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Remembering the Battle of Midway ... A memorial commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Midway is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon June 5 in the Blue Angel Atrium at the National Naval Aviation Museum. The Battle of Midway was a decisive naval battle in the Pacific Theater of World War II. The guest speaker will be retired Navy Vice Adm. John M. Bird, former commander of the Seventh Fleet. The event is being presented by the Navy Medicine Operational Training Center. For more about the Battle of Midway, see page 1B

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Unveiling a focus for Memorial Day Names of four lost crewmembers join others on Wall South Story, photo by Ens. Jacob Kotlarski NASP Public Affairs

During a Memorial Day observance May 28 at Pensacola Veterans Memorial Park, a member of the U.S. Marine Corps Honor Guard unveils 140 names that were recently added to the Vietnam Veterans of Northwest Florida’s Wall South.

A special unveiling of 140 names that were recently added to the Vietnam Veterans of Northwest Florida’s Wall South was the highlight of the annual Memorial Day observance May 28 at the Pensacola Veterans Memorial Park. Guest speaker retired U.S. Navy Cmdr. Scott Moyer was honored to be a part of the ceremony. “All these names are very real people,” Moyer said. “I don’t know what words could ever put into perspective that brave men and women gave their lives so we could be here today.”

Among the names being added were four members of “The Lost Back End Crew,” Lt. Walter Linzy; ATC Joseph Aubin; ATR3 Richard Stocker and ATR3 Richard Hunt, of an EA-3B Skywarrior aircraft from Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron Two (VQ-2). The Lost Back End Crew received this name after having to bail out over the South China Sea during an in-flight emergency while en route to a combat mission May 26, 1966. The men were never heard from again. Control of the aircraft was regained after the back end crew bailed out. Lt. See Names on page 2

NATTC holds summer safety standdown From Naval Air Technical Training Center Public Affairs

More than 1,500 Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) Sailors and Marines attended a safety standdown, May 25, in the Charles Taylor Hangar onboard Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola. The two-hour presentation was designed to remind the largely junior enlisted attendees of various safety considerations at the onset of what the Department of Defense (DoD) has termed the “101 Critical Days of

Summer,” a Naval Safety Centersponsored campaign beginning Memorial Day weekend and continuing through Labor Day. Service members and their families historically participate in numerous recreational activities during Memorial Day weekend and throughout the summer, prompting a DoD-wide effort to mitigate the risk of injury by educating personnel and reinforcing methods of avoiding potential mishaps with the “101 Critical Days of Summer” program. “We have a significant number of

junior Sailors going through our schools, and reminding them of some of the steps they can take to ensure they’re back in class after a long weekend is a responsibility of the entire NATTC staff,” said NATTC Commanding Officer Capt. Maxine Goodridge. “The safety of the young men and women learning the skills they will employ in the fleet is not just within the walls of our schoolhouses. Ensuring they are aware of recreational and everyday risks and See Safety on page 2

Escambia County Sheriff’s Office Deputy 1st Class Chad Roop provides a traffic brief to NATTC staff and students during the NATTC Safety Standdown May 25 in the Charles Taylor Hangar.

NASP personnel can take steps that will protect water resources By Joelle O’Daniel-Lopez NASP Environmental Protection Specialist

Team effort ... A crew from the Food Network reality TV competition show “The Great Food Truck Race” filmed an episode aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP) May 24. The show’s producers recruited 50 service members who acted as judges in a taste testing. Photo by Cmdr. Bill Schomer For more photos from the event, see page 4A

If you live on or off installation, we all share our unique natural resource, water. This vital resource includes the groundwater we drink and surrounding waters such as bayous, creeks and bays. We all depend on clean water for our health, the environment and our economy. NAS Pensacola works diligently to ensure its water resources are pro-

tected and managed efficiently and effectively. One important aspect of this stewardship is stormwater management. Three primary challenges of stormwater management are: draining stormwater quickly for flood prevention, ensuring stormwater has not picked up contaminants along the way and allowing stormwater to recharge groundwater and drinking water supplies. See Stormwater on page 2

Spouses honored ... Catherine Martin,

Command Climate survey time The 2017 Command Climate Survey Your chain of command is listening. The goal is to have everyone complete a survey. (DEOCS) will be available through June 9. Here are points to remember: The survey is open to all military and civil• The DEOCS is an anonymously-adminisian personnel (except contractors). Everyone will have the opportunity to take tered instrument that can be completed from the survey one of two ways. You can fill out a any computer with Internet access.You don’t paper survey that Command Assessment need to use a Common Access Card (CAC). team members will have available for you or, You don’t need to use a government computer. • You can access the survey from your you can take the online survey. Everyone will receive an e-mail with the pass codes to ac- home computer. You can access the survey from your smartphone. You can go to the licess the online survey. No matter your rank, your opinion matters. brary or Internet café. – From Command Managed Equal Opportunity Manager

spouse of NASP CO Capt. Chris Martin, speaks May 25 at the Navy League’s annual Military Spouse Recognition Luncheon. During the event, 22 spouses from military commands in the Pensacola area were honored. All of the honorees are nominated by their spouse’s commands. Photo by Ashley Laliberty

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Beach closure announced ... NASP officials have announced that Lake Frederic Beach is closed for all activities until further notice due to safety concerns. Severe beach and dune erosion, swift and unpredictable offshore currents, deep underwater drop-offs along the intracoastal waterway and the increased presence of commercial shipping traffic have resulted in dangerous conditions leading to the closure of the beach to recreational users. The base is working on a restoration plan that will reopen the beach for shoreline access and fishing from the shoreline, but water access will continue to be prohibited for wading, swimming, fishing or boating. Also, no motorized vehicles are allowed on base beaches and shorelines unless specifically authorized for security, safety, facilities projects or environmental restoration actions. This includes Lake Frederic Beach. ORVs, OHVs and ATVs are prohibited. For more information, contact Mark Gibson at NAS Environmental at 452-3131, ext 3003. Safety from page 1

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hazardsispartofwhatwestrive to impress on all those who serve.” Highlightingthesafetystanddownwasanearlyhour-longinteractivepresentationfromStreet Smart,StayAliveFromEducation(S.A.F.E.).Theprogramcenteredarounddistracteddriving, seatbeltuseanddrivingunderthe influence. The S.A.F.E. Street Smartpresentationisinteractively designed to assist Sailors and Marinesinmakingsmartchoices concerning driving safety. Programfacilitatorsdemonstratedthe consequences of making bad drivingchoicesfromtheirfirsthandobservations. Thetwo-hourprogramalsoincluded presentations from EscambiaCountySheriff’sOffice representativesdiscussingtraffic safetyandmotorcycleguidelines andabeachandwatersafetybrief fromSantaRosaIslandAuthority personnel. NATTC Executive Officer Cmdr.ScottShermanaddedthat throughouttheseriesofpresentations,acommonthemeoflooking out for one another was somethingthecommandstroveto impressonthelargely18-to20year-oldaudience. “Oneoftheotherimportantaspectsofthissafetystanddownis making sure these young men and women take care of each other,”hesaid.“Ineverythingwe teachhere,westresstheimportanceandvalueofteamwork,and reiteratingtheideaoftakingcare ofeachotherbothonandoffduty is something these Sailors and Marinescantakewiththemwhen they transfer to duty stations aroundtheworld.” Formorethan70years,with thelasttwodecadesatNASPensacola,theNavalAirTechnical TrainingCenterhasbeenprovidingtrainingandincreasingreadiness within the NavalAviation Enterprise (NAE). The facility graduatesapproximately15,000 Navy,MarineCorpsandinternationalstudentsannuallyandisthe largest training facility in the NavypostRecruitTrainingCommand. NATTCispartoftheCenter for Naval Aviation Technical Training(CNATT),whichprovidessinglesitemanagementfor NavyandMarineCorpsaviation technicaltraining. CNATTisthetechnicaltrainingagentfortheNAE,anorganizationdesignedtoadvanceand sustainnavalaviationwarfighting capabilitiesatanaffordablecost undertheNavalEducationand TrainingCommand. FormorenewsfromCenterfor NavalAviationTechnicalTraining, go to cnatt/.

ColinPemberton,thenavigator who stayed aboard the plane, recordedtheirbailoutas“Lost Back End Crew” in his logbook. Thefourmenwerenotoriginally listed on the national VietnamVeteransMemorialbecausetheywerenotoriginally identified as “combat casualties”bytheDepartmentofDefense.StephanieLoper,Hunt’s niece, spearheaded the campaigntofixthatandhavethe namesaddedtothememorialin Washington so they could be properlyrememberedfortheir effortsintheVietnamWar. Loper’scampaignwasofficiallyasuccesswhenthenames wereaddedtothememorialin 2012. TheceremonyinPensacola tookplaceonthesameweekend51yearsaftertheLostBack EndCrewincident. Lopersaidbeingapartofthe projectgavehertheopportunity tomeetthefamilymembersof therestoftheLostBackEnd Crew. She attended the ceremonywithJayAubin,theson ofoneofthefourlostmen. “ThroughthemIgottomeet myuncle,”shesaid. Loper’sunclediedfiveyears beforeshewasborn. Capt.MarkStockfish,commodoreTrainingAirWingSix inPensacola,hasadirectlinkto thecampaigntohonorthemen. HewasthecommandingofficerofVQ-2whenLoperap-

NASP Commanding Officer Capt. Christopher Martin speaks during a Memorial Day observance May 29 at Barrancas National Cemetery. The annual event is a cooperative effort between the Gulf Coast Veterans Advocacy Council, Barrancas National Cemetery and Naval Air Station Pensacola. Photo by NASP Public Affairs Officer Patrick Nichols

proachedthecommandforhelp withtheproject.Heandhiswife were present for both sets of nameunveilingsinWashington andPensacola. “MemorialDayisagreattime for this ceremony,” Stockfish said.“Itletsusrememberallof our shipmates, especially the oneswhohavegiventheultimatesacrificeliketheLostBack EndCrew.IamsogladthatIgot torepresentVQ-2atbothceremonies and show that we rememberourfallencomrades.” WallSouthisaone-halfscale replicaoftheVietnamVeterans MemorialinWashington,D.C., andistheonlypermanentmemorialstructureintheUnited StatesfortheVietnamWaroutsideofthenation’scapital.

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Personally,eachofushasaresponsibility toprotectwaterforourselvesandfuturegenerations,especiallywithrespecttothesecondchallengeofstormwatermanagement; keepingstormwatercleanandfreeofcontaminants. Herearesomewaysyoucanparticipate: • Never dump anything down storm drainsortogutters.Onlyrainwaterisallowedtogotostormdrains. •Onbaseutilizetheofficialinstallation washracksorlocalcarwashlocations.Lots ofpollutantsareinthewastewaterfrom washing your car, and lots more can be

UnliketheWashingtonmemorial,whichaddsnamesannually, Wall South does not update names regularly. The 140namesaddedtoWallSouth this year are in coordination withthenamesupdatedonthe Washingtonmemorialoverthe years.Formoreinformationon page/ wallsobk.htm. Formoreinformationonthe Lost Back End Crew, go to northwest-navy-life/whidbey/ the-story-of-the-lost-back-endcrew-ep-492413350357276071.html or http://lost

addedasthewatertravelsfromyourcartoa stormdrain,including:oilsandgrease,metals,detergents,carcinogensandphosphorous (harmful to fish and other aquatic life). NASP designated carwash locations are Bldg.606andBldg.600. •Buyenvironmentallypreferredproducts. •Knowwhattodoincaseofaspilland whotonotify. •Checkyourcarforleaksandrecycle yourusedmotoroil. •Keepguttersanddrainsdebrisfree.Debriscanclogsystemsorbetransportedto waterwaysposingahazardtowildlife.Reportcloggedstormdrainstoyourbuilding manager.

•Placevegetationtocoverbarespotsin youryard.Usingnativeplantshasmany benefitsincludingdecreasedirrigationneeds. •Usefertilizerssparinglyandavoidpesticides. •Directdownspoutsawayfrompaved surfaces. •Pickupafteryourpet.Leavingpetwaste onthegroundincreasespublichealthrisks byallowingharmfulbacteriaandnutrients towashintostormdrainsandeventuallyinto localwaterbodies. Eachindividualcanmakeadifference. For more tips and information, go to

“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 (June 2 photo at right). 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) aboard NASP. E-mail your answer to Winner and answer will be announced on NASP Public Affairs Facebook at and in the following week’s Gosport. (Readers can win once per month). There was no winner of last week’s NASP History in Focus.

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Stephanie Loper and Jay Aubin were in Pensacola for a Memorial Day ceremony in which 140 names, including four members of the Lost Back End Crew were added to Wall South. Photo by Ens. Jacob Kotlarski

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There’s real poetry behind tradition of playing ‘Taps’ By Lisa Smith Molinari Military Spouse Columnist


ne evening in 1981 while I was at summer camp, I took a deep breath and blew a little too hard on the bugle’s mouthpiece. The counselor who played “Taps” each night to signal “lights out” to the campers had agreed to let me be the substitute bugler that evening. Using only one semester of French horn lessons, I blasted the first note, temporarily silencing the cacophony of crickets and frogs rising from the lake. I relaxed my diaphragm to soften the sound and continued, measure by measure. Just before the high G, I squeezed my eyelids shut and thinned out my lips. Would I make the note? Those whose loved ones died in war while serving in the U.S. military know the sound of that high G all too well. In fact, they probably remember every one of the song’s 24 notes, because it is the somber bugle call played at all military funerals. But many don’t realize that “Taps” didn’t start as a military burial tradition. The re-

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frain we know today was created in 1862, on the back of an envelope at a weary Civil War encampment along the James River in Virginia. After seven hard days of fighting, Union Army Brig. Gen. Daniel Butterfield decided he didn’t like the formal French bugle call (Napoleon’s favorite) known in Army manuals as “Extinguish Lights.” He felt the rat-a-tat tune needed to be more melodic, so after his aide translated Butterfield’s inspiration into notes scribbled on the back of an envelope, he enlisted the help of the brigade bugler Pvt. Oliver Wilcox Norton to play it at camp that night and each night thereafter. Nearby infantries heard the resulting melody, which some called “Butterfield’s Lullaby.” Soon, this new version of “Taps” spread throughout the Union Army, and eventually, to the Confederate soldiers as

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.themeat well. Shortly thereafter, commands began using the bugle call while burying fallen Civil War soldiers, instead of the traditional three volleys of rifle fire, because they worried that the sound of gunfire

might be mistaken for an enemy attack. In 1891, Army infantry regulations officially included “Taps” in military funeral ceremonies. A lesser-known fact is that “Taps” has lyrics. Although several authors have been attributed to the simple poetry, the true author of the words is officially unknown. Butterfield may not have envisioned that the bedtime melody he hummed to his aide along the James River on that steamy summer night in 1862 would be associated with the tragedy of death. However, the words that accompany “Taps” marry sleep with death in a beautiful metaphor that must offer some comfort to the grief-stricken families of fallen heroes. One version of the lyrics can be found at templates/story/story.php?storyId=5436899. “Dayisdone,gonethesun, From the hills, from the lake,fromtheskies. Alliswell,safelyrest, Godisnigh. Gotosleep,peacefulsleep, Maythesoldier,orsailor, Godkeep. Ontheland,orthedeep, Safeinsleep.

Love, good night, Must thougo, When the day, and the night,needtheeso? Alliswell.Speedethall Totheirrest. Fadesthelight;andafar, Goeth day, and the stars, shinethbright. Fare thee well; day has gone, Nightison. Thanksandpraise,forour days, ’Neaththesun,’neaththe stars,’neaththesky, Aswego,thisweknow, Godisnigh.” That night in 1981, after two flat misfires echoed from my bugle into the dusk, I finally made the high G note. As I finished the song, I felt as if I might cry. Unsure if it was selfish pride or something else, the melancholy tune tugged dolefully at my heart. At age 15, I didn’t know that “Taps” had accompanied the burial of countless fallen American military heroes. But undeniably, the notes conveyed a sense of something simple, yet complex. Something ceasing, yet eternal. Something comforting, yet sorrowful. The tragic yet peaceful call of “lights out.”

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k c u r T d o Fo ace R Competitors line up on the flight line. The crews from six trucks – The Breakfast Club, Braised in the South, The Southern Frenchie, Stick ’Em Up, Mr. Po Boys and Papi Chulo’s – were split into three teams for the NASP episode. Photo by Ens. Jacob Kotlarski

A crew from the Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race” filmed an episode of the reality TV show aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP) May 24. NASP Commanding Officer Capt. Christopher Martin helped the show’s host, Tyler Florence, announce the winning team.

Lt. Josh Jordan samples the food during the filming of an episode of The Food Network reality TV competition show “The Great Food Truck Race” aboard NASP. The producers recruited 50 service members to act as Judges surround the table where Team White was serving Southern fried chicken with crawfish grits and judges. Photo by Ashley Laliberty spicy red onion marmalade. Photo by Ens. Jacob Kotlarski

NASP Commanding Officer Capt. Christopher Martin and XO Cmdr. Shawn Dominguez meet with Tyler Florence, the host of “The Great Food Truck Race.” They gave him a signed hat. “We always find stories that are amazing,” Florence said. “It is an honor to be apart of this program today. We really appreciate you guys opening your doors for us.” Photo by Ens. Jacob Kotlarski

The judges line up on the flight line before the taste testing. Producers of the show recruited 50 service members to act as judges. Photo by Ens. Jacob Kotlarski



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Pearl Harbor vet gets birthday salute at NHP Story, photo by Jason Bortz Naval Hospital Pensacola Public Affairs Officer


wice a week, Francis “Frank” Emond drives more than 30 minutes to volunteer at Naval Hospital Pensacola (NHP). The Navy veteran and Pearl Harbor survivor turned 99 on May 21 and is showing no signs of slowing down. While volunteering at the hospital, Emond greets visitors, answers the phone at the quarterdeck and pushes patients who need assistance in wheelchairs. He has been a Red Cross volunteer for 16 years and enjoys the interaction with patients and staff. Originally from Rhode Island, Emond enlisted in the Navy in 1938 as a musician. He played the French horn for the ship’s band and even got to perform at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York before he was assigned to the USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) in Hawaii in the summer of 1941. The day before the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Emond and fellow Navy musicians played at a dance and band contest. His band won the contest against other bands from the USS California (BB-44) and USS Arizona (BB-39). His band later donated the trophy they won in memory to the men from the Arizona. As the sun rose on Dec. 7, 1941, Emond was preparing for morning colors and the

raising of the American flag. That is when Emond noticed the hundreds of Japanese planes that filled the sky followed by the sound of a torpedo striking a ship docked behind his battleship. In addition to being a musician, Emond was trained as a stretcher bearer and with the general alarm sounding amongst the sound of gunfire and explosions; he began retrieving injured and dead Sailors aboard the Pennsylvania. “The sky was full of planes,” Emond said. “After the attack, we were issued rifles and ammo in case there was an invasion. I had the midnight to 4 a.m. watch that night patrolling on the dock alongside the ship. I walked with my rifle loaded and my finger on the trigger.” Following the war, Emond remained in the Navy until he retired in 1968 in Pensacola. He is currently married and has two sons, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. His 100-year-old brother still lives in Rhode Island. “It’s important for everyone to give something,” Emond said when asked why he still volunteers at NHP. “Time is something that

Francis “Frank” Emond, a Red Cross volunteer at Naval Hospital Pensacola, opens birthday cards during a birthday party for him May 23. Emond, 99, has been a volunteer at the hospital for 16 years and is a Navy veteran and Pearl Harbor survivor.

everyone can give. It’s an important gift.” Emond is a popular volunteer at NHP, although not everyone knows his history. He is popular for the enthusiasm he brings to the hospital and the help he provides to patients and staff. The hospital held a surprise birthday party for him May 23 to thank him for the service he provides. “Frank inspires people,” said SCPO Clarence Wright, security officer at NHP. “I always take the time to talk to him and introduce younger Sailors to him. He is a walk-

ing history book, but he is very humble.” Emond doesn’t just volunteer at the hospital, he is also active in his church and still conducts music. During Memorial Day weekend, Emond was scheduled to travel to New Orleans, Gulfport; Miss., and back to Pensacola to perform with the Pensacola Civic Band. He planned to share his experience at each concert and conduct the band during performances of “Stars and Stripes Forever.” In advance of his Memorial Day trip, Emond said his thoughts have been of the

Navy band members aboard the USS Arizona who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor. “They never had the chance to live a life like I did,” he said. “They never had a chance to have a family.” Emond is already preparing for his next birthday, and he has lofting goals for when he turns 100. “I plan on inviting President (Donald) Trump to my next birthday party,” he said. “I figure I will send him an invitation in about six months.” For more news from NHP, go to nh_pensacola/.



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400th aviator gets wings in NITC program From NETSAFA Public Affairs

AOCM Christopher Johnson presents flowers to his mother during his retirement ceremony May 25 at the National Naval Aviation Museum.

Master chief retires after productive 30-year career Story, photo by Jamie Link NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs

AOCM Christopher “CJ” Johnson retired after 30 years of service at a ceremony May 25 at the National Naval Aviation Museum. The ceremony included the readings of the “Navy Wife,” “Old Glory,” the “CPO Retirement Creed” and “The Watch.” There was also a flag pass and a shadowbox presentation. Flowers were presented to family members. Guests included many former shipmates who traveled from all across the globe in order to take part in honoring Johnson’s 30 years of service. Guest speaker for the ceremony was Cmdr. Jose Colon. Colon is currently the N411 Ordnance Operations Officer for Commander, United States Fleet Force (USFF), with Naval Activity Facility in Norfolk, Va. He is the first limited duty officer (LDO) 6360 designator at USFF. Colon spoke about serving with Johnson and shared stories about Johnson that were filled with gratitude. “We are here to witness the final stage to a very productive 30-year career,” Colon said. “We are here to say thanks for the many contributions you made to make our Navy stronger and more capable in the uncertain world we live in today. “Master chief, thanks for the many dedicated hours, the personal dedication and initiative that you put in to make our Navy a

better place,” Colon said A native of Bessemer, Ala., Johnson joined the Navy immediately after graduating from Oak Grove High School in June 1987. He then attended Aviation Ordnance Class A School at NATTC Millington, Tenn. Upon graduating, Johnson reported to Cecil Field in Jacksonville, Fla., in Feb 1988 Johnson’s duty stations included VFA106 Cecil Field; VFA-131 Cecil Field; NamTraGru Detachment Cecil Field; VFA34 Cecil Field; NAS Jacksonville Weapons Department, Jacksonville, Fla.; HS-3 Jacksonville; FASO Detachment Jacksonville; Carrier Air Wing 17 in Oceana, Va.; USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), Norfolk, Va.; and CNATT Detachment, Whiting Field. His deployments include several tours on the USS Eisenhower (CVN 69) in support of Operation Desert Storm, Operation Deliberation Forge and Operation Southern Watch. He also deployed onboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Johnson thanked his family and expressed appreciation for their support in his remarks. “Thank you to my family for supporting me and being there, and for the sacrifices you all had to make,” he said. He presented his wife and daughter with flowers, and after the passing of the flag, the flag was presented to his father.

Naval Education and Training Security Assistance Field Activity’s (NETSAFA) International Training Center (NITC) marked the 400th international aviator trained as four students received their wings May 26. All four students, from the Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF), trained as helicopter pilots with Training Wing (TW) 5 at Naval Air Station Whiting Field (NASWF). Saudi Arabian students represent the majority of the 400 international winged aviators training with NITC over the past three decades. Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) students also attend classes through NITC, completing weapon system officer (WSO) training with TW 6 at Naval Air Station Pensacola. “Immersing international students in our U.S. Navy training and culture helps build partnership capacity for both the present and for the years ahead,” said Cmdr. Bill Gibson, NITC’s officer-in-charge. “These relationships are truly a win-win for everyone involved.” The normal course length for students enrolled in aviation pilot or weapons systems officer preparatory training at NITC is 21 weeks. Once an international student completes NITC training, they move on to Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API) at Naval Aviation Schools Command (NASC), and into the same training pipeline as U.S. counterparts. “The RSNF pilot training we provide covers all phases of ground training for primary and advanced helicopter flight training, along with numerous simulator events before the student is turned over to one of the training squadrons,” said Lt. Cmdr. Malcolm Rumph, officer-incharge at NITC Detachment NASWF. The four newly winged RSNF aviators will return to Saudi Arabia where they will fly the AS332 Super Puma, AS365 Dauphin, or the AS565 Panther.

A Royal Saudi Naval Forces student receives his wings May 26. Photo by Jamie Link

Additional countries coordinating aviation training with the U.S. are Algeria, Kuwait and Mexico. Two students from Mexico received their wings in February and two students from Algeria are expected to receive their wings in July. NETSAFA, headquartered at Naval Air Station Pensacola, oversees all U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps international training and functions as the center of excellence in coordinating and supplying training and training support to internagovernments and tional organizations. NITC was established in 1988 to meet the aviation-specific training needs of international officer and enlisted students from allied nations. Over the years, NITC has added additional preparatory, technical and specialized training courses with aviation preparatory training still serving as the core mission area for NITC. “There are many instructors here at NITC who have dedicated years – literally decades, in some cases – to training international military students, most of which in the area of aviation preparatory training,” said Gibson. “As illustrated by that longevity and absolute dedication to the students that I witness day after day, this is clearly a mission that we believe in whole-heartedly.” NETSAFA is the U.S. Navy’s agent for international education and training. For more information about NETSAFA, go to https://www.

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Fathers can dance with daughters The NASP First Class Petty Officers Association has scheduled a Father-Daughter Dance for 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. tomorrow, June 3, at the Mustin Beach Club ballroom. The dance is an opportunity for dads and their daughters to get together right before Father’s Day. There also will be activities, food and father-daughter pictures. Tickets are $20 for fathers and $5 for each child. Ticket contacts are: • YN1 Charma Smalls at NASP Headquarters (Bldg. 1500, second floor). E-mail: charma. • AC1 Elizabeth Viger at Air Operations (second floor. E-mail: • RP1 Larosa Johnson at NASP Chaplain’s Office. E-mail: For more information contact, AC1 Diana Guess (e-mail: or AC1(AW/SW) Katherine Derse at 450-2227 (e-mail:

Antarctic explorers scheduled to meet

Members of the Gulf Coast Group Chapter of the Old Antarctic Explorers Association (OAEA) will meet at noon tomorrow, June 3, at Rico Mexican restaurant, 830 North Navy Blvd. Social time will take place from11 a.m. to noon. All members, family, or interested parties who have been to Antarctica or who may have an interest in Antarctica are welcome. For more information, call 456-3556.

FAMU alumni to hold banquet June 3

The Pensacola Chapter of the Florida A&M University National Alumni Association has scheduled its annual scholarship banquet for noon tomorrow, June 3, at St. John Divine Missionary Baptist Church, 620 East Jordan St. The association has awarded $12,000 in scholarships to students in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties in the past five years. Tickets are $50 and can be obtained by contacting Reggie Parker by phone at 723-2141 or by e-mail at

Referee training camp to be offered

A Championship Basketball Referee Training Camp is scheduled for June 2-3 at Pensacola State College Boys Team Camp Hartsell Arena. The camp is open to men and women ages 17 and older. Cost is $30 advance registration, and $40 for late registration (after June 1). The camp features classroom and on court instruction and FHSAA certification. For more information, contact Chip Boes at 968 9299 or

Car show June 4 at American Legion American Legion Post No. 240, 8666 Gulf Beach Highway, is presenting the 240 Cruiz’n Show and Shine from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. June 4. Admission is free for spectators. Cars, trucks, motorcycles and rat rods can be registered for a donation of $5. Fried catfish will be available for $7 beginning at noon until the fish runs out. Local artists are welcome to set up a tent for a $10 fee. The post is accepting woman’s clothing for donation for the female homeless veterans group HER Foundation of Northwest Florida. For more information on the event, contact Trent Hathaway at

Theater group presenting ‘Footloose’

The Pensacola Little Theatre is performing “Footloose” June 3-4, June 8-11 and June 16-18. Featuring an award-winning selection of hits, the musical is about a boy named Ren who moves with his mom from Chicago to a small farm town. However, Ren is not prepared for the rigorous rules and control created by the local preacher. Tickets are available online and at the Pensacola Little Theatre Box Office or by calling 432-2042. For more information, go to www.pensacola

Dates announced for basketball camp

The 38th Chip Boes Championship Basketball Camp will feature three sessions at Malcolm Yonge Community Center, 925 East Jackson St. The camp is open to boys and girls ages 7-13. Sessions are scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon June 59, June 19-23 and July 17-21. Cost is $85 per session. Multiple session and multiple camper discounts are available. For more information or to register, contact Chip Boes at 968-9299 or by e-mail at

Flight Academy offers computer camp The National Flight Academy (NFA) is offering a new computer programming camp. Rising 10th-12th grade students can sign up for the Codebreakers program scheduled for July 17-19.

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Park officials find first sea turtle nest

Yacht club announces regatta The Navy Yacht Club will hold its 55th annual Navy Cup Regatta June 1011 on the waters of Bayou Grande and in Pensacola Bay. On-shore race activities will be held at the Navy Yacht Club facility at the Bayou Grande Marina on Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP). Early registration check-in will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. June 9 with the skipper’s meeting at 6 p.m. Race day registration will 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. June 10 with the first race starting at noon. Entry forms can be completed online at racing.htm. Race day registration will be from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. June 11 with a skipper’s briefing at 11 a.m. For more information, contact Bob Sutton, Navy Yacht Club commodore, by phone at (662) 397-9285 or by e-mail at For race information contact Ken Pyle( or Jim Parsons (jim or go to Students will learn about cyber security principles including methods of encryption and ciphers and test their skills in team based competitions. The cost is $399. Registration deadline is June 16. For registration information and a complete breakdown of 2017 National Flight Academy programs, call 308-8948 or go to www.NationalFlight

NMCRS plans Budget for Baby classes All expectant families or families of recently adopted infants from all branches (active-duty, retirees and their dependents) are welcome to attend Budget for Baby classes offered by the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS). Class participants can register to receive a handknitted blanket and learn how to develop and implement a savings plan to meet the needs of their new families. They will learn about local resources, financial assistance and volunteer opportunities. Eligible families will also receive a baby layette. The next class is scheduled for 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 8. at the NASP NMCRS office, 91 Radford Blvd., Bldg. 191. For more information or to register, call 452-2300.

Biologists at Gulf Islands National Seashore have discovered the first sea turtle nest of the season at Gulf Islands National Seashore. The nest has been identified as that of a loggerhead sea turtle. Visitors can pick up a free “turtle magnet” may stop by the Fort Pickens and Perdido Key entrance stations. The magnets remind every one of the importance of helping young sea turtles survive and that it is the time of year to turn off outdoor lights at night. Beginning in mid-May and ending in late summer, several species of sea turtle are nesting. Turtles can be distracted or disoriented by man-made artificial light sources. By turning off excess outdoor lights at night and installing turtle friendly lights, you can help to protect nesting and hatching sea turtles. If you see a sea turtle at night, keep your distance and keep all lights off (including flash lights and flash photography). For more information, go to

Blues to attend June 12 baseball game

In the latest installment of the 2017 Blues in the City forum series the Blue Angels Association and the City of Pensacola has partnered with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. Members of the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, will attend the Pensacola Blue Wahoos game at 5:30 p.m. June 12 at Blue Wahoo Stadium. They will be participating in pregame festivities, in game activities and be available for autographs, photographs and more. Representatives from the National Naval Aviation Museum will also be in attendance with historical Blue Angels items. For more information, go to

Flag Day 5K scheduled for June 10

The Columbiettes and Knight of Columbus organizations of Saint Sylvester Catholic Church, 6464 Gulf Breeze Highway, have announced that the annual Flag Day 5K run/walk is scheduled to start at 7:30 a.m. June 10 at the church. Supported charities this year will be Refuge for Women Emerald Coast and Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs. All military, family, friends and neighbors are invited to run or walk. Cost is $20 per individual and $15 for active duty military. To register, go to For more information, call Ellen Stanley, race coordinator, at 2612971 or Mary Ann Kurtz, administrative secretary at the church office, at 939-3020.

Physicals for children available at NHP

The Navy Exchange and DeCA Healthy Lifestyle Festival is scheduled for June 15-16. The festival will feature several fitness activities for the whole family, storewide nutritional demonstrations including Nutri-Ninja samples to patrons, give-a-ways, Father’s Day card coloring stations and other child-friendly activities. For more information, call NEX Event Coordinator Andrea Beck at 458-8811.

Naval Hospital Pensacola (NHP) has announced dates for the annual School/Sports/Camp Physical Rodeo. The next session is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon July 15 at the NHP Family Medicine Clinic. Other dates are July 22, July 29 and Aug. 5. The rodeo allows parents enrolled at the Family Medicine Clinic to bring children to the hospital on specific Saturdays to complete a physical for school, sports or camp. The exams are for children ages 4 and older, including children new to the area. Appointments are encouraged; however, walk-ins will be accepted from 8 to 11 a.m. Parents should bring any required paperwork. For more information, call 505-7120.

Scholarships available from PMOAA

Tennis clinic being offered for children

Festival to promote healthy lifestyle

The Pensacola Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (PMOAA) will be awarding scholarships to children, stepchildren, spouses or grandchildren of active-duty or retired military personnel (both officer and enlisted). To be eligible, applicants must be a resident, dependent of a resident or grandchild of a resident of Escambia and Santa Rosa counties in Florida or Baldwin County in Alabama. They also must have completed a minimum of one year at a college or 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 2016 and spring of 2017) as a full-time student. Applications must be submitted no later than June 15 and can be downloaded at For more information or to request assistance in applying, contact retired Navy Cmdr. Vann Milheim, at 969-9715 or

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 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Wednesday at the Navy Foreign Language Testing Office NASP Testing Lab in Bldg. 634. Test appointments are accepted by e-mail only. For appointments and language testing counseling, contact Learn more about what the Center for Language, Regional Expertise, and Culture offers at

Pensacola Sports is presenting free Racquet Round-Up tennis clinics aimed at introducing the sport to children ages 5-12 throughout June. Children can register to receive tennis instruction at various locations. Dates and locations include: • Naval Air Station Pensacola, June 9. Participants must provide proper identification to enter base. • University of West Florida, June 15. • Gulf Breeze, June 29-30. For more information or to register go to or contact Mel Bruce at

Free tolley service available at beach

The free trolley service on Pensacola Beach, provided by the Santa Rosa Island Authority, is now in full swing. There will be three free, open-air trolleys servicing the beach daily. While one trolley is running east, another will be running west. The third trolley will remain in the core area moving passengers around the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk, Casino Beach and Via De Luna as far as Avenida 10. Trolleys pick up and drop off passengers at designated trolley stops. Trolleys operate from 5 p.m. until last call at around midnight, seven days a week. This free service will continue till Sept. 4. Santa Rosa Island Authority provides the trolleys and Escambia County Area Transit does the driving. For more information, go to

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with Tracy Silverman, electric violin

with Westwater Arts:

Symphonic Photochoreography

BERLIOZ Roman Carnival Overture

BARBER Overture to The School for Scandal

SAINT-SAENS Piano Concerto No. 5 “The Egyptian” R. STRAUSS Suite from Der Rosenkavalier

CURIALE Awakenings

RAVEL La Valse

Dvořák Symphony No. 9

COPLAND Suite from The Tender Land


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HAYDN Depiction of Chaos, from The Creation

MARQUEZ Danzon No. 2

SILVERMAN The Kiss and the Chaos Incidental Music for Il Distratto KENJI BUNCH Cello Concerto Embrace in C Major GINASTERA Dances of Estancia BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5

with Dee Daniels, vocalist Dee Daniels brings her swing, soul, and blues inspired program celebrating Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Peggy Lee, and more to ring in the New Year with us!

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Scott Kluksdahl, cello & UWF Singers

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Symphony No. 100 “Military”


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with Gil Shaham, violin The Classical Mystery Tour returns to perform the legendary music of the Beatles, live in concert with the Pensacola Symphony.

BERLIOZ Symphony Fantastique

Te Deum for the Empress Maria Therese

TCHAIKOVSKY Romeo and Juliet STRAVINSKY Symphony in Three Movements TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto



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By Mike O’Connor Gosport Editor

Veterans, cryptographers and historians will take time this week to recall World War II’s Battle of Midway, considered to be the turning point in the battle for the Pacific. Midway. A catastrophic defeat for Japan, and a desperately needed victory for America, the Battle of Midway destroyed the illusion of Japanese invincibility and set the stage for Japan’s inevitable defeat. More than a halfway point, it was the turning point for World War II in the Pacific. A string of quick victories had led to overconfidence in the Japanese admiralty, a condition they later termed “victory disease.” Its forces had run up success after success in the Pacific after the Dec. 7 attack on United States forces at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The British battleship Prince of Wales and cruiser Repulse had been sunk on Dec. 10. Guam and Wake Island were seized, the Philippines invaded. Hong Kong and Singapore, too, fell into Japanese hands. By June 1942, Japan was in uncontested possession of the whole of Southeast Asia. Japanese Naval General Staff strategic planner Fleet Adm. Isoroku Ya-

mamoto had sought to strike a decisive blow that would knock America out of the Pacific once and for all. By attacking Midway Island, an atoll actually consisting of two islands, Sand and Eastern Island – and also in the Aleutian Islands off Alaska – he hoped to draw the American carrier forces into a trap. If Japanese fleet forces succeeded in destroying the U.S. Navy’s carrier forces, which were untouched by the attack at Pearl Harbor, Yamamoto reasoned Japan would have a free hand in the Pacific for years. Yamamoto was a wellknown gambler, but in his bid to take Midway he could not have known the deck was stacked against him. American cryptologic efforts, under the direction of Cmdr. Joseph Rochefort at Pearl Harbor’s Station Hypo, had made significant progress against the Japanese naval code then in use, called JN-25. The Navy’s radio intelligence organization was able to decipher an increasing percentage of

enemy radio traffic and was beginning to offer clues to America’s military planners about Japan’s intentions. In the months leading up to the Midway battle, the Station Hypo team was putting together a puzzle based on the information they knew. A large-scale Japanese naval offensive was in the making against a target they called “AF” but the focus of the attack was unclear. The staff of Adm. Chester Nimitz, commander of the U.S. fleet in the Pacific, needed to be sure. Rochefort’s team, along with Capt. Edwin Layton, Nimitz’s fleet intelligence officer, had a clue that “AF” might be Midway, so a ruse was developed. The radio operator at Midway was instructed to broadcast in the clear a message that the installation’s fresh water distillation plant had broken down and that fresh water was needed at once. Soon after, monitored Japanese radio traffic passed along a message, “AF is short of water.”

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A Dauntless SBD dive bomber lands onboard USS Yorktown (CV 5) after attacking Japanese carrier Kaga, June 4, 1942. The photo shows battle damage to the tail. Naval History and Heritage Command photo

With the enemy intentions in hand, Nimitz drew up his own plan of attack. Three American aircraft carriers, USS Enterprise (CV 6), USS Yorktown (CV 5) and USS Hornet (CV 8) faced four large Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) carriers – Akagi, Kaga, Hiryu and Soryu at Midway. Accompanying the IJN carriers were no less than seven Japanese battleships; the Americans had none at Midway. And supporting the powerful IJN fleet were about 150 supporting ships of various kinds; the United States had about 50. The date of the intended offensive was known –

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June 3. Though American naval forces were far less numerous than the opposing force, Nimitz was able to position his strength to his best advantage. Patrols made contact and on June 4, in the space of a few history-changing minutes, three Japanese carriers were hit and left ablaze by American dive bombers. Later that day the fourth Japanese carrier was located, hit and later sunk. Though Yorktown was lost – bombed, then torpedoed and sunk by a Japanese submarine – the damage to the Japanese fleet was thorough. Four of the six Japanese carriers which had attacked Pearl

Harbor were lost, along with a cruiser, 256 aircraft and 3,057 personnel. American losses in addition to Yorktown were one destroyer, 145 aircraft and 307 personnel. The battle was won due to a combination of factors in which courage, skill, fortune and timing all played a part, but the value of the naval intelligence which indicated Japanese intentions is undeniable. The victory was a needed shot in the arm to an anxious America at war. Before the Battle of Midway, Japanese military power in the Pacific did nothing but advance. After Midway, they did nothing but retreat.

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Sea Cadets assist with World War II reenactment By Carol Monroe U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps

Members of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (USNCC) from Pensacola joined the USS Alabama Living History Crew April 24 to recreate a World War II battle scene that entertained hundreds of tourists visiting Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile, Ala. Three Sailors from Information Warfare Training Command at NASP Corry Station, IT1 Justin Sullivan, IT1 James Mcguigan and CTT3 Daniel Hedler, were also on hand as volunteers to safely guide the Sea Cadets through the reenactment. The Sea Cadets and Sailors participated in the reenactment by first dressing up in uniforms reminiscent of the era. They

were then set about the ship completing various tasks to give visitors a visual of life aboard the ship. A few hours after the cadets were sworn in to fight for the USS Alabama against any adversaries, the ship was under attack from two “enemy” aircraft. The crew swiftly manned their general quarters stations and prepared to defend the ship. During the reenactment exercise, two planes attacked the Starboard side of the ship, and the crew returned fire. The cadets assigned to the damage control teams manned hoses to put out two simulated fires from the attack and carried gurneys and provided first aid as medics for injured Sailors. They also manned and reloaded the guns that shot blanks at the planes passing overhead. Partici-

pating in the reenactment allowed the cadets to better understood what Sailors had to go through to defend a battleship during World War II. The Sea Cadets is a program for young men and women in a drug- and gang-free environment that promotes teamwork, responsibility, respect and leadership skills. Graduates of the Sea Cadets frequently choose a career serving in the Armed Forces, but this is not a requirement to join. The skills learned in this program are useful in any life path the youth chooses. If a cadet does choose the Armed Services they frequently will have earned early advancement in the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard (E-3 after boot camp). If you are interested in

Sea Cadets from Pensacola and Sailors from Information Warfare and Training Command at NASP Corry Station participated in a World War II reenactment April 24 at the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile, Ala.

what the Sea Cadets do as a youth organization, go to /usnsccindependence squadron1/.

Every two months the USS Alabama Living History Crew reenact a battle scene. If you are interested in

seeing the next USS Alabama living history demonstration, go to https:// www.ussalabamaliving

Month of giving results in $17,409 for NMCRS Story, photo from Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Pensacola

A $17,409 check was presented to Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) Pensacola April 20. From left are Jersey Mike’s franchise owners Shell and Carol Lawhorn, NMCRS RSA Amanda Shadden, NMCRS Director Mark Harden and Jersey Mike’s franchise owner Brooks O’Hara.

During the month of March, customers at Jersey Mike’s Subs were invited to make charity donations. This year, Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) Pensacola was the designated charity partner at five local stores (Nine Mile, Navy Boulevard, Airport Boulevard, Navarre and Pace) and one from Mobile, Ala. NMCRS Pensacola Director Mark Harden said he was pleased to hear that NMCRS Pensacola was chosen. “Two local owners, Shell and Carol Lawhorn

contacted us and made the arrangements. I was blown away when Shell called with the final amount of $17,409,” he said. “This money will go a long way to helping Sailors, Marines and their families when they are in need.” The effort was part of the seventh annual “Month of Giving” conducted by Jersey Mike’s Subs. Officials announced that a record amount of $5.5 million was collected nationwide during the campaign. Much of that total, $4.6 million, came in on the March 29 Day of Giving, when more than 1,200 Jersey Mike’s restaurants pledged to donate 100 percent of sales, not just profits, to nearly 150 different charities across the nation.


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If you are interested in participating in volunteer activities, contact the NASP Community Outreach office. The office tracks volunteer hours. Report your volunteer work to get due recognition. For information, call 452-2532 or e-mail nasp_ Upcoming events include: • School events: Several events are scheduled throughout the month of May at Escambia County schools. Ongoing opportunities include: • 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. • USS Alabama: The USS Alabama Memorial, 2703 Battleship Parkway, Mobile, Ala., is in need of volunteers to help with preservation. Volunteers are needed to chip paint, restore aircraft, dust, wipe displays, polish torpedo tubes and other items, general set up and forecasting. For more information, call (251) 433-2703 or go to • Ronald McDonald House Charities: The mission of the organization is to be a home away from home and a source of respite and resources for children and families of children suffering a medical crisis. For more information, call 477-2273. 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 and Manna Food Pantries.

Fleet and Family Support Center The NASP Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC), 151 Ellyson Ave., Bldg. 625, is offering the following: • Welcome Aboard Tour: 9 a.m. June 7. Fleet and Family Support Center will be conducting a three-hour tour of NAS Pensacola and NASP Corry Station. Make new friends and learn some history. Bring your military ID card. Seats are limited. For reservations,

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. 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.

call 452-5990. • What Kind of Car Can I Afford?: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. June 7. If you are looking to buy a new or used car, let FFSC assist you. Get tips on how to go about buying a vehicle. For more information or to register, call 452-5609. • Emergency Preparedness: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. June 9 and June 23 at FFSC. Each type of disaster requires different measures to keep you and your family safe. Be prepared. Hurricane season begins June 1 and lasts through Nov. 30. Before hurricane season starts, take the time to write down your plan and discuss it with family, friends, and neighbors. For information or to register, call 452-5609. • New spouse and newcomer class: 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. today, June 16. Workshop will acquaint spouses with military and community resources. For more information or to register, call 452-5609. • Tips to Building Self-Esteem: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. June 19 at FFSC. Low self-esteem can negatively affect every facet of your life, your relationships, your job and your health. Learn to improve your self-esteem.

• 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, fellowship hall. Latter Day Saints • Service, 7 p.m. Wednesday. Roman Catholic • Mass, noon Sunday and 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday. For more information, call 452-6376. For information or to register, call 452-5609. • Where is My Money Going?: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. June 21. Developing a spending/budget plan. To register or for more information, call 452-5609. • Couples Communication Workshop: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. June 21. Two-session workshop will teach skills to increase chance of your relationship being successful. Registration required. For more information, call 452-5609. • Household Goods Webinar: Naval Supply Systems Command Global Logistics Support (NAVSUP GLS) Household Goods (HHG) has scheduled a series of interactive, live webinars to assist Sailors and their families in facilitating military moves. – First-time movers: June 13 at 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. PDT. – Retirees: June 20 at 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. PDT. – Moving overseas: June 21 at 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. PDT. – Separating from the military: June 27 at 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. PDT. – Moving question and answer: June 29 at 7 a.m. and 2

NAS Whiting Field Chapel Roman Catholic • Mass, 11 a.m. Friday. Protestant • Bible study, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. • Weekly chapel service, 11:30 a.m. Thursday. For more information, call 623-7212. Other services Jewish • B’nai Israel Synagogue, 1829 North Ninth Ave., services 7 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. Saturday. For information, call 433-7311. • Temple Beth El, 800 North Palafox St., services 7 p.m. Friday (6 p.m. first Friday of each month). For information, call 438-3321 or go to Seventh-day Adventist • Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1080 North Blue Angel Parkway, services at 11 a.m. Saturday. For information, call 453-3442.

p.m. PDT. For more information, e-mail; call 855-HHG-MOVE (855-444-6683); or go to • Imagination Station: 10 a.m. to noon every third Thursday of the month at Blue Wahoos Stadium. The next meeting is June 15. 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. For more information, call 452-5609. • Survivors Overcoming Assault with Resiliency (SOAR) Support Group: A free, psychoeducational support group for survivors of sexual abuse and violence. SOAR provides a safe and confidential small group environment to begin the healing process. SOAR aims to assist survivors to soar again by increasing skills for coping, communicating, setting boundaries and regaining rust. Other goals of the group are to increase personal empowerment and strengthen intimate relationships. This group is developed for those ages 18 to

adult of all genders. It is held for 90 minutes in the later afternoon once a week for eight weeks. Contact FFSC for more information and to schedule an initial meeting with a facilitator. Open to active-duty, military dependents and military retirees. For more information or to register, call FFSC at 452-5990.

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 by trained staff. Call: (877) 995-5247; click:; or text: 55247, CONUS; (202) 470-5546, OCONUS (may be extra charges for OCONUS). • The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program: Provides prevention, intervention and a 24/7/365 response to non-intimate partner adult victims of sexual assault. Active-duty and adult family member sexual assault victims have a choice of reporting options, unrestricted and restricted. Unrestricted reporting allows victim to have an advocate, seek medical care, counseling, legal services, safety interventions and/or transfer, etc. To access an unrestricted report, the victim may report to his/her chain-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.


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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

The Centennial Imports Fiesta Boat Parade will take place tomorrow, June 3.

Story, photo from Fiesta of Five Flags Association

The 68th annual Fiesta of Five Flags celebration officially started May 31 with the surrender of the city to the Fiesta forces. In the late 1940s, 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. The Fiesta of Five Flags organization was formed to celebrate the founding of Pensacola. In 1559, Spanish conquistador Don Tristan de Luna established Pensacola as the first European settlement in

the United States. Since that time, five different flags have flown over the city: Spanish, French, British, Confederate and American. With the help of many volunteers, the Fiesta organization plans and produces more than 20 events throughout the year. Here is a schedule of upcoming Fiesta events: • Pen Air Grand Fiesta Parade: 7 p.m. today, June 2, in downtown Pensacola. • Fiesta Prayer Service, 10:30 a.m. tomorrow, June 3, at Old Christ Church. • Centennial Imports Fiesta Boat Parade, tomorrow, June 3. Boats are scheduled to set sail from the Pensacola Yacht Club at 1 p.m. The parade of vessels will make its

way to Quietwater Boardwalk on Pensacola Beach for the DeLuna Landing Ceremony, a lighthearted reenactment of what might have happened when DeLuna landed in 1559. • Shelley LeCroy Memorial Tennis Tournament: 5:30 p.m. June 7 at Pensacola Country Club. • Fiesta All Krewe Ball, 7 p.m. June 8, at the Hadji Shrine Temple. This event is by invitation only. • DeLuna Coronation Ball, 7 p.m. June 9 Don Tristan DeLuna, Pensacola’s first citizen, is remembered each year during the Fiesta of Five Flags celebration. For more information, call 433-6512 or go to www.

At the movies FRIDAY

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” (3D), PG-13, 5 p.m.; “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” (2D), PG-13, 8 p.m.; “Lowriders,” PG-13, 5:30 p.m.; “The Fate of the Furious,” PG-13, 7:30 p.m.


“Lowriders,” PG-13, noon; “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” (3D), PG-13, 2 p.m.; “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” (2D), PG-13, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.; “The Circle,” PG13, 12:30 p.m.; “How to be a Latin Lover,” PG-13, 3 p.m.; “Unforgettable,” R, 5:30 p.m.; “The Fate of the Furious,” PG-13, 7:30 p.m.


“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” (3D), PG-13, 1 p.m.; “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” (2D), PG-13, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.; “The Promise,” PG-13, noon; “The Circle,” PG13, 2:40 p.m.; “Lowriders,” PG-13, 5:10 p.m.; “How to be a Latin Lover,” PG-13, 7:30 p.m.


Cinema I and Cinema II will be closed June 5.


“Lowriders,” PG-13, 5 p.m.; “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” (3D), PG-13, 7 p.m.; “The Circle,” PG-13, 5:10 p.m.; “Unforgettable,” R, 7:30 p.m.


Admission is free for all movies on Wednesday: “Moana,” PG, noon; “Trolls,” PG, 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.; “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” PG-13, 6:30 p.m.; “The Fate of the Furious,” PG-13, 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.


“Lowriders,” PG-13, 5 p.m.; “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” (2D), PG-13, 7 p.m.; “How to be a Latin Lover,” PG-13, 5:10 p.m.; “The Circle,” PG-13, 7:30 p.m.

COST Regular: $4 adults, $2 children ages 6-11, free for 5 and younger

3D shows: $5 adults, $3 children ages 6-11, free for 5 and younger

YOUR AD HERE to advertise in the gosport, contact becky hildebrand at 850.433.1166 ext. 31

• Kindergarten prep workshop: 11 a.m. June 9 at the Corry Station Child Development Center, 4119 Children’s Way (Bldg. 4119). Learn how to set your child up for success and get some tips to maintain a portfolio of all those proud first moments. For more information, call 458-6588. • Pools open: The NASP and • Summer Reading Station Corry Program: Weekly sespools are now sions for children are open, and Barranscheduled to start June cas Beach is open 14 at the NASP Lievery day from 10 brary, 250 Chambers a.m. to 6 p.m. Ave., Bldg. 634. The Swimming is only Reading by Design allowed at locasummer program will tions and times be presented from 1 when lifeguards p.m. to 3 p.m. each are on duty. For Wednesday during the more information, summer months. Chilcall 452-9429. dren will get a chance • Backpacking to do crafts, enjoy reTrip: Oak Mounfreshments, hear stotain State Park ries and win prizes. For backpacking trip more information, call June 17-18. Trip to 452-4362. Pelham, Ala., costs $55 and includes camping equipment and transportation. You must have attended one of the backpacking 101 courses to sign up. For more information call, 281-5489. Sign up at Tickets and Travel, Bldg. 3787, at NASP Corry Station. • Fishing Camps: MWR’s Aquatics Department is offering two summer camps to teach children the fundamentals of fishing. A two-day camp for ages 10-13 will take place from 9:30 a.m. to noon June 6-7. A two-day camp for ages 5-9 will take place from 9:30 a.m. to noon June 8-9. Cost is $35 for military, $40 for DoD and $45 for civilian dependents. For more information, call 452-9429. • Swimming lessons: Several classes available. Sign ups at the Aquatics Office at the Mustin Beach Pool 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Bring child’s birth certificate. For more information, call, 452-9429. • Movies on the Lawn: Free family movies will be shown every second and fourth Saturday at dusk in front of the Portside Gym, Bldg. 627. You can also enjoy some free popcorn. Bring your lawn chair, blankets and coolers. For more information, call 452-2372. • Take a paddle: The NASP Outpost at Bayou Grande Recreation Area (Ski Beach) at the end of John Tower Road has paddleboards, canoes and kayaks for rent. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday-Monday. For more information, call 281-0134. • 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 452-6354.

Liberty activities

Details: 452-3522 or

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

June 2, 2017



Marketplace Publication date every Friday except Christmas and New Years Deadline to place an ad is anoon Monday, the week of the publication. Place your ad online at Place your ad by phone at 850-433-1166 ext. 29 Mon–Fri 8:30 am to 5 pm

auto • merchandise • employment • real estate • and more! Wanted Fortis Institute is seeking a HVAC instructor. Part-time, about 22-25 hours a week- Mon thru Thur. 3 years HVAC experience. edaff.


Sandy’s Good Times Dance. Friday nights blast from oldies. Saturday nights good times. Each night $10. 8-11pm. Doors open 7:45pm. 1707 West Fairfield Dr. 850458-1979. penE x p e r i e n c e sacoladanceclub. maint. Techni- com. cian needed for small apartment Buying Comics community. Must & Sports Cards. have 2 years ex- Check out our perience in apart- collectible store ment mainte- at 3103 West nance. Good pay, Michigan Ave. flexible hours. Call Florida C’s Call Sherry 850- at 850-637-1989 456-0331 Video Games & Employment Employment Systems. Playstation, Xbox, Childcare. 24 Wii, Gamecube hours. $50 a & More! Check week. Good ref- out our collecterences. 850- ible store at 3103 857-9322. West Michigan Ave. Call Florida Garage Sales C’s at 850-637Garage Sales 1989 Moving/Garage Sale, Sat. June SNCO Career 3rd @ 8am-2pm, Course Seminar 3874 Weather- 3-17 starts 12 stone Cir., Pen- June. Accepting sacola, FL 32507 Enrollments until 26 May. Contact Chris Marvin at marvinc@davisClassifieds for published info. every friday ! Get your stuff sold quick!


Articles for Sale

Bingo every Thursday Night at Warrington Elks Lodge # 2108, 727 S. 72nd Avenue. Early Birds 6 p.m./ Regular Games 7 p.m. Non-smoking facility. All proceeds go to veterans & community charities. (P) 850-455-5522

Loveseat. Beige leather, dualreclining w/center console. Wall hugger. Almost new. $450. 850968-6029

Articles Sale Articlesfor for Sale $200 Wood and glass square (48 x 48) coffee table and two matching end tables. Located off Spanish Trail PNS near airport. Call 850 2918567. Furniture set. Loveseat, two barrel chairs, and foot-stool for $500, and glasstop bar with two shelves and drawers $795. $1250 for all. 542-7595 18 cu. ft. Frigidaire fridge, top freezer, ice maker fine, like new condition. Must see, call 850346-1426 or 850292-2985. Need to move $375 OBO

Schwinn, model 270 recumbent bike. W/mat. Hardly used. $300. 850-9686029 Delta scroll saw. 20 inch. $200. 944-5763. Set of boxing gloves signed by Derrick Gainer. $50. 944-5763. Bernette sewing machine. $25. 944-5763. I have a solid wood Entertainment Center dark in color, has door to cover TV and glass door for components. Asking $65.00 call for more information 850-626-4710. I have 2 Cemetery plots in the Memory Park Cemetery in Milton, FL in the Honor section, I need to sell .Please call 850-626-4710 for more information.

Articles for Sale Scotts lawn and garden Speedy Green Spreader 1000. Nearly new. $15. 4763592

Articles for Sale

Fishing tackle. 5 tackle boxes including large Umco. Mostly salt water tackle. Marlin lures to trout lures, circle Tank sprayer, hooks, sinkers, yard and garden. etc. $40 for all. Burgess brand. 497-1167 $5. 476-3592 S h o t g u n . M a i l b o x Legally sawedstandard size. off 20 gauge. White collar met- Pistol grip, sinal, looks good gle barrel. Fast, $10. 476-3592 simple easy to use and totally Moving sale. effective home or Shoprider Power car defense. $85. Wheelchair. Ex- 417-1694 terior lift system. Mid-wheel pow- Bassett wood er chair. Man’s dresser and mirbicycle, bird ror, pecan finish, cages, hot tub, $150 Bassrider boat, etc. 455-2966. Rock Island Armory .45 cal. Elliptical, Nor- 1911. Nickel diktrack 1200. plated with 4 Used 1/2 hour mags custom daily for two grips, holster, layears. $600, ser and muzzle 1/2 price of b r a k e . E x c e l NEX. (850) 525- lent!   $750.00 9565.   Myrtle (850) 484-8998. Grove. Auto Auto Bowhunter Quits. 2 dozen F o r d arrows, two wrist Fiesta 2013, releases, sights, Manual transstabilizer, points mission, Less and more. $30 than 22K miles, for all. 497-1167 $9549, 850-2912041


Real Estate

Immaculate 1BR apt w/kitchen; adjoins home w/pool. Nice area near Olive & Scenic. $650 per mo includes utilities. Phone 2007 Lincoln or text at 703Towncar. Sig- 618-9875. nature Limited. Great condi- Corpus Christi, tion. 135,300mi. Texas. 3br/2ba NASCC. $5,500 OBO. near n a n n a 4 @ f r o n - 1000 dep, 1675 rent. Go to for more details; Motorcycles Motorcycles AD number: 2004 HD Road M B O 2 7 3 8 7 9 . King,24K mi, Veronica: 361Stage 1 up- 765-4295 g r a d e s - Va n c e 15 & Hines slip- 3br/1.5ba, ons, Sundowner minutes to base, bucket seat, 1 minute to a Maint records big park w/joga v a i l , $ 7 5 0 0 , ging path. Great can text pics neighborhood. 455-2774 or 436(850)529-1541. 4227 Harley Davidson heritage clas- 4br/2ba single home, sic. BEAUTI- family FUL. Rich, deep 1 car garage w metallic blue. large yard for 39K miles. $6k. $875. Close to Navy bases in 850-529-8633 West Pensacola. Great neighborMisc Misc. hood - no pets. 850-4552008 Hurricane Call Sundeck, 20 ft. 0797 w/OB 225HP Honda. Trailer. Excellent condition. All the amenities. $24k. 850456-4826 BMW 2003, 325i, steel blue, perfect running condition, leather interior, sun roof, $5500 call Chris at 850-466-2795

Real Estate Newly renovated! 1560sqft, 3 bdrm, 1 bath, central heat and air conditioning, new kitchen/ bath. 2 mile from NASP/Hospital . $895 Text 850380-8874 Bayfront home open house. June 3-4th June 10-11th, 2 to 4 pm. 2029 Eventide Road, Milton, Fl 32583. 4BR/3BA, 3.8k square feet. Move-in ready. $495k. Eventideroad@yahoo. com 4BR, 3BA home. Water view. 2386 sq ft living area. 384 sq ft work shop.   Security system. Close to schools, beaches, ballpark, NAS. $309K.   850712-1238. Free for active and retired military! Place a classified today!

Gosport - June 02, 2017  
Gosport - June 02, 2017  

Weekly newspaper for Naval Air Station Pensacola