the Center for Information Warfare Training and IWTC Corry Station to tour training facilities and discuss future information warfare training integration with the United States and United Kingdom. Photo by IWTC Corry Station Public Affairs
Maritime security challengesrequirecooperativesoand strong lutions partnerships. They require navies,liketheUnitedKingdom’s,thatarewillingtopatrol international waters and sharecriticalinformationwith regional partners to combat criminalactivitiesaroundthe globe. We must continue to work as a unified team, and whenthisoccurs,theworld’s watersbecomeasaferplace. Oneexampleofthistypeof strongpartnershipbetweenthe U.S.NavyandRoyalNavyis evidenteverydayatInformation Warfare Training Command(IWTC)CorryStation. Chief Cryptologic Technician Paul Thomas, a Royal Navy sailor, serves at IWTC CorryStationthroughthePersonnel Exchange Program (PEP).Thomas is billeted as aninstructor,fullyintegrated with the U.S. military and civilianstaff. According to Thomas, the U.S.andU.K.naviessharea common naval heritage and
legacy of cooperation and partnershipssincethefirsthalf of the 19th century. “During WorldWarII,ournationscollaboratedalongwithotherAllies to decrypt the German ‘Enigma’ cipher. Poland was abletoinitiallybreakthecode and shared that ability with their French and British Allies,” said Thomas. “The ‘codebreaking’abilitywasimprovedwithinBletchleyPark and information was then sharedacrossthisnetworkof partners as an invaluable sourceofmilitaryintelligence throughout the rest of the war.” “TheNavy’sPersonnelExchangeProgramisjustoneexample of the U.S. Navy working closely with the RoyalNavytoincreasesecurity and prosperity worldwide,” said Cmdr. Chad Smith,commandingofficerof InformationWarfareTraining Command Corry Station. “ChiefThomasisaseasoned maritimewarfighter,andtruly vitaltothetrainingandreadinessofourinformationwarfareforce.” “Ihavetheabilitytoshare
knowledge from my own country’shistoryandheritage, teaching students from a slightly different perspective thatotherwisemightnotbeaffordedtothem,”saidThomas. The combined partnership betweenIWTCCorryStation and the Royal Navy bolsters opportunitiestobuildandimprove shared national interests.This strong cooperative partnership will ensure the U.S.andRoyalnaviesremain attheforefrontoftheinformationwarfareandmaritimedomains. IWTCCorryStation,aspart oftheCenterforInformation WarfareTraining,providesa continuumoftrainingtoNavy and joint service personnel thatpreparesthemtoconduct information warfare (IW) across the full spectrum of militaryoperations. FormorenewsfromCenter forInformationWarfareTraining organization, visit http://www. navy. mil/ local/ cid/, http:// www. netc. navy. mil/ centers/ ciwt/, http:// www. facebook. com/ NavyCIWT, orhttp: // www. twitter. com/ NavyCIWT.
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tosavelivesandsupporttheNavy’smission,”saidAlger. ThefinaldaybeganwithademonstrationoftheNASPensacolaFireDepartment’semergencyoperatingcapabilitiesduringanemergencyresponse.Theclassthenproceededtowards theirthirddrillingscenario,whichinvolvedabombexplosion onthebase. “Ididn’thavethehelpthatInormallywould,soIwasactually doing the job of several people at once,” said IT1 RachaelJackson,whoservedastheadministratorteamleader. “Alotofinformationwasbeingthrownatme,soIwasforced to prioritize what was most important at that moment. I thoughtthisactuallyemulatedhowanEOCduringacrisis wouldreallybelike,soIfeltitwasagoodwayoflearningto workunderpressure.” Afinalobservationbytheemergencyteamsawthegroup meettheexpectationsrequiredtosucceed. “Overall,thisgroupperformedverywell;theparticipation andcooperationoftheclasswasveryappreciated,”saidAlger. “Wealwaysrelishtheopportunitytocomeouttoacommand toconductthistrainingandfrommystandpoint,Ithinkthis groupwillbepreparedforanactualeventifitweretocomein thefuture.” NASPensacola,situatedinEscambiaCounty,employs morethan16,000militaryand7,400civilianpersonnel. This includes major tenant commands: Naval Aviation SchoolsCommand,NavalAirTechnicalTrainingCenter, MarineAviationTrainingSupportGroup21and23,the BlueAngels,andtheheadquartersforNavalEducationand TrainingCommand.
assignment. “Oneourstudentsbroughttheprojectideatous.Shementionedtherecruitsandthestrugglesthatthetheycangothroughandhowletterscould helpboostmorale,”Rhodessaid.“Infourthgrade,writingisamajorpartof thecurriculum.Asateacher,ifIcanfindsomethingthatconnectsthememotionallytotheirwriting,thewordsseemtoflow,andthat’swhathappenedwith theletterstotherecruits.Mykidsfelttheycouldhelpthemfeelmoreconfidentandmaybehavealaugh.Theyreallywantedtohelp,evenifitwasjust asmallthing,likealetter.” TheletterswerepassedtoBrookstoensuretheygetintotherighthands. BeforecomingtoNETPDC,BrooksservedastheexecutiveofficerofRecruit TrainingCommand(RTC)inGreatLakes,Ill.sohewasabletosharethat whenthenewSailorsarrive,theygettomakeonephonecallhomeandthen theirpersonalbelongings,includingtheircellphones,areboxedupandmailed home.Fortherestofbootcamp,therecruitshavetocommunicatewiththeir familiestheoldfashionedway–withletters.ThatmakesmailcallinGreat Lakesaveryspecialevent. “ThetraininginBootCampatGreatLakesisveryrigorousandtheyare gettingyelledatalot,andtheyaremissingtheirfamilies,soitcanbequitea challenge,”saidBrooks.“Theseletterswillhelpthembuildtheconfidenceto makeitthrough.” Brookstoldtheyoungwritersthattheirletterswillbesharedwithall80 membersofaBootCampRecruitDivision.Thestudentssharedwithhim thattheythoughttheSailorsmightneedwordsofencouragement–anda laugh. Eachstudentincludedtheirfavoritejokeintheirletter,whiletheyalso learnedhowtoformataletterandhowtoempathizewithyoungadultsaway fromhome.Duringthevisit,thecaptainalsoansweredquestionsabouthis timeintheNavy.
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Battling millennials and military brats By Lisa Smith Molinari Military Spouse Columnist “You guys are SO loud,” our 19-year-old daughter whined, loping downstairs into the kitchen where my husband and I were chatting. Her hair was a rat’s nest. One sock was half off, the excess flapping with each step. She was wearing the sweater she’d had on the day before and had slept in. The clock read twelve-thirty-five in the afternoon. “I’m sorry, Anna, did we wake you?” I said with enough sarcasm to curl the wallpaper. She yawned and poured herself a cup of coffee, “tsking” when she realized the pot had gone cold. Anna stood with the refrigerator door open for what seemed like eons, before selecting eggs and the fresh avocado I had bought for taco night. There was a half avocado beginning to brown on the edges but perfectly usable, sitting right beside the new one. But after a semester of college fashion design classes, sorority functions and weekend tailgate parties,
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Anna felt fully entitled to our hospitality while on winter break. That included laundry service, use of a vehicle, gas money, free wifi, homecooked meals, the right to steal our phone chargers and, apparently, fresh avocado for her breakfast… or lunch, as it were. “Pick your battles,” I thought. “We’ll survive without the avocado.” Thirty minutes later, there was a knock at the door. “Taylor and I are going for a walk on the beach. Should I take the dog?” Anna called from the front hall. “That would be great,” I replied, relieved to scratch the task off my to-do list. “Just remember to keep him on a leash,” I warned. “Oh,” Anna reconsidered, “never mind then.” Without brushing her pillow-head out, she pulled on her thigh-high boots, grabbed the fluorescent orange camouflage hunting jacket she had recently bought from a thrift store, and propped a pink pair of reflective sunglasses on the end of her nose. I watched as she pranced
About the columnist Lisa Smith Molinari, mother of three, was a military spouse for more than 25 years. Her husband recently retired from the Navy. Her syndicated column appears in military and civilian newspapers, including Stars and Stripes, and on her blog, www.themeatandpotatoesoflife.com. off in the odd outfit, silently totaling up the tuition we were paying for her to pursue a degree in fashion. “Pick your battles,” I thought. “She’s artistic.” Suddenly, I was startled by the presence of our 22-yearold son in the hall.
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fuzz in his beard, he sighed. “Well, I’m about to eat lunch.” Hayden did take the dog on a long walk, but not until he polished off the rest of the good deli meat and expensive cheese. In his pajama pants. At three in the afternoon. As military brats, our children know that their father’s 28 years of active-duty service paved and paid the way for their college educations. They respect that I stayed home to manage our family. Having lived overseas, they know the importance of worldliness, adaptability, and lasting friendships. Living on a military family budget, they understand the value of a hard-earned dollar. But ironically, our resilient military brats are also selfabsorbed millennials who were forced to move every few years. Self-absorbed millennials who gave up friends, homes and schools many times. Self-absorbed millennials who are now away at college most of the year. “Pick your battles,” I thought. It is okay if they can finally take home for granted.
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“Oh, Hayden, you’re up?” I said, genuinely surprised. While home on winter break from college, Hayden’s natural waking time was two in the afternoon and it was barely one-o-clock. “Why didn’t you come into the kitchen to chat with Dad and me?” “I don’t know.” Hayden was a few months shy of graduating from a major research institution with a degree in computer science. He was earning As and Bs in intensive courses such as cryptography and network security, linear algebra, graph theory, data mathematics and parallel programming. He had already accepted a job offer to be a software engineer after graduation, at a starting salary that took my husband over a decade to attain in the Navy. But, invariably, Hayden answered almost every question we asked of him with, “I don’t know.” “Pick your battles,” I thought. “He’ll talk to us some day.” “Hayden, will you walk the dog please,” I requested. In bare feet and pajama pants with bits of pillow
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Surface Force Commander directing the future of the Navy’s surface fleet From Commander, Naval Surface Force U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs
AN DIEGO (NNS) – Commander, Naval Surface Forces (CNSF), Vice Adm. Tom Rowden is taking a holistic approach to implementing recommendations from the Comprehensive Review of Surface Force Incidents (CR) to ensure safe and effective ship operations at sea, the safety of Sailors and the readiness of surface forces. In the wake of three collisions and one grounding involving U.S. Navy ships last year, Vice Chief of Naval (VCNO) Operations Adm. Bill Moran assigned Adm. Phil Davidson, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, to lead a thorough review of surface ship mishaps over the last decade in order to inform improvements Navywide. “The comprehensive review found that over a sustained period of time, rising pressure to meet operational demands led those in command to rationalize declining standards - standards in fundamental seamanship and watchstanding skills, teamwork, operational safety, assessment and a professional culture. This resulted in a reduction of operational safety margins,” said Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Adm. John Richardson during a November press conference when he announced the release of the CR. Davidson’s report states, “Going forward, the Navy must develop and formalize ‘firebreaks’ into our force generation and employment systems to guard against a slide in standards.” Based on the recommendations, Rowden and his staff continue to take decisive action to make the Surface Force safer, more proficient and more effective. Many of the CR recommendations fall within the scope of CNSF and are connected with the surface warfare community. However, the CR Oversight Board (OSB) is not only focused on implementing the
recommended changes from the CR, but also broader initiatives to refine Navy policies, procedures, culture and training. This process will enhance the readiness of surface combatants. Rowden serves as one of the members of the OSB, which the CNO tasked the VCNO to lead. “The oversight board is going to make sure that we properly prioritize the recommendations in a framework that gets after the great needs of the fleet, and looking at it from the commanding officers’ perspective,” Moran said. The panel, which includes senior leaders like Davidson and Rowden, meets monthly to evaluate the progress toward implementing the CR recommendations. Taking this holistic approach, the Navy and its Surface Warfare community are moving quickly to implement immediate actions, as well as moving mid- and long-term initiatives into planning phases for the entire Surface Force. The efforts made today will set the surface warfare community on the right course to address issues identified in the CR and improve the surface fleet for decades to come. “I owe it to our Sailors to provide them the tools they need to be the most capable mariners and warfighters possible,” Rowden said.
Sailors assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Chafee (DDG 90) and the USNS Pecos (T-AO 197), break away from a replenishment-at-sea. Chafee is part of the U.S. 3rd Fleet and U.S. Naval Surface Forces, currently deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility on a routine scheduled deployment. The forces of both fleets complement one another across the spectrum of military operations in the Pacific. Photo by MC1 Benjamin A. Lewis
A combined effort between Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific (CNSP) and Atlantic (CNSL) fleets will lead implementation of recommended changes and track those changes throughout the surface fleet. Their teams consist of representatives from Naval Sea Systems, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, Naval Personnel Command, Naval Education and Training Command, and other commands that have a role in making changes for current Sailors and how to develop future officers and Sailors to drive their ships, fight and win at sea. CNSP and CNSL serve as the central node for both realizing recommendations on the deckplates and relaying progress to senior leadership. At the time this article was submitted for publication, 11 CR recommendations had been accomplished by the Navy. The Surface Force continues to focus on completing all CR initiatives. Examples of other initiatives under consideration are
a bridge resource management workshop, a junior officer of the deck course, officer of the deck assessments and prospective commanding officer competency checkpoint assessments. These initiatives were framed using the CR recommendations as well as Sailor feedback from when Rowden visited with commands and ship crews in Japan, Singapore, and Everett, Wash., following the incidents. “We need to revisit basics and these initiatives are a look at how to do and train the fundamentals correctly,” said Rowden. “If we can’t master the basics, it will be challenging to be proficient operating at the tactical level.” While the CR was gathering its information, Rowden, in concert with U.S. Pacific Fleet, commander, Adm. Scott Swift, took immediate action to address needed changes and improvements to the surface fleet at every opportunity. Following an operational pause directed by the CNO, Rowden recognized a need to improve confidence and competence in the surface Navy. To that end, the CNSF commander issued guidance directing a concerted focus on the basics upon which safe naviga-
tion rests: contact management; bridge resource management; subject to the cognizant policies of fleet commanders, the transmission of Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) while operating in restricted waters and high-traffic areas; the aforementioned circadian rhythm watchbill and shipboard routine implementation; and ready for sea assessments. Additionally, subordinate commanders were directed to take specific actions such as ensuring more personal involvement with manning, watchbills, training and certification pillars in order to ensure increased safety and readiness of their units and ships - at sea and in port. “We’ve already implemented a number of the recommendations from the CR, and we will continue to address all of the remaining recommendations, ensuring all our initiatives put sharp focus on building better mariners, enhancing our ability to safely operate at sea and ultimately strengthening our warfighting capability,” Rowden said. “The one thing that remains constant as we implement these initiatives is the dedication of the young Sailors that serve aboard our warships. They take great pride in their profession, as they should.”
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Trump signs order to help improve mental health resources for transitioning veterans
United States President Donald Trump signs an executive order to increase availability of mental health and suicide prevention resrouces for veterans. Transitioning service members and veterans can now receive up to a year of mental health care from the Veterans Affairs (VA) Department after discharge from the service, as per the new order. Photo from www.defense.gov
By Terri Moon Cronk DoD News, Defense Media Activity
ASHINGTON (NNS) – Transitioning service members and veterans can now receive up to a year of mental health care from the Veterans Affairs (VA) Department after discharge from the service, according to an executive order President Donald J. Trump signed Jan. 10.
The order, “Supporting Our Veterans During Their Transition From Uniformed Service to Civilian Life,” directs the Defense, Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security departments to develop a joint action plan to ensure the 60 percent of new veterans
who now do not qualify for enrollment in health care – primarily because of a lack of verified service connection related to the medical issue at hand – will receive treatment and access to services for mental health care for one year following
their separation from service. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with the VA to ensure veterans who have served our country continue to receive the important mental health care and services they need and deserve,” Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said. “We want them to get the highest care and the care that they so richly deserve and I’ve been working very hard on that with (VA Secretary David J. Shulkin) and with everybody. It’s something that is a top priority,” Trump said. “We will not rest until all of America’s great veterans receive the care they’ve earned through their incredible service and sacrifice to our country.” Shulkin noted that as service members transition to veteran status, they face higher risk of suicide and mental health difficulties. “During this critical phase, many transitioning service members may not qualify for enrollment in health care,” he said. “The focus of this executive order is to coordinate federal assets to close that gap.” The three departments will work to expand mental health programs and other resources to new veterans in the year following departure from uniformed service, including eliminating prior time limits and to: • Expand peer community outreach and group sessions in the VA Whole Health initiative from 18 Whole Health flagship facilities to all facilities. Whole Health includes wellness and establishing individual health goals • Extend DoD’s “Be There Peer
Support Call and Outreach Center” services to provide peer support for veterans in the year following separation from uniformed service • Expand the DoD’s Military OneSource, which offers resources to active duty members, to include services to separating service members to one year beyond service separation “The Department of Homeland Security is where many veterans find a second opportunity to serve their country – nearly 28 percent of our workforce has served in the armed forces, in addition to the 49,000 active-duty members of the United States Coast Guard,” Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen said. “This critically important executive order will provide our service members with the support they need as they transition to civilian life,” she added. “These dedicated men and women have put their lives on the line to protect our nation and our American way of life, and we owe them a debt we can never repay. We look forward to working with the VA and DoD to implement the president’s (executive order).” In signing this executive order, Shulkin said, the president has provided “clear guidance to further ensure our veterans and their families know that we are focusing on ways to improve their ability to move forward and achieve their goals in life after service.” For more information information on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, visit www.va.gov.
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January 19, 2018
Rev. King honored at NAS Whiting Field By Jamie Link NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs Offices
aval Air Station Whiting Field (NASWF) Chapel held a Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative service Jan. 12 featuring special guests with direct ties to King who shared their stories of his historic significance. Among these special guests was Jawana Jackson, who had a close connection to King. On March 25, 1965 King and a crowd of 25,000 marched on Montgomery, Ala. in support of voting rights for African Americans. The night before that event Jackson, then a sixyear-old girl, played around her childhood home as the men and women who would become leaders of the civil rights movement discussed the logistics and plans for that historical march. It was a normal occurrence for King himself to visit and even stay in her childhood home in the months leading up to the march. Jackson was in attendance at NASWF chapel during the MLK commemorative service, ready to tell some of her story and display some of the items of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and his journey that lead to his legacy. “There were people staying in this house that were dedicated to the progressive movement of African Americans from the early 1900s,” Jackson, the daughter of Sullivan and Richie Jean Jackson, said. The house was built in 1906, and has a long history connected to the civil rights movement. Booker T. Washington visited the home prior to his death in 1915. Later, in the 1960’s, many prominent civil
rights leaders stayed at the home while attending leadership training at nearby Selma University. The Selma house (Jawana Jackson’s childhood home) is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage. Jackson’s childhood home became ground-zero for the voting rights campaign focused on Selma, Ala. Civil rights proponents such as Ralph Abernathy, Andrew Young and C.T. Vivian were frequently found meeting, strategizing and even sleeping in the home. At times, particularly in the days and weeks leading up to the marches, there were up to 30 people staying in the home. Jackson even recalled times there were people sleeping in the bathtub. Jackson hosted a small group of NASWF personnel at her current home in Milton just weeks before her visit the Navy base. There she relayed the story of how Rev. King had made a phone call to his friend Sullivan Jackson for help with his idea to have a major march in support of voting rights which was to be staged at Selma. “He (King) told my dad how much he felt that our democracy was so tied to voting rights, and how America could not be the best it could be without every citizen obtaining and hav-
Naval Air Station Whiting Field (NASWF) held a Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative service on Jan 12 in the NASWF base chapel with special guests Rev. Jamie Smith and Jawana Jackson. Photo by Ens. Caroline Ready
ing the right to vote... ‘would you allow me to use your house as a platform to stage the march?’ ,” Jackson said. “That night when my dad left his dental office, he went home to discuss it with my mom. They looked at me (I was four at the time) and they knew what was going to happen, my dad went back to work and called Uncle Martin and said, in essence, ‘Jawana is four years old. She, and other children in this nation and around our world deserve a better shot, they deserve to grow up in a place full of justice, peace and freedom’,” Jackson said. The service, held in the NASWF chapel, consisted of the traditional ceremonial components, including the presentation of the colors by Milton High School Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) unit, the National Anthem sung by Tracy Johnson, the invocation by NASWF command chaplain Lt. Cmdr. Michael Griggs and the bene-
diction by chaplain Lt. Roy Fondren. The event also included an Old and New Testament reading, opening remarks by Executive Officer Cmdr. Donald Gaines and closing remarks by Training Air Wing Five Commodore Col. David Morris and a guest speaker. The guest speaker for the service was Rev. Jamie K. Smith, pastor of Mt. Pilgrim African Baptist Church in Pensacola who spoke about King’s legacy. “The legacy lives on with this great man and all that he has done... and I encourage you today to keep the message of alive,” Smith said. Some of the historic items Jackson brought to the base chapel included a pair of King’s pajamas and copies of a children’s book King autographed for Jawana. She recalled the story of how King had spelled her name wrong in the first copy. When she (in tears) brought this to his atten-
tion, he then came back with a second copy with her name spelled correctly, also autographed by Jackie Robinson. She also brought photos, including a photo of King sitting in her living room in her Selma house watching President Johnson announcing signing of the 1965 Voting Rights Act on television. King ended his March 25, 1965 speech in Montgomery by addressing the question of how long the struggle for equality would take. “How long? Not long, because the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice,” King said. Jackson resides in Milton Fla., less than 30 minutes from NAS Whiting Field, and has been invited to attend another NAS Whiting Field event on Feb 6 to share more of her story. For more information regarding Jackson’s book or the Selma house museum visit www. jacksonfoundationmuseum.com.
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GOSPORT Military notices PACPOA scholarship deadline
The Pensacola Area Chief Petty Officer Association (PACPOA) plans to award its second annual National Flight Academy scholarship for the 2018 season. The scholarship is open to seventh grade to 12th grade family members of all ranks of the military (active duty, retired and veterans) and first responders from any for the NAS Pensacola tenant commands as well as Naval Hospital Pensacola. NFA information and schedule can be found at www.nationalflightacademy.com. Request for an application and completed application can be sent to email@example.com. Application deadline is Feb. 28. The PACPOA will not cover any travel cost for applicants who do not live in the Pensacola area, but they are encouraged to apply. Applications will be reviewed by board members and the winner will be announced March 5. Applications will be reviewed by board members and the winner will be announced Feb 4. For more information, e-mail AEC Jarred Scolari at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Language test appointments available Interested in taking the Defense Language Aptitude Battery (DLAB) or the Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT) for foreign languages? Tests are administered Wednesdays at the Navy Language Testing Office Bldg. 634. Test appointments are accepted by e-mail only. For appointments and language testing counseling, contact CIWT_CRRY_ Lang_Testing_Pensacola@navy.mil. Learn more about what the Center for Language, Regional Expertise and Culture offers at www. netc.navy.mil/centers/ciwt/clrec.
Onboard NASP Special screening at NNAM The Naval Aviation Museum Foundation invites audiences into the experience of becoming and serving as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps in “We, The Marines,” is now open on the Giant Screen Theater at the National Naval Aviation Museum (NNAM). Narrated by former marine and Academy Awardwinning actor Gene Hackman, “We, The Marines” honors something more than dedication and service. The film offers an unforgettable glimpse into the first-hand experiences of America’s “first responders” and what it takes to become the men and women who honor and defend the United States. “We, The Marines” is suitable for general audiences and school groups. Its approximate run time is 38 minutes. For more information, visit www. NavalAviationMuseum.org.
Naval Academy and NROTC invite There will be an Information Symposium on the U.S. Naval Academy and NROTC programs held at the National Naval Aviation Museum Blue Angels Atrium tomorrow, Jan. 20 from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Representatives of other service academies will also be present to answer questions. Interested middle and high school students, parents, teachers and counselors are welcome. Free tickets are required and available via www.EventBrite.com. For more information, contact Kathy McCartan at 716-4679.
National Flight Academy hiring event Seasonal and part-time positions will be in the spotlight during a hiring event scheduled for tomorrow, Jan. 20 at the National Flight Academy, 1 Fetterman Way. There will be two sessions available at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The NASP Fleet and Family Support Center is partnering in the event and assisting with the presentation. Applicants must be at least 20 years old, pass a level-two background screening and have a Florida-issued driver’s license or ID card. Sign-up sheets for interview slots will be available for anyone interested in applying for the jobs. Doors will open 30 minutes prior to each start time. Applicants will receive an introduction and overview of the NFA’s mission and a tour of the facility. A question-and-answer session also will be conducted. For more information and to register call 4587836 or 877-552-3632. Visit the website at www. nationalflightacademy.com.
FFSC announce new workshops The NASP Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC), 151 Ellyson Ave., Bldg. 625, offers a variety of classes and workshops. Upcoming classes include: • Family Employment Readiness Brief: 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. every Tuesday • Move.mil: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday • New spouse, Newcomer orientation: 9 a.m. to
“Read all about it...” Purple Heart recipients sought The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor is a New York State Historic Site administered by the New York State Park Commission. Dedicated on November 10, 2006, the Hall’s mission is to collect, preserve, and share with the public the stories of Purple Heart recipients. It is the first and only facility in the nation dedicated to honoring this country’s Purple Heart recipients. The primary way in which Purple Heart recipients are honored is through enrollment in The Roll of Honor electronic database which is accessible in The Hall’s main gallery and on its website, www.thepurpleheart.com. Purple Heart recipients are encouraged to become members of the Roll of Honor by completing an enroll form and submitting it to the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor. Family members and friends may also enroll Purple Heart recipients, living or deceased, by completing an enrollment form and providing supporting evidence. Enrollment is voluntary and free of cost. Help us honor and preserve the stories of these deserving men and women by enrolling them today in the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor. To enroll a Purple Heart recipient or for more information, visit www.thepurpleheart .com. 10:30 a.m., today, Jan. 19 • Tips to Building Self-Esteem: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Jan. 22 • Parenting Tips for Blended Families: 11 a.m. noon, Jan. 22 and Jan. 29 • Healing the Angry Brain: 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Jan. 22 to Feb. 20. Attendance is mandatory for all six sessions • Partners in Parenting: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Jan. 24 • Music and Movement: 10 a.m. to noon, Jan 26 at Lighthouse Terrace, No. 1 Price Ave. • Emergency Preparedness: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Jan. 26 For information or to register for any of these classes, call 452-5990.
New delivery option onboard NASP Izzy’s Pizza Delivery now open on NAS Pensacola. Enjoy Izzy’s tax free pizza, wings and salads delivered straight to your door. Open Monday through Friday 2:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. To place order or for more information, call 4583271.
VFW post promises fun and relaxation Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 706 would like to invite all current military, retired veterans and all veterans to stop by and visit the post. There will be karaoke on Thursday and Saturday, from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m., plus many other events. The post is located at 5000 Lillian Hwy. near the post office. For further information, call 455-0026.
Around town Glenn Miller Orchestra live Come hear the Glenn Miller Orchestra, one of the greatest bands of all time, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m., as they bring unique jazz and big band sounds to the National Naval Aviation Museum. The world-famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, a fully self-contained 19 member group, is the most popular and sought after big band in the world today. Since 1956, the band has been consistently performing an average of 300 live dates each year worldwide. For more information, visit www.navalaviationmuseum.org/event/glenn-miller-orchestra-2018/.
Annual I Pink I Can Run scheduled The 5th annual I Pink I Can Run will be held Feb. 24 at Flora-Bama starting with a 9 a.m. gun start. This run offers a great course, awards, food, music, after party and fun. Join in to show extra love for breast cancer survivors. All the proceeds from the event will go to the Keeping Abreast Foundations’ breast health programs and help individuals in the community receive screening and diagnostic imaging services. To register, visit www.active.com/perdido-keyfl/running/distance-running-races/5th-annual-ipink-i-can-run-2018?int=.
New Gulf Shores entrance prices Gulf Islands National Seashore officials announced changes to entrance and Fort Pickens Campground fees began Jan. 1. The following is a listing of the new prices: Type of Entrance: • Private Vehicle: $20 • Individual (on foot, bicycle, or in large noncommercial vehicle): $10 • Motorcycle: $15 • Annual Pass: $40
Fort Pickens Campground: • Loops A, C, & E (power and water): $40 • Loops B & D (tent only): $20 Entrance passes are valid for seven days and provide access to all areas within the National Seashore including Fort Pickens, Johnson Beach, Opal Beach, Fort Barrancas and Okaloosa. Entrance fees are not charged to persons under 16 years of age or to holders of the Senior Pass (age 62 or older), Active Duty Military Pass (free annually), Access Pass (permanently disabled) and America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass. For more information about the Gulf Island National Seashore, visit www.nps.gov/GulfIslands. For more information from the National Park Servies, visit www.nps.gov.
Red Cross volunteers serve at hospital The American Red Cross could use your help if you have four hours a week to be of service to the patients, families and staff of Naval Hospital Pensacola. Duties include transporting patients in wheelchairs, answering the phone and giving directions to the hospital or inside the hospital. To sign up as a volunteer or for more information, call 505-6036 (from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday trough Friday).
Volunteer at Pensacola lighthouse The Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum is looking for volunteers to help keep the light shining. If you need to earn community service hours or just love history, contact Diane Johnson at 393-1561.
Christian school annual chili cook-off The Escambia Christian School (ECS) will be hosting their 19th annual cougar chili cook-off Jan. 26 at 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. This cook-off will feature local cooks from the congregation and friends of ECS. Tickets are $6 for advanced tickets and $7.50 at the door. Children under age 12 will be $4 advanced tickets and $5 at the door. Desserts, crackers and corn bread will be included in ticket price along with the competing chili.
Childrens Mardi Gras parade Calling all children, pets and Mardi Gras merry makers to join the Kids and Kritters Parade Feb. 3 at 2 p.m. in the Casino Beach parking lot across from Sidelines. Registration begins at 1 p.m. for the walking procession. There is no entry fee for kids and pets are just $5 each. The parade is open to anyone who would like to participate. The rules are few. You must wear a costume, and bring your own Mardi Gras throws. No candy nor paper coupons. Pets must be on a short, non-retractable leash and under the control of the handler. Everyone must be on their best behavior. There will be prizes for the best costumed pets and the best mini-floats. Mini floats can be made on strollers or wagons. Anything that can be pushed or pulled is allowed. Motorized and pedaled vehicles are not allowed. No skateboards, bicycles or battery-powered vehicles. For additional details, route information and entry forms, go to PensacolaBeachMardiGras.com.
Childrens Mardi Gras parade The 12th Annual Michele Hill Raider Run and Community Family Celebration will be held April 7 at 7:30 a.m. at Navarre Youth Sports Association, in Navarre, Fla. The race is an out and back 10K run and a 5K run or walk. There will be a free kids run after the 10K/5K races. The race registration fee is $15 with discounts for active and retired military, track club members and civil service employees. For other race details, visit the race registration website at www.raceentry.com/races/michele-hillraider-run/2018/register or contact Event Director Joe Hill at 582-2946.
Snowbird fly-in expo announced The National Naval Aviation Museum, located onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola, welcomes winter visitors with its annual snowbird fly-in expo Jan. 23 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Blue Angels Atrium. Guests are invited to enjoy special offers on museum attractions and receive information from local organizations. Interact with vendors from the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation, Flight Deck Store, Visit Pensacola, Perdido Key Chamber of Commerce, Santa Rosa Island Authority, Naval Hospital Pensacola, Gulf State Park and Gulf Islands National Seashore. The Snowbird Fly-In Expo is free and open to the public. All visitors to the National Naval Aviation Museum who do not possess a Department of Defense identification card will be required to enter the installation via the West Gate located off Blue Angel Parkway. For more information, visit www.navalaviation museum.org.
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January 19, 2018
Navy JROTC director retires; See page B2 Spotlight
Use the gift of life this winter: Give blood By Katie Lange DoD News, Defense Media Activity
lot of military families give to charity during certain times of the year, like the holidays, but one they should always be thinking about is giving in a way that is crucial to injured service members – blood donations. The winter months are slow for blood donation centers, but it is actually a key time to donate. That is why January is National Blood Donor Month. “We hope to remind people to remember to give that gift of life,” said Navy Capt. Roland Fahie, the director of the Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP), which supplies blood products to deployed and injured American troops worldwide. “We still have troops out there ... who are still in harm’s way.” The ASBP has to keep a steady supply of blood, platelets and plasma on hand at all times for wounded service members and it has to be prepared when military operations or crises come up. “We always have to be ready,” Fahie said. “We don’t know what tomorrow’s going to bring for us. Our folks are working 24/7 to make sure we can support any contingency operation around the world.” Saving lives: You do not have to look any further for proof of how important blood supplies are to the ASBP than Army 1st Lt. Nicholas Vogt. Vogt received more than 500 units of blood, more than any other survivor in U.S. combat history – after
stepping on a roadside bomb in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in 2011. Vogt’s heart stopped five times before he was stabilized and he lost both of his legs. He received a majority of his blood transfusions while in Kandahar, with much of the supply coming from more than 300 service members on post who rallied to help him. Vogt survived and has since received the Bronze Star. Needless to say, those who gave their time to give blood helped save his life. But it is a mission that can be challenging for the ASBP. Clearing up donation confusion: Contrary to what many service members believe, the ASBP is the only outlet that specifically collects blood for the military community. Civilian organizations such as the American Red Cross work with the ASBP in times of need and will collect donations on military installations, but most of that supply does not go to military members. Fahie said it can be a challenge to clear up that confusion. “(Service members) may see an American Red Cross vehicle or some other agency on their base and they’re thinking they’re supporting the mil-
Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) “A” School student Pfc. Hunter Moore prepares to donate blood during a Keesler Air Force Base 81st Medical Group’s Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP) Blood Drive in 2015. The ASBP, a joint Army, Navy and Air Force operation, provides quality blood products for service members, veterans and their families. File photo by Bruce Cummins
itary directly, but they’re really not,” he said. “The primary mission of a civilian agency is not really to support the military. Our primary mission is.” The only way to ensure your donation will go to support service members is to look for the ASBP blood drop logo. Donors can give blood at any of the 20 ASBP donation centers on military installations around the world, or when mobile blood drives are held. Those interested in doing so can sign up to make an appointment online. Anyone can donate, but the most frequent donors are service members and Department of Defense civilians and contractors, Fahie said. Since many military members can not donate because of deployments
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that restrict them from doing so, the ASBP often looks for new donors at schools within the DoD and it focuses on repeat business. “It makes it more challenging for us, and it does impact the blood supply and our efforts to collect blood,” Fahie said. But it is an endeavor he said is more than worthwhile for the heroes it helps. “We want to thank our troops who always support us – our Soldiers, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, Sailors and their families – the ones who come out day-in and day-out to donate and are a champion for our program,” Fahie said. So if you’re looking for more ways to give this year, consider this small gift. You never know who might need it someday.
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This January, the American Red Cross celebrates National Blood Donor Month and recognizes the lifesaving contribution of blood and platelet donors. As the New Year begins, the Red Cross encourages individuals to resolve to roll up a sleeve to give this month and throughout 2018. Facts about blood needs: • Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood • Approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day in the United States • Nearly 7,000 units of platelets and 10,000 units of plasma are needed daily in the United States • Nearly 21 million blood components are transfused each year in the United States • The average red blood cell transfusion is approximately three pints • The blood type most often requested by hospitals is type O • The blood used in an emergency is already on theshelves before the event occurs • A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood
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Color Me ‘Give blood’ Two vampires walked into a restaurant and called for the waiter. “I’ll have a glass of blood,” said one. “I’ll have a glass of plasma,” said the other. “Okay,” replied the waiter, “That’ll be one blood and one blood lite.” Q. Why did the boy eat his homework? A. Because the teacher said “it was a piece of cake.” Q. What happens to the frog’s car when it breaks down? A. It gets toad away. Q. Why did the scarecrow get promoted? A. Because he was outstanding in his field. Q. How do astronomers organize a party? A.They planet. Thought for the day: A boomerang is just a frisbee for lonely people.
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Navy JROTC director retires By Michael F. Miller Naval Service Training Command Public Affairs
he director of the Navy’s Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) program was recognized for his 17 years of leadership during his retirement ceremony held at the National Naval Aviation Museum onboard NAS Pensacola, Jan. 5. Dr. J.D. Smith was presented with the Distinguished Civilian Service Award by the commander, Naval Service Training Command (NSTC) Rear Adm. Mike Bernacchi, to honor his service to the Navy and JROTC. “It’s been wonderful being able to assist in the development of the nation’s youth through the JROTC program,” said Smith, who retired after 44 years of federal service. “We really increased the size of the program in my tenure but maintained if not increased the quality of the curriculum through the updated technological advances. We also provided more professional development for instructors and the program is in good shape.” Dr. Smith began employment as a career federal employee of the Department of the Navy for the Chief of Naval
and Training Education (CNET) in Pensacola in 1973. His initial assignment was the assistant for field operations and later the director for the worldwide Navy Campus offduty education program. In 1985 he was selected to direct the Navy Dependents Education system. After serving as the Navy Aviation Schools Command education advisor, Dr. Smith returned to the CNET staff. At CNET he directed the Education and Training Management subspecialty for officers; and the Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training (BOOST) preparing primarily minority individuals for college leading to a Navy commission. In 1989 Dr. Smith was selected to become the Total Quality Management Coordinator. He served on the Secretary of the Navy’s Education and Training Quality Leader-
Rear Adm. Michael D. Bernacchi, commander, Naval Service Training Command, presents Dr. J. D. Smith with the Distinguished Civilian Service Award at Smith’s retirement ceremony Jan. 5 at the National Naval Aviation Museum onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola. Smith served in the government for more than 44 years, including as program director for the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps program since 2002. Photo by Carla M. McCarthy
ship Board and taught Quality Management and Quality Leadership concepts internationally. He also established the Total Quality Leadership Schools for the Navy and trained the instructors. Dr. Smith served on the Navy Zero-Based Training and Education Review during 1993 prior to assuming various positions in the Leadership Train-
ing Division. In 2002 Dr. Smith was selected to become the Navy JROTC Program Manager. “I am really going to miss the staff from here in Pensacola to the headquarters staff in Great Lakes and all the area managers for their support throughout the program,” Smith said. “It’s always been about the instructors that men-
tor these kids day to day.” Navy JROTC, founded in 1964, is a citizenship development program that instills in high school students and in U. S. secondary educational institutions the value of citizenship and service to the United States. The program is currently under the direction of Bernacchi and his NSTC staff, headquartered on Naval Station Great Lakes, Ill. and includes 573 units worldwide. In addition to regular classroom instruction, Navy JROTC cadets participate in a number of extra-curricular activities throughout the school year and during the summer months that are designed to stimulate learning by hands-on experiences and to reinforce the program’s curriculum. Cadet extra-curricular activities include community service projects, drill competitions, academic competitions, visits to naval installations, and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) training. The NSTC command oversees 98 percent of initial officer and enlisted accessions training for the Navy. This includes the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) at more than 160 colleges and universities, Officer Training Command (OTCN) on Naval Station Newport, R.I., Recruit Training Command (RTC), the Navy’s only boot camp, at Great Lakes, Ill., as well as NJROTC.
GOSPORT Fleet and Family Support Center
The NASP Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC), 151 Ellyson Ave., Bldg. 625, is offering the following: • Imagination Station: 10 a.m. to noon every third Thursday of the month at Blue Wahoo Stadium. The NASP New Parent Support program partners with the Imagination Station for a military family play date. Meet some military families and let your children play. • Mov.mil Assist: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. One hour of dedicated online walkthrough to set-up your account and make your move seamless. • Base tour: 9 a.m. to noon the first Wednesday of every month. The next one is scheduled for Feb. 7. Learn about the history of Naval Air Station Pensacola and how to get around base.
SAPR If you are a victim of sexual assault, it is not your fault. Help for victims of sexual assault in the DoD community is a call, click or text away: • The SafeHelpline: Provides live, one-on-one crisis support and information by trained staff. Call: (877) 995-5247; click: www.SafeHelpline.org or text: 55-247, CONUS; (202) 470-5546, OCONUS (may be extra charges for OCONUS). • The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program: Provides prevention, intervention and a 24/7/365 response to non-intimate partner adult victims of sexual assault. Active-duty and adult family member sexual assault victims have a choice of reporting options, unrestricted and restricted. Unrestricted reporting allows victim to have an advocate, seek medical care, counseling, legal services, safety interventions and/or transfer, etc. To access an unrestricted report, the victim may report to his/her chain-ofcommand, security/law enforcement, NCIS, SAPR VA, SARC or others. NCIS shall be notified by the CO and/or the VA/SARC in unrestricted cases to begin investigation.
Worship schedule NAS Pensacola Protestant • Worship service, 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel, Bldg. 1982. • Chapel choir, meets following the 10:15 a.m. Sunday service at All Faiths Chapel. • Contemporary service, 6 p.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel. • Training Air Wing Six Bible Study, 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, Griffith Hall student lounge. • Bible study, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, J.B. McKamey Center. Roman Catholic • Sunday Mass, 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel, Bldg. 1982. • Daily Mass, 11:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the Our Lady of Loreto Chapel. • Confessions: 30 minutes before services. Latter Day Saints • Service, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel.
Investigation results are provided to the offender’s CO for appropriate action/disposition. Restricted reporting allows a victim to have a confidential report, which does not trigger command or law enforcement notification and the victim may have a SAPR VA and seek medical care and/or counseling. To access restricted reporting, the victim may disclose his/her sexual assault only to the SARC, a current SAPR VA, a health care professional and/or a chaplain. • To contact the NASP 24/7 Victim Advocate, call 449-9231/2. For the Civilian Victim Advocate, call 293-4561. To contact duty SARC, call the SARC cell at 554-5606.
CREDO Chaplain’s Religious Enrichment Development Operation (CREDO) Southeast offers retreats enabling military members and their families to develop personal and spiritual resources in order to meet the unique challenges of military life.
• Meeting: 6 p.m. Monday and 6 p.m. Thursday, J.B. McKamey Center. For more information, call 452-2341. NASP Corry Station Protestant • Adult Bible study, 9 a.m. Sunday, fellowship hall vice conference room. • Chapel choir, 9 a.m. Sunday, choir room vice sanctuary. • Worship service, 10 a.m. Sunday. • Fellowship, 11:30 a.m. Sunday. • Contemporary worship, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, followed by fellowship at 7:30 p.m. • Bible study and dinner, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, fellowship hall. Latter Day Saints • Service, 7 p.m. Wednesday. Roman Catholic • Mass, noon Sunday and 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday. For more information, call 452-6376. • ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) Feb. 6 to 7, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days The ASIST workshop is for anyone who wants to feel more comfortable, confident and competent in helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Over one million caregivers have participated in this two-day, highly interactive, practical, practiceoriented workshop. Participation in the full two days is required. Enjoy small group discussions and skills practice that are based upon adult learning principles and experience powerful videos on suicide intervention. Feel challenged and safe. Learn suicide first aid. Where: J. B. McKamey Center Classrooms Bldg. 634, NAS Pensacola. Who: Military, DoD and NAS Pensacola, Corry Station, Saufley Field and Whiting Field civilian employees. How do you sign a member up? Provide CREDO facilitator Tony Bradford or chapel staff with
NAS Whiting Field Chapel Roman Catholic • Mass, 11 a.m. Friday. Protestant • Bible study, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. • Weekly chapel service, 11:30 a.m. Thursday. For more information, call 623-7212. Other services Jewish • B’nai Israel Synagogue, 1829 North Ninth Ave., services 7 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. Saturday. For information, call 433-7311. • Temple Beth El, 800 North Palafox St., services 7 p.m. Friday (6 p.m. first Friday of each month). For information, call 438-3321 or go to http://templebethelofpensacola.org. Seventh-day Adventist • Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1080 North Blue Angel Parkway, services at 11 a.m. Saturday. For information, call 453-3442.
the member’s rank, name, contact information, and supervisor’s name. Registration contact: Tony Bradford or Chapel Staff (850) 452-2342 tony.bradford.ctr @navy.mil. • CREDO Southeast Marriage Enrichment Retreat Feb. 16 to 18 in Orange Beach, Ala. Reach new heights in your marriage. Topics Include: Love Languages, Personality Types, Communication Skills, Problem Solving & Goal Setting. To register , e-mail Ray Doss, CREDO Gulfport, Ray.doss.ctr @navy.mil Phone: (228) 8713504. NAS Pensacola CREDO Detachment contact information: Work: 452-2093 E-mail: email@example.com.
Community Outreach If you are interested in participating in volunteer activities, contact NASP Community Outreach. The office tracks volunteer hours.
Report your volunteer work to get due recognition. Call 452-2532 or e-mail nasp_ comm_outreach @Navy.mil. Ongoing opportunities include: • USO Northwest Florida: The USO supports America’s service members by working to keep them connected to family, home and country. For more information, call 455-8280. • USS Alabama: The USS Alabama Memorial, 2703 Battleship Parkway, Mobile, Ala., is in need of volunteers to help with preservation. For more information, call (251) 433-2703 or go to www.USSALABAMA.com. • Meals on Wheels: Mission is to provide one hot nourishing meal per day, both in a congregate setting and to homebound clients. For more information, call 432-1475. Other volunteer opportunities are available at Pensacola Lighthouse, Pensacola Humane Society, Junior Achievement, Big Brother Big Sister, Council on Aging of West Florida, Habitat For Humanity and Manna Food Pantries.
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society The Navy-Marine Corps relief Society (NMCRS) offers a range of volunteer opportunities for people with a variety of skills and interests. This is a great opportunity to get new skills and build your resume. • Administrative and communications support • Financial instruction for expectant parents • Front desk coverage • Financial assistance • Budget counseling Contact the Pensacola office at 452-2300.
Fresh Start: Quit tobacco now The NAS Pensacola Safety Department, sponsored by Naval Hospital Pensacola, has a tobacco cessation program for NASP and NASP Corry Station called FreshStart. To register, and for more information, call 452-8167.
January 19, 2018
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Madama Butterfly enters stage
The geisha Cio-Cio San is first introduced to the audience during a Pensacola Opera performance of Madama Butterfly at the Saenger Theatre in 2012, with soprano Inna Dukach in the lead role. The role of Cio-Cio San will be performed by soprano Elizabeth Caballero in the upcoming performances. Pensacola Opera’s performance of Madama Butterfly will be the first performance of the 35th season. Photo by Michael Duncan By Kristen Stotz Director of Marketing Pensacola Opera
On Jan. 26 and 28, Pensacola Opera will present Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, as its first production in the 35th season at the Historic Saenger Theatre. Puccini’s opera, whose plot inspired the modern retelling of Broadway’s Miss Saigon, weaves a story of love, betrayal and sorrow. A Japanese geisha, Cio-Cio San, falls in love with American naval officer, Lt. B.F. Pinkerton, against her family’s wishes. Filled with passion and romance, love turns to tragedy when the young Butterfly must make the ultimate sacrifice. “We are thrilled to kick-off
our 35th anniversary season with one of the most performed and beloved operas,” Executive Director Jerome Shannon said. “However, the 35th season is something of a bittersweet milestone, as it marks the final season for Artistic Director Kyle Marrero. He and his wife Jane, a professional opera singer who has sung many roles with our company, have made immeasurable contributions to this company and our community.” Madama Butterfly will be conducted by Jerome Shannon and directed by Joshua Borths, who will be making his debut with Pensacola Opera. Also appearing are members of the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra and Pensacola Opera Chorus. The role of Cio-Cio San will be
sung by soprano Elizabeth Caballero, last heard in Pensacola as Violetta in 2016’s La Traviata. Lt. B.F. Pinkerton will be sung by tenor John Riesen, a participant in last season’s Artists in Residence program when he sang the role of Howard Boucher in Dead Man Walking. Madama Butterfly will also feature former Artist in Residence Gillian Lynn Cotter and returning baritone Adelmo Guidarelli. Performances will be Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m. and Jan. 28 at 2 p.m. in the original Italian with English supertitles. Tickets range from $30 to $120. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the opera center at 433-6737 or visit www.pensacolaopera.com.
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“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” “Pitch Perfect 3” (PG13) (PG13) (PG13) 2:30 p.m. 2D: 7 p.m. 3D: 2:30 p.m. “Jumanji: Welcome to the 2D: 7 p.m. “Ferdinand” (PG) 2D: 5:30 p.m. Jungle” (PG13) “Jumanji: Welcome to the 2D: 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” (PG13) Jungle” (PG13) “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” 3D: 5:30 p.m. 2D: 8 p.m. (PG13) 2D: 12:30 p.m. WEDNESDAY 2D: 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 “Pitch Perfect 3” (PG13) “Just Getting Started” p.m. 5 p.m. (PG13) “Last Flag Flying” (R) 8 p.m. “Jumanji: Welcome to the 6:30 p.m. Jungle” (PG13) “Pitch Perfect 3” (PG13) 3D: 7 p.m. 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. “Ferdinand” (PG) Regularshows: $4 adults, $2 children ages 62D: 5:10 p.m.
11, free for 5 and younger “Three Billboards Outside 3Dshows: $5 adults, $3 children ages 6-11, free for 5 and younger Ebbing, Missouri” (R) NASPPortisdeCinemaisclosedonMonday. 7:30 p.m. Details: 452-3522 or www.navymwrpensacola.com
“Ferdinand” (PG) 2D: 5 p.m.
“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” (PG13) 2D: 7:30 p.m.
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (PG13) 2D: 6 p.m.
THURSDAY “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” (PG13) 2D: 5 p.m. “Pitch Perfect 3” (PG13) 7:30 p.m. “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (PG13) 2D: 6 p.m.
Morale,WelfareandRecreation The NASP Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) department has a number of upcoming events and activities. For more information, call 452-3806, ext. 3100, or go to the MWR website at www.navymwrpensacola .com. • One on One Swim Lessons: The Mustin Beach Club pool is offering one-onone swimming lessons six days a week, excluding Wednesday, with a flexible schedule. Price is $15 for every 30 minutes. All ages and skill levels are welcome to sign up. For more information, call 452-9429. • Karateclass:Shotokan Karate classes are $20 per month at Portside Gym, Bldg. 627, for activeduty and family members ($22 • Seabreeze Jazz for DoD). For Festival: MWR has more informatickets to the 20th antion call 452nual Seabreeze Jazz 7810, 452-7813 Festival to be hosted or 291-0940. at the Aaron Bessant • Cosmic Park AmphithePark B o w l i n g : ater at Pier Park, NASP Corry Panama City Beach, Station Bowling April 18 through 22. Center is hostTickets are available ing weekly costhrough NASP Tickets bowling mic and Travel. Three day Tuesdays 6:30 passes are $173 and p.m. to 8:30 four day passes are p.m., Fridays 10 $216. For a full list of p.m. to midprices, visit NASP night, and SatTickets and Travel or urdays 7:30 call 452-6354. p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. to midnight. Two hours of bowling will be $8 per person. For more information, call 452-6380. • Discounttickets:Stop by the Information, Tickets and Travel (ITT) office at the NEX Mall on Highway 98 to check out the discounts available on vacations and attractions. For more information, call 452-6354. • Goodreading:The NASP Library, 250 Chambers Ave., Bldg. 634, has an extensive selection of books, periodicals and newspapers. Computers with Internet access are available for use in the library. Wireless access and quiet study areas are also available. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Closed on federal holidays. For more information, call 4524362. • BushidoSportsJudoClub:Tuesday and Thursday, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at NASP Youth Center, Bldg. 3690 (452-2417). For children ages 5 to 17. For more information, call Sensei Gerome Baldwin at 324-3146, 4571421 or 457-1421or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. • Discounttickets:Stop by the Information, Tickets and Travel (ITT) office at the NEX Mall on Highway 98 to check out the discounts available on vacations and attractions. For more information, call 4526354.
Libertyactivities Liberty program events at NAS Pensacola and Corry Station target young, unaccompanied active-duty military. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. Regular events are scheduled at the main Liberty Center in the Portside Entertainment Complex. You must sign up in advance for off-base trips. For more information, call 452-2372 or go to www.naspensacola-mwr.com.
JANUARY 19, 2018
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Cleaners wanted. Commercial and residential. Must have own transportation. 850479-2427 The Historic Lighthouse,Museum and Gift Shop located at NAS Pensacola is now accepting applications for Asst. Manager. Contact Glenda @ (850 324-6142
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AVIATION JOB FAIRS • Friday January 12, 2018 at CareerSource Escarosa, 3670-2A North L Street Pensacola, FL 32505. Sessions at 9am, 10am and 11am. • Wednesday January 24, 2018 Crestview Community Center Crestview, FL, 9am-1pm. • Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at CareerSource Okaloosa Walton, 409 Racetrack Rd NE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547, 9am-1pm. VT Mobile Aerospace Engineering, Inc. 2100 Aerospace Drive, Brookley Aeroplex, Mobile, AL 36615 Phone: 251-438-8788 Fax: 251-438-8741 Email: email@example.com Web: www.vtmae.com/pensacola Join our growing team of aviation maintenance professionals.
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