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In This Section Holiday Cooking: Bad for the Environment? page 68 Neighborhood Spotlight: Cordova Park page 72
Shift: How Pensacolaâ€™s Older Neighborhoods are Leading Change page 74
7 Steps for a Healthier Home page 82
Home Upgrades that Make 'Cents' page 78
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BY The NUMBERS
a look at September's Market Highlights $185K
Median Sale Price
65 Avg. Days on Market
Market Highlights 3rd Quarter sales were up 12 percent compared to the same period last year.
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Median sales price for September was $185,000, $20,000 above last September.
September DOM fell nearly two weeks compared to August, settling at 66.
Only two short sales were reported for the month.
Information courtesy of Pensacola Association of Realtors
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Holiday Cooking: Bad for the Environment?
By Jim Roberts Public Information Officer, ECUA
Fats, oils, and grease are seasonal hazards. It’s that time of year again – the holidays! Family, friends, rich holiday foods, turkey, gravy, buttery homemade desserts, and the potential of sanitary sewage overflows? Who wants this problem during the holidays? It’s true, the holiday season comes with an increased possibility of pollution from costly sewer backups and overflows. During the holidays, when more people are cooking higherfat-content foods, deep-fat-fried turkeys, and enjoying large family meals-the amount of fats, oils, and grease, or “FOG”, entering into the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA) sewer system increases, as does the potential for problems. Now is the right time to make use of the ECUA Cooking Oil and Grease Disposal Program and help keep the sewer lines and your home’s plumbing clear, unclogged, and on a Recycling Contamination Placing non-accepted items in your recycling bin is called 'contamination' and causes problems during the sorting of recyclables. It also degrades the value of other recyclables, as well as affecting the ability of the item to be processed into a new product. It is important to make sure that only recyclable items are placed in the recycling bin. By using your bins correctly, you can help to ensure that the materials are processed efficiently, which in turn saves our resources and keeps the cost of processing low. ECUA takes the issue of contamination very seriously and strives to reduce its occurrence. What are the most common contaminants? The most common contaminants are plastic bags, garbage bags, yard waste, food scraps, and clothing/linens. • Plastic bags and garbage bags along with other plastic wrap should never be placed in 68 | pensacola magazine
“fat-free’ diet! Stop by one of the sites below and pick up or drop off a free container for your used cooking oil and grease.
Residential Cooking Oil and Grease Disposal Stations Keep Pensacola Beautiful 9 West Blount Street S & P Food Mart # 2 3494 East Olive Road ECSO Sub-Station Warrington 30 N Navy Blvd. Beulah Fire & Rescue 6400 West 9 Mile Road Ever'man Co-Op 315 West Garden Street ECUA at Ellyson Industrial Park 9255 Sturdevant Street ECUA Sanitation Department 3050 Godwin Lane
the recycling bin. These items often become entangled in and damage the equipment we use to sort the recyclables. Instead, they should be reused, returned to a supermarket, or disposed of in your sanitation collection container. • Food scraps and clothing/linens that cannot be reused belong in your sanitation collection container. • It is also important that you give containers and bottles a quick rinse before placing them in the recycling bin. Remember to keep the lids on the containers. • Yard waste should be placed in a compostable paper yard waste bag designed for collection of materials such as leaves, grass, pine straw, etc. Plastic bags don’t decompose and cannot be processed into environmentally friendly compost or mulch. Also, don’t discard garden hoses in your recycling bin. Please note: If you use compostable bags for
ECUA Bayou Marcus Water Reclamation Facility 3050 Fayal Drive Pensacola Beach via de Luna Drive 53 Via De Luna Drive ECSO Sub-Station Perdido Key 12950 Gulf Beach Highway Grocery Advantage 736 Hwy 29 North, Cantonment Apple Market 1021 Scenic Highway, Pensacola Recycling Contamination Learn More about ECUA FOG Prevention and Residential Recycling Programs visit www.ecua.fl.gov.
your yard waste, ECUA will pick that up at the curb with any other yards waste materials. The compostable bag should not be placed in your recyclables cart. What you can do: Label containers – At home or in the workplace, try to place labels on or near each recycling container explaining what can be recycled. Use an ECUA Recycling Magnet, which provides examples of recyclable items and includes a list of non-acceptable materials. This can be especially helpful if you notice repeated contamination issues. Rinse and wipe clean – Rinse and wipe away contaminants from recyclables such as plastic food containers, which will help improve the quality of your recycling stream. For additional information visit the ECUA website at www.ecua.fl.gov or call Customer Service 850.476.0480
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NEIGHBORHOOD SPOTLIGHT CORDOVA PARK As Pensacola grows, it sometimes feels like there is nowhere to escape the noise and hustle and bustle of the city without sacrificing its perks. Many want to own a home in a traditional quiet suburb, but those outside the city are either too remote or too expensive. Luckily, Pensacola has a bevy of neighborhoods that solve this problem. That’s why we are shining our Neighborhood Spotlight on Cordova Park. An older neighborhood, its community attitude and suburban charm lies just outside one of the city’s biggest economic centers – but it feels like you are transported worlds away.
History of the Neighborhood Cordova Park has a long history that starts near the beginning of the 20th century. Originally developed by Henry and Mary Ellison Baars, they saw it as an opportunity to create a quiet community of houses designed to serve as summer or vacation homes. The Baars family went on to develop large swathes of the city and help build Pensacola into what it is today. Cordova Park became more desirable as the Cordova business district grew around it, bringing Cordova Mall and Pensacola International Airport to help boost the economy. Properties and Prices Cordova Park runs from 12th Avenue to the southeast, cutting off near Inverness Drive. It’s bordered on the northeast by Summit Boulevard and to the southwest by Bayou Texar. Though nestled just outside Pensacola International Airport and Cordova Mall, Cordova Park is a quiet and secluded suburb. According to Trulia, the average price in Cordova Park is between $240k and $280k, leaving the homes in the middle affordability range. Most of the properties are ranch style houses, often built in the late 70s or early 80s – multiple stories are also 72 | pensacola magazine
common. Houses have between 1,500 and 2,500 square feet of floor space, with most of them having at least three beds and two baths – while other properties can have as many as five beds and three baths without a significant price increase. Rentals are few and far between, and multi-unit buildings remain sparse. Many of these houses are designed for those who are looking for affordable homes not too far from the city, serving as good ‘starter’ houses that won’t break the bank. Cordova Park is a neighborhood for families, with about 70 percent of the population being married with children. It’s also a bit of an older population neighborhood, with many residents being between 45 and 65 years old, many with college degrees and still in the workforce. The neighborhood is compact and easy to walk or cycle through, with Bayou Boulevard allowing quick access to the rest of the city. Utilities are the standard for Pensacola, with Gulf Power for electricity, ECUA for water and garbage, and AT&T, Cox or DirecTV for internet/ cable. Local Attractions Cordova Park Elementary services the whole neighborhood and is highly regarded, allowing quality education close to your home. Cordova Park is also close to Pensacola State College, meaning secondary education is easy to access for anyone looking to go back to school. The neighborhood stresses the outdoors and play, with places like the Roger Scott Athletic Complex and Redfish University allowing for a lot of fresh air activities. There are also a handful of nearby parks, including Miralla Park and Pintado Park. If you like to travel, Cordova Park’s proximity to Pensacola International Airport will help cut down on business or vacation travel worries. However,
this also can be a drawback, as the flights can bring unwanted, noise pollution. Since Cordova Park is exclusively a residential area, there aren’t really any shopping opportunities in the neighborhood proper. However, just a short drive outside the neighborhood is Cordova Mall and all the businesses surrounding it. You can find just about anything you need here – see a movie at the AMC Cinema, visit the mall or one of the other businesses in the area, eat at one of the countless restaurants, or even attend art exhibitions at Pensacola State College. The area is also close to East Pensacola Heights, so their bistros and diners are an easy option too. For groceries, Publix and the Apple Market are nearby, allowing you to access any time convenience as well as support small grocers. There is also a Sam’s Club close to Cordova Mall for those who want to maintain the membership Nightlife is fairly light in Cordova Park, but Sir Richard’s and The Magnolia in East Pensacola Heights are both great locations if you don’t want to make the trip downtown. That said, nightlife is not the height of Cordova Park – it is a place that allows you to get away from the hectic pace of the city without abandoning it entirely. Summary Cordova Park allows you to have a quiet, out-of-theway home without sacrificing what makes Pensacola such a great place to live. Its history, charm and convenience make it a great place to raise a family or just escape for a little bit before returning to traditional city life. For more information on Cordova Park and the surrounding areas, speak to your realtor to see what makes this quiet suburb speak volumes.
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How Pensacola’s Older Neighborhoods are Leading Change By John David Ellis Jr. Broker/Owner of Voyage Real Estate
With a record number of residential permits issued in the city of Pensacola this year, there’s a noticeable shift in the pattern of development happening in the panhandle of Florida. Where new homes, shopping centers, schools and hospitals were once built on the edge of a growing community, people are coming back to the center, and for good reason. Downtowns and their surrounding neighborhoods are presenting new opportunities for redevelopment to fit a changing American lifestyle. As a millennial, I grew up at the end of a cul-de-sac in a subdivision with houses that were all roughly the same size, set far back from the street, with porches just big enough to keep you dry as you unlock your door in the rain. Perhaps you can picture this style of home. Maybe you grew up in a similar home. Much of the front yard was dedicated to a driveway that lead to a garage, and the houses were situated away from each other as if to say, “Keep your distance.” Homes in my neighborhood were built in this way with spacious rows between them. As the old adage goes, “your home is your castle,” and these castles might as well have had giant moats around them. My mom and I could go whole weeks without ever talking to or seeing our neighbors. Not because we didn’t want to, although sometimes that might have been our intention. No, this was the accepted pattern 74 | pensacola magazine
of development for decades following WWII. Often referred to as “sprawl”, the neighborhood I grew up in, and countless other places like it were the product of an auto-centric culture. Walking to school was out of the question, and my mom wouldn’t let me bike anywhere for fear of getting run over. Our car was the only way to get anywhere. Urban planners, architects, and others have written extensively on the subject of sprawl and auto-dependent communities, and unfortunately, much of Pensacola reflects this type of development. Despite much of the core of the city being planned and built long before automobiles were commonplace, the city started developing in a radically different way once affordable automobiles became available. In the ensuing decades, this was a highly desirable way to live—still
is for some—but sentiments started to change after the Great Recession. Florida was the epicenter of the foreclosure crisis, and was consistently one of the top states for rates of foreclosure years after the recession set in. Clearly, the pattern of development that brought us to this point played some role in the downfall. As Americans began to reassess what was most important to them, the characteristics that emerged as most desirable were not all that unfamiliar to a special part of Pensacola. Coming out of the recession, the local real estate market experienced a noticeable lurch towards new development in the neighborhoods surrounding downtown Pensacola. Buzzwords like “walkability” and “mixed-use” started popping up in real estate marketing materials and discussions surrounding local development. Many of these ideas weren’t new though. Neighborhoods largely built in the early part of the 20th Century, like Pensacola’s East Hill and Belmont-DeVilliers neighborhoods, already had mixed-use buildings and were planned in such a way to promote walkability. As a result, the neighborhood was poised to meet the new needs, and was ready for revitalization. The historic grid of streets encouraged neighborly interaction, and allowed for a friendlier experience for
pedestrians and cyclists alike. Children could realistically walk or bike to school, and many other amenities were equally accessible. Ironically as one of Pensacola’s older neighborhoods, East Hill has become one of the fastest growing areas in the city. In fact, this year alone there have been 35 permits pulled for the construction of new residences in the East Hill neighborhood. The impact of the Great Recession and many decades of disinterest and neglect in the older parts of the city also created tremendous opportunities for new development and redevelopment as evidenced in the East Hill neighborhood. The new Publix on 12th Avenue, which is considerably different than many of the grocery chain’s stores elsewhere in the community, is representative of the growing commercial interest in Pensacola’s older neighborhoods. The result is a vibrancy that at one time was lost due to the damaged fabric of the neighborhood.
just a few short years ago, this activity is encouraging and is expected to continue. In addition to the residential activity, there’s been some significant movement in commercial following the completion of the DeVilliers Square office renovation. With UWF’s Innovation Institute, Gulf Power, and numerous other offices open for business, the possibility of living, working, and playing within Belmont-DeVilliers is not that far away.
Belmont-DeVilliers is another neighborhood that is seeing a dramatic uptick in new construction with nearly 20 new home starts this year. For a neighborhood that struggled with blighted properties and vacant buildings
The question of affordability is also a major issue as neighborhoods see values rise as they become more desirable. East Hill is a glaring example, and other neighborhoods like the Tanyard and Belmont-DeVilliers
Infill development does not come without its challenges though, and Pensacola is certainly experiencing its share. Historic, underutilized properties such as the Sunday House are often considered for redevelopment, and the unfortunate consequence of new construction in an older, urbanized community is that it often comes at the expense of an existing structure. Balancing the cultural value of historic properties with the economic impact of new construction can be difficult for a community.
are soon to follow. The complexities of the issue will require stakeholders from the development community, local government, and neighborhoods to come together just as they are in communities across the country encountering similar issues. Without a doubt, this is a transformational time for Pensacola. One can simply look to the changes we’ve already experienced to get a glimpse of the future to come. Understanding the nature of what shaped our community helps in understanding how we can shape a greater one. Do we want a community that creates more financial opportunities, promotes healthier lifestyles, and encourages us to be better neighbors? American Urbanist William Whyte once asked a similar question, “Will the city reassert itself as a good place to live?” I tend to agree with his conclusion: “It will not unless there is a decided shift in the thinking of those who would remake it.” John David Ellis Jr. Broker/Owner of Voyage Real Estate email@example.com www.voyagegulfcoast.com
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Home Upgrades that Make 'Cents' Improvements to boost your home's value and enjoyment
home is often a family’s single largest asset, so making investments with upgrades and home improvements is almost always a good idea. However, knowing when and where to make those improvements isn’t necessarily a simple decision. Budget and space most often dictate the direction, but keeping function and your lifestyle needs in mind can help create a space that makes for an all-around smart investment. Add technology in unexpected places. With the surge in smart devices, it’s becoming increasingly common to add technology throughout the house, and the bathroom is no exception. From heated floors to mirrors with embedded TV screens, the options are plentiful. A bathroom outfitted with the latest technology can bring function and a whole new level of style and elegance to your home. When choosing your upgrades, set a budget and then let your imagination soar to create a spa-like retreat you can experience without ever leaving home. Keep in mind that not all smart devices integrate seamlessly, so do your research before buying to ensure a convenient connected setup. Go green for the earth and savings. Appliances and climate control systems are often the first features homeowners consider when it comes to environmentally friendly upgrades, but windows and window treatments are another way to make a big impact. In a similar vein, skylights are a surprisingly affordable upgrade for the functionality and aesthetic benefits they provide, especially in the bathroom and
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kitchen where ventilation is as important as ample lighting. You can give your lighting and home value a boost with an Energy Starqualified option such as Velux solar-powered fresh-air skylights, which open for air flow, reducing dependence on electrical lights and fans, with the touch of a programmable remote control. For expanded control over the amount of light and warmth that enters or leaves your rooms, solar-powered skylight blinds are available in more than 100 designer colors and patterns. Like the skylights, Velux solarpowered blinds are operated with the remote. The solar products and installation costs are also eligible for a 30-percent federal tax credit. Learn more at whyskylights.com. Finish the basement. Adding finished square footage to your home is nearly always a way to increase its value. For many homes, the basement is the most practical place to gain that space. Instead of using it as a collection ground for dust bunnies and storage, converting it into usable space can bring meaningful value, not only in dollars and cents, but in overall enjoyment of your home. A basement is the perfect location for expanded room to live and entertain, and if you have egress or other windows, adding extra bedrooms may also be an option. When making plans for finishing a basement, keep function first. Adding features like bathrooms can
be costly if the plumbing isn’t already in place, but having ready access to those facilities may pay off if you plan to spend lots of time downstairs. Also keep climate in mind; in many parts of the country basements tend to be damp, so be sure to use materials that can withstand the conditions during the rainy season. Create outdoor living space for all year long. If a basement renovation or addition isn’t practical for your location or budget, you may be able to create additional living space in an area you already have – outdoors. Even small patio spaces can become cozy gathering spots with the right furnishings and decor. For a larger yard, create destinations that make it comfy to congregate, such as a fire pit or grouping of chairs with overstuffed cushions. This is another area where climate will play an important role in your plans; adding a well-constructed
enclosure to a patio can make it usable during all but the coldest months, while a pergola or other shading can lend necessary relief to an area that bakes in the summer sun. Aside from the hardscaping, look at other ways to soften your outdoor space and enhance livability, such as functional shade trees and flowering vegetation that attract birds and butterflies. Add curb appeal. While you’re considering the upgrade options outdoors, don’t forget to think about your home’s overall exterior appearance. Not only is it the first impression guests have of your home, it’s your own view every time you pull into the drive and it’s one that should make you proud. Reworking the landscaping to highlight architectural features and freshening up the paint can make a big impact. Adding decorative elements like shutters or new lighting or doors can also update a tired exterior.
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7 Steps for a Healthier Home As homeowners become increasingly aware of the impact their homes can have on the environment â€“ and on their health â€“ making eco-conscious choices is as important as ever. From controlling the types of materials used within your home to keeping an eye on indoor air quality, these tips can help you create a healthier, more earthfriendly indoor environment. Use a water filter. Depending on where you live, different contaminants could reside in your tap water. Rather than risk consuming these contaminants or drinking bottled water, which can generate significant waste, consider purchasing a refrigerator with a filtered water option, attaching a water filtration device to your faucet or using a filtered water pitcher. Ditch plastic food containers. Some plastics are not as high quality as many think and may contain toxic materials, making them potentially harmful â€“ especially when used for storing food. Instead, opt for glass, silicone, cloth or stainless steel storage containers, which are friendlier to the environment and pose fewer toxicity risks. Plus, many of these containers can be placed directly in an oven or microwave to safely reheat food. Install eco-friendly insulation. Certain materials in your home, such as insulation, can be replaced with sustainable options that also improve indoor air quality. Consider replacing your existing attic insulation with sheep's wool insulation, such as allnatural options from Havelock Wool. This renewable, high-performing and safe-to-handle material excels at managing moisture while improving indoor air quality through the absorption of formaldehyde, nitrogen oxide and other harmful substances. Learn more at havelockwool.com. 82 | pensacola magazine
Clean "green." Cleaning products can be made with ingredients that are harmful to the environment, as well as your family's health. Make sure you know what is in your household cleaners before using them and, whenever possible, look for cleaners that have been certified as green. Deal with dust. Even if you don't struggle with allergies or asthma, over time, dust particles can be unhealthy for you and your family. Vacuum frequently and use a wet mop on floors without carpet to limit the formation of dust bunnies throughout your home. Clean and replace your vacuum's filter frequently to ensure you're trapping maximum dust. Also regularly wash towels, linens and other textiles, including window treatments. Replace air filters. Older, dirty air filters can circulate dust, pollen and other particles throughout your home. They can also cause your air conditioner and heater to run less efficiently, which can result in higher energy consumption. Rather than pushing potentially harmful dust particles into your house and
causing your systems to work overtime, inspect your air filter often and change it regularly. You might also want to consider installing a whole-home air purifier or placing portable air purifiers in frequently used rooms. Reduce energy and natural resource usage. Try installing timers on your lights so they turn on only at specified times. To take it a step further, consider installing lighting with vacancy sensors that automatically shut off the lights when a room isn't being used. Choose energy-efficient appliances, low-flow toilets and consider adding a rain barrel outside to collect rainwater, which can be used for chores such as watering plants, irrigating the lawn or washing your car. Although it may not be practical to implement all of these ideas at once, little by little you can make small changes that add up to a big difference.
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A.A. Cunningham Road paving notice ... Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast (NavFac SE) has awarded a contract to mill and overlay A.A. Cunningham Road on NAS Pensacola. The work is scheduled to begin the week of Sept. 12 and expected to take four weeks to complete. Watch for “Road Closed” and “Detour” signs. Detour routes to facilities in the area will be Page Road to Warehouse Road and Farrar Road to Pat Bellinger Road. Drivers should observe the warning signs and proceed with caution around the work zones. The work schedule is weather dependent. For questions or more information, contact the PWD Construction Manager Bryan Moeller at 452-3131, ext. 3077.
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Fallen Special Tactics Airman honored at NASP By Capt. Katrina Cheesman Sibley’s unit. “This dedication 24th Special Operations Wing and memorial ruck is an important step for us as a brotherhood Air Force Special Tactics Air- to honor Forrest’s legacy of men dedicated a military freefall valor, and get a small bit of clotraining exercise into Pensacola sure.” Bay Aug. 26 to His teammates Staff Sgt. Forrest escorted the famSibley, a combat ily to Sibley’s controller from burial site, wearPensacola killed ing combat ruck in action Aug. 26, sacks weighing 2015, in Helmand more than 50 Pr o v i n c e , pounds to repreAfghanistan. It sent the deployed. was the first anOnce at the niversary of Sibcemetery, they ley’s death. completed a After free round of memoStaff Sgt. falling into the rial push-ups to Forrest Sibley waters of Sibley’s honor their fallen hometown, his teammates teammate. joined family members and Sibley, 31, had served in the friends to complete a memorial Air Force as a combat controller ruck march to his final resting since 2008. In his seven years of place at Barrancas National service, he received four Bronze Cemetery (BNC). Star Medals, once with valor for “When we lost Forrest, most heroism in combat, as well as a of his teammates were still de- Purple Heart for injuries susployed for another five months, tained in combat. and couldn’t attend any funeral “Forrest was one of our best or memorial event,” said Lt. Col. combat controllers, but he was Stewart Parker, commander of 21st Special Tactics Squadron, See Sibley on page 2
After parachuting into Pensacola Bay, members of the Air Force’s 21st Special Tactics Squadron make a memorial “ruck march,” a hike with full packs, from NAS Pensacola’s Bayou Grande Marina to Barrancas National Cemetery and the grave of teammate Staff Sgt. Forrest Sibley. Sibley was killed in action Aug. 26, 2015. He had served in the Air Force as a combat controller since 2008. Photo by Mike O’Connor For more photos, see page A4
CNATT: Make Labor Day weekend safety a priority Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Public Affairs
The Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (CNATT) safety manager is reminding service members, civilian employees and their families to maintain safety awareness as they prepare for what is generally viewed as the end of summer. CNATTSafety Manager Krystal Hancock said that Labor Day, a federal holi-
day designed to honor the achievements of American workers, includes an extended weekend, with service members and their families often electing to travel to see family and friends. “Whether taking a long road trip or simply jumping in the car to run a quick errand, driving is inherently risky, and traffic mishaps continue to
be a leading reason for lost time, days, and lives across our force,” she said. Hancock said the National Safety Council (NSC) predicts this could be the deadliest Labor Day weekend for drivers in eight years, estimating that more than 430 people could be killed in traffic accidents throughout the Labor Day weekend. She added that service members, often sepa-
rated from their families and travelling significant distances to visit during the long weekend, should take some simple precautions before and during their trips. “Get enough rest before heading outsleepy driving is as dangerous as impaired driving,” she said. “Alternate drivers or take frequent breaks to ensure that whoever is behind the wheel stays alert.” See Labor Day on page 2
‘Be There’ for your shipmates during Suicide Prevention Month 2016 By James Rosenfelder U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery public affairs
NAS Pensacola to host 9/11 commemoration ceremony ... In commemoration of the events of Sept. 11, 2001, Naval Air Station Pensacola will present a ceremony at the National Naval Aviation Museum aboard the base at 10 a.m. Sept. 9. The event will include a guest speaker and a musical rendition from the NATTC Choir, a traditional “two-bell” ceremony, honors performed by the NASP Honor Guard and a 21-gun volley. The public is invited to attend.
Navy Medicine recognizes September as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, which began Sept. 1. The theme for Suicide Prevention Month 2016 is “Be There.” Throughout the month, Navy Medicine will highlight the power of peer support and personal wellness, encouraging Sailors and Marines to be there for their shipmates. “Action starts with prevention,” said Vice Adm. Forrest Faison, Navy surgeon general and chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BuMed). “When a Sailor needs assistance, easy access to support resources and mental health treatment is essential, as is validation of help-seeking behaviors.” Suicide prevention is a yearlong effort. Suicide Prevention Month serves as a reminder that building resilience and preventing suicide requires all
members of the Navy and Marine Corps community to work together. Every life lost to suicide is one too many. “Take action if you notice anything
out of the ordinary for a shipmate; reach out to them,” Faison said. “If you are having difficulties, seek help if See Prevention on page 2
FatAlbertis getting a facelift...Fat Albert, the Blue Angels’ C-130 cargo plane used for transporting crew and equipment to air shows around the country, is currently undergoing a chemical de-paint process at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma after corrosion was found. Once the de-paint process and sheetmetal checks for any other corrosion are complete, Fat Albert will fly to Hill Air Force Base, Utah, for full programmed depot maintenance and paint. Photo by Kelly White
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