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NAS Pensacola personnel should exercise extra caution when driving to work. Now that daylight saving time has begun, it is still dark when some people are coming to work. Drive with extra caution and observe speed limits. It is extremely difficult to see pedestrians entering crosswalks and it is equally difficult for pedestrians to judge the speed of approaching vehicles. Pedestrians should not assume that just because they are using the crosswalk that approaching drivers will see them.

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Group marches nonstop to honor fallen Marines By Katie Lange DoD News, Defense Media Activity

One step at a time – it’s a pretty common motto, but this week, it’s literally what will get 15 Marines and a few others through a 770-mile ruck march to honor the lives of 11 service members lost during a training mission one year ago. It’s been one year since seven Special Operations Command Marines and four Louisiana National Guardsmen lost their lives in a Black Hawk crash off the coast of Navarre. It’s an anniversary that hasn’t gone unnoticed. Despite heavy rain, hundreds of people came out for a public ceremony March 10, the crash anniversary, to honor the seven Marines, who are now known as the Raider 7: Capt. Stanford Shaw III, Master Sgt. Thomas Saunders, Staff Sgt. Marcus Bawol, Staff Sgt. Liam Flynn, Staff Sgt. Kerry Kemp, Staff Sgt. Trevor Blaylock and Staff Sgt. Andrew Seif. The rain may have marred that somber moment, but it didn’t ruin a more uplifting one the next day. During another ceremony unveiling a yet-to-be-completed

Final NASP quarters with NASP CO Capt. Keith Hoskins ... NAS Pensacola Sailors attended command quarters – the last with CO Hoskins – at NASP’s Forrest Sherman Field March 15. The command’s Sailors of the Quarter, Civilians of the Quarter and other awards were presented. Outgoing skipper Hoskins will be relieved by PCO Capt. Christopher Martin at a change of command ceremony March 24. (Top left) Hoskins is presented with a framed photo by Cmdr. Matt Stevenson, commanding officer of VFA-15, Hoskins’ former squadron. (Top right) NASP CO presents quarterly awards. (Above) Hoskins address NASP personnel. Photos by Mike O’Connor

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Barbecue being served at Sherman Field By Janet Thomas Gosport Staff Writer

The word is getting out. There’s a new lunch hot spot aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP). Dickey’s Barbecue Pit joined the list of NASP food vendors in January, and a growing number of hungry customers have been lining up at the trailer parked outside the Naval Exchange (NEX) barbershop at Forrest Sherman Field. Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Tim Hershberger, the owner of the Dickey’s Barbecue Pit at 7175 N Davis Highway, has high hopes for the NASP venture. “As the word gets out, we really think it is going to take off,” he said. As a former air operations officer, Hershberger understands what it is like to work at an air field. “We know that these guys – a lot of people – they have a very

VITA office open and offering tax help at NASP By Janet Thomas Gosport Staff Writer

A group of Air Force personnel pick up sack lunches at Dickey’s Barbecue Pit aboard NAS Pensacola. The food trailer is parked outside the Navy Exchange (NEX) barbershop at Forrest Sherman Field. Photo by Mike O’Connor

short lunch period,” he said. A restaurant chain based in Dallas, Texas, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is the largest barbecue franchise in the United States. It features house-smoked meats and homestyle side dishes. Hershberger and his wife, Nargiza, opened the main store in 2014 and they hope to open another location in Gulf Breeze

in May. Plans are also in the works for a location in Fort Walton Beach, and vending services at other Panhandle military bases are also a possibility, Hershberger said. He said his military ties helped convince him to settle in Pensacola. See BBQ on page 2

The IRS is waiting for your tax return, and the NAS Pensacola Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) office is ready to help you get it done. The NASP VITA office is open and will be offering free tax help until the end of tax season. Taxpayers have a few extra days to file their taxes this year because the Emancipation Day holiday in Washington, D.C., falls on April 15, so this year’s deadline is April 18 to file 2015 returns and pay any tax due. The NASP office has a bigger staff of volunteers this year, and there are two laptops available, which should make filing quick and easy, said Lt. Christo-

pher J. Ironroad, an assistant staff judge advocate with the Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps who is the contact person for the NASP VITA office. The service is available to active-duty and retirees and dependents, as well as reservists (activated 30 days plus and predemobilization) and entitled former spouses are also welcome. While the NASP VITA office predominantly caters to walk-in customers, you may also schedule an appointment during normal hours of operation. The NASP VITA office is located in Bldg. 680, Suite D, Room 225E (on Cuddihy Street across from the NEX mini mart). Hours of operation are See VITA on page 2

It’s time to Rock ’N Fly ... The third annual Rock ’N Fly Half Marathon & 5K Hippie Tour will be held tomorrow, March 19, at 8 a.m. aboard NAS Pensacola, and there is still room for a few last-minute racers to sign up. Late registration will be available at Seville Quarter tonight, March 18, and at NASP’s MWR Radford Gym before the race tomorrow. T-shirts will be available until they run out; quantities are very limited. The race features a “fun course” with aid stations and mid-route brownies, and an after party with live entertainment, a hula hooping showdown, and an awards ceremony. Costumes welcome. Race proceeds benefit the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) and the Navy Ball. For more information, go to www.runrocknfly.com.

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March 18, 2016


Navy Advancement Center adds exam bibliographies to Navy COOL website Story by Ed Barker Naval Education and Training Professional Development and Technology Center (NETPDTC) Public Affairs

Sailors preparing for advancement examinations can now access their bibliographies (BIBs) without the need for a Common Access Card (CAC), as the Navy Advancement Center added the active-duty and Reserve BIBs to the Navy Credentialing Opportunities Online (COOL) website March 14. While it will still be possible to link to the BIBs through the Navy Knowledge Online (NKO) website, which requires a CAC, adding a BIB portal on Navy COOL allows access through any internet-capable computer or mobile device. “A common theme running through the Sailor feedback we receive is that much of the preparation for advancement exams is done at home, away from work,” said ETCM(SS) James Berhalter, command master chief for the Naval Education and Training Professional Development and Technology Center (NETPDTC). “Having the public-facing BIBs will make figuring out what references to use for exam preparation signif-

icantly easier.” The BIB pages on Navy COOL will provide both active-duty and Reserve Sailors a link to the exam bibliography listings specific to their rating and rank, offering virtual “one-stop shopping” for Sailors to know what publications to use to get ready for exams. The BIBs reference pages list the material subject matter experts use to develop the tests during the Advancement Exam Readiness Reviews. “It’s important that Sailors review their BIBs before every exam,” said Berhalter. “Each cycle’s exams are different, and the BIBs listed through Navy COOL and on NKO are tailored specifically for that exam cycle. If a Sailor is relying on BIBs from past exams, then he or she may miss some important references. Publications and instructions are also constantly being updated, so it’s important to have the information that corresponds to that specific cycle’s exam.” The Navy COOL links will contain the same content accessed through NKO, including BIBs for substitute exams, as

well as rating-specific topics and subtopics which provide an exam content outline unique to each enlisted rating. Updates to BIBs will also be reflected simultaneously on Navy COOL. Navy COOL Program Manager Keith Boring said that adding BIBs to the website helps the popular destination become even more functional. “The goal of Navy COOL is to help today’s Sailors become a stronger, more professional workforce, and assisting them in advancement exam preparation is the epitome of that goal,” said Boring. “This is one more valuable tool we offer our 21st Century Sailors.” To access the Advancement Exam Bibliographies section of Navy COOL, begin at the Department of the Navy COOL home page: http://www. cool.navy.mil/usn. Click on the “Navy COOL” tab at the top right of the page, and under the “Find and Select Related Credentials” tab, click on the “Advancement Exam Bibliographies” dropdown on the left side page navigation. Then

choose your rating and select “Go.” The advancement exam bibliographies, topics and subtopics, FAQs, and contact resources are found lower on the rating’s COOL page. The Navy COOL office is located at the Center for Information Dominance (CID) on Naval Air Station Pensacola’s Corry Station. For more information on Navy COOL, visit https://www. cool. navy.mil/usn/. NETPDTC, located at Saufley Field, provides products and services that enable and enhance education, training, career development and personnel advancement throughout the Navy. Primary elements of the command include the Voluntary Education Department, the Navy Advancement Center and the Resources Management Department. Get the latest information on Navy enlisted advancement by visiting the Navy Advancement Center on Facebook: https:// www. facebook. com/ Navy- Advancement- Center-213190711299. Additional information about the Naval Education and Training Professional Development and Technology Center can be found at: https://www. netc.navy.mil/netpdtc/Default.htm.

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permanent memorial to the fallen crew, the sun came out just in time for the marchers – 15 Marines and three family members – to begin their 770-mile journey that will take them from the Navarre crash site all the way to North Carolina’s Camp Lejeune, where the Raider 7 were based. For 10 days, the ruckers will walk in seven teams and trade off every 10-11 miles – that’s about 110 miles each – until they get there. They’ll do some stretching, eating and sleeping in between, as well as a lot of foot repair – just think about what 110 miles will do to your feet. But as Marines always do, they’ve come prepared. Nathan Harris, the founder and director of the Marine Raider Memorial March, said he has been walking 20 miles to and from work each day, losing toenails in the process but also working out pacing and recovery times. Others, like Kemp’s close friend, Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Justin Bentley, and Flynn’s widow, Destiny Flynn, have been doing their own mini-rucks as a warm-up. “It was just trying to get emotionally ready for it (that was the hardest),” said Flynn, who was nervous but excited to be part of something so special. “I just really want to finish it and be able to walk after the 10 days.” “The act of pushing through the pain – that’s the biggest mental hurdle we’ll be overcoming,” Harris said. “Our feet will literally be bleeding. We’ll be putting our boots on with bandages over our feet continuing to walk.” But it’s a small sacrifice compared to what the Raider 7 gave, and the ruckers know that. “I’m just really glad I have the chance to do this – to be here for the guys and for the families and the community. It’s a tremendous honor,” said a rucker named Daniel who had done tours overseas with the Raider 7. “They were the ultimate professionals. They were the ones that everyone looked to. They made us realize that maybe we should try a little harder.” “Kerry (Kemp) was definitely a man’s man,” Bentley remembered of his friend. “He was one of the few guys you would consider a perfect Marine. Anything he set his mind to, he absolutely accomplished.”

“I know a lot of people over at Eglin and I know people at Hurlburt, so it was just natural,” he said. Those ties also are his motivation for offering a 15 percent military discount at the main store and for keeping his prices as low as possible at NASP. At NASP the menu features a sandwich for $5.50, a sack lunch for $8.50 and a meat plate for $9.50. Meat choices include chopped brisket, pulled pork, chicken, polish sausage or spicy cheddar sausage. Side dished include barbecue beans, coleslaw, chips, cookies and canned drinks. Hershberger has set up picnic tables shaded by umbrellas to give customers a place to relax and enjoy their lunch. “We want to be here long-term as long as we get the right number of guests coming in,” he said. And with the Blue Angels returning this week, Hershberger is expecting an increase in business. “That would be awesome,” Hershberger said. “We just have to figure out how many are going to come so we bring the right amount of meat.” Hershberger said the menu could expand in the future and daily specials may be offered depending on the number of customers that show up every day. Current hours of operation are 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. But you might want to get there early. Once they sell out of meat they will shut the down for the day.

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Family members of the Raider 7 sit up front during the pre-ruck ceremony March 11. Photo by Katie Lange

The outpouring of love from the Navarre and military community has astounded many of the ruckers. “It’s completely overwhelming – seeing what the community has done as far as donating, helping and supporting. We’ve got family members who are letting us stay in their houses, cooking us breakfast. It’s just absolutely phenomenal,” Bentley said. While the focus might be on the ruckers this week, they want the real focus to be on the families of the 11 men who died – many of whom have little ones that will need the reminder of who their daddies were when they grow up. “The sting does not go away. Every time they hear a helicopter or see a guy in uniform, something will trigger that feeling of loss, and I want people to remember that has forever changed these families,” Harris said. “I’m hoping along the way that we rally a lot of the community, and they see what the Raiders were all about and that the Raider 7 is not forgotten,” Bentley said. When they reach Camp Lejeune on March 21, the ruckers will present a paddle recovered in the crash to the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion – a name recently designated to them that was revived from a Marine command created during World War II. It’s going to be a long couple of days of back pain, foot sores, marching and reflection, but the ruckers will get there, and they’ll do it with their loved ones smiling down on them. “Oh, most definitely. He’s here with us now,” Flynn said of her husband, smiling herself.

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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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March 18, 2016





Breaking a sweat: Zumba with a side of Kung Pao By Lisa Smith Molinari Military Spouse Columnist

I actually went to the base gym last week ... twice. Now, that may not seem like much to you Spandex-ensconsed gym rats with your fancy headphones, overpriced shoes, BPA-free coconutwater bottles, and your level 10 treadmill settings. But to me, someone who used mild knee pain as an excuse to take a year-long break from all forms of exercise, this accomplishment is nothing short of a miracle. Les Mills, eat your heart out. It hasn’t easy been showing up at the gym after such a long and unexplained hiatus. I knew my presence would be perceived as a half-hearted attempt at a New Year’s resolution, most likely to fizzle before the first week of February. I gave myself a little pep talk in the parking lot. “Just parade in there like you own the place. For all they know, you have been running marathons and playing rugby for the past year.” “Yeah, what do THEY know,” I assured myself. Approaching the front

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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 andpotatoesoflife.com. She and her family are stationed at Naval Station Newport in Rhode Island. desk, I swiftly flashed my military ID hoping no one would see me before I darted off to Zumba class. “Is that you, Mrs. Molinari?!” Nick, one of the gym

staff called from behind the desk. His intonation and use of “Mrs.” notified everyone within earshot that some old lady who hasn’t been to the gym in a long time finally showed up. After chatting with Nick, I slinked off to class. Zumba is truly inspirational. So inspirational in fact, that I have written about both Zumba classes I have attended. One column I wrote back in 2012 while stationed in Florida was entitled, “My hips don’t swing that way, but my stomach does,” and presented the scientific hypothesis that humans, like toilet bowl water, can only swirl in one direction, depending on their location on Earth’s hemispheres. The second column, you are reading today. Expecting to see the room packed with 20-something hard-bodies that would send me into a tailspin of insecurity, I was relieved to find a comforting mix of people, all with their share of bodily imperfections and jiggly bits. After a short introduction that I forgot to listen to, the in-

structor hit a button on the sound system and began gyrating to Latin and African beats. Much like the last time I tried Zumba, I thought it looked easy. “It’s just dancing ... how hard could it be?” But then, I always seem to forget that my husband and I have botched the Electric Slide at every military ball, holiday party, and wedding since our own reception in 1993. Same goes for the Cha Cha Slide, the Macarena and the Cupid Shuffle. Call us choreographically challenged, we couldn’t Whip, Nae Nae or Stanky Leg if our lives depended on it. I tried to mimic our limber instructor as she swiveled back and forth across the

room, but all I could muster were a few awkward hops, several misplaced kickball-changes, a couple of inappropriate pelvic thrusts and my own freestyle version of the pony. I was pretty hopeless. Despite my alarming heart rate, I only sported a small sweat mustache when the 45 minute class was over. Rather than exercise more, I thought a hop in the sauna would wake my hibernating glands. But then, I made the fatal mistake of following up the sauna with a scalding hot shower, opening veritable floodgates of profuse sweat (think George Costanza in “Seinfield”) that didn’t ease up until mid-afternoon. Next week, I’m going to try spinning, and maybe yoga the week after that. I might bounce off the bike like a fool or splat on the mat like an idiot, but what’s important is that I keep showing up at the gym. However, the next time I want to break a heavier sweat, I will just stick with Kung Pao Chicken.

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March 18, 2016


Women’s History Month: Rear Adm. Margaret Klein and Cmdr. Elizabeth Regoli From Defense Media Activity


rom the Revolutionary War to current conflicts, women have played a crucial role in the security of our nation and the success of the U.S. Navy. Join us as we celebrate Women’s History Month by profiling women leaders and pioneers across the Navy.

Rear Adm. Margaret Klein is currently serving as senior advisor to the secretary of defense for military professionalism. Q: Why did you decide to join/serve the Navy? A: As a young girl, I had a desire to fly. My dad was a private pilot and we lived near a reserve air station. I jumped at the chance to attend U.S. Naval Academy when it opened to women since I wanted to serve in the active component and when I was in high school, the services were all getting smaller and reserve-only duty was a reality after NROTC. Q: Who have your role models or mentors been that have influenced you or helped to guide you? A: I was most influenced in my early years by three commanders. Cmdr. Pete Koch was my boss at (Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic). He taught me how to be value-added on a staff. Then-Cmdr. Tim Keating included me on his team of detailers and welcomed me into

Cmdr. Elizabeth Regoli is currently serving as executive officer of Patrol Squadron (VP) 9. Q: Why did you decide to join/serve in the Navy? A: As a junior in high school, I took a recruiting trip to the United States Naval Academy. Growing up in California, I was not too familiar with the East Coast institution and all it embodied. However, I was instan-

what was then the brotherhood of naval aviation. He helped pave the way for me to serve aboard the USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) on my first at-sea assignment by putting in a good word for me when I had yet to serve at sea. Lastly, then-Cmdr. John Keilty was a CO of mine during my department head tour. He inspired me to grow as a department head; he continued to inspire me during my CO tour and taught me patience. There are many more, but those three were first and I can’t say I would have stayed Navy without their influence. Q: Please tell a story about someone, perhaps in your family or otherwise, who has influenced you or challenged you to become more than you ever thought you might. A: My dad was an Army, then a Navy reservist. He bled blue and gold and I loved it. He loved what he did, he loved the people he worked with. His attitude, and love of flying, inspired me to want to serve. He sent me the newspaper article

taneously drawn to the camaraderie within the unique environment in which I suddenly found myself. To this day, it is that aspect of naval service that makes me love coming into work each morning. Q: Who have your role models or mentors been that have influenced you or helped to guide you? A: Every single junior, peer and senior that I have had the honor of working with has had

that said the service academies were opening to women. He challenged me to get in shape and apply. I was in college and enjoying myself, so it was no small feat to go back to being a freshman and essentially start college all over again. Q: Please tell us which past assignments are the most memorable to you and why.

A: My first afloat tour on the Kittyhawk Strike Group staff was amazing, I learned immensely, and I loved Japan. I also learned a lot when I worked as a legislative fellow for Sen. Olympia Snowe. My first assignment as a flag officer was amazing as I learned to work with other flags under the wisdom of Vice Adm.

Denby Starling. He was a great boss. Q: What does being a leader in the Navy mean to you? A: When I think of leading, I think of setting the best example I can humanly set. I think of having a vision for where we need to go and for treating people as I want to be treated.

an impact on me in one way or another. Those individuals who took an interest in me and my career early on served as models for what it means to “pay it forward” as my career has progressed. I believe that there is something to be garnered from every person, officer and enlisted, that we have the pleasure of working with on a daily basis. Q: Please tell a story about someone, perhaps in your

family or otherwise, who has influenced you or challenged you to become more than you ever thought you might. A: My parents have always been my biggest supporters throughout my life and career. They have been with me every step of the way, never missing any major milestone. From early on, they taught me that anything was possible if I put my mind to it. Despite the fact we didn’t always have infinite resources during my childhood, my brother and I were never denied an opportunity to participate in all types of sports and other activities. I credit them for being the well-rounded adult I have grown up to be. Q: Please tell which past assignments are the most memorable to you and why. A: Every one of my tours has been rewarding, but for different reasons. As a primary flight school instructor pilot in VT-27, there was nothing more gratifying than watching a student – who had made himself sick on his very first flight (from his inability to hold the aircraft straight and level) – land from his first solo flight,

smiling from ear to ear. While serving aboard the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) as a flag lieutenant, I used to watch over the flight deck in awe of the controlled chaos going on below, feeling so proud to be a part of that team. As a P-3 pilot conducting missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, there was nothing more rewarding than landing from a flight knowing that our presence in the air helped save lives on the ground that day.Working as the naval military aide to the vice president of the United States offered me so many more unique experiences than I could have ever dreamed of as a naval officer. As I stand by to assume the role of commanding officer of Patrol Squadron Nine, I believe some of the best memories are yet to come. Q: What does being a leader in the Navy mean to you? A: Never forget where you came from, be humble, and most importantly always do the right thing even when no one else is looking.



March 18, 2016


Steps announced to reduce veteran suicide From Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs


ASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced new steps to reduce veteran suicide. The steps follow a Feb. 2 summit, “Preventing Veteran Suicide: A Call to Action,” that brought together stakeholders and thought leaders to discuss curresearch, aprent proaches and best practices to address this important subject. “We know that every day, approximately 22 veterans take their lives and that is too many,” said VA Under Secretary for Health Dr. David Shulkin. “We take this issue seriously. While no one knows the subject of veteran suicide better than VA, we also realize that caring for our veterans is a shared responsibility. “We all have an obligation to help veterans suffering from the invisible wounds of military service that lead them to think suicide is their only option,” Shulkin said. “We must and will do more, and this summit, coupled with recent announcements about improvements to enhance and accelerate progress at the Veterans Crisis Line, shows that

our work and commitment must continue.” Several changes and initiatives are being announced that strengthen the VA’s approach to suicide prevention. They include: • Elevating VA’s suicide prevention program with additional resources to manage and strengthen current programs and initiatives. • Meeting urgent mental health needs by providing veterans with the goal of same-day evaluations and access by the end of calendar year 2016. • Establishing a new standard of care by using measures of veteran-reported symptoms to tailor mental health treatments to individual needs. • Launching a new study, “Coming Home from Afghanistan and Iraq,” to look at the impact of deployment and combat as it relates to suicide, mental health and well-being. • Using predictive modeling to guide early interventions for suicide

VA Secretary Bob McDonald speaks during the “Preventing Veteran Suicide: A Call to Action” summit Feb. 2 in Washington. The summit brought together VA and U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) leaders, mental health professionals, veteran service organizations, veterans and their families and other key partners to find ways to help veterans and their families. Department of Veterans Affairs photo by Robert Turtil

prevention. • Using data on suicide attempts and overdoses for surveillance to guide strategies to prevent suicide. • Increasing the availability of naloxone rescue kits throughout VA to prevent deaths from opioid overdoses. • Enhancing Veteran Mental Health access by establishing three regional tele-mental health hubs.

• Continuing to partner with the Department of Defense on suicide prevention and other efforts for a seamless transition from military service to civilian life. For information about VA initiatives to prevent veteran suicide, go to www.mentalhealth.va. gov/suicide_prevention/. The VA also plans to enhance and accelerate progress at the Veterans Crisis Line, which

serves as a life-saving resource for Veterans who find themselves at risk of suicide. VA Deputy Secretary Gibson anSloan nounced that the Crisis Line would form a stronger bond with VA’s Suicide Prevention Office and Mental Health Services as well as several hubs of expertise. Gibson also announced that the Veterans Crisis Line would

now be under the direction of VA’s Member Services, which has many efforts underway across the nation to restructure portions of VA that have direct contact with veterans. Veterans in crisis may contact the Veterans Crisis Line at 1 (800) 2738255 and press 1. They can also text or chat with trained professionals online at VeteransCrisis Line.net.



March 18, 2016


Murray to assume command of TraWing-5 By Jay Cope NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs


ol. Gary Kling will turn over command of Training Air Wing Five (TraWing-5) today, March 18, during a change of command ceremony at the National Naval Aviation Museum onboard NAS Pensacola at 2 p.m. Capt. Mark Murray will assume command of the Navy’s largest training wing and assume the title of commodore during the event. This tour will culminate Kling’s 28 years of service. Murray earned his commission in March 1991 through the Aviation Officer Candidate School and, following designation as a naval aviator in September 1992, reported to the HSL-40 Airwolves at Naval Station Mayport in Florida for initial training in the SH-60B Seahawk. He served additional tours with the HSL-44 Swamp Foxes at Naval Station Mayport, another tour with HSL-40 in July 1997, and as a flag lieutenant to the commander, Carrier Group Six embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67). Prior to becoming the commanding officer for the HT-18

Vigilant Eagles at NAS Whiting Field, he performed tours with the HSL-37 Easy Riders at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay, in October 2002, and with the Joint Staff in February 2005, where he served as a politico-military action officer in the Americas Division of the Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate. Murray then reported to the Air Warfare Directorate on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations in June 2010, where he served as the requirements officer for naval aviation training systems and the requirements officer for naval undergraduate flight training systems, before he returned to NAS Whiting Field as the deputy commodore for Training Air Wing Five in 2014. Kling graduated from Arizona State University in 1987

Capt. Mark Murray

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and was an honor graduate at The Basic School. He was designated a naval aviator in the spring of 1990. He is a graduate of Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) and Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1). Kling served as a F/A instructor pilot at MAWTS-1 in 1995. He has flown with VMFA-232, VMFA-134 and MAG-11. In April 2004 Kling served as the division air officer during Operation Iraqi Freedom II. Following a tour at the Pentagon, Kling assumed command of headquarters and headquarters squadron, MCAS Iwakuna, Japan. He is a distinguished graduate of the National War College and served in numerous staff assignments including the deputy chief of staff to Joint Forces Command and as the deputy branch head of HQMC

Aviation Plans and Policy. His inspirational leadership of three T-6B primary flight training squadrons, three TH57B/C advanced rotary-wing training squadrons and two instructor training units culminated in the execution of more than 140,500 sorties and 225,000 flight hours delivering 1,222 graduates to advanced training and designating 824 naval aviators for the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and allied nations. The Commander of the Chief of Naval Air Training’s (CNATRA) largest air wing, he directed and coordinated the efforts of more than 2,000 officers, enlisted, civilian, and contract personnel, consistently and safely executing the primary mission of training future military leaders and combat aviators. As the lead for CNATRA’s primary

and rotary task groups, Kling was responsible for the production of more than 1,750 primary student naval aviators (SNAs) across five primary training squadrons and the winging 824 aviators through three advanced rotary-wing training squadrons. Murray will now be responsible for an estimated 43 percent of the Chief of Naval Air Training Command’s total flight time and more than 14 percent of Navy and Marine Corps’ flight time world-wide. More than 1,200 personnel complete their essential flight training through TraWing-5 annually. Col. David Morris will become the new deputy commodore. The guest speaker for the event will be Marine Brigadier Gen. Christopher J. Mahoney, deputy commander U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific.

NASWF ensign assists in first aid response By Lt.j.g. Andrew Bertucci NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs Staff

A Training Squadron Three officer at NAS Whiting Field (NASWF) came to the rescue recently while travelling through Pensacola. His quick actions, emergency medical skills and care for his fellow man provided the chance for a happy ending to what otherwise could have been a tragic situation. Ens. Paul Mobley was traveling westbound on West Fairfield Drive when traffic slowed and he noticed someone lying in the street. Mobley

pulled his vehicle over and got out grabbing his first aid equipment from the glove box of his car and proceeded toward the scene. “I thought the car had broken down and it looked like they needed someone to help and I wanted to assist in any way possible. Being a prior enlisted master at arms and having had first responder training I felt I could be of some use if needed,” Mobley said. Arriving on the scene Mobley attempted to get the man’s attention and asked those nearby if he had been conscious. Using his training Mobley as-

sessed the man’s ABCs (airway, breathing and circulation) and once he determined they were stable, ran back to his car to get additional first aid equipment. The man, later identified as Felix Vega, had suffered a gash on the back of his head as well as some lacerations on his left shoulder. Mobley used sterile gauze dressing from his kit to treat the gash on the back of Vega’s head and applied pressure. “With so much training and practice I just fell into a rhythm, checking his ABCs, applying first aid. After-

wards I was more shaken but in the moment I was focused thanks to the training I was provided,” Mobley said. Mobley stayed at the scene to help answer questions and assist the police and EMS while Vega was being loaded into the ambulance. “I talked to Lt. Jason Dillon, Corry Station Staff chaplain, and the last time we spoke Dillon said he had a torn ACL in his right knee and had broken his neck requiring one of his vertebrate to be fused. Vega is progressing and expected to make a lengthy but full recovery,” Mobley said.

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Presentation about test pilot planned

The National Naval Aviation Museum’s Discovery Saturday series will feature a presentation about “the godfather of modern naval aviation” and “the premier test pilot of all time” at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow, March 19, in the Blue Angels Atrium. Authors Fritz Trapnell and Dana Trapnell Tibbitts will present highlights and rare photographs from the new biography, “Harnessing the Sky: Frederick ‘Trap’ Trapnell, the U.S. Navy’s Aviation Pioneer, 1923-52.” The book details how Trapnell helped the Navy evolve from biplanes and dirigibles to jets. Discovery Saturday presentations are free. For more information, go to www.navalaviation museum.org or call 453-2389.

Perdido Bay soccer programs kick off

Registration is open for the Perdido Bay Futbol Club spring 2016 soccer season for age groups starting at 2 to 3 years through high school. Cost is $70 for the first child and $65 for any additional children. League games begin tomorrow, March 19. Activities will take place at the Southwest Escambia Sportsplex off Bauer Road. For registration information, go to https://ssl.demosphere.com/scripts/runisa.dll?s7:gp ::72330+regis/guidelines. For club information, go to www.perdidobayfc.com.

Children can hunt for eggs The City of Pensacola Parks and Recreation Department will present the annual Easter Egg Hunt from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 19 at Roger Scott Athletic Complex, 2130 Summit Blvd. The event features free activities for children and egg hunts with more than 20,000 candy- and prize-filled eggs (divided amongst five egg hunts). Egg hunt times are: 10:30 a.m., stroller to 2 years; 11 a.m., 3 to 4 years; 11:30 a.m., 5 to 6 years; noon 7 to 9 years; and 12:20 p.m., 10 to12 years. Throughout the day children can play carnival games, bounce on inflatables, enjoy arts and crafts and play at the bubble station. Parents should bring cameras for pictures with the Easter Bunny. Admission to the event is free with a donation of a non-perishable food item for Manna Food Pantries. For more information, call 436-5670 or visit PlayPensacola.com.

Chili cook-off to take place March 19

Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 9301 Gulf Beach Highway, is presenting a Community Chili Cookoff from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow, March 19. A church rummage sale is also scheduled from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Entries for chili cook-off must be in place by 11 a.m. Awards and meal will start at noon. The cookoff is limited to 20 contestants; call in advance to sign up. Admission is free for spectators. For more information, call 492-1518.

Fight diabetes by taking a bike ride The 2015 Gulf Coast Tour de Cure to support the American Diabetes Association is scheduled for tomorrow, March 19. Cyclists will gather at the Casino Beach on Pensacola Beach. Register online at www.diabetes.org/gulfcoasttour. For more information, contact Lynne Cranford at 492-6100 or by e-mail at lcranford@diabetes.org.

Appearance by author canceled

A March 19 appearance by William Scott Wilson, author of “Walking the Kiso Road: A Modern-Day Exploration of Old Japan,” has been canceled. For more information, e-mail info@jasnwfl.org or call 361-8750.

Charity golf tournament to be April 1

Pen Air Federal Credit Union will present the 16th annual charity golf tournament April 1 at the A.C. Read Golf Course aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola. The tournament features a luncheon and putting contest at 11 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. The event benefits the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society’s annual Active Duty Fund Drive. Registration begins at $75 for individual golfers and $300 for a team of four players. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. Interested golfers should contact Patty Veal at 505-3200, ext. 7777.

Flora-Bama run/walk to be March 26 Flora-Bama is gearing up for the third annual Beach Run/Walk for America’s Warriors 5K and half marathon, which is scheduled for March 26. 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 and $11,208 from last year’s 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 11. Race registration fees will increase a $10 after March 11. For more information, contact Jenifer Surface Ivey at jenifer@florabama.com or go to www.flora bama.com.

NEX announces Easter holiday hours Navy Exchange (NEX) officials have announced special hours for Easter Sunday, March 27. • The Navy Exchange Mall, 5600 Highway 98 West, will be open from noon to 6 p.m. • The NEX package store at the mall will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. • The NEX Aviation Plaza, 250 Saufley Street at NAS Pensacola, will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. • The NASP Corry Station Mini Mart will be

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open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. • The NASP Mini Mart will be closed. For more information, go to www.mynavy exchange.com.

Suicide intervention training available An Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Workshop is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 23-24 at the J.B. McKamey Center, Bldg. 634, NAS Pensacola. The workshop is for anyone who wants to feel more comfortable, confident and competent in helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. It is open to active-duty, DoD and civilian employees. Participation in the full two days is required. Registration deadline is March 18. For more information, call the NAS Pensacola Chaplain’s office at 452-2093, or e-mail CREDO facilitator Tony Bradford at tony.bradford.ctr@ navy.mil.

CREDO enrichment retreat planned

A Marriage Enrichment Retreat is being offered in Pensacola April 22-24 by the Chaplains Religious Enrichment Development Operation (CREDO) Southeast. The retreat can assist married couples in developing and strengthening a healthy marriage. Active-duty and family members are eligible for retreats (including reservists in an active status). Marriage and family retreat participant couples must be legally married when registering. The retreat starts at 7 p.m. Friday and ends around noon Sunday at Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, Ala. The retreat is free. All lodging and meal expenses are paid. Transportation is not provided. For more information or to register, contact the NAS Pensacola Chapel at 452-2093 or e-mail tony.bradford.ctr@navy.mil.

New training offered to help couples The NAS Pensacola chaplain’s office is offering the new PREP 8.0 training designed to teach couples communication skills and ground rules for handling conflict; it also promotes intimacy. A training session is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 1 at the J.B. McKamey Center, Bldg. 634, NAS Pensacola. It is open to any active duty member and spouse or fiancée. Civilian DoD employees and retired military are also welcome For more information, call 452-2093, or e-mail CREDO facilitator Tony Bradford at tony.bradford.ctr@navy.mil.

Work on trail to target invasive plants A work day to help eliminate exotic invasive plants that are invading Florida and damaging the ecosystem is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon March 26 at Blackwater Heritage State Trail in Santa Rosa County. Volunteers will focus on hand-pulling and lopping Chinese privet. Volunteers will meet at the visitor center parking lot. Officials recommend wearing long-sleeves and closed-toe shoes that may get dirty. Other things you should bring include a water bottle, sun protection, bug spray and work gloves. For more information, e-mail Tess.Busch@dep. state.fl.us or Troy.Groff@dep.state.fl.us

Registration open for Gator March 5K

The Escambia High School Band has announced it is time to start registering for the Gator March.

The 5K run/walk is scheduled for April 23 at Big Lagoon State Park. The course covers 5 kilometers, or 3.1 miles, in a loop on park property. The finish line will be at the Governor’s Pavilion. The race will begin at 7 a.m. The entry fee is $25 and includes one-day admission to the park. A T-shirt is guaranteed to those who register by April 11. Participants may register at Active.com, or by bringing a registration form to the Escambia High band room, 1310 North 65th Ave. T-shirt and packet pick-up will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 22 at the Escambia High band room or from 6 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. on race day at the Governor’s Pavilion at the park. During the event Escambia High band members play at various spots along the course. For more information, contact Linda Lewis at 293-2822 or ehsgatormarch@yahoo.com.

Transition job fair to be April 15

The NASP Fleet and Family Service Center Transition Assistance Program has scheduled a job fair for 9 a.m. to noon April 15 at the NASP Gateway Inn Conference Center, Bldg. 3249. For more information, call 452-4369 or 452-5620 or e-mail lara.sabanosh@navy.mil, debra.sampson.ctr@navy.mil or NASP_TAMP@navy.mil.

UWF professor to address radicalism

The Experience UWF Downtown Lecture Series will present a lecture, “Radicalism, ISIS and National Security,” by Dr. Michelle Williams and Dr. Jacob Shively, March 31 at the Museum of Commerce on 201 East Zaragoza St. The series is free and open to the public, with a reception at 5:30 p.m. and the lecture at 6 p.m. Williams and Shively are both professors in the Department of Government at the University of West Florida. After a few opening remarks, the pair will engage in a town hall-style discussion about the nature of radicalism, the growth and threat of ISIS and the challenges of radical politics for national security. This is the third installment in the four-part Experience UWF Downtown Lecture Series. The series promotes the value of liberal arts in contemporary life. The final lecture, “Creativity and Connection: The Humanism of Technology,” will take place April 21 and feature Grammy-winning composer and conductor Eric Whitacre. For more information, go to http://uwf.edu/cassh/ community-outreach/experience-uwf-downtownlecture-series/.

March of Dimes event announced

The March for Babies is scheduled for April 23 at Maritime Park. Interested walkers and donors can visit marchforbabies.org/event/pensacola to sign up, start a team, or donate. For more information about March for Babies, contact Dannon Byrd, Community Director at 4627756 or dbyrd@marchofdimes.org.

April 8 event to focus on safety, health

Pensacola Naval Aviation School’s Command (NASC) and the Naval Aviation Technical Training Center (NATTC) has scheduled the Spring Health and Safety Fair for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 8 at the NATTC Aviation Support Hangar, Bldg. 3460. Topics include driving and boating safety, hurricane preparedness, free health screenings and other more health and safety education information. For more information, contact the NASC Safety Officer at 452-4577.

Two business seminars being offered

The Florida Small Business Development Center at the University of West Florida has announced two upcoming seminars: • “Steps to Starting a Business” is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon March 22 at the Greater Pensacola Chamber, 117 West Garden St. Take the first step in starting your small business. Attendees will learn the essentials for getting started in business including: idea evaluation, legal business structures, regulations and licensing, taxation, finding capital and more. Attendance fee is $35 for the public and free for students and employees of the University of West Florida who present a Nautilus card. • “Is Your Business Concept Feasible?” is scheduled for noon to 1 p.m. March 24 at the Greater Pensacola Chamber, 117 West Garden St. A business concept is a bridge between an idea and a business plan. It helps the entrepreneur identify the specifics of a proposed venture. Learn the essentials for developing your business concept and leave with a foundation for moving forward. There is no fee, but pre-registration is recommended as seating is limited. To register for either offering, call 474-2528 or go to www.sbdc.uwf.edu and click on “Training Opportunities.”

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: h c Mar an c i r e Am ross C d e R h t n o M American Red Cross responds to recent tornadoes with shelter, food, relief supplies

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he American Red Cross is working around the clock to help people in Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida impacted by dozens of devastating tornadoes that have swept through the area recently. Several areas of the country continue to face the threat of severe weather and the American Red Cross has steps they can follow if their community is in the path of extremely heavy rain, flash flooding, damaging winds and possible tornadoes. Follow these lifesaving safety steps: • Tornadoes. Tornadoes can strike without warning and destroy a community in seconds. Before a tornado warning is issued for your area, here are some things you should do: 1. Know your community’s warning system. 2. Pick a place where family members can gather if a tornado is headed your way. It could be your basement or, if there is no basement, a center hallway, bathroom, or closet on the lowest floor. Keep this place uncluttered. 3. If you are in a high-rise building and don’t have enough time to go to the lowest floor, pick a place in a hallway in the center of the building. 4. Remove diseased and damaged limbs from trees. 5. Move or secure lawn furniture, trash cans, hanging plants or anything else that can be picked up by the wind and become a projectile. • Thunderstorm safety steps. Thunderstorms injure an average of 300 people every year, and cause about 80 fatalities. Here are the top thunderstorm safety steps you should follow: 1. If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to the storm to be struck by lightning. Go to safe shelter immediately. 2. As the storm approaches, take shelter in a building. 3. If you are driving, pull off the roadway and park. Stay in the car with the windows closed and turn on the emergency flashers. Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that conduct electricity in and outside of the vehicle. 4. If you are inside, unplug appliances and avoid using the telephone or any electrical appliances. Avoid taking a bath or shower, or running water for any other purpose. 5. If you are caught outside and cannot reach a safe building, avoid high ground, water, tall, isolated trees and

metal objects such as fences or bleachers. Picnic shelters, dugouts and sheds are not safe. • Flooding. Heavy rains could fill rivers and streams, bringing flooding to the area. If your neighborhood is threatened with the possibility of flooding, here are some things you should do: 1. Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice. When a flood or flash flood warning is issued for your area, head for higher ground and stay there. 2. Stay away from floodwaters. 3. If you come upon a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water. 4. Keep children out of the water. 5. Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood danger. • Download the Red Cross Emergency App. People should download the free Red Cross Emergency App to receive emergency alerts and information about what to do in case of tornadoes, flooding and other disasters, as well as locations of shelters. The app also includes emergency first aid information and a Family Safe feature which allows people to instantly see if loved ones are okay. The free Red Cross Emergency App is available in app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps. During Red Cross Month, become a part of the Red Cross. In Pensacola, contact American Red Cross of Northwest Florida (http://www.redcross.org/fl/pensacola); at 222 North Baylen St., Pensacola, FL 32502 or call 432-7601.

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Mid-Florida Red Cross announces launch of “Prepare Florida” From http://www.redcross.org/

American Red Cross throughout Florida is launching a three-year landmark effort to inform and empower millions of people about how to take necessary action to prepare themselves, their families and their neighbors before a disaster happens, as well as what to expect and necessary actions to take during and after a disaster. “We live in the second most disaster-prone state in the nation,” said Linda Carbone, CEO of Florida’s West Coast region and Prepare Florida Lead. “The risks and costs to Florida are enormous. Hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes, flooding and daily home fires shatter lives, devastate communities and cripple local economies. We can’t control Mother Nature, but we can control what we do.” Most Floridians are underprepared for disaster: less than one-third of Florida’s population has a family disaster plan. The diverse and varied composition of our state’s population also poses unique challenges, especially for our most vulnerable: seniors, children, migrant workers, underserved populations and tourists. “The main goals of Prepare Florida are clear,” says Carbone. “We will train communities to be prepared and engage more people as we increase both the tools and training that are needed to meet any disaster we may experience.” This monumental effort will be funded by corporate and individual donor partners, as well as grants, all of which support the Red Cross in making our communities better prepared to create a stronger, more resilient Florida. For more information, visit www.redcross.org/ prepare florida.

Jokes & Groaners Springtime: things to consider If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome. – Anne Bradstreet Science has never drummed up quite as effective a tranquilizing agent as a sunny spring day. – W. Earl Hall Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn. – Lewis Grizzard (Spring) hath put a spirit of youth in everything. – William Shakespeare No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn. – Hal Borland The first day of spring is one thing and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month. – Henry Van Dyke In the spring I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of four and 20 hours. – Mark Twain




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NASP 2015 Captain’s Cup winners at NASP, NASP Corry Station From staff reports


avy Recruiting Orientation Unit (NORU) is the 2015 NAS Pensacola Captain’s Cup winner; Training Squadron Four (VT-4) the close runner-up. NASP Corry Station champions are the U.S. Army, with Team Khaki in second and the U.S. Marine Corps in third. “I applaud the commands that participate on a regular basis and especially the commands that can win the Captain’s Cup and can show it off at their command,” said Brett Pelfrey, MWR sports coordinator for NASP and NASP Corry Station. NORU had a total of 480 points, out of 21 events. NORU participated in all 21 events and took (five) firstplace wins: darts, corn hole, swimming, golf stroke play and horseshoes. NORU took (three) secondplace wins: racquetball, beach volleyball and softball. The unit also took (three) third-place wins: table tennis, golf shamble, billiards (8 Ball) and took (three) fourth-place wins: bowling, adventure race and badminton. In second place, VT-4 earned 468 points, which is only a 12 point difference between being “champion” and “runner up.” At NASP Corry Station, the

U.S. Army had a total of 585 points, out of 25 events. The Army team took (eight) first-place wins: darts, table tennis, golf scramble, disc golf, golf stroke play, darts, cricket doubles, flag football and volleyball. The team also took (eight) second-place wins: basketball, swimming, sand volleyball, billiards singles, racquetball doubles, dodgeball, adventure race and golf mystery. They took (three) third-place wins: racquetball singles, winter bowling, and horseshoes doubles. In addition, the Army team won (two) fourth-place wins: paintball and billiards double. There was one fifth-place win, soccer; and one seventh place: corn hole doubles. Army also had two eighthplace wins: softball and fall bowling. Second place Team Khaki earned 390 points – a 195 point difference between champion and runner up.

NAS Pensacola 2015 Captain’s Cup Winners (NASP): Navy Recruiting Orientation Unit with NASP CO Capt. Keith Hoskins, left. Photo by John Powell

NASP Corry Station 2015 Captain’s Cup Winners: U.S. Army. Photo by Dorothy Player

In third place the U.S. Marines earned 354 points for a 231 point difference between champion and third place. “NAS Pensacola is fortunate

enough to have such competitive and athletic military personnel that buy into our sports program,” Pelfrey said. “The maximum participation by the

commands onboard NAS and NASP Corry Station is what makes our Captain’s Cup program one of the most recognizable.”



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Help available for pre-kindergarten applications From Escambia County School District public relations coordinator

Will a child in your family turn four on or before Sept. 1, 2016? If so, it is time to start the application process for Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK). The first step includes applying for a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) from the State of Florida, and that involves submitting various documents and waiting for e-mail confirmation. Parents will need to print the certificate and have it when they enroll their child in a VPK program. You can go directly to the registration site at http://Familyservices.floridaearlylearning.com. But if you need help with the process, the Escambia County School District’s Title I VPK staff is standing by, ready to help.

“The goal of VPK is serve students by providing age appropriate opportunities and learning experiences, which provide a firm foundation for kindergarten readiness,” said Melanie Perritt, the coordinator for the Title I VPK Program in Escambia County’s School District (ECSD). “ECSD has VPK available on 14 of our school campuses, and there are also 57 pri-


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vate providers of VPK in our county.” The Title I office is located at the Spencer Bibbs Center, 2005 North Sixth Ave. The phone number is 5956915, ext. 224 or ext. 277. To have a student start VPK in August, when school starts, parents, or guardians, will need to (1) register an e-mail address so the state can respond to their application electronically; (2) scan and submit the student’s official birth certificate, and (3) scan and submit proof of residency. For VPK enrollment, parents will need a copy of the COE, recent proof of residency, the child’s birth certificate, immunization record and school physical form completed by a doctor from an appointment within one year of this year’s school starting (after Aug. 10, 2015).

Enrollment will be handled at the Title I Office and staff will help families identify which location is the best fit. For parents living in the northern parts of the county, the ECSD schools located at the north end of the county offering VPK will continue to register/enroll students at those schools. Parents can also get assistance with the application process at the Escambia County Early Learning Coalition, 3300 North Pace Blvd., Suite 210. Their phone number is 607-8556. The school district partners with Head Start and the Early Learning Coalition to provide services. Students enrolling in the Head Start Collaborative classes are eligible for additional services based on criteria which require documentation of the earnings of the family for the last 12 months.


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An assortment of cars will be on display during the Gulf Coast Regional Mustang & All Ford Car Show at the Pensacola Interstate Fairgrounds. Photo from Gulf Coast Regional Mustang Club

From Gulf Coast Regional Mustang Club

A variety of classic cars will on display during the 37th annual Gulf Coast Regional Mustang and All Ford Show at Pensacola Interstate Fairgrounds. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, March 18, and tomorrow, March 19; and 8 a.m. to noon March 20. About 130 Mustangs of all vintages were featured in last year’s show. The Mustang show is scheduled for all three days, but an additional one-day Mega Car Show is scheduled to take place March 19. The Mega Show includes a charity car show sponsored by the Bad Boys Rod and Custom Club.

European and British Cars will be on display along with a Falcon Car Show. Old drag cars will be on display from the Southern Gassers, and a static motorcycle display will sponsored by the Christian Motorcycle Club. The Gulf Coast Regional Mustang Club was formed as a non-profit organization in 1979 and is the Pensacola area’s Mustang Club of America (MCA) affiliate. The club is dedicated to the restoration, preservation, and enjoyment of the 1964 1/2 to the presentday Mustang and modified Mustangs. Proceeds are donated to the to the Ronald McDonald House, the Hadji Shriners Childrens Transportation Fund

and the EscaRosa Coalition on the Homeless. Throughout the past 35 years, the group has donated more than $500,000 to these organizations. The organization includes more than 100 active members and enthusiasts from around the Gulf Coast area. Members participate in local events, regional festivals, parades, road trips (sightseeing, historical, and general interest), local and national Mustang shows, picnics, parties and various other group activities. Admission to the car show is free, and food vendors will be set up to feed hungry spectators. For more information, go to www.gulfcoastmustangclub. org.

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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.navymwrpensacola.com. • A.C. Read Spring Junior Golf Program: Entries being taken. The program runs through May 6. Beginners and experienced juniors encouraged to participate. Participation is limited. Find registration form at www.navymwrpensacola.com. For more information, call 452-2454. • Learn to sail: • Easter EggstravReserve your space now. aganza: noon to 4 Classes begin in p.m. March 26, Blue Recreation April at Blue Angel Angel Park, 2100 Bronson Naval Recreation Area. Beginner Road. More than classes are sched- 10,000 eggs will be uled for 10 a.m. to hidden with prizes 3 p.m. April 2 and and toys for children April 16. Cost is of all ages. There also $35. Intermediate will be fun activities to classes are sched- keep your family enuled for 10 a.m. to tertained all after3 p.m. April 9 and noon. The Easter April 23. Cost is Bunny will be visiting, $40. For informa- so don’t forget your camera. Egg hunts, tion or to make inflatable games, reservations, call crafts, activities and a 281-5489. photo booth will be Armed Forces available. Admission Day Run with is free for all MWR auColor: 8 a.m. May thorized patrons. Food 21 at Portside Fit- and beverages will be ness Center. Open available for purchase. to all eligible MWR For more information, patrons. call 452-3806. • Youth Sports: Soccer, baseball, and T-ball registrations being accepted from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the NASP Youth Center. Open to all dependents of active-duty, retired military, DoD employees, contractors and reservists ages 4-14. $50 registration fee per child includes uniform and trophy. For more information, call 452-3810. • Outdoor gear rental: The NASP Outpost at the Bayou Grande Family Recreation Area at the end of John Tower Road has canoes, kayaks and camping gear for rent. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday-Monday. For more information, call 452-9642. • Auto repairs: NASP Corry Station, Bldg. 1006. Do vehicle repairs yourself. The Auto Skills Center has tools, manuals (online), equipment, lifts and stalls, as well as knowledgeable staff to assist. Motorcycle and ATV lifts now open. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Closed Sunday, Monday and holidays. Lift rates $6 an hour, $30 a day. For information, call 452-6542. • Discount tickets: Stop by the Information, Tickets and Travel (ITT) office at the NEX Mall on Highway 98 to check out the discounts available on vacations and attractions. For more information, call 452-6354.

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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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 NASP Easter schedule Catholic services • Stations of the Cross: 5:30 p.m. each Friday during Lent (through March 25), Our Lady of Loreto Chapel, NASP. • Lenten Suppers: 6 p.m. each Friday during Lent (through March 25), McKamey Center, NASP. • Palm Sunday of Passion of the Lord (March 20): 8:30 a.m., NASP Chapel; noon, Corry Station Chapel. • Tenebrae: 5:30 p.m. March 21, Our Lady of Loreto Chapel, NASP, with Lenten supper at 6 p.m., McKamey Center. • Holy Thursday: 7 p.m. March 24, Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel. • Good Friday: Veneration of the cross and communion, 3 p.m. March 25, Our Lady of Loreto Chapel. • Holy Saturday: Easter Vigil Mass, 8 p.m. March 26, Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel. • Easter Sunday: March 27. Mass at 8:30 a.m. at Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel and noon at NASP Corry Station chapel. Easter Egg hunt, 9:30 a.m.

Protestant services • Good Friday: Noon, March 25, Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel. • Easter Sunday: 10:15 a.m. March 27, Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel. • Younger Louder Later Contemporary Service: 6 p.m. March 27, All Faiths Chapel. • Easter Sunrise Service, 6:30 a.m. March 27, Five Flags Pavilion.

NASP weekly schedule Protestant • Worship service, 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel, Bldg. 1982. • Contemporary service, 6 p.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel.

Roman Catholic • Sunday Mass, 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel, Bldg. 1982.

Support Center • Daily Mass, 11:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the Our Lady of Loreto Chapel. • Confessions: 30 minutes before services. Latter Day Saints • Service, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel. • Meeting: 6 p.m. Monday and 6 p.m. Thursday, J.B. McKamey Center. For information, call 452-2341.

NASP Corry Station weekly schedule Protestant • 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.

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 weekly schedule Protestant • Weekly chapel service, 11:30 a.m. Thursday. For information, call 623-7212.

Roman Catholic • Mass, 11 a.m. Friday.

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The NASP Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC), 151 Ellyson Ave., Bldg. 625, is offering the following: • Emergency Preparedness: 10 a.m. March 25. Each type of disaster requires different measures to keep you and your pets safe. The best thing you can do is be prepared. For information or to register, call 452-5609. • Parenting Tips for Blended Families: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. March 28. A discussion of living in a blended family. All military parents welcome. For more information or to register, call 452-5609. • Conflict Resolution and Management: 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 29. Workshop helps people manage conflict. 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.

Jewish • B’nai Israel Synagogue, 1829 North Ninth Ave., services 7 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. Saturday. For information, call 433-7311. • Temple Beth El, 800 North Palafox St., services 7 p.m. Friday (6 p.m. first Friday of each month). For more information, call 438-3321 or go to http://templebethelofpensacola.org.

Seventh-day Adventist • Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1080 North Blue Angel Parkway, service at 11 a.m. Saturday. For information, call 453-3442.

Community Outreach NASP Community Outreach volunteer opportunities: The NASP Community Outreach office tracks volunteer hours. Report hours to receive due recognition. For more information, call 452-2532 or e-mail nasp_comm_outreach@ Navy.mil.



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