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New API curriculum being tested Ens. Riley Cornett NASC Public Affairs Office

For almost four decades the Navy has flown the T-34C Turbo Mentor as its primary flight trainer. With its goal of preparing student aviators and naval flight officers (NFOs) for their primary flight squadrons, the curriculum of Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API) has centered on this venerable trainer. However, the staff of API began the long transition process of incorporating T-6B material into the curriculum earlier this year when Class 14-15 was enrolled. Designated to beta test the new material, Class 14-15 featured a focus on the T-6B Texan, as well as an accelerated learning schedule and additional courses designed to prepare the future aviators not only for primary flight training, but for future service as naval officers. “API is historically a screening process and aviation ground school for new officers,” API Curriculum Officer Maj. Mike Tirone explained. “These officers are student naval pilots (SNPs), student naval flight officers (SNFOs)

or student naval flight surgeons (SNFS). They represent the Navy, Marines Corps and Coast Guard, as well as the Services of several partner countries. The screening process involves a difficult academic curriculum to ensure that the students can endure a challenging future in the aviation training pipeline, and also their aviation career.” While the API curriculum has always been challenging, the addition of new courses (Naval Aviation History and Ethics) and a compressed timeline has made this challenge even tougher. In addition to the changes in academics, the physical training has been overhauled as well. A focus on G-tolerance has led to an increase in time allotted to weight and cardio training. API will also continue to provide students with water survival training, culminating in the “helo dunker” during the final week. Tirone anticipates students being even better prepared by the tougher curriculum. “Despite adding training hours to the curriculum, the

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Crew from a Marine Heavy Helicopter Training Squadron (HMHT) 302 CH-53E helicopter look over their aircraft after landing at NAS Pensacola’s Forrest Sherman Field last week.

Visiting Marine helicopters finish up training aboard NAS Pensacola Story, photo by Aly Altonen NASP PAO Intern

The Marine Heavy Helicopter Training Squadron (HMHT) 302 from North Carolina is at the close of their training here at NASP. Training began March 5 and ends tomorrow, March 15. Capt. Matt McLane, an instructor pilot with the squadron, said the weather and the area’s hospitality are not the only good parts about training in Pensacola. “There’s plenty of outlying fields, and because this is a training area already, a training environment for naval aviators, they already have all that established,” said McLane. It is also an area they are familiar with. 1st Lt. Brad Maa did his initial training here and

later went to NAS Whiting Field for primary and advanced training. “We’re used to all the local air fields around here, used to the air space and the air traffic controllers, which is always helpful,” said Maa. Although the area may be a benefit for them, the heavy-duty CH-53E Super Stallions have posed some challenges. “It’s so much larger and more powerful than any of the other helicopters,” said Maa. Gosport readers may have heard these large helicopters at night if living nearby. The squadron does try to fly at a certain altitude during training to keep the noise level under control. The Super Stallions are the largest aircraft in the squadron’s fleet and can be used to carry troops and a variety of cargo loadings.

Practice time to change when Blue Angels return to NASP From Blue Angels PAO

The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, have announced a time change for the Tuesday and Wednesday weekly practice demonstrations onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP) for the 2014 air show season. The practices are being moved to 11:30 a.m. from the previous early morning practices. The time change more closely

matches the time the Blue Angels typically perform at air shows. The later practice time will also help alleviate some of the traffic arriving onboard the base during the busy morning commute. NASP is the home of the Blue Angels during the air show season, and the team’s first practice session of the season is scheduled for March 26. The Blue Angel pilots are scheduled

to appear at the National Naval Aviation Museum to meet the public and sign autographs immediately following the Wednesday practice demonstrations. Public viewing of the Blue Angel practice demonstrations is available at the designated seating area behind the museum. For more information about practice viewing at the museum, call 452-3604 or visit the museum’s website at

Saudi admiral aboard NASP ... Rear Adm. Abdullah Al-Tweili, Chief of Naval Aviation, Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF), listens as ADC Roy Long, an instructor at Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) Pensacola, speaks about the training conducted in NATTC’s Jet Engine Lab during a visit to the training center March 5. Also part of the delegation were Rear Adm. Saad Al-Ajaji, RSNF director, Planning, Budget and Follow-up; Rear Adm. Fayes Al-Bakri, director of RSNF Training; Commodore Nasser Al-Rakaf, RSNF director of recruiting; Commodore Khaled Al-Sofiani, RSNF assistant defense attaché for Naval Affairs; Capt. Mobarak Al-Shareer, RSN officer-in-charge, training liaison team, Pensacola; and Cmdr. Sami Al-Harbi, RSNF aviation training officer. Photo by Lt. Jonathan Bacon The Blue Angels are scheduled to kick off the 2014 air show season tomorrow, March 15, with the squadron's first air show of the year at Naval Air Facility (NAF) El Centro, Calif., the winter home base for the squadron. This marks the Blue Angels’ 68th year performing. The Blue Angels are expected to perform for nearly 15 million spectators in 2014. For more information about the Blue Angels, go to

New ombudsmen complete training By Aly Altonen NASP PAO Intern

There are three newly trained ombudsmen for Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP). They are Valerie Waxenfelter representing Naval Aviation Schools Command (NASC), Keyla Forbes representing Navy Medicine Operation Training Center (NMOTC) and

Danette Percle representing Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP). Waxenfelter has been a Navy spouse for more than 18 years. She just relocated to NASP six months ago, so she and her family are fairly new to the area. Forbes, a native of Lima, Peru, has been

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students will complete API in two-and-a-half fewer training days. However, the students who graduate from this tougher curriculum will be better prepared for the T-6, morally, mentally and physically.” “Since 2009, API has been undergoing a sizable curriculum revision. The curriculum revision has been driven by several factors directed by the Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA) and the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (CNATT),” explained Tirone. “Those factors include updating the aerodynamics and weather course material for the T-6B, doubling the physical training (PT) to improve G-tolerance, transitioning the Advanced Swim/Physiology to the T-6, and adding Naval Aviation History and Ethics. Additionally, API will continue to instruct students in engines, navigation, flight rules and regulations, swimming/CPR, land survival, aviation safety/operational risk management (ORM), and crew resource management (CRM).” “Finally converting curriculum to the T6B is great, as course work will reflect the aircraft that is currently in use at Primary Flight Training,” Naval Aviation Schools Command (NASC) Commanding Officer, Capt. James Vandiver, noted. While the focus of the curriculum change has been on the transition from T-34C to T-6B, the compressed schedule has been scrutinized heavily as well. “My only concern is the new curriculum does not allow for flexibility in scheduling when anomalies arise, such as the recent ice storm,” Vandiver said. “This course is a bit of a test and will demonstrate if modifications are required.” While NASC has been under Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA) for most of its history, the school was realigned in 2005 under the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) and Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (CNATT). With this change came several minor changes in how curriculum is written and approved. “My goal since becoming commanding officer at NASC has been to convert courses at NASC to the NETC format, and this is a big step towards that goal,” Vandiver said. Ens. Nick Bergert, a student naval flight officer currently in the class, said his experience was “challenging, but I’m learning a lot that I can take along with me in my career. Group study time and scheduling occasional breaks from the material has helped me succeed thus far. It is great to be learning about the T-6B as I can start to gain familiarity with the aircraft I hope to be working with in the near future.” Cmdr. Stephen Schutt, the NASC Aviation Training School director, noted the importance of adding Naval Aviation History and Ethics to the curriculum. “We took this opportunity to update our training to include some important aspects. The lessons we are teaching are written in blood from the trial and error of our predecessors, teaching the history of naval aviation gives students an awareness of how we got to where we are today in our training.” Schutt continued, “Ethics training teaches an awareness of perception and speaks to the social acceptance of our words or actions and how it reflects on our Navy and society.” Class 14-15 graduated in early March. After their graduation, the new curriculum will be evaluated, taking into account the experiences of both students and instructors during the course. NASC hope to make a full transition to the T-6B training sometime this summer. For more information about Naval Aviation Schools Command, visit https:// www. netc. navy. mil/ nascweb/ index.html .

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The presentation of the 2013 NASP Corry Station Captain’s Cup trophy. (Left-right) Master Gunnery Sgt. William Lee, Sgt. James Holm, NAS Pensacola Commanding Officer Capt. Keith Hoskins and Capt. Frank Anderson. Photo by Billy Enfinger

Marines win NASP Corry Station 2013 Captain’s Cup From Dorothy Player MWR Sports Specialist

They came to conquer – and took away the cup. The Marine detachment at NASP Corry Station has won the 2013 NAS Pensacola Captain’s Cup trophy – again. Captain’s Cup is a MWR Sports program for active-duty men and women, their spouses, active reservists and DoD personnel that work for NASP Corry Station, Naval Hospital Pensacola and the Navy Information Operational Command (NIOC). The program consists of team and individual events beginning in January and concluding in December each calendar year. Participants from each command earn points for each event they enter. At the completion of the yearlong competition, the command with the most points is declared the Captain’s Cup champion for that year and the trophy will display a brass template engraved with the winning command’s name and the year they were crowned champions. The winning command will retain the trophy throughout the year. Any command, unit or department that wins the Captain’s Cup Trophy three consecutive years will Ombudsmen from page 1

living in the United States for more than 10 years and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in public health. Percle has been a military spouse for 17 years and has lived in Pensacola for 2½ years. She looks forward to assisting those within the NASP command. “They are trained to disseminate information,” said Paul Maxwell, education services facilitator and ombudsman coordinator at NASP Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC). The ombudsman program’s goal is to promote healthy, self-re-

Keyla Forbes

Danette Percle

Valerie Waxenfelter

liant families and to improve communication between commands and family members. The Navy Family Om-

budsman Program was created in 1970 by Adm. E.R. Zumwalt Jr. For more information on the program, call the FFSC at

452-5990 or go to www. cnic. ffr/family_readiness/ fleet_and_family_support_program/ ombudsman_program.html.

Heavy lifters coming in ... Marine Heavy Helicopter Training Squadron (HMHT) 302 CH-53E helicopters pass over an F/A-18 as they prepare to land at NAS Pensacola’s Forrest Sherman Field last week. HMHT-302 provides flight training for various aviators and pilots that work with the CH-53E Super Stallion, including commissioned naval aviators, conversion pilots, refresher pilots and enlisted air crew. Photo by Aly Altonen

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Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla.: A Bicentennial Defense Community Commanding Officer — Capt. Keith Hoskins Public Affairs Officer — Harry C. White The Gosport nameplate pays homage to the 100th anniversary of naval aviation in 2011: the Centennial of Naval Aviation, or CONA. The image on the left side of the nameplate depicts Eugene Ely taking off in a Curtiss pusher bi-plane from the USS Pennsylvania Jan. 18, 1911. While Ely had taken off from the USS Birmingham two months earlier after his plane had been loaded on the ship, the USS Pennsylvania event was the first time a plane landed on and then took off from a U.S. warship.

retain the trophy permanently. The Marines have dominated the Captain’s Cup Sport program for the past three years, taking home the trophy. The Marines are off to another great start as they work towards taking possession of their second Captain’s Cup. For the 2013 season, the statistics for Marine Detachment Corry Station: Marines fourth year winning the cup. The Marines earned a total of 542 points, taking it from the second-place finisher (482 points). The 2013 Captain’s Cup League offered 28 events total. The Marines placed “top three” in 20 of the 28 total events. With seven first-place wins (racquetball singles, golf-scramble, paintball, billiards singles, adventure race, fall bowling and soccer). They also had six second-place wins (Double Bridge Run, winter bowling, ultimate Frisbee, swimming, dodgeball and 5K) and with seven third-places (table tennis singles, corn-hole singles, power-lift, kickball, table tennis doubles, corn-hole doubles and volleyball). The Marines were able to continue to dominate the Captain’s Cup Sports program due to the support provided by Corry Marine Det. CO Capt. Frank Anderson, along with his staff and sports representative Sgt. James Holm.

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Like it or not, there’s still some swagger in my wagon By Lisa Smith Molinari Military Spouse Columnist

“If I have to spend one more day in this filthy, saltcrusted, paint-chipped, rusted, dog-hair-filled, good-fornothing tin can of a minivan, I’m gonna lose it ....” This is the thought that brings me to a near mom meltdown each morning during my daily school drop offs. I swear, I used to really love my minivan, but nowadays, I can’t stop dreaming of trading her in. I remember the first time I drove her. It was 2006, and we were stationed in Norfolk, Va. Our old stale-french-fry-andGoldfish-cracker-filled, spitup scented, dented, scratched, rusted, three-hub-capped, hunter green Plymouth Voyager was ready to give up the ghost. Having three young children and our first mortgage, we knew that buying used was the only way to go. Other than an almost imperceptible dent in the hatch back door and a mere 8,000 miles on the odometer, our “new” Toyota Sienna was perfect, and even had a lingering bit of new car smell. We drove away feeling like we were riding in the upholstered lap of pure luxury.

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About the columnist Lisa Smith Molinari, mother of three, has been a military spouse for 20 years (and running). She also writes columns for Military Spouse magazine and a blog at www.themeat She and her family are stationed at Naval Station Newport in Rhode Island. But like every new car we have had, it did not take long for the novelty to wear off. Inevitably, Happy Meals get dropped, dogs are wet, children get carsick, rocks crack windshields, grocery carts

ding doors, and before we know it, our minivan has become nothing more than a rolling ghetto. In all fairness, our minivan has served us well, traveling with us on an overseas military tour in Germany and sheltering us from the baking sun during a two-year tour of duty in Florida. Now, stationed in Newport, R.I., our minivan is really showing her age. After 130,000 miles, her glossy paint has faded to a dull dirty white, which is most often hazed with salt and grime. Her alloy wheels are corroded and permanently stained with brake dust. Her hood is dented and pitted with spots of rust. Much to my middle school daughter’s embarrassment, the sliding doors freeze shut at the slightest chill, requiring her to

climb out the trunk in the morning car pool line. And worst of all, the interior is almost unbearable, with Godknows-what ground into the upholstery, carpeting, vents and faux Naugahyde grain. Seriously, it is gross. But with three teenagers in private schools and college tuition bills on the horizon, buying a new car right now is about as likely as me keeping my New Year’s resolution to stop eating seconds. So, rather than focusing on the filth, I’ve got to concentrate on the positive. In my youth, I drove a 1975 Volkswagen Beetle for 11 years. Despite her torn horsehair-stuffed upholstery, useless windshield wipers, and finicky alternator, we developed a symbiotic relationship. I could expertly hover in that

sweet spot between the clutch and gas on a steep hill in first gear without using the break. When her battery went dead, I could pop the clutch without assistance, jumping in to put her in gear after pushing her myself from the open driver’s side door. I could tune in the most obscure radio station, because I knew all the points on her radio-tape deck dial. Despite her age, I was sad to see my old Beetle go when marriage and child rearing made her impractical. Now, when marriage and child rearing make my old minivan the only practical vehicle for our family, I need to channel that same symbiotic feeling. I guess I have always liked the way she holds my coffee cup in her center console. I must admit, she has always kept all my favorite radio stations stored where I can reach them with the punch of a button. I guess it is kind of nice to not worry when the dog jumps in, wet and dirty after a swim in the bay. And if we traded her in, I would have to buy more school stickers for the back window, which would be a real pain, right? Just like me, my old minivan might be showing her age, but I guess there’s still a little swagger left in my wagon.

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Updated Navy diver salvage courses available on Navy e-Learning site Story by CWO3 Randy Duncan Center for EOD and Diving Public Affairs


ollowing feedback from the fleet regarding the need for course updates, the Center for Explosive Ordnance and Diving (CenEODDive) in nearby Panama City announced Feb. 25 the availability of the Navy Diver Salvage Course (NDSC) on Navy e-Learning. Previously available as one “master” course, the NDSC has been broken into four individual course modules: Navy Diver Salvage Fundamentals, Naval Architecture, Operations, and Scenarios. Diving Advisory 14-02 announced the promulgation of the new course and transition date for personnel enrolled in the previous version. Completion of the NDSC course is a prerequisite for master diver evaluation and for diving warrant officer applicants. According to CenEODDive Learning Standards Officer Melanie Hinson, this course redesign enables Sailors to complete their online training in more manageable modules, and also provides just-in-time training for

Sailors who may need refresher training on specific salvage topics. The previous edition was one long course that contained 92 hours of training. “The new modularized training empowers the learner to focus on related Students at Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center (NDSTC) conduct training operations Feb. 13 in the topics which result in facility’s pool. NDSTC, the largest diving facility in the world, trains more than 1,200 military divers from greater understanding of every branch of service each year. Photo by MC2 Blake Midnight the material and enhanced comprehension,” said Hin- salvage projects and illus- range operations allowed manageable sections, but son. “A primary emphasis trates how the information the course fundamentals, they also represent the cur- mil. This link will take you of the revision dealt with in the other three course graphics, training se- rent state-of-the-art in sal- directly to the “My Learnmaking the mathematical modules applies to real- quence, math calculations, vage technology and ing” and “Course Catalog” computations easier to fol- world salvage operations. assessments and references operations,” said Beene. tabs of the NeL learning “Course update project to align with the needs of “Combined with direct in- management system after low through the use of internet access availability login. depth, step-by-step tasks were accomplished the fleet.” Capt. James Beene, on Navy e-Learning, these To learn more about the examples that provide a by subject matter experts crawl, walk, run approach (SMEs) who performed commanding officer of updates represent an expo- Center for Explosive Ordto the learning experience this review and course up- CenEODDive, noted that nential improvement in our nance Disposal and Diving, grade in addition to their the updated courses are courses.” visit the CenEODDive for our Sailors.” Users may access the website: https:// www. netc. The NDSC Scenarios normal duties,” said Ce- more than just a periodic NDCM review. “These new new Navy Diver Salvage navy. mil/ centers/ ceneod course module, while un- nEODDive CommandInfo. graded, provides a look at William Hargaray. “Using courses have not only been Courses using the direct dive/ different types of actual SMEs current with down- dissected into logical, NeL link of https://www. aspx?ID=1 .

College accreditation type may affect Sailors’ wallets By Susan D. Henson Center for Personal and Professional Development Public Affairs

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Sailors working on completing a degree should ensure their school has the appropriate type of accreditation or it could cost them money later, said Center for Personal and Professional Development education professionals Feb. 24. “Most students know the school they attend should have some sort of accreditation as a way of ensuring the quality of their education, but they don’t understand how important the type of accreditation is in their school selection,” said Ernest D’Antonio, director of Navy Voluntary Education at the Center for Personal and Professional Development. “I’ve seen way too many examples of service members using their tuition as-

sistance or G.I. Bill education benefits to earn a degree at a school whose credits aren’t transferrable to or recognized by other schools. And when a Sailor’s benefit is spent, it’s spent.” According to Raymond Sayre, director of the Navy College Office in San Diego, there are three kinds of accreditation. One is regional, which is granted by an accrediting organization in one of six regions in the United States. “Regional accrediting organizations review educational institutions as a whole,” he said. “Schools with regionally accredited programs focus on academic theory for a full range of degrees from accounting to zoology at all educational levels.” National accreditation is another type. Sayre said nationally accredited institutions fill a different educational need than those with regional accreditation.

“The real difference is that national accrediting bodies focus on operational/technical skills. These accreditors tend to focus on a particular discipline such as business or technical skills, or distance learning,” he said. The third kind is accreditation for specialized programs and single-purpose organizations. A specialized accreditation is typically granted for a particular section or discipline within a regionally accredited educational institution, such as for a school’s law, medical or engineering program. It’s confusing because it’s complicated, according to D’Antonio. “The key for Sailors is to understand how accreditation directly relates to their educational goals,” he said. “This is part of why Navy College Program education professionals exist – to help Sailors make the best choice for them.” Sayre pointed out that one

type of accreditation isn’t necessarily better than the others; it is simply contingent on the student’s objectives. “It depends on what professional path Sailors are choosing,” he said. “If they want a hands-on career in the vocational or technical world such as auto repair, electronics, nuclear technician, etc., they may benefit by choosing a school with national accreditation. If their choice is the academic world – teacher, law, business or doctor, for example – they ought to choose regional accreditation. Many nationally accredited schools offer advanced vocational or technical education and training programs that are excellent and meet the needs for which they were designed.” A handful of schools have both regional and national accreditation, but Sayre said it isn’t common. Gary Henwood, an educa-

tional services specialist at Navy College Office (NCO) Whidbey Island, Wash., said it’s important for Sailors to view their school choice in the broader spectrum of their current – and future – educational goals. “When Sailors apply for commissioning programs such as Medical Enlisted Commissioning Program or Seaman-to-Admiral 21, the participating universities and colleges are regionally accredited and may not accept credits from nationally accredited schools.” For this reason, Henwood advises Sailors specifically trying for a commission to ensure they attend an accredited school whose credits are transferrable to other programs since it’s up to each school what transfer credits it will accept. For more news from the Center for Personal and Professional Development, visit: www. navy. mil/ local/ voledpao/.



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USS Theodore Roosevelt air traffic controllers train at NASP Story, photo by Lt. Jonathan Bacon NATTC PAO


ir traffic controllers from the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) completed proficiency training at Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) Feb. 28. During the two weeks they were at NATTC, crew members worked as a team to prepare for their upcoming deployment. “We’re coming out of an extended maintenance period in the shipyard and training in NATTC’s simulators allows our qualified controllers to maintain their currency requirements in accordance with Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization (NATOPS),” said Lt. Paul Greenough, Roosevelt’s carrier control approach watch officer. “Between now and our upcoming deployment, 10 of our controllers will transfer, so coming here gives their replacements the experience they will need.” For ACC Brian Kerns, Roosevelt’s Carrier Air Traffic Control Center (CATCC) supervisor, a valuable part of the training at NATTC was the team building. “Running through the various scenarios here

helps all of our controllers work together as a team,” said Kerns. “The experience gained in the simulator can be used by the new controllers to earn their interim qualifications, so underway they can earn their final qualifications.” NATTC instructors led the air traffic control watch teams through complex scenarios, specifically designed for their ship, in the Carrier Air Traffic Control Center (CATCC) simulators at NATTC’s Air Traffic Control schoolhouse. The simulator scenarios are designed to challenge the teams and build up their skill levels so they will be ready for the situations they will encounter on deployment. According to NATTC instructor ACC Blake Hoyt, CATCC training scenarios are designed to

Lt. Paul Greenough, carrier control approach watch officer, and the Carrier Air Traffic Control Center (CATCC) team from the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) conduct a training scenario in Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) Pensacola’s CATCC simulator. NATTC’s CATCC simulator allows fleet CATTC teams to meet proficiency requirements while in port.

be more complex than situations normally encountered under way, and they come from the fleet experiences of the NATTC instructors. “Here in the schoolhouse we employ our instructors and their experiences in a way that will most benefit our students,” said Hoyt. “Our instructors pull from their experiences in the fleet to make the scenarios as challenging as possible for the ship’s teams.” Since its commissioning

in 1942, NATTC has been committed to training technical experts for the Naval Aviation Enterprise. NATTC graduates approximately 15,000 Navy and Marine students annually. The majority of the student population is made up of enlisted personnel attending “A” schools, where they learn the skills and knowledge required to perform as technicians at the apprentice level. NATTC Advanced schools provide higher level technical knowledge

for senior petty officers and specialty schools offer specific skills not particular to any one rating, such as airman apprentice training, maintenance, personal financial management and shipboard aircraft firefighting. NATTC also conducts technical training for officers in aviation fuels, carrier air traffic control center operations, amphibious air traffic control center operations, aircraft launch and recovery equipment, and shipboard aircraft fire

fighting. Additionally, NATTC supports the fleet by providing team training to ships personnel during their pre-deployment work-ups, to ensure that shipboard personnel have the proficiency required to take their ship on deployment, after a prolonged period in port. For more information about Naval Air Technical Training Center, visit their web site at https:// www. netc. navy. mil/ centers/ cnatt/ nattc/ Default.aspx .



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NASWF PWD: January’s bitter temps required increase in energy usage By Jay Cope NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs


anuary shepherded in a new year, but it also ushered in a streak of the coldest weather seen in recent years in Northwest Florida. January 2014 finally broke Naval Air Station Whiting Field’s (NASWF) remarkable run of 32 consecutive months of year-after-year reductions in electricity usage. NAS Whiting Field’s Public Works Department (PWD) tracks energy usage on the base, and regularly compares the readings to historical monthly usage to most accurately measure conservation efforts. In April 2011, public works began reversing a trend of increasing utilities usage and maintained the downward trend until January. The colder than normal temperatures were a key factor in January’s increased energy usage. With daily temperatures averaging more than 13 degrees colder than 2013, heating costs ate up the savings generated through other means. “It’s a nice start, but we still have a long way to go to meet our goal required by the Navy’s energy conservation mandate,” said Deputy Public Works

Officer Wes Hamill. Hamill’s statement reflects the concept that conservation is a long-

term proposition and the NASWF Public Works Department is continually working to achieve

“One of (NASWF CO) Capt. (Matthew) Coughlin’s energy strategies has been to raise awareness and promote a culture of conservation by sharing our actual usage and costs with everyone. The little things – turn off the lights, turn off your computers at night, don’t change your thermostat setting – all add up if everyone is working together.”

savings through use of new technology and raising awareness throughout the base. “One of (NASWF CO) Capt. (Matthew) Coughlin’s energy strategies has been to raise awareness and promote a culture of conservation by sharing our actual usage and costs with everyone. The little things – turn off the lights, turn off your computers at night, don’t change your thermostat setting – all add up if everyone is working to-

gether,” Hamill said. These are common mantras repeated constantly by public works to the NAS Whiting Field team to help keep usage levels low. But good energy practices can only take the savings so low, therefore, they have gradually replaced inefficient equipment with more energy conscious devices. Such initiatives include: more efficient HVAC controls, high efficiency lighting, occupancy sensors and more efficient boilers.

Tight budgets and high energy bills create an environment ripe for plucking savings through conservation. While reducing a monthly $150,000 energy bill is a strong incentive, it is also a CNIC directive to search for energy savings across the enterprise. “Decreasing energy usage has tangible benefits to the base,” Hamill said. “We’ve been able to reduce our annual electricity costs more than $600,000 since 2011.”

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Gosport puts CO’s Twitter feed online

A new feature which highlight the Twitter feed of NASP Commanding Officer Capt. Keith Hoskins has recently made its debut on the online version of Gosport. To find Gosport online, go to www.ballinger

Special Olympics event to be March 15

The Special Olympics 2014 County Summer Games is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 15 at the track on Naval Air Station Pensacola. The day will begin with opening ceremonies at 9 a.m., including the lighting of the torch. Individual and team competitions will include volleyball, soccer, tennis and bocce ball. Qualifying athletes will advance to the Special Olympics Florida State Summer Games held annually in May in Kissimmee. More than 300 athletes currently train in 14 different sports in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties and compete at the area, regional, state and national level. More 50 athletes will be competing the 2014 County Summer Games with the assistance of 30 military volunteers and 10 coaches. For more information, contact Jessica Barrale, director of Special Olympics for Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, by phone at 791-6670 or by e-mail at

Retired chief to appear at bookstore

Retired Navy MACS James Glass is scheduled to signs copies of his recently published book, “The Ultimate Chief Petty Officer Guidebook,” from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow, March 15, at Barnes & Noble, 1200 Airport Blvd. A native of Pensacola, Glass enlisted in 1989 and served 22 years in the Navy, including two tours in Iraq. The book offers tips and tactics for Sailors who want to become a chief petty officer.

Hit the beach for run, walk event

The Beach Run/Walk for America’s Warrior is scheduled for tomorrow, March 15, at the FloraBama Lounge. The half marathon starts at 9 a.m. and the 5K run starts at 9:30 a.m. Entry fees are $50 for the half marathon and $35 for the 5K run or walk. Fees are non-refundable. Race packet pick-up and late registration is 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. today, March 14 and 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. tomorrow, March 15, in the Flora-Bama tent. Registration fees go to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. For more information or to volunteer, call 4920611, ext. 214. For timing or race information, contact Steven Keith at

Geneticist to appear at two free events

The public is invited to two free events on discovering African ancestry featuring nationally recognized geneticist Rick Kittles tomorrow, March 15. A meet and greet reception for Kittles is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Zion Hope Primitive Baptist Church, 201 W. Leonard St. Kittles will discuss the use of DNA and genetic history in tracing the ancestry of African Americans at 6:30 p.m. at Pensacola State College’s Hagler Auditorium, Bldg. 2, Room 252, on the Pensacola campus, 1000 College Blvd. Kittles will also appear on a special edition of “Aware” hosted by Dee Dee Sharp, airing on WSRE-TV. For more information, call the African American Heritage Society at 469-1456.

Senior Follies on stage at WSRE studio

The theme for the 17th annual Pensacola Seniors Follies will be “20th Century Movies.” The comedy, dance and song show is scheduled for March 14-16 at WSRE-TV Jean & Paul Amos Performance Studio. The first performance will be at 7 p.m. today, March 14, followed by matinee performances at 2 p.m. tomorrow, March 15, and 2 p.m. March 16. Tickets can be purchased at Bayview Senior Center, West Escambia Senior Center and at the door. Ticket information is also available by calling 4533016 or 417-7736.

Chili contest includes car cruise-in

Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 9301 Gulf Beach Highway, has scheduled the annual Pleasant Grove Community Chili Cook-off and the Sam Archer Memorial Car and Motorcyle Cruise-In from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow, March 15. All entries must be in place before 2 p.m. Cookoff entries are limited to 20, so chefs should call to sign up in advance. Following the judging, everyone is invited to enjoy a complimentary meal of chili, coleslaw, cornbread. Admission is free. For more information, call 492-1518.

Blue Angels changing practice time

The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, have announced a change in the Tuesday and Wednesday weekly practice times on-

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Runners getting ready to rock The first-ever Blue Angels Rock N Fly Half Marathon and 5K (3.1 miles) is scheduled for March 29 aboard NAS Pensacola. Both races will start at 8 a.m. While there will be awards for top finishers in different age groups, the Blue Angels Rock N Fly is more about having fun than competition. As runners complete the courses, they will hear music from classic rock to modern pop to keep them motivated. After the half marathon, runners and spectators will be entertained with performances by local Pensacola bands on the main stage. There will be a mullet and best dressed rocker contest. Registration for the half-marathon is $65 by March 16, $75 by March 24 and $80 on race day. Registration for the 5K is $32 by March 16, $37 by March 24 and $45 on race day. Proceeds from the races will support the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society and the 2014 Pensacola Area Navy Ball. To register or volunteer, go to For more information, e-mail or call Cmdr. Mike Kohler, the race director, at 505-6020. board Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP) will start at 11:30 a.m. for the 2014 air show season. Starting March 26, Blue Angels pilots will be at the National Naval Aviation Museum immediately following the Wednesday practice demonstrations to meet the public and sign autographs. For more information about practice viewing, call 452-3604 or visit the museum’s website at For more information about the Blue Angels, go to

Charity golf tournament scheduled

Pen Air Federal Credit Union will present its 14th annual Pen Air FCU Charity Golf Tournament March 28 at the A.C. Read Golf Club to benefit the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS). There will a 12:30 p.m. shotgun “scramble” tournament start. In the past 14 years, Pen Air FCU has raised more than $400,000 through the tournament. The funds raised this year will be used to make interest-free loans to military personnel and their families. The top ten teams will be awarded team prizes and participants may win door prizes as well as a car “hole in one” prize. 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 pre-register by either visiting Tournament or by calling Patty Veal at 505-3200, ext. 3413.

Department, 711 N. Hayne St. The course, which takes 30-plus hours, covers such topics as dealing with death, street smarts and working with emergency responders. It concludes April 12. Trauma Intervention Programs Inc., a national non-profit organization, was founded in 1985. The Northwest Florida chapter, in existence since 1994, serves people in Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties. More than 30 volunteers participate in the program, but more are needed. For more information, go to or call 612-1068.

Mobile pet adoption event planned

North Shore Animal League America’s 2014 Tour For Life – a national cooperative adoption event – will arrive in Pensacola to partner with the Pensacola Humane Society for a mobile adoption event at Cordova Mall from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 21. Other local rescue groups will also be on site. In addition to having adoptable dogs and cats, the event will also offer information on the benefits of adopting shelter pets, behavioral education and services available at the Pensacola Humane Society. For more information on Tour For Life 2014, go to

Church announces three-day revival

Myrtle Grove Baptist Church is presenting a senior adult revival March 16-19. Services will be 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. March 16 and 10:30 a.m. March 17-19. The revival will conclude with a gospel music concert at 6 p.m. March 19 featuring music evangelist Michael Facciani. For more information, go to or call 455-7389.

Furniture artist to speak at meeting

The Pensacola Museum of Art Guild will meet at 10 a.m. March 18 at the Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St. Local artist Leland Leonard will speak about his custom made furniture. For more information, call Pat Dickson at 456-4964.

Acting class open house announced

Pensacola Little Theatre, 400 South Jefferson St., has scheduled an acting class open house from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow, March 15. Anyone age 4 or older are welcome to attend and learn about acting classes, workshops, summer camps and audition opportunities. For additional information, go to or call 434-0257.

Annual ‘Cabaret’ has circus theme

Pensacola Little Theatre’s annual fundraising event, “Cabaret,” is scheduled for 7 p.m. March 29 at the Pensacola Cultural Center. This year’s event, “Circus Nouveau,” will feature five venues decorated with circus themes. The event also will feature entertainment, carnival games and gourmet goodies. Ticket prices are $50 to $75. For tickets, call 4322042, or go to You can also visit the PLT Box Office at 400 South Jefferson St. This event is for 21 and older. For additional information, call 434-0257.

Vet Center announces extended hours PSC online registration opens April 1 The Pensacola Vet Center, 4504 Twin Oaks Drive, has extended its hours five days a week (MondayFriday). Early morning and late afternoon hours are now offered to accommodate Veterans and activeduty personnel needs. Hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday. The center will also be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the first and third Saturdays of the month. For more information on Vet Center services, call 456-5886.

Rage 5K event scheduled for March 22

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

Trauma training program scheduled

A training program is scheduled for 6 p.m. April 3 for people interested in becoming volunteers with Trauma Intervention Programs, which teaches citizens how to give emotional and practical support to traumatized people immediately after tragedy strikes. The classes will be held at the Pensacola Police

Pensacola State College online registration opens April 1 for summer and fall term classes. On-campus registration is available at all locations from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 7- 8 and May 12-13, as well as 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 9. Summer classes begin May 12 and fall classes begin Aug. 18. To apply or register online, go to

‘Picnic’ auditions scheduled in Pace

Panhandle Community Theatre is holding auditions for and upcoming production of “Picnic” at 6:30 p.m. March 24 and March 25 at the Storage Master Center, 4646 Woodbine Road, in Pace. Actors are needed for seven female and four male roles. Performances are scheduled for May 15-18 at the historic Imogene Theatre in Milton. For further information, go to or e-mail panhandle_

LSU alumni group dishing up crawfish

The LSU Alumni Panhandle Bayou Bengals (PBB) will present the 2014 Crawfish Boil from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. April 26 at Shoreline Park South, 800 Shoreline Drive in Gulf Breeze. The event will feature Cajun and Zydeco music. The menu includes boiled crawfish, corn, potatoes, jambalaya and soft drinks. Food will be served at 2:30 p.m. Cost is $30 for members (mail check payable to PBB to P.O. Box 1981, Pensacola, FL 32591-1981 by April 16). Cost is $35 for nonmembers at the door while the food lasts. Proceeds from the event benefit the PBB scholarship endowment. For information, call 773-9583 or (251) 9780279. Or e-mail

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

Irish immigrants in the United States By Kevin Kenny


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.

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. 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. Some of the poorest lived in the Five Points district of lower Manhattan in New York City, which the English novelist Charles Dickens described as “reeking everywhere with dirt and filth,” with “lanes and alleys, paved with mud knee deep.” 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

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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 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 IrishAmerican 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

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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 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 IrishAmerican, 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.”




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NETC SoY repeats as MPT&E SoY; advances to CNO competition By NSTC and NETC Public Affairs


TR1(IW/SW/AW) James R. Lee Jr., announced as the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) Sailor of the Year (SoY) in December, was also selected as the 2013 Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education (MPT&E) SoY at a ceremony at Naval Station Great Lakes Feb. 28. Lee was one of four MPT&E SoY finalists, including YN1 Tiffany N. Summers from Navy Personnel Command (NPC); YN1 Dewayne L. Toon, from the Chief of Naval Personnel office; and AT1 Gemmy W. Tyson II, from Navy Recruiting Command. The finalists participated in an interview and selection process conducted by MPT&E force master chiefs, which included mentoring sessions with recruits at Recruit Training Command and students from Training Support Center Great Lakes. The selectees also toured various Chicago sites and attractions, and received on-court recognition by the Chicago Bulls professional basketball team on their home court at the United Center.

The announcement of the MPT&E SOY winner was made by the Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP), Vice Adm. Bill Moran, who oversees all commands in the MPT&E domain. “This is a great group of candidates,” said Moran. “It’s not about being number one, and I think they all agree with that. They don’t care ... It was not about their personal achievements. It’s all about their Sailors. It’s about their service and something greater than themselves. And that’s what makes you (to the four candidates) the best choices.” Lee, the leading petty officer at the Center for Information Dominance Learning Site in San Diego, said he was very humbled by his selection. “It feels amazing and I

was definitely surprised being named the MPT&E Sailor of the Year,” he said. “I’m from a small command and I never thought I could make it to the MPT&E SOY, but it is totally possible and it just opens the door for anyone from any command to do this.” The next step in the SoY process for Lee will be the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Shore Sailor of the Year competition in Washington, D.C. If selected at the CNO level, he will automatically promote to chief petty officer. CNP Fleet Master Chief April Beldo called the MPT&E SoY week outstanding and said bringing the finalists back to Great Lakes was an opportunity to remind them where their Navy careers began.

Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP), Vice Adm. William F. Moran, congratulates CTR1 James R. Lee Jr. after Lee was selected as the 2013 Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education (MPT&E) Sailor of the Year (SoY) at a luncheon ceremony held Feb. 28. Photo by Scott A. Thornbloom

This has been by far one of the hardest Sailor of the Year interviews I have had to participate in,” said Beldo. “All four of the candidates would be wellsuited to represent Vice Adm. Moran and MPT&E. Lee’s sailoriza-

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tion, his boardmanship and his overall knowledge of Navy programs and how they affect the Sailors that he leads gave him the lead over his peers during the interview. I’m very proud of him and all the nominees I had the humbling

opportunity to spend time with this past week during the MPT&E SOY event in Great Lakes.” For more information on the Naval Education and Training Command, visit the NETC website:



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Tuition assistance funding available for Sailors By Susan D. Henson CPPD Public Affairs

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) – The Center for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) is asking Sailors to submit their Navy Tuition Assistance (TA) requests – and now would be good – said the director of Navy Voluntary Education (VOLED) March 3. According to Ernest D’Antonio, CPPD’s VOLED program director, the expenditure rate for TA funding is currently below normal levels, which means there’s more

funding available than usual at this time of the year. “We use historical ‘burn rates’ as a guide for allocating TA funding throughout the year,” he said. “We plan really well for routine years. After furloughs and a government shutdown, fiscal year 2014 (FY-14) hasn’t been a routine year,” he said. Lt. Cmdr. Mark Wadsworth, director of CPPD Support Site Saufley Field in Pensacola, leads the team that monitors CPPD’s Navy TA spending. He said FY-

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14 TA execution is currently trailing FY-13’s execution rate by just more than $6 million year-todate. “We think a variety of things influenced our being below the TA budget right now,” said Wadsorth. “Our execution rate dropped in October with the government shutdown and that’s carried through the year. The usage rate steadily increased in November and December. But then it dropped back down in January, probably due to uncertainty with the federal budget. Although we

have funding now, the usage rate hasn’t increased significantly since then. Sailors need to understand that their education benefits reset each year, and unused amounts don’t carry over.” D’Antonio said, “We want Sailors to continue to pursue their education and submit their TA requests – we work hard to allocate every TA dollar available to give Sailors the most opportunities to use their TA funding allotment for each fiscal year.” He said more than 25,000 Sailors have used TA benefits so far this fis-

cal year and emphasized that a Sailor’s command is an important part of TA authorizations as the first step in the process after a request is submited. “It’s each command’s responsibility to ensure their Sailors are aware of and meet all relevant TA policies, are comfortable with their Sailors’ ability to complete a requested course, and process each Sailor’s TA request promptly,” said D’Antonio. According to CPPD Commanding Officer Capt. John Newcomer, Navy leaders are commit-

ted to providing Sailors with voluntary education opportunities. “We know that educated Sailors are strong performers with well-developed critical thinking skills and the ability to make informed decisions,” said Newcomer. “A college degree is an investment in a Sailor and a contributing factor in Navy mission accomplishment.” For more information about the Center for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD), go to mil/centers/cppd.





March 14, 2014

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A display of model Blue Angels planes was featured at a previous expo. Photo by Kim Sheldon

See some small planes at UWF Two groups team up for exhibition featuring models, miniature figures From Pensacola Modeleers

The 2014 Blue Angel Modelfest Scale Model and Miniature Figure Expo is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow, March 15, at the University of West Florida Conference Center, Bldg. 22. This year’s shows is being presented by members of the Pensacola Chapter of the International Plastic Modelers Society and the Panhandle Miniature Figure Society. The scale model theme is “60 Years of the Lockheed Hercules, 1954-2014,” and the miniature figure theme is “100 Years of Movie Characters.” The expo is a contest and exhibition featuring scale models and miniature figures in 48 categories. Hobbyists from the Pensacola area, the Gulf Coast and the Southeast United States are

expected to attend, according to Modelfest coordinator Kim Sheldon. The expo has been expanded this year, Sheldon said. There will be multiple categories for youth, a make-and-take model-building workshop for children and seminars for model-makers. In addition, two local authors will be making appearances. The expo also features raffle drawings, a vendors room and silent auctions of museum-quality models and artwork. Entry fees for contestants are $20 for adults, and $10 for ages 17 and younger. The public is welcome. General admission is $5 for adults; free for children 6 and younger. Proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Pensacola Public Library foundation for children’s programs. For more information on the exhibition, you can contact Sheldon by phone at 479-2629 or by e-mail at or go to

At the movies FRIDAY

“The LEGO Movie” (2D), PG, 5 p.m.; “Robocop,” PG-13, 7:30 p.m.; “Winter’s Tale,” PG13, 5:30 p.m.; “About Last Night,” R, 8 p.m.


“The LEGO Movie” (3D), PG, noon; “Winter’s Tale,” PG-13, 2 p.m.; “I, Frankenstein” (3D), PG-13, 4:30 p.m.; “That Awkward Moment,” R, 6:30 p.m.; “About Last Night,” R, 8:30 p.m.; “The LEGO Movie” (2D), PG, 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m.; “The Monuments Men,” PG-13, 5:30 p.m.; “Robocop,” PG-13, 8 p.m.


“Endless Love,” PG-13, noon; “Vampire Academy,” PG-13, 2:10 p.m.; “Robocop,” PG-13, 4:30 p.m.; “The Monuments Men,” PG-13, 7 p.m.; “The LEGO Movie” (2D), PG, 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m.; “I, Frankenstein” (2D), PG-13, 5:30 p.m.; “About Last Night,” R, 7:30 p.m.


“The LEGO Movie” (3D), PG, 5 p.m.; “Her,” R, 7 p.m.; “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” PG13, 5:10 p.m.; “Labor Day,” PG-13, 7:30 p.m.


“The LEGO Movie” (2D), PG, 5 p.m.; “Robocop,” PG-13, 7 p.m.; “Winter’s Tale,” PG-13, 5:10 p.m.; “About Last Night,” R, 7:30 p.m.


“Endless Love,” PG-13, 5 p.m.; “The Monuments Men,” PG-13, 7:10 p.m.; “Vampire Academy,” PG-13, 5:10 p.m.; “Robocop,” PG-13, 7:30 p.m.


“I, Frankenstein” (3D), PG-13, 5 p.m.; “The Monuments Men,” PG-13, 7 p.m.; “About Last Night,” R, 5:10 p.m.; “That Awkward Moment,” 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 • Flea Market: Do you have clutter or have an interesting collection that you would like to sell? MWR will give you a chance to sell your creations and unwanted items at MWR Outdoor Flea Market from noon to 4:30 p.m. March 30. Reserve space today. For pricing details and registration forms, go to The market is open to all for selling and buying. Registration form and payment must be received by noon March 26. For more information, call 452-3806, ext. 3140. • Pot of Gold Row: March 15-17. Row at any MWR fitness facility and log your meters for a chance to win a prize. The person who accumulates the most meters will win a gift card. Sign up at the Corry Station Wellness Center. For more details, call 452-6802. • March Madness at the Indoor Pool: Basketball is coming to the indoor pool. Join in on the March Madness every Friday, Saturday and Sunday during recreational swim hours (7 p.m. to 9 p.m.). For more information, call 452-9429. • Spring Break Bowling Camp: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 20 at the NASP Corry Station Bowling Center. The camp is open to children ages 6-18. Learn the fundamentals of bowling from a certified USBC Silver Level Coach. There is a $30 fee with lunch included. For more information, call 452-6380. • Powder Puff Football: March 29 on lawn in front of Portside Fitness Center. Ten women teams (15 team maximum). Sign up at Portside Fitness Center through March 29. For more information, call 452-7810. • P90X Certification: A P90X certification class is scheduled for April 5 and April 6 at the Radford Fitness Center. For more information, go to • Navy Operational Fitness and Fueling: Register for NOFFS performance training. One-day course will teach you how to execute the exercises in the NOFFS program. Classes 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 8, July 10, Aug. 7 and Oct. 2 at Radford Fitness Center. To register, e-mail Brian Hannah at For information, call 452-6198. • Captainʼs Cup events: NAS Pensacola Captain’s Cup Sports – golf league, 1 p.m. March 19; dodge ball 11:15 a.m. March 24; and softball, 4:30 p.m. April 7. NASP Corry Captain’s Cup Sports – golf scramble, 11 a.m. April 4; and softball, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. April 8. Entry deadlines for all events. For more information about NASP Intramural Sports, call 452-4391, or e-mail or For more information about NASP Corry Intramural Sports, call 452-6520 or e-mail • Travel Expo: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 10 at National Naval Aviation Museum. Browse through a variety of travel and recreation destinations at expo sponsored by Information, Tickets and Travel (ITT) office. Admission is free and door prizes will be given away. For more information, call 452-6362.

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

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Help for victims of sexual assault in the DoD community is a call, click or text away. The SafeHelpline provides live crisis support and information by trained staff. Call (877) 9955247; go to www.SafeHelpline. org; or text: 55-247 CONUS; (202) 470-5546 OCONUS (may be additional charges for OCONUS). The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) program provides prevention, intervention and a 24/7/365 response. Activeduty and adult family member sexual assault victims have a choice of reporting options, unrestricted and restricted. To access an unrestricted report, the victim can report to his/her chain-of-command, security/law enforcement, NCIS, SAPR Victim Advocate (VA), SARC, and his/her CO shall commence an investigation. To access restricted reporting, the victim can disclose his/her sexual assault only to the SARC, a current SAPR VA, a health care provider and/or a chaplain. To contact the NASP 24/7 VA, call 449-9231/2. To contact the SARC during working hours, call 452-5990, ext. 0; during and after working hours, call the SARC cell phone number at 554-5606.

Fleet and Family Support Center The NASP Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC), 151 Ellyson Ave., Bldg. 625, is offering the following classes: • Open House: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 1 at the NASP Fleet and Family Center. Learn about all of the programs offered. Stop by and meet the staff, take a tour of the office and walk away with gift items. For more information, call 4525609. • Positive Parenting (teens): Classes provide a practical approach to raising happy, respectful, self-reliant, confident, cooperative and responsible children.

Six weeks of classes. Classes scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. April 2, April 9, April 16, April 23, April 30 and May 7. To register, call 4525609. • Couples Communication Workshop: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 7 and April 14, NASP Fleet and Family Support Center. This is a two-day, two-hour class. To register or for more information, call 452-5609. • AMVETS ... Understanding Your VA Benefits: The next class with available seats is scheduled for 10 a.m. May 29. To register or for more information, call 452-5609.

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Worship schedule Lent/Easter schedule • Stations of the Cross: 5:30 p.m. each Friday during Lent (through April 11), Our Lady of Loreto Chapel, NASP. • Lenten Suppers: 6 p.m. each Friday during Lent, McKamey Center, NASP. • Rite of Reception into Full Communion: 8:30 a.m. April 6 (fifth Sunday of Lent), Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel, NASP. • Tenebrae: 5:30 p.m. April 14, Our Lady of Loreto Chapel, NASP. Followed by supper in McKamey Center at 6 p.m. • Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 7 p.m. April 15, Our Lady of Loreto Chapel, NASP. • Good Friday: Reading of the Passion, Veneration of the Cross, Communion, 3 p.m. April 18, Our Lady of Loreto Chapel, NASP. • Holy Saturday: Easter Vigil Mass, 7 p.m. April 19, Our Lady of Loreto Chapel, NASP. • Easter Sunday: April 20. Services at 8:30 a.m. at Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel and noon at NASP Corry Station chapel.

Protestant NASP Community Outreach seeking volunteers for opportunities including: • Warrior Beach Run: 6:30 a.m. March 15 at Florabama Lounge. Man water stations and pick up packets. • Sea Turtle Conservation: April 7 to April 17, 8668 Navarre Parkway, No. 286. Manage challenge stations, setup and tear down. CPR qualified persons are needed for water challenges. • USO Northwest Florida: The USO is seek-

ing volunteers that are committed to supporting America’s troops and their families. If you are interested, contact Dana Cervantes-Richardson at 4558280, option 4. The NASP Community Outreach office tracks volunteer hours. Report any volunteer hours to receive due recognition. For more information on volunteer activities, call the NASP Community Outreach office at 452-2532.

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• Communion service, 8 a.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel. • Sunday School, all ages, 9 a.m. Sunday, Bldg. 634, back classrooms. • Worship service, 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel, Bldg. 1982. • Chapel choir, 12:30 p.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel. • Contemporary service, 6 p.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel. • Womenʼs Bible study, 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Bldg. 634, back classrooms. • Training Air Wing Six Bible Study, 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, Griffith Hall student lounge, second deck.

• Bible study (all welcome), 7 p.m. Tuesday, Bldg. 634, back classrooms. • Bible study, 5 p.m. Wednesday, J.B. McKamey Center.

Roman Catholic • Sunday Mass, 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel, Bldg. 1982. • Daily Mass, 11:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the All Faiths Chapel. • Confessions: 30 minutes before services.

Latter Day Saints • Service, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel. For information for NAS Pensacola, call 452-2341.

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

Roman Catholic • Mass, noon Sunday and 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday. For more information for NASP Corry Station, call 452-6376.

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

Protestant • Bible study, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. • Weekly service, 11:30 a.m. Thursday. For more information for NASP Whiting Field, call 623-7212.

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