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December 15, 2017

President Trump onboard NAS Pensacola By Greg Mitchell NASP Public Affairs Office

U.S. President Donald Trump arrived at Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP) aboard Air Force One to meet and greet service members and their families Dec. 8. This is the fourth time Trump has visited Pensacola. His first two engagements were held at the Pensacola Bay Center and the third was during a gathering at the Hunter Amphitheater in Community Maritime Park prior to the 2016 general election. “Thank you, thank you all for coming out tonight,” said Trump as he shook hands with those who bared inclement weather conditions just to get a glimpse of the president. The president arrived at NAS Pensacola’s Forrest Sherman Field accompanied by U.S. Rep. Matthew Gaetz. Upon his arrival, NAS Pensacola Commanding Officer

Capt. Christopher Martin greeted the president. “On behalf of all here at NAS Pensacola, it was an absolute honor and privilege to host President Trump onboard the installation,” Martin said. For those in attendance, meeting the commander-inchief was an honor of extreme proportions. “It’s the top moment of my life,” AC2 Alexander Fenske. said. “To shake the president’s hand and look him in the eye, it’s definitely something I can tell my kids. It was a true eye-opening experience.” His shipmates agreed. “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity,” AC3 Christian KlosDunn said. “When you first join the military, it is embedded in you that he is the commanderin-chief. And now, to meet the man, shake his hand and look him in the eye, I was in total awe. I had no idea when I See POTUS on page 2

(At top) Air Force One arrives onboard NAS Pensacola’s Forrest Sherman Field Dec. 8. Photo by Greg Mitchell. (Below, left) U.S. President Donald Trump greets NAS Pensacola personnel and families. Photo by Ens. Lewis Aldridge (below, right) The president waves to the crowd as he exits Air Force One. Photo by Greg Mitchell.

NAS Pensacola awarded FDEP environmental stewardship award By Ens. Lewis Aldridge NASP Public Affairs Office

The NAS Pensacola (NASP) Public Works Department (PWD) was awarded the Environmental Stewardship Award for Northwest Florida by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) at a ceremony in downtown Pensacola at the Chappie James Building Dec. 7.

According to the FDEP website, the award seeks to recognize businesses, professional and community organizations, and local governments within each district for proactive, innovative and exceptional achievements to prevent or reduce impacts on the environment beyond measures required by permit or rule. Shawn Hamilton, the director of Northwest Florida’s DEP, presented a plaque to Cmdr. Shawn Dominguez, NASP’s executive officer. Hamilton was

proud of the base for helping to lead the charge in environmental safety throughout the district. “This award is representative of those investing time, resources and environmental concern and going above and beyond what is expected,” Hamilton said. “This is a small plaque but a great achievement nonetheless.” To be considered for the honor, eligible entities must exhibit significant and measurable achievements that See Award on page 2

Pensacola-area CPOs host Pearl Harbor remembrance Story, photo by Ens. Lewis Aldridge NASP Public Affairs

More than 150 chief petty officers and first class petty officers attended a Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony at Barrancas National Cemetery

(BNC) onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP) Dec. 7. The hour-long observance began with morning colors and culminated with flags being placed on the gravesites of five Pearl Harbor veterans. Event organizer retired NCC Gor-

don Daly said the event served not only to recognize a critical part of United States history, but also instill the importance of sacrifices previous generations made. “I was so happy and See CPOs on page 2

Santa Claus arrives onboard NAS Pensacola... Santa Claus arrives to greet children participating in the Selected Children’s Christmas Party at NAS Pensacola’s Fred G. Smalley Youth Center Dec. 8. Each child had the opportunity to speak with Santa before receiving some gifts. Santa’s presents were donated by volunteers and community participants. Photo by Ens. Lewis Aldridge

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Retired NCC Gordon Daly, along with other Pensacola-area chief petty officers, both active duty and retired, stand at attention at the gravesite of a Pearl Harbor veteran during a Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony Dec. 7 at Barrancas National Cemetery.

Today, Dec. 15, we celebrate the last 2017 issue of Gosport. The newspaper will be back on news stands Jan. 5, 2018. Gosport has served Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP) and the community for 96 years, and we are happy to continue bringing readers the best local military news coverage in 2018. On behalf of NASP Commanding Officer Capt. Christopher Martin, the NASP Public Affairs staff and Ballinger Publishing, happy holidays and cheers to the new year.

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December 15, 2017


NASP holds planting ceremony for ‘Tree City USA’ certification By Victoria Simek SCA Conservation Intern

NAS Pensacola (NASP) held its 23rd annual tree planting ceremony Dec. 7 with a live oak planted outside the NASP chapel. This brought the base closer to receiving its 23rd consecutive Tree City USA award. Tree City USA is a program that was created by the National Arbor Day Foundation. This program has been giving communities the opportunity to celebrate the importance of urban trees since 1976. In order to meet the Tree City USA requirements, the involved community must meet a series of core standards of urban forestry management; maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrating Arbor Day with a proclamation and ceremony. Tree City USA emphasizes the importance of having a healthy and sustainable urban forestry program across

Base officials, foresters and NAS Pensacola Public Works Department (PWD) personnel celebrate Navy Tree Awareness Week with the planting of a live oak Dec. 7. Photo by Mike O’Connor

the United States. This year, NASP dedicated the week of Dec. 4 to 8 as Tree Awareness Week, where the importance of NAS Pensacola’s urban forestry program was represented. Urban forestry not only adds aesthetic beauty to the base, but provides multiple benefits such as increased oxygen lev-

els, help cleansing pollutants from groundwater and air, and the simple act of shade for those hot, sunny days. The live oak was planted with the assistance of Regal Select Services Inc., (RSSI), NASP Public Works Department personnel and other base officials.

NASP Commanding Officer Capt. Christopher Martin thanked everyone involved with making the tree planting ceremony successful and base Natural Resources Manager Michael Hardy spoke of the day’s significance. “It really is a group effort,” Hardy said. “More than just the ceremony, but the overall success we’ve had with the urban forestry program. NAS Pensacola is dedicated to ensuring that the urban forest community continues to thrive into the future.” The live oak tree has its roots deeply planted in naval history. Up until the early 1900s, because of their strength and resistance to disease and decay, live oaks were used in the construction of warships for the Navy. One in particular, USS Constitution, a three-masted heavy frigate, received its nickname “Old Ironsides” during the War of 1812 due to the strength of its live oak construction. To this day, live oak characteristics are seen to represent NAS Pensacola itself; a strong, resilient and durable institution.

World War II remembrance at National Naval Aviation Museum ... Applause was the order of the day as an overflow crowd turned out to recognize veterans and their families during a World War II remembrance ceremony Dec. 7 at the National Naval Aviation Museum. Two surviving veterans of Pearl Harbor who were present – Frank Emond and William Braddock (right) – were the focus of attention, but other veterans were not forgotten. The event included a rousing musical tribute from Tate High School’s muscians. Photos by Mike O’Connor CPOs from page 1

pleased that the brothers and sisters (fellow chiefs) came out today to pay tribute to those fallen,” Daly said. “It’s important to keep the thoughts, lessons and memory of Pearl Harbor alive for younger Americans to understand and appreciate.” Daly was accompanied by other retired and active duty chief petty officers, as well as members of Pensacola-area Chief Petty Officer 365 Phase 1, first class petty officers participating in the nearly year-long mandatory training evolution U.S. Navy E-6 personnel undertake. “I think it’s really important for our sailors to not for-

get our history and heritage,” said Chief Air Traffic Controller Amber Khoryati, the Pensacola-area CPO 365 community relations leader. “We must remember those who went and made the ultimate sacrifice before us.” Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) Command Master Chief Israel Pedregon said the ceremony served to reiterate to attendees the unique bond Navy chiefs share. “To have a retired Chief Petty Officer invite us over to help him honor our past and have our future there to see that was special,” Pedregon said. “No matter active duty or retired we are there for our sailors.” For more than 70 years, with the last two decades at Naval Air Station Pensacola, NATTC has been pro-

viding training and increasing readiness within the Naval Aviation Enterprise. The facility graduates approximately 15,000 Navy, Marine Corps and international students annually. NATTC is part of the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (CNATT), which provides singlesite management for Navy and Marine Corps aviation technical training. CNATT is the technical training agent for the Naval Aviation Enterprise, an organization designed to advance and sustain naval aviation warfighting capabilities at an affordable cost, and is the largest training center under the Naval Education and Training Command.

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woke up today that I going to have a chance at seeing the president.” NAS Pensacola, situated in Escambia County, employs more than 16,000 military and 7,400 civilian personnel. This includes major tenant commands Naval Aviation Schools Command, Naval Air Technical Training Center, Marine Aviation Training Support Group 21 and 23, the Blue Angels and the headquarters for Naval Education Training Command.

present a clear benefit to our environment in one or more of the following areas: reducing environmental impacts, conserving resources, enhancing ecosystems and restoring impacts. The base’s environmental accomplishments included continued recovery from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Spill, implementing a solar power facility at Saufley Field and removing 1.2 million gallons of oily waste from the Bilgewater Treatment Plant among many others. Dominguez felt the recognition was important and symbolized the effort being made by the base to do its part in preserving the environment. “Protecting the environment is critical to the Navy mission,”

NASP Executive Officer Cmdr. Shawn Dominguez addresses members of the base’s environmental protection team upon receiving the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (FDEP) Environmental Stewardship Award for Northwest Florida at the Chappie James Building in downtown Pensacola Dec. 7. Photo by Ens. Lewis Aldridge

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Dominguez said. “Some people say that the military and environmental protection cannot coexist. We believe that they can and all it takes is planning and effort as well as the willingness to cooperate in pursuit of a common goal.” NASP’s Installation Environmental Program Director Mark Gibson was pleased with his team for achieving this feat. “This award is a wonderful accomplishment for everything we have been able to do through teamwork with the base and community and the FDEP,” Gibson said. “The FDEP has worked with us for many years to ensure that our mission improves the environment and quality of life onboard NAS Pensacola and we are so proud of the commitment of our leadership in pursuing this task.”

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This holiday, do you see what I see? By Lisa Smith Molinari Military Spouse Columnist


am grateful that our last tour in the Navy landed us in New England, where the scenery looks like a Currier and Ives dinner plate come to life. I love the frosty chill in the December air, the smell of cut timber and pine boughs, the feel of warm woolen mittens. Here, holiday spirit finds me, draws me in and captures me. And I gladly surrender. But it has not always been this easy. For most military families like ours, frequent moves are an unavoidable part of life. And at some point, Uncle Sam stations you somewhere that looks and feels completely foreign. Since holidays are all about tradition, the absence of those traditions can leave you longing for the holidays you grew up with back home. I was raised in an idyllic small town in the rolling hills of western Pennsylvania, where Christmas was traditional, classic, just like in the movies. Finding holiday spirit was as easy as waking up in my twin bed with the Kliban Cat sheets, scratching a peep-

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hole out of the intricate frost that had formed on the window overnight and staring out at the winter wonderland right outside. With dissolved candy canes coursing through my veins, I would grab the parka handed down from my brother and head for the hill behind our house. The kids in our neighborhood would ruthlessly pelt each other with snowballs, eat gritty icicles broken off the gutters and sled down the hill until our numbed cheeks couldn’t feel our running noses. With a warm sludge of hot cocoa and fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies in my belly, I would thaw before a roaring

About the columnist Lisa Smith Molinari, mother of three, was a military spouse for more than 25 years. Her husband recently retired from the Navy. Her syndicated column appears in military and civilian newspapers, including Stars and Stripes, and on her blog, www.themeat andpotatoesoflife.com. fire, staring up at the screw-in lights on our tree. There was one bulb in particular, a transparent magenta one, which seemed to emit pure, saturated hot pink splendor, infinitely refracted by sparkling silver

tinsel. I was hypnotized by its magical brilliance, and spilled over with anticipation and awe. Four decades later, I was sitting in a north Florida Starbucks in mid-December, feeling the blues. Our family was stationed at Naval Station Mayport and despite the fact that the Starbucks manager insisted on setting the central air at a frigid sixty-odd degrees and I was surrounded by trendy holiday decor, it just did not feel like Christmas to me. After I got my vente latte’s worth of free Wi-Fi, I moped out into the sub-tropical 75degree Florida winter and headed for my minivan. I did not have to put on a coat or scrape any ice off my windshield. I drove back to our base house on roads clear of salt and ash. At home, I opened the windows to let in the ocean breeze. After walking the dog on the white sand beach that ran along the east side of our housing area, I slumped into a lawn chair in our palm-tree-studded back yard. “Woe is me,” I thought, and as I worked on my tan, I wallowed shamelessly in self-pity. Later that week, I was back

at Starbucks again. As I sat in the trendy coffee shop buzzing with flip-flop-festooned and Ray-Ban-bedecked Floridians, I wondered how they could stand it. Suddenly, I heard the ring of the cash register and realized that it reminded me of jingle bells. I took notice of the lovely cranberry red hue of the Florida Seminoles Tshirt worn by the man sitting next to me. I sipped my latte and detected a hint of cinnamon. And then, I looked up at the trendy pendant light hanging overhead and was drawn in by the pure, saturated blue of its glowing cobalt shade. I was mesmerized. “Merry Christmas,” the man in the cranberry Seminoles shirt uttered as he got up from our shared table to leave, snapping me out of my hypnotic gaze. In that moment, I realized that holiday spirit comes in all shapes, sizes, colors, locations and climates, but I had been too clouded by my own narrow expectations to see it. “Merry Christmas to you, too!” I eagerly replied to the festive gentleman, relieved that I had finally seen the light.

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December 15, 2017


Four changes you need to know about My Navy Portal From Naval Education and Training Command Public Affairs


ailors will see four updates the next time they log into My Navy Portal (MNP).

MNP is designed to combine personnel, training and education websites for Sailors into one easy-to-use location at https:// my. navy. mil. The site provides Sailors with a single self-service portal to manage their careers from the day they join to the day they separate. The latest updates are: 1. The login page has a new look and gives Sailors the option of a low or high bandwidth site. The “Quick Links” and “About MNP” pages have also been redesigned to be more userfriendly. 2. A new appointment scheduler feature allows Sailors to make and manage appointments with a Navy College education counselor for career and voluntary education (VOLED) guidance and to set up taking academic and foreign language tests. The scheduler is in the “Training, Education, Qualifications” Career and Life Event section. This complements services already offered by the Navy College Program website and mobile application,

as well as language testing managed by the Center for Language, Regional Expertise and Culture. 3. As a result of Sailor feedback, the General Military Training (GMT) page has been redesigned so that course listings are now in a format that is easier to read and understand, making it easier to complete mandatory training. The new GMT page is found by going to “Professional Resources,” “General Skills Training” and then “General Military Training (GMT).” 4. MNP now has 10 Career and Life Event (CLE) categories, which organize content based on real tasks that Sailors must perform to manage their careers. The “Collateral Duty” CLE has been removed and the information added into the “Performance” CLE. The other nine CLEs continue to be “New to the Navy,” “Advancement & Promotion,” “Assignment, Leave, Travel,” “Career Continuation,” “Deployment,” “Pay & Benefits,” “Retirement & Separa-

The U.S. Navy has updated My Navy Portal (MNP), a web portal designed to combine several personnel, training and education websites for Sailors into one easy-to-use location at https://my.navy.mil. MNP provides Sailors a single self-service portal to manage their careers from the day they join to the day they separate. The latest updates include a new login page, an appointment scheduler, General Military Training page redesign, and an update to the “Career and Life Event” categories. U.S. Navy photo illustration

tion,” “Sailor & Family Support” and “Training, Education, Qualifications.” All 10 CLEs are available as buttons on the bottom of the first page Sailors see when they log in or from the top menu under “Career & Life Events.” Sailors are encouraged to continue providing feedback by vis-

iting the feedback section or using the page-specific feedback feature. Sailors who need help desk support can contact 1 (855) NAVY-311 (1-855-628-9311), submit a service request through MNP or e-mail MNP_helpdesk @navy.mil. MNP is managed by the Navy Sea Warrior Program Office

(PEO EIS PMW 240). For additional information on the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC), visit the NETC website at www. netc. navy. mil or www. navy. mil/ local/ cnet/. Follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/netcpao and Twitter @netcpao.

New Navy branding reflects strength, pride, heritage From Commander, Navy Recruiting Command

Over the past 45 years, the Navy has lacked a consistent brand message. This has created difficulties in educating potential recruits about the Navy’s mission and benefits, bringing knowledge to the general public and in building internal pride among Sailors. After two years of development, a defined brand platform has been established for America’s Navy. In marketing terms, a brand platform is the central theme or internal “North Star” around which the external messaging is oriented. The core platform of Power to go Beyond and its key idea of harnessing the transformative power of the sea form the foundation of our new messaging. A tagline is the external and outward facing message that conveys the idea of the platform. For the Navy, an effective tagline needed to: originate from Sailors, inform and inspire, be unique to the Navy and authentically represent the Navy experience.

Forged by the Sea. This idea represents the aspirational outcome of every Sailor’s journey in uniform. It conveys the notion that every Sailor is shaped and strengthened into a more capable version of themselves. It also describes the Navy as a team that has been forged, tempered

and toughened over 242 years of maritime dominance. Most importantly, it acknowledges the Navy’s unique and fundamental relationship with the sea. “Forged by the Sea” was tested among active-duty Sailors, veterans, potential recruits and influencers to validate its integrity and authenticity.

This direction also gave life to several very distinct commercial films. A brand film was created to educate potential recruits and the general public about the breadth of the Navy’s mission. For more information, go to http:// navy live. dodlive. mil/ forged.



December 15, 2017


Soldiers train, provide Christmas cheer at 20th Operation Toy Drop

An Army Reserve combat medic watches paratroopers perform airborne operations at Sicily Drop Zone at Fort Bragg, N.C. Dec. 2 while providing support for the 20th Annual Randy Oler Memorial Operation Toy Drop. Operation Toy Drop, hosted by the Army Reserve and the Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command, enables soldiers to maintain their airborne readiness and give back to the local community. Photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy R. Koster By Army Sgt. Nicole Paese 361st Press Camp Headquarters


ORT BRAGG, N.C., – Hundreds of U.S. Army and foreign airborne troops gathered Dec. 1 and 2 to get in some airborne training and provide Christmas cheer to local children during the 20th annual Operation Toy Drop.

The Randy Oler Memorial Operation Toy Drop is an annual tradition at Fort Bragg. Hosted by the Army Reserve and the Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command, participating soldiers conduct an airborne operation with foreign jumpmasters. During the event, the American soldiers – who could jump with an unwrapped toy or stuffed animal that would be donated to underprivileged local children – also had a chance to earn their foreign jump wings. On Dec. 1, soldiers gathered at Green Ramp at Pope Air Field from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. to receive a lottery ticket. Troops with winning tickets received a spot in the airborne operation the following day. The Operation Toy Drop tradition was established in 1998 by then-Army Staff Sgt. Randy Oler, a U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychologi-

cal Operations Command soldier. Operation Toy Drop began as a training event, with more than 1,200 soldiers participating and donating 550 toys. “Eight foreign countries participate,” said Army Maj. Kathleen S. Feeley-Lynch, with the Army Reserve’s 7458th Medical Backfill Battalion. “Soldiers train with foreign jump masters and learn commands.” For many of the reservists, she said, Operation Toy Drop serves as a venue to conduct training that mirrors their civilian careers. Foreign countries participating in this year’s event included Canada, Colombia, Germany, Italy, Latvia, the Netherlands, Poland and Sweden. “A lot of our new soldiers are medics for the Army and are full-time students,” Feeley-Lynch said. “Many of the soldiers have recently completed the Drop Zone Medical Operations course offered at Fort Bragg’s Medical Simulation Training Center.” The course, she said, focuses on injuries that could occur during airborne operations. Operation Toy Drop also enables soldiers to experience real-world military training. “Soldiers practice basic soldiering and medical skills in a controlled environment,” said Army Reserve 1st Lt. Kirsten A. Westberg, a medicalsurgical nurse with the 7458th and a civilian nurse. “It’s more relevant for real life,” said Army Maj. Arnold J. Cortez, an emergency room nurse with the 7458th. “We need hands-on field training. This is what we’re trained for.” Another benefit is the opportunity to work with soldiers from other Army Reserve units. “We’re fortunate to work with a bunch of professionals,” Cortez said. “We have two doctors, several (emergency room) nurses, an (intensive care unit) nurse and several medics,” Feeley-Lynch said. “We have 28 personnel in total. We’re spread out through the drop zone; we also have roaming medics who are walking around with first aid bags.” “Our overall goal to provide support for this mission,” Cortez said. “Our team is wellequipped to help people out if they really need it.”



December 15, 2017


Retirement of 30 years to the United States Navy Story, photos by Jamie Link NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs


fter more than 30 years of service in United States Navy, Chief Warrant Officer Four (CWO4) Frank Cherry retired onboard Naval Air Station Whiting Field (NASWF) Dec. 1 in the presence of shipmates, co-workers, friends and family. “Chief Warrant Officer Cherry’s career is characterized by pure excellence,” said NASWF Commanding Officer Capt. Todd Bahlau, who served as the guest speaker. “He is the definition of our core values of honor, courage and commitment.” The ceremony consisted of a presentation of awards and a shadow box, family appreciation letters and the readings of Creating the Navy Wife, The Mustang, and The Watch. In addition to the reading of Olde Glory with a passing of the flag tradition, Cherry presented the flag to

his brother. Cherry hails from Casper Wyo., and began his Navy career in 1987. Upon completion of recruit training in San Diego, Calif., he reported to Basic Electricity and Electronics School in San Diego, Electronics Technician “A” School, Great Lakes, Ill. and MK XII I FF “C” School in San Diego. His first duty assignment was the USS Benjamin Stoddert (DDG 22), Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. He then reported to USNS Kilauea (T AE26) which was homeported in the Philippines. He then went on

Chief Warrant Officer Four (CWO4) Frank Cherry receives his certificate of retirement from NAS Whiting Field Commanding Officer, Capt. Todd Bahlau during Cherry’s retirement ceremony in the atrium on base. Cherry has more than 30 years of service to the Unites States Navy and finished out his career as a ground electronics maintenance officer on the installation.

to the Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) John S. McCain in Bath, Maine in 1993 where he was promoted to petty officer first class and earned his enlisted Surface Warfare pin.

CWO4 Frank Cherry and wife Renee receive a retirement shadow box on stage during the retirement ceremony for Cherry Dec 1 onboard Naval Air Station Whiting Field in the atrium.

After three successful sea tours, he reported to NAVPAC METOCCEN, Naval Pacific Meteorology and Oceanography Center Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and promoted to chief petty officer. December, 1999 Cherry reported onboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68) where he was promoted to senior chief petty officer. In 2003, Cherry reported to FTSC PAC Fleet Technical Support Center Pacific in San Diego and in 2005 he reported to the USS Hue City (CG 66) Mayport, Fla., while there promoted to chief warrant officer and qualified as tactical action officer. He was then assigned order to USS Doyle (FFG 39) where he made his second tour as part of antidrug operations. USS DeWert (FFG 45) was next for a report for Cherry and upon decommissioning of USS DeWert in 2014, reported to Naval Air Station

Whiting Field, where he has served as the ground electronics maintenance officer. Cherry addressed the crowd with thankfulness and also excitement for freedoms he will now have as a retiree. “For the first time in my life I get to truly choose what I will wear to work, how to cut my hair and if I even want to shave,” he said. “It seems almost unreal that I get to make these decisions. I do want to thank you all for attending.” He has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (5), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (5) and numerous other personal, unit and campaign awards. Cherry has been married to his wife Renee for more than 24 years. Cherry was piped ashore for the final time prior to the culmination of the event.


December 15, 2017




GOSPORT Military notices

Scholarships for military children

“Read all about it...” NASP Christmas services

The Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) is informing its patrons now that the Fisher House Foundation’s Scholarships for Military Children program will begin accepting applications for the 2018 to 2019 school year today, Dec. 15. Applications will be accepted until mid-February. At least one scholarship, worth $2,000, will be awarded at every commissary location where qualified applications are received. Additional recipients will be selected on a prorated basis, so more scholarships will be awarded at those stores with larger numbers of applicants. A total of 700 scholarship grants will be awarded this year. Since its beginning, the program has awarded a total of 10,114 grants worth $16.7 million to the sons and daughters of commissary patrons. The scholarship information and packet may be access at http://militaryscholar.org/sfmc/.

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PACPOA scholarship deadline

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The Pensacola Area Chief Petty Officer Association (PACPOA) plans to award its second annual National Flight Academy scholarship for the 2018 season. The scholarship is open to seventh grade to 12th grade family members of all ranks of the military (active duty, retired and veterans) and first responders from any for the NAS Pensacola tenant commands as well as Naval Hospital Pensacola. NFA information and schedule can be found at www.nationalflightacademy.com. Request for an application and completed application can be sent to jarred.scolari@navy.mil. Application deadline is Feb. 28. The PACPOA will not cover any travel cost for applicants who do not live in the Pensacola area, but they are encouraged to apply. Applications will be reviewed by board members and the winner will be announced March 5. Applications will be reviewed by board members and the winner will be announced Feb 4. For more information, e-mail AEC Jarred Scolari at jarred.scolari@navy.mil.

Language test appointments available Interested in taking the Defense Language Aptitude Battery (DLAB) or the Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT) for foreign languages? Tests are administered Wednesdays at the Navy Language Testing Office Bldg. 634. Test appointments are accepted by e-mail only. For appointments and language testing counseling, contact CIWT_CRRY_ Lang_Testing_Pensacola@navy.mil. Learn more about what the Center for Language, Regional Expertise and Culture offers at www.netc.navy.mil/centers/ciwt/clrec.

Embry Riddle University registration Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) Worldwide Pensacola Campus is now registering for the January 2018 term. Everyone is encouraged to register early. Classes begin Jan. 8. Military Tuition Assistance must be command approved by Dec. 24. The campus is open to active-duty military, veterans and civilians. Civilians will require background screening and a base pass. Office hours onboard NAS Pensacola are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays in the Navy College Center, Bldg. 634, Suite 033. The campus will be closed for the holidays Dec. 22 through Jan. 2. Degree programs include the Associate in Science in Aeronautics, Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics, Associate in Science in Technical Management, Bachelor of Science in Technical Management and the Master of Science in Aeronautics. For more information about the ERAU degrees offered at the NAS Pensacola College Center, e-mail Pensacola @erau.edu or call 458-1098.

Wreaths Across America at Barrancas In the traditional spirit of the holiday, Barrancas National Cemetery will be hosting Wreaths Across America tomorrow, Dec. 16. Every year, Wreaths Across America honors thousands of veterans by placing wreaths at their gravesites across the country. Wreaths are sponsored by donations to the event. For more information, call 207-1217.

Onboard NASP New movie at museum: Asteroid The National Naval Aviation Museum is proud to announce it will be presenting a new movie: “Asteroid: Mission Extreme.” Using stunning visuals and state-of-the-art computer graphics, the film presents the fascinating idea and unique challenges of asteroids as “way stations” to facilitate manned space travel and explores various ways to prevent asteroids from hitting the Earth. “Asteroid: Mission Extreme” is suitable for general audiences and school groups. Showing daily at 10:30 a.m. with an approximate

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The NASP Chaplain would like to announce the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services available. Services are scheduled as below. Christmas Eve: • Roman Catholic: Dec. 24, 4:30 p.m. at the Our Lady of Loreto Chapel, which is adjacent to the Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel • Protestant: Dec. 24, 6:30 p.m. at the Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel Christmas Day • Roman Catholic: Dec. 25, noon at NASP Corry Station Chapel For more information, call 452-6376.

(NMCRS) offers a safe alternative to payday loans. The Quick Assist Loan (QAL) Program is an interest-free loan for up to $500, available to active-duty Navy and Marine service members. These needbased loans are repayable by allotment within 10 months. The loans are designed to help with emergency needs for basic living expenses. Any active-duty Sailor or Marine who has no outstanding loans from the society and is in good standing is eligible to receive a QAL. To apply for a QAL, bring your most recent Leave and Earning Statement (showing all pays and entitlements) and your active-duty ID card to the NASP NMCRS office at 91 Radford Blvd. For more information, call 452-2300 or go to www.nmcrs.org.

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The NEX mall will be hosting a series of events to celebrate the holiday season. The events will include: • Toys for Tots Drive: Now through today, Dec. 15, boxes at each entrance and exit • Santa’s Workshop Visits: Every Friday and Saturday, now through Dec. 23 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. • Pet Photos with Santa: Tomorrow, Dec. 16, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. • SCPOA Gift Wrapping: Tomorrow, Dec. 16, 9 a.m. to noon • NASP Corry Station FCPOA Gift Wrapping: Dec. 18 through 22, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information on any of these events, contact Andrea Beck at 458-8811.

Polar Express pajama parties The National Naval Aviation Museum will be screening the Polar Express at 3 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday now through Dec. 17, with an additional showing Dec. 23. Families are encouraged to attend in pajamas. Tickets prices are $7 per person. Infants age 1 and under are free and do not require a ticket purchase. Arrive early and purchase tickets in person at the museum ticket counter. Advanced tickets are available in person at the Giant Screen Theater ticket counter. For more information, visit www.navalaviationmuseum.org/ event/polarexpress.

Football game tickets available The NASP Tickets and Travel Office has New Orleans Saints tickets for two different games: Saints vs. New York Jets, scheduled Dec. 17 and Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons, scheduled Dec. 24. Games start at noon on their respective days. Tickets are $45 for each game. They are available for purchase at Tickets and Travel Office on NASP Corry Station located off of Hwy 98 across from the NEX Shopping Center in Bldg. 3787 or call 4526354 for more information.

Military loved ones gather monthly People who love and support someone in the military are invited to attend the Military Loved Ones luncheon from noon to 2 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the Pensacola Yacht Club, 1897 Cypress St. The gathering offers an opportunity for military spouses and other loved ones to network. Active-duty or retired are welcome. There is no charge to attend, but participants pay for their own lunch orders. For more information, contact Susan Lewis at 7238593 or at susanlewisbooks@yahoo.com.

Enrollment open for NASP cadet units Interested youths can enroll in NAS Pensacola’s U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (13 to 18 years old) and U.S. Navy League Cadet Corps (10 to 14 years old). 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. For more information, go to www.seacadets.org or contact Luis Sepulveda at asiso@yahoo.com.

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, non-credited 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 POC Rob A. Gregg at 484-2068.

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Glenn Miller orchestra live Come hear the Glenn Miller orchestra, one of the greatest bands of all time, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m., as they bring unique jazz and big band sounds to the National Naval Aviation Museum. The world-famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, a fully self-contained 19 member group, is the most popular and sought after big band in the world today. Since 1956, the band has been consistently performing an average of 300 live dates each year worldwide. For more information, visit www.navalaviationmuseum.org/event/glenn-miller-orchestra-2018/.

Annual I Pink I Can Run scheduled The 5th annual I Pink I Can Run will be held Feb. 24 at Flora-Bama starting with a 9 a.m. gun start. This run offers a great course, awards, food, music, after party and fun. Join in to show extra love for breast cancer survivors. All the proceeds from the event will go to the Keeping Abreast Foundations’ breast health programs and help individuals in the community receive screening and diagnostic imaging services. To register, visit www.active.com/perdido-keyfl/running/distance-running-races/5th-annual-ipink-i-can-run-2018?int=.

New Gulf Shores entrance prices Gulf Islands National Seashore officials announced changes to entrance and Fort Pickens Campground fees to begin Jan. 1. The following is a listing of the new prices: Type of Entrance: • Private Vehicle: $20 • Individual (on foot, bicycle, or in large noncommercial vehicle): $10 • Motorcycle: $15 • Annual Pass: $40 Fort Pickens Campground: • Loops A, C, & E (power and water): $40 • Loops B & D (tent only): $20 Entrance passes are valid for seven days and provide access to all areas within the National Seashore including Fort Pickens, Johnson Beach, Opal Beach, Fort Barrancas and Okaloosa. Entrance fees are not charged to persons under 16 years of age or to holders of the Senior Pass (age 62 or older), Active Duty Military Pass (free annually), Access Pass (permanently disabled) and America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass. For more information about the Gulf Island National Seashore, visit www.nps.gov/GulfIslands. For more information from the National Park Servies, visit www.nps.gov.

Pictures with Santa at local mall ‘Tis the season at Cordova Mall. Area residents and visitors are invited to capture the tradition of photos with Santa, now through Dec. 24 at Cordova Mall. Families and children are welcome and encouraged to come enjoy the holiday tradition. For more information, call 477-7562.

Christmas in the country event The Leaning Post Ranch is proud to announce it will be hosting a Christmas in the country event tomorrow, Dec. 16, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christmas in the country is a family friendly event, on the grounds of a 100-year-old farm. The cost of $5 per car and includes hay rides, demonstration, a chance to meet a horse and a visit from Santa. Available for additional fees are: food, face painting, horseback rides, pony cart rides and photography at the 100 year old barn. The non-profit Leaning Post Ranch offers equine assisted activities and therapeutic riding to individuals with emotional or physical disabilities, youth at risk, and Wounded Warrior and veterans. This event offers families an affordable, safe, fun outdoor celebration of the holidays. It brings community awareness of the Equine Therapy programs that Leaning Post Ranch offers. The Leaning Post Ranch is located at 4150 Cedar Springs Rd, Molino, Fla. For more information, call 587-5940, visit www.theleaningpostranch.org or email leaningpostranchinc@gmail. com.

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’Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there; The children were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads; And mama in her ’kerchief, and I in my cap, Had just settled down for a long winter’s nap, When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter. Away to the window I flew like a flash, Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

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And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof The prancing and pawing of each little hoof. As I drew in my hand, and was turning around, Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound. He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot, And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot; A bundle of toys he had flung on his back, And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack. His eyes — how they twinkled! His dimples — how merry! His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!

His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow, And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow; The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below, When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth, And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath; He had a broad face and a little round belly, That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick, I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick. More rapid than eagles his coursers they came, And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf, And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself; A wink of his eye and a twist of his head, Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;

“Now, Dasher! Now, Dancer! Now, Prancer and Vixen! On, Comet! On Cupid! On, Donner and Blitzen! To the top of the porch! To the top of the wall! Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away, all!”

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work, And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk, And laying his finger aside of his nose, And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly, When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky, So up to the house-top the coursers they flew, With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle, And away they all flew like the down of a thistle. But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight, “Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night.”

First published anonymously in 1823, the poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” also known as “The Night Before Christmas,” helped create the modern-day conception of Santa Claus.

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December 15, 2017

NETPDC selects math statistician as CoQ Story, photo by Ed Barker Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center (NETPDC) Public Affairs


mathematical statistician for the Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center (NETPDC) was honored at an all hands ceremony Nov. 30 as Civilian of the Quarter (CoQ) for the third quarter of 2017. Matt Shull, a former University of West Florida cooperative education student and five-year civil service veteran, received the award for his outstanding performance as a mathematical statistician for the Navy Advancement Center (NAC).

Shull said he was totally surprised by the CoQ recognition, and appreciates his bosses taking the time to acknowledge his work. “I knew in college that I enjoyed applied math and data analysis and we get to do that on

NETPDC Commanding Officer Capt. Kertreck Brooks (left) congratulates NETPDC Civilian of the Quarter (CoQ) Matt Shull at a Nov. 30 awards ceremony.

a daily basis,” Shull said. “Predicting how advancement exams should perform and factor into the Final Multiple Score is an important part of selecting the best Sailors for promotion.”

NAS Pensacola fisherman hauls in “doormat” flounder ... NAS Pensacola’s Ian Porter brought in a nice flounder recently. The fish was a respectable 6.5 pounds and 24” in length. Porter was fishing out of NAS Pensacola’s Sherman Cove Marina aboard the “Gigabyte,” owned by David Morris; anglers were Morris, Porter and Matt McMillen. Photo courtesy Ian Porter

NETPDC Commanding Officer, Capt. Kertreck Brooks said Shull’s meticulous research and technical work have had far-reaching contributions beyond the lifelines of exam development. “Mr. Shull’s statistical knowledge and insight have had direct and Navywide impact,” Brooks said. “His mastery of identifying and presenting tangible data for projects and taskers has been critical to supporting our external customers such as the Career Progression Division at the Bureau of Naval Personnel and the Chief of Naval Operations Enlisted Advancement Planners. He has significantly contributed to the future of the advancement process.”

Darlene Barrow, NAC Statistical Analysis branch head and Shull’s supervisor, said that his work is not only outstanding, his behind-the-scenes attention to detail and statistics are instrumental in the continued growth and integrity of NAC examination development and advancement processes. “Matt is a hard-charger with unlimited determination and is known throughout the command as a kind, easy-going person who can be counted on to get the job done,” Barrow said. “His attitude and professionalism have an extremely positive impact on NAC’s mission.” Additional information about the NETPDC is online at https:// www. netc. navy. mil/ netc/ netpdc/ Default.htm .


GOSPORT Fleet and Family Support Center

The NASP Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC), 151 Ellyson Ave., Bldg. 625, is offering the following: • Imagination Station: 10 a.m. to noon every third Thursday of the month at Blue Wahoo Stadium. The NASP New Parent Support program partners with the Imagination Station for a military family play date. Meet some military families and let your children play. • Mov.mil Assist: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. One hour of dedicated online walkthrough to set-up your account and make your move seamless. • Base tour: 9 a.m. to noon the first Wednesday of every month. The next one is scheduled for Jan. 3. Learn about the history of Naval Air Station Pensacola and how to get around base.

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.

Worship schedule NAS Pensacola Protestant • Worship service, 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel, Bldg. 1982. • Chapel choir, meets following the 10:15 a.m. Sunday service at All Faiths Chapel. • Contemporary service, 6 p.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel. • Training Air Wing Six Bible Study, 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, Griffith Hall student lounge. • Bible study, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, J.B. McKamey Center. Roman Catholic • Sunday Mass, 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel, Bldg. 1982. • Daily Mass, 11:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the Our Lady of Loreto Chapel. • Confessions: 30 minutes before services. Latter Day Saints • Service, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel.

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 duty SARC, call the SARC cell at 554-5606.

CREDO Chaplain’s Religious Enrichment Development Operation (CREDO) Southeast offers retreats enabling military members and their families to develop personal and spiritual resources in order to meet the unique challenges of military life.

• Meeting: 6 p.m. Monday and 6 p.m. Thursday, J.B. McKamey Center. For more 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 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 more information, call 452-6376. • ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) Feb. 6 to 7, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days The ASIST workshop is for anyone who wants to feel more comfortable, confident and competent in helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Over one million caregivers have participated in this two-day, highly interactive, practical, practiceoriented workshop. Participation in the full two days is required. Enjoy small group discussions and skills practice that are based upon adult learning principles and experience powerful videos on suicide intervention. Feel challenged and safe. Learn suicide first aid. Where: J. B. McKamey Center Classrooms Bldg. 634, NAS Pensacola. Who: Military, DoD and NAS Pensacola, Corry Station, Saufley Field and Whiting Field civilian employees. How do you sign a member up? Provide CREDO facilitator Tony Bradford or chapel staff with

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 more information, call 623-7212. Other services Jewish • B’nai Israel Synagogue, 1829 North Ninth Ave., services 7 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. Saturday. For information, call 433-7311. • Temple Beth El, 800 North Palafox St., services 7 p.m. Friday (6 p.m. first Friday of each month). For information, call 438-3321 or go to http://templebethelofpensacola.org. Seventh-day Adventist • Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1080 North Blue Angel Parkway, services at 11 a.m. Saturday. For information, call 453-3442.

the member’s rank, name, contact information, and supervisor’s name. Registration contact: Tony Bradford or Chapel Staff (850) 452-2342 tony.bradford.ctr @navy.mil. • CREDO Southeast Marriage Enrichment Retreat Feb. 16 to 18 in Orange Beach, Ala. Reach new heights in your marriage. Topics Include: Love Languages, Personality Types, Communication Skills, Problem Solving & Goal Setting. To register , e-mail Ray Doss, CREDO Gulfport, Ray.doss.ctr @navy.mil Phone: (228) 8713504. NAS Pensacola CREDO Detachment contact information: Work: 452-2093 E-mail: tony.bradford.ctr@navy.mil.

Community Outreach If you are interested in participating in volunteer activities, contact NASP Community Outreach. The office tracks volunteer hours.

Report your volunteer work to get due recognition. Call 452-2532 or e-mail nasp_ comm_outreach @Navy.mil. Ongoing opportunities include: • USO Northwest Florida: The USO supports America’s service members by working to keep them connected to family, home and country. For more information, call 455-8280. • USS Alabama: The USS Alabama Memorial, 2703 Battleship Parkway, Mobile, Ala., is in need of volunteers to help with preservation. For more information, call (251) 433-2703 or go to www.USSALABAMA.com. • Meals on Wheels: Mission is to provide one hot nourishing meal per day, both in a congregate setting and to homebound clients. For more information, call 432-1475. Other volunteer opportunities are available at Pensacola Lighthouse, Pensacola Humane Society, Junior Achievement, Big Brother Big Sister, Council on Aging of West Florida, Habitat For Humanity and Manna Food Pantries.

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society The Navy-Marine Corps relief Society (NMCRS) offers a range of volunteer opportunities for people with a variety of skills and interests. This is a great opportunity to get new skills and build your resume. • Administrative and communications support • Financial instruction for expectant parents • Front desk coverage • Financial assistance • Budget counseling Contact the Pensacola office at 452-2300.

Fresh Start: Quit tobacco now The NAS Pensacola Safety Department, sponsored by Naval Hospital Pensacola, has a tobacco cessation program for NASP and NASP Corry Station called FreshStart. To register, and for more information, call 452-8167.

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Ring in the New Year

Downtown Pensacola draped with lights to celebrate the holiday season. Photo by Allen Jones, courtesy of the Downtown Improvement Board By Kaitlyn Peacock Gosport Staff Writer

With the holidays quickly approaching and the New Year following soon after, it is time to start planning one last hurrah as 2017 comes to its end and to start off 2018 with a bang. Here are some events in Pensacola to put on your calendar to make the best end and start of the year. Wonderland of Lights: Pensacola offers a display of holiday electric lights now through Dec. 30 at the Pensacola Interstate Fairgrounds. The event offers visitors a chance to see the lights through a drive-through tour and a walking tour of Santa’s Village. Lights up at 6 p.m. every night. Price for admission is $20 per vehicle, $35 per mini-van or limo, $75 per motorcoach or $35 for a season pass. For more information, call (800) 3774625 or visit www. thewonder-

landoflights.com. New Years Eve Fireworks: It would not be the new year without a fireworks display to send off the old year. Pensacola’s own New Years fireworks will be held Dec. 31 starting at 8 p.m. at the Penacola Beach Chamber of Commerce. Families are encouraged to come and enjoy the spectacle with blankets on the lawn. For more information, call 9321500. Polar Bear Plunge: Start 2018 with the traditional Polar Bear Plunge Jan. 1 beginning 2 p.m until 4 p.m. The Paradise Bar and Grill will be hosting the event. There will be live music and entertainment. No registration is required, simply come and enjoy the plunge. For more information, call 9165087. Pelican Drop: The Pelican Drop has found a new home at the Blue Wahoos Stadium. It will be part of the

Kazoo’s New Year Celebration hosted at the stadium, which will also include fireworks, inflatables, face painting and live music. Performances will include Rewired, the Unicorn Wranglers and the Antioch Youth and Adult Choir. The Kazoo Celebration will be held Dec. 31 in the Blue Wahoos Stadium with main gates opening at 5 p.m. The Pelican Drop will be at 8 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. There will also be a special “New Years on the Bay” private party featuring an all-you-caneat buffet from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the party are $75 per person and $20 per child; adult tickets are available online at bluewahoos.com, at the stadium’s box office or by calling 934-8444. Child tickets are not available online. For more information about the Kazoo’s New Year Celebration, call 232-9400.

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Enjoy the BaseFest Concert hosted by MWR starting at 4 p.m. at the Portside lawn.

WEDNESDAY “Thor: Ragnarok” (PG13) 3D: 5 p.m. “Justice League” (PG13) 3D: 7:30 p.m. “The Star” (PG) 5:10 p.m. “Murder on the Orient Express” (PG13) 7:10 p.m.

“Thor: Ragnarok” (PG13) 3D: Noon

“Thor: Ragnarok” (PG13) 2D: 1 p.m.

“Jigsaw” (R) 5 p.m.

“Justice League” (PG13) 3D: 3 p.m. 2D: 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

“Justice League” (PG13) 2D: 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

“Justice League” (PG13) 2D: 7 p.m.

“Murder on the Orient Express” (PG13) 5:30 p.m. “Jigsaw” (R) 8 p.m. “The Star” (PG) 12:30 p.m. “Daddy’s Home 2” (PG13) 2:30 p.m.

“The Star” (PG) Noon “Murder on the Orient Express” (PG13) 2 p.m.

“Daddy’s Home 2” (PG13) 5:10 p.m. “Thank You for Your Service” (R) 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY “Daddy’s Home 2” (PG13) 4:30 p.m.

“The Star” (PG) 5 p.m.

“Thank You for Your Service” (R) 7 p.m.

“Thor: Ragnarok” (PG13) 2D: 7 p.m.

Regular shows: $4 adults, $2 children ages 611, free for 5 and younger 3D shows: $5 adults, $3 children ages 6-11, free for 5 and younger NASP Portisde Cinema is closed on Monday. Details: 452-3522 or www.navymwrpensacola.com

“Justice League” (PG13) 2D: 5:10 p.m. “A Bad Moms Christmas” (R) 7:30 p.m.

Morale, Welfare and Recreation The NASP Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) department has a number of upcoming events and activities. For more information, call 452-3806, ext. 3100, or go to the MWR website at www.navymwrpensacola .com. • Polar Plunge: MWR is hosting a Polar Plunge at the Mustin Beach Club pool Jan. 7. Free hot chocolate will be served during the event. For more information, call 4523806. • Backpacking Overnight Trips: There will be an overnight backpacking trip Jan. 13 through 14 in the Talladega National Forest, Ala. Go with MWR on an out-of-town backpacking adventure. All gear and transporta• BaseFest: MWR tion provided. is proud to announce Only $60, rain BaseFest will be held or shine. Sign up for the skills today, Dec. 15 with course at the gates opening at 4 Tickets and p.m. This event is a Travel office concert to be held on Bldg. 3787 at the NASP Portside Corry Station. lawn with a music lineBackpacking up including DNCE, 101 Skills Tompson Square, Course is a preLauren Duski and requisite for all special guest Bobby NAS Pensacola “Blackhat Band.” This backpacking trips. The next event is free and open is course for DoD ID card holdscheduled for ers. For more informaJan. 6 through tion, visit BaseFest 7. See below for MusicFestival.com. more details. For more information call 281-5489 or 452-6354. • Backpacking 101 Skills Course: In preparation for the upcoming backpacking trip in January, MWR will be hosting a Backpacking 101 Skills Course Jan. 6 through 7. Course price is $40, gear included. Sign up for the skills course at the Tickets and Travel Office Bldg. 3787 at Corry Station. For more information call 281-5489 or 4526354. • One on One Swim Lessons: The Mustin Beach Club pool is offering one-onone swimming lessons six days a week, excluding Wednesday, with a flexible schedule. Price is $15 for every 30 minutes. All ages and skill levels are welcome to sign up. For more information, call 452-9429. • New Year Cosmic Bowling: Ring in the New Year at NASP Corry Station Bowling Center with Cosmic Bowling, Dec. 31 starting at 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Price is $10 per person and $5 for children ages 6 and under. Minimum of four people to a lane. To reserve your spot or for more information, call 452-6380. • Karate Class: Shotokan Karate classes are $20 per month at Portside Gym, Bldg. 627, for active-duty and family members and $22 for DoD employees. For more information call 452-7810, 452-7813 or 291-0940.

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


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auto • merchandise • employment real estate • and more! Announcements Sandy’s Good Times Dance Club. Thursday weekly dance lessons 6:30 pm-6:55pm $10. For lessons – please refrain from wearing scented products. Friday Latin night. Saturday 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday ballroom night 7:30-10:30 p.m. Beginning social dance lessons Thursday and Friday 6:30-7:25 p.m. Each night $10. 1707 West Fairfield Dr. 850-458-1979. pensacoladanceclub.com. Annual Waterford Place Subdivision Yard Sales. December 15 & 16, starts at 8 AM. Set your GPS to the corner of Crest Ridge Drive & Crestmont Circle. Mobile Mechanic service offered to the Pensacola Area, military discount available. We come to you for any automotive needs. Call Randy 850-8600699 Articles Articles for Salefor Sale Furniture-Lazy Boy Loveseat Light Coffee Color. Excellent condition $350.Call 850-2933370 White Queen Bed with two Chest of Drawers and two Mirrors. Solid Wood. $250. Call (757) 650-3898 for pictures Queen Bedroom Set, $650, like New. 6 pieces: Bed, 2 nightstands, 2 Dressers & Armoire, Light Oak Color. Call (757)650-3898, will forward pics

Articles for Sale

Articles for Sale

Cooper A2 goatskin jacket. 3+2 Home, 5 minutes from XL. Brand new. $250. 850- NAS west Gate, ready to move in.$950 Rent/$950 Deposit. 499-3374 850-450-3507 For Sale: Mr. Heater Big Buddy portable indoor safe New queen mattress with propane heater. Dual Tank. frame. $275 (paid $800). 8504000/9000/18,000 BTU. Brand 941-8554 new. $100. Call Dave at 850Whirlpool heavy duty wash501-6548. ing machine. Works great. I have 2 plots located in the $150. 850-941-8554 Garden of Honor ll spaces #145C 1 and 2. There is 1 Rock Island Armory 1911 .45 vault, 1 open and close, and semi-auto pistol. 2 magazines, 1 companion granite marker original box with matte black base. Valued $6445.00 asking finish 3.5 inch barrel. Great $4500.00 OBO. Call 850-626- condition. (850) 484-8998 4710 for more information. German Shepherd pupI have a entertainment center pies for sale. $450. Ready by dark real wood with space to Christmas. Call Mark at 850fit a 40” TV and stereo equip- 341-4276 ment or DVR. Must sale asking $50.00 obo. for more informa- 7ft maroon couch for sale tion call 8506264710 in eve- -$200. Olive love seat $100. Call 850-516-3600 ning and day 8502322750.


Auto 2014 Porsche Carerra S. Black w/ tan. All options. 18k miles. Aerokit cup. $85,000. Please call Bill @ 850-293-6627. 2007 Toyota Solara Convertible SLE. Leather, Bluetooth, navigation, power everything. 6cyl. Milton, FL. $7600 Exc. condition. 850-417-6376 or 850-626-6683 1995 Volvo SW960 191K miles, with $300 of upgrades: 2 new tires, new battery and brakes. 6 cylinder runs strong, leather interior, lots of room for hauling. $800 firm, $100 off for military! (850)748-5906 2005 BDMS chopper $6,500 OBO. 2000 Harley Dyna Glide $3,500 OBO. Both excellent condition. Near base. Call or text for picture. 850-777-1325 or 850-281-4661

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Real Estate

House for rent. 36ft 2000 Damon motor 3/1 home. 2 slides. Dolly jacks. Available January 2018. 6480 Good condition. Reliable. 28K Cypress St. Milton FL. 32570 $850.00 per mo. Military Dismiles. $14,000. 850-623-4107 count available. Call 850-346-6088 REAL ESTATE Real Estate Rental Rentals Beautiful home 4/2 splt Apartment close to NAS- flr plan on +/- half acre lot 1BR/1BA; beautiful natu- on culdesac.in Lillian, all ral wood, quiet, near water. 1926sqft,new hdwd flrs,S/S apWasher/Dryer in apt. $675 mo. pliances.$217,500. Pls call 850Military only. Call Jim 850- 293-3370. 791-9705 Vacation House Rental. MiliRoom to rent. 1500 Sq. ft.. tary/Families. 4BR/2.5BA, Beula $500 per month. Utilities sleeps 8. On water, near NAS included. 6390 Cattle Drive, Pensacola. Rents daily, weekPensacola 32526. Call or text ly, monthly. http://www.vrbo. David 850-758-6989 com/4016771ha

Northeast Townhome. 10% Discount 1st month rent for active and retired military. Near malls, airport, PSC, hospitals. Two bedrooms/baths, living room/cathedral ceiling, Loaf/ 2007 Harley Road King large closest. 875.00 Share 4bd/2 1/2 baths 2 story Yorkie Puppy-Female. Shots/ Classic, 8,300 miles, excellent one-bedroom home near NAS and Corry Sta- hlth. cert. Great w/children. condition, lots of additional Immaculate chrome. Never downed. Must apartment w/ kitchenette adtion looking for military. $550 $950. 850-287-2144 sell. $10K. Text to see. 850- joined my home with pool. monthly to rent room. Leave Nice area near Scenic and Entertainment Center, Coffee 506-2573 message at 850-549-6963 Olive, $650/month +security. Table, and end table matching Phone or text, cell 703-618Dining room set. Solid oak. hardwood set for $350. 850- Boats Boats 9875 Table, six chairs, large glass 452-0202 2003 Mainship 34’ Pilot door and hutch. $550. 850-478Home for rent Lobster Liberty Elite tennis Year: 2003 8704 or 850-291-5756. 3/2, home water filtraball machine. New still in ship- Length: 34’ system,hardwood Queen Bedroom Set, $650, ping box. Retail $1K - asking Engine/Fuel Type: Twin / diesel tion floors,fenced back yard.New Located In: Pensacola, FL like New. 6 pieces: Bed, 2 $650. Call 850-492-5614 fridge,stove,dishwasher,and Hull Material: Fiberglass nightstands, 2 Dressers & ArHVAC. YW#: 80950-3058214 moire, Light Oak Color. Call $1100 call or text 850-281Current Price: US$ 109,900 (757)650-3898, will forward 4276 (p) 865-801-2628 pics

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