Controlled burns aboard NASP; motorists: beware of deer ... There will be controlled burns aboard NAS Pensacola through Feb 19, weather and operations permitting, according to base enviornmental and safety officials. A small area subject to the prescribed burns is immediately North-Northeast of NASP’s Forrest Sherman Field; a larger area is slightly South-Southwest of the airfield. • Motorists aboard the base are urged to use caution when driving near dark: On Feb. 11, the fifth deer strike in three weeks occurred on NASP. There have been damaged cars, but no people hurt. Reports indicate the deer are seen in the vicinity of the golf course to the back gate, usually at night and twilight.
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NETC announces 2016 Training Excellence Awards By Enid Wilson Naval Education and Training Command Public Affairs
CPO 365 Symposium at NAS Pensacola ... Leadership training for the next generation of chief petty officers was front and center at the second annual CPO 365 Symposium Feb. 15 held at the Naval Aviation Schools Command auditorium onboard NAS Pensacola. Career development, advancement, the power of mentorship and military uniform/bearing were among the topics of discussion. (Above) ABCM(AW/SW) John Clayton speaks on the topic of organization. Navy photo
Commander, Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) announced the winners of the 2016 Training Excellence Awards (TEA) Feb. 9, honoring superior accomplishment in supporting NETC’s mission. These annual awards recognize training commands which demonstrate the highest standards of excellence in meeting established requirements for training. “Every year we re-evaluate our metrics and raise our standards, and every year the team continues to meet and deliver high-quality training to the
fleet,” said Rear Adm. Mike White, NETC commander. “The recipients of TEA symbolize the high-quality and dedicated staff and instructors we h a v e throughout the NETC domain.” The highest TEA awards for 2016, the NETC Training Excellence (White “T”) was awarded to the Center for Information Warfare Training in Pensacola, and the NETC 2016 Training Support Excellence (White “TS”) was awarded to Training Support Center San Diego. Both commands have been authorized to display the blue burgee throughout the 2017 calendar year to indi-
cate their outstanding accomplishments and excellence in delivery of education and training. At the end of the year, each NETC training headquarters directorate assesses learning centers and training support centers based on functional areas including: business administration and support; planning and programming; total force management; logistics management; information technology management; curriculum management; training production management; training support management; and financial management. “The metrics used in TEA deal with every aspect of a training center’s See TEA on page 2
Local DEFY program recruiting youth participants From Drug Education For Youth Program,Twenty-First Century Sailor Office
Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) NAS Pensacola Corry Station is currently soliciting applications from 9 to 12-year-old youth to participate in its yearlong Drug Education for Youth (DEFY) program. DEFY is a year-long, command sponsored drug demand reduction and comprehensive life skills program designed for 9 to 12-year-olds. Studies have shown that deployments, especially multiple de-
ployments, tax the family’s resilience and are associated with an increase in depression, thoughts of suicide and risky behaviors such as binge drinking and drug
use. Children of deployed military personnel should be considered at higher risk for substance use than children of nonmilitary citizens. DEFY helps deter these
Portable fire extinguisher removal program under way From Craig Lewis F&ESGC Fire Prevention Chief
African-American Heritage Month Celebration Feb. 23 From NASP Diversity Committee
Change is coming concerning portable fire extinguishers at NAS Pensacola base facilities, based on occupancy and features of fire protection. The National Fire Protection Association Life Safety Code (NFPA 101) does not require portable fire extinguishers in certain occupancies protected throughout with an approved supervised automatic sprinkler system. Many fire extinguishers that are not required by code shall be removed by the fire prevention inspector working with both fire wardens and building managers. As some already know, the process has begun. As this will be a progressive process, this process will be See Extinguishers on page 2
negative influences. DEFY aims to strengthen youth resiliency and family bonds by using a science-based curriculum that provides the foundation for youth to learn goal setting, leadership and teamwork, self-esteem enhancement, and many other life skills. Local DEFY programs begin with a fiveday residential or eight-day non-residential leadership program called Phase I that is held during the summer. During Phase I, youth receive education on valuable life skills such as substance abuse prevention, social skills, self-management skills and fitness.
The NAS Pensacola Diversity Committee will be holding its annual African-American/Black History Month Celebration at the CPO Club on Feb. 23. The event will commence at 9:30 a.m., followed by a potluck lunch. The guest speakers will be the African-American Historical Society (AAHS) Readers Ensemble. The AAHS has published a five-volume book series titled, “When Black
Folks Was Colored.” The stories are about growing up in Pensacola during the period of Jim Crow, the Civil Rights struggle and current times. The stories are all true; the authors are local writers and are diverse as to race and gender. Many now perform with the AAHS Readers Ensemble. In addition, the AAHS was inspired by Public Radio International’s radio series “Selected Shorts” which is broadcasted on National Public Radio(NPR). The AAHS See AAHS on page 2
Phase II is designed to reinforce the concepts and training received in Phase I. During the school year, mentors and staff provide positive support during group mentoring sessions and interactive workshops. DEFY sites also participate in activities that promote civic responsibility and expose DEFY children to vocational and recreational opportunities. Parents must understand the DEFY program requires a year-long commitment to allow for the full benefit to their children. An evaluation of DEFY showed that See DEFY on page 2
Navy League to host annual Military Recognition Day From Pensacola Council of the Navy League
The Pensacola Council of the Navy League of the United States has scheduled the annual Military Recognition Day Luncheon and Margaret Flowers Civic Award Ceremony for Feb. 23 at 11:30 a.m. at Skopelos at New World Landing. Military Recognition Day honors military members who have demonstrated significant community service. The honorees are nominated by their commands. Each nominee is recognized ceremoniously, with one outstanding military community service leader selected for the prestigious Margaret Flowers Civic Award. Margaret Flowers is a retired civil service employee who left a legacy of service to both the U.S. Navy and her community. Guest speaker for this event is Donald Belcher, who is a 2000 recipient See Award on page 2
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“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. 17 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). The winner of Gosport’s “History in Focus” for the Feb. 10 issue was Dolores Quigley. It was the Desert Storm Memorial Garden onboard the base, across from the chapel. We honored her request to give her NEX coupon to an active-duty service member. TEAfrom page 1
Are you a man who has experienced unwanted sexual contact or touching? You are not alone. Join us in an anonymous online forum and hear from other men who have had experiences with unwanted sexual contact. Who: Military men who have experienced unwanted sexual contact or touching looking for anonymous information and support. What: Safe HelpRoom is an
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anonymous, moderated group chat service that allows individuals who have experienced sexual assault in the military to connect with, and support one another. These sessions will be specifically for men to connect with other men who have had experiences with unwanted sexual contact. When: Feb. 22, 6-8 a.m. Where: Join the conversation online at www.safehelproom.org. Why: These sessions provide a space where individuals who have ex-
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about 75 percent of parents surveyed saw improved youth life skill development and about 67 percent saw improvement in their child’s ability to avoid substance abuse and negative behaviors. “I think it is a great program for the children, because they’re learning respect and safe ways of saying no or what
perienced sexual assault can connect with one another to provide peer-topeer support. Here, men are able to talk to each other and explore their experiences in an anonymous and secure environment. Members of the DoD community who have been affected by sexual assault can access 24/7, confidential, anonymous support through the DoD Safe Helpline, or by calling 1 (877) 995-5247. Safe Helpline is operated by RAINN through a contract with the DoD and provides no personally identifiable information to the DoD or your chain of command.
to do in situations where there are bullying and drugs,” said Carmen O’Moore, parent of a DEFY youth. Enrollment is limited to 48 youth, and time is limited. To get your child involved in this program, contact PO2 Rachel DeWitt at email@example.com or at (505) 328-0804 to learn how to apply. For more information about the DEFY program, visit http://www. npc. navy. mil/ support/21st_century_sailor/ nadap/defy.
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combined with fire prevention training, which shall be covered as well. Do not remove or relocate any fire extinguishers, once the fire extinguisher is removed from the cabinet signage shall be put in its place, if there is an extinguisher bracket and signage this shall also be removed. There are some facilities that shall keep their extinguishers based on various requirements, regulations and codes – these shall be addressed with your assigned inspector. Fire reporting procedures shall basically remain the same: 1. If you see fire or smoke – immediately activate the nearest manual pull station. 2. Call 911 – If from your office/installation phone it shall dial directly to Emergency Dispatch Center located at NAS Jacksonville – if from your cell phone it shall dial to Escambia County Emergency Dispatch – let them know you are calling from NAS Pensacola, NASP Corry Station or Saufley Field; they shall transfer your call at which point you provide your facility number, location in the facility and nature of the emergency (medical, fire or security). 3. Evacuate the facility, closing the door behind you as you leave, this shall contain smoke and fire. 4. Go to your assigned muster point – The caller should meet the fire department upon arrival. 5. Follow direction of fire department personnel. Automatic sprinkler systems are extremely effective with a proven track record of containing and extinguishing fires in the earliest stages. Immediate reporting and evacuation is of utmost importance for your safety – never endanger yourself by trying to return for any personal items. The portable fire extinguisher removal program shall further be covered at the semi-annual building and energy manager agenda meeting March 2. Inspectors shall be contacting the public. If you have questions, contact the Fire & Emergency Services Gulf Coast Fire Prevention Office at 4522898.
produced an audio CD of the book series and recorded it in front of a live audience. The AAHS also published a two-volume coffee table book series tilted, “Images In Black.” The book is a pictorial essay about growing up black in Pensacola. Florida has more than 200 historical landmarks and sites on the Florida Black Heritage Trail. The AAHS has produced a one-hour television pilot, and a two-minute highlight trailer that takes the audience to destinations on the Florida Black Heritage Trail. The AAHS has also published the Pensacola Black Heritage Trail Travel Guide. The AAHS Readers Ensemble: The AAHS Readers Ensemble consists of many of the local writers who contributed their short stories. The group has performed at NAS Pensacola, at the Bagdad Museum, at several colleges and universities, on WSRE-TV and more. Ensemble members who will present Feb. 23 include: • Ora Wills (coordinator, AAHS Readers Ensemble) • Retired professionals Jim and Joan Henderson, and University of West Florida professor Dr. Rosalind Fisher.
February 17, 2017
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.
DoD Safe HelpRoom online sessions for military men
mission, and the criteria has been adjusted as training evolves,” said Dorothy Berry, NETC’s TEA board coordinator. “The TEA serves as a measurable way for commands to assess their overall effectiveness, and ultimately their quality output to the fleet.” In addition to competing for the overall “T” and “TS” awards, each learning center and training support center has an opportunity to receive functional awards in the nine functional areas. A TEA certificate is presented to commands scoring 90 percent in the functional area. Local Learning Center recipients of the Functional Awards for 2016 are: Business Administration and Support (Yellow “T”): • Center for Information Warfare Training, Pensacola. Planning and Programming (Silver “T”): • Center for Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Diving, Panama City, Fla. • Center for Information Warfare Training, Pensacola. • Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training, Pensacola. Total Force Management Award (Red “T”): • Center for Information Warfare Training, Pensacola. • Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training, Pensacola. Logistics Management Award (Blue “T”): • Center for Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Diving, Panama City. • Center for Information Warfare Training, Pensacola. • Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training, Pensacola. Curriculum Management Award (Black “T”): • Center for Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Diving, Panama City. • Center for Information Warfare Training, Pensacola. • Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training, Pensacola. Training Production Management Award (Green “T”): • Center for Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Diving, Panama City. • Center for Information Warfare Training, Pensacola. • Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training, Pensacola. Training Support Management Award (Bronze “T”): • Center for Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Diving, Panama City. • Center for Information Warfare Training, Pensacola. Financial Management Award (Purple “T”): • Center for Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Diving, Panama City. A complete list of winners is online at http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id =98818. For more news from Naval Education and Training Command, visit http://www. navy.mil/ local/cnet/ or http://www.netc.navy.mil/.
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of the Margaret Flowers Civic Award. Born in Marion, Ala., Belcher grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. During his time in the Marine Corps, Belcher traveled the world and served in many occupations, including two tours serving as a Marine Corps drill instructor at Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C. As a staff sergeant serving aboard NAS Pensacola, Belcher not only helped train and shape young Marines and Sailors, but he became active in the community. He has been awarded Staff Non-commissioned Officer of the Year for Marine Aviation Training Support Group, Naval Air Training Command Pensacola. He is also a recipient of the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal. The master of ceremonies for this event will be WEAR-TV 3 newscaster Dan Shugart. The cost is $15 per person and $150 for a table sponsorship. For reservations and to sponsor a military member or a table, contact Carla Cuilik at 436-8552 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The Navy League of the United States was founded in 1902. It is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational and advocacy organization that supports America’s sea services – the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and U.S.-flag Merchant Marine.
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Former slave was first black Medal of Honor recipient Commentary by Katie Lange DoD News, Defense Media Activity
f the 3,498 service members who have received the Medal of Honor throughout U.S. history, only 88 have been black. In recognition of February as African-American History Month, the Department of Defense is sharing the stories of the brave men who so gallantly risked and gave their lives for others, even in times when others were not willing to do the same in return. The first black recipient of the award was Army Sgt. William H. Carney, who earned the honor for protecting one of the United States’ greatest symbols during the Civil War – the American flag. Born into slavery Carney was born into slavery in Norfolk, Va., in 1840. His family was eventually granted freedom and moved to Massachusetts, where Carney was eager to learn and secretly got involved in academics, despite laws and restrictions that banned blacks from learning to read
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and write. Carney had wanted to pursue a career in the church, but when the Civil War broke out, he decided the best way he could serve God was by serving in the military to help free the oppressed. In March 1863, Carney joined the Union Army and was attached to Company C, 54th Massachusetts Colored Infantry Regiment, the first official black unit recruited for the Union in the north. Forty other black men served with him, including two of the sons of famed abolitionist Frederick Douglas. Within a few months, Carney’s training would be put to the ultimate test during the unit’s first major combat mission in Charleston, S.C. Charge on Fort Wagner On July 18, 1863, the Soldiers of Carney’s regiment
Army Sgt. William H. Carney was the first African-American Medal of Honor recipient. He was posthumously awarded the medal May 23, 1900, for the actions he took during the Union Army’s charge on Fort Wagner in Charleston, S.C., during the Civil War. U.S. Army photo
led the charge on Fort Wagner. During the battle, the unit’s color guard was shot. Carney, who was just a few feet away, saw the dying man stumble, and he scrambled to catch the falling flag. Despite suffering several serious gunshot wounds
himself, Carney kept the symbol of the Union held high as he crawled up the hill to the walls of Fort Wagner, urging his fellow troops to follow him. He planted the flag in the sand at the base of the fort and held it upright until his near-lifeless body was rescued.
Even then, though, he did not give it up. Many witnesses said Carney refused to give the flag to his rescuers, holding onto it tighter until, with assistance, he made it to the Union’s temporary barracks. Promoted for his actions Carney lost a lot of blood and nearly lost his life, but not once did he allow the flag to touch the ground. His heroics inspired other Soldiers that day and were crucial to the North securing victory at Fort Wagner. Carney was promoted to the rank of sergeant for his actions. For his bravery, Carney was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor on May 23, 1900. Carney’s legacy serves as a shining example of the patriotism that Americans felt at that time, despite the color of their skin. As for the 54th Massachusetts Colored Infantry Regiment in which Carney served? It was disestablished long ago, but reactivated in 2008. It now serves as a National Guard ceremonial unit that renders honorary funerals and state functions.
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Final salute: Navy decommissions â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Big Eâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Nuclear powered aircraft carrier honored with retirement ceremony after more than 50 years of service By MC2(SW) Kevin F. Johnson COMNAVAIRLANT Public Affairs
EWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) â&#x20AC;&#x201C;The aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVN 65), was decommissioned Feb. 3 during a ceremony held in the shipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hangar. The ceremony not only marked the end the shipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nearly 55-year career, it also served as the very first decommissioning of a nuclearpowered aircraft carrier. Capt. Todd Beltz, commanding officer of the Enterprise, addressed the shipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s company, former commanding officers and distinguished visitors and spoke of where the true spirit of the ship, which was known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Big E,â&#x20AC;? comes from. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For all that Enterprise represents to this nation, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the people that bring this ship to life,â&#x20AC;? Beltz said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So as I stand in this ship that we all care so much about, I feel itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appropriate to underscore the contributions of the thousands of Sailors and individuals that kept this ship alive and made its reputation. We are â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Big E.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;?
Enterprise was the eighth naval vessel to carry the name. It was built by the Newport News Shipbuilding Co. and was christened Sept. 24, 1960, by Bertha Irene Franke, wife of former Secretary of the Navy William B. Franke. The ship was put to sea in 1961 and safely steamed more than 1 million nautical miles on nuclear power over its entire career of more than 50 years. Keynote speaker Rear Adm. Bruce Lindsey, commander, Naval Air Force, Atlantic, used his own experiences aboard Enterprise to emphasize the unmatched adaptability and capability of not just this ship but of all nuclear-powered aircraft carriers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One cannot influence world events if you are not on station and stay on station; in
The aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) transits the Strait of Bab Al Mendeb in October 2012 as it returns from a deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility where it conducted support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. Photo by MC3 Daniel Meshel.
other words: to be where it matters, when it matters,â&#x20AC;? said Lindsey. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nuclear carriers are tough and no other country can match us in this respect.â&#x20AC;? Though Enterpriseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history is long and filled with numerous successful deploy-
ments, Beltz offered highlights from a letter written by Adm. James Holloway III, Enterpriseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third commanding officer, which looked toward the future of the namesake in the proposed construction of the ninth En-
terprise (CVN 80). â&#x20AC;&#x153;As this ship retires,â&#x20AC;? Beltz recited, â&#x20AC;&#x153;we know the memory will live beyond her and we â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the Sailors, the shipbuilders, the supporters of Enterprise â&#x20AC;&#x201C; we are that link to the next Enterprise.â&#x20AC;?
Pieces of shipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history being preserved From Naval History and Heritage Command
USS Enterprise (CVN 65), the Navyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first nuclear powered aircraft carrier, has played a pivotal role in defending freedom around the world for more than a half century; from the Cuban missile crisis in 1962 through the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big Eâ&#x20AC;? pioneered modern-day carrier operations by launching the first nose-wheel launch bar designed catapult system, recovered astronaut John Glenn when he returned to Earth after making Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first orbital space flight and launched the first strikes against Al Qaeda and Taliban targets following the attack on America on Sept. 11, 2001. Although CVN 65â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time in the fleet has come to an end, Naval History and Heritage Commandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s curators are doing their part to preserve pieces of the shipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history that will help tell its story for generations to come. Several arti-
Artifacts from the ship include one of six porthole frames and covers removed from the bridge of USS Enterprise (CV-6) in 1958. The portholes were installed in the captainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cabin aboard USS Enterprise (CVN-65) and are slated to be installed aboard the next ship to bear the name of Enterprise, CVN-80.
facts from the ship are being added to the Naval History and Heritage Commandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collection.
For more information about the ship, go to www.history. navy.mil/browse-by-topic/ ships/enterprise.html.
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NEDU Sailors test new gear at 500 feet Story, photo by MC2 Fred Gray IV Naval Support Activity Panama City Public Affairs
ANAMA CITY, Fla. (NNS) – Six Sailors assigned to the Navy Experimental Diving Unit (NEDU) at Naval Support Activity Panama City (NSAPC) “resurfaced” Feb. 2 after completing an 11-day simulated dive in the Ocean Simulation Facility (OSF) by being compressed to the equivalent of a depth of 500 feet. The NEDU Sailors were decompressed and released from the OSF after 11 days of training and testing the HeliCom Matrix, a new communications system designed to compensate for helium-influenced speech during saturation dives. “The importance of this dive was twofold,” said Cmdr. Jay Young, commanding officer of NEDU. “First was to test new equipment that we will use in future (saturation) dives and validate its operation, and second was to use this scenario as a training opportunity to maintain our proficiency for our watch teams and our divers to continue our saturation mission here at NEDU. This ensures we are prepared in the event we are called upon to support saturation diving operations in the
fleet.” NEDU is currently the only U.S. Navy command capable of conducting saturation diving. Its Sailors use the OSF for testing and evaluation of equipment and procedures used in diving worldwide. While at depth inside the OSF, the Sailors were breathing a pre-made mixture of 94 percent helium and 6 percent oxygen because normal air becomes toxic at high pressures. The HeliCom Matrix works by descrambling the diver’s voice, which sounds altered while breathing the helium in the mixed gasses used for saturation diving, said NDC Teague Mangiaracina. The gas mixture was made in house by NEDU personnel three weeks prior to the saturation dive, said NDCS Eric Wil-
ND2 Kent Knudson, a command diver at the Navy Experimental Diving Unit (NEDU), carries wrenches through the Ocean Simulation Facility. Knudson was one of six Sailors compressed to a depth of 500 feet for the first saturation dive in 10 years. The dive accomplished two goals: the first was to evaluate, test, and certify the new HeliCom Matrix, which is a system that returns speech patterns to normal after the breathing of helium to enable better communication after breathing mixed gasses, and the second was to complete a training scenario to maintain qualifications for saturation diving.
son, master diver and team leader of the saturation dive. Pre-planning and pre-mixing allows for hominization and a mixing accuracy within .5 percent. “We plan these dives a year in advance, possibly even more,” Mangiaracina said. “We knew we were installing this equipment and needed to plan the dive around the test-
ing.” “It feels great to be part of this saturation dive and the testing and evaluation process,” said ND2 Kent Knudson, a command diver at NEDU. “You really feel like you’re accomplishing something.” “NEDU is the world’s home for saturation diving,” said Young. “Saturation diving is
one of our nation’s critical missions, and to maintain saturation diving capability it’s not just the equipment, it’s the people.” For more information, visit www. navy. mil, www. facebook.com/ usnavy, or www. twitter.com/ usnavy. For more news from Naval Sea Systems Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/navsea/.
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Online forum provides outreach to military men By Ens. Brittany Stephens NASWF Public Affairs
he Department of Defense (DoD) recently launched online group chat sessions to provide information and support to military men who have experienced unwanted sexual contact. Safe HelpRoom is a group chat that connects military members who have undergone unwanted sexual contact with other military survivors who have encountered similar situations. Sessions specifically for military men are set at predetermined times each Wednesday. The forum comes as a part of the DoD “Plan to Prevent and Respond to Sexual Assault of Military Men.” The plan cites several scientific studies and a comprehensive military workplace survey asserting that men dramatically underreport sexual assault,
perhaps because of fear of disbelief or scorn. The same report also indicates that several active duty survivors don’t recognize these crimes as sexual assault. Rather, they confuse the acts with hazing or a power play meant to degrade or humiliate them. Safe HelpRoom male chat sessions aim to provide more outreach and resources to these active duty members. The sessions allow for complete anonymity and privacy. Participants only need to agree to the terms and conditions and pro-
vide a display name. The website does not capture IP addresses once they have entered the Safe HelpRoom, and text is deleted automatically once the chat window has closed. The website also enforces strict ground rules preventing participants from providing identifying information about themselves, their perpetrators, their supervisors, etc. A counselor moderates the chat room at all times to keep talks productive and focused on survivor needs. Comments containing personal identifiable information or
graphic and abusive language may be blocked, edited, or deleted. Counselors hold editing authority over all messages in the chat room, and they may kick anybody out of the chat at any time. The DoD hopes that the discretion of Safe HelpRoom allows men to feel enough safety to talk about their experience without fear of social reprisal. It also allows men who are unsure if their experience constitutes a sexual assault to come forward and discuss their experiences with others. NAS Whiting Field Sexual Assault Prevention and Response employees stress the need for these male chat room sessions.
“People often think of sexual assault as an exclusively female crime,” Victim Advocate Aquila Ramsey said. “But larger numbers of military men than military women experience unwanted sexual contact. The Safe HelpRoom male sessions could be an important tool for them.” The DoD plan quotes several scientific studies and workplace surveys pertaining to male military sexual assault. Higher percentages of active duty women experience sexual assault compared to men. However, the large demographic of men in the Armed Services leads to larger numbers of male
sexual assaults compared to women. The RAND Military Workplace survey states that in 2014, 20,300 military members experienced a sexual assault in 2014. An estimated 10,600 were men; 9,600 were women. NAS Whiting Field Sexual Assault Response Coordinator Dora Ford emphasized that the website fills not just a large Navy-need, but a local need as well. “The Safe HelpRoom is easily accessible and protects the privacy of men. It is my hope that men using Safe HelpRoom male sessions will see the benefits of seeking help and feel encouraged to come forward and utilize a men’s support group here in Pensacola.” Safe HelpRoom is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to all survivors. For more information on the website or the male chat sessions, visit www.safehelproom.org.
Military Saves Campaign 2017 kicks off onboard NASWF By Jamie Link NAS Whiting Public Affairs Office
Naval Air Station Whiting Field (NASWF) will take part in the 2017 Military Saves Campaign that will run Feb. 27-March 4, with a goal to encourage service members and their families to take the Military Saves Pledge. The pledge, also known as the “Saver’s Pledge,” emphasizes making a commitment to begin a journey toward financial freedom, and serves as a call to action for changing the way personnel think about and act towards money. The annual campaign is an opportunity to promote good money saving behavior and provide resources and information supporting the goals of encouraging individual and family savings plans, as well as debt reduction. The theme of the campaign is to “Set a goal, Make a plan, Save automatically.” This theme encourages personnel to save automatically through direct deposit, with an emphasis on setting financial goals, such an establishing an emergency fund, buying a home, or planning for retirement.
NAS Whiting Field will take an active role in supporting the effort by providing both information and guidance throughout the campaign week, with several classes and display booths planned. “We will be providing several opportunities to share information and tools to help support the campaign’s goals this year,” said NAS Whiting Field Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) Work and Family Life Consultant Eugene Jackson. Classes include “Developing Your Spending Plan” on Feb. 27; “Saving and Investing” March 1 and a Thrift Savings Plan class March 3. All classes will be held at the NAS Whiting Field Fleet and Family Center from 1-3 p.m. Financial education information tables will be on display at several locations on the installation: Feb. 27 at the Tower Café from 8 a.m.-10 a.m.; bowling alley on Feb. 28 from 8-10 a.m., Mulligan’s golf course March 1 from11 a.m.-noon; Naval Branch Health clinic March 2 from 8-10 p.m. and the Navy Exchange/Commissary from 9-10 a.m. A representative from the Northwest Florida Better Business Bureau will be onboard the installation to present a briefing on “Scams and Frauds that Target Military
Personnel.” This presentation will be held March 2 from 1-2 p.m. in the TGPS classroom, Bldg. 2998 (west side of the coffee shop building). Junior military personnel and their family members remain the target audience for the campaign. Military Saves encourages these young members, as well as all service-members, their families and DoD civilian employees, to take the Military Saves Pledge. There are chances to win donated prizes such as Subway gift cards, free haircut coupons, and VISA check cards donated by Pen Air Federal Credit Union in a drawing that will be held March 3. In order for a chance to win one of these prizes, the requirement is to fill out a Military Saves Campaign pledge card that is available at the Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) or downloaded from the Miliary Saves website and place it in the dropbox located at the FFSC on the installation. “Everyone should have short term, mid-term and long term financial goals. Personal financial readiness affects mission readiness and should be a priority for every member of the military,” Jackson said. For more information visit www.militarysaves.org or NAS Whiting Field Fleet and Family Support Center. Point of contact is Jackson at (850) 623-7177.
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Park closes primitive camping area
Officials at Gulf Islands National Seashore have temporarily suspended hike-in/drive-in primitive camping at the Perdido Key area. Officials plan to explore management alternatives to address significant resource impacts. Throughout the past several years, a significant increase in resource damage has endangered the natural resources in the Perdido Key area. The damage has primarily been caused by campers who violate or ignore federal laws and park regulations. The park has also received numerous complaints regarding public nudity and indecent or lewd behavior in the camping area. The park will work with backcountry camping experts throughout the National Park Service and the country to develop a management plan for the area. There will be a public comment period for the plan before it is finalized. Other camping in developed areas is not impacted, and primitive camping is still available at the park’s Mississippi Islands. For more information, go to www.nps.gov/guis/planyourvisit/primitive-camping.htm.
Museum offers breakfast and a movie
The Breakfast & a Movie Series will be featured every Tuesday in February at the National Naval Aviation Museum. Visitors are invited to enjoy Chick-fil-A breakfast and choice of beverage followed by a presentation and movie in the Giant Screen Digital Theater. The museum historian will present stories of naval aviation history as the museum curator and museum archivist share artifacts from the museum’s historical collection. Doors open at 9 a.m. Presentations begins at 9:30 a.m. followed by a 10 a.m. movie. Cost is $10 per person. The movie lineup is as follows and is subject to change: Feb. 21, “Rocky Mountain Express”; and Feb. 28: “National Parks Adventure.” For more information, go to www.NavalAviationMuseum.org.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Weekly cleanups target waterfront areas Ocean Hour FL conducts weekly waterfront cleanups at local parks and beaches in the Pensacola and Santa Rosa area. On a monthly basis volunteers spend an hour each Saturday morning at the following locations: • Naval Live Oaks, first Saturday. • Chimney Park, second Saturday. • Bay Bluffs Park, second Saturday. • Project Greenshores, third Saturday. • Bartram Park, third Saturday. • Fort Pickens, fourth Saturday. • Park East, fifth Saturday. • Park West, fifth Saturday. Volunteers can pre-register at www.ocean hourfl.com, but registration is not required. Sign-ins are at 8:45 a.m., and cleanups are from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Ocean Hour FL provides supplies. For more information, call 207-9326 or 450-1112 or e-mail email@example.com.
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.
Awards banquet to be Feb. 28 The Pensacola Chapter of Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge will present its 33rd annual awards banquet at 6 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Pensacola Yacht Club, 1897 Cypress St. George Washington Honor Medal recipients will include Frank Emond, Sarah Seelman, Jacque Taylor, Information Warfare Training Commanding Officer Cmdr. Christopher Eng, Escambia County School Superintendent Malcolm Thomas, Jill Hubbs, the Dick Appleyard Foundation and the University of West Florida Historic Trust. PO1 David D. Hernandez will receive the Liberty Bell Award for Navy participation in community events. Cost for the banquet is $30 per person. For more information or to make reservations, contact Jackie Young at 438-4401.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.penair.org/home/about/communerosity/golf_tournament?.
Rock N Fly marathon to be March 18
The fourth annual Blue Angels Rock N Fly Soul Train 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.
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.
World War II planes to be on display
World War II vintage airplanes will be on display from March 3-5 at the Pensacola Aviation Center, 4145 Jerry Maygarden Road, as part of the The Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom Tour. Planes scheduled to be on display include a B-17, a B-24, a B-25 and a P-51. Hours for ground tours are 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 3-5. The flight experiences are normally scheduled before and after the ground tour times. Visitors can explore the aircraft inside and out for a cost of $15 for adults and $5 for children younger than 12. Discounted rates are available for school groups. Visitors may also take a 30-minute flight aboard the aircraft. Flights on either the B-17 or B24 are $450 per person. Flight training on the P-51 is $2,200 for a half hour and $3,200 for a full hour.
B-25 flights are $400 per person. For reservations, call 1 (800) 568-8924. For more information, go to www.collingsfoundation.org.
Veterans Coalition plans symposium
The Veterans Coalition of Northwest Florida will present the Greater Pensacola Veterans and Families Symposium and Expo from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 25 at the UWF Conference Center, Bldg. 22, 1100 Veterans Parkway. The event is open to all U.S. military veterans and their families. There will be presentations on the latest information pertaining to VA benefits, business ownership for veterans, new educational opportunities, family life and quality of life issues. Admission is free. Registration will be available at the door. To register in advance or for more information, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/thegreater-pensacola-veterans-families-symposium-ex po-tickets-30965384298?aff=es2.
Japanese film to be shown March 30
The Pensacola Jewish Federation and the JapanAmerica Society of Northwest Florida have scheduled a screening of the film “Persona Non Grata” at 6 p.m. March 30 at the Temple Beth El. A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. The movie tells the true story of Chiune Sugihara, the Japanese diplomat who acted against orders and saved lives of some 6,000 Jewish refugees by issuing transit visas to Japan during World War II. Sugihara was born in Yaotsu near the City of Gero, Japan. The film is being screened in Pensacola, Gero’s sister city, during the visit of the 24th delegation from Gero to Pensacola including 20 junior high school students and three adults. The program will begin with brief welcoming remarks by Rabbi Joel Fleekop; special remarks by Ken Okaniwa, Consul General, Consulate General of Japan in Miami; and greetings from the Gero delegation. For more information, e-mail email@example.com.
School to present auction March 4
Escambia Christian School will present its 13th annual “A Bid for Excellence” auction at 4 p.m. March 4 at Gateway Church of Christ Family Life Center, 245 Brent Lane. Cost is $35 per person. Event features dinner, live entertainment, silent and live auctions. For more information, call 433-8476.
Run scheduled for April 1 in Navarre
Registration is open for 11th annual Michele Hill Foundation Raider Run, which is scheduled for April 1. Discounts are available for active and retired military, civil service employees, track club members, and students. The race features a 10K run and a 5K run/walk/baby jogger/wheelchair event which starts and ends at the Navarre Youth Sports Association. Proceeds from this event will be used to fund scholarships for area students to attend college. Register at http://www.eteamz.com/michelehillraiderun or http://www.active.com/navarre-fl/running/distancerunning-races/michele-hill-raider-run-2017. For more information, contact: Joe Hill at (850) 5822946 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chili cook-off to take place Feb. 25
Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 9301 Gulf Beach Highway, has scheduled its sixth annual Community Chili Cook-off for Feb. 25. The event is free to the public, and all are welcome. Entries must be in place by 11 a.m. Entries are limited to 20, so call the church office to sign up.) Judging begins at 11:30 a.m., prizes will be awarded to the top three entries. All attendees will have a chance to win a door prize. Awards will begin at noon followed by complimentary chili at 12:30 p.m. For more information and entry sign-up, contact the church office at 492-1518 or event chairperson Jim Olson at 492-1518.
Navy Yacht Club race series kicking off The Navy Yacht Club will kick off the first race in the 2017 Commodore’s Cup series March 4. Registration and a social will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Crow’s Nest at the Bayou Grande Marina. Entry fee is $35 with U.S. Sailing Membership and $40 for non-members. The skipper’s briefing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m., and race start is scheduled for noon. The Maxine Sansom Race No. 1 and Bay Championship Race No. 2 are also scheduled. The Commodore’s Cup is one of four races on Pensacola Bay throughout the year that count towards earning one of the series trophies. The next race will be April 8, and it will be celebrated as the Navy Yacht Club’s 86th Anniversary Regatta. Registration and race information packages are available at http://www.navypnsyc.org. For race information, contact Jim Parsons by phone at 3844575 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
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IWTC students help restore park; See page B2 Spotlight
You wait all year for it; an extra holiday you get just for living on the Gulf Coast s a major holiday in parts of Europe and South America, the celebration dates back to 1703 when the tiny French colony of Mobile, Ala., observed North America’s first Mardi Gras.
The Cowbellion de Rakin society took loudly to the streets in 1830 armed with rakes, hoes and cowbells plundered from a hardware store and no doubt later enjoyed a feast with whatever food and drink they had. Although they marched on New Year’s Eve and not Fat Tuesday, it was a true antecedent of Mardi Gras in Mobile and the first mystic societies, which were later formed in the 1830s. Later, in 1857, the Mobile members of the Cowbellian de Rakin Society traveled to New Orleans and assisted with the formation of the Mystic Krewe of Comus, to this day New Orleans’ most prestigious Mardi Gras society. From these early roots grew the Mardi Gras celebrations found today in the Port City. The stress of the Civil War brought an end to the annual festivities in Mobile. After the war and under Union occupation, the city was disillusioned and discouraged. On the afternoon of Fat Tuesday in 1866, Joseph Stillwell Cain set out to raise the spirits of Mobile. He donned Chickasaw Indian regalia, called himself “Chief Slacabormorinico,” climbed aboard a decorated coal wagon pulled by a mule and held a onefloat parade through the streets of Mobile. Mardi Gras with all its frivolity was reborn. Cain founded many of the mystic societies and built a tradition of Mardi Gras parades, which continue today. In fact, he is remembered each year on Joe Cain Day, which is the Sunday before Ash Wednesday. Known as “the people’s day,” Mardi Gras revelers decorate anything they can push, pull or drag for the Joe Cain procession and parade, which is as much fun to watch as it is to ride in. Cain himself participated in each year’s festivity until he died at age 72. — Mobile Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau
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Mardi Gras happenings in the Pensacola area Local events on the 2017 Mardi Gras schedule include: • The Krewe of Lafitte Illuminated Parade at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24 in downtown Pensacola. • Pensacola Grand Mardi Gras parade at 2 p.m. Feb. 25 in downtown Pensacola. • Krewe of Wrecks Pensacola Beach Parade at 1 p.m. Feb. 26. • Red Beans and Rice at 11 a.m. Feb. 27, Sandshaker parking lot on Pensacola Beach. For more information on Mardi Gras events in Pensacola, go to http://pensacolamardigras.com. For more information on Mardi Gras events at Pensacola Beach, go to www.pensacolabeachmardigras.com.
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During previous Pensacola-area parades, (clockwise) costumed krewe members throw beads; beadbeggars and revelers. Photos by Janet Thomas (top) and Mike O’Connor
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Jokes & Groaners What King Cake REALLY means ... Not every Louisianan knows the true meaning and significance of the King Cake. “What does the King Cake really mean?,” I asked a local Cajun. “Well, it means gaining about five pounds, and signifies too much sugar in your diet ...” They call it a “King Cake,” because if you bite into the plastic baby, you’re going to be buying yourself a new (dental) crown. Tradition holds that at Mardi Gras gatherings, whoever finds the piece of cake with the baby is crowned king or queen for the day and must bring a King Cake to the next party. So getting the baby doesn’t mean good luck ... unless you like picking up the tab for parties. The four seasons in Louisiana are crawfish, shrimp, crab and King Cake. Don’t believe any recipe for King Cake that starts with “first you make a roux ...”
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IWTC students help restore park Story, photos by MC2 Taylor Jackson Center for Information Warfare Training
ifteen students from Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC) Corry Station wrapped up a volunteer project to help restore Perdido Kids Park Feb. 9. They worked alongside nearly 30 other volunteers and Escambia County Parks and Recreation employees to revitalize the park and install new playground equipment. “I’m glad I got the opportunity to help the local kids,” said SN Louis Ibarra, a student in the cryptologic technician (networks) “A” school. “I joined the Navy to be able to do something good for others, and knowing that I’m helping the community makes all the hard work worth it.” Perdido Kids Park was originally built in 2005 with help from the Marine detachment that was assigned then to NASP Corry Station. Mark Lively, the project’s manager, expressed his appreciation to the Sailors for their hard work in helping to make the park a safe play area. “The Sailors who have come out to support this proj-
ect have been an amazing help,” Lively said. “We’re on track to get the park reopened soon, and it’s all because of the efforts of our volunteers. We can’t thank them all enough.” The students received certificates of appreciation from Escambia County Parks and Recreation for the efforts. Information Warfare Training Command Corry Station, as part of the Center for Information Warfare Training, 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 the Center for Information Warfare Training organization, go to www.navy.mil/ local/cid/ or www.netc.navy. mil/centers/ciwt/.
ABOVE: Students from Warfare Information Training Command (IWTC) Corry Station assemble a swingset Feb. 9 as part of an effort to rebuild Perdido Kids Park. AT LEFT: SE Griffin Hayes, a cryptologic (maintetechnician nance) “A” school student at Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC) Corry Station, constructs a walkway for a playground. Fifteen IWTC Corry Station students who are awaiting classes or orders to their next duty station volunteered for the restoration project.
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Story, photo from U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Each year the VA’s National Veterans Outreach Office, in conjunction with the Veterans Day National Committee, publishes a commemorative Veterans Day poster. The poster is selected from artwork submitted by artists nationwide and is distributed to VA facilities, military installations around the world across cities and town in our nation. It also serves as the cover of the official program for the Veterans Day Observance at Arlington National Cemetery. Throughout the years, these posters have illustrated the rich history of the country’s service men and women. The poster clearly reflects our pride and patriotism in saluting veterans while providing the thematic artistry for the year.
Poster submissions must: • Be 18-by-24 inches at 300 dots per inch (scale down submissions to 9-by12 inches). • Submissions are not restricted to “human centric” presentations, such as a joint color guard. Imagery of American icons, monuments or scenery can qualify, for example, the American flag. • Represent veterans from all branches of service. The committee may select a particular submission but ask the artist to make modifications to the original design. Additional changes may be required prior to printing. • Reflect the diversity of the veteran and military population in terms of race, gender and disability status. • Include sufficient information to demonstrate that the image is the work of the artist and is not copyrighted ma-
terial (i.e. photos and concepts). To view examples of past winning submissions visit the VA Veterans Day poster gallery at https://www.va.gov/ opa/vetsday/gallery.asp. Submit electronic versions as .jpg images or PDF files by e-mail to email@example.com or send copies of artwork on a CD with artwork files to: Veterans Day National Committee Department of Veterans Affairs ATTN: Micheal Migliara (002D) 810 Vermont Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20420 The deadline for submissions is April 15. A selection committee will convene in May to review submissions and make a final selection. Questions should be directed to the Veterans Day coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to https://www.va. gov/opa/vetsday/.
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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.
By Janet Thomas Gosport staff writer
Pensacon, Pensacola’s all-inclusive pop culture convention, opens today and continues through Feb. 19. The three-day convention offers a feast of entertainment for fans of the comics, anime, scifi, horror, wrestling, gaming and fantasy universe. Celebrity rooms, panel discussion, an artist alley and the dealer floor will be presented at the Pensacola Bay Center and Pensacola Grand Hotel, but themed parties and special events will be spread out in several downtown venues including the Rex Theatre, Pensacola Little Theatre and Pensacola Saenger Theatre. The Pensacola Grand Hotel will be open for gaming 24 hours a day during the convention, and a cosplay costume contest is scheduled for 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow, Feb. 18, at the Saenger Theatre. More than 100 celebrity guests will be available to meet fans, take photographs and sign autographs. Top names include Henry Winkler, Sean Austin, Walter Koenig, Virginia Madsen, Lita Ford, Rick Flair and Mick Foley. Movies and TV shows that will be featured include “DC TV Universe,” “Doctor Who,” “Game of Thrones,” “Power Rangers,” “Star Trek,” “Star Wars,” “Stranger Things,” “The Walking Dead” and the “X-Files.” Several downtown entertainment complexes also will be
Artwork courtesy of www.Pensacon.com.
sporting Pensacon themes. Pensacon badge holders might want to take advantage of free trolley service to get around. Because of the influx of Pensacon visitors, parking and getting place to place will be a challenge. The front parking lot at the Pensacola Bay Center is reserved for VIP attendees, and the back parking lot is reserved for vendors, volunteers and the
media. The surrounding parking lots and the lots throughout the city will be charging $10 to park. VIP experience passes are already sold out. The cost for a regular weekend pass ranges from $55 to $80, and one-day passes are $35 for today, Feb. 17, $45 for tomorrow, Feb. 18, and $40 for Feb. 19. For more information, call 432-0800 or go to http:// pensacon.com/.
At the movies FRIDAY
“Monster Trucks” (2D) PG, 5:30 p.m.; “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage” (2D), PG-13, 8 p.m.; “Split,” PG-13, 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
“Monster Trucks” (3D) PG, 12:30 p.m.; “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage” (3D), PG-13, 3:10 p.m.; “Patriots Day,” R, 5:30 p.m.; “Underworld: Blood Wars” (3D), R, 8:10 p.m.; “Hidden Figures,” PG, noon; “Monster Trucks” (2D) PG, 2:20 p.m.; “Split,” PG-13, 5:10 p.m., 7:40 p.m.
“Monster Trucks” (2D) PG, noon; “The Bye Bye Man,” PG-13, 2:30 p.m.; “Split,” PG-13, 5 p.m.; “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage” (2D), PG-13, 7:30 p.m.; “Hidden Figures,” PG, 1 p.m.; “La La Land,” PG-13, 4 p.m.; “Fences,” PG-13, 7 p.m.
“Monster Trucks” (2D) PG, 2 p.m.; “Split,” PG-13, 4:30 p.m.; “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage” (2D), PG-13, 7 p.m.; “Hidden Figures,” PG, 3 p.m.; “Patriots Day,” R, 6 p.m.
Presidents Day holiday
“Monster Trucks” (3D) PG, 5 p.m.; “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage” (3D), PG13, 7:30 p.m.; “Sleepless,” R, 5:10 p.m.; “Why Him?,” R, 7:10 p.m.
“The Bye Bye Man,” PG-13, 5 p.m.; “Fences,” PG-13, 7 p.m.; “Split,” PG-13, 5:10 p.m.; “Underworld: Blood Wars” (2D), R, 7:30 p.m.
“Monster Trucks” (2D) PG, 5 p.m.; “Patriots Day,” R, 7:10 p.m.; “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage” (2D), PG-13, 5:10 p.m.; “Split,” PG-13, 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
Details: 452-3522 or www.naspensacola-mwr.com
• Swimming instructions: Tuesday and Friday evenings in February at the NAS Pensacola Indoor Pool, Bldg. 3828. Children’s swimming lessons and pre-swim team training. Your children can learn to swim in a safe and professional environment. $50 for military and $55 for DoD and contractors. For more informaMWR Flea Market: tion, call 452-9429. Mark your calendars • Lifeguard Cerfor the Giant Outdoor tification Classes: MWR Flea Market Beginning March 6, from noon to 4:30 April 3, April 17, p.m. March 12 at the and May 8 and with MWR Sports Comtraining sessions plex on Highway 98. each Friday through April 28. The event is open to everyone to buy and Candidates must sell. Spaces will be take pretest. For assigned on a firstmore information, come, first-served call 452-9429. basis. For details on • Mardi Gras the rules and to regisParty: 5 p.m. to 9 ter, go to www.navy p.m. Feb. 24 at mwrpensacola.com. 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. • Blue Angel Park notice: Starting March 5 the welcome center will be closed on Sundays. Hours will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Only arrivals with reservations will be taken on Sundays, and guests will choose a campground site and inform the camp host of the number. Camp host numbers are posted on the welcome center door and information booth. Formal check-in with payment will be required on Monday morning. Guests departing on Sunday need to be sure they have a zero balance on Saturday afternoon and depart by 11 a.m. on Sunday. Those departing with a negative balance will have their credit card on file charged. Disc golfers can use the honor box located near Disc Golf Pavilion. For campground availability and reservations, call Navy Getaways at 1 (877) 628-9233 or go to get.dodlodging.net. • March Madness: Come out to the NAS Pensacola Indoor Pool at 7 p.m. each Thursday in March for water basketball pickup games. Bring a team or just yourself and embrace the madness. Prizes will be award for individual participation. For more information, call 452-4929. • Paul Revere’s Night Ride of April 1775: 6:30 p.m. April 18 at the Navy Wellness Center. Enjoy spinning outdoors under the gazebo. Participants will take a virtual ride through history along the route Paul Revere took and listen to Longfellow’s “Midnight Ride of Paul Revere.” For more information, call 452-6802.
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 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: • Couponing Basics: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. today, 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 your coupons and how to earn money. No child care provided. For more information or to register, call 452-5990. • Emergency Preparedness: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 24. Each type of disaster requires different measures to keep you and your family safe. Be prepared. For information or
to register, call 452-5609. • Partners in Parenting: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 24. Spend time learning about pregnant partners and new babies. Practice bathing and diapering and learn about burping and holding a new baby. Discussions will also cover crying, child development and sleep deprivation. For more information or to register, call 452-5609. • New Parent Support: Program focuses on military families who are expecting or have children younger than age 4. Take advantage of home visitation providing support, education and parentng information. For more information or to schedule a visit, 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: Today, Feb. 17, and Feb. 20 at West Florida High School. Volunteers needed for event set up and take down.
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