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NAS Pensacola water quality reports now online ... The annual drinking water quality reports for NAS Pensacola/Corry Station and Saufley Field water systems are available on the NAS Pensacola website. Visit content/dam/cnic/cnrse/images/ NAS%20PENSACOLA/ NAS_Pensacola_Corry_CCR_2015_Final.pdf and content/dam/cnic/cnrse/images/ NAS%20PENSACOLA/ NAS_Saufley_Field_CCR_2015_Final.pdf to view the 2015 Annual Drinking Water Quality reports for NAS Pensacola/Corry Station and Saufley Field water systems and learn more about your water. If you 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 monitoring for the period of Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2015. Data obtained before Jan. 1, 2015, 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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USCGC Cypress to change command today (July 1) From Ens. Megan N. Benson USCGC Cypress

U.S. Coast Guard Cmdr. Amy Florentino will transfer command of United States Coast Guard Cutter (USCGC) Cypress today, July 1, to U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Benjamin Keffer.

Lt. Cmdr. Benjamin Keffer

The ceremony will take place at 5 p.m. on Naval Air Station Pensacola’s Pier Charlie. Florentino’s next assignment will be as school chief of Coast Guard Officer Candidate School. A native of Dover, Ohio, Keffer graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 2002 with a bachelor of science in management. As a cutterman, Keffer has served as a deck watch officer and operations officer aboard USCGC Acacia (WLB


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Blue Angels resume schedule From Commander, Naval Air Forces

SAN DIEGO (NNS) – The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will return to its 2016 demonstration schedule July 2-4 in Traverse City, Mich., Commander, Naval Air Forces announced. The Blue Angels temporarily stood down, canceling three weekend shows following a crash on June 2 during a practice in Smyrna, Tennessee, in which Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss was killed. The team will fly a modified five-jet demonstration in Traverse City, along with Fat Albert, the Blue Angels C-130. “The team is proud to resume the Blue Angels mission, representing the pride and professionalism of the Navy and Marine Corps, and inspiring a culture of excellence,” said Cmdr. Ryan Bernacchi, commanding officer and flight leader. “The Blue Angels are looking forward to flying in Traverse City, Mich., Fourth of July weekend, and are also honored to have the opportunity to perform in celebration of our great nation’s Independence Day. Our fans and the entire air show industry have been extremely patient as we have navigated through this very difficult loss of our teammate, and for that, we will always be grateful.” See Blues resume on page 2

At a recent air show practice onboard NAS Pensacola, the Blue Angels diamond pilots prepare for takeoff. For up-to-the-minute information concerning Blue Angels practice sessions, visit the Blue Angels and National Naval Aviation Museum on Facebook (https:// www. facebook. com/USNavy Blue Angels and https:// www. Naval Aviation Museum), and also their websites (https://www. blue angels. navy. mil and http://www. naval aviation Photo from https:// www. facebook. com/ USNavyBlueAngels

NASP dog handler picked as best in region By Janet Thomas Gosport Staff Writer

It’s official. Region Southeast’s top military working dog (MWD) handler of the year belongs to the law enforcement team at Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP). During a June 17 awards ceremony, MA2 Michael Decarli was recognized as the top dog handler for 2015 for Navy Region Southeast. NASP Commanding Officer Christopher Martin presented Decarli with a citation of professional achievement on behalf of

MA2 Michael Decarli with military working dog Hero

Rear Adm. Mary. M. Jackson, Commander,

Navy Region Southeast. In the citation, Decarli was recognized for professional achievement and the superior performance of his duties when compared against a field of 49 other competitive teams. Decarli, 23, is from Evansville, Ind. He joined the Navy 4½ years ago and has been a dog handler for almost three years. He has been teamed with MWD Hero at NASP since February 2014.

Decarli said he was shocked, excited and appreciative when he found out that he had been selected for the honor. “K9 handlers put in lots of work all throughout the Navy, and it often goes unnoticed because security work is often behind the scenes and out of the way,” he said. “It was exciting that out of all the MWD divisions in the Southeast Region, the award went to a Pensacola handler.”

However, it was also a humbling experience. “Even though I received the award, it was really a joint effort from all involved at the NAS Pensacola MWD team,” he said. “We are blessed with a group of fantastic, hard working handlers here.” The MWD/K-9 section at NASP provides dogs teams certified in patrol, drug detection and explosives. MWDs play a key role in law enforcement activities. By order of the commanding officer, MWDs See Decarli on page 2

NavFac Southeast awards hangar contract to small business From Sue Brink NavFac Southeast Public Affairs Cmdr. Amy Florentino

406) in Charlevoix, Mich.; as executive officer aboard USCGC Morro Bay (WTGB 106) in Bayonne, N.J.; and as commanding officer aboard USCGC Sturgeon See Cypress on page 2

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NavFac) Southeast awarded a $10.4 million contract June 20 to Drace Anderson Joint Venture, a small business based in Gulfport, Miss., for construction of the T-6B Texan II Joint Primary Aircraft Training System, training operations facility, at Naval Air Station Whiting Field. (NASWF). “This state-of-the-art facility will provide the necessary training space for the hundreds of flight instructors and student naval aviators

to prepare for their daily flight syllabus events in the T-6B Texan II,” said Capt. Mark Murray, Training Air Wing Five commodore. “This facility will not only enhance the training capability of Training Air Wing Five, but will significantly improve the efficiency which the wing and the three primary training

squadrons operate on a daily basis.” The contract calls for the construction of a two-story training operations facility with a steel frame, reinforced concrete masonry, standing seam metal roofing system, and See Contract on page 2

Remembering Operation Desert Storm ... Base personnel are invited to NAS Pensacola’s Desert Storm Memorial 25th Commemoration, July 8, 9-10 a.m. The Desert Storm Memorial was dedicated on base July 4, 1991. The memorial is located across the street (north) of the base chapel. For more information call 452-3131, ext. 3003.

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July 1, 2016


NATTC, NASP celebrate LGBT diversity From Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training PAO

Service members from the Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) hosted a diversity event celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month June 24 in the Charles A. Taylor Hangar at NAS Pensacola. The hourlong event, organized by the NATTC Command Diversity Council, featured presentations from council members as well as guest speaker retired Lt. Kathryn Kasten, who said the concept of a military Blues resume from page 1

The Blue Angels will pick up their schedule with Traverse City; Gary, Ind., and Pensacola. For more information about the Blue Angels, including the 2016 air show schedule, visit Cypress from page 1

Bay in New London, Conn. and Cleveland, Ohio. During shore assignments he earned a master’s in business administration and a master’s of science in accounting from the Boston College, Carroll school of management in December of 2008; and served as the operating expense assistant team lead at Coast Guard Headquarters in the office of budget execution. Most recently, Keffer served as the Fiscal Year 2016 Coast Guard budget coordinator at Coast Guard Headquarters in the office of budget and programs. Decarli from page 1

perform administrative inspections of barracks areas for contraband and provide patrol of restricted areas. Decarli said some of the things that helped him and Hero stand out as a team during 2015 were working security for 10 days at the 2015 Fleet Week New Orleans, as well as providing security at the 2015 Darius Rucker Concert and 2015 Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show aboard NAS Pensacola. The team also completed 915 hours of explosive detection utilization in various locations including NAS Pensacola, NASP Corry Station, Saufley Field, NAS Whiting Field and NSA Panama City.

event recognizing LGBT contributions to the military is a definitive step in strengthening the U.S. Navy’s culture of diversity. “The Navy has a strong tradition of diversity, and holding diversity celebrations strengthens the commitment of our Sailors to ideals of equality,” she said. “I think it’s important for young Sailors to also see that their chain of command supports diversity.” Kasten, an openly lesbian 10-year Navy veteran and U.S. Naval Academy graduate currently assigned to Training Squadron (VT) 4, spoke at the ceremony describing the diffi-

culties she encountered during her time on active duty. Stressing the importance of equality among service members, Kasten added that even during her time on active duty in the U.S. Navy, the shift in attitudes toward LGBT issues has been dramatic. “I served both before and after the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ so there was a time that I could never have imagined giving a speech like that,” she said. “I feel that it’s important to share my story so that I can help give a face to our diversity.” Presentations during the

NATTC Command Diversity Council event included biographies of notable LGBT service members who had served in the military or in other branches of public service. Another LGBT Pride Month event took place June 28 at the NASP CPO Club. Presented by the NASP Diversity Committee, that presentation featured guest speaker Cmdr. Robert Carpenter from Naval Hospital Pensacola (NHP). The month of June, recognized in commemoration of the Stonewall Riots which took place in June 1969 at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich

Village, N.Y., and is generally viewed as the catalyst for the United States LGBT movement, officially designated LGBT Pride Month by President Barack Obama. CNATT is the technical training agent for the Naval Aviation Enterprise, an organization designed to advance and sustain naval aviation warfighting capabilities at an affordable cost, and is the largest training center under the Naval Education and Training Command. For more news from Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training, visit local/cnatt/.

Navy COOL outlines path for Sailors to become Merchant Mariners By MC3 Taylor L. Jackson, CID Public Affairs

Navy Credentialing Opportunities On-line (COOL) announced the release of the “Blueprint to Mariner” guide June 23. The comprehensive document is designed for Sailors interested in applying their naval training and experience toward future careers with the maritime industry. Navy COOL provides industry certifications and licensing opportunities based on a rating's formal training and on-the-job experience, and eligible Sailors may be funded for credentialing application fees, exam fees, and annual maintenance fees. Nineteen enlisted ratings and collateral duties and 15 officer designators are mapped to more than 150 different civilian and federal maritime-related occupations. “The licensing process for mariners is a Coast Guard program, and there are strict eligibility requirements that must be met,” said Keith Boring, Navy COOL program director. “Our goal here at Navy COOL is to provide Sailors with a map to help bridge the gap between their Navy training and the Coast Guard's requirements.” By preparing while on active duty and earning required accreditations with the support of Navy COOL, including in some cases with funding, Sailors can be well positioned Contract from page 1

spread footing foundation. The hangar will be built on the flight line. The facility will include classrooms, administration space, ready-rooms, electronic briefing space, personnel support space, storage, reproduction areas, library, food storage and prep area, student activity space and additional space in support of the T6-B training curriculum. This project will provide antiterrorism/ force protection (AT/FP) features and comply with AT/FP regulations, and physical security mitigation in accordance with DoD minimum anti-terrorism standards for buildings. The AT/FP line item includes standard force protection measures such as mass notifications systems, laminated windows, blast resistant window and door frames and emergency lighting and signage. “The modern design features of this facility will provide an environment for all pilots to con-

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Merchant Marines aboard the Military Sealift Command fast-combat support ship USNS Rainier (T-AOE 7) send signals. Photo by MC2 Daniel Barker

to transition into the merchant fleet. “‘Blueprint to Mariner’ provides Sailors with a crosswalk between their job and related jobs in the civilian sector,” said Navy COOL Assistant Program Director Michael Talley. “It’s there to help explain what you need to do to qualify for the different positions in the mariner community.” Available on Navy COOL’s website, the “Blueprint to Mariner” guide discusses a maritime career and provides step-by-step credentialing processes and visual walk-

duct flight briefs and debriefs, video playback capabilities, training meetings, grade sheet execution and flight schedule oversight,” said Murray. “Currently the three squadrons operate in very small, separate and inefficient buildings. Combining the three primary squadrons into one large facility will not only

Demolition of existing buildings is also included in the task order. The contract calls for the construction of parking areas, site prep, and storm water and utility construction. Funding for a pavilion; furniture, fixtures and equipment is also included in the award. An option, if exercised, provides for the installation of an

enhance the standardization and quality of flight instruction, but it will promote improved coordination between the squadrons, which is vital to the wing’s continued success in providing the most qualified and capable warfighting aviators to the fleet.” The existing hangar space, Bldg. 2941 and Squadron Facility Bldg. 2973, will be renovated to serve as temporary facilities for squadron personnel until the new construction is complete.

access control system. The work will be performed in Milton, and is expected to be completed by March 2018. Small businesses (which includes 8(a) firms) play a vital role in the American economy – employing half of our country’s workforce, creating nearly two out of every three new American jobs, and often being the source of the next great American innovation. NavFac Southeast strives to meet its goals building on its

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Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla.: A Bicentennial Defense Community Commanding Officer — Capt. Christopher T. Martin Public Affairs Officer — Patrick J. Nichols The Gosport nameplate pays homage to the 100th anniversary of naval aviation in 2011: the Centennial of Naval Aviation, or CONA. The image on the left side of the nameplate depicts Eugene Ely taking off in a Curtiss pusher bi-plane from the USS Pennsylvania Jan. 18, 1911. While Ely had taken off from the USS Birmingham two months earlier after his plane had been loaded on the ship, the USS Pennsylvania event was the first time a plane landed on and then took off from a U.S. warship.

throughs of where to find information and how to apply on the Navy COOL and Coast Guard websites. It also describes how the Maritime Administration predicts there will not be enough qualified mariners to support sustained military sealift operations in the future, which has direct economic and national security implications. With an anticipated need for 74,000 mariners during the next 10 years, certain Sailors have many of the skills and experiences that make them a good fit for the maritime industry. “The (merchant) industry thinks the Navy would be a good resource for help,” said Talley. “However, even though Sailors may have some of the skill sets required, they would still need to earn the requisite Coast Guard’s licenses, and that’s what we're trying to do here at Navy COOL.” “Blueprint to Mariner,” along with links to additional information on a maritime career following naval service, is available online at To learn more about credentialing opportunities, visit Navy COOL’s website at, or call 452-6683. For more news from Center for Information Dominance, visit www. navy. mil/local/ cid.

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success by providing contract opportunities to these businesses. “Our technical leads and acquisition team members seek opportunities for optimal small business participation early in the planning process,” said Mark Brock, NavFac Southeast small business deputy. “Our sound business processes along with capabilities based strategies that consider program risks, cost, schedule and technical requirements help us meet the expectations of supported commanders while supporting public policy objectives.” Each year, NavFac establishes target goals for small business, small disadvantaged business, historically underutilized business zone small business, service-disabled veteran-owned small business, and womenowned small business categories. The maximum practicable utilization of small business concerns is a matter of national interest with both social and economic benefits.

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Hack the Pentagon campaign produces positive results By Lisa Wiswell Bureaucracy Hacker at the Defense Digital Service


hough I haven’t done any complex buffer overflows, and I only got through the basics of Haskell programs, I’m a “hacker” in my own right – hacking government bureaucracies around our outdated and often restrictive policies so we can get things done at a pace consistent with the tech sector. That’s my job at the Defense Digital Service, the DoD’s arm of the White House’s U.S. Digital Service – the government startup the administration stood up to bring private sector talent and best practices into the federal government to improve critical services. For the past seven years, I’ve worked with the Department of Defense to evolve its culture, particularly to interact better with the hacker and security community. There was a time when DoD branded even the most professional hackers as criminals. And who can blame them? The OPM hack where Chinese hackers stole sensitive personal information of nearly 22 million people from both inside and outside the govern-

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ment – that was just the icing on the cake. Had we had the ability to open up the OPM systems to professional hackers, who knows, perhaps it could have been prevented. But in the last few months, we have made real progress on this front, resulting in a healthier perspective on what hacking is and isn’t. Hackers can help keep the Internet a safer place – by uncovering security weaknesses and reporting holes that put at risk our most critical systems and data so they can be remediated in near real-time. Leveraging the talent and expertise that hackers bring to security challenge is part of why some tech companies leverage crowdsourced vulnerability discovery and disclosure programs – and why some of us at the Penta-

gon knew we needed to as well. So, earlier this year, DDS convinced the DoD to launch its first ever bug-bounty, “Hack the Pentagon.” And, I’m proud to report that the pilot greatly exceeded all of expectations: 1,410 hackers registered, 252 submitted at least one vulnerability report – 1,189 reports were submitted and of those, 138 reports qualified and were paid out. A total of 117 hackers received payouts ranging from $100 to $15,000. And precisely zero registered hackers intentionally did anything nefarious, or malicious. This is a big win. It proved to the skeptics who believed hackers are dangerous, childish and intentional lawbreakers, that instead, the hackers who participated in Hack the Pentagon were extremely helpful. This has illuminated a positive shift in our attitude toward the hacker community – as strong partners in technology, recognized for their talent and patriotism. Lawyers, contracting offi-

cers, DoD bureaucrats … we had to hack it all. But we built the concept knowing what was most important was to provide a new way to let Americans help make us safer at the end of the day. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter has shown he is committed to finding novel approaches to our security challenges, rather than just throwing more money, hardware and software at the problem. That means we need to find legal avenues for private citizens to scan DoD networks, and provide details to DoD network owners about vulnerabilities, practices and misconfigurations. Listen, if we’ve got bad ports open, are running old software versions, or have misconfiguration issues, we want you to tell us about it. This will both advance the DoD’s security posture, and continue to extend olive branches to the hacker community and researchers whose work entails scanning the Internet daily. In the next several months you’re going to hear about a

number DoD initiatives that will engage private citizens not affiliated with the U.S. government to help with our most complicated security concerns. First, as part of our commitment to providing a legal avenue for the discovery and disclosure of vulnerabilities for DoD networks, websites, systems and applications, DoD plans to develop a responsible policy and process for private citizens to report DoD vulnerabilities without fear of violating laws or regulations. Additionally, Carter has announced his plan to launch a persistent DoD bug bounty program to continue to allow hackers to be paid to find security flaws in DoD websites, applications, binary code, networks and systems. Rolling out an enduring vulnerability discovery and disclosure program will begin to normalize this as another tool in our security toolkit – just as industry has done. All the challenges taking Hack the Pentagon to market were well worth it. They allowed us to shift our thought that “security through obscurity” is effective, to a position that security must be open, innovative and engaged with the broader Internet ecosystem.

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Area hovercraft parts depot saving Navy money, time By NSWC Panama City Division Office of Congressional and Public Affairs


ANAMA CITY, Fla. – Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Panama City Division (PCD) created a hovercraft parts depot for the U.S. Navy fleet in Panama City, Fla., recently that is expected to save hundreds of thousands of dollars and will extend the craft’s service life by years. Originally, the Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) was designed for a 20-year service life. In the mid-2000s, the Navy began a Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) to add 10 additional years of service life. Not only did SLEP modernize the LCACs with state of the art C4N systems, upgraded engines, a new deep skirt, hull repairs, and larger fuel tanks, it also addressed aging issues with the propulsion system equipment. NSWC Panama City, the inservice engineering agent for the LCAC, pursued development for all types of repairs and upgrades. The propeller shrouds in particular, received several major upgrades. The LCAC propeller shroud original equipment manufacturer (OEM) ceased production shortly before LCAC production ended, which was nearly a decade before the LCAC SLEP began. The OEM had provided upgrades to the design throughout the life of the craft, however, today that OEM is limited to building new stators, which are very expensive and have a very long lead time. It was apparent that there was a need to reduce these costs and speed up the repairs as there simply were not enough dollars to replace all of the propeller shrouds currently in the fleet. The LCAC Program Office directed Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) to stand up an overhaul organization to conduct depot-level repairs on LCAC propeller shrouds and to match the demand from the fleet. Today, NSWC PCD provides these shrouds to the fleet in support of their fixed price contract maintenance on a schedule which prevents delay, disruption and additional costs. During the last couple of years, that has meant an average of one ready-for-issue propeller

shroud per month. “The depot work is accomplished by highly skilled techa government nicians, service-defense contract partner team, comprised of our folks here at NSWC Panama City, Gryphon Technologies, ITA International and HubzoneHQ, which complete this work,” NSWC PCD Project Lead Engineer Glenn Campbell said. These repairs are done in support of all LCAC fleet maintenance availabilities where a pre-overhaul test and inspection (POTI) finds that the propeller shroud requires upgrades or repairs that are beyond the capabilities of the inmaintenance termediate organization at the ACUs or the maintenance contractors at the ACUs. These shrouds are removed from the LCAC at their operational units and trucked to Panama City, where each will receive reworked stators (five struts that support the propeller), stator mounts, aft foun-

Technicians work on the production floor of the LCAC depot at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD). Photo by Ron Newsome

dation fittings, and any other repairs/upgrades as required. The NSWC PCD depot now has the ability to rework one shroud per month. U.S. Naval Supply Systems Command (NavSup) supports the propeller shroud stators and the depot is the designated over-

haul point (DOP). “If the fleet wants to replace a stator, they order one from the Navy supply system, and we supply the repaired stators to NavSup. A brand new stator can cost approximately $6070,000 and require 24-36 months to acquire. A rebuilt

Howard Kelly, an ITA International employee, repairs LCAC propeller shroud stators in support of the NavSup stator repair efforts and the NavSea shroud overhaul efforts. These shrouds and stators are riveted aluminum aerospace structures. The LCAC propeller shroud is a heavy-duty round airplane wing. This type of structure was common on 1960s and 1970s aircraft. Photo by Ron Newsome

stator from the Panama City depot is less than a third of that cost and can now be repaired in a matter of weeks,” said Campbell. In addition to supplying shrouds for SLEP LCACs, which concludes in 2016-2017, NSWC PCD also provides shrouds for fleet modernization program efforts, and now postSLEP extension (PSE) maintenance availabilities. Campbell said this is the next challenge, “because SLEP LCACs are approaching the end of that 10-year life extension and will be required to last another five years until replaced by the next generation craft, the ship to shore connector (LCAC-100).” As the LCAC-1 class are retired and replaced by LCAC100 class, shrouds will likely be removed, repaired and preserved. The Panama City depot work will continue for at least the next five years and probably longer in order to meet U.S. fleet demand and also to support a foreign military sales effort with the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force, which operate six LCAC purchased in the mid-1990s.



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USFF workshop brings insight to NAS Jacksonville Sailors Story, photo by MC1(EXW/SW/AW) Stacy D. Laseter Navy Region Southeast Public Affairs


ACKSONVILLE, Fla. – What is your definition of a destructive decision? Is it drinking and driving? Is it an alcohol-related incident? How about domestic abuse? U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFF) recently visited with NAS Jacksonville Sailors to get them thinking about just those things. The event was hosted by Capt. Charles Marks, U.S. Fleet Forces Command Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) officer. Commander, Navy Region Southeast Rear Adm. Mary Jackson’s opening remarks emphasized the importance of understanding destructive behaviors and how leadership should own them. “When we start to peel back the layers of what a destructive decision is, lots of different things come to mind, including suicide, suicidal behavior and alcohol. Even small things, such as the fast-paced and global way we communicate can be contributing factors to destructive behavior,” Jackson said. “We have come to the point where we realize that there are linkages between all of these destructive behaviors. As Sailors, we have to figure out how we are going to get in front of this.” Navy statistics show that an estimated 15 percent of Sailors wrestle with some form of de-

structive behavior: suicide or suicidal ideations, alcohol incidents, domestic violence, sexual assault, or prescription drug abuse. The Navy is working to help Sailors avoid destructive conduct by giving them and their leaders the tools needed to treat themselves and others with respect. The goal of the workshop is to teach Navy leaders prevention and awareness. According to Marks, the leadership teams of the CPO mess and wardroom should engage in a deckplate effort to reduce the number of destructive behaviors. “Culture change is not easy,” said Marks to the gathered leaders and Sailors. “It requires allhands participation, starting with each of you.” The workshop contained content tailored to deckplate supervisors, command triads, and program managers, including command climate specialists, equal opportunity officers, drug and alcohol program advisers,

Commander, Navy Region Southeast Rear Adm. Mary Jackson speaks to a group of Sailors during the U.S. Fleet Forces Command Destructive Decision Workshop onboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville. The workshop is geared toward awareness and prevention of destructive decisions in the Navy.

sexual assault prevention and response points of contact, unit victim advocates, family advocacy program coordinators, urinalysis program coordinators, and suicide prevention coordinators. YN2 Reaunta Evans, who attended the deckplate supervisor training, said that what she took away was a renewed sense of what could be considered destructive. “You don’t always think about the internet being destructive,” said Evans. “But if you stay up late browsing and come to work late repeatedly, that is definitely not a good behavior, and needs to be addressed.” Janine Latus, author of “If I am Missing or Dead: A Sister’s

Story of Love, Murder and Liberation,” was the keynote speaker and spoke about the physical abuse she endured, and the loss she felt when her sister was murdered by an abusive boyfriend. She explained the warning signs of an abuser. For example, isolation, either emotional or economic, as well as sexual abuse, can be part of an abuser’s pattern. An abuser may also use children, make threats, intimidate or may use male privilege to break down a significant other. During the second day of the workshop, motivational speaker and son of legendary boxer Sugar Ray Leonard, Ray Leonard Jr., spoke about his family and the destructive deci-

sions that shaped his life. He explained how his father once beat his mom and how he felt guilty about not being able to step in to help her. He also spoke about his mother’s suicide attempt, and how he is now learning to use these stories to help others. “It’s about being strong,” said Leonard. “And coming from a boxing family, I don’t mean just physically. You have to be strong emotionally, and stand up. Become a beacon for someone else.” By changing approaches on interpersonal relationships and empowering Sailors with knowledge of their rights and boundaries, U.S. Fleet Forces Command is committed to positively changing these behaviors.



July 1, 2016


TraWing-5 receives final T-6B By Lt.j.g. Marissa Tungjunyatham NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs


oaring through Naval Air Station Whiting Field (NASWF) skies during three low-altitude passes, the unprecedented three-plane formation of the first, the final and the yellow centennial T-6B Texan II aircraft of Training Air Wing Five (TraWing-5) arrived to the installation June 21. The 148th and final T-6B travelled from the Beechcraft factory in Wichita, Kan., and joined formation with the first and centennial aircraft in Monroeville, Ala., with the final T-6B as the lead aircraft. More than a hundred instructors, students, and civilian contractors gathered at North Field to watch the historical formation. When the crowd heard the loud engine roar in the sky, they rushed outside the hangar to see the formation fly above the airfield, watching as they performed a fan break, where the three planes simultaneously turned to enter the landing pattern. The final T-6B was the first to land, followed by the centennial and then the first T6B. The aircraft taxied in line from the runway towards the south side of the parking line, where two fire trucks were stationed for a ceremonial water arch to honor the aircraft as they taxied through it. Everyone applauded as the three aircraft approached the hangar and the pilots stepped out of the planes. Lt. Chris Hill, instructor at Training Squadron Two, and Lt. Cmdr. Nick Ahlen, fixed wing instructor training unit operations officer, piloted the original T-6B with Lt. Chris Swigart, TraWing-5 fixed wing assistant operations officer, and Lt. Col. Jeff Hubley, TraWing-5 operations officer, in the centennial plane. Lt. Scott Urbashich, TraWing-5 Instructor of the Year, and Capt. Mark Murray, Commodore of TraWing-5, brought home the command’s last T-6B. The aircraft is the next-to-last T-6B for the Navy as Naval Air Station Corpus Christi will re-

Three T-6B Texan IIs bank toward Naval Air Station Whiting Field (NASWF) to help celebrate the arrival of the 148th and final T-6B aircraft to serve as part of Training Air Wing Five’s primary training fleet. The first T-6 to arrive to NASWF, the centennial color schemed T-6, and the final Texan II to be sent to Training Air Wing Five flew three formation passes over the base before landing at the installation’s North Field for a ceremony to mark the occasion. Photo by Ensign Antonio More

ceive the final one later this month. The pilots joined the spectators for the commemoration ceremony, where they celebrated the years of hard work from Beechcraft and TraWing-5 to make it to this day. Murray awarded Urbashich with a certificate memento to honor the delivery of the final T-6B. Pam Nash, director program management at Beechcraft, presented a model of the T-6B, along with a framed, T-6B photo autographed by the employees of Beechcraft to Murray. “I am most honored to be here today to represent the men and women who built these planes for you,” Nash said. “There was a lot of passion put into this program, and we’re always focused on safety and quality.” Murray said he admired the dedication of the employees who crafted the T-6B, comparing it to the work put forth by TraWing-5. “I wish everyone here today could walk through their factory,” Murray said. “It is about people − their sweat and hard work. Seeing it will change the way you think when you strap into the aircraft. It is about people and passion and that doesn’t change. It is the same way at Training Air Wing Five.” TraWing-5 received their first T-6B from Beechcraft Aug. 25, 2009, to replace its aging T-34 Turbomentor fleet. The T-6B had twice the per-

formance power compared to T-34 and came equipped with a digital (glass) cockpit display, heads-up display and ejection seat. The process of transitioning one squadron to the T-6B took nine to 12 months, and Training Squadron Three was the forefront of the switch with its first student flight in April 2010. TraWing-5 officially phased out the T-34 in 2012. “As of today, Training Air Wing Five now has 148 Texan II’s,” Chief Staff Officer Cmdr. Patrick Beam said. “Each was $5.5 million, so that’s almost a billion dollars on North Field’s flight line.” Since its arrival, TraWing-5 had flown more than 310,000 hours in the T-6B. Combined with the 74,000 flight hours from Training Air Wing Four in Corpus Christi, Texas, the T-6B has flown an overall total of 384,000 hours as of June 17, 2016. It is the first aircraft student aviators in the maritime services will fly and provides them with the basic foundations of aviation. By the time a student completes the 28 week program, they will have flown 43 flight events, 75 flight hours, and 36 simulator events. The program prepares students for the Navy’s more advanced training platforms and their fleet aircraft in the future. “In the foreseeable future, I can see the T-6B in use for another two or three decades,” Murray said. “The T-6B cockpit and avionics suite is designed to better facilitate the transition to increasingly sophisticated follow-on training and fleet aircraft, as well as keep pace with emerging air traffic control regulations.”

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Military to participate in concert

A number of military units from Naval Air Station Pensacola are scheduled to participate along with the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra in a free Symphony, Sparks and Stars concert at 7:30 p.m. July 4 at the Hunter Amphitheatre in the Vince Whibbs Community Maritime Park. A joint color guard will consist of men and women from the 344th Military Intelligence Battalion, Marine Aviation Training Support Group 21 (MATSG 21), the 479th Flying Training Group and the Coast Guard liaison office. Also, a flyover is planned by U.S. Navy jets from Training Squadron 86 (VT-86). For more information, go to www.

Residency program ends at NHP

The Family Medicine Residency Program (FMRP) at Naval Hospital Pensacola (NHP) held its final graduation ceremony June 30 at the National Naval Aviation Museum aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola. Beneficiaries that were assigned to a resident as their primary care manager will be assigned to another provider and there will be no loss of services provided by NHP. The FMRP started in 1972 and the first group graduated in 1974. Since the start of program, approximately 300 residents (297) have graduated and more than 160 interns attended the program. This year, six residents graduated from the program. For more information on NHP, go to

Firecracker 5K scheduled for July 2 The annual Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Florida Firecracker 5K run, walk and wheelchair race is scheduled to start at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow, July 2, at Seville Quarter. At the conclusion of the 5K, children are invited to participate in the free “Rock Our Socks” fun run. Late registration is $32. Packet pick-up is scheduled for noon to 6 p.m. today, July 1 at Apple Annie’s inside Seville Quarter. Late packet pick-up and registration will be from 6 a.m. to 7:25 a.m. tomorrow, July 2, at Seville Quarter. For more information, go to or call 477-2273.

Jacksonian ceremony being conducted

The inaugural Jacksonian Guard Colors Ceremony will be conducted each Saturday through Sept. 3 in Plaza Ferdinand. A student-only re-enactment group has been assembled to perform the ceremony, which will features soldiers, fifers and drummers performing in period 1821 uniforms. For more information, call 466-5220.

Patriotic celebration planned in Milton

Milton First Assembly of God, 6163 Dogwood Drive, is presenting a patriotic celebration at 10:30 a.m. July 3. Naval Air Station Whiting Field Chaplain, Lt. Cmdr. Michael Griggs, will be the guest speaker. The church’s music and drama will perform “The Patriot Song,” a 30-minute musical presentation that celebrates independence and introduces a few of the lesser-known characters in American history. For more information, call 623-2854.

School physicals available at NHP

Naval Hospital Pensacola (NHP) has announced dates for the annual School/Sports Physical Rodeo. The first session is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon July 9 at the NHP Family Medicine Clinic. Other dates are July 16, July 23, July 30 and Aug. 6. Appointments are needed and can be made by calling NHP Family Medicine at 505-7120. The rodeo is available to anyone enrolled to NHP’s Family Medicine Clinic and is an easy and convenient way to complete school and sports physicals. Physical exams are available for children ages 4 and older and any school-age children including students new to the area. For more information, call 505-7120.

Antarctic explorers scheduled to meet

Members of the Gulf Coast Group Chapter of the Old Antarctic Explorers Association (OAEA) will meet at noon tomorrow, July 2, at Rico Mexican restaurant, 830 North Navy Blvd. 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.

Boats to race in Bikini Regatta July 9 The Navy Yacht Club’s 36th annual Bikini Regatta is scheduled for July 9 on Pensacola Bay. The race allows a 50 percent female crew with a female skipper on the helm at all times. A social will begin at 10 a.m. July 9 in the Crow’s Nest at the Bayou Grande Marina aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP).

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Performers focus on SAPR issues The Department of the Navy Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (DON SAPRO) is sponsoring several upcoming presentations by Pure Praxis, a socially adaptive performance group that emphasizes scenario-based audience participation as part of its presentations on Sexual Assault Prevention Response and (SAPR) and other social issues. Shows are scheduled for 10 a.m. July 25, at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Bldg. 1504, and 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. July 25 at Naval Hospital Pensacola. Three more shows are scheduled to take place July 26 and July 27 at the Center for Information Dominance Unit Corry Station (CIDUCS), but performance times have not been announced. Show scenarios are designed to compel audience members to make decisions based on what is happening, to motivate people to see all sides of a given situation and to educate them from their experience. The traveling performance group’s charter is to use their acting talents to increase awareness and understanding of critical social issues such as sexual assault prevention, domestic violence, bystander intervention, and sexual harassment. For more information, go to

Participation in the full two days is required. For more information, call 452-2341, ext. 5, or email CREDO facilitator Tony Bradford at

Program being offered for children

Warrington Presbyterian Church, 406 South Navy Blvd., is presenting “Kids Connection Summer” every Tuesday from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. through Aug. 2. The sessions are open to children in kindergarten to fifth grade. Activities will include Bible lessons, craft time, recreation time and much more. Cost is free. Lunch will be served. Pre-register at For more information, call 455-0301.

Survival experiment to be discussed

George Sigler is scheduled to discuss his book, “Experiment in Survival,” at 10 a.m. July 16 at the National Naval Aviation Museum as part of the Discovery Saturday series. Sigler is a former Navy carrier pilot who sailed an inflatable rubber boat from San Francisco to Hawaii to test survival equipment, techniques and human endurance. Discovery Saturday events are free and open to the public. For more information, go to

Students can register for fall at PSC

The skipper’s briefing is scheduled for 11 a.m. July 9 with registration from 10 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. Entry fee is $35 with U.S. Sailing membership and $40 for non-members. The race is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. July 10 is reserved as a make-up day if required. Registration and race information packages can be obtained at Online race registration can be made via the Regatta Network at www. For race information, contact Jim Parsons by e-mail at

Registration is open for fall term at Pensacola State College (PSC). Classes begin Aug. 15. Students may register online at www.pensacola or visit any PSC location. Admissions offices at Pensacola, Milton and Warrington campuses are open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday through Aug. 5. South Santa Rosa Center and Century Center admissions offices are open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday through Aug. 4. All PSC admissions offices are open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, Aug. 8-11 and Aug. 15-18. Friday office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fall term options include: Session A, Aug. 15Dec. 9; Session B, Aug. 15-Oct. 10; Session C, Sept. 6-Dec. 9; and Session D, Oct. 11-Dec. 9. For more information, call the PSC Admissions and Information Center at 484-2544.

Five-day basketball camp planned

Dinner to follow Mustang meeting

The third session of 37th Chip Boes Championship Basketball Camp is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon July 18-22 at Malcolm Yonge Community Center, 925 East Jackson St. Cost is $85. For more information or to register, contact Chip Boes at 968-9299 or by at e-mail at

NASP offering Vacation Bible School NAS Pensacola’s Vacation Bible School (VBS) is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. July 25-29 at the J.B. McKamey Center, Bldg. 634. Registration forms are available at Bldg. 634. All children of Pensacola area military, ages 4 to those entering the sixth grade in the coming school year, are invited to embark on an adventure scouring the mysterious fathoms of the deep sea. Children will have an interactive experience as they study scripture, play games, make crafts and enjoy snacks. Children can also share with other children by bringing canned food or dry goods throughout the week. The food will be donated to the local food bank. For more information, call 452-2342.

Students can sign up for cyber camps Elementary and middle school students will have an opportunity to learn basic cybersecurity skills in a fun environment at one of the Summer Cyber Camps being presented by the AFCEA Blue Angels Pensacola Chapter. The camps run Monday through Friday with half day sessions, and will be held at Global Business Solutions on West Michigan Avenue. Space is limited to 12 students per week, with a fee of $50 per student. Much of the cost of curriculum, supplies and other camp expenses are being covered by sponsor donations from the CyberThon event held in January. Elementary camp is scheduled for July 18-22. Middle school camps are scheduled for July 11-15 and July 25-29. For full event information and online registration, go to events/summer-cyber-camps.

Suicide intervention training available An Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Workshop is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 13-14 at the J.B. McKamey Center, Bldg. 634, NAS Pensacola. The workshop is for anyone who wants to feel more comfortable, confident and competent in helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. It is open to active-duty, DoD and civilian employees. Registration deadline is July 5.

The quarterly meeting of members of the Emerald Coast Mustang Association is scheduled for 2 p.m. July 12 at Mustin Beach Club aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola. The association is for active-duty, reservists and retired Navy and Marine Corps limited duty officers, chief warrant officers and officers with at least four years of prior enlisted service. The LDO/CWO board of directors will be in attendance along with Rear Adm. Michael White, the group’s flag sponsor. The latest news affecting the Mustang community will be discussed. Immediately following the meeting, the group will present a social and lasagna dinner. The meal will be served at 4 p.m. Cost of the dinner is $16.80 per person, and is open to all Mustangs and selectees within the Gulf Coast area. Reservations are due by July 7. To make reservations, contact Lt. Cmdr. Tim Kelly at, or call 452-8518 or 4528499.

July 13 LDO/CWO brief announced

The FY-18 Limited Duty Officer/Chief Warrant Officer (LDO/CWO) applicant brief will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. July 13 at Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC), Bldg. 3460, Room 1226. The LDO/CWO board of directors will present the brief, while providing mentoring and package review for all potential applicants. The brief offers an opportunity to discuss your future with senior Mustangs and get advice. For more information, contact Lt. Cmdr. Tim Kelly at, or call 4528518 or 452-8499.

Volunteers needed for new lunch project

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Florida, a non-profit that serves families of seriously ill children, has announced a new program for families who are unable to leave their child’s bedside. Lunch on the House will deliver individual sack lunches directly to the family members. In order to provide this service two days a week, the group is searching for two teams of two to three people to prepare the meals and deliver to families. Those interested in the position must be age 18 or older and be able to commit for two to four hours per week. Donors are also needed to help fund the project. The daily cost to prepare Lunch on the House is $70. For more information, call 477-2273 or send an e-mail to

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GOSPORT Inspiration from the Declaration of Independence Excerpts from http://www. declaration_transcript.html

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the 13 United States of America, When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed ... The history of the present king of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states ... In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury ... We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in general congress, assembled, appealing to the supreme judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by authority of the good people of these colonies, solemnly publish and declare, that these united colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent states; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved ... And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

See page 4B for a list of area fireworks shows

Fireworks: It’s better and way safer to go to the show From National Fire Protection Association

Permanent scarring, loss of vision, dismemberment – these are too often the harsh realities of amateur fireworks use. To keep the public safe from fireworksrelated injuries and deaths, the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) urges everyone to treat fireworks, whether legal or illegal for consumers, as suitable only for use by trained professionals. According to NFPA, amateur fireworks use endangers not only the users, but also bystanders and surrounding property and structures. Pyrotechnic devices ranging from sparklers to aerial rockets cause thousands of fires and serious injuries each year. “Safe and sane fireworks don’t exist,” said John Hall, NFPA’s division manager of fire analysis and research. “When things go wrong with fireworks, they go very wrong, very fast, far faster than any fire protection provisions can reliably respond.” In recent years, fireworks have been one of the leading causes of injuries serious enough to require hospital emergency room treatment. Fireworks can result in severe burns, fractures, or scars or even death or disfigurement that can last a lifetime. The thousands of serious injuries each year typically harm the eyes, head, or

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hands, and are mostly reported in states where fireworks are legal. Even sparklers, which are considered by many to be harmless, reach temperatures of more than 1,000 degrees. Wooded areas, homes, and even automobiles have become engulfed in flames because of fireworks. Fireworks-related fires have typically caused at least $20 million in property loss (not adjusted for inflation) each year in recent years. A substantial portion of the structure fire property loss due to fireworks typically involves bottle rockets or other fireworks rockets. These rockets can land on rooftops or wedge within certain structures and still retain enough heat to cause a fire. Public fireworks displays are a safer alternative. Conducted by trained professionals, these displays are the smartest and safest choice for anyone because they are established under controlled settings and regulations. After these displays, or any other time, children should never pick up fireworks that may be left over. Fireworks that have been ignited and fail to immediately explode or discharge can cause injury because they may still be active. Children should always tell an adult if they find fireworks rather than picking up smoking or charred fireworks themselves, which is just too risky.

From NASP Safety Department

The Fourth of July holiday is a celebration of who we are as Americans. As we prepare to honor our national identity with parades, fireworks and backyard barbecues, it’s important to remember risk management. The American people rely on the Navy and Marine Corps to make it back to work after the holiday in one piece. • If you hit the water, make sure you know how to swim. Pay attention to posted signs and lifeguards. If, despite your best efforts, you get caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore until you’re out of the current. Trying to swim against it will only tire you out. Keep a close eye on small children.

A reminder from Fire & Emergency Services Gulf Coast: NASPNCLAInst 11320.1H. states “Fireworks: The sale, use or storage of fireworks of any kind (to include sparklers) on the naval reservation, including Navyowned housing areas, are strictly prohibited.”

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Bring plenty of sunscreen and non-alcoholic beverages. Boating? Make sure everyone onboard has a personal floatation device and knows how to use it. • Planning a party? Be a responsible host. If you’re planning to serve alcohol, provide plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverage options as well. Make sure you limit your own consumption of alcohol so you can ensure none of your guests drink too much, get out of hand, or attempt to drive home under the influence. Stop serving alcohol at least an hour before the scheduled end of the party and be willing to provide a bed, couch, or piece of floor to anyone who needs to sleep it off. Think: Don’t let a poor decision ruin a good time.

Jokes & Groaners Ten Fourth of July jokes that misfired (10) What’s red, white, blue and green? A patriotic turtle. (9) What did one flag say to the other flag? Nothing. It just waved. (8) Why did Paul Revere ride his horse from Boston? Because the horse was too heavy to carry. (7) How is a healthy person like the United States? They both have good “constitutions.” (6) What dance was very popular in 1776? The Indepen-dance. (5) What would you get if you crossed George Washington with cattle feed? The Fodder of Our Country. (4) Teacher: “Where was the Declaration of Independence signed?” Student: “On the bottom.” (3) Q: “Did you hear the one about the Liberty Bell?” A: “Yeah, it cracked me up.” (2) What did King George think of the American colonists? He thought they were revolting. (1) Do they have a Fourth of July in England? Yes. That’s how they get from July 3rd to July 5th.




July 1, 2016

Bump, set, spike – corpsman represents NHP on All-Navy team Story, photo by Jason Bortz NHP Public Affairs Officer

When HN Denise Atualevao, a corpsman at Naval Hospital Pensacola (NHP), is not caring for patients at the hospital’s Family Medicine Clinic, she can usually be found on a volleyball court practicing. All that time practicing and playing the sport she loves paid off for her when she was selected to play on this year’s all-Navy women’s volleyball team. Growing up in San Diego with a family of volleyball players, Atualevao was exposed to the sport at an early age. “Volleyball is in my blood,” said Atualevao, 24, who graduated from Southwest High School in San Diego, Calif. “Everyone in my family plays volleyball; we even play it at our family reunions.” After playing indoor volleyball in high school, Atualevao accepted a scholarship to play volleyball at Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa. Graceland University is a small university that Olympic Gold Medalist Bruce (now Caitlyn) Jenner and original Blue Power Ranger David Yost both attended. While playing volleyball for the university, she earned her bachelor’s degree in human services. After graduating, Atualevao still wanted to play volleyball and set

HN Denise Atualevao, a corpsman at Naval Hospital Pensacola, practices setting a volleyball on NHP’s volleyball court. Atualevao made the all-Navy women’s volleyball team this year and was the team’s starting defensive specialist.

her sights on playing professionally in Europe. She travelled to Maribor, Slovania, and tried out for the team. At only 5-foot, 4-inches tall, Atualevao is considered small for professional volleyball and was not offered a contract. Returning to the states, Atualevao looked for career options and eventually decided on enlisting in the United States Navy.

“I have a lot of family that served in the Navy, and I felt the Navy was the best option for me,” said Atualevao. “I thought I could do more with my life that just finding a normal job.” Despite having a college degree, Atualevao decided to enlist in the Navy undesignated, meaning she did not have a rate assigned to her. She was selected

to be a corpsman and reported to NHP in November as her first duty station. It was one of Atualevao’s old high school coaches that brought volleyball back into her life. He suggested she try out for the allNavy women’s volleyball team, something Atualevao didn’t even know the Navy had at the time. Atualevao submitted her application, but needed her command’s approval to allow her to be away from the command for three weeks in May to participate in the U.S. Open National Championships in Orlando. “I played on the All-Marine Corps soccer team when I was young, so I knew how great of an opportunity this was for her,” said HMCM(FMF) Andrew Ali, senior enlisted leader, directorate for Medical Services, NHP. “I encouraged her to try out and the entire command supported her.” With the support of her command, Atualevao just need to make the team. With 22 women competing for 12 spots, competition was fierce, especially for Atualevao’s position. “I play the libero position, which is the main passer for the team,” said Atualevao. “I am also the defensive specialist and stay on the back row.” Libero’s must excel in passing and receiving the other team’s hits. Usually a team only carries one or two liberos and with nine women competing for that one

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position, including the starter for the past two years, Atualevao had to make an immediate impression. “To make the team this year, a player had to be fearless and go after every hard hit and loose ball in the gym,” said Ross Holcomb, head coach, All-Navy women’s volleyball team. “What started to set each player apart were the ‘bonus’ skills that they brought to the court like serving, hitting and setting. (Atualevao) was skilled enough at each of these to stand out amongst the other defensive specialists.” Not only did Atualevao make the team, she became the team’s number one libero and played in every game in Orlando. Competing against 71 other teams in their bracket, the Navy team came in fourth place. A strong showing for team that only got to practice together a few times before the competition. Now back in Pensacola, Atualevao continues to practice by playing in recreational leagues throughout the Pensacola area. She plans to try out again next year for the Navy team and has hopes of playing for the allArmed Forces team in the future. She also has plans to someday be an officer in the Navy. “I am often underestimated because of size,” said Atualevao, “but that fuels me to try harder for whatever I am competing for in life.”



July 1, 2016


Improvements proposed for Johnson Beach Story, photo from National Park Service

The National Park Service (NPS) is proposing changes to improve habitat and visitor access to the Johnson Beach/Perdido Key area of Gulf Islands National Seashore. Natural dune migration has engulfed the road shoulders and boardwalks, making beach access more difficult and creating safety issues associated with roadside parking. Officials have drafted an Environmental Assessment (EA) analyzing a range of alternatives. Proposed alternatives will increase parking in the main

Visitors to the Perdido Key area of Gulf Islands National Seashore can run into congested conditions when cars are parked along both sides of the road.

lot and add new parking lots along the first 1.5 miles of Johnson Beach Road. Higher, handicap accessible dune crossover boardwalks would

be constructed to improve beach access and reduce impacts to the dune habitat caused by numerous informal access trails. Road shoulder

parking would be eliminated. All other areas of Gulf Islands were converted from roadside parking to parking lots in the 1990s. The last half mile of the road would be converted to a multi-use trail for pedestrian and bicycle use. These changes would allow a wide range of uses from beach goers, pedestrians and bicyclists, to drivers, and would restore sections of beach habitat essential for shorebird nesting and the critically endangered Perdido Key beach mouse. The public can get information and submit comments on the project through the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) web-

site at www.parkplanning.nps. gov. Under “Choose a Park” click on “Gulf Islands National Seashore” and follow the link to “Improve Barrier Island Habitat and Visitor Access at Perdido Key/Johnson Beach.” Comments may also be submitted via regular mail to 1801 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Gulf Breeze, FL 32563. The deadline to submit comments is July 21. All comments, including names and addresses of respondents, will be available for public review. However, individuals may request that the NPS withhold their name and/or address from public disclosure.





July 1, 2016

Morale, Welfare and Recreation

The Sertoma Fouth of July Celebration in downtown Pensacola includes a firework display over Pensacola Bay. Photo from

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et ready to have a blast for Fourth of July. Fireworks will be the main attraction, but other activities also are on the schedule.

Here are some highlights: • A new addition to the July Fourth lineup, is a free Symphony Sparks and Stars concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Hunter Amphitheater in Vince Whibbs Community Maritime Park. The performance will feature the “Armed Forces Salute,” “Stars and Stripes Forever” and music from “The Avengers.” A free, family event also is being presented in the Blue Wahoos Stadium. For more information, go to https://www. 1746624248892461/. • Sertoma’s Fourth of July

Celebration in Old Seville features a full day of activities from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Seville Square. Activities will include a children’s area with pony rides, a rock climbing wall and face painting. Vendors will be selling arts and crafts and food and there will be live entertainment on two stages. A hot dog eating contest is scheduled for noon. The festivities will culminate with the 9 p.m. fireworks show over Pensacola Bay, synchronized with music broadcast on Cat Country FM 98.7. Admission is free. Spectators should not bring dogs or

their own fireworks. For more information, go to • The Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce celebration will feature fireworks at 8:30 p.m. in Santa Rosa Sound, just offshore from Quietwater Beach. Admission is free. For more information, call 932-1500 or go to • Riverfest 2016 is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. July 4 in historic downtown Milton. Activities include a motorcycle show, a car show, the Great Milltown Duck Race, musical entertainment and a salute to veterans. At dark, there will be a fireworks display over the Blackwater River. For more information, call (850) 6232339 or go to www.src

At the movies FRIDAY

“The Conjuring 2,” R, 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.; “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” (2D), PG-13, 5 p.m.; “Me Before You,” PG-13, 7:30 p.m.


“The Angry Birds Movie” (2D), PG, noon; “Alice Through the Looking Glass” (2D), PG, 2 p.m.; “The Conjuring 2,” R, 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” (2D), PG-13, 11:30 a.m.; “Me Before You,” PG-13, 2:30 p.m.; “X-Men: Apocalypse” (2D), PG-13, 5 p.m.; “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising,” R, 8 p.m.


“The Angry Birds Movie” (3D), PG, 12:30 p.m.; “Alice Through the Looking Glass” (3D), PG, 2:30 p.m.; “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” (2D), PG-13, 5 p.m.; “XMen: Apocalypse” (3D), PG-13, 7:30 p.m.; “X-Men: Apocalypse” (2D), PG-13, 1 p.m.; “The Conjuring 2,” R, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

MONDAY, July Fourth holiday

“The Angry Birds Movie” (2D), PG, 1 p.m.; “X-Men: Apocalypse” (2D), PG-13, 3 p.m.; “The Conjuring 2,” R, 6 p.m.; “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” (2D), PG-13, 1:30 p.m.; “Alice Through the Looking Glass” (2D), PG, 4 p.m.; “Me Before You,” PG-13, 6:30 p.m.


“The Angry Birds Movie” (3D), PG, 5 p.m.; “The Conjuring 2,” R, 7:10 p.m.; “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” (2D), PG-13, 5:10 p.m.; “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising,” R, 7:30 p.m.


Free admission to all movies: “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked,” G, noon and 2:30 p.m.; “Gods of Egypt,” PG-13, 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.; “The Nice Guys,” R, 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.; “Money Monster,” R, 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.


“The Angry Birds Movie” (2D), PG, 5 p.m.; “The Conjuring 2,” R, 7 p.m.; “Alice Through the Looking Glass” (2D), PG, 5:10 p.m.; “Me Before You,” 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

Details: 452-3522 or

TheNASPMorale,WelfareandRecreation (MWR)departmenthasanumberofupcomingeventsandactivities.Formoreinformation, call452-3806,ext.3100,orgototheMWR • Movies by the Bay: Blue Angel Recreation Park will present “Independence Day” at 8 p.m. tomorrow, July 2. Movies are scheduled to be screened at dark, on the first and third Saturday of each month through August. In case of • Youth Sports pro rain movies will be camp: Regisfootball cancelled. For inis open for a free tration formation, go to https://www.face- pro football camp with kicker Graham Gano scheduled for July 19pensacola. 20 at NASP Barrancas • Free tickets for BooFest: Ball Field. You can find BooFest is sched- registration forms under uled for July 22-23 Youth Sports on MWR and free tickets are webpage ( being given away to active duty and You should return retired military the registration forms members while the to NASP or Corry Stasupply lasts. You tion youth centers, or completed must show your ID e-mail registration forms to at Pensacola Bay Center Box Office. There is a limit of two tickets per ID. • Auditions announced: For those with children interested in the theater auditions scheduled for 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. July 25 at the NASC Theater, Bldg. 633. The Missoula Children’s Theatre production will be “Sleeping Beauty.” About 50 to 60 children will be cast to appear. After a week of rehearsals, the performance is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. July 30. For information, contact the Youth Center at 452-2417. • FootGolf: Try a new sport at A.C. Read Golf Course: They have a new FootGolf Course. Cost is $9 for military and guests, $10 for DoD and guests and $5 or age 17 and younger. For more information, call 4522454. • Get Golf Ready Clinics: For five weeks, PGA golf professionals will teach you the basics of the swing at A.C. Read Golf Course at Naval Air Station Pensacola. Clinic dates are Mondays July 4 to Aug. 1 or Aug. 15 to Sept. 12; Wednesdays from July 6 to Aug. 3 or Aug. 17 to Sept. 14; and Fridays July 8 to Aug. 5 or Aug. 19 to Sept. 16. Register at For information, call 452-2454. • Summer Day Camps: Weekly camps, continue through Aug. 9. From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. at NASP Youth Center; from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. at NASP Corry Station School Age Care. For ages 5 (kindergarten) to 12. Pre-register at For more information, call 452-2417 or 453-6310. • 2016 A.C. Read Match Play Championship: July 22-24 at A.C. Read Golf Course at Naval Air Station Pensacola. $145 per person or $290 per team. Register today; space limited. For more information, call 452-2454.

Liberty activities Liberty program events at NAS Pensacola and Corry Station target young, unaccompanied active-duty military. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. Regular events are scheduled at the main Liberty Center in the Portside Entertainment Complex. You must sign up in advance for off-base trips. For more information, call 452-2372 or go to

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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: 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.

Fleet and Family Support Center

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. • 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 • B’nai Israel Synagogue, 1829 North Ninth Ave., services 7 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. Saturday. For information, call 433-7311. • Temple Beth El, 800 North Palafox St., services 7 p.m. Friday (6 p.m. first Friday of each month). For information, call 438-3321 or go to http://templebethelof 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: • Emergency Preparedness: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. today, July 1. Next class is July 29. Each type of disaster requires different measures to keep you, your family and your pets safe. Be prepared. For more information or to register, call 452-5609. • Parenting ages 6 to 12 years: 10 a.m. to noon July 11 and July 18. Six sessions. For information or to register, call 452-5990 or 452-5609. • Parenting Tips for Blended Families: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. July 11 and July 25. A discussion of the challenges and joys of living in a blended family. All military parents welcome. For more information or to register, call 452-5609. • First Time Parents Class: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. July 12. Parenting tips that every new or beginner parent needs to know. This

class will provide tips and techniques to help you care for your newborn. For more information or to register, call 452-5609. • Family Caregiver Seminar: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. July 13. Taking care of aging parents and children while on active duty presents a challenge. Find out about resources available to assist military families. To register or for information, call 452-5609. • Tips to Building Self-Esteem: 8 a.m. July 17 at FFSC. Low self-esteem can negatively affect every facet of your life, your relationships, your job and your health. Learn to improve your selfesteem. For information or to register, call 452-5609. • Imagination Station: 10 a.m. to noon every third Thursday of month at Blue Wahoo Stadium. The next meeting is July 21. The NASP New Parent Support program partners with Imagination Station for a military family play date. Meet some military families and let your children play. For more information, call 452-5609.

Community Outreach If you are interested in participating in some volunteer activities, contact the NASP Community Outreach office. The Community Outreach office also keeps track of volun-

teer hours. You need to report any hours of volunteer work to receive due recognition. For more information, call 452-2532 or e-mail nasp_

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