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SAPR POC training ...

Per the Navy Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program OPNAV 1752.1B, each Navy command shall have a SAPR point of contact (POC), who is responsible for command management of the SAPR Program. The SAPR POC shall complete an eight-hour class prior to assuming the duties of the POC. NAS Pensacola will be providing the first SAPR POC training of this calendar year Feb. 14 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the NETC HRO Bldg., 680 Rm. 227. All new POCs are invited to attend.

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NAMI hosts 2018 United States Naval Aeromedical Conference Understanding physiological episodes involving hypoxia a key focus issue Story, photos by MC2 Michael Lieberknecht Navy Medicine Operational Training Center

More than 300 aeromedical specialists attended a weeklong conference onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP), which ended Jan. 12, designed to provide participants the latest information regarding aerospace medicine. The annual United States Naval Aeromedical Conference (USNAC) was hosted by the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute (NAMI), which welcomed several guest speakers and presenters in the Navy Medicine community to discuss a wide variety of topics. Rear Adm. Sara A. Joyner, Physiological Episode Action Team (PEAT) lead, kicked off the conference as the keynote speaker and reminded attendees that USNAC 2018’s main focus included the research and testing involving physiological episodes such as hypoxia. Hypoxia is a deficiency in the amount of oxygen reaching tissues in the body and can carry symptoms of confusion, rapid heart rate and shortness of breath. Last year, Navy pilots

(Above) More than 300 aeromedical specialists observe a brief during the annual United States Naval Aeromedical Conference (USNAC).

Rear Adm. Sara A. Joyner

training in the T-45 and pilots flying the F/A-18 Super Hornet and even the new F-35 have reported physiological episodes as a result of oxygen deprivation.

“I am looking at a group of people in front of me who are capable of fixing this, understanding this, and getting to the root cause,” Joyner said. “What I would love this week is for you all to brainstorm how you can assist Naval Aviation in overcoming these challenges.” Overall, USNAC was geared toward active-duty and reserve occupational flight surgeons, senior medical officers, dental officers, ship nurses, medical administration officers and aerospace medicine technicians (AVTs). The conference worked as a platform for participants to learn the latest in aerospace

Lt. Clayton Shaw, an instructor pilot from VT-10, participates in a research project in 2017. The goal of the project was to provide early warning signs to symptoms of hypoxia.

medicine; receive briefs on emerging technology; discuss

challenges facing carrier and air wing personnel; develop courses of action to improve aeromedical support to fleet, fleet Marine force, and joint warfighters; and hear firsthand from senior leadership. One specific presentation was hosted by Lt. Cmdr. Leisa Deutsch, department head of hyperbaric medicine at NAMI, who presented on when recompression therapy for special interest physiologic episodes should be considered. This discussion was part of several briefings showing how complex categorizing and treating physiological episodes (PEs) can be. “It is a collaborative effort across Navy medicine to include the diving medicine community to offer the best available insight into treatment for these episodes,” Deutsch said. “The explanation for these PEs is constantly evolving, and it is an exciting and challenging time to be involved.” Topics of discussion also included battle readiness in the medical field, radiation health, and clinical and ancillary services. The wide range of topics covered throughout the week See NAMI on page 2

Military Saves Week tips for saving on a budget Military Saves, a component of the nonprofit America Saves and a partner in the Department of Defense’s Financial Readiness Campaign, seeks to motivate, support and encourage military families to save money, reduce debt and build wealth. Military Saves Week is Feb. 26 through March 3. From NASP FFSC and Military Saves

How can those who currently are not saving afford to save money? And how can those saving only a little save more? Here are our top 10 tips for saving money

when budgets are tight. Tip 1: To find small savings that add up to big savings over time, keep a careful record of all (and we mean all) of your expenditures for a month. You may be surprised to learn how much you are

spending on such things as a daily latte or restaurant meals. Tip 2: For necessary purchases – such as food and transportation and insurance – comparison shop. Remember your commissary and exchange can offer

NHP pharmacy to receive upgrades our patients as much as possible.” Some of the improvements to the pharmacy will include a larger lobby area with Naval Hospital Pensacola’s (NHP) new furniture, two additional pharmacy pharmacy will receive significant imwindows for patient services, monitors disprovements as part of a renovation project playing current wait times and six elecscheduled to begin Feb. 1. tronic kiosks that patients will use to The improvements will enhance the activate a prescription instead of standing overall experience for patients at one of the in line to see a pharmacy technician. Navy’s busiest pharmacies. The kiosks will offer patients three opNHP’s pharmacy fills more than tions to pick-up their prescriptions. Patients 800,000 prescriptions a year and supports can choose to wait for the prescription to be 10 branch clinics located in five states. The filled, select to return to the pharmacy after renovation project will take about a year to two hours or have their prescription sent to complete, but patients should experience the NHP Satellite Pharmacy where it will HN Maxwell Proulx, a be available the next business day after 1 minimal effects during that time. “We will still fill prescriptions and take pharmacy technician at p.m. The Satellite Pharmacy is located next care of patients as usual during the reno- NHP, prepares a pre- to the Pensacola Commissary and has a vation project,” said Lt. Cmdr. Marissa scription for a patient. drive-thru window. These options currently Greene, associate director for clinical support services. “We have planned this project to mitigate the impact on See NHP Upgrades on page 2 By Jason Bortz Naval Hospital Pensacola Public Affairs

you savings year-round. Utilize these savings opportunities as you would your other military benefits. Tip 3: Restrain spending for birthdays See Military Saves on page 2

VITA center now open onboard NASP By Ens. Lewis Aldridge NASP Public Affairs Office

Tax season has arrived but the good news is that the NAS Pensacola Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Center is now open to assist active duty, retirees and dependents file their returns. This service is available every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 4 p.m. until April 17, the U.S. national tax day. LN2 Ashley Price, the VITA center site coordinator is excited to help those in need. “I look back on my own situation when I was just beginning my military career and remember not even knowing where to start with regards to taxes,” Price said. “It is so important that young armed service members and retirees understand that they can utilize See NASP VITA on page 2

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‘Open Enrollment’ application window for 2018-19 From Carissa Bergosh NASP School Liaison Officer

The“OpenEnrollmentApplication Window”forincomingstudentsforthe 2018-19schoolyearsisuponus.This processallowsqualifiedstudentstorequestpermissiontoattendschoolsfor whichtheyarenotresidentiallyzoned and/or participate in particular career academies housed within our middle NAMI from page 1

andhighschools. Studentsenteringelementaryschool forthe2018-19schoolyearcansubmit an online application this Spring for N.B. Cook Elementary School, now throughMarch9. FormoreinformationvisittheSchool Choicewebsitewww. ecsd-fl. school loop.com/ School Choice oryoumay callthemat469-5580. • N.B. Cook Elementary School’s

“CoffeewiththePrincipal”isFeb.9. Doorsopenat8a.m.N.B.CookElementaryisinvitingtheparentsorfamily members of their prospective studentstohavecoffeewithPrincipal LarryKnight.Thiswillbeachanceto askquestionsabouttheschoolandtheir arts programs and take a tour of the campus.There will also be an Open HouseforprospectiveparentsFeb.20, at6p.m.

minimalimpactonpatientservicesduringthisprocess,patients exist at the pharmacy, but the mayexperienceslightdelaysat kiosks will reduce the time it times.Thepharmacystaffwilldo takes a patient to activate their everythingpossibletolimitthese delays,buttherearesome prescription. “Thekioskswillbeinstalled optionsavailabletopaandreadytousebythesummer,” tientsthattheycanuse saidLt.DonnyLe,headpharma- during the renovacistatNHP.“Notonlywillthe tion. Patients can kiosks reduce the time patients have to stand in line, they will choose to pick-up helpusaccuratelymonitorwait theirrefillsattheSateltimestoidentifytrendsandexpe- litePharmacy.TheSatellite Pharmacycanbeselectedusing ditethepharmacyprocess.” Thepharmacywillalsoreceive theautomatedtelephonesystem, somemuchneedupgradesbehind at505-6459or(888)513-4164, the scenes.The processing and orTRICARE’sPatientPortalonstorage areas will be upgraded lineatwww.tricareonline.com. For patients on maintenance and expanded, which will improvetheworkefficiencyanden- medicationsthatrequirefrequent vironmentforthepharmacystaff. refills, TRICARE’s Pharmacy Despite every effort to have HomeDeliverywillshipmedicaNHP Upgrades from page 1

metthegoalofthemeeting, according to Capt. JosephLaVan,officer-inchargeatNAMI. “This conference is a uniqueopportunitytobring togetherAeromedicalprofessionals from all disciplinestoshareinformation, getthelatestupdatesand learn best practices from around the fleet,” LaVan said.“Itisoneofthemost operationally relevant medical conferences around,andwedoourbest to provide a highly relevant, information-dense conference every year. Turnout continues to increase, so I think that meansthatwearemeeting theneedsofourattendees.” NAMIisacomponent ofNavyMedicineOperational Training Center (NMOTC),whichreports to NMETLC, the sole pointofaccountabilityfor NavyMedicineeducation, trainingandlogisticalsupport.NAMI,NMOTCand NMETLCareallpartof theNavyMedicineteam,a globalhealthcarenetwork of Navy medical professionals around the world whoprovidehigh-quality health care to more than onemillioneligiblebeneficiaries. Navy Medicine personnel deploy with Sailors and Marines worldwide,providingcritical mission support aboard ships, in the air, undertheseaandonthe battlefield. For more news from NavyMedicineEducation and Training Command, visitwww. navy.mil/ local/ nmsc/.

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and holidays, especially Christmas.A few well-chosengiftsarelikelytobemoreappreciatedthanamorecostlypileofgiftschosen thoughtlesslyinashoppingmallforay. Tip 4: Interestratesoncreditcarddebts andotherretailcreditlinescaneasilyrun25 percent. You can save hundreds, perhaps thousands,ofdollarsayearbypayingoff thesehigh-costdebts. Tip 5: Buildanemergencyfundtoavoid havingtotakeloanstopayforunexpected purchases.Thatfundisusuallybestkeptina savingsaccount,despitethelowinterestrates suchaccountspayrightnow.Butdotryto keepahighenoughbalanceintheaccountto avoidmonthlyfeesmanyon-basebanksand creditunionsparticipateinMilitarySaves Weekandoffergreatsavingsoptionsduring theWeekandthroughouttheyear.

tionsdirectlytotheirresidence. Patientscanreceiveuptoa90dayprescriptionformostdrugs, buttheremaybesomecostsdependingonthemedication.More informationisavailableat www.tricare.mil/homedelivery. The pharmacy is just one of several projects NHP is workingtomodernize thehospital.Thehospital’s quarterdeck area is currentlybeingrenovatedtoimprove safety and security and should be completed in a few weeks.NHPisalsoworkingto improveexteriorlightingatthe hospitalinpreparationfortheexpansionofUrgentCarehoursin thesummer. “Wewillcontinuetofocuson

Tip 6: Setupanautomatictransfereach payperiodormonthfromyourcheckingto yoursavingsaccountorthroughanallotment.Evenaslittleas$10or$15amonth helps.Afterall,thatis$120or$180ayear. Tip 7: Putallyourloosechangeinthis savingsaccount.Formanypeople,thatcould adduptowellover$100ayear. Tip 8: Low-andmoderate-incomeworkersqualify,eachyear,foranEarnedIncome TaxCredit(EITC)thatcanputmorethan $1,000,andoftenmorethan$2,000,inyour pocket.TheEITCAssistanttoolprovidedby theIRScanhelpyoudetermineifyouqualifytoclaimthecredit,oryoucancontact yourlocaltaxpayerassistancecenterforinpersonhelp.Thenbesuretosaveatleasthalf ofthiswindfall. Tip 9: ParticipateinalocalInvestment DevelopmentAccount(IDA)program.Inreturnforattendingfinancialeducationses-

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freesoftwareavailableattheVITAcenterwithouthavingtopayan accountantordoitallbythemselves.” The services provided are computer access to tax software, whichwillhelpwalkeachpersonthroughthenecessarystepsto ensurepropercompliancewiththeInternalRevenueService.Furthermore,therewillbeanattendanton-handtoansweranyquestions.

“NAS Pensacola: History in Focus” ... NASP His-

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Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla.: A Bicentennial Defense Community Commanding Officer — Capt. Christopher T. Martin Public Affairs Officer — Patrick J. Nichols The Gosport nameplate pays homage to the 100th anniversary of naval aviation in 2011: the Centennial of Naval Aviation, or CONA. The image on the left side of the nameplate depicts Eugene Ely taking off in a Curtiss pusher bi-plane from the USS Pennsylvania Jan. 18, 1911. While Ely had taken off from the USS Birmingham two months earlier after his plane had been loaded on the ship, the USS Pennsylvania event was the first time a plane landed on and then took off from a U.S. warship.

The image on the right side is the Navy’s most modern fighter aircraft, the F-18 Super Hornet. Established in 1921 as the Air Station News, the name Gosport was adopted in 1936. A gosport was a voice tube used by flight instructors in the early days of naval aviation to give instructions and directions to their students. The name “Gosport” was derived from Gosport, England (originally God’s Port), where the voice tube was invented. Gosport is an authorized newspaper published every Friday by Ballinger Publishing,

providingthebestcaretothemost deservingpatientsthatcomeinto our hospital,” said Capt. Amy Branstetter,commandingofficer, NHP.“Butwealsowantourpatientstohaveasafeandpleasant environment to receive their care.” Established in 1826, Naval HospitalPensacola'smissionisto deliverhighqualityhealthcareto ensureamedicallyreadyforce and a ready medical force through strategic partnerships andinnovation.Tofindoutmore, visitwww. med. navy. mil/ sites/ pcola/ Pages/ default.aspx or downloadthecommand’smobile app (keyword: Naval Hospital Pensacola). For more news from Naval Hospital Pensacola, visit www. navy. mil/ local/ nh_pensacola/.

sionsandagreeingtosaveforahome,education,orbusiness,youtypicallyreceive$2 forevery$1yousavethroughanIDAprogram.So,$25thatyousaveeachmonthends upas$900attheendofayear. Tip 10: ParticipateintheThriftSavings PlanorSaveatWork.Whileweencourage lettingthismoneybuildupuntilretirement, itcanbewithdrawn,orborrowedon,tocope withseriousemergencies. Ifyouarelocatedatamilitaryinstallation you can get assistance with free financial counselingattheNASPensacolaFleetand Family Support Center (FFSC), call 4525102or452-2631.PersonalFinancialManagersandCounselorsaretheretohelpand canbeagreatassetingettingadebtrepaymentplaninorder. See more at https:// military saves.org/ blog/1539-why-save-money-here-are-fourgood-reasons.

TheVITACenterislocatedonboardNASPensacolaat121CuddahyStreetinbuilding680SuiteD,room225E.Therewillbe signsdisplayedwhichwilldirectpeopletothelocation. NASPensacola,situatedinEscambiaCounty,employsmore than16,000militaryand7,400civilianpersonnel.Thisincludes majortenantcommands;NavalAviationSchoolsCommand,Naval AirTechnicalTrainingCenter,MarineAviationTrainingSupport Group21and23,theBlueAngelsandtheheadquartersforNaval EducationandTrainingCommand.

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tory in Focus is a photo feature designed to draw attention to the rich historical legacy of the base. A photo or photos will be published each week showing an interesting, obscure or historically significant feature of NAS Pensacola. The first person who e-mails Gosport to correctly identify the object and its location will win a $5 coupon good toward food or beverages purchased at the Navy Exchange (NEX) onboard NASP. E-mail your answer to NASPGosport@gmail.com. Winner and answer will be announced on NASP Public Affairs Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NASPPAO and in the following week’s Gosport. (Readers can win once per month). No winner last week!

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Cyberattack against DoD looms, DISA warns By Lisa Ferdinando DoD News Defense Media Activity ARLINGTON, Va. – The vast, global networks of the Defense Department are under constant attack, with the sophistication of the cyber assaults increasing, the director of Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) said Jan. 11. Army Lt. Gen. Alan R. Lynn, who is also the commander of the Joint Force Headquarters, Department of Defense Information Networks, described some of the surprises of being in his post, which he has held since 2015. Lynn spoke at a luncheon of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association’s Washington Chapter. “We do an excellent job of defending the (Department of Defense information networks), but the level of attacks that we’ve seen actually was really truly surprising and it still continues to surprise me just how robust the attacks have become,” he said.

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Washington television host Francis Rose (left) moderates a discussion with Army Lt. Gen. Alan R. Lynn (right), director of the Defense Information Systems Agency and commander of the Joint Force Headquarters, Department of Defense Information Networks, in Arlington, Va., Jan. 11. Lynn discussed cybersecurity challenges and warfighter technologies during a luncheon of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association’s Washington chapter. Photo by Lisa Ferdinando A few years ago, getting a one-gigabyte or two-gigabyte attack at the internet access point was a big deal, he said. “Now, we get 600-gig attacks on the internet access points and unique, different ways of attacking that we hadn’t thought of before,” he added.

The Department of Defense (DoD) is fortified against even larger attacks, he said. “There’s now, we would call it the ‘terabyte of death’ – there is a terabyte of death that is looming outside the door,” he said. “We’re prepared for it, so we know it’s coming. It’s just a matter of time before it hits us.”

Lynn, who retires next month, said the size of the DoD network is something else that surprised him. He described it as a “massive,” 3.2 million-person network that he has to defend or help support in some way. “There’s something happening every second of every minute globally that you can’t take your eye off of,” he said. The department needs agile systems for the warfighter to stay ahead of an adversary that is evolving and moving, he pointed out. There are challenges to finding solutions that scale to the DoD information networks, he said. A commercial solution that works for a smaller operation might not translate into something that is effective for the worldwide DoD networks, he explained. DISA, he pointed out, is a combat support agency responsible for a multitude of networks. He cited as examples the networks between the drones and the drone

pilots, or the F-35 “flying mega-computer” that needs a lot of data and intelligence, or the “big pipes” that connect various entities to missile defense. He explained how commercial mobile platforms have been modified for warfighters to accommodate secret or top secret communications. “Anywhere they are globally, if they’ve got to make a serious decision right now and it means seconds, that’s there and available to them,” he said, adding that mobile platforms are becoming “more and more capable as we go.” Wa r f ighting, w h i c h now inc l u d e s streaming drone video feeds, is happening on mobile devices, he said. While acknowledging DISA does do “a lot of cool IT stuff,” Lynn said all of the efforts support a singular focus. “At the end of the day, it’s about lethality.”

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CNO, MCPON hold Mayport all-hands call aboard USS Iwo Jima From USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) Public Affairs Office


AYPORT, Fla. (NNS) – Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John M. Richardson and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) (SG/SW/IW) Steven S. Giordano held an all-hands call onboard the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) Jan. 24. While speaking with more than 1,100 Sailors and Marines assigned to commands homeported onboard Naval Station Mayport, Richardson and Giordano answered questions on topics such as paternity leave, training and the Sailor 2025 program. They also sent their best wishes to the crews of Iwo Jima and USS New York (LPD 21) well on their upcoming deployment. “Over the past few months with your outstanding hurricane relief efforts, you have shown how the Navy can be the best partner and friend you can choose, but now you are going to get the fighting part of the ships going so people understand we are the worst possible enemy you can ever choose,”

Richardson said. “I know that you will go out there and do a tremendous amount of good and show what the terms ‘Navy Power’ and ‘Uncommon Valor’ really mean. Be safe every day and make sure that every one of you who leave come back home as well.” Richardson and Giordano also spoke about how they begin their jobs each day. “As MCPON and I meet every day, we try to figure out the right decisions to help make you a better Sailor and help you perform to the maximum of your potential,” Richardson said. Many questions from Sailors regarded future advancements in the fleet. “If you look at the numbers, you can see that quotas are

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John M. Richardson listens to a Sailor’s question during an all-hands call aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). Richardson and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Steven S. Giordano discussed Iwo Jima’s upcoming deployment and answered questions on topics including advancement, uniforms, shipboard readiness throughout the fleet and the Sailor 2025 program. Photo by MC2 Andrew Murray

continuing to go up,” Giordano said. “It’s critical that we help afford you every opportunity to continue your upward mobility.” “One of the major themes of today is that our Navy is growing,” Richardson said. “We are building more ships, we are recruiting at record rates, we don’t want people to depart the Navy. We want to help build a stronger Navy for the future and that means more opportunity for

each of you.” The highlight of the call was the discussion of replacing Navy Working Uniform (NWU) Type I blue undershirts with the NWU Type III undershirts. “This is the third time I’ve gotten this question,” Richardson said. “I think we can do away with the blue undershirts. Anybody have any use for the blue undershirt once we go to NWU Type IIIs? Anyone want to keep it? Okay, done, we’ll kill

it. We’ll go to brown in the near future.” Following the all-hands call Richardson and Giordano took time to shake hands and take personal photos with Sailors before departing the ship. For more information, visit www.navy.mil, www.facebook. com/usnavy or www.twitter. com/usnavy. For more news from USS Iwo Jima, visit www.navy.mil/local/ lhd7/.

DoD and VA release online tool to assist veterans with discharge process From Department of Defense

WASHINGTON (NNS) –The Department of Defense (DoD), through a joint initiative with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is pleased to announce the launch of a web-based tool that will provide customized guidance to veterans who desire to upgrade or change the conditions of their military discharge. “We are thrilled to have partnered with the Department of Veterans Affairs in developing this wonderful and easily-accessible tool,” said Robert Wilkie, Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. “We support our veterans, whether they served recently or long ago, and we are excited to introduce a tool that will individualize the guidance for those who desire an

upgrade or change in their military discharge,” he said. Over the years, some veterans have criticized the review process as daunting or difficult to understand. The issuance of supplemental guidance over the past few years, while helpful to many, has the side effect of creating multiple guidance documents that can be confusing to some. Furthermore, some veterans suffer from mental health or other conditions that make tasks like these more difficult for them than for others. This innovative tool simplifies and customizes the guidance. By answering a few short questions, veterans will know which board they need to go to, what form to fill out, any special guidance applicable to their case, where to send their application and some helpful tips for appealing their discharge. Any

veterans who believe their discharge was unjust, erroneous, or warrants an upgrade are encouraged to use this tool and then apply for review. This tool can be found on Vets.gov at www. vets. gov/ discharge- upgradeinstructions. The link is also available on Military OneSource (www. military one source. mil/) and each of the review board’s websites. The link has also been forwarded to a number of veterans service organizations and military service organizations in order to spread the news to as many veterans as possible. This initiative was one of many in recent years aimed at improving the review process and guidance available to veterans who believe they may have been unfairly discharged or received an unfair discharge characterization. The department issued special guidance

in 2011 for veterans discharged under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” or its predecessor policies. Also, the Department issued guidance related to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) in 2014. Most recently, in February 2016, the department redoubled its efforts to ensure veterans received the benefit of the latest guidance and statutes of limitations were liberally waived in such cases. Subsequently, in December 2016, the department launched an internal review of its policies and procedures. That review disclosed some gaps and confusion in the previous guidance. In August 2017, the department issued significant guidance clarifying how review boards will consider cases involving mental health conditions, including PTSD, TBI, sexual assault or sexual harassment.

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F-35 Pax River ITF complete STOVL testing

The Marine Corps’ F-35 variant makes a vertical landing Jan. 16 at Marine Corps Auxiliary Landing Field Bogue, N.C., during sloped surface vertical landing testing. With the sloped surface tests, the F-35 Patuxent River Integrated Test Force team wraps up testing of the F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing envelope, bringing it one step closer to initial operational test and evaluation. Through a series of vertical landing maneuvers in simulated expeditionary conditions, the team’s end goal is to expand warfighter capability for the F-35B, allowing vertical landings with relaxed sloped surface requirements. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin By Connie Hempel F-35 Lighting II Pax River ITF Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C. – The F-35 Patuxent River Integrated Test Force (ITF) team brings the U.S. Marine Corps’ F-35B one step closer to initial operational test and evaluation as they wrap up testing of the F-35B STOVL envelope with sloped surface vertical landing tests January and February at Marine Corps Auxiliary Landing Field (MCALF) Bogue, N.C. “The Marine Corps is an expeditionary force capable of deploying

on short notice to crises around the world – even to the most austere environments, and the F-35 has an exceptional expeditionary capability,” said Maj. Michael Lippert, F-35 Pax River ITF test pilot and detachment officerin-charge. “Conducting the testing at Bogue Field provides the Marine Corps with a unique opportunity to continue the test and development of the F-35 in the (short takeoff/vertical landing) mode, while simultaneously exercising components of the (Marine Air-Ground Task Force’s) Air Combat Element, specifically the Marine Wing Support Squadrons at Bogue

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and MCAS Cherry Point.” The capability inherent in a STOVL jet allows the Marine Corps to operate in harsh conditions and from remote locations where few airfields are available for conventional aircraft—from abandoned or primitive runways, to long stretches of roadways. The aircraft can also operate from sites where Marines construct their own expeditionary runway or landing pads with AM-2 matting, similar to that used during the sloped surface testing. Through a series of vertical landing maneuvers in simulated expeditionary conditions, the team’s end goal will ease current sloped surface vertical landing requirements for the F-35B. “We hope to be able to relax the landing pad certification limits in terms of maximum slope/gradients in the context of expeditionary pads—existing and future,” said Bob Nantz, F-35 Pax River ITF Performance/Environmental Technical Specialist. With Marines from the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing capturing real-time lessons learned, some of the test results will be instantaneous. However much of the data will require significant analysis before any updates can be made to the fleet, Lippert said. The Pax River ITF will analyze nearly 200 data test points to assess how well the F-35B operates on varying slopes, impacts of head and tailwinds, and the effect of aft center of gravity in conjunction with ground slopes. “These updates will eventually make it to our fleet aircraft while the capabilities of the F-35 will continue to transform the way we fight and win,” Lippert said. Since the Marine Corps declared initial operational capability for the F35B in July 2015, the service has been

continuing to mature the platform, through tests like the sloped surface testing, to further refine the operational concepts that allow the service to fully leverage the air system’s capability. The F-35B is capable of conducting close air support, offensive and defensive counter air, air interdiction, assault support escort and armed reconnaissance as part of a Marine Air Ground Task Force or in support of the Joint Force. “Not only will this test expand the expeditionary envelope for the B variant, working with the Marine Wing Support Squadrons at Bogue and MCAS Cherry Point showcases their unique skillsets and demonstrates the ability for our Marines and their equipment to precisely build expeditionary sites suitable for F-35 operations,” Lippert said. Marines from the 2nd MAW staged the Bogue testing site for the Pax River ITF team by constructing sloped landing pads with AM-2 matting, the same matting Marines use to build airfields nearly anywhere around the world. Second MAW squadrons provide aviation ground support, enabling Marine Aircraft Groups to conduct expeditionary operations. “Every opportunity that we get as a Marine Wing Support Squadron to provide aviation ground support is a highly valued opportunity,” said Gunnery Sgt. Julio Silva, Marine Wing Support Squadron 274 Expeditionary Airfield Services chief. “The information gained will not only help the JSF but will also ensure that the expeditionary airfield capability is enhanced as we welcome the Marine Corps’ newest generation of aircraft into fold.”



February 2, 2018


Pensacola local earns Wings of Gold at NAS Whiting Field By Ens. Caroline Ready NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs Offices


ailing from just 33 miles where his Wings of Gold were earned, a Pensacola local is now a naval aviator and one of the service’s newest helicopter pilots. Ens. Robert Burns Jr. earned his wings during the winging ceremony onboard Naval Air Station Whiting Field (NASWF) Jan. 26 in front of family and friends as the 34,134th aviator to be winged on the installation. Burns is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, where he earned his commission and the opportunity to train to become a naval aviator. He graduated from Pensacola High School in 2012. His father, retired Lt. Col. Robert Burns Sr. was a Marine Cobra pilot who, like his son, earned his wings of gold out of Helicopter Training Squadron 18 (HT-18). Burns Sr. later returned to NAS Whiting Field as an instructor at HT-8 for 10 years. Burns Sr. expressed how proud he is and how memorable it was to be able to wing his son. “The main thing I was thinking was, those are my old wings that I had when I got winged,” Burns Sr. said. “They are tarnished and bent from when my dad hit them and bent them, so that’s meant a lot to me, being able to pass that on to my son.” Spending most of his time in Pensacola while his father was an instructor, Burns Jr. realized that being an aviator

would be interesting and exciting. “Around the time I started applying to college is when I really started looking in to becoming a pilot,” Burns Jr. said. “When I saw my first winging, I noticed that they weren’t that much different than me, and I thought that could be me in a couple of years.” His mother Tess Burns was still in shock that her son is following in her husband’s footsteps as a helicopter pilot. “It’s beyond cool,”she said.

Ens. Robert Burns Jr. from Pensacola is winged in the Lassen auditorium onboard Naval Air Station Whiting Field (NASWF) by his father, retired Lt. Col. Robert Burns Sr., a former Marine Cobra pilot who also earned his wings onboard NAS Whiting Field. Photo by Ens. Nick Spaleny

“I told R.J. (Burns Jr.) ‘you’re going to have to pinch me later,’ because I still can’t be-

lieve you’re an aviator and doing what your dad did. When (Burns Sr.) was an instructor,

Officers, including Ens. Robert Burns Jr., present their Wings of Gold during a “Blessing of the Wings” prior to the winging ceremony Jan 26. Photo by Ens. Caroline Ready

I remember, he would come home and say ‘if I could do this for the rest of my life, this would be the coolest job,’ and when RJ wanted to become a pilot I thought, he’s going to love it.” Burns Jr. took the stage at Friday‘s winging ceremony accompanied by his parents and his two sisters. Burns’ father winged him at the center of the stage during the ceremony as a projector displayed the new aviator’s name with future helicopter platform, the CH-53E. The Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion is a heavy-lift cargo helicopter that has been in service since 1981. Burns relayed his excitement for his future in aviation. “I am looking forward to more flying, more training and serving as a pilot in the Navy,” Burns said.

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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 jarred.scolari@navy.mil. 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 jarred. scolari@navy.mil.

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.

Retired Activities Office needs help

Do you have four to six hours free a week? The Navy’s Retired Activities Office, located in the Fleet and Family Support Center, Bldg. 625, is looking for military retirees/survivors to staff its office. Duties include; casualty reporting, assisting survivors in obtaining benefits, and answering general questions concerning retirement benefits. The position requires a desire to assist your fellow retirees and survivors, and an administrative background with knowledge of computer programs such as MS Outlook, Word, etc. For more information, call 452-5622 or e-mail nasp.rao.fct@navy.mil.

Onboard NASP Spring break three-day cruise

The National Flight Academy will host three-day cruise programs during spring break. Registration for the programs are now open for fifth-12th grade students. A variety of three-day cruise programs cover subject matter areas such as aerodynamics, meteorology and physics. The three-day overnight program blends the culture and excitement of aviation and emphasizes workforce skills such as leadership, teamwork, critical thinking and effective communication. three-day cruise programs open for the following dates: • Santa Rosa and Okaloosa Counties: March 18 to March 20. Registration closes Feb. 21. • Escambia County: March 25 to March 27. Registration closes Feb. 28. The cost for the three-day cruise programs is $399 per student and $350 for groups of 12 or more. For registration information and a complete breakdown of 2018 National Flight Academy programs, please contact the registration coordinator at 308-8948 or visit www.NationalFlightAcademy.com.

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.

Marine Corps family team building

L.I.N.K.S. is offering team building classes located at 211 Farrar Road, Building 3450 in the Commanding Officer conference room. Specific class dates and times will be Feb. 10, April 28 and June 9 at 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information or to sign up for classes, contact Shanel Gainey at 452-9460 ext. 3012 or email Shanel.Gainey@usmc.mil.

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“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. 2:30 p.m. every Tuesday • Move.mil: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday • Base tour: 9 a.m. to noon the first Wednesday of every month. The next tour is scheduled for Feb. 7. • Stress Management: 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. every first and third Thursday. The next class is scheduled for Feb. 15 • Parenting Toddlers: 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., Feb. 5 to March 19 (six Mondays) • Smooth Move: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Feb. 14 • Kiddie Kraft: 10 a.m. to noon, Feb. 9 at Lighthouse Terrace, No. 1 Price Ave. • Anger Control: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30, Feb. 13 and Feb. 20 (you must attend both sessions) • Imagination Station: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. every third Thursday of the month at Blue Wahoo Stadium. The next meeting is Feb. 15 • New spouse, Newcomer orientation: 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Feb. 16 • Couples Communication: 9 a.m. to noon, Feb. 21 • Emergency Preparedness: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Feb. 23 • Music & Movement: 10 a.m. to noon, Feb. 23 at Lighthouse Terrace, No. 1 Price Ave. For information or to register for any of these classes, call 452-5990

Bridal event at NEX mall

Celebrate what your heart desires at the two-day Heart and Soul Bridal Event Feb. 9 through 10 beginning 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. inside the NEX Mall entrance. Features of the event include Firestar Diamond Fantasy Trunk Show, Bridal Makeovers, Complimentary Jewelry Cleaning and much more. For more information, call 458-8811.

Around Town Glenn Miller Orchestra live

Come hear the Glenn Miller Orchestra, one of the greatest bands of all time, today, 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-key-fl/ running/distance-running-races/5th-annual-i-pinki-can-run-2018?int=.

Childrens Mardi Gras parade

Calling all children, pets and Mardi Gras merry makers to join the Kids and Kritters Parade tomorrow, 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 www.PensacolaBeachMardiGras.com.

Free Scottish dance classes announced

It is back. Free Scottish dance classes will begin Feb. 11 and will be offered at the Dance Craft Dance Studio, 8618 Pensacola Blvd., from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Classes will continue every Sunday after Feb. 11. No partner or experience is necessary. For more information, contact Holly Sherman at 607-9200.

Local krewe anniversary celebration

The Avant Garde Mardi Gras Krewe celebrates its 35th anniversary this year with a Masquerade Ball scheduled for 6:00 p.m., today, Feb. 2 at the Pensacola Yacht Club, 1897 Cypress Street. The black tie ball theme is “Let The Good Times Roll” with Dean Kirschner, the chairman. Our reigning Queen Shawn McLaughlin along with King Leon McLaughlin will open the festivities and crown the new King and Queen for the 2018 Season. The Krewe enjoyed Aloha and Christmas Parties during the current membership year and will host a Parade Party Feb. 10 to coordinate with the Downtown Mardi Gras Parade. Membership includes active and retired members of the military and supporters of the military community. Membership dues support the functions throughout the year. Admission is free to members and $30 for guests. Reservation information may be obtained by calling Dean Kirschner before Jan. 30 at 458-7988.

Military Recognition Luncheon

The Pensacola Council of the Navy League of the United States invites the community to the annual Military Recognition Day luncheon and Margaret Flowers Civic Award Ceremony Feb. 22 at 11:30 a.m. at Skopelos at New World Landing. UWF Football Coach Pete Shinnick will be guest speaker. The event will honor distinguished service men and women who have gone above and beyond in volunteer efforts in our local community and in their commands. The event seating sells out quickly each year. Anyone interested in attending should RSVP no later than Feb. 12 by calling 436-8552 or by e-mail to navyleagueofus@bellsouth.net. Tickets are $15 each. For more details, contact the Pensacola Council Navy League office at 436-8552.

Pensacola authors to hold signings

Southwest Branch Library will be hosting two local author signings. Retired Lt. William Craig Elliott author of Mike Blackstone, NIS Special Agent: Assignment: Naples, Italy and Dot Moore, author of other books include Oracle of the Ages: Reflections on the Curious Life of Fortune Teller Mayhayley Lancaster will be holding signings and book discussions. Elliott will be signing Feb. 7 at 10 a.m. and Moore will be signing Feb. 17 at 10:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome to the signings. Discussions are open to everyone. For more information, contact Cathy Ingram at 696-9609 or e-mail Cathy99@ cox.net.

Antarctic Explorers chapter meet

The Gulf Coast Group Chapter of the Old Antarctic Explorers Association (OAEA) will meet tomorrow, Feb. 3 starting at 6 p.m. at the Rico Mexican restaurant. All members, family or interested parties who have been to Antarctica or who may have an interest in Antarctica are cordially invited. Members are strongly encouraged to attend and bring guests. For additional information, including directions on how to get there, check the Rico Mexican Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RicoMexican.

Family 5K and 10K invitation

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, Florida. The race is an out and back 10K Run and a 5K Run/Walk. There will be a free kids run after the 10K/5K races. The race registration fee is $15 with discounts for active-duty and retired military, track club members and civil service employees. DJ Cool Ice Water will provide the finish line music. Jones and Company will perform a free concert after the race. Soul Sensation will provide live music on the race route. Creative Catering by Mark Whittlesay will be serving the best post race meal. As always there will be many prizes at no additional charge to the race participants. For other race details visit the race registration website at www.raceentry.com/races/michele-hillraider-run/2018/register or contact Joe Hill, event director, at 582-2946.

Panhandle tour group for seniors

Panhandle Senior Travelers, a non-profit tour group for Seniors 50 and over, will meet Feb. 20, 1:30 p.m. at Asbury Place, 750 College Blvd. to accept membership applications, pick up travel brochures, pay deposits and pay the balance for trips. Meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month. During the meeting, members will hear details about future trips and listen to speakers on travel related topics. Annual membership fee is $14. For more information, visit www.pstravelers.org or contact Vivian Krumel Storey at 434-1757.

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 You can submit information for possible publication in Partyline by sending an e-mail to Kaitlyn@ballingerpublishing.com. Submissions must include the organization’s name and details about events including times, dates, locations and any costs involved. Contact information also is required. All submissions are subject to editing to comply with established standards. Items should be submitted at least one week in advance. The deadline is noon Friday for the next week’s publication.

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Super Bowl 52

AFC champions New England Patriots are scheduled to take on NFC champions Philadelphia Eagles to decide the NFL champion for the 2017 season at U.S. Bank Stadium • Feb. 4 • 5:30 p.m. (CST) • Tune in to NBC • For more information: Go to www.nbcsports.com/super-bowl

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Jokes & Groaners Super-bad jokes Q. Why didn’t the dog want to play football? A. It was a boxer. Q. Where do hungry football players play? A. In the Supper Bowl. Q. What’s the difference between a quarterback and a baby? A. One takes the snap, the other takes a nap. Playing possum: Why are the (insert disliked team) like a possum? Because they play dead at home and get killed on the road. Time to go: After spending all day watching football, Jimmy fell asleep in front of the TV and spent the whole night in the chair. In the morning, his wife woke him up right before work. “Get up dear,” she said, “it’s 20 to 7.” He awoke with a start and said, “In whose favor?” Q: Why are football stadiums always cool? A: Because they’re full of fans.




February 2, 2018

NAS Pensacola command’s Sailors of the Year recognized From staff reports Photos by Ens. Lewis Aldridge


t an awards ceremony held Jan. 19 in Bldg. 1504, NAS Pensacola (NASP) recognized its Sailors of the Year for 2017. AC1 Diana Guess is NASP’s Senior Sailor of the Year. Her citation notes “Professional achievement in the superior performance of her duties while serving as leading petty officer and facility watch supervisor, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, from January 2017 to December 2017. “Petty Officer Guess’s superior professionalism, commitment to excellence, and leadership abilities were instrumental to the successful completion of 55,528 mishap-free flight operations, 36 qualifications and 2,647 hours of training for 16 Sailors. Additionally, her focus on Sailor development and community relations enabled her to spearhead the second annual leadership symposium for 320 first class petty officers and

dedicate 47 off-duty hours with habitat for humanity. “Her significant, positive contributions led to her selection as Naval Air Station Pensacola 2017 Senior Sailor of the Year. Petty Officer Guess’ exceptional professionalism, personal initiative and loyal devotion to duty reflected credit upon herself and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.” BM2 Cody D. Cooper is NASP’s Sailor of the Year. According to his writeup, Cooper’s “professional achievement in the superior performance of his duties while serving as funeral honors and first lieutenant leading petty officer, Administration Department, Naval Air Pensacola, Station Florida, from January

AC1 Diana Guess Naval Air Station Pensacola’s Senior Sailor of the Year

BM2 Cody D. Cooper Naval Air Station Pensacola’s Sailor of the Year

MA2 Evan C. Willams Naval Air Station Pensacola’s Junior Sailor of the Year

AC3 Robert J. Benson Naval Air Station Pensacola’s Blue Jacket of the Year

2017 to December 2017. “Petty Officer Cooper’s professionalism and commitment to excellence resulted in the flawless rendering of military funeral honors for 296 retiree, veteran and activeduty service members. As first lieutenant leading petty officer, he was instrumental to the coordination of personnel and equipment vital to the successful completion of two naturalization ceremonies, 11 retirements and various events throughout the installation. “His significant, positive contributions led to his selection as Naval Air Station Pensacola 2017 Sailor of the Year.” Evan C. MA2 Williams is NASP’s Junior Sailor of the Year.

Williams’ accomplishments include “professional achievement in the superior performance of his duties while serving as military working dog handler, Security Department, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida from January 2017 to December 2017. “Petty Officer Williams consistently performed his duties in an exemplary and highly professional manner. As a military working dog handler, he proved vital to the execution of over 153 random anti-terrorism measures, the inspection of 83 buildings, 109 open area searches and over 600 vehicle sweeps. “Additionally, his efforts helped to ensure the safety and security of

25,000 DoD personnel and one million annual visitors. His expertise in the military working dog community was paramount liaising with the United States Secret Service during a presidential mission. His significant, positive contributions led to his selection as NAS Pensacola’s 2017 Junior Sailor of the Year.” AC3 Robert J. Benson is NASP’s Blue Jacket of the Year. Benson is cited for “professional achievement in the superior performance of his duties while serving as flight planning supervisor, NAS Pensacola, from May 2017 to December 2017. “Petty Officer Benson consistently performed

his duties in an exemplary and highly professional manner. Displaying the dedication and maturity of a more seasoned petty officer he rapidly earned his designation as flight planning supervisor. His total commitment to excellence ensured the completion of 3,476 flight plans and enabled local squadrons to meet 100 percent of their demanding mission requirements. A well rounded Sailor, he dedicated 21 off-duty hours volunteering at the humane society and ocean hour, where he removed trash and debris from Pensacola’s beaches. His significant, positive contributions led to his selection as NAS Pensacola’s 2017 Blue Jacket of the Year.”


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: tony.bradford.ctr@navy.mil.

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.



Off Duty

Grand Mardi Gras celebrations

The Krewe of Bowlegs during a previous Mardi Gras parade in downtown Pensacola. This year, the Grand Parade will be held Feb. 10 beginning at 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Some roads will be closed for the parade. Photo by Mike O’Connor

By Kaitlyn Peacock Gosport Staff Writer The annual Pensacola Grand Mardi Gras Parade will be held Feb. 10 through Pensacola’s historic downtown. The parade is a longstanding tradition of Pensacola and is attended by more than 100,000 people. To celebrate their sophomore football season and their trip to the 2017 NCAA Division II Football National Championship game, the University of West Florida Argonauts team will serve as grand marshals for the prade. As grand marshals, the team will lead the parade through downtown Pensacola. “We were all so excited to see the Argos make it all the way to the national champi-

onship game, and we can’t wait to celebrate them at the Pensacola Grand Mardi Gras Parade,” said Danny Zimmern, president of the Pensacola Mardi Gras Inc. “We are thrilled to honor the team, and invite all of the Gulf Coast to join us and show their Argos pride.” Krewes interested in marching during the parade must have their applications and registration fees received by today, Feb. 2, at the Pensacola Mardi Gras Inc. offices. This includes the motorized vehicle liability waiver on any motorized vehicles that will travel the parade route. Late applications are accepted solely at the discretion of Pensacola Mardi Gras Inc., with a $125 late fee. Additional rules apply. To down-

load an application and for a complete list of parade rules, visit www.pensacolamardigras.com. The parade lineup will start on Spring Street at 10 a.m. Feb. 10. Spring Street will close to traffic starting at 6 a.m. Other road closures are expected, including Garden Street and Palafox Street closures. The parade will begin 2 p.m and is expected to conclude by 6 p.m. Roads will be reopened after cleanup. The parade is free and open to the public. Due to limited space and road closures, attendees are encouraged to arrive early. The parade will run regardless of weather. For more information and for a full list of events and parade rules, visit www.pensacolamardigras.com.

C @ NAS Pensacola Portside Cinema a FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY TUESDAY t c h a M o v i e

“The Greatest Showman” (PG) 5 p.m.

“The Greatest Showman” (PG) Noon and 2:30 p.m.

“The Greatest Showman” (PG) Noon and 2:30 p.m.

“The Greatest Showman” (PG) 5 p.m.

“Downsizing” (R) 7:30 p.m.

“All the Money in the World” (R) 5 p.m.

“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” (PG13) 2D: 5 p.m.

“Insidious: The Last Key” (PG13) 7:30 p.m.

“Downsizing” (R) 7:40 p.m.

“Pitch Perfect 3” (PG13) 7:30 p.m. This showing is free

“Pitch Perfect 3” (PG13) 5:10 p.m.

“Ferdinand” (PG) 2D: 12:30 p.m.

“Insidious: The Last Key” (PG13) 12:30 p.m.

“Jumaji: Welcome to the Jungle” (PG13) 2D: 7:10 p.m.

“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” (PG13) 2D: 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

“All the Money in the World” (R) 3 p.m.


“Insidious: The Last Key” (PG13) 8:10 p.m.

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (PG13) 2D: 6 p.m. This showing is free

“Insidious: The Last Key” (PG13) 5 p.m.

“Insidious: The Last Key” (PG13) 5:30 p.m. “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” (PG13) 2D: 8 p.m.

WEDNESDAY “Ferdinand” (PG) 2D: 5 p.m. “All the Money in the World” (R) 7 p.m. “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (PG13) 2D: 6 p.m.

Regular shows: $4 adults, $2 children ages 6-11, free for 5 and younger 3D shows: $5 adults, $3 children ages 6-11, free for 5 and younger NASP Portisde Cinema is closed on Monday. Details: 452-3522 or www.navymwrpensacola. com

“Downsizing” (R) 7:10 p.m. “The Greatest Showman” (PG) 5:10 p.m. “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” (PG13) 2D: 7:30 p.m.

February 2, 2018

Morale, Welfare and Recreation

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-on-one 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 452Try this 9429. • Bushido Sports Judo Club: Tuesday • Seabreeze Jazz and Thursday, 6 p.m. Festival: MWR has to 7 p.m. and Sat- tickets to the 20th urday 9 a.m. to 10 annual Seabreeze a.m. at NASP Youth Jazz Festival to be Center, Bldg. 3690 hosted at the Aar(452-2417). For chil- on Bessant Park at dren ages 5 to 17. For Amphitheater more information, call Pier Park, Panama Sensei Gerome Bald- City Beach, April through 22. win at 324-3146, 457- 18 1421 or 457-1421or Tickets are availe-mail baldg6@att. able through NASP Tickets and Travel. net. • Discount tickets: Three day passes Stop by the Informa- are $173 and four tion, Tickets and Trav- day passes are el (ITT) office at the $216. For a full list NEX Mall on Highway of prices, visit NASP 98 to check out the Tickets and Travel or discounts available call 452-6354. on vacations and attractions. For more information, call 4526354. • Good reading: 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 452-4362. • Backpacking Overnight Trips: There will be an overnight backpacking trip March 9 through 11 in the Sipsey Wilderness, Ala. Go with MWR on an out-of-town backpacking adventure. All gear and transportation provided. Only $60, rain or shine. Sign up for the skills course at the Tickets and Travel office Bldg. 3787 at Corry Station. Backpacking 101 Skills Course is a prerequisite for all NAS Pensacola backpacking trips. For more information call 281-5489 or 452-6354. • Cosmic Bowling: NASP Corry Station Bowling Center is hosting weekly cosmic bowling Tuesdays 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Fridays 10 p.m. to midnight, and Saturdays 7:30 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. • Karate class: Shotokan Karate classes are $20 per month at Portside Gym, Bldg. 627, for active duty and family members ($22 for DoD). For more information call 452-7810, 452-7813 or 291-0940.

Liberty Activities 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.


FEBRUARY 2, 2018


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Gosport - February 02, 2018  

Weekly newspaper for Naval Air Station Pensacola

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Weekly newspaper for Naval Air Station Pensacola