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NATTC’s Williams wins Flowers civic award By Bethany Chestnut NASP PAO Intern
The Margaret Flowers Civic Award winner was announced Feb. 26 at the Navy League luncheon ceremony held at New World Landing restaurant honoring all of the volunteer contributions of the enlisted service members nominated for the award. There were 19 total nominees for the award this year. AO1(AW/SW) Alexanna Christina Williams of NASP’s Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) is this year’s winner of the coveted award. Williams volunteered at more than 30 events during 2014 and personally dedicated more than 490 hours of volunteer
time, significantly contributing to NATTC being awarded the Southeast
AO1(AW/SW) Alexanna Christina Williams
Region Project Good Neighbor Flagship Award for large commands. The following are some of her
outstanding volunteer efforts: • Selected by leadership and peers to be president of the Association of Aviation Ordnancemen, Chapter 34 of Pensacola. She is one of five members to implement the Navy Women Mentoring Program at NATTC; she mentored 600 female Sailors during 13 mentoring sessions. • As USS Theodore Roosevelt Barracks Military Training Instructor, she was responsible for ensuring 557 students received a seamless transition from Recruit Training Command to NATTC Pensacola. • Williams was selected as NATTC junior
Commander, Navy Region Southeast onboard NAS Pensacola ... Rear Adm. Mary Jackson, Commander, Navy Region Southeast, was onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola Feb. 24-25 for a command brief and tour of the installation. (Above) Jackson, left, crosses the Bldg. 1500 quarterdeck with NASP CO Capt. Keith Hoskins. Photo by Patrick Nichols
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CNO Ombudsman-At-Large visits NASP By Janet Thomas Gosport Staff Writer
The Chief of Naval Operations Ombudsman-At-Large (OAL), Mrs. Martha Faller, got a complete look at Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP) operations during a Feb. 19 tour. The morning started with a meeting with NASP Commanding Officer Capt. Keith Hoskins and other base leaders. Her tour included stops at multiple MWR facilities, housing offices, the chapel complex, the Fleet and Family Support Center and a tour of a flight simulator.
CNO Ombudsman-At-Large Mrs. Martha Faller, right, meets with a group of representatives from NASP Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD). Photo by Cathy Whitney
The visit also included several informational meetings including a luncheon session with 11 ombudsmen representing
Navy, Marine and Air Force tenants at NASP. The discussion centered on concerns of military spouses and the role
Simulator will get new ACs in the tower faster Story, photo by Mike O’Connor Gosport Associate Editor
A new air traffic control tower simulator system recently installed at NAS Pensacola has the potential to decrease training time for new air traffic controllers. The ATTower ATC Tower Simulation system, manufactured by UFA Inc., was installed at NAS Pensacola’s Forrest Sherman Field ATC (Air
Traffic Control) Facility a few weeks ago. Now fully operational, simulated training scenarios are being conducted for new Navy air traffic controllers (ACs). “It’s an important part of our tower training program here at NAS Pensacola,” said ACC Russ Hedrick, control tower chief at NASP. “It enhances our training as air traffic controllers. We’re going to use it prior to a (new) controller going
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In an ATTower ATC Tower training simulation run Feb. 20, ground and local controllers, along with NASP CO Capt. Keith Hoskins, watch as crews respond to a simulated aircraft mishap.
that ombudsmen play in the support network for military families. The Navy Family Ombudsman Program was created in 1970 by Adm. E.R. Zumwalt Jr. The program’s goal is to promote healthy, self-reliant families and to improve communication between commands and family members. The ombudsman is a volunteer, appointed by the commanding officer and they are trained to disseminate information. Ombudsmen also provide resource referrals and are instrumental in resolving family
issues. The Navy has two ombudsman-at-large who have been appointed by Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert. The ombudsmen-at-large is tasked by the CNO to improve family readiness by advising him and the MCPON on matters affecting Sailors and their families. For more information on the Navy Family Ombudsman Program, go to www. cnic. navy. mil/ ffr/ family_readiness/ fleet_and_family_support_ program/ ombudsman_ program.html.
NASP is home base for LCS mine warfare testing By Ens. Emily Wilkin NASP PAO staff
Cmdr. Michael Smith, commanding officer of the littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2), described Pensacola as the “present and future of mine warfare testing” during a press conference Feb. 20. Smith said the ship and its “innovative” crew of more than 50 Sailors will be docked at Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP) until mid-September testing the Navy’s newest technology and mine warfare capabilities. “We brought the ship over
to execute mission package IOT&E (initial operational testing and evaluation),” Smith said. During the time that it is here, the Independence will transit to a testing facility off the coast of Panama City “to hunt simulated mines,” Smith said. The LCS “was designed to face the littoral threat” and is multimission capable. Its mission capabilities include surface warfare, antisubmarine warfare and mine warfare. The mine warfare testing being done in Pensacola is the third and
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NAS Whiting Field golf course to close From NASWF PAO
After more than 65 years of providing entertainment for Naval Air Station Whiting Field (NASWF) Sailors, Marines, Airmen and Coast Guardsmen, the Frank W. Dahlinger Golf Course will shut its gates for the final time June 1. First opened in 1948, the golf course, was originally built by Navy Seabees as a nine-hole course, which was later expanded to 18 holes in 1965.
“It is truly disappointing to have to oversee the closure of a Naval Air Station Whiting Field landmark; however, financially, the course is unsustainable and simply costs more to operate than the revenue it brings in,” NAS Whiting Field Commanding Officer Capt. Todd Bahlau stated. The golf course has run in the red for many years and is not a self-sustaining operation as directed by Navy guidelines on such facilities. During the years,
a combination of an economic downturn, strengthened base security posture and the rise in cost of expenses have resulted in an inability of the course to break even financially. With a little more than two months left of operation, patrons are urged to get their final swings in on the venerable course. Player cards will continue to be honored through the closing date and players are encouraged to use their punch cards, however no new cards
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instructor of the first quarter and training support department Sailor of the first quarter for 2015. • Showed civic support on behalf of the Navy at the Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen, accumulating many hours feeding the homeless and underprivileged citizens in the local community. • As Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions lead advocate, she has dedicated countless hours mentoring young Sailors, Marines and Airmen. Her strategies led to a 25 percent increase in student involvement, and she positively affected more than 2,213 students. • Volunteered 55 hours mentoring and counseling at-risk youth in the Escambia County juvenile program. • Supported the Pensacola Humane Society quarterly by sharing the SPCA’s mission and services with the community. • Accumulated 115 off-duty hours training 100 athletes at the Flip Factory Gymnastics Training Facility. “Williams tireless efforts have successfully fostered a relationship of trust and cohesion between the U.S. Navy and local community and served to advance the causes of several charitable organizations,” said Capt. Alan Dean, commanding officer of NATTC. The Margaret Flowers Civic Award is in honor of the retired civil service employee, Margaret Flowers. The award recognizes enlisted service members who have done the most work for various organizations in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. It is the most honorable and prestigious service member award in the two-county area. The service member may by from the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps or Coast Guard. Not only must nominees be the best in civic achievements, but they must also be of the highest caliber of professionalism in their specialties field. They must reflect a recruiterimage appearance, and set an example of what future service members should strive to be. For more information on the Pensacola Council of the Navy League, go to www.pensacolanavyleague.us.
up to the tower; they’re going to come in here and run some scenarios. It’s going to really help them prior to them talking to live aircraft up in the control tower.” Seven flat-panel, 1080-pixel, high-definition, HDMI computer screens provide an exact replica of the view from NASP’s Sherman Field tower. The new hardware, which costs around $1 million, has been installed at several other naval air stations in the region. “We can simulate with this system all types of weather, from rain to snow to sleet, hail and lightning,” Hedrick said. “What they see is from our tower. (UFA Inc.) requested photographs from us a few months ago. We sent hundreds of photographs from our control tower perspective and they plugged them into the system to provide realism. It’s very realistic.” Under a new facility directive, local and ground trainees at NASP will complete at least five simulations prior to commencing live traffic training. Additionally, once designated as a local/ground trainee, a minimum of three simulations per week must be conducted under instruction. “We’re looking at enhancing training; in my opinion it’s going to speed up the whole qualification process, hopefully, by
will be sold. “We will do everything we can to ensure the course continues to be kept in top playing condition throughout the final months so that players can enjoy their golfing experience before we close down,” MWR Director Joe Vukovcan said. MWR is planning a farewell tournament to send the course out in style. More information on this event will be posted as it becomes available. “We understand that a lot of
people will be disappointed in the decision to close the course. It isn’t a decision we made lightly,” Bahlau emphasized, “but for the past several years, the course has not been able to break even – which is required for MWR Category C facilities.” It is anticipated that the driving range and Mulligan’s will be kept open for patrons’ use after the course itself is closed. Anyone desiring additional information can call the NASWF Public Affairs Office at (850) 623-7341.
AC1 Paden Sperling, NASP CO Capt. Keith Hoskins and AC2 Garrett Bean participate in an air traffic control simulation involving changing weather, changing daylight and dark conditions, and multiple types of aircraft. Photo by Mike O’Connor
about 25 percent,” Hedrick said. NASP Air Operations Department has developed and written a set of scenarios that operate in conjunction with line items that a controller has to demonstrate in order to become qualified. NASP Commanding Officer Capt. Keith Hoskins was given a demonstration of the simulator system Feb. 20. The CO donned headphones as a group of air traffic controllers ran through a scenario involving changing and severe weather, local air traffic including a Blue Angels flight, and an aircraft mishap on the run-
way. “This simulator will provide us with an increased training availability, which will reduce our training time of our new (ACs) and probably increase safety twofold,” Hoskins said. “That’s what this is all about: training our folks, getting them through faster and making sure that when we get them up in the tower, they have a greater appreciation and understanding of this particular airfield – not just any airfield, but (Forrest Sherman Field). With the high-def graphics, this is the way you do it. It’s a great system.”
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final mission capability to be tested aboard the Independence. The Independence Class LCS is a tri-hull ship with the latest technologies that the Navy has to offer and it will be replacing the fleet’s frigate platform. The ship’s efficiency in manpower make it a cutting-edge ship in today’s Navy, Smith said, and USS Independence (LCS 2) is docked at NAS Pensacola’s Allegheny Pier Feb. 20. The ship hosted a press while the Independence is conference Feb. 20 in which the ship’s commanding officer, Cmdr. Michael Smith, outlined for local media homeported in San its planned mineweeping training in the Gulf. Photo by Mike O’Connor Diego, Pensacola will continue to play a vital role in the testing of mission capabilities aboard the LCS platform. This is the ship’s second visit to NASP. Combat systems and sea tests were completed in Pensacola in 2012. The ship was constructed by Austal USA in Mobile, Ala., and commissioned in January 2010. It is the first ship of the Independence USS Independence CO Cmdr. Michael Smith A working party from USS Independence takes on supvariant of the LCS class answers questions from television reporters plies for the ship shortly after its arrival at NAS Penof ships. about the ship. Photo by Mike O’Connor sacola. Photo by Ens. Emily Wilkin
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Navyâ€™s fiscal year 16 budget: Where, when it matters tempo. Overall, the fleet readiness accounts are focused on supporting a sustainable operational tempo; on properly maintaining ships and aircraft to reach expected service lives; and on properly training our people and preparing them to deploy forward. We prioritized stability in shipbuilding in order to affordably field the battle force required â€“ buying nine new ships in FY16. We continue the annual trend of buying two destroyers and two Virginia-class submarines, and also request three littoral combat ships and the first next generation logistics fleet resupply ship, the T-AO(X). We fully fund refueling for the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) and procurement of a dock landing ship (LPD 28) that Congress provided partial funding for in the FY15 budget. Military and civilian end strength is adjusted to support force structure, sustaining military fit and fill rates as the fleet is projected to grow to 304 ships in 2020. To support our commitment to a safe, modern and credible nuclear deterrent, we add $2.2 billion across the next five years to the nuclear deterrent enterprise. This supports the increased shipyard capacity; provides added manpower for weapons surety and training systems; and addresses facilities improvements. Hard choices This fiscal environment requires each of the services to make hard choices in prioritizing their budgets, examining
By Rear Admiral William Lescher Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Budget
On Feb. 2, the Department of the Navy submitted our fiscal year 16 (FY16) budget request of $161 billion to Congress. Hereâ€™s what it means for the Navy. In a challenging fiscal context, this request provides the investment required for the Navy and Marine Corps to execute the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review mission set, ranging from providing an effective nuclear deterrent and fighting terrorism in order to protect the homeland, to providing a stabilizing presence in order to build security globally, to projecting power and winning decisively when called upon. The budget request reflects the Secretary of the Navyâ€™s, Chief of Naval Operationsâ€™ and Commandant of the Marine Corpsâ€™ implementation of strategic guidance. Across a spectrum of focused investments, hard choices and innovation and reform initiatives, the budget resources a dominant forward postured, sea-based force with balanced capacity, capability and readiness. Focused investment The request sustains naval presence and readiness worldwide, and continues the rebalance to the Pacific. Operations and maintenance accounts are prioritized to properly fund ship steaming days, flight hours, depot maintenance and base operations. Increases in public shipyard capacity and aviation depot throughput are funded to address ship and aircraft maintenance backlogs that have accrued from a decade-plus of high operational
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every account to maximize the use of resources. In FY16 we are able to increase our aircraft inventory by 36 from our FY15 plan, reflecting the restoring of 29 MH60R helicopters associated with restoring of the USS George Washington refueling/overhaul and the tenth air wing, as well as the addition of two F-35Cs; however, over the next five years, we will experience a decrease of 16 F-35Cs, two E-2Ds and nine RQ-21s from the prior plan. We will also reduce our weapons inventory by 1,000 to align fielding profiles with updated aircraft integration timelines, and to focus funding on future capabilities given overall fiscal constraints. This budget funds our most pressing military construction (MilCon) needs in FY16 with 60 construction projects (38 Navy, 22 USMC) spanning key quality of life initiatives, such as unaccompanied housing in Patuxent River, Md., and supporting introduction of new weapon systems, such as training facilities and hangar modifications to accommodate F35s at NAS Lemoore and P-8 support facilities at NAS Jacksonville, NAS Sigonella and Joint Base Pearl Harbor. Reform and innovation We continue to drive innovation and reform practices to ensure long-term success. The optimized fleet response plan (OFRP) is a key element of that approach, facilitating recovery of the material readiness of the force, protecting the time required to properly train our Sailors,
delivering sustainable global presence for the combatant commands (CoComs) while bringing deployment lengths down over time, and providing the capacity to surge combat power in a contingency. This yearâ€™s submission also includes $17.9 billion for research and development, reflecting the emphasis on developing key capabilities for the future. This funding supports our Navy-Marine Corps team by providing technological advantages against adversaries in all environments and spectrums. The budget also funds eight energy projects that upgrade aging utilities infrastructure to increase resiliency and support continuity of operations. Examples include electrical repairs to piers and improved waterfront utilities. Beyond these projects, the department continues to lead with broader energy initiatives spanning gas turbine efficiency, aviation fuel conservation, and hybrid electric drive technology. Balance The FY16 budget strikes the right balance between sustaining our forces today and laying the groundwork for future advantage. Across the full scope of the request, we maintained a strong focus on maximizing the value of resources invested and on sustaining our war fighting advantage today and into the future. This budget sustains todayâ€™s Navy and Marine Corps legacy as Americaâ€™s first responders in a complex and dangerous security environment. For more information on the FY16 Department of the Navy budget submission, go to www.finance.hq.navy.mil/fmb/ PB/BOOKS.htm.
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C ivic A ward
ilitary personnel have been an integral part of the Northwest Florida community since establishment of the Pensacola Navy Yard in 1825.
Throughout the years, personnel stationed at the Pensacola Naval Complex have contributed countless hours of volunteer time to local church, civic, educational, fraternal and other service organizations. Their work has greatly enhanced the quality of life in Pensacola. In the 1960s the Pensacola Council of the Navy League established an annual program to recognize volunteer efforts. In 1980, the program was revised and new criteria established. Each year, naval commands in the Pensacola area are invited to nominate a candidate. Selection is based on the following criteria: • Civic work in the community: 55 percent. • Leadership: 15 percent.
• Proficiency in rate: 15 percent. • Personal appearance: 15 percent. Civic award nominees are honored at a luncheon each year. One individual is selected as the overall winner. This year’s recipient is AO1(AW/SW) Alexanna Christina Williams (see story on page 1A). Below are the other nominees for this year. The trophy is named the “Margaret Flowers Civic Award” in honor of Margaret Flowers, a career civil service employee. Her long and devoted record of service to the Navy and the community culminated with her final tour as NASP public affairs officer. The award is named in her honor because she embodies the true esprit de corps of community and social involvement.
Staff Sgt. Douglas L. Downing, Aviation Maintenance Squadron 2
YN1 Evahleigh A. Simmons, Naval Aviation Schools Command
Downing has served as a Marine for 11 years. He has participated in community car washes and numerous solicitation efforts, which raised $2,200 more than the original goal. He has been an assistant coach for the Navy Youth Sports coach pitch baseball league. Downing has mentored 14 staff members and 1,274 students during the past year. He serves as a squadron unit victim advocate, and was recently selected to be one of six troop handlers assigned to ensure the wellbeing of about 1,600 students annually, which led to the graduation success rate increase to 98 percent.
Simmons is the NASC representative for the Special Olympics and Miracle League in the Pensacola area. She is a recipient of the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal. As the administrative manager, she is responsible for 80 athletes and 30 coaches. She managed the oversight of 2,565 civilian volunteers amassing more than 12,000 combined volunteer hours. Simmons also volunteered off-duty hours for Meals on Wheels and organized volunteers for Habitat for Humanity when record flooding hit Pensacola in April 2014.
CTT1 (IDW/SW/AW) Jacob P. Kelley, Center for Information Dominance
ABH1(AW/SW) David L. Castro, Naval Air Station Whiting Field
Kelly has dedicated 420 off-duty hours as a Cub master and assistant Scout master for Boy Scouts, Troop 645. He coordinated, volunteered 72 hours and led junior Sailors in support of Paddle for a Cure Foundation, helping to raise $28,000 for patients battling cancer. He has dedicated his time to the 2014 Spanish Trail Scout reservation summer camp, the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints, victims of the April 2014 flood and many more organizations. He has dedicated 807 hours that have made a difference.
Castro dedicated hundreds of hours of his personnel time to helping others in public schools, libraries, hospitals, churches, community fairs, crisis centers, food banks, distributions centers, local support groups, children’s clubs and special events. He assisted families in distress, homeless, elderly, terminally ill and sick patients, and those who had undergone life-changing events. He unpacked and issued food, emergency supplies and clothing for flood victims. He also helped disabled veterans and elderly citizens by rebuilding homes.
IT1(IDW/SW) Grace M. Silva-Ortiz, Center for Information Dominance
ET1(SW/AW) Brittney Dirnbauer, Naval Air Technical Training Center
Silva-Ortiz dedicated 57 off-duty hours to the Petty Officers Association (POA) for fundraisers, heling to raise $18,000. She is a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, and helped with various NEX events and a 5K run. As a Covenant Hospice Military Ambassador, she devoted 10 hours towards appreciation ceremonies for veterans in hospice care and their families. She also presented 40 veterans at assisted living facilities with letters of appreciation for serving in the armed forces and held a presentation in remembrance of the fallen. She’s provided assistance to patients at a local hospice.
Dirnbauer has volunteered and led many fundraisers and events. She is also committed to stopping sexual assaults in the military and teaches a class on bystander intervention. She taught 12 classes to 540 students last year on what to do to prevent sexual assaults. In the community, she took the lead and motivated 28 student volunteers to assist Pensacola Little Theatre. Dirnbauer supervised 61 students to help setup, run games and clean up at an Escambia County Easter event. She also led 28 student volunteers for the Pensacola Lighthouse Winter Festival.
CTR1 Jeffrey P. Wallis, Center for Information Dominance
ABH1(AW) Jeremy T. Luther, Naval Air Technical Training Center
Wallis organized and conducted 127 hours of Cub Scouts meetings. He provided mentorship, training and leadership skills to 22 children, which led to 22 Cub Scout qualifications and promotions within his pack. Wallis participated in Pensacola’s Mardi Gras parade; all proceeds were donated to the Wounded Warrior Project. He has donated $2,500 worth of furniture, food, toys, electronics and kitchen items to several charities. Wallis is qualified as a master training specialist. His technical expertise resulted in his selection as the Instructor of the Quarter for his department.
Luther has volunteered more than 110 hours mentoring and tutoring children in reading and math programs. He was awarded the Escambia County School District “Outstanding Volunteer Award” for being a strong supporter and advocate for Warrington Elementary. His efforts established relationships that have made a positive impact in the lives of local children. He has mentored 1,486 young Sailors for the Coalition of Servicemen against Destructive Decisions Advocate (CSADD). He has contributed 272 volunteer hours to the community.
HM2 Natasha C. Ibarra, Naval Hospital Pensacola
AT1(AW/SW) Angel E. Rodriguez Martinez, Naval Air Technical Training Center
Ibarra’s contributions and accomplishments serve as a great example for others to follow. She has volunteered at several local organizations and events including: Art in the Park, several run/walks, St. Thomas Moore Altar Lady Society, Adopt-A-Highway, beach cleanup, Veteran Memorial Park and Building Homes for Heroes. She received two letters of appreciation from the commanding officer of NAS Pensacola for her volunteer contribution to area programs. Her drive to assist the community earned her a nomination for the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.
As the NATTC volunteer program coordinator assistant, Martinez directed a total of 3,040 volunteers in 123 events encompassing 20,719 total man-hours, which contributed to NATTC being awarded the Southeast Region Project Good Neighbor Flagship Award for large commands. Martinez volunteered for more than 20 events in the past year accumulating a total of 227.5 hours of volunteer time. He directed, organized, and raised money for events that support finding a cure for autism. Martinez was selected as the NATTC 2014 mid-grade instructor of the year.
Pfc. Kayla M. Gaudin Marine Aviation Training Support Group-21
CTN1 Ryan M. Greenbauer Navy Information Operations Command
Gaudin has devoted 28 of her off duty hours at the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Pensacola volunteering for the oatmeal breakfast for the homeless. As a Marine, she has distinguished herself through meticulous attention to detail, dedication to the mission and upstanding personal character. This past fall and winter she was instrumental in the administrative join and pay audit process, processing more than 1,000 enlisted students with little to no supervision. Her devotion to volunteer service has provided food for countless homeless people.
Greenbauer coordinated eight community service events involving 36 command members, providing more than 900 hours of service on behalf of NIOC Pensacola. These events were for Ronald McDonald House, Escambia County School District, Toys for Tots and the Adopt-a-Highway program. In addition, he volunteered more than 116 hours of his own offduty time at the previously mentioned organizations. Greenbauer’s mentorship led to two Sailors being recognized as the NIOC Pensacola Senior Sailor and Bluejacket of the Quarter.
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Margaret Flowers Civic Award HM1(AW) Cody A. Werven, Navy Medicine Operational Training Center
YN1(SW/AW) Jennifer L. Zeravsky, Naval Education and Training Command
Werven’s dedication and leadership in his military duties, as well as his volunteerism and community advocacy, played a pivotal role in the success of his command and resulted in his selection as Naval Aerospace Medical Institute (NAMI) 2014 Senior Sailor of the Year. As president NMOTC First Class Petty Officer Association (FCPOA), Werven led 68 volunteers through eight community relations events, culminating in 454 hours of community service. His effort and pro leadership ability resulted in raising $4,500 for use toward functions and events.
Zeravsky has been consistently active in the Pensacola area community. She was the NETC/NSTC/NETSAFA blood drive chairperson for calendar year 2014 with five successful blood drives. She also has volunteered for numerous sporting events. Zeravsky assisted a first grade class at Helen Caro Elementary. She was a coordinator and volunteer for the NAS Pensacola Children’s Christmas Party for 100 disadvantaged local children. Zeravksy encourages military and civilian personnel at the command to volunteer in the community.
YNl Noel Lindsay, Coast Guard Liaison Officer
AC3 Brandon D. Keiser, Naval Air Station Pensacola
Lindsay has volunteered more than 35 hours as an adult leader with Boy Scouts of America, and more than 15 hours with the Eichold-Mertz Elementary School Special Needs Program. She also participated in the Gulf Coast clean up last fall. She is a subject matter expert in Coast Guard administration. Lindsay is the only administrative support for more than 130 student naval flight officers and 40 instructor pilots at NAS Pensacola, NAS Whiting Field and NAS Corpus Christi. The time and effort she has given to community service programs is significant.
Keiser volunteered 120 hours during 2014, providing much-needed assistance and support to both the community and the command. He actively supported the local community by volunteering weekly to mentor 25 Escambia County youths through the Big Brother Big Sister Program. Keiser’s professionalism and leadership skills led to his selection as Junior Sailor of the Quarter, First Quarter, Fiscal Year 2015. Keiser is an outstanding Sailor whose contributions have made an enormous positive impact on both the local community and NAS Pensacola.
MA1(SW/AW) KC M. Duenas, Naval Air Station Pensacola
MK2 Jonathan Merrell U.S. Coast Guard Station Pensacola
Duenas volunteered more than 240 hours during 2014 in support of multiple events and programs within both the community and command. She volunteered more than100 hours at a local elementary school as the vice president of the Parent Teachers Organization. She and her daughter helped raise funds for the Pensacola Hotel for Cats and Dogs, Ronald McDonald House and the Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital. She headed a donation drive to send 48 security force members who are currently deployed holiday care packages.
Merrell devotes his talents to the Pensacola community regularly in helping with Habitat for Humanity each week while off duty. In this endeavor, he has directly contributed to the improvement and construction of numerous homes in the Pensacola area and the sustaining of many families. He he is a member of the local branch of the Civil Air Patrol and assists with search and rescue operations will off duty. He is pursuing a goal of obtaining his private pilot’s license. He also shoulders a great deal of leadership responsibility in his U.S. Coast Guard career
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‘Laughcatchers’ tear up NASWF crowd Story, photos by Jay Cope NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs
miles, chuckles, laughter and even a few outand-out guffaws were on tap Feb. 19 at Naval Air Station Whiting Field’s (NASWF) Sikes Hall as the Laughcatchers Comedy Tour blew through Milton. The two-hour concert was part of a three-day, three-base trip through the Gulf Coast. NASWF served as the kick-off point for the Morale Welfare and Recreation arranged tour featuring Alonzo Bodden, Mitch Redmund, Derek Richards and Larry Reeb. Redmund started the two-hour event off with a few stories about his time in the Marine Corps just a few miles down the road at NAS Pensacola. The former Marine emphasized the “former” in his title as he told a cautionary tale about what happens once you get out of the Corps and you no longer have the sergeant behind you forcing the daily three-mile runs combined with the readily accessible McDonald’s meals – as he pointed to his much larger-than-normal frame. His 10-to-15-minute introduction involved a tale where he proclaimed a less than bright status for himself. So he had the “brilliant” idea to surround himself with people even dimmer than himself, which seemed like a good idea until he had to figure out how to get a friend to understand that bringing dragons back – “Dude, we never had dragons” – into the world is not a good idea. Finally, after several unsuccessful efforts, he had to find the most common denominator.
“Man, you know how you hate bird droppings on your car,” he said. “Imagine what dragons would do.” As the emcee for the event, Redmund then introduced Reeb to the stage, whose fame stems from being the politically incorrect “black sheep” of the family – sort of the uncle that no one wants to admit having. After acknowledging his resemblance to Gollum from “Lord of the Rings,” and Grandpa from “The Munsters,” he proceeded to relate his time as a Walmart greeter and his sincere dislike for rude people, while admitting a somewhat less than polite disposition himself. Reeb did express one faintly, plausible tale during his set, about a time when, while driving, he bumped into the rear bumper of another car. As both drivers got out, he noticed his counterpart was fully dressed in clown make-up and costume. Not being able to resist, he shouted out, “You drive like a (freaking) clown.” Predictably, the other driver shouted back, “What are you, a (freaking) comedian?” Advertised as being “fast, fresh and at times fanatical,” Richards’ set stayed closer to home as he emphasized his life with his family, dating and an all-perva-
Larry Reeb (Uncle Lar) performs part of his comedy routine at Naval Air Station Whiting Field’s Sikes Hall during the Laughcatchers Comedy Tour show at the installation Feb. 19. Reeb, Alonzo Bodden, Mitch Redmund and Derek Richards displayed their comedic talents for two hours during the first stop through three Gulf Coast Navy bases.
sive fear of children. “Kids are like an underperforming stock you can’t get rid of for 18 years,” he stressed. After asking an audience member the ages of her kids, he said “that’s not too bad,” and then related a time he asked a similar question during a different show. The ages were 19, 17 and 2. “What are you thinking man? That’s like serving a 20-year prison sentence and killing a guard the day before you are free.” After arriving to NASWF but before the show, the entertainers were treated to a tour of the base and some Training Air Wing Five facilities. Bodden took full advantage of the tour to create new material for his set on stage. Having worked in the aerospace industry in the 1980s, Bodden jokingly alluded to the fact that he thought he would never see that technology again, like he did in the TH-57 helicopters. Zeroing in on NAS Whiting Field Commanding Officer Capt. Todd Bahlau, Bodden wanted to know who the skipper had ticked off to get this assignment, but urged him to get with the times. “Captain, get some supply forms or something, and just write in ‘new Alonzo Bodden thanks an audience member who congratulates him following the planes,’ ” he pleaded. “I mean, don’t you Laughcatchers Comedy Tour performance at NAS Whiting Field Feb. 19. The co- ever go to some of these other bases and see the jets taking off and go ‘wow’?” medians stayed for a “meet and greet” following the show.
About half of his 40-minute set was based on what he saw while on the tour, and while interspersed with politics, comments on racism, current events and sports, he kept coming back to the base aircraft. “Judging from what one of the pilots told me, I can do anything I want on this base,” he said to the skipper. “I have a new car. All I have to do is jump in it and get out the gates, and all your guys will say is: ‘Captain, we don’t have anything fast enough to catch him.’ ” The roughly 125 guests seemed to enjoy the show, and laughed frequently with all the comedians. It was a nice diversion which one of the guests, Syvia Poindexter, a security support assistant, emphasized was worth the drive back to NASWF after hours. “I thought it was a really cool event,” she said. “All the comedians were funny and it is something really nice for the people on the base. Definitely, it was worth coming up from Pensacola.” The Laughcatchers Comedy Tour had two more stops on their tour: one at NAS Joint Reserve Base New Orleans and one at Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport. “It (the show) was amazing,” said MWR Liberty Program Manager Ashley Platts. “We are hoping that we can bring more special events like this to the base in the future.”
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Navy Exchange to be closed March 8 Due to a planned power outage, the Navy Exchange (NEX) Pensacola Mall, 5600 Highway 98 West, and the Center for Information Dominance Navy Exchange Student Store will be closed March 8. The Commissary, gas kiosk and the package store will be open on normal hours. For more information, call 458-8258.
Classes scheduled for military spouses
A Lifestyle, Insights, Networking, Knowledge, Skills (L.I.N.K.S.) for Spouses training classes is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 28 and March 28 in the Commanding Officer’s Conference Room at MATSG-21 Headquarters, Bldg. 3450. Classes are free and all military spouses are welcome. L.I.N.K.S. for Spouses training provides an overview of the Marine Corps structure, services and benefits. Participants also get an opportunity to meet other spouses, participate in fun and informative activities, and learn about resources that are available. The training also includes an introduction to what the local area has to offer. Preregistration is required, and child care reimbursement is available. To register, contact Lisa Duvall, MCFTB trainer, by phone at 452-9460, ext. 3012, or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Color Vibe 5K scheduled for Feb. 28 Pensacola Color Vibe 5K Run is scheduled for 9 a.m. Feb 28 at the Maritime Park, 301 West Main St. The run will include a color throw and dance party. For more information, go to www.thecolor vibe.com/pensacola.php.
Theater group presents ‘Night Watch’
Panhandle Community Theatre will present the suspense thriller “Night Watch” Feb. 26-28 and March 5-8. Evening shows are at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinee are at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $12. Seating is limited for each show. For reservations, call 221-7599 or e-mail panhandle firstname.lastname@example.org. The non-profit Panhandle Community Theatre is located one mile off Highway 90 in Pace, in the Storage Masters Center, 4646 Woodbine Road. For more information, go to www.panhandlecommunity theatre.com.
Fight diabetes by taking a bike ride The 2015 Gulf Coast Tour de Cure to support the American Diabetes Association is scheduled for March 21. Cyclists will gather at the Margaritaville Beach Hotel, 165 Fort Pickens Road, on Pensacola Beach. Routes range from a four-mile bike trail ride to a 60-mile route along the beaches of Northwest Florida. The bus will leave for starting locations at 8 a.m. All routes offer rest stops, support and gear vehicles. Riders return to a party, lunch and entertainment at Margaritaville Beach Hotel. The registration fee is $15, with a fundraising minimum of $200. For more information, contact Lynne Cranford at 492-6100, ext. 3131 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Drill platoon coming to Pensacola
The Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon is scheduled to perform onboard NAS Pensacola at noon March 19 on the Naval Aviation Schools Command (NASC) parade field. The Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon is a 24-man rifle platoon that performs a unique precision drill exhibition. Throughout the year, the platoon performs in front of hundreds of thousands of spectators at Marine Barracks Washington and at numerous events across the country and abroad.
Rock N Fly run to take place March 21
The second annual Blue Angels Rock N Fly Half Marathon (13.1 miles) and 5K (3.1 miles) is scheduled for March 21 aboard NAS Pensacola. Both races will start at 8 a.m. on Radford Boulevard in front of Starbucks. There is a registration limit of 3,000 people and the race sold out in 2014. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Navy Ball and Navy Marine Corps Relief Society. To register or volunteer, go to www.runrocknfly.com. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 505-7086 or 505-6020.
VA plans creative arts competition Veterans in the Gulf Coast region can register for the local competition of the 2015 National Veterans Creative Arts Competition at the Department of Veterans Affairs Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System March 4-5 in the VA Recreation Hall, 400 Veterans Ave., in Biloxi, Miss. The deadline for submitting entry forms to Gulf Coast VA is at noon Feb. 23. The VA is looking for talent in the art, creative writing, dance, drama and music categories. Firstplace winners in the various categories will be submitted for national judging.
NASP VITA office offers free tax help Free tax help is available at the NAS Pensacola Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) office and online. The NASP VITA self-serve office is located in Bldg. 680, Room 225E (on Cuddihy Street across from the NEX mini mart). Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Friday through the April 15 tax deadline. The service is available to active duty and dependents, retirees and dependents with an adjusted gross income of less than $57,000, reservists (activated 30 days plus and pre-demobilization) and entitled former spouses. For more information, call 452-2209 or 452-8753. Military OneSource also offers no-cost tax consultation and no-cost tax preparation and filing to active duty and family members, as well as to reservists, survivors, and separated service members until 180 days after their retirement, discharge or end-of-tour date. For more information, call 1 (800) 342-9647. Trained tax consultants are available seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. (CST). Information also is available online at www.militaryonesource.mil/taxes. For more information, veterans who live outside the Biloxi are can contact Bobby Hakanson at (228) 233-7348 or go to www.creativeartsfestival.va.gov.
School to present auction March 7
meetings are scheduled for March 2 and March 16. Anyone interested in learning more about stamp collecting is welcome to attend. Questions about the club can be directed to the club president, Dewey J. Barker, at 450-7767, or club treasurer, Harley Hickenbotham, at 477-8116.
Exhibit by local artist opening today The Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 South Jefferson St., is presenting “Sketches of Spain,” an exhibition by local artist Nina Fritz. The exhibit, which opens today, will be on display through April 18. Fritz’s exhibition is part of a local artist series that displays Pensacola artists in Gallery 5 of the museum. An opening reception is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at the museum. Admission is free and the reception is open to the public. For more information about the museum call 4326247 or go to pensacolamuseum.org.
High school teams to play at stadium The Pensacola Blue Wahoos will host the “Battle at the Bayfront,” a baseball game between Catholic High School and Escambia High School, at 6:30 p.m. March 26 at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium. The two schools will be meeting for the second time in the past 28 years. Catholic is the 2014 1-4A State Runner-up while Escambia is the 2014 1-6A District Champion. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online or at the Blue Wahoos box office. Students, military and senior citizens with proper ID can purchase tickets for $5 at the stadium box office. All seating for the game is general admission. For more information, go to www.blue wahoos.com.
Escambia Christian School will presents its 11th annual “A Bid for Excellence” auction March 7 at Gateway Church of Christ Family Life Center, 245 Brent Lane. Doors open at 4 p.m. for preview of items. Dinner will be served at 5 p.m. The live auction will begin at 6 p.m. Cost is $35 per person. Seating is limited. For more information, call 433-8476.
Spring Fling scheduled for March 14
PSC plans Warrington Campus event
Models wanted for NEX fashion show
Pensacola State College (PSC) will present Discover PSC Warrington Campus from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. March 3 at Student Services, Bldg. 3600. You can talk to counselors and get details on: • Admissions, financial aid, scholarships. • Health care programs and requirements. • Full degrees and courses completed on Warrington campus. For more information, call 484-2200.
Tea party for Women’s History Month A Will & Way Inc. will present an afternoon tea party to celebrate Women’s History Month at 2 p.m. March 14 at 1824 North Ninth Ave. Several local women who have made history will be recognized and some in honor of national legends. Music and entertainment will also be presented. A donation of $20 per person is requested and is due by March 3. Checks made payable to A Will & Way Inc. may be mailed to P.O. Box 3133, Pensacola, FL 32516 or via PayPal. The proceeds will benefit the group’s youth leadership project. For more information, contact Williemae Stanberry by e-mail at email@example.com.
Exhibit about Underground Railroad “Color in Freedom: Journey Along the Underground Railroad” will be on display at the The Pensacola Museum of Art (PMA) through April 4. The exhibit of works by artist Joseph Holston consists of four movements that track the flow of events in the lives of those who traveled along the Underground Railroad. Holston’s career has spanned more than 35 years. He has exhibited across the United States. Our Voices Are Many will be performing freedom songs, dances and poetry inspired by musical and literary works from the period at 2 p.m. March 21. Admission will be free on March 21. For more information, call 432-6247 or go to pensacolamuseum.org.
AeroFest to be March 20-21 in Mobile
AeroFest is coming to Mobile March 20-21 at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley Field. The festival’s mission is to actively improve the lives of America’s injured warriors through a confluence of talent, vision and technology. The festival will feature music, arts, sports, educational information, festivities and fun. For more information, go to www.mobileaerofest.com.
Stamp collectors meet twice a month Members of the Pensacola Philatelic Society, a stamp collecting group, meet at 7 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Bayview Seniors Center, 2000 East Lloyd St. Upcoming
Warrington Baptist Church, 103 West Winthrop Ave., has scheduled a Spring Fling from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 14. The event, which will feature games, face painting and live entertainment, is open to the public and admission is free. For more information, call 455-4578. Models of all shapes and sizes are needed for an upcoming spring fashion show at the Navy Exchange (NEX) Pensacola Mall, 5600 Highway 98 West. The show is scheduled for March 28. No purchase necessary to model. If you would like to participate, sign up in the customer service department. For more information, call 458-8258.
Transformed items to be auctioned The Transformed Treasures dinner and auction is scheduled for 6 p.m. March 13 at the Happy Pig, 200 South Alcaniz St. Local artists are transforming items donated to the Salvation Army Thrift Store to be auctioned at the event. The cost is $100 per couple of which $50 is a charitable gift and tax deductible. All proceeds go to transform lives at Sally’s House, a 58-bed shelter and rehabilitation program. For tickets or information, call the Salvation Army, 1051 North Q St., at 432-1501.
Flora-Bama schedules March 28 race Flora-Bama is gearing up for the second annual Beach Run/Walk for America’s Warriors 5K and half marathon, which is scheduled for March 28. FloraBama is donating all registration fees to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. The Special Operations Warrior Foundation (firstname.lastname@example.org) ensures financial aide and counseling to families of fallen heroes. Last year, the Flora-Bama donated $6,230 from the inaugural event. The race will be held on the beach behind the Flora-Bama starting at 7:30 a.m. for the half marathon and 9 a.m. for the 5K run/walk. Entry fees (donations) are $45 for the half marathon and $25 for 5K run/walk up to March 13. Race registration fees will increase a $10 after March 13. For more information, contact Jenifer Surface Ivey at email@example.com or go to www.flora bama.com.
Dates announced for Senior Follies The theme for the 18th annual Pensacola Seniors Follies will be “Those Were the Days.” The two-hour song-and-dance comedy review is scheduled for March 13-15 at WSRE-TV Jean & Paul Amos Performance Studio. Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. March 13 and 2 p.m. March 14 and March 15. Proceeds will go to support various senior programs in the community. Tickets can be purchased at Bayview Senior Center and West Escambia Senior Center. Ticket information is available by calling 453-3016 or 417-7736.
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National Women’s History Month
2015:Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives From www.NWHP.org
arch is National Women’s History Month. Every year the National Women’s History Project selects a unifying theme to be shared with all who want to promote women’s history. This year’s theme – “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives” – presents the opportunity to weave women’s stories, both individually and collectively, into the essential fabric of our nation’s history. Accounts of the lives of individual women are critically important because they reveal exceptionally strong role models who share a more expansive vision of what a woman can do. The stories of women’s lives, and the choices they made, encourage girls and young women to think larger and bolder, and give boys and
ment and the National Women’s History Project. After decades of dedicated research and technological advances, the stories of American women from all cultures and classes are accessible and visible as never before. Numerous scholars and activists helped shape the Women’s History Movement, and also provided the research and energy which created and sustains the National Women’s History Project. During 2015, we recognize and celebrate the many ways that women’s history has become woven into the fabric of our national story.
men a fuller understanding of the female experience. Knowing women’s achievements challenges stereotypes and upends social assumptions about who women are and what women can accomplish today. There is a real power in hearing women’s stories, both personally and in a larger context. Remembering and recounting tales of our ancestors’ talents, sacrifices, and commitments inspires today’s generations and opens the way to the future. 2015 is also the 35th anniversary of the Women’s History Move-
Female naval aviators and other members of the public watch an interview that is part of “From Typewriters to Strike Fighters,” an exhibit that opened in 2013 at the National Naval Aviation Museum onboard NAS Pensacola. The multimedia presentation features historic images, interviews and artifacts that chronicle the history of women in naval aviation. Photo by Janet Thomas
Navy: Women’s contributions celebrated
Women in defense of our nation From http://www.public.navy.mil
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omen have served with great honor and valor in defense of the nation since the Revolutionary War in 1775. Deborah Sampson disguised herself as a man to fight in the Continental Army and Mary Ludwig Hays (“Molly Pitcher”) brought water to Soldiers on the battlefield. During World War I, women served as nurses, bilingual telephone operators, stenographers and clerks. During World War II, hundreds of thousands of women served the war effort at home and abroad performing a variety of jobs in intelligence, supply, medicine, communications and administration. Women also flew American military planes as carriers, test pilots and anti-aircraft artillery trainers. The contributions of these women convinced congressional leaders to pass the
1948 Women’s Armed Services Act, granting women more status in the United States military. Opportunities for women continued to increase during the Cold War era with the opening of the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), Chaplain Corps, Civil Engineer Corps and the service academies. By the 1990s women commanded ships, directed bases and flew jets for the U.S. military. In 1993, Congress repealed the combat exclusion law. That same year, Sheila Widnall became the first female secretary of the Air Force and the first woman to lead an entire branch of the U.S. military in the Department of De-
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fense. Today women constitute 15 percent of the total activeduty force and make vital contributions in overseas contingency operations. Female service members also assist with humanitarian
relief efforts in countries affected by earthquakes, flooding or famine. The opportunities for women to serve and achieve leadership positions have never been greater.
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Women’s History Month originated in 1978, when the Sonoma County, Calif., Commission on the Status of Women initiated a women’s history week to coincide with international womens day on March 8. In 1981, in response to growing support for the week, Congress passed a joint resolution proclaiming a women’s history week. The National Women’s History Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring and preserving women’s history, petitioned Congress in 1987 to expand the celebration to the entire month of March. Since then, National Women’s History Month has commemorated the diverse contributions women have made, and continue to make, to our nation. More information on the office of women’s policy and events, observances, policies, and instructions are available at the Navy Office of Women’s Policy (N134W) website at http://www. public. navy. mil/ bupers-npc/ organization/ bupers/ womenspolicy/.
Jokes & Groaners It was so cold in Pensacola ... The optician was giving away free ice scrapers with every new pair of eyeglasses. We had to chop up the piano for firewood – but we only got two chords. We pulled everything out of the freezer and huddled inside it to warm up. Starbucks was serving coffee on a stick. Politicians had their hands in their OWN pockets. When I turned on the shower – hail came out. Mom used a saw to serve the milk. I tried to take the garbage out – but it didn’t want to go. It took me two hours to walk one block – my shadow kept freezing to the sidewalk.
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NDSTC kicks off Year of the Military Diver By NETC PAO
ANAMA CITY, Fla. – The Honorable Gwen Graham, congresswoman representing Florida’s Second Congressional District and a member of the House Armed Services Committee, toured Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center (NDSTC) and helped kick off the Year of the Military of Diver (YOMD) Feb. 18. Graham was visiting area commands to become familiar with programs, personnel and readiness issues. While at NDSTC, Graham and her staff toured the facilities, observed the full range of students in dive training, including the hyperbaric recompression chamber and a dive-tender boat used to conduct offshore dives. NDSTC kicked off the Year of the Military Diver with a celebratory cake cutting, with the help of Graham, handing out the first piece of cake to the youngest diver present, Army Pvt. Timothy Sparks. “It was an honor to meet the
congresswoman and be part of this celebration as I start my new career as a diver,” said Sparks. Graham repeatedly stated how impressed she was with the training and expressed her gratitude for those military members and civilians for their service. She received some “hands on” training as she donned a military KM37 dive helmet used for salvage and saturation dives. “I’m honored to be here and to be in a position to recognize all that you do here,” said Graham. NDSTC Commanding Officer Cmdr. Hung Cao said military diving has a rich and storied history.
(Above, left) Cmdr. Hung Cao, Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center commanding officer, explains military dive systems and hyperbaric chamber controls to Rep. Gwen Graham during a visit to the Panama City, Fla., command. Photo by Ron Newsome
“The purpose of celebrating 2015 as the Year of the Military Diver is to bring awareness to the rich history of our nation’s men and women who have bravely served in times of need, forging the way for professional and recreational diving practice as we know it today,” said Cao. “The military diver has always been an invaluable asset and often an unsung hero to our nation.” Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center (NDSTC) will recognize 35 years of training this year and the 100th an-
niversary of the Mark V dive helmet to commemorate the Year of the Military Diver. The Mark V diving helmet, nicknamed the “copper collar,” is the most recognizable symbol of Navy diving. Originally designed as a firefighting tool, it was adapted for deep sea diving in 1915 according to the Diving Historical Society. The helmet went on to be the workhorse of the Navy deep sea diver for 65 years. Later models such as the MK21 and later the KM 37 reduced weight and created a
more ergonomic fit, while also providing contamination control. Other countries around the world still use the Mark V today. Commissioned in 1980, NDSTC is the largest diving facility in the world and trains more than 1,200 divers from all services in the Department of Defense, allied partners and other government agencies. For additional information on the Naval Education and Training Command, visit the NETC website: https:// www. netc. navy. mil.
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February 27, 2015
Race series celebrates history of Navy Yacht Club From the Navy Yacht Club of Pensacola
The Navy Yacht Club will present its first race in the Commodore’s Cup series tomorrow, Feb. 28. The series honors the yacht club’s history by celebrating all of the commodores who have been at the club’s helm during its 84-year existence. Throughout the years, various commodores have made their marks in upholding the traditions and accomplishments of the club and its members. Member are also looking forward to participating in the Viva Florida – Victory Florida Campaign, which will honor the 70th anniversary of the end of World
War II. The initiative recognizes the accomplishments and contributions that have been made by the diverse cultural groups and individuals who have made Florida their home and the Commodore’s Cup series is a component of the special recognition. Many of the founding members of the club were part of the World War II effort and the club struggled to maintain its existence during the lean war years. Persistence paid off, however, as the club still maintains its ef-
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forts in sailing, training, social and competitive endeavors. The club’s historic Navy Cup Competition (to be held June 13-14) was created during the resurgence of the club following the end of World War II. Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP) is known as the first aviation training center and played a key role in the World War II flight training program, but it is also known as the home of the Navy Yacht Club. This year’s commodore, John Matthews, has experience in keeping things on an even-keel. He has been the Gulf Yachting Association commodore, the Florida Commodore’s Association’s (FCA) commodore (he
earned the 4-Star Commodore’s Award this year from the FCA) and he is a past commodore for the Pensacola Yacht Club. Race registration and a regatta celebration social will begin at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 28 in the Crow’s Nest at the Bayou Grande Marina aboard NASP. Participants, spectators and anyone who is interested in the racing event is invited. Entry fee is $35 with U.S. Sailing membership and $40 for non-members. The skipper’s briefing for race competitors will be at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow, Feb. 28, and the race start is scheduled for noon. Following the race, participants and guests are in-
vited to anchor back at the Navy Yacht Club for post race festivities, which will include the the winner’s award ceremony. March 1 will be reserved as a make-up day if required. This is one of four races on Pensacola Bay throughout the year that count towards the overall Commodore’s Cup Series Trophy for each class. The next race is scheduled for April 18 and will be celebrated as the Anniversary Day Regatta. For registration and race information packages go to www.navypnsyc.org. For race information, contact Sue Stephenson, Navy Yacht Club fleet captain, by e-mail at email@example.com.
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A fan has his photograph taken with Chewbacca, a character from “Star Wars,” at Pensacon in 2014. Photo by Mike O’Connor
Fans line up for Pensacon From Pensacon
Pensacon 2015, an all-inclusive pop culture convention for the fan community, spanning the genres of comics, anime, sci-fi, horror, gaming and fantasy, is scheduled to start today, Feb. 27, and wrap up March 1. Events will take place at the Pensacola Bay Center, Crowne Plaza Grand Hotel and the Saenger Theatre. The size of the convention is predicted to double this year. A crowd of 20,000 to 30,000 attendees is expected to flood downtown Pensacola. “We have already outgrown the Bay Center, and we’re only in our second year,” said Ben Galecki, CEO of Pensacon. “Pensacon has not only
brought a world class event to Pensacola, but also a boon to local businesses and the community,” said Mike Ensley, Pensacon chairman. Celebrities will be on-hand all weekend to interact with fans, sign autographs, and take photos, including Star Trek icons Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhura), Marina Sirtis (Counselor Deanna Troi), and Garrett Wang (Harry Kim); Lita Ford, founding member of The Runaways; Boba Fett from “Star Wars,”Jeremy Bulloch; the sixth doctor of “Doctor Who,” Colin Baker; Georgina Leonidas, Katie Bell in “Harry Potter”; “Game of Thrones” cast Gethin Anthony (Renly Baratheon), Julian Glover (King’s Grand Maester Pycelle), Daniel Portman (Podrick Payne) and Finn Jones (Ser Loras Tyrell);
and a “Power Ranger” reunion. Comic book fans can interact with Batman artist, Neal Adams; celebrated “Star Wars” artist Dave Dorman; science fiction author Jody Lynn Nye; Marvel’s GI Joe comics’ writer, Larry Hama; and “Star Wars” and “X-Files” author, Kevin J. Anderson. Attendees can also browse and purchase pop culture collectibles on the vendor floor, sit in on interactive panels with celebrities, attend informational workshops, participate in contests and interact with fellow fans. Downtown businesses will be presenting themed parties all weekend again this year. To register, go to www.pensacon2015.eventbrite.com. For more information about the event, go to www.pensacon.com.
At the movies FRIDAY
“Black or White,” PG, 5 p.m.; “American Sniper,” R, 7:30 p.m.; “Project Almanac,” PG13, 5:30 p.m.; “The Boy Next Door,” R, 8 p.m.
“Paddington,” PG, noon; “Taken 3,” PG-13, 2 p.m.; “Project Almanac,” PG-13, 4:30 p.m.; “The Boy Next Door,” R, 7 p.m.; “The Wedding Ringer,” R, 9 p.m.; “Black or White,” PG, 12:30 p.m.; “The Imitation Game,” PG-13, 3 p.m.; “Selma,” PG-13, 5:30 p.m.; “American Sniper,” R, 8:30 p.m.
“Paddington,” PG, noon; “Black or White,” PG, 2 p.m.; “Project Almanac,” PG-13, 4:30 p.m.; “American Sniper,” R, 7 p.m.; “Selma,” PG-13, 12:30 p.m.; “Taken 3,” PG-13, 3 p.m.; “The Boy Next Door,” R, 5:30 p.m.; “The Wedding Ringer,” R, 7:30 p.m.
“Taken 3,” PG-13, 5 p.m.; “The Wedding Ringer,” R, 7:30 p.m.; “The Boy Next Door,” R, 5:10 p.m.; “American Sniper,” R, 7:10 p.m.
“Big Eyes,” PG-13, 5 p.m.; “The Imitation Game,” PG-13, 7:10 p.m.; “Project Almanac,” PG-13, 5:10 p.m.; “Black or White,” PG, 7:30 p.m.
“Selma,” PG-13, 5 p.m.; “Black or White,” PG, 7:30 p.m.; “Paddington,” PG, 5:10 p.m.; “American Sniper,” R, 7:10 p.m.
“The Boy Next Door,” R, 7:30 p.m.; “Paddington,” PG, 5:10 p.m.; “Project Almanac,” PG13, 7:10 p.m.
COST Regular: $3 adults, $1.50 children ages 6-11, free for 5 and younger 3D shows: $5 adults, $3 children ages 6-11, free for 5 and younger
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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.naspensacola-mwr.com. • Youth Sports soccer and baseball/ T ball: Register your child for soccer or baseball at the NASP Youth Center through today, Feb. 27 (8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.). The season runs March through May. There is a $50 registration fee per child, which includes a uniform and trophy. Registration open to all dependents of active-duty, retired military, DoD employees, contractors and reservists ages 4-14. For more information, call 452-3810. • Danger Zone Paintball: Sign up for the Paintball Challenge at Blue Angel Naval Recreation Area. Danger Zone Paintball is now open until 5 p.m. Monday and Friday for challenge events. The cost is $20 for activeduty and $30 for civilians and includes three acres of woodsball play, full equipment rental, 500 rounds of paint and free air refills. Reservations are required two weeks in advance. For details, call 281-5489. • The First Tee: Register for the program and take advantage of free golf lessons. Available free for children ages 7-18 of military personnel and civilian employees. Register at Youth Center, Bldg. 3690, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, contact Josh Meador at A.C. Reed Golf Course, 452-2454, or the Youth Center, 4522417. • Seabreeze Jazz Festival: The Information, Tickets and Travel (ITT) office at the NEX Mall on Highway 98 has discount tickets available for purchase for the Seabreeze Jazz Festival April 22-26. There are single-day, three-day and four-day tickets available. For more information, call 452-6354. • Aqua Zumba Classes: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at indoor pool, Bldg. 3828. Music and exercise classes are free. For more information, call 452-4392. • Down Da Mississippi Virtual Swim: Challenge yourself. Swim the length of the Mississippi River in the span of four months to promote your personal fitness goals. Average 30 miles per month. Swimmer have until the end of May to complete the task during lap and recreational swim times at indoor pool, For more information, call 452-9429. • Mission Nutrition and NOFFS Classes: Two certifications in one class. Course dates for 2015 are April 22-23 at Corry Navy Wellness Center, Bldg. 3712, and Aug. 25-16, Radford at Radford Fitness Center, Bldg. 4143. Class times 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, contact Nicole Gilchrest by phone at 452-7810 or by e-mail at nicole.gilchrest@ navy.mil. • MWR App: Navylife Pensacola app now Available for Android and Apple devices. It will allow you to view information on all services, programs and activities for NAS Pensacola including hours of operations, locations and GPS, description of services, and even call the facilities directly from your phone.
Liberty activities Liberty program events target young, unaccompanied active-duty military. New hours are 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday. 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://naspensacolamwr.com/singsail/liberty.htm.
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SAPR If you are a victim of sexual assault, it is not your fault. Help for victims of sexual assault in the DoD community is a call, click or text away: The SafeHelpline provides live, one-on-one crisis support and information by trained staff. Call: (877) 995-5247; click: www.SafeHelpline.org; or text: 55-247, CONUS; (202) 470-5546, OCONUS (may be extra charges for OCONUS). The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program provides prevention, intervention and a 24/7/365 response to non-intimate partner adult victims of sexual assault. Active-duty and adult family member sexual assault victims have a choice of reporting options, unrestricted and restricted. Unrestricted reporting allows victim to have an advocate, seek medical care, counseling, legal services, safety interventions and/or transfer, etc. To access an unrestricted report, the victim may report to his/her chain-ofcommand, security/law enforcement, NCIS, SAPR VA, SARC, or others. NCIS shall be notified by the CO and/or the VA/SARC in unrestricted cases to begin investigation. 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.
Worship schedule NAS Pensacola Protestant • Sunday School, all ages, 9 a.m. Sunday, Bldg. 634. • Worship service, 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel, Bldg. 1982. • Chapel choir, 12:30 p.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel. • Contemporary service, 6 p.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel. • Womenʼs Bible study, 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Bldg. 634. • Training Air Wing Six Bible Study, 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, Griffith Hall student lounge. • Bible study (for all), 7 p.m. Tuesday, Bldg. 634, back classrooms; 5 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 All Faiths Chapel. • Confessions: 30 minutes before services. Latter Day Saints • Service, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel. 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.
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Fleet and Family Support Center • 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 • Bʼnai 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 month). For information, call 438-3321 or go to http://templebethelofpensacola.org . Seventh-day Adventist • Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1080 North Blue Angel Parkway, Bible studies at 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: • Emergency Preparedness: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. today, Feb. 27. Each type of disaster requires different measures to keep you, your family and your pets safe. The best thing you can do is to be prepared. For information or to register, call 452-5609. • Conflict Management and Resolution: 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. today, Feb. 27. Workshop helps people manage conflict by examining attitudes and be-
haviors when faced with conflicting situations. Practice skills that prevent conflicts from escalating and learn how to work with others to solve problems. For more information or to register, call 452-5609. • Time to move: If you want help with PCS move stop by the FFSC. Move.mil assist workshops are available. It takes approximately 45 minutes to complete and is offered at at 4 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. Open to all branches. For information or to reserve a seat, call 452-5609.
Community Outreach NASP Community Outreach volunteer opportunities: • Perdido Spring Fest: A small town fair at 2221 South Blue Angel Parkway. Volunteers needed from March 914. March 9-10 volunteers will be needed midday to assist with event setup; March 1114 volunteers will be needed in the evening to assist with parking. Meals and transportation will be provided. • Mentoring: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at Child Development Center at NASP Corry Station. Volunteers needed to mentor
children after school. Mentors will assist with homework and study strategies, as well as being a good role model. • Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum: Numerous opportunities such as hosting tours, helping with events, maintenance and grounds upkeep. The NASP Community Outreach office tracks volunteer hours. Report any hours you work to receive due recognition. For information on volunteer activities, call 452-2532 or e-mail SH2 Patricia Cooper at patricia.cooper@Navy.mil.
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