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Safety fair today (April 8) ... Naval Aviation Schools 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. today (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.

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NAS Pensacola joins state, national child abuse prevention awareness efforts By Ens. James Griffin NASP PAO

The commanding officer of NAS Pensacola signed child abuse prevention proclamations this week during ceremonies at the base Child Development Center (CDC) and at Pensacola Beach. The proclamations signed by Capt. Christopher Martin officially marked April as the Month of the Military Child and also National Child Abuse Month Prevention (NCAPM). “These issues are not exclusive to the military; it’s a community issue,” said Martin. “We all need to participate and work together to prevent child abuse.” As part of national Month of the Military Child and Child Abuse Prevention Month, Martin met with staff from Morale, Welfare and Recreaation (MWR) and Fleet and Family Support

Center (FFSC), and spent time reading a book, “It’s Okay to be Different,” to preschoolers at the CDC. Since 1986, April has been designated Child Abuse Prevention Month to recognize and to take action in preventing child abuse. “April is recognized as the Month of The Military Child and Child Abuse Prevention Month; however, military children defull support serve year-round,” said FFSC Clinical Supervisor Lauren Anzaldo. As the CDC ceremony concluded, Martin asked that a blue ribbon and a hand-printed American flag be displayed at the base headquarters building, Bldg. 1500, to signify support for child abuse prevention and Month of the Military Child. MWR’s next event on April 15 is Purple Up for Military Children; FFSC asks that base personnel wear the color purple in support of Military Children.

Naval Air Station Pensacola Commanding Officer Capt. Christopher Martin, left, reads a proclamation during a “Pinwheels For Prevention” National Child Abuse Prevention Month (NCAPM) event April 4 at Pensacola Beach. Martin was assisted in the reading by representatives of other military branches including (left-right) Marine Maj. Jenny Colegate, Coast Guard Lt.j.g. Matthew Childs, Army Capt. Benton Parsons and Air Force Tech. Sgt. Thomas Collins. State and local official also attended the event to kick off a state tour to support National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April. Photo by Janet Thomas

NATTC, air traffic control schoolhouse mark 20 years From Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training PAO

For two decades, the Naval Air Technical Training Center’s (NATTC) U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Air Traffic Controllers’ and Air Traffic Control Maintenance Technicians’ “A”

and “C” Schools have graduated students from Calhoun Hall, Bldg. 3220, aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola. Before that, however, NATTC functions – the bulk of aviation technical training – resided at Naval Air Station Millington, Tenn. Thousands of

Sailors studying material in aviation technical rates – including ACs – were part of NATTC Millington. But on March 29, 1996, AC students boarded busses in Millington bound for NAS Pensacola, a result of a 1990 Defense Base Realignment and Closure

Act (BRAC) special commission to review Department of Defense installations for disestablishment or reorganization. And after a seven-hour trip, the first NATTC Pensacola students arrived, a group of air traffic controllers who would both continue and begin training in

their rate at the newly relocated NATTC. According to then-NATTC Air Traffic Control Training Department officer-in-charge retired Cmdr. David W. Kelch, the transition from Millington to See 20 years on page 2

USAF’s 479th OSS changes hands By Capt. Meghan O’Rourke USAF AETC 479 FTG/PAO

CPOs 123nd birthday celebrated at NAS Pensacola ... On April 1, NAS Pensacola’s chief petty officers paused to recognize their 123 years of deckplate leadership. (Above) Members of the chiefs mess at NASP Corry Station participate in morning colors. Photo by Carla M. McCarthy (Below) NASP command CPOs assemble for a photo with command master chief, CMDCM Adriana Lewis (front, left). Photo by Mike O’Connor

Several hundred members of the 479th Flying Training Group attended the change of command ceremony for the 479th Operations Support Squadron (OSS) April 1. Lt. Col. Edward Marquez relinquished command of the squadron where he had served as its leader during the past two years. Col. John R. Edwards, commander of the 479th FTG, presided

command upon Lt. Col. Brian Hobbins. Hobbins was formerly the director of operations for the 479th OSS. When Marquez took command in 2014, the OSS was comprised of more than 120 permanent party members and was responsible for nearly 500 undergraduate CSO stuCol. John Edwards (left) presents dents in the 479th FTG. During Lt. Col. Brian Hobbins with the Marquez’s tenure, he oversaw the 479th OSS’s guideon. Photo by Maj. establishment of the 479th Student

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SAAPM proclamations signed at NHP, FFSC By Jason Bortz NHP PAO

April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM). This year’s Department of Defense (DoD) and Navy theme is “Prevention is Possible.” The theme focuses on the ways individuals, communities and the private sector can take action to promote safety, respect and equality. “Every service member is impacted when a sexual assault occurs,” said Lt. Courtney Pollman-Turner, the In the company of NASP victim advocates, NASP CO See SAAPM on page 2

Capt. Christopher Martin signs a SAAPM proclamation April 1 at NASP FFSC. Photo by Mike O’Connor

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April 8, 2016


NEXCOM celebrates 70 years of serving the Navy By Kelley Stirling NEXCOM PAO

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) – Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) can trace its roots back to the 1800s when Sailors had to depend on “bumboats” that moored alongside their ships to buy personal items. It wasn’t until April 1, 1946, that Navy leadership officially created a command to handle the necessary retail business within the Navy. “We’ve come a long way since those early days,” said retired Rear Adm. Robert J. Bianchi, chief executive officer, NEXCOM. “From bumboats and slop chests to a world-class retail business, NEXCOM delivers what our Navy families need, wherever they are stationed.” Today, 70 years after its offi-

Onboard NAS Pensacola, NEX’s anniversary was celebrated with the reopening of the NEX Mini-Mart April 1. The Mini-Mart was remodeled, redesigned and now carries an expanded selection of hot food offerings. (Above) Carl Ferguson, NEX Autoport manager; Kathy Martin, Mini-Mart manager; NASP CO Capt. Christopher Martin and Steve Foster, NEX general manager, cut a ribbon to officially reopen the facility. Photo by Mike O’Connor

cial establishment, NEXCOM provides oversight for 100 NEX

complexes made up of more than 300 individual stores, 39

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Squadron which was activated in March 2016. During the transition, the OSS obtained sole responsibility for training instructor CSOs and experienced the largest personnel shift in the history of the 479th FTG. “When I took command, the OSS was a well-oiled machine,” Marquez said. “Over the last two years, we have experienced a lot of change. It’s can be tough to experience as much change as the OSS has, but you all have been amazing. The OSS is better and stronger than ever before. We have gained recognition for our special courses and training programs and we have taken on instructor training which allowed us to align our mission of training and education.” After nearly four and a half years in the 479th FTG, Marquez was grateful for the opportunity to serve as a squadron commander. “I have had an amazing group of Airmen during my tour with the OSS,” he said. “I am incredibly proud of your hard work and dedication. You are all first class and I’m grateful for the opportunity to lead you.” Marquez then passed the unit’s guideon to Hobbins. Marquez concluded his speech by saying “I have heard that it is difficult for a commander to pass over control to the next individual. I would have agreed but I know that I’m turning over the OSS to the right person, at the right time, and that he has the necessary leadership to lead this unit to new heights. My best to all of you as you start your new chapter.”

Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) point of contact at Naval Hospital Pensacola (NHP). “Not only are the individual victims of sexual assault harmed, but it is corrosive to the trust, discipline and morale within a unit. It is the duty of every Sailor and civilian to uphold the Navy’s zero tolerance policy for sexual assaults.” Sexual assault is defined as intentional sexual contact characterized by use of force, threats, intimidation, abuse of authority or when the victim doesn’t or can’t consent. It can occur without regard to gender or spousal relationship or age of victim. NHP has numerous events scheduled for April to raise awareness on sexual assaults including educational display booths at the hospital with SAPR victim advocates on-hand to answer questions. The month started with Capt. Sarah Martin, commanding officer, NHP, signing of a proclamation declaring April as Sexual Assault Awareness

Navy Lodges, 134 ships stores, the Navy Clothing Textile and Research Facility, Uniform Program Management Office, and Telecommunications Program Office. NEXCOM’s mission is to provide quality goods and services at a savings to its authorized customers and to support Navy quality-of-life programs for active-duty military, retirees, reservists and their families. “While our look may have changed over the years, our mission and commitment to premier customer service has not and that is evident each and every day at each and every location,” said Bianchi. “NEX customers can expect to see us reinforce the important value of their NEX benefit during the month of April, in celebration of 70 years of excellence,” said Rich Honiball, NEXCOM’s senior vice presi-

Month at NHP. “When someone is a victim of sexual assault, it affects not just them, but their families and work place,” said Martin. “It is important that sexual assault victims know that it is OK to come forward and receive the support they need.” Since its inception in 2001, SAAPM has become the highlight of the Navy’s SAPR Program, which helps prevent sexual assault involving service members through training and education programs, treatment and support to victims of sexual assault. Victims of sexual assault have two reporting options – unrestricted and restricted. Unrestricted cases are reported through the chain of command, while restricted reports are made confidentially, which allows victims to get help without reporting it through their chain of command or law enforcement. According to Safe Helpline, the DoD’s crisis support service, one of the most effective methods of preventing sexual assault is active bystander intervention.

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Coast Guard aviation birthday recalled ... The 100th anniversary of the U.S Coast Guard’s start in Pensacola was recalled at Naval Aviation Schools Command April 1 with a stand-in for Cmdr. Elmer Stone, Naval Aviator No. 38. On April 1,1916, Stone began training at NASP. (Left-right) Lt.j.g.Jonathan Kelly, NASP CO Capt. Christopher Martin; “Cmdr. Elmer Stone;” NASC CO Capt. Mark Truluck; Capt. John Turner and Lt.j.g. Andrea Molina. Photo by Patrick Nichols

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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,

Pensacola, although well-planned, happened very quickly. While the hundreds of courses instructed and the thousands of Sailors studying would move from NAS Millington to NAS Pensacola over the course of the next few months, the Air Traffic Control School marked the first of NATTC’s courses to begin instruction, officially opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 1, 1996. Training began that day, with courses picking up from where they had left off three states away, according to retired AC1 Pete Durmont. “I remember the first time I entered the building and it was a shell,” he said. “(Retired ACCS) Jeff Abbott and I designed the interior and I was responsible for the move and developing interim training methods so as not to lose any training time resulting from the move. We also had to develop baseline testing for all of the equipment to ensure it was working corThe Rhodes Building, 41 North Jefferson Street, Suite 402, Pensacola, FL 32504, in the interest of military and civilian personnel and their families aboard the Naval Air Station Pensacola, Saufley Field and Corry Station. Editorial and news material is compiled by the Public Affairs Office, 150 Hase Road, Ste.-A, NAS Pensacola, FL 32508-1051. All news releases and related materials should be mailed to that address, e-mailed to scott.hallford@navy.mil. National news sources are American Forces Press Service (AFPS), Navy News Service (NNS), Air Force News Service (AFNS), News USA and North American Precis Syndicate (NAPS). Opinions expressed herein do not necessarily represent those of the Department of Defense, United States Navy, officials of the Naval Air Station Pensacola, or Ballinger Publishing. All advertising, including classified ads, is arranged through Ballinger Publishing. Minimum weekly circulation is 25,000. Everything advertised in this publication must be made available for purchase, use or patronage without regard to rank, rate, race, creed, color, national origin or sex of the purchaser, user or patron. A confirmed rejection of this policy of equal opportunities by an advertiser will result in the refusal of future advertising from that source.

dent, chief merchandising and marketing officer. “Our team is working on special events, products, and offers that I think our customers will appreciate.” The Navy Exchange and Ships Store of today are vastly different from the ones that originated more than 200 years ago. NEXs have come a long way since the days when bumboats sold their wares to Sailors aboard naval vessels in the 1800s. Ships’ service stores ashore began steps toward centralization in 1945 when a committee was formed to study the resale activities. The recommendation of the committee was that all resale activities be operated like a large chain of retail stores and that a central office be established to oversee the operation of this new Navy resale system. For more news from Navy Exchange Service Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/nexcom. The active bystander intervention approach encourages people to identify situations that might lead to a sexual assault and then safely intervene to prevent an assault from occurring. The three components to active bystander intervention are: recognizing when to intervene; considering whether the situation needs attention; and deciding if there is a responsibility to act. Sexual Assault Prevention and Response is an important element of the 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative, which consolidates a set of objectives and policies to maximize Sailor and Marine personal readiness, build resiliency and hone the most combat-effective force in the history of the Navy and Marine Corps. Anyone in immediate danger should call 911. To report a sexual assault, call the toll-free DoD Safe Helpline at (877) 995-5247, the Naval Air Station Pensacola Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) at 452-5109/9017 or your command SAPR victim advocate.

rectly after the move.” For more than 70 years, with the last two decades aboard NAS Pensacola, the Naval Air Technical Training Center has been providing training and increasing readiness within the Naval Aviation Enterprise. The facility graduates approximately 15,000 Navy, Marine Corps and international students annually and is the largest training facility in the Navy post Recruit Training Command. NATTC is part of the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training, which provides single site management for Navy and Marine Corps aviation technical training. CNATT is the technical training agent for the Naval Aviation Enterprise (NAE), an organization designed to advance and sustain naval aviation warfighting capabilities at an affordable cost, and is the largest training center under the Naval Education and Training Command. For more news from Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training, visit www.navy.mil/local/cnatt.

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What being a chief petty officer means to me By CMDCM(SS/AW) Mike Jackson Navy Region Southeast


n April 1, the U.S. Navy chief’s mess celebrated the 123rd anniversary of the creation of chief petty officers. Happy birthday, chiefs. As I look back over my career and reflect on the significant milestones I have reached, the one that stands out the most is when I was advanced to chief petty officer (CPO). Advancing to CPO is, in my opinion, the most significant promotion of any branch of our armed forces. Most, if not all, active-duty and retired CPOs (and those who were prior CPOs before obtaining a commission) will echo that same sentiment if asked. The CPO creed gives us our initial charge as chief petty officers and serves as a source document from which all other directives and guiding principles are derived that govern what is expected and required of a CPO. It is that document that we use to “take a fix” on how we are performing

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as CPOs each year. To be “the chief,” you must consistently evaluate (i.e., take a fix on) your performance as a deckplate leader to see if you are, in fact, still on course with your charge as a CPO. A true CPO exhibits virtually all of the following characteristics (not all-inclusive). • Leadership: I mean this on the grandest of all scales – unilateral, all-encompassing, where the rubber meets the road, and, most of all, passionate. I call it leadership from the gut. The chief understands the differences between leadership, supervision and management. • Experience: The chief has already done what he or she demands and expects from the Sailors he or she is charged with leading, while

CMDCM(SS/AW) Mike Jackson assumed his present duties as Navy Region Southeast’s command master chief in September 2014. He serves as the senior enlisted adviser to Commander, Navy Region Southeast. Photo from Navy Region Southeast Public Affairs

consistently training, developing, and mentoring those Sailors. • Understanding: A true CPO has a full and clear understanding of his or her charge as a chief petty officer in providing deckplate leadership. • Always on: The CPO inculcates our mission, vision, and guiding principles into everyday life, both onand off-duty, and not just once a year during CPO in-

duction. You should routinely evaluate yourself and ask yourself, “Am I measuring up to the creed?” • Sense of history: The chief has a sense of the heritage and history of the CPO and understands his or her role in maintaining and contributing to our legacy of strong deckplate leadership. Acknowledge those master chiefs, senior chiefs and chiefs who helped form the foundation from which

you operate today as a chief, and forever understand your tie to them. • Selflessness: The chief has a full understanding that “the cause” is much bigger than oneself. I don’t do this for me; I do it for the Navy and our history of being and maintaining ourselves as the most powerful seagoing service in the world. • Represent: A true CPO has a clear understanding of what it is that you represent when you don your uniform (the Navy, your command, the CPO mess). You are the chief. • Leadership: A true CPO is the jack of all trades and master of one – leadership. He or she knows how to put the right Sailor in the right place at the right time. I am privileged and honored to be afforded the opportunity to provide leadership that directly impacts the future of our Navy. I am humbled by it, and I am truly indebted to those who have forged the way before me. That tie that binds me to our CPO heritage is what gives me my understanding of what my charge is as the chief.

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April 8, 2016


Virginia Advisory Council on Military Education praises Norfolk Navy education technician Story by Ed Barker Naval Education and Training Professional Development and Technology Center (NETPDTC) Public Affairs


he acting director for the Navy College Office at Naval Station Norfolk was honored with the Military Educator of the Year Award by the Virginia Advisory Council on Military Education (ACME) at their annual symposium March 15-17 in Virginia Beach. Ulysses Byrd, an eight-year Navy College employee, and retired Navy master chief signalman, received the award from Ellen Coleman, treasurer of ACME. “Each year, ACME recognizes members of the voluntary education community for outstanding service,” said Cole“Ulysses was man. nominated and selected for all the work he has done with the Navy Voluntary Education staff and for his service as acting director of the Navy College office. Without support staff like Mr. Byrd, military education would not be possible.” Byrd said he appreciated ACME’s recognition, and said that being

recognized by his peers is an amazing feeling. “Education has always been a very positive thing for me, even as a young Sailor during my first enlistment,” said Byrd. “As a kid from North Carolina coming in with a high school diploma, but retiring with a master’s degree, I’ve found education is a path that can open many doors. It’s gratifying to see the light come on and Sailors understand what education can do for them.” Jacqueline Rhodes, regional director of the Navy Voluntary Education Program Region East and Europe, said that Byrd’s efforts supported nearly 65,000

Sailors in the Hampton Roads area. “Ulysses is considered by his peers to be a counselor’s counselor – he provides countless training hours and mentorship to his counterparts while sharing best prac- Ulysses Byrd works with the Navy College Office in Norfolk, Va. Photo courtesy tices,” said Rhodes. “He Virginia ACME has single-handedly taken care of all of the 10th anniversary of Vir- institutions to be innova- Program and the Virtual Navy ships and shore ginia-ACME,” said tive and flexible in meet- Education Center visit commands around the Camden. “This year’s ing educational needs. https://www. navy colpeninsula.” theme was ‘Celebrating The annual symposium lege. navy. mil/. Get the Camden, a Decade of Service and provides several profes- latest information by likMichael president of the Virginia Support to Military Edu- sional development op- ing Navy Voluntary EduACME, said that this cation’ in Virginia.” portunities, including cation on Facebook: year’s Military Educator According to VA- discussions about educa- https: //www. facebook. of the Year Award ACME’s website, it was tional programs, initia- com/ Navy Voluntary Edmarked a milestone for established to promote, tives and support for ucation/. the organization. For more information support and deliver service members, veter“It was especially sig- meaningful education ans and spouses and mil- on NETPDTC, visit: nificant that Mr. Byrd within all branches of the itary transition support. https://www. netc. navy. was recognized for his armed services by enFor more information mil/ netc/ netpdtc/ Decontributions during the couraging educational on the Navy College fault.htm.

USNS Yuma (EPF8) keel authenticated From Team Ships Public Affairs

MOBILE, Ala. (NNS) – Austal USA hosted a ceremony March 29 celebrating the keel authentication of the Navy’s eighth expeditionary fast transport ship, the USNS Yuma (EPF 8). The keel was said to be “truly and fairly laid” as it was authenticated by the Honorable Douglas Nicholls, Mayor of Yuma, Ariz., by welding his initials into the keel plate. Authentication represents a major milestone in the ship’s construction as the keel is the symbolic backbone of a ship. “We are honored to have Mayor Nicholls here for this exciting event,” said Capt. Henry Stevens, Strategic and Theater Sealift Program manager, program executive office, ships. “I look forward to working with the mayor, the city of Yuma, and Austal, as the ship continues to progress toward delivery.” Expeditionary fast transport ships are non-combatant vessels designed to operate in shallow-draft ports and

Secretary of the Navy (SecNav) Ray Mabus officially announces the name of the next joint high speed vessel as USNS Yuma (EPF8) during a press conference in Yuma, Ariz. Photo by MC1 Arif Patani

waterways, increasing operational flexibility for a wide range of activities including maneuver and sustainment, relief operations in small or damaged ports, flexible logistics sup-

port, or as the key enabler for rapid transport. The ships are capable of interfacing with roll-on/roll-off discharge facilities, as well as on/off-loading vehicles such as a

fully combat-loaded Abrams main battle tank. EPFs support a variety of missions including the overseas contingency operations, conducting humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, supporting special operations forces, and supporting emerging joint sea-basing concepts. Yuma will be capable of transporting 600 short tons 1,200 nautical miles at an average speed of 35 knots. The vessel will also include a flight deck to support day and night aircraft launch and recovery operations. The ship will have airline-style seating for 312 embarked forces with fixed berthing for 104. As one of the Department od Defense’s largest acquisition organizations, PEO Ships is responsible for executing the development and procurement of all destroyers, amphibious ships, special mission and support ships, and boats and craft. For more news from Naval Sea Systems Command, visit http://www. navy.mil/local/navsea/.



April 8, 2016


NMOTC celebrates Women’s History Month Story, photo by Carla M. McCarthy Center for Information Dominance Public Affairs


ailors from the Navy Medicine Operational Training Center (NMOTC) celebrated Women’s History Month with a program including remarks from Capt. Maureen Fox, Center for Information Dominance (CID) commanding officer, March 23. Fox took the opportunity to reflect on the significant progress made for women serving in the Navy during her career. “I realized that by virtue of having been around for almost 30 years when women in the Navy made some serious transitions, I lived that history,” said Fox, an intelligence officer now leading the information warfare community’s training arm. Her career has included serving in many joint, afloat and shore operational intelligence assignments, including multiple extended combat deployments at sea supporting every United States numbered fleet and directing operational intelligence support to missions as varied as combat strike in Iraq and Afghanistan; counter-piracy in the Gulf of Aden; theater engagement in South America; power projection in the Pacific; and disaster response in Haiti. “As I approached graduation (from the U.S. Naval Academy) in 1991, there was a lot of discussion in Congress about women going into combat,” said Fox, as she recalled the environment and push-back in general from the military. The Navy soon started integrating women aboard combat ships and within combat naval aviation. Fox described a combat shipboard culture through the 1990s and even early into the 21st century that sometimes did not know how to deal with integration. “While the people on top were trying to make big changes, they were pushing against a culture that was at times very intractable,” said Fox. “Really what had to happen was you had to have the opportunity to show


Capt. Paul Kane, Navy Medicine Operational Training Center (NMOTC) commanding officer, thanks Capt. Maureen Fox for sharing her personal experiences as part of NMOTC’s Women’s History Month program. Fox, commanding officer for the information warfare community’s training arm, reflected on the significant progress made for women serving in the Navy during her career at the March 23 event.

that you could do it, and then over time you had to do it. That meant you had to go out on ships, you had to serve with your brothers, you had to go to Iraq and Afghanistan and demonstrate capability. “Once that happened on a regular basis everything else fell into place,” she said. As many women successfully served, it continued to incrementally break down barriers. “Those collective efforts have led to the inclusive Navy culture we have today,” said Fox. “Whenever I walk into a room, I am no longer ‘the female’ anymore. I am just another officer. I’m happy that even if it’s only a little piece of history that I’ve affected, that I changed some minds, I hope, about what we can do.” She encouraged the audience to recognize how preconceptions can affect the culture or organization they are in. “It’s each individual’s responsibility to make sure that they are part of the solution when you are talking about a culture,” said Fox. “That culture should always be about not having preconceived notions about what (people) can contribute due to their gender or their color

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or whatever and just judging them by their contribution to the team.” As he thanked Fox for sharing her personal experiences, Capt. Paul Kane, NMOTC commanding officer, observed that the military sometimes may seem resistant to change. “In other ways, I think we lead society because when we do finally get there, when we get that machine to finally move to get to that acceptance stage, I think we do tend to be more open and progressive with maintaining that than our society does,” said Kane, emphasizing that the military can set an example for the rest of society. NMOTC is part of the Navy Medicine team, a global health care network of Navy medical professionals around the world who provide high-quality health care to more than one million eligible beneficiaries. CID, with headquarters based at Naval Air Station Pensacola Corry Station, is the Navy’s learning center that leads, manages and delivers Navy and joint forces training in information operations, information warfare, information technology, cryptology and intelligence.



April 8, 2016


Santa Rosa County honors TraWing-5 officers Story, photo by Jay Cope NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs


embers from the Santa Rosa County Chamber of Commerce, Blackwater Pyrates, the Navy League and the City of Milton joined together March 31 to hold a “hail and farewell” for the leadership of Training Air Wing Five at Naval Air Station Whiting Field (NASWF). The local leaders gathered at the Milton Garden Club to welcome Col. David Morris to the community, congratulate Capt. Mark Murray on his new responsibilities as commodore for TraWing-5, and bid adieu to the outgoing commodore and wish him the best in his retirement from military service. Santa Rosa County Commissioner Don Salter served as the master of ceremonies for the reception and expressed his appreciation to the military officers, including Capt. Todd Bahlau, the commanding officer of the air station.

Milton Mayor Wesley Meiss presents a picture of the city’s River-

“This is a great opportunity to walk as a farewell gift to outgoing commodore of Training Air Wing get together and say ‘thank you’ Five, Col. Gary Kling, during a community “hail and farewell.” for the great leadership at NAS Whiting Field, both at the base sacola. Morris will serve as the sure the officer could “run rings and the training wing,” he stated. deputy commodore for the next around him now,” before preThe event followed the year and one-half and will fol- senting Kling with a picture of the city’s Riverwalk area. A hisMarch 18 TraWing-5 change of low Murray as commodore. The event provided an oppor- torian, Meiss also presented command ceremony, where Murray officially assumed re- tunity for the various organiza- Murray with the key to the city sponsibilities as the command- tions to honor the service of the before reminding the audience ing officer for the training wing. three officers and present them that Santa Rosa County, and Kling turned over the duties of with gifts on behalf of the com- Milton in particular, were extremely depressed economicommand following a success- munity they serve. Milton Mayor Wesley Meiss cally before World War II. The ful 18-month tour during the ceremony and held his retire- joked about the fact, that al- building of then Naval Auxilment ceremony the next day at though he was very young iary Air Station Whiting Field the National Naval Aviation when Kling first joined the U.S. was a much needed jolt to the Museum onboard NAS Pen- Marine Corps, he was pretty community. Throughout the

intervening 73 years, the base has continued to provide an important economic boost to the area as it continues to train the aviators needed for the nation’s defense. Steve Rhodes representing the Navy League then presented plaques to Murray and Kling recognizing their service, and Donna Tucker from the chamber of commerce presented gift baskets, filled with items donated by local businesses, to all three officers. Kling emphasized as he addressed the audience that such recognition by a local community is rare. “In all my 28 years of military service, I have never been part of a community that embraces the military the way Santa Rosa County does,” he said. Salter, as he prepared to end the official portion of the ceremony, stressed to the officers that the beneficial partnership between the military and the local area wasn’t going to change. “You all take care of the military team inside the fence,” he stated. “We will continue to take care of them outside of the fence and in the community.”

Blue Wahoos to bring baseball camp to military children By Jay Cope NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs

For the second year in a row, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos will showcase their support for area service members with a baseball camp for military families May 7 at Naval Air Station Whiting Field (NASWF). The two-hour camp will run from 10 a.m. to noon at the installation’s ball fields, and will feature a series of activity stations such as stretching, running, hitting, pitching, fielding and fundamental exercises. The goal is to help the children enhance a few baseball skills while enjoying some time with professional athletes. The players will also hold an autograph session after the skills’ stations are finished. Every child that attends will receive a Blue Wahoos’ souvenir.

Pensacola Blue Wahoos’ president, Jonathan Griffith, addresses the participants in the 2015 baseball camp at Naval Air Station Whiting Field. Nearly 50 youths joined in with the team to have fun while working on hitting, base running and throwing fundamentals. NASWF file photo

May is an ideal time to hold the camp as it coincides with Military Appreciation Month which is a primary motivation for

the team to host such events. “After such a great camp in 2015, we are very excited to return to Whiting Field

for a second year,” said team president Jonathan Griffith. “It is important for us as members of this great community to improve the quality of life for our area military members and their families.” The camp is targeted for children ages 6 to 14 and participants must be related to active-duty military, reserve military, retirees, DoD civilian employees or contractors. Families interested in bringing their children to the event should call the NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs Office at (850) 665-6122 to register. “The Blue Wahoos’ players and staff are great partners in the community and we were thrilled to have them on the base last year. The kids loved the event last year and enthusiasm for this year’s event is even higher. We are truly grateful for their support of our military families,” NASWF Commanding Officer Capt. Todd Bahlau stated.

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St. Joseph Catholic Church, 140 West Government St., will present the Blues & BBQ festival from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow, April 9, and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. April 10. A tented stage will be set up for music and dancing and tables and chairs for enjoying the live entertainment and the barbecue from three vendors – Hot Spot, Five Sisters and Arlene’s. Artist and craft vendors will be set up and children's activities will include clowns, balloons, face painting. There will also be a silent auction and bingo. For more information, call 436-6461 or go to www.stjoepns.org.

Autism­ride­scheduled­for­April­9 April Nicole’s 11th annual Autism Ride is scheduled for tomorrow, April 9. The 35-mile escorted ride starts at 9 a.m. and departs at 11 a.m. at Ollie’s Neighborhood Grill, 6181 Highway 90 in Milton and ends at American Legion Post 340, 8890 Ashland Ave. Cost is $15 per bike and $5 per passenger. The first 200 to register will receive pins. For more information, call 324-0295 or 232-6724.


The annual reunion of the Veterans of Underage Military Service (VUMS) is scheduled for April 1821 in Myrtle Beach, S.C. If you are interested in attended the reunion or want more information about the organization, contact Al Brandon, VUMS Southeast regional commander, at 542-7595.


The NASP Fleet and Family Service Center has scheduled a Transition Assistance GPS Program Job Fair for 9 a.m. to noon April 15 at the NASP Gateway Inn Conference Center, Bldg. 3249. Employers scheduled to participate include Aerotek Aviation, Century Correctional Institution, City of Pensacola, Florida Fish and Wildlife, Gulf Power, Troops to Teachers, VT Aerospace Mobile and UTAS United Technology Aerospace Systems. For more information, call 452-4369 or 452-5620 or e-mail NASP_TAMP@navy.mil.


Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 9301 Gulf Beach Highway, will present a Southern gospel concert featuring The Primitives at April 15. Admission is free, but an offering will be collected. A revival is scheduled to take place at 6 p.m. April 13, April 14 and April 16. Brandon Cairns will be the guest speaker. For more information, call 492-1518 or go to www.pleasantgrovepensacola.com.


Interested youths can enroll in NAS Pensacola’s U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (13-18 years old) and U.S. Navy League Cadet Corps (10-14 years old). The unit meets one weekend per month throughout the year. Cadets participate in civic activities and training events to develop a sense of pride, patriotism, courage and self-reliance. The program is open to both military and non-military affiliated youths. For more information, go to www.seacadets.org or contact Luis Sepulveda at asiso@yahoo.com.


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.


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 Gover-

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Get ready for Texan Trot April 30 The 479th Flying Training Group has announced that the third annual T-6 Texan Trot 5K is scheduled to start at 8 a.m. April 30. The family friendly run or walk will follow a course around the taxiways and runway of NAS Pensacola’s Sherman Field. The race will be capped at 1,500 participants. Cost is $25 until April 14; $30 after April 14. Children younger than 12 can run for free. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/T6TexanTrot and to register, go to https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=123949. nor’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.


The Panhandle Bayou Bengals, LSU Alumni Chapter-Pensacola, will present its annual Crawfish Boil from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. April 23 at Shoreline Park in Gulf Breeze. Crawfish will be served at 2:30 p.m. The menu will include Cajun boiled crawfish, corn, potatoes, Cajun sausage, hot dogs and drinks. Raffles, auctions, LSU merchandise sales and music will round out the day’s activities. Cost is $30 for members and $40 for non members while tickets last. Deadline to preorder tickets is April 13. Net proceeds are used to fund a scholarship endowment fund. For more information, contact John Spurny at 733-9583 or 449-1342. You can also sent an e-mail to lsupanhandle@hotmail.com.


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.


Members of the Pensacola Coin Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. April 21 at Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q restaurant, 630 North Navy Blvd. A coin and currency presentation is planned and a coin auction will be conducted after the meeting. There is no cost to attend unless you plan to have dinner. For more information, call Mark Cummings at 332-6491.


Pensacola author Art Giberson will be signing copies of his latest work, “Veterans Memorial Park Wall South” 6 p.m. April 11 at the Southwest Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway. A retired Navy chief petty officer, Giberson made two deployments to Vietnam as a Navy combat photographer and is one of the originators of Pensacola’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial. His other pictorial history books include “The Blue Ghost,” “Eyes of the Fleet” and “Freedom’s First Responders.” For more information, call 453-7780.


Applications are being accepted for the Career JumpStart for Florida’s Military Youth Program for military spouses and dependents, ages 16-24. The deadline is May 2. The three-day course covers a variety of career and life-building skills. Participants explore careers, learn budgeting skills and participate in career readiness exercises. The first session is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 7-9 at Pensacola State College, South Santa Rosa Center, 5075 Gulf Breeze Parkway in Gulf Breeze. The second session is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 14-16 at Pensacola State College Student Center (Bldg. 5), Room 509, 1000 College Blvd. There is no cost to participate, but space is limited. Lunch and transportation stipend provided. For more information, go to http://careersourceescarosa.com/programs/csejumpstart.

ROWWA­announces­April­14­meeting­ The Retired Officers’ Wives and Widows Association (ROWWA) will meet at 11 a.m. April 14 at Franco’s Italian Restaurant, 523 East Gregory St. The cost is $20 per person.

Members share experiences with the military. Guests are invited to attend. Membership is open to officers’ wives, widows and retired women officers of all military services. For luncheon reservations, call Mary Chase at 995-4466. For membership information, contact Molly Werner at 292-9756.


The annual reunion for the USS Lexington (CV 16) is scheduled for Sept 12-15 in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. All past ship’s company, air wings, Marines and their families are welcome. For more information, go to usslexington cv16.com or contact Bob Dimonte by e-mail at bobdimo@cox.net or by phone at 492-3483.


Gulf Breeze Zoo has several activities planned for April 10 to celebrate the arrival of a new diesel powered train, which is a scale replica of the original 1863 C.P. Huntington steam engine purchased by the Central Pacific Railroad. The festivities begin at 9:30 a.m. and the inaugural train ride will depart at 9:45 a.m. for the day. The first 100 children will receive a free train ride, commemorative train conductor hat and real train whistle. The train will run continuously throughout the day. Tickets are $3.50 per passenger. A ribbon and cake cutting ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. For more information, call 932-2229, or go to www.GBZoo.com.


Sacred Heart Senior Services is partnering with Mainstay Financial Group to present the third annual Day of Education, Enlightenment and Empowerment for women 55 and older. Net proceeds from the event will go to the Sacred Heart Foundation to benefit women in need of healthcare. The women-only event is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 30 at the Sacred Heart Hospital Conference Center, 5151 North Ninth Ave. The emcee will be WEAR-TV anchor Sue Straughn, and the featured speaker will be Kathleen Vestal Logan, author of “Women’s Wisdom: Pass it On.” Several local businesswomen also will present educational sessions. Individual tickets are $60 in advance or $65 at the door. Participants may purchase tickets before the event online at www.powerofE3.com, by calling 437-3127 or in person at the Mainstay Financial, 2810 East Cervantes St. A continental breakfast and buffet lunch are included. For more information, go to www.powerof E3.com.


Members of the Coastal Soaring Association are offering introductory glider flights on Saturday and Sunday and some weekdays at Elsanor Airport, 21810 Koier Road, about 12 miles west of the state line on Highway 90 in Elsanor, Ala. Fly in one of the association’s two place gliders, which are towed to 3,000 feet, then released. Introductory flight costs $95. Then, if you then decide you would like to learn to fly gliders yourself, you can join the association. Contact Emmett Moran at (404) 822 6502 or email emmettmoran@yahoo.com. For more information, go to http://coastalsoaring.org.

Hit­the­trails­with­Western­Gate­group­ The Florida Trail Association develops, maintains, protects and promotes hiking trails throughout the state. Members of the Western Gate Chapter of the group, which includes Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, organize regular hikes, campouts, backpacking, canoe trips and bike excursions. For more information about the group’s activities, go to www.westerngate-fta.org.


The Pensacola Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America will be awarding scholarship grants to children, stepchildren, spouses or grandchildren of active-duty or retired military personnel (both officer and enlisted). To be eligible, applicants must be a resident, dependent of a resident or grandchild of a resident of Escambia or Santa Rosa counties in Florida or Baldwin County in Alabama, and must have completed a minimum of one year at a college/university, with at least a 3.2 grade point average (GPA) if an undergraduate or 3.5 GPA if a graduate student, for the two preceding semesters (fall of 2015 and spring of 2016) as a full time student. Applications must be submitted no later than June 15, and can be downloaded at www.pmoaa.org. For more information or to request assistance in applying, contact retired Navy Cmdr. Vann Milheim by phone at 969-9715 or by e-mail at vann.milheim@att.net.

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April 8, 2016

NETPDTC names Civilian of the Quarter; NASP command’s Civilians of the Quarter See page B2 Spotlight

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Child Abuse Prevention Month

From http://preventchildabuse.org/


pril brings lots of things every year. Showers. Tax time. The start of spring. It also brings a heightened level of awareness to our cause, and each year during Child Abuse Prevention Month (CAPM) our organization joins in with others across the country to recognize the importance of our children, the future they represent, and the things that we can do every day to make sure they have the great childhood they deserve today in order to grow into the business leaders, policymakers and productive citizens of tomorrow. Awareness is important. But we know that we need to do more than remind people about our issue. Getting people around the country to stop and think about child abuse and neglect, even if just for a few minutes, is a big deal. Yet we know that we need more than awareness at this point. We need action. Turning awareness into action this April. If you’ve never taken action before on the issue of child abuse and neglect, there is no better time to start than today. Here are a few ideas on the kind of things that you can do that not only make a difference in your community, but across the entire nation.

Blue pinwheels are a visible reminder of Child Abuse Prevention Month. Photo by Mike O’Connor

• Hold a block party in your neighborhood or organize a similar activity to help build strong connections between the people you live near and turn strangers into neighbors. Strong communities help reduce feelings of stress and isolation, especially among families that are new to the area or new to being parents, and give people someone they can turn to when they are overwhelmed or in a crisis and need help. • Call your local legislator and advocate for policies like the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) or the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program. These two policies are critical to provide funding and support for the programs and services that are proven to reduce child abuse and neglect. • Talk with local business leaders you know, a human resources professional you are friendly with, or consider taking steps at your own company to institute policies that are family friendly, help prevent child abuse and neglect, and can actually improve a business’ bottom line. We’ve created an infographic (available at http://preventchildabuse.org/resource/infographic-how-investing-in-prevention-is-good-for-bu siness) to help you get the conversation started about why creating policies that help prevent

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Onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola, NASP CO Capt. Christopher Martin signed a proclamation recognizing April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month (NCAPM) this week. (Above) The CO visited the NASP Child Development Center (CDC) April 5 to meet with the center’s staff; he also got to know some base children by reading from “It’s Okay To Be Different,” a book celebrating individuality. For more on NASP Fleet and Family Support Center’s NCAPM efforts, visit https://www.facebook.com/Fleet-and-Family-Support-Center-Naval-AirStation-Pensacola-10150095615740541. Photo by Mike O’Connor

child abuse and neglect is a good business decision. • Connect with the Prevent Child Abuse America chapter in your state to find out what volunteer activities exist and get information specific to where you live about how you can make a difference for the children and families closest to you. • Learn about “Why Prevention Matters.” You know in your heart that preventing abuse and neglect before it starts is important, and the arguments made by researchers like Dr. Phaedra Corso or Dr. Robert Anda can help give you the stats and facts to back up what you already know and help you convince your friends and family of the importance of prevention. At the end of April, our organization, our chapters and our Healthy Families America sites will still be doing the work that we do everyday to ensure that all children get the great childhood that all children deserve. We hope that you will still be working alongside us. Our children represent the future of our country, of our communities, and of ourselves, and if we all do something this month to improve the

healthy development of children and prevent abuse and neglect, we will have succeeded in the carrying out the call of Child Abuse Prevention Month. What are you going to do during April to make a difference? Tweet us @PCAAmerica

to let us know, or leave a comment on our Facebook page telling us about your plans. Let the world know that you care about preventing abuse and neglect and are working to make great childhoods for all children a reality.

FFSC outreach events onboard NAS Pensacola for Child Abuse Prevention Month and Month of the Military Child April 9: Military family play dates. NASP fire station from 10 a.m.-noon. April 13: New Parent Support and NASP Library Story Time. NASP Library at 3 p.m. April 13: Military family play dates. NASP fire station from 1-3 p.m. April 15: CAPM informational table at Naval Hospital Pensacola from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. April 16: CAPM information table for “Incredible Dog Day” at NASP Corry Station NEX from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 21: New Parent Support Military Tots Playgroup at Imagination Station, Maritime Park Pensacola from 10 a.m.-

12 p.m. April 22: Information table at Earth Day celebration at NASP Youth Center, at 3 p.m. April 28: Playdate for Month of the Military Child at Lighthouse Terrace at 9 a.m. April 29: CAPM informational table Naval Hospital Pensacola from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. April 30: CAPM information table at Earth Day Celebration at NASP Corry Station NEX. Time to be announced. NAS Pensacola Fleet and Family Support Center is requesting individuals wear blue every Friday in April in support of CAPM.

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On heroic nature No man stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child. – James Dobson The simple act of caring is heroic. – Edward Albert The point is, not how long you live, but how nobly you live. – Seneca A hero is someone who, in spite of weakness, doubt or not always knowing the answers, goes ahead and overcomes anyway. – Christopher Reeve Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Mead A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. – Joseph Campbell Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes. – Benjamin Disraeli




April 8, 2016

NETPDTC names Civilian of the Quarter Story, photo by Ed Barker Naval Education and Training Professional Development and Technology Center (NETPDTC) Public Affairs


he Naval Education and Training Professional Development and Technology Center named Bruce Dietly as the Civilian of the Quarter (CoQ) for the first quarter of 2016 at an all hands ceremony March 17. Dietly serves as a program assistant for the advancement execution division in the Navy Advancement Center (N3) at NETPDTC, supporting the essential requirements associated with ordering, shipping, grading and processing Navywide advancement exams. “It’s an honor, of course, to be recognized for what you do,” said Dietly. “We’ve got a great team at the advancement center, and it’s due to the efforts of the whole team that make the individual look good.”

A retired senior chief Navy counselor, Dietly has worked for NETPDTC and the advancement center for eight years. “I’ve been out there, in the fleet dealing with the advancement center from the other side,” added Dietly. “Now I’m the guy they blame it on when something’s not right – and this is my chance to fix it for the Sailors.” Jay Gulley, advancement center execution division branch head, said that Dietly is a crucial member of his team. “His extraordinary behind-

Bruce Dietly receives the NETPDTC Civilian of the Quarter certificate from Capt. Lee Newton, commanding officer of NETPDTC.

the-scenes work ensures Sailors around the fleet have every opportunity to advance in a highlycompetitive environment,” Gulley said. “He has been directly responsible for the successes we’ve achieved in increasing Navy enlisted ad-

vancement system efficiency and integrity.” At the award ceremony, NETPDTC Commanding Officer Capt. Lee Newton said he is reminded on a daily basis of how much skill and dedication the talented professionals on staff bring

NAS Pensacola command Civilians of the Quarter ... NASP’s Civilian of the Quarter (CoQ) for the fourth quarter calendar year 2015 were recognized by then-CO Capt. Keith Hoskins at a command quarters ceremony held March 15 at NASP’s Forrest Sherman field. (Left) Anthony Jackson was the selection for Senior Civilian of the Quarter for the fourth quarter calendar year 2015. Jackson is fitness coordinator and manager at Wenzel Fitness Center for Morale, Welfare, and Recreation department. (Right) Viven Welch for her selection as the junior civilian of the quarter for the fourth quarter calendar year 2015. Welch is the NASP Safety Department’s automation assistant. Photos by Mike O’Connor

to the Navy. “Mr. Dietly is an outstanding example of how hard work and dedication can have a profound impact,” said Newton. Without his dedication to correcting discrepancies, many Sailors’ advancements would be delayed.” NETPDTC’s mission is to provide products and services that enable and enhance education, training, career developand personnel ment, advancement throughout the Navy. Primary elements of the command include the Voluntary Education Department, the Navy Advancement Center and the Resources Management Department. For more information on NETPDTC visit: https://www. netc. navy.mil/netc/ Commands/ NETPDTC.aspx.

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Clues will lead you to Fiesta Treasure Hunt prizes From Fiesta of Five Flags Association

Get out your thinking caps, treasure hunters. The WEAR and West Florida Medical Group Fiesta Treasure Hunt begins April 11. For 65 years, the Fiesta of Five Flags Association has engaged the public with a series of historical clues that have led to the location of Don Tristan DeLuna’s lost treasure. This year, treasure hunters will have the opportunity to decipher 10 daily clues that will lead them to 10 daily prizes totaling nearly $5,000. In addition to having the op-

portunity to win daily prizes, there will be an 11th prize known as the “Grand Prize.� Those who answer all 10 daily clues correctly will have their name go into a final drawing for the “Grand Prize� that will be announced at the Pensacola Crawfish Festival. To play, you must visit WEAR-TV’s contest web-

page (http://weartv.com/contests/features/fiesta-treasurehunt/#.VSfZBvnF_Rb) daily between April 11-15 and April 18-22. The daily clues will be posted along with a digital link that will lead you to the answer. Once you have solved the daily clue, log onto www.weartv.com and fill out the contest entry form with your answer and contact information. The annual Fiesta of Five Flags is a 10-day festival that commemorates the founding of Pensacola in 1559 by Spanish explorer Don Tristan de Luna and the five different governments — Spanish, French, British, Confederate

and American — that have ruled the city since its founding. It takes place the first week in June, coinciding with the height of Pensacola’s tourism season, giving visitors a chance to immerse themselves in Pensacola’s deep and diverse history as a colonial seaport. Upcoming Fiesta of Five Flags events include: • Pensacola Crawfish Festival, April 29-May 1. • Fiesta 10K and 5K Run/Walk, 7:30 a.m. April 30. • Fiesta Family Weekend, May 14. • Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon Fiesta Days Celebra-

tion, June 1. • Pen Air Grand Fiesta Parade, June 3. • Fiesta Prayer Service, June 4. • Centennial Imports Fiesta Boat Parade, June 4, sets sail from the Pensacola Yacht Club at 1 p.m. • DeLuna Landing Ceremony, June 4, Pensacola Beach. • Fiesta All Krewe Ball, 7 p.m. June 9 at the Hadji Shrine Temple. • DeLuna Coronation Ball, June 10. For more information on the Fiesta of Five Flags, call 433-6512 or go to go to www.fiestaoffiveflags.org.


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Morale, Welfare and Recreation

Story, photo from Pensacola Saenger Theatre

Fans of television personality, author and Food Network star Alton Brown are in for a treat. The curtains will open up “Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science” at 7:30 p.m. April 12 at the Pensacola Saenger. Brown’s first North American tour, “Edible Inevitable,” was a huge success. With “Eat Your Science,” fans can expect more comedy, talk show antics, multimedia presentations and music (yes, he sings) but Brown has added a slew of fresh ingredients, including new puppets, songs, bigger and potentially more dangerous experiments, and what every cook needs in his kitchen: fire. The show includes an interactive component where Brown invites audience members on stage to serve as his assistants. “There will be plenty of new therapy-inducing opportunities during our audience participation segments. I don’t want to give too much away, but we’re also going to play a little game with the audience,” Brown said. Brown has a knack for mixing together a perfect base of science, music and food into two hours of pure entertainment. “Plus, you’ll see things that I was never allowed to do on TV,” he said. He also says larger and more protective ponchos will be provided to the first few rows as his experi-

Alton Brown’s live show will combine food science, pop culture, skit humor and innovative cooking.

ments have the potential to get messy. Brown has hosted numerous series, including “Cutthroat Kitchen,” “Camp Cutthroat” and “Iron Chef America,” and created, produced and hosted the Peabody award winning series “Good Eats” for 13 years on Food Network; “Good” Eats can still be seen on the Cooking Channel and Netflix. Brown is the author of the James Beard award winning “I’m Just Here for the Food” and New York Times bestselling sequence “Good Eats.”

He is scheduled to release the first of two new cookbooks through Ballantine Books in the fall of 2016. “Alton Brown: Ever Day Cook,” or EDC as Brown calls it, is a collection of more than 100 personal recipes as well as a pinch of science and history. Tickets for the Saenger show are $99 (includes a special item to be received at the show); $73 or $58 plus applicable service charge. For more formation, go to www.pensacolasaenger.com or at www.altonbrownlive.com.

At the movies FRIDAY

“Zootopia” (3D), PG, 5 p.m.; “Zootopia” (2D), PG, 7:30 p.m.; “10 Cloverfield Lane,” PG-13, 5:30 p.m.; “The Perfect Match,” R, 8 p.m.


“Zootopia” (3D), PG, noon; “Gods of Egypt” (3D), PG-13, 2:30 p.m.; “Barbershop (The Next Cut),” PG-13, 5 p.m. (free admission); “10 Cloverfield Lane,” PG-13, 11:30 a.m.; “Zootopia” (2D), PG, 5:30 p.m.; “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” R, 8 p.m.


“Zootopia” (3D), PG, 12:30 p.m.; “10 Cloverfield Lane,” PG-13, 3 p.m.; “London Has Fallen,” R, 8 p.m.; “The Witch,” R, noon; “Risen,” PG-13, noon; “Zootopia” (2D), PG, 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.; “The Perfect Match,” R, 7:30 p.m.


“Zootopia” (2D), PG, 5 p.m.; “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” R, 7:10 p.m.; “The Witch,” R, 5:30 p.m.; “The Perfect Match,” R, 7:30 p.m.


“Zootopia” (3D), PG, 5 p.m.; “Gods of Egypt” (3D), PG-13, 7:10 p.m.; “Risen,” PG-13, 5:10 p.m.; “10 Cloverfield Lane,” PG-13, 7:30 p.m.


“10 Cloverfield Lane,” PG-13, 5 p.m.; “Zootopia” (2D), PG, 7:10 p.m.; “Eddie the Eagle,” PG-13, 5:10 p.m.; “London Has Fallen,” R, 7:30 p.m.


“Zootopia” (3D), PG, 5 p.m.; “Gods of Egypt” (3D), PG-13, 7:10 p.m.; “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” R, 5:10 p.m.; “London Has Fallen,” R, 7:30 p.m.

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

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

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. • Before and After School Program: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at the NASP Youth Center. For kindergarten through age 12. Program affiliated with Boys & Girls Club of America. Fees based on total family income. Pre-register at www.militarychildcare.com. For more information, call 452-2417. • Summer Day Camps: Weekly camps, May 31 to Aug. 9. 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. at NASP Youth Center; 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. at NASP Corry Station School Age Care. For ages 5 (kindergarten) to 12. Programs include field trips, breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack. Open to authorized dependents. Weekly fee based on total family income. Pre-register at www.militarychildcare.com. For information, call 452-2417 or 453-6310. • Little Yogis Yoga classes: Fitness Center; 5 p.m. April 19 at Family Fitness Center. Part of a • Movies on the celebration for Lawn: Free family Month of the Miliwill be shown movies tary Child. For every second and more information, Saturday from fourth call 452-9845. • Learn to sail: April 23 to Aug. 13 at Classes begin in dusk in front of the April at Blue Angel Portside Gym, Bldg. Naval Recreation 627. “The Good DiArea. Beginner nosaur,” rated PG, is classes are sched- scheduled for April 23. uled for 10 a.m. to Prizes will be given to 3 p.m. April 16. children in honor of the Cost is $35. Inter- Month of the Military mediate classes Child. There also will be are scheduled for free popcorn. Bring 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. your lawn chair, blanApril 9 and April kets and coolers. In 23. Cost is $40. For case of rain, the movies information or to will be canceled. For make reservations, more information, call 452-2372. call 281-5489. • Month of the Military Child Storytime: 3 p.m. April 13, NASP Library, 250 Chambers Ave., Bldg. 634. Event is for children ages 3 and older. Fleet and Family Support Center will have representatives on hand to provide information about services for military families. For more information, call 452-4362. • Youth Sports: Soccer, baseball, and Tball registrations are being accepted from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the NASP Youth Center. Open to all dependents ages 4-14 of active-duty, retired military, DoD employees, contractors and reservists. $50 registration fee per child includes uniform and trophy. For more information, call 452-3810. • Coaches needed: The Youth Sports office needs two soccer coaches and two baseball coaches. For information on how you can be involved, contact the NAS Youth Sports office at 452-3810 or 293-0547

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

Fleet and Family Support Center • Contemporary worship, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, followed by fellowship at 7:30 p.m. • Bible study and dinner, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, fellowship hall. Latter Day Saints • Service, 7 p.m. Wednesday. Roman Catholic • Mass, noon Sunday and 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday. For information, call 452-6376. NAS Whiting Field Chapel Roman Catholic • Mass, 11 a.m. Friday. Protestant • Bible study, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. • Weekly chapel service, 11:30 a.m. Thursday. For information, call 623-7212. More services Jewish • 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 information, call 438-3321 or go to http://templebethelof pensacola.org. Seventh-day Adventist • Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1080 North Blue Angel Parkway, Bible studies at 9:30 a.m. and services at 11 a.m. Saturday. For information, call 4533442.

The NASP Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC), 151 Ellyson Ave., Bldg. 625, is offering the following: • FFSC Transition GPS Program Job Fair: 9 a.m. to noon April 15, NASP Gateway Inn Conference Center, Bldg. 3249. For more information, call 4524369 or 452-5620 or e-mail NASP_TAMP@Navy.mil. • 2016 Teen Job Fair Prep and Resume Workshop: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 28 or May 7, NASP Corry Station Youth Center, Bldg. 4118. Register early, only 30 seats available. Open to dependents of active-duty, retired military, DoD or contract employees. For more information, call 452-5609 or e-mail Sheila.Mcneely@navy.mil. • 2016 Teen Job Fair: 9 a.m. to noon May 7 and May 14, NASP Corry Station Youth Center, Bldg. 4118. To be considered for MWR Teen Summer Program prositions, applicants must be:

age 15 to 18; dependents of active-duty, retired military, DoD or contract employees; be enrolled in high school; attend one of 2016 teen job fairs to obtain application; and submit application with three signed letters of recommendations to NAF Personnel Office, Bldg. 3249, by May 16. For more information on the program, call 452-3386 or 452-4681. • U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs e-benefits workshop: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. April 20. A resource guide to all online veteran’s benefits. Open to all military veterans and military family members. To register or for more information, call 452-5990. • Family Caregiver Seminar: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. May 11. Taking care of aging parents and children while on active duty presents a challenge. Find out how use the resources available to assist military families. To register or for more information, call 452-5609.

Community Outreach NASP Community Outreach volunteer opportunities: • Meals on Wheels: Council on Aging of West Florida needs help delivering meals to homebound elderly throughout Escambia County. Flexible schedules. For information, go

to www.coawfla.org. 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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