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TESTER Naval Air Station Patuxent River


Pax Pros of the Week Page 3

Paying Homage to Black History Page 5

Pax People: Robert Jaramillo Page 6

Celebrating 70 Years of Community Partnership

February 6, 2014

Pax joins community in annual homeless count Point-in-Time Survey helps identify veterans By Donna Cipolloni Tester staff writer


n frigid temps with snow underfoot, volunteers from Naval Air Station Patuxent River partnered with professionals from social service agencies and deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Department, Jan. 29, to help count the local homeless population and identify the military veterans among them. Known as the Point-in-Time (PIT) Survey, the annual count is conducted nationwide and provides critical data for social service and welfare organizations whose services depend on federal and state assistance. “This was the first year we worked with volunteers from [Pax River],” said Lanny Lancaster, PIT coordinator for St. Mary’s County and executive director of Three Oaks Center supportive housing. “This year, the emphasis was

on finding homeless veterans, so that we might take advantage of Veterans Administration Supportive Housing, or VASH, vouchers and be able to secure some for our area.” An essential tool in the effort to end veteran homelessness, VASH is a joint program between Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, with HUD providing housing assistance vouchers and VA providing case management and outreach. Lancaster said most people living here have no idea of the extent of the homeless population in St. Mary’s County, and U.S. Coast Guard Senior Chief Boatswain’s Mate Philip Robinson, who said he volunteered to help because he wanted to serve people, admits he was one of them. “I learned that every year about 1,000 homeless get counted,” he said.

U.S. Navy photo/Donna Cipolloni

St. Mary’s County deputies join Lanny Lancaster, local coordinator for the Jan. 29 Point-in-Time Survey, in addressing a crowd of volunteers — many from Naval Air Station Patuxent River — before they head out to locate and count the area’s homeless population. “As for homeless veterans — the military does a good job of taking care of its members when they’re in, but loses track of them when they leave. I had never heard of VASH vouchers before and I feel if [the homeless veterans]

knew the vouchers were available, they’d want to take advantage of that opportunity to get the help they need to get back on their feet.” After a meeting at Three Oaks in Lexington Park to go over final in-

structions, volunteers were matched with their team leader before heading out to visit areas known to be frequented by homeless individuals.

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HX-21 petty officer earns multiple Sailor of the Year honors By Andrea Hein Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division Communications Support


n organization named after a wild, free-spirited animal known for its intelligence and adaptability recognized a Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) employee Feb. 3 for his own brand of excellence. The Southern Maryland Mustang Association (SMMA) honored Petty Officer 1st Class Dustin Trevino as the 2013 Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Sailor of the Year, just days after celebrating him as the 2013 NAWCAD Sailor of the Year. Rear Adm. Mark Darrah, commander of NAWCAD, presented Trevino with a plaque and congratulated him on a job well done during the NAWCAD ceremony held Jan. 27 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River. “Every time I read one of these, I am amazed by the breadth of experience that some of our Sailors come

to us with,” Darrah said. “This is just another part of us recognizing the quality of the work you perform.” Assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (HX) 21, Trevino is the leading petty officer for the government inspection office and is in charge of more than 20 Navy and Marine Corps personnel who oversee civilian contract maintenance work on more than 30 military aircraft. He also heads a mentorship program he established to ensure all enlisted personnel below the rank of petty officer first class are assigned a mentor ranked chief petty officer or above. Mentors meet at least once a month with their protégés to discuss goals and accomplishments and offer career advice. Cmdr. Rich Simpson, vice president of the SMMA and maintenance officer for Naval Test Wing Atlantic based at Pax River, presented a letter and a lone Sailor plaque to Trevino, recognizing his dedication to the Navy’s core values and his com-

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Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division Commander Rear Adm. Mark Darrah, left, presents Petty Officer 1st Class Dustin Trevino with a plaque recognizing him as the 2013 NAWCAD Sailor of the Year during an award ceremony Jan. 27 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River. Trevino, who also earned the higher-level Naval Air Systems Command Sailor of the Year award, was selected by the Southern Maryland Mustang Association. mitment to excellence. The award specifically acknowledges Trevino’s leadership and resourcefulness on

an operational testing detachment to Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C., as well as his lead position

on a detachment to Wallops Island, Va., to repair a non-mission capable aircraft. Trevino will go on to compete at the Vice Chief of Naval Operations level. “I appreciate everybody selecting me to represent you at the next level,” Trevino said. “It’s a great honor and I’m very proud of it.” The SMMA is a chapter of the national Navy Mustang Association (NMA). Membership in the NMA is reserved for present and former naval officers who began their careers as enlisted Sailors, have received at least one Good Conduct Medal and rose to the officer ranks through a sea service in-service procurement program. At the ceremony’s conclusion, Darrah offered Trevino words of encouragement. “I’m confident that you will do well,” he said. “Just keep doing what you’re doing and the rest of it will fall into place.”



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What to do in an active shooter/hostage situation By Donna Cipolloni Tester staff writer

It’s everyone’s nightmare. And while the chances of your encountering an active shooter may be slim, last year’s tragic events at the Navy Yard prove it’s not improbable. The Department of Homeland Security defines an active shooter as an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area, typically through the use of firearms. Should the situation ever occur at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, security want you to remember these three words: escape, evade, engage. “Get out as soon as you can; any way you can,” said Capt. James Williams, Naval District Washington police training officer assigned to Pax River. “Familiarize yourself with your work area and know it well. Don’t just locate doorways, but windows, stairwells or even a loading dock that can be used as a means of exit.” If you can, take along your cell phone and grab your ID card, but don’t spend a lot of time doing so. And don’t necessarily run for the elevator. “They’re slow and you’re in a confined space,” Williams explained. “You may not know when the door will open or who will be on the other side. “If you’re unable to escape; hide wherever you can,” he said. “If you can’t hide, barricade yourself in place. Know what furniture in your office you can move to block a doorway — desks, cabinets, tables. If there’s nothing like that, think outside the box and pile up chairs, tables, boxes and trash cans — any type of debris to slow down their progress.” Williams suggests not hiding in a conference room or lunch room, if possible, because rooms where large numbers of people gather are what an active shooter might look for.


Visit; or contact Jerome Ray, Naval Air Station Patuxent River emergency manager, at

Active Shooter: Training and Readiness-The Active Shooter (CNIC-TRTAS-1.0) available on both Total Workforce Management System, commonly referred to as TWMS, and Navy Knowledge Online, known as NKO. This is the annual required training for all DOD employees. Department of Homeland Security video available at

To Sign up for emergency management notices: Visit, click on Stay Informed and then Wide Area Alert Notification from your NMCI or One Net networked computer, or email your contact information to emergency preparedness personnel at or When phoning the police, give detailed information such as the location of the shooter, number of shooters, clothing worn, number and type of weapons, any distinctive physical appearance, your own location, any injured, etc. As an absolute last resort, it may be necessary to engage the shooter. “Pick up whatever you can to use as a weapon, sneak up from behind, if possible; but remember that you’re going into a gunfight with basically your bare hands” Williams said. “Don’t stop until the shooter is neutralized because once you engage, you become their target.” When police do arrive, ask for an ID to be slipped under a door or phone the dispatch office to verify an officer’s name before opening a door to anyone. Cooperate fully and follow their directions to the letter. Don’t grab at anyone and don’t interfere.

“When we enter a situation like that,” Williams explained, “we don’t know what’s going on and everyone is considered a threat until we can sort it out. You may be asked to get down on the ground or even be handcuffed. Cooperate for everyone’s safety.” In the event a hostage situation occurs, attempt to remain calm and do whatever you can to survive at all cost, advised Williams. “A hostage situation can last from minutes to days,” he said, “but know that help is on the way. Think of it as being a POW. Selfpreservation is the key to survival. Don’t give up hope.” There have been exercises conducted at Pax in the past few years to prepare employees, law enforcement, and fire and emergency personnel for an active shooter scenario. Maybe this year’s Solid CurtainCitadel Shield will include another. Will you be ready?

Understanding Shelter in Place? By Donna Cipolloni Tester staff writer

Shelter in Place, the use of a safe area inside a building or structure during an event with little or no notice, is a viable course of action during unexpected situations or emergencies. Alerts will be sent out by emergency management through the AtHoc system or electronic/telephone messaging from the Wide Area Alert Notification system. An example of Shelter in Place events include a chemical, biological or radiological attack; hazardous materials release; severe weather such as a tornado; or active shooter. According to the FBI, the average shooter incident lasts 12 minutes, with 37 percent of the incidents lasting less than five minutes. However, sheltering in place during an active shooter situation could take much longer as you may not be able to discern when the event is over. “If you no longer hear active shooting, it may just mean the shooter has moved to another part of your building,” said Capt. James Williams, Naval District Washington police training officer assigned to Naval Air Station Patuxent River. “Even when an active shooter is stopped, law enforcement must begin a detailed and thorough search of the entire area to ensure that the scene is safe and there are no other shooters or explosive devices — and that type of search could take many hours depending on the building and its adjacent areas.” Whatever the Shelter in Place scenario, if you are in a safe area, it is best to remain there until you receive an all clear from emergency management or until law enforcement personnel arrive, Williams said.

River’s Edge to reopen Monday for lunch Base officials announced Tuesday that the River's Edge Catering and Conference Center is scheduled to reopen for lunch Feb. 10. The cleanup project to repair water damage from a burst water pipe that occurred a couple weeks ago is still underway. The area is blocked off and patrons will not be able to access the ballrooms. Although it is able to reopen for lunch, conferences cannot be scheduled at this time. Also, the Valentine’s Day event, scheduled for Feb. 14, has been canceled. Courtesy photo


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Pax Pros of the Week


Paradise starts with repentance Commentary by Father Mike Dolan St. Nicolas Chapel

is it exclusively in the future. Walking hand-in-hand with Jesus, whereby all trials and tribulations diminish or In Luke 23, a chapter that even disappear, is not undeals with the crucifixion of like the reassurance and the Christ, verse 35 starts with: consolation felt by a toddler “And the people stood by, holding the hand of mom or watching ...,” while the leaddad, big brother or big sister; ers scoffed at the crucified but it’s much, much more. Christ; a significant obserIndeed, walking hand-invation that some interpret hand with Jesus is to be in and excuse as contemplative paradise, and if that parasilence. dise doesn’t already exist for Father Mike Dolan Some say since the peous, it can start today. ple at that time had still not Recent Gospel passages formed a judgment about read at the celebration of Jesus' true identity, they were blamelessly ig- Mass deal with the start of Jesus' public minisnorant. try where he echoed the words of John the BapPerhaps it is a fair interpretation of the situa- tist and publicly proclaimed, “Repent, for the tion 2,000 years ago, but when we see the same kingdom of heaven has come near.” reaction on the part of so many people today, Repentance is absolutely necessary for the we must consider it something other than con- love of God to enter one’s heart and allow for templative silence. genuine, lasting conversion. While we spend time trying to find the eluThe latter marks our personal relationship sive common ground with our secularist breth- with Christ. It prevents us from remaining siren, we are seeking a false paradise. lent. Paradise is not a reality apart from Jesus, nor How could we possibly keep from singing?

Pax Pros of the Week are submitted to and selected by the naval air station’s command master chief, CMDMC William Lloyd-Owen. The certificates presented serve as recognition for the “hard work and dedication” the individuals display on a daily basis. Here, Lloyd-Owen presents recent Pax Pros of the Week awards.

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Yukari Howard, River’s Edge Catering and Conference Center, presented Jan. 31.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Daniel Brown, aviation boatswain’s mate with Air Operations, presented Jan. 31.

NEWS BRIEFS On base: Calling NAVAIR Diversity Advisory Teams applicants Deadline: Feb. 17

Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) civilian and military employees may apply to become a member of one of the teams that support NAVAIR’s Executive Diversity Council and are led by flag officer and civilian senior executives, or SES, champions. Contact Sherry Baker at 301-342-3165 or

NCIS to Hold Mandatory Counterintelligence Briefs Feb. 21, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Building 2109, Eagle’s Nest Conference Room

These NCIS Counterintelligence briefs are mandatory annual training for all Department of Navy military and civilian personnel. Each brief is 50 minutes in duration and begin every hour on the hour.

Apply for NAVAIR Leadership Development Program Deadline: Feb. 26

The three- to five-year program consists of classroom-based leadership training, mentoring, job shadowing, networking and rotational assignments. Open to civilian employees in grades GS-13 to GS-15 or with salaries equivalent or higher to GS-13/4 for other pay bands, and military O-4 and above. Apply on-

line at mil/corpapps/dpt; select email certificate.

Commissary Accepting Scholarship Applications for Military Children Deadline: Feb. 28

Applications for the 2014 Scholarships for Military Children Program are now available at commissaries worldwide or and online at Applications must be turned in to a commissary and must be handdelivered or shipped via U.S. Postal Service or other delivery methods; not emailed or faxed. For more information, call Scholarship Managers at 856-616-9311 or email them at militaryscholar@

Apply for Merit-based College Scholarships Deadline: March 17

The Marine Corps Aviation Association (MCAA) John Glenn Squadron is accepting applications for our 2014 merit-based college scholarships. Applicants must be Tri-County area high school seniors pursuing a STEM-based college degree who show interest in a career field that will support the Department of Defense. Visit to apply.

Apply for USNA Summer Seminar Now accepting applications

A fast-paced, six-day experience

designed to introduce the Naval Academy to rising high school seniors. Students choose eight workshops in a variety of subjects. Applications and more information are available at admissions/nass. NASS session dates: May 31 through June 5, June 7-12 and June 14-19.

US Naval Academy seeks Summer STEM students Now accepting applications

U.S. Naval Academy’s Summer Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Program is scheduled for June 2-7 for rising 8th and 9th grade students, and June 16-20 for rising 11th grade students. Students are able to participate in project-based modules using a hands-on, real-world approach to solving design and analysis problems in the academy’s laboratory facilities. Apply at www.

Navy Marine Corps Relief Society on Facebook CorpsReliefSocietyPatuxentRiver

In an effort to be more accessible to clients, a Facebook page has been established. "Like" us for a quick point of contact for our offices, and for information and updates.

New Customer Service Hours for Legal Assistance, Command Services Legal Assistance: 8-11 a.m.

and 1-3 p.m.; Thursday, 8-11 a.m.; closed Friday. Command Services: 8-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 8-11 a.m.

Taxes Services at NAS Legal

Opens Monday by appointment The Navy's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance/Electronic Tax Filing (VITA/ELF) Program is available at tje Naval Air Station Patuxent River Legal Office by appointment. Appointments are available from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. Call 301342-7643.

Successful Coat Drive at St. Nicholas Chapel

The coat drive, which ended Jan. 31, was a success. A total of 276 coats were donated to the Clothes Closet along with sweaters, sweatshirts and towels. Thank you to all participants!

Free Tax Filing Service

Military OneSource provides access to an online tax filing service at no cost to service members and families. Visit

Where’s Gnorman?

Somewhere in this issue we’ve hidden Gnorman the gnome. Anyone spotting Gnorman can email or phone 301-342-4163 now through 4:30 p.m. Friday, and include a brief description of where he’s located. All correct answers are entered into a drawing and one name is chosen to win a Center Stage Theater movie ticket. The same person cannot win more than once per month. Last week’s winner was Erin Weers, who found Gnorman on Page 6, in the Grudge Match movie poster.

St. Nicholas Chapel Service Schedule Catholic Services

Mass: Sundays at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Weekdays at 11:35 a.m. Continuing Catholic Development (CCD): Sundays from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Protestant Services

Worship: Sundays at 11 a.m. Men’s Discipleship: Sunday, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Religious Programming Center Women’s Study: Tuesday, 6:308 p.m. and Thursday, 10-11:30 a.m. at the Religious Programming Center




All classes are held at the Fleet and Family Support Center in Building 2090 off of Bundy Road unless otherwise noted. Classes are open to active-duty and retired military and Reservist. Reservations are necessary and can be made at FFSC or by calling 301-342-4911.

Apprentice Sailors reminded to seek ratings From Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs

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Anger Management (six, two-hour sessions) - Feb. 10, 12, 19 and 24, 2-4 p.m. Couples Communication - Feb. 6, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Smooth Move - Feb. 6, 10-11 a.m. Sponsor Training - Feb. 10, 9-10 a.m. Ombudsman Assembly - Feb. 11, 6-7:30 p.m. Infant Massage at Glenn Forest Community Center - Feb. 13 and 27, 9-9:45 a.m. Stress Management - Feb. 13, 2:30-4 p.m. Closed Presidents Day - Feb. 17 Financial considerations for Families and Deployments - Feb. 19, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 10 Steps to a Federal Job - Feb. 19, 1-4 p.m. Myers Briggs - Feb. 20, 8 a.m. to noon

Ready Navy/Operation Prepare

Winter is here! Get a free information packet on how to prepare for winter weather and other emergencies at the Fleet and Family Support Center.

Clinical Counseling Services

Clinical Counseling services can directly improve the quality of life of service members and their family by addressing the stressors facing today’s military: family hardships, marital conflicts, parent/child issues, money concerns, frequent moves, health and envi-


Continued from 1 In addition to providing safety, sheriff’s deputies were able to guide the volunteers to places — specifically in the woods — where they knew tents and lean-tos were likely to be found. PIT volunteer Senior Chief Master-at-Arms Scott Johnson, the leading chief petty officer for Pax River’s

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ronmental factors, etc. To make an appointment with a counselor, call 301-342-4911 or 202-685-6019.

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)

EFMP is a DOD program that addresses the special needs of military families. Sailors with an exceptional family member — a family member with special needs such as a medical or educational disability — are encouraged to enroll in the EFMP so the Navy can do its part in caring for EFM needs. Email James Lettner at

Financial Counseling Services

The Personal Financial Educator can help individuals and families in managing their finances, resolving financial problems and to reach long-term goals. Take control of your finances and make an appointment with a counselor by calling 301-342-5442.

Playgroup at Glenn Forest Thursdays, 10-11 a.m.

Moms, dads and caregivers are invited to bring their children for playtime at the Glenn Forest Community Center. Security Department, said not only did he and his team go to one of the homeless camps in the woods, they also visited numerous business establishments along Great Mills Road to hand out information. “We had brochures that noted the programs available to the homeless along with details about the service agencies, their emergency numbers, points of contact, etc.,” he said. “By making local business owners aware of the situation, they can pass out the

With more than 6,150 Professional Apprentice Career Track (PACT) Sailors currently serving, commands are reminded to follow the Career Waypoint (C-Way) PACT model to help non-designated Sailors strike into a rating, officials recently said. The PACT program consists of three apprentice tracks; aviation, engineering and surface. PACT Sailors enlist for an initial four-year active service obligation and receive initial apprenticeship training for their track to fill apprentice-level billets in the fleet. Upon arrival at their first permanent duty station, commands conduct rating eligibility screening and develop a career progression plan during the PACT Sailor’s career development board to identify on-the-job training that leads to a viable career field within two years on board. Command Career Counselors use the C-Way Designation model to determine PACT Sailor eligibility and available quotas for their desired rating prior to submitting applications. “The career counselor works with Sailors to ensure they meet the minimum requirements for the job they want,” said Earl Salter, C-Way deputy director, Bureau of Naval Personnel. “If they don’t meet those minimum requirements, the counselor will use C-Way to help discover what options they have, such as retaking the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)

information to anyone they see in need of services.” Three years ago, seven homeless veterans were counted in St. Mary’s County; last year that number was more than 40; and this year, it’s even higher. “Preliminary numbers appear to indicate that we counted 65 ‘literally’ homeless veterans by HUD definition,” Lancaster said. “And if we use the VA definition, it was closer to 120. The number is the magic bullet for

U.S. Navy photo/MC2 Kenneth Abbate

Sailors at Naval Air Station Patuxent River take the Navywide petty officer E-4 through E-6 advancement exam last fall. to improve their score, or finding an alternative rating where they are qualified.” To remain eligible for benefits provided by the PACT program, Sailors must: ƒ Maintain job eligibility; ƒ Have no non-judicial punishments within 12 months of attending “A” school; ƒ Have passed the most recent physical readiness test and be within body composition standards; ƒ Have no marks on performance evaluations below 3.0; ƒ Maintain world-wide assignment eligibility; ƒ Meet service time obligation after “A” school for a follow-on job assignment. “PACT Sailors can apply to any community as long as there is an available quota and the Sailor meets the minimum qualifications,” Salter said. “Applying for ratings that have more quotas will greatly increase a Sailor’s opportunity for approval

sooner. This will allow the Sailor additional time to prepare for the NWAE and possibly increased advancement opportunity.” Commands may submit up to three choices per applicant from one of the following: Navywide Advancement Exam (NWAE), Fleet “A” School, or Direct Rating Entry Designation (RED). For Fleet “A” School Sailors must have a minimum of 12 months on board. Direct Rating Entry Sailors must meet time in rate requirements for the NWAE or have 12 months onboard, whichever comes first. Approvals for RED are determined by unit billet base, onboard manning status and Sailor eligibility. An additional requirement for the RED is that commands must have a vacant valid billet on board to apply. For more information, visit the CWAY Web Page on the Navy Personnel Command website at www.npc. Pages/C-WAY.aspx.

VASH vouchers and we’re hoping those vouchers will now materialize.” Not everyone encountered homeless individuals that evening. Lancaster noted that the very cold weather meant many of them were not found outdoors as usual, but had migrated to the shelter of churches or soup kitchens and had been counted earlier that day. However, he wants to make sure all the volunteers know their service was vital.

“Counting was only part of the program,” he said. “Pax River volunteers really helped raise awareness that homelessness is a serious problem here in St. Mary’s County. Representatives who were here from the Department of Housing and Community Development and the Baltimore staff from federal Housing and Urban Development saw what seemed to them like a sea of volunteers. They were amazed and impressed — and I want to thank the base for that.”

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African-American firsts: Paying homage to black history From Chief of Naval Personnel and Defense Media Activity

The Navy joins the nation in celebrating the vibrant history and culture of African-Americans and black Sailors during AfricanAmerican/Black History Month throughout February. This year’s theme is “Civil Rights in America.” African-American Sailors have a legacy of honorable service that permeates U.S. Navy history through every major armed conflict since the Revolutionary War. Celebrating the exceptional and distinctive contributions and the unique histories and cultures that African-American and black shipmates bring to the Navy, for the remainder of the month, Tester is highlighting African-Americans who blazed trails and changed the course of history. A full-color brochure on the history of African-Americans in the United States Navy is also available for download through the Naval History and Heritage Command link. A complete educational presentation, including a downloadable educational poster on African-American/Black History month, can be requested from the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute by email at More information on the many milestones achieved by AfricanAmerican and black Sailors and

Vice Adm. Michelle Janine Howard

Phyllis Mae Dailey Winning World War II was a double victory for African-Americans. It was a victory over the enemy overseas and a victory over prejudice at home. On March 8, 1945, Phyllis Mae Dailey was inducted into the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps, following changes in Navy recruitment and admittance procedures that had previously excluded black women from joining the Nurse Corps. The Nurse Corps was one of the last units to accept African-Americans, making her selection even more notable. By August 1945, when the war ended, there were only four active duty African-American nurses in the Navy Nurse Corps versus more than 6,000 who had served with the Women’s Army Corps during the war. the history of the African-American Navy experience can be found

on the Naval History and Heritage Command’s website.

MWR active-duty military, March 3-7; DOD civilians, March 10-14; and contractors, March 17-21.

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ITT Discounted tickets for following shows are available:

Customized Creations Third Annual Spring Fling Arts and Crafts Show Registration

Craft Show is April 26. Registrations are accepted until filled. Registrations accepted based on the following schedule: active-duty and retired military, beginning Feb. 3; past crafters, beginning Feb. 10; and DOD and contractors, beginning Feb. 18. Craft spaces are $65; table and chairs also available for rent. Call 301-342-6293.

Rassieur Youth Center Registration for Mattapany Day Camp begins Feb. 24.

Registrations accepted based on the following schedule: current school-age care youths, Feb. 24-28;

Editor’s note: This is part one of a four-part series.

Counterfeit cash hits St. Mary’s

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Vice Adm. Michelle Janine Howard has been a trail-blazer throughout her entire career. At age 17, she was accepted into the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis and became part of the third class to accept women. At the time, women made up only five percent of the Navy. Change is inevitable, and Howard rode a wave of it as she moved through her career. In 1980, the Navy opened logistics ships to women, allowing a lot of opportunities for women to serve at sea. Soon women were serving on combat ships and flying combat aircraft. In 1999 Howard fulfilled a dream. She took command of amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47), becoming the first African-American woman in such a role.

Green Day’s American Idiot - National Theater Mamma Mia! - National Theater Harlem Globetrotters - Verizon Center Blue Man Group - National Theater West Side Story - National Theater The Lion King - Kennedy Center Disney on Ice - 100 Years Magic: *Feb. 8, 11 a.m., 2:30 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. and Feb. 9, noon Verizon Center Tickets are $19.75; order by Feb. 4. *Feb. 15, 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. *Feb. 16, 12:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.

Liberty Center Washington Wizards Liberty Trip Feb. 7; bus departs a 4 p.m. Cost per person: $35, includes admission and transportation

Ski Roundtop Resort Trip

Feb. 8; bus departs at 8 a.m. Cost per person: Lift ticket, $49; lift ticket plus rental, $77

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Pre-Valentine’s Day Pedicures

Feb. 13; bus departs at 5:30 p.m. Cost per person: $15

Medieval Times Liberty Trip

Feb. 22; bus departs at 4 p.m. Cost per person: $34; includes admission, transportation and dinner

Auto Skills 101

Feb. 23, 11 a.m. Cost: Free

River’s Edge

Due to a burst water pipe at the River’s Edge Catering and Conference Center, the River’s Edge is closed until further notice for repairs.

Valentine’s Dinner/Dancing

Canceled due to damage repairs.

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The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Department is alerting its residents of counterfeit $100 bills being used in the county. Attributes of the counterfeit $100 bills include serial numbers: DB016240__A, DB124240__A, DJ863653__A, DJ663653__A, and FL993241__B. There is also a “77” on the back of the bill. If anyone attempts to pass on one of the bills described, obtain as much information about the person and call the county’s non-emergency line at 301-475-8008.



Thursday, February 6, 2014

Pax People: AMC Robert Jaramillo By Donna Cipolloni Tester staff writer


ot everyone can say something they made is hanging on the wall in the Pentagon office of the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy — but one Sailor from Naval Air Station Patuxent River can. As a young boy, Chief Aviation Structural Mechanic Robert Jaramillo learned rope work from the professional fishermen in his family by watching his father and uncles tie knots around their oars for utility purposes. He had no idea that skill would one day lead to his presentation of a decorative commemorative paddle to MCPON Michael D. Stevens last August. “It was during a heritage trip to D.C.,” Jaramillo explained. “We visited the Pentagon and MCPON gave us a tour. We presented him with the paddle from Commander Fleet Readiness Centers Chief’s mess.” Shortly after Jaramillo’s arrival at Pax River in April 2012,

the COMFRC chief’s mess was trying to come up with an idea for a farewell gift for their command master chief who was about to retire. Even though he had never before made one, Jaramillo suggested a commemorative paddle. “I’d seen them, but I never made one,” he said. “I knew I could tie knots and add plaques and coins to personalize it. That’s how I came to make the first one. After that, word spread and now every chief that leaves here gets one.” Word has also spread beyond the gates of Pax River, with Jaramillo having sent paddles to Texas, Florida, California, the state of Washington, and to individuals serving aboard aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf. “I’m making about two or three a week now,” he said. “They’re going mostly to military or civilian personnel who want a commemorative parting gift.” When fashioning the detailed paddles, Jaramillo uses 550 cord — a nylon cord also

View designs on Facebook: NavyChiefPaddles known as parachute cord — which he purchases in bulk in 1,000 foot spools. “I can get any color people may want,” he explained. “A fan favorite is the red, white and blue American flag. When I’m wrapping and knotting and interweaving that design, I can have 10 ropes going at once.” While that particular flag design is the most time consuming, taking four or five hours to complete, it is not the most difficult. “The most difficult design has square knots on the side with a Spanish ring bolt [hitch] that I have to make sure stays lined up straight and in proportion,” he said. “I don’t slap my paddles together, I take pride in what I do and want people to be happy with what they get.”

Jaramillo is so skilled, it is impossible to tell where his knotting begins and ends, the design pattern is the same on the front and back of the paddle and no glue is visible anywhere. The wood paddles, which he orders from the manufacturer, come in different sizes ranging from 18 inches to 6 feet; although the 3 foot size has been the most popular. He will also attach engraved plaques and various memorabilia, emblems or coins that mark milestones or special achievements. “Some people have others sign the back of their paddle with permanent marker,” Jaramillo said, making the gift even more meaningful to the recipient. “They’re good for retirements, promotions,

a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ “Mary Poppins,” he made them a promise he didn’t realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney’s plans for the adaptation. He soon begins to watch helplessly as Travers becomes increasingly immovable and the rights begin to move further away from his grasp. It is only

when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt her, and they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history. Rated: PG-13 (2 hrs, 5 mins)

U. S. Navy photo/Donna Cipolloni

AMC Robert Jaramillo, who oversees the industrial radiation program for Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, holds up samples of the paddles he handcrafts for military and civilian personnel. changes of command, or for any special occasion, really.” To view photos of his designs, visit Jaramillo’s Face-

book page NavyChiefPaddles; or, for more information, contact him via email at

group. When the migration leads to their greatest battle, Patchi summons his inner courage and strength to become the leader he was born to be. Rated PG (1 hr, 27 mins)

Sunday, Feb. 9 Free Sneak Preview 2 p.m., Need for Speed First come, first served. No recording devices permitted


Movie Line: 301-342-5033 Reservations: 301-342-3648

Ticket Prices: E1 - E5 Adult, $3.50; Child (6-11), $2.50; All other adults, $4.50; Child (6-11), $3.50; 3-D Glasses, $1 l Authorized ID required for admission


Thursday, Feb. 6 6:30 p.m., Grudge Match Billy “The Kid” McDonnen and Henry “Razor” Sharp, two local Pittsburgh fighters whose fierce rivalry put them in the national spotlight. Each had scored a victory against the other during their heyday, but in 1983, on the eve of their decisive third match, Razor suddenly announced his retirement, refusing to explain why but effectively delivering a knock-out punch to both their careers. Thirty years later, boxing promoter Dante Slate Jr., seeing big dollar signs, makes them an offer they can’t refuse: to re-enter the ring and settle the score once and for all. During their first encounter in decades, their long-festering feud erupts into an unintentionally hilarious melee that instantly goes viral. The sudden social media frenzy transforms their local grudge match into a must-see HBO event. Rated: PG-13 (1 hr, 53 mins)

Friday, Feb. 7 6:30 p.m., The Secret Life of Walter Mitty The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is James Thurber’s classic story of a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his coworker are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined. Rated: PG (1 hr, 55 min) 9 p.m., Saving Mr. Banks When Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make

Saturday, Feb. 8 4 p.m., Walking with Dinosaurs (3D) Seventy million years ago, an underdog dinosaur named Patchi triumphs against all odds to become a hero for the ages. The runt in his family of Pachyrhinosauruses, he has to use his wits and heart to compete with his larger brothers and sisters, particularly Scowler, the alpha male of the

6:30 p.m., The Secret Life of Walter Mitty 9 p.m., Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones A group of party goers sets out with a camera to investigate after a woman dies in the apartment beneath them, and they discover items associated with black magic rituals. When Jesse discovers a mark on his arm, strange forces pursue him while his loved ones attempt to save him. Rated: R (1 hr, 24 mins)

Monday and Tuesday No Movies Wednesday, Feb. 12 6:30 p.m., The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Air Traffic Controllers: Pax’s guardians of the skies Whether they’re verifying credentials at the gates, maintaining the arresting gear on the runway or helping with wills and powers of attorney, the Sailors who make up the Naval Air Station Patuxent River staff ensure the installation continues to provide the active safety, assertive security and amazing services needed to continue as a Center of Excellence. Each skilled in a particular job, called ratings, these Sailors are part of the Pax Pros workforce who support the more than 50 tenant commands aboard the naval air station. Meet the Air Traffic Controllers with Air Traffic Controller 1st Class Jesse Schenemann.

What are the general responsibilities of an air traffic controller (ATC)?

“Our chief goal is to keep pilots safe. We are responsible for safety alerts and the expeditious flow of traffic. We are there to provide the best service possible to our pilots.”

Where do you work?

“Not just at the control tower at Pax River, but we also have a full RADAR unit here and a control tower at Webster Outlying Field.”

What is your favorite part of the job?

“Controlling aircraft; it’s the best job in the world. At Pax we work a multiplicity of aircraft, from rotary to fixed-winged, and a variety of systems to include carrier systems, unmanned systems, test squadrons, as well as the U.S. Naval Test


Air Traffic Controller 1st Class Jesse Schenemann Pilot School. There’s even a blimp. “Some call it a highly stressful job, I see it as fun. It’s a hard and demanding job, but that’s what makes it great. I cannot speak highly enough of the Sailors that I train and work with; they are the best in the fleet.” Schenemann said working as a tower controller, or “local control,” is his favorite position. Tower controllers are responsible for a control area of five miles in radius around the airfield and 2,500 feet. The local controller sequences aircraft in and out of the pattern, as well as clears aircraft for takeoff and landing.

About Schenemann:

A Kansas City, Mo., native with 10 years Navy service, five of which have been at Pax River.


Preventing mishaps caused by snow packed vehicles By Beverly Jeffas Naval Air Station Patuxent River Safety Department

With the recent snowfalls, and in anticipation of additional winter weather events, the Naval Air Station Patuxent River Safety Department reminds everyone to properly clear off the snow from their vehicles before driving them. Drivers frequently only clear part of the windshield and the driver side front window but according to Col. John Romer, Pax River’s Chief of Police, Maryland law requires all windows, headlights and brake lights be cleared of snow. Clearing off the headlights not only increases the driver’s ability to see ahead, it also increases the driver’s visibility of oncoming traffic, and clearing the snow from the brake lights also allows following drivers to tell when traffic ahead is applying the brakes. Keep in mind, snow on a car’s hood can blow onto and obstruct a driver’s wind-

Courtesy photo

Maryland law requires all windows, headlights and brake lights on a vehicle be cleared of snow before operating.

Maryland law requires all vehicle windows, headlights and brake lights be cleared of snow. shield view while in operation. Drivers should clear the snow from their roof as much as possible as well. While it

may not interfere with that driver’s visibility, it will save the driver behind him or her from getting a windshield full of blowing snow from his or her vehicle. If any snow has packed down on the vehicle, it could break off as pieces or even slide off as a solid sheet of snow or ice and strike vehicles travelling behind with potentially hazardous results.



Thursday, February 6, 2014

Newest amphibious transport dock ship sets sail Somerset takes maiden voyage to Philadelphia for commissioning By Chief Mass Communication Specialist (SW/AW) Elena Pence Somerset Public Affairs Office

The Navy’s newest amphibious transport dock ship, Pre-commissioning Unit Somerset, (LPD 25) departed Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) Shipbuilding site in Avondale, La., Feb. 3, beginning its maiden voyage to its commissioning site in Philadelphia, March 1. “The commissioning ceremony marks an important milestone in a ship’s life and completes the cycle from christening and launching to full status as a ship of the United States Navy,” said Commanding Officer, Capt. Thomas L. Dearborn. “On March 1, 2014 when you hear the words “ ... bring my ship to life,” Somerset will come alive and her crew stand ready to take our place in America’s historic heritage of the sea.” Before Somerset could set sail, it had to complete several certifications, including light-off as-


sessment (LOA), damage control material assessment, crew certification phase two, and anti-terrorism force protection. According to Somerset’s Training Department, the certifications require a passing rate in order for the ship to operate independently. “The certifications grades spoke volumes for the crews’ training and preparations yielding high scores in all areas,” said Somerset’s Training Leading Chief Petty Officer, Chief Damage Controlman (SW/AW) Brian McGowan. “Afloat Training Group Pacific gave high reviews, even going as far as saying ‘Somerset is one of the best ships on the west coast.’ I’m proud to serve on board and impressed with the caliber of Sailors stationed here.” As Somerset prepared to depart HII Shipyard on the eight hour sea and anchor detail, Sailors stood on the weather and flight decks viewing the skyline

“It’s an honor to be on one of the Sept. 11 tribute ships and to be a part of a ship that represents so much heroism.” Personnel Specialist 1st Class Katherine Limones

U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc./Steve Blount

The Ingalls-built amphibious transport dock ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Somerset (LPD 25) transits the Gulf of Mexico during builder’s sea trials in August.. of New Orleans for the last time, even cheering as the ship passed under the Huey P. Long Bridge. “I’ve been a part of the Somerset crew for nearly two years now, with most of that time here in New Orleans,” said Personnel Specialist 1st Class Katherine Limones. “Although it’s a little bittersweet leaving, I’m so excited we are so close to commissioning.

It’s an honor to be on one of the Sept. 11 tribute ships and to be a part of a ship that represents so much heroism.” Somerset is the ninth San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock and is named in honor of the courageous passengers of United Airlines Flight 93 which crashed near Shanksville in Somerset County, Pa during the 9/11 terror-

ist attacks. Somerset is the third of the three named in honor of those victims and first responders of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. USS Somerset represents the heroic actions of the 40 crew and passengers of United Flight 93 honoring their collective sacrifice and the tremendous courage displayed in the face of overwhelming adversity. Had it not been for their brave actions, the terrorists would have reached their intended target and countless more lives would have been lost. Upon formal commissioning, USS Somerset (LPD 25) will proceed to its homeport of San Diego.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Nuno takes charge of VQ-4 det Lt. Cmdr. Geronimo Nuno, right, relieves Lt. Cmdr. Jason Brotherton, as officer-in-charge of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron (VQ) 4 detachment during a Feb. 4 change-of-charge ceremony at Naval Air Station Patuxent River.



U.S. Navy photo/MC2 Kenneth Abbate

SCOREBOARD As Of Jan. 31 Intramural Bowling WSI Big 10 Gutter Trash Hang ‘em High Goat Locker Ten Pin Mafia Gutter Clutter Rollin’ Thunder Warlocks High-n-Low Spare Time

53-15 49-19 44-24 40-28 36-32 34-34 32-36 31-37 31-37 29-39 22-46

Intramural Volleyball

Monday/Wednesday Division Old School 3-0 MAD 2-1 Need for Speed 1-2


Shaw Road 0-3 Tuesday/Thursday Division Servin’ It Up 9-0 Brew Crew 8-1 STK 4-5 Notorious D.I.G. 2-7 Grateful Digs 2-7 Great Balls of Fire 2-7

Underdogs MAG-49 MAD Phoenix Frc Warlocks A/O

Intramural Basketball

Basketball League W.W.D. 5-0 River Dawgs 4-1 ATE 3-1 MAG-49 3-2 VX-23 3-2 FRC 2-4 Loggies 1-3 Ballers for Life 1-4 VX-1 (withdrawn) 0-5

Monday/Wednesday Division Grind Time 1-0 Tigers 1-0 Jumpertime 1-0 Team America 0-0 Ballsohardu 0-1 WEPS 0-1 Ground Zero 0-1 Tuesday/Thursday Division VX-1 3-0

2-1 2-1 1-1 1-2 0-2 0-2

Intramural Graybeard




Thursday, February 6, 2014

AROUND TOWN St. Mary’s County: Meet the Airplane: Curtiss A-1 Triad Saturday, noon to 3 p.m. Patuxent River Naval Air Museum

View our exhibits and discuss this versatile aircraft with members of the EAA who actually constructed our aircraft. Panel members will gather for a discussion at 2 p.m. in the main exhibit hall. Children’s activities, flight simulators, 50/50 raffle drawings at 1:30 and 3 p.m. Food available. Free, but donations are welcome.

Southern Maryland JobSource Mobile Career Center Tuesday, 1-4 p.m. Leonardtown library

Job seekers get job counseling and resume help, search for jobs, and get connected with

Southern Maryland JobSource. The Coordinator will help job seekers get registered with the Maryland Workforce Exchange. For information, phone 301-880-2810.

Kids Can Cook Tuesday, 4:30-5 p.m. Lexington Park library

Youths ages 8-12 can drop in to make and sample new recipes. Free. For more information, phone 301-863-8188.

Résumé Basics Wednesday, 10 a.m.-noon Lexington Park library

The basics of writing a résumé, the different types of résumés and how to use Word 2010 to write a resume. Requires adults have the ability to use the mouse. Free, but registration required at 301-863-8188 or www.

Kids! Post-Victorian Valentine Postcard Workshop

Family History: Where do I start? Wednesday, 2-4 p.m. Charlotte Hall library

Adults will learn how to do searches, fill out charts, organize information, use the library online resources and explore websites. Basic computer skills and an email account are required. Free, but registration required. Call 301-884-2211 or

Calvert County: African-American Genealogy Today, 7-8:30 p.m. Price Frederick library

An informative lecture and computer demonstration on genealogy. African-American History and Culture Commissioner Michael Kent, an expert in local AfricanAmerican genealogy, will discuss research options and offer tips for discovering family histories. Several websites, including Ancestry Library Edition and Heritage Quest Online will be showcased. For more information, phone 410-535-0291.

First Friday Tours Friday Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum, St. Leonard

Free behind-the-scenes tour of the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory, a state-of-the-art facility that houses more than 8 million artifacts, including collections from every county in Maryland. The guided tour allows visitors to get up close and personal with conservators and collections. Reservations are not required. For information, phone 410-586-8501.


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Saturday, 2-3 p.m. Bayside History Museum, North Beach

Participants can view the museum’s vintage postcard collection then make their own take-home postcard valentines with reproduced vintage postcards, stickers, ribbons, gems and all sorts of crafting materials. Recommended for ages 5 and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For information, phone 301-855-4028.

The Stories of Everyday People in the War of 1812 Saturday, 2-3:30 p.m. Prince Frederick library

When war came to the shores of the Chesapeake, what was it like for everyday citizens and local militiamen, as well as slaves, freedmen, women? Mike Dixon reveals unpublished stories of unrepresented peoples such as slaves and African-Americans, and the narratives of everyday people who aren’t talked about in the history books. For more information, phone 410-535-0291.

Prince George’s County: African-American Culinary History Saturday, 4 p.m. Surratt House Museum, Clinton

Michael Twitty traces three centuries of African-American culinary history from west and central African civilizations to colonial Maryland. The audience will learn of the vast influence of both enslaved and free black people on the cuisine and culture of the new world.

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