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Joint Base Journal Vol. 5, No. 15

April18, 2014

News and information for and about the premier Joint Base and its region


COMPASS helps spouses navigate the military journey BY TAMARA CALANDRA SPECIAL TO JOINT BASE JOURNAL

The word “compass” is both a noun and a verb. It can be a vital instrument for showing direction. It also means to grasp mentally, understand and comprehend. COMPASS, a course for Navy spouses, helps them both learn and navigate their way through their military journey. The experience is likened to going on an extended journey to a foreign country. Doing so would require as much research and learning as possible to make the trip enjoyable and successful. One might need a passport, guidebook and map to start the adventure in the right direction. To a new spouse, the Navy may seem like a foreign land with its own language, customs, traditions, health care system, moves and deployments. COMPASS is a free three-day, 12-hour team mentoring program coordinated and taught by Navy spouse volunteers throughout the world. It covers topics including: Relocation and moving, deployments, finances, benefits and services, Naval traditions, community resources and communication. COMPASS was modeled after a Marine Corps program called L.I.N.K.S (Lifestyle, Insights, Networking, Knowledge, and Skills. Rosemary Ellis, current COMPASS Program Director, and two other spouses attended a session in

Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, and left very impressed. Ellis became chairman of Naval Services FamilyLine, located in Washington, D.C. in 1999. With the permission of then Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jay Johnson, Ellis formed a committee to develop a program for Navy spouses, and named it COMPASS. The following year the group was awarded a $10,000 grant for the

“COMPASS gives them great comfort that they are not alone,” Ellis stressed. Participants and mentors go by a first-name-only basis, and their spouse’s rate or rank is not shared. “The only reason they are there is because they are married to a Sailor,” Ellis shared. “That commonality levels the playing field.” Ellis said that she likens COMPASS to a “catch and release” program, giving participants the tools, information and confidence to move forward and find direction and understanding to Navy life. Ellis said that the program works so well because it uses a standardized curriculum that touches all aspects of military life. Complimentary babysitting is available - as well as meals and snacks, provided by volunteers. Last year, more than 90 COMPASS courses were offered at 20 locations worldwide, with nearly 1,000 participants. U.S. COAST GUARD PHOTO BY PETTY OFFICER 3RD CLASS BRANDYN HILL COMPASS recently offered an best innovative program in support they may not only have to adapt to evening course at Joint Base Anaa new military culture, but perhaps costia-Bolling (JBAB). of military spouses. Washington, D.C.’s Team Lead“What makes COMPASS unique even the culture of a new part of the er, Carrie Tilley, said that the Nais that the information, which is al- country or world. tional Capital Region poses unique One spouse who took the course ready out there, is being imparted challenges to the program as spousby ‘seasoned’ Navy spouses,” Ellis as a new bride said that it “saved her es are spread out at various bases, said. “Spouses want to help each marriage.” She recalled not underand separated due to physical disother, and it’s a conduit for those standing what her husband did in tances, traffic issues and varied talented women and men to do so.” his job or what he shared with her work schedules. Ellis pointed out that many new at the end of the day. That same military spouses feel they are alone spouse went on to be a mentor and See COMPASS, Page 6 in a unique lifestyle. She added that then a team leader.

Water system work prompts planned water outage and possible pressure drop BY JOSEPH P. CIRONE JOINT BASE ANACOSTIA-BOLLING PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Two different water system projects at Joint Base AnacostiaBolling (JBAB) have prompted a planned outage of water and a possible drop in water pressure in one portion of the installation.

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A portion of a 36-inch water pipe, serving JBAB and the District of Columbia, is being relocated and a valve on the north side of the installation is being replaced. The water pipe relocation will start between April 21-28 and continue for two weeks. That project is being overseen by D.C. Water, according to JBAB Pub-

lic Works Project Manager Kyle O’Kelly. “There are redundant water pipe loops feeding water to JBAB, so we do not expect a complete outage of water, but rather a possible loss in water pressure in the western central portion of JBAB, near Giesboro Park,” O’Kelly said. On April 23, the necessary replacement of a water valve will


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stop water flow to Buildings 168 and 169 from 6-10 a.m., according to JBAB Public Works Officer Air Force Lt. Col. Kristen Bakotic. That water valve replacement, along with two additional valves, which were replaced on April 16 and 17, is necessary to continue to ensure that the high quality of water is maintained on the installation.

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Protecting the health and welfare of personnel living, working or visiting JBAB, as well as continuing to be good stewards of the installation and its infrastructure are among the top priorities at JBAB, as well as at other military installations. For more information, contact the JBAB Public Works Department at 202-767-4442.


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Naval District Washington celebrates Month of the Military Child BY SHAWN MILLER NDW PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Throughout April, military commands around the world are celebrating the contributions and sacrifices military children continue to make while their parent or parents serve the nation. Roughly two million military children in the United States are connected to the military through one or both parents, and the majority of that population is under 12 years old. In 1986, former-Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger designated each April as “Month of the Military Child” to recognize the challenges those children face and celebrate their perseverance. Desiree Clarke, a Children and Youth Programs administrator in Naval District Washington (NDW), said the constant transition of repeated deployments, permanent change of station (PCS) moves nationally and internationally, and separation from parents causes a lot of stress for these young children. Throughout the rest of this month, installations across NDW are hosting a variety of events designed for service members and their children, including field days, ice cream socials, bowling, talent shows, and parents’ nights out. “It’s a good opportunity for them to be together as a family, which is a very positive thing,” said Clarke of the events this month.

“Especially in the big events, turnouts are really, really good, which is a good sign that families were excited to get together and excited to do the activities we were offering.” Getting senior leadership involved at individual installations is key to creating a larger impact, Clarke added. “It really does make the kids feel special when the [commanding officer] is involved,” she said. Clarke, a military spouse with two children of her own, assists youth directors with putting together programs not only for the month’s celebrations, but throughout the rest of the year as well. The Children and Youth Programs office provides before- and after-school programs for school age children, runs child development centers, and offers other outreach services such as seasonal camps and low-cost child care for military parents. “It’s really a huge advantage and benefit to military families to have that available to them,” Clarke said of the child care, which costs much less than most private options. Throughout the year, there are always numerous programs being offered throughout NDW, she added. “It’s important to acknowledge that military kids go through a lot of turmoil,” said Clarke. “Just acknowledging them during the


Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert congratulates 18-year-old Alexander Burch for his selection as the Navy’s 2013 Military Child of the Year at the 2013 Military Child of the Year Award Gala in Arlington, Va. Operation Homefront, a military and family assistance nonprofit organization, recognizes children from each of the military service branches for demonstrating leadership, scholarship and resilience. This year’s award is scheduled to be presented April 10. month of April helps them realize their sacrifices are not unnoticed and they are important, too.” Each year during an awards ceremony, Operation Homefront, a military and family assistance nonprofit organization, recognizes children representing each of

Future of remotely piloted aircraft outlined BY STAFF SGT. CARLIN LESLIE


Air Force leaders outlined what the next 25 years for remotely piloted aircraft will look like in the RPA Vector, published April 4. “The RPA Vector is the Air Force’s vision for the next 25 years for remotely-piloted aircraft,” said Col. Kenneth Callahan, the RPA capabilities division director. “It shows the current state of the program, the great advances of where we have been and the vision of where we are going.” The goal for the vector on the operational side is to continue the legacy Airmen created in the RPA field. The vector is also designed to expand upon leaps in technology and changes the Airmen have made through the early years of the program. “The Airmen have made it all about supporting the men and women on the ground,” Callahan said. “I couldn’t be more proud of them for their own advances in technology to expand the program, making it a top platform.” The document gives private corporations an outlook on the

capabilities the Air Force wants to have in the future, ranging from creation of new RPAs to possibilities of automated refueling systems. “There is so much more that can be done with RPAs,” said Col. Sean Harrington, an intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance command and control requirements chief. “Their roles (RPAs) within the Air Force are evolving. We have been able to modify RPAs as a plug-and-play capability while looking to expand those opportunities.” In recent years, RPAs not only supported the warfighter on the ground, they also played a vital role in humanitarian missions around the world. They provided real-time imagery and video after the earthquake that led to a tsunami in Japan in 2011 and the earthquake in Haiti in 2010, according to Callahan. Then, most recently, during the California Rim Fire in August 2013, more than 160,000 acres of land were destroyed. Though this loss was significant, it was substantially decreased by the support of the California Air National Guard’s 163rd Reconnaissance

Wing, with support from an MQ-1 Predator, a remotely piloted aircraft. With this vector, technologies may be created to improve those capabilities while supporting different humanitarian efforts, allowing the Air Force to support natural disaster events in a more effective and timely fashion. The future of the Air Force’s RPA programs will continuously evolve, to allow the Air Force to be the leader in Air, Space, and Cyberspace. “We already combine our air, space and cyber forces to maximize these enduring contributions, but the way we execute must continually evolve as we strive to increase our asymmetric advantage,” said Gen. Mark Welsh, the Air Force chief of staff. “Our Airmen’s ability to rethink the battle while incorporating new technologies will improve the varied ways our Air Force accomplishes its missions.” To see the RPA Vector, visit documents/news/USAFRPAVectorVisionandEnablingConcepts2013-2038.pdf.

the military branches who demonstrate exceptional leadership, scholarship and resilience. The sixth annual Military Child of the Year award is scheduled to be presented April 10 at a gala event in Arlington, Va. To find out more information

about Month of the Military Child and share stories, visit For more news and information from NDW and around the region, go to

Service members required to get Hep B immunization BY 59TH MEDICAL WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS The Department of Defense recently updated its immunization guidelines, requiring all service members to receive the hepatitis B virus immunizations. Since 2002, the Air Force has administered the vaccination to new recruits. Most deploying Airmen and health care workers have also received the vaccination. However, about 10 percent of the active duty force has not yet been vaccinated. Hepatitis B is a potentially fatal liver disease spread by contaminated blood or body fluids. The Hepatitis B vaccine is given in 3 doses: • Dose 1 is given. • Dose 2 must be given at least 30 days after dose 1. • Dose 3 must be given at least 60 days after dose 2, and at

least 120 days after dose 1. The Aeromedical Services Information Management System has been updated to comply with this requirement. The requirement for a Hepatitis B vaccination began appearing on service members’ individual medical readiness lists March 28. Members have 365 days to complete the three-shot series before they are flagged for noncompliance. Commanders should ensure their unit health monitors notify members of this requirement. Immediate action is recommended because it takes at least four months to complete the series. Service members can check their medical readiness (IMR) status online by visiting the Air Force Surgeon General’s web site at imr/MyIMR.aspx.

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Let’s Be Green: Base library engages youth, parents with earth-friendly activities BY ROBERT W. MITCHELL JOINT BASE ANACOSTIA-BOLLING PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Gearing up for a global celebration that calls for everyone to be proactive in protecting the planet, military children at the Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) Library took part in fun-filled learning activities centered on a cleaner environment and saving Mother Earth. “Today’s theme is ‘Let’s Be Green’ and the kids are going to learn about recycling and how to save the planet because Earth Day is coming,” said library aide and children’s program services coordinator, LaRonda Ball. At the JBAB Library, April 15 Ball presented small color-coded recycle bins to show the children how recyclable materials should be separated. She showed the children what materials go into certain bins and then handed out small picture cutouts of food, plastics and metals asking them children to do the same. “Put aluminum foil cans here and cereal and cardboard boxes in this box. Compost is for the food you eat such as vegetables, breads and leaves. Put them in here,” she explained point to the different coloredcoded boxes. “This is how you recycle.” The children also created colorful sketches using lots of blue and green crayons to draw pictures of the earth, their houses and families. Harriet Ponder, a JBAB volunteer who has been with the library for two years, to read Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax” to the group

A child inserts cardboard cutouts representing recyclable materials into the correct color-coded bins at an environmental-friendly event at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB).


Volunteer Harriet Ponder reads Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax” to parents and children at the Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) Library reading room during Earth Day activities.

one- to five-year olds in the library’s reading room. The book is an earth-friendly story about the importance of preserving the environment in which we live, particularly, the trees. U.S. Army veteran Joe Gregory, from Knoxville, Tn. brought his 4-year old granddaughter to the JBAB library for the Earth Day activities because saving the planet is vital to a better tomorrow. “It’s very important for my granddaughter to learn about the environment because she is the future,” he said.

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Obama eulogizes Soldiers killed in Fort Hood tragedy BY NICK SIMEONE ARMED FORCES PRESS SERVICE

For the second time since a mass shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, five years ago, President Barack Obama returned to the Army post April 9 to again pay tribute to soldiers cut down by one of their own, offering condolences to the families of those killed by an Army specialist last week and acknowledging that “part of what makes this so painful is that we’ve been here before.” “Once more, soldiers who survived foreign war zones were struck down here at home, where they are supposed to be safe,” Obama told mourning families and members of the Fort Hood community. “This tragedy tears a wound still raw from five years ago,” the president said during a ceremony held at the same location where he eulogized the 13 people killed by Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan in Nov. 2009. “It was love for country that inspired these three Americans to put on the uniform and join the greatest Army the world has ever known. … They lived those shining values of loyalty, duty, honor that keep us strong and free.” Obama recalled how all three of those killed served in Iraq or Afghanistan, and that Ferguson and Owens were cut down while trying to prevent the gunman, Spc. Ivan Lopez, from claiming further victims. As this second shooting at Fort Hood has shown, the president said, it will never be possible to eliminate the risk of such incidents. “But as a nation, we can do more to help counsel those with mental health issues, to keep firearms out of the hands of those who are having such deep difficulties,” he added.

Army Sgt. First Class Daniel Michael Ferguson, 39, from Mulberry, Fla., enlisted in July 1993 as a transportation management coordinator. He was assigned to the 49th Transportation Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command, as a transportation supervisor. He had deployed to Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. He pledged that as commander in chief he is determined that “we will continue to step up our efforts to reach our troops and veterans who are hurting, to deliver them the care that they need and to make sure we never stigmatize those who have the courage to seek help.” While Obama said the exact motive for last week’s shootings is still not known, investigators have said Lopez had argued with members of his unit just prior to opening fire and also was being evaluated for mental health issues, although mental illness has not been identified as a factor in the rampage.


This map, released by the U.S. Army’s Criminal Investigation Command, depicts the path of Spc. Ivan Lopez, the alleged shooter, April 2. In eight minutes, Lopez allegedly fired more than 35 rounds of .45 caliber, ball ammunition, according to Chris Grey, spokesman for the Criminal Investigative Command. Grey briefed reporters April 7; below is a summary of what investigators believe happened: - A verbal altercation between Lopez and another Soldier ensued at the intersection of Bldg. 39001 (circled in red) and Tank Destoyer Blvd. - After exiting the building, the subject used his privately-owned vehicle to to drive north along 73rd St., firing his weapon at two Soldiers (circled in yellow), wounding one of them. - Turning west onto Motorpool Rd., he went to Bldg. 40027 (circled in green), where he allegedly shot and killed another Soldier and wounded two more. - The subject then allegedly drove toward 73rd St. and fired into the windshield of a moving vehicle (depicted by the blue box), wounding the passenger. - Next, the subject allegedly shot and wounded a Soldier walking outside of Bldg. 33026, 1st Medical Brigade (circled in blue), before entering the building and allegedly killing another Soldier. - After a final drive southbound on 72nd St., the subject exited his vehicle (circled in purple), walked eastbound across the parking lot of Bldg. 39002, where he is alleged to have taken his own life with his .45 caliber pistol after being fired upon by a military police officer (the officer’s bullet did not strike the subject, according to the Armed Forces medical examiner).



The Air Force is conducting a Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) recertification project from March-December 2014 as part of the Financial Improvement Audit Readiness program (FIAR). Every Air Force member drawing dependent rate basic allowance for housing (BAH) is required to re-certify their entitlement to this allowance. If you receive single rate BAH this does not apply to you. If you are married Mil to Mil, only the member claiming the dependents will have to accomplish this. Mil to Mil members with no dependents do not have to accomplish this as they each receive single rate BAH. In order to complete this requirement, all members receiving with-dependent BAH are required to submit a completed AF FORM 594 with a wet signature. Digitally signed forms will not be accepted. As the with-dependent entitlement must be validated and recertified, original supporting documentation must also be reviewed by the local finance office. Some examples of supporting documentation are a birth certificate, marriage certificate, divorce decree, secondary dependency approval letter from Defense Financing and Accounting Service (DFAS), etc. Notifications began in March, 2014 month. Notification of members will proceed monthly based on Social Security Number (SSN), and all members receiving with-dependent rate BAH will be notified no

later than November 2014. For example, all members whose SSN ends in 00-09 will receive notification in March, members whose SSN ends in 10-29 in April, 30-39 in May and so forth. Members will have 30 days from the date of this notice to complete this action by submitting the completed wet signed AF Form 594 and all necessary supporting documents to finance. Failure to respond to this notice and complete the required action within the 30 days will result in an immediate reduction of your BAH entitlement to the single rate effective the 31st day, and all dependent based entitlements stopped. Members BAH entitlement will not be retroactively reestablished at the with-dependent rate as of the date of reduction, but will be reestablished as of the date that all required documentation is submitted to finance. This task must be accomplished by all members receiving with-dependent BAH. Even if your dependency status has not changed, you are still required to complete the AF Form 594 as official certification and submit all required original documentation. If you are assigned to Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB), you may submit your completed 594 and all supporting documentation to the finance office via email usaf.jbanafw.afdw-staff.mbx.bolling-fmcustomer-service-mil-pay(at), fax (202) 404-4110, or walk-in Mon-Fri from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (no appointment required). Should you have any questions pertaining to this matter, please contact your finance office.

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New program aids suicide prevention, intervention BY JIM GOODWIN PENTAGRAM EDITOR

Marine commanders have a new tool to help ensure servicemembers who struggle with suicide receive needed follow-on treatment and access to resources. The Marine Intercept Program is intended to complement existing Marine Corps prevention and treatment programs by providing an added layer of counseling and coordination for those identified with suicide ideations or who have attempted suicide, according to Marine and Family Programs Division officials. Announced in February via Marine Administrative message 073-14, the program is meant to help “close any potential gaps” in care for those identified via a serious incident or personnel casualty report as having attempted suicide or having suicide ideation. Once a Sailor or Marine is identified by a formal command report as having a suicidal ideation or following an actual suicide attempt, a Marine Corps Community Counseling and Prevention Program (CCP) counselor makes contact with the identified person. That

begins an “evidence-based safety plan and assessment of suicide risk,” according to Lt. Cmdr. Sam J. Stephens of the Community Counseling and Prevention Program.. From there, those identified by a command generated report are connected with professional counselors - graduate-level educated, state-licensed providers - who provide continuous “caring contacts” and coordination of care services, according to Stephens. “The CCP counselor does not duplicate or replace - but rather augments - other behavioral health services by providing care coordination whenever needed,” said Stephens, who is also a U.S. Navy psychologist, via email. “They are equally capable and skilled in counseling as any behavioral health provider you would find outside of the installation gates worldwide.” Local-level care Although new, the program’s principle of urgent, continuous communication to foster long-term care stems from a similar approach taken by the Corps’ Wounded Warrior Regiment, which began the practice of offering regular contact to Marines who ex-


The Marine Corps announced the Marine Intercept Program, Feb. 21. The program goes hand-in-hand with the Suicide Prevention Program, providing follow-up care and counseling for Marines who have attempted suicide or had suicidal ideations. perienced suicide ideation or previous suicide attempts.. Marine and Family Programs Division at Headquarters U.S. Marine Corps transferred that continual contact and care concept to the local level, implementing the CCP at major Marine Corps installations. In other words, the counselor working with an individual Marine or Sailor is more than just a friendly voice at the other end of a 1-800 hotline. “The individual accepting services receives

regular contact from a caring voice,” said Stephens. “They are reminded that they are important, they are reminded that there is hope, and they have a partner in developing a strategy to stay safe.” Locally, the program is managed by the Marine and Family Services Program office on the Henderson Hall portion of the joint base. The local program has two CCP counselors to support those assigned to Henderson Hall and Headquarters and Service Bat-

talion, Headquarters U.S. Marine Corps. The Marine and Family Programs office here can be reached at 703614-7204. While the program is not intended to replace the Corps’ current suicide prevention programs, it is meant to compliment the guidance and direction provided in Marine Corps Order 1720.2, the Marine Corps Suicide Prevention Program. “We would like those with suicidal thoughts to know: there is hope, getting help works, life changes, do not give up,” he said. Communication, collaboration keys to success The program provides a systematic, collaborative approach to intervention and prevention, as detailed in the Marine administrative message. Specific roles and responsibilities are listed in the message, which charges Headquarters U.S. Marine Corps for contacting the appropriate local-level CCP and unit commander within 24 hours following receipt of a serious incident or personnel casualty report. Battalion and squadron commanders are directed to provide assistance in ensuring the assigned CCP counselor makes contact with the identified servicemember.

Moreover, CCP counselors recommend courses of action to support at-risk Marines and Sailors, including collaboration with outside agencies, such as military units and behavioral health service providers. In fact, communication is the key ingredient to ensuring success of the program, according to Stephens. Counselors are in contact with the identified servicemember a minimum of six times, according to the Marine administrative message. “Communication...has been purposefully built in to all aspects of MIP,” said Stephens. “Maintaining communication with the command is necessary to keep Marines where they are valued.” To that end, Stephens encourages commanders and other unit leaders to improve the chances of successful intervention by completing serious incident and personnel casualty reports in a timely manner. In turn, such timely reporting can help decrease stigmas about suicide, encourage help-seeking and foster a “highly collaborative approach” to the program, he said.

Coast Guard commandant delighted to get U.S. Air Force C-27s BY CLAUDETTE ROULO AMERICAN FORCES PRESS SERVICE


U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert J. Papp said yesterday he is “delighted” to receive 14 of the 21 brand-new C-27J Spartan medium-range aircraft that were consigned to the “boneyard” by Air Force budget cuts. “It saves us about a half a billion dollars in acquisition costs, and we’re off and running the program now,” the admiral said. U.S. Special Operations Command will receive the remaining seven aircraft, he said. Papp said he expects the Coast Guard to be fully using the aircraft in fiscal year 2016, noting that the delay is due to the need to qualify instructors and thoroughly train the pilot and maintenance forces. The aircraft became available last year after declining budgets forced the Air Force to cancel the program. The cancellation came at a for-

tuitous time for the Coast Guard, which was seeking to fill a need for medium-range fixed wing aircraft, Papp said. In competition, the C27J originally lost out to the HC-144 Ocean Sentry due to higher lifecycle costs, the admiral said. The Coast Guard has purchased 18 HC-144s, he said, noting that he expects to end the program at 18 aircraft. “But then last year, when the Air Force put up these brand-new C-27J’s as excess, we thought, ‘Wow, if we can get 21 for free, that really lowers the lifecycle cost significantly,’” Papp said. Part of the cost savings comes from the fact that the two-engine C-27J uses the same engines and avionics as the four-engine C-130J Super Hercules, he said, which is slowly replacing the Coast Guard’s fleet of older C-130H Hercules aircraft. “We have been getting, incrementally, one or two each budget cycle, and hopefully we’ll replace our entire H fleet with J’s sometime in the future,” the admiral said.

The Coast Guard immediately put in a bid to acquire all 21 of the aircraft, the commandant said. Special Operations Command and the Forest Service also each initially expressed interest in seven aircraft, he said, but the Forest Service determined that the C-27J wasn’t large enough to join its aerial firefighting fleet. In a deal with the Air Force, the Coast Guard will send seven of its C-130H aircraft to be overhauled by Air Force technicians for use as Forest Service tankers, Papp said. The deal nets the Coast Guard a total of 14 C-27J’s ? enough to outfit three air stations, he said. “Initially, we really don’t have to do much more than paint them,” he said. “It has all the communications gear, it has a good surface search radar -- we ultimately will want to put a sensor package in it very similar to what we use in our HC-144s and our C-130s, and that we will put in the budget in future years -- but we can put that aircraft to work almost immediately

after we get people trained up on it. “Since this is relatively new to us, we’re in the process now of doing an aviation plan,” Papp added. The service is determining how and where it will allocate its new aviation assets for best effect, he explained. The Coast Guard always will consider excess military equipment, the admiral said, but it has to be selective in what it accepts, particularly as budgets shrink. “A lot of the stuff that’s coming back from theater is well-worn right now,” he said. “We have a history in the Coast Guard of taking on hand-me-downs, and then they end up costing us a lot of money in the long run, because they’re old and they need repair.” Sometimes, it’s simply too expensive to acquire the equipment, the commandant noted, or it would mean displacing another still-needed program.


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“The Year of the Coast Guard” display begins at memorial A 29-foot response boat (small) normally stationed at the Joint Base AnacostiaBolling (JBAB)-based Coast Guard Station Washington was on display at the Navy Memorial in Washington, helping celebrate the memorial’s new display, “The Year of the Coast Guard,” unveiled during a ceremony on April 12.


Military youths contribute to a clean environment with “recycle bunny” BY ROBERT W. MITCHELL JOINT BASE ANACOSTIA-BOLLING PUBLIC AFFAIRS

In the spirit of the upcoming Earth Day celebration, the Youth Activity Center at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) held an environmentally-friendly recreational activity for military children promoting the use of recycled materials. JBAB Youth Center Program Assistant Tiffany McKenney presented the children with a montage of colorful cutouts of foam pieces, googley plastic eyes, small beverage cans and other recycled accessories to create what she calls “recycle bunnies.” The aim, McKenney says, is to promote a cleaner environment while having fun. “Recycling can be fun. The kids can be creative using the different recycled materials. They can transform those pieces into something new of their own. They can also develop their self-help skills and fine motor skills and their sensory abili-


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Elizabeth Shaw, one of the participants and a working spouse, shared that the course not only exceeded her expectations, but she would not have been able to attend if it was offered only during the day. Shaw said that as a Navy spouse of 10 months – all of which have been geographically separated – the course was very informative. She shared that she was referred to COMPASS by other spouses who highly recommended the course.

ties in the process,” she said. McKenney and other youth center staff provided the children with a variety of materials. “We are making recycle bunnies with arts and crafts materials, recycled materials and old poster cutouts and foam cutouts. The kids can pick out materials from each station choosing a color and a shape. As they go along, the staff will glue their pieces together. The kids can also color their boards adding a nice background. Next, they will put the bunny on the board and glue it in place,” she explained. Navy Chief Petty Officer Jason Chambers brought his family to the event. “We just came here to help clean up the shoreline and celebrate Earth Day,” he said. Chambers, his wife and their 8-year old son assembled the perfect recycle bunny with patience and precision. The “recycle bunnies” event hopped in at the Slip Inn Restaurant during the JBAB Potomac River cleanup.

“It was a great opportunity to meet fellow military spouses living in this area,” Elizabeth reflected, “and learn so much about the Navy.” Although COMPASS focuses on spouses new to the Navy, all spouses are welcome and can benefit from the program. According to COMPASS, a ready family provides an “anchor” that directly affects command and mission readiness. When Sailors know their families are prepared, they are able to deploy and focus on the mission. To obtain more information about this Navy FamilyLine program or sign up for a course, visit the organization’s website at


At Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) everyone is a shipmate – Airman, Civilian, Soldier, Contractor, Coast Guardsman, Marine, family member or Sailor. Shipmates look out after each other. If someone does not seem like normal – Be an ACE and ACT: ASK them if everything is all right; CARE for them and seek the assistance of emergency workers, Chaplain or command leadership; obtain TRANSPORTATION and ESCORT them to get help. In an emergency, call 202-433-3333 at JBAB or 9-1-1 when off-base. Never leave a shipmate behind!

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Unusual weather front moved through Washington Tuesday BY LT. CMDR. JIM REMINGTON JOINT BASE ANACOSTIA-BOLLING PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Dark storm clouds made for a dramatic scene looking west and north from Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling during the midafternoon hours Tuesday before bringing cold rain across the base and surrounding areas. Temperatures in Washington at the start of the workday were in the low 70s but plummeted by 24 to 33 degrees across the National Capital Region by the end of the business day. The mercury continued to drop into sub-freezing temperatures through the night into Wednesday morning. All of this followed a beautiful weekend which offered residents and several thousand visitors to the annual Cherry Blossom Festival a comfortable, sunny, summer-like weekend in the mid-80s. But Mother Nature was quick to demonstrate midweek, that the possibility of sub-freezing temperatures and wintery precipitation is still very real. A cold front that stretched from Michigan to eastern Texas is partly to blame for the drop in temperatures, increased winds, rain, and wintery precipitation Tuesday afternoon and evening, as well as the overnight temperatures in the 20s and 30s which it left in its wake. Temperatures only rose to a high of 50 across the region Wednesday.

Dark storm clouds that formed the front edge of a cold front moving through the area making a dramatic scene looking west and north from Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling during the mid-afternoon hours April 15. The front brought rain and unexpected sub-freezing temperatures and a wintery mix following a comfortable and sunny weekend in the mid-80s.


Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling’s Enterprise Hall was the site for an unusual landscape April 15, as ominous storm clouds approach while a welcoming vibrant green lawn and owers lay before it.


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National Air and Space Museum unveils Curtiss SB2C-5 Helldiver BY THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION A World War II dive-bomber, the Curtiss SB2C-5 Helldiver, went on exhibition April 1 at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, where it had undergone restoration for the past 15 months. It is the first historic aircraft to be restored in the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar, part of a major new addition to the center, also consisting of several artifact storage facilities, a collection processing unit, the Emil Buehler Conservation Laboratory and the museum’s Archives. The restoration hangar, large enough to hold seven aircraft at the same time, is fully visible from a mezzanine above, where museum visitors can view specialists working on artifacts below. The museum’s Helldiver rolled off the assembly line in Columbus, Ohio, in May 1945, four months before the war ended. It never saw combat. From September through December of that year, it was located on the USS Lexington and flown by Bombing Squadron (VB) 92 in the western Pacific and, later, in occupied Japan. It was transferred by the U.S. Navy to the Smithsonian in 1960. “With the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar now fully operational, we can expect to see other icons being transformed, as they move from storage, through restoration and into full view on the exhibition floor of the Udvar-Hazy Center,” said Gen.


One early November morning in 2010, Museum staff moved the fuselage of the Curtiss SB2C-5 Helldiver from storage at the Paul E. Garber Preservation, Restoration, and Storage Facility in Suitland, Md. to the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va. J.R. “Jack” Dailey, director of the museum. Support for the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar included a donation of $15 million from Travis and Anne Engen, the son and daughter-in-law of Vice Adm.

Donald D. Engen, a former director of the museum, who flew Helldivers in World War II. In appreciation for the gift, the museum named the hangar after Adm. Engen’s wife, Mary. The restoration of the museum’s Helldiver was aided by two surviving members of Bombing Squadron (VB) 92, who provided aeronautics curator Jeremy Kinney with firsthand knowledge of its use on the Lexington; the children of other members donated a squadron yearbook with photographs documenting its unique markings. Another source of information was a former member of the Curtiss-Wright Engineering Cadettes, who inspected Helldivers at the Ohio plant in May 1945. The Cadettes were women engineers during World War II. The restored Helldiver boasts new paint and markings that take it back to its days with VB-92 during the fall of 1945. The engine received a thorough cleaning and preservation treatment. It has a fully restored propeller with significant details that had been lost for decades. Interior areas in the fuselage were preserved, as were the wings, to stabilize corrosion and retain the original Curtiss Green paint as much as possible. The Helldiver was reconstructed where needed. Museum Collections specialists replicated important parts of the aircraft, including the rear cockpit floor, the gun truck that connects the twin .30-caliber machine guns to the rear seat and the unique Curtiss-specific fabric coverings for the ailerons, elevators and rudder. Heavily damaged components, primarily the rudder and a torn outer wing panel, required extensive repair. During World War II, U.S. Navy bombing squadrons flew Helldiver dive-bombers against Japan from November 1943 until the war’s end in September, 1945. About

Museum specialist Will Lee fabricated this rudder rib using plans on file in the National Air and Space Museum’s Archives. 30 Navy squadrons operated Helldivers aboard 13 carriers. Changes in carrier tactics, technology and weapons made divebombing—delivering a bomb at a steep angle to increase accuracy—obsolete as the war progressed. The Helldiver was the last dive-bomber operated by the Navy and the last significant combat aircraft produced by Curtiss-Wright Corporation. The Udvar-Hazy Center, which opened in December 2003, includes two exhibition halls, the Boeing Aviation Hangar and James S. McDonnell Space Hangar, in addition to the Restoration Hangar. The National Air and Space Museum building on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., is located at Sixth Street and Independence Avenue S.W. The museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is located in Chantilly, Va., near Washington Dulles International Airport. Attendance at both buildings combined exceeded 8 million in 2013, making it the most visited museum in America. The museum’s research, collections, exhibitions and programs focus on aeronautical history, space history and planetary studies. Both buildings are open from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. every day

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U.S. Navy’s laser weapon ready for summer deployment BY OFFICE OF NAVAL RESEARCH Navy engineers are making final adjustments to a laser weapon prototype that will be the first of its kind to deploy aboard a ship late this summer. The prototype, an improved version of the Laser Weapon System, will be installed on USS Ponce for at-sea testing in the Persian Gulf, fulfilling plans announced by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert at the 2013 SeaAir-Space Expo. “This is a revolutionary capability,” said Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm.. Matthew Klunder. “It’s absolutely critical that we get this out to sea with our Sailors for these trials, because this very affordable technology is going to change the way we fight and save lives.” Navy leaders have made directed-energy weapons a top priority to counter what they call “asymmetric threats,” including unmanned and light aircraft and small attack boats that could be used to deny U.S. forces access to certain areas. High-energy lasers offer an affordable and safe way


to target these threats at the speed of light with extreme precision and an unlimited magazine, experts say. “Our nation’s adversaries are pursuing a variety of ways to try and restrict our freedom to operate,” Klunder said. “Spending about $1 per shot of a directed-energy source that never runs out gives us an alternative to firing costly munitions at inexpensive threats.” Klunder leads the Office of Naval Research, which has worked with the Naval Sea Systems Command, Naval Research Laboratory, Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division and others to make powerful, directed-energy weapons a reality. 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. Over the past several months, working under the ONR Quick Reaction Capability program, a team of Navy engineers and scientists have upgraded LaWS, and proved that targets tracked with a Phalanx


The Laser Weapon System temporarily installed aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105) in San Diego, Calif., is a technology demonstrator built by the Naval Sea Systems Command from commercial fiber solid state lasers, utilizing combination methods developed at the Naval Research Laboratory. LaWS can be directed onto targets from the radar track obtained from a MK 15 Phalanx Close-In Weapon system or other targeting source. The Office of Naval Research’s Solid State Laser portfolio includes LaWS development and upgrades providing a quick reaction capability for the fleet with an affordable SSL weapon prototype. This capability provides Navy ships a method for Sailors to easily defeat small boat threats and aerial targets without using bullets. Close-In Weapon can be easily handed over to the laser’s targeting and tracking system. The result is a weapon system with a single laser weapon control console, manned by a surface war-

fare weapons officer aboard USS Ponce who can operate all functions of the laser-and if commanded, fire the laser weapon. Using a video game-like controller, that Sailor will be

able to manage the laser’s power to accomplish a range of effects against a threat, from disabling to complete destruction. The deployment on Ponce will prove crucial as

the Navy continues its push to provide laser weapons to the fleet at large. Data regarding accuracy, lethality and other factors from the Ponce deployment will guide the development of even more capable weapons under ONR’s Solid-State Laser - Technology Maturation program. Under this program, industry teams led by Northrop Grumman, BAE Systems and Raytheon Corp. have been selected to develop cost-effective, combatready laser prototypes that could be installed on vessels such as guided-missile destroyers and the Littoral Combat Ship in 2016. The Navy will decide next year which, if any, of the three industry prototypes are suitable to move forward and begin initial ship installation for further testing. “We are in the midst of a pivotal transition with a technology that will keep our Sailors and Marines safe and well-defended for years to come,” said Peter Morrison, ONR program manager for SSL-TM. “We believe the deployment on Ponce and SSL-TM will pave the way for a future acquisition program of record so we can provide this capability across the fleet.”


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JNOTES Miscellaneous items related to your health, your career, your life and your community

Joint Base Gate Hours Arnold (Main) Gate: 24/7 South (Joint Visitor’s Center) Gate: 24/7 Firth Sterling (North) Gate: Mon-Fri - 5 a.m.-7 p.m. Bellevue (Housing Area) Gate: Mon-Fri 5 a.m.-9 a.m. and 3 p.m.-7 p.m.

On Thursdays, the clinic will be open from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. The clinic closes at 12 p.m. for training the first Wednesday of each month. For more information, call 202404-6724.

JBAB Cub Scouts

Fun and treats abound at the Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) Chapel Easter Egg Hunt, Sunday, April 20, 10:15 a.m. The hunt will be in the grass outside Chapel Two, at the corner of Duncan and McCord streets. Baskets will be provided to all children attending. For more information contact the Chapel Center, 202-767-5900.

Attention all boys grades 1st through 5th interested in scouting. Please contact the JBAB Cub Scouts, Pack 343, at for more information. Each den holds their own meetings each month along with one pack event. Boys will earn badges together and can work on individual achievements as well. Come join us for popcorn, camping and so much more.

Immunization Clinic

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The 579th Medical Group Immunization Clinic will be open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Basically a forum for all JBAB riders to get together. We organize group rides over lunch and during commuting hours. Visit us online at

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jbabcyclists. For more information, email

Navy Wives Clubs of America The D.C. Metro chapter of Navy Wives Clubs of America, Eleanor Roosevelt #37, hosts meetings every second Thursday of the month to discuss and plan volunteer activities in the local military and civilian communities. Military spouses of all branches are welcome to attend. For more information, email or visit

NAVY 311 “NAVY 311” is the place to go for all types of information to help support Navy military, civilian and retiree personnel and their families. Access NAVY 311 at 1-855NAVY-311 or (DSN) 510- NAVY-311. You can also email or visit

Toastmasters Club seeks members The Bolling Toastmasters Club is available for everyone on JBAB as a place to practice your leadership skills. Toastmasters clubs are where leaders are made, and leadership starts with good communication. The program is self-paced, and it works. The Bolling Toastmasters Club meets Wednesdays from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. at the JBAB Chapel Center. Visitors are welcome. For more information, call Jim Queen at 301-452-6931.

Boys and Girls Club volunteers The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington needs volunteer coaches for their youth baseball league for 10-yearolds and 12-year-olds. For more information or to sign up, call 512-560-5548 from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. or email Michael.martinez@

Post Office weekday closure 2-3 p.m. Due to fiscal challenges, the Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) Post Office is operating with one postal agent and will be closed for lunch from 2-3 p.m., Monday-Friday. Saturday hours remain unchanged. If you have questions, comments or complaints please contact the U.S. Postal Service.

Air Force Wives’ Club Thrift Shop The Air Force Officers’ Wives’ Club Thrift Shop is located at 13 Brookley Ave and is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Donations are accepted during business hours only. Profits from the AFOWC Thrift shop go toward college scholarships and other military charitable organizations. For more information about the AFOWC or its Thrift Shop call 202-563-6666 or email

Military retiree and eligible dependent dental screening BY CHUCK LUCAS JOINT BASE ANACOSTIA-BOLLING RETIREE ACTIVITIES OFFICE

Military retirees and their eligible dependents interested in participating in a dental screening program should call the Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) Retiree Activities Office at 202-767-5244 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday. The Air Force 79th Medical Wing’s Advanced Education in General Dentistry program at Joint Base Andrews and JBAB is offer-

ing dental examinations. Dental technicians will review the caller’s dental history, looking for conditions that meet the needs for resident training. Selected retirees and dependents will be scheduled for examinations at the Andrews dental clinic, Wednesday morning, May 7, or at the JBAB clinic, Wednesday, May 14. Examinations will be offered to as many as 96 retirees - 48 at each location. Those selected for the program will be considered for appointments at either clinic, starting in October and running through next summer.

Chapel Schedule CATHOLIC SERVICES Reconciliation Sunday 9 a.m. Chapel Center


Rosary Rockville

Saturday 5 p.m. Chapel Center Sunday 9:30 a.m. Chapel Center

Sunday 9:10 a.m. Chapel Center

Mass Tuesday 11:30 a.m. Chapel Center Wednesday 11:30 a.m. Chapel Center Thursday 11:30 a.m. Chapel Center Friday 7 a.m. Chapel Center

Gospel 11:30 a.m. Chapel Center General Protestant 11 a.m. Chapel 2

Sunday School Sept - May 9:30-10:30 a.m. Any questions about these services or other religious needs call 202-767-5900.

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