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Important reminder: Feeding of feral cats on Navy lands is prohibited By Mark Gibson NASP Natural Resources Manager Feral cats, like all stray or free ranging domestic animals, are on the hunt for food and shelter. They often are found in colonies in close proximity to residential areas or where they can obtain food from people who see them and want to care for them. In some areas, people manage feral cat colonies using trap/neuter/release programs in order to contain the colony, to prevent the colony from multiplying, and to save the cats from being

euthanized. But, on Navy lands, feeding of feral cats and trap/neuter/release programs are prohibited. This Chief of Naval Operations policy was established in 2002 and also applies to dogs. In part, the policy states: “Navy commands must ensure the humane capture and removal of free roaming cats and dogs. “Consistent with this requirement, trap/neuter/release programs will no longer be established on Navy land.” The policy goes on to state that feeding of feral animals is prohibited. Other points made by the policy state: • Installation residents must register and

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microchip their cats and dogs with the supporting veterinary office. • Pets must wear registration or identification tags at all times. • A current vaccination record is required. In addition, the NAS Pensacola Integrated Natural Resources Management Plan (INRMP) states that residents of the NASP Complex shall be educated about the ecological and health benefits of keeping pet cats indoors and eliminating resident populations of feral cats. Some tips to ensure you are caring for your pets properly include:

• Be a responsible pet owner and have your pet microchipped, and spayed or neutered. • Keep your pets indoors and appropriately restrain and control your pets when outdoors. • Do not leave your pet when you move or transfer unless you have turned it over to a responsible friend or adoption program, and remember to change the microchip owner data. To register and microchip your on-base pet, contact the Pensacola Veterinary Services located on NASP Corry Station at 452-6882. For more information, including cat adoption, call Mark Gibson at 452-3131, ext. 3008.

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December 6, 2013

Blues announce 2014 show schedule changes 2015 show schedule released From Blue Angels PAO

The Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, announced changes recently to the 2014 show schedule and the release of the 2015 show schedule at the International Council of Air Shows convention. The Blue Angels are scheduled to fly in 68 performances at 35 locations in 2014 and 64 performances at 34 locations in 2015 throughout North America. The 2014 schedule changes announced: • A show in Palmdale, Calif., replacing the March Air Reserve Base, Calif., show (March 21-22). • The addition of the Fontana, Calif., flyover (March 23). • The cancellation of the Fort Smith, Ark., performance (April 5-6). • The cancellation of the MCAS Cherry Point, N.C. performance (May 17-18). • A show in Latrobe, Pa., replacing the Pittsburg, Pa., Pilots from the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, render a salute following a flyover at Naval performance (June 7-8).

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Air Station Pensacola Nov. 9. The flyover marked the end of the team’s 2013 season and the beginning of the 2014 air show season. Photo by MC1 Terrence Siren

World War II remembrance, presentation of F6F Hellcat at National Naval Aviation Museum today, Dec. 6 ... The National Naval Aviation Museum will honor the World War II generation at 10 a.m. today, Dec. 6, in the Blue Angels Atrium. Featured speaker, retired Marine Lt. Gen. Duane Thiessen, will present the museum’s newly restored World War II F6F-3 Hellcat as part of the World War II remembrance event. For more information, visit NavalAviationMuseum.org or call the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation at 453-2389 or (800) 327-5002. For more on the anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack, see page B1.

Navy College Office: Free admissions Tree-planting ceremony marks 19-year tradition at NASP testing available for service members Story, photo by Janet Thomas Gosport Staff Writer

A 10-foot-tall Southern magnolia is the newest tree planted in the past 19 years aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP) as part of the Tree City USA program sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation. NAS Pensacola Commanding Officer Capt. Keith Hoskins and Public Works Officer Cmdr. Jeff Deviney shared the official honors during the annual tree-planting ceremony Dec. 2. After a “Tree Awareness Week” proclamation was read by Hoskins, the magnolia was put into the ground near the northwest corner of command headquarters (Bldg. 1500) by a team of base officials, foresters, NASP Public Works Department (PWD) personnel and landscaping contractor Regal Select Services Inc. (RSSI) employees. The young tree is a “Little Gem,” a dwarf cultivar from the Southern magnolia family. At maturity, the spring flowering tree is expected to be about 25 feet tall. Tree Awareness Week, Dec. 2-6, is NASP’s annual celebration of the start of the tree-planting season. The Tree City USA promotes tree planting and awareness throughout the country. To qualify as a Tree City USA community, a town or city must meet four standards established by The Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association

of State Foresters. These standards include having a tree board or department; a tree care ordinance; a community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita; and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. For more information, contact the PWD Natural Resources Department at 452-3131, ext. 3009.

By Ens. Shereka Riley NETC PAO

The Navy College Office (NCO) offers paperbased American College Testing (ACT) and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) college admissions testing at base education centers to active-duty service members free of charge. According to Mareba Mack, educational spe-

cialist at the Naval Air Station Pensacola Navy College Office, when a current score is required for service or education programs, all eligible military members, including the Coast Guard, are authorized to take one free college admissions exam administered at their local base education center. “A few of the service programs that require a current SAT or ACT score

are the Naval Academy and the Naval Academy Preparatory School Programs, Medical Enlisted Commissioning Program and the Seaman to Admiral-21 program,” said Mack. “Service members with hopes of pursuing a baccalaureate degree at a four-year institution are eligible for a free test whether or not they are

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“Homecoming” unveiled at NNAM ... A new bronze sculpture,

Forestry and Navy officials prepare to place a Southern magnolia tree into a new location near NASP’s Bldg. 1500.

“Homecoming,” was put on public display Nov. 29 at the National Naval Aviation Museum. The sculpture depicts a naval aviator reunited with his family following a long deployment. Homecoming was sculpted by museum director and artist, retired Navy Capt. Bob Rasmussen. His inspiration was taken from a photograph of Rasmussen’s son, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Eric Rasmussen, and his family during a homecoming celebration in 1999. The sculpture will be placed outside between the museum’s Blue Angel Atrium and Hangar Bay One. Photo by Donald Watson

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NAS Pensacola holiday hours ... NASP gate hours will be modified as follows during the holiday period: Commencing 6 p.m. Dec. 20 through 5 a.m. Jan. 6, 2014, the NASP west gate reduced hours will be 7 a.m.-6 p.m. NASP Corry Station gate seven will close beginning 6 p.m. Dec. 20 through 5 a.m. Jan. 6, 2014. Both the NASP west gate and NASP Corry Station gate seven will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Dr. Sid Phillips, World War II Marine from HBOʼs “The Pacific,” speaks to NASP Marines and Navy personnel ... Local author and lecturer, Dr. Sidney Phillips, along with his sister, Katharine Phillips, gave a presentation on his World War II experiences to Marines and Navy personnel at the Naval Aviation Schools Command (NASC) theater Nov. 21. The 88-yearold Mobile, Ala., resident and World War II veteran is featured as a character in HBO’s 10-part miniseries, “The Pacific,” which aired in 2011. In the vein of 2001’s “Band of Brothers,” “The Pacific” tells the tale of a group of Marines who take the war to the Japanese after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Phillips recalled the fighting on Guadalcanal and Cape Gloucester in New Britian and answered questions from today’s service members. Photo by Ens. Ryan Stagg

The Blue Angels perform a Delta Flat Pass Nov. 9 at NASP. Photo by MC1 Terrence Siren

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• A direct calendar swap for two shows, moving the Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., show (Sept. 6-7) and the Cleveland, Ohio, show (Aug. 30-Sept. 1). • A show at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, replacing the Marine Corps Base Hawaii show (Sept. 2728). • The NAS Pensacola homecoming is extended one day (Nov. 7, 8 and 9). The 2015 announced show schedule is: March 14 NAF El Centro, Calif. 21-22 Melbourne, Fla. 28-29 Tuscaloosa, Ala. April 11-12 MCAS Beaufort, S.C. 18-19 NAS Corpus Christi, Texas 25-26 Vidalia, Ga. May 2-3 Barksdale AFB, La. 9-10 Quad City (Davenport), Iowa 16-17 Westover ARB, Mass. 20 and 22 USNA graduation and flyover 27 Atlantic City, N.J. 30-31 North Kingstown, R.I. June 6-7 Rockford, Ill. 13-14 Ocean City, Md. 20-21 Latrobe, Pa. 27-28 Evansville, Ind. July 4-5 St. Cloud, Minn. 11 Pensacola Beach, Fla. 18-19 Hillsboro, Ore. 25-26 Fargo, N.D. August 1-2 Seattle, Wash. 15-16 Chicago, Ill. 22-23 Kansas City, Mo. 29-30 Ypsilanti, Mich. September 5-6 Brunswick, Maine 12-13 Fort Worth, Texas 19-20 NAS Oceana, Va. 26-27 Naval Base Ventura County, Calif. October 3-4 MCAS Miramar, Calif. 10-11 San Francisco, Calif. 17-18 MCB Hawaii, Hawaii 24-25 Jacksonville Beach, Fla. 31 Peachtree City, Ga. November 1 Peachtree City, Ga. 6-7 NAS Pensacola, Fla. Demonstration sites are selected in support of the Department of Defense objectives and in the interest of the armed services with safety as the primary consideration. Performances greatly assist the recruiting and retention goals for the military services, enhance esprit de corps among uniformed men and women and demonstrate the professional skills and capabilities of the naval services to the American public and U.S. allies. For the complete 2014 and 2015 Blue Angels show schedules, visit www.BlueAngels.navy.mil. For information on specific air shows, go to the individual air show’s official website. For more information about the Blue Angels, visit: www.BlueAngels.navy.mil.

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CPPD releases 2014 Naval Leader Planning Guide By MCC Jayme Pastoric

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) – The Center for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) released the 2014 edition of the Naval Leader Planning Guide (NLPG) Dec 2. Commands can download the PDF version free-of-charge from Navy Knowledge Online under the Leadership tab. Users can also download a file that can be imported into Microsoft Outlook that will populate personal calendars with the dates found in the product. Commands are authorized to use the downloaded source files to arrange for printing at local facilities to satisfy unit-level requests for the resource.

The 2014 product includes the latest Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Professional Reading Program list, as well as the Marine Corps Professional Reading Program list updated for 2014. For more information about the Center for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD), visit https://www.netc.navy.mil/ centers/cppd/. For more news from the Center for Personal and Professional Development, visit www.navy.mil/ local/voledpao/. Find CPPD on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ pages/Center-for-Personal-andProfessional-Development/100056459206 and on Twitter @CENPERSPROFDEV.

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using military education program benefits such as Tuition Assistance (TA) and/or the GI Bill.” Both the ACT and SAT are administered monthly by the educational center staff. In order to help prepare for the SAT and ACT, the NCO offers free materials to assist service members in achieving the scores they need. Mack sug- HN Donovan Brown, left, from Naval Hospital Pensacola, discusses his educagests members visit tional goals with Mareba Mack, Navy College Office Pensacola educational servtheir local NCO to re- ices specialist. Photo by Ens. Shereka Riley ceive official test guide “Other offerings avail- https://www.navycollege. booklets that offer in- collegeboard.org/ SAT/ formation about each public/pdf/getting-ready- able at no charge include navy.mil/dsp_oasc.aspx the Online Academic and https:// www. navyexam, including prac- for- the-sat.pdf. Andrea Franklin, edu- Skills Course (OASC) college.navy.mil/dsp_cpst tice tests. Additional information on the ACT cational technician at the and the College Place- .aspx. To learn about testing and SAT can also be ac- NCO Pensacola notes ment Skills Training cessed online with the that the education centers Course (CPST),” said and prep materials offered through the NCO, following links: also offer other tools that Franklin. For more information visit the website: www.act.org/aap/pdf/ can be used to improve P re p a r i n g - f o r - t h e - basic English and math on the OASC and CPST, https://www. navycollege. visit their links: navy.mil/ default.aspx. ACT.pdf and http://sat. skills.

December 6, 2013

Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla.: A Bicentennial Defense Community Commanding Officer — Capt. Keith Hoskins Public Affairs Officer — Harry C. White 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 NLPG brings together a large amount of information in a compact, portable format. This year’s edition includes a 15month calendar (January 2014 to March 2015), a complete list of CPPD courses and services, and contact information for all CPPD learning sites and Navy College Offices around the world. Also included are the Principles of Naval Leadership, and Navy and Marine Corps Selection Board and fitness report/evaluation schedules. NLPG also includes a directory of community managers and technical advisers at Navy Personnel Command and a map of the world with corresponding time zones.

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,

The Rhodes Building, 41 North Jefferson Street, Suite 402, Pensacola, FL 32504, in the interest of military and civilian personnel and their families aboard the Naval Air Station Pensacola, Saufley Field and Corry Station. Editorial and news material is compiled by the Public Affairs Office, 150 Hase Road, Ste.-A, NAS Pensacola, FL 32508-1051. All news releases and related materials should be mailed to that address, e-mailed to scott.hallford@navy.mil. National news sources are American Forces Press Service (AFPS), Navy News Service (NNS), Air Force News Service (AFNS), News USA and North American Precis Syndicate (NAPS). Opinions expressed herein do not necessarily represent those of the Department of Defense, United States Navy, officials of the Naval Air Station Pensacola, or Ballinger Publishing. All advertising, including classified ads, is arranged through Ballinger Publishing. Minimum weekly circulation is 25,000. Everything advertised in this publication must be made available for purchase, use or patronage without regard to rank, rate, race, creed, color, national origin or sex of the purchaser, user or patron. A confirmed rejection of this policy of equal opportunities by an advertiser will result in the refusal of future advertising from that source.

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Wounded warriors teach us about service, resilience By Army Col. Claude Schmid Medical Evacuations CONUS Hospitals team chief, Joint Forces Headquarters National Capitol Region

For more than three years it has been my honor to welcome home America’s wounded warriors. In my job as the chief of the Army’s Medical Evacuation CONUS Hospitals, my team and I are charged with representing our senior leadership in greeting and attending to the newly evacuated wounded and accompanying families. We have met hundreds of wounded warrior flights and thanked thousands of wounded for their service to our country. Additionally, we organize national capitol region tours for those evacuated warriors remaining in the area awaiting medical treatment. Now, a few days before retiring from the Army, I often reflect on what I have learned. The duty has been both inspiring, and very humbling. I’ve seen great tragedy. I’ve been a constant witness to others’ pain. I’ve heard many stories of remarkable courage. I’ve been very saddened. I’ve been motivated. Most importantly, I’ve seen the power of resilience.

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For more information Wounded warrior programs, activities, stories of recovery and personal triumphs were highlighted by all branches of the service throughout November, which was Warrior Care Month. For more information about the Navy’s wounded warrior programs, go to http://safeharbor.navy live.dodlive.mil. And I’ve learned this: our Soldiers are highly resilient men and women, and resilience is crucial to their success. Each week our team has listened to and documented amazing stories of danger and crisis and necessary struggles for recovery. I will never forget the thousands of hands I shook and eyes I held; all of which share our military path, either themselves wearing the uniform, or as loving family members attending to those that do; all of which manned our nation’s ramparts. One of the things that I tell people when they’ve asked me to explain what we – our wounded warrior flight team –

do is this: we put “flesh and blood” on statistics. For us, it’s not about the numbers, or the trends; although those things are also important, but for us it’s about the soul. Who are these warriors that are evacuated? What is their story … Who are they as human beings? You know who America’s wounded warriors are: they are an extraordinarily diverse group of amazing men and women. They are young and not so young. They are from America’s heartland. They are from inner cities. They are from Guam and Samoa and elsewhere. They are recent immigrants. And they are from long and deep-rooted American families, often able to recount war stories from previous generations. Many, incredibly, have hacked their way through a tough life to even get here. They are from intact families and broken homes. And, they are all connected by the idea of service. It has been said that “service,” is the most important word in the English language. Even the sound of it – service – is powerful, decisive, lingering. It has been my distinct pleasure to serve. The concept

Buses stand by to transport sick and injured patients from the Andrews Air Force Base, Va., flightline across base to Malcolm Grow Hospital’s 79th Aeromedical Staging Flight. U.S. Army photo by Tom Mani

of service fascinates me, and I’ve often asked our wounded warriors why they do it. People give many reasons. I remember talking to the wife of one badly wounded Soldier. She was a small lady, less than 5 feet tall. We both stood over the unconscious body of her badly wounded husband. Her answer: “he was bred for it.” I remember leaning over another warrior, an amputee from rural American, and he put it like this: “If not us, sir, who would do it?” Another warrior, a senior leader, explained it this way: “I thought doing something

meaningful would help me feel better about myself.” It boils down to this: Service — it’s what’s worth doing. Beyond a desire to serve, it is personal resilience which makes it possible. Without a foundation of resilience, it is exceptionally difficult for any wounded warrior to recover and lead a productive life. I think we can learn resilience by studying examples of it. Resilience is reinforced by learning from the experience of others. There is no better place to look than at America’s wounded warriors.

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First NASP student NFOs complete UMFO Intermediate Syllabus Story, photo by Lt. Michael D. Stryer VT-10 PAO


n Nov. 5, Ens. Robert Heller, Ens. Adam Balint, Ens. Daniel Sedberry, and Ens. Darius Gittens successfully passed their Section Visual Navigation check rides, making them the first four students to complete the intermediate portion of the Undergraduate Military Flight Officer (UMFO) Syllabus. This culminating event gives budding naval flight officers the opportunity to demonstrate mission planning and control of a section of two T-6 aircraft while prosecuting simulated targets in the low altitude environment. The new syllabus was conceived in response to the projected loss of the T-2 Buckeye and T-39 Sabreliner, as well as

the termination of joint training with the Air Force. The VT-10 Wildcats administer three portions of the syllabus: Primary 1, Primary 2, and Intermediate; all in the T-6A Texan II trainer aircraft. Course designers took the opportunity to shift more formation and visual navigation flights to the T-6, resulting in a lower cost per flight hour for this training.

Some of the first Intermediate Syllabus completers pose in front of the lead aircraft. (Left to right) CO Cmdr. Steve Hnatt, IP Lt. Cmdr. Jordan Barton, SNFO Ens. Darius Gittens, SNFO Ens. Daniel Sedberry, IP Lt. Jason Morgan and XO Cmdr. Mark Yates.

Upon completion of UMFO Intermediate, students slated to fly strike-fighter and electronic attack continue on to the Advanced curriculum with the VT-86 Sabrehawks. Those selected for the E-2 Hawkeye move on to the Advanced Maritime Command and Control

syllabus with the VT-4 Warbucks. VT-10 Commanding Officer Cmdr. Steve Hnatt was very pleased to reach this milestone. “I would like to congratulate our very first Intermediate class on a job well done,” Hnatt said. “Creating and implementing

this new syllabus was a massive undertaking and represents the culmination of years of hard work by some very smart folks. The fleet will soon be one notch better. I’m extremely proud of our talented Flight Instructor Training Unit and all the instructors of VT-10.”

Intense review keeps MA advancement exam up-to-date By Darryl Orrell Center for Security Forces Public Affairs

The Naval Education and Training Professional Development and Technology Center (NETPDTC) and fleet subject matter experts (SME) concluded a weeklong Advancement Examination Readiness Review (AERR) Nov. 22, for one of the Navy’s largest ratings – the Navy master-at-arms (MA). Hosted by NETPDTC’s Navy Advancement Center at Saufley Field in Pensacola, these periodic reviews are designed to ensure Navywide advancement exams are up to date and accurate. Navy chiefs (E-7 to E-9) on activeduty, full time support, and reservists on active-duty for special work (ADSW) are requested to serve on AERR panels as a fleet SME. MAC Paul Thompson, an instructor at the MA “A” School at Naval Technical Training Center Lackland (NTTC) in San Antonio, Texas, served as one of several SMEs on the AERR panel. “Sailors can expect to see exam questions derived from current instructions and be applicable to the pay grade for which they are testing,” said Thompson. “The current exams reflect what our Sailors are doing in the fleet

Sailors take the semi-annual Navywide petty officer second class advancement exam earlier this year aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Photo by MC2 Timothy M. Black

and that was the main focus of this past week – reviewing both the exams and bibliographies.” According to Thompson, the panel also discussed the idea of branching select areas of the MA community by specialty. In theory, these select pipelines could then have their own exams tailored largely to their specific craft. It was the panel’s conclusion that such a need simply does not exist at this time. Sailors can expect to see the exams

reviewed by the panel in next year’s testing cycle. Asked how Sailors can best prepare for upcoming exam cycle, Thompson said, “Study and you should do well, but do not study only what is specific to you and your current duty station. Ensure you are familiar with other mission areas such as military working dog, harbor patrol unit, etc. Be well rounded and especially if you are testing for the senior pay grades.” Navy advancement exams are re-

viewed on a routine basis – a process by which is strongly dependent on the support and participation of fleet SMEs AERRs can be either one or two weeks in duration and each rating is reviewed about every two years. “This was a very rewarding process to be a part and all the SMEs that attended really care about the current and projected direction of the MA rate. To be able and help shape that future is a humbling experience. Overall, this was an outstanding experience and a process MA “A” School (instructors) should be involved with every time,” concluded Thompson. Sailors desiring to submit their candidacy to serve as a panel member for their select rating’s AERR should visit http://www.netc.navy.mil/netc/netpdtc for more information. The Center for Security Forces provides specialized training to more than 28,000 students each year. NTTC Lackland is one of 14 training locations the center has across the U.S. and around the world, motto “Where Training Breeds Confidence.” For more news from and information about the Center for Security Forces, visit http://www.navy.mil/local/csf, www.netc.navy.mil/centers/csf, or www.facebook.com/CENSECFORHQ.

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P-8A aircraft program achieves initial operational capability By LaToya T. Graddy Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft Program Office (PMA-290) Public Affairs


ACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) – The Navy’s newest maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft, the P-8A Poseidon, has achieved initial operational capability (IOC) after the first two P8A Poseidons departed for deployment Nov. 29. This announcement comes weeks after the completion of the operational readiness evaluation of the first deploying P-8A Poseidon squadron and the commander of Patrol and Reconnaissance Group officially declaring the first P-8A squadron, Patrol Squadron 16 (VP-16), “prepared for deployment” Nov. 4. “This IOC declaration is the culmination of years of careful planning and coordinated effort by the fleet, resource sponsor, acquisition community, and industry,” said Capt. Scott Dillon, program manager for Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft Program Office (PMA-

290). By achieving IOC, the Navy can effectively deploy the P-8A for operational missions and continue to successfully transition from the aging P-3C. The Poseidon program is on track for completing the remaining preparations for the first operational deployment of a P-8A squadron. “With the P-3 to P-8 transition well underway at Jacksonville, VP-16 is executing an inter-deployment readiness cycle and is on track to be the first P-8 squadron to deploy. VP-5 has completed their P-8 transition and VP-45 has commenced P-8 transition after returning from de-

Patrol Squadron (VP) 16 Commanding Officer Cmdr. Bill Pennington Jr. takes off in a P-8A Poseidon No. 429 aircraft from Naval Air Station Jacksonville Nov. 29. The take-off represents the squadron’s historic first operational deployment of the Poseidon within the Navy’s maritime patrol and reconnaissance community. Photo by Clark Pierce

ployment this past summer. In addition to leading the fleet transition process, VP-30 is also producing P8 qualified replacement personnel for direct accession into P-8 qualified squadrons,” said Rear Adm. Matt Carter, Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Group. “There has never been a greater need for a new patrol and reconnaissance aircraft now that the aging P-3 is nearing the end of its life cycle. The P-8 is a true multimission platform, which will continue to provide us invaluable capabilities.”

“The number of submarines in the world is increasing rapidly. Other countries are either building or purchasing advanced, quiet and extremely hard to find submarines, and we need to be able to match that technology to be able to detect them. The P-8, along with the Triton, will strengthen the maritime mission and provide greater situational awareness,” Carter added. This year was filled with crucial systematic milestones for the program office, including the successful completion of

initial operational test and evaluation and the ongoing delivery of initial production aircraft in support of the first three P-3 to P-8 squadron transitions. To date, 12 low-rate initial production aircraft were delivered to the fleet, and the final aircraft in the second production lot is ontrack to deliver ahead of schedule and prior to the end of the year. The program office along with the P-8 Fleet Integration Team in Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville is continuing to support the transitioning squadrons with training by

also using the P-8A Integrated Training Center (ITC). The ITC is meeting training requirements of the Fleet Replacement Squadron, VP-30, and the transitioning squadrons. “We are pleased the P8A has been, and continues to be, on cost and on schedule,” Dillon said. “The program office is continuing to support the needs of the fleet and deliver an aircraft that recapitalizes and improves upon the capabilities of its predecessor; greatly enhancing the effectiveness of the Navy’s forward deployed squadrons.”

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NAS Whiting Field ‘E.L.F. Tree’: Embracing Local (Military) Families By Ens. Emily Hegarty NASWF PAO


his holiday season, the Chief Petty Officer’s Association (CPOA) and the First Class Petty Officer’s Association (FCPOA) will once again team up with Naval Air Station Whiting Field’s Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) staff to support local families by sponsoring gifts to children in need. Operation E.L.F. – Embracing Local (Military) Families – offers an opportunity for NAS Whiting Field military and staff to help parents provide a fun holiday for their children. Even before the Thanksgiving break, FFSC was busy preparing for the December holidays by posting its annual giving tree in the lobby, complete with giving tags from which sponsors can choose. Each tag includes the age, sex, shoe size, and clothing size of a child in need, as well as suggested gift items. A limit of $50 is recommended for each tag. Tags have been available to sponsors beginning Dec. 2, and unwrapped gifts can be dropped off at FFSC through Dec. 13. Those receiving gifts will

be able to pick them up on Dec. 18. This marks the 15th year that NAS Whiting Field has hosted a children’s gift project. Angela Dunn, information and referral specialist at FFSC and the gift tree coordinator for the third year in a row, expects that it will be a busy year. “We already had 10 names by Nov. 18, and we only started soliciting for families on the 10th,” she said. “As hard as times are now, I foresee us having an even bigger number (of tags) than we have in past years.” Dunn praised contributors to the program, noting that last year the NAS Whiting Field Fire Department stepped up to assist a family that had recently

Angela Dunn explains the Operation E.L.F. program to Ens. Brandon Griffin from Training Air Wing Five The annual program provides a conduit for people to help less fortunate military families provide gifts for their children. People who wish to support the children can pull a card from the Fleet and Family Support Center tree with the age, size and sex of a child who will receive the present. Unwrapped gifts must be turned in by Dec. 13. Photo by Jay Cope.

lost everything in a fire just before the gift drive began. “They did so much to help – they built beds, gave toys and clothing and helped the family get back on their feet. I love to see how the military and fire department come together to help our community.” That level of generosity exemplifies the way that Whiting Field comes to-

gether during the holiday season, Dunn explained. Dunn is looking forward to celebrating the giving spirit of the holiday season once again when volunteers will meet at the Chief’s Mess Dec. 17 to wrap the donations Operation E.L.F. collects. She noted that volunteers join in breakfast together and play music while they

wrap gifts, adding to the festive atmosphere. Above all, she is hoping that with the expected increase in requests for gifts tags, it will take a while to wrap all the presents Operation E.L.F. hopes to deliver this year. “For some of these kids, it’s the only gift they’ll get. Despite the hard times we’re in, we don’t want

any kids to go without,” she said. Parents in need of help can confidentially request sponsorship through the FFSC through Dec. 12. Further information on sponsoring a child or assisting with gift-wrapping can be found by contacting the FFSC directly at (850) 623-7177 or by e-mailing Dunn.

NASWF employee selected to represent Florida at international conference By Ens. Emily Hegarty NASWF PAO

Stanley Harper, NAS Whiting Field’s Navy Exchange Commissary Operations services clerk, attended the 36th annual Joint Meeting of the Southeast U.S./Japan and Japan-U.S. Southeast Associations from Nov. 17-19. The summit was held at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Miss. Harper was selected as one of 70 economic development delegates to represent the State of Florida at the

conference. Gov. Rick Scott lead the Florida delegation and sent an invitation to Harper. The conference focused on bringing economic development and growth opportunities to the Southeastern United States through relationship development and partnering with the Japanese government and industry leaders, building relations with them to encourage investment in the region. This year’s joint meeting included the participation of four member states’ governors, the Japanese ambassador to the United States, as well as the Japanese

General Consul from Miami. Top business, economic, development and government leaders from the both the Southeast and Japan will also comprise the group. “Japanese companies bring jobs and economic development to this region – there are nearly 200 in Florida alone, and they generate $5.3 billion in revenue for our economy annually,” Harper explained. Harper was selected to represent Florida following his involvement with the 2012 SEUS FLORIDA-Japan Summit, which he was invited to attend by Dr. Shigeko Honda, the then-Director of the UWF Japan Center.

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Dec. 7 run in memory of slain Sailor

The Corry Station Chief Petty Officers Association (CPOA) has scheduled the third annual Crime Stoppers 5K in memory of Tyler Jefferson for tomorrow, Dec. 7. Jefferson, an 18-year-old Navy Sailor, was found fatally shot near the gates of Corry Station Nov. 12, 2009. The investigation is still ongoing. The run/walk event is scheduled to start at 8:15 a.m. inside the NASP Corry Station gate in front of Bldg. 501 at 640 Roberts Ave. The course will take participants through the local neighborhood past the site of the Tyler Jefferson crime scene/memorial. Participants can place a flower at the site. Registration is $25 plus tax online until race day. Race-day registration is $30 plus tax. Registration forms can be picked up at any Pen Air Federal Credit Union office or go to www.active.com. This year all proceeds will be donated to the Gulf Coast Crime Stoppers to help all unsolved crimes on the Gulf Coast not just the Jeffersons case. The event will feature local band Sweet Pea’s Revenge and an awards ceremony after the last runner/walker crosses the finish line. For information, contact CTTC Joseph Romero at joseph.c.romero@navy.mil or call 452-6187.

Reminder issued on weapons rules

Officials at NAS Pensacola have issued the following reminder regarding control and accountability of personal weapons. All military and civilian personnel onboard naval installations and Navyowned or leased on-base housing units and on-base Public Private Venture (PPV) homes that own or possess weapons are accountable for complying with all DoD, federal, state and local laws regarding the safe use, transport and storage of their weapons including the provisions requiring safeguards against access by a minor. Unless otherwise authorized by applicable law or regulation, excluding state-issued “carry-concealed” permits, personal firearms shall not be possessed, used, introduced, transported, or stored onboard Navy installations without first obtaining prior written approval of the NASP commanding officer. Reference CNRSEINST 3593.1A. For more information, contact the NASP Security Department Armory at 452-4488, ext. 3122 or ext. 3126.

Lighthouse holding Christmas gala

The Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum aboard NAS Pensacola has scheduled its the annual Christmas gala for 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. tomorrow, Dec. 7. The lighthouse and grounds will be decorated with thousands of lights. Festivities will include chorus groups and bands playing holiday tunes, free climbs to the top, free hot chocolate and cookies and free hay rides. Santa also is scheduled to make an appearance. For more information, call 393-1561 or go to www.pensacolalighthouse.org.

Trains to be on display at in Milton

The West Florida Railroad Museum at 5003 Henry St. in Milton will be presenting A Lionel Christmas celebration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 67, Dec. 13-14 and Dec. 20-21. There will be a special evening running from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 14. The celebration will include displays that tell the history of the 100-year-old depot. Admission and parking are free, but donations will be accepted. For more information on the depot, the Model Railroad Club and the museum, send an e-mail to conductor@wfrm.org or visit www.WFRM.org.

Register to win a gift card at NEX

The Navy Exchange worldwide enterprise is offering patrons the opportunity to register to win $100 NEX gift cards during the Navy Blue Holiday. A total of 1,000 cards will be awarded randomly in November and December. The NEX Pensacola has presented November recipients with gift cards, and will select another group of recipients Dec. 20. You can register at the Pensacola NEX store at 5600 Highway 98 West. For more information, call 458-8250.

Museum offers holiday film

A special holiday movie, “The Light Before Christmas,” is being featured at the IMAX theater at the National Naval Aviation Museum. The stop-motion animated film is a tale of two young children who lose their way in a Christmas Eve blizzard and are rescued by the Candleman, who teaches the children that Christmas is about more than just presents. Showings of the movie are scheduled at noon daily through Jan. 2. General admission tickets are $8.75. Discount tickets are priced at $8.25 for children ages 5 to 12, senior citizens age 62 or older, military (active, reserve, or retired) and Naval Aviation Museum Foundation members. Admission is free for children ages 4 and younger. Admission to the museum is free. For more information, call 453-2389 or go to www.NavalAviationMuseum.org.

campus and see demonstrations. Refreshments will be served and a holiday craft-making activity will also be available for children. Guests are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots and/or a non-perishable food item to be donated to food banks in the area. For more information, call 436-8444 or go to vc.edu/Pensacola.

Wreath event scheduled for Dec. 14

Pensacola residents are being encouraged to participate in the Wreaths Across America ceremony scheduled for 11 a.m. Dec. 14 at Barrancas National Cemetery onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola. The ceremony is open to the general public. Wreaths will be delivered to the cemetery and placed on headstones by volunteers the morning of the ceremony. The goal is to place a wreath at each grave site. There are more than 47,000 grave sites to be honored at Barrancas National Cemetery. The deadline for sponsoring a wreath was Nov. 27. Wreaths Across America began 22 years ago when the Worcester Wreath Company from Harrington, Maine, started a tradition of donating wreaths to be placed at grave sites at Arlington National Cemetery. The tradition now encompasses more than 800 participating locations. For more information on the Pensacola ceremony, contact Caroline Kelly by phone at 456-2726 or by e-mail at Wreaths4Barrancas@gmail.com. For more information about Wreaths Across America, go to www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.

Choral Society to perform ‘Messiah’

The Choral Society of Pensacola has scheduled performances of the holiday classic, Handel’s “Messiah,” in Pensacola and Gulf Shores, Ala. The Pensacola performance will be 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, Dec. 7, at St. Paul Catholic Church, 3131 Hyde Park Road. The Gulf Shores concert will be 2:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at Gulf Shores United Methodist Church, 1900 Gulf Shores Parkway. Tickets are $20 for reserved seating and $15 for general admission. Student tickets are available only for the Pensacola concert and are $5. For more information, contact the Choral Society by phone at 484-1806 or by e-mail at csop1@juno.com or go to www.choralsocietyof pensacola.com.

DFC Society plans to meet Dec. 12

The Pensacola Chapter of the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Society will meet at Franco’s restaurant, 523 East Gregory St., at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 12. The military award of the DFC is made to aviators and crew members of all services and civilians for heroism and achievement during aerial flight. Meetings are open to members, active duty and retired, spouses, significant others and those interested. Meetings are the second Thursday of every other month. For more information, call Joe Brewer at 453-9291 or go to www.dfcsociety.net.

Handgun training course offered

NASP Corry Station Chaplain Lt. Nicholas Alander and RP2 Jennifer Dukes are presenting an Angel Tree project to provide holiday gifts for underprivileged children in partnership with the Pensacola Navy Exchange Mall NEX. Anyone who would like to participate can visit the NEX Angel Tree inside the mall checkout, choose an angel and bring an unwrapped gift with attached angel to customer service by close of business Dec. 9.

Florida Handguns Training is offering a concealed-carry license course from noon to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 14. This course meets the training requirements for the Florida Concealed Carry Weapons License application and is a good refresher of handgun fundamentals for self defense. Guns of various calibers will be available for participants to shoot and ammo is included. Certificates will be awarded and materials provided. There is an $80 instructor’s fee. For more information or to register, call 484-3221 or e-mail ColBFF@gmail.com. You can also visit the website at www.FloridaHandgunsTraining.com.

Virginia College plans open house

Opera performers need housing

Angel Tree project planned at NEX

Virginia College in Pensacola will hold a free open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow, Dec. 7, at 19 West Garden St. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the

Partyline submissions

Would you like to house an up and coming opera star? Entering its 12th season, the Artists in Residence Program allows Pensacola Opera to deliver opera to

thousands of people in our community each year. In residence for 16 weeks, the artists tour in schools, perform roles on stage, cover principal roles and sing for numerous organizations and outreach events throughout the season. Each artist will need access to a private bedroom, private bathroom, as well as kitchen and laundry use for the 16 weeks of their residency. The artists will arrive Jan. 2 and leave April 28. For more information, contact Amanda Cook by phone at 433-6737 or by e-mail at amanda@pensacolaopera.com.

ROWWA plans Christmas luncheon

The Retired Officers Wives and Widows Association will hold its annual Christmas luncheon, musical program and meeting Dec. 12 at Scenic Hills Country Club. Social time will begin at 11 a.m., followed by the program, meeting and lunch at 11:30 a.m. Professional jazz singer Kathy Lyons will perform holiday favorites. Cost for members and guests is $18. Reservations are required and must be received no later than Dec. 9. Send your check to: ROWWA c/o Mary Chase, 5321 Crystal Creek Drive, Pace FL 32571. For more information, call Mary Chase at 9954466, or Myrl Eisenger at 477-5869.

Runners can sign up for races in March

Local commands in the Pensacola area will be hosting the Blue Angels Rock N Fly half-marathon and 5K March 29. Both races will be aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola and are open to everyone. Registration for the half-marathon is $55 until Jan. 1, $65 by March 16, $75 by March 24 and $80 on race day. Registration for the 5K is $27 by Jan. 1, $32 by March 16, $37 by March 24 and $45 on race day. Proceeds from the races will support the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society and the 2014 Pensacola Area Navy Ball. To register or volunteer, go to www.runrocknfly.com. For more information, e-mail runrocknfly@gmail.com or call Cmdr. Mike Kohler, the race director, at 505-6020.

Winterfest events continue downtown

Enjoy snow, dancing, Santa Claus and elves in a free Winterfest event from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 7 outside the Escambia County Courthouse in downtown Pensacola. The Wnterfest Performance Tours begin at 6 p.m. The tours costs $21.50 ($14.50 for children 10 and younger). The performance tours also will operate Dec. 13, 20, 21 and 22. Winterfest also offers the Santa Holiday Express, a look at holiday lights in the downtown area. It costs $10 ($5 for children) and will operate Dec. 17, 18, 19, 23 and 24. Children younger than 2 will be admitted free. For more information, call 417-7321 or go to www.pensacolawinterfest.org.

Antarctic explorers scheduled to meet

The Gulf Coast Group Chapter of the Old Antarctic Explorers Association (OAEA) will meet at noon tomorrow, Dec. 7, at the Shrimp Basket Restaurant, 709 North Navy Blvd. All interested parties are welcome. For more information, call 456-3556.

Workshops focus on veteran benefits

The Florida Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), 9999 University Parkway, is offering a two session of a workshop entitled “Veteran Owned Business – Any Benefits – What Do I Do?” Dec. 11. Times are 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Learn about federal, VA and state policies for veteran-owned and service disabled veteran-owned businesses. There is no cost, but you must pre-register because seating is limited to 20 attendees. To register, call 474-2528 or go to www.sbdc. uwf.edu.

You can submit information for possible publication in Partyline by sending an e-mail to Janet.Thomas.ctr@navy.mil. Submissions must include the organization’s name and details about events including times, dates, locations and any costs involved. Contact information also is required. All submissions are subject to editing to comply with established standards. Items should be submitted at least one week in advance. The deadline is noon Friday for the next week’s publication.



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December 6, 2013

Pen Air donates Thanksgiving turkeys to USO of Northwest Florida; See page B2 Spotlight


DAY OF ‘Infamy’


Pearl Harbor

Dec. 7, 1941, raid on Navy anchorage, air bases drew U.S. into war Story, photo from Naval History & 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 mid1937, 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 mineralrich 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 than had ever been seen on the world’s oceans. Its planes hit just before 8 a.m. Dec. 7. Within a

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.

short time five of eight battleships at Pearl Harbor were sunk or 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 suc-

cesses, 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 accomodation might have been considered. However, the memory of the “sneak attack” on Pearl Harbor fueled a determination to fight on. 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.

World War II remembrance and presentation of F6F Hellcat at National Naval Aviation Museum Dec. 6 Featured speaker, retired Marine Lt. Gen. Duane Thiessen, will present the museum’s newly restored World War II F6F-3 Hellcat as part of the World War II remembrance event. This combat veteran aircraft went to war with its assignment to the Fighting Squadron (VF) 38 in July 1943. Based in the Solomon Islands, the squadron completed three combat tours between September 1943 and March 1944, during which time its pilots conducted numerous damaging

From National Naval Aviation Museum

The National Naval Aviation Museum will honor the World War II generation at 10 a.m. today, Dec. 6, in the Blue Angels Atrium. Pearl Harbor survivors and other veterans of World War II will be in attendance. Master of ceremonies will be local radio host, Rob Williams from News Radio 1620. Admission to the museum and the World War II remembrance event are free and open to the public.

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strafing runs against enemy personnel, shipping, vehicles, airfields and antiaircraft positions. In air-to-air combat, the ultimate test for a fighter squadron, VF38 was credited with shooting down 22 Japanese airplanes. Recovery and restoration of this aircraft was funded by the Taylor family of Enterprise Rent-A-Car and company founder Jack C. Taylor, a former naval aviator, will be in attendance. He served aboard the aircraft carrier Enterprise (CV

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6) flying F6F Hellcats during World War II. In 1957, he founded what was to become Enterprise Rent-A-Car, naming it for the famous ship. The National Naval Aviation Museum features free admission and a full slate of events throughout the year. For a complete list of events, exhibits and attractions at the museum, visit NavalAviationMuseum.org or call the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation, at 453-2389 or (800) 327-5002.

Jokes & Groaners Last time I was here An elderly gentleman of 83 arrived in Paris by plane. At French customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport in his carry on bag. “You have been to France before, monsieur?” the customs officer asked sharply. The traveler admitted that he had been to France previously. “Then you should know enough to have your passport ready,” the customs man said. The American said, “Well, the last time I was here, I didn’t have to show it.” “That is impossible ... Americans always have to show their passports on arrival in France,” the Frenchman said snappily. The American senior gave the customs man a smile. “Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in 1944 to help liberate this country,” he quietly explained, “I couldn’t find a single native resident to show a passport to.”






Naval Hospital Pensacola, Sept. 15-29, 2013 Ny’l Zayaan Lewis, was born to Staff Sgt. Johnny and Evelynn Lewis, Sept. 11. Ne’vaeh Renee Lawrence, was born to Clinton Lawrence and Spc. Ashley Ellis, Sept. 15. Ashton Rose Steinmetz, was born to 1st Lt. Jeffrey and Sabrina Steinmetz, Sept. 16. Reese Delorean Murphy, was born to Lt. Cmdr., William and Kimberly Murphy, Sept. 16. William Andrew Canfield, was born to Cpl. James and Melissa Canfield, Sept. 16. Veronica Marie Eder, was born to Ens. Eric and Rachel Eder, Sept. 18. Elaina Day Humphries, was born to AN1 Rickey and Day Humphries, Sept. 19. Paislee Sky Hines, was born to HM2 Kevin and Lauren Hines, Sept. 19. Ariana Labelle Jones-Lafleur, was born to CTR3 Joshuan and Chandra Jones-Lafleur, Sept. 21. Samuel Charles Yates, was born to Christopher and Ashley Yates, Sept. 21. James Angus Kearney, was born to Ryan and Karen Kearny, Sept. 21. Audrey Jane Rodas, was born to CTR2 Osmar and Amy Rodas, Sept. 25. Nolan Douglas Tipton, was born to ITS2 Douglas and Dina Tipton, Sept. 25. Silas Douglas Barnes, was born to HN Joel and Fiorella Barnes, Sept. 25. Catherine Ann Mottet, was born to Capt. Matthew and Caryn Mottet, Sept. 27. Blake Allen Barnes, was born to HN Roland and Rachel Barnes, Sept. 26. Milania Giselle Scarcelli, was born to Marissa Scarcelli, Sept. 29.

December 6, 2013

Pen Air FCU donates Thanksgiving turkeys to USO of Northwest Florida Story, photos from Morgan Cole Pen Air Federal Credit Union

Pen Air Federal Credit Union (FCU) recently donated 125 turkeys to the United Service Organization (USO) of Northwest Florida aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola for their annual Thanksgiving feast to feed troops unable to make it home for the holiday. The turkey donations were picked up by the USO at the Pensacola Commissary on Highway 98 and Pen Air FCU representatives helped deliver the turkeys to the USO’s other locations for preparation and cooking prior to the Thanksgiving festivities. The USO started this Thanksgiving tradition six years ago. Pen Air FCU has supported the USO and the troops each year. The Thanksgiving meal

Pen Air officials, USO of Northwest Florida personnel and Navy volunteers pause for a photo after 125 Thanksgiving turkeys were delivered Nov. 21.

cious contributions.” USO of Northwest Florida’s sixth annual “Thanksgiving Feast & Festivities,” held Nov. 28 through Dec. 1, kicked off on Thanksgiving Day with a meal served by volunteers and staff. Live entertainment was provided by the band Mass Kunfuzion. Other activities included a chili cook-off, a spades tournament and a movie marathon. “The men and women who serve our country deserve our gratitude and Pen Air Federal Credit Union is proud to help in any way we can to ensure Volunteers unload frozen Thanksgiving turkeys. About our troops have a warm 2,000 troops and their families were expected for the holiday meal while away USO holiday feast. from their families,” said was expected to feed more than 2,000 troops and their families. “Without Pen Air Federal Credit Union’s support, there is no way we could pull off the Thanksgiving meal,” said USO Director, Heidi Blair, “I am always overwhelmed and thankful for their gra-

Pen Air FCU President/CEO, Stewart Ramsey. The USO is a nonprofit organization with a mission to support active duty military serving our country. The Pensacola USO is located at the Pensacola International Airport with a second location aboard NAS Pensacola. The USO operates and receives financial support from private contributions. These donations help the USO provide support for programs that assist deployed personnel and their dependents. For more information, contact Morgan Cole at 505-3200, ext. 4151, or colemo@penair.org.


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Museum reopens with updated exhibit on history of Pensacola Story, photo from T.T. Wentworth Jr. Florida State Museum

Pensacola’s rich history as the first European settlement in the continental United States is highlighted in a new exhibit entitled “Pensacola: City of Five Flags.” The interactive, multimedia exhibit opened Nov. 26 at the newly renovative T.T. Wentworth Jr. Florida State Museum. The exhibit features immersive exhibits and local artifacts and tells the story of Pensacola from the standpoint of the common citizens who lived in the area at various times throughout its 450-plus years. The exhibit begins with the history of the region’s Native


American people and offers details about Pensacola’s earliest settlement by the Spanish in the 16th century, through its times under the flags of the French, British, Confederate States and the United States. It also features materials recovered from a ship of the 1559 Tristan De Luna expedition. Made possible in part by a grant from BP’s Gulf Tourism and Seafood Promotional Fund, the new exhibit replaces the previous historical display and occupies the entire 3,000-squarefeet of the first floor of the Spanish Revival-style building, Pensacola’s former city hall, which was built in 1907. The flagship of the Historic Pensacola Village

of the University of West Florida Historic Trust, was closed for four months for renovations. Named after local historian and collector, T.T. Wentworth, Jr., the museum will soon celebrate its 55th anniversary. It offers three floors of exhibit space with permanent exhibits on the first floor and changing exhibits on the second floor. The third floor has been renovated into a large gallery for upcoming traveling exhibits. The museum is located at 330 South Jefferson St. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free. For more information, call A display featuring Spanish galleons is part of the new “Pen595-5990, or go to www. sacola: City of Five Flags” exhibit at the T.T. Wentworth Jr. Florida State Museum. historicpensacola.org.





December 6, 2013

Morale, Welfare and Recreation

Cars circle the track during the Snowball Derby in Pensacola. Photo courtesy of Five Flags Speedway

Flags green for Snowball Derby By Janet Thomas

Gosport Staff Writer

Auto racing fans are gathering at Five Flag Speedway in Pensacola this weekend for a series of events related to the Snowball Derby. The race, which has been an annual event at the half-mile track since 1968, has become known as the one of most prestigious asphalt short track races in the country. Fans turn out to enjoy every aspect of the race weekend – from the unloading of the rigs to being there to see which driver takes the checkered flag on Sunday. Last year, the race attracted an overflow crowd of 10,000 spectators. “It is just incredible the way the entire community has embraced this event,” said Tim Bryant, general manager of Five Flags Speedway. “Race fans and race teams from all over the nation and Canada have come to place Pen-

Details • When: Dec. 8; pre-race festivities begins at 10 a.m.; race starts at 2 p.m. • Where: Five Flags Speedway, 7451 Pine Forest Road. • For more information: 944-8400, 944-8406 or www.snowballderby.com. sacola on their ‘to do list’ each December. The recognition received by the Snowball Derby has become truly phenomenal.” The 300-lap race also has a reputation for drawing a diverse field of drivers from across the country. Drivers who plan to compete in this year’s race include Sprint Cup Series veteran and Late Model advocate David Ragan, Sprint Cup

driver Landon Cassill, former winners Johanna Long (2010) and Chase Elliott (2011), and defending race winner Erik Jones. Since only 37 spots are available in the race, big crowds also turn out for the qualifying trials as drivers try to lock themselves into the starting field. Time trials are being held today, Dec. 6, and the WXBM 103.7 Pole Night also features events for the track’s Super Stock and Modified divisions. Qualifying and the main events for the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 are scheduled for tomorrow, Dec. 7, as well as the first-ever appearance of the Pro Truck division during Snowball Derby weekend. It all leads up to the main event Dec. 8. This year’s race is being presented by JEGS, a high performance auto parts and accessories company. The winner of the race will collect a $22,500 purse.

At the movies FRIDAY

“Thor: Dark World” (3D), PG-13, 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; “Last Vegas,” PG-13, 5:30 p.m.; “Thor: Dark World” (2D), PG-13, 8 p.m.


“Free Birds” (3D), PG, noon; “Thor: Dark World” (3D), PG-13, 2 p.m., 8 p.m.; “Lone Survivor,” R, 5 p.m. (free admission); “Free Birds” (2D), PG, 1 p.m.; “Enders Game,” PG-13, 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m.; “Last Vegas,” PG-13, 8:30 p.m.


“Last Vegas,” PG-13, 2:30 p.m.; “Thor: Dark World” (3D), PG-13, 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; “Enders Game,” PG-13, 3 p.m., 6 p.m.


“Thor: Dark World” (3D), PG-13, 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; “Carrie,” R, 5:10 p.m.; “Escape Plan,” R, 7:10 p.m.


“Enders Game,” PG-13, 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; “Free Birds” (2D), PG, 5:10 p.m.; “Thor: Dark World” (3D), PG-13, 7:10 p.m.


“Thor: Dark World” (3D), PG-13, 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; “Carrie,” R, 5:10 p.m.; “About Time,” R, 7:10 p.m.


“Free Birds” (3D), PG, 5 p.m.; “Enders Game,” PG-13, 7 p.m.; “Last Vegas,” PG13, 5:10 p.m.; “The Counselor,” 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 452-8285 or visit the MWR website: www.naspensacola-mwr.com. • Ridiculous Relay: 9 a.m. to noon today, Dec. 6, at Radford Fitness Center. Teams of two will start on an obstacle course bouncy house, then ride adult-sized tricycles followed by an egg-and-spoon race. Teams will move on to a hopscotch competition and finish with “Dizzy Izzy.” For information, call 452-9845. • Trees For Troops Christmas Tree Lighting: 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. today, Dec. 6, Radford Fitness Center. Bring the family and enjoy holiday fun. Santa Claus will arrive by fire truck and the Christmas tree lights will be turned on. A limited number of free Christmas trees will be given away to active-duty military, E-6 and below, who picked-up vouchers in advance. For information, call 452-2532. • Indoor pool closing: Naval Aviation Schools Command indoor pool, Bldg. 3828, is scheduled to close today, Dec. 6, for repairs. The target reopen date is Jan. 6. For more information, call 452-9429 or e-mail naspaquatics@ yahoo.com. • “Lone Survivor” sneak preview: 5 p.m. Dec. 7, Portside Twin Cinema. Based on the failed June 28, 2005, mission “Operation Red Wings.” Four members of SEAL Team 10 were tasked with the mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shahd. Movie is rated R and stars Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster and Eric Bana. First come, first served. Box office opens at 10 a.m. For more information, call 452-3522. • The seventh annual Team Century Spin Ride: 8:30 a.m. Dec. 7, Large Group PT Room, NASP Corry Station Wellness Center, Bldg. 3712. Doors open at 8 a.m. Teams of two accumulate 100 miles. Instructor, Ira Burns. Register your team and reserve your bikes by calling 452-6802. • Basketball Tournament: Dec. 17, outdoor basketball courts, NASP Corry Station. Sign-in at 3:45 p.m., games at 4 p.m. Eight team slots available. Sign-up via e-mail to Brian.Hannah@navy.mil. Deadline is Dec. 13 • 12 Days of Christmas Functional Fitness Class: 10:30 a.m., 12:20 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Dec. 18, Portside Fitness Center Bldg. 606. Themed class – workout with the spirit of Christmas. For more information, call 452-7810. • Kids Fit Santa Workout: 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 18, Family Fitness Center, Bldg. 3712, NASP Corry Station. All ages are welcome Santa will pass out goodies. For more information, call 452-6004. • Basketball Tournament: Jan. 13. 4:30 p.m. Portside basketball courts, NAS Pensacola. Each team can have three to five players. The first 20 teams will be accepted. For more information, call 452-7810 • 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 information, call 452-6354.

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 www.naspensacolamwr.com/singsail/liberty.htm.

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Help for victims of sexual assault in the DoD community is a call, click or text away. The SafeHelpline provides live crisis support and information by trained staff. Call (877) 995-5247; go to www.SafeHelpline.org; or text: 55-247 CONUS; (202) 470-5546 OCONUS (may be additional charges for OCONUS). The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) program provides prevention, intervention and a 24/7/365 response. Active-duty and adult family member sexual assault victims have a choice of reporting options, unrestricted and restricted. Unrestricted reporting allows a victim to have an advocate, seek medical care, counseling, legal services and safety interventions. To access an unrestricted report, the victim can report to his/her chain-of-command, security/law enforcement, NCIS, SAPR Victim Advocate (VA), SARC, and his/her CO shall commence an investigation. Restricted reporting allows a confidential report, which does not trigger command nor law enforcement notification and the victim can have a SAPR VA, and seek medical care and/or counseling. To access restricted reporting, the victim can disclose his/her sexual assault only to the SARC, a current SAPR VA, a health care provider and/or a chaplain. To contact the NASP 24/7 VA, call 449-9231/2. To contact the SARC during working hours, call 452-5990, ext. 0; during and after working hours, call the SARC cell at 554-5606.

Fleet and Family Support Center The Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC), 151 Ellyson Ave., Bldg. 625, is offering the following classes: • Stress management: Classes scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon on first and third Thursday of each month. For details, call 452-5990. • New Parent Support Holiday Music and Movement Playgroup: 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 10, Lighthouse Center Community Center, NAS Pensacola. Babies and toddlers welcome to attend. To register or for more information, call 452-5609. • AMVETS ... Understanding Your VA Benefits: Next class with available seats is scheduled for 10 a.m. Jan. 30. To register or for more information, call 452.5609. • Personal Financial Management: Its your money, make it work for you. A series of classes will be offered throughout the year covering topics such as car buying, using credit

cards, developing a budget and spending plan and how to build your savings to reach your financial goals. Seating is limited and reservations are required. To register or for more information, call 452-5609. • Couples Communication Workshop: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 11 and Dec. 18., NASP Fleet and Family Support Center. Build a happier relationship by developing better communication skills, managing your stress as a couple and finding ways to compromise. This workshop is a two-day, two hour class. To register or for more information, call 452-5609. • Welcoming new personnel: Everyone in the military has to transfer sooner or later. Commands should ensure 100 percent sponsor assignment. Sponsors can provide reliable information to incoming personnel and their families. Training is offered monthly. To register for the next training session, call 452-5609.

Community Outreach NASP Community Outreach is seeking volunteers for opportunities including: • Trees for the Troops: 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. today, Dec. 6, at Radford Fitness Center. Volunteers needed to help unload and load Christmas trees off the trucks. • Special Olympics Basketball: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays, Bayview Senior Center. Coaches are needed for the season. Teams will be 3x3 and 5x5. • Learn to Read of Northwest Florida: The non-profit adult literacy program serving Escambia and Santa Rosa counties needs volunteer tutors. Volunteers will go through a training course prior to working

with a student. Each volunteer will be expected to meet with the student at least twice a week. The time of each session and the duration of the commitment are up to the student and the volunteer. Contact Manette Magera or Susan Brak by phone at 432-4347 or e-mail info@learntoreadnwf.org. For more information, go to www.learntoreadnwf.org. • USO Northwest Florida: The USO is seeking volunteers that are committed to supporting America’s troops and their families. If you are interested, contact Faye White at 4558280, option 4. For more information, contact NASP Community Outreach at 452-2532.

Worship schedule The Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel and the Lady of Loreto Chapel are closed for renovations. During renovations, Sunday services are being held at the auditorium at Naval Aviation Schools Command (NASC), Bldg. 633. NAS Pensacola Protestant •Communion service, 8 a.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel. • Sunday School, all ages, 9 a.m. Sunday, Bldg. 634, back classrooms. • Worship service, 10:15 a.m. Sunday, NASC auditorium. • Chapel choir, 12:30 p.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel. • Contemporary service, 6 p.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel. • Women’s Bible study, 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Bldg. 634, back classrooms. • Training Air Wing Six Bible Study, 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, Griffith Hall Student Lounge, Second Deck. • Bible study (all welcome), 7 p.m. Tuesday, Bldg. 634, back classrooms. • Bible study, 5 p.m. Wednesday, J.B. McKamey Center. Roman Catholic • Mass, 8:30 a.m. Sunday, NASC auditorium. • Mass, 11:30 a.m. Monday,

Wednesday and Friday in the All Faiths Chapel. Confessions scheduled 30 minutes before services. Latter Day Saints • Service, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel. NASP Corry Station Protestant • Adult Bible study, 9 a.m. Sunday, chapel conference room. • Chapel choir, 9 a.m. Sunday, sanctuary. • Worship service, 10 a.m. Sunday. • Fellowship, 11:30 a.m. Sunday. • Praise and worship, 7:30 p.m. Sunday. • Bible study and dinner, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, fellowship hall. Roman Catholic • Mass, noon Sunday and 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Whiting Field Chapel Roman Catholic • Mass, 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday. Protestant • Bible study, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. • Weekly chapel service, 11:30 a.m. Thursday. For more information, call 452-2341.



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