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Region’s Emerging Leader Essential Comms: ‘Ready Navy’ Reminds All to Prepare for Emergencies Feature: Region Local National Navy’s 1st in DoD Leader Program Big Navy News: Fort Worth Commissioned in Galveston Around the Region: NAVCENT Hosts King of Bahrain

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E s s e n t i a l C o m m s Be ‘Ready Navy’ - Sign Up to be Notified During Emergencies

Commander, Navy Installations Command

Are you ready to be notified in the event of an emergency or base closure? A quick and easy sign up to the Wide Area Alert Notification (WAAN) system could save you in more ways than you can imagine. Deployed by the Navy in 2008, the WAAN system provides Navy installations worldwide with an effective and reliable mass notification system that can be used during a crisis to warn and direct affected personnel. “As a civilian employee, I thought that my home phone or cell phone numbers were none of my command’s business. And certainly they didn’t need to know my kids’ personal information,” says Marcher Castell, a civilian who works at the Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) headquarters. “Of course, that meant that they couldn’t call me to tell me to evacuate, or include my children in the evacuation count. They couldn’t even call me to tell me something simple like the power being out in my building and not to drive all the way in to the office.” All military, civil service, and contractor personnel with a One-Net user account are required to register at least their office e-mail address and phone number in the WAAN. Registering personal emergency contact information also is strongly encouraged. As Marcher discovered, the Navy can’t alert you if it cannot find you. Registration is not automatic, but by providing your personal contact information, you take advantage of the following benefits:

Halloween Safety Tips Follow these five tips from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to ensure this halloween is exciting and safe. 1. Accept only wrapped candy. All candy should be examined by an adult before it is eaten. 2. Be sure to wear costumes that are bright enough to be visible at night.

• Registration enhances your safety and empowers you to react in times of crisis. • Registration ensures that realtime alerts provide information to you and your family on what to do and where to go in an emergency. • Registration allows you to find

out about base closures due to weather or an emergency, before you show up. • Registration permits you to be notified when it is clear/safe to return to the installation. Rest assured; your personal information is safeguarded. How to register 1. One Net users — right-click on the Purple Globe icon (bottom right corner on desktop). 2. Select “Access Self Service.” 3. Select the “My Info” tab and update your Last Name, First Name, and Display Name and save. 4. Select the “Devices” tab and enter your work and personal contact information in the appropriate mandatory and optional device fields. 5. SAVE. 6. Update your profile any time you have a change. For questions about the WAAN or support, contact the CNIC Support Center at 1-888-264-4255 or follow this LINK. 3. Add reflective tape to bags used to collect candy. 4. Carry flashlights while trick-or-treating. 5. Costume accessories, such as swords and knives, should be made from soft and flexible material, such as cardboard. For more on halloween safety visit the CDC on the internet by clicking HERE.

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Use COLA Calculator to Check FY13 Amounts With the beginning of the new fiscal year, the Defense Travel Managment Office (DTMO) has updated the FY13 Spendable Income pay table, used by the pay canters to compute Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) pay. Spendable income adjustments for FY13 went into effect Oct. 1. Service members will see the change reflected in their paychecks issued Oct. 16 (first pay period in the fiscal year). Currency adjustments can occur once per pay period. Service members can calculate their COLA payment by using the COLA calculator located HERE. The amount of the increase or decrease varies by service member’s rank, years of service, number of dependents and location. COLA is not a fixed amount and can fluctuate from pay period to pay period. For more information on these changes, go HERE.

Daily News Clips Daily news clips help keep you informed about significant events occuring within Navy Region EURAFSWA. News clips are available every morning by 8:30 a.m. on the G2. You can navigate to news clips on the G2 by following this link https://www.intelink.gov/ go/jucW1C


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Region Local National Navy’s 1st in DoD Leader Program Story by Lt. Timothy Hawkins, Commander, Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia Public Affairs

NAPLES, Italy - A financial manager based in Naples, Italy became the Navy’s first local-national employee selected to attend a Department of Defense (DoD) leadership development program for promising civilian personnel, Sept. 13. Antonio Carannante, a six-year local-national member of Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia’s comptroller team, was chosen for the Defense Civilian Emerging Leader Program (DCELP) Class of 2012 – one of only 26 individuals selected Navywide. “Only the top of the top are selected for this program and Antonio is the first and only local national selected,” said Lauralee Dillon, Region’s comptroller. “It’s truly an amazing opportunity not only for him, but for the future of this organization, because the local nationals here don’t just supplement our workforce … they are our workforce. And to grow up with the Navy and become a true leader is spectacular.” At age 47, Carannante approaches 27 years of Navy service that all began as security guard here at Naval Support Activity Naples. “I started as a security guard here, and it was tough but built my character,” said Carannante, a lifelong native of the waterfront village Bacoli, 18-miles west of Naples. “I consider myself really lucky. I appreciate my work and I have this great opportunity to increase my knowledge and improve myself.” Only 136 civilian personnel across the DoD enterprise were chosen, according to the Navy’s Office of Civilian Human Resources. Launched last year, the DCELP is a year-long training program for aspiring entry- and mid-level personnel in the acquisition, financial management and human resources communities. “The program, especially for a local national, is going to give them insight

Antonio Carannante, a Region financial manager, was one of 26 Navy personnel and the only Navy local national selected as a primary participant in the Defense Civilian Emerging Leader Program. Carannante is a lifelong Bacoli native, proud husband and father of two. Photo by MC1 Jack Georges.

into the U.S. government from a top level – something they would not see here at Region,” said Deirdre Spaulding, Carannante’s immediate supervisor. “That’s going to bring incredible value to our team here at Region because Antonio can share what he learns.” The DCELP includes 34 days of inresident courses at the DoD Executive Management Training Center in Southbridge, Mass., and capstone graduation week activities in Washington, D.C. Prior to attending in-resident courses, participants complete Internet-based exercises about the DoD’s mission and culture, effective writing and research methods, and leadership theories and principles. Carannante will begin program orientation in Southbridge by the end of autumn. “I’m not scared of the challenge. I’m going to put all my energy into this,” he said. “Above all, my goal is to become a real leader so that I can better pro-

vide my best and contribute to support Region’s mission.” Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia provides efficient and effective shore service support to U.S. and allied forces operating at its installations. “Antonio really rose to the top,” Dillon said. “It’s just his constant desire to do more than what’s required, to go above and beyond. He’s truly an asset to this organization.” Cover photo: Antonio Carannante reviews an instruction with colleague Charles McKnight. Photo by MC1 Jack Georges.

For more information on the Defense Civilian Emerging Leader Program and other DoD civilian opportunities click HERE


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A r o u n d T h e R e g i o n Naples Honors America’s POWs and MIAs Commander, Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia Public Affairs

MANAMA, Bahrain - His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Supreme Commander is escorted by Vice Adm. John Miller, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT)/ U.S. 5th Fleet/Combined Maritime Forces as he departs NAVCENT, Sept. 12. U.S. Navy photo.

NAVCENT Hosts King of Bahrain Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. 5th Fleet Public Affairs

MANAMA, Bahrain - Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT)/U.S. 5th Fleet/Combined Maritime Forces, Vice Adm. John Miller hosted the King of Bahrain, His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, during a visit, Sept. 12, where they discussed the U.S. Navy’s role in the Middle East and bilateral relations. “I came today to say hello and thank you for the good work you’re doing; not just for Bahrain, but for the Gulf and the whole world,” said Al Khalifa. “Together we are deterring and fighting terrorists and pirates in the Gulf. Together we work against the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction ... all big responsibilities. It’s not easy, but with you it becomes a lot easier.” Additionally, they discussed cooperative efforts to maintain security and stability in the region. “Our ability to contribute to the security and stability of the region here in the Gulf - and to Bahrain in particular - can only be done if we have this arrangement between our two countries,” said Miller. “We are enormously grateful for the hospitality that the U.S. Navy enjoys here and for the work that we are able to do together.”

NAPLES, Italy - Service members honored American prisoners of war (POW) and those still missing in action (MIA) as a result of American conflicts during a ceremony at Naval Support Activity Naples, Italy, Sept. 21. The Naples Area Chief Petty Officer Association sponsored the ceremony in observance of National POW/MIA Recognition Day held annually in the United States. The ceremony included a moment of silence, raising of the POW/MIA flag and description of the traditional POW/MIA table. “It’s important we recognize the sacrifice made by those who have gone before us. They cleared the way for the freedoms we enjoy today,” said ceremony organizer Chief Crytologic Technician Technical (IDW/SW) Jonathan Blackwell. “I came out to show my support to all those service members who sacrificed their freedom to preserve ours and I hope one day they can be reunited with their families,” said ceremony participant Chief Interior Communications Electrician (SW) Brian Teneyck. More than 83,000 Americans are still missing according to the Defense Prisoner of War Missing Personnel Office.

NAPLES, Italy - Chief Musician Louis Lebron leads the U.S. Naval Forces Europe Band during a ceremony at Naval Support Activity Naples, Italy, marking National POW/MIA Recognition Day, Sept. 21. Photo by MC1 Jack Georges.

SOUDA BAY, Greece - Chief Master-at-Arms Douglas Terou, assigned to the Naval Support Activity Souda Bay security department, receives his chief’s anchors and combination cover during a chief petty officer pinning ceremony, Sept. 14. Photo by Paul Farley.

Naples Area CPO Selectees Don Anchors For The First Time Navy Public Affairs Support Element-East Detachment Europe

NAPLES, Italy - Twenty-four new chief petty officers from the Naples area donned their gold fouled anchors in front of family, friends and the Naples community during a pinning ceremony at Naval Support Activity Naples, Sept. 14. The pinning ceremony is a timehonored tradition during which new chief petty officers are officially accepted into the Chief’s Mess. “I commend you for your achievements leading to this moment and I thank you for your immense contributions to our Navy that you’re certain to make in the coming years,” said Adm. Bruce Clingan, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces EuropeU.S. Naval Forces Africa, Commander, Allied Joint Force Command Naples. This year’s ceremony marked the 119th anniversary of the chief petty officer rank and was a culmination of six weeks of chief petty officer induction training. “Working hard everyday will pay off in the long run. Setting your goals when you first join the Navy and keeping those goals will allow you to reach them,” said Chief Yeoman (SW) Jonas Joe.

Camp Lemonnier Pins New Chief Petty Officers (VIDEO)


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B i g N a v y N e w s Married Couple Pins Each Other

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Public Affairs

WASHINGTON - Naval District Washington chief petty officer selectees stand behind the Lone Sailor statue during a pinning ceremony held at the Navy Memorial, Sept. 14. Photo by MC1 Demetrius Kennon.

Fort Worth Commissioned in Galveston USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) Public Affairs

GALVESTON, Texas - USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) commissioned at the Port of Galveston in Galveston, Texas, Sept. 22. The ship was officially placed in service by Vice Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Mark E. Ferguson III. “To the crew, this day marks the beginning. You have already set the ships’ personality and character, and we anxiously await your arrival into the fleet for there is much to be done,” said Ferguson. “Our expectations for you and the ship are high. The ship arrives at a time when nearly half of our ships in the U.S. Navy are underway on any given day and we are faced with increasing challenges around the globe. We will be a stronger Navy as Fort Worth takes her place among the ships of the line.” The ship’s two commanding officers, Cmdr. Randy Blankenship, blue crew, and Cmdr. Warren Cupps, gold crew, took command, set the first watch, and raised the ensign. An LCS manning structure requires rotating crews. “Today’s celebration marks the official entry of the USS Fort Worth into the fleet and into naval history. Today, she becomes official sovereign U.S. territory and carries this unique status wherever her compass steers,” said Blankenship. “It is a tremendous honor to command this warship and to lead these Sailors who stand before you. Ship command isn’t about the captain, but rather the humble privilege to lead a group of outstanding men and women who selflessly give their service to our great country.”

NORFOLK - Chief Operations Specialist (SW/AW) Priscilla Jones and Chief Master-at-Arms (SW) Mark Jones, who have been married for eight years, pinned anchors on each other during two separate chief pinning ceremonies at the Waterside Marriott Hotel in Norfolk and Naval Station Norfolk, Sept. 14. Priscilla is stationed aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), and Mark is stationed at Naval Station Norfolk Security. “I really didn’t expect I’d make chief this time up,” said Priscilla. “I thought my husband would make it, but not both of us.” Mark disagreed, saying he always thought his wife would get the promotion before he did. Upon realizing that they both made it together, he said he felt blessed. “I’m so glad she was able to pin me, and I was able to do the same for her,” said Mark. “She’s been with me through most of my career, and we’ve made a lot of sacrifices to be together. So, this is like a reward for both of us.”

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Retired Navy SEAL Jim Woods, a member of the U.S. Navy parachute demonstration team, The Leap Frogs, lands as the USS Constitution Honor Guard marches onto the field during the Bills and Chiefs NFL football game, Sept. 16. Photo by MC2 Kathryn E. Macdonald.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - F/A-18 Hornets assigned to the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, fly in formation during a flight to Grand Junction, Colo., Sept. 19. Photo by MC2 Andrew Johnson.

Naval Academy Ranked Top Public Liberal Arts School in U.S. U.S. Naval Academy Public Affairs

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The U.S. Naval Academy ranked as the No. 1 public liberal arts school in the country in U.S. News & World Report’s college rankings released Sept. 12. The Naval Academy remained No. 14 in the nation for “Best Liberal Arts Colleges” and No. 1 in the nation among high school guidance counselors. The Naval Academy also moved up to the No. 4 spot for overall “Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs,” and in engineering specialties, the academy ranked No. 3 in both mechanical engineering and aerospace, aeronautical, and astronautical engineering. “I’m proud that the Naval Academy continues to be recognized as one of the top institutions in the country,” said Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Adm. Michael M. Miller. “With a worldclass education, superb facilities, and the opportunity to serve their country upon graduation, the Naval Academy is an excellent choice for the brightest young men and women in the nation.”

Navy Remembers Neil Armstrong (VIDEO)


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Region Exceeds Annual Food Drive Goal

Story and photo by MC1 Jack Georges, Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia Public Affairs

NAPLES, Italy – Military personnel and families stationed in Europe and Bahrain contributed more than 27,000 pounds of food over the summer for distribution to host-nation charities and U.S. food banks over the coming weeks. The contributions, part of the Office of Personnel Management’s annual Feds Feed Families (FFF) food drive, surpassed Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia’s (EURAFSWA) 5,000-pound goal. “I knew we would surpass our goal,” said Region EURAFSWA Director for Religious Programs Capt. Alan Hansen. “It was a collaborative effort. Military personnel and families at Navy installations throughout Europe and in Bahrain responded to the great efforts of our religious programs team. That’s what made it so successful.” Support for this year’s food drive poured in from service members, civilians and families stationed at Naval Support Activity (NSA) Naples, Italy; NSA Bahrain; Naval Station Rota, Spain; Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy and NSA Souda Bay, Greece. Items collected for FFF will go to U.S. food banks as well as hostnation charities such as orphanages and soup kitchens in Europe and Bahrain. Contributions included nonperishable food goods like canned vegetables, soup, pasta, cereals and more. “What’s different about Feds Feed Families in an overseas environment is that we’re giving back to the communities who host us – they’re our neighbors,” said Chief Religious Program Specialist (SW/AW/FMF) Rafael Barney, the regional FFF coordinator. “We have a close relationship with citizens of the places we serve. We’re

Interior Communications Electrician 1st Class (SW) Lavell Glover of Commander, Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia makes a donation to the Feds Feed Families food drive at a drop-box location at Naval Support Activity Naples, Italy. Glover’s donation, along with more than 2,400 pounds of food, will be distributed to a local orphanage and soup kitchen in the Naples area.

fortunate to experience their cultures so it’s important we help them too.” Monetary donations were collected by installation chaplain staffs for distribution to specific U.S.-based food banks chosen by contributors. Food banks in the U.S. will purchase food at a rate of five pounds per dollar, according to Barney. Most non-perishable goods collected at installations are being distributed to local groups. “We are going to distribute half of the 2,433 pounds of canned and boxed food collected here in Naples to the Centro Laila orphanage in Mandragone in a few weeks. Then we’ll distribute the rest to the San Massimo soup kitchen in Licola in October,” said Religious Program Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Andy Gomez, leading petty officer for NSA Naples’ religious ministry team. “This was a combined region effort

for sure but we couldn’t have done it without our leading petty officers. They did a great job facilitating this drive and exceeding expectations,” said Barney. Programs such as FFF at overseas Navy installations help promote community service and strengthen hostnation relations. “‘Feds Feed Families’ gives us another opportunity to think outside ourselves and think of others. It makes us better service members, leaders and neighbors,” said Hansen. 2012 Stats: -Navy’s Goal: - Actual:

396,000 pounds 1,027,126.30 pounds

Click HERE to learn more about Feds Feed Families


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