NAS Pensacola holiday hours ... NASP gate hours will be modified as follows during the holiday period: Commencing 6 p.m. Dec. 20 through 5 a.m. Jan. 6, 2014, the NASP west gate reduced hours will be 7 a.m.-6 p.m. NASP Corry Station gate seven will close beginning 6 p.m. Dec. 20 through 5 a.m. Jan. 6, 2014. Both the NASP west gate and NASP Corry Station gate seven will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
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World War II generation remembered Navy F6F Hellcat unveiled at museum Story, photos by Mike O’Connor Gosport Associate Editor
In solidarity and sacrifice, they were a generation of Americans united in a just cause: protecting this nation’s freedom from world-encompassing tyranny. More than 418,000 of them died in the five-year struggle to rid the world of totalitarianism. America’s World War II generation rose to meet the challenge. And Dec. 6, 2013, they rose again to receive the applause from hundreds of service members and civilians at a World War II remembrance ceremony held in the National Naval Aviation Museum onboard Area veterans of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, including former RM1 Jacob NAS Pensacola. Gallawa, left, are recognized with applause at the conclusion of the National Naval AviPresident and CEO of ation Museum’s World War II Remembrance ceremony Dec. 6. the Naval Aviation Mu-
First Navy Victims’ Legal Counsel assigned to NASP From FFSC
The Navy JAG Corps has assigned its first Victims’ Legal Counsel (VLC) to NAS Pensacola. Lt. Marcus Lawrence recently reported onboard NAS Pensacola and is located at the Fleet and Family Service Center (FFSC), 151 Ellyson Ave. Bldg. 625. The Navy’s new Victims’ Legal Counsel program offers sexual assault victims their own attorney to advise and assist them with a number of important legal matters. The Navy is in the process of establishing this victim support program fleetwide in CONUS and OCONUS locations. VLC attorneys are experienced Navy Judge Advocates who form attorney client relationships with sexual assault victims desiring their
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seum Foundation retired Marine Lt. Gen. Duane D. Thiessen was guest speaker at the ceremony, which included numerous area World War II veterans, including five survivors of the Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese attack on the Navy anchorage at Pearl
Harbor, Hawaii – Jay Carraway, Cass Philips, William Braddock, James Landis and Jacob Gallawa. The program’s emcee, museum volunteer retired Cmdr. Bob Pisz, narrated a video presentation which
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During the presentation of a newly restored F6F Hellcat fighter, project sponsor and Enterprise Rent-A-Car founder Jack C. Taylor, left, shakes hands with an actor portraying his wartime self. During World War II, Taylor flew F6Fs off USS Enterprise (CV 6).
VT-10 instructor earns Bronze Star Story, photo by Lt. Michael D. Stryer VT-10 PAO
Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Levitt was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service during an individual augmentee (IA) tour in direct support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). Rear Adm. Donald Quinn, Commander of the Naval Education and Training Command, gave the award on behalf of Naval Special Warfare Command Nov. 27 at a presentation in front of Training Air Wing Six and
tary decoration in the United States armed forces. It is awarded to service members for bravery, acts of merit, or meritorious service while in a combat zone. Levitt was selected to serve as the executive officer of Regional TaskForce Afghanistan, based in Bagram, Afghanistan. From August 2012 to February 2013, he coordinated a joint staff of 14 personLt. Cmdr. Christopher Levitt, left, stands with Rear nel in support of five operAdm. Donald Quinn, commander, Naval Education ational detachments and one SEAL platoon. His efTraining Command, at the award presentation. fort, professionalism and the Air Force’s 479th FlyThe Bronze Star Medal attention to detail faciliing Training Group (FTG). is the fourth highest mili- tated 300 special opera-
tions supporting Central Command strategic objectives. Cmdr. Steven Hnatt, commanding officer of VT-10, was happy to welcome him back. “I am very proud of Lt. Cmdr. Levitt,” Hnatt said. “He leaned hard into a tough assignment and accomplished a lot for the Naval Special Warfare Command, CENTCOM, and the nation. We are very glad to have him back re-united with his family and sharing his experiences while instructing the next generation of naval flight officers.”
Bobcat rescued at NASP golf course was no ordinary cat, and it had a problem. It was soon discovered that this was a cat from the wild – a bobcat – and that its right front leg was broken; additionally it was weak from dehydration. The small bobcat did not fight its rescuers and was placed into a box. After a call to NASP Public Works Department, members of the base natural resources staff were on their way to the rescue. A decision was made to take the injured Rescued bobcat “Princess bobcat to the Wildlife SancReada” shows off a pink tuary of Northwest Florida, cast on her broken front where staff members leg. Photo courtesy Wildlife Dorothy Kaufmann and
By Mark Gibson Navy Natural Resources Manager
In mid-November, Ron Prescott and his maintenance staff at A.C. Read Golf Course, NAS Pensacola, made a unique discovery. Huddled under a workbench in the back of their maintenance building was a small cat that looked in trouble and also looked a bit “unique.” With the cold weather that had come through, the staff thought maybe the cat was just in search of a warm spot, but as they tried to coax it out from under the bench, they realized this Sanctuary of NW Florida
Christmas tree lighting at NAS Pensacola ... Santa Claus, his helpers, MWR Director Kerry Shanaghan and base CO Capt. Keith Hoskins made the base merry and bright at MWR’s Holiday Tree Lighting celebration held at the Radford Fitness area Dec. 6. Photo by Billy Enfinger Story on page 2.
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Trees For Troops delivers holiday cheer during tree lighting By Tami Meier MWR Marketing
The smell of fresh-cut trees along with holiday spirit filled the air at NAS Pensacola Dec. 6. More than 300 fresh-cut trees were delivered as part of the Trees For Troops program for distribution to active duty military. “Getting a real tree really puts me in the holiday spirit,” said Lance Gonzales, who was attending the event for the second year. “It is nice for our family to be able to get this tree and come and enjoy the tree lighting event.” Trees for Troops is a nationwide program of the Christmas Spirit Foundation in conjunction with FedEx that donates trees for military troops. Since 2005, Trees For Troops has delivered more than 122,000 trees to military families across the world. The trees were given away during the MWR Holiday Tree Lighting celebration held at the
Radford Fitness area. Families enjoyed an evening filled with holiday fun that started with Santa Claus arriving by fire truck. People sipped on hot chocolate, ate Christmas cookies and took photos with Santa. More than 500 people attended the Holiday Tree Lighting event. Children also enjoyed face painting, finger print art and playing in the children’s zone that included bounce houses, Spider Mountain, the gyro, an obstacle course and more. Joann Dean and her family were enjoying the event for the second year. “It is a really nice event for the entire family. The kids really love it. They especially loved the face painting and meeting Santa,” said Dean. With a flick of the switch, the evening ended with the majestic 30-foot tree being illuminated – marking the start of the holiday season at NAS Pensacola.
Service members and their families select free Christmas trees, courtesy of the Trees for Troops program and the Christmas Spirit Foundation, at NASP MWR’s tree lighting celebration, held at the Radford Fitness Center Dec. 6. Photo by Billy Enfinger
VLER program aims to improve continuity of care for vets From Jerron Barnett Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System PAO
NAS Pensacola service members surround Pearl Harbor survivor Jay Carraway to ask questions following a Dec. 6 World War II remembrance event at the National Naval Aviation Museum. Photo by Jennifer Hathaway
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highlighted the country’s entry into the war and the year-by-year progress of wartime production and fighting across the European and Pacific fronts. A musical tribute performed by the Tate High School Band and Vocal Jazz Ensemble was woven throughout the presentation and recalled the tunes, both upbeat and melancholy, which defined the war years. “(Dec. 7) was the day World War II began for us,” Pisz said. “But more importantly it was a day which we were attacked by a powerful enemy without warning. We were taken completely by surprise and we found that we were woefully unprepared to defend ourselves. And a generation of Americans vowed not only to defeat the enemy who had attacked us, but to never again be vulnerable to such.” Guest speaker Thiessen took the opportunity to personally thank the vets of the generation who were present. “Fifteen million Americans joined the armed services during that war – 15 million. Think about that number,” Thiessen said. “Some of those young men and women are with us today; most are not. The cemeteries from Normandy to Okinawa and everywhere in between – every single small town – are a silent tribute to that generation and what they did during that four-year struggle.” The program paused to call attention to a newly restored fighter aircraft of the era, a Navy F6F Hellcat, in the back of the atrium. Hellcats flown from Navy carriers played a pivotal role in sweeping Pacific skies clear of its opposite number, the Japanese A6M2 Zero fighter. The museum’s new Hellcat was presented by Enterprise Rent-A-Car company founder Jack C. Taylor, who sponsored the aircraft’s recovery and restoration. Taylor, a World War II veteran, flew Hellcats during the war and was the recipient of two Distinguished Flying Crosses and the Navy Air Medal. In a tribute to Taylor’s own service as a fighter pilot aboard USS Enterprise (CV 6) and USS Essex (CV 9), a Navy flight student dressed in World War II flying garb to represent Taylor shook hands with the car company executive to broad applause, and strode off to climb into the aircraft’s cockpit. It was a stirring visual reminder of an era that may be gone, but which will never be forgotten.
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The Department of Veterans Affairs Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System and specific community-based medical facilities in Northwest Florida have partnered together to share a limited amount of electronic veteran patient data securely through the Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER) health program. Veterans who receive care from VA and specific community-based medical facilities in Northwest Florida that have joined the Pensacola Health Information Exchange have to voluntarily opt-in VLER to take advantage of the program’s benefits. Those benefits include reducing the need for veterVLC from page 1
services. The formation of an attorney client relationship renders their communications confidential and protected by attorney client privilege. Lawrence is available to assist military members and eligible
Cheryl Greene discovered the little cat was a young female. There was some good news and some bad news: the good news was the bobcat was going to be eventually OK; the bad news was that it had some healing time ahead. “The young bobcat was admitted with a severe break in the front right leg and an open wound to the back right leg,” Kaufman said in early December. “She was very thin for her size, just five pounds. It’s been three and a half weeks and she is now 10 pounds, with another week to go before her splint is removed. We are all hoping for the best but only time will tell.” The bobcat was named “Princess Reada,” after her homesite at A.C. Read, and the maintenance crew there was happy to learn she was being taken care of and someday soon may return to the wild where she belongs. Native wildlife, such as the bobcat, are being pushed into very often non-native territory as development and escaped domestic animals or nonnative species take over the home range of the native animals. Widely distributed throughout most of North America and somewhat rare, bobcats have adapted to “urbanized living” in Florida.
Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla.: A Bicentennial Defense Community Commanding Officer — Capt. Keith Hoskins Public Affairs Officer — Harry C. White The Gosport nameplate pays homage to the 100th anniversary of naval aviation in 2011: the Centennial of Naval Aviation, or CONA. The image on the left side of the nameplate depicts Eugene Ely taking off in a Curtiss pusher bi-plane from the USS Pennsylvania Jan. 18, 1911. While Ely had taken off from the USS Birmingham two months earlier after his plane had been loaded on the ship, the USS Pennsylvania event was the first time a plane landed on and then took off from a U.S. warship.
dependents who are victims of sexual assault with a variety of legal issues to include information regarding basic victim rights and entitlements, the distinctions of restricted or unrestricted reporting, access to SARC and Victim Advocate services, access to medical
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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,
ans and families to carry records between health care providers, and allowing their private health care provider to make informed decisions about their care by having access to other medical data, such as a list of health problems, allergies, medications, vital signs, immunizations, and some laboratory test results. A veteran’s entire health record is not shared through VLER. The authorization will be in effect for five years, and veterans can “opt-out” of VLER at any time. Veterans should visit the Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System’s VLER website at http://www.biloxi.va.gov/vlerhealth.asp to download the authorization forms, a fact sheet and to learn more about the program. care and support, and awareness and understanding of the military justice process. Lawrence can be reached at his office in the Fleet and Family Support Center, by telephone: 452-5760, or via e-mail at marcus. s. lawrence @navy.mil.
Mostly however, its home is usually in deep forests and swamps with thick patches of saw palmetto or dense shrub thickets serving as den and resting sites. In rural areas, bobcats can range five or six square miles and generally cover their territory in a slow, careful fashion. In urban to suburban areas, the range of territory usually decreases to one or two miles. Unlike escaped domestic or feral animals, native species such as the bobcat have evolved throughout the ages to be an integral part of the ecosystem and fill important roles or “niches” in making the natural world work. Their populations do not increase exponentially like most escaped or feral domesticated animals, so even though they prey upon the same wildlife that domesticated or feral animals prey upon, the impact is not of the scale to be a danger to the ecosystem as they are part of the food chain itself, whereas domestic or feral animals are not. For more information on bobcats, see the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website link at http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/profiles/mammals/land/bobcat/. For more information on the Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida in Pensacola, visit their website at www.pensacolawildlife.com.
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Don’t cancel Christmas: A misfit shopper’s pledge By Lisa Smith Molinari Military Spouse Columnist
ike most military families struggling to climb the neverending series of financial peaks along life’s path, we are in a constant state of panic. Mortgages, car loans, school tuition, music lessons, credit card payments, repair bills, sports fees, application fees, grocery bills, insurance bills, and all the other costs that encumber the typical military family, can pile up into a seemingly overwhelming mountain of expenses. We trudge up that treacherous peak, wondering if we will ever get out of debt, save enough to send the children to college and make it to retirement. We keep at it, hoping that one day, we will reach the summit and plant a flag signaling that our personal financial goals have been achieved. And it will be all downhill from there. In the meantime, we keep climbing from one tiny crumbling precarious ledge to the
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next, in a continuing struggle to balance our income and expenses. And just when we think we have found a foothold, something comes along and knocks us into another crevasse of debt. No, it’s not a polar bear, a mountain goat, or the Abominable Snowman – it’s the holiday shopping season and there is nothing more dangerous to our financial security at this time of year. “Now, kids, your father and I are not going to buy a lot of Christmas presents this year,” I’ve told our children on numerous occasions, and despite their “we’ve heard-this-before” eye-rolling, I have sincerely meant it every time. The problem is: once I get out there in that frenzy of holiday shoppers, I lose my way.
About the columnist Lisa Smith Molinari, mother of three, has been a military spouse for 20 years (and running). She also writes columns for Military Spouse magazine and a blog at www.themeat andpotatoesoflife.com. She and her family are stationed at Naval Station Newport in Rhode Island. Despite careful budgeting and planning, I am bombarded by a blizzard of twinkling lights, eye-catching displays, irresistible special pricing, fuzzy slippers, cheese log samples, ingenious gadgets,
two-for-one deals and unsolicited perfume spritzes. I am not an experienced shopper, so like the preacher’s daughter at the frat party, I sometimes don’t know when to stop. One minute, I show up at the mall armed with a budgeted list of specific items and a plan to be home before dinner. The, next thing I know, I have overdosed on department store fragrances and Harry & David samples. My husband and children have called numerous times, wondering why I have not come home yet. My minivan is stuffed with shopping bags full of items, half of which I bought for myself. Woozy and confused, I chew the remnants of peppermint bark I vaguely recall buying from a female elf at Macy’s, make the humiliating “drive of shame” back home, and wonder when the avalanche of credit card bills will
start rolling in. What happened? Will I ever learn financial self-control and stay on course? Or will I always be blinded by the blizzard of holiday shopping temptations and go adrift? With three teenagers in the house and college tuition bills looming in our future, I am making a pledge to stay on course this year: • I will not try on boots, agree to a free exfoliating hand massage, sample gourmet mustards or inhale even the tiniest whiff in the perfume department. • I will stick to my list, pay in cash, avoid anyone dressed up like an elf, and save a few dollars to drop into the Salvation Army bucket. I may not have Rudolph to guide me, but there is no need to cancel Christmas. This misfit shopper will make it through the holiday spending blizzard of 2013, and live to tell the story.
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Santa on special duty at NASP during children’s Christmas party By Janet Thomas Gosport Staff Writer
olunteers shared a merry day with 99 invited guests during the Selected Children’s Christmas Party Dec. 4 at the Fred G. Smalley Youth Center aboard NAS Pensacola. The party is held yearly for underprivileged children from elementary schools in Pensacola. The party 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. Other highlights included a balloon artist. After lunch, Santa Claus arrived aboard a fire truck. Each child got to talk to Santa, who handed out 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 around noon, when 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: Each child got to meet Santa Claus, who handed out bags filled with gifts that had been purchased and wrapped by volunteers. At right: Naval Air Station Pensacola Commanding Officer Capt. Keith Hoskins assisted Santa by handing out candy canes to the children. Photos by Janet Thomas
Above: Melissa Dandridge of Pen Air Federal Credit Union organizes a dance-along. Photo by Janet Thomas At left: Craft projects were available for the children and their escorts to work on together. Photo by Billy Enfinger
Above: The children were served hot dogs for lunch. At right: Steve Robertson created hats, animals and other ballon creations for the children at the party. Photos by Janet Thomas
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Tailored career guidance resource is free for Sailors’ lifetime Story, photo by Ens. Riley Cornett NETC PAO
Sailors planning ahead for an eventual transition from naval service, are encouraged to take advantage of the Kuder Journey career guidance system, a pilot program available through the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) that ends enrollments Dec. 31. The program can be initiated at any stage of a military career. “Once activated, the Kuder Journey accounts are good for a service member’s lifetime,” said HMCM David Acuff, DANTES Senior Enlisted Adviser. “The program offers assessments, tailored career guidance, and aids with a search that narrows down a list of compatible occupational fields. “From those occupations, the education required to pursue that career will be presented, along with information on financial aid, job searches and placement tools. Providing tailored career guidance is important to DANTES, which is why they are providing this intuitive resource for career guidance.” Ens. Irving Rosenstein from Naval Aviation Schools Command (NASC) is currently transitioning from active duty and found the program to be a valuable resource. In assessing his civilian career options, he used the Kuder Journey program. “Activating my account and taking the surveys was quick and easy,” said Rosenstein. “The program generated suggested career fields and positions within them that I was well
Ens. Irving Rosenstein recently utilized Kuder Journey college and career planning services, which helped guide him toward pursuing a doctor of medicine degree for which he is now taking classes at Pensacola State College during the process of his separation from the Navy. Rosenstein found Kuder Journey to be a valuable resource in his transition to finding civilian employment and education. Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) is currently supplying Kuder Journey memberships to all service members under a pilot program, but those memberships must be activated by Dec. 31.
suited for and were of interest to me. The program then provided details about the careers including the education and qualifications for entry, along with the projected outlook of growth or decline over the next 10 years.” Rosenstein was relatively confident that he wanted to go back to school and become a physician or physician’s assistant, and the Kuder program recommended the medical field as the top fit for him based on its assessments. “The other career suggestions
that Kuder produced had merit as well as sparking my interest, so I am impressed by the program’s level of accuracy,” added Rosenstein. “The program provides many valuable resources after identifying careers to target as well, especially for military members looking to transition to the civilian world.” Service members visiting the Kuder Journey Career Guidance System will notice multiple tools to assist military members looking to transition to civilian occupations. Users
transitioning to civilian employment can choose their military specialty from a list and the closest matches to civilian occupation are provided by the program. Scores from the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) may also be input by the user for Kuder to provide occupations for the member to consider. The program also supplies information on governmentfriendly employers, colleges for given locations and career
fields, and military financial aid options, including GI Bill information. “No middle man, no tokens, no wait,” said Candice Rice, DANTES counselor program manager. “In less than 30 minutes, active-duty, Guard, and Reserve personnel can self-register and take all three of the Kuder Journey Assessments to learn more about themselves.” Once activated, accounts provide a variety of comprehensive and user-friendly tools to assist in career and degree planning as well as the job search process. To get a Kuder Journey account, there are just three easy steps to get started: 1.Visit www. dantes. kuder. com; 2. Watch the User Registration and Overview Tutorials; 3. Register as a new user. (Remember to always select Adult job seeker or career changer, I’m a veteran or active member of the military.) Note: Following the steps above will prevent delays in registration and from being asked to submit a $35 payment. Retirees, family members and civilians who are interested in a lifetime user code, should contact Kuder Customer Support at firstname.lastname@example.org or (877) 999-6227. For more information and training materials, visit the DANTES Counselor Support web page or contact DANTES Counseling Support at email@example.com. For more news from Naval Education and Training Command, visit www. navy. mil/ local/ cnet/.
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NASWF named Tree City USA for 22nd year From Jay Cope NASWF PAO
he National Arbor Day Foundation once again recognized Naval Air Station (NAS) Whiting Field as a Tree City USA location for its dedication to conservation and urban renewal. This is the 22nd consecutive year the base has received the designation. NAS Whiting Field planted a tree to recognize the completion of the annual certification requirements and to celebrate the accomplishment Dec. 5, next to the base’s command building. The Arbor Day Foundation presented a proclamation and banner to the command to recognize the achievement. NAS Whiting Field Executive Officer Cmdr. Greggory Gray read the certificate. The certificate read in part: “(I) declare that Whiting Field will continue to annually celebrate Tree Awareness
Week during the first week of December and recognize the importance of preserving and managing our trees with planned activities for the planting of trees throughout the planting season, demonstrating our responsibility as federal land stewards.” The ceremony is only the final step in the process. Throughout the year, the NAS Whiting Field Natural Resources team has to ensure an allocated cost is directed toward forestry projects (this has to exceed $2 per person on the base), maintain an urban forestry ordnance, and
ACCM Kelly Smith, NASWF Public Works Officer Lt. Cmdr. Alex Kuriatnyk and NASWF Executive Officer Cmdr. Greggory Gray toss shovelfuls of dirt around a live oak tree to commemorate Naval Air Station Whiting Field’s 22nd year as a Tree City USA community. The designation is awarded by the National Arbor Day Foundation to recognize communities dedicated to conservation and urban forestry renewal. Planting the tree is the final step in the certification process each year.
dinated by Ron Cherry, the base’s environmental programs manager, and it serves as one of the highlights of his year. “Our annual participation in the Tree City USA program provides us the opportunity to educate people about the value of tree resources and the importance of sustainable tree management,” Cherry said. “Being part of Tree City USA can help promote relationships with the Florida Forest Service and other conservation groups.” Base forestry programs in 2013 spent more than $80,000 in maintenance for existing woodlands and replaced Members of the NAS Whiting Field team gather behind the Tree City USA banner the base earned for the 22nd any trees that were lost consecutive year. The banner is awarded to communities who complete the requirements set by the National Arbor through the year through storm damage, disease or Day Foundation. It signifies a emphasis on conservation and protection of forested areas by the community. have a board with regular meetings. All of the requirements serve to raise the awareness of how important trees are to society. Not only do they provide a natural beauty, but trees also
give shade, help to lower temperatures in urban areas, increase the oxygen level in their areas, and help to cleanse pollutants from groundwater and the air. The ceremony is coor-
other causes. The live oak planted Dec. 5 is replacing a laurel oak that had reached maturity and was taken down because it was dying. The amount invested in maintenance was approximately 10 times the necessary amount to qualify for the program. Additionally, on the holiday front: The base celebrated the start of the Christmas season with the lighting of the base tree in front of the command building immediately following the Tree City ceremony. Children from the base Child Development Center hung handmade ornaments, sang Christmas carols, and helped Coughlin throw the switch to light the tree.
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Commissary to be closed Dec. 25, Jan. 1
The Pensacola NAS Commissary, 5800 West Highway 98, has announced the following special holiday hours. The store is scheduled to 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 are 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.
Reminder issued on weapons rules
Officials at NAS Pensacola have issued the following reminder regarding control and accountability of personal weapons. All military and civilian personnel onboard naval installations and Navyowned or leased on-base housing units and on-base Public Private Venture (PPV) homes that own or possess weapons are accountable for complying with all DoD, federal, state and local laws regarding the safe use, transport and storage of their weapons including the provisions requiring safeguards against access by a minor. Unless otherwise authorized by applicable law or regulation, excluding state-issued “carry-concealed” permits, personal firearms shall not be possessed, used, introduced, transported, or stored onboard Navy installations without first obtaining prior written approval of the NASP commanding officer. Reference CNRSEINST 3593.1A. For more information, contact the NASP Security Department Armory at 452-4488, ext. 3122 or ext. 3126.
Chorus to present Christmas program
The Fiesta Barbershop Chorus will present “Our Christmas Gift to Pensacola” at 7 p.m. tomorrow, Dec. 14, at Gateway Church of Christ 245 Brent Lane. The program will included performances by BELLissimo, a handbell quartet; the Pensacola Sound Chorus; and the Choral Society of Pensacola Christmas Singers. Admission is a non-perishable food items for Manna Food Bank and/or cash donation to ARC Gateway. For more information, call 529-6222 or go to www.fiestabarbershopchorus.com.
Civil War reenactment to be Dec. 15
A Civil War reenactment with field artillery is scheduled for 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Gateway Baptist Church, 6800 Mobile Highway. A musical drama is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 inside the church. The Christmas event is free and everyone is invited to attend. For more information, call Debbie Rimmer at 944-3544.
Trains to be on display in Milton
The West Florida Railroad Museum at 5003 Henry St. in Milton will be presenting A Lionel Christmas celebration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 13-14 and Dec. 20-21. There will be a special evening running from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow, Dec. 14. The celebration will include displays that tell the history of the 100-year-old depot. Admission and parking are free, but donations will be accepted. For more information on the depot, the Model Railroad Club and the museum, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.WFRM.org.
NEX offers special event for customers
A customer appreciation Mistletoe Marketplace is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow, Dec. 14, at the Pensacola NEX mall at 5600 Highway 98 West. The event will feature handcrafted goods from local artisans and food samples from restaurants plus a number of other displays. Vendor demonstrations inside the mall and home gallery will offer prizes. 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 1,000 cards will be awarded randomly in November and December. The NEX Pensacola has presented November recipients with gift cards, and will select another group of recipients Dec. 20. You can register at the Pensacola NEX store at 5600 Highway 98 West. For more information, call 458-8250.
Opera performers need housing
Would you like to house an up and coming opera star? Entering its 12th season, the Artists in Residence Program allows Pensacola Opera to deliver opera to thousands of people in our community each year. In residence for 16 weeks, the artists tour in schools, perform roles on stage, cover principal roles and
Wreaths to decorate graves
The Wreaths Across America ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. tomorrow, Dec. 14, at Barrancas National Cemetery onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola. The ceremony is open to the general public. Pre-ordered wreaths will be delivered to the cemetery and placed on headstones by volunteers. Wreaths Across America began 22 years ago when the Worcester Wreath Company from Harrington, Maine, started donating wreaths to be placed at grave sites at Arlington National Cemetery. The tradition now encompasses more than 800 participating locations. For more information on the Pensacola ceremony, contact Caroline Kelly by phone at 456-2726 or by e-mail at Wreaths4 Barrancas@gmail.com.
sing for numerous organizations and outreach events throughout the season. Each artist will need access to a private bedroom and private bathroom, as well as kitchen and laundry use for the 16 weeks of their residency. The artists will arrive Jan. 2 and leave April 28. For more information, contact Amanda Cook by phone at 4336737 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Runners can sign up for races in March
Local commands in the Pensacola area will be presenting the Blue Angels Rock N Fly halfmarathon and 5K March 29. Both races will be aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola and are open to everyone. Registration for the half-marathon is $55 until Jan. 1, $65 by March 16, $75 by March 24 and $80 on race day. Registration for the 5K is $27 by Jan. 1, $32 by March 16, $37 by March 24 and $45 on race day. Proceeds from the races will support the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society and the 2014 Pensacola Area Navy Ball. To register or volunteer, go to www.runrocknfly.com. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Cmdr. Mike Kohler, the race director, at 505-6020.
Gospel quartet to perform at church
A Christmas concert is scheduled for 6 p.m. Dec. 15 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 9301 Gulf Beach Highway. The Old Paths Quartet will perform Christmas and gospel music. Admission is free, but offerings are welcome. For more information, call Rhonda Pouliet at the church office at 492-1518 or go to www.pleasantgrovepensacola.com.
Ranch offers country Christmas event
Christmas in the Country is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow, Dec. 14, at The Leaning Post Ranch, 4150 Cedar Springs Road in Molino. Family friendly activities at the 100-year-old farm will include hay rides, a Kid’s Zone, a shoot-out at 2 p.m. and a visit from Santa. Admission is $5 per car. Available for addition fees are food, pony cart rides, horseback rides and photos in the barn. The non-profit Leaning Post Ranch offers equine assisted activities and therapeutic riding to individuals with emotional or physical disabilities, Wounded Warrior and other veterans, and youth at risk. For more information, call (850) 587-5940 or go to www.theleaningpostranch.org.
Art Guild holding Christmas luncheon
The Pensacola Museum of Art Guild (PMAG) Christmas luncheon is scheduled for 11 a.m. Dec. 17 at Heritage Hall, 130 East Government St. Members of the the Choral Society are scheduled to perform. For more information, contact Pat Dickson at 456-4964.
NMCRS announces holiday schedule
The Navy Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) office, 91 Radford Blvd., will close at noon Dec. 24 and reopen to assist the military community and their families at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 26. For the New Year holiday, the office will close at noon Dec. 31 and reopen at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 2. The thrift shop will close at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 20 and reopen at 9 a.m. Jan. 7. For more information, call 452-2300 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Registration open for lacrosse program
Registration is under way for the Pensacola Lacrosse Association for Youth (PLAY) 2014 season (January through May). The program is open to boys ages 8-15. You can register online at www.pensacolalacrosse.com or in
For more information about Wreaths Across America, go to www.wreathsacrossamerica.org. person at the Vickery Center at Roger Scott Athletic Complex. Equipment and registration scholarships are available. Registration deadline is Jan. 15. Practice begins Jan. 13. For more information, contact email@example.com.
Pet adoptions feature holiday theme
The Pensacola Humane Society is featuring a different cat or dog at a discounted adoption fee each day during the holiday promotion “The 12 Strays of Christmas.” Additionally, the shelter will have extended adoption hours to help more pets find homes for the holidays. Hours will be 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 18, 19, 20 and 23 and 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 24. The Pensacola Humane Society is a not-for-profit, no kill shelter located at 5 North Q St. For more information, call 432-4260 or go to www.pensacolahumane.org.
Brunch focuses on healthy eating
Pensacola Women’s Connection has scheduled a Eating Healthy During the Holidays Brunch from 10 a.m. to noon today, Dec. 13, at The Pensacola Yacht Club, 1897 Cypress St. Cost is $20. The program presented by Everman’s Natural Foods will feature Executive Chef Nick Farkas of Pensacola Cooks. Vocalist Cyndie Skoros is scheduled to perform. A free on-site preschool nursery will be available by reservation. Pensacola Women’s Connection is affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries. For reservations, call 4573571, 982-5785 or 384-6941. You can also send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sea Cadet program available at NASP
NAS Pensacola’s U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (1318 years old) and U.S. Navy League Cadet Corps (1113 years old) are enrolling interested youths. The unit meets one weekend per month throughout the year. Cadets participate in civic activities and training events to develop a sense of pride, patriotism, courage, and self-reliance. The program is open to both military and non-military affiliated youths. Adult volunteers are also welcome. The unit is located in the old veterinary clinic (BLDG 626A) behind the USO on NASP. Fee is $150 for initial enrollment. For more information, go to www.seacadets.org or contact Lt. j.g. Darrell Harp at email@example.com or Luis Sepulveda at 458-1088.
Ugly sweater event announced
Kaboom Sports & Social Club is presenting an Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow, Dec. 14. Crawlers will meet at Pensacola Bay Brewery at 1 p.m. decked out their ugliest holiday sweaters, and will visit Hub Stacey’s, The Cabaret Bar and Hopjacks. Ticket prices are $15 online or $20 at the door. Activities will include an ugliest sweater contest, trivia challenge. Ten percent of ticket sales will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project. To register, go to www.kaboomssc.com/events.
Volunteers needed for tax program
AARP Tax Aide assists low and moderate income taxpayers, with a special emphasis on people age 60 and older, in filing their federal income tax returns. Services are free. The program is jointly sponsored by the IRS and the AARP Foundation with various libraries, senior centers and churches in the area providing use of their facilities. AARP Tax Aide is recruiting volunteers for the upcoming filing season. Volunteers will be offered a one week training course at the downtown Pensacola library from Jan. 6 through Jan. 10. Further information about the Tax Aide Program can be found at http://www.arp.org. To volunteer, go to the website and click the vonunteer link. For more information, contact Steve Takeuchi by phone at 994-8103 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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NETC’s 2013 Sailor and Instructor of the Year finalists; 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. This is 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. 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.
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
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
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
Color Me ‘Gingerbread’
Christmas: The time of year when everyone gets Santamental.
Ho, ho, ho.
For Christmas, I sent my girlfriend a giant pile of snow. Then I called her and asked, “Did you get my drift?” In the toy department one Christmas eve, a father was entranced by a cheerily tooting train circling a pile of gifts. “What a marvelous train set,” he told the clerk. “I’ll buy it.” The salseperson looked pleased and murmured, “Great, I’m sure your son will really love it.” Dad looked startled. “You could be right. In that case, I better take two of them.”
Christmas riddles What do you call the fear of getting stuck in a chimney? Santaclaustrophobia. What do lions sing at Christmas? Jungle bells. How do snowmen get around? On their icicles.
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Naval Hospital Pensacola, Sept. 29-Oct. 15, 2013 Layla Jacqueline Tufaro, was born to HN James and Ashley Tufaro, Sept. 29. Elliot Dean Baker, was born to Leslie Baker and Rebecca Crews, Oct. 1. Aiden Jaxen Kyzer, was born to Josh and Jordan Kyzer, Oct. 1. James Joseph Stevenson, was born to SK2 Brian Stevenson and HM1 Ananda Lemon, Oct. 2. Isla Tess Lewis, was born to Capt. Merrill and Allison Lewis, Oct. 4. Sabrina Yuri Jones, was born to Lt. Joshua and Mika Jones, Oct. 5. McKensie Blair Tucker, was born to Capt. Travis and Candice Tucker, Oct. 6. Briley Rae Watson, was born to AWS2 Michael and Jennifer Watson, Oct. 7. Emmanuel Josiah Price, was born to AO1 John and Ehtemaryam Price, Oct. 7. Amayalee Rose Ordonez, was born to HM1 Jason Lee and Roseann Ordonez, Oct. 8. Leilani Emma Jefferies, was born to Capt. Harry and Adrienne Jeffries, Oct. 9. Noah Patrick Carroll, was born to HMC Filip and Dianne Carroll, Oct. 9. Mateo Giovanni Scibetta, was born to IT1 Biagio and Sarah Scibetta, Oct. 10. Kayla Alexis Lees, was born to Staff Sgt. Christopher and Jillian Lees, Oct. 10. Emma Claire Hebert, was born to AECS Thomas and Nicola Hebert, Oct. 11. Madison Brooke Grenda, was born to AC1 Mark and Ashley Grenda, Oct. 16. Autumn Grace Whitted, was born to ATAN Matthew and Alysha Whitted, Oct. 15.
December 13, 2013
Navy training headquarters announces 2013 Sailor and Instructor of the Year finalists By Ed Barker NETC PAO
The Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) announced the finalists for the training domain’s 2013 Sailor of the Year (SoY) and Instructor of the Year (IoY) competition Dec. 6. NETC Commander Rear Adm. Don Quinn, commander, Naval Education and Training Command, praised the finalists for their roles in shaping the future force of and contributions to the training and education enterprise. “The competition for SoY and IoY is intense – these exceptional Sailors were carefully chosen from an extraordinary field of nominees who characterize the honor, courage, and commitment of our Sailors throughout the NETC enterprise,” said Quinn. “Each of them demonstrates unrivaled devotion and professionalism in their approach to training and preparing our Sailors for the fleet and guaranteeing the continued and future success of our Navy.” The following personnel are finalists for the 2013 NETC Sailor of the Year: • UT1(SCW) Philip Anderton, Naval Service
Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. • AT1(AW/SW) Paul Glenn, Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training, Pensacola. • CTR1 James Lee, Center for Information Dominance, Center for Information Dominance Learning Site, San Diego. • ET1(SS) Phillip Marks, Naval Nuc l e a r Power Tr a i n i n g Command, Goose Creek, S.C. • MA1(SW) Ryan Martin, Center for Security Forces, Center for Security Forces Learning Site, Kittery, Maine. • MT1(SS) Adam Schumacher, Submarine Learning Center, TRIDENT Training Facility, Kings Bay, Ga. The following personnel are finalists for the 2013 NETC Instructor of the Year (junior/senior/officer): • CM2(SCW) Tracy Harris, Center for Seabees and Facilities Engineering, Port Hueneme, Calif. • Marine Sgt. Martin Sanchez Jr., Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training, Marine Unit,
Cherry Point, N.C. • ABF1(AW/SW) Kendric Bryant, Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training, Pensacola. • Marine Staff Sgt. Jordan Lewis, Center for Security Forces, Center for Security Forces, North Island, Calif. • BUC(SCW) Eric Chamberlin, Center for Seabees and Facilities Engineering, Port Hueneme, Calif. • HMC (FMF/ AW/SW) Mary Matthews, Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. • Lt. Daniel Arevalo, Center for Surface Combat Systems, Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center, San Diego. • Lt. James Spall, Center for Information Dominance, Navy and Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center, Dam Neck, Va. These finalists move forward to the NETC SoY competition and IoYs award presentations in Pensacola, Dec. 9-12. Announcement of the SoY and IoYs are scheduled to be made at a ceremony at the National Naval Aviation Museum
onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola Dec. 12 at 9:30 a.m. NETC Force Master Chief Jon Port coordinates the SoY and IoY programs for the NETC enterprise and the SoY/IoY week in Pensacola. “It’s extremely important to identify and recognize our best Sailors and instructors,” said Port. “The hard work, dedication, pride and professionalism that results in these individuals rising above the rest provides an excellent example for the NETC enterprise to emulate. They are representative of the talent we have in our training pipeline responsible for training our future in the fleet. I couldn’t be more honored to host those chosen.” The NETC SoY and IoY programs recognize Sailors throughout the NETC domain who exhibit sustained superior performance, leadership, mentorship, knowledge and teaching of military history and heritage, selfimprovement, command and community involvement and exemplary military bearing among other attributes. For more news from Naval Education and Training Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/cnet/.
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Navy offers support with holiday stress navigation campaign From Chief of Naval Personnel
ILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) – A holiday stress navigation campaign launched by Navy officials Nov. 1 is aimed at helping service members enjoy the season. This year’s campaign, “Thrive During the Holidays,” will provide Sailors and families proactive resources to get ahead of holiday chaos while focusing on building resilience for the New Year. “For many of us, ‘the most wonderful time of the year’ is as demanding as it is joyous,” said Capt. Kurt Scott, Navy resilience chief. “Our Sailors and families are operating under more stress and uncertainty than ever this year, and plan-
ning for the holidays can be overwhelming. Our annual campaign will address everything from financial preparations to maintaining diet and fitness goals, so that we can help everyone stay in the holiday spirit and position themselves to thrive in the New Year.” Navy Operational Stress Control’s 2013 “Thrive During the Holidays” campaign includes collaboration between Navy’s 21st Century Sailor pro-
grams and other readiness programs to offer resources on topics such as responsible alcohol use during holiday celebrations; planning and time management; budgeting; incorporating physical fitness into busy schedules; healthy eating tips; spirituality and relationship fitness; and more. “Our focus is helping Sailors and families proactively identify these sources of stress before things start to pile up on them, so that they can truly enjoy their holidays and do so responsibly,” Scott said. “Continuing our effort to promote a sense of community, we really have something for everyone this year from families navigating the holi-
days with a loved one on deployment to helping Navy kids ‘Track Santa.’ ” Engagement with the North American Aerospace Defense Command’s annual “NORAD Tracks Santa” promotion is a new initiative for the OPNAV N171 holiday campaign this year as part of an effort to reach out to Navy children. The “Thrive During the Holidays” campaign will continue through early January 2014. Releases can be found on Navy Operational Stress Control’s blog, www.navynavstress.com, and the Navy Suicide Prevention website, www. suicide.navy.mil. For more news from Chief of Naval Personnel, go to www.navy.mil/local/cnp.
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Morale, Welfare and Recreation
The ZooLights presentation has been an annual tradition at the Gulf Breeze Zoo for more than 15 years. Photo courtesy of Gulf Breeze Zoo
Take your pick of holiday events By Janet Thomas
Gosport Staff Writer
You won’t have any trouble finding something fun to do this weekend. Holiday events include parades and other entertainment. Here is a sampling: • The Cox Pensacola Christmas Parade: 3:15 p.m. Dec. 14 along Palafox Street. The annual parade draws more than 50,000 spectators. It will be televised live on WKRG-TV5 (CBS). Naval Air Station Pensacola Commanding Officer Capt. Keith Hoskins is scheduled to be one of the parade judges. For more information, go to www.coxpensacolachristmas parade.org. • Winterfest: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. today, Dec. 13, in downtown Pensacola. The family friendly occasion includes tours, performances, “reindeer games,” disco music, thousands of Christmas lights and other entertainment. It’s free and open to the public. Winterfest events continue through Dec. 24.
For more information, call 4177321 or go to www.pensacola winterfest.org. • Santa Drop: Noon, tomorrow, Dec. 14, the Flora-Bama Lounge on Perdido Key. Santa Claus will arrive by parachute. For more information, go to www.florabama. com/events/195-flora-bama-santadrop. • Boat parade: At 5:30 p.m. tomorrow, Dec. 14, the Lighted Boat Parade starts in Gulf Shores, Ala. For more information, go to www.mygulfcoastchamber.com. • ZooLights: 6 to 10 p.m. today through Dec. 24 and Dec. 26 through Dec. 29 at Gulf Breeze Zoo, 5701 Gulf Breeze Parkway. Ice sculpting demonstrations are scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 13 and Dec. 20. For more information, call 932-2229 or go to www.gulfbreezezoo.org. • “Christmas On The Coast”: 7:30 p.m. today, Dec. 13, and tomorrow, Dec. 14, and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at Pensacola Saenger Theatre, 118 South Palafox Place.
Members of the Pensacola Children’s Chorus will perform in the annual holiday production. For more information, call 434-7760 or go to www.pensacolachildrenschorus.com. • On stage: Pensacola Little Theatre, 400 South Jefferson St., is featuring two shows with holiday themes. “It’s a Wonderful Life” is being presented at 7:30 p.m. today, Dec. 13, and tomorrow, Dec. 14, and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 15. Performaces continue Dec. 19-22. Two dozen local performers will be featured in “Holiday Cabaret” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16, Dec. 17 and Dec. 18. For more information, call 432-2042 or go to www. pensacolalittletheatre.com. • Chumuckla Redneck Christmas Parade: 1 p.m. along Highway 182 in Jay. For the past 19 years, thousands have flocked to the small town is watch the spectacle and get in touch with their inner redneck. For more information, call (850) 623-2339.
At the movies FRIDAY
“Thor: Dark World” (3D), PG-13, 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; “Delivery Man,” PG-13, 5:30 p.m.; “The Best Man Holiday,” R, 8 p.m.
“Free Birds” (3D), PG, noon; “Thor: Dark World” (3D), PG-13, 2 p.m.; “Grudge Match,” PG-13, 5 p.m. (free admission); “Last Vegas,” PG-13, 8 p.m.; “Delivery Man,” PG-13, 12:30 p.m.; birthday party, “Enders Game,” PG-13, 3 p.m.; “Enders Game,” PG-13, 6 p.m.; “The Best Man Holiday,” R, 8:30 p.m.
“Free Birds” (3D), PG, noon; “Last Vegas,” PG-13, 2 p.m.; “Thor: Dark World” (3D), PG-13, 4:30 p.m.; 7 p.m.; “Free Birds” (2D), PG, 12:30; “Enders Game,” PG-13, 2:30 p.m.; “Delivery Man,” PG-13, 5 p.m.; “The Best Man Holiday,” R, 7:30 p.m.
“Last Vegas,” PG-13, 5 p.m.; “Thor: Dark World” (3D), PG-13, 7:10 p.m.; “Delivery Man,” PG-13, 5:10 p.m.; “The Fifth Estate,” R, 7:30 p.m.
“Enders Game,” PG-13, 5 p.m.; “The Best Man Holiday,” R, 7:30 p.m.; “Free Birds” (2D), PG, 5:10 p.m.; “Thor: Dark World” (2D), PG-13, 7:10 p.m.
“Thor: Dark World” (3D), PG-13, 5 p.m.; “The Best Man Holiday,” R, 7:30 p.m.; “Delivery Man,” PG-13, 5:10 p.m.; “About Time,” R, 7:20 p.m.
“Free Birds” (3D), PG, 5 p.m.; “Enders Game,” PG-13, 7 p.m.; “Last Vegas,” PG13, 5:10 p.m.; “The Counselor,” R, 7:30 p.m.
COST Regular: $3 adults, $1.50 children ages 6-11, free for 5 and younger 3D shows: $5 adults, $3 children ages 6-11, free for 5 and younger
Details: 452-3522 or www.naspensacola-mwr.com
Happy Holidays from BALLINGER PUBLISHING
The NASP Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) department has a number of upcoming events and activities. For more information, call 452-8285 or visit the MWR website: www.naspensacola-mwr.com. • Indoor pool closed: Naval Aviation Schools Command indoor pool, Bldg. 3828, is closed for repairs. The target reopen date is Jan. 6. For more information, call 452-9429 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. • “Grudge Match” sneak preview: 5 p.m. Dec. 14, Portside Twin Cinema. A pair of aging boxing rivals are coaxed out of retirement to fight one final bout – 30 years after their last match. Stars include Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone and Kim Basinger. Rated PG-13. Free admission. First come, first served. Box office opens at 10 a.m. For more information, call 452-3522. • Youth Basketball Registration: Sign up through Dec. 31 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at NAS Youth Center, Bldg. 3690. Registration fee is $50 and includes uniform jersey and trophy. Child must be 4 years old by Dec 1. League play runs January through March and is open to all active-duty, retired, DoD, contractors and reservists. Volunteer coaches and assistants also needed. For inforomation, call Brett Pelfrey at 452-2417. • Basketball Tournament: Dec. 17, outdoor basketball courts, NASP Corry Station. Sign-in at 3:45 p.m., games at 4 p.m. Eight team slots available. Sign-up via e-mail to Brian.Hannah@navy.mil. Deadline is Dec. 13 • 12 Days of Christmas Functional Fitness Class: 10:30 a.m., 12:20 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Dec. 18, Portside Fitness Center Bldg. 606. Themed class – workout with the spirit of Christmas. For more information, call 452-7810. • Kids Fit Santa Workout: 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 18, Family Fitness Center, Bldg. 3712, NASP Corry Station. All ages are welcome Santa will pass out goodies. For more information, call 452-6004. • Basketball Tournament: Jan. 13. 4:30 p.m. Portside basketball courts, NAS Pensacola. Each team can have three to five players. The first 20 teams will be accepted. For more information, call 452-7810 • Discount tickets: Stop by the Information, Tickets and Travel (ITT) office at the NEX Mall on Highway 98, to check out the discounts available on vacations and attractions. For more information, call 452-6354. • New Year Resolution Incentive Program: Wenzel Fitness Center. Starting in January, get one ticket per class you attend. Tickets will be drawn at the end of February for MWR prizes. For more information, call 452-6198 • Florida National Trail Get Fit Challenge: Starts Jan. 2. Travel an 800-mile adventure odyssey across areas of Florida that few have the opportunity to see – from Big Cypress Swamp (south) to Fort Pickens (north). Each section is designated as hike, bike or row. Pick up memetoes and get a keepsake at the end of the trail. For details on how to start, ask for information at the Corry Wellness Center, Bldg. 3712, or call 452-6802.
Liberty activities Liberty program events target young, unaccompanied active-duty military. New hours are 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Regular events are scheduled at the main Liberty Center in the Portside Entertainment Complex. You must sign up in advance for off-base trips. For more information, call 452-2372 or go to www.naspensacolamwr.com/singsail/liberty.htm.
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Help for victims of sexual assault in the DoD community is a call, click or text away. The SafeHelpline provides live crisis support and information by trained staff. Call (877) 995-5247; go to www.SafeHelpline.org; or text: 55-247 CONUS; (202) 470-5546 OCONUS (may be additional charges for OCONUS). The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) program provides prevention, intervention and a 24/7/365 response. Active-duty and adult family member sexual assault victims have a choice of reporting options, unrestricted and restricted. Unrestricted reporting allows a victim to have an advocate, seek medical care, counseling, legal services and safety interventions. To access an unrestricted report, the victim can report to his/her chain-of-command, security/law enforcement, NCIS, SAPR Victim Advocate (VA), SARC, and his/her CO shall commence an investigation. Restricted reporting allows a confidential report, which does not trigger command nor law enforcement notification and the victim can have a SAPR VA, and seek medical care and/or counseling. To access restricted reporting, the victim can disclose his/her sexual assault only to the SARC, a current SAPR VA, a health care provider and/or a chaplain. To contact the NASP 24/7 VA, call 449-9231/2. To contact the SARC during working hours, call 452-5990, ext. 0; during and after working hours, call the SARC cell at 554-5606.
Fleet and Family Support Center The Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC), 151 Ellyson Ave., Bldg. 625, is offering the following classes: • Stress management: Classes scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon on first and third Thursday of each month. For details, call 4525990. • AMVETS ... Understanding Your VA Benefits: Next class with available seats is scheduled for 10 a.m. Jan. 30. To register or for more information, call 452.5609. • Personal Financial Management: Its your money, make it work for you. A series of classes will be offered throughout the year covering topics such as car buying, using credit cards, developing a budget and spending plan and how to build your savings to reach your financial goals. Seating is limited and reserva-
tions are required. To register or for more information, call 452-5609. • Welcoming new personnel: Everyone in the military has to transfer sooner or later. Commands should ensure 100 percent sponsor assignment. Sponsors can provide reliable information to incoming personnel and their families. Training is offered monthly. To register for the next training session, call 452-5609. • Suicide awareness and prevention: Suicide has become a growing problem in the military. This class will acquaint you with the facts on suicide in the military; explore myths, warning signs, risks factors, intervention techniques and what not to do when confronted with a potential suicide situation. This is General Military Training (GMT) facilitated by each command; however, if there is a special request, call 452-9022 to schedule training.
Community Outreach NASP Community Outreach is seeking volunteers for opportunities including: • Gulf Coast Kids Christmas Party: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow, Dec. 14 at 3200 North 12th Ave. Assist with fun holiday activities. Party is for child victims of abuse. • Special Olympics Basketball: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays, Bayview Senior Center. Coaches are needed for the season. Teams will be 3x3 and 5x5. • Young Marines of Pensacola: A youth education and service program for boys and girls, ages 8 through completion of high school. The program promotes the mental, moral, and physical development of its members. It focuses on character building, leadership, and promotes a
healthy, drug-free lifestyle. The Young Marines is the focal point for the U.S. Marine Corps’ Youth Drug Demand Reduction efforts. Adult staff not required to be Marines. Contact retired Gunnery Sgt. Pete Belanger by phone at (251) 979-9522 or by e-mail at email@example.com. For information, go to www.YMOP2007.com. • Meals on Wheels: Council on Aging of West Florida, 875 Royce St., is seeking volunteers to deliver meals to homebound elderly citizens of Escambia County on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. Contact Brenda Turner at 4321475, ext. 410, or e-mail RSVPCoordinator@ coawfla.org. For more information, contact NASP Community Outreach at 452-2532.
Worship schedule The Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel and the Lady of Loreto Chapel are closed for renovations. During renovations, Sunday services are being held at the auditorium at Naval Aviation Schools Command (NASC), Bldg. 633. NAS Pensacola Protestant •Communion service, 8 a.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel. • Sunday School, all ages, 9 a.m. Sunday, Bldg. 634, back classrooms. • Worship service, 10:15 a.m. Sunday, NASC auditorium. • Chapel choir, 12:30 p.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel. • Contemporary service, 6 p.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel. • Women’s Bible study, 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Bldg. 634, back classrooms. • Training Air Wing Six Bible Study, 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, Griffith Hall Student Lounge, Second Deck. • Bible study (all welcome), 7 p.m. Tuesday, Bldg. 634, back classrooms. • Bible study, 5 p.m. Wednesday, J.B. McKamey Center. Roman Catholic • Mass, 8:30 a.m. Sunday, NASC auditorium. • Mass, 11:30 a.m. Monday,
Wednesday and Friday in the All Faiths Chapel. Confessions scheduled 30 minutes before services. Latter Day Saints • Service, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel. NASP Corry Station Protestant • Adult Bible study, 9 a.m. Sunday, chapel conference room. • Chapel choir, 9 a.m. Sunday, sanctuary. • Worship service, 10 a.m. Sunday. • Fellowship, 11:30 a.m. Sunday. • Praise and worship, 7:30 p.m. Sunday. • Bible study and dinner, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, fellowship hall. Roman Catholic • Mass, noon Sunday and 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Whiting Field Chapel Roman Catholic • Mass, 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday. Protestant • Bible study, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. • Weekly chapel service, 11:30 a.m. Thursday. For more information, call 452-2341.
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Articles for sale Wing back chair, $55. 476-7006 60” Blue stripe fabric sofa, $150. 476-7006 7 drawer wood desk, $35. 4767006 Beautiful Hutch Display Cabinet, beveled glass doors, 65w x 58h x 16d, must see, $325. 492-8907
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Sig Sauer P-220 45cal, excellent condition. Certified pre-owned from factory *unfired since* w/2Show/corder for 8rd mags, box, s o u n d / s i d e lock. $675 firm. s h o w s / c a s s e t t e 712-3327 player & recorder, Maytag washer $50. 983-1681 & dryer $200 for White refrigera- both, almond tor, Kenmore, full color, good worksize, $200. White ing condition. w a s h e r / d r y e r , 384-4536 Maytag, $250 for both. Troy-built Popular Mechanlawn mover and ics do-it-yourself weed eater, 1 year yearbooks (70 & old, $150 for 80) & encyclopeboth. 540-233- dias, 30 volumes 1136 total, $5. 5015203 Exercise bike, D i a m o n d b a c k , TV stand, $10, with all the deluxe Christmas dishes features, used 10 place setting only one time, plates/cups, $10. like new, must 501-5203 sell, $300. 4920025 AKAI reel to reel Modle GX-370D Campbell - Haus- with 25 reels of feld air compres- music, $200. 501sor, air tools, nail 5203 guns, grinders, etc., $140 obo. 22 inch chrome 492-8907 rims with tires in excellent condiS h e e p s k i n tion no rust for bucket seat cov- $750 please text ers, for imports, all serious inwashable wool, quiries to 779beige, $50. 492- 279-4967 8907 P226 Sig 9mm+ Set of sq. coffee, 2x18, 15&10rd two end, and mags+ IWBholcouch tables, ster+zipr bag+ wood with fact box, $600. beveled glass in- 512-644-1730 serts, $475. 4928907 New Balance men’s shoes, 48” clear glass grey/black, 11M, dining room table brand new in box. with four blue $30. 452-9818. leather chairs on rollers, $150. Tony Little disStandard trampo- tress ultra inverline with side sion massage guards, $50. Chil- recliner, w/heat dren’s swing set and remote, like with slide, $50. new, excellent Bronze swivel condition, $485. rocker/recliner, 944-8886 or 418excellent condi- 4614 tion, $200. 4979192 Jade ring 10k yellow gold, Navy leather ladies size 6, flight jacket, $125. 944-8886 $125. 944-5763 or 418-4614
Dining table, beautiful solid wood with six matching chairs and large leaf with folding pad, excellent condition, $690. 944-8886 or 418-4614
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3/2. Kitchen (stove/frig), living room, den, screened room, garage, new A/C, heat, 7 year-old roof, new water heater, water pipes. 84 S Madison Dr. $44,500 281-733John boat, 12’ obo. heavy gauge alu- 5429, 904-545minum, medium 4759 width, no dings or leaks, great for Lots ducks or fishing, $200. 417-1694 Residential lot in Moors Oak Drive. Rifle, acutrigger, A block away bolt action, 30-06, from the Moors new condition, G o l f $285. 454-9486. course. Bayou Mullat at the Motor back. A mile from Trucks/Vans& interstate Hwy 10. SUV’s 477-7923 2002 Dodge Durango, $5,000. 944-5763 Kayak, 12’, factory made fishing kayak, ocean scrambler, built in rod holders, dry storage, and bungee cords for cooler, $225. 4971167
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Homes for rent Perdido Key waterfront condo 2/2 furnished Holiday H a r b o r $775/month, negotiable lease, no smoking, no pets. 572-8462 or 4345058 Fully furnished condo on the water 4 miles from NAS. 1/1, kitchen, LR. $750 + deposit. Utilities included. 492-7078.
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