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VT-10 change of command Aug. 13 From VT-10 PAO
Cmdr. Mark Yates will transfer command of NAS Pensacola’s Training Squadron 10 (VT-10) to Cmdr. Brian Solano, during a change of command cremony at the National Naval Aviation Museum aboard NAS Pensacola Aug. 13 at 10 a.m.
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After more than 15 months in the top spot, Yates will release the reins of the squadron to his executive officer, who helped the squadron earn numerous accolades during his tenure. Under Yates’s command, VT-10 executed more than 46,000 mishap-free flight hours, encompassing more than 25,000 sorties, while training 1,075 Navy and Marine Corps
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NASP Air Ops ‘arresting gear’ sails through certification From ABH1(AW/SW) Dervin Gardner NASP Air Ops
NAS Pensacola Air Operations Division Officer Lt. Gregory Smith recently reported that NASP’s E-28 Emergency Runway Arresting Gear Division passed its annual certification with flying colors. “My goal was to not only to pass the gear cert, but to correct all deficiencies to ensure that safety guidelines and proper operations are up to par and maintained,” Smith said. Otherwise known as “arresting gear,” the divi-
sion of 40-plus Sailors led by Smith and maintenance leading chief petty officer ABEC Marshall Gault of the NASP Air Operations Department, has been working around the clock for the last few months to prepare for certification, which was administered in the last week of January. Passing the certification proves that NASP arresting gear is equipped to safely arrest tail hook equipped aircraft, from T-45 Goshawks to F/A-18s, in the event of an aborted takeoff of emergency landing – a function
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CNATRA onboard NAS Pensacola ... Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA) Rear Adm. Dell D. Bull arrived onboard NAS Pensacola Aug. 3. Bull visited with Training Air Wing Six (TraWing-6) and attended a command brief on airfield improvements. (Above, left-right) TraWing-6 Commodore Capt. Edward Heflin, NASP CO Capt. Keith Hoskins and Bull cross the tarmac at NASP’s Forrest Sherman Field. Photo by Mike O’Connor
Water line repair; expect construction traffic delays From NavFac SE
A project to repair a water line under Navy Boulevard will require the southbound lanes to be shifted at the 600 block of South Navy Boulevard at the Gateway Inn Motel. Construction is expected to begin in the later part of August and continue through late
September. Work on this project will take place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., and will impact traffic flowing into the NAS Pensacola front gate. Electronic message signs will be activated to inform motorists of the construction zones and traffic delays flowing into NAS Pensacola. Motorists are reminded to
slow down when driving through construction zones (speeding tickets are doubled when construction workers are present). Escambia County’s District 2 Commissioner Doug Underhill urges drivers to be patient during the infrastructure improvements. “Regarding the road work, the County and FDOT are working
two major projects that affect the approach to the front gate, the Sunset Bridge replacement and the Barrancas/Gulf Beach Highway intersection of Navy Boulevard,” Underhill said. “The NavFac work is going to add a few minutes to an already challenging commute, but
Reminder: Don’t plug smartphones, thumb drives into NMCI
‘Seaplane’ taking off again in Pensacola By Bridgette Williams NASP PAO Intern Cmdr. Mark Yates
student naval flight officers (SNFOs), flight surgeons, NASA mission specialists, test pilot school students and international navigators. The squadron’s award-winning record of accomplishments during this period of high productivity included back-to-back Secretary of the Navy Safety Excellence Awards, the Chief of Naval Operations Safety Award and the 2013 Chief of Naval Air Training Excellence Award. Yates leaves the
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After more than 20 years, “Seaplane,” a musical with ties to Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP), is about to be reborn for a new audience. Performances are scheduled for Aug. 28, 29 and 30 at the Pensacola Saenger Theatre. “Seaplane” captures the innovative, determination and courage of early avia-
tion pioneers. It also celebrates the rich history of early flight and the nation’s first naval aviation flight school in Pensacola. The story, originally written in 1989, focuses on the first crossing of the Atlantic in 1919 by the NC-4 aircraft designed by Glenn Curtiss, “the father of naval aviation,” and Jack Towers, the naval aviator that led the expedition. A portion of
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“Seaplane” authors Jack and Carolyn Fleming with National Naval Aviation Museum’s NC-4. Photo by Lindy Brown
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From Ron Borlan NASP Information Assurance Manager
Singaporean staff officer visits ... Lt. Col. William Donnelly, VT-86 commanding officer, briefs Singapore Brig. Gen. Kum Leong on the capabilities of the T-45 jet trainer during his visit to NAS Pensacola Aug. 3. Leong and a group from Singapore were onboard NASP to meet senior leadership and review aviation training facilities. The group was hosted by Naval Education and Training Security Assistance Field Activity (NETSAFA), who serves as the U.S. Navy’s agent for international education and training. Photo by Ed Barker
Users of NMCI workstations must be aware that plugging in personal thumb drives and cell phones, even just to charge the device, is not authorized. Doing so results in the account of the person logged in being disabled. In addition, a recent system change will also disable the accounts
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Gate 7 at NASP Corry Station ... NAS Pensacola Corry Station Gate 7 will be open from 6-8 a.m. for inbound traffic only starting Aug. 12.
RFID reduces inventory time aboard littoral combat ship From Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division
MM3 Logan Peters uses a hand-held RFID scanner to conduct inventory aboard the littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2). RFID technology provides the ability to dramatically reduce the time Sailors spend conducting parts and equipment inventory in support of ship replenishment. Photo by Katherine Mapp
PENSACOLA (NNS) – Sailors aboard the littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2) successfully demonstrated a passive radio frequency identification (RFID) system’s utility during mine countermeasures mission package (MCM MP) container testing conducted off the coast of Florida in early July. The RFID project showed the technology’s ability to dramatically re-
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“Wildcats” to join the staff of U.S. Naval Central Command based in Manama, Bahrain. It serves as the next step for a career that began in 1997 after completion of Officer Candidate School. Yates is a graduate of the University of Texas. Following completion of his advanced flight training in Corpus Christi, Texas, he was winged a naval aviator in 1999. He reported to VP-30 in Jacksonville, Fla., for fleet replacement pilot training in the P3C Orion. Throughout his career, Yates served tours with the “Rangers” of VQ-2, instructor pilot with the “Boomers” of VT-27, catapult and arresting gear officer onboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), combined theater electronic warfare test and evaluation officer at Al Udied Air Base, Qatar; operations and maintenance officer of VQ-1, and PACFLT ISR operations officer. He has more 2,500 flight hours in multiple aircraft. Solano takes command of VT10 after nearly 17 years of naval service. He is a graduate of the University Nevada Las Vegas and was commissioned upon completion of Officer Candidate School in April 1999. Following completion of his advanced flight training in VP-30 in Jacksonville, Fla., he reported to VP-4 “Skinny Dragons” in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Throughout his career, Solano served tours as N5A assistant plans officer at CTF-67, tactical action officer and assistant operations officer onboard USS Ronald Reagan, department head at VP-45 “Pelicans,” and Joint Staff J-5 deputy director Joint Strategic Planning at the Pentagon, until screening for command and departing for the VT-10 Wildcats at NAS Pensacola. Cmdr. Kenneth Froberg will replace Solano as the executive officer for the squadron.
the show is set in Pensacola, and the revival of “Seaplane” comes on the heels of NASP’s 100th anniversary celebration in 2014. The musical is based on the book written by Pensacola natives Jack and Carolyn Fleming. It features a musical score by Pensacola Children's Chorus co-founder Allen Pote with direction and choreography by Emily Mixon. According to “Seaplane” director Lauren Isenhour, the Flemings were caught up in the excitement that was generated by the 75th anniversary of naval aviation in 1986. The musical was one of several special events that were part of the year-long celebration. “The more they read about the colorful characters in those early days, the more they appreciated the dramatic and moving story,” Isenhour said. About the same time, Pote had become the director of music at First United Methodist Church and along with his wife, Susan, and the four became best friends. “They all realized that the story could be made into a powerful musical,” Isenhour said. She said the Flemings traveled extensively to get additional historical material from descendants and experts while Allen worked on the score. Naval aviation began May 8, 1911,
duce the time Sailors spend conducting parts and equipment inventory in support of ship replenishment. “RFID reduced the time the Sailors are in the containers in the ship, and that's a goal – to reduce the warfighter’s workload,” said Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) project engineer Bill Israelson. “With the system’s proven accuracy, we can quickly tell what needs to be resupplied so the ship can get what it needs and head back to sea.”
when Capt. Washington Irvin Chambers ordered two A-1 Triad floatplanes from Curtiss. According to History.net, Curtiss designed the first float plane, flying boat and Triad for the Navy. It was his plane flown by Eugene Ely, a company exhibition pilot, that made the first successful takeoff from a Navy ship in 1910. Then in 1914, Towers led nine officers and 23 enlisted men, with seven aircraft, portable hangars and other gear from the aviation unit at Annapolis, Md., to Pensacola to set up the first naval aviation training unit, which is why NASP is known as the “Cradle of Naval Aviation.” NASP remains a major training base and home of the Blue Angels U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron. The NC-4 aircraft that first crossed the Atlantic in 1919 is currently on display at the National Naval Aviation Museum aboard NAS Pensacola. The cast will feature Broadway stars Ryan Silverman, Emily Padgett, David Gaschen, Chuck Wagner along with local performers. There will also be a guest cameo appearance by Navy Seal, Kevin Lacz, who was the technical adviser and played a role in the 2014 film “American Sniper.” Tickets are on sale at the Saenger Theatre Box Office and Ticketmaster. A military discount is available. For more information, go to www.seaplanethemusical.com.
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of subsequent users who logon to the same computer, unless the workstation is powered completely down before the next user logs on. Once an account is disabled the local NMCI and the government Information Assurance Manager (IAM) will receive an email from the Network Operating Center detailing the violation. The violator must be counseled by the government IAM who will then submit a request to have the account reactivated. This reactivation process can take hours to days depending on the speed the violation email is received and the availability of the IAM to locate the violator and address the situation. Best practice? Do not plug any unauthorized devices in an NMCI workstation. If you not sure it probably isn’t authorized. Call the N6 department if you have questions.
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Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla.: A Bicentennial Defense Community Commanding Officer — Capt. Keith Hoskins Public Affairs Officer — Patrick J. Nichols The Gosport nameplate pays homage to the 100th anniversary of naval aviation in 2011: the Centennial of Naval Aviation, or CONA. The image on the left side of the nameplate depicts Eugene Ely taking off in a Curtiss pusher bi-plane from the USS Pennsylvania Jan. 18, 1911. While Ely had taken off from the USS Birmingham two months earlier after his plane had been loaded on the ship, the USS Pennsylvania event was the first time a plane landed on and then took off from a U.S. warship.
The image on the right side is the Navy’s most modern fighter aircraft, the F-18 Super Hornet. Established in 1921 as the Air Station News, the name Gosport was adopted in 1936. A gosport was a voice tube used by flight instructors in the early days of naval aviation to give instructions and directions to their students. The name “Gosport” was derived from Gosport, England (originally God’s Port), where the voice tube was invented. Gosport is an authorized newspaper published every Friday by Ballinger Publishing,
During the container testing littoral combat ship (LCS) Mine Countermeasure Detachment Sailors scanned and inventoried 1,300 pieces of MCM MP equipment in only 21 minutes during a rapid replenishment evolution between at-sea periods. Previously, this task would have required three Sailors 72 hours to accomplish. The inventory occurred once the Sailors returned to port from after conducting at-sea technical evaluations of the littoral combat ship (LCS 2) MCM MP. Once
in port, engineers from NSWC PCD, NSWC Port Hueneme Division and contractor support scanned parts and equipment inside the mission package and sent the information to a computer to determine what needed replenishment. The RFID project is nearing the final test and evaluation stage, necessary to validate the proof of concept. The RFID prototype was initially developed by the Office of Naval Research. For more news from Naval Sea Systems Command, visit www.navy.
ABE2 Ryan Cuppernall welds a piece of equipment during preparation for the annual inspection of the E28 Emergency Runway Arresting Gear Division. Gosport file photo
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which is vital to overall airfield operations. The Carrier Airfield Support Unit (CAFSU) inspectors began work earlier in the year and were prepared to spend the whole week inspecting the arresting gear, but NASP’s gear division was prepared for the visit. With only two days of inspection followed by review and training, the inspectors gave a thumbs-up to what they saw. Arresting gear assis-
tant leading petty officer ABE1 Joseph Brow said all of the crew’s hard work paid off. “Without the support of my work center, working long hours and weekends for the past nine months, preparing, preparing all 12 arresting gear engines, none of this could have been achievable,” Brow said. “And it paid off, because not only did we pass, but we had outstanding results and it showed because the inspectors were impressed beyond their expectations.”
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everyone should remember that the work we are doing now creates a better future for all of us. We remind everyone to leave a little early, plan ahead a bit more, keep your head on a swivel and be patient. As you drive through the work zone, remember those workers are just as mission-focused as you are, so let’s help them out by slowing down and being patient.” Updates to the construction project will be published in Gosport.
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Renewable energy powering the future of the Navy By Dennis McGinn Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Energy, Installations and Environment
nergy is at the core of every one of our missions. You may not think about where your energy comes from, but make no mistake – its source matters. Fossil fuels, which have been the primary source of energy in the past, are finite and an overreliance on them puts our nation and Navy at risk. In 2013, the Navy spent between $4 and $5 billion on the roughly 1.3 billion gallons of fuel it needed for operations. Fuel price swings could raise that cost by as much as $1 billion in any given year, and force the Department of the Navy (DoN) to cut back in other critical areas to pay the bill. Therefore, to ensure the Navy has reliable, assured and sufficient access to energy, also known as energy security, the Navy is looking for alternatives that allow our Sailors and Marines to do their jobs better, more safely and more efficiently. And what better alternative than power that can be built on or near our bases and never run out? With this in mind, in May 2014 Secretary of the Navy
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Ray Mabus challenged the shore leadership to bring one gigawatt of renewable energy into procurement by the end of 2015, and so the Renewable Energy Program Office (REPO) was born with a laserfocus to identify cost-effective renewable energy projects for DoN installations. Building renewable energy power facilities will allow the DoN to achieve energy security and increase operational capability. So what, you may ask, is a gigawatt? It is roughly what would be required to power the city of Orlando, Fla., or about 250,000 homes. It is certainly a challenge for the DoN to meet the one gigawatt goal, but we are well on our way. In the last year alone, DoN issued four requests for proposals for up to 460 megawatts of renewable energy from projects that could power 14 bases in California, seven bases in the Mid-Atlantic, three bases
A solar farm at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake in California began operating in 2012. Photo courtesy of SunPower
in the Washington, D.C., area, and three bases in Texas. We executed a real estate agreement with Duke Energy to build 17 megawatts of solar power at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, and have worked with housing partners at our San Diego-area bases to host up to 33 megawatts of rooftop solar on Navy and Marine Corps housing. To meet SecNav’s goal and ultimately to increase energy security, the DON has created three development models. The first allows the DON to contract for energy generation location off-base by a third
party. The second model is where a renewable energy asset, such as solar photovoltaic (PV), is built on the base by a third party, and the energy produced is consumed by the surrounding community. The final model consists of a renewable energy project built on-base, to power operations on-base. In July 2014 Mabus said, “Our ability to innovate and embrace new technologies and new concepts will help ensure that the Navy and the Marine Corps can continue to protect the American people and do the work of our nation around the world.”
REPO is here to innovate and improve the way the Navy goes about getting its energy. Without energy, there is no mission and without innovation there is no guaranteed access to energy. Power and where we get it from, matters. Stay tuned for more information about the DoN creating new renewable energy projects using wind and solar energy, to power our bases and operations. Like the communities we live in, we are doing our part to get smart on energy; improving energy efficiency and increasing the use of alternative energy promotes more secure and more resilient installations.
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Four things to keep in mind about operations security and your privacy From Navy Live http://navylive.dodlive.mil/
nline searches. Public records. Social media. And more. Each presents a unique challenge to protect operations security and your privacy. It’s always a good time to ensure you’re practicing good habits to better protect both. Below are four things to know about OpSec and your privacy. 1. You should be careful about sharing too much information: Share information about yourself smartly and be careful about what you disclose about your family and occupation. Sailors and their families should be particularly careful not to share: • Deployment status. • Home address. • Telephone numbers. • Location information and associated location information in posts, tweets, checkins, photos and videos. • Schedules. Your close friends and family members have this information so there is no need to post it online. Other information that should not be shared: • Description of bases. • Unit morale. • Future operations or plans. • Results of operations. • Discussion of areas fre-
quented by service members (even off-duty hangouts). • Daily military activities and operations. • Technical information. • Details of weapon systems. • Equipment status. • Use privacy settings to better protect your personal information. • Facebook privacy basics (https://www.facebook.com/ about/basics). • Twitter help center (https://support.twitter.com/ groups/51-me#). • Google+ privacy (https://support.google.com/ plus/answer/1047279?hl=en). 2. Sailors and families should be careful about sharing too much information: Dangerous: My Sailor is in XYZ unit at ABC camp in ABC city in Iraq. • My daughter is aboard XYZ ship heading back to ABC city/country in X days.
• She will be back on X date from ABC city. • My family is back in Youngstown, Ohio. Safer: My Sailor is deployed in Iraq. • She is coming back home. • I’m from the Midwest. Best practice: Protect yourself and your family. Avoid providing details about yourself, especially related to a current deployment. Avoid providing details about family. To be safer, talk about events that have happened – not that will happen unless
that information has been released to the media. Otherwise, don’t provide specific details. 3. Be careful who you friend or those who follow you on social media: • Not everyone who wants to be your friend or follower is necessarily who they claim to be. • Be mindful of others attempting to use your social presence. Best practice: Only allow people you actually know in real life into your social circle.
4. OK to share: • Pride and support for service members, units and specialties. • Generalizations about service or duty. • Port call information after it has been released to the media. • General status of the location of a ship at sea (i.e., operating off the coast of San Diego, as opposed to 45 miles north of San Diego). • Released posts from official U.S. Navy social media presences.
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Sailors kicking habit, Navy families and youth must face misconceptions about ‘vaping and e-cigs’ By Lt. j.g. Daniel Mongiove Naval Submarine Base New London Public Affairs
ROTON, Conn. (NNS) – Electronic cigarettes are having a tremendous, and potentially unsafe, impact on youth as well as current adult smokers hoping to quit, according to health and safety professionals at Naval Submarine Base New London (SuBase). “E-cigs,” as they are commonly called, as well as personal vaporizers (PVs) are essentially electronic nicotine delivery systems providing battery-powered doses of nicotine and other additives to the user in an aerosol. “We’re seeing a shift in what the view of smoking is becoming,” said Lt. Cmdr. Michael Sracic, a medical doctor and the Public Health Department Head at Naval Branch Health Clinic Groton on SuBase. “It’s been called the ‘renormalization’ of smoking behavior, and it’s due to public misconception from advertising out there of what this product actually is.” Arguments over the target demographic of the advertising aside, the flavors of electronic cigarettes are very enticing to a youth market said Sracic and “should be a major concern for all of us, especially parents.” Results from a national survey of United States students in grades six to 12 found that 44 percent of users of e-cigarettes intended to smoke conventional cigarettes, compared with 22 percent of never users. “While this survey does not prove that e-cigarette use increases the desire to smoke conventional cigarettes, it does raise concerns that e-cigarettes may
be a gateway to nicotine dependence in our youth,” said Sracic. “This would greatly push back the efforts from the ‘smoke free’ campaign in the past decade.” Moreover, a study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that an increasing number of calls related to e-cigarette use are being made to United States poison control centers. The study highlights that from a low of one such call per month to poison control centers in 2010, some 215 calls per month were made in 2014. That is an increase from less than one percent to nearly 42 percent of all smoking-related calls received by poison control centers. “The nicotine in e-cigarette fluid poses a huge potential for accidental ingestion, especially by children,” said Sracic. “The typical 5 mL vial of e-cigarette liquid refill may contain a nicotine concentration of 100 mg/vial. The known lethal dose of nicotine is about 10 mg in children. E-cigarettes pose a critical risk in the hands of a child.” Of course, beyond the marketing of youth enticing flavors, e-cigs have been promoted as a “safer alternative” and a “helpful tool to quit smoking,” notes
Sracic. “There is no evidence that shows these products are safe to use over the long term or provide a physical difference in kicking a smoking addiction,” said Sracic. A recent study published by the University of Rochester and conducted by one of the university’s professors of Environmental Medicine in its School of Medicine and Dentistry, sug-
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has new anti-vaping information available online at http:// www. cdc. gov/ tobacco/ campaign/ tips/ resources/ ads/ tips-4-ad-kristy-full.pdf.
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gests that e-cigarettes could be a toxic replacement for tobacco products. The study purports that inhaled vapors from an e-cig may contain heavy metals and other possible carcinogens from the ecigarette and its heating element. While not associated with the study, Sracic urges similar caution. “Until more is known about the long-term effects of e-cigs, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the American Cancer Association recommend steering clear of these devices,” advised Sracic. With so much still unknown about e-cigarettes and their impacts, the Navy and SuBase view them fairly straightforwardly, points out SuBase Safety Director Edgar Martinez.
“With regulations responding to studies that have linked cigarette use, smokeless tobacco use, and second-hand smoke to health problems and poor fitness, the Department of Defense and Navy have tightened rules around tobacco use and sales across the service and fleet,” noted Martinez. SecNavInst 5100.13E, the Navy and Marine Corps Tobacco Policy, outlines the service’s dos and don’ts. “With a few exceptions, such as personal housing units, tobacco use inside facilities is controlled by the tobacco policy,” said Martinez. “Currently, the Navy views tobacco products as cigarettes, cigars, tobacco and smokeless tobacco. But as the FDA is seeking to extend its definition of a tobacco product to include electronic cigarettes, the Navy is treating them similarly.” For Sracic and Martinez, the FDA, DoD, and Navy guidance on tobacco and e-cigarettes all highlight one thing: potential health and safety risks. “Whether it’s a middle-aged chronic smoker trying to quit; a young teen drawn in by flavors and advertising; or a Sailor looking for a supposed ‘safer alternative,’ e-cigarette users have to understand that misconceptions are everywhere,” said Sracic. “The choice not to ‘vape’ may be the best choice of all.” For more information on ecigarettes visit: http://www. med.navy.mil/sites/nmcphc/ Documents/health-promotionw e l l n e s s / t o b a c c o - f re e living/Frequent_Questions_abo ut_ Electronic_Cigarettes_ March_2013.pdf.
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NASWF selects Sailors of the Quarter By Ens. Margaret E. Gresham NASWF Public Affairs
B1 Marlon Squires, AB2 Paulo Gomez-Lopez and ABHAN Steven Cochran were selected for the Sailor of the Quarter (SoQ), Junior Sailor of the Quarter (JSoQ) and Blue Jacket of the Quarter (BJoQ) for the third quarter of 2015. The selection of quarterly awards was taken from a group of hardworking, driven and standout Sailors who were leadership-nominated representatives of Naval Air Station Whiting Field’s (NASWF) air traffic control, crash and security divisions. Squires earned SoQ because his performance in professional and collateral capacities was seen as singular among his peers. Squires served as the station chief, a position almost always held by a chief or above. He was directly responsible for reviewing, processing and approving National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) reports. During his seven months as station chief, he processed 96 NFIRS reports, led a team that included 38 firefighters, four Navy fire stations, and six emergency vehicles, which responded to 23 precautionary emergencies. Squires acted as the assistant command fitness leader (CFL), personally directing 12 command fitness enhancement program (FEP) sessions for 10 personnel, and implementing a rigorous firefighter’s physical training regimen tailored to enhance endurance. He also organized and led six physical training sessions for the First Class Chief Mess while upholding the highest physical fitness standards for himself. He was truly an instrumental asset when it came to introducing and acclimating new Sailors. As the departmental sponsor coordinator, he managed eight sponsors and ensured the delivery of 36
sponsor packages, providing a smooth transition to 36 new Sailors. As the assistant command indoctrination facilitator, Squires helped organize 20 command programs, to include six outside agencies, to provide vital information for eight newly-reporting Sailors. As a member of the command assessment team, he collected and analyzed data for 300 Sailors for the command climate survey and facilitated petty officer first class focus groups that gathered pertinent data to heighten command morale. Not only was Squires an asset to the command, but the community as well. He became a role model to local youth by becoming a lead mentor in the Men in Action Outreach program, which mentors and influences disadvantaged adolescents. He personally dedicated 80 hours to the organization, aiding with school work and teaching the children about everyday challenges they may face. He also dedicated 10 hours to the Santa Rosa County fair parking team and six hours to the Escambia County Animal Shelter. “It’s a great honor to be recognized; we have outstanding first class petty officers here at NAS Whiting Field,” Squires shared. “I take pride in taking care of my junior personnel and their achievements in or out of service. The quote I try and live by is ‘leadership is an opportunity to serve. It is not a trumpet call to self-importance.’ ” “Squires is the total package;
AB1 Marlon Squires
AB2 Paulo Gomez-Lopez
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he exemplifies the Navy’s core values in every aspect. The impact he has had within the command and the community is unmatched by his integrity and moral character and makes him an asset in any endeavor,” said ABCM Jimmie Gardner, the fire and emergency department head. Gomez-Lopez was awarded the JSoQ. He is a member of the NASWF Operations Department Transient Line Division and served as the assistant lead petty officer. Gomez-Lopez consistently demonstrated an exceptionally high level of professionalism in all transient line operations at two primary airfields. He was responsible for the safe and expeditious direction and fueling of aircraft on the flight line as well as the safe transportation of the runway duty officer and wheels watch stationing during flight operations. Gomez-Lopez led five Sailors at NASWF North and South fields, demonstrating his strong leadership and managerial skills. He is a motivated Sailor who performs all duties in an accurate and timely manner. He exudes military bearing and upholds the Navy’s physical fitness standards. As a leader in the command’s physical fitness program, Gomez-Lopez assisted in training 12 fitness enhancement program (FEP) personnel, which led to a 40 percent reduction in command-wide physical fitness failures during the spring PFA. He
led 23 personnel in physical training three days a week, and successfully helped three sailors get removed from the FEP. Gomez-Lopez was consistently the first to volunteer for command events and has been involved in the organization and execution of events, including the Christmas party, Navy Ball and diversity committees. In addition to command events, he participated in community affairs such as Milton’s Memorial Day Ceremony, Whiting Pines Safety Night and the Bay Area Backpack Program. As the transient line sponsor coordinator, he sponsored two personnel and ensured their transitions into the command was smooth. Gomez-Lopez also helped Sailors in his command by acting as the division career counselor, guiding personnel through important career decisions. “Gomez-Lopez is an excellent assistant leading petty officer who leads by example and maintains high standards,” Cmdr. Eric Seib said. “His untiring efforts and flexibility enables him to complete any given task to produce quality results.” Cochran received recognition for the BJoQ. His outstanding effort combined with first class attitude made this award well-deserved. Cochran has been a maintenance crewmember for the last six months, and has demonstrated characteristics of a great future leader. Responsibilities in-
clude logistics, inventory and procurement of supplies for 13 military fire stations. Cochran assisted 90 firefighters by ensuring the upkeep and maintenance of 15 TAUs, 2 T-1500s and eight support vehicles. As a lead maintenance crewmember and assistant minor property manager, Cochran ensured the inventory and maintenance of more than $4.1 million of vital lifesaving equipment for more than 17 firefighting apparatus supporting both Training Air Wing Five and Six operations. Cochran’s had a significant impact not only on the command but in the community as well. He unselfishly dedicated eight hours in supervising and assisting 14 Sea Cadets in the landscaping and cleanup of a local nursery. “I am very honored to receive this award, it gives me even more inspiration to keep striving forward,” Cochran said. “It means a lot to me especially seeing my work pay off. I plan to continue volunteering and doing the right thing at all times even when no one is looking.” “Cochran has firmly established himself as a dependable and trustworthy Sailor at Fire and Emergency Services,” said Gardner. “He consistently is going above and beyond of what is required and constantly seeks new responsibilities. This Sailor sets the example by his devotion to the local community and command by unselfishly dedicating his time to numerous organizations.”
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Suicide intervention training available An Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Workshop is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 11-12 at the J.B. McKamey Center, Bldg. 634, NAS Pensacola The workshop is for anyone who wants to feel more comfortable, confident and competent in helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. It is open to active-duty, DoD and civilian employees. Participation in the full two days is required. Registration deadline is Aug. 7. For more information, call the NAS Pensacola Chaplain’s office at 452-2798 or e-mail CREDO facilitator Tony Bradford at tony.bradford.ctr@ navy.mil.
Workshops focus on suicide prevention
SafeTALK workshops, sponsored by the NAS Pensacola Chapel, are scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon Aug. 13, Aug. 18 and Aug. 25 at the All Faiths Chapel, Bldg. 634. The workshops prepare helpers to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to resources. They are open to active-duty, DoD and civilian employees at NAS Pensacola, NASP Corry Station, Saufley Field and NAS Whiting Field. Registration deadline is April 17. For more information, call the NAS Pensacola Chaplain’s office at 452-2798 or e-mail CREDO facilitator Tony Bradford at email@example.com.
Backpack giveaway, field trip planned
HBCU Information Network (HBCUIn) has scheduled two Summer Bash events. A Back 2 School event is planned from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, Aug. 7, at Marie Young Community Center. HBCUIn will provide backpacks stocked with school supplies to 200 students. Steam Ahead, a field trip to the National Naval Aviation Museum, is scheduled for tomorrow, Aug. 8. Cost is $10 per child and includes lunch and admission to an IMAX film. Children will depart from Marie Young Community Center at noon Aug. 8 and will return at 5 p.m. Grover C. Fields, HBCUin founder and executive director, graduated from Pine Forest High School and Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University, is an information technology security engineer at Kennedy Space Center. He presents the annual Summer Bash in an effort to make a difference in the community he grew up in. For more information, go to http://hbcuin.org/pensacola.
Trolley tour highlights UFO sightings
In 1987, Gulf Breeze was the world capital of UFO sightings. People came from near and far to scan the skies in search of mysterious lights and perhaps an alien or two. Just one problem: It eventually was shown to be a giant hoax. Now people can visit the scenes of those sightings as the Red Trolley gives tongue-in-cheek tours at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, Aug. 8, and Aug. 22. The lighthearted show, full of songs and dance, is called “Invasion from Planet X: A Love Story.” The trolley will leave from the Visitor Information Center at the foot of the Pensacola Bay Bridge. Tickets cost $5 for children, $20 for adults. For more information go to ufotrolley.com.
Talk a walk downtown with you dog
Join the dog lovers of Pensacola at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow, Aug. 8, for the first dog-friendly walk in downtown Pensacola. The family-oriented 3K event is being presented by Blab-TV to raise proceeds and awareness for the Pensacola Humane Society Barbara Grice Memorial Spay and Neuter Clinic. Registration is $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 6-12. Children 5 and younger can participate for free. Registration includes a T-shirt and race day packet, plus the first 250 people to register will receive a “wag bag” of goodies. For more information, go to www.pensacolahumane.org.
Marine group to gather in Mobile The 50th national convention of the Montford Point Marine Association is scheduled for Aug. 12-16 at the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel in Mobile, Ala. The veterans organization was established to perpetuate the legacy of the first African Americans who entered the U.S. Marine Corps from 1942 to 1949 at Montford Point Camp in New River, N.C. An “early bird package” is available through July 22. For more information, go to www.montfordpointmarines.org and choose the convention information tab or call Rodney Lee Sr. at (251) 776-2424.
Golf tournament to be held Aug. 21 The 2015 Marine Aviators and Maintainers Annual Golf Tournament is scheduled for Aug. 21 at A.C. Read Golf Course aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP). The event supports the Marine Corps Ball. The tournament is open to teams of two using
Golfers can support Navy Ball The Pensacola Area Navy Ball Committee has scheduled a golf tournament for Sept. 18 at A.C. Read Golf Course aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP). Cost is $200 for a team of four includes fees, cart and lunch. You can purchase mulligans for $5 (limit of two per person and they can’t be used in contests). Prizes will be awarded to top three teams, longest putt, closest to pin and most accurate drive. Lunch will be served at 11 a.m. and shotgun start is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sign up at A.C. Read Golf Pro Shop. For more information on the tournament, call HM1 Jeffery Casady at 452-5488. The 2015 Pensacola Area Navy Ball is scheduled for Oct. 3 at the National Naval Aviation Museum, and a gas ’n’ glass fundraising event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 14 at the NEX Corry Station Gas Station. For more information, go to www.pensacolanavyball.com. scramble rules. The competition is limited to 72 teams. Check-in will begin at noon and shotgun start is scheduled for 1 p.m. A post-play social and awards ceremony is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Cost is $40 per person. Team names and money needed by Aug. 13. To signup, team captains can send an e-mail with team members names to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, call 452-8122 or (832) 725-5978.
Class scheduled for military spouses
A Lifestyle, Insights, Networking, Knowledge, Skills (L.I.N.K.S.) for Spouses class is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 29 in the Commanding Officer’s Conference Room at MATSG-21 Headquarters, Bldg. 3450. Classes are free and all military spouses are welcome. The class provides an overview of the Marine Corps structure, services and benefits. Participants also get to meet other spouses, participate in activities and learn about resources available. Preregistration is required. To register, contact Lisa Duvall, MCFTB trainer, by phone at 452-9460, ext. 3012, or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Newcomers Club meeting for lunch Newcomers Club of Greater Pensacola meets at 9 a.m. on the second Wednesday (Aug. 12) of the month at the Pensacola Yacht Club for games and lunch. The $14 cost includes lunch. The group is open to all women who have resided in Pensacola two years or fewer. Monthly activities include a book club, bridge, Bunco, bowling, chef’s night out, movie afternoon, and more. For more information, call Anne Martin at 432-1826 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also go to www. pensacolanewcomers.com.
DFC Society plans to meet Aug. 13
The Pensacola Chapter of the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Society will meet at Franco’s restaurant, 523 East Gregory St., at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 13. The military award of the DFC is made to aviators and crew members of all services and civilians for heroism and achievement during aerial flight. Meetings are open to members, active duty and retired, spouses, significant others and those interested. Meetings are the second Thursday of every other month. For more information, call Joe Brewer at 453-9291 or go to www.dfcsociety.net.
School has openings for new students
Escambia Christian School, 3311 West Moreno St., has a limited number of vacancies in both elementary and middle school classes for the 20152016 school year. Step Up For Students scholarships are also available. For more information, go to www.escambiachristian.org or call 433-8476.
Students can register to attend school
St. John Catholic School, 325 South Navy Blvd., is accepting registrations for preK-3 through eighthgrade students for the 2015-16 school year. Florida McKay and Step Up for Students scholarships are accepted. For more information 456-5218 or go to www.stjohnpensacola.com.
CREDO enrichment retreat offered
A Marriage Enrichment Retreat is being offered in Pensacola Aug. 21-23 by the Chaplains Religious Enrichment Development Operation (CREDO) Southeast. The retreat can assist married couples in devel-
oping and strengthening a healthy marriage. Active-duty and family members are eligible for retreats (including reservists in an active status). Marriage and family retreat participant couples must be legally married when registering. The retreat starts at 7 p.m. Friday and ends around noon Sunday at Hampton Inn Pensacola Airport, 2187 Airport Blvd. The retreat is free. All lodging and meal expenses are paid. Transportation is not provided. To register, contact the NAS Pensacola Chapel at 452-2341, ext. 5, or e-mail tony.bradford.ctr@ navy.mil.
Fly fishing group welcomes visitors
Fly Fishers of NorthWest Florida (FNWF) hold several meetings each month. The business meeting is at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday; a fly tying session is at 6:30 p.m. the second Thursday, and a fly tying and casting session is at 9 a.m. the third Saturday. Visitors are welcome at all meetings. No prior experience required. All meetings are at the clubhouse located in Mira Flores Park at 17th Avenue and East Belmont Street. In addition, FFNWF sponsors a local non-profit chapter of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing. The mission of the group is to help injured veterans develop fly tying and fly casting skills, learn fly rod building and fly fishing and to regain lost fine motor skills and mobility. For more information on FNWF, call Cliff Newton at 494-1968 or go to www.ffnwf.org. For more information on Project Healing Water Fly Fishing call Russ Shields at 983-9515 or go to phwffnwf.org.
Learn how to start your own business
The Florida Small Business Development Center at the University of West Florida will present “Steps to Starting a Business” from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 19 at Santa Rosa County Economic Development Office, 6491 Caroline St., Suite 4, in Milton. Attendees will learn the essentials for getting started in business including: idea evaluation, legal business structures, regulations and licensing, taxation, finding capital and more. Cost is $35 (free for students and employees of the University of West Florida who present a Nautilus card). To register, call 474-2528 or go to www.sbdc.uwf.edu and click on “Training Opportunities.”
Production tells story of Jackie Wilson
Performances of “The Eve of Jackie Wilson” are scheduled for Aug. 28 and Aug. 29 at Pensacola Little Theatre. Broadway actor Chester Gregory will be featured in the produciton about Wilson’s last performance. Wilson collapsed from a heart attack on stage, fell into a coma and remained hospitalized for eight years until his death at age of 49. Wilson sold millions of records in his career including hits such as: “Lonely Tear Drops” and “Higher and Higher.” For more information, go to www.pensacolalittletheatre.com.
Event to honor U.S. service in Japan
A special event to honor U.S. service members who served in Japan and their family members is scheduled for 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 4 at the National Naval Aviation Museum. The Japan U.S. Military Program (JUMP) connects past and present service members, families and government civilians who have served in Japan. Sponsored by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA, JUMP is a collaborative effort with the Embassy of Japan in the United States and the National Association of Japan-America Societies. The Pensacola event is being organized by the Japan-America Society of Northwest Florida and local sponsors include the Pensacola Council Navy League and the Cpl. J.R. Spears Detatchment Marine Corps League. Featured speakers will include Lt. Gen. Duane Thiessen, president and CEO of the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation, and Shinji Nagashima, consul general of the Consulate-General of Japan in Miami. A reception will be held following the program. The program is free and open to the public, but advance reservations are required. To make reservations, e-mail email@example.com or call 361-8750. For more information, go to jasnwfl.org.
Retirees wanted at activities office The Navy Retired Activities Office, located in the Fleet and Family Support Center, Bldg. 625, is looking military retirees to man 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 fellow retirees and survivors as well as an administrative background including knowledge of computer programs such as MS Outlook, MS Word, etc. For more information, call the Retired Activities Office at 452-5622 or e-mail NASP.RAO@navy.mil.
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Back to school: time to get that shopping finished It’s the sales tax holiday is Aug. 7-16 • School starts Aug. 17 in Escambia, Santa Rosa counties From NAPS
hile every school year is different, one thing that remains the same is the desire to save on school supplies. Moms are looking to save on more than just dollars and cents. They want to save on time and stress, too. To help, award-winning author, radio talk show host and mom Maria Bailey offers tips and advice on how to get yourself and your child off to a successful start this school year: • Shop early: Vacation is a good time to inventory what supplies you already have at home, make a list of what each child needs and start looking for the best deals. “Many stores offer bargains on school supplies during the summer months, so getting an early start can add up to sav-
ings,” said Bailey. • Create a budget: While it can be good to get children involved and let them choose some items, it’s a smart idea to have a budget. If your children know how much to spend, they can do the math. Budgets can teach children a valuable lesson in both math and economics. You can also involve your children in the shopping process by showing them how to look for a good deal. • Keep a family calendar: Buy and post a bulletin board or calendar to help keep everyone on track. Keep children up-todate on key dates, including school assignments/tests and
extracurricular activities. Also, consider color coding each child’s schedule to stay on top of all the to-do’s. • Search for savings: Walking up and down the aisles to find the right product at the right price for your child isn’t as hard as you think.
Looking for a good deal can help you save big when buying back-to-school products. Check out your local sales circulars for the top deals each week. • Buy basics in bulk: While teachers provide lists of specifics, the basics that students need to start out the
school year are pretty consistent, so it can pay to buy in bulk, especially if you have more than one child. Getting organized, looking for deals and mapping out the best way to prepare for the start of school will lead to a stressfree and easy experience.
2015 back-to-school sales tax holiday Aug.7-16 From Florida Department of Revenue
egislation was passed (Chapter 2015-221, Section 28, Laws of Florida) to create a 10day sales tax holiday that will begin at 12:01 a.m. Aug. 7 and end at 11:59 p.m. Aug. 16. During this period, no Florida sales tax or local option tax will be collected on sales of clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $100 or less per item, on certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item, and on the first $750 of the sales price for computers and certain computer-related accessories when purchased for noncommercial home or personal use. During this holiday period, Florida law directs that no sales tax or local option tax (also known as discretionary sales surtax) will be collected on purchases of: • Clothing, footwear,
and certain accessories selling for $100 or less per item. • Certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item, and • Personal computers and certain computer-related accessories on the first $750 of the sales price, when purchased for noncommercial home or personal use. This holiday does not apply to: • Any item of clothing selling for more than $100. • Any school supply item selling for more than $15. • Books that are not otherwise exempt. • Rentals or leases of
any of these items. • Repairs or alterations of any of these items; or • Sales of clothing, school supplies, or computers and computer-related accessories in a theme park, entertainment complex, public lodging establishment or airport. Reference: Section 28, Chapter 2015-221, Laws of Florida. Where can I get complete information about this year’s holiday? Tax Information Publication (TIP) 15A01-05 specifies the tax holiday dates, includes definitions of “clothing,” “school supplies,” “personal computers,” and “computer-
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a computer are exempt but regular batteries used to operate a flashlight are taxable because flashlight batteries are not a computer-related accessory. • Handbags and purses sold for $100 or less are exempt but briefcases, suitcases, garment bags, and computer bags are taxable because those items are not “intended to be worn on or about the human body,” which is a requirement of the exemption. • Cases for electronic devices are taxable because they are not specifically listed as exempt in the law. • Printers and scanners are exempt on the first $750 of the sales price of each item but copy machines are taxable because copy machines are not a computer-related accessory under the exemption. If I buy eligible items by mail order or through
the Internet, do I get the exemption? Yes. All purchases of eligible items during the sales tax holiday are tax exempt, including purchases made by mail order or through the Internet. If the selling price of an item of clothing is more than $100, is the first $100 exempt from sales tax? No. The tax exemption applies to items selling for $100 or less. If an item sells for more than $100, tax is due on the entire selling price. If the selling price of a school supply item is more than $15, is the first $15 exempt from sales tax? No. The tax exemption applies to school supply items selling for $15 or less. If an item sells for more than $15, tax is due on the entire selling price. For more information, go to http://dor. myflorida. com/Pages/default.aspx.
Jokes & Groaners Jokes that are worse than homework Teacher: How can you make so many mistakes in just one day ? Pupil: I get up early. Son: I’m not going back to school tomorrow. Father: Why not? Son: Well, I was there a whole day. I can’t read, I can’t write and they won’t let me talk, so what’s the use? “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” - Mark Twain Girl: I think we need a new teacher. Mom: Why is that? Girl: Our teacher doesn’t know anything – she keeps asking US for all the answers. Teacher: Jane, your essay on “My Dog” is exactly the same as your sister’s. Did you copy her? Rita: No ma’am; we have the same dog.
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NETC Training Support Center reaches major milestone: one million students Story, photo by Robin Holland TSCHR Public Affairs
IRGINIA BEACH, Va. – In just over 10 years, the Naval Education and Training Command’s Training Support Center serving the Hampton Roads area (TSCHR) was able to mark a major milestone: on July 20 its millionth student was processed for training and forwarding on to the fleet. Chaplain Lt. Cmdr. (FMF) Robert Peters was student number one million to process through the TSCHR Dam Neck site. A former Navy pilot, Peters was pleased with the service he received coming through TSCHR’s doors. “After 10 years as an aviator I received God’s calling to become a chaplain and 14 years later, TSC is making it easy for me to attend the Center for Personal and Professional Development Navy Instructor Training Course,” Peters said. Since TSCHR’s establishment in April, 2004, the student management directorate has acted as a single point of contact for all student management and training support needs for Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) activities in the
Hampton Roads area. TSCHR has processed and supported a million students with check-in/check-out, special screenings, customer support detachment (CSD) liaison for per-diem, port calls, permanent change of station orders, negotiations, graduations, accelerations, drops, evaluations, student dispositions reclassifications and holding company management. Oscar Jose, TSCHR student management director, works with five site managers to facilitate efficient and effective management of student personnel and also supports learning center personnel as they instruct Sailors. “Bottom line, we take care of the students’ paperwork and records, doing whatever it takes to ensure they have the fewest
(Left-right) Chaplain Lt. Cmdr. (FMF) Robert Peters, the millionth student to check in at NETC's Training Support Center Hampton roads, fills out his entry paperwork as TSCHR staff members Oscar Jose, AMC Ryan Roof and Brandon Bizallion assist.
possible interruptions to classroom instruction,” said Jose. “This facilitates our meeting fleet training requirements by the judicious use of training resources.” Capt. Brent Kyler, TSCHR commanding officer, noted that that TSCHR’s number one priority is taking care of Sailors and they are always looking for innovative ways to maximize student support.
“I couldn’t be prouder of our student management team,” said Kyler. “In order for the Navy to maintain its superiority on the oceans of the world, it must continue to produce confident, knowledgeable Sailors who are able to perform difficult jobs with unerring skill and technical proficiency; and TSCHR plays a huge role in getting the students to their required training.”
TSCHR provides student management, quota control and professional development for Sailors, Marines, Soldiers and Airmen from the U.S. armed forces and more than 20 allied nations. For more information on the Naval Education and Training Command and TSCHR, visit the TSCHR website: https:// www. netc. navy. mil/ centers/ tsc_hr/.
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Enlisted advancement exam dates announced From Educational Service Office, NASP PSD
The Education Services Office of Personnel Support Detachment (PSD) Pensacola will administer the September 2015 (Cycle 228) Navywide Enlisted Advancement Examinations (NWAE) at the Mustin Beach Club aboard Pensacola Naval Air Station (NASP) Sept. 3, for advancement to PO1; Sept. 10, for advancement to PO2; and Sept. 17, for advancement for PO3. The doors will open at 6 a.m. and close promptly at 7 a.m. the day of the exams. Participants are encouraged to report at 6 a.m. to begin preparations
Sailors aboard the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) take the Navywide advancement exam in September 2014. Photo by MCSN Christopher Frost
for exam administration Advancement candidates must wear the prescribed uniform of the day of their respective command and have their military ID card to participate.
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Remember, no cellphones, beepers, watches, food or beverages are permitted in the exam room/site. Local area commands will be requested to provide proctors based on number of candidates from their commands by separate cover, no later than Aug. 21. Additionally, in accordance with NavAdmin 114/14 (Advancement Policy Update) dated May 15, 2014, the award points for Good Conduct Medal and Navy Reserve Meritorious Service Medal will no longer be counted. New policies for calculating PMA and counting SIPG and PNA points are also addressed in the NavAdmin along with new
CAP policy. Refer to NavAdmin 114/14 for a complete explanation of these changes. The requirement for verifying/signing the worksheet is set forth in the Bureau of Naval Personnel (BuPers) Instruction 1430.16F dated Nov. 2, 2007, which states candidates must verify and sign the worksheet prior to the September 2015 Cycle 228 NWAE. The Education Service Office at PSD, Bldg. 680, will begin verification/signing of the worksheet Aug. 10 through close of business Aug. 21. Worksheet signing will be between the hours 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Special arrangements have been made for some of the larger commands in Pen-
sacola (Naval Hospital Pensacola, NATTC). Remote commands are required to post their own times and locations. Personnel in Temporary Additional Duty (TAD) leave or medical status should contact PSD ESO to make arrangements. For additional information, contact PSD Education Service Office (ESO) at 452-3117 for Charles Ware, (Charles.Ware@navy. mil), education service officer; 452-3758 for Richard Powell, (email@example.com), ESO assistant; 452-3432 for Adrianne Cooper, (adrianne. firstname.lastname@example.org), ESO assistant; and 452-3885 for Tarlyn Troupe, (tarlyn.troupe. email@example.com), ESO assistant.
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The original Batcopter N3079G from the “Batman” T.V. series and the 1966 Batmobile and Batcycle will be on display at Pensacola Para Con courtesy of Capt. Eugene A. Nock.
Fans gathering at fairgrounds Story, photo from Pensacola Para Con
The 2015 Pensacola Para Con is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 8 and Aug. 9 at the Pensacola Fairgrounds Expo Hall, l6655 Mobile Highway. Pensacola Para Con is an annual convention for fans of science fiction, fantasy, horror, costuming, comics, renaissance, gaming, anime, indie films, paranormal and more. Activities will include celebrity meet and greets, discussion panels, screenings, demonstrations, gaming, costume contests, tournaments and workshops. Guests will include mixed martial arts fighter Randy Couture (“The Scorpion King Rise
Of A Warrior,” “The Expendables”). Couture credits the military with helping him become a UFC hero. He joined the Army right out of high school in 1982 and became an air traffic controller in the 101st Airborne Division stationed in West Germany. He became a fulltime wrestler for the Army, and prior to his discharge in 1988 as a sergeant, he was chosen as a second alternate for the 1988 Summer Olympics. Couture also founded the Xtreme Couture GI Foundation to honor U.S. Military veterans by raising money and awareness for wounded warriors and their families. Other guests will include Eri Roberts (“Dr. Who,” “Dark
Knight”), Scott Teppermand (“Ghost Hunters International”), Larry Wilcox (“CHIPS”), Karyn Parsons (“Fresh Prince of Belair”), Hilary Shepard (“Power Ranger,” “Star Trek”), Lori Petty (“Orange is the New Black,” “A League of Their Own,” “Tank Girl”) and Christopher Atkins, (“The Blue Lagoon”). A Generation X dance and costume after party is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. tomorrow, Aug. 8, at Vinyl Music Hall. Admission to Pensacola Para Con is $10. Children 7 and younger will be admitted free, and there is a discount for active-duty military. For more information, call 9414321 or go to www.pensacola paracon.com.
At the movies FRIDAY
“Inside Out” (3D), PG, 5 p.m.; “Terminator: Genisys” (3D), PG-13, 7:30 p.m.; “Self/Less,” PG-13, 5:30 p.m.; “The Gallows,” R, 8 p.m.
“Inside Out” (3D), PG, noon; “Terminator: Genisys” (3D), PG-13, 2 p.m.; “Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” PG-13, 5 p.m. (free admission); “Max,” PG, 12:30 p.m.; “Self/Less,” PG-13, 3 p.m.; “Magic Mike XXL,” R, 5:30 p.m.; “The Gallows,” R, 8:30 p.m.
“Inside Out” (3D), PG, noon; “Terminator: Genisys” (3D), PG-13, 2 p.m.; “Self/Less,” PG13, 4:30 p.m.; “Magic Mike XXL,” R, 7 p.m.; “Terminator: Genisys” (2D), PG-13, 12:30 p.m.; “Max,” PG, 3 p.m.; “The Gallows,” R, 5:30 p.m.; “Ted 2,” R, 7:30 p.m.
“Terminator: Genisys” (3D), PG-13, 5 p.m.; “Magic Mike XXL,” R, 7:30 p.m.
“Self/Less,” PG-13, 5 p.m.; “The Gallows,” R, 7:30 p.m.
“Max,” PG, 1 p.m., 4 p.m.; “Dope,” R, 7 p.m.; “Inside Out” (2D), PG, noon, 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m. (Admission is free for all movies every Wednesday.)
“Terminator: Genisys” (2D), PG-13, 5 p.m.; “Magic Mike XXL,” R, 7:30 p.m.; “The Gallows,” R, 5:10 p.m.; “Self/Less,” PG-13, 7:10 p.m.
COST Regular: $3 adults, $1.50 children ages 6-11, free for 5 and younger 3D shows: $5 adults, $3 children ages 6-11, free for 5 and younger
Details: 452-3522 or www.naspensacola-mwr.com
The NASP Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) department has a number of upcoming events and activities. For more information, call 452-3806, ext. 3100, or go to the MWR website at www.navymwrpensacola.com. • Summer aquatics: Mustin Beach Pool, Corry Station Pool and Barrancas Beach are open. Free Aqua Zumba classes and other activities available. For details, call 452-9429. • Pool parties: Mustin Beach and NASP Corry Station pools are available for private pool parties. Cost is $150 for exclusive use for up to 75 guests. Lifeguards included. For information, call 452-9429. • Movies on the Lawn: Summer series will be presented through August at dusk on the second and fourth Saturday of each month in front of Portside Gym, Bldg. Rental bikes are 627. Free popcorn. For available at Blue information, call 452- Angel Naval Recre3806, ext. 3140. ation Area Outpost • Youth Sports Marina. Half day Fall Soccer: Regis- (four hours), $10; tration in progress at full day (eight the NASP Youth Cen- hours), $15. Deter, Bldg. 3690. There posit and military is a $50 registration ID required. For fee per child. Open to more information, all dependents of ac- call 453-4530. tive-duty, retired military, DoD employees, contractors and reservists ages 4-14. Skills evaluation scheduled for Aug. 15. Coaches and assistant coaches are also needed. For more information, call 452-3810 or 452-2417. • Danger Zone Paintball: Sign up for the Paintball Challenge at Blue Angel Naval Recreation Area. Open until 5 p.m. Monday and Friday for challenge events. $20 for active-duty and $30 for civilians and includes full equipment rental, 500 rounds of paint and free air refills. Reservations required two weeks in advance. For details, call 281-5489. • Outdoor gear rental: The NASP Outpost at the Bayou Grande Family Recreation Area at the end of John Tower Road has canoes, kayaks and camping gear for rent. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday-Monday. For more information, call 452-9642. • Auto Skills Center: NASP Corry Station, Bldg. 1006. Do vehicle repairs yourself. The Auto Skills Center has tools, manuals (online), equipment, lifts and stalls, as well as knowledgeable staff to assist you. For more information, call 452-6542. • Discount tickets: Stop by the Information, Tickets and Travel (ITT) office at the NEX Mall on Highway 98, to check out the discounts available on vacations and attractions. For more information, call 452-6354. • Travel lodging: Navy Gateway Inns & Suites is ready to help travelers save. Make your reservation today. For more information, call 1 (877) 628-9233 or go to www.dod lodging.net.
Liberty activities Liberty program events target young, unaccompanied active-duty military. New hours are 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Regular events are scheduled at the main Liberty Center in the Portside Entertainment Complex. You must sign up in advance for off-base trips. For more information, call 452-2372 or go to http://naspensacolamwr.com/singsail/liberty.htm.
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SAPR If you are a victim of sexual assault, it is not your fault. Help for victims of sexual assault in the DoD community is a call, click or text away: The SafeHelpline provides live, one-on-one crisis support and information by trained staff. Call: (877) 995-5247; click: www.SafeHelpline.org; or text: 55-247, CONUS; (202) 470-5546, OCONUS (may be extra charges for OCONUS). The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program provides prevention, intervention and a 24/7/365 response to non-intimate partner adult victims of sexual assault. Active-duty and adult family member sexual assault victims have a choice of reporting options, unrestricted and restricted. Unrestricted reporting allows victim to have an advocate, seek medical care, counseling, legal services, safety interventions and/or transfer, etc. To access an unrestricted report, the victim may report to his/her chain-ofcommand, security/law enforcement, NCIS, SAPR VA, SARC, or others. NCIS shall be notified by the CO and/or the VA/SARC in unrestricted cases to begin investigation. Investigation results are provided to the offender’s CO for appropriate action/disposition. Restricted reporting allows a victim to have a confidential report, which does not trigger command or law enforcement notification and the victim may have a SAPR VA and seek medical care and/or counseling. To access restricted reporting, the victim may disclose his/her sexual assault only to the SARC, a current SAPR VA, a health care professional and/or a chaplain. To contact the NASP 24/7 Victim Advocate, call 449-9231/2. For the Civilian Victim Advocate, call 293-4561. To contact the duty SARC, call the SARC cell at 554-5606.
Worship schedule NAS Pensacola Protestant • Worship service, 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel, Bldg. 1982. • Chapel choir, 12:30 p.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel. • Contemporary service, 6 p.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel. • Training Air Wing Six Bible Study, 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, Griffith Hall student lounge. • Bible study, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, J.B. McKamey Center. Roman Catholic • Sunday Mass, 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel, Bldg. 1982. • Daily Mass, 11:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the Our Lady of Loreto Chapel. • Confessions: 30 minutes before services. Latter Day Saints • Service, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel. • Meeting: 6 p.m. Monday and 6 p.m. Thursday, J.B. McKamey Center. For information, call 452-2341. NASP Corry Station Protestant • Adult Bible study, 9 a.m. Sunday, fellowship hall vice conference room. • Chapel choir, 9 a.m. Sunday, choir room vice sanctuary. • Worship service, 10 a.m. Sunday.
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Fleet and Family Support Center • Fellowship, 11:30 a.m. Sunday. • Contemporary worship, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, followed by fellowship at 7:30 p.m. • Bible study and dinner, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, fellowship hall. Latter Day Saints • Service, 7 p.m. Wednesday. Roman Catholic • Mass, noon Sunday and 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday. For information, call 452-6376. NAS Whiting Field Chapel Roman Catholic • Mass, 11 a.m. Friday. Protestant • Bible study, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. • Weekly chapel service, 11:30 a.m. Thursday. For information, call 623-7212. More services Jewish • Bʼnai Israel Synagogue, 1829 North Ninth Ave., services 7 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. Saturday. For information, call 433-7311. • Temple Beth El, 800 North Palafox St., services 7 p.m. Friday (6 p.m. first Friday of each month). For information, call 438-3321 or go to http://templebethelof pensacola.org. Seventh-day Adventist • Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1080 North Blue Angel Parkway, Bible studies at 9:30 a.m. and services at 11 a.m. Saturday. For information, call 4533442.
The NASP Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC), 151 Ellyson Ave., Bldg. 625, is offering the following: • Emergency Preparedness: 10 a.m. today, Aug. 7, and Aug. 28. Each type of disaster requires different measures to keep you and your family safe. The best thing you can do is to be prepared. For information or to register for workshop, call 452-5609. • Sun and Splash Playgroups: 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 14 at Lighthouse Terrace Community Center, 1 Price Ave. Wear bathing suits and bring sunscreen for a day of fun in the sun. Learn about
water and sun safety. Open to toddlers and preschool children. Water shoes must be worn on splashpad. To register or for more information, call 452-5609. • Time to move: If you want help with your PCS move stop by the FFSC. Move.mil assist workshops are available at 4 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. The program must be completed and submitted for those who have household goods to move. You must have a login and password created in advance. Open to all branches. For information or to reserve a seat, call 452-5609.
Community Outreach NASP Community Outreach volunteer opportunities: • Mentoring: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at Child Development Center at NASP Corry Station. Volunteers needed to mentor children after school. Volunteers/mentors assist with homework and study strategies, as well as being a good role model to the children. • Meals on Wheels: Council on Aging of West Florida needs volunteers to deliver meals to homebound elderly throughout Escambia
County. Flexible schedules. For more information, go to www.coawfla.org. • Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum: Numerous opportunities such as hosting tours or ghost hunts, helping with special events and maintenance and grounds upkeep. The NASP Community Outreach office tracks volunteer hours. Report any hours you work to receive due recognition. For information on volunteer activities, call 4522532 or e-mail nasp_comm_ outreach@Navy.mil.
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1/1 bath apartment for rent in Lillian, Al. 1 block from the water 3 blocks from Lillian bridge. 20 min. to NAS Great location. $ 5 0 0 . 0 0 monthly/$500. 00 deposit. 251-269-0288
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