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The good china. The good silver. Family, friends and a picture-perfect turkey complete a Thanksgiving Day dinner. One of Norman Rockwell’s most-recognized illustrations, Freedom from Want (above) first appeared in The Saturday Evening Post’s March 6, 1943, issue. It was the third in a series highlighting the “Four Freedoms” put forward in a speech delivered to the U.S. Congress by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. In the speech, Roosevelt said there were four basic freedoms to which Americans were entitled — freedom of speech, freedom to worship, freedom from want and freedom from fear. As a visible symbol of liberty in the dark days of World War II, the Four Freedoms illustrations served the nation as posters; Ours to Fight For: Freedom from Want Image courtesy of National Archives was Office of War Information poster number 45 (1943-O-511886).

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Front gate street light repairs at NAS Pensacola ... NavFac SE is making repairs to the street lighting on Sam Lovelace Bridge’s outbound overpass in the vicinity of the NASP front gate. The project work will result in temporary lane shifts and outboard lane closures on Sam Lovelace Bridge. Motorists are urged to use extra caution when passing through work areas. Work is under way and will continue through late December. For questions or more information, contact the PWD production officer at 452-3131, ext. 3005.

NAS Pensacola named partner in Vietnam 50th anniversary commemoration program By Jamie Link NASP PAO Intern

Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP) recently was approved as an official partner of the Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration program. NASP is joining 9,041 other organizations that are participating in the program by conducting national, regional and local events through 2025 to recognize Vietnam veterans, their families and their contribution to the war effort and community. “It’s very important for NASP to be a part of this,” said NASP Commanding Officer Capt. Keith Hoskins. “NASP provided training during the Vietnam War, providing fleets with the required pilots, naval flight officers and navigators. We have a rich history in training, but (in the) current day it gives NASP a way to put things in perspective, and to re-

flect on the many contributions of those aviators during that time.” During the recent 2015 Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show, Hoskins announced that NASP had been aproved as an official commemorative partner in the program, and took time to recognize the Vietnam veterans in attendance. “We will take time and continue to recognize the Vietnam veterans as we plan in December,” he said. Wreaths Across America, which is scheduled for Dec. 12 at Barrancas National Cemetery, will give the community another opportunity to recognize Vietnam veterans and thank those service members, Hoskins said. The U.S. supported South Vietnam in its fight against Communist North Vietnam from about 1955 to 1975. In all, 58,259 U.S. service men and women were killed in the conflict

their service, nor any honor truly befitting their sacrifice, let us remember that it is never too late to pay tribute to the men and women who answered the call of duty with courage and valor. Let us renew our commitment to the fullest possible accounting for those who have not returned.” The 2008 National Defense Authorization Act authorized the Secretary of Defense to conduct a program to commemorate the 50th anniversary NAS Pensacola Commanding Officer Capt. Keith of the Vietnam War. Hoskins displays the base’s certificate of recognition in The commemorative the Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration program includes activiprogram. ties and ceremonies to and another 153,363 were their families. Partners will achieve the following obplan and conduct events jectives: wounded. • To thank and honor The mission of the and activities that will reccommemorative partner ognize the Vietnam veter- veterans of the Vietnam program is to assist fed- ans and their families’ War, including personnel who were held as prisoneral, state and local com- service and sacrifice. In a proclamation ad- ers of war (POW), or munities, veterans’ organizations and other dressing the program’s listed as missing in action nongovernmental organi- commencement, Presi- (MIA), for their service zations in thanking and dent Barack Obama said, and sacrifice on behalf of honoring the nation’s Viet- “While no words will the United States and to nam War veterans and ever be fully worthy of thank and honor the fam-

ilies of these veterans. • To highlight the service of the Armed Forces during the Vietnam War and the contributions of Federal agencies and governmental and non-governmental organizations that served with, or in support of, the Armed Forces. • To pay tribute to the contributions made on the home front by the people of the United States during the Vietnam War. • To highlight the advances in technology, science, and medicine related to military research conducted during the Vietnam War. • To recognize the contributions and sacrifices made by the allies of the United States during the Vietnam War. For further information visit the organization’s website at www.VietnamWar50th.com or search “vietnamwar50th” on Facebook and Twitter for more details.

Advancement center team visits USS Independence Story, photo by Ed Barker NETPDTC Public Affairs

Command chaplainʼs office helps hungry service members, families with Thanksgiving turkeys ... A truckload of Thanksgiving turkeys –100 in all – and 96 $25 gift cards to the commissary were handed out to NAS Pensacola personnel who signed up for the holiday helping hand. The turkey giveaway is a tradition dating back several years at the chapel. Funds for the effort come from a group effort of sources, including the chapel, several tentant commands, various chief’s messes and other sources. (Above) A group of MATSG Marines help transport frozen turkeys at the J.B. McKamey Center Nov. 19. Photo by Mike O’Connor

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Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla.: A Bicentennial Defense Community Commanding Officer — Capt. Keith Hoskins Public Affairs Officer — Patrick J. Nichols The Gosport nameplate pays homage to the 100th anniversary of naval aviation in 2011: the Centennial of Naval Aviation, or CONA. The image on the left side of the nameplate depicts Eugene Ely taking off in a Curtiss pusher bi-plane from the USS Pennsylvania Jan. 18, 1911. While Ely had taken off from the USS Birmingham two months earlier after his plane had been loaded on the ship, the USS Pennsylvania event was the first time a plane landed on and then took off from a U.S. warship.

The image on the right side is the Navy’s most modern fighter aircraft, the F-18 Super Hornet. Established in 1921 as the Air Station News, the name Gosport was adopted in 1936. A gosport was a voice tube used by flight instructors in the early days of naval aviation to give instructions and directions to their students. The name “Gosport” was derived from Gosport, England (originally God’s Port), where the voice tube was invented. Gosport is an authorized newspaper published every Friday by Ballinger Publishing,

Team members from the Navy Advancement Center at the Naval Education and Training Professional Development and Technology Center (NETPDTC) visited the USS Independence (LCS 2) Nov. 18 to familiarize themselves with the Navy’s newest, most technologically-advanced platform. “The Advancement Center brings subject matter experts from every rating to Saufley Field to participate in Advancement Exam Readiness Review Panels, so it was logical for our exam development professionals to spend some time on board a visiting fleet asset,” said ETCM(SS) James Berhalter, NETPDTC command master chief. “It’s incredibly impressive that a ship that large can operate effec-

USS Independence (LCS 2) Executive Officer Cmdr. Donald Rauch briefs team members from the Navy Advancement Center on the LCS water jet propulsion system during the team’s visit Nov. 18.

tively with a core crew of 53 Sailors.” Littoral Combat Ships are designed to be capable of changing primary missions through modular mission packages and open architecture. Home ported in San Diego, Independence is currently operating in the Gulf of Mexico and docking at NAS Pensacola. “We like to think of LCS crews as the most technically-advanced and widely cross-trained

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Sailors in the Navy,” said LCS 2 CMC(SW/AW) Christopher Cline. “The time spent by the Advancement Center team learning about our mission and our crew learning more about the Navy Enlisted Advancement System will pay big dividends going forward. We also strongly encourage our chiefs to participate in Advancement Exam Readiness Reviews, helping to determine the future of their ratings.”

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Give thanks and enjoy your meal to avoid heartburn By Kristy Malone NASP SAPR Civilian Victim Advocate


hanksgiving is a time of year that tends to focus on family, friends and food. The traditions and quality time that we associate with the holidays frequently revolve around specially prepared meals enjoyed with loved ones. It is healthy and important for many reasons to take time to enjoy a meaningful meal. First, when we spend time with loved ones and reflect on what we are thankful for, it reduces stress and creates peaceful feelings of wellbeing. Second, when focusing on gratitude, our body’s autonomic nervous system is in a parasympathetic (“rest and digest”) state – an important but often overlooked part of healthy digestive function. Unfortunately, aside from holidays and special occasions, most meal times aren’t so relaxing. We are frequently eating on the go, at our desks, while driving, or otherwise multitasking. This puts us in a sympathetic (“fight or flight”) state of stress. When the sym-

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pathetic nervous system is active, not only do we experience emotional stress; we also experience digestive stress. Digestion is an amazing and intricate process that we don’t generally think about until something goes wrong. It is a process that starts in your brain, before the fork meets your mouth. When you smell that delicious turkey roasting, see the pumpkin pies come out of the oven, and sit down at the table your brain sends the signal to your salivary glands that you’re about to eat, so you salivate. Saliva contains important digestive enzymes that start breaking carbohydrates down upon contact. One important thing to note is that this occurs only in a parasympathetic state – meaning if you’re stressing out or

multitasking while eating, you’ve already set yourself up for digestive troubles. Sitting down at the table, taking time to breathe and relax, and eating slowly is the first step of healthy digestion. The next step is properly chewing your food. Do you remember grandma telling you when you were a child to slow down and chew? Well, as usual, grandma knew what she was talking about. Your mouth has teeth, but your stomach does not. When you’re stressed or rushed, you’re probably not taking the time to sufficiently chew your food, putting further burden on your digestive system. Once the food enters the stomach, hydrochloric acid

goes to work by disinfecting the food and killing any bacteria and parasites that may have been ingested, while enzymes begin breaking the food down into absorbable nutrients. Only when your food has reached an appropriate level of acidity will it pass into the small intestine. When you’re not salivating or properly chewing your food, stomach acid production decreases. It might surprise you to know that too little stomach acid – a condition called hypochlorhydria – is actually the most common cause of heartburn, not too much stomach acid. Without adequate stomach acid, food remains in the

stomach longer than it is intended to. Rather than being broken down into smaller molecules and passing into the small intestine efficiently, the proteins, fats, and carbohydrates you just scarfed down begin to ferment and rancidify. Have you ever felt that churning in your stomach and started burping just before experiencing heartburn? This is because the undigested food puts pressure on the esophageal sphincter and stomach acid then escapes into the esophagus, creating that burning sensation. Taking antacids or drinking milk provides symptom relief by neutralizing stomach acid so that it no longer burns. However, it only exacerbates the original problem of inadequate stomach acid and further hinders the digestive process. A vicious cycle you might say. Now that you know a little bit more about how digestion works, you will understand why taking time out for meals and eating with gratitude is good for both the body and the soul. Try to make meal times special for yourself and your family as often as possible, and your digestive system will be giving thanks all year long.

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November 25, 2015


Encounter with ‘Death’ helped smoker quit By Jason Bortz Naval Hospital Pensacola Public Affairs Officer


ept.17 has been an annual day of celebration for retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Jerry Evatt for the past six years. That day isn’t the birthday of one of his grandchildren or the day he retired from the U.S. Postal Service. It’s the day he last smoked a cigarette and came face to face with the embodiment of “Death.” Like many young men in the 1960s, Evatt was drafted into the Army. He retired after 20 years of service, but unfortunately developed a bad habit during his Army career. “I smoked some as a teenager, but started heavy smoking in the military,” said Evatt. “Cigarettes were cheap back then and the majority of soldiers smoked. I could buy a carton of cigarettes for around a dollar, and they even came in our C-rations.” By the time the first Surgeon General’s warning appeared on a pack of cigarettes in 1970, Evatt was a full-time smoker. At the height of his smoking, he was going through a minimum of two packs a day and all three of his children had become smokers. Despite declining health and warnings from his doctors to quit, Evatt kept smoking. “I knew it was bad for me, but I couldn’t stop,” said Evatt. “You get use to the taste of cigarettes and want it.” Evatt started and ended everyday by smoking a cigarette in his bed. He smoked every time he

got in his truck and every time he used his computer. Even after Evatt was placed on oxygen, he continued to smoke. He even smoked while wearing his oxygen mask. Despite a constant cough and respiratory problems, it was the constant drain on his bank account that made Evatt think about quitting. By 2009, he was spending $300 a month on cigarettes. On Sept. 17, 2009, Evatt finally got the motivation he needed to quit smoking. He woke that morning and did not feel well. He decided to go see his doctor at Naval Hospital Pensacola (NHP) and knew he would probably have to stay there for a few days. After packing an overnight bag, Evatt sat down to eat breakfast. Breathing was getting harder and harder and Evatt knew he was in trouble. He called 911 and told the operator, “I can’t breathe.” Within minutes, the paramedics arrived and prepared to take Evatt to the hospital. As he was being taken out of his home

Jerry Evatt, a retired Army Sgt. 1st Class, sent a thank you card to Naval Hospital Pensacola (NHP) this year for saving his life. On Sept. 17, 2009, Evatt spent two weeks at NHP in a coma due to viral pneumonia brought on from years of smoking. The card expresses Evatt’s gratitude to NHP and breaks down how much money he has saved during the past six years by not smoking.

It has been six years since retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Jerry Evatt quit smoking. After spending two weeks in a coma, Evatt hasn’t smoked since, and he is enjoying his new lease on life. Photo by MC1 James Stenberg

on a gurney, he once again succumbed to the addictive power of cigarettes. “As I was being taken out my front door, I reached out and grabbed my pack of cigarettes and lighter,” said Evatt. “The paramedic looked at me and just shook his head.” After being placed in the ambulance, Evatt told the paramedics to take him to NHP despite other hospitals being closer. “My doctor was at (at Naval Hospital Pensacola) and that’s where I wanted to go,” said Evatt. Those were the last words Evatt spoke before slipping into a coma due to viral pneumonia for two weeks. While in that coma, Evatt had a life-changing encounter that convinced him to never smoke a cigarette again. “I met ‘Death,’ ” said Evatt. “He appeared to me as a welldressed man out of nowhere. He reached his hand out and said, ‘Follow me.’ I asked to where and he said, ‘It doesn’t matter, just follow.’ I told him, ‘I think I will stay here,’ and then he was gone as quickly as he appeared. If I had taken his hand, I would not be here today.” While Evatt was in a coma, doctors at NHP placed a nicotine patch on him to start his process of quitting smoking for good. After two weeks at NHP and another week at another facility, Evatt returned to his home. Now the true test for his commitment to quit smoking would begin. “I didn’t really have any urges

while I was in the hospital,” said Evatt. “It wasn’t until I got back into a normal routine that I got the urge to smoke again. When I got into my truck, I would reach into my pocket for a pack of cigarettes that wasn’t there. It was just habit.” To help fight those urges, Evatt decided to use a monetary incentive to keep him on the right path. On the 17th day of every month, he went to the bank and withdrew three $100 dollar bills

that he placed in a safe in his home. When the urge to smoke came, he would take out the money and count it. First it was $300, then $600, $900, $1,200 ... After six months, he had reached $1,800 and hadn’t smoked a cigarette. He decided to reward himself with something he could never afford when he was smoking. “I used that money to take a trip to West Virginia to see my grandchildren,” said Evatt. “I got to walk with them in the snow and even make home made maple syrup.” Every September, Evatt returns to NHP to thank the staff for his new lease on life. This year, he sent a card that estimated how much money he would have spent on cigarettes in the past six years and how many cigarettes he would have smoked. He estimates he would have spent over $21,000 and smoked over 87,000 cigarettes since 2009. He did this to let the staff know just how appreciative he is of his health now. “Naval Hospital Pensacola saved my life,” said Evatt. “I wouldn’t want to go anywhere else for my care.” His encounter with death, improved health and monthly trip to the bank has led to an improved life for Evatt. No longer on oxygen, Evatt now takes full advantage of his new life and hopes to inspire others to quit smoking. In fact, he has already convinced at least one person to quit smoking: his banker. She hasn’t smoked for two years now.

Quitting smoking? NHP can help From Naval Hospital Pensacola

Naval Hospital Pensacola’s (NHP) Mental Health Clinic provides individual and group tobacco cessation classes for those desiring to quit tobacco for good. Help is also available for beneficiaries enrolled to a Medical Home Port Team. NHP utilizes the Area Health Educator Center’s Program, Quit Smoking Now!, as the behavior modification program of choice. It is a four-week program that is taught by a certified tobacco cessation facilitator, incorporating education on behavior, fitness, pharmacology and nutrition. Here’s how you get connected: PROGRAM: Quit Smoking Now! WHO: Naval Hospital Pensacola, Mental Health Clinic. LOCATION OF CLASSES: Naval Hospital Pensacola, sixth floor, room 6034. DURATION: Four weeks (classes held one time per week). TIME: 2-3 p.m. FREQUENCY: New class starts at the beginning of every month. STYLE: Individual or group. REGISTRATION: NHP Mental Health Clinic at 505-6749 or speak with your Medical Home Port Team.



November 25, 2015


Military Family Life Counselors can help From Carissa Bergosh NASP School Liaison Officer


rofessionals are stationed at local schools to help military youth deal with deployment and transition issues. Who are they? They are the Military Family Life Counselors (MFLCs). Through a collaboration with the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy, local school districts and U.S. naval installations, MFLCs have been provided to area public schools. The counselors provide extra support to students to assist with the unique challenges of military life. The counselors do not assess, diagnose, or provide therapy. However, they can provide shortterm non-medical counseling support in a variety of different ways: individual meetings with children, presentations about life skills issues, skill-building groups, and meetings with parents and families at the family’s request for additional support. And when they do encounter more in-depth issues, they work with the school’s counselor to connect military families with other helping agencies available on the installation or out in the community. While meeting with children, MFLCs always remain in line of sight of a teacher, staff member, or a parent. The counselors are licensed clinicians who have demonstrated expertise in working with

children. Some of the common issues that MFLCs help with include the following: • Deployment and reintegration issues. • Grief and loss reactions. • Communication skills. • Stress management and coping skills. • Anger management/conflict resolution. • Feelings associated with separation and divorce. The MFLCs are now working in the following schools:

• Elementary schools: Blue Angels, Hellen Caro, Pleasant Grove, Navy Point, Myrtle Grove, Bellview, Beulah, Lipscomb, McArthur and NB Cook; • Middle schools: Jim Bailey, Ransom, Brown Barge, Beulah Academy and Workman. • High schools: Escambia, Pine Forest, West Florida, Tate, Washington and Pensacola.

These schools were selected based on the number of military dependents attending that school. The program is designed to provide an informal context in which children can access support in a non-threatening and supportive environment. MFLCs circulate throughout the school facility making themselves available in extended day settings, the cafete-

ria at lunch, and by creating programs for parents to assist with deployment and transition issues. Students, teachers and parents quickly come to recognize that friendly face on the playground, the compassionate listener in the lunchroom, and an objective resource to teachers and staff alike. All military families at these schools are given the opportunity to consent for their children to participate in this free service or to opt-out. For more information about MFLC services, or to complete an opt-in letter, you can contact your school to request the direct number or e-mail address for the MFLC on campus. Carissa Bergosh is the school liaison officer for NAS Pensacola. If you have questions about this article or have concerns about an educational issue impacting your child, she can be reached via e-mail at Carissa.bergosh@navy.mil Armed services blood drive ... Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) ‘A’ School Student Pfc. Hunter Moore prepares to donate blood during the Keesler Air Force Base 81st Medical Group’s Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP) Blood Drive Nov. 16. The ASBP, a joint Army, Navy and Air Force operation, provides quality blood products for service members, veterans and their families. Photo by Bruce Cummins



November 25, 2015


Helicopter Training Squadron Eight celebrates its 65th year Story, photo by Ens. Jeremy Griffin NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs

Four pilots were flying helicopters for the Navy on their first or second tours of duty after flight school. Things were going well, and they were learning much about their chosen craft. Then a call came through for volunteers for a new squadron. They decided to give it a shot, never realizing that the memories and comraderies they would form would still be with them half a century later. They shared their experiences with today’s pilots as part of the Helicopter Training Squadron Eight (HT-8) 65th anniversary celebration recently at the Naval Air Station Whiting Field (NASWF) Atrium. The event coincided with the 2015 Fleet Fly-In and featured retired Navy Capts. Gary Skaar, Pete Peterson, Dick Catone, and retired Cmdr. Mike Louy. They were selected to speak about their careers in the Navy, beginning with flying helicopters in Vietnam as part of Helicopter Attack Squadron (Light) 3. Catone, Peterson, Louy and Skaar each spoke about their history in the Navy and how they came to serve in HA(L)-3, which

was an all-volunteer U.S. Navy squadron formed to support Naval Special Warfare operations and Mobile Riverine Forces. “HA(L)-3 has the distinction of being the only squadron in the Navy established outside the continental United States, and in a war zone,” Catone said. Drawing from their experiences as members of HA(L)-3, the speakers would go on to serve full careers in the Navy before retiring. Catone spoke about the maturation everyone experiences when they begin active duty, and no matter if you’re a “brown bar, silver bar, oak leaf, or even an eagle, it’s all about responsibility.” Louy extolled the virtues of the aircrew in a helicopter and the instrumental role they play in keeping the aircraft safe. He then related a story about one of his crews when they were forced to put a helicopter down into water. Peterson told the audience about his crew’s efforts to use increasingly larger armaments for the helicopter, culminating with a few missions using army bombing munitions. They scrapped the idea when they were attempting to carry more than the helicopter could actually take off with. Skaar spoke last, and while

At a recent Helicopter Training Squadron Eight reunion, a panel of retired aviators recall the squadron’s early days.

sending pointed looks at Louy, who had heaped praise on air crewmen, talked about the time his aircrew gunner accidently shot up the helicopter they were flying. He then expressed the importance of trying new things in the Navy while talking about his tour after Vietnam flying support for the National Science Foundation in Antarctica. Each of the speakers accomplished much as helicopter pilots, and returned to NASWF to celebrate HT-8’s anniversary, which shaped the rotary side of Training Wing Five into what it is today. HT-8 bears the honor of being the oldest helicopter squadron in

continuous naval service. For nearly 65 years the squadron’s motto has been “The Best Helicopter Pilots in the World are Trained Here.” Although the curriculum and aircraft utilized have evolved as the strategic importance and complexity of the fleet’s helicopters has grown, its mission to provide primary and advanced helicopter training for U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and allied student naval aviators selected for rotary-wing designation hasn’t changed. The anniversary will commemorate 65 years since HT-8 began as Helicopter Training Unit One (HTU-1) on Dec. 3,

Simulated experience, actual excellence: NASWF’s new ATC simulator By Ens. Jeremy Griffin NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs

Naval Air Station Whiting Field (NASWF) air traffic controllers (ACs) received a brand new air traffic control (ATC) simulator in August 2015 for training in the North Hangar. The system can simulate any real-world situation, making it a vital tool for training new ACs or working on situations that an AC has difficulty with. “NAS Whiting Field has one of the oldest towers in the Navy, and now it is has the latest equipment,” AC2 Nicholas Williams said. “Only a few facilities have the system right now. Even the AC rating school (Aschool) only has four.” The ATC simulator is a training prerequisite before an AC can move up to the tower. The Sailor looks at seven side-byside networked screens in a curved view that

shows what they would see in real life. They have an additional set of control and communications consoles that further mimic the conditions in the tower. The simulated view is mapped in detail from the area surrounding NASWF, and the computer database has more than 130 aircraft that can be put into the ATC pattern. The device can simulate a number of airfield variables such as: emergency vehicles, aircraft emergencies, rain, snow, fog, different times of day or night, or any of those combined. Even items like wildlife which can pose a danger to aircraft may be placed into the simulations. Another one of the advantages is that the device combats a tendency of new ACs called “microphone fright.” This is where the controller knows what to say, but becomes unsure when transmitting. The system understands correct voice commands

from the Sailor with a more than 90 percent recognition rate. This means that the Sailor becomes accustomed to speaking in a clear voice, along with using the correct phraseology on the radio. Behind the area where the Sailor sits is another computer that functions as the master controller for the simulation. It shows everything that the trainee sees, and allows its controller to input any number of aircraft, situations, weather, or emergencies. The Sailor who mans the control computer is already qualified to work in the ATC tower, which allows them to make sure that the trainee is responding correctly to whatever situation they find themselves in. “Using the simulator allows our junior Sailors and new personnel to become familiar with the environment before they ever step into the tower,” Williams said. “That’s probably the best benefit of the system.”

1950. The squadron designation changed in 1957, to Helicopter Training Group One, before it was re-designated for the last time on July 1, 1960. As the eighth training unit designated by the Naval Air Basic Training Command, the squadron became Helicopter Training Squadron Eight. The newly-beget HT-18 conducted the advanced instrument and tactics portion of the curriculum after students finished the basics in HT-8. Later, in October 1985, HT-8 and HT-18, became “mirror image” squadrons with both teaching the entire training syllabus. On Nov. 1, 1985, HT-8 designated its first naval aviator since moving to NASWF in 1972. Finally, on May 25, 2007, both HT-8 and HT-18 detached one third of their personnel to form Helicopter Training Squadron 28. Both HT-18 and HT-28 retained the numeral eight in their designations when they were formed to honor their historical origins from HT-8. After the panel held a question- and-answer session with the audience, Skaar gave parting advice for the student naval aviators. “During your career, you’re going to be called upon to do some things you’ve never even thought about before,” Skaar said. “Like it was for us in Vietnam, the most important thing is that you have to find a way to do it.”


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Free concert being presented at PSC

The Pensacola State College Performing Arts Department will present Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble in concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at the Ashmore Fine Arts Auditorium, Bldg. 8. The concert is free and open to the public. Arrive early due to limited seating. The program will feature the music of composer Julie Giroux. Conducted by PSC Department Head Don Snowden, the program includes “The Speed of Heat,” a musical depiction of an F-22 Raptor pilot that is accompanied by a slide presentation. For more information, contact Snowden at 4841800 or dsnowden@pensacolastate.edu.

Test marathon taking place at NASP The National Test Center located onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP) in the Navy College Building has scheduled a CLEP and DSST Test Marathon from Dec. 2-11. Testers may arrive at any time between 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and test without a reservation. Testers must have two forms of identification and the registration ticket for CLEP exams. For more information or instructions on how to order a CLEP exam, contact Wendy Spradlin by phone at 455-9577 or by email at wspradlin@coastline.edu.

Pearl Harbor event announced The National Naval Aviation Museum will honor World War II generation on the anniversary of Pearl Harbor at 10 a.m. Dec. 7 in the Blue Angels Atrium. The guest speaker for the event will be retired Navy Rear Adm. Samuel Cox, the director of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Tate High School Band and Ensemble will perform patriotic music and popular songs from the World War II era. All World War II veterans and their families are invited to attend and be recognized for their service. The event is open to the public and admission is free. For more information, go to www.navalaviationmuseum.org or call 452-3604.

Lecture to focus on high-altitude flight Jay B. Dean is scheduled to present a lecture, “Your Body in Flight During World War II: How American Physiologists Learned to Protect the Health of Airman in the World’s First High-Altitude, High-Speed Air War,” Dec. 3 at the Institute for Human & Machine Cognition (IHMC), 40 South Alcaniz St. The event will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m. and the lecture will start at 6 p.m. Dean serves as director of the Hyperbaric Biomedical Research Laboratory and is a professor in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at Morsani College of Medicine at the University of South Florida. Dean has pioneered methods for studying the effects of hyperbaric gases on the nervous system, addressing important medical problems in diving and submarine medicine. Seating is limited. For more information or to register, go to www.ihmc.us or call 202-4462.

Christmas performance announced The Pensacola Children’s Chorus, under the direction of Susan and Allen Pote, will present its annual production of “Christmas on the Coast” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 and Dec. 12 and at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Pensacola Saenger Theatre. A tradition for 25 years, “Christmas on the Coast” presents local performers ages 9-18 in a holiday extravaganza featuring seasonal music, choreography, costumes and imaginative staging. A special appearance by Dr. Fred Mixon is also scheduled. Tickets are $26, $36 and $42, and they can be purchased at the Saenger Theatre Box Office, or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

Time for School Choice applications

The School Choice for Escambia County schools online application window for all students for the 2016-17 school year will be open through Dec. 18. The online application applies to incoming middle and high school students (Brown Barge Middle and Workman IB Program, West Florida High School and middle/high schools career academies). The application window for incoming elementary school students (NB Cook and Brentwood Elementary schools) will be open from Feb. 1 through March 11. Transitioning military parents can use the military preference option and must supply a copy of orders when applying. Deadlines are waived for those families that are moving to Pensacola. If you have any questions, contact Carissa Bergosh, school liaison officer at 712-4105 or by e-mail at Carissa.bergosh@navy.mil.

Group welcomes all soccer players Area soccer players can join Allied Forces Soccer for training, pick-up or league play. Whether you are interested in playing soccer recreationally, competitively or even co-ed, there is room for you. There will be 11-a-side and 7-a-side teams that play in the local

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Wreath event scheduled for Dec. 12 The Kiwanis Club of Big Lagoon is partnering with other charity organizations in an effort to “Blanket Barrancas” with wreaths for the annual Wreaths Across America (WAA). The club is offering a way for sponsors to order and pay online for wreaths specifically for Barrancas. A donor may specify a grave site for a child from the Kiwanis student leadership program to place the wreath. The sponsor can also pick up the wreath on the day of the ceremony. Other wreaths will be placed on unadorned grave sites. To order a wreath, go to http://barrancas wreaths.com/order-wreaths.html. Deadline for ordering is Nov 30. The wreath laying ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. Dec. 12. For more information, call 207-1217 or email barrancaswreaths@gmail.com. St. John Catholic School also is a collection point to submit a sponsorship with Wreaths Across America. A sponsorship through St. John School (No. FL0242P) will provide a wreath to be placed on the grave of a veteran at Barrancas National Cemetery (ID: FLBNCP). Individual wreaths may be sponsored or larger packages are provided for a family, organization or business contribution. Sponsorships were due at the school (325 South Navy Blvd.) by Nov. 24. For more information, call the school at 456-5218 or go to www.Wreaths AcrossAmerica.org.

history of other holiday traditions. The Lear-Rocheblave House, built in 1890, is an example of two-story folk Victorian architecture with spacious rooms and jig-sawed porches. The Victorian Holiday Traditions tour is included in the cost of admission to Historic Pensacola, which is free for members; $8 for adults; $7 for seniors, AAA members and military personnel and dependents; and $4 for children, ages three to 14. For more information, contact Living History Coordinator Phillip Mayhair at 595-5985, ext. 108, or pmayhair1@uwf.edu.

Singers from local churches to perform

Singers from three local churches will perform gospel, praise and worship music during the 5th Sunday Sing at 6 p.m. Nov. 29 at Warrington Assembly of God Church, 901 Wayne Ave. Admission is free and the public is welcome. For more information, call 458-4300 or 492-1518.

Toys for Tots campaign announced

Toys for Tots donations of new, unwrapped toys are being accepted through Dec. 11. Official Marine Corps Reserve collection boxes are in lobbies of TraWing-5, NAS Whiting Field squadrons and the NASWF NEX. The campaign is being coordinated by TW-5 OPS and the MATSG-21 Detachment. For more information, contact Cpl. Wesley Kisela at (850) 6237547.

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adult leagues. Area pick-up soccer at various locations as well as friendly matches are open to all. For more information, go to the Allied Forces Soccer Facebook site or contact Lt. Cmdr. David Toellner by phone at 382-5494 or by e-mail at kiwi_soccer@yahoo.com.

Navy Exchange Pensacola has partnered with the chaplain’s office at NASP Corry Station CID in support of the Angel Tree project. During the holiday season, the Angel Tree project helps to provide local military children in need an opportunity to enjoy Christmas. Angel ornaments hang on a Christmas tree in the front mall entrance feature a child’s age, the school they attend and a wish list. Patrons can choose an angel from the tree and sign up to participate at the mall customer service desk. Unwrapped gifts and angel ornament must be brought back to the customer service desk no later than Dec. 9.

Registration open at Embry Riddle

NEX patrons can enter sweepstakes

Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide Pensacola campus is now registering for the January term. Classes begin Jan. 11. The campus is open to active duty military, veterans and civilians. Civilians will require background screening and a base pass. Classes are held in the Navy College Center, online, through virtual learning and in a blended learning format. Office hours aboard NAS Pensacola are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday in the Navy College Center, 250 Chambers Ave. (Bldg. 634, suite 033). NAS Whiting Field office hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday in Bldg. 1417, room 163. For more information, call 458-1098, e-mail pensacola@erau.edu, or go to www.worldwide.erau.edu/ locations/pensacola.

Mardi Gras events kick off in January The Pensacola Grand Mardi Gras Parade is scheduled for 2 p.m. Feb. 6. The parade is organized and produced by Pensacola Mardi Gras Inc. Associated events include the Wind Creek Pensacola Mardi Gras Kick Off Celebration, Jan. 8; the Krewe of Lafitte Illuminated Pensacola Mardi Gras Parade, Feb. 5; and Pensacola’s Fat Tuesday Priscus Parti Gras Carnival and Ball, Feb. 9. The citywide events are free to the public. For more information e-mail pensacolamardigras@gmail.com or go to http://pensacolamardigras.com.

City officials to work with Boots Up The City of Pensacola and Boots Up recently announced a new collaborative effort to assist veterans recently separated from the military. Boots Up is a not-for-profit organization that works to guide veterans in transition to civilian life. Mark Harden, a retired Navy command master chief and director of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society in Pensacola, is chief adviser and trustee of Boots Up. At no cost to the veteran, Boots Up, walks veterans through the steps leading to gainful employment by supplying a suit, additional education, networking, resume assistance and community involvement. For more information, go to www.bootsup.us.

Tour highlights holiday traditions

The University of West Florida Historic Trust is highlighting Victorian Holiday Traditions in Pensacola with a tour of the Lear-Rocheblave House, 214 E. Zaragoza St. Tours are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday through Dec. 19. The historic home is decorated for Christmas and visitors will learn how families celebrated the holiday season in the late 19th century along with the

Naval Exchange Pensacola is participating in the Season of Giving Sweepstakes through Dec. 20. The sweepstakes offers more than $50,000 in prizes. You must be an authorized NEX patron to enter or win, but no purchase or payment is necessary. Eligibility is required at time of entry and time of drawing. Entrants must also be 18 years or older. To enter the sweepstakes, visit myNavy exchange.com/sweepstakes or click the Season of Giving Sweepstakes graphic promoted by the Navy Exchange at myNavyexchange.com, Military.com, and in Navy Exchange e-mails or social media. You will be prompted to sign in or create an account. Once signed in, you will be directed to the online entry form. Complete the entry form with all required information. If you do not wish to enter online you may call (877) 810-9030 or enter through a NEX customer service representative.

Figure skating lessons being offered

Looking for a unique Christmas gift? Figure skating lessons for beginners are available through March. Classes are scheduled from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 1, Dec. 3, Dec. 8, Dec. 9, Dec. 15 and Dec. 16. at the Pensacola Bay Center. Experienced skaters may choose from private or semi-private lessons. Pre-registration is required. For more information, or to register, contact the Greater Pensacola Figure Skating Club at secretary@pensacolafigureskating.com.

Car show scheduled for Dec. 5

The fourth annual Northwest Florida Podiatry Association Car Show is scheduled for Dec. 5 at Crowne Plaza Hotel, 200 E. Gregory St. Registration is from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., and the show is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Awards will be presented at 1:30 p.m. The association partners with the Step Out to Stop Diabetes Walk to put on the car show/cruise in. Proceeds goes to the American Diabetes Association. For more information, call 477-9015.

Develop business concept at workshop

“Is Your Business Concept Feasible?” is the name of a workshop scheduled for noon to 1 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Santa Rosa County Economic Develop Office, 6491 Caroline St., No. 4, in Milton. The workshop is being presented by the Florida Small Business Development Center at the University of West Florida. Learn the essentials for developing your business concept. There is no fee for the workshop, but pre-registration is recommended as seating is limited. To register, call 474-2528 or go to www.sbdc.uwf.edu and click on “Training Opportunities.”

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Civilians of the Quarter at CID; See page B2 Spotlight

GOSPORT A Thanksgiving proclamation by the president of the United States of America – George Washington, 1789 From the Smithsonian Institution

hereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor – and whereas both houses of Congress have by their Joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”


Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the people of these states to the service of that great and glorious being, who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be – that we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks – for his kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation – for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war – for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed – for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us. And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and ruler of nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions – to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually – to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed – to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord – to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us – and generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best. Given under my hand at the city of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

Geo. Washington

“The First Thanksgiving,” reproduction of an oil painting by J.L.G. Ferris, early 20th century. The classic scene has some historical inaccuracies in both the clothing and seating arrangements; unity and thanks between peoples are the true themes. Image from Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Thanksgiving From local harvests to national holiday

From http://www.si.edu

Most Americans are familiar with the Pilgrim’s Thanksgiving feast of 1621, but few realize that it was not the first festival of its kind in North America. Long before Europeans set foot in the Americas, native peoples sought to ensure a good harvest with dances and rituals such as the “Green Corn Dance” of the Cherokees. The first Thanksgiving service known to be held by Europeans in North America occurred on May 27, 1578, in Newfoundland, although earlier church-type services were probably held by Spaniards in La Florida. However, for British New England, some historians believe that the Popham Colony in Maine conducted a Thanksgiving service in 1607. In the same year, Jamestown colonists gave thanks for their safe arrival, and another service was held in 1610 when a supply ship arrived after a harsh winter. Berkeley Hundred (later Berkeley Plantation) settlers held a Thanksgiving service in accordance with their charter, which stated that the day of their arrival in Virginia should be observed yearly as a day of thanksgiving, but within a few years an Indian uprising ended further services. Thus British colonists held several Thanksgiving services in America before the Pilgrims’ celebration in 1621. The Pilgrims, with a puritanical rejection of public religious display, held a non-religious Thanksgiving feast, aside from saying grace. In fact, they seem to have used the three days for feasting, playing games and even drinking liquor.

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In 1623, the Pilgrims at Plymouth Plantation, Mass., held another day of Thanksgiving. As a drought was destroying their crops, Colonists prayed and fasted for relief; the rains came a few days later. And not long after, Capt. Miles Standish arrived with staples and news that a Dutch supply ship was on its way. Because of all this good fortune, Colonists held a day of Thanksgiving and prayer on June 30. This 1623 festival appears to have been the origin of our Thanksgiving Day because it combined a religious and social celebration. Festivals of Thanksgiving were observed sporadically on a local level for more than 150 years. They tended to be autumn harvest celebrations. But in 1789, Elias Boudinot of Massachusetts, a member of the House of Representatives, moved that a day of “Thanksgiving” be held to thank God for giving the American people the opportunity to create a Constitution to preserve their hard-won freedoms. A congressional joint committee approved the motion, and informed President George Washington. On Oct. 3, 1789, the president proclaimed that the people of the United States observe “a day of public thanksgiving and prayer” on Thursday, Nov. 26. The next three presidents proclaimed, at most, two days of thanksgiving sometime during their terms of office, either on their own initiative or at the request of a joint resolution of Congress. One exception was Thomas Jefferson, who believed it was a conflict of church and state to require the American people hold a day of prayer and thanksgiving. President James Madison pro-

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claimed a day of Thanksgiving to be held on April 13, 1815, the last such proclamation issued by a president until Abraham Lincoln did so in 1862. Most of the credit for the establishment of an annual Thanksgiving holiday may be given to Sarah Josepha Hale. Editor of Ladies Magazine and Godey’s Lady’s Book, she began to agitate for such a day in 1827 by printing articles in the magazines. She also published stories and recipes, and wrote scores of letters to governors, senators and presidents. After 36 years of crusading, she won her battle. On Oct. 3, 1863, buoyed by the Union victory at Gettysburg, President Lincoln proclaimed that Nov. 26, would be a national Thanksgiving Day, to be observed every year on the fourth Thursday of November. Only twice has a president changed the day of observation. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in order to give Depression-era merchants more selling days before Christmas, assigned the third Thursday to be Thanksgiving Day in 1939 and 1940. But he was met with popular resistance, largely because the change required rescheduling Thanksgiving Day events such as football games and parades. In 1941, a congressional joint resolution officially set the fourth Thursday of November as a national holiday for Thanksgiving. Today, Thanksgiving is a time when many families come together, and many churches are open for special services. We have both Native Americans and immigrants to thank for the opportunity to observe a day of thanksgiving.

Jokes & Groaners Thanksgiving jokes to make your stomach hurt Why do turkeys gobble? Because they never learned table manners. How can you send a turkey through the post office? Bird-Class mail. What happened when the turkey got into a fight? He got the stuffing knocked out of him. Why did the turkey cross the road? Because the chicken got Thanksgiving off. Why did the band hire a turkey as a drummer? Because he had the drumsticks. What sound does a space turkey make? “Hubble, Hubble, Hubble.” Why don’t turkeys fly? They can’t afford plane tickets. What’s the friendliest vegetable on Earth? The sweet potato.




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CID announces Civilians of the Quarter Story, photo by Carla M. McCarthy Center for Information Dominance Public Affairs


he Center for Information Dominance (CID) headquarters recognized civilians of the quarter for the third quarter of 2015, Nov. 13. “I am always amazed at the caliber and dedication of so many of our employees at our headquarters, and it’s always a challenge to just pick one individual for each category, since we truly do have a team effort across the board,” said Capt. Maureen Fox, CID commanding officer. “It takes people like our civilians of the quarter – often behind the scenes – to make things happen and to make our mission of training the Information Dominance Corps a resounding success.” Richard Mahon, a facilities operations specialist in CID’s Technical Support and Logistics Directorate (N4), was selected as the mid-grade civilian of the quarter. His significant accomplishments include working to update a fire alarm system without impacting hundreds of students, addressing quality of life issues for students

with outdoor protective break shelters and vending machine services, and initiating self-help paint projects for office spaces. “He consistently goes out of his way to provide quality customer service within compound three (at Corry Station) for both staff and students alike, ensuring materials needed to complete the training mis-

sion are always available,” said N4’s Darrel Bishop. “He provides exceptional mentorship and guidance to students awaiting training and ensures students understand the task at hand, have the right training and always think ‘safety first.’ ” Deborah Phillips, the civilian personnel program manager in CID’s Total Force Manpower and Civilian Personnel Directorate (N1), is the seniorgrade civilian of the quarter. Examples of her exceptional performance included filling more than 70 CID positions in a short timeframe; auditing all positions within the domain to eliminate unnecessary position sensitivity requirements – which resulted in hundreds of

Sailors of the Year at NHP ... Naval Hospital Pensacola announced its fiscal year 2015 Sailors of the Year recently. Congratulations to HM1 George Morrison, Senior Sailor of the Year; HM3 Kaleesha Ramos, Junior Sailor of the Year; and HN Brandon Beasley, BlueJacket of the Year. On hand to the present the awards from NHP were Capt. Sarah Martin, commanding officer, and Command Master Chief Michael Hinkle. Photo by Jason Bortz

mand to focus on its mission.” CID, with its headquarters based at NAS Pensacola Corry Station, is the Navy’s learning center under the Naval Education and Training Command. CID leads, manages and delivers Navy and joint forces training in information operations, information warfare, information techRichard Mahon and Deborah Phillips are civilians of the nology, cryptology and quarter for Center for Information Dominance headquarintelligence. ters, located at NAS Pensacola Corry Station. For more information thousands of dollars in cost “Every hiring manager on CID, visit www. netc. savings – and resolving with the domain coordi- navy.mil/ centers/ceninmanpower issues with out- nates and receives direc- fodom/; www. facebook. tion from Deb. She does com/ Center For Informaof-the-box thinking. “Ms. Phillips’ entire the things that nobody tion Dominance/ and twitposition is about customer sees and her diligence in ter.com/ CenterInfoDom. For more news from service and guiding all areas like recruitment, poCID domain employees,” sition management, EEO Center for Information said Wes Oliver, CID’s and Drug Free Workplace Dominance, visit www. total force manager. is what enables the com- navy.mil/local/cid.



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Airport event supports USO for three years running From City of Pensacola Public Information Office


ark your calendars for the third annual Runway Run 5K at Pensacola International Airport, benefiting the USO in Northwest Florida. The event is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. Dec. 5. Officials at the Pensacola International Airport and the City of Pensacola are expecting to welcome thousands of runners and walkers. Race participants will get a view of the airport that many have never seen before. The course covers 3.1 miles of airport ground, consisting of two separate loops on Runway 17/35 and

Taxiway A. “We are thrilled to bring this event back to the airport,” said Interim Airport Director Dan Flynn. “The past two years have been a great success and we hope this event continues to grow year after year. We proudly support the USO and we look forward to another successful run at the airport.” “The Pensacola International Air-

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port Runway Run was recently mentioned as one of 10 runway run events across two countries by AirlineReporter.com,” said Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward. “Pensacola is a vibrant and active community and I am very excited to see such a unique concept return to our area for a third year.” “We are proud to help with the management of this event in its third year,” said Paul Epstein of Running Wild. “We are looking forward to another year of working with the City and Pensacola International Airport to make this year’s run an even bigger success.” “The USO and Pensacola Interna-

tional Airport have consistently looked for ways to support our nation’s heroes,” said USO Northwest Florida Director Heidi Blair. “This family friendly event benefits the USO and is such a fun way to show our troops that we are there for them every step of the way. ‘Takeoff’ is at 10 a.m. so bring your kids, friends, and neighbors to the 2015 Runway Run 5K.” Cost is $25 until Dec. 3; late and race-day registion is $35. All registered participants will receive an event T-shirt and bib with timing. There will also be a free afterrace event and awards ceremony. Parking for the event will be in the normal airport parking lots; parking fees will be comped when you exit. For registration and event details, go to www.runway5k.com.





November 25, 2015

Morale, Welfare and Recreation

Children dressed as elves are the center of attention during the annual Elf Parade.

Story, photo from Winterfest of Pensacola

Put your shopping aside on “Black Friday� and join the children, as elves and princesses show their Christmas spirit during the Elf Parade in downtown Pensacola. The event, now in its 11th year, continues to grow as more families join in the fun, which is aimed at children ages 7 and younger. It is held on the day after Thanksgiving, when people can take a break from Christmas bargain hunting and enjoy the Elf Parade, a Snow Princess tea and trolley tours. The Elf Parade, which begins at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 27, is free and open to the public. Families are

welcome to walk with their children for several blocks in a cheerful parade that concludes at the Escambia County Courthouse, where Santa Claus greets the crowd, holiday lights are illuminated and artificial snow falls from the sky. Look for the Grinch to be on hand with his own brand of magic. In addition, Winterfest will present a tea at 3 p.m. Nov. 27 at Pensacola Little Theatre. It’s aimed at girls and other fans of figures from Christmases past and present. Meanwhile, contests will be held outside to judge the elf with the biggest ears, the bestdressed elf, and the best-decorated wagon. Winterfest, a non-profit or-

ganization, also offers trolley tours of Christmas attractions on a two-mile route through Pensacola’s historic Seville Square area. The Performance Tour and Reindeer Games are scheduled to run Nov. 27, Dec. 5, Dec. 11, Dec. 18, Dec. 19 and Dec. 20. Performances begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday nights and 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday nights. Performance are scheduled for every 15 minutes until 8:45 p.m. Santa’s Express Tours are scheduled for Dec. 21-23 from 5:30 p.m. With performance every 30 minutes until 8 p.m. For more information, call 417-7321 or go to www. pensacolawinterfest.org.

At the movies FRIDAY

“Goosebumps� (2D), PG, 5 p.m.; “Steve Jobs,� R, 7:30 p.m.; “The Last Witch Hunter,� PG-13, 5:30 p.m.; “Our Brand is Crisis,� R, 8 p.m.


“Goosebumps� (3D), PG, noon; “Bridge of Spies,� PG-13, 2:30 p.m.; “Our Brand is Crisis,� R, 5:30 p.m.; “Steve Jobs,� R, 8 p.m.; “Love the Coopers,� PG-13, 12:30 p.m.; “The Martian,� PG-13, 3 p.m.; “The Last Witch Hunter,� PG-13, 6 p.m.; “The Ghost Dimension,� R, 8:30 p.m.


“Goosebumps� (2D), PG, noon; “Love the Coopers,� PG-13, 2:30 p.m.; “The Last Witch Hunter,� PG-13, 5 p.m.; “Our Brand is Crisis,� R, 7:30 p.m.; “Bridge of Spies,� PG-13, 12:30 p.m.; “The Martian,� PG-13, 3:30 p.m.; “Crimson Peak,� R, 6:30 p.m.


“Goosebumps� (2D), PG, 5 p.m.; “The Martian,� PG-13, 7:10 p.m.; “Love the Coopers,� PG-13, 5:10 p.m.; “Steve Jobs,� R, 7:30 p.m.


“Goosebumps� (3D), PG, 5 p.m.; “Bridge of Spies,� PG-13, 7:10 p.m.; “The Last Witch Hunter,� PG-13, 5:10 p.m.; “Crimson Peak,� R, 7:30 p.m.


“Goosebumps� (2D), PG, 5 p.m.; “The Martian,� PG-13, 7:10 p.m.; “Love the Coopers,� PG-13, 5:10 p.m.; “The Ghost Dimension,� R, 7:30 p.m.


“Goosebumps� (3D), PG, 5 p.m.; “Steve Jobs,� R, 7:10 p.m.; “The Last Witch Hunter,� PG-13, 5:10 p.m.; “Our Brand is Crisis,� 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 www.naspensacola-mwr.com

The NASP Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) department has a number of upcoming events and activities. For more information, call 452-3806, ext. 3100, or go to the MWR website at www.navymwrpensacola.com. • Saints tickets: Tickets are on sale for upcoming Saints games in New Orleans at the Information, Tickets and Travel (ITT) office at the NEX Mall on Highway 98. Tickets are $55 each and the games are scheduled for Dec. 21 (Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints) and Dec. 27 (Jacksonville Jaguars at New Orleans Saints). Also check out the ITT discounts available on vacations and attractions. For more information, call 452-6354. • Radfordʟs 3rd Ridiculous Relay: 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 3 at Radford Fitness Center. A field day with a ridiculous twist. Teams of two take on bouncy obstacle course, adult The Holiday Tree trike race, giant Lighting event is bowling, hen lays scheduled for 3 p.m. eggs and beer to 6 p.m. Dec. 4 on the goggles hockey. Radford Fitness CenFastest time wins. ter lawn. There will be For more informaactivities for children tion, call 452-9845. and Santa Claus will • The Great arrive by fire truck at Christmas Golf 3:30 p.m. You can Classic: Dec. 5, enjoy a cookie and a A.C. Read Golf cup of hot chocolate Course. The $75 while you watch the charge per player Christmas tree light(two-man teams) ing. For more informaincludes everything tion, call 452-3806, from your cart, ext. 3100. green fees, to a Christmas feast after play. Tee times range from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Space is limited to the first 90 paid teams. For more information, 452-2454. • Danger Zone Paintball: Sign up for the Paintball Challenge at Blue Angel Naval Recreation Area. Open until 5 p.m. Monday and Friday for challenge events. $20 for activeduty and $30 for civilians. Includes full equipment rental, 500 rounds of paint and free air refills. Reservations required two weeks in advance. For details, call 281-5489. • Youth Sports: Sports include soccer, flag football, baseball, T-ball, cheerleading, track, basketball and tennis. Open to all dependents of active-duty, retired military, DoD employees, contractors and reservists ages 4-14. Dates and fees vary. For more information, call 4523810 or 452-2417. • Bushido Sports Judo Club: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, NASP Youth Center, Bldg. 3690 (4522417). For ages 5 to 17. Cost is $20 per month for adults and $15 per month for children. For more information, call 324-3146 or 457-1421 or e-mail baldg6@att.net. • Rent a bike: Rental bikes are available at Blue Angel Naval Recreation Area Outpost Marina. Half day (four hours), $10; full day (eight hours), $15. Deposit and military ID required. For more information, call 453-4530.

Liberty activities Liberty program events target young, unaccompanied active-duty military. New hours are 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Regular events are scheduled at the main Liberty Center in the Portside Entertainment Complex. You must sign up in advance for off-base trips. For more information, call 452-2372 or go to http://naspensacolamwr.com/singsail/liberty.htm.



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SAPR If you are a victim of sexual assault, it is not your fault. Help for victims of sexual assault in the DoD community is a call, click or text away: The SafeHelpline provides live, one-on-one crisis support and information by trained staff. Call: (877) 995-5247; click: www.SafeHelpline.org; or text: 55-247, CONUS; (202) 470-5546, OCONUS (may be extra charges for OCONUS). The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program provides prevention, intervention and a 24/7/365 response to non-intimate partner adult victims of sexual assault. Active-duty and adult family member sexual assault victims have a choice of reporting options, unrestricted and restricted. Unrestricted reporting allows victim to have an advocate, seek medical care, counseling, legal services, safety interventions and/or transfer, etc. To access an unrestricted report, the victim may report to his/her chain-ofcommand, security/law enforcement, NCIS, SAPR VA, SARC, or others. NCIS shall be notified by the CO and/or the VA/SARC in unrestricted cases to begin investigation. Investigation results are provided to the offender’s CO for appropriate action/disposition. Restricted reporting allows a victim to have a confidential report, which does not trigger command or law enforcement notification and the victim may have a SAPR VA and seek medical care and/or counseling. To access restricted reporting, the victim may disclose his/her sexual assault only to the SARC, a current SAPR VA, a health care professional and/or a chaplain. To contact the NASP 24/7 Victim Advocate, call 449-9231/2. For the Civilian Victim Advocate, call 293-4561. To contact the duty SARC, call the SARC cell at 554-5606.

Worship schedule NAS Pensacola Protestant • Worship service, 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel, Bldg. 1982. • Chapel choir, 12:30 p.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel. • Contemporary service, 6 p.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel. • Training Air Wing Six Bible Study, 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, Griffith Hall student lounge. • Bible study, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, J.B. McKamey Center. Roman Catholic • Sunday Mass, 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel, Bldg. 1982. • Daily Mass, 11:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the Our Lady of Loreto Chapel. • Confessions: 30 minutes before services. Latter Day Saints • Service, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel. • Meeting: 6 p.m. Monday and 6 p.m. Thursday, J.B. McKamey Center. For information, call 452-2341. NASP Corry Station Protestant • Adult Bible study, 9 a.m. Sunday, fellowship hall vice conference room. • Chapel choir, 9 a.m. Sunday, choir room vice sanctuary. • Worship service, 10 a.m. Sunday.



Fleet and Family Support Center • Fellowship, 11:30 a.m. Sunday. • Contemporary worship, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, followed by fellowship at 7:30 p.m. • Bible study and dinner, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, fellowship hall. Latter Day Saints • Service, 7 p.m. Wednesday. Roman Catholic • Mass, noon Sunday and 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday. For information, call 452-6376. NAS Whiting Field Chapel Roman Catholic • Mass, 11 a.m. Friday. Protestant • Bible study, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. • Weekly chapel service, 11:30 a.m. Thursday. For information, call 623-7212. More services Jewish • Bʼnai Israel Synagogue, 1829 North Ninth Ave., services 7 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. Saturday. For information, call 433-7311. • Temple Beth El, 800 North Palafox St., services 7 p.m. Friday (6 p.m. first Friday of each month). For information, call 438-3321 or go to http://templebethelof pensacola.org. Seventh-day Adventist • Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1080 North Blue Angel Parkway, Bible studies at 9:30 a.m. and services at 11 a.m. Saturday. For information, call 4533442.

The NASP Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC), 151 Ellyson Ave., Bldg. 625, is offering the following: • Emergency Preparedness: 10 a.m. Nov. 27 and Dec. 18. Emergencies come in many forms. Each type of disaster requires different measures to keep you, your family and your pets safe. The best thing you can do is to be prepared. For information or to register for the workshop, call 452-5609. • Survive the Holidays With Money in Your Pocket: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Dec. 2. For more information or to register,

call 452-5609. • Transition Goals, Plans, Success – or Transition GPS: Counseling and guidance for active and Reserve Sailors separating from the Navy. Entrepreneurship Track optional class is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 3-4, Bldg. 741, NAS Pensacola. For more information or to register, call 452-5609. • Stress management: 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 3 and 17 (every first and third Thursday). Learn how to recognize stress and become more productive, happier and healthier. For details, call 452-5609.

Community Outreach NASP Community Outreach volunteer opportunities: • Mentoring: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at Child Development Center at NASP Corry Station. Volunteers needed to mentor children after school. Volunteers/mentors assist with homework and study strategies, as well as being a good role model to the children. • Meals on Wheels: Council on Aging of West Florida needs volunteers to deliver meals to homebound elderly throughout Escambia

County. Flexible schedules. For more information, go to www.coawfla.org. • Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum: Numerous opportunities such as hosting tours or ghost hunts, helping with special events and maintenance and grounds upkeep. The NASP Community Outreach office tracks volunteer hours. Report any hours you work to receive due recognition. For information on volunteer activities, call 4522532 or e-mail nasp_comm_ outreach@Navy.mil.



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