Open house: Fleet & Family celebrates 40 years ... Do you like cake and balloons? Then stop in for the
NASP Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) 40th anniversary celebration party scheduled for today, July 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 151 Ellyson Ave., Bldg. 625. You’ll be able to tour the building while eating hot dogs and veggie kabobs. There will be a cake-cutting ceremony with the NASP commanding officer at 12:30 p.m. While you’re there you’ll have the opportunity to put some faces to names and chat with counselors, work and family life specialists and new parent support program team members about all of the other services available too. There will also be some games going on, so you can have fun while you learn. For more information, call 452-5990.
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NAS Pensacola hosts OBAP Dream Flight Story, photo by Greg Mitchell NAS Pensacola Public Affairs
More than 150 high school students from Atlanta and other parts of the country visited Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola July 16 through the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals’ (OBAP) annual Project Aerospace Dream Flight, a partnership with Delta Airlines. The OBAP Dream Flight, a national initiative designed to foster interest among high school-aged students about potential careers in the aerospace industry, is an organizational mainstay, something NAS Pensacola Commanding Officer Capt. Timothy Kinsella Jr. said is pivotal to the continued successes of the civilian and military aviation communities. “To have the opportunity to share with these young students extraordinary breadth of aviation training we do here at NAS Pensacola is really special,” he
said. “The history of this base is important to aviation communities everywhere and these young men and women will get an up close and personal view of naval aviation.” Designed to create awareness in and inspire potential aerospace careers, the OBAP Dream Flight, is a youth-focused program that provides an awareness and opportunity to cultivate an interest in aviation, according to Emmanuel Burke, the Atlanta OBAP Academy director. “We’re a national non-profit organization and one of the things we try and do is show these kids what’s available to them in the aerospace industry,” he said. “We’re showing them the ‘Cradle of Naval Aviation’ today, and we wanted them to be aware of not only opportunities that could be available to them in the civilian community, but in the military also.” While onboard NAS Pensacola, OBAP Dream Flight participants had the opportunity to
More than 150 high school-aged students from Atlanta and other parts of the country visited Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola July 16 through the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals’ (OBAP) annual Project Aerospace Dream Flight.
tour the National Naval Aviation Museum (NNAM), watch a regularly scheduled practice of the NAS Pensacola-based U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron – the Blue Angels – and tour Training Wing 6 facilities and simulators. “Visiting (NAS) Pensacola has made me want to be a pilot even more,” Kennedy Spencer, a junior at Langston Hughes
High School in Fairburn, Georgia said. “This trip has widened my opportunities to what I can do to reach my life goal of being a pilot, but maybe now I don’t want to limit myself to being an airline pilot; maybe I could be a Navy pilot.” Students also had the opportunity to view the NNAM’s Apollo 11 virtual reality ride on the 50th anniversary of the
Apollo 11 moon landing. OBAP, founded in 1976 to address unfair hiring practices among civilian airlines, has become a devoted advocate of minority Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) study. The organization strives to motivate youth to educationally prepare, increase minority See OBAP on page 2
IWTC Corry Station changes command Story, photos by Glenn Sircy Center for Information Warfare Training
Cmdr. Zach McKeehan relieved Cmdr. Chad Smith as commanding officer of Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC) Corry Station during a change of command ceremony at the National Naval Aviation Museum onboard Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola July 10.
Smith, a native of Indianapolis, Indiana, assumed command of IWTC Corry Station in September 2017, and was responsible for leading the largest schoolhouse in the Center for Information Warfare Training (CIWT) domain. The presiding officer was Capt. Nick Andrews, commanding officer of Center for Information Warfare Training (CIWT), and guest speaker was Capt. Rachel
Cmdr. Zach McKeehan (left) relieves Cmdr. Chad Smith as commanding officer of Information Warfare Training Command Corry Station during a change of command ceremony at the National Naval Aviation Museum onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola.
deputy chief for the Cen-
tral Security Service at the National Security Agency. Andrews welcomed McKeehan and praised Smith for his leadership. “Adopting a philosophy of trust, teamwork, growth and grit, Cmdr. Smith empowered his staff while creating a cutting-edge training environment for the professional development of 7,000 students in 540 classes annually,” Andrews said. “He is truly
Vacation Bible School at NASP Story, photo from NAS Pensacola Public Affairs
The Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola Chapel is hosting a Vacation Bible School for children ages 4 to 12. The Vacation Bible School (VBS) will be held July 29 through Aug. 2 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. each night and is open to all military dependents.
During the week long religious education program, children will learn about the Christian Bible through stories, games, arts and crafts and more. “It is an opportunity for kids to be kids and celebrate Christianity,” Lt. Chris Terrell, a chaplain at NAS Pensacola, said. “We will discuss and share the key See VBS on page 2
Lt. Chris Terrell, a chaplain at NAS Pensacola, talks to a group of children at a Vacation Bible School on NAS Pensacola in a previous year.
an inspiring cryptologist and leader, and his legacy within the information warfare community will continue to endure through the thousands of graduates shaped during his tenure here.” Smith is credited with brilliantly leading 15 officers, 255 enlisted and 50 civilians in the delivery of 31 courses of instruction to 2,000 joint service students daily. Under his See IWTC on page 2
NAS Pensacola’s FFSC encouraging financial readiness From NAS Pensacola Public Affairs
The Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) is reminding service members and their families to take advantage of the organization’s financial planning resources, including classes and individual financial responsibility counseling sessions. The FFSC’s Personal Financial Management (PFM) program – one of the many services the organization offers – is designed to bolster a financial education program enabling service members and family members in making informed financial decisions and ensure future financial readiness. According to NAS Pensacola FFSC Lead Personal Financial Management Specialist Stephanie Talcott, creating an awareness for the financial management programs the FFSC offers is critical in ensuring service members and their families remain financially solvent at all stages of their military career. “The (Personal Financial Management) program covers NAS Pensacola See Financial on page 2
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July 19, 2019
Blue Angels announce 2020 officers By Blue Angels Public Affairs
The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, announced officers selected for the 2020 air show season, July 15. The squadron selected two F/A-18 demonstration pilots, two C-130 pilots, a maintenance officer and public affairs officer to replace outgoing team members. Many highly qualified Navy and Marine Corps officers submit applications to join the Blue Angels each year. “We had a phenomenal group of applicants this year,” Capt. Eric Doyle, commanding officer and flight leader of the Blue Angels said. “The 2020 Blue Angels are lucky to have these talented individuals join them to represent the Navy and Marine Corps in the team’s 74th show season.” The Blue Angels select finalists to interview at the team’s home base of Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola during
the week of the Pensacola Beach Air Show each year. The team makes selections at the conclusion of that week. The selected 2020 officers include: F/A-18 Demonstration Pilots: • Marine Corps Maj. Frank Zastoupil, of Kingwood, Texas, is an F-35 Lightning II pilot currently assigned to the “Warlords” of Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501. He graduated from Texas A&M University in 2009. • Navy Lt. Julius Bratton, of Woodlawn, Tennessee, is an
F/A-18 Hornet pilot currently assigned to the “Gladiators” of Strike Fighter Squadron 106. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2011. C-130 Pilots: • Marine Corps Capt. William Huckeba, of Hoover, Alabama, is a C-130 Hercules pilot currently assigned to Officer Candidate School Quantico. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2012. • Marine Corps Capt. Rick Rose, of Napa, California, is a C-130 Hercules pilot currently assigned to the “Sumos” of Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152. He graduated from California State University Sacramento in 2011. Maintenance Officer: • Navy Lt. Brian Abe, of Richardson, Texas, is a maintenance officer currently assigned to the “Rampagers” of Strike Fighter Squadron 83. Public Affairs Officer: • Navy Lt.j.g. Chelsea Dietlin, of Detroit, Michigan, is a public affairs officer currently assigned
to Navy Public Affairs Support Element – East. She graduated from Michigan State University in 2012. Previously selected to join the 2020 team are: • Commanding Officer and Flight Leader: Navy Cmdr. Brian Kesselring, of Fargo, North Dakota, was most recently the commanding officer of the “Sunliners” of Strike Fighter Squadron 81. • Executive Officer: Navy Cmdr. Todd Royles, of Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, is currently the executive officer of Training Squadron 86’s Squadron Augment Unit. Expected to return for the 2020 season are: F/A-18 Demonstration Pilots: • Navy Lt. Cmdr. Andre Webb, of Lawton, Oklahoma. • Navy Lt. James Cox, of Chesapeake, Virginia. • Navy Lt. James Haley, of Canadian, Texas. • Navy Lt. Cary Rickoff, of Atlanta, Georgia.
IWTC from page 1 leadership, IWTC Corry Station significantly updated training systems and curriculum while introducing new courses to ensure graduates keep pace with the complexities of an increasingly complex electromagnetic environment. “It has been an honor and privilege to work alongside the men and women of IWTC Corry Station these last two years,” Smith shared. “While we have achieved great success together as a team, we also overcame tremendous adversity. Our ability to stay connected with one another made us stronger and allowed us to invest fully in the personal and professional development of the young Sailors at Corry Station. I am confident they head to the fleet ready for the challenges that lie ahead.” Immediately following the change of command, Smith’s retirement ceremony honored and recognized his 20 years of faithful and dedicated active-duty ser-
C-130 Demonstration Pilot: • Marine Capt. Beau Mabery, of Lompoc, California. Events Coordinator: • Navy Lt. Cmdr. Adam Kerrick, of Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania. Flight Surgeon: • Navy Lt. Cmdr. Aaron Hicks, of Federal Way, Washington. Supply Officer: • Navy Lt.j.g. Kristin Toland, of Sedalia, Missouri. The new team members will officially begin their training for the 2020 show season following the Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Nov. 9. The mission of the Blue Angels is to showcase the pride and professionalism of the United States Navy and Marine Corps by inspiring a culture of excellence and service to country through flight demonstrations and community outreach. For more news from Navy Blue Angels, visit www. blueangels.navy.mil.
vice to this nation. Smith also thanked all his family, friends and shipmates for their unwavering support and dedication throughout his 20-year career. Smith and his family will return to Indiana. McKeehan, a native of Central Point, Oregon, is coming to IWTC Corry Station from his most recent assignment at Navy Information Operations Command Hawaii, where he served as executive officer. “It is truly an honor and a privilege to join the highly renowned IWTC Corry Station team developing preeminent warfighters with the highest order of technical expertise,” McKeehan said. “Information warfare is critical to ensuring the security of our nation and I am exceedingly proud to have the opportunity to be a part of this exceptional team.” For more news from Center for Information Warfare Training domain, visit www.navy.mil/local/cid, www. netc.navy.mil/centers/ciwt, www.facebook.com/NavyCIWT or www.twitter.com/NavyCIWT.
VBS from page 1 events in Jesus’ life.” While the Vacation Bible School is focused on Christianity, children of all religious denominations are invited to attend. Parents are also welcome to stay with their children or can volunteer to assist throughout the week. To register or for more information, contact the NAS Pensacola Chapel at 452-2342. Financial from page 1
A student with Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals’ (OBAP) annual Project Aerospace Dream Flight tries out a flight simulator onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola July 16. More than 150 high school students from Atlanta and other parts of the country visited NAS Pensacola through OBAP’s annual Project Aerospace Dream Flight.
OBAP from page 1 participation in aviation and aerospace through exposure, training, mentoring and scholarships and to increase the number of underrepresented minority professionals, engineers, scientists and management personnel in aviation and related industries. NAS Pensacola supports operational and training missions of tenant commands including Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC); Naval Aviation Schools Command (NASC); the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (CNATT); Marine Aviation Training Support Groups (MATSG) 21 and 23; and is the headquarters for Naval Education and Training Command (NETC).
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and IWTC (Information Warfare Training Center) Corry Station, as well as providing CFS (Command Financial Specialist) training for the personnel from (NAS) Whiting Field,” she said. Talcott added that the NAS Pensacola PFM program maintains oversight of the area’s Command Financial Specialist (CFS) program, a five-day training program which provides attendees tools for assisting fellow service members with basic personal financial needs, as well as provide required command training and briefs. “We’re responsible for training the CFSs, and ensuring we are there to support them as they navigate this collateral duty,” Talcott said. Talcott added that although the NAS Pensacola FFSC CFS program remains the cornerstone of the organization’s financial education efforts, numerous other courses and offerings as well as individual financial management counseling sessions are available. “CFS is the majority stakeholder, the biggest project we manage,” she said. “But the (NAS Pensacola FFSC) PFM program also offers education and counseling services to service members and their families as well as providing command briefs and unit training on all things related to personal finances. We also teach everything
July 19, 2019
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from how to start a bank account, how to look out for potential scams, getting a first credit card and managing credit, planning for big purchases and prepare for transition and retirement.” A U.S. Marine Corps veteran and military spouse of more than 22 years, Talcott has worked with U.S. Armed Forces as a financial counselor for the past 14 years. With experience working with every branch of service and military affiliation, Talcott said that she and David Chunn – the other NAS Pensacola FFSC Personal Financial Management Specialist – are committed to ensuring area service members are aware of the resources available to them. “We’re here to help,” she said. “We have a significant junior service member population here at NAS Pensacola, many of whom have little experience in dealing with financial matters. Making sure that they learn the importance of saving money and making smart financial decisions is critical as they begin their careers.” Additionally, Talcott said the NAS Pensacola FFSC PFM program is part of nearly all indoctrination training for the different branches throughout the NAS Pensacola area. Service members and family members eligible to use the NAS Pensacola FFSC PFM services are encouraged to call 452-5990 to schedule an appointment or obtain a complete list of courses offered. FOR CLASSIFIED ADS, CALL:
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NAVWAR Enterprise launches artificial intelligence prize challenge: $150,000 total cash prizes offered From Naval Information Warfare Systems Command Public Affairs
AN DIEGO, Calif. (NNS) – The Navy kicked off the Artificial Intelligence Applications to Autonomous Cybersecurity Challenge (AI ATAC), a prize competition seeking innovative machine learning and artificial intelligence (ML/AI) solutions for real-world cybersecurity challenges, July 8. Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR) and Program Executive Office for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (PEO C4I) are sponsoring AI ATAC in part to gather insight and participation from nontraditional defense vendors, teams or individuals. While other government agencies have used prize challenges, this is a first for the NAVWAR enterprise. The first place entry will win $100,000. Second place will be awarded $50,000. “We are approaching innovation with disciplined urgency,” NAVWAR Commander Rear Adm. Christian Becker
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said. “This prize challenge presents a unique opportunity to cast a wider net to get the best technology to the fleet faster.” Managed by PEO C4I’s Information Assurance and Cyber Security Program Office (PMW 130), AI ATAC will explore the capability for endpoint security products to incorporate ML/AI models to detect and defeat indicators of compromise from various advanced malware strains. The program office partnered
with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a Department of Energy laboratory in Tennessee, which will provide facilities and expertise for evaluating the technical solutions. The challenge is open to all U.S. citizens and those with permanent residence status. The open period for submissions is through September 30. To be considered for the prizes, entrants need to provide an endpoint security solution and a white paper for evaluation. Winners are expected to
be announced in December. “We need to get after faster solutions from sectors of industry outside our traditional partners and we want to lower any barrier to entry. We believe by sponsoring AI ATAC we can quickly get new ideas about how we can incorporate AI and ML into our cybersecurity tool bag,” John T. Armantrout, PMW 130’s deputy program manager, said. “This challenge is designed for anyone with AI and ML knowledge – whether they’re from a company, a university, a research institution or even an individual or group of friends who have a good idea.” To learn more about the AI ATAC, including rules, criteria and eligibility requirements, visit https://www. challenge.gov/challenge/ artificial-intelligence-applications-to-autonomous-cybersecurity-challenge. All questions regarding the challenge should be directed to AIATAC.PRIZE.CHALLENGE@navy.mil. PEO C4I provides integrated communication and information technology systems
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Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits transfer deadline has been extended for members with 16 years of service From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs
ASHINGTON (NNS) – The deadline for Sailors who have more than 16 years of service to transfer their Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits to dependents has been extended to Jan. 12, 2020 based on recently revised guidance issued by the Department of Defense (DoD). NAVADMIN 020/19 announced DoD’s exception to policy for enlisted and officers who cannot obligate for four more years due to statute or service regulations expires July 11, 2019. Members who will be ineligible for the Transfer of Education Benefits (TEB) after July 11, 2019 include:
• Enlisted members within four years of the high year tenure gate for their current pay grade • Officers within four years of the statutory limit for their current rank • Members in a limited duty status or undergoing medical or physical evaluation board processing and found not fit
for duty All Sailors applying or reapplying for TEB who have not previously completed the online self-service Statement of Understanding must first complete it at the MyNavy Education website at https:// myeducation.netc.navy.mil/ webta/home.html#nbb. Once members complete
the Statement of Understanding, they will receive a link to go to MilConnect to submit their benefits transfer request. Sailors will require a fouryear service obligation in order to transfer benefits. For more information on Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits transfer procedures,
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NDW commemorates 40 years of Fleet and Family Support Program By MC2 Jason Amadi Naval District Washington Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) – Naval District Washington (NDW) hosted a proclamation signing to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Fleet and Family Support Program (FFSP) on Joint Base AnacostiaBolling, July 10. Rear Adm. Carl Lahti, NDW commandant, signed a proclamation declaring July 16, 2019 the 40th anniversary of the FFSP, to be Fleet and Family Readiness Day, a time to recognize the program’s impact on the Navy. “Forty years ago, the Navy made a decision to put a real focus on families,” Andrew Freed, Work and Family Life (WFL) supervisor at Naval Support Activity Washington said. “They understand that if the family is doing well, the service member can maintain their focus and readiness.” Freed retired after 21 years of service in the Air Force and uses his military experience to comfort service members in distress. “The majority of our staff here are either former service members or spouses. We understand the military life, deployments and going through a permanent change of station. My wife told me she felt like a single parent when I was deployed. So when I talk to spouses married to deployed service members I say, ‘I know you feel like a single parent’ and immediately they connect,” Freed said. The FFSP is organized into four functional areas: WFL, Counseling, Advocacy and Prevention (CAP), Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) and the Navy
Gold Star program. Those programs offer services such as relocation assistance, family employment, clinical counseling, and emergency response. “As an ombudsman and staff member, I have seen the programs positively impact Sailors and families,” Carrie Mast, NDW regional WFL coordinator said. “The information, resources, workshops and classes for Sailors and family members provide the support they need, when they need it. “This information available allows Sailors and family members to acclimate to a new duty station, assignment and other life changes that can happen at a moment’s notice. Whether you are buying a car, moving, expanding your family, facing a deployment, Fleet and Family Support Centers have the tools to develop the skills needed to thrive in the military environment,” Mast continued. Freed said the Fleet and Family Support Center staff relish the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of service members. “The greatest joy I get in this job is when I know what a service member is going through and I’m able to speak about those subjects in a way where they know that I understand. Our whole staff sits around during our meetings and discuss what we call our ‘success stories.’ That’s the biggest paycheck that I get,” Freed said. Navy families in need of information can download the MyNavy Family application for mobile devices. The Navy community developed the app for spouses and families so Sailors can focus on their mission. The app is free and can be downloaded via the Apple App store, Google Play or in the Navy App Locker at https://applocker.navy.mil.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, greets Vice Adm. Lisa M. Franchetti, commander, U.S. 6th Fleet, during Ukrainian Navy Day in Odesa, Ukraine, July 7. Photo by MC3 T. Logan Keown
Sea Breeze 2019 partners celebrate Navy Day in Ukraine From U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs
ODESA, Ukraine (NNS) – Ukranian President joined the Ukrainian Navy, military members from exercise Sea Breeze 2019, and the public to celebrate Navy Day in Odesa, Ukraine, July 7. While at the public event, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy made remarks, presented medals to Ukrainian service members, visited with Ukrainians, toured foreign ships and attended several meetings and briefings. Adm. Ihor Voronchenko, commander of the Ukrainian Navy, and Vice Adm. Lisa M. Franchetti, commander, U.S. 6th Fleet, toured displays of Ukrainian naval technology and equipment as well as laid flowers in the Black Sea aboard a Ukrainian patrol boat in memory of fallen Ukrainian sailors. During remarks made at a Navy Day reception aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64), Franchetti spoke about her experiences with Ukrainian sailors earlier in the day. “I was truly impressed by the sailors’ pride and professionalism,” Franchetti said. “The United States Navy stands firmly with Ukraine in support of its sovereignty and territorial integrity and condemns Russia’s attempted annexation of Crimea and aggression in eastern Ukraine.” Sea Breeze is a U.S. and Ukraine co-hosted multinational maritime exercise held in the Black Sea and is designed to enhance interoperability of participating nations and strengthen maritime security and peace within the region.
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Exercise Resolute Sun: U.S. Soldiers, Sailors and Marines combine training, improve readiness in amphibious operations
Marines with 2nd Transportation Support Vehicles offload vehicles of a trident pier during Resolute Sun
Story, photo by Lance Cpl. Scott Jenkins 2nd Marine Logistics Group
CAMP LEJEUNE, North Carolina – U.S. Marines with 2nd Transportation Support Battalion (TSB), Combat Logistics Regiment 2, 2nd Marine Logistics participated in exercise Resolute Sun from June 11 to 19. The exercise allowed Marines to increase combat operational readiness in amphibious and prepositioning operations while conducting joint training with the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy during a joint logistics over-the-shore scenario (JLOTS). JLOTS provides operational movement capabilities in places where access to and
from an area is not accessible. It is meant to strengthen interoperability between service branches so they can quickly build an improvised port and get equipment to and from wherever it is needed. The Marines started the exercise on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and convoyed down to Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina, more than 250 miles away. “We don’t get an opportunity to conduct long-range convoys like that all the time; it takes a lot of discipline to accomplish something of this scale,” 1st Sgt. Brent Sheets, company first sergeant of Alpha Company, 2nd TSB, said. “The Marines got to see that there is more behind their job
then the routine mission they do every day in garrison.” After the convoy, the Marines embarked 38 vehicles onto the USNS Watkins (TAKR-315), once they reached Joint Base Charleston. The USNS Watkins is part of the Navy’s Military Sealift Command 19 Large, Medium-Speed Roll-on/Roll-off Ships. The ship is used for prepositioning of ground vehicles and is designed to carry vehicles which are driven on and off the ship. After the ship was embarked with all cargo, it set sail for Fort Story, Virginia. There, the equipment was offloaded utilizing a trident pier built by the U.S. Army’s 331st Transportation Company, 11th Transportation Battalion, 7th
transportation Regiment. Simultaneously, Amphibious Construction Battalion 2, Naval Beach Group 2 conducted a beach landing utilizing the improved Navy lighterage system. “We’ve worked smoothly with the Marines during this exercise. They are our main counterparts,” CM1 Mark Paystrup, with Beach Master Unit 2, Battalion Cargo Group 10, said. “Because we work with them often, we are familiar with each other’s roles. What is more of an adjustment, is working with the Army. It is always good to practice that interoperability between the services.” The Navy-Marine Corps team works together all over the world, regulatory conducting beach landing operations together. The Army only has a few ship-to-shore assets, and Sailors and Marines make sure to capitalize on training with soldiers to improve functionality between them. “What we are doing today is exactly how we’re going to fight when we need too,” Lt. Col Jonathan Baker, the Commanding Officer of 2nd TSB, said. “We’ll never go to war alone. We’ll go as a coalition. It’s important to understand how to do this jointly.” Another benefit to the joint training environment is the ability to stay fiscally respon-
sible while conducting such a large exercise. Working together with the Army and Navy, the price can be spread out amongst the branches, with each unit only being held responsible for paying for the gear and supplies they need. “Doing a joint training exercise such as this one, allows for all branches to get connected and get the same amount of training,” Baker said. “This is training that they have to do, so if we can get connected to that, it provides us with cost-saving opportunity and unique training situations that we would normally get through warfare.” All 38 vehicles from 2nd TSB were able to be offloaded and redeployed via convoy 220 miles back to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina within two days of the USNS Watkins arriving in Virginia. “It takes a lot of individual actions to make something like this happen. That’s the individual Marine knowing his job and doing it effectively,” Capt. Brian Hassett, company commander of Alpha Company, 2nd TSB, said. “109 Marines worked together seamlessly as a unit to accomplish the mission, and that is something that needs to happen every time we go out, no matter where we are anywhere in the world.”
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New admin officer arrives at NAS Whiting Field Story, photo by Jamie Link NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs Office
alking into the new administration office, you will be met with walls filled with Navy Blue Angels swag and the Alabama football team logo. Julie Broadwater is the new administration officer for NAS Whiting Field (NASWF) and it does not take long to notice her naval history. The retired Navy senior chief yeoman (YN) comes with a wealth of knowledge and is now settled in onboard the installation. Her last position was with Naval Education and Training Professional De-
velopment Center (NETPDC), Saufley Field and she is a former YN with the United States Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels. “I am looking forward to the new position and wanted to be back around Sailors,” Broadwater said. Originally from Hawthorne, Nevada, Broadwater is not the first in
NAS Whiting Field Administration Officer Julie Broadwater processes command awards.
her family to have served and retired in the Navy. Her father is retired Navy, her brother is active-duty Navy and her husband is a retired Navy senior
chief. The new administration officer is in charge of six personnel that help process the command correspondence, instructions
and directives. The office also handles the pay and personnel, and the limited duty Sailor program. Broadwater shared that there will be some chang-
es to the administration office, but they will be slow and will improve the efficiency and accuracy of the administrative processes. Getting to know Broadwater further, she shared a favorite memory from her naval career about an MC1 that she progressed with during her career. “We were both at Gulfport and then transferred together,” Broadwater said. “I went to the Blue Angels then he got selected too. It was great watching him progress as he went through the Navy Seaman-to-Admiral Commissioning Program. It was very rewarding and just one of many things I look back on.” The new administration officer is located in the command building and can be reached at (850) 623-7624 for any issues or concerns.
NAS Whiting Field winging ceremony
Wings of Gold ... Training Air Wing Five (TraWing-5) held a naval aviator designation ceremony on-
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Military Notices DLAB and DLPT tests available
Interested in taking the Defense Language Aptitude Battery (DLAB) or the Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT) for foreign languages? Tests are administered Wednesdays on NAS Pensacola at the Navy Language Testing Office Bldg. 634. Test appointments are accepted through https://www. mnp.navy.mil/group/training-education-qualifications/ appointment. For more language testing information, contact CIWT_ CRRY_Lang_Testing_Pensacola@navy.mil.
Purple Heart recipients sought
The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor is a New York State Historic Site administered by the New York State Park Commission. Dedicated Nov. 10, 2006, the hall’s mission is to collect, preserve and share with the public the stories of Purple Heart recipients. It is the first and only facility in the nation dedicated to honoring this country’s Purple Heart recipients. The primary way in which Purple Heart recipients are honored is through enrollment in The Roll of Honor electronic database which is accessible in the hall’s main gallery and on its website, www.thepurpleheart.com. Purple Heart recipients are encouraged to become members of the Roll of Honor by completing an enroll form and submitting it to the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor. Family members and friends may also enroll Purple Heart recipients, living or deceased, by completing an enrollment form and providing supporting evidence. Enrollment is voluntary and free of cost. Help us honor and preserve the stories of these deserving men and women by enrolling them today in the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor. To enroll a Purple Heart recipient or for more information, visit www.thepurpleheart.com.
Coast Guard council invitation
The Pensacola chapter of the Coast Guard Friends and Family Retiree Council meets the second Thursday of each month at Franco’s Italian Restaurant, 523 E. Gregory St. from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. A fellowship-type organization that would love to hear from folks of any Coast Guard association, including active-duty, retired, auxiliary, family members and others. For more information, contact ret. USCG COMM3 Bill Hayden at 554-3858 or e-mail email@example.com.
Onboard NASP Volunteer at the NASP Thrift Shop
Do you have retail experience? Then there is a great opportunity for you. The Navy Marine Corps Relief Society is looking for a part-time Volunteer Retail Manager and additional Thrift Shop coordinators for the Thrift Shop onboard NASP Corry Station. This is a volunteer position. Perfect for a military spouse, as we have a great program where we pay for childcare at the CDC and offer mileage reimbursement. Retail experience would be preferred, but not necessary. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the first Saturday of the month. Interested persons should contact Ginny Goodman at 452-2300 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Retired Activities Office needs help
Do you have four hours free a week? The Navy’s Retired Activities Office, located in the Fleet and Family Support Center, Bldg. 625, and is looking for military retirees/survivors to staff its office. Duties include casualty reporting, assisting survivors in obtaining benefits and answering general questions concerning retirement benefits. The position requires a desire to assist your fellow retirees and survivors. Volunteers should have an administrative background with knowledge of computer programs e.g. MS Outlook, Word, etc. For further details, call the Retired Activities Office at 452-5622 or e-mail email@example.com.
Around Town Heroes Among Us speaker series
The Cpl. J.R. Spears Detachment of the Marine Corps League announces its 7th annual Heroes Among Us speaker series to be held at Seville Quarter. The series, now in its seventh year, is held at 6 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month from May through October. It is presented by the local Marine Corps League, J.R. Spears Detachment 066. Admission is free and open to the public, although donations will be accepted for the Veterans in Distress Fund to help veterans in need. The “Heroes Among Us” series, founded in 2013, features people from all branches of the military service. The
“Read All About It...” New bay bridge traffic patterns
U.S. 98 eastbound traffic (Pensacola to Gulf Breeze) will be shifted to the new Pensacola Bay Bridge the evening of July 28 and U.S. 98 westbound (Gulf Breeze to Pensacola), Aug. 1. From 8 p.m., July 28 to 6 a.m., Aug. 1, 17th Avenue will be closed to through traffic between Gregory Street and the CSX Railroad overpass. Drivers will be detoured using Ninth Avenue and Cervantes Street. Access to the visitor’s center, boat ramp, and the Pensacola Bay Fishing Pier will be maintained for local traffic via 17th Avenue. The temporary configuration for the new bridge will provide two lanes of east and two lanes of westbound traffic, along with a center-lane reserved for emergency vehicles. A multiuse path for pedestrians and bicyclists is expected to be operational approximately twomonths after the traffic shift. With all traffic shifted to the new bridge, construction crews will demolish the current bridge, complete the new westbound structure, and reconstruct the 17th Avenue interchange. All work is currently estimated for completion in mid 2021. The planned construction activities are weather dependent and may be delayed or re-scheduled in the event of inclement weather. Drivers are reminded to use caution, especially at night, when traveling through a work zone and to watch for construction workers and equipment entering and exiting the roadway. For more information, visit the Florida Department of Transportation District Three online at www.nwflroads. com, follow on Twitter @MyFDOT_NWFL or like us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/MyFDOTNWFL. goal is to let those people share their experiences with others, both civilians and military veterans as well as active duty members. The events are organized and sponsored by the Marine Corps League, J. R. Spears Detachment 066. For more information, visit www.marinecorpsleague pensacola.org.
Pirates of Lost Treasure invitation
So you want to be a pirate? Based in Perdido Key, The Pirates of Lost Treasure is a social group dedicated to fun, supporting our community and its citizens through various charity events and parading on a pirate ship float, “The Bloody Bucket.” PLT is looking to bring on new members this summer. Meetings are held at the Perdido Sports Bar located at 13583 Perdido Key Drive on the second Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. For more details on how to become a member of this 27 year old group, contact Allsion at allisonturner4@yahoo. com or Dana at 377-5624.
39th Bikini Regatta announced
The 39th Anniversary of the Navy Yacht Club’s Women’s sailboat race known as the “Bikini Regatta” will be held on Saturday, July 27th on Pensacola Bay. In the summer of 1981, Past Commodore Lloyd Stagg and his wife Beverly from the Navy Yacht Club envisioned a plan to provide women an opportunity to enjoy sailing and to become race competitors on large PHRF (Performance Handicap Racing Formula) sailboats. Now, 39 years later, their vision of the “Bikini Regatta” has become a muchanticipated sailboat racing event here along the Gulf Coast. Race Registration for the Bikini Regatta will be held on Saturday morning starting at 10:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. Entry fee is $35 with a U.S. Sailing Membership and $40 for non-member for the Bikini Regatta. Registration and race information packages for the “Bikini Regatta” can be obtained from the Navy Yacht Club through their website http://www.navypnsyc.org. Click on the “Racing” tab. Online race registration can be made via the Regatta Network at the following link: http://www.regattanetwork.com For onshore or race information and docking availability at Bayou Grande Marina, contact Lee Borthwick, Navy Yacht Club fleet captain, at 723-8563 or at e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Genealogical Society presentation
The West Florida Genealogical Society will be hosting a presentation on Dr. John Henry Holliday. A controversial figure of the Old West, Holliday – better known as “Doc Holliday – began his life in Georgia in 1851. He trained as a dentist before heading to the West. He suffered personally and professionally because of tuberculosis, and often supported himself as a gambler and dealer at card tables before the disease claimed his life. The presentation is part of the West Florida Genealogical Society’s monthly meeting, Aug. 3 at 10 a.m. at the West Florida Genealogy Branch Library at the corner of 9th Avenue and College Boulevard in Pensacola. All are welcome, and admission is free.
For more information, visit https://wfgsi.org or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WFGenSoc.
Tackle football association signup
Come join the Buccaneers! The Perdido Bay Youth Sports Association is offering tackle football for children ages 5 to 14, grades kindergarten to eighth grade. Registration fee is $165 and includes a jersey and helmey and leased shoulder pads. For more information or to register, visit www.pbysa. org.
FLOW at Century for car registration
Scott Lunsford, Escambia County Tax Collector, has partnered with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to bring the Florida Licensing On Wheels (FLOW) mobile office to Century Aug. 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Billy G. Ward Century Courthouse, 7500 N. Century Boulevard. As a reminder, citizens can renew vehicle registrations up to three months and driver licenses up to 18 months in advance of expiration. For more information on tax collector services, visit www.EscambiaTaxCollector.com. “Like” the Escambia County Tax Collector on Facebook at www.Facebook. com/ECTaxCollector and follow on Twitter @EscambiaTC.
Academy of Art Christian event
The Academy of Arts traveling drama team will be presenting “Marked for Greatness” today, July 19 at 7 p.m. This is a free event open to the public at Fil-Am Baptist Church located at 1041 N Blue Angel Parkway Pensacola. Marked for Greatness is the story of Adoniram Judson, the first American foreign missionary to Burma. This drama will powerfully portray the beginning of Judson’s life as he excels in his education, runs from God and tries to reject Him, finally commits to Christ, falls in love and is married, and surrenders to give up everything to serve the Lord in Burma. For information regarding the presentation send the church a private message or call 457-4518.
Santa Rosa Island Triathlon signup
The Santa Rosa Island Triathlon (SRI TRI) has been named as one of the 10 “Great Destination Races Around the World” by www.Active.com for 2019. Events in Mexico, Chile, South Africa, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States were honored with this global distinction. Active.com is the largest registration and event management site in the world. The SRI TRI has been recognized previously as the Best Small Triathlon and the Best Triathlon by USA Triathlon and has long been a “must-do” race for triathletes from around the country. The 24th Annual SRI TRI will be held on Pensacola Beach Oct. 5. The race will feature a 600 yard swim in the Gulf of Mexico, a scenic 20 kilometer bike course and a 5 kilometer run through the classic neighborhoods of Santa Rosa Island. SRI TRI is expected to sell out with 700 athletes from all over the United States. The popular race has perennially enjoyed an excellent reputation for its pristine venue and top-notch athlete experience. Race details, registration and history can be found at www.santarosaislandtriathlon.com. For more information and inquiries regarding sponsorship and volunteering, contact Mindi Straw, race director, at email@example.com or at 341-2207.
Young Voices 2019 competition
High school and college students are invited to participate in Young Voices 2019, the Choral Society of Pensacola’s second annual singing competition, Oct. 12. Winners will receive cash prizes, as well as an invitation to perform on the Society’s March 14, 2020 concert. All singers between the ages of 14 and 30, currently enrolled in a high school (or home school) or a college/university in Florida or Alabama, are eligible to participate in one of four categories: High School Level 1 (freshman or sophomore), High School Level 2 (junior or senior), College Level 1 (freshman or sophomore) and College Level 2 (junior or senior). Competitors must prepare two art songs or arias of contrasting styles, one in English, and perform from memory. An accompanist will be provided on request. Complete details and downloadable entry forms are available on the Society’s website (www.choralsocietyofpensacola.org/young-voices). The entry deadline is Sept. 27 at 5 p.m. The competition takes place Oct. 12, beginning at 10 a.m. in the auditorium of the Ashmore Fine Arts Center at Pensacola State College (Building 8, 1000 College Blvd.). This year’s judges are Sheila Dunn (chair, Department of Music, University of West Florida), Mary Katherine Kimbrough (artistic director, Eastern Shore Choral Society) and Keith Wolfe (general director, Opera Birmingham). The public is welcome to attend the competition, free of charge. For further information, visit the Choral Society website at www.choralsocietyofpensacola.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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When thunder roars, go indoors • Stay alive: Lightning facts, figures and safety From www.weather.gov/safety/lightning
ach year in the United States, there are about 25 million cloud-toground lightning flashes and about 300 people struck by lightning. Of those struck, about 30 people are killed and others suffer lifelong disabilities. Most of these tragedies can be prevented. When thunderstorms threaten, get inside a building with plumbing and electricity, or a hard-topped metal vehicle! The National Weather Service collects information on weatherrelated deaths to learn how to prevent these tragedies. Many lightning victims say they were “caught” outside in the storm and could not get to a safe place. Other victims simply waited too long before seeking shelter. With proper planning, similar tragedies can be avoided. Some people were struck because they went back outside too soon. Stay inside a safe building or vehicle for at least 30 minutes after you hear the last thunder. While 30 minutes may seem like a long time, it is necessary to be safe.
phones. Others were in contact with plumbing, outside doors or window frames. Avoid contact with these electrical conductors when a thunderstorm is nearby. What you might not know about lightning: All thunderstorms produce lightning and are dangerous. Fortunately, people can be safe if they follow some simple guidelines when thunderstorms are forecast. Lightning often strikes outside the area of heavy rain and may strike as far as 10 miles from any rainfall. Many lightning deaths occur ahead of storms before any rain arrives or after storms have seemingly passed and the rain has ended. If you can hear thunder, you are in danger. Do not be fooled by blue skies. If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to pose an immediate threat. Lightning leaves many victims with permanent disabilities.
Finally, some victims were struck inside homes or buildings while they were using electrical equipment or corded
While only about 10 percent of lightning victims die, many survivors must live the rest of their lives with intense pain, neuro-
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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.
logical disabilities, depression and other health problems. Avoid the lightning threat: Have a lightning safety plan. Know where you’ll go for safety and ensure you will have enough time to get there. Postpone activities. Consider postponing activities if thunderstorms are forecast. Monitor the weather. Once outside, look for signs of a developing or approaching thunderstorm such as towering clouds, darkening skies, or flashes of lightning. Get to a safe place. If you hear thunder, even a distant rumble, seek safety immediately. Fully enclosed buildings with wiring and plumbing are best. A hardtopped metal vehicle with the windows closed is also safe. Stay inside until 30 minutes after the last rumble of thunder. Sheds, picnic shelters, tents or covered porches do not protect you from lightning. If you hear thunder, do not use a corded phone except in an emergency. Cordless phones and cell phones are
safe to use. Keep away from electrical equipment and plumbling. Lightning will travel through the wiring and plumbing if your building is struck. Do not take a bath or shower, or wash dishes during a storm. Do not get caught outside: No place outside is safe when a thunderstorm is in the area. Get inside as soon as you hear thunder. Run to a substantial building or hard-topped metal vehicle as fast as you can, if you cannot get to a safe building or vehicle: Avoid open areas. Do not be the tallest object in the area. Stay away from isolated tall trees, towers or utility poles. Lightning tends to strike the taller objects in an area. Stay away from metal conductors such as wires or fences. Metal does not attract lightning, but lightning can travel long distances through it. If you are with a group of people, spread out. While this actually increases the chance that someone might get struck,
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it tends to prevent multiple casualties, and increases the chances that someone could help if a person is struck. If someone is struck: Cardiac arrest is the immediate cause of death for those who die. Lightning victims do not carry an electrical charge and may need first aid immediately. Call for help. Call 9-1-1. Give first aid. Begin CPR if you are trained. Use an Automatic External Defibrillator if one is available. These units are lifesavers. Do not be a victim. If possible, move the victim to a safer place. Lightning actually can strike twice. Organized outdoor activities: It is essential that people in charge of organized outdoor activities understand the dangers of lightning and have a lightning safety plan. Do not be afraid to ask. If you hear thunder, it is time to get to a safe building or vehicle. Speak out. For more, visit www. weather.gov/lightning.
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July 19, 2019
Pensacola native serves aboard nation’s newest carrier By Alvin Plexico Navy Office of Community Outreach
Pensacola, Florida, native and 2018 Pensacola Christian College graduate is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the service’s newest aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). MCSN Zachary Melvin is a mass communication specialist aboard the carrier homeported in Norfolk, Virginia. As a Navy mass communication specialist, Melvin is responsible for taking photos and writing stories to help share information about the Navy. Melvin credits success in the Navy to many of the lessons learned growing up in Pensacola. “I learned about the importance of dedication,” Melvin said. “It’s important to remember there’s something more important than myself.” Commissioned in 2017, Ford, or ‘Warship 78’ as she is known by the crew, is 1,106 feet long; longer than three football fields. The ship, a true floating city, weighs more than 100,000 tons and has a flight deck that is 256 feet wide.
Ford is the first of a class of aircraft carriers that offer significant performance improvements over the previous Nimitz-class aircraft carriers. The ship is equipped with the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) to launch aircraft, rather than steam catapults currently used aboard other aircraft carriers, eliminating the requirement to generate and store steam for catapults, which frees up space. EMALS and other new systems and operating concepts will allow the Ford to accomplish 25 percent more aircraft launches per day than its predecessor while requiring 25 percent fewer crewmembers, resulting in an estimated savings of $4 billion in operating costs over a 50-year life span. Continuing the tradi-
MCSN Zachary Melvin. Photo by MCSN Angel Jaskuloski
tions of those who served in World War II and since, a key element of the Navy the nation needs is tied to the fact that America is a maritime nation, meaning that the nation’s prosperity is tied to the ability to operate freely on the world’s oceans, according to Navy officials. More than 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by water; 80 percent of the world’s population lives close to a coast and 90 percent of all global trade by volume travels by sea. Melvin is playing an important part in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness,
strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of the National Defense Strategy. “Our priorities center on people, capabilities and processes, and will be achieved by our focus on speed, value, results and partnerships,” Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer said. “Readiness, lethality and modernization are the requirements driving these priorities.” Though there are many ways for sailors to earn distinction in their command, community and career, Melvin is most proud of earning graduating from the Defense In-
formation School. “I was proud to graduate with a 90.7 GPA, which was just above my goal of a 90,” Melvin said. Serving in the Navy is a continuing tradition of military service for Melvin, who has military ties with family members who have previously served. Melvin is honored to carry on the family tradition. “My dad Eric Melvin is a lieutenant commander in the Navy and serves as a chaplain aboard USS New Orleans,” Melvin said. “I always looked up to my father and wanted to follow a similar route as he did by enlisting in the military before pursuing a carreer as an officer.” Sailors’ jobs are highly varied aboard the carrier. Approximately 2,600 men and women currently make up the ship’s crew, which keeps all parts of the aircraft carrier running smoothly – this includes everything from washing dishes and preparing meals to handling weaponry and maintaining the nuclear reactors. Another 2,500 men and women will form the air wing responsible for flying and maintaining the aircraft aboard the ship. “Sailors are the lifeblood of any warship and the men and women of the USS Gerald R. Ford
are the absolute best that our Navy has to offer,” Capt. John J. Cummings, commanding officer of USS Gerald R. Ford said. “Because of the work they do, Warship 78 sailors will take our ship over the horizon and answer our nation’s call in ways that have never been done before. Our Sailors are strong, resilient, and truly embody our ship’s motto of ‘Integrity at the Helm.’” Ford, like each of the Navy’s aircraft carriers, is designed for a 50-year service life. When the air wing is embarked, the ship will carry more than 70 attack jets, helicopters and other aircraft, all of which take off from and land aboard the carrier at sea. As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied upon capital assets, Melvin and other Ford sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes providing the Navy the nation needs. “I like knowing that I’m serving on the biggest and most advanced aircraft carrier in the world,” Melvin added. “It’s exciting being a part of the next generation of aircraft carriers. Serving in the Navy means we’re part of a team and we’re a family who looks out for each other. It also means getting to serve others.”
Command Lines &Worship Schedule
• Fleet and Family Support Center The NASP Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC), 151 Ellyson Ave., Bldg. 625, offers a variety of classes and workshops. For information or to register, call 452-5990. Upcoming classes include: • Family Employment Readiness Brief: 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. every Tuesday. This workshop is targeted to spouses and family members who are seeking employment, education and volunteer information. • Base tour: 9 a.m. to noon the first Wednesday of every month. The next tour is scheduled for Aug. 7. Learn about the history of Naval Air Station Pensacola and how to get around base. • Waggy Wednesdays: 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 21 at Naval Hospital Pensacola Courtyard. Exceptional Family Member Program event offers interaction with service dogs on third Wednesday of every month at Naval Hospital Pensacola. • Couples Communication: 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 21. Build a happier relationship by developing better communication skills, managing your stress as a couple and finding ways to compromise. You will even learn how to fight fairly. • Partners in Parenting: 1 p.m., Sept. 25. Caring for your baby can be overwhelming at first. Let us show you techniques that will assist in caring for your newborn. This class is designed for the non-pregnant partner. • Sponsor Training: 8 a.m., Aug. 13. Everyone in the military has to transfer sooner or later. FFSC conducts Command Sponsorship Training monthly. After completing the required training, Sponsors are prepared to provide reliable information to incoming personnel and their families. • SAPR If you are a victim of sexual assault, it is not your fault. Help for victims of sexual assault in the DoD community is a call, click or text away:
• The SafeHelpline: Provides live, one-on-one crisis support and information by trained staff. Call: (877) 995-5247; click: www.SafeHelpline. org or text: 55-247, CONUS; (202) 470-5546, OCONUS (may be extra charges for OCONUS) • The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program: Provides prevention, intervention and a 24/7/365 response to non-intimate partner adult victims of sexual assault. Active-duty and adult family member sexual assault victims have a choice of reporting options, unrestricted and restricted. Unrestricted reporting allows victims to have an advocate, seek medical care, counseling, legal services, safety interventions and/or transfer, etc. To access an unrestricted report, the victim may report to his/her chain-of-command, security/law enforcement, NCIS, SAPR VA, SARC or others. NCIS shall be notified by the CO and/or the VA/ SARC in unrestricted cases to begin investigation. Investigation results are provided to the offender’s CO for appropriate action/disposition. Restricted reporting allows a victim to have a confidential report, which does not trigger command or law enforcement notification and the victim may have a SAPR VA and seek medical care and/ or counseling. To access restricted reporting, the victim may disclose his/ her sexual assault only to the SARC, a current SAPR VA, a health care professional and/or a chaplain. To contact the NASP 24/7 Victim Advocate, call 449-9231/2. For the Civilian Victim Advocate, call 2934561. To contact duty SARC, call the SARC cell at 554-5606. • CREDO Chaplain’s Religious Enrichment Development Operation (CREDO) Southeast offers retreats enabling military members and their families to develop personal and spiritual resources in order to meet the unique challenges of military life. For information, e-mail Tony Bradford at Tony.email@example.com or call 452-2342.
NAS Pensacola – Protestant • Worship service, 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel, Bldg. 1982 • Chapel choir, meets following the 10:15 a.m. Sunday service at Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel • Contemporary service, 6 p.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel, dinner after service • Training Air Wing Six Bible Study, 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, Griffith Hall student lounge • Bible study, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, J.B. McKamey Center NAS Pensacola – Roman Catholic • Sunday Mass, 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel, Bldg. 1982 • Daily Mass, 11:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the Our Lady of Loreto Chapel • Confessions: 30 minutes before services Latter Day Saints • Service, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel • Meeting: 6 p.m. Sunday, J.B. McKamey NASP Corry Station – Protestant • Adult Bible study, 9 a.m. Sunday, fellowship hall • Chapel choir, 9 a.m. Sunday, choir room vice sanctuary • Worship service, 10 a.m. Sunday • Fellowship, 11:30 a.m. Sunday • Contemporary worship, 6:00 p.m. Sunday, followed by fellowship at 7:00 p.m. • Bible study and dinner, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, fellowship hall Latter Day Saints • Service, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday NASP Corry Station – Roman Catholic • Mass, noon Sunday and 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday. For more, call 452-6376 NAS Whiting Field Chapel – Roman Catholic • Mass, 11 a.m. Friday
NAS Whiting Field Chapel – Protestant • Bible study, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday with meal • Greek Orthodox Orthos, 10 a.m. Sunday, Chapel (everyone welcome) • Greek Orthodox Worship, 11 a.m. Sunday, Chapel (everyone welcome) • Weekly chapel service, 11:30 a.m. Thursday. For more information, call 623-7212 Other services: • B’nai Israel Synagogue, 1829 North Ninth Ave., services by Rabbi/Cantor Sam Waidenbaum. 7 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. Saturday. For information, call 433-7311 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org • Temple Beth El, 800 North Palafox St., services 7 p.m. Friday (6 p.m. first Friday of each month). For information, call 438-3321 or go to http://templebethelofpensacola.org • House of God Church, 2851 N “E” Street, 312-7003. Sunday School 9:30 a.m.; Morning Worship 11:30 a.m. For more, houseofgodpensacola.com • Buddhism 101 – Introduction to Nichiren Buddhism courses are provided every third Wednesday at the Downtown Pensacola Library at 6 p.m. This event is not sponsored or endorsed by the West Florida Public Libraries or Escambia County. For more information, call 291-4333 • Seventh-day Adventist – Seventhday Adventist Church, 1080 North Blue Angel Parkway, services at 11 a.m. Saturday. For information, call 453-3442 • New Life Baptist Church – 6380 Bayberry St., Milton, Fl. Phone: 6261859, Sunday School at 9:15 a.m., Morning Worship at 10:30 a.m., www. miltonnewlifebaptist.com. • Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 1720 W. Garden Street. Sunday Service – Orthros 8:45 a.m., Liturgy 10 a.m. Weekday Feast Day Services – Orthros 8:30 a.m., Liturgy 9:30 a.m. For information call 433-2662 or visit www. annunciationgoc.org.
Saenger Classic Movie Series and new Alfred Hitchcock Classic Series
The Saenger Theatre Classic Movie Series is back with a whole new lineup, including Creature from the Black Lagoon and Star Wars.
From Kathy Summerlin Director of Booking and Marketing Saenger Theatre The Saenger Classic Movies Series line-up is final. Members of the Saenger eNews voted in a survey that concluded at noon, June 28, and we heard their pleas. The theatre is pleased to present the following line-up for the Gulf Coast: • July 20: Babes in Arms • Aug. 3: The Adventures of Robin Hood • Aug. 10: House of Wax • Aug. 17: Singin’ in the Rain • Aug. 24: The Public Enemy • Aug. 31: Creature from the Black Lagoon • Sept. 7: Arsenic and Old Lace • Sept. 14: Citizen Kane • Sept. 21: Star Wars All movies for the Saenger Classic Movie Series are $6, with a 10-pack for all 10 movies available at a discount of $50. “We are extremely excited for this year’s movie series,” Kathy Summerlin, director of booking and marketing for the Saenger Theatre, said. “There
are some movies that we have never screened for our audiences and it’s going to be an amazing summer of movies at the Saenger.” The Alfred Hitchcock Classic Movie Series will screen the following movies at 2 p.m. on Sundays: • Aug. 4: Vertigo • Aug. 11: Rear Window • Aug. 18: North by Northwest • Aug. 25: Dial M for Murder “The Alfred Hitchcock Classic Movies Series was an idea from our General Manager, Doug Lee, and the idea was to offer something in the day time so people don’t have to drive at night and gets them out of the heat and into the super-cooled Saenger Theatre,” Summerlin said. Tickets for the Alfred Hitchcock Classic Movie Series are $6 each and you can purchase a fourpack at a discount of $20. Tickets for both seasons are now on sale and are only available at the Saenger Theatre Box Office. For more information about the movie series, or about becoming a sponsor of both series, contact Kathy Summerlin at 595-3882 or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
C @ NAS Pensacola Portside Cinema a FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY TUESDAY Story 4” (G) t 2D:“Toy5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. c “Men in Black: h International” (PG13) 2D: 5:30 p.m. “Toy Story 4” (G) 3D: Noon 2D: 2:20 p.m. and 5:10 p.m.
“The Secret Life of Pets 2” (PG) 2D: Noon
“The Secret Life of Pets 2” (PG) 2D: 5 p.m.
“Dark Phoenix” (PG13) 2D: 1 p.m.
“Dark Phoenix” (PG13) 2D: 5:10 p.m.
“Toy Story 4” (G) 2D: 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
“Men in Black: International” (PG13) 2D: 7 p.m.
“Dark Phoenix” (PG13) 3D: 4:40 p.m.
“Men in Black: International” (PG13) 2D: 3:30 p.m.
“Child’s Play (2019” (R) 7:30 p.m.
“Godzilla: King of Monsters” (PG13) 2D: Noon,3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
“Godzilla: King of Monsters” (PG13) 3D: 7:10 p.m.
“Shaft (2019)” (R) 6 p.m.
“Toy Story 4” (G) 2D: 5 p.m. and 7:10 p.m.
“Jungle Book (1967)” (G) 1 p.m. This showing is free
“Child’s Play (2019” (R) 7:40 p.m.
“Child’s Play (2019” (R) 7 p.m.
“The Secret Life of Pets 2” (PG) 2D: 12:30 p.m.
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“Child’s Play (2019” (R) 8 p.m.
“Frozen” (PG) 3:30 p.m. This showing is free “Ma” (R) 6:30 p.m.
“Men in Black: International” (PG13) 3D: 2:10 p.m.
Regular shows: $4 adults, $2 children ages 6 through 11, free for 5 and younger 3D shows: $5 adults, $3 children ages 6 through 11, free for 5 and younger NASP Portside Cinema is closed on Monday.
“Men in Black: International” (PG13) 2D: 5:10 p.m. “Shaft (2019)” (R) 7:30 p.m.
July 19, 2019
Morale, Welfare and Recreation
The NASP Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) department has a number of upcoming events and activities. For more information, call 452-3806, ext. 3100, or go to the MWR website at www.navymwrpensacola.com.
• Flick and Float: The Corry Station Pool will host a flick and float July 23, featuring a screening of Captain Marvel (PG13). The pool will open at 7 p.m. and the movie will start at dusk. Pizza and drinks will be available for purchase. All patrons under ages 17 using Try this the pool must have passed the CNIC • Summer Splash Navy Splash Swim and Fire Hose 5K: test prior to the event Summer is here and it’s or wear a Coast Guard time to have some fun Approved Life Jacket: in the sun. This special Type 1-4, no substitu- 5K run/walk and water tions. There will be a summer fun event will limited amount of life take place Aug. 3 onjackets on hand. For board NAS Pensacola. more information, call The run will start at 9 a.m., with the starting 452-3806. • Pop-Up Play- line at the Blue Angel dates: Pop-Up Play- jet in front of the Mustin dates will be hosted Beach Club and endthroughout NASP and ing at the Barancas NASP Corry Station Sports Complex, where the second and fourth the Summer Splash will Tuesday of every have giant slides, water month from now until squirt guns and inflatSept. 24. Make new able games will be set friends in the commu- up. Summer Splash nity. The next playdate starts at the end of the will be at the Light- race or at 10 a.m. This house Terrace Com- event is for all ages. For munity Center Splash more information on the Pads July 23 from 10 5K run, call the Radford a.m. to noon. For more Gym at 452-9845. For information, call 452- more information on the Summer Splash, call 3806. • Summer Read- 452-3806. ing Program: The NAS Pensacola Library will be hosting a summer reading program for children throughout the month of July. The program combines the fun of books and movies for an entertaining and educational expereince. Children of all ages are welcome. Sign up at the library. The next meeting will be July 23 and will feature The Jungle Book. For more information, call 452-4362. • Danger Zone Paintball: The Blue Angel Park hosts Danger Zone Paintball Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Monday and Friday for private party reservations. The “woods-ball” facility has approximately 35 acres of wooded area for play. A military or DoD ID is required to rent equipment. For more information or for reversations, call 281-5489.
Liberty Activities Liberty program events at NAS Pensacola and Corry Station target young, unaccompanied active-duty military. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. Regular events are scheduled at the main Liberty Center in the Portside Entertainment Complex. You must sign up in advance for off-base trips. For more information, call 452-2372 or go to www. naspensacola-mwr.com.
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2007 Grand Junction 5th Wheel w/ washer/dryer for sale, $18K Silverado truck also for sale with 5th wheel hitch, $18K. Call Kevin at 850-221-8834.
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