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The NAS Pensacola Corry Station parking lot south of Bldgs. 3706/3709 will be closed through July 1 to support barracks renovation projects. Plan accordingly for parking and routing purposes. For more information, call 452-2007.
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Honoring 117 years: Navy corpsman birthday Story, photos by MC2 Kaitlyn C. Boland NMOTC PAO
Nearly 70 service members Department of Defense and contract employees from the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery’s (BuMed) premier training facility for operational medicine and aviation survival training celebrated the 117th birthday of one of the U.S. Navy’s most decorated ratings June 17. Navy Medicine Operational Training Center (NMOTC), the command responsible for operational medicine and aviation survival training for U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard personnel, hosted a cake-cutting ceremony and presentation honoring hospital corpsman, the Navy’s largest rating. HMC Jeff Kerrigan, HM2 Leiman Gonzalez and HM2 Brandon McFarlane presented colors wearing various uniforms to represent the capabilities
and areas served as corpsman. HR Cory Troche, NMOTC’s Pensacola-area youngest hospital corpsman, and HMCS Dexter Lewis, NMOTC’s Pensacola-area oldest hospital corpsman, cut a cake during the brief ceremony. Photos of some corpsman killed in action during the most recent United States conflicts were part of the hour-long ceremony. According to Gonzalez, a 12-year veteran, participating in a ceremony celebrating the most decorated Corps in the United States Navy proved inspirational. “It’s imperative to continue to celebrate the hospital corpsman rate and remember their rich history,” he said. “I joined to become a corpsman, to be that individual who stood alongside the Marines, to serve at sea and to save lives. There were several students present and for them to see – some of
(Above) Four hospital corpsman assigned to the NMOTC enterprise stand at the hospital corpsman birthday celebration June 17 to represent areas served as a corpsman. (Left) In a moving tribute to hospital corpsmen killed in action, photos of those lost were on display at the ceremony.
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NavFac Southeast awards $14.4 million contract By John Parker NavFac SE PAO
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) – Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NavFac) Southeast awarded a $14.4 million firm-fixed-price contract June 15 to Lagan Construction LLC, out of Woodbridge, Va., for repairs to South Field runways 5/23 and 14/32 at Naval
Air Station NAS Whiting Field (NASWF). “Naval Air Station Whiting Field’s role is vital toward sup-
and Coast Guard’s helicopter pilots,” said Capt. Todd Bahlau, NASWF commanding officer. “The South Field runway re-
porting Training Air Wing 5 in its mission to train 100 percent of the Navy’s, Marine Corps’
pairs and resurfacing will help ensure we are able to continue producing the world’s finest
aviators for years to come.” The upcoming work will improve asphalt pavement and shoulder surfaces. Repairs will also include milling cold inplace asphalt or a comparable process; variable depth overlay and airfield markings, saw cutting, barricades, construction fencing, surveying; construction of new airfield shoulder surfaces; grading, earthwork,
compaction and sodding at runway and shoulder edges; drainage ditch repair and/or reconstruction; and new airfield markings. Work will be performed in Milton and is expected to be completed by June 2016. For more news from Naval Facilities Engineering Command, visit www. navy. mil/ local/ navfachq/.
Local veterans to discuss Rucker coming to NASP for July 4 concert NASP 2014 The concert sponsored by the Air water quality 25th anniversary of Desert By Bridgette Williams NASP PAO Intern Force Reserves and NAS Pensacola reports Storm/Shield today (June 26) Morale, Welfare, and Recreation From Marine Corps League, J.R. Spears Detachment 066
Veterans of Operation Desert Storm and Operation Desert Shield will be honored at the Heroes Among Us event scheduled for 6 p.m. today, June 26, at Veterans Memorial Park. Marine Lt. Col. Rafford Coleman, commanding officer of HT-18 at Naval Air Station Whiting Field, is scheduled to speak along with retired Marine Maj. Pete Keeling and retired Marine Col. Christopher “Caveman” Holzworth. The operations were part of the Gulf War, in which coalition forces from 34 nations led by the United States responded to Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait. Operation Desert Shield, which began in August 1990, was the name for operations leading to the buildup of troops and the defense of Saudi Arabia; Operation Desert Storm was the name for the combat phase, which began in January 1991.
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Country artist Darius Rucker, best known as the former lead singer of Hootie and the Blowfish, will take the stage for the July 4 “Tour for the Troops” concert on NAS Pensacola Portside lawn.
(MWR), will also feature special guests Michael Ray and Jacob Davis. Previous Tour for the Troops concerts have drawn around 20,000 music lovers. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. and concert will start at 7 p.m. Fireworks will follow the concert. Admission is free, but tickets are required. Tickets are available in advance to authorized MWR patrons and guests with valid ID. Pick up tickets at MWR administration office (Bldg. 4143), NASP Liberty Center, ITT NASP Corry Station, Corry Bowling Center, ITT NAS Whiting Field and Pen Air (NASP, Corry and Whiting locations only). There will be a limit of 12 tickets per ID card, and concertgoers will be required to comply with current NAS Pensacola security regulations. Darius Rucker will take the stage at NASP For more information, go to www. for “Tour for the Troops” July 4. Photo from navy mwr pensacola. com or call 452http://www.dariusrucker.com 3806, ext. 3100.
From Joelle O'Daniel-Lopez Environmental Protection Specialist NavFac SE PWD
The annual drinking water quality reports for NAS Pensacola/ Corry Station and Saufley Field water systems are available on the NAS Pensacola website. Visit http:// www. cnic. navy. mil/ regions/ cnrse/ installations/ nas_pensacola. html and click on the water report links to view the 2014
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them for the first time – the role they will continue to play in defense of our nation is something I’m proud to share.” Hospital corpsmen work in a wide variety of capacities and locations, including shore establishments such as naval hospitals and clinics, aboard ships, and as well as the primary medical caregivers for Sailors while underway. Hospital corpsmen are frequently the only medical caregiver available in many fleet or Marine units on extended deployment. In addition, hospital corpsmen perform duties as assistants in the prevention and treatment of disease and injury and assist health care professionals in providing medical care to Sailors and their families. They may function as clinical or specialty technicians, medical administrative personnel and health care providers at medical treatment facilities. They also serve as battlefield corpsmen with the Marine Corps, rendering emergency medical treatment to include initial treatment in a combat environment. Qualified hospital corpsmen may be assigned the responsibility of independent duty aboard ships and submarines; Fleet Marine Force, SEAL and Seabee units; and at isolated duty stations where no medical officer is available. The colloquial form of address for a hospital corpsman is “doc.” In the United States Marine Corps, this term is generally used as a sign of respect. NMOTC, the recognized global leader in operational medical and aviation survival training, reports to Navy Medicine Education and Training Command (NMETC). NMETC manages Navy Medicine’s formal enlisted and officer education and training programs, medical operational training for medical and medical support personnel deploying worldwide, and training that prepares aviators and flight crews to survive in land and water mishaps. NMOTC and NMETC are part of the Navy Medicine team, a global health care network of Navy medical professionals around the world who provide high-quality health care to 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.
Autonomous, swarming LOCUST UAVs fly into the future By David Smalley Office of Naval Research
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – A new era in autonomy and unmanned systems for naval operations is on the horizon, as officials at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) announced recently technology demonstrations of swarming unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – part of the Low-Cost UAV Swarming Technology (LOCUST) program. LOCUST can launch swarming UAVs to autonomously overwhelm an adversary. The deployment of UAV swarms will provide Sailors and Marines a decisive tactical advantage. (Watch: LOCUST video on YouTube) “The recent demonstrations are an important step on the way to the 2016 ship-based demonstration of 30 rapidly launched autonomous, swarming UAVs,” said ONR program manager Lee Mastroianni.
A screen capture from an online video shows a LOCUST taking flight.
The LOCUST program includes a tubebased launcher that can send UAVs into the air in rapid succession. The breakthrough technology then utilizes informationsharing between the UAVs, enabling autonomous collaborative behavior in either defensive or offensive missions. Since the launcher and the UAVs themselves have a small footprint, the technology enables swarms of compact UAVs to take off from ships, tac-
while the LOCUST autonomy is cutting edge compared to remote-controlled UAVs, there will always be a human monitoring the mission, able to step in and take control as desired. “This level of autonomous swarming flight has never been done before,” said Mastroianni. “UAVs that are expendable and reconfigurable will free manned aircraft and traditional weapon systems to do more, and essentially multiply com-
tical vehicles, aircraft or other unmanned platforms. The ONR demonstrations, which took place over the last month in multiple locations, included the launch of Coyote UAVs capable of carrying varying payloads for different missions. Another technology demonstration of nine UAVs accomplished completely autonomous UAV synchronization and formation flight. ONR officials note that
bat power at decreased risk to the warfighter.” UAVs reduce hazards and free personnel to perform more complex tasks, as well as requiring fewer people to do multiple missions. Lowering costs is a major benefit of UAVs as well. Even hundreds of small autonomous UAVs cost less than a single tactical aircraft – and, officials note, having this capability will force adversaries to focus on UAV swarm response. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert’s Sailing Directions to the fleet note that over the next 10 to 15 years, the Navy will evolve and remain the preeminent maritime force. It directs: “Unmanned systems in the air and water will employ greater autonomy and be fully integrated with their manned counterparts.” David Smalley is a contractor with the Office of Naval Research.
SAPR training Victim Advocates From NASP FFSC
The NAS Pensacola Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) program is currently recruiting active duty military members who desire to serve as Victim Advocates (VA) for NASP’s SAPR Team. DoD requires all VAs to be certified through the Defense Sexual Assault Advocate Certification Program (DSAACP). The first step is for the VA candidate to be validated by their commanding officer via the command SAPR POC. After the VA candidate is validated by the command and has a current clearance of NAC or above within the last five years, the next step is to complete the required 40 hours SAPR Initial VA class. The next 40 hours VA class will be held at the NETC HRO, Bldg. 680, Room 227, from 8 a.m.- 4:30 Heroes Among Us from page 1
The gathering is free and open to the public. Water and light food will be provided; people should bring their own chairs or blankets. In case of rain, the event will be moved to Rosie O’Grady’s at Seville Quarter. Heroes Among Us is a monthly series that salutes Northwest Florida residents from all branches of military service. The speaker series is organized by members of the Marine Corps League, J.R. Spears Detachment 066, to support Marines In Distress, a MCL veterans assistance fund established to provide immediate fi-
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nancial grants to veterans in need. Since the beginning of the speaker series in 2013, the organization has collected $30,000 in donations for the fund. Other speaker series events on the 2015 schedule include: • July 31 – United States Coast Guard night. • Aug. 27 – 70th anniversary World War II victory night. • Sept. 24 – Special Operations and sniper night. • Oct. 29 – Khe Sanh night. For more information, go to veterans memorial park pensacola.org and click on the calendar.
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Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla.: A Bicentennial Defense Community Commanding Officer — Capt. Keith Hoskins Public Affairs Officer — Patrick J. Nichols The Gosport nameplate pays homage to the 100th anniversary of naval aviation in 2011: the Centennial of Naval Aviation, or CONA. The image on the left side of the nameplate depicts Eugene Ely taking off in a Curtiss pusher bi-plane from the USS Pennsylvania Jan. 18, 1911. While Ely had taken off from the USS Birmingham two months earlier after his plane had been loaded on the ship, the USS Pennsylvania event was the first time a plane landed on and then took off from a U.S. warship.
The image on the right side is the Navy’s most modern fighter aircraft, the F-18 Super Hornet. Established in 1921 as the Air Station News, the name Gosport was adopted in 1936. A gosport was a voice tube used by flight instructors in the early days of naval aviation to give instructions and directions to their students. The name “Gosport” was derived from Gosport, England (originally God’s Port), where the voice tube was invented. Gosport is an authorized newspaper published every Friday by Ballinger Publishing,
p.m., July 27-31. A VA registration packet, a completed and signed DD Form 2950 Page 10, and a personal interview with one of the NASP SARC’s are required prior to attending class. The last day for packet/interview is July 24. Once class is completed successfully and the VA candidate receives the command and SARC’s endorsement, the VA then applies to receive their DSAACP confirmation. If you are interested in becoming a VA for sexual assault victims or would like more information, contact one of the Sexual Assault Response Coordinators (SARC), Lillie Johnson, Lillie.email@example.com, 452-5109; Anne Ballensinger, firstname.lastname@example.org, 452-9017; the Civilian Victim Advocate, Kristy.email@example.com, 4525328, or the Fleet and Family Support Center 452-5990, ext. 0.
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Annual Drinking Water Quality Report for NAS Pensacola/ Corry Station and Saufley Field water systems and learn more about your water. If you would prefer a paper copy, contact Integrated Science Solutions, Inc. at 452-3908. NAS Pensacola routinely monitors for contaminants in your drinking water according to the federal and state laws, rules and regulations. Except where indicated otherwise, this report is based on the results of our monitoring for the period of Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2014. Data obtained before Jan 1, 2014, and presented in the report are from the most recent testing done in accordance with the laws, rules and regulations. For more information about these reports or concerning your water utility, contact the (NASP) Water Quality Manager at 452-3131, ext. 3027.
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Women share stories of making history in the Navy Story, photo by MC1 Chris Fahey NRD Houston Public Affairs
hen Mary Melson joined the Navy’s Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service, or WAVES, program May 4, 1944, the now 91-year-old woman wasn’t thinking about blazing a trail, raising the glass ceiling or strengthening women’s civil rights – she just wanted to be in the Navy. “We were in a terrible war, things were awful, and I loved my country ... I wanted to help if I could,” she said. Similarly, more than 70 years later, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Maura Thompson wasn’t thinking about the profound statement of progress she was making on behalf of the Navy when she was accepted as one of the first female officers to serve aboard a submarine – the ballistic-missile submarine USS Louisiana (SSBN 743). “It’s never about the glory of the individual, it’s about the mission ... the real joy is the work and the Sailors,” she said. Despite not setting out to be standouts in the ever progressing diversification of the
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Navy, these two women are examples of exactly that. Blazing a trail that will only get farther and wider as women continue to integrate into every career field the military has to offer. During the Shreveport/ Bossier City, Navy Week from April 27 to May 3, these two women were given the chance to discuss their shared place in history as pioneers, and also about their shared interest: the Navy. “We were just two women in the Navy, talking about what we were passionate about – we talked about work,” said Thompson. “It was awesome.” Thanks to the event, both women were able to not only
Mary Melson, a former Navy Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES), shares a story with Lt. Cmdr. Maura Thompson and other Sailors assigned to the ballistic-missile submarine USS Louisiana (SSBN 743) recently during a Navy Week event in Bossier City, La. The event was part of the 2015 Shreveport/Bossier City Navy Week, which coincided with the Barksdale Air Force Defenders of Liberty Air Show.
speak to each other and relate to shared circumstances, but also focus on the younger women in the crowds and through their personal experiences, strengthen a new legacy of motivators. “I think about it all the time when I look at younger women on subs – one of them will end up being the first female submarine commanding officer and one of them the
first female submarine admiral,” said Thompson. “All around at these Navy events are a line of women, like Melson, who broke boundaries not for the sake of personal glory but because there was a job they loved and wanted to do. Now, others can enjoy that same love. I wouldn’t trade my job for anything in the world – I love being on subs. I love the Navy.”
Shreveport and Bossier City in Louisiana, was one of 12 locations selected to host a 2015 Navy Week, a Navy signature outreach program. Navy Weeks focus a variety of assets, equipment and personnel on a single city for a weeklong series of engagements designed to bring America’s Navy closer to the people it protects, in cities that don’t have a large naval presence.
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Preventing ID theft: Five things you need to know From Defense Media Activity
he recent breach of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) personnel record systems potentially impacts 4 million federal employees and has been in the news recently. In this digitally connected world it’s more important than ever to know how to protect yourself from online identity theft that can lead to someone using your Social Security number or other personal information to open new accounts, make purchases, or get a tax refund. Here are five things you can do to protect yourself: 1. Check your account information. Monitor it regularly and report immediately any suspicious or unusual activity to your bank or financial institu-
tion. 2. Keep an eye on your credit report. Request a free credit report at www.AnnualCreditReport.com or by calling (877) 322-8228. Consumers are entitled by law to one free credit report per year from each of the three major credit bureaus – EquifaxR, ExperianR and TransUnionR – for a total of three reports every year. Contact information for the credit bureaus can be found on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) website, www.ftc.gov.
3. Verify who is asking for your information. Be suspicious of unsolicited phone calls, visits, or email messages from individuals asking about you, your employees, your colleagues or any other internal information. If an unknown individual claims to be from a legitimate organization, try to verify his or her identity directly with the company. 4. Stay vigilant online. Do not reveal personal or financial information in e-mail, and do not respond to e-mail solicita-
tions for this information. This includes following links sent in e-mail. Pay attention to the URL of a website. Malicious websites may look identical to a legitimate site, but the URL may use a variation in spelling or a differ-
ent domain (e.g., .com vs. .net). 5. Keep your documents in a safe place. At home and when you are traveling it’s important to only take what you need. Lock your wallet or purse in a safe place at work and
limit what you carry with you. When you go out, take only the identification, credit and debit cards you need. Further resources can be found at www.consumer.gov/idtheft and www.identitytheft.gov.
Deputy for Warfare Integration for Information Dominance gets firsthand look at local training By Thom Seith CID Public Affairs
The deputy director of Warfare Integration for Information Dominance for the Chief of Naval Operations (OpNav N2/N6FA) met with the experts who train the fleet Information Dominance Corps (IDC) during a visit June 12. During her visit to the Center for Information Dominance (CID), Rear Adm. Linnea Sommer-Weddington was briefed on the Digital Tutor (DT) program and the Navy’s Credentialing Opportunities On-
Line (Navy COOL) program. “The visit has been amazing,” said Sommer-Weddington. “I look forward to the future of Digital Tutor and seeing it implemented into other course curriculum.” DT is an artificial-intelligencebased training method designed for the next generation of cyber warriors. The program was developed by studying how the best instructors teach and adapt to individual students. This information is incorporated into the DT process, enabling the program to teach each student one-on-one in a computer-
Rear Adm. Linnea Sommer-Weddington, deputy director of Warfare Integration for Information Dominance for the Chief of Naval Operations (OpNav N2/N6FA); Capt. Maureen Fox, commanding officer, Center for Information Dominance (CID) and executive director of CID, Mike Fair, share a moment of amazement June 12 while visiting the CID Digital Tutor network development lab. Photo by ITC(IDW/SW/AW) John T. Amason
based environment. Navy COOL is a Web-based hub that consolidates information from numerous sources at the federal, state and local levels on certifications, licenses, apprenticeships and growth opportunities that correspond with each Navy rating as well as enlisted jobs and occupations. CID Commanding Officer Capt. Maureen Fox noted that this was a good opportunity for SommerWeddington to gain insight into the collaborative efforts in place to develop and deliver training to future IDC warriors. “We welcome the opportunity to discuss with Navy leadership the topic of building IDC warriors,” said Fox. “CID appreciates the resource sponsorship and support in delivering training of the highest quality to meet the challenges of performing in today’s ever-changing information dominance operational environment.” Sommer-Weddington’s visit concluded with a visit to the Navy Credentialing Program Office before meeting with reserve senior enlisted IDC Sailors for a working lunch to discuss the Navy Reserve role in the Information Dominance Corps. For more news and information from Center for Information Dominance, visit www.navy.mil/ or https://www.facebook.com/ pages/ Center-for-Information-Dominance/ or https:// twitter.com/ CenterInfoDom/.
Bad weather happens: Are you prepared ... now? By Ed Wright Navy Installations Command Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) – Recent severe weather can be very stressful and even dangerous, and being left without a plan to get ahead of these natural disasters can put you and your family at risk. Navy Installations Command and Ready Navy are encouraging every Sailor, their families and our civilian workforce to take proactive, preparedness measures to stay safe no matter what the season. The hurricane season officially began in June and runs through November. “Do not wait for a hurricane or typhoon warning to stock your home with emergency supplies,” said Jeff Sanford, N37 Emergency Management. “As a storm approaches, there can be a run on essential supplies or possible power outages, so take steps today to ensure you and your families are prepared for the threat of a hurricane or typhoon.” In addition to an evacuation plan, it’s recommended families have at least three days of emergency supplies on hand, according to the American Red Cross, including one gallon of water per person per day, nonperishable foods and personal hygiene products. Visit Ready Navy at www.ready.navy.mil for more information on hurricane/typhoon preparedness. For more information on Ready Navy, visit www.Ready.Navy.mil, or contact Ready Navy by email at email@example.com or by phone at (202) 4339348, DSN 288-9348.
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Austal hosts christening of new LCS Gabrielle Giffords From General Dynamics Mission Systems http://gdmissionsystems.com
ustal joined Gabrielle Giffords, her husband, retired Navy Capt. Mark Kelly, and ship’s sponsor Dr. Jill Biden in celebrating the christening of the future USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) June 13 in Mobile, Ala. This is the third littoral combat ship (LCS) in Austal’s 10-ship, $3.5 billion block-buy contract. The Independencevariant littoral combat ship is a 127-meter (419foot) aluminum trimaran, capable of being outfitted with reconfigurable payloads (mission packages) which can be changed to support mine countermeasure, anti-submarine and surface warfare missions. It is named Gabrielle Giffords after the former Congresswoman from Tuscon, Ariz. This is only the 16th U.S. naval ship to be named for a woman and the 13th since 1850 to be named for a living person. “The Navy motto is Semper Fortis, ‘always courageous’,” said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus during a ceremony held at the Pentagon in February 2012, where he officially announced the name of the ship. “Unwa-
vering courage has defined the Navy for 236 years and it is what we expect and what we demand of our sailors every single day. So it is very appropriate that LCS 10 be named for someone who has become synonymous with courage and who has inspired a nation with remarkable resiliency and showed the possibilities of the human spirit.” Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, is a mother and grandmother, a lifelong educator and an active member of her community. Biden is the author of a children’s book, “Don’t Forget, God Bless Our Troops,” released in June 2012. In Delaware, she was active with a nonprofit organization called Delaware Boots on the Ground, which helps families during times of military deployment by organizing community events to raise awareness and support.
Dr. Jill Biden delivers remarks prior to christening the future littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) at Austal USA in Mobile, Ala. Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle “Gabby” Giffords was on the stage as Biden christened the ship. The 419-foot ship was built at the Austal shipyard and is the Navy’s 10th littoral combat ship, designed to operate in shallow waters near the coast. It is 16th U.S. naval ship to be named for a woman and only the 13th since 1850 to be named for a living person. Photo courtesy Austal USA
“I think I speak for Austal’s entire shipbuilding team when I say that we are excited to be building a ship named after such an amazing person,” Austal USA President Craig Perciavalle remarked. “Gabrielle Giffords’ courage and tenacity in the face of adversity is well-represented in the short history of the littoral combat ship program.” He praised the shipbuilders, saying “I’m proud to say that Austal’s workforce shows the same commitment and dedication that both of these women representing this ship have demonstrated
throughout their careers, growing exponentially in a short period of time completing milestone after milestone making Austal highly successful and the largest private employer in South Alabama.” The vessel has a maximum speed of more than 40 knots. The Independence-variant combines superior seakeeping, endurance, and speed with the volume and payload capacity needed to support emerging missions – today and in the future. The ship was launched in February and is making preparations for trials and delivery in 2016.
Navy tradition dictates that each ship constructed for the service be honored on four historic ceremonial occasions: keel-laying, christening, commissioning and decommissioning. When a Navy ship is christened, the recently constructed ship is solemnly dedicated, named and committed to the sea. More than 400 naval and shipyard guests attended the ceremony, which was held on the east bank of the Mobile River at Austal’s waterfront facility. The Honorable Dennis V. McGinn, Assistant Secretary of the Navy
for Energy, Installations and Environment, was the principal speaker at the event. The LCS program is in full swing at Austal USA with seven ships under construction at this time. Jackson (LCS 6) was scheduled for acceptance trials the week of June 22. Montgomery (LCS 8) is preparing for trials and delivery later this year. Final assembly is well underway on Omaha (LCS 12) and Manchester (LCS 14). Modules for Tulsa (LCS 16) and Charleston (LCS 18) are under construction in Austal’s Module Manufacturing Facility.
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Feds Feed Familes kicks off By Ens. Margaret Gresham NASWF Public Affairs
The Feds Feeds Families (FFF) campaign is once again collecting food to help the less fortunate across the nation. The 2015 campaign began mid-June and will conclude at the end of August, and the NAS Whiting Field (NASWF) donations will support the efforts of Bay Area Food Bank. The Command Religious Program in coordination with Commander of Naval Installations Command was tasked to coordinate the “Feds Feed Families” campaign aboard their respective installations. NAS Whiting Field collected 3,238 pounds in 2013 and 2,338 pounds in 2014. The goal is to surpass what was collected last year. According to usda.gov, federal workers have donated and collected nearly 39 million pounds of food and other non-perishable items to support families across America since the campaign began in 2009. More than 85 percent of federal workers live and work outside the Washington D.C., area, so the campaign helps communities in every state. In 2013, employees collected nearly 9 million pounds of food. Agencies were asked to set their own goals again and beat their previous best. In 2014, federal employees donated a total of 14,849,380 pounds. The strategy is to continue to partner with the NASWF Commissary by offering $5 and $10 bags of groceries to donate to the cause. These bags will be collected by the commissary team, and can be purchased at check out with the cashiers. Participants willing to purchase donation bags will be entered into a drawing for some great prizes every other week. There will be three different pick-up dates; today, June
Members of the NAS Whiting Field team collect donated bags of groceries for the 2014 Feds Feed Families campaign. The 2015 campaign recently started, and the NAS Whiting Field commissary will once again be selling donation bags for the food drive. U.S. Navy file photo
26; July 30; and Aug. 27, so make sure and get the goods in before those dates so Whiting Field can make a difference for families all throughout summer. Although nationwide the program is really about helping those in need locally, as what is donated by the Whiting team will help those in Northwest Florida. Naval Air Station’s newest chaplain, Lt. Roy Fondren, shared that “The passionate desire of the Whiting Field family is to continually participate with our local community to provide those in need with practical blessings and tangible displays of love.”
Region Southeast has led the Navy, which has led the DoD, for the past several years. We hope that through the generosity of military members and their families this record of success continues ... but most importantly, the desire is to assist people and families in our local community during difficult times. If there are any questions or concerns surrounding the drive, members of Whiting’s religious services would be happy to assist. ABH2 Katrina Benson is the point of contact and may be reached at the NASWF Chapel (850) 623-7212 or e-mail Katrina.Benson @Navy.mil.
Mulligans: Southern, home cooking done right By Jay Cope NASWF Public Affairs
With only a few months under her belt, Naval Air Station Whiting Field’s new food and beverage manager Darlene Allen has started to make her presence felt at Mulligans. Establishing a new set of lunch specials and a selection of new menu items, Allen is working hard to meet the food service needs of the NASWF team. Starting May 1, Allen set up a new sequence of daily specials to focus more on home cooking and southern style food. “All these service members are away from home and balanced meals are hard to come by,” she said. “Mulligans is really the only place on base where we are able to provide that.” Allen emphasized that she “loves doing menus,” and that the hardest part is getting people out to Mulligans to come try them. Especially with the golf course now closed, the café is a little out
Allen’s 15 years owning her own restaurants, Uptown Café in Crestview and The Dinette in Florala, Ala., provided a solid basis to determine how to meet customer desires. She also recently worked as the assistant manager of Legends, a club on Eglin AFB. Part of the process in enhancing the quality of the food has included a change in vendors which brings a higher quality, Lunchtime customers line up for specials and more at NASWF’s Mulligans. Photo albeit more expensive, set of ingredients by Ens. Jeremy Griffin for the Mulligan team to create a better of the way, and takes an extra effort to and salads have been added in an effort product. visit. Providing a little home touch is to expand the menu and appeal to a “We are very excited about Darlene one way she hopes to reach a new audi- broader audience while providing coming to work for MWR as our food choices not available elsewhere on the and beverage manager,” said Joe ence. So far, the reception has been mostly base. Vukovcan, MWR director. “She brings a More items will be added until she wealth of industry knowledge and has a positive. “Patrons have been telling us they re- will have the whole new menu incorpo- true sense for what the customers want. ally like it and will be back,” Allen said rated. Allen believes the new fare will We hope everyone has a chance to stop be especially popular with women. about the new offerings. by the golf course snack bar (now Mul“It was kind of a guy-dominated ligans) to try one of her home-cooked Anyone who has visited Mulligans recently may have also noticed the new menu before,” she said. “The healthier, meals or one of the other new menu menu items which have been incorpo- lighter choices should be more appeal- items. They won’t be disappointed,” he rated. Additional sandwiches, wraps ing to women.” said.
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Naval hospital can do school physicals
Several dates have been announced for the Naval Hospital Pensacola’s annual summer School/Sports Physical Rodeo. The first event it scheduled for 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. tomorrow, June 27, at the Family Medicine Clinic. Other dates for the rodeo will be July 11, July 18 and July 25. Exams are available for children ages 4 and older and any school-aged child (including students new to the area). Seventh grade physicals are being offered along with other physicals as required. Participants need to bring completed paperwork to the appointment. Appointments are needed and can be made by calling NHP Family Medicine at 505-7120.
NEX holding July 4 readiness event The Navy Exchange (NEX) Mall has scheduled a “Gear Up for the 4th” event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, June 26, at 5600 Highway 98 West. The event will feature storewide product demonstrations, energy efficiency organization, sun protection and grilling safety and a register-to-win opportunity. For more information, call Andrea Beck at 4588250.
Thrift store to be closed for two weeks The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) thrift shop aboard NASP Corry Station, Bldg. 3736, is scheduled to be closed from June 29 through July 13. The store will offer special markdowns on uniform sales to active-duty personnel from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 1 and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 13. For more information, call 452-2300.
Classes scheduled for military spouses
Lifestyle, Insights, Networking, Knowledge, Skills (L.I.N.K.S.) for Spouses classes are scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. tomorrow, June 27, and Aug. 29 in the Commanding Officer’s Conference Room at MATSG-21 Headquarters, Bldg. 3450. Classes are free and all military spouses are welcome. The classes provides an overview of the Marine Corps structure, services and benefits. Participants also get to meet other spouses, participate in activities and learn about resources available. Preregistration is required. To register, contact Lisa Duvall, MCFTB trainer, by phone at 452-9460, ext. 3012, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NASP SAPR team recruiting VAs
The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program is recruiting active-duty military members who desire to serve as Victim Advocates (VA) for the Naval Air Station Pensacola’s SAPR Team. DoD requires all VAs to be certified through the Defense Sexual Assault Advocate Certification Program (DSAACP). There are several steps to approval. Deadline for completing the process is July 24. Candidates must also complete the required 40-hour SAPR Initial VA class. The next class is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 27-31 at the NETC HRO Building 680, Room 227. For more information, contact one of the Sexual Assault Response Coordinators (SARC), Lillie Johnson, Lillie.email@example.com, 452-5109, Anne Ballensinger, firstname.lastname@example.org, 452-9017; the Civilian Victim Advocate Kristy Malone, Kristy.email@example.com, 452-5328; or the Fleet and Family Support Center at 452-5990, ext, 0.
Music event to be June 27 at stadium
Music On The Mound is scheduled for 7 p.m. tomorrow, June 27, at Pensacola Blue Wahoos Stadium. The Canton Spirituals, a gospel quartet, is scheduled to perform. Other performers will include the jazz band Cat Rhodes and The Truth, singer-songwriter Jackie Clowe and Go Get’Em Entertainment. Admission is $15 in advance and $20 the day of the show. Discount rates are available for groups of 10 or more. Tickets can be purchased at the Blue Wahoos Stadium Box Office and Mr. Wings, 3507 North Pace Blvd. For more information, call 934-8444 or Linda “Sonshine” Moorer at 748-7040.
Public can comment on ferry project
Gulf Island National Seashore is inviting the public to review and comment on the environmental assessment for the Fort Pickens ferry at Gulf Islands National Seashore. The National Park Service has proposed to improve landside facilities near the ferry pier and implement a shuttle service within the Fort Pickens The proposed project would support the Pensacola Bay passengers using the approved ferry system scheduled to begin operating in 2017. The public has the opportunity to comment on the environmental assessment until July 20. The environmental assessment is available for review and
Mustang group schedules brief The Emerald Coast Mustang Association (ECMA) has scheduled a brief for limited duty officers (LDO) and and chief warrant officers (CWO) from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 30 at the Mustin Beach Club onboard NAS Pensacola. The brief will include commissioning options and the strength of the community. All LDOs and CWOs are encouraged to attend, and bring potential LDO/CWO applicants as well as those that have already applied for commissions. The ECMA’s purpose is to provide a means of professional networking for Mustangs throughout the region and help develop young Sailors. For more information, go to https://www.facebook.com/pages/Emerald-Coast-Mustang-Association/1508660402700228. comment online at the park planning website http://parkplanning.nps.gov/FtPickensEA. Comments may be posted online or sent to: Fort Pickens EA c/o Superintendent, Gulf Islands National Seashore, 1801 Gulf Breeze Parkway Gulf Breeze, FL 32563.
• Aug. 21-23: Marriage Enrichment Retreat can assist married couples in developing and strengthening a healthy marriage. Active-duty and family members are eligible for retreats (including reservists in an active status). Marriage and family retreat participant couples must be legally married when registering. All of the retreats start at 7 p.m. Friday and end around noon Sunday at Hampton Inn Pensacola Airport, 2187 Airport Blvd. The retreats are free. All lodging and meal expenses are paid. Transportation is not provided. To register, contact the NAS Pensacola Chapel at 452-2341, ext. 5, or e-mail tony.bradford.ctr@ navy.mil.
American Legion presenting dance
The American Legion, Post 240, 8666 Gulf Beach Highway, will present a “Swing Band” dinner and dance tomorrow, June 27. The Big Band, a 14 piece orchestra led by Joe Occhipinti, will perform. Other dances are scheduled for the last Saturday of every month. Dinner starts at 5 p.m. with the dance starting at 6:30 p.m. Admission for the dance is $7 person or $12 per couple. Dinner meals range from $6-$16. The public is welcome. Active-duty military is $2 for first time at the legion. For more information, call 455-6111.
Blue Wahoos announce summer camp
Join the adventure and “Journey Off the Map” at NAS Pensacola’s Vacation Bible School (VBS). The program is open to all military children ages 412. Classes are scheduled for 5:40 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 27-31 at the J.B. McKamey Center, Bldg 634. Children will have an interactive experience as they study scripture, play games, make crafts and enjoy snacks. For more information, call 452-2341.
A Blue Wahoos and Pensacola Training Academy Camp is schedule for July 24-25. The baseball summer camp is for ages 6-14 and will be instructed by Blue Wahoos players at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium. Campers receive a free Tshirt and one ticket to the July 26 game. Lunch will be provided every day. Registration forms are on BlueWahoos.com and PensacolaTrainingAcademy.com. For more information, contact Travis Mattair at (509) 250-3111 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEX announces holiday schedule
Workshop on government registration
VBS adventure offered for children
Pensacola Naval Exchange (NEX) will be observing special July 4 holiday hours for Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP) facilities. July 3 is the official observed government holiday, and the some store will remain open although hours will be adjusted. The NEX Mall and package store will be open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 3 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 4. The NEX Aviation Plaza will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 3 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 4. NASP Car Care will be closed July 3 along with several locations at command buildings. Store hours will return to normal operations July 5. For more information, call 453-5311.
Navy Ball fundraising event planned
The 2015 Pensacola Area Navy Ball Committee is conducting a series of fundraisers for the 240th Navy Birthday Ball, which is scheduled for Oct. 3 at the National Naval Aviation Museum. Gas ’n’ Glass events are scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 17, Aug. 14 and Sept. 4 at the NEX Corry Station Gas Station. Committee members will wash your windshield and pump your gas while you wait. Donations will be accepted at all events. For more information, contact Lt. Cmdr. Tatana Olson, chairman for the 2015 Pensacola Area Navy Ball at 452-3938 or by e-mail at tatana.olson @med.navy.mil.
The Florida Small Business Development Center at the University of West Florida Government Contracting Services is offering a “Five Dollar Luncheon – Are You Registered With The Federal Government?” workshop from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 15 at the Associated General Contractors Office, 201 South F St. The registration fee is $5. Participants must pre-register. To register, contact Matt Boles at 450-6007 or Julie Buckner at email@example.com
Museum free for children all summer
The Pensacola Museum of Art (PMA), 407 S Jefferson St., is extenting its “School is out Special” with free admission for children ages 11 and younger through Aug. 9. Current exhibits include “The Lure of the Ocean: Original Works by Guy Harvey.” Children can also venture into Gallery 5 to explore marine life with Mote Marine Laboratory, make a fish print, learn to tie nautical knots and create a sea creature postcard. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The Museum is closed on Monday. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for active duty military, seniors and museum members. For more information, call 432-6247 or go to pensacolamuseum.org.
Blood donations wanted for holiday
An Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Workshop is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 28-29 at the J.B. McKamey Center, Bldg. 634, NAS Pensacola The ASIST workshop is for anyone who wants to feel more comfortable, confident and competent in helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. The workshop is open to active-duty, DoD and civilian employees from NAS Pensacola, NASP Corry Station, Saufley Field and NAS Whiting Field. Participation in the full two days is required. For more information, contact the NASP Chaplain’s office at 452-2341, ext. 5, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The need for blood does not take a holiday. As you prepare to celebrate the 4th of July, OneBlood encourages you to make blood donation part of your plans. All blood donors who donate at a OneBlood Donor Center July 2 through July 6 will receive an All American T-shirt and a tumbler. Plus, to help boost the blood supply during the summer, OneBlood is sponsoring the “2 From You'” Summer 2015 campaign. All donors who give blood or platelets twice between May 1 and Aug. 31 will be entered in a drawing to win one of 20 giveaways. Prizes include televisions, iPads and Apple watches. For official rules, go to oneblood.org/2FromYou. For locations, hours and appointment information, go to www.oneblood.org/july4 or call 1 (888) 936-6283.
CREDO enrichment retreats offered
Group offers introduction to gliders
Suicide intervention training available
Three retreats are being offered in Pensacola by the Chaplains Religious Enrichment Development Operation (CREDO) Southeast: • June 26-28: Personal Resiliency Retreat is designed to foster personal growth and empower a better state of positive self-regard using proven resiliency skills. • July 24-26: Family Enrichment Retreat is designed to help military families increase positive functioning by strengthening individual and family resiliency. Your family will learn family wellnesslife skills through interactive exercises, creative activities and group discussion.
Members of the Coastal Soaring Association are offering introductory glider flights for $95. Flights can be scheduled on Saturday and Sunday and some weekdays at Elsanor Airport, 21810 Koier Road, about 12 miles west of the state line on Highway 90 in Elsanor, Ala. If you then decide you would like to learn to fly gliders, you can join the association. For more information, contact Emmett Moran by phone at (404) 822-6502 or by e-mail at emmett email@example.com. You can also find more information on the association’s website at http://Coastalsoaring.org.
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June 26, 2015
DANTES director retires after 36 years VOLED service; See page B2 Spotlight
GOSPORT Officers across the nation team up for Operation Dry Water – June 26-28 National BUI enforcement and education campaign From http:// www.operationdrywater.org
peration Dry Water heightened awareness and enforcement weekend is June 26-28. Operation Dry Water is a national awareness and enforcement campaign focused on reducing the number of alcoholand drug-related accidents and fatalities, and fostering a stronger, more visible deterrent to alcohol and drug use on the water. tention to the dangers of boating under the influence (BUI) of alcohol and drugs. Since the inception of the Operation Dry Water Campaign in 2009, law enforcement officers have removed 1,875 BUI operators from the nation’s waterways and made contact with more than 604,250 boaters during the annual three-day weekend. The campaign continues to make a significant impact on boater safety and spread the message of the danger of boating under the influence. Operation Dry Water is held in June just prior to
Operation Dry Water is coordinated by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA), in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard as well as local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Officers from all 56 U.S. states, trusts and territories are expected to participate June 26-28 in Operation Dry Water 2015. Launched in 2009 by NASBLA in partnership with the United States Coast Guard, Operation Dry Water has been a highly successful campaign, drawing public at-
the Fourth of July holiday, a holiday known for increased boaters on the waters where alcohol use is prevalent, as are subsequent boating accidents and fatalities. Alcohol use is the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accidents; where the primary cause was known, it was listed as the leading factor in 21 percent of deaths according to U.S. Coast Guard Recreational Boating Statistics 2014. The Operation Dry Water outreach and aware-
The U.S. Coast Guard has released the 2014 Recreational Boating Statistics. There were 610 recreational boating fatalities in 2014, the second lowest number of yearly boating fatalities on record. Alcohol use was the the leading factor in nearly onefourth of recreational boating deaths (21 percent) in 2014. Alcohol use remains the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accidents. Photo courtesy U.S. Coast Guard
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ness portion of the campaign is in effect yearround. Through the outreach efforts of NASBLA, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the participating law enforcement agencies nationwide, Operation Dry Water focuses on spreading awareness of the danger of boating under the influence as well as changing the cultural acceptance of drinking and boating. Operation Dry Water 2014: • In 2014, 585 local, state, and federal agencies participated in Operation Dry Water. During that three-day weekend law enforcement officers contacted 146,711 boaters, made 318 BUI arrests and issued 18,607 citations and warnings for safety violations. • In 2014, more than 6,950 officers from 585 local, state, and federal agencies participated in the 72 hours of heightened BUI enforcement. About Boating Under the Influence (BUI): • U.S. Coast Guard 2013 data reveal that alcohol use is the primary known contributing factor recreational boater deaths. • Operating a boat with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher is against federal law and
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most state laws. • Alcohol can impair a boater’s judgment, balance, vision, and reaction time. It can also increase fatigue and susceptibility to the effects of cold-water immersion. • Sun, wind, noise, vibration, and motion – “stressors” common to the boating environment – intensify the side effects of alcohol, drugs and some medications. • Impairment can be even more dangerous for boaters than for drivers, since most boaters have less experience and confidence operating a boat than they do driving a car. • Persons found to be boating under the influence can expect to incur severe penalties. If a boat operator is BUI, the voyage may be terminated, the boat may be impounded and the operator may be arrested. Penalties vary by state but can include fines, jail, loss of boating privileges, even loss of driving privileges. • A three-year field evaluation by the Southern California Research Institute completed in 2011 validated a battery of tests for marine use that are now the basis for efforts to implement a National Marine Field Sobriety Test standard.
Combined with chemical tests using blood, breath, and urine samples, these validated ashore and afloat tests give marine law enforcement officers an impressive arsenal in their ongoing efforts to enforce BUI laws. • Alcohol is also dangerous for passengers. Intoxication can lead to slips, falls overboard and other dangerous accidents. • It is illegal in every state and territory to operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. BUI laws pertain to all vessels, from canoes and rowboats to the largest ships. More boating safety facts: • 84 percent of people who drowned in a recreational boating accident were not wearing a life jacket. Always wear a life jacket. • Boat operator instruction is a significant factor in avoiding and surviving accidents. In accidents where the operator’s instruction was known, 77 percent of fatalities occurred on boats where the operator had not received any boating safety instruction. • In 2014, there were 11,804,002 recreational vessels registered in the United States.
Jokes & Groaners Nautical terms ... Ahoy: The first in a series of four-letter words commonly exchanged by skippers as their boats approach one another. Channel: Narrow stretch of deep or dredged waterway bordered by buoys or markers that separates two or more grounded boats. Current: Tidal flow that carries a boat away from its desired destination or toward a hazard. Flipper: Rubber swimming aid worn on the feet. Usually available in two sizes, 3 and 17. Hatch: An opening in a deck leading to the cabin below with a cover designed to let water in while keeping fresh air out. Lanyard: A light line attached to a small article so that it can be secured somewhere well out of reach.
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DANTES director retires after 36 years of VOLED service Story, photo by Ed Barker NETC PAO
elebrating a career that spanned more than 36 years of public service, Carol Berry, director of the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES), retired recently during a ceremony at the National Naval Aviation Museum. Berry’s career in voluntary education (VOLED) began in 1979 at Naval Air Station Keflavik, Iceland, where she was the director of the Navy Campus office. Following her tour in Iceland, she moved to the Hampton Roads area, where she first directed the NAS Norfolk, Va., Navy Campus Office (NCO) and then the NAS Oceana NCO in Virginia Beach, Va. In 2003, she became the Southeast regional director of Navy College programs, overseeing NCOs throughout the Southeast region of the U.S. including Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In 2010, Berry became the director of DANTES in Pensacola. As DANTES director, Berry led a staff that provided valuable educational opportunities and programs for service members and veterans. DANTES supports the off-duty voluntary education
programs of the Department of Defense (DoD) and conducts special projects and development activities in support of educationrelated functions of the DoD. DANTES programs include providing various examinations, such as high school equivalency, college admissions and college credit, and an extensive number of certification and licensing exams. DANTES also supports the Joint Services Transcript and manages the Troops to Teachers program. The guest speaker for the ceremony was retired Rear Adm. Don Quinn, former commander of the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC). “I know of no one who has committed their life to empowering others more than Dr. Carol Berry,” said Quinn. “She is a great teacher who will be missed, but her legacy will live on in the millions of Sailors and service
Dr. Carol Berry, (left) director of the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES), accepts the Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence from Dawn Bilodeau, chief of the Department of Defense Voluntary Education program.
members whose lives have been made better by living the simple axiom ‘For also knowledge itself is power’.” Also attending the ceremony was Dawn Bilodeau, chief of Department of Defense Voluntary Education. She commended Berry’s 36 years of service and presented her with the Office of the Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence. “In her five years as DANTES director, Dr. Berry has done some amazing work; she has been exceptionally supportive of voluntary education and the Department of Defense,”
said Bilodeau. “I’ve only known her for a couple of years, but in that time we’ve been able to make miracles happen together for VOLED and our service members.” Berry said that her nearly four decades of service in VOLED has been not only an incredible journey, but has also allowed her to work with some amazing and dedicated people. “Working with the staff, the service chiefs, education center personnel, high-level leadership, institutional partners and service members made for exciting days and some sleepless nights, but in
all, serving the greatest military in the world has been a great experience.” At the close of the ceremony, Berry was also presented the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award by the NETC Chief of Staff, Capt. John Jones. For more information on the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support, visit the DANTES website: http://dantes.doded.mil. Additional information on the Naval Education and Training Command can be found on the NETC Web pages: https://www. netc.navy.mil.
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June 26, 2015
Thompson joins CNIC as new force master chief Story, photo from Commander, Navy Installations Command Public Affairs
MDCM Andrew Desmond Thompson reported to Commander, Navy Installation Command (CNIC) as the force master chief in May 2015. Thompson joined the Navy Feb. 22, 1984. He completed recruit training and apprenticeship training in Great Lakes, Ill. He reported to his first ship, USS Coral Sea (CV 43), “The Ageless Warrior,” homeported in Portsmouth, Va., in June of 1984. His next tour of duty was the USS Saratoga (CV 60), where he served with his
younger brother from 19881990. His subsequent sea and shore assignments include: Shore Intermediate Maintenance Activity Norfolk, Va., 1990-1993; USS Sylvania (AFS 2), 1993-1994, Shore Maintenance Activity Little Creek, Md., 1993-1994; USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), 1995-1998; Naval Brig Norfolk, Va., 1998-2001; USS
Enterprise (CVN 65), 20012006; Afloat Training Group Norfolk, Va., 2006-2007; USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43), 2007-2010; JEBLC-Fort Story, 2010-2013; Commander Navy Region MidAtlantic, 2013-2015. His military and civilian education includes NEC, 4291 Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technician, NEC 9575 Corrections Officer, NEC 9517 Ship’s 3-M System Coordinator and NEC 4206 Shipboard Engineering Program Manager. He is a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy Class 109 Gold Group, the Command Master Chief/Chief of the
Boat Course (Class No. 38). He also has earned an associate’s degree from Saint Leo’s University. Thompson is a graduate of the Keystone Command Senior Enlisted Leader Course in joint and combined studies at the National Defense University. His personal awards include: The Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (six awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards), the Navy Good Conduct Medal (six awards) and other unit and service awards.
CMDCM Andrew Desmond Thompson is the new force master chief for Commander, Navy Installation Command (CNIC).
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June 26, 2015
Morale, Welfare and Recreation
Story, photo from Pensacola Big Game Fishing Club
The hunt is on for blue marlin, white marlin, sailfish, swordfish, yellowfin tuna, dolphin and wahoo in the Gulf waters off of Pensacola. Anglers from across the Southeast are competing for prizes and cash awards in the 44th annual Pe n s a c o l a International Billfish Tournament. Activities got underway June 24, but fishing is scheduled for today, June 26, and tomorrow, June 27, and an awards banquet is planned for June 28. The tournament presented by The Pensacola Big Game Fishing Club has been an annual tradition since 1970, and spectators are welcome to come down to Plaza de Luna at the southern end of Palafox Street to watch the boats unload and weigh in their catches, according to Wayne O’Hara, this year’s tournament director. This year promises to be one of the most competitive, O’Hara said, because the club is featuring the Vince Whibbs $10,000 cash award for the first-place blue marlin billfish
and the Pensacola Rubber & Gasket $3,000 cash award for Top Boat Friday and $5,000 to the Yellowfin Small Boat Champion. Scales are scheduled to open at 5 p.m. today, June 26, and 3 p.m. July 27. Boats must be in line at the marina at 8 p.m. to weigh their fish. For spectators, there will be music and educational material and presentations. Food, ice cream and Pensacola Big Game Fishing Club official merchandise will be on sale as
the boats come in to weigh their catch. Jaco’s Bayfront Bar & Grille has scheduled a “Reel in a Fin” contest from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. June 27. Fishing rods will be set up with weights to see who can reel in the fastest. There will be multiple heats and the final challenge will be at 5:30 p.m. against the winners of each heat. For more information about the Pensacola Big Game Fishing Club, call 453-4638 or go to www.pbgfc.com.
At the movies
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. • Radfordʼs Mind and Body Workshop: 9 a.m. to noon tomorrow, June 27, at Radford Fitness Center. Focus on your mind and body during a morning of rejuvenation with the Gulf Coast’s best mind and Darius Rucker is body experts in tai chi, Pilates, foam rolling scheduled to perand yoga. For more form at the Tour for information, call 452- the Troops concert with special guests 9845. • Movies on the Michael Ray and Lawn: Summer se- Jacob Davis July 4 ries will be presented on the lawn at Portside. through August at NASP dusk on the second Gates will open at and fourth Saturday of 5:30 p.m. and coneach month in front of cert will start at 7 Portside Gym, Bldg. p.m. Fireworks will 627. “Cinderella” is follow the concert. scheduled for tomor- Admission is free, row, June 27. Free but tickets are repopcorn. Bring cool- quired. Tickets availers, snacks, chairs able in advance to and blankets. For authorized MWR more information, call patrons and guests with valid ID. Pick up 452-3806, ext. 3140. • Summer Read- tickets at MWR ading Program: “Read ministration office, to the Rhythm,” NASP Liberty Censtarted June 16 and ter, ITT NASP Corry continues through Station, Corry BowlAug. 6, at the NASP ing Center, ITT NAS Library, Bldg. 634. Whiting and Pen Air Reading, singing, (NASP, Corry and dancing and crafts. Whiting locations Sessions are 1:30 only). There will be a p.m. to 3 p.m. Tues- limit of 12 tickets per day for ages 3 to 6 ID card. and 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday for ages 7 and older. For more information, or to register, call 452-4362. • Summer aquatics: Mustin Beach Pool, Corry Station Pool and Barrancas Beach are open with lifeguards on duty. Free Aqua Zumba classes and other activities are available. For details, call 452-9429. • Audition notice: The NASP Child and Youth Program has announced upcoming auditions for the Missoula Children’s Theater production of “Rapunzel.” Auditions start at 9 a.m. July 6 at the NASC auditorium. Rehearsals will be from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily until the performance, which is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. July 15. For more information, call 452-2417. • Rent a bike: Rental bikes are available at Blue Angel Naval Recreation Area Outpost Marina. Half day (four hours), $10; full day (eight hours), $15. Deposit and military ID required. For more information, call 453-4530.
“San Andreas” (3D), PG-13, 5 p.m.; “San Andreas” (2D), PG-13, 7:30 p.m.; “Aloha,” PG-13, 5:30 p.m.; “Poltergeist 2015” (2D), PG-13, 8 p.m.
“Pitch Perfect 2,” PG-13, 1 p.m.; “San Andreas” (3D), PG-13, 3:30 p.m.; “Mad Max: Fury Road” (3D), R, 6 p.m.; “Poltergeist 2015” (3D), PG-13, 8:30 p.m.; “Tomorrowland,” PG-13, noon; “Aloha,” PG-13, 3 p.m.; “San Andreas” (2D), PG-13, 5:30 p.m., 8 p.m.
“San Andreas” (3D), PG-13, 1 p.m.; “Tomorrowland,” PG-13, 3:30 p.m.; “Aloha,” PG-13, 6:30 p.m.; “Pitch Perfect 2,” PG-13, noon; “San Andreas” (2D), PG-13, 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m.; “Mad Max: Fury Road” (2D), R, 7:30 p.m.
“Poltergeist 2015” (3D), PG-13, 5:10 p.m.; “Mad Max: Fury Road” (3D), R, 7:10 p.m.; “Tomorrowland,” PG-13, 5 p.m.; “San Andreas” (2D), PG-13, 7:30 p.m.
“Aloha,” PG-13, 5 p.m.; “San Andreas” (3D), PG-13, 7:30 p.m.; “Poltergeist 2015” (2D), PG13, 5:10 p.m.; “Pitch Perfect 2,” PG-13, 7:10 p.m.
“Cinderella,” PG, noon; “Little Rascals,” PG, 3 p.m.; “Chappie,” R, 6 p.m.; “Hot Pursuit,” PG13, 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.; “The Water Diviner,” R, 4:30 p.m., 7 p.m. (admission is free for all movies every Wednesday)
“Poltergeist 2015” (3D), PG-13, 5:10 p.m.; “San Andreas” (3D), PG-13, 7:10 p.m.; “San Andreas” (2D), PG-13, 5 p.m.; “Mad Max: Fury Road” (2D), R, 7:30 p.m.
Liberty program events target young, unaccompanied active-duty military. New hours are 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday. 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 http://naspensacolamwr.com/singsail/liberty.htm.
COST Regular: $3 adults, $1.50 children ages 6-11, free for 5 and younger 3D shows: $5 adults, $3 children ages 6-11, free for 5 and younger
Details: 452-3522 or www.naspensacola-mwr.com
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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: www.SafeHelpline.org; or text: 55-247, CONUS; (202) 470-5546, OCONUS (may be extra charges for OCONUS). The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program provides prevention, intervention and a 24/7/365 response to non-intimate partner adult victims of sexual assault. Active-duty and adult family member sexual assault victims have a choice of reporting options, unrestricted and restricted. Unrestricted reporting allows 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-ofcommand, 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 the duty SARC, call the SARC cell at 554-5606.
Worship schedule NAS Pensacola Protestant • Worship service, 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel, Bldg. 1982. • Chapel choir, 12:30 p.m. Sunday, 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. • Meeting: 6 p.m. Monday and 6 p.m. Thursday, J.B. McKamey Center. For 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.
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Fleet and Family Support Center • 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 information, call 452-6376. 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 information, call 623-7212. More services Jewish • Bʼnai 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://templebethelof pensacola.org. Seventh-day Adventist • Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1080 North Blue Angel Parkway, Bible studies at 9:30 a.m. and services at 11 a.m. Saturday. For information, call 4533442.
The NASP Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC), 151 Ellyson Ave., Bldg. 625, is offering the following: • Anger Management Workshop: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. July 11 and July 22 ( you must attend both sessions). Do you feel you get angry at the simplest things? Join us if you want to control your anger before it controls you. For more information or to register, call 452-5609. • Personal Financial Management: A series of classes are offered throughout the year on different topics. Upcoming classes focus on home buying,
9 a.m. to 11 a.m. July 1; and credit reports, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. to July 15. Seating is limited and reservations are required. To register or for more information, call 452-5609. • Time to move: If you want help with your PCS move stop by the FFSC. Move.mil assist workshops are available at 4 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. Program must be completed and submitted for transferring individuals/families which have household goods to move. Open to all branches. For information or to reserve a seat, call 452-5609.
Community Outreach NASP Community Outreach volunteer opportunities: • Meals on Wheels: Council on Aging of West Florida needs volunteers to deliver meals to homebound elderly citizens throughout Escambia County. Flexible schedules for individuals, groups, civic clubs and employee programs. For more information, call 4321475 or e-mail bmcleroy@ coawfla.org. • Boys and Girls Club of Emerald Coast: NAS Pensacola’s First Class Petty Officer Association invites you to make a positive impact in
the community. Motivated, positive individuals needed to volunteer as basketball coaches, tutors, mentors, choir directors, and computer tutors, among other things. Volunteers can also assist in environmental beautification such as landscaping, painting, or simple clean-up. The NASP Community Outreach office tracks volunteer hours. Report any hours you work to receive due recognition. For information on volunteer activities, call 452-2532 or e-mail SH2 Patricia Cooper at patricia.cooper@Navy.mil.
Too much stuff? Here’s the best and cheapest way to clear out the garage. List your stuff in a Gosport Classified. Rates are $9 for the first ten words and fifty cents for each additional word. Over 25,000 people see the Gosport every week. Go online to www.gosportpensacola.com or call 433-1166 ext. 24 to place your ad today. Military classified ads are free.
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List your stuff in a Gosport Classified. Rates are $9 for the first ten words and fifty cents for each additional word. Over 25,000 people see the Gosport every week. Classified ads are free for the Military. Go online to www.gosport pensacola. com or call 433-1166 ext. 24 to place your ad today.
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The Perdido Farmers Market will have their Grand Opening on Saturday, June 20th from 8-1 at Theo Baars Field next to Winn Dixie in Perdido Key. They are still looking for vendors and especially need farmers and produce vendors. This will be the last chance to get in on the introductory offer. Please contact Amanda: perdidofarmersmarket@gmail .com or 850619-3780 Garage Sales
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Free if you haul away: regulation six-pocket pool table, water stain to b o t t o m pedestal, top and playing surface remarkable. Slate make-up, 4-6 persons to carry it. Details and arrangement, 292-5292
Craftsman lawn tractor. 15.5 hp, 42” deck. Needs engine work, everything else is fine. $200. 255-5591
2001 Crown Vic low miles (126,00) excellent cond. great a/c $3,300 221-1830
Immaculate 1BR apartment with kitchenette adjoining my home w/ pool. Nice neighborhood, near Scenic Hwy & Olive. $650/mo. Including electricity and water. $600 deposit. Phone calls only please. 703618-9875
Interest in Middle Eastern dance? 850696-8339
Washing mac h i n e , Whirlpool, 2 speed, 8 cylcle, $70, call 940642-8654, consider delivery Designer women’s shoes, size 11, new Coach, Nike, Birkenstock, Polo, Skechers, K-Swiss sneakers. 50% off retail. Women’s size 11-12 shoes and sandals, over 60 pairs, new, $3-25. Women’s summer clothes size 11-12. Choose or take all. 4583821
Garage sale on June 26th and 27th @ 7584 Bowers Dr and 7305 Pine Lake cir across from Whiting Field. 626-4710 Solid oak pedestal table, I N S I D E six chairs and garage sale, curio for sale. rain or shine Best offer. Call Saturday June Kathy at 85027, 7-1. Kings 221-4146. Rd. Sub-Division, Cantonment 648/652 Ashford Rd. 8th/9th house on left. Too much merchandise to list.
DeWalt m-glo style air compressor. 9445763. Navy leather flight jacket, $125.
Awesome bridge coat, size Merchandise 38 chest; like Articles for sale new, $100. 2071410 Girls jeans 8 pair size 6, I have 2 ceme$20, like new. tery plots for sale at Memory 456-3628 Park Cemetery To advertise in in Milton Fl. the Gosport, 626-4710 for call Becky Hildebrand at more informa433-1166 tion. ext. 31
2001 Dodge Durango. Clean and reliable transportation with Surf rod with 160,000 miles. reel and snap- $4,100 obo. per rod with 505-6479 reel. Both excellent condi- Misc. Motors tion. $50 for both. 417-1694 27’ Sportscraft cabin cruiser. Trolling motor, needs inboard Minn-kota, like engine and new, pushes a transmission, 12 ft. jon boat hull good. at 10 mph. $50. $2500. 255454-9486 5591 Metal detector like new, great resolution, $50. 497-1167
Nice Snapper 28 inch hi-vac rear engine riding mower, new battery $450. 2211830 Loveseat Sofa. Almost new. Beige w/ 2 decorator loose pillows. $250. Phone calls only please. 703-618-9875
One owner, 23’, 2001 Seafox Walk Around, 175 h o s e p o w e r, Evinrude, trailer, Furuno color, LCD Sounder, Gamin GPS and radio, excellent condition, must see, 455-6843, 457-2115, $14,000 obo
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1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo super sport, excellent condition, new carburetor and valve covers, oil change kept up. 156,000 miles. $5,800. 206-0523
$800: 4/2, fourth bedroom can be office room or play room. On Blue Angel in cul-de-sac with great neighborhood. 8 miles from NAS back gate. 2 miles to Saufley Field. 549-6773 or 607-7617
2010 Acura TL with tech package only 75,000 miles, great condition, Call $19,500 obo. 433-1166 Call 904-537- ext. 24 and this spot 6530 could be yours.
Costumes and alterations, affordable. 850696-8339
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Museum work, architectural painting/interiors, tile restoration. Cleanup. brewergaye@g mail.com. 850696-8339
Will haul off H o u s e m a t e unwanted ridwanted. Prefer ing mowers for male aviation free. 776-9051 student but will consider oth- Put your ers. Private classified room and bath $600/month all ad here inclusive. and be Water front home, off street seen by parking. Availover able 1 July. 207-1410 Call 433-1166 ext. 24 and this spot could be yours.
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