Gosport - February 03, 2017

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Security Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield going on through Feb. 10 aboard NAS Pensacola From NASP PAO

Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Corry Station and Saufley Field is participating in Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2017 (SCCS17); a force protection exercise that will be conducted by Comm a n d e r, U.S. Fleet Forces Command and Commander, Navy Installations Command on all continental United States naval installations now through Feb. 10. This annual exercise was developed to enhance the training and readiness of Navy security personnel while establishing a learning environment to exercise functional plans and operational capabilities. Measures have been taken to minimize disruptions within the local community and to nor-

mal base operations, but there may be times when the exercise causes increased traffic. NAS Pensacola complex personnel and visitors should factor in additional time for getting through gates to conduct business on the bases. Vehicle drivers and passengers should carry proper identification with them at all times. Area residents may also see or hear security activities associated with the exercise. Advanced coordination has taken place with local law enforcement and first responders. Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield is a regularly scheduled exercise and is not being held in response to any specific threat. For more information contact NAS Pensacola Public Affairs, 452-4436, 452-4466 or 452-2552.

(Above) During an active-shooter exercise scenario carried out Feb.1 aboard NAS Pensacola, a “recently fired DoD employee” attacks the quarterdeck of Bldg. 3921 (Curry Complex), opening fire in the hallways and inflicting simulated casualties with an M4 carbine and blank ammunition. An exercise observer closely follows. (Left) NAS Pensacola Security Department personnel responded within moments, pursuing the attacker. The readiness event is part of Exercise Citadel Shield, an annual field test. Photos by ACAN Christian Klos-Dunn

NMCRS 2017 Active-Duty Fund Drive kicks off March 1 By Sue Hatfield NMCRS Communications Lead

The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) will be kicking off its annual ActiveDuty Fund Drive (ADFD) March 1. The fund drive is the main source of funds that supports the society throughout the year so that they can help assist Sailors, Marines, active-duty and retired

personnel as well as their families. Every year active-duty Sailors and Marines are asked to donate. Last year the NAS Pensacola ADFD raised $455,000, with an additional $60,000 from the Rock N’ Fly Marathon and Pen Air Golf Tournament for a total of $515,000.

According to the director of the Pensacola NMCRS office, Mark Harden, the majority of the funds raised last year were from donations of $25 per month or less. This year the society hopes to shatter last year’s total and make it the best year ever.

Think about it; replace just two energy drinks or a fancy cup of coffee each month, with a monetary donation to the NMCRS and you can help out a Sailor, Marine or their family members in their time of need. Just last year, the NAS Pensacola NMCRS office helped out a total of 1,390 clients with a total of $941,000 in interest-free loans and grants. The ADFD has two primary

purposes: to raise awareness of the programs and services available to active-duty Sailors and Marines, and to raise funds to support the programs and services offered by the NMCRS. For more than a century, (NMCRS) has provided assistance to Sailors and Marines and their families, allowing service members to overcome See NMCRS on page 2

International medical officers tour NAMI Story, photo by MC2 Michael J. Lieberknecht, NMOTC Public Affairs

Marine brigadier general onboard NAS Pensacola ... Marine Brig. Gen. Jason Q. Bohm, Commanding General, Training Command, speaks to Naval Air Station Pensaola-area Marines during a town hall meeting at the Naval Air Technical Training Center’s (NATTC) Charles A. Taylor Hangar Jan. 24. Bohm participated in site visits to Navy and Marine Corps training areas in the Florida Panhandle. NATTC photo

Military officers from Egypt, India, Bangladesh, and Jordan toured Naval Aerospace Medical Institute (NAMI) and Naval Survival Training Institute (NSTI) Jan. 23-25 as students of the Advanced Aerospace Medicine for International Medical Officers (AAMIMO) program. Since 1949, AAMIMO has enabled students to address clinical aerospace, hyperbaric, and global preventative medicine problems, perform the aeromedical and human factors aspects of aircraft mishap investigations and

An aerospace medicine survival instructor shows a tour of Advanced Aerospace Medicine for International Medical Officers (AAMIMO) students water survival training practices at Naval Aerospace Medical Institute (NAMI).

prevention, and assume higher levels of responsibility in their aerospace medicine careers during a 23-week course at the U.S. Air Force School of Aero-

space Medicine. Students arrived the morning of Jan. 23 to meet with NAMI’s officer in See NAMI on page 2

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451st FTS welcomes new commander Story, photo by Capt. Devin Vitt 479 FTG/PAO


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In a ceremony steeped in tradition, the 451st Flying Train Squadron (FTS) underwent a change of command Jan. 27. Hundreds of Air Force personnel and a myriad of local military and civilian dignitaries witnessed the passing of the command guidon from Lt. Col. Robert Johnson to Lt. Col. Jesse Lamarand in the atrium of the National Naval Aviation Museum. Col. John R. Edwards, commander of the 479 Flying Training Group (FTG), presided over the ceremony. This event officially marked the end of Johnson’s command tour and welcomed a new era of leadership for the 451 FTS Gorillas. As commander of the 451 FTS, Johnson was responsible for the advanced phase of training for all Undergraduate Combat System Officers (UCSOs) in the Air Force and was in charge of the safety and standardization of over 125 instructor CSOs, Airmen and civilians.

At the 451 FTS change of command Jan. 27, Col. John Edwards (left) presides over the ceremony, sending off Lt. Col. Robert Johnson (center) and welcoming Lt. Col. Jesse Lamarand (right).

In his final address as the 451st commander, Johnson reflected upon his friends, family and colleagues who helped him achieve success during his command. One to never focus upon his own achievements, Johnson spoke highly of his airmen. “Excellence is never an accident,” he said. “It is always the result of higher intention, sincere effort and intelligent execution. You all embodied these concepts and exceeded my expectations every day. “You all achieved a level of excellence that I didn’t believe possible, and all of this in spite of the fact that we suffered a 75 percent decrease in aircraft availability,” said Johnson. During 2016, 16 of his 21

T-1 aircraft had been grounded due to a maintenance issue but the Gorillas rallied around their commander to ensure that there was no impact to the UCSO training. Lamarand, a recent graduate from the Army’s school for Advanced Military Studies, is a B-52 Weapons Systems Officer and Weapons School graduate. He has more than 2,000 hours in four aircraft, including 16 combat sorties in the B-52. In his first address to the Gorillas, Lamarand spoke to Johnson. “Thank you for your friendship, mentorship and the world class organization you are leaving in my hands,” Lamarand said. “You have redefined what it means to be and

“NAS Pensacola: History in Focus” ... NASP History 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 (Feb. 3 photo at right). 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) aboard 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).

train CSOs, while developing the professionalism, skill and officership of your instructors.” Concluding the ceremony, Lamarand quoted President Theodore Roosevelt’s “Man in the Arena” speech. “ ‘It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena ...’ Fellow Gorillas, you are the men and women in the arena, and I look forward to joining you as your commander.” For more information on Combat System Officer training, visit www.facebook.com/479FTG.

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Photo by Ens. Jacob Kotlarski

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unexpected struggles and attain financial self-sufficiency. This assistance is both educational, through personalized budget counseling and advice, and financial, through interest-free loans and grants. NMCRS also offers a range of programs and services, including the society’s popular Budget For Baby class and layette program, its thrift stores and uniform shops, and NMCRS’ visiting nurses. Founded in 1904, the NMCRS is a private, non-profit charitable organization. It is sponsored by the Department of the Navy and operates nearly 250 offices ashore and afloat at Navy and Marine Corps bases worldwide. This year’s ADFD motto is, “By Our Own, For Our Own!” Contributions to the 2017 ADFD directly benefit your fellow Sailors, Marines, and their families. Contributions to the NMCRS are fully deductible under Section 170(b)(1)(a) of the IRS Code. The NMCRS is exempt from federal income tax under Section 501 (c)(3) of the tax code. Donations can be made at: www. nmcrs funddrive. org/ pensacola.

charge for an overview briefing. They leaned in over a large table, asked questions back and forth and listened intently to each answer about differences in how the U.S. Navy operates on various aerospace medicine practices, and a general overview of what NAMI does on a day-to-day basis. “This is a great opportunity for our international colleagues to learn about our aerospace medicine training and to share best practices,” said Lt. Cmdr. Tatana Olson, the students’ tour guide for the day. The tour officially began when the group was directed to NAMI’s hyperbaric chamber. The students got a firsthand look at how the chamber operates while watching patients inside receive wound-care treatment. Egyptian air force Col. Ayman H. Elwakel’s interest was piqued. “I enjoyed the tour,” said Elwakel, “especially in the hyperbaric medicine section.” A classroom decorated with parachutes and mannequins donning survival gear greeted the group as they took seats to have a discussion about ejection seat training. Students asked questions and interacted with training gear such as survival first-aid kits, an ejection seat for an F-35 Lightning II, and a reduced oxygen breathing device (ROBD). Instructors took time to explain in detail the purpose and logistics of how each piece of equipment worked and why it was necessary to train with during their time at NAMI. A special piece of training equipment caught the eye of Indian army Lt. Col. Saurabh Bhardwaj.

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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,

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“The brief this morning was very informative, and I enjoyed the reduced oxygen breathing device,” said Bhardwaj, “but my favorite was the dynamic ejection seat. I had never seen that before.” The tour continued on to the NSTI training pool, where students were treated to an aviation survival training course in action. The pool was split into four stations featuring various exercises. AAMIMO students strolled around the pool, stopping at each station for an explanation. Each member was given a detailed run-down of NSTI’s shallow-water egress trainer, helicopter hoist trainer, modular egress trainer, and life-raft training. AAMIMO students continued the tour of NAMI over the next two days and got to view the National Naval Aviation Museum. After their visit to NAMI and NSTI, each student should be prepared to look ahead for bigger and better things in the aerospace medicine field. “It takes about 18 months to get selected for this program,” said Dr. Jeff Lawson, academic director of International Aerospace Medicine and Training. “We already have the ‘cream of the crop’ who have proven themselves as physicians, as well as officers. When they go back home, this will prepare them for more responsibility.” For more information, visit www.navy.mil, www.facebook.com/usnavy, or www.twitter.com/usnavy. For more information on NAMI, NSTI and parent command Navy Medicine Operational Training Center, visit http://www.med.navy.mil/sites/nmotc. For more news from Navy Medicine Education and Training Command, visit http:// www. navy. mil/ local/ nmsc/.

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Film gives NASA chance to tell story of diversity Story, photo from National Aeronautics and Space Administration


he film “Hidden Figures,” based on the book by Margot Lee Shetterly, focuses on the stories of Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan, African-American women who were essential to the success of early spaceflight. Today, NASA embraces their legacy and strives to include everyone who wants to participate in its ongoing exploration. “Progress is driven by questioning our assumptions and cultural assumptions,” NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said. “Embracing diversity and inclusion is how we as a nation will take the next giant leap in exploration.” “Hidden Figures” is nominated for three Oscars including Best Picture. Here are some frequently asked questions related to the space history film: Question: Why did NASA participating in “Hidden Figures”? Answer: NASA participated under a Space Act Agreement with 20th Century Fox in activities around the

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movie “Hidden Figures” to provide historical guidance and advice during the filmmaking process. The story chronicles the life of NASA Johnson, a mathematician, and her colleagues who were human computers critical to the success of John Glenn’s Friendship 7 mission in 1962. The agency’s collaboration with the publicity campaign is a springboard for conversations about the history of and diversity at NASA, both past and present. Q: Why has NASA been hiding this story for so long? A: Like many other great stories of NASA employees, NASA has been sharing this story for years. In fact, the author of the book, Shetterly, has noted the title is “something of a misnomer.” The women at the center of the

Katherine Johnson received the Medal of Freedom in 2015.

story were not so much hidden as unseen. The first systematic work on the Langley women computers began in 1990. A successful book and major motion picture brings the story to a much larger and more diverse audience than NASA could achieve on our own. “Hidden Figures” has given us is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to tell a remarkable and important story of NASA’s past, as well as those of our progress and ambitions for the future of diversity and

inclusion at NASA. Q: Is the movie character Al Harrison based on an actual NASA employee? The Al Harrison character (played by Kevin Costner) is largely based on Robert C. Gilruth, the head of the Space Task Group at Langley Research Center and later the first director of what is now the Johnson Space Center in Houston. However, the organizational structure of the Space Task Group was much more complicated and was changing quickly during the time period when the movie takes place. For clarity in the movie, the management structure is compressed and the composite character based on Harrison was created. Q: Is the movie character Vivian Mitchell based on an actual NASA employee? A: The character Vivian Mitchell (played by Kirsten Dunst) reflects the views and attitudes of some of the white women who served in managerial roles at that time, but she does not represent an actual historical person. Q: Is the movie character Paul Stafford based on an actual NASA employee? A: The character Paul Stafford (played by Jim Par-

sons) is a composite of a number of engineers with whom Johnson worked. In her time with the Space Task Group there was considerable turnover of personnel. Much of her early work on trajectories was done with Ted Skopinski, but there was a team of engineers with whom she worked at the time, including Skopinski, John Mayer, Alton Mayo, Al Hamer and Carl Huss. Q: Did NASA actually delay the launch of John Glenn’s Friendship 7 so that Johnson could manually calculate his orbital trajectory? A: This scene takes a bit of dramatic license, but Glenn did ask for “the girl” (referring to Johnson) to manually check the calculations generated by the electronic computers that were critical to the mission. This occurred well before the launch, and calculating the output for 11 different variables to eight significant digits took her a day and a half. Her calculations matched the computer’s exactly, giving Glenn, and everyone else, the confidence that the critical computer software was reliable.

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Remembering ‘The Last Man on the Moon’ Selection, training and spaceflight: An interview with astronaut Gene Cernan from Gosport’s archives By Mike O’Connor Gosport Associate Editor


n 2007, Gosport had the privilege of meeting and interviewing former NASA astronaut retired Capt. Gene Cernan at the National Naval Aviation Museum’s annual symposium. Former Gosport reporter Larry Kachelhofer and I spent almost two hours with Cernan, who graciously answered our questions and told us, in his own well-chosen words, what is was like to work in space and fly to the moon. Cernan passed away last month (Jan. 16) at the age of 82. He was buried with full military honors in Texas State Cemetery Jan. 25. The following is excerpted from his interview with Gosport. Question: When did you do your astronaut training, become selected to actually go to the moon? Answer: First of all, to get into the program is extremely competitive. We came down to Houston in January of 1964. That’s when I really started. I was selected in October of ’63, then we came to Houston. And 14 of us (new astronauts) came in ’64. And the timing was right between the end of the Mercury program and the beginning of the Gemini program: Mercury program had ended; we hadn’t yet put a man in space in the Gemini program. And I’m walking the halls with the likes of Alan Shepard and John Glenn and Wally Schirra; some of these guys; the guys you just looked up to and idolized as American heroes, and all of a sudden, you haven’t done anything yet, and there you are. But that’s when the competition really began. Q: So, once the competition began to narrow, and your name was actually on the slate, how did you feel, sir? A: The first thing that generally happens is that you fly; you get assigned to a back-up crew. And again, there were no guarantees, but you could read some handwriting on the wall if you were assigned to a back-up crew, which prepared you to fly in every aspect; you had to be ready to fly, because we did fly back-up crews, and I happened to be in one of them. Once that flight was over, the chances of you rotating to another flight, say

three down the line, was pretty good. So, I was assigned to the back-up crew of Gemini Nine, which gave me some reasonable assurance I was going to fly Gemini 12, which was the end of the Gemini program; the last flight of the Gemini program. And there were only five of our group of 14 to fly in Gemini; our group of 14, only five of us flew in Gemini. But then our prime crew of Gemini Nine, the crew that was going to fly the mission, (were killed) in an airplane up in St. Louis, in a T-38. So, being on a back-up crew, Tom Stafford and I were moved up to fly that mission. That was only three months before the mission was to happen. So that’s what happened; we flew Gemini Nine. Our major objectives (included) going to do several different rendezvous, because that’s the thing we had to perfect for Apollo; rendezvous in space. We were going to do several different rendezvous; at night time. And the other major objective was for me to do a walk in space; an EVA. I overpowered the environmental control system in my suit; my visor got fogged up; I was out for over two-and-a-half hours day time, night time. I finally got the thing assembled and finally got in it. ... changed the oxygen from space craft to being self-sufficient with this backpack; everything was ready go and it got to the point where we cancelled that part and it’s probably good that we did, because getting in it was very difficult, because as I said, every action has a reaction. I had nothing to hold on to. They have “golden slippers” now. If you anchor your feet, you can do anything. So we cancelled that part of the flight. I was still out over two-and-half hours and, of course, one of the big problems is getting back in that little Gemini spacecraft. The hatch was about this big, with a big inflated suit. It’s like putting a champagne cork back into a champagne bottle, if you’ve every

The last man to walk on the moon – former NASA astronaut retired Navy Capt. Gene Cernan – makes an emphatic point during an interview with NAS Pensacola’s newspaper Gosport. Photo by Mike O’Connor

tried that. It doesn’t work very well. Q: What was it like in space, and being on the moon, sir? Is that explainable? A: You fly around the Earth every 90 minutes. You fly through a beautiful sunrise and sunset every revolution around the Earth. It’s truly magnificent. You fly over a city, a river, a lake, a coastline, maybe even your own hometown, who knows? I (space)walked, in my Gemini flight, in Gemini Nine, in Earth orbit; I literally walked across the entire United States, North America, in 15 minutes. You’re going 18,000 mph while all of this is going on. But when you accelerate, you fire that third stage of the booster, you accelerate to 25,000 mph in an effort to outrun the Earth’s gravity. And you get a chance to look back at the Earth, you realize you’re seeing two sunrises and sunsets every 90 minutes; you’re no longer flying over rivers and coastlines, you just see the horizon slowly curved in Earth orbit, and now you’re beginning to realize the entirety, the majestic beauty of the Earth right there filling up your window. You don’t see the Earth in Earth orbit. You have to head out somewhere, and as you head out, that Earth gets smaller and smaller and smaller, until you get to the moon, you can cover it with your thumb. And on the way out, you’re in sunlight the whole time, looking back at the Earth surrounded by the blackest black you can conceive in your mind; three-dimensional blackness. The

endlessness of space, the endlessness of time, the infinity of it. And the Earth, along with getting smaller rotates on an axis you can’t see – all of a sudden, every 12 hours, you’re looking at the other side of the world. It a very awe-inspiring, unbelievable place. The world moves with beauty and logic; purpose. (With the) multi-colors of the blues of the ocean, and the whites of the snow and the clouds, you come to the conclusion very quickly, it’s just too beautiful to have happened by accident. It’s just something uniquely special. Q: How secure did you feel, that once you got there, you were coming back? A: Oh, I wouldn’t have gone if I didn’t think I was coming back. I did not go to the moon to be a martyr. I did not go to the moon not to come back. Now, let me qualify that. We knew we were vulnerable to a whole host of unknown problems; we knew that. But we also had enough confidence in ourself, in the people that designed, developed the technology, our flying machines, in our ability to handle emergencies, and problems. And we had enough reason to believe that what we were doing was worthwhile. Oh, I realized something could happen to keep me from getting home, but I never legitimately gave it much thought. I didn’t go not to come back. Whether it’s the training, whether it’s the quality of people we’ve got as naval aviators, whether it’s the selection of people as naval aviators, the train-

ing, I don’t know what it is. But five out of six lunar landings were commanded by naval aviators. The first American in space, Alan Shepard, was a naval aviator. The first American to orbit the Earth, wore Navy wings of gold. And everyone of them landed aboard a ship at night. Five out of six lunar landings were commanded by naval aviators. Chuck Yeager doesn’t like to hear that. And all of them passed through here (NAS Pensacola) at one time or another in their life. Every one of them passed through here. So I suppose you could say the first steps any of us ever took to the moon were taken right here in Pensacola. The Navy’s been my whole life. The Navy gave me opportunities that I never dreamed of. It gave me an opportunity to realize my passion for flight, my passion to fly off aircraft carriers. I didn’t have any idea, at that point in time, when I was here in Pensacola, that I’d be sitting here talking to you about having gone to the moon. If I had, someone would have put a straight-jacket on me. Q: The next man to walk on the moon may be over in (the museum symposium) now. A: You’re exactly right. The next man to go to the moon may be in one of those white uniforms up on that stage, in this audience, or going through school here right now. And their younger brother or sister may very well be the ones that are going to take us to Mars.



February 3, 2017


NHP encourages everyone to protect their heart By Jason Bortz Public Affairs Officer, Naval Hospital Pensacola


aval Hospital Pensacola (NHP) is stressing the importance of a healthy heart by encouraging service members and their families to make healthier decisions during the month of February, heart health month. Throughout the month, NHP will provide Sailors, Marines and their families with information and tools to understand the warning signs of heart disease and ways to prevent it. “It is very important to have a healthy heart,” said Lt. Cmdr. Robert Dendall, cardiologist, NHP. “A healthy heart typically leads to a long life because heart disease is the No.1 killer in the United States.” NHP is dedicated to helping

patients partner in their health and protect their heart by ensuring they have the necessary tools and resources while providing the best care the nation can offer. Patients enrolled to a Medical Home Port Team at NHP have the benefit of having a team of health care professionals that are ready to assist them with living a healthy heart lifestyle to include physicians, nurses, nutritionists and pharmacists.

A cardiology technician at Naval Hospital Pensacola reviews an echocardiogram during a patient’s visit to NHP’s Cardiology Clinic. Photo by MC1 James Stenberg

Regular exercise can help lower the risk of heart disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in four people in the United States will die from heart disease every year. Photo by Jason Bortz

“Some of the ways to help maintain a healthy heart include following a healthy heart diet, exercising regularly and monitoring risk factors such as smoking, diabetes and high blood pressure with your doctor,” said Dendall. According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in four people in the United States will die from heart disease every year. That’s more than 610,000 deaths a year, making heart disease the No.1 killer in the United

States. February isn’t the only time to focus on your heart. NHP encourages everyone to partner in their health and protect their heart year round. Talk to your doctor about preventive care that is available to you. Established in 1826, Naval Hospital Pensacola’s mission is to provide patent centered superior quality health care to those it is privileged to serve. The command is comprised of the main hospital and 10 branch health

clinics across five states. Of its patient population (more than 150,000 active and retired Sailors, Soldiers, Marines, Airmen, guardsmen and their families), almost 58,000 are enrolled with a primary care manager and a Medical Home Port Team at one of its facilities. To find out more, visit http:// www. med. navy. mil/ sites/ pcola/ Pages/ default.aspx or download the command’s mobile app (keyword: Naval Hospital Pensacola).



February 3, 2017


HT-18 SAU changes command at NASWF Story, photo by Jamie Link NASWF Public Affairs

Helicopter Training Squadron 18 Squadron Augment Unit (HT-18 SAU) observed a change of command onboard Naval Air Station Whiting Field Jan. 20 as Cmdr. Thaddeus Smith was relieved by Cmdr. William Sparkowski as the HT-18 SAU commanding officer. Smith began his career in July 2000, when he reported to flight training and was designated an unrestricted naval aviator. He reported to Fleet Replacement, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HC-3) in San Diego and trained in the HH-46, before transferring to Helicopter Combat Support Squadron (HC-5) in Guam for his fleet tour. Smith reported to HT-18 SAU in March of 2007 as an instructor pilot and completed his active-duty serv-

ice. After 11 years of service he transferred to the selective reserves in January 2010 and continued to instruct day and night tactics with HT-18 SAU. He assumed command of HT-18 SAU in November 2014. In saying “thank you and goodbye” to HT-18 SAU, Smith shared an appreciative sentiment with the audience of family, friends and colleagues. “I am thankful and grateful for this opportunity here with HT-18 SAU at Whiting Field,” Smith said. “It was a pleasure to serve here.” The guest speaker for the event was Rear Adm. Scott Jones, deputy commander Naval Air Force Atlantic. Jones served on active duty as Naval Air Training Chief of Staff. His last assignment prior to becoming a flag officer was at Navy Region Southwest Reserve Component Command as the deputy commander.

Cmdr. Thaddeus Smith speaks at the Helicopter Training Squadron 18 Squadron Augment Unit (HT-18 SAU) change of command ceremony onboard Naval Air Station Whiting Field (NASWF) Jan. 20.

After Jones addressed the audience, Sparkowski approached the podium in the atrium and performed the reading of the orders marking the transfer of command. Sparkowski earned his

wings of gold in October 2000, received advanced training in HT-18 and completed SH-60B training with HSL-41. He reported back to HT-18 Vigilant Eagles for a shore tour as an instructor pilot. He served during his

reserve career as a day/night/NVG single pilot instrument rated helicopter air ambulance pilot based in McHenry, Ill., flying the BK-117 and EC-145. Sparkowski shared an emotional moment with his

family during his moment to speak on stage during the ceremony. “I am incredibly grateful to my family; without your support, I wouldn’t be where I am today,” Sparkowski said.

Reserve component commander passes the helm Story, photo by Ens. Brittany Stephens NASWF Public Affairs

An audience of instructors, friends, and family converged in Milton Jan. 20 to witness the change of command for the Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA) Reserve Component. The ceremony commenced with Reserve Component Commander Capt. John Mooney striding through sideboys at the NAS Whiting Field atrium, with his successor, Capt. Robert Carretta, and the presiding officer Chief of Naval Air Training, Rear Adm. Dell Bull. Shortly after the invocation, Mooney opened the ceremony with a speech thanking his family for their continued support. He also spoke of the profes-

Capt. John Mooney strides through the sideboys for the final time as Reserve Component Commander of the Chief of Naval Air Training.

sionalism he observed in his staff the last two years, despite challenges such as manning shortages and traveling great physical distances to instruct. “It takes you many planes, trains and automobiles to get to

work. But no matter what, you always performed,” said Mooney. Bull stepped up to the podium shortly after, speaking on the success of the CNATRA Reserve Component under the

leadership of Mooney. “John’s work these last two years with our selected reservists and full time support has been nothing short of remarkable,” Bull said. Mooney’s tour as RCC has left a remarkable impression on the face of the CNATRA. Reserve support opportunity almost doubled under his leadership, going from 5.9 to 9.7 percent. Mooney also drafted a plan to bring in additional reserve instructors to fill gaps left by previously unmanned Marine Corps instructor positions. The proposal was so convincing that the reserve component was granted $1.2 million in discretionary funding. Bull also expounded on the significance of the reserve component in the training of student naval, Marine and

Coast Guard aviators. Twenty percent of production has been accomplished by the reserve forces. “I can’t say enough about what our reserve forces do for CNATRA. They are the backbone of this organization. There’s just no way we’d accomplish our mission without our leadership and instruction at each squadron augmentation unit,” said Bull. After these remarks, Caretta relieved Mooney of his duties and took command of the Reserve Component, with Bull officiating the turnover. Caretta ended the ceremony by thanking his family for being such strong role models in his life. However, he kept his speech brief and on target. “Let get back to what we all really want to be doing right now: flying,” Caretta said.


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Antarctic explorers scheduled to meet

Members of the Gulf Coast Group Chapter of the Old Antarctic Explorers Association (OAEA) will meet at noon tomorrow, Feb. 4, at Rico Mexican restaurant, 830 North Navy Blvd. Social time will take place from11 a.m. to noon. No guest speaker is scheduled. All members, family, or interested parties who have been to Antarctica or who may have an interest in Antarctica are welcome. For more information, call 456-3556.

Love stories to be presented at PLT Pensacola Little Theatre (PLT), 400 S. Jefferson St., will present the annual Studio 400 production of “Short Attention Span Theatre” Feb. 3-5 and Feb. 9-12 in the M.C. Blanchard Courtroom Theatre. The production, which features five one-act plays about love, romance and relationships, is recommended for adult audiences. Evening performances start at 7:30 p.m., and the Sunday matinee begins at 3 p.m. Thursday shows are half price. Tickets may be purchased online at www. pensacolalittletheatre.com, or through the PLT Box Office. For more information, call 432-2042.

$5 a bag book sale supports library

The Friends of West Florida Public Library have scheduled a $5 bag sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow, Feb. 4, at the main library, 239 North Spring St. Shoppers will be given a brown paper bag and can choose as many books as they can fit into the bag. Each bag is $5. There is no limit on the number of bags purchased. Contributions support the library’s efforts to build community and improve literacy. For more information, go to http://mywfpl.com.

Kiwanis Club plans pancake breakfast

The Kiwanis Club of Big Lagoon has announced a pancake breakfast and baked goods sale will take place from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Feb. 4 at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church Family Center, 10650 Gulf Beach Highway. Cost for breakfast is $6 for adults and $4 for children younger than 12.

Members of ROWWA to meet Feb. 9 The Retired Officers’ Wives and Widows Association (ROWWA) will meet for brunch and a business meeting at 11:15 a.m. Feb. 9 at Skopelos at New World, 600 South Palafox St. Luncheon cost is $20. To make reservations, contact Mary Chase at 995-4466 no later than Feb. 6. For membership information, contact Molly Werner at 292-9756.

EOD Association plans Penguin Plunge

The fourth annual Penguin Plunge, presented by the Navy EOD Association, is scheduled for Feb. 4 at Eglin Beach Park on Okaloosa Island. Participants will plunge into the cool waters to help raise money for the EOD Warrior Foundation. Prizes will be awarded for best male penguin, best female penguin, best group, most patriotic (including EOD themed), funniest and crowd favorite. Registration is $40 per person until Feb. 3 and $45 day of the event. Registration includes a scarf (available on firstcome, first-serve basis), and post-event food and beverages. To register for the event, go to www.eodwarriorfoundation.org.

Students can learn about aviation jobs An aviation career information and awareness fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 7 at Ferguson Airport. The fair is meant to give 11th and 12th graders students opportunities to learn about the numerous career fields associated with aviation. However, other level students can attend. Presenters will include pilots, navigators, lawyers, doctors, military, NTSB and more. About 100 students are expected to attend. Priority will be given to students already enrolled in an aviation program. For more information, contact Steven T. Harrell, workforce education specialist, by phone at 4695309 or by e-mail at sharrell@escambia.k12.fl.us.

NEX announces Feb. 11 bridal event

The Follow Your Heart bridal event is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Navy Exchange (NEX) Pensacola Mall, 5600 Highway 98 West. You can register to pre-selected fine jewelry. Wedding petit-fours and refreshments will be served. For more information, call 458-8258.

CREDO resiliency workshop offered

A Personal Resiliency Workshop is being offered 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 14 by the Chaplains Religious Enrichment Development Operation (CREDO) Southeast. The workshop will help foster your personal holistic growth including physical, psychological,

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Event topic to be teen dating Teens and parents will get a chance to learn about healthy teen dating at an event scheduled for 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Corry Station Teen Center, 4118 Childrens Way, Bldg. 4118. Topics to be covered will include healthy relationships, consent and communication and social media and relationships. Participants will be able to asks questions and take home valuable information. For more information, contact the Fleet and Family Support Center at 452-5990. emotional and spiritual aspects. The workshop will take place at the J.B. McKamey Center classrooms, Bldg. 634. Active-duty service members (including reservists in active status) and their spouses are eligible to attend. For more information or to register, contact CREDO facilitator Tony Bradford at 452-2093 or by e-mail at tony.bradford.ctr@navy.mil.

Workshop teaches suicide prevention

SafeTALK workshops are scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at the J.B. McKamey Center classrooms, Bldg. 634. The workshop prepares helpers to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to first aid resources. The workshops feature videos that illustrate responses. Participants will be better able to: • Move beyond common tendencies to miss, dismiss or avoid talking about suicide. • Identify people who have thoughts of suicide and talk to them about suicide. • Apply the TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen, and Keep Safe) to connect to a suicidal person to a first aid intervention caregiver. For more information or to register, call the NAS Pensacola Chaplain’s office at 452-2093 or e-mail CREDO facilitator Tony Bradford at tony. bradford.ctr@navy.mil.

Suicide intervention training available An Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Workshop is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 21 and Feb. 22 at the J.B. McKamey Center, Bldg. 634, NAS Pensacola. The workshop is for anyone who wants to feel more competent in helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. It is open to active-duty, DoD and civilian employees. Advance registration required. Participation in the full two days is required. Registration deadline is Feb. 16. For more information, call 452-2093, or e-mail CREDO facilitator Tony Bradford at tony.bradford.ctr@navy.mil.

Golf tournament supports NMCRS The 17th annual Pen Air Charity Golf Tournament benefiting the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) is scheduled for March 31 at A.C. Read Golf Course aboard NAS Pensacola. Since 2000, the credit union has supported the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society by providing financial gifts totaling more than $400,000. The tournament format will be four-person scramble. To register, complete a registration form with payment and mail or drop off to: Pen Air Federal Credit Union, Attn: NMCRS Golf Tournament, 1495 East Nine Mile Road, Pensacola, FL 32514 Registration deadline is March 24. Checks should be made payable to Pen Air Federal Credit Union. For more information, contact Melissa Dandridge, public relations specialist, by phone at 5053200, ext. 7773, or by e-mail at dandme@penair.org or go to www.penair.org/home/about/communerosity/golf_tournament?.

Dates announced for Senior Follies The theme for the 20th annual Pensacola Seniors Follies will be Seniors X 20. The song-and-dance comedy review is scheduled for Feb. 10-12 at WSRE-TV Jean & Paul Amos Performance Studio. Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 10 and 2 p.m. Feb. 11 and Feb. 12. Proceeds will go to support various senior programs in the community. Tickets can be purchased at Bayview Senior Center and West Escambia Senior Center. Ticket information is available by calling 453-3016 or 417-7736.

Spring gardening classes announced The UF/IFAS Escambia County Extension will offer a series of spring gardening courses, which will be extension service faculty and Florida master gardeners. Programs will be presented from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

each Wednesday from Feb. 8 to March 15 (except for March 1) at Myrtle Grove United Methodist Church, 1030 North 57th Ave. For more information, contact J.L. Boston at jlbpens@yahoo.com or 791-8223. To learn more about UF/IFAS Escambia County Extension and its programs, go to http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/.

Free summer camp program available Camp Corral, a nonprofit advocate for military families, has announced that registration is open for its 2017 summer camps. Camp Corral provides a week of free summer camp for children of wounded, ill, injured or fallen military service members. Since its founding in 2011 by Golden Corral, Camp Corral has grown to 21 camps in 19 states and has served more than 13,500 children. Although any child ages 8 to 15 from a military family is eligible, registration priority is given to children of wounded, ill, injured or fallen military service members. For more information, go to www.camp corral.org.

Rock N Fly marathon to be March 18

The fourth annual Blue Angels Rock N Fly Hippie Tour half marathon (13.1 miles) and 5K (3.1 miles) is scheduled for March 18 aboard NAS Pensacola. Both races are scheduled to start at 8:10 a.m. at the corner of Radford Boulevard and Fred Bauer Road in front of Starbucks. Gates will open at 6 a.m. More than 2,000 runners and walkers crossed the finish line in 2016, and the event raised more than $50,000 for the two organizations it benefits, the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society and the Navy Ball. This year’s race is limited to 3,000 participants, and the theme is the Soul Train Tour. Runners are encouraged to arrive at NAS Pensacola early to ensure plenty of time to get through security. To register or volunteer, go to www.runrock nfly.com.

Community group plans gospel musical PCARA Productions will be presenting the gospel comedy, “If Walls Could Talk,” at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Feb. 18 at Pensacola High School auditorium. The show takes a look at the funny, and not so funny, secret and sinful things that people do behind closed doors. For more information, contact Leroy Williams by phone at 293-5345 or by e-mail at willroy85@ aol.com or go to www.pcaraonline.com.

Concert to feature diverse program The seven choirs of the Pensacola Children’s Chorus will present a “One World, Many Voices” concert at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Pensacola Saenger Theatre. The concert will feature a diverse program with music from different cultures, including pieces from India, Australia, Puerto Rico, and Finland, as well as several gospel, spiritual and American folk arrangements. The concert also will feature the premiere of Andrea Ramsey’s “But Flint Holds Fire,” a musical response to the ongoing water crisis in Flint, Mich. Ticket prices are $20, $25 and $30. Tickets are on sale at the Saenger Theatre Box Office and at www.ticketmaster.com. For more information, call 434-7760 or go to www.pensacolachildrenschorus.com.

Run to help homeless women veterans The first Run for HER 5K run/walk benefiting The Honor Empower Rebuild (HER) Foundation of Northwest Florida, is scheduled for 8 a.m. May 20 at Admiral Mason Park. Check in will be 6:45 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. To register, go to www.active.com. Registration is $25 until May 1, and increases to $30 on or after May 2 and $35 on day of race. The HER Foundation of Northwest Florida is a nonprofit group based in Milton that provides services for homeless women veterans. For more information, call 1(866) 944-9561, ext. 700/704, or go to www.honorher.org.

Small business workshop announced

The Florida Small Business Development Center at (FSBDC) at the University of West Florida (UWF) Government Contracting Services (GCS) is offering a “Government Contracting 101” workshop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 15 at 9999 University Parkway. Participant will learn what they need to know to enter the federal government market: the procurement process, how to register and how to sell to the federal government agencies. The workshop also will cover the requirements for certification of small, disadvantaged, women, veteran and servicedisabled veteran owned businesses. Cost is $20; pre-registration is recommended. To register, call 474-2528. For more information, go to www.sbdc.uwf.edu and click on “training opportunities.”

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CIWT recognizes Sailor, Instructors of the Quarter; See page B2 Spotlight


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AFC champions New England Patriots are scheduled to take on NFC champions Atlanta Falcons to decide the NFL champion for the 2016 season at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas • Feb. 5 • 5:30 p.m. (CST) • Tune in to FOX and FOX Deportes • For more information: Go to http://www.foxsports.com/nfl/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 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.




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CIWT recognizes Sailor and Instructors of the Quarter By MC2 Taylor L. Jackson Center for Information Warfare Training Public Affairs


enter for Information Warfare Training (CIWT) announced its Sailor of the Quarter (SoQ) and Instructors of the Quarter (IoQ) for the first quarter of the fiscal year Jan. 25. CIWT selected IT1 Dustan Rhodes, of Information Warfare Training Site (IWTS) Hawaii, as SoQ; CTIC Amanda Carter, of CIWT Detachment Fort Gordon, Ga. as Senior IoQ; CTR1 Erin Kidd, of CIWT Detachment Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, as Mid-Grade IoQ; and IT2 Marius Lack, of IWTS Groton, Conn., as Junior IoQ. “This quarter’s competition was extremely close, but our winners clearly demonstrated that they were more than deserving of this recognition,” said CMDCM Michael Bates. “I am truly proud of these Sailors and amazed with all of their hard work and dedication that that they give each and every day.” Rhodes serves as an instructor for the Key Management Infrastructure and Information Systems Security Manager courses at IWTS Hawaii. He also provided 22 afloat hours of instruction to 12 Sailors and Marines from units across the U.S. Pacific Command. In addition to his instructor duties, Rhodes also serves as his com-

mand’s mentorship program assistant coordinator, suicide prevention coordinator, public affairs officer, CPR instructor, and Navy Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL) representative. “Petty Officer Rhodes is a highly motivated and exceptional individual who routinely sets the standard to emulate and goes the extra mile on every task assigned,” said IWTS Hawaii’s site director, Lt. William Katz. “His professionalism, initiative and commitment to the growth and development of Sailors are deserving of recognition as Sailor of the Quarter.” Carter serves as an instructor for the Apprentice Cryptologic Language Program. She delivered 60 hours of Arabic language instruction to 11 first-term linguist Sailors. Her students gained the skills needed to provide interpretive support to various Department of Defense assets. Additionally, Carter serves as her command’s master training specialist coor-

dinator and language program manager. “Chief Carter is tireless in her devotion to her students,” said CWO4 Michael Lester, officer in charge of CIWT Detachment Fort Gordon. “She is a natural leader whose inspires Sailors throughout our detachment, providing a model for staff and students alike.” Kidd serves as an intelligence course supervisor for the Navy Analysis and Reporting Course. She provided 368 hours of instruction to 22 students, resulting in a 100 percent pass rate. She provided significant change recommendations during a course rewrite, ensuring her students received the most accurate information.

Kidd also serves as her command’s indoctrination coordinator. “Petty Officer Kidd represents what it means to be an i n s t r u c t o r, ” said Lt. Cmdr. Chris Allen, officer in of charge CIWT Detachment Goodfellow Air Force Base. “Her efforts have drastically improved the course material, producing the most well-prepared Sailors for the fleet.” Lack serves an information systems technician “C” School instructor for the System Administrator course at IWTS Groton. He provided 35 Sailors with 322 hours of instruction. Lack also serves as the assistant command fitness leader for IWTS Groton.

“Petty Officer Lack is one of my most junior Sailors, but he is a strong example for all instructors to follow,” said IWTS Groton’s site director, FTCS Andrew Collins. “He instills a sense of professionalism and responsibility in his students and dedicates hours after class to help those who need extra help. Petty Officer Lack proves himself time and time again to be worthy of the title of Instructor of the Quarter.” Center for Information Warfare Training delivers trained information warfare professionals to the Navy and joint services, enabling optimal performance of information warfare across the full spectrum of military operations. For more news from Center for Information Warfare Training enterprise, visit http:// www. navy. mil/ local/ cid/, http:// www. netc. navy. mil/ centers/ ciwt/ or http:// www. facebook.com/ Navy CIWT.

Emerald Coast Scuba fundraises to support area veterans ... Emerald Coast Scuba (ECS) recently presented Panhandle Warrior Partnership (PWP) with a check for $6,272, proceeds from ECS’ annual warrior benefit to help support veterans in Northwest Florida. Event activities included a free try at scuba in a heated pool, special underwater challenges for certified divers, a benefit raffle and auction, with an opportunity to win the grand prize: a weeklong cruise in the Bahamas; and freshly speared local seafood prepared by The Big Red Truck. Photo courtesy PWP



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Love is in the air as new forever stamp makes debut Story, photo from U.S. Postal Service

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service’s new Love Skywriting forever stamp image was replicated by a skywriting pilot linked to iconic aviator Charles Lindbergh during a first-dayof-issue ceremony Jan. 7 at the Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino, Calif. “The Postal Service issued its first Love stamp in 1973, and over the years, these stamps have dressed up billions of birthday greetings, wedding invitations, birth announcements, and, of course, Valentine’s Day cards and letters,” said U.S. Postal Service Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President David Williams. “From the moment they’re spotted on an envelope, these miniature works of art foretell good news. And with this particular

stamp, we can really say, once and for all, that ‘love is in the air’ — and in the mail.” This new stamp is a continuation of the U.S. Postal Service’s Love stamp series. The stamp art depicts the word “Love” written in white cursive script against a blue sky with wispy clouds

and the edges of the letters just beginning to blur. Underlining the word is a decorative swirl of smoke that emphasizes the message. A small, stylized plane, dwarfed by the giant letters, completes the end of the swirl, with smoke trailing from its tail. The skywriting demonstration was performed by Skytypers CEO and Squadron Commander Greg Stinis, who began skywriting more than 50 years ago while working for this father, Andy Stinis, who started the company in 1932, and whose plane hangs in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Skywriting had its heyday as an advertising medium from the 1920s to the 1950s. A message is created by a small airplane that emits vaporized fluid from its exhaust system to form letters in the

air. Still used occasionally for advertising slogans, skywriting today commonly broadcasts romantic – and very public – declarations of love. “I think it’s safe to say more people have walked on the moon than are professional skywriters today,” Stinis said. Stinis is proud of his family’s link to Lindbergh. “My dad was friends with Charles Lindbergh and helped him push the Spirit of St. Louis onto the runway for his historic 1927 New York to Paris solo flight,” Stinis said. Louise Fili of New York City designed the stamp, which is illustrated by Jessica Hische of San Francisco. The Love Skywriting stamp is being issued as a Forever stamp and will always be equal to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce price.

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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.

Cast members from “Chicago” strike a pose during a scene from the Tony-award winning Broadway musical. Two performances are scheduled in Pensacola. Photo from chicagothemusical.com

From Pensacola Saenger Theatre

“Chicago” is returning to the Pensacola Saenger Theatre stage for two nights. Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. today, Feb. 3, and tomorrow, Feb. 4. Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, “Chicago” is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer to transform her crime into a bar-

rage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today’s tabloids. “Chicago” is the winner of six 1997 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival. It is now the No. 1 longest-running American musical in Broadway history. The national tour is directed by David Hyslop and choreographed by David Bushman. Walter Bobbie is the director of the original New York Production and Ann Reinking was the original choreographer in the style of Bob Fosse. “Chicago” is part of the 2016-2017 Broadway in Pensacola season.

“We take pride in serving Pensacola with top-quality Broadway productions at the beautiful Saenger Theatre,” said Steve Traxler, president of Jam Theatricals, a partner in the Broadway in Pensacola series. The Broadway in Pensacola season offers two more upcoming productions: “Once” will be on stage March 1, and “Mamma Mia!” is scheduled for April 19. For additional details on performances, go to www.PensacolaSaenger.com. Tickets for “Chicago” are $88 and $63 at the Saenger Theatre Box office. You can charge by phone by calling 1 (800) 745-3000 or online at ticketmaster.com.

At the movies FRIDAY

“Hidden Figures,” PG, 5 p.m. and 7:40 p.m.; “Live by Night,” R, 5:30 p.m.; “Underworld: Blood Wars” (2D), R, 8:10 p.m.


“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” (3D), PG-13, 3 p.m.; “Assassin’s Creed” (3D), PG-13, 5:40 p.m.; “Underworld: Blood Wars” (3D), R, 8:10 p.m.; “Sing” (2D), PG, noon; “Hidden Figures,” PG, 5 p.m.; “Why Him?,” R, 7:40 p.m.


“Sing” (2D), PG, noon; “Hidden Figures,” PG, 2:30 p.m.; “Underworld: Blood Wars” (2D), R, 5 p.m.; “Live by Night,” R, 7:20 p.m.; “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” (2D), PG-13, 1 p.m.; “La La Land,” PG-13, 4 p.m.; “Fences,” PG-13, 7 p.m.


Cinema I and Cinema II will be closed Feb. 6.


“Sing” (2D), PG, 5 p.m.; “Hidden Figures,” PG, 7:10 p.m.; “Assassin’s Creed” (2D), PG-13, 5:10 p.m.; “Why Him?,” R, 7:30 p.m.

Liberty activities


“Underworld: Blood Wars” (3D), R, 5 p.m.; “La La Land,” PG-13, 5:10 p.m.; “Collateral Beauty,” PG-13, 7:30 p.m.


“Sing” (2D), PG, 5 p.m.; “Fences,” PG-13, 7:10 p.m.; “Passengers” (2D), PG-13, 5:10 p.m.; “Underworld: Blood Wars” (2D), R, 7:30 p.m.

COST Regular: $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

• Frozen Winter Wonderland: Noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 11 at Old Hospital Grounds Radford Boulevard across from Mustin Beach Club. MWR will bring in real snow for downhill sledding. There will be plenty of games and activities for children of all ages. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Admission • Travel Expo: 10 is free and event is a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 23 open to all authorat the Mustin Beach ized MWR patrons Club. MWR Informaand family memtion, Tickets and bers. For more inTravel office will host formation, call the event. Browse 452-3806. through a variety of • Twisted Tri: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. travel and recreational destinations from 9 at Radford Fitacross the Southeast. ness Center. Spin Free admission, and five miles, run one opportunities to win mile, and row 1,000 prizes. For more informeters. Top three mation, call 452-6362. times for men and women win. For more information, call 452-9845. • Hockey night: Corry Station Teen Center is hosting a Pensacola Ice Flyers night Feb. 10. Bus departs Corry Station at 6 p.m. and will return at approximately 10:30 p.m. Cost is $20 per teen and includes center-ice tickets, transportation, and hat or T-shirt. Deadline to pay is Feb 7. For more information, call 7911465. • Red Sash Dash: 2:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at Portside Fitness Center. A gym to gym heart awareness fun run to recognize February is American Heart Month. Open to all eligible MWR patrons. For more information, call 4527810 or 452-9425. • Cosmic Bowling: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and 10 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday at Corry Bowling Center. For more information, call 452-6380. • Chocolate Cake Day celebration: 10 p.m. to midnight Feb. 27 at Corry Bowling Center. A special Chocolate Cosmic Bowling night is planned. Cost is $8 per person and that includes cake. To make reservations, call 452-6380. • Marti Gras Party: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 24 at Mustin Beach Club. This event is open to all hands, 18 and older. Food, music, karaoke and beverage specials. For more information, call 452-4035. • Golf lessons: The Get Golf Ready program at A.C. Read Golf Club is a great way to swing into spring. The five-week course teaches the fundamentals of golf. Cost is $89 for active-duty/retired and family members, and $99 for civilian guests. Three sessions begin Feb. 13, Feb. 17 and March 24. Sign up early for a $10 discount. For more information, call 452-2454.

Details: 452-3522 or www.naspensacola-mwr.com

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 http://naspensacola-mwr.com.

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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. 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 the duty SARC, call the SARC cell at 554-5606.

Fleet and Family Support Center

Worship schedule Regular services 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. • Meeting: 6 p.m. Monday and 6 p.m. Thursday, J.B. McKamey Center. For 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 information, call 452-6376. 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 information, call 623-7212. More 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://templebethelof pensacola.org. Seventh-day Adventist • Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1080 North Blue Angel Parkway, Bible study, 9:30 a.m. and services at 11 a.m. Saturday. For information, call 453-3442.

The NASP Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC), 151 Ellyson Ave., Bldg. 625, is offering the following: • Where is My Money Going?: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Feb. 4. Learn how to develop a spending/budget plan. To register or for more information, call 452-5609. • What Type of Home Can You Afford?: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Feb. 8. Offers tips on how to go about buying a home. To register or for more information, call 452-5609. • Parenting Tips for Blended Families: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Feb. 10. A discussion of the challenges and joys of living in a blended family. For informa-

tion or to register, call 452-5609. • Tips to Building Self-Esteem: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 13 Low self-esteem can negatively affect every facet of your life, your relationships, your job and your health. Learn to improve your self-esteem. For more information or to register, call 4525609. • Couponing Basics: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 17. Learn how to save money and stretch your budget. During this class you will learn where to find coupons and how to use them, how to organize you coupons and how to earn money. No child care provided. For more information or to register, call 452-5990.

Community Outreach If you are interested in participating in volunteer activities, contact the NASP Community Outreach office. The office tracks volunteer hours. Report your volunteer work to get due recognition. For information, call 452-2532 or e-mail nasp_ comm_outreach@Navy.mil. Ongoing opportunites are available at Pensacola Lighthouse, Humane Society, Junior Achievement, Big Brother Big Sister, Council on Aging of West

Florida, Ronald McDonald House, Habitat For Humanity and Manna Food Pantries. Upcoming events include: • Mardi Gras parades: Feb. 24-26 in downtown Pensacola and at Pensacola Beach. Spotters needed to walk along side the floats. • Student convention: Feb. 17 and Feb. 20 at West Florida High School. Volunteers needed for event set up and take down.

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Ads placed by the Military are free To place an ad go online at www.gosportpensacola.com or call 433-1166 ext.29

MARKETPLACE Publication date every Friday except Christmas and New Years Deadline to place an ad is noon Monday, the week of the publication. Place your ad online at www.gosportpensacola. com Place your ad by phone at 850-433-1166 ext. 29 Mon - Fri 8:30am to 5:00pm

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Pensacola Lighthouse looking for part-time maintenance. Applications available at the Lighthouse. 850393-1561.

Power tools. 10 electric power tools. Standard saws, drills, dremels, etc. All work. All for $50. 497-1167

4 flight suits. 2 green suits, 36 F. 2 tan Desert Storm suits, 36 F. 850-458-2858.

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Lexus 2011 RX350. Gold SUV 67,000 M. $24,000 call. 850-393-3438.

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Leather jacket. All leather, motorcycle style or general sporting style. Beautiful leather, comfortable, size large. $15. 417-1694

MULTI-Family Yard Sale, Saturday, February 4, 7596 Templeton Road (off Fairfield Drive), beOffshore fishing. ginning at 7 a.m. Penn internationAnnouncements al 20 on 10 full Announcements roller guide rod. Buying Comics Great for wahoo, deep & Sports Cards. jigging, Check out our drop, or snapper. collectible store $125. 454-9486 at 3103 West B-Flat Michigan Ave. Selma One Call Florida C’s Clarinet. at 850-637-1989 year old. Asking $150, call 698Video Games & 1752. Systems. Playsta94 tion, Xbox, Wii, Model Gamecube & Winchester, More! Check out $750. 6 cubicft. barrow our collectible wheel store at 3103 West $10. 22” lawnMichigan Ave. mower w/large Call Florida C’s at rear wheels and bagger, $120. 850-637-1989 Aluminum scuba 2 plots in tank, $100. 944Garden of Honor 5763. ll spaces #145C 1 and 2. 1 vault, Free Single bed, frame, 1 open/close, 1 white companion gran- mattress, and box ite marker base. spring. You pick $5500.00 OBO. up on base NASP. Contact by email 850-626-4710 lil001x@msn. Articlesfor forSale Sale com Articles Brother MFC8860dn B&W laser all-in-one printer $125 in great condition. Call 850-6072294 for more information.

Ladies Navy peacoat. Mint condition. 14 regular. $75. 850-458-2858.

Bowflex Tread Climber TC20, Mat and Books included. Like new. $2200, reasonable offers Classy brass & Round considered. 850- glass. coffee table and 206-4733. Square End table. For Sale: GE 30” Both with 1/2 tempered Free Standing inch Electric Range. glass and brass Near Brush Nickle. 1.5 bases. years new. Bare- NAVHOSP. ly used. MSRP $200. 850-453$649. Asking 9291. $400 obo. 865Total Gym 221-4221. Power Platinum Like Get ready for System. Pensacon with a new. $250 OBO. Master Replicas 850-941-1273. 2005 Star Wars Darth Vader Auto Auto Lightsaber Force Pontiac FX Collectible 2007 never used in the Solstice convertbox, $200 call ible sports car. Triple black. Ex850-780-041 cellent condition. S WA R O V S K I $9,500. 850-492CRYSTAL: In- 1412. spiration AfriFord can; Elephant 1997 $250 Call 850- Crown Victoria. Good condition. 941-4961. Asking $1500. Virtually new 850-221-4399. hover-round Nissan MPV5 electric 2016 wheelchair. Less Altima/1 ownthan 10 hours er-6 mos/autom/ brown/ operation. Firm jade price $500. 850- clean/charcoal interior/Pics 380-4512. avail/backup Proform Fusion camera/tinted/ 4.0LX complete Must sell quickwork out ma- ly/$20,000. 850chine, excellent 629-8848 condition, $295. or O.B.O Charles 850-453-8499.

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For Rent 1 bedroom cottage with washer/dryer, partially furnished. $550 per month, $550 deRestored 1972 posit. Call 850mustang con- 477-6063. vertible $15,500 beautiful! Call For Sale For Sale 850-393-3438. 2001 Camaro. 3.8 liter v6. Original owner senior adult. Garage-kept and low mileage. $4500 OBO. 850934-3501, 850602-8925. 2001 Honda Rebel motorcycle. 250 CC. Only 1500mi. Windscreen, saddle bags, excellent condition. $1350. 850-456-8695. RealESTATE Estate REAL Rentals Rental

Calling flight students. Condo 3/3. Fully-furnished. $2800/ month, includes electricity cable TV, WIFI and maid service. Photos/details at: vrbo.com property#640490. Cell 850-748-0558.

3br/3ba home. With pool and 3-car garage, just 3 miles from NAS backgate! 5103 Chandelle Dr in beautiful Chandelle subdivision on over ½ acre lot. New roof, gutters, tile, hardwood floors, carpet, interior/ exterior painting, hurricane upgrade and more! Move-in ready! Call Kay Holcombe Broker @850-261-0566 Horse farm w/ lighted riding arena 4.9 acres. Renovated. 2/2 mobile home. Elberta, AL. 850455-5031. Info/ pics. $167,000.

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4br/2ba home with pool in Chandelle Lakes subdivision. New carpet $215,000. Pool needs liner. 850-207-7875. Gulf Breeze Brick Home 4/2. Fenced yard, 2-car garage, beautiful Porcelain Tile, hardwood floors, Granite counters, SS Appliances, 10ft-ceilings w/ gorgeous crown molding+more! Must see! $335,000. Gail@380-1193.

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