Memorial Day observed at Barrancas National Cemetery ... The Gulf Coast Veterans Ad-
vocacy Council (GCVAC) will commemorate 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.
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NAS Pensacola hosts 2018 Naval Inspector General Conference
By Stephen Croley
The 2018 Naval Inspectors General (IG) Conference, which consisted of IG’s from across the entire enterprise, was recently held onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP), May 15 through 17. Hosted by Inspector General of the Navy, Vice Adm. Herman Shelanski, the conference featured three days of structured dialogue and discussion. This year’s theme, “Inspector General to Mastery ... U.S. Navy to Excellence,” focused on professional growth, development and transparency of the Naval IG community, while serving as the eyes and ears of the Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) and the Chief of
Firefighters train to rappel/rescue onboard NAS Pensacola ... Members of Fire & Emergency Services Gulf Coast were undergoing training last week to learn the art of rappelling from buildings – including the tallest building on base and the Pensacola Lighthouse – in order to save lives. (Above) Firefighter/EMT Jeremy Anderson rappels off NASP’s six-story Bldg. 3910 while Lt. Steven Gardner (right) ensures proper rigging safety. Photo by Kaitlyn Peacock For more photos, see page A4
Naval Operations (CNO). The conference promoted information sharing, standardization and organizational efficiencies throughout the IG enterprise, while ensuring IGs, at echelon, remain committed to inspecting and evaluating programs and systems of the Department of the Navy (DoN), conducting fair, impartial, and timely investigations and routinely communicating systemic issues and concerns to senior leaders of the Department of Defense (DoD). This year’s conference coincided with the 76th birthday of the Naval IG and was attended by personnel down through echelon five, enabling seamless See IG on page 2
Battle of Midway commemoration ceremony at museum June 4 From Patty Veal Navy League Board Secretary
Area Navy commands and local community are invited to a Battle of Midway commemoration ceremony hosted by the Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center (NETPDC) to be held at the National Naval Aviation Museum’s Blue Angel Atrium June 4 at 10 a.m.
There is no cost to attend this community event honoring those who served in the decisive World War II battle. Guest speaker is retired Navy fighter pilot, author and Pensacola Council Navy League board member Kevin Miller. “The Battle of Midway is considered by most historians to be the turning point of World War II, and we encourage our community to learn more
about our country’s history by attending this event,” Nan Harper, president of the Pensacola Council Navy League said. Following the ceremony will be the screening of South Dakota Warrior, a film chronicling Lt. Cmdr. John Waldron and his pivotal role in the Battle of Midway. For more information about the event, contact Carla Cuilik at 436-8552 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
NASP Notes ... Security exercise at NHP ... Today (May 25), Naval Hospital Pensacola (NHP) will be conducting a security exercise from 8 a.m. to approximately 10 a.m. The exercise is a joint exercise with NHP, Escambia County Sheriff’s Office and NAS Pensacola’s Fire and Emergency Services. The exercise will have minimal impact on patient care, but patients may see security and law enforcement personnel participating in the exercise.
Capt. Bill Lintz, commanding officer of the Center for Information Warfare Training (CIWT), welcomes CIWT domain executive officers and officers in charge to an event designed to provide the attendees a face-to-face opportunity to participate in Navy and domain-centric discussions, review strategic priorities and more.
CIWT hosts domain XO/OIC meeting Story, photo by Glenn Sircy Center for Information Warfare Training
The Center for Information Warfare Training (CIWT) hosted a domain-wide executive officer and officer in charge team-building, off-site meeting May 8 through 10. All around the fleet, commands large and small routinely assemble at offsite locations to take a step away from their day-to-day work to stimulate innovative ideas, synergy and creative exploration, invaluable insights and build team spirit. When commands invest their time in an off-site meeting, they have the opportunity to See CIWT on page 2
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Hundreds of base personnel attended a Safety Fair, hosted by the NASP Safety Department, at Mustin Beach Club May 22. (Right) ABE2 Quinton Carter has some difficulty negotiating Escambia County law enforcement’s “drunk buster” obstacle course. Goggles which impair vision mimic the effects of alcohol. The teaching tool is sobering and effective. Photo by Mike O’Connor
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IG from page 1 communication and real-time information exchange with IGs serving across the DoN. Attendance in prior years was at the echelon one-two level and this new approach was widely received and appreciated by everyone in attendance. The three days of the event were divided into morning plenary sessions, followed by afternoon “breakouts” on three primary topics: training and certification, DoN Hotline and IG Inspections. To maximize participation and collaboration, each session was also broadcast via the Defense Collaboration Services (DCS) platform, allowing virtual attendance by more than 60 additional personal throughout the Navy. Along with Shelanski, distinguished guest speakers included SECNAV Honorable Richard V. Spencer; CNO Adm. John M. Richardson, Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management and Comptroller) John Graveen, OGC; Acquisition Integrity Office (AIO) Wayne Wisniewski and Department of Justice Inspector General Honorable Michel E. Horowitz. The conference concluded with an executive council meeting on the last day, featuring Shelanski meeting with senior members of the Naval IG community to discuss strategic planning and ways-ahead for 2019 and beyond. Significant items of interest were transformation and reorganization initiatives within the Naval IG enterprise to support SECNAV and CNO’s Strategic Readiness and Comprehensive Assessment reviews of 2018. Shelanski wrapped up the week by reinforcing the Naval IG’s mission to serve the Navy and promote the over- At the National Naval Aviation Museum, the 2018 Naval Inspector General Conference group pauses for a group all readiness and warfighting capabilities of the DoN. photo. Photo by Greg Mitchell CIWT from page 1 separate the daily grind to better focus their teams. It also provides an opportunity for team-building activities and social interactions that indisputably build stronger teams. With a geographically diverse command of four training commands and two detachments, fostering and maintaining regular and unfiltered communication is of paramount importance to CIWT. Therefore, the three-day CIWT event was designed to provide the attendees a faceto-face opportunity to participate in Navy and domain-centric discussions, review strategic priorities, propose command initiatives, training, team-building events and engage with CIWT directorates and guest speakers. The attendees included Lt. Cmdr. Phillip Hickman Jr., executive officer of Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC) Corry Station; Lt. Cmdr. Andrew Michalowicz executive officer of IWTC Monterey; Lt. Cmdr. John Connally, executive officer of IWTC San Diego; Lt. Cmdr. Anthony “Eric” Dobson, executive officer of IWTC Virginia Beach and Lt. Cmdr. J. Austin Maxwell, officer in charge of CIWT Det. Goodfellow Air Force Base. “The meeting was a great opportunity to bring the CIWT domain XOs and OICs together, and not only learn from one another, but build a more solid domain team,” Cmdr. Jeffrey Buschmann, CIWT’s executive officer said. “Collaboration, creativity and coordination are
more critical than ever before, and solid teamwork is essential to achieve anything of real significance. Through our face-toface, collaborative discussions and teambuilding events this week, I feel we’ve molded together as a stronger team that will work more effectively, benefitting the entire CIWT domain.” Events over the three-day span included domain support-services discussions with CIWT’s directorates that included total force manpower (N1), special security office (N2); training (N7), financial resources management (N8), technical support/logistics management (N9), Navy Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL) and the Language, Regional
Expertise and Culture (LREC). Additionally, the attendees had discussions with CIWT’s command master chief, legal, chaplain, climate specialist, evaluations officer, career counselor, knowledge management, casualty assistance calls officer and public affairs officer. Other activities included a dinner hosted by CIWT’s executive officer, group luncheons, a guest speaker presentation, and it wrapped up with a CIWT executive officer’s panel discussion. As the guest speaker for the evening dinner, Capt. Ryan Bernacchi, a former commander of the Blue Angels, discussed building trust within command teams. “A command culture that fosters trust
Chaplain visit ... Naval Information Forces Chaplain Capt. Cameron Fish (center) discusses local religious support and resources with the Center for Information Warfare Training (CIWT) Cmdr. Steven “Todd” Orren (left) and Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC) Corry Station Chaplain Lt. Jason Dillon (right) onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP) Corry Station. Photo by Glenn Sircy
“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). Trent Hathaway was the May 18 winner; the photo was the “Towers” statue at NNAM. Congratulations!
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will enable that command to reach beyond good, and achieve great,” Bernacchi said. “Trust is fragile, and must be nurtured. It must be re-earned daily, from the skipper and from each member of the team. At its core, trust requires integrity and selflessness, but it also requires competence in the execution of one’s duties. Mistakes are going to happen to be sure, and when they are owned – it builds credibility and enhances trust. But trust is also action – it’s walking the walk, and putting your team mates and the mission above yourself. When that becomes cultural – the normal behavior of a command – special things will happen.” During the executive officer’s panel discussion, the attendees shared how they felt this off-site meeting was beneficial to help them better understand the inner workings of the CIWT domain, build stronger stakeholder relationships, brainstorm new ideas, open better lines of communication and to bond together as a stronger team. “The CIWT domain’s synergy is one of our greatest asset and trust, cooperation and effective communication are the key to our success,” Connally said. “I’ve participated in many off-site meetings in my 28-year career, but I feel this one has better armed us with the necessary tools to help elevate our teams’ overall productivity and motivation of delivering trained information warfare professionals to the Navy and joint services.” For more information, visit www.navy. mil, www.facebook.com/usnavy or www. twitter.com/usnavy.
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Autism: The truth about our son By Lisa Smith Molinari Military Spouse Columnist
t’s a boy,” Doctor Walker said as plainly as, “Please pass the salt.” It was April 4, 1995, at the hospital in Monterey, Calif. After twelve hours of labor turned the whites of my eyes blood red, I eagerly grasped the waxy, bluish, nine-pound baby boy we named Hayden.
Two weeks later, when Hayden would not stop crying and refused to feed, I called the pediatrician. Hayden had just smiled at us for the first time that morning. But my instincts were telling me something was wrong. The pediatrician met us at his closed office – you do not mess around when newborns are concerned. As soon as he saw the mottled color of Hayden’s skin, he ordered us to go directly to the emergency room. After a hurried spinal tap, his suspicions were confirmed. Hayden had meningitis and was in critical condition. We spent the next two weeks in neonatal intensive care, with our newborn splayed on a platform, attached to wires
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and an IV. The thought that our baby could die was so unfathomable, we could not accept it, so we carried on as if he was just fine. Nothing antibiotics cannot handle. It was not until Hayden was no longer septic that we shed tears. The knowledge that he had survived allowed us to finally face the truth of what had just happened. The pediatrician ordered tests for Hayden’s hearing in case there was residual neurological damage, but none of that mattered. Our baby boy was alive. When Hayden turned three, we could no longer deny the significant delays in his speech, motor skills and and cognitive skills. “Your son has Atypical Au-
About the columnist Lisa Smith Molinari, mother of three, was a military spouse for more than 25 years. Her husband recently retired from the Navy. Her syndicated column appears in military and civilian newspapers, including Stars and Stripes, and on her blog, www.themeatandpotatoesoflife.com. tism,” an Air Force developmental pediatrician at Lakenheath Royal Air Force Base in England told us. I think of that doctor with his feet up on his desk, but my distain for him may have tainted my memories. He seemed arrogant, insensitive, matter-offact. How could he say such a thing about our tow-headed
little boy in Osh Kosh B’Gosh overalls? As he dropped this bomb on our otherwise happy lives, he sat at his desk surrounded by photographs of his three normal sons playing baseball, blowing out birthday candles, accepting citizenship awards. What did the future hold for our son now that he was diagnosed with autism? Francis and I were devastated. But, just like the crisis with Hayden when he was a newborn, we could not fathom that he would not lead a normal life. It was unthinkable. So we did every kind of therapy we could, always believing that Hayden would make progress. We found a doctor who gave us the positive hope we were looking for, and embarked on a full-time home therapy program called “Floor Time,” along with a special diet, sensory integration therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy. It was like running a marathon – seemingly endless, exhausting work without breaks – but it was worth it because we believed that there was a finish line. Hayden progressed, sometimes painfully slowly, sometimes in exhilarating spurts.
After three years of therapies, Hayden’s autism diagnosis (Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified) was downgraded to a sensory regulatory disorder. He no longer fit the criteria for an autism spectrum disorder, but we kept going. And Hayden kept progressing, testing out of all therapies by sixth grade. In high school, Hayden made Eagle Scout, played varsity football, was an accomplished classical pianist, starred in two theater productions and took advanced classes. However, his lingering social delays, food and clothing sensitivities and other idiosyncrasies made me wonder if I had been kidding myself all these years. Would Hayden really lead a normal life or am I denying reality again? On May 19, Hayden walked across a stage at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to accept his diploma. On Monday, he packed a lunch with the food he likes, put on a shirt made of fabric that he finds tolerable and drove off to start his new job as a software engineer at Raytheon Company. That is real. That is the truth. And I am happy to say, there is no denying it.
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ire and Emergency Services Gulf Coast (F&ESGC) recently conducted a Rescue Technician Qualification Course onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP), May 7 through 11 and May 14 through 18. Participants consisted of personnel from NASP and NAS Whiting Field, along with one member from NAS Joint Reserve Base, New Orleans. F&ESGC personnel rappel down Bldg. 3910 during a Rescue Technician Qualification Course May 16 (left). Lt. Steven Hudson hangs upside down while rappelling (right). Firefighters are taught to hang upside down for easier mobility during rescues. This frees their hands to assist instead of hanging onto the ropes. As part of the qualification, firefighters were taught proper rappel rigging. Photos by Kaitlyn Peacock During an exercise at the Pensacola Lighthouse May 17, Fire & Emergency Services Gulf Coast (F&ESGC) Firefighter/EMT Jeremy Anderson was a simulated “victim.” A team from F&ESGC lowers Anderson by rope was from the top of the lighthouse stairs – 177 steps – using lines, carabiners and other rappelling gear. Photo by Mike O’Connor
NAS Joint Reserve Base, New Orleans’ Firefighter Mark Barnes rappels down a manhole during confined space rescue training May 11. Barnes joined firefighters from NASP and NAS Whiting Field (NASWF) during the exercises hosted onboard NASP. Photo by Greg Mitchell
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Navy COOL announces expanded opportunities for funding of credentials From Center for Information Warfare Training
avy Credentialing Opportunities OnLine (COOL) announced expanded credentialing opportunities for active and reserve enlisted Sailors, May 1. A new policy update now provides a wider array of opportunities for Sailors to earn civilian certifications and licenses (credentials) funded through Navy COOL. Expanded opportunities for funding of credentials now include: • Sailors who have cross-rated remain eligible for credentials mapped to their prior rating • Navy Reserve Sailors currently working in a civilian occupation to which the credential is mapped for credentials outside of their specific rating, and the credential has relevance or applicability to the current or future needs of the command or the Navy • Sailors who have documented
completion of on or off-duty training or course that fully prepares the Sailor for an associated industry certification or state license (e.g., working on a degree in biotechnology and passed a semester course on instructional design and facilitation relates to CompTIA certified technical trainer certification; command-sponsored course on emergency medical technician (EMT) relates to EMT basic certification; command provided training on welding relates to certified welder certification; and/or attended a seminar, webinar or boot camp on Microsoft Word relates to Microsoft Office Specialist certification) “Widening the aperture of credential-
ing opportunities provides Sailors greater flexibility in managing their military careers,” Jim Johnson, the Navy’s voluntary education service chief said. “In the future, the marketplace detailing environment will draw on a more holistic set of each Sailor’s information, including credentials, to match them with possible assignments, a key element of the Sailor 2025 Rating Modernization initiative. These changes further align with education trends toward “stackable” credentials, which can be a blend of academics, technical training, apprenticeships, certifications and licenses.” These expanded opportunities add on to the already available credentialing opportunities based on rating, collateral duty, out-of-rating assignment, or current work in a position to which the credential is mapped. Sailors may also be funded for credentials based on an earned academic degree or Service Members Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Career and Technical Education (CTE)
certificate, which can be directly associated to an industry certification or state license. Navy COOL provides information about licenses and certifications applicable to all Navy occupations, offering resources and funding to help Sailors gain appropriate civilian desired, and in many cases required, credentials. For more information about Navy COOL, visit www.cool.navy. mil/ or call 452-6683. Navy COOL is located with the Center for Information Warfare Training, which 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 the Center for Information Warfare Training organization, visit www.navy.mil/local/cid/, www.netc.navy.mil/centers/ciwt, www. facebook.com/NavyCIWT or www.twitter.com/NavyCIWT.
September 2018 E-4 – E-6 advancement cycle announced By Ed Barker Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center (NETPDC) Public Affairs
The September 2018 Navywide enlisted advancement examinations (Cycle 240) testing dates for active duty, full time support and canvasser recruiter Sailors who are advancement eligible to the paygrades of E-4 – E-6 have been announced
in Naval Administrative Message (NAVADMIN) 110/18, released recently. Each Navy examination consists of 25 professional military knowledge and 150 job-specific rating technical questions. The Navywide examination dates are Sept. 6 (E-6), Sept. 13 (E-5) and Sept. 20 (E-4). Examination results are anticipated to be released to command Triads in November, prior to
posting on the Navy Enlisted Advancement System (NEAS) website. During Advancement Examination Readiness Reviews held at NETPDC, visiting E-7 – E-9 fleet subject matter experts (SMEs) in each enlisted rating ensure all examination questions can be linked to current references and publications. As rating SMEs select questions for the examination,
an examination bibliography is developed for that specific cycle’s exam, based on the source references for the questions on the exam. The Navy Advancement Center (NAC) updates bibliography information as fleet instructions and manuals change, and it is recommended that candidates check their bibliography a few times prior to the exam administration date. To download the bibliog-
raphies and an exam-specific topic list for the upcoming cycle, go to the Navy Advancement Center’s My Navy Portal bibliography page: https:// www.mnp.navy.mil/group/navy-advancement-center/bibliographies or the Navy Credentialing Opportunities Online (COOL) website: www.cool. navy.mil/usn, under the Find & Select Related Credentials, Enlisted tab.
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First NAS Whiting Field Sailor to be selected for new initiative for submarine conversion rating By Jamie Link NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs Office
BH2 Sarah Sanchez recently received a selection notice for rating conversion to the U.S. Navy submarine force. The selection announcement was made as part of a group in the fourth phase of the first female enlisted Sailors initiative in submarines. The Secretary of the Navy approved the integration plan, open to all women of previously closed ratings and Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) codes in the submarine force. The plan includes the opportunity for all enlisted female Sailors of ranks E-1 to E-8 and serving in all ratings to request a conversion to serve in the submarine force, according to the NAVADMIN in July 2014. The integration of female enlisted Sailors follows the successful integration of female officers aboard submarines. Initially, Sailors selected and
trained for rating conversion to serve aboard cruise missile submarines (SSGNs) and ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs) previously integrated with female officers as part of phase one. The first two crews were integrated in 2016, with two to four additional crews added each year through 2021. Phase two integrated enlisted female Sailors aboard new construction Virginia-class fast attack subs (SSNs). The submarine force was first opened to female officers in 2011, with the first integration on the USS Michigan
(SSGN 727). The Navy plans to add 550 enlisted women to serve on seven Ohio-class SSBN submarines by 2020. Sailors from all communities were eligible to apply for submarine service as part of the initiative. Sanchez grew up in a small town in upstate New York, but moved to Norfolk, Va. in her early twenties. Living in Norfolk was her first exposure to the Navy. “Seeing all the ships every day, it just amazed me and it was something I wanted to be a part of,” Sanchez said. “The aircraft carrier caught my attention the most-they were massive and intimidating; they inspired.” “I joined the Navy because I wanted more out of life-to go places and to see things and to be a part of something big and for that something to be bigger than me-that was the Navy,” she added. “It was the best decision of my life and my family has been nothing but prouder. I am the only one in my family in the armed forces.” Sanchez has been serving
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in the Navy for close to a decade as an ABH: Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling). ABHs responsibilities include operating on the deck of a ship, where they are responsible for the launching and recovery of naval aircraft. Sanchez looks forward to the new challenge. “I’ve been in aviation until now and this will be a completely new journey,” she said. NAS Whiting Field (NASWF) Command Career Counselor, NCC Thurman Winkler
distributed a message about the opportunity for the initial enlisted integration for female Sailors in the non-nuclear submarine rating conversion process cycle four. When the opportunity to serve on the USS Georgia (SSGN 729) submarine crews in Kings Bay, Ga. opened, Sanchez jumped at the opportunity. “I e-mailed Chief Winkler back immediately that I was highly interested in the position,” Sanchez said. Sanchez is excited to become a part of naval history “It’s a chance, in a way, to become a pioneer and a chance to set an example for future female Sailors – to those who are on the fence about stepping out of their comfort zone; just do it,” Sanchez said. “I’m excited and my family is excited.” CMDCM Lee Stephens said after her selection, “Petty officer Sanchez is well-deserving of this opportunity to further excel in our Navy. Her absolute professionalism and technical expertise will continue to serve her and our nation for many years to come.”
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tion Whiting Field (NASWF) personnel participate in a Gold Star program initiative with a “Run for the Fallen” event to highlight the program that provides awareness and appreciation for our countries fallen service members and their families left behind as a result of war. The three-mile run was held May 11 in conjunction with morning colors. The guest speaker for the event was Santa Rosa County Commissioner W. D. Don Salter. NASWF personnel read a list of names of fallen service members prior to the start of the race. ABHC Andrew McDougle, Fire & Emergency Services Gulf Coast was the action officer of the event. Photo from https://www.flickr.com/photos/ naswf/sets/72157694963413321
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Battle of Midway commemoration
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Area Navy commands and local community are invited The Gulf Coast Veterans Advocacy Council (GCto a Battle of Midway commemoration ceremony hosted VAC) will celebrate Memorial Day at NASP’s Barby the Naval Education and Training Professional Develrancas National Cemetery May 28 beginning at 9 a.m. opment Center to be held at the National Naval Aviation Guest speaker will be Vice Adm. Jerry Unruh. All vetMuseum’s Blue Angel Atrium June 4 at 10 a.m. eran organizations are welcome to display their unit flag There is no cost to attend this community event honorand there will be a roll call of deceased veteran meming those who served in the decisive World War II battle. bers. Guest speaker will be author, retired Navy fighter pilot and For more information, call Committee Chairman RobPensacola Council Navy League board member Kevin ert Hall at 456-1561 or Arnetha Welcome at 501-1979. Miller. For more information about the event, contact Carla Cuilik at 436-8552 or e-mail navyleagueofus@bellsouth. 2000s, is reuniting its members from across the decades. Choir alumni have been invited to the University of Flornet. ida in Gainesville to perform Dec. 2 with more than 200 other singers and a symphony orchestra in an extraordiForeign language web base field test The Department of Defense is seeking U.S. Navy per- nary event celebrating the 200th anniversary of the carol sonnel with Italian and Polish linguist skills to participate Silent Night. An especially unique segment of the concert in the web based field test to contribute to the revision of will musically convey the true story of the 1914 Christthe Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT) and the mas Eve cease-fire between German and Allied troops in mission of the Department of Defense. They are a series World War One when the soldiers set aside their weapons, of three versions called “Forms,” and it is requested all exchanged gifts and sang carols together. Former members who still enjoy singing and are interforms be taken, in order to evaluate a true assessment of ested in participating in this – or future choir activities – the study for a new DLPT revision. should register now at https://tinyurl.com/NATCC-Signup When registering, preceed your last name with WBFT or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name, and indicate in the comments section of the online request phone, e-mail, years in the choir, mailing address and vo“For WBFT.” Test location will be NAS Pensacola, Bldg. cal range. Interested parties may mail the same informa634. Deadline for participation is July 31. tion to Dave Scott, P.O. Box 6892, Huntsville, AL 35813. To schedule an appointment, register at www.mnp.navy. Music scores, recorded rehearsal tracks and other preparamil/group/information-warfare-training/n-dfltp. Learn tion aids will be provided electronically, and two days of more about what the Center for Language, Regional Exrehearsal will precede the concert. pertise, and Culture offers at www.netc.navy.mil/centers/ Facebook users may connect with choir members at ciwt/clrec. www.facebook.com/groups/natcc.
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 email@example.com.
Onboard NASP Navy Choir seeking former members
The Naval Air Training Command Choir, officially sponsored by the U.S. Navy from 1949 until the early
geles. This is a free community event. The event provides children a variety of Japanese cultural activities including yo-yo catching games, origami, face painting, calligraphy contest, mochi (sticky rice) sampling, Okinawa taiko, Karate performance and more. There will be food vendors offering various Japanese dishes and sweets. For more information or to volunteer for the event, email Takami Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Free Pensacola youth tennis clinics
The Pensacola Sports’ Racquet Round Up, a free tennis clinic, is set to begin at various locations in Pensacola. The first round of Racquet Round-Up clinics will be held May 29 through May 31 at Roger Scott Tennis Center. Walk-up registration for children ages 5 to 8 will begin at 8 a.m. and instruction will continue until 9:30 a.m. Children ages 9 to 12 can begin registration at 9 a.m. and will enjoy instruction until 11:15 a.m. NEX hosts summer pet expo For more information and questions regarding registraNEX Corry Mall presents summer pet expo. Come see tion for Racquet Round-up, visit the event website www. all the great pet food demonstrations including Chef Shaun pensacolasports.org/racquetroundup or contact Event preparing homemade pet food and treats. Get your furry Manager Mel Bruce at email@example.com. friend a giveaway while the children create pet rocks. The expo will be tomorrow, May 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Global explorers’ luncheon For additional details, call 458-8811. The Global Corner International Learning Center will hold its annual Explorers’ Luncheon and Silent Auction June 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pensacola Yacht Club. Dr. Mona Amodeo from idgroup will be the guest speaker. Tickets are $50 and support the non-profit to Children’s day Japanese event continue to bring the world to area students through comChildren’s Day Celebration will be held tomorrow, prehensive and interactive programs delivered to local May 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Saint Sylvester Catholic elementary schools. Reservations may be made online at Church, 6464 Gulf Breeze Parkway in Gulf Breeze with www.theglobalcorner.org or by calling 332-6404. a generous support from the Japan Foundation, Los An-
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NMOTC graduates newest Navy dental hygienists; See page B2 “Spotlight”
Memorial Day: Veterans lives, sacrifices remembered
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 28 in 2018), 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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“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
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“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
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May 25, 2018
NMOTC graduates newest Navy dental hygienists Story, photo by MC2 Michael Lieberknecht Navy Medicine Operational Training Center
avy Medicine Operational Training Center (NMOTC) recently graduated the newest class of Navy registered dental hygienists May 4. The group of six hospital corpsmen were officially pinned as dental hygienists, culminating their two-year term in the Naval Dental Hygienist Program (NDHP), a specialized course which coordinates with local colleges to qualify Navy corpsmen in both the Navy and civilian sector. “This is the only enlisted NEC program for corpsman that sends them to an institution of higher learning,” HMC Renee Byam, NDHP manager said. “This group faced a lot of obstacles, and I am proud of them for their effort to adapt and overcome.” Some obstacles during the course turned out to be opportunities in disguise. “Patients we worked on during the course would come in varying levels of difficulty,” HM1 Toshi Rozzell said. “Working on a dental issue that was more challenging provided a wider opportunity to learn.” The recently graduated students are
the first group to both start and finish the program under NMOTC. Previously, NDHP was facilitated by Naval Hospital Pensacola (NHP) and is now assumed by NMOTC in order to foster a closer relationship to the command overall responsible for the program, Navy Medicine Education, Training and Logistics Command (NMETLC). “I think bringing NDHP under the NMOTC and NMETLC family has made it easier for each command to be advocates for Sailors going through the program,” HM2 Samuel Guill, NDHP leading petty officer said. Sailors in the NDHP participate in courses alongside civilians during their time in the program. HM3 Rodd Monzon earned the highest grade and was named valedictorian of the 2018 graduating class comprised of 28 students. “It was certainly a big surprise and a pretty awesome feeling,” Monzon said. “I was just doing my everyday
Students from the 2018 graduating class of Naval Dental Hygienist Program (NDHP) pose for a group photo. The group of hospital corpsmen were officially pinned as dental hygienists, culminating their two-year term in the NDHP, a specialized course which coordinates with local colleges to qualify Navy corpsmen in both the Navy and civilian sector.
thing and was not expecting to receive the highest grades.” As these Sailors move on to their next commands, they will be bring their newly earned skill set with them. “It feels amazing,” HM2 Jessica Wendlandt said. “I’m going to a ship for my next duty station, and it will be exciting to put the last two years into practice.” For those eligible and interested in applying for NDHP, submissions are
due no later than Sept. 30 to HMC Renee Byam at renee.l.byam.mil@ mail.mil NMOTC is part of a health care netork of Navy medical professionals around the world who provide high-quality health care to more than one million eligible beneficiaries. Navy Medicine personnel deploy with Sailors and Marines worldwide, providing critical mission support aboard ships, in the air, under the sea and on the battlefield.
• 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. 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 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. • Emergency Preparedness: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. today, May 25. Emergencies come in many forms. Be prepared for yourself and your family. • Music and Movement: 10
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,
a.m. to noon today, May 25 at Lighthouse Terrace, #1 Price Ave. A learning activity to enhance self-expression 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 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
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
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 nonintimate 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 chainof-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 of-
fers 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.firstname.lastname@example.org 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 4522532 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.
Gulf Breeze Zoo welcomes their first baby white rhino
White rhino mother Katie (back) and new baby Katana (front) at the Gulf Breeze Zoo. Katana is the first baby white rhino born at the zoo and is currently available for viewing from the zoo’s guided train ride. Photo courtesy of Gulf Breeze Zoo From Gulf Breeze Zoo
Gulf Breeze Zoo, a Zoo and Aquarium Association (ZAA) accredited facility, is excited to announce the birth of its first Southern white rhinoceros. The healthy baby girl named, Katana was born after a 16-month pregnancy to Katie, an eightyear-old female white rhino, early in the morning Jan. 20. The zoo has been hopeful for this birth since fa-
ther rhino Robbie was introduced to the zoo in 2013 from the Center for Conservation of Tropical Ungulates (CCTU), a breeding sanctuary in Florida. Zookeepers had been monitoring Katie closely for several months before she gave birth and are delighted that both mom and baby are very healthy. Katana is gaining weight at a rate of around 10 pounds per day. She is full of energy and
can be seen playfully romping around with her mother. Rhino calves are born weighing between 80 to 140 pounds. Fully grown females like Katie weigh roughly 3,000 to 4,000 pounds, while adult males like Robbie weigh up to 5,000 pounds. Wild rhinos are facing the worst poaching streak in history, leaving less than 20,000 Southern white rhinos in the wild. Despite their name, white rhi-
nos are actually grey in color, with two horns on the bridge of their head. Some cultures believe rhino horns, which are made of keratin like human fingernails, can cure diseases. This leaves wild rhinos severely vulnerable and without continued conservation efforts, it is estimated the wild populations will be extinct in less than 20 years. “When a species is this endangered, every birth is special but we’ve waited a long time for this particular baby so we’re thrilled,” Zoo Director Jesse Pottebaum said. Katana and her rhino family are currently available for viewing daily from the guided train ride, weather dependent, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Gulf Coast Area’s award-winning Gulf Breeze Zoo is home to more than 800 exotic animals. The zoo opens at 9 a.m. daily and is located just off Highway 98. Visit www. GBZoo.com for event updates, seasonal hours and more.
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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.
• 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 out-of-town backpacking adventure. All gear and transportation provided. Only $60, rain or shine. Sign up for the skills course at the Try this Tickets and Travel office • Children Fishing Bldg. 3787 at Corry Sta- Camp: MWR Pention. Backpacking 101 sacola Aquatics offers Skills Course is a pre- multiple sessions of requisite for all NAS Pen- the Children Fishing sacola backpacking trips. Camp this summer For more information call to introduce children to the basics of fish281-5489 or 452-6354. • Corry Station Softball: ing on the Gulf Coast. include: NASP Corry Station team Sessions is looking for players for ages 5 to 7, May 31 the new season June 6 and June 1, 9:30 a.m. through Aug. 9. Deadline to noon; ages 8 to to enter is today, May 25 10, July 2 and 3, 9:30 and is available for ac- a.m. to noon; ages tive-duty and spouses, 5 to 7, July 5 and 6, ready reservists, DoD 9:30 a.m. to noon; and employees and perma- ages 8 to 10, July 24 nent contracted person- and 25, 9:30 a.m. to nel. For more informa- noon. Cost is $15 for active-duty, $25 for tion, call 452-6520. • Movies on the Lawn: DoD employees and There will be movies $35 for civilians. For shown on the lawn in more inforation, call front of the Portside 452-9429. 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 rainouts at www.facebook.com/mwrpensacola or call 452-2372. • Good reading: The NASP Library, 250 Chambers Ave., Bldg. 634, has an extensive selection of books, periodicals and newspapers. Computers with Internet access are available for use in the library. Wireless access and quiet study areas are also available. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Closed on federal holidays. For more information, call 452-4362. • Discount tickets: Stop by the Information, Tickets and Travel (ITT) office at the NEX Mall on Highway 98 to check out the discounts available on vacations and attractions. For more information, call 4526354. • Karate class: Shotokan Karate classes are $20 per month at Portside Gym, Bldg. 627, for active duty and family members ($22 for DoD). For more information call 452-7810, 452-7813 or 291-0940.
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.
MAY 25, 2018
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