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NMOTC change of command ceremony today (July 13) By Lt.j.g. Michael Schermer NMOTC PAO

Capt. Larry S. Garsha will turn over command of Navy Medicine Operational Training Center (NMOTC) to Capt. James P. Norton today (July 13).

Capt. James P. Norton

The change of command ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. in the National Naval Aviation Museum. Presiding over the ceremony will be Capt. Gail L. Hathaway. Hathaway is the commanding officer for Navy


July 13, 2012

New changes to traffic safety instruction From NASP Safety Department, staff reports

The Chief of Naval Operations has released a new traffic safety instruction, OpNavInst 5100.12J, which changes and emphasizes some important safety regulations that focus on cell phone use while driving, texting while driving, use of seat belts and motorcycle safety instruction. NASP Traffic Safety Officer Capt. Brett Kratzer took the opportunity to point out that some of the changes in fine print are common-sense safety issues drivers need to be aware of. “Unfortunately, I still see people driving on base with a cell phone in their hand,” Kratzer said. “Cell phone use while driving on base has been and still is prohibited. The only time it is acceptable to use a cell phone in your vehicle is when it is safely parked. All personnel are encouraged to avoid any activity that may be a distraction while driving.” The new instruction incorporated a few changes involving civilian motorcycle riders. Notably, civilians working on base are no longer required to complete the Basic Riders Course and follow-on training, provided they have a proper motorcycle endorsement. This does not apply to active military personnel. “Although the training is no longer required for civilian personnel, NASP Safety still encourages every rider to complete a motorcycle training course. The extra training may save your life,” Kratzer said. NASP Safety Manager Jon Winters reminds civilian motorcycle riders that the Basic Riders Course remains available to them. “The skills you can

Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education Steffanie B. Easter watches aviation ordnanceman students work in a training scenario.

Top Navy official visits NATTC Story, photo by AECS(AW/SW) Thomas E. Hebert NATTC PAO

The Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education got a firsthand look a aviation training during a visit to the Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) June 26. During her visit, Steffanie Easter got a detailed look at the broad range of courses taught throughout Center

for Naval Aviation Technical Training’s (CNATT) domain, including NATTC, its largest training command. At NATTC, Easter saw how Sailors and Marines are trained for the fleet through a blended learning solution that includes standard classrooms, hands-on labs and simulations, as well as computer-based and interactive courseware training. “The quality of instruction is up to par, or exceeds, training received in

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Pensacola Beach Air Show today, tomorrow By Janet Thomas Gosport Staff Writer

Capt. Larry S. Garsha

Medicine Education and Training Command located in San Antonio, Texas, and NMOTC’s immediate superior in command. Norton was commissioned in 1984 and winged in 1985 as a naval aerospace physiologist at the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute (NAMI) located onboard NASP. After his first six years in the Navy, Norton graduated from the Aviation Safety Officer Course at Naval Postgraduate School in 1990. Three years later as a lieutenant commander, he transferred to a full time out-service training position at the University of Minnesota, completing

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Big crowds are expected to watch the Blue Angels fly at Pensacola Beach today, July 13, and tomorrow, July 14. The annual beach show by the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, which is homebased at NAS Pensacola, is a highlight of the summer tourism season. The squadron’s six F/A-18 Hornets will perform a sequence of high-speed aerobatic maneuvers over Pensacola Beach along with the team’s C-130 Hercules. A “dress rehearsal” is scheduled for today and there will be a full performance tomor-

row. The planes are scheduled to start flying at noon each day, and the Blues should roar into action at about 2 p.m. Other aircraft and teams scheduled to participate include a Grumman Widgeon G-44 flown by Julian MacQueen, Prometheus flown by Skip Stewart, Team RV, an MX2 flown by Gary Ward and an Extra 300SHP flown by Kevin Coleman Aerosports. For more information, call 932-1500 or go to Local fans will get another chance to see the Blues Angels perform Nov. 2-3 at the annual homecoming show at NAS Pensacola.

Blue Angels Flight Leader and Commanding Officer Capt. Greg McWherter flies a Blue Angel F/A-18 Hornet inverted in the “Double Farvel” maneuver over Pensacola Beach in July 2011. Photo by MC3 Andrew Johnson

National PTSD Awareness Day subject of local event From Twelve Oaks Recovery Center

Highlighted by two multiservice, multidisciplinary panel discussions, the focus was squarely on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) at a special awareness event June 27 in Fort Walton Beach. Hosted by Twelve Oaks Recovery Center, the Military Appreciation and National PTSD Awareness Day event culminated a monthlong campaign of awareness and education in conjunction with the national observance. Congress named June 27 Eight members of a panel of experts in the field of PTSD treatment, National PTSD Awareness Day in 2009. including NASP Chaplain Cmdr. David Gibson (left), answer ques“Since 1993, Twelve Oaks Recovery has made a commitment to tions during a military appreciation and National PTSD Awareness Day event held at Twelve Oaks Recovery Center June 27. Photo courtesy retired Master Sgt. Dan Carpenter

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NCIS promotes child abuse prevention, awareness program From NCIS

It’s time to raise awareness about child abuse and exploitation and create strong communities to support children and family. “Educate Yourself and Prevent Child Abuse!” is the name of an public education initiative produced by Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). By educating yourself, and others, you can help your community prevent child abuse and neglect from happening in the first place, according to the program. “In the fight against child abuse, knowledge is our strongest weapon. The more you know about it, the more you can do to help those who may be in danger of being abused.” Onboard NAS Pensacola, NCIS Special Agent Todd Grantham advises

base personnel and community members to keep child safety in mind. “We have seen the number of child abuse cases, specifically child sexual abuse cases, increase significantly over the last few years in the local area,” he said. Here are eight ways to help prevent child abuse: Be a nurturing parent. Children need to know that they are special, loved and capable of following their dreams. Help a friend, neighbor or relative. Being a parent isn’t easy. Offer a helping hand to take care of the children, so the parents can rest or spend time together. Help yourself. When the big and litTraffic safety from page 1

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three years of academic training. Next he reported to the Naval Operational Medicine Institute (NOMI, now known as NMOTC) as the director of the naval aviation survival training programs. In early 2001, now a commander, Norton took a joint services operational tour assigned as the director of medical planning at the United States Strategic Command. Promoted in 2004 to his current rank as captain, he completed a three-year tour at the Navy’s Bureau of Medicine and Surgery as the aerospace/operational physiology and naval aviation survival training program manager, while also sitting as the aerospace physiologist specialty leader. Norton continued on to serve as the officer in charge of the Naval Survival Training Institute (NSTI) located onboard NASP from June 2007 to May 2009. He was also the executive officer for Naval Hospital Corps School, Great Lakes, Ill., until its disestablishment Sept. 15, 2011. Since then, Norton has been a member of the NMOTC staff. His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, four Meritorious Service Medals and two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals. Garsha, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Medical School, was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve Medical Corps in 1972. He was promoted to the rank of captain in 1976 and ended his reserve service in 1978. In 1988, he entered naval service with the rank of lieutenant commander and he was promoted to commander in 1989. His first duty station was Naval Hospital Jacksonville, as a staff psychiatrist. Subsequently, he volunteered for undersea medicine training and obtained his first assignment serving as group surgeon for Navy Special Warfare Group Two SEALs from 1991-1994. Promoted to captain in 1995, he completed a family practice internship and residency at Naval Hospital Jacksonville. In 1997, Garsha diversified his roles in Navy medicine as the director of clinical services followed by director of health care while stationed at Naval Hospital Guam. Assigned to Navy Special Warfare Command headquarters from 2000-2003, he served as the force surgeon for all SEAL teams and Special Warfare Activities. Garsha continued his career as the director of operational support, and specialty leader for Undersea Medicine and Radiation Health at the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery from 20032008. Prior to his assumption of command at NMOTC in 2010, Garsha completed a tour at Naval Hospital Rota (Spain) as executive officer. After his relief at NMOTC, he will once more report to Naval Hospital Jacksonville as a staff psychiatrist. His military awards include two Legion of Merits, two Meritorious Service Medals, Navy Commendation Medal and Navy Achievement Medal. NMOTC is the headquarters element for six Navy Medicine operational training institutes and 12 training centers in 15 locations across the United States. NMOTC manages 67 operational courses and is also the home to the R.E. Mitchell Center for Repatriated Prisoners of War studies. The NMOTC organization trains more than 24,000 DoD and international military personnel annually.

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get in those classes are valuable, and can help keep you out of an accident,” he said. On the OpNav instruction, coverage of illegal cellphone driving/texting, “You may think it’s OK for you to do it, but you’re putting other people at risk also,” Winters said. “You certainly don’t have the right to do that.” NATTC from page 1

colleges and universities today and the use of technology in training our Sailors is a great asset,” said Easter. “I’m encouraged by how motivated the students are and the fact that they have all volunteered to serve their country. The dedication of the instructors amazes me.” Easter spoke with several of NATTC’s newest Sailors, some of which have only been in Pensacola for a few days, discussing the various reasons why they joined the Navy. During lunch, she sat down with a group of students, including AN Kevin Montgomery, the president of NATTC’s Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD). “As the CSADD president I’ve had quite a few opportunities to meet some remarkable people. Having lunch with Ms. Easter was very motivating. Our conversation PTSD from page 1

serving U.S. service members, retirees, veterans and their families,” said Paul Reed, interim executive director for Twelve Oaks. “We were especially honored to host this event and partner with various military installations, Veteran organizations and community partners to highlight the importance of continuing the dialogue and raise awareness about PTSD. Everyone deserves help – and the ability to turn their life around. We feel confident that our goal – to expand the level of understanding about post-traumatic stress disorder and the ways we, as family and community

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police. Promote programs in school. Teaching children, parents and teachers prevention strategies can help to keep children safe. Volunteer at a local child abuse prevention program. For information about volunteer opportunities, call 1 (800) 244-5373. See Something Wrong Do Something Right Text “NCIS” + your tip info to CRIMES (274637) Web Report information about any contact or circumstance that could pose a threat to the security of U.S. personnel, resources, classified information, or controlled unclassified information to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

A reminder that drivers onboard NASP need to take note: buckle up while driving; mandatory seatbelt use is unchanged. “There’s no reason we don’t have 100 percent seatbelt compliance,” Winters said. “OpNavInst 5100.12J is available online and I encourage all base personnel to read it,” Kratzer said.

inspired me to devote myself to working hard in the Navy and achieve similar successes,” Montgomery said. According to NATTC’s commanding officer, he takes a great deal of pride in telling Navy leaders about the talented instructors at his command. “Having the Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education take time off from her demanding schedule to see how our instructors prepare Sailors and Marines for the fleet is very satisfying,” said Capt. Jim Daniels, NATTC’s commanding officer. “It gave me great pleasure having her meet these experts from the fleet who ply their trade teaching the multitudes of Sailors and Marines, civilians and foreign students that graduate from our courses yearly.” The Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (CNATT) pro-

members, can help – was achieved.” Two panel discussions, and an information resource fair were the highlights of the day, and drew attendees from across the region, including Pensacola and Fort Walton Beach, and from as far away as New Orleans and Biloxi, Miss. The panels were multidisciplinary and multiservice in nature, and featured family therapists, psychologists, clergy and medical professionals. Subjects ranged from recognizing signs and symptoms of PTSD and accessing care, to understanding how PTSD affects family members, and ways to build resiliency in service

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members and families alike. “One of the biggest challenges we face is removing the stigma associated with PTSD, helping people understand that it is OK to admit they are struggling, and to get them to reach out for care,” said Jim Gwyn, a counselor with the Air Force Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Program (ADAPT) at Eglin AFB. “There are great, evidence-based treatments out there to help people with PTSD, excellent teams ready to provide effective care, and generally good support from chains of command across the military to get-

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ting care.” The Family Panel addressed questions such as how PTSD affects family members, differences between the mom or dad having PTSD in a family, and common reactions in family members dealing with someone with PTSD. A resource information fair also ran concurrent with the event, and featured several agencies that provide help to PTSD sufferers and their families, including Vet Centers, Navy-Marine Fleet and Family Support Centers, the USO, installation mental health departments, Semper Fi Fund, USAA and Project Healing Waters.

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Disney World really can be ‘Happiest Place on Earth’ Michelle Galvez Blue Star Families

I’ve heard it called “Death by Disney” and another friend described the endless lines of whining, cranky, hot and sticky ... parents, and I laugh at the irony of the misery to be endured at the “Happiest Place on Earth.” I’m admittedly more of a camper or beach bum than a theme park aficionado. But as the expiration date on the last three days of our military discount multiday park hopper passes came dangerously close, I knew it was time to plan a trip back to Orlando. Unfortunately, this travel wouldn’t include my spouse as the needs of the Navy often come before the needs of the family, but as it turned out he was able to meet us at the Magic Kingdom for at least one day of the trip. Not wanting to drive there from Virginia solo with the kids and waste so many vacation days on the road, I did spend a small fortune on plane tickets, but resolved to spend the minimum at Disney World while maximizing our fun. As I packed our bags, I was also determined to spend the least amount of time being cranky in line – me and the kids, that is. Now back home and finally recovered from my Disney hangover, I thought I’d share some of my lessons learned with my readers who might be

planning a trip of their own: First step was to book a room at Shades of Green, the Armed Forces Recreation Center hotel at the Walt Disney World Resort. Specifically for service members, their families and other eligible vacationers, the hotel’s room rates are based on military rank and guests also enjoy the amenities of staying on the Disney property. Two pools, several restaurants, a fitness center, free shuttle to the parks, a military exchange gift shop (read: cheaper souvenirs) are all perks of staying at the Shades of Green. Once you find a place to stay, cheap tickets are next on the agenda. Either buy them ahead of time at your installation’s ticket office or at the Shades of Green. Call (407)

939-7830 for more information about military promotional tickets. Since checking bags is so expensive these days, I packed each of my three children a carry on, and they carried it on themselves for free. We’re not hot breakfast people and it’s not included at the Shades, so once at the hotel I picked up inexpensive cereal, milk, juice (there was a fridge in the room), plastic bowls and spoons and we ate breakfast each morning in the room. We also grabbed water bottles and snacks at the hotel at half the price of purchasing within the park, and toted them along each day in my backpack. Another money saver was ordering one meal in the park with its huge portions to feed a couple of kids, so we shared and not only was everyone

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full but nothing was wasted. I also really appreciated the healthy choices Disney offered with their fast food like carrots and apples, milk and juice. I carried the dog-eared, creased and tattered park map in my pocket, but the Disney phone app was just a couple bucks and a lot of fun (albeit battery draining). Mobile Magic put the maps, ride wait times, nearest restroom locations and close character sightings on my Verizon phone using GPS technology. That, Angry Birds and the Nintendo DS made lines a bit more bearable. And then there were the passes – FASTPASS and PhotoPass – which were both free and timesaving. Insert your park ticket or resort keycard into the FASTPASS kiosk, and you’ll get it back with a ticket with a one-hour window to return, so you can enjoy a show, have a meal or relax until it’s your turn to ride. At the appointed time, march right up to the head of the line with little to no waiting to get on the ride. The PhotoPass is a reusable plastic card that you’ll get at your first park photo opportunity. Hand it over every time you get your picture taken and they’ll swipe the card. Then, rather than stop on your way out of the park with tired kids to view and purchase your pictures after the high-pres-

sure sales pitch, you can check out your images at your convenience. In your PJs, after the kids are in bed, on your laptop in the hotel or within 30 days of your visit, view all your photos online, upload your own pictures, order prints, and create and buy photo keepsakes at So have fun with Mickey and the gang, save some money and make those magical dreams come true. Michelle Galvez is a Navy wife, mother of three, graduate student and government contractor who writes in her spare time. You can email her at Blue Star Families is a non-profit organization that works to support, connect and empower military families. For more information, go to

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Officials say progress must continue in PTSD treatment By Terri Moon Cronk American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, D.C., (NNS) – Great strides have been made in treating service members with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but progress must continue, military and medical leaders told a Washington, D.C., audience recently. The military’s three surgeons general and the Army’s senior sergeant major spoke at an event to mark the third-annual National Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day. Navy Surgeon General Vice Adm. Matthew Nathan said it “takes a village” to conquer PTSD – and it begins with awareness across the military, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the private sector. Nathan, who also is the chief of the Navy’s Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, said he is encouraged by the embedded teams of mental health care providers who treat service members, and that service members know what to look for in their battle buddies for signs of PTSD. Sgt. Major of the Army Raymond Chandler III called himself the poster child of someone with PTSD who is concerned about the stigma associated with seeking treatment, something which he says is an on-going issue for many. His first brush with a life-

Vice Adm. Matt L. Nathan, the U.S. Navy surgeon general and chief for the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, presents his command coin and shares a moment with 10-year-old Barbara Webb, the daughter of a Marine suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), at the National PTSD Awareness Day in Washington, D.C. Webb shared her family’s story at the event, which aimed to increase awareness and decrease stigma associated with PTSD. Photo by Shoshona Pilip-Florea

threatening event in Iraq became life-altering, he said, adding that it caused him to do things that led to a “downward spiral.” For example, during his post-deployment health risk assessment, he wasn’t com-

pletely honest about his situation because he was being redeployed. “I felt that if I said truthfully what happened and what I was feeling, I wouldn’t be able to succeed and move on. I’ve

come a long way since 2005,” he added, noting that he had turned off a good part of his life – the emotional, spiritual and physical elements to deal with being the professional Soldier. Chandler finally entered a two-week behavioral health program, which he said made a significant difference. In 2011, when he interviewed with then-Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. for the job as Sergeant Major of the Army, he said Casey was glad to have him onboard with his experience in PTSD counseling, because Chandler could speak to the challenges and treatment. Chandler got the job and went on to tell his story to service members and families. “I think we’ve made a difference,” Chandler said. “I know in many of our soldiers’ lives and the many challenges of the past 10 years, we’ve made tremendous strides in our behavioral health care access, and our care and quality of care, (but) we still have a long way to go.” “I believe we will work through this and we will be better as a nation,” he said. Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho told the audience, “As a society in military medicine we must be able to provide care for the invisible wounds of war in the long run. As a nation, it is our opportunity to partner and lead the way in

breaking the silence (of the invisible wounds).” “While it is difficult to ask (for help), it is more difficult, and frankly, tragic to lose a loved one ... to suicide or any high-risk behavior,” Horoho said. “Soldiers and families must come to realize that (cases of PTSD) resulting from deployment are curable with the proper care.” The majority of service members with PTSD return to productive and engaging lives, and remain on active duty, she said. “We will not leave anyone behind,” Horoho vowed. Air Force Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Charles Green noted that the good news is that there is recovery from PTSD, and veterans have access to the very best evidence-based care in both the Defense Department and the Department of Veterans Affairs. “The hard part is choosing to share your experience, and choosing to recover from something you might not recognize,” Green said, noting that more than 75 percent of service members treated for PTSD are returned to active duty. “My message to you this morning is simple: seek the help you need ... just do it,” Green said. For more information on PTSD, visit http://www. about/ptsd-awareness/ptsd_ awareness_ month.asp

‘Are you ready?’ Commissary patrons advised to stock up for emergencies From

FORT LEE, Va. – This year marks the 20th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew, which slammed into South Florida Aug. 24, 1992, devastating Homestead, Florida City and parts of Miami before it crossed the Gulf of Mexico to strike the Louisiana coastline. It’s a sober reminder that your commissary wants to help make sure you are prepared for any disaster. Disaster preparedness can help improve your odds for survival, and the Defense Commissary Agency and its industry partners are working together to offer items needed for severe weather survival kits at low prices, said DeCA Director of Sales Chris Burns. “Andrew’s anniversary drives home the point that everyone should be prepared,” Burns said. “Your commissary can help you do that. We’ve got lots of items to stock up your survival kit.” Since April 1, canned chicken, powdered milk, batteries, weather-ready flashlights, all-weather tape, first aid kits, lighters, matches, candles and hand sanitizer have been reduced in price as part of DeCA’s severe weather promotional package that runs until Oct. 31.

The package coincides with the prime times for both tornado and hurricane seasons in the United States. Tornado season runs from April to July. The National Weather Service reports that 2011 was a record breaking year; it was the second most active year in recent memory, with a total of 1,690. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30 and includes the North Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting a less-active season this year vs. other years. Predictions from the NOAA call for a 70 percent chance for about nine to 15 named storms, four to eight of which could become hurricanes; and one to three are expected to be major hurricanes. “Although the NOAA is calling for a less-active hurricane season, it still pays to be prepared,” Burns said. “All of our customers – no matter where they are –

should be prepared for any disaster. The commissary can supply our customers with what they need to survive.” Emergency preparedness officials suggest having a disaster supply kit that includes the following items: Water – at least one gallon daily, per person (three-day supply for evacuation, two-week supply for home). Nonperishable foods – canned meats, fruits, vegetables, dried fruits, nuts, raisins, cereal, crackers, cookies, energy bars, granola, peanut butter, and foods for infants and the elderly (three-day supply for evacuation, two-week supply for home). Paper goods – writing paper, paper plates, paper towels and toilet paper. Cooking items – pots, pans, baking sheet, cooking utensils, charcoal, a grill and a manual can opener. First-aid kit – including bandages, medicines and prescription drugs. Cleaning materials – bleach, sanitizing spray, and hand and laundry soap. Specialty foods – diet and low-calorie

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foods and drinks. Toiletries – personal hygiene items and moisture wipes. Pet care items – food, water, muzzle, leash, carrier, medications, medical records, and identification and immunization tags. Lighting accessories – flashlight, batteries, candles and matches. Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA weather radio, if possible). Duct tape, scissors and multipurpose tool. Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates and insurance policies). Cell phone with chargers. Family and emergency contact information. Extra cash. Maps of the area. Blankets or sleeping bags. DeCA recommends that customers take advantage of their commissary benefit and its average savings of 30 percent or more to stock up on emergency items that can sustain them during a crisis.



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Water survival instructors critical to fleet training By Brian Walsh Recruit Training Command Public Affairs

GREAT LAKES, Ill. (NNS) – Each year, immediately following in processing, 37,000 recruits meet with highly trained Recruit Training Command (RTC) water survival instructors to pass their swim qualification. RTC has 11 civilian and 33 enlisted water survival instructors to assist recruits in successfully meeting the standard, which is mandatory for continuation of military service. AE1(AW) Jeremy Jones is currently working on his qualifications to become an instructor. “When I found out that I was being transferred to RTC to become a water survival instructor, I didn’t exactly know what I was in for,” Jones said. “The training is pretty intense. I feel that working my way up from where I was to passing the qualifications to become an instructor will help me relate more with recruits that are not very strong swimmers.” To become a water survival instructor, a Sailor must pass a series of tests, one of which includes swimming a nautical mile. They must pass the first class swimming test, be trained in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and qualified to use automated external defibrillator, succeed in the basic swimming instructor test and pass the Lifeguard Proficiency Test. “Although it may sound difficult, working to pass the qualifications to become an instructor is a great change of pace from my other commands,” Jones said. “I work 10 hours a day, five days a week, work out three times a day, and continually take part in water training.” To assist in training, perspective instructors receive coaching from qualified instructors. Janet Murphy Ryan is one staff member who qualifies instructors. She is a civilian employee who has worked at RTC for six years training instructors and recruits. Prior to her current position, she spent 27 years coach-

Onboard NASP, Aviation Rescue Swimmer School (ARSS) students in back log await instructions from instructor Mike Walter. They are next in line to begin the ARSS course. Until they “class up,” they will study materials and practice swimming technique. File photo by Emily Benner

ing the U.S. swimming team. “Training those that are in the military is quite different than training civilians,” Ryan said. “In the military the training is more disciplined, structured and strict; it doesn't have that looseness as there is training civilians.” According to Chief Warrant Officer William Rivera, water survivor division officer, in order to pass boot camp recruits have to meet a third class swim qualification, which includes jumping off of a 10-foot platform, swimming 50 meters, performing a five-minute prone float and utilizing coveralls as a floatation device. “Being a water survival instructor is both challenging and rewarding,” GSM(SW) Demetrius Ward said. “There are many reasons a recruit may not be a strong swimmer. My job is to find the problem and fix it.” Ward is in charge of working with recruits who have been removed from their division because they did not pass their swim test prior to completing Battle Stations 21, a capstone training event

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that encompasses firefighting, damage control and seamanship. All tests need to be passed before Battle Stations 21. Approximately 85 percent of recruits meet or exceed the third class swimming standards on the first attempt. The remaining 15 percent continue their training while working to meet their third-class swim qualification twice a day. If recruits do not pass by the time they are scheduled to take their final test, they are taken out of their divisions and placed into the Fitness Improvement Training (FIT) program until they pass or, in about one percent of cases, are discharged. “The group of swim instructors we have at RTC is very impressive,” said Rivera. “We are one of the first challenges the recruits have in boot camp. It is our job to break through that basic nervousness, and sometimes fear, so that we can assist them in succeeding.” The instructors said it is rewarding when that barrier is broken and recruits meet the qualifications, especially for those who arrived at boot camp needing

assistance. “When a recruit is working hard to pass and finally succeeds, it is like they just won a million dollars,” said Rivera. “It is great seeing them make it over that hurdle.” “I enjoy this job,” said Ward. “My ideal day is to pass at least five recruits who are in the FIT division in a day. Despite being pulled out of their division, and in some cases, missing their own graduation ceremony, once they pass, they focus on the excitement of the moment and it’s nice seeing them proud of their accomplishment.” Recruit Training Command, located in Great Lakes, Ill., trains more than 37,000 volunteer civilian recruits annually, transforming them into basically trained Sailors. To learn more, visit http://boot or http://www. Navy Recruit Training Command/. For more news from Naval Service Training Command, visit local/greatlakes/.



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NASP USO unveils improvements

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held July 11 for the newly renovated USO facility at NAS Pensacola, 153 Ellyson Ave., Bldg. 625D. The NASP remodel is part of a project initiated by the Leadership Pensacola (LeaP) Class of 2012. Phase one, the renovation of the USO lounge at the Pensacola International Airport, was completed May 18. LeaP officials said the $95,000 NASP project included electrical and telecommunications upgrades, furniture, flooring, paint, window treatments and new entertainment equipment. For more information, call 455-8280, Opt. 2. ◆ See next week’s Gosport for full coverage of the USO ribbon cutting

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Group presents Poe for Friday the 13th

The Panhandle Community Theatre is presenting something different on Friday the 13th (today). Join the group for dinner and a dramatic reading of selected works by Edgar Allen Poe at the Old Post Office Cafe, 6821 Caroline St., in Milton. The event begins with a social hour at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. and the performance will begin at 8 p.m. Cost is $25 per person. To make reservations, call (850) 623-6245.

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Shoe experts to present clinic

The Navy Exchange Aviation Plaza, 250 Saufley St., will conduct a shoe clinic in Bldg. 630 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, July 13. Participants will receive a complimentary fitting consultation by shoe department experts to ensure comfort, support, balance and alignment. There will be special discounts on athletic shoes and supportive shoe inserts. For more information, call 458-8884, ext. 3100.

The Pensacola Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (PMOAA) will hold it’s annual scholarship dinner Aug. 2 at New World Landing, 600 South Palafox St. Social hour will start at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Guest speaker will be retired Vice Adm. Gerald Hoewing, president and CEO of the Naval Flight Academy and the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation. PMOAA will award scholarship to students who have submitted applications. Last year, four $2,000 scholarships were awarded. Dinner is open to all active duty, retired and reserve and National Guard officers and their spouses as well as widows or widowers of officers. Cost is $25 per person. Reservations need to be made by July 29. For more information, go to or contact Capt. Neal J. Schneider at 932-9242.

Make appointment for a free facial

Pre-kindergarten program available

The cosmetics department at the NEX Pensacola Mall is offering free revitalizing mini-facials by appointment today, July 13, through July 28. The facials feature skin care products made from nature, and two premium samples will be provided to clients. The NEX mall is located at 5600 Highway 98 West. For more information or to make an appointment, call 459-8293.

Spend an evening looking at the stars

Members of the Escambia Amateur Astronomers Association (EAAA) will gather for the group’s monthly Evening Under the Stars event beginning about 7 p.m. today, July 13, at Big Lagoon State Park, 12301 Gulf Beach Highway. Clear skies permitting, EAAA members will set up telescopes just before sunset and stay until 10 p.m. or later. The stargaze will take place at the park’s East Beach Picnic Area. Participation is free, but normal park entry fees will apply. All participants must enter before sunset. Other stargazes are scheduled for Aug. 10 and Sept. 21. For more information, visit or call Dewey Barker after 5 p.m. at 450-7767.

Gospel concert scheduled in Lillian

The Southern gospel trio His Song will perform in concert at First Baptist of Lillian at 6 p.m. July 21. Doors will open at 5 p.m. The church is located at 34421 Barclay Ave. in Lillian, Ala. Donations will be accepted. For more information, call (251) 962-2180 or e-mail

Summer concerts being presented

“Blast from the Past” summer concerts are scheduled for 4 p.m. July 21, Aug. 25 and Sept. 22 at the Vince J. Whibbs Sr. Community Maritime Park Amphitheater. The series will feature music from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s as well as costume contests, dance offs and food and craft merchants. To accent the festivities, the Neighborhood Services Maritime Cultural Arts Division is inviting car enthusiasts to participate. To sign up, contact Heather Chenoweth at 436-5676 or by e-mail at For more information, contact the City of Pensacola Neighborhood Services Department at 436-5670 or visit

Zoo to stay open late on Fridays

The Gulf Breeze Zoo has a full scheduled for July and August, according to director Kayte Wanko. The zoo will extend its operational hours to 8 p.m. every Friday to give guests a chance to beat the heat and see the animals when they are most active. The zoo’s Wild Shots Photo Contest ends July 16. The winner will receive a family four-pack of season passes. The baby gorilla, Kigali, turns 6 months old July 23 and the zoo is planning a special celebration, Wanko said. Several special classes and activities for children are also scheduled. The Gulf Breeze Zoo is located at 5701 Gulf Breeze Parkway. General admission is $13.95 for adults, $12.95 for seniors and $9.95 for children (ages 2 to 12). There is a $1 discount for military with ID. For more information, call 932-2229 or go to

The Early Learning Coalition of Escambia County is accepting enrollment applications for Florida’s free Voluntary Pre-kindergarten (VPK) program. To be eligible, a child must live in Florida and must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1. The free program introduces a child to the school environment without the day-long commitment. VPK focuses on socialization through hands-on academic activities and has been shown to better prepare children for the rigors of the modern kindergarten classroom. Bring your child’s birth certificate, parent’s proof of residence and parent’s photo ID to the VPK office at 3636 D North L St., Suite A. For more information, call the VPK office at 595-5439 or go to

Boaters can take safety class at PSC

Pensacola State College and Pensacola Sail & Power Squadron are presenting a boating safety class. The four-night class is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. July 16, 18, 24 and 25 at the Pensacola State College main campus. The class covers Florida laws, boat terms, boat handling, anchoring, equipment requirements, navigation rules, adverse conditions, VHF radio, trailering, personal water craft and more. The course meets Florida state educational requirements for boater ID. The cost is $15 plus book, which can be purchased at the college book store. To register, contact Frances Yeo, coordinator continuing education, at 484-2586 or by e-mail at

Special sale planned for Aug. 4

Sellers and shoppers are welcome for “It’s All About the Ladies Day” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 105 Kenmore Road. The event will feature new and used fashion, jewelry, crafts, candles and home decor. Sellers can rent table for $20. Table reservations are due by July 28. For more information, contact Janeth Bondurant at (619) 241-9615 or e-mail her at

Advancement exams scheduled

The Education Services Office of Personnel Support Detachment (PSD) Pensacola will administer the Navywide Enlisted Advancement Examinations (NWE) at the Mustin Beach Club aboard Pensacola Naval Air Station (NASP) Sept. 6, for advancement to PO1; Sept. 13, for advancement to PO2; and Sept. 20, for advancement for PO3. The doors will open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 a.m. Commands are requested to provide time in rate (TIR) eligibility/TIR waivers/advancement recommendation letters to ESO PSD no later than July 16 for E6, July 26 for E5 and Aug. 2 for E4 candidates. Beginning with the September 2012 (cycle 216) there is a change to the exam structure to give greater focus to technical rating knowledge. The overall number of exam questions will decrease from 200 to 175. For more information, contact the PSD Education Service Office (ESO) at 452-3617.

College program open for registration

Register now for Southern Illinois University’s Workforce Education and Development (WED) bachelor’s degree program. Fall semester begins Aug. 25. Classes are offered online and onboard NAS Pensacola at the NATTC building on alternat-

ing weekends. The accelerated program allows students to complete the WED major courses in one year. Credit is awarded for military and prior work experience as well as technical training. For more information, contact Wendy Spradlin at 458-6263 (e-mail at or Dr. Bob Putnam at 458-6406 (e-mail

Embry Riddle preparing for fall term

Registration for the fall term is open at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University through Aug. 6. Hours onboard NAS Pensacola are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at 250 Chambers Ave., Bldg. 634, Suite 033. Hours onboard NAS Whiting Field are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday in Bldg. 1417, Room 163. Dates for late registration or to add or drop a course will be Aug. 6-10. Classes begin Aug. 6. New student orientation will be 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Aug.1 onboard NAS Pensacola in Bldg. 634, Suite 033. For more information, call 458-1098, e-mail or go to www.embryriddle. edu/pensacola.

Feds Feed Families drive in progress

The NAS Pensacola Chaplain’s Office has kicked off the annual DoD Feds Feed Families campaign onboard NAS Pensacola, NASP Corry Station and NASP Saufley Field. The campaign began June 1 and ends Aug. 31. Main drop off locations for non-perishable food items are at the NAS Pensacola Quarterdeck, Bldg. 1500; Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel, Bldg. 1982; J.B. McKamey Center, Bldg. 634; Corry Station Chapel; and the commissary at Corry Station. If your command does not have a food collection box, call 452-2341, ext. 3115. To learn more about the campaign, visit

Utility payment scam reported

A new scam includes a claim that President Barack Obama will pay utility bills. Customers nationwide, including some in Northwest Florida, have reported the scam, and several energy companies have issued warnings to customers, according to officials from the Better Business Bureau (BBB). Here is how the scam works: Consumers are contacted in person and through flyers, social media, phone calls and text messages with claims that President Obama is providing credits or applying payments to utility bills through a new federal stimulus program. Scammers claim they need the consumer’s Social Security and bank routing numbers. Then, customers are given a phony routing number that is supposedly going to pay their utility bills. Customers believe they have paid their bills when in fact they have not, and they have put themselves at risk of identity fraud. For information about scams, check the BBB’s scam directory at To reach the local BBB office, call 492-0026 or go to

Special Olympics program starting

The DoD is starting a partnership with Special Olympics Florida in Escambia County to share the power of sports with Military Exceptional Family Members (EFM) at NAS Pensacola. Special Olympics Florida provides year-round sports training and competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities. For details, contact Jorge De Montalvo at 452-3618 or

Take steps now to prepare for voting

Election season is under way and now is the time to register to vote absentee and update your ballot mailing address, according to Lt. Dwayne J. Vinnette, installation voting assistance officer (VAO) for NAS Pensacola. According to Vinnette, the easiest way to register is to use an online wizard at to complete the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA, SF76). Or you can complete the FPCA by hand. The forms must signed and mailed to your home election official. You may obtain an application from Vinnette, YN1 Chris Ducker, LN2 Amanda King or the VAO representative at Bldg. 1500, Room 110. If you need assistance, call Vinnette at (228) 452-3100 or 452-2849. Details on how to reach other unit or installation voting assistance officers can be found at http://www. ivaoffice/index.html. If you’re having problems with the voting process, FVAP’s call center is available at (800) 438-8683, DSN 425-1584, or at

‘Mind, Body, Spirit’ fair set for Oct. 5

November marks the 70th anniversary of Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC). Supporting the anniversary celebrations, NATTC will present a “Mind, Body, Spirit” fair Oct. 5 in the aviation support hangar at the mega building (Bldg. 3460) to promote the integrity of the whole person. The fair will include a diverse group of participants with interactive displays and food. It will present wellness in a festive atmosphere that will be open to both service members and dependents. If you are seeking command involvement, contact CMC Michael Knowles at michael.d.knowles All other inquiries can be directed to Chaplain (Lt. Cmdr.) Jeff Bornemann at



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NHP’s Rikki Vidak honored as statewide social worker of the year; See page B2 Spotlight


July’s hot temperatures emphasize importance of heat index and physical exercise

BLUE: Less than 80 degrees

From Naval Safety Center

NORFOLK,Va. – With abnormally hot temperatures for this time of year, it is important to understand the Navy Heat Index and the Physical Exercise Chart. The Wet-Bulb Globe Temperature Index (WBGTI) takes into account four variables: air temperature, humidity, radiant heat and air movement. This reading gives a more accurate measurement of heat stress than any one reading alone. Heat related illnesses include: heat rash, cramps, exhaustion and stroke. These illnesses are a real danger to people not accustomed to the stress of hot weather exercise. Heat Index and Physical Exercise Chart (NavMed P-5010 CH 9) • Less than 80 degrees: Blue/white – Extremely intense physical exertion may precipitate heat exhaustion or heat stroke, therefore, caution must be taken. • 80-84.9 degrees: Green – Discretion is required in planning heavy exercise for unacclimatized personnel. This is a marginal heat stress limit for all personnel. • 85-87.9 degrees: Yellow (Amber) – Strenuous exercise and activity must be curtailed for new and unacclimatized personnel during the first three weeks of heat exposure. Outdoor classes in the sun must be avoided when the WBGT Index exceeds 85. • 88-89.9 degrees: Red – Strenuous exercise must be curtailed for all personnel with less than 12 weeks training in hot weather. • 90 degrees or above: Black – Physical training and strenuous exercise must be suspended for all personnel. (Excludes operational commitment not for training purposes).

GREEN: 80-84.9 degrees

YELLOW: 85-87.9 degrees

RED: 88-89.9 degrees

• Working or exercising in hot weather will result in extra fluid loss, leading to dehydration. • Dehydration contributes to fatigue and may make you more susceptible to cramps, heat stress and heat stroke. • Drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids several hours prior to exercise and drink cool water often during physical activity. If you’ll be participating in the activity for more than one hour, replenish with a sports drink, which has a 5-to-10 percent concentration of carbohydrates in addition to a small amount of sodium. • Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink water. Thirst is a late signal of severe fluid loss. Symptoms of dehydration include muscle cramps, decreased blood pressure and dizziness. Even small degrees of dehydration will cause a decrease in performance, and this can occur at any stage of competition. • Navy installations use green, yellow, red and black flags to alert all onboard their installation to hazardous heat conditions as determined by Wet Bulb Globe Temperature (WBGT). Commanding officers of installations are responsible for ensuring commands recognize the need to limit or curtail physical training and strenuous exercise during red and black flag conditions.

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Wearing body armor or NBC protective uniforms adds approximately 10 points to the measured WBGTI. Limits of exposure should be adjusted accordingly. Onboard NAS Pensacola, WBGTI measurements are taken and logged by the command headquarters (Bldg. 1500) quarterdeck personnel, said John A. Wiley, quarterdeck supervisor. These temperature conditions are communicated to tenant commands and are reflect-

Dehydration and heat stress equals poor performance

BLACK: 90 or above degrees


ABE2 Marlon Fuentes takes the hourly Wet-Bulb Globe Temperature readings outside NASP command headquarters, Bldg. 1500. The information is logged and communicated to the base’s tenant commands for use in conjuction with the flag system. Photo by Mike O’Connor











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ed in a series of colored flags which fly at several locations on base, including Bldg. 623, Naval Aviation Schools Command (NASC), the NASC track, Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC), the Radford Gym, the NATTC gym and at Saufley Field. “We take the measurements every hour. Whenever the flag changes, we call the tenant commands and let them know the flag conditions have changed,” Wiley said. “We record who we call and who we talk to.” Additionally, when black flag conditions are logged, it is announced via the base’s loundspeaker system, “giant voice.”

Key messages • Heat stress is best avoided by taking precautions before you begin your outdoor activities. • Avoid physically exerting yourself or exercising during the hottest hours of the day, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. • Alcohol will not replenish your fluids. It will further dehydrate you and should be avoided while participating in summer sports or outdoor activities.

Jokes & Groaners It’s so hot . . .

How hot is it?

At the zoo, it’s so hot that all the water buffalo have evaporated. It’s so hot ... the statue of George Washington took off its coat. ...if you drop a coin on the sidewalk it sinks in. ... everyone carries oven mitts in case they have to turn a doorknob. ... when a drop of sweat hits the ground it sizzles. ... the best parking place is determined by shade instead of distance. ... hot water now comes out of both taps. ... New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg was seen drinking a “Big Gulp.” ... nobody ever, ever, asks, “Is it hot enough for you?”






Naval Hospital Pensacola, April 9-20, 2012 Emmaline Grace Kisich, was born to Lt. Cmdr. Christopher and Melinda Kisich, April 9. Ava-Alexandria Ta’Cailla Pierce, was born to Amanda Shead, April 11. Lucas Maxwell Villanueva, was born to Capt. John and Jennifer Villanueva, April 10. Norah Marie DeRoo, was born to AEAN Bradley and Kalen DeRoo, April 12. Brody Alan Houghton, was born to Capt. Brock and Deborah Houghton, April 12. Addison Rose Kidder, was born to Lance Cpl. Chantelle Kidder, April 13. Allyson Paige Brittingham, was born to James and AWO2 Sabrina Brittingham, April 14. Urara Celine Valencia, was born to PR2 Jonathan and Evelyn Valencia, April 16. Angela Marie Marroquin, was born to AD2 Luis and Karla Marroquin, April 16. Jameson Ke’Koa Willis, was born to PR3 Joseph and Kimberly Willis, April 17. Benjamin James Manlove, was born to Daniel Manlove and Jessica Waters, April 17. Maycee Elizabeth Stolsig, was born to Jorgen Stolsig and Kaylee Malone, April 17. Gianna Lynn Chrisostomidis, was born to Lt. Merlin and Amber Chrisostomidis, April 18. John Charles Brookes, was born to Lt. John and Dawn Brookes, April 19. Chase Javen Irizarry, was born to Pfc. Elias and Erika Irizarry, April 19. Robert Dominic Sheppard, was born to Haybert and HN Kayla Sheppard, April 20. Zoe Sachihi Reddick, was born to Ens. Adam and Nao Reddick, April 21. Elias Joseph King, was born to HM3 Darron and Christina King, April 21. Noel Christine Riley, was born to Spc. Ryan and Savannah Riley, April 20.

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NHP’s Rikki Vidak honored as statewide social worker of the year From National Association of Social Workers Florida Chapter

The National Association of Social Workers, Florida Chapter (NASW-FL) has presented Rikki Vidak with an award for statewide Social Worker of the Year. Vidak was first awarded Social Worker of the Year for the northwest unit (including Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton counties) in March 2012. NASWFL has 18 units statewide, and the winners from each unit were submitted for chapter consideration. Vidak was selected as the statewide winner as well, and now has also been submitted for consideration at the national level. “Being selected as Social Worker of the Year for the state of Florida is very affirming to the work I have done both with my job at the naval hospital as well as the work I do with my social work colleagues in the community,” Vidak said. “Social workers are big networkers. We use our contacts to help our clients and patients; and working for the Navy has helped me have an ‘worldwide’ network.” The statewide award was presented June 14 at

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the NASW-FL annual conference that was held at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Airport Hotel Baby baptized onboard USCGC Cypress ... Charleigh McGrew, daughter of Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Michael McGrew and Lillian McGrew, was christened onboard the USCGC Cypress June 6. During the ceremony, the ship’s bell was filled with water and used as the christening bowl. Tradition holds that the child’s name is then inscribed in the bell creating a permanent record and tie between the child, vessel, service and country. A former ship’s officer, McGrew has been selected for flight school and will be returning to NASP for training. Photo by Ens. Kyle D. Reese

in Dania Beach, Fla. Vidak is a behavioral science coordinator for the family residency program at Naval Hospital Pensacola (NHP), where she has served Pensacola’s members of military and their families for decades. She is also the unit chair for the northwest unit of the NASW-FL, and has been a strong leader building community among social workers in Northwest Florida. She was selected as Social

Worker of the Year because of her leadership, her service to the community and her outstanding professionalism. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) in Washington, D.C., is the largest membership organization of professional social workers with nearly 150,000 members; the Florida Chapter currently has 5,800 members. For more information visit www.


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Morale, Welfare and Recreation The NASP Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) department has a number of upcoming events and activities that the whole family can participate in. For more information, call 452-8285 or visit the MWR website:

Zac Brown is the lead singer for the Zac Brown Band. The country music group will be one of the headline acts at the DeLuna Fest, which is scheduled for Sept. 21 to 23 on Pensacola Beach. Photo from

Lineups feature major names DeLuna Fest and BayFest plan to keep things rockin’ for music fans By Janet Thomas Gosport Staff Writer

The excitement is building for fans of outdoor music festivals. DeLuna Fest, which is scheduled for Sept. 21-23 on Pensacola Beach, will be followed by BayFest Oct. 5-7 in downtown Mobile. DeLuna Fest organizers recently announced that the Zac Brown Band would be joining other headliners including Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. Also on the lineup are Florence + the Machine, Band of Horses, Dwight Yoakam, the reunited Ben Folds Five, Fitz and the Tantrums, Honey Island Swamp Band,

Astronautalis, The Canvas Waiting, High on Fire, Brass-aHolics and 40 others. A daily schedule of music, as well as additional amenities and activities, are yet to be announced. Advanced priced tickets are already sold out, but tickets are still available at the regular price of $199.95. VIP packages are also available. For more information, go to BayFest is celebrating its 18th anniversary and about 200,000 people are expected to attend the festival, which will feature more than 125 live acts on nine stages. Festival officials recently announced that this year’s classic rock lineup will include Journey,

Pat Benatar with Neil Giraldo and Loverboy. Journey’s hits include, “Any Way You Want it,” “Don’t Stop Believin’,” and “Who’s Crying Now.” Benatar, a four-time Grammy winner, will rock the stage with her hits “Love is a Battlefield,” “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” and “We Belong.” Loverboy hits include “Working For The Weekend,” “Lovin’ Every Minute of It” and “Turn Me Loose.” The festival lineup also includes Pretty Lights, MiMOSA, Bush, Buckcherry, My Darkest Days, The Campaign 1984, Al Green and Rose Royce. Weekend passes are $45. For more information, go to

At the movies FRIDAY

“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” PG-13, 4:45 p.m.; “The Dictator,” R, 5 p.m.; “Men in Black 3” (3D), PG-13, 7:15 p.m., 9:30 p.m.; “Snow White and the Huntsman,” PG-13, 7 p.m., 9:45 p.m.


“What to Expect When You’re Expecting” PG-13, noon; “Men in Black 3” (2D), PG-13, 12:15 p.m.; “Battleship,” PG-13, 2:15 p.m.; “Safe,” R, 2:30 p.m.; “The Dictator,” R, 4:30 p.m.; “Men in Black 3” (3D), PG-13, 5 p.m., 7:15 p.m.; “Snow White and the Huntsman,” PG-13, 6:30 p.m., 9:15 p.m.; “Chernobyl Diaries,” R, 9:30 p.m.


“Men in Black 3” (3D), PG-13, noon, 2:15 p.m.; “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” PG-13, 12:15 p.m.; “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” PG-13, 2:45 p.m.; “Snow White and the Huntsman,” PG-13, 4:30 p.m., 7:15 p.m.; “Chernobyl Diaries,” R, 5 p.m.; “Battleship,” PG-13, 7 p.m.




“Chernobyl Diaries,” R, 5 p.m.; “Men in Black 3” (3D), PG-13, 5:15 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; “Snow White and the Huntsman,” PG-13, 7 p.m.

Liberty activities

WEDNESDAY “Battleship,” free, PG-13, noon, 1:30 p.m, 2:45 p.m.; “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” PG-13, 4:45 p.m.; “The Dictator,” R, 5:30 p.m.; “Men in Black 3” (3D), PG-13, 7:15 p.m.; “Safe,” R, 7:30 p.m. THURSDAY

• Magic show: Navy Entertainment is bringing Craig Karges to NAS on July 26 and 27. Kargas has appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Larry King Live,” Fox News Channel, CNN Headline News, CNBC and E! Entertainment Television. During his show, “Experience the Extraordinary,” tables float, minds are read and metal bends. Karges is scheduled to perform at the Portside Entertainment Complex at 7 p.m. Craig Kargas July 26 and at the Mustin Beach Club at 7 p.m. July 27. Admission is free. For more information, call 452-8285. • Flea market: MWR’s Fall Giant Outdoor Flea Market is scheduled for noon to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 16 and is open to all hands and the public to sell and buy. Pick up a registration form at an MWR facility or go to the MWR website ( Spaces are 18 feet by 16 feet ($25, active duty; $30, non active-duty) and 18 feet by 24 feet ($35, active duty; $40, non active-duty). You can rent tables for $8 each. For more information, call 452-8285. • Child care training: The Child & Youth Program is presenting a Child Development Homes (CDH) Orientation Training from 8:40 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. July 16 to 20. Become a home child care provider and earn money at home. For more information and to register, call 572-5026. • Vet special: The Veterinarian Clinic is offering a free nail trim with each wellness exam in July. Visit the clinic on NASP Corry Station, Bldg. 535, or call for an appointment at 452-6882. • Summer reading: The NAS Pensacola Library, Bldg. 634, is participating in “Reading Is So Delicious,” the 10-week DoD-wide summer reading program that runs through Aug. 18. The library will host free activities for children and families. Participation incentives (T-shirts, prizes) will be awarded each week. Sessions are from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday for third- through eighthgraders and 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday for toddler to second-graders. Registration remains open throughout the program. For more information, call 452-4362. • Lunch specials: The chef’s special at the Oaks Restaurant at A.C. Read Golf Course will be black and blue steak wrap with onion rings for $7.50 from for July 16 to 20. The meal includes a drink. Lunch is served from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Oaks also offers blue plate specials for $7.50 – visit the MWR website for a listing. Fridays are always “$5 Fridays.” For more information, call 452-3748. • Bootcamp for moms: A special “Mom’s Bootcamp Getaway” is scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. July 21 at the NASP Corry Station Track. In case of rain “camp” will relocate inside the Family Fitness Center. For more information or to sign up, call 452-6004 or visit the Family Fitness Center on NASP Corry, Bldg. 3712. The center is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. • Social media: For instant access to MWR upcoming events, programs and activities, visit the MWR Facebook page: The MWR website also is a resource for all MWR programs. Go to: MWR offers a Text-2-Connect service that provides patrons with weekly program and event updates, cancellation notices and other information. It is simple to sign up and you can cancel at any time. Text “NASPMWR” to “30364” and send. If you do not want to receive messages any more, text “STOP” and send, and you will be removed from the list.

“Chernobyl Diaries,” R, 5 p.m.; “Men in Black 3” (3D), PG-13, 5:15 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; “Snow White and the Huntsman,” PG-13, 7 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

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Liberty program events target young, unaccompanied active-duty military. Regular events are scheduled at the main Liberty Center in the Portside Entertainment Complex. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and holidays and 10:30 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. Off-base trips leave from the NASP Liberty Center, but you must sign up in advance. For more information, call 452-2372 or visit sail/liberty.htm.

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Community Outreach NASP Community Outreach is seeking volunteers for a large number of opportunities. These include: • United Way of Escambia County: Volunteers are going to be needed for their upcoming Cram the Van events, which help collect school supplies for the underprivileged, and for the United Way Day of Caring, which will be several different events throughout Pensacola happening all on one day. More information will be provided as it gets closer to the events. For more information, you may contact the United Way at 444-7128. • New volunteer website: The “United We Serve” website is now working. It is a web resource that participants can use to identify volunteer opportunities in their local areas. To look for volunteer opportunities, visit • Restoring the USS Alabama: Volunteers are needed to help in the restoration of the USS Alabama. For information, call Owen Miller at (251) 767-1507. • Northwest Florida Blood Services: The Northwest Florida Blood Services is seeking volunteers to help in general drive preparation. For information, call Christen Glover at 473-3853, ext. 132.

• Big Brothers Big Sisters: Volunteers are needed for BBBS in Northwest Florida. For information, visit • Council on Aging of West Florida: Meals on Wheels delivery volunteers are needed to take meals to homebound elderly citizens of Escambia County. Volunteers may be selected to deliver meals on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. The average time spent delivering the meals is one hour and 15 minutes. For information, call Brenda Turner at 432-1475, ext. 410. • Learn to Read: Learn to Read of Northwest Florida is an adult literacy program. For information, call 432-4347. • The Oaks Adult Care Center: Volunteers are needed to help with meals, taking walks, playing games, reading, cooking clubs, dancing, sewing, arts and crafts and more. The center is located at 875 Royce St. and it is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call Sandy Holtry at 432-1475. • The Villas at Gulf Breeze: The Villas at Gulf Breeze has an open invitation to all individuals interested in interacting with the senior residents. Hours for this activity are

Worship schedule 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. any day of the week. For more information, call Sabrina Shelton at 934-1061. • Regency Hospice of Northwest Florida: Volunteers are needed for terminal hospice patients throughout Escambia County. Active-duty or veteran volunteers are also needed for “Hospice for Heroes.” For more information, call Victoria Brown at 585-3926. • Goodwill Good Guides mentoring: The Goodwill Good Guides mentoring program is seeking volunteers for youth tutoring. For more information, call Robin King at 438-3699. • Youth Works: The Children’s Home Society of Florida is seeking volunteers to mentor youth ages 14 to 21. For more information, call Rachel Wade at 266-2715.

For more information on these opportunities or the many others that are available, contact NASP Community Outreach at 452-2034, send an e-mail to NASPensacolaCommunity or find information on Facebook at NAS Pensacola Community Outreach.

NAS Pensacola Protestant • Communion service, 8 a.m. Sunday.** • Worship service, 10:15 a.m. Sunday.* • Contemporary service, 6 p.m. Sunday.** • Women’s Bible study, 9 a.m. Tuesday.*** • Fellowship dinner, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. • Bible study, 6 p.m. Wednesday.*** Roman Catholic • Sacrament of Penance, 3:45 p.m. Saturday.**** • Mass, 4:30 p.m. Saturday.* • Mass, 8:30 a.m. Sunday.* • Mass, noon Monday and Thursday.**** Latter Day Saints • Service, 10:30 a.m. Sunday**

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. • Mass, 11 a.m. Tuesday, small chapel.

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. *Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel **All Faiths Chapel ***J.B. McKamey Center ****Lady of Loreto Chapel For more information, call 452-2341.



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