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Reserves to be honored ... The Pensacola Navy Reserve Centennial Committee is conducting a ribbon-cutting ceremony commemorating 100 years of Naval Reserve Aviation at noon, May 8, in the National Naval Aviation Museum’s main foyer. A reception will follow the ceremony in the museum’s Cubi Bar Café. A free concert by the Four Star Edition of U.S. Navy Fleet Forces Band is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 8 at the Community Maritime Park, 301 West Main St. For more, contact the Reserve Centennial Committee at 452-2650; e-mail: wayne.l.lane@navy.mil or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NavyReserveCentennialPensacola.

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First UMFO class graduates Program designed to provide better, more realistic training to future naval flight officers more efficiently and at a lower cost From VT-4 PAO

In a ceremony held at the National Naval Aviation Museum onboard NAS Pensacola April 24, a special group of naval flight officers (NFOs) from Training Air Wing Six (TraWing-6) received their wings of gold. The group made history as the first Undergraduate Military Flight Officer Training (UMFO) class. It was comprised of students from both VT-4 and VT-86. VT-4 pinned nine NFOs, sending them along to their respective Fleet Replacement Squadrons (FRS). VT-86 also had the honor of pinning four new NFOs at the ceremony, which was hosted by Rear Adm. Kyle Cozad, Commander, Joint Task Force-Guantanamo. Cozad provided motivating remarks to the newly winged group of aviators as they embarked on their journey to their respective communities. The Warbucks of Training Squadron Four (VT-4) are resuming awarding

wings to student aviators for the first time since September 1996. Naval flight officers (NFOs), in a historic shift, will now earn their wings of gold from VT-4. The mission of VT-4 has continuously evolved since its establishment May 1, 1960. With an initial mission to provide basic jet flight instruction to pilots in the T2A “Buckeye,” VT-4 soon became the sole site for student pilot basic jet flight instruction in aerial gunnery and carrier qualifications. In December 1985, the VT-4 mission shifted to provide E-2/C-2 intermediate training and in 1992, VT-4 assumed the role as the Navy’s only E-2/C-2 advanced training site where pilots would earn their wings. VT-4 winged the final class of E-2/C-2 naval aviators Sept. 30, 1996, and saw its mission again transition as it was converted to the joint Primary and Intermediate NFO/ Navigator training for the Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force. In December 2010, VT-4 was merged

NAS Pensacola Sailors connect with local children for Month of the Military Child ... Students at Blue Angels Elementary School invited 50 Sailors from the Naval Technical Training Center (NATTC) to visit the school April 23 for an event to celebrate the Month of the Military Child. The event included a group photo, speeches by two military children and ice cream. The school has strong military ties. Other schools in Escambia County also organized celebrations. For more information about the Month of the Military Child, contact Carissa Bergosh, NASP school liaison officer, at 293-0322 or carissa.bergosh@navy.mil. (Above) AS1 Brian Schramm talks with a group of flag-waving students. Photo by Janet Thomas

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CNO’s director for Information Dominance sees training firsthand Story, photo by Thom Seith CID PAO

The corporate director of information dominance for the Chief of Naval Operations (OpNav N2/N6C) met with the experts who train the fleet Information Dominance Corps during a visit April 24. During his visit to NAS Pensacola Corry Station Center for Information Dominance (CID), Rear Adm. Bruce F. Loveless was briefed on the Digital Tutor (DT) program and the information systems technician, information warfare officer and information professional officer courses. He was also updated on the Center for Language Regional Expertise and Culture (CLREC) program and the Navy’s Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (Navy COOL) program during his tour.

Rear Adm. Bruce Loveless, left, corporate director of information dominance for the Chief of Naval Operations, receives a hands-on demonstration of the Digital Tutor program at Corry Station CID.

“I continue to be amazed with the high caliber and advanced technical abilities of our young enlisted Sailors and officers,” said Loveless. “I am also extremely im-

pressed at the professionalism and dedication of the CID staff as they provide a breadth of Information Dominance Corps (IDC) training and education, and a depth of expertise at the leading-edge standard of excellence.” DT is an artificial-intelligence-based training method designed for the next generation of cyber warriors. The program was developed by studying how the best instructors teach and how they adapt to individual students. This information is then incorporated into the DT process, enabling the program to teach each student oneon-one in a computer-based environment. The information systems technician course teaches network administration and database management, along with computer hardware and software implementation. Graduates are able to operate and maintain Navy global satellite telecommunications systems, as well as, serve as

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Museum symposium to focus on Vietnam War By Janet Thomas Gosport Staff Writer

ʻFair Windsʼ for NASP XO ... NASP Sailors look on as NAS Pensacola Executive Officer Cmdr. David Jasso receives a Meritorious Service Medal from CO Capt. Keith Hoskins April 23, at the end of his tour at NASP. The base’s new XO, Cmdr. Shawn Dominguez, stepped in April 27. Photo by Mike O’Connor

If you want to hear firsthand accounts of Vietnam War combat missions, make plans to attend the 2015 Naval Aviation Symposium May 6-8. The Naval Aviation Museum Foundation presents the annual symposium to highlight historical events in which U.S. naval aviation has played a major role, and remembering the Vietnam War is the primary focus for this year, said retired Marine Col. Denis “Deej” Kiely, senior editor for the foundation. The May 7 panel discussions will feature Navy and Marine veterans who con-

ducted operations over North Vietnam and South Vietnam. Other symposium activities include a golf tournament, a luncheon and a banquet. Kiely expects about 3,000 people to attend the three-day gathering including active and retired flag officers and students undergoing aviation training in Pensacola. Several special guests are on symposium schedule, Kiely said. Former NASA astronaut and retired Marine Col. Ken Cameron will speak at the awards luncheon. Cameron served in

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Concert part of events to mark Navy Reserve centennial By Janet Thomas Gosport Staff Writer

Everyone in the Pensacola area will have an opportunity to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the Navy Reserve with a double-header May 8. Two events – the opening of a museum exhibit and a free concert before the Blue Wahoos game – are being presented by the Naval Operation Support Center (NOSC) Pensacola. The official ribbon cutting ceremony for the “100 Years of Naval Reserve Aviation” is scheduled for noon May 8 in

the foyer at the National Naval Aviation Museum. A brief reception will follow in the Cubi Bar Café. The opening of the exhibit also will signal the end of the 2015 Naval Aviation Symposium. The other event on the schedule is a free concert at 3:30 p.m. May 8 at the Community Maritime Park, 301 West Main St. to recognize returning warriors and local reserve employers. The event will feature a performance by the Four Star Edition of U.S. Navy Fleet Forces Band, a six-member group that performs pop, rock

and country hits, as well as classic rock and patriotic songs. And you also might want to stick around for the annual Military Appreciation Day at the Blue Wahoos game, which is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. May 8. Established March 3, 1915, the Federal Navy Reserve was reorganized in 1916 and designated as the U.S. Naval Reserve Force. Navy Reserve Sailors have been deployed to and been a part of every conflict since World War I, working alongside active duty personnel to secure the Navy’s mission and

protect the nation’s freedom. Today, at least 20,000 Navy Reserve Sailors, or about onethird of the Navy's Reserve Component, are providing fully integrated global operational support to the fleet and combatant commanders. For information on the history of the Navy Reserve and the centennial celebration, go to www. navy reserve centennial.com. For information about local events, go to https://www. face book. com/ Navy Reserve Centennial Pensacola; e-mail contacts are dgraham@pensacola chamber.com or dc1swayne lane@gmail.com.

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with VT-10 and the squadron was placed into a cadre status as the long planned Maritime Command and Control (MC2) syllabus experienced delays. As part of Naval Aviation Enterprise (NAE) and CNATRAs shift toward more cost effective training, leveraging technology and virtual training, VT-4 began transitioning to the MultiCrew Simulator (MCS). As part of the MCS transition, VT-4 flew its last T-39 flight Aug. 27, 2014, ending the T-39 Sabreliner’s historic 51 years of service. The MC2 Course teaches the fundamentals of naval aviation required by E-2, P-3/P-8, and E-6B NFOs, allowing the Fleet Replacement Squadrons to focus more on advanced platform specific training. All student NFOs that check onboard VT-4 will be put through the Common Core phase of the MC2 course. At NASP, the students are taught basic military and international flight planning and navigation utilizing GPS and inertial navigation systems. After completion of this phase, the students are diEns. Mitchell Harder is pinned as an NFO by his wife Ariel, as he holds his daughter, Reagan, age vided into their selected aircraft platform and are exposed to sensor employment and tactical 1. Photo by Mike O’Connor CID from page 1

administrators on mainframe computers and network systems throughout the fleet. The Commanding Officer of CID, Capt. Maureen Fox, noted that this was a great opportunity for Loveless to gain insight into the collaborative efforts in place to develop and deliver training to future IDC warriors. “Today’s visit gives us an opportunity to showcase our training efforts that extend across the whole CID training enterprise and I’m pleased to

have that opportunity,” said Fox. “CID is ready and able to provide a competitive edge in all information dominance mission areas.” Loveless’ visit concluded with a questionand-answer session with Information Dominance Corps officers from local area commands. For more news and information from Center for Information Dominance, visit www.navy.mil/ or https://www.facebook.com /pages/Center-for-Information-Dominance/ or https://twitter.com/CenterInfoDom.

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Vietnam before completing fight training at NAS Pensacola and earning his naval aviator wings. He was selected to become an astronaut in 1984, and is a veteran of three space shuttle missions. The banquet speaker will be former Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England. England also served as Secretary of the Navy under President George W. Bush. He was an engineer on the Project Gemini space program, and worked for Litton Industries as a program manager on the E-2C Hawkeye aircraft for the U.S. Navy. One of the guests expected to attend the banquet is Lt. Col. Richard Cole, one of the last two surviving members of the Doolittle Raiders. Here is the schedule of events for the 2015 symposium: • Golf tournament: noon to 4 p.m. May 6 at A.C. Read Golf Course. • “Air War: Vietnam” panel discussion: 9:45 a.m.

U.S. Air Force Career Day at NAS Pensacolaʼs 479th Flying Training Group (FTG) ... Air Force leadership and participants pause for a group photo with a host of training and operational aircraft at the conclusion of a career day April 24. Photo by Mike O’Connor For more photos, see page A5

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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,

The Four Star Edition of the U.S. Navy Fleet Forces Band will give a free concert May 8 at Community Maritime Park.

communications with a strong emphasis on crew resource management. “We will be going into the FRS with a pretty big advantage,” said Ens. Julianna Allen. The students put their classroom knowledge to use in the Multi-Crew Simulator (MCS). The MCS uses a combination of features from the P-3 Orion, P-8 Poseidon, E-6 Mercury, E-2 Hawkeye and the EP-3 Aries. This facilitates specific training for a specific fleet platform, all on the same simulator. “I feel honored to be one of the first NFOs to be winged in VT-4,” Ens. Mitchell Harder said. “It is a privilege to reap the benefits of all the hard work people have put into this program over the last several years.” For the past two years, VT-4 instructors have put in countless hours developing real-world scenarios for its students. “These flight officers and the many more to follow are the product of the hard work and perseverance from VT-4,” TraRon Four Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Rafael Facundo, said. VT-4’s mission may have changed throughout the years, but VT-4 has always provided the very best to the fleet. “Sim, Fight, Win,” is the motto. to 11:45 a.m. May 7, National Naval Aviation Museum atrium. Moderator will be Rear Adm. Frederick Lewis. Panelists will be retired Navy Adm. Leighton W. Smith, retired Navy Rear Adm. Bruce Bremner, retired Navy Capt. Frank Hamrick, retired Navy Capt. Theodore R. Swartz and retired Marine Col. John D. Cummings • Awards luncheon: Noon May 7, museum flightdeck. • “HA(L)-3 Seawolves: Navy Assault Helicopters in Vietnam” panel discussion: 2 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. May 7, museum atrium. Moderator will be Hill Goodspeed, museum historian. Panelists will be retired Navy Capt. Richard A. Catone, retired Navy Capt. Gordon Peterson, retired Navy Cmdr. William G. Barnes, retired Navy Cmdr. Richard Barr and retired Navy PO1 William H. Johnson. • Reception and banquet: 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. May 7, museum flightdeck and atrium. • “Naval Aviation: Today and Tomorrow” panel discussion: 9:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. May 8, museum atrium. Moderator will be Chief of Naval Air Forces Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker. A panel of naval aviation flag officers will discuss the challenges and initiatives under way and the future of naval aviation. • Naval Aviation Reserves centennial exhibit ribbon cutting: Noon, May 8, museum entrance. Chief of Naval Reserve Vice Adm. Robin Braun is scheduled to be the guest speaker. Panel discussions are free and open to the public, but reservations are required for other events. Golf reservations are $50 per person, luncheon reservations are $25 per person and banquet reservations are $70 per person. Also note that due to heightened security measures, all banquet attendees must provide their full name and date of birth as it appears on their ID. For more information about the symposium, go to www.NavalAviationMuseum.org or call 4532389.

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My children are total BRATs, and I’m proud of them By Lisa Smith Molinari Military Spouse Columnist


rom the time I toddled around in droopy diapers to the day I drove off to college in my Volkswagen bug, I lived in one small Pennsylvania town. The children who sat next to me in Mrs. Rowley’s kindergarten class were the same ones who walked across the stage with me at our high school graduation. I had one hometown, one high school, one brick house, one yellow bedroom and one best friend who I gabbed with each night on my one candlestick rotary phone while draped across my one mock brass twin bed. By contrast, as a military child, our oldest went to three different high schools. He grew up in eight different homes, in three different states and two foreign countries. He has said goodbye to six different best friends, six different piano teachers and four different Boy Scout troops. He played on three different varsity football teams, and his academic transcripts are almost as complicated as the U.S. tax code.

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Essentially, my son and his two younger sisters are total BRATs. No, not that kind of brat. Although our children have definitely displayed their fair share of unruly behavior, infuriating teen arrogance and near juvenile delinquency; I’m calling my children “military BRATs,” which has an entirely different connotation. Back in 1986, former Defense Secretary Casper Weinberger established April as the Month of the Military Child. During April, military commands and communities held special events honoring the 1.7 million children of military families. Operation Military Kids, an organization dedicated to military children, asked everyone to “Purple Up!” as a show of support by wearing purple to recognize the unique challenges military children face, such as deployments, fam-

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. ily separations and frequent moves. So why am I calling my children BRATs? Although it is fairly common knowledge that military BRATs are children of

U.S. service members, few know the true origin of the term. According to WilliamsburghMilitaryInsider.com, “BRAT” may be an old acronym for “British Regiment Attached Traveler,” used to describe dependents accompanying British Army members being stationed abroad. Throughout the years, the term has expanded and evolved to become a universal descriptor for children who move with their military parents. Regardless of the technical definitions and historical origins, the term military BRAT means so many different things – both good and bad – to each military family. The acronym BRAT might as well stand for all military parents’ fears that their children will be Bewildered, Reluctant, Afraid and Timid after each move. We put them in new schools, worried that they will be Bullied, Ridiculed, Abused and Taunted. Wracked with guilt, we feel Blameworthy, Remorseful, Apologetic and downright Terrible. However, we military parents fail to remember that our BRATs are Brave, Resourceful, Amicable and Tolerant. After every move, they make new Buddies, form new Routines,

find Acceptance and feel Triumphant. But children will be children, even the military ones, so they milk our guilt for all it’s worth, and lead us to believe that they are miserable. They Bellyache, Refute, Accuse and shed Tears. They claim that all the students in their new school are Buffoons, Rednecks, Airheads and Tramps. They tell us they might be able to cope if they were given Bonuses, Riches, Allowance and Toys. And every time, we get suckered. As the Bills, Receipts, Arrears and Taxes pile up; the stress causes Balding, Reflux, Anxiety and Tension headaches. Before you know it, we’re stocking up on Botox, Rogaine, Antacids and Tequila. But regardless of the challenges of our military life, our children don’t succeed despite their military upbringing, they succeed because of it. And when they grow up and lead their own lives, they bring with them Beautiful Recollections of American Traditions. As we celebrate the sacrifices and triumphs of military children, I’m beaming with pride when I say that our children are most certainly, undeniably, complete and total BRATs.

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Interview with Blue Angels’ Capt. Katie Higgins By Josh Newby Business Editor, Business Climate magazine Special from Ballinger Publishing


apt. Katie Higgins, the newest pilot of the Blue Angels – and the first who happens to be a woman – has been taking to the skies as part of the team for more than six months now. She has experience flying in both combat and demonstration situations and is “beyond proud and humbled” to represent the Marine Corps in this way. She has received Air Medals, numerous unit and personal awards, and has accumulated more than 1,000 flight hours. Her journey to pilot the Hercules C-130 transport affectionately referred to as Fat Albert is proof that anyone – man or woman – can live their dreams with the right amount of talent and hard work. Business Climate magazine spoke to her about her life as a Marine and as the first female pilot to represent the jet-fueled pride of Pensacola. Tell me about your background. I was born in Jacksonville, Fla., and I moved around my whole life. My father was in the Navy up until I was in college, so I was a military brat. I even lived overseas in Japan for a couple years. I attended the United States Naval Academy and graduated in 2008, and then I went on to get my master’s degree at Georgetown University in 2009. I then reported to the basic school, which is a course that all Marine Corps officers have to go through. I finished that in November of 2009 and moved down to Pensacola to start my flight school training. I was in Pensacola and Corpus Christi (Texas) for the majority of my training and I got my wings of gold in October 2011. And then I reported to NCAS Cherry Point North Carolina, which is the home of the Second Marine Aircraft Wing, where I learned to fly the KC130J Hercules and I reported to BMJR 252, which is the C-130 squadron on the East Coast. I trained there and I deployed twice, once to Afghanistan for seven months from January to August of 2013, and then I turned around and did another deployment that started in Spain but ended up in Uganda from December 2013 to May 2014. Then I came back stateside and put in my application to the Blue Angels and got accepted in July 2014. I reported in early September of 2014.

What’s the application process like to be a part of the Blue Angels? There’s definitely a very long, stringent process. In addition to the paper application that you have to do – which includes a picture, essay, letters of recommendation – you also have to attend two of the shows where you go to the briefs and social events that they have. You have to go to at least two shows that are all Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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Then if you’re selected as a finalist, they fly you down for the Pensacola Beach show for a week. During that week, you get measured for your flight suit in the event that you’re selected, you take your official picture in the event that you’re selected, and then you also have a formal interview. That’s one of the most intimidating things that you have to do, because you’re in the Blue Angels Ready Room that has all their awards and everything. There’s this big long table with 16 officers and you’re sitting at the end of the table. They’re all asking you very, very difficult questions, as they should be. We’re on the road 300 days out of the year with each other. They’re trying to find the right person for the right job for the right team. So it definitely is very intimidating. And then at

Fat Albert, the C-130 Hercules transport aircraft for the Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy’s flight demonstration team, comes in for a low-level pass to start the Blues’ performance during the 2014 Blue Angels Homecoming Airshow Nov. 8. Photo by Janet Thomas

the end of that week, you fly back to your fleet job and then you call in to the boss at a certain time and he tells you if you made the team or you didn’t. It’s definitely nerve-wracking. Did you always want to fly with the Blue Angels? I was exposed to the Blue Angels at a young age. I was in California off and on for nine years and the Blue Angels came and performed there a couple times for the Wings of Gold airshow. So I was exposed to the Blue Angels and I knew what they were and I appreciated their dedication, professionalism, precision and flying. As a Marine and as a C-130 person I thought it was pretty much a long shot to make the team. The guy who was the most influential in me actually applying was Maj. Dusty Cook, who is currently on the team and is the head C-130 pilot. He was the one who influenced and encouraged me to apply. He thought that I would make a good fit for the team and it turns out that they selected me, so that long shot wasn’t as long as I thought it was. It’s definitely a great opportunity. Do you find that flying Fat Albert is a different experience than some of the other planes you’ve piloted? I’ve flown different planes before including single- and dual-prop aircraft very similar to something you’d see in the civilian sector. And then there’s this C-130 that’s equivalent in size to a 737 and has four prop engines on it. It’s obviously a little less maneuverable than some of the other planes, but it’s so versatile. What I absolutely love about the C-130 is we can do aerial refueling, aerial delivery, we can land in austere environments like coral, sand or dirt. We can drop battlefield illumination that is basically a really giant flare that comes out and lights up the battlefield for those guys on the ground. In Afghanistan I actually did close air support because we had a modification to the C-

130 that fires Hellfire Griffin missiles. It’s really awesome that it’s so versatile and I get to do all these missions in this one aircraft. You’ve been officially on the team for seven months. How is the dynamic of the team? It’s definitely great. These guys are so supportive of me; it’s like I have 16 brothers and sisters in the officer corps and then additionally we have 130 total with our maintainers downstairs. They’re focused on their job, their work ethic is indescribable, and I think that’s shown in their demonstration. If you have watched that jet demonstration, it’s phenomenal what they can do with that aircraft. Without the maintainers and supply guys, that wouldn’t be possible. So everyone works together to put on this beautiful show for the American people. It’s amazing to be just a small part of that team. How do you feel being the first female pilot on the team? Well, we have 20 women on the team. I’m not the first female Blue Angel by any means. I am the first female pilot to perform in a demonstration and it is a really great honor to be a representative of these strong, fully capable professional women on the team – and not only them, but also the women in the Marine Corps in general. We have women stationed all over the world right now protecting our freedom. In the marine aviation side of things, we’ve had women be pilots since 1993. The female population in the Marine Corps represents about 6 percent. So we’ve been doing this for over 20 years now in the Marine Corps aviation sector. It just so happens that I can represent those women who are actually fighting the good fight and keeping watch right now overseas and there’s no greater honor than that. What advice do you have for women who are wanting to break into this traditionally male-dominated field?

The Marine Corps has been so supportive of me my entire career. I’ve not faced much adversity. I’ve been supported by my male counterparts the entire way. I would encourage women and men that you need to go out and do it. Women can do whatever they put their minds to. And men can respect the same thing. My message to both men and women is that women can do whatever they put their minds to. What does the future hold for you? I’d prefer to go back to my fleet squadron I was in. And if I can’t get there, I’d like to get back to a C-130 squadron either on the West Coast or overseas. I definitely want to go back and fly the C-130 and deploy again. I joined the military to help those guys on the ground and I’d love to get back and do what I’ve trained to do. How do you feel about the media attention you’ve received? It definitely is surreal. I really love the opportunity to talk about the women and the men who are deployed overseas – the ones in Japan and the Middle East and in Spain. It’s nice to be able to tell their story, and that’s essentially why the Blue Angels exist. It’s definitely cool. I want to just say that the Blue Angels are a team and we can’t function without every single member of this team. I may be getting some attention right now. It’s not about me, though. It’s about the other females on this team. It’s about the other 130 members total on the team. It’s about the Marine Corps in general that’s overseas, representing the military might and fighting for our freedom and doing humanitarian work. Beyond the Marines, there’s the Navy, and beyond the Navy, there’s all the military forces over there. I don’t want the real story, which is the military deployed overseas, to be lost in my story. They’re the real focus. They’re the real heroes.


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Air Force

479th Flying Training Groupʼs fly-in provides a closer look at aviation training possibilities

Air Force visitors to the NAS Pensacola Forrest Sherman Field flight line: a Rockwell B-1 Lancer (center) and AC-130 gunship, arrived for the 479th Flying Training Group’s (FTG) Career Day fly-in April 24. The career day offered Air Force personnel in training aboard NASP a look at number of different platforms in order to help determine advanced training options. Photo by Mike O’Connor

Boeing’s B-52 Stratofortress is a long-range, heavy bomber that can perform a wide variety of missions. The B-52 can carry nuclear or conventional ordnance and deliver it with worldwide precision. Photo by Mike O’Connor

Service members and families queue up for a look inside a pair of F-15 Strike Eagles. Photo by Mike O’Connor

Onboard the AC-130 gunship, Sr.A Cameron Caouette removes a fired shell from the aircraft’s 105mm cannon. Noted for accurate fire support, the AC-130 generated interest and many questions. Photo by Mike O’Connor



May 1, 2015


Earth Day lessons at NASWF Story, photo by Ens. Margaret Gresham NASWF Public Affairs


hat happens when a student naval aviator comes home from a long hop, low on fuel and the next student needs more before their hop? Simple. The maintainers bring the fuel truck over and fill the T-6B Texan II up to the brim with JP-4 jet fuel. What happens when the fire department’s crew is putting out the flames on a car that crashed right outside base? They attach their hoses to one of the many available fire hydrants and thousands of gallons of water readily pour onto the blaze. Well, what happens when there is no more fuel to fill the trucks, what happens when the hydrants fed by the municipal water system have no more water to supply? Life would be much more challenging to say the least. This is not the picture painted today or even 50 years from now; however, if mankind continues the trend of consumerism and wasteful living without making changes and considering the limitations of Earth, these “what ifs” will become an all-too-serious reality. These are the questions that help show a connection between a local issue that also affects people on a national level. At Naval Air Station Whiting Field (NASWF), there is a team of military and civilian coordinators who work in the Public Works Division (PWD). It is their job to ensure that Whiting Field is doing everything they can to minimize their impact on the environment. The team is made up of natural resource managers, resource efficiency managers, environmental directors, physical scientists, and many more. Earth Day, started in the United States in 1970, was inspired and organized by environmental activist and former U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson. It is an an-

nual observance to remind the people of Earth of their shared responsibility as environmental stewards. Earth Day is a day in which people should share the message about personal responsibility that one should “think globally and act locally.” The planet is in crisis due to global warming, pollution, over population, water contamination, soil degradation, deforestation, species extinction and many more environmental tragedies. Every person on Earth shares the responsibility to do as much as they can to preserve the planets finite natural resource today and for future generations. The team of environmental professionals from NAS Whiting Field shared their knowledge with a group of students from local Bagdad Elementary School in Milton April 22. “Much of our time at NASWF PWD Environmental Division is spent dealing with complex environmental permitting and compliance issues,” Michael Pattison, NASWF environmental director said, “so it was a real treat for us to be able to step back and look at the ‘big picture’ by celebrating Earth Day at Bagdad Elementary, interacting with kids on a variety of environmental and conservation topics. It’s refreshing to see the kids excitement when they talk about things that they are currently doing to help our environment or when we give them new ideas of what they can do to be better environmental stewards.” There were four different sta-

Ron Cherry, NASWF’s natural resource manager, explains the importance of resource management and conservation to a group of third grade Bagdad Elementary students.

tions set up around the school where the guest speakers were able to share knowledge about sustainability, water resource management, natural resource management, and alternative energies. The children were able to watch demonstrations, interact with static displays, and ask engaging questions at each station. At the natural resource station, Ron Cherry, the natural resource manager, asked the children what different types of animals they could find on NAS Whiting Field. Numerous hands shot up as a group of third graders offered up three different squirrel species, various snakes and turtles. Cherry was impressed and proceeded to explain the importance of the different species of animals and plant life on the base. “Control burns are something that we try to do as often as possible. It helps decrease the underbrush and allows the mature trees to grow and flourish. In addition, control burns provide a better habitat for the ground tortoise and allow new grasses to grow and feed other wildlife,” Cherry explained. The Department of Defense has approximately 400 threatened and endangered species on its lands, so creating habitats and managing these species will help

the future populations of the animals flourish. “We have to be proactive in our management so that each base can complete its training mission with as little effect on the species as possible,” Cherry added. “The Navy spends hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to ensure that we are providing the best habitat, using the best management tools at our disposal and learning from each other on how best to protect the species. I hope that the school children go away with the understanding that in many cases our natural resources are finite and we have to preserve them for future generations. It is my hope that they might be inspired to become scientist, teachers or conservation managers. If they do not chose these fields, that they would at least go away with the understanding that nature and our resources deserve our protection from ourselves.” At the water resource station Jon Croci, the resource efficiency manager, conducted an experiment by dropping eggs in two containers of salt and fresh water. He explained to the second graders the difference in buoyance in salt verses fresh water. Croci also went through the hydrologic cycle and ex-

plained the importance water quality and how runoff from pollutants can affect that. “Fresh water is a limited resource and accounts for only 2 percent of the planet’s total amount of water. A firm understanding of how water is formed, its physical states and properties, how it is gathered in different portions of the world, how to purify non-potable and contaminated water allows both civilian and military personnel within the Navy the opportunity to maintain its manpower, equipment and facilities goals,” Croci said. Throughout the event the students were engaged and attentive as they learned ways to pack a waste free lunch, learned about alternative energy sources, and shared ways they are reducing waste in their household. The event helped to spread the message of sustainability and personal responsibility to future generations. NASWF holds programs such as this one to help people gain a better understanding and help spread the word and take action. One bottle recycled, one plastic bag reused, one tree planted, and one step at a time the people of Earth can make a difference.


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Navy Ball Gas ’n’ Glass event today

Throughout the next several months, the 2015 Pensacola Area Navy Ball Committee will be conducting a series of fundraisers for the 240th Navy Birthday Ball, which is scheduled for Oct. 3 at the National Naval Aviation Museum. The first Gas ’n’ Glass event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, May 1, at the NEX Corry Station Gas Station. Committee members will wash your windshield and pump your gas while you wait. Other Gas ’n’ Glass events are are scheduled for May 29, June 12, July 17, Aug. 14 and Sept. 4. The committee also is planning to host a series of Fishing on the Pier events on Alpha Pier at NAS Pensacola. Dates will be announced. Donations will be accepted at both events. For more information, contact Lt. Cmdr. Tatana Olson, chairman for the 2015 Pensacola Area Navy Ball at 452-3938 or by e-mail at tatana.olson @med.navy.mil.

Antarctic explorers scheduled to meet

Members of the Gulf Coast Group Chapter of the Old Antarctic Explorers Association (OAEA) will meet at noon tomorrow, May 2, at Ollies Neighborhood Grill, 2100 West Nine Mile Road. All interested parties are welcome. For more information, call 456-3556.

Learn about social media marketing

The Small Business Development Center at the University of West Florida is presenting “Marketing – Winning with Social Media” from 9 a.m. to noon May 5 at the Century Business Center. Learn practical, cost-effective strategies for marketing your small business. Businesses of all sizes are using online tools like Facebook, Twitter and Constant Contact to connect with customers. There is no charge for attendance, but you must pre-register. To register, call 474-2528 or go to www.sbdc.uwf.edu and click on “Training Opportunities.”

‘Momologues’ performances scheduled

Performances of the Pensacola Little Theatre Studio 400 Production of “Momologues 2: Off to School” are scheduled for May 1-3 and May 7-9 at the M.C. Blanchard Courtroom Theatre. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 2:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $10 for general admission and $17 for café seating. For more information, call the PLT Box Office at 432-2042 or go to pensacolalittletheatre.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, beverages 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.

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; and Hike

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Ceremony planned at Johnson Beach The Perdido Key Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Gulf Islands National Seashore, is presenting the annual Rosamond Johnson Beach Day. The ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. tomorrow, May 2, under the Star Pavilion on Johnson Beach, which is part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore. The ceremony will honor the life of Army Pvt. Rosamond Johnson Jr. Johnson enlisted in the Army at age 15, and he died in combat at age 17. He rescued two injured Soldiers and brought them to safety before he was fatally wounded while returning with a third comrade. He was the first Escambia County resident to die in the Korean War. Johnson posthumously received the Purple Heart in 1950. At the time of Johnson’s death, Pensacola beaches were racially segregated. After the Korean conflict, the area was renamed to honor Johnson. The area became part of Gulf Islands National Seashore in 1973. 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 programs such as boating safety, public education, public affairs, Interpreter Corps, communications, Marine Environmental Programs (MEP), operations and U.S. Coast Guard support. Following training, auxiliarist may assist in a number of ways. Members also develop and share new skills with the community and other members. Anyone interested in joining the Milton Flotilla can 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.

CREDO enrichment retreats planned

Three retreats are being offered in Pensacola by the Chaplains Religious Enrichment Development Operation (CREDO) Southeast: • June 26-28: Personal Resiliency Retreat is designed to foster personal growth and empower a better state of positive self-regard using proven resiliency skills. • July 24-26: Family Enrichment Retreat is designed to help military families increase positive functioning by strengthening individual and family resiliency. Your family will learn family wellnesslife skills through interactive exercises, creative activities and group discussion. • Aug. 21-23: Marriage Enrichment 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. All of the retreats start at 7 p.m. Friday and end around noon Sunday at Hampton Inn Pensacola Airport, 2187 Airport Blvd. The retreats are free. All lodging and meal expenses are paid. Transportation is not provided. To register, contact NAS Pensacola Chapel at 452-2341, ext. 5, or e-mail tony.bradford.ctr@ navy.mil.

USS Lexington reunion announced

The annual reunion for the USS Lexington (CV 16) 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.

Modelfest coming to UWF May 16

The Pensacola chapter of the International Plastic Modelers Society will present the 2015 Blue Angel Modelfest for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 16 at the University of West Florida Conference Center. The contest and exhibition features scale models and miniature figures in 50 categories, including model aircraft, autos, military vehicles, ships, spacecraft, science fiction, historic and fantasy miniatures and gaming pieces.

There are multiple categories for youth, as well as a model-building workshop for children. Seminars and living history displays are also planned. Entry fees for contestants are $20 for adults, and $10 for youth ages 17 and younger. The public is welcome. General admission is $5 per person; and free for children younger than 12. For more information, contact Kim Sheldon, Modelfest coordinator, at 479-2629, e-mail: ksheldon@bellsouth.net or go to www.pensacolamodeleersipms.com.

Gardens opens for tours May 30-31

The Pensacola Federation of Garden Clubs has scheduled its annual Secret Gardens of the Emerald Coast Garden Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 30 and noon to 4 p.m. May 31. The self-guided tour will feature eight private gardens in and around the east area of Pensacola. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $15 at Pensacola Garden Center, 1850 North Ninth Ave., beginning today, May 1. Tickets also may be purchased at each garden during the tour. Admission is free for children 12 and younger. For more information, call 432-6095 or e-mail secretgardentour@pensacolagardencenter.com.

Chorus production celebrates 25 years

The Pensacola Children’s Chorus will celebrate its 25th season as it presents the annual “Showtime” production at 7:30 p.m. May 8-9 and 2:30 p.m. May10 at Pensacola Saenger Theatre. The 280 member chorus will perform a variety of music including a medley of memorable moments from the last 25 years. Tickets are on sale at Saenger Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets. Prices are: $42, $36 and $26. For more information, call 434-7760 or go to www.pensacolachildrenschorus.com.

Basketball referee camp announced

The Miracle Strip Basketball Officials Association will be conducting a basketball referee instructional camp June 5-6 at Pensacola State College. The camp is open to men and women ages 17 years and older that have an interest in becoming a certified high school basketball referee. Cost is $35. A camp brochure and additional information may be obtained by contacting Chip Boes at 968 9299 or by e-mail at chipboes@gmail.com.

Performer to conduct workshops

Maurica Roland, a Pensacola Children’s Chorus alumna, will be returning to Pensacola to conduct two workshops. Roland is currently on tour with “The Lion King.” She received her bachelor’s degree in music education from Louisiana State University. She is also a composer and arranger. Workshops are scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 9 for ages 11th and 12th grade and college students, and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 11 for ages 8th to10th grade. The workshops will be presented at Pensacola Children’s Chorus Margaret Moore Nicholson Center, 46 East Chase St. Cost is $75 person. Space must be reserved in advance as class size is limited. For more information, call 434-7760 or go to Pensacolachildrenschorus.com.

Guy Harvey exhibit to open May 9

The Pensacola Museum of Art will feature “The Lure of the Ocean: Original Works by Guy Harvey,” May 9 to Aug. 9. The exhibition will also feature a Guy Harveythemed photo booth and Mote Marine Laboratory hands-on learning components. A fundraising reception is scheduled for 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. May 15. A book signing is scheduled for noon to 2 p.m. May 16. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for children 11 and younger, activeduty military, seniors and museum members. For more information, call 432-6247 or go to www.pensacolamuseum.org.

ROWWA members to meet May 14 The Retired Officers’ Wives and Widows Association (ROWWA) will meet at 11 a.m. May 14 at the sailing Center at the Pensacola Yatch Club, 1897 Cypress St. Officers for 2015-16 will be installed. Casual attire is encouraged. After the May meeting ROWWA will not meet again until Sept. 10. For luncheon reservations, call Mary Chase at 995-4466. For membership information, contact Molly Werner at 292-9756.

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. For more information, e-mail volunteers@pensacolalighthouse.org or call 393-1561.

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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May 1, 2015

Florida Gubernatorial Fellows visit NASP; See page B2 Spotlight


Swim season:

make safety your priority PENSACOLA BEACH WARNING FLAGS


Lifeguards at NAS Pensacola’s Barrancas Beach keep a watchful eye last summer. Beaches open on Memorial Day. Photo by Janet Thomas

NASP getting ready for summer swimming season Bethany Chestnut NASP PAO Intern

High Hazard High surf/strong currents


he weather is getting warmer which means the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Aquatics department at Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP) is gearing up for the summer season.

Medium Hazard Moderate surf/ strong currents

Pools will begin opening the third week in May. All pools and summer events will officially begin Memorial Day and will run through Labor Day. Robin Morrissey, the NASP MWR sports and fitness director, said there will be some changes this year. The Turner Pool on Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP) will be closed and ultimately filled in. However, the pool at NASP Corry Station will re-open this year after being closed last season for renovation. NASP’s MWR Aquatics will offer many different types of classes and camps over the summer, including: paddle boarding, swim lessons, water polo, sailing, kayaking, aqua zumba, marine sci-

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and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. • The Corry Station pool, 3738 Chiefs Way (Bldg. 3735), is a Lshaped facility with two climbing walls, a separate fenced-in baby pool and picnic shelter. It also offers dedicated lap lanes, a handicap ramp and starting blocks. Hours are 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and holidays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. If the beach is more your style, swimmers should be aware that there are only two authorized swimming areas aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola – Barrancas Beach and Bayou Grande Recreation Area (Ski Beach). Also, children ages 10 and younger must be accompanied by an adult while on NASP beaches. Barrancas Beach, which is

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ence camp and more. The Mustin and Corry pools are also available for private pool parties. “There is something for everyone here. We offer classes for children as young as six months and there is no age limit,” Morrissey said. “Everyone should learn how to swim proficient enough to save their life.” Morrissey also said that swim lessons fill up quickly and she recommended registering early. If you are planning to play it cool around the pool this summer, here is what you need to know: • The Mustin Beach pool, 3201 Radford Blvd. has a slide, a climbing wall, shallow, deep and toddler areas and a separate lap pool. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and holidays,


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across from Fort Barrancas, is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Memorial Day through Labor Day and there are lifeguards on duty. It has a full bathhouse, and grills and cabanas are available. Bayou Grande Recreation Area, which is also known as Ski Beach, is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Monday. However, there are no lifeguards on duty at this beach. This beach offers shaded picnic sites and a volleyball court. Bayou Grande Recreation Outpost Rentals provides a variety of outdoor gear rentals including paddle boards, canoes and kayaks. For more information about swimming lessons, summer camps and other MWR Aquatics programs, go to www.navymwrpensacola.com or call 452-9429.

Jokes & Groaners Points to ponder What hair color do they put on the driver’s licenses of bald men? If Fed Ex and UPS were to merge, would they call it Fed-UP? If 4 out of 5 people suffer from a cold ... does that mean that one enjoys it? How do you tell if you run out of invisible ink? If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends? If a pig loses its voice, is it disgruntled? If all the world is a stage, where is the audience sitting? If man evolved from apes why do we still have apes? If people from Poland are called “Poles,” why aren’t people from Holland called “Holes?”




May 1, 2015

Florida Gubernatorial Fellows visit Pensacola training commands By Lt. Cmdr. Sven Sharp Naval Air Technical Training Center Public Affairs


he Florida Gubernatorial Fellows Class XI toured Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) during a visit to Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola April 16. The Florida Gubernatorial Fellows is a non-partisan program that immerses students from public and private universities in key areas of state government. During their nine-month tenure at the capital in Tallahassee, the fellows receive on-the-job training as well as a front-line view of the inner workings of government. At NATTC, the seven Fellows saw the full range of aviation maintenance and air traffic control training including several laboratories covering aviation ordnance, jet engine maintenance, aircraft structural repair metalworking and diesel engine repair. They also saw the air traffic control simulators in action, showing how controllers manage aircraft at both shorebase airports, and aboard aircraft carriers and amphibious assault ships. Accompanying the fellows through NATTC was Cmdr.

Scott Sherman, NATTC’s prospective executive officer. “We do our very best to be good stewards of the taxpayers’ dollars as we train future naval aviation maintainers, and today’s visit was an opportunity to showcase our outstanding Navy, Marine Corps and civilian instructors, and the facilities,” Sherman said. For more than 70 years, NATTC has been delivering training to support readiness within the Naval Aviation Enterprise. NATTC graduates approximately 15,000 Navy and Marine students annually. The majority of the student body is comprised of enlisted personnel attending “A” schools, where they are gaining the knowledge and skills required to perform in fleet as technicians at the apprentice level. NATTC’s advanced schools provide higher-level technical knowledge for sen-

Florida Gubernatorial Fellow Emmanuel Osemota (second from right) asks AD1 Stefano Bitjoka about a P-3C Orion engine at Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC). While in Pensacola, the Florida Gubernatorial Fellows also visited with Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward to discuss the dynamic between the city and its military counterparts. Photo by Ens. Emily Wilkin

ior petty officers, and specialty schools offer specific skills not particular to any one rating, such as airman apprentice training, maintenance, personal financial management and shipboard aircraft firefighting. NATTC also conducts technical training for officers in aviation fuels,

carrier air traffic control center operations, aircraft launch and recovery equipment, shipboard aircraft fire fighting and amphibious air traffic control center operations. For more information about Naval Air Technical Training Center visit https://www.netc. navy.mil/centers/cnatt/nattc/

Default.aspx . For additional information on the Naval Education and Training Command, visit the NETC website: https:// www. netc. navy. mil. For more news from Naval Education and Training Command, visit www. navy. mil /local/ cnet/.

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WSRE presenting Kennedy, producer of Vietnam film Story and photo from WSRE

Documentary filmmaker Rory Kennedy is the next name on schedule for the WSRE Public Square Speakers Series. She is scheduled to speak at 7 p.m. May 19 at the Jean & Paul Amos Performance Studio. Kennedy’s most recent film, “Last Days in Vietnam,” was nominated for the 2015 Academy Award. The film chronicles the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War as the North Vietnamese Army closed in on Saigon. With the city under fire, American officers on the ground faced a moral

dilemma: follow official policy and evacuate U.S. citizens and their dependents only, or ignore orders Kennedy and save as many South Vietnamese as possible. At the risk of their careers and possible courtmartial, a handful of individuals took matters into their own hands. Engaging in unsanctioned and often makeshift evacuation operations. PBS broadcast “Last Days in Vietnam” during April to mark the 40th anniversary of

the end of the Vietnam War, and WSRE held a free preview screening of the film in March. Having produced, directed and/or written more than 30 documentaries, Kennedy is recognized for films that tackle issues of human rights, mental illness, poverty, domestic abuse, political corruption and drug addiction. Her film “American Hollow,” about the rural existence of a poor Appalachian family, attracted attention from film critics and the public in 1999. She also directed and produced the Emmy-nominated series “Pandemic: Facing AIDS,” which premiered in

2002 at the Barcelona World Aids Conference and became a five-part series on HBO. Kennedy is also well known for her films “Ghosts of Abu Ghraib” (2007), “Thank You, Mr. President: Helen Thomas at the White House” (2008), “Shouting Fire: Stories from the Edge of Free Speech” (2009) and “Bobby Fischer Against the World” (2011). At the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, she premiered the film “Ethel,” a feature length documentary on the life of her mother Ethel Kennedy, wife of Robert F. Kennedy. Kennedy has made a name for herself as a compelling

storyteller and speaker devoted to taking on the world’s most pressing social and human rights issues. Another WSRE Public Square event is scheduled for Nov. 17 with Alexandra Cousteau as the speaker. An explorer, filmmaker and advocate on water issues, Cousteau continues the work of her grandfather Jacques-Yves Cousteau and her father Philippe Cousteau Sr. Public Square events are open to the public. Admission is free. Reservations are encouraged, but not required. For more information, go to www.wsre.org/events/publicsquare-speakers-series.





May 1, 2015

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The three-day festival will feature 16,000 pounds of boiled crawfish provided by Mike’s Crawfish Boils from Duson, La.

Crawfish boiling at festival Story, photo from Fiesta of Five Flags Association

The annual Pensacola Crawfish Festival, which starts today, May 1, will bring a taste of Louisiana to Pensacola with 16,000 pounds of crawfish. Cajun dishes such as red beans and rice, boudin balls, seafood gumbo, etouffee, jambalaya, and Cajun pasta will also be available in addition to traditional fare including hot dogs, chicken tenders and funnel cakes. The Crawfish Festival is presented every year by the Fiesta of Five Flags organization. The three-day Crawfish Festival also will feature live entertainment and children’s activities. The entertainment lineup includes an array of music artists representing New Orleans instrumental jazz, R&B, rock and traditional Cajun music. Headliners in-

Details • What: Pensacola Crawfish Festival. • When: noon to 11 p.m. today, May 1; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. tomorrow, May 2; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 3. • Where: Bartram Park in downtown Pensacola. • Cost: Free before 3 p.m. today, and free all day today for active-duty military with ID. Otherwise, $5 per day or $10 for a weekend pass. Free for children younger than 12. • Information: Call 433-6512 or go to www.fiestaoffiveflags.org.

clude Wayne Toups, Lost Bayou Ramblers, and Voodoo Gumbo. How many pounds of crawfish can you eat? Come take part in the 10th annual Cat Country 98.7 Crawfish Eating Contest. Contestants may participate in the childrens, adults, or CrawDADDY division. On Saturday and Sunday, the children’s area will be open until 5 p.m. offering cost friendly arts and crafts, face painting, wands, balloons, games and crawfish races. The 41st annual Fiesta 5K

and 10K Run/Walk is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. tomorrow, May 2. The Fiesta of Five Flags organization plans and produces more than 20 events throughout the year to celebrate the history of Pensacola and the five different flags that have flown over the city: Spanish, French, British, Confederate and American. The Crawfish Fesitval is a warm up for the annual Fiesta of Five Flags heritage celebration that will kick off May 15 with the Pen Air Grand Fiesta Parade.

At the movies FRIDAY

“Furious 7,” PG-13, 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; “Woman in Gold,” PG-13, 5:30 p.m.; “Get Hard,” R, 8 p.m.


“Home” (3D), PG, noon; “The Divergent Series: Insurgent” (3D), PG-13, 2 p.m.; “Furious 7,” PG-13, 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; “Cinderella,” PG, 12:30 p.m.; “Woman in Gold,” PG-13, 3 p.m.; “Home” (2D), PG, 5:30 p.m.; “Get Hard,” R, 8 p.m.


“Home” (2D), PG, noon, 2:30 p.m.; “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” PG, 5 p.m.; “Get Hard,” R, 7:30 p.m.; “Furious 7,” PG-13, 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m.


“Home” (3D), PG, 5 p.m.; “Furious 7,” PG-13, 7 p.m.; “Get Hard,” R, 5:10 p.m.; “Run All Night,” R, 7:30 p.m.


“Home” (2D), PG, 5 p.m.; “Furious 7,” PG-13, 7 p.m.; “Cinderella,” PG, 5:10 p.m.; “The Divergent Series: Insurgent” (2D), PG-13, 7:30 p.m.


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


“Home” (3D), PG, 5 p.m.; “Furious 7,” PG-13, 7 p.m.; “Woman in Gold,” PG-13, 5:10 p.m.; “The Gunman,” 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. • Movies on the Lawn: The April 25 event had to be canceled due to heavy rains. “Big Hero 6” (rated PG) has been rescheduled for May 9. The summer series will be presented through August at Family Luau: 5 dusk on the second p.m. May 8 at and fourth Saturday NASP Corry Staof each month in front Recreation of Portside Gym, tion Bldg. 627. Free pop- Center lawn. Activicorn. Bring coolers, ties at 5 p.m. Food beverages snacks, chairs and and blankets. For more in- available for purformation, call 452- chase at 6 p.m. Entertainment at 7 3806, ext. 3140. • Homeschool p.m. Limbo, fire workshop: 10 a.m. dancers, live music. to 11:30 a.m. May Prizes for best attire. 30, NASP Youth Hawaiian Center, 690 Moffet Open to active duty Road, Bldg. 3690. and their families. For more information, call NASP School Liaison Officer Carissa Bergosh at 293-0322 or NASWF School Liaison Officer Chris Hendrix at 324-1154. • Hangout Music Fest: Get a military discount and save $40 on tickets for the May 1517 Hangout Music Fest in Gulf Shores, Ala. For more information, contact the Information, Tickets and Travel (ITT) office at 452-6354. • Navy-Armed Forces Kidsʼ Run 2015: 3:30 p.m. May 6 at 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. • Child care orientation training: 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 18-22. Earn income by becoming certified to provide child care services in your home as a provider for the Child Development Home (CDH) Care Program. For information, call 572-5026 or 281-5368. • Aquatics Summer Camps and Swimming Lessons: It is time to start thinking about summer camps and swimming lessons. For more information, contact the MWR Aquatics department at 452-9429. • Summer reading program: “Read to the Rhythm,” June 16 to Aug. 6 at the NASP Library, Bldg. 634. Reading, singing, dancing and crafts. Sessions are 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday for ages 3 to 6 and 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday for ages 7 and older. For more information, or to register, call 452-4362. • Danger Zone Paintball: Sign up for the Paintball Challenge at Blue Angel Naval Recreation Area. Open until 5 p.m. Monday and Friday for challenge events. Cost is $20 for active-duty and $30 for civilians and includes full equipment rental, 500 rounds of paint and free air refills. Reservations required two weeks in advance. For details, call 2815489.

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: • 2015 Teen Job Fair: 9 a.m. to noon May 2 and May 16, Youth Center, Bldg. 3690. To be considered for positions offered by the MWR Teen Summer Program, applicants must be: 15 to 18 year old dependents of active-duty, retired military, DoD or contract employees; be enrolled in high school at time of application; attend one of the job fairs to obtain and application; and submit application with three signed letters of recommendations to NAF Personnel Office, Bldg. 3249 by May 18. For more information, call 452-

5405 or 452-4681. • Mommy and Me Tea: 10 a.m. to noon May 7 at Lighthouse Terrace Community Center, 1 Price Ave. The event is being presented by the New Parent Support Group and Balfour Beatty Communities. For more information or to make reservations, call 452-5609. • First Time Dads Class: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. May 18. Caring for your baby can be scary at first. This class will provide tips and techniques to help you properly care for your newborn. Topics include diaper changing, feeding, swaddling and much more. For more information or to register, call 452-5609.

Community Outreach NASP Community Outreach volunteer opportunities: • Hangout Music Fest: Honor Our Marines has coordinated an opportunity for military service members, veterans, friends and family members: Sign up for two, 10-hour 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.

• Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum: There are numerous opportunities such as hosting tours or ghost hunts, helping with special events and maintenance and grounds upkeep. 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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Three bedroom, two bath home with large deck for rent. Asking $1,000 deposit, $1,200 per month. 8509 Blue Jay Way, Pensacola, Four poster king 32534. 850-255cherry bed by 1765 Kincaide. Excellent condition. 3/2 home for $500. 390-0155 rent for $1,000 a month. 2 car Motors garage. Split Autos for sale floor plan. 1400 sq ft. for more Volvo C70 silver info call: 8502007 66,000 450-4389 miles. Hard top c o n v e r t i b l e . Super nice duWell maintained plex near NAS 13,500. 390- and Corry Hospital 2/1 central 0155 heat and air, Misc Motors w a s h e r / d r y e r h o o k u p , MID 110XRX e q u i p p e d trail master dune kitchen, hardfloors, buggy with 2 wood fans, harness seatbelt, ceiling new condition. mini blinds, out$1100. 748-7365 side storage, privacy fence. Call $550/month. 433-1166 417-3370 ext. 24 and

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