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NASP gate hours ... New gate hours for NAS Penscola’s West gate (Blue Angel Parkway) and NASP’s Corry Station Gate 7 (back gate)

will become effective Dec. 15. The new hours of operation are: NASP West gate: 5 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday; and 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on weekends. NASP Corry Station Gate 7: 6 a.m.6 p.m. Monday-Friday. This gate will be closed on weekends. All other gate hours are unchanged. During the holiday period, NAS Pensacola’s West gate will close at 6 p.m. Dec. 20 and remain closed through Jan. 5 at 5 a.m., and NASP Corry Gate 7 will close at 6 p.m. Dec. 19 and reopen Jan. 5 at 6 a.m.

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VT-4 to change command today (Dec. 12) From VT-4 PAO

Cmdr. Samuel White will transfer command of Training Squadron Four (VT-4) to Cmdr. Rafael Facundo during a change of command ceremony today, Dec. 12, at 10:04 a.m. in the National Naval Aviation Museum aboard NAS Pensacola.

Cmdr. Rafael Facundo

After more than 18 months in the top spot, White will release the reins of the squadron to his executive officer, who helped the squadron earn numerous accolades during their tenure. Under White’s command, VT-4 executed more than 3,000 mishap-free flight hours and more than 630 sorties while training Navy and Marine Corps student naval flight officers (SNFOs) and international navigators. The squadron recently transitioned from training students in the T-39 Sabreliner, which was officially retired from service in June, to a winging squadron incorporating

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Marines, Pen Air team up for Toys for Tots From Pen Air FCU

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 an estimated value of more than $1,000 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 nonprofit agencies that look to Toys for Tots to assist many families in need.

Toys for Tots began in 1947 when Maj. Bill Hendricks, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, and a group of Marine Reservists in Los Angeles collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children. The idea came from Hendricks’ wife, Diane. In the fall of 1947, Diane handcrafted a Raggedy Ann doll and asked Bill to deliver the doll to an organization, which would give it to a needy child at Christmas. When Bill determined that no agency existed, Diane told Bill that he should start one. He did just that. The

ʻJ. Goslingʼ lands at NASP ... NAS Pensacola Commanding Officer Capt. Keith Hoskins speaks after the unveiling of a pelican statue painted as base mascot “J. Gosling” to base personnel and the media Dec. 5 at Bldg. 1500. Part of the “Pelicans in Paradise” project produced by a local newspaper, the pelican statue – attired as a fledgling naval aviator – was presented as the capstone to the base’s centennial year celebration. Photos by Mike O’Connor

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NASP ‘1914 Team Challenge’ winners conclude year-long, thousand-mile run By AZ1 Chris McDonald c/o NASP Air Ops

The 1914 Mile Challenge was an idea born in the NASP Air Ops department as a fun way to bring health, fitness and friendly competition together to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of Naval Air Station Pensacola. The race began Jan. 17 and concluded Nov. 21, coinciding with the opening and closing dates of the centennial commemoration. This gave the racers 10 months to reach their goal – 1,914 miles using only their own two feet.

Winners of the base’s 1914 Mile Challenge (left-right) Wayne Boulanger, Bob Sass and Stephanie Oram. Photo by Mike O’Connor

Competitors formed teams and were allowed to log all miles completed by running, walking, hiking, treadmill, elliptical machine

and other exercise machines, competing for prizes for the top three teams and top three individual performers.

In the end, only two teams proved up to the challenge of reaching the goal. The Blue Ducks, using a solid overall team effort, pulled off the victory by completing 1,914 miles in just more than four months and keeping that momentum going all the way to the end more than doubling the 1914 total. They were followed closely by the Misfits completing the 1,914 miles in a little more than five months anchored by Wayne Boulanger (MWR) who reached the milestone on his

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Trees for Troops ... Volunteers unload trees Dec. 5 during the Trees For Troops event at NAS Pensacola. The Spirit of Christmas Foundation in conjunction with FedEx gave away a truckload of fresh-cut trees to active-duty military. The giveaway was part of the MWR Holiday Tree Lighting celebration. Families enjoyed an evening of fun and NASP CO Capt. Keith Hoskins wished everyone a happy holiday before turning on the lights. Photo by Janet Thomas

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Sexual assault: Prevalence down, reporting up By Terrina Weatherspoon Defense Media Activity

FORT MEADE, Md. (NNS) – Although he isn't declaring victory, Rear Adm. Rick Snyder, director, 21st Century Sailor Office is declaring progress in most areas of the Navy’s sexual assault prevention and response (SAPR) efforts. The Department of Defense SAPR Progress Report to the President, released by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel Dec. 4, shows the Navy making specific progress in two areas: reporting and prevalence. “Reports have gone up, which is positive,” said Snyder. “It means victims are not afraid to come forward.” Additionally, prevalence is coming down. Closing the gap between reports and prevalence is important to Snyder and to the Navy because it shows the progress of the efforts implemented throughout the Navy in the last few years. The Navy’s preliminary numbers look

like this: There were 1,274 reporters this year. That is a 10 percent increase from 2013 and a 70 percent increase from 2012. In 2012, about 1 in 15 victims came forward to report a sexual assault. Now about 1 in 5 victims are reporting, and for women, it’s 1 in 3. Prevalence has decreased in the last two years. In 2014, there were 5,600 victims, down from 10,600 in 2012. In other words, this year 5.1 percent of women in the Navy were victims of sexual assault and 1.1 percent of men, down from 7.2 percent of women and 2.7 percent of men in 2012. That’s good news for the Navy. However, there is one area Snyder identified as needing work– professional and social retaliation. Victims who took the Survivor Experience Survey cited that they experiences some sort of retaliation after they reported a sexual assault. “We haven’t had acceptable progress in this area,” said Snyder. “Anything that might discourage reporting or recovery

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Poseidon. Facundo takes command of VT-4 after almost 18 years of naval service. He is a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and a graduate of the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico. Facundo received his commission via Officer Candidate School in Pensacola in 1997. After completion of Surface Officer School in Newport, R.I., he reported to his first assignment aboard the USS Oak Hill (LSD 51), where he earned his designation as a surface warfare officer. In 2000, he returned to Pensacola for flight training and completed his primary naval flight officer training in VT-4 and earned his wings from the 562nd Flying Training Squadron in San Antonio, Texas. After receiving his initial P3 Orion training in VP-30, he reported to the “Mad Foxes” of VP-5, in Jacksonville. He subsequently reported to Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11 (CPRW-11) in Jacksonville. While with CPRW-11, he completed an individual augmentee (IA) tour with Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) in Djibouti. His next assignment was his department head tour with the “Golden Swordsmen” of VP-47, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. In 2011, he reported to U. S. Pacific Command, Camp H. M. Smith, Hawaii, as the Strategy and Policy (J5) Directorate Australia country desk officer. In 2013, he reported to VT-4 as PXO. Cmdr. Stephen Weeks will relieve Facundo as the executive officer for the squadron.

1947 pilot project was so successful that the Marine Corps adopted Toys for Tots in 1948 and expanded it into a nationwide campaign. That year, Marine Corps Reserve units across the nation conducted Toys for Tots campaigns in each community in which a Marine Reserve Center was located. Marines have conducted successful nationwide campaigns at Christmas each year since 1948. During the last 67 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 1914 from page 1

own and secured the top individual honor amassing 2,145 miles. To put that into perspective, Wayne ran the equivalent of traveling from Pensacola to San Diego, Calif., and then north to Los Angeles. Rounding out the top individual performers was: Bob Sass (NASP Air Ops) with 1,680 miles (Pensacola to Bismarck, N.D.) and Stephanie Oram (Air Ops/NavFac) with 1,357 miles (Pensacola to Boston, Mass.). The top three finishers shared some details of their daily routines and the effects the 1,914 Challenge had on their health and fitness. Boulanger is “65 years young.” He has

Pen Air FCU representatives showcase the toys donated for Toys for Tots by their staff, members and the community. Pen Air photo

needy 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

been distance running for quite some time. In 2004, after reaching a peak weight of 215 pounds, he decided he needed to make some lifestyle changes and began running to lose weight. Around 2007, he decided to start training for and competing in “ultramarathons,” completing his latest one during the challenge. Boulanger typically runs five or six days per week on the University of West Florida trails near his home. His “short” days are usually five miles and he completes eight or nine miles on his “longer” days. He usually runs 10 miles on Saturdays, but when training for an event the mileage increases to

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throughout the year. 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

15-20 miles. His motto is “do what you can, when you can ... Because once you get stagnant, you tend to stay that way.” Sass once ran marathons and triathlons as well, though he hasn’t done so since 1997 due to back issues. More recently he spent most of his training time biking and spinning, but since those activities wouldn’t have counted for the challenge, he attained his miles by jumping on an elliptical machine for six to eight miles four or five times per week, as well as walking his dogs for two miles per day. He also used the challenge as incentive to hike a portion of the Appalachian Trail covering more than 100 miles

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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,

for people of the community,” said Patty Veal, director of public relations at Pen Air FCU. “The generosity of our staff, members, and local community never fails to amaze me as I witness the amount of new toys that come into our offices for those less fortunate.” The Salvation Army partners with Toys for Tots to assist as one of the distribution centers and will spend much of the days prior to Christmas sorting and packaging up toys for families in our local community. For more information about the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation and program, visit www.toysfortots.org. Visit www.penair.org for more information about Pen Air Federal Credit Union.

of the southern portion. He lost more than 15 pounds during the challenge and shared that he really enjoyed the competition and found that tracking his progress really helped motivate him to push harder than he might have otherwise. Oram used a combination of running, elliptical, and walking/hiking to amass her mileage. She typically ran five to six days per week covering three to five miles at a time, and also two to three miles “almost every day” walking her dogs. Like Sass, she also spent some time on the Appalachian Trail. She completed a 60-plus mile hike as well as several nine-to 12-mile hikes

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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.

sault response system,” said Snyder. “That senior leadership effort has been fantastic for the Navy.” Snyder also said that feedback from command climate surveys across the Navy have been positive. “We hear from our Sailors that a low number of them perceive incidents that could lead to sexual assault,” said Snyder. “But a high number, about 85 percent, said they did or would take action if they saw something like that happening, so our Sailors are getting after the problem.” The goal of all of these efforts is straightforward – to maintain a Navy in which every Sailor understands what sexual assault is, how to play a role in prevention, and how to report it; a Navy in which victims know they will be supported and everyone knows that perpetrators will be held appropriately accountable. More details results and data of the Rand survey will be out in the spring.

for a victim is counterproductive to everything we are trying to do to combat sexual assault.” Although victims have options for reporting retaliation, it makes reporting the initial crime a bit scary, and Snyder said he is worried about it. However, he said that is why it is so important that from the top down, Sailors build a climate of dignity and respect. “We’ve really spent a lot of effort at our recruiting center, at Great Lakes, to bring Sailors into a culture that prevents sexual assault right from the beginning,” said Snyder. “We’ve really focused education and awareness efforts on our recruits ... to include bystander intervention.” On the other end of the spectrum, Snyder also emphasizes the time spent by Navy leadership addressing these issues directly. “From the CNO on down there is a regular drum beat amongst senior leaders ... with an eye on the entire sexual as-

while preparing, all while carrying a full 30-pound pack on her back. The biggest benefit for her was that she increased her average distance and found she was able to sustain a faster pace due to the consistency of her training. “It really motivated you to something almost every day,” she said, and also noted that actually tracking the mileage added to her willingness to push farther every time. Oram also wanted to recognize her teammates saying “it was fun to be on a good team who were all willing to push themselves and be consistent and sustain the effort even after they reached their original goal.”

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New aircrewman options in a changing environment By Rear Adm. Kenneth Whitesell Assistant commander, Navy Personnel Command


nlike other services which primarily equip people, our Navy must “man our equipment” — meaning we must continually work to find the right balance of skilled Sailors to operate improving technologies and platforms, especially when we introduce new ships, submarines or aircraft. This challenge is especially evident in the transition of legacy platforms, manned for decades by highly trained and skilled warfighters. One prime example is in our Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) community. As we move from the venerable P3C Orion to the high-tech P-8A Poseidon, we usher in new opportunities for our people who have and will continue to write history. Our Sailors from two longserving and proud ratings, aircrewman avionics (AWV) and aircrewman mechanical (AWF) will be offered new opportunities which will keep them proficient in aircraft we need to operate until transition is complete, but at the same time provide options for their continued professional development and

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advancement. Yes, we know this plan is long overdue – but wanted to take the needed time to get it right. Working with the air boss and community leadership, we developed a blended transition solution. We’ll bridge the gap between return-to-source rating and continued support to existing AWF/AWV requirements – allowing us to meet mission, make transition possible, and provide these 800 or so Sailors with a viable “stay Navy” option and a bright future aligned with our proud past, based on merit. This approach ensures transitioning P-3 squadrons are appropriately manned, and guarantees E-6 and C-2 squadrons will continue to get high quality and motivated AW Fs and Vs. The plan factors in

A U.S. Navy P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft from the Skinny Dragons of Patrol Squadron (VP) 4 conducts an operation Nov. 15 in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility in the Mediterranean Sea. Photo by MC2 John Herman

rating health by managing the number of conversion opportunities, keeping advancement opportunities competitive. The “window” for a Sailor to make a career choice will still revolve around their projected rotation date (PRD); effectively one year out. In the case of MPRA Sailors whose squadron is transitioning, they will be offered one of the following opportunities at the squadron transition conference – held one year from transition. • MPRA Sailors will be affected most from their community transition. They will choose from a menu of options to include AWF/AWV flying assignments (if available), or transition to source rate, or to the rate of their choice. • Airborne Command & Control Logistics Wing (AC-

CLOGWing) Sailors will stay within the AWF rate and transition to source rating after approval. If no flying billet exists in ACCLOGWing, Sailors may apply for AWF flying billets in MPRA/E-6/UAS. • Strategic Wing (StratWing) Sailors will stay within the AWF/AWV rate and transition to source rating after approval. If no flying billet exists in StratWing, Sailor may apply for AWF/AWV flying billets in MPRA/ACCLOG/ UAS. • Reserve Forces (ResFor) Sailors will stay within the AWF/AWV rate and transition once Navy Enlisted Manpower and Personnel Classifications and Occupational Standards (NEOCS) is approved • If at PRD and the Sailor desires transition to another rate

(source rate or new rate), the Sailor will submit a Navy Personnel Action Request (NavPers 1306) for approval As a last option, Sailors who choose not to take one of these conversion opportunities may be eligible for aircrew quotas identified in the Enlisted Early Transition Program (EETP). Our goals are to balance the requirement to maintain community health, provide healthy advancement opportunities, and offer career choices that value and retain our best people for the future. As more information becomes available, we’ll be sure to share it. Stay in touch with your detailers or go to your community management pages on the NPC website at www.npc.navy.mil to stay current with the latest conversion opportunities.

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Santa hands out gifts at NASP Balloons, craft projects, dancing and food part of fun at Selected Children’s Christmas Party Story, photos by Janet Thomas Gosport Staff Writer


olunteers shared a merry day with 99 invited guests during the Selected Children’s Christmas Party Dec. 3 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 activities such as a craft station and a “Twelve Days of Christmas” dance-along with Pen Air’s Penny the Porpoise. Balloon artist Steve Robertson entertained children by creating colorful animals and hats. 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 were transported back to their respective schools. Note: Names of children in the photographs were not included at the request of party organizers.

Above: Santa Claus delivers a bag filled with gifts. Each child received preselected gifts that were purchased and wrapped by volunteers. At right: Penny the Porpoise, the mascot for Pen Air Federal Credit Union, leads a dance-along to the “Twelve Days of Christmas.”

Above: WEAR-TV, Channel 3, news reporter Meg McNamara interviews one of the children at the party. Right: Children work on craft projects with their escorts. Below: NASP School Liaison Officer Carissa Bergosh, left, and Amy Jasso, wife of NASP Executive Officer Cmdr. David Jasso, help serve lunch.

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Above: NASP Commanding Officer Capt. Keith Hoskins converses with one of the children while making the rounds to meet some of the guests during lunch. Hoskins also assisted Santa by handing out candy canes to the children. At left: The children and their escorts sat down together to enjoy lunch.



December 12, 2014


Future USNS Brunswick keel authenticated From Team Ships Public Affairs


OBILE, Ala. (NNS) –The keel of the future USNS Brunswick (JHSV 6) was authenticated at the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Ala., Dec. 2. Longtime civil servant and ship sponsor, Alma B. Booterbaugh, served as the keel authenticator, etching her initials into the keel plate to verify that the ship’s keel was “truly and fairly” laid. “We’re honored to have Mrs. Booterbaugh here today from the secretary of the Navy’s office,” said Capt. Henry Stevens, Strategic and Theater Sealift program manager, Program Executive Office (PEO), Ships. “The Navy is tremendously excited about the capabilities this ship will provide to the Navy. The program is benefitting greatly from serial production and we look forward to delivering this ship less than a year from now.” Joint high speed vessels (JHSV) are versatile, noncombatant vessels designed to operate in shallow-draft ports and waterways, increasing operational flexibility for a wide range of activities including maneuver and sustainment, relief operations in small or damaged ports, flexible logis-

tics support, or as the key enabler for rapid transport. They will be capable of interfacing with roll-on/roll-off discharge facilities, as well as on/offloading a combat-loaded Abrams Main Battle Tank (M1A2). JHSVs will provide fast intra-theater transportation of troops, military vehicles and equipment. Each JHSV is capable of transporting 600 short tons 1,200 nautical miles at an average speed of 35 knots. Each vessel includes a flight deck to support day and night aircraft launch and recovery operations. Brunswick will have airlinestyle seating for 312 embarked forces with fixed berthing for 104 personnel. JHSV 6 was named after Brunswick, Ga., in April 2013 by Secretary of the Navy Ray

Ship’s sponsor Alma Booterbaugh, left, assisted by Austal USA welder Wayne Alexander, welds her initials into the keel plate of the future USNS Brunswick during the keel authentication ceremony. Brunswick will be the Navy’s sixth joint high speed vessel. Joint high speed vessel are designed to provide fast intra-theater transportation of troops, military vehicles and equipment. Photo courtesy of Austal USA

Mabus to honor the values and men and women of the city, as well as the state. Brunswick is one of three JHSVs currently under construction at Austal and is scheduled to be delivered in late 2015. As one of the Defense De-

partment’s largest acquisition organizations, PEO Ships is responsible for executing the development and procurement of all destroyers, amphibious ships, special mission and support ships, and special warfare craft. Currently, the majority of ship-

building programs managed by PEO Ships are benefiting from serial production efficiencies, which are critical to delivering ships on cost and schedule. For more news from Naval Sea Systems Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/navsea.



December 12, 2014


Ketcham assumes command of HT-28 By Jay Cope NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs


midst the pomp and circumstance of military ceremony, Cmdr. Jeffrey Ketcham accepted the reins of command for Helicopter Training Squadron Twenty-eight (HT-28) from Lt. Col. Jeff Pavelko Dec. 5. Highlighted by patriotic music performed by the Navy band, the parading of the national colors, and inspirational speeches, the change of command ceremony is a long-standing Navy tradition that ensures the smooth transfer of command from one officer to another in front of the assembled squadron, family and friends. After serving as the executive officer for the “Hellions,” Ketcham now ascends to the “big chair” that Pavelko held for 15 months. He will be only the seventh commanding officer for the youngest squadron at NAS Whiting Field. Ketcham will have some impressive shoes to fill. Under Pavelko, the “Hellions” flew more than 62,000 mishap-free flight hours and completed in excess of 32,000 sorties culminating in the completion of helicopter flight training by 350 Navy, Marine Corps,

Coast Guard and allied pilots. An enthusiastic supporter of the community, Pavelko and the “Hellions” volunteered more than 900 hours to local programs. The squadron’s training effectiveness and efficiency earned it the Cmdr. Theodore G. Ellyson Aviator Production Excellence Award as a previere squadron advanced aviation training efficiency. Furthermore, for his leadership and superb capabilities, Pavelko was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal. Training Air Wing Five Commodore Col. Gary Kling served as the guest speaker for the occasion and praised the two officers who formed the central leadership team for a squadron recognized as one of the best aviation training squadrons in the Navy. “They formed an incredible team together and it has been great to see,” Kling stated in his

remarks. “I am excited to see (Ketcham) take the Hellions to the next level. They are incredibly loyal and professional officers who are setting trends for the future of naval aviation.” Ketcham enlisted in the Arkansas Army National Guard in 1990 and served as a medical specialist with the 148th Evacuation Hospital and flight medic with the 172nd Medical Company (air ambulance) until entering the Navy in November 1996. After earning his bachelor of business administration degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, he was commissioned through the Navy’s officer candidate school program and received his wings of gold in November of 1998. In Aug. 1999 Ketcham reported to the “Grandmasters” of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light Forty-six (HSL-46). Follow-on operational tours included: assistant

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air officer for USS Bataan (LHD 5), Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light Forty (HSL-40), HSL-42, and strategic command in Omaha, Neb. Ketcham also earned his master of arts degree in national security and strategic studies while attending the United States Naval War College. Ketcham now takes the next step in his distinguished career. He called assuming command of the Hellions a “blessing,” and charged the squadron to maintain the high levels of accomplishment achieved under Pavelko. “Our mission continues to be molding leaders and the training of the world’s best rotary winged aviators,” he stated. “As your commanding officer, I promise to continue to give you the tools you need to meet

that success. In return I challenge each of you to continue to produce the quality aviators our nation needs.” Prior to trading the command pennant with Ketcham, which signifies the exchange of the duties of command, Pavelko expressed his gratitude to the HT-28 team. “It’s been tremendously humbling over the past 15 months to take this journey with you as your commanding officer. We have learned from each other along the way. We have experienced highs and lows, but through it all, we persevered and came out a better squadron. Thank your for your hard work, dedication, and professionalism,” Pavelko said. The incoming executive officer will be Lt. Col. Cory DeKraai.

Sailors wearing new ranks at NAS Whiting Field Story, Photo By Ens. Steve Krepps NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs

Naval Air Station (NAS) Whiting Field recognized the accomplishments of soon-to-be-advanced Sailors during a frocking ceremony Dec. 5. Twenty-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 advanced. Second class petty officers were frocked to first class, third class petty officers were frocked to second class and airmen frocked to third class. Newly frocked second class petty officer AC2 Naysha Soto-GonEach Sailor received a frocking letter from zalez smiles after receiving her frocking letter from NASWF CO Capt. Matthew Coughlin, NAS Whiting Field Capt. Matthew Coughlin.

commanding officer, which read 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: AC1 Jeremy K. Austin, ABH1 Mathew J. Bennett, ABH1 Kevin A. Brewer, ABH2 Lindsey C. Brown, AC1 Thomas H. Buhlinger, AC2 John A. Carmichael Jr., AC2 Alexandrea C. Coy, ABH1 Steven L. Field, Christian L. Glover, AC2 Spencer L. Grieco, AC2 Bryan P. Madden, ABH1 James E. Page, AC2 Naysha Sotogonzalez, AC3 Thomas J. Taikina, AC2 Takiyah E. Watson and AC3 Airin J. Wyatt.


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NEX offers special event for customers

A customer appreciation Mistletoe Marketplace is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow, Dec. 13, at the Pensacola NEX mall, 5600 Highway 98 West. The event will feature handcrafted goods from local artisans and food samples from restaurants plus a other displays. Vendor demonstrations inside the mall and home gallery will offer prizes. Live Christmas music and Santa will round out the festivities. For more information, call 458-8250.

Register to win a gift card at NEX

The Navy Exchange worldwide enterprise is offering patrons the opportunity to register to win $100 NEX gift cards during the Navy Blue Holiday. A total of 30 cards will be awarded in Pensacola. Gift cards are scheduled to be awarded Dec. 15 and Feb. 3. You can register at the Pensacola NEX, 5600 Highway 98 West. For more information, call 458-8250.

Ranch in Molino plans holiday event

Christmas in the Country is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow, Dec. 13, 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, pony cart rides, Kid’s Zone, horseback rides and photography at the 100-year-old barn. The ranch is an accredited facility for equine-assisted therapy. The ranch provides therapy through horseback riding and other horse-related activities to riders of all ages with physical, emotional or mental challenges and to wounded veterans through the Wounded Warrior project. Admission is $5 per vehicle. For more information, call 487-5940 or go to www.theleaningpostranch.org.

‘Snow Queen’ performances scheduled

PLT Treehouse Productions will present “Snow Queen” Dec 12-13 and Dec. 18-21 at the Valerie J. Russenberger Theatre, inside the Pensacola Cultural Center at 400 South Jefferson St. Ticket are $14 to $30 with the Thursday performance being half price. “Snow Queen” is an adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen classic. For more information, call the Box Office at 4322042 or go to PensacolaLittleTheatre.com.

Ransom students helping Toys for Tots

Students from Ransom Middle School are presenting a Spirit Night to help Toys for Tots from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Chick-fil-A, 1757 East Nine Mile Road. Tell your order takers that you are there for Spirit Night and a percentage of your purchase will go into a fund for Toys for Tots. In addition, donations of toys and money will be collected by students and Marines. Donations may also be dropped off at the school ahead of time. For more information, contact Lori Johnson at 937-2220 or LJohnson7@escambia.k12.fl.us.

Toys being collected at Whiting Field

The Operations Department at Training Air Wing Five (TraWing-5) at NASP Whiting Field is collecting toys for the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign. Unwrapped toys can be donated through Dec. 19 in TraWing-5 lobby, Bldg. 2943. For more information, call (850) 623-7147.

Concert, live Nativity display planned

Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 9301 Gulf Beach Highway, has announced two holiday events. • A Christmas concert of Christmas and gospel music featuring the Old Paths Quartet is scheduled for 7 p.m. today, Dec. 12. The quartet won New Quartet of the Year award at the Singing News Fan Awards in 2013. Admission is free, but an offering will be collected. The public is welcome. • A live nativity will be presented from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. tomorrow, Dec. 13, by the Youth and Children of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. The event will include Christmas carols and the portrayal of the Christmas story. Free cookies, coffee and hot chocolate will be served. Admission is free, and the public is welcome. For more information, call 492-1518 (MondayThursday) or go to www.pleasantgrove pensacola.com.

Christmas musical being presented

A Christmas musical, “He Is Here,” is being presented by the adult choir and the children’s ministry of Perdido Bay Baptist Church, 12600 Sorrento Road. The event is scheduled to being at 6 p.m. Dec. 14 and a dessert fellowship will follow. Admission is free and the public is welcome. For more information, call 492-7020 (evenings) or go to www.perdidobaybaptist.com.

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Wreath ceremony Dec. 13 The Wreaths Across America ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. tomorrow, Dec. 13, at Barrancas National Cemetery onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola. The ceremony is open to the public. The wreaths will be delivered to the cemetery and placed on headstones by volunteers starting at 9 a.m. The goal is to place a wreath at each grave. There are more than 47,000 graves at Barrancas National Cemetery. Wreaths Across America began 23 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. The deadline to purchase a wreath was Nov. 26. To volunteer to place wreaths or obtain more information, call 512-7316 or e-mail Wreaths4Barrancas@gmail.com.

Saenger to show ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’

The Saenger Theatre is bringing classic movies back to the big screen, holiday-style. The classic holiday movie, “It’s A Wonderful Life,” will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 22. The Box Office will open at 5:30 p.m. to purchase tickets, or they can be purchased in advance at the Saenger Theatre Box office for $5. Seating will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information on upcoming events at the Pensacola Saenger Theatre visit our website at www.pensacolasaenger.com.

Seniors to play all-star football game

The best seniors from Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties are scheduled to play in the 11th annual Subway High School All-Star Football Game at 7 p.m. Dec. 18 at Niceville High School. The Subway High School All-Star Series, a Pensacola Sports Association (PSA) event, recognizes senior athletes in volleyball, football, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s baseball and women’s softball. Tickets to the game are $8 at the gate and $6 with a canned good item donation. The PSA is teaming with Manna Food Bank and encouraging spectators to bring a canned good item. Dates for the remainder of 2014-15 series are: • Men’s and women’s soccer: Feb. 19 at Ashton Brosnaham Park. • Men’s and women’s basketball: March 6 at Pensacola State College. • Baseball/softball: May 21 at University of West Florida. For more information on the Subway High School All-Star Series or other PSA events, go to www.subwaypsaallstars.com or www.pensacolasports.com.

Scottish Rite WinterFest announced

The first Scottish Rite WinterFest is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 19-20 at the Escambia County Equestrian Center, 7750 Mobile Highway. The two-day musical event will feature Cajun food. Vendors will be selling Christmas items. Dancers and singer will entertain both days. Vocal star Brooke Woods and the Emerald Coast Blues Brothers will perform Dec. 19 and Nouveau Cajun Express of Baton Rouge, La., will be on stage Dec. 20. A gumbo contest is scheduled for 11 a.m. Dec. 20. Local military students will be the guests of the Brothers of the Valley of Pensacola’s Scottish Rite. Students in uniform will be able to ride the ECAT bus to the event and enjoy the festivities at no charge. Call MWR for pick-up information. Civilians and military not in uniform can ride the bus for $1 one way. Regular admission is $20 for one day and $30 for both days. Admission is free for children younger that 12. There is no charge for parking. For more information, contact Eddie Stewart at 293-9556 or eddiestewartex@aol.com. For ticket information, call at 494-0801. Credit and debit cards accepted.

Classes scheduled for military spouses

Lifestyle, Insights, Networking, Knowledge, Skills (L.I.N.K.S.) for Spouses training classes are scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 31, Feb. 28 and March 28 in the Commanding Officer’s Conference Room at MATSG-21 Headquarters, Bldg. 3450. Classes are free and all military spouses welcome. L.I.N.K.S. for Spouses training provides an

overview of the Marine Corps structure, services and benefits. Participants also get an opportunity to meet other Marine Corps spouses, participate in fun and informative activities, and learn about resources that are available. The training also includes an introduction to all that the military and local area has to offer. Preregistration is required, and child care reimbursement is available. To register, contact Lisa Duvall, MCFTB trainer, by phone at 452-9460, ext. 3012, or by e-mail at lisa.duvall@usmc.mil.

EMT class starting at George Stone

George Stone Technical Center (GSTC) will kick off its inaugural Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) class Jan. 8. The 10 week-long EMT program provides students with an understanding of the medical field, especially the pre-hospital setting. The students will complete a combination of classroom delivered education, along with skills training, and hands-on clinical experiences. Classes will be full-time Monday through Friday. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to take the National EMT Certification Exam. Students interested in enrolling in the EMT program should speak to a GSTC guidance counselor or the EMT Program Director Monica Knight. The total cost for the course is between $1,200 and $1,300. The deadline to register for the first class is Jan. 6. The next class will begin in late March. For information on the EMT program and EMS education, call 941-6200, ext.2177, or go to www.georgestonecenter.com.

Student exhibit open at museum

In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Naval Air Station Pensacola, senior graphic design students at Pensacola State College have created an exhibit. “The Journey: Then, Now, Tomorrow,” is on display at the National Naval Aviation Museum aboard NAS Pensacola through Dec. 31. The exhibit focuses on a century of accomplishments at NAS Pensacola. The museum is free and open to the public 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. For more information, call graphic design program coordinator Mark Hopkins at 484-1087.

Military Loved Ones gather monthly Members of the “silent ranks,” people who love and support someone in the military, are invited to attend Military Loved Ones Day from noon to 2 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the Pensacola Yacht Club. The gathering offers an opportunity for military spouses and other loved ones to network. Active duty or retired are welcome. Participants can order off the menu, but you do not have to eat lunch. For more information, contact Susan Lewis by e-mail at susanlewisbooks@yahoo.com.

Symphony plans New Year concert Pensacola Symphony Orchestra (PSO) will present a “Celebrate the New Year!” concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 31 at the Pensacola Saenger Theatre. The PSO, conducted by Maestro Peter Rubardt, will perform a wide array of music including classics from Tchaikovsky and Strauss as well as music of the Big Band era and Broadway and Hollywood favorites. The featured soloist will be violinist Lindsay Deutsch. Tickets are $22 to $84. For more information, call 435-2533 or go to pensacolasymphony.com.

Hours change at park visitor center Gulf Islands National Seashore has announced a change in hours for the Naval Live Oaks Visitor Center, 1801 Gulf Breeze Parkway. The new hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The visitor center will be closed Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, but visitors can obtain assistance on those days at the Fort Pickens visitor center on Fort Pickens Road or at the Fort Barrancas visitor center on Naval Air Station Pensacola. Both the Fort Pickens and Fort Barrancas visitor centers will remain open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. seven days a week. For additional information, contact park headquarters at 934-2600 or go to www.nps.gov/guis.

PSC program offers help to veterans The Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) program at Pensacola State College helps prepare eligible veterans for entry into college by offering free, noncredited refresher courses. The program also helps veterans apply for financial aid and scholarships. Classes are available throughout the year. The Veterans Upward Bound office is located in Bldg. 6 at Pensacola State College. For more information or to set up an appointment to talk to a representative, call retired Navy Cmdr. Mark Nisbett at 484-2068.

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Navy’s international training command selects top civilian; See page B2 Spotlight


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From U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission


ASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates there were 15,000 injuries involving holiday decorating seen in emergency departments nationwide during November and December 2012 – the fourth consecutive year these estimates have increased. In each year since 2009, there have been an estimated 12,000 or more emergency department visits. 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

Falling from a ladder and stepping on broken ornaments may be funny in holiday movies but in real life, these and similar mishaps result in visits to the emergency room, or calls to fire departments, for thousands of consumers each year. “There are about 250 injuries a day during the holiday season. Adding safety to your checklist can keep a holiday tradition from becoming a holiday tragedy,” said CPSC Acting Chairman Robert Adler. “Keep Christmas trees watered well, don’t leave candles unattended, and use caution whenever you are on a ladder.” In 2012, the most frequently reported holiday decorating incidents seen in emergency departments involved falls (34 percent), lacerations (11 percent) and back strains (10 percent). When it comes to fires, from 2009 through 2011, fire departments nationwide responded to an average of 200 fires in which the Christmas tree was the first item ignited. These incidents resulted in 10 deaths, 20 injuries and $16 million in property loss. In addition, candle-related fires from 2009 through 2011 have resulted in an estimated 70 deaths, 680 injuries and $308 million in property loss.

To prevent fires, discard holiday lights sets with evidence of damage such as broken sockets and bare wires, water Christmas trees frequently, and always extinguish candles before leaving a room. Consumers can use the following safety tips as a guide to help prevent decorating disasters this holiday season: Trees and decorations 1. Buying a live tree? Check for freshness. A fresh tree is green, its needles are hard to pull from branches and the 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. Setting up a tree at home? 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 daily, and keep the tree stand filled with water. Place the tree out of the way of foot traffic, and do not block doorways with the tree. 3. Buying an artificial tree? Look for the label: “Fire Resistant.” Although this label does not mean that the tree will not catch fire, the label does indicate that the tree is more resistant to catching fire. 4. Decorating a tree in a home with

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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. Avoid trimmings that resemble candy or food that may tempt a child to reach for and swallow them. Candles 1. Keep burning candles within sight. Extinguish all candles before you go to bed, leave the room, or leave the house. 2. Keep candles on a stable, heat-resistant surface. Place candles where children and pets cannot reach them or knock them over. Lighted candles should be placed away from items that can catch fire, such as trees, other evergreens, decorations, curtains and furniture. Lights 1. Use lights that have been tested. Select lights tested for safety by a nationally recognized testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL), Intertek (ETL) or the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). Lights for both indoor and outdoor use must meet strict requirements that testing laboratories are able to verify. On decorative lights available in stores, UL’s red holographic label

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signifies that the product meets safety requirements for indoor and outdoor use. UL’s green holographic label signifies that the product meets requirements for indoor use only. 2. Check each set of lights. Examine new and old lights for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections. Throw out damaged sets, and do not use electric lights on a metallic tree. 3. Check each extension cord. Make sure each extension cord is rated for the intended use and is in good condition. Do not use cords with cuts or signs of fraying. 4. Check outdoor lights for labels. Look for labels indicating 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. Fireplaces 1. Use care with “fire salts.” Fire salts produce colored flames when thrown onto wood fires. Fire salts contain heavy metals that can cause intense gastrointestinal irritation and vomiting, if swallowed. Keep fire salts away from children. 2. Do not burn wrapping papers in the fireplace. A flash fire may result from burning wrapping papers because wrappings can ignite suddenly and burn intensely.

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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Navy’s international training command selects top civilian By Lt. Cmdr. Shelline Floyd NETSAFA Public Affairs Officer


he Naval Education and Training Security Assistance Field Activity (NETSAFA) announced the selection of the civilian of the quarter (CoQ) Nov. 4. Lon Oliver, the NETSAFA Saudi Arabia country program manager (CPM), was chosen as CoQ for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2014. “I am truly honored to be selected as civilian of the quarter, especially with such a talented, diverse and dedicated civilian workforce here at NETSAFA,” said Oliver. He has served as the Saudi Arabia country manager for nearly one and one-half years, and before accepting his current position, he worked for three years as a CPM for seven countries within the Central Command (CentCom) area of operations. Oliver, a retired surface warfare officer, began his civil service career five years ago and appreciates that NETSAFA has allowed him the opportunity to remain connected to his military roots. Olivers’ supervisor, Ron Cooper, CentCom operations

division supervisor, nominated him for the award, and says his Navy experience has indeed paid big dividends. “His knowledge, professionalism, and outstanding demeanor have continued to resonate and impress the senior U.S. Navy, Royal Saudi Naval Force (RSNF) and Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) leadership involved with the security cooperation program,” said Cooper. As a CPM, Oliver develops education and training programs for officer and enlisted personnel covering the entire spectrum of surface, sub-surface and air warfare for Saudi Arabia. He provides technical advice in the assessment of training capabilities, logistics and language training. His

daily tasks require that he maintain up-to-date information on training available to international students, and plans to establish, disestablish, or change future training capabilities. He works closely with Navy International Programs Office (NIPO) and Saudi Navy International Programs Office (SNIPO) to stay abreast of constantly changing pricing policies resulting from congressional mandates and Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) policies. He also coordinates as required with USN, RSNF and RSAF leadership to assure mutual interpretation of policy guidance. “Lon has tackled the everchanging demands of the biggest and most manpower-

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intensive program assigned to the NETSAFA operations department and perhaps within the command,” said Dave Babcock, Operations department head. “His professional demeanor and ability to appropriately scope intricate Saudi issues to satisfactory resolution mark him as a manager who is clearly in a league of his own in satisfying the diverse demands of his position.” NETSAFA is the U.S. Navy’s agent for international education and training and coordinates training support to

international governments and international organizations. As a field activity of the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC), the command serves as a focal point for all security assistance training program issues, coordination and advice within the U.S. Navy. For more information about NETSAFA, visit https://www. netsafa.navy.mil. Additional information on the Naval Education and Training Command can be found on the NETC website: https:// www.netc.navy.mil.

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Updated website rolled out for ShipShape Program From Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) – The Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center (NMCPHC) announced the launch of a revitalized website for the Navy’s ShipShape Program Dec. 2. The ShipShape program is the official Navy weight management program that assists active-duty Sailors, Navy beneficiaries and government civilians with making healthy behavior changes in order to lose weight. The program consists of eight sessions that focus on three components for weight management: mindset, nutrition and physical activity. The program is managed by NMCPHC and aligns to the missions of the Navy’s 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative and Navy Medicine to maintain

a healthy, fit and ready force. “The new ShipShape program website provides improved site structure and an array of new content and features,” said Sally Vickers, public health educator at NMCPHC. “The new site has already garnered more than 500 unique visits and has been met with an overwhelmingly positive response. It offers ShipShape facilitators, coordinators, participants, and command fitness leaders (CFLs) quick and easy access to essential information and resources in support of the ShipShape program.” The new site includes the following enhancements: • Improved structure and navigation: An improved layout and standardized

navigation structure enhance the quality and availability of information. • New content: New and refreshed resources have been developed specifically to communicate with ShipShape program facilitators, coordinators, participants and CFLs, such as frequently asked questions (FAQs), updated roster and reporting forms, quarterly newsletters and a suite of products that align to each of the program’s eight sessions. • Access to collaboration website: Beyond providing updated, organized information, the site promotes greater collaboration between ShipShape program facilitators and the program managers through the use of milSuite.

“Through the ShipShape program, we help participants achieve healthy weight loss by facilitating changes in eating and exercise habits that enable them to reach and maintain a healthy weight throughout their careers and beyond,” said Cmdr. Connie Scott, the Health Promotion and Wellness department head at NMCPHC. “Our goal is to provide a system that helps participants achieve both personal and professional success and empower them to make healthy choices and stay fit for life.” Visit the new ShipShape website at: http://www.med.navy.mil/sites/nmcphc/health-promotion/Pages/shipshape.aspx. For more news from Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center, visit www.navy.mil/local/nmcphc/.





December 12, 2014

Morale, Welfare and Recreation

NAS Pensacola MWR will presents MMA Friday Night Fights at 7 p.m. today, Dec. 12, at the NATTC Hangar. Doors open at 6 p.m. The MMA fights will feature both professional and amateur fighters. Admission is free, and the event is open to all authorized MWR patrons and their guests. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. (No outside food or drinks allowed.) For more information, call 452-3806, ext. 3100.

Visitors line up at the entrance of ZooLights at the Gulf Breeze Zoo. The presentation has been an annual holiday tradition at the zoo for more than 15 years. Photo courtesy of Gulf Breeze Zoo

Many holiday events on deck By Janet Thomas

Gosport Staff Writer

There will be holiday fun at every turn this weekend. Events include parades and other merriment. Here is a sampling: • The Cox Pensacola Christmas Parade: 5:15 p.m. Dec. 13 along Palafox Street. The annual parade will feature the Blue Angels flight team as well as bands from Escambia County, New Orleans and Mississippi. Preceding the parade runners will compete in the 1.2 miles Christmas Parade Dash. For more information, go to www.coxpensacolachristmasparade.org. • Winterfest: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. today, Dec. 12, in downtown Pensacola. A variety of tours, performances, “reindeer games,” Christmas lights and other entertainment. It is free and open to the public. Events continue through Dec. 23. For more information, call 583-1365 or go to www.pensacolawinterfest.org. • ZooLights: 5 to 9 p.m. today through Dec.28 (closed Dec. 25) at Gulf Breeze Zoo, 5701 Gulf Breeze Parkway. Lighting displays are set up

throughout the zoo. Ice sculpting demonstrations and performances are scheduled. Admission is $10 for adults and children. For more information, call 932-2229 or go to www.gulfbreezezoo.org. • Santa Drop: Noon, tomorrow, Dec. 13, the Flora-Bama Lounge on Perdido Key. Santa Claus will arrive by parachute. For more information, go to www.florabama.com. • Christmas On The Coast: 7:30 p.m. today, Dec. 12, and tomorrow, Dec. 13, and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at Pensacola Saenger Theatre, 118 South Palafox Place. Members of the Pensacola Children’s Chorus will perform in the annual holiday production. For information, call 434-7760 or go to www.pensacolachildrenschorus.com. • Victorian holiday traditions: 2 p.m. today, Dec. 12, through Dec. 20 at Pensacola Historic village. Visitors will get to see a Victorian home decorated for the holiday. Tours limited to 25 people, register by 1:30 p.m. in the Tivoli High House. Program is included in Historic Pensacola Village admission; $6 for adults, $3 for children. For more information, call 595-5993 or 595-5985.

At the movies FRIDAY

“Big Hero 6” (2D), PG, 5 p.m.; “Beyond the Lights,” PG-13, 7:30 p.m.; “Interstellar,” PG13, 6 p.m.


“Beyond the Lights,” PG-13, noon; “Ouija,” PG-13, 2:30 p.m.; “Interstellar,” PG-13, 4:30 p.m., 8 p.m.; “Big Hero 6” (2D), PG, 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m.; “Dumb and Dumber To,” PG-13, 6 p.m.; Nightcrawler,” R, 8:30 p.m.


“Dumb and Dumber To,” PG-13, noon; “Interstellar,” PG-13, 2:30 p.m., 6 p.m.; “Big Hero 6” (2D), PG, 12:30 p.m.; “Ouija,” PG-13, 3 p.m.; Nightcrawler,” R, 5 p.m.; “John Wick,” R, 7:30 p.m.


“St. Vincent,” PG-13, 5 p.m.; “Nightcrawler,” R, 7:30 p.m.; “Interstellar,” PG-13, 6 p.m.


“Ouija,” PG-13, 5 p.m.; “Dumb and Dumber To,” PG-13, 7 p.m.; “Interstellar,” PG-13, 6 p.m.


“Big Hero 6” (2D), PG, 5 p.m.; “Beyond the Lights,” PG-13, 7:30 p.m.; “Interstellar,” PG13, 6 p.m.


“Big Hero 6” (2D), PG, 5 p.m.; “Nightcrawler,” R, 7:30 p.m.; “Ouija,” PG-13, 5:10 p.m.; “John Wick,” R, 7:10 p.m.

COST Regular: $3 adults, $1.50 children ages 6-11, free for 5 and younger 3D shows: $5 adults, $3 children ages 6-11, free for 5 and younger

Details: 452-3522 or www.naspensacola-mwr.com

The NASP Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) department has a number of upcoming events and activities. For more information, call 452-3806, ext. 3100, or go to the MWR website at www.naspensacola-mwr.com. • Youth Sports Basketball Registration: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday through Dec. 31, NAS Youth Center, Bldg. 3690. Registration fee is $50 and includes uniform jersey and trophy. Child must have turned 4 by Dec 1. League runs January-March and is open to all active-duty, retired, DoD, contractors and reservists. Volunteer coaches and assistants also needed. For more information, call 452-3810. • Danger Zone Paintball: Open play from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, Monday and holidays at Blue Angel Naval Recreation Area. Available Thursday and Friday for private parties for groups of 15 or more. For more information, call 453-4530. • MWR App: Navylife Pensacola app now Available for Android and Apple devices. It will allow you to view information on all services, programs and activities for NAS Pensacola including hours of operations, locations and GPS, description of services, and even call the facilities directly from your phone. • Indoor pool open: Bldg. 3828. Hours are 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Pool is closed holidays, Wednesdays and the first weekend of the month. Call for applicable fees, specials and restrictions. Underwater filming and expert analysis of your swimming available free in December by appointment. One week free tryout for youth swim team. Practices are 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Masters training available for $30 per month from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Free Aqua Zumba classes 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday through Dec. 18 (classes will resume in January). For more information, call 452-9429. • Pensacola Veterinary Treatment Facility January Special: During the month of January, receive a free puppy or kitten kit with an exam. Call for an appointment at 4526882. • Bushido Sports Judo Club New Hours: Beginning Jan. 9, the Bushido Sports Judo Club will meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday. For details, contact Youth Sports at 452-2417.

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

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

Worship schedule NAS Pensacola Protestant • Communion service, 8 a.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel. • Sunday School, all ages, 9 a.m. Sunday, Bldg. 634. • Worship service, 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel, Bldg. 1982. • Chapel choir, 12:30 p.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel. • Contemporary service, 6 p.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel. • Womenʼs Bible study, 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Bldg. 634. • Training Air Wing Six Bible Study, 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, Griffith Hall student lounge. • Bible study (for all), 7 p.m. Tuesday, Bldg. 634, back classrooms; 5 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 All Faiths Chapel. • Confessions: 30 minutes before services. Latter Day Saints • Service, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel. For information, call 452-2341. NASP Corry Station Protestant • Adult Bible study, 9 a.m. Sunday, fellowship hall vice conference room. • Chapel choir, 9 a.m. Sunday, choir



Fleet and Family Support Center room vice sanctuary. • 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 • Bible study, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. • Weekly chapel service, 11:30 a.m. Thursday. For information, call 623-7212. More services Jewish • Bʼnai Israel Synagogue, 1829 North Ninth Ave., services 7 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. Saturday. For information, call 433-7311. • Temple Beth El, 800 North Palafox St., services 7 p.m. Friday (6 p.m. first Friday of month). For information, call 438-3321 or go to http://templebethelofpensacola.org. Seventh-day Adventist • Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1080 North Blue Angel Parkway, Bible studies at 9:30 a.m. and services at 11 a.m. Saturday. Christmas program, 11 a.m. Dec. 13. For information, call 453-3442.

The NASP Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC), 151 Ellyson Ave., Bldg. 625, is offering the following: • Stress management: 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 18 at FFSC. Stress can damage your physical and mental health. Learn how to recognize stress and become more productive, happier and healthier. For details, call 452-5609. • Couples Communication Workshop: 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Dec. 15 at FFSC This is a two-day, two-hour class. To register or for more information, call 452-5609. • Developing a budget/ spending plan: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Dec. 17 at FFSC. To register or for more information, call 452-5609. • Healing the Angry Brain: Weekly sessions

begin 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Jan. 13 and continue for six weeks. Program offers a neuropsychological approach to understanding anger. It will be presented by Mario Campa, clinical counselor, and Susan Rivazfar, family advocacy program case manager. Pre-registration is required; contact Rivazfar at susan.rivazfar@navy.mil or 452-5611. • Move.mil assist: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. FFSC provides assistance to complete the Move.mil for transferring personnel. Prior to coming to the class/workshop you must have a login name and password created. Open to all branches – you do not need a CAC to complete. For more information or to register, call 452-5609.

Community Outreach NASP Community Outreach has volunteer opportunities: • Food distribution: Anew Warr ington Baptist Church of God in Christ, 1100 Hawthorne Drive, needs volunteers to help with weekly food distribution program at 4:30 p.m. each Thursday and to help pack

food boxes on selected Wednesdays. The NASP Community Outreach office tracks volunteer hours. Report any hours you work to receive due recognition. For information on volunteer activities, call 452-2532 or e-mail patricia.cooper@navy.mil or jeremy.d.brown3@navy.mil.

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