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VISIT GOSPORT ONLINE: www.gosportpensacola.com
NATTC instructor awarded national CFC Hero Award
NIOC to change command July 18 From Navy Information Operations Command
Story, photo by Lt. Jonathan Bacon NATTC PAO
Cmdr. Patrick A. Count will turn over command of Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Pensacola to Cmdr. Joseph D. Sears in a ceremony to be held July 18 at 10 a.m. at the Mustin Beach Club onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP).
Red, White and Blues on the beach ... The Pensacola Beach Air Show will Cmdr. Joseph D. Sears
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feature the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels. Gary Ward, Team Aerodynamix and Skip Stewart will also be performing. Today, July 11, is the “dress rehearsal,” with the Blues performing (at 2 p.m.) along with the civilian acts. The Pensacola Beach Air Show goes on tomorrow, July 12; July 13 is reserved for a rain date. The Blue Angels C-130 Hercules transport aircraft, affectionately known as “Fat Albert,” is currently down for maintenance due to a recent bird strike and will not be performing in the Pensacola Beach Air Show. For more information and a trolley schedule, go to http://www.visitpensacolabeach.com/events/pensacola-beach-air-show. php. (Above) The Blue Angels perform a practice flight demonstration over Pensacola Beach in 2012. Photo by MC2 Andrew Johnson
With Count’s leadership and guidance, the NIOC Pensacola team evolved from being focused solely on support to various national partner offices and their product lines to being positioned as a member of USCYBERCOM’s Cyber Mission Force (CMF). Count will be transferring to the Air War College, Maxwell AFB, From NASP SAPR Montgomery, Ala., to pursue a master of strateThe Sexual Assault Prevention and Regic studies degree. sponse (SAPR) program is currently recruiting active-duty members and GS/NAF civilians who desire to serve as victim advocates (VA) for the Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP) SAPR team. DoD currently 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 skipper via the command SAPR POC. After the VA candidate is validated by the comCmdr. Patrick A. mand, the next step is to complete the reCount quired 40 hours SAPR Initial VA class. Sears, a native of LexThe next 40-hour VA class will be held ington, Ky., and a gradu- at the Fleet and Family Support Center ate of the University of Kentucky, enlisted in the Navy in 1991 as a cryptologic technician (collection) and served as a cryptologic analyst during his initial assignment to Naval Security Group Activity Misawa, Japan, and aboard the USS Gettysburg (CG-64) conducting operations in the Arabian Gulf, Mediterranean Sea and Caribbean Sea. In July 1996, Sears commissioned as a special duty
NASP SAPR program seeks new victim advocates from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 4-8. A VA registration packet, a completed DD Form 2909 and a personal interview with one of the NASP Sexual Assault Response Coordinators (SARCs) are required prior to attending class. The last day for packet/interview is July 25. Once the 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 info, contact one of the SARCs: Anne Ballensinger, anne. ballensinger @navy. mil, 452-9017; Lillie Johnson, Lillie.o.johnson @navy.mil; 452-5109, or the Fleet and Family Support Center 452-5990, ext. 0.
AOC David Long, an instructor at Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC), was awarded the National Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Hero Award during a brief ceremony at NATTC July 1. Capt. Keith Hoskins, the commanding officer of Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP), presented the award to Long on behalf of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Long was chosen for this award because of the leadership he displayed as NATTC’s activity chairperson during the CFC 2013 Campaign. Under his leadership, 6,600 personnel at NATTC contributed a total $166,446.00, which was a 52 percent increase over the record high contribution of $109,327.00 in the 2012 campaign. Ron Denson, the cam-
paign director for EscaRosa CFC, explained that this award is presented annually by the OPM to recognize outstanding leadership, support and dedication by activity chairpersons. On the special significance of being presented this award, Denson pointed out that “Chief Long is one of only four military recipients of this award nationally, and the only recipient within the continental United States.” Long credited his receipt of this award on the team he was able to form to contact NATTC staff and students. “I was given the authority to handpick my team, to choose the right people. We put a smooth process in place, and it was only with their assistance that we were able to contact everyone and ask them to give.” To Capt. Alan Dean, NATTC’s commanding
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Capt. Keith Hoskins, commanding officer of Naval Air Station Pensacola, presents the National Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Hero Award to AOC David Long, an instructor at Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC), for his leadership as NATTC’s activity chairperson for the 2013 CFC Fund Drive. Long is the only recipient of this year’s award stationed within the continental United States.
Last T-39 Sabreliner student training flight at NASP
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Story, photos from Lt. Brendan Johnston VT-86 PAO
May 28 marked the end of an era for Training Squadron 86 (VT-86) , as two T39 Sabreliners landed onboard NAS Pensacola after completing their final student training flight for the squadron. The crew of aircraft side No. 11 was comprised of Pat Twomey (pilot), Lt. Adam Cowan (mission commander) and Ens. Paul Helwig (student NFO). AirLinemen chock aircraft No. 11 and No. 07 after complet- craft No. 07 was flown by Bill Guilfoyle (pilot), Cmdr. Rob Johnson (mission ing their final mission with VT-86.
commander) and Ens. Phong Nguyen (student NFO). The two jets successfully executed an air combat training mission before returning safely back to NAS Pensacola. The T-39 Sabreliner first began flight operations with the squadron in February of 1973, when 24 T-39Ds were delivered to VT-86, which was then based at Naval Air Station Glynco, Ga. Following the closure of NAS Glynco in June 1974, VT-86 along with its fleet of Sabreliners relocated to Naval Air Station Pensacola.
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VA Vet Center’s VA2VETS outreach campaign continues through July From Jerron Barnett Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System Public Affairs
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Vet Center staff members across the region (Biloxi, Miss., Mobile, Ala., and Pensacola, Okaloosa County, and Bay County in Florida) along with their Mobile Vet Center outreach vehicle, will offer their free readjustment counseling services to interested veterans and active-duty service members throughout the region during the month of July. These upcoming events are part of the Vet Centers’ VA2VETS outreach campaign. Here are the July VA2VETS events details:
• July 22 – Calhoun County; American Legion Post 272, 18838 State Road 20 West, Blountstown; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. • July 23 – Houston County, Ala.; Houston County Veteran Service Office, 1685 Ross Clark Circle, Dothan, Ala.; 10 The Department of Veterans Affairs’ Mobile Vet Centers a.m. to 3 p.m. • July 24 – Henry are commonly known as “vet centers on wheels.” Photo County, Ala.; Henry by Thomas Coffelt County Courthouse, 101 ices offered include: tioning within the family, West Court Square, • Individual, group, and work, school or other Abbeville, 36310; 10 a.m. family readjustment coun- areas of everyday life. to 3 p.m. • Military sexual seling to assist active duty Other helpful informa- service members in mak- trauma counseling for action about Vet Centers: ing a successful transition tive duty service members • Effective immedi- from combat, to garrison, of both genders. ately, active-duty service or civilian life. Service members will members who served in a • Post-traumatic stress be required to provide combat or war zone will disorder treatment and documentation by their be able to get counseling help with other related third visit indicating they at vet centers. The serv- problems that affect func- have served in a combat or
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officer (cryptology), now information warfare officer. He subsequently graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School, where he earned his master’s of science in computer science in 2004. He was designated a joint qualified officer after his tour at U.S. Cyber Command in 2013. Sears’ follow-on tours include National Security Agency (NSA), Information Assurance (IA) Directorate as the Navy Advocate for Information Assurance; Precommissioning Detachment Roosevelt as the detachment officer in charge; USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) as the signals information warfare officer supporting Operation Enduring Freedom and maritime interception operations; Navy Information Operations Command Suitland as the advanced projects and demonstrations deputy department head, where he also earned his Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP) certification; Commander, Seventh Fleet as the cryptologic resource coordinator and collection manager and U.S. Cyber Command as an intelligence operations planner and chief, combat targeting. Sears reports to NIOC Pensacola from Navy Information Operations Command, Md., where he served as N3/CTF 1060 operations officer and was responsible for directing cryptologic and cyber operations supporting fleet commanders worldwide. The NIOC Pensacola team welcomes Sears; his wife, Catherine, and their two children, Joseph and Caroline. Sears will continue to lead NIOC Pensacola’s Sailors and civilians in delivering digital network intelligence to the U.S. Navy and Joint Forces today while shaping and satisfying the computer network operations requirements of tomorrow.
officer, this award honors not only Long, but his team and NATTC. “This award not only recognizes the leadership by Chief Long and the hard work of his team, but it also showcases the generosity of the NATTC staff and students, Sailors and Marines, to give back some of their hardearned pay to the chari-
table organizations and causes they supported through the CFC.” Since its commissioning in 1942, NATTC has been committed to delivering training and increasing readiness within the Naval Aviation Enterprise. NATTC graduates approximately 15,000 Navy and Marine students annually. The majority of the student population is made
up of enlisted personnel attending “A” schools, where they are learning the skills and knowledge required to perform as apprentice level technicians in the fleet. The center also provides airman apprenticeship training, personal financial management and shipboard aircraft firefighting training. Advanced schools provide higher level technical knowl-
Crew of T-39 No. 11 (left to right) Pat Twomey, Ens. Paul Helwig and Lt. Adam Cowan.
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During the course of the next four decades the squadron and the Sabreliner played a vital role in training naval flight officers (NFOs) for nearly all Navy and Marine Corps tactical aircraft. Additionally, from 1994 to 2011, weapon systems officers (WSOs) for the U.S. Air Force were trained side by side with their Navy compatriots. Beginning in 1996, international military students from Germany, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and Italy also began to take to the skies in the T-39. To date, VT-86 has trained more than 7,200 NFOs for the Navy and Marine Corps, 1,400 combat systems officers for the Air Force, and more than 200 international students. The Sabreliner has been an effective trainer for so long in large part due to its integrated radar. The T-39N has a radar system derived from fighter aircraft of the 1970s. It was used extensively over the years to give the next generation of NFOs their first look at utilizing an advanced system to execute missions against simulated ground targets and airborne threats. Stu-
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edge for senior petty officers, and technical training for officers in aviation fuels, carrier air traffic control center operations, amphibious air traffic control center operations, aircraft launch and recovery equipment and shipboard aircraft fire fighting. A d d i t i o n a l l y, NATTC supports the fleet by providing team training to ships per-
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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,
cumstances to avert a crisis. For more information on vet center services or hours in the Gulf Coast region, call the vet center in your area: • Biloxi Vet Center – (228) 388-9938. • Mobile Vet Center – (251) 478-5906. • Pensacola Vet Center – 456-5886. • Okaloosa County Vet Center – (850) 651-1000. • Bay County Vet Center - (850) 522-6102. Learn more about VA vet centers at www.vetcenter.va.gov. Veterans can speak confidentially with a vet center counselor at any time by calling 1 (877) WAR-VETS (877927-8387). sonnel during their predeployment work-ups, to ensure that shipboard personnel have the proficiency required to take their ship on deployment, after a prolonged period in port. For more information about Naval Air Technical Training Center, visit https: //www. netc. navy. mil/ centers/cnatt/nattc/Default.aspx
Crew of T-39 No. 07 (left to right) Cmdr. Rob Johnson, Bill Guilfoyle and Ens. Phong Nguyen.
dents used the air to surface capability of the T-39 radar to fly simulated strike missions against real world targets such as bridges or buildings. Typically this was accomplished in the low level environment along a planned route while using the radar to analyze the upcoming terrain in order to determine specific pre-planned turning points. By doing this, students would be able to time their training flights to strike at a precise time. The crew members who took part in the final T-39 training mission were honored to be a part of such a monumental occasion in the squadron’s history. “(I am) excited to have the last flight with (VT-)86 and it meant a lot, because it was the end of an era,” Twomey, a 14-year T-39 pilot, said. Many have mixed feelings on the squadron’s transition from the Sabreliner to Virtual Mission Training System (VMTS) capable T-45 Goshawks. The T-45 VMTS upgrade enables students and instructors to view a simulated radar display based on the modern APG-73 radar system; which is currently used in many fleet aircraft.
Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla.: A Bicentennial Defense Community Commanding Officer — Capt. Keith Hoskins Interim 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.
war zone to continue counseling. A copy of one of the following documents will meet this requirement: deployment demobilization order, enlisted record brief, officer record brief, or an award citation indicating service member served in a combat zone. These services are also available to family members of active duty combat service members, as well as any combat Veteran. Vet center staff members respect the privacy of all clients, and hold client information in strict confidence. No information will be communicated to any person or agency without written consent except in necessary cir-
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“The old training was based on multiplace training and was great training for the mission that needed to be completed. If the new training is better for the students remains to be seen, but the continuity of training will be easier and there will be an easier transition between cockpits,” Guilfoyle said. For just over 40 years, the T-39 Sabreliner proved pivotal in training the next generation of NFOs for fleet operations around the globe. It is a sad moment for the squadron to watch it go, but at the same time an exciting time as the transition to newer software and training platforms continues forward. “The mighty T-39 Sabreliner has been a workhorse for training TACAIR NFOs for the past four decades, and the aircraft will be truly missed,” Cmdr. John Tutwiler, commanding officer of VT-86, said. “But to an even greater extent, we are sad to be losing the talented pool of T-39 pilots and the associated T-39 maintenance team. The successful service life of the T-39 can solely be attributed to all of their hard work and dedication, and (without them) the squadron could not have performed its mission.”
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July 16 designated as Military Consumer Protection Day By Joe Henderson Personal Financial Management Specialist, NASP Fleet and Family Support Center
he complexity of today’s financial environment combined with the realities of military life present special financial challenges for service members and their
Frequent relocation, a steady paycheck, separation from family and friends, and the stresses of deployment can make military households an attractive target for scam artists. In recognition of these challenges, the Department of Defense provides a range of services, support and protections that help service members and their families achieve financial stability and avoid financial pitfalls. As part of its ongoing financial readiness campaign, the Department of Defense conducts regular outreach to educate military audiences about financial readiness topics and to raise awareness about available services and support. The Department of Defense has teamed up with the Federal Trade Commission, official sponsor, the CFPB’s Office of Servicemember Affairs, and the CFA’s Military Saves to sponsor Military Consumer (Military. ncpw.gov), a campaign to empower the military and veteran communities with tips and tools
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to be informed consumers. Why? Because information is our first line of defense. To promote awareness of consumer issues for the military – and where to get help – the second annual Military Consumer Protection Day will be presented July 16. Go to www.Military.ncpw.gov to find free resources from more than 30 federal, state and municipal agencies, consumer advocates and military support organizations. While the focus is on Military Consumer Protection Day, the campaign also supports yearround promotion of consumer protection. A service members’ readiness depends on good personal financial management, including awareness of consumer protection information. A recent study showed that financial education had positive impacts on service members’ retirement savings and other financial outcomes.
Here are some statistics: • During the past 12 months, 43 percent of service members or their spouses/partners experienced a financial shortfall. This number increased to 51 percent for those in the ranks of E-1-E-4. • Twenty-one percent of E-1E-4s have no emergency savings fund, and another 9 percent have less than $100 in emergency savings. • Thirty-three percent of service members describe their financial condition as difficult, and 20 percent describe their financial condition as being worse than it was 12 months ago. • In 2013, the Federal Trade Commission received more than 72,900 complaints from military consumers. Identity theft continues to top the list with more than 22,000 complaints. Other top complaint categories for the military community included debt collection; imposter scams; banks and lenders; credit bureaus, information furnishers and report users; and auto-re-
lated complaints. Key messages of the Military Consumer campaign include: • The financial readiness of service members and their families is a priority for the Department of Defense. • The personal financial readiness of service members and their families impacts mission readiness. When service members feel confident that their financial affairs are secure, they can focus on their mission without worrying about things at home. • Financial readiness enables service members and their families to attain financial flexibility, avoid the personal and professional stressors of poor money management and protect themselves against predatory and unscrupulous lenders. • Consumer protection and the ability to make informed decisions about financial products and services is an important aspect of financial readiness. Frauds against military consumers can undermine military readiness and troop morale. • Eliminating scams through aggressive enforcement and a vigorous, ongoing educational campaign are key parts of improving consumer protection. Military Consumer gives the military community tips and tools to be informed consumers.
• Ultimately, service members and their families are the best guarantors of their own protection. Being aware is the first line of defense against scams. Being a savvy consumer means taking some time before you buy. Before signing on the dotted line, do your research, shop around, get some advice and read the fine print. Know you may be a target for scams. • Know your rights. There are special protections for service members and their families to help them avoid scams. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau also informs service members about scams related to veterans’ benefits and credit card financing under the Service members Civil Relief Act. You can also file an online complaint about an issue you have with a company regarding a consumer financial product or service. • Be as smart as your smart phone. Use strong passwords to protect your information. Through the Personal Financial Management Program, each branch of military service offers prevention education, financial counseling, debt liquidation assistance and consumer advocacy services. To schedule an appointment with a personal financial counselor at NASP, call the Fleet and Family Support Center at 452-5102 or 452-2631.
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NASP unveils Blue Angel F/A-18 display By MC1 Michael Lindsey Blue Angels Public Affairs
aval Air Station Pensacola (NASP) Commanding Officer and former Blue Angel solo pilot Capt. Keith Hoskins officiated the unveiling of a Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornet display at the entrance to the base July 1 in celebration of NAS Pensacola’s 100th anniversary as well as the 60th anniversary of Blue Angels being stationed at the base. The freshly painted Hornet served on the Blue Angels team from 1991 to 1994 and was recently transferred from the National Naval Aviation Museum at NASP. The F/A-18 Hornet replaces a Blue Angel F-11 Tiger that had welcomed visitors to the base since 1965.
Pensacola, so that we could train the world’s premiere naval aviators,” said Hoskins. A former Blue Angel himself, Hoskins is very familiar with the history of the Blue Angels from their establishment in 1946 at NAS Jacksonville to their relocation to NAS Corpus
showcase the pride and professionalism of the Navy and Marine Corps team,” said Hoskins. AM1 Brandon Dodd, a member of the Blue Angels maintenance team, was recognized by Hoskins for volunteering time to personally repaint the aircraft and lead the
Andrew Harris, facility management specialist at Public Works Department (PWD) Pensacola; and Steven Granger, head of the restorations and maintenance department at the National Naval Aviation Museum, unveil a newly painted F/A-18 July 1 near the base’s front gate. Photo by Katelyn Barton
Hoskins said this was one of the most important ceremonies in a series of events to celebrate 100 years of NAS Pensacola. “This base officially opened in November of 1914 when our naval department had a vision to bring naval aviation to
Christi, Texas, and then finally settling down at “The Cradle of Naval Aviation,” NAS Pensacola in 1954. “For 60 years the Blue Angels have been here at NAS Pensacola ... they provide air shows for millions and millions of people around the globe to
restoration team. “It was an amazing opportunity for me,” said Dodd. “I had the opportunity to learn good painting techniques from some of the museum staff and could not have done it without some of the fellow Sailors who helped me.”
The “100 Years of Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola” crest is revealed on the vertical stab of the Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornet display at the entrance of NAS Pensacola celebrating the base’s 100th anniversary. The freshly painted Hornet served on the Blue Angels team from1991 to 1994 and recently was transferred from the National Naval Aviation Museum at NAS Pensacola. Photo by MC1 Michael Lindsey
Dodd said the work was tough because of the jet’s poor condition after years of weather and neglect, but it was worth working on it six days a week over the last three months. “It was challenging, but after all this work it pays off to see it revealed in an event like this and it’s great to know this jet will be enjoyed by those who visit the base for many years to come,” said Dodd. NAS Pensacola was the United States’ first permanent naval air station, the first Navy pilot training center and the first naval installation to send pilots into combat, according to the National Park Service website (www.nps.gov). NAS Pensacola is considered the “Cradle of Naval Aviation” and has produced thousands of pilots during the last century. NAS Pensacola has been the home of the Na-
tional Naval Aviation Museum since 1963. The museum is the world’s largest naval aviation
Guard aviation, including the only surviving plane from the Battle of Midway.
NASP Commanding Officer and former Blue Angel solo pilot Capt. Keith Hoskins pins a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal onto AM1 Brandon Dodd, a member of the Blue Angels maintenance team, for leading the restoration of the Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornet now on display at the entrance of NAS Pensacola. Photo by MC1 Michael Lindsey
museum and has more than 150 restored aircraft representing Navy, Marine Corps and Coast
For more information about the Blue Angels, visit: www. Blue Angels.navy.mil.
Workers from the National Naval Aviation Museum and The Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornet now on display at the entrance of NAS Pensacola is shown during the process of NASP student volunteers help position the F/A-18 onto its restoration. The unveiling celebrated the base’s 100th anniversary as well as the 60th anniversary of Blue Angels new base June 26. Photo by Mike O’Connor being stationed at NAS Pensacola. Photo courtesy of Blue Angels
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Howard becomes Navy’s first female 4-star admiral From Defense Media Activity
ARLINGTON, Va. (NNS) – The United States Navy promoted Michelle Janine Howard to the rank of four-star admiral July 1 during a ceremony at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus presided over the ceremony and administered the oath of office. Howard is the first female four-star in the 238 year history of the United States Navy. “Michelle Howard’s promotion to the rank of admiral is the result of a brilliant naval career, one I fully expect to continue when she assumes her new role as Vice Chief of Naval Operations, but also it is a historic first, an event to be celebrated as she becomes the first female to achieve this position,” Mabus said. “Her accomplishment is a direct example of a Navy that now, more than ever, reflects the nation it serves – a nation where success is not borne of race, gender or religion, but of skill and ability.” “Michelle’s many trailblazing accomplishments in her 32 years of naval service are evidence of both her fortitude and commitment to excellence and integrity,” said Adm. Jonathan Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations. “I look forward to many great things to come from the Navy’s newest four-star admiral.” Howard, the Deputy CNO for Operations, Plans and Strategy, also relieved
Adm. Michelle Howard enjoys the moment as Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, left, and her husband, Wayne Cowles, put on her four-star shoulder boards during her promotion ceremony at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial. Howard is the first woman to be promoted to the rank of admiral in the history of the Navy. Photo by MCC Peter D. Lawlor
Adm. Mark Ferguson III as the 38th Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO) on July 1 in an informal ceremony. Howard is a 1978 graduate of Gateway High School in Aurora, Colo. She graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1982 and from the Army’s Command and General Staff College in 1998, with a master’s degree in military arts and sciences. Howard’s initial sea tours were aboard
USS Hunley (AS 31) and USS Lexington (AVT 16). While serving aboard Lexington, she received the secretary of the Navy/Navy League Captain Winifred Collins award in May 1987. This award is given to one woman officer a year for outstanding leadership. She reported to USS Mount Hood (AE 29) as chief engineer in 1990 and served in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. She assumed duties as first lieutenant aboard
the USS Flint (AE 32) in July 1992. In January 1996, she became the executive officer of USS Tortuga (LSD 46) and deployed to the Adriatic in support of Operation Joint Endeavor, a peacekeeping effort in the former Republic of Yugoslavia. Sixty days after returning from the Mediterranean deployment, Tortuga departed on a West African training cruise, where the ship’s Sailors, with embarked Marines and U.S. Coast Guard detachment, operated with the naval services of seven African nations. She took command of USS Rushmore (LSD 47) on March 12, 1999, becoming the first African American woman to command a ship in the U.S. Navy. Howard was the commander of Amphibious Squadron Seven from May 2004 to September 2005. Deploying with Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 5, operations included tsunami relief efforts in Indonesia and maritime security operations in the North Arabian Gulf. She commanded Expeditionary Strike Group Two from April 2009 to July 2010. In 2009, she deployed to CentCom theater, where she commanded Task Force 151, Multi-national Counterpiracy effort, and Task Force 51, Expeditionary Forces. In 2010, she was the Maritime Task Force commander for BaltOps, under Sixth Fleet. She was the 2011 USO Military Woman of the Year, and the 2013 NAACP Chairman’s Image Award recipient.
Shipyard celebrates keel laying for future amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli (LHA 7) From Team Ships Public Affairs
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (NNS) – The keel laying and authentication ceremony for the amphibious assault ship, the future USS Tripoli (LHA 7), was held June 20 at the Huntington Ingalls Industries Pascagoula shipyard.
Ship sponsor Lynne Mabus and retired Lt. Cmdr. Steve Senk, the chief engineer of the previous Tripoli (ex-USS Tripoli, LPH 10), served as the keel authenticators. The laying of the keel traditionally marked the first step in ship construction. With today’s modular shipbuilding, the ceremony now recognizes the joining
together of a ship’s components as a major milestone in the ship’s construction. Fabrication of Tripoli started in July 2013. Like the recently delivered America (LHA 6), LHA 7 incorporates key components to provide the fleet with a more aviation centric platform. The ship will also be the first LHA re-
placement ship that will be fully ready to integrate the air combat element of the Marine Corps to include the Joint Strike Fighter. LHA 7 will be 844 feet long, will have a displacement of approximately 44,971 long tons, and will be capable of operating at speeds of more than 20 knots. LHA 7 is the third Navy ship
to be named Tripoli. The name honors and commemorates the force of U.S. Marines and approximately 370 soldiers from 11 other nationalities who captured the city of Derna, Libya during the 1805 Battle of Derna. For more news from Naval Sea Systems Command, go to www.navy.mil/local/navsea/.
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TraWing-5 and NASWF bring joy through Pilot for a Day By Ens. Joshua Lamb NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs
raining Air Wing Five and Naval Air Station Whiting Field (NASWF) teamed up to lighten the day of a seriously ill child June 17 through the Pilot for a Day program. Carter Helms, 12, was the most recent participant in the program which provides a youth the opportunity to experience the pilot training program and the naval installation up close and personal. Each month, two of the wing’s squadrons sponsor a child selected by Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital to a tour of NAS Whiting Field and TraWing-5 facilities. Stops on the tour included a turn at the helicopter simulator, breakfast with the hosting squadron commander, a close up look at the T-6 and TH-57 aircraft, ice cream and cake at the firehouse and more. The event gives the family a chance to spend a day on base and enjoy fun, aviation activities. The program is easily the favorite outreach for
the squadrons. “The Pilot for a Day program gives us the opportunity to share the experience of being a military pilot with a deserving young person,” said HT-18 Executive Officer Cmdr. Thad Withers. “It’s hard to say who gets more out of it: our Pilots for a Day – wearing flight suits, touring aircraft, and flying a simulators – or the instructor pilots, reminded of the majesty of their profession through the eyes of some very happy children.” Helms started the morning with a stop at Training
Squadron Two, where he received his flight suit before he was fitted with his helmet and harness in the para loft, and was given an open cockpit tour of the T6-B aircraft by Lt. Scott Urbashich, an instructor pilot for VT-2. The tour was followed by a flight lesson in the T6-B visual trainer. Following the simulated flight and some chow from the golf course, Helms headed to Helicopter Training Squadron Eight, where he met with Lt. James Hinds. The afternoon began in the night vision goggle lab,
where Helms learned how pilots see in the dark when flying a helicopter. Next, he enjoyed taking the stick and learning to fly a helo in the TH-57 motion trainer. While in the trainer, Helms flew around in a variety of conditions and learned how to land on a variety of ships. Following the training time, there was a quick stop to the South Field air traffic control tower, where he learned about air traffic controllers and how they track the approximately 280 aircraft at NAS Whiting Field. Next, Carter put on a full firefighting ensemble,
Pilot for a Day Carter Helms suits up June 12.
climbed the fire engine ladder, learned how to operate the fire hose, and operated the water cannons of the crash crew truck at Fire and Emergency Services Gulf Coast Station One. At the conclusion to his tour of the firehouse, Helms sat down
to some cake and ice cream with NAS Whiting Field Commanding Officer Capt. Matthew Coughlin and talked about how his day went. Helms summed up the experience by simply saying, “It was awesome.”
NASWF firefighters make new friends after crash assist By Jay Cope NASWF PAO
Firefighters at Naval Air Station Whiting Field witnessed the resiliency of children first hand June 24 when two children they helped treat following an multiple car accident near Allentown in early June came by for a visit. The children were smiling, scampering around on the fire trucks, eating cupcakes and joking with the firefighters in a manner that may have been more cathartic for the station crew than it was for the youngsters. “We hardly ever get to see the kids again once we say ‘bye.’ It’s rare to get any follow up after the incident and it is good to know we did well,” Station Chief Steven Welch said during the visit. “It was a scary accident with some pretty serious injuries, and it’s just great to know they are doing well.” The station was called to the three-car crash June 6 as part of a
Josh, Sarah and Shelby enjoy cupcakes, cookies and laughs with one of the NASWF firefighters. Photo by Lt.j.g. Brett Resue
standard mutual aid response. When they arrived, they worked with the Allentown Volunteer Fire Department, who had taken control of the scene. Four children had already extricated themselves from the vehicles, but other family members were trapped in the vehicles and the five-person Station One team used the “jaws of life” and other equipment to extricate them from the vehicles and prepare them for
transport to the hospital. “It’s always tough going when you have kids involved in an accident,” Welch stated. “We have to focus on the job and get them to the hospital. We have to work really hard to teach the kids that we are the good guys and that the firemen are there to help.” When the time came to transfer Shelby, 11; Josh, 8; and Sky, 7, to the hospital in an ambulance, Josh didn’t want to go. Lt.
Steve Hudson explained that an ambulance can be a pretty frightening place for a kid, and without their parents with them, it’s common for the children to balk. So Capt. Steve Banks asked around for anyone who might have a small toy he could give to Josh. A bystander gave him a pink bunny rabbit which he, in turn, gave to Josh with instructions to give it to his grandmother (who is still in critical condition) at the hospital. The task calmed him down enough that he got into the ambulance. Normally, that would be the end of the story for the firefighters. However, Hudson knew the children’s uncle had seen a Facebook post about the accident. The uncle made contact with the family to extend the offer of a visit. “We wanted to give them something positive. They had been through so much that they deserved something good and fun,” Hudson said. Mission accomplished on that
count. According to their grandfather James, the family didn’t tell the children until earlier that day. The children were excited and when he picked them up, the only place they wanted to go was Whiting Field. The visit included letting the children up on the ladder truck, taking a ride in one of the fire engines, getting to wear firefighting ensembles, and the station crew even broke out a few shirts and mini fire helmets for Shelby; Josh; their sisters, Brittany, 13; and Sarah, 12; and for them to take home to Sky who is still in a cast. They finished off with cookies and cupcakes. Despite the threatening rain, it was a much brighter day with better memories for all involved. “The visit helped us out tremendously,” Banks stressed. “Most of us have small kids at home ourselves, and this kind of an accident really opens our eyes. It is really good to see them bouncing around.”
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Marine Corps spouse training offered
L.I.N.K.S. for Spouses training classes have been scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 19 and Sept. 27 in the commanding officer’s conference room at the MATSG-21 Headquarters, Bldg. 3450. The class is free and all military spouses are welcome. L.I.N.K.S. stands for Lifestyle, Insights, Networking, Knowledge and Skills. The training offers a network of support for Marine Corps spouses. To register, call Lisa Duvall, MCFTB trainer, at 452-9460, ext. 3012, or e-mail lisa.duvall @usmc.mil.
NHP offering school physical exams
Officials at Naval Hospital Pensacola (NHP) are planning several school/sports physical rodeos to assist parents who need to get physicals for their children before school starts. The physical exams are available for children 4 and older who are enrolled in the family medicine or pediatrics clinics. Rodeos are scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 12, July 26 and Aug. 9 at NHP, 6000 Highway 98 West. Appointments are required for physicals. For more information or to make an appointment, call 505-7121.
Chaplain’s office schedules retreat
The Command Chaplain’s Office for Naval Air Station Pensacola is offering a marriage enrichment retreat (MER) July 25-July 27. For information or to register for the retreat, call 452-2341, ext. 5, and ask for AOAR Emily Saladine.
NASP offering Vacation Bible School
The Command Chaplain’s Office for Naval Air Station Pensacola has scheduled a Vacation Bible School program for 5:40 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 28 to Aug. 1 at the J.B. McKamey Center, Bldg. 634. Children will become Agency D3 special agents for a week of fun as they examine eyewitness reports, physical proof and biblical accounts presented in the LifeWays program for 2014. The program is open to all military dependent children ages 4 to entering the sixth grade. For more information, call 452-2342.
Time to check your voting status
Is your voter registration information up to date? Florida voters can go to http://registration. elections.myflorida.com/CheckVoterStatus to verify that they are registered to vote and their voter registration information is correct. If you are registered to vote in another state and need assistance with determining your voter status, contact the NASP Voting Assistance Office. For most states, the voter registration deadline for the general election is in October. Don’t wait until that last minute to register. For election information and deadlines, go to http://www.fvap.gov/vao/vag/chapter2 and click on your state. If you have any questions about voting, contact Lt. Selma Guice at the NASP Voting Assistance Office at 452-4244 or YNC Justen Davis by phone at 452-2615 or by e-mail at Justen.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Water quality reports available
The annual drinking water quality reports for NAS Pensacola/NASP Corry Station and Saufley Field are available on the NAS Pensacola website at http://www.cnic.navy.mil/pensacola/index.htm. Copies can be obtained by contacting Integrated Science Solutions Inc. Environmental at 452-3908. NAS Pensacola routinely monitors for contaminants in drinking water according to 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, 2013. Data obtained before Jan. 1, 2013, and presented in the report are from the most recent testing done. For more information about the reports or water utility, contact Joelle O’Daniel-Lopez at 452-3131, ext. 3027.
Teams racking up miles for challenge
The 1914 Mile Challenge to commemorate the 100th year anniversary of NAS Pensacola is under way. The race, which began Jan. 17, is being put on by the NASP Air Operations Department. Teams of no more than seven individuals are competing to finish a total of 1,914 miles by Nov. 14. As of June 26, six teams are in the race: The Blue Ducks, 2,128.25 miles; Misfits, 1,492.24 miles; Illist, 727.33 miles; Kassie Long’s Team, 646.89 miles; German Eagles, 391.3 miles; and The German Group, 122.7miles. The Blue Ducks recently met the 1914 mile marker for first but will continue to rack up mileage. Participants leading the event are: Wayne Boulanger (Misfits), 880.5 miles; Robert Sass (Blue Ducks), 768.5 miles; Stephanie Oram (Blue Ducks), 610.1miles. Teams can still register at the Radford Fitness Center. The race is open to all MWR patrons. Miles can
6:45 a.m. Aug. 23. Cost is $25 online and $30 at packet pick-up or day of race. There will be a free children’s fun run for ages 10 and younger at 8 a.m. Aug. 23. For more information, call 432-7601.
PLT to present ‘Sound of Music’
Weinermobile at commissary Officials at the NAS Pensacola Commissary have a special treat for customers – especially hot dog fans. The Oscar Mayer’s iconic Wienermobile is scheduled to be on display from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, July 11. The vehicle, which is shaped like a hot dog on a bun, is one of several Wienermobiles touring the country this summer. The store is located at 5800 West Highway 98. For more information, call 452-6880. be completed by doing cardio exercise, i.e. running, rowing, elliptical, ARC machine, stairmaster, etc. … The only piece of equipment not allowed is the bike. For more information, contact AZ2 Christopher McDonald at 452-4333 by or e-mail at email@example.com.
Memorial service planned for Denton
A Jeremiah Denton Day is scheduled for July 15 at Battleship Park in Mobile, Ala. Denton, who grew up in Mobile, died March 28. July 15 was his birthday and he would have been 90 years old this year. A former U.S. senator, Denton was a rear admiral and naval aviator who survived more than seven years as a prisoner of war (POW) in North Vietnam. A memorial service is scheduled for 10 a.m. July 15 at the pavilion. Denton’s airplane and mementos will be on display. For more information, contact retired Navy Capt. Hal Pierce by phone at (251) 626-4743 or by e-mail at Capthal@bellsouth.net.
Church plans Vacation Bible School
Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 9301 Gulf Beach Highway, has scheduled a Vacation Bible School program for 9 a.m. to noon July 14 to July 18. The program is designed for children ages 3 and older. Pre-register by calling the church office at 492-1518 from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday or on-site from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. July 14. For more information, call the church office at 492-1518 or Carol Olson at 712-7973.
PSC to present Wynton Marsalis
Pensacola State College will present trumpet player Wynton Marsalis performing with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra at 8 p.m. July 26 at the Saenger Theatre, 118 South Palafox Place. A musician, composer, bandleader and educator, Marsalis became the first jazz musician ever to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1997. VIP tickets are $100. Reserved seating tickets are $65 and $45. To purchase VIP tickets, call 484-1847. To purchase reserved seating, call (800) 745-3000 or go to pensacolasaenger.com. All proceeds from ticket sales benefit PSC Performing Arts programs and student scholarships. For more information, call PSC Marketing Director Sheila Nichols at 484-1428.
Acorn Production being presented
Pensacola Little Theatre’s Acorn Production group will present “Nick Tickle, Fairy Tale Detective” July 12-13 and July 19-20 in the M.C. Blanchard Courtroom Theatre. Acorn Production shows are performed by children for children. Saturday performances begin at 10:30 a.m. and Sunday matinees begin at 2:30 p.m. There will be special Friday performances for school and daycare groups only. Call the Box Office for more details. Ticket prices are $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 and younger. For tickets, call the PLT Box Office at 432-2042. Tickets are also available online at pensacolalittletheatre.com or at the PLT Box Office at 400 S. Jefferson St.
You can escape to the Austrian Alps with The Family Von Trapp in the Pensacola Little Theatre’s production of “The Sound of Music.” The show will run July 25-27, Aug. 1-3, Aug. 8-10 and Aug. 15-17. This show is a combination production of PLT’s Mainstage and Treehouse series. PLT is located inside the Pensacola Cultural Center at 400 South Jefferson St. For more information, go to PensacolaLittleTheatre.com or call 434-0257.
Choral Society auditions announced
The Choral Society of Pensacola, Northwest Florida’s premier symphonic chorus, has scheduled auditions for new singers for 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 9 in the Pensacola State College Ashmore Fine Arts Auditorium, Room 801, 1000 College Blvd. Auditions on other days can be arranged by special appointment. Choral Society Artistic Director Xiaolun Chen will conduct the auditions. For more information, call Chen at 484-1810.
Storyteller to focus on Pensacola
Storyteller Wesley Odom will spin a few Pensacola tales at West Florida Literary Federation’s open mic July 15 at Pensacola Cultural Center, 400 South Jefferson St., second floor, boardroom. Odom will present “Beyond the Beach – Pensacola’s Best Stories.” Area poets and writers are invited to share their own works following Odom’s presentation. The free event is open to the public. Refreshments are served at 6:30 p.m., readings begin at 7 p.m. Open to the public. Pensacola Cultural Center, For more information visit http://wflf.org or call Diane Skelton at 932-6812.
Roller derby teams to face off July 20
The Pensacola Roller Gurlz are scheduled to face the Rolling Arsenal of Derby in their third home game of the season at 7 p.m. July 20 at Dreamland Skate Center, 2607 East Olive Road. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Admission is free for children 5 and younger. For more information go to www.pensacola rollergurlz.com.
Coin collectors to meet July 19
Members of the Pensacola Coin Collector Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q restaurant, 630 North Navy Blvd. There will be a presentation on elongated coins and a coin auction will be conducted after the meeting. There is no cost to attend unless you plan to have dinner. For more information, call Mark Cummings at 332-6491.
Students star in summer musical
Pensacola State College’s 24th annual Summer High School Onstage Workshop (SHOW) features 33 local high school students in “Big: The Musical” July 25-27 and Aug. 1-3. “Big: The Musical” is an adaptation of the movie “Big” starring Tom Hanks. SHOW is a tuition-free theater program for high school students, which has been offered each summer since 1991. Friday and Saturday performances are 7:30 p.m. and Sunday performances are 2:30 p.m. at the Ashmore Fine Arts Auditorium, Bldg. 8, on the Pensacola campus. Tickets are $16, and they are available online at www.pensacolastate.edu/mt and at the Lyceum Box Office, Bldg. 8, Room 861, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and one hour before performances. For reservations and information, call 484-1847.
Barbershop show has Sinatra theme
The Fiesta Barbershop Chorus will pay tribute to Frank Sinatra at 7 p.m. Aug. 23 at Washington High School. Tickets are $20, and $15 for age 60 and older. You can get a ticket from a chorus member, at the door or you can charge by phone by calling 529-6222. For more information, call 529-6222 or go to www.fiestchorus.com.
Red, White and Blue 5K to be Aug. 23 Zoo announces photography contest The American Red Cross of Northwest Florida has scheduled the annual Red, White and Blue 5K run/walk Aug. 23 in Fort Walton Beach. The race is scheduled to start at 7 a.m. at Fort Walton Beach Landing, 139 Brooks St. Runners can pre-register online at www.Active.com (search for /Red,White & Blue 5K). Online registration closes at noon Aug. 22. Packet pickup is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 22 at KC’s Sandbar & Grill, 190 Miracle Strip Parkway. Late registration is from 6 a.m. to
Photographers of all ages and experience levels are welcome to submit entries for the Gulf Breeze Zoo’s 2014 Wild Shots Photo Contest. Aug. 31 is the last day to submit photos. The 50-acre zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is located at 5701 Gulf Breeze Parkway. Admission is $14.95 for adults, $10.95 for children. Military, senior and group rates are available. For more information, call 932-2229, or go to www.GBZoo.com.
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When thunder roars, go indoors NOAA study finds fishing tops U.S. lightning death activities From http://www. noaanews.noaa.gov
NOAA’s National Weather Service has discovered that 64 percent of lightning deaths since 2006 occurred while people were participating in leisure activities, with fishing topping the list at 26 deaths. John Jensenius, a lightning safety specialist with the National Weather Service, conducted the study by examining demographic information for 238 deaths attributed to lightning over the last seven years. NOAA released these findings recently to call attention to the danger of outdoor activities during a thunderstorm. Of the 152 deaths associated with leisure activities, fishing is followed by camping (15 deaths), boating (14 deaths), soccer (12 deaths) and golf (eight deaths). The remaining 77 people were struck by lightning while participating in a number of other leisure activities such as enjoying the beach, swimming, walking and running, riding recreational vehicles, and picnicking or relaxing in their yard. Between 2006 and 2012, 82 percent of people killed by lightning were male. “When people think of lightning deaths, they usually think of golf,” Jensenius said. “While every outdoor activity is dangerous when a thunderstorm is in the area, outdoor activities other than golf lead to more lightning deaths. NOAA has made a concerted effort to raise lightning awareness in the golf
community since we began the campaign in 2001, and we believe our outreach has made a huge difference since lightningrelated deaths on golf courses have decreased by 75 percent.” Jensenius said the large number of fishing, camping and boating lightning deaths may occur because these activities require extra time to get to a safe place. “People often wait far too long to head to safety when a storm is approaching, and that puts them in a dangerous and potentially deadly situation,” he said. Prior to the lightning safety campaign, lightning killed an average of 73 people each year in the United States. Since the National Weather Service launched the campaign, the average has dropped to 37. Nine people have died from lightning strikes so far this year. The best way for people to protect themselves against lightning injury or death is to monitor the weather and postpone or cancel outdoor activities when thunderstorms are in the forecast. Lightning can strike from 10 miles away, so if people can hear thunder, they are in danger of being struck by lightning. The only safe places to be during a thunderstorm are in a building with four walls and a roof or in a car. A hut, cabana, tent, or other rain shelter will not protect a person from being struck by lightning. Lightning: What you need to know • No place outside is safe
Lightning Safety Awareness Week was June 22-28. Most people are struck by lightning before or just after a storm. Why? Because they wait too long to seek shelter or go back outside too soon. So if you hear thunder roar, go indoors immediately. Don’t go outside until 30 minutes or more after hearing the last thunder.
when thunderstorms are in the area. • If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you. • When you hear thunder, immediately move to safe shelter: a substantial building with electricity or plumbing or an enclosed, metal-topped vehicle with windows up. • Stay in safe shelter at least 30 minutes after you hear the last sound of thunder. Indoor lightning safety • Stay off corded phones, computers and other electrical equipment that put you in direct contact with electricity.
• Avoid plumbing, including sinks, baths and faucets. • Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches. • Do not lie on concrete floors, and do not lean against concrete walls. Last resort outdoor risk reduction tips If you are caught outside with no safe shelter anywhere nearby, the following actions may reduce your risk: • Immediately get off elevated areas such as hills, mountain ridges or peaks. • Never lie flat on the ground.
• Never shelter under an isolated tree. • Never use a cliff or rocky overhang for shelter. • Immediately get out and away from ponds, lakes and other bodies of water • Stay away from objects that conduct electricity (barbed wire fences, power lines, windmills, etc.) NOAA’s mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth’s environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources. Join NOAA on Facebook, Twitter and other social media channels.
+++++++++ To date, there have been nine lightning fatalities in 2014: four in Florida; one each in Texas, New Mexico, Wisconsin, Michigan and Arkansas +++++++++ From http://www. noaanews.noaa.gov
Florida: Thunderstorm, lightning capital of the United States
Lightning is fascinating to watch but also extremely dangerous. In the United States, there are about 25 million lightning flashes every year. Each of those 25 million flashes is a potential killer. Florida is the “lightning capital of the United States,” with more strikes than any
other state. Understanding the dangers of lightning is important so that you can get to a safe place when thunderstorms threaten. If you hear thunder – even a distant rumble or a crackling aloft – you are already in danger. While lightning fatalities have decreased during the past 30 years, lightning continues to be one of the top three storm-related killers in
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the United States. In addition, lightning injures many more people than it kills and leaves some victims with life-long health problems. Lightning victims: If someone is struck by lightning, they may need immediate medical attention. Lightning victims do not carry an electrical charge and are safe to touch. Call 911 and monitor the victim. Start CPR or use an au-
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tomated external defibrillator if needed. Calculate lightning’s distance by thunder’s travel time: Sound travels at 331.3 meters per second (1,087 feet per second) in dry air at 0 degrees Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit). The speed of sound changes depending on the temperature and the humidity; but can be rounded off to about 350 meters per second and
1,200 feet per second. So sound travels one kilometer in around three seconds and one mile in roughly five seconds. When you see the flash of a lightning, start counting seconds. Divide to see how far away the lightning struck: if it takes 10 seconds for the thunder to be heard, the lightning struck about two miles or three kilometers away.
Jokes & Groaners It’s raining really bad jokes ... Why did the woman go outdoors with her purse open? Because she expected some change in the weather. What happens when it rains cats and dogs? You have to be careful not to step in a poodle. What do you call it when it rains chickens and ducks? Fowl weather. What’s the difference between a horse and the weather? One is reined up and the other rains down. What’s it called when a tornado takes away your cow? An udder disaster. According to one news story, if global warming continues, in 20 years the only chance we’ll have to see a polar bear is in a zoo. So in other words, nothing is going to change. Q) What’s worse than raining buckets? A) Hailing taxis.
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Pensacola Navy League awards student Russell D. Stewart Memorial Scholarship From Betty Williams Pensacola Council, Navy League of the United States
local Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) student has been awarded a scholastic scholarship by the Pensacola Council, Navy League of the United States. Each year, a Russell D. Stewart Memorial Scholaship is awarded to an outstanding student enrolled in a NJROTC program at an Escambia County high school. Stewart was a veteran of World War II and was active in the Pensacola Council as a board member and chairperson. This annual $1,000 scholarship is a tribute to his memory and service. The 2014 scholarship recipient is Kasie L. Braun of Northview High School.
Braun graduated second in her class with a weighted GPA of 5.1. She is the recipient of numerous awards including Top 5 Award, Mira Award, Northview’s Senior Hall of Fame, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Gloria Cooper Award, Pensacola State College President’s List, Atmore Rotary Academic All Star (four years) and she was thirdplace finisher in the VFW’s Voice of Democracy essay contest.
Former NAS Pensacola CMDCM Mike Dollen, left, presents Kasie L. Braun of Northview High School a check for the Russell D. Stewart Memorial Scholarship.
Extremely active in her school and unit serving as the cadet commanding officer for Northview’s NJROTC unit and previous commander of basic drill and color guard units; Braun also served as FBLA vice president, Beta Club secretary, Student Government Association (SGA) treasurer
and as a member of Rho Kappa. Northview High School NJROTC Senior Naval Science instructor, retired Navy Capt. Charlie Code said, “Kassie is a superb student and highly accomplished cadet who possesses tremendous leadership and intellectual
qualities. She is clearly a leader of the future who will surely succeed in any endeavor she chooses to pursue.” Braun has been awarded a four-year NROTC scholarship and will be attending the Illinois Institute of Technology pursuing a degree in biomedical engineering.
NASP command CoQs, civilian service recipients recognized From NASP command
Several members of the civilian workforce at Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP) were recognized for exceptional work during a May 30 awards ceremony at the NASC Auditorium. NASP Commanding Officer Capt. Keith Hoskins handed out the awards and personally congratulated the recipients.
Two civilians were recognized for professional achievements during the first quarter of fiscal year 2014. • Celeste Mitchell was selected Senior Civilian of the Quarter (CoQ) for her work as a social worker in the Fleet and Family Support Center. Mitchell was instrumental in numerous events to reach out to service members, their families and commands. She worked with more than 1,200 Marines for the “back in the
saddle” event, spoke to 2,000 NATTC students at the Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions domestic violence awareness month event, and partnered with the domestic abuse victim advocate to celebrate and encourage healthy relationships by having an interactive activity at the Navy Exchange for Valentine’s Day. • Christopher Woodson was selected as Junior Civilian of the Quar-
ter (JCoQ) for his works as a fitness coordinator in the MWR department. Woodson was instrumental in designing and leading classes, including the insane abs class and boot camp class. Civilians recognized for length of service milestones included Ermelinda Joyce, 30 years; Kathleen Doherty, 25 years; Angela Smith, 25 years; Ronni Price Nichol, 20 years; Alice Pearson, 20 years; and James Chinchar, 15 years.
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Commissaries partnering with food banks Defense Commissary Agency
FORT LEE, Va. – The Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) has established a formal process covering diversion of unsellable but edible food to local food banks. The program now involves 110 stateside commissaries that will divert qualifying food to 77 food banks approved by the Department of Defense, but both numbers will continue to rise. “During fiscal year 2013, DeCA donated 638,582 pounds,” said Randy Eller, deputy director of DeCA’s logistics division. “Already in fiscal 2014, we have donated more than 1 million pounds, so our donations this year could approach 1.5 million pounds,” he said. “This may sound like a lot, and the food banks are
certainly grateful, but edible, unsellable product amounts to less than 1 percent of what we sell worldwide. We strive for as little loss as possible to remain efficient and effective.” Following the government shutdown in 2013, DeCA and government officials recognized the need for a formal program for diverting unsellable but wholesome food. Once stateside commissaries returned to normal operations after the Oct. 2-6 shutdown, DeCA received a one-time exception from the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness to authorize local food banks to receive food donations. With that exception, DeCA turned
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over approximately $250,339 in grocery, meat and produce merchandise to 72 food banks throughout the United States, preventing entry into the waste stream. Turning that onetime project into an ongoing program involved nearly six months of work. DeCA headquarters staff contacted all U.S. commissaries and established procedures to gain approval for participating food banks. Commissaries with food bank partnerships in the local area include Naval Air Station Pensacola, Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field. This system differs from the annual Feds Feed Families campaign. Under Feds Feed Families, commissaries serve
as collection points for their installations, and all donations come from DeCA customers. The campaign, which started June 1 and continues through Aug. 31, collects much-needed items for local food banks. Customers and employees can donate nonperishable food and personal hygiene items to the campaign using marked bins located at the entries or exits of participating commissaries. Last year, commissaries collected almost 740,000 pounds, or 39 percent of the Department of Defense’s 1.9 million pound total. This year, commissaries will again serve as collection points for the campaign. Once the items have been collected the installation will pick up the items and deliver them to a local food bank.
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Morale, Welfare and Recreation
By Janet Thomas Gosport Staff Writer
The Saenger Classic Movie Series is scheduled to start July 12 with “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” the 1949 tribute to the life of composer, playwright, actor and dancer George M. Cohan. The classic black-andwhite film stars James Cagney. Other classic movies on this year’s schedule include: • July 19, “Psycho,” a 1960 American horror-thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock starring Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh. • Aug. 2, “King Kong,” the original 1933 fantasy monster/adventure film starring Fay Wray. • Aug. 9, “Rebel Without a Cause,” a 1955 drama about emotionally confused suburban, middle-class teenagers featuring James Dean. • Aug. 16, “American Graffiti,” a 1973 coming-of-age film directed and co-written by George Lucas starring Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard and Harrison Ford. • Aug. 23, “Dr. No,” a 1962 British spy film starring Sean Connery. This is the first 007 James Bond film. • Aug. 30, “How the West Was Won,” a 1962 epic Western directed by John Ford and starring James Stewart, John Wayne and Gregory Peck. • Sept. 6, “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World,” a 1963 epic comedy produced and directed by Stanley Kramer that features a huge ensemble of stars.
• Sept. 20, “Vertigo,” a 1958 American psychological thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring James Stewart and
Kim Novak. • Sept. 27, “Blazing Saddles,” a 1974 satirical Western comedy directed by Mel Brooks and starring Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder. Tickets for $5 per person for each movie and can be purchased at the Saenger Theatre Box Office in advance. The box office will open at 6 p.m., and movies start at 7 p.m. Movie 10-packs are available this year in limited quantities. For $40 you can purchase a pack of 10 tickets to use in any combination. For more information about events at the Saenger Theater, go to www.pensacolasaenger.com.
At the movies FRIDAY
“The Fault in Our Stars,” PG-13, 5:30 p.m., 8:10 p.m.; “22 Jump Street,” R, 5 p.m.; “Jersey Boys,” R, 7:30 p.m.
“X Men: Days of Future Past” (3D), PG-13, 12:30 p.m.; “Edge of Tomorrow” (3D), PG13, 3:10 p.m.; “22 Jump Street,” R, 5:40 p.m., 8:10 p.m.; “Maleficent” (2D), PG, noon; “The Fault in Our Stars,” PG-13, 2:20 p.m., 5 p.m.; “Jersey Boys,” R, 7:40 p.m.
“Edge of Tomorrow” (3D), PG-13, 1 p.m.; “The Fault in Our Stars,” PG-13, 3:30 p.m.; “X Men: Days of Future Past” (3D), PG-13, 6:30 p.m.; “X Men: Days of Future Past” (2D), PG-13, noon; “Maleficent” (2D), PG, 2:20 p.m.; “22 Jump Street,” R, 5 p.m.; “Edge of Tomorrow” (2D), PG-13, 7:30 p.m.
“Maleficent” (3D), PG, 5 p.m.; “Edge of Tomorrow” (3D), PG-13, 7:10 p.m.; “A Million Ways to Die in the West,” R, 5:10 p.m.; “22 Jump Street,” R, 7:30 p.m.
“Blended,” PG-13, 5 p.m.; “X Men: Days of Future Past” (3D), PG-13, 7:10 p.m.; “Edge of Tomorrow” (2D), PG-13, 5:10 p.m.; “The Fault in Our Stars,” PG-13, 7:30 p.m.
“The Lego Movie,” PG, noon, 2:30 p.m. (free admission); “Frozen,” PG, 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m. (free admission); “Maleficent” (2D), PG, 1 p.m. , 4 p.m., 7 p.m. (free admission)
“22 Jump Street,” R, 5 p.m.; “Jersey Boys,” R, 7:10 p.m.; “The Fault in Our Stars,” PG13, 5:10 p.m.; “Blended,” PG-13, 7:30 p.m.
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
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.naspensacola-mwr.com. • Movies on the Lawn: “The Lego Movie,” rated PG, is scheduled for tomorrow, July 12. Family movies are shown at dusk (about 7:45 p.m.) the second and fourth Saturday of month through August in front of Portside Gym, Bldg. 627, at NASP. Door prizes for children. Admission is free. For information, call 452-3806, ext. 3140. • Friday Night MMA Fights: 7 p.m. July 18 at the NATTC Hangar. Free mixed martial arts event is open to all authorized MWR patrons and guests. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. • NASP Youth Center Summer Day Camps: Through Aug. 15. Registration required. For information, call 452-2417. • Summer aquatics: Mustin Beach Pool, Bldg. 3201, Corry Station Pool and Mustin Beach are open for the season. Swimming lessons and aquatic camps are scheduled. For details, go to http://naspensacolamwr.com/water/ aquatics.html or call 452-9429. • Water Babies: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. tomorrow, July 12. Other classes are July 19, July 26 and Aug. 2. For ages 6 months to 3 years. Open to military, DoD and contractors. $30. For more information, call 452-9429. • Kayak Camp: At Bayou Grande Family Picnic Center (Ski Beach). Sessions for ages 10 to 16 are 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 4 to Aug. 8. Sessions for ages 7 to 9 are 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 14 to July 18. Military $6; DoD, contractor $65. For more information, call 452-9429. • Voluntary pre-kindergarten: Corry Station Child Development Center has space for free voluntary pre-kindergarten (VPK) beginning Sept 2. Program offers high-quality education with qualified teachers for children 4 or older on or before Sept 1. For information, call 458-6588. • Navy Operational Fitness and Fueling: Register for NOFFS performance training. One-day course will teach you how to execute NOFFS exercises. Classes 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 7 and Oct. 2 at Radford Fitness Center. To register, e-mail Brian Hannah at email@example.com. For more information, call 452-6198. • Sailing Classes: It only takes one Saturday class to be certified to rent sailboats at the Bayou Grande Marina. Beginner class is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 19 and costs $35. Intermediate classes are scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow, July 12, and July 26 and costs $40. For information or to schedule a class, call 452-4152. • Pontoon Boat Rentals: Sherman Cove Marina, NASP. There are plenty of nice boating days in the mild Florida climate. Go beach combing in a secluded cove or a private beach. 18 foot and 25 foot pontoon boats rent for $23/$27 per hour, $95/$105 per half day and $150/$170 per day. Rental fees do not include fuel. For more information or to make a reservation, call 452-2212.
Liberty activities 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.
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Help for victims of sexual assault in the DoD community is a call, click or text away. The SafeHelpline provides live crisis support and information by trained staff. Call (877) 9955247; go to www.SafeHelpline. org; or text: 55-247 CONUS; (202) 470-5546 OCONUS (may be additional charges for OCONUS). The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) program provides prevention, intervention and a 24/7/365 response. Activeduty and adult family member sexual assault victims have a choice of reporting options, unrestricted and restricted. To access an unrestricted report, the victim can report to his/her chain-of-command, security/law enforcement, NCIS, SAPR Victim Advocate (VA), SARC, and his/her CO shall commence an investigation. To access restricted reporting, the victim can disclose his/her sexual assault only to the SARC, a current SAPR VA, a health care provider and/or a chaplain. To contact the NASP 24/7 VA, call 449-9231/2. To contact the SARC during working hours, call 452-5990, ext. 0; during and after working hours, call the SARC cell phone number at 554-5606.
Fleet and Family Support Center The NASP Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC), 151 Ellyson Ave., Bldg. 625, is offering the following: • Sun and Splash Playgroup: 10 a.m. to noon July 17 at Lighthouse Terrace Community Center, 1 Price Ave. Balfour Beatty and the FFSC’s New Parent Support Program are presenting a day of fun for toddlers and preschoolers. Wear bathing suits and bring sunscreen and learn about water and sun safety. Water shoes required on splash pad. To register, call 452-5609. • Stress management: 10 a.m. to noon July 17. Learn how to recognize stress and become more productive, happier and healthier. Classes are scheduled for first and third Thursday of each month. For details or to regis-
ter, call 452-5609. • Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Command POC Training: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. July 25. Command POCs are a valuable part of the Navy’s EFMP team. Updated information and resources will be covered. To register, call 452-5618 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. • The Habits of Happy People: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Aug. 19. Want more joy in life? Join us to achieve a life in which happiness is a habit. Registration not required. For information, call 452-3472. • AMVETS ... Understanding Your VA Benefits: The next class with available seats is scheduled for 10 a.m. Aug. 28. To register or for more information, call 452-5609.
Community Outreach NASP Community Outreach has volunteer opportunities including: • Special Olympics: This group provides year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for local individuals with intellectual disabilities. Coaches are needed for aquatics, golf, tennis and sailing. • Pensacola Habitat For Humanity: Building, painting, framing and some clerical needs. Group assists lower income and/or disabled people by building and restoring homes. • Pensacola Humane Society: 5 North Q Street. Groom and exercise cats and dogs, clean cages and dog
runs, process adoptions, feed the animals, launder towels and bedding and with office tasks. Single volunteers can volunteer at any time, groups will need to set up a time. • Clean up project: 8 a.m. first Thursday of every month, Lexington Terrace Park. Help members of the Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD) pick up trash. The NASP Community Outreach office tracks volunteer hours. Report any volunteer hours to receive due recognition. For more information on volunteer activities, call 452-2532.
Worship schedule NAS Pensacola Protestant • Communion service, 8 a.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel. • Sunday School, all ages, 9 a.m. Sunday, Bldg. 634, back classrooms. • 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. • Womenʼs Bible study, 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Bldg. 634, back classrooms. • Training Air Wing Six Bible Study, 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, Griffith Hall student lounge, second deck. • Bible study (for all), 7 p.m. Tuesday, Bldg. 634, back classrooms. • Bible study, 5 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 All Faiths Chapel. • Confessions: Scheduled 30 minutes before services.
Jewish • Bʼnai Israel Synagogue, 1829 North Ninth Ave., conducts services at 7 p.m. Friday and
9:30 a.m. Saturday and military personnel are welcome. For more information, call 433-7311.
Latter Day Saints • Service, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel. For NAS Pensacola worship information, call 452-2341.
NASP Corry Station Protestant • Adult Bible study, 9 a.m. Sunday, chapel conference room. • Chapel choir, 9 a.m. Sunday, sanctuary. • Worship service, 10 a.m. Sunday. • Fellowship, 11:30 a.m. Sunday. • Praise and worship, 7:30 p.m. Sunday. • Bible study and dinner, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, fellowship hall.
Roman Catholic • Mass, noon Sunday and 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday. For NASP Corry Station worship information, call 452-6376.
NAS Whiting Field Chapel Roman Catholic • Mass, 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday.
Protestant • Bible study, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. • Weekly chapel service, 11:30 a.m. Thursday. For NASP Whiting Field worship information, call 623-7212.
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