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April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM) ...

Pure Praxis, an internationally recognized theater group contracted with Department of the Navy Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO), will be presenting a series of performances April 4-5 onboard NAS Pensacola. The shows draw upon audience participation to teach positive, creative and safe solutions to difficult life situations. Shows are: • April 4: 9:30 a.m., NASC Command Theater; NATTC hangar, 1:30 p.m.; NASP Corry Station Chapel, 3:30 p.m. • April 5: NASP Corry Station Chapel; times are 9:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

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NAMI hyperbaric medicine receives prestigious accreditation By HM2 Matthew Clutter Navy Medicine Operational Training Center Public Affairs

Blue Angels return to NAS Pensacola ... Every available parking space at the National Naval Aviation Museum was filled March 28 as a hometown crowd – estimated at about 6,000 people – enjoyed the first practice show of the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, for this season. (Above, left) Greg Martin, of Evansville, Ind., held his son, Harrison Martin, over his head for a better view. “It’s a pretty impressive experience,” said Martin. “It’s been a while since I’ve seen the Blue Angels. I’m so glad my kid got to see this.” Photos by Ens. Jacob Kotlarski

While it’s worth noting the Hyperbaric Medicine Department at NAS Pensacola’s Navy Aerospace MedInstitute ical (NAMI) passed its most recent recertification March 68, it comes on the heels of a far more significant achievement. Achieving a new milestone, the Hyperbaric Medicine Department received the official stamp of approval from the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS), a certification of competency and credibility that requires a rigorous accredi-

tation process. It took three years for the Hyperbaric Medicine Department to earn this certification from the internationally recognized society. A UHMS accreditation means a facility has met the highest standards of care and patient safety through a rigorous evaluation of facilities, equipment, staff and training to ensure the utmost quality is maintained. The chamber supports a wide variety of diving units in Northwest Florida in addition to providing clinical patient treatments. “There are a good number of civilian facilities that have this See NAMI on page 2

The Navy App Locker now available By Lt. Cmdr. Kate Meadows Naval Education and Training Command Public Affairs

A new mobile application which provides a direct access point for approved unclassified U.S. Navy mobile apps was released March 16. The Navy App Locker is an app version of the U.S. Navy’s associated website, www. app locker. navy. mil/ and provides

Navy Sailors, civilians and family members a central location to view mobile applications, review detailed information about Navy-developed apps, and have streamlined access to their device’s appropriate app store. The Navy App Locker assures users the apps they are downloading were developed by the Department of the Navy and contain relevant, up-to-date information. The Navy App Locker App

can be downloaded at no cost via Google Play or iTunes. Users can

search by “Navy app locker” or “Seawarrior.”

Both the Navy App Locker app and associated website act as a gateway to download the Navy’s mobile applications, taking the user straight to the specific app requested to download on Google Play or iTunes. The Navy’s mobile apps are a great resource for annual required training, career tools and education resources. There are See App on page 2

September 2017 E-4 – E-6 Advancement Cycle announced By Ed Barker NETPDC Public Affairs

The September 2017 Navywide enlisted examinations (Cycle 236) testing dates for active-duty, full-time support and canvasser recruiter Sailors who are advancement eligible to the paygrades of E-4 – E-6 have been announced in Naval Administrative Message (NavAdmin) 070/17, released March 24. Each Navy examination consists of 25 professional military knowledge and 150 job-specific rating technical questions. The Navywide examination dates are Sept. 7 (E-6), Sept.14 (E-5), and Sept. 21 (E-4). Examination results will be released to command triads in November, before being posted on the Navy Enlisted Ad-

vancement System (NEAS) website. “Bibliographies for the September exams will be posted on April 3 and available for download on the Navy Knowledge Online, My Navy Portal, and Navy COOL websites,” said ETNCM(SS) James Berhalter, command master chief of the Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center (NETPDC). During Advancement Examination Readiness Reviews held at NETPDC, visiting E-7 – E-9 fleet subject matter experts in each enlisted rating ensure all examination questions can be linked to references and publications. As rating SMEs select questions for the examination, an See Exams on page 2

Honoring Child Abuse Prevention Month ... Members of the NAS Pensacola Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) staff wear blue and hold pinwheels outside their building March 29 as a reminder that April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. For more, visit https:// www.childwelfare.gov/ topics/ preventing/ prevention month. Photo by Ens. Jacob Kotlarski

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accreditation;thereareafewArmyand AirForcechambers,”saidCmdr.Anne Roberts, Hyperbaric Medicine DepartmentHead.“WearethefirstNavychambertogetaccreditedinFlorida.” Roberts said the NAMI chamber is specificallyaffiliatedwithNavalHospitalPensacolaandmustadheretoallofits protocolandguidelines.Thismadenavigatingthegauntletofrequirements,fora UHMSaccreditation,afamiliarprocess. TheUHMSwasformedin1967and serves2,000physicians,scientists,associates and nurses from more than 50 countriesinthefieldsofhyperbaricand divemedicine. “This(accreditation)willallowusto demonstrate,usingJointCommission(a non-profitorganizationcommittedtoimprovehealthcareforthepublic)standards andnationalpatientsafetygoals,thatwe meetcertaincriteriainsidethechamber,” said Cmdr. Christopher Davis, NAMI diveofficer.“Thiswillpossiblypromote and show other facilities within Navy Medicinetostriveforaccreditationand treatment of patients up to the UHMS standards.” Withonlyastaffofsixpersonnelthe chamber’spresencehasprovedvital.Last year,apatientwasbroughttothechamber unconsciousafteradivingincident. David Francis, a retired Navy diver whoistheHyperbaricSafetydirector,was partofateamthatspenteighthoursworkingtostabilizethepatient.Hewasthen transferredtoWestJeffersonHospitalin NewOrleansforfurthertreatment.Without the NAMI chamber’s intervention, Francisbelievestheactivedutymilitary memberwouldnotbealive. “About30dayslater,hecamebackand thankedus,”Francissaid,whoalsonoted theservicememberwaspreparingforretirementatthetimeoftheaccident. AlsopartoftheteamwhohelpedstabilizethepatientwasCmdr.HenryCasey, Lt.MichaelWilliams,PO2KevinSwansonandSNSebastianRestrepo. NowwithitsUHMSaccreditation,the NAMIhyperbaricchamberisalandmark facilitywhichstandsoutduetoitsusefor bothmilitaryandlocalcommunities. “MostoftheNavychambersarethere tosupportdivingoperations,”saidFrancis.“Wehaveauniquesituationhere.” NAMIandtheHyperbaricMedicine Departmentoperateunderthecommand oftheNavyMedicineOperationalTrainingCenterinPensacola,thegloballeader inoperationalmedicine,whichsupports multiplecommandsthroughoutthecountryintrainingforoperationalmedicine andaviationsurvival. For more information, visit www.navy.mil, www.facebook. com/usnavy, orwww.twitter. com/usnavy. FormorenewsfromNavyMedicine OperationalTrainingCenter,visitwww. navy. mil/ local/NMOTC/.

currently18mobileapplicationssearchableonthe site.Fiveofthosemobile applications provide accesstocompleterequired annual General Military Training(GMT). Allappslocatedinthe applockerarebring-yourown-device(BYOD)and designedtoworkonpersonal devices outside of theNMCIdomain.They canbedownloadedatno cost via Google Play or iTunes.Userscansearch bytheappnameor“Seawarrior.” If a command would likeanofficialNavymobileapplicationaddedto the Navy App Locker, contact the Navy App Locker Team at navyapps@navy.mil The U.S. Navy Sea Warrior Program (PMW 240)producedtheappand TracenTechnologiesInc., acompanywhichspecializesinintegratedmobile andwebsolutions,wasthe softwaredeveloper.

NAS Pensacola CO, XO visit to Gulf Coast Kid’s House ... NAS Pensacola Commanding Officer Capt. Christopher Martin (second from right, back row) and Cmdr. Shawn Dominguez (far right) recently visited the staff at Gulf Coast Kid’s House to learn about the resources the organization offers in preparation for April, Child Abuse Prevention Month. Gulf Coast Kid’s House is a children’s advocacy center serving Escambia County which utilizes all of the professionals and resources needed for the intervention, investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases under on child-friendly facility. The goal of Gulf Coast Kid’s House is to form a more collaborative response to child abuse cases in order to improve case outcomes and minimize trauma to the children and families they serve. Photo by Celeste Mitchell Exams from page 1

examinationbibliographyisdevelopedforthatspecificcycle’s exam,basedonthesourcereferencesforthequestionsonthe exam.TheNavyAdvancementCenter(NAC)updatesbibliographyinformationasfleetinstructionsandmanualschange, anditisrecommendedthatcandidateschecktheirbibliography afewtimespriortotheexamadministrationdate. “ThebibliographiesshouldbeacriticalpartofeachSailor’s exampreparationprogram,”addedBerhalter.“WhentheCycle 236examswerecreated,eachtestquestionwastiedtoaspecific reference,andthebibliographyisacompilationofthereferencesusedtocreatethatspecificexam.Withthatinmind,I wouldrecommendSailorsuseonlytheofficialNavybibliographysourcesforstudyingtheirreferences.” Todownloadthebibliographiesandanexam-specifictopic listfortheupcomingcycle,gototheNavyAdvancementCenter's Web portal: https://www.nko.navy.mil/group/navy-advancement-center/bibliographies, The Navy Credentialing Opportunities Online (COOL) website: http://www.cool. navy.mil/usn, underthecredentialstaborMyNavyPortal: https://www. mnp. navy. mil/ group/ navy-advancement-center/ bibliographies . SpecificinformationonexameligibilityisdetailedinNavAdmin070/17andontheNEASwebsite.TheNEASwebsitealso enablesEducationServicesOfficerstoverifyandcorrectthelist ofeligiblecandidatesfortheircommand,deleteandforward examinationswhennecessary,andconfirmexaminationorderinginformation.TheNEASWebaddressis:https://prod. neas. netc.navy.mil/ . E-4– E-6examresultswillbeprovidedviaBureauofNaval PersonnelOnlinetoauthorizedcommandrepresentativesprior toreleaseofprofilesheets.IndividualSailorsmayview/download their profile sheets at: https://prod. neas. netc. navy.mil/NEASRpts/Individual.aspx . FormoreinformationabouttheNavyAdvancementCenter

“NAS Pensacola: History in Focus” ... NASP History in Focus is a photo feature designed to draw attention to the rich historical legacy of the base. A photo or photos will be published each week showing an interesting, obscure or historically significant feature of NAS Pensacola (March 31 photo at right). The first person who e-mails Gosport to correctly identify the object and its location will win a $5 coupon good toward food or beverages purchased at the Navy Exchange (NEX) aboard NASP. E-mail your answer to NASPGosport@gmail.com. Winner and answer will be announced on NASP Public Affairs Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NASPPAO and in the following week’s Gosport. (Readers can win once per month). No winner last week.

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

The image on the right side is the Navy’s most modern fighter aircraft, the F-18 Super Hornet. Established in 1921 as the Air Station News, the name Gosport was adopted in 1936. A gosport was a voice tube used by flight instructors in the early days of naval aviation to give instructions and directions to their students. The name “Gosport” was derived from Gosport, England (originally God’s Port), where the voice tube was invented. Gosport is an authorized newspaper published every Friday by Ballinger Publishing,

and NEAS, visit https://www.facebook.com/Navy-Advancement-Center-213190711299/ . AdditionalinformationontheNavalEducationandTraining Professional Development Center can be found via: https://www.netc.navy.mil/netc/netpdc/Default.htm .

Women’s History Month observed ... Capt. Sarah Martin, commanding officer, Naval Hospital Pensacola (NHP); CMDCM Adriana Lewis, NAS Pensacola; and Stephanie Oram, installation program integrator, NASP, cut a cake as part of a Women’s History Month event at NHP March 28. Oram, a retired naval aviator, was the guest speaker; she spoke on the subject of women in service that were trailblazers for today’s military women. The event was organized by the NHP and NASP diversity committees. Photo by Jason Bortz

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Sound off: New app joins the battle against hearing loss Commentary by Warren Duffie Jr. Office of Naval Research


RLINGTON, Va.  – Noise  is  an  unavoidable fact of life on U.S. Navy vessels and during naval operations. Jets roar as they take off and land. Engine room machinery churns in an ear-splitting cacophony of sound. Weapons fire deafening rounds. Hearing  loss  and  tinnitus  (commonly  referred  to  as  ringing  in  the ears)  are  among  the  most  common disability claims submitted to the U.S. Department  of  Veterans Affairs.  To counteract  this  threat,  the  Office  of Naval Research (ONR) is sponsoring the development of a new app to help warfighters learn about hearing protection on their mobile Android devices – and snap close-up selfies of themselves wearing earplugs to see if they’re using them properly. Called  the  Warfighter’s  Hearing Health Instructional Primer (WHHIP), the app is available for free download in the Google Play store. It was created  in  partnership  with  the  Naval Submarine Medical Research Laboratory and Sensimetrics Corporation, a research  company  specializing  in human communication. “Hearing loss is a major concern for the Navy,” said Kurt Yankaskas, who manages ONR’s Noise-Induced Hear-

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ing  Loss  program  and  oversees WHHIP’s  development.  “It  affects everything from mission productivity and effectiveness to the retention of personnel.” To protect the ears of Sailors and Marines, the Navy’s Hearing Conservation Program works to post visible signs  identifying  “noise  hazardous” areas  on  vessels  and  naval  installations,  provide  hearing  protection  to personnel,  conduct  regular  medical monitoring such as audiograms, and offer education and training through Navy hearing specialists. WHHIP  complements  and  builds on these efforts by allowing warfighters to look up hearing-related information  on  their  personal  devices. Experts  believe  that  using  WHHIP will foster a better understanding of hearing loss risks, and the proper selection and use of hearing protection. “We envision WHHIP as a resource similar  to  WebMD,”  said  Dr.  Kelly

A new app, the Warfighter’s Hearing Health Instructional Primer (WHHIP), will help Sailors and Marines learn about hearing protection. Photo from Office of Naval Research

Watts, the technical lead at the Naval Submarine Medical Research Laboratory. “It’s not intended to replace the advice or expertise of a hearing professional such as an audiologist, but it’s a useful way to answer questions or  get  information  about  hearing health and well being.” WHHIP consists of four sections, or

activities: Learn, Demos, Hearing Protection  Device  (HPD)  Check,  and Glossary. The Learn and Glossary activities allow  warfighters  to  scroll  through topics related to hearing conservation, such as noise descriptions. The Demos section contains a sound library – for example,  a  phone  ringing,  tire screeching  or  police  siren  blaring  – and can play them at normal volume or at diminished levels mirroring hearing loss. With the HPD Check activity, Sailors and Marines can place the protective plugs they already use in their ears, snap a selfie and compare that image with a photo of someone wearing professionally fit plugs. WHHIP’s text is written in plain, easy-to-understand English, so anyone can  comprehend  the  complex  concepts  unique  to  hearing  loss.  When medical terminology is required, however, users can access pop-up definitions of technical jargon. This  year,  Watts  will  conduct  a study of WHHIP users to learn what they like about the app, how they benefit from its information and any improvements  that  could  be implemented. After making the recommended enhancements, she and her team will develop WHHIP for Apple devices like the iPhone, and release it for download in the Apple App Store. For more news from the Office of Naval  Research,  go  to  https://www. onr.navy.mil/Media-Center.

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U.S.Navy robots • Drones • Unmanned robotic ships

Sea Hunter, Tern on display at Sea-Air-Space By Warren Duffie Jr. Office of Naval Research


RLINGTON, Va. (NNS) – Advanced software that can transform existing medium-sized vessels into unmanned ships able to autonomously complete naval missions. A four-legged, bio-inspired robot that can perform reconnaissance or dispose of explosives safely. A drone that merges the flying capabilities of a helicopter and airplane. These are just a few of the technologies the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) will showcase at the 2017 Sea-AirSpace Exposition, to be held April 3-5 at the Gaylord Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. “The Navy League’s Sea-AirSpace Exposition provides a great opportunity to share information between representatives of the services, industry and academia, while showcasing ONR’s cutting-edge research and technology programs,” said Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. David J. Hahn. “These partnerships will be crucial to maintaining our nation’s lead in technology development, particularly in the areas of distributed lethality, unmanned systems and cyber defense.” Program officers from ONR and NRL will be on hand in the booth to discuss their pioneering work and potential research opportunities. Some of the breakthrough technologies to be

highlighted include: • Medium-Displacement Unmanned Surface Vessel (MDUSV): Attendees can view a detailed, four-foot model of Sea Hunter, the test platform for the MDUSV autonomy software, which was developed in partnership between ONR and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The MDUSV software will enable future unmanned, autonomous ships to better counter mines and track submarines, travel for longer periods of time without refueling, and use anti-collision technology which complies with maritime law and regulations for preventing collisions at sea. • MeRLIn (Meso-scale Robotic Locomotion Initiative): MeRLIn is a bio-inspired, 10pound robot designed to jump and climb. Hydraulic-powered, the robot may one day conduct scouting, reconnaissance or explosive ordnance missions for Marines. • Tern (Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node): Atten-

Sea Hunter, an entirely new class of unmanned ocean-going vessel gets underway on the Williammette River following a christening ceremony in Portland, Ore. Part the of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)’s Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) program, in conjunction with the Office of Naval Research (ONR), is working to fully test the capabilities of the vessel and several innovative payloads, with the goal of transitioning the technology to Navy operational use once fully proven. Photo by John F. Williams

dees can see a model of Tern, a versatile flying scout drone developed by ONR and DARPA. Tern can perch on ships, even those without runways, and take off vertically like a helicopter before transitioning to plane-like horizontal flight in midair. Sea-Air-Space is hosted by the Navy League of the United States with the goal of bringing together leaders from defense organizations – both government and private industry – to learn about and view the most up-todate information and technology related to maritime policy. In addition to Sea-Air-Space, the Gaylord will host the Naval

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Exposition, April 2, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Hahn will address the audience at 1:15 p.m. to discuss the importance of education and the need for a STEM-educated workforce. The Naval STEM Exposition, co-sponsored by ONR and the Navy League STEM Institute, is free and geared toward students in grades six through 12. It will provide middle and high school students with an introduction to naval STEM careers and applications through guest speakers and hands-on activities. Running concurrently with

Sea-Air-Space is the Navy Forum for SBIR/STTR Transition (FST), which also is scheduled April 3-5 at the Gaylord. FST connects technologies funded by the Navy’s Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs with government acquisition and technical personnel, as well as other potential partners. For more information, visit www. navy. mil, www. facebook. com/ usnavy, or www. twitter. com/ usnavy. For more news from Office of Naval Research, visit www. navy. mil/local/onr/.

Ike completes 300,000th arrested landing By MC3 Liam Antinori USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) Public Affairs

ATLANTIC OCEAN (NNS) – When the crew of aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) saw the ship’s first commanding officer, Capt. William Ramsey, make the first launch off the flight deck Sept. 15, 1977, few probably thought the 17th commanding officer would one day proudly announce the ship’s 300,000th successful arrested landing. On March 19, Commanding Officer Capt. Paul Spedero Jr. made that announcement. It gave the crew an impressive flat number, showing just how much the carrier has accomplished in the nearly 40 years since its commissioning. “I appreciate being here to witness it and getting to be part of the team that made it happen,” said Cmdr. Jeremy Rifas, the ship’s air boss. Launching aircraft from a platform at sea requires several divisions working together. Ike Sailors have worked tirelessly to learn and teach their art over the

Sailors watch as a T-45C Goshawk assigned to Carrier Training Wing (CTW) 1 approaches the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike). Photo by MCSN Zach Sleeper

years, making the current procedures used by trained professionals an achievement accomplished by countless Sailors over the past four decades. “Every landing on a ship is a very precise thing,” Rifas said. “When you get 300,000, it’s a pretty big testament to the skill of the aviators and the personnel who maintain the recovery equipment. It’s an in-

credible feat.” During Ike’s deployment last year and through its recent training-related underway periods, the ship has maintained a consistent schedule of launching and recovering aircraft throughout the day and night. “It shows the combat-ready history of the ship,” said ABEC Gerard Dindial, leading chief petty officer of air departments V-2 division, who is responsible for maintaining the steam catapults and arresting gear. “The primary mission of the ship is to launch and recover aircraft, so it’s very important that we can count on the equipment to recover them safely.” That translates into long hours for V-2 Sailors, but it is a job they take great pride in and their leading petty officer AB1 Marcus Snedeker said they impress him daily. Ike is currently underway conducting carrier qualifications during the sustainment phase of the Optimized Fleet Response Plan (OFRP). For more news from USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn69/.



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Weekly exemption reviews aid in hiring critical Navy positions By Scott Lutterloh Acting Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs


n order to mitigate the effects of the federal hiring freeze on the Navy family, the Department of the Navy has established a weekly drumbeat to review and approve exemption submissions. This can be a complex topic. Understanding this, the goal is to provide clear, up-to-date information to ensure that all Sailors, Marines and civilians understand the process. Civilian employees are dedicated professionals and critical members of the DoN team. Let there be no mistake, the Navy cannot accomplish the mission without you – everyone is in this together. Background: On Jan. 23, the president of the United States ordered a freeze on the hiring of federal civilian employees. On Feb. 1, the secretary of defense directed that during the hiring freeze, no vacant civilian position may be filled and no new position may be created, except as set forth in his guidance. Further, SecDef noted that the freeze impacts all Department of Defense positions regardless of funding source. SecDef has delegated the final decision authority for approval of Navy and Marine Corps exemptions in Sections A, B and C to the service secretaries;

Secretary of the Navy. On Feb. 17, the acting Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness issued “Change 1,” which allows the service secretaries authority to delegate approval of reallocation actions – also known as – non-competitive reassignments and details. On March 7, 2017, the acting Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness issued “Change 2,” which allows components to engage in recruitment activities of non-exempt positions; adds to the definition of Section A exemptions; and allows further delegation of Section C exemptions. Where is the Department of the Navy today? To date, SecNav has approved nearly 20,000 exemptions that ensure vital areas such as security and safety, shipyards, as well as staff and family support remain capable of executing their missions. The DoN continues to quickly process Sections A, B, and C exemptions to the civil-

A shipyard worker bevels a rudder deck patch aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower was undergoing a scheduled docking planned incremental availability at Norfolk Naval Shipyard. Photo by MCSN Michael R. Gendron

ian hiring freeze per DoD guidance. DoN leaders meet weekly to review and endorse exemption packages. The DoN is committed to executing the hiring actions necessary to meet our missions using a thorough and streamlined exemption process. This enables the SecNav to quickly review and adjudicate exemption requests. To this end, SecNav is relying on the judgment and careful scrutiny of Budget Submitting Office commanders and the DoN Hiring Freeze Exemption Review Board to ensure position exemptions are authorized in DoD guidance.

For reallocations, the SecNav has delegated approval authority to Budget Submitting Office commanders – flag officers/ general officers and Senior Executive Service members – for reallocations (e.g., noncompetitive reassignments and details) within their office. Budget Submitting Office commanders may further delegate this authority, but not below organizational commanders at the O-6 level. Note that Budget Submitting Offices are usually echelon II command, such as CNIC. Thus, a request from Naval Base San Diego for a realloca-


tion would be initiated and endorsed up the chain of command for approval by CNIC; unless approval authority has been delegated to an organizational commander. The application and adjudication process for each of the identified exemptions sections can be found in the Navy’s hiring freeze FAQ, online at http:// navylive. dodlive. mil/files/ 2017/03/ Hiring-Freeze- Questions.pdf. Any questions you may have about the hiring freeze exemption process should be directed to DoN OCHR at DONHRFAQ@navy.mil.

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NASWF names Sailors of the Quarter By Ens. Daniel Balch NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs


aval Air Station Whiting Field (NASWF) recently selected the top Sailors for the first quarter of 2017. The Sailors were nominated by their departments and are rated on achievement, volunteer service, education and work performance by a panel of senior enlisted personnel. AC1 Justin Kersch, AB2 Matthew Siembida and AC3 Bobby Spradley were named as the Sailor of the Quarter (SoQ), Junior Sailor of the Quarter (JSoQ) and Blue Jacket of the Quarter (BJoQ), respectively. The SoQ and BJoQ programs were created to “recognize superior performance of enlisted personnel with emphasis on outstanding achievements, exemplary personal conduct and military bearing, and demonstrated initiative in the performance of duty,” according to the OpNavInst 1700.15B. Kersch, a section leading petty officer, oversees and manages the training needs of 23 personnel. His team oversaw 41,734 mishap free flight hours and the safe execution of 1,568 ground controlled approaches. Due to his leadership and professionalism, Kersch’s branch

had a 100 percent retention rate. Under his guidance, 13 professional qualifications and one supervisor designation were earned due to more than 1,500 training hours. Kersch actively seeks out and volunteers for collateral duty. As a muster team organizer, he is responsible for 67 division personnel and 105 dependents, ensuring 100 percent accountability during both drills and actual emergencies. He is also coordinates the monthly mentorship of 59 Sailors as the divisional mentorship coordinator. “Petty Officer Kersch’s sustained superior performance, initiative, and significant contributions are clear indicators of his devotion to duty and unselfish concern for the welfare of his shipmates,” said Cmdr. Eric Seib, NAS Whiting Field air op-

Commanding Officer Naval Air Station Whiting Field Capt. Todd Bahlau presents AC3 Bobby Spradley the Blue Jacket of the Quarter Award. Photo by Jamie Link

erations officer. “He continually distinguishes himself by exhibiting the finest qualities of leadership, personal example and versatility.” Siembida, a maintenance and supply leading petty officer, manages 10 military fire stations and ensures accountability for more than $1 million worth of firefighting tools and lifesaving

equipment. As departmental career counselor, Siembida planned, coordinated, and processed four career development boards and three reenlistments. As a result of his hard work and leadership, retention rates in his division increased to 51 percent. Spradley works as a flight planning supervisor, where he Motorcycle safety awareness: ‘Look Twice, Save a Life’ ... ABH1 Stacey Eaton, Naval Air Station Whiting Field (NASWF) Motorcycle Mentorship Program Lead, gearsup for a motorcycle ride onboard the installation March 20. Eaton emphasizes the need for motorcycle awareness and reminds motorists to watch out for motorcycles. “Look Twice, Save a Life.” Photo by Jamie Link

demonstrates a keen understanding of the air traffic control system. He is directly responsible to the facility watch supervisor for the operational performance of flight planning for a two-member watch team. Spradley demonstrated his leadership ability guiding a twomember watch team through the processing of 4,000 flight plans and 9,000 flight messages. These actions helped produce 191 new aviators, six professional qualifications and one supervisor designation. Seib emphasized the impact that Spradley has had on NAS Whiting Field. “Since reporting aboard, Petty Officer Spradley has quickly established himself as an exceptionally talented and top-notch performer who has earned the respect of his seniors, peers, and subordinates. His reliability and enthusiastic team spirit in any tasking has proven that he is a valuable asset to Naval Air Station Whiting Field.”

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Golf tournament supports NMCRS The 17th annual Pen Air Charity Golf Tournament benefiting the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) is scheduled for today, March 31, at A.C. Read Golf Course aboard NAS Pensacola. For more information, contact Melissa Dandridge, public relations specialist, by phone at 5053200, ext. 7773, or by e-mail at dandme@penair.org or go to www.penair.org/home/about/communerosity/golf_tournament?.

Flight Academy offering spring cruises The National Flight Academy, located aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola, has announced spring break three-day cruise programs. Registration is open for fifth-grade through 12th-grade students through tomorrow, April 1. Subjects will include aerodynamics, meteorology and physics. Programs are scheduled for April 9-11 and April 16-18. The cost is $399 per student. For registration information, call 308-8948 or go to www.NationalFlightAcademy.com.

Models wanted for NEX fashion show A Spring Fling event is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow, April 1, at the Navy Exchange (NEX) Pensacola Mall, 5600 Highway 98 West. Activities will include a celebration of the NEX’s 71st birthday. Visits from the Easter Bunny will take place from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. A fashion show is scheduled for noon. For more information, call 458-8258.

Language test appointments available The Navy Foreign Language Testing Office NASP Testing Lab is accepting appointment request from personnel interested in taking the Defense Language Aptitude Battery (DLAB), and the Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT) for foreign languages. Tests are administered from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Wednesday at the testing lab in Bldg. 634 (former NAS Navy College Office Building). Test appointments are accepted by e-mail only. For appointments and language testing counseling, contact languagetesting@navy.mil.

Antarctic explorers scheduled to meet

Members of the Gulf Coast Group Chapter of the Old Antarctic Explorers Association (OAEA) will meet at noon tomorrow, April 1, at Rico Mexican restaurant, 830 North Navy Blvd. Social time will take place from11 a.m. to noon. No guest speaker is scheduled. All members, family, or interested parties who have been to Antarctica or who may have an interest in Antarctica are welcome. For more information, call 456-3556.

Run scheduled for April 1 in Navarre

The 11th annual Michele Hill Raider Run is scheduled for April 1 in Navarre. The cost is $25. The 10K run, 5K run/walk/baby jogger/wheelchair event starts and ends at the Navarre Youth Sports Association, 8840 High School Road. Proceeds from this event will be used to fund scholarships for area students to attend college. Register at www.eteamz.com/michelehillraiderun or www.active.com/navarre-fl/running/distance-runningraces/michele-hill-raider-run-2017. For more information, contact Joe Hill at (850) 582-2946 or joehill@raiderrun.com.

Kidney Walk scheduled for April 1

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

Blue Wahoos returning to Pensacola

The Pensacola Blue Wahoos players and coaches are set to return April 2 from Spring Training and fans are being invited to welcome the team at 3:20 p.m. at the Pensacola International Airport. Admission to the public parking lot is free. Before the team opens the 2017 season April 6, an open practice is scheduled for 2 p.m. April 5 at Blue Wahoos Stadium. The first game of the 2017 regular season at Blue Wahoos Stadium is scheduled for April 6 against the Tennessee Smokies. For more information, go to BlueWahoos.com.

Women’s group plans retreat April 8 The annual ladies retreat presented by the Protestant Women of the Chapel at Naval Air Station Pen-

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Memorial Day essays wanted The Veterans Memorial Park Foundation will be accepting submissions for the Memorial Day essay and art contest from April 1 to May 12. Elementary to high school age students can participate. Artwork must be no bigger than standard poster board. Any medium is allowed (paint, pencil, markers, collages etc.) The essay prompt is: “Many people have sacrificed their life in service for our country. How does this effect you, your friends and family today?” Elementary (K-5) submissions should be one to two pages and can include artwork. Middle school (grades 6-8) submissions should be one to two pages typed. High school (grades 9-12) submission should be two to three pages typed. Retired Navy Cmdr. Lisa Rawson is the contest administrator. Judging criteria is originality, thoughtfulness, creativity and a demonstration that the writer understood the prompt and stayed on topic. The essay should also demonstrate love of country and patriotism. Contest winners will be notified May 22. Entries can be submitted electronically at veteransmemorialparkpensacola.org.

sacola is scheduled for April 8 at the Pensacola Yacht Club, 1897 Cypress St. Guest speaker will be Caitlin Gibson, a military wife and Christian speaker. Registration and refreshments begin at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $20 and includes continental breakfast and lunch. To register, text or call Linda Hawthorne at 2216050 or Wanda Roberts at 291-4545.

Sailing regatta to take place April 8 The Navy Yacht Club of Pensacola (NYCP) will celebrate is 86th anniversary with a regatta April 8 in Pensacola Bay. The NYCP also will participant in the newly established Pensacola Bay Championship Series. Registration is available via the Regatta Network (www.regattanetwork.com) and is mandatory. For more information, go to www.navypnsyc.org and click on the racing program tab. Registration also will be open at Bayou Grande Marina starting at 9:30 a.m. April 8. Entry fee is $35 with US Sailing membership and $40 for non-members. The skipper’s briefing will be at 10:30 a.m. April 8. For those who can’t attend, information will be passed along on VHF radio channel 69 at 11:45 a.m. The race start is scheduled for noon. Post race activities will be at Bayou Grande Marina. For onshore information, contact Jim Parsons at 384-4575 or jimparsons@bellsouth.net. For race information and docking availability, contact Ken Pyle at (479) 651-0292 or kpyle1968@gmail.com.

Poet plans April 4 book signing event Dr. Henry Langhorne, former Poet Laureate of Northwest Florida and a longtime member of the West Florida Literary Federation, will read from his latest book of poetry, “Light Is Life,” April 4 at Christ Episcopal Church, 18 West Wright St. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the reading will begin at 7 p.m. Langhorne will sign books followed the reading. For more information, call 723-2112.

Author to speak at branch library Patricia Peters Martin will present a discussion of her new book “Liars, Cheats and Creeps: Empowering Women to End Violence in our Communities” at 6 p.m. April 6 at the Southwest Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway. She will sign and sell copies of her book. Martin is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Georgetown University and holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from Purdue University. The event is sponsored by The Friends of the Southwest Branch Library. For information, call 453-7780 or go to mywfpl.com.

American Legion car shows planned

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

All expectant families or families of recently adopted infants from all branches (active-duty, retirees and their dependents) are welcome to attend Budget for Baby classes offered by the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS). Class participants can register to receive a handknitted blanket and learn how to develop and implement a savings plan to meet the needs of their new families. They will learn about local resources, financial assistance and volunteer opportunities, and they will have fun while attending. Eligible families will also receive a baby layette. Classes are scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon April 13 and May 11 and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 8. at the NASP NMCRS office, 91 Radford Blvd., Bldg. 191. For more information or to register, call 4522300.

College funds available from AFCEA Local high school students pursuing advanced education in a STEM field (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) are eligible for new funding in the form of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) scholarships. The AFCEA Blue Angels Pensacola Chapter is making $10,000 in college funds available to local high school graduates as a result of sponsor support of CyberThon 2017. The AFCEA Pensacola board of directors will award up to 10 scholarships of $1,000 each. Additional information, application documents and submission instructions are available at http://afceapensacola.org/scholarships. The deadline for application submission is April 20, with awards announced by May 15. In addition, CyberThon funds will support cybersecurity summer camps presented by the AFCEA Pensacola Chapter and other STEM teaching grants made to local elementary and middle schools.

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

Reunion planned for underage veterans

The national reunion of the Veterans of Underage Military Service (VUMS) is scheduled for April 2426 at the Ashton Hotel in Pensacola. If you are interested in attending the reunion or want more information about the organization, contact Al Brandon, VUMS Southeast regional commander, at 542-7595.

ROWWA to elect new officers April 13 The Retired Officers’ Wives and Widows Association (ROWWA) will meet for lunch April 13 at Franco’s, 523 East Gregory St., for the annual election of officers. Guests are invited to attend. A social gathering will start at 11 a.m. Luncheon cost is $20. To make reservations, contact Mary Chase at 995-4466 no later than Jan. 9. For membership information, contact Molly Werner at 292-9756.

Event combines music and barbecue St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 140 West Government St. will present the Blues and BarBQ event from noon to 7 p.m. April 29 and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. April 30. This is the second year for the event, which supports the parish’s free medical clinic and food and clothing ministries. This year, there will be more bands, barbecue, silent auction items and arts and crafts. For more information, contact Linda Radomski at 932-8584.

Kiwanis Club plans golf tournament For the 18th year, the Kiwanis Club of Big Lagoon is presenting a golf tournament to support the Take Stock in Children scholarship program. The tournament is scheduled for April 8 at the Perdido Bay Golf Club. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. followed by lunch at 11 a.m. A shot gun start is schedule for noon. For more information, call 4503387 or 501-0605 or go to www.facebook.com/ biglagoonkiwanis.

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

You can submit information for possible publication in Partyline by sending an e-mail to Janet.Thomas.ctr@navy.mil. Submissions must include the organization’s name and details about events including times, dates, locations and any costs involved. Contact information also is required. All submissions are subject to editing to comply with established standards. Items should be submitted at least one week in advance. The deadline is noon Friday for the next week’s publication.

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Greer’s is a grocery chain that boasts many things—local service, dedication to their community, and now an entire century of being in business! On April 5, Greer’s CashSaver location in Pensacola will cut the ribbon on their new expansion, part of their continued celebration of 100 years of operation. “Our customers are like family to us just as are our associates,” said Jan Greer Endfinger, Director of Marketing for Greer’s. “They count on Greer’s and we count on them.” Greer’s started in 1916, opened by founder Autry Greer on the corner of Water and St. Michael Streets in Mobile, Alabama. Ever since then, Greer’s has strived to offer the highest quality groceries at the lowest prices possible – in fact, they were the first store in Mobile to actually advertise prices.

As the grocery business evolved, so too did Greer’s – from grocers to self-service, distribution centers to co-ops and beyond. Now, Greer’s operates 31 supermarkets located throughout Alabama, Mississippi and Florida. “We work with local providers all year long and carry many locally made and homegrown products in our stores from plants to corn to sweet potatoes to watermelons. If we can buy it local, we sure try to!” said Endfinger. Greer’s offers high-quality and all-natural fresh cut meat, fresh cut daily produce, a deli and bakery with custom orders and fresh fried chicken, and a wide array of dairy, frozen and

Current 4th & 5th generation family members in the business: Stephen Thomas, Les Buerger, Robert Greer, Lucy G. Cheriogotis, Jackie Greer, Gray Fobes and Jan G. Endfinger.

household items – all of these from both national and local brands. In addition to local foods, Greer’s also supports local organizations and community groups.

Club, Greer’s Apples for Students and a host of other programs. Greer’s doesn’t only offer groceries – they are also partnered with Ace Hardware in select stores and

Current Owners: Jackie Greer, Jack Greer, Bartee Greer, and Robert Greer They help sponsor the Mobile even help sell commercial realty Greer’s has been a family busiBayBears, over 25 different Chambers of Commerce, the Rotary ness for over five generations, and

is currently owned by Jackie Greer, Jack Greer, Bartee Greer and Robert Greer. It doesn’t stop at the owners – Jan Greer Endfinger (Director of Human Resources and Marketing); Stephen Thomas (Director of Operations); Lucy Greer Cheriogotis (Corporate Spokesperson, Corporate Chef & Director of Deli/Bakery/Catering); Gray Fobes (Perishable Operations/Meat Department), and Les Buerger (Perishable Operations/Produce Department) are all members of the extended family. “Our vision is to bring added joy, well-being, and value to people’s lives. It’s a service vision that is ageless,” said Endfinger. “As Jackie Greer likes to say, ‘We’re not 100 years old, we’re 100 years young!’” The ribbon cutting ceremony for Greer’s CashSaver at 12255 Lillian Highway takes places on April 5 at 10 am. For more information, visit greers.com or contact Jan Endfinger at jendfinger@greers.com.




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Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge: Pensacola annual awards; See page B2 Spotlight


Military children make up a very special part of our nation’s population. Although young, these brave sons and daughters stand in steadfast support of their military parents. To honor their unique contributions and sacrifices on behalf of our country, each April is designated the Month of the Military Child.

The Month of the Military Child, April 2017 From U.S. Dept. of Defense Education Activity


pril is designated as the Month of the Military Child, underscoring the important role military children play in the armed forces community. Sponsored by the Department of Defense Military Community and Family Policy, the Month of the Military Child is a time to applaud military families and their children for the daily sacrifices they make and the challenges they overcome. The Month of the Military Child is part of the legacy left by former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger. He established the Defense Department commemoration in 1986. Dept. of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) joins the DoD and the military community in celebrating April as the Month of the Military Child. In DoDEA communities around the world, our most essential strategic imperatives are: establishing an educational system that progressively builds the college and career readiness of all DoDEA students; and establishing the organizational capacity to operate more effectively and efficiently as a model, unified school system. We aim to challenge each student to maximize his or her potential and to excel academically, socially, emotionally and physically for life, college and career readiness. Throughout the month, DoDEA will encourage schools to plan special events to honor military children and have administrators and principals incorporate the themes of this month into their every

day duties and responsibilities. These efforts and special events will stress the importance of providing children with quality services and support to help them succeed in the mobile military lifestyle. Local “Purple Up! For Military Kids” April 7. (Message from Carissa Bergosh, school liaison officer, NAS Pensacola, Corry CDC.) “April marks the nation’s Month of the Military Child, a time to honor youth impacted by deployment. In celebration, I invite you to join me for the 6th annual ‘Purple Up! For Military Kids.’ “I am encouraging our community in Pensacola to wear purple April 7 as a visible way to show support and thank military children for their strength and sacrifices. Purple is the color that symbolizes all branches of the military, as it is the combinations of Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine red and Navy blue. I hope everyone will take this opportunity to appreciate and celebrate these young heroes.”

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The Escambia County School District recognized April as the Month of the Military Child with a resolution presented to NAS Pensacola Executive Officer Cmdr. Shawn Dominguez and Carissa Bergosh, school liaison officer NASP, March 14. Photo courtesy of Kim Stefansson, public relations coordinator, Escambia County School District

Resources for military families: DoD-Month of the Military Child. Military children make up a very special part of our nation’s population. Although young, these brave sons and daughters stand in steadfast support of their military parents through moves and deployments. To honor their unique contributions and sacrifices on behalf of our country, each April is designated the Month of the Military Child. Go to https://www. defense. gov/ News/ Special-Reports/ 0416_militarychild?source=GovDelivery. Military Families Learning Network. The Military Families Learning Network engages military family service providers and Cooperative Extension educators in the exchange of experiences and research to enhance professional impact and encourage professional growth. Visit https://militaryfamilies.extension.org. Military One Source. Military One-

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Source is a Department of Defensefunded program providing comprehensive information on every aspect of military life at no cost to active duty, guard and reserve service members, and their families. Go to http://www. military onesource. mil. Army OneSource. Army OneSource celebrates the important role children play in the Armed Forces community. Visit http://www. myarmy onesource. com/childyouthandschoolservices/monthofthemilitarychild/default.aspx. Nationwide Purple Up! For Military Kids: “Purple Up! For Military Kids” will be celebrated across DoDEA April 21 (April 7 onboard NAS Pensacola). This is a day for DoDEA communities to wear purple to show support and thank military children for their strength and sacrifices. Share a photo and caption of your local celebrations on the DoDEA Facebook page (https: //www. facebook. com/ dodea.edu/)

Jokes & Groaners Paraprosdokians: Paraprosdokians are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected; frequently humorous. • Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad. • You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice. • If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong. • I used to be indecisive. Now I’m not so sure ... • War does not determine who is right – only who is left. • You’re never too old to learn something dumb. • To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research. • We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.




March 31, 2017

Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge: Pensacola 33rd annual awards banquet honors military, civilians Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge: Pensacola Chapter http://www.freedomsfoundationpensacola.org/


t a recent awards banquet, the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge: Pensacola chapter, recognized a group of civilians and military veterans for their contributions which influence our community in a positive way. The Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge was established in 1949 as a non-profit education organization to honor patriotism and good citizenship. At the recent 33rd annual awards banquet, held at the Pensacola Yacht Club, the following citizens were honored: • Adult Community – George Washington Honor Medal, Frank Emond – A lifetime of “Doing Good.” • Sarah Seelman and Jacque Taylor – Giving Back: Quilters Support Community and Honor Vets Through The Final Salute. • Information Warfare Training Command, Cmdr.

Eng, Christopher School District of Escambia County, MalThomas, colm Superintendent: Saturday Scholars program. • Youth Community – George Washington Honor Medal: Madeline

House. • Educator – George Washington Honor Medal – Steven Tuley – Teaching Through Drama. • Public Communications – George Washington Honor Medal – The

Bookout – World War II Oral Histories. • Tyler Carach: “I DONUT need a reason to THANK A Cop.” • Jessica Hatton – McDonald House – Casey Scott – The Currie

Appleyard Foundation, Dick Appleyard, The University of West Florida Historic Trust, Robert Overton, executive director The John Appleyard – Storytelling Cottage. • Jill Hubbs – for her

(Left to right) Betty Williams, Freedoms Foundation president; Pearl Harbor survivor Frank Emond and his wife, Patricia. Emond is approaching his 99th birthday. He was a recipient of the National Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge Adult Community George Washington Honor Medal.

documentary, “They Were Our Fathers.” • Youth Essay – Washington George Honor Medal on Ribbon – Ethan Besmer, Dakota Fulton, Savannah Hush, Destiny Lewis, James Todd and Alexander Wilson. • Youth Essay – Certificate – Caeley Farrior, Tierra Gooden, Ricora Jones, William Kane and Donald Reyes. • Liberty Bell Award Adult Community –

PO1 David D. Hernandez, Navy: Participation in Community Events. • Liberty Bell Award Special Events: The Northern District of Florida U.S. District Court Naturalization. • Lifetime Achievement - American Eagle on Stand: Pam Schwartz – “Life is a gift which is better when shared.” With the support of national volunteer chapters, Freedoms Foundation at

Valley Forge presents educational and awards programs to foster engaged citizenship through the exploration of civics education, U.S. history, student entrepreneurship, youth leadership, plus constitutional rights and responsibilities. In addition, graduate programs for teachers are offered each summer. For more information, go to http://www. freedoms foundation pensacola.org.


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• Emergency Preparedness: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. today, March 31, May 26, June 9 and June 23. Each type of disaster requires different measures to keep you and your family safe. Be prepared. For information or to register, call 4525609. • Job fair: The NASP Fleet and Family Service Center Transition Assistance Program Job Fair is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon April 14 at the NASP Gateway Inn Conference Center, Bldg. 3249. Open to active-duty, retirees, DoD and dependents. Bring your resume and talk to prospective employers. No registration required. For more information, call Lara Sabanosh or Debra Sampson at 452-5620. • Time to move: If you want help with your PCS move stop by the FFSC. Move.mil assist workshops are available at 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday and 2 to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. This is the program which must be completed and submitted for transferring individuals/families which have household goods to move. Prior to attending you must have a login name and password created. For information or to register, call 452-5609.

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

SAPR If you are a victim of sexual assault, it is not your fault. Help for victims of sexual assault in the DoD community is a call, click or text away: • The SafeHelpline: Provides live, one-on-one crisis support and information by trained staff. Call: (877) 995-5247; click: www.SafeHelpline.org; or text: 55247, CONUS; (202) 470-5546, OCONUS (may be extra charges for OCONUS). • The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program: Provides prevention, intervention and a 24/7/365 response to non-intimate partner adult victims of sexual assault. Active-duty and adult family member sexual assault victims have a choice of reporting options, unrestricted and restricted. Unrestricted reporting allows victim to have an

advocate, seek medical care, counseling, legal services, safety interventions and/or transfer, etc. To access an unrestricted report, the victim may report to his/her chainof-command, security/law enforcement, NCIS, SAPR VA, SARC, or 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.

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

• To contact the NASP 24/7 Victim Advocate, call 449-9231/2. For the Civilian Victim Advocate, call 293-4561. To contact the duty SARC, call the SARC cell at 5545606.

CREDO Chaplain’s Religious Enrichment Development Operation (CREDO) Southeast offers retreats enabling military members and their families throughout Navy Region Southeast to develop personal and spiritual resources in order to be more successful at meeting the unique challenges of military life. For more information or to register for any of the CREDO training programs, call 452-2093, or e-mail NASP CREDO facilitator Tony Bradford at tony.bradford.ctr@navy.mil.

Latter Day Saints • Service, 7 p.m. Wednesday. Roman Catholic • Mass, noon Sunday and 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday. For information, call 4526376. NAS Whiting Field Chapel Roman Catholic • Mass, 11 a.m. Friday. Protestant • Bible study, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. • Weekly chapel service, 11:30 a.m. Thursday. For information, call 6237212. Other services Jewish • B’nai Israel Synagogue, 1829 North Ninth Ave., services 7 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. Saturday. For information, call 4337311. • Temple Beth El, 800 North Palafox St., services 7 p.m. Friday (6 p.m. first Friday of each month). For information, call 438-3321 or go to http://templebethelofpensacola.org. Seventh-day Adventist • Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1080 North Blue Angel Parkway, Bible study, 9:30 a.m. and services at 11 a.m. Saturday. For information, call 4533442.

Upcoming programs include: • Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP) 8.0: 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 5 at the J.B. McKamey Center, Bldg. 634, at NAS Pensacola. Another session is scheduled for April 7 at NAS Whiting Field. The training is designed to teach couples communication skills and ground rules for handling conflict; it also promotes intimacy. The sessions are open to any active duty member and spouse or fiancée. Civilian DoD employees and retired military are also welcome. • Marriage Enrichment Workshop: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 14 at the J.B. McKamey Center, Bldg. 634, NAS Pensacola.Topics include love languages, personality types, communication skills, problem solving and goal setting. All legally married active-duty service members and their spouses are eligible to at-

tend. Child care is not provided. • Moving Forward: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 13 at the NAS Pensacola Chapel’s J.B. McKamey Center, Bldg. 634. The educational life coaching program teaches practical problem-solving skills to help you set reasonable life goals, be creative in coming up with good solutions, make better decisions, and know what steps to take when things are not going well. It can also help you overcome low motivation, negative moods and negative attitudes. Active-duty military, reservists, veterans, retirees and government service employees are eligible to attend. Register now, space is limited. • Self Enrichment Retreat: April 21-23 at Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, Ala. This free retreat is an opportunity to invest in your future and reach new heights by answering three vital questions: Who are you, where are you going and how will you get there? Activities include high-energy sports competitions, team building exercises and a bonfire. All E-6 and below single service members are eligible to attend.

Community Outreach If you are interested in participating in volunteer activities, contact the NASP Community Outreach office. The office tracks volunteer hours. Report your volunteer work to get due recognition. For information, call 452-2532 or e-mail nasp_ comm_outreach@Navy.mil. Ongoing opportunities are available at Pensacola Lighthouse, Humane Society, Junior Achievement, Big Brother Big Sister, Council on Aging of West Florida, Ronald McDonald House, Habitat For Humanity and Manna Food Pantries. Upcoming events include: • A “Bark” to Remember: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 1 at Community Maritime Park. A dog-friendly event to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. • March for Babies: April 22, Community Maritime Park. Event support March of Dimes. Registration begins at 8 a.m., walk starts at 9 a.m. For more information, go to marchforbabies.org/event/pensacola.


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

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More than 15 acts are scheduled to perform at the 34th annual Pensacola JazzFest, a three-day musical celebration that starts today, March 31, in Seville Square. The free event is presented by Jazz Pensacola, formerly known as the Jazz Society of Pensacola. Festivities begin with the Gulf Coast All Star Collegiate Jazz Band Rehearsal and Clinic led by trumpeter Wayne Bergeron at 7 p.m. today, March 31, at the Pensacola State College Ashmore Fine Arts Auditorium, 1000 College Blvd. Admission is free to the public. JazzFest performances start at 10:30 a.m. April 1 and the last performers are scheduled to take the stage at 5 p.m. Performances begin at 11 a.m. April 2 and the last act is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. April 2. The festival serves as Jazz Pensacola’s annual gift to the community. It offers a full lineup of live jazz music performances, arts and crafts exhibits and local food vendors. Every year, the JazzFest features noteworthy talent from around the region. West Coast super-trumpeter Wayne Bergeron will perform with the Gulf Coast Collegiate All-Star Jazz Band April 1, and the Don Snowden Big Band will be the headliners April 2. The Gulf Coast Collegiate AllStar Jazz Band is comprised of selected student musicians from the University of West Florida,

Pensacola State College and Northwest Florida State College. This brand new ensemble features young college musicians from the local area. Each of the college bands also will perform on their own at scheduled times. The Don Snowden Big Band has been a star on the Pensacola music scene for many years. Comprised of talented local musicians, the band has appeared at numerous functions and events Other performers include the Greg Abate Quintet, Annie Sellick and the Hot Club of Nashville and Fusion Beat. The playground area will feature children’s activities and games. A special Jazz Jam for

Kids will take place at 2 p.m. each day with complimentary harmonicas and kazoos to introduce them to the joy of making music. An arts and crafts showcase will feature fine art, handmade items, clothing, jewelry and more. Food will be available from a variety of vendors. Current and past JazzFest posters, merchandise and CDs by performing artists will be available for purchase. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs, as there will be limited seating available. JazzFest is a smoke-free event. For more information and to see a full schedule of events, go to www.jazzpensacola.com.

At the movies FRIDAY

“Logan,” R, 5 p.m. and 7:50 p.m.; “Rock Dog,” PG, 5:30 p.m.; “The Shack,” PG-13, 7:20 p.m.


“Rock Dog,” PG, noon; “The Great Wall” (3D), PG-13, 2 p.m.; “Logan,” R, 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; “The LEGO Batman Movie” (2D), PG, 12:30 p.m.; “The Shack,” PG-13, 3 p.m.; “Get Out,” R, 5:40 p.m. and 8:10 p.m.


“The LEGO Batman Movie” (3D), PG, noon; “The Great Wall” (3D), PG-13, 2:30 p.m.; “Get Out,” R, 5 p.m.; “Fist Fight,” R, 7:30 p.m.; “The Shack,” PG13, 1 p.m.; “Logan,” R, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.


Cinema I and Cinema II will be closed March 20


“Fist Fight,” R, 5 p.m.; “Logan,” R, 7 p.m.; “Rock Dog,” PG, 5:30 p.m.; “John Wick: Chapter 2,” R, 7:30 p.m.

Liberty activities


“The LEGO Batman Movie” (2D), PG, 5 p.m.; “The Shack,” PG-13, 7:10 p.m.; “The Great Wall” (2D), PG-13, 5:10 p.m.; “Get Out,” R, 7:30 p.m.


“Get Out,” R, 5 p.m.; “Logan,” R, 7:10 p.m.; “Rock Dog,” PG, 5:30 p.m.; “Fist Fight,” R, 7:30 p.m.

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

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

• Start Smart Sports Development Program: Today, March 31, is the deadline to register at Corry Youth Center. The free program is open to children ages 3 to 5 plus parents. Six consecutive Wednesdays or Thursdays, April 12-May 17, at Highway 98 Sports Complex. For infor• Easter event: mation, call 452The annual Easter 3490 or 293-0547. EggStravaganza is • Spring sports: scheduled for noon Registration open to 4 p.m. April 15 at for spring sports – Blue Angel Naval soccer, baseball Recreation Area, and T-Ball – at the 2100 Bronson Road. Corry Station Youth Center (Bldg. The event is free and open to all MWR pa4118). Sports open trons. Activities will to military and DoD include egg hunts for civilian dependents children of all ages, ages 4-14. Regisgames, prizes and a tration is open visit from the Easter through today, Bunny. Food and March 31, with beverages will be skills assessment available for purApril 1. Sport fees chase. For more in$50. Coaches are call formation, also needed. For 453-6310. information, call 453-3490. • Lifeguard Certification Classes: Begin April 3, April 17 and May 8 with training sessions each Friday through April 28. Candidates must take pretest. For more information, call 452-9429. • Learn to sail: Reserve space now for sailing classes at Blue Angel Naval Recreation Area. Beginner classes scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 1 and April 15. Cost is $35. Intermediate classes scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 8 and April 22. Cost is $40. Advanced keel class offered by appointment. For information, call 281-5489. • Summer Camps: MWR has a variety of programs for children including kayaking, paddleboard, beach volleyball, water safety patrol, camping, fishing, sailing, marine science, bowling, golf and swimming lessons. For more information, call 452-9429. • Backpacking 101 Skills Course: MWR Community Recreation is offering a backpacking skills course as training for scheduled trips. Multiple weekend courses continue through June. Trips will be in May and June to Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham, Ala. Cost is $35. Sign up at Tickets and Travel Office, Bldg. 3787, at NASP Corry Station. For more information, call 281-5489 or 452-6354. • Paul Revere’s Night Ride of April 1775: 6:30 p.m. April 18 at the Navy Wellness Center. Spin outdoors under the gazebo. Participants will take a virtual ride through history along route Paul Revere took and listen to Longfellow’s “Midnight Ride of Paul Revere.” For more information, call 452-6802.

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

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


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Marketplace Publication date every Friday except Christmas and New Years Deadline to place an ad is anoon Monday, the week of the publication. Place your ad online at www.gosportpensacola.com Place your ad by phone at 850-433-1166 ext. 29 Mon–Fri 8:30 am to 5 pm

auto • merchandise • employment • real estate • and more! Wanted Work At Big Lagoon State Park Concessionaire. FT/PT Flexible. Call for Appointment 850-867-5873 Office Pride commercial cleaning has part-time evening positions available in Perdido Bay area. Call Jim Oates at 850-525-4874 for information and applications. Employment Employment Retired military couple for basic h a n d y m a n experience. 55+ active senior apartments by Corry Complex VA. Free rent + $. 850-221-6929

Announcements Pet/house sitting. Many references, prefer cats and dogs. 850-2219692 Sandy’s Good Times Dance. Friday nights blast from oldies. Saturday nights good times. Each night $10. 8-11pm. Doors open 7:45pm. 1707 West Fairfield Dr. 850458-1979. pensacoladanceclub. com. Buying Comics & Sports Cards. Check out our collectible store at 3103 West Michigan Ave. Call Florida C’s at 850-637-1989


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Video Games & Systems. Playstation, Xbox, Wii, Gamecube & More! Check out our collectible store at 3103 West Michigan Ave. Call Florida C’s at 850-6371989

Pilot’s helmet. Special forces black hawk pilot. Comes with special forces logo. Gentex helmet Vietnam era. Includes pilots gloves. $100. 417-1694 Two Penn Senator 113h high speed 4/0 rods with reels. $90 for both. 417-1694

Bulldogs puppies up to date on worming for free adoption philipjames202@ gmail.com 914- Anchor retrieval 279-5977 buoy. Never used. Extra large size. Articles Articlesfor for Sale Retails $75. Sell for $20. 417-1694 Solid Oak glass 3 piece display case S y l v a n i a with touch control television, 28 lights $325 5’ X 7’ inches. VCR beige floral area player/recorder. rug $65 utility $110. 850-221yard trailer $425 9692 call 850-7123870

Articles for Sale La-Z-Boy Queen sized sofa and two chairs. Red in color. Needs covers. $200 OBO for all. 850313-1053 Auto Auto BMW 2003, 325i, steel blue, perfect running condition, leather interior, sun roof, $5500 call Chris at 850-466-2795 2006 Triumph Tiger 955i for Sale. Phone 850255-5562, One owner, 26,000 miles, Pelican tour boxes, engine guards, more. $3500 OBO.


Real Estate

1983 Yamaha XS650, black, runs well, very good condition, 20k miles asking $1800 or trade for trail bike. Call or text 210897-9394

Single/couple to lease 2br/1ba duplex. Great neighbor & area near base. Double closets, laundry w/hookups, self-cleaning oven, dishwasher, fenced backyard w/ shed, paved parking. $750/$750. Available to right party. Leave message @ 438-6129

2005 Honda Pilot. Great condition. Low miles at 132K. All maint kept up and documented. $7000. Call Dave at 850-501-6548.

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Real Estate

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2 bedroom with W/D in unit. No smoking, Hud, pets. $695.00 monthly/$500.00 security dep. Call Bill 850-477-6063

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Weekly newspaper for Naval Air Station Pensacola

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Weekly newspaper for Naval Air Station Pensacola