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NAS Pensacola chapel to reopen today ... A rededication service is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. today, Feb. 28, at the Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel, which has been closed for more than a year for renovations. For more information, call 452-2341. See page B5 of Gosport for an updated list of services.

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NATTC’s ABH1 Charles Ellis named Margaret Flowers Civic Award winner By Aly Altonen NASP PAO Intern

ABH1(AW/SW) Charles Ellis

The Pensacola Navy League’s annual Military Recognition Day luncheon and Margaret Flowers Civic Award ceremony was held Feb. 27 to honor all nominees for their contributions to the community. Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan was the guest speaker. This year’s winner was ABH1 Charles Ellis Jr. from Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC). He was among 12

others from NAS Pensacola who were nominated for their outstanding service to the community. Ellis manages, supervises and mentors instructors and fleet Sailors in advanced aircraft fire fighting, rescue and salvage procedures. The following summary of Ellis’ achievements is sampled from his nomination package: • Volunteered 90 hours mentoring and counseling at Youth Reach in the Escambia County Juvenile program, which led to

several at-risk young adults within the community being accepted into the U.S. military. • Volunteered to supervise 22 students providing military presence to 10 Pensacola area facilities in the recognition of Veteran’s Day at Covenant Heart of Hospice. • Dedicated 80 hours of volunteer service to the local Ronald McDonald House, assisting more than six families by preparing meals and performing home repairs and yard work. • Volunteered 48 hours and

coordinated the efforts of 22 Sailors from the NATTC, which lead to the restoration of four properties for Habitat for Humanity. • Volunteered 156 hours coaching football and soccer for Perdido Key Youth Association, mentoring and coaching the basics of good sportsmanship and the importance of physical fitness.

See Flowers on page 2 • For coverage of the Margaret Flowers nominees, see page 4

Civilians of the Year announced for NAS Pensacola By Janet Thomas Gosport Staff Writer

Two civilian employees at Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP) got the “Oscar” treatment when they were recognized for their outstanding work in 2013. During an awards ceremony Feb. 21, NASP Commanding Officer Capt. Keith Hoskins presented awards to Christina Scott, who was selected as the command’s 2013 Senior Civilian of the Year (CoY), and Sandra Williams, who was selected as the command’s 2013 Junior Civilian of

the Year. Hoskins extended his personal congratulations for a “job well done” to each of the award winners, who each received an enthusiastic round of applause from the group of coworkers and guests gathered for the occasion. In a commendation letter, Scott was lauded for her “exceptional dedication, professionalism and superior performance” as an air traffic control specialist for the Air Operations Department at NAS Pensacola. Scott was described as

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(Above, left) Security personnel put together information during an active shooter incident for the 2014 Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield exercise. Photo by Aly Altonen. (Right) The active shooter lurks behind a wall at the 479th Flying Training Group Headquarters. Photo by Ken Smudzinski

Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2014 comes to a close By Aly Altonen NASP PAO Intern

NAS Pensacola Commanding Officer Capt. Keith Hoskins, left, congratulates the NASP command’s Senior Civilian of the Year for 2013 Christina Scott (right); Junior Civilian Sandra Williams (center) looks on. Photo by EM2 Joseph Arriesgado

For the past 10 days, Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, NAS Whiting Field, NASP Corry Station and Saufley Field have been participating in antiterrorism/ force protection exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2014. This exercise is conducted every year by Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command and Commander, Navy Installations Command on all continental United States naval installations. The reason for Solid CurtainCitadel Shield is to ensure the readiness of Navy security forces and to train them in real-life crisis situations.

Systems around the base, such as mass communication systems and telephone and e-mail alerts were active in coordination with an active shooter exercise that took place Feb. 19 inside the 479th Flying Training Group headquarters. “It was a good event for security forces, fire emergency services and NCIS to operate together using the incident command system to communicate with the emergency operations center, who communicated on up (to Navy Region Southeast),” said Chris Steinnecker, N7 Training and Readiness coordinator at NASP. More than 100 base personnel from multiple agencies participated in just this exercise. “NCIS

was fully involved with the event from the response, to securing the crime scene, preserving evidence, interviewing the witnesses/injured, and all the way to debriefing and assisting security forces,” Steinnecker said. The active shooter scenario was one of the larger exercises held onboard NASP. Gate entry control point events were held earlier this week as well. These included security drills such as false ID checks, surveillance of the posts and gate runners. According to Steinnecker, the outcomes were favorable overall. All events were regularly scheduled exercises and were not held in response to any specific threat.

African-American/Black History Month observance ... NAS Pensacola is scheduled to hold its annual African-American/Black History Month program at the Naval Aviation Schools Command auditorium today, Feb. 28, at 11:30 a.m. Guest speaker for the event will be NASP Commanding Officer Capt. Keith Hoskins. For more information, contact SH1(SW/AW) Lajoy Battle at 452-4755.

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NHP to continue to help TRICARE beneficiaries By Jason Bortz NHP PAO

Naval Hospital Pensacola (NHP) and its branch clinics will continue to help TRICARE beneficiaries with their military health care benefits after the TRICARE Service Centers (TSC) close. According to the Defense Health Agency website, all TSCs in the continental United States will end administrative walk-in services April 1, but beneficiaries will have Flowers from page 1

• Nominated as the NATTC POA fundraiser coordinator, responsible for coordinating and presiding over all POA fundraisers and events. • Coalition of Servicemen Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD) advocate efforts resulted in a 65 percent reduction in Liberty incidents. • Selected as 2013 Air Training Department Sailor of the first and second quarters for fiscal year 2013. “His unselfish dedication to the Pensacola community is evident by his willingness to volunteer his personal time while fostering a relationship of mutual respect between the Navy and the surrounding cities and counties,” said NATTC Commanding Officer Capt. Alan Dean. About the Navy League: With the cooperation and encouragement of President Theodore Roosevelt, the Navy League of the United States was formed to disseminate to citizens of the country, information as to the condition of our naval and maritime forces. The objective and purpose of the Navy League was simple – to educate and motivate the American people. The Navy League today conducts local, national and international educational programs aimed at garnering support and understanding of America’s maritime services and for the people who serve them. For more information on the Pensacola Council of the Navy League, go to http:// www. pensacola

access to TRICARE administrative services by either telephone or by visiting the TRICARE website. This change will not affect NHP’s Health Benefits offices, which will continue to provide TRICARE information, claims assistance and other related services at the main hospital and branch clinics. “We will continue to help beneficiaries with their TRICARE benefits in any way we can,” said Sally Rathbun, supervisor, Health Benefits Office,

NHP. “We can answer questions about their benefits including authorizations and referrals, assist with medical bills from other medical facilities or direct them to an appropriate TRICARE representative.” The Health Benefits Office at NHP is located on the first floor of the hospital near the coffee shop and can be contacted at 505-6916. Health benefits advisers are also located at all of NHP’s branch clinics. For more information about the TRICARE Service Centers, go to

Military Appreciation Night at Ice Flyers ... Capt. Keith Hoskins, commanding officer of Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP), drops the puck at a Pensacola Ice Flyers hockey game Feb. 20 at the Pensacola Bay Center. Hoskins was the guest of honor during pre-game festivities for Military Appreciation Night, one of the events marking the 100th year anniversary of NASP. Military service members were offered free tickets to the game. The Ice Flyers were defeated by the Mississippi Surge 5-4. Photo by Aly Altonen

‘Military Saves Week’ is Feb. 24-March 1

FFSC: Time to get out of debt From NASP Fleet and Family Support Center

Military Saves Week (Feb. 24March 1) is a chance for individuals to assess their savings and take financial action. Now is the time to take action and “Set a Goal. Make a Plan. Save Automatically.” Roughly one in six savers has selected paying off consumer debts as their wealth-building goal. That does not come as a surprise since, along with modest incomes, large consumer debts are the most important financial reason that people have trouble saving and building wealth. The good news is that there is hope. With planning, discipline, patience, and maybe some outside help, almost anyone can reduce their debts and start to accumulate wealth. Are you in trouble? If you answer “yes” to any of the following questions, then you probably need to get your debts under better control: 1. Can you only afford to make minimum payments on your credit cards? 2. Do you worry about finding the money to make monthly car payments? 3. Do you borrow money to pay off old debts? 4. Have you used a home equity loan to refinance credit card debts, then run up new revolving

balances on your cards? Why too much debt is costly? Borrowing more money than you can afford is costly in many ways. Americans spend more than $75 billion a year just on credit card interest and fees. That means that families who re-

Joe Henderson (right), a financial educator at NAS Pensacola’s Fleet and Family Support Center, assists SN Stephanie Horton as she signs up and takes the pledge to save, invest and pay down debt during Military Saves Week. FFSC photo

volve credit card balances pay an average of $1,500 a year in interest and fees. If they saved that $1,500 in an account with a five percent yield, in 40 years they would have nearly $200,000. Taking on too much debt also

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a subject-matter expert in all aspects of air traffic control and the “go-to,” on-thejob instructor (OJTI) for all phases of a trainee’s qualification process. She was for praised for displaying “an undaunted level of dedication,” which led to the completion of more than 618 training hours and 27 qualifications including the professional development of more than135

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pensive. People with lots of debt often say they lack peace of mind. They worry about paying off debts and making ends meet. The stress of these worries affects their family life, work performance, and other areas of their

Navy, Air Force and civilian instructor pilots. In addition, Scott is responsible to the commanding officer for the operational performance and professional development of two 18-controller watch teams and five civilians. Williams is fitness coordinator for Portside and Wenzel fitness centers, which are operated by NASP’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Department. According to her commendation letter,

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Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla.: A Bicentennial Defense Community Commanding Officer — Capt. Keith Hoskins Public Affairs Officer — Harry C. White 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.

lowers your credit score. That means you will end up paying higher interest rates on all your consumer and mortgage loans. A low credit score can also make it harder to rent an apartment, get utility services and even get a job. Too much debt isn’t just ex-

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

lives. How can you reduce your debts? The first step in getting out of debt is to stop borrowing. To do that, you have to stop spending more than you earn. So, make a budget and cut out any expenses you can. It may help to cut up your credit cards or lock them away in a safe place. While you are making a budget, figure out the most you can afford to pay each month to reduce your debts, then make those payments without fail. If you have debts on more than one credit card, either pay off the card with the highest interest rate first and work your way down to the card with the lowest rate, or pay off the smallest loan first and work your way up to the largest. Once you’ve paid off your debts, don’t give in to the temptation to start overspending again. Instead, take the money you were paying each month on your debts and begin to save it. That will give you a financial cushion the next time an emergency strikes. Where to get help? You can get assistance at the Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC), Bldg. 625, located onboard NAS Pensacola for free. FFSC personal financial managers and counselors are there to help and can be a asset in getting a debt repayment plan in order. They can be reached at 452-5102 and 4522631.

“her management skills were instrumental in the operations and maintenance of the fitness centers and basketball courts, which serve more than 37,000 patrons monthly.” Additionally, Williams was cited for her “unparalleled dedication” and her use of creative and innovative ideas in the execution of $129,000 in the Office of the Secretary of Defense grant money to replace aging equipment.

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Paradise is priceless, no matter where you find it By Lisa Smith Molinari Military Spouse Columnist

Be it a sub-tropical seaside villa in Florida, a rugged mountain chalet in Montana, an Upper East Side condominium in Manhattan, or a Duck-Dynasty-esque Louisiana creekside doublewide – everyone has their own idea of the perfect paradise. And everyone hopes that someday they will end up retiring there. As a military family, we have lived in the North, South, East and West. We have lived in the heat and we have lived in the cold, we have lived where it is wet and lived where it is dry. After more than 20 years of marriage, we still have not decided where we want to end up someday. But we have learned that, no matter where we find paradise, it always comes at a price. The purple mountain majesty and fresh-caught wild salmon of Alaska will cost prolonged darkness and gargantuan mosquitoes. The Painted Desert dawns and star-studded dusks in the Southwestern states will cost egg-frying temperatures and poisonous critters that like to hide in the garage. The flip-

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About the columnist Lisa Smith Molinari, mother of three, has been a military spouse for 20 years (and running). She also writes columns for Military Spouse magazine and a blog at www.themeat She and her family are stationed at Naval Station Newport in Rhode Island. flop friendly retirement mecca of Florida with its endless palm-studded sandy beaches and cornucopias of coconut shrimp will cost seven months a year of stifling swampy humidity, not to mention throngs

of turkey-leg munching theme park tourists. The anatomically flawless people, golf-perfect climate, and Spicoli-surfer vibe of California will cost damaging earthquakes, cray-cray politics, and jaw-dropping cost of living. The salt-of-the-earth folksiness and charming farming towns of the Midwest will cost land-locked monotony and trailer-tossing tornadoes. The quaintly clapboarded Northeast with its technicolor seasons will cost frigid, saltencrusted, pale, chapped, winters that seem to go on forever. We have lived in New England for six months now, and strangely, I love it here. Even though, as I write this column, a Nor’easter is howling through our base housing neighborhood in Newport, R.I., caking our windows with blown snow, depositing fourfoot drifts in our yard and causing the trees to strain ominously against the gusting winds. Ensconced in umpteen layers of clothing and copious applications of Chapstick, I stare out our frosted window and wonder how I could consider this place paradise. Why don’t I think, as many do, that long winters are too high a price to pay for this lobster-

fed, leafy New England lifestyle? Apparently, somewhere in my snowy Western Pennsylvania childhood, I was brainwashed. I loved winter. The sledding, the skiing, the skating, the icicles, the hot chocolate, the itchy wool sweaters, the waffle-woven long underwear, the runny noses, the cold toes, the roaring fires. To me, winter was nothing short of a total blast. In fact, one of the worst things that ever happened to me was when I broke my femur tobogganing one night in fifth grade. Sure, the broken leg was extremely painful, but what really hurt me was missing out on the entire blizzard of 1977 because I was laid up in the hospital in traction for six weeks. While all my friends were having the time of their lives slipping and sliding down every slope, embankment and drift in town when schools were closed for two weeks, I was watching “The Don Ho Show,” avoiding another Salisbury steak served on a pink Melmac hospital tray, and try-

ing to learn how to balance on a bedpan. After all that childhood conditioning, I now react to cold weather like Pavlov’s pooch when a bell rings. When those first snowflakes fall from the sky, a certain nostalgia wells up in me, and I get excited about everything winter brings. Like pots of hot soup and mittens drying on the radiator. Like rosy cheeks and paw prints in the snow. Like black leafless branches silhouetted against clear blue skies. For many, w i n t e r ’s dirty chunks of ice, slick roadways, salt-hazed cars and unrelenting chill are too much of a price to pay to live in northern climates. Sure, I will admit, when March rolls around I will be envying our Navy friends who are nursing their first sunburns in Hawaii and Florida. But the bright saffron and violet crocus heads will dot the northern landscape soon enough, heralding the muchanticipated arrival of spring. And besides, winter is a small price to pay, when you consider that finding your own perfect paradise is priceless.

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The 2013

Margaret Flowers Civic Award


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 ABH1 Charles Ellis Jr. (see profile 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.

ABE2 Jonathon Hollenbaugh, Naval Air Station Pensacola

Hollenbaugh volunteered more than 360 hours during calendar year 2013, providing much-needed assistance and support to both the community and the command. His volunteer efforts included the 2013 Selected Children’s Christmas Party, the Perdido Key Cubs T-ball Team, the Pensacola Country Club and the American Red Cross in working with recovery efforts after Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. His professionalism, leadership and organizational skills led to his selection as Departmental 3M assistant/workcenter supervisor for the Airfield Facilities Support Division. He is a model Sailor with impeccable professional bearing; he continually sets the standard for other Sailors to follow. AC1 Diana Novellano, Air Traffic Control Training Department, Naval Air Technical Training Center

Novellano consistently displays a genuine concern for the well-being of others, by selflessly dedicating her time to help those in need of counseling or personal assistance. She coordinated and led 26 volunteers in 530 hours of dedicated tutoring, mentorship and school beautification efforts at Montclair Elementary School. She also devoted 115 hours serving as the advancement chair for Cub Scouts Pack 602. As an ISA team member, she consistently ensured that the proper instructional techniques were up-to-date and utilized in accordance with NATTC directives. Novellano personifies not only what the 21st Century Sailor should strive to be, but truly embodies what it means to be a “citizen” of this great nation. AM2 Chad Baugh, Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels

Baugh is a positive community ambassador and his exemplary dedication and service as a volunteer firefighter and EMT have been far and above already superior performance as a Sailor. His completion of Firefighter/EMT basic training allows him to singularly respond to any emergency situation. In his time with Escambia County Fire Department and Seminole Alabama Volunteer Rescue Squad, he personally responded to more than 200 medical calls and 65 motor vehicle accidents. He also volunteers for Pensacola Habitat for Humanity and the University of South Alabama Women’s and Children’s Hospital. His unsurpassed devotion and contributions to the community speak volumes of his personal character. AS1 Christopher Kopec, Naval Air Technical Training Center

Kopec has volunteered 1,553 off-duty hours in the planning and execution of numerous community relations projects within the greater Pensacola area. His volunteer efforts included work with the MWR, VITA, Maritime Park, Pensacola Seafood Festival, Northeast Pensacola Youths Association and the South Youth Sports Association. His service and compassion to the local community has encouraged volunteerism of his fellow service members and is an inspiration for others to emulate. Kopec’s strong character contributes to his success as a leader, team player, and supporter in the Command and throughout the community in which he lives. He exhibits the highest standards of professionalism and is a true front-runner in every respect. AT1 George Wilcox, Avionics Training Department, Naval Air Technical Training Center

As the Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) assistant volunteer program coordinator, Wilcox organized and directed a total of 1,546 volunteers participating in 34 events supporting the local community with 11,536 total man-hours. He personally volunteered for 38 events accumulating a total of 91 hours of his own off-duty time. Additionally, he participated on teams that collected more than $14,500 supporting local charities. He is responsible for the instruction and supervision of eight classes each year … receiving high praises on end-of-course critiques for his ability to teach course material to a level easily understood by new students. His actions mirror Navy core values, and is an example for young service members to emulate.

BM1 Anthony Avila, Naval Aviation Schools Command

Avila’s uncompromising professionalism and service before self have directly contributed to the success of Naval Aviation Schools Command and the local Pensacola community. His dedication to the local community has positively impacted Pensacola community organizations and events including Day of Caring, Adopt-a-Highway and the Special Olympics. In addition to dedicating countless hours of his personal off-duty time toward volunteer efforts, he ensured the success of his staff and students under his charge while actively seeking additional responsibilities. True leadership by example is what this topnotch Sailor displays on a daily basis. He is a vital asset to Naval Aviation Schools Command and the Navy. CTN1 Ryan Greenbauer, Navy Information Operations Command, Pensacola

Greenbauer is a selfless servant of the community and a model Sailor. As the command community service coordinator, he coordinated 16 community service events involving 87 command members, providing more than 700 hours of service on behalf of Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC), Pensacola, and the Navy. These events included Habitat for Humanity, Adopt-aSchool, the Downtown Christmas Parade and the Adopta-Highway program. Through the course of his career, Greenbauer has faithfully and selflessly served both the Navy and the local community. He is a consummate team player who consistently exemplifies the Navy’s core values and embodies the concept of “service before self.” HM2 Joal Brown, Naval Hospital Pensacola

Brown continuously seeks out opportunities to assist others. As a valuable asset to Naval Hospital Pensacola, he made his presence felt in communities spanning from Tennessee to Florida. During his off-duty time, he volunteered 31 hours towards activities with the Ronald McDonald House, Habitat for Humanity, USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park, Salvation Army and helped with the Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show. He received two letters of appreciation from the commanding officer for his direct influence on Sailor retention and education. Brown’s tireless efforts to improve his community are remarkable. His sustained superior performance is evident in and out of the command. LS2 Christopher Carmichael, Navy Medicine Operational Training Center

Carmichael has served as a highly motivated and devoted coach for the Perdido Bay football and softball leagues. He has dedicated more than 600 hours coaching, mentoring and the development of 42 Pensacola area youth. Under his mentorship, he has instilled in his players the value of teamwork, respect, dedication and sportsmanship. Carmichael is an exceptional performer with great initiative. He continually strives to be an example to underprivileged youth as well as Sailors under his charge. Carmichael continuously demonstrates what is good about Sailors and will undoubtedly continue to grow as a leader in the U.S. Navy. Staff. Sgt. Jason Kurkierwicz, Aviation Maintenance Squadron 2, Marine Aviation Training Support Group 21

As an MWR youth soccer league coach, Kurkierwicz dedicated 150 hours of training, coaching, and leading some of Pensacola’s brightest young boys and girls. He also volunteered four hours of security to the Salute the Troops concert. He assisted in coordination, setup and the execution of the annual Semper Fi 5K run and served as staff non commissioned officer in charge of the Marine Aviation Training Support Group. He is an outstanding citizen who serves in many capacities. His abilities to successfully balance a challenging military career, instruct at a demanding school and find the time to dedicate himself to others, speak volumes his character. Tech. Sgt. Edward DeAlejandro, 359th Training Squadron, Detachment 1

DeAlejandro has amassed 702 hours of personal volunteer time and coordinated 251 volunteers that accumulated a combined 879 volunteer hours. His efforts have impacted every facet of the Pensacola community – from raising money for sick children with the Ronald McDonald House to giving Medal of Honor recipient Col. Bud Day a final salute at Barrancas National Cemetery. He spearheaded the unit’s Wingman Day and is an assistant scout master in the Boy Scouts. He is not just molding the next generation of civic leaders; he is building better Americans. He is a leader within the detachment and his character is beyond reproach. Lance Cpl. Haley L. Tacey, Aviation Maintenance Squadron 1, Marine Aviation Training Support Group 21

Tacey has distinguished herself by spending numerous hours volunteering for the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Northwest Florida. She continuously mentors young children and provides a positive example for them to emulate. To date she has completed more than 70 hours of her free time to help with the social, academic and emotional development of an 11-year-old girl. In the short time that Tacey has been assigned to Marine Aviation Training Support Group 21, she has accomplished more for her fellow Marines and her community than the average 20 year old. Her selfless devotion to good service, to her community and to those in need is commendable.



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NHP: Education key during American Heart Month Story, photos by MC1 James Stenberg NHP PAO


ebruary is American Heart Health Month, a time dedicated to educating Americans about the risks and benefits associated with the health of such a vital organ. Heart disease remains the nation’s No. 1 cause of death for both men and women. Every year heart disease takes the lives of about 715,000 Americans or approximately one out of every four deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control. “Any kind of abnormalities of the heart can fall under heart disease,” said HM1Anh Nguyen, leading petty officer, Naval Hospital Pensacola (NHP) Cardiology Clinic. “The main areas we look at are the blood vessels of the heart, also known as the coronary arteries.” One of the most common symptoms associated with heart disease is chest pain. A person can develop chest pains for various reasons such as a muscle skele-

A cardiology technician at Naval Hospital Pensacola (NHP) reviews an echocardiogram during a patient’s visit to NHP’s Cardiology Clinic Feb. 13. The hospital’s cardiology clinic evaluates patients with chest pain to rule out or confirm heart disease.

tal disorder, muscle strain, muscle pull, acid reflux, heartburn, indigestion or a problem with the heart. It is often difficult to differentiate whether chest pain is associated with the heart or a different part of the body. “We see patients of all ages and evaluate their chest pain to determine if it is a heart pain or non-cardiac pain, meaning not coming from the heart,” said Cmdr. Jerry Chandler, cardiologist at NHP. If a heart disease is discovered during an evaluation, one of the most common types is coronary artery disease. It is caused by plaque buildup in the walls of arteries, which in turn restricts blood flow to the heart causing discomfort, chest pain and eventually heart failure. “Coronary artery disease is when the fatty deposits in the plaque line the walls of the arteries that give the heart its blood supply,” said Nguyen. “Over time, as those arteries become significantly blocked, they can cause a heart attack.” The coronary arteries supply the heart with the blood it needs to operate properly. When the heart cannot get the blood flow it needs, it stops. To help prevent this from happening, Chandler and Nguyen give A vital signs monitor shows the heart rate, oxygen two primary pieces of advice. saturation and blood pressure on a simulated patient “Exercise. Exercise. Exercise,” said Chandler. “Exat NHP. ercise is really important. You should exercise as many

days of the week as possible for 30 to 45 minutes. Running is great if you can, but if you have some orthopedic problems or have knee pain and can’t run, you can get an effective cardiovascular workout while walking briskly.” “Don’t smoke,” added Nguyen. “Smoking may not affect you in the immediate term, but 10, 15, 20 years down the line, when you turn 50 or 60, it takes a toll. The longer your heart is healthy, the longer you can potentially live.” Even with leading a completely heart healthy lifestyle, a person’s arteries will still get some clogging. “As we go through life, our arteries, just through the natural process of aging, are going to get a little bit clogged with fatty deposits of plaque,” said Nguyen. “That’s why the (goal) is prevention. By having a healthy diet, exercise and controlling your blood pressure, our hope is that (arteries) don’t become so blocked that we have to do something.” NHP supports a heart healthy lifestyle with a variety of options for beneficiaries including smoking cessation classes, lifestyle coaches and dietitians. If beneficiaries would like more information, they can contact their Medical Home Port Team to discuss options.



February 28, 2014


Whiting Sailor honored with Quilt of Valor Story, photo by Jay Cope NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs


ust a few short weeks after returning from an individual augmentee (IA) tour in Afghanistan, MAC Kenneth Pratt received a pleasant reminder of what his service meant to those he took an oath to protect. Anita Stephens and Betty Davis from the Flying Needles Quilt Guild in Niceville presented Pratt with a quilt in honor of his commitment to the Navy and nation. The 65inch by 75-inch red, white, and blue quilt followed a Navy theme and is one of thousands presented each year to returning service members each year as part of the Quilts of Valor (QoV)

program. The QoV program has been giving quilts to those wounded or touched by war since 2003. The organization was founded by a Blue Star mother, Catherine Roberts, who began the foundation in response to her son’s deployment to Iraq. She acted on a “desire to see that returning warriors were welcomed home with the love and

gratitude they deserved,” according to the QoV website, The Flying Needles Quilt Guild is one of hundreds of organizations across the country to participate in the QoV program. More information Anita Stephens and Betty Davis from the Flying Needles Quilt Guild in Niceville preson the group may be ent MAC Kenneth Pratt with a Quilt of Valor in honor of his overseas service. found at personal security officer bined Joint Interagency rity office on base with Pratt returned from for the command ser- Task Force 435. Stephens his wife, Sarah, and two Afghanistan Nov. 19, geant major and convoy and Davis presented the daughters, Gracie and where he served as the commander for Com- quilt to Pratt at the secu- Carleigh, in attendance.

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Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Michael D. Klakring (Commodore’s List with Distinction) and ITN Navy Ens. Christopher A. Boynton, Navy Ens. Cody R. Robison (Commodore’s List) Ens. Marco G. Raciti received their academic achievement awards Feb. 7 in the Train- and Navy Ens. Brett A. Kruhoeffer received their academic achievement awards Feb. 14 in the Training Air Wing Five headquarters building. ing Air Wing Five headquarters building.

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Ash Wednesday services announced

Command Chaplain Cmdr. Steven “Todd” Orren has announced that Ash Wednesday services will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. March 5 at Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP) and at 5:30 p.m. March 5 at NASP Corry Station. For more information, call 452-2341.

Work day to focus on invasive species

A National Invasive Species Week work day is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon March 5 at Navy Point Park, 10 Greve Road, in Warrington. Volunteers are needed to cleanup the park and remove invasive species. Volunteers will meet in the parking lot on Northwest Syrcle Drive and Sunset Avenue. Bring water and work gloves. The work day is sponsored by the Six Rivers Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area, The Six Rivers CISMA was established in 2009 to facilitate a network for land managers to address the growing threat of invasive non-native species in Northwest Florida. National Invasive Species Week in Florida occurs during two weeks from Feb. 22-March 9. For more info contact Mark Gibson, Navy Natural Resources manager, at 452-3131, ext 3008.

Phyllis Hain to sign books at NEX

Phyllis Hain is scheduled to sign copies of her recently released autobiography,“Diamond in the Dark: Leaving the Shadow of Abuse,” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 7 at the Pensacola Navy Exchange Mall, 5600 Highway 98 West. Hain, who retired in 2012 as the education services facilitator for the Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP) Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC), spent 21 years as a DoD employee aboard NASP. For 5½ of those years, she was the coordinator of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program and worked with sexual assault victims. In 2006, she was named the Civilian Employee of the Year for her educational work in prevention of sexual assault. For more information, call 453-5311.

Commissary plans special sales events

Officials at the Pensacola NAS Commissary, 5800 West Highway 98, have announced a new program called “Thrifty Thursday.” Today’s sale will feature dog and cat products by Nestle. From 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every Thursday the commissary will feature a sidewalk sale, weather permitting. The sales will be posted on a calender at The commissary has also scheduled a “Fill Your Freezer Sale” from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 28 and 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 29 for National March Frozen Food Month. For more information, call 452-6880.

Women’s retreat to be held March 8

The Protestant Women of the Chapel at the Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel have scheduled the group’s annual retreat for 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 8 at the Pensacola Yacht Club. The theme is “Covered in Prayer,” and the guest speaker will be Bette Crouse. The cost is $20 and includes continental breakfast and lunch. Registration and payment is due no later than March 2. For more information and to register, contact Wanda Roberts by phone at 291-4545 or by e-mail at Checks should be made out to Olen Dobbins.

Reserve seat for food safety course

A Food Safety Supervisor/Manager Course is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 11 and 12 onboard NASP Corry Station in Bldg. 3776 (behind Army Vet Clinic). Attendees will receive the fiveyear person in charge certification required for Navy and Marine Corps food service establishments. Class seats can be reserved until March 4 by contacting the Naval Hospital Pensacola’s Preventive Medicine Department by phone at 452-6768 or by e-mail at PCOLA-PreventiveMedicine@med.

School choice applications available

Online applications for elementary choice programs are being accepted through March 14 for magnet or career academy schools within the Escambia County School District. Applications can be submitted through the following link: If you have any questions, call School Choice at 469-5580, or contact Carissa Bergosh, NASP school liaison officer, at 293-0322.

‘Crimes of the Heart’ on stage in Pace

Panhandle Community Theatre is presenting “Crimes of the Heart” at 7:30 p.m. today, Feb. 28. Other performances are scheduled for March 1 and March 2. Tickets are $9 to $12. Seating is limited. For reservations, call (850) 221-7599, or e-mail The theatre is located at 4646 Woodbine Road in Storage

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SAPR program training scheduled The NASP Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) program will be offering point of contact, command liaison and data collection coordinator training in March. The point of contact class will take place 8 a.m. to noon March 5; the command liaison training will take place 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 6; and the data collection coordinator course take place 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. March 7. All classes will be taught at the Fleet and Family Support Center. The last day for registration is March 4. To sign up for training, contact one of the NASP Sexual Assault Response Coordinators (SARCs), Lillie Johnson by phone at 452-5109 or by e-mail, or Rachel Phillips by phone at 452-5328 or by email at You can also contact the NASP SAPR civilian victim’s advocate, Anne Ballensinger, by phone at 452-9017 or by e-mail at, or call the Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) at 452-5990, ext. 0. Masters Center off Highway 90 in Pace. For more information, go to http://panhandle

Weather group announces reunion

The Naval Weather Service Association has scheduled its 40th reunion for April 27-May 1 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Pensacola. Anyone interested in meteorology or oceanography is invited to attend. Events, cost, and registration form can be found at Registration deadline is March 1. For more information, contact Patrick O’Brien at or 968-0552.

School to present auction March 1

Escambia Christian School will presents its 10th annual “A Bid for Excellence” auction March 1 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. Live auction will begin at 6 p.m. Cost is $30 per person. Seating is limited. For more information, call 433-8476.

Chefs to compete in Cajun cook-off

Seven restaurants are signed up for a Mardi Gras Cajun Cook-off scheduled for March 1. The professional chefs dueling for bragging rights and $500 in prizes will represent Flora-Bama Yacht Club, Happy Harbor, Joe Patti Seafood, The Crab Trap, Triggers, Las Brisa and Fisherman’s Corner. In addition, a “backyard cook-off” will be held for amateur chefs who will compete for a separate pot of $500 in prize money. The food is part of a day of fun at Hub Stacey’s at the Point, Galvez Landing, off Innerarity Point Road. A boat parade starts at Hub Stacy’s at noon and travels to the Oyster Bar, Sunset Grille and the Flora-Bama Yacht Club before returning. Boaters will throw beads and moon pies to spectators on the shore. Live music begins with the Foxy Iguanas at 2 p.m., followed by T’Monde Cajun Band at 4 p.m. and Acadien Cajun Band from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fireworks will cap the event at 8 p.m. For more information, go to www.visit or call 492-4660.

PSC presenting Lumberjack Festival

Get ready to roll – log roll, that is – at the 26th annual Forestry Conclave and Lumberjack Festival from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow, March 1, at Pensacola State College’s Milton campus, 5988 Highway 90. The free community event features adult forestry skills competitions all day; events for children (12 and younger) 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.; and events for juniors (13-15) 11 a.m. to noon. Competitions include knife and axe throwing, log rolling, bow sawing, cross-cut sawing and pulpwood tossing. Competitors must be 16 or older to compete in the adult division. There is a $3 participation fee for the first event and $1 per person fee for each additional event. Children, senior citizens and high school students compete for free. The event will also feature food, bluegrass music, children’s activities and nature and wildlife exhibits. While the supply lasts, festival-goers also will be able to select free tree seedlings and receive information from experts on planting and proper care. For more information, call 484-4463 or go to

Rage 5K event scheduled for March 22

The Rage 5K event is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. March 22 at Pensacola Maritime Park Amphitheater, 301 West Main Street. The event is a night run, walk and dance through downtown. It will begin at dusk with a pre-run event. Participants will run, walk or dance through black light areas, lasers and lights that will show off things that glow. There will be three stations with DJs. For competitive runners there will be a run clock available and optional chipped timing available. Tickets start at $20. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Ronald McDonald House. For more information, go to or e-mail

Antarctic explorers scheduled to meet

The Gulf Coast Group Chapter of the Old Antarctic Explorers Association (OAEA) will meet at noon tomorrow, March 1, at the Shrimp Basket Restaurant, 709 North Navy Blvd. All interested parties are welcome. For more information, call 456-3556.

Blue Angel Modelfest to be March 15

The Pensacola Chapter of the International Plastic Modelers Society and the Panhandle Miniature Figures Society have scheduled the 2014 Blue Angel Modelfest Scale Model and Miniature Figure Expo for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 15 at the University of West Florida Conference Center, Bldg. 22. The Blue Angel Modelfest is a contest and exhibition featuring scale models and miniature figures in 48 categories. Hobbyists from the Pensacola area, the Gulf Coast and the Southeast United States will be in attendance. There will be multiple categories for youth, as well as a make-and-take model-building workshop for children, and seminars for modelmakers of all ages. Entry fees for contestants are $20 for adults, and $10 for ages 17 and younger. The public is welcome. General admission is $5 for adults; free for children 6 and younger. Proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Pensacola Public Library Foundation for children’s programs. For more information, contact Modelfest coordinator Kim Sheldon at 479-2629 (e-mail, or go to www.pensacola

Show features stories of the Wild West

“Buffalo Chip Speaks,” a one-man show featuring Don Parker, is scheduled to light up the stage with tales of the Wild West at 7:30 p.m. today, Feb. 28, and tomorrow, March 1, and 2:30 p.m. March 2 at 4 in the M.C. Blanchard Courtroom at Pensacola Little Theatre, 400 South Jefferson Street. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $17 for café seating. For ticket information, call 432-2042. The show is written and performed by Don Parker and all proceeds will go to Pensacola Little Theatre. For more information, go to www.Pensacola or or call 434-0257.

‘24 Hour Theatre’ to take the stage

Auditions are scheduled for 8 p.m. March 7 for Pensacola Little Theatre’s Studio 400 Production of “24 Hour Theatre.” The directors and cast show up in the morning and spend the entire day rehearsing for the performance, which is scheduled for 8 p.m. March 8. Five short one-act plays will be performed. Tickets are $10 for general admission. For more information, go to www.Pensacola or or call 434-0257.

Jazz ensemble to perform at PSC

Pensacola State College’s Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. March 6 at the Ashmore Fine Arts Auditorium, Bldg. 8, on the Pensacola campus. The public is invited and no tickets are required for this Lyceum Series event. For more information, contact Don Snowden, PSC Performing Arts Department head, at 484-1800 or For the complete Lyceum Series schedule, go to

Motorcyle club plans show April 19

The Green Knights Military Motorcyle Club, Chapter 108, serving NAS Pensacola and Corry Station has scheduled the second annual “Rumble in the Lot” bike show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 19 at Eagle’s Talon on Copter Road. Registration begins at 8 a.m. All proceeds will go to Northwest Florida Great Dane Rescue. Music by Dopamine Experience; food plates by donation. Categories will include best in show, need most improvement, loudest pipes and quietest pipes. For more information, call Jerod “UG” Lee at (808) 389-9318.

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Mardi Gras

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 kept the 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 one-float 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. Cain himself participated in each year’s festivity until he died at age 72.

During a previous year’s downtown Pensacola parade, (clockwise) Krewe of Mystic Mafia, revelers from Krewe du Ya-Yas and bead-begging crowds. Photos by Mike O’Connor

Mardi Gras happenings in the Pensacola area • 60th annual Krewe of Lafitte Illuminated Parade at 8 p.m. tonight, Feb. 28, in downtown Pensacola. For more information, call 436-7638 or go to • Pensacola Grand Mardi Gras parade at 2 p.m. March 1 in downtown Pensacola. • Perdido Key Mardi Gras Festival and Cajun Cook-off from noon to 8 p.m. March 1. The event, which will include a boat parade, fireworks and live music, will be centered around Hub Stacy’s at the Point, Galvez Landing. • Krewe of Wrecks Pensacola Beach Parade at 2 p.m. March 2 (rain or shine). • Red Beans and Rice at 11 a.m. March 3 Casino Beach parking lot on Pensacola Beach. • Pensacola Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday Celebration from 5:30 p.m. to midnight March 4 in downtown Pensacola. For more information on events in Pensacola, call 436-7638 or go to For more information on events at Pensacola Beach, call 932-1500 or go to For more information on events in Perdido Key, call 492-4660 or go to

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February 28, 2014

NETPDTC 2013 Civilian of the Year announced By Katrina Gergely NETPDTC Public Affairs


he Naval Education and Training Professional Development and Technology Center (NETPDTC) announced its 2013 Civilian of the Year (CoY) Feb. 13. The 2013 CoY, mathematical statistician Andrea Ducker, works for the Navy Advancement Center (NAC) in the exam execution division designing, developing and performing statistical functions and controls that ensure the accuracy and integrity of the Navy Enlisted Advancement System (NEAS) process. NEAS provides administrative advancements and exam development, directly impacting more than 300,000 Sailors per year. “I was surprised to find out

Blue Angels lend a hand at food bank

that I had been selected as CoY,” said Ducker. “The other nominees are all very talented, hardworking individuals. It is an honor and I’m grateful just for being nominated.” Ducker started with NETPDTC in 2008 as a cooperative education student while simultaneously attending the University of West Florida in Pensacola. She has worked on a number of projects supporting critical Navy personnel programs including researching and developing statistical projects for use in NAC’s evolving

exam development processes. This included work on exam and question psychometrics, exam bank management and exam construction. Psychometrics is a branch of clinical or applied psychology dealing with the use and application of mental measurement. “This project has been one of the most challenging experiences I’ve encountered,” said Ducker. “I’ve enjoyed working with my peers, learning different processes and exchanging ideas to develop creative solutions.” Sue Dickerson, a co-worker in the NETPDTC Statistical Analysis Branch, credited Ducker’s insight into the exam process for her CoY selection. “Much of our successful work is due to Andrea’s abilities, one being the ability to see both the big picture and the details from all angles,” said Dickerson. “When we are on a team together my confidence about the decisions and analy-

By MC1 Eric Rowley Blue Angels PAO

NILAND, Calif. (NNS) – Members of the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, helped sort and bag donated food at the Niland Food Shed to give to 219 families in need in Niland, Calif., Feb. 19. Several Blue Angels team members, along with Lt. Jared Smith, Naval Air Facility (NAF) El Centro base chaplain, assisted in bagging and distributing more than 400 bags of food for those in need in the Niland area. “I want to thank the Blue Angels for coming

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sis we provide is much greater.” Ducker’s supervisor, NAC’s Statistical Analysis Branch Head Darlene Barrow, relies on Ducker’s abilities to develop output for in-house requests and for projects supporting the Department of Defense. “Andrea has a deep understanding of statistics, great insight on project requirements, a tremendous ability in analyzing data, and provides fast turnaround on output requested,” said Barrow. “Andrea’s work is definitely

to our Niland community relations event,” said Smith. “Their presence and participation help bring added awareness to the needs of the Niland community and the efforts of the Imperial Valley Food Bank to meet those needs,” he added. AM1 Arnold Bredesen, assigned to the Blue Angels power plants work center, said he enjoyed helping the volunteers and community. “I had a great time today,” Bredesen said. “Being able to help so many people with the Blue Angels team is extremely rewarding.” AM1 Eric Van Damme, assigned to the airframes work center, commented on why he en-

important to the Navy.” During a recent all hands event, Capt. Janet Lomax, NETPDTC’s commanding officer, said Ducker is a true superstar and recognized her for spending extensive man-hours researching innovative statistical methods and approaches for exam and item statistics. “Mrs. Ducker’s evaluative analysis on past exam administration and test item banks were invaluable to the Navy Advancement Center exam development processes,” said Lomax. “Employees like Mrs. Ducker work quietly behind the scenes, but their efforts pay huge dividends in achieving our command mission. I continue to be awed and inspired by the NETPDTC Team.” For more information about the Navy Advancement Center and the Navy Enlisted Advancement System visit https:// www. pages/ Navy- AdvancementCenter.

joys the opportunity to support this effort. “It’s great to be able to do community outreach again,” he said. “Helping at the Niland Food Shed is a great way to kick off our 2014 air show season.” Throughout the year, Blue Angels team members participate in community outreach programs similar to the Niland Food Shed at their home in Pensacola and at many of the air show sites they visit. The Blue Angels are currently conducting winter training at NAF El Centro and are preparing for the 2014 air show season, which kicks off at NAF El Centro March 15.

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Gulf Islands National Seashore is offering “Peddling Pickens,” a series of ranger-led bicycle tours in March. The bike tours are scheduled for 10 a.m. on the first, second and fourth Saturdays in March. “Springtime is a great time to get some exercise and discover some of the natural and cultural treasures that make the seashore worth preserving,” said Park Superintendent Dan Brown. “National Parks are rec-

ognized as ideal locations for physical fitness activities and Gulf Islands National Seashore is no exception.” The leisurely rides will take place on the old narrow gauge railroad path the Army built in the early 1900s. Riders must bring their own bicycles and individuals younger than 18 must bring and wear their own helmet. Gulf Islands National Seashore is participating first lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move Outside” initiative that encourages physical fit-

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Visit the forts • Fort Pickens area: Open 7 a.m. to sunset daily and the fort is open 8 a.m. to sunset. The visitor center and museum are open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily March through October and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. November through February. Guided tours are 2 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. • Fort Barrancas area: Located aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola, the visitor center and fort are open 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Saturday January through February and 9:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. in March. Advanced Redoubt guided tours are at 11 a.m., Fort Barrancas guided tours are at 2 p.m.

ness outdoors. Two free spring break archaeology activities are also on the schedule

at Fort Pickens. The activities will be presented in partnership with the Florida Public Archaeol-

ogy Network (FPAN). • Tour de Fort is a bicycling tour of the archaeological sites along the Florida National Scenic Trail near Fort Pickens. Participants will meet at 10 a.m. March 20 at the Fort Pickens Auditorium, where an FPAN archaeologist will present a program prior to the tour. The ride will be approximately four miles and is expected to take about two hours. The tour will stop at sites where the archaeology, history and ecology of the area will be dis-

cussed. Bring water, sunscreen, sunglasses, your bicycle and a helmet. • Shipwrecks of Pensacola Bay, an indoor presentation by Dr. Della Scott-Ireton of FPAN, is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. March 22 at the Fort Pickens auditorium. The presentation will focus on the history and archeology of several shipwrecks of Pensacola Bay. The programs are free; however, there is an $8 entrance fee to the Fort Pickens area. For more information, call 934-2600 or go to





February 28, 2014

Morale, Welfare and Recreation

A boy poses with the Winter Wonderland mascots at last year’s event. Photos by Billy Enfinger

Come out for some fun in the ‘snow’ NASP Morale, Welfare and Recreation

Track down your mittens and scarves because snow is in the forecast aboard NAS Pensacola. Round up the family and Winter Wonderland come enjoy • When: 4 to 8 p.m. today, sledding, penFeb. 28. • Where: Old hospital guin bowling, grounds across from Mustin golf chipping, Beach Club. ice fishing, an • Cost: $2 per person (free obstacle course, for 2 and younger). bungee jump• For information: 452- ing, inflatable 3806, ext. 3140, or www.nas games, a rock climbing wall, a coloring mural, prizes, games and more. The event is open to all MWR authorized patrons: active duty, retirees, DoD civilians and their

A girl and her father ride down the hill in 2013. A sledding hill was created with 40,000 pounds of ice.

families. There will be a $2 entry fee. Food and drinks will be available to purchase. Sponsors include Pen Air Federal Credit Union, KIA Autosport, USAA, Home Depot, Fletcher’s Jewelers, Allied United, T Mobile, Pepsi and Domino’s Pizza.

At the movies FRIDAY

“I, Frankenstein” (3D), PG-13, 5 p.m.; “That Awkward Moment,” R, 7 p.m.; “Ride Along,” PG-13, 9 p.m.; “Labor Day,” PG-13, 6 p.m.; “Vampire Academy,” PG-13, 8:30 p.m.


“The Nut Job” (2D), PG, noon; “Vampire Academy,” PG-13, 2 p.m.; “300: Rise of an Empire” (3D), R, 5 p.m. (free admission); “Ride Along,” PG-13, 8 p.m.; “Labor Day,” PG-13, 1 p.m.; “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” PG-13, 3:30 p.m.; “Lone Survivor,” R, 6 p.m.; “That Awkward Moment,” R, 8:30 p.m.


“Vampire Academy,” PG-13, noon; “The Nut Job” (2D), PG, 2:30 p.m.; “The Legend of Hercules” (3D), PG-13, 4:30 p.m.; “Lone Survivor,” R, 7 p.m.; “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” PG-13, 12:30 p.m.; “Ride Along,” PG-13, 3 p.m.; “I, Frankenstein” (2D), PG-13, 5:30 p.m.; “That Awkward Moment,” R, 7:30 p.m.


“I, Frankenstein” (3D), PG-13, 5 p.m.; “The Legend of Hercules” (3D), PG-13, 7 p.m.; “That Awkward Moment,” R, 5:30 p.m.; “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” PG-13, 7:30 p.m.


“Ride Along,” PG-13, 5 p.m.; “Her,” R, 7:10 p.m.; “Vampire Academy,” PG-13, 5:10 p.m. “Lone Survivor,” R, 7:30 p.m.


“The Legend of Hercules” (3D), PG-13, 5 p.m.; “Lone Survivor,” R, 7:30 p.m.; “The Nut Job” (2D), PG, 5:10 p.m.; “August: Osage County,” R, 7:10 p.m.


“The Nut Job” (2D), PG, 5 p.m.; “Labor Day,” PG-13, 7 p.m.; “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” PG-13, 5:10 p.m.; “I, Frankenstein” (2D), PG-13, 7:30 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

Details: 452-3522 or

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 visit the MWR website at • Youth Soccer and Baseball: Today, Feb. 28, is the last day to register at the NASP Youth Center (8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.). The season runs from March through May and games are at the Navy Youth Sports complex on Highway 98. The $50 registration fee includes uniform and trophy. Registration is open to dependents of active-duty or retired military, DoD employees, contractors and reservists ages 4-14. For information, call 452-3810 or 452-2417. • Youth Center First Tee Military Affiliate Program: The program is now being offered at the NASP Youth Center for authorized dependents ages 8-13. Children learn life skills and character education through golf. The free program begins March 10 and will be held every Monday through the end of April. Register at the NASP Youth Center, Bldg. 3690. For more information, call 452-2417. • 2014 Navy MWR Team Bowling Championships: Active-duty personnel will be competing on the NASP bowling team at the Corry Bowling Center. Try outs were held in advance; 20-week competition started Feb. 27. For more information, call 452-4380. • Navy Operational Fitness and Fueling: Register for NOFFS performance training. Oneday course will teach you how to execute the exercises in the NOFFS program. Classes 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 6, May 8, July 10, Aug. 7 and Oct. 2 at Radford Fitness Center. To register, email Brian Hannah at For more information, call 452-6198. • Powder Puff Football: March 29 on lawn in front of Portside Fitness Center. Ten women teams (15 team maximum). Sign up at Portside Fitness Center March 1 through March 29. For more information, call 452-7810. • Captainʼs Cup events: NAS Pensacola Captain’s Cup Sports – golf league, 1 p.m. March 19; dodge ball 11:15 a.m. March 24; and softball, 4:30 p.m. April 7. NASP Corry Captain’s Cup Sports – racquetball singles tournament, 11:15 a.m. March 5; golf scramble, 11 a.m. April 4; and softball, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. April 8. Entry deadlines for all events. For more information about NASP Intramural Sports, call 452-4391, or e-mail or For more information about NASP Corry Intramural Sports, call 452-6520 or e-mail • Pot of Gold Row: March 15-17. Row at any MWR fitness facility and log your meters for a chance to win a prize. The person who accumulates the most meters will win a gift card. Sign up at the Corry Station Wellness Center. For more details, call 452-6802. • Flea Market: Sell your creations and unwanted items at the MWR Outdoor Flea Market from noon to 4:30 p.m. March 30. Reserve space today. For pricing details and applications, visit MWR web site. The market is open for all for selling and buying. Application and payment must be received no later than noon March 26. For more information, call 452-3806, ext. 3140.

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

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Help for victims of sexual assault in the DoD community is a call, click or text away. The SafeHelpline provides live crisis support and information by trained staff. Call (877) 995-5247; go to www.SafeHelpline. org; or text: 55-247 CONUS; (202) 470-5546 OCONUS (may be additional charges for OCONUS). The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) program provides prevention, intervention and a 24/7/365 response. Active-duty and adult family member sexual assault victims have a choice of reporting options, unrestricted and restricted. Unrestricted reporting allows a victim to have an advocate, seek medical care, counseling, legal services and safety interventions. To access an unrestricted report, the victim can report to his/her chain-of-command, security/law enforcement, NCIS, SAPR Victim Advocate (VA), SARC, and his/her CO shall commence an investigation. Restricted reporting allows a confidential report, which does not trigger command nor law enforcement notification and the victim can have a SAPR VA, and seek medical care and/or counseling. To access restricted reporting, the victim can disclose his/her sexual assault only to the SARC, a current SAPR VA, a health care provider and/or a chaplain. To contact the NASP 24/7 VA, call 449-9231/2. To contact the SARC during working hours, call 452-5990, ext. 0; during and after working hours, call the SARC cell at 554-5606.

The Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC), 151 Ellyson Ave., Bldg. 625, is offering the following classes: • Stress Management: Stress can damage physical and mental health. Learn how to recognize stress and become more productive, happier and healthier. Class explores management tips and techniques. Classes are 10 a.m. to noon on first and third Thursday of each month. For details, call 452-5609. • Personal Financial Management: A series of classes offered throughout the year cover topics such as car buying, using credit cards, developing a budget and spending plan and how to build your savings. Seating is limited

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and reservations are required. To register or for more information, call 4525609. • AMVETS ... Understanding Your VA Benefits: The next class with available seats is scheduled for 10 a.m. May 29. To register or for more information, call 452-5609. • Welcoming new personnel: Everyone in the military has to transfer sooner or later. Commands should ensure 100 percent sponsor assignment. Training is offered monthly. Trained sponsors can provide reliable information to incoming personnel and their families. To register for the next training session, call 452-5609.

Community Outreach NASP Community Outreach seeking volunteers for opportunities including: • Special Olympics Basketball: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays, Bayview Senior Center. Coaches are needed for the season. Teams will be 3x3 and 5x5. • Mardi Gras Parades: Feb. 28, March 1 and March 2 in Pensacola and Pensacola Beach. Volunteers needed to walk next to floats for safety and security. • Clean up project: 8 a.m. the first Thursday of every month (March 6 this month), Lexington Terrace Park. Help members of the Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD) pick up trash. • May Day Celebration: 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. May 2, 12551 Meadson Road. Setup, teardown, and support work.

Point of contact contact information available on request. • Field Day: 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 13 and May 14, 12551 Meadson Road. Encourage elementary students to excel in physical fitness during their field day competition. • USO Northwest Florida: The USO is seeking volunteers that are committed to supporting America’s troops and their families. If you are interested, contact Faye White at 4558280, option 4. The NASP Community Outreach office tracks volunteer hours. Report any volunteer hours to receive due recognition. For more information on volunteer activities, call the NASP Community Outreach office at 4522532.

NAS Pensacola Protestant • Communion service, 8 a.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel. • Sunday School, all ages, 9 a.m. Sunday, Bldg. 634, back classrooms. • 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. • Women's Bible study, 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Bldg. 634, back classrooms. • Training Air Wing Six Bible Study, 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, Griffith Hall student lounge, second deck. • Bible study (all welcome), 7 p.m. Tuesday, Bldg. 634, back classrooms. • Bible study, 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: Scheduled 30 minutes before services.

Latter Day Saints

• Service, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel. For more information for NAS Penscola, call 452-2341.

NASP Corry Station Protestant • Adult Bible study, 9 a.m. Sunday, chapel conference room. • Chapel choir, 9 a.m. Sunday, sanctuary. • Worship service, 10 a.m. Sunday. • Fellowship, 11:30 a.m. Sunday. • Praise and worship, 7:30 p.m. Sunday. • Bible study and dinner, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, fellowship hall.

Roman Catholic • Mass, noon Sunday and 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday. For more information for NASP Corry Station, call 4526376.

NAS Whiting Field Chapel Roman Catholic • Mass, 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday.

Protestant • Bible study, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. • Weekly chapel service, 11:30 a.m. Thursday. For more information for NASP Whiting Field, call 6237212.

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