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USMC Battle Color Detachment at NASP March 19 Each spring the detachment performs this ceremony at military installations throughout the United States along The United States Marine with several highly visible events Corps Battle Color Detachthat have included the Edinment will perform onboard burgh Tattoo in Scotland, NAS Pensacola at noon Belleau Wood World War I March 19 on the Naval Memorial in France, the Aviation Schools Com65th Memorial of World mand (NASC) parade War II on the island of Iwo field. Jima (To), and the NorweThree units from Marine gian Military Tattoo. These Barracks Washington, D.C., units are featured during the Frimake up the United day Evening Parades States Marine Corps at Marine Barracks Battle Color Detachand at the Sunset Pament. They are “The rades at the Marine C o m m a n d a n t ’s Corps War Memorial Own,” The United in Arlington, Va. States Marine Drum The United & Bugle Corps; The States Marine United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Corps Silent Drill Platoon is a highly Platoon and the offi- The USMC Silent Drill Platoon disciplined platoon cial Color Guard of that exemplifies the the Marine Corps. pride and professionalism associated with The United States Marine Corps all Marines. The Silent Drill Platoon is a Battle Color Detachment celebrates the 24-man rifle unit that performs military historic pride of the Marine Corps through drill with hand-polished, 10 1/2-pound, music with ceremonial drill. Each year, M-1 Garand rifles with fixed bayonets. All this highly skilled unit of 130 Marines drill movements are performed without travels worldwide to demonstrate the dis- any verbal commands. The drill cipline, professionalism and “esprit de corps” of United States Marines. See USMC on page 2

From MATSG-21, MATSG-23 and USMC Battle Color Detachment

NAS Pensacola Security Department K-9 demonstration... A visiting group of NJROTC students from North Augusta High School in South Carolina were treated to a force protection exercise involving base K-9s March 9. The dogs and their handlers demonstrated searching, disarming and disabling tactics. Students were fully engaged and a few participated as “fleeing suspects” to thoroughly understand the dogs capabilities. (Above) MA1 Jennifer Collins explains the process of dog training. (Left) A volunteer student in a protective suit is about to be taken down. Photos by Ens. Emily Wilkin

CID Corry Station commemorates 30 years of Saturday Scholars mentoring Story, photo by Ed Barker NETC PAO

The Center for Information Dominance Unit (CIDU) Corry Station hosted a graduation ceremony for the 60th Saturday Scholars class March 7 at the National Museum of Naval Aviation onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola. With two sessions held per year, this graduation of 55 students marks the 30th consecutive year that Corry Station – the Navy’s Learning Center that leads, manages and delivers joint force training in information operations, information technology and cryptology –

has hosted the mentoring program. According to Escambia County School District’s Superintendent of Schools Malcolm

Thomas, CID’s Saturday Scholars program is the longest, continuously-running educational mentorship program in the Navy, and has touched the

Brandon Johnson, a fourth-grader at Ensley Elementary, and his mentor, CTNSA Marcos Carillo, a student at CIDU, work on a computer project during Saturday Scholars.

hearts and minds of more than 3,000 students. “Many of the mentors here today weren’t even born when the Saturday Scholars program began in Pensacola,” said Thomas. “Thirty years is an amazing commitment from the military and the school district. Superintendents and principals have come and gone, but Saturday Scholars has been steadfast and I can’t thank the military, school and district staff enough for keeping the program going.” For ITSN Timothy Pleiss, an IT “C” School student, this is his second time volunteering as a Saturday Scholars mentor. “I think I’ve learned as much from my students as they have

Blue Angels kick off 2015 season From National Naval Aviation Museum

The world-famous Blue Angels, based at NAS Pensacola, can be seen practicing over the National Naval Aviation Museum most Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from March to November. The first 2015 practice is scheduled for March 17; other March dates include March 18, 24, 25 and March 31. Practices typically begin at 11:30 a.m. and last about an hour. Admission to practice is free and open to the public. The outside viewing area for the Blue Angels practice is located on the Museum Flight Line north of the museum. Signs are posted to direct visitors to viewing and parking locations, including limited parking for handicapped visitors. Bleachers are available for seating

1,000 people. Feel free to bring your own lawn chairs. The museum suggests that visitors bring hats and sunscreen. Hearing protection is recommended for those people with sensitive hearing. Note that backpacks, daypacks, luggage or similar items are not allowed on the flight line during Blue Angel practices. Small purses, bags containing medications and diaper bags are allowed, but are subject to search by Naval Air Station Pensacola security personnel. For the complete Blue Angel practice schedule, go to http://www. blue angels. navy.mil/media/show/2015PracticeSchedule.pdf. For more on the museum’s autograph sessions with the Blues, go to http://www. naval aviation museum.org/ attractions/blue-angels.

from me,” said Pleiss. “What they have to do on a daily basis – the challenges they face – is so much different than what I experienced growing up; being a mentor is a very humbling experience.” During this latest program, 55 students or “mentees” from Pensacola’s Ensley Elementary School were teamed-up with Navy and Marine Corps “A” and “C” school students during the five weeks of morning mentoring sessions. Activities included reading, science, computers and physical activities for the students and mentors.

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Blue Angel Rock N Fly March 21 From Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society

The Blue Angel Rock N Fly Half Marathon and 5K Encore Tour returns to NASP March 21. Last year’s event was a sell-out at 2,500 runners, so this year’s event is even bigger. Early registration is recommended; tickets are limited to 3,000. A family-friendly event; the public is invited.

See Rock N Fly on page 2

Last year’s Rock N Fly helped NASP Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society in the amount of $40,000.

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USMC from page 1

exhibition concludes with a series of rifle inspections demonstrating elaborate rifle spins with tosses. These Marines are individually selected from the Schools of Infantry to serve a tour at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C. Experienced Marines of the Silent Drill Platoon have the opportunity for selection as one of the two rifle inspectors. These inspectors, along with the platoon drill master, are entrusted with keeping and passing on the unique knowledge and history, of the United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon. The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps was formed in November of 1934 to augment “The President’s Own,” United States Marine Band, and to support other ceremonial functions. As the only military ensemble of it type in the armed forces, they perform a variety of styles for millions of spectators annually. As traditional buglers, they are part of the time honored tradition of performing daily bugle calls at their home port of Marine Barracks along with standard “honors” for the fallen at Arlington National Cemetery. “The Commandant’s Own” has been a part of the Marine Corps’ and Americas’ story. The Drum & Bugle Corps distinguished itself during many national events including the Middle East Peace Accords held at Camp David in 1978, represented the United States during Australia’s bicentennial celebration in 1988, along with a joint performance in 2011 with the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. In recognition of their distinguished service to the Corps, the 33rd Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Michael W. Hagee officially designated the United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps as “The Commandant’s Own.” The United States Marine Corps Color Guard is entrusted with the National Ensign along with the official Battle Color of the United States Marines. The 54 colored streamers which adorn the Battle Color represent the illustrious history and accomplishments of the Marine Corps. The Color Sergeant of the Marine Corps carries the National Ensign for ceremonies in the national capitol region, the Presidential Color for all White House State functions, ceremonies for the Commandant of the Marine Corps along with tours with the Battle Color Detachment. The Battle Color bears the same 54 streamers authorized for the Marine Corps as a whole. These streamers represent U.S. and foreign unit awards as well as those periods of service, expeditions, and campaigns in which the Marine Corps has participated. They span the entire history of our nation from the American Revolution to current combat operations. The Color Guard section from Marine Barracks Washington has several teams which participates in more than 1,000 ceremonies annually.


NASP Easter/Lent church services From NASP Command Chaplain

Catholic services • Stations of the Cross: 5:30 p.m. each Friday during Lent, Corry Station Chapel. • Lenten Suppers: 6 p.m. each Friday during Lent. • Rite of Initiation of Candidates: 8:30 a.m. March 22, Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel. • Palm Sunday of Passion of the Lord: 8:30 a.m. March 29, NASP Chapel; and noon, Corry Station Chapel.

• Tenebrae Service/Monday of Holy Week: 5:30 p.m. March 30, Our Lady of Loreto Chapel. • Lenten Supper: 6 p.m. March 30, McKamey Center at 6 p.m. • Holy Thursday Mass: 7 p.m. April 2, Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel. • Good Friday: Veneration of the Cross and distribution of Communion, 3 p.m. April 3, Our Lady of Loreto Chapel. • Holy Saturday: Catholic Easter Vigil Mass: 8 p.m. April 4, Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel.

• Easter Sunday Mass: April 5. Services at 8:30 a.m., Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel; and noon, NASP Corry Station Chapel. Protestant services • Good Friday services: noon and 7 p.m. April 3, Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel. • Easter Sunrise service: 6:30 a.m. April 5, Five Flags Pavilion. • Easter Sunday service: 10:15 a.m. April 5, Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel. • Younger Louder Later Contemporary Service: 6 p.m. April 5, All Faiths Chapel.

Pen Air FCU hosts charity golf tournament for NMCRS From Pen Air FCU

Pen Air Federal Credit Union will hold its 15th annual Pen Air FCU Charity Golf Tournament to benefit the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society at the A.C. Read Golf Club onboard NAS Pensacola March 27, with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun “scramble” tournament start. Playing and sponsorship opportunities are still available for this tournament that has historically sold out. The purpose for the NavyMarine Corps Relief Society is to provide financial assistance and education, as well as other programs and services, to members of the United States Navy and Marine Corps, their eligible family members, widows and survivors. The society also

receives and manages donated funds to administer these programs and services. Their main goal is to help each person get support for their immediate needs. The longterm mission is to help Sailors and Marines become financially selfsufficient by learning how to better manage their personal finances and prepare for unplanned expenses “We hope to have another full turnout,” Stu Ramsey, Pen Air FCU President/CEO, said. “We are proud to support the Navy-Marine Corps

CID from page 1

Brandon Johnson, a fouth-grader at Ensley Elementary, was able to take much of what he learned during Saturday Scholars back to the classroom. “It has really helped me a lot,” said Johnson. “On regular school days, sometimes I only half-way get stuff. But my teacher said that after Saturday Scholars, I was one of the only ones to pass my reading test. My mentor Mr. Carillo and I have a motto – ‘you’ll never know unless we try.’ ” CTNSA Marcos Carillo, Johnson’s mentor, sees a lot of himself in the young man. “I’ve been in Brandon’s shoes, and I know that if I would have had someone helping to guide me along, it would have made a big difference when I was growing up,” said Carillo. “I want to help the kids by giving them positive motivation and a

Relief Society, because of all the good work they do for our military and their families.” Pen Air FCU has raised more than $400,000 for this cause since the conception of the Charity Golf Tournament. The funds raised from this year ’s tournament will be used by the society in the form of interest free loans to military personnel and their families. This will help keep military personnel focused on their jobs rather than their financial condition, and in turn, makes for a more ready military force. As Mark Harden,

vision for success. It also helps me develop some teaching skills; it’s definitely a win-win.” Jayne Cecil, principal of Ensley Elementary, says she has been fortunate enough to have the Saturday Scholars program at her school for two five-week sessions and hopes to continue in the future. “The kids get a chance to build a relationship with another adult, one with a career that they may never have heard about before,” said Cecil. “The teachers love it because it allows their students to build an academic vocabulary that they are learning from the military during the program; many of the mentors are in technical fields and have a set of knowledge that we would not be sharing in school.” CID Commanding Officer Capt. Maureen Fox was guest speaker for the graduation ceremony and received a plaque from Thomas in appreciation and ac-

director of the local NMCRS Chapter explained, “National allows us to use the money raised as much as three times for local use in one year’s time – so it can help more people.” This year, the top ten teams will be awarded team prizes and participants may win door prizes contributed by local businesses, as well as a car “hole in one” prize sponsored by Sandy Sansing Nissan. Lunch will be served prior to the start at 11 a.m. with registration/check-in beginning at 10:30 a.m. It is recommended to preregister for this historically sold out tournament by either visiting penair.org/NMCRSGolfTournament or contacting Patty Veal at Pen Air FCU at 505-3200, ext. 7777, or vealpa@penair.org.

knowledgment for 30 years of Saturday Scholars service from Corry Station. “It is so important to be involved in the community; it allows us to give back for all that we have been given,” said Fox. “I’m extremely proud of our Saturday Scholars mentors and the long tradition of Corry Station and CID’s partnership with our local schools.” Commands that would like participate or start their own Saturday Scholars program should contact the Escambia Schools Community Involvement Office at 469-5676. For more information on the Center for Information Dominance and the Naval Education and Training Command, visit its Web pages: https://www. netc. navy. mil/ centers/ceninfodom/ or https:// www. netc. navy.mil/, and you can also follow NETC on Facebook and Twitter: https:// www.facebook.com/ NavalEducationAndTrainingCommand and @NETCPAO.

Rock N Fly from page 1

Every participant will receive a T-shirt and poster. The event, sticking to its rocker roots, is offering prizes for the best mullet hairstyle and original rocker costumes. A post-race party will include bands, food, fun and music. Runners are encouraged to register sooner than later. Deadline is March 19. Cost is $85 for the half marathon, $35 for the 5K and $15 for the fun run (ages 12 and younger). “The event is not sold out but is on track to sell out or be very close,” said Michael Kohler, NASP director of healthcare business and organizer of Rock N Fly. “We are expecting 2,500 to 3,000 runners. It will depend on the weather. We are the third largest race in the area. We have 2,000 registered runners now (as of March 3) and based on current trends should expect between an additional 600 to 1,100 additional runners in the last three weeks.” Proceeds from the event will benefit the Navy Ball and the Navy-Marine A runner carrying a U.S. flag travels along the race Corps Relief Society. Visit www.runrocknfly.com to register for either the 5K or course with other participants at the 2014 Rock N Fly run. Photo by MC1 James Stenberg half marathon.

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Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla.: A Bicentennial Defense Community Commanding Officer — Capt. Keith Hoskins 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,

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The doctor is in: Joining Navy Medicine a good move By Dr. Uriel Luckie Naval Hospital Pensacola


n 2005, after 25 years in primary practice in a rural town in Alabama, I decided it was time to change gears and become an employee of the U.S. government. The rewards and the personal accomplishments of being in a small partnership family practice had been tremendous and the blessings innumerable, but the hassles of running an office and fighting with insurance companies while trying to remain true to my integrity had become too great a battle for me. In addition to being board certified, I had even pursued and achieved the “Added Credentials in Geriatric Medicine,� which I still maintain, so that I could grow old with my patients and still provide the best quality care. I began working with the Navy on a year-toyear contract basis. At that time it was called the Global War on Terror contract and based on

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filling in for the military physicians who were being deployed to Iraq and leaving their impaneled patients without care. Am I happy working for the Navy? Are my professional goals and personal goals being met? Is the practice of medicine, which is my calling and my love, less complicated? For me the answer to all of these questions is a resounding yes. Did changing from being an employer to an employee create some struggles? Yes, because my mindset had to obviously change, but I can honestly say that I have lost less sleep and taken fewer antacids than I was doing 10 years ago. Navy Medicine has a support system that will

work with the military, but I am not part of the military. I always have the support of the military providers, but I still consider myself an outsider to some extent and rightfully so. I am not required to take the same oath that they take. I will never be in a combat situation on foreign soil or on a ship with cramped living space or be literally at the beck and call of having to pack my bags tonight to be at a makeshift hospital on the other side of the world within 48 hours. I am also not expected to be present at 4:30 a.m. to run two miles and perform a required number of pull-ups and sit ups prior to coming to work on any given day. Another disadvantage is that the environment Dr. Uriel Luckie is a member of the Navy Medicine team at of practice I work in is Pensacola Naval Hospital. Photo by Jason Bortz not static, but fluid. I cannot remember workstand behind every rea- and my colleagues to ing with many people sonable patient manage- achieve our professional for more than three years ment decision I make or goals. and most of the time Have there been some even less, because the assist me in making a reasonable decision in disadvantages? There various branches of the patient care. It is an or- are a few. As a civilian military move most of ganization that wants me health care provider, I their personnel to differ-

ent areas of assignment. Saying good-bye is difficult most of the time because friendships and mutual respect abound in this organization. However, the positive is that I have found myself visiting friends and colleagues in Honolulu and Tampa, and I am planning trips to visit others as far away as Sicily. Looking back at the changes I made in my career and reviewing the benefits gained and the hardships tackled, would I do it again? Would I recommend it to a fellow colleague? My response to that question is for me, it was one of the best professional and personal decisions that I ever made in my life. Navy Medicine is a global healthcare network of 63,000 Navy medical personnel around the world who provide high quality health care to more than one million eligible beneficiaries. For more information, go to http://navymedicine. navylive.dodlive.mil.

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NHP orthopedics: Mending the broken body By Jason Bortz NHP PAO


aval Hospital Pensacola’s (NHP) Orthopedics Clinic is available to assist beneficiaries with broken bones, joint replacements and other orthopedic needs. Orthopedics is the care and study of bone diseases as well as the repair and treatment of bones and musculoskeletal injuries. Orthopedics consists of several different specialties and sub specialties that allow orthopedists to provide care and treatment for a wide range of bodily damage. Unfortunately, bones and joints can get damaged in numerous ways. “A lot of times it is normal wear and tear that happens to the bones and joints,” said Lt. Scott McClure, division officer, orthopedics, NHP. “However, damage from sports, activities or accidents can also cause damage to bones and joints that requires help to heal properly.” The process for helping patients with orthopedic injuries depends largely on the type of injury it is. Common injuries to knees and shoulders are routine

in the orthopedics clinic. “We do major joint replacements here, like hips, knees and shoulders,” said McClure. “We also assist in the repair of bones that have been broken. They can be repaired surgically with plates and screws or with the use of a cast to keep the injured part of the body stabilized to allow it to heal properly.” With so many different types of orthopedic injuries that can occur and so many specialties within orthopedics, all orthopedic cases at NHP are evaluated on a case-by-case basis to ensure the proper care is provided for each case. “Our orthopedics department can take care of most of the basic types of injuries,” said Capt. Richard Savarino, orthopedic surgeon, NHP. “We evaluate all cases, and if a procedure is not within our capabilities, we will refer them to

HN Justin Trent, Naval Hospital Pensacola (NHP) Orthopedics, applies a cast to a Sailor in the NHP Orthopedics Clinic. Casts are used to stabilize broken bones to help keep the broken ends together and as straight as possible to allow proper healing. Photo by MC1 James Stenberg

another specialist.” Having NHP perform orthopedic procedures has several advantages. The average wait time for patient referrals is three to five business days from the time of the referral to meeting the orthopedist, but times can vary slightly depending on the orthopedic injury.

“Another benefit is the proximity to all the services we have here,” said McClure. “Primary care is right down one hallway, (physical) therapy is just down another and the pharmacy is here as well. Having them all together is a huge benefit to anyone getting their surgery done here.” Orthopedics is available to

all TRICARE and Department of Veteran Affairs beneficiaries on a referral only basis. Patients will need to see their primary care provider to discuss referral options. For more information on receiving a referral to the NHP Orthopedics Clinic, contact the health benefits office at 5056709.

Pen Air FCU partners with NASP FFSC for ‘Military Saves’ Story, photo from Pen Air FCU

Pen Air Federal Credit Union (FCU) partnered with NAS Pensacola Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) to conduct several financial education events involving the NASP Child Development Center (CDC) during National Military Saves Week (Feb. 23-27). During Military Saves Week, credit union tours

were conducted at Pen Air FCU’s NASP office in which youth were escorted through the facility to learn about what happens behind the scenes as well as take part in a savings activity. About 80 children participated in the NASP Fred G. Smalley Youth Center field trip tours and received information to take back home on ways to save by having a special goal in mind. As a grand finale to Military Saves Week, the youth center held a piggy bank painting contest. Many col-

Children from the NAS Pensacola Child Development Center show off painted piggy banks. Saving skills begin at an early age; Military Saves week provided the opportunity for base children to sharpen their skills.

orful and creative piggy banks were displayed for the guest judges. Both FFSC and Pen Air FCU representatives conducted the judging and awarded prizes to participants for their efforts and once again reinforce the importance of saving. “Every child is a winner in this event, because every child has learned a little more about the importance of saving,” said Patty Veal, director of public relations at Pen Air FCU. About Military Saves Week: Military Saves Week is an annual opportunity for military installations and organizations to promote good savings behavior and a chance for service members and their families to assess their own saving status and make a pledge to save. See more at: www. military saves.org. About Pen Air Federal Credit Union: Established in 1936, Pen Air Federal Credit Union is the oldest and largest local credit union headquartered in Pensacola. Many full service branches serve members throughout Northwest Florida and Southeast Alabama with Online and Mobile banking providing worldwide reach. Pen Air FCU is a not-for-profit, financial cooperative with more than $1.2 billion in assets, serving over 1,100 employee groups, and federally insured by the NCUA. For more, visit www.penair.org.



March 13, 2015


Future USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) launches From PEO LCS Public Affairs


OBILE, Ala. (NNS) – The future USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), launched from the Austal USA shipyard Feb. 25, marking an important production milestone for the littoral combat ship (LCS) program. “This third Independence variant ship of the block buy is the first ship constructed fully utilizing Austal’s LCS Modular Manufacturing Facility and is launching at the highest level of production completion to-date,” said Capt. Tom Anderson, littoral combat ship program manager, “a sign that facility investments are now paying off in schedule and cost performance.” The ship is named after former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. LCS

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10 will be the 16th U.S. naval ship to be named for a woman, and only the 13th ship to be named for a living person since 1850. Gabrielle Giffords was rolled out of her assembly bay onto a barge for transfer down the Mobile River to a floating drydock Feb. 24. The ship entered the water for the first time the following day when the drydock was flooded for the ship launch. The ship will return to the shipyard to continue final outfitting and activation until her christening later this year.

An aerial view shows the future littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) during its launch sequence at the Austal USA shipyard. The launch of the Gabrielle Giffords marks an important production milestone for the littoral combat ship program. U.S. Navy photo

She is expected to deliver to the fleet in 2017. Gabrielle Giffords is the third ship in a block buy contract with Austal to build 10 Independencevariant LCS ships. Sister ship Jackson (LCS 6) is preparing for builder’s trials, and Montgomery (LCS 8) was christened in November 2014. The LCS program is ramping

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LCS is a fast, agile, focused-mission platform designed for operation in near-shore environments yet capable of open-ocean operation. It is designed to defeat asymmetric “anti-access” threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft. The LCS class consists of two variants, the Freedom variant and the Independence vari-

up in 2015 to deliver two ships per year from the Austal shipyard, as well as two Freedom-variant ships from the Marinette Marine shipyard in Wisconsin. The Navy is leveraging competition, fixed-price contracting and ongoing production efficiencies to reduce construction time and costs on littoral com-

bat ships. Lessons learned from the lead ships have been incorporated into both Freedom variant (odd-numbered) and Independence variant (evennumbered) hulls. PEO LCS is responsible for delivering and sustaining littoral mission capabilities to the fleet and is working with industry to increase production ef-

ant – designed and built by two industry teams. The Freedom variant team is led by Lockheed Martin (for the odd-numbered hulls, e.g. LCS 1). The Independence variant team is being led by General Dynamics, Bath Iron Works (LCS 2 and LCS 4) and Austal USA (for the subsequent even-numbered hulls). The LCS seaframes will be outfitted with reconfigurable payloads, called mission modules (made up of mission systems and support

ficiencies and leverage cost savings to achieve steady serial production. Delivering high-quality warfighting assets while balancing affordability and capability is key to supporting the Navy’s Maritime Strategy. For more news from Naval Sea Systems Command, visit www. navy. mil/ local/ navsea.

equipment), which can be changed out quickly. These modules combine with crew detachments and aviation assets to become complete mission packages, which will deploy manned and unmanned vehicles and sensors in support of mine countermeasures, anti-submarine warfare, or surface warfare missions. For an All Hands magazine online special about the LCS, visit http://www. navy. mil/ ah_online/ lcs/ index.html.



March 13, 2015


CNRSE visits NAS Whiting Field By Jay Cope NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs

Naval Air Station Whiting Field (NASWF) hosted the regional commander Feb. 25-27 to showcase the base’s capabilities and facilities. Rear Adm.Mary Jackson, Commander, Navy Region Southeast, travelled to Milton to learn about the installation, the mission and to meet the team during her two-day visit. Arriving the evening of Feb. 25, the tour started in earnest at 7:30 a.m. the next morning with an all-hands call. Jackson used the opportunity to praise the Whiting team on earning the Installation Excellence Award, the award which recognized the base as one of the top shore commands in the Navy. “Congratulations on earning this tremendous recognition,” she said. “Thank you all for everything you do, day in and day out. You do make a difference.” Unlike her first trip, which revolved around the change in command between Capt. Matthew Coughlin and Capt. Todd Bahlau, this itinerary entailed a far more business oriented schedule. During the all-hands call, she reminded the

audience about the five “Es” she emphasizes in working with and supporting the installations throughout the southeast region: “Enable, Engagement, Energy, Environment and Encroachment.” Other elements of her first day included a brief by Bahlau and NASWF’s senior staff, a Training Air Wing Five brief with the commodore, Col. Gary Kling, and deputy commodore, Capt. Mark Murray; a trip to both air traffic control towers, and a helicopter flight to see several of the base’s outlying landing fields. One vital element of the first day was a meeting with several community leaders: Santa Rosa County Commissioner Don Salter, Milton Mayor Wesley Meiss, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Donna Tucker and Santa Rosa County Military Liaison Pete Gandy. The conversation covered topics such as military/community cooperation, encroachment partnering, volunteering in the community and economic impact of the military. The informal meeting was both productive and insightful, according to Salter. “I found her very approach-

Rear Adm. Mary Jackson, left, shakes hands with Fire and Emergency Services Gulf Coast Fire Chief Frank Barrow during her visit to NAS Whiting Field.

able and personable,” Salter stated. “I enjoyed the opportunity to speak with her about NAS Whiting Field and Santa Rosa County, the buffering partnership and the importance of the base to the county.” A trip to Eglin Air Force Base dominated the second day’s agenda, as it gave Jackson an opportunity to see elements of NAS Whiting Field’s joint interaction and satellite facility management. The day included an office call and tour of VFA-101 and a tour

of explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) facilities and a demonstration. Emphasizing that travelling to see the southeast region installations is her “favorite thing to do,” Jackson set up an ambitious schedule that saw her travel to all three Florida Panhandle bases in one week. While getting up to speed on the various operations, security, financial, manning and safety challenges from the different bases is vital toward being able to support the installations

effectively, Bahlau stressed that it is equally important to the bases. “Being able to communicate directly to your boss and show the strengths of your program as well as areas where the base could use assistance from the region is invaluable,” he said. “Adm. Jackson’s visit will pay dividends both in her understanding of our unique mission as well as our ability to meet her expectations. It was a very productive two days.”

Ombudsman-at-Large visits NAS Whiting Field By Ens. Jon Spoehr NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs

The Ombudsman-at-Large of the Navy, Mrs. Martha Faller, visited Naval Air Station Whiting Field (NASWF) Feb. 18 to discuss the ombudsman program and to see the community of NAS Whiting Field as a whole. With her meetings around base, the ombudsman was able to see the wonderful community that NAS Whiting Field has created. Mrs. Faller met with many of the command programs on base including: Fleet and Family Service Center, Child Development Center (CDC), chiefs’ wives and the chapel. With each of these groups she was able to discuss the programs that they had to help the military community acclimate to the area. The ombudsman program has been involved with the Navy since 1970 and is an all-volunteer force of Navy wives that disseminate information from the command to the other wives. The ombudsmen disseminate such information as command information, command climate issues, quality of life, and good deals around community. The main goal of the ombudsman program is to help

The Ombudsman at Large of the Navy, Mrs. Martha Faller, takes a question during her visit Feb. 18.

maintain healthy and self-reliant families with in the community and Navy as a whole. The Ombudsman-at-Large is the top ombudsman in the Navy. Her job is to advise the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) on matters affecting sailors and families and to judge the welfare of command families. Her main pri-

ority is the welfare of the community spouses and that the relationships that they have with their military spouses is healthy and productive. “The visit was a deep and great look at our family oriented programs that work with the families of the personnel while we are off completing the mission.” NASWF CMC Alton Smith commented. Mrs. Faller discussed the wants of the chiefs’ wives and how they like the community in which they live in. The wives discussed how much they loved living in the area and that they could tell that the community as a whole was very happy. The ombudsman asked if they had any requests for the CNO and the only response was for a youth center for the older kids to go to after their time at the CDC. Mrs. Faller was able to see the programs and discuss the huge impact that the CDC programs have had on acclimating young kids and students to the area after they move to Milton. “These programs are changing lives and I couldn’t be more proud of the work that you all have done,” she said, discussing the counselor programs that the CDC has worked on with the local schools.

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Senior Follies on stage at WSRE studio The theme for the 18th annual Pensacola Seniors Follies will be “Those Were the Days.” The two-hour song-and-dance comedy review is scheduled for March 13-15 at WSRE-TV Jean & Paul Amos Performance Studio. Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. March 13 and 2 p.m. March 14 and March 15. Proceeds will go to support various senior programs in the community. Tickets can be purchased at Bayview Senior Center and West Escambia Senior Center. Ticket information is available by calling 453-3016 or 417-7736.

Spring Fling scheduled for March 14 Warrington Baptist Church, 103 West Winthrop Ave., has scheduled a Spring Fling from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 14. The event, which will feature games, face painting and live entertainment, is open to the public and admission is free. For more information, call 455-4578.

Tea party for Women’s History Month A Will & Way Inc. will present an afternoon tea party to celebrate Women’s History Month at 2 p.m. March 14 at 1824 North Ninth Ave. Several local women who have made history will be recognized and some in honor of national legends. Music and entertainment will also be presented. A donation of $20 per person is requested and was due by March 3. Checks made payable to A Will & Way Inc. may be mailed to P.O. Box 3133, Pensacola, FL 32516 or via PayPal. The proceeds will benefit the group’s youth leadership project. For more information, contact Williemae Stanberry by e-mail at williemaez@aol.com.

Military loved ones gather monthly People who love and support someone in the military are invited to attend the Military Loved Ones luncheon from noon to 2 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month (March 17) at the Pensacola Yacht Club, 1897 Cypress St. The gathering offers an opportunity for military spouses and other loved ones to network. Activeduty or retired are welcome. There is no charge to attend, but participants pay for their own lunch orders. For more information, contact Susan Lewis at 723-8593 or at susanlewisbooks@yahoo.com.

Play, auditions scheduled at PLT It will be a busy week at Pensacola Little Theatre (PLT), 400 South Jefferson St. Performances of “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” continue March 13-15 at Pensacola Little Theatre, 400 South Jefferson St. PLT Treehouse Productions and Andrews Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine are presenting the light-hearted musical. Ticket prices range between $14 and $30. Admission is half price for children ages 12 and younger. Auditions are scheduled for two upcomings shows. Auditions for “Momologues II – Off to School” are at 7 p.m. March 16 and 17. Auditions for “33 Variations” are at 7 p.m. March 17 and 18. For more information, call 432-2042 or go to PensacolaLittleTheatre.com.

AeroFest to be March 20-21 in Mobile

AeroFest is coming to Mobile March 20-21 at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley Field. The festival’s mission is to actively improve the lives of America’s injured warriors through a confluence of talent, vision and technology. The festival will feature music, arts, sports, educational information, festivities and fun. For more information, go to www.mobileaerofest.com.

Fight diabetes by taking a bike ride The 2015 Gulf Coast Tour de Cure to support the American Diabetes Association is scheduled for March 21. Cyclists will gather at the Margaritaville Beach Hotel, 165 Fort Pickens Road, on Pensacola Beach. Routes range from a four-mile bike trail ride to a 60-mile route along the beaches of Northwest Florida. The bus will leave for starting locations at 8 a.m. All routes offer rest stops, support and gear vehicles. Riders return to a party, lunch and entertainment at Margaritaville Beach Hotel. The registration fee is $15, with a fundraising minimum of $200. For more information, contact Lynne Cranford at 492-6100, ext. 3131 or by e-mail at lcranford@diabetes.org.

New NASP guides available The 2015 Naval Air Station Pensacola base guide/telephone directory has arrived along with a shipment of updated maps. NASP receives periodic shipments of the printed base guides and maps, which are available at the NASP Public Affairs Office. For more information, call 452-2552. MARCOA Publishing, which publishes base guides and maps for NASP and military stations nationwide, also has a free smart phone application. The MyBaseGuide mobile app is available on Android, iOS and Windows devices. It features information and phone numbers for all bases covered by MARCOA. The location service will automatically open the base guide for your area, and users can change the location to research other base guides. For more information, go to www.mybase guide.com/navy/1/nas_pensacola. meet other spouses, participate in fun and informative activities, and learn about resources that are available. The training also includes an introduction to what the local area has to offer. Preregistration is required. To register, contact Lisa Duvall, MCFTB trainer, by phone at 452-9460, ext. 3012, or by e-mail at lisa.duvall@usmc.mil.

Models wanted for NEX fashion show Models of all shapes and sizes are needed for an upcoming spring fashion show at the Navy Exchange (NEX) Pensacola Mall, 5600 Highway 98 West. The show is scheduled for March 28. No purchase necessary to model. If you would like to participate, sign up in the customer service department. For more information, call 458-8258.

Flora-Bama schedules March 28 race Flora-Bama is gearing up for the second annual Beach Run/Walk for America’s Warriors 5K and half marathon, which is scheduled for March 28. FloraBama is donating all registration fees to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. The Special Operations Warrior Foundation (warrior@specialops.org) ensures financial aide and counseling to families of fallen heroes. The FloraBama donated $6,230 from the inaugural event. The race will be held on the beach behind the Flora-Bama starting at 7:30 a.m. for the half marathon and 9 a.m. for the 5K run/walk. Entry fees (donations) are $45 for the half marathon and $25 for 5K run/walk up to March 13. Race registration fees will increase a $10 after March 13. For more information, contact Jenifer Surface Ivey at jenifer@florabama.com or go to www.flora bama.com.

Learn how to start your own business The Florida Small Business Development Center at UWF is offering the “Start-up Business Boot Camp” workshop series during March and April at Gulf Coast Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Participants in this four-week training course will learn how to start, plan, market and effectively manage a business. The price is $150, a savings of $50 off the total cost of taking all five workshops separately. Sessions are scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon March 17, March 19, March 24, March 26, March 31 and April 2. Pre-registration is strongly recommended as seating is limited. For more information or to register, call 474-2528.

Money management class announced Redeemer Lutheran Church and School, 333 Commerce St., is offering a nine-week class on getting control of your money. The first class is 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. March 14. The fee is $93. For more information contact Sharon Barger at sharon@barger.com or (618) 638-4333. Register at www.daveramsey.com/fpu/locations/org/54340/ class/273826.

Classes scheduled for military spouses CLEP/DSST marathon announced A Lifestyle, Insights, Networking, Knowledge, Skills (L.I.N.K.S.) for Spouses training classes is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 28 in the Commanding Officer’s Conference Room at MATSG-21 Headquarters, Bldg. 3450. Classes are free and all military spouses are welcome. L.I.N.K.S. for Spouses training provides an overview of the Marine Corps structure, services and benefits. Participants also get an opportunity to

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A CLEP/DSST marathon is scheduled for April 6-10 at the National Test Center at the NASP Navy College Office, 250 Chambers Ave., Bldg. 634, Suite 23. Test takers can arrive anytime between 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. without a reservation. Students need to bring two forms of ID and a registration ticket for the CLEP exams. Reserve a seat by going to miltesting.coastline.edu and choosing “New Reservation.”

Select your testing location (Pensacola NAS), select the exam, date and time, enter personal information and save the registration. For CLEP registration ticket, go to http://clep.collegeboard.org and create an account. Enter the required data and be sure to check the box next to “I am eligible for DANTES Funding,” and choose “CLEP Exams” at the top of the page, Locate the exam you would like to take and add to cart. Click your shopping cart at the top right corner and ensure the correct test has been selected, the amount should show $0. Do not enter your credit card information unless this is your second attempt at an exam of the same title. Print out your CLEP registration ticket. No registration tickets are needed for the DSST exam.

Run to Ride 5K scheduled for March 28 Alethia Christian Academy has scheduled a Run to Ride 5K run/walk for 9 a.m. March 28. Check in is at 8 a.m. The race will start at the academy, 1700 Woodchuck Ave. Proceeds will help fund a new school bus. Registration fee is $25 for adults and $12 for ages 12 and younger for those who sign up by March 6. For more information, go to www.acalions.org.

USS Iwo Jima group planning reunion The USS Iwo Jima (LPH2/LHD7) Shipmates organization is planning a reunion for Sept. 13 to 16 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Baton Rouge, La. The point of contact is Robert G. McAnally, 152 Frissell St., Hampton, Va. 23663, (757) 723-0317 or yujack46709@gmail.com. For more information, go to http://ussiwojimashipmates.cfns.net.

Fashion show has garden party theme A fashion show being presented by the Newcomers Club of Greater Pensacola April 8 at New World Landing will have a garden party theme. Fashions will be provided by Talbots. The annual event is open to the public. Doors open at 8 a.m., and cards and games begin at 9 a.m. followed by lunch and the fashion show at 11:30 a.m. Raffles and door prizes will be also be part of the fun. The cost to attend is $25. For more information, call 525-7723, e-mail sherrybobparrish@att.net or go to www.pensacolanewcomers.com.

Commissary plans frozen food sale March is National Frozen Food Month and the NAS Pensacola Commissary, 5800 West Highway 98, is celebrating with a “Fill Your Freezer Sale” from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 27 and 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 28. For more information, call 262-9200.

Mustangs can join regional group The Emerald Coast Mustang Association is looking for members within the Panhandle region. The association is in its second year and growing. The professional association is for Navy and Marine Corps limited duty officers, chief warrant officers, or officers with at least four years prior enlisted service, including reserve components; active duty or retired. The association’s purpose is to inspire love of the sea service and country and provide a means of professional networking throughout the region. The group holds monthly meetings. If you have any questions regarding membership and when and where you can sign up, contact CWO5 Daryl Hagemann at 452-7854, Cmdr. Evan Hipsley at 452-4070, Lt. James Hughes at 452-7001, Lt.j.g. Robert Luers at 452-3623, or retired Capt. Tony McFarlane at tonymac@cox.net. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/ pages/Emerald-Coast-Mustang-Association/ 1508660402700228.

Autism ride scheduled for April 11 April Nicole’s 10th Annual Autism Ride is scheduled for April 11. The 28-mile escorted ride starts at 9 a.m. and departs at 11 a.m. at Ollie’s Neighborhood Grill, 6181 Highway 90 in Milton and ends at Ollie’s Neighborhood Gill at 2100 West Nine Mile Road. Cost is $15 per bike and $5 per passenger. The first 200 to register will receive pins. For more information, call 324-0295 or 485-3853.

Guitar Orchestra to give free concert Pensacola State College and the University of West Florida are presenting the Pensacola Guitar Orchestra in a free concert at 7:30 p.m. March 21 at the Ashmore Fine Arts Auditorium, Bldg. 8, on the Pensacola campus, 1000 College Blvd. The public is invited and no tickets are required for this Lyceum Series event. The program includes works from a variety of composers. For more concert information, contact the PSC Lyceum Box Office at 484-1847.

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March 13, 2015

NASP command’s Sailors of the Year; See page B2 Spotlight


Irish immigrants’ struggles, successes recalled on

St. Patrick’s Day

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.


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 de-

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clined by one-third. More than 1 million people died of starvation and famine-related diseases and another 1.5 million fled to the United States. Many Irish immigrants believed the famine could have been avoided. “The almighty, indeed, sent the potato blight,” the Irish nationalist and political exile John Mitchel wrote, “but the English created the famine.” At the heart of Irish-American identity thereafter was a sense of banishment and exile. Early struggles The Irish immigrants of the famine era were the most disadvantaged the United States had ever seen. The Irish poor lived in basements, cellars and one-room apartments lacking natural light and ventilation and frequently flooded with sewage. They suffered from alarmingly high rates of cholera, yellow fever, typhus, tuberculosis and pneumonia. They also succumbed to mental illnesses, often complicated by alcohol abuse. They accounted for a greatly disproportionate number of admissions to poorhouses and public hospitals, and they topped the charts for arrests and imprisonment, especially for disorderly conduct. In New York City in 1859, for example, 55 percent of all people arrested were of Irish origin. The Irish immigrants were mostly unskilled, worked for low wages, and were often used as substitute labor to break strikes. Native-born workers worried that their own wages would decline as a result and that gains made by organized labor would be undercut. Many Americans also feared that the Irish would never advance socially but would instead become the first permanent working class in the United States, threatening the central principle of 19th-century American life: upward social mobility through hard work. 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

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1834, a mob burned down the Ursuline convent 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. As a popular saying put it, the church in the United States was “One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic – and Irish.” Catholicism became the single most important ingredient of Irish-American identity. 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 not speak for me.” Irish immigrants became good Americans without sacrificing their religious and cultural heritage. They demonstrated that assimilation is not a one-way process in which immigrants must conform to a dominant Anglo-Protestant 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.

Jokes & Groaners Celtic wit – once a year, luckily 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.”




March 13, 2015

NASP command’s Sailors of the Year From staff reports


select group of Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP) Sailors were recognized for displaying exceptional leadership and strong sense of personal responsibility that had a profound impact on the success of the command during an awards ceremony Feb. 27 at the NASC Auditorium. NASP Commanding Officer Capt. Keith Hoskins handed out the awards and personally congratulated the recipients who were present. Four Sailors were selected in the Sailor of the Year category for fiscal year 2014. AC2 Brandon Carter was named Sailor of the Year. Brandon was recognized for his professional achievement in the superior performance of his duties while serving as sector controller, Air Traffic Control Division, NASP Air Operations Department, from October 2013 to September 2014. Carter directly contributed to the accomplishment of more than 16,489 incident-free operations and the safe recovery of three in-flight emergencies. He was responsible for 1,100 total training hours resulting in 35 professional qualifications on six air traffic control positions. His dedication to teamwork and commendable accomplishments led to his selec-

tion. Carter’s exceptional professionalism, personal initiative and loyal devotion to duty reflected credit upon himself and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States naval service. MA1 Karim Tilley was named Senior Sailor of the Year. Tilly was recognized for professional achievement in the superior performance of his duties while serving as tower supervisor Air Traffic Control Division, NASP Air Operations Department, from October 2013 to September 2014. Tilley directly contributed to the completion of more than 16,280 incident-free flight operations and his expertise instruction enabled 10 controllers to qualify at six operating positions. His sustained superior performance and deck plate leadership was key in organizing and managing multiple command and community relations events. His tireless efforts as a

AN Jacob Carlos, AC2 Brandon Carter and MA1 Karim Tilley – among NAS Pensacola command’s Sailors of the Year – are congratulated by NASP CO Capt. Keith Hoskins at a command recognition ceremony Feb. 27. Photo by Ens. Emily Wilkin

dedicated naval ambassador to the command and community led to his selection. Tilley’s exceptional professionalism, personal initiative and loyal devotion to duty reflected credit upon himself and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States naval service. MA3 Michael Decarli was named Junior Sailor of the Year. Decarli, who was unable to attend the award ceremony, was recognized for outstanding performance from among the E-4 personnel of NASP staff. He has continually exhibited an excep-

tionally high degree of professionalism as a military working dog handler for the security department. His enthusiasm and initiative have contributed greatly to the efficiency of the security department and the command as a whole. His performance and devotion to duty have been in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States naval service. AN Jacob Carlos was named Blue Jacket of the Year. Carlos was recognized for professional achievement in the superior performance of his duties while serving as assis-

tant work center supervisor for First Lieutenant Division, NASP Administration Department, from October 2013 through September 2014. His leadership in the supervision of 10 personnel in providing operational support played a vital role in the mission effectiveness of NASP and its many tenant commands. His exceptional professionalism, personal initiative and loyal devotion to duty reflected credit upon himself and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States naval service.



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Wahoos offer spring training opportunity in Atmore Fans will be able to watch practice, attend meet and greets and dine with the players From Pensacola Blue Wahoos

The Pensacola Blue Wahoos are heading to Atmore, Ala., April 7 for spring training and fans are invited to come out and watch them play. This is an opportunity to enjoy practice and spend the evening at Wind Creek Casino with the team. “This is a great chance to reach our fans in Atmore, Century, Molino and the rest of northern Escambia County and Alabama,” said Pensacola Blue Wahoos Executive Vice President Jonathan Griffith. “We’re very excited for this opportunity for supporters to be up close and personal with the team and especially to

spend time with the little league teams in the area.” The Blue Wahoos will start the event with practice from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Poarch Creek Indians Sports Complex and will follow with a 30 minute meet and greet with fans and little league teams in the area. After a chance for fans to unwind at Wind Creek Casino, a meet and greet will take place at 7:45 p.m. in the movie theater followed by dinner with the team at 8:30 p.m. For $89, fans reserve a hotel room, enjoy dinner with the team and have $15 worth of free play at the casino. A dinner only option also is available for

Schedule of events • 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Team practice at Poarch Creek Indians Sports Complex. • 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.: Post practice meet and greet. • 7:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.: Meet and greet at Wind Creek Casino. • 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.: Dinner with team at Wind Creek Casino. For more information, go to www.bluewahoos.com.

$30 per adult and $10 for children 12 and younger. For reservations, call 866-WIND-360 (866-946-3360). The practice field is at 444 Lynn McGhee Drive in Atmore. The Pensacola Blue Wahoos, a minor league baseball team, play in the

Southern League and are the Class Double-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds Major League Baseball team. The team plays their home games at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium. The team’s 2015 season is scheduled to kick off April 9.





March 13, 2015

Morale, Welfare and Recreation

The Arcadia Mill archaeological site in Milton is managed by the University of West Florida Historic Trust.

Take field trip to historic mill Story, photo from University of West Florida Historic Trust

A grand reopening celebration is planned for the Arcadia Mill archaeological site in Milton from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 14. The 37-acre site has been closed to the public since September 2014 because of construction, and the event, which is free and open to the public, will showcase the new ADA-compliant bridge and an elevated boardwalk that connects to the nature trails. The event will feature children’s activities such as candle dipping and crafts, as well as vendors, demonstrators and site tours. Florida’s largest antebellum industrial complex, the Arcadia Mill was the site of a waterpowered business that included a sawmill,

lumber mill, gristmill, shingle mill, cotton textile mill, and bucket and pail factory. The facility was in operation from 1830 to 1855 when the two-story textile mill burned and the facilities were abandoned. The site offers a history lesson as well as the opportunity to visit a unique wetland ecosystem. Arcadia Mill is located at 5709 Mill Pond Lane in Milton. The site, which also features a visitor center and museum, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free. For the reopening event, visitors must park at Pensacola State College west lot off Highway 90 and trolleys will run continuously between the parking lot and the mill. For more information, call 626-3084, or go to historicpensacola.org/arcadia.cfm.

At the movies FRIDAY

“Seventh Son” (3D), PG-13, 5 p.m.; “Jupiter Ascending” (3D), PG-13, 7:30 p.m.; “McFarland, USA,” PG, 5:30 p.m.; “Hot Tub Time Machine 2,” R, 8:10 p.m.


“Jupiter Ascending” (3D), PG-13, 5 p.m.; “Seventh Son” (3D), PG-13, 7:40 p.m.; “McFarland, USA,” PG, 12:30 p.m.; “SpongeBob the Movie: Sponge Out of Water” (2D), PG, 3:10 p.m.; “Black or White,” PG-13, 5:30 p.m.; “Hot Tub Time Machine 2,” R, 8:10 p.m.


“SpongeBob the Movie: Sponge Out of Water” (2D), PG, noon, 2 p.m.; “Seventh Son” (3D), PG-13, 4:30 p.m.; “Jupiter Ascending” (3D), PG-13, 7 p.m.; “Project Almanac,” PG-13, 12:30 p.m.; “McFarland, USA,” PG, 3 p.m.; “The Boy Next Door,” R, 5:30 p.m.; “Hot Tub Time Machine 2,” R, 7:30 p.m.


“Seventh Son” (3D), PG-13, 5 p.m.; “Jupiter Ascending” (3D), PG-13, 7:10 p.m.; “Black or White,” PG, 5:10 p.m.; “Hot Tub Time Machine 2,” R, 7:30 p.m.


“McFarland, USA,” PG, 5 p.m.; “Project Almanac,” PG-13, 7:30 p.m.; “Hot Tub Time Machine 2,” R, 5:10 p.m.; “The Boy Next Door,” R, 7:10 p.m.


“Selma,” PG-13, 5 p.m.; “Black or White,” PG, 7:30 p.m.; “SpongeBob the Movie: Sponge Out of Water” (2D), PG, 5:10 p.m.; “Jupiter Ascending” (2D), PG-13, 7:10 p.m.


“Seventh Son” (3D), PG-13, 5 p.m.; “Jupiter Ascending” (3D), PG-13, 7:10 p.m.; “SpongeBob the Movie: Sponge Out of Water” (2D), PG, 5:30 p.m.; ““Hot Tub Time Machine 2,” R, 7:30 p.m.

COST Regular: $3 adults, $1.50 children ages 6-11, free for 5 and younger 3D shows: $5 adults, $3 children ages 6-11, free for 5 and younger

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The NASP Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) department has a number of upcoming events and activities. For more information, call 452-3806, ext. 3100, or go to the MWR website at www.naspensacola-mwr.com. • Aquatics Summer Camps and Swimming Lessons: Spring is upon us and that means it is time to start thinking about summer camps and swimming lessons. The MWR Aquatics department has several swimming lessons and summer camps for all skill levels and ages. For details, contact the Aquatics department at Registration to sell 452-9429. items at the MWR Out• Pot of Gold door Flea Market is Row: Test your luck and sign up now open. Sell your for the Pot Of Gold creations and unRow. Row at any wanted items from MWR fitness facil- noon to 4:30 p.m. ity from March 15- March 22 at the MWR 17 and log your Sports Complex on meters. Accumu- Highway 98 (rain date late the most me- will be March 29). For ters and win pricing details and apprizes. The rowing plications, go to the challenge is open MWR web site. The to all authorized market is open to all for MWR patrons. For selling and buying. Apmore information, plications and payment due in advance. Recall 452-6802. • World Row- serve space today. For ing Challenge: more information, call Join team NAS 452-3806, ext. 3140. Pensacola by using an indoor rower at any MWR fitness facility and help meet the 11 million meter goal. Row and then log your meters. Every meter counts for the team. Random prizes will be awarded. Call 850-452-6802 for more details. • March Lifeguard Certification class: Obtain a two-year certification by taking a lifeguarding course from the American Red Cross. Course emphasizes hand-on training, supported by classroom instruction. To enroll you must be at least 15 years old and pass a prerequisite skills evaluation. For more information, contact the MWR Aquatics department at 452-9429. • Youth Center First Tee Military Affiliate Program: The program is now being offered at the NASP Youth Center. The First Tee Program is open for authorized dependents ages 8-13 years old. Children learn life skills and character education through golf. This free program began March 9. Beginners session will be every Monday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. through May 4 and an advanced session will be Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. through May 6. Register today at the NASP Youth Center, Bldg. 3690. For details, call 452-2417. • Pensacola Veterinary Treatment Facility March Raffle: Warmer weather is just around the corner. Keep your pet fit, healthy and parasite-free by ensuring you have flea and heartworm prevention. Buy six months of flea or heartworm prevention and receive a raffle entry to win a FitBark for your dog. For appointments, call 452-6882.

Liberty activities Liberty program events target young, unaccompanied active-duty military. New hours are 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Regular events are scheduled at the main Liberty Center in the Portside Entertainment Complex. You must sign up in advance for off-base trips. For more information, call 452-2372 or go to http://naspensacolamwr.com/singsail/liberty.htm.

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SAPR If you are a victim of sexual assault, it is not your fault. Help for victims of sexual assault in the DoD community is a call, click or text away: The SafeHelpline provides live, one-on-one crisis support and information by trained staff. Call: (877) 995-5247; click: www.SafeHelpline.org; or text: 55-247, CONUS; (202) 470-5546, OCONUS (may be extra charges for OCONUS). The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program provides prevention, intervention and a 24/7/365 response to non-intimate partner adult victims of sexual assault. Active-duty and adult family member sexual assault victims have a choice of reporting options, unrestricted and restricted. Unrestricted reporting allows victim to have an advocate, seek medical care, counseling, legal services, safety interventions and/or transfer, etc. To access an unrestricted report, the victim may report to his/her chain-ofcommand, security/law enforcement, NCIS, SAPR VA, SARC, or others. NCIS shall be notified by the CO and/or the VA/SARC in unrestricted cases to begin investigation. Investigation results are provided to the offender’s CO for appropriate action/disposition. Restricted reporting allows a victim to have a confidential report, which does not trigger command or law enforcement notification and the victim may have a SAPR VA and seek medical care and/or counseling. To access restricted reporting, the victim may disclose his/her sexual assault only to the SARC, a current SAPR VA, a health care professional and/or a chaplain. To contact the NASP 24/7 Victim Advocate, call 449-9231/2. For the Civilian Victim Advocate, call 293-4561. To contact the duty SARC, call the SARC cell at 554-5606.

Worship schedule NAS Pensacola Protestant • Sunday School, all ages, 9 a.m. Sunday, Bldg. 634. • Worship service, 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel, Bldg. 1982. • Chapel choir, 12:30 p.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel. • Contemporary service, 6 p.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel. • Womenʼs Bible study, 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Bldg. 634. • Training Air Wing Six Bible Study, 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, Griffith Hall student lounge. • Bible study (for all), 7 p.m. Tuesday, Bldg. 634, back classrooms; 5 p.m. Wednesday, J.B. McKamey Center. Roman Catholic • Sunday Mass, 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel, Bldg. 1982. • Daily Mass, 11:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the All Faiths Chapel. • Confessions: 30 minutes before services. Latter Day Saints • Service, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel. For information, call 452-2341. NASP Corry Station Protestant • Adult Bible study, 9 a.m. Sunday, fellowship hall vice conference room. • Chapel choir, 9 a.m. Sunday, choir room vice sanctuary.



Fleet and Family Support Center • Worship service, 10 a.m. Sunday. • Fellowship, 11:30 a.m. Sunday. • Contemporary worship, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, followed by fellowship at 7:30 p.m. • Bible study and dinner, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, fellowship hall. Latter Day Saints • Service, 7 p.m. Wednesday. Roman Catholic • Mass, noon Sunday and 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday. For information, call 452-6376. NAS Whiting Field Chapel Roman Catholic • Mass, 11 a.m. Friday. Protestant • Bible study, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. • Weekly chapel service, 11:30 a.m. Thursday. For information, call 623-7212. More services Jewish • Bʼnai Israel Synagogue, 1829 North Ninth Ave., services 7 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. Saturday. For information, call 433-7311. • Temple Beth El, 800 North Palafox St., services 7 p.m. Friday (6 p.m. first Friday of month). For information, call 438-3321 or go to http://templebethelofpensacola.org . Seventh-day Adventist • Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1080 North Blue Angel Parkway, Bible studies at 9:30 a.m. and services at 11 a.m. Saturday. For information, call 453-3442.

The NASP Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC), 151 Ellyson Ave., Bldg. 625, is offering the following: • Stress management: 10 a.m. to noon March 19. Stress can damage your physical and mental health. Learn how to recognize stress and become more productive, happier and healthier. Class offer stress management tips and techniques. Classes scheduled for first and third Thursday of each month. For details, call 452-5609. • Emergency Preparedness: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. March 20. Each type of disas-

ter requires different measures to keep you, your family and your pets safe. The best thing you can do is to be prepared. For information or to register, call 452-5609. • Conflict Management and Resolution: 3 p.m. March 26. Workshop helps people manage conflict by examining attitudes and behaviors when faced with conflicting situations. Practice skills that prevent conflicts from escalating and learn how to work with others to solve problems. For more information or to register, call 452-5609.

Community Outreach NASP Community Outreach volunteer opportunities: • Food giveaway event: Harvest Community Outreach has scheduled a food giveaway event for 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 3, and volunteers will need to arrive at 6 a.m. Organizers would like to have 30 volunteers to help with the event. • Brownsville Uniting the Community: Event is noon to 4 p.m. April 25, however, volunteers needed from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Organizers need 30 Navy volunteers who are willing to assist with cook-

ing, serving, setting up equipment, children’s rides and much more. Meals for volunteers will be provided. • USDA Food Giveaway: 4:30 p.m. every Thursday at 4 p.m. select Wednesdays at Anew Warrington Church of God In Christ, 1100 Hawthorne Drive. The NASP Community Outreach office tracks volunteer hours. Report any hours you work to receive due recognition. For information on volunteer activities, call 452-2532 or e-mail SH2 Patricia Cooper at patricia.cooper@Navy.mil.



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