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Battle of Midway commemoration to be held June 5 onboard NASP Naval Air Station Pensacola will observe the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Midway with a commemoration to be held at the National Naval Aviation

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Museum June 5 at 10 a.m. Rear Adm. Don Quinn, commander of Naval Education and Training Command (NETC), will be guest speaker; there also

will be a presentation by retired Navy Capt. Kevin Miller. For more information, call Lt. Brian Greenfield at 452-6527.

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Students board ‘USS Ambition,’ bring flight academy’s dream to life Story, photo by Janet Thomas Gosport Staff Writer

The controls at the National Flight Academy are set to full steam ahead after the commissioning of the mock aircraft carrier, the “USS Ambition,” May 11. The $45 million facility made a good first impression last week as a big crowd of supporters and dignitaries gathered to launch the next generation of learning. Special guests included two legendary astronauts – the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong, and the last man on the moon, Gene Cernan, who is also a retired Navy captain. “It is a pretty neat place,” said astronaut Mark Kelly, who was on hand to make the keynote address. “I think the kids that go through it are really going to enjoy it and get something out of it and, hopefully, be motivated to pursue careers in math, sci-

ence and engineering.” The commissioning was a proud moment for the academy’s staff including Program Director Chip Yarbrough. “The kids we’ve got here this week are the kids who go through our aviation classes at Escambia and Milton and the school systems out there, and they have been just spot on with their flying skills,” he said. He said the students, who have been flying in their classrooms for the last year, were able to adapt quickly to software for Ambition’s custommade aircraft. “I am very impressed with these kids,” said Yarbrough, who logged eight years with the space camp and aviation challenge programs at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., before joining the flight academy’s staff. “They are just model citizens, they are outstanding.” The “Ambition” is now

in full program mode. There are still spots available for summer sessions but all goals have been met, according to a spokesperson for the academy. An inaugural group of 48 Ambition Experimental Pilots (AXPs) from Escambia and Milton high schools completed the first official three-day session and a second group of AXPs from area schools is scheduled for duty aboard the Ambition over the Memorial Day weekend. Utilizing naval aviation as a motivating theme, the academy has created an educational program for seventh to 12th graders that concentrates on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills. However, the academy is more than just academics. A fully immersive gaming environment is the centerpiece. The AXPs are divided into squadrons and compete against each other

Retired astronaut and Navy Capt. Mark Kelly delivers his keynote address at the commissioning of National Flight Academyʼs “USS Ambition,” May 11.

in real-life scenarios that combine the thrill of flight with critical thinking techniques. The interior is modeled as a modern aircraft carrier, complete with ready

rooms, intelligence and operations centers and extensive simulation space. The facility is designed to make the experience as real as possible for the stu-

dents, said retired Vice Adm. Gerry Hoewing, president and CEO of the National Flight Academy and the Naval Aviation

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EOD memorial ceremony honors fallen warriors Rudy Schoen, executive officer of Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal (NavScolEOD). “This year we added to the EOD Memorial wall the names of five Army, five Marine, three Navy and five Air In a solemn ceremony at the Kauffman Explosive Force EOD technicians who made the ultimate sacrifice Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Training Complex on Eglin while serving our nation,” he said. Air Force Base, the names of 18 fallen EOD warriors The event is sponsored by the EOD Memorial were added to the memorial’s wall May 5. Foundation, a nonprofit organization established in 1969 “This 43rd annual EOD memorial ceremony was an and dedicated to honoring the legacy of fallen EOD waropportunity for the joint service EOD community to riors by providing for the maintenance and upkeep of the appropriately honor our fallen EOD technicians and rec- memorial at Eglin. Hosted by NavScolEOD, all preparaognize the sacrifices of their families,” said Lt. Cmdr. tions were coordinated and executed by staff volunteers from all four services at the school as well as members of the foundation. The additions this year bring the total names on the wall to 287 EOD technicians who have died in the line of duty since 1942, 110 of them since Sept. 11, 2001. “The EOD Memorial Foundation funds the memorialís maintenance and assists EOD families with scholarships and travel expenses to and from the annual memorial ceremony,” said Foundation President Dan Tompkins. “We work closely with the services to document and verify that the member was killed during an EOD-related incident over the past calendar year to be eligible to earn a place on the memorial’s wall.” Oversight and management of the EOD school is the responsibility of the Navy, with joint-service manning by the Army, Marine Corps, Navy and the Air Force. The school’s mission is to train officer and enlisted personnel in the best methods of detection, identification, render safe, and disposal of explosive ordnance and related devices. The school’s commanding officer, Capt. Joseph Adm. Jonathan Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations, expresses his gratitude to the family of a fallen Navy Polanin, noted that reading the names placed on the wall explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technician at the at the annual memorial is a sobering reminder that EOD By Ed Barker and Ens. Elizabeth Allen NETC PAO

43rd Annual EOD memorial ceremony May 5. Photo by CTR1(SW) Joshua Pugh

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NASP Honor Guard during 2011ʼs Memorial Day observance. Photo by Caleb White

Memorial Day service onboard NASP May 28 The Gulf Coast Veterans Advocacy Council, Inc., in association with NAS Pensacola and Barrancas National Cemetery, is proud to sponsor a Memorial Day service May 28, to be held at NAS Chapel. The ceremony starts at 9 a.m., participants should be at the chapel by 8 a.m. Congressman Jeff Miller will be in attendance for the Memorial Day service. The mayor of Pensacola and other local dignitaries have been invited to attend. The Memorial Day keynote speaker will be John Sepulveda, assistant secretary for human resources and administration for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Participants from local military organizations need to bring only their post or unit flag and flag stands. The ceremonial unit from NAS Pensacola will be presenting the colors for the ceremony. For more information, call Robert F. Hall Jr. at 456-1561.

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Atlantic fleet training and testing Draft EIS/OEIS available for public review; Navy invites comment From Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command

NORFOLK, Va. – The U.S. Navy has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement (EIS/OEIS) for Navy training and testing activities conducted in the waters off the east coast of North America and in the Gulf of Mexico. In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and executive order 12114, the Navy prepared the Draft EIS/OEIS to evaluate the potential environmental effects associated with military readiness training and research, development, test and evaluation activities conducted within the Atlantic Fleet Training and Testing (AFTT) study area. The Navy proposes to conduct training and testing activities – which may include the use of active sonar and explosives – primarily within existing range complexes and testing ranges along the east coast of the United States, the Gulf of Mexico, Navy pierside locations, port transit channels and the lower Chesapeake Bay. The proposed action also includes activities such as sonar maintenance and gunnery exercises conducted concurrently with ship transits and which may occur outside Navy range complexes and testing ranges. The proposed action includes pierside sonar testing conducted as part of overAcademy from page 1

Museum Foundation. “They have the sights, the sounds, the smells, the touches – it is all there,” he said. The academy is authorized by, but not endorsed or financially supported by the United States Navy or other components of the military or DoD. It is funded by private investment through the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation. And although Ambition is not a real ship, all of the Navy traditions have been observed. “Traditionally, the third and most important ceremony in the history of a ship is the formal commissioning, which admits her to the fleet,” Yarbrough said. “Although Ambition is not a ship, all milestones have been symbolized as if she were a naval vessel.” The commissioning ceremony entitles her to fly her commissioning pennant and to be designated an official training facility, Yarbrough said. During the ceremony, the watch was set, the pennant was raised and the AXPs were ordered to man the ship to bring her life. Uniformed officers presented flowers to the five sponsors – wives and widows of the original academy visionaries – Kathy Coonan, Nancy Fetterman, Ry Furlong, Charlie Hoewing and Phyllis Rasmussen.

haul, modernization, maintenance and repair activities at Navy piers, as well as new construction and overhaul at Navy-contracted shipbuilder locations. The AFTT Draft EIS/OEIS updates the science and analyses needed to continue critical Navy training and testing in the study area. The Draft EIS/OEIS combines multiple previous studies into one, thereby incorporating expanded areas, and new science, platforms, and activities including ship shock testing on the east coast. Results from these studies show Navy activities continue to have negligible affects on marine mammal and turtle populations, including endangered species. Monitoring of Navy activities over the past several years supports these conclusions. The Navy is accepting comments throughout the 60-day comment period, which started May 11 and runs through July 10. All comments must be postmarked or received by July 10, to be considered in the final EIS/OEIS. Written comments may be submitted via the project website at www.AFTTEIS.com or by mail to: Naval Facilities Engineering Command Atlantic Attn: Code EV22 (AFTT EIS Project Managers) 6506 Hampton Blvd. Norfolk, VA 23508-1278

The invocation was delivered by Father Jack Gray, chaplain of the Catholic communities of Naval Air Station Pensacola and Corry Station. Making the Ambition a reality involved turning a 20-plus year vision into a reality, Vice Adm. Hoewing said. “That’s what it is all about,” he said. “That 20-plus year vision started out with guys like Skip Furlong and Bob Rasumssen. They were the first guys that sort of dreamed the dream of the National Flight Academy.” People such as the late Vice Adm. Jack Fetterman and the late Capt. J.J. Coonan turned that dream into a vision and then turned it into a program, Vice Adm. Hoewing said. “And today, the crew of Ambition will bring it to life,” he said. “That’s pretty cool.” At the commissioning, Hoewing also announced an important partnership for the future. He said a cooperative agreement with the University of West Florida will allow students and faculty to practice their respective fields in hospitality, curriculum development, marketing, information technology and financial management. Congressman Jeff Miller voiced his support of the project. “As the member of Congress that represents this facility and the Ambition, please know that I will do what I can to spread the word

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technicians risk their lives every day at the tip of the spear. All of the fallen warriors added to the wall in this year’s ceremony received their training at the EOD school at Eglin. “Today we honor the eternal memory and ultimate sacrifices of 18 fallen EOD technicians while recalling the bravery of all our courageous heroes. Their selfless acts of valor saved countless lives,” said Polanin. “Their indomitable spirit will live on in the hearts of those who follow them.” The guest speaker for the ceremony, Air Force Chief of

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to all across this great land that this is where we need our young people to come to get the skills and to learn the things that they need to know to advance in life,” he said. UWF President Dr. Judith A. Bense said there is no telling where the Ambition will take the next generation. “We all remember where we were when we heard Neil (Armstrong) say those famous words: ‘One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind’,” she said. “I think today is a giant leap. Students who go through the program at the National Flight Academy will go on to do such things as cure cancer, make a chart of the surface of Mars and develop technologies that will revolutionize human existence. They will solve the problems that don’t even exist today.” University of Florida President J. Bernard Machen and Full Sail University Co-Chairman and CEO James W. Heavener also spoke at the commissioning. The academy plans to distribute a $125,000 matching scholarship fund totaling $250,000, which was made possible by the University of Florida and Full Sail University. The highlight of the ceremony was the speech by Kelly, a retired Navy captain who flew four shuttle missions including the final flight of Endeavour in May 2011. With 6,000 flight hours, 375 air-

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.

craft landings, 39 combat missions and more than 50 days in space, Kelly is one of the country’s most experienced pilots. He was thrust into the national spotlight in January 2001 when his wife, U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, was shot during an attack in Arizona. Like every naval aviator, Kelly went through flight training in Pensacola and he has good memories of his time here. Kelly joked that it was great to be in Pensacola, “where gravity is a nice reliable one ‘G’, where I can breathe oxygen at will, and where, it would appear, most of you are not space aliens.” He reminisced about his flight training 26 years ago – the year the movie “Top Gun” came out. “I very quickly came to realize that I was not Maverick,” he said. “You know I was not a particularly good pilot. And after about a year, the Navy sent me off to land on a ship for the first time. And when the Navy sends you to land on a ship for the first time, there is nobody crazy enough to go with you. It is just you by yourself with this empty back seat. “You know I barely passed, but I stuck with it. You know I am certainly a prime example of someone who was able to overcome a lack of aptitude, with practice, persistence and the drive to never give up,” he said. He said what helped him was having role models such as Gene

Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz, delivered a special message to the families of the fallen in attendance. “Thank you for your selfless sacrifice,” Schwartz said. “You provided such deeply personal meaning to the service of your loved ones. We will forget neither their courage and self-sacrifice, nor the price that continues to be paid – that will always be paid – by those whom they left behind. Your loved ones’ commitment to making the world a safer place inspires us all, and their sacrifice strengthens our lasting commitment to that enduring ideal.” During the ceremony, the Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Jonathan Greenert, presented a flag flown over the EOD Memorial to each of the families of Navy EOD tech-

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The image on the right side is the Navyʼs 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 Godʼs Port), where the voice tube was invented. Gosport is an authorized newspaper published every Friday by Ballinger Publishing,

Five open house public meetings will be held to inform the public about the Navy’s proposed action and to obtain comments on the Draft EIS/OEIS and the adequacy and accuracy of the analysis. The public meetings are scheduled from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and will be conducted as an open house information session. Navy representatives will be available to provide information about the proposed action and address questions related to the Draft EIS/OEIS. Public meetings will be held at the following locations: May 30: Hotel Providence, 139 Mathewson St., Providence, R.I. June 5: Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center, 1000 Water St., Jacksonville. June 6: Hilton Garden Inn Panama City, 1101 N. Highway 231, Panama City. June 11: Virginia Beach Convention Center, 1000 19th St., Virginia Beach, Va. June 12: Hampton Inn and Suites Swansboro, 215 Old Hammock Rd., Swansboro, N.C. Copies of the Draft EIS/OEIS are available online or at one of 28 information repositories near the Study Area. Details on information repository locations can be found at www.AFTTEIS.com. Cernan and Neil Armstrong. “Now, I am pretty excited about this place,” he said. “It’s like being on a brand new nuclear aircraft carrier, and the kids that come through this door are going to be motivated and excited about what they see here. “I imagine you are going to see tens of thousands of kids go through here and maybe some percentage of them will go into those engineering and math fields,” he said. Kelly was excited that he was going to leave a little piece of his own history at the academy. Last February, the academy auctioned off Kelly’s 2011 Breitling Centennial of Naval Aviation limited edition Airwolf watch to help raise money for youth scholarships. The auction winner donated the watch back to the academy. “That watch has taken 230 orbits or so, spent 15 days in space and traveled about 6.5 million miles and it will be on display here for every kid who comes through these doors,” he said. He added that his wife, who continues to focus on her rehabilitation, was not able to attend the ceremony but she sent a message. “Her message to all of you is: Study, work hard and be your best,” he said. Following the ceremony, there was a buzz of activity as guests enjoyed a reception and took tours of the facility.

nicians whose names went up on the wall at the ceremony. “Their legacy is simple, it is sacrifice – they gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country. It is also a lesson that freedom isn’t free,” said Greenert. “We will never forget the service and sacrifice of these warriors and their families. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.” The EOD Memorial was originally built by EOD technicians in Indian Head, Md., the location of the first EOD School. The memorial was relocated to the Kauffman EOD Training Complex when the school moved to its present location in 1999. The new memorial incorporates elements of the original in recognition of its history.

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In the healthcare battle, who is looking out for you? By Emily Benner Gosport Staff Writer

I’m no stranger to the woes of healthcare and other life hassles that are necessary. Upon moving to the Gulf Coast, I left a stateof-the-art medical facility, and I can now say with confidence that I took advantage of its patient-friendly systems. Since moving here and having to deal with healthcare and insurance worries and doctors visits (the list goes on), I know that those kind of things are almost never simple. It seems that calls to pre-register for an appointment can lead to frantic calls to your health care provider wondering about the cost and coverage of this-and-that procedure, and I think that has become the norm. It seems to me that poor office-relations with patients, impatient administrative assistants and over-worked office nurses are being given the “nod” to continue treating patients in that same way. Why? Because we allow it. Well, good people of Pensacola, I’m a marketing student and a public relations graduate. I want to make a state-

ment right here and now: you do not have to stand for that. Now, make no mistake, I am not advising anyone to ditch their doctor because they made you wait 30-minutes after your scheduled appointment. Try to keep in mind that hours and staff are being cut everywhere, and the staff helping you are strapped for time and stressed out. No, if you have a doctor you like, then do not leave them unless forced. My main qualm with healthcare these days, lies with the individual offices – specialties. I get the feeling that so many of them feel “entitled” to the patients who see them, that they don’t stop to think: “Hey, maybe I shouldn’t be so rude, this person’s insurance is paying my salary after all.” Once you find a local general practitioner, get a referral, make an appointment (and who knows how many weeks that will take), register and sit in their waiting room for 30-40 minutes, the real test begins. I’ve compiled a short list of things that I find are good in meeting with a new doctor (as I have my fair share of experi-

ence in this matter). 1. How long did they make you wait once you were taken back to the exam room? Long waits can be really frustrating, whether you are in the waiting room, or back in the exam room. I will sometimes let this

immediately concerned. 5. Did they listen to you? It goes without saying that this is really important. You are at their office for a reason, and they need to show you some respect and listen to your issues. I mean really listen. I can’t

slide if an office is extremely busy. It happens; I can overlook it. 2. How wer e you greeted? If this is a new doctor, they should take a minute to get to know you. They see hundreds of patients, and it’s important that you make an impression with them so that they remember you for your second visit. 3. Did they remember you/your case if this is a subsequent visit? 4. How much time did your actual doctor spend in the room? If they just breeze in and out, that is an immediate turn-off for me. I want to know that my doctor is reading and understanding my history, and if they aren’t making an effort to do that, I’m

s t a n d when a doctor cuts me off and starts jabbering a plan at lightning speed before I feel that they’ve fully understood my issue. I know that they are busy and may not feel they have time to listen, but this is a critical problem that I have found. It is their job to listen. As you are the only person who lives in your body, you must be its advocate. No one else will. Now, I know this whole column seems like a “healthcare bashing,” but I really just want to emphasize that you do have the power, and unbelievably, the right, to demand good service. Keep in mind that they are working for you. They are providing a service that you pay

for, just like a mechanic. If you had to get an oil change, and the garage staff was rude to you, it’s likely that you wouldn’t go back. The same applies here. And you shouldn’t allow poor service because it is a hassle to switch doctors. Now, in defense of heathcare offices everywhere, I’ve also decided to add a “how to be a good patient” list: 1. Don’t be r ude. Trust me, I know how frustrating a long wait can be. You have to get to work. You have to pick up the kids. There are sick people coughing and hacking all around you and all you can think about is dousing yourself in hand sanitizer. I’ve been there. I think it is safe to say that the individuals working at that office have been there too, and most of the time, they are doing everything they can to do their jobs. Just be patient. 2. Ask a lot of questions. If you leave a doctor’s office not having a clue what just happened, you have made a huge error. When you are in the appointment, ask as many questions as you can. Interrupt. Ask for definitions or drawings.

You have the right to know those things, so if you are leaving and don’t have a full understanding, that is your own fault. 3. Be “in the know.” With Google and WebMD all over the Internet, information is readily available for almost anyone. I’m not saying to get yourself spun up about a bee sting, but you can’t be armed with questions for your doctor if you don’t understand why you are there in the first place. These are all important things that you, as patients, should know or already practice. Nothing is more frustrating than having to find a new doctor. You are used to being handled a certain way by the same group of people. It is my belief that your expectations should not change when you move from one office to another. It is your health, and I don’t think that dealing with a consistently grouchy secretary, a frustratingly unknowledgable scheduling assistant or uncaring doctor is worth it. I believe that in today’s world, the best person to be looking out for your health, remains to be, you.


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Retired Vice Adm. Gerald Hoewing, Naval Aviation Museum Foundation president and chief executive officer, thanks visitors and participants following the “commissioning” of the “USS Ambition” May 11. Photo by Janet Thomas

Dedication ceremony for “USS Ambition” draws astronauts, officials, as children use math, science and computers to reach for the stars

Local students “man the rails” during the ceremony. Photo by Janet Thomas

A large crowd attended the event, with the front row of guests including Apollo astronauts Gene Cernan and Neil Armstrong (second and third from left). Photo by Janet Thomas

During an active training scenario in the flight academyʼs Joint Information Center (JIC), students calculate mission parameters. Photo by Mike OʼConnor

“Smart” plotting tables with interactive screens share visual information. Photo by Mike OʼConnor

A studentʼs view of the “glass cockpit” in one of the flight academyʼs many aviation simulators. Photo by Mike OʼConnor

Sights and sounds onboard USS Ambition are modeled after those on ships. Photo by Janet Thomas

Flight academy “aviators” practice for a mission in the Gulf. Photo by Mike OʼConnor


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Astronaut Shepherd gets ‘wings of gold’ Story, photos by Janet Thomas Gosport Staff Writer Space shuttle astronaut Bill Shepherd has always been able to make friends in high places. That skill was praised during a ceremony last week at the National Naval Aviation Museum to induct Shepherd as Honorary Naval Aviator No. 30. “Bill Shepherd has enhanced our relationship with Central America and our relationship with countries in that region,” said Vice Adm. Allen G. Myers, commander, Naval Air Forces. “Also, he has enhanced our relationship with our Russian partners in the space program.” The Honorary Naval Aviator program, which was initiated in 1949, gives the Chief of Naval Operations the ability to bestow honorary “wings of gold” on an individual whose contributions to naval aviation are deemed “truly extraordinary.” The designation is a rare honor, said Rear Adm. William F. Moran, director, Air Warfare (OpNav N98). “The program has been around for 67 years and in that time we have only designated 29,” he said. Shepherd, who was selected for the NASA astronaut corps in 1984, was the first Navy SEAL to cross over from being an expert at sea, air and land missions to flying missions into space. He served as commander of the first crew on the International Space Station in 1993. Shepherd expressed his thanks to several of the key people that helped him throughout his career including Adm. Eric Olson. He invited some of his astronaut classmates to tell “sea stories” about him. “Shep and I both had the pleasure and the duty to serve in Russia and to bring some naval traditions over to the Russians and into space,” said Kenneth D. Cameron, a retired Marine colonel. “The International Space Station was inaugurat-

ed as a space ship and there is a ship’s bell on the space station, thanks to you, Shep.” “The sea stories I have about Shep I can’t tell here,” said Michael J. McCulley, a retired Navy captain. Marsha Sue Ivins said it was a great privilege to help make Shepherd be legal in an airplane. “Shep was without a doubt the best set of hands I have ever had the privilege of flying with and the only student who has ever flunked his check ride, not once, but twice,” she said. Shepherd said the gold wings have a special place in his heart – his father was a naval aviator who received his wings in Pensacola 70 years ago and his grandfather, who flew biplanes and bombers for the Army in France in 1918, became a military aviator 94 years ago this month. “So, I can’t think of any other award, any citation, that means more to me,” Shepherd said.

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(Above) Neil Armstrong flashes a smile during the Honorary Naval Aviator induction ceremony May 11 at the National Naval Aviation Museum. (Left) Retired Navy Capt. Bill Shepherd receives his wings of gold from Vice Adm. Allen G. Myers, commander, Naval Air Forces.

(From left) Retired Navy Capt. Bill Shepherd laughs at comments by former astronaut Marsha Sue Ivins during the induction ceremony as Vice Adm. Allen G. Myers, commander, Naval Air Forces and Rear Adm. William F. Moran, director, Air Warfare (OpNav N98) stand by.

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Submissions for Partyline should be e-mailed to: janet.thomas.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. Commissary hours for Memorial Day The Pensacola Commissary will be open at 9 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. on Memorial Day, May 28. Normal hours for the commissary will resume May 29. For more information, call 452-6880. Presentation on career managment The Fleet and Family Support Center is sponoring a once-a-year lecture regarding career management and civilian transition at NAS Pensacola. “Maketing Yourself for a Second Career” will be presented from 1 to 3:30 p.m. May 29 at the NASP NGIS Conference Facility, Bldg. 3249. The lecture is being presented by the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA). The lecture will be given by retired Air Force Col. Brian Anderson. For details, contact FFSC, Transition Assistance Program, Fleet and Family Support Center at 452-5990, ext. 3122. Embry Riddle registration for summer term Embry Riddle Aeronautical University is now registering for the summer term through May 28. Embry Riddle Aeronautical University’s Pensacola campus offers certificate programs, associate and bachelor’s degree programs with various specializations in professional aeronautics and technical management and the master’s degree in of aeronautical science. For more information on this program or to learn more about how to register, visit www.embryriddle.edu/pensacola or call 458-1098. Pensacola Roleplaying Association The Pensacola Roleplaying Association is a free organization dedicated to table-top role playing games such as Dungeon and Dragons, Pathfinder, Star Wars, Shadowrun and more. There are currently more than 150 members and the group offers several types of gaming sessions for individuals of varying interests. Sessions 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. Navy League upcoming events The Pensacola Council Navy League of the United States 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. 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. Pirates on the Gulf – Trolling for Booty The Pirates of Lost Treasure will host its 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. ‘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. 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 uni-

versity with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (undergraduate) or 3.5 (graduate) for the two preceding semesters as a fulltime 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. 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 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 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. Veterans Upward Bound program at PSC If you are a military veteran wanting to achieve your dream of a college education, the Veterans Upward Bound program at Pensacola State College (PSC) can help. The program prepares eligible veterans for entry into college with free non-credit refresher courses and helps veterans apply for financial aid and scholarships. Classes are available throughout the year. For more information, visit www.pensacolastate.edu/services/upward bound.asp or contact Keith Wise at 484-2068. NEX Pensacola Mall beauty shop The NEX Mall beauty shop is now open MondaySaturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome. To book an appointment or for more information, call 458-8804. VA Gulf Coast is now on Facebook The VA Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care system can now be found on Facebook. VA clinicians cannot discuss specific health concerns of individual veterans on Facebook, but VA Gulf Coast officials frequently monitor the site and will provide helpful information to veterans. Visit www.facebook.com/VABiloxi. Allied Forces Soccer The Allied Forces soccer team that represents the area’s military bases has openings for the Pensacola Adult Soccer League spring season as well as the six-a-side team and friendly matches. Any competitive players are encouraged to join and recreational players are welcome for the Allied Forces “Gold” team. For more information, visit the Allied Forces Soccer Facebook page or contact David Toellner at 382-5494 or e-mail kiwi_soccer@yahoo.com. NMCRS volunteer opportunities The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) has openings for the Client Service Assistants (CSA) and financial caseworkers at the NMCRS and financial assistance facility. Due to the nature of the work, volunteers for these positions will need to be computer literate. NMCRS also has openings at its thrift shop for volunteers with retail sales or customer service experience. NMCRS will provide training, mileage reimbursement and child care for volunteers. For more information, call 452-2300. USS Iwo Jima (LPH2/LHD7) Shipmates The USS Iwo Jima (LPH2/LHD7) Shipmates Organization will be holding a reunion at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Tysons Corner, McLean, Va., June 6-10. This reunion is open to all ship’s company and embarked Navy and Marine Corps personnel stationed onboard the USS Iwo Jima.

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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. For more information, contact Robert McAnally at (757) 723-0317. SAPR recruiting victim advocates The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) program is currently recruiting active-duty personnel to serve one week every other month as victim advocates for NASP. If you are interested in becoming a victim advocate or would like more information, contact Lillie Johnson at 452-5990 or by email at lillie.johnson@navy.mil. NAS Pensacola recycling The NAS Pensacola recycling program includes plastic No. 1 and 2, all types of paper, lead acid car batteries, cardboard, all types of metal and rubber tires. Recycling can be dropped off at recycling centers or any drop off locations or picked up from office spaces. For more information, call 452-2028.

Volunteer with Escambia County Sheriff’s Office Open to active-duty military, the Escambia County Sheriff’s military augmentee program offers training and experience while volunteering time to the local community. For more information call or text 3848718. USO looking for volunteers The USO onboard NAS Pensacola is looking for volunteers to help staff the facility, especially during nights and weekends. The NASP USO facility serves more than 250 military personnel per day and is staffed by 99 percent volunteers. Anyone who is interested should visit www.usovolunteer.org.

The United Warrior Survivor Foundation The United Warrior Survivor Foundation is seeking donations to make “comfort bags” for families who have lost a loved one serving as special operations personnel. To make a donation visit www.uwsf.org. Sea Scout unit welcoming new scouts and leaders The Sea Scout unit onboard NASP is active and eager to grow. The unit (Sea Scout Ship 609) meets Sunday afternoons for training and boating activities. Sea Scouts are part of Boy Scouts of America and are open to males and females ages 14-20. For more information call Mark Wenzel 452-9700, ext. 3119 or e-mail mark.wenzel@navy.mil. New language learning study A Navy research project testing an innovative language learning program called the Integrated System for Language Education and Training (ISLET) has been released. The study is intended to deliver the equivalent of at least three semesters of college-level French to at least 200 participants. The cost of this study is free, and interested Navy active-duty and reserve officers and enlisted service members may log in to Navy Knowledge Online and navigate to the CLREC (Center for Language, Regional Expertise and Culture) page. For more information call Christopher Wise at 4526736. Retired Activities Office available for retirees The Retired Activities Office (RAO), located in the Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC), Bldg. 625, provides information about retiree benefits and services as well as assistance to retirees and their survivors. Assistance includes death reporting, filing forms required by the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) to obtain survivor benefits, referring retirees and their survivors to appropriate agencies for assistance and providing general retiree information. The office’s regular hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. For information and assistance, contact the RAO at 452-5990, ext. 3111, or by e-mail at retired.activities.nasp@mchsi.com. DoD sponsors military membership to Sittercity To underscore the important role military families play in the armed forces community, the Department of Defense has contracted with Sittercity to fund free memberships for all military families. Sittercity is one of the nation’s largest websites for finding quality, local childcare providers. Military families can activate their paid Sittercity membership by going to www.sittercity.com/dod. Digital military newspaper library University of Florida Libraries is developing a digital military newspaper library, a pilot project to house, organize and preserve contemporary and historic military newspapers, including Gosport, and to make them freely accessible to the general public. The project so far has 18 military newspapers also including Whiting Tower (NAS Whiting Field), Eglin Flyer (Eglin Air Force Base) and Hurlburt Patriot (Hurlburt Field). To view the collection visit www.uflib.ufl.edu/digital/dmnl.


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With rising summer-like temperatures and the carefree thoughts of Memorial Day’s three-day weekend ahead of us (May 26-28), the NASP safety office wants to remind everyone to use caution as we head into the “101 Critical Days of Summer.” • 20 were E-3 and E-4. • 24 occurred from May through August. Here are some facts to remember: • Alcohol and swimming do not mix. • Do not dive head-first into unknown waters; protect your head, neck and spine. • If you are in trouble, call and wave for help – early. • Swim parallel to shore when swimming long distances. • Report hazardous conditions to lifeguards or other beach management personnel. Listen to their guidance and warnings; when they say “don’t go in the water” and post warning flags, or whistle that you are too far away from shore, listen up and comply. • Don’t dive into water when you aren’t sure how deep it is. • Note that the water still might be too shallow – personnel have injured their feet and ankles by jumping onto rocks in murky water. • Obey posted warnings and rules, including parking. • Avoid the hottest part of long summer days – mornings and afternoons are more pleasant and less crowded. Water survival: • Be realistic about your ability. • Swim in areas where a lifeguard is on duty, and do what the lifeguard tells you. • Always supervise children.

The “101 Critical Days of Summer” are the days between Memorial Day and Labor Day, when accidents among service members statistically tend to increase. After spiking in 2008, summer deaths decreased in 2009 and 2010. Unfortunately, they crept up in 2011. “After traffic mishaps, drowning is the biggest cause of offduty fatalities. Alcohol is a common factor,” said NASP Safety Manager Jonathan Winters. “As part of our critical days of summer hazard awareness/prevention efforts we are pushing weekly safety briefs. These are short simple power-point presentations that address seasonal hazards.” Here are some facts from the Naval Safety Center and the NASP safety office to be aware of as we head into summer season. While we locals believe no place on Earth compares to the beauty of Pensacola Beach’s sugar white sand and emerald waters, it can be deceptive. Rip currents are common along our scalloped shoreline. Learn to recognize the signs of rip currents. A scalloped shoreline is an indicator of where the rip currents are. If you have any doubts about the water, don’t go into water deeper than your knees and keep a sharp eye on children. Sailor and Marine drownings, FY07-FY11: • 42 personnel drowned.

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• Recognize water conditions and depths. Sunburn • Your day (or week) at the beach will be much more fun if you don’t get sunburned. • Especially if you are fairskinned; apply plenty of a highSPF sunscreen. • Even if you are under an umbrella, reflected sun from water and sand will hit your skin. Heat stress and heat-related injuries: There were 757 heat-related (class A – class D) mishaps reported, for Navy and Marine personnel in fiscal years 2007 through 2011. These reports reflect 77 different physical activities. The top five were physical training (147), high-risk training (111), unit training (63), jogging/running (49) and PRT (26). Dehydration plus heat stress equals poor performance: Working or exercising in hot weather makes you lose fluid, which can lead to dehydration. Dehydration contributes to fatigue and can make you more susceptible to cramps, heat stress and heat stroke. Factors that create heat stress: • Air temperature. • Thermal radiation. • Humidity. • Air flow. • Workload. Factors that make you prone to heat stress: • Heavy workload (usually

combined with high humidity and/or hot environment/climate). • Poor physical condition. • Illness. • Intoxication. Acclimatization: • For most people, repeated exposure to heat stress cause a series of physiologic adaptations called “acclimatization” (usually within 2-4 weeks) • Once acclimatized, the body becomes more efficient at coping with heat stress conditions. • An acclimatized person can tolerate a greater amount of heat stress before harmful effects of heat stress are noticed. Staying hydrated: • Drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids several hours prior to exercise and drink cool water often during physical activity. • Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink water. Thirst is a late signal of severe fluid loss. • Symptoms of dehydration include muscle cramps, decreased blood pressure and dizziness. • Even small degrees of dehydration will cause a decrease in performance. Know the signs of trouble: • Dizziness. • Lightheadedness or fainting. • Weakness. • Moist skin. • Mood changes such as irritability or confusion. • Upset stomach or vomiting. Heat exhaustion is the body’s response to loss of water and salt

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from heavy sweating. • Dry, hot skin with no sweating. • Mental confusion or loss of consciousness. • Seizures or convulsion. Heat stroke is the most serious form of heat-related illness – it means the body can’t regulate its core temperature. This is a serious medical emergency. Preventing heat stress: • Know the signs and symptoms of heat-related illness and monitor yourself and those around you. • Whenever possible, block direct sun or other heat sources. • Go into an air conditioned space to rest frequently when participating in sports or working outside. • Drink lots of water; about one cup every 15 minutes. Avoid alcohol, caffeinated drinks and heavy meals. • Wear lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing. Act fast for heat-related illness. • On-base, call 452-3333 or (offbase) 911 immediately when you recognize signs of heat stroke. • While waiting for help, move the person to a cool, shaded area, loosen or remove heavy or tight clothing and fan or mist the person with water. • Avoid physically exerting yourself or exercising during the hottest hours of the day (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

Jokes & Groaners Contemporary Zen wisdom 1. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a broken fan belt and a leaky tire. 2. Always remember you’re unique. Just like everyone else. 3. Never test the depth of the water with both feet. 4. If you think nobody cares if you’re alive, try missing a couple of car payments. 5. Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you’re a mile away and you have their shoes. 6. If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you. 7. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it. 8. If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything. 9. Some days you are the bug, some days you are the windshield. 10. Good judgment comes from bad experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment. 11. A closed mouth gathers no foot. 12. Duct tape is like the Force. It has a light side a dark side, and it holds the universe together. 13. Generally speaking, you aren’t learning much when your lips are moving.


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Naval Hospital Pensacola, March 1-16, 2012 Camila Belle Gonzalez, was born to Ens. Ivan and Cozette Gonzales, March 1. Alessandra Geselle Garza, was born to ABH1 Dionicio and Andrea Garza, March 1. Sofia Rose Nixon, was born to 2nd Lt. Jordan and Jill Nixon, March 2. Thomas Charles Webster, was born to 2nd Lt. Ryan and April Webster, March 3. Jason Eugene Bailey II, was born to Sgt. Jason and Salome Bailey, March 6. Connor Joe Ruckman, was born to Sgt. Brian and Melissa Ruckman, March 7. Jaedyn Michala Hall, was born to Michael Hall and Jordan Florence, March 7. Brad Nathan Wilson Jr., was born to Pfc. Brad and Kathryn Wilson, March 7. Megan Rose Tatge, was born to Capt. Evan and Melanie Tatge, March 7. Katherine Ann Ewing, was born to Lt. Christopher and Lt. Linette Ewing, March 8. Lauren Simone Whitter, was born to Kenyetta Whitter, March 8. Aria Ann Robinson, was born to AN Shaphen and Kaci Robinson, March 9. Caleb Matthew Roth, was born to Chad and CS3 Jessica Roth, March 10. Zooey Temperance Reed, was born to Daniel and AC3 Ellen Reed, March 11. Braylon Charles Cebular, was born to Sgt. Drew and Melanie Cebular, March 12. Kaiden William Shepherd, was born to Lance Cpl. Christian and MASN Brooke Shepherd, March 14. Emmett Matthew Montoya, was born to Lt. Michael and Laurel Montoya, March 16. Logan Thomas Neeley, was born to Staff Sgt. Christian and Elisabeth Neeley, March 16. Kainsley Grace Clonan, was born to ABH2 Justin and Sara Clonan, March 16.

May 18, 2012

NETC force master chief retires with 28 years By Ed Barker NETC PAO

Naval Education and Training Command’s Force Master Chief FORCM(SS) John J. Snyder, retired from the Navy recently following a distinguished 28-year career. The ceremony was held at the National Naval Aviation Museum. Snyder began his career with recruit training and machinist’s mate “A” School in Great Lakes, Ill., followed by nuclear propulsion training in Orlando and Idaho Falls, Ind. His shore assignments included tours as a staff instructor at Nuclear Propulsion Training Unit Idaho Falls and Windsor, Conn., and on the staff of Commander Submarine Squadron Two in Groton, Conn. At sea, Snyder served on the USS Alexander Hamilton (SSBN 617), USS Archerfish (SSN 678), USS Pittsburgh (SSN 720) and USS Springfield (SSN 761). His most recent at-sea assignment was as chief of the boat onboard USS Annapolis (SSN 760). Snyder was selected for the command master chief (CMC) program in 2004 and graduated with academic honors from the Senior Enlisted Academy. He served as the CMC for

FORCM(SS) John Snyder, former force master chief of Naval Education and Training Command passes through sideboys at the conclusion of his retirement ceremony.

the Submarine Learning Center in Groton, and as CMC of the Naval Personnel Development Command / NETC Learning and Development Division in Norfolk, Va. Snyder reported to NETC as force master chief in March 2009. “As a submariner, you have a limited perspective of the whole Navy; we’re very stove-piped,” said Snyder. “As NETC force master chief, I’ve acquired a much better appreciation for how the Navy works as a whole and what it takes for us to supply the fleet with well-trained Sailors.” Participating in the ceremony was Capt. Don Neubert, commander, Submarine Force Atlantic director for Maintenance and Material Readiness

(N4). Snyder was the chief of the boat on USS Annapolis (SSN 760) during Neubert’s tour as commanding officer. “I was honored to be asked to participate in Master Chief Snyder’s retirement, to celebrate his superb career,” said Neubert. “A great submariner and master chief, he demonstrates the competence, confidence and compassion that makes our Navy so great. Master Chief Snyder is a terrific American, a true shipmate, and a close friend, and I wish him fair winds and following seas and continued success in all he pursues.” Guest speaker for the ceremony was Navy Total Force / Manpower Personnel, Training and

Education Fleet Master Chief (SW/AW/SCW) Scott Benning. “Force Snyder is a giving and caring leader who understands that it is important to develop yourself so that you can be instrumental in developing others,” said Benning. “As NETC force master chief, his commitment to excellence has had a significant impact across all ratings; ensuring our Navy’s success. His legacy of leadership will live on for a long time.” “NETC has an outstanding command and this job has been very gratifying; it has provided me with the opportunity to impact and influence the vast majority of the Navy,” added Snyder. “The only communities we don’t have a direct, tangible influence on are medicine and special warfare.” During the ceremony, Snyder was awarded the Legion of Merit for his service as NETC force master chief and as a capstone to his career. The award citation noted that his accomplishments were in large part responsible for NETC being ranked as one of the world’s top 125 training organizations by Training Magazine, a first for the department of defense. Snyder plans to remain in the Pensacola area following retirement.


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Housing Early Application Tool (HEAT) aids PCS moves From Navy Region Southeast

NavAdmin 145/12 has announced the “Housing Early Application Tool� (HEAT). HEAT provides the opportunity for all active-duty military personnel or their spouses to apply for housing at one or multiple locations before or after receiving PCS orders. Instructions on the use of and access to the HEAT application can be found by going to www.cnic.navy.mil/heat from any computer. HEAT meets all DoD Privacy Act requirements and ensures protection for your privacy and personal information. While this tool will allow Sailors to receive housing information much earlier in the PCS process, it will not

affect their placement on the waitlist. Navy family housing customers, Sailors and their families, have indicated through surveys and focus groups that: 1. They would like a simpler, easier housing application process, 2. They want to employ available technology in the process vs. copying and faxing information and; 3. They want the ability to apply earlier (prior to actual receipt of orders) in order to have more time to explore and

learn about housing options at their next duty station. HEAT is designed to address each of these areas. Housing customers will be able to submit applications online, at any time, to multiple installations, in order to receive information about available housing and to begin the qualification process for Navy or PPV housing. The names and contact information for heat customers indicating an interest in PPV housing will be provided to the PPV partners immediately upon pre-qualification. The HEAT application will automatically check the defense eligibility enrollment reporting system (DEERS) and the enterprise military housing (EMH) system to populate some of the housing application data and aid in

pre-qualifying personnel. The schedule for Navy-wide rollout of heat is as follows: Naval District Washington, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic and Navy Region Midwest began May 1; Navy Region Southwest began May 8; Navy Region Southeast began May 15; Navy Region EurAfSWA begins May 22; Navy Region Hawaii begins May 29; Navy Region Japan and Korea, and Singapore begins June 8; and Joint Region Marianas (Guam) begins June 15. CNIC HQ points of contact: Carol Casto, N93 (Housing), (202) 433-3483; carol.casto@navy.mil; Christine A. Mahoney, N00P (public affairs, (202) 685-0622, christine.mahoney@navy.mil.


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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**** 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.** 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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Are you worried about entertaining your child during breaks from school? Fear not – camps at the Exploreum in Mobile, Ala., are full of educational fun. Kids of all ages can enjoy some of the most educational, science-based camps that the Gulf Coast has to offer. From the arts and sports to forensics and engineering, there is something for everyone. This year features extended hours: all camps are from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The featured camps are as follows: All-Star Sports – June 11-15: Calling all aspiring athletes: sports camp provides children with the perfect opportunity to show off their competitive skills and take a closer look at what goes into the making of a great athlete. Register for this camp by May 28. Art Academy – June 18-22: Do you have a budding artist on your hands? Give your camper the chance to delve into the world of the arts by attending this fun-filled camp. Join the Exploreum to explore the science behind

the various forms of this creative field. Performance, drama and painting are only a few of the topics that will be enjoyed by all age groups. Register for this camp by June 4. Flight Academy by Air bus – June 25-29: Airbus camp is back this year by popular demand. If your child has ever dreamt of stepping into the pilot’s seat and flying an aircraft, Airbus camp will have some adventures in store for your camper. This one-of-a-kind adventure will explore the scientific principles of flight,

uncover the engineering secrets of modern flight crafts and put your child in the pilot’s seat during a real flying lesson. Register for this camp by June 11. E n gin eer in g Challenge Camp – July 9-13: In this fun-filled week, every day will be a new challenge. Give your competitive camper a chance to enhance his or her skills in teamwork (and tinkering) by building air racers, rockets and more. Each child will have the opportunity to contribute a particular skill set while creating a new mas-

terpiece to test with peers. Register for this camp by June 25. Natur al Wonder s – July 16-20: Our planet does some pretty amazing things. This camp explores some of the most intriguing phenomena the world we live in has to offer. Weather, volcanoes and other fascinating aspects of the Earth’s environment will be explored. Register for this camp by July 2. Scene Cr ime Investigation – July 2327: Does your child dream of solving mysteries and crimes by choosing a career within law enforcement? Then the forensics camp could be the perfect fit. Campers will learn the science of fingerprinting, hair analysis and more as they explore this intriguing line of work. Register for this camp by July 9. Each camp will include an Exploreum Camp Central T-shirt and two snacks each day. They do not provide lunch. Campers may bring their own lunch or they may purchase lunch at the Exploreum Café. For more information on these camps, or to learn about pricing, visit www.explor eum.com/ camps.

MOVIES FRIDAY Lockout (PG-13) 5, 7; The Lorax (3D) (PG) 6; Avatar (3D) (PG-13) 8; Cabin in the Woods (R) 9 SATURDAY The Hunger Games (PG-13) noon; Lorax (3D) (PG) 12:15, 2:30; Lockout (PG-13) 3, 5; Avatar (3D) (PG-13) 4:45, 8; Cabin in the Woods (R) 7, 9

SUNDAY The Lorax (3D) (PG) noon; The Hunger Games (PG-13) 12:30, 3:30; Avatar (3D) (PG-13) 2:15; Lockout (PG-13) 5:30; American Reunion (R) 7; Cabin in the Woods (R) 7:30

MONDAY Closed TUESDAY Lockout (PG-13) 5; Avatar (3D) (PG-13) 6; Cabin in the Woods (R) 7 WEDNESDAY The Lorax (3D) (PG) 5; Lockout (PG-13) 5:15; The Hunger Games (PG-13) 7; American Reunion (R) 7:15

THURSDAY Lockout (PG-13) 5; Avatar (3D) (PG-13) 6; Cabin in the Woods (R) 7 TICKETS 2D shows: Adults $3, children ages 6-11 $1.50, children younger than 6 free 3D shows: Adults $4, children ages 6-11 $2, children younger than 6 free

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 www.naspensacolamwr.com/sing sail/liberty.htm.

18 Liberty — Go Kart outing at 6 p.m. Cost is $20 for two hours. Includes unlimited rides and mini golf. 19 Liberty — Volunteer opportunity at Habitat for Humanity. Departs at 7 a.m. 20 Liberty — Indoor rock climbing. Cost is $5 and departs at noon. 21 Liberty — Kayak and paddle boarding. Cost is $10 and starts at 5:15 p.m. 22 Liberty — Corn hole tournament at 6 p.m. 23 Liberty — Board game night. Starts at 6 p.m. 24 Liberty — Free mall and movie shuttle. Departs at 5:30 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 North 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 14-21. For more information, call Rachel Wade at 266-2715. • 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 informa-

tion, 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. Monday-Friday. For more information, call Sandy Holtry at 432-1475. • Restoring the USS Alabama – Volunteers are needed to help in the restoration of the USS Alabama. For more information, call Owen Miller at (251) 7671507. • The Villas at Gulf Breeze – The Villas at Gulf Breeze has an open invitation to all individuals interested in interacting with the senior residents. Hours for this activity are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. any day of the week. Call Sabrina Shelton at 934-1061 for more information.

Mor ale, 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 452-8285. • 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 will 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. • Movie on the lawn – “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked” will be playing as the next feature movie on the Portside lawn tomorrow, May 19. The movie starts at dusk and there will be free popcorn. Cancellation due to weather will be posted on the MWR Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ mrwpensacola ) two hours prior to the show. For more information, call 452-2372.

Support Our Troops

• May Fitness Classes – Mom’s Boot Camp Getaway is scheduled for 7:30-8:30 a.m. tomorrow, May 19, at the Corry track. In case of rain, camp will move to the Family Fitness Center on NASP Corry. Call 452-6004 for information. A master spin class is scheduled for 8-10 a.m. tomorrow, May 19, at the Wellness Center aboard Corry Station. For information, call 452-6802. Mission Nutrition is scheduled for May 22 and 23 at the Radford Fitness Center. Call 452-9845 for information and to sign up.

• Fishing on Char lie Pier – Fishing on Charlie Pier will take place from 6:30 a.m. to sunset each Saturday and Sunday onboard NAS Pensacola. Donations are appreciated and go toward NAS Pensacola commands and affiliated organizations. For more information, call 452-6362, ext. 4008. • Blood Dr ive – A blood drive is scheduled from 4-9 p.m. May 28 at the Portside complex. Participants will get a free T-shirt for donating. For more information, call 452-2372.


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To place an ad go online at www.gosportpensacola.com or call 433-1166 ext.24.

Military Marketplace ★ Motor ★ Merchandise ★ Employment ★ Real Estate ★ and more

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Announcements Ar ticles for sale Nice 3 bedroom 2.5 bath SALE. townhouse, carpet Gr acie J iu-J itsu FOR D o w n t o w n Recliner, brown, & vinyl floor, P e n s a c o l a good condition, 6 freshly painted Kids & Adult mths old, $125. inside & out. New Also have Wing Classes roof & single car Back chair green 850-554-0804 pattern very nice, garage. On Lillian $125. Call 494- Hwy close to Employment 9445 to see. Corry or NAS P e n s a c o l a Wanted Installer Misc. Motor Assume mortgage of $34,000 with for Florida based $12,000 down L a u n d r y RV For Sale. payments around Equipment C o m p a n y . W i n n e b a g o $470/month Call Aspect 2005 850-982-8865 Commercial and 26.5ft Immaculate Industrial laundry 36Kmi List $77K Br ick home equipment to be Asking $39K Beulah area installed at hotels, 850-572-1182 4bd/2ba 2100 sf, 2 nursing homes, car garage, p r i s o n s , covered carport Laundromats & Real Estate and patio, inmany other For Sale or Rent ground pool and commercial large shed on 1 applications. acre. Renovated Individual must For sale or rent in 2006, $155,000 convenient to have a mechanical 850-501-4287 or NAS 2br/2ba on 3 background and be 850-375-1120 acres, 2-car willing to travel garage RV shed Ser vices some over nights. A w o r k s h o p CDL driver’s $75,000 or license preferred. $850/850. 251- Looking to babyweekdays To reply, please e- 981-2953 or 251- sit, $7.00/per hour. mail your resume 402-0590 Call 968-1629 to ken@clecco.com

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Immanuel L u t h e r a n Church LCMS 24 W. Wright, Pensacola S u n d a y s Traditional services 8:00, 10:30 S.S. 9:15 Ph 850-4388138

In need of a reliable and fairly new wash machine. 5541538 Ar ticles for Sale

Compound hunting bow and l a d d e r B O A T / R V stand. $100 for S T O R A G E , both. 497-1167 covered & u n c o v e r e d , Penn snapper secure, well lit, reels with manager on rods. Mostly duty, West Penn, some Pensacola 292- Shimano and 4175 Daiwa. $50$70. 712-1425 E sca m b ia River Gun Club A m m u n i t i o n offers 3,6,12- for 6 mm rifle, m o n t h 38 super pistol, m e m b e r s h i p . 25 auto, 20 Apply Ubers gauge shotgun, Guns or at the and 7 mm r a n g e : mauser. All www.erml.com about 1/3 retail. 454-9486

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6-foot Gladiator closed-in construction trailer. Tools, some new in boxes, table saw, misc. battery operated tools. Priced per item. Call 850-4653983 or 703-6189875.

Dr um set, Pacific 5-piece, black satin finish, chrome, birchtype shells. Sabian cymbals h a r d w a r e included. Contact Larry, 453-4721.

clubs Golf Callaway irons, woods, cobra driver Cleve putter cart bag, others like new. 637-1451 for info.

Daylilies, multicolored in bloom, 2 gal pot $6.00,Hybridizer ’s excess. West Pensacola 5259565

Enter tainment wall unt, solid Tools in great teak, 2 pieces c o n d i t i o n . $800/obo 456C r a f t s m a n - 3609 compound saw $200 table saw Double recliner $175. Lrg paint love seat, suede sprayer $200. type fabric, mint Senco nail gun c o n d i t i o n , $150. 850-465- $300/obo 4563983 703-618- 3609 9875 Two wet suits, full length lg $75 and shortie lg $45. Call 850-4653983 or 703-6189875

solid Desk, blonde oak, $100/obo. Also radio/phono/tape streo $20 4563609

20-inch Harley Davidson bicycle, limited edition, brand new in box. $250/obo. Call 850-465-3983 or 703-618-9875

Gas pressure washer 2200 TSI 2.2 gal/min automatic cool down detergent siphoning $145 471-3498

One year old Bedroom Suite with Sealy Mattress. Paid $1600. Call 2924531

Sectional with recliner, sleeper and chase tan color $400, Girls armoire White $100 call 6076539

Old Year Dining Room Set (6 chairs) w China Closet. Paid $2200. Must see. 2924531

Bicycle for sale. New condition, large, $175. 4775187

2-pc oak entertainmentce nter, TVopening: 35w/32.5h. Few m i n o r scratches/missin g glass door; still in good shape. Paid $3,000+ a s k i n g $700/OBO.You pickup Call 696-2098

2005 Toyota Corolla. Very Good Cond. OCONUS PCS. Must Sell. $7000/OBO. Call John at 776-7561

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1968 Mustang, great condition. P/S,P/B,A/C. Green 2 dr cpe Lowest price around. $9500. 456-8983/7481167

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2000 Chevy Blazer, white exterior gray fabric interior. 101,245 miles very well maintained every 3,000 miles V6. Call for viewing 5169197. Price $5800

2003 Coleman Cheyenne popup camper. Sleeps 6, very good condition, Contact Larry, 453-4721

House for rent near I-10/Pine Forest Road. 3 b e d / 1 bath/fenced/gara ge $750/month Call 706-5664577

Ready to move? Affordable 2bd/1ba, near dwntwn, miles from NAS & Corry, Central H/A, screen porch, No HUD, Military clause honored, 1841 W Government, $600/$600 4386129.

3BR /2BA, Fenced Yd, Laundry Rm, Refrig, Carpet, C e n t r a l Heat/AC, $700, 2705 Godwin Lane, 725-6890

3BR/2BA Br ick home fl rm/fp dbgar/priv rd 2 2 0 0 s f $1200/1200 Dep $35app Saufley area 969-1410

F S B O Affordable, new 2/2, 8423 Rose Avenue, open porch, blinds, fenced $75,000 456-6855 or 982-5870

3br /1bath, fenced yd, Office/laundry rm, New Carpet, Near NAS, $52,5000, 4519 Martha Ave 3756890

Like new, 3/2, 5910 Bilek Dr. front & back porch, blinds, fenced $85,000 456-6855 or 982-5870

F S B O 3BR/2BA1275 SF brick home W/W carpet Central air/heat $69,900 4553426 Leave message.

Lincoln Car tier Town car 1998, 44,882 original miles, one owner, rated excellent condition, Burgandy, leather interior, fully loaded, asking $6,700 439-3499

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2008 Kawasaki ZX10R 2500mi. F u l l y custom,stretched ,lowered.never PRIUS laid 2010 over.Ask Model IV; VG $9000 obo 393cond. 49,271K 0357 miles. $23,450. New Tires. 2003 H.D. Ann. Maint Records. Edition. 1owner, 723-0561 garage kept. 8400 mi. black 2007 SCION and silver mega tC, 5 speed, c h r o m e . loaded. Assume $12,000/OBO. loan at 850-321-2471 NFCU/your bank for 10,300. www.gosport Call Jesse at pensacola.com 619-8268

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4bd/3ba 2200 sq feet LR with fireplace and formal dining room. Deck with above ground pool and hot tub and shed in privacy fenced backyard. $1200/mo w / $ 1 2 0 0 deposit. 2924488. For rent 3 BR 2 full baths, 2 car garage single home in Milton, FL 1850 sq ft area. call 2926387

PensacolaAw e s o m e Milestone Cottage! Near I10 & shopping. 3/2, 1100SF, Park/Greenbelt access, avail May 2012, $900/900, Call 433-4651 Looking for a comfortable place, this may go fast. Ready May 1, 2bd/1ba duplex. 4825 Saufley Field Rd. Easy ride to NAS. All electric, no HUD $600/$600.4386129.

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Need to sell some stuff? Here’s the best and cheapest way to clear out the garage. List your stuff in a Gosport Classified. Rates are $9 for the first ten words and fifty cents for each additional word. Over 25,000 people see the Gosport every week. Go online to www.gosportpen sacola.com or call 433-1166 ext. 24 to place your ad today.

2/2 Rent mobile home 12 mi from Whiting. $525 mo. 983-2904 You’ll like this, for info ready now 2bd/1ba, walk to F u r n i s h e d Baptist hospital, Studio apt in Gulf close to interstate quiet and downtown, Breeze home. 20 min to NAS N o n - s m o k e r and Corry, W/D, $ 2 5 0 / d e p o s i t $600/$600 438- $ 5 0 0 / m o n t h w/utilities 3906129. 0155 29 Sandalwood, $725 c h a r m i n g Rent 6/1 2 B R / 1 B A Avail cottage. Just Rambler Myrtle minutes to G r o v e , N A S / C o r r y 3bdr/2ba,1car CH&A, tile, new gar, lg fence carpet, laundry yard, pets ok. room, fenced Call 703-655back yard, 0777 storage shed $575/mo.+$575 Place your ad here dep. 438-6129

4BR/2BA rental 1 3 0 7 Continental Dr 1300sf fenced yd, $825 mon+ $825dep+$35ap p fee 969-1410 Roommates Roommate to share large 2 story home near base. $495/mo. u t i l i t i e s included.1 mile from Corry. For more info call 206-3331 Homes for sale

R ed u ced !Two L e v e l Roomy3b/2fullb a t h . c o , deck/garage firplc VltCeil #MLS:417623 $139.9 5122702/477-9225 1890SF new home, 4/2, see ad at pensacolamls.co m, ad #418928, asking appraised price of 193k

F S B O Affordable, new 3/2, 8427 Rose Avenue, open porch, blinds, fenced $85,000 Place your ad 456-6855 or here 982-5870

For all your creative needs Call Malcolm Ballinger 433-1166 ext. 27

bedr m-2.5 3 bath.1900 sq.ft. Fenced yard, lots of storage, fruit trees $139k 1 0 1 1 7 Peppertree Ct. 456-8983/7481167

Advertise with us! Call Simone Sands at 433-1166

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