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NASP gate hours ... NAS Pensacola Holiday Gate Hours: NASP Corry Station Gate 7 and NASP West Gate will close at 7 p.m. Dec. 18. Both gates will reopen Jan. 4, 2016; Gate 7 at 6 a.m. and West Gate at 5 a.m. NASP and NASP Corry Station main gate hours of operation will be unchanged during the holidays.

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Veterans recognized at World War II remembrance Story, photo by Janet Thomas Gosport Staff Writer

Trees For Troops, tree lighting onboard NASP ... (Above) Army Spc. Brian Hobbes carries away a Christmas tree selected by Benjamin Hobbes, 5, and Brandy Hobbes Dec. 4 during the Trees For Troops event at NAS Pensacola. The Spirit of Christmas Foundation in conjunction with FedEx gave away about 150 fresh-cut trees – two truckloads – to active-duty military. The giveaway was part of the MWR Holiday Tree Lighting celebration. EMC Ismael Canizalez, leading a group of Santa-hat-wearing Navy volunteers from Navy Recruiting Orientation Unit (NORU), helped distribute the trees. “It’s a time of giving; it’s what we’re here to do,” Canizalez said. “We’ve come together to hand out some Christmas cheer. It feels great; I love seeing the faces on the families and kids getting a Christmas tree. We’re all Santa’s helpers.” Photo by Mike O’Connor (Left) NASP CO Capt. Keith Hoskins and MWR officials light the base’s tree at dusk Dec. 4. Photo by Billy Enfinger

Applause was the order of the day as an overflow crowd turned out to recognize veterans and their families during a World War II Remembrance ceremony Dec. 7 at the National Naval Aviation Museum. Leaders from Naval Air Station Pensacola commands were among the active-duty service members, retirees and civilians who gathered to mark the 74th anniversary of the Dec. 7, 1941,

Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, which President Franklin Roosevelt called “a date which will live in infamy.” The moving event was punctuated by video presentations and musical tributes by the Tate High School Band and Vocal Jazz Ensemble. The three surviving veterans of the battle who were present – Frank Emond, Cass Phillips and William Braddock – were the main focus of attention, but others were not forgotten. Pearl Harbor survivors Jacob

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(Left-right) In the front row were Pearl Harbor veterans Frank Emond, Cass Phillips and his wife Lydia, and William Braddock. At right is Rick Carraway, Sons and Daughters of Pearl Harbor Survivors national president.

‘New to the Navy’ mobile app provides answers to common questions From Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) – Need to know how to ship household goods? Wondering what types of receipts you need to keep while on official travel? Acquire a family mem-

ber and need to know how to get dependent ID cards? The “New to the Navy” mobile application has you covered. New to the Navy is geared toward new Sailors and answers many frequently asked questions about pay and personnel matters. The content is organized by top-

ics that are easy for new Sailors to understand, and provides official references, procedures, methods for avoiding mistakes and pertinent points of contact. Some of the topics covered include: transfers; sponsor program; pay, personnel and advancement; marriage and

family; new officers; and contact numbers to reach out to in the event of additional questions or emergencies. The app also includes definitions of acronyms. The application is available now on all mobile platforms via their respective application stores:

Apple: https:// itunes. apple. com/ us/ app/ opsec/ id 1031272509? mt=8. Android: https:// itunes. apple. com/us/ app/ opsec/ id1031272509? mt=8. For more news from Navy Personnel Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/npc.

NASP marks 21 years as ‘Tree City’ Story, photo By Mike O’Connor Gosport Associate Editor

NAS Pensacola took a step toward achieving its 21th consecutive Tree City USA certification with a tree-planting ceremony Dec. 3. Tree City USA, a program sponsored

by the National Arbor Day Foundation, promotes tree planting and forestry awareness throughout the country. More than 3,400 communities across the nation have qualified for the program by meeting the four standards required: maintaining a tree board department, a

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Navy volunteers lend a hand to unload Christmas trees Nov. 24 for Arc Gateway, an area organization that helps people with disabilities.

NATTC volunteers pitch in for Arc Gateway Story, photo by Lt. Cmdr. Sven Sharp Naval Aviation Technical Training Center Public Affairs

Twenty-five Sailors stationed at the U.S. Navy’s premier aviation technical training facility unloaded a truck load of Christmas trees Nov. 24 for Arc Gateway, a Pensacola area non-profit organization. Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) volunteers, including NATTC Base officials, foresters and NASP Public Works Department (PWD) personnel celebrate Navy Tree Awareness Week with the planting of a Savannah holly Dec. 3.

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Pen Air FCU responds to Marine Corps Toys for Tots drive Story, photo from Pen Air FCU

Many children who would otherwise not have presents on Christmas morning will be happily surprised, thanks to efforts of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots drive and the helping hand of Pen Air Federal Credit Union (FCU). Pen Air FCU was able to collect hundreds of dollars in new toys for children ranging in age from infant to teens to be distributed in the weeks leading up to Christmas day by various non-profit agencies that look to Toys for Tots to assist families in need. During the last 68 years of the

Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program, Marines have distributed more than 416 million toys for 195 million needy children. This charitable endeavor has made U.S. Marines the unchallenged leaders in looking after children at Christmas. The mission of the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation program is to collect new, unwrapped toys for needy children in the community during October, November and December each year. However, local Toys for Tots campaign coordinators conduct an array of activities throughout the year, which include golf tournaments, foot races, bicycle races and other voluntary events designed to increase

interest in Toys for Tots, and concurrently generate toys and monetary donations. The local Marine Corps unit also spends many hours setting up drop box sites at various locations throughout the local community such as the Pen Air Federal Credit Union offices in an effort to collect as many toys as possible. “We are happy to use our offices as convenient drop-off sites for people of the community that wish to support Toys for Tots,” said Patty Veal, director of public relations at Pen Air FCU. “The generosity of our members, staff, and community will make the holidays a little brighter for the families in need.”

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Gallawa and Jay Carraway were recognized although they were not able to attend this year’s event, and a special salute was given for Jim Landis, who passed away in 2014. World War II veterans were also recognized, but there were so many in the audience, they had to be recognized by branch of service instead of individually. The program’s emcee, museum volunteer retired Cmdr. Bob Pisz, set the tone with his opening remarks. “Today for the 24th year we continue our tradition of remembering the survivors of the Pearl Harbor as well as honoring all of the veterans of World War II and those folks on the home front that supported their efforts during some of the darkest hours this country has ever known,” Pisz said. The guest speaker, retired Navy Rear Adm. Samuel Cox, who is director of the Naval History and Heritage Command, pointed out the unique nature the commemoration of the Pearl Harbor attack. “Most wars are remembered on the day that they ended,” Cox said. “World War II is a strange anomaly, mostly remembered on the day that it began. Perhaps that is because on that infamous day our forefathers learned some painful lessons that we as a nation wish never to forget.” Cox said that while it is true that Japan achieved tactical surprise, the attack on Pearl Harbor was not a total surprise. He gave several examples of actions the U.S. had taken in anticipation of a war with Japan. “There is no way to tell a story about Pearl Harbor in a pretty way. It was a horrible, vicious attack,” Cox said. “There were all kinds of mistakes made up and down the chain of command, many of which were well intentioned, and some because we didn’t understand Japanese capability at the time.” But Cox said that even in a total catastrophe there is courage and valor that deserves to be remembered. He pointed out that 15 medals of honor were awarded to Navy personnel who participated in the Pearl Harbor battle – the most by far of any single action in United States naval history. There were also 53 naval crosses and 51 silver stars awarded, and there were probably other heroes who were never recognized. “There were undoubtedly countless other acts of heroism inside the battleships Arizona, West Virginia, California and Oklahoma that went unreported because so many other people were killed and there was no witnesses left to record it,” Cox said. Cox said it is important that we remember those that lost their lives during that battle, “but I think it is equally important what those who were not killed did during that battle.” Plans are in the works to continue the annual tribute at the National Naval Aviation Museum. In his four years of producing the annual event, Pisz has noticed the dwindling number of Pearl Harbor survivors and World War II veterans in the audience and he said that next year he plans to reach out to the sons and daughters of veterans. “For it is they who heard the stories and learned the history and the lessons first-hand from those that were there,” he said. “And I believe that it is our duty to see that their legacy continues.”

community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and recognizing Arbor Day each year. A Savannah holly was chosen for the occasion, and a proclamation was read by NASP Commanding Officer Capt. Keith Hoskins. The holly was put into the ground northeast of Mustin Beach Club by a group of base officials, foresters and NASP Public Works Department (PWD) personnel. It may not have been planted as a “Christmas tree,” but the bright orange-red berries on the Savannah holly brought the December holiday to mind. “We usually plant live oaks,” NASP PWD Natural Resource Manager Mike Hardy said. “But Savannah holly’s pretty hardy and as close as we are to the beach, this should do better than a live oak here. And we have a red bow to top it off, as well.” Hoskins welcomed the annual occasion. “This is 21 years, but it’s my third and final year planting a tree,” Hoskins said. “There’s a couple things that come to mind when you hear of a holly tree. We think of holly

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at Christmastime, but the holly tree also exhibits incredible characteristics: longevity and durability. In celebrating 240 years of our Navy’s birthday since 1775, how fitting that the tree we are planting exhibits those same characteristics. “Trees are very aesthetically pleasing. But as we study our environment, we know that these trees provide shade, cooler temperatures in urban areas, also help with air and water pollutants; these trees have a wonderful service. And they provide life to a lot of things in their surrounding environment.” NASP Public Works Officer Cmdr. Brent Paul took a moment to thank those involved. “We are indeed proud of the work that goes on to keep our base beautiful and surrounded by healthy trees,” Paul said. “Without the constant dedication and hard work from our public works and NAS Pensacola team, the management and maintenance of such a large expanse of urban area would not be possible. It takes cooperation from everyone to have a successful forestry program, as we do today. So thank you to the many people who help hold us to the Tree City USA standards, and to those who have assisted us with our forestry program.”

Sailors wearing new ranks at NAS Pensacola ... Nine NASP Sailors are wearing new ranks following a Dec. 4 frocking ceremony. The frocking ceremony is a Navy tradition that provides the selected Sailors an opportunity to wear the uniform and take on the responsibilities of their new rank before they are formally advanced. Newly selected were AC2 Adam Cregg, MA2 Michael Decarli, AC2 Brittany Dowdle, AC3 Brandon Keiser, AC3 Nicholas Kenny, AC3 Zachary Haberman, FC2 Taylor Lane, AC2 Harry Lundquist and CTT3 Ashley Rhoden. Photo by Mike O’Connor NATTC from page 1

Executive Officer Cmdr. Scott Sherman and NATTC CMDCM(AW/SW) Kirk Klawitter, unloaded Frasier fir Christmas trees for the Arc Gateway Nursery, an institution serving the needs of developmentally disabled individuals in the Pensacola area. Sherman said this volunteer effort reinforces NATTC’s commitment to the local community and the importance of providing assistance to organizations such as Arc Gateway. Arc Gateway Nursery Horticulture Manager Darlene Bonelli was very appreciative of the outpouring of support from NATTC, and she was especially thankful for the flexibility of the NATTC volunteers after delivery truck delays forced a last-minute schedule change. “The Arc Gateway would really like to thank the NATTC volunteers for their help with the Christmas

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

Pen Air FCU and Marine Corps personnel gather with Toys for Tots donations.

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,

trees,” Bonelli said. “We couldn’t have done it without them.” Arc Gateway is an organization designed to provide the best possible life experiences for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Operating since 1954, the non-profit organization boasts numerous programs for Pensacola-area developmentally disabled individuals including the nursery, the Pollak Training Center, the Senior Adult Program at Bayview Senior Center and the Pearl Nelson Child Development Center. The Christmas trees are now being sold to the public, and Bonelli said that all proceeds from the sale will go toward Arc Gateway programs. For more than 70 years, the Naval Air Technical Training Center has been providing training and increasing readiness within the Naval Aviation Enterprise (NAE).

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LCS program picking up speed, key milestones ahead By Rear Adm. Brian K. Antonio Program Executive Officer for Littoral Combat Ships

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n November, the U.S. Navy commissioned its newest warship into the fleet – the littoral combat ship USS Milwaukee (LCS 5), fifth of 52 planned small surface combatants designed to project U.S. presence and power in near-shore environments as well as open-ocean operations. The LCS program is picking up speed, with an average of four new ships entering the fleet every year for the next several years. In fact, between now and 2018 – the length of a standard Navy tour of duty – the LCS program will achieve several key milestones that demonstrate the amazing progress and potential of these warships. At this very moment, halfway around the world, Milwaukee’s sister ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) is plying the waters in and around the South China Sea, about midway through a scheduled 16month deployment. Fort Worth’s Sailors boldly and voluntarily stand the watch, providing the presence and surface warfare capability critical to our Navy’s mission, and ensuring freedom of navigation for all who sail international waters. By 2018, both LCS variants will be routinely operating in this part of the world, with as many as four LCS on station at any given time. The LCS and its mission packages provide combatant commanders the focused mission ability to counter anti-ac-

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cess shallow water threats such as small boats, submarines and mines. The initial phase of the surface warfare mission package completed testing in 2014 and USS Independence (LCS 2) exits Pensacola Pass to the Gulf of Mexico on an equipis deployed overseas today on USS Fort ment trial. Photo by Mike O’Connor Worth. This modified LCS, called a frigate nance, logistics and training pipelines to We continue to develop and test, in (FF), will leverage the success of the support this LCS fleet are likewise rapan operationally realistic environment, existing LCS design, but will be a idly expanding to meet expected operathose systems that will bring added camulti-mission vessel capable of per- tional needs. By 2018, the LCS class pability to these incredible ships, informing surface warfare and anti-sub- will be the second largest surface Navy cluding the mine countermeasures marine warfare missions ship class behind the DDG 51 Arleigh (MCM) and antisubmarine warfare simultaneously. The first frigate is ex- Burke-class destroyers. (ASW) mission packages. The LCS is a proven fleet asset. Colpected to be under contract in Fiscal USS Independence (LCS 2) has lectively, the LCS class has more than Year 2019. been docked at Naval Air Station Pen210,000 nautical miles of water under In the meantime, the LCS shipsacola since February to conduct trainthe keel since the 2008 delivery of USS builders in Marinette, Wis., and Mobile, ing operations testing of its new Freedom (LCS 1). Through operational Ala., will continue to build 32 ships of anti-mine warfare technology in the testing in realistic scenarios and over the the current LCS design. By 2018, the Gulf of Mexico. course of three deployments, the LCS last of these LCS will be under conRecognizing that small surface comand its mission packages have demonstruction, meaning that we will have put batants will represent one-sixth of our future 300-ship Navy, Defense and 32 ships under construction in a span of strated the ability to meet specific, realNavy leaders determined that future only 13 years – an impressive feat for world requirements for our combatant commanders. The crew of the USS MilLCS could support enhanced lethality U.S. Navy shipbuilding. waukee and the citizens of its namesake USS Milwaukee is the fifth LCS to and survivability capabilities without city have many reasons to be proud of enter the fleet, and the number of these significant cost, a testament to the flextheir ship, as do I. ships is scaling up fast. The mainteible and modular design of the LCS.

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Santa works magic at NASP Balloons, crafts, gifts and food part of fun at party for children Story, photos by Janet Thomas Gosport Staff Writer

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t was a merry day for 104 invited guests during the Selected Children’s Christmas Party Dec. 4 at the Fred G. Smalley Youth Center aboard NAS Pensacola. The annual party for children from elementary schools in Pensacola was sponsored by the First Class Petty Officers Association (FCPOA) with participation from the Navy Wives Club and several NASP departments. Volunteers were assigned to chaperone the children, who enjoyed several craft activities before lunch was served. Balloon artist Steve Robertson entertained children by creating colorful animals, hats, flowers and swords. After lunch, Santa Claus arrived aboard a fire truck. Each child received pre-selected gifts that had been purchased by volunteers. NASP Commanding Officer Capt. Keith Hoskins joined the fun by handing out candy canes to the children. The party wrapped up about noon, when the children The arrival of Santa Claus aboard a fire truck was one of the highlights of the Select Children’s Christmas Party were transported back to their respective schools. Dec. 4 at Naval Air Station Pensacola. Each child got a chance to meet the jolly gentleman and pre-selected Note: Names of children in the photographs were not gifts that were purchased and wrapped by volunteers were handed out. included at the request of party organizers.

Above: NASP Commanding Officer Capt. Keith Hoskins was one of Santa’s helpers during the event. He handed out candy canes to the children. Below: PRAR Jenna Weldin works on a craft project with a party guests. Above: AMAN Marialicia Tovar plays patty cake with a girl she was assigned to escort as they wait in line to have a balloon creation made. At left: NASP Executive Officer Cmdr. Shawn Dominguez visits with two of the students attending the annual Christmas party. The students that participated in this year’s event came from Ferry Pass, Lincoln Park, McArthur and Lipscomb elementary schools.

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NASC service members volunteer for Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival By AN Jacqueline Alvarez Naval Aviation Schools Command Public Affairs

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ifty enlisted and commissioned service members assigned to Naval Aviation Schools Command (NASC) volunteered Nov. 4-5 and Nov. 89 to assist in setting up and tearing down booths for one of the most well-attended festivals in the Pensacola area. The Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival, an annual three day juried art show attracting more than 200 of the nation’s best painters, potters, sculptors, jewelers, graphic artists, craftsmen and other artists, draws significant crowds, and NASC personnel volunteered nearly 300 hours of labor in erecting booths, stages and other behind-the-scenes material necessary for the festival. Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival Volunteer Coordinator Mike Lane said Navy volunteers have become an integral part of the annual event, providing a much-

needed workforce for the nationally recognized festival. “We are a 100 percent volunteer organization,� he said. “Without the Navy volunteers we couldn’t do it. The Navy provides majority of the volunteers for setting up and tearing down days.� The Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival is one of the best-regarded, most popular arts festivals in the United States, ranked No. 27 in the nation by Sunshine Artist magazine and the American Bus Association has named the Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival

Naval Aviation Schools Command students lend a hand behind the scenes with setup for the Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival. NASC photo

one of the Top 100 Events in North America. Naval Aviation Schools Command, located aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola, is part of the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (CNATT). NASC

courses include enlisted and commissioned training programs for aircrew, aviator, survival and prospective commanding officer training programs. CNATT is the technical train-

ing agent for the Naval Aviation Enterprise (NAE), an organization designed to advance and sustain naval aviation warfighting capabilities at an affordable cost, and is the largest training center under the NETC.

NFPA: time to ‘Put a freeze on winter fires’ From National Fire Protection Association

Winter is the peak season for U.S. home fires. The weather outside may be frightful this winter, but a fire in your home is far from delightful. Unfortunately, the risk of home fire does increase during the winter months: December, January, February and March are the leading months for U.S. home fires. To help better educate the public about winter fire hazards and ways to prevent them, the National Fire Protec-

tion Association (NFPA) and the United States Fire Administration (USFA) are teaming up to promote “Put a Freeze on Winter Fires.� The annual campaign, now in its fifth year, addresses the leading factors that collectively contribute to a higher risk of home fires and related hazards during the winter months. These include heating, holiday decorating, Christmas trees, candles, electrical issues and carbon monoxide poisoning. “The colder months and holiday season bring a set of fire risks that can quickly turn this festive, wintry time of

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NAS Whiting Field named best small base in the Navy From Jay Cope NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs

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or the second year in a row, Commander, Naval Installations Command (CNIC) named Naval Air Station Whiting Field (NASWF) as the recipient of the Installation Excellence Award. The award lauds the top Navy commands at shore for their installation management, program excellence and community outreach. Installations are graded across 15 key areas including: facilities management, quality of life, environment, energy, property stewardship, communication, safety and health as well as many other categories. Each entry is limited to a four page write-up of accomplishments plus supporting documentation and photographs. NAS Whiting Field received word of the award Dec. 2 and NASWF Commanding Officer Capt. Todd Bahlau

quickly praised his team for the accomplishment. “You all continue to amaze me with how you enable our base to operate at such a high level of excellence. I am extremely proud to lead such a wonderful team,” he said. “Congratulations on a job exceptionally well done.” CNIC is the naval command tasked with overseeing the 69 U.S. Navy shore installations worldwide. NAS Whiting

Field was selected as the winner in the small base category (less than 500 personnel) from a field of 32 installations. In his congratulatory message, Vice Adm. Dixon Smith praised the winners and emphasized the high level of professionalism evident in each of the nomination packages. “Competition this year was extremely keen, as each Large and Small Installation nomination package was impressive, and spoke to the myriad of great accomplishments that you and your teams have made,” he said. “For your outstanding leadership and world class support to the fleet, fighter, and family, I am proud of your collective accomplishments.” However, while NAS Whiting Field receives the recognition, the honor couldn’t be achieved without a community that works hand-in-hand with the air station to accomplish the mission. The award

nomination package included citations emphasizing partnerships with Santa Rosa County toward achieving buffering initiatives to secure property around the base to prevent incompatible development, gaining grants to support infrastructure improvements, incorporating 16 Military Family Life Counselors in area schools creating the most robust program in the country, and many, many more. “To achieve this honor two years in a row is amazing, and couldn’t be accomplished without the support of the local community. Santa Rosa County and our many neighbors support our mission and ensure our families are taken care of in the local area,” Bahlau emphasized. “This award is as much a testament to our partnership with the community as it is to the hard work and dedication of the Whiting Field team.”

NAS Whiting Field earns Navywide ‘Flagship’ award From Jay Cope NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs

MILTON – Naval Air Station Whiting Field’s (NASWF) environmental staff and volunteer team earned some well-deserved accolades Dec. 2 when the Navy announced the winners of the “Flagship” award for Environmental Stewardship. The installation received recognition in the Medium Ashore category. The Flagship awards are presented each year to commands for “outstanding community service efforts” in their local communities. These include Personal Excellence Partnership; Health, Safety and Fitness; Campaign Drug Free; Project Good Neighbor; and Environmental Stewardship. The USS Bainbridge (CGN 25) Award is presented for overall excellence in community service. Overall, NASWF Sailors volunteered more than 22,000 hours of time to the local community in fiscal year 2015 to help inspire community youths in their professional development and life-skills, improving the quality of life for struggling families, encouraging healthy lifestyles, and emphasizing educational outreach in the good stewardship of environmental resources. The Environmental Stewardship Award recognizes commands engaged in exemplary voluntary community service activities that promote good stewardship of environmental resources. NAS Whiting Field was specifically mentioned for participation in activities such as: Earth Day, Longleaf Alliance Project, Gulf Coastal Plain Ecosystem Partnership, Tree City USA,

Blackwater River Liaison Panel, Adopt-a-Highway, and more. Approximately 5,400 hours of volunteer time were spent on projects like these. “Congratulations to all of our deserving award winners,” said Vice Adm. Phillip H. Cullom, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations in the message announcing the recipients. “I would like to extend my gratitude for your tremendous commitment to improving the environment and your local community for future generations. The Navy prides itself in maintaining good

relations with our neighbors and these awards reinforce that bond.” Coming on the heels of the Installation Excellence Award announcement, this is proving to be a banner year for NAS Whiting Field. “This is another huge accomplishment for the NAS Whiting Field team. I can’t say enough about the quality work they do, day-in and day-out,” NASWF CO Capt. Todd Bahlau stated. “In my 25 year career this is by far the most talented team I have been a part of.”

Sailors wearing new ranks at NASWF From Jay Cope NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs

Naval Air Station Whiting Field (NASWF) recognized the accomplishments of soon-to-beadvanced Sailors during a frocking ceremony Dec. 3 in the installation’s operations auditorium. Six Sailors were all smiles as they were able to wear the new collar devices for the first time. The frocking ceremony is a Navy tradition that provides the selected Sailors an opportunity to wear the uniform and take on the responsibilities of their new rank before they are formally ad-

vanced. Second class petty officers were frocked to first class, third class petty officers were frocked to second class and airmen were frocked to third class. Each Sailor received a frocking letter from Capt. Todd Bahlau, NASWF commanding officer, which reads in part, “Your appointment carries with it the obligation that you exercise increased authority and willingly accept greater responsibility. Occupying now a position of greater authority, you must strive with a renewed dedication toward the valued ideal of service with honor.” Sailors from NAS Whiting

Field selected for advancement with their new ranks were: AB1 Yasmier Penton, AB2 Jarren M. Enriquez, AC2 Thomas Taikina, AC3 Jordan Fritz, AC3 Mark Graham and AC3 Donald Sapp II. Bahlau praised the Sailors on their accomplishment and urged them to appreciate the moment. “Today is a great day. As a commanding officer, recognizing the hard work of the Sailors is the most enjoyable part of the job,” he said. “This is an important milestone in your careers, so share your achievement with your family. And I know there is much, much more to come in your futures.”


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NEX offering Mistletoe Marketplace

A customer appreciation Mistletoe Marketplace is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow, Dec. 12, at the Pensacola NEX mall, 5600 Highway 98 West. The event will feature handcrafted goods from local artisans plus a number of other displays. Vendor demonstrations inside the mall and home gallery will offer prizes from Santa’s sleigh. Santa will be onsite to round out the festivities. For more information, call 458-8250.

Commissary announces holiday hours The Pensacola NAS Commissary, 5800 West Highway 98, has announced special holiday hours. The store will close at 4 p.m. Dec. 24 and remain closed Dec. 25. It will reopen at 8 a.m. Dec. 26. Hours for New Year’s Eve will be normal, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The commissary will be closed on New Year’s Day and will reopen at 8 a.m. Jan. 2. For more information, call 452-6880.

NEX patrons can enter sweepstakes

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

Wreath event scheduled for Dec. 12 The Kiwanis Club of Big Lagoon is partnering with other charity organizations in an effort to “Blanket Barrancas” with wreaths for the annual Wreaths Across America (WAA). The goal is to place a wreath at each grave. There are more than 47,000 graves at Barrancas National Cemetery. The wreath-laying ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. tomorrow, Dec. 12. Wreaths had to be ordered in advance. Wreaths Across America began 24 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, go to www.Wreaths AcrossAmerica.org. assisted activities and therapeutic riding to individuals with emotional or physical disabilities, Wounded Warrior and other veterans, and youth at risk. Admission is $5 per vehicle. For more information, call 487-5940 or go to www.theleaningpostranch.org.

PLT presenting ‘White Christmas’

Holiday musical scheduled for Dec. 21

The Southern Raised Band is scheduled to perform during a bluegrass concert at 7 p.m. tomorrow, Dec. 12, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 9301 Gulf Beach Highway. Admission is free but offerings will be accepted. The public is welcome. For more information, call 492-1518.

Toys for Tots campaign wrapping up

Celebrate holiday with a trolley tour

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

Planetarium plans seasonal shows

Lean back, relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of seasonal shows at Pensacola State College’s planetarium, Bldg. 21, on the Pensacola campus. Upcoming shows are: • “Dark Side of the Moon” at 8 p.m. Dec. 12. • “Season of Light” at 4 p.m. Dec. 12. • “Let it Snow” at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Dec. 12. Tickets for “Let it Snow” and “Season of Light” are $4, preschoolers; $5, grades K-12; and $6, adults. All tickets to “Dark Side of the Moon” are $6. Tickets must be purchased in advance; no ticket sales at the door. Tickets are available at the Lyceum Box Office, Bldg. 8, Room 861, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For ticket information, call 484-1847 or go to http://planetarium.pensacolastate.edu.

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

Ranch in Molino plans holiday event

Christmas in the Country is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow, Dec. 12, at The Leaning Post Ranch, 4150 Cedar Springs Road, in Molino. The annual event will feature hay rides, meet a horse sessions, an old fashioned shoot-out (2 p.m.) and a visit from Santa. Available for addition fees are food, face painting, horseback rides and photography at the 100-year-old barn. The non-profit Leaning Post Ranch offers equine

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Time for School Choice applications

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

Pensacola Little Theatre (PLT) is closing out the 2015 calendar year with the production of Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas,” a family friendly Mainstage Production. The show opens today, Dec. 11, and runs for two weekends at PLT’s Cultural Center theatre. Show dates are Dec. 11-13, and Dec. 17- 20. All evening performances start at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday matinees begin at 2:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $7 to $30. For more information, call 432-2042 or go to www.pensacolalittletheatre.com.

Bluegrass band to perform at concert

The historic home is decorated for Christmas and visitors will learn how families celebrated the holiday season in the late 19th century along with the history of other holiday traditions. The Lear-Rocheblave House, built in 1890, is an example of two-story folk Victorian architecture with spacious rooms and jig-sawed porches. The Victorian Holiday Traditions tour is included in the cost of admission to Historic Pensacola, which is free for members; $8 for adults; $7 for seniors, AAA members and military personnel and dependents; and $4 for children, ages three to 14. For more information, contact Living History Coordinator Phillip Mayhair at 595-5985, ext. 108, or pmayhair1@uwf.edu.

Winterfest, a nonprofit group that offers family entertainment and promotes downtown Pensacola and the Historic Seville District, is featuring two trolley tours – a performance tour led by singing guides and an express tour aimed at young children. The hour-long performance tour features professional actors and visits by Elvis Presley and the Grinch. Tours are scheduled for Dec. 11, Dec. 18, Dec. 19 and Dec. 20. Tickets are $15-$30. The express tours, a 30-minute look at decorations in downtown, are scheduled for Dec. 21, 22 and 23. Tickets are $7-$15. Tours begin and conclude at the corner of Palafox and Government streets. For more information, call 583-1385 or go to www.pensacolawinterfest.org.

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

Figure skating lessons being offered

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

Tour highlights holiday traditions

The University of West Florida Historic Trust is highlighting Victorian Holiday Traditions in Pensacola with a tour of the Lear-Rocheblave House, 214 E. Zaragoza St. Tours are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday through Dec. 19.

The Nebraska Theatre Caravan, the professional touring wing of the Omaha Community Playhouse, will present a production of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol,” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Pensacola Saenger Theatre. The musical features an ensemble of 23 performers who bring Dickens’ fable of redemption to life. Christmas carols including “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “Away In a Manager” and “Here We Come A-Wassailing” are interwoven within the classic story of a tight-fisted, middle-class merchant Ebenezer Scrooge and all the beloved characters from Dickens’ 1843 novel. Tickets are $50 and $40 plus service charge. Military discount is available at the Saenger box office with proper identification For more information, go to www.pensacolasaenger.com.

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

Group welcomes all soccer players Area soccer players can join Allied Forces Soccer for training, pick-up or league play. Whether you are interested in playing soccer recreationally, competitively or even co-ed, there is room for you. There will be 11-a-side and 7-a-side teams that play in the local adult leagues. Area pick-up soccer at various locations as well as friendly matches are open to all. For more information, go to the Allied Forces Soccer Facebook site or contact Lt. Cmdr. David Toellner by phone at 382-5494 or by e-mail at kiwi_soccer@yahoo.com.

Spay/neuter program offers discounts

The Barbara Grice Memorial Spay and Neuter Clinic, 5 North Q St., is offering discounted spay/neuter surgeries to eligible pet owners, thanks to a grant from Escambia County. To qualify owners must be residents of Escambia County and provide proof that total household income is less than $35,000. Prices are as follows: cat neuter, $10; cat spay, $20; dog neuter, $20; dog spay, $30. Unless a current rabies vaccine record is provided, animals will be required to receive a rabies vaccination at the time of surgery at a cost of $10. No checks will be accepted. Cash, money orders and debit/credit cards will be accepted. You may also visit the Pensacola Humane Society with all the appropriate paperwork to receive a voucher for the surgery. Hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. For more information or to make an appointment, call 898-3380 or go to http://pensacola humane.org/spay-and-neuter-resource/barbaragrice-memorial-spay---neuter-clinic.

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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CNRSE announces 2015 Sailors of the Year; See page B2 Spotlight

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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

sulting in an average of 17 deaths and $13 million in property damage annually. Candle-related residential fires attended by fire departments are associated with an estimated annual average of 150 deaths and $385 million in property damage. The good news is that these

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hazards in the home are preventable, and CPSC is providing consumers with a guide to a safer holiday. “Home decorating for the holidays is a wonderful tradition, and CPSC wants to ensure that this holiday season is a safe and happy one,” said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. “To prevent a holiday tradition from becoming a holiday tragedy, keep lighted candles in sight, check trees for freshness, and don’t use lights with broken sockets or frayed wires.” Use the following 10 safety tips as a guide for safe decorating this year: Trees and decorations. 1. When purchasing a live tree, do check for freshness. A fresh tree is green, its needles are hard to pull from branches, and its needles 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. 2. When setting up a tree at home, do place it away from heat sources, such as fireplaces, vents, and radiators. Because heated

rooms rapidly dry out live trees, be sure to monitor water levels and keep the tree stand filled with water. Place the tree out of the way of traffic, and do not block doorways. 3. When purchasing an artificial tree, do look for the label, “Fire Resistant.” Although this label does not mean that the tree will not catch fire, it does indicate that the tree is more resistant to catching fire. 4. In homes with small children, do 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 that may tempt a child to eat them. Lights. 5. Indoors or outdoors, do use only lights that have been tested for safety by a nationally-recognized testing laboratory. 6. Check each set of lights, new or old, for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections. Throw out

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damaged sets. Don’t use electric lights on a metallic tree. 7. If using an extension cord, do make sure it is rated for the intended use. 8. When using lights outdoors, do check labels to be sure that 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. 9. Keep burning candles within sight. Do extinguish all candles before you go to bed, leave the room, or leave the house. 10. Do keep candles on a stable heat-resistant surface where children and pets cannot reach them or knock them over. Lighted candles should be away from items that can catch fire and burn easily, such as trees, other evergreens, decorations, curtains and furniture. Download a free brochure with more holiday decorating safety tips from CPSC’s website (PDF): http:// www. cpsc. gov/PageFiles/55339/611.pdf.

Jokes & Groaners Politically correct ‘Night Before Christmas’

Color Me ‘Santa’s nearby’

‘Twas the night before Christmas and Santa’s a wreck ... How to live in a world that’s politically correct? His workers no longer would answer to “elves,” it was “vertically challenged” they were calling themselves. And labor conditions at the North Pole, were alleged by the union to stifle the soul. Four reindeer had vanished, without much propriety, released to the wilds by some animal society. The runners had been removed from his sleigh; the ruts were termed dangerous by the E.P.A. And people had started to call for the cops – when they heard the sled noises on their rooftops. Second-hand smoke from his pipe had his workers quite frightened; his fur-trimmed red suit was called “unenlightened.” And to show you the strangeness of life’s ebbs and flows: Rudolf sued Santa over unauthorized use of his nose.


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CNRSE announces 2015 Region Sailor of the Year Story, photo by MC1 Stacy D. Laseter Navy Region Southeast Public Affairs

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ACKSONVILLE, – AC1(AW/SW) Leonor E. Ortegacruz of Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base (NAS JRB) New Orleans was named Navy Region Southeast (NRSE) Sailor of the Year for 2015 during a ceremony onboard NAS Jacksonville Dec. 3. The ceremony was the conclusion of NRSE Sailor of the Year Week, during which the top five finalists selected from the region’s 18 installations were invited to Jacksonville to compete for the honor of Sailor of the Year. The finalists were able to participate in a series of recreational activities, including a visit to Clyde E. Lassen State Veterans’ Nursing Home located in St. Augustine, a tour at EverBank Field, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars; and a visit to Jacksonville’s Lone Sailor Memorial. The final day included an oral board, with command master chiefs from various

Southeast installations serving as board members, followed by a luncheon during which the winner was announced. “Our five Sailor of the Year finalists were selected from an extremely talented group of Sailors from our 18 installations across the region,” said NRSE CMDCM(AW/SS) Michael Jackson. According to NAS JRB New Orleans CMDCM Chad Helms, Ortegacruz is very worthy of the award, but the other competitors were equally deserving. “I’m super excited because the competition was so great,” said Helms. “The bases really brought their best forward. It was

GM1 Joseph Blacka of Joint Base Charleston, ABH1 Marlon Squires of Naval Air Station Whiting Field, AC1 Leonor Ortegacruz of Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans, AC1 Ayanna Gregg of Naval Air Station Jacksonville, and AD1 Theophilus McLawrence Jr. of Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth display their awards at the culmination of Navy Region Southeast’s Sailor of the Year week. Ortegacruz will go on to compete against Sailors from other regions for the honor of Commander, Naval Installations Command Sailor of the Year.

evident not only in their packages, but also at their oral boards. These Sailors came to compete.” Ortegacruz said she appreciated the time spent at NRSE and the ability to bond with fellow first classes. “Meeting the other Sailors and forging friendships with them was probably the most rewarding part of the experience,” Ortegacruz said. “We are all in different ratings, but we all have something in common. We all have the same wants and the same

goals – to better ourselves.” Along with Ortegacruz, the top five also i n c l u d e d GM1(SW/EXW) Joseph Blacka of Joint Base Charleston in South Carolina, AC1(AW/SW) Ayanna Gregg of NAS Jacksonville, AD1(AW) Theophilus McLawrence Jr. of NAS JRB Fort Worth in Texas and ABH1(AW/SW) Marlon Squires of NAS Whiting Field. Each of the finalists was accompanied by his

or her command master chief. According to McLawrence, the time spent with these senior leaders was a highlight of the competition. “We discussed leadership and guidance,” McLawrence said. “Hearing the different takes on leadership from master chiefs and senior chiefs was very rewarding, and something I will take back with me.” While the board could only select one Sailor of the Year, all of the candidates should be extremely

proud to have made it as far as they did, according to Jackson. “It is truly a great accomplishment,” he said. “The competition was fierce.” Ortegacruz will go on to compete against Sailors from other regions for the honor of Commander, Naval Installations Command Sailor of the Year. The selectee from that competition will go on to compete for Chief of Naval Operations Sailor of the Year.


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Holiday film returns to IMAX theater at museum Story, photo from National Naval Aviation Museum

A holiday tradition has returened to the IMAX screen at the National Naval Aviation Museum aboard Pensacola Naval Air Station. Taking audiences on a whimsical adventure just in time for the season. “The Light Before Christmas,” a 40-minute animated film, is scheduled to be screened at 10 a.m. daily through Dec. 24. Filmed in stop-motion animation like the Christmas classics “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” the movie tells the tale of

Katie and her brother Makean, who lose their way in a Christmas Eve blizzard and are rescued by the Candleman, an old sage who imparts wisdom, hot chocolate, a warm cottage and stories. In an effort to raise the children’s spirits with a bit of holiday magic, the Candleman

opens a weathered book and begins to read the classic tale, “The Night Before Christmas.” Katie and Makean find themselves magically transported into the poem, where they experience the wonder of Santa’s visit to their home, complete with an elf and full team of reindeer. Hoping not

to be seen, the children sneak from their bedroom and watch as Santa fills the stockings and tucks gifts under the glittering Christmas tree. The film features lavishly detailed sets and characters inspired by the designs of renowned artist James C. Christensen, while the musical score hearkens back to many beloved Christmas classics. The audience is also treated to a fun-filled tour of moviemaking magic. At the end of the film, Santa and Hob the Elf reappear and take the audience on a tour through the workshop that created “The Light Before Christmas.” Moviegoers will see how the artists

build life-like miniature sets and characters; voice actors demonstrate their talents; and how the animators used their skills and experience to bring the script to life. “The Light Before Christmas” is produced by Evergreen Holiday Classics and Tandem Motion Picture Studios and released by Cinema Group. The film is suitable for all ages. The special price for “The Light Before Christmas is $7 per person, and filmgoers can stay and see “The Magic of Flight” on the same day for $3 more. For more information, call 453-2025 or go to navalaviationmuseum.org.

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Fort Barrancas sits on a bluff overlooking Pensacola Bay at Naval Air Station Pensacola. The fort is part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore. Photo by Katelyn Barton

Story from Gulf Islands National Seashore

Gulf Islands National Seashore offers several programs in December. However, all visitor centers will be closed and no programs are scheduled for Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. The Advanced Redoubt: Legacy in Brick & Mortar program is offered at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Friday and Saturday except Dec. 26. Explore the brick arches and white washed casemates of the structure designed for resisting a land-based assault. Visitors should meet at the entrance to the Advanced Redoubt. The Fort Barrancas: Guardian of the Gulf program is offered at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Friday and Saturday except

Dec. 26. Learn more about the endurance of the imposing brick structure that sits high on a bluff overlooking the entrance to Pensacola Bay. Visitors should meet at the Fort Barrancas Visitor Center. The Stories of Survival program is offered at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday except Dec. 26 and Dec. 27. Learn more about what makes barrier islands special places. Visitors should meet at the Battery Worth picnic area near Fort Pickens. The Fort Pickens: Garrison for Freedom program is offered at 2 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday except Dec. 26 and Dec. 27. Visitors should meet at the entrance to Fort Pickens. Discover the importance of

the coastal fortification in our nation’s history. The Creature Feature program is offered at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday except Dec. 26 and Dec. 27 at at the Fort Pickens Museum. Gulf Islands National Seashore provides protection for a wide variety of habitats for a myriad of species. Learn about some of the plants and animals that call the seashore home. All programs are free, but are subject to change, and some programs involve walking on uneven surfaces, sandy walkways, and steps. There is an entrance fee to the Fort Pickens and Perdido Key areas of the park. For more information, call 934-2600 or go to www.nps.gov/guis.

At the movies FRIDAY

“The Peanuts Movie” (3D), G, 5:30 p.m.; “The Peanuts Movie” (2D), G, 7:30 p.m.; “Spectre,” PG-13, 5 p.m.; “The 33,” PG-13, 8 p.m.

SATURDAY

“The Peanuts Movie” (3D), G, noon; “Daddy’s Home,” PG-13, 5 p.m. (free admission); “The Peanuts Movie” (2D), G, 3 p.m.; “Spectre,” PG-13, 5:30 p.m.; “The 33,” PG-13, 8:30 p.m.

SUNDAY

“The 33,” PG-13, 12:30 p.m.; “The Last Witch Hunter,” PG-13, 3 p.m.; “The Ghost Dimension,” R, 5:30 p.m.; “Burnt,” R, 7:30 p.m.; “The Peanuts Movie” (2D), G, noon, 2 p.m.; “Spectre,” PG-13, 4 p.m., 7 p.m.

MONDAY

“The Last Witch Hunter,” PG-13, 5 p.m.; “The Ghost Dimension,” R, 7:10 p.m.; “The Peanuts Movie” (2D), G, 5:30 p.m.; “Our Brand is Crisis,” R, 7:30 p.m.

TUESDAY

“The Peanuts Movie” (2D), G, 5 p.m.; “Burnt,” R, 7 p.m.; “Spectre,” PG-13, 6 p.m.

WEDNESDAY

“The Peanuts Movie” (2D), G, 5 p.m.; “The 33,” PG-13, 7 p.m.; “Spectre,” PG-13, 6 p.m.

THURSDAY

“The 33,” PG-13, 5 p.m.; “Steve Jobs,” R, 7:30 p.m.; “Spectre,” PG-13, 6 p.m.

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The NASP Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) department has a number of upcoming events and activities. For more information, call 452-3806, ext. 3100, or go to the MWR website at www.navymwrpensacola.com. • Saints tickets: Tickets are on sale for upcoming Saints games in New Orleans at the Information, Tickets and Travel (ITT) office at the NEX Mall on Highway 98. Tickets are $55 each and the games are scheduled for Dec. 21 (Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints) and Dec. 27 (Jacksonville Jaguars at New Orleans Saints). Also check out the ITT discounts available on vacations and attractions. For more information, call 452-6354. • Danger Zone Paintball: Sign up for the Paintball Challenge at Blue Angel Naval Recreation Area. Open until 5 p.m. Monday and Fri• Holiday Breakday for challenge fast Express with events. $20 for acMrs. Claus and tive-duty and $30 Friends: Dec. 12 at for civilians. Inthe Oaks Restaucludes full equiprant. Three seatings ment rental, 500 at 8 a.m., 9 a.m. and rounds of paint and free air refills. 10 a.m. Each seating is limited to 85 peoReservations reple, and tickets can quired two weeks be purchased in adin advance. For vance for $3 per permore information, son at the Oaks call 281-5489. Restaurant and A.C. • Bushido Read Golf Club. Sports Judo Club: 6 to 8 p.m. Ticket includes entrance to Santa’s Tuesday and Workshop at the Thursday and 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Lighthouse Terrace Community Center, Saturday, NASP where parents can Youth Center, collect a free bag of Bldg. 3690 (452toys for children. The 2417). For ages 5 workshop will be to 17. Cost is $20 open from 8:30 a.m. per month for to 11 a.m. Activities adults and $15 include a photo with per month for chilSanta and arts and dren. For more incrafts. For more information, call formation call 452324-3146 or 4573859 or 452-2454. 1421 or e-mail baldg6@att.net. • Rent a bike: Rental bikes are available at Blue Angel Naval Recreation Area Outpost Marina. Half day (four hours), $10; full day (eight hours), $15. Deposit and military ID required. For more information, call 453-4530. • Travel lodging: Navy Gateway Inns & Suites is ready to help travelers save. Make your reservation today. For more information, call 1 (877) 628-9233 or go to www.dod lodging.net. • Navy MWR Digital Library: You can now log on at home with simple instructions. Service is available for active duty personnel, Reservists, retirees, dependents, DoN delayed entry program personnel, civilian employees and contractors. Sign up, and start borrowing books today. Go to https://MWR DigitalLibrary.navy.mil.

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


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

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Holiday services Protestant • Contemporary Candle Light Service: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 24, Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel. Catholic • Childrenʟs Mass: 4:30 p.m. Dec. 24, Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel. • Christmas Day Mass: Noon, Corry Station Chapel. • New Yearʟs Eve Mass: 4:30 p.m. Dec. 31, Corry Station Chapel. • New Yearʟs Day Mass: Noon Jan. 1, Our Lady Of Loreto Chapel. NAS Pensacola Protestant • Worship service, 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel, Bldg. 1982. • Contemporary service, 6 p.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel. • Bible study, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, J.B. McKamey Center. Roman Catholic • Sunday Mass, 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel, Bldg. 1982. • Daily Mass, 11:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the Our Lady of Loreto Chapel. • Confessions: 30 minutes before services. Latter Day Saints • Service, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel. • Meeting: 6 p.m. Monday and 6 p.m. Thursday, J.B. McKamey Center. For information, call 452-2341.

NASP Corry Station Protestant • Adult Bible study, 9 a.m. Sunday, fellowship hall vice conference room. • Worship service, 10 a.m. Sunday. • Fellowship, 11:30 a.m. Sunday. • Contemporary worship, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, followed by fellowship at 7:30 p.m. • Bible study and dinner, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, fellowship hall. Latter Day Saints • Service, 7 p.m. Wednesday. Roman Catholic • Mass, noon Sunday and 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday. For information, call 452-6376. NAS Whiting Field Chapel • Roman Catholic Mass, 11 a.m. Friday. • Protestant weekly chapel service, 11:30 a.m. Thursday. For information, call 623-7212. More services Jewish • BĘźnai Israel Synagogue, 1829 North Ninth Ave., services 7 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. Saturday. For information, call 433-7311. • Temple Beth El, 800 North Palafox St., services 7 p.m. Friday (6 p.m. first Friday of each month). For information, call 438-3321 or go to http://templebethelof pensacola.org. Seventh-day Adventist • Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1080 North Blue Angel Parkway, Bible studies, 9:30 a.m.; services,11 a.m. Saturday. Details, call 453-3442.

The NASP Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC), 151 Ellyson Ave., Bldg. 625, is offering the following: • VA eBenefits Workshop: 1:30 to 3 p.m. Dec. 16. Learn how to navigate through eBenefits and take advantages of the resources available to you. To register or for more information, call 452-5609. • Stress management: 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 17 (every first and third Thursday). Learn how to recognize stress and become more productive, happier and healthier. For in-

formation, call 452-5609. • AmVets ... Understanding Your VA Benefits: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Dec. 17. AmVets (or American Veterans), sponsors programs to help veterans and their families. your benefits with AmVets. To register or for information, call 452-5609. • Emergency Preparedness: 10 a.m. Dec. 18. Emergencies come in many forms. Each type of disaster requires different measures to keep you, your family and your pets safe. For information or to register for the workshop, call 452-5609.

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

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

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Announcements Articles for sale 1 holiday time mini donut maker. Emerald Coast GE Chest freezer. Never used—in Photo Booths, a 20” deep and 29” box. $5, or best veteran owned wide. 3 months old. offer. 251-228and operated, li- $250. Call 850- 2587. censed S Corp has 293-9445 a few dates reEasy Rest Simmaining for holi- WWII foot locker mons Devonfield day party rentals. for sale. Good con- extra-firm queen 8 5 0 - 9 3 9 - 1 9 2 7 . dition. Has shelf in- mattress, box w w w. e m e r a l d- side. $120 firm. springs, six leg c o a s t p h o t o - Call 850-293-9445. frame Q/K. Excelbooths.com. lent condition, no Leather flight stains, very clean. I have 2 Cemetery jacket. Excellent NEX $679.98. Sell Plots 4-sale @ condition. Size $200 cash. 850Memory Park Medium. $140. 497-9780. Cemetery in Milton Firm. Call 850Fl. Phone # 850- 293-9445. Weber Campers 626-4710 For more Grill Baby Q. information. Pen International Travel Bag with 50-wide reel w/full wheels. Like new. Employment roller rod. New $95. 850-456line. Catches 8356. GTMO GSE sharks, marlin, Maintenance Tech tuna, wahoo, any- For sale: & QA Manager. thing out there. Healthrider Club Midwest ATC $200. 850-454- H140e elliptical. Service, Inc. is ac9486. Sell $450. Paid cepting applica$1700. Hardly ever tions for GSE Boat authentic used. Can send a Supervisor posoriginal Ghenooe. picture. Call Beth sessing at least 5 Not a knockoff, not 2 5 1 - 7 5 2 - 2 2 9 1 . years of experia square back. Per- Must pick up. West ence and GSE QA condition, Pensacola. manager possess- fect ready to use. $350. ing 3 years evalua850-497-1167. Brown leather tor experience at a sofa, $500 firm. US Navy GSE faRifle. Estate sale. Call or text 850cility Forward re$1200 appraised. 525-9857. sume and supporting infor- CZ bolt action 22mation to 23 caliber. Set trig- Crosswalk treadtodd.miller@mid- ger, wood stock, mill, $75. Call or westatcs.com, or like new w/scope. text 850-525-9857. 850-417fax 913-897-9300. $450. 1694. Sailboat Laser One Design. Race Gadsden Street UMC is hiring a 275-60-20 truck ready. Excellent part time Campus tires. 2 tires. $150 condition. New Custom M a i n t e n a n c e for the pair. 850- sails. trailer. Lots of exTechnician. The 665-4543. tras. $6000. 850right candidate silver 501-5041. will be proficient Sterling Rings, with: plumbing jewelry. repair and instal- necklaces. $5 each. All new women’s lation, electrical Email for pictures shoes size 11-12. boots, (minor) repair and at gofiger@att.net. Sandals, name-brand sneak(minor) installa- 850-665-4543. ers. Best offer. 850tion, HVAC repair and maintenance, H&K 40 cal. 458-3821 leave painting (interior P30LS, LNIB, message. and exterior), cus- ambi-safety & todial duties such slide/mag. release, Back to Life, back as cleaning offices, low rnd count, 4 care product. New sanctuary, rest- mags/case. $750. and in the box. Rerooms, maintain- 850-712-3327. tail cost $300. Sell ing supplies and $95. 850-458general mainte- Naval Officers 3821. nance such as ceremonial sword changing light and scabbard with 3-piece black cebulbs. Required: knot and about a ramic canister set. High School size 32 belt. Very Old Time spice Diploma/ GED, good condition. rack. New and in stability and relia- $200. Mike 850- the box. $10 for all. bility is a must, 5 292-7587. 850-458-3821. years’ experience preferred. Veter- 2 men’s suits in 29 cu ft GE refrigans are encour- very good condi- erator, ice maker, aged to apply. tion. 1 light tan, 1 works fine, six Please reply with dark blue. Pant size years old, replaced resume via email 40/32. $10 each, or by stainless. $325. to office@gads- best offer. 251-228- Call 251-424d e n s t r e e t - 2587. 7302. methodist.com.

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Amana side by side refrigerator. Almond color. Older model, but works great. Perfect garage frig. $50. Call 850529-5387.

Room for rent (furnished if needed)with private bathroom, fenced yard; 33mins. WhitingField. 45mins. from beaches. $550/month, includes utilities. Pets negotiable. 850-512-9358.

House 3/2 on 2 cleared acres. 1520 miles from Gulf Shores. Mainly wood floors & attached one car garage. 251-228-2587 for more info & appointments.

Motors Autos for sale 1987 Chevy Montecarlo SS Excellent condition. New carb and valve covers. Maintenance, oil changes kept up. 162,000 miles. $5,500. Email: ray.rebel@yahoo. com. Call 850525-3462, 850944-7555.

Motorcycles Harley Davidson, red ’08. super cond. deluxe, garage kept, back rest eng.guard, windshield, bags. 30k well maintained mls. 850390-1876.

Beautiful guest house 2br/1ba. All appliances including washer/dryer. Privacy fenced yard. Lawn service included. Near NAS. $750/ month. 850-6020856. Newly remodeled 2 B D / 2 B R 1000sqft townhome w/garage in beautiful Hampton Lake subdivision near NAS. Kitchen appliances, laundry hook-up and outside maintenance i n c l u d e d . $775/month. 850572-3888.

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Ford Pickup Bed Extender. Like 3/2 pool home, 1 New. $95. 850- 1/3 acre, privacy, house on back of 456-8356. property, 2,000 Jeep Wrangler sqft. Tile floors, Tire 22575R16 carpet, mainteGY. New. $95. nance free pool, copper/titanium 850-456-8356. system screened. BMW X5 20 inch. 850-665-4543. Staggered rims. $600. 850-5167830. Full-sized toolbox, 2015 H&H never been used. $240. 850-4552482.

Real Estate Homes for rent Nice 2/2 home central heat and air, new appliances, lots of storage space. Includes lawn care. Blocks from N A S P . $800/month $500/deposit. 850-281-8850. Pace rental: 3BR/2BA, 1400 SF. Shop, new paint and wood flooring. No carpet. $900/mo. 982-7339.

3Br/2Ba lg lot, near all naval facilities, custom home, many amenities. Orig. price cut $50K. Call Virtual tour available. Carl @982-0274.

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