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Navy conducting annual force protection exercise Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield 2019 From Commander, Navy Installations Command and Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command Public Affairs

The Navy commenced its largest annual force protection exercise this week at installations throughout the United States. Exercise Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain 2019, which is scheduled to take place Feb. 4 through 15, is an annual two-week force protection and anti-terrorism exercise conducted by Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) and Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFFC) on all Navy installations in the continental United States. The exercises are designed to enhance the readiness of Navy first responders and ensure seamless interoperability among Navy commands, other services and agency partners. Citadel Shield is the field training exercise led by CNIC, and Solid Curtain is a command post exercise co-led by USFFC and CNIC. “Anti-terrorism force protection is one of my top priorities; this annual exercise builds readiness by enhancing awareness and increasing lethality across the fleet,” Adm. Christopher Grady, commander of USFFC said. “We train as a team with local authorities to rapidly iden-

tify and respond to existing and emerging threats to our Navy installations, units, Sailors, our civilian shipmates and families.” These exercises use realistic scenarios to ensure U.S. Navy security forces maintain a high level of readiness to respond to changing and dynamic threats. The exercise is not in response to any specific threat. “Our Navy installations are key enablers that directly support warfighting capabilities and readiness,” Tim Alexander, director of operations for CNIC said. “Exercises such as Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain allow our regions, bases and tenant commands to hone our force protection skills.” Measures have been taken to minimize disruptions within local communities and to normal base operations, but there may be times when the exercise causes increased traffic around bases or delays in base access. 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. Get more information about the Navy from U.S. Navy Facebook or Twitter. For more news from Commander, Navy Installations Command, visit www.navy.mil/ local/cni.

Onboard NAS Pensacola, base fire and security forces conducted a Citadel Shield active-shooter and mass casualty exercise Feb. 5 in Bldg. 680, Personnel Support Detachment (PSD). (Above, top) Police Officer Samuel Watkins enters Bldg. 680; “OPFOR No.1” AMCS Pasquale Moreland is down, base Anti-Terrorism Officer MA1 Michael Deane looks on. (Below, left) Police Officer Sophia Barnes leads away OPFOR No.2 MA2 James Wilson, followed by Watkins. (Below, right) MA3 Justine Heile helps “wounded” AN Joseph Griffin to safety. Photos by Kaitlyn Peacock and Mike O’Connor

VITA tax center is open at NAS Pensacola From staff reports

The 2019 tax season is now under way and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is available to help eligible Navy personnel, dependents and retirees. Onboard NAS Pensacola: • Feb. 4 through April 12

• Hours are noon to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday • Location: Mega-building (Bldg. 3460), Learning Resource Center, Rm. 2248 VITA is a free selfservice program available to active-duty and retired service members and their de-

pendents. Run by the Internal Revenue Service, VITA is available to Sailors and other customers through Naval Legal Service Command. You should bring the following items: • Valid identification for taxpayer(s)

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Fleet rating experts sought; critical to advancement exams By Patti Gibson Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center (NETPDC) Public Affairs

Active-duty Navy chief petty officers (CPO) interested in shaping the future of their rating are needed to serve as Subject Matter Experts (SME) for upcoming Advancement Examination Readiness Review (AERR) panels. NAVADMIN 025/19, released Jan. 31, announced the AERR schedule for April to June 2019. Selected AERR panel members will work as fleet SMEs for their respective rating to develop future E-4 to E-7 rating

advancement exams. Navy CPOs (E-7 to E-9) on active duty, Full Time Support (FTS) and Reservists on Active Duty for Special Work (ADSW) are encouraged to take part in the process by reaching out to their respective Type Commander (TYCOM) for application information. “Fleet rating experts bring critical knowledge and experience to the AERRs, as that’s what ensures relevance in our exams by identifying Sailors with the rating knowledge needed for advancement,” Naval Education and Training See AERR on page 2

• Social Security Numbers (including spouse and children) • Income data (W-2s) • All end-year tax documents (1099s) • Student loan payment information • Receipts for child care payment • Receipts for educational expenses Hours are subject to increase with tax season demands.

CBRNE exercise ... Members of the Kentucky National Guard 41st Civil Support Team (CST) sweep a building for a simulated biological threat onboard NAS Pensacola Jan. 29 during a two-day training exercise held in conjunction with Fire & Emergency Services Gulf Coast, NAS Pensacola Security, Escambia County Emergency Medical Services and other agencies. NASP PAO photo

Blue Angels release 2019 practice schedule ... Blue Angels 2019 Practice Schedule (from https://www.facebook. com/notes/us-navy-blue-angels/blue-angels2019-practice-schedule/2536068549754801) Practices will be at 11:30 a.m. unless noted. • March 27 (Orientation flight only; not an actual flight demonstration) • April 2, 3*, 9, 10*, 16, 17*, 18, 19, 23, 24*, 30 • May 1*, 7, 14, 15*, 28, 29* • June 4, 5*, 11, 12, 18, 19*, 20, 21, 25, 26* • July 2, 3, 16 • Aug. 7*, 8, 9, 13, 14, 20 • Sept. 4*, 10, 11*, 12, 13, 17 • Oct. 16*, 22, 23*, 29, 30* • Nov. 5, 6, 7 (2:30 p.m. practices for end of season week) Dates marked with (*) are autograph days at the National Naval Aviation Museum. Practices may be cancelled at any time due to weather or operational commitments.

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The time is now to apply for Federal Student Aid From Carissa Bergosh NASP School Liaison Officer

Military parents all over the world who have high school seniors planning to enroll in a college or university this fall are getting ready to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – if they haven’t already done so. What’s the rush? Many schools award aid on a firstcome, first-served basis. Students may not be eligible for state aid if the FAFSA is not submitted and processed before the state deadline. Many state aid deadlines are early in the calendar year. Florida’s deadline is in May. All state deadlines are printed on the right side of the FAFSA application. While students are respon-

sible for filling out the FAFSA, parents must also provide financial information if the student is their dependent. The form requires the previous year’s tax return and other tax information for the student and parents. Military OneSource can help with tax preparation. Parents can call 1 (800) 3429647 or contact them online at www.MilitaryOneSource.com . Once the FAFSA is received and processed, a Student Aid Report (SAR) will be provided. It will list all of the answers which were provided on the FAFSA. This allows changes to be made which may be necessary if the form was submitted before a tax return was completed. The SAR will also contain the family’s Estimated Family Contribution (EFC).

The EFC is not the amount of money the family will have to pay for college nor is it the amount of federal student aid to be received. It is a number used by the college to calculate the amount of federal aid a student is eligible to receive. Once the schools listed on the FAFSA receive this information, they will use the EFC to determine the amount of the federal grant, loan, or workstudy award the student is eligible for based on the school’s cost of attendance. The student will receive a financial aid award letter from each school explaining the aid the school is offering. While the FAFSA is not a difficult form to complete, sometimes families have unusual circumstances which make fill-

ing out the form more complicated. Military OneSource has an article entitled “Tips for Filling Out the FAFSA” available at www.MilitaryOneSource. com. Parents can also call the toll free number (1 (800) 3429647) to speak with one of the education consultants for personalized help with selecting the right college, completing college applications, and researching scholarships and financial aid. It is preferable to apply for federal aid online at www.fafsa. ed.gov. PLEASE NOTE: This is not a “.com” website. If you go to a “.com” site, you will probably be asked to pay to submit the FAFSA. Remember, the first F in “FAFSA: stands for “free” – so make sure you use the official government site

to submit the application. There will be a Financial Aid Day at Pensacola State College for those students choosing PSC on: • When: Feb. 10, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. • Where: Pensacola State College, 1000 College Blvd., Bldg. 5, Student Center Get free expert help on: • Financial aid/how to pay for your education. • Admission to PSC • Advising • Registration Information Carissa Bergosh is the School Liaison Officer for NAS Pensacola. If you have questions about this article or concerns about an educational issue impacting your child, she can be reached via e-mail at Carissa. bergosh@navy.mil or by phone at 712-4105.

Blue Angels soar through aviation maintenance inspection By MC2 Christopher Gordon Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron Public Affairs

EL CENTRO, Calif. (NNS) – The Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, passed their 2019 Aviation Maintenance Inspection (AMI) conducted Jan. 29 to Feb. 1. The AMI is an inspection conducted every two years for each squadron in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps to evaluate the effectiveness of the squadron’s maintenance program practices and adherence to Naval Aviation Maintenance Program standards. Commander, Naval Air Forces Aviation Maintenance Management Team 1 evaluated the Blue Angels on a total of 37 programs and found no critical discrepancies. After four days of inspections and contingency response drills, the maintenance and support team’s preparation and attention to detail earned the squadron a score of 85.55 percent, more than five percent higher than the fleet average. “Our success is truly a testament to our commitment to excellence in everything we do,” Capt. Eric Doyle, Blue Angels commanding officer and flight leader said. “Our Sailors and Marines have taken everything

they’ve learned in the fleet, expanded upon that, and applied it to our unique mission. Crushing this inspection re-affirms the Navy’s commitment to safe and reliable air operations.” During the inspection, individual programs are graded based on their efficiency and effectiveness, and are given a score of “General,” “Significant Admin,” “Major” or “Critical.” The squadron had no “Critical” hits out of the 37 programs inspected. “The Blue Angel maintenance department score matches its reputation as being the premier flying unit in the Navy,” AFCM Edgar Delacerta, the Aviation Maintenance Management Team’s maintenance master chief said. “On top of having zero critical hits, all of the practical evaluations and drills were flawless.” The Blue Angels maintenance and support team will continue to self-evaluate and critique their performance to ensure a successful 2019 air show season. “Although the inspection is over that doesn’t mean we can relax our standards,” Lt. Garrett Hopkins, the Blue Angels’ maintenance officer said. “We maintain

the highest standards in our maintenance practices year-round, this allows us to execute our mission in a safe and effective manner utilizing the oldest aircraft in the fleet.” Under the new AMI grading process, which began at the beginning of 2019, the maximum score possible for an inspection is still 100 points. Points are deducted for each discrepancy determined to be critical, major, significant administrative, and general. Points will also be deducted for each unsatisfactory drill or practical exam. The Blue Angels are scheduled to perform 61 flight demonstrations at 32 locations across the United States and Canada. For more information about the Blue Angels, including the 2019 air show schedule, visit www. blueangels.navy.mil. For more information about the U.S. Navy, visit www.navy.mil and the U.S. Marine Corps at www. usmc.mil. For more news from Navy Blue Angels, visit www. navy.mil/local/blueangels.

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NAS Whiting Field opens Site X... Naval Air Station Whiting Field (NASWF) Commanding Officer Capt. Paul Bowdich, and Training Air Wing Five Commodore Marine Col. Dave Morris cut the ribbon to the Navy’s newest outlying landing field, Site X, and fire house in a commemorative event Jan. 30. Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar, Commander, Navy Region Southeast (second from left) and Jim Omans, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Energy, Installations and Environment, watch as the cut signifies the opening of the field for operations. Photo by Susan Bird, Naval Facilities Southeast associate counsel For story, see page A6

Vol. 83, No. 5 February 8, 2019 Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla.: A Bicentennial Defense Community Commanding Officer – Capt. Christopher T. Martin

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 biplane 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 one of the

Navy’s most modern fighter aircraft, the F/A18 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, 314 North Spring St., Suite A, Pensacola, Fla. 32501, in the interest of military and ci-

Professional Development Center (NETPDC) Command Master Chief Gregory Prichard said. “The Navy has a lot of confidence in enlisted exams due to the handson involvement by the chiefs’ mess. AERRs are considered a career highlight because of the direct impact this work has on each rating.” AERRs vary in length between one-to-two weeks and exam readiness reviews are held throughout the year, with each specific rating being reviewed on an annual basis. The reviews are held at NETPDC at Saufley Field in Pensacola. AERR participants receive Temporary Duty Travel (TDY) orders from their parent command, funded by NETPDC. To view the annual AERR schedule, locate a specific rating recruitment and selection point of contact (POC), log into MyNavy Portal my.navy.mil, and search under Professional Resources/Navy Advancement Center/AERR. TYCOM POCs are listed and specific AERR eligibility requirements are provided on the page. NAVADMIN 025/19 provides additional information and a listing of upcoming rating conferences scheduled for the next six months. Additional quarterly AERR schedule NAVADMINs will be released this year for eligible Sailors to participate in the review process. NETPDC’s mission is to provide products and services that enable and enhance education, training, career development, and personnel advancement throughout the Navy. Primary elements of the command include the Voluntary Education (VOLED) Department, the Navy Advancement Center (NAC) and the Resources Management Department. For more information about the Navy Advancement Center and the Navy Enlisted Advancement System, visit https://www.facebook.com/Navy-Advancement-Center-213190711299. For more information on NETPDC, visit https://www.netc.navy.mil/netc/netpdc/ Default.htm. Get more information about the Navy from U.S. Navy Facebook or Twitter. For more news from Chief of Naval Personnel, visit www.navy.mil/local/cnp.

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Navy inspires future generations through STEM outreach program Story, photo by Katherine Mapp Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division PANAMA CITY BEACH, Florida – Civil service and military personnel from Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) and Navy Experimental Diving Unit devoted their time to students at Girls Inc. Jan. 30 to demonstrate a variety of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) positions held at the local Navy base. Approximately 45 students, ranging from elementary to middle school age, divided into groups and experienced hands-on displays and activities mentored by scientists and engineers from various STEM disciplines. According to Paige George, NSWC PCD STEM outreach programs manager, interacting with students beginning at the elementary and middle school level is critical. George said as the need for STEM graduates increases every year, the students enrolling in STEM related major’s decreases. “We need qualified scientists and engineers to fulfill the mission of supporting the warfighter of the future. It is up to us to get young people excited about STEM at an early age to set them on a path of earning a degree in STEM,” George said. “Events such as this give young people the opportunity to meet professionals in the various fields of

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Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division Engineer Eric Pierce (right) demonstrates a three-dimensional face and head scanning technology to students during a Girls Inc. science, technology, engineering and mathematics outreach event Jan. 30.

the Department of Defense (DoD) so they can see the exciting work that awaits them if they decide to pursue a STEM education.” NSWC PCD Mechanical Engineer Allie Williams, who presented diving and life support demonstrations, said her goal is to motivate and inspire students to pursue any career they desire. “It is important to encourage any young girl or boy that they can grow up to do anything they want, and there is no limit on what they can achieve. I think some girls feel more intimidated or at a disadvantage when interested in

a STEM field, and I’d like to change that perception,” Williams said. “I’d never want anyone to feel like some things aren’t possible for them. There is always a way.” Myranda Chapman, NSWC PCD scientist, felt compelled to serve at this event to demonstrate the importance of math. “Math is often a subject that is negatively viewed. Showing that there are fun, important, and relatable ways to use math is a great positive influence on the student’s perspectives, especially the younger girls,” Chapman

said. “These girls are still developing perceptions on how they feel about learning subjects in general, so this is the perfect opportunity to show them that math can be both enjoyable and beneficial. It is my hope that after this event, I will have opened at least one student’s mind to the fun of math.” Chapman designed a princess versus villains wargame exercise for the event to show students training techniques Fleet users implement through their decision making process, as well as understanding the significance of the Fleet receiving this training. Nicole Waters, NSWC PCD engineer and test director presented the STEM aspect of test and evaluation, while showcasing a remotely operated vehicle. Waters believes STEM events are important to become involved in to make a great impact for future generations. “As a female engineer, I feel it is my duty to get more girls interested in the areas of STEM. Many children may come from different backgrounds and think college may be out of the picture for them. I come from a similar background and want to show them anything is possible,” Waters said. “We need to reach out into our community and empower students to get involved in STEM. As DoD employees, these students are the future of our command and we want to ensure the best and brightest help protect our Navy for generations to come.”

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I Will Defend: The Michael Monsoor Story By Elizabeth M. Collins Defense Media Activity

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peration Kentucky Jumper was supposed to be their last mission. It was a clearance and isolation operation. It had been a long, hard deployment to Ramadi, Iraq – six months of near-daily firefights as they worked with the U.S. Army and Marine Corps to retake the city, street by street, from al-Qaida insurgents. The men of SEAL Team 3, Delta Platoon were exhausted, but they were days from going home, so close they could almost smell the salty San Diego air. In fact, Operation Kentucky Jumper, in late September 2006, was volunteer, as much of the detachment was needed to pack up gear. One of the first men to raise his hand was MA2 Michael Monsoor, the platoon’s heavy machine gunner. He was also responsible for communications, so he played two key roles on the mission, according to CWO3 Benjamin Oleson. Together with two other SEALs, the men hunkered down on a rooftop, taking up an overwatch position in the overnight hours of Sept. 29. None of them realized that their lives were about to change forever. Before sunset, three would be wounded and Monsoor would be gone forever, taken in a blaze of valor so stunning that he would not only receive the Medal of Honor but would also be immortalized by the Navy he so loved. USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001), a Zumwalt-class destroyer, commissioned in California Jan. 26. “Monsoor is an incredible honor that the Navy has bestowed upon him and his family,” Oleson said. “I went out to the christening event, and I was completely blown away (by) the sheer size of what this ship represents. I think if Mikey saw the ship, he’d be like, ‘That’s too much. That’s not for me. I’m just laid back.’ But I think it’s truly an honor that the Navy did this, especially the type of destroyer that it is ... (with) its cuttingedge, advanced technology. I think, with Mikey in the platoon, always at the front, leading the way, the way the ship is designed, it’s going to be leading the way in the future.” It was actually Monsoor’s first deployment, but you would never know it, his teammates said. He treated even the most junior personnel with respect, and was kind to Iraqi children. He was laser-focused, so squared away that leaders moved his position in the squad to the front, where his heavy machine gun could protect their point man and where he could immediately re-

spond to the near-daily enemy attacks. “As soon as that contact would start,” Oleson said, “you would just hear that 48 rock off and you knew it was going to be OK.” That happened a lot throughout the deployment. Delta Platoon was based at Camp Corregidor, in eastern Ramadi. There, the SEALs lived in a squalid, dilapidated shack they built up and nicknamed “Full Metal Jacket.” Off duty, they worked out and joked, talked about home. A devout Catholic, Monsoor also visited the chapel whenever he could. On duty, the SEALs supported the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division in the brutal fight to win back the city. “We basically tried squeezing off Ramadi from all sides,” Oleson said. “That tactic wasn’t working. So what could we do next? We came up with the idea of building these ... combat posts within the city limits.” With some help from the Army Corps of Engineers, the SEALs were able to methodically push further into the city to secure it. Through it all, the SEALs relied on the quiet, steadying presence of Monsoor. He was already up for the Silver Star. During a firefight the previous May, he had fought his way through enemy fire to reach a wounded SEAL, and then dragged him to safety. “As a SEAL, one of the greatest accolades you can have is being known as reliable,” Monsoor’s team leader, retired Lt. Cmdr. Michael Sarraille said. “Reputation in the SEAL teams is everything. It starts day one of Basic Underwater Demolition School. Especially if you’re a quiet guy who just performs, your reputation skyrockets, and Mikey was that guy. He was dependable, especially in a firefight in the streets of Ramadi. ... When Mikey was to your side, you felt safe.” During Operation Kentucky Jumper it was no different. Together with eight Iraqi scouts, the four-man SEAL team

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infiltrated enemy-held territory in the Mulaab district of Ramadi under the cover of darkness. “We had operated in the area before,” Sarraille recalled. “We knew it, and we had chosen a prominent building that would give us a marked advantage over the enemy, high up, high over the positions on the street. When the morning hours hit and the sunlight came up, we almost immediately came under contact and eliminated a few fighters. ... There were intermittent attacks throughout the day.” At the same time, Iraqi civilians blocked off the streets near the Americans’ position, at once isolating them and slowing down any potential reinforcements, even as a local mosque issued a call-to-arms for insurgents. Sarraille repositioned Monsoor’s heavy machine gun, facing him toward the direction from which most of the attacks were coming. “All of a sudden,” Sarraille remembered, “a grenade came over the lip of the wall, barely cleared the wall and hit Mikey right in the chest. ... It fell to the ground. I was to his right three feet, seated, and Doug Wallace was to his left three feet, also seated on the ground. “Of the three of us, Mikey probably had the greatest chance of survival. All he had to do was turn the other direction, jump and he would have lived. ... But due to Mikey’s character and his quick train of thought, he knew that if he chose self-preservation, which is sometimes needed on the battlefield, Doug and I would most likely perish, and he was right.” Instead, Monsoor dove onto the grenade, and Sarraille and Wallace were wounded. Sarraille ended up with about 30 shrapnel wounds. “All I felt was pain. I quickly looked back toward Mikey’s di-

rection. His head was facing my direction. His eyes were open. I yelled, ‘Mikey! Mikey! Mikey!’ and there was nothing. He was just lifeless, and my heart sunk. “And then it just got worse from there.” The team came under automatic weapons fire. The radio had been destroyed. Most of the Iraqi soldiers ran off. The only man capable of responding was Oleson. “Being behind Mikey,” Oleson said, “what I remember hearing was, ‘Grenade!’ and the next thing I knew was the explosion. I got knocked out for a few seconds, and when I came to, I had three of my very close friends ... wounded, and quickly tried to assess the situation. ... What was kind of going through my mind was, ‘I’m in a really terrible location.’ I took small fragments to my calves, but I’m the most maneuverable, operable out of all four of us that were there.” He pulled Monsoor to the center of the rooftop and began treating him. Sarraille managed to low crawl to a terrified Iraqi and appropriated his outdated radio. He eventually reached another SEAL. Help arrived in minutes, although it felt like hours because their rescuers had to fight through enemy forces on the ground to get there. “They threw myself, Mikey and Doug into the Bradley (fighting vehicle) and then we took off for an aid station,” said Sarraille. “Again, it seemed like ages. It probably took about 20, 25 minutes. ... All I remember is another SEAL ... doing chest compressions on Mikey to keep him alive. He was declared deceased when we got to that aid station.” It was a sobering, heart-breaking moment, and the beginning of a new mission for his survivors. “We’re all trying to live in Mikey’s memory to the best of

our ability,” Sarraille said. Monsoor is the first thing he thinks of in the morning, and the last before he falls asleep at night. He even named his son after his fallen brother. “That’s our job now ... When Mikey saved me and Doug, the only thing you can do is look in the mirror and do a brutal, honest self-assessment,” he said. And on every mission after, he said, he “would always, in the back of my head, say, ‘God help me if there is something I fail to do that didn’t bring home one of my guys.’ I was adamant about never losing another man in combat. Unfortunately, that’s just not the way it works.” “I miss him,” Oleson added. “Part of me wishes he wouldn’t have (done it) because he was a great friend. But ... I am very thankful because I am here today. ... By him going down on that grenade, I now have a family. I have three kids, and I owe that all to Mikey.” Monsoor posthumously received the Medal of Honor for “undaunted courage” in April 2008. His legacy of honor, of sacrifice, of protecting the innocent will live on in the ship that bears his name, just like he lived up to his own namesake, the Archangel Michael, patron saint of warriors, the saint on whose feast day, Sept. 29, he gave his life so that others could live. Monsoor himself was a saint, Sarraille believes, certainly the finest man he has ever known. “Represent Mikey and represent Mikey well,” he advised the Sailors of USS Michael Monsoor. “He’d be proud to know that the ship is his namesake. ... The ship will represent Mikey and it will be a message to the world that no matter what, no matter the cost, we will act. We will fight back evil; we will eradicate it from this earth, no matter the cost.”

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Sailor 2025: Virtual board pilot conducted, results encouraging By PO2 Matthew Riggs Navy Personnel Command MILLINGTON, Tenn. – As part of Sailor 2025 personnel modernization and transformation efforts, a recent nuclear limited duty officer (LDO) board was conducted virtually, Navy leaders said Jan 31. “The virtual board is an important improvement in the delivery of a modern, streamlined selection process for current and future naval leaders,” Rear Adm. Rick Cheeseman, assistant commander, Navy Personnel Command for Career Management, said. Charged by the chief of naval personnel to test the feasibility of conducting a virtual board, the NPC Submarine/ Nuclear Officer Career Management Division (PERS-42) decided in July that the Fiscal Year 2020 Nuclear LDO In-Service Procurement Board conducted in November would be its target board for their test. The team spent that time developing solutions and creating procedures for the virtual board. This consisted of creating methods for existing software systems to work together, and creating redundancies and fail safes for each step of the process. Prior to the LDO board, five mock boards were conducted to assess their system. “We wanted to get our virtual board as close as possible to the real thing,” Cmdr. Carlos Martinez, head nuclear submarine executive officer detailer said. “We provided each board member a redacted copy of the Sailors’ records they would be reviewing as well as a mark-up tool we developed based on (slide presentation) software.” The team effort required the use of a variety of tools including the Defense

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Collaborative Services (DCS), secure file sharing services, encrypted e-mail, as well as the software solutions created in-house by the PERS-42 staff. “Protecting (Personally Identifiable Information) was a major concern in this process,” Capt. Andrew Miller, deputy director, PERS-42, said. “In addition to the secure file sharing, we redacted names and other PII from the records and password protected each file. After the board members received their files, they were provided the passwords only for those records they would be reviewing.” “The process was a little slower,” Miller said. “It was slower than our mock boards – one member had technical issues that slowed things down considerably; however, in the end we proved that the process is achievable.” Although the PERS-42 team encountered some technical issues – for which

they had backup processes in place – the entire board was conducted in a combined time of about 18 hours. In comparison, a conventional board entails a day of travel on the front and back end as well as the time it takes for the board itself. By conducting the board virtually, they also saved travel expenses for the nine board members. “The financial savings is a good selling point,” Miller said, “but by conducting a board virtually, that’s one less board competing for physical space in the board spaces.” Lessons learned from the pilot board reinforced many of the notions the team had going into the planning process. Currently, there are many challenges with using disparate systems, Miller said. “We have a civilian information technology professional in our office – Walter Mathis – without whom none of this

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would have been possible,” Martinez said. “He’s the one who developed the software solutions, he wrote the code, created the markup tool, integrated the voting tool within DCS with other software systems, and more.” A major takeaway, Miller said, is that to make virtual boards a permanent reality, a dedicated software suite would need to be created and operators trained. “If we’re going to be serious about making this process a reality, we’re going to have to provide some resources to do it right,” Miller said. “We had full autonomy to make this happen. We would not have been able to get this done without it. Especially not in the timeframe within which we had to work.” The PERS-42 team has debriefed the pilot board results and recommendations and has begun preparing for their next board. “Every time you do this you learn something new,” Miller said. “We are looking at what can be done better. This time we tried to make the board as close to as possible to the ones conducted here physically, but with the virtual boards there may be better ways to conduct it. We’re looking for opportunities in the processes.” Another virtual board is planned in the spring by PERS-42. “Conducting boards virtually is just one of the many things we’re working on in this transformation effort, but it’s something that makes a lot of sense and will, in the long term, save everyone time and money. Our PERS-42 team has made great strides in making this a reality, and we’re looking forward to future virtual board pilots,” Cheeseman added.

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Navy’s newest outlying landing field open for training operations From Julie Ziegenhorn NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs

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ollowing a historic land exchange agreement between the U.S. Navy and Escambia County, the Navy’s newest outlying landing field opened for helicopter training operations Jan. 30 after years of collaboration and hard work. To commemorate the completion of the field and the exchange of property, NAS Whiting Field (NASWF) held a ribbon cutting with representatives from the Navy, Escambia and Santa Rosa counties on Wednesday. Escambia County handed over the keys to Navy Outlying Landing Field (NOLF) Site X in Santa Rosa County, thus opening the site for operations. The Navy ceased operations Jan. 29 at NOLF Site 8 in Escambia County after nearly eight decades of training aviators at the site. “This has been a great journey with all the collaboration that has gone on between the different stakeholders and the community. It’s great to literally watch this (effort) come in for a landing now and come to fruition,” Matt Coughlin, assistant county administrator of Escambia County said. Following initial discussions and coordination between the two parties a number of years ago, the president signed the National Defense Authorization Act in 2015 that authorized the land exchange. In 2016, the land exchange agreement was formalized with the intention to transfer the property at Site 8 to the county, in exchange for a suitable landing field to replace Site 8. Construction began in

2016, with Naval Facilities Southeast Region in Jacksonville, Navy Installations Command and Whiting Field coordinating with Escambia County project managers to ensure requirements for the training mission at NAS Whiting Field were met. “We’re very excited that this unique land exchange project has come to fruition,” NASWF Commanding Officer Capt. Paul Bowdich said. “The tremendous partnership we enjoy with Escambia County, Santa Rosa County and all the hard work from our NAVFAC Southeast partners, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy Jim Balocki, Navy Region Southeast partners and our team here at Whiting Field have resulted in a fantastic new outlying landing field that will help Training Air Wing Five here continue to train the world’s finest aviators.” During the ribbon-cutting event, Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar, Commander, Navy Region Southeast, called the land exchange a “landmark event” that showcases the achievements possible when “our military installations and our communities work hand-in-hand.” “Never before has a fully functional and vital military airfield been exchanged for a newly constructed airfield that meets the same capabilities and training require-

Capt. Paul Bowdich, commanding officer of Naval Air Station Whiting Field (NASWF), and Cmdr. Jessica Parker, commanding officer of Helicopter Training Squadron (HT) 8, hover over the Navy’s newest outlying landing field before participating in a ribbon cutting ceremony commemorating the opening of the field for training operations. Photo by Lt.j.g. Ashley Koenig

ments,” Bolivar said. “This is a monumental achievement to have brought this ambitious plan to fruition.” NASWF trains all of the Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps helicopter pilots, as well as a number of international students each year. “Hundreds of student helicopter pilots start right here, every year, and they’ll go on to do great things for our nation,” Bolivar continued. “And they’ll be better and more skilled pilots all due to the enhanced training this site will bring to our student aviators… We thank the leadership of Escambia County for their hard work and diligence in constructing this outlying field that the Navy is pleased to accept today.” Representing the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Energy, Installations and Environment Jim Omans, real estate director said that the “exchange of NOLF Site 8 is the best example to date of unlocking real estate value. It is truly a win-win for the Navy and the community. We receive modern, state of the art fa-

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outstanding platform to practice more options for tactical training and to hone their flying skills,” Training Air Wing Five Commodore Marine Col. Dave Morris said. “Additionally, the location of the new field is about half the distance as compared to Site 8, so it automatically makes us more efficient and effective.” Morris continued. “This field is an example of the community’s tremendous involvement in supporting the training of our future aviators. We couldn’t ask for better partners than we have in Escambia and Santa Rosa County.” Santa Rosa County Commissioner Don Salter participated in the event recognizing the beginning of operations at NOLF Site X. He unveiled the new name Santa Rosa County has bestowed on the road adjacent to the field as Maj. Stephen W. Pless Medal of Honor Way. Pless was an U.S. Marine Corps major who received the Medal of Honor for extraordinary heroism and outstanding flying skills during the Vietnam War.

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H.E.R. Foundation volunteers needed

VITA center now open for tax season

H.E.R Foundation is looking for women veterans and active-duty member to volunteers for a Valentine Day event, Feb. 14. Contact the H.E.R. Foundation at www. honorher.org, select the contact button at bottom of page and let them know you are interested in volunteering. Do not forget to include your contact information. You may also call (866) 944-9561 if you are interested in being a part of change the lives of homeless sisters in arms.

Scholarship for military children

The Scholarships for Military Children Program for school year 2019/20 is now open, and will continue accepting applications through Feb. 15. Selection qualifications are straightforward. Requirements include completing the application; submission of the student’s official transcript indicating a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale for high school applicants, or college transcript indicating a cumulative minimum GPA of 2.5 or above on a 4.0 scale for students already enrolled in colleg; and an essay of 500 words or less, no longer than two pages. For scholarship year 2019/20, Fisher House Foundation will award 500 scholarship grants of $2,000 each. The selection process will begin immediately following receipt of all applications in February. All rules and requirements for the program, as well as links to frequently asked questions are available at the Scholarships for Military Children website. For more information, visit www.militaryscholar.org.

BBC annual scholarship program

Applications are now being accepted for the Balfour Beatty Communities (BBC) Foundation scholarship program for the 2019/20 academic year. All residents living in BBC housing – including spouses and children – who are pursuing a degree are eligible to apply. The Balfour Beatty Communities Foundation Scholarship Program recognizes those residents who are students or aspiring students excelling academically and looking to make a difference both in and out of the classroom. Scholarship applicants must currently reside in BBC housing and plan to attend or already attend an accredited college or university in the fall of 2019, or be enrolled in a program of study designed to transfer directly into a four-year program. For more details regarding scholarship requirements and to complete an online application, please visit the Foundation’s website, www.bbcommunitiesfoundation. com.org. Applications must be submitted no later than March 22.

Onboard NASP FFSC announces February classes

The NASP Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC), 151 Ellyson Ave., Bldg. 625, offers a variety of classes and workshops. For information or to register, call 4525990. Upcoming classes include: • Family Employment Readiness Brief: 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. every Tuesday • Kiddie Kraft: 10 a.m. to noon today, Feb. 8 at Lighthouse Terrace, #1 Price Ave. • Sponsor Training: 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., Feb. 12 • Anger Control: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Feb. 12 and

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The 2019 tax season is now under way and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is available to help eligible Navy personnel, dependents and retirees. Onboard NAS Pensacola: • Feb. 4 through April 12 • Hours are noon to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday • Location: Mega-building, Learning Resource Center (LRC), Rm. 2248 You should bring the following items: • Valid identification for taxpayer(s) • Social Security Numbers (including spouse and children) • Income data (W-2s) • All end-year tax documents (1099s) • Student loan payment information • Receipts for child care payment • Receipts for educational expenses Hours are subject to increase with tax season demands. For more information, call 452-8753.

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Artworks Studio and Gallery at Villagio on Perdido Key, 13700 Perdido Key Dr., will be held Feb. 10 from noon to 4 p.m. During the event, food donations will be taken for 325ZeroHunger, a nonprofit aiming to end childhood hunger. More than 60 percent of Escambia County public school students, roughly 24,000 children, rely on the school system for at least two free or reduced price meals a day during the school year. Approximately 1,500 to 2,000 of the 24,000 eligible students will receive meals during a part of the summer provided through the USDA programs. The remaining 22,000 are left to make other arrangements. Everyone is invited to bring a non-perishable food item to help support the community. Enjoy local art and activites during the event. For more information, call 261-9617.

Escambia County Regional Roundup

The Escambia County Regional Roundup will take palce tomorrow, Feb. 9 from 8 a.m. to noon at Escambia High School 1310 N 65th Avenue. Regional Roundup is to collect and properly dispose of household hazardous waste, electronics and up to four tires per vehicle, free of charge. Proof of Escambia County residency is required to participate in Regional Roundup, such as a driver’s license, power bill or voter registration card. This is a residential drop-off program only; no commercial waste accepted. Simply drive up and materials will be unloaded for you – no need to get out of your vehicle. Items accepted include: computers (monitors, terminals, keyboards and mice); printers and copiers; TVs and remotes; DVD players; gaming systems; stereos; propane bottles; pool cleaners and household cleaners. To find out more information, go to https://myescambia.com/our-services/waste-services/regional-roundups.

Motorcycle ride benefits Fisher House

Around Town ROWWA luncheon announced

The Retired Officers Wives and Widows Association (ROWWA) will meet for lunch from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 14 at Franco’s Italian Restaurant, 523 E. Gregory St. ROWWA members meet every second Thursday of the month, September through May, for social activities. New members are always welcome. The annual membership dues are $15, and the monthly luncheon fee is $20. For more information and reservations, contact Mary Chase at 686-1160.

I Pink I Can annual run announced

Join the Krewe du YaYas at the sixth annual I Pink I Can Run four-mile run/walk for breast cancer Feb. 23. The race will start at 9 a.m. at the Flora-Bama Lounge. All proceeds from this event benefit The Keeping Abreast Foundations’ mammography and breast health programs. Cost is $30 now until Feb. 19 at 5 p.m. Registration rate goes up to $35 at packet pick-up and race day. To register, visit www.active.com/perdido-key-fl/running/distance-running-races/i-pink-i-can-run-2019. For more information, visit www.keepingabreastfoundation.org.

Hungry Hearts food donation event

The second annual Hungry Hearts Event hosted by

The Sons of the American Legion Squadron 378 and the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 378, both nonprofit entities of the American Legion, will be hosting the fourth annual open to the public motorcycle ride to benefit the Fisher House of the Emerald Coast. The Fisher House Foundation is best known for a network of comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment. These homes are located at major military and VA medical centers nationwide, close to the medical center or hospital they serve. The Emeraid Coast home is located at Eglin AFB. The Auxiliary and S.A.L. Squadron are an integral part of the American Legion and exist to support the veterans of our community through volunteer service and monetary donations. All money raised through your donations and the funds generated through the raffles and auctions will be solely used to support this organization. For more information or to become a sponsor of the ride, contact Renae Lister at (317) 610-1908.

Avante Garde Krewe ball

The Avant Garde Mardi Gras Krewe celebrates its 36th anniversary this year with a Masquerade Ball scheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Pensacola Yacht Club, 1897 Cypress Street. The black tie ball theme is “A Venetian Masked Ball.” Membership includes active and retired members of the military and supporters of the military community. Admission is free to members and $30 for guests. Reservations may be obtained by calling Dean Kirschner before tomorrow, Feb. 9 at 458-7988.

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GOSPORT Made with love: Valentine’s Day treats By Jennifer Harbster Library of Congress https://blogs.loc.gov

Four Star French Chocolate Ice Cream? Chiffon and Velvet Pie? Pots de Chocolat (mousse)? Stuffed Figs au Chocolat? Triple Chocolate Bundt Cake? Valentine’s Day is coming up. If you are looking for something special to do for the ones you love, I suggest including chocolate and home cooking straight from the heart (hearth). Chocolate: A Resource Guide (https:// w w w.loc.gov/rr/scite ch /S ciRe f G u ide s/ ch o c ola te re so u rc e . html?loclr=blogadm) contains a list of our favorite titles for cooking with chocolate, the history of chocolate, and a list of chocolate Web sites. If it is true “the way to a man’s/woman’s heart is through his/her stomach” then a special meal, prepared with love, may be in order. Make your valentine a lovely meal: Historical cookbooks can be a great place to find recipes and entertaining tips. “Newlywed menu selections” can be found at on Library of Congress at https:// babel. hathitrust. org/ cgi/pt?id=loc.ark:/ 13960. Valentine’s Day figures according to the U.S. Census Bureau: • 1,379 locations produced chocolate and cocoa products and 37,998 people were employed at these locations • $16.1 billion estimated total value • 23.8 pounds was the per capita consumption of candy by Americans.

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very year when February rolls around, I always look forward to browsing and selecting Valentine’s Day cards for family and friends. I fondly recall spending a serious amount of time and effort determining which card to send to each one of my school classmates. This year I began to wonder how such a simple loving gesture turned into the commercialized “beast” it is today. With that thought in mind, I turned to the collections here at the Library of Congress to find out. According to Ernest Dudley Chase in the 1926 book The Romance of Greeting Cards, sixteenth century England had a somewhat peculiar custom on the morning of Feb. 14. He writes, “…it was the practice on Valentine’s morning to go out of doors and challenge the first person of the opposite sex who came along; the person thus challenged was required to make a present to the challenger. ‘Good morrow, ‘tis St. Valentine’s Day’ were the only words spoken…” (p. 59). He goes on to describe how handcrafted valentine messages were created and sent as early as 1667, but never offered commercially for sale. It wasn’t until the early nineteenth century that England began producing factory made Valentine’s Day cards. However, celebration of this Old World saint’s day was “often forgotten” and “easily neglected” by those who happened to make it across the pond (Schmidt, p. 39). That all changed in the 1840s when the holiday was

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Card shows an angel paddling in a small boat called “Hearts Delight;” the sail has the inscription: “Pray Sweetheart, send me just a line to say you’ll be my Valentine.” Created/published/1890. Library of Congress catalog

“rejuvenated” and transformed into something “not-to-be missed” as explained in Leigh Eric Schmidt’s book, Consumer Rites: The Buying & Selling of American Holidays (1995). And what was the catalyst to this transformation? Valentine’s Day cards, of course, along with the possibility of other merchants

jumping on the bandwagon such as jewelers, florists, and confectioners. Schmidt writes, “… commerce rather than ethnicity would be the creative and guiding hand in the holiday’s American rebirth” (p. 47). So, there you have it – it seems Valentine’s Day has always been commercialized here in the U.S.

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From the Library of Congress, Today in History – Feb. 14, 2018. “On Feb. 14, Americans celebrate love and friendship by exchanging cards, flowers, and candy. Although the origins of Valentine’s Day are murky, ancient Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia, a spring festival, on the fifteenth of February. Like so many holidays, a Christian gloss was added to the pagan fete when the holiday moved to the fourteenth of February – the saint day associated with several early Christian martyrs named Valentine. “The romance we associate with Valentine’s Day may spring from the medieval belief that birds select their mates on Feb. 14. During the Middle Ages, lovers recited verse or prose to one another in honor of the day. The Nuremberg Chronicle (published in 1493) is believed to contain the first in-print mention of Saint Valentine, though his role as patron saint of lovers was not mentioned.”

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February 8, 2019

Corry Station’s USO supports IW warfighters Story, photo by IT1 Dustin Wilkins Information Warfare Training Command Corry Station

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he United Service Organization (USO) onboard NAS Pensacola Corry Station, like all other USO locations, goes above and beyond to strengthen America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. Established in 1941, the USO was created with simplicity and support in mind and has built upon a long heritage of supportive agendas granted to service members all over the world. Spearheaded by requests for the need of morale and recreational services for U.S. service members, President Franklin D. Roosevelt selected Mary Ingraham to found the USO. Since the 1940s, the USO has supported more than five million service members worldwide and with more than 30,000 volunteers giving their assistance yearly. NASP Corry Station’s USO has proudly continued tradition by supporting service members, predominately those receiving training in information warfare at Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC) Corry Station, since it was established in 2017. Corry Sta-

tion’s USO creates a comfortable atmosphere of relaxation, multimedia services, snacks and drinks, and fun events for service members to partake. Those same service members are also able to contribute their time to the USO in assisting the development of events that support the local community, active and retired service members, and their families. Supporting more than 3,000 service members monthly and nearly 40,000 annually, the USO is a very important element of Corry Station. Some of the programs the USO offers to service members and their families include emotional wellness initiatives, holiday celebrations, information services, transition programs, Sailor Saturday and Sunday, military children support and military spouse networking. In addition, entertainment events such as night-

United Service Organization (USO) volunteers Chuck Woodland (far left) and Donna King (far right) pose with Sailors attached to Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC) Corry Station onboard NAS Pensacola Corry Station Jan. 25.

time movies, zoo and aquarium visits, board game nights and sports create a fun and friendly environment for all service members and their families. “The USO staff members are very friendly and their services definitely accommodate my needs,” CTNSN Mikaela Mujwid, a Sailor attached to IWTC Corry Station said. “They provide great food, drinks and I am able to use their Wi-Fi and television to watch movies. Also, during the last puppy day, I had the best time getting kisses by all of the little local puppies.” Volunteers from the civilian sector, retired military personnel, and active duty service members make up the core of those who manage, assist, and keep USO events and facilities

up and running. Without quality volunteers, it’s not possible to deliver services to those service members and families that need them. That support is imperative for the welfare and morale of our warfighters. All over the globe, USO sponsored events and services are tools in aiding those who give so much to those they service. “My husband and father each served over 20 years in the armed forces, and because of that, I feel that by volunteering with this fantastic organization, I can give back,” Donna King, a NASP Corry Station USO volunteer said. “The USO is like a home away from home for these young service members, and I love seeing them come back to enjoy what we have available.” Located on Chief’s Way on-

board Corry Station, the USO is always looking for new volunteers. For more information about the USO of Northwest Florida, visit https://northwestflorida.uso.org or call 4528280. Information Warfare Training Command Corry Station, as part of the Center for Information Warfare Training (CIWT), provides a continuum of training to Navy and joint service personnel that prepares them to conduct information warfare across the full spectrum of military operations. For more news from Center for Information Warfare Training enterprise, visit www.navy. mil/local/cid, www.netc.navy. mil/centers/ciwt, www.facebook.com/NavyCIWT or www. twitter.com/NavyCIWT.

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Command Lines &Worship Schedule

• Fleet and Family Support Center The NASP Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC), 151 Ellyson Ave., Bldg. 625, offers a variety of classes and workshops. For information or to register, call 452-5990. Upcoming classes include: • Family Employment Readiness Brief: 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. every Tuesday. This workshop is targeted to spouses and family members who are seeking employment, education and volunteer information. • Base tour: 9 a.m. to noon the first Wednesday of every month. The next tour is scheduled for Feb. 6. Learn about the history of Naval Air Station Pensacola and how to get around base. • Kiddie Kraft: 10 a.m. to noon today, Feb. 8 at Lighthouse Terrace, #1 Price Ave. A fun way to increase your child’s social development with a creative way to learn. Children will develop skills to improve eye and hand coordination. • Sponsor Training: 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Feb. 12. Everyone in the military has to transfer sooner or later. FFSC conducts Command Sponsorship Training monthly. After completing the required training, Sponsors are prepared to provide reliable information to incoming personnel and their families. • Anger Control: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 Feb. 12 and Feb. 19 (you must attend both sessions). Do you feel you get angry at the simplest things? Learn to get control your anger before it controls you. • What Type of Home Can You Afford?: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Feb. 13. Learn about real estate and mortgages and how to negotiate the right deal for you. • Smooth Move: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 13. Learn how to apply for a travel allowance, plan a relocation budget, and get helpful hints on personal property shipping and storage. • New spouse, Newcomer orientation: 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Feb. 15. Meet other new military spouses, and gather informational materials. Workshop will help spouses prepare for their responsibilities and acquaint them with military and community resources.

• 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, oneon-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 victims 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-of-command, 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 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. For information, e-mail Tony Bradford at Tony.bradford.ctr@navy.mil or call 452-2342.

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 Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel • Contemporary service, 6 p.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel, dinner after service • 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 NAS Pensacola – 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. Sunday, J.B. McKamey NASP Corry Station – Protestant • Adult Bible study, 9 a.m. Sunday, fellowship hall • Chapel choir, 9 a.m. Sunday, choir room vice sanctuary • Worship service, 10 a.m. Sunday • Fellowship, 11:30 a.m. Sunday • Contemporary worship, 6:00 p.m. Sunday, followed by fellowship at 7:00 p.m. • Bible study and dinner, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, fellowship hall Latter Day Saints • Service, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday NASP Corry Station – Roman Catholic • Mass, noon Sunday and 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday. For more, call 452-6376 NAS Whiting Field Chapel – Roman Catholic • Mass, 11 a.m. Friday

NAS Whiting Field Chapel – Protestant • Bible study, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday with meal • Greek Orthodox Orthos, 10 a.m. Sunday, Chapel (everyone welcome) • Greek Orthodox Worship, 11 a.m. Sunday, Chapel (everyone welcome) • Weekly chapel service, 11:30 a.m. Thursday. For more information, call 623-7212 Other services: • B’nai Israel Synagogue, 1829 North Ninth Ave., services by Rabbi/ Cantor Sam Waidenbaum. 7 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. Saturday. For information, call 433-7311 or e-mail help@ bnaiisraelpensacola.org • 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 • Brit Ahm Messianic Synagogue, 6700 Spanish Trail. Services are 10 a.m., Saturday morning. For more, visit www.shalompensacola.com • Buddhism 101 – Introduction to Nichiren Buddhism courses are provided every third Wednesday at the Downtown Pensacola Library at 6 p.m. For more information, call 4365060 • Seventh-day Adventist – Seventhday Adventist Church, 1080 North Blue Angel Parkway, services at 11 a.m. Saturday. For information, call 4533442 • Grace Christian Church – (a nondenominational Christian Church/ Church of Christ) 9921 Chemstrand Rd. Phone: 494-3022 Weekly Sunday services: Bible school – 9:30 a.m., Worship – 10:30 a.m. • Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 1720 W. Garden Street. Sunday Service – Orthros 8:45 a.m., Liturgy 10 a.m. Weekday Feast Day Services – Orthros 8:30 a.m., Liturgy 9:30 a.m. For information call 433-2662 or visit www.annunciationgoc.org.


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Pensacon is coming

A family in cosplay at the 2018 Pensacon. Photo by Guy Stevens

By Kaitlyn Peacock Gosport Staff Writer February may conjure up images of sweet valentines and chilly, rainy days with the first rays of spring ready to burst through the clouds, but for Pensacola February means crowds of cosplayers, hanging out with celebrities, revamped menus at your favorite restaurants and a whole heck of a lot of fun. That’s right, it’s time for Pensacon. Needless to say, Pensacon promises to be bigger and better than last year, and with the expansion of Poseidon’s Bay behind the Pensacola Bay Center, the inclusion of Gallery Night Feb. 22 during the convention, bigger guest celebrities and much more, it’s shaping up to be just that. Kat Bishop, director of marketing and guest services for Pensacon, said they expect around 35,000 attendees at Pen-

sacon this year, continuing its upward growth year over year. If you’ve been in Pensacola for any amount of time, you know that Pensacon is one of the biggest events hosted in the city, having earned a place in league with the Blue Angels air shows and the Foo Foo Fest. But why is that? Well, according to Bishop, it’s because Pensacola really gets into the spirit of Pensacon, with the renaming of the Pensacola International Airport to the Pensacola Intergalactic Airport during the convention, bars and restaurants featuring geekthemed menus and decorations, a special Gallery Night and an entire city preparing for a weekend of nonstop events at some of the major venues around town, including the Pensacola Bay Center, the Saenger, the Rex and Pensacola Little Theatres and the Pensacola Grande Hotel. “It’s an amazing, fun spectacle

that you don’t get to see in many cities,” Bishop said. “A lot of cons, you go the con, you pay money to see the people, you stand in line, you get their autograph, then maybe go to a panel, then you leave. There’s no involvement from the town or the community. That’s what makes Pensacon stand out both to our attendees and to the celebrities because it’s just a different feel.” It’s this “different feel” that helps Pensacon get the volume and quality of guests that visit the convention every year. The guest roster this year include more than 100 actors, artists and authors, with the likes of William Shatner, Peter Davison, Kevin Conroy, Paige O’Hara and many more expected to attend. It seems Pensacola’s little convention has a reputation that proceeds it, with Bishop explaining that many guests ask to attend the convention, rather than having an invitation sent out to them. “The reason we have so many guests is because celebrities and agents are constantly asking to come to Pensacon,” she said. “They have heard about Pensacon through word of mouth from other celebrities.” Looking for a list of guests and all the goings-on at Pensacon this year? Visit Pensacon.com for all that and more, and stay up to date on cancellations or schedule changes as convention weekend approaches.

C @ NAS Pensacola Portside Cinema a FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY TUESDAY “Escape Room” t (PG13) 5 p.m. c “The Upside” (PG13) 7:10 p.m. h a M o v i e

“A Dog’s Way Home” (PG) 5 p.m.

“Bumblebee” (PG13) 3D: 5:30 p.m. 2D: Noon

“A Dog’s Way Home” (PG) Noon

“On the Basis of Sex” (PG13) 7:30 p.m.

“Aquaman” (PG13) 3D: 8 p.m. 2D: 2:30 p.m.

“Bumblebee” (PG13) 2D: 2:30 p.m.

“The Upside” (PG13) 5:30 p.m.

“A Dog’s Way Home” (PG) 12:30 p.m.

“Escape Room” (PG13) 8 p.m.

“Escape Room” (PG13) 5 p.m. “On the Basis of Sex” (PG13) 7:30 p.m.

“Bumblebee” (PG13) 2D: 5:10 p.m. “On the Basis of Sex” (PG13) 7:30 p.m.

“Holmes and Watson” (PG13) 5 p.m.

“Mary Poppins Returns” (PG) 3 p.m.

“Mary Poppins Returns” (PG) 1 p.m.

“The Upside” (PG13) 6 p.m.

“Aquaman” (PG13) 2D: 4 p.m.

“A Dog’s Way Home” (PG) 5 p.m.

“Aquaman” (PG13) 2D: 7 p.m.

“Escape Room” (PG13) 8:30 p.m.

“The Upside” (PG13) 7 p.m.

“Bumblebee” (PG13) 2D: 7:10 p.m.

WEDNESDAY

“Mary Poppins Returns” (PG) 6 p.m.

Regular shows: $4 adults, $2 children ages 6 through 11, free for 5 and younger 3D shows: $5 adults, $3 children ages 6 through 11, free for 5 and younger NASP Portside Cinema is closed on Monday.

THURSDAY

“Escape Room” (PG13) 5:10 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

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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. • Homeschool P.E. program: Looking to supplement your child’s physical education? MWR Fitness will host a Homeschool Scholar Program every Monday from now until the end of the school year April 29. Physical Education classes will be offered at the Family Fitness Try this Center onboard NAS Pensacola Corry Sta- • Lt. Dan Band: tion. Classes will teach Save the date for a fitness, nutrition, mind roaring good time. Gary and body for children Sinise and the Lt. Dan of eligible MWR Home- Band will be performschool families. Times ing onboard NAS Peninclude 9 a.m. to 10 sacola Feb. 23 at a free a.m. for children ages 6 concert. for more inforto 10 and 10 a.m. to 11 mation, call 452-3806.

a.m. for children ages 10 to 15. For more information, call 452-6004. • Full Moon Float: Get set for a paddleboard race under the full moon Feb. 19 from nightfall, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. At the events, there will be free drinks, hotdogs and s’mores. Races include kayak, tandem kayak and paddleboard races. For more information, call 452-4152. • History Walk Through: NASP Corry Station will host a History Walk Through March 14 at 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Dress according to temperature and bring a water bottle. Rain date will be March 21. For more information, call 452-6802. • Backpacking Overnight Trips: There will be an overnight backpacking trip May 25 through 27 to Fort Payne, 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. The next course is scheduled Feb.9 and 23. See below for more details. For more information call 281-5489. • Backpacking 101 Skills Course: In preparation for the upcoming backpacking trip in May, MWR will be hosting a Backpacking 101 Skills Course Feb. 9 and 23. Course price is $35, gear included. Sign up for the skills course at the Tickets and Travel Office Bldg. 3787 at Corry Station. For more information call 281-5489. • Operation Heart 5K Run: NAS Pensacola MWR will be hosting a gym-to-gym 5K run Feb. 14 at 3:30 p.m. The start of the race will be the Portside Gym. No pre-registration is required and the run is open to all MWR eligible patrons. For more information, call 452-7810.

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.


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Weekly newspaper for Naval Air Station Pensacola

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Weekly newspaper for Naval Air Station Pensacola