NASP gate hours ... New gate hours for NAS Penscola’s West gate (Blue Angel Parkway) and NASP’s Corry Station Gate 7 (back gate) became effective Dec. 15. The new hours of operation are: NASP West gate: 5 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday; and 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on weekends. NASP Corry Station Gate 7: 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday. This gate will be closed on weekends. All other gate hours are unchanged. During the holiday period, NAS Pensacola’s West gate will close at 6 p.m. Dec. 20 and remain closed through Jan. 5 at 5 a.m., and NASP Corry Gate 7 will close at 6 p.m. Dec. 19 and reopen Jan. 5 at 6 a.m.
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NMOTC junior enlisted collect $10K in gifts for Salvation Army From NMOTC PAO
Junior enlisted service members attached to the U.S. Navy’s premier training facility for operational medicine and aviation survival training collected more than $10,000 in new clothing and toys during the Pensacola-area Salvation Army Angel Tree drive. Navy Medicine Operational Training Center ’s (NMOTC) Junior Enlisted Association (JEA), an organization comprised of enlisted Sailors in paygrades E-1 through E-5 that functions as an advocate forum for junior Sailors, saw the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program as an opportunity to
become involved again in a worthwhile volunteer project, according to JEA President HM2 (AW/SW) Pamela Webster. “NMOTC’s JEA has been involved in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program for two years – this will make it the third year,” she said. “This program allows us to provide gifts – new, unwrapped toys and clothing – for less fortunate children in the local community that might not have the same holiday season that other children might have.” The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program is designed to provide new clothing and toys to
Wreaths at Barrancas National Cemetery ... Rear Adm. Mike White, Commander, Naval Education and Training Command (NETC), speaks with Navy Sea Cadets, NJROTC cadets, Boy Scouts and Young Marines Dec. 13 at the presentation for Wreaths Across America at Barrancas National Cemetery, an event held annually to remember, pay tribute and honor fallen veterans. 7,000 wreaths were placed on graves by volunteers. Photos by Lt. Cmdr. Kate Meadows
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DANTES celebrates 40 years By Thom Seith CID PAO
The Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) commemorated 40 years of service by holding an education celebration at the Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) onboard Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola Dec. 2. More than 1,000 people attended the event which provided education information from DANTES, the Navy Advancement Center, Troops for Teachers, the Navy College Program, Navy Credentialing Opportunities OnLine (Navy COOL), and the United Serv-
ices Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP). DANTES and their partner organizations help service members and veterans pursue their educational goals and earn degrees or certifications. Capt. John. Jones, Naval Education and Training Command, chief of staff, served as the guest speaker for the celebration. “DANTES’ information, resources and programs have played an integral part in the career success of tens of thousands of Sailors including myself,” said Jones. “We’d like to express our gratitude for the 40 years DANTES has been serving
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Blue Angels meet Snowball Express ... Members of the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, take “selfies” with children waiting to board the Snowball Express. The mission of the Snowball Express is to provide hope and new happy memories to the children of military fallen heroes who have died while on active duty since 9/11. The annual event brings children together from all over the world for a four-day experience filled with fun activities, such as sporting events, dances and amusement parks. Photo by MC2 Kathryn E. Macdonald
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Road construction: Gas work to start Jan. 7
By Scott Hallford Gosport Editor
From Hung Nguyen NavFac SE Public Works Department
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 break and regroups for the next year. The newspaper will return to distribution Jan. 9, 2015; 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 94th 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. For a complete list of church services, see page B5.
In early January, Naval Facilities Southeast (NavFac SE) NAS Pensacola Public Works Department (PWD), in conjuntion with with Utility Services Corp. will re-pipe the natural gas main and relocate gas valves away from Murray Road near Pen Air Federal Credit Union (FCU) onboard NAS Pensacola. Since the existing valves are on the outbound lane of Murray Road, two lanes will be closed so the work can be completed. Traffic signs and traffic drums are scheduled to be put out by Jan. 7. It is estimated the project will take five weeks to complete. The traffic plan is available for viewing at Bldg. 3560/utility section.
NASP COʼs brief to personnel ... NAS Pensacola Commanding Officer Capt. Keith Hoskins records a video message Dec. 16 in his office with the assistance of Steve Heffernan, a videographer with the National Naval Aviation Museum. In the video, Hoskins reviews the highlights of 2014. The video is available on YouTube at https:// www. youtube.com/watch?v=BGQZUuV4OD4. Follow Hoskins on Twitter at https:// twitter. com/ NASPensacolaCO. Photo by Janet Thomas
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children and families through the support of donors. Found in local companies and corporations, Angel Trees are decorated with numbered paper angel tags with the first name, age and gender of a child in need, along with clothing sizes and the child’s wish list. Contributors remove one or more tags from the tree and purchase appropriate gifts for the child or children described on the tags. Webster said the NMOTC JEA selected 100 tags, an effort she feels has supported the local community. “We tell the Salvation Army we would like to participate in donating to this program and we give them a number of children that we would like to sponsor,” she said. “We hang these on a tree and individuals can select a name if they choose and buy gifts. It’s very personal to know you’re actually helping an individual child.” Webster, a Naval Aerospace Medical Institute (NAMI) Aerospace Medicine technician instructor, said the NMOTC JEA distributed Angel Tree tags to NMOTC Headquarters, NAMI, the Naval Survival Training Institute and the Aviation Survival Training Center (ASTC) Pensacola. She said support from the command proved instrumental in this year’s JEA involvement in the Pensacola-area Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program. “Navy Medicine and NMOTC are very keen on providing us opportunities for Sailors to reach out to the local community and volunteer,” she said. “This was a great opportunity for the JEA to provide gifts directly to children here in our local community. It’s absolutely rewarding to know a child might wake up during the holidays and have gifts they might not otherwise have been able to receive.” NMOTC, the recognized global leader in operational medical and aviation survival training, oversees NAMI and reports to Navy Medicine Education and Training Command (NMETC). NMETC manages Navy Medicine’s formal enlisted and officer education and training programs, medical operational training for medical and medical support personnel deploying worldwide, and training that prepares aviators and flight crews to survive in land and water mishaps.
December 19, 2014
‘Uncle E’ is home for Christmas: Family organizes a holiday surprise From Kim Stefansson Public Relations Coordinator Escambia County School District
Penelope (age 7, second grade) and Riley Saxton (age 5, kindergarten) were together in Penelope’s classroom when a surprise visitor popped in a side door. It took them about a second to recognize the visitor and take off running into the arms of their “Uncle E,” ABHAN Ean Van Gemerden. Van Gemerden has been serving on USS George Washington (CVN 73), homeported in Yokosuka, Japan, for the past two years and had just come home for Christmas. The family members had been in touch via occasional phone calls and Facebook posts, but this was his first chance to see – and hug – his niece and nephew. More like a long lost big brother, the children were thrilled
Sailor home for the holidays: ABHAN Ean Van Gemerden shares a welcome home hug with his niece and nephew, Penelope and Riley Saxton, while their mom, Ayla Van Gemerden (holding their little brother), and his mom, Sara Exner, look on.
to see him. Ayla Van Gemerden, the children’s mother, said she had made a point of showing the children photos of their uncle as often as possible, especially in preparation
for the surprise arrival, because her brother doesn’t look the same as they remembered. “He might be mad at me for telling you this, but he was tiny,” she said. “He has been working
out and has ‘buffed up.’ ” Ean Van Gemerden also attended Scenic Heights Elementary School, so having the reunion at the school seemed like a fun idea to his sister. Principal Mary Ellen Wiggins and staff were happy to assist in the coordination of the surprise. After the holidays, Van Gemerden will be returning to Japan to crossdeck from the Washington to the USS Ronald Reagan. While Van Gemerden has enjoyed his time in the Navy so far, he said, “When you travel far from home, you realize what you have been taking for granted and you really wish you were home.” Penelope was in tears, but she assured everyone that they were happy tears. Both children said they think they will join the Navy someday to follow in Uncle E’s footsteps. But for now, their hero is home for the holidays.
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the educational needs of service members throughout the Department of Defense and wish them even more success in the future.” During the NATTC event, Sailors from the Pensacola military complex had the opportunity to get valuable information on educational programs and query experts on how to incorporate education and certifications into their career goals. ATAN Lisa Kennedy, a student at NATTC was grateful for the opportunity to talk to the experts from DANTES. “When I joined the Navy, I already had a bachelor’s degree in history, but wanted to continue my education and possibly go to law school,” said Kennedy. “With all the overwhelming information during recruit training and indoctrination, it was wonderful to be able to obtain all this good information in a more relaxed setting with such knowledgeable people.” “Mr. (Mike) Stahl, the DANTES deputy director recommended getting guidance from the Navy College Program counselors, taking College Level Exam Program (CLEP) tests and utilizing the tuition assistance (TA) program to help me reach my goal,” she added. Additional helpful information provided by DANTES during the event included academic accreditation, college financial aid (scholarships, grants and loans), how to search for the right college, virtual libraries
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ATAN Lisa Kennedy, a student at Naval Aviation Technical Training Center (NATTC), discusses educational goals with Mike Stahl, deputy director of DANTES at the DANTES 40 Years of Service Celebration Dec 2. Photo by Thom Seith
and free online books and educational goal planning. One part of educational goal planning is consolidating and translating military experience into college credits. ABHCS Johnny Harris, a NATTC data metrics analyst, received guidance on his educational goal planning from Dr. Sandra L. Winborne, manager, Military Evaluations Program for DANTES. “Dr. Winborne explained to me how the Joint Service Transcript (JST) documents American Council on Education (ACE) recommended college credit for military training and occupational experience and that academically, the JST is an accepted record val-
Naval Hospital Pensacola “Gifting Tree”... Capt. Maureen Padden, commanding officer, Naval Hospital Pensacola (NHP), and a group of Sailors from the hospital stand next to one of the gifting trees at the hospital. The gifting trees contained 140 gingerbread ornaments, each representing a child at a local home for children and teens. NHP collected more than 150 gifts that were delivered to the home so the children will have gifts to open on Christmas morning. Gifts included a fishing pole, toys, pajamas and gift cards for teenagers. Photo by Jason Bortz
December 19, 2014
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.
idated by ACE,” said Harris. “This and other information she provided has helped me focus on my goals of earning a general education degree, participating in the Troops to Teachers certification program, and eventually teaching at a Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) unit,” he said. DANTES is a Department of Defense agency that provides leadership and support through partnerships across the education community and is located onboard Saufley Field. For more information on DANTES, visit the Web page at: http://www. dantes. doded. mil/.
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Essence of giving comes to light during holiday rush By Lisa Smith Molinari Military Spouse Columnist
ere you go again. You are running from store to store, buying baking supplies, twinkle lights, a “Frozen” Plush Olaf for your niece and a flat-screen TV for your husband. You have got to get home to bake 12 dozen pecan tarts for the neighborhood cookie exchange, when it dawns on you. You forgot the butter. For the second time today, you approach the irresistibly cute Salvation Army bell ringer outside the grocery store. You want to tell the sweet little old man freezing his bippy off in the name of the needy, “I gave earlier today,” but you know darned well he doesn’t remember and will think you are a cheapskate. So you sort through the gum wrappers and bobby pins to see if you can find a few more quarters in your purse. But you realize that you put all your coins in the kettle during your last trip to the store, so you look for a single or two, only to find that you have only got a five spot. With trembling hands you fork over the $5 you were hoping to use for a vente skinny peppermint mocha latte
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with extra sprinkles on the way home. You intentionally hesitate with your hand over the red kettle, wanting the bell ringer and everyone else to see the denomination of your bill and think, “Wow, she gave five whole dollars.” “Thank you for your kindness,” the old man says, and you walk into the grocery feeling good about your decision to feed the poor rather than slurp another overpriced specialty coffee. In fact you feel so charitable that you decide to buy a few canned goods, in addition to your stick of butter, to put in the food bank collection at the front of the store. And while you are at it, you grab a whiffle ball set to put in the Toys for Tots box too. With a sanctimonious flip of your wrist, you zip your debit card through the reader just as the cashier asks, “Would you
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. like to give $1 to the Orphaned Kittens’ Sweater Knitting Guild?” Seven other impatient customers are in line behind you. The baggers are waiting for your answer. The cashier is
staring blankly into your eyes. Dead silence. Another dollar? Seriously? Don’t you remember that I just gave $1 for the stinking kittens when I was in here an hour ago, for criminy’s sake? This is entrapment. Let someone else dress the orphaned kittens. I just want to buy this darn stick of butter and go home. As you search your brain for a valid excuse to say “No thanks,” you contemplate the essence of giving. Charitable organizations raise the bulk of their income between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, when people are feeling generous. The Salvation Army, for example, needs to collect $1.3 million this holiday season to fund its programs for the homeless and the poor, and they hope about $450,000 of that will be
in donations to the iconic red kettles. The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program collects toys in the months of October, November and December, to give to less fortunate youngsters as a message of hope to encourage them to become responsible, productive, patriotic citizens. Other national and local charities are collecting anything from money to canned goods to blankets to teddy bears for worthy causes. Is giving about risking death by trampling to get the best bargain on an Xbox “Assassin’s Creed Unity” bundle at WalMart, or is it about providing for those who are truly in need? “Absolutely,” you tell the cashier, realizing that the essence of giving is that it is no bargain at all.
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December 19, 2014
NNAM welcomes new curator From Glenn Sircy Navy Office of Community Outreach
AVY YARD, WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dina G. Linn, daughter of John and Amy Linn of Pittsburgh, Pa., recently joined the Naval History and Heritage Command’s National Naval Aviation Museum (NNAM) onboard NAS Pensacola. In her new position as a museum curator, Linn is responsible for the care, preservation and conservation of historic U.S. Navy property such as aircraft, works of art, ordnance, uniforms and cultural items. Linn finds that being a museum curator is an “amazingly fulfilling experience,” as she manages a vast collection of more than 36,000 museum artifacts for the “largest and mostvisited museum in the Navy system,” said Linn. Linn has worked in the museum and public history field for nearly 10 years – seven of which have been as a federal civil servant. During this time, she earned a bachelor of arts degree in history from Westminster College in 2006, and earned a master in arts degree in museum studies from Johns Hopkins University in 2011. “I have had the opportunity to
preserve the history of Soldiers, Airmen, Marines, Sailors, veterans and military families at duty stations around the country, including the U.S. Army Transportation Museum at Fort Eustis, Va., and the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, Va.,” Linn said. In her position, Linn selects and researches artifacts and photographs for development of new museum exhibits. She also supervises the collections team in interpreting and promoting the history and heritage of naval aviation. “For me, museums have always offered a way to bring people back to life, a chance to
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make past memories and events relevant to our lives and future generations,” said Linn, who describes the NNAM as a “vibrant, ever-evolving museum that engages all five senses.” “Visitors can see, hear and feel the excitement of the Blue Angels as they practice overhead, or enjoy a meal in the NAS Cubi Point Officer’s Club, transplanted from its original Philippine location,” she continued. “Surrounded by historic aircraft and thousands of artifacts on display, no matter where you look, you’re immersed in naval aviation history and the opportunities for learning abound.” “Most importantly,” she added, “I’m thankful to be part of such a talented, dedicated team that creates and builds exhibits in-house from start to finish.” The highlight of her job she says is speaking with veter-
ans, the men and women who are “our cherished links to the past.” “I could listen to their stories all day. Being able to pair artifacts with these stories makes for a powerful teaching tool,” said Linn. As the daughter of a U.S. Marine, military history has always been of special interest, she said. But, her love of the past was inspired by her Italianimmigrant grandparents who survived World War II and found refuge in Pittsburgh. Linn, is the granddaughter of Pasqualino and the late Dina Lombardo of Bloomfield, Pa., and granddaughter of Antonetta Kovacic and the late John B. Linn of McKeesport, Pa. “Their rich oral history traditions will stay with me always. My goal as a curator is to create that same appreciation of the
past in others,” said Linn. For her work in museums, Linn has received the American Alliance of Museums’ Honeysett & Din Student Gold Award; first-ever Honorable Mention, Outstanding Achievement Award for Excellence, Army Historical Foundation; and was recently selected as one of 20 young museum professionals worldwide to attend the Open Palace Programme, an academic program designed to enhance curatorial skills utilizing England’s most significant historic sites. For more information about the National Naval Aviation Museum, go to www.navalaviationmuseum.org. The NHHC offers a vast array of naval history at www.history.navy.mil and on Facebook at www.facebook. com/navalhistory.
Remaining USS Arizona survivors hold ‘final toast’ to shipmates
Four of the nine remaining USS Arizona survivors, Donald Stratton, left, Louis Conter, John Anderson and Lauren Bruner, toast in honor of fallen shipmates and service members of the Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor aboard the USS Arizona Memorial at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Photo by MC2 Johans Chavarro By MC2 Diana Quinlan Navy Public Affairs Support Element West Detachment Hawaii
PEARL HARBOR (NNS) – On the afternoon of Dec. 7, four of the nine remaining USS Arizona survivors of the Pearl Harbor attack – John Anderson, Lauren Bruner, Louis Conter and Donald Stratton – arrived at the USS Arizona Memorial for
their final reunion. This historic event marked the end of an era for the USS Arizona survivors, all aged in their 90s, who have announced that this was the final, official gathering of the USS Arizona Reunion Association. Despite the official announcement, the men still plan to get together, regardless of the location. “I don’t think this is
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going to be our last (meeting),” said Louis Conter, 93. “We still have time to go, so I think we’ll be back out here no matter whether the rest of the crowd can make it or not.” While at the memorial, the survivors poured a “final toast” to their shipmates, drinking from original champagne glasses from the USS Arizona. They shared a bottle of wine – a gift from President Gerald Ford to the association presented in 1975. According to survivors, this final salute symbolized the brotherhood and sacrifice of the day of the attack on Pearl Harbor 73 years ago. After the toast, the survivors handed one of the glasses to a team of Navy and National Park Service divers who placed it at the base of the Arizona’s gun turret four. Gun turret four serves as the final resting place for survivors of the attack who wish to have their ashes placed at their former battle station. Since 1980, 38 Arizona survivors have been reunited
with their fellow shipmates on the ship. “The good Lord saved just a few of us,” shared Donald Stratton, 92, who was one of the survivors of a gun director in the forward part of the ship and sustained severe burns during the attack, which required hospitalization lasting for more than a
year. “So terrible, terrible day,” Stratton remembered. Conter shared his thoughts on the event and the honor he felt to be by his ship, among the fellow Sailors. “It was amazing for the four of us,” said Conter. “I think we all felt the same, an honor to toast the 1,177
shipmates that we had and who died that day. And the glass, which is now interred there (gun turret four), will give us a chance to have something to drink out of when we’re buried there.” For more news from Commander, Navy Region Hawaii, visit www. navy.mil/local/cnrh/.
World War II veterans, Pearl Harbor survivors honored at NNAM ... At a World War II Remembrance Ceremony held at the National Naval Aviation Museum onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola Dec. 5, survivors of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack salute as the colors are paraded. Photo by Mike O’Connor
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Navy shipboard laser operates in Arabian Gulf By David Smalley Office of Naval Research Public Affairs
RLINGTON, Va. (NNS) – Officials at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) announced recently the laser weapon system (LaWS) – a cutting-edge weapon that brings significant new capabilities to America’s Sailors and Marines – was for the first time successfully deployed and operated aboard a naval vessel in the Arabian Gulf. The operational demonstrations, which took place from September to November aboard USS Ponce (AFSB(I) 15), were historic not only because they showed a laser weapon working aboard a deployed U.S. Navy ship, but also because LaWS operated seamlessly with existing ship defense systems. “Laser weapons are powerful, affordable and will play a vital role in the future of naval combat operations,” said Rear Adm. Matthew L. Klunder, chief of naval research. “We ran this particular weapon, a prototype, through some extremely tough paces, and it locked on and destroyed the targets we designated with near-instantaneous lethality.” During the tests, LaWS – a collaborative effort between ONR, Naval Sea Systems Command, Naval Research Laboratory, Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division and industry partners – hit targets mounted aboard a speeding oncoming small boat, shot a Scan Eagle unmanned aerial vehicle
(UAV) out of the sky, and destroyed other moving targets at sea. See video at: https://youtube. com/ watch? v=sbjXXRfwrHg. Sailors worked daily with LaWS over several months since it was installed, and reported the weapon performed flawlessly, including in adverse weather conditions of high winds, heat and humidity. They noted the system exceeded expectations for both reliability and maintainability. The system is operated by a video-game like controller, and can address multiple threats using a range of escalating options, from non-lethal measures such as optical “dazzling” and disabling, to lethal destruction if necessary. It could prove to be a pivotal asset against what are termed “asymmetric threats,” which include small attack boats and UAVs. Data regarding accuracy, lethality and other factors from the Ponce deployment will guide the development of weapons under ONR’s Solid-
The Afloat Forward Staging Base (Interim) USS Ponce (ASB(I) 15) conducts an operational demonstration of the Office of Naval Research (ONR)-sponsored Laser Weapon System (LaWS) while deployed to the Arabian Gulf. Photo by John F. Williams
State Laser-Technology Maturation program. Under this program, industry teams have been selected to develop cost-effective, combat-ready laser prototypes that could be installed on vessels such as guided-missile destroyers and the Littoral Combat Ship in the early 2020s. Researchers say the revolutionary technology breakthroughs demonstrated by LaWS will ultimately benefit not only U.S. Navy surface ships, but also airborne and ground-based weapon systems. While laser weapons offer new levels of precision and speed for naval warfighters, they also bring increased safety for ships and crews, as lasers are not dependent on the traditional propellant and gunpowder-based ordnance found on ships. Lasers
run on electricity and can be fired as long as there is power. They also cost less to build, install and fire than traditional kinetic weapons – for example a multimillion-dollar missile. “At less than a dollar per shot, there’s no question about the value LaWS provides,” said Klunder. “With affordability a serious concern for our defense budgets, this will more effectively manage resources to ensure our Sailors and Marines are never in a fair fight.” The Navy already has demonstrated the effectiveness of lasers in a variety of maritime settings. In a 2011 demonstration, a laser was used to defeat multiple small boat threats from a destroyer. In 2012, LaWS downed several unmanned aircraft in tests during naval exer-
cises. Specific details on next steps and timeframes are being determined as the data from the current demonstrations are analyzed. The announcement confirms continued significant progress on directed-energy weapons, and meets the timeframe announced by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert at the 2013 Sea-AirSpace Expo. Greenert will be the opening speaker at the upcoming Naval Future Force Science and Technology EXPO in February 2015, where many of the innovative technologies coming to fruition for the Navy and Marine Corps will be on display. For more news from Office of Naval Research, visit www. navy.mil/local/onr.
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NASWF named Tree City USA for 23rd year Story, photo by Jay Cope NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs
The National Arbor Day Foundation once again recognized Naval Air Station Whiting Field (NASWF) as a Tree City USA for its dedication to conservation and urban renewal. This is the 23rd consecutive year the base has received the designation. NASWF planted a live oak tree to recognize the completion of the annual certification requirements and to celebrate the accomplishment Dec. 3 at 10 a.m. next to the base’s command building. The Arbor Day Foundation presented a proclamation and banner to the command to recognize the achievement. NASWF Commanding Officer Capt. Matthew Coughlin read the certificate to the
assembled staff. The certificate read in part: “(I) declare that Whiting Field will continue to annually celebrate Tree Awareness Week during the first week of December and recognize the importance of preserving and managing our trees with planned activities for the planting of trees throughout the planting season, demonstrating our responsibility as federal land stewards.” The ceremony is only the final step in the process. Throughout the year, the NAS Whiting Field Natural Resources team has to: ensure an allocated cost is directed toward forestry projects (this has to exceed $2 per person on the base), maintain an Urban Forestry Ordnance, and have a board with regular meetings. All of the requirements serve to raise the awareness of how im-
Members of the Naval Air Station Whiting Field team gather around the live oak tree planted Dec. 3 to celebrate the installation’s 23rd year of participation within the National Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA program.
portant trees are to society. Not only do they provide a natural beauty, but trees also give shade, help to lower temperatures in urban areas, increase the oxygen level in their areas, and help to cleanse pollutants from groundwater and the air. The ceremony was coordinated by Ron Cherry, NAS Whiting Field’s natural resources manager,
and it serves as one of the highlights of his year. “Our annual participation in the Tree City USA program provides us the opportunity to educate people about the value of tree resources and the importance of sustainable tree management,” Cherry said. “Being part of Tree City USA can help promote relationships with the Florida Forest Service and
other conservation groups.” With NASWF’s program being one of only five programs that are onboard Florida military bases, Cherry said he hoped “that this program will give people and understanding of the importance of and pride about trees so that they can go home and manage flora around their private resi-
dences.” Base forestry programs in 2014 spent more than $28,000 in maintenance for existing woodlands and replaced any trees that were lost through the year through storm damage, disease or other causes. The amount invested in maintenance was approximately four times the necessary amount to qualify for the program.
Coughlin turns command of NAS Whiting Field over to Bahlau By Jay Cope NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs
Naval Air Station Whiting Field (NASWF) observed a time-honored Navy tradition Dec. 17 at the installation’s auditorium building when command of the air station passed from one officer to another. Capt. Todd Bahlau accepted command of NAS Whiting Field from Capt. Matthew Coughlin following Coughlin’s three-year tour at the helm. The change of command ceremony is a Navy tradition that enables the two officers to formally exchange duties in front of the assembled military and civilian staff. It is also a time to recognize the accomplishments of the outgoing skipper in front of his family and friends. Commander Navy Region Southeast Rear Adm. Mary Jackson served as the guest speaker for the event.
Capt. Todd Bahlau
Capt. Matthew Coughlin
Bahlau becomes the installation’s 41st commanding officer, and brings a wealth of experience as an aviator within joint operational environments. A native of Jackson, Mich., he is a 1991 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in mathematics. Bahlau received a master of science degree in management from Troy State University in June 1992 and was designated a naval aviator Feb. 4, 1994.
Bahlau’s first operational assignment was with the “Grandmasters” of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light Forty-six (HSL-46) in Mayport, flying the SH-60B Seahawk helicopter. Follow on assignments included the Airwolves of HSL-40 (two tours), the staff of Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Group 12 (CCDG-12), the Chief of Naval Personnel in Washington, D.C., as the head officer promotion planner, another tour with the
Grandmasters, the 33d Flying Training Squadron (33d FTS) at Vance Air Force Base in Enid, Okla., and a tour as Chief of the Strategic Engagement Cell and Chief of the Joint Visitor Bureau at Headquarters International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Kabul, Afghanistan. Bahlau also earned a second master’s degree from the Naval War College in Newport, R.I. His most recent assignment was with the United States Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska. Coughlin’s professional management of a military facility valued at more than $1 billion directly enhanced the ability for Training Air Wing Five to meet their aviation training mission. Under his guidance, NASWF provided air traffic control, emergency fire and rescue services and runway and grounds maintenance to more than 13,000 acres of property and
4,500 nautical square miles of airspace, supporting the safe execution of 377,000 aircraft flight hours, and four million flight evolutions, as well as classroom and simulator training/support for 3,600 student naval aviators. NASWF will be Coughlin’s final tour, as he retired during the ceremony. The installation served as the final step in a distinguished 27-year naval career. Previous commands included: the Vipers of HSL 48, USS Peleliu (LHA 5), Fleet Replacement Squadron (HSL-41), the Scorpions of HSL-49, Operations Directorate (J-3), the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the HSL43 Battle Cats and the USS Peleliu once again. He also earned a master’s degree at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. Coughlin added a second masters at the National Defense University at Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.
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Commissary announces holiday hours
Awards recognize military children
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 and Dec. 26. It will reopen at 8 a.m. Dec. 27. 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 9 a.m. Jan. 2. For more information, call 452-6880.
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NMCRS will be closed for a few days
The Navy Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) office, 91 Radford Blvd., will close at noon Dec. 24 and will remain closed Dec. 25 and Dec. 26. For the New Year holiday, the office will close at noon Dec. 31 and remain closed Jan. 1 and Jan. 2. The office will reopen Jan. 5. The thrift shop will close at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 19. The shop will be open from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 3, and regular hours will resume Jan. 6. For more information, call 452-2300 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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holiday movie, “It’s A Wonderful Life,” will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 22. Tickets are $5. Seating will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, go to www.pensacolasaenger.com.
Scottish Rite WinterFest announced
PLT Treehouse Productions will present “Snow Queen” Dec. 19-21 at the Valerie J. Russenberger Theatre, inside the Pensacola Cultural Center at 400 South Jefferson St. Ticket are $14 to $30. “Snow Queen” is an adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen classic. For more information, call the Box Office at 4322042 or go to PensacolaLittleTheatre.com.
The first Scottish Rite WinterFest, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 19-20 at the Escambia County Equestrian Center, 7750 Mobile Highway, will feature Cajun food and vendors selling Christmas items. There will be entertainment, and a gumbo contest is scheduled for 11 a.m. Dec. 20. Local military students will be the guests of the Brothers of the Valley of Pensacola’s Scottish Rite. Students in uniform will be able to ride the ECAT bus to the event and enjoy the festivities at no charge. Call MWR for pick-up information. Civilians and military not in uniform can ride the bus for $1 one way. Regular admission is $20 for one day and $30 for both days. Admission is free for children younger that 12. There is no charge for parking. For more information, contact Eddie Stewart at 293-9556 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For ticket information, call at 494-0801.
Toys being collected at Whiting Field
Tryouts scheduled for bowling team
The Navy Exchange worldwide enterprise is offering patrons the opportunity to register to win $100 NEX gift cards during the Navy Blue Holiday. A total of 30 cards will be awarded in Pensacola. The final group of gift cards are scheduled to be awarded Feb. 3. You can register at the Pensacola NEX, 5600 Highway 98 West. For more information, call 458-8250.
‘Snow Queen’ performances continue
The Operations Department at Training Air Wing Five (TraWing-5) at NASP Whiting Field is collecting toys for the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign. Unwrapped toys can be donated through today, Dec. 19, in the TraWing-5 lobby, Bldg. 2943. For more information, call (850) 623-7147.
Saenger to show ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’
The Saenger Theatre is bringing classic movies back to the big screen, holiday-style. The classic
Active-duty personnel are invited to join the NASP bowling team and compete against base teams in the region. Regional winners will compete in the 2015 Navy Bowling Base Team Championship. There is a men’s and a women’s team. Open tryouts are accepted from all branches assigned to NASP and NASP Corry Station. The first practice session is Jan. 3, and the qualifying rounds are Jan. 10 and Jan. 11. For more information, contact the Bowling Center at 452-6380.
Operation Homefront is accepting nominations for its Military Child of the Year Award through today, Dec. 19. Operation Homefront is a national organization which provides emergency financial and other assistance to military families. The award is presented to a child from each branch of service – Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force; and for the first time in 2015 a National Guard child will be recognized. The recipients each receive $10,000 and a laptop computer, and are flown with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., for an awards gala on April 16. Anyone can nominate a child – family members, teachers, coaches, counselors, clergy, neighbors or friends. For more information, go to Military ChildOfTheYear.org.
Mardi Gras season to kick off Jan. 9
The annual 2015 Wind Creek Pensacola Mardi Gras kick off celebration is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. Jan. 9 on Palafox and Government streets. Mardi Gras krewes will be ceremoniously blessed and proclaimed ready to participate in the 2015 Mardi Gras season. All of Pensacola is encouraged to dance the night away with a second line jazz band street performance while enjoying free king cake. For more information on Mardi Gras events, go to www.pensacolamardigras.com.
Student exhibit open at museum
In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Naval Air Station Pensacola, senior graphic design students at Pensacola State College have created an exhibit, “The Journey: Then, Now, Tomorrow,” is on display at the National Naval Aviation Museum aboard NAS Pensacola through Dec. 31. The exhibit focuses on a century of accomplishments at NAS Pensacola. The museum is free and open to the public 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. For more information, call graphic design program coordinator Mark Hopkins at 484-1087.
IMAX movie has Christmas theme
A holiday movie, “The Light Before Christmas,” is being featured at the IMAX theater at the National Naval Aviation Museum. The animated film is a tale of two young children who lose their way in a Christmas Eve blizzard and are rescued by the Candleman, who teaches the children that Christmas is about more than just presents. Showings are scheduled at noon daily through Dec. 31. For more information, call 453-2389 or go to www.NavalAviationMuseum.org.
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CNRSE hosts 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 mamma 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, Donder 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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CNRSE hosts Sailors of the Year Story, photo by MC2 (SW/AW/EXW) Stacy D. Laseter Navy Region Southeast Public Affairs
ACKSONVILLE – Five top-performing Sailors from installations within Commander, Navy Region Southeast (CNRSE) competed for selection as the region’s Sailor of the Year (SoY) and participated in a host of activities in Jacksonville Dec. 1-4. The ultimate winner of the regional SoY competition was NC1(SW) Vladimir Arias-Martinez, who is part of the CNRSE staff. His selection was announced at the end of a formal banquet that wrapped up the week. Arias-Martinez joined the Navy in June 2000 as an undesignated seaman, eventually becoming a disbursing clerk, which merged with the personnelman rating, which changed its name to personnel specialists’ before finally converting to NC in 2011. He has served on three ships and joined the CNRSE team in April 2013. His personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), Navy Good Conduct Medal (four awards), and a Flag Letter of Commendation. He also has a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
“It’s an honor to represent the command and the region as Sailor of the Year,” Arias-Martinez said. “I couldn’t feel more humble and happy than I am now.” The week began with an informal reception, where CMC(SS/AW) Mike Jackson, CNRSE regional command master chief, explained the following days’ schedule and gave the opportunity for each of the Sailors to introduce themselves and get to know one another. The other Sailors chosen to compete included AM1(AW) Jeffrey Denton of Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas; ABH1(AW/SW) Sofia Gonzalez of NAS Whiting Field; CS1(SW/AW) Marshall Ford of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; and MA1(EXW) Mark Van Wyck of Naval Support Activity Charleston, S.C.
Five Sailors of the Year from Commander, Navy Region Southeast installations and their command master chiefs pose for a photo in front of Jacksonville’s Veterans Memorial Wall as part of a tour for the 2014 Sailor of the Year Week hosted by Commander, Navy Region Southeast. The week included tours around the Jacksonville area, a community relations event and an oral board. It culminated with a luncheon announcing NC1 Vladimir Arias-Martinez as the region’s Sailor of the Year. He will go on to compete at the Commander, Naval Installation Command level.
“Coming here, I anticipated competition, that the other candidates and I were probably not going to be talking, but when I got here it was totally opposite,” Van Wyck said. “We all sat and studied together and we were all trying to help each other out.” The top five selectees spent the week being mentored by command master chiefs from different installations, and preparing for the SoY oral board. Other opportunities for the participants included tours of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Everbank Field and the Budweiser Brewery, both key employers in the Jacksonville community that support the military. The Sailors also had a chance to visit the Clyde E. Lassen State Veterans’
Nursing Home located in St. Augustine. “One of the most rewarding parts of the week for me was the community relations event,” Jackson said. “That was a humbling and enjoyable event. You get to actually see living history and see the individuals there who helped paved the way for us.” SoY Week encompasses more than scheduled visits and tours; the Sailors learned from each other’s wide-ranging experience in different ratings, and the diverse years of service and assignments around the globe. “Being able to talk with the command master chiefs and Sailors of the Year from other installations, seeing their leadership styles, and realizing they
have gone through similar things, has given me a new perspective,” said Denton. The week ended with a formal banquet held at the officer’s club onboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville, where Arias-Martinez was announced the winner by the CNRSE chief of staff, Capt. Scott Gray. During his remarks as the guest speaker, Gray read from an article on slow courage and doing the right thing to the assembled Sailors. “People with slow courage do the right thing in organizations that reward the wrong thing, rising above the systems they inhabit,” Gray read. “Rather than single acts of brazen bravery, it’s heroic habits over time.”
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School superintendent issues warning about app From Escambia County School District
Malcolm Thomas, superintendent of the Escambia County School District, recently became aware of middle school and high school students accessing a new and highly offensive social media application (“app”) called “After School – Funny Anonymous School News For Confessions and Compliments.” The app is described as “an anonymous and private message board for your school” and can be downloaded to an iPhone, iPod or through Safari (a web browser developed by Apple) and accessed via Facebook. In some cases, graphic and sexually explicit videos have been posted and then followed by students displaying inappropriate comments, sometimes about students in their own or neighboring schools.
“As you can imagine, this can be distressing for students, some of whom are following this site just to ensure no one is making comments about them,” Thomas said. “What is different about Malcolm Thomas, this site, and superintendent of makes it even Escambia County more troubling, School District is that posts are made anonymously, unlike other social media sites where you can trace a username back to an email account. Because of the way this site functions, there is lit-
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tle the district can do if a student is being targeted, because the person posting the comments cannot be identified.” Thomas wants to make it clear that although the app is called “After School – Funny Anonymous School News For Confessions and Compliments,” it is in no way affiliated, endorsed or organized through the school district. “This app has caused so much difficulty, in so little time, that I want to reach out to our students, staff, district families, and the community to ask everyone to help monitor this app and to eliminate its use,” Thomas said. The app, which was free and rated for ages 12 and older, is no longer available on Apple’s app store, however, parents are asked to check for an icon that displays a tiger wearing yellow striped sunglasses.
The superintendent has alerted principals and staff members of the school district to the dangers associated with this app. They have been asked to eliminate student usage of the app at school. The app has been blocked on all district wi-fi services and principals will be telling their students that use of this app on their personal devices on campus will result in disciplinary action. “We are hoping that everyone will help us with the monitoring and elimination of this app from all student-owned devices. As your superintendent, as a father and grandfather, I am asking for your help. There are too many risks associated with this app to make it worth keeping,” Thomas said. For more news from the Escambia County School District, go to www. escambiaschools.org.
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December 19, 2014
Morale, Welfare and Recreation
Get ready for happy new year By Janet Thomas
Gosport Staff Writer
After you unwrap the Christmas presents, it will be time to start planning your New Year’s celebration. Pensacola residents have several options: • Pelican watch: The Downtown Improvement Board (DIB) offers the Pelican Drop. The fun starts at 5 p.m. Dec. 31 with live music on three outdoor stages. The 14-foot tall Pelican will be perched on a 100-foot platform at the intersection of Palafox and Government streets. The streets will be closed to traffic, and restaurants and vendors will be serving up food. There will be several musical performances throughout the evening. 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 and more confetti. For more information, go to www.pensacolapelicandrop. com. • Special concert: You can join the Pensacola Symphony and Conductor Peter Rubardt for the annual “Celebrate the New Year!” concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 31 at Pensacola Saenger Theatre, 118 South Palafox Place. The featured soloist will be violinist Lindsay Deutsch.
A 14-foot illuminated metal sculpture is the centerpiece of the annual Pelican Drop New Year’s celebration in downtown Pensacola. Photo from www.pensacolapelicandrop.com
The concer will feature a variety of music including classics from Tchaikovsky and Strauss, Big Band era hits and Broadway and Hollywood favorites. Tickets are $22 to $84. For more information, call 435-2533 or go to www. pensacolasymphony.com. • On the beach: Pensacola Beach has New Year’s covered with two events. Two fireworks displays are scheduled to ring in the new year – one at 8 p.m. at the Portofino Boardwalk and another a midnight show at the end of the Gulf Pier. 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. Black-eyed peas will be served to the hardy souls who run out to take a dip in chilly Santa Rosa Sound. There is a fee to take the plunge, but there is no
charge to watch. For more information, call 932-1500 or go to www. PensacolaBeachChamber.com. • Take a dip: You can also celebrate the new year by jumping in the Gulf of Mexico at Flora-Bama Lounge, 17401 Perdido Key Drive. The famous nightspot sits on the FloridaAlabama line. Thousands of wacky revelers show up on Jan. 1 every year for the FloraBama 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 FloraBama 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 1,” PG-13, 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; “Big Hero 6” (2D), PG, 5:30 p.m.; “Birdman,” R, 8 p.m.
“Big Hero 6” (2D), PG, 11 a.m.; “Dumb and Dumber To,” PG-13, 4:30 p.m.; “The Gambler,” R, 7:30 p.m. (free admission); “Interstellar,” PG-13, 11:30 a.m.; “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1,” PG-13, 5:30 p.m., 8 p.m.
“Big Hero 6” (2D), PG, noon, 2:30 p.m.; “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1,” PG13, 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; “Dumb and Dumber To,” PG-13, 12:30 p.m.; “Interstellar,” PG13, 3 p.m., 6:30 p.m.
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1,” PG-13, 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; “Interstellar,” PG13, 6 p.m.
“St. Vincent,” PG-13, 5 p.m.; “Birdman,” R, 7:10 p.m.; “Big Hero 6” (2D), PG, 5:10 p.m.; “Dumb and Dumber To,” PG-13, 7:30 p.m.
Free admission to all movies Christmas Eve, Dec. 24: “Big Hero 6” (2D), PG, 5 p.m.; “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1,” PG-13, 7:30 p.m.; “Interstellar,” PG13, 6 p.m.
Free admission to all movies Dec 25 – Merry Christmas: “Big Hero 6” (2D), PG, 5 p.m.; “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1,” PG-13, 7:30 p.m.; “Interstellar,” PG13, 6 p.m.
COST Regular: $3 adults, $1.50 children ages 6-11, free for 5 and younger 3D shows: $5 adults, $3 children ages 6-11, free for 5 and younger
Details: 452-3522 or www.naspensacola-mwr.com
The NASP Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) department has a number of upcoming events and activities. For more information, call 452-3806, ext. 3100, or go to the MWR website at www.naspensacola-mwr.com. • Youth Sports Basketball Registration: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday through Dec. 31, NAS Youth Center, Bldg. 3690. Registration fee is $50 and includes uniform jersey and trophy. Child must have turned 4 by Dec 1. League runs January-March and is open to all active-duty, retired, DoD, contractors and reservists. Volunteer coaches and assistants also needed. For more information, call 452-3810. • DangerZone Paintball: Open play from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, Monday and holidays at Blue Angel Naval Recreation Area. Available Thursday and Friday for private parties for groups of 15 or more. Features three acres of woodsball play, full equipment rental, plus 500 rounds of paint. The park is now open until 5 p.m. Monday and Friday for challenge events. $20 active duty, $30 civilian. Reservations required two weeks in advance. For more information, call 453-4530. • Indoor pool open: Bldg. 3828. Hours are 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Pool is closed holidays, Wednesdays and the first weekend of the month. Call for applicable fees, specials and restrictions. Underwater filming and expert analysis of your swimming available free in December by appointment. One week free tryout for youth swim team. Practices are 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Masters training available for $30 per month from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Free Aqua Zumba classes 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday will resume in January. For more information, call 452-9429. • Pensacola Veterinary Treatment Facility January Special: During the month of January, receive a free puppy or kitten kit with an exam. Call for an appointment at 4526882. • Bushido Sports Judo Club New Hours: Beginning Jan. 9, the Bushido Sports Judo Club will meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday. For details, contact Youth Sports at 452-2417. • Auto Skills Center: NASP Corry Station, Bldg. 1006. Do vehicle repairs yourself. The Auto Skills Center has the tools, the manuals (online), equipment, lifts and stalls, as well as knowledgeable staff that can assist you to do it yourself. Lifts will accommodate motorcycles, ATVs, Gators, golf carts and lawnmowers. Lift rates $6 an hour, $30 a day. For more information, call 452-6542. • Deadlift Competition: 11:30 a.m. Jan. 21 at Wentzel Gym at NASP Corry Station. Weigh-in starts at 11 a.m. The Schwartz/Malone Formula will be used to determine the winners based on weight lifted pound-forpound. Medals will be awarded to male and female competitors for first, second and third place. For more information, call 452-6198.
Liberty activities Liberty program events target young, unaccompanied active-duty military. New hours are 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Regular events are scheduled at the main Liberty Center in the Portside Entertainment Complex. You must sign up in advance for off-base trips. For more information, call 452-2372 or go to http://naspensacolamwr.com/singsail/liberty.htm.
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SAPR If you are a victim of sexual assault, it is not your fault. Help for victims of sexual assault in the DoD community is a call, click or text away: The SafeHelpline provides live, one-on-one crisis support and information by trained staff. Call: (877) 995-5247; click: www.SafeHelpline.org; or text: 55-247, CONUS; (202) 470-5546, OCONUS (may be extra charges for OCONUS). The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program provides prevention, intervention and a 24/7/365 response to non-intimate partner adult victims of sexual assault. Active-duty and adult family member sexual assault victims have a choice of reporting options, unrestricted and restricted. Unrestricted reporting allows victim to have an advocate, seek medical care, counseling, legal services, safety interventions and/or transfer, etc. To access an unrestricted report, the victim may report to his/her chain-ofcommand, security/law enforcement, NCIS, SAPR VA, SARC, or others. NCIS shall be notified by the CO and/or the VA/SARC in unrestricted cases to begin investigation. Investigation results are provided to the offender’s CO for appropriate action/disposition. Restricted reporting allows a victim to have a confidential report, which does not trigger command or law enforcement notification and the victim may have a SAPR VA and seek medical care and/or counseling. To access restricted reporting, the victim may disclose his/her sexual assault only to the SARC, a current SAPR VA, a health care professional and/or a chaplain. To contact the NASP 24/7 Victim Advocate, call 449-9231/2. For the Civilian Victim Advocate, call 293-4561. To contact the duty SARC, call the SARC cell at 554-5606.
Worship schedule Holiday services The schedule for special holiday services will be as follows: • Catholic Mass: 4:30 p.m. Dec. 24 at NASP (children’s service), noon Dec. 25 at NASP Corry Station, 4:30 p.m. Dec. 31 at NASP Corry Station and noon Jan. 1 at NASP. • Protestant service, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 24 at NASP. Regular services Naval Air Station Pensacola Protestant • Communion service, 8 a.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel. • Sunday School, all ages, 9 a.m. Sunday, Bldg. 634. • Worship service, 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel, Bldg. 1982. • Chapel choir, 12:30 p.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel. • Contemporary service, 6 p.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel. Roman Catholic • Sunday Mass, 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel, Bldg. 1982. • Daily Mass, 11:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the All Faiths Chapel. • Confessions: 30 minutes before services. Latter Day Saints • Service, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel. For information, call 452-2341.
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Fleet and Family Support Center NASP Corry Station Protestant • 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. Latter Day Saints • Service, 7 p.m. Wednesday. Roman Catholic • Mass, noon Sunday and 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday. For information, call 452-6376. NAS Whiting Field Chapel Roman Catholic • Mass, 11 a.m. Friday. Protestant • Bible study, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. • Weekly chapel service, 11:30 a.m. Thursday. For information, call 623-7212. More services Jewish • Bʼnai Israel Synagogue, 1829 North Ninth Ave., services 7 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. Saturday. For information, call 433-7311. • Temple Beth El, 800 North Palafox St., services 7 p.m. Friday (6 p.m. first Friday of month). For information, call 438-3321 or go to http://templebethelofpensacola.org. Seventh-day Adventist • Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1080 North Blue Angel Parkway, Bible studies at 9:30 a.m. and services at 11 a.m. Saturday. For information, call 453-3442.
The NASP Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC), 151 Ellyson Ave., Bldg. 625, is offering the following: • Healing the Angry Brain: Weekly sessions begin 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Jan. 13 and continue for six weeks. Program offers a neuropsychological approach to understanding anger. It will be presented by Mario Campa, clinical counselor, and Susan Rivazfar, family advocacy program case manager. Pre-registration is required; contact Rivazfar at firstname.lastname@example.org or 452-5611. • Move.mil assist: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. FFSC provides assistance to complete the Move.mil for transferring personnel. Prior to coming to the class you must have a login name and password created.
Open to all branches – you do not need a CAC to complete. For more information or to register, call 452-5609. • The Habits of Happy People: 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 13. Want more joy in life? Make a choice for happiness in 2015. Learn how to achieve a life in which happiness is a habit. Registration not required. For more information, call 452-3472. • Suicide awareness and prevention: Class will acquaint you with facts on suicide in the military; explore myths, warning signs, risks factors, intervention techniques and what not to do when confronted with a potential suicide situation. This is General Military Training (GMT) facilitated by each command; however, if there is a special request, call 452-9022 to schedule training.
Community Outreach NASP Community Outreach volunteer opportunities: • Food distribution: Anew Warrington Baptist Church of God in Christ, 1100 Hawthorne Drive, needs volunteers to help with weekly food distribution program at 4:30 p.m. each Thursday and to help pack food boxes on se-
lected Wednesdays. The NASP Community Outreach office tracks volunteer hours. Report any hours you work to receive due recognition. For information on volunteer activities, call 452-2532 or e-mail email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Black powder supplies and equipment, includes new bottle pyrodex powder, pellets, power belt bullets, primers, nipple picks, ball starters, ram rod, and on 2007 Snapper and on. $50 for all. Rear Engine 497-1167 w/bagger six speed Motors riding lawn mower. Pristine condition, Autos for sale stored in storage shed. Paid 98’ Oldsmobile $2,100.00 in 2007, Aurora V8 4.0. Exasking $1,100 obo. cellent condition, Must see “serious leather seats, syninquiries only.” thetic oil for life of 485-2084 the car, garaged 97,000 miles. 497Fiberglass hot tub, 9066. $3,895 or seats four, runs on best offer 110VAC 20/30 AMP. $1,100 Sears, Trucks/Vans /SUV’s 21.9 CF Fridge with icemaker, $300. Glass coffee 2010 28’ Freedomth table with wrought Spirit Lite, 5 iron base, $125. wheel and hitch. Oak finish roll top Like new. $22,000. desk, $125. Pic- 384-1339 or can be tures available. seen at Bill’s RV, Hwy 90 in Milton 712-3870
2011 Burgman EX 650 motorscooter, has 6,555 miles, new rear tire, GIVI trunk, like new, pearl white. Very nice, & $6,000. 251-747- clean 2/1 brick home on the west7056 side. Fenced yard, laundry 2011 Suzuki with room, and outdoor Hayabasa; 1 shed. $650 with owner, 4680 $600 deposit. Pets miles. Black & & HUD allowed. red, stretched, Contact Carolyn Brock clutch 850-525-6803 w/heavy duty spring, shinks Nice, clean brick drag hook-up home for rent. rear tire. Med 3/1b, fenced yard, ICON HELMET detached laundry w/truck mount. room, nice area, *serious inquiries 100 Hancock only* $11,500 Lane. $750/$700. OBO. Must see! For appointment, 485-2084 call 850-5256803. Available Misc Motors Jan. 1 1998 Chapparel 200 LE 20 foot bowrider with new motor in good condition. Asking $8,000. Call 850-2327045 for more information.
Real Estate Homes for rent 3/2 brick convenient to bases. Fenced yard, great schools, $800/month. $550 deposit, no pets. 968-6076
Leeward S/D wooded single family building lot. Excellent investment. EZ owner financing. $1,000 down & Rental – cottages $260 monthly. at Emerald Shores. (850) 712-2199 3/2, 2 car garage, large sunroom, Mobile home lot storage shed, for sale in King Florida sunroom, George estates screen porch, prinear Mobile Hwy vacy fence. Close and Michigan to NAS. Great Ave. All utilities in schools. $1,000/ place. Partially month. 497-9192 fenced. $10,000. 456-0233 Homes for sale
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