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NAS Pensacola MWR’s Family Luau ... Family Luau: 5 p.m. today, May 6, NASP Corry Station Recreation Lawn. Get a taste of Hawaii during MWR’s annual family luau, which features limbo, fire dancers and live music. The event is open to active-duty service members and their families. For more information, call 452-3806.

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VT-4 to change command today (May 6) From Lt. Brianne Law VT-4

Cmdr. Rafael Facundo will transfer command of Training Squadron Four (VT-4) to Cmdr. Stephen Weeks, during a change of command ceremony at 2:30 p.m. today (May 6) at the National Naval Aviation Museum aboard NAS Pensacola.

Cmdr. Stephen Weeks

After more than 17 months at the helm, Facundo will release the reins of the squadron to his executive officer, Weeks. Under Facundo’s command the squadron earned numerous accolades and conducted advanced undergraduate naval flight officer training including ground and simulator training for Navy student NFOs and international navigators. He led the squadron’s transition from training students in the T-39 Sabreliner, which was officially retired from service in September 2014, to a winging squadron in-

Cmdr. Rafael Facundo

corporating the Advanced Maritime, Command, and Control (MC2) course utilizing the multi-crew simulator (MCS) for all NFOs destined for the E-2 Hawkeye, E-6 Mercury, EP-3 Aries, P-3 Orion and P-8 See VT-4 on page 2


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Dr. Jill Biden visits EHS, speaks on expanded education initiative From staff reports

Second Lady of the United States Dr. Jill Biden visited Pensacola’s Escambia High School (EHS) April 29 to discuss the expansion of the National Math and Science Initiative’s (NMSI) College Readiness Program for Military Families. Escambia County has the honor of being one of just two school districts in Florida accepted into the program this year, and an estimated 20 percent of EHS students are Pensacola-area military families. Five of Escambia’s high schools (Escambia, Pensacola, Washington, Pine Forest and West Florida) are set to participate in the College Readiness Program. Biden was accompanied by Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall. Kendall flew into NAS Pensacola’s Forrest

Sherman Field April 29. Biden shared the stage with Jason Silva, host of Geographic National Channel’s “Brain Games.” Silva engaged student teams with some quickthinking exercises. NMSI was launched in 2007 with the goal of infoundational creasing knowledge and skills in math and science, crucial to the country’s capacity for innovation and future economic growth. The programs provide a continuum of training and support for students and teachers from elementary school through college and are having a demonstrable and lasting impact on student outcomes. NMSI is a nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming math and science education in today’s classrooms with proven, effective programs that can be replicated nationwide. For more on NMSI, visit

Dr. Jill Biden speaks April 29 at Escambia High School (EHS) in Pensacola for a Joining Forces initiative partnering with National Math and Science Initiative College Readiness Program for Military Families. About 20 percent of EHS students belong to military families. By expanding the College Readiness Program, more military-connected schools will be able to provide their students with access to rigorous advanced placement courses and support, and consistent, high-quality educational opportunities, ensuring their competitiveness for college and beyond. Photo by Lt. Cmdr. Kate Meadows

NATTC, NASP FFSC sponsor ‘Amazing SAPR Race’ From Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Public Affairs

Nearly 2,000 Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) students participated in the fourth annual NATTC and Naval Air Station Pensacola Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC)-sponsored Amazing SAPR Race April 29. The event immediately followed NATTC’s Light Up The Night sunrise gathering, also an annual NATTC function featuring guest speakers and information in support of the Navywide Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM). According to Amazing SAPR Race organizer Chief and NATTC instructor ASC(AW/SW) Shanta Bernard, the annual 5K run is designed as an educational event, a proactive effort to instruct participating students about sexual assault resources, the role of alcohol in sexual assault, bystander intervention and supporting victims of sexual assault. “At NATTC we have a large amount of new Sailors and while we’re here to train them in aviation rates, we also want to make sure they’re trained on how to be good Sailors, and that includes the prevention of sexual assault,” Bernard said. “So we take this month, the month of April, and SAAPM very seriously, and we do things like the Amazing

NATTC students begin the Amazing SAPR Race April 29 aboard NAS Pensacola. More than 2,000 NATTC personnel participated in the 5K run. Three booths along the course distributed SAPR information. Photo by EN2 (SW) Kesia Vannooten

SAPR Race to help them be aware in preventing sexual assault.” The 3.1 mile course included

three stations at which participants were required to stop and receive a brief talk on the role of alcohol in sexual assault, provide

an example of different types of intervention and observe a brief skit and identify what type of intervention was portrayed. Signs along the race route provided information to assist participants in answering questions at each stop. Bernard said that events such as this continue to stress the importance the Navy places on sexual assault prevention, and hoped the Amazing SAPR Race provided an entertaining and educational experience for participants. “There’s a lot more stress and focus on prevention of sexual assault – that’s why we have SAAPM now,” she said. “The biggest thing I hope the students can gain from this is prevention See Race on page 2

CID conducts change of command From Center for Information Dominance Public Affairs

The information warfare (IW) community’s training arm, the Center for Information Dominance (CID), held a change of command ceremony, May 3. Capt. William “Bill” Lintz relieved Capt. Maureen Fox as CID’s commanding officer during the timehonored tradition, conducted at the National Naval Aviation Museum on Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola. Fox, a native of New Castle, Del., assumed command of CID Sept. 26, 2014. She led exten-

sive efforts across several Navy echelons and agencies to define cryptologic, intelligence and information systems training requirements in support of the Chief of Naval Operations’ strategies for further advancing and ingraining IW into naval operations. During the ceremony, Fox was lauded for her leadership as CID improved the quality and speed of delivery of new program transitions and training methods and delivered responsive training solutions to meet the rapidly changing demands of the fleet, the IW community, national partners, and other Department of See CID on page 2

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May 6, 2016


Naval Aviation Symposium ends today (May 6) From Naval Aviation Museum Foundation

The 30th Naval Aviation Symposium will close today, May 6, with a flag panel discussion, “Naval Aviation Today and Tomorrow,” starting at 9:45 a.m. in the Blue Angels Atrium. The moderator is scheduled to be Vice

Adm. Mike Shoemaker, commander, Naval Air Forces. Other highlights of the three-day event included a panel discussion on “Coast Guard Air: Into the Storm for 100 Years,” the Pioneers in Naval Aviation Hall of Honor Enshrinement and the Pensacola premiere of the documentary film “The Millionaires’ Unit – U.S. Naval Aviators

in the First World War.” “The Millionaires’ Unit” is a story of service and sacrifice made by a privileged group of college students from Yale University who formed a private air militia in preparation for the Great War. Named the First Yale Unit and dubbed “the millionaires’ unit” by the press, these pioneer aviators became the founding squadron of the

U.S. Naval Air Reserve. They were the first to fly and the first to die for their country during World War I. The symposium is presented by the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation. Sessions are free and open to the general public. For more information, call 4532389 or online at www.

FY16 ADHRB released – 8 things aviators should know From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

WA S H I N G T O N (NNS) – The fiscal year 2016 and 2017 Aviation Department Head Retention Bonus (ADHRB) for active-duty aviators was released in NavAdmin 099/16 and for Full-Time Support (FTS) aviators in NavAdmin 100/16, May 2. Here are eight things to know about ADHRB: 1. ADHRB provides incentives to retain skilled pilots and naval flight officers (NFO) to fill critical aviation billets and is part of the Aviation Career Continuation Pay (ACCP) program. 2. Active-duty officers who sign ADHRB contracts incur five years of obligated service and agree to be considered by the Aviation Department Head Screen Board (ADHSB) and, if selected, to accept department head orders and complete a department head tour. 3. FTS officers who sign the ADHRB contracts incur three years of obligated service to finish their department head tour and accept a follow-on assignment. 4. Active-duty aviators

who accept ADHRB are eligible for the Career Intermission Pilot Program (CIPP). Officers interested in both ACCP and CIPP should contact the ACCP program manager and their detailer for more details. 5. Aviators with an active-duty service obligation (ADSO) that expires in FY16 and FY17 are eligible to apply. FY16 and FY17 ADSO cohorts have separate programs with the same total bonus amounts: HM pilot – $75,000 HSC pilot –$75,000 HSL/HSM pilot – $75,000 VAQ pilot – $125,000; VAQ NFO –$100,000 VAW/VRC pilot – $125,000; VAW NFO – $75,000 VFA pilot – $125,000; VFA NFO – $75,000 VP/VQ(P) pilot – $75,000; VP/VQ(P) NFO –$75,000 VQ(T) pilot – $75,000; VQ(T) NFO – $75,000 6. FY16 ADHRB is paid out in five equal annual installments. To promote early commitment, FY17 ADHRB is paid out in six equal installments if the contract is signed

prior to Sept. 30 and changes to five equal annual installments if the contract is signed on or after Oct. 1. 7. The FTS FY16 Aviation Department Head Retention Bonus is paid out in installments over three years for FTS aviators. Total bonus amounts are: HM pilot – $30,000 HSC pilot –$45,000 HSM pilot –$45,000 HT pilot – $15,000 VAQ pilot/NFO – $30,000 VFA/C pilot – $75,000 VP pilot/NFO – $30,000 VR pilot – $75,000 VT(jet) pilot – $45,000 VT(prop) pilot/NFO – $30,000 8. For details and eligibility and application procedures for active duty go to http:// www. public. navy. mil/ bupers-npc/ officer/Detailing/aviation/ OCM/Pages/ACCP.aspx; for FTS go to http:// www. public. navy .mil/ bupersnpc/ officer/ Detailing/fulltime support/ Pages/ Aviation.aspx. To read the complete NavAdmins go to http://www.

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Poseidon. Weeks, a native of Jonesboro, Ark., graduated from Loyola University New Orleans in May 1998 with a bachelor of business degree in finance. He received his commission in October 1998 via Officer Candidate School in Pensacola. He completed primary naval flight officer (NFO) training while assigned to VT-4 and was designated an NFO while assigned to the 562nd Flying Training Squadron at Randolph Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Following his initial P-3C FRS training at Patrol Squadron 30 (VP-30), he reported aboard NAS Brunswick, Maine, to the “Red Lancers” of Patrol Squadron 10 (VP-10) in October 2000. He subsequently reported to Commander, Task Force 67, NAS Sigonella, Italy, where he coordinated and executed operations in support of Commander, Sixth Fleet and NATO. In March 2007, he reported aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) for duty as a catapult/arresting gear officer (shooter) and deployed to Fifth Fleet in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. His next assignment was his department head tour with the “Fighting Tigers” of Patrol Squadron Eight (VP-8) in July 2009 aboard NAS Jacksonville. In Aug 2012, he reported to NAS Patuxent River, Md., where he served as the NavAir/PMA-205 P-8A training integrated product team lead. In November 2014, Weeks reported to VT-4 as the prospective executive officer. Cmdr. Jonathan Shepard will relieve Weeks as the executive officer for the squadron. Facundo is departing to the USS America (LHA 6) in San Diego to serve as the air boss. It is the next step for a career that began in 1997 as a surface warfare officer. He graduated from the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, was commissioned as a surface officer and transitioned to aviation in 2000, returning to NAS Pensacola to attend flight school as a student NFO.

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

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

Capt. William Lintz salutes Rear Adm. Mike White, commander, Naval Education and Training Command, as he reports for duty as the commanding officer for the Center for Information Dominance (CID). The salute was part of the change of command ceremony for CID, held at the National Museum of Naval Aviation onboard NAS Pensacola. Lintz assumed command from Capt. Maureen Fox. Photo by Joy Samsel CID from page 1

Defense stakeholders, such as U.S. Cyber Command and the service components. The ceremony’s guest speaker, Vice Adm. Ted N. Branch, the deputy chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare and the Director of Naval Intelligence, described the growing importance of training today’s IW community, especially in the dynamic environment that it operates in. He also commended Fox for the role she played in leading 1,300 staff members across 18 training locations, in meeting those demands. “Mo, you’ve certainly made your mark during this command tour and that is no surprise to me,” said Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare and Director of Naval Intelligence, Vice Adm. Ted Branch. “We placed the careers of those information warfare Sailors in your hands and you responded so magnificently well. As you head off to your next assignment at the Undersea Warfare Development Center in San Diego, I know you will continue to excel.” During the ceremony, Fox was awarded the Legion of Merit. Branch welcomed Lintz, who comes to CID from his last assignment as deputy chief of the Remote Operations Center at the National Security Agency/Central Security Service, Fort Meade, Md. “Bill, it now falls on you to build on these accomplishments,” said Branch. “You are supremely qualified to take on the task and maintain the momentum that Mo established.

“I know you are deeply aware that there are many challenges still ahead for the Information Warfare Training community. While no stranger to the role of commanding officer, this job will present you with plenty more opportunities to succeed.” Lintz is a 1992 graduate of Villanova University with master’s and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School. As a cryptologic officer, Lintz has served with various afloat and ashore commands, including U.S. Naval Forces Central Command / U.S. 5th Fleet as fleet intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance collection manager and assistant force cryptologist; Navy Information Operations Command, NASP, as executive officer; U.S. Third Fleet as deputy assistant chief of staff for Operations and Fleet Information Operations lead; U.S. Pacific Fleet in the Directorate of Information Operations and Cryptology as lead for Fleet Requirements, Manpower, and Training; and Fleet Intelligence Training Center in San Diego as commanding officer. CID, with headquarters located at Corry Station, delivers information warfare professionals to the Navy and joint services, enabling optimal performance of information warfare across the full spectrum of military operations. For more information on the Center for Information Dominance, visit www. netc. navy. mil/ centers/ ceninfodom/; www.facebook. com/ CenterForInformation Dominance/; and www. twitter. com/CenterInfoDom.

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Innovations, organ donations will save lives By Jeffrey Zients, Thomas Kalil and Dr. Mary Wakefield Office of Science and Technology Policy


here are currently more than 120,000 people on the waiting list for an organ in the United States, and 22 people a day die waiting. But April 1, we took one step forward to change that. In honor of National Donate Life Month, President Barack Obama issued a proclamation that solidifies his administration’s commitment to shortening the organ waiting list, emphasizing that “across government, industry, academia, private organizations, and the medical and philanthropic communities, we must all do our part to lift up donors, donor families, and patients by supporting efforts to shorten the organ waiting list.” The proclamation builds on the action the administration has taken to improve outcomes for individuals waiting for organ transplants and support living donors. Each year, approximately 6,000 Americans make the decision to become a living organ donor, facilitating life-

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saving kidney and liver transplants. Under the Affordable Care Act, individuals who have donated organs have access to health insurance without worrying whether their donation will be considered a pre-existing condition. The HOPE Act signed by President Obama in 2013 laid the groundwork for the first HIV-positive to HIVpositive transplants in the United States. In April, surgeons at Johns Hopkins announced that they had performed the first-in-theworld HIV-positive to HIVpositive liver transplant and the first-in-the-U.S. HIVpositive to HIV-positive kidney transplant. These medical successes will pave the way for as many as 1,000 people a year in the United States to have access to life-saving trans-

plants that would not have been possible before. But there is still more we can do. The vast majority of the organ waiting list is made up of people waiting for a kidney transplant. These Americans are hoping for a life-saving transplant that can add more years to their lives. In addition to the tremendous human cost, the kidney waiting list carries a huge cost to the public purse; Medicare pays more than $34 billion per year – more than the entire budget of the National Institutes of Health – to care for patients with end-stage kidney failure. A recent transformative innovation called kidney paired donation (KPD),

which pools living donors and recipients to increase the likelihood of matches, can improve this. In order to increase the number of potentransplants, the tial Department of Health and Human Services launched a nationwide KPD program in 2010 to build on this practice. Drawing on the spirit of innovation that President Obama spoke about in this year’s State of the Union, seven government agencies have now invested nearly $3 billion throughout a threeyear period in the future of bioengineering to advance our understanding of wound repair and organ and tissue regeneration and preservation. Part of the answer will be continuing to invest in scientific breakthroughs that redefine what is possible in bioengineering. Just a few generations ago, living without kidneys was unimaginable. But that changed thanks to Dr. Willem Kolff, a Dutch immigrant who brought his invention of the dialysis machine to the United States after World War II. As we seek to create the future we want to live in, we

must harness this spirit of hard work and creativity to help shorten the organ waiting list. Towards that end, in the coming months, senior administration officials will host a summit at the White House to highlight the role of innovation in organ donation and transplantation, discuss the challenges we face, and lift up commitments to meet them. As the president said in his proclamation, “we recommit to supporting the researchers, innovators, advocates, and medical professionals working to reduce the number of people awaiting vital organ transplants.” But there is still a simple and profound part that Americans across the country can play in this challenge to reduce the organ waiting list. More than 90 percent of Americans support organ donation, but only a fraction are registered to donate themselves. Helping ensure that more people are aware of donation opportunities is a crucial first step. To register as an organ donor or learn more, go to

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Honoring the toughness of a forgotten hero Story, photo by MC2 Eric Lockwood Naval History and Heritage Command Communication and Outreach Division


ASHINGTON (NNS) – District leaders, military officials and veterans, as well as representatives from the Embassy of Canada honored a forgotten Medal of Honor recipient at St. Elizabeths Hospital Cemetery in Washington, D.C., April 29. Captain-of-the-Hold Joseph Benjamin Noil received the Medal of Honor for bravery in 1872 for actions while serving in the Navy. According to his citation, “Serving onboard the USS Powhatan at Norfolk, 26 December 1872, Noil saved Boatswain J.C. Walton from drowning.” But until today you wouldn’t know that from his tombstone. In fact, aside from his name, there is no mention of his deed – and even his name is spelled wrong. Likely because of a clerical error on his death certificate, the name on his headstone was originally engraved as Noel. Originally born in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, Canada, Noil moved to America and enlisted in the Navy Oct. 7, 1864, in New York. He served his adopted country until March 18, 1867, whereupon he got out, but he reenlisted Dec. 18, 1871. It was during this enlistment that he earned the medal. Investigations carried out by Galyle Alvarez, Don Morfe and

Bart Armstrong of Medal of Honor Historical Society of the United States helped correct the 130-year-old oversight. Alvarez and Armstrong referenced the Powhatan deck log and found no mention of Noil’s heroism, but the day after Walton’s rescue, Capt. Peirce Crosby, commander of the Powhatan, acknowledged the bravery in a memo that was published in a Jan. 11, 1873, Army and Navy Journal. The memo states: “Sir: I have the honor to bring to the notice of the Department the gallant conduct of Joseph B. Noil, seaman, (negro), one of the crew of this vessel. The circumstances are as follows: On yesterday morning the boatswain, I .C.(sic) Walton, fell overboard from the forecastle, and was saved from drowning by Joseph B. Noil, seaman, who was below on the berth deck at the time of the accident, and hearing the cry ‘man overboard,’ ran on deck, took the end of a rope, went overboard, under the bow, and

Chief of Navy Reserve Vice Adm. Robin Braun presents the American flag to Bernadette Maybelle Parks Ricks, great granddaughter of Medal of Honor recipient Joseph B. Noil, during a ceremony April 29 at St. Elizabeths Hospital Cemetery. Noil received the Medal of Honor while serving on USS Powhatan, but his headstone did not recognize his award due to a misprint on his death certificate.

caught Mr. Walton, who was then in the water, and held him until he was hauled into the boat sent to his rescue. The weather was bitter cold, and had been sleeting, and it was blowing a gale from the northwest at the time. Mr. Walton, when brought on board, was almost insensible, and would have perished but for the noble conduct of Noil, as he was sinking at the time he was rescued.” Noil passed away March 21, 1882, at St. Elizabeths. Records indicated that a tombstone was ordered, but due to a typo on his death certificate, the error was later repeated on his headstone.

The purpose of the ceremony was to replace the headstone and to reflect on Noil’s heroism. For one person in attendance, the ceremony was personal. “I believe a thread runs through every family, and if we follow that thread it will explain where we come from, and show us where we’re able to go,” said Bernadette Maybelle Parks Ricks, Noil’s great-great granddaughter. “As someone said to me recently, they didn’t know he had a family. But now he has a vibrant gang of descendants. We love you. We thank you. And now you can rest in peace.” Speakers also included Chief

Firefighter training at CNATT ... USS Makin Island (LHD 8) Air Department Sailors rehearse aircraft firefighting on a training module at the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training. Makin Island Sailors traveled from their homeport in San Diego, Calif., to spend a week at the school receiving tailored training in advanced aviation firefighting response, crash response and phase II/III recovery in preparation for a scheduled deployment in fall 2016. Photo by Cmdr. Chad Falgout

of Navy Reserve Vice Adm. Robin Braun and Canadian Defense Attache Rear Adm. William Truelove, CMM. “I can say that the people of Liverpool are profoundly honored to have one of their own bestowed with the Medal of Honor of which, to date, there are only 3,514 recipients,” said Truelove, also a Liverpool native. “This is a special day for Canada. This is a special day for the United States. This is a special day for those that we recognize.” Braun in particular was struck by the selfless regard Noil displayed for his shipmate, a word she holds in extremely high esteem. “Your shipmate is not simply someone who happens to serve with you,” Braun said. “He or she is someone who you know that you can trust and count on to stand by you in good times and bad and who will forever have your back. “So, by (...) rededicating his headstone, we are not only correcting a wrong, we are highlighting and reinforcing the eternal bond which exists between shipmates – past, present, and those yet to come. And, although I – or any of us – did not know him, we are his shipmates – and, 134 years after he passed, we have his back.” For more news from Naval History and Heritage Command, visit http:/ /www. navy. mil/ local/ navhist.



May 6, 2016


Vouchers accelerate advanced education for senior enlisted By Ed Barker Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center (NETPDC) Public Affairs


path to providing senior enlisted personnel with advanced education opportunities was announced April 26 via Naval Administrative Message (NavAdmin) 092/16, in the call for applications for the FY-16 Advanced Education Voucher (AEV) program. The AEV program offers post-secondary, Navy-relevant education at the baccalaureate and master’s level and provides financial assistance to chief, senior chief and master chief petty officers. ETCM(EXW/FPJ) Richard Simpson, enlisted education program coordinator for the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC), said this program is a significant investment in the future of enlisted leadership, offering a fully-funded and rapid education. “For senior enlisted members interested in or pursuing advanced education in Navyapproved areas of study, the AEV program is an incredible resource,” said Simpson. “AEV offers the opportunity for accelerated degree completion as it pays for 100 percent of tuition, books and fees

up to a specified limit. Sailors currently on or transferring to shore duty and those at sea whose duty assignment will allow for degree completion during off-duty time should definitely apply.” Examples of approved, Navy-relevant degrees include: strategic foreign languages, construction management, security management, emergency and disaster management, human resources, engineering, information technology, nursing, and business administration, among others. Degree programs other than those specifically listed by the NavAdmin must be validated by the AEV program coordinator at NETC. Financial assistance for baccalaureate degrees covers 100 percent of tuition, books, and related fees up to $6,700

per year for a maximum of three years with the total program cost capped at $20,000. For master’s degrees, it provides 100 percent of tuition, books, and related fees up to $20,000 per year for a maximum of two years with the total program cost capped at $40,000. NCCS(SW/AW) Nikki Munoz, command career counselor for the Naval Special Warfare Development Group in Virginia Beach, Va., used the AEV program to get her bachelor of arts and master of business administration degrees from the University of Phoenix. “We are leading an exceptionally intelligent force in today’s Navy,” said Munoz. “In order to provide the most effective leadership, we must drive personal and professional development. The Navy offers programs such as AEV to meet those goals, and I advertise this program at chief petty officer career development boards.” Eligible applicants include E-7’s with no more than 17 years time-in-service (TIS), E8’s with no more than 19 years TIS, and E-9s with no more than 23 years TIS. TIS is computed to Oct. 1, 2016. At a minimum, baccalaureate program applicants must have an associate’s degree from an accredited institution of higher learning or the equivalent amount of college

credits already earned. Master’s program applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher learning. AEV is available to personnel transferring to, or currently on shore duty with sufficient time ashore to complete the degree program. Prospective applicants on sea duty may still apply if they provide an education plan that shows their ability to complete the program as specified in the NavAdmin. Selectees are expected to enroll in the fall 2016 term. If an applicant is already invested in furthering their education through TA or other financial assistance programs, they may still apply for AEV. However, AEV and TA benefits may not be combined, nor may AEV be used to earn more than one degree at a time. Lower division or prerequisite courses may be authorized if they are part of the approved education plan. A service obligation of three times the number of months of education completed or three years, whichever is less, is incurred upon completion of or withdrawal from the AEV pro-

gram. This obligation is discharged concurrently with any other service obligation the participant may have already incurred. Use of AEV does not obligate the Navy to rea tain member on active duty. Applicafor tions AEV are currently being accepted by NETC (N523). The deadline for submission for the FY-16 program is May 27 and the selection board will convene in June 2016. An endorsement by both the applicant’s commanding officer and command master chief must be included in the application. Application details, format and more information can be found at the Navy College website: http:// www. navy college. navy. mil/ aev/ aev_app.html. For more information contact Simpson, NETC N523, at 452-7268 (DSN 459) or email him at richard.l.simpson For more news from Naval Education and Training Professional Development and Technology Center, visit https:// www. netc. navy. mil/ netpdtc/ Default.htm.



May 6, 2016


Iverson relinquishes command of VT-6 to Roberts Story, photo by Ens. Benjamin Ziemski NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs


raining Squadron Six (VT-6) observed a change in leadership April 29, when Marine Lt. Col. Richard C. Roberts formally relieved Cmdr. Wade A. Iverson as the commanding officer of the Naval Air Station Whiting Field (NASWF)-based squadron. Retired Navy Capt. Matthew Coughlin, a former NASWF commanding officer, served as the guest speaker for the event. The ceremony is a proud Navy tradition where the assembled officers, staff and crew may witness the official transfer of authority from one officer to another. Surrounded by the displays of naval aviation history throughout the National Naval Aviation Museum onboard NAS Pensacola, the location was specifically chosen by Iverson to reflect the early push that directed his Navy career. Coughlin, who served with Iverson years earlier, reflected on that motivation. “There’s a reason this ceremony is here today. At this location, (Iverson) found his inner desire to be a naval aviator. Wade wasn’t like his peers, he carried himself a different way, peers quickly migrated to him, I

like to say he ‘got it’,” Coughlin said as he related examples of Iverson’s positive influence and leadership. “If this guy sticks around long enough, he’s going to command something,” Iverson received the Meritorious Service Medal from Training Air Wing Five Commodore Capt. Mark Murray during the ceremony. During his three years as executive and then commanding officer of VT-6, Iverson oversaw more than 49,000 flight hours, and passed 272 Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and allied naval aviators on to advanced flight training. Under Iverson’s command the squadron saw an increase of 20 percent in production while obtaining and surpassing fiscal year 2015 goals. His dedication to

Cmdr. Wade A. Iverson officially turns over command of VT-6 to Lt. Col. Richard C. Roberts. Iverson had commanded the “Shooters” from February 2015 to April 2016.

succeed led the command to develop a squadron culture based on safety and quality in training, not just of aviators, but of naval officers. After receiving the award, Iverson stepped to the lectern for the final time as commanding officer to thank those in attendance as well as the color guard, side boys, former squadron mates and mentors. Speaking specifically to the student aviators, he addressed the impor-

tance of officership as an aviator. “I wanted to be a naval aviator, not just a pilot, and there’s a difference,” he said. “The officer and the flyer, that’s what makes us who we are,” he said before reminding the audience of the value the squadron and training wing bring to the Navy and nation. “This wing is the greatest in CNATRA and it’s been an honor to be a part of it. No matter what community

(aviators), go to… it all starts here. The VTs are the first ones.” Iverson concluded his remarks, and then read the orders which formally released him from command. He and Roberts moved to the front of the stage where Len Agnello, a civilian logistician for the squadron, met them with the command pennant. Iverson received the flag, turned smartly, and presented the squadron’s colors to Roberts – symbolically passing command of the unit to their new commander. Roberts then spoke to the assembled VT6 team for the first time as their commanding officer. “If you believe VT-6 is a good squadron, commit yourself to making it great; if you believe it is great, commit yourself to making it the best, and if you think VT-6 is the best squadron there is, as I do, then help me maintain its reputation as the best,” Roberts emphasized during his remarks. Following Roberts’ comments, Murray presided over Iverson’s retirement from the Navy following 20 years of dedicated service. Following Roberts’ ascension to commanding officer, Cmdr. Kevin Murphy replaced him as VT-6 executive officer.

April, Month of the Military Child, celebrated at NASWF By Jamie Link NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs

Across the Department of Defense, April is celebrated as Month of the Military Child to show appreciation for the sacrifices military children make in support of their parents’ defense of the nation. Military children face unique challenges that many other youths do not experience, including frequent moves or extended parents’ absences. According to the Department of Defense Education Activity, the typical military child will move six to nine times during their school years. That’s about three times more often than their nonmilitary counterparts. The Month of the Military Child (MOMC) recognizes the critical role children play in the armed

forces community and honors their contributions. With nearly two million military children, the Navy and Naval Air Station Whiting Field (NASWF) understand the importance of providing services to children as they transition with the families. “The challenges that military children face are often not apparent and we may not be aware of an upcoming or recent transitions. Assisting military children in feeling accepted in a new environment can ease the transition. Supportive programs allow providers and community members to support military youth in a variety of ways,” said Julie LaRow, a clinical counselor with NASWF Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC). NASWF held a Family Day April 2 to help showcase some of their services to the family while hosting the kids to a

fun morning of activities. The event included bounce houses for children, various yard games, indoor crafts, a cookout and refreshements. More than 20 families attended the event and FFSC is planning to make it a semi-annual event with family days in the spring and fall. “We want to include more families and help them understand the services we have to offer,” FFSC Director Sharon Boggs said. In addition to local support through the FFSC, there are several military resources available to help families with children lessen the stress of deployments and transitions. Military children can get some of the support they need through the Military Kids Connect web site ( where they

will have an opportunity to build a network of friends they can access wherever they go. Children can also receive non-medical counseling support through their nearest installation. Another resource is Military One Source ( which includes information on services and scholarships for military children as well as general scholarships based on the students’ attributes, the parent’s military service or other qualifiers. “Military children make real sacrifices, show great resilience, and provide an example for us all in finding ways to overcome life’s challenges. These children are strong and their ability to adapt to present and future changes deserves respect and admiration,” NAS Whiting Field Commanding Officer Capt. Todd Bahlau stated.

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Minuteman statue to be dedicated

The Pensacola chapters of the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution have scheduled a ceremony to dedicate a Minuteman statue from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow, May 7, at Veterans Memorial Park. Minutemen were colonist citizens who trained themselves and organized militias during the American Revolutionary War. A commemoration of the 1781 Battle of Pensacola will take place at the Pensacola Yacht Club, 1897 Cypress St., from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Reservations are required for the reception and can be made by sending an e-mail to reservations@ For more information on Veterans Memorial Park, go to www.veteransmemorialparkpensacola. com or call 434-6119.

Clinic to teach moms about football

The Pensacola Blue Wahoos are presenting a educational clinic on football, X’s and O’s for Moms, tomorrow, May 7. The three-hour clinic includes sessions on recruiting, safety, equipment and on field instructional time. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Moms can register online at or stop by Blue Wahoos Stadium to sign-up. The $75 camp includes a Blue Wahoos gift, breakfast and ticket to a Blue Wahoos game.

It’s ‘Showtime’ for Children’s Chorus

The Pensacola Children’s Chorus has announced that the 26th annual production of “Showtime” will be the final show under Susan and Allen Pote, the founding artistic directors who plan to retire at the end of the 2015-1016 season. Performance are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. today, May 6, 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, May 7, and 2:30 p.m. May 8 at Pensacola Saenger Theatre. The production will feature the six choirs of the chorus comprised of more than 200 members performing a variety of music. Highlights for this year will include patriotic numbers including a USO set, and a salute the armed forces. Tickets are $42, $36 and $26 (plus applicable service charge). Tickets are on sale at the Saenger Theatre Box Office or at For more information, go to

Show to feature vendor booths, crafts

A Vendor and Crafts Show is scheduled from noon to 7 p.m. today, May 6, and 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. tomorrow, May 7, at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 6849 Oak St., in Milton. A variety of vendors will be on hand to showcase handmade wallets, cards and tags, sewn items, jewelry, scroll-work crosses, crochet, woodcrafts, decorative birdhouses and other creative handiwork. Church members will be selling baked goods, jellies, canned goods and hamburger lunches. For more information, call (850) 623-2905 or e-mail

Small business workshops planned

The Florida Small Business Development Center at (FSBDC) the University of West Florida is presenting several workshops: • “Business Planning for Success” is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon May 10 at the Greater Pensacola Chamber, 117 West Garden St. Fee is $40 for the public. Pre-registration is recommended. For more information or to register, call 474-2528 or go to and click on “Training Opportunities.” • A workshop entitled “Who Are Your BFFs In Federal Government And Why?” is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 19 at Navarre Beach Area Chamber, 8543 Navarre Parkway. Learn who are your BFFs (Best Friends Forever), why, and how to meet them. There is no fee for the workshop, but participants must pre-register. To register, call the Navarre Chamber of Commerce at (850) 939-3267.

Navy League sponsoring breakfast As part of Military Appreciation Month, the Pensacola Navy League is sponsor an Enlisted Appreciation Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. May 25 at Heritage Hall in Seville Quarter. The event is open to the public. Dress is uniform of the day for military and business casual for civilians. The breakfast will recognize outstanding enlisted service members, ranks E-1 to E-9. These individuals are from local commands and have been nominated by officers for their character, community involvement, and achievements. Admission for local Navy League members is $15, $12.50 for Admiral’s Club members, and $17.50 for non-local Navy League members. Invitations will be sent out in mid-April. Reservations were required by May 2. For more information on the Pensacola Council of the U.S. Navy League, go to If you have any questions regarding the breakfast or becoming a member, contact Shery Lavelle at 436-8552 or e-mail of history of your community. Volunteers will be cleaning many of the headstones, raking and removing debris, trimming hedges, etc. It is also a good opportunity for students and scouting organization to pick up some required community service credits. The event is open to the public. Unescorted visitors to Barrancas National Cemetery must be vetted upon arrival at the Visitors Information Center, Bldg. 777, at the main gate. For more information, call 453-4108 or go to

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 7, at Rico Mexican restaurant, 830 North Navy Blvd. The guest speaker will be Stephen Samaha, and he will speak about personal safety issues. All members, family, or interested parties who have been to Antarctica or who may have an interest in Antarctica are welcome. For more information, call 456-3556.

USS Lexington reunion announced

The annual reunion for the USS Lexington (CV 16) is scheduled for Sept 12-15 in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. All past ship’s company, air wings, Marines and their families are welcome. For more information, go to usslexington or contact Bob Dimonte by e-mail at or by phone at 492-3483. The National Naval Aviation Museum’s Discovery Saturday series will feature Ken Blackburn, Guinness world record holder for time aloft for a paper airplane, at 10 a.m. May 21. Blackburn will explain the history of flight, fundamentals of flight using paper airplanes and demonstrate his record-breaking plane design and instruct the audience on how to copy his soaring techniques. Blackburn holds the Guinness record for time aloft for a paper airplane at 27.6 seconds, and has penned four paper airplane books. Discovery Saturday presentations are free. For more information, go to www.navalaviation or call 453-2389.

ROWWA announces May 12 meeting

Auditions for the Pensacola Little Theatre (PLT) production of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. May 9 and May 10. The show is scheduled to be on stage July 16-24. It is a part of Acorn Theatre, a program designed as first experiences for actors and audiences. There are parts for actors of all skill levels. Auditions are recommended for children ages 8 and older, but all ages are welcome. For more information, go to pensacolalittle

Cemetery spring cleaning announced

Plaza Ferdinand ceremony planned

Officials at Barrancas National Cemetery are planning a springtime facelift of the city of Warrington Cemetery, which is located in the center of Historic Barrancas National Cemetery. The event, which is scheduled for 8 a.m. May 14, will offer an opportunity to expand your knowledge

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Memorial Day event planned at NASP

The Gulf Coast Veterans Advocacy Council has scheduled a Memorial Day event for 9 a.m. May 30 at the Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola. For more information, contact Robert Hall at 712-3319.

Students can submit essays for contest

The Veterans Memorial Park Foundation is sponsoring a Memorial Day essay contest for area elementary, middle and high school students. The deadline for submission is May 13. For more information, go to

Children’s Chorus holding auditions

Auditions for the 27th season of the Pensacola Children’s Chorus will take place May 14 at the Margaret Moore Nickelsen Center, 46 East Chase St. Auditions are open to students who will be entering the fourth through 12th grade. There is no preparation necessary to audition. To make an appointment for an audition, call 434-7760.

Sunset Run scheduled for May 14

The 33nd annual St. John School Sunset Run is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. May 14 at St. John School, 325 South Navy Blvd. Registration includes the 2016 race shirt for the first 1,000 participants. Post-race festivities include music, awards and a Mexican fiesta food court. Register at, on (Pensacola St. John Sunset Run) or by calling the school at 456-5218.

Garden tour scheduled for May 21-22

The Pensacola Federation Garden Club will be conducting its annual Secret Gardens of the Emerald Coast Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 21 and noon to 4 p.m. May 22. There will be seven private gardens open throughout Pensacola for touring. For more information and ticket information, go to or call 432-6095.

Enrollment open for NASP cadet units

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

Paper airplane expert to visit museum NMCRS thrift shop adds late hours

The Retired Officers’ Wives and Widows Association (ROWWA) will meet at 11 a.m. May 12 at the Mustin Beach Club aboard NAS Pensacola. The cost is $20 per person. This will be the final meeting of the organization’s year and new officers will be installed. There are no meetings scheduled during June, July and August. The next meeting is scheduled for Sept. 8. Membership is open to wives and widows of retired officers and retired women officers of all military services. For luncheon reservations, call Mary Chase at 995-4466. For membership information, contact Molly Werner at 292-9756.

PLT production has parts for children

Organizers are looking for students ages 15 to 20 who can play infantrymen that will sing and fire muskets. They are also looking for drummers and flute players ages 14 to 20. Students will also be able to gain service hours for college or graduation requirements. For more information, call Pamela Homyak at 206-7231.

A student only re-enactment group of Jacksonian era soldiers is being organized to perform a colors ceremony in Plaza Ferdinand at 6 p.m. each Saturday from June 12 to Aug. 20. The troops will make their debut June 3 in the Fiesta Parade.

The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) thrift shop aboard NASP Corry Station, Bldg. 3736, has made some changes. The shop is open at the following times with the exception of federal holidays: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and on the first Saturday of each month. The store is also now open from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month to give active-duty Sailors and Marines an opportunity to shop. The donation box that was located at the Navy Mall adjacent to the mini-mart/package store has been relocated. It is now located between the gym and thrift shop aboard NASP Corry Station. You can call the thrift shop at 452-6174 during the hours listed. For more information, call 452-2300.

Guest, choir performances announced

Warrington Baptist Church, 103 West Winthrop Ave., is presenting “Spiritual Awakening” May 811. Doors will open at 7 p.m. each night. Dr. Tommy Green, executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention, will be the guest speaker, and choirs from several area churches are scheduled to perform. For more information, call 455-4578.

Dates announced for basketball camp

The 37th Chip Boes Championship Basketball Camp will feature three sessions at Malcolm Yonge Community Center, 925 East Jackson St. Sessions are scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon June 6-10, June 2024 and July 18-22. Cost is $85 per session. Multiple session and multiple camper discounts are available. For more information or to register, contact Chip Boes at 968-9299 or by e-mail at

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May 6, 2016

NORU wins at CNIC Captain’s Cup; See page B2 Spotlight


Navy salutes Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs


ASHINGTON (NNS) – The Navy joins the nation in celebrating the contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders during Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month throughout May. The Navy encourages commands to embrace this year’s national theme “Walk Together, Embrace Differences, Build Legacies.” This year’s three imperatives serve to promote equal representation and to remove barriers in developing diverse leaders, acknowledging the challenges that still exist today. Today, there are 24,500 Asian American and Pacific Islander Sailors serving in the Navy, including eight admirals and 235 master chief and senior chief petty officers. These Sailors represent more than 56 ethnic groups, speaking more than 100 languages from Asia and the Pacific Islands, living in the United States. Asian American and Pacific Islanders of various

• Adm. Raquel C. Bono is the director of the Defense Health Agency. She is a diplomat of the American Board of Surgery. Of Filipino descent, her brother, Anatolio B. Cruiz III, was also an admiral in the Navy until he retired in 2013. • Rear Adm. Peter A Gumataotao, a native of Guam, is the deputy chief of staff, Strategic Plans and Policy, NATO Supreme Allied Command Transformation in Norfolk. • Rear Adm. Jonathan A. Yuen is commander, Naval Supply Systems Command and 47th chief of Supply Corps. He is a member of the Acquisition Professional Community. • Another Sailor of Asian American decent is Capt. Sunita L. Williams, currently serving as an astronaut for NASA. She

nationalities and ancestry have been serving in the Navy since the early 19th century. The rich history of these cultures, their struggles against adversity to achieve equality, significant contributions to the American experience, and the opportunity to build the foundation for a bright future are made reality by some great leaders who share the same heritage. Senior leaders serving in the Navy today, who are Asian American and Pacific Islanders, are: • Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., commander, U.S. Pacific Command, was previously commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet. Born in Japan and raised in Tennessee and Florida, he became a P-3 Orion navigator after graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1978.

served as the flight engineer for the Expedition-14 crew and science officer at the International Space Station in 2007. In 2012, she served as a flight engineer on Expedition-32 and

then commander of Expedition-33. Her seven space walks set records for women. For more information about the history of Asian Americans and Pacific Is-

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Previous Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month celebrations at NAS Pensacola ... Last year, NAS Pensacola’s Diversity Committee presented a cultural celebration May 15 at the Chiefs Club onboard the base. Pensacola City Councilman P.C. Wu, (left), was guest speaker; dancers Pat Bush, (right) and Teruko Von Bargen performed Japanese and Hawaiian classics. Photos by Janet Thomas and Mike O’Connor. In 2014, a dance demonstration showcased many different Pacific styles; most of the dancers were NASP service members. Photo by Mike O’Connor

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May 6, 2016

NORU wins at CNIC Captain’s Cup By MC3 Brandon Martin Navy Recruiting Command Public Affairs


ILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) – Navy Recruiting Orientation Unit (NORU) placed first in the 2015 NAS Pensacola leg of the Commander, Navy Installations Command Captain’s Cup held March 4. The CNIC Captain’s Cup is an annual athletic tournament designed to increase morale and encourage competitiveness among Sailors by providing them with the opportunity to represent their commands. NORU, Navy Recruiting Command’s schoolhouse, participated in all 21 events and took first place in five events, second place in three events, third place in three events and fourth place in three events. “This is both (a) humbling and rewarding experience but it’s not by accident that we won,” said NCCS Hollis W. Kelly, Captain’s Cup coordinator for NORU. “Our team applied the same strategies and principles that we do for everything in Navy Recruiting Command. We zeroed in on our goal, rallied our team together, inventoried our resources and then executed our plan to accomplish our over-

all objective of making mission and bringing home the cup.” The competition consisted of sports such as swimming, softball, bowling, darts, corn hole, volleyball and table tennis. While the competition allows Sailors the opportunity to hone their skills as athletes, the overall goal of the tournament is to build camaraderie and promote physical fitness among Sailors. “This victory would have been impossible without the support of every person at NORU,” Kelly said. “Winning the 2015 cup is great because it echoes some the same messages of teamwork, persistence, and esprit de corps that we are conveying to our new recruiters going to the field for the first time.” Each registered command competes in small tournaments throughout the year to

At NAS Pensacola, athletes assigned to Navy Recruiting Orientation Unit (NORU) pose with their first-place trophy from the Commander, Navy Installations Command Captain’s Cup held March 4 in Pensacola (former NASP CO Capt. Keith Hoskins at left). NORU is the Navy’s singular recruiting school in charge of the instruction of enlisted and officer personnel in professional sales, prospecting techniques, marketing, applicant processing, recruiting technology, leadership, ethical behavior and activity analysis. Photo by IT3 Kyle Tilett

accumulate points. The command that earns the most points throughout the year is presented the Captain’s Cup Trophy. The trophy is displayed at the winning command until defeated. This year’s trophy will be on display at NORU’s command at NAS Pensacola, until another command can take the title. NORU is the Navy’s singu-

lar recruiting school in charge of the instruction of enlisted and officer personnel in professional sales, prospecting techniques, marketing, applicant processing, recruiting technology, leadership, ethical behavior and activity analysis. For more information on NORU, visit http://www.cnrc. For more news from Com-

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Remembrance day celebrates life of local hero Story, photo from Perdido Key Chamber of Commerce

The Perdido Key Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Gulf Islands National Seashore, is presenting the annual Rosamond Johnson Day ceremony at 10 a.m. tomorrow, May 7, under the Star Pavilion on Johnson Beach. The ceremony will honor and remember the life of Army Pvt. Rosamond Johnson Jr. Scheduled speakers include Eugene Franklin, president/CEO Florida Black Chamber of Commerce Inc.; the Rev. John Philpot, Pastor of the Talbot Chapel AME Zion Church; Dan Brown, superintendent for the Gulf Islands National Seashore; Alison Davenport, Perdido Key Area Chamber of

A team of Sailors take part in a past ceremony at the Perdido Key area of Gulf Islands National Seashore to mark Rosamond Johnson Day.

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Naval Aviation Technical Training Center performing units. The ceremony will conclude with words from the Johnson family, and benediction from Philpot. After enlisting in the Army at only 15, Johnson died in combat at age 17. Johnson rescued two injured soldiers and brought them to safety before he was fatally wounded while returning for a third comrade. He was the first Escambia County resident to die in the Korean War. Johnson received the Purple Heart posthumously Aug. 21, 1950. At the time of Johnson’s death, Pensacola beaches were racially segregated. After the Korean War, the county-owned recreational area was renamed to honor the fallen hero at the suggestion of the Sunset Riding Club

Inc. The club leased the land in 1950 from the county for the sole use of bathing, beach and recreational facilities for “colored citizens.” Although the lease was canceled in 1956, the name Rosamond Johnson Beach remained. The area became part of Gulf Islands National Seashore May 8, 1973. A permanent monument in his honor was erected at Johnson Beach on June 10, 1996. Every year, the Perdido Key and Pensacola communities spend a day on Johnson Beach with its citizens and Johnson’s family, honoring the memory of Pvt. Rosamond Johnson Jr. This year, the event is being sponsored by Pen Air Federal Credit Union. For more information, go to





May 6, 2016

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Members of the Escambia Amateur Astronomers Association set up telescopes for one of the stargazing sessions at Pensacola Beach.

Story, photo from Escambia Amateur Astronomers Association

If the skies are clear tonight, you might want to head for Gulf Islands National Seashore. Weather permitting, park staff and volunteers from the Escambia Amateur Astronomers Association (EAAA) will present a stargazing program at 6 p.m. today, May 6, at the Battery Worth picnic area. If you can’t make it tonight, the association also has several other upcoming events to offer. Here is a list: • Mercury will pass directly between the Earth and the sun on the morning of May 9. The transit will start locally about 6 a.m. (sunrise) and end about 1:30 p.m. with Mercury leav-

ing the sun’s disk. Telescopes will be set up outside the Pensacola State College Planetarium to view and photograph the event. • Other Fort Pickens gazes at the Battery Worth picnic area are planned for June 3, July 1, Aug. 5, Sept. 2 and Sept. 30. The gaze is free, but normal park entry fees still apply. The schedule could change if the dates are cloudy. Call 9342600 before 4 p.m. for details. • Stargazes at the Gulfside Performance Pavilion (Casino Beach) on Pensacola Beach are planned for May 13, May 14, June 10, June 11, July 8, July 9. Aug. 12, Aug. 13, Sept. 9, Sept. 10, Oct. 7 and Oct. 8. • Big Lagoon State Park gazes are scheduled for May 28, June 25, July 23, Aug. 27, Sept. 24 and Oct. 22. The gazes

are presented in the east end parking lot. The park entrance is on Gulf Beach Highway. The gaze is free, but normal park entry fees will apply. Members will set up telescopes and binoculars for viewing of the moon, planets and other celestial objects. Clear skies permitting, members will begin setting up their telescopes for the events just before sunset. On some occasions solar scopes will be set up for observing the sun during the later part of the day. Free handouts, including star charts and moon maps, will be available. Members will also answer questions. Further information about the astronomy club can be found at You also can contact Dewey Barker at 450-7767 after 4 p.m.

At the movies FRIDAY

“My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2,” PG-13, 5 p.m.; “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” (2D), PG-13, 7 p.m.; “Barbershop: The Next Cut,” PG-13, 5:30 p.m.; “The Boss,” R, 8 p.m.


“My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2,” PG-13, noon; “Barbershop: The Next Cut,” PG-13, 5 p.m.; “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” (2D), PG-13, 7:30 p.m.; “Miracles from Heaven,” PG, 11:30 a.m.; “The Divergent Series: Allegiant,” R, 2 p.m.; “The Boss,” R, 4:30 p.m.; “Eye in the Sky,” R, 8 p.m.


“Miracles from Heaven,” PG, 12:30 p.m.; “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” (3D), PG-13, 3 p.m.; “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” (2D), PG-13, 6 p.m.; “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2,” PG-13, noon; “The Divergent Series: Allegiant,” R, 2 p.m.; “Barbershop: The Next Cut,” PG-13, 4:30 p.m.; “The Boss,” R, 7 p.m.


“My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2,” PG-13, 5 p.m.; “Barbershop: The Next Cut,” PG-13, 7 p.m.; “Miracles from Heaven,” PG, 5:10 p.m.; “Eye in the Sky,” R, 7:30 p.m.


“The Boss,” R, 5 p.m.; “Barbershop: The Next Cut,” PG-13, 7:10 p.m.; “Midnight Special,” PG-13, 5:10 p.m.; “The Divergent Series: Allegiant,” R, 7:30 p.m.


“My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2,” PG-13, 5 p.m.; “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” (2D), PG-13, 7 p.m.; “Eye in the Sky,” R, 5:10 p.m.; “The Boss,” R, 7:30 p.m.


“My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2,” PG-13, 5 p.m.; “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” (3D), PG-13, 7 p.m.; “Barbershop: The Next Cut,” PG-13, 5:10 p.m.; “The Boss,” 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

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 • Family Luau: 5 p.m. today, May 6, NASP Corry Station Recreation Lawn. Get a taste of Hawaii during MWR’s annual family luau, which features limbo, fire dancers and live music. The event is open to active-duty service members and their families. • Movies on the Lawn: "Paddington" showing May 14. Free family movies will be shown every second and fourth Saturday through Aug. 13 at dusk in front of the Portside Gym, Bldg. 627. You can also enjoy some free popcorn. Bring your lawn chair, blankets and coolers. In case of rain, movies will be canceled. For information, call 452-2372. • NASP 2016 SumAquatics: mer Reading Pro• NASP beaches gram: 1:30 p.m. to 3 are scheduled to p.m. June 14 to Aug. 4 open for the sum- at NASP Library, Bldg. mer season May 634, 250 Chambers 28. If you are 15 Ave. Theme is “Read years or older for the Win!” Program and would like in- for ages 3 to 11 feaformation on how tures stories, crafts and to become a life- prizes. Register in perguard, contact son at the library, or call MWR aquatics at 452-4362. 452-9429. • Summer Day Camps: Weekly camps, May 31 to Aug. 9. 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. at NASP Youth Center; 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. at NASP Corry Station School Age Care. For ages 5 (kindergarten) to 12. Programs include field trips, breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack. Open to authorized dependents. Weekly fee based on total family income. Pre-register at For information, call 452-2417 or 453-6310. • British Soccer camps: Have a child that may be interested? This is not an MWR program, but will take place June 6-10 at the Navy Youth Sports Complex on Highway 98. Workshops for four age groups. Prices from $84 to $134. To register, go to https://challenger. =detailview&imp=f&iid=100276&&returncom=productlist. For more information, call 1( 800) 878-2167, ext. 239. • Navy Child Development Home Program: Would you like to earn $7,000 to $48,000 a year working from home? Become a Child Development Home Provider. Attend the free orientation class from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 25-29. For more information, call 572-5026 or 281-5368. • Armed Forces Day Run with Color: 8 a.m. May 21 at Portside Fitness Center. Open to all eligible MWR patrons.

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

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Fleet and Family Support Center

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If you are a victim of sexual assault, it is not your fault. Help for victims of sexual assault in the DoD community is a call, click or text away: The SafeHelpline provides live, one-on-one crisis support and information by trained staff. Call: (877) 995-5247; click:; 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.

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

• Contemporary worship, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, followed by fellowship at 7:30 p.m. • Bible study and dinner, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, fellowship hall. Latter Day Saints • Service, 7 p.m. Wednesday. Roman Catholic • Mass, noon Sunday and 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday. For information, call 452-6376. NAS Whiting Field Chapel Roman Catholic • Mass, 11 a.m. Friday. Protestant • Bible study, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. • Weekly chapel service, 11:30 a.m. Thursday. For information, call 623-7212. More services Jewish • B’nai Israel Synagogue, 1829 North Ninth Ave., services 7 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. Saturday. For information, call 433-7311. • Temple Beth El, 800 North Palafox St., services 7 p.m. Friday (6 p.m. first Friday of each month). For information, call 438-3321 or go to http://templebethelof 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: • 2016 Teen Job Fair Prep and Resume Workshop: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 7, NASP Corry Station Youth Center, Bldg. 4118. Register early, only 30 seats available. For information, call 452-5609 or e-mail • 2016 Teen Job Fair: 9 a.m. to noon May 7 and May 14, NASP Corry Station Youth Center, Bldg. 4118. To be considered for MWR Teen Summer Program prositions, applicants must be: age 15 to 18; dependents of active-duty, retired military, DoD or contract employees; enrolled in high school; attend one of 2016 teen job fairs to obtain application; and submit application with three signed recommendation letters to NAF Personnel Office, Bldg. 3249, by May 16. For information on the program, call 452-3386 or 452-4681. • Family Caregiver Semi-

nar: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. May 11. Taking care of aging parents and children while on active duty presents a challenge. Find out how use the resources available to assist military families. To register or for more information, call 452-5609. • Time to move: If you want help with your PCS move stop by the FFSC. assist workshops are available at 4 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. This is the program which must be completed and submitted for transferring individuals/families which have household goods to move. Prior to attending you must have a login name and password created. For information or to reserve a seat, call 452-5609. • U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs e-benefits workshop: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. May 18. A resource guide to all online veteran’s benefits. Open to all military veterans and military family members. To register or for more information, call 452-5609.

Community Outreach If you are interested in participating in some volunteer activities, contact the NASP Community Outreach office. The Community Outreach office also keeps track of volun-

teer hours. You need to report any hours of volunteer work to receive due recognition. For more information, call 452-2532 or e-mail nasp_

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