NAS Pensacola Safety Fair ... NAS Pensacola’s Safety Department is hosting a Safety Fair May 22, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Mustin Beach Club, Bldg. 253. NASP Safety invites all active-duty, Department of Defense and NAF civilian employees. NASP employees participation will be at the department head’s discretion. Everyone turn out and make this Safety Fair for NAS Pensacola a success.
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Under secretary explores Navy training at NASP From Naval Education and Training Command Public Affairs
Under Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly received a firsthand look at training offered by Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) and visited two naval aviation training commands during a visit to Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP) May 10. Modly has initiated a cleansheet review of the Department of the Navy’s approach to education across the Navy and Marine Corps. He is working to instill a learning culture with his “Education for Seapower” initiative investing in knowledge and creating a force that thirsts for it. While rapid technological advances are driving the basic requirements for this mandate, knowledge is not purely defined by technical competence, and the department must create a culture that is committed to learning as a lifelong process and a lifelong passion for knowl-
edge. As an overview to where much of Navy training begins, NETC staff kicked off the morning by providing Modly with an update on the latest force development approaches that take recruits from “street-to-fleet” and transforms civilians into highly skilled, operational, and combat-ready warfighters at 236 learning sites around the world. “This is a significant part of our Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education (MPT&E) efforts for Sailor 2025 as we build and manage the talented Sailors required for the Navy the nation needs,” Rear Adm. John Nowell, director, Military Personnel Plans and Policy (N13), who accompanied Modly, said. “We all know that our greatest advantage over any competitor is our people. There is so much going on behind the scenes every day as we work toward See Visit on page 2
Canada’s Snowbirds perform onboard NAS Pensacola ... The Canadian Forces (CF) Snowbirds, 431 Air Demonstration Squadron teamed up this week with the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, to provide aviation double-header practice sessions for fans at the National Naval Aviation Museum. (Above) The Snowbirds’ signature nineplane formation and element acrobatics over NASP’s Sherman Field May 15. Photos by Kaitlyn Peacock
Restriping project will lead to road closures starting May 21 From Mark Lynn NAVFAC SE
A Murray Road restriping project will begin May 21. This will be a multiphased project to restripe all centerlines from the NAS Pensacola main gate to the Taylor Road intersection. Work will begin at the Murray Road inbound lane just south of the NAS Pensacola main gate. On May 21, Murray Road southbound access from the front gate
will be closed; all personnel entering through the main gate will be required to take Duncan Road to Taylor Road. Following the road closure on the first day, Murray Road will reopen to traffic but will be limited to two lanes. In an effort to cause as little disruption as possible, work will be conducted in phases which will include the southbound lanes in phase one, northbound lanes in phase two and finally the center lines will be completed in phase three.
Time estimate for this project is between 11 and 14 days. All personnel entering and leaving NAS Pensacola via the NASP Main Gate during this period are asked to drive carefully, follow all road signs and exercise extreme caution. Again, this work is expected to take up to 14 days and could impact traffic and waiting times at the front gate. All personnel are encouraged to allow few extra minutes for commuting throughout this time period. For more information, call 452-3131 ext. 3018.
NASP Notes ... GCVAC Memorial Day celebration at Barrancas National Cemetery... The Gulf Coast Veterans Advocacy Council (GCVAC) will celebrate Memorial Day at NASP’s Barrancas National Cemetery May 28 beginning at 9 a.m. Guest speaker will be Vice Adm. Jerry Unruh. All veteran organizations are welcome to display their unit flag and there will be a roll call of deceased veteran members. For more information, call Committee Chairman Robert Hall at 456-1561 or Arnetha Welcome at 501-1979.
Cook Tim Cobb gets some barbecue chicken ready to serve. With its recent five-star accreditation, the NAS Pensacola galley moves on to compete for the Navy’s Capt. Edward F. Ney Award for Outstanding Food Service. File photo by Mike O’Connor
Heat safety reminder... As temperatures rise, so does the occurrence of heat-related illnesses. Heat-related illnesses occur when heat exposure or physical exertion increases to the point at which the body’s attempts to cool itself are no longer effective. Remember to hydrate and be aware of temperature and conditions.
NASP galley wins five-star accreditation From staff reports
NAS Pensacola Food Services has been awarded the five-star accreditation for food service excellence and have been nominated to represent Navy Region Southeast for further competition towards the Captain Edward F. Ney Award. The Ney award, which was established in 1958, is given each year to the galley that displays an at-
tention to detail and excellence in food service such as general sanitation, administration, training documentation and service. The award is a culmination of a three – part inspection process in which all Commander Navy Installations Command (CNIC) dining facilities are evaluated. NAS Pensacola last won the Ney award in 2010. The NAS
Naval Aviation Symposium ... Thousands attended the Naval Aviation Museum
Foundation’s Annual Symposium, held May 9 to 11 at the National Naval Aviation Museum onboard NAS Pensacola (Above) During “Session II: Leadership in the Private Sector versus Leadership in the Military – Differences and Similarities,” local businessman Quint Studer shared, compared and contrasted management views with Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., Commander U.S. Pacific Command May 10. Photo by Mike O’Connor
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Visit from page 1 providing Sailors the right training at the right time throughout the continuum of their careers.” Visiting some of the training going on in Pensacola gave Modly examples of innovation and current instructional methods at NETC’s naval aviation maintenance and information warfare community schoolhouses. As part of Sailor 2025, Ready, Relevant Learning will leverage training technology that ranges from simple visual demonstration tools, such as YouTube-like videos, to more complex, immersive simulators and virtual trainers. After a walk-through of traditional metal fabrication and engine labs and a hangar for aviation ordnance training at Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC), one of the highlights of the visit was a demonstration of the Multipurpose Reconfigurable Training System 3D® (MRTS 3D®) simulator. MRTS 3D® is an affordable, versatile and flexible, flat panel touch-screen gaming technology system that gives students multiple opportunities to virtually perform tasks. At NATTC, the technology is designed to provide initial accession aviation maintenance personnel with virtual experience on a Mobile Electric Power Plant, such as manipulating switches and selecting tools for the job before them. MRTS 3D® is also being used to train on submarine radio rooms, Virginia-class attack submarine torpedo rooms and emergency diesel generators. Modly also visited the Center for Information Warfare Training, where
CTTC Michael Burngasser (center) discusses AN/SLQ-32 course equipment with Undersecretary of the Navy Thomas Modly during a familiarization brief and tour of the Center for Information Warfare Training and Information Warfare Training Command Corry Station onboard NAS Pensacola Corry Station. Photo by Glenn Sircy
leaders discussed how they approach keeping up with technology advances in such a dynamically evolving warfare area. Afterward, Information Warfare Training Command Corry Station staff led Modly through a tour of the Joint Cyber Analysis Course, which trains Navy cryptologic technician (networks) personnel and other armed services per-
sonnel to perform technical network analysis in the functional areas of cyberspace operations. A stop at the AN/SLQ-32(V)6 lab showed Modly how cryptologic technician technical students, both new accession Sailors and seasoned fleet returnees, are prepared to operate the latest version of the shipboard AN/SLQ-32. This mod-
ule of the electronic warfare system represented a significant technology change from the previous versions, requiring a new course to prepare Sailors with computer networking skills and the theory and function of the system. After NETC’s tour, Modly visited the Naval School of Aviation Safety, which educates aviation officers on conducting aggressive mishap prevention programs, and Training Air Wing (CTW) 6. Responsible for all Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA) Naval Flight Officer (NFO) training and production, CTW-6 increases efficiencies through the reduction of aircraft type model series while taking advantage of new training technologies and simulation capabilities for the Naval Flight Officer Training System (NFOTS) program. The program uses the latest in military training aircraft and high-fidelity ground-based training systems, including the Operational Flight Trainer capable of simulating any flight profile or maneuver required by the training syllabus and the Multi-Crew Simulator, which features the latest in high-fidelity virtual live constructive simulation. Multipurpose Reconfigurable Training System 3D®, MRTS 3D® and the MRTS 3D logo are registered trademarks of the U.S. Navy. Follow the Under Secretary of the Navy on Twitter @USNavyUnderSec. For additional information on the Naval Education and Training Command, visit the NETC website at https://www. netc.navy.mil or www.navy.mil/local/ cnet. Follow on Facebook at www. facebook.com/netcpao and Twitter @ netcpao.
Fledgling owl rescued at NASP Corry Station ... Mem-
MWR’s “Dinner on the Bayou” ... MWR patrons had a unique dining experience recently onboard NAS Pensacola – a five-course dinner on A.C. Read Golf Course along Bayou Grande. Music was provided by Cat Daddy on a pontoon boat. Photos by John Harvell. Galley from page 1 Pensacola Food Service operation is one of the largest in the Navy serving nearly 3.4 million meals a year. “I am extremely proud of the entire NAS Pensacola food service team,” Paul Poling, NAS Pensacola Food Service Officer said. “Serving nearly 10,000 meals a day is an extremely fast-paced, challenging
bers of the NAS Pensacola Security Department leant assistance to a downed aviator recently – so to speak. A fledgling owl was found on the grounds of NAS Pensacola Corry Station, unable to return to its nest with a damaged wing. With the help of Corry Veterinary Clinic’s Angie Hamilton, the bird was moved into one of their large pet carriers and transported to the Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida. The owl was diagnosed there with a bruised wing and eye, but it is expected to make a full recovery and be released in the next few weeks. For more, go to www. pensacolawildlife.com. Photo courtesy of Sgt. Nola L. Templemire
environment and it’s great to see our daily focus on safety, sanitation and procedural compliance recognized and rewarded.” “There are 82 ashore galley operations within CNIC, so being selected to represent Southeast region for the NEY Award speaks volumes to the outstanding service, pride, and professionalism demonstrated by the NAS Pensacola Food Service team,”
“NAS Pensacola: History in Focus” ... NASP History in Focus is a photo feature designed to draw attention to the rich historical legacy of the base. A photo or photos will be published each week showing an interesting, obscure or historically significant feature of NAS Pensacola. The first person who e-mails Gosport to correctly identify the object and its location will win a $5 coupon good toward food or beverages purchased at the Navy Exchange (NEX) onboard NASP. E-mail your answer to NASPGosport@gmail. com. Winner and answer will be announced on NASP Public Affairs Facebook at www. facebook.com/NASPPAO and in the following week’s Gosport. (Readers can win once per month). No winner last week.
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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 one of the
Navy’s most modern fighter aircraft, the F/A18 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, 314 North Spring St., Suite A, Pensacola, Fla. 32501, in the interest of military and ci-
added Poling. “We have high-caliber, talented cooks and food service attendants; I’m extremely proud of the food services team,” Paul Markham, NATTC Galley Building Manager said. “Their hard work and dedication ensures the Sailors, Marines and Airmen that come through that doors receive the best food in the Navy has to offer.”
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With school done, an opportunity to re-focus From Carissa Bergosh NAS Pensacola School Liaison Officer
With just a few weeks remaining in the school year, fewer for those for seniors, does your child need help getting over the end-of-the year hump? Tutor.com offers help with homework, studying and test preparation in more than 16 subjects from elementary math to physics. All military dependent students (of active-duty military) worldwide can use the program, regardless of where they attend school. If he has become bogged down in a particular course and nothing you provide seems to help, try Tutor.com. Military service members and their families now have free, unlimited access to online tutoring from Tutor.com. Expert tutors help students of all ages – from kindergarten to 12 grade to college to adult learners – one-to-one in math, science, social studies and English, as well as with resume writing, and interview preparation. Help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This program is provided by the Department of Defense (DoD). Authorized patrons include U.S. active-duty military service members, U.S. military reservists, U.S. National Guard personnel on active duty in a deployed status and DoD civilians in a deployed status and their dependents. All tutors are screened, certified and background-checked. All sessions are recorded and reviewed for quality control. To access the program, login to Navy Knowledge Online account and click on the “Reference” tab. Look for the Tutor.com box in the right column and click on the links “Kids and Teens” or “Adults” to get a tutor. Authorized users will then follow instructions on the Web site for password and login information. It is also about this time that the pressure to get high marks on exams kicks in. Students who get nervous before a test should be encouraged to try the following tips and strategies for keeping anxi-
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ety down and energy up for the next big exam: • Do not cram: Studying like crazy the night before an exam can leave your child exhausted and more stressed out than before; studying is more effective if done in small doses over several days • Make up practice questions or take practice tests: Knowing the format and style of a test can reduce anxiety; encourage students to always ask their teachers about how the test will be formatted because studying is so much more effective when you know what types of questions you will be answering • Get a good night’s sleep: Lack of sleep contributes heavily to anxiety; be sure your child goes to bed on time the night before an exam • Eat a healthy breakfast: Blood sugar is at its
lowest in the morning; in order to think and problem-solve effectively, students need to refuel, but a good breakfast for one child is not the same for another; figure out what works best for your child • Read through the exam to budget time: By looking over the test, your child can avoid any unexpected surprises (and anxiety); previewing also insures finishing in the allotted time • Read all directions: Some students are so anxious to get the test over with that they fail to read the directions • Jot notes: Jotting down brief notes right away can help your child feel less anxious about forgetting important facts or key information; some students write important formulas or critical dates in the margin as soon as they receive their test papers • Answer easy questions first: Getting the easier questions out of the way builds self-confidence and allows your child the time to focus more clearly on the harder questions • Organize thoughts before writing: Students who organize their writing responses before they start writing typically score higher; having a plan or even a short outline insures a well-structured response which hits all the main points • Think positively: Negative thoughts during a test (e.g., “I’m going to fail”) can not only destroy your child’s confidence, but also take up valuable time which should be used to concentrate on the test Using these tips will not necessarily keep anxiety away completely. However, practicing these techniques can give your child the right skills to manage test stress when it does happen. So hopefully a combination of tutoring through Tutor.com and these test tips will help your child achieve success and readily promote to the next grade. Carissa Bergosh is the School Liaison Officer for NAS Pensacola. If you have questions about this article or concerns about an educational issue impacting your child, she can be reached via e-mail at Carissa.firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 7124105.
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Rear Adm. Bolivar speaks at PGA military appreciation day event Story, photo By MC1 Brian G. Reynolds Navy Region Southeast Public Affairs
ear Adm. Bette Bolivar, commander, Navy Region Southeast, spoke to golf fans and service members during the kickoff of the Professional Golfer’s Association of America’s (PGA) The Player’s Championship (TPC) Sawgrass tournament week at Ponte Vedra, Fla. May 8. The event, centered at the course’s famed 17th hole, highlighted service members with a special military appreciation day. “Today is a great opportunity to honor the contributions and sacrifices of our military men and women, especially our wounded warriors and Gold Star families,” Bolivar said. TPC Sawgrass Military Appreciation Day allowed for several amenities honoring the military, including a free hospitality tent. The PGA not only provided free admission for the May 8 event, but also allowed for complimentary weeklong
admission to the tournament for all career military (active-duty, reserve, military retirees and dependents). “Thank you for everything you do to support our military and families on the First Coast,” Bolivar said. “From the free admission, to the free hospitality tent, to the military job fair, to this absolutely wonderful event today, combined with all that you do to support the military and the families throughout the year. We can’t thank you enough.” The course also welcomed military spouses to the seventhannual Military Job Fair, in part-
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nership with the Jacksonville Military Veterans Coalition and sponsored by United Rentals. The job fair was free and open to military spouses and veterans seeking employment. “To all the wives, husbands, kids and parents out there, thank you so much for your unmatched support and for your sacrifices on behalf of your service member,” Bolivar said. “The strength, spirit and courage that our military families
display every day never ceases to amaze me. We could not do our jobs without you.” Fans also packed the 17th hole to enjoy a free concert by country music artist Luke Combs at the conclusion of the ceremony. “I think it’s awesome that I get to be here for Military Appreciation Day,” Combs said during the concert. “I know that this is such a military town. Both of my grandfathers were in the service, so it’s something very dear
to my heart.” TPC Sawgrass is one of the most anticipated PGA tournaments of the year. The tournament has been held at Ponte Vedra since 1977. For more information, visit www.navy.mil, www.facebook. com/usnavy or www.twitter. com/usnavy. For more news from Commander, Navy Region Southeast, visit www.navy.mil/ local/ nrse.
Navy accepting STA-21 applications From Naval Service Training Command their current pay grade. Under the STA-21 the following target options and core are must be able to begin their first day of program, Sailors have up to 36 months, open for application for the FY-19 Selec- class in the first semester of their course Public Affairs
GREAT LAKES (NNS) – The Seaman-To-Admiral (STA-21) commissioning program, which provides an opportunity for qualified Sailors to receive college educations and Navy commissions, is soliciting applications for fiscal year 2019, as announced in NAVADMIN 113/18 May 9. The deadline for submitting application packages is July 1. “STA-21 is a full-time, undergraduate education and commissioning program open to enlisted personnel of all pay grades and ratings to receive a top-notch college education and become commissioned officers,” Cathy Kempf, head of Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) program and STA-21 selection and placement, at Naval Service Training Command’s (NSTC) Officer Development (OD) directorate in Pensacola, said. According to Mark Gough, deputy director of the NSTC’s OD directorate, the STA-21 program is one of the best officer commissioning programs the Navy has to offer. “STA-21 pays up to $10,000 per year for college costs such as tuition, books and fees,” Gough said. “All the while, Sailors draw their full pay and allowances for
including summer semesters, to complete their Baccalaureate degree requirements.” All STA-21 officer candidates attend the Naval Science Institute (NSI) course at Officer Training Command Newport (OTCN), Naval Station Newport, R.I., prior to beginning college studies at an NROTC affiliated college or university. NSI is an eight-week course of intense officer preparation and indoctrination. Course enrollment is timed to allow college entrance during summer or fall semesters/quarters after selection. The STA-21 program benefits Sailors as well as the Navy. The average candidate has at least two years and in most cases more than four years of observed performance which assists in the process of selecting the most qualified Sailors to receive a commission. Additionally, STA-21 candidates are on average older than most midshipmen, bringing a maturity directly reflected in the more than 85 percent completion rate STA-21 program candidates boast. Additionally, many Sailors involved in the STA-21 program already have some college credit and some candidates have enough credits to finish ahead of the three years allotted to earn a degree. According to NAVADMIN 113/18,
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Retired master chief to receive Medal of Honor From Naval Special Warfare Command
WASHINGTON (NNS) – President Donald Trump will award the Medal of Honor to retired Master Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Britt Slabinski for his heroic actions in March 2002 during the Battle of Takur Ghar while serving in Afghanistan. SOCM Slabinski will be awarded the Medal of Honor during a White House ceremony May 24 for his actions while leading a team under heavy effective enemy fire in an attempt to rescue teammate Petty Officer First Class Neil Roberts during Operation ANACONDA in 2002. Master Chief Slabinski’s selfless actions throughout the 14-hour battle constituted gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. In the early morning of March 4, 2002, then-SOCS Slabinski led a reconnaissance team to its assigned area atop Takur Ghar, a 10,000-foot snow-covered mountain in Afghanistan. An enemy rocket-propelled grenade attack on the insertion helicopter caused Roberts to fall onto the enemy-infested mountaintop below, and forced the damaged helicopter to crash land in the valley below. Fully aware of the risks, a numerically superior and well-entrenched enemy force, and approaching daylight, without hesitation then-SOCS Slabinski made the selfless and heroic decision to lead the remainder of his element on an immediate and daring rescue back to the mountaintop. Slabinski’s team, despite heavy incoming enemy fire, was subsequently successfully inserted on top of Takur Ghar. Slabinski, without regard for his own life, charged directly toward the enemy strongpoint. He and a teammate fearlessly assaulted and cleared one enemy bunker at close range.
With bullets piercing his clothing, he repeatedly charged into deadly fire to
The enemy then unleashed a murderous hail of machine gun fire from a second hardened position twenty meters away. Slabinski exposed himself to enemy fire on three sides, then moved forward to silence the second position. personally engage the enemy bunker with direct rifle fire, hand grenades and a grenade launcher on the surrounding enemy positions. Facing mounting casualties and low on ammunition, the situation became untenable. Slabinski skillfully maneuvered his team across open terrain, directing them out of effective enemy fire over the mountainside. Slabinski maneuvered his team to a more defensible position, directed danger-close air support on the enemy, requested reinforcements and directed the medical care of his rapidly deteriorating wounded teammates, all while continuing to defend his position. When approaching daylight and accurate enemy mortar fire forced the team to maneuver further down the sheer mountainside, Slabinski carried a seriously wounded teammate through waist-deep snow, and led an arduous trek across precipitous terrain while calling in fires on enemies engaging the team from the surrounding ridges. Throughout
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the next 14 hours, he stabilized the casualties and continued the fight against the enemy until the mountain top could be secured and his team was extracted. His dedication, disregard for his own personal safety and tactical leadership make Slabinski unquestionably deserving of this honor. He is only the 12th living service member to be awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery displayed in Afghanistan. The Medal of Honor is an upgrade of the Navy Cross he was previously awarded for these actions. Former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter directed the military departments to review all Service Cross and Silver Star recommendations for actions since Sept. 11, 2001, to ensure service members who performed valorously were appropriately recognized.
Slabinski, a native of Northampton, Maine, joined the Navy in September, 1988. After graduating from Radioman Class “A” School in San Diego, Calif., he completed the Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL course in January, 1990. He retired in June, 2014 as the Director of Naval Special Warfare Safety Assurance and Analysis Program after more than 25 years of service. Throughout his career, Slabinski was assigned to both the West and East Coast SEAL teams and completed nine overseas deployments and 15 combat tours. Slabinski has previously been awarded the Navy Cross; the Navy and Marine Corps Medal; five Bronze Star Medals with Combat “V” device; two Combat Action Ribbons; two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals; the Defense Meritorious Service Medal; the Meritorious Service Medal; the Joint Service Commendation Medal; the Joint Service Achievement Medal and eight Good Conduct Medals. Additional information about Slabinski is available at www.navylive.dodlive.mil/medalofhonor. The Medal of Honor is awarded to members of the Armed Forces who distinguish themselves conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of their own lives above and beyond the call of duty while: • Engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States • Engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force • Serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party. Follow the conversation on social media using #MedalOfHonor.
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Jay ‘Royal’ becomes naval aviator Story, photo by Lt.j.g. Luke Rague NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs Staff
t.j.g. Payden Roberts of Jay, Florida, formerly of Milton, earned his Wings of Gold onboard Naval Air Station Whiting Field (NASWF) in a ceremony April 27. Roberts, who said both towns hold a special place in his heart, is deeply rooted in the areas surrounding NASWF. Roberts and his family lived in Milton for most of his childhood, where he attended the Pensacola Christian Academy, Bagdad Elementary School and Avalon Middle School. After sixth grade, they moved north to the small town of Jay, where Roberts played for the Jay High School “Royals” baseball team. “Technically, I could call Milton my hometown,” Roberts said. “But I most often say Jay. It’s where my immediate family still lives and where I would say I really ‘grew up’ the most. Plus, it’s almost a conversation piece. Since no one knows where it is, I get to tell them about it.” Roberts lived the classic, small-town-America childhood of close-knit friendships, town pride and baseball. “I do love where I grew up and where I’m from,” Roberts said. “The relationships are really what attach me to this place. Even after moving, I am still able to keep in touch with my friends from Milton and Pace, mostly through baseball.” But living just west of the busiest airspace in the world is a severe departure from classic small town America. Roberts says there is no wonder where the idea to fly for the Navy originated. Roberts hardly went a day without thinking about aviation, between the Blue Angels ripping through the sky, numerous visits to the National Naval Aviation Museum in
Pensacola, a week at Starbase Atlantis onboard NASWF in fifth grade, and his family home being located directly under the T6-B Texan II course-rules for formation flights. “I have been watching the orange and white planes and helicopters fly over my head my entire life,” Roberts said. “It’s always been my dream.” Yet, there was an even stronger contributor to Roberts’ decision. “Just as much or more influence came from my family’s prior service,” he said. Nine members of Roberts’ immediate and extended family are serving or have served the nation through military service, in the ranks of the Navy, Marine Corp, Air Force, Army and Coast Guard. With representation in all military branches, Roberts could have claimed family tradition in any one. But he was especially drawn to the Navy, following the steps of his grandfather, retired Lt. Cmdr. Joel Roberts Sr. “The person who really sparked my interest in all of this, and the Navy in general, was my grandfather on my father’s side,” Roberts said. “He served 30 years in the Navy, enlisting and then earning his commission through Officer Candidate School.” Robert’s grandfather passed away when Roberts was eleven, but his family had a surprise for him after the winging ceremony. “I remember always asking him to show me his sword,
Lt. j.g. Payden Roberts (right) is pinned with his Wings of Gold by his father, Joel Roberts Jr., at the winging ceremony presided by Capt. Kent Everingham, Commanding Officer United States Coast Guard Station San Francisco (left) onboard NAS Whiting Field April 27.
which I thought was so cool. Unbeknownst to me, my father actually found my grandfather’s 57-year-old sword and cleaned it up,” Roberts said. He was then presented the sword as a gift, following a Navy tradition. “It was a pretty emotional moment, as both family and tradition are very important to me.” Roberts was pinned at the ceremony by his father, Joel Roberts Jr., and was joined on stage by his mother, Laurie Roberts, sister, Jescie Roberts, girlfriend, Emily Dobson, and his mother’s father, Army veteran Harvey Beard. Like a number of other local natives who recently earned their wings at NAS Whiting Field, Roberts did not immediately pursue a career in the military through the Naval Academy or the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). Unable to pursue another passion – baseball, Roberts spent his freshman year at the University of West Florida studying business administration. “It pained me knowing that I definitely had the skill to play baseball at the collegiate lev-
el,” Roberts said. “I didn’t really know how college baseball ‘worked’ at the time, but by the time I knew what was going on as far as recruiting and trying out, the time had already passed to go to some of those smaller colleges I was most interested in.” But he kept practicing, dragging friends out to the Jay baseball field throughout the summer after freshman year in an effort to keep his skills sharp. After months of hard work, he was offered a baseball scholarship at Emmanuel College in the small town of Franklin Springs, Ga. Only after earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 2015 did he reach out to a local Navy recruiter. Roberts ended up working with the same recruiter as another recent NASWF winger, Lt. j.g. Tyler Mayor of Navarre. Since recruitment, Roberts and Mayor have followed very similar paths. Both were at Officer Candidate School (OCS) at the same time, both flew the T6-B in Training Squadron Twenty-Seven (VT-27) in Corpus
Christi, Texas, and both earned their Wings of Gold flying the TH-57 Sea Ranger out of Helicopter Training Squadron Eight (HT-8) within two weeks of each other. “Going through flight school proved to be mentally, physically, and spiritually challenging,” Roberts said. “As with anything, I’d have good days, and days that may not have been so good. Through this, I feel like I really started to realize what mattered most to me in my life – things such as my faith and my family, things that I really clung to and supported me and helped me push through and strive to be the best that I could be.” He said his experiences also helped expand his world view and get him ready for life outside small town America. “Being in contact with so many people from different backgrounds and cultures I feel has helped me become more informed on these cultures,” Roberts said. “I know that somewhere down the line, I’ll be able to use these experiences to help me connect with others.”
May 18, 2018
GOSPORT Pensacola Coast Guard Retiree Council invitation
The Pensacola chapter of the Coast Guard Friends and Family Retiree Council meets the second Thursday of each month at Franco’s Italian Restaurant, 523 E. Gregory St. from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. A fellowship type organization that would love to hear from folks of any Coast Guard association, including active-duty, retired, auxiliary, family members and others. For more information, contact ret. USCG COMM3 Bill Hayden at 554-3858 or email coastguardfamily@ yahoo.com.
Language test appointments open
Interested in taking the Defense Language Aptitude Battery (DLAB) or the Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT) for languages? Tests are administered Wednesdays at the Navy Language Testing Office Bldg. 634. Test appointments are accepted by e-mail only. For appointments and language testing counseling, contact CIWT_CRRY_ Lang_Testing_Pensacola@navy.mil. Learn more about what the Center for Language, Regional Expertise and Culture offers at www. netc.navy.mil/centers/ ciwt/clrec.
PMOAA scholarship applications now open
The Pensacola chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (PMOAA) will be awarding scholarships to children, stepchildren, spouses or grandchildren of active-duty, honorably discharged veterans, reservists or retired military personnel (both officer and enlisted). To be eligible, applicants must be a resident, dependent of a resident or grandchild of a resident of Escambia, Santa Rosa or Baldwin (Ala.) counties, must have completed a minimum of one year at a college or university, with at least a 3.2 GPA if an undergraduate and 3.5 if a graduate student, for the two preceding semesters, fall of 2017 and spring of 2018, as a full time student. Scholarships are $2,000 each. Applications must be submitted by June 15 and may be downloaded at www.pmoaa.org. For more information or to request assistance in applying, contact retired Navy Cmdr. Vann Milheim at 969-9715 or vann. email@example.com.
Annual Spouse Recognition Luncheon
The Pensacola Council of the Navy League of the United States will host the 13th annual Military Spouse Recognition Lun-
cheon May 24 at 11:30 a.m. at New World Landing in downtown Pensacola. The Military Spouse Recognition Luncheon honors the spouses of military members who have demonstrated significant contribution to their respective command and to the community. The honorees are nominated by their spouse’s commands. Each nominee is recognized ceremoniously. Master of Ceremony will be Sue Straughn of WEAR-TV. Mrs. Straughn is a well-known supporter of the military and always delivers a great event with her experiences. This luncheon is open to both civilian and military. The cost is $18 per person. Dress for active military is summer white and dress for civilian is coat and tie. For more information, reservations or to sponsor a military member or a table, contact Carla Cuilik at 436-8552 or e-mail navyleagueofus@bellsouth. net.
and the Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System invites and encourages community participation. Nationally, since 2011, donations valued at approximately $2 million have been raised for homeless veterans. Find out more about the VA2K at www.publichealth.va.gov/va2k.
GCVAC Memorial Day celebration at Barrancas
etery May 28 beginning at 9 a.m. Guest speaker will be Vice Adm. Jerry Unruh. All veteran organizations are welcome to display their unit flag and there will be a roll call of deceased veteran members. For more information, call Committee Chairman Robert Hall at 456-1561 or Arnetha Welcome at 501-1979.
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The Gulf Coast Veter- Basketball Camp ans Advocacy Council The 39th Chip Boes (GCVAC) will celebrate Championship Basketball Memorial Day at NASP’s Camp, hosted by the City Barrancas National Cem- of Pensacola Department
of Parks and Recreation Sports Specialty Summer Camp Program, will conduct three fun filled sessions for boys and girls ages 7 to 13 this summer. Cost for this week of basketball fun is $90 per camper. Campers receive a new basketball, camp shirt, awards, ice cream party and more. Brochures and information for all three sessions can be obtained at all the City of Pensacola Community Recreation Centers. Sessions include: June 4 to 8, June 18 to 22 and July 16 to 20. For more information, call 968-9299, text
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Gospel music festival announced
Come join Warrington Worship Center for a Gospel Music Festival May 19 at 6 p.m. at 398 N. Navy Blvd. The festival will feature Southland Singers, A Higher Calling, Sound and Spirit, Joe Baker and Doug Perser. There will be door prizes, CDs for purchase and booking information. This event is free and open to the public. For more information call 456-0471.
Brick laying at Wall South
Now you or a family member can become a permanent part of Veterans Memorial Park in downtown Pensacola. The Park Foundation recently announced the Walk of Honor Brick paver program allowing individuals and groups to sponsor an engraved brick in the downtown park. Walk of Honor allows you to commemorate the service of a friend, family member or yourself, while providing financial support to park. The bricks will be installed in sections, replacing the sidewalks approaching the Wall South. Bricks can be ordered on the park’s website at www.VeteransMemorialParkPensacola.org. Purchases can also be made during many park events, including the Memorial Day ceremony May 27. The ceremony begins at 1 p.m. The Park Foundation will accept cash or credit card payments before and after the ceremony. For more information, visit www.VeteransMemorialParkPensacola.org.
Annual VA2K Walk and Roll date
The eighth annual VA2K Walk and Roll will be held May 16 at the Biloxi VA Medical Center’s water fountain at the following times: 7:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. The Biloxi VAMC is located at 400 Veterans Avenue, Biloxi, Miss. The event will also be held at the Joint Ambulatory Care Center in Pensacola, near its water fountain in the front of the facility, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The JACC is located at 790 Veterans Way, Pensacola. The VA2K event includes a short two kilometer walk. The event is free,
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CIWT CoQs; See page B2 “Spotlight”
takes wing By Mike O’Connor Gosport Editor
ermites. That single word should send a shiver up your spine. If it doesn’t, here’s a phrase that will: “It’s termite swarming season.” And they are swarming right now. Here on the Gulf Coast, we are home to several species of the destructive house-eating insects. In the spring, established colonies of termites send out reproductive alates or “swarmers,” so named since they can cover a home in thousands. When termites swarm they are drawn to lights, many times the porch or security lights of a home. Shedding their wings, the termites find their way into the structure. If undiscovered, they will eat wood until it is just a lightweight shell. Frequently the damage goes unnoticed until it is severe – even support beams can become as light as balsa wood, eventually causing structures to fail. Unfortunately, Gulf Breeze and Pensacola are home to an especially devastating species of termite, the Formosan. An established Formo-
san colony – consisting of millions of workers, soldiers and reproductives – can eat up to a pound of wood a day. Originally from mainland China, Formosans have been established in the United States for about 50 years. They have been found in Alabama, Texas, Louisiana, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Mississippi, North and South Carolina and Tennessee. The larger colony size – several million termites vs. several hundred thousand termites for native subterranean termite species – makes Formosans a greater threat. They are vigorous, aggressive and a greater threat than native termites, causing more structure damage at a faster rate. Formosans chew through asphalt, plaster, plastics and even through copper and lead sheeting. When they attack a home,
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What is bugging you may cost you thousands of dollars. Common name: Formosan subterranean termite. Scientific name: Coptotermes formosanus Shiraki. Either way you say it, these pests are expensive trouble – and found in this area. Reproducing Formosan termites called alates or “swarmers” fly from the nest on calm evenings to create a new colony. During their dispersal flights, they are drawn to lights – such as porch or security lights – and the winged insects in the thousands can cover a structure, shed their wings and begin looking for a food source – the wood in your home.
they use saliva, dirt and wood to create nests called cartons. Mud tubes leading from the ground are a telltale sign of a termite infestation, but once established, Formosans can live without soil contact indefinitely. Queens can produce more than 1,000 eggs a day; soldiers constitute 10 percent or so of a colony. Termites, or just ants? Both termites and ants have two sets of wings, but ant wings are different sizes; all four termite wings are the same size. Ants have elbowed antennae and narrowed waists, ter-
mites have short, straight antennae and thick waists. What you can do: Pressure-treated wood, which contains preservatives such as creosote, pentachlorophenol or copper arsenate, needs to be used where a structure comes in contact with soil. Formosans do not like to eat pressure-treated wood but they frequently travel the treated wood to find and destroy untreated wood. Any moisture problem areas – whether caused by roof or air conditioning issues must be corrected. Roof gutters should carry water as far away from
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Baits are also used to check for the presence of termites and to identify the species. Plastic spikes containing a bait are placed at intervals around the home’s foundation and inspected regularly. When termites are discovered, the bait station is replaced with one containing a sophisticated poison, which is carried by workers back to the nest. Do not hesitate to contact a licensed pest control professional if you suspect termite damage. If termites are at work in your home, the clock is already ticking.
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May 18, 2018
CIWT recognizes Civilians of the Quarter Story, photo from Center for Information Warfare Training
he Center for Information Warfare Training (CIWT) recognized its 2018 first quarter Civilians of the Quarter (CoQ) April 25. CIWT selected Joan Patty, an instructor at Information Warfare Training Command Corry Station, as its Civilian Instructor of the Quarter (CIoQ), and Glenn Sircy, public affairs officer for the CIWT domain, as non-supervisor CoQ. CIWT’s Executive Director Jim Hagy commended the awardees, saying, “Our CIWT domain is full of excellent people, and I’m grateful we can routinely recognize how our Navy civilians play a vital role in the execution of our mission, the success of our operations, and in our warfighting effectiveness.” Patty led four instructors across four learning sites within the CIWT domain facilitating the curriculum development and execution of the Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 course update and pilot course. As an
instructor, she provided 264 hours of lab and classroom instruction to 32 students, delivering highly capable information warfare technicians in support of worldwide operations and assignments. “I would like to express my deepest gratitude for being selected CIoQ,” Patty said. “However, this award does not come without my appreciation for the students under my instruction, for it is them who motivate me to give my greatest efforts.” Sircy planned, directed and executed various military and civilian media efforts in support of the CIWT domain’s training programs and activities, generating heightened awareness with key internal and external stakeholders and audiences. He provided public affairs coverage and support consisting of 37 articles and
106 photos highlighting the CIWT domain’s mission, ceremonies, visiting dignitaries and other noteworthy events. Sircy also elevated CIWT’s social media presence, crafting more than 200 social media posts to better inform and educate followers about CIWT’s and the Navy’s mission and programs. “I am very appreciative and humbled by this unexpected recognition,” said Sircy. “I truly enjoy serving on the CIWT team, and it’s a pleasure to create and share content that highlights the outstanding work the entire
domain staff and students regularly deliver.” Center for Information Warfare Training delivers trained information warfare professionals to the Navy and joint services, enabling optimal performance of information warfare across the full spectrum of military operations. For more news from Center for Information Warfare Training enterprise, visit www.navy.mil/local/ cid, www.netc.navy.mil/centers/ciwt, www.facebook.com/NavyCIWT or www.twitter.com/NavyCIWT.
• Fleet and Family Support Center The NASP Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC), 151 Ellyson Ave., Bldg. 625, is offering the following: • Family Employment Readiness Brief: 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. every Tuesday, except May 22. This workshop is targeted to spouses and family members who are seeking employment, education and volunteer information. • Move.mil: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. each Tuesday (except May 22) and Thursday. One hour dedicated to online walkthrough to set up your account and make your move seamless. • Base tour: 9 a.m. to noon the first Wednesday of every month. The next tour is scheduled for June 6. Learn about the history of Naval Air Station Pensacola and how to get around base. • Stress Management: 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. every first and third Thursday. The next class is scheduled for June 7. Stress and damage your health, both physical and mental. Learn how to recognize stress and become more productive, happier and healthier. • Waggy Wednesdays: 10 a.m. to noon June 21 at Naval Hospital Pensacola Courtyard. Exceptional Family Member Program event offers interaction with service dogs on third Wednesday of every month at Naval Hospital Pensacola. • Imagination Station: 10 a.m. to noon every third Thursday of the month at Blue Wahoo Stadium. The next meeting is June 21. The NASP New Parent Support program partners with the Imagination Station for a military family play date. Meet some military families and let your children play. • Don’t Be Taken: Know a Scam When You Hear One: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. May 23. Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to determine what type of home they want and how much they can afford, and be educated on know how to choose a real estate agent
Worship schedule NAS Pensacola – Protestant • Worship service, 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel, Bldg. 1982 • Chapel choir, meets following the 10:15 a.m. Sunday service at 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 NAS Pensacola – 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 more 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,
and mortgage and negotiate and close the deal. • Emergency Preparedness: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. May 25. Emergencies come in many forms. Be prepared for yourself and your family. • Music and Movement: 10 a.m. to noon May 25 at Lighthouse Terrace, #1 Price Ave. A learning activity to enhance selfexpression and socialization in children through dance with use of instruments. • Partners in Parenting: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. May 30. A class for first-time, non-pregnant parent. Come spend time learning about pregnant partners and new babies, so you will be more prepared when the big day arrives. Practice bathing and diapering, and learn about burping and holding a new baby. Crying, child development and sleep are also discussed. • SAPR If you are a victim of sexual
fellowship hall Latter Day Saints • Service, 7 p.m. Wednesday NASP Corry Station – Roman Catholic • Mass, noon Sunday and 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday. For more information, call 452-6376 NAS Whiting Field Chapel – Roman Catholic • Mass, 11 a.m. Friday NAS Whiting Field Chapel – Protestant • Bible study, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday • Weekly chapel service, 11:30 a.m. Thursday For more information, call 623-7212 Other services: • 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://templebethelofpensacola.org • Buddhism 101: Introduction to Nichiren Buddhism courses are provided every third Wednesday at the Downtown Pensacola Library at 6 p.m. For more information, call 436-5060 Seventh-day Adventist • Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1080 North Blue Angel Parkway, services at 11 a.m. Saturday. For information, call 453-3442
assault, it is not your fault. Help for victims of sexual assault in the DoD community is a call, click or text away: • The SafeHelpline: Provides live, one-on-one crisis support and information by trained staff. Call: (877) 995-5247; click: www.SafeHelpline.org or text: 55-247, CONUS; (202) 4705546, 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 victims 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-of-command, 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 4499231/2. For the Civilian Victim Advocate, call 293-4561. To contact duty SARC, call the SARC cell at 554-5606.
• CREDO Chaplain’s Religious Enrichment Development Operation (CREDO) Southeast offers retreats enabling military members and their families to develop personal and spiritual resources in order to meet the unique challenges of military life. For information, e-mail Tony Bradford at Tony.email@example.com or call 452-2342. • Fresh Start: Quit tobacco now The NAS Pensacola Safety Department, sponsored by Naval Hospital Pensacola, has a tobacco cessation program for NASP and NASP Corry Station called FreshStart. To register, and for more information, call 452-8167. • NASP Community Outreach If you are interested in participating in volunteer activities, contact NASP Community Outreach. The office tracks volunteer hours. Report your volunteer work to get due recognition. Call 452-2532 or e-mail nasp_ comm_outreach @Navy. mil. • USS Alabama: The USS Alabama Memorial, 2703 Battleship Parkway, Mobile, Ala., is in need of volunteers to help with preservation. For more information, call (251) 433-2703 or go to www. USSALABAMA.com. • Meals on Wheels: Mission is to provide one hot nourishing meal per day, both in a congregate setting and to homebound clients. For more information, call 432-1475. • USO Northwest Florida: The USO supports America’s service members by working to keep them connected to family, home and country. For more information, call 455-8280. Other volunteer opportunities are available at Pensacola Lighthouse, Pensacola Humane Society, Junior Achievement, Big Brother Big Sister, Council on Aging of West Florida, Habitat For Humanity, Manna Food Pantries and more.
Morale, Welfare and Recreation
Fishing rodeo helps veterans
The NASP Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) department has a number of upcoming events and activities. For more information, call 452-3806, ext. 3100, or go to the MWR website at www.navymwrpensacola .com.
The second annual Fishing4AHERO will take place over Memorial Day weekend, May 27 and 28 and will also include a new component, the inaugural Spearo4AHERO. This rodeo will focus on spearfishing the invasive Lionfish in the Gulf Coast. From America’s Heroes Enjoying gest fish” prizes and Fishin- divers is needed to defeat this g4AHERO’s Grand Prize for tasty but venomous and deterRecreation Outdoors
America’s Heroes Enjoying Recreation Outdoors (AHERO) announced its second annual Fishing4AHERO Memorial Day Weekend fishing rodeo to be held May 27 and 28 at Shoreline Park in Gulf Breeze. All proceeds to the rode is donated to help veterans through the AHERO program. Open to the inshore and offshore fishing and the diving public, participants with pledge-per-pound sponsors register in adult (13 and over) or children’s (12 and under) categories to compete for “big-
the most amount raised for our veterans. Last year’s grand prize winner was nine-year-old Sydney Flemming. An additional component of the rodeo this year will be AHERO’s inaugural Spearo4AHERO fundsand-awareness-raising call to arms. The enemy: the non-native, brutally invasive Lionfish currently devastating the Gulf Coast waters. This otherwise indiscriminate predator of the marine life refuses the lure of hook and bait and has few natural predators of its own. A volunteer army of spearfishing
mined invader. AHERO’s mission is to serve as many wounded/injured veterans as possible by offering opportunities to heal. This involves providing time for fellow veterans and citizens to interact. AHERO welcomes veterans and others into a community of individuals willing to donate their time, recreational equipment and natural and financial resources to support various events. For more information, to register for the rodeo or sponsor an angler, visit www.AHEROusa.com.
C @ NAS Pensacola Portside Cinema a FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY TUESDAY (PG13) “I Feel Pretty” (PG13) t “I Feel Pretty” 5 p.m. 5 p.m. c “Traffik” (R) “Acrimony” (R) 7:30 p.m. 7:10 p.m. h “Rampage” (PG13) “Rampage” (PG13) a M o v i e
2D: 5:30 p.m.
“Super Troopers 2” (R) 8 p.m.
WEDNESDAY “Super Troopers 2” (R) 5 p.m. “Rampage” (PG13) 2D: 7 p.m. “Ready Player One” (PG13) 2D: 6 p.m.
“I Feel Pretty” (PG13) 3 p.m.
“Truth or Dare” (PG13) Noon
“Blockers” (R) 5:30 p.m.
“Ready Player One” (PG13) 2D: 2 p.m.
“Traffik” (R) 8 p.m.
“Truth or Dare” (PG13) Noon “Rampage” (PG13) 2D: 2 p.m.
“Blockers” (R) 4:50 p.m.
2D: 5:10 p.m.
“Traffik” (R) 7 p.m.
“Blockers” (R) 7:30 p.m.
“Rampage” (PG13) 2D: 12:30 p.m. “I Feel Pretty” (PG13) 3 p.m.
“Traffik” (R) 5 p.m.
“Super Troopers 2” (R) 7:30 p.m.
“Super Troopers 2” (R) 5:20 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
“I Feel Pretty” (PG13) 7:10 p.m.
Regular shows: $4 adults, $2 children ages 6 through 11, free for 5 and younger 3D shows: $5 adults, $3 children ages 6 through 11, free for 5 and younger NASP Portside Cinema is closed on Monday. Details: 452-3522 or www.navymwrpensacola. com
“Truth or Dare” (PG13) 5:10 p.m. “Super Troopers 2” (R) 7:30 p.m.
• Backpacking Overnight Trips: There will be an overnight backpacking trip June 23 through 24 to Cheaha Falls, Talladega National Forest, Ala. Go with MWR on an outof-town backpacking adventure. All gear and transportation provided. Only $60, rain Try this or shine. Sign up for the skills course at •Star Spangled Festhe Tickets and Travel tival: Join MWR in Military office Bldg. 3787 at celebrating Appreciation Month Corry Station. Backat the Star Spangled packing 101 Skills tomorrow, Course is a prerequi- Festival May 19 at the Bayou site for all NAS PenGrande Marina. The sacola backpacking festival will begin with trips. For more information call 281-5489 a Cardboard Boat Regatta at 8 a.m., folor 452-6354. • Children Fishing lowed by competitions Camp: MWR Pen- at 3:30 p.m. The party sacola Aquatics offers continues into the night multiple sessions of with the family luau the Children Fishing with food at 5 p.m. and Camp this summer entertainment at 6:30 to introduce children p.m. This fun-filled day to the basics of fish- is free and open to all ing on the Gulf Coast. active and retired miliSessions include: tary, DoD employees ages 5 to 7, May 31 and family members. and June 1, 9:30 a.m. For more information to noon; ages 8 to 10, call 452-3806. July 2 and 3, 9:30 a.m. to noon; ages 5 to 7, July 5 and 6, 9:30 a.m. to noon; and ages 8 to 10, July 24 and 25, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Cost is $15 for active-duty, $25 for DoD employees and $35 for civilians. For more inforation, call 452-9429. • Open Play Dodgeball: The Wenzel Fitness Center will be hosting open play dodgeball May 23 at 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. This event is open to all eligible patrons. • Corry Station Softball: NASP Corry Station team is looking for players for the new season June 6 through Aug. 9. Deadline to enter is May 25 and is available for activeduty and spouses, ready reservists, DoD employees and permanent contracted personnel. For more information, call 452-6520. • Feed the Children: Feed the Children is providing a free food giveaway for active-duty service members, E-6 and below, tomorrow, May 19 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Bayou Grande Marina. Pick up a voucher from the MWR Admin Office at 450 Radford Blvd. (Bldg. 4143) or the Tickets and Travel Office (Bldg. 3787) in the NEX Shopping Center on Hwy. 98. One voucher per family, must present active-duty military or spouse ID. For more information, call 452-3806.
“Ready Player One” (PG13) 2D: 4:30 p.m.
May 18, 2018
Liberty program events at NAS Pensacola and Corry Station target young, unaccompanied active-duty military. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. 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 www.naspensacola-mwr.com.
JUNE 8–10 & 14-17, 2018 showtimes: THURSDAY–SATURDAY 7:30 PM / SUNDAY 3 PM
FOR TICKETS AND MORE INFORMATION, VISIT PENSACOLALITTLETHEATRE.COM OR CALL THE BOX OFFICE AT 850-432-2042
“The Odd Couple” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
MAY 18, 2018
Sandy’s Good Times Dance Club. Thursday weekly dance lessons 6:30 pm-6:55pm $10. For lessons – please refrain from wearing scented products. Friday Latin night. Saturday 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday ballroom night 7:30-10:30 p.m. Beginning social dance lessons Thursday and Friday 6:30-7:25 p.m. Each night $10. 1707 West Fairfield Dr. 850-458-1979. pensacoladanceclub. com.
Looking to Buy your Civil War,WWI, and WWII, Items. Henry 251-422-9474 Articles forFor Sale Articles Sale 2 Solid Rosewood End Tables with drawer. Each side has elegant Asian curving design. I bought in Hong Kong. Paid $800, sell $480 pair. 850-748-9286.
Curio Cabinet solid Rosewood 78”H x 45”W x 21” D, Elegant Asian curving design. I bought in Hong Kong. Paid Seasonal housekeeping $2195, sell $1195. exc positions. Day and cond. 850-748-9286. Night. 40 hrs. a week. No Felonies. Apply at Satsuma Jar 21”H x National Naval Aviation 14”W, Japanese 7 Gods Museum, or call 452 - of Fortune design with 3606 ext. 3137 Gold Handles. Antique yr 1952. I bought in Wanted Wanted Japan. Paid $800, sell $480. 850-748-9286.
WA N T E D p o r t a b l e o x y g e n concentrator. Call 850-450-6222
WANTED – Looking to hire someone to design and build an aviary at our home. Call 605281-0149
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New in box, never New bike built for 2. 46’ Blue Water Sailboat, fired .357 mag. Taurus Side by side bucket Ketch Rig. $62,500. Tracker MDL 627. seats, 3 speed,3 wheel Will Finance with 6.5” 7 shot revolver. trike. $1200 OBO 944- 25% down at 6% for Brushed Stainless with 4 7558 10 years. At NAS speed loaders. $425.00. Pensacola Marina. (850)484.8998 David. Tree stand – climber Owner, Bill Austin, 850– older but rock solid. 774-8652 Child’s 3 drawer Summit brand w/ safety Estate dresser. New. $55. 850- harness. $60. 417-1694 REAL Real ESTATE 293-3370 Army assault packs. Rm for rent. Fully Bissell Steam Mate. One with frame, one furnished. On Perdido New in box. $50. 850- without frame. $25. Bay. WiFi. Kitchen & 476-5902 497-1167 washer dryer access. Off st parking. Kayak access. Rowenta hand held Shotgun Charles No pets. One person steamer. New in box. Daly turkey special. 12 only. No smoking. $500/ $25. 850-476-5902 gauge magnum pump. mo. 850-455-7990. Ventilated rib. Full Small deep fryer. New factory camo finish. in box. $20. 850-476- Many one shot kills. 5902 Like new. Paid $500 new. Will sell for $175. 10 horsepower 417-1694 Coleman generator w/ extras. $325. 850-944- Auto Auto 5763 BMW Z3 Roadster Ceramic molds too 1999. Red with new tan many to pick from. top. Automatic. Very Some have never been nice car. Practically one used. Make offer. 850- owner. $3,895. 850944-5763 207-7737
Llama .380 ACP miniature 1911 in all respects. Grip safety and all. Blued slide with chrome frame. 4 mags New Items – all still + holster. Very nice. in box. 19” Led $40. $450.00 (850)484-8998 Aeroswift Bissell VC $50. Bose Wave Music System $100. 2 new 7 pc comforter set $20ea. New Queen Sheet sets $10 ea. 850-457-8967
1979 MGB renovated in excellent condition with lots of extras. Runs great. $11,500: call (850)-748-0870
4BR/3BA, 1800+ sqft. Close to NAS. Large fenced yard. Pet friendly community. 3786 Weatherstone, MLS 532530. $199K. Call Jon 575-749-3444 to view.
Place your ad by phone at 850-433-1166 ext. 25 Mon–Fri 8:30 am to 5 pm
Freedom To Go Inc.
VolunTeers needed Calling all Military Personnel and spouses. Freedom to Go, a non-profit corporation, is in dire need of volunteer drivers to take our veterans to and from medical appointments at the VA and provide transportation assistance with everyday including grocery store trips, church, etc... For Volunteer opportunities, please call us at (850) 619-9508 **Mileage is tax deductible
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