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Time change this weekend: Spring ahead ...

At 2 a.m. Sunday, March 12, clocks will move an hour ahead (or spring forward) to begin daylight saving time. By act of Congress, civil clocks in most areas of the United States are adjusted ahead one hour in the summer months (known as daylight time) and returned back one hour in the winter months (known as standard time). You’ll lose an hour, mornings are darker and evenings are brighter. For more, visit http://aa.usno.navy.mil/faq/docs/daylight_time.php.

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Department of Justice officials visit NATTC Story, photo from Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Public Affairs

The Department of Justice’s (DoJ) Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Thomas E. Wheeler II held a town hall meeting for more than 800 Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) students and staff onboard NAS Pensacola Feb. 28. Wheeler and other DoJ officials are visiting Northwest Florida military installations to conduct Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) seminars organized by the Servicemembers and Veterans Initiative (SVI). NATTC Commanding Officer Capt. Hugh Rankin greeted Wheeler, SVI representatives Silas Darden and Tanya Kirwan, and DoJ Civil Rights Division representative Elizabeth Singer. They were provided briefs on the various

training NATTC Sailors receive. Wheeler is responsible for the enforcement of federal statutes prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, sex, disability, religion, familial status and national origin. “What these young men and women – these young Sailors and Marines – are learning here is truly astonishing,” Wheeler said. “The level at which our military trains and ultimately operates is unparalleled, and being able to see how these service members are learning the skills to enhance our military capabilities is something I hold quite dear.” Since its inception of the SCRA (formerly known as the Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act), they have worked to strengthen and enhance DoJ efforts on behalf of service members, veterans, and their families in three specific areas: enforcement, outreach and training. The DoJ Civil

The U.S. Department of Justice (Civil Rights Division) Acting Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Wheeler II speaks to Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) Sailors and Marines during a town hall meeting Feb. 28 at the NATTC Charles Taylor Hangar aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola. Wheeler and his staff are visiting Northwest Florida military installations discussing service members’ rights and answering questions during open-forum discussions.

Rights Division visits military installations across the country to provide

training on SCRA, and to identify legal issues impacting service members

Helmet reminder: March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month Injury Awareness Month. To help create awareness of the importance of wearing a helmet, Naval Hospital Pensacola’s Neurology Department with support from the Anchor Clinic, a According to the Centers for Disease Control and local behavioral medicine clinic, visited N.B. Cook ElPrevention, approximately 26,000 children and adoles- ementary School March 4 in Pensacola to encourage cents are treated in emergency departments annually children to wear helmets when bicycling, skateboardfor traumatic brain injuries (TBI). ing, rollerblading or during other activities where head The good news is that many head-related injuries can injuries can occur. be prevented by simply wearing a properly fitted hel“It’s important to educate children on the reasons for met – a good reminder during March, National Brain wearing a helmet,” said Lt. Joseph Cahill, neurologist, Naval Hospital Pensacola. “Children are often reluctant to wear helmets because they are worried about how they look wearing them or for various other reasons. It’s important to start educating them and their parents at a young age.” While at the school, the Sailors explained the importance of wearing a helmet and showed the children and their parents how to ensure a helmet fits properly. NHP also gave away more than 60 helmets, but the children had to first take a pledge that they promised to wear the helmets. “This was a great opportunity to teach children about helmet safety and that it’s ‘cool’ to wear one,” said HM3 Melissa Clayton, a corpsman with NHP’s Neurology Department. “The children loved getting the helmets and the parents were excited about them as well.” As a neurologist, Cahill has seen the horrific results that can occur from TBIs. A TBI is the result of a blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the function of the brain. The severity of such an Lt. Joseph Cahill, neurologist, Naval Hospital Pensacola injury may range from “mild” – a brief change in men(NHP), observes a helmet being placed on Ron Jay, tal status or consciousness – to “severe,” which could age 5, to ensure it fits properly. Sailors from NHP’s Neu- cause an extended period of unconsciousness or amnerology Department and graduate students from the An- sia after the injury. chor Clinic, a local behavioral medicine clinic, visited Common symptoms for TBIs include concussions, Story, photo by Jason Bortz Naval Hospital Pensacola PAO

N.B. Cook Elementary School in Pensacola March 4 to promote helmet safety to children and their parents.

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in order to better utilize its enforcement resources. “It is our hope that by

educating military members about this law which offers them such broad financial protections, it will enable them to avoid companies who seek to prey upon those who so bravely protect our freedoms,” said Darden. The SCRA is a federal law which provides protections for military members as they enter active duty. It covers issues such as rental agreements, security deposits, prepaid rent, eviction, installment contracts, credit card interest rates, mortgage interest rates, mortgage foreclosure, civil judicial proceedings, automobile leases, life insurance, health insurance and income tax payments. “The SCRA’s benefits and protections include a six-percent interest rate cap on pre-service obligations such as credit cards, student loans, vehicle loans and mortgages,” See NATTC on page 2

Reminder: e-cigs only allowed in authorized areas From staff reports

Personnel onboard NAS Pensacola are reminded that electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) are not authorized to be in an individual’s possession in any government facility or government vehicle onboard the base except for authorized smoking shelters. “These e-cigarettes are a hazard to individuals and others,” said Jonathan Winters, NAS Pensacola safety officer. “There have been an increasing number of See E-cigs on page 2

You’ve been warned about speeding ... Wrecked cars have been placed at the base gates at the request of NASP Security officials as a reminder to drive safely. Don’t count on another warning; if pulled over by a radar-equipped security officer, it’s likely to mean an expensive ticket. Photo by Mike O’Connor

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President Trump visits PCU Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) From Gerald R. Ford Public Affairs

NEWS NEWPORT (NNS) – President Donald J. Trump addressed Sailors from Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) and shipbuilders from Huntington Ingalls Newport News during a visit to the firstin-class aircraft carrier March 2. “This carrier and the new ships in the Ford class will expand the ability of our nation to carry out vital missions on the oceans and to project American power in distant lands,” Trump said to an audience of more than 3,500. The president landed on the flight deck on Marine One accompanied by Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis. They were welcomed aboard Ford by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson and Capt. Richard McCormack,

President Donald J. Trump speaks with Sailors in the hangar bay aboard Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). Trump visited March 2 to meet with Sailors and shipbuilders of the Navy's first-in-class aircraft carrier during an all-hands call inside the ship’s hangar bay. Photo by MC1 Joshua Sheppard

Ford’s commanding officer. “It was an honor to welcome aboard our commander-inchief,” said McCormack. “My

Sailors have put tremendous work and energy into making Ford an operational asset to the fleet, and I could not be more

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said Darden. For assistance or more information regarding SCRA, contact the nearest Legal Assistance Office to see if the SCRA applies. Dependents of service members can also contact or visit their local military legal assistance offices where they reside. For more than 70 years, with the last two decades at Naval Air Station Pensacola, NATTC has been providing training and increasing readiness within the Naval Aviation Enterprise. The facility graduates approximately 23,000 Navy, Marine Corps and international students annually and is part of the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (CNATT), an organization which provides single-site management for Navy and Marine Corps aviation technical training. CNATT is the technical training agent for the Naval Aviation Enterprise, an organization designed to advance and sustain naval aviation warfighting capabilities at an affordable cost, and is the largest training center under Naval Education and Training Command. For more information, visit http:// www. navy. mil, http://www. facebook.com/ usnavy, or http://www. twitter. com/ usnavy. For more news from Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training, visit http:// www. navy. mil/ local/ cnatt/.

headaches, dizziness, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, memory problems and mood swings. In severe cases, a TBI can lead to a coma and even death. Individuals who suffer severe injuries often require longterm rehabilitation that can have a dramatic impact on their quality of life and their family. “It doesn’t take a lot of force to cause an injury to the brain,” said Cahill. “Simply

proud to have him here to see this team.” Susan Ford Bales, daughter of President Gerald R. Ford and the ship’s sponsor, greeted Trump on the flight deck and welcomed him into the captain’s inport cabin, where he met with Ford Sailors and shipbuilders for a roundtable discussion. Following a brief tour of crew habitability spaces and unique technology, Trump descended to the Ford’s hangar bay via an aircraft elevator for an all-hands call with Ford Sailors and shipbuilders. The presidential visit marked a week full of firsts. It was Trump’s first visit to an aircraft carrier, and the first time the aircraft carrier, named in honor of the 38th president, Gerald R. Ford, had ever received a president. Earlier that week, an MV22 Osprey marked a critical milestone in the life of the ship by becoming the first aircraft to land on Ford’s flight deck, mak-

falling off of a bicycle at slow speeds can cause a serious injury to the head if a helmet is not worn, but the helmet must fit properly and be worn correctly. The helmet should fit snuggly, and a helmet with the strap not connected won’t help during a fall. We may only have one chance to protect our ‘grape’ in life.” Established in 1826, Naval Hospital Pensacola’s mission is to provide patent centered superior quality health care to those it is privileged to serve. The command is com-

ing Ford the only ship to receive an aircraft before its commissioning. “It was a great opportunity to be a part of the ship’s history,” said ABH3 Marcus Arduini, an air department Sailor from Houston. Arduini has the distinction of being Ford’s first tower supervisor, and helped assist Ford’s air Boss in ensuring a safe aircraft recovery. “It’s just been a great experience to see everything finally come together.” Sailors expressed their pride in being able to show their ship to the president and senior military leaders. “It’s an exciting experience to get the ship prepared,” said IT1 Frederick Cobbin, a communications specialist from Charleston, S.C., assigned to Ford’s combat systems department. “I got here in 2014, when everything was pretty much bare metal – it’s amazing how far we’ve come.”

prised of the main hospital and 10 branch health clinics across five states. Of its patient population (more than 150,000 active and retired Sailors, Soldiers, Marines, Airmen, National Guard and their families), almost 58,000 are enrolled with a primary care manager and a Medical Home Port Team at one of its facilities. To find out more, visit http:// www. med. navy. mil/ sites/ pcola/ Pages/ default.aspx or download the command’s mobile app (keyword: Naval Hospital Pensacola).

Military exchanges online shopping privileges to open to honorably discharged veterans By Kristine M. Sturkie NEX Service Command Public Affairs

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) – Beginning Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, military exchange online shopping privileges will be extended to all honorably discharged veterans of the U.S. military. The Department of Defense announced this policy change as a way to recognize the contributions of service members who served in the military and to thank them for that service. “We are proud to support this policy and extend the online shopping benefit to the nearly 15 million honorably discharged U.S. veterans,” said retired Rear Adm. Robert J. Bianchi, Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) CEO. “It is one small way to honor those who have served. This policy change is great E-cigs from page 1

injuries due to improper handling, battery malfunctioning, modifications or damage to the device.” Last year, NASP had three Sailors seriously burned by e-cigs. The fires are usually a result of lithium batteries rapidly discharging, overheating and exploding.

Any benefits in reduction of carcinogens or nicotine advertised by the manufacturer are outweighed by the explosive and fire hazard to the user and other people and property exposed to them, Winters added. E-cigs can be kept in your car; it is permissible get them when you want to use them in the authorized smoking area and then take them back to your car before re-

“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 (March 10 photo at right). The first person who e-mails Gosport to correctly identify the object and its location will win a $5 coupon good toward food or beverages purchased at the Navy Exchange (NEX) aboard NASP. E-mail your answer to NASPGosport@gmail.com. Winner and answer will be announced on NASP Public Affairs Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NASPPAO and in the following week’s Gosport. (Readers can win once per month). The March 3 winner was Trent Hathaway; the photo was of a small memorial on the grounds of Bldg. 1500

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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.

for our veterans, and is a win for our current customers. By having a larger customer base shopping our online store, we expect to be able to expand our merchandise assortment; and by purchasing more from our vendors, strengthen our value to our customers even more. We also expect to see an increase in contributions given to Navy Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) for quality-of-life programs, as well.” Prior to Nov. 11, honorably discharged veterans may go to http://www.myNavyExchange.com/veterans or the Navy Exchange Facebook page to check for information and announcements. The Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) will be the sole source for verification data of authorized exchange shoppers. For more, visit http://www.navy.mil/local/nexcom.

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,

turning to work. If you do not have a car or a friend’s car to store them in, do not stash them anywhere outside or base security will have to deal with a suspect package. “When (e-cig) technology and regulation develops to the point where they are safe, the policy will be re-evaluated,” Winters said.

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A few dust bunnies won’t ruin the family business By Lisa Smith Molinari Military Spouse Columnist

I was late for the meeting. Again. With an armful of crumpled papers, I rushed down the hall. Sheepishly, I found a seat at the table, and began with as much authority as I could muster: “This meeting is called to order at, let’s see, 12 minutes after 9. If you don’t mind, I’d prefer that these weekly sessions start promptly at the top of the hour. Now, without further delay, let’s get down to business.” “The van still needs new brakes, and if you wait much longer, you’ll be paying for rotors too. Lilly has her driver’s test on Tuesday at 3:15 p.m., but you must somehow get her to the dentist at 4 p.m. The checkbook hasn’t been balanced in three months, which might explain why you bounced a check last week,” I continued. “Francis is on his last pair of clean underwear, so please put a load of hot whites in at your earliest convenience. Moby is due for his monthly flea and tick medication. You must write two articles this week. The repairman is com-

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ing on Thursday between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. to fix the fridge. And you need to get serious about that juice cleanse. Now, how do you plan to get all that done?” I finished, and took a slurp of coffee. Crickets. No one responded, because I was having my weekly meeting with myself, and as usual, I had no idea how to answer my own demands. I scribbled a “To Do” list, marked a few things on the calendar, and then went about my day, determined to get it all done once and for all. But deep inside, I knew the inevitable pattern of my life would repeat itself. My week would start out productive. But soon, something would throw me off track – a school project, a sick child, writer’s block. One item on

About the columnist 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.themeat andpotatoesoflife.com. my To Do list would collide into the next, and the ensuing pile up would become overwhelming. By Friday, Francis would come home from work to find no dinner, unfolded

laundry heaped on the coffee table, and me, dazed and unshowered, draped over my computer chair where I had been surfing for vintage Tupperware on e-Bay for the last three hours. What fundamental flaw in my character has made it so difficult for me to keep up with my responsibilities as a work-from-home military spouse and mom? After some thought, and half a box of Cheese Nips, I realized that I have always been a Soldier, not a commander. An Indian, not a chief. A workerbee, not the queen. I am not lazy. I am not incompetent. I am not disorganized. I just need a supervisor, a boss, a manager to watch over me and keep me on track. Ahh, how different things would be with someone to offer clear direction and guidance. “Ms. Molinari,” my boss might say, “while it is clear that you are no stranger to hard work, there is room for improvement in the areas of task prioritization, self-motivation and personal hygiene. It is my recommendation that you avoid distractions from your daily priorities

such as shopping at TJ Maxx, free samples and midday reruns of ‘Mob Wives.’” But unless I find someone willing to be compensated in meatloaf, I can’t afford to pay a manager to give me direction. I am the manager, damn it, and I have to take responsibility. Even if it feels like I am being dragged through life behind my dirty white minivan, I will continue this never-ending game of catch up until the job is done. I will try to avoid getting tangled in the minutiae – the e-mails, the dust bunnies, the bills, the burnt dinners, the dark roots – and focus on the big picture: Keeping our family happy and healthy. Long-term analysis indicates that this family is on an upward trend. Subordinates may complain from time to time, but all in all, they report excellent workplace satisfaction. As manager, I sometimes lack efficiency, but I am dedicated, sincere, and work overtime and on weekends without pay. Despite its flaws, this family business is thriving, so there is no immediate need for new management. Meeting adjourned.

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NAOHP recognizes NAMI through national certification By MC2 Michael J. Lieberknecht Naval Medicine Operational Training Center Public Affairs

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he Navy Medicine Operational Training Center (NMOTC) announced the presentation of a quality certification from the National Association of Occupational Health Professionals (NAOHP) to Naval Aerospace Medical Institute (NAMI) Feb. 24. NAMI, a detachment of NMOTC, was recognized by NAOHP for a three-year outstanding achievement following an onsite survey. NAOHP Site Surveyor Donna Lee Gardner, a nurse and occupational health consultant who helped develop the national standards applied during the certification process, said she was particularly impressed with NAMI. “They have an outstanding program,” said Gardner. “They have a highly-committed staff that works wonderfully as a team for patient and client company excellence. There are many aspects of the practice that truly set it apart.” Occupational health programs and clinics undergoing NAOHP certifications are evaluated in six categories in-

cluding administration, operational framework, staffing processes, quality assurance, product line development, and sales and marketing. NAMI scored 96 percent compliance to these standards. “Receiving an honor like this is really a testament to the quality of work consistently put forth from our Sailors,” said Cmdr. Robert Carpenter, NAMI director of Clinical Services. “From the front lines of patient care through our leadership and civilian support staff, this is a recognition that everyone can say they had a hand in.” NAMI is a component of Navy Medicine Operational Training Center (NMOTC), which reports to Navy Medicine Education, Training and

Lt. Cmdr. Kyle Dohm, right, gives HN Joseph Holland a slit lamp exam at Naval Aerospace Medical Institute (NAMI). NAMI’s mission is to maximize performance and survivability of the warfighter by supporting Navy and Marine Corps aviation units through expert aeromedical consultation services development and application of aeromedical standards and training of aeromedical personnel for operational assignments. Photo by MC2 Michael J. Lieberknecht

Logistics (NMETLC), the sole point of accountability for Navy Medicine education and logistical support. NAMI, NMOTC, and NMETLC are all part of the Navy Medicine team, a global health care network of Navy medical professionals around the world who provide highquality health care to more

than 1 million eligible beneficiaries. Navy Medicine personnel deploy with Sailors and Marines worldwide, providing critical mission support aboard ships, in the air, under the sea, and on the battlefield. For more information, visit http://www. navy. mil, http://www. facebook. com/

usnavy, or http://www. twitter. com/usnavy. For more news from Navy Medicine Education and Training Command, visit http: //www. navy. mil/ local/ nmsc/. For more news from Navy Medicine Operational Training Center, visit http://www. navy. mil/local/NMOTC/.

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month By Yan Kennon Naval Hospital Jacksonville Public Affairs Senior Writer

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) – March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month, a time to recognize the more than 5 million Americans living with traumatic brain injury (TBI)-related disabilities. TBI is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or a penetrating head injury which disrupts the normal function of the brain. However, not all blows or jolts to the head result in TBI. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), TBI contributes to about 30 percent of all injury deaths in the U.S. each year. “Know the signs and symptoms of TBI and seek proper care,” said Dr. Kirsten Pollick, Naval Hospital Jacksonville’s neuropsychologist, TBI program director and mental health department head. “The severity of a TBI can range from mild, with a brief change in mental status or consciousness; to severe, with an extended period of unconsciousness or amnesia.” At least 2.5 million children and adults sustain TBIs each year. Of those, about 2.2 million are treated in emergency departments and about 280,000 are hospitalized for TBI-related injuries.

Some symptoms appear right away, while others might not be noticed for days or months after injury. Children with a brain injury can have the same symptoms as adults, but it’s often harder for them to let others know how they feel. Leading causes of TBI include falls, being hit by an object, and motor vehicle crashes. Active-duty personnel and Reservists are at an increased risk for sustaining a TBI while deployed to areas with increased risk of blast exposures, such as improvised explosive devices. However, of all new cases of TBI among military personnel, about 80 percent occur in non-deployed settings such as motor vehicle crashes, falls, sports and recreation activities, and assaults. Individuals with suspected brain injuries should seek medical care immediately by contacting their Medical Home Port team to schedule an urgent care appointHN David Vargas (left), a behavioral health technician at ment, or for emergencies going to the emergency room Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville, conducts a block de- or calling 911. sign test on a patient to assess functioning of the parietal NH Jacksonville patients can be evaluated by the and frontal lobes. Photo by Jacob Sippel hospital’s TBI screening program after receiving a conPhysical signs and symptoms of TBI include loss of sultation or referral from their Medical Home Port consciousness, state of being dazed, headache, fuzzy team, Deployment Health Center, Neurology, or Beor blurry vision, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, sensi- havioral Health. To learn more about brain injury awareness visit the tivity to light, balance problems, or feeling tired or havCDC website at http://www.cdc.gov. ing no energy.

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Navy celebrates 2017 Women’s History Month From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

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ASHINGTON (NNS) – The Navy joins the nation in celebrating Women’s History Month throughout the month of March. AlNav 006/17 encourages participation in all the heritage celebrations and special observances throughout the year. This year, Navy commands are encouraged to celebrate and reflect on the theme “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business.” Women have served in the Navy as nurses dating back to the 1800s, most notably during the Civil War when the Sisters of the Holy Cross served aboard USS Red Rover, the Navy’s first hospital ship. In 1948, women gained permanent status in the Navy with the passage of the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act. “One hundred years ago this month, in March of 1917, YNC Loretta Perfectus Walsh became the first female chief petty offi-

cer in the United States Navy, setting the course for trailblazing women serving as leaders in the U.S. Navy,” said Vice Adm. Jan Tighe, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare, Director of Naval Intelligence. “The list of those trailblazers is long, and includes one of my inspirations, Rear Adm. Grace Murray Hopper.” The One Navy Team is made up of female Sailors and civilians. Women serve in every rank from seamen to admiral, and hold nearly every job from naval aviator to deep-sea diver. Nineteen percent of the Navy’s enlisted force are women, including eight percent of all senior and master chiefs. Eighteen percent of the officer force and 11 percent of all admirals are comprised of women.

(Left to right) USS Makin Island (LHD 8) Executive Officer Capt. Mark Melson; retired CMC Kathleen Hansen; AN Zakiya Calloway; Master Chief AMTCM Joy McGill; and CMDCM Larry Lynch cut a cake during the Women’s History Month Observance in the ship’s hangar bay. The event was part of a monthlong women’s history celebration aboard Makin Island in 2016. Photo by MCSN Eric Zeak

In the Navy’s civilian workforce, 27 percent are women and 26 percent are senior executive service members. “For Chief Walsh, Adm. Hopper, and so many others, it was not about being a woman

serving in the Navy ... it was about serving the Navy and this great nation. I’m proud to follow in their footsteps. Quite simply, the Navy is stronger with the diversity in thought and talent that they, and so

Navy Week in Mobile helps food bank ... Sailors assigned to the Fleet Survey Team verify food labels while participating in a community relations project at Feeding the Gulf Coast food bank during Navy Week Mobile, Ala., Feb. 27. Navy Week programs serve as the Navy’s principal outreach effort in areas of the country without a significant Navy presence. Photo by MC1 Marcus L. Stanley

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many others, bring to the fight,” said Tighe. Over the last century, women have served onboard auxiliary ships beginning in 1978, and on combatant ships beginning in 1993. In 2016, the Department of Defense opened all military occupations and positions to women. For more information on the history of women and their numerous contributions to the Navy, visit www. public. navy. mil/ bupers-npc/ organization/ bupers/ Womens Policy/ Pages/ WomensHistory Month.aspx For more news from Chief of Naval Personnel, visit www. navy. mil/local/cnp/.

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Whiting descendant visits air station By Jay Cope NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs Officer

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or Moira Walden and Fred Nehring, a trip to Northwest Florida became a homecoming of sorts as the couple travelled to Milton to see the air station named after her grandfather nearly 74 years ago. NAS Whiting Field (NASWF) was named for Capt. Kenneth Whiting on July 16, 1943. As naval aviator No.16, and also often called the “Father of the Aircraft Carrier,”Whiting is one of the renowned names in naval aviation. Walden is the daughter of Whiting’s youngest daughter, also called Moira. This was Nehring and Walden’s first trip to the installation. Not knowing how to arrange such a visit, they called their local congresswoman’s office, Chellie Pingree of Maine, to ask for assistance. A staffer from the office contacted NAS Whiting Field on their behalf to arrange access. Walden and Nehring weren’t sure what to hope for. “We were expecting a drive-by with a picture of the front gate,” Nehring, a former enlisted Sailor, said. “We would have been happy with that.” The installation team managed quite a bit more. NAS Whiting Field Commanding Officer Capt. Todd Bahlau shared some information about

the command’s mission and history before Walden and Nehring were treated to a tour of the installation. They visited the air traffic control towers, Training Air Wing Five’s two simulator buildings, the night vision device lab and some aircraft on the flightlines. The highlight of the tour was a chance to see the memorial dedicated to her grandfather that was unveiled by her mother more than 70 years earlier. Although

she never m e t h i m , Wa l d e n was familiar with some of her ancestor’s history. She even wore a shirt with a picture of the ship named after her grandfather, USS Kenneth Whiting (AV 14), a seaplane tender. Although she was aware of his impact on the Navy, Walden was pleased to see some unfamiliar photographs

Moira Walden stands next to the stone memorializing Capt. Kenneth Whiting, who passed away just three months prior to the commissioning of then-Naval Auxiliary Air Station Whiting Field. NAS Whiting Field Commanding Officer Capt. Todd Bahlau (right), Executive Officer Cmdr. Don Gaines (center) and CMDCM Lee Stephens join her in the photo. Photo by Jamie Link

and papers in t h e archive held by the base that filled some of the gaps in her recollections. “My mother loved my grandfather a great deal and spoke about him a lot,” Walden stated. “She always said he was a true patriot ... and a thrill-seeker.” Walden related a story about how when her

mother was young, she used to walk around the edge of the house on the ledge bordering the upper story. Her mother got in trouble, but the next day, Whiting tried it just to see if he could make it all the way around the house like his daughter did. He was unsuccessful and ultimately came back in from the ledge. For a man who once crawled out of a torpedo tube he ordered closed behind him – just to prove it could be used as an escape hatch – trying to walk a ledge had to rank pretty low on his list of thrills.

Whiting’s historic naval career seemingly encompassed every possible community. He served as a submarine commander, aviation squadron commander, ship executive officer and commanding officer, as well as a shore installation commander during his 38 years in uniform. He is famous for being the final student to learn to fly from Orville Wright, and his steadfast determination to see ships manufactured to launch aircraft. He spent much of his time following World War I working to obtain authorization to refit the

USS Jupiter, a coal ship, into the USS Langley (CV 1) to prove his theories. Whiting, albeit temporarily as the acting CO, was the first officer to command an aircraft carrier and made the first catapult launch from USS Langley’s deck on Nov. 18, 1922. “Capt. Whiting’s career still serves as an inspiration to our team here at NAS Whiting Field,” Bahlau said. “We were absolutely thrilled to host some of his family, and I hope that this is only the beginning of creating stronger ties to his descendants.”


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American Legion car shows planned

American Legion Post No. 240, 8666 Gulf Beach Highway, is presenting a series of car show from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. the first Sunday of every month until November. The events are open to the public. Cars trucks, motorcycles and rat rods can be registered for a donation of $5. The events will also feature fried catfish beginning at noon until the fish runs out. For more information, contact Trent Hathaway at trentdhathaway@gmail.com.

MWR announces Summer Camp Expo The Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP) Morale, Welfare and Recreation department has scheduled a Summer Camp Expo from noon to 2 p.m. March 18 at the NAS Pensacola Indoor Pool Building, Bldg. 3828, located on Turner Street behind Starbucks. The event will give parents resources to plan activities for their children throughout the summer. For more information, call 452-9429.

Rock N Fly marathon to be March 18

The fourth annual Blue Angels Rock N Fly Soul Train Tour half marathon (13.1 miles) and 5K (3.1 miles) is scheduled for March 18 aboard NAS Pensacola. Both races are scheduled to start at 8:10 a.m. at the corner of Radford Boulevard and Fred Bauer Road in front of Starbucks. Gates will open at 6 a.m. In 2016, and the event raised more than $50,000 for the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society and the Navy Ball. This year’s race is limited to 3,000 participants. Runners are encouraged to arrive at NAS Pensacola early to ensure plenty of time to get through security. To register or volunteer, go to www.runrock nfly.com.

Veterans coalition plans symposium

The Veterans Coalition of Northwest Florida will present the Greater Pensacola Veterans and Families Symposium and Expo from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 25 at the UWF Conference Center, Bldg. 22, 1100 Veterans Parkway. The event is open to all U.S. military veterans and their families. There will be presentations on the latest information pertaining to VA benefits, business ownership for veterans, new educational opportunities, family life and quality of life issues. Admission is free. Registration will be available at the door. To register in advance or for more information, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/thegreater-pensacola-veterans-families-symposium-ex po-tickets-30965384298?aff=es2.

Flight Academy offering spring cruises The National Flight Academy, located aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola, has announced spring break three-day cruise programs. Registration is open for fifth-grade through 12th-grade students. The subject matter areas will include aerodynamics, meteorology and physics. Programs are scheduled for March 19-21, April 9-11 and April 16-18. The cost is $399 per student. For registration information, call 308-8948 or go to www.National FlightAcademy.com.

Japanese film to be shown March 30

The Pensacola Jewish Federation and the JapanAmerica Society of Northwest Florida have scheduled a screening of the film “Persona Non Grata” at 6 p.m. March 30 at the Temple Beth El. A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. The movie tells the true story of Chiune Sugihara, the Japanese diplomat who acted against orders and saved lives of some 6,000 Jewish refugees by issuing transit visas to Japan during World War II. Sugihara was born in Yaotsu near the City of Gero, Japan. The film is being screened in Pensacola, Gero’s sister city, during the visit of the 24th delegation from Gero to Pensacola including 20 junior high school students and three adults. For more information, e-mail info@jasnwfl.org.

Military parents can get special training A free STOMP (Specialized Training for Military Parents) workshop is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 29-30 at the Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resource System Classroom at the J.E. Hall Center, 30 East Texar Drive. Register online for the STOMP workshop at: https://pensacola-stomp.eventbrite.com. For more information, contact Carissa Bergosh, School Liaison Officer at 712-4105 or carissa.bergosh@navy.mil.

Blue Angels the subject of new book Maureen Smith Keillor and Evelyn Wheeler have teamed up on a new book, “Images of Modern America: the Blue Angels.” Several local events are planned: • Wheeler will be at the MWR Flea Market from noon to 3 p.m. March 12 at Corry Sports Complex. • A book signing is scheduled for 2 p.m. March 18 at Barnes & Nobles, The Cordova Crossing,1200 Airport Blvd.

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Slow down for birds at park The first shorebird nests of the season have begun to appear on Gulf Island National Seashore beaches. You can show your support and help remind others to slow down to 25 mph by displaying a Gulf Islands Chick Magnet. Beginning today, March 10, visitors can pick up a free Chick Magnet at the Fort Pickens and Perdido Key entrance stations, at Fort Pickens and park headquarters at the Naval Live Oaks Area in Gulf Breeze. Each year, beginning in late-February and ending in late summer, the seashore provides nesting habitat for several species of ground nesting shorebirds. In order to decrease the number of road kills, posted speed limits will be temporarily reduced to 25 mph near nesting areas. Park officials request that visitors divert activities to other areas. By September, nesting is complete and normal use of the roads will resume. For more information about Gulf Islands National Seashore, go to www.nps.gov/guis. • Keillor will give a presentation about the book at 6 p.m. March 22 at Pensacola Library, 239 North Spring St. The book features images from a variety of sources including the Emil Buehler Library at the National Naval Aviation Museum. For more information, go to https://www.amazon.com/Maureen-Smith-Keillor/e/B00I1Z8J8G.

http://www.active.com/navarre-fl/running/distancerunning-races/michele-hill-raider-run-2017. For more information, contact: Joe Hill at (850) 5822946 or joehill@raiderrun.com.

Writers welcome at open mic event

The West Florida Literary Federation (WFLF) presents a free open mic event each month for writers to share original prose and poetry. The next open mic event is scheduled for March 21 at the Pensacola Cultural Center, 400 South Jefferson St., Room 201. The guest speaker will be local writer/editor Katherine Nelson-Born. Born is a professor of English at Columbia Southern University in Orange Beach, Ala. Her poetry chapbook, “When Mockingbirds Sing,” was released in 2016. The gathering will begin at 6:30 p.m. The program will begin at 7 p.m., followed immediately by open mic at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 723-2112 or go to www.wflf.org.

Kidney Walk scheduled for April 1

The third annual Kidney Walk is scheduled for April 1 at Pensacola Beach. The event calls attention the prevention of kidney disease and the need for organ donation. This year’s presenting sponsor is Fresenius Kidney Care. The walk is being held to remember Nancy Grigsby, one of the dedicated committee chairs that was instrumental in bringing the Kidney Walk to Pensacola. For more information contact Savanna Pitard at the National Kidney Foundation of Florida spitard@kidneyfla.org, call (407) 894-7325 or go to www.floridakidneywalk.org.

City’s Easter event planned for April 8

Models are needed for an upcoming spring fashion show at the Navy Exchange (NEX) Pensacola Mall, 5600 Highway 98 West. The show is scheduled for April 1. If you would like to participate, sign up in the customer service department by March 16. Additional activities will include the NEX 71st Birthday and the Easter Bunny. For more information, call 458-8258.

The City of Pensacola Parks and Recreation Department will present the annual Easter Egg Hunt from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 8 at Roger Scott Athletic Complex. Activities will include carnival games, photos with the Easter Bunny, a Bunny Hop (cake walk) and a bubble station. Admission is free with a donation of a non-perishable food item for Manna Food Pantries. For more information, call 436-5670 or visit PlayPensacola.com.

Women’s group plans retreat April 8

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The annual ladies retreat presented by the Protestant Women of the Chapel at Naval Air Station Pensacola is scheduled for April 8 at the Pensacola Yacht Club, 1897 Cypress St. Guest speaker will be Caitlin Gibson, a military wife and Christian speaker. Registration and refreshments begin at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $20 and includes continental breakfast and lunch. To register, text or call Linda Hawthorne at 2216050 or Wanda Roberts at 291-4545.

Commissary to be open on Easter Pensacola Commissary, 5800 West Highway 98, will be open regular hours (8 a.m. to 7 p.m.) on Easter, April 16. A Pensacola Commissary Customer Appreciation Case Lot sale is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 28-29 and 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 30. For more information, call 452-6880.

Golf tournament supports NMCRS The 17th annual Pen Air Charity Golf Tournament benefiting the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) is scheduled for March 31 at A.C. Read Golf Course aboard NAS Pensacola. Since 2000, the credit union has supported the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society by providing financial gifts totaling more than $400,000. The tournament format will be four-person scramble. To register, complete a registration form with payment and mail or drop off to: Pen Air Federal Credit Union, Attn: NMCRS Golf Tournament, 1495 East Nine Mile Road, Pensacola, FL 32514. Registration deadline is March 24. Checks should be made payable to Pen Air Federal Credit Union. For more information, contact Melissa Dandridge, public relations specialist, by phone at 5053200, ext. 7773, or by e-mail at dandme@penair.org or go to www.penair.org/home/about/communerosity/golf_tournament?.

Run scheduled for April 1 in Navarre

Registration is open for 11th annual Michele Hill Foundation Raider Run, which is scheduled for April 1. Discounts are available for active and retired military, civil service employees, track club members, and students. The race features a 10K run and a 5K run/walk/baby jogger/wheelchair event which starts and ends at the Navarre Youth Sports Association. Proceeds from this event will be used to fund scholarships for area students to attend college. Register at http://www.eteamz.com/michelehillraiderun or

Virginia College in Pensacola, 312 East Nine Mile Road, Suite 34, has scheduled a Spring Fling from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 17. The event is free and open to the public with food, giveaways and spring-themed activities for all ages, including free popsicles. Attendees are also invited to enjoy program-related activities and campus tours. Additionally, Cosmetology students will offer St. Patrick’s Day-themed face painting, green manicures and free standard haircuts for children ages 12 and younger. For more information, call 436-8444.

Wahoos looking for local performers Calling all performers, jugglers, gymnasts, acrobats, singers, songwriters, fire breathers, unicyclists, magicians and more. Opening day for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos is approaching for the 2017 season. The team is looking for local performers to show off their talents through National Anthem performances, main gate entertainment and in-game fun. The Pensacola’s Got Talent audition event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon March 18 at Blue Wahoos Stadium. Individuals and groups can reserve an audition spot by calling 934-8444. Auditions will be held on the field in front of a panel of judges from WEAR, 97.1 FM The Ticket, the Pensacola News Journal and the Blue Wahoos. The first game of the 2017 regular season at Blue Wahoos Stadium is scheduled for April 6th against the Tennessee Smokies. The Pensacola Blue Wahoos are the Double-A Affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds and a member of the Southern League. For more information, go to www.BlueWahoos.com.

Talk at PSC to focus on art of memoir “Old Dogs, Hank Williams, and the Art of the Memoir,” a presentation by columnist and author Rheta Grimsley Johnson, is scheduled for March 15 at the Chadbourne Library, Bldg. 20, at the Pensacola State College main campus. The public is welcome to the free, informal event A question-and-answer session will follow. Johnson’s latest book, “The Dogs Buried Over the Bridge: a Memoir in Dog Years,” explores her deep connections to a series of pets. Noted for her syndicated column that ran in 300 newspapers, including the Pensacola News Journal, Johnson has earned an a number of awards and was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1991. Johnson grew up in Montgomery, Ala., graduated from Auburn University, and now lives and writes in Iuka, Miss. For more information, call Sheila Nichols at 5123609.

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St. Patrick’s Day remembrance: Beyond the leprechauns and shamrocks

Irish immigrants in the United States By Kevin Kenny http://iipdigital.usembassy.gov

rish immigrants had a rough start in the United States, stuck in urban poverty and taunted by some of their neighbors. They and their descendants overcame the obstacles and prevailed.

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President John F. Kennedy, whose 1960 election signaled the end of anti-Irish, anti-Catholic nativism, delivers remarks to assembled officers, Midshipmen and guests at Bancroft Hall at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., Aug. 1, 1963. Photo from Naval History and Heritage Command

In the century after 1820, 5 million Irish immigrants came to the United States. Their presence provoked a strong reaction among certain native-born Americans, known as nativists, who denounced the Irish for their social behavior, their impact on the economy and their Catholic religion. Nonetheless, by the early 20th century, the Irish had successfully assimilated. All legal immigrants who subscribe to the U.S. Constitution are entitled to become U.S. citizens, and white immigrants have encountered relatively few obstacles in their attempt to do so. Despite nativist hostility, the Irish never encountered racism comparable to that inflicted on African Americans and Asians, who were excluded from citizenship or restricted from entering the United States. Turning their Catholic identity to their advantage and pursuing political opportunities unavailable in Ireland, the Irish moved steadily upward in American society. The Irish made up almost

half of all immigrants in the United States in the 1840s and one-third in the 1850s. These figures are remarkable given that Ireland is no larger than the state of Maine and its population never exceeded 8.5 million. Between 1846 and 1855, due to repeated massive failures of the potato crop, the Irish population declined by onethird. More than 1 million people died of starvation and famine-related diseases and another 1.5 million fled to the United States. Early struggles: The Irish immigrants of the famine era were the most disadvantaged the United States had ever seen. They suffered from alarmingly high rates of cholera, yellow fever, typhus, tuberculosis and pneumonia. They accounted for a greatly disproportionate number of admissions to poorhouses and public hospitals, and they topped the charts for arrests and imprisonment. The Irish immigrants were mostly unskilled, worked for low wages, and were often used as substitute labor to break

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strikes. Native-born workers worried that their own wages would decline as a result and that gains made by organized labor would be undercut. Equally disturbing to nativists was the immigrants’ religion. Would Irish Catholic immigrants ultimately be loyal to the United States or to the church in Rome? Were they beholden to their priests on political matters? Did a church headed by a pope, cardinals, archbishops and bishops have a legitimate place in a democratic republic? And why did Irish Catholic immigrants send their children to separate parochial schools rather than using the free public system? The Irish response was that the public school boards were dominated by evangelical Protestants. Freedom to cultivate their children’s faith as they saw fit, they insisted, was what the United States was all about. Nativists launched a sustained attack on Irish immigrants because of their Catholicism. In 1834, a mob burned down the Ursuline con-

vent in Charlestown, Mass. In 1844, nativist rioters burned two Catholic churches in the Philadelphia suburbs in a dispute over which Bible to teach in public schools, the Catholic one or the Protestant King James version. Irish-American identity: Rebutting accusations of divided loyalty, Irish immigrants insisted that they could become good Americans but that they would do so on their own terms. Because they spoke English and were the first Catholic group to arrive in the United States in large numbers, the Irish quickly took control of the American Catholic Church. Anti-Catholicism remained part of American culture until 1960, when John F. Kennedy was elected to the presidency. The Irish had long dominated the politics of many American cities – including New York, Boston, and Chicago – by controlling the local Democratic Party. In the 1920s, they began to move onto the national stage, when Al Smith became the first Catholic to run for president. Smith had little chance of being elected, but Kennedy, who was acutely conscious of his Irish heritage, finally laid to rest America’s long anti-Catholic tradition. “I am not the Catholic candidate for president,” he declared during the campaign. “I am the Democratic Party’s candidate for president, who happens also to be a Catholic. I do not speak for my church on public matters – and the church does

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not speak for me.” Irish immigrants became good Americans without sacrificing their religious and culheritage. They tural demonstrated that assimilation is not a one-way process in which immigrants must conform to a dominant AngloProtestant culture while forsaking their own traditions. Immigrants always change the United States as much as the United States changes them. By becoming Americans in their own way, the Irish carved out a distinctive ethnic identity and helped lay the groundwork for today’s cultural pluralism in the United States. Today the Irish are one of the most prosperous ethnic groups in the United States, significantly exceeding national averages on education levels, occupational status, income, and home ownership. In line with their steady upward social mobility during the 20th century, the American Irish moved out of the tight-knit urban communities of the Northeast and Midwest to settle in suburbs, towns and cities across the United States. They also married increasingly outside their ethnic group, first with other Catholics and then with Americans generally. The result of these developments is a much less cohesive sense of communal identity than in the past. But Irish Americans retain a strong sense of ethnic pride, especially in the realms of politics and culture. To be Irish-American, after all, is to be part of a national success story.

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Q: Why can’t you borrow money from a leprechaun? A: Because they’re always a little short. Q: Why don’t you iron four-leaf clovers? A: Because you don’t want to press your luck. Q: How can you tell if an Irishman is having a good time? A: He’s Dublin over with laughter. Q: What do you call a cubic zirconia ring in Ireland? A: A sham-rock. Q: Where can you find gold every time you look? A: In the dictionary. “I had an accident opening a can of alphabet spaghetti this morning,” said Murphy. “Were you injured?” inquired Seamus. “No,” concluded Murphy, “but it could have spelled disaster.”


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March 10, 2017

Blankman, Erickson named NETC civilians of year By Enid Wilson Naval Education and Training Command Public Affairs

Naval Education and Command Training (NETC) announced Steven M. Blankman as 2016 Senior Civilian of the Year (CoY) and Linda Erickson as 2016 Junior CoY at staff headquarters during an award ceremony aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP) Feb 14. Rear Adm. Mike White, commander NETC, praised the awardees for their consistent effort implementing the Navy’s training mission. “Today we recognize the outstanding civilian performers who excel each day providing the Navy training domain with leadership and support,” White said. Blankman, a general engineer in the Logistics (N4) division, found solutions for a series of longstanding issues across the NETC domain involving contract support and execution for training equipment maintenance, repair and replacement. By partnering with subject matter experts (SMEs) and policymakers from five commands, his efforts led to new guidance allowing work to be inclusive and

Steve M. Blankman, NETC’s Senior Civilian of the Year, (left) is congratulated by Rear Adm. Mike White, NETC commander. Photo by MC3 Brittany Tobin

expedited. According to Blankman, the rewarding work he does at NETC is only possible because of teamwork. “I am proud to have been able to make things easier for our subordinate commands,” Blankman said. “But as is usually the case, I had lots of help along the way.” Training Readiness Director Charles Bailey highly of speaks Blankman’s success in improving maintenance processes. “With his partnerships leading to the overall cooperation from several commands, we are able to save valuable time, funding and maintenance efforts on NETC training equipment,” Bailey said. Erickson joined the NETC Office of General Counsel (OGC) staff as a

paralegal specialist 10 years ago. As the sole paralegal, she researches

regulations and laws, reviews prior cases, creates comprehensive files and supports prompt responses to critical issues presented for NETC OGC review. During the award period, her efforts were lauded for her support during recent attorney turnover in the division and the command Navy Inspector General (IG) inspection. “Ms. Erickson’s initiative and continued professional support is invaluable to our OGC team,” said Carol Lynch, NETC OGC Counsel.

“She enables us to provide timely, effective legal advice and assistance to the NETC domain.” When not at work, Erickson uses her planning and organization skills to support veterans’ programs through her volunteer work at Warrington Elks Lodge No. 2108. She recalls the assistance her family received from a similar non-profit organization, when as a child, her sister contracted polio. “To think that what I, and fellow members as a whole, can do to provide assistance back to others is just awesome to me.”

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Erickson said. For more information on Naval Education and Training Command visit www.netc.navy.mil/, or https://www.facebook. com/netcpao. Guantanamo presentation ... During a recent visit to Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP), Capt. David Culpepper, CO of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay (NSGB), Cuba, presents a plaque to NASP CO Capt. Christopher Martin. More than 700 spouses and children were evacuated to Pensacola in October 2016 when Hurricane Matthew made landfall at NSGB. Damage to the base was minimal and evacuees were able to return home after 10 days at NASP. Photo by Mike O’Connor

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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: • Tips to Building Self-Esteem: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. March 13. Low self-esteem can negatively affect every facet of your life – relationships, job and health. Learn to improve your self-esteem. For information or to register, call 452-5609. • Anger Management Workshop: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. March 15 and March 22 (you must attend both sessions). Do you feel you get angry at the simplest things? Learn to get control your anger before it controls you. For information or to register, call 452-5990. • Military Family Playgroup: 10 a.m. to noon every third Thursday of the month at WSRE Imagination Station, Pensacola Bayfront Stadium, 351 West Cedar St. The next meeting is March 16. Parents and children ages infant to 5 years are invited. For more information, call 452-5990. • Where is My Money Going?: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. March 15. Learn how to develop a spending/budget plan. To register or for more information, call 452-5609. • New spouse and newcomer class: 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. March 17. Workshop will acquaint spouses with military and community resources. For more information or to register, call 452-5609. • Job fair: The NASP Fleet and Family Service Center Transition Assistance Program Job Fair is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon April 14 at the NASP Gateway Inn Conference Center, Bldg. 3249. Open to active-duty, retirees, DoD and dependents. Bring your resume and talk to prospective employers. No registration required. For more information, call Lara Sabanosh or Debra Sampson at 452-5620.

SAPR If you are a victim of sexual assault, it is not your fault. Help for victims of sexual assault in the DoD community is a call, click or text away: • The SafeHelpline: Provides live, one-on-one crisis support and information by trained staff. Call:

Worship schedule NASP Easter schedule Catholic services • Stations of the Cross: 5:30 p.m. each Friday during Lent (through April 7), Corry Station Chapel. • Lenten Suppers: 6 p.m. each Friday during Lent (through April 7), Chapel Hill, Corry Station. • Good Friday: Veneration of the cross and communion, 3 p.m. March 25, Our Lady of Loreto Chapel. • Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord: 8:30 a.m. April 9, Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel; noon, Corry Station Chapel. • Tenebrae: 5:30 p.m. April 10, Our Lady of Loreto Chapel. • Holy Thursday: 7 p.m. April 13, Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel. • Good Friday: 3 p.m. April 14, Our Lady of Loreto Chapel. • Holy Saturday: Easter Vigil Mass, 8 p.m. April 15, Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel. • Easter Sunday: April 16. Mass at 8:30 a.m. at Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel and noon at Corry Station Chapel. Easter Egg hunt, 9:30 a.m. at NASP. Regular services NAS Pensacola Protestant • Worship service, 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel, Bldg. 1982. • Chapel choir, meets following the 10:15 a.m. Sunday service at All Faiths Chapel.

(877) 995-5247; click: www.SafeHelpline.org; or text: 55-247, CONUS; (202) 470-5546, OCONUS (may be extra charges for OCONUS). • The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program: Provides prevention, intervention and a 24/7/365 response to non-intimate partner adult victims of sexual assault. Active-duty and adult family member sexual assault victims have a choice of reporting options, unrestricted and restricted. Unrestricted reporting allows victim to have an advocate, seek medical care, counseling, legal services, safety interventions and/or transfer, etc. To access an unrestricted report, the victim may report to his/her chainof-command, security/law enforcement, NCIS, SAPR VA, SARC, or

• Contemporary service, 6 p.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel. • Training Air Wing Six Bible Study, 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, Griffith Hall student lounge. • Bible study, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, J.B. McKamey Center. Roman Catholic • Sunday Mass, 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel, Bldg. 1982. • Daily Mass, 11:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the Our Lady of Loreto Chapel. • Confessions: 30 minutes before services. Latter Day Saints • Service, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel. • Meeting: 6 p.m. Monday and 6 p.m. Thursday, J.B. McKamey Center. For information, call 4522341. NASP Corry Station Protestant • Adult Bible study, 9 a.m. Sunday, fellowship hall vice conference room. • Chapel choir, 9 a.m. Sunday, choir room vice sanctuary. • Worship service, 10 a.m. Sunday. • Fellowship, 11:30 a.m. Sunday. • Contemporary worship, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, followed by fellowship at 7:30 p.m.

others. NCIS shall be notified by the CO and/or the VA/SARC in unrestricted cases to begin investigation. Investigation results are provided to the offender’s CO for appropriate action/disposition. Restricted reporting allows a victim to have a confidential report, which does not trigger command or law enforcement notification and the victim may have a SAPR VA and seek medical care and/or counseling. To access restricted reporting, the victim may disclose his/her sexual assault only to the SARC, a current SAPR VA, a health care professional and/or a chaplain. • To contact the NASP 24/7 Victim Advocate, call 449-9231/2. For the Civilian Victim Advocate, call 293-4561. To contact the duty SARC, call the SARC cell at 5545606.

• Bible study and dinner, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, fellowship hall. Latter Day Saints • Service, 7 p.m. Wednesday. Roman Catholic • Mass, noon Sunday and 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday. For information, call 4526376. NAS Whiting Field Chapel Roman Catholic • Mass, 11 a.m. Friday. Protestant • Bible study, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. • Weekly chapel service, 11:30 a.m. Thursday. For information, call 6237212. 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 4337311. • 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, Bible study, 9:30 a.m. and services at 11 a.m. Saturday. For information, call 4533442.

CREDO Chaplain’s Religious Enrichment Development Operation (CREDO) Southeast offers retreats enabling military members and their families throughout Navy Region Southeast to develop personal and spiritual resources in order to be more successful at meeting the unique challenges of military life. For more information or to register for any of the CREDO training programs, call 452-2093, or e-mail NASP CREDO facilitator Tony Bradford at tony.bradford.ctr@navy.mil. Upcoming programs include: • Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP) 8.0: 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, March 10, and May 5 at the J.B. McKamey

Center, Bldg. 634, at NAS Pensacola. Another session is scheduled for April 7 at NAS Whiting Field. The training is designed to teach couples communication skills and ground rules for handling conflict; it also promotes intimacy. The sessions are open to any active duty member and spouse or fiancée. Civilian DoD employees and retired military are also welcome. • SafeTALK workshop: 8 a.m. to noon March 16 at the J.B. McKamey Center classrooms, Bldg. 634. The workshop prepares helpers to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to first aid resources. The workshops feature videos that illustrate responses. Participants will be better able to apply the TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen, and Keep Safe). • Personal Resiliency Workshop: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 22 at the J.B. McKamey Center classrooms, Bldg. 634. The workshop will help foster personal holistic growth including physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual aspects. Active-duty service members (including active reservists) and their spouses are eligible to attend.

Community Outreach If you are interested in participating in volunteer activities, contact the NASP Community Outreach office. The office tracks volunteer hours. Report your volunteer work to get due recognition. For information, call 452-2532 or e-mail nasp_ comm_outreach@Navy.mil. Ongoing opportunities are available at Pensacola Lighthouse, Humane Society, Junior Achievement, Big Brother Big Sister, Council on Aging of West Florida, Ronald McDonald House, Habitat For Humanity and Manna Food Pantries. Upcoming events include: • Rock N’ Fly Marathon: March 18 at Pensacola Naval Air Station. • A “Bark” to Remember: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 1 at Community Maritime Park. A dog-friendly event to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. • FLA-Mom March: March 2425 at Woodham Middle School. • Council on Aging of West Florida: Six volunteers needed to spend about an hour taking down a wooden fence at a senior dining facility in Cantonment.


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Morale, Welfare and Recreation The NASP Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) department has a number of upcoming events and activities. For more information, call 452-3806, ext. 3100, or go to the MWR website at www.navymwrpensacola.com. • MWR Flea Market: The Giant Outdoor MWR Flea Market will be from noon to 4:30 p.m. March 12 at the MWR Sports Complex on Highway 98. The event is open to everyone. Spaces assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. For details on the rules and to register, go to www.navymwrpensacola.com. • Backpacking 101 Skills Course: MWR Community Recreation is beginning backpacking a • Spring break skills course as activities: Corry Statraining for schedtion Teen Center, uled trips. Multiple 4118 Children’s Way, weekend courses 4118, will be Bldg. continue through open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June. First trips will March 20-24 for be in May and spring break. ActiviJune to Oak Mounwill include cookties tain State Park in ing club, fit club, hour Pelham, Ala. Cost code, movie on of is $35. Sign up at base, a Pensacola Tickets and Travel Wahoos tour, arts Office, Bldg. 3787 and crafts, and at NASP Corry making. Regposter Station. For more istration is free and information, call open to teen depend281-5489 or 452ents of the military 6354. DoD employees and • Paul Revere’s and permanent conNight Ride of Teens are tractors. April 1775: 6:30 able to sponsor nonp.m. April 18 at the military guests. For Navy Wellness more information, call Center. Enjoy spin453-3490. ning outdoors under the gazebo. Participants will take a virtual ride through history along the route Paul Revere took and listen to Longfellow’s “Midnight Ride of Paul Revere.” For more information, call 4526802. • Spring sports: Registration is open for spring sports – soccer, baseball and T-Ball – at the Corry Station Youth Center (Bldg. 4118). Sports are open to military and DoD civilian dependents ages 4-14. Registration is open through March 31 with skills assessment April 1. Sport fees $50. Coaches are also needed. For information, call 453-3490. • Captain’s Cup Sports: Competitive sports. Golf Scramble tournament, March 17, A.C. Read Golf Course; deadline to enter is today, March 10. Dodgeball tournament, March 27, NASP Portside Gym; deadline to enter is March 17. Registered commands compete to accumulate points. For information, call 452-4391. • Learn to sail: Reserve space now for sailing classes at Blue Angel Naval Recreation Area. Beginner classes scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 1 and April 15. Cost is $35. Intermediate classes scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 8 and April 22. Cost is $40. Advanced keel class offered by appointment. For information, call 281-5489.

A dolphin leaps during a show at the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park in Fort Walton Beach. Photo from www.facebook.com/Gulfarium

Story from WSRE and www.Gulfarium.com

The third annual WSRE PBS KIDS & Family Day at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow, March 11. The event is part of the station’s 50th anniversary celebration. Characters from the PBS KIDS shows “Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That,” “Curious George” and “Super Why!” will be at the park to greet young fans engaged in hands-on children’s activities including arts and crafts and a scavenger hunt. In addition to the WSRE event, Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park will operate under

regular hours and visitors will be able to enjoy all dolphin and sea lion shows, animal exhibits and aquariums. The shows and exhibits at the park feature dolphins, sharks, sea lions, harbor seals, otters, penguins, stingrays, turtles and reptiles. Regular admission prices will apply and a portion of the proceeds from admission fees will benefit the WSRE-TV Foundation. General admission is $21.95 for adults (age 13-61); $20.95 for seniors (age 62 and older); $13.95 for children (age 3-12). Admission is free for children age 2 and younger. A military discount is available. Admission for military is $19.76 for adults (age 13-61);

$18.86 for seniors (age 62 and older); and $12.56 for children (age 3-12). The event will be held rain or shine. Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park is located at 1010 Miracle Strip Parkway SE in Fort Walton Beach. The entrance is a quarter mile east of Brooks Bridge on Okaloosa Island. The facility, which opened in 1955, is one of the world’s oldest marine animal parks. The park is dedicated to educating, entertaining and inspiring visitors to respect and preserve wildlife by providing unique and memorable experiences with marine life. For more information, go to www.gulfarium.com.

At the movies FRIDAY

“The LEGO Batman Movie” (2D), PG, 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; “Split,” PG-13, 5:30 p.m.; “John Wick: Chapter 2,” R, 8 p.m.

SATURDAY

“Monster Trucks” (2D) PG, noon; “A Dog’s Purpose,” PG-13, 2:30 p.m.; “John Wick: Chapter 2,” R, 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; “The LEGO Batman Movie” (2D), PG, 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m.; “Split,” PG-13, 5:30 p.m.; “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” (2D), R, 8 p.m.

SUNDAY

“Monster Trucks” (2D) PG, noon; “A Dog’s Purpose,” PG-13, 2:30 p.m.; “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage” (2D), PG-13, 5 p.m.; “Split,” PG-13, 7:30 p.m.; “The LEGO Batman Movie” (2D), PG, 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m.; “John Wick: Chapter 2,” R, 6 p.m.

MONDAY

Cinema I and Cinema II will be closed March 13

TUESDAY

“The LEGO Batman Movie” (2D), PG, 5 p.m.; “John Wick: Chapter 2,” R, 7:10 p.m.; “A Dog’s Purpose,” PG-13, 7:10 p.m.; “Rings,” PG-13, 7:30 p.m.

Liberty activities

WEDNESDAY

“The LEGO Batman Movie” (3D), PG, 5 p.m.; “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage” (2D), PG-13, 7:10 p.m.; “A Dog’s Purpose,” PG-13, 5:10 p.m.; “Split,” PG-13, 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY

“The LEGO Batman Movie” (2D), PG, 5 p.m.; “John Wick: Chapter 2,” R, 7:10 p.m.; “The Space Between Us,” PG-13, 5:10 p.m.; “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” (2D), R, 7:30 p.m.

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

COST Regular: $4 adults, $2 children ages 6-11, free for 5 and younger

3D shows: $5 adults, $3 children ages 6-11, free for 5 and younger

The Joys of Spring!

Details: 452-3522 or www.naspensacola-mwr.com

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Adopt-A-Manatee® and Help Protect Them

dead man Walking march 17 & 19

Call 1-800-432- JOIN (5646) savethemanatee.org Photo © Cora Berchem

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Retired military couple for basic handyman experience. 55+ active senior apartments by Corry Complex VA. Free rent + $. 850-221-6929

Surf board. Perfection Maui Ripper. 7 ft, 4 in, 4 years old. No issues. Tri-fin with leash. Retails over $500. Sell for $100. 417-1694

2 plots in Garden of Honor ll, #145C 1&2. 1 vault, 1 open and close, and 1 companion granite marker base. $5500.00 OBO. 850-626-4710

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Sig 40cal P30L ambidext rous safety/mag/slide release w/4mags. low round count. $650.00 OBO. I.D required for sale. 850-3244565

6 Person Spa, $1000. Strong Spa model Antigua 220v, cover, steps. 6’ 9” diameter. You move. Call 850586-9061 2006 Triumph Tiger 955i, Pelican 2600 cases, engine guards, excellent mechanical condition, 26,000 miles, bubbles in decals, $3,500 OBO

2BR /1BA. Military-inspected, newly-renovated duplex. Large yards, double closets, additional storage shed. C e n t r a l H /A . Pets negotiable w/extra fee. $750/$750 de p. Near NAS backgate, all shopping/food destinations. Good neig hb orho o d . Leave mes sage@850-4386129.

Beautiful Noritake bone China. Place setting for 8, flawless condition. Best offer accepted. 850-438-6129

Stainless steel Jenn-Air grill. 6000 BTU with side burner and gas cylinder. Good condition, $250 OBO. Evenings or weekV i e t n a m - e r a ends, call 850H O N D A Gentex pilot 512-4201 G OL DW I NG helmet from 2002 special forces K e n m o r e 1800, Black Hawk pi- refrigerator w/ Beautiful, Low lot. Pilots gloves ice maker. Good miles, Like new, included. $100 condition. $150 Loaded, Garage Asking OBO. Evenings kept. 454-9486 or weekends, call $10k. May take freshwater boat 850-512-4201 Classifieds in trade. 850placed by 572-4757 Kayak. 10 ft solo, sit on top. Jazzy brand. Yellow in color. No issues. $100 4971167

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2Br/1Ba nice Duplex for rent. Near NAS, Corey Hospital. Central H/A. Equipped kitchen, fenced yard. $600/ month. $600 deposit. 850-9442235 or cell 850417-3370.

Real Estate Rental available 4/1/2017. 3br/2ba house in quiet neighborhood near NAS/Corry. No smoking or pets. $1100 rent, $1100 deposit. 850-221-1111 Apartment close to NAS. 1 br/1ba;   beautiful natural wood, quiet, near water.  Washer/ dryer in apt. $675/month military only.  Call Jim  (850) 7919705.

Downtown Pensacola Historic District. 3 bedroom 1 bath apt. Hardwood flooring, crown molding, central heat and air. No smoking and no pets. $875 month. 850-5723BR/2BA home 0555 in Bay Pine Villas. $815/mth + utilities. Near Nagot something val Hosp, Corry to sell? Station & NAS. call Dogs under 50lbs 850.433.1166 w/ non-refundext. 29 for more info able pet dep. 757650-3898

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Milton 3Br/2Ba. 1 car garage. 1/4acr fenced. Pets ok + Pet Fee. Storage Shed. 10 min to Whiting. $950/mo + deposit. Renovated. Jim @ 850-3245548

1 BRM/1 BATH FUR NISHED CON DO.FR EE I N T E R N E T, CABLE, WIFILOCATED BETWEEN BAY OF PENSACOLA & PENSACOLA COUNTRY CLUB NEAR NAS. A M E N I T I ES+ FOR SALE 95K. 850-375-0446

2br/1.5ba townhouse close to base. Perdido Bay Golf Club area. $900/mo, $900 deposit. 393-8914 S i n g l e /c o u p l e to lease 2br/1ba duplex. Great neighbor & area near base. Double closets, laundry w/hookups, self- cleani ng oven, dishwasher, fenced backyard w/shed, paved parking. $750/$750. Available to right party. Leave message @ 4386129

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