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May 24, 2019

Tuition Assistance, Navy College Program policy updates announced From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

Matthew McMillen, a Metson Marine deckhand for Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola’s Port Operations Department, handles an oil containment boom prior to an oil recovery exercise May 17 at the air station’s Allegheny Pier.

NASP Port Operations completes annual oil spill response training Story, photo from Naval Air Station Pensacola Public Affairs

Civilian employees and contract workers from Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola’s Port Operations Department completed required annual facility response training recertification May 16 at the air station’s Allegheny pier.

NAS Pensacola is one of four installations in the continental United States with an active airfield and a deep water port. The Facility Response Training (FRT) scenario, an annual recertification process conducted by NAS Pensacola’s Port Operations and orchestrated by contracted company LRS See Port Ops on page 2

WASHINGTON (NNS) – Navy announced changes to Tuition Assistance (TA) and Navy College Program for Afloat College Education (NCPACE) program management May 21, in NAVADMIN 114/19. Beginning Oct. 1, 2019, enlisted Sailors and officers must complete a minimum of two years of service before becoming eligible to use TA or NCPACE instructor-led or Distance Learning (DL) courses. This requirement may not be waived. In addition, TA and NCPACE (DL) funding is capped at 12 semester hours (or equivalent quarter hours) per fiscal year (FY) and a total of 120 semester hours (or equivalent quarter hours) in a career. Most Sailors in recent years have only used up to an average of nine semester hours annually. “Due to unprecedented usage and fiscal constraints, Navy is reshaping how we administer the TA and NCPACE programs,” Jim Johnson, head of Navy Voluntary Education (VOLED) said. “We want to keep both programs avail-

able and sustainable for eligible Sailors, while ensuring our Sailors remain focused on their professional qualifications.” Navy transformation efforts focused on improving the “Sailor experience” have dramatically improved the ease of access to several technical and education programs, including TA and NCPACE. As a result, fleet-wide TA demand in FY19 was 30 percent higher at the midyear review than the same point in FY18. TA funding is expected to run out this month with no additional funding to be made available for the remainder of FY19. Sailors currently taking classes or who are in receipt of a funded TA voucher will not be impacted. Johnson said that every billet is important to the Navy’s mission and that commanding officers (CO) and officers in charge (OIC) should judiciously manage their Sailors’ education outside of working hours. “A typical three semester hour college course requires up to 12 hours of weekly commitment,” he said. “COs See TA on page 2

NASP observes Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month From Naval Air Station Pensacola Public Affairs

The May 17 observance, organized by the NAS Pensacola Diversity Committee, featured Pensacola City Council Vice President and University of West Florida Professor Emeritus P.C. Wu, Ph.D., as the event guest speaker. “The military has led the way for acceptance of all people,” Wu, who grew up in Savannah, Georgia said. The hour-long observance, designed to recognize and honor the heritage and accomplishments of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, served to further reinforce the diversity the Department of Defense (DoD)

employs according to Cmdr. Michael Harbison, the NAS Pensacola executive officer, who provided opening remarks for the ceremony. “Our nation’s strength, and the strength of our armed forces, comes from our diversity,” Harbison said. “Observations such as this help us further inform the Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen, Marines and Coastguardsmen here not only about the military life they’ve chosen, but to embrace the cultures which shape our great country.” The theme of this year’s Asian American Pacific Is- Pensacola City Council Vice President Dr. P. C. Wu lander Heritage Month – Unite Our Mission by Engag- (Ph.D) speaks with NAS Pensacola Executive Officer ing Each Other – was selected by the Federal Asian Cmdr. Michael Harbison and CMDCM Mario Rivers at See Observance on page 2

Former Vietnam POW Gaither ‘stood tall’ in captivity Story, photo By Mike O’Connor Gosport Editor

Dozens attended a funeral service at Barrancas National Cemetery (BNC) onboard Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola May 16 for retired Cmdr. Ralph Ellis Gaither Jr., a naval aviator well-known in the Pensacola community as a Vietnam veteran and Prisoner of War (POW) who had exemplified defiance while in enemy hands. Gaither, 77, was a resident of Gulf Breeze, Florida. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, he passed away May 7 in the company of his loved ones. NAS Pensacola squadron VT86 provided a flyover at the service with two T-45C aircraft, one of which peeled off in a missing-man salute to the decorated pilot. Gaither enlisted in the U.S. Navy in September 1962. During boot camp he was asked to consider the Navy Aviation Cadet Program, and since he held a flying license – acquired at age 17 – he soon found himself in flight training in Pensacola. Preflight and cadet training followed; flights in the Beechcraft T-34 Mentor and

Bobbi Gaither (right) receives a flag from presenter retired Lt. Cmdr. Mike Louy at a funeral service for her husband, Cmdr. Ralph Ellis Gaither Jr., held May 16 at Barrancas National Cemetery onboard NAS Pensacola.

later in the North American T-28 at NAS Whiting Field, that he soon mastered. Moving on to Carrier Qualification Squadron VT-5, he completed training aboard the USS Lexington (CVA 16) in May 1964. Jet schooling followed at Chase Field in Texas where Gaither flew the Grumman F-9 Cougar and F-11 Tiger; he was designated See Gaither on page 2

the NASP Diversity Committee Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month observance May 17.

CO’s Memorial Day safety message From Naval Air Station Pensacola Commanding Officer Capt. Timothy Kinsella Jr.

This coming weekend marks a holiday designed to recognize – and honor – the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the Armed Forces. I encourage each and every one of you to take a moment to pause and reflect on the service members who have come before you and laid down their lives for our country. It is because of them that we enjoy the freedoms we have today. Memorial Day also unofficially marks the beginning of summer. Many of you will take this long weekend to spend time with friends and families, enjoy a barbecue, or visit one or our beautiful beaches in the area. I sincerely hope that you take the time to enjoy this weekend. Spend some time with those you love and enjoy the wonderful recre-

ational activities the Gulf Coast has to offer. Most importantly, though, whatever your plans for the weekend, I just ask that you please be safe. Take the time to plan appropriately for any trips you might take, follow local laws and regulations, and be aware of your surroundings. If you are going to be outside for long periods of time, be sure to apply sunscreen. If you are under 21, do not consume alcohol. If you are 21, and choose to drink alcohol, drink responsibly and do not drink and drive. The risk to your life and the safety of others on the road, your career and your wallet is just not worth it. Drinking and driving is a choice. Before you go out this weekend, plan for your safe return home. Don’t ever put yourself in a position where the wrong choice is even an option. Enjoy your weekend, stay safe and I’ll see you around the base or in the community. Fly Navy!

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Port Ops from page 1 Gryphon Joint Venture (JV), involved a simulated oil spill. The three-day course is something LRS Gryphon JV FRT instructor John Hamilton said is crucial to the continued success of NAS Pensacola supporting U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and authorized visiting ships. “FRT training conducted at U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps installations is critical to meet the requirements of federal and state regulations concerning bulk oil storage in coastal areas and to learn how to properly respond to possibly oil spills to protect the environment in our communities,” Hamilton said. “This type of training also meets the OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) required training for oil spill responders and insures our response personnel can conduct an oil response mission in a safe manner.” Hamilton added that FRT training is designed to teach management skills for oil spill response and how to successfully deploy, operate and maintain a variety of oil response systems and equipment. NAS Pensacola’s Metson Marine contracted employees practiced deploying oil containment booms, using the department’s pump truck – a vehicle designed to collect oil from an actual spill – and operating the facility’s rapid response skimmers, which are watercraft designed to collect oil and debris using a collection belt deployed underneath the vessel. TA from page 1 and OICs should actively manage their Sailors’ offduty education to meet their operational commitments when entering a period of increased operational tempo.” Command leaders should establish benchmark qualifications that first-term Sailors must earn before using TA or NCPACE including damage control, maintenance, primary warfare, watchstation or other qualifications. Affected Sailors who desire to continue taking courses for the remainder of FY19 should contact the Navy College Virtual Education Center (NCVEC) at (877) 838-1659/DSN 492-4684 or via MyNavy Portal (MNP) at https://my.navy. mil/quick-links.html to discuss other funding options, such as GI Bill, scholarships or financial aid. Sailors could experience increased call wait times and are encouraged to use other means to speak with an education counselor including the VOLED appointment scheduler on MNP, chatting via Live Help Now® or submitting a help request “trouble ticket” on the Navy College Program website. For complete information on changes to the TA and NCPACE programs, read NAVADMIN 114/19 or visit https://my.navy. mil/quick-links.html. Get more information about the Navy from U.S. Navy Facebook or Twitter. For more news from Chief of Naval Personnel, visit www.navy.mil/local/ cnp.

Jennifer Steeger, a Metson Marine deck hand for Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola’s Port Operations Department, portrays an injured crewmember during an an oil recovery exercise May 17 at the air station’s Allegheny Pier. NASP Public Affairs photo

In addition to containing two simulated oil spills at the air station’s pier, NAS Pensacola’s Metson Marine contract workers were also tasked with responding to a simulated medical emergency aboard one of the department’s skimmer boats.


NAS Pensacola Port Operations Department Head Chief Warrant Officer 4 Sigarrie Nettles said the training these members received during the three-day course is critical to the air station continuing service to the vessels in and transiting the area. “The Port Operations department has always been a capable and responsive team,” he said. “Being able to not only protect our assets but make sure we’re able to adhere to CNRSE (Commander, Navy region Southeast) and CNIC (Commander, Navy Installations Command) regulations and protect the environment are all part of ensuring we are providing the best support possible to the assets using our service.” Hamilton added that although practical application of proper oil spill containment techniques is critical, the avoidance of any mishaps is of utmost consideration. “Truly our mission at our bulk oil storage installations is prevention, but we still need to train and practice for all possible oil spills to ensure our environment is viable for generations to come,” he said. LRS Gryphon JV, awarded a contract to instruct FRT training, Spill Management Team (SMT) training and New Skimmer Training, provides on-site instruction for oil spill response at Navy and U.S. Marine Corps facilities around the world. Training is designed to simulate real scenarios, affording students the opportunity to practice responding quickly and appropriately in the event of an actual oil spill.

communist propaganda, the POWs were harangued and coerced to sign documents against their will. Loudspeakers blared “Hanoi Hanna,” with special programming aimed at destroying the prisoner’s morale. The men fought back with every tactic at their disposal, a naval aviator Oct. 16, 1964. frequently paying a price for doing so. In San Diego, California, as part of Replacement At one of the worst points in Gaither’s story, the Air Group VF-121, Gaither qualified in the F-4B men were taken for a march through the streets of Phantom II and reported to VF-84, the Jolly RogHanoi. The march was filmed for propaganda purers, for combat assignment. poses, and the prisoners were attacked by mobs of He flew his first combat mission – ground support angry North Vietnamese. Cursed, spat upon, struck – over South Vietnam from the deck of the USS with thrown rocks and garbage, the men were forced Independence (CV 62) in July 1965. In his biograat bayonet point along the route. They were ordered phy, “With God in a POW Camp,” Gaither wrote, by a communist officer to march with their heads “that kind of assignment gave me a good feeling, bowed. Then Gaither heard a voice speak up in their knowing that my efforts got ground troops out of ranks. “Stand tall, you’re an American.” They rebad jams, often to turn the tide of battle.” Missions peated the phrase to each other. against North Vietnam soon followed. “But we were not contrite,” Gaither wrote, “and On Oct. 17, 1965, Gaither’s F-4 was part of an “alwe would not bow our heads. Guards, who were pha strike,” a large coordinated mission involving much shorter than us, grabbed our hair and jerked multiple targets. The primary target was a railroad our heads down. We raised them up again. We were bridge on the Red River; Gaither’s job was to proCmdr. Ralph determined. We were Americans.” tect the bombers from North Vietnamese MiG fightGaither Gaither spent 2,675 days in captivity, returning er aircraft and to destroy anti-aircraft installations. The American aircraft took fire on the way in, with one of his home with other POWs after his release in Operation Homecoming squadron pilots hit and aborting the mission. Another aircraft sud- in February 1973. He retired from the Navy in 1986 and went on to denly burst into flames and hit a mountainside; they saw no one eject. a career in teaching, retiring in 2001. His decorations include two Gaither struck his target– a well-camouflaged flak site – but an- Silver Stars, two Legions of Merit with Combat V, the Distinguished other hidden gun hit his aircraft on the starboard side, setting it on Flying Cross, four Bronze Stars with Combat V, six Air Medals, Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, two Purple Hearts, Navy Comfire. The fire rapidly spread and smoke filled the cockpit. “The Navy considers two indications of fire in an aircraft suffi- mendation Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Sercient reason to eject,” Gaither recalled in his book. “I had seven in- vice Medal, 16 Vietnam Service Medals, the Republic of Vietnam dications – four fire warning lights, two gauge indicators and smoke Campaign Medal and the POW Medal. in the cockpit. I could not wait any longer.” Giving the word to his “backseater,” radar operator Lt.j.g. Rodney Allen Knutson, the men ejected from the stricken aircraft. As Gaither descended in his parachute, the enemy poured streams of machine gun fire at the helpless man. One bullet grazed the right side of his neck, and upon landing, he immediately took cover in some dense foliage. Unfortunately Gaither had come down near a populated area and he was shortly discovered. Knutson also was captured and the two fliers were soon transported to Hoa Lo – the French-built prison known as the “Hanoi Hilton.” Interrogations – and later, beatings and torture – followed. Gaither stuck to the stock answers: name, rank, birthday and serial number. He knew he was in for an ordeal, but drew upon his strong religious convictions to give him strength – which they did over the next eight (Above, left) Members of NAS Pensacola’s Honor Guard and years. Gaither was moved from prison to prison during his captivity. family members of Cmdr. Ralph Gaither prepare for Gaither’s Communication was forbidden, but the POWs developed and used memorial service; (above right) T-45C Goshawks from NASP a “tap code,” similar to Morse code to communicate. When caught Squadron VT-86 perform a missing-man tribute flight overhead. communicating, beatings and mistreatment followed. Subjected to Photos by Mike O’Connor Gaither from page 1

Observance from page 1 Pacific American Council as a means of encouraging Asian American and Pacific Islander civic engagement and leadership. Wu, a longtime Pensacola resident, has maintained a steadfast presence on numerous civic organizations, including the Pensacola City Council, on which he currently serves as vice president; former president

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Military moms: Matriarchs of work and home

Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Destiny Pence, a flight operations specialist with the 2nd Battalion 641 Aviation Regiment in Salem, Oregon, reads a card at a special plated dinner in celebration of Mother’s Day during Exercise Maple Resolve 1901 held on 3rd Canadian Division Support Base Det Wainwright Alberta, Canada May 12, 2019. Pence has served with the Oregon unit for 16 years. Photo by Spc. Khylee Woodford

By SN Tatyana Freeman USS George Washington (CVN 73)


EWPORT NEWS, Va. – Every May Americans pause to honor motherhood and the special bond that comes from it. Aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) Sailors recognize the unique challenges of a Navy mother. These Sailors balance family and ship-family love and care each day.

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the time, looked at me and had no idea who I was,” Houston said. “There were also times that my son would pack his backpack when I was packing my seabag, and tell me he is coming to the boat with me.” Despite the sacrifices their children have to make, there also comes admiration for the important career their Navy mother has. “(My daughter) thinks it’s cool I’m in the Navy,” Sullivanwalker said. “She had to take pictures in her dance uniform, and she got the big picture of me from boot camp, and she was holding it in her pictures.” Despite the challenges mothers in the Navy face daily, support from their families back home help buoy them in their careers. “I do enjoy being a mom and being in the Navy,” Houston said. “I think regardless, as a working mother, sacrifices would be inevitable. We as mothers in the military cannot allow society to tell you how to be a better mom and not make you feel guilty for deploying or getting underway as needed. Some civilian mothers will say, ‘I can’t do that’ or ‘how do you just leave your kids for that long?’ I do it to better myself and provide a better life for my children. The Navy teaches lessons in many ways, and it is on us as mothers to change the perception and to let other women know you don’t have to choose between the Navy and your children. You can have both, and one is not to blame for the other. Adjust and overcome the obstacles you are faced with. It is not always easy, but it is rewarding.” Join the conversation with GW online at www.facebook.com/USSGW and www. twitter.com/GW_CVN73. For more news from USS George Washington, visit www. Navy.mil/local/cvn73.

“The hardest thing about being a mom in the Navy is that many times, I feel guilty for the sacrifices I have to make,” LMC Angela Houston, from Oakland, Calif., legal department’s leading chief petty officer, said. “There were times that I thought because I wasn’t physically around my children due to being underway or on deployments, anything that went wrong with my kids was because I was not there physically.” The role of a Navy mother also comes with the acceptance that not only is one’s life changed by children, but that because a Sailor’s job is 24/7, one’s career is changed permanently, as well. “There are sacrifices when you decide to have kids in the Navy due to understanding the career impact of being on active duty can pose,” Houston said. “It is difficult because the reality is it could impact your sea and shore rotation. That does not mean you have to choose one or the other, but you must be happy with the choice you decide to make.” Likewise, Navy mothers and their children can face the stressful rotation of duty stations and moves across the country or throughout the world. “It’s a big difference being a parent in the Navy,” YNSA Leah Sullivanwalker from Atlanta, a member of George Washington’s combat systems department, said. “Making sure (my daughter) is okay with knowing we’re going to have to move around and start over every few years – that’s part of the military. We’re going to move around.” When duty calls, a Navy mother must answer like every other Sailor. “I have experienced times coming back from deployment and my young child, at

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MCPON, VCNO honor 2018 Sailors of the Year Story, photo by CTN2 Winter Griffith Defense Media Activity Public Affairs


ashington, D.C. (NNS) – The Navy’s 2018 Sailors of the Year (SOY) were meritoriously advanced to chief petty officer during a May 16 ceremony at the Navy Memorial. Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Bill Moran served as guest speaker during the pinning ceremony hosted by Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Russell L. Smith. The four Sailors of the Year honored at the ceremony are LS1 Sindy Johnson, from U.S. Navy Shore; BU1 Luke Johnson, from U.S. Fleet Forces Sea; IC1 Nicholas Natelli, from U.S. Pacific Fleet; and PS1 Angelita Baggoo, from U.S. Navy Reserve. Before introducing Moran,

Smith congratulated the SOYs for their hard work and dedication that paved the way to their success and spoke about the effect of the chief petty officer. “Everyone who has ever written a letter for you, made a phone call for you, sat down and gave you advice, took time out of their day – making their day longer – to help you get to this point in your career is the reason you’re standing here,” Smith said. He continued by saying that the Sailors had a special obligation for the rest of their ca-

Vice Chief of Naval Operations Bill Moran, (left to right); ICC Nicholas Natelli, U.S. Pacific Fleet Sea Sailor of the Year (SOY); LSC Sindy Johnson, Navy Shore SOY; PSC Angelita Baggoo, Navy Reserve SOY; BUC Luke Johnson, U.S. Fleet Forces SOY; Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Russell L. Smith cut the cake in celebration of the newly pinned chiefs after the 2018 SOY pinning. The program was established in 1972 by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Elmo Zumwalt and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy John Whittet to recognize an individual Sailor who best represented the ever-growing group of dedicated professional Sailors at each command and ultimately the Navy.

reer, and the remainder of the time they wear there anchors, to earn them. “To be named Sailor of the

Year (for U.S. Navy Reserve) is a bit of a surreal experience,” Baggoo said. “But it is just very humbling ... I’m just

honored.” Throughout their weeklong visit to Washington, the Sailors of the Year and their families toured historic sites and enjoyed special events held in their honor. The Sailor of the Year program was established in 1972 by the Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Elmo Zumwalt and MCPON John Whittet to recognize an individual Sailor who best represented the evergrowing group of dedicated professional Sailors at each command and ultimately the Navy. When the program began, only the Atlantic and Pacific Fleet Sailors were recognized. Within 10 years, the Sailor of the Year program was expanded to include the shore establishment and Navy Reserve Sailors. Sponsored by the CNO, the program provides recognition to the Navy’s outstanding Sailors through numerous presentations, awards and meritorious advancement to the next pay grade.

With a nod to WWII codebreaking hero, Rochefort Group tackles new age of warfare together senior representatives from the information warfare staffs of every Navy fleet. Retired Pacific Fleet Commander Scott Swift moderated the discusNEWPORT, R.I. (NNS) – The Rochefort Group sion. “Talking about the challenges that they face at their was formed at U.S. Naval War College in August fleet with their counterparts and 2018 after associate professor Erin colleagues was a big win,” Griffin Meehan and Cmdr. Matthew Grifsaid. fin, both career cryptologic warfare The Navy’s Information Warfare officers, surveyed the informationcommunity is still fairly young. It warfare landscape and concluded that was created in 2009 by the merger a new effort was needed. of four areas of Navy expertise: “Critical mass over our careers has cryptology, the Navy’s traditional shifted so deliberately to information codebreakers; meteorology and warfighting,” Meehan said. oceanography, the people who “Technological advances in warfare, monitor the weather and the seas; and certainly the great-power compeintelligence, the people who anatition, have caused us to relook at the lyze information; and information threats that are out there,” said Griffin. professionals, the administrators of “Information warfare is at the core of computer networks. all that.” These subject-matter experts are News headlines are full of hacking Cmdr. Joe Rochefort still figuring out how to integrate attacks by foreign governments, but their skills, and events like the one the Rochefort Group is focused on information threats at the level of armed conflict – in in March are intended to help, Meehan and Griffin other words, the localized digital environment that said. Rochefort members plan to hold two workshops U.S. ships, aircraft and troops face every day when a year, with the next in August. At the Naval War College, Meehan and Griffin said dealing with adversarial nations and factions. “We need to become as comfortable in the electro- they saw a niche where they can help address the gap magnetic spectrum as we are on the sea,” Michael that has opened between traditional warfare and the White, dean of the College of Maritime Operational digital battlefields of today: education and support of Warfare, which includes the new group, said. “The the fleet. “We educate people from senior enlisted to flag ofRochefort Group is helping us understand and deficers, going out to fleet commander staffs,” Meehan velop that skill.” The group consists of six Naval War College fac- said. For example, a commander might contact them ulty members with expertise from cybersecurity to submarines, aided by 29 adjunct members. It’s a mix with a problem along these lines: How do I help my staff members – who are highly trained at flying of practical and academic knowledge. They held their first workshop in March, bringing aircraft or fighting ships – integrate the new field of By Jeanette Steele U.S. Naval War College Public Affairs

information warfare operations into their expertise? The group would make an assessment. Do they put together a team of experts and send them to the commander’s staff for a week-long workshop on that topic? That’s a very likely answer, Meehan and Griffin said. The broader response to that kind of query has been a series of fleet-oriented classes offered throughout the year on campus, focused on incorporating information warfare into the fight. “We’re allowed that kind of freedom of thought with a very scientifically heavy subject,” Meehan said. “Being able to do that in an academic environment, I think, is not duplicated anywhere in the fleet.” Rochefort is not a research group, Griffin said. It doesn’t have students assigned to it, and its members don’t conduct much academic-style research. The college coined a new term for it: advanced warfighting group. Its namesake is Capt. Joe Rochefort, the World War II cryptological officer whose codebreaking is credited with helping win the Battle of Midway in June 1942. He was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1986 for his role. Rochefort’s example from World War II still rings true today, Meehan and Griffin said. “At that time, the naval force was enamored with battleships, carriers and traditional, conventional warfighting. You had this guy, Rochefort, with a small group of people going after energy and the radio frequency spectrum,” Griffin said. “It was kind of a sideline effort, and it proved critical. That’s how our community relates to him.” In five years, the Rochefort members want to be known as a center of excellence – for both the Navy at large and individual information-warfare officers. For more news from Naval War College, visit www. navy.mil/local/nwc.

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Congressman John Lewis attends keel laying of namesake ship

Actress Alfre Woodard (left) and Rep. John Lewis prepare to weld their initials onto the keel plate of Military Sealift Command’s newest fleet replenishment oiler USNS John Lewis, during a keel laying ceremony at the General Dynamics NASSCO Shipyard San Diego.

Story, photo by Sarah Burford Military Sealift Command Pacific


mployees of Military Sealift Command, General Dynamics NASSCO of San Diego and dignitaries from across the country celebrated the keel laying of MSC’s newest ship, USNS John Lewis at the NASSCO shipyard San Diego May 13.

Kevin Graney, NASSCO president welcomed ship namesake, Rep. John Lewis, and ship’s sponsor, actress Alfre Woodard who attended the ceremony. “I am absolutely thrilled to be here today in the capacity of sponsor to this great ship,” Woodard said in her remarks. “As a leader, John Lewis is a bright light in the service of our country. May this ship be a beacon in times of darkness.” The time honored tradition of the keel laying, marks the official start of construction of the ship. Part of the tradition is for the sponsor to weld their initials into the keel plate of the new ship. After a few minutes’ instruction, both Woodard and Lewis, dressed in protective equipment, took torches in hand and stepped into the ship’s history. The steel plate with their initials will be permanently affixed to the ship’s keel, remaining with the vessel through its time in service. “I tried to promise myself that I would not be overcome, but this is too much,” Lewis said. USNS John Lewis will serve the United States Navy as a replenishment oiler under the control of MSC. The ship is the lead

ship of her class of 20 perspective ships that will all be in the Lewis class. The ship honors Lewis, a 17 term congressman and a well-known civil rights activist, known for his courage during the civil rights movement of the 1960s. He organized voter registration drives and community action programs during the Mississippi Freedom Summer. He led more than 600 peaceful, orderly protestors across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, March 7, 1965, where the group was attacked by Alabama state troopers in a brutal confrontation that became known as “Bloody Sunday.” Throughout his life, Lewis has remained a devoted advocate of the philosophy of nonviolence, and continues to advocate for peace throughout the world. “We need great ships, like this one, to carry our men and women in our continued work for peace, because we are one world,” Lewis said. Following construction and christening, the ship will go through a rigorous schedule of tests and inspections before joining the MSC fleet of more than 120 ships, operating throughout the world.


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May 24, 2019


NAS Whiting Field – events and activities at the world’s busiest aviation training base From NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs Office


his week we take a look at “Run for the Fallen,” HT-18 SAU change of command and more. (Left) The NAS Whiting Field MWR team hosted four of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos’ baseball team members for a Kids’ Camp last weekend. Children learned techniques in pitching, hitting, running bases and catching, and got some great exercise at the base. The Blue Wahoos mascot Kazoo also attended, bringing joy and excitement to many of the children, encouraging health and exercise, and instilling a love for baseball in the next generation. Photo by Julie Ziegenhorn, NAS Whiting Field public affairs office

(Above) The Santa Rosa County Chamber of Commerce and community organizations, in partnership with Whiting Field’s MWR team put on one of the largest military appreciation picnics to date onboard NAS Whiting Field. A huge crowd of Whiting team members, their families and kids of all ages enjoyed free food, a live band, bouncy houses, crafts, games, rides, exotic animals and more. Photo by Jamie Link, NAS Whiting Field public affairs office

Naval Air Station Whiting Field’s (NASWF) Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) held a Gold Star Mother program “Run for the Fallen” 5K race May 17 onboard the installation to commemorate and remember those whose ultimate sacrifice keeps the nation free. ABHC Andrew McDougle (left) and ACC Narciso Penate Jr., cross the finishing line holding the U.S. flag. NASWF Commanding Officer Capt. Paul Bowdich signed a proclamation to mark the event. Photo by Lt.j.g. Drake Greer, NAS Whiting Field public affairs office

(Above) Helicopter Training Squadron Eighteen (HT-18) Squadron Augment Unit (SAU) changed command last week in a tradition-rich ceremony onboard NAS Whiting Field. Cmdr. William Sparkowski, U.S. Navy Reserve turned over HT-18 SAU to Cmdr. Lawrence E. Spurlin. The SAU works hand in hand to support the active-duty force by providing quality instructors from the Navy Reserve component to augment the aviation training mission. Their work is seamless with the active-duty, and they are seen as one team – training the future of naval aviation. Photo by Lt.j.g. Chase Dowell, NAS Whiting Field public affairs office

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Language test appointments available

Interested in taking the Defense Language Aptitude Battery (DLAB) or the Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT) for foreign languages? Tests are administered Wednesdays onboard NAS Pensacola at the Navy Language Testing Office Bldg. 634. • Test appointments are accepted through https://www. mnp.navy.mil/group/information-warfare-training/ndfltp. For more language testing information, please contact: CIWT_CRRY_Lang_Testing_Pensacola@navy.mil.

PMOAA scholarship application

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/university, with at least a 3.2 GPA if an undergraduate or 3.5 if a graduate student, for the two preceding semesters (fall of 2018 and spring of 2019) as a full time student. Scholarships are $2,000 each. Applications must be submitted no later than June 15 and may be downloaded at www.pmoaa.org. For more information or to request assistance in applying, contact Vann Milheim, retired Cmdr., at 969-9715 or vann.milheim@att.net.

Coast Guard 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 e-mail coastguardfamily@yahoo.com.

Local MOPH orders meets monthly

The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) Chapter 566 and MOPH Auxiliary Unit 566 host monthly meetings for veterans and family members. Meetings are held every third Saturday of the month, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ryan’s Buffet near Walmart, 4955 Hwy 90, Pace. For more information, contact MOPHA Unit 566 President Ann Smithson at 712-4745.

Retired Activities Office needs help

Do you have four hours free a week? The Navy’s Retired Activities Office, located in the Fleet and Family Support Center, Bldg. 625, and is looking for military retirees/survivors to staff its office. Duties include; casualty reporting, assisting survivor’s in obtaining benefits and answering general questions concerning retirement benefits. The position requires a desire to assist your fellow retirees and survivors. Volunteers should have an administrative background with knowledge of computer programs e.g. MS Outlook, Word, etc. For further details, call the Retired Activities Office at 452-5622 or e-mail nasp.rao.fct@navy.mil.

Volunteer at Pensacola lighthouse

The Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum is looking for volunteers to help keep the light shining. If you need to earn community service hours or just love history, contact Diane Johnson at 393-1561.

Heroes Among Us speaker series

The Cpl. J.R. Spears Detachment of the Marine Corps League announces its 7th annual Heroes Among Us speaker series to be held at Seville Quarter. The series, now in its seventh year, is held at 6 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month from May through October. It is presented by the local Marine Corps League,J. R. Spears Detachment 066. Admission is free and open to the public, although donations will be accepted for the Veterans in Distress Fund to help veterans in need. The “Heroes Among Us” series, founded in 2013, features people from all branches of the military service. The goal is to let those people share their experiences with others, both civilians and military veterans as well as active duty members. The events are organized and sponsored by the Marine Corps League, J. R. Spears Detachment 066. For more information, visit www.marinecorpsleague pensacola.org.

Chip Boes basketball camps

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“Read All About It...” GCVAC Memorial Day event

Chairman Joseph L. Herring of the Gulf Coat Veterans Advocacy Council (GCVAC) wishes to share its annual event Memorial Day, May 27 at 9 a.m. at the Barrancas National Cemetery located onboard NAS Pensacola. The public is invited to join veterans and community leaders during this event honoring America’s fallen heroes. Rooted in Pensacola to honor the memory and pay tribute to deceased veterans who dedicated their lives in service to this country, all veterans organizations are welcome to display their unit flag and perform roll call of deceased member veterans. The guest speaker will be Vice Adm. Jerry Unruh. For more information, call the Committee Chairman Robert Hall at 456-1561 or Arnetha Welcome GCVAC Public Relation Director at 501-1979.

hosted by the City 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 FUNdamentals is $90. Campers receive a new basketball, camp shirt, awards, ice cream party and more. Brochures and information for all three sessions (June 3 to 7, June 17 to 21 and July 15 to 19) can be obtained at all the City of Pensacola Community Recreation Centers or by calling one of the following ways: 968-9299, 4499958 (text), e-mail chipboes@gmail.com or at www. chipboes.blogspot.com.

Emerald Coast Review submissions

Submissions opened May 1 for the 2019 volume of The Emerald Coast Review. Published by West Florida Literary Federation, Inc. since 1989, the biennial anthology enjoys a rich history of publishing diverse styles in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, photography and art by regional writers and visual artists. New, emerging and established authors and artists living along the Florida Panhandle and coastal Alabama are encouraged to submit work from May 1 to June 15. Nominal submission fees range from five to ten dollars and help defray the cost of publishing the book. Student discounts are offered to encourage students of the arts at all levels to find an audience for their work. The deadline for submissions is midnight June 15. The 2019 Emerald Coast Review, as a regional publication, only accepts submissions from authors/writers/poets and visual artists residing in the following counties in Florida and Alabama: Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay (Florida) and Escambia, Mobile, and Baldwin (Alabama). For specific submission guidelines visit www.WFLF. org/ECR.

Annual Explorers’ Luncheon

The Global Corner International Learning Center will hold its annual Explorers’ Luncheon June 11 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pensacola Yacht Club. The program will include a presentation by author Robin Reshard, information on the current year’s Passport to Canada program, a silent auction and recognition of the “Why I Love The Global Corner” essay contest winners. Tickets are $45 before May 28. For more information go to www.theglobalcorner.org or call 332-6404.

St. Sylvester Flag Day 5K Run

Do you have your running or walking shoes ready? The Columbiettes and Knights of Columbus Organizations of Saint Sylvester Catholic Church, 6464 Gulf Breeze Highway in Gulf Breeze are conducting their annual Flag Day 5K Run/Walk at the church June 8, at 7:30 a.m. All proceeds go to their supported local charities. All military, family, friends and neighbors are invited to run or walk for charity. Registration is at www.active.com or www.stsylv.org. Cost is $20 for adults/strollers, $15 for active-duty military and $10 for children under 12. For more information, contact Ellen Stanley, Race Coordinator, at 261-2971, or the St. Sylvester church office at 939-3020.

Over 50 ballroom dance club

Over 50 Ballroom Dance Club dances every Tuesday 7 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. at the Sanders Beach-Corinne Jones Resource Center located at 913 South I Street Pensacola. This club offers ballroom dancing for adults ages 50 years or older. Dances feature live music and a beautiful dance venue on Pensacola Bay. Admission is $5 for



members and $10 for non-members. Dressy attire; no jeans please. Couples and singles welcome. The venue is smoke and alcohol free. For more information call Pat Foster at 623-5013 or visit https://sites.google.com/site/over55ballroomdanceclub.

FAMU Scholarship Luncheon

The Pensacola Chapter of the Florida A&M University National Alumni Association is hosting its annual Scholarship Luncheon at noon, June 8, at the Dr. E.S. Cobb Resource Center located at 601 E. Mallory Street in Pensacola. Tickets are only $35 and can be obtained by contacting Reggie Parker at 390-8313 or reggparker@ hotmail.com. Donations also accepted. Proceeds generate scholarships for graduating high school seniors from Santa Rosa and Escambia counties who enroll at FAMU.

TACAMO aircraft to be celebrated

A group of retired Sailors will gather at the National Naval Aviation Museum in the Blue Angels Atrium June 8 at 1 p.m. to celebrate the long service of BUNO 151891, a Navy C-130 Hercules. With a service career that spanned decades, the plane, known affectionately as simply ‘891,’ has been the workhorse in six different Navy squadrons. In between very brief service as a transport with VR21 and the Blue Angels, 891 served in four other squadrons, providing alternative long range communications support for the Navy’s nuclear deterrence submarine forces. That mission is known as TACAMO, an acronym for Take Charge and Move Out. Sponsoring the 891 celebration is the TACAMO Community Veterans Association (TCVA) whose chartered purpose is to provide fraternal, social and recreational activities for the members and guests and encourage and support the preservation of the history of TACAMO. TCVA has more than 3,000 members, a website and social media virtual gathering places for its members. A TACAMO Hall of Fame, reunions and memorials are just some of the activities TCVA sponsors. See TACAMO.org for more information about 891 and also https://www.tacamo.org/buno151891. For more on the ceremony go to https://www.tacamo.org/2019-minireunion-pns.

4-H to host Bunny Day Camp June 11 and 12

Bunny day camp: All youth ages 7-18 are invited to join 4-H for two “hoptastic” days June 11 and 12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students will learn basic care for raising rabbits and visit a local rabbitry to learn how they care for over 100 rabbits. The day camp will be held at Santa Rosa UF/IFAS Extension, 6263 Dogwood Dr. in Milton. The cost is $60 per camper plus a registration fee. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Register by June 10 at www.eventbrite.com. For more information contact 4-H Agent, Prudence Caskey, (850) 623-3868.

ECSD to hire campus security officers

Escambia County School District (ECSD) has announced that they will be hiring personnel to serve as Campus Security Officers (CSOs) in public elementary schools beginning in August, 2019. “These Campus Security Officers, or CSOs, will serve to protect students in our schools during the school day, 10 months a year,” Escambia County School Superintendent Malcolm Thomas said. “The district will be working with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office to ensure high quality individuals with the appropriate skills, temperament and abilities are selected.” Applicants will apply though the Escambia County School District. The Campus Security Officer job description and list of applicant qualifications has been posted on the ECSD website. The Sheriff’s Office will be responsible for training to include a background screening, psychological evaluation, and polygraph test. Applicants will be required to successfully complete 150 hours (approximately two months) of training. The first class is expected to begin in June 2019 and trainees will be paid during the training. Campus Security Officers will be required to also complete the finger printing and drug screening requirement that ECSD requires of all school district employees prior to being placed in a school. Those selected will have a starting salary at $30,600, plus benefits, for a 10-month position. “We are hoping retired military and retired law enforcement officers, who have maintained their weapons’ permits and skills, will see this opportunity as a new way to continue to serve our community and protect our students,” Superintendent Thomas said. Go to the Escambia Schools Public Relations page on www.facebook.com/ecsd.public to see pictures of recent events. Visit ECSD’s web page at www.escambiaschools.org.

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“Welcome Aboard Weekend” photos; See page B2 “Spotlight”

Memorial Day: Veterans lives, sacrifices remembered

From www.va.gov


hree years after the Civil War ended, May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans – the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) – established “Decoration Day” as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country. The first large observance was held that year at Arlington National Cemetery, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. The ceremonies centered around the mourningdraped veranda of the Arlington mansion, once the home of Gen. Robert E. Lee. Various Washington officials, including Gen. and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant, presided over the ceremonies. After speeches, children from the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Orphan Home and members of the GAR made their way through the cemetery, strewing flowers on both Union and Confederate graves, reciting prayers and singing hymns. Local observances claim to be first: Local springtime tributes to the Civil War dead already had been held in various places. One of the first occurred in Columbus, Miss., April 25, 1866, when a group of women visited a cemetery to decorate the graves of Confederate soldiers who had fallen in battle at Shiloh. Nearby were the graves of Union soldiers, neglected because they were the enemy. Disturbed at the sight of the bare graves, the women placed some of their flowers on those graves, as well. Today, cities in the North and the South claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day in 1866. Both Macon and Columbus, Ga., claim the title, as well as Richmond, Va. The village of Boalsburg, Pa., claims it began there two years earlier. A stone in a Carbondale, Ill., cemetery carries the statement that the first Decoration Day ceremony took place there April 29, 1866. Carbondale was the wartime home of Logan. Approximately 25 places have been named in connection with the origin of Memorial Day, many of them in the South where most of the war dead were buried. Official birthplace declared: In 1966, Congress and President Lyndon Johnson declared Waterloo, N.Y., the “birthplace” of Memorial Day. There, a ceremony May 5, 1866, honored local veterans who had fought in the Civil War. Businesses closed and residents flew flags at half-staff. Supporters of Waterloo’s claim say earlier observances in other places were either informal, not community-wide or onetime events. By the end of the 19th century, Memorial Day ceremonies were being held May 30 throughout the nation. State legislatures passed proclamations designating the day, and the Army and Navy adopted regulations for proper observance at their facilities.

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It was not until after World War I, however, that the day was expanded to honor those who have died in all American wars. In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday by an act of Congress, though it is still often called Decoration Day. It was then also placed on the last Monday in May (May 27 in 2019), as were some other federal holidays. Some states have Confederate observances: Many Southern states also have their own days for honoring the Confederate dead. Mississippi celebrates Confederate Memorial Day on the last Monday of April, Alabama on the fourth Monday of April, and Georgia April 26. North and South Carolina observe it May 10, Louisiana June 3 and Tennessee calls that date Confederate Decoration Day. Texas celebrates Confederate Heroes Day Jan. 19 and Virginia calls the last Monday in May Confederate Memorial Day. Logan’s order for his posts to decorate graves in 1868 “with the choicest flowers of springtime” urged: “We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance ... Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.” The crowd attending the first Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery was approximately the same size as those that attend today’s observance, about 5,000 people. Then, as now, small American flags were placed on each grave – a tradi-

tion followed at many national cemeteries today. In recent years, the custom has grown in many families to decorate the graves of all departed loved ones. The origins of special services to honor those who die in war can be found in antiquity. The Athenian leader Pericles offered a tribute to the fallen heroes of the Peloponnesian War more than 24 centuries ago that could be applied today to the 1.1 million Americans who have died in the nation’s wars: “Not only are they commemorated by columns and inscriptions, but there dwells also an unwritten memorial of them, graven not on stone but in the hearts of men.” To ensure the sacrifices of America’s fallen heroes are never forgotten, in December 2000, the U.S. Congress passed and the president signed into law “The National Moment of Remembrance Act,” P.L. 106-579, creating the White House Commission on the National Moment of Remembrance. The commission’s charter is to “encourage the people of the United States to give something back to their country, which provides them so much freedom and opportunity” by encouraging and coordinating commemorations in the United States of Memorial Day and the National Moment of Remembrance. The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation.

Flag etiquette: When to fly half-staff By U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

An easy way to remember when to fly the United States flag at half-staff is to consider when the whole nation is in mourning. These periods of mourning are proclaimed either by the president of the United States, for national remembrance, or the governor of a state or territory, for local remembrance, in the event of a death of a member or former member of the federal, state or territorial government or judiciary. The heads of departments and agencies of the federal government may also order that the flag be flown at half-staff on buildings, grounds and naval vessels under their jurisdiction. On Memorial Day, the flag should be flown at half-staff from sunrise until noon only, then raised briskly to the top of the staff until sunset, in honor of the nation’s battle heroes.

The flag should fly at half-staff for 30 days at all federal buildings, grounds and naval vessels throughout the United States and its territories and possessions after the death of the president or a former president. It is to fly 10 days at half-staff after the death of the vice president, the chief justice or a retired chief justice of the United States Supreme Court or the speaker of the House of Representatives. The president may order the flag to be flown at half-staff to mark the death of other officials, former officials or foreign dignitaries. In addition to these occasions, the president may order half-staff display of the flag after other tragic events. Out of respect for the U.S. flag, never dip it for any person or thing, even though state flags, regimental colors and other flags may be dipped as a mark of honor.

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Thoughts to ponder

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“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty.” – President John F. Kennedy

On patriotism and remembrance ...

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” – Joseph Campbell “All we have of freedom, all we use or know, this our fathers bought for us long and long ago.” – Rudyard Kipling “Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.” – James Bryce



“Better than honor and glory, and history’s iron pen, was the thought of duty done and the love of his fellow-men.” – Richard Watson Gilder “A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.” – President Dwight D. Eisenhower




May 24, 2019

NAS Pensacola NEX, MWR and DeCA host ‘Welcome Aboard Weekend’ Photos by Kristine Sturkie Navy Exchange Service Command


he Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola Navy Exchange (NEX), Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) department and the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) hosted a ‘Welcome Aboard Weekend’ celebration April 26 and 27 onboard NAS Pensacola.

The Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) teamed up with the Pensacola NEX, MWR and commissary for the first-ever Welcome Aboard Weekend at NAS Pensacola April 26 and 27. The event brought a variety of entertainment to the students, military and families stationed at NAS Pensacola. (Above) Military commands line up for the SAPR 5K Run April 26.

NEX patrons enjoy a live action performance of highflying acrobatics by stuntmen Will Greenburg and Cole Ekert. The duo holds more than 40 North American Country music artist, Jared Ashley, performs an acous- NEX patrons battle it out during a Mortal Kombat 11 tic set for NEX patrons. and Call of Duty Black Ops 4 gaming tournament. Sport Karate world titles between them.


Command Lines &Worship Schedule

• Fleet and Family Support Center The NASP Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC), 151 Ellyson Ave., Bldg. 625, offers a variety of classes and workshops. For information or to register, call 452-5990. Upcoming classes include: • Family Employment Readiness Brief: 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. every Tuesday. This workshop is targeted to spouses and family members who are seeking employment, education and volunteer information. • Base tour: 9 a.m. to noon the first Wednesday of every month. The next tour is scheduled for June 5. Learn about the history of Naval Air Station Pensacola and how to get around base. • Waggy Wednesdays: 10 a.m. to noon June 19 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. • Couples Communication: 9 a.m. to noon June 19. Build a happier relationship by developing better communication skills, managing your stress as a couple and finding ways to compromise. You will even learn how to fight fairly. • Partners in Parenting: 1 p.m., July 17. Caring for your baby can be overwhelming at first. Let us show you techniques that will assist in caring for your newborn. This class is designed for the nonpregnant partner. • Anger Control: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 June 11 and June 18 (you must attend both sessions). Do you feel you get angry at the simplest things? Learn to get control your anger before it controls you. • Kiddie Kraft: 10 a.m. to noon June 14 at Lighthouse Terrace, #1 Price Ave. A fun way to increase your child’s social development with a creative way to learn. Children will develop skills to improve eye and hand coordination.

• SAPR If you are a victim of sexual assault, it is not your fault. Help for victims of sexual assault in the DoD community is a call, click or text away: • The SafeHelpline: Provides live, oneon-one crisis support and information by trained staff. Call: (877) 995-5247; click: www.SafeHelpline.org or text: 55-247, CONUS; (202) 470-5546, OCONUS (may be extra charges for OCONUS) • The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program: Provides prevention, intervention and a 24/7/365 response to non-intimate partner adult victims of sexual assault. Active-duty and adult family member sexual assault victims have a choice of reporting options, unrestricted and restricted. Unrestricted reporting allows 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 449-9231/2. 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. bradford.ctr@navy.mil or call 452-2342.

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 Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel • Contemporary service, 6 p.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel, dinner after service • 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. Sunday, J.B. McKamey NASP Corry Station – Protestant • Adult Bible study, 9 a.m. Sunday, fellowship hall • Chapel choir, 9 a.m. Sunday, choir room vice sanctuary • Worship service, 10 a.m. Sunday • Fellowship, 11:30 a.m. Sunday • Contemporary worship, 6:00 p.m. Sunday, followed by fellowship at 7:00 p.m. • Bible study and dinner, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, fellowship hall Latter Day Saints • Service, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday NASP Corry Station – Roman Catholic • Mass, noon Sunday and 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday. For more, call 452-6376 NAS Whiting Field Chapel – Roman Catholic • Mass, 11 a.m. Friday NAS Whiting Field Chapel – Protes-

tant • Bible study, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday with meal • Greek Orthodox Orthos, 10 a.m. Sunday, Chapel (everyone welcome) • Greek Orthodox Worship, 11 a.m. Sunday, Chapel (everyone welcome) • 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 by Rabbi/ Cantor Sam Waidenbaum. 7 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. Saturday. For information, call 433-7311 or e-mail help@ bnaiisraelpensacola.org • 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 • House of God Church, 2851 N “E” Street, 312-7003. Sunday School 9:30 a.m.; Morning Worship 11:30 a.m. For more, houseofgodpensacola.com • Buddhism 101 – Introduction to Nichiren Buddhism courses are provided every third Wednesday at the Downtown Pensacola Library at 6 p.m. This event is not sponsored or endorsed by the West Florida Public Libraries or Escambia County. For more information, call 291-4333 • Seventh-day Adventist – Seventhday Adventist Church, 1080 North Blue Angel Parkway, services at 11 a.m. Saturday. For information, call 453-3442 • New Life Baptist Church – 6380 Bayberry St., Milton, Fl. Phone: 6261859, Sunday School at 9:15 a.m., Morning Worship at 10:30 a.m., www. miltonnewlifebaptist.com. • Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 1720 W. Garden Street. Sunday Service – Orthros 8:45 a.m., Liturgy 10 a.m. Weekday Feast Day Services – Orthros 8:30 a.m., Liturgy 9:30 a.m. For information call 4332662 or visit www.annunciationgoc. org.



Off Duty

Fiesta of Five Flags returns

Service members take place in a previous Fiesta of Five Flags celebration. The fiesta takes its name from the five flags that have flown over Pensacola in its history: Spanish, French, British, Confederate and American. This year’s festival will take place May 29 through June 7 and will be at various locations throughout downtown Pensacola. Story, photo from www.fiestapensacola.org

The annual Fiesta of Five Flags is coming back to Pensacola May 29 through June 7. Taking its name from the five flags that have flown over Pensacola in its history, the fiesta elevates the city’s rich history and culture for 10 days of Pensacola pride. In the late 1940’s, a group of community leaders began to develop the idea of an annual summer festival to promote tourism in the Pensacola area. That idea developed into the Fiesta of Five Flags Celebration, and it may have been the first community attempt to recognize and develop tourism as an industry. Calvin Todd, President of the Pensacola Chamber of Commerce in 1949, proposed the concept of combining a historical theme with tourism promotion. Thus, the focus of Fiesta was based upon the founding of Pensacola, America’s oldest city, by Don Tristan de Luna in 1559. It would also be a salute to our his-

tory under the flags of five governments that have flown over our city: Spain, France, England, the Confederacy and the United States. The scope of Fiesta was expanded in the late 1980’s to include fund-raising events. The Pensacola Crawfish Festival in the spring and the Pensacola Seafood Festival in the fall are both three-day events held in the historic district of downtown Pensacola. The success of these weekend events has enabled Fiesta to invest in local organizations that research and promote Pensacola’s history. Throughout the 68 years of the Fiesta’s history, the mission has remained the same: “To celebrate our heritage, promote tourism and build pride in Pensacola through festive activities which enhance the quality of life in our community.” Today Fiesta mobilizes community support for its year-round events, contributes funds to the promotion of Pensacola’s history, while providing exciting entertainment and events for the entire community to enjoy. For more information and for a full schedule of events, visit www.fiestapensacola.org.

C @ NAS Pensacola Portside Cinema a FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY TUESDAY “Ugly Dolls” (PG) “Ugly Dolls” (PG) “Breakthrough” (PG) “The Curse of La t 5 p.m. 10 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Llorona” (R) 5 p.m. c “Hellboy (2019)” (R) “Avengers: Endgame” “Ugly Dolls” (PG) (PG13) 7 p.m. 3 p.m. “Shazam” (PG13) h “Avengers: 3D: Noon 2D: 7 p.m. Endgame” 2D: 3:30 p.m., 7 p.m. “Hellboy (2019)” (R) a M O V I E

(PG13) 2D: 4 p.m. 7:30 p.m.


“Avengers: Endgame” (PG13) 3D: 6 p.m. “Little” (PG13) 5 p.m. “Pet Sematary” (R) 7:10 p.m.

“Godzilla: King” (PG13) 4:30 p.m., FREE “Breakthrough (2019)” (PG) 11 a.m. “The Curse of La Llorona” (R) 1:30 p.m.

5 p.m.

“Shazam” (PG13) 2D: 7:30 p.m. “Avengers: Endgame” (PG13) 2D: Noon, 3:30 p.m., 7 p.m.

“Avengers: Endgame” (PG13) 2D: 6 p.m.

THURSDAY “Breakthrough (2019)” (PG) 5 p.m. “Hellboy (2019)” (PG) 7:20 p.m.

Regular shows: $4 adults, $2 children ages 6 “Avengers: Endgame” (PG13) through 11, free for 5 and younger 2D: 6 p.m. 3D shows: $5 adults, $3 children ages 6 through 11, free for 5 and younger NASP Portside Cinema is closed on Monday.

May 24, 2019

Morale, Welfare and Recreation

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.

• Tour for the Troops: As part of the Air Force Reserve Tour for the Troops, there will be a concert on the NASP Portside Lawn featuring Hunter Hayes June 21 at 6:30 p.m., gates open at 5:30 p.m. This is a free event. Bring your own blankets and lawn chairs for the concert. Try this For more information • Danger Zone call 452-3806. Paintball: The Blue • Backpacking Overnight Trips: Angel Park hosts Danger There will be an over- Zone Paintball Saturday night backpacking trip and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 May 25 through 27 to p.m. and Monday and Fort Payne, Ala. Go Friday for private party with MWR on an out- reservations. The “woodsof-town backpacking ball” facility has approxiadventure. All gear mately 35 acres of woodand transportation pro- ed area for play. A military vided. Only $60, rain or DoD ID is required to or shine. Sign up for rent equipment. For more the skills course at the information or for reversaTickets and Travel of- tions, call 281-5489. fice Bldg. 3787 at Corry Station. Backpacking 101 Skills Course is a prerequisite for all NAS Pensacola backpacking trips. For more information call 281-5489. • Summer Reading Program: The NASP Library will be hosting a summer reading program in June, signups going on throughout May. Books and movies partner together for a fun program for all ages. For more information, call 452-4362. • Annual NAS Invitational: The A.C. Read Golf Club will host the 69th annual NAS Invitational June 7 through 9. Registration fee is $155 per person or $310 per team, with the tournament only open to the first 100 teams. June 7 will be a two-man scramble, June 8 will be two-man best ball and June 9 will be the modified alternative shot. For more information or to register, call 452-2454. • Movies on the Lawn: There will be movies shown on the lawn in front of the Portside Gym, Bldg. 627 every second and fourth Saturday starting at dusk. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and coolers. If it rains, the movie will be canceled; check Facebook for rain-outs at www. facebook.com/mwrpensacola or call 452-2372. • Navy CDH Program: Want to support military families and have a transferable career when you PCS? Become a Child Development Home Provider. CDH Providers offer safe environments designed to meet the developmental needs of children enrolled. For more information, call 458-6588.

Liberty Activities 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.

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