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Joint Base Journal Vol. 5, No. 12

March 28, 2014

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Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Welcomes New Base Commander BY ROBERT W. MITCHELL JOINT BASE ANACOSTIA-BOLLING PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Navy Capt. Frank Mays took command of Joint Base AnacostiaBolling (JBAB) in an official installation ceremony held Mar. 20. Mays relieves the outgoing commander, Navy Capt. Anthony T. Calandra. “It’s an honor to command the nation’s premier Joint Base and the installation of choice in the National Capital Region,” Mays said during the Change of Command ceremony held at the JBAB Bolling Club. Mays said he intends to create a climate of professional growth and development while combining the talents of a diverse pool of military and civilian personnel. “I plan to foster an inclusive environment of excellence that will lay the foundation for both your personal and professional success. We all come from many backgrounds, but we are one team with one mission and I’m truly humbled by the opportunity to be your skipper,” Mays told ceremony attendees.

Mays brings more than 22 years of military experience serving in both the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Navy and emphasized the importance of keeping their respective heritages and legacies intact as commander of an installation that houses both branches. “I’ve got Navy and Air Force coursing through my blood and I intend to make sure both entities are shepherded,” he said. He also pointed to the historical make up of JBAB. “My understanding is that this is the birthplace of the U.S. Air Force and I don’t want to dilute that in any fashion. There is also plenty of Navy history on this base,” he said. Mays served as an enlisted Airman before earning his flight wings with the U.S. Navy in September 1992. He flew the EA-6B Prowler with VAQ-134 and was the training officer for VAQ-131. He deployed to the Arabian Gulf with the USS Constellation. PHOTO BY LT.CMDR. JIM REMINGTON He was the deputy lead planner for the U.S. European Command On March 20, Navy Capt. Frank Mays (left) assumed command of Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, the nation’s

premier joint base, located in the nation’s capital. Mays became JBAB’s third commander, relieving Navy Capt. Anthony T. Calandra, of Cresson, Pa., who led the military base since April 2011.

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Greenert: Forward Presence is Navy, Marine Corps Mandate BY CLAUDETTE ROULO

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U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY CHIEF MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST PETER D. LAWLOR

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert listens to opening remarks from the Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Defense. Greenert, right, Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus and Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James Amos are testifying before the Appropriations Committee in support of the proposed budget for Navy and Marine Corps spending in fiscal year 2015. The sea service principle witnesses each testified during the posture hearing and answered questions from committee members about the status of the Navy and Marine Corps and how the budget will affect mission capabilities, personnel and infrastructure.

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The Navy-Marine Corps team is united in fulfilling the mandate to be where it matters, when it matters, Navy Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, the chief of naval operations, said March 25. Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James F. Amos is “a great shipmate,” the admiral added during a hearing of the House Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee. Interaction between the two services has never been better, Greenert said, noting that he is committed to continuing that momentum. “Forward presence is our mandate,” the admiral said. By operating from forward locations, the

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Navy and Marine Corps provide President Barack Obama with options to deal promptly with global contingencies, he explained. “As we conclude over a decade of wars and bring our ground forces home from extended stability operations, your naval forces will remain on watch,” Greenert said. The Navy’s efforts are focused in the Asia-Pacific region and the Arabian Gulf, he said, but the service continues to provide presence and response as needed in other theaters. “Now, with this forward presence, over the last year, we were able to influence and shape decisions of leaders in the Arabian Gulf, in Northeast Asia and the Levant,” the admiral said. To protect American interests and encourage regional leaders to

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make the right choices, the Navy patrolled off the shores of Libya, Egypt and Sudan, he continued. And, he said, naval forces relieved suffering and provided assistance and recovery in the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. The Navy’s forward presence dissuades aggression against the nation’s allies in the East and the South China Seas, the admiral noted, and helps to deter piracy in the Horn of Africa. “And we continue to support operations in Afghanistan while taking the fight to insurgents, terrorists and their supporting networks across the Middle East and Africa with our expeditionary and

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Navy women continue tradition of service

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U.S. Navy Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES) visit the USS Missouri in 1944. Officially chartered in 1942 as the U.S. Navy Reserve (Women’s Reserve), WAVES served in a variety of roles during World War II. BY SHAWN MILLER NDW PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Nearly a century after first enlisting as Yeoman during World War I, women are reaching new heights and continuing to make history across nearly every rank and occupation in the U.S. Navy. Throughout March, the Navy joins the nation in celebrating Women’s History Month and honoring generations of women in uniform who exemplify character, courage and commitment. Women’s History Month provides a special opportunity to share and celebrate the rich history of women’s contributions in the history of our nation, said Dr. Regina Akers, a historian at Naval

History and Heritage Command. Since Sept. 11, 2001, more women have served in uniform than at any time since World War II, with more than 200,000 women across all military branches deploying in support of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Today, nearly 70,000 women make up 18 percent of the total Navy force throughout active and reserve components. “It’s really the varied backgrounds and experience, knowledge and training that make our Navy better,” Akers said of diversity’s role in the force. Last year saw a variety of firsts for Navy women. In January 2013, the Secretary of Defense and Joint Chiefs of Staff rescinded the 1994

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Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar, commander of Navy Region Northwest and former chief of staff for Commander, Navy Installations Command, gets her one-star shoulder boards attached by her father, Ted Cereno Bolivar, and sister, Jeni Bolivar-Ventresca, during her promotion ceremony in July 2013. direct ground combat definition and assignment rule, which removed barriers to certain military jobs based on gender. Later in the year, Vice Adm. Nanette Derenzi became the first female Judge Advocate General of the Navy, and Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar became the first woman to command Navy Region Northwest after successfully serving as chief of staff for Commander, Navy Installations Command. Four women currently serve as Fleet or Force Master Chief Petty Officers, the highest enlisted rank in the Navy. The historic firsts continue into 2014, as Vice Adm. Michelle Howard was recently nominated for

promotion and a position as vice chief of naval operations. She is slated to be confirmed later this year, and will be the first AfricanAmerican and first woman to serve in the position. “The contributions of our Navy women, and women in general, during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have further expanded opportunities for women and has qualified them for promotions and career choices that might not have been available at the start of the war,” Akers said. Each generation of women in the military, from the foundations in the Nurse Corps in 1908 until now, has widened the path to success and increased women’s chances to

work in fields unavailable to women in previous eras, on and off the battlefield, Akers added. “Everyone is not on the battlefield, but that does not lessen the contributions one may be making to support those who are, or treating those who are injured,” Akers said of those women who fill vital support roles outside combat zones.” Today’s generation of women in uniform continue to reach new milestones, building upon a rich history of service members dating back more than a century. For the generations to come, Akers said young people today can set high goals by looking up to women breaking barriers.

This training session will make you a computer geek BY JULIA LEDOUX PENTAGRAM STAFF WRITER

You can upload some new information and even become a bit of a computer geek yourself by attending an upcoming training session taught by members of the Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall’s Network Enterprise Center Geek Squad. Geek Squad member Misti Reid said the March 28 training session focuses on the calendar and contact functions within Outlook. “This is the second set of training classes that we’ve actually done,” she said. The NEC manages information

resources and technology for staff and supported tenant partners on JBM-HH. Its areas of responsibility include communication systems and systems support, computers, automation and information assurance. The Geek Squad was formed about a year ago. Members initially went out to the various organizations on the joint base to see what issues were causing them to have information technology headaches. “As we went out and did that, a lot of them said, `what about training classes’,” Reid continued. In response to that request,

Geek Squad members devised the 45-minute training sessions so attendees can take back IT tips and tricks to their offices and “hit the ground running,” said Reid. “We all need technology and it’s constantly changing,” she noted. Course topics for the session include adding and removing contacts; creating distribution lists; sharing contacts and distribution lists; creating calendar events and sharing calendars. “If we give you the basics, it makes your life easier,” said Geek Squad member Irene Garrett. One of the most common problems the Geek Squad addresses is

a blank computer screen, Garrett said. The solution: often a simple check to ensure that the computer is plugged in, cables are tight, and a single reboot. “We’re trying to help you, at the same time it helps us, at the same time it helps the garrison because if I can keep you up and running 90 percent of the time, then you’re happy, I’m happy and the garrison is happy because the quality of work is increased,” she explained. The March 28 training session will be offered from 10 to 11 a.m. and again from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Army Career and Alumni Program’s (ACAP) classroom in Bldg.

404 on the Fort Myer portion of the joint base. “We’re trying to train you in something you want to be trained in,” explained Reid. “There’s not tests, its just instruction and you get a chance to provide feedback at the end.” Space is limited, so only the first 20 people to register will be able to attend. To register for either session or if you have any questions, email Garrett at Irene.m.garrett.civ@ mail.mil or Reid at misti.i.reid. ctr@mail.mil. Attendees should bring their common access card (CAC) with them to the training.


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Program earns more than $30,000 for TAPS BY KETSIA COLIMON MONUMENTAL SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT FOUNDATION

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation and Telos Corporation joined forces this past November for the inaugural Washington Wizards Courage Program. Hats with the word “Courage” written in the Wizards’ wordmark were sold with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors. TAPS is a nonprofit organization that provides ongoing emotional help, hope and healing to all who are grieving the death of a loved one in military service to America, regardless of their relationship to the

deceased, geography or circumstance of the death. TAPS offers comfort and care through comprehensive services and programs, including peer-based emotional support, case work assistance, regional seminars and retreats for adults, Good Grief Camps for children, and grief and trauma resources. Founded out of tragedy in 1994, TAPS has assisted more than 44,000 grieving military families and their caregivers. Courage hats autographed by Wizards players including Bradley Beal, Marcin Gortat, Otto Porter, John Wall and Martell Webster were sold at the Verizon Center Team Store resulting in proceeds of $31,571.77.

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During the Wizards game against the Brooklyn Nets March 15, Ted Leonsis, majority owner, chairman and CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment was joined by John Wood, Telos CEO and Chairman to present the funds to Bonnie Carroll, founder and president of TAPS.

The heart of Joint Base Andrews Fisher House BY

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Janet Grampp is the Fisher House manager at Joint Base Andrews, Md., serving military families for the past 20 years. She is a third generation Airman and enlisted at the age of 20 where she spent eight years as an Air Force air traffic controller.

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Soft hues adorn this immaculate abode, casting a spell of tranquility upon the guests at Fisher House, which serves military families who have traveled away from home to be with a loved one in their time of need. The length of stay is unknown, but the memories and relationships created here will last a lifetime, as they become member of the extended family. Janet Grampp is a former air traffic controller. She is the heart of this house. The former Staff Sgt., who once safely guided planes, now guides these families to a home away from home. “I have had the opportunity to meet thousands of families going through some pretty tough times,” said Janet Grampp, the Joint Base Andrews Fisher House manager.

Grampp joined the Air Force in 1979 at 20 years old, continuing the tradition that started with her grandfather, her father, herself and now her children. As one of five children growing up in the military, they faced the challenges of traveling every two years and living in many different places. They were always the new kids in school, having to start over. “It shaped who I am as an adult, and gave me the tools to cope with stressful situations,” said Grampp. She was fortunate to have very strong and influential role models in her parents, whom she describes as “hard-working, honest, funny, loving, kind and compassionate.” “My father encouraged us to be strong and independent,” she said. “I credit my parents for giving me

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the support and strength to choose a path that was a little different than my contemporaries.” Her father passed away 28 years ago. Her mother, Rachael Munroe, now 75 years old, lives with Grampp and volunteers at Fisher House almost every day. “Rachel has always had a strong work ethic, raising five children as a working military wife, while moving around the world,” said Grampp. “She kept a clean house, kept us fed, worked at various jobs in the locations where we lived and took us to church on Sundays. She was, and still is a dynamo.” There is no doubt Grampp makes a difference. The traits inherited by her parents make doing her job come as second nature. While most people keep their jobs separate from their personal lives, for her,

there is no separation when it comes to the business of caring for others. “Who she is personally is who she is professionally,” said Master Sgt. Chris Sweet, 11th Force Support Squadron Military and Family Support Center non-commissioned officer in charge. Sweet and Grampp met in September 2008 when he and his three children arrived from Germany following his wife, Jessica, who was medevac’d to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. “Janet welcomed us with open arms into the Fisher House family, and in turn, she became a part of our family,” said Sweet. “She has the ability to make you feel like you are the only guest.”

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Walter Reed Bethesda enhances preparedness, conducts mass casualty exercise BY SARAH MARSHALL WRNMMC PUBLIC AFFAIRS STAFF WRITER

To enhance preparedness and ensure staff members understand their role in the event of a disaster, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) conducted a Mass Casualty Exercise recently. The exercise was a collaboration of more than 500 personnel throughout the medical center, along with hospitals and agencies within the community, such as Suburban Hospital/ Johns Hopkins Medicine in Bethesda, the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center and the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, explained Chris Gillette, emergency manager for WRNMMC. “We have to be ready at any time, at any hour, regardless of what the climate is, to respond to any type of emergency,” Gillette said. “It gave us an opportunity to test our mass casualty plan, and how we can prepare for an immediate surge of patients exposed to all types of dangers.”

Air Force Maj. Matthew Goldman, left, chief of pediatric gastroenterology, leans in to review an information card on a mock “victim”, read by Navy Cmdr. James Doran, right, anesthesiologist. PHOTOS BY SHARON RENEE TAYLOR

Physicians assess a mock “victim” in the ER during the Code Green exercise recently. The exercise focused on responding to a scenario, in which there was a mass shooting and a mass explosion, within the community, resulting in multiple mass casualties arriving at WRNMMC, Gillette continued. As a result, the medical center activated Code Green, an emergency code indicating a mass casualty.

Roughly 50 nursing students volunteered to act as “victims,” surging the Emergency Department in their tattered clothing and moulaged make-up. Approximately 19 of those volunteers were sent to area hospitals, including Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, which was also played out the same scenario. Area

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hospitals communicated with one another as they would in a real disaster, informing each other of their available resources, Gillette explained. During the exercise, personnel were quick to set up several locations throughout the medical center where the “victims” were triaged, depending on the severity of their injuries, according to Melissa Knapp, program manager

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for Emergency Management Plans, Training and Exercises at WRNMMC. “We train so that we can identify gaps and areas that we need to improve upon,” Knapp said. Overall, personnel exhibited strong teamwork and problem-solving skills, she continued. There was minimal impact to patient care, and logistical and administrative processes that will need to be worked out, such as adding more radios to certain areas, she said, but that is why training is neces-

sary, to identify any gaps. “The better we’re prepared to make that transformation from normal operations, to mass casualty receiving operations, the more efficient we’ll become,” Gillette said. He noted The Joint Commission requires the medical center conduct a minimum of two annual training exercises. WRNMMC conducts far more throughout the year, to continuously enhance readiness and response efforts.


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Parents listen, ask about Cody Child Development Center abuse case BY JIM DRESBACH PENTAGRAM STAFF WRITER

A town hall meeting addressing recent criminal charges filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office against Cody Child Development Center caregiver Va Nessa Taylor brought nearly 20 mothers, fathers and guardians to Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall’s Spates Community Club March 18. Taylor, a CDC employee since 1991, is alleged to have assaulted four children in her care by pulling, hitting or pushing them. On Jan. 30, two CDC employees reported to a supervisor that Taylor was observed a day before withholding food from a two-year-old child during the facility’s

family-style lunch period. Taylor has been charged with committing the offense of simple assault against a child under 16 years of age. The offense is a Class A misdemeanor under federal law. The observed conduct occurred from Nov. 26, 2013, to Jan. 29, 2014. Presiding over the hourlong meeting were Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region/Military District of Washington Commander Maj. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan and JBMHH Commander Col. Fern O. Sumpter. Also on the discussion panel were Child, Youth and School Services Coordinator Dawn Thompson, CDC Director Sunny Smith, Military District of

Washington Staff Judge Advocate Col. Jim Agar and Criminal Investigation Division Special Agent Christina Cherolis, who personally worked on the case. “The bottom line is we’re both shocked and saddened by the situation, but we’re also determined,” Buchanan said. “We’re determined to see that justice is done, and we’re determined to take the best possible care of our kids and ensure they have a safe environment to thrive.” Sumpter summarized that Army-wide CDC standards have become more rigorous since 2012 in an effort to increase child safety. She noted that CDC staff members signed and resigned a standards of con-

duct document, took part in training and must follow a policy that requires staff to report suspect behavior. But the joint base commander mentioned one of the biggest changes at the CDC has been the overall culture. “Leadership has been in the classrooms. They’ve established a relationship with the workforce,” Sumpter said. “That’s totally different to how it used to be before. That’s the first step you take when you want to change a culture. You’ve got to instill trust, and I think we’ve done that.” One parent of a child in Taylor’s room at the CDC told the panel that she did not understand how the al-

leged abuse could happen, adding that she never saw any indication that room 109 - Taylor’s assigned room of children at the CDC - was a troubled room. Other inquiries and comments ranged from parent’s claims of a lack of communication between themselves, joint base command and the CDC, requests to view surveillance videotape, and how improper situations can be prevented in the future. “We found out there was an incident Jan. 30, and Feb. 3 was the first memorandum that I had authority to release,” Sumpter said. “It wasn’t until CID released more information that I continued to give updates to the memos. You

got the same information that I got.” Sumpter told the audience that the first two informational memos were issued Feb. 3 and March 7, and the third memo was made public March 13 announcing a detailed listing of the charges against Taylor released the same day by the district attorney. The Cody Child Development Center is the largest day care facility in the Department of Defense. The JBM-HH CDC cares for infants and school-aged children and serves military and civilian families who work at the Pentagon and JBM-HH. Currently, 264 students attend the Cody CDC.

Joint Base Andrews inducts seven new Honorary Commanders BY

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missions across the entire Department of Defense and around the world. “Each honorary commander will have the opportunity to serve two years in the program,” Knight continued. “One of our goals is to have all honorary commanders visit their respective units and develop a better understanding of the important operations that occur here at JBA every day and most importantly the service members that make them happen.” Honorary Commanders are invited to attend

events on base and in the surrounding communities that Airmen from Joint Base Andrews support. In turn, HCCs may also invite the units their units to participate in events in the local community. During the luncheon, each inductee received a certificate of induction and an Honorary Commander’ s lapel pin. 2014 Joint Base Andrews Honorary Commanders are: - Pamela Rodriguez, financial adviser, First Command - Dr. Jacqueline Brown,

director, Prince George’s Community College’s Government and Community Affairs - Tammi Thomas, chief of staff, Bowie State University - Christian Rhodes, education policy adviser, Prince George’s County

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Joint Base Andrews welcomed seven community and civic leaders into the 2014 Honorary Commanders Program during an induction ceremony luncheon held March 7 at The Club. The Joint Base Andrews Honorary Commander Program encourages an exchange of ideas and experiences, as well as friendships between key leaders of the base’s surrounding communities, JBA commanders and Airmen. In addition it allows

base commanders and their units to learn more about local leaders and the local community. “This program positively impacts community and base’s interaction by building and strengthening our relationships with our local neighbors” said Col. Bill Knight, 11th Wing/Joint Base Andrews commander. The diversity of JBA’s six wings, two headquarters and more than 50 tenant organizations impact not only missions and surrounding communities in the National Capital Region, but

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- Pamela Creekmur, health director, Prince George’s County - Brian Partylo, owner, Chick-Fil-A, Brandywine, Md. - Shawn Toler, director, Imagine Public Charter Schools, Md.


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Naval Air Station Patuxent River remembers the pioneers Those who lead the way

BY CONNIE HEMPEL NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Women have come a long way in the military and they’ve done so by serving with character, courage and commitment. These attributes are the theme to this year’s Women’s History Month and were the highlight of the Naval Air Station Patuxent River’s observance event March 13 at the Religious Programs Center, Building 401. Capt. Heidi Fleming, NAS Pax River executive officer, led the occasion with a focus on how character, courage and commitment continue as the keys to opening doors for women in military service. A 1989 U.S. Naval Academy graduate, Fleming recalled when women accounted for only 10 percent of the academy; today, that number has more than doubled, to 26 percent. An upturn she attributes to the women in service before her.

Capt. Heidi Fleming “It’s important for us serving today to remember our past and how we got here,” she said. “When those before us answered the call, their service and the quality of their service, opened doors that continue to stay open today, and it facilitated the opening of other doors — submarines, [after rescinding the] Combat Exclusion Law.” Fleming is one of these women paving the way. In September, she will be added to a growing list of “women firsts” when she becomes the air station’s first woman commanding officer.

Reminiscing on a time when she met many of the women who once comprised the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) — nearly 1,100 women who flew during World War II — Fleming credits their character, courage and commitment for setting the stage for her own career. “I would not be here today if they had not been successful and shown their ability to operate those aircraft with great competence and professionalism,” she said. “What a phenomenal example for all of us — men and women alike, because they answered the call when this nation needed them.” Fleming said she also finds inspiration from the words of Army Gen. Ann Dunwoody, the U.S. military’s first woman four-star, who said: “I have never considered myself anything but a Soldier. I recognize that with this selection, some

will view me as a trailblazer, but it’s important that we remember the generations of women whose dedication, commitment and quality of service helped open the doors of opportunity for us today.” “It spoke to me that first and foremost I am a Naval Officer, not a female Naval Officer,” Fleming said.

In the face of adversity When Fleming graduated from the academy, she wanted to follow in her father’s footsteps and become a Marine aviator. However, “those doors were not open yet,” she said. “Marines did not have any female aviators.” Not letting adversity stand in her way, she decided to pursue a career in naval aviation as a Naval Flight Officer (NFO). It was the early 1990s and she was the only woman in her Training Squadron (VT) 10 NFO class. With the Combat Exclusion Law still in effect, there were limited

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Opportunities abound Today, women are serving across a gamut of career fields in the Navy. They are commanding warships and operational squadrons; for the first time in history, Navy women are serving as the Chief of the Civil Engineers and as the Navy’s Judge Advocate General. And later this year, the Navy will see its first woman four-star when Michelle Howard is promoted to admiral and assigned to serve

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in Stuggart, Germany and also served as the Naval Aviation Congressional liaison in Washington, D.C. Calandra welcomed his successor and expressed great confidence in him. “There is no doubt in my mind that you are going to take this installation to new heights of excellence. You have a great team here and you, my friend, are a great leader. I wish you all the best and hope you have at least as much fun here as I have,” he said. Calandra, a native of Cresson, Pa., earned his flight wings in May 1998 and held numerous positions before coming to JBAB. He served with the Silver Foxes of VA-155 and the main battery of VA-196. He transitioned to the EA-6B Prowler and later deployed with the Scorpions of VAQ-132, the Yellow Jackets of VAQ 138 and the Lancers of VAQ-131. He commanded the Cougars of VAQ-139 and served as the operations officer for the USS George Washington. Joint Base Vice Commander Air Force Col. Mike Saunders called the ceremony a “bitter sweet day” with the moving on of a great leader in Calandra and the incoming of another in Mays. “I look forward to Capt. Mays’ leadership and supporting him as his new deputy,” Saunders said.

opportunities for women aviators. When it came time for her to transfer to another station to continue her training, there were no female flight billets available that year. Fleming stayed behind while her classmates moved on to become winged. She did end up with her wings later, but it meant flying in a C-130 squadron. It wasn’t until 1994, after the repeal of the Combat Exclusion law took place that she transitioned to the P-3 community.

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Navy Capt. Anthony T. Calandra, of Cresson, Pa., who led Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling since April 2011 receives the Legion of Merit during the change of command ceremony March 20, 2014, from Commander Naval District Washington, Rear Adm. Markham K. Rich for the military base’s achievements throughout Calandra’s command.

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our special operations forces,” he said. The 2014 budget will enable the Navy to maintain an “acceptable” forward presence, Greenert said. There are sufficient funds to restore fleet training, maintenance and operations and recover a substantial part of the 2013 backlog, he noted. Recognizing that budgetary constraints will continue through fiscal year 2015, the admiral said he set six priorities: sea-based strategic deterrence; forward presence; the capability and capacity to win decisively; readiness; asymmetric capabilities and maintaining technological edge; and sustaining a relevant industrial base. “Using these priorities, we built a balanced portfolio of capabilities within the fiscal guidance provided,” he told the committee. The Navy will continue to combine rotational forces and forward-based and forward stationed forces to maximize its presence in the AsiaPacific region and the Middle East, the admiral said. The force still faces shortfalls in shore support, Greenert noted, and a facilities maintenance backlog that “will erode the ability of our bases to support the fleet.” “We have slowed modernization in areas that are central to remain ahead of or keep pace with technologically advanced adversaries,” he said. “Consequently, we face higher risk if confronted with

as the Vice Chief of Naval Operations. Statistics for women in the Navy today include: 32 flags in the Navy, active and reserve; 69 Senior Executive Service civilians; 48 command master chiefs; and three senior enlisted leaders. “What I find unique about those statistics is that every single one of these is represented at Pax River; now that’s pretty phenomenal,” Fleming said.

The way ahead “We need to make sure we are setting the example for those who are following us, and honoring and remembering those who came before us,” she said. “Their legacy has given us many opportunities that we have today. Let’s continue, together, to make the Navy, nation and the generations of those who have opened these doors proud by continuing to serve with character, courage and commitment.”

a high-tech adversary, or if we attempt to conduct more than one multiphase major contingency simultaneously.” The prospect of returning to sequestration-level funding in 2016 is “troubling,” Greenert said. “That would lead to a Navy that is just too small and lacking the advanced capabilities needed to execute the missions that the nation faces and that it expects of its Navy,” he told the panel. If defense funding reverted to the caps imposed in the 2010 Budget Control Act, he said, the Navy would be unable to execute at least four of the 10 primary missions articulated in the 2012 Defense Strategic Guidance and the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review. The Navy’s ability to respond to contingencies would be dramatically reduced, Greenert said, and, in a global crisis, the nation’s options and time to make decisions would be limited. “We would be compelled to inactivate an aircraft carrier and an air wing,” the admiral said. “Further, ... our modernization and our recapitalization would be dramatically reduced, threatening the readiness and threatening our industrial base.” Greenert noted that the Navy is on board with the effort to get the nation’s fiscal house in order, but any budgetary solutions need to sustain readiness while building an affordable and relevant future force.


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Navy engineers honored with Army awards for protecting MV Cape Ray Crew

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Five Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) engineers hold their Army Commander’s Award for Civilian Service certificates after Joint Program Executive Officer for Chemical and Biological Defense Carmen Spencer (far right) pinned them with the award’s medal at a March 11 ceremony. NSWCDD Technical Director Dennis McLaughlin (far left) and NSWCDD Commander Capt. Brian Durant stand with the awardees, left to right - Mike Pompeii, Kevin Cogley, John Garmon, Brian Liska, RichEight Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) engineers hold their Army Certificates of ard Warder - and Spencer. Achievement at a March 11 awards ceremony. Joint Program Executive Officer for Chemical and Biological Deplace,” said Spencer. BY JOHN JOYCE fense Carmen Spencer (far right) presented the chemical, biological and radiological (CBR) defense engineers The story began in early DeNSWC DAHLGREN DIVISION with the certificates for their efforts in the successful installation of collective protection on the MV Cape Ray cember 2013 when the Defense CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS for the Syrian chemical weapons neutralization mission. NSWCDD Technical Director Dennis McLaughlin (far Threat Reduction Agency issued Navy engineers received Army an urgent request for the instal- left) and NSWCDD Commander Capt. Brian Durant stand with the awardees, left to right - Robert Fitzgerald, awards March 11 for their efforts lation. Matthew Wolski, Bruce Corso, James Lee, Jonathan Matteson, Brett Meyer, Helmer Flores, Walter Dzula - and to protect personnel deployed to The NSWC Dahlgren-based Spencer. destroy Syrian chemical weapons aboard the container ship MV Cape Ray. Carmen Spencer, Joint Program Executive Officer for Chemical and Biological Defense, honored 13 Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) engineers with Department of the Army awards during the ceremony on Tuesday. “What you did is truly historic,” he told the NSWCDD chemical, biological and radiological (CBR) Defense personnel. “Thank you for your tremendous efforts.” Spencer presented the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service medal to five NSWCDD engineers and the Army Certificate of Achievement to eight engineers. The citations commended the awardees with achievements that were “invaluable and directly contributed to the success of the installation of collective protection on the MV Cape Ray for the Syrian chemical weapons neutralization mission.” “The selfless commitment of their time and resources over the holiday period ensures the nation provides a capability that meets all international commitments and makes the world a safer

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The Sweets stayed for three months, along with Chris’s parents, while Jessica received cancer treatment, and then moved out to buy a home of their own for Christmas. She died February 2009. “Our family was shattered and Janet was still right there,” he said. “She brought over enough

engineers - responding immediately to integrate the full-time air filtration system into the ship’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system - worked away from their homes and families through weekends and the Christmas holiday. “This was a total team effort by some top-notch engineers,” said Mike Pompeii, NSWCDD chief CBR defense engineer and project manager for this effort. “We were given 30 to 45 days to complete the work before the ship deployed, and we accomplished that goal. And I can tell you that Cape Ray now has a world-class system for protecting the crew and all the embarked personnel.” The NSWCDD-designed collective protective systems ensure safe, clean air in all of the ship’s working, living, sleeping, hospital, and office areas for the Cape Ray crew - including Army chemical specialists who will use the Field Deployable Hydrolysis System’s capability to neutralize and dispose of chemical weapons. “I applaud the herculean efforts of you and your team,” Capt. Rich Dromerhauser, Commander Task Force 64, told Pompeii in an

email after the system was fully installed aboard the Cape Ray. “Know that we are truly grateful for what you have done to ensure the safety of all those aboard and mission accomplishment.” Specifically, the team added collective protection to the ship’s house and temporary deck berthing space. The effort included design, procurement, fabrication, installation, testing, and training of the crew. The system provides the ship’s forces and processing personnel with working locations safe from potential chemical incidents. They also trained the Cape Ray crew - a mix of 35 civilian mariners, about 64 chemical specialists from the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center in Maryland, a security team and representatives from U.S. European Command - to operate and maintain the collective protection system. “I feel comfortable that we will complete this mission safely because of your work on the Cape Ray,” said Spencer as he shared his perspective with the engineers. “The system’s reliability is

the big key. I find the simplicity you built into it remarkable.” The Cape Ray - currently standing ready in Rota, Spain will receive the chemical materials from a Danish ship at an Italian port before heading out to international waters where the process of destroying those chemical materials will commence. The Field Deployable Hydrolysis System’s proven hydrolysis technology will be used to neutralize the chemicals at sea in international waters. All waste from the hydrolysis process aboard MV Cape Ray will be safely and properly stored on board until it is disposed of at commercial facilities to be determined by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. No hydrolysis byproducts will be released into the sea or air. NSWCDD CBR Defense engineers designed the shipboard collective protection system to protect Sailors, critical operations, and equipment within selected areas of a ship, or zones, from CBR contamination when the ship is operating in a contaminated environment. While in

the protected zone, personnel do not need to wear protective clothing or masks which impose heat stress and can impact crew members’ performance. The Department of the Army, Commander’s Award for Civilian Service awardees were: Mike Pompeii, John Garmon, Richard Warder, Kevin Cogley, and Brian Liska. The Department of the Army, Certificate of Achievement awardees were: Bruce Corso, Walter Dzula, Robert Fitzgerald, Helmer Flores, Brett Meyer, Jonathan Matteson, Matthew Wolski, and James Lee. The Navy collaborates closely with the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical Biological Defense. The NSWCDD CBR Defense Division’s development and acquisition of new shipboard CBR defense equipment comes through the JPEO-CBD. A Navy leader in CBR Defense, NSWCDD’s CBR Defense Division provides a full complement of capabilities that support the naval warfighter both on land and at sea as well as the joint and Homeland Defense communities.

food to feed an army and hugs for everyone.” Grampp has been a great influence to many. “She is like a godmother to me and without her even knowing, she became my mentor, my role model, the person I went to bounce ideas off of,” said Sweet. Her family has had its share of tragedy. While caring for her extended families, she has been the primary caregiver for the majority of her

life with her family - raising her four children, caring for her inlaws and her parents. “My mother-in-law suffered from Alzheimer’s and my husband and I had her with us for several years,” she said. She took care of her mother during a five-year battle with cancer. Being on the receiving end of care gave her a profound appreciation for the people who helped take care of her mother-in-law in hospice.

This journey at the Fisher House and facing so much loss would be very emotionally challenging for any caregiver, and there have been days she cried on her way home from work. But it has also been a gift. “I get more than I give,” she said. Grampp feels blessed to be in the position to help others and it gives her the enthusiasm to do what she does every day. Helping others is gratifying, but the families she helps are what truly

inspire her. To maintain a healthy balance, giving and receiving are like the tide’s ebb and flow. “I find humor in my life, and it’s my saving grace,” said Grampp, a self-proclaimed beach bum. “I find that walking on the beach is the best therapy for me.” This year marks Grampp’s 20th anniversary as the heart that makes the Andrews Fisher House a home.


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Energy checklist helps increase efficiency BY SHAWN MILLER NDW PUBLIC AFFAIRS

As each of the five pillars of the Naval District Washington (NDW) energy policy build upon one another into a comprehensive strategy, efficiency becomes a keystone in the hierarchy. Energy leaders within Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) and other NDW commands are teaming up in an effort to improve building and utility infrastructure and vehicles by incorporating technology and management practices in the hopes of saving power and money. One of the main areas being looked at is renovation and construction of high performance and sustainable buildings through the NDW-NAVFAC Capital Improvements Energy Checklist and the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. The energy checklist is a tool to help bridge the gap between more than 40 energy mandates and the end products and services, explained NAVFAC architect Mike Gala, the checklist leader. Working with the checklist becomes a collaborative process across many disciplines and people from architects and policy makers

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down to individual installation energy managers (IEMs) in the field implementing the projects. “I’m helping focus their targets in the earliest phases of the projects so they can better allocate resources—dollars and technology— in the right direction,” Gala said of the IEMs. “We need installation energy managers to help us define what the performance goal is and what that performance target is. This is that collaboration that is really necessary.” The energy checklist is composed of 15 different areas covering various aspects of buildings and systems including efficiency, data measurement and verification, fuel choices, and renewable energy sources, and is continually monitored throughout the life cycle of the project. As goals are continually met and more are set for the future, Gala adapts the checklist as time passes to ensure it meets the changing needs in NDW. “It’s an ongoing process and it’s a live document, so as criteria changes, I’m updating the energy checklist,” he said. The checklist is not automatically used in every energy project, however. Depending on the scope and scale of an energy project, the checklist may not always be neces-

sary, Gala explained. Some smaller projects might only need to renovate certain key components within a building or system without necessitating the broader strokes of the checklist. The true power of the checklist, Gala said, is when architects and energy personnel are able to affect a broader range of projects, such as constructing all new infrastructure that incorporates LEED certifications. “Our focus with the energy checklist is really high performance buildings,” said Gala of smarter and more efficient structures. That focus expands beyond simply building the framework and systems, and delves into the monitoring of the building’s performance to help evaluate processes and adapt if necessary. While many of the smarter systems may cost more up front during construction, having the data to prove the eventual energy savings helps to justify the extra initial funding, Gala said. “It’s a very cyclical relationship,” he noted. After architects design the systems, the IEMs are the field-level experts in providing the data and feedback crucial to maintaining that relationship.

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Building 200, located on the Washington Navy Yard, is one of many buildings within Naval District Washington that has earned a LEED certification. Along with other facilities at Naval Support Activity Bethesda and Fort Belvoir, it has gained either a Silver or Gold rating. Having many different people involved in the collaborative process of the checklist is beneficial because it prevents “stove-piping” of people and resources into competing forces, Gala said. While implementation often poses the biggest challenge, the checklist helps focus efforts and work toward the ultimate goal of

building the NDW energy strategy. “It’s helping you navigate all those mandates and all those requirements in a multidiscipline approach,” he said. “The ultimate goal is to reduce our energy footprint.” For more news and information from around NDW, visit www. facebook.com/NavDistWash.


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

Immunization Clinic 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. 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 202-404-6724.

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 selfpaced, 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.

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JBAB Cyclists on Facebook

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Basically a forum for all JBAB riders to get together. We organize group rides over lunch and during commuting hours. Visit us online at www.facebook.com/groups/jbabcyclists. For more information, email austin.pruneda@afncr.af.mil.

“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 1-855-NAVY-311 or (DSN) 510- NAVY-311. You can also email NAVY311@navy. mil or visit www.NAVY311.navy.mil.

Navy Wives Clubs of America

Post Office closed for one hour

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 angeladowns@me.com or visit www.facebook. com/NWCA37.

Firth-Sterling Gate operations The Firth-Sterling gate is closed on weekends. Once the gate’s automated features become available, the gate will be accessible by any Common Access Card (CAC) holder 24/7 during normal FPCON “A” conditions.

Boys and Girls Club volunteers The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington needs volunteer coaches for their youth baseball league for 10-year-olds 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@afncr.af.mil.

JBAB Cub Scouts Attention all boys grades 1st through 5th interested in scouting. Please contact the JBAB Cub Scouts, Pack 343, at jbabcubscouts@yahoo.com 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.

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The JBAB Post Office is closed Monday - Friday for lunch from 2-3 p.m. For more information, call 202-767-4419.

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 afowcthriftshop@ verizon.net.


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Naval Support Facility Dahlgren introduces new traffic pattern In an effort to reduce traffic back-ups that have resulted from hands-on credential review and credential scanning, a new traffic pattern will be implemented at Naval Support Facility (NSF) Dahlgren. Beginning March 26, both lanes at Main Gate on Dahlgren Road will be open to incoming traffic from 6 - 9 a.m., Monday - Friday. Commuters who access the Main Gate entry control point may proceed in either lane to enter the base. Once entrants are through main gate, they can maintain one-way traffic in both lanes until Third Street, when twoway traffic will resume. Traffic in the left lane will bear left at Third Street to access Aegis Training and Readiness Cen-

ter and Center for Surface Combat Systems, Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense, 614th Air and Space Operations Center, and NSWC Dahlgren Division departments. Traffic in the right lane will proceed straight and may also access those areas via Bronson Road; all others may continue to proceed on Dahlgren Road to conduct business at Dahlgren School, Child Development Center and other areas. With the changes, traffic will not be allowed to enter Dahlgren Road from Hall Road and only right turns will be allowed from Sampson Road onto Dahlgren Road during this time. All personnel that need to exit that base from 6 - 9 a.m. will be required to exit the base

at B Gate. Dual inbound entry will continue to be allowed at B Gate until 10 a.m. weekdays. Base officials met with officials from King George County, school officials, King George County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia Department of Transportation officials early this week. The changes are being made in an effort to improve safety conditions as well as assist local schools in getting buses through in a timely manner to avoid delays. Officials also noted that since the new hands-on credentials review was implemented last Wednesday, they have monitored traffic and driving practices of those entering the base. A number of observations

A diagram depicts the new traffic pattern that will begin March 26 at NSF Dahlgren. From 6 - 9 a.m. weekdays, base personnel will be allowed to enter Main Gate through both lanes. Changes are being implemented in an effort to relieve traffic back-ups that have occurred since police at entry control points began a hands-on review of all credentials.

While entry at B Gate remains the same, drivers are reminded that honoring traffic laws and avoiding decisions that could interrupt traffic flow will assist in alleviating traffic back-ups. A new traffic pattern at NSF Dahlgren Main Gate will begin on March 26. have been made that are contributing to potential traffic safety issues and entry delays. Officials asked all personnel who enter the base to obey all existing

traffic signs and laws; avoid accessing Rt. 301 North from Potomac Drive, which requires crossing inbound lanes to B Gate; recognize that both incoming lanes at

B Gate allow drivers to proceed straight on Bennion Rd. and to use both lanes; and to have credentials out and ready for review by police at the gates.

Chapel CATHOLIC SERVICES

Reconciliation

Sunday 9 a.m. Chapel Center

Rosary

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 Saturday 5 p.m. Chapel Center

Sunday 9:30 a.m. Chapel Center

PROTESTANT SERVICES

Sunday Worship

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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