June 12, 2014
Redskins Rookies Touch Down at NSAB USO By Julie Smith NSAB Public Affairs staff writer
Rookie Washington Redskins offensive tackle Morgan Moses understands the value of military discipline. It’s what ultimately helped him make his way into the National Football League. Moses and other members of the Redskins’ 2014 rookie class visited the USO Warrior and Family Center at Naval Support Activity Bethesda (NSAB) June 5, sharing a meal and some leisure time with NSAB service members while signing autographs and taking pictures with their fans. Six foot, six inches Moses was highly recruited after high school, but didn’t have the grades to match his talent, making him ineligible to play university football. So he enrolled in a post-graduate program at Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia to raise his grades and prepare for college. “I learned discipline and it deﬁnitely grounded me because I almost lost football,” Moses said. “It gave me an avenue just to focus on school, so when I got to college I was able to make a smooth transition and my college years were a success.” Moses’s appreciation for the military is echoed by teammate Silas Redd, a running back from the University of Southern California who was signed by the Redskins in May as an undrafted free agent. Redd’s father served eight years in the Marine Corps from 1979 to 1987, before Redd was born. That doesn’t diminish Redd’s
Photo by Julie Smith
Washington Redskins rookie offensive tackle Morgan Moses (third from the left) poses for a picture with NSAB Redskins fans at a meet and greet event held June 5 at the NSAB USO Warrior and Family Center. understanding of the sacrifices made by today’s military personnel and their families, he said. “I always have so much appreciation for them because of what they go through and we’re all thankful for what they do for us,” he said. The event was catered by Mission BBQ, and owner Bill Kraus – who has one son in the Marine Corps and another son at the United States Naval Academy – was grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the occasion. “There’s nothing more American than the simple food of barbecue and no-
body more American than these military personnel that do so much for us,” Kraus said. “It’s wonderful to see the Redskins doing their part and humbly thanking and realizing who the real heroes are. It’s good perspective.” Army Maj. Ryan Oleszewski brought his wife, Ashley, and his 2-year-old son Lucas to visit with the players. Growing up halfway between Baltimore and Washington, D.C., Oleszewski admitted he roots for both the BalPhoto by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brandon Williams-Church timore Ravens and the Washington Redskins. Washington Redskins rookie wide receiver Cody Hoffman talks
See USO page 10
football with Sgt. Bryan England outside of the USO Warrior and Family Center June 5.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Command Master Chief’s Column
If you are busy doing the do’s, than you do not have time for the don’ts —ethics in the simplest form. In question form, another good guiding principle is, “will my next action or decision impact my faith (whatever it may be), family or fellow servicepersons in a negative manner?” There are so many positive things to do that enable us as military professionals to avoid trouble and yes, negative headlines. Everything from our primary mission, off duty education, recreation, intramural sports, community service and spending time with family to exploring all the historical monuments, museums and parks that Maryland, District of Columbia and Virginia has to offer. However, every way we turn; on television, radio, newspapers, twitter, Facebook, Instagram … you name it — ethics is in the headlines. Recently the Command Leadership School in Newport, R.I., a component of the Navy War College, formally changed its name to the Naval Leadership & Ethics Center. Here at the Navy Medicine Professional Development Center (NMPDC) all of our courses include some type of ethics focus. In our leadership courses, (Advanced Medical Department Ofﬁcers and Executive Medical Department Enlisted Course) there is ethical leadership in which the attributes of good or sound leaders are discussed and how to avoid toxic leadership or falling victim to the Bathsheba Syndrome (the Bathsheba Syndrome compares David from heroically and honorably slaying a giant for his people to him forgoing his military duties and deﬁling another family followed by the shame endured; though later restored); the operational short course Plans Operation and Military Intelligence, covers The Laws of Armed Conﬂict, and Rules of Engagement. In the Financial and Materiel Management Training Course, procurement and acquisition processes, and the important role logisticians and comptrollers play in preserving the integrity of Government contracting and assuring fair treatment of bidders, offerors, and contractors. And of course,
Published by offset every Thursday by Comprint Military Publications, 9030 Comprint Court, Gaithersburg, Md. 20877, a private firm in no way connected with the U.S. Navy, under exclusive written contract with the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Md. This commercial enterprise newspaper is an authorized publication for members of the military services. Contents of The Journal are not necessarily the official views of, nor endorsed by, the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense, or the Department of Navy. The appearance of advertising in this publication, including inserts or supplements, does not constitute endorsement by the Department of Defense or Comprint, Inc., of the products or services advertised. Everything advertised in this publication shall be made available for purchase, use or patronage without re-
Murtha Cancer Center Events
near and dear to all of us that are entrusted with providing or supporting the provision of health care, there is everything from the Hippocratic Oath, Nursing Oath (Florence Nightingale Pledge), The Dentist’s Pledge or Oath to the Profession that guide us in our ethical approach to medicine and dentistry. The Patient Administration and Clinic Management Courses cover the Four Principles of Biomedical & Healthcare Ethics, which are respect for persons/autonomy, beneﬁcence, non-maleﬁcence and justice. The residents of our Naval Postgraduate Dental School‘s curriculum have seven hours in the ﬁrst year focused on the goal of generating a self-introspection of the principles and values guiding decision making of dental professionals in terms of both common ethical theories and the American Dental Association (ADA) Code of Professional Conduct. NMPDC is committed to supporting the Navy’s goal of emphasizing excellence and ethics as one of Navy medicine’s institutions of learning that offer leadership continuums and professional development short courses Happy Birthday Hospital Corps! I want send out to all Hospital Corpsman (HM) - a heartfelt Happy Birthday as we prepare to celebrate our 116th Birthday. As the only enlisted corps in the U.S. Armed Forces, 22 HM’s have received the Medal of Honor for services rendered during combat – from the Boxer Rebellion to OIF/OEF; and there are 20 U.S. Navy ships named in honor of HMs. We were once called loblolly, nurse, and bayman. Now as HM, once earned we also proudly, yet humbly answer to “doc” when serving with the Marines. Next week corpsmen around the world will reacquaint themselves by reciting our pledge which bonds us to our ethical code towards patients. Finally, I leave you with this … be busy doing the do’s, so not to be consumed by the consequences of the don’ts. HMCM Clinton A. Garrett Sr. Command Master Chief Navy Medicine Professional Development Center
gard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, physical handicap, political affiliation, or any other non-merit factor of the purchaser, user, or patron. Editorial content is edited, prepared and provided by the Public Affairs Office, Naval Support Activity Bethesda, Md. News copy should be submitted to the Public Affairs Office, Building 11, lower level, Room 41, by noon one week preceding the desired publication date. News items are welcomed from all installation sources. Inquiries about news copy will be answered by calling 301-400-1381. Commercial advertising should be placed with the publisher by telephoning 301-921-2800. Publisher’s advertising offices are located at 9030 Comprint Court, Gaithersburg, Md. 20877. Classified ads can be placed by calling 301-670-1700.
The John P. Murtha Cancer Center at Walter Reed Bethesda, the Department of Defense’s only Center of Excellence for Cancer Care, is offering skin cancer screening today from 8 to 11 a.m., and from 1 to 3 p.m. in the America Building (19), third ﬂoor. Walk-ins are welcome. Appointments for skin cancer screening may also be made by calling 301-400-1477. The center will also host its annual research seminar on June 23 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the America Building, Rm. 2525 (registration is required for continuing medical education credit). On June 24, the center hosts its Cancer Awareness Day in the America Building, ﬁrst ﬂoor lobby. For more information about either event, contact Kerri Cronin at 301400-1477 or Kerri.l.cronin.ctr@health. mil, or Bill Mahr at 301-400-1492 or William.email@example.com.
A four-hour fundamentals course for TeamSTEPPS (Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety), will be held on June 16 and July 14. There will also be a two-day train the trainer course for TeamSTEPPS from June 25 to 26 and July 30 to 31. TeamSTEPPS is designed to improve patient outcomes by improving communication and teamwork skills. Continuing education units is possible through Duke University. For registration, times and location, contact Hospital Education and Training Navy Lt. Asia Raheem at Asia.O.Raheem@ health.mil or call 301-400-2822, or Army Sgt. Derek Awantoh at Derek. Awantoh.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301400-0707.
Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bethesda Commanding Officer: Capt. David A. Bitonti Acting Public Affairs Officer NSAB: John Epperson Public Affairs Office NSAB: 301-400-2488
NSAB Ombudsman Michelle Herrera
Sexual Assault Response
Managing Editor WRNMMC Editor
MC2 Ashante Hammons MC2 Christopher Krucke Sarah Marshall Katrina Skinner Julie Smith Sharon Renee Taylor
MC2 Brandon Williams-Church Bernard Little
NSA Bethesda Fleet And Family Support Center
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Office of Media Relations 301-295-5727
Visit us on Facebook: Naval Support Activity Bethesda page: https://www.facebook.com/NSABethesda Walter Reed National Medical Center page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Walter-ReedNational-Military-Medical-Center/295857217111107 Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/ Uniformed-Services-University-of-the-HealthSciences/96338890888?fref=ts
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Walter Reed Bethesda Observes Pride Month
Trailblazers Discuss Careers, Cultural Experiences By Bernard S. Little WRNMMC Public Affairs staff writer Army Brig. Gen. Tammy Smith and retired Air Force Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach honorably served their nation during the era of “don’t ask, don’t tell” (DADT), but their military careers took different paths. While Smith became the ﬁrst openly gay ﬂag ofﬁcer in the U.S. military, Fehrenbach was one of the highest-ranking ofﬁcers investigated under the Department of Defense’s DADT policy. Before being repealed in 2010, DADT prohibited military personnel from discriminating against or harassing homosexual or bisexual service members or applicants who have not disclosed their sexual orientation or gender identity and aspects (including sexual identity and sexual behavior), while barring openly gay, lesbian or bisexual persons from military service. Smith and Fehrenbach shared their experiences with the Walter Reed Bethesda community during the medical center’s Pride Month observance June 6. The observance, presented by the Bethesda Multicultural Committee, kicked off with an information fair where various organizations offered educational material about the services they provide. One of the groups at the fair was the Gay, Lesbian and Supportive Service Members (G.L.A.S.S.). Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Kayla Watson, the group’s president, started the organization when she came to Walter Reed Bethesda last fall. “When I got here and realized there wasn’t an organization like this, I knew we had to start something because everybody needs to have a support group and like-minded people they can associate with.” She explained, “G.L.A.S.S. seeks to foster a base free of prejudice, bigotry, harassment and violence. It provides a safe space for all service members to explore and increase their understanding of aspects related to sexual orientation and expression in an open and nonjudgmental environment. “I want us to get involved in the community and reach out to people,” Watson said. The Sailor said G.L.A.S.S. will participate in command-sponsored events and she is “really excited for people to come out and see what the group is all about.” Following the information fair, Walter Reed Bethesda Director Brig. Gen. (Dr.) Jeffrey B. Clark welcomed Smith and Fehrenbach to the medical center for their presentations. A 20-year Air Force combat veteran, Fehrenbach’s father was an Air Force career navigator and his mother was an Air Force nurse. He joined the Air Force
Photo by Bernard S. Little
Army Brig. Gen. Tammy Smith and retired Air Force Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach discuss their career leadership and cultural experiences during Walter Reed Bethesda’s Pride Month observance June 6 in the Memorial Auditorium. in 1991 and ﬂew combat missions over Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan and Kosovo. He has ﬂown the F-15E Strike Eagle, F-16, T-43, T-37, T-39, T-2, and the EF-111A Raven aircrafts. Smith is the deputy chief of staff for the Army Reserve. A four-year Reserve Ofﬁcer Training Corps scholarship recipient and graduate of the University of Oregon, she was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Quartermaster Corps in 1986. During her more than 27-year military career, she has served in a variety of logistics, operations, training and personnel assignments, including duty in the Republic of Panama, Costa Rica and Afghanistan. The general has served in multifunctional logistics units, initial entry training/basic combat training units, the Joint Readiness Training Center, Army Reserve Regional Readiness Commands and on the Department of the Army Staff. In 2010, she deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, serving as the chief of Army Reserve Affairs, United States Forces-Afghanistan. Fehrenbach said he was “honored and humbled” to be at Walter Reed Bethesda, describing the experience as “surreal” to be on a military installation and see the rainbow gay pride ﬂag displayed. “There’s still a lot more work to do, but it warms my heart and brings a smile to my face when I see [it] because I never really thought we would get here,” Fehrenbach said. Smith agreed. “I think about the acceleration of change and what has oc-
curred. It takes courage to be the one who says this element of diversity is important. While it may seem like an easy thing, I realize when you are stepping out into uncertain territory, you’re not quite sure what you may step on.” She added it’s important the military culture includes all spectrums of diversity. “I want a culture in which my Soldier, Sailor, Airman and Marine can strive, and that is in an inclusive culture.” Army 1st Lt. Rory Walton, a nurse at Walter Reed Bethesda, attended the presentation and said, “I feel it’s important we take care of each other, our families and value the humanity in all of us. It means a lot to me that we can celebrate together.” Cmdr. Joseph Desamero also attended the presentation and said, “It was fantastic. We’ve come a long way from the past and don’t ask, to tell, but there’s a lot more things to accomplish.” Walter Reed Bethesda staff members Donald Johnson and Terence Chatman attended both the information fair and presentation by Smith and Fehrenbach. Following the presentation, Chatman said Smith and Fehrenbach are among the many people “who were courageous and brave to be able to share their stories and take a chance with their careers.” Johnson agreed, adding, “I’ve kind of shared in some of their stories because I used to be active duty and served during ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’” June was chosen as Lesbian, Gay, Bi-
sexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which occurred at the end of June 1969. The riots were a series of demonstrations by members of the gay community in response to a police raid on June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City. In his 2014 proclamation for LGBT Pride Month, President Barack Obama stated, “As progress spreads from state to state, as justice is delivered in the courtroom, and as more of our fellow Americans are treated with dignity and respect — our Nation becomes not only more accepting, but more equal as well. During LGBT Pride Month, we celebrate victories that have afﬁrmed freedom and fairness, and we recommit ourselves to completing the work that remains. “This month, as we mark 45 years since the patrons of the Stonewall Inn deﬁed an unjust policy and awakened a nascent movement, let us honor every brave leader who stood up, sat in, and came out, as well as the allies who supported them along the way. Following their example, let each of us speak for tolerance, justice, and dignity — because if hearts and minds continue to change over time, laws will too,” the president concluded. G.L.A.S.S. meets the ﬁrst and third Wednesday of every month at 2 p.m. in the Allergy Conference Room in Bldg. 19, fourth ﬂoor, Room 4105.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Compelling Submission: Nurses Moved by Nomination for DAISY Award By Sarah Marshall WRNMMC Public Affairs staff writer When senior nurse leaders at Walter Reed Bethesda recently announced May’s DAISY award winner, they declared the nomination, submitted by a terminally ill patient, the most compelling received in their years of celebrating the award. The DAISY foundation was established in 1999 by Bonnie and Mark Barnes in memory of their son, Patrick, who died at age 33 from an autoimmune disease, explained Col. Ray Antoine, director of nursing services. DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System, and the DAISY award is presented monthly at Walter Reed Bethesda to nurses who exhibit extraordinary care, he said. It has been a part of the command for about four years, he added. On June 6, nurse leaders and DAISY committee members visited the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) to announce the May winner, Hospitalman Steve Stevens. The corpsman, nominated by a terminally ill
Photo by Sarah Marshall
Col. Ray Antoine, far right, along with SICU staff members and DAISY Committee members, congratulate Hospitalman Steve Stevens for receiving the DAISY Award June 6. Stevens was nominated by a patient, expressing his appreciation for keeping him and his family in good spirits while in treatment for terminal cancer. patient who wrote a letter, expressing his appreciation for Stevens, as well as the entire SICU staff, described the event as perhaps the most traumatic time in his life. Antoine read the patient’s letter: “… I have never wanted to
thank and recognize so many for so much as all the caring and knowledgeable staff at Walter Reed and especially those personnel in the SICU. Chief among the many professionals was a young person and a member of your command. I wanted you to know what this
person came to mean to me and my family. I am already sure you are aware of this person’s dedication, superior attitude and diligence.” After being diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, the patient wrote that Stevens was able to make him smile and even laugh. “It seemed as though this person was able to anticipate my needs and was quick to make my comfort a priority,” the letter continues. “While this team member was assigned to care for me, my family and I were under the recent realization that I have terminal cancer, at the time only a little over a month and I was in the ICU, as such, our hearts were very heavy. When my 11-yearold daughter was in for a visit, I watched as this team member was able to make her smile and take her mind off what was happening to her daddy, if only for a while … This person often stayed after the appointed time just to continue a conversation and was able to take our thoughts off of our worries … I hope this letter is able to impart my sincerity, gratitude and
my desire to show some form of recognition for this ﬁne nursing team member. I am not sure where this journey will take me personally, but one of my many hopes is that this young person, with the future ahead, achieves all that is desired.” With the SICU staff gathered around him, Antoine presented Stevens a certificate, balloons and a banner, as well as a small statue symbolizing the circle of trust nursing professionals have with patients and their families. “You embraced this family at a time when they most needed it. You put them ﬁrst, which is what our profession is about,” Antoine said. He added the award is an opportunity to reinforce proactive patient care. “When you’re a winner of the DAISY award, it serves as validation of the fact that that is indeed what we are doing,” continued Antoine. Upon receiving the award, Stevens said he was overwhelmed. “This means a lot to me. It’s nice to know I was able to do
See NURSES page 8
Thursday, June 12, 2014
MWR Hosts 1st ‘Color Me 5K’ Run By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brandon WilliamsChurch NSAB Public Affairs staff writer
“When you have an event like this, there is always that excitement. If you are in a work section or participating with your family, it brings you closer together because you are going to be doing the entire run with everyone you came with. It builds morale and cohesion within the group. There were a multitude of positive things that happened that day.” This sentiment echoed by Jerry Cataldo, ﬁtness center director for Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR), seemed to be the attitude of runners and spectators during the ﬁrst Color Me 5K Run at Naval Support Activity Bethesda (NSAB) June 7. The run begins with the participants throwing non-toxic color powder into the air, con-
Photos by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brandon Williams-Church
Runners throw color powder in the air to begin the Color Me 5K Run onboard Naval Support Activity BethesSee COLOR page 10 da June 7.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Maryland Patriot Guard Host Annual Barbecue By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ashante Hammons NSAB Public Affairs staff writer “It’s so nice to see everyone outside enjoying themselves, moving and singing to the music and just having a chance to relax for the afternoon,” said Ann Nettles at the annual Maryland Patriot Guard (MD Patriot Guard) barbecue on June 7. Ann and her husband, Ted, better known as Mama and Papa Bear, have hosted the MD Patriot Guard barbecue since 2006 at the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC). When WRAMC joined National Naval Medical Center, to form Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), Mama and Papa Bear made the transition smoothly. More than 60 members of MD Patriot Guard volunteered their time and services alongside Papa and Mama Bear to show service members, wounded warriors and their family members a good time. Volunteers included cooks, musicians, photogra-
Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ashante Hammons
A Father lifts his son to see the different desserts provided by the Maryland Patriot Guard volunteer at their annual barbecue at Naval Support Activity Bethesda June 7. phers and people making sure everyone was taking care of throughout the afternoon. “Our annual barbecue is the biggest event we put on ourselves,” said Mama Bear. “We all work hard to make it a success. It’s one way for all of us to say
‘thank you’ to our heroes who have given us so much.” Capt. David A. Bitonti, Commanding Ofﬁcer of Naval Support Activity Bethesda, thanked Papa and Mama Bear and the MD Patriot Guard for their contribution to the Morale, Welfare,
and Recreation (MWR) Department and presented them a letter of appreciation. According to Bitonti, the MD Patriot Guard supported MWR in many activities in the past year, including the 9/11 Freedom 5K Run as motorcycle escorts, and pro-
vided parking and trafﬁc assistance for the Fall Fest. “The Maryland Patriot Guard mission of good will is exempliﬁed through their volunteers sent to support active duty military, wounded warriors and their families, and MWR at Naval Support Activity Bethesda,” said Bitonti. “We appreciate and value our relationship with the Maryland Patriot Guard and hope to continue this relationship. Thank you for your continued support.” When they are not hosting their annual barbecue, Papa and Mama Bear provide a variety of services for veterans and their families at WRNMMC, such as stocking the MD Patriot Guard food pantries for local veterans, hand carving eagle head canes through the Eagle Head Cane Project, providing motorcycle vests complete with patches and a road name through the Vests for Vets program, and more. They also work alongside MWR with various activities, at video game nights, weekends away and Super Bowl parties “Through our organization and with funding through the
See GUARD page 10
Medical Center Hosts First Leadership Transition Day By Sharon Renee Taylor WRNMMC Public Affairs staff writer Nearly 200 new leaders attended Walter Reed Bethesda’s ﬁrst Leadership Transition Day held in Memorial Auditorium May 27. With many moving from junior staff positions to new roles as leaders, the staff members participated in 12 individual sessions provided to gain insight and information about the next phase of their careers. “This is something that I’ve never seen done here,” Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Director Brig. Gen. (Dr.) Jeffrey B. Clark told the participants. Generally, the Medical Corps ofﬁcers are placed in one group and the Nurse Corps in another, Clark said. “We’re going to think about things a little differently,” he added. The purpose is to think about that transition, but also to realize what that means, that you’re there in the middle, he told participants. “As you progress through
your career, you will transition to new positions. What happens with that is your identity changes, not you as an individual changes, but the role you have assumed changes,” Clark continued. Army Col. (Dr.) Clifton Yu, chief of Graduate Medical Education (GME), told the leaders during the training, the command is focusing on leadership, recognizing its importance in a service member’s career. Yu said as fellows and residents graduated and left for their ﬁrst utilization tour, it was realized that the medical center had many individuals moving on to leadership positions — nurses in junior staff positions transitioning into assistant service chiefs; senior enlisted assuming their ﬁrst supervisory position and interns. “So it became very clear, and anybody’s who’s been there knows, that’s a huge transition,” Yu said. “You go from someone who is highly supervised, highly scrutinized [on June 30], and all of a sudden on July 1, you’re put in a su-
pervisory position. For many of you, you’re going to be the most senior person in that clinical service at night sometimes, on call. That’s a huge burden of responsibility in supervision. There are a lot of different folks around here who’ll be taking on those leadership responsibilities, and we wanted to gather all of you in one room today,” Yu told the transitioning leaders. Navy Lt. Cmdr. (Dr.) Satyen Gada, assistant chief of GME, and Army Maj. Deana Hutchings, service chief of the Neonatology Intensive Care Unit began the forum with their presentation, “Leading from the Middle.” “I remember Satyen from way back, almost a dozen years ago, when he was actually a pediatric intern, and he was one of those highly supervised, highly scrutinized interns who in a few months’ time found himself as a ﬂight surgeon out there supporting the ﬂeet in a supervisory leadership position,” recalled Yu. Upon his return, Gada com-
Photo by Sharon Renee Taylor
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Director Brig. Gen. (Dr.) Jeffrey B. Clark encourages staff members transitioning to new roles as leaders to “realize what that means, that you’re there in the middle.” Nearly 200 new leaders attended the ﬁrst See TRANSITION page 9 Leadership Transition Day May 27.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
This Week in History: The Navy’s Role on June 6, 1944 By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ashante Hammons NSAB Public Affairs staff writer As Sailors recite the Sailor’s Creed, the phrase, “I represent the ﬁghting spirit of the Navy and those who have gone before me to defend freedom and democracy around the world,” forever speaks truth as the nation celebrated the 70th anniversary of D-Day on June 6, 1944 — the day of Operation Overlord. The date of June 6 was not a coincidence. This date was chosen because of weather patterns of the moon, the tides and the time of day. During the planning phase, the allied leaders followed weather patterns for months and realized that their window for attack would be only a few days. It would either be the ﬁrst week of June or a few weeks later in the month. On that morning, the United States and her allied forces went ashore on the beaches of Normandy by landing craft or air to defeat the German soldiers.
Cruisers, destroyers, transports, and escorts transported service men to shore to be a blockade providing a strong naval task force by the United States and allied forces. The United States’ battleships, Wyoming-class USS Arkansas (BB-33), Nevada-class USS Nevada (BB-36) and New Yorkclass USS Texas (BB-35) and Britain’s battleships provided heavy firepower which destroyed German strongholds beyond the shore that were of great signiﬁcance for their army. The servicemen ashore were able to go deeper into France and set it free from its German captors. Even though it would be another year before World War II was ofﬁcially declared over, Operation Overlord proved to be a “decisive battle of the war in western Europe.” The American Navy and her allies joined together with the armies of her allies and freed France from Germany. As James Holloway stated in the forward of William B. Kirkland Jr.’s book, Destroyers at Normandy Naval Gunfire Support at Omaha Beach,
“The landings in Normandy and the defeat of the German army were the Army’s tasks and clearly among its finest hours. Nevertheless, the mili-
tary victory could not have happened without the naval forces to move the armies across the Channel, to put the troops ashore on the assault
beaches, and then to provide the naval gunfire that, with close air support, enabled the assault forces to break out of the beachhead.”
FFSC Holds Emergency Family Assistance Center Drill By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brandon WilliamsChurch NSAB Public Affairs staff writer In the event of an emergency, having a plan of action to ensure everyone in your family remains safe is imperative. The Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) onboard Naval Support Activity Bethesda (NSAB) recently took action to guarantee their part in keeping NSAB families out of harm’s way by holding the annual Emergency Family Assistance Center Drill (EFAC Drill) May 14. The drill was designed to practice the activation of an EFAC, assess current capabilities and identify gaps for future planning purposes. If an EFAC needed to be set up, its primary purposes would be to serve as a command center where Department of Defense families and individuals can obtain crisis or disaster relief assistance, current information from leadership and resource services. The drill not only showed
Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brandon Williams-Church
Security personnel escort an irate family member after he refused to calm down during the Emergency Family Assistance Center drill May 14. base personnel that FFSC will be ready to set up an EFAC in any given location, but also made sure FFSC was best prepared to thoroughly provide every service needed for each family in need. “EFAC exercises are an im-
portant instrument to assist [FFSC] in preparing for an actual EFAC on several levels,” said FFSC Director, Sallie Younger. “The drill helps train personnel on the various roles and responsibilities involved with the EFAC, evaluate any
shortfalls regarding information technology, facilities, equipment, and supplies as well as ensure that staff understand emergency recall and muster protocols.” During the drill, many different scenarios were played
out as the various departments, including the American Red Cross, chaplains, security, housing, casualty affairs and legal, worked together to ensure family safety. Scenarios included family members who could not reach their loved ones, families that needed money for food and lodging, the need for a place to stay due to evacuation and a stressed and hostile member who needed to be escorted out by security. The drill proved to be a vital means of being certain staff was prepared to handle any delicate situation that an emergency can bring. “In today’s world, it is imperative that we continue to plan and train for emergency situations — forest fires at Camp Pendleton, shootings at military installations and hurricanes hitting our East Coast military bases ordering evacuations,” said FFSC Transition and Employment Manager Anne Bloesl. “Supervisors and directors need to ask themselves, are my employees pre-
See DRILL page 9
Thursday, June 12, 2014
NURSES Continued from 4
something so good for somebody,” he said. The corpsman said he could not take all the credit, attributing the entire SICU for all they’ve taught him about being a nurse in an intensive care environment that can often be grim. “Everybody here does this [extraordinary work] on a daily basis,” he said. “A lot of people here do a lot of good work, and don’t get all the credit they deserve, so this is more of a team award than it is an individual [award].” Stevens said he has been nominated for the DAISY award once before since he started working in the SICU about a year and a half ago. Prior to coming onboard Walter Reed Bethesda, he said he worked as an EMT on an ambulance in New York. What he most enjoys about this profession, is seeing patients achieve positive outcomes, and seeing them leave the hospital better than they were when they arrived, he said. Col. Harriet Johnson, the SICU service chief, expressed her appreciation for Stevens, telling him, “Thank you for everything you do.” “This young man is somebody that we all need to follow ... learn to be more like him,” Johnson said. The corpsman’s nomination was one of 33 nominations submitted to the DAISY committee for the May award, according to Joan LoepkerDuncan, a Walter Reed Bethesda nurse and organizer for the DAISY program. In addition to Stevens, two other nominees also work in the SICU: Army Capt. Un Ruschell and Navy Capt. Andrew Severns. All nominees will be recognized with their names listed in an email distributed to all hospital staff, and all will receive a DAISY pin, LoepkerDuncan said.
TRANSITION Continued from 6 pleted his pediatric residency and ﬁnished a second in allergy/immunology. “Right after that, he was put in charge of the allergy/immunology clinic, so he has a great perspective on leadership, particularly leading from the middle,” Yu said. Hutchings advised the new leaders to exercise diplomacy and work together. She also instructed what should come ﬁrst at work: “getting what’s required
DRILL Continued from 7 pared? How can we support if asked to assist and what are our capabilities?” In an emergency situation, help and comfort can be key variables that would aid in de-stressing the experience for a family. Through this drill, FFSC gained better knowledge in assisting families in crisis situations. “The staff fully supports the need to assist family members in need and in crisis; that’s part of our mission,” said Bloesl. “We conduct these annual exercises to ensure we are better pre-
Thursday, June 12, 2014 done, then getting what’s desired done.” The registered nurse spoke of work/life balance, stressing structure, as well as separation. “Work is work. Leave work at work,” Hutchings said. The new leaders participated in nearly a dozen sessions during the day-long program, including breakout discussions on servant leadership and shared their personal experiences. Legal advice for leaders, credentials, professional development, special pay issues, enlisted perspectives, permanent change of station and perspectives on deployment after residency/fellowship were some of the topics covered in the leadership transition sessions.
pared to respond to our community and always come away with good lessons learned in discovering our capabilities.” Younger expanded on the FFSC role in an EFAC. “During times of a natural disaster families are often in crisis, without these basic essentials of daily life (shelter, food and clothing) and/or cannot reach their loved ones,” Younger said. “Military families can come to an EFAC for one stop assistance. The EFAC is staffed with personnel who are from both military and civilian agencies and can assist families with obtaining needed support. We also have clinical staff on site to assist families who may need added emotional support.”
Thursday, June 12, 2014
COLOR Continued from 5 tinuing with the runners travelling along a tough 3-mile course stationed with “color throwers” at numerous positions. The event, hosted by the ﬁtness center of MWR with help from the Warrior Café, the Red Cross and Operation C.H.A.M.P.S., had more than 360 registered runners from NSAB, Fort Meade, Fort Belvoir, Marine Base Quantico and the Pentagon. First time color racers Lauren Stentz and James Moran shared their experience of the run. “I loved the beginning of the race when everyone threw up the color powder and you couldn’t see anything,” Runners get color powder thrown at them by “color throwers” in the ﬁnal stages of the said Moran. “It was like Color Me 5K Run. a rainbow cloud in your After the run, partici- in front of the MWR pho- mented that the Color itself. face!” Me 5K was the best one “It is a beautiful day “I really enjoyed the pants gathered around to backdrop. Cataldo said that run- they attended because with fun people, good little kids throwing the a meal provided by Miscolor at the end of the sion BBQ, played family ners who participated in of the other attractions food and fun events,” said race,” said Stentz. games and took pictures other color races com- to go along with the race Moran. “That will always
USO Continued from 1 But he couldn’t pass up the chance to meet Moses, a local alumni of the University of Virginia Cava-
liers, long-time football rivals of Oleszewski’s alma mater, the University of Maryland Terrapins. “I gave him a good ribbing,” Oleszewski said. “It’s really great that we have such good local partners and the Redskins are willing to come out
bring people together.” Stentz thanked everyone who put on the event and said she is eager to be at the next Color Me 5K onboard NSAB. “These types of events are designed to bring people together, have a good time and meet new people,” said Cataldo. “The MWR ﬁtness center staff made sure that the customer was the center focus and we wanted to put on a high class event that you could remember for the rest of your life. If this was your ﬁrst run or your sixth, we wanted you to say, ‘this was the best color race I’ve ever been a part of!’ I am proud of my phenomenal staff and wouldn’t trade them in for anything.” For a look at more pictures of the Color Me 5K Run, check out Flickr. com and search NSAB, Naval Support Activity Bethesda or Color Me 5K. and take a day off when they’re not in camp and spend time with us and hang out. It’s just a nice little respite of time away from what we do and what they do. It’s a special day to have family here and make memories.” Moses agreed, and said he’s excited to be with an organization that places a priority on showing appreciation to our nation’s service members. “It’s just a great opportunity to have fun and make them smile,” he said.
GUARD Continued from 6
2 OFF Any Order of $10 or More $
Any Order of $20 or More 1042008
Maryland Patriot Guard, we are able to provide support to our Soldiers and families of those who are currently serving our military and those who have served in the past,” said Mama Bear. “These guys and girls are like our kids, keeping us updated on children’s births, progresses they’ve made and just catching up with us when they return home.”
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Visit DCMilitary.com for more news and to view the entire online version of this weekâ€™s paper.
Delivering local military news in Washington D.C., MD and Virginia
DCMIL ONLINE FILL