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FFSC Transition GPS Job Fair today, April 17...

Employers are looking for professionals at the FFSC Transition GPS Job Fair, going on today, April 17, 9 a.m.-noon, at NASP Gateway Inn Conference Center, Bldg. 3249. For information, call the NASP Fleet and Family Support Center Transition office at 452-5609.

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HURREX/ Citadel Gale 2015 April 20-May 1 From Chris Steinnecker NASP N7 Mission Readiness

Hurricane season is right around the corner and Navy Region Southeast (NRSE) is getting ready for 2015’s HURREX/ Citadel Gale training exercise. The exercise will run from April 20 to May 1 in preparation for this year’s hurricane season. HURREX/Citadel Gale 2015 will prepare afloat and shore commands in the Atlantic and Gulf Coast Navy regions to maintain the ability to deploy forces – even under adverse conditions, and to respond to destructive weather threats. Onboard NAS Pensacola, predictions for the

2015 season are being viewed with caution. “Mixed signals for amount of hurricanes this season; bottom line: be prepared,” said NASP Emergency Manager Burt Fenters. Fenters recommends bookmarking some websites for hurricane readiness: • In Escambia County, http://www.myescambia. com/beready • In Santa Rosa County: http://www.santarosa.fl. gov/emergency/ • U.S. Navy: http:// www.ready.navy.mil/ HURREX/Citadel Gale 2015 will involve two simulated storm systems developing and intensifying to hurricane strength, threatening the Caribbean Islands, East Coast and Gulf Coast regions.

Pensacola’s Escambia High School undergoes unit inspection at the NJROTC Nationals April 11. Photo by Mike O’Connor

NAS Pensacola hosts NJROTC National Championship Story by Scott A. Thornbloom Naval Service Training Command PAO and Ens. Michael Torres Naval Education Training Command PAO

Two local Pensacola Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) units competed against the top schools from around the country in the NJROTC National Academic, Athletic and Drill Championship held onboard Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola April 10-11.

Pine Forest and Escambia high schools were among 25 NJROTC units representing 15 states that were challenged on their athleticism, tested in academics and evaluated on the drill deck during competition. Events were held at the Naval Air Technical Training Center’s (NATTC) Charles Taylor Hangar and on the NAS Pensacola track and parade field. The unit from Boca Raton High School in Florida

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NASP partners with local community in sexual assault awareness Story, photo by Scott Hallford Gosport Editor

In a significant show of unity, Naval Air Station Pensacola has partnered with local officials in recognizing sexual assault awareness. NASP Commanding Officer Capt. Keith Hoskins and Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward, along with Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan, Escambia County Commissioner Lumon May and Pensacola Po-

(Left-right) Escambia County Commissioner Lumon May, Pensacola Police Chief Chip Simmons, NASP CO Capt. Keith Hoskins, Pensacola Mayor Ahston Hayward and Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan sign a proclamation asserting community solidarity against sexual assault April 9.

lice Chief Chip Simmons signed a joint proclamation April 9 in downtown Pensacola designating the month of April as Sexual

Earth Day events planned at NASP

Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM). Hoskins, a strong proponent of military involvement with

local communities, thought as long as the DoD-wide observance of SAAPM was being conducted by all military instal-

lations, it would be beneficial to join with local officials to have a bigger impact on the community. “We in the military have made great strides in addressing the issue of sexual assault,” he told the audience. “We train multiple times during an individual’s career about all the behaviors that constitute sexual assault, the reporting options and that we are aware of all these so we can properly handle these issues, these crimes that occur in our

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Team RWB Eagles shows support for veterans

By Janet Thomas Gosport Staff Writer

By Bethany Chestnut NASP Public Affairs Intern

Bright ideas to save the planet will get special attention this week at Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP). April 22 marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, a grassroots effort to increase awareness of environmental issues, and the Naval Exchange (NEX) and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Department are presenting special “green” events. Some of the bright ideas will be provided by the NASP energy team at the Public Works Department (PWD). “We are excited to be a part of the events and have giveaways and information handouts to pass out,” said NASP Installation Energy Manager Sabrina Williams.

About 35 members of Team Red, White and Blue (RWB) from Fort Walton Beach, Pensacola, Panama City Beach, Fort Rucker and Colorado participated in the March 21, 2015 Blue Angel Rock N Fly Half Marathon and 5K. Also known as the Eagles, members of the

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group are seen at many athletic and social events sporting red shirts with a blue and white eagle. The Eagles are made up of veterans, active-duty service members and civilians. There are approximately 56,000 members and 115 communities nationwide, said Susan Shaffer, who coordinates membership for Fort Walton Beach Team RWB

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Team Red, White and Blue

The Amazing SAPR Race April 24 ...

April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM) and registration is under way for NAS Pensacola Fleet and Family Support Center’s Amazing SAPR Race. The race will take place at 8 a.m. April 24; the event is open to all branches and ranks. Sign up in groups of four; proper military PT uniform required; Gatorade and water provided; starting line is the parking lot east of the NATTC “A” barracks. Contact Lois.Bourne@Navy.mil or your command’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response POC to register.

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SafetyFest 2015 ...

The NAS Pensacola SafetyFest, sponsored by Naval Aviation Schools Command (NASC) and Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC), will be held today, April 17, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the NATTC AS Hangar. Come out and meet representatives from NASP Safety Department, American Red Cross, local sheriffs, emergency management, Florida Highway Patrol, Baptist Hospital and more. SAAPM from page 1

ʻCan I Kiss Youʼ delivers Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM) message ... Date Safe Project presenter Mike Domitrz, left, works with “Taylor” and “Chris” during a SAAPM presentation, “Can I Kiss You?” at NAS Pensacola’s Naval Aviation Schools Command auditorium April 9. “Our No. 1 goal is to get people to ask first, intervene where they’re able to, and then open the door for survivors,” Domitrz told Gosport. “We do that by giving them both ‘how-to’ and ‘why it’s important.’ The skills are essential.” Did Domitrz think the NASP audience took the message home? “I do. The reaction we’ve gotten already has been fantastic and so I definitely feel like they’re walking out of here wanting to try a lot of these actions.” For more, visit http://www.date safeproject.org. For related story, see page 6. Photo by Mike O’Connor

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It all begins with the Earth Day Fair and Farmers Market from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today, April 17, at the NEX Mall, 5600 Highway 98 West. Energy organizations including Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA), Gulf Power and NASP Public Works will be offering information on how to live a green life. In addition, at least one energy efficient vehicle is expected to be on display. Three Bean Soup will entertain the crowd with live music, and local vendors will be selling handcrafted goods and fresh produce. The NEX Aviation Plaza has planned a “Green Week” with different presentation for each day. The schedule for the week is as follows: • April 20: Jim Roberts with the ECUA will be featuring inRWB from page 1

along with her husband. Team RWB is a nonprofit organization with a mission to enrich the lives of American veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity. The group is rooted in the belief that the best way to support veterans is by spending time with them and supporting them in personal and meaningful ways. The Eagles ethos is a set of

formation and showcasing their eco truck. • April 21: Gulf Power will be featuring an electric vehicle and information table.

• April 24: A showcase of recycling project from the NASP Youth Center as well as the conclusion of the associate “Recycle Wars.”

• April 22: NASP Public Works will be featuring an electric vehicle and information table. • April 23: NEX patrons can trade a recyclable item for a reusable grocery tote.

“Earth Week” at MWR will include events at Radford Fitness Center and the NASP Youth Center. From April 20-24, educational booths featuring MWR recycling, Starbucks and the NASP

guiding beliefs and ideals that characterize their community: passion, people, positivity, commitment, camaraderie and community. Shaffer said the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) estimates there are 400,000 veterans with untreated PTSD and 26 percent of returning combat veterans suffer from mental health conditions. She said exercise is the non-drug equivalent to drug therapies for depres-

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sion and anxiety, and 41 percent of veterans are more likely to exercise if they can do it in a group. Shaffer said that at the 2015 Blue Angel Rock N Fly half marathon, a large group of Eagles gathered together to support and encourage one another.

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

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

military and communities.” Hoskins went on to explain the military’s efforts in emphasizing bystander intervention to “engage the strength of our numbers by preventing sexual assaults from actually occurring.” He went on the explain how thorough and far-reaching the military intervention, prevention, reporting process and follow-through with victims is and how it is evolving in its importance. Hayward praised the efforts of the Navy and its involvement with the community on the issue. “Every two minutes, someone is sexually assaulted in the United States, and unfortunately, many victims don’t report their assaults out of fear,” he said. “Sexual assault is an issue in every community, and with this joint proclamation, our community is taking a stand in support of awareness and prevention.” Hoskins reemphasized the importance of NASP military personnel and the relationship with the community. “The military here is more than temporary residents here; we’re citizens of this neighborhood,” he said. At the proclamation signing, the water in a fountain at Plaza de Luna in Pensacola was dyed teal-green, the official color of SAAPM. While the Department of Defense continually emphasizes and trains on sexual assault awareness, April annually is a month of more emphasis on the subject. This year’s SAAPM theme is “Eliminate sexual assault: Know your part. Do your part.” For more news from Naval Air Station Pensacola, visit www.navy.mil/local/naspensacola.

energy conservation initiative will have information available for fitness center visitors. Several Earth Week fitness classes are also on the schedule: • Command Sunrise Yoga, 6 a.m. April 22, Radford Fitness Center. • Twilight Yoga, 6 p.m. April 22, Barrancas Beach. • Go Green Spin, 4 p.m., April 23, Radford Fitness Center. • Jump to Re-Cycle, a twohour spin class, 9 a.m. April 24, Radford Fitness Center. Other events will include, an Earth Day celebration April 22 at the Youth Center. A citrus tree will be planted in front of the center, and children will be encouraged to recycle and cut down on the amount of trash they throw away on a daily basis. The younger generation also will get a chance to plant and paint dandelions, the official flower of the military child,

Shaffer and her husband are proud for the opportunity to show their support for the military. They recognize, and are extremely grateful for the service, sacrifice and strength given by the U.S. men and women in uniform, so when they had a chance to give back, they did so whole heartedly. Shaffer said their son recently left for his first duty station in Germany as a Soldier in the Army, and she joined Team

April 29 at the Youth Center. The Navy’s 2015 theme for Earth Day, “A Sustainable Future Begins with You,” underscores the ripple effect of each individual’s actions that benefit the environment and help ensure a viable planet for generations to come. For more information and resources regarding the Navy's Earth Day activities, go to http://greenfleet.dodlive.mil/environment/earth-day. The first Earth Day was held April 22, 1970, and it is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. For more information, go to www.earthday.org. For more on Earth Day, see page B1.

RWB to share her pride in U.S. service members. “When I show my support for our local veterans, I know that some other chapter of Team RWB is supporting him too,” she said. Some of the other Eagles also shared their thoughts about Team RWB: “Team RWB supports me every day because it’s made up of people who automatically get me, even if they don’t know

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I’m blinded by puppy love personality disorder Story, photo by Lisa Smith Molinari Military Spouse Columnist

A week ago, my life was normal. I showered regularly. I ran errands. I cooked and cleaned. I watched TV. I slept in a bed. And then, my husband and I drove from our base house at Naval Station Newport to a cranberry farm in Massachusetts, and picked up a wriggling ball of fur that has changed everything. We felt a twinge of guilt taking an eight-week-old Labrador retriever away from his littermates, with whom he had spent his days snuggling and tussling. But ever since the death of our beloved dog Dinghy, who saw us through deployments, PCS moves and an overseas tour, we knew another dog would enhance our family. So we wrapped the puppy in a blanket and nuzzled him all the way home, happily ignorant of the chaos that was about to ensue. We named him “Moby,” a tribute to our tour of duty in nautical New England. However, other apt labels have occurred to us this past week, as we have learned the multiple facets of our new puppy’s complex personality.

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“Puddle Maker” has christened every rug in our house, and we’re now considering buying stock in puppy training pads. “Kibble Gobbler” inhales scoops of puppy food as if he is a starving prisoner, usually with one paw plopping in his water dish. “Spawn of Cujo” has an active period after meals, involving relentless ankle biting, broom chasing and upholstery shredding. During this time, we can’t approach “Staple Gun” for fear that, what might seem like a sweet lick on the nose will turn out to be a needle-teeth lancing of that sensitive area just inside the nostrils. “Sweater Snagger” sinks his fishhook nails into us when we carry him down the porch steps for potty time. Although he seems to know what is expected of him, “Little Con Artist” enjoys delaying the potty process long enough that we are forced to stand out in the cold while he innocently plays in the mud. After following me around the house biting my shoes, “Limp Noodle” insists on taking a nap while laying over my feet. I sit motionless so as to not incite further mayhem, while the housework doesn’t get done, food doesn’t get cooked,

Moby is the newest member of the Molinari household.

About the columnist Lisa Smith Molinari, mother of three, has been a military spouse for 20 years (and running). She also writes columns for Military Spouse magazine and a blog at www.themeat andpotatoesoflife.com. She and her family are stationed at Naval Station Newport in Rhode Island. and I don’t shower. This is generally the time that our base neighbors come by to see the newest member of our family. They all remark at how calm “Little Faker” is, and ask me

why I’m looking so bedraggled these days. After the fourth night sleeping on the floor beside the dog crate, I needed a break from “Puppet Master.” Just like the dog training book instructed, I gave him a special treat and put him in the playpen we had assembled in the kitchen. I praised him, closed the gate, and left to drive the girls to school. Fifteen minutes later, my base neighbor called. “What are you doing to that poor dog?” he blurted, explaining that he could hear incessant yelping through the thick walls of our shared duplex. I rushed home to find that “Mr. Passive Aggressive” made a “deposit” in his playpen in protest over being left alone. But that is not the half of it.

“Canine Picasso” also smeared it all over the floor, rug, bed, gate, toys and himself. Needless to say, I spent the rest of the morning scrubbing and disinfecting, and although everything looks clean, we may need to deworm the children just in case. At first, I thought Moby was the one with the personality disorder, but I realize that it’s me who has lost a grip on reality. I have transformed from Navy Mom to Pin Cushion, Pooper Scooper, Feed Bag and Personal Slave. I’m so delusional that, despite multiple contusions, baggy eyes and a complete loss of hygiene standards, I am utterly blinded by love. Call me crazy, because in my mind, Moby is “The Cutest Thing On The Face of This Earth.”

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NJROTC Held onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola April 10-11 Nationals from page 1

outlasted the other teams to capture the win. Following the competition, Commander of Naval Education and Training Command (NETC), Rear Adm. Michael S. White, presented participation certificates to all 25 schools and then presented overall trophies to the top five units at an awards ceremony at the National Naval Aviation Museum. “We’re so excited to have the (NJROTC) Nationals back here in Pensacola,” said White, who also observed the drill events and visited with units during the competition. “As you watch these young men and women compete here, it gives you great faith in the future of our nation. Whatever leadership role they pick, they are ready.” “This is the best possible feeling I could have imagined,” said Cadet Capt. Jake Woods, 18, a senior and the cadet regimental commander of the Boca Raton NJROTC unit. “I know that there is no higher goal for any cadet in this unit than to win this national championship. What drives us all year long every year is coming to this place and winning this championship and we are so glad we were able to pull it off.” Boca Raton last competed in the nationals in 2011. This year, they piledup 5,215 points to capture the title. Troy High School (Fullerton, Calif.) came in second with 5,084 points. Centennial High School (Las Vegas), the 2009 and 2010 national champion, placed third with 4,900 points; Westview High School (San Diego) was fourth with 4,862; and Shawnee Mission North High School (Kansas) finished fifth with 4,815 points. Last year’s winner, Escambia High School, finished 11th with 4,666 points and Pine Forest finished ninth with 4,700 points. Retired Lt. Cmdr. Rodney Bolling, senior Naval

Science Instructor (NSI) at Pine Forest said that making it to the Nationals is always a focus of his unit. “It’s an honor for the cadets to represent the city and their school at such a prestigious event and to be able to compete at this level,” said Bolling. “They have shown their dedication and commitment to working hard after school so they could be here.” This is the fifth year in a row that Escambia High School has made it to the finals. Retired Marine Sgt. Maj. Andre Francis, Escambia’s assistant NSI, credits their success to hard work and desire. “From day one, we’ve been working on what I call a dynasty,” said Francis. “We have been striving for perfection in what we do. The kids love to compete to continue that dynasty. Many of our graduates come back to watch those following in their footsteps.” “It’s been unbelievable to see these kids and these units perform so well and dedicate themselves to this competition,” said Dr. J.D. Smith, director and NJROTC program manager. “The cadets are performing at an extremely high level and we couldn’t be happier with this year’s competition.” In addition to regular classroom instruction, NJROTC cadets participate in a number of extracurricular activities throughout the school year and during the summer months that are designed to stimulate learning by hands-on experiences and to reinforce the program’s curriculum. Cadet extracurricular activities include community service projects, drill competitions, academic competitions, visits to naval installations, and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) training. There are 580 NJROTC units worldwide with more than 90,000 cadets participating. For more information about NJROTC, visit www.njrotc.navy.mil/.

Pensacola’s Escambia High School Color Guard performs under the watchful eyes of Marine drill instructors at the NJROTC Nationals April 10. Photo by Mike O’Connor

NETC’s Rear Adm. Mike White addresses the crowd at the NJROTC Nationals award ceremony April 11. Photo by Lt. Cmdr. Katherine Meadows

Escambia High NJROTC Cadet Reuben Gardner does sit-ups during the athletic competition at the NJROTC Nationals. Photo by Ens. Michael Torres

Students from Pensacola’s Pine Forest High School march during unit inspection April 10. Photo by Mike O’Connor



April 17, 2015


Recruits receive electronic tablets as part of test for future By Sue Krawczyk Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, Public Affairs


REAT LAKES (NNS) – The Navy’s top enlisted Sailor, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike D. Stevens, was on hand to distribute the first electronic tablets (e-tablets) to the Navy’s newest recruits at Recruit Training Command (RTC) April 7. The launch of the eSailor initiative is a pre-pilot, beta testing to two divisions of 70 recruits to help determine how well the device integrates into the training environment at RTC. The e-tablet will contain RTC curriculum, including training videos, texts and access to professional development websites. “As we exploit wireless, mobile technology through the eSailor initiative, I am certain there will be challenges, and we will learn lessons along the way, but we cannot let challenges of security, accessibility, and cost hold us back,” said Stevens. “We must embrace these challenges and work through them in order to remain relevant. I do not believe we have an option ‘not to’ embrace mobile technology if we are going to be relevant in our ability to function in the 21st century and beyond. We must do this and it must start now.” The goal of the e-tablet is to increase the quality of work and life of recruits and recruit division commanders (RDCs). The etablets will use technology already used in elementary through high schools across the nation and incorporate the RTC curriculum, creating a seamless educational transition from civilian to Sailor. In 2014, Stevens proposed the eSailor initiative to Naval Service Training Command (NSTC), which oversees RTC. Since then, the NSTC-RTC team has worked to develop protocol for the use, care, and programming of the tablets. “Today is the first step in establishing an

effective mobile technology program at RTC,” said Rear Adm. Richard A. Brown, commander, NSTC. “RTC and NSTC have partnered together to review training requirements, infrastructure demands, and technological capabilities to realize MCPON Stevens’ vision.” The pre-pilot will consist of a six-month study, serving as a rolling start to obtain qualitative data in a cost-effective manner. When a division graduates, the tablets will be collected and redistributed to collect three cycles of data, about 450 recruits in total. “We are continually looking for ways to improve training at RTC,” said Capt. Doug Pfeifle, commanding officer, RTC. “As the Navy’s only boot camp, we have an opportunity to impact every Sailor going to the fleet. We are an increasingly technological Navy and our boot camp must not only reflect, but precede the needs of the Navy. As the fleet continually advances in technology, our recruits and staff must embrace this shift as well. Implementing the eSailor initiative will help recruits interface with technology from day one.” Recruits will be instructed on the proper use, regulations and care of their tablets. At the end of each day, tablets will be collected and placed within charging stations where they will be secured until the following day when they will be redistributed. “I think this is going to help our training because in today’s age everyone is so used to having technology right at their hands

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens hands the first electronic tablet (e-tablet) to SR Justin Belnap, 21, from Belmont, Calif., during the launch of the eSailor initiative April 7 at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. Photo by Scott A. Thornbloom

that we’ll be more accustomed to study on a tablet because we're used to it,” said SR Karlie Breht, 19. Currently, recruits receive more than 100 hours of classroom and applied training. Much of this curriculum will be included on the tablet for recruits to access and study. For training purposes, the e-tablet for the pre-pilot will include: Navy-owned RTC curriculum, a digital version of the Bluejacket’s Manual, and various other training courses. The tablets will also be used to increase the quality of life of recruits as this technology will facilitate communication with family and friends during time normally allotted to them for letter writing. “There is no better place to launch eSailor than where we launch every enlisted Sailor in the United States Navy, Recruit Training Command, here in Great Lakes,” said Stevens. “Our new Sailors and the professional staff of RTC will leverage

this technology for training, while at the same time helping the Navy determine how to proceed into the future, for all Sailors – officer and enlisted.” RTC is primarily responsible for conducting the initial Navy orientation and training of new recruits. The command is commonly referred to as “boot camp” or “recruit training.” Boot camp is approximately eight weeks, and all 39,000 enlistees into the United States Navy begin their careers at the command each year. Training includes physical fitness, seamanship, firearms familiarization, firefighting and shipboard damage control, lessons in Navy heritage and core values, teamwork and discipline. RTC is overseen by Rear Adm. Richard A. Brown, commander, NSTC. NSTC oversees 98 percent of initial officer and enlisted accessions training for the Navy. For more news from Recruit Training Command, go to www.navy.mil/local/rtc/.



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NBHCWF commissions one of its own Story, photo by Ens. Andrew Groh NASWF Public Affairs

Navy Branch Health Clinic Whiting Field (NBHCWF) had the rare opportunity to celebrate in an event that has taken place on base only once before in the last 25 years, the commissioning of one of their own into the Medical Service Corps (MSC). HM1 Jesse Hernandez took the oath of a naval officer during a commissioning ceremony March 16 in NBHCWF’s central lobby. Hernandez joined the NBHCWF team in December 2010 as a hospital corpsman second class and promoted to first class in June 2013. Navy officer commissions are earned in sev-

eral ways such as the United States Naval Academy (USNA), Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), Officer Candidate School (OCS) and others. However, a newly minted lieutenant junior grade, Hernandez will be attending a commissioning program similar to OCS known as Officer Development School (ODS). ODS is one of five officer accession programs operated at Officer Training Command Newport (OTC) in Newport, R.I. According to the official OTC website, the purpose of this course is to provide staff corps officers, and several restricted line designators with training necessary to prepare them to function in their role as a newly commissioned

naval officer. During his time at NBHCWF, Hernandez earned his bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration from Ashford University where, upon completion, he applied to the Medical Service Corps In-Service Procurement Program (MSC IPP), a program for active-duty enlisted personnel that meet the eligibility criteria for MSC officers, in hopes of being picked up for ODS in 2012. After receiving a letter of non-selection to the program, Hernandez continued his education earning a master’s degree in public health from National University in California. Hernandez reapplied to the MSC IPP Program in October

Newly commissioned Lt. j.g. Jesse Hernandez shares his first salute with NBHCWF lead chief petty officer HMC Steven Fearnside.

2014. From a pool of roughly 70-150 applicants to this program from across the nation, Hernandez was selected as one of 15 accepted to the pro-

gram annually. Hernandez will attend ODS starting May 10, and, upon completion, he has follow on orders to Naval Submarine Medical Re-

search Laboratory, Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn., where he will begin his new career as a United States naval officer.

Date Safe’s ‘Can I Kiss You?’ educates, entertains with SAPR message By Ens. Margaret Gresham NASWF Public Affairs

When some Sailors and Marines receive an e-mail that says “required SAPR training,” they prepare themselves for another dull PowerPoint driven seminar. That may have been the familiar feeling of some students in Training Air Wing Five as they filed into the Naval Air Station Whiting Field (NASWF) auditorium April 9. However, any such feelings quickly vanished and the auditorium filled with laugher and voices as the students interacted and participated in the “Can I Kiss You” seminar presented by Mike Domitrz. Domitrz is one of the most popular speakers on college campuses and military installations across the country. He reaches out to more than 30,000 people a year and shares his message of asking for consent, making smarter choices with partners, supporting survivors of sexual assault, and intervening when danger is present at parties or group settings with alcohol. Brought to NASWF for Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM), Domitrz created an interactive and responsive atmosphere for the

service members in the audience. Domitrz’s first interactive scenario was one involving alcohol. Many times predators will use alcohol as a tool to get their victim in a state in which they cannot say “No.” If a potential partner is not in a mental state to say no, then how can they possibly be in the right frame of mind to say “Yes?” He was able to open the audience’s eyes toward recognizing dangerous situations involving alcohol and led them through possible ways to intervene. It is important not to dismiss a situation as minor. Many people say to themselves, “It’s none of my business, I don’t know the situation, or I don’t even know that person they are a stranger to me why should I care?” Domitrz teaches people to recognize a scenario and call it what it is. A potential sexual assault or rape is about to occur and someone needs to step in and take appropriate action. Domitrz explained to the audience about a group mentality, getting a group of friends together to approach a possible assault situation so the predator isn’t as threatened by a one-on-one approach. By picking up on body language and how a person responds to an attempt to mediate a dangerous situation the group

can determine if it was even a dangerous situation to begin with. Typically, someone who means no harm will welcome the help from a group to make sure the intoxicated patron gets home OK, while a defensive and agitated person may have had predatory intentions. A key teaching, because it teaches young people what to look for and how to respond. How someone asks for consent was also a major focal point of the seminar. Domitrz focused on the conversation between two people about to engage in anything physical. This is where the question, “Can I kiss you?” becomes so important. Domitrz expressed that yes, this may be an awkward conversation to have with someone, maybe there is a fear of rejection or “killing the mood,” but it is a worthwhile conversation that two mature people should be able to have. If one can’t bring oneself to talk about consent with their partner, then they probably shouldn’t be engaging in an action that requires consent in the first place. Giving a person the choice is what is so important about actually asking to move forward. People tend to misread signals all the time; body language is the worst form of concrete communication between couples. Just because one pa-

tron thinks the other is into them based on the signal they are receiving does not validate that they actually are. Just “going for it” as Domitrz worded it, is not giving the partner a choice; that is forcing the partner to physically defend themselves rather than having the opportunity to verbally say “No.” People like confidence, and people like to physically hear their partner wants to do something with them. This verbal confirmation can enhance your intimacy rather than kill it. “It was hands down the best SAPR training I have attended. (Domitrz) had a really good perspective and he put a positive spin on an otherwise bleak subject,” one female attendee stated. “It also opened my eyes that it is not just men who need to ask for consent, regardless of sex, gender, or sexual orientation one must ask and confirm consent with their partner before proceeding.” “I want my message to really stick with people, I am working to shift these seminars from what not to do, to what to do,” Domitrz said. “By teaching people how to react in potentially dangerous situations, I am giving them the skill set and allowing them to gain confidence in order to implement these skills.”

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Purple Heart group to meet April 18

Members of the Sharon Lane Chapter 566 Pensacola Military Order of the Purple Hearts are scheduled to meet at 11 a.m. tomorrow, April 18, at 301 East Gadsden St. All Purple Heart recipients, their spouses and lineal descendants are welcome. The Ladies Auxiliary will serve an Italian feast following the meeting. For more information, call Zina Steinsiek at 994-6216.

Scientist to talk about climate change

Dr. Robert Bindschadler, NASA scientist emeritus, will be the guest speaker at the Panhandle Tiger Bay Club luncheon. Bindschadler will talk about climate change and how changes can potentially have a significant impact on coastal cities such as Pensacola. Bindschadler has led field expeditions to Antarctica and has participated in many other expeditions to glaciers and ice caps around the world. The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. today, April 17, at New World Landing The cost for guests is $35. For reservations, call 293-1902, or e-mail panhandletigerbay@gmail.com.

‘G.I. Jukebox’ taking the stage at PLT Pensacola Little Theatre (PLT) Mainstage Productions will present Rick Lewis’ “G.I. Jukebox” April 17-19 and April 23-26 at the PLT theater located inside the Pensacola Cultural Center, 400 South Jefferson St. “G.I. Jukebox” is a 1940s musical review. Ticket prices range between $14 and $30 with the Thursday performance being half price. For more information, call 432-2042 or go to Pensacola LittleTheatre.com.

Children can explore vehicles at event

Children will get the chance to climb on, touch and explore specialty and emergency vehicles as well as meet characters and mascots and a bomb squad robot at Play Pensacola Touch-A-Truck event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow, April 18, at Community Maritime Park. Police cruisers, fire trucks and a helicopter will be featured at the event, which is being coordinated by the Pensacola Parks and Recreation Department. Parents also can learn more about Play Pensacola summer camps, help Cram the Van with summer camp supplies and enter to win prizes in the summer camp scholarship raffle. For more information, go to www.PlayPensacola.com or call 436-5670.

Humane Society dog wash season starts

The Pensacola Humane Society, 5 North Q St., will kick off its 2015 Doggie Bathe-In season tomorrow, April 18. Bathe-ins offer low-cost dog bathing, grooming, nail-clipping and flea dips. Events are held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the third Saturday of the month from April through October. Charges are based on the dog’s weight. Groomings are done on a first-come, first-served basis. New volunteers and experienced groomers and nail clippers are always needed. Anyone interested in helping should contact Stefanie Snyder at 4324260 or e-mail volunteer@pensacolahumane.org. For more information go to www.pensacola humane.org.

Church presenting gospel concert

Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 9301 Gulf Beach Highway, is presenting a Southern gospel concert featuring The Primitives at 7 p.m. today, April 17. Admission is free, but an offering will be collected. For more information, call Rhonda Pouliet, ministry assistant, at 492-1518 or go to www.pleasantgrovepensacola.com.

Choral Society plans Mozart concert The Choral Society of Pensacola will end its 2014-15 Season with a concert titled “Viva Mozart!” at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, April 18, at Cokesbury United Methodist Church, 5725 North Ninth Ave. The concert will celebrate the works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The centerpiece will be a performance of Mozart’s “Grand Mass in C Minor.” Also on the program are Mozart’s “Regina Coeli” and “Ave Verum Corpus,” along with arias performed by the evening’s professional guest soloists. Tickets are $22 for reserved section seating, $18 for general admission, and $5 for students. To purchase tickets in advance, call 484-1806 or go to http://csopmozart.brownpapertickets.com. For more information, call 484-1806 or go to www.choralsocietyofpensacola.com.

Teens take the wheel at driving school Manheim Auto Auction, 6359 North W St., is offering the Tire Rack Street Survival Teen Driving School from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 25. Students will receive a short classroom session and then will learn how to manage driving hazards in a controlled environment on an advanced driving course.

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T-6 Texan Trot scheduled for April 25 The 455th Flying Training Squadron Booster Club has scheduled the T-6 Texan Trot for 8 a.m. April 25. The timed run will follow a course around the taxiways and runway of NAS Pensacola’s Sherman Field. The race is open to DoD cardholders and those who can be sponsored on base by DoD cardholders, it will be capped at 1,500 participants. Cost is $30. For more information, go to www.facebook. com/T6TexanTrot and to register, go to https:// secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=120669. Students are taught in their own cars. The class is open to licensed and permitted drivers ages 15 to 21. The cost is $75 per student and some insurance companies offer premium discounts to graduates. Forms, schedules and more information can be found online at www.streetsurvival.org.

Suicide intervention training available An Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Workshop is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 28-29 at the J.B. McKamey Center, Bldg. 634, NAS Pensacola The workshop is for anyone who wants to feel more comfortable, confident and competent in helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. It is open to active-duty, DoD and civilian employees. Participation in the full two days is required. To register provide CREDO facilitator Tony Bradford or a chapel staff member with the member’s rank, name, contact information and supervisor’s name. For more information, contact Tony Bradford, NASP CREDO facilitator, at 452-2341, ext. 5, or by e-mail at tony.bradford.ctr@navy.mil.

Lighthouse has openings for volunteers

Pensacola Lighthouse & Museum aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola needs volunteers to help with Top of the Tower tours, safeties at the base, ghost tours, special events, daily maintenance and special projects. Volunteers are needed seven days a week, especially weekends. Volunteer an hour, a day or whatever you are able. The needs are ongoing. For more information, e-mail volunteers@pensacolalighthouse.org or call 393-1561.

USS Lexington reunion announced

The annual reunion for the USS Lexington (CV16) is scheduled for Sept. 27 to Oct. 1 in Baton Rouge, La. 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.

Navy band to perform at May 8 event

The Four Star Edition of the U.S. Fleet Forces Band – one of the Navy’s signature outreach programs – will be performing a free concert at the Naval Reserve Centennial Celebration at 3:30 p.m. May 8 at the Mariners Park and Amphitheater, 301 West Main St. The six-member group performs a contemporary music that includes today’s top pop, rock and country hits, as well as classic rock and patriotic songs. For information about the event, go to https://www.facebook.com/NavyReserveCentennial Pensacola. You can also e-mail dgraham@pensacola chamber.com or dc1swaynelane@gmail.com.

Sunset Run scheduled for May 9

The 32nd annual St. John School Sunset Run is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. May 9. The certified USATF 5K course runs through the Navy Point community along the shoreline of Bayou Grande, with the start and finish at St. John School, 325 South Navy Blvd. The course is classified as fast and flat. The first 1,000 registrants will receive a moisture wick race shirt. Post-race festivities of music, food, beverage, and awards will follow the one-mile fun run. Registration information is available at www.active.com (event listing: “Pensacola Sunset Run”), www.stjohnpensacola.com. For more information, call 456-5218.

LSU group serving up Crawfish Boil

The Panhandle Bayou Bengals, LSU Alumni Chapter-Pensacola, will present its annual Crawfish Boil from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. April 25 at Shoreline Park

in Gulf Breeze. Crawfish will be served at 2:30 p.m. Menu will include Cajun boiled crawfish, corn, potatoes, sausage and hot dogs. Raffles, auctions, LSU merchandise sales, Cajun and Zydeco music will round out the day’s activities. Cost is $40 for non members and at the door. All net proceeds are used to fund a scholarship endowment fund. For more information, contact John Spurny at 733-9583 or by e-mail at lsupanhandle@ hotmail.com or Larry Scheetz at (251) 978-0279 or by e-mail at lscheetz@shhpens.org.

Celebration planned in Brownsville

The Escambia County Community Redevelopment Agency has scheduled the second annual Celebrating Brownsville Festival for noon to 4 p.m. April 25 at 3300 Mobile Highway. The festival will feature local art, vendors and live entertainment. Free children’s activities and food will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. In case of rain, the event will move to Brownsville Community Center, 3100 West Desoto St. The festival also will feature the “For the Love of Brownsville” Juried Art Exhibition. Select artwork will become part of the ongoing Celebrating Brownsville Urban Art Mural Project. For more information, call 595-3217.

Mental health symposium scheduled

Greater Little Rock Baptist Church is presenting a mental health symposium, “It’s Time ... Let’s Talk” from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. April 25. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Sarah Y. Vinson, founder of the Lorio Psych Group, in Atlanta, Ga. Other groups participating include NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), Lakeview Center, Faith and Hope Christian Based Counseling, the Center for Clergy Care and the Education & Child and Family Development Center. Admission is free. Register online at www.glrockbc.org or via e-mail at ced@glrockbc.org. For more information, call 433-4787, ext. 100.

Moms, daughters can share special day

To celebrate Mother’s Day weekend, Sacred Heart Hospital Pensacola is inviting mothers and daughters (ages 9 to 12) to a free day of wellness, pampering and fun from 10 a.m. to noon May 9 in the Greenhut Auditorium at Sacred Heart Hospital, 5151 North Ninth Ave. The Mother-Daughter Wellness Day will offer free glucose and cholesterol screenings, as well as pampering stations. Educational seminars will feature pediatrician Dr. Heidi Barker on “Navigating Puberty” and OB/GYN Dr. Lindsey McAlpin on “HPV Vaccination and Education.” Guests should use the front entrance off Ninth Avenue. Continental breakfast will be provided. Space is limited, and reservations are required. For registration or more information, call 416-1600.

Summer camps offered for Navy teens

Navy Child and Youth Programs (CYP) is now accepting applications for the 2015 Navy Teen Summer Camp Scholarship Program (SCSP). CNIC will fund all-expenses paid summer camp opportunities for Navy teens worldwide. Funding supports commercial airfare, ground transportation, camp registration, camp lodging, miscellaneous insurances, on-site meals and equipment needs. The program is intended to improve Navy teens’ sense of a “Navy teen community” and to provide opportunities and exposure to varying education and recreational activities that could lead to possible career paths or future leisure activities. The featured camps for 2015 are: Sail Annapolis, July 10-22; OAC Euro Camp, July 13-27; Passport to Europe, June 21 to July 4; Explore Japan, July 14-27; Scuba Dive Florida, July 12-25 July; and Hike Hawaii, July 12-26. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. May 3. For additional information on eligibility requirements, camp details go to www.cnic-n9portal.com/elibrary/index.cfm/document-library/?documentlibraryaction=view&id=819.

You can join Coast Guard Auxiliary

For more than 75 years, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary has offered citizens an opportunity to gain education and training while assisting the U.S. Coast Guard. Auxiliarists may choose among a number of programs, such as: boating safety, public education, public affairs, Interpreter Corps, communications, Marine Environmental Programs (MEP), operations and U.S. Coast Guard support to name a few. Following training, auxiliarist may assist at a station or sector in a number of ways. Members also develop and share new skills with the community as well as other members. Anyone interested in joining the Milton Flotilla is welcome to attend a meeting at 6 p.m. the fourth Thursday of the month at the City of Milton Fire Station, 5321 Stewart St. For more information, go to www.cgaux.org or www.flotilla18.com.

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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April 17, 2015

NSWC PCD SAR crew rescues boater; See page B2 Spotlight


SecNav’s Earth Day message /////////////////////// Released by Ray Mabus Secretary of the Navy

The Department of the Navy’s (DoN) FY14-16 Transformation Plan highlights “Presence” as what the Navy and Marine Corps are all about. Undersea, on the sea, in the air, and on the ground, our Navy and Marine Corps team, uniform and civilian, represents our nation around the world. Your actions each and every day contribute to our ability to maintain presence by embracing a sustainable future for our top priorities – people, platform, power and partnerships. This Earth Day we recognize and celebrate DoN’s sustainability efforts with the 2015 Earth Day theme, “A Sustainable Future Begins with You.” Earth Day events first took place April 22, 1970, when concerned citizens joined together to raise public awareness of the effects of chemicals and industrial processes on our air and water supplies. The first Earth Day helped inspire a shift in consciousness about the importance of protecting our planet’s resources. During the last 45 years, Earth Day has grown into a major worldwide event that inspires

sustainable resource use. Just as the citizens in 1970 were concerned for the future of the environment, today we plan a sustainable future for the DoN to accomplish its mission in a resource constrained world. So we make an extra effort on and around April 22, to contribute to a better, sustain-









Environmental stewardship and energy efficiency is part of our DoN culture. This is evident by the numerous Sailors, Marines and civilians who participate in Earth Day events, and the environmental stewardship being implemented in all reasonable facets of our processes. Our ship watch-

A supersonic flight test of the “Green Hornet,” an F/A-18 Super Hornet strike fighter jet powered by a 50/50 biofuel blend. The test, conducted during a previous year’s Earth Day celebration at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., drew hundreds of onlookers that included Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, who has made research, development and increased use of alternative fuels a priority for the Department of the Navy. Photo by Kelly Schindler

able environment, for our Sailors, Marines and civilians. Achieving a sustainable future requires thoughtful stewardship of resources and the environment. DoN remains focused on sustaining forward presence around the globe 24 hours per day, seven days per week, ready to respond to emerging threats, lend assis-

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tance during natural disasters and other humanitarian crises, and protect global commerce. Smart energy use makes us better warfighters through extending our range, reducing our refueling requirements, and increasing the energy security of our installations, all while benefiting the environment.









Common sense protection of the environment maintains trust with the public and the regulatory community while helping to ensure that unintended impacts to wildlife and habitat do not degrade our ability to conduct training and testing or to operate our ships, aircraft, facilities and tactical equipment.

standers scan the waters for marine life and Marines conserve desert turtles’ habitat in warfare training areas. We battle the invasive coconut rhinoceros beetles in Hawaii and construct tunnels to support the endangered salmonids’ migration in Washington. We replace incandescent light bulbs with LEDs on our ships and at in-

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stallations to shed better light and use less energy. DoN personnel ashore and afloat are innovative and take ownership of efforts to conserve water, divert solid waste, minimize hazardous waste, and recycle. These are just a few examples of what you and your shipmates do every day to sustain our national security. On April 22, I encourage each of you to take action to protect and preserve. As you have done on previous Earth Days, participate in a recycling program, or a beach or neighborhood cleanup. Maintain and enhance your efforts to reduce waste and use energy wisely. Whatever action you take, remember that local efforts like yours help us to ensure we have the resources we need to continue our global mission into the future. Information and resources for developing and executing Earth Day events is available at http://greenfleet.dodlive.mil/environment/earth-day/. As always, I am proud to see the tremendous effort put forth by all members of the department as you demonstrate our strong commitment to protecting the United States of America and our planet.

Jokes & Groaners Jokes worth recycling Bob: “I have an obsession with wind farms.” Joe: “Really?” Bob: “Absolutely. I’m a huge fan.” Q: What’s the name of the new Tom Cruise ecothriller? A: “Mission Compostable.” Q: Did you hear the one about the aluminium recycling plant? A: It smelt. “According to a new U.N. report, the global warming outlook is much worse than originally predicted. Which is pretty bad, when they originally predicted it would destroy the planet.” – Jay Leno. Who smells and flies a spaceship? Trash Gordon. Thought to ponder: What if it’s all a big hoax and we create a better world for nothing?




April 17, 2015

U.S. Army diver receives citizenship during NDSTC training From Naval Diving Salvage Training Center Public Affairs


ANAMA CITY, Fla. – Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center military divers witnessed a special ceremony that is not part of the normal curriculum recently – a flag presentation in honor of one of their own earning a U.S. citizenship status. In front of his peers and fellow dive-school classmates, former Italian infantry officer, now U.S. Army Specialist Ricardo Micheletto and U.S. citizen, was presented with the national ensign flown at NDSTC that day. Micheletto earned U.S. citizenship status during a naturalization ceremony in Panama City, Feb. 20, just days before the NDSTC ceremony was held. “It was a surprise, I certainly did not expect it,” said Micheletto. Micheletto is assigned to Alpha Company, 169th Engineer Battalion at NDSTC and will obtain a 12D military occupational specialty as an engineer diver. His journey to U.S. citizenship began when he met U.S. Army intelligence Soldier, Specialist Sunny Weber while both were serving in Afghanistan. Micheletto was responsible for providing ground escort

and protection for U.S. Navy explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) teams while they rendered-safe improvised explosive devices (IED) on the battlefield. It was his second tour in Afghanistan. Prior to his deployment, Micheletto attended the Basic Officer Leadership course at Fort Benning, Ga., with his current company commander, Army Capt. David Guerdan, in 2009 and it was there that he said he fell in love with the U.S. Army. “I loved it; it was my dream to join the U.S. Army,” he said. Micheletto returned from deployment, resigned his commission and moved to the United States. In 2012, he married Weber. As an immigrant, Micheletto enlisted in the U.S. Army and was selected for the Army Corps of Engineers dive program. “It is one thing for an immigrant to come to the United States, adopt our culture, our

NSWC PCD SAR crew rescues distressed boater from Cape San Blas ... AW2 Harrison Greenmaki, left, from Boise, Idaho, assigned to Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division, receives a hug from a man he rescued from the Gulf of Mexico after the man’s boat ran aground and capsized approximately three miles off of Cape San Blas, Fla. Photo by Jacqui Barker

customs and our way of life – but to join the United States military and fight for what we believe in takes a person of special character,” said NDSTC Commanding Officer Cmdr. Hung Cao, who himself came to the United States from Vietnam as a refugee. Micheletto’s U.S.-born wife and former Army specialist said she is proud of her husband. “Honestly, sometimes I wonder if he’s not more American than me,” said Weber. “He appreciates things that we take

for granted because we are here all the time.” After the NDSTC ceremony, fellow service members in attendance shook Micheletto’s hand, and one by one, congratulated him on becoming an American. “We don’t just make them divers, we make them Americans,” said U.S. Army dive instructor at NDSTC Staff Sgt. William D’Angelo at the event. “Only 1 percent of our nation serves in the military,” said Cao. “It speaks highly that a man is willing to put his life on

the line for a country he just adopted.” Micheletto also holds a master’s degree, speaks four languages and, at 34-years old, will continue to finish dive school training alongside other military members perhaps 15 years younger. Upon graduation, he will be minted a U.S. Army deep sea diver during the year coined as the Year of the Military Diver. For more news from Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division, visit www.navy.mil/local/NSWC/.



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Follow the clues for annual DeLuna Treasure Hunt From Fiesta of Five Flags Association

The WEAR-TV and West Florida Medical Group DeLuna Treasure Hunt is under way. And things are a little different this year. You won’t need a treasure map. For more than 65 years, the Fiesta of Five Flags Association has engaged the public with a series of historical clues about the location of Don Tristan de Luna’s lost treasure. This year, treasure hunters have the opportunity to decipher 10 daily clues that will lead them to daily prizes totaling nearly $5,000.

In addition to having the opportunity 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 May 2 at the Pensacola Crawfish Festival. To play, you must go to

WEAR TV’s contest webpage (www.weartv.com/contests/fea tures/fiesta-treasurehunt/#.VSfqHHav-Kr) daily. 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 first clue was posted April 13. New clues will be posted today, April 17, and April 20-24. The Fiesta of Five Flags is an annual celebration of the founding of Pensacola. In 1559, Spanish conquistador,

Don Tristan de Luna, established Pensacola as the first European settlement in the United States. Since that time five different flags have flown over the City: Spanish, French, British, Confederate and American. Here is a list of other upcoming Fiesta of Five Flags events : • Pensacola Crawfish Festival, May 1-3. • 41st annual Fiesta 10K and 5K Run/Walk, 7:30 a.m. May 2. • Pen Air Grand Fiesta Parade, May 15. • Fiesta Family Weekend, May 16-17. • Emmanuel Sheppard &

Condon Fiesta Days Celebration, May 27. • Fiesta Prayer Service, May 30. • Centennial Imports Fiesta Boat Parade, May 30, sets sail from the Pensacola Yacht Club at 1 p.m. • DeLuna Landing Ceremony, May 30, Pensacola Beach. • Fiesta All Krewe Ball, 7 p.m. June 4 at the Hadji Shrine Temple. • DeLuna Coronation Ball, June 5. For more information on the Fiesta of Five Flags and upcoming events, call 4336512 or go to go to www.fiesta offiveflags.org.





April 17, 2015

Morale, Welfare and Recreation

A new exhibit at Pensacola Museum of Art features images of the 17th Avenue Graffiti Bridge.

Artist puts focus on bridge Story, photo from Pensacola Museum of Art

“Between the Layers,” an exhibit that explores the imagery from the 17th Avenue train trestle, opens today at the Pensacola Museum of Art (PMA). In the exhibit, local artist Rachel Pongetti highlights the ever-changing image of the Pensacola landmark, which is also known as the Graffiti Bridge. The exhibition, which continues through June 13, is being presented in partnership with First City Arts Center (FCAC). Multiple events, live graffiti demonstrations and artist-led gallery talks are scheduled in

Details • What: “Between the Layers” exhibit, Pensacola Museum of Art. • Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday. • Where: 407 South Jefferson St. • Cost: $7, adults; $5, children (17 and younger), military and seniors. Free for members. • For more information: 432-6247 or go to pensacola museum.org.

association with the exhibit. An opening reception is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. today, April 17. It is open to the public and admission is free. Photographs show the change of the bridge to artistically abstracted images that convey the order in the midst of chaos between the graffiti. Pongetti is an master’s of

fine art photography graduate of the Savannah College of Art & Design and former instructor at Pensacola State College and the University of West Florida. She is currently completing a book on the Graffiti Bridge Project following a recently successful Kickstarter.com campaign that raised $25,000 for publishing.

At the movies FRIDAY

“The Divergent Series: Insurgent” (3D), PG-13, 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; “Cinderella,” PG, 5:30 p.m.; “Get Hard,” R, 8 p.m.


“The Lazarus Effect,” PG-13, noon; “The Divergent Series: Insurgent” (3D), PG-13, 2 p.m.; “The Water Diviner,” PG, 5 p.m. (free admission); “Run All Night,” R, 7:30 p.m.; “Cinderella,” PG, 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m.; “The Divergent Series: Insurgent” (2D), PG-13, 5:30 p.m.; “Get Hard,” R, 8 p.m.


“Cinderella,” PG, noon, 2:30 p.m.; “The Divergent Series: Insurgent” (3D), PG-13, 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” PG, 12:30 p.m.; “Run All Night,” R, 3 p.m.; “Chappie,” R, 5:30 p.m.; “Get Hard,” R, 8 p.m.


“The Divergent Series: Insurgent” (3D), PG-13, 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; “Unfinished Business,” R, 5:10 p.m.; “Get Hard,” R, 7:10 p.m.


“The Lazarus Effect,” PG-13, 5 p.m.; “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” R, 7 p.m.; “Cinderella,” PG, 5:10 p.m.; “The Divergent Series: Insurgent” (2D), PG-13, 7:30 p.m.


“Get Hard,” R, 5 p.m.; “The Divergent Series: Insurgent” (2D), PG-13, 7:10 p.m.; “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” PG, 5:10 p.m.; “Run All Night,” R, 7:30 p.m.


“Cinderella,” PG, 5 p.m.; “The Divergent Series: Insurgent” (3D), PG-13, 7:30 p.m.; “Unfinished Business,” R, 5:10 p.m.; “Chappie,” R, 7:10 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. • Month of the Military Child: MWR is presenting several events and specials in support of military children. Special fitness classes are scheduled and a family fitness zumba glow party will take place at 5:30 p.m. today, April Family Luau: 5 17, at the Corry Sta- p.m. May 8 at tion track. Food spe- NASP Corry Stacials are also being tion Recreation offered. For more in- Center lawn. Activformation, go to ities at 5 p.m. Food www.navymwrpen- and beverages sacola.com. available for pur• Mission Nutri- chase at 6 p.m. tion and NOFFS Entertainment at 7 Classes: Two certifi- p.m. Limbo, fire cations in one class. dancers, live Course dates for music. Prices for 2015 are April 22-23 best Hawaiian atat Corry Navy Well- tire. Open to active ness Center, Bldg. duty and their fam3712, and Aug. 25- ilies. 16, Radford at Radford Fitness Center, Bldg. 4143. Class times 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 452-7810 or e-mail nicole.gilchrest@navy.mil. • Learn to sail: It only takes one Saturday morning class to be certified to rent sailboats at the Bayou Grande Marina. Beginner class is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 18. Cost is $35. Intermediate class is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 25. Cost is $40. For more information, call 4534152. • Movies on the Lawn: Watch “Big Hero 6” (rated PG) April 25 in front of Portside Gym, Bldg. 627. Free popcorn. Bring coolers, snacks, chairs and blankets. The summer series will be presented at dusk on the second and fourth Saturday of each month through August. For more information, call 452-3806, ext. 3140. • Navy-Armed Forces Kidsʼ Run 2015: 3:30 p.m. May 6, NAS Pensacola running track. No entry fee. Three age groups, walk or run. Open to authorized active-duty and DoD dependents. Register on site at 3 p.m. May 6 or go to www.americankidsrun.org. For more information, call 452-2296. • Aquatics Summer Camps and Swimming Lessons: Spring is upon us and that means it is time to start thinking about summer camps and swimming lessons. For more information, contact the MWR Aquatics department at 452-9429. • Youth Center First Tee Military Affiliate Program: The program is now being offered at the NASP Youth Center. Program is open for authorized dependents ages 8-13 years old. Children learn life skills and character education. Beginner session every Monday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. through May 4; advanced session Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. through May 6. Register t the NASP Youth Center, Bldg. 3690. For details, call 452-2417.

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


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

Worship schedule NAS Pensacola Protestant • 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.



Fleet and Family Support Center • Fellowship, 11:30 a.m. Sunday. • Contemporary worship, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, followed by fellowship at 7:30 p.m. • Bible study and dinner, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, fellowship hall. Latter Day Saints • Service, 7 p.m. Wednesday. Roman Catholic • Mass, noon Sunday and 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday. For information, call 452-6376. NAS Whiting Field Chapel Roman Catholic • Mass, 11 a.m. Friday. Protestant • Bible study, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. • Weekly chapel service, 11:30 a.m. Thursday. For information, call 623-7212. More services Jewish • Bʼnai Israel Synagogue, 1829 North Ninth Ave., services 7 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. Saturday. For information, call 433-7311. • Temple Beth El, 800 North Palafox St., services 7 p.m. Friday (6 p.m. first Friday of 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 today, April 17, NASP Gateway Inn Conference Center, Bldg. 3249. For information, call 452-5609 or email rachel.wolf.ctr@navy.mil or terry.I.harris1@navy.mil. • Couponing 102: 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. April 22. Clip a little, save a lot. Come learn how coupons can save you

money. Find out where to get coupons and how to use them. Reservations required. No child care available. For more information or to sign up, call 452-5609. • 2015 Teen Job Fair: Prep and Resume Workshop, 5 to 7 p.m. April 21. Only 30 seats available. Class is open to dependents of active-duty and retired military, DoD and contract employees. For information or to register, call 452-5699 or e-mail sheila. mcneely@navy.mil.

Community Outreach NASP Community Outreach volunteer opportunities: • Brownsville Uniting The Community: The event will start at noon April 25 and end at 4 p.m., however, volunteers will be needed from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Organizers need 30 Navy volunteers who are willing to assist with cooking, serving, setting up equipment and much more. Meals for volunteers will be provided • Hangout Music Fest: Honor Our Marines has coordinated an opportunity for military service members, veterans, friends and family members: Sign up for two, 10hour shifts and earn a three-

day pass to the festival. Volunteers needed for pre-festival days (May 4 to May 13), during the festival (May 4-17) and for post-festival teardown (May 17-21). Shifts are flexibile. • USDA Food Giveaway: 4:30 p.m. every Thursday and at 4 p.m. select Wednesdays at Anew Warrington Church of God In Christ 1100 Hawthorne Drive. The NASP Community Outreach office tracks volunteer hours. Report any hours you work to receive due recognition. For information on volunteer activities, call 452-2532 or e-mail SH2 Patricia Cooper at patricia.cooper@Navy.mil.


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