NASP Christmas services ... The following services are scheduled at Naval Air Station Pensacola: Protestant • Contemporary Candle Light Service: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 24, Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel. Catholic: • Children’s Mass: 4:30 p.m. Dec. 24, Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel. • Christmas Day Mass: Noon, NASP Corry Station Chapel. • New Year’s Eve Mass: 4:30 p.m. Dec. 31, NASP Corry Station Chapel. • New Year’s Day Mass: Noon Jan. 1, Our Lady Of Loreto Chapel.
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NASP hosts solar energy project groundbreaking From NAS Pensacola PAO
Beginning a unique new relationship between the Navy, Air Force and Southern Company subsidiary Gulf Power, a ground-breaking ceremony was held Dec. 16 at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, marking the start of construction for three large-scale solar electric generating facilities. Combined, these facilities will have approximately 1.5 million solar panels that could generate up to 157 megawatts (MW) of direct current (DC) or 120 MW of alternating current (AC) power. This translates to powering roughly 18,000 homes on a sunny day. The endeavor will be one of the largest solar energy projects east of the Mississippi River. Gulf Power and its third party developer Coronal Development Services will construct three facilities – one at NAS Pensacola, one at NAS Whiting Field and one at Eglin Air Force Base. On April 16, 2015, the Florida
Public Service Commission approved all three project plans. Respectively, the departments of the Navy and the Air Force recently signed land lease agreements with Gulf Power. The energy farms will be constructed at Navy Outlying Landing Field Saufley near NAS Pensacola (50 MW), Navy Outlying Landing Field Holley near NAS Whiting Field (40 MW), and at Eglin Air Force Base near Fort Walton Beach (30 MW). Notable groundbreaking ceremony presenters and attendees included Dennis V. McGinn, assistant secretary of the Navy for energy, installations and environment; Miranda A.A. Ballentine, assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and energy; Capt. Keith Hoskins, commanding officer of Naval Air Station Pensacola; Capt. Todd A. Bahlau, commanding officer of Naval Air Station Whiting Field; Col. Matthew W. Higer, vice commander of the 96th Test Wing at Eglin Air
Military, government and industry officials break ground for Florida’s largest solar energy project Dec. 16. (Left-right) Matt Hantzmon, COO of Coronal Development Services; Air Force Col. Matthew Higer, vice commander 96th Test Wing (Eglin Air Force Base); Miranda Ballentine, assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and energy; Dennis McGinn, assistant secretary of the Navy for energy, installations and environment; Stan Connally, Gulf Power president and CEO; NAS Pensacola Commanding Officer Capt. Keith Hoskins, and NAS Whiting Field Commanding Officer Capt. Todd Bahlau. Photo by Mike O’Connor
Force Base; and Stan Connally, president and CEO of Gulf Power. These initiatives support the Department of the Defense’s and the Navy’s Renewable Energy
Program Office’s (REPO) commitment to renewable energy and show the leadership both services are displaying in pursuit of energy security. McGinn said the collabora-
tion between Gulf Power and the Department of the Navy to construct new solar facilities on Florida Navy installations will
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NSA, Cyber Command senior enlisted leader visits CID Story, photo By Carla M. McCarthy Center for Information Dominance PAO
U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. David Redmon, National Security Agency (NSA) and U.S. Cyber Command senior enlisted leader, visited Center for Information Dominance (CID) Dec. 9. He, along with Chief Master Sgt. Patrick McMahon, command chief for Air Force Space Command, and their colleagues, met with CID headquarters leadership and toured the training facilities at CID Unit Corry Station. “This really is a great opportunity for us, from not just an Army or Air Force or Navy perspective, to come to take a look at the great job we’re doing training folks in this new area of cyber, of intelligence, of information dominance,” said Redmon. “We do represent your op-
The group took a look at the range of training offered at CID Unit Corry Station, including the Joint Cyber Analysis Course, electronic warfare and signals analysis classes, and the information systems technician Digital Tutor course. They also spent time visiting with and talking to students from all services during lunch. “It was an honor having lunch with all the VIPs, especially Sgt. Maj. (Redmon),” said ITSA Sarah Yandow, currently a Digital Tutor student. “I learned that all the branches are unique in their own ways, and I really like Command Sgt. Maj. David Redmon, National Security that aspect of the military. He shared a lot of great points Affairs and U.S. Cyber Command senior enlisted leader, of view on security.” meets with Capt. Maureen Fox, Center for Information Redmon appreciated the team effort at CID, which he Dominance (CID) commanding officer, and her staff. sees as an essential part of the development of the workerational force, so everyone that’s going through these force. courses is going to come out and work for us in some See CID on page 2 capacity.”
Some education and training websites and applications to be unavailable tomorrow (Dec. 19)
Last Gosport for the year By Scott Hallford Gosport Editor
Today’s issue of your homebase newspaper marks the last edition of the year. Per our contract with the printer, Ballinger Publishing, we print 50 issues annually, so the December holiday period is a time the Gosport staff takes a
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By Ens. Dominic Scharret, NETPDTC PAO
Wreaths Across America ... Priscilla Griffith and her son, Scott Griffith, joined hundreds of other military families and civilian volunteers Dec. 12 at Barrancas National Cemetery during the Wreaths Across America event. Officials said more than 11,000 wreaths were placed this year, an increase from the 7,000 that were placed in 2014. Photo by Janet Thomas
As part of the Naval Education and Training Command’s annual fire suppression test for the Saufley Field Data Center, numerous education and training applications will be unavailable tomorrow, Dec. 19, from approximately midnight until 9 p.m. According to NETC Program of Records Di-
rector David Schisler, the fire suppression testing is vital for the training enterprise to function in case of a data center emergency. “This event has been scheduled on a weekend to minimize the impact to our customers,” said Schisler. “The annual fire suppression tests are crucial to ensuring that our systems and data center
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NASP gate hours ... NAS Pensacola Holiday Gate Hours: NASP Corry Station Gate 7 and NASP West Gate will close at 7 p.m. today, Dec. 18. Both gates will reopen Jan. 4, 2016; Gate 7 at 6 a.m. and West Gate at 5 a.m. NASP and NASP Corry Station main gate hours of operation will be unchanged during the holidays.
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Air training center awarded 2015 Project Good Neighbor Award By Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Public Affairs
Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) was honored for their community service Dec. 1 when they were selected as a 2015 Project Good Neighbor recipent. The center was selected as the winner in the Large Shore Command category for the U.S. Navy Community Service Program’s 2015 Project Good Neighbor Community Service Flagship program. NATTC Commanding Officer Capt. Hugh Rankin said service members attached to the command – whether students or instructors – are committed to supporting the community in which they live.
“Believing that people really can make a difference, our ongoing and unwavering goal at NATTC is that of developing and encouraging a spirit of volunteerism, which seeks to nurture, encourage, mentor, train and help develop both mentally and physically local Pensacola youth for the purpose of building a better tomorrow,” he said. The Project Good Neighbor Award recognizes the best yearround, volunteer supported program or special project that promotes outreach activities to establish and restore hope to the community. NATTC, the largest command aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola with an annual student throughput of approximately 15,000 Sailors and Marines, supported more than
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have a myriad of benefits. “Together, we can provide physical security to the assets, increase the regional grid resiliency and upgrade the energy infrastructure where our Sailors and aviators live and work, as well as stimulate economic activity through development. Energy, the economy, the environment and our national security are bound together; you cannot affect one without affecting the others, and these projects have positive benefits in all four dimensions,” he said. Hoskins spoke of the secretary of the Navy’s REPO and the wide-spread goals of saving energy onboard NAS Pensacola and throughout the Navy, and how the agreement with Gulf Power also helps the local community in energy costs. “Two and a half years ago, my command staff and the NAS Pensacola Public Works leadership team began to offer an energy vision to create a culture of energy conservation, reduce costs and detail a framework for planning and installing energy-efficient appliances in all of our new programs and infrastructure renovations that we have put in place,” he said. “We also took a look at space allocation efficiencies across more than 15,000 structures onboard NAS Pensacola,” he noted. “But I think it is important to note that also part of that vision was to seek public and private ventures that will bring energy value to NAS Pensacola and the surrounding community. I can tell you that six months after promulgating our energy vision, the (REPO) was stood up by Secretary (of the Navy Ray) Mabus to focus on cost effective renewable energy projects for the Department of Navy Installations while working closely with Commander, Navy Installations Command and the Commander of Navy Facilities Engineering Command. “The REPO’s mission is to fulfill SecNav’s projects and goals for renewable energy, which is mainly to produce and also procure 1 gigawatt of renewable energy by 2020,” said Hoskins. “Spoken in true naval aviator parlance, I can say I saw the opportunity and I took a shot. We were able to achieve this endeavor and bring renewable power here to the Pensacola area. “Under the auspices of the Secretary of the Navy strategy for renewable energy, this project provides and opportunity for us to assist local and state partners in understanding the Department of the Navy’s overall strategy and commitment to renewable energy,” he said. “Improving energy efficiency and increasing
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the use of alternative energy promotes more secure and more resilient missions onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola.” Capt. Bahlau said of Whiting Field’s commitment to the agreement, “It is very rewarding to be part of this project, because not only does it help to ensure energy stability for the installations, but it also provides a significant new source of renewable, clean energy for our local area.” Ballentine said this type of enhanced use lease highlights how public-private collaboration benefits the Air Force, industry and local communities. “The Air Force is focused on using these types of partnerships as a viable business model to improve the service’s energy resiliency and provide mission assurance through energy assurance,” she said. “Renewable energy projects like this are good for the nation because it increases grid diversity, improves resiliency, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution.” Higer said Eglin Air Force Base has already been recognized for other environmental projects, but Eglin’s commitment to environment extends beyond that to energy as well. “This project is an important step in furthering the development of technologies that increase mission assurance through energy assurance.” According to Gulf Power’s Connally, these solar projects help Gulf Power to further diversify its energy portfolio and support the mission to provide safe, affordable and reliable energy to its Northwest Florida customers. “This is an important collaboration between Gulf Power, the Navy and Air Force,” said Connally. “Through careful planning, we’ve been able to work alongside our military partners to help support solutions for them to meet federal renewable energy and energy conservation mandates, while Gulf Power pursues cost-effective forms of renewable energy at the same time.” The parties anticipate these solar facilities to be operational by December 2016 and serve all Gulf Power customers. Once operational, the respective facilities are estimated to generate the following numbers on a sunny day: • NAS Pensacola: 65 MW DC or 50 MW AC to power approximately 7,400 Escambia County homes • NAS Whiting Field: 52 MW DC or 40 MW AC to power approximately 6,100 Santa Rosa County homes • Eglin Air Force Base: 40 MW DC or 30 MW AC to power approximately 4,500 Okaloosa County homes.
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Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla.: A Bicentennial Defense Community Commanding Officer — Capt. Keith Hoskins Public Affairs Officer — Patrick J. Nichols The Gosport nameplate pays homage to the 100th anniversary of naval aviation in 2011: the Centennial of Naval Aviation, or CONA. The image on the left side of the nameplate depicts Eugene Ely taking off in a Curtiss pusher bi-plane from the USS Pennsylvania Jan. 18, 1911. While Ely had taken off from the USS Birmingham two months earlier after his plane had been loaded on the ship, the USS Pennsylvania event was the first time a plane landed on and then took off from a U.S. warship.
50 organizations, providing more than 53,000 volunteer hours during the 2015 calendar year. NATTC Community Service Program Coordinator Lt. Cmdr. Mark Giralmo said volunteer efforts from NATTC students and staff provides benefits not only to the Pensacola-area community, but to the service members volunteering their time as well. “Involvement in any sort of volunteer or charitable effort benefits these young Sailors, Marines and Airmen by creating close relationships in the surrounding communities and establishing a safer and healthier environment,” he said. “They are stewards of their service, and knowing that they can make a difference through spending their off-duty time providing assistance to an organization in need is truly appreciated.” More than 8,000 NATTC service
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,
members and civilian employees volunteered, Giralmo added, receiving recognition from organizations and schools such as the School District of Escambia County and the Ronald McDonald House of Northwest Florida. Giralmo said that historically Pensacola has become a home for the thousands of transitioning students each year, and NATTC’s receipt of the 2015 Project Good Neighbor award is a testament to the culture of community forged between NAS Pensacola’s largest command and the Pensacola area. “I could not be more proud of these young men and women volunteering of their time, talent and treasure for the blessings of others,” he said. “Each of these individuals are part of a community – wherever they call home. But here in Pensacola, they are embracing this community and treating it as home.”
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“If we’re not focused as senior enlisted folks on these young recruits, then they’re not going to be able to replace us someday, so it’s time always well spent,” said Redmon. CTRCM(IDW/SW) Eddy Mejias, CID Unit Corry Station command senior enlisted leader, said the staff and instructors who engaged with Redmon and McMahon also benefitted from the visit, in addition to having the opportunity to showcase advancements in instruction since Redmon's last trip to Corry Station. “They (Redmon and his colleagues) provided us valuable insight into the initiatives and strategies of U.S. Cyber Command, which will enable us to better train our service members for cyber operations around the world,” said Mejias. Tests from page 1
are as safe and reliable as possible. We will be bringing the applications back online as soon as possible after the tests are complete.” Applications which will be unavailable on Dec. 19 include Navy e-Learning, which helps Sailors stay current with training requirements (such as General Military Training) and advance their careers. Questions regarding the education and training website and appli-
cations maintenance window should be directed to the NETC Director of Helpdesk & Data Center Support: Brenda.mccreary@ navy.mil, commercial 473-5728, or DSN 753-5728. Additional information about NETPDTC is available via: https://www.netc.navy.mil/netc/Co mmands/NETPDTC.aspx. For more information about the Naval Education and Training Command, visit: https://www. netc.navy.mil.
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break and regroups for the next year. The newspaper will return to distribution Jan. 8, 2016; any classified ads placed during the next two weeks will appear in that issue. We will continue to work hard to bring you one of the best newspapers in the Navy as we begin our 95th year serving the Cradle of Naval Aviation. On behalf of NASP Commanding Officer, Capt. Keith Hoskins, the NASP Public Affairs staff and Ballinger Publishing, we wish you all very safe and happy holidays.
Gulf Breeze Zoo partners with Toys For Tots ... Marines from MATSG-21, MATSG-23 and MATSG-42 lent a hand with the Gulf Breeze Zoo’s Toys For Tots drive. “It’s amazing to see the community response we see each year, and we love the fact that people have come to make it their holiday family tradition,” said Valerie Samu, corporate marketing director. There was exactly 906 toys donated. Photo courtesy Gulf Breeze Zoo
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Hitting home: Terror and military uncertainty By Lisa Smith Molinari Military Spouse Columnist
Usually, during the second or third year of my husband’s tour of duty in the Navy, I start waking up at dawn, my mind swirling with questions. What’s next? Where will we live? How will we afford it? Will I be able to find work? What about the children? I wondered if I was having a mid-life crisis, but it turns out that 40 precent of military families feel the same way I do. Military folks are increasingly uncertain about the future, according to Blue Star Families 2015 Survey results released recently. For the 6,291 service members, veterans and family members who took the survey, the top concerns contributing to growing uncertainty and financial insecurity were threats to military pay and benefits, changes to retirement benefits, spouse employment difficulties, post-service transition, and the rise in active duty and veteran suicides. (See www. bluestarfam.org/survey.) The comprehensive survey, now in its sixth year, is con-
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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. ducted in collaboration with Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families to gain insight into the unique challenges faced by the military community
and to make recommendations regarding sustaining our all-volunteer force. Although the results were released on Oct. 28, they seem particularly newsworthy now, in light of the recent uptick in international and domestic terrorist attacks that will require military involvement. A few of the surprising statistics: • Although 94 percent of respondents joined the military to serve their country, only half would advise their own children to serve. Since 84 precent of recruits come from military families, there is new concern about adequately sustaining our all-volunteer military. As Michael O’Hanlon, director of foreign policy research at the Brookings Institute said about the survey results, “Even military families are increasingly doubting whether they want to wish this same life on their children ... not out of any lack of patriotism or a sense of public service. It’s an awareness of how hard it can be.” (See www.brookings.edu/~/ media/events/2015/10/29military-families-veteranslifestyle-survey/20151029_ military_families_transcript.pdf)
• Even though 82 percent of respondents said they joined the military for financial security, 65 percent of service persons and their spouses said that they were worried about military pay and compensation. One Army spouse surveyed said, “The contract that my Soldier signed with the government has been turned inside out, leaving us with an uncertain future financially. We can no longer ‘bank’ on the government to take care of their original obligations to all service members and their family members. I personally am so frustrated by all the issues, I am recommending both of my active-duty sons finish their contracts and get out of the military.” • There is growing worry over unexpected expenses associated military life. Onethird of military families said they pay out of pocket housing costs, and 73 percent said there were other unexpected expenses related to military life such as unreimbursed moving costs. “There are a lot of conversations around the dinner table about whether to stay in or get out,” Cristin Orr Shiffer, deputy director of re-
search and policy for Blue Star Families said in a Military Times article. As Shiffer put it, military families are keeping their “eyes on the exits.” In a telephone interview, Shiffer told me that, although news of the survey results reached a record number of media outlets this year, more can be done to engage and inform the public. With only 1 percent of the population serving in the military, news is naturally targeted toward media consumers who are primarily civilian. “I don’t see (civilians) as disinterested, but rather not understanding military issues,” Shiffer said. “Talk to your neighbors. People want to help, but they don’t know how – that’s where we come in. Blue Star Families exists to connect America to its military.” As a 22-year Navy spouse, the survey results really hit home. And now, with the recent news that terrorist massacres are being spawned in our own neighborhoods, civilians also have a reason to lie awake at dawn and wonder what the future holds for our military.
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Wounded warriors to take part in Invictus Games Orlando 2016 By Shannon Leonard Navy Installations Command Public Affairs
ine seriously wounded, ill and injured athletes participated in a sitting volleyball demonstration and announcement of the Invictus Games Orlando 2016 onboard the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Dec. 3 in New York City. Retired AW Brett Parks – a lower-leg amputee who was shot when he tried to stop an armed robbery in 2012 – and retired AE3 Michael Roggio – who was injured while on duty in 2009 – represented the Navy during the joint-service sitting volleyball demonstration. Parks and Roggio are enrolled in Navy Wounded Warrior (NWW) – Safe Harbor, the Navy’s wounded warrior support program. Former President George W. Bush and Ken Fisher, chairman and chief executive officer of Invictus Games 2016, were met with great excitement when they arrived during the sitting volleyball demonstration on the ship’s flight deck. The wounded warrior athletes stopped the game to
greet them with hugs and handshakes. Bush and Fisher then publicly announced that the former president will serve as honorary chair of Invictus Games Orlando 2016. Additionally, the George W. Bush Institute and the Invictus Games 2016 will co-chair a policy symposium prior to the games, which will take place May 8-12, 2016. The Dallasbased institute is launching a major initiative to address the invisible wounds of war, specifically traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress, to ensure veterans and caregivers seek and receive comprehensive care and reduce the stigma associated with these wounds. “I have dedicated the rest of
Max Rohn, a retired Navy petty officer, winds up to throw a discus during training for the inaugural 2014 Invictus Games at Mayesbrook Field in London. The Invictus Games is an international competition that brings together wounded, injured and ill service members in the spirit of friendly athletic competition. Photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Lee
my life to honoring the service and sacrifice of the men and women with whom I served as commander-in-chief,” said Bush. “Those who wear their nation’s uniform, some of whom have been overcome both visible and invisible injuries, deserve our support. I’m proud to serve as honorary chairman of the Invic-
At 50, Naval Services FamilyLine still going strong From CNIC
As Naval Services FamilyLine (NSFL) celebrates its golden anniversary, we look back through the very first newsletters and pictures and think, ‘You’ve come along way, baby!” Certainly the hairdos and attire from five decades ago look quite different (which also makes you wonder what people in 2065 will say about ours). We are no longer the Navy Wifeline Association, but the Naval Services FamilyLine. Instead of printing out and mailing newsletters, you can learn more on our website and find us on Facebook or send us a tweet. We may be just a little less formal ... However, the organization’s basic mission remains the same: To empower sea service families to meet the challenges of a military lifestyle with information, resources and mentoring. The group was founded a half century ago by spouses for spouses, and those spouses continue to strengthen one another and provide a solid home front. NSFL is still comprised of a board of volunteer spouses and remains located on the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. The information booklets and protocol handbook, which were first developed, have grown in size to a ‘Guideline Series’ of topics pertinent to service members and their families. They are sent to Fleet and Family Support Centers, spouse clubs, Family Readiness Groups and other organiza-
tions upon request, and can now be downloaded online. The orientation program for new Navy ‘wives’ has developed into the very successful COMPASS program for new ‘spouses,’ offered at bases throughout the world. The organization has developed the Continuum of Resources and Education (CORE) program. It's a network of seminars, workshops, classes, and people dedicated to empowering the Navy spouse, educating the Navy family, and promoting the Navy lifestyle. We are proud of our Sailors and recognize that their spouses and families serve selflessly alongside them. Our organization continues to exist for the same reasons it was formed 50 years ago. To quote the 1800s French critic, journalist and author Alphonse Karr, ‘plus a change, plus c’est la mme chose.’ Usually translated as, ‘The more things change, the more they stay the same.’ We have come a long way, but perhaps this holds true even more so. Cheers to Naval Services FamilyLine, and to its future. Supporting the fleet, fighter and family, Navy Installations Command is comprised of more than 50,000 Sailors and civilian employees located at 70 installations in 11 regions worldwide. For more information about Navy shore installations visit http://www.cnic.navy.mil. For more news from Commander, Navy Installations Command, visit www. navy. mil/local/cni/.
tus Games 2016, and to shine a spotlight on the unconquered spirit of these men and women, not just from the American team but from 15 coalition nations.” The Invictus Games Orlando 2016 will bring together more than 500 veteran competitors from 15 nations to compete in 10 adaptive sports: archery, cycling, indoor rowing, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and field, powerlifting, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis. The games will shine a light on the healing power of adaptive sports for seriously wounded, ill, and injured service members. A number of seriously wounded, ill and injured Sailors are expected to compete on behalf of Team USA. “The highlight today for me was President Bush. He is the reason why I joined the military. He gave the call out and I answered it. It meant a lot to me to be able to shake his hand and give him a hug. You can tell he genuinely cares about wounded warriors. It was a great event and a great day,” said Parks, an avid athlete who participated in Invictus Games 2014 in London. “Today was a great day. It inspired me to keep pushing forward and pursue my dreams. Without the struggles, dreams wouldn’t be here. Dreams can become reality. I am pushing to make the U.S. team for Invictus Games 2016 and I hope to be a medalist,” said retired Army sergeant Robbie Gaupp. During an assignment in the U.S. to support Operation Jump-
start, Gaupp shattered his right shoulder while assisting border patrol units along the TexasMexico border. After he was introduced to adaptive sports, he advanced to the Department of Defense Warrior Games, where he earned medals of every color. Gaupp was one of three soldiers to take part in the sitting volleyball demonstration and announcement. The event was coordinated by NWW, which provides nonmedical care to Sailors and Coast Guardsmen who are wounded in combat, diagnosed with serious illnesses, and injured in shipboard, training and liberty accidents. NWW is one of many quality of life programs for which Commander, Navy Installations Command is responsible. Navy Installations Command is comprised of 70 installations under 11 regions with more than 52,000 military and civilian personnel who are focused on sustaining the fleet, enabling the fighter, and supporting Navy families worldwide. For more information about Navy shore installations, visit www. cnic. navy. mil. To learn more about NWW, visit http:// safeharbor. navylive. dodlive. mil. Follow NWW on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for the latest news. To learn more about the Invictus Games Orlando 2016, visit http://invictus games2016.org/. For more news from Commander, Navy Installations Command, visit www. navy. mil/ local/cnic.
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CID hosts CTM rate review Story, photo by Carla M. McCarthy Center for Information Dominance Public Affairs
enter for Information Dominance (CID) wrapped up a three-day review of training for the cryptologic technician (maintenance), or CTM, rating, Dec. 3, at NASP Corry Station. Representatives from Fleet Forces Command, Fleet Cyber Command, Information Dominance Forces, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance (OpNav N2/N6), Naval Surface Forces, Naval Air Forces, various Navy information operations commands and other commands where CTMs are stationed, along with the CTM enlisted community manager and detailer from Navy Personnel Command, participated in the assessment together with CID staff and CID Unit Corry Station instructors. The CTM rating is one of the first six ratings being assessed as part of the Naval Education and Training Command’s Ready, Relevant Learning programs for Sailor 2025. “Ready, Relevant Learning is one pillar of the Sailor 2025 initiative, with the other two pillars being a modernized personnel system and an enriched culture, all in an effort to have a more rounded Sailor for the fleet,” said CTMCM Neil Watson, the CTM enlisted community manager and technical adviser. “We’re excited to be the first rate in the Information Dominance Corps to go through this process, and
we’re looking forward to the outcome, the positive benefit for our Sailors in the future.” The pillar of Ready, Relevant Learning within Sailor 2025 includes refining a career learning continuum and leveraging learning technology. During the session, the team took into account existing CTM courses, occupational standards, Navy enlisted classification requirements and other applicable details, such as sponsor-stated requirements from operational and fleet stakeholders. They also reviewed learning objectives and the Job Duty Task Analysis (JDTA) for the CTM rating. The JDTA process captures various aspects of work the rating performs and is the first step in building or revising training content. Conducting a block learning analysis was one of the most critical aspects of the group’s work to identify instruction blocks that potentially could be learned later in a Sailor’s career. The team will make initial block learning recommendations and finalize an updated JDTA. “Ready, Relevant Learning is the right training at the right time at the right cost,” said CTMCM
Representatives from Fleet Forces Command, Fleet Cyber Command, Information Dominance Forces, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance (OpNav N2/N6), Naval Surface Forces, Naval Air Forces, various Navy information operations commands and other commands where cryptologic technician (maintenance), CTMs, are stationed, along with the CTM enlisted community manager and detailer from Navy Personnel Command, participated in a three-day review of training for the CTM rating together with Center for Information Dominance (CID) staff and CID Unit Corry Station instructors.
Jonathan Tipton, who reviews fleet cryptologic maintenance policy and requirements for Fleet Forces Command. “We are looking at our existing training, which has traditionally been all up front, and figuring out how to best break it up into blocks and then deliver it to the Sailors just in time for whatever their next job is going to be.” Tipton pointed out that with the current training model a Sailor could potentially receive training for two years up front and never see training again until much later in his or her career. With the block learning concept, CTMs and all other rates will be built up over time. “The initial concept is excel-
lent to help Sailors retain the highly technical skill sets that the CTM and other particularly specialized ratings receive,” said CTMCM Marcus Trotter, OpNav N2/N6 senior rating adviser, comparing the anticipated outcome to a business model of training interns. “One way to look at this newer approach is to keep Sailors relevant, almost the way civilian technicians are developed when they join a new company. It’s smarter business and a better return on investment for the Navy.” CID, with its headquarters based at NAS Pensacola Corry Station, is the Naval Education and Training Command learning center that leads, manages and
delivers Navy and joint forces training in information operations, information warfare, information technology, cryptology and intelligence. With nearly 1,300 military, civilian and contracted staff members, CID provides training for approximately 22,000 members of the U.S. armed services and allied forces each year. CID oversees the development and administration of more than 200 courses at four commands, two detachments and 12 learning sites throughout the United States and Japan. For more information on the Center for Information Dominance, visit www. netc. navy. mil/ centers/ ceninfodom.
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NR NSF Whiting Field named 2015 Best Small Unit of the Year From Lt.j.g. Jenne Jolie NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs
Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Pensacola, recognized Navy Reserve Navy Security Forces (NR NSF) Whiting Field (NASWF) as the recipient of the 2015 Best Small Unit of the Year in its respective category. This award is presented for outstanding unit achievement in mobilization readiness, operational support and administrative performance. NR NSF Whiting Field is one of 17 units at Naval Operational Support Command Pensacola, and is one of two local off-site NSF units that provide vital operational support to their gaining commands. NR NSF Whiting Field is comprised of 31 Sailors that support Naval Air Station Whiting Field (NASWF) with qualified master-at-arms security force protection. Their strong commitment to
provide exceptional reserve component Sailors led in the achievement of 1,811 hours of training mandates, an unprecedented level of 5,896 hours of direct operational support alongside the active-duty counterpart, and gained them specific mention at the 2015 U.S. Fleet Forces Command Higher Headquarters Operations Assessment command debrief as “Outstanding Navy Reserve Support, Best Navy Reserve training records observed.” Additionally, the Sailors of NR NSF Whiting Field have gained well-earned recognition for their personal achievement and professionalism in the form of NOSC Pensacola’s 2015 Sailor of the Year and Junior Sailor of the Year, Commander, Navy Region Southeast, Reserve Component Command Junior Sailor of the Quarter fourth quarter, three Navy Commendation Medals, 10 Navy and Marine Corps Achieve-
ment Medals, and four advancements. Along with providing year around support to this gaining command, 10 unit
Sailors volunteered to serve 29 days of active duty for an emergent mission to NOSC Chattanooga. Within 48 hours
of the tragic NOSC shooting incident, Lt. Robert Tighe, the unit commanding officer, arrived to serve as officer-in-charge of 16-
Santa Claus arrives at NAS Whiting Field ... Old Saint Nick visited NAS Whiting Field (NASWF) Dec. 5 to say hello to all the good boys and girls from Training Air Wing Five and NAS Whiting Field during the Children’s Christmas Party. The event included food, crafts, activities for the children, and photos with Santa. Santa even chose to celebrate the occasion by arriving in a TH-57 helicopter instead of his eight trusty reindeer. NASWF photo
reserve component Sailors, NOSC Chattanooga Task Force, Restoration Response Team. He established the first of 71 off-site NOSC entry control points manned by his master-atarms, who served as sentry watch standers providing safety and security of personnel and property on-site. “Each of you display a selfless commitment to excellence and consistently demonstrate an aggressive work ethic that brings an invaluable presence of reserve component Sailors to inspire others to higher standards,” Tighe said as he praised his Sailors. “Your commitment to your active-duty counterpart and support of Navywide command objectives is evident by your receipt of this award. Your dedication to duty has led to five consecutive years in the achievement of this milestone. You truly deserve this special recognition.”
NOSC Reserve Force Sailor, Junior Sailor of the Year From Jay Cope NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs
Naval Operational Support Center (NOSC) Pensacola recently announced its Reserve Force Sailor of the Year and Junior Sailor of the Year. The program recognizes the top Sailors nominated by 17 reserve component units assigned to NOSC Pensacola. This year’s recipients are drilling reservists assigned to Navy Reserve Navy Security Forces (NR NSF) at Naval Air Station Whiting Field (NASWF). The recipients were MA1 Alvin Bicasan and MA2 Eric Alexander. Bicasan’s performance was consistently outstanding as he demonstrated a “can do” attitude and attention to detail essential in meeting mission requirements. He serves as NR NSF Whiting
gaining comField unit assismands across the tant leading petty southeast region. officer (ALPO) While Bicasan for 31 Sailors, is serves a vital role directly responsihere at NAS ble for oversight Whiting Field, he of the training and also served 29 operations departdays of active ments, and perduty at NOSC sonally manages nine cross-as- MA1 Alvin Bicasan C h at t an o o g a. After the tragic signed in (CAI) masters-at-arms. In addition to shooting incident that occurred his primary duties, Bicasan plays July 16, 2015, he was hand-sea vital role in the newly estab- lected to be the training officer lished Navy Region Southeast for the security force protection Annual Sustainment Training Restoration Response Team. Academy (ASTA) located on During his mission, he collaboNaval Submarine Base Kings rated with the Chattanooga PoBay, Ga. As ASTA coordinator, lice Department to formulate a he provided 33 regional CAI plan that enabled the military to master-at-arms the opportunity utilize civilian law enforcement to complete required patrolmen weapons qualification ranges. As recipient of the Sailor of qualifications resulting in 720 hours of operational support for the Year Award, Bicasan will security force protection at their now represent NOSC Pensacola
complaints, trafat the Comfic enforcement mander, Navy and entry control Region Southeast, point duties. As Reserve Compopart of a security nent Command detail, he perSailor of the Year formed additional Competition. duties to include As Junior traffic control, Sailor of the Year, safety for two Alexander’s initiative, esprit de MA2 Eric Alexander winging ceremonies, comcorps, and command involvement were cited as pleted 146 building checks, 62 outstanding examples of this antiterrorism force protection junior enlisted Sailors perform- random antiterrorism measures, and one drug arrest. ance. “We have a superb team of Alexander serves at NR NSF Whiting Field as a security pa- (MAs) here at NSF Whiting trolmen and as the unit supply Field,” NASWF Security Offiassistant leading petty officer. In cer Lt. Stephen Pakola said. “For the former, he worked alongside these two Navy Reserve Force his active component counter- Sailors to receive this recognipart during 52 days of opera- tion is truly a testimony to their tional support. He responded to professionalism and their dedicalls for security services to in- cation to the installation and the clude traffic accidents, criminal U.S Navy. Congratulations.”
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Commissary announces holiday hours The Pensacola NAS Commissary, 5800 West Highway 98, has announced special holiday hours. The store will close at 4 p.m. Dec. 24 and remain closed Dec. 25. It will reopen at 8 a.m. Dec. 26. Hours for New Year’s Eve will be normal, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The commissary will be closed on New Year’s Day and will reopen at 8 a.m. Jan. 2. For more information, call 452-6880.
NEX plans ‘Star Wars’ celebration “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” will be in the spotlight today, Dec. 18, at the Pensacola Navy Exchange Mall, 5600 Highway 98 West. The presentation is one of a series of holiday season customer appreciation events offered in the past month. Associates will be wearing their best “Star Wars” presentations and customers are invited to join the fun while they shop.
Art museum open for Gallery Night
The Pensacola Museum of Art is planning a fun family event for Gallery Night from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. today, Dec. 18. The museum’s art education department will feature “Star Wars” themed art projects. The museum also is featuring current exhibits, “Mucha: Master Artist of Art Nouveau (Selected Works from the Rowe Collection)” and “Collection in Context: Women Creating, and Life Forms.” Gallery Night admission is free. For more information, call 432-6247 or go to pensacolamuseum.org.
NEX patrons can enter sweepstakes
Navy Exchange Pensacola is participating in the Season of Giving Sweepstakes through Dec. 20. The sweepstakes offers more than $50,000 in prizes. You must be an authorized NEX patron to enter or win, but no purchase or payment is necessary. Eligibility is required at time of entry and time of drawing. Entrants must also be 18 years or older. To enter the sweepstakes, visit myNavy exchange.com/sweepstakes or click the Season of Giving Sweepstakes graphic promoted by the Navy Exchange at myNavyexchange.com. You will be prompted to sign in or create an account and then you will be directed to the online entry form. If you do not wish to enter online you may call (877) 8109030 or enter through a NEX customer service representative.
Registration open at Embry Riddle Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide Pensacola campus is now registering for the January
Partyline submissions You can submit information for possible publication in Partyline by sending an e-mail to Janet.Thomas.email@example.com. Submissions must include the organization’s name and details about events including times, dates, locations and any costs involved. Contact information also is required. All submissions are subject to editing to comply with established standards. Items should be submitted at least one week in advance. The deadline is noon Friday for the next week’s publication. term. Classes begin Jan. 11. Office hours aboard NAS Pensacola are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday in the Navy College Center, 250 Chambers Ave. (Bldg. 634, suite 033). NAS Whiting Field office hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday in Bldg. 1417, room 163. For more information, call 458-1098, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to www.worldwide.erau.edu/ locations/pensacola.
Time for School Choice applications
The School Choice for Escambia County schools online application window for all students for the 2016-17 school year will be open through Dec. 18. The online application applies to incoming middle and high school students (Brown Barge Middle and Workman IB Program, West Florida High School and middle/high schools career academies). The application window for incoming elementary school students (NB Cook and Brentwood Elementary schools) will be open from Feb. 1 through March 11. Transitioning military parents can use the military preference option. Deadlines are waived for those families that are moving to Pensacola. If you have any questions, contact Carissa Bergosh, school liaison officer at 712-4105 or by e-mail at Carissa.email@example.com.
Holiday musical scheduled for Dec. 21
The Nebraska Theatre Caravan, the professional touring wing of the Omaha Community Playhouse, will present a production of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol,” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Pensacola Saenger Theatre. The musical features an ensemble of 23 perform-
ers who bring Dickens’ fable of redemption to life. Tickets are $50 and $40 plus service charge. Military discount is available at the Saenger box office with proper identification For more information, go to www.pensacola saenger.com.
Group welcomes all soccer players Area soccer players can join Allied Forces Soccer for training, pick-up or league play. Whether you are interested in playing soccer recreationally, competitively or even co-ed, there is room for you. There will be 11-a-side and 7-a-side teams that play in the local adult leagues. Area pick-up soccer at various locations as well as friendly matches are open to all. For more information, go to the Allied Forces Soccer Facebook site or contact Lt. Cmdr. David Toellner by phone at 382-5494 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children’s Chorus plans auditions The Pensacola Children’s Chorus has scheduled new member auditions for 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 12 for boys and girls in fourth-12th grades and 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 13 for boys and girls in third grade at the Margaret Moore Nicholson Center (home of the Pensacola Children’s Chorus) at 46 East Chase St. The audition process is quick and simple. Attendees do not need to bring a prepared audition piece. Youth will be placed in the appropriate choir based on skills, maturity and readiness. There is no fee to audition. For more information, call 434-7760 or go to www.pensacolachildrenschorus.com.
Jazz musicians gather monthy to jam The Jazz Society of Pensacola presents a Jazz Jam at 6:30 p.m. the first Monday of each month at La Brisa Cafe in Gulf Breeze. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Admission for others is $10 for members and guests, $12 for non-members, $5 for students with ID and free for military in uniform. Admission also is free for participating musicians. For more information, call 433-8382 or go to jazz pensacola.com.
Capitol Steps to perform Jan. 15
WUWF Public Media and the Capitol Steps are both turning 35 in 2016 and a birthday celebration performance is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Pensacola Saenger Theatre. Tickets are available at the Saenger box office or through Ticketmaster and by online link at wuwf.org. For a preview of the performance, tune in to 88.1 FM at 8 p.m. Jan. 1. For more information, call 474-2787 or go to wuwf.org.
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December 18, 2015
December 18, 2015
NASP command’s 2015 Sailors of the Year; See page B2 Spotlight
’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.
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, 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; “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!” 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.
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 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. 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; 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; 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.” by
Clement Clarke Moore
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 18, 2015
NAS Pensacola command’s SoYs recognized From staff reports
he NAS Pensacola command’s Sailors of the Year were recognized at an awards ceremony held recently at NASP command headquarters, the Walter Leroy Richardson Building (Bldg. 1500). Senior Sailor of the Year (SSoY) MA1(SW/EXW) Daniel A. Meehan; Sailor of the Year (SoY) ABE2(AW) Shane M. Hehir; Junior Sailor of the Year (JSoY) AC3 Harry S. Lundquist; and Bluejacket of the Year (BJoY) ACAN Zachary M. Haberman. According to Meehan’s write-up, his “strong and effective leadership enabled him to successfully address a myriad of challenges while supporting the anti-terrorism force protection (ATFP) requirements for 122 tenant commands, 17,000 military and 5,000 civilian federal employees ... tasked with three of the most important duties assigned to the NAS Pensacola Security Department. As the command criminal investigator, he is the go to for all investigative duties for the command. He is leading petty officer of the Habror Patrol Unit responsible for all waterside and pier sentry duties. In addition, he is the visitor control center LPO
responsible for processing 200 daily vistors and vehicle base access requests, supporting one million annual visitors to one of the state’s biggest tourist attractions, the National Naval Aviation Museum.” Meehan investigated 45 cases and was responsible for safekeeping and inventory of evidence valued at $100,000. He also created a comprehensive system to maintain evidence collection and disposal for future investigators. Hehir was nominated for “professional achievement in the superior performance of his duties while serving as workcenter supervisor, air facilities support division, air operations department ... Hehir
NAS Pensacola command’s Sailors of the Year receive a round of applause led by NASP CO Capt. Keith Hoskins. (Left-right) AC3 Harry S. Lundquist, ABE2(AW) Shane M. Hehir and MA1(SW/EXW) Daniel A. Meehan. (Not pictured: ACAN Zachary M. Haberman). Photo by Mike O’Connor
contributed to the safe accomplishment of more than 3,039 planned and corrective maintenance actions. His dedication to teamwork and commendable accomplishments led to his selection as Sailor of the Year.” Lundquist was singled out for “a highly professional manner which re-
sulted in 85,000 mishapfree ground operations and flawlessly executed 300 radar approaches. His superb technical knowledge directly contributed to 500 hours of training resulting in 17 professional qualifications ... Lundquist’s exceptional professionalism, personal initiative and loyal devotion to duty re-
flected credit upon himself and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.” Haberman’s “superb technical knowledge contributed to the safe execution of 64,989 mishap-free operations and provided over 1,172 hours of training resulting
in 27 professional qualifications. His dedication and committment to teamwork culminated to his selection as Naval Air Station Pensacola’s Blue Jacket of the Year, fiscal year 2015. Airman Haberman’s personal initiative and loyal devotion to duty reflected credit upon himself.”
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December 18, 2015
Update on history of naval aviation released online By Jim Caiella Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division
WASHINGTON (NNS) – A recently-published, two-volume history of U.S. naval aviation has been released online by the Navy. “United States Naval Aviation 19102010” by Mark L. Evans and Roy A. Grossnick (2015, ISBN 978-0-94527487-2, hardback, two volumes) is the Naval History and Heritage Command’s fourth update to the original history which was initiated in 1960. That first issue celebrated the first 50 years of United States naval aviation and the new set commemorates the centenary. Previous editions have proved an invaluable first-stop research tool to avi-
An F6F Hellcat and an F/A-18C Hornet perform a flyby during a Battle of Midway commemoration ceremony in San Diego. Photo by MC2 John Philip Wagner Jr.
ation, naval and military historians. The latest update breaks U.S. naval aviation history into two volumes: chronology and statistics. Both have greatly increased content over the previous version beyond simply including years not previously covered. New and
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expanded research makes these the definitive volumes on U.S. naval aviation’s first century. The new publication and other free Naval History and Heritage Command publications can be found at www. history.navy.mil/research/publications/ recent-publications.html. Hard bound copies of the book are available from the Government Publishing Office website, https://bookstore.gpo.gov/products/sku/008-046-00 297-5. The authors both have ties to the Navy. Evans is a Navy veteran and historian who researches and writes the “Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships” for the Naval History and Heritage Command. His professional writing also includes several books:
“The Most Illustrious Name The USS Enterprise (CVN 65)” and “Great World War II Battles in the Arctic,” as well as numerous papers and articles. Grossnick, former head of the Naval Aviation History Branch, Naval History and Heritage Command, is a Navy veteran and holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point and Madison. He is a recipient of the Arthur W. Radford Award for Excellence in Naval Aviation History and Literature for creating the “Dictionary of American Naval Aviation Squadrons” series. Grossnick worked on the third edition of “United States Naval Aviation, 1910-1980,” and was the guiding author for the 1910-1995 update. After his retirement in 2008, he continued to work for the command as a historian/archivist consultant.
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December 18, 2015
Morale, Welfare and Recreation
Make a resolution to celebrate in style By Jamie Link NASP PAO Intern
After the Christmas celebrations are over, it will be time to think about how you are going to ring in the new year. Here are some of the New Year’s events on the schedule in the Pensacola area: • Pelican watch: The Downtown Improvement Board (DIB) offers the Pelican Drop. The fun will start at 5 p.m. Dec. 31 with live music on three outdoor stages. The 14-foot-tall pelican sculpture will be perched on a platform at the intersection of Palafox and Government streets, and streets will be closed to traffic. The children’s area will feature an early countdown at 8 p.m. with confetti and a “bubble stomp.” At midnight, the pelican will descend amidst fireworks. For more information, go to www.pensacolapelicandrop. com. • Piano concert: The Pensacola Symphony is offering another way celebrate the new year with at “Piano Men: The Music of Elton & Billy.” The concert, which is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Dec. 31 at Pensacola Saenger Theatre, 118 South Palafox Place, is a tribute to the songs of Billy Joel and Elton John. The full orchestra will play with a four-piece pop group featuring Joe Boucher on piano and vocals.
The Pelican Drop is one of the popular New Year’s Eve events in downtown Pensacola. Photo from Pensacola Pelican Drop
For more information, call 435-2533 or go to www.pensacolasymphony.com. • On the beach: Pensacola Beach has New Year’s covered. Two fireworks displays are scheduled to ring in the new year – one at 8 p.m. and another a midnight show. On Jan. 1, a warm-spirited group will gather for the Polar Bear Plunge at 2 p.m. at Paradise Bar & Grill, 21 Via de Luna Drive. Registration starts at noon and the fee is $15 per person. Participants will receive a T-shirt. All proceeds go to the Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call 932-1500 or go to www.PensacolaBeachChamber.com.
• Take a dip: You can also jump in the Gulf of Mexico at Flora-Bama Lounge, 17401 Perdido Key Drive. Thousands of wacky revelers show up at the famous nightspot on the Florida-Alabama line every Jan. 1 for the Flora-Bama Polar Bear Dip. Festivities include live music, and the main event is scheduled for noon. Dippers and other participants often dress in costumes for this special day. The Flora-Bama provides a traditional feast with black-eyed peas, cornbread, ham and more for those who jump in. For more information, call 492-0611 or go to www.florabama.com.
At the movies FRIDAY
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2,” PG-13, 5 p.m., 8 p.m.; “The Peanuts Movie” (2D), G, 5:30 p.m.; “The Night Before,” R, 7:30 p.m.
“The Peanuts Movie” (3D), G, 12:30 p.m.; “The Peanuts Movie” (2D), G, 2:30 p.m.; “Point Break” (3D), PG-13, 5 p.m. (free admission); “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2,” PG-13, noon, 3 p.m.; “Spectre,” PG-13, 6 p.m.; “The Night Before,” R, 9 p.m.
“The 33,” PG-13, 12:30 p.m.; “Spectre,” PG-13, 3:30 p.m.; “The Night Before,” R, 6:30 p.m.; “The Peanuts Movie” (2D), G, noon, 2 p.m.; “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2,” PG-13, 4 p.m., 7 p.m.
“The Peanuts Movie” (2D), G, 5 p.m.; “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2,” PG-13, 7 p.m.; “Our Brand is Crisis,” R, 5:10 p.m.; “Steve Jobs,” R, 7:30 p.m.
“The Peanuts Movie” (3D), G, 5 p.m.; “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2,” PG-13, 7 p.m.; “Burnt,” R, 5:10 p.m.; “The Night Before,” R, 7:30 p.m.
“The Peanuts Movie” (2D), G, 5 p.m.; “The 33,” PG-13, 7 p.m.; “Spectre,” PG13, 6 p.m.
THURSDAY Christmas Eve
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2,” PG-13, noon, 3 p.m.; “The Peanuts Movie” (2D), G, 12:30 p.m.; “Spectre,” PG-13, 2:30 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
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. • Ugly Sweater Party: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today. Dec. 18, at the Mustin Beach Club has scheduled an ugly sweater party. Event will feature DJ and food. • Saints tickets: Tickets are on sale for upcoming Saints games in New Orleans at the Information, Tickets and Travel (ITT) office at the NEX Mall on Highway 98. Tickets are $55 each and the games are scheduled for Dec. 21 (Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints) and Dec. 27 (Jacksonville Jaguars at New Orleans Saints). Also check out the ITT discounts available on vacations and attractions. For more information, call 452-6354. • Danger Zone Paintball: Sign up for the Paintball Challenge at Blue Angel Naval Recreation Area. Open until 5 p.m. Monday and Friday for challenge events. $20 for active-duty and $30 for civilians. Includes full equipment rental, 500 rounds of paint and free air refills. Reservations required two weeks in advance. For more information, call 281-5489. • Bushido Sports Judo Club: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, NASP Youth Center, Bldg. 3690 (452-2417). For ages 5 to 17. Cost is $20 per month for adults and $15 per month for children. For more information, call 324-3146 or 457-1421 or e-mail email@example.com. • Rent a bike: Rental bikes are available at Blue Angel Naval Recreation Area Outpost Marina. Half day (four hours), $10; full day (eight hours), $15. Deposit and military ID required. For more information, call 453-4530. • Travel lodging: Navy Gateway Inns & Suites is ready to help travelers save. Make your reservation today. For more information, call 1 (877) 628-9233 or go to www.dod lodging.net. • Navy MWR Digital Library: You can now log on at home with simple instructions. Service is available for active duty personnel, Reservists, retirees, dependents, DoN delayed entry program personnel, civilian employees and contractors. Sign up, and start borrowing books today. Go to https://MWR DigitalLibrary.navy.mil. • Auto repairs: NASP Corry Station, Bldg. 1006. Do vehicle repairs yourself. The Auto Skills Center has manuals (online), equipment and lifts, as well as staff to assist. For information, call 452-6542. • Danger Zone Paintball: Sign up for the Paintball Challenge at Blue Angel Naval Recreation Area. Open until 5 p.m. Monday and Friday for challenge events. $20 for active-duty and $30 for civilians and includes full equipment rental, 500 rounds of paint and free air refills. Reservations required two weeks in advance. For details, call 281-5489. • Trailers for rent: Blue Angel Naval Recreation Area. Reserve a two bedroom trailer that sleeps six. No smoking and no pets. For more information, call 390-6133.
Liberty activities Liberty program events target young, unaccompanied active-duty military. New hours are 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Regular events are scheduled at the main Liberty Center in the Portside Entertainment Complex. You must sign up in advance for off-base trips. For more information, call 452-2372 or go to http://naspensacolamwr.com/singsail/liberty.htm.
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If you are a victim of sexual assault, it is not your fault. Help for victims of sexual assault in the DoD community is a call, click or text away: The SafeHelpline provides live, one-on-one crisis support and information by trained staff. Call: (877) 995-5247; click: www.SafeHelpline.org; or text: 55-247, CONUS; (202) 470-5546, OCONUS (may be extra charges for OCONUS). The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program provides prevention, intervention and a 24/7/365 response to non-intimate partner adult victims of sexual assault. Active-duty and adult family member sexual assault victims have a choice of reporting options, unrestricted and restricted. Unrestricted reporting allows victim to have an advocate, seek medical care, counseling, legal services, safety interventions and/or transfer, etc. To access an unrestricted report, the victim may report to his/her chain-ofcommand, security/law enforcement, NCIS, SAPR VA, SARC, or others. NCIS shall be notified by the CO and/or the VA/SARC in unrestricted cases to begin investigation. Investigation results are provided to the offender’s CO for appropriate action/disposition. Restricted reporting allows a victim to have a confidential report, which does not trigger command or law enforcement notification and the victim may have a SAPR VA and seek medical care and/or counseling. To access restricted reporting, the victim may disclose his/her sexual assault only to the SARC, a current SAPR VA, a health care professional and/or a chaplain. To contact the NASP 24/7 Victim Advocate, call 449-9231/2. For the Civilian Victim Advocate, call 293-4561. To contact the duty SARC, call the SARC cell at 554-5606.
Worship schedule Holiday services Protestant • Contemporary Candle Light Service: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 24, Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel. Catholic • Childrenʼs Mass: 4:30 p.m. Dec. 24, Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel. • Christmas Day Mass: Noon, Corry Station Chapel. • New Yearʼs Eve Mass: 4:30 p.m. Dec. 31, Corry Station Chapel. • New Yearʼs Day Mass: Noon Jan. 1, Our Lady Of Loreto Chapel. NAS Pensacola Protestant • Worship service, 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel, Bldg. 1982. • Contemporary service, 6 p.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel. • Bible study, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, J.B. McKamey Center. Roman Catholic • Sunday Mass, 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel, Bldg. 1982. • Daily Mass, 11:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the Our Lady of Loreto Chapel. • Confessions: 30 minutes before services. Latter Day Saints • Service, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel. • Meeting: 6 p.m. Monday and 6 p.m. Thursday, J.B. McKamey Center. For information, call 452-2341.
Fleet and Family Support Center NASP Corry Station Protestant • Adult Bible study, 9 a.m. Sunday, fellowship hall vice conference room. • Worship service, 10 a.m. Sunday. • Fellowship, 11:30 a.m. Sunday. • Contemporary worship, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, followed by fellowship at 7:30 p.m. • Bible study and dinner, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, fellowship hall. Latter Day Saints • Service, 7 p.m. Wednesday. Roman Catholic • Mass, noon Sunday and 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday. For information, call 452-6376. NAS Whiting Field Chapel • Roman Catholic Mass, 11 a.m. Friday. • Protestant weekly chapel service, 11:30 a.m. Thursday. For information, call 623-7212. More services Jewish • Bʼnai Israel Synagogue, 1829 North Ninth Ave., services 7 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. Saturday. For information, call 433-7311. • Temple Beth El, 800 North Palafox St., services 7 p.m. Friday (6 p.m. first Friday of each month). For information, call 438-3321 or go to http://templebethelof pensacola.org. Seventh-day Adventist • Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1080 North Blue Angel Parkway, Bible studies, 9:30 a.m.; services,11 a.m. Saturday. Details, call 453-3442.
The NASP Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC), 151 Ellyson Ave., Bldg. 625, is offering the following: • Time to move: If you want help with your PCS move stop by the FFSC. Move.mil assist workshops are available at 4 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. Program must be completed and submitted for transferring individuals/families with household goods to move. You must have a login name and password created in advance. For more information or to reserve a
seat, call 452-5609. • Sponsor training: Sponsors will be trained to provide reliable information to incoming personnel and their families. To register, call 452-5609. • Personal Financial Management: A series of classes are offered throughout the year on topics such as car buying, using credit cards, developing a budget and spending plan and how to build your savings. Seating is limited and reservations are required. To register or for more information, call 452-5609.
Community Outreach NASP Community Outreach volunteer opportunities: • Mentoring: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at Child Development Center at NASP Corry Station. Volunteers needed to mentor children after school. Volunteers assist with homework and study strategies. • Meals on Wheels: Council on Aging of West Florida needs volunteers to deliver meals to homebound elderly throughout
Escambia County. Flexible schedules. For information, go to www.coawfla.org. • Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum: Numerous opportunities such as hosting tours or ghost hunts, helping with special events and maintenance and grounds upkeep. The NASP Community Outreach office tracks volunteer hours. Report hours to receive due recognition. For information, call 4522532 or e-mail nasp_ comm_outreach@Navy.mil.
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3/2 house, West Pensacola close to NAS. Pad for boat or RV on side of house. Available Jan. 10. $990/month. $800 deposit. 850-485-1178.
Need roommate: For more information, call James Flynn at 850-3418059. 1 or 2 rooms for rent in upscale neighborhood close to NAS. Swimming pool, private entrance, and bath. $600/room, utilities included. For more information: 850-375-2716.
Room for rent(furnished if needed)with private bathroom, fenced yard; 33mins. WhitingField. 45mins. from beaches. $550/month, in- Homes for sale cludes utilities. Pets negotiable. 3Br/2Ba lg lot, 850-512-9358. near all naval facilities, custom Beautiful guest home, many house 2br/1ba. All amenities. Orig. appliances includ- price cut $50K. ing washer/dryer. Call Virtual tour Privacy fenced available. Carl BMW X5 20 inch. yard. Lawn serv- @982-0274. Staggered rims. ice included. Near $750/ $600. 850-516- NAS. month. 850-6027830. 0856. Full-sized toolbox, 2015 H&H never Newly remodeled been used. $240. 2 B D / 2 B R 1000sqft town850-455-2482. home w/garage in 2994 Newmar beautiful HampScottsdale Gas RV, ton Lake subdivi36’2slides, Queeen sion near NAS. bed, microwave, Kitchen applistove, corian ances, laundry counter tops, hook-up and outHDTV, 2 ACs, side maintenance 8KQ Onan, Allison i n c l u d e d . t r a n s m i s s i o n , $775/month. 85050amp, workhorse 572-3888. chassis. 850-3840060.
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