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NAS Pensacola FFSC TAP Job Fair Oct. 12 ... NASP Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) will be holding a Transition Assistance Program (TAP) Job Fair Oct. 12 at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the TGPS Classroom, Bldg. 741 (off Farrar Rd). The TAP Job Fair is open to all service members on active duty, reservists, guardsmen, retirees, spouses and family members. For more information, call 452-7788 or e-mail NASP_TAMP@NAVY.MIL.

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September 28, 2018

U.S.A.F. 359th Training Squadron hosts POW/MIA Remembrance Run By Ens. Scott Reagh NAS Pensacola Public Affairs

Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP) Command Master Chief CMDCM Mario Rivers carries the Prisoner of War/Missing in Action (POW/MIA) flag during the 359th Training Squadron-sponsored POW/MIA Remembrance Run Sept. 20 in the Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) courtyard onboard (NASP). U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps service members volunteered to walk or run circuits of the courtyard from 3 p.m. Sept. 20 through 3 p.m. Sept. 21, taking shifts in order to keep the POW/MIA flag in motion for the 24-hour event. Photo by Greg Mitchell

Service members of the 359th Training Squadron organized a 24-hour Prisoner of War/Missing in Action (POW/ MIA) Remembrance Run Sept. 20 to 21 around the Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) courtyard onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP). More than 300 U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps service members attended the Vigil Run opening ceremony, with several of those service members volunteering to walk or run circuits of the courtyard from 3 p.m. Sept. 20 through 3 p.m. Sept. 21, taking shifts in an effort to keep the POW/MIA flag in motion for the 24-hour event. 359th Training Squadron Instructor Tech. Sgt. Matthew Barnes said the event served to not only create an awareness of the nearly 131,000 U.S. service members who have been classified as prisoners of war and the more than 82,000 U.S. service members clas-

sified as missing in action for the largely student population attending the event, but to ensure the memories of sacrifices made by service members from years past are not forgotten. “Prisoners of war are held captive 24 hours a day, 365 days a year,” he said. “This is a not as well-known day that we recognize every year, and we wanted to start this run today (Sept. 20) and continue it for 24 hours to symbolize the vigilance and courage those POWs must have daily while held in captivity.” Guest speakers at the event included former POW retired U.S. Navy Capt. Robert Doremus, a radar intercept officer who spent nearly 2,800 days in captivity in Vietnam and was released from captivity during Operation Homecoming Feb. 12, 1973, and CMDCM Mario Rivers, the NAS Pensacola command master chief. Doremus, who was forced to eject from his McDonnell-Douglas F-4 Phantom II over North Vietnam on Aug. 24, 1965, See POW run on page 2

NAS Pensacola participates in two-day Commander’s Assessment of Readiness and Training (CART) By Ens. Scott Reagh NAS Pensacola Public Affairs

Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola’s security, fire and emergency management departments participated in the Commander’s Assessment of Readiness and Training (CART) exercise Sept. 26 to 27. CART, an administrative and physical exercise designed to provide participants an in-depth learning environment involving

possible real-world scenarios, is a Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC)-mandated certification event. “CART gives us the time we need to identify our needs in our training syllabus and to correct any mistakes we may have had during the two day event,” Burt Fenters, the NAS Pensacola emergency manager said. “Training for the real deal is critical if we are to maintain a high level of standards for our security and emergency responder teams here at NASP. Our goal over these two days was to find

and fill the holes in our response systems, providing a higher quality of base services for all those while they are onboard the base.” During the event, CNIC and Commander, Navy Region Southeast (CNRSE) evaluators assessed the base’s emergency response capabilities through a series of predetermined tests, including suspicious surveillance of the front gate, a gate runner scenario, a live shooter training exercise at the Mustin Beach Club and the finding and disabling of an improvised See CART on page 2

NAS Pensacola awarded 2018 National Recreation and Park Association gold By Ens. Scott Reagh NAS Pensacola Public Affairs

The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA) in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) announced Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP) as the 2018 National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management (Armed Forces Recreation category) Sept. 25 during the NRPA annual conference in India-

napolis, Ind. NASP’s receipt of the award caps off a thorough review of the command’s application by a panel of five park and recreation professionals, each recognized for their experience in parks and recreation on both local and national levels. NASP was one of four finalists for the award, edging out Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, Japan; Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in See Gold on page 2

NASP hosts softball championship ... Service members of the U.S. Navy battle service members of the U.S. Marine Corps during the 2018 Men’s Armed Forces Softball Championship held onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP). The three-day tournament consists of teams from all branches of service. At series’ end, the U.S. Marine Corps team were crowned champions; Navy and Air Force took silver. Photos by Greg Mitchell

NAS Pensacola Notes ... U.S. Birthday Navy Ball .... The 243rd U.S. Navy Birthday Ball will be held Oct. 13 in the National Naval Aviation Museum onboard NAS Pensacola. “Forged By The Sea” is the theme for 2018’s gala with 6 p.m. cocktails and a 7 p.m. dinner. Attire is dinner dress whites (military) and black tie equivalent (civilians). Hosted by Training Air Wing Six Command. For more go to https://www. facebook.com/pensacolanavyball. For tickets, go to https://www.accelevents.com/events/PensacolaNavyBall. Flu vaccines ... Flu vaccines are available at Naval Hospital Pensacola (NHP) for TRICARE beneficiaries over the age of 6 months. Beneficiaries enrolled to Family Medicine or Internal Medicine should visit their team to receive a flu vaccination without an appointment Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Beneficiaries not enrolled to a Medical Home Port Team or enrolled to the Pediatrics Clinics can receive the flu vaccine at the Immunization Clinic Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Patients enrolled to a Naval Branch Heath Clinic should contact their clinic to check on the availability of the vaccine. NHP is holding a Drive-Through Flu Vaccine Clinic at the hospital Oct. 13 from 8 a.m. to noon. For more, call 505-6257.

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September 28, 2018


Old Corry Field Road bridge replacement scheduled to start in mid-October ... Escambia County will begin a

replacement project of the bridge on Old Corry Field Road starting in mid-October. The project is expected to take approximately one year and will close the road at the project site. The bridge was damaged during flooding in 2014 and was replaced with a temporary bridge. The new bridge will be a permanent replacement. There will be impacts to local traffic, so plan accordingly.

Federal Impact Aid Surveys coming soon From Carissa Bergosh NASP School Liaison Officer

All NAS Pensacola (NASP) members and civilian employees (including contractors) who are parents or guardians of school-age children attending public schools should be on the lookout for the Federal Impact Aid survey cards, which will be distributed Oct. 1. These cards will be sent home from school with your children. Data received from the Federal Impact Aid survey cards is a source of desperately needed funding for our local schools.

For our schools to be awarded the maximum amount of funding available, all you have to do is fill out the card and return it to your child’s school. Cards must be returned for the data to be collected that will qualify our local schools for the additional funding that is offered under the Federal Impact Aid program. All military dependent and “federally connected” students in grades K-12 attending public schools are eligible. “Federally connected” children include those whose parents or guardians are federal civilian

employees or contractors. The children of civilian employees and contractors who work at NAS Pensacola qualify as federally connected. Federal Impact Aid surveys are conducted annually. The data received determines the amount of additional funding local schools are allocated to help off-set the tax revenue that is lost due to the tax exempt status of the Federal property located in the school district. Simply equated, the more military dependent and federally connected students living in and reported by a school district

the more funding the district receives. It is recommended that parents discuss this information with their children so the children understand the importance of the survey and that they expect to receive a survey card when they are distributed in the schools. Important to note is that the personal data a person supplies on the survey cards is protected under Privacy Laws. So, heads up: Be on the lookout for the Impact Aid cards. With the severe budget cuts that have come to the District

Schools, Impact Aid is a source of needed funds. Let us demonstrate our strong partnership with the local school district by reviewing and returning the Impact Aid forms in a timely manner. If for some reason you do not receive a card, contact your child’s school. Carissa Bergosh is the School Liaison Officer for NAS Pensacola. If you have questions about this article or concerns about an educational issue impacting your child, she can be reached via e-mail at Carissa. bergosh@navy.mil or by phone at 712-4105.

CART from page 1 explosive device (IED). Evaluators also provided critiques on areas which NAS Pensacola departments could improve, something NAS Pensacola Commanding Officer Capt. Christopher Martin said is imperative in the continuing development of one of the largest U.S. Naval facilities on the Gulf Coast. “We’re always looking to improve our capabilities,” he said. “Assessments such as this provide opportunities for us to gauge our responsiveness to adverse events. Our security, fire and emergency management departments have always been outstanding, and watching them respond during these scenarios reinforced my belief that we have the finest Sailors and civilian employees in the Navy.” Retired U.S. Navy Capt. Robert Doremus, guest speaker at the 359th Training Squadron’s Prisoner of War/Missing in Action (POW/MIA) Remembrance Run, speaks to the nearly 300 individuals during the Run’s opening ceremonies in the Naval Air Technical Training Center’s (NATTC) courtyard onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola. Photo by Greg Mitchell

POW run from page 1 addressed the largely student audience on the importance of working together as a means of achieving common goals. “The whole time we were there, we were joint forces,” he said. “We had Marines, we had Air Force, we had Navy – enlisted and officer – and there were some civilians. You followed your creed and you became part of a team. And the whole idea is that of the ‘team,’ and that’s what it looks like out there when you see these troops running, marching, and standing at attention – they’re a team. That’s how it works, and that’s how it worked in prison. Rivers also spoke to the gathered students, stressing the importance of teamwork from the incept of a service member’s training and maintaining the strong heritage all services share.

“No matter the uniform that you wear, we’re all brothers in arms and we could all be put in harm’s way,” he said. “Here at NAS Pensacola we’re joint – one team, one effort, and that’s something we try to stress no matter if you’re Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps or Coast Guard. There’s a rich history in our country of folks who went to the front lines and served their country honorably and are still here today. It’s incumbent on us as leaders to ensure that we keep that legacy alive for years to come.” Naval Air Station Pensacola, referred to as the ‘Cradle of Naval Aviation,’ is designed to support operational and training missions of tenant commands, including Naval Aviation Schools Command, the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training, Marine Aviation Training Support Groups 21 and 23 and is the headquarters for Naval Education and Training Command.

Gold from page 1 Kittery, Maine and Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. “This is truly a recognition of the NAS Pensacola installation team,” Kerry Shanaghan, the NAS Pensacola Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) director said. “MWR (Pensacola) support the quality of life enjoyed by our service members, retirees, government employees and their families. “The folks here at MWR and the partners we work with come to work every day to support this quality of life for our service members and their families. We have been working on this award for more than ten years, and we are the third installation to win it.” Prior National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management (Armed Forces Recreation category) include Naval Station

“NAS Pensacola: History in Focus” ... NASP History in Focus is a photo feature designed to draw attention to the rich historical legacy of the base. A photo or photos will be published each week showing an interesting, obscure or historically significant feature of NAS Pensacola. The first person who e-mails Gosport to correctly identify the object and its location will win a $5 coupon good toward food or beverages purchased at the Navy Exchange (NEX) onboard NASP. E-mail your answer to NASPGosport@gmail.com. Winner and answer will be announced on NASP Public Affairs Facebook at www. facebook.com/NASPPAO and in the following week’s Gosport. (Readers can win once per month).

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Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla.: A Bicentennial Defense Community Commanding Officer – Capt. Christopher T. Martin 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 biplane 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 one of the

Navy’s most modern fighter aircraft, the F/A18 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, 314 North Spring St., Suite A, Pensacola, Fla. 32501, in the interest of military and ci-

(NS) Great Lakes, Ill. and Naval Submarine Base King’s Bay, Ga. Shanaghan added that NAS Pensacola’s MWR annually provides services to more than three million individuals at a variety of locations including three main locations at NAS Pensacola, NAS Pensacola Corry Station and Blue Angel Recreation Park, managing a golf course, five fitness facilities, two marinas and several beaches, with Ski Beach onboard NAS Pensacola just finished with renovations. “This award is truly bigger than just MWR,” Shanaghan said. “This award touches other agencies such as public works, and their support of our facilities. The tenant commands we reach out to for support through volunteers for our large free events all contribute to the MWR mission. We are proud to support our Navy family members – it’s a big team.”

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NETC conducts leadership offsite From Naval Education and Training Command Public Affairs Leaders from the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) domain gathered for a meeting to discuss the “street to fleet” process of transforming civilians into warfighters Sept. 18 through 19. Senior leaders from NETC, Navy Recruiting Command, Naval Service Training Command, Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center, and NETC’s learning centers and training support centers, examined force development execution strategies supporting fleet readiness across the accession supply chain. Among several major focus issues, the week was spent assessing how the entire Force Development domain becomes “better, faster and more effective” in supporting the fleet customer as the Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education (MPT&E) enterprise undergoes transformation. “People are the key enabler to our Navy’s competitive edge in an environment that today is focused upon great power competition,” Rear Adm. Kyle Cozad, NETC commander said. “We owe the

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Rear Adm. Kyle Cozad (far right), commander, Naval Education and Training Command (NETC), discusses “street to fleet” issues with Rear Adm. Mike Bernacchi (center), commander, Naval Service Training Command, along with John Jones, NETC executive director (left), during the NETC offsite. Leaders from throughout the NETC domain gathered to focus on a variety of topics involving transformation efforts, such as Sailor 2025 and Ready, Relevant Learning; future information technology systems; Sailorization; voluntary education and recruiting advances. Photo by Carla M. McCarthy

fleet the very best including greater agility and responsiveness in training system and curriculum delivery. How we recruit, train, and then provide our Sailors with continuous learning and development is an essential element in the competition that we face today for people.” Sailor 2025 is a key aspect, particularly the Ready, Relevant Learning (RRL) piece, that is changing an industrial

model of training to a modernized method of delivering the right training at the right time in a Sailor’s career. “Our focus on execution of the first stage or Ready, Relevant Learning – block learning – is allowing many of our schoolhouses to provide training closer to the point when our Sailors actually need it,” Bill Marvel, NETC’s RRL program manager, said. “We’re also excited about the

work we’re doing to support the next stage of RRL, where we’ll leverage technology to bring modern, mobile and modular training to our Sailors.” Harnessing future information technology (IT) is also critical to streamlining personnel management processes to improve quality of service to Sailors, fleet commanders and the Navy as a whole. This includes integrating IT architecture, highlighting adaptability and focusing on the goals of enabling Sailor selfservice through single signon, commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) products and authoritative data consolidation. “We’re pursuing a learning stack concept when it comes to our technology that operates around a robust integrated COTS architecture,” Robyn Baker, NETC’s command information officer, said. “Today’s Sailors prefer to learn by gaming, demonstration videos, simulations and collaboration. NETC’s move to a cohesive, integrated IT solution with best business practices and modern user interfaces will provide dynamic training solutions.” Along with technology advances, the group also discussed changes to the ways

that the Navy plans for recruiting and detailing Sailors as they move through initial and advanced skills training. “We are all working toward a more agile and customerfocused approach across the board as we manage our talent,” Cozad said. “Working hand in hand with the fleet, the goal is all about improving the way we recruit, train, educate, manage and retain the best Sailors in the world.” The MPT&E Transformation is a modernization effort that will overhaul the way human resources (HR) services are provided to all Sailors, their families, and future recruits. Over the next several years, the Transformation will change how services are offered throughout a Sailor’s entire “Hire-to-Retire” life cycle, by streamlining processes and systems to improve the speed, accuracy, and quality of HR services. For additional information on Naval Education and Training Command, visit the NETC website at https://www. netc.navy.mil or http://www. navy.mil/local/cnet and follow NETC on Facebook at www. facebook.com/netcpao. Get more information about the Navy from U.S. Navy facebook or twitter.

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NRSE assesses Leadership Pilot Program for CNIC Enterprise By MC2 Amanda E. Battles Navy Public Affairs Support Element East Detachment Southeast


avy Region Southeast (NRSE) is using participant feedback to assess a leadership development pilot program for military and civilian supervisors which was directed by leaders in Congress. Leadership development is just one of the “Five Lines of Effort” Commander, Naval Installations Command (CNIC) initiated when it announced its Human Capital Strategy Program focused on better education and training for supervisors. “A supervisor interacts with employees every single day,” John Kelly, the Navy Region

Southeast (N1) Director of Total Force Management said. “We know that retention, commitment and quality of work are all enhanced by good supervision. Those are facts that are recognized both by the federal government and the civilian sector. The well-executed role of a supervisor is vital to success.” Kelly, who is leading the Southeast Region in its assess-

ment, also oversaw the introduction and implementation phases of the pilot program. Within the leadership training curriculum were courses in human resources for supervisors, building leadership and hiring managers. Each was tailored to educate supervisors and arm them with the tools needed to improve their communication and leadership skills. “I used the techniques taught in class on my first day back to work,” Jason Zayakosky, Command Navy Region Southeast supervisory human resources specialist said. “One of the techniques I learned and have applied is to avoid using directive language to your subordinates. It is better to offer openended questions and adapt their ideas. I have noticed they

are more self-motivated to get work done, and I don’t have to micromanage.” According to Kelly, after the assessment phase is complete, the program will be revised with lessons learned and then implemented across the entire CNIC enterprise in conjunction with the Defense Performance Management Assessment program in the spring. New supervisors would likely be required to complete their training courses within the first year of being hired, while seasoned supervisors will be allotted slightly more time to finish. “Surveys have shown that supervisors really enjoyed and valued what they learned in the courses,” Kelly said. “Participants have appreciated learning, recognizing and improving their leadership skills.”

NRSE Regional Program Director, labor/employee relations Cruz Belardo was a recent participant in the building leadership class. “The training is very beneficial to supervisors if you take the time to listen, be openminded, and look at it as a tool to add to your tool box,” he said. “Good supervising is a matter of engaging with your employees and seeing the other side of things.” For Kelly, the courses are about more than just increasing skills in the Navy’s workforce. “The premise is that the organization will be better if we make our supervisors better,” Kelly said. Supervisors interested in leadership training may go to their regional admin department (N1) or speak with their installation program integrators to gather more information and register for required training.

U.S. Navy observes Hispanic Heritage Month By Yonca Poyraz-Dogan Navy Office of Information Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) – The Navy observes National Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, highlighting the histories and accomplishments of Americans from Spanish-speaking areas. This year’s theme is “Hispanics: One Endless Voice to Enhance our Traditions.” As of June 2018, approximately 59,000 active-duty and Reserve Sailors of Hispanic heritage serve in the U.S. Navy, contributing to the strength of the nation’s force. Hispanic Americans’ military service dates back to the Civil War. One well-known example is Jorge Farragut who was born on the Spanish island of Minorca and joined the South Carolina Navy in 1779. Remembered as one of the first Hispanic Revolutionary War heroes, he was instrumental in securing a Union victory in New Orleans

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April 28, 1862. When Adm. Farragut died in 1870, President Ulysses S. Grant led 10,000 Soldiers and Sailors through the streets of New York during his funeral procession. Several members of the Hispanic community – military and civilian – have significant contributions toward protecting the nation and embodying Department of Defense values. Sixty people of

Hispanic heritage have been awarded the Medal of Honor, two were presented to members of the Navy, 13 to members of the U.S. Marine Corps and 46 to members of the U.S. Army. USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) was named in honor of Navy Cross recipient Marine Corps Sgt. Rafael Peralta who was killed in Fallujah, Iraq, in 2004. An Arleigh Burke-class guid-

ed-missile destroyer, Rafael Peralta was commissioned in a ceremony at Naval Air Station North Island in July last year. Peralta, who was born in Mexico City, Mexico, immigrated to the United States with his family. He joined the Marine Corps in 2000 after receiving his Green Card. Peralta was awarded a Navy Cross, the country’s second highest military award, subsequently.

The tradition of observing Hispanic heritage began in 1968, when President Lyndon B. Johnson designated a week in mid-September as National Hispanic Heritage Week. Twenty years later in 1988, President Ronald Reagan extended that week to a month-long observance. The heritage month’s dates refer to Independence Day anniversaries of Latin American

countries – Sept. 15 is the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico declared its independence Sept. 16, and Chile Sept. 18. The Navy is strengthened by the diversity of its force as it underlines that patriots of Hispanic American Heritage continue to build legacies of freedom and diversity as they fight for the security of the country and the peace of the world. Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI) provides printable posters, presentation, guidance for organizing observance and education facts on their website, under the section “Special Observances.” For more information about the history of Hispanic Americans and their numerous contributions to the Navy, visit Naval History and Heritage Command’s website at https:// www.history.navy.mil/ browse-by-topic/diversit y/hispanic-americans-in-the-navy.html.





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September 28, 2018


Blue Anchor Belles harmonize with patriotic, nostalgic charm By Kaitlyn Peacock Gosport Staff Writer


ensacola, the Cradle of Naval Aviation, is home to three vital training bases for the U.S. Navy: Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP), NASP Corry Station and NAS Whiting Field. It is also home to a large veteran population, who enjoy living their retirement on sugar white beaches with the Blue Angels practicing in the skies above. In care facilities and assisted living homes, World War II veterans are given a special treat when a stage is set up, and in step the Blue Anchor Belles. Consisting of a quartet of Navy spouses, the four come together to sing classic 40s, 50s and 60s tunes to the elderly veteran community, and also to the youngest generation of naval aviation students around Pensacola. The group was founded by Goldie Lahr and Amie Glazier, who first met in Okalahoma City at Tinker Air Force Base (AFB). They formed the Blue Anchor Belles and performed for the veteran and military community, but too soon, Glazier’s husband received orders to NAS Whiting Field in Milton. “The Blue Anchor Belles was the saddest thing I had to leave,” Glazier said. “I mean I loved our home in Okalahoma, I loved our friends, I loved our community, but it was leaving the Blue Anchor Belles that was the hardest.” After an unsuccessful attempt to set up a Blue Anchor Belles Pensacola, Glazier said she could only pray that Lahr and her husband would move to Florida. Not so long after, she received the good news. Lahr and her husband moved to NAS Whiting Field, where she and Glazier started setting up the

new Blue Anchor Belles. Soon after Liz Davis joined the group and in May 2018, Veancha White finished the quartet. The group has sung at military events and venues such as the NAS Whit-

that to them and being able to connect with them in that way.” Music, Lahr explained, can be a huge morale boost for veterans who may be struggling with memory disorders, or can bring a bit of nostalgia to a elders in a care facility. “One of my full time jobs is singing at assisted living centers, memory care units, and music for theory,” she said. “A lot of these people can’t remember what they had for breakfast that morning, but they can remember the entirety of their service. So it’s very therapeutic for them to hear these oldfashioned songs.” White, who is the newest of the group, said she was surprised the effect their songs have on people, but she is honored to be able to bring a bit of joy to the community.

The Blue Anchor Belles entertain with an old-fashioned military-friendly theme. Marin Merkley photo

ing Field Navy Ball and the National Naval Aviation Museum, but their main focus is on serving the veteran community. “As Blue Anchor Belles, our hearts really go out to veterans, specifically World War II veterans,” Glazier said. “A lot of what we do is singing in memory care facilities and doing music therapy, because connecting with these veterans, or even their spouses, really brings them back to a time that was sweet and fun. I love being able to give

“A lot of people we sing to, usually they come up after the show and say ‘Oh, I used to listen to that stuff when I was younger,’ or ‘My parents listened to these,’ ” White said. “Those songs, they hold a special meaning because music will remind you of good feelings. Some of those songs are so sentimental and it’s nice to be able to bring those happy memories back to people and have them appreciated. You can see them singing. It’s cool to me because I’ve only

known the songs for like three months, but they are singing along because they have known these songs forever.” Along with performing for veterans, the Belles also sing at military events such as the Spouse Entrepreneurship Symposium onboard NAS Pensacola, the NAS Whiting Field Navy Ball and at the National Naval Aviation Museum onboard NASP. While singing at these events, the Belles still perform the classic 50s music, even if the younger audience does not recognize many of the songs. Lahr explained that it is important to keep the music alive for the generations to come. “It almost seems like it’s dying out, so it’s nice to keep it alive and I feel like we are doing that,” she said. “It’s a timeless era, I feel like. Someone’s got to teach these younger kids these old songs, so we feel like we are doing that.” Being stationed at NAS Whiting Field and being able to perform at the many bases nearby is a good change for the Belles, according to Glazier. The Gulf Coast, especially around Pensacola, has a long military history, one that the Belles are thankful to be included. “Here, it’s just so much more patriotic, people are so much more in tune with the military lifestyle,” Glazier said. “It’s something much more unique … Being here in the cradle of naval aviation, it just kind of felt like coming home.” White said she first joined the Belles because she loved to sing, but she has learned to love it for the music they perform and for the service they are able to provide for the veteran community. “I just feel like one day, when I’m looking back at this time, I’ll be able to tell my kids ‘I was there, we were stationed in Pensacola and I got to sing for people who served their country,’ ” White said. “I’ll never be able to give back at the same quality as what they gave us. But I was there and got to entertain them and make them smile, if just once.”



September 28, 2018


Pensacola native earns her wings of gold onboard NAS Whiting Field By Lt.j.g. Harrison Garrett NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs Office


fter growing up surrounded by naval aviation in Pensacola and northwest Florida, Lt.j.g. Lauren Burns earned her wings of gold onboard Naval Air Station Whiting Field (NASWF) Aug. 24 at a winging ceremony. Burns was influenced by military aviation and aircraft flying from nearby NASWF, NAS Pensacola (NASP), Eglin Air Force Base (EAFB) and Hurlburt Field. She said while growing up, she would watch the Blue Angels practice from her backyard. “I admired (the Blue Angels) and wondered what it would be like to fly,” Burns recalled. Her interest to pursue aviation as her career, however, did not start until she was doing “summer training excursions” as a Midshipman at Norwich University, Vt. Burns’ influence to pursue aviation was primarily from living in Pensacola, but her late grandfather was enlisted in the Navy and worked on the Blue Angels aircraft for several years. Burns’

father would tell her stories of her grandfather and show Burns her grandfather’s military memorabilia. As a gift on the day she winged, her father presented Burns a pair of wings with the Blue Angels on it that had belonged to her grandfather. After commissioning from Norwich University in 2016, Burns began her path to wings the same place all Naval Aviators have started for decades. She spent six weeks on classroom academics and physiological training in aviation pre-flight indoctrination (API) onboard NAS Pensacola. She then came to NAS Whiting Field for primary flight training in Training Squadron Two (VT-2), flying the T6-B Texan II. Following primary flight

Ombudsmen appreciation ... NAS Whiting Field

(NASWF) Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) and Training Air Wing Five celebrated the installation’s Ombudsmen last week at an appreciation dinner in Milton. Ombudsmen are critical to service members, providing ongoing interface and resources for family members. Pictured are Amanda Emma (HT-8), Meagan Eaton (NAS Whiting Field), Maggie Dori (VT-2), Veancha White (VT3), and Stephanie Coshen (VT-6). NASWF Commanding Officer Capt. Paul Bowdich and Training Air Wing Five’s Commodore Col. David Morris thanked the Ombudsmen for all their hard work and support after signing the proclamation. Photo by Julie Ziegenhorn

Lt.j.g. Lauren Burns is pinned with her wings of gold by her father Robert E. Burns Aug. 24 onboard NAS Whiting Field. Photo by Lt.j.g. Matt Lembo

training, Burns selected to fly the TH-57 Sea Ranger onboard NAS Whiting Field under Helicopter Training Squadron Eight (HT-8). “Going through flight school has afforded me self-confidence,” Burns said. “I surprised myself so many times with what I was capable of doing. In the beginning of every new block of flights, I’d feel overwhelmed with the influx of information that would be coming my way, but I always pushed through it

and learned from both the good and the bad flights.” Burns said that her favorite part of flight school was watching herself and her peers grow as professionals and aviators. She is looking forward to joining the fleet after two years of training to be “integrated into the mission and for the leadership opportunities that are to come ...” Burns said that the best part of being in the Navy is the people. “The individuals I have met during my time in the Navy are in-

credible and all so different,” she said. “It’s amazing how so many unique individuals can come together to form such a well-functioning, dynamic team.” Burns was joined on stage Aug. 24 by her husband Marine 1st Lt. Kevin Stupak, her brother Robert E. Burns IV, her mother Tammy Burns, her best friend Kelsey Gallagher, her grandmother Brenda Smith and was pinned with her wings of gold by her father Robert E. Burns III. Burns is headed to Norfolk, Va. for training in her fleet helicopter at Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Two (HSC-2) flying the MH-60S. “My current short-term hopes for my career progression are to finish the Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) syllabus and pick up an expeditionary squadron out of Norfolk,” Burns commented. “As for my long-term hopes, I have considered the possibility of switching over to the flight surgeon program after flying in the fleet for a few years.”

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DFCS meets honor service members

The Pensacola Distinguished Flying Cross Society (DFCS) meets every other month on the second Thursday of the month at 11:30 a.m. at Franco’s Italian Restaurant, 523 E. Gregory St. The next lunch meeting will be Oct. 11. The Distinguished Flying Cross medal honors military officers and enlisted members who distinguished themselves by heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight. Among distinguished DFC medal receivers is the late Sen. John McCain. For more information about DFCS membership and lunch meetings, e-mail ronaldhall2@aol.com or call 458-2504.

Local MOPH orders meets monthly

The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) Chapter 566 and MOPH Auxiliary Unit 566 host monthly meetings for veterans and family members. Meetings are held every third Saturday of the month, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Church of Christ, 4286 Woodbine Road. The next meeting will be Oct. 20. For more information, contact MOPHA Unit 566 President Ann Smithson at 712-4745.

DLAB and DLPT tests available

Interested in taking the Defense Language Aptitude Battery (DLAB) or the Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT) for foreign languages? Tests are administered Wednesdays at the Navy Language Testing Office Bldg. 634. Test appointments are accepted through www. mnp.navy.mil/group/information-warfare-training/ndfltp. For more language testing information, e-mail CIWT_CRRY_Lang_Testing_Pensacola@navy.mil. Learn more about what the Center for Language, Regional Expertise and Culture offers at www.netc.navy. mil/centers/ciwt/clrec.

Onboard NASP Gulf Coast retired military seminar

The 45th annual Gulf Coast Area Retired Military Seminar is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 13, at the Mustin Beach Club.


High Holy Days service schedule

Brick engraving for Wall South

The TempleBeth El have announced their upcoming High Holy Days service schedule. The schedule: • Sukkot: Sept. 28 shabbat under the stars service and dinner 6 p.m. • Simchat Torah: Sept. 30, service and consecration of new students 11:15 a.m. TempleBeth El is located at 800 N. Palafox Street. All services are free and open to the public. For more information, call 438-3321.

The Veterans Memorial Park Foundation launched a brick engraving fundraiser titled Walk of Honor to allow members of the local community to sponsor an engraved memorial brick on behalf of fallen veterans. Community members can also sponsor engraved memorial bricks to show their lasting support for the veteran community. The Walk of Honor will replace the current walkway that leads to Wall South, the only permanent replica of the National Vietnam War Memorial, located at Memorial Park in downtown Pensacola. Sadly, the path to freedom comes with great sacrifice, not just for the ones we lost but for the ones we left behind. The Walk of Honor will allow their sacrifice to be known and honored in our own local area. For more information, contact Nancy Bullock, VMPF Board Member, at 982-8977 or e-mail contactvmpf@ gmail.com.

Annual JUMP set for Oct. 6

The Japan-America Society of Northwest Florida cordially invites you to attend the fourth annual JapanU.S. Military Program (JUMP) Oct. 6 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the National Naval Aviation Museum. Featured speakers will include Honorable Kenji Hirata, Consul General, Consulate General of Japan in Miami; Ambassador James Zumwalt, CEO, Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA and Cmdr. Barnet Harris, commanding officer of Training Squadron THREE (VT-3), NAS Whiting Field. A reception will follow on the USS Cabot flight deck. Enjoy reunions, presentations, Shakuhachi bamboo flute, Taiko drum and Japanese food. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP is highly encouraged. To register and for more information, e-mail info@jasnwfl.org or call 602-7049.

The keynote speaker will be retired Navy Capt. Paul Frost. He will present a legislative update on military and veterans benefits. Capt. Amy Branstetter, commanding officer of Naval Hospital Pensacola, is also scheduled to speak. Representatives from the Veteran’s Administration, Naval Hospital Pensacola, TRICARE, Naval Regional Legal Service Office, Retired Activities Office and Veterans Service Organizations will be available to address retiree issues and answer questions. Additionally, for retirees who want information on the new Tricare dental and vision plans, representatives from authorized contractors will be available to answer questions on the different plans. For more information, contact Paul Maxwell at 4525618.

Annual Greek Festival announced

The 59th Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church Festival will be held Oct. 12 through 14 at the church located on 1720 W Garden Street. Festival times are: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Oct. 12 and 13, and noon to 5 p.m., Oct. 14. For more details on the festival, see Gosport page B3. For more information, visit www.pensacolagreekfestival.com.

NEX celebrates Navy’s birthday

Local American flag ceremony

Celebrate the Navy’s 243rd Birthday with the Navy Exchange (NEX) Oct. 12 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Special guests will include an appearance from Kazoo, the Blue Wahoos’ mascot. There will be a cake cutting, games and more, including a special Call of Duty video game tournament. For more information, call 458-8884.

The Brownsville Assembly of God Church, located at 3100 W. Desoto St., is sponsoring an American Flag Ceremony in honor of all military veterans and the Brownsville community Nov. 4 from noon to 12:30 p.m. All active-duty and retired military veterans, family members and community members are invited to attend For more information, e-mail rwatkins7181@yahoo. com.






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September 28, 2018



POW recounts

President Donald J. Trump proclaims Sept. 21 National POW/MIA Recognition Day

Operation Linebacker II

From https:// www. whitehouse.gov

“Throughout American history, the men and women of our Armed Forces have selflessly served our country, making tremendous sacrifices to defend our liberty. On National POW/MIA Recognition Day, we honor all American prisoners of war and express our deep gratitude for the courage and determination they exemplified while enduring terrible hardships. We also pay tribute to those who never returned from the battlefield and to their families, who live each day with uncertainty about the fate of their loved ones. These families are entitled to the knowledge that their loved ones still missing and unaccounted for will never be forgotten. “As a Nation, it is our solemn obligation to account for the remains of our fallen American service members and civilians and to bring them home whenever possible. We owe an incalculable debt of gratitude to these patriots who gave their last full measure of devotion for our country. For this reason, I have pledged my Administration’s best efforts to account for our country’s missing heroes. We continue to work to account for the missing personnel from the Vietnam War. American and partner nation search teams are also working tirelessly in South Korea, Europe, the South Pacific, and elsewhere around the world to recover and identify those who served in World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, and other past conflicts. “During my meeting with Chairman Kim Jong Un of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in June, I raised my concern for the thousands of grieving American families whose loved ones remain missing from the Korean War uncertainty. As a result, I secured a commitment from Chairman Kim to recover and repatriate the remains of those Americans who were prisoners of war or killed in action. Last month, we repatriated the remains of some of those courageous service members to American soil. As a result of this homecoming, two of our missing fallen have already been identified, renewing our hope for the fullest possible accounting of the Americans who have yet to be recovered from the Korean War. These recovery efforts are vital to fulfilling our Nation’s promise to leave no fellow American behind. “On September 21, 2018, the stark black and white banner symbolizing America’s Missing in Action and Prisoners of War will again be flown over the White House; the United States Capitol; the Departments of State, Defense, and Veterans Affairs; the Selective Service System Headquarters; the World War II Memorial; the Korean War Veterans Memorial; the Vietnam Veterans Memorial; United States post offices; national cemeteries; and other locations across the country. We do this, each year, to recognize those who have suffered the horrors of enemy captivity, those who have still not returned from war, and the families who have yet to lay their loved ones to rest with the honor and dignity they deserve. “NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim Sept. 21, 2018, as National POW/MIA Recognition Day. I call upon the people of the United States to join me in saluting all American POWs and those missing in action who valiantly served our country. I call upon Federal, State, and local government officials and private organizations to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities. “IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twentieth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-third.” – DONALD J. TRUMP

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Milton native supports thousands at Navy’s top learning center; See page B2 “Spotlight”

By Senior Airman Jenna Caldwell 22nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs

Retired Col. Peter Giroux


cCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. – It was Dec. 26, 1972. The vibration from bombs exploding in the distance resonated through the walls of the North Vietnamese prison. In his cell, an American pilot peered through the barred windows where he saw the silhouette of a B-52 Stratofortress in flames. He could only watch as the same fate that lead him to his prison cell was handed over to his fellow Airmen. This American pilot was retired Col. Peter Giroux, a B-52 pilot and a captain at the time, who now resides in Kansas. He was taken as a prisoner of war by the North Vietnamese Dec. 22, 1972, while supporting Operation Linebacker II. Operation Linebacker II was an 11-day aerial bombing campaign that occurred near the end of the Vietnam conflict. The heavy bombing strikes were an effort by the U.S. to get the North Vietnamese government to return to the discussion table for a cease-fire agreement. In the first three days of the operation, the U.S. lost nine B-52s, according to the Air Force historical fact sheet. On day four of the offensive, Giroux and his crew were sent to Hanoi on a bombing mission. This particular target was right in the middle of the city where enemy surface-to-air missile defenses were concentrated. Before takeoff, the crew learned from flight records that the aircraft they were to use had radar failure on the previous mission. However, the crew took off despite the risks. As they began the turn for the bomb run, the bomber’s radar navigation system failed. As lead aircraft, Giroux was forced to swap formation positions. “We were going to attempt to get in behind them and let the second aircraft gunner direct our bomb release,” Giroux said. “That is difficult under normal circumstances and it’s extraordinary difficult in a combat environment because we can’t see them visually or on radar.”

While the aircraft was attempting to change formation positions, Giroux got a call from the gunner who said he believed they had an enemy aircraft behind them. As they evaded a possible enemy aircraft, Giroux’s aircraft was separated from their formation. They were without radar and could not complete their bombing mission. They also lost the protection of mutual electronic countermeasures that could deceive enemy detection systems. They then began to take missile fire from enemies on the ground, and their aircraft was hit. “We immediately had both wings on fire,” Giroux said. “All the system lights and fire lights were going off and the aircraft was difficult to control. The gunner calls on the intercom and says we have fire on the right side past the tail so we shut down two engines.” The crew then ran through emergency procedures, to no avail. “You got to do what you got to do,” Giroux said as a matter of fact. “We were compromised. We had no choice. I ordered the crew to bail out. I knew we had to eject and were probably going to get captured, if we didn’t get killed first.” The aircraft was above 30,000 feet when it depressurized. Giroux temporarily lost consciousness. When he came to, the aircraft had gone belly up. He then managed to pull the ejection handle on his seat. “I woke up on the ground in a field, semiconscious, surround-

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ed by a bunch of North Vietnamese,” Giroux said. “The next time I wake up I’m on the back of a truck on a stretcher that is headed into Hanoi. I had a broken left arm, was burned and was in rough shape from the ejection.” For the next few hours Giroux drifted in and out of consciousness. He received basic medical care and was then transported to a prison known as the “Hanoi Hilton” where he joined other recent “shootdowns.” About ten days later he was given treatment at a medical facility where they set his arm and put him in a chest cast. “I was just happy to be there; happy to be alive,” Giroux said recalling his prison cell. “We were in a long church-like room. It had a platform and we each had a long heavy wooden palate and a bamboo mat. We had mosquito nets and rats. The rats would be running around in the middle of the night.” Giroux was in a prison cell with 30 plus other prisoners, many of whom had been POWs for five to six years. He made a point to try and reassure them that the end of the war would be soon because of the effectiveness of the bombing. At last, the news came in that cease-fire negotiations had been sorted out. POWs were to be released in waves, in order of shoot down and medical status. In February, 1973, Giroux was released. He returned to the U.S. and reunited with his family, where he received proper medical attention and corrective surgery.

Jokes & Groaners Jokes that went South Q: What’s the ratio of a pumpkin’s circumference to its diameter? A: Pumpkin pi. Q: How do you fix a broken pumpkin? A: With a pumpkin patch. Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. A husband was watching football on a crisp fall Sunday. His wife told him she was tired of looking at all the leaves in the yard. He replied, “Don’t worry honey, I’ll take care of it.” He closed the curtain. The nurse walked into the busy doctor’s office and said, “Doctor, the invisible man is here.” The doctor replied, “Sorry, I can’t see him.”



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September 28, 2018

Milton native lends support at Navy’s top learning center By MC2 Taylor Jackson Center for Information Warfare Training


Milton native works for a Navy command responsible for teaching future information warriors the skills required to defend America around the world. Alan Stout has served his country for more than 32 years, and works as a personnel qualifications standard (PQS) manager, operating out of the Center for Information Warfare Training (CIWT) onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP) Corry Station. For the past 12 years, he has served as a government employee. Prior to this, he proudly and honorably served in the U.S. Navy for more than 20 years as a cryptologic technician (technical), retiring at the rank of chief petty officer. As a PQS manager, Stout’s responsibilities include developing and updating a library of PQSs for cryptologic and intelligence operations. PQS publications are created to produce competent watch standers in order to maintain fleet readiness. Combined with PQS managers in his office, his efforts directly impact the training and readiness of more than 45,000 Navy personnel. “Our CIWT domain is comprised of incredibly talented and professional people, and I’m grateful how our Navy civilians, like Mr. Stout, play a vital role in the execution of our mission and in our warfighting effectiveness for

the Navy the nation needs,” Jim Hagy, CIWT’s executive director said. “I’m humbled and honored to serve alongside him and for his dedication and service to not only this command, but this great nation.” Stout’s command has been recognized as the Navy’s top learning center the past two years, and charged with developing the future technical cadre of the information warfare community, the CIWT domain leads, manages and delivers Navy and joint force training to 22,000 students annually. With 1,200 military, civilian and contracted staff members, CIWT oversees about 200 courses at four information warfare training commands, two detachments and additional learning sites located throughout the United States and Japan. CIWT is responsible for training enlisted cryptologic technicians, information systems technicians, intelligence specialists and electronics technicians. CIWT also provides training to cryptologic warfare, information professional, intelligence and foreign area officers that prepares them to be prepared to wage

Alan Stout, a Milton native, has served his country for more than 32 years, and works as a personnel qualifications standard (PQS) manager, operating out of the Center for Information Warfare Training (CIWT) onboard NASP Corry Station. Photo by Glenn Sircy

battle, and assure the nation’s success in this burgeoning warfare arena. “The CIWT team is successful because each of our domain members, like Mr. Stout, focuses daily on our job to ‘prepare Sailors for war’ in our area of information warfare,” CIWT’s Commanding Officer Capt. Nick Andrews said. “I’m extremely proud of how the impact of his hard work prepares Sailors for the Navy the nation needs, enhancing fleet readiness each and every day.” As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied-upon assets, Mr. Stout

and other CIWT staff and Sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes, serving as a key part of the information warfare community in its mission to gain a deep understanding of the inner workings of adversaries and developing unmatched knowledge of the battlespace during wartime. These Sailors and staff have a tremendous responsibility in creating warfighting options for fleet commanders and advising decision-makers at all levels as they serve worldwide aboard ships, submarines and aircraft and from the National Security Agency to the Pentagon. “I am honored to work with Sailors and officers out in the fleet to develop the qualification standards for jobs performed in our forward-deployed Navy,” said Stout. In addition to his role in supporting the Navy’s information warfare community, Stout dedicates time in his own community to serve as an associate pastor at Providence Church in Pensacola. He is also the proud father to four children and grandfather to eight grandchildren. CIWT delivers trained information warfare professionals to the Navy and joint services, enabling optimal performance of information warfare across the full spectrum of military operations. For more news from Center for Information Warfare Training enterprise, visit www.navy.mil/local/cid, www. netc.navy.mil/centers/ciwt, www.facebook.com/NavyCIWT, or www.twitter. com/NavyCIWT.

Command Lines


• Fleet and Family Support Center The NASP Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC), 151 Ellyson Ave., Bldg. 625, is offering the following: • Family Employment Readiness Brief: 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. every Tuesday. This workshop is targeted to spouses and family members who are seeking employment, education and volunteer information • Move.mil: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday. One hour dedicated to online walkthrough to set up your account and make your move seamless • Base tour: 9 a.m. to noon the first Wednesday of every month. The next tour is scheduled for Oct. 3. Learn about the history of Naval Air Station Pensacola and how to get around base • Stress Management: 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. every first and third Thursday. The next class is scheduled for Oct. 4. Stress and damage your health, both physical and mental. Learn how to recognize stress and become more productive, happier and healthier • Waggy Wednesdays: 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 17 at Naval Hospital Pensacola courtyard. Exceptional Family Member Program event offers interaction with service dogs on third Wednesday of every month at Naval Hospital Pensacola • Imagination Station: 10 a.m. to noon every third Thursday of the month at Blue Wahoo Stadium. The next meeting is Oct. 18. The NASP New Parent Support program partners with the Imagination Station for a military family play date. Meet some military families and let your children play.

• Worship schedule • NAS Pensacola – Protestant • Worship service, 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel, Bldg. 1982 • Chapel choir, meets following the 10:15 a.m. Sunday service at 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 NAS Pensacola – Roman Catholic • Sunday Mass, 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel, Bldg. 1982 • Daily Mass, 11:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the Our Lady of Loreto Chapel • Confessions: 30 minutes before services Latter Day Saints • Service, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel • Meeting: 6 p.m. Sunday, J.B. McKamey NASP Corry Station – Protestant • Adult Bible study, 9 a.m. Sunday, fellowship hall vice conference room • Chapel choir, 9 a.m. Sunday, choir room vice sanctuary • Worship service, 10 a.m. Sunday • Fellowship, 11:30 a.m. Sunday • Contemporary worship, 6:30 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, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday NASP Corry Station – Roman Catholic • Mass, noon Sunday and 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday. For more, call 452-6376 NAS Whiting Field Chapel – Roman Catholic • Mass, 11 a.m. Friday • 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.

NAS Whiting Field Chapel – Protestant • Bible study, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday • Weekly chapel service, 11:30 a.m. Thursday. For more information, call 623-7212 Other services: • B’nai Israel Synagogue, 1829 North Ninth Ave., services by Rabbi/Cantor Sam Waidenbaum. 7 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. Saturday. For information, call 433-7311 or e-mail help@bnaiisraelpensacola.org • Temple Beth El, 800 North Palafox St., services 7 p.m. Friday (6 p.m. first Friday of each month). For information, call 438-3321 or go to http://templebethelofpensacola.org • Brit Ahm Messianic Synagogue, 6700 Spanish Trail. Services are 10 a.m., Saturday morning. For more, visit www.shalompensacola. com • Buddhism 101 – Introduction to Nichiren Buddhism courses are provided every third Wednesday at the Downtown Pensacola Library at 6 p.m. For more information, call 436-5060 • Seventh-day Adventist – Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1080 North Blue Angel Parkway, services at 11 a.m. Saturday. For information, call 453-3442 • Grace Christian Church – (a non-denominational Christian Church/Church of Christ) 9921 Chemstrand Rd. Phone: 494-3022 Weekly Sunday services: Bible school – 9:30 a.m., Worship – 10:30 a.m. • Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 1720 W. Garden Street. Sunday Service – Orthros 8:45 a.m., Liturgy 10 a.m. Weekday Feast Day Services – Orthros 8:30 a.m., Liturgy 9:30 a.m. For information call 433-2662 or visit www.annunciationgoc.org.

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 re-

sponse to non-intimate partner adult victims of sexual assault. Active-duty and adult family member sexual assault victims have a choice of reporting options, unrestricted and restricted. Unrestricted reporting allows victims to have an advocate, seek medical care, counseling, legal

services, safety interventions and/or transfer, etc. To access an unrestricted report, the victim may report to his/her chain-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 4499231/2. For the Civilian Victim Advocate, call 293-4561. To contact duty SARC, call the SARC cell at 554-5606. • CREDO Chaplain’s Religious Enrichment Development Operation (CREDO) Southeast offers retreats enabling military members and their families to develop personal and spiritual resources in order to meet the unique challenges of military life. For information, e-mail Tony Bradford at Tony.bradford.ctr@navy.mil or call 452-2342. • NASP Community Outreach If you are interested in participating in volunteer activities, contact NASP Community Outreach. The office tracks volunteer hours. Report your volunteer work to get due recognition. Call 452-2532 or e-mail nasp_ comm_outreach @Navy.mil.



Off Duty

History and heritage at Greek Fest

Festival-goers dance to traditional Greek music at the 2017 Pensacola Greek Festival. Photo courtesy of the Pensacola Greek Festival

By Kaitlyn Peacock Gosport Staff Writer Festival season is in full swing in downtown Pensacola, bringing a whole host of events to celebrate the cooling weather and colorful culture of Pensacola. There is no better example than the Pensacola Greek Festival, which offers some of the best food you can get at any festival in town. This year, the Greek Festival is celebrating 59 years of sharing their food, fun and culture to the community Oct. 12 through 14. Coming from humble beginnings, the Greek Festival has grown into one of the most popular events held in downtown each year. “What started as a one-night dinner event has definitely exploded into a wonderful threeday festival weekend,” the Pensacola Greek Festival Communications Director Rebecca

Pappas said. “We love bringing a little piece of who we are to the Pensacola community. And I mean, I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t love a good gyro!” The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, built in 1954 and located on Garden Street, hosts the festival. In 1910, Greek immigrants who settled in Pensacola to enjoy the thriving fishing and diving community first built a church on the corner of Wright and Reus streets. The first Greek Festival was a small luncheon in 1959, created to help raise money for the church. Nowadays, between 20,000 and 30,0000 attendees from all over the Gulf Coast are expected at the festival. Pappas said she once met a family from Texas who had planned their entire fall vacation around attending the festival. “People want to be able to partake in some of these other

cultures, and while they may not be able to travel abroad, these kind of cultural festivals and communities help to bring that little bit of that nation, and in our case our faith, to that community,” Pappas said. “It really highlights that nation and that culture and who we are. We love being able to bring a little piece of Greece to Pensacola.” While the food is most memorable, and certainly worthy of the spotlight, the festival will also include events such as dancers, church tours and an open dance floor for people to get a chance to learn traditional Greek dances or just have a bit of fun. Preparations for the festival are underway right now, and have been for the better part of a year. Pappas explained that the festival takes a small army to plan and prepare, and that they are already looking toward the next festival. “This is more than a year in advance,” Pappas said. “Within a month of this festival ending, we will be planning the 60th festival. It’s a lot of prep work, a lot of behind-the-scenes work.” When asked what she is most looking forward to, Pappas jokingly said the Monday after the festival. In truth, she is most looking forward to sharing a fun and wonderful experience with the community.

C @ NAS Pensacola Portside Cinema a FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY TUESDAY (PG13) “Alpha” (PG13) “The Nun” (R) t “Searching” Noon 5 p.m. 5 p.m. and 7:10 p.m. c “Crazy Rich Asians” “Crazy Rich Asians” “Searching” (PG13) (PG13) (PG13) 5:10 p.m. 2 p.m. h 7:30 p.m. “Crazy Rich Asians” “Alpha” (PG13) Noon

“Searching” (PG13) 2 p.m.

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“The Nun” (R) 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

“The Nun” (R) 4:10 p.m. and 6:20 p.m. “Mile 22” (R) 8:30 p.m. “The Meg” (PG13) 2D: 12:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY “Mile 22” (R) 5 p.m. “BlacKkKlansman” (R) 7 p.m. “Crazy Rich Asians” (PG13) 5:10 p.m. “The Meg” (PG13) 2D: 7:30 p.m.

“The Meg” (PG13) 2D: 4:30 p.m.

(PG13) 7:30 p.m.

“BlacKkKlansman” (R) 7 p.m.

“Crazy Rich Asians” (PG13) 3 p.m.

“Searching” (PG13) 12:30 p.m.

“Happytime Murders” (R) 5:30 p.m.

“The Nun” (R) 3 p.m. and 5:10 p.m.

“BlacKkKlansman” (R) 7:30 p.m.

“Mile 22” (R) 7:30 p.m.

Regular shows: $4 adults, $2 children ages 6 through 11, free for 5 and younger 3D shows: $5 adults, $3 children ages 6 through 11, free for 5 and younger NASP Portside Cinema is closed on Monday.

THURSDAY “The Nun” (R) 5 p.m. and 7:10 p.m. “Alpha” (PG13) 5:10 p.m. “Happytime Murders” (R) 7:30 p.m.

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Morale, Welfare and Recreation

The NASP Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) department has a number of upcoming events and activities. For more information, call 452-3806, ext. 3100, or go to the MWR website at www.navymwrpensacola.com. • Backpacking Overnight Trips: There will be an overnight backpacking trip Oct. 12 through 14 to Sipsey Wilderness, Ala. Go with MWR on an out-of-town backpacking adventure. All gear and transportation provided. Only $60, rain or shine. Sign up for the skills course at Try this the Tickets and Travel office Bldg. 3787 at • Pop-Up PlayCorry Station. Back- dates: Pop-Up Playpacking 101 Skills dates will be hosted Course is a prerequi- throughout NASP and site for all NAS Pensac- NASP Corry Station ola backpacking trips. the second and fourth of every For more information Tuesday month from now uncall 281-5489. til Nov. 27. Make new • Navy CDH Program: Want to sup- friends in the commuport military families nity. The next event will and have a transfer- be Oct. 9, 10 a.m.to able career when you noon. For more inforPCS? Become a Child mation, call 452-3806.

Development Home Provider. CDH Providers offer safe environments designed to meet the developmental needs of children enrolled. For more information, call 458-6588. • Zombie 5K Run: MWR will host a Zombie 5K Run Oct. 26 at 7 a.m. through the Radford Trail. Pre-registration is required at the Radford Fitness Center. For more information or to register, call 452-9845. • History Walk Through: NASP Corry Station will host a History Walk Through Nov. 30 at 8:30 a.m. Dress according to temperature and bring a water bottle. For more information, call 452-6802. • Football Challenge: There will be a Football Challenge day Oct. 17 at 5 p.m. at the Wenzel Gym, Bldg. 3711. This event is to see where you measure up with your peers and NFL draftees from this past year. Events will incude a quarterback accuracy test, an L-Drill, short shuttle (5-10-5), broad jump and a 40-yard dash. This event is open to all eligible MWR patrons. For more information, call 452-6198. • Good reading: The NASP Library, 250 Chambers Ave., Bldg. 634, has an extensive selection of books, periodicals and newspapers. Computers with Internet access are available for use in the library. Wireless access and quiet study areas are also available. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Closed on federal holidays. For more information, call 452-4362.

Liberty Activities Liberty program events at NAS Pensacola and Corry Station target young, unaccompanied active-duty military. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. Regular events are scheduled at the main Liberty Center in the Portside Entertainment Complex. You must sign up in advance for off-base trips. For more information, call 452-2372 or go to www.naspensacola-mwr. com.

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