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Navy joins the nation in mourning loss of former President, Sailor George H.W. Bush From Yonca Poyraz-Dogan Navy Office of Information Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) – Among America’s few seafaring presidents, former President George H.W. Bush passed away Nov. 30 at his Houston, Texas home at the age of 94. “Today, I join the NavyMarine Corps team, our nation, and the world in mourning the loss of President George H. W. Bush. Navy Pilot. Congressman. Ambassador to the United Nations. CIA Director. Vice President. President. Father. Husband,” Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer said in a statement from Washington. “To paraphrase his own words, President Bush’s life is a shining example of service ‘like a thousand points of light in a broad and peaceful sky.’ I offer my deepest condolences to the Bush family, their friends, loved ones, and all who had the privilege of knowing President H. W. Bush.” Bush enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve June 13, 1942 on his 18th birthday after the at-

tack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941. He had preflight training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and became one of the youngest naval aviators. He was commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve June 9, 1943, days before his 19th birthday. Bush was assigned to Torpedo Squadron (VT-51) as photographic officer in September 1943. As part of Air Group 51, his squadron was based on USS San Jacinto (CVL 30), part of Task Force 58 which participated in operations against Marcus and Wake Islands in May, and then in the Marianas during June 1944. The task force triumphed in one of the largest air battles of the war. Returning from the mission, his aircraft had to make a forced water landing, and then he was rescued by the destroyer, USS Clarence K. Bronson (DD 668). On July 25, Ens. Bush and another pilot received credit for sinking a small cargo ship. Chief of Naval Operations See G.H.W.B on page 2

President George H.W. Bush u.s. navy sailor • “41” • statesman

(Top left) A file photo taken in 1944 of Navy pilot Lt. j.g. George H. W. Bush in the cockpit of his Grumman TBF Avenger torpedo bomber. Photo courtesy of the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (Top right) An undated file photo of Navy pilot George H. W. Bush. Photo courtesy of the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (Bottom) The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) transits the Atlantic Ocean, Nov. 6, 2018. Photo by MCSN Kaleb Sarten

Dispelling common myths about the advancement exam Story by Lt. j.g. Terryll Daguison Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center

The Navywide Advancement Exams are approaching, and if you have not already – it is time to break out your study material. Rumors abound around the work center about exams, but how do you know

what’s scuttlebutt and what’s righteous gouge? This article addresses several common myths Sailors often hear about the exams. Myth number one: Civilians write advancement exams. Questions for the Advancement Exams are actually written by Navy chiefs that are selected

HM2 Sheayla Daniels, a pharmacy technician at Naval Hospital Pensacola (NHP), checks on prescriptions Nov. 30. NHP’s Pharmacy will begin phase two of its remodeling project Dec. 10 that will improve the pharmacy for patients and staff.

NHP Pharmacy to begin second phase of remodeling Story, photo by Jason Bortz Naval Hospital Pensacola

Naval Hospital Pensacola’s (NHP) Pharmacy will begin phase two of its remodeling project Dec. 10. The remodeling will improve the waiting area and the overall pharmacy experience for patients at one of the Navy’s busiest pharmacies. NHP’s Pharmacy fills approximately 3,000 prescriptions a day and supports 10 branch clinics located across five states. The renovation project started in

the spring of 2018 and is scheduled to be complete in the summer or fall of 2019. Once complete, patients will have an upgraded and remodeled waiting area and two additional pharmacy windows for patient services. “In addition to a remodeled waiting area, the pharmacy will have two more windows added that will improve the workflow,” Lt. Cmdr. William Martin, department head for the NHP Pharmacy said. “Our goal is to minimize wait times as much as possible.”

to participate in the Advancement Exam Readiness Review (AERR) process. Exam reviews are held at the Navy Advancement Center (NAC), part of the Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center (NETPDC) in Pensacola. For every rating, a group of chiefs (E-7 to E-9)

selected by their Type Commanders, come together for one to two weeks to formulate and review a bank of exam questions. These chiefs serve as Fleet Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) and are selected based on their mastery and skill in specified ratings. The SMEs work with a civilian team See Exams on page 2

NAS Pensacola frocking, Native American month observed .... (Above) Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola Command-

ing Officer Capt. Christopher Martin (right) congratulates 13 Sailors frocked to their present rank during a frocking ceremony Nov. 29 in Bldg. 1500. Photo by Mike O’Connor (Below) AEAN Alexandra Kent talks to NAS Pensacola service members and civilians during a Nov. 30 NAS Pensacola Diversity Committee presentation celebrating National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. NASP Public Affairs photo

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Safe Helpline, SAPR is available at the holidays From Mica Harrell NAS Pensacola SAPR Victim Advocate

The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program wishes you a safe and happy holiday season. As you enjoy holiday celebrations, remember to always celebrate and respect other people’s boundaries, both with alcohol and intimacy. If you are unsure about signals you are receiving, stop to check in and clarify. If you are unsure if a person is capable of consenting, err on the side of caution and assume they are not. In this time of thanks and joyful appreciation, we are thankful to have so many capable individuals who can make

a difference and help prevent sexual assault. If you see someone who is at risk of harm, practice active intervention. Step in and separate them from the situation or address the potentially harmful behavior directly. Remember, if you see something, say something. If someone tells you they have been sexually assaulted, always believe them and never blame them. The responsibility for the sexual

assault lies completely with the offender. If you know someone who has been sexually assaulted, keep their confidence by directing them to the SAPR Program and by not talking with others about the assault. Safe Helpline is available 24/7 at (877) 995-5247 and provides a variety of online resources as well. Visit safehelpline.org to chat, join anonymous groups and get information. You can also reach SAPR services by calling the 24/7 Victim Advocate at 449-9231 or Civilian Victim Advocate at 293-4561. Victims of sexual assault have two reporting options; Restricted and Unrestricted. Both Restricted and Unrestricted reports provide the victim with access to medical care, forensic exami-

nation, advocacy, counseling, victim’s legal counsel, information and support. Filing a Restricted Report ensures confidentiality; no identifying information is disclosed to the command and an investigation is not initiated. Filing an Unrestricted Report triggers command notification with identifying information, prompts an NCIS (MCIO) notification and investigation, MPO can be requested, and an expedited transfer can be requested. Disclose sexual assault to only the following professionals in order to preserve your reporting rights and discuss which option is best for you: SAPR/ Duty Victim Advocate, SARC, medical professionals and Deployed Resiliency Counselor.

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G.H.W.B. from page 1 Adm. John Richardson said in a statement that the country lost “a great leader” and the Navy “a true shipmate.” “A Statesman. A Public Servant. A Sailor. The country has lost a great leader and we have lost a true shipmate. He epitomized integrity, accountability, initiative, and toughness in the service of our nation. A Naval Aviator during World War II, a Congressman, Ambassador to the United Nations, CIA Director, Vice President, President, husband and father. His memory will continue to inspire us through the service of the aircraft carrier bearing his name. USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) will continue to deploy around the world, protecting America from attack and securing the freedoms President Bush fought so hard to safeguard. Fair winds and following seas, Mr. President.” During his service as a Navy pilot, Bush had a hit on his aircraft and was rescued by a submarine. According to Naval History and Heritage Command archives, after Bush was promoted to Lt.j.g. Aug. 1, San Jacinto commenced operations against the Japanese in the Bonin Islands, 600 miles south of Japan. Bush piloted one of four aircraft from VT-51 that attacked the Japanese installations on Chi Chi Jima in September, 1944. Although Bush’s aircraft was hit and his engine caught fire during the attack, he was able to complete the mission and bail out successfully. He was rescued by a Navy submarine, the USS Finback (SS 230). Tragically, his two crew members were killed. Naval History and Heritage Command archives also state that Bush returned to San Jacinto in November 1944 and participated in operations in the Philippines. When San Jacinto returned to Guam, the squadron, which had suffered 50 percent casualties of its pilots, was replaced and sent to the United States. Throughout 1944, Bush had flown 58 combat missions for which he received the Distinguished Flying Cross, three Air Medals and the Presidential Unit Citation awarded San Jacinto. Bush was reassigned to Norfolk and put in a training wing for new torpedo pilots. Later, he was assigned as a naval aviator in a new torpedo squadron, VT-153. With the surrender of Japan, he was honorably discharged in September 1945, and then he entered Yale University. A social media message from USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77), an aircraft carrier named for Bush and commissioned Jan. 10, 2009, read: “Avengers, it is with a heavy heart we join the nation in mourning the passing of our namesake and 41st President George H.W. Bush. A World War II Navy pilot, statesman and loving father, he is a true example of self-

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less service to the country, and his legacy will remain a guiding light to all those who serve aboard our great ship that bears his name. In this time of sorrow, we are reminded of one of his life long principles, “Ceiling and Visibility Unlimited,” or CAVU, which as the president described, is meant to wish the best of weather and unlimited possibilities in one’s own life. We will forever honor his memory by carrying on his legacy of service. Fair winds and following seas, Mr. President.” From the Pacific skies during World War II to the Oval Office at the fall of the Berlin Wall, Bush was most remembered for his successful offensive against Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s 1990 invasion of its oil-rich neighbor Kuwait. At the end of Operation Desert Storm, Bush’s approval ratings skyrocketed. In 1990, Time magazine named him the Man of the Year. In 1991, the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation awarded Bush its Lone Sailor award for his naval and subsequent government service. Bush was born June 12, 1924, in Milton, Mass. On Jan. 6, 1945, he married Barbara Pierce of Rye, N.Y. They had six children: George, Robin (who died of leukemia in 1953), Jeb, Neil, Marvin and Dorothy Bush Koch. Father Bush lived to see his son George W. Bush elected as the 43rd president in 2000. After his Yale graduation, Bush had worked in oil industry in Texas. Following an unsuccessful bid for a Senate seat in 1964, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1966 from Texas’ 7th District. He was reelected to the House two years later without opposition. He held a number of important leadership positions in the 1970s. In 1971, he was named U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. He served there until 1973, when he became Chairman of the Republican National Committee. In 1976, he was appointed Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. In 1980, Ronald Reagan selected George Bush to be his running mate, and Bush was sworn in for the first of two terms as Vice President in 1981. Seven years later, Bush became the Republican Party’s nominee and the American people’s choice to be the President of the United States. Serving from 1989 to 1993, Bush and his wife Barbara, who died in April 2018, remained prominent public figures. Bush had expressed the meaning of the Navy for him in an address aboard USS George H.W. Bush: “My Navy days taught me the true meaning of friendship and of freedom. And looking back, I love my time serving in the Navy, the three years, aboard the San Jacinto, CVL 30, flying in Torpedo Squadron 51. And they made a man out of a scared kid.”

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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-

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leader (NAC staffer) who assists these chiefs in writing questions to confirm each is written properly and in a way Sailors will understand. The team leaders also assist with formatting, grammar and the standardization of questions. Exam questions written by the AERR members are always linked to specific references (publication) which are listed in the exam bibliography (BIB) for each rank and rating. Myth number two: “I scored an 80 on the exam, that means I aced it!” The Advancement Exam is scored using a system referred to as “norm-referenced scoring.” This means that your exam score is a numerical representation of how well you did in comparison to your peers who also took the same exam. Depending on how many questions you answered correctly, your score will be placed on a scale from 20 to 80, with 20 being the lowest score and 80 being the highest. This number will then be recorded onto your Profile Sheet, which you can access through the Navy Enlisted Advancement System (NEAS) after the exam results are released. Myth number three: Some test questions are always thrown out. While there are cases in which certain questions are excluded from the total score of each exam, it’s more of an exception than a rule. When 75 percent of completed exams are returned and scored, a review of the test questions is conducted for any errors that may have been missed in the exam writing and publication process. If there are red flags that arise, analysts will check to ensure that the content is still current, the information is relevant, the answer provided is correct and that the exam question is important to that rating. For more information on the Navy Advancement Exam or the Navy Enlisted Advancement System, visit the Navy Advancement Center at https:// www.facebook.com/Navy-Advancement-Center-213190711299. NHP from page 1 A portion of the current waiting area will not be available for use during phase two of the remodeling, but additional seating will be available in the Comprehensive Women’s Health Center located next to the pharmacy. Martin also recommends patients take advantage of the several options available when picking up a new or refill prescription at the NHP Pharmacy. Instead of waiting for the prescription, patients can choose to activate a new prescription at the first window and return to the Pharmacy after two hours or the next business day to pick it up. New prescriptions can also be sent to the Satellite Pharmacy where it will be available the next business day after 1 p.m. For refills, patients can choose to pick-up their medication at the Satellite Pharmacy online with TRICARE Online or when using the automated refill phone line at 888-513-4164 or 505-6459. If patients choose to pick-up their refills at the Pharmacy at NHP, the prescription can be picked-up up at Window 6 without a ticket as long as it’s an existing refill and not a new refill updated by a provider. FOR CLASSIFIED ADS, CALL:

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Deadline approaching to opt into Blended Retirement System

By Jim Garamone Defense.gov

WASHINGTON – Service members have just one month left to make a decision about opting in to the blended retirement system, Jeri Busch, the Defense Department’s director of military compensation policy, said. Congress authorized the new system in 2016 and it went into effect Jan. 1. While all Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen who began service after that date are enrolled in the new system, Congress gave serving service members until Dec. 31 to de-

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cide whether to opt in. The decision to opt in to the new system is a personal one for service members. DoD has no goal or target level of participation. One major difference is that in the new system, service members are vested after two years’ service, so if they get out of the military, their retirement benefits go with them. “Over 80 percent of our service members will not serve a full 20year military career,” Busch said. “However, through BRS and by maximizing their (Thrift Savings Plan) contributions, today’s service members can receive a government retirement benefit whether

they serve four, 14 or 20 years – a big change to what has historically been a part of military retirement.” Another difference between the blended retirement system and the legacy system is that BRS adjusts the years-of-service multiplier from 2.5 percent to 2.0 percent for calculating monthly retired pay. The “blend” is the combination of automatic government contributions of one percent of basic pay and government matching contributions of up to an additional four percent of basic pay to a service member’s TSP account. “It is a highly personal choice to opt in to BRS, and there are many factors that can effect a member’s decision,” Busch said. “The department’s goal is to ensure that each eligible service member has the resources and tools to make a well-informed and educated choice best for them and their families.” More than 300,000 active, reserve and National Guard service members have opted in to BRS, Busch said. For those who have yet to make a choice, “time is fleeting,” she said. “There are a number of resources our service members can access free, to ensure they are receiving creditable and factual information on their retirement choice.” Each installation has a person-

al financial manager that service members can contact. There is also a handy site at https://militarypay. defense.gov/BlendedRetirement. The site includes a calculator that service members can use to plug in their information and compare the two systems. Military OneSource is also available 24 hours a day to service members and their families as they face this crucial decision. “Most junior service members may think they can’t afford to contribute to retirement, but I say in today’s environment the average worker – including our service members – can’t afford not to save for retirement,” Busch said. For some service members opting into BRS is clearly the right choice for them, she said. For others, staying with the legacy system is the best choice. “We have strived to ensure all eligible service members are educated on the various elements of BRS, informed on the process for how to opt in, and aware of training and counselling resources and tools available,” she said. DoD has “stress-tested” the site that allows service members to sign up for the new system, Busch said, and even if tens of thousands wait until Dec. 31 to opt in, there is still the capacity to accommodate them.

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TRICARE Open Season: Picking a plan for 2019 By Katie Lange Department of Defense

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s with private-sector health care, there’s now a yearly open enrollment “season” for TRICARE Prime and TRICARE Select planholders. TRICARE open season runs through Dec. 10. The changes you make will take effect Jan. 1, 2019. During open season, beneficiaries can: • Enroll in a plan. Beneficiaries eligible for TRICARE Prime or TRICARE Select can enroll in either plan for 2019 coverage. • Change plans. Beneficiaries already enrolled in TRICARE Prime or TRICARE Select can switch plans for 2019 coverage. In other words, if you are in TRICARE Prime and want to switch to TRICARE Select, open season is the time to make this change. Beneficiaries may also change their type of enrollment from individual to family coverage. • Do nothing. Beneficiaries will keep the same coverage through 2019 or as long as they remain eligible. For more on TRICARE open season, visit www.tricare.mil/ openseason. Outside of TRICARE open season, you can only make enrollment changes when you or

your family experience a Qualifying Life Event. QLEs are certain life events like getting married, having a baby or retiring from active duty. When a QLE happens to you or family, you have 90 days from the QLE to make any enrollment changes. Your coverage is effective on the day of that life event. How do I enroll during open season? Enrollment is the same process as previous enrollment actions. The easiest way to do so is online at the Beneficiary Web Enrollment website (stateside only). But you can also call your regional contractor or snail mail them your enrollment form. I’m a new active-duty service member. How does this work for me? If you joined the military this year, you were automatically enrolled in TRICARE Prime. If you live in remote areas of

the U.S., you’ve been enrolled in TRICARE Prime Remote. When it comes to your eligible family members: If they live stateside, they’ll automatically be enrolled in TRICARE Prime if they live in a Prime Service Area. If they live outside of a PSA, they’ll be enrolled in TRICARE Select. Family members have up to 90 days to change their plans if they want to. If your family is in the TRICARE Overseas Program, they’ll be enrolled in TRICARE Select. They also have 90 days to change their plans, if they’re command-sponsored. If you have one of the other premium-based plans: TRICARE open season doesn’t apply to you. Tricare Retired Reserve, Reserve Select, Young Adult and the Continued Health Care Benefit Program offer continuous open enrollment all year long. Tricare For Life doesn’t require enrollment.

Enrollment costs: Enrollment fees are based on whether you choose TRICARE Prime or TRICARE Select, and whether you fall into Group A or Group B. Group A refers to active-duty members and their families who have been in before Jan. 1, 2018. Group B includes those who joined the military (and their families) after Jan. 1, 2018. When it comes to TRICARE Select, there are also slightly different copays for Group A and B. “Instead of paying costshares, we’re now going to (fixed) copays,” Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, director of the Defense Health Agency said. “However, those copays only apply to network providers. Non-network providers in TRICARE Select will still have cost-shares.” With TRICARE Select Group A, the fixed copay will be based on the type of care you need and where you live.

“For the Group B people, those copays actually came directly from Congress,” Bono said. Currently, active-duty military, their family members, and retirees and their families in TRICARE Select Group A do not have to pay enrollment fees, but that’s expected to change in a few years. You can read more about the costs of your specific plan at https://tricare.mil/About/ Changes/General-TRICAREChanges/Costs. You can also use the cost comparison tool (at https://tricare.mil/Costs/Compare) to get a side-by-side view of the plans you’re considering. We’re sure you have more questions. The best way to get answers is to click on the links listed or visit TRICARE.mil. We’ll also be putting out more blogs to help you through the change, so keep checking back for those.

USS John S. McCain Leaves dry dock, continues repairs in Yokosuka From NAVSEA Public Affairs and C7F Public Affairs

YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) – USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) achieved a major milestone this week as it successfully launched from dry dock and moored pierside at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Nov. 27. This milestone is an important step in the ongoing effort to repair and restore one of the U.S. Navy’s most capable platforms, and reflects nearly a year’s worth of wide-reaching and successful coordination across multiple organizations. The ship entered dry dock at the Navy’s Ship Repair Facility and Japan Regional Maintenance Center (SRFJRMC) Yokosuka in February. “After the initial repair assessments were conducted, we had to quickly mobilize and determine the most critical steps to develop an executable repair and modernization plan,” Deputy Commander for Surface Warfare and

Commander, Navy Regional Maintenance Center (CNRMC), Rear Adm. Jim Downey explained. “As we began the restoration process, we assembled cohesive teams capable of delivering both materially ready and more modernized ships to the fleet.” To begin the repair and restoration effort, the Navy immediately reached out to personnel at Bath Iron Works (BIW) in Bath, Maine. BIW is the company that originally constructed the ship and currently serves as the planning yard for work on in-service Arleigh Burkeclass destroyers. The BIW employees worked alongside representatives from Naval Sea Systems Command’s (NAVSEA) Supervisor of Shipbuilding, also in Bath, Maine, to conduct a material assessment of the ship. That information was then used by SRF-JRMC and the local Japanese repair contractor, Sumitomo Heavy Industries, to plan and swiftly execute the work ahead. The McCain crew has been involved

in every aspect of the availability. “I’m proud of and thankful for every person who has worked together to move USS John S. McCain another step closer to both normalcy and sailing again with U.S. 7th Fleet,” Cmdr. Micah Murphy, commanding officer, USS John S. McCain said. “There is still a lot of work to be done, but I remain impressed by the incredible teamwork, determination and flexibility shown daily by this crew as well as the SRF Project Team to return a better, more lethal warship to the fleet.” Today, McCain has a fully restored hull, a new port thrust shaft, and newly constructed berthing spaces. The ongoing availability also includes completing maintenance work that had previously been deferred, which reflects the Navy’s commitment to ensuring that required maintenance on ships is no longer deferred. Additionally, the U.S. Pacific Fleet implemented a new force generation model to protect

maintenance, training, and certification requirements prior to operational tasking for ships forward-deployed to Japan, like John S. McCain. The ship’s crew worked alongside personnel from NAVSEA’s Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Philadelphia and Port Hueneme divisions who were challenged to develop a test plan concurrent with repair efforts. Over the next few months, efforts will focus on testing the repaired ship’s systems in preparation for a return to operational tasking. The Navy’s enterprise leadership continues to make improvements with routine, close oversight provided by the fleet commanders and the Navy staff to generate ready ships and aircraft ontime and on-plan. Improved ship-class maintenance plans are capturing a more robust understanding of fleet maintenance requirements, and the elimination of work deferrals are improving the material condition of the fleet.

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Virtual training for aircraft carrier flight deck crews

Cmdr. Jason Cassisi (left) air boss aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) participates in a final prototype demonstration of the Office of Naval Research (ONR) TechSolutions-sponsored Flight Deck Crew Refresher Training Expansion Packs (TEP). TEP is an eaxpandable framework of game engine-based immersive 3D technology that allows for individual, team or multi-team training events. Photo by John F. Williams

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RLINGTON, Va. – One of the most dangerous environments in the United States Navy is the deck of an aircraft carrier. Catapult systems that can remove limbs, furious engines, whipping propellers and high winds create a hectic environment. The driving force behind all of these activities is helping a pilot land an aircraft on a short slab of pitching steel, in the middle of the ocean.

Although pilots are the stars of the show, they could not accomplish their missions without the support of flight deck crews, who are responsible for

safely launching and recovering aircraft. Previously, flight deck crews could only conduct training while on the job. But thanks

to a collaborative effort between the Office of Naval Research Global (ONR Global) TechSolutions program and the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD), a new technology called Flight Deck Crew Refresher Training Expansion Packs (TEPs) will deliver cutting-edge training to Sailors and Marines. The system is an expandable framework of game-based immersive 3D technologies that allows for individual, team or multi-team training events. “Having a simulator that allows us to tie the full flight deck team with all the key decision-makers, supervisors, catapult crew and watch stations together – and train in a virtual environment – is just fantastic,” Cmdr. Mehdi Akacem, Air Boss aboard the Navy’s newest aircraft carrier, USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), said. The first three TEPs will help a carrier’s Primary Flight Control team; the Landing Signal Officer (LSO) team; and the Catapult Launch Team. The idea for the Flight Deck Crew Refresher Training came from an LSO instructor at Naval Air Station OCEANA. TechSolutions – ONR Global’s rapid-response science and technology program that develops prototype technologies to address problems voiced by Sailors and Marines, usually

within 12 months – listened to the idea and found the right people to make it happen. Courtney McNamara, a computer scientist and the Advanced Gaming Interactive Learning Environment (AGILE) Team Lead at NAWCTSD, helped develop the technology. “All of the ship systems, characters, flight deck crew characters and team members can be both driven synthetically or by live players,” McNamara said. The training stations simulate real-life with the aid of virtual environments. Even the flight patterns that occur during the simulations are based on real flight patterns conducted by pilots. The training can simulate normal operations and emergency conditions, exposing deck crews to a wide array of real-world scenarios. “This is really the first example I’ve seen of extending the value of a simulation environment to such an essential, tangible thing as a carrier flight deck,” Akacem said. “It’s really a need we’ve had for years, one we’ve been able to get by without because of the grit and will of our Sailors and Marines.” Watch a video demonstration of the TEPs https://youtu. be/OSQLBX2WUqI. Bobby Cummings is a contractor for ONR Corporate Strategic Communications.

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Whiting Field officer selected as AMSO of the Year By Lt.j.g. Terryll Daguison NASWF Public Affairs office

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he Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA), Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas, selected its Aeromedical Safety Officer (AMSO) of theYear for 2018. Lt. Cmdr. Justin Meeker, the Safety Officer for NAS Whiting Field (NASWF), was nominated by Cmdr. John Godbehere, theTraining Air Wing (TraWing-5) Five safety department head. “Lt. Cmdr. Meeker is a trusted advisor to me whose knowledge, leadership, and dedication have created a lasting impact on the readiness of Training Air Wing Five,” Godbehere said. “His efforts enabled the safe execution of more than 80,000 flight events and over 134,000 flight hours.” Meeker was a prior P-3 Naval Flight Officer for eight years before being transferred into the Medical Service Corps to become a Naval Aerospace and Operational Physiologist (NAOP). Since World War II, NAOP’s have used the principles of physics, biology and engineering to provide education and training, human performance support

and human systems integration to Navy and Marine Corps operations. They are experts in human factors and physiological threats related to military operations, physiological elements that enhance mission performance, mitigation factors that prevent mishaps, procedures for surviving mishaps, application of aircrew systems and procedures for emergency egress and rescue. Meeker currently holds a bachelors in science in biological science and, since becoming a NAOP, received a master’s degree in public health. His prior tour as a NAOP was in Norfolk, Va., as the Aeromedical Safety Officer at Commander, Helicopter Sea Combat Wing

CNATRA has selected Lt. Cmdr. Justin Meeker, the Safety Officer for NAS Whiting Field, as its Aeromedical Safety Officer (AMSO) of the Year for 2018.

Atlantic. Meeker now leads a team of 13 at TraWing-5, delivering human performance and health promotion training for 6,400 warfighters, and enabling the wing to exceed production goals by 130 aviators this year. It is a feat that has been challenging, but rewarding. “The most challenging part of working

Christmas season begins at NASWF ... NAS Whiting Field

(NASWF) celebrated the start of the holidays last week with a Christmas tree lighting ceremony onboard the base. Members of NASWF Training Air Wing Five and their families enjoyed food, fun and music by the Blue Anchor Belles. Photo by Lt.j.g. Terryll Daguison

at the wing has been the sheer volume of aviators,” Meeker said. “Each week a new class starts, and as the lone NAOP at the wing, juggling the required teaching requirements and ad-hoc requests can be demanding between flying and administrative responsibilities. That being said, working with the next generation of aviators and the responsibility that goes along with it makes the job exciting.” Meeker’s impact has not only improved the wing’s productivity, he has also made an influence fiscally to the entire Navy. “He directly overhauled the naval air training airsickness program across five wings, 21 commands and 2,400 flight students annually, resulting in decreased medical down time by forty percent for aviation training’s largest force health protection program,” Godbehere said of Meeker. “(His partnership) with Fleet and Family Support Center in the development of a behavioral modification curriculum reduced the effects of anxiety and airsickness on human performance in the aircraft and increased readiness. This resulted in a savings of approximately $8 million for the Navy in FY18.” This accomplishment is a product of what Meeker considers the most enjoyable part of his job. “Locally here at Training Air Wing Five, my involvement with the airsickness program has been very worthwhile,” Meeker said. “Students can feel frustrated that, despite all of their preparations, airsickness is standing in the way of their dreams. Working with them to overcome airsickness and seeing that very first smile as they recognize that they can overcome it is extremely rewarding.” According to Godbehere, Meeker’s accomplishments will serve as a foundation for Aeromedical Safety Officers for years to come. His accomplishments have left an impression, not only to his superiors, but to his entire command. “(Meeker) is a tremendously talented naval leader who exemplifies our core values,” Godbehere said. “His dedication has made a positive and lasting impact in the safety, survivability, and warfighting capabilities of joint and multi-national service aviators both present and future.”

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DLAB and DLPT tests available

Holidays celebrated at Memorial Park

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 www.mnp. navy.mil/group/information-warfare-training/ndfltp.

GCNNCA Christmas meeting

The Gulf Coast Navy Nurse Corps Association (GCNNCA) will have their quarterly and also Christmas luncheon today, 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.

Breakfast with Santa and friends

Share a holiday breakfast at the Holiday Breakfast Express with Santa and friends tomorrow, 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.

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 Street. Three finalists from each division – College Instrumental, High School Instrumental and Jazz Vocal –

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. 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. 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 e-mail to info@jazzpensacola.com or call 433-8382.

Monthly open mic at WFLF

West Florida Literary Federation will present its monthly open mic Dec. 18 at the Pensacola Cultural Center, 400 South Jefferson St., Room 201. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m., and a Special Edition Poetry presentation will begin at 7 p.m., followed immediately by open mic. Admission is free, and the event is open to public. For more information, call 723-2112.

Local MOPH orders announcements

The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) Chapter 566 and MOPH Auxiliary Unit 566 will be hosting a Christmas Luncheon Dec. 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pensacola Yacht Club, 1897 Cypress Street. The MOPH and MOPHA orders have also canceled their monthly meetings until Feb. 16. Meetings will

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continue to be held the third Saturday of the month, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Church of Christ, 4286 Woodbine Road, when they restart. For reservations to the luncheon or for more information, contact MOPHA Unit 566 President Ann Smithson at 712-4745 or Dan Smithson at 449-7843.

Pensacola Bay Harmonizers event

A cappella music is taking over Pensacola this Christmas. The Pensacola Bay Harmonizers present: “Our Christmas Gift to Pensacola,” an event hosted by Gateway Church of Christ, that will ring with a four-part a cappella harmony tomorrow, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m.. The church is located at 245 Brent Lane across from Pensacola Christian College. Come enjoy the “Sounds of the Season” as the Pensacola Bay Harmonizers and their guests light up the night with the beautiful songs of Christmas. Special guests include The Pensacola Sound Chorus, Danny Lyons: a solo handbell artist and Pensacappella. Admission is some non-perishable food for Manna Food Bank or a donation to ARC. So make plans now to attend this concert of great Christmas music. For more information call 529-6222 or go to www. pensacolabayharmonizers.com.

Scholarship for military children

The Scholarships for Military Children Program for school year 2019/20 kicks off Dec. 14, and continues accepting applications through Feb. 15. Selection qualifications are straightforward. Requirements include completing the application; submission of the student’s official transcript indicating a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale for high school applicants, or college transcript indicating a cumulative minimum GPA of 2.5 or above on a 4.0 scale for students already enrolled in colleg; and an essay of 500 words or less, no longer than two pages. For scholarship year 2019/20, Fisher House Foundation will award 500 scholarship grants of $2,000 each. The selection process will begin immediately following receipt of all applications in February. All rules and requirements for the program, as well as links to frequently asked questions are available at the Scholarships for Military Children website. For more information, visit www.militaryscholar. org.


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CIWT Civilians of the Quarter; See page B2 “Spotlight”

Holiday • • • decorating • • • • • • • Disaster-free • •

From U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

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s the holiday season approaches, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging consumers to make safety a factor in holiday decorating. Whether it is careful candle placement or checking the warning label on the holiday lights, simple safety steps can go a long way in preventing fires and injuries this year.

Annually, during the two months surrounding the holiday season, more than 14,000 people are treated in hospital emergency rooms due to injuries related to holiday decorating. In addition, Christmas trees are involved in hundreds of fires resulting in an average of 15 deaths and $13 million dollars in property damage annually. Candle-related fires lead the list of hazards averaging more than 12,000 a year, resulting in 150 deaths and $393 million in property damage. “Holiday decorating-related fires and injuries most often involve defective holiday lights, unattended candles and driedout Christmas trees,” CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum said. “We are providing this list of 10 simple safety steps to help keep your holiday home safe.” Use the following 10 safety tips when decorating this year: Trees and decorations 1. When purchasing an artificial tree, look for the label “fire resistant.” Although this label does not mean the tree will not

catch fire, it does indicate the tree is more resistant to catching fire. 2. When purchasing a live tree, check for freshness. A fresh tree is green, and needles are hard to pull from branches and do not break when bent between your fingers. The bottom of a fresh tree is sticky with resin and when tapped on the ground, the tree should not lose many needles. 3. When setting up a tree at home, do place it away from heat sources such as fireplaces, vents and radiators. Because heated rooms dry out live trees rapidly, be sure to monitor water levels and keep the stand filled with water. Place the tree out of the way of traffic and do not block doorways. 4. In homes with small children, take special care to avoid sharp, weighted or breakable decorations, keep trimmings with small removable parts out of the reach of children who could swallow or inhale small pieces and avoid trimmings that resemble candy or food

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Share your message of goodwill this holiday season with a dazzling display of lights – but take care to prevent injuries to yourself and others while decorating. Photo by Mike O’Connor

that may tempt a child to eat them. Lights 1. Indoors or outside, use only lights that have been tested for safety by a nationally-recog-

nized testing laboratory, such as UL or ETL/ITSNA. 2. Check each set of lights, new or old, for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections.

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Throw out damaged sets. Do not use electric lights on a metallic tree. 3. If using an extension cord, make sure it is rated for the intended use. 4. When using lights outdoors, check labels to be sure the lights have been certified for outdoor use and only plug them into a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protected receptacle or a portable GFCI. Candles 1. Keep burning candles within sight. Extinguish all candles before you go to bed, leave the room or leave the house. 2. Do keep lighted candles away from items that can catch fire and burn easily, such as trees, other evergreens, decorations, curtains and furniture. Get a free brochure with more holiday decorating safety tips at CPSC’s web site www. cpsc.gov.

Jokes & Groaners Ho, ho, ho. Q: What do you call an elf who sings? A: A “wrapper.” Q: What’s the difference between the Christmas alphabet and the ordinary alphabet? A: The Christmas alphabet has Noel. Q: What nationality is Santa Claus? A: North Polish. The four stages of life: 1. You believe in Santa Claus. 2. You don’t believe in Santa Claus. 3. You dress up as Santa Claus. 4. You look like Santa Claus.

Christmas riddles ELVES LIGHTS NATIVITY REINDEER SANTA

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CIWT selects its top Civilians of the Quarter By Glenn Sircy Center for Information Warfare Training

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he Center for Information Warfare Training (CIWT) recognized its 2018 third quarter Civilians of the Quarter (CoQ), Nov. 16. CIWT selected Richard Berger, training director for Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC) Monterey, as supervisory CoQ; Donald Watts, an educational technician with CIWT’s Language, Regional Expertise and Culture (LREC) directorate, as nonsupervisory CoQ and Mario Vulcano, course manager and Cryptologic Warfare Officer Basic Course (CWOBC) primary instructor at IWTC Corry Station, as Civilian Instructor of the Quarter. “The CIWT domain encompasses an exceptionally talented and dedicated team of professionals, and CIWT civilians like Mr. Berger, Mr. Watts and Mr. Vulcano are deeply invested in the execution of our mission and warfighting lethality, readiness and capacity,” CIWT’s Executive Director Jim Hagy said. “We greatly appreciate their enthusiastic perseverance and service to the Navy and our country.” Utilizing his extensive experience in foreign language

training, Berger drove changes within his department, the command, and the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC), which elevated the performance of his teams and led to IWTC Monterey being ranked first among the four services at DLIFLC in graduate proficiency. The Navy last achieved this position in 2008. He oversaw the cradle-to-grave foreign language training of 563 officer and enlisted students enrolled in 14 DLIFLC programs this quarter, and graduated 47 students. He managed a robust early intervention, academic advisement, and peer tutoring programs which led to 18 percent of those graduates achieving a level three on the Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT), greatly surpassing the institute rate of 12 percent. “Mr. Berger is the cornerstone of my command, and his significant impacts within the cryptologic technician (interpretive) community and CIWT domain are far-reaching,” Cmdr. Mi-

The Center for Information Warfare Training (CIWT) selected Mario Vulcano (left), course manager and Cryptologic Warfare Officer Basic Course primary instructor at Information Warfare Training Command Corry Station, as its 2018 third quarter Civilian Instructor of the Quarter. CIWT selected Donald Watts (right), an educational technician with CIWT’s Language, Regional Expertise and Culture (LREC) directorate, as its 2018 third quarter non-supervisory Civilian of the Quarter.

chael Salehi, commanding officer of IWTC Monterey said. “His selection as the Civilian of the Quarter both recognizes his accomplishments and establishes a precedence of superior recognition for achievement above and beyond his job scope.” Watts is an essential component of the Navy Defense Language Testing Program (N-DFLTP), and has been critical to the Navy’s ability to capture, validate and report foreign language test results of Navy personnel to multiple Navy systems/databases. He singlehandedly manages the scheduling of language exams at each

of the seven fleet concentration areas within the United States, totaling more than 3,000 Defense Language Aptitude Batteries, DLPTs and oral proficiency interviews to date. “Mr. Watts value to the NDFLTP and LREC is immeasurable and unmatched, and his customer service skills and support go far beyond answering 100s of phone calls and answering 1000s of emails,” Lt. Cmdr. Joe Byrom, Watts’ supervisor shared. “Mr. Watts goes above and beyond by reminding service members of test completion requirements, test eligibility, finding a testing facility for

the inquiring Sailors, and redirecting Sailors to the appropriate office.” Vulcano provided nearly 244 hours of instruction to CWOBC classes, and graduated 28 officers. He routinely engaged the training officers within the five magnet Navy Information Operations Commands in order to receive level three feedback and guidance. Additionally, he maintained the NSAnet wiki for junior officers who completed CWOBC. The wiki is considered the primary source of information for junior officers qualifying as information warfare officers throughout the cryptologic warfare community. He also contacted more than 350 former CWOBC trainees to identify training gaps in the current curriculum and identify additional training requirements in preparation for the CWOBC Training Readiness Review/Job Duty Task Analysis workshop. “Mr. Vulcano is highly regarded throughout the cryptologic warfare community, and is deeply invested in his course, my command and the Sailors,” Cmdr. Chad Smith, IWTC Corry Station commanding officer said. “His unmatched knowledge, experience, and outstanding execution of the training mission have impacted all officer courses within my command, and established a solid foundation to enable future success for our newest and most junior cryptologic warfare officers.”

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• 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. • 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. • Stress Management: 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. every first and third Thursday. The next class is scheduled for Dec. 20. Stress and damage your health, both physical and mental. Learn how to recognize stress and become more productive, happier and healthier. • Tips to Building Self Esteem: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 10. Learn how to maximize selfesteem, which can improve productivity and well-being. • Sponsorship Training: 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Dec. 11. Everyone in the military has to transfer sooner or later. FFSC conducts Command Sponsorship Training monthly. After completing the required training, Sponsors are prepared to provide reliable information to incoming personnel and their families. • Anger Control: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 11 and Dec. 18 (you must attend both sessions). Learn to get control your anger before it controls you. • Kiddie Kraft: 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 14 at Lighthouse Ter-

• 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 race, #1 Price Ave. A fun way to increase your child’s social development with a creative way to learn. Children will develop skills to improve eye and hand coordination. • Waggy Wednesdays: 10 a.m.

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

to noon Dec. 19 at Naval Hospital Pensacola Courtyard. Exceptional Family Member Program event offers interaction with service dogs on third Wednesday of every month at NHP. • Couples Communication: 9

a.m. to noon Dec. 19. You can develop better communication skills, learn to manage stress as a couple and find ways to compromise. • SAPR If you are a victim of sexual assault, it is not your fault. Help

for victims of sexual assault in the DoD community is a call, click or text away: • The SafeHelpline: Provides live, one-on-one crisis support and information by trained staff. Call: (877) 995-5247; click: www.SafeHelpline.org or text: 55-247, CONUS; (202) 470-5546, OCONUS (may be extra charges for OCONUS) • The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program: Provides prevention, intervention and a 24/7/365 response to non-intimate partner adult victims of sexual assault. Active-duty and adult family member sexual assault victims have a choice of reporting options, unrestricted and restricted. Unrestricted reporting allows 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.


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Communities Caring at Christmas

The Pensacola Cultural Center lit up by Powell Entertainment and ready for Cabaret: Midnight in Paris this March. PLT will be serving as a donation location for WEARTV’s Communities Caring at Christmas program, running now through Dec. 16. Photo from the Pensacola Little Theatre Facebook page

From Pensacola Little Theatre In conjunction with the production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Pensacola Little Theatre (PLT) is serving as a drop off location for WEAR-TV’s Communities Caring at Christmas, a program that highlights the very message that The Best Christmas Pageant Ever teaches. Communities Caring provides new toys, clothing and daily living needs for abused, neglected or abandoned children living in foster care, children living in poverty and adults with developmental disabilities throughout our local community.

The theatre will be accepting unwrapped and new goods from toys to clothing for children ranging from newborns to teens beginning now until the run of the show, closing Dec. 16. All donations may be dropped off at the PLT Box Office, open noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or brought with you when come to see The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Join PLT in celebrating the holidays and supporting our local community by considering making a donation. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is a musical directed by Roxie Smith with musical direc-

tion by Tina Buran. The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world, so no one is prepared when this outlaw family invades church one Sunday and decides to take over the annual Christmas pageant. Show dates and times include: • Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. • Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. • Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. • Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. • Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. • Dec. 15 at 3 p.m. • Dec. 16 at 3 p.m. For full schedule of showtimes, for more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.pensacolalittletheatre.com.

C @ NAS Pensacola Portside Cinema a FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY TUESDAY Fool” (R) “The Nutcracker and “The Grinch” (PG) t “Nobody’s 5:30 p.m. the Four Realms” 2D: 5 p.m. (PG) c “Overlord” (R) 3D: 12:30 p.m. “Bohemian 8 p.m. 2D: 2:30 p.m. Rhapsody” (PG13) h “The Grinch” (PG) “The Grinch” (PG) 7 p.m. “The Grinch” (PG) 2D: Noon and 2 p.m.

“Bohemian Rhapsody” (PG13) 4 p.m.

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“Bohemian Rhapsody” (PG13) 7 p.m.

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“The Grinch” (PG) 2D: 5 p.m. “Overlord” (R) 7 p.m.

3D: 3 p.m. 2D: 5 p.m.

“Bohemian Rhapsody” (PG13) 4:30 p.m. “Nobody’s Fool” (R) 7:30 p.m. “Overlord” (R) 7 p.m.

“Halloween” (R) 7 p.m.

“The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” (PG) 2D: 12:30 p.m. “Nobody’s Fool” (R) 2:30 p.m. “Overlord” (R) 5 p.m. “Hunter Killer” (R) 7:30 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.

THURSDAY “The Grinch” (PG) 2D: 5 p.m. “Bohemian Rhapsody” (PG13) 7:10 p.m. “Hunter Killer” (R) 5:10 p.m. “Overlord” (R) 7:30 p.m.

December 7, 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 4523806, ext. 3100, or go to the MWR website at www.navymwrpensacola.com. • NFL Tickets Available: Tickets and Travel has NFL New Orleans Saints tickets at the Superdome available for games Dec. 23 against the Steelers and Dec. 30 against the Panthers. Tickets are $75 each. To buy the tickets or for more information, call 452Try this 6354. • Ugly Sweater Cosmic Bowling: • Full Moon Float: NASP Corry Station Get set for a paddleBowling Center is host- board race under the ing special ugly sweater full moon Dec. 21 contest Cosmic Bowling from nightfall, 5:30 for the holiday season, p.m. to 8:30 p.m. At Dec. 21 from 7 p.m. to the events, there will 9:30 p.m. Dust off your be free rinks, hotdogs best ugly sweater for a and s’mores. Races discounted entrance. include kayak, tandem Cost is $12 for adults or kayak and paddle$10 with an ugly sweat- board races. For more er and $5 for children information, call 452age 6 and under. For 4152.

more information or to reserve a lane, call 452-6380. • Family Fitness Days: The Family Fitness Center onboard NASP Corry Station will be hosting Family Fitness Days the first and third Saturdays of the month. The next family fitness day will be held Dec. 15. These events will educate families about fitness and nutrition through family fun, activities, lectures and programming. For more information, call 452-6004. Movies on the Lawn: There will be movies shown on the lawn in front of the Portside Gym, Bldg. 627 every second and fourth Saturday starting at dusk. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and coolers. If it rains, the movie will be canceled; check Facebook for rain-outs at www.facebook. com/mwrpensacola or call 452-2372. • Navy CDH Program: Want to support military families and have a transferable career when you PCS? Become a Child Development Home (CDH) Provider. CDH Providers offer safe environments designed to meet the developmental needs of children enrolled. For more information, call 458-6588. • Good reading: The NASP Library, 250 Chambers Ave., Bldg. 634, has an extensive selection of books, periodicals and newspapers. Computers with Internet access are available for use in the library. Wireless access and quiet study areas are also available. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Closed on federal holidays. For more information, call 452-4362.

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

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