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May 4, 2012

VCNO holds town hall discussion aboard NASP By Ed Barker NETC PAO

The Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO) held a town hall discussion aboard NAS Pensacola as part of a capstone event for Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), April 30. The forum, hosted by Adm. Mark Ferguson, focused on sexual assault awareness and prevention, and was attended by more than 1,500 Sailors from Pensacola-area training commands. The event was also live-streamed to audiences around the world via the Pentagon Channel, Navy social media platforms and direct to Sailors at sea. “Today marks the last day of April, which is sexual assault awareness month. But it’s really the first day of the rest of the journey; our job is not done,” said Ferguson. “Our goal this month has

Adm. Mark Ferguson, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, addresses NAS Pensacola Sailors and a worldwide broadcast audience on the subject of sexual assault awareness at a town hall meeting April 30. Photo by Emily Benner

been to raise sexual assault awareness within the Navy and to communicate some very important messages. The first is that we will not

tolerate sexual assault. The second is that we have to support the victims of this crime, to offer them assistance and to encourage

them to come forward; to encourage them to seek the help that we offer. And lastly, to hold those who are perpetrators of this

crime accountable.” The hourlong program featured a panel discussion moderated by Jill Loftus, director of the Department

of the Navy Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (DoN SAPRO). The discussion highlighted victim advocacy resources available in the fleet, ongoing prevention efforts and Sailor-led programs to curb destructive behavior. Panel members included two airmen from the Naval Air Technical Training Center’s chapter of the Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD), a Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) and victim’s advocate. The panel members shared their experiences as leaders who are committed to the common goal of eliminating sexual assault in the Navy. “This forum underscores our commitment, at every level of leadership, to combating sexual assault in the Navy,” said

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NHP’s main entrance closing for upgrades; entry only via 61st Avenue From Rod Duren NHP PAO

Naval Hospital Pensacola (NHP)’s main entrance on U.S. Highway 98 will be closed to incoming traffic beginning the morning of May 7, tentatively through June 19, for upgrades to traffic flow and security measures. The project is part of Navy

Medicine mandated security measures and will be the first time since the hospital opened in 1976 that the main entrance has undergone an upgrade. Entrance to the hospital compound will be via 61st Avenue only. Traffic will obviously flow at a slower pace through the back gate during construction on the front entrance, especially during the early morning hours.

However, the hospital will allow departure off the compound via the U.S. 98 gate during the hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The hospital has been working with the Escambia County Transportation and Traffic Operations and State of Florida Highway Department to assist with the accommodation of these plans. Traffic signage will be in place on U.S. 98 to assist drivers to the 61st Avenue entrance.

Westbound traffic on U.S. 98 will turn north (right) onto 61st Avenue. Eastbound traffic turning from U.S. 98 onto 61st Avenue will cross traffic at the left-hand turn traffic signal. Southbound commuters on 61st Avenue will turn into the compound across the northbound lane of 61st Avenue. Commercial deliveries through the 61st Avenue gate have been planned for

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NASP recycle drive 2012:

‘Team up to recycle’ From NavFac SE

NASP CO Capt. Christopher Plummer (left) presents Arthur J. Vick Jr. with a plaque and letter of appreciation May 1.

Dry cleaner recognized for support to NASP honor guard Story, photo by Mike O’Connor Gosport Associate Editor

A good deed should never go unnoticed. Area dry cleaner Arthur J. “Jake” Vick Jr., of Vick’s Cleaners, has been dry cleaning the NAS Pensacola honor guard’s uniforms for free, ever since learning the Navy didn’t cover the charge. NASP Commanding Officer, Capt. Christopher Plummer, expressed his

thanks to Vick in person May 1, with a plaque and a letter of appreciation. More than 20 command Sailors attended the ceremony, shaking hands with Vick afterward. According to the citation, during the last three years, Vick’s Cleaners has saved the NASP honor guard and funeral detail $4,493.60 in cleaning service expenses. During that time, the honor guard

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In celebrating the spirit of Earth Day every day, NAS Pensacola is having a competition to determine, “who’s the biggest recycler.” The NASP Recycle Center is asking for commands, tenants and even individuals to participate in this event to raise awareness about recycling onboard NASP, as well as earn some recognition and a chance for prizes. Participants should collect recyclable items May 10-17. Keep in mind to collect items wherever possible within your participating group’s area, even if it is rescuing items from your cubicle or neighbor’s trash can. This also would be an excellent opportunity to do a little spring cleaning and pull out unneeded books, files or other materials that can be recycled. Additionally, be mindful of your facility’s trash pickup dates. Be sure to register by May 10. Registration forms will be available at the NASP Recycle Center, Bldg. 2691 and Radford Gym Bldg. 4143. For this competition, items that can be collected by participants include: plastics, scrap metal, aluminum and tin cans, newspaper, magazines, office paper as well as single and corrugated cardboard. Take your recyclables to Bldg. 2691, Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. or onboard Corry Station, Bldg.1079, 10-11:30 a.m. Onboard Saufley, take recyclables to Bldg. 856, 89:30 a.m. For more information, contact Eric Thomas,

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Sailors past, present meet aboard USS Alabama ... AE1 John Kopelakis, from Lake Worth, Fla., a member of the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, and 88year-old Frank Radulski Sr., a native of Pennsylvania, stand in the USS Alabama (BB 60) Command Information Center (CIC) as Radulski explains how he would track aircraft by marking their locations on the transparent plotting board. Radulski is a member of the USS Alabama Crewmen’s Association who served aboard the Alabama during World War II. Kopelakis was with a group of first class petty officers who are board-eligible for the rank of chief petty officer from NASP commands who visited the ship recently as part of the Navy’s MCPON 365 training. Photo by MCC Russell Tafuri

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Blue Angels announce new boss From Blue Angels PAO

The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, announced the commanding officer for the 2013-14 seasons during a press conference at the National Naval Aviation Museum onboard NAS Pensacola May 1. A panel of admirals and former Blue Angel commanding officers selected Cmdr. Thomas Frosch to succeed Capt. Greg McWherter. Frosch, a native of Clinton Township, Mich., joins the Blue Angels after serving as the commanding officer for Strike Fighter Squadron 146 (VFA-146), onboard NAS Lemoore, Calif. His previous assignments include four squadrons, where he flew the F/A-18 Hornet and deployed in support of Operations Southern Watch, Allied Force and Iraqi Freedom. Frosch was also selected to attend the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School and deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan, as an individual augmentee with the NATO

The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, new commanding officer: Cmdr. Thomas Frosch. Photo courtesy Blue Angels

International Security Assistance Force. Frosch attended the U.S. Naval Academy, where he lettered in football,

graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering and was commissioned an ensign in the Navy. He also

attended the Naval War College, where he earned his Master of Arts degree in national security and strategic studies. Frosch has more than 3,000 flight hours and 830 carrier-arrested landings. His decorations include a Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, six Strike Flight Air Medals, two Individual air Medals with Combat “V,” three Navy Commendation Medals, one with Combat “V,” as well as various campaign and unit awards. The change of command ceremony is slated for Nov. 4, at the National Naval Aviation Museum. The mission of the Blue Angels is to enhance Navy recruiting, and credibly represent Navy and Marine Corps aviation to the United States and its Armed Forces to America and other countries as international ambassadors of good will. For more information, call the Blue Angels public affairs office at 452-3955.

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Loftus. “At its core, combating sexual assault is about Sailors protecting each other, taking care of each other, and being responsible themselves. Those concepts go straight to our core values. We need every Sailor, every Navy leader to be part of the process. That’s ultimately why we are here today.” Questions from the audience for the panel ranged from “how the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) program can be improved” to “where to call for SAPR advice.” Questions were also taken from the fleet via e-mail in advance of the event. One of the panel members, BMC(SW/SC) Dena Partain, has been a victim advocate for two years and is the SAPR Command Liaison for Training Support Center Great Lakes. She works hand-in-hand with the Great Lakes CSADD chapter to promote bystander intervention and to educate on sexual assault prevention. “The town hall discussion allowed us to recap lessons learned throughout Sexual Assault Awareness Month and encourage continued discussion at the unit level,” said Partain. “It also gave us a chance to talk to a wide audience about upcoming Navy sexual assault prevention and awareness training.” At the close of the event, Ferguson stressed that sexual assault prevention and support for sexual assault victims are year-round priorities and that continuing the momentum gained during Sexual Assault Awareness Month is extremely important. “This is not just one month – this is an enduring effort focused on prevention,” added Ferguson. “Going forward, we will sustain this effort and train our entire force. We are all responsible for building a culture of trust where we treat all shipmates with respect and dignity; on and off duty.” Sexual Assault Prevention and Response is an important element of the readiness area of the 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative which consolidates a set of objectives and policies, new and existing, to maximize Sailor and Marine personal readiness, build resiliency and hone the most combateffective force in the history of the Navy and Marine Corps. The Department of the Navy is working to aggressively to prevent sexual assaults, to support sexual assault victims, and to hold offenders accountable. Help raise awareness by joining the conversation on social media using #SAAM. For more information about the Naval Education and Training Command, visit the NETC website at https://www.netc.navy.mil. For more information, visit www.navy.mil, www. facebook. com/ usnavy, or www.twitter.com/usnavy.

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SAPR events round out Sexual Assault Awareness Month … As April, Sexual Assault Awareness Month, came to a close, NASP Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) held several events to reinforce the Navy’s efforts to eradicate the problem. (Above, left) “Zumba Against Sexual Assault,” held April 26, brought service members and civilian employees together in an exercise and awareness session. Photo by Hollie Livingston (Above right) A picnic honoring Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) volunteers was held by FFSC April 27. Photo by Emily Benner NHP from page 1

in advance and will be routed by NHP’s security team. The hospital anticipates some delays, and asks for patience, while encouraging customers with appointments, especially in the early morning, to Vick’s from page 1

rendered funeral services for 1,225 fallen veterans and their family members. “We really appreciate the support you give us,” Plummer said. “Our honor guard does a great job and they look sharp, in large part thanks to you.” Vick, who has had both his father and his son in the Navy, traces his Pensacola roots to his grandfather’s establishment of a

recycling manager, at 572-6184 or e-mail emtrecycling@mchsi.com. “Think of this competition as a way to shine as you and your group do your part ensuring that NASP complex is fulfilling its mission in saving our country’s resources and economic viability by doing something small and simple like recycling,” said Joelle O’Daniel-Lopez, environmental protection specialist with NavFac SE NASP Public Works Department. “We live in a bountiful and beautiful country, but too often we squander our resources by not making sure that those things that can be recycled

Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla.: A Bicentennial Defense Community Commanding Officer — Capt. Christopher W. Plummer Public Affairs Officer — Harry C. White 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.

dry cleaning business around 1910. There are currently 15 Vick’s Cleaners locations in the area. “Our family’s been in Pensacola doing this for a hundred years,” Vick said. “I’m a third-generation dry cleaner.” His desire to lend a helping hand to Navy Sailors comes from the heart. “I think it hit home when my son, who was in the Navy, almost died in an (automobile) accident while on

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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,

leave home early. Patient access to the medical facility is always a concern. Every effort will be made to reduce anticipated delays during construction. Emergency vehicles will not be delayed; and will continue to have priority when entering the hospital compound. duty,” he said. “He had been (overseas) in Djibouti, had come back to the states and was taking a class in Texas before going to Japan for his next tour. He left the base and a drunk driver hit him.” Vick’s son received a medical discharge. The value of the dry cleaning is legally considered a gift to the Navy and was officially accepted by then-Commander Navy Region Southeast, Rear Adm. Townsend Alexander.

get recovered to be used more than once or made into a new product. Every little bit of recycling by each person helps.” Some examples of what individual recycling efforts can do to help make our country more sustainable: • Recycling one aluminum can will save enough energy to run a television for three hours. • Recycling just seven 20-oz. plastic bottles could run a ceiling fan for 7.4 hours. “NAS Pensacola is dedicated to protecting and respecting our resources,” O’Daniel-Lopez said. “As part of this installation’s ongoing recycling program participating in this event is an initiative to reduce solid waste.”

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Genealogical research, DNA test brings ancestral origins to light By Mike O’Connor Gosport Associate Editor

Once, when I was young, I inquired to my mother about my origins. “You’re as Irish as Paddy’s pig,” was her snappy answer. The directness made me wince. It might have had to do with her divorcing an Irish man – my father – but she was Irish herself. Or so I thought. Still looking for an answer, I asked my father the same question, only to receive a different reply. “I’ll tell you what my father told me,” he said. “‘You were born here; never forget you’re an American.’ Those people over there are the Irish. We have nothing to do with them.” So it was back to square one. I already knew I was an American – I wanted to know where we were from. Ireland, apparently, but we weren’t Irish. I never got the answer I was looking for as a child. Today, however, one can know with a reasonable degree of certainty the answer to the question, “where am I from” by taking a DNA test. There are several companies offering DNA testing with varying levels of depth and costs. I had always intended to get it done … one day. In my case, it came as a Christmas present from my in-laws. Instead of receiving my annual shirt (the closet was already bulging) I asked for a gift that only science or a

shaman could provide: to establish with certainty from whence I came. The DNA test was surprisingly simple: two swabs to rub on the inside of your mouth, and two small test tubes to send them back in. I opted to test both y-DNA, which traces your patrilineal line and mt-DNA, which does the same on your matrilineal side, all the way back to Eve. Then, the interminable wait. Imagine consulting an all-powerful oracle that tells you, “I have the answers you seek … and I will tell you … in two … very … long … months.” All I could do is mark the calendar and wait. While I waited, I followed a suggestion and logged on to a popular ancestry-tracing site. Recently they added free access to the newly released census records from the 1940s. Instantly I was hooked. My father, my mother – all my uncles – they were all there. With each “shaking leaf” I found new clues and linked their lives together. I found World War I and World War II records; traced census records from the 1800s forward as I watched families grow, and grow old. Three, four, five generations back I traveled; one by one I followed the progress of these people all the way back to their arrival in America. The census listed their professions: one was a hatmaker; another made clocks. One

worked in a munitions factory – I’m especially proud of that one. And the great grandfather I’m named for; he was there too. Like many newly arrived Irish, he was a laborer on the railroad – and his son later worked for the railroad, too, as a skilled machinist.

My ancestors: I know them now. They are real people to me. People who came to America from Ireland, from Scotland and from Canada. And at least one – my mother’s great-grandmother – who was here all along, in Rhode Island. The paper trail runs out on that one, but I’ll keep trying. She’s my oldest American ancestor. How I wish, as a child, when we visited some of these old folks, I had taken better

note. I know them personally now; all of them. Where they were born, who they married, what they did, where they died. They may be gone, but as long as I am alive, they are alive in me. One morning, unexpectedly, an e-mail arrived and everything I knew about my origins changed. “You have new results posted for your yDNA test,” it read. “Log on to see results.” Right behind that came a parade of e-mails indicating genetic matches to living people who may be distant cousins on dad’s side. Under “ancestral origins” I looked at the count of markers … country after country in alphabetical order. A few markers here, a few there. Then, a score of 394 markers under “England.” Wait, what? Nobody ever said our family was English. “Ireland” scored big, as expected, at 548 markers; Scotland was third with 265. I know where my greatgreat grandparents were born, and it wasn’t in England. So where’s the connection? The answer lays in the fact that y-DNA, handed down from father to son, goes back many thousands of years; more years than there have been the names “Ireland” and “England.” Under the skin, pretty much all the inhabitants of the British isles are all Celts (with a few Germans, Vikings and Romans mixed in). Genetic research is help-

ing rewrite some anthropological theories, with borders and nationalities fading a little before some new scientific proofs. Far enough back, we are all related, all of us. When my mt-DNA results came in, a few weeks later, there was another surprise lurking in mom’s genetic history. The highest number of markers came back from England, followed by German and finally, those Irish. Never mind rewriting cultural history; closer to home, our family history was being rewritten. German? Really? Mom, I’d like to know just where those Canadian ancestors of yours came from. In the end, I realized something I should have known all along. How I admired the strength of these people who had brought me here, to this point from which I could appreciate them. What a strong relationship exists between brothers, between sisters, between first cousins. We are made of the same stuff; we have traveled many thousands of miles and many thousands of years together. Make your family tree today. Make the time to call the old folks and ask them about the people they remember from their youth. Write it all down; and in your time, pass it on to the next generation. Think about what a great gift life is, and how much has been passed down to you.


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NEX event partnered with ECUA, Gulf Power April 20-27 to showcase environmental awareness, new technologies

Photos by Mike O’Connor An Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA) hybrid sanitation truck, nicknamed “the clean, green eco-machine” on display outside NEX Aviation Plaza April 23. The truck makes use of its braking energy through a hydraulic system, increasing its mileage from 1.7 mpg to 2.3 mpg with the energy saved.

ECUA inspectors Kenyore Edwards (center) and Kenny Lyons demonstrate the dangers of accumulated Fats, Oil and Grease (FOG) to NEX’s Christopher Chan.

A simulated FOGGed-up pipe: when fats, oils and grease are improperly disposed of in a drain, the buildup can cause pipes to block. ECUA has recycling stations for FOG.

A Vantage Vehicle International “Green Truck” pickup (front) on loan from NavFac SE. The electric trucks are a common sight onboard NASP. While the solar panel atop the truck cannot power it fully, it does help top off the vehicle’s battery while driving.

Gulf Power’s Chevy Volt shows off its “fuel fill” cover and multi-prong plug. Photo by Hollie Livingston

A recycling display inside the NEX Aviation Plaza shows the relative times involved in breaking down household organic matter.

James Gentry, fleet maintenance manager with ECUA, gives a tour of the fine points of the hybrid natural gas Ford F-150’s engine. The driver of the truck can switch from gasoline to natural gas with the flip of a switch while driving.

Gulf Power’s Lee Robinson demonstrates the ease with which the Chevy Volt can be recharged. The Volt is the most fuel-efficient compact car with a gasoline engine sold in the United States, as rated by the EPA. Photo by Hollie Livingston

Service members puzzle out the inside of the Chevy Volt’s engine compartment. Photo by Hollie Livingston


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First female takes over as NETC force master chief By Steve Vanderwerff NETC PAO; and Lt. j.g. Amber Lynn Daniel Office of Diversity and Inclusion PAO

Master Chief (AW/SW) April Beldo, assumed duties as Naval Education and Training Command’s (NETC) force master chief April 26. Beldo comes to NETC from the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) where she served as the first female African American command master chief onboard a nuclear aircraft carrier. She continues her trend of breaking barriers as NETC’s first female and African American Force Master Chief. Beldo is filled with enthusiasm for how women continue to break barriers, such as the women who received their training at Naval Submarine School to serve onboard submarines, but is quick to point out that first and foremost, as NETC’s force master chief, her number one priority is making sure that all Sailors receive quality training to fill the needs of the fleet, her mantra being, “Training Sailors seven days a week, 24 hours a day.” “At NETC it’s our mission to maintain, train, and provide a mission-ready maritime force capable of winning wars, deterring aggression and maintaining the freedom of the seas,” said Beldo. “NETC allows our Navy to maintain a robust and competent maritime force to guarantee security, stability and trust around the globe.” Beldo counts herself as a proud member of the ranks of women who forged the path into the once male-dominated senior leadership, and is excited to return to the NETC domain as its top enlisted advisor. She previously served as command master chief at Naval Service Training Command, and the Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Beldo’s success story is similar to many others, but upon reflection, she

Command Master Chief April Beldo, right, salutes Rear Adm. Donald P. Quinn, commander, Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) to assume the position as NETC’s force master chief from the former, Command Master Chief John Snyder, during a change of office ceremony held at the National Naval Aviation Museum onboard NAS Pensacola. Photo by Steve Vanderwerff

offered that if the Navy had not changed its attitude toward women serving in leadership roles, she may not have been given the opportunity to rise to her current position, and the Navy might not be the same professional military force that it is today. “After attending a couple of semesters of college I decided that I wanted more structure and stability in my life,” said Beldo. “My interest in the military led me to the Air Force, but I was turned down because all of their female quotas had been met for the year, which led me to a Navy recruiter. They jumped at the opportunity to enlist me.” She rapidly advanced, learning from and obeying her mostly male superiors. It was during this period that she witnessed a period of great change in the Navy’s attitude towards women serving in positions of leadership. “The eighties was a very exciting time to be a woman in the Navy. We felt it and saw it happen before our eyes. Women were beginning to be selected in greater numbers for positions of notoriety and

distinction,” said Beldo. “Sure, women had been selected for flag rank as early as 1972, but it wasn’t until the eighties that they truly began to make their presence seen and felt.” Despite the achievements and the Navy’s changing attitude, Beldo says that the changes were, for the most part, not enough or too slow in coming, at least at her level. “I don’t know if it was me not paying attention or just how it was, but before I was a first class petty officer, I wasn’t exposed to female khaki leadership.” Beginning her career as an aviation maintenance administrationman, she advanced to the rank of chief petty officer in 1995. Her advancement came in the wake of the landmark 1994 repeal of the Combat Exclusion Law, which allowed women for the first time to serve on combatant ships. “The repeal opened up a floodgate of opportunity for women. Overnight we became empowered. We could now serve aboard combatant ships, choose ratings and going to schools that were

once closed to us to pursue careers and advance just like our male counterparts,” said Beldo. “Because the Navy’s No. 1 asset is its people, it’s refreshing to see how far we’ve come as an organization that values a person not by their gender, but because of their abilities. As Sailors we succeed through hard work and determination, sticking to the Navy’s core values of honor, courage and commitment, and understanding it’s our job as Sailors to support the Maritime Strategy.” In February 2012, in support of the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) led review of Women in the Services Restrictions (WISR), the Navy supported proposed changes to the Department of Defense gender assignment policy. This exception to policy would allow, for the first time, the assignment of women to the battalion level in non-direct ground combat specialties, making sixty medical officer, chaplain, and chief and first class petty officer hospital corpsman billets available for assignment to women. “I see where we have gone with women serving aboard submarines, and look forward to seeing what other doors will open, such as women serving in the Special Forces. If that’s approved, you can be assured NETC will their part to ensure all Sailors receive top-notch training” said Beldo. Today, nearly every naval community is open to women, and a majority receive recruit training and follow on A-school’s within the NETC domain. “I cannot emphasize enough; I want to see every opportunity open for every qualified Sailor,” said Beldo. “As a Navy, I am sure we will continue to pursue every opportunity for every qualified Sailor to excel, and not just to say ‘we broke a barrier.’” For more news from Naval Education and Training Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/cnet/.


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Whereatt assumes command of Training Squadron Two From NASWF PAO

In front of the assembled family, friends, co-workers and fellow service members, Cmdr. John Hensel recently turned over command to Cmdr. Jennifer Whereatt following the completion of his one-year tour as commanding officer of Training Squadron Two onboard NAS Whiting Field. The change of command ceremony dates back to the era of wooden ships, and is a timehonored Navy tradition that enables the crew to see the formal exchange of duties between officers. Retired Navy Capt. Michael Szostak, the guest speaker for the event, alluded to the importance of the ceremony during his remarks. “Its purpose is founded in the seamless passing of the leadership and responsibility for a unit from one outstanding officer to another. This ceremony also though, gives us the opportunity to thank and congratulate an individual who has led this unit, the VT-2 Doerbirds, through immense challenges, change

and effort,” he said. Under Hensel’s guidance, the squadron graduated almost 500 primary flight students. The squadron garnered Navy-wide recognition and success, earning the 2010 and 2011 Chief of Naval Operations Safety Awards. Additionally, Hensel oversaw the “Doerbirds’” transition from the aging T-34 Turbo Mentor training aircraft to the modern T-6 Texan II. By any measure, his tour was a success and culminated in being awarded the Meritorious Service Medal during the ceremony. A 1992 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Hensel earned his aviator’s wings in 1995. He qualified as a P-3 Orion pilot and has completed tours with Patrol Squadron Five, Commander Carrier Group One and Patrol Squadron 26. During these tours he participated in NATO peace keeping missions in the Mediterranean and critical intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance missions in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility in

“In command, each commanding officer is expected to do the same, to run their leg of the race as fast as they can and then surrender their command. The objective for each runner, and therefore for each commanding officer, is to give his or her relief as big a lead as possible. “The first three legs of the race are not for individual glory, but to set up their successor for success. You see, it’s not about them, it’s about the team.” — Retired Navy Capt. Michael Szostak

Outgoing VT-2 CO Cmdr. John Hensel in the last T-34 Turbo Mentor flight recently at Whiting Field. Cmdr. Jennifer Whereatt recent assumed command of VT-2. Photo courtesy NASWF PAO

support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. Ashore, Hensel served as a P-3 Orion instructor pilot with Patrol Squadron 30, with the P-8A Poseidon Integrated Product Team at Naval Air Systems Command, and as a senior military adviser to the director, Defense Test Resource Management Center in Washington, D.C. For his next tour, Hensel will be returning to NAS Patuxent River for duty with Naval Air Systems Command. Using a track analogy, Szostak compared the similarities between commanding a squadron and running the 400meter relay event. At the crossroad between a sprint and the distance events, the event is one of the most physically demanding. The runners sprint as long and as hard as they can and gut it out to the baton exchange to pass off to the next runner. “In command, each commanding officer is expected to

do the same, to run their leg of the race as fast as they can and then surrender their command,” said Szostak. “The objective for each runner, and therefore for each commanding officer, is to give his or her relief as big a lead as possible. “The first three legs of the race are not for individual glory, but to set up their successor for success. You see, it’s not about them, it’s about the team,” Szostak emphasized. With the passing of the command pennant and the reading of orders, Whereatt laced on her track shoes and prepared to run her leg of the race. It is a task for which she has been well prepared — a point Hensel strongly supported. “Cmdr. Whereatt, you’ve been a great executive officer and will be an even better commanding officer,” he stated. “Best of luck to you and Jeff (her husband) as you lead this squadron to even greater achievements.” As the executive officer of

VT-2 for more than a year, Whereatt served as a vital cog in the squadron’s accomplishments under Hensel. Furthermore, she has more than 17 years of naval leadership roles since graduating from the Naval Academy in 1994. As a P-3 Orion pilot, she has served tours as a P-3 Orion instructor pilot and mission commander in Patrol Squadron 16, been a safety/NATOPS officer with Special Projects Patrol Squadron One, and successfully completed a department head tour at Patrol Squadron 26. During these tours she completed deployments to Puerto Rico, Panama, Iceland, Sicily, El Salvador and detachments to the 5th Fleet in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Additionally, Whereatt has served as a P-3 Orion instructor pilot with Patrol Squadron 30 and prior to reporting to VT-2, she served on the staff of the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict and Interdependent Capabilities, where she was responsible for the management and oversight of counternarcotics programs in Afghanistan. Tradition dictates that the incoming commanding officers keep their comments brief and while Whereatt stated she is not afraid to “challenge tradition,” she did indeed keep her speech short while still imparting some words of wisdom to the squadron’s flight students. “From your first solo in the aircraft, to earning your wings, to the first time you sign for a plane as an aircraft commander, to leading a crew on detachment, none of it would be possible without the leadership, mentorship, training and encouragement you get from the people serving with you,” she said. “We are only able to accomplish great things – and ultimately the mission – with the help of others.” Coast Guard Cmdr. Juan Lopez concurrently assumed duties as the squadron’s executive officer.


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Submissions for Partyline should be e-mailed to: emily.benner.ctr@navy.mil. Submissions should include the organization’s name, the event, what the event is for, who benefits from the event, time, date, location and a point of contact.

Outlaw Convention Center, May 10. RecruitMilitary is hosting this special hiring event for veterans and military spouses on the Gulf Coast, offering a unique opportunity to network with veteran-friendly organizations that will be on site with employment, entrepreneurial and educational opportunities. For more information call (513) 677-7055.

Pensacola Roleplaying Association The Pensacola Roleplaying Association is a free organization dedicated to table-top role playing games like Dungeon and Dragons, Pathfinder, Star Wars, Shadowrun and more. There are currently more than 150 members and offer several types of gaming sessions for individuals varying interests and are scheduled several days each week to fit anyone’s schedule. Interested participants should note that all materials, books and miniatures are provided. For more information call 696-5414 or sign up at MeetUp.com and search for Pensacola Roleplayers Association.

Military appreciation at Gallery Night Seville Quarter will be hosting a military appreciation show in conjunction with the May 18 Gallery Night in downtown Pensacola. The show will feature local military artists and the DoD Thomas Jefferson Award-winning base newspaper Gosport. The event will also feature live music and food vendors. For more information call 434-6211.

Old Antarctic Explorers Association meeting The Gulf Coast group chapter of the Old Antarctic Explorers Association (OAEA) will meet at noon tomorrow, May 5, at the Shrimp Basket restaurant in Warrington. All interested parties are invited and encouraged to bring their Antarctica stories or artifacts for the group discussion. For more information call Billy “Ace” Baker at 456-3556. Barbecue at NEX Pensacola Home Gallery Grilling season is in full swing at the NEX. Participants will receive complimentary gift cards when they have purchased a new grill for 10 percent off. There will be free food samples and grilling demonstrations from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. today only (May 4). The sale will continue through tomorrow, May 5. For more information call Andrea Beck 5541533. ROWWA monthly meeting The Retired Officers Wives and Widows Association will hold its luncheon and meeting May 10 at New World Landing. Social time will begin at 11:30 a.m. The guest speaker will be retired Col. Susan Sowers speaking on her career as a woman in the military. Reservations to attend the meeting are required by tomorrow, May 5. Cost to attend the event is $18 per person. For information on how to register or to learn more, call Mary Chase at 9954466. Navy League upcoming events The Pensacola Council Navy League of the United States will host its Seventh Annual Military Spouse Appreciation Luncheon May 16 at 11:30 a.m. in the Heritage Hall at Seville Quarter. The guest speaker will be Nancy Fetterman and tickets will be $17. 50 per person. For more information or to make a reservation call 436-8552. Additionally, the Navy League will be hosting its annual Outstanding Military Enlisted Breakfast May 23 at 7:30 a.m. in the Heritage Hall at Seville Quarter. The guest speaker will be NASP CMDCM Michael Dollen. This event is being held to recognize outstanding enlisted personnel from E-1 through E-9 who are members of local commands. For more information or to make a reservation call 436-8552. ‘Raffle Night’ at New World Landing The Pensacola Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America will hold its annual Raffle Night at New World Landing May 17. The proceeds of the Raffle Night will be used for donations to the community and cash prizes will be offered to winners. Tickets cost $2 each or $20 for a book. Reservations are required by May 14. Cost for the event is $25 per person. Active duty, reserve, retired and former officers and their spouses from all branches are invited to attend. For more information visit www.pmoaa.org or call Capt. Neal Schneider at 932-9242. Grand opening at Community Maritime Park The Community Maritime Park will be hosting a grand opening June 9 from 10 a.m.-9 p.m.  The ribbon cutting will be held at noon, but there will also be local talent and musicians playing all day, competitions, arts and crafts, food and a special performance by the Charlie Daniels Band at 7:30 p.m. For more information call 436-5670. STARBASE-Atlantis open enrollment The STARBASE-Atlantis program onboard NASP is accepting open enrollment applications for the summer program. Level I applicants must have been enrolled in the fourth- or fifth-grade during the 2011-2012 school year. Level II applicants must have previously attended the program. For more information or to request and application, e-mail StarbaseAtlantis@mchsi.com or call 452-8287. NATTC Health and Safety Fair The NASC NATTC Health and Safety Fair will take place today, May 4, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the NATTC Aviation Support Hangar, Bldg. 3460. Topics will include driving and boating safety, hurricane preparedness, free health screenings and many more. For more information call 452-4577. Career fair for veterans and spouses There will be a free career fair hiring event for veterans and military spouses at the Arthur R.

Pirates on the Gulf – Trolling for Booty The Pirates of Lost Treasure will host their annual fishing tournament, “Pirates on the Gulf – Trolling for Booty” Sept. 21-23 at Holiday Harbor Marina. Cash prizes up to $400 per fish will be awarded. The Pirates of Lost Treasure is a not-for-profit Mardi Gras social organization that raises money for local community secret santa drawings which donate new toys and clothing to needy children. For more information on the event call 232-8737. ‘Moms Matter’ event to support local parents The Democratic Women’s Club of Escambia County will host “Moms Matter” tomorrow, May 5, from noon-4 p.m. The purpose of this event is to educate care givers of young children on the services and agencies that are available in this area to help them succeed. The event will be held at the H.K. Matthews Park, 3100 N. 12th Ave. There will be entertainment for the kids; arts and crafts, games, clowns and face painting; food and drink; and an opportunity to learn more about the services of local organizations. For more information call Lea Narramore at 316-1198. West Virginia Day The 24th Annual West Virginia Day will be held May 6 at 1 p.m. at the Santa Rosa County Auditorium, 4530 Old Bagdad Highway in Milton. The cost to attend the event is to bring one covered dish. Participants should include anyone who is from West Virginia, or knows anyone from the state, or has any other connection to the “Wild and Wonderful.” There will be a drawing for door prizes and conversation about the mountainous state and all affiliations. For more information call Beverly Cavnar at 450-5857 or Sandra McLaughlin at 9446503. Relay for Life Pensacola The 2012 Relay for Life Pensacola event will be held May 11 at noon at Washington High School. For more information or to participate, visit www.relayforlife.org. ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ food drive coming up United Way’s annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive will be May 12. To participate in the drive, Escambia and Santa Rosa county residents are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing nonperishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, rice or cereal next to their mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery, May 12. Local letter carriers will collect these food donations as they deliver mail and take them to postal offices for pick up by local food pantries. For more information call DeDe Flounlacker at 432-2053 or Glenn Corbett at 384-3212. ‘Trouble in Oz’ at PSC to benefit Pyramid Arts Pyramid Inc., a non-profit agency dedicated to training through the arts for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, will be hosting “Trouble in Oz” June 8-9 at the Ashmore Auditorium at Pensacola State College. At 5 p.m. each day there will be an art show and a silent auction and at 7 p.m. the curtain will rise for the performance. This event is free, but donations will be accepted for the Pyramid Arts program. To sponsor the event or for tickets, call Cindy Coleman at 543-3341. Women military careerists needed for study A doctoral student is looking for women from all branches of service, both enlisted and commissioned personnel, and any and all duties and assignments who are willing to be interviewed as part of a dissertation study. Eligible participants must have been born between the years 1940-1955. Interested participants should call Pat Gleich at (850) 981-2426. Fourth Annual Trojan Tribute Golf Tournament The Pensacola Bay Area Alumni Chapter of Troy University Alumni and Friends is sponsoring the Fourth Annual Trojan Tribute Golf Tournament at Stonebrook Golf Club today, May 4, at noon. All proceeds will be awarded as scholarships to area high school seniors who have been admitted to the university. This is a standard USGA four-person scramble event with a maximum handicap of 25 with a cost of $75 per player. For more information call Rick Puckett at 458-4721 or visit www.pnstroyalumni.com. SAPR now recruiting new Victim Advocates The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) program is currently recruiting new Victim Advocates. The new Victim Advocate class will be held at Civilian

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Seeking Midway vets: The Gosport is seeking veterans of the Battle of Midway to feature in an upcoming issue on the historic naval victory. If you, or someone you know, is a Midway survivor, contact Scott Hallford at 452-4466. Legal: If anyone has claims for or against the estate of AC1 Sean Paul Sears, call Lt. Col. Richard Clark, the summary courts officer, at 452-0825 or by e-mail at richard.clark@tyndall.af.mil. Human Resources, Bldg. 680, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. May 710. Anyone interested must complete an application and an interview prior to the class. Deadline for registration is April 27. For more information call Maria Caceres at 4525990. Mozart and Margaritas Alzheimer’s Family Services presents the Eighth Annual Mozart and Margaritas to be held May 10 from 5:30-9:30 p.m. at the Sanders Beach-Corrine Jones Community Center. The event will feature live and silent auctions, hors d’oeuvres and the classical sounds of Mozart. Tickets for the event are $50 per person and will benefit Alzheimer’s Family Services. For more information call 438-9741 or visit www.Mozartand Margaritas.org. PMOAA scholarship application now available The Pensacola Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America will be awarding scholarship grants to children, stepchildren, spouses or grandchildren of active-duty or retired military personnel (both officer and enlisted). To be eligible, applicants must be a resident, dependent of a resident, or grandchild of a resident of Escambia, Santa Rosa or Baldwin, Ala., counties, must have completed a minimum of one year at a college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (undergraduate) or 3.5 (graduate) for the two preceding semesters as a full-time student. Applications must be submitted no later than June 15 and can be downloaded at www.pmoaa.org. For more information or to request assistance, call retired Capt. James Frazier at 484-9162. ABMA Gulf Coast chapter spring jamboree The Aviation Boatswains Mates Association (ABMA) Gulf Coast chapter will be hosting a spring jamboree from now through May 6. All aviation boatswains mates and their families are invited. Food and fun for all ages will be provided. Reservations for RV sites, trailers or cabins can be made by calling 453-9435. For more information visit h t t p : / / w w w . n a s p e n s a cola.navy.mil/mwr/corry/mwrblue.htm or e-mail ABFC(AW/SW) Jeremy Bolden at jeremy.bolden@navy.mil. Pensacola Military Bass Club Pensacola Military Bass Club is now accepting applications for new members. Applicants can be active-duty, retired or honorably discharged veterans from all branches of the military or DoD civilians. Current membership is limited to boat owners. To apply or for more information contact Larry Scott at 944-5305 or e-mail Bob Woods at tighline@bellsouth.net. Red Cross Teen Program now accepting applications Navy Hospital Pensacola (NHP) will be hosting the Red Cross Teen Program and is now accepting applications. This is a six-week program running between June 18 and July 27 for teens ages 14-18 years old and is designed to give students a better understanding of the medical profession. Volunteers are required to have a letter of recommendation from a teacher. Applications can be picked up at NHP’s Red Cross office on the seventh floor. Applications must be completed and returned by June 4. Contact Paul Dale at 505-6090 or by e-mail at paul.dale@med.navy.mil for more information. Junior Achievement of Northwest Florida Junior Achievement of Northwest Florida is seeking volunteers to work with youth from Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. Highly motivated individuals will help inspire and prepare young people to succeed in the global economy. Volunteers will deliver curriculum while sharing personal experiences with students, ranging from kindergarten to 12th grade, in a classroom setting. For more information call 477-1420 or e-mail jaadminmgr@bellsouth.net. Enrollment for Little Flower Catholic School Little Flower Catholic School is now enrolling new students for the 2012-2013 school year. Grades pre-kindergarten through eighth grade are offered and include media skills, technology, art, physical education, music and Spanish. Sports programs, piano classes and before and after school care are available. School tours are available upon request. For more information visit www.pensacolalfs.org or call 455-4851. Sunset 5K Run The St. John Catholic School will host the Sunset Run 5K May 12 at 5:30 p.m. The run will start at St. John Catholic School, 325 S. Navy Blvd. Proceeds go toward maintenance and repairs to the school. Military commands and units are encouraged to participate. For more information e-mail Chad Deaton at teamdeaton@hotmail.com.


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Navy salutes Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month By Ens. Amber Lynn Daniel Diversity and Inclusion Public Affairs

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ASHINGTON (NNS) – As announced April 17 by NavAdmin 127/12, the Navy joins our nation in celebrating Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month throughout the month of May. Navy commands are encouraged to reflect on the national 2012 theme, “Striving for Excellence in Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion” to increase their knowledge and awareness of the contributions Asians and Pacific Americans have made both to American history and to the Navy. In 1977, then-President Jimmy Carter established the first official Asian and Pacific American Heritage Week during the first 10 days of May. The month of May was chosen to both commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese people to the United States May 7, 1843, and mark the anniversary of the completion of the first transcontinental railroad May 10, 1869. The majority of the individuals who laid the tracks on the first transcontinental railroad were Chinese immigrants. Twelve years later, then-President George H.W. Bush extended the observance throughout the entire month of May. In 1992, the monthlong celebration was officially signed into law and named Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month. “Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have persevered and flourished, achieving success in every sector of American life,” noted President Barack Obama in his 2010 presidential proclamation. “They stood shoulder to shoulder with their fellow citizens during the civil rights movement; they have served proudly in our Armed Forces; and they have prospered as leaders in business, academia and public service.” Commands are strongly encouraged to increase their knowledge and awareness of the contributions of Asian and Pacific Americans to our Navy and nation by celebrating Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month

Cmdr. Brian Schorn, left, executive officer of Fleet and Industrial Supply Center San Diego, and Cmdr. David Garcia, executive officer of Naval Base San Diego, take part in a traditional Filipino dance during an Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month barbecue at Mariners Park. Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month is held in May to celebrate the contributions of Asian and Pacific Islanders have made in the United States. Photo by MC3 Dominique Pineiro

through programs, exhibits, publications, and participation in military and community events. The Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute provides printable posters, presentations and educational facts on their website, http://www.deomi.org/ under the section “Special Observances.”

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For more information about the history of Asian Americans and their numerous contributions to the Navy, visit http://www.history.navy.mil/ special%20highlights/asian/asian-index.htm. For more news from Chief of Naval Personnel – Office of Diversity and Inclusion, visit www.navy.mil/local/cnp-diversity/.

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and carried him out to safety while Ens. Cary secured the door. However, as Trinidad carried Daly through the No. 4 fireroom, an explosion of the No. 3 boiler hit Trinidad, burning him in the face. After seeing Daly to safety and in spite of his own injury, Trinidad then assisted in rescuing another injured crewman from the No. 3 fireroom. In gratitude for his bravery, the Navy awarded Trinidad the Medal of Honor and a $100 gratuity. Trinidad survived the ordeal and lived a long life, finally passing away at the age of 77, May 8, 1968, in Imus, Cavite, Republic of the Philippines.

Jokes & Groaners Sea college ... The grizzled old sea captain was quizzing a young naval student. “What steps would you take if a sudden storm came up on the starboard?” “I’d throw out an anchor, sir.” “What would you do if another storm sprang up aft?” “I’d throw out another anchor, sir.” “But what if a third storm sprang up forward?” “I’d throw out another anchor, captain.” “Just a minute, son. Where in the world are you getting all these anchors?” “From the same place you’re getting all your storms, sir.”

At my house ... A Navy officer was cutting through the crew’s quarters of his ship one day and happened upon a Sailor reading a magazine with his feet up on the small table in front of him. “Sailor. Do you put your feet up on the furniture at home?” the officer demanded. “No, sir, but we don’t land airplanes on the roof either.”


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NETC chief of staff retires with 30 years service By Ed Barker NETC PAO

Capt. Michael J. Stahl, former Naval Education and Training Command Chief of Staff (CoS), retired from the Navy April 13 following a distinguished 30year career. The ceremony was held at the National Naval Aviation Museum. Stahl began his naval career as a midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., where he graduated with a degree in ocean engineering. Following graduation, he began flight training in Pensacola and was designated a naval aviator. Fleet replacement squadron training was next, where he learned the specifics of flying the EA-6B “Prowler” electronic warfare aircraft. Stahl then reported to operational assignments with electronic attack squadrons (VAQ) 140, 136 and 135, and also served as assistant operations officer for Carrier Air Wing 5 and operations officer for the Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) carrier strike group. His at-sea command tour was as commanding officer of the “Black Ravens” of VAQ-135, deploying onboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) and USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in support of Operations Desert Fox and Southern Watch. Stahl’s shore duty assignments included instructor pilot at VAQ-129, chief of staff and deputy commander for Commander Operational Test and Evaluation Force and planning and analysis division director and CoS for NETC. He holds a Master of Science degree in national resource strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. “NETC was a wonderful place to be chief of staff,” said Stahl. “At headquarters and in Norfolk, we have a lot of really good people, doing great work – it was my job to let them shine and provide our

Rear Adm. Donald P. Quinn, commander, Naval Education and Training Command (NETC), left, recognizes former NETC Chief of Staff Capt. Mike Stahl’s family for their support of Stahl throughout his 30 year Navy career. Photo by Steve Vanderwerff

students the best training possible.” Guest speaker for the ceremony was Rear Adm. David Dunaway, commander Operational Test and Evaluation Force. Stahl and Dunaway were classmates at the Naval Academy and were stationed together several times, including Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Five. “I was honored to be asked to participate in Mike’s retirement, to celebrate a career and life well lived,” said Dunaway. “A great aviator, naval officer, husband

and family man, he epitomizes competence, confidence and compassion and is a great American that will continue to serve long after he retires.” “Working with so many people that are dedicated to serving our country is what makes being in the Navy worthwhile,” added Stahl. “If you love what you do, then it’s not really work. I can say that my time on active duty was truly enjoyable – and gave me a great feeling of accomplishment.”

During the ceremony, Stahl was awarded the Legion of Merit for his service as NETC CoS and as a capstone to his career. The award citation noted that his accomplishments will impact the education and training of our Sailors and the Navy for years to come. Stahl and his family plan to remain in the Pensacola area following retirement. For more news from Naval Education and Training Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/cnet/.


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May Liberty Activities

NAS Pensacola Protestant Sunday • 8 a.m., Communion Service** • 10:15 a.m. Worship Service* • 6 p.m. Contemporary Service** Tuesday • 9 a.m., Women’s Bible Study*** Wednesday • 5:30 p.m. Fellowship Dinner • 6 p.m. Bible Study*** Roman Catholic Saturday • 3:45 p.m. Sacrament of Penance**** • 4:30 p.m. Mass* Sunday • 8:30 a.m. Mass* Monday and Thursday • Noon Mass**** Friday Corry Station Protestant Sunday • 9 a.m. Adult Bible Study (chapel conference room) • 9 a.m. Chapel Choir (sanctuary) • 10 a.m. Worship Service • 11:30 a.m. Fellowship • 7:30 p.m. Praise and Worship Thursday • 5:30 p.m., Bible Study and dinner (fellowship hall) Roman Catholic Sunday • Noon Mass Tuesday • 11 a.m. Mass (small chapel) Latter Day Saints Sunday • 10:30 a.m.** Wednesday Whiting Field Chapel Roman Catholic Friday • 11-11:30 a.m. Mass Protestant Thursday Bible Study • 11:30 a.m. *Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel **All Faiths Chapel ***J.B. McKamey Center ****Lady of Loreto Chapel

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The summer concert series is just around the corner and The Wharf is inviting everyone on the Gulf Coast to visit for their line-up. • Corey Smith plus special guests Blackberry Smoke and M a r k Broussard – June 30 at 7 p.m. The seats for this event include general admission and reserved seating for $27. • Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band – July 4 at 8 p.m. This act will also be featuring Steve Lukather (from Toto), Greg Rolie (from Journey and Santana), Richard P a g e ( M r . Mister), Todd Rundgren Mark Rivera and Gregg Bissonette. All seats are reserved and prices range from $31.50$71.50 and are on sale now. • Miranda Lambert with special guests Lee Brice and Thomas Rhett – July 12. Gates for this show will open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be on sale today (May 4) and cost $22$51.50 for reserved seating and $55.50 for general admission.

• Kelly Clarkson and The Fray with special guest Carolina Liar – Aug. 6 from 7-11 p.m. This is a reserved seating event and tickets will cost $27-$81.50. • Jason Mraz with special guest Christina Perri – Aug. 17 at 7 p.m. Tickets for this reserved seating will cost $27-$61. Tickets for these events can be purchased at The Wharf box office or through any Ticketmaster venue including www.Ticketmas ter.com or by calling (800) 745-3000. The ampitheater shares the Wharf Resort with a full-service marina with direct access to the Intracoastal Waterway, a modern retail shopping area, a state-ofthe-art movie theater, vacation condo rentals, as well as the South’s tallest ferris wheel. F o r more information visit www.ampitheat e r a t t h e wharf.com.

MOVIES FRIDAY Mirror Mirror (PG) 4:45; Silent House (R) 5; Wrath of the Titans (PG-13) 7, 9:15; 21 Jump Street (R) 7:15, 9:30

SATURDAY The Lorax (PG) noon, 2:15; Mirror Mirror (PG) 12:15, 2:30; Wrath of the Titans (PG-13) 4:30, 6:45; The Vow (PG-13) 4:45; 21 Jump Street (R) 7, 9:15; John Carter (PG-13) 9

SUNDAY The Lorax (PG) noon; Mirror Mirror (PG) 12:15; A Thousand Words (PG-13) 2:15; The Vow (PG13) 2:30; Wrath of the Titans (PG-13) 4:30; 21 Jump Street (R) 4:45; John Carter (PG-13) 6:45; Silent House (R) 7:15

MONDAY Closed TUESDAY Wrath of the Titans (PG-13) 5; 21 Jump Street (R) 5:15; 7:30; John Carter (PG-13) 7:15 WEDNESDAY A Thousand Words (PG-13) 5; Mirror Mirror (PG) 5:15; Wrath of the Titans (PG-13) 7:15; Silent House (R) 7:30

THURSDAY Wrath of the Titans (PG-13) 5; 21 Jump Street (R) 5:15, 7:30; John Carter (PG-13) 7 TICKETS Adults $3, children ages 6-11 $1.50, children younger than 6 free

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The Liberty Program events target young, unaccompanied activeduty military. Events are at the main Liberty Center in the Portside Entertainment Complex at NASP unless specifically stated to be at Corry Station. For additional information, call 452-2372 or visit http://www.naspensacola-mwr.com/sing sail/liberty.htm.

4 Liberty — Movie on the Portside lawn: “Contraband.” Starts at dusk. 5 Liberty — Crawfish Festival in downtown Pensacola at 2 p.m. Cost for the event is $5. 6 Liberty — Paintball wars. Departs at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $15. 7 Liberty — Ladies choice movie night. 8 Liberty — Last day to enter “Best Mom” contest. 9 Liberty — Movie premiere “Women in Black.” Starts at 7 p.m. 10 Liberty — “Dating doctor” David Coleman will be hosting a free seminar at 7:30 p.m.

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Community Outreach The NASP Community Outreach is seeking volunteers for a large number of opportunities in the area. These include: • Regency Hospice of Northwest Florida – Volunteers are needed for terminal hospice patients throughout Escambia County. Active-duty or veteran volunteers are also needed for “Hospice for Heroes.” Call Victoria Brown for more information at 585-3926. • Tennis mentors needed – The Pensacola Parks and Recreation Department is seeking volunteers to help young children learn to play tennis. Tutoring takes place Monday-Thursday from 3-4 p.m. at the Fricker Center located at 900 N. F St. For more information call 380-5458.

• Goodwill Good Guides mentoring – The Goodwill Good Guides mentoring program is seeking volunteers for youth tutoring. For more information call Robin King at 438-3699. • New volunteer website – The “United We Serve” website is now working. It is a web resource that participants can use to identify volunteer opportunities in their local areas. To look for volunteer opportunities today, visit www.serve.gov. • Youth Works – The Children’s Home Society of Florida is seeking volunteers to mentor youth ages 1421. For more information call Rachel Wade at 2662715. • Learn to Read – Learn to Read of Northwest

Florida is an adult literacy program. Interested volunteers should call 432-4347 for more information. • Northwest Florida Blood Services – The Northwest Florida Blood Services is seeking volunteers to help in general drive preparation. For more information call Christen Glover at 473-3853, ext. 132. • The Oaks Adult Care Center – Volunteers are needed to help with meals, taking walks, playing games, reading, cooking clubs, dancing, sewing, arts and crafts and more. They are located at 875 Royce St. and are open from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. MondayFriday. For more information call Sandy Holtry at 4321475.

Morale, Welfare and Recreation The NASP Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) department has a number of upcoming events and activities that the whole family can participate in. For more information call 4528285. • Summer Salute – Diamond Rio will be coming to NASP June 1 to headline MWR’s Summer Salute concert. Diamond Rio will be joined by Brooke Woods and Jason Sturgeon. The gates to the event open at 4:30 p.m. and the show will begin at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are free but need to be reserved in advance at the ITT office or the MWR Business Center. For more information call 452-8285.

• Armed Forces Kids Run – America’s Armed Forces Kids Run will take place May 9 at 3:30 p.m. at the NASP track. Participants can register online at www.americaskidsrun.org and will receive a free T-shirt. Show up by 3:15 p.m. to register. There are several age categories for children ages 513. This is a free event, open to all active duty and DoD dependents. For more information call 452-2296. • Blue Wahoos field trip – The Youth Center’s Teen Club is taking a field trip to watch a Blue Wahoos game May 12. Cost for the trip will be $5 and transportation will leave from the

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Youth Center at 5:15 p.m. and return at 10 p.m. Space is limited, so call 4523810 for more information today. • Movie on the lawn – “Puss in Boots” will be played as 2012’s first feature movie on the Portside lawn tomorrow, May 5. The movie starts at dusk and there will be free popcorn. • Outpost gear rental – An outpost gear rental facility is now open onboard NASP, located at the end of John Tower Road behind the golf course. Rentals include: sleeping bags, tents, stoves and lanterns, canoes, kayaks, paddle boards and more. It will be open Thursday through Monday

from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information call 452-9642. • ITT tickets – The office of Information Tickets and Travel now has “Cruise with Carnival” cruise tickets for a five-day cruise to Key West and the Bahamas. Departure will be Nov. 24 from Jacksonville and tickets will cost $240. For more information call 452-6362. • New lifts at Corry Auto – The Corry Auto Skills, in Bldg. 1006 onboard Corry Station, is now featuring new motorcycle and ATV lifts for use. For more information call 4526542.

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FOR SALE. Recliner, tan, g o o d condition, 6 mths old, $125. Also have Wing Back chair green pattern very nice, $125. Call 494-9445 to see. Services

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Martial arts gear. Heavy bag, speed bag, all hardware, gloves, belts, etc. $40 for all. 454-9486

D o u b l e recliner love seat, suede type fabric, mint condition, $300/obo 4563609

Gas pressure washer 2200 TSI 2.2 g a l / m i n automatic cool down detergent siphoning $165 471-3498

27” Sharp TV, $20.00, 19” Rca TV, $10.00, QEP 4” tile saw (New), $25. Call 457-1936

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Desk, solid blonde oak, $100/obo. Also radio/phono/ta pe stereo $20 456-3698

Used utility trailer 4x8 w/ 2 foot sides 1 7/8 in hitch steel f r a m e $400/obo 4569854

Wedding gown, new ( j i l t e d ) , D a V i n c i Imperial. Was $2,700 Only $225/OBO. Golf clubs & caddy, Dunlop, Max100 $85 456-1368

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Folding portacrib $55, Silver Trumpet Good In need of a Condition $125 reliable and 456-1368 fairly new CVA wash machine. Rifle. muzzle loader, 554-1538 50 caliber, in line ignition, Pets new condition. $100. 712-1425 A p r i c o t poodle, female Archery, bow $125. 456- hunting. 1 Tree 1368 stand and hoyt Wanted

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Brand new J a s m i n e c o u t u r e wedding dress, finger-tip veil, 514 strapless, sweetheart neckline, unaltered w/ tags, retail $1500 sale price $1150 obo. Helen 777-4143.

Past Present F u t u r e Engagement Ring Retail $3,200. Asking For sale: 21 S p e e d $2,400. 14K (Shimanu) bike gold 983-1585 for two. Like new. $100. Call Entry door 492-5317 after lock new w/ 5 pm keys. Westlock Entertainment Series 800 $30 wall unt., solid value, sell for teak, 2 pieces $10 Call 476$800/obo 456- 3592 3609

2 0 0 8 Kawasaki Z X 1 0 R 2500mi. Fully c u s t o m Motor stretched Autos for sale lowered never laid over. Ask 95 Z/28 $9000 obo 140.000 mi new 393-0357 paint cobalt blu and blk nice car 2003 H.D. $4500 384- Ann. Edition. 4603 1owner, garage kept. 8400 mi. 2002 Audi TT black and Coupe, clean, silver mega less than 80,000 c h r o m e . miles, asking $10,500 OBO. $12,000/OBO. See on 850-321-2471

Entertainment Center—light oak, glass and wood shelves, holds a 37 inch TV. Asking Craigslist. 723$125 221-5990 9062 2005 Honda VTX 1300 S Glass table 4 97 Chevy Mustang seat, chairs 4 Cavalier green cobra pipes, barstools set convertible twin sissybar/lugga $500. Coffee & cam engine 30- ge, saddlebags 2 end tables 35mpg nw top $ 4 0 0 0 / O B O solid wood & tires 346-0246 $ 2 7 5 . excellent cond. Classifieds Call 492-6813. Must see continue &3750 –456- onto next page 9854


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Ready to m o v e ? Affordable 2bd/1ba, near downtown, miles from NAS and Corry, Central H/A, screen porch, No HUD, Military c l a u s e honored, 1841 Looking for a W Government, comfortable $ 6 0 0 / $ 6 0 0 place, this may 438-6129. go fast. Ready like May 1, 2bd/1ba You’ll duplex. 4825 this, ready now Saufley Field 2bd/1ba, walk Baptist Rd. Easy ride to to NAS. All hospital, close interstate electric, no to H U D and downtown, $600/$600.438 20 min to NAS and Corry, -6129 W/D, $600/ $600 438-6129 3 bd/2 ba 5690 Balderas St. $875/mo. (military discount avail). New carpet tile and paint. 1-yr lease. 4927852 or 2062367. Avail. May 16 Credit rpt. necessary.

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