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Volume 69, Number 3

Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland

January 19, 2012

Martin Luther King Jr. event reminds us to 'live the dream' By Emily A. Funderburk Communications Coordinator Total Force Strategy & Management Department Keynote speaker Cmdr. David R. Brown challenged approximately 80 attendees at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. service of remembrance to "live the dream." Surrounded by posters listing some of King's famous quotations, Brown, the assistant deputy chaplain of the Marine Corps, told listeners they are living King's dream today. The annual event was held at St. Nicholas Chapel at NAS Patuxent River Jan. 11. "Dreams often come when the mind and heart are restless," he said, noting that King voiced his dream at a time when America was "living in a nightmare." Today, despite continued struggles with crime, drug abuse and rising college costs, there are fewer instances of intolerance and prejudice, he said. "His [King's] faith and courage continue to inspire us," said NAVAIR Comptroller Jerry Short in his welcoming remarks. Brown listed three tenets to help live the dream. The first is to "have an attitude

of gratitude," listening to and learning from the personal stories of the previous generation and never forgetting those roots that have borne the "sweet fruits of freedom" today. The second is to "exploit every opportunity to excel and bring others with us." Americans are master opportunists, Brown said, who manage to rise up and overcome in even the worst circumstances. He cited 1968, a year marred by the Tet Offensive during the Vietnam War, the assassinations of King and Robert F. Kennedy, and rioting at the Democratic National Convention - a year that ended with the entire world watching as the first American astronauts orbited the moon. "Everything doesn't have to be perfect for you to be a success," he said. Finally, Brown encouraged attendees to "honor the dreamer and the dream" by finding a focus to their lives to, ultimately, fulfill their own dreams and goals. The event, hosted by the NAS Patuxent River Chaplain's Office, in conjunction with the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division Equal Employment Opportunity Office, also featured perform- Mija San Nicholas of the Esperanza Middle School Festival Chorus, performs ances by Esperanza Middle School's Fes- an uplifting solo down the center aisle of St. Nicholas Chapel. tival Chorus.

Defense Secretary to visit NAS Patuxent River Friday News Briefs By Victor Chen Program Executive Office (Joint Strike Fighter) Integrated Test Force Public Affairs

Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta will visit Naval Air Station Patuxent River Friday, Jan. 20 for briefings on the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter and to

address F-35 Integrated Test Force personnel as well as NAS Patuxent River and local community leaders. This will be Secretary Panetta's first visit to the naval air station since taking office on July 1. At the F-35 test facility, the Secretary will deliver brief remarks to two hundred military and civilian personnel from the F-35 IntegratedTest Force, Naval Air Systems Command and local civic leaders,

and field questions. He will be accompanied by U.S. House of Representatives Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer [MD-5], who will introduce Secretary Panetta. The address and visit to the F-35 test facility personnel and civic leaders will both be open to pre-credentialed correspondents. Time permitting, media will also receive a brief on F-35 test and evaluation.

"A great opportunity to do above and beyond what others do" By Chris Basham Tester Editor

A youngTed Mills thought a lot about the Navy in high school, and applied for the U.S. Naval Academy after meeting Blue & Gold officers who were recruiting at his Westland, Mich. school. "I showed up for plebe year induction day, 17 years old and wondering what I got myself into, but I kept putting one foot in front of the other and 29 years later I am grateful that I walked in, that first day, and for the chance to learn that I wasn't as smart as I thought I was," Mills said in a recent interview. After becoming Com-

Photo by Chris Basham

Capt. Mills and Duty Cat in his office in Bldg. 409. manding Officer of Naval Air Station Patuxent River on Nov. 10, 2011, Capt. H. E. "Ted" Mills didn't have to learn about Pax River--he had already spent a year and a half as Executive Officer.

"The XO experience was just critical. I can't imagine coming into the CO job without being XO first. That really is not the norm. Only Coronado, Calif.; Oceana, Va.; Jacksonville, Fla. and Patuxent

River do it that way, because they are large, complex, and require a degree of familiarity," Mills said. That experience gave Mills the opportunity to learn about NAS Patuxent River and the Southern Maryland community before taking the helm. It was a big change from his previous posting, to Jacksonville, Fla. "That's a metropolitan city. It's easy to lose the community focus. Here, the community wants to focus on the naval air station and it's in the Navy's interest to focus on the community, since for so many people it's one and the

See Mills, Page 8

JSO Soup DuJour Sale

The NAS Pax Junior Sailor Organization presents JSO: Soup DuJour; a soup sale taking place on base in order to raise money for future events. The sale will take place in the Religious Programs Office, Building 401 on Jan. 19, 10:30 a.m-1 p.m. Junior Sailors will act as chefs. The menu includes lobster and crab bisque, vegetarian, chicken enchilada, and much more. Salad, bread and drink will be served as well. For more information, POC is JSO Secretary YNSN Williams at (301) 757-0636 or

Munitions Response Site Prioritization

The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Washington, is setting priorities for investigating a number of munitions sites on NAS Patuxent River andWebster Field, as well as former water ranges in the Patuxent River and Chesapeake Bay that were associated with NAS Patuxent River and NRC Solomons. For questions about the munitions response or environmental cleanup programs at NAS Patuxent River, please contact Gary Younger, Public Affairs Officer at 301-757-6478 or

Webster Field Pass Office Temporarily Closed

OLF Webster Field pass office is closed until further notice due to NMCI cable being severed. All passes will need to be obtained at NAS Pax River pass offices until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this disruption of service and will provide updates as soon as they become available.

New Archives Facility Opens

The National Air and Space Museum has opened the new Archives reading room at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy

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One of many, all of value Teammates, As I mentioned in my Holiday message, last year was an outstanding success for our organization. I'm extremely proud of the commitment and technical expertise each of you apply every day toward the development of the best possible products for our warfighters. This year, we'll continue our focus and measure our success by how much progress we achieve in the key areas of delivering warfighting capabilities, reducing acquisition cycle time and total ownership cost, and in implementing a longrange workforce strategy. Unlike previous years, we face resource challenges ahead and so it is important that we optimize our efforts in all three areas. One clear way to build and sustain a creative and skilled workforce is to recognize and capitalize on the varied perspectives such a workforce brings to the development of products and solutions. Our CAO CONOPS model relies on the collaborative efforts of distinct talents to achieve innovative, successful outcomes. Every individual, civilian or military, is a valuable component, and just as different skills are essential to innovation, so too are different experiences, backgrounds and ideas. These varied perspectives enhance our collective thought and sharpen our analysis processes that are so critical to de-

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veloping innovative solutions and products. Varied perspectives come from a diverse workforce, and our diversity initiatives will contribute significantly to the success of our Integrated Product Teams, Competencies, FRCs and Warfare Centers and, therefore, the entire NAVAIR organization. We are better positioned to succeed when we embrace all aspects of diversity and provide an environment committed to respect and inclusion for all. I intend to give particular focus to our long-range workforce strategy and ensuring that NAVAIR is centered on its core value to embrace a diverse workforce. This past year we created an Executive Diversity

Council of senior leaders who recognize the relevance of a diverse workforce to the future of NAVAIR. They have joined with me to ensure an inclusive environment fostering sensitivity, dignity and respect; promote a command climate that emphasizes the importance of respectful dialogue and to clearly define our standards, expectations and accountability to all NAVAIR employees. As we celebrate the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I urge you to seek out opportunities to enhance awareness and understanding of diversity through personal interaction, training and mentoring. I encourage you all to participate actively in these activities with an open mind. Help us make NAVAIR an inclusive workplace with a workforce motivated to the job at hand and dedicated to each other. In an organization driven by the future we must never stop learning, and personal growth in our values and beliefs is a critical part of the learning process. We are all part of the same team. While you are one of many, you are all of value and all deserving of respect, human dignity and acceptance. NAVAIR is committed to ensuring and protecting those rights for every employee. Good on ya! Vice Adm. David Architzel

Habitat for Humanity accepting applications for veterans’ repairs Patuxent Habitat for Humanity is now accepting applications from low to moderate income veterans to remodel and renovate their homes. Projects that will be funded include interior or exterior work performed to alleviate critical health, life and safety issues or code violations. Each award will be up to $10,000. Repair Corps grants will pay for needed home repairs from insulation and weather stripping to the installation of wheelchair ramps and renovated bathrooms and doorways to accommodate disabled veterans. Larger repairs such as roofing, electrical, plumbing, HVAC and structural improvements will also be available. The program is designed under the same model as new homes built for Habitat families where the veteran will repay the zero-interest loan necessary for these repairs, which is then deposited into a revolving fund to assist additional families in need of decent housing. The amount to be repaid will be on a sliding

scale based on family income. Veterans who have received an honorable or general discharge are eligible to participate. Veterans who are residents of Calvert or St. Mary's Counties who would like to participate in this program are encouraged to call 301-8636227 or 410-326-9050 for more information. Applications will be accepted until January 23, 2012. Patuxent Habitat for Humanity is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, which partners with the local community to provide decent, affordable housing in St. Mary's and Calvert counties for families who cannot otherwise afford a home. To donate, volunteer or apply for a home, log on to or call 301-8636227 or 410-326-9050.



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New law eases airport screening for troops, families By Elaine Sanchez American Forces Press Service

President Barack Obama signed a bill into law Jan. 3 to streamline airport screening procedures for service members and their families traveling on official orders. The Risk-based Security Screening for Members of the Armed Forces Act gives the Transportation Security Administration six months to develop and implement a plan to expedite screening services for service members on orders and in uni-

form and, "to the extent possible, any accompanying family member." The act, in part, calls for the agency to establish standard guidelines for the screening of military uniform items, such as combat boots. In a statement released Jan. 4, agency officials said they're in the process of reviewing options for these new procedures in consultation with the Defense Department. Even before this law, the agency had several measures in place to aid troops

through the screening process. For example, troops in uniform with a military identification card aren't required to remove their boots or shoes unless they set off an alarm, according to the agency's website. The agency also seeks to accommodate family members. Families who would like to accompany a deploying service member to the boarding gate or greet them upon their return may receive passes to enter the secure area of the airport, the site said. Family members, agency officials advise,

Baker Retirement

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Martha Baker retires from the federal government with 34 years. She was crowned by her family with an Officially Retired tiara and sash. Send your retirement, reenlistment, and other important photos to We'd love to share your special moments with Tester readers.

DATING Continued from 7 comes prejudicial to good order and discipline or of a nature that brings discredit to the naval service when it compromises a senior officer's objectivity or authority, when it results in partiality, either actual or perceived, or when it affects the chain of command, according to the Naval Inspector General. Even lovers in separate branches of the armed forces or foreign military services can find themselves in unduly familiar relationships. Even if service members manage to date someone else in the service without triggering any fraternization concerns, they must be careful about other conduct that attracts other Article 134 charges. For example, service members dating someone other than their spouse or someone who is married to another person could be charged with adultery. It does not matter if the married person or persons are separated. If things get heated and the service members "hook up" while someone is watching or there is the strong possibility someone could see them then they could get charged with indecent acts with another. Service members facing criminal charges because of their dating activities should immediately contact a military law attorney. Mathew B.Tully is an IraqWar veteran and founding partner of the law firm Tully Rinckey. E-mail questions to askthe The information in this column is not intended as legal advice.


should contact their air carrier representative at the airport for local procedures. The agency also expedites the screening process for Honor Flight veterans, and partners with the Defense Department to expedite screening for wounded warriors and their families. The Honor Flight Network organization transports veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit their war memorials. Also aimed at expediting screening procedures, the agency is testing a new program at the airport in Mon-

terey, Calif. In mid-November, troops traveling out of Monterey Peninsula Airport began presenting their DOD identification to a document checker for card-reader scanning. The pilot program is designed to test the technology to verify service members' status. If successful, it could pave the way for service members to be included in the agency's expedited screening program, agency officials said, enabling them to use special lanes at participating airports to pass more quickly through air-

port security. These expedited procedures could involve not having to remove their shoes, belt and jackets or their laptops from bags. Programs such as this one strengthen security, officials said, explaining that separating out low-risk people, such as members of the armed forces, allows the agency to focus its resources on travelers who present a higher risk. Tonya Townsell of the Presidio of Monterey public affairs office contributed to this article.


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Around Town Neurofeedback and ADHD

A talk on Neurofeedback, an alternative approach to treating some symptoms of ADHD, will take place at St. Mary’s Ryken High School on Jan. 19, at 6 p.m. in the Media Center in Romuald Hall, on the school’s lower campus. All are welcome and this event is free of charge. St. Mary’s Ryken is located at 22600 Camp Calvert Rd., Leonardtown. For more information, call 301-475-4161.

S. S. Simpson Book Signing

On Jan. 21, at the Sixty-Six Beans Coffee Lounge, 29948Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall, from 2-4 p.m., S. S. Simpson, a resident of RanchoViejo, TX, will be available to sign copies of her Personal Memoirs book, Lifting the Veil: A Memoir. For information, contact Traci Jones at 888-361-9473 or

Living Gallery

Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center’s Main Gallery will be transformed into artist studio space through Feb. 25, during The Living Gallery. For the next seven weeks, eighteen artists, including painters, sculptures, ceramicists, and others, will set up their studios and work in the gallery. Guests are invited to observe the artistic process, and if desired, talk with the artists about their work. Questions about any aspect of the artistic process - techniques, tools, materials, subject, and inspiration – are highly encouraged.

Young Professionals Game Night

The Young Professionals Initiative of St. Mary’s County (YPI-SMC) will host a Game Night on Jan. 26, 6-9 p.m.Young professionals living or working in St. Mary’s County are invited to come enjoy games, fun and food with other young professionals. If you are not a member of YPI, this is a great and informal way to learn more about the organization and meet new people. Free for YPI Members, $5 for non-members. The event will be held at La Tabella Ristorante Italiano 23154 Wetstone Lane, California.

Law & Order: Fairy Tale Unit

The College of Southern Maryland’s Children’sTheatre Company presents“Law & Order: FairyTale Unit,” a play by Jonathan Rand and produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc.These are their stories. Performances are Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. and Jan. 28 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults and seniors and $5 for youth in high school or younger. Old Line Bank is the sponsor for the College of Southern Maryland’s 2011-12 Arts season. For information contact, 301-934-7828, or www.csmd. edu/arts.

Career Day Speakers Wanted

Plum Point Middle School is looking for Career Day speakers from NAS Pax River on Jan. 27, 7:30 - 10:30 a.m. (breakfast provided). Plum Point is in Calvert County, just off Rt. 4 in Huntingtown, approximately 40 minutes from Pax River.

Calvert County History

Lost Landmarks

Interested in Calvert County history? Join Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch for Calvert Conversations on Feb. 9, March 8, April 12, and May 10, at 10 a.m. For information, call 410-257-2411.

Join Richard Dodds at the Calvert Marine Museum on Jan. 19, 7 p.m., to talk about the local tradition of building wooden work boats, a lost craft that was once common in waterfront communities.

Calvert Library Tuesday Tunes

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Calvert Library will be offering their new music series, Winter Interludes on various weeknights this winter. Accomplished local artist Courtlyn Carr and Baltimore based, emmy-nominated Ellen Cherry are the singer/songwriters headlining shows on Jan. 19, and Feb. 29. The two ensemble acts included in the winter concert series are local dance-band favorite “2-4-U Band” and the United States Naval Academy’s“Electric Brigade” on Feb. 16, and March 29. All the concerts will take place at Calvert Library Prince Frederick at 7 p.m. For more information, call 410-535-0291.

CSM President Civil War Lecture

Civil War Comes to Southern Maryland. 7 p.m., Jan. 19, College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Center for Business and Industry (BI), Room BI-113, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. CSM President Dr. Brad Gottfried, author of eight Civil War books, will present “Civil War Comes to Southern Maryland,” on how the region played an active role in the war although no actual battles were fought on Southern Maryland soil. Free. Contact Judy Schroeder, 301-934-7627,

Jan. 19, 2 - 4 p.m., Charlotte Hall Library. Adults will learn to use free, online tools for photo editing. No digital camera is required. Must be able to use the mouse. Free. Registration required. 301-884-2211

Introduction to the Internet

Jan. 19, 2 - 4 p.m., Lexington Park Library. Adults will learn terms and basic page features of the Internet plus pick up tips on browsing and evaluating sites. Free. Registration required. 301-863-8188

Paws to Read

Come join us at Calvert Library, Prince Frederick as children "Paws to Read." Children are paired with a therapy animal and its owner, and read aloud to the animal.The animal will sit or lie closely and quietly as the child reads aloud to them, creating a calm, encouraging environment. Program runs 2 - 4 p.m., Jan. 21.

Book Discussion

Jan. 19, 7 p.m., Leonardtown Library. Discuss John Banville’s book, “The Infinities.” Copies of book available at library. 301-475-2846.



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Wounded Warrior Project donations in memory of Capt. Pat Hovatter Capt. Pat Hovatter, former NAS Patuxent River Commanding Officer, died recently of a sudden disease. A memorial service will be held tomorrow, 2 p.m., at St. Nicholas Chapel. Capt. Hovatter's family has requested that those who wish to honor Capt. Hovatter's memory do so by making a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project at this link: https://suppo /default.aspx?tsid=72&campaignSource=WEBSITE&com pany=&source=ONLINE In the application form under the Honoree & Acknowledgment Section please input the following information: In memory of (drop down menu): CAPT Pat Hovatter Address: 534 Joyner Drive, Havelock, NC 28532 The Wounded Warrior Project does disclose the

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Two for one for reenlistment Photos by Gary Younger

NAVAIR named its Sailors of the Year on Jan. 18. Pictured is Senior Sailor of the Year Aviation Maintenance Administrationman Petty Officer 1st Class (AW/SW) Michelle SanNicolas, left, with Vice Admiral David Architzel, commander, Naval Air Systems Command.

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Air Controlman Petty Officer 2nd Class Chad Corley and Air Controlman Petty Officer 2nd Class Johnny Kang take the oath of reenlistment from Lieutenant Michael Peck. The air traffic controllers reenlisted for six and three years, respectively. Go Navy, Stay Navy! Send your reenlistment, retirement, and other photos to We'd love to share your important moments with Tester readers.

Volunteer Corner Each week, we'll highlight an opportunity to share your time, talents and knowledge with the community. This week-how about helping high school students learn how to land a good job? The Forrest Center in Leonardtown is seeking volunteers to assist in conducting job interviews with their students on Feb. 14, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sample interview questions will be available, or volunteers can bring their own. Interviews will be scheduled every 20 minutes, allowing 15 minutes for the interview and 5 minutes for feedback. All are welcome to participate, not just supervisors and recruiters. There is no obligation to hire a student. This is just a chance to help them get a feel for the interview process. Regardless of the students' programs or chosen fields, they will need to be able to interview properly. Unfortunately, the school does not have the resources to demonstrate

NAVAIR Junior Sailor of the Year Yeoman Seaman Apprentice Kendall R. White received the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. those skills without assistance from the community. For more information, please contact Christine Mattingly at 301-475-0242 x 132.

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Counselor's Corner: Pursuing your education By Chief Navy Counselor (SW) David J. C. Waters NAS Patuxent River Command Career Counselor

January's already more than half over!HowareyoudoingonyourNew Year's resolutions? Was working on your education one of them? This week we'll take a look at education and what you can do to get started. Planningonjustwaitinguntil youget outtouseyourGIBill?IfIhadanickel for every Sailor who told me that. well, I might not be a rich man, but I could definitely buy myself a salted caramel hot chocolate at Starbucks! TA is free and you can use it NOW! Why not get started? The first step is to access your Sailor/Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript. Your SMART is one-stop shopping for educationthatyou'vecompletedonactiveduty.Inadditiontodocumenting any college courses, degrees and certifications that you've done, ACE also provides recommended college credits for your active-duty experience and training. You can access your SMART at https://smart.nav or under the LEARNING tab at Navy Knowledge Online (https:// your SMART to verify the data accurately reflects your training and education. If there are errors/omissions, the last page of the SMART contains correction procedures. In addition to your SMART, the SMART website is also home to Sailor/Marine Online Academic Advisor. SMOLAA pulls all the credits from your SMART and applies them to degree plans offered by various colleges and universities. SMOLAA allows you to "shop" for a degree by school, rating or program, and indicates the total credits you must completetoearnthatdegreebasedonthe credits already documented in your SMART. Another great resource for

rating and degree roadmaps is the Navy College website, https://ww In the Navy College Programs section, you'll find degree programs from various schools geared toward specific Navy ratings. Armed with this information and your SMART, contact the Navy College Office to speak with an advisor about setting up a degree plan. Our Navy College Office is located in the Frank Knox Building, just outside Gate 2. The number is 301-757-4100 and the hours are 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday-Thursday, and 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Friday. We have a great staff atNavyCollegewhoareeagertohelp you develop a degree plan and take the first steps toward completing your degree. Once you've got a plan in place, you can apply for TA online and begin to take your first courses! WebTA is accessible through the Navy College website. A few words of advice: if this is your first time taking college courses, start small! Begin with subjects that you're comfortable with, and only pursue one course to start with. Far better to start small and achieve success early on than to "go big" and

Healthy Discovery 99 days. As this column hits the street, that’s how many days are left until my retirement ceremony at theVX-1 hangar. I have a lot to do before then: handling installation business, preparing for my transition (Tammy Smith at FFSC reminded me I am way behind on that), preparing for my turnover and trying to meet my primary new year resolution: to retire at the weight I was when I enlisted. I am working toward dropping 35 pounds. I am already 12 pounds toward the goal. This objective required some radical changes in the way I was eating. Not just how much I was eating but what I was eating. Sacrifices were needed. On Jan. 3, I started a well-known diet plan having a 200 calorie bar in the morning, a 200 calorie shake in the afternoon and a balanced meal in the evening, of 500 calories or fewer. I am allowed three 100-calorie snacks during the course of the day and drink eight glasses of water. Away went the potato chips and cheesy nacho chips and dips (I was a chronic snacker, so this was difficult). Ditto for pizza, wings, tacos, burgers, fries, cookies, cakes, and sodas (I was a “Pepper” in case you’re interested). In place of these came more vegetables, lean meats, whole wheat pasta or rice; air popped popcorn (Did you know you could put four tablespoons of popcorn in a brown lunch bag, fold the top

Doyouneedtobrushuponsome of your academic skills?The Navy offers the Online Academic Skills Courseforfreeat Designed by Peterson's,theOnlineAcademicSkills CoursebeginswithaPre-Assessment to identify your strengths and weaknesses, and then develops a Customized Learning Plan to help improve your knowledge. In addition to honing your skills for college courses, the course is also a great way to prepareforanArmedServicesVocational Aptitude Battery retake. For even more individualized attention, the Navy offers members and their dependents free access to, a service that connects you with a live, professional online tutor who works withyouone-on-onetoimproveyour skills in a variety of subject areas. Bottomline?There'sNOEXCUSE to let another year go by without getting started on your education! With so many resources available, there's no better time to make your educational goals a reality. I'll even sweeten the pot: bring me a completed degree plan from the Navy College Office and your next salted caramel hot chocolate's on me!

History and Heritage note

CMC Corner By R. Mark Cummings NAS Patuxent River Command Master Chief

crash and burn! Success begets success. Early victories will lead to bigger and better things as you progress toward your educational goals. Give yourself a chance to ease back into theclassroomandlearnhowtomanagethedemandsofworkandschoolyou'll be grateful you did later on! If this is your first command, you have to wait a year before you're eligible for TA. That doesn't mean you have to wait a year before pursuing your education! The Navy offers free College Level Examination Program tests and free study guides on NKO! CLEPtestsareagreatwaytoearncollegecreditwithouthavingtoenrollin courses. There are 34 tests offered in Composition and Literature, Foreign Languages, History and Social Sciences, Science and Mathematics, and Business. Simply download the study guide, study, take the exam, and you're 3-6 credits closer to your degree-for FREE! Many colleges take up to 15 transfer credits from CLEP exams-that's over a semester'sworth of work that you can knock out while you're waiting to take advantage of your TA! Click on the LEARNING tab for more information and to download the study guides.

and microwave it for fresh popped corn?), unsalted almonds, celery chips, and fresh fruit for snacks; and water (flavored and unflavored with no calories) for drinks. I found out in a hurry how much I looked forward to my one balanced meal every day: a meal I had to actually think about and cook. I looked at lean meats I liked and found that baked chicken, tuna, turkey (white meat), salmon, and shrimp could be in play. I rediscovered how much I like vegetables (Did you know celery has no calories?). I have always liked pasta and rice so these weren’t stretches, but I found 100-calorie, whole wheat sandwich thins to help me meet my daily whole grain allotment. Researching what foods were healthy revealed that I wasn’t short on options. It was an eye-opening education. I learned there are plenty of great foods that are good for me. I also learned that I could go on a diet, get healthier, and not go hungry. Watching what you eat doesn’t require depriving yourself of food. It’s about eating the right kinds of foods and in the right portions. I didn’t realize how many calories I took in during a day until I started to really count them. I am guilty as charged for the way I used to eat. That’s where I am right now. Counting days and counting calories. I know 2012 has many new things ahead for me to experience and learn but for the moment, I am grateful for the blessing of healthy discovery. I hope others will follow my lead and find the same blessing in their lives.

By R. Mark Cummings NAS Patuxent River Command Master Chief Aircraft carriers, able to launch and retrieve aircraft and project extended sea power anywhereconflictexists,havelongbeenattheheart ofUnitedStatesnavalstrategyinwartime.When did this all start? Go back to October 1910. Capt.Washington I. Chambers, who was responsible for aviation matters at the Navy Department, traveled to Belmont Park, N.Y., to inspect aircraft and meet with pioneer aviators at the International Air Meet. He was impressed by the technical abilities of Eugene Ely, a demonstration pilot working with airplane builder Glenn Curtiss. Early the nextmonth,Chambersvisitedanotherairshow, near Baltimore, and again saw Ely. Hearing that Chambers wanted a plane to fly from a ship, Ely volunteered. In less than two week's time, with financial helpfromwealthyaviationenthusiastJohnBarry Ryan, official backing from Assistant Secretary of the Navy Beekman Winthrop, and Eugene Ely's drive and initiative, Capt. Chambers generatedanhistoricachievementthatmarked the beginning of U.S. Navy flying. AttheNorfolkNavyYard,Va.,awoodenplatform was quickly constructed over the foredeck of the scout cruiser Birmingham. Designed by Naval Constructor William McEntree and paid for with a few hundred dollars of Ryan's money, thisstructureslopeddownfivedegreesfromthe cruiser'sbridgetoherbowforagravity-assisted, 57-foot takeoff run for Ely's Curtiss Pusher airplane. The plane, on board Nov. 14, 1910, had its engineinstalledbyElyandhismechanicsasthe shippreparedtoleaveport.Shortlybeforenoon, BirminghamsteameddowntheElizabethRiver toward Hampton Roads. The weather was dreadful, with rolling squallsthreateningtothwarttheflight.Birminghamanchoredtoawaitimprovedconditions.In mid-afternoon, with things looking somewhat clearer, she began to raise her anchor chain. Meanwhile, Eugene Ely was warming up his plane's engine and checking its controls. Noticing that visibility was again deteriorating, he

concluded that the attempt had to be made immediately, even though the ship was still stationary.At3:16p.m.,hegunnedhisengine,gave the release signal, rolled down the ramp and was airborne.Well, almost airborne. TheCurtissbrieflytouchedthewater,throwing up enough spray to damage its propeller, and vibrated heavily as it climbed. Ely, a nonswimmer, realized that a quick landing was essential so he touched down on nearby Willoughby Spit after some five minutes in the air. Thistwo-and-a-halfmileflight,thefirsttime an airplane had taken off from a warship, was something of a stunt. It received wide publicity and on Jan. 18 1911, Eugene Ely again operated from a ship, landing and taking off from the armored cruiser Pennsylvania, in San Francisco Bay. Tragically, Eugene Ely died later in 1911 when his plane crashed during an exhibition in Macon, Ga. In 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt posthumously awarded Ely the DistinguishedFlyingCrossinrecognitionofhissignificant contributions to naval aviation. An exhibit of a retired naval aircraft at Naval Air Station Norfolk,Virginia,bearsEly'snameand agranite historical marker in Newport News, Va., overlooks the waters where Ely made his historic flight.


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Fleet and Family Support Center Call 301-342-4911 for reservations or to volunteer.

Hours of Operation

Monday –Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Exceptional Family Member Program

EFMP is a DoD program addressing the special needs of NAS Patuxent River military families. If you have an Exceptional Family Member with special needs (i.e. a medical or educational disability), enroll in the EFMP so the Navy can do its part in caring for any EFM needs through appropriate assignments and by providing helpful information and referral resources. To that end, NAS Patuxent River would like to learn more about the needs of the local EFMP population through a short, voluntary and anonymous survey at http://www.surveym Look at the MWR E-News for future EFMP topics and events. For more EFMP information contact James Lettner at

Clinical Counseling Services

FFSC Clinical Counseling services can directly improve the quality of life of service members and their families by addressing the stressors facing today's military. Stress can be caused by family hardships, marital conflicts, parent/child issues, money concerns, frequent moves, health and environmental factors and other difficulties. To make an appointment with a counselor, call 202-6856019.

NEWS BRIEFS Continued from 1 Center to the public. There, researchers may access more than 2 million technical drawings, 1,600 cubic feet of technical manuals, over 2 million photographs and 700,000 feet of motion picture film chronicling the history of aviation and spaceflight, as well as sound recordings, personal papers and more. For information, contact or

X-2 on display at Pax River Museum

The X-2, considered to be the fastest helicopter, will be on display at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum on Jan. 19. The X-2 achieved a world record of 250 knots in level flight by a helicopter on Sept. 10, 2010. There will be a mixer at 5 p.m. and a briefing at 5:45 p.m. by Dave Walsh, X-2 program manager.

Play Group at Glenn Forest Community Center

Wednesdays; 10 - 11 a.m. Moms, dads, and caregivers may bring their children for playtime, activities and to meet other military families. Ages 0 through preschool. Open to all military families.

Veterans Benefits Assistance Appointments

Appointments are now available to meet with a Disabled AmericanVeterans Representative or a local Veterans Affairs Representative. Call the Fleet and Family Support Center at 301-342-4911 to schedule an appointment.

Job Zone Job Fair

Jan. 24; 3 - 7 p.m. New Location: Bay District Volunteer Fire Department Social Hall, 46900 South Shangri La Drive, Lexington Park.

Return and Reunion

Jan. 23; 9 a.m. - noon Return and Reunion is designed to facilitate a smooth transition for military personnel from the combat environment to family, community and workplace. Spouses are encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be provided. The event is sponsored by Sikorsky Aircraft, the Naval Helicopter Association and the Naval Aviation Center for Rotorcraft Advancement. For information, call 301-757-3337.

Review Your Leave and Earnings Statement

Review your biweekly Leave and Earnings Statement to ensure proper deductions have been withheld and to avoid errors for which you could be indebted. Pay close attention to the LES you receive on Jan. 20, since it will reflect changes you made during the Federal Benefits Open Season.

Health Insurance information

If you have concerns regarding your health insurance for 2012, call the Benefits Line at 888-320-2917 and select menu option #4 to speak to a Customer Service Representative, 7:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday -

Budgeting for Baby @ Bldg. 401

Jan. 25; 10 a.m. - noon. The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society will illustrate the hidden costs of a growing family. All Navy and Marine Corps service members who attend will receive a new layette worth more than $100.


Jan. 25; 1 - 2:30 p.m. The Atlantic Fleet Career Information Team from Anacostia conducts a mandatory CARIT brief to all honorably separating military members to receive the necessary page 13 required for separation outprocessing.

Anger Management (Sessions 1-3 of 6)

Jan. 26 - March 1; 3 - 4 p.m. Join this workshop for a better understanding of anger and how to manage it. The emphasis will be on recognizing sources of anger and modifying behavior.

Executive Transition Assistance Program

Location: Fleet & Family Support Center Bldg. 2090 Jan. 30 - Feb. 3; 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. ETAP is for the retiring E8/E9 and O5 and above. A joint venture between the Departments of Defense, Labor & Veterans Affairs, it is a must-attend workshop covering skills assessment, resume writing, interview techniques, salary negotiations, financial considerations, an overview of veterans benefits and more.

Smooth Move - Home or Abroad

Feb. 2; 9 - 11 a.m. For those moving anywhere in the U.S. or

Friday, except on federal holidays. The TTY number for deaf and hearing impaired customers is 866-328-9889.

Federally Employed Women meet

Join FEW's Patuxent River Chapter on Jan. 24, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., at Bldg. 2185 - Room 1150.This month's topic is "Goal Setting." For information, call Chapter President Sharmella Riggs at 301-757-5661.

Volunteer at the Tester

Our editorial intern is moving on. Email to find out about unpaid editorial and photography internship opportunitieshereonstationandaroundtown.

NAMI Family-toFamily Education

NAMI Southern Maryland’s twelve-week Family-to-Family Education Program will be-

overseas. Receive expert information about travel and pay, household goods shipments, stress management, budgeting for your move, housing concerns, moving with kids and cultural adaptation, plus specific overseas information.

IA Indoc

Feb. 6 - 10: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Individuals selected for Individual Augmentee are strongly encouraged to report to Fleet and Family Support Center on TAD orders for this weeklong process. Presenters will take care of all your IA needs through this one-stop shop. Spouses are encouraged to attend the IA Spouse Brief on Wednesday, 12:30 - 4:30 p.m., to hear recently returned IA's experiences and important information for family support issues. All members must pre-register no later than Feb. 3.

Personal Communication

Feb. 7; 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Improve your personal communication skills in a one-session workshop. Learn about different communication styles, conflict resolution, and ways to develop more effective speaking and listening skills.

Ombudsman Assembly Feb. 7; 6 - 8 p.m.

1-2-3-4 Parents

Feb. 9, 16 and 23; 6 - 8 p.m. A three-session program designed to meet the special challenges of parenting children in the one-to-four-year old age groups, the program focuses on developmental stages, discipline strategies, encouragement skills, building self-esteem and bonding methods. gin Jan 25. The course is free. Class will meet every Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Institute for Family Centered Services, 605, Post Office Road, Suite 205,Waldorf. Seating is limited so registration is required. Call Joe or Lori at 301-737-1988 for information or to register.

NEX inventory closures

The Navy Exchange's annual inventory will be conducted on Jan. 27 and 28. The store hours are as follows: Mini Mart closes at 5 p.m. on Jan. 27. Pay at the Pump available. Main Store closes at 4 p.m. on Jan. 28. Barber Shop closes at 3 p.m. on Jan. 28. Uniforms, Jewelry and Flower Shop closed on Jan. 28.

Navy Flying Club

The Patuxent River Navy Flying Club will sponsor Private Pilot and Instrument Pilot Ground Schools commencing Jan. 30 and Feb. 1.The classes will be held weekly through early May. To register stop by or call the Flying Club office, Bldg. 336, 301-862-1110.

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NAWCAD team wins innovation award By LaToya T. Graddy Program Executive Office for Unmanned Aviation & Strike Weapons Public Affairs Pax River's naval aviation community is hailing its newest group of pioneers. In December, NAWCAD recognized the Cargo Resupply Unmanned Aerial System team with its Commander's Innovation Award for developing a fast-track contracting and technical strategy, allowing the Navy and Marine Corps to deploy the first UnmannedVertical Lift Cargo UAS. Eric Pratson, CRUAS integrated product team lead, said the entire group helped shape the program's success. "Every single person asked to contribute to this program tackled tough problems and carried the ball farther along," Pratson said. "Collectively, we make each other better." Pratson, along with Rob Bain, logistics lead; Donna Brown, test and evaluation lead; and engineering coleads Marc Richman and Greg Makrakis, guided the team since the program's inception in 2009. An F-14 Radar Intercept officer in the 1980s and 1990s, Pratson worked for a manufacturing firm before coming to Pax River in 2005. His experiences in industry and carrier aviation helped him and the cargo team better appreciate the needs of both the warfighter and suppliers. After attending a Jan. 2009 meeting at the Marine CorpsWarfighting Laboratory in Quantico,Va., Pratson helped the lab on an experiment designed to prove the viability of a Cargo UAS. Once the demonstration showed transporting slung-load car-

go from an unmanned helicopter was possible, the IPT began developing a contract strategy to answer a Marine Corps "urgent need" requesting a Cargo UAS, Pratson said. Pratson's desire for the program's success was inspired by his son, John, a Marine scheduled to receive his commission as an officer in May. "I hope capabilities like Cargo UAS will be of value to John and his Marine brothers and sisters," Pratson said. Like Pratson, Brown also worked for private industry on major development programs. Interested in learning more about the other side of the acquisition process, she accepted a government position at NAVAIR. Her first assignment was with the Cargo UAS program as the T&E assistant program manager. Brown has a 30-year career in flight testing, working with various military aircraft, such as the F/A18A/B, AV-8B, F-15, F/A-18E/F and the P-8A, which helped in her current job with the Cargo UAS program. As the test and evaluation lead, Brown was initially responsible for developing the streamlined processes needed to support the test program, while satisfying the intent and rigor of established NAVAIR policies. She collaborated closely with the competencies to develop tailored processes in deficiency management and final reporting, which do not exist for a Rapid Development Capability program. "I liked being a part of a closeknit team, each with our own field of expertise and experience, working together toward a common goal and succeeding," Brown said. "Each member pulled his/her own weight,

Center Stage Theater Movies Thursday, Jan. 19 6:30 p.m., J. E Edgar dgar Rated: R; 2 hr. 17min. Friday, Jan. 20 6:30 p.m., New Year's Year's Eve Rated: PG-13; 1 hr. 57 min. 9 p.m., The SSitter itter Rated: R, 1 hr. 22 min. Saturday, Jan. 21 4 p.m., The M Muppets uppets Rated: PG, 1 hr. 50 min. 6:30 p.m., New Year's Year's Eve Rated: PG-13, 1 hr. 57 min. 9 p.m., The SSitter itter Rated: R, 1 hr. 22 min. Sunday Jan. 22 2 p.m., The M Muppets uppets Rated: PG, 1 hr. 50 min. 4:30 p.m., Ar Arthur thur Christmas Christmas Rated: PG, 1 hr. 40 min. Monday and Tuesday, no movies Wednesday Jan. 25 6:30 p.m., New Year's Year's Eve Rated: PG-13; 1 hr. 57 min.

but we were always there for each other to help when the pressure was on. "[I'm] extremely honored to be a part of this high-performing team, and [being] recognized for this award is just beyond my imagination." Logistics Lead Bain said that the team overcame tremendous obstacles to get the capability into theater. "In the 10 months from contract award to deployment, engineering, testing and logistics, considerations had to be understood in order to remove anything that was not germane to the specific mission requirements," said Bain, who ensured the facilities plan was workable, fully funded and correctly contracted. "This, in turn, needed to be contracted in such a way to allow an abbreviated acquisition processes to be translated to the two contractors where one was ultimately successful." When presented the opportunity to work on a fast-paced program with the potential to get the Cargo UAS capability to the fleet in less than one year, Makrakis said he eagerly lent his expertise. He has held several systems engineering, program management, test and evaluation and supervisory positions within NAVAIR manned and unmanned aircraft programs over the past 28 years. Makrakis' background in acquisition and program-management disciplines helped him manage the technical project, adding to the success of the program and the team's win. "It is an honor to be recognized for any award that takes advantage of acquisition reform initiatives, and most of all what this capability offers to the Marines that put their lives on

U.S. Navy photo by Adam Skoczylas

Members of the Cargo Resupply Unmanned Aerial System team pose with its Commander's Innovation Award Dec. 7. NAWCAD recognized the team for developing a fast-track contracting and technical strategy, allowing the Navy and Marine Corps to deploy the first Unmanned Vertical Lift Cargo UAS. the line for us every day to keep us and our families safe back in the States," said Makrakis, the chief engineer and class desk systems engineering for Medium Range Unmanned Aerial System program.

"If you ever get a chance to work on a program that is responding to an urgent operational need or to work a program for the Marines, take it!" Makrakis said. "You will be glad you did."

Liberty Events Text 2 Connect Program

Be the first to hear about free tickets, trips and events. E1-E6 single or unaccompanied Sailors may receive updates directly to their cell phones. Join by texting "PAXLIBERTY" to 30364

Snowboard/Ski Trip to Whitetail Resort, PA

Jan. 21 Enjoy the first ski/snowboard trip of the year! Cost is $47 for lift ticket and rental equipment, $30 for lift ticket only. Bus departs at 6 a.m. Register at the ITT Office by Jan. 18.

Ladies' Shopping Trip

Jan. 28 Liberty Ladies, want to get away from the guys for awhile? Come on an all-day, women-only shopping trip with the Liberty Center. Cost of $5 includes transportation to and from shopping center. Register at the ITT office by Jan. 26.

Liberty Shopping Trip

Feb. 4 Come with Liberty on an all-day shopping trip. Cost of $5 includes transportation to and from the shopping centers. Departure will be at 8 a.m. Register at the ITT Office by Jan. 26.

Super Bowl XLVI Party

Feb. 5 Watch the two best NFL teams battle for the championship! Snacks and drinks provided. Prizes will be given throughout the night, so be there to win and support your team. The big game starts at 6:30 p.m.

Revenge on Cupid

Feb. 14; 6 p.m. Sick of the hearts, flowers, and cards? How about chocolates, teddy bears, and roses? Need an escape from all the love-struck couples? Join us in some fun competition at the Liberty Center as we take revenge on Cupid and enjoy being single. Events include: Sumo Wrestling, Ping Pong Tournament, Action Movie Marathon, and more. No Couples Allowed!


Texas Hold'em Tuesdays Shuffle up and deal! The Liberty Center holds aTexas Hold'em tournamentTuesday nights at 6:30 p.m. Whether you are new to the game or not, come have fun! Prizes are given to the first, second and third-place winners!


Game Night at the Liberty Center Come to the Liberty Center every Wednesday night to play board games, pool, ping pong, lawn games, video games, or card games. We play a different game every week.


Pizza and Movie Night Pizza arrives at approximately 5:55 p.m.; movie starts shortly after. Barrack residents enjoy pizza, soft drinks and a movie. Majority vote decides the movie selection. Cost is FREE. This event is sponsored by Papa John's Pizza.*



Mentoring Minute: aka Mentoring 101

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Winter Wonderland of music

By Veronica Miskowski Naval Air Systems Command Mentoring-Externally Directed Team January is National Mentoring Month. Start the NewYear on the right path: find a mentor or become one. A strong mentoring relationship is built on collaboration and the commitment to professionally develop one or both participants.While in a typical mentoring relationship one participant has more experience, skill or knowledge than the other, many strong mentoring relationships provide an opportunity for both parties to learn from each other through developing a caring and respectful partnership. As part of National Mentoring Awareness Month, NAVAIR is hosting a mentoring panel discussion onTuesday, Jan. 31 at the River’s Edge Conference Center.The panel will featureWomen’s Advisory Group heads Leslie Taylor andWalt Augustin, Taylor's mentor, Jesse McCurdy, and many current NAVAIR mentees. This is a great opportunity to hear personal perspectives on the value of mentoring and perhaps share a few stories of your own. Take a minute to consider the professional benefits of mentoring.To learn more about NAVAIR'S Mentoring Program, visit or contact Donna Belcher (NAVAIR’S Mentoring Program Manager) at 301-342-5096. If you have a personal mentoring success story to share, contact Veronica Miskowski at 301-757-8391 or Lonnie Snead at 301757-8252. We’d love to hear from you.

U.S. Navy photo by Gary Younger

Timothy Moser plays Chim Chim Cher-ee for diners as part of Winter Wonderland, held at the River's Edge Catering and Conference Center. His piano instructor, Mitsuko Rosales, looks on. and Sports Program. For information call the Fitness and Sports Director at 301-757-1194

Prime Rib Diner Night at the River's Edge

Feb. 8; 5:30 -7:30 p.m. Enjoy a 6 oz. cut of prime rib, along with chicken Marsala, salmon with Champagne cream sauce, parsley potatoes, steamed broccoli, cobbler with ice cream, abundant salad bar and more. Want more prime rib? Additional portions will be available for $1.50. Members $16.95, non-members $19.95, children 6-11 $7.95, five and under $1.95. Reservations recommended; call 301-342-3656.

10 pounds in 10 weeks challenge Sunsets are Spectacular at NRC Solomons!

Cottages, bungalows, log cabins and cozy cabins are available at off-season prices. February would be a great time to book a romantic night. Accommodations have full kitchens for that special meal or take advantage of our February Restaurant Special: all check-ins in February will receive a coupon for a $16.50 Crab Cake for only $10. Reservations made before Feb. 1 are eligible to win dinner for two at Stoney's Kingfishers Restaurant. Call 410286-7416 for reservations. Sponsored by Stoney's Kingfishers Restaurant.*

Drill Hall Winter Hours

Beginning Jan. 1 Monday - Friday 5 a.m. - 9 p.m. Weekends and Holidays 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Arts and Crafts Spring Fling Registration

Crafters and Vendors interested in participating in NAS Patuxent River's first Spring Fling Crafts Fair, April 28, may register at Customized Creations on these days: Active duty and retired military Feb. 6-9

Past crafters Feb. 13-16 DoD and contractors Feb. 20-23 The cost per space will be $60. Tables and chairs will be available to rent. For information call Dhyana Mackenzie at 301-342-3569.

2012 Mission Nutrition

Feb. 1 & 2 Feb. 29 & March 1 June 6 & 7 Aug. 1 & 2 This class is free for active duty service members and spouses. It is a 2-day course with a free exercise class at lunchtime. This class includes topics such as weight control, mindless and emotional eating, planning meals, shopping and eating out, supplements, sports nutrition and more. Email for information.

2012 Intramural Table Tennis Tournament

Feb. 7; 10 a.m. Join us at the Drill Hall for a pre tournament meeting. Play begins immediately after the meeting. Open to active duty, reservist and retired military and members of the Fitness

Beginning in February and running for 10 weeks, be challenged to lead a healthy lifestyle and lose 10 pounds in 10 weeks. Weigh-ins will take place weekly. Participants will be given packets of information to get started. Preregistration required by Feb. 14. A free workout will be given every Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. in the Drill Hall. First class will be Feb. 21 and last class will be April 17. An organizational meeting will be held on Feb. 14 at 11:30 a.m. in the Bowling Center.This program is free for active duty, $10 for all other participants. Prizes will be awarded to all who lose 10 pounds.

Couch to 5K running program

Thinking about running your first 5K? Haven't run in a while? Looking to improve your short-distance pace? This program is for everyone! We will begin training on Feb. 21, meeting twice weekly with at least one additional run per week on your own. We meet as a group on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30 A.M. and begin training just in time to prepare for the Earth Day 5K. For information contact Kerry Davis at 301-995-3869.

Mardi Gras Dinner at the River's Edge

"Son of a gun, we're gonna have good fun (and food) from the Bayou!" Jambalaya, seafood gumbo, Cajun-style blackened fish,

shrimp Creole, dirty rice, fried okra and bread pudding with bourbon glaze. Members $13.95, non-members $16.95, children 6-11 $6.95, five and under $1.95. Reservations recommended; call 301-342-3656

Earth Day Poster Contest

March 1-3 Open to anyone ages 5-12. Submit poster to theYouth Center using no more than three colors on 8.5 x 11 paper or posterboard. The winner will have their poster become the Earth Day t-shirt logo for the base for 2012 Earth Day. Submissions must be turned into the Rassieur Youth Center by March 3. Call 301-342-6297 for information.

Intramural Spring Sports

Softball Organizational Meeting will be on March 5, at 1 p.m. at the Bowling Center. In-Line Hockey Organizational Meeting will be on March 6 at 1 p.m. at the Bowling Center. Golf Organizational Meeting will be on March 21 at 1 p.m. at the Golf Course Club House. Intramural programs are open to active duty, reserve and retired military and Fitness and Sports members. Call 301-757-1194 for information.

Patuxent River 10-Mile Relay Race

March 23; 11:30 a.m. The Patuxent River Relay Race is a 10-mile course along the beautiful Patuxent River. Teams will be of 2-5 runners, and each runner will run between 2-8 miles, depending on team size. Each team will designate a team captain. Awards will be given for each division (male, female, and co-ed) for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places. Cost is free; $10 for a t-shirt. A minimum of 10 teams must register by March 18 or the race will not go on. Registration forms will be available in the Drill Hall. For information call Jillann Hamilton at 301-342-5449.

Thursday, January 19, 2012



“Ask the Lawyer�: Dating can be dangerous in the military

First Sentry

By Mathew B. Tully Q. What are the ground rules for dating someone else in the military?

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A. Dating is always complex. For service members, the military dating landscape can seem like a minefield. Depending on whom they date, where they date and how they go about exchanging physical intimacies, amorous service members could end up getting something worse than a broken heart, namely court-marital charges. Article 134 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice prohibits the fraternization of commissioned officers or warrant officers with enlisted members.The officers' conduct in such relationships must be prejudicial to good service and discipline or of a nature that is discrediting to armed forces. Additionally, the officer must know the person he or she is dating is an enlisted member. This law, which is unique to the military, is limited in scope because it focuses on commissioned and warrant officers and enlisted members. OPNAVINST 5370.2C, however, lays out far broader prohibitions. Violate this regulation and you could end up facing a charge of failure to obey a general order in violation of Article 92. U.S. Navy Regulations 1165 also outlines similar dating prohibitions. OPNAVINST 5370.2C prohibits personal relationships between officers and enlisted

members. Further, it also prohibits such relationships between chief petty officers (E-7 to E-9) and junior personnel (E-1 to E-6). Such relationships are off limits if the parties involved are assigned to the same command, are "unduly familiar" and are disrespectful of differences in grade or rank. Personal relationships are also off limits for unduly familiar instructors and students at Navy training programs as well as recruiters and recruits or prospective recruits. Conduct in a personal relationship be-

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Summary of mishaps By Derek Nelson Head, Media Division Communications and Marketing Department Naval Safety Center, Norfolk Va. Welcome to your weekly digest of the disappointing difference between the way things should be and the way things are. Mid-morning one day in Maryland, an aviation warfare systems operator first class was driving south through a 4-way intersection with a traffic light. You know what traffic lights are, right? Those big, colorful, electric devices that dangle overhead where busy roads cross? They are a great invention, responsible for preventing untold numbers of collisions. The catch is that you have to first, notice them, and second, obey the color, neither of which occurred in this case. And why was that, you ask? Because the Sailor was participating in that now-almostmandatory driving habit of jabbering on a cell phone. I don't know what everyone is so intent on talking about, and I don't know how they could have survived before the invention of cell phones. There sure are a lot of vital, can't-wait, OMG-you've-got-to-hearthis-right-now comms going on while people ought to be paying full attention to some-

thing else. The E-6 ran a red light, and a west-bound car scored a direct hit on the driver's side. Net result: fractured hips, 18 days in a hospital, partly overlapping with two months away from work, six months of light duty, and one more Pontiac en route to a junkyard. Aboard a ship underway, Marines were conducting a field day in troop berthing. Things must have been slow and/or boring, because sooner or later, a couple of lance corporals started to mess around. This welcome diversion attracted the attention of a third lance corporal. He grabbed the elbow of one of the other marines, "who had, alas, a pocket knife in the hand that was attached to the elbow," the report said. The knife, in turn, stuck the third Marine in the back of his leg. On the way to medical, he met a corpsman who escorted him to treatment for his 3-centimeter cut. He missed a day of work and spent a week on light duty. The two protagonists in this drama were a machine gunner and a mortarman. Pre-

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sumably they know not to mess around with those much more serious weapons. But I still have to say, playing with knives is the adult version of running with scissors. An E-3 from a helicopter squadron, "slipped at home on stairs and hit his eye on a step." For the record, this isn't what they mean when they say "Watch where you're going." A lance corporal in North Carolina was using alcohol to clean blades on an aircraft. He was wearing his PPE, which is a good thing, but he was also wearing cotton glove inserts, which wasn't. As he repeatedly dumped alcohol onto his rag, some of it soaked into his gloves. When he was done, he headed over to the good old smoke pit to light up a cigarette. As you have no doubt guessed, based on your vast experience anticipating mishaps and because your Risk-O-Matic is blaring at the moment, he lit off his gloves and inflicted second-degree burns on his hands. A week of light duty to reflect upon his reminder that smoking is bad for you. That's all for this time, shipmates. Until we meet again, please continue to look askance at those home-made procedures that save you two minutes each the first 50 times you do them, and then put you on LIMDU for two months.

same," Mills said. Mills has worked to establish connections with the St. Mary's and Calvert County Boards of County Commissioners, saying, "I bet that's not true in San Diego.That provides an unique opportunity to do above and beyond what others do." Mills has goals for his time as CO: to continue to increase the value of service to tenants, to create a safe, secure and beneficial environment for all who work, live and relax on station, and "to maintain and leverage the high-quality community relations that this naval air station and those outside the fenceline have enjoyed for years." Though committed to putting his own stamp on the role, Mills does not anticipate making major changes. "The good fortune is, I get to succeed a series of great COs. There's no need to reverse course." He does intend to make improvements to the drill hall, playing fields and recreational facilities, and to increase "class A" office space, even in today's fiscally constrained environment. "The hard part will be maintaining facilities when we lack appropriated funds for routine repair and maintenance.That's where we'll have to think hard."

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From the Chaplain’s Desk:

Is it ever okay to lie? By Rabbi Mordechai Schwab NAS Patuxent River Chaplain

Lying is one of the most disgraceful sins. The Torah doesn't simply say not to do it; rather the verse tells us to distance ourselves from untruth (Exodus 23:7), an admonition not found by any other prohibition in theTorah. Is it ever okay to lie? Even the Almighty Himself modifiedastatementintheinterestofpeace. When three angels visited our Forefather Abraham three days after he fulfilled the Almighty’s command to circumcise himself and his household, one told him that his wife Sarah would give birth to a son in a year.“And Sarah heard from the entrance of the tent. And Sarah laughed within herself, saying, 'After I have become worn out, will I have smooth flesh? And also, my masterisold.'"(Genesis18:12)“AndtheLord saidtoAbraham,"WhydidSarahlaugh, saying, 'Is it really true that I will give birth, although I am old?'”(Ibid. 18:13). We learn from the above verse that onemaymodifyastatementintheinterests of peace.The Almighty did so in ordertopreservethepeacebetweenahusband and wife. It must be that peace is more important than truth.When these important values conflict, peace can sometimes take precedence over truth. How can we instill in our children the character trait of not lying? There is the typical age when children take their first steps, the common age at which they say their first words, and even the average age of when they tell their first lie. Honesty, like most other skills and traitsinchildren,developsovertime,its progress fueled by the two engines of development: biological maturation and environment.The biology of muscles and joints predicts walking, but it is the biology of the developing brain and children‘s ability to think that affects ly-



ing and honesty. This, paired with the contributions from family and school move a child forward in understanding the importance of telling the truth. Lying in the preschool years may be a function of the young child‘s ability to understand the importance of pleasing others and doing the right thing, coupled with limited appreciation for what lying is and that it is wrong. A toddler found with broken vase in hand is likely to say, “No, I didn‘t break it!” when asked, because she wants to give her parent the right answer, the response that will make her parent happy. As children go through their elementary school years, they develop more sophisticated thinking, allowing them to understand that the right answer is the honest answer, even if it means saying something that parents or teachers do not want to hear. There is no specific age when these advances in moral development occur, with some children demonstrating earlier mastery of honesty than others. Secondary school students (pre-teens and teens) usually have developed the cognitive abilities to understand right from wrong and internalize some moral values. It is exactly at this time, however, that they take significant steps toward autonomy and independence. This move away from the influence of parents and adults has been used to explain the fairly high rates of adolescents who lie to their parents. Despite children‘s ongoing moral development and understanding of lying as a bad thing, research suggests that older children actually lie more than younger children. Why, despite greater moral capacity, do older children lie more often than when they had less ability to understand its moral consequences? It is important to recognize that research suggests the largest percentage of children‘s lies are actually intended to help or to keep

Question: I've heard that other military installations are doing away with DoD stickers on automobiles. Are there plans to do the same here?

Rabbi Mordechai Schwab others from harm. When a child tells Grandma that he loves the scarf she made for him, or denies knowing a friend‘s locker combination when a classmate wants to take something without permission, he is engaging in pro-social lying, to safeguard a person or their feelings. Much less common are self-enhancement lies, which children engage in to save face, avoid punishment or disapproval, selfish lying, used to protect yourself at another‘s expense, and anti-social lying, done to deliberately harm another. At all ages, parents help shape children‘s ideas about lying, and how they engage in it. Parents can inadvertently invite lying when they ask children questions to which they already know the answer, and when children feel a lie will save humiliation or punishment. When school has called to inform you of a transgression, asking the child,“So, how was your day?" creates the opportunity for a less than full and truthful response. Saying instead,“I heard from school that there were some difficulties today. Before you tell me your ideas about what happened, I want to remind you how important it is to me that you are honest and tell me the whole story.” Of course, parents cannot promise that all will be fine if you just tell the truth. Parents can underscore that the truth is essential and congratulate the courage and integrity involved in admitting one‘s errors. In such interactions, parents support their children‘s moral growth and the value of honesty that Torah traditions encourage.




Answer: The vehicle registration process here will not change for the time being. Although the prospect of doing away with base access vehicle stickers has been proposed Navy-wide, a closer examination of the policy has revealed that a number of essential regulatory and security functions would be affected. Plans to do away with automobile stickers have been held in abeyance until alternatives become apparent.

Requiring owners to register their cars for base access is just one step in maintaining security. It allows those who have legitimate business safe access to the base, and those who do not are denied entry until they can obtain proper credentials.

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