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WRNMMC Names Sailors of the Year By Bernard S. Little WRNMMC Public Affairs staff writer

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) recently selected its Senior Sailor, Sailor, Junior Sailor and Blue Jacket of the Year, recognized for their professionalism, commitment to duty, leadership and community involvement. Hospital Corpsman (HM) 1st Class Maria Drew, HM2 Ezechial Fenelon, HM3 Samuel Vallejo Jr. and Hospitalman Peter Kowalski were selected as WRNMMC’s top Sailors for 2013 in December. The Sailors credited their achievements to good mentors, hard work, dedication to the mission and leadership qualities. A native of Nayarit, Mexico, Drew was the command career counselor for WRNMMC. She recently left the command for a new assignment. She said her selection as Senior Sailor of the Year was in part, “without a doubt, due to having good mentorship from my leaders, the support of my chain of command and the dedication of the Career Development Team. They allowed me the opportunity to be where I am now. Their continuing motivation, led to our successful implementation of the Career Development Program and allowed us to excel beyond the Navy’s standards.” Drew managed the Career Development Program and Navy Enlisted Retention. “I [worked] alongside a great team of individuals who also share the desire to help Sailors with their careers,” she added. “We [provided] guidance and mentorship with educational opportunities, coordinate reenlistments and provide transition assistance. It is difficult to pinpoint what I [enjoyed] most about my job. There is no better

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Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Maria Drew

Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Ezechial Fenelon

Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Samuel Vallejo Jr.

Hospitalman Peter Kowalski

feeling than having the chance to tell a Sailor that [he or she] has received the school they requested, or seeing the proud look on a family member’s face as their Sailor reenlists or retires after many years of dedicated service. These little things make you feel like you had a positive impact, not only on their professional career, but their personal life as well, make every challenge you face worth it.” In addition to managing the 41-member Career Development Team, Drew also coordinates training for Navy and Army senior enlisted leaders (SEL) on career development boards and retirement and transition to the Fleet Reserve. She also served as vice president of the Joint Forces Six Association, which seeks to build unit cohesiveness to foster a “One Team One Fight” environment. She also volunteered time at a local middle school and elementary school, helping to coordinate activities. Nominating Drew for Navy Medicine East Sailor of the Year, WRNMMC Chief of Staff Navy Capt. Sarah L. Martin stated, “I have worked alongside HM1 Drew since she assumed the duties of command

career counselor and have personally seen and experienced the numerous positive changes she has brought to not only the department, but the entire command. During her tenure as the SEL of the Career Development Department, her resourcefulness, initiative and meticulous supervisory skills have significantly impacted overall productivity. She has greatly increased the morale of enlisted members through her can-do attitude, ability to lead by example and willingness to go above and beyond her expected duties in order to help her fellow shipmates.” The lead technician at the Armed Services Blood Bank Center, Fenelon earned the Sailor of the Year honors for 2013. “I take care of my Sailors and fulfill the mission,” said the native of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. “We are the main supplier to military treatment facilities in the region, including the thousands of patients who visit WRNMMC on a regular basis.” “HM2 Fenelon stands out among his peers within the command and in the Navy,” according to Chief Hospital Corpsman John R. Newsome, a supervisor who recommended him for Sailor of the Year.

“While assigned to an area of high responsibility in the laboratory department, he has consistently proven himself as a valuable asset to the department, command and the Navy,” said Newsome. “HM2 Fenelon is an exemplary Sailor and leader who exemplifies ‘Service with Honor.’” Newsome credits Fenelon with supervising the collection, processing and shipping of an average of 100 blood products every day. Fenelon also served as his department career counselor, a member of the Second Class Petty Officer Association and Commander’s Cup Soccer chairman. He also volunteered at the School of the Deaf and Center for Child Protection, and Haitian Embassy, mentoring young Haitian-American immigrants in Montgomery County. “My dearest goal is to be a military neurosurgeon,” Fenelon added. “I love military medicine and I vow to be a factor in more scientific developments in the Armed Forces, and a valuable resource to the best military health care system in the world.” Vallejo, from Brownsville, Texas, is a satellite radiology lead technician at WRNMMC. “I specialize in magnetic reso-

nance imaging, a subset of radiology that creates a 3D image of the human body for all inpatients and outpatients at WRNMMC. What I enjoy most about my job is that it never gets old [and] I am always learning.” With nearly seven years in the military, Vallejo explained his first four years of service were spent in the Marine Corps as a Fleet Marine Force corpsman. “It was the Marine Corps that molded me into who I am now,” he said. “People tell me it is my work ethic and leadership that make me shine.” “[Vallejo] demonstrated unparalleled foresight, reshaping a detailed, on-the-job training program that allowed 21 welltrained and motivated civilian and military radiographic students to take ownership while fostering an environment that allowed students and staff members to succeed,” stated Chief Hospital Corpsman Natalie Jianuzzi in nominating him for Junior Sailor of the Year. She added, Vallejo has “a follow-me leadership style and unrivaled work ethic. He is a driving force in the command

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Bethesda Notebook

‘Changes You Need to Know’

I want to share with you some recent key improvements to our military justice system – changes which make it safer and easier for victims of sexual assault to report incidents, and hopefully, more likely that they will remain in the investigative process, all the way to final resolution. The National Defense Authorization Act of fiscal year 2014 contained some key provisions to improve Article 32 hearings. What is an Article 32 hearing? These are “preliminary hearing” investigative proceedings, which have been compared to civilian grand juries. An Article 32 hearing is held before charges can be referred to a general court-martial. The most important change coming for these hearings, in my opinion, is that alleged military victims will no longer have to testify or even be present at them, if they so desire. All victims – military and civilian – of all crimes, not just sexual assault, will have the right to decline to testify at the Article 32 preliminary hearing if desired. If a victim desires not to physically testify at this hearing, their sworn statement will be considered as evidence instead. Second, the legislation provides that, whenever practical, only judge advocates will be hearing officers in Article 32s. Third, the hearing officer, whenever practicable, will be senior to both the defense counsel and the prosecutor. These new Article 32 provisions will take effect in December. However, another important change in the legislation concerning victims is effective immediately: when a defense counsel wishes to interview a victim of an alleged sex-related offense, he or she must request the interview through the

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Dental Fair Today

February is National Children Dental Health Month, and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) and Naval Postgraduate Dental School (NPDS) Pediatric Dental Clinics are hosting a dental fair today from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the America Building Pediatrics Clinic on the fourth floor. There will be oral screenings, caries assessments, face painting, storytelling, games and information concerning teaching children good oral hygiene habits. For more information, call Frederick Wynne at 301-295-1364.

prosecutor, once the victim has been identified as a witness who will testify in the case. Additionally, two victims’ rights that were in the civilian federal statute are now added in military law: first, the victim has the right to be heard at certain hearings, including pretrial confinement, sentencing and clemency and parole. Second, victims have a right to proceedings free from unreasonable delay. Finally, one more change in the law provides victims the right to participate in the clemency phase of the court-martial process. Effective in June, victims will be provided an opportunity to submit matters to the convening authority to consider in post-trial action, even after an accused has been convicted and sentenced at court-martial. All of these new provisions are designed to build critical trust: trust of victims in our response, investigative and adjudicative systems; trust in our chains of command that each and every report can be made safely, and trust earned by our Navy that victims may report sexual assaults without fear of reprisal. The overarching goal is a fair process for all involved – victim and accused. If you are the victim of a sexual assault and have legal questions, call a victims’ legal counsel to discuss your rights. No one should serve in fear. Don’t be afraid to report if you’ve been a victim of sexual assault. Together, we will work to protect victims of sexual assault and hold perpetrators appropriately accountable.

Hormone Therapy for Prostate Cancer

The Prostate Cancer Support group is sponsoring a presentation on “Hormone Therapy 101 for Prostate Cancer Patients” by Dr. Michelle Ojemuyiwa today from 7 to 8:30 p.m. It will be held in the River Conference Room (next to the Prostate Center), third floor of the America Building, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Spouses and partners are invited. Military IDs required for base access at Walter Reed Bethesda. For more information, contact retired Col. (Dr.) Jane Hudak at 301-319-2918 or jane.l.hudak.

National Wear Red Day

Tomorrow is National Wear Red Day in observance of American Heart Month and Women’s Heart Health. Internal Medicine’s Integrated Health Services staff will man a table with heart health information in the Building 9, second floor, women’s health waiting area from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. tomorrow. Nearly 1 in 3 American women have high blood pressure, and 80 percent of women ages 40 to 60 have one or more risk factors for heart disease, according to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. For more information, visit the NHLBI website http://www.nhlbi. index.htm

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Keep Calm and Carry on During Preparedness Drill

Base, Tenants Prep for Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield tors here, and this exercise is a great example of our continuous efforts to help maximize their safety and security while visiting Walter Reed Bethesda,” said Chris Gillette, emergency manager for WRNMMC. To ensure the safety of the base during the exercise, a group of training experts will directly

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Training Instructor Master-at-Arms 1st Class George Sangriu (far left) and his team of training experts will directly oversee each activity during the Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield training exercise, from Feb. 17 to 28, to ensure base operations and public safety standards are met. By Ryan Hunter NSAB Public Affairs staff writer and Sarah Marshall WRNMMC Public Affairs staff writer “Lights, sirens and an increase of security onboard the base,” said Director of Installation Training at Naval Support Activity Bethesda (NSAB), Janelle Massiatte, as she described what base residents, staff and patients may experience during the upcoming Solid Curtain training exercise. From Feb. 17 to 28, security forces will execute the Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield training exercise. The operation, a security and anti-terrorism training drill, is designed to evaluate patrolmen and security force responses. It will involve simulated delinquent behavior at gates and other areas of the base, many of which may be visible to the public and cause minor disruptions to those unaware of them. These events will occur at random times in undisclosed locations throughout the base and may in-

clude a variety of security related disruptions such as: visitors using false credentials to access the base, uses of the Giant Voice loudspeaker which will require appropriate action, unattended packages of unknown origin, arrests and mass casualty exercises. “Pretty much every day of the exercise something will be going on,” said Massiatte. On Feb. 27, the operation will culminate with an Active Shooter exercise. Both Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences will participate in the exercise. To notify personnel of an active shooter, the installation will utilize multiple notification systems, to include Giant Voice. Code White is the hospital emergency code utilized to notify all command personnel of an active shooter and to shelter in place. In the event of a reallife Active Shooter, staff should first ensure the safety of patients and visitors. Whether you’re outside or inside a building, you should immedi-

ately shelter in place. If you’re inside, secure the area, lock and barricade doors, turn off radios and computer monitors, close blinds and block windows. Also, silence cell phones, keep yourself and others out of sight and take adequate cover behind concrete walls or filing cabinets. Although the potential for delays and disruptions will always exist, steps will be taken to ensure base operation is minimally interrupted. On the day of the drills, as a reminder to patients and visitors, flyers will be handed out at the gates and parking garages. There will be posters throughout clinics, leading up to the event, and on the day of, also as a reminder. At WRNMMC, staff and patients should expect minimal impact on hospital operations. There will be no interruption to patient care and treatments in progress, however appointments will be temporarily delayed during the 15 minute shelter-in-place exercise. “Our staff are responsible for taking care of patients and visi-


oversee each activity. These evaluators, identifiable by large yellow, billed hats, will be aware of the specifics of the training module and the surrounding location. The group will have the authority to pause the training module or change its location if it begins in a high traffic or potentially hazardous lo-

cation. Among them will be members of the Auxiliary Security Force who will continue to function in place of security personnel engaged in training. Training targets, who will initiate simulated disruptions for an ex-

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WRNMMC Honors the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Delyn Scott, accompanied by Paul Ruskin, performs at Walter Reed Bethesda’s Martin Luther King Jr., observance, sponsored by the Bethesda Multicultural Committee on Jan. 23.

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Command Master Chief Clinton Garrett, of the Navy Medicine Professional Development Center, performs a rap he composed in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., during the Martin Luther King Jr. observance at Walter Reed Bethesda on Jan. 23. By Cat DeBinder and Bernard S. Little WRNMMC Public Affairs staff writers The Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) community joined Jan. 23 to honor civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., during a celebration of words and music in the America Building atrium. “Hosting the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. event is a great way to adhere to the principles of inclusion, non-discrimination and equal opportunity which contribute to readiness by promoting respect, trust and cohesion among members of WRNMMC workforce. Our strength lies in our diversity,” said Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (HM1) Emmanuel Ilfraim, leading petty officer of the Department of Pathology’s Infectious Disease Division Laboratory and chairman of WRNMMC Bethesda Multicultural Committee, which sponsored the event. “The endearing vision for all of America — black, white, any race, any creed — that is still

struggling to be actualized today,” Ilfraim continued. “That vision is a call to action. It’s not enough to simply proclaim liberty, equal humanity and equality of opportunity for all Americans; we must all work to secure that liberty and equality for all people. That’s justice. Justice is something we do, not just preach. That is what has impacted me the most.” The Walter Reed Bethesda celebration included remarks from leadership and musical performances from WRNMMC and Navy Medicine Professional Development Center (NMPDC) staff members. Shirley Adams, an administration specialist in the Academic Programs Directorate of NMPDC, said the program was “very uplifting and inspiring.” “From the singing of the Negro National Anthem to the ‘Martin Luther King Rap,’ performed by NMPDC’s own Command Master Chief Clinton Garrett and Yeoman 2nd Class Cedrick Sauls, I truly enjoyed the entire show,” Adams said. Garrett, who wrote the rap song, said that it was

based on tapes he listened to with his grandma when cleaning the attic. “Values such as human decency, respect and value of person are priceless. When all is said and done, [that’s] what is remembered,” Garrett said. “If they are passed on in a home, then a neighborhood, a community, a city, a state ... they can become infectious and inspirational; [this is] the very essence of Dr. King’s dream. “Dr. King left us such a great legacy ... and a legacy is not something to rest on, but it is something to pass or carry on,” the command master chief added. He explained he calls his rap ‘edutainment — a little bit of education and a little bit of entertainment.’ I chose edutainment, the combination of education and entertainment in positive lyrics, due to it being both thought and soul provoking,” Garrett said. The Bethesda Multicultural Committee will next host the 2014 African-American/Black History Month observance on Feb. 19 at 11:30 in the America Building atrium. For more information, call HM1 Ilfraim at 301-4003531 or 301-295-2043.

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Red Cross Leaders Visit Walter Reed Bethesda By Sharon Renee Taylor WRNMMC Public Affairs staff writer Four members of the Red Cross Board of Governors visited Walter Reed Bethesda, Jan. 29. Dr. Allan I. Goldberg and Afsaneh M. Beschloss toured the flagship of military medicine, along with two other board members, Richard C. Patton, and Dr. Laurence E. Paul. “This is just an incredible visit,” Beschloss said. Chief Operating Officer for the American Red Cross in the National Capital Region Geoff DeLizzio agreed. “We had a really unique experience at Walter Reed. It’s great to be a part of it and to learn what more we can do,” he explained. “Everywhere you turn, you see the Red Cross vests. It’s great to see that trusted partnership.” The trip provided the Red Cross leaders with a glimpse of the work that more than 450 adult and youth Red Cross volunteers perform at the country’s largest military treatment facility. The board members toured the Military Advanced Training Center, Tranquility Hall (Bldg. 62), the National Intrepid Center of Excellence, Ward 7-East, as well as a Fisher House.

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Dr. Allan I. Goldberg, left, a board member for the Red Cross, chats with Dr. Inge Guen, a neuropsychologist who Red Cross volunteers with the TBI program at WRB. “We so appreciate what each and every one of you, do,” Goldberg said. “I’m beginning to understand the richness of this institution in terms of the science, the technology, the research, the huge hearts, the compassion and the partnership between all of you. The Red Cross and what you do to [help] people and their families, restore them, to make them whole again,” Goldberg said. “Thank you, everyone. It’s a wonderful partnership. We appreciate what each and every one of you do.” The Red Cross assigns 150

mobile staff members in 55 offices between the states and overseas, according to Senior Vice President of Service to the Armed Forces for the American Red Cross Sherri L. Brown. Twenty of those are stateside military-installation based offices and 35 are overseas, she explained. “We usually have one or two paid staff in those offices and about 200 to 300 volunteers. That’s a normal office for us,” Brown said. Army Chaplain (Col.) Robert

L. Powers, department chief, Pastoral Care, told the board members about his opportunity to work with Red Cross representatives during deployments to Baghdad and Saudi Arabia. “They are all over the world,” Powers said. “When I go into a relatively secure area where there are a bunch of troops, one of the things I do as a chaplain is I try to find out where the Red Cross office is, because they have a different perspective on what’s going on inside the compound and they can give me valuable information that helps me do my job.” Service members injured on the battlefield receive a blanket from a Red Cross volunteer when they arrive at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. “The first time many patients have any cognitive memory of anything is in Landstuhl when they’re stabilizing,” explained Bryan Lewis, chief of the Speech Department at WRNMMC. “I know at least four patients whose first memory is getting a blanket from a Red Cross volunteer,” explained the Air Force Reserves major who served at Landstuhl. “Some of the volunteers are 24/7 workers too. We have volunteers here when we have guys return from overseas,” said Army Sgt. First Class

Jonathan M. Grundy, who was blinded by a gunshot during his deployment to Iraq in 2007. The liaison for Soldiers of the 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C., recovering at WRNMMC spoke of the weekend volunteers that come with Red Cross bags and meet with family members. Grundy explained Red Cross volunteers, “who are there smiling,” when wounded warriors and families first arrive at WRNMMC help in their recoveries. Red Cross volunteers “being there for the family … it’s an ice breaker,” he said. Dr. Inge Guen, a neuropsychologist doing postdoctoral studies at Harvard University, said she feels so privileged to work with Dr. David Williamson, medical director of the Inpatient traumatic brain injury program, and his medical team on 7-East as a volunteer with the Red Cross for the last five years. The team treats patients with traumatic brain injuries. “My life belongs to our Wounded Warriors, it belongs to all service members,” she said. “The miracle that is happening in this hospital, it’s extraordinary. I believe God puts miracles in motion at Walter Reed.”

Open House Fishes for the Curious By Ryan Hunter NSAB Public Affairs staff writer The mansions built on Stokes Road will soon open their doors to civilian and military staff and residents at Naval Support Activity Bethesda (NSAB). Starting Feb. 7, the Fisher Houses will hold several open house events in an attempt to raise public awareness of their functions and operations onboard the base. The common areas and vacant rooms in all five houses will be available for tours. Constructed and donated to the Navy by a nonprofit organization of the same name, the Fisher Houses at NSAB serve as temporary housing for the families of active duty, retired and veteran in-patients at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Eligible

families can use the facilities for 3 to 30 days for free and in special cases more, leaving them to focus on caring for their wounded, ill or injured loved one. “When you get a call saying you have a loved one that’s sick, you typically want to grab your stuff and get there as quickly as possible,” said Kenneth Merritt, the manager of the Bethesda Fisher Houses. “You tend to not think about what it’s going to cost you or how comfortable you’ll be. Coming to the Fisher Houses provides families with relief. They don’t have to worry about stuff like that.” Fisher House Assistant Manager, Michael Ybarra, describes the facilities as “a home away from home,” complete with a relaxing atmosphere, amenities and comforts. Residing families have their own individual suite, as well as access to a full com-

around Washington D.C. and paintings created by local artists. Several houses have play rooms for children filled with donated early reader books, toys and kid-friendly DVDs. Dining rooms are furnished with hanging chandeliers, fresh cut flowers, bookcases and ornate wooden furniture. “Not only do we house families, but we become intimately involved with them to ensure they have the assets they need,” said Merritt. “We have military [and non-profit] agencies that frequent our houses and provide valuable information and resources to families, Photo by Ryan Hunter When family members come to visit the temporary so they can make the best of residents of the Fisher House can entertain guests in this most uncomfortable time private and open spaces, including this Living Room in their lives.” Terri Langford, a one month located in building three. resident of the Fisher House, munity kitchen, free wash- guests. Rooms and hallways praises the house for its coners and dryers and several are decorated with photoSee FISHER page 10 common areas to entertain graphs from major landmarks

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Soldier Honored for Exceptional Care By Sharon Renee Taylor WRNMMC Public Affairs staff writer Medical Center leaders and colleagues honored Army Sgt. Matthew Shutt with the DAISY Award for exceptional patient care at Walter Reed Bethesda (WRB), Jan. 9. Selected among 21 nominees, including five fellow 4-East nurses, the Soldier received the special nursing recognition for outstanding care during the month of December in 2013. “This nursing team member is, without a doubt, one of the best medical professionals I have ever met, and I am honored to call myself one of this team member’s patients,” Spc. Aaron Decino, wrote while recovering from injuries sustained in Afghanistan. “Without this nurse, this whole [ordeal] would have been ten times worse for me.” Decino, from the 101st Airborne at Fort Campbell, Ky., said Shutt a former combat medic who deployed to the southern-region of Iraq in 2009, understood what he was going through. When Denico, a Denver native, first arrived at Walter Reed Bethesda on Aug. 27, 2013, Shutt stood-in while Decino’s relatives travelled across the country to Bethesda. “My family couldn’t make it out here for a while so I was here alone and Matt would hang out with me, and it just made it a lot easier,” Decino said. “I think it’s something

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Army Sgt. Matthew Shutt, left, a medical-surgical nurse on 4-East, assists Spc. Aaron Decino, right. Decino was nominated Shutt for the DAISY Award in recognition of his exceptional patient care. that people don’t realize. The nurses here are so good that they are like your family when you’re hurt, and you’re going through the most agonizing pain ever. These guys here are really, really incredible — and all of them are like that, too. They’re very professional and very good at their job.” Shutt spent more than six years in the Army. He began his career as a nurse in October 2011. Shutt explained why. “For me, nursing seemed like the next logical progression. Being a combat medic, the idea is that you’re on the front lines with the troops, and be-

ing a nurse is kind of like being on the front lines of inpatient care,” he said. The medical-surgical nurse recently assumed new duties as the noncommissioned officer-in-charge of 4-East. Shutt said it was difficult to single out any one particular experience over the last two years at Walter Reed Bethesda that reaffirmed him as a nurse. “[There are] so many,” he said. Shutt recalled when he helped Decino through a difficult time. “It was a very intense moment for both of us,” he said. “That was a very powerful moment as he tried to

recover,” the Army sergeant explained. Decino nominated Shutt for the DAISY Award soon after. “He’s awesome,” the recovering warrior said. Mark and Bonnie Barnes created the DAISY Award (an acronym for Disease Attacking the Immune System) 13 years ago, in gratitude for the exceptional care they received from the nurses who helped their family during the eight-week hospitalization of their son Patrick. He died from an autoimmune disease, Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura, in 1999.

“The patients nominate you because of your awesome nursing care,” Army Col. Risa Ware, director for nursing services at WRB, told the nurses at the Jan. 9 DAISY Award Ceremony. “I’m really excited, because there were six nominees from 4-East this month.” Nominations for the December 2013 Daisy Award included Shutt, along with five others: Army 2nd Lts. Edward Githiore and Paul Willms, Navy Ensigns Raphael Garcia and Meagan Fedele, as well as civilian registered nurse, Nancy Day. Shutt said the other members on his team could’ve just as easily received the award. “We all work together, we’re all a team,” he said. “I couldn’t be more proud of every one of you, whether you were nominated this time or not, every one of you are a stellar care provider. What you guys do every day amazes me,” Ware told the group. Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Director Brig. Gen. (Dr.) Jeffrey B. Clark agreed. “Congratulations, I’m proud to walk among you,” Clark told the nurses. “I thank you for what you do. What we get to do is very special,” he explained. “We’re the flagship of the military health care system. We are where our nation heals its heroes. I appreciate what you do every day.”

Auxiliary Security Force: Force Be With You! about the logistics of ASF,” said NSAB Security Department Training Leading Petty Officer and ASF/GMT Coordinator Master-at-Arms 1st (MA1) Class George Sangriu. “Once the classroom portion Naval Support Activity is complete, the next couple of Bethesda’s (NASB) Auxiliary weeks are the hands-on porSecurity Force (ASF) recently tion of the academy. This porgraduated its latest class of tion requires students to brave warriors after they endured the sting of the Oleoresin Capthree weeks of training in the sicum spray, non-lethal training as well as the qualification ASF Academy. for baton, hand-to-hand self“The program begins with defense, weapons qualification a little more than a week of and training with the M9 pislearning in the classroom By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brandon Williams-Church NSAB Public Affairs staff writer

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Master-at-Arms 1st Class George Sangriu (right) jokes with the latest class of the Auxiliary Security Force, minutes before the graduating ceremony.

tol and M500 shotgun, tactical communication and tactical team movements.” The ASF is not just for Navy service members, but open to any service members looking to give their aid in times of need. “We are looking for all services E-6 and below and E-7 and above, including officers,” Sangriu mentioned. To join you must not have any physical readiness test failures within the past year, no non-judicial punishments within the past

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Patient Public Wireless Project Nears Completion By Katrina Skinner WRNMMC Public Affairs staff writer Christmas came early to the former National Naval Medical Center’s 5 East and West hospital wards just over four years ago. It came in the form of Internet Wireless Fidelity – otherwise known as Wi-Fi. The initial installation of the patient Wi-Fi began Sept. 3, 2009 with limited interruptions. The first phase of the project took 82 days to complete. Morale, Welfare and Recreation, Information Technology (IT) Department, the Interstate Telecommunications, Inc., and the Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) made possible the “Wounded Warrior Wi-Fi” so inpatients and family members who wished to be by their loved one’s side during their hospitalization could still have access to the World Wide Web. “The project has progressed quite a bit. ‘Patient Wireless’


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Walter Reed Bethesda has made Wi-Fi services available to their inpatients and visiting family members in all inpatient wards and waiting areas. network was initially only on the surgical ward of Building 10 for our Wounded Warriors. We now have the ‘Patient Wireless’ network available throughout the entire hospital with focus in the inpatient wards and outpatient waiting areas,” explained Luis Lopez, chief operations officer, IT De-

partment. NEXCOM, the sole source provider for unofficial telecommunications services for the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, previously provided the same type of internet services at the Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Va., in their Wounded Warrior

Ward in February of 2008, so they knew it could be done, according to Gary Mann, a telecommunications program analyst for NEXCOM at the time of installation. “The Patient Wireless Project is designed to provide our visitors, patients and their families an enhanced experience while at Walter Reed Bethesda. We understand how the internet has become such a key part of our daily routine, so we felt it would make their stay at [Walter Reed] Bethesda a bit better,” added Lopez. Staff members expressed how inpatients and family members appreciate the convenience of having access to the internet. Antigonene Davis, medical support assistant, inpatient surgery, explained how one family member was here for a lengthy period of time with her mother and thanks to the Wi-Fi, she was able to work from her mother’s bedside. “It was convenient for her,” Davis said. “Another patient visitor was

here an extended period of time with his recovering wife. He was logged in constantly,” Davis added. Second Lt. Ilona Zamojda, staff nurse on the fifth floor of Building 10, recalled a patient that stayed through the weekend and was very appreciative that she could stream her church’s Sunday service while she was here. Welcome packets located in patient rooms provide instructions on how to log on. Patients must read and agree with policies before gaining access to the World Wide Web. According to Lopez, there are 1,900 connections to the internet daily. All devices may not be compatible with the Wi-Fi service. For example, any iPhone, to include the iPhone 4s and older, is not compatible. For more information, please contact Luis Lopez at or 301-295-9315.

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SECURITY Continued from 7 two years, no misdemeanor or felonies of any sort. We are looking for that mature person with good moral character.” “Our ASF program is very active in comparison to other installations in the Naval District Washington area. We have the biggest ASF in the region and we rely very heavily on our ASF to augment security here and more so for increased security, VIP visits, concerts and other functions.” With a rich history of service, the ASF aims to promote leadership and teamwork skills, said Sangriu. Hospitalman Nathaniel Johnston, general duty corpsman of the Ambulatory Procedures Unit and class leader of this latest graduating ASF group, explained his admiration for the ASF. “I want to take advantage of any training that the Navy is offering and it is a collateral to do outside of my everyday job,” said Johnston. “I think it is a great opportunity to do something like this. Where else can you go to not only do the job that you were trained and paid to do, but also have the chance to do another important duty? We are doing more than just our job in our departments. We are able to help out the base security, who are un-

The Journal der enough stress as it is. If we need to help them with having an extra man at the gate or being able to help out with any situation, that alleviates the stress for them. For me, because I am a corpsman, I am bringing the medical aspect to the base security as added knowledge.” The importance of ASF can especially be seen in times of heightened safety Sangriu also mentioned. “ASF is vital because if there is a situation where we need to raise force protections condition (FPCON) to either charlie or delta, we rely on them to augment and supply [manpower] so that we can fully integrate the security plan,” said Sangriu. “Raising the FPCON to charlie or delta involves: 100 percent vehicle and personnel inspection allowing no one to enter the base, checking the perimeter and a lot of increased patrols.” The next academy session is slated to take place April 7-25. “ASF is a unique duty that allows you to gain law enforcement experience for those service members that are looking to pursue that as a career,” said Sangriu. “It’s a great collateral duty for them and it’s a great tool for networking.” Any service member looking to join the ASF should contact MA1 George Sangriu by phone at, 301 319 2558, by email at mil or stop by the security office in Building 17.

FISHER Continued from 6 tinued support. “We have our stuff over here marked with our names, but they also have so many things labeled ‘Help Yourself,’” she said as she opened the industrial sized refrigerators located in Fisher House III. The refrigerators are filled mostly with donated fresh and packaged goods donated by nonprofit organizations. “That reduces the stuff you have to buy, and there are always people that come and prepare meals. It really helps.” While eager to receive guests, the Fisher House does not take accommodations. Persons hoping to stay must receive a referral after appealing to a physician, nurse, chaplain, military liaison, social worker, case manager or patient administrator. In addition to

DRILL Continued from 3 ercise, will pose no clear or apparent threat. These trained police officers will be easily identifiable to the public by a bright yellow vest. Although they may require physical confrontation in order to be neutralized, they will only engage on-duty security personnel involved in the exercise. Staff, residents and patients with real emergencies will not be affected during the training, as safety managers and essential personnel will operate as, what NSAB Emergency Manager, Ron Kunz, describes as “white cells.” These upper level security and emergency managers will initiate the training exercises by sending calls over the security dispatch radio to inform security personnel of upcoming events, and continue to monitor channels for real emergencies. “These people know exactly how this drill is supposed to operate,” said Kunz. “If a situation escalates, the white cell can deescalate the situation to continue the exercise. If there is a real emergency they will know and can dispatch other personnel to help.”

SAILOR Continued from 1 and a Sailor for others to emulate.” Kowalski earned WRNMMC’s Blue Jacket of the Year while assigned as a corpsman on the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU). Although no longer assigned to Walter Reed Bethesda, Kowalski is credited with supervising and training two junior corpsmen while supporting four nurses in the daily operations of the PACU. He also prepared and kept up 28 bays and two isolation rooms, transported 850 patients to the next echelon of care, performed 263

this, family members are only eligible for referral if they reside a minimum of 40 miles away, have no local accommodations and agree to release their rooms as soon as their loved one is discharged from the hospital. “That’s why we want to hold this open house,” said Ybarra. “We want the Warrior Transition Brigade, doctors, nurses, etc. to understand what we do. We want them to know how we work and that there is a place for their patients other than a hotel.” The first open house will take place Feb. 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Fisher Houses III, IV and V. A second one is planned later in the month to showcase House I and II, however a date and time has yet to be announced. If you would like to know more information concerning the event contact Merritt at or 301-296-5334.

The base will operate under force condition Bravo during the event, which means “[residents, staff and patients] can expect that there should be a slight delay, because we will conduct 100 percent ID checks at the gate,” said Massiatte. However, despite recent history, according to Kunz, there will be no gate closures. “In the past we had to check our barrier plan, so we actually had to secure the gate, but since we did it successfully we don’t have to do it again this year,” said Kunz. “Our goal is to make sure everything is operating normally, make sure there are no safety violations and make sure that all of our security forces personnel are following standard operating procedure,” said Training Instructor Master at Arms 1st Class George Sangriu. “Every part of this training is under control.” Even though staff, residents and patients are encouraged to be mindful of the drills taking place, everyone on base is reminded to “remain aware,” said Kunz. “Just because we’re training doesn’t mean we don’t still have to worry about real world dangers. Don’t hesitate to call about something suspicious. If you see something, say something.” To report any suspicious activity on base, contact emergency services at 301-295-1246, or dial 777 from any installation land line. blood draws, 32 electrocardiograms and started 126 IVs. In addition, he taught life supporting skills to 30 staff members. A volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician, Kowalski was described as “an outstanding Sailor who consistently displayed professionalism and competence in every task he took on. “He committed himself to setting the example for junior ward Sailors and his peers,” added Chief Hospital Corpsman Sharon Tavares, who nominated Kowalski for Blue Jacket of the Year. “He displays professionalism and courtesy in all interactions, and always lives up to the Navy Core Values.”

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