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NASP counselors respond to tragedy in Chattanooga By Janet Thomas Gosport Staff Writer

Three clinicians from Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP) Fleet and Family Service Center (FFSC) were rapidly deployed for crisis response duty following the July 16 shootings in Chattanooga, Tenn. Mike Brady, Elvis Rivers and Dory Walker scrambled quickly in response to a request for assistance, said FFSC Director Kathleen Doherty. “They left town approximately six hours after the request came in,” Doherty said. July 16, a gunman opened fire on a recruiting center and a U.S. Navy Reserve center before being killed by police. Four Marines – Gunnery

Sgt. Thomas Sullivan, Lance Cpl. Squire “Skip” Wells, Staff Sgt. David Wyatt and Sgt. Carson Holmquist – were killed. A Navy Sailor, a Marine recruiter, and a police officer

were wounded. LS2 Randall Smith died of his injuries two days later. Following the incident, Rear Adm. Mary M. Jackson, Commander, Navy Region Southeast (CNRSE) said taking care of service members and the families of those affected was a priority. “While the tragedy in Chattanooga is both devas-

tating and senseless, the healing process is ongoing,” she said in a statement. Jackson requested and authorized a cadre of chaplains and counselors to provide assistance. Brady and his team took on the mission without hesitation. “I was here in counseling with a young Marine on Thursday afternoon when I got a knock on the door and they told me what had happened in Chattanooga,” Brady said. “And they asked if we would respond – NAS – and the answer was an immediate yes, we would respond.” The Pensacola team departed NAS Pensacola at 6 p.m. July 16 and drove all Rachael Hendrickson and her son, Chattanooga, Tenn. natives, kneel to view the night to get to Chattanooga memorial at the Armed Forces Recruitment Center. The memorial honors the four Marines and one Navy Operational Support Center Chattanooga Sailor who died.

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CNATT CPO selectees begin chief petty officer transition By CNATT PAO

Nearly 100 first class petty officers assigned to detachments of Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (CNATT) worldwide were notified of their selection for advancement to the rank of chief petty officer (CPO) Aug. 5. The CNATT CPO selectees now begin Phase 2 of CPO 365, a year-long development and training program for all 1st class petty officers. CNATT Command Master Chief

Michael Knowles said the importance of CPO 365 Phase 2 – a roughly six-week process designed to foster teamwork, resilience and hone leadership skills – cannot be understated. “These chief petty officer selects will be challenged both physically and mentally during CPO 365 Phase 2,” he said. “But they won’t lose sight of what they will accomplish during the next month – they’re already leaders, and are being

groomed to further understand the priorities, values and ideals that as Sailors and chief petty officers they will embody and ultimately perform at the highest level an enlisted service member can.” Knowles said Pensacola CNATT CPO selectees from the Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) and Naval Aviation Schools Command (NASC) will participate in the CPO transition process with CPO selectees from commands through-

out the area, something he said is integral to the continued success of what is truly a global organization. “Being selected to chief petty officer is never about the individual – it’s about the Sailors they will continue to mentor and lead,” he said. “There are chief petty officers selects around the world who are training together, learning together and growing as Sailors together. Pensacolaarea CNATT chief selectees will be

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USCG/USPS to unveil stamp at museum Aug.18 From Naval Aviation Museum Foundation

BNC to host World War II 70th anniversary commemorative event From Barrancas National Cemetery

A public wreath-laying ceremony to honor World War II service members interred in Barrancas National Cemetery (BNC) will take place Aug. 16 at 6 p.m. The wreath laying will take place at the Committal Shelter A Annex side. The ceremony is part of the “Spirit of ’45 World War II 70th Anniversary Commemorative Weekend” taking place Aug. 14-16. All living World War II veterans and their families

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The National Naval Aviation Museum, in conjunction with the U.S. Postal Service, will present a stamp unveiling in honor of the new United States Coast Guard stamp Aug. 18 at 10 a.m. The stamp commemorates the 225th anniversary of the U.S. Coast Guard and honors its role in protecting the security of the nation and advancing its Honey bees swarm on the wing of a training aircraft at vital maritime interests. NAS Whiting Field. Photo courtesy Navy Natural ReThe unveiling, which will sources Department take place in the museum’s newest expansion, Hangar NASP part of federal effort Bay One, will feature reto protect honey bees marks by Hill Goodspeed, museum historian; retired USCG Capt. George Krietemeyer; Capt. John Turner, By Bridgette Williams policy for all to impleCoast Guard liaison officer; and David J. McClelland, NASP PAO Intern ment.” The federal push to See USCG stamp on page 2 President Barack protect pollinators began Obama recently an- with a presidential memnounced the first national orandum released in June Operation Homefront Back-toplan to save the honey bee 2014 directing an interaSchool Brigade backpacks ... and other pollinators, but gency task force to create Erin Bell and her children Tyler Bell, Auno big changes are ex- a strategy to promote the tumn Bell and Kinsley Bell pick out some pected at Naval Air Station health of honey bees and pencils during the annual Back-to-School Pensacola (NASP). other pollinators. PollinaBrigade event Aug. 6 at Lighthouse Terrace “Here at NAS Pen- tors, such as bees, bats, Community Center aboard Naval Air Stasacola, we have been birds and butterflies, are tion Pensacola. The event was presented doing these protection essential to the majority of by Operation Homefront in partnership with practices since the mid- the plants in the environBalfour Beatty. Officials said 237 children 1990s,” said Mark Gib- ment and to the producwere registered to attend the event. Backson, Navy Natural tion of most food crops. packs were distributed along with donated Resources manager. The recommendations books and items. For more information, go “Most Navy bases have of the task force include a to For local performed these practices plan for the government school information, see Gosportʼs B1 “Life” on their own for many section. Photo by Janet Thomas years, but now it is Navy See Bees on page 2

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early in the morning of July 17. They met with Jackson at 10 a.m. and were set and ready to offer psychological first aid, Brady said. The three clinicians were in Chattanooga for two weeks, Doherty said, and they were the only FFSC clinicians on site for Mike Brady the first six days. During the first week, they had contact with 813 service members and family members, providing 109 oneon-one counseling sessions. In the second week, augmented by four additional counselors, the entire contingent saw an additional 928 individuals. Actions included: • Meeting with senior leadership at least daily. • Attending funerals and providing compassionate support to grieving families and the community. • Providing grief counseling to spouses and children of slain service members. • Engaging local providers to assist after immediate crisis response ends and establishing a referral network. It was an intense experience for the team members. “What I heard repeatedly was that these weren’t just deaths,” Brady said. “We lost the four Marines, we lost a Sailor, but this was an attack on a military facility. They felt violated. They felt vulnerable. So it was more like a home invasion with all of the impact that would have on anyone.” Brady said there was an incredible demand for answers and for support and understanding and the counselors were there to provide psychological first aid. Walker said the community support was incredible. “Streets were lined with people – people saluting and people with flags and hands over their hearts,” she said. “Literally I-75 was shut down so the processional could go by. I mean, that was just amazing to see – the outpouring of support.” Dory Walker The Department of the Navy and city of Chattanooga are planning another memorial service for 2 p.m. Aug. 15 at the McKenzie Arena. Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus are expected to attend. Members of the Pensacola team were invited but are not planning to go. The counselors also got a warm reception from Air National Guard and Air Force personnel, who provided space for them to work. “They really opened their doors up to us,” Walker said. “They were very accommodating, very welcoming.” Brady, who has been with FFSC for more than 25 years, and Walker, who has been there nine years, are crisis response veterans. Walker was deployed to San Diego, Calif., in 2007 when Navy personnel had to be evacuated because of wildfires. Brady and Walker also assisted Coast Guard personnel following the crash of a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter in Navarre in March that resulted in 11 deaths. But this will be an assignment they will never forget. “It was a revealing, humbling honor to be there,” Brady said. “Everybody felt that way. It was a very dedicated team of Navy professionals. I was very impressed. I’ve never been more impressed or honored to work for the Navy that with that team.” “I was glad to be a part of it,” Walker said. CNRSE Family Readiness Program Director Hector Sepulveda had high praise for the whole FFSC team, which also included other members from Gulfport, Miss.; Kings Bay, Ga.; and Naval Station Mayport. “The response to action from installations was nothing short of superb,” he said. “The professionalism displayed by the counselors is unequalled. They engaged without hesitation, spending long hours with Sailors, Marines, and family members in stress. I am extremely proud of the CNRSE FFSC team.”

and private entities to restore or enhance 7 million acres of land for pollinators during the next five years. For example, a list of pollinator friendly service projects was distributed for National Public Lands Day, which is scheduled for Sept. 26. And the military will play an important role in the pollinator partnership. In a March 2015 memo, Donald Schregardus, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Navy (Environment), emphasized developing Integrated Natural Resources Management Plans (INRMPs) and promoting the conservation of pollinators, their habitats and associated ecosystems on all installations and ranges. “It is important to ensure that pollinator management activities are incorporated, where applicable, into installation INRMPs to benefit pollinators and the military mission,” Schregardus said. Honey bee pollination adds more than $15 billion to $20 billion in value to agricultural crops each year. The recent decline in honey bees in the United States poses a threat to the economy and could have an irreversible impact on the agriculture industries. This phenomenon is known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). According to Apiary Inspectors of America; Bee Informed Partnership, a federal survey finds that beekeepers in the U.S. lost more than 40 percent of their colonies last year. Scientist believe that bee losses are likely caused by a combination of stressors, including poor bee nutrition, loss of forage lands, parasites, pathogens, lack of genetic diversity,

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tions to safeguard the environment for honey bees by eliminating the use of harmful pesticides. “The main pollinators we try to protect aboard NASP are the honey bees,” Gibson said. “We want to protect the health of pollinators at Corry Station, Bronson Field and Saufley Field in the non-airfield areas.” Shelby Johnson, president of EscaRosa Beekeeper Association and a third-generation local beekeeper, reports that the local bee population is prospering.

A bee trap. The traps can provide valuble insight into bee populations. Photo courtesy Navy Natural Resources Department

If you enjoy any of these items you can already see why the honey bees are essential to the nation’s food crop. According to a recent United Nations study, 70 out of 100 most important food crops in the world must be pollinated by bees. Even dairy products and beef indirectly rely on honey bees; bees must pollinate alfalfa, the main hay fed to cows, so it will produce seed for farmers to plant next year. Humans also eat alfalfa sprouts in salads and sandwiches. NASP will continue to take ac-

“I have not seen a decline in honey bees locally,” Johnson said. If you come across a bee colony, contact your local beekeeper or pest control company to have them removed. Check with your homeowner’s insurance carrier to verify coverage in the event of a mishap. You could also verify that the beekeeper is registered and carries a certificate of insurance (COI). For more information and tips, contact the Escarosa Beekeeper Association at 478-7690 or go to

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are encouraged to attend to be recognized. The United States Navy will be providing a color guard and performing the National Anthem. Members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart will lay a memorial wreath. The public is invited to attend to help memorialize those fallen service members from what journalist Tom Brokaw called “the greatest generation.” “Keep the Spirit of ’45 Alive” is an initiative that recognizes the achievements of the men and women who endured the Great Depression, fought and won World War II and then laid the foundations for a better world. For more information, visit http://www. Aug. 14, 1945, is recognized as the official end of World War II. VA operates 131 national cemeteries, one national veterans burial ground and 33 soldiers’ lots and monument sites in 40 states and Puerto Rico. More than 4 million Americans, including veterans of every war and conflict, are buried in VA’s national cemeteries. Information on VA burial benefits can be obtained from local national cemetery offices, from the Internet at, or by calling VA regional offices toll-free at (800) 827-1000. To make burial arrangements at any open VA national cemetery at the time of need, call the National Cemetery Scheduling Office at (800) 535-1117.

manager, Jacksonville Network Distribution Center. The U.S. Coast Guard stamp is being issued as a “Forever” stamp. This Forever stamp will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce price. Art director William S. Phillips designed the stamp. “Stamps are pieces of history that remain immortalized. It is an honor in its 225th year, to recognize the U.S. Coast Guard in the Forever Stamp collection,” said David J. McClelland, manager, Jacksonville Network Distribution Center, and a USCG veteran. During an average day, Coast Guard personnel assist more than 300 people in distress, save more than $2 million in property, board 90 large vessels for port safety checks, conduct 120 law enforcement boardings, and investigate more than a dozen marine accidents. The Coast Guard today has more than 49,000 activeduty men and women; 7,300 reservists; 8,300 civilian employees and 30,000 volunteer auxiliary personnel. In addition to saving lives at sea, members of the Coast Guard enforce maritime law, oversee aids to navigation, conduct icebreaking operations, protect the marine environment, respond to oil spills and water pollution, ensure port security, support scientific research at sea, combat terrorism and aid in the nation’s defense. This event is free and open to the public. Admission to the National Naval Aviation Museum is also free. For more information on exhibits, events and attractions, visit or call the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation at 453-2389 or (800) 327-5002.

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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.

and exposure to pesticides. One of the fastest growing classes of pesticides in modern agriculture history that was introduced in the 1990s is neonicotinoids. They are neurotoxic to a wide variety of insects, and especially toxic to honey bees. Recent research has shown that the pesticides undermine immunity in honey bees, making them more susceptible to pests and pathogens. Just a few of the foods bees pollinate include apples, almonds, watermelon, squash, cucumbers and avocados.


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When you dig deep, beach vacation tide changes By Lisa Smith Molinari Military Spouse Columnist


eclining my beach chair to the third notch, I sink deeply into the brightly striped canvas. Blinded by the sun, I grope for my cold beverage, safely ensconced in its Huggie, and dislodge it from the cup holder at the end of the armrest. I draw a long icy sip, letting the cold carbonation fizzle a moment on my tongue before swallowing. My heels wiggle to create two cool ditches for my feet, the sand sifting softly through my toes. Eyes closed, I soak up the sun, hear the rhythmic splashing of the surf, and feel the gentle ocean breeze. Ahhh ... About 20 minutes into a deliciously sweaty pseudo nap I hear, “Hey Lisa! Are you ready to get beat?” It’s Ralph. He and his wife Pam are under their beach umbrella, and he’s goading me to play ladderball. The day before, I paired up with a fellow vacationer named Grace, and somehow, we managed to win the ladderball championship for the day. Not bad for two middle-

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aged mothers. While I try to think of an excuse to stay in my beach chair, Ralph makes his way down to the ocean for a dip. Although Ralph spends most of the day under his umbrella, he gets up occasionally to “go for a swim” (we all know to stay upcurrent) or play a quick game of ladderball or cornhole before going back to his cold drink. I can’t remember which summer it was that our family met Ralph and his wife Pam, but we see them every year, along with other folks who vacation at the same beach in North Carolina. There’s Grace and Steve, Pete and Luanne, Eddie and Nancy, Bobbie and Dan, Al and Gwon, Keith and Laura, and others. We have all been renting beach houses on Hickory

About the columnist Lisa Smith Molinari, mother of three, has been a military spouse for 20 years (and running). She also writes columns for Military Spouse magazine and a blog at www.themeat She and her family are stationed at Naval Station Newport in Rhode Island. Trail for many years, and met eventually, chatting from umbrella to umbrella. Playing beach games. Sharing cold beverages. Watching each others’ children

grow up. We didn’t need to know much about our “Beach Buddies” lives away from Hickory Trail. We already knew that Ralph is hilarious. Grace is happygo-lucky. Eddie brings fireworks. Pete reads books. Bobbie wears cute hats. Al is a great volleyball player. Pam makes awesome sandwiches. Nothing else seemed to matter. But this summer, while lounging under our respective umbrellas, conversations stretched with the shadows into the late afternoon. While telling stories to avoid the hassle of cooking dinner, we learned new things about each other. Ralph has seven siblings, three of which were in the Army. Pam and Ralph’s son is stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. Pete served in Army intelligence for several years before taking over his family’s bakery business. Eddie’s son works as a civilian for the military. Keith is a retired Marine. Like toes wiggling in the

sand, we dug a little deeper, and were pleasantly surprised to find a common reverence for military life. “C’mon Lisa,” Ralph chides on his way back from the water. “Are you and Grace ready to defend your title?” I peel myself out of the comfy canvas nest and wave at Grace to join me on the ladderball court. While Ralph and the gang heckle us mercilessly, Grace and I surprise ourselves with our third straight win. After some awkward middle-aged high fives, we circle our chairs around to share more laughs and stories with this random cluster of eclectic personalities. The press and political pundits say there is “gap of understanding” between military and civilians, and that we need to worry about the increasing “military-civilian divide.” But on this Carolina beach, there is only camaraderie and mutual respect. As the sun dips low in the sky, I am hopeful the tides are changing.

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What to expect when force protection conditions change By Patrick Gordon Naval District Washington Public Affairs


ervice members and civilians alike should know what to expect when force protection conditions (FPCONs) changes take place. FPCONs are a system of protective measures used by Department of Defense installations and organizations to guard against and deter terrorist attack. Senior commanders assign FPCONs for their region, and installation commanders may raise FPCONs and tighten security measures based on local conditions. “We want this to be a safe place for people to be, and by randomizing our antiterrorism measures, such as FPCONs, it gives us a better sense of security by ensuring that the people who are supposed to be here are here,” said Naval Support Activity Washington Antiterrorism Officer William Holdren. “As soon as we close a gate or increase ID checks we are better able to identify and vet anyone who comes on the base, thereby creating a safer and more secure environment for all personnel involved.” If there is a need to change an installation’s FPCON, personnel should know when the change occurs and what the FPCON level means. Holdren suggests registering with an installation’s wide area alert AtHoc network so that when a change occurs registered personnel are not left in the dark

about it. “AtHoc is our wide-area alert network. It sends alerts to your computer or phone, and that allows us to notify everyone of what is going on,” said Holdren. “Whether it’s weather conditions or force protection conditions, it provides us with an easy way to push a button and reach out and notify all the personnel that are registered.” By knowing the different levels of FPCONs, personnel can gain a better sense of the security measures in place, the level security threat in a real or simulated emergency, and what to expect from them. • FPCON Normal is the routine security of an installation when there is no known security threat. • FPCON Alpha applies when there is a general threat of possible terrorist activity, but the nature and extent of the threat is unpredictable. FPCON Alpha measures may be sustained indefinitely. Under FPCON Alpha, installation commanders take steps to increase awareness and limit access to military facilities. Response procedures are reviewed and random checks are increased. Personnel can expect random vehicle checks

During a previous year’s Exercise Solid Curtain, MA2 Larry Williams calls in to check a suspicious vehicle at a police perimeter around Bldg. 624. File photo by Mike O’Connor

and enhanced crime prevention efforts. When the FPCON increases, personnel should be alert for suspicious activity and reduce exposure. • FPCON Bravo applies when an increased or more predictable threat of terrorist activity exists. In addition to FPCON Alpha measures, installation commanders will increase ID checks and inspections of facilities, deliveries, and packages. Some traffic will be restricted and vehicle barriers emplaced. Personnel can expect to experience some delays due to ID checks and vehicle inspections.

Maternity leave guidance released From the Chief of Naval Personnel

WASHINGTON (NNS) – As promised in the July 2 AlNav release, NavAdmin 182/15 announces Navy specific maternity leave information for expecting and new mothers since the start of the new year. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced on July 2 that effective immediately, women who serve in the Navy and Marine Corps will have 18 weeks of maternity leave available to use during the first year of her child’s life. “We have incredibly talented women who want to serve, and they also want to be mothers and have the time to fulfill that important role the right way,” Mabus said. “We can do that for

them. Meaningful maternity leave when it matters most is one of the best ways that we can support the women who serve our county. This flexibility is an investment in our people and our services, and a safeguard against losing skilled service members.” The guidance outlined in the NavAdmin outlines how Sailors can work with their commands to take advantage of this benefit, while still aligning with operational commitments. For more information, read the NavAdmin. Sailors with questions should consult their chain of command or send an email to For more news from Chief of Naval Personnel, visit www. navy. mil/local/cnp.

• FPCON Charlie applies when an incident occurs or intelligence is received indicating some form of terrorist action or targeting against personnel or facilities is likely. Under FPCON Charlie, installation commanders continue all FPCON Bravo measures and further restrict access to military facilities, increase barriers and increase random security patrols. In addition to inconvenient delays, personnel can expect special instructions and extra duties to support unit security. For example, be prepared for extra guard duties, alert orders and emergency response drills.

• FPCON Delta applies in the immediate area where a terrorist attack has occurred or when intelligence has been received that terrorist action against a specific location or person is imminent. FPCON Delta is declared as a local condition and, because it disrupts normal operations, is not intended to be sustained for substantial periods. In FPCON Delta, commanders bring their units to a high state of alert and many mission activities are delayed or canceled. All nonessential activities and movements are suspended and resources are focused on defense against attack.

NMETC celebrates Medical Service Corps birthday By MC1 Jacquelyn D. Childs NMETC Public Affairs

SAN ANTONIO (NNS) – The leaders in Navy Medicine education and training led a celebration of the 68th birthday of the Medical Service Corps (MSC) at their headquarters in San Antonio Aug. 4. Military and civilian members of the Navy Medicine Education and Training Command (NMETC) gathered at Joint Base San Antonio – Fort Sam Houston (JBSA-FSH)-based facility to recognize and discuss the history and heritage of the MSC “For all our MSCs, it really is a great day,” said Capt. Jim LeTexier, NMETC deputy commander and the command’s senior MSC officer. “Any day you can celebrate your heritage is great. It’s a tradition. That’s what we wake up every morning to go to work for.” Officially instated under the Army-Navy Medical Service Corps Act Aug. 4, 1947, Navy’s MSC has grown exponentially the past several decades. Originally made up of a handful of officers in only four specialties (Supply and Administration, Medical Allied Sciences,

Optometry and Pharmacy), there are now more than 3,000 active duty and reserve officers serving in 31 specialties wherever the Navy or Marine Corps has a presence. Medical Service Corps officers are diverse in their experience as they serve at on ships at sea, on a variety of deployments and humanitarian missions, and at joint medical research commands and Navy hospitals and clinics around the world. NMETC’s celebration consisted of reading a brief history of the corps and messages from Navy leadership including Vice Adm. Matthew Nathan, Surgeon General of the Navy and Chief of the Navy’s Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. “Medical Service Corps officers demonstrate their readiness around the world every day, at clinics, inpatient facilities, research labs, with the operational forces, and during humanitarian missions like Continuing Promise and Pacific Partnership,” Nathan said in his message. “They are an essential factor to the readiness and efficiency of our force and hold a prominent place in the proud history of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.”



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NASP icon of POW studies and treatment dies at 97 By Larry Coffey NMETC PAO

PENSACOLA (NNS) – A 97-year-old icon in the study and treatment of Repatriated Prisoners of War (RPW) passed Aug. 5 in his home in Pensacola. Retired Navy Capt. Robert E. Mitchell, Medical Corps, died of natural causes. Mitchell was best known for his namesake, the Robert E. Mitchell Center for POW Studies, located at the Navy Medicine Operational Training Center (NMOTC) at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola. The “Mitchell Center” provides follow-up evaluations of RPWs from Vietnam, Operation Desert Storm, Somalia, Bosnia and Operation Iraqi Freedom to study the mental and physical effects of captivity and to address how the findings apply to current military operations. The Mitchell Center holds the world’s only existing longitudinal study of the long-term

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effects of the POW experience, a study Mitchell began in 1973. He retired in 1990 and remained with the program emeritus until his passing. Known as a family man, Mitchell was a respected and unassuming physician who deeply loved his family, cherished caring for RPWs, and had an undying dedication to serving others. “He was the most humble man I ever met,” said Dr. Jeffrey L. Moore, executive director of the Mitchell Center. “Above all

Dr. Mitchell was a loving family man who was also unwaveringly devoted to the long-term care of the repatriate.” The Mitchell Center’s beginnings date to 1971 when Mitchell and the Navy, along with the Army and Air Force, established separate programs for their RPWs in anticipation of hostilities ending in Vietnam. The three services provided for the unique medical needs of the RPWs and their families. The Army and Air Force discontinued their original charter in 1978, and the Navy moved its operation from Point Loma, Calif., to NAS Pensacola, where the Navy programs were consolidated. In the 1990s, Air Force and Army repatriates from Vietnam were inducted into the Navy’s program, making the center the only DoDsanctioned RPW studies program. “Dr. Mitchell’s love and dedication to the men who came home from Vietnam in 1973 following years of tortuous cap-

tivity kept the Navy’s program open when the Army and Air Force programs closed in 1978,” Moore said. “When it was time to repatriate the 21 POWs from Operation Desert Storm in 1991, Dr. Mitchell again became an active participant and ensured that each could be followed in Pensacola, regardless of their service.” In January 1998 the center was formerly dedicated and named after Mitchell and continues to manage many of the POW-related health care needs of former POWs and their families at no cost to the patients. The Mitchell Center has evaluated more than 500 of the 660 former Vietnam repatriates since its inception and now evaluates more than 300 former POWs and their spouses annually. The patients represent all branches of the military, and participation is voluntary. Mitchell’s legacy will no doubt continue through the work being done at his namesake Mitchell Center, and

through other people and organizations he has influenced. One such organization is the Society of U.S. Navy Flight Surgeons, a private organization of current and retired flight surgeons dedicated to advancing the aerospace medicine practice. The society selects an emeritus Navy flight surgeon to receive the annual Robert E. Mitchell Lifetime Achievement Award. Moore said the 2016 selection, much like work at the Mitchell Center, won’t be the same. “Each year Dr. Mitchell would call me to learn the awardee’s name,” Moore said, “and to ask if I thought the awardee would mind if he sent a congratulatory letter. I will miss Dr. Mitchell’s ‘adult supervision,’ and I will be forever grateful to him for what he has done for me, the repatriates, Navy Medicine and the nation.” For more news from Navy Medicine Education and Training Command, visit www.

Robert E. Mitchell Center for Prisoner of War Studies’ unique, ongoing role From

The Robert E. Mitchell Center for Prisoner of War Studies is a special program of the Navy Medicine Operational Training Command (NMOTC). As such, the R.E. Mitchell Center provides follow up evaluations of repatriated prisoners of war (POW) from Vietnam, Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom to study the mental and physical effects of captivity and to address the findings’ applicability to current military operations. A unique institution, it singularly holds the longitudinal database of the long-term effects of repatriated

POWs and its comparison group. Vision: An American team of physically healthy and psychologically strong warriors, families and civilians whose resilience and physical fitness enables them to survive/perform and thrive in both the military and civilian sectors and to meet a wide range of operational demands. Mission: Provide evidence-based, captivity-related, medical lessons learned in order to equip and train medical and line/fleet forces for real world operations. Goal: Determine the long term physical and psychological effects related to POW internment.

The center’s objectives include: • Provide study results to the Department of Defense for integration into training future warriors. • Develop, propose, and conduct retrospective and prospective studies. • Build captivity-related longitudinal medical and psychological database. • Provide results to repatriated prisoner of war, enabling routine health maintenance and disability documentation. • Conduct medical and psychological evaluations on repatriated prisoners of war, the control group, and germane eligible beneficiaries. The Mitchell Center’s subject matter

expertise is recognized. Its executive director serves as an adviser to the congressionally mandated VA Advisory Committee on Former Prisoners of War and works closely with the VA on POW related matters including identifying medical and psychological conditions related to captivity. The center provided the Navy and Air Force medical and psychological information for adjudicating applications for combat-related special compensation. It also helped design the emotional fitness training module of the Army’s Comprehensive Soldier & Family Fitness Program.



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McBryde to assume command of HT-8 By Ens. Margaret E. Gresham NASWF Public Affairs

Cmdr. John D. McBryde will relieve Cmdr. Robert G. Sinram of duty as commanding officer of Helicopter Training Squadron Eight (HT-8) during a change of command ceremony Aug. 20 at 11:08 a.m. in the Naval Air Station Whiting Field atrium building. Under Sinram’s command as executive officer and commanding officer, HT-8 flew more than 30,570 flight hours and 14,609 sorties, resulting in the completion of more than 14,036 syllabus events despite resource shortfalls. This dedication enabled HT-8 to wing 254 Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and allied combat aviation professionals and fill all fleet readiness squadron seats on time with the highest quality aviators. In doing so, HT-8 earned a grade of “Outstanding” on the annual Chief of Naval Air Training Flight Instructor Training Standardization inspection and was awarded the Chief of Naval Operation’s Aviation Safety Award for 2014,

epitomizing Sinram’s focus on synergizing safety and mission accomplishment. Additionally, Sinram served as the Naval Helicopter Association president for Region Five. In this role, Sinram coordinated annual awards and professional military education events for the Gulf Coast Fleet Fly-in, a weeklong series of engagements wherein the squadron hosted 24 Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and civilian aircrews and their aircraft. Sinram’s exceptional professionalism, personal initiative, and loyal devotion to duty reflected great credit upon himself and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States naval service. Inspirational leadership, innovative allocation of limited resources, and dynamic management characterized his command tour as he led his squadron in the production of outstanding naval aviators. Sinram took command with 17 years of hard earned naval ex-

perience. A native of Bay Shore, N.Y., he attended the United States Naval Academy and graduated in 1997. He received his wings of gold from HT-18 in April of 1999 and reported shortly thereafter to sea duty with the “Gunbearers” of HC-11. He made several deployments aboard the USS Rainer and USS Camden to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Following HC-11, Sinram transitioned to the MH-60S helicopter and reported to Commander Helicopter Tactical Wing Pacific Fleet and was a fleet replacement squadron instructor at HSC-3 in addition to his schedule and operation officer positions. From 2006-2008, Sinram was assigned to USS Peleliu, where he served as the V-3 division and aircraft handling officer during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. He also served in Operation Enduring Freedom while deployed on the USS Rainier during his depart-

ment head tour. Following his department head tour, Sinram reported to the Joint Staff as assistant deputy director for operations, senior emergency actions officer, and presidential strike adviser on Operations Team Four, National Military Command Center. McBryde will be stepping into the role of commanding officer after 19 years of naval experience. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1996, where he served as a graduate assistant coach for the football team and received three varsity letters. He earned his wings in 1998 before being stationed in Corpus Christi, Texas, flying the MH-53E helicopter. For shore duty, he was selected to be a fleet replacement squadron (FRS) Flight Instructor in Norfolk, Va., where he completed Aviation Safety Officer’s School at the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, Calif. and was named the 2005 Hampton Roads Association of Naval Aviation’s Pilot of the Year for the Helicopter Mine Countermeasures (HM) com-

munity. As a department head in HM-14 in Norfolk, Va., he was the aviation safety officer and maintenance officer, as well as, the officer-in-charge of the forward deployed HM-14 detachment in Iwakuni, Japan. Following his department head tour, McBryde served in a joint duty assignment with the Joint Staff as the deputy branch chief of current interoperability assessments. After screening for command, McBryde was selected to be the Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Atlantic Fleet (HSCWL) liaison officer to Commander, Allied Naval Forces Central Europe at Naval Support Activity Bahrain. While there, he served as the HSCWL senior rotary wing advisor for Fifth Fleet helicopter operations. Prior to being slated to HT-8, McBryde served as the executive officer of Airborne Mine Countermeasures Weapon Systems Training School. Cmdr. Steve A. Audelo will be replacing McBryde as the HT-8 executive officer.

NASWF Branch Health Clinic wins Blue H Story, photo by Ens. Margaret E. Gresham NASWF Public Affairs

Naval Air Station (NAS) Whiting Field’s Branch Health Clinic received the Blue H Silver Eagle award for 2014. This health promotion and wellness award is an annual award sponsored by the Navy Surgeon General. It encourages and rewards the promotions of health in the Navy and Marine Corps organizations. There are several categories of the award, and NAS Whiting Field’s Naval Branch Health Clinic fell under the “medical” version. The medical version is awarded to active duty medical treatment

HM1 Marc Perkins, responsible for compiling all the data for the Blue H submission, stands next to the ribbon and congratulatory plaque that hangs in the NASWF Branch Medical Clinc.

facilities in recognition of excellence in clinical primary prevention policies, community health promotion and medical staff health in Navy medical organizations. This award assesses medical facilities on their programs, such as respon-

sible drinking, injury and violence-free living, nutrition, physical activity, sexual health, psychological health, tobacco use avoidance and cessation, and weight management. One of the main tools medical facilities use to gauge their patients over-

all health is the “Health Risk Assessment Survey.” The criterion includes health risk outcome measures which reveal the current risk behavior of command personnel. This survey, which should be taken yearly by personnel, is web-based and completely anonymous. The results of these surveys help inform leadership about the current levels of risk behavior among the command and can help direct future command-level efforts. The questions center on peoples habits such as: tobacco use, alcohol use, precautionary sexual and birth control methods, stress level, exercise routine, over-the-counter drug use, nutritional choices,

and sleep schedules. These questions are very personal, but can also help the Marines and Sailors do a self-evaluation and consider what choices, if any, they are making to live a healthier lifestyle. Within the medical category, NAS Whiting Field’s Naval Branch Health Clinic received the Silver Eagle award. To achieve the silver award a medical command must accumulate 50 percent of the total available points for every category and topic and must earn a minimum of 50 percent total available points. The points are accumulated through a 140-question criteria worksheet provided by the Navy Surgeon General. The health

clinic must go through and evaluate themselves using the criteria and resources provided. Each question has an associated website or tool that the health clinic can use to evaluate the question criterion. “This award really shows that, as a command, we are succeeding in our role to provide excellent patient care and educating our sailors on how to lead a healthier lifestyle,” HM1 Marc Perkins, who was responsible for gathering the information and submitting the package, said. “If our Sailors and Marines have healthier mind and bodies it translates into high output and more efficient production in all aspects of the Navy,” he added.

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Workshops focus on suicide prevention

SafeTALK workshops, sponsored by the NAS Pensacola Chapel, are scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon 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

Regatta marks V-Day anniversary

The official end of World War II – Aug. 14, 1945 – is known as V-Day or Victory Day. This year, the Navy Yacht Club will be honoring the anniversary by presenting the Commodore’s Cup Race No. 2, also known as the “V-Day Regatta,” Aug. 29 on Pensacola Bay. Race registration and a social will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Crow’s Nest at the Bayou Grande Marina. Entry fee is $35 with U.S. Sailing Membership and $40 for non-member. The skipper’s briefing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m., and race start is scheduled for noon. Post-race festivities will be held at the Bayou Grande Marina Aug. 30 will be reserved as a make-up day. For registration and more information go to For race information, contact Sue Stephenson by e-mail at

Marine group gathering in Mobile The 50th national convention of the Montford Point Marine Association started Aug. 12 and continues through Aug. 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 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 scramble rules. The competition is limited to 72 teams.

Partyline submissions You can submit information for possible publication in Partyline by sending an e-mail to Submissions must include the organization’s name and details about events including times, dates, locations and any costs involved. Contact information also is required. All submissions are subject to editing to comply with established standards. Items should be submitted at least one week in advance. The deadline is noon Friday for the next week’s publication. 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 For more information, call 452-8122 or (832) 725-5978.

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 developing 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. To register, contact the NAS Pensacola Chapel at 452-2341, ext. 5, or e-mail tony.bradford.ctr@

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. The Pensacola event is being organized by the Japan-America Society of Northwest Florida. 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 or call 361-8750. For more information, go to

Presentation planned for coin collectors

Members of the Pensacola Numismatic Society (coin club) will meet at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q restaurant, 630 North Navy Blvd. There will be a presentation on Canadian Large Cents and a coin auction will be conducted after the meeting. There is no cost to attend unless you plan to have dinner. For more information, call Mark Cummings at 332-6491.

Navy nurses plan Aug. 21 meeting

The Gulf Coast Navy Nurse Corps Association will have a “potluck” chapter membership meeting from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 21 at the home of Susie McCord, 7986 Castle Point Way, in the Crown Point subdivision off of Highway 98 West. Bring your favorite dish to the meeting or donate at least $5 to the educational scholarship fund. All former, current/active-duty, retired or Reserve Navy nurses are invited. For reservations or more information, call Vicki Coyle at (251) 942-6382 or Susie McCord at 776-2123.

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. Preregistration is required. To register, contact Lisa Duvall, MCFTB trainer, by phone at 452-9460, ext. 3012, or by e-mail at

Aug. 29 Japanese celebration planned

The 2015 Bon Fest is scheduled for noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 29 at Woodland Heights Resource Center, 111 Berkley Ave. The event will feature authentic Japanese food, dancing, fun and activities. The Matsuriza Taiko Drummers from EPCOT Center are scheduled to perform. Admission is free. For more information, contact Kumiko Curtis at 452-9599 or 501-1705. E-mail contacts are or



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National Flight Academy hosts Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida; See page B2 Spotlight


Children will begin classes Aug. 17

Ready, set, GO ... Back to school By Carissa Bergosh NASP School Liaison Officer

t’s that time of year again. Whether you are sending your little one off to the start of his or her first year of school or waving good-bye as your teen drives off to high school, there are some things you can do to promote a positive start to the school year.


Here are a few tips for parents: 1. Read and return promptly all the forms your child brings home. Some contain important information for your child to be successful. 2. Read the school’s student handbook and discuss important policies with your child. Review the rules for School buses and children are sharing the roadways in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties starting Aug. 17 – slow riding the bus too. A little time becoming familiar with down and be on the lookout for them. the district’s expectations may save you a lot of difficulties later. 6. Inform the school in advance of planned absences. Attend parent meetings and read school newsletters. Vol3. Instruct first-time locker users to record their locker When possible, schedule your child’s medical and den- unteer. Resist the urge to criticize teachers and adminiscombination and keep it in a place they will remember to tal appointments after school hours. Regular attendance trators in your child’s presence. How can your child learn look (maybe with you). is essential to maximum student achievement. When from someone they know you do not respect? Think 4. Ensure that your child’s counselor, teachers, and the possible, inform the school of any upcoming deploy- about it. school’s main office staff have accurate contact infor- ments. Communication is essential. While these directives do not guarantee success, if admation for you and your emergency designee. Keep the 7. Mark your calendar for dates when grade reports hered to, they are sure to help you avoid some foreseeable school updated on any changes. This is a very important will be issued. Your child’s grades and attendance can challenges. If you have questions about local schools school safety issue. be tracked online. https:// focus. escambia. k12. fl. us/ and anything in this article, don’t hesitate to contact 5. Know the school’s policies regarding cell phones, focus/ Carissa Bergosh, School Liaison Officer at NAS Penmedication, cameras, backpacks, etc. 8. Initiate positive involvement in your child’s school. sacola at 293-0322.

School zones surround NASP: slow down, watch for children From

Whether children walk or take the bus to school, it is extremely important that they take proper safety precautions. Here are some tips to share with your children to ensure their safety. Riding the bus to school: • When the bus arrives,

stand at least three giant steps (six feet) away from the curb. • If you have to cross the street in front of the bus, walk on the sidewalk or along the side of the road until you are five giant steps (10 feet) ahead of the bus. Then you can cross the street. • Be sure the bus driver

can see you and you can see the bus driver. • Never walk behind the bus. • If you drop something near the bus, tell the bus driver. Never try to pick it up first because the driver may not be able to see you. • If you have to cross the street in front of the bus, walk at least 10 feet ahead

of the bus along the side of the road until you can turn around and see the driver. • Make sure the bus driver can see you. • Wait for a signal from the driver before beginning to cross. • When the driver sig-

nals, walk across the road keeping an eye out for sudden traffic changes. • Do not cross the center line of the road until the driver has signaled that it is safe for you to begin walking. • Stay away from the

A quick study guide for better grades From NAPS

If you’re among the 37 million the Census Bureau says has a family member in school or the roughly 6 million with one in college, these tips could help improve your student’s chances of making the grade. High school and college students should: 1. Make a to-do list every day. Put things that are most important at the top, do them first and check them off. 2. Use spare minutes wisely. Get some reading done while you’re standing in a line, commuting on a bus or train or waiting for something to start. 3. Find the right time to study. You’ll work more efficiently if

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you figure out when you do your best work. 4. Review your notes nightly. This reinforces what you’ve learned, so you’ll need less time and effort right before a test. You’ll also be ready if you get called on in class or have to take a pop quiz. 5. Get homework help. There are many apps out there that can help students solve the toughest homework problems. Dictionary and atlas apps are also great resources. Got deadlines? There are apps for mangaing those, too. 6. Maximize current programs: Many computers come with online safety programs. Parents can use “Parental Controls” in Windows and Mac operating systems and the like for monitoring and managing what children view online.

Gosling Games Color Me ‘On the bus’

wheels of the bus at all times. Walking to school: • Walk to school with a group of children and always have a responsible adult with you. • Always walk on the sidewalk if one is available. • Walk facing the traffic, if no sidewalk is available. • The safest place to cross is at a street corner or intersection. • If you are 10 years old or younger, you need to cross the street with an adult. You should not cross by yourself. • Before you step off the curb to cross the street, stop and look all ways to see if cars are coming. When no cars are coming, it is safe for you and an adult to cross. But look left-right-left as you do it, and hold the adult’s hand. • Walk, don’t run.

Jokes & Groaners Jokes that are worse than homework, pt. II A boy was told to write a 100-word essay. He thought for a bit then started. “I went out to call my cat in for the night, so I called ‘kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty ...’ ” Teacher: Why did you eat your homework, Joe? Joe: Because I don’t have a dog. Q. Why are school cafeteria workers cruel? A. Because they batter fish, beat eggs and whip cream. Q. Where do New York City kids learn their multiplication tables? A. Times Square. Q. Why did the teacher go to Pensacola Beach? A. To test the water. Art teacher: “Jane, I told the class to draw a horse and cart, but you have only drawn a horse.” Jane: “Yes, teacher; the horse will draw the cart.”




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NFA hosts Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida Story, photos from National Flight Academy


uring a recent weekend, the National Flight Academy hosted more than 30 matches from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida. The matches took part in hands on stations that focused on weather, nature and aerodynamics. Matches also enjoyed artsand-crafts activities including leaf rubbing and designed paracord bracelets. “It was an awesome day for over 30 Big/Little matches. Our littles eyes were opened to math and science through innovative and fun ways of learning and the smiles on their faces during the day truly reflected the depth of excitement they felt,” said Paula Shell, CEO Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida.

“Thank you AT&T and National Flight Academy staff for making an impact in so many lives.” Additionally, matches were able to fly the X-12 Triad, a fictional, experimental aircraft, and enjoy lunch in the mess deck. This no-cost adventure was made possible using a grant from AT&T. “Both my Little and my husband’s Little loved the experience,” said Big Sister Allison McCrory. “I think the highlight for them was operating the simulators, but they enjoyed the crafts, games, and of course

Big Brother Guy Stevens and his Little Brother Issac work on a project at the National Flight Academy. More than 30 “Bigs” and “Littles” teamed up for STEM learning.

pizza as well. You never know if this kind of hands-on experience might spark interest in an aviation-related field. The kids also seemed to enjoy having a village of other mentors interacting with them in such a fun environment.” Since January, the National Flight Academy has been hosting AT&T Adventure Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month. The program provides an opportunity for students in grades K-12 to Big Sister Jennifer Law and her Little Sister Arlesia take controls of have a hands-on experience with a focused curriculum in the areas a flight simulator.

of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). August’s Adventure Saturday topic, “Tsunamis,” will take place tomorrow (Aug. 15). Visit https://camps cui. active. com/ orgs/ National Flight Academy 0#/ selectSessions/ 893803 to register, as space is limited for each session. Registration is $10 per child and lunch is provided. About the National Flight Academy: The National Flight Academy, located aboard NAS Pensacola, is designed to address the serious concerns of declining

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) skills and standards in the United States. The academy’s mission is to inspire students who subsequently return to their parent schools and seek out the more challenging courses in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The NFA is a self-supporting, tuition-based educational program. For more information about the National Flight Academy, visit http://www. national flight or visit Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.



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Gladys Knight tops lineup for Summer Fest From Banks Enterprise

The 2015 Gulf Coast Summer Fest is scheduled for 8 p.m. Sept. 5 at Pensacola Bay Center. This year’s lineup includes Gladys Knight, the R&B vocal group The Whispers and contemporary recording artist Stephanie Mills. A seven-time Grammy winner, Knight has had No. 1 hits in pop, gospel, R&B and adult contemporary, and has had success in film, television and live performances. Knight, known as the “Empress of Soul,” was the lead singer for Gladys Knight & the Pips. Georgia-born, Knight began

performing gospel music at age 4. All told, she has recorded more than 38 albums over the years, including several solo albums. The Whispers, began their career in 1963. Members of the group perfected tight harmonies on the street corners in the Watts section of Los Angeles and in nightclubs in the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area in the 1960s. The Whispers produced a string of hits over the next two decades and emerged as the leading romantic singers of their generation, racking up one gold album after another and charting numerous R&B hits throughout the 1970s and

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1980s. The Whispers were the first artists featured on the newly formed Soul Train label (co-owned by the TV show’s creator and host Don Cornelius and entrepreneur Dick Griffey). Their vocal style harkens back to a more genteel era of crooning, songs that speak to heartfelt emotions. Mills is one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary music. She is a Grammy and America Music Award-winning recording artist with five best-selling albums and 10 Billboard No. 1 singles. During the span of 35 years, Mills has distinguished herself as an actress and performer. Her critically acclaimed ap-

pearances in shows such as Tony Award-winning “The Wiz” have assured her of her consistent and loyal fan base. Mills hails from Brooklyn, N.Y., and grew up singing in her home church. Her vocal abilities became evident by age 9. For six consecutive weeks, a young Mills won the amateur night at the acclaimed Apollo Theatre. She also appeared on classical TV shows such as “Captain Kangaroo” and “The Electric Company.” Tickets to Summer Fest range from $37.50 to $81 (additional fees may apply). For more information, go to

Gladys Knight is scheduled to be one of the featured performers at the 2015 Gulf Coast Summer Fest Sept. 5 at the Pensacola Bay Center.





August 14, 2015

Morale, Welfare and Recreation

Members of Not Quite Fab, a Beatles tribute band, include Dickie Williams as Paul McCartney, Jeff Fitzpatrick as Ringo Starr, Jim DeStafney as George Harrison and Glenn Vignolo as John Lennon. Photo from Not Quite Fab

Concert recalls Beatles milestone From Pensacola Parks & Recreation

For what could be the biggest tribute show you’ll see this year on the Gulf Coast, Not Quite Fab will be invading the Blues Angel Music Blues on the Bay concert series at Community Maritime Park on Aug. 16, much like the Beatles invaded America and performed to a sold-out crowd at Shea Stadium in 1965. As a tribute to the 50th anniversary of that historic concert, Not Quite Fab will be performing the same set list performed by the Beatles in 1965. Plus they plan to bring on some “special guests” to keep the entertainment lively throughout the evening. You

won’t want to miss this “allstar” lineup including Ed Sullivan, Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, Gene Simmons (KISS), and Elton John tribute performers. And if all the music and entertainment wasn’t enough to make an incredible show, Blues Angel Music will be drawing for the winners to the grand raffle with more than $10,000 in prizes that have been donated by the music store’s vendors. Prizes include a Taylor 612CE guitar, a Fender Stratocaster, a Mapex drum kit and much more. All proceeds will go to the Blues Angel Music Foundation to support music education in the community. The Blues Angel Music Blues on the Bay Concert Se-

ries is a production of the City of Pensacola and Community Maritime Park presented by Blues Angel Music. The series runs each summer May through August at the Hunter Amphitheater in Community Maritime Park and features free concerts on Sundays when the Blue Wahoos are playing away games. The Aug. 16 concert will begin earlier than usual, at 5 p.m., and admission is free. In other concert news, the July 19 Downbeat Jazz Orchestra show that was rained out has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. Aug. 30. For more information about the Blues on the Bay concert series, call 436-5670 or go to www.pensacolacommunity

At the movies FRIDAY

“Minions” (3D), PG, 5 p.m.; “Minions” (2D), PG, 7 p.m.; “Ant-Man” (3D), PG-13, 9 p.m.; “Ant-Man” (2D), PG-13, 6 p.m.;“Trainwreck,” R, 8:30 p.m.


“Minions” (3D), PG, 1 p.m.; “Ant-Man” (3D), PG-13, 3 p.m.; “Terminator: Genisys” (3D), PG-13, 5:30 p.m.; “Trainwreck,” R, 8 p.m.; “Max,” PG, noon; “Minions” (2D), PG, 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.; “The Gallows,” R, 6:30 p.m.; “Ant-Man” (2D), PG-13, 8:30 p.m.


“Minions” (3D), PG, noon; “Ant-Man” (3D), PG-13, 2 p.m.; “Terminator: Genisys” (3D), PG-13, 4:30 p.m.; “Trainwreck,” R, 7 p.m.; “Max,” PG, 12:30 p.m.; “Minions” (2D), PG, 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m.; “Ant-Man” (2D), PG-13, 7:30 p.m.


“Minions” (3D), PG, 5 p.m.; “Ant-Man” (2D), PG-13, 7 p.m.; “The Gallows,” R, 5:30 p.m.; “Magic Mike XXL,” R, 7:30 p.m.


“Minions” (2D), PG, 5 p.m.; “Ant-Man” (2D), PG-13, 7 p.m.; “Max,” PG, 5:10 p.m.; “Trainwreck,” R, 7:30 p.m.


“Minions” (3D), PG, 5 p.m.; “Ant-Man” (3D), PG-13, 7 p.m.; “Terminator: Genisys” (2D), PG-13, 5:10 p.m.; “Ted 2,” R, 7:30 p.m.


“Minions” (2D), PG, 5 p.m.; “Ant-Man” (2D), PG-13, 7 p.m.; “Self/Less,” PG-13, 5:10 p.m.; “The Gallows,” R, 7:30 p.m.

COST Regular: $3 adults, $1.50 children ages 6-11, free for 5 and younger 3D shows: $5 adults, $3 children ages 6-11, free for 5 and younger

Details: 452-3522 or

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 • Youth Sports Fall Soccer: Registration in progress at the NASP Youth Center, Bldg. 3690. There is a $50 registration fee per child. Open to all dependents of active-duty, retired military, DoD employees, contractors and reservists ages 4-14. Skills evaluation Aug. 15. Coaches and assistant coaches also needed. For information, call 452-3810 or 452-2417. • Swim team tryouts: Pensacola Navy Youth Swim Team tryouts are scheduled for Aug. 17 at NASP Corry Station Pool. For more information, call 452-9429. • Splash In Movie: Put on your swimsuit and come to the NASP Corry Station Pool at dusk Aug. 20 for the Splash In Movie. It is open to all authorized patrons ages 18 and older. For more information, call 452-9429. • Pick a game and start bowling: Entertaining new bowling games show up on monitors at the NASP Corry Station Bowling Center. For more information, call 452-6380. • 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. 627. Free popcorn. For information, call 452-3806, ext. 3140. • Fitness for scholars: Registration for the Family Fitness Home School Scholar Program. Register today and make fitness a part of your home school program. First class scheduled for Sept. 15. For more information, call 452-6004. • 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. • More kayaks to rent: Six new two-man and six single kayaks have been added to the rental fleet at Blue Angel Naval Recreation Area. Kayak rentals times are 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Thursday and all day on Weekends. For more information, call 390-6133 or 281-5489. • 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. • New trailers for rent: Blue Angel Naval Recreation Area. You can reserve a two bedroom trailer with living room, kitchen and TV. Trailers will sleep six. No smoking or pets. For reservations, call 390-6133. • 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 • Make auto repairs: Auto Skills Center, NASP Corry Station, Bldg. 1006. Do vehicle repairs yourself. The center has tools, manuals (online), equipment, lifts and stalls, as well as knowledgeable staff to assist you. For more information, call 452-6542.

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

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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:; 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.



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 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: • Sun and Splash Playgroups: 10 a.m. to noon today, 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. • First Time Parents Class: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Aug. 17. For non-expecting partner.

Parenting tips that every new or beginner parent needs to know. Caring for your baby can be scary at first. This class will provide tips and techniques to help you care for your newborn. Topics include diaper changing, feeding, swaddling and much more. For more information or to register, call 452-5609. • Emergency Preparedness: 10 a.m. 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.

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

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County. Flexible schedules. For more information, go to • 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_



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