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NH Pensacola transitioning to ambulatory care model Story, photo by Jason Bortz Naval Hospital Pensacola

Effective July 2018, Naval Hospital Pensacola (NHP) will transition to an ambulatory care model with robust same-day ambulatory surgical capabilities and a focus on outpatient care. As part of this transition, obstetric services will no longer be provided at NHP after July. Expectant mothers with a delivery date after the transition will be referred to a health care facility in the local TRICARE network. Patients will be assigned an obstetric provider by TRICARE, but will have the option to select their own obstetric provider if they have a preference. “The transition to an ambulatory care model will have minimal impact on the majority of our patients,” Capt. Amy Branstetter, commanding officer, NHP said. “Our patients,

who include active duty service members, retirees and family members, will still receive the care they need and deserve whether that care is at NHP or at another health care facility.” To assist patients referred to another medical facility for obstetrics or other care, NHP will establish a team of care coordinators to ensure patients enrolled to NHP are provided with the necessary care. The team will monitor a patient’s care and will help with making follow-up appointments with the patient’s primary physician at NHP after the birth of their child. The decision to refer obstetric patients to network providers is part of Navy Medicine’s efforts to realign health care services at all of its Military Treatment Facilities in order to provide the best care to beneficiaries and to ensure military providers receive important training opportunities. The decline in the number of deliveries at NHP

Naval Hospital Pensacola (NHP) will transition to an ambulatory care model with robust sameday ambulatory surgical capabilities and a focus on outpatient care in July 2018. Expectant mothers with a delivery date after the transition will be referred to a health care facility in the local TRICARE network.

allowed for the volume to easily be absorbed in the civilian network.

“Our staff, especially our active duty nurses, corpsmen and providers need robust opportu-

nities for skills sustainment in See NHP on page 2

Top schools embrace WebTA automation; eliminate Navy College funding backlog By Navy VOLED Public Affairs Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center

Just seven months in from the launch of the Navy’s Web Tuition Assistance (WebTA) automation, all of the top 30 TA colleges have uploaded their course catalogs, allowing more than 18,000 Sailors to take advantage of streamlined

application funding. “Schools and Sailors are benefiting from a vastly improved process that allows TA payment vouchers to be issued more quickly,” Dr. Faye Messick, Navy Voluntary Education Program Specialist, said. “When we started the WebTA automation process, we were

averaging a backlog of 500 manual approvals per day. Now that the top schools are automated, we’ve eliminated most of the daily backlog. Not all schools have their info automated, but we’re working toward that.” ABEC(AW) Cassie Poepoe, Military Exam Leader at the Navy Advance-

ment Center, has used WebTA before and after automation, and is impressed by the new system. “Compared to the old TA system, the automation is quick and easy to navigate, with help if needed,” Poepoe said. “One of the things that impressed me the most about the new system is that See WebTA on page 2

Special duty assignment opportunity for Russian speakers ... The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Linguist Recruiters will be visiting NAS Pensacola March 9. An informational briefing will be held at 12:30 p.m. at the Language Testing Center located directly across from the Personnel Support Detachment (PSD) building. All active-duty enlisted personnel with Russian speaking skills are invited to attend this briefing to learn about a special duty assignment opportunity with DTRA and what it entails. For more information, contact Master Sgt. Katherine Ruffatto or Tech. Sgt Andrei Tarasevich via e-mail at DTRA.LinguistRecruiting@mail.mil or by phone at 1 (703) 7372447/1746. Lt. Cmdr. Tim White, a coordinator for the 2018 Active-Duty Fund Drive in support of Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) in Northwest Florida, discusses the drive with area command coordinators at a kickoff event onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola. Photo by Carla M. McCarthy

NMCRS Active-Duty Fund Drive kicked off at NAS Pensacola From Naval Education and Training Command Public Affairs

Navy and Marine Corps leaders and command representatives met Feb. 21, onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP) to launch the Northwest Florida region 2018 Active-Duty Fund Drive in support of the Navy-Ma-

rine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS). Beginning March 1, the drive is a voluntary opportunity to provide much needed funds for the direct benefit and support of shipmates and fellow Marines. Rear Adm. Kyle Cozad, commander of Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) and regional coordinator chairman

for this year’s drive, highlighted how the fund drive campaign theme, “For Our Own, By Our Own,” embodies a shared commitment. “It’s about us taking care of our family when they are in a time of need,” Cozad said. “There is tremendous power in what See NMCRS on page 2

Naval Hospital Pensacola will be hosting a Kindergarten School Rodeo March 17 from 8 a.m. to noon in the Family Medicine Clinic. The rodeo is for children ages 4 to 5 that need a physical to start kindergarten and are enrolled to the Family Medicine Clinic. Appointments are encouraged and can be made by calling 505-7120, but walk-ins will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Black History Month celebrated at NAS Pensacola ... The achievements of African

Americans were recognized with a Black History Month program held Feb. 23 onboard NAS Pensacola. Naval Education and Training Command FORCM(AW/SW/FMF) Mamudu Cole (right) and Naval Hospital Pensacola’s Cmdr. Edith Glanton spoke about historical changes to the Navy, and shared some of their own personal histories. Photo by Mike O’Connor

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Fandom fun @Pensacon ... An

estimated 30,000 people attended last weekend’s Pensacon. The annual fandom convention is one of Pensacola’s most anticipated events and showcases a wide variety of pop culture, comics, anime, gaming, fantasy and other universes. (Left) Fans stream in Feb. 24. (Right) Marine Lance Cpl. Jose Reues (left) and Marine Lance Cpl. Grayson Ryan (right) browse a collection of graphic novels during Pensacon at the Pensacola Bay Center. Photos by Kaitlyn Peacock

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order to provide the best care to our patients,” Branstetter said. “The staff that was part of obstetric care at NHP will now be assigned to other areas of our hospital or to other Navy facilities where their skills will be fully utilized.” As part of the transition, NHP will also be extending its Urgent Care Center hours to 11 p.m. to enhance access to care for patients. The UCC is available for all TRICARE beneficiaries and is open every day including holidays. Patients enrolled at NHP will continue to have access to primary and specialty care through their Medical Home Port Team. Services such as laboratory, pharmacy and radiology will also continue to be available for both TRICARE Prime and TRICARE Select beneficiaries. “This transition ensures our entire beneficiary population has access to health care services while allowing resources to be utilized to enhance medical readiness at other locations across the Navy Medicine enterprise,” Branstetter said. “It creates an opportunity for Navy Medicine to ensure critical military medical training is maintained in the appropriate settings while still ensuring our beneficiaries in Pensacola have the necessary care available to them.”

during the entire process, I was sent updated e-mails as my request worked its way through the system – I didn’t have to call the Navy College Virtual Education Center for the status.” Streamlined approvals also include automation of the Navy College Program for Afloat Education/Distance Learning (NCPACE/DL). Elizabeth Baker, NCVEC evening shift supervisor, said that WebTA/NCPACE DL automation typically saves Sailors several days in comparison to the manual process. In order for a Sailor to have their WebTA/ NCPACE DL request accepted and command approved, they need to meet specific training and policy requirements, (training completed, academic counseling by a Navy College Counselor, degree plan uploaded, passing the PRT, recommended for advancement, etc.) to qualify. “Sailors whose TAs are funded automatically can receive their TA vouchers as soon as the application is approved by their command if it falls within the current funding availability window,” Baker said. “Sailors with TA applications that need to be manually processed may have a delay of several days, depending on the volume of manual TA applications in the system.”

Two mandatory training topics include the Navy Tuition Assistance Training or NCPACE Training and Navy Virtual Counseling 101. The link to My Education for required training can be found on the Navy College Program website www.navycollege.navy.mil under “Tuition Assistance” or “NCPACE” tabs. Navy College Education Counselors are available to provide the required academic counseling to help Sailors define their goals and select an education program. Once a college/university and a program have been selected, Sailors work with their Academic Institution (AI) to produce an education plan which they upload to their “My Education,” “education tab” and “view/upload files” icon. Academic counseling can be scheduled through the My Navy Portal (MNP) scheduler available through the Navy College Program (NCP) website or via MNP: https://www.mnp.navy.mil/group/training-education-qualifications/appointment-scheduler. When the above requirements have been met, Sailors are able to create, save, and submit their WebTA/NCPACE/DL application, after entering the Command Approver’s email address. Applications that do not pass the automatic checks will be reviewed and manually processed by a Navy College Program staff member. For assistance with WebTA or NCPACE,

NMCRS from page 1 we bring to Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society. The Active-Duty Fund Drive is an opportunity to support fellow shipmates and Marines experiencing financial hardships.” For more than 100 years, NMCRS, which does not receive government funding, has helped Sailors, Marines and their families deal with crises, prepare for the future, solve problems and find peace of mind through financial assistance and education. NMCRS also supports retired Sailors and Marines and the widows and children of Sailors and Marines who have died. Examples of support provided include budgeting classes, counseling, emergency loans, financial and administrative support for funeral services, temporary lodging, meal assistance and no-interest loans. Each local command across the region, from Pensacola to Milton to Panama City Beach, has fund driver coordinators and key personnel to lead efforts in raising awareness to ensure 100 percent of Sailors and Marines are afforded the opportunity to learn about the NMCRS mission, programs and services. “Many young Sailors and Marines who are just beginning their

careers, are stationed at commands here,” Lt. Cmdr. Timothy White, operational support officer in NETC’s total force manpower division and the drive’s regional coordinator, said. “The Active-Duty Fund Drive serves as an opportunity to educate them on the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society and the great services they provide to Sailors, Marines and their families. We also want them to know how critical each contribution is. Every little bit helps.” In Northwest Florida, more than $400,000 was raised last year for the non-profit charity, according to Pensacola’s NMCRS Director Mark Harden. Much of NMCRS’s support is accomplished through volunteers at the Pensacola office and in the NMCRS Thrift Shop, located in Bldg. 3736 onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola Corry Station. “In 2017, volunteers contributed more than 18,000 hours of service,” Harden said. “Last year our office helped more than 1,078 clients with more than $733,000 in assistance.” Service members can learn more through their command’s coordinators and key personnel, who can answer questions and provide contribution forms. Contributions to the 2018 Active Duty Fund Drive may be made through a payroll allotment, check or cash donation, or online at http://nmcrsfunddrive.org/pensacola.

“NAS Pensacola: History in Focus” ... NASP History in Focus is a photo feature designed to draw attention to the rich historical legacy of the base. A photo or photos will be published each week showing an interesting, obscure or historically significant feature of NAS Pensacola. The first person who e-mails Gosport to correctly identify the object and its location will win a $5 coupon good toward food or beverages purchased at the Navy Exchange (NEX) onboard NASP. E-mail your answer to NASPGosport@gmail.com. Winner and answer will be announced on NASP Public Affairs Facebook at www. facebook.com/NASPPAO and in the following week’s Gosport. (Readers can win once per month). No winner last week!

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Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla.: A Bicentennial Defense Community Commanding Officer – Capt. Christopher T. Martin Public Affairs Officer – Patrick J. Nichols The Gosport nameplate pays homage to the 100th anniversary of naval aviation in 2011: the Centennial of Naval Aviation, or CONA. The image on the left side of the nameplate depicts Eugene Ely taking off in a Curtiss pusher bi-plane from the USS Pennsylvania Jan. 18, 1911. While Ely had taken off from the USS Birmingham two months earlier after his plane had been loaded on the ship, the USS Pennsylvania event was the first time a plane landed on and then took off from a U.S. warship. The image on the right side is the Navy’s most modern fighter aircraft, the F-18 Super

Hornet. Established in 1921 as the Air Station News, the name Gosport was adopted in 1936. A gosport was a voice tube used by flight instructors in the early days of naval aviation to give instructions and directions to their students. The name “Gosport” was derived from Gosport, England (originally God’s Port), where the voice tube was invented. Gosport is an authorized newspaper published every Friday by Ballinger Publishing, 314 North Spring St., Suite A, Pensacola, Fla. 32501, in the interest of military and civilian personnel and their families aboard the

review the tutorial located on the Navy College Program website in several locations: 1. Under “Hot Topics” 2. Under “Tuition Assistance” tab, click on “TA Steps,” in Section 5 https://www.navycollege.navy.mil/tuition-assistance/steps-fortuition-assistance.htm 3. In the “My Education” Module It is highly recommended that WebTA/ NCPACE DL applications be submitted no later than 30 days in advance, but all applications MUST be command approved no later than 14 calendar days prior to an Academic Institution’s published term start date. Applications may be submitted for approval up to 120 days prior to term start dates, and vouchers are issued as funds become available. For questions, visit the NCP website and submit a Help Request at the ‘Assistance Center,’ initiate a Live Chat session or call the NCVEC toll free 1 (877) 838-1659; DSN 4924684; or CML (757) 492-4684. OCONUS Service members may contact their servicing Navy College Office (NCO). Contact information can be found under the “Contact and Feedback” section of the website. Sailors can get the latest information by following Navy Voluntary Education on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NavyVoluntaryEducation/.

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What I learned while binge-watching the Olympics About the columnist

By Lisa Smith Molinari Military Spouse Columnist


wo weeks ago, I obliviously plopped onto my well-worn spot on the sofa to watch the opening ceremonies of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Although I knew the general idea behind most of the sports featured, I had no idea what “a double Michael Chuck,” “a hog line” or “a Bellman spin” were. But after meticulously recording every broadcast, obsessively watching while ignoring my family responsibilities, my marriage and my personal hygiene and ingesting three cans of Pringles and an entire bag of Dove squares – I have learned to speak Olympics and I can teach you, too. Most of the sports are fairly straightforward. Speed skating, alpine and cross country skiing, ski jumping, hockey and sledding events use terms that are simple for laypeople to understand from the comfort of their lounge furniture. While watching the luge, bobsleigh and skeleton for

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instance, we might hear terms such as “track,” “sliders,” “curve,” “wall” and “ice.” Even the densest of us knows that the fastest sled to cross the finish line wins. (Although I must admit, I initially wondered if “skeleton” sledding was so named because hurling oneself down an ice chute head first at 80 miles per hour might very well rip flesh from one’s bones). However, there are a few winter olympic sports that have terms and rules that are so confusing, they mystify Pringles-munching armchair spectators far and wide. For example, figure skating appears to involve ice

Lisa Smith Molinari, mother of three, was a military spouse for more than 25 years. Her husband recently retired from the Navy. Her syndicated column appears in military and civilian newspapers, including Stars and Stripes, and on her blog, www.themeatandpotatoesoflife.com. skaters completing series of jumps, flips and spins for technical and style points. Simple enough, right? But when Johnny Wier stated that a skater’s “triple Axel, triple toe is under review” and that she “finished her flying camel sequence with a haircutter,” I wondered if he was watching a three-ringed circus. And when Tara Lipinski told us that a skating

pair “began their program with the dreaded twizzle sequence” and “lost grade of execution points for their death spiral,” she was not describing a couple trying to kill each other with poisonous licorice. It took me hours of bingewatching, and a little help from Google, but I learned that each jump (Axel, Lutz, Salchow, toe loop, loop, flip) is defined by how the skater launches and how many rotations are completed. Also, skating programs include a variety of turns and spins such as the Biellmann, flying camel, pancake, backscratch, shotgun, cannonball, haircutter, twizzle and death spiral. The next winter event that sent me googling was the snowboarding halfpipe. Everyone knows who Shawn “The Flying Tomato” White is, but when the commentators said he might attempt “a massive 18-foot air-to-fakie with a stalefish grab followed by a switch stance McTwist and back to back 1440s” I checked to see if there were subtitles on the screen. Snowboarders clearly do not speak English. Theirs is a colloquial language only understood by resort rats with bushy hair who say things like, “Let’s shred first tracks in the powpow, Bro.” But there is a method to their madness. Olympic

snowboarders earn points by catapulting themselves high above a 22-foot ice wall and executing complicated tricks. Each trick involves a specific series of moves with cryptic labels. Without getting into what a snowboarding “beef curtains grab” or “backside rodeo” are, the basic terms I learned were: wind up, hit, air, spins that range from one to four rotations, grab and stomp. ‘Nuff said. Lastly, with finals happening this weekend, I must say a word about curling – an obscure event involving bumpy ice, lumps of rock, Swiffer sweepers and the oldest competitors at the olympics (Cheryl Bernard of Canada is my age, God bless her) shouting at each other. With confusing terms – skip, bend, hack, hog line, house, button and hammer – and players screaming at each other – “Yup! Hurry hand! Right up! Right off! No line! Good line! Clean!” – it is no wonder the teams can not get sponsorships and the players all have day jobs. No one gets it. However, I learned that if you ignore the words, curling is essentially a simple game of shuffleboard. Giant shuffleboard. On weird ice. With brooms. And old people. If you can’t walk the walk, you gotta talk the talk, right?

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Navy COOL delivers: 43 briefs at six locations in 21 days Story by Glenn Sircy Center for Information Warfare Training


fter 21 days entailing 18 flights and 43 briefs at six locations, representatives from Navy Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL) wrapped up their overseas tour in the Kingdom of Bahrain, Feb. 22. Navy COOL provides activeduty and reserve Sailors, whether forward deployed, underway or ashore, a way to map their Navy education, training, experience and competencies to civilian credentials and occupations. Navy COOL’s Thom Seith and David Adkins spent three weeks traveling to different military facilities to speak with Sailors about the benefits of Navy COOL. The locations visited included Naval Base Rota, Spain; Naval Air Station Sigonella, Sicily; Naval Support Activity Naples, Italy; Naval Support Activity Souda Bay, Crete, Greece; Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Africa and Naval Support Activity Bahrain, Kingdom of Bahrain. “These programs allow Sailors to develop themselves while on active duty and prepare for life after the Navy,” Thom Seith, Navy COOL representative said. “It’s really all about personal and professional development and I encourage all Sailors to take ad-

vantage of the opportunities that the Navy COOL programs offer”. Navy COOL regularly deploys representatives to specific geographic locations to brief their Navy programs to area Sailors at no cost to the hosting command. These briefs are a great opportunity to share the importance of the value of certification / licensure and, as many Navy leaders know, this information can enhance career development boards (CDBs), advancements, along with individual personal and professional goals. “The purpose of the visit was to help increase awareness and encourage Sailors to pursue these valuable credentials through Navy COOL,” NCC Phillip Lopez said. “Our Sailors were very appreciative to have the Navy COOL team travel halfway across the world to ensure our Sailors are equipped with the knowledge on how to enroll.”

Service members forward deployed to Camp Lemonnier took part in a presentation by Navy Credentialing Opportunities Online (COOL) representatives on Feb 20. The brief provided information on the importance of credentialing and licensing during military service. Photo by MC1 David Wyscaver

The briefs were normally one hour in length and the COOL representatives discussed and demonstrated the importance of credentialing and licensing during and after Sailors’ Navy careers. The team walked the Sailors through the Navy COOL website, Navy COOL mobile application, voucher submission processes, eligibility and requirements for credential attainment. They also discussed and emphasized the importance of the learning and development roadmaps (LaDRs), Navy advancement bibliographies and the United Services Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP).

“I learned there are many different certifications I can obtain from already being in the Navy, and how good it will look for me in the civilian sector,” said AB2 Joshua Ortiz. “I had heard of Navy COOL before but was not really sure what it was or how it worked, but after this brief I learned a lot about the program, how it works and it’s definitely something to take advantage of.” With 1,663 funded credentialing opportunities available, every enlisted Sailor has at least one credential he or she can earn. More than 1,500 credentialing opportunities are mapped to officer designators. Navy COOL is located with the

Center for Information Warfare Training, which delivers trained information warfare professionals to the Navy and joint services, enabling optimal performance of information warfare across the full spectrum of military operations. For more information about Navy COOL, visit www.cool. navy.mil/ or call 452-6683. The schedule for COOL briefs is available at www.cool.navy. mil/usn/news/briefs.htm. For more news from the enter for Information Warfare Training organization, visit www.navy. mil/local/cid/, www.netc.navy. mil/centers/ciwt, www.facebook. com/NavyCIWT or www.twitter. com/NavyCIWT.

HST educates Sailors through NCPACE By MC3 Kaysee Lohmann USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Public Affairs

ATLANTIC OCEAN (NNS) – USS Harry S. Truman’s (CVN 75) educational service office is offering face-toface college classes during its upcoming deployment through the Navy College Program for Afloat College Education (NCPACE). NCPACE provides Sailors a no-cost alternative to achieve educational goals while on sea-duty assignments. “NCPACE is a great program that allows Sailors to take instructor-led college courses while in the military,” said Ens. Roger

Engelhardt, Truman’s educational services officer, said. NCPACE provides both instructor-led and distance learning courses. “Instructor-led is geared toward those Sailors who need a classroom setting,” Engelhardt said. The NCPACE program is partnering with Central Texas College to offer instructor-led general electives such as English, math and history. NCPACE is also offering distance learning general electives and common core courses, providing an opportunity to achieve a both a bachelor’s and master’s degree through the distance program. “Sailors (have shown) enough interest to

have every single course offered in every term,” Engelhardt said. “We plan on having every course offered twice a day in the Distance Learning Center and Training Classroom 2.” Additionally, tuition assistance is available to help cover out-of-pocket costs such as textbooks and personal education materials. PS2 Joseph McCarthy, an NCPACE coordinator, is one of Truman’s NCPACE team who can help walk Sailors through the sign-up process. “First I find Sailors interested in the program, and then I help them put together a package for their head of department (HOD) to look at,” McCarthy said. “Lastly,

I send messages to NCPACE in order to set the Sailors up for success. I’m basically a guidance counselor for the Sailors.” Along with helping Sailors during the application process, Truman’s NCPACE team also handles all of the financial transactions with Central Texas College. “Why wait until you get out to start school, if you can get free courses under your belt during your naval career?” McCarthy said. Truman is currently at sea conducting its composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX). For more information on Voluntary Education (VOLED) Opportunities, visit www. navycollege.navy.mil.



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2018 Team Navy trials commence

Active-duty service members and veterans train for wheelchair basketball prior to the 2018 Team Navy trials at Naval Station (NAVSTA) Mayport’s gymnasium. Navy Wounded WarriorSafe Harbor and NAVSTA Mayport are hosting the trials, in which athletes will qualify in eight adaptive sports: archery, track and field, cycling, wheelchair basketball, shooting, sitting volleyball and swimming. The top performing athletes will fill 40 competitive spots and five alternative spots for Team Navy at the 2018 Department of Defense Warrior Games. Photo by MC2 Amanda Battles

By MC2 Michael Lopez JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) – The Team Navy trials for the 2018 Department of Defense (DoD) Warrior Games kicked off Feb. 20, at Naval Station (NAVSTA) Mayport, where over 70 seriously wounded, ill and injured Sailors and Coastguardsmen will compete for a spot to represent the Navy in this year’s DoD Warrior Games. Navy Wounded WarriorSafe Harbor (NWW-SH) and NAVSTA Mayport are hosting the trials, in which athletes will qualify in eight

adaptive sports: archery, track and field, cycling, wheelchair basketball, shooting, sitting volleyball and swimming. The top-performing athletes will fill 40 competitive spots and five alternative spots on Team Navy. “We hope the trials and the DoD Warrior Games pull athletes out of whatever they may be struggling with,” said Lt. Cmdr. Therese Pederson, Navy Region Southeast Warrior Games Trials coordinator. “We hope this gives them something to focus on while achieving success in a sport that they may not have thought they could do be-

fore.” Both first time and returning athletes from all over the country will be competing in the trials to participate in sports they are familiar with while also trying their hands in sports they have never attempted. “I’ve always been active and athletic,” IS2 Cassidy Busch, a first-time Team Navy athlete, said. “I’ve really missed getting to be involved in sports and fitness like I was before, and the DoD Warrior Games just kind of fell into my lap as a way for me to be better and push myself at something new and exciting.”

The Team Navy athletes, their families and caregivers arrived in Jacksonville Feb. 16 for informational events before beginning training for the trials. The athletes trained until the trials, then go into competition mode to earn their spot in the various sports until the final day of the trials Feb. 24. “This is something that pushes me mentally and physically,” Busch said. “We’re all doing things adaptively that we may have never even tried before and it makes you utilize your mind and body in a different way than an ablebodied person would attempt the same thing, but the people here really make it a bonding experience as a healing process we’re all going through together.” With athletes competing at NAVSTA Mayport’s fitness facilities and the nearby Hannah Park, Fletcher High School and Jacksonville University, many local spectators are expected to attend the events to show their support. “The important thing is that athletes get to become part of a team again,” Meagan McAllister, an adaptive athletics coordinator, said. “Many have been in places where they feel isolated, so it’s important that they’re around their Navy family and community in a fun teambuilding environment. I think this environment can show these athletes how much hope they have around them.” After the conclusion of the trials, active duty service members and veterans representing teams from the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy and U.S. Special Operations Com-

mand, as well as the Australian Defence Force and the United Kingdom Armed Forces, will go head to head at the DoD Warrior Games at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., June 2 through 9. The DoD Warrior Games is an annual event recognizing the importance adaptive sports plays in the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans. Participation in the DoD Warrior Games allows service members and veterans to build a supportive social network and develop relationships with other athletes, giving them a sense of community on their path to recovery. “These events provide a unique sense of purpose and camaraderie,” Pederson said. “They are helping service members interact and compete with people who are in similar situations, and we ultimately hope that they feel supported and build important relationships that they can take with them after this to further build their support network.” (NWW-SH) is the Navy’s sole organization for coordinating the non-medical care of seriously wounded, ill and injured Sailors and Coast Guardsmen, and providing resources and support to their families. The program provides individually tailored assistance designed to optimize the success of the wounded warrior’s recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration activities. For more information, visit the DoD Warrior Game’s official website at www.dodwarriorgames.com.

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Tower Books and Café opens today at NASWF By Ens. Nicholas Spaleny NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs Offices


he Whiting Tower Books and Café celebrates its grand opening today, March 2, the birthday of children’s author Dr. Seuss. The ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. with a ribbon and cake cutting. Following the ceremony, children can make “Cat in the Hat” hats and enjoy cupcakes while reading the Cat in the Hat to celebrate Dr. Seuss. Whiting Tower Books and Café has a selection of more than 5,000 books and audiobooks for all active-duty, retired, civilian and military dependents. Patrons can check out up to 20 books at a time for three weeks by using a Department of Defense (DoD) ID instead of a library card. Unlike the Dewey Decimal System traditional libraries use, the books are organized by subject similar to a book store. “It should be easier to find what you’re looking for without having to ask for help,” Supervisory Librarian Francie North said. “We want to make it as user-friendly as possible.” Non-fiction books are orga-

nized by subjects and further divided into sub-categories. The library has a wide selection of fiction, graphic novels, and more than 400 audiobooks available to check out for a four week period. If the library does not have what you are searching for, Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) also has an off-site library source, the Navy MWR Digital Library, available online. They offer foreign languages, genealogy, current events, children’s resources, eBooks and audiobooks. Whiting Tower Books and Café features a kids room filled with more than 2,000 new and classic children’s books and

Children will enjoy the “Cat in the Hat” theme at the Whiting Tower Books and Café grand opening today, March 2.

hosts many events for kids and families such as the Lego Club. “The Lego Club meets up to three times a month and is geared for children elementary age and younger, and parent participation is encouraged,” North said. The library plans to host many other children’s events and activities including a weekly story time, a monthly Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics (STEAM)-themed after school program and the 1,000

Books Before Kindergarten program. “This is the first time NAS Whiting Field has had an actual library on base since around 2013,” Leonard Nordmann, MWR marketing manager said. The café still has study spaces available and continue to serve “Starbucks coffee, soups, sandwiches and other sweet treats,” Nordmann said. “Guests are welcome to take a book from the shelf to read while they’re in the café as long

as they return it to the desk or check it out before they leave,” North said. Tower Books and Café is located on USS Long Island street and the building is open Monday through Friday 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Café services are from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. and library services are available from 8 a.m.to 6 p.m. For more information on upcoming events or registration for the LEGO Club, visit www.navymwrwhitingfield.com/events or call the library at (850) 623-7057.

Winging at NASWF ... Marine 1st Lt. Jacob Sanborn is pinned by his mother

Linda Sanborn and father Maj. Gen. Russell A.C. Sanborn, Commander U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Europe and Africa, Feb. 23 onboard Naval Air Station Whiting Field (NASWF) during a winging ceremony. Maj. Gen. Sanborn also served as the guest speaker for the event. He addressed family members and honorees, saying the family has a huge part in making this event possible, and that naval aviators choose something bigger then themselves. “This is not the end of your journey, but the beginning ... enjoy the journey,” he told the newly-winged aviators. Sanborn senior earned his wings of gold in 1988 at NAS Meridian, Miss. and went on to AV-8B transition training. He served in numerous conflicts and on his 17th combat mission was captured and held as an Iraqi POW until his release in 1991. He has served as a forward air controller (FAC) and served many operational and maintenance billets including executive officer for VMA-542, group operations officer for MAG-14, director of Air Systems Requirements, Commander of Marine Aircraft Group 14 and then, Deputy Director J-3. Photo by Ens. Luke Rague


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Military Notices Language test appointments open

Interested in taking the Defense Language Aptitude Battery (DLAB) or the Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT) for foreign languages? Tests are administered Wednesdays at the Navy Language Testing Office Bldg. 634. Test appointments are accepted by e-mail only. For appointments and language testing counseling, contact CIWT_CRRY_ Lang_Testing_Pensacola@navy. mil. Learn more about what the Center for Language, Regional Expertise and Culture offers at www. netc. navy.mil/centers/ciwt/clrec.

Retired Activities Office needs help

Do you have four to six hours free a week? The Navy’s Retired Activities Office, located in the Fleet and Family Support Center, Bldg. 625, is looking for military retirees/survivors to staff its office. Duties include casualty reporting, assisting survivors in obtaining benefits and answering general questions concerning retirement benefits. The position requires a desire to assist your fellow retirees and survivors, and an administrative background with knowledge of computer programs such as MS Outlook, Word, etc. For more information, call 452-5622 or e-mail nasp.rao.fct@navy.mil.

Onboard NASP Marine Corps family team building

L.I.N.K.S. is offering team building classes located at 211 Farrar Road, Bldg. 3450 in the Commanding Officer conference room. Specific class dates and times will be April 28 and June 9 at 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information or to sign up for classes, contact Shanel Gainey at 452-9460 ext. 3012 or email Shanel.Gainey@usmc.mil.

Commodore’s Cup series begins

Tomorrow, March 3 the Navy Yacht Club will be hosting its first race in the Commodore’s Cup Race Series. Race registration for the Commodore’s Cup Race #1 (CC#1) and a Regatta Celebration Social will be March 3 starting at 9:30 a.m. in the Crow’s Nest at the Bayou Grande Marina. Participants, spectators and anyone who is interested in the racing event is invited to the Navy Yacht Club facility, which is located onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola. Entry fee for the regatta is $35 with U.S. Sailing Membership and $40 for non-member. The skipper’s briefing for the race competitors will be held at 10 a.m. (for those who cannot attend the meeting, all pertinent information will be passed along on VHF Radio Channel 72 between 11:30 and 11:45 a.m.). Race registration for spinnaker and non-spinnaker classes will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and the race start is scheduled for noon. Following the race, the participants and guests are invited to anchor their boats back at the Navy Yacht Club facility at the Bayou Grande Marina and enjoy the post race festivities which includes the Navy Yacht Club’s infamous Regatta Dogs along with the Winner’s Award Ceremony. The next Commodore’s Cup Race (CC#2) will be April 14 and will also be celebrated as the Navy Yacht Club’s 87th Anniversary Regatta and Race #5 in the Pensacola Bay Championship Series. Registration and race information packages for the Commodore’s Cup Series can be obtained from the Navy Yacht Club through their website www.navypnsyc.org. Online race registration can be made via the Regatta Network at www.regattanetwork.com/html/calendar.php. For the On Shore Regatta Information, contact Jim Parsons at 3844575 or e-mail jimparsons@bellsouth.net For race information and docking availability, contact Navy Yacht Club Fleet Captain John Buziak at 291-2115 or e-mail buziakj@cpmechanics.com.

ROWWA gathering date announced

“Read all About It...” PACPOA scholarship deadline

The Pensacola Area Chief Petty Officer Association (PACPOA) plans to award its second annual National Flight Academy scholarship for the 2018 season. The scholarship is open to seventh grade to 12th grade family members of all ranks of the military (active duty, retired and veterans) and first responders from any for the NAS Pensacola tenant commands as well as Naval Hospital Pensacola. NFA information and schedule can be found at www.nationalflightacademy.com. Request for an application and completed application can be sent to jarred.scolari@navy.mil. Application deadline is March 9. The PACPOA will not cover any travel cost for applicants who do not live in the Pensacola area, but they are encouraged to apply. Applications will be reviewed by board members and the winner will be announced at the end of March. For more information, e-mail AEC Jarred Scolari at jarred. scolari@navy.mil.

NEX searching for fashion models

The NEX Spring Fashion Show model call is going on now until March 12. This is an open call, male and female of all ages. Sign up with NEX Corry Mall Customer Service. The Fashion Show will be March 24 at 1 p.m., with check in, line up and walk through at noon. For additional information, call 458-8811.

Around Town Family 5K and 10K invitation

The 12th annual Michele Hill Raider Run and Community Family Celebration will be held April 7 at 7:30 a.m. at Navarre Youth Sports Association, in Navarre. The race is an out and back 10K Run and a 5K Run/Walk. There will be a free kids run after the 10K/5K races. The race registration fee is $15 with discounts for active-duty and retired military, track club members and civil service employees. DJ Cool Ice Water will provide the finish line music. Jones and Company will perform a free concert after the race. Soul Sensation will provide live music on the race route. Creative Catering by Mark Whittlesay will be serving the best post race meal. As always there will be many prizes at no additional charge to the race participants. For other race details visit the race registration website at www.raceentry.com/races/michele-hillraider-run/2018/register or contact Joe Hill, event director, at 582-2946

Woman’s Club to host Game Day

GFWC-Santa Rosa Woman’s Club will host a Game Day on the Beach March 7, with doors open at 10 a.m. and close at 2 p.m. The four-hour event includes card games like bunko, poker and bridge plus set-ups for Mexican Train and Left-RightCenter. Door prizes will be awarded every thirty minutes. The $20 ticket also includes a lunch of Southwestern soup and dessert. To purchase tickets for Game Day at the Beach, call 291-1347, contact any member or e-mail srwcwomansclub@gmail.com.

Florida college student recruiting

Florida A&M University (FAMU) will host a student recruitment event in Pensacola March 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Theodore Bennett Auditorium at Booker T. Washington High School. Interested high school students, parents and alumni are invited. The FAMU Connection will perform at this event. FAMU has both Navy Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) and Army ROTC units on campus. For more information, contact Reggie Parker at 723-2141.

ECS annual dinner and auction

The March gathering of the Retired Officers’ Wives and Widows Association (ROWWA) will be held March 8 at 11 a.m. at the Bonefish Grill at 5025 12th Ave. Wives and widows of retired officers of all military branches are invited to attend as well as retired female officers. Guests are also invited. Contact Mrs. Mary Chase 686-1160 for for luncheon reservations no later than March 4. For Membership Information contact Molly Werner at 474-1291.

The Escambia Christian School (ECS) announces their 14th annual dinner and auction, themed “A Bid for Excellence,” will be held tomorrow, March 3 at the Gateway Church of Christ Family Life Center, address 245 Brent Lane. Doors will open at 4 p.m. for viewing items with dinner scheduled for 5 p.m. and the auction starting at 6 p.m. This event is open to the public. Tickets are $35 per person. For more information or to donate items or services, call 433-8476.

ECMA quarterly meeting date

Quilters Guild Quilt Show

The Emerald Coast Mustang Association (ECMA) will hold their quarterly meeting and elect a new Board of Directors March 8 starting at 11:30 a.m., at the Cubi Bar Café inside the National Naval Aviation Museum onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola. Rear Adm. Kyle Cozad, Commander Naval Education and Training Command and the Community Flag Officer Limited Duty Officer/Chief Warrant Officer Sponsor is scheduled to address the attendees. RSVPs and questions can be directed to the ECMA Secretary, Ens. Jennifer Terry by e-mail at jennifer.d.terry.ctr@navy.mil. The ECMA’s Facebook page can be accessed at www.facebook.com/Emerald-Coast-Mustang-Association-1508660402700228/.

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The Pensacola Quilters Guild will host its 17th biennial Quilt Show March 9 and 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Pensacola State Fairgrounds. Admission is $7 per day or $10 for both days. The theme for this show is Pensacola Quilts, All Stars 2018. In the tradition of the art form, each quilt tells a story. The Pensacola Quilters Guild will hang traditional quilts, art quilts, modern quilts and share the stories behind them. The Guild will display its modern quilt which was accepted and hung at the Paducah International Quilt Show in September 2017. It has been appraised at $3,500 and one person will win this beautiful quilt March 10 at the end of the show. The quilt show will also include special exhibits. “Reading is Quiltamental” will be a hands on exhibit where everyone can



match the name of a classic children’s book with its representative quilt. There will also be a display of our 2017 quilt guild challenge, “Starry, Starry Black and White” quilts. This challenge, open to all guild members, was to make a quilt using only black and white fabrics plus one accent color and the quilt had to include a star block. There will be opportunities for attendees to win valuable prizes in a silent auction as well as the possibility of taking home our opportunity quilt. For more information, visit www.pensacolaquiltersguild.org.

U.S., Japan business forum invitation

Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) is pleased to host a Forum focused on the “Japan-US Grass-Roots Business Partnership” March 5 with registartion at 11:30 a.m. This forum will deepen the essential grass-roots business partnership between Japan and the U.S. To further that aim, the forum will advocate the creation of new business through bi-directional investment, strengthening cooperative work between Japan and U.S. companies, as well as business expansion in other countries. This event is free, but you must RSVP to attend. Register at www.eventbrite.com/e/japan-usgrass-root-business-partnership-forum-registration-42126152456 or by the e-mail listed below. For more information, interested participants may contact JETRO Atlanta via e-mail AMA@jetro. go.jp or phone 1-404-681-0600.

Butterfly house tour guide training

The Panhandle Butterfly House is seeking seasonal volunteers to serve as tour guides. Butterfly house tours are usually scheduled Monday through Wednesday mornings. Volunteers work in teams, educating visitors on the biology and habitat of butterflies and their importance in our ecosystem. New volunteers are paired with seasoned tour guides to learn the ropes. The 2018 tour guide training will be held at the Navarre Visitor’s Center, 8543 Navarre Parkway in Navarre, March 23 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Applicants must be 16 years or older to apply and register by March 19 by contacting Mary Salinas at maryd@santarosa.fl.gov. The Panhandle Butterfly House is a nonprofit educational facility that brings visitors in close contact with live Florida native butterflies in gardens that support them. Dedicated to educating visitors on the wonders of butterflies and the importance of protecting our pollinators, the Panhandle Butterfly House is located in Navarre Park on Santa Rosa Sound at the foot of the Navarre Bridge. For more information, visit the Panhandle Butterfly House at www.panhandlebutterflyhouse.org, on Facebook or contact Mary Derrick at 623-3868 or maryd@santarosa.fl.gov.

Antarctic Explorers chapter meet

The Gulf Coast Group Chapter of the Old Antarctic Explorers Association (OAEA) will meet at noon tomorrow, March 3 starting at 6 p.m. at a new location, David’s Catfish House restaurant. All members, family or interested parties who have been to Antarctica or who may have an interest in Antarctica are cordially invited. Members are strongly encouraged to attend and bring guests. For additional information, including directions on how to get to the restaurant, check David’s Catfish House Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ DCH.Pensacola/.

Gulf Coast science festival

Join the Pensacola Mess Hall, the National Naval Aviation Museum, the Pensacola Council of the Navy League of the United States, UF/IFAS Extension Escambia County, Audobon Florida and other participants for the inaugural Gulf Coast Science Festival. The Festival of Flight takes off March 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come out and marvel in the latest technology with drone vehicle demonstrations, hands-on exploration of the physics of flight and climate science and also an unmanned underwater vehicle demonstration at the UF/IFAS Escambia County 4-H Center, 5600 Chalker Road, Molino. The Gulf Coast Science Festival Expo will take place March 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Historic Seville Square, 399 S. Alcaniz Street, Pensacola. For more information, visit gulfcoastsciencefestival.org or GulfCoastSciFest on Facebook.

Art show open to all enthusiast

The Art Study Club of Pensacola will present their annual Members Spring Art Show from March 16 through April 8. The juried show will be held at the First United Methodist Church located at 80 East Wright Street in Pensacola. The opening reception will be held at the Wright Place, inside the First United Methodist Church, March 18 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public and all are encouraged to attend and meet the artists. The juror for the 2018 show is Pixie Alexander, a free-lance artist residing in Fort Walton Beach. The Art Study Club of Pensacola was established in July of 1959 to bring together artists interested in the visual arts for the sharing of educational programs and exhibition activities. The group has a membership of 80 artists. The Wright Place gallery is open Sunday 8 a.m. to midnight, Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday 8:30 a.m. to midnight. All art is available for purchase. For more information, contact Joan Overton at 291-8733 or e-mail joan@ barksdaleandassociates.com.

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Double check electric yard tools

Prepare a counterattack to take back your lawn

Warm winter give you weeds?

(NAPS) – Warmer weather means more time spent outside. When your outdoor activity includes improvement projects around the home, you need to be aware of some electrical hazards that may occur. To help, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) would like to share these tips. • Spring showers may increase your risk of electrical shock due to sudden rain or standing water. Do not use an electrical tool that is wet or close to water • To further reduce your risk, install ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) in your outdoor outlets and in the garage to help prevent electrocutions and electrical shock injuries. You can also purchase portable outdoor GFCIs for temporary use • Check the product label or manual and use only electrical products, such as extension cords, that were intended for outdoor use

(NAPS) – Spring is on its way, and soon, home and business owners will be cleaning and preparing lawn and garden equipment. “Many are so eager to pull out lawn and garden equipment once spring arrives that they sometimes forget basic steps to ensure the powerhouse of the equipment – the engine – is in good working order,” said Kris Kiser, president and CEO of Outdoor Power Equipment Institute. “One challenge is that most fuel contains some level of ethanol, which contains corrosive alcohol. If you left that fuel in the tank over the winter months, you don’t want to use it in the spring. It may damage your equipment. You need to drain it and put in new fuel that is E10 or lower,” Kiser said. Whether it is a mower, trimmer, blower, chain saw or pruner, here are some tips to help users avoid

fuel-related problems and ready their equipment to operate safely. • Check the fuel tank. If fuel has been sitting all winter long in the fuel tank, do not use it in the spring.

Drain it responsibly and put in fresh fuel. Remember to dispose of this fuel properly. • Use only E10 or lower fuel in your outdoor power equipment.

Don’t be fuelish – Use only E10 or lower fuel in any lawn and garden equipment. “Boat gas” or ethanol-free gasoline is usually an even better choice.

Do not use gas with more than 10 percent ethanol (E10) in outdoor power equipment. • Do not leave fuel sitting in the tank for more than 30 days. Untreated gasoline (without a fuel stabilizer) left in the system will deteriorate, which may cause starting or running problems and, in some cases, damage to the fuel system. • Inspect your equipment. Check for loose belts and missing or damaged parts. If you find anything concerning, replace the parts or take your equipment to a qualified service representative. • Drain out the old oil and put in fresh oil. Remove the oil drain plug in your lawn mower and catch the old oil in a container. Replace the plug and refill the engine with oil recommended by the product manufacturer. Properly dispose of the oil you drained.

• Install clean air filters. Your engine and equipment will run much better with clean filters. Paper filters need to be replaced. Some foam filters can be cleaned and replaced. • Sharpen your cutting blade. Have your lawn mower’s cutting blade sharpened so you can get a clean cut on your lawn. Your lawn will be healthier and your lawn mower will operate more efficiently. • Clean your equipment. If you did not clean your equipment before storing it, there may be dirt, oil or grass stuck to it. Give your equipment a good spring-cleaning. A cleaner machine will run more efficiently and last longer. • Review your manual. Now is a good time to read the operator’s manual and refamiliarize yourself with the controls and what they do. Make sure you know how to stop the machine quickly if needed.

On e yea r o f w e eds ca n eq ua l m an y yea r s o f w ee d se e d s the insects are beginning to move about. Gardeners who are finding their way outdoors are shocked to see more weeds than they imagined. Most of the weeds you see now are what we term winter annuals. They grow annually from seed during the fall through early spring. Many of these weeds (henbit, annual bluegrass, chickweed, etc.) will eventually die when the temperatures finally warm up for the season. Winter weeds are now flowering heavily which is why you see the bright purples, yellows and whites in the landscape. Since they are flowering and in a

By Theresa Friday Retired Residential Horticulture Extension Agent for Santa Rosa County

The spring equinox this month will signal the transition from winter to spring. Temperatures along the Gulf Coast this time of year are also transitioning. We will experience increasing periods of warm weather, but we are still likely to have at least one more cold snap. Landscapes are also in a transitional period. Lawns are slowly coming out of dormancy. Bulbs are poking their heads out of the ground to enjoy the sun. Even

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reproductive stage, they will soon be completing their life cycles and dying. Spraying them at this time with a weed killer (herbicide) to try to control them is of little value. However, if something is not done to remove the weed seeds being produced by these winter annuals, expect a bigger weed patch next year. Remember the old saying, “One year’s weed, seven years’ seed.” One guaranteed way of getting rid of the weed seeds is hand removal. When you have a small number of weeds, physical removal is your best option. Just remember not to shake the plant to



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remove the dirt; you will likely be shaking off some weed seeds also. Mowing the lawn and collecting your clippings will also remove some of the seedhead canopy. If you can do this prior to the seeds maturing, it will help reduce next fall’s seed source. There are a few perennial winter weeds that you may want to control now such as wild garlic, dandelions, clover and plantains. Several postemergence herbicides can be used to spot treat these perennials. As always, be sure to thoroughly read and follow label directions when applying any chemical in the landscape.

Jokes & Groaners Looking at Spring ... A group of Yale students are traveling around the South on their spring break. They passed an old man, sitting on a porch. “Where you boys from?” asked the man. “Yale,” they replied. So the old man stood up and shouted, “WHERE YOU BOYS FROM!” Q: What do you call a rabbit with fleas? A: Bugs Bunny. Q: What does the Easter Rabbit get for making a basket? A: Two points, just like everybody. Q: Can February March? A: No, but April May. Q: What season is it when you are on a trampoline? A: Spring-time. Q: Why is the letter A like a flower? A: A bee (B) comes after it.




March 2, 2018

CIWT recognizes 2017 Civilians of the Year By MC2 Taylor Jackson Center for Information Warfare Traininng


he Center for Information Warfare Training (CIWT) announced its 2017 Civilians of the Year (CoY), Feb 15. CIWT selected George Trice, training director for Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC) Corry Station as supervisor CoY; Robert Dooley, student management officer for IWTC Monterey as non-supervisor CoY; and Edward Omientanski, course supervisor for the Journeyman Communications Course (JCC) at IWTC Virginia Beach as Civilian Instructor of the Year. Throughout 2017, Trice and his team developed a plan to systematically improve training delivery and instructor technical proficiency in 33 courses of instruction supported by 250 instructors training more than 8,000 students each year. He supervised and led a comprehensive Managers’ Internal Control Program (MICP), managing 38 critical command-level programs by continually reviewing the programs for improvements. Additionally, he developed a course supervisor training curriculum to is ensure all course supervisors have the

knowledge required to assume key and critical roles directly effecting the training mission. “I am very humbled and appreciative of my command and CIWT for this unexpected recognition,” Trice said. “However, it is no secret all the credit belongs to my extremely talented team of professionals and command leadership. They make the entire command shine on a daily basis.” As IWTC Monterey’s student management officer, Dooley managed the training of 936 students enrolled in 20 Navy and Army courses. In addition to his primary duties, Dooley assumed the role of command training officer. He oversaw all command training requirements, ensuring all required training was completed ahead of estab-

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lished deadlines. “I am both surprised and humbled to receive this award,” Dooley said. “I would like to thank all of the CIWT and IWTC Monterey leadership for selecting me. Finally, I would like to recognize all of my coworkers, both civilian and military, who provide the fleet and the nation with linguists speaking more than 10 foreign languages or dialects. They are the true heroes.” Omientanski provided 3,906 hours of technical training to 122 Sailors in

2017. As a supervisor for the course, he led eight instructors during nine course convenes while mentoring and providing training and evaluations for six instructors. He oversaw the installation and implementation of the Navy Multiband Terminal course within existing JCC classrooms, providing flexibility to teach two different courses while ensuring the installation did not negatively impact JCC classes. He is also currently involved in the implementation planning for new JCC simulation training. “I appreciate and I am honored to receive this recognition,” Omientanski said. “It’s great to be part of the CIWT team, and it just goes to show that the CIWT team has many

instructors that are just as well deserving for this award due to the fact that for the last two years, we have won the NETC Training Excellence Award. I truly believe we are the best training command in the Navy.” Center for Information Warfare Training delivers trained information warfare professionals to the Navy and joint services, enabling optimal performance of information warfare across the full spectrum of military operations. For more news from Center for Information Warfare Training organization, visit w w w.nav y.mil/ local/cid/, www.netc.navy.mil/centers/ ciwt/, www.facebook.com/ NavyCIWT or www.twitter. com/NavyCIWT.

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• Fleet and Family Support Center The NASP Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC), 151 Ellyson Ave., Bldg. 625, is offering the following: • Parenting Toddlers: 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. through March 19 (six Mondays). Learn about the development stages of toddlers and why they do what they do. Topics include appropriate discipline and toilet training. • Mov.mil Assist: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. One hour of dedicated online walkthrough to set-up your account and make your move seamless. • Base tour: 9 a.m. to noon the first Wednesday of every month. The next one is scheduled for March 7. Learn about the history of Naval Air Station Pensacola and how to get around base. • Imagination Station: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. every third Thursday of the month at Blue Wahoo Stadium. The next meeting is March 8. The NASP New Parent Support program partners with the Imagination Station for a military family play date. Meet some military families and let your children play. • Emergency Preparedness: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. March 13. Emergencies come in many forms. Be prepared for yourself and your family.ν • Parenting Tips for Blended Families: 11 a.m. to noon March 19 and March 26. A discussion of the challenges and joys of living in a blended family. All military parents are welcome. • SAPR If you are a victim of sexual assault, it is not your fault. Help

Worship schedule

NAS Pensacola – Protestant • Worship service, 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel, Bldg. 1982. • Chapel choir, meets following the 10:15 a.m. Sunday service at All Faiths Chapel. • Contemporary service, 6 p.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel. • Training Air Wing Six Bible Study, 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, Griffith Hall student lounge. • Bible study, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, J.B. McKamey Center. NAS Pensacola – Roman Catholic • Sunday Mass, 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel, Bldg. 1982. • Daily Mass, 11:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the Our Lady of Loreto Chapel. • Confessions: 30 minutes before services. Latter Day Saints • Service, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel. • Meeting: 6 p.m. Monday and 6 p.m. Thursday, J.B. McKamey Center. For more information, call 452-2341. NASP Corry Station – Protestant • Adult Bible study, 9 a.m. Sunday, fellowship hall vice conference room. • Chapel choir, 9 a.m. Sunday, choir room vice sanctuary. • Worship service, 10 a.m. Sunday. • Fellowship, 11:30 a.m. Sunday. • Contemporary worship, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, followed

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) 9955247; 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 nonintimate partner adult victims of sexual assault. Active-duty and adult fam-

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. NASP Corry Station – Roman Catholic • Mass, noon Sunday and 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday. For more information, call 452-6376. NAS Whiting Field Chapel – Roman Catholic • Mass, 11 a.m. Friday. NAS Whiting Field Chapel – Protestant • Bible study, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. • Weekly chapel service, 11:30 a.m. Thursday. For more information, call 623-7212. Other services: Jewish • B’nai Israel Synagogue, 1829 North Ninth Ave., services 7 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. Saturday. For information, call 433-7311. • Temple Beth El, 800 North Palafox St., services 7 p.m. Friday (6 p.m. first Friday of each month). For information, call 438-3321 or go to http://templebethelofpensacola.org. Seventh-day Adventist • Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1080 North Blue Angel Parkway, services at 11 a.m. Saturday. For information, call 453-3442.

ily 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 chainof-command, security/law enforcement, NCIS, SAPR VA, SARC or others. NCIS shall be notified by the CO and/or the VA/SARC in unrestricted cases to begin investigation. Investigation results are provided to the offender’s CO for appropriate action/disposi-

tion. 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 4499231/2. For the Civilian Victim Advocate, call 293-4561. To contact duty SARC, call the SARC cell at 554-5606.

• CREDO Chaplain’s Religious Enrichment Development Operation (CREDO) Southeast offers retreats enabling military members and their families to develop personal and spiritual resources in order to meet the unique challenges of military life. • CREDO Southeast Care for Caregiver Retreat, March 24 through 26, Perdido Beach Resort Orange Beach, Ala. When was the last time you took your own advice, slowed down and invested in “you?” The Care for the Caregiver (C4C) retreat is designed to be a break from the busy “routine” of caring for others. WHO: Caregivers and providers i.e., physicians, mental health workers, chaplains, nurses, corpsmen, SARP Counse- lors or religious program specialists. What can you expect at a CREDO retreat? Time to get away, turn off the cell phone, relax in a beautiful hotel, destress, and be personally/professionally refreshed. • Five-star hotel • Shared experience with others • Time for self-reflection • Refreshed sense of “who am I?” To register, e-mail Tony Bradford at Tony.bradford.ctr@ navy.mil or call 452-2342. • Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society The Navy-Marine Corps relief Society (NMCRS) offers a range of volunteer opportunities for people with a variety of skills and interests. This is a great opportunity to get new skills and build your resume. Contact the Pensacola office at 452-2300.



Off Duty

Morale, Welfare and Recreation

Gulf Coast celebrates art festival

The cover art for the 24th annual Gulf Breeze Art Festival. The festival will be held March 10 through 11 in Gulf Breeze just off of Highway 98 and will feature more than 140 local and national artists. Photo from www.facebook. com/pg/G.B.A.Inc From www.gulfbreeze arts.com

The city of Gulf Breeze and Gulf Breeze Arts, Inc. (GBAI) are proud to

host the 24th annual Gulf Breeze Celebrates the Arts Festival March 10 through 11 in Gulf Breeze. This two day event is a staple event for the

city of Gulf Breeze, which is a little city located between Pensacola and Pensacola Beach, just a short drive from the white sands of the Gulf of Mexico. The festival is held right on Highway 98 in Gulf Breeze, is a free event to the public and hosts more than 140 local, regional and national artists every year. This year, there will be music, food trucks and artist demonstrations, new additions to the festival. As always, there will be a locals’ art show and children’s activities. Gulf Breeze Arts Festival is also adding an Emerging Artist program for artists who have participated in no more than two festivals. The guest speaker at the festival will be nature photographer and award winning photographer Christopher

Mills. The festival will host a wide variety of artwork and demonstrations, including ceramics, digital art, fiber, drawing, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculptures and woodworking. GBAI prides itself on running the festival, proceeds from which go to college scholarships and supplimenting local art programs in elementary, middle and high schools. In the last few years, GBAI has donated more than $70,000 for this cause. GBAI is a not for profit organizations whose mission is to support and encourage the next generation of artists. For a full list of events and artists, visit www.gulfbreezearts. com.

People enjoying a previous Gulf Breeze Arts Festival. This year, the festival will take place just off of Highway 98 in Gulf Breeze and is free and open to the public.Photo from www.facebook. com/pg/G.B.A.Inc

C @ NAS Pensacola Portside Cinema a FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY TUESDAY t c h a M o v i e

“Winchester” (PG13) 5 p.m.

“Paddington 2” (PG) Noon

“Paddington 2” (PG) Noon

“Den of Thieves” (R) 7 p.m.

“Maze Runner: The Death Cure” (PG13) 2 p.m.

“The Post” (PG13) 2:30 p.m.

“The Shape of Water” (R) 5:30 p.m.

“The Shape of Water” (R) 5 p.m.

“12 Strong” (R) 8 p.m.

WEDNESDAY “Paddington 2” (PG) 5 p.m. “The Shape of Water” (R) 7:10 p.m. “The Post” (PG13) 5:10 p.m. “Winchester” (PG13) 7:30 p.m.

“Den of Thieves” (R) 7:30 p.m.

“The Commuter” (PG13) 5 p.m. “Winchester” (PG13) 7:30 p.m.

“Winchester” (PG13) 12:30 p.m.

“Maze Runner: The Death Cure” (PG13) 1 p.m.

“The Commuter” (PG13) 3 p.m.

“12 Strong” (R) 4 p.m.

“12 Strong” (R) 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

“Den of Thieves” (R) 7 p.m.

Regular shows: $4 adults, $2 children ages 6-11, free for 5 and younger 3D shows: $5 adults, $3 children ages 6-11, free for 5 and younger NASP Portisde Cinema is closed on Monday. Details: 452-3522 or www.navymwrpensacola. com

“Winchester” (PG13) 5 p.m. “12 Strong” (R) 7 p.m.

“Maze Runner: The Death Cure” (PG13) 6 p.m.

“The Commuter” (PG13) 5 p.m.

“12 Strong” (R) 6 p.m.

The NASP Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) department has a number of upcoming events and activities. For more information, call 452-3806, ext. 3100, or go to the MWR website at www.navymwrpensacola .com.

• Seabreeze Jazz Festival: MWR has tickets to the 20th annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival to be hosted at the Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater at Pier Park, Panama City Beach, April 18 through 22. Tickets are available through NASP Tickets and Travel. Three day passes are $173 and four Try this day passes are $216. Youth Sport For a full list of pric- • es, visit NASP Tick- Camp: Registration ets and Travel or call for the Youth Sports Spring 2018 season 452-6354. • B a c k p a c k i n g begins March 9 at the Overnight Trips: Corry Youth Center There will be an over- (Bldg. 4118). There night backpacking will be soccer, basetrip March 9 through ball and T-ball avail11 in the Sipsey Wil- able this spring. Youth derness, Ala. Go with sports are open to all MWR on an out-of- dependents ages 4 town backpacking to 14 of active-duty, adventure. All gear reserve or retired and transportation military, as well as provided. Only $60, DoD employees and rain or shine. Sign up contractors. Registrafor the skills course tion will be open from at the Tickets and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Travel office Bldg. March 9, 16 and 23. 3787 at Corry Sta- Cost is $50 per child. tion. Backpacking Mandatory skills eval101 Skills Course uation will take place is a prerequisite for March 24 from 9 a.m. all NAS Pensacola to 11 a.m. at the Youth backpacking trips. Sports Complex on For more informa- Hwy. 98. Parents must tion, call 281-5489 or complete the annual Parent Association 452-6354. • Splash and Dash: for Youth Sports trainMWR Aquatics and ing prior to registraNavy Fitness will tion. Log on to www. host a Splash and nays.org/parents to training. Dash event March 17 complete at 10 a.m. to noon. For more information, This friendly compe- contact Ron or Patrick tition is open to the at 453-3490. whole family with certificates presented upon completion. For a full list of age groups, visit www.navymwrpensacola.com or call 452-9429. • Summer Camp Expo: Join MWR at the 2018 Summer Camp Expo at the NAS Pensacola Indoor Pool March 17 from noon to 2 p.m. Get information on all of the summer programs offered by MWR Pensacola for the summer of 2018. MWR will have a variety of day programs that offer educational and fun opportunities for children over the summer break. For more information, call 452-9429. • Bushido Sports Judo Club: Tuesday and Thursday, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at NASP Youth Center, Bldg. 3690 (452-2417). For children ages 5 to 17. For more information, call Sensei Gerome Baldwin at 324-3146, 457-1421 or 457-1421or e-mail baldg6@att.net.

Liberty Activities


“Den of Thieves” (R) 7 p.m.

March 2, 2018

Liberty program events at NAS Pensacola and Corry Station target young, unaccompanied active-duty military. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. Regular events are scheduled at the main Liberty Center in the Portside Entertainment Complex. You must sign up in advance for off-base trips. For more information, call 452-2372 or go to www.naspensacola-mwr.com.

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Weekly newspaper for Naval Air Station Pensacola