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On Dec. 15, thousands of wreaths will be placed at Barrancas National Cemetery. Join the Kiwanis Club of Big Lagoon in sponsoring a wreath to be placed in honor or in the memory of a veteran or loved one. The wreath order deadline is today, Nov. 30, to insure on-time delivery and freshness of the wreaths. To order a wreath go to https://www.barrancaswreaths.com. Today is also the last day for active-duty military to pick up their vouchers for Trees For Troops; go to the MWR Admin Office, Bldg. 4143, by 4 p.m. For more information call 452-3806.
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IWTC Corry Station represents NASP at Inaugural Inter-Service Alpha Warrior Battle By IT1 Benjamin Wooldridge
When it comes to fitness competitions between the branches of service, the Navy always aims to win. In one such event named the Alpha Warrior Final Battle, CTT1 Mikala Hawkins showed the other branches what competition and determination really are at Retama Park in Selma, Texas, Nov. 17. Hawkins, a native of Saint Louis, Miss., and an instructor for Cryptologic Technician (Technical) “C” school at Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC) NAS Pensacola Corry Station, was asked to compete in the first ever inter-service competition with Airmen, Soldiers and Sailors just one week before it began. “I was just at the gym for my normal workout and one of the staff members approached me and said that I would be a great fit for this and asked if they could sign me up,” Hawkins said. “I gave them my information and one week later I was on my way.” She arrived in Texas to meet the rest of her six-person team and to get a preliminary look at the course, Nov. 16.
The inter-service battle combined 15 obstacles and fitness machines to challenge the teams in various ways. These obstacles tested their abilities in areas such as climbing, gymnastic rings, weightlifting, running, jumping and pull-ups. Each service member ran the course individually with the winning service determined by the total team time. “The course was just crazy,” Hawkins said. “You do the obstacles individually and that’s easy and then you put it all together and you’re running it, your heart is racing and you got adrenaline going it’s just like everything is super invigorating. It really tests not only your physical ability but your mental ability– like how strong you are mentally as well. I think that was the most exciting part.” As exciting of a picture Hawkins painted, there was a complication during the timed events. Toward the middle of the course, she injured her ankle on an obstacle, but with the help of another service member, she See Warrior on page 2
CTT1 Mikala Hawkins, an instructor for Cryptologic Technician (Technical) “C” school at Information Warfare Training Command Corry Station, competes in the Inter-Service Alpha Warrior Battle at Retama Park in Selma, Texas, Nov. 17. The battle combined 15 obstacles and fitness machines, testing abilities in areas such as climbing, gymnastic rings, weightlifting, running, jumping and pull-ups. U.S. Navy photo
NETC staff helps CEODD with Hurricane Michael impacts From Naval Education and Training Command Public Affairs
Rear Adm. Kyle Cozad, commander of Naval Education and Training Command (NETC), commended the efforts of NETC staff during an all-hands call Nov. 19 for the assistance they provided
to NETC’s subordinate commands impacted by Hurricane Michael. “I couldn’t be more proud of how they answered the call to help our shipmates and their families in their time of need,” Cozad said. “This wasn’t an effort to gain personal recognition. Their willingness to volunteer represents
what we stand for as a Navy family. We are one Navy team, and this demonstrates a commitment to our people. This demonstrates a willingness to do everything we can to help our military and civilian employees and their families through difficult times. And in the end, these efforts help ensure our people are best positioned both at home and at work to focus again on the mission of
developing and training Sailors.” Five NETC employees traveled to Center for Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Diving (CEODD) at Naval Support Activity (NSA) Panama City Nov. 6 to 9 to assist with administrative requirements service members and Navy civilians faced as a result of the hurricane. See NETC on page 2
NASP service members participating in annual Combined Federal Campaign From Naval Air Station Pensacola Public Affairs
Sailors from Information Warfare Training Command Corry Station and Soldiers from Delta Company, 344th Military Intelligence Battalion pose for a photo at Southern Oaks Care Center. The service members joined more than 25 military veterans living at the facility for a Veterans Day observance. U.S. Navy photo
NASP Corry Station honors local veterans From Center for Information Warfare Training
Sailors and soldiers from NAS Pensacola Corry Station participated in a rescheduled Veterans Day celebration at Southern Oaks Care Center, Nov. 15. Staff and students from Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC) Corry Station and Delta Company, 344th Military Intelligence Battalion joined more than 25 veterans currently residing at the center in a ceremony recognizing their military service.
In the opening remarks, retired Navy Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) 5 Adolfo DeMontalvo mentioned the 100th anniversary of World War I Armistice Day, which was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 to include all veterans from other conflicts around the world. During the celebration, service members delivered certificates of appreciation and served cake to veterans in attendance. They also visited those who were unable to leave their rooms to See Veterans on page 2
With the annual Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) scheduled to end Dec. 15, Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola service members and civilian employees are encouraged to continue donations through their departmental or command CFC representative. “One word comes to mind during the holiday season: gratitude,” OS1 Carl Sowden, the NAS Pensacola CFC co-
ordinator said. “Each year, we celebrate what we are most grateful for, from our loved ones to the opportunities we have to serve, protect and better our nation. A way to celebrate the good in life and to pay it forward is through donating to the CFC.” The CFC is an annual workplace charity campaign, with nearly 200 CFC campaigns organized at federal worksites throughout the country and See CFC on page 2
Holiday Celebration Planned for Veterans Memorial Park Dec. 15 at 3:30 p.m. .... A special ceremony is planned in observance of the holidays at Veterans Memorial Park in Pensacola beginning at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 15. Major Gen. Richard Secord, the former deputy assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, will be the guest speaker and will share his thoughts about military service during the holidays. Christmas music will be featured as well as the a capella singers caroling from First Baptist Church. A Christmas tree will be placed at the apex of The Wall South and the lighting of the tree will take place just after sunset. Wreaths Across America will lay wreaths at the base of the Wall South. Families are also encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to spread out on the grass while enjoying the music and festivities. Participants at the event will be able to order bricks for the Walk of Honor. The Walk of Honor is a project designed to allow family and friends to place bricks at Veterans Memorial Park with custom messages to honor the service and sacrifice of our military personnel and veterans. For more information, go to https://veteransmemorialparkpensacola.com.
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November 30, 2018
350th CACOM welcomes new commander Story, photo by Sgt. Dustin Gautney 350th Civil Affairs Command (Airborne)
Soldiers of U.S. Army Reserve 350th Civil Affairs Command (CACOM) welcomed a new commander during an assumption-of-command ceremony held at NAS Pensacola Nov 17. With a traditional passing of the colors, the previous 350th commander Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Coggin handed over command of the Pensacola-based unit to Brig. Gen. Mark E. Black. “The passing of the command today displays total confidence that the 350th will continue to be mission focus, lead properly, that its Soldiers and civilians will be lead properly and display a continuity of excellence as that is evident of the ceremony today,” Maj. Gen. Darrell J. Guthrie U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations commander said. Guthrie served as the reviewing officer for the
Brig. Gen. Mark. E. Black, 350th CACOM commander (left) ceremoniously receives the 350th colors from Maj. Gen. Darrell J. Guthrie, U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations commander, during an change-of-command ceremony held at NAS Pensacola Nov. 17.
ceremony. Outgoing commander Coggin reflected on his time serving as the 350th commander and thanked the Soldiers for their diligent work during his tenure. “As I reflect on the past 32 months,
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persevered and completed the rest of the trials. “I think the camaraderie was pretty awesome between the Navy and Army,” Hawkins added. “When I got injured, there was this Army woman behind me and she saw that I was panicking and about to give up because the pain was so bad. However, she wouldn’t leave me behind, and she literally pushed me to finish the course and she finished with me. It was just amazing.” IWTC Corry Station, as part of the Center for Information Warfare Training, provides a continuum of training to Navy and joint service personnel that prepares them to conduct information warfare (IW) across the full spectrum of military operations. With four schoolhouse commands, two detachments, and training sites throughout the United States and Japan, CIWT is recognized as Naval Education and Training Command’s top learning for the past two years. Training more than 21,000 students every year, CIWT delivers trained information warfare professionals to the Navy and joint services. CIWT also offers more than 200 courses for cryptologic technicians, intelligence specialists, information systems technicians, electronics technicians, and officers in the information warfare community. 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.
Non-essential personnel and families from the installation and its tenant commands were authorized to evacuate ahead of the hurricane’s arrival Oct. 10. When an authorized evacuation is in place with a specified safe haven location and distance, personnel and their families may receive assistance to cover the expenses that they face, such as hotel, gas and food. When it is safe to return, they must file travel claims. “We are grateful for the support that NETC headquarters has been giving and continues to provide,” said Capt. Robert Porter, CEODD’s commanding officer. “Until you experience something like this, it’s hard to grasp the emotional and in some cases financial toll that people experience when dealing with a significant hurricane and its aftermath. Making sure our people and their families are being taken care of is our first priority as we work toward getting back to one hundred percent operational.” The NETC administrative and travel experts assisted more than 200 staff and family members from CEODD and Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center (NDSTC) with questions and the travel claim process. From setting up Defense Travel System (DTS) profiles to teaching how to create DTS authorizations and vouchers, the staff ensured that claims were processed correctly.
our mandate remains the same as and clear as today: to provide ready Soldiers and Ready Units for this difficult work. I give all the credit to the Soldiers and officers of the 350th Civil Affairs Command,” Coggin said. “It was your hard work; you excelled and
Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) staff members assist Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center (NDSTC) instructors with travel claims and administrative paperwork as a result of Hurricane Michael. Five NETC administrative and travel experts helped more than 200 military and civilian staff and family members from Center for Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Diving and NDSTC with questions and the travel claim process. Photo by Amy Buchanan
“We were all so glad that we went,” said Carlos Roebuck, from NETC’s administration department. “Some people came back to nothing and lost their homes, so being able to alleviate just some of their stress was very rewarding. We also now have some lessons learned on how to handle a situation like this and improve our processes.” Back at NETC headquarters in Pensacola, financial analysts also helped with wrapping up fiscal year 2018 financial requirements. More than 4,500 documents were reviewed to ensure CEODD was able to officially close and balance out the books
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deliver their certificates and thank them for their service. Following the ceremony, the group spent time socializing with the veterans and listening to stories of their time in the military. Information Warfare Training Command Corry Station, as part of the Center for Information Warfare Training, provides a continuum of training to Navy and joint service personnel that prepares them to conduct information warfare across the full spectrum of military operations. For more news from Center for Information Warfare Training, visit www.navy.mil/local/cid, www.netc.navy.mil/centers/ciwt, www.facebook.com/NavyCIWT or www.twitter.com/NavyCIWT.
overseas raising millions of dollars each year. Pledges made by federal civilian, postal and military donors during the campaign season, which runs Sept. 1 to Dec. 15, are designed to support eligible non-profit organizations that provide health and human service benefits throughout the world. Individuals donating through the CFC choose which prescreened charitable organization their pledge will serve, Sowden said, a benefit to the donor since all 2018 eligible organizations have been vetted and approved for inclusion as a charitable organization. “People can sometimes wonder whether or not their donation is going to the right place,” Sowden
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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-
did not complain ... Each of you bring hope and light to the world.” Incoming commander Black thanked the city of Pensacola for the continued relationship with the Army’s civil affairs mission as well as the Soldiers of the 350th CACOM. “The Army has maintained a civil affairs presence in Pensacola for six decades; these units have maintained a great relationship with the city and I look forward to continue strengthening the bonds with this great city,” Black said. “I am very humble, because it is a great privilege and distinct honor to lead a command in today’s Army ... to the Soldiers, officers and families of the 350th, I am very proud to once again join this amazing team.” Coggin’s next assignment will be to serve as the Deputy Commanding General for the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command in Fort Bragg, N.C.
and complete various data calls on time. Staff also assisted with resolving timekeeping and pay issues that new employees were experiencing. At the schoolhouse, most staff members have returned to work. While classes at NDSTC were either cancelled or alternative arrangements made for training, the staff expects to fully resume training in Panama City in January. For more on NETC, visit the NETC website at www.public.navy.mil/netc or www. navy.mil/local/cnet and follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/netcpao.
said. “Each of the organizations on the CFC list have been thoroughly scrutinized and donors need to know that the organization they select will receive the donation you make. There are hundreds of organizations available, and making a contribution to an organization you truly care about is an effective method of giving back to the community.” Charitable organizations included on the 2018 CFC list are varied, with national-level philanthropic organizations, local organizations and specific organizations available for donations. Sowden also said that each NAS Pensacola-area command should have a CFC coordinator, an individual designated by their command who can assist eligible personnel interested in donating through the CFC. He added
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An accidental regular at the commissary By Lisa Smith Molinari Military Spouse Columnist
he day after my honeymoon 25 years ago, I moved into my Navy husband’s apartment in Alexandria, Va. He carted me around to get a military ID, submit TRICARE forms and obtain base pass stickers for my car, so I’d be an official, card-carrying military spouse. Then he went to work, leaving me home ... alone. I checked the kitchen for something to eat. The cupboards contained a plastic barrel of pretzels, a half loaf of white bread and an expired box of Shake’N Bake left there by his old girlfriend. In the fridge, I found baloney, a gallon of milk, a bag of onions and a bottle of ketchup. “I’d better go shopping,” I thought. Rather than pay seven bucks a pound for ground beef at a D.C. store, I hopped in the car and braved the tangle of highways to get our rightful discounts at the base commissary.
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The commissary didn’t look like a normal supermarket. It was a drab warehouse with austere interior – no soothing background music or eye-catching displays. The shoppers were all business, and seemed to know exactly what they were doing. I, on the other hand, wandered aimlessly, despite the directional arrows painted on the floor. Although my new military ID card got me into this bastion of military support services, I didn’t seem to belong there. I felt like a teenager who just got into a nightclub with a fake driver’s license. I completely forgot what I came to buy. Into my cart I
About the columnist Lisa Smith Molinari, mother of three, was a military spouse for more than 25 years. Her husband recently retired from the Navy. Her syndicated column appears in military and civilian newspapers, including Stars and Stripes, and on her blog, www.themeat a nd p ot a t o e s of l i fe.c o m . nervously threw grapefruits, oyster crackers, a pound of ground beef, a gallon of cooking oil and a box of raisins. I despised raisins and had never purchased oyster crackers in my life. Overwhelmed and unable to focus, I headed for the check out. My paltry purchases were placed into three plastic bags by a tall, thin bagger with a
graying beard. “Ma’am, I’ll carry these to your car.” “Oh no!” I said, trying to be polite. “I’ll just carry them myself.” As I started toward the door, the smile drained from the bagger’s face. He crossed his arms, looked away, and muttered, “That’s your prerogative.” Not sure what I’d done to irritate him, I scurried to my car like a cockroach running under a pantry door. Francis returned from work, eager to experience his first home-cooked meal as a married man. Puzzled by the dinner of meatloaf with a side of grapefruit, he asked, “So how was your day, Honey?” I related my commissary fiasco, and Francis immediately realized my mistake. Over dinner, he explained that in the military, one must always tip the baggers. Humiliated, I thought I’d never show my face in a commissary again, but as the years passed, it soon became a comfort zone. A place where things made sense no matter whether we were stationed in the remote English countryside or near the sprawling bases in Norfolk, Va. A place where the food was cheap. A place without distracting colorful signs or tempting
free samples. A place where I didn’t have to worry about discount cards or environmentally-friendly plastic bag bans. A place that came to feel like home. Nowadays, my minivan shows up at the Naval Station Newport commissary at least once a week. No matter how long my shopping list, I grab one of the small carts that is easier to maneuver. I head for the produce section, pausing briefly at the sushi counter to check for my favorite crunchy rolls. Some days, the commissary is well-stocked. Other days? Not so much. But I’m accustomed to making due. No bok choy? I’ll just use cabbage. No vodka sauce? Marinara’ll do. By the time I reach the deli, my cart is overflowing. I order smoked turkey, making sure to get the coupon. I chat with a friend before heading to the check out. The cashier makes me laugh, something about his dog, and the bagger makes the obligatory comments about the weather. I tip her generously. On the way home, I relish the familiar routine that has kept me grounded as a Navy wife for 25 years, and I wolf down a hunk of crunchy roll. My favorite.
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NCIS working with partner navies to disrupt international trafficking networks in Middle East By Jeff Houston Naval Criminal Investigative Service
n average, 115 Americans die from an opioid overdose each day in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The country has been grappling with a worsening drug epidemic for decades. In 2016, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids was five times higher than in 1999, for example. From 1999 to 2016, more than 630,000 people died from drug overdoses nationwide, including in communities where Navy personnel live and operate. Many of those drugs come from overseas. According to the United Nations, nearly 80 percent of the world’s heroin is exported from Afghanistan. The majority is transported to the coast of Pakistan and then loaded onto maritime vessels, destined for East African countries and, eventually, the United States. The Bahrain-based Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Transnational Crime Unit, or TCU, is helping with the counternarcotics fight in the waters of the Middle East by deploying special agents aboard multinational Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150) warships during maritime security operations in the Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean. This team of highly skilled special agents patrols the high seas aboard ships from the United States, France, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. Agents, who spend up to 90 days at sea at a time, provide law enforcement expertise and collect intelligence during interdictions of illicit narcotics aboard suspicious vessels found in areas known for drug trafficking operations. They have participated in the seizure of nearly 10,000 kilograms of heroin and 30,000 kilograms of hashish over the past five years. During that period, seizure totals have also grown significantly, from 755 kilograms of heroin and 5,588 kilograms of hashish in 2014 to 2,647 and 32,987 kilograms, respectively, in 2018.
These operations have also resulted in the seizure of more than 2,000 weapons. These interdictions deny funding for terrorism, NCIS Director Andrew Traver said, so the TCU contributes significantly to the National Defense Strategy. It also strengthens military readiness by keeping illicit narcotics from reaching service members and their families throughout Europe, Africa and the United States. Agents also assist in the boarding of suspected stateless vessels and advise in the search for illicit items, which are usually found in secret compartments that can take days to locate. They ensure evidence is collected prop-
intelligence and military organizations from partner countries, then disseminates that intelligence to CTF-150. An analyst assigned to TCU cross-references the incoming intelligence with previously collected intel, allowing NCIS and CTF-150 to analyze trafficking trends in real time. Intelligence gleaned from every part of the boarding and seizure process – from what the crew members divulge to the way the drugs are packaged and branded – provides valuable insight into drug trafficking operations in the region, Tamash said. When they’re not engaged in interdictions, the special agents are working with the RNIFC to
duct subject matter expert exchanges with military and law enforcement partners in the region, including those belonging to the United Arab Emirates, Kenya, Tanzania, Seychelles and South Africa. This helps ensure that smugglers who use the sea to transport illegal products are identified, biometrically enrolled in international law enforcement databases and, eventually, prosecuted. “Since its 2009 formation, the TCU has established a reputation in the Middle East and East Africa regions as the premier maritime law enforcement subject matter experts,” Sean Devinny, TCU division chief said. “At the request
erly for laboratory analysis and, eventually, for successful prosecution. Most importantly, NCIS provides expertise in the tactical questioning of crew members, according to TCU Special Agent Darryl Tamash, who has deployed with the Royal Australian Navy nine times over the past two years. The intelligence gathered from interdicted crew members is quickly relayed to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Regional Narcotics Interagency Fusion Cell (RNIFC) in Bahrain. This cell collects intelligence from law enforcement,
identify and locate other suspicious vessels likely carrying illicit narcotics. “Doing the actual seizures has value because it denies that contraband from reaching consumers in whatever market it’s destined for, but (by) just doing that, we’re not solving the problem – we’re just slowing it down,” Traver said. “By interviewing crew members, we can gain really critical intelligence that helps law enforcement detect and eventually disrupt the transnational criminal organizations that are perpetuating these trafficking schemes.” Special agents also con-
of CTF-150 and Combined Maritime Forces, TCU agents provide briefings to command staff of new warships assigned to CTF-150. Agents also regularly provide pre-mission briefs to other U.S. and coalition navy entities.” In the past year, the TCU has further enhanced its reach by conducting a seminar for the Republic of Korea ship Chungmugong Yi Sun-Sin, which regularly executes counterpiracy missions on behalf of Combined Maritime Forces. The seminar covered boarding, search techniques, hidden compartments often used to store illicit drugs and weap-
ons, and tactical questioning. The TCU also recently met with regional directors responsible for the Indian Ocean and Afghanistan from the United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency. They addressed strategies for combating transnational organized crime in those regions. “From 2009 until 2015 or so, we pretty much focused on collecting intelligence and destroying the illicit narcotics we seized. Now, in the last couple years, we’ve really taken the focus more toward prosecuting these individuals,” Devinny said. “What we’re trying to do now is work with the United States Attorney’s Office or work with other countries in the region to prosecute them, although that process takes time because of the complex law enforcement and legal partnerships that must be solidified first. We plan to work hand-in-hand with countries throughout the entire process, to the point where these criminals are brought to court for trial.” The Middle East Field Office also has access to a warehouse maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard that features a popular, traditional Indian Ocean sailing vessel that NCIS special agents and partners can use to simulate maritime security operations for training purposes. “It’s critically important that we work with our foreign partners,” Traver said. “Without their support, without their partnership, it would be virtually impossible for us to have the success that we’ve been able to attain over the last several years. It’s a tremendous benefit not only to the United States and NCIS, but also our foreign partners.” For more, visit https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=8vnTucIgyM8.
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Pensacola safety managers stress holiday safety guidelines
Stay Alive From Education (S.A.F.E.) Street Smart presenters Greg McCarty (left) and Natalie Brown, firefighter/paramedics from the Tampa Bay, Fla., area, explain driving hazards during the Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) holiday safety stand down Nov. 21 in the Charles Taylor hangar onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola. The S.A.F.E. Street Smart campaign, an interactive presentation centered around distracted driving, seatbelt use and driving under the influence was part of the Pensacola-area safety stand down. Photo by Lt. Ian Loomis
From Naval Air Station Pensacola Public Affairs More than 5,000 service members and civilian employees attended the Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola pre-holiday safety stand down sessions at the Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) and the Naval Aviation Schools Command (NASC) Nov. 20 and 21 onboard NAS Pensacola. The two-hour sessions, designed to remind NAS Pensacola-area personnel of some of the most common safety issues and mishaps which can occur during the holiday season, have become an NAS Pensacola mainstay, something NAS Pensacola Safety Manager Jon Winters said is crucial not only for the largely junior population attending initial schooling at
one of the air station’s numerous training facilities, but also the NAS Pensacola service members and civilian staff. “Safety is something every individual here – from the highest ranking to the newest Sailors and Marines – are reminded of,” Winters said. “This not only extends from teaching safety in the classroom, but also encompasses recreation, liberty and travel. Safety is an all-hands effort and we (the NAS Pensacola Safety Office) is committed to ensuring the thousands of service members are aware of the safety issues and concerns they could encounter.” The three safety stand down sessions, were held over two days in different locations to afford service members the opportunity to attend, centered around holiday safety with particular emphasis
on travelling. “Service members often travel significant distances during the holiday season, and ensuring they are reminded of the various driving safety issues they face is one of our chief concerns,” Winters said. Highlighting the safety stand down was a nearly hour-long interactive presentation from Street Smart, Stay Alive From Education (S.A.F.E.). The program centered around distracted driving, seatbelt use and driving under the influence. The S.A.F.E. Street Smart presentation is interactively designed to assist Sailors and Marines in making smart choices concerning driving safety. Program facilitators, Tampa Bay, Fla., emergency medical technicians, demonstrated the consequences of making bad driving choices from their firsthand observations. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s represent some of the most dangerous days for travelers, with the three-day average around each of those holidays around 250 accidents. While not part of the program, NAS Pensacola’s Safety Office representatives also stressed other safety issues of which individuals should be aware during the holiday season: Fire Safety: According to the National Fire Protection Association, electrical distribution or lighting equipment contributed to two out of every five home Christmas tree fires; more than one-third of home Christmas tree fires started in the living room, family room, or den; and all of the fatalities and roughly three-quarters of the injuries resulted from fires started in those area.
Holiday decorating: • Be careful with decorations. Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant. • Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn. • Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both. • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of light strands to connect. • Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords do not get damaged. • Keep decorations away from windows and doors. NAS Pensacola Commanding Officer Capt. Chris Martin said that service members, civilian employees and their families – whether from NAS Pensacola or at any of the commands onboard the air station – are encouraged to evaluate their plans during the holiday season. “We’re all excited to enjoy time with family and friends, but making sure we all keep safety issues and potential mishaps as part of our plan makes sure we’re all back here after the holiday season,” he said. “We want the Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen, Marines and Coastguardsmen here to be safe, take care of their shipmates and continue providing support to the finest training facilities in the Navy.” NAS 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 (NASC), the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (CNATT), Marine Aviation Training Support Groups (MATSG) 21 and 23 and is the headquarters for Naval Education and Training Command (NETC).
November 30, 2018
Whiting Tower Air Traffic Controllers
Story, photo by Lt.j.g. Ashley Koenig NASWF Public Affairs Office
anaging flight operations in one of the busiest airspaces in the country is no small feat, but for the controllers at Naval Air Station Whiting Field’s (NASWF) North and South towers, it’s just another day in the office. One of the base’s seasoned controllers, Susan Simpson, retired Navy and now civilian employee at both towers, has been working at Whiting Field since 2003. She has worked at seven different towers but says Whiting presents a unique challenge. Whiting Field’s primary mission is training Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and some international aviators. From the air traffic control perspective, working with these new pilots is more than just a voice on the other end of the radio. “We train brand-new pilots, so you have to pay a little extra attention, but it’s really rewarding to see them grow,” Simpson said. “Seeing them grow often reflects in their voices, hearing
the student pilots’ voices build with confidence through training, especially after their first solo.” For those in the tower, the biggest thing they (air traffic controllers) would recommend to a new student pilot is to “listen, don’t step on each other,” and, “if they don’t understand something to ask, ask again,” Simpson expounded. Every student wants to sound like they have it all down on the first try, but oftentimes clarification can solve many problems, and that is something those in the tower would gladly help them do to ensure safe flight operations. There is a relationship between control tower and the pilots on
“Red James” returns to NASWF ... Eugene “Red”
James (bottom right) attends NAS Whiting Field’s (NASWF) winging ceremony Oct. 26. James received his wings in October 1943, with the first class to complete flight school at NASWF 75 years ago. He went on to fly F4U Corsairs in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and the Korean War with 137 combat missions. James was shot down twice; earned the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart and the Air Medal with 7 stars. One of the Corsairs he flew, listed in his logbook six times, is displayed in the National Naval Aviation Museum onboard NAS Pensacola. James was also a flight instructor at NASWF in 1953. With a housing shortage in Milton at the time, he left the service in 1956 to establish the Red James Construction Company. He and his wife Dorothy have six children and will be married 72 years in January. Photo by Lt.j.g. Ashley Koenig
AC1 Christopher Reinhard trains AC3 Omer Dubose on helicopter movements and radio frequencies for the NAS Whiting Field South Tower.
the ground – a mutual respect and professionalism that must be maintained. What makes this relationship even more challenging is that both sides are in training at Whiting. Not only are the student pilots on the ground learning to fly, but many of the controllers in the tower are training as well. Within the tower, there are enlisted controllers qualifying in different positions and systems. In addition to the trainees,
civilian employees, most retired military controllers, serve as a constant in the towers. They lead and train the young air traffic controllers to manage safe flight operations in a busy aviation training environment. For the enlisted beginning their training, they first must get qualified in flight planning and as a dispatch supervisor before making their way up to either North or South tower to begin training in clearance delivery
and data. For Simpson, it’s a sense of accomplishment to develop the new controllers and see them progress – to see the moment when it ‘clicks,’ and one day they come in and they get it. She stated that Whiting can be a very difficult place to get qualified with the airspace so close together, and the types of aircraft and their requirements being so different. AC3 Omer Dubose has been in South Tower for two years, progressing through ground, radar, radar supervisor and is now training on the South Local, or what pilots refer to as ‘Tower.’ Dubose’s supervisor, AC1 Michael Hein, stated that Dubose is incredibly dedicated and quick with systems, and was recently selected as Blue Jacket of the Year for NAS Whiting Field. Dubose was asked what advice he would give to new trainees coming through the tower. “Study,” he said. “If you think you are doing enough, you’re not. The most important thing is to be clear, concise, and to stay calm. If they copy down the wrong information you just have to correct it.” Although this is something he said he struggled with in the beginning of training, he said he is starting to warm up to enjoying the busy days. “Most trainers give you a pretty short leash (at the beginning) before they key up on you to correct something,” Dubose said. “But as you get better, they do it less and less, and always go over what you did and instruct you on how to fix it which makes you better.” What he said he enjoys the most is, once he got qualified on radar, working instrument approaches such as approach surveillance radar (ASR) and precision approach radar (PAR). “When you can turn a guy one turn to final, it’s such a good feeling,” Dubose said.
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Navywide advacement exam for E-7
Holidays celebrated at Memorial Park
The Navywide advancement exam for E-7 will be available at these times and locations, according to command: • For NATTC: Dec. 3 and Dec.4 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., NATTC Rm. 1129 • For Naval Hospital Pensacola: Dec. 5 and 6 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., NHP sixth floor, Manpower Conference room • All other commands: Dec. 3 through 14 from 7:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., PSD Pensacola Bldg. 680, Rm. 131 ESO For more information, contact PSD Pensacola at 452-3117.
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. The test is open to Navy, Army, Air Force, Marine, Coast Guard and DoD personnel. Test appointments are accepted through https:// www.mnp.navy.mil/group/information-warfaretraining/n-dfltp.
GCNNCA Christmas meeting
The Gulf Coast Navy Nurse Corps Association (GCNNCA) will have their quarterly and also Christmas luncheon Dec. 7, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Jackson’s Steak House located at 400 South Palafox (in the Governors Room). All active-duty Navy nurses, former Navy nurses, reserve, reserve retired or retired Navy nurses are cordially invited to attend. You do not need to be a chapter member, however GCNNCA hopes you would consider joining the chapter. Remember to bring a new unwrapped toy(s) for the Toys for Tots project and also a gift for the Christmas gift exchange (amount $20) which is optional. Mischievous Santa may show up during the gift exchange. Our scheduled guest speaker is the Commanding Officer of the Naval Hospital Pensacola Capt. Amy Branstetter. Spouses and interested others are always welcome. RSVP no later than Dec. 5 to Vicki Coyle at email@example.com or leave a message at (251) 9426382 to ensure appropriate seating. Should you have any questions, call Vicki for clarification.
2019 Midway Class Reunion event
The 2019 Midway Class Reunion, a.k.a. “The Three Sisters Reunion,” will be held May 6 to 10, 2019, in San Diego, Calif. The reunion hotel will be named once negotiations are completed and the hotel contract has been signed. May 6, will be check-in and registration and May 10 will be check-out. Reunion events will take place on the three days in between May 7, 8 and 9. Three events already scheduled are the welcome reception at the reunion hotel May 7; the “meet and greet” at the USS Midway Museum May 8 and the grand banquet on the flight deck May 9. Start spreading the news to your fellow Midway Class carrier shipmates who served on the USS Midway, the USS Coral Sea or the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt. You do not have to be a member of the reunion associations of these three carriers to attend the reunion – but you do need to have served on one or more of the three ships during your time in the Navy. Family members and guests are welcome to attend.
Onboard NASP Trees for Troops available Dec. 1
The spirit of Christmas Foundation will be giving away fresh-cut trees to active-duty military during the Holiday Tree Lighting event tomorrow, Dec. 1 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Mustin Beach Club. Vouchers for the trees are available at the MWR Admin Office in Bldg. 4143 and Tickets and Travel at the NEX Mall, Bldg. 3787. Show your active-duty or spouse ID to pick up a voucher. Vouchers must be picked up no later than today, Nov. 30 by 4 p.m. All unclaimed trees will be given away to any active-duty military after 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 452-3806.
Holiday Tree Lighting onboard NASP
Bring the family and enjoy the Holiday Tree Lighting Dec. 1 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Mustin Beach Club. Witness the lighting of the Christmas tree at dark and be there for a special appearance by Santa Claus as he arrives by a firetruck at 3:30 p.m. The event will also include bounce castles, hot chocolate,
A special ceremony is planned in observance of the holidays at Veterans Memorial Park in Pensacola beginning at 3:30 p.m., Dec. 15. Christmas music will be featured as well as the a capella singers caroling from First Baptist Church. A Christmas tree will be placed at the apex of The Wall South and the lighting of the tree will take place just after sunset. Wreaths Across America will lay wreaths at the base of the panels of the Wall South. There will be a donation box set up for Toys For Tots, so families are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to share with a girl or boy. Participants at the event will be able to order bricks for the Walk of Honor during the celebration. The Walk of Honor is a project designed to allow family and friends to place bricks at Veterans Memorial Park with custom messages to honor the service and sacrifice of our military personnel and veterans. The holiday celebration will take place at Veterans Memorial Park, located adjacent to Pensacola Bay at the corner of East Romana Street and Bayfront Parkway. For more about the Veterans Memorial Park, visit the web page at www.veteransmemorialparkpensacola.com. face painting and more. This event is free. For more information, call 4523806.
Breakfast with Santa and friends
Share a holiday breakfast at the Holiday Breakfast Express with Santa and friends Dec. 8 at the Oaks Restaurant. Seating times are 8 a.m., 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Each seating is limited to 85 people. You must attend the seating time on your ticket. After breakfast, check out Santas’s Workshop, entrance fee included with your ticket. The price of tickets is $3 per person, with children under age 1 free. Tickets can be purchased at the Oaks Restaurant and the A.C. Read Golf Club. This event is open to all DoD ID card holders and their families. For more information, call 452-3859 or 452-2454.
Polar Express PJ party at NNAM
The National Naval Aviation Museum (NNAM) will present “The Polar Express” Pajama Party at 3 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday on the Giant Screen Theater now until Dec. 23. Children are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the magical journey to the North Pole to find the true spirit of Christmas. Tickets prices are $7 per person. Infants ages 1 and under are free and do not require a ticket purchase. Arrive early and purchase tickets in person at the museum ticket counter. Advanced tickets are available in person at the Giant Screen Theater ticket counter. Admission into NNAM is free and open to the public. The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.NavalAviationMuseum.org.
Around Town Jazz students invited to apply
Student jazz musicians, you are invited to submit an entry to the 2019 Student Jazz Competition. The finals will be the March Jazz Gumbo, 6:30 p.m., March 18, at Phineas Phogg’s in Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. Three finalists from each division – College Instrumental, High School Instrumental and Jazz Vocal – will perform at the live finals. Awards for first, second and third in each division, ranging from $100 to $500, will be presented at the conclusion of the event. Application deadline is March 1. Go to www.jazzpensacola.com to download the 2019 application, the current flyer and backing tracks. For more information, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 433-8382.
Pet pictures with Santa at Santa Paws
The Pensacola Humane Society will be hosting a Santa Paws photo booth Dec. 6 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Get in the holiday spirit with spirits and your best furry friend. Bring your pooch to 500 East Heinberg Street, then jump in line to get your dog’s picture with Santa Claus. The photographer will take photos with your camera. It is free to attend; donations are welcomed.
Pensacola Humane Society and Gulf Coast Brewery team up to bring you Pensacola’s newest favorite holiday tradition. It’s a community get-together for a great cause. The Pensacola Humane Society is located at 5 North Q Street and is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.
Camellia Club 80th annual show
The Pensacola Camellia Club (PCC) will have its 80th annual Camellia Show at University of West Florida (UWF) Conference Center located at 11000 University Parkway Bldg. 22, along with UWF Camellia Garden Tour and Plant Sales Dec. 8. Bloom preparation begins at 7 a.m. and judging begins mid-morning. There will be judges from several states who are certified by the America Camellia Society. Public viewing is free and begins at 1 p.m. until 4 p.m., after judging and prizes have been awarded. Prior to 1 p.m., visitors can ride on the University’s shuttle service to tour the UWF Camellia Garden or view and purchase many of the Camellia plants available for sales. This year winning bloom prizes have been replaced with Toys for Tots donations. PCC will also be taking donation of unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots. Plant sales begin at 9 a.m. and will continue until 4 p.m. or until the supply is sold out. Membership and additional information about the Pensacola Camellia Club activities can be found a www.pensacolacamelliaclub.com/annual-camellia-show or by calling 7800410.
I Pink I Can annual run announced
Join the Krewe du YaYas at the sixth annual I Pink I Can Run four-mile run/walk for breast cancer Feb. 23. The race will start at 9 a.m. at the Flora-Bama Lounge. All proceeds from this event benefit The Keeping Abreast Foundations’ mammography and breast health programs. Cost is $30 now until Feb. 19 at 5 p.m. Registration rate goes up to $35 at packet pick-up and race day. To register, visit www.active.com/perdido-keyfl/running/distance-running-races/i-pink-i-canrun-2019. For more information, visit www.keepingabreastfoundation.org.
Sinfonia Gulf Coast fall concert
The Sinfonia Gulf Coast Youth Orchestra will perform at their fall concert Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. at the Grace Lutheran Church Destin. The Sinfonia Youth Orchestra program is the premier training orchestra in Northwest Florida and consists of more than 50 students who participate in a variety of ensembles that perform throughout the school year in one of two ensembles: The Sinfonietta Strings and the Sinfonia Youth Orchestra. The fall concert will feature both ensembles performing traditional classical as well as everyone’s favorite holiday selections. Attendance is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Sinfonia Gulf Coast at 4608800.
Jingle Jazz festival set for Dec. 10
Jazz Pensacola invites the greater Pensacola community to its festive Jingle Jazz 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Dec. 10 at Phineas Phogg’s, Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government Street. Joe Occhipinti’s Jazzabouts and guest vocalists are presenting a show of jazzy holiday classics. So, put on your festive fashions and wear your smiles for a cheerful evening out. Drinks and dinner available. Jingle Jazz is free, but we happily accept donations. Also, join Jazz Pensacola in assisting an area food bank. We are collecting nonperishable foods – cans of vegetables and fruit, rice, pasta, cereal, cookie mixes, candy canes, etc. For membership and information, call 433-8382, or visit www.jazzpensacola.com.
Veteran Christmas play performance
This Christmas season, a local theatre company honors Pensacola veterans with an original musical. Today and tomorrow, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, Shining Light Players presents To This End of Heaven, a musical set in Pensacola during World War II. The performance will be at the Rex Theatre on Palafox Street and will feature eleven original songs in the big band style. Thirty volunteers from the community will share a message of hope and will honor the men and women who fight for our freedom. Tickets are $25, $15 for students and senior citizens, half price for military and their immediate families and free for World War II veterans, their spouses and children born before 1946. All ticket options are available for purchase at www.shininglightplayers. com.
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November 30, 2018
NETPDC’s Civilian of the Quarter; See page B2 “Spotlight”
Dec. 7, 1941, raid on Navy anchorage, air bases drew U.S. into war Story, photo from Naval History and Heritage Command
he Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, was one of the defining moments in history. A single, carefully planned and well-executed stroke removed the United States Navy’s battleship force as a possible threat to the Japanese Empire’s southward expansion. America, unprepared and now considerably weakened, was abruptly brought into World War II as a full combatant. Eighteen months earlier, President Franklin D. Roosevelt had transferred the United States fleet to Pearl Harbor as a presumed deterrent to Japanese agression. The Japanese military, deeply engaged in the seemingly endless war it had started against China in mid-1937, badly needed oil and other raw materials. Commercial access to these was gradually curtailed as the conquests continued. In July 1941, the Western powers effectively halted trade with Japan. From then on, as the desperate Japanese schemed to seize the oil and mineral-rich East Indies and Southeast Asia, a Pacific war was virtually inevitable. By late November 1941, with
peace negotiations clearly approaching an end, informed U.S. officials (and they were well-informed, they believed, through an ability to read Japan’s diplomatic codes) fully expected a Japanese attack into the Indies, Malaya and probably the Philippines. Completely unanticipated was the prospect that Japan would attack east, as well. The U.S. fleet’s Pearl Harbor base was reachable by an aircraft carrier force, and the Japanese navy secretly sent one across the Pacific with greater aerial striking power that had ever been seen on the world’s oceans. Its planes hit just before 8 a.m. Dec. 7. Within a short time five of eight battleships at Pearl Harbor were sunk or
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Sailors in a motor launch rescue a survivor from the water alongside the sunken USS West Virginia (BB 48) during or shortly after the Japanese air attack on Pearl Harbor. Note the extensive distortion of West Virginia’s lower amidships structure, caused by torpedoes that exploded below that location.
sinking, with the rest damaged. Several other ships and most Hawaii-based combat planes were also knocked out and more than 2,400 Americans were dead. Soon after, Japanese planes eliminated much of the American air force in the Philippines and a Japanese army element was ashore in Malaya. These great Japanese successes, achieved without prior
diplomatic formalities, shocked and enraged the previously divided American people into a level of purposeful unity hardly seen before or since. For the next five months, until the Battle of the Coral Sea in early May, Japan’s far-reaching offensives proceeded untroubled by fruitful opposition. American and Allied morale suffered accordingly. Under normal political circumstances, an ac-
comodation might have been considered. However, the memory of the “sneak attack” on Pearl Harbor fueled a determination to fight. Once the Battle of Midway in early June 1942 had eliminated much of Japan’s striking power, that same memory stoked a relentless war to reverse its conquests and remove its German and Italian allies as future threats to world peace.
Jokes & Groaners
Color Me: ‘Flat top’
One month into Marine Corps training in San Diego, Calif., we were preparing for a 10-mile march in 100-degree weather when a jeep drove up with a large radio in the back. “Who knows anything about radios?” our sergeant asked. Several hands went up, and anticipating a ride in the jeep, recruits began listing their credentials. Everything from a degree in communications to a part-time job in a repair shop was declared. The sergeant listened to all the contenders, then pointed to the most qualified. “You!” he barked. “Carry the radio.”
Humor in the service
As a group of soldiers stood in formation at a military base, the drill instructor said, “All right! All you idiots, fall out.” As the rest of the squad wandered away, one service member remained at attention. The drill instructor walked over until he was eye-to-eye with him, and then raised a single eyebrow. The service member smiled and said, “Sure was a lot of ’em, huh, sir?”
November 30, 2018
NETPDC selects financial analyst Bonnie Crosby as Civilian of the Quarter By Ens. Lillian Aubert Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center Public Affairs
he Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center (NETPDC) announced the selection of a financial analyst as Civilian of the Quarter (CoQ) for the third quarter of 2018 at an all-hands meeting Nov. 15. Bonnie Crosby was recognized for her superlative performance as one of the command’s financial management analysts, while also becoming proficient in every area of the NETPDC Funds Administration and Accounting Systems division. According to Don Parisi, the Resource Management department head for NETPDC, the time Crosby took to become knowledgeable about the entire division made her a leader, excellent team player and asset to members of the team. “Bonnie is a key player and relied-upon by her fellow Funds Administration and Accounting division team
members because of her ability to guide and provide knowledge on systems and processes,” Parisi said. According to her nomination package, Crosby continuously shows outstanding initiative. Most recently, Crosby, along with the help of an intern, took on the auditing of all prior-year reimbursable documentation. As a result, she was able to recognize and address deficiencies, ensuring audit readiness for the organization going forward. When asked how she felt about her selection as CoQ, Crosby said, “It was a wonderful surprise to find out that I was selected for Civilian of the Quarter. It feels
Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center (NETPDC) Commanding Officer Capt. Kertreck Brooks presents Civilian of the Quarter (CoQ) Bonnie Crosby with a certificate and a handshake Nov. 15. Photo by Ed Barker
really great to know that my leadership appreciates my work as I continue to put in my full effort every day.” NETPDC Commanding Officer Capt. Kertreck Brooks presented Crosby with her CoQ award, and noted that the overwhelming talent and dedication of the NETPDC civilian professionals continuously impresses him. “Team members like Bonnie are a critical asset to daily operations and mission success of the Advancement
Center and Voluntary Education,” Brooks said. “We couldn’t support our Sailors’ professional growth without the services of the Resource Management team; it’s an integral part of what we do, and I’m thankful for the hard work the department displays on a daily basis.” NETPDC’s mission is to provide products and services that enable and enhance education, training, career development and personnel advancement throughout the Navy. Primary elements
of the command include the Voluntary Education Department, the Navy Advancement Center and the Resources Management Department. Additional information about the Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center can be found via https:// www.netc.navy.mil/netc/netpdc/Default.htm. For more news from Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center, visit www.navy.mil/ local/NETPDTC.
• 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 Dec. 5. 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 Dec. 6. Stress and damage your health, both physical and mental. Learn how to recognize stress and become more productive, happier and healthier • Imagination Station: 10 a.m. to noon every third Thursday of the month at Blue Wahoo Stadium. The next meeting is Dec. 20. 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. • 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
• 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 Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel • Contemporary service, 6 p.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel, dinner after service • Training Air Wing Six Bible Study, 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, Griffith Hall student lounge • Bible study, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, J.B. McKamey Center NAS Pensacola – Roman Catholic • Sunday Mass, 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel, Bldg. 1982 • Daily Mass, 11:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the Our Lady of Loreto Chapel • Confessions: 30 minutes before services Latter Day Saints • Service, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel • Meeting: 6 p.m. Sunday, J.B. McKamey NASP Corry Station – Protestant • Adult Bible study, 9 a.m. Sunday, fellowship hall • Chapel choir, 9 a.m. Sunday, choir room vice sanctuary • Worship service, 10 a.m. Sunday • Fellowship, 11:30 a.m. Sunday • Contemporary worship, 6:00 p.m. Sunday, followed by fellowship at 7:00 p.m. • Bible study and dinner, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, fellowship hall Latter Day Saints • Service, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday NASP Corry Station – Roman Catholic • Mass, noon Sunday and 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday. For more, call 452-6376 NAS Whiting Field Chapel – Roman Catholic • Mass, 11 a.m. Friday NAS Whiting Field Chapel – Protestant • Bible study, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday with meal 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)
• Greek Orthodox Orthos, 10 a.m. Sunday, Chapel (everyone welcome) • Greek Orthodox Worship, 11 a.m. Sunday, Chapel (everyone welcome) • Weekly chapel service, 11:30 a.m. Thursday. For more information, call 623-7212 Other services: • B’nai Israel Synagogue, 1829 North Ninth Ave., services by Rabbi/Cantor Sam Waidenbaum. 7 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. Saturday. For information, call 433-7311 or e-mail email@example.com • 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.
• The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program: Provides prevention, intervention and a 24/7/365 response to non-intimate partner adult victims of sexual assault. Active-duty and adult family
member sexual assault victims have a choice of reporting options, unrestricted and restricted. Unrestricted reporting allows victims to have an advocate, seek medical care, counseling, legal services, safety interventions
and/or transfer, etc. To access an unrestricted report, the victim may report to his/her chain-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.firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email nasp_ comm_outreach @ Navy.mil.
Celebrate the holidays
Pensacola Beach will have a host of events going on to celebrate the holiday season, including parades, fireworks and more.
Story, photo From Katie King EW Bullock Associates Looking for a unique winter wonderland this holiday season without the frigid temperatures? Pensacola Beach, with its sugary-white sand, offers guests a guaranteed white Christmas and is jam-packed with “island style” holiday activities guaranteed to get even the worst Scrooges in the spirit. Listed below are some of the events you can catch for some island holiday spirit. • Lighted Boat Parade – Dec. 1, at 6:30 p.m.: The Lighted Boat
Parade will set sail at 6:30 p.m. from Sabine Marina and make its way around the Santa Rosa Sound to the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk where it will dock by about 7:30 pm. For those wanting to participate and compete in the Lighted Boat Parade, the deadline to register will be Nov. 26 at 5 p.m. The entry fee is $35 per boat. Compete for cash prizes and bragging rights. For more information, go to www.pensacolabeachchamber. com. • Surfing Santa Beach Parade – Dec. 2, at 2 p.m.: Thousands of children, parents and other spec-
tators make their way to Pensacola Beach on Sunday to see Santa Claus making his way down Via De Luna Drive atop a Pensacola Beach fire truck at the annual Surfing Santa Beach Parade. For those wanting to participate in the Surfing Santa Beach Parade, the deadline to register is Nov. 27 at 5 p.m. and the entry fee is $50. •New Year’s Eve Firework Display – Jan. 1, at midnight: Keep your eyes focused on the Pensacola Beach skies this New Year’s Eve for a free firework display along the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk. • Polar Bear Plunge – Jan. 1, at 2 p.m.: Need an exhilarating rush to help kick off your new year? Head to Pensacola Beach and plunge headfirst into the Santa Rosa Sound at the annual Polar Bear Plunge. Registration begins at noon and the fee is $15 per person. Cub Club participants – those in fifthgrade or younger – can register for $5. Participants will receive a Polar Bear Plunge T-shirt. All proceeds go to the Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce. Be aware that all event times are subject to change based on weather conditions. For weather updates, check the Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce Facebook page for the latest news. For more information, visit www.pensacolabeachchamber. com.
C @ NAS Pensacola Portside Cinema a FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY TUESDAY “Bohemian “Goosebumps 2” (PG) t Rhapsody” (PG13) 12:30 p.m. 3D: 2 p.m. 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. c 2D: 12:30 p.m. “The Nutcracker and “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” h the Four(PG)Realms” “Hunter3 p.m. Killer” (R) (PG) 2D: 2:30 p.m. “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” (PG)
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“Bohemian Rhapsody” (PG13) 7:10 p.m.
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2D: 5:20 p.m.
“Nobody’s Fool” (R) 7:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY “Goosebumps 2” (PG) 5 p.m. “First Man” (PG13) 7 p.m.
“Halloween” (R) 5:30 p.m.
“Hunter Killer” (R) 5 p.m.
“Nobody’s Fool” (R) 8 p.m.
“Halloween” (R) 7:30 p.m.
“Goosebumps 2” (PG) Noon
“First Man” (PG13) 1 p.m.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” (PG13) 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” (PG13) 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
“The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” (PG) Regular shows: $4 adults, $2 children ages 6 2D: 5:10 p.m. through 11, free for 5 and younger “Nobody’s Fool” (R) 7:30 p.m.
3D shows: $5 adults, $3 children ages 6 through 11, free for 5 and younger NASP Portside Cinema is closed on Monday.
“Halloween” (R) 5:10 p.m. “Hunter Killer” (R) 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” (PG) 2D: 5 p.m. “Bohemian Rhapsody” (PG13) 7:10 p.m. “Hunter Killer” (R) 5:10 p.m. “Halloween” (R) 7:30 p.m.
November 30, 2018
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.
• History Walk Through: NASP Corry Station will host a History Walk Through today, Nov. 30 at 8:30 a.m. Dress according to temperature and bring a water bottle. For more information, call 452-6802. • Paintball Tournament: MWR Sports Try this will be hosting a paintball tournament as part • Christmas Golf of the NAS Pensacola Classic: The A.C. Captain’s Cup Dec. 8, Read Golf Course oncheck in at 8 a.m. This board NAS Pensacola is a five-player teams will host the Great tournament. MWR will Christmas Golf Classic provide equipment, tomorrow, Dec. 1, tee no outside equipment times 7 a.m. through allowed. Deadline to 9 a.m. The classic will enter is today, Nov. include a nine-hole 30. Eligible patrons in- scramble, a nine-hole clude active-duty, their best ball and ninespouses, reservists, hole modified alterDoD employees and nate shot. Cost is $170 permanent contracted per person for a two personnel. For more person team. For more inforamtion, call 452- information or to register, call 452-2454. 4391 or 452-4392. • Bushido Sports Judo Club: Tuesday and Thursday, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at NASP Youth Center, Bldg. 3690 (452-2417). For children ages 5 to 17. For more information, call Sensei Gerome Baldwin at 324-3146, 457-1421 or 457-1421 or e-mail email@example.com. • Karate class: MWR offers Karate with Sensei John Wynne at the Portside Fitness Center. Cost is $20 per month for military ($22 for DoD). Beginners class takes place Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. and Thursday at 5 p.m. Advanced class is Monday at 5:30 p.m. and Thursday at 6:15 p.m. For more information, call 452-7810. • 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. • Discount tickets: Stop by the Information, Tickets and Travel (ITT) office at the NEX Mall on Highway 98 to check out the discounts available on vacations and attractions. For more information, call 452-6354.
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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