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TESTER Naval Air Station Patuxent River

Vol. 72, No. 10

Women of Influence Page 2

Harriers Go Digital Page 4

70 years at Naval Test Pilot School Page 8

Celebrating 71 Years of Community Partnership

March 12, 2015

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Combat Casualty Assistance Visiting Nurse



Moms and dads attended a Budget for Baby workshop



Gift bags with handmade blankets and other items provided to expectant parents



Home visits and other contacts to provide Combat Casualty Assistance



Home visits and other contacts with mothers and newborns, elderly retirees, widows and widowers



Individual clients



Total assistance

$48.5 million

U.S. Navy photo by Shawn Graham

Capt. Heidi Fleming, NAS Patuxent River commanding officer, provides remarks during the 2015 Active Duty Fund Drive KickOff event March 4. The fund drive will be held through April 6. To donate online, visit Service members can donate via allotment; see your command’s representative for details. To locate your command representative, call Maureen Farrell at 301-342-4749.

Building 409 sidewalk work

Roadwork and sidewalk and curb repair at Building 409 is expected to close the front parking lot and the side drive between buildings 409 and 480 beginning March 30. To minimize impact, work will be done in three phases and should be completed in May. Only two entrance doors will be open at a time. All work is dependent on weather and the schedule could change.

Navywide 4,000

Interest-free loans from NMCRS

Sailor encourages others to make the right decision By Donna Cipolloni NAS Patuxent River Public Affairs

Master-at-Arms 1st Class Matthew Ellis not only believes it’s OK for service members to seek financial assistance from the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) when they need it, he believes it’s the best decision they can possibly make. Offered the opportunity to speak in anonymity, Ellis, with Air Fleet Reconnaissance Squadron (VQ) 4, chose to share his personal experiences with NMCRS because he wants other Sailors and Marines to know there is nothing to be ashamed of when a little help is required to get over the hurdle of an unexpected expense. Ellis first used the organization’s services about four years ago, when after a PCS, or permanent change of station, took him and his wife, Diana —who was pregnant at the time — to Rota, Spain. The couple had to pay more

than expected to get there and lived their first 10 days in a Navy Lodge. With no money for groceries, they went to NMCRS for a Quick Assist Loan until payday. “No one judges you, no questions were asked and it was quick and easy,” Ellis said. The purpose of the Quick Assist Loan is to combat service members turning to predatory lenders with ridiculously high interest rates, noted Maureen Farrell, director of the NMCRS office at NAS Patuxent River. “Active-duty service members can get an interest-free loan up to $500 in just 15 minutes or less with their LES and ID card in hand,” she said. “It’s that simple.” Recently, the Ellises had occasion to visit NMCRS again. At Pax River about a year, they purchased a home and used their savings for the down payment and other expenses related to closing. Additional unexpected house repairs took their emergency fund and, be-

fore they could replenish their nest egg, the hot water heater gave out and their car broke down. “It’s not like we didn’t have a savings plan,” Ellis said, “but sometimes the backup plan fails, too, when the unexpected happens.” This time, the loan amount of more than $1,000, required some paperwork — such as written repair estimates and the preparation of a personal budget. “They work with you based on how much income you have left over after you pay your bills and that’s how they determine your specific monthly payment,” Ellis said. “Other lenders don’t ask what you can afford to pay back. And you only repay the loan amount, not one penny more.” Anyone receiving relief from NMCRS need not worry about their situation becoming public knowledge or being reported to their command. “We take confidentiality very

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Services

• No-interest Quick Assist Loans up to $500 • Interest-free loans and grants for emergency and unexpected needs • Assistance for family members for undergraduate education • Budget counseling and financial education The Pax River NMCRS office is temporarily located in Building 409, 2nd floor. Hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday. For more information, visit “http://www.”, phone 301-342-4739 or email seriously and our clients’ business stays in this office,” Farrell said. “We do not release any information without the service member’s permission.” The Ellises believe so much in the NMCRS mission that, back in Spain, Diana volunteered her time and worked her way up to coordinating all of that office’s 84 volunteers. Here at Pax, her husband is serving as his command’s Key Representative for this year’s fundraiser, which runs through April 6.

The couple wants other service members to get past the stigma and realize how beneficial NMCRS can be, especially with its volunteers who understand the military lifestyle. “It’s by far the best decision you can make over seeking loans elsewhere with big interest payments that can ruin your credit,” Ellis said. “And the volunteers in the office are us — military spouses, retirees, veterans. They understand, and that’s why they care.”



Women of Influence

Thursday, March 12, 2015

How Pax professionals are making a difference

(Second of a four-part series for Women’s History Month)

In last week’s Tester, we introduced you to 10 NAS Patuxent River women who are making a difference in their communities. This week, meet five more.


THE SCORE KEEPER Capt. Nora Burghardt Program Manager Aircrew Systems Program Office (PMA-202) As bookkeeper and statistician for St Mary’s Ryken High School girls’ basketball team and the Chosen Few AAU basketball team, Burghardt travels to all games, maintaining the score book, taking stats and providing analysis for games and players. This analysis contributes to coach game plans and provides valuable recruiting information. Burghardt is also a mother of four daughters — an Air Force maintenance officer; a logistician with the Navy’s MH60R/S Multi-Mission Helicopter Program Office; a pharmacy technician; and a high school senior.

Airborne Spacing for Terminal Area Routes (ASTARS) Flight Demonstration Program Manager and Airborne Systems Flight Support U.S. Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) Whether it’s advancing the USNTPS curriculum through development of innovative System of Systems testing, or launching a local nonprofit, Donohue is passionate about enhancing her professional community. Her nonprofit, STEM-ING, includes more than 100 volunteers, who encourage middle- and high-school girls to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers. She does all this, and more, while pursuing a master’s degree in national strategic studies.

THE ACTIVIST Jackie Heiner UH-1Y Principal Deputy Assistant Product Manager for Logistics U.S. Marine Corps H-1 Light/Attack Helicopters Program Office (PMA-276) An active member of NAVAIR’s Women’s Advisory Group and a professional mentor, Heiner ensures the command’s workforce is educated about a mother’s right to lactate at work. She has promoted lactation law awareness as part of NAVAIR’s supervisory training. Away from work, Heiner serves on a ministry team at her church and supports Tiara Troopers, an after-school girl’s running club at Carver Elementary School in Lexington Park, Md. She is also a recruiter for the Naval Acquisition Development Program.

Meet more Women of Influence in next week’s issue of Tester. CREDITS: Written by Paula A. Paige Emily Strotman Gary Younger U.S. Navy photos by Kelly Schindler Adam Skoczylas Steve Kays

THE CHANGE AGENT Adrienne Somerville Community Management Program Manager Command Strategies, Force Planning and Analysis Department, Corporate Operations Founder of the Carolyn E. Parker Foundation, Somerville established the nonprofit with the ethos “The elderly will be supported, the youth will be educated, the hungry will be fed, the unclothed will be covered, and the impoverished will be restored.” She supports Spring Ridge Middle School’s Young Girls Empowerment Club by delivering afternoon meals, providing mentorship, hosting college/career panels and conducting vision board workshops to broaden the minds of today’s youth.

THE CHALLENGER Lisa Nyalko Deputy Program Executive Officer Program Executive Office for Tactical Aircraft (PEO(T)) With a background in engineering, Senior Executive Service member Nyalko has amassed many awards over her 28-year career. Rather than allow the accolades or her SES rank to define her legacy, Nyalko says one of her professional footprints will be her penchant for challenging the acquisition status quo. When it comes to acquisition planning, “don’t just pick up the same source selection plan and copy it,” she says. “Think about your requirements. It makes execution easier.”


Thursday, March 12, 2015


The cost of saving money By Jim Walsh NAS Patuxent River Fleet and Family Support Center

Investing for your retirement is one of the most important actions you can make for your long term financial and mental health. Even if you receive a military pension, it still may not be enough to retire with the standard of living you desire. The Thrift Saving Plan (TSP) is one of those tools available to the military and civilian government workforce that can help you support the lifestyle you wish. Here are some highlights of the program. • Simplicity - Five core investment options. • Diversification — Four of those five options give exposure to the entire U.S. stock market, most of the international stock market, and the U.S. aggregate bond market. • A special government fund (G) that yields longer term bond returns without any loss of principal. • Lifecycle funds that own all five core investments, rebal-

ance automatically, and become more conservative over time — all for no additional costs. • Ultra low costs It is the last bullet on which I would like to focus. You may contribute to retirement savings for 20-30 years, and then draw on those funds another 20+ years once retired. It’s feasible that you won’t use the last dollars from retirement savings for another 30-50 years. Fees charged for managing your savings, especially over a long period, have a significant impact that is important for you to consider. The TSP plan participant ends up with a nest egg worth nearly $75,000 more, not by adding another dime, but by lower fees; imagines the disparity in savings if we considered more expensive management fees than the modest 1% used in this example. Ask yourself, what services are you receiving for those higher costs year after year and more importantly are you actively using the service to justify the costs.

• Have a non-urgent question for the doctor and unsure how to get it answered easily? • Want a medication renewal and hoping to avoid a trip? • Now it’s possible to use email to do all of this and more! • Sign up for Relay Health to securely email the care teams at Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River. https://app. U.S. Navy illustration by Shawn Graham

Illustrated below are the fee amounts accumulated by a TSP plan participant paying 0.029% a year, versus a company managing my retirement savings and charging 1% a year (assuming 7% annualized return on $5,000 annual contribution over 30 years.

Fee Comparison of GOV/TSP vs. Private Account Manager

Plan Type Plan Cost (in %) 30 Years TSP 0.029 Private Account Manager 1.0 The administrative fees charged by TPS are often half or less of what most private sector funds charge to maintain your accounts. There are many retirement and investing options for members of the military and civilian employees of the Federal Government. Careful consid-

Account Value $470,016 $395,291

eration must be taken when choosing the right options for each individual based on their own circumstances. Have a financial question? Submit financial questions to james.walsh1.ctr@ and include “Money Talk Question” in the subject line.

Three NAVAIR employees win Modern Day Technology Leaders awards By Emily Funderburk NAVAIR Total Force (AIR 7.3) Communications Support

Three NAVAIR employees were recognized as Modern Day Technology Leaders at the 29th annual National Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Global Competitiveness Conference Feb. 6. According to BEYA, these winners — Olanrewaju Adeyemo, Marcel Leake and Dr. Cecily McCoy-Fisher — have demonstrated outstanding performance and will shape the future of STEM. NAVAIR relies on STEM careers to accomplish research, testing

and evaluation, and engineering services. Within the U.S., women, blacks and Hispanics are underrepresented in STEM jobs. In 2011, 6 percent of STEM workers were black, up only 4 percentage points over the last 40 years, based on a report from the U.S. Census Bureau. At NAVAIR, there are more than 2,000 black employees (approximately 8.6 percent of the total workforce). Of those, 660 work in the STEM fields. Adeyemo, Leake and McCoy-Fisher’s work in STEM runs the gamut from unmanned air systems, to software development and simulations, to cross-cultural research for deployed warfighters.

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Adeyemo, the lead communication engineer for the Navy Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration (UCAS-D) program, said his work has been challenging but fulfilling. “Personally, I love what I do dearly and wouldn’t trade my job for anything in the world,” he said, citing his work as a test conductor on the UCASD Program as being his biggest accomplishment since joining NAVAIR’s Patuxent River office in 2012. Leake, a test and training software engineer working in China Lake, California, said his work has allowed him to think outside the box and “gather a wealth of intel-

ligence and experience, which I am using every day to make the warfighter stronger, safer and more efficient.” His NAVAIR career began in July 2011, when he was selected for the Engineering Scientist Development Program after graduating from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. McCoy-Fisher is a senior research psychologist based in Orlando, Florida, studying how cross-cultural demographics influence trust building for stability operations abroad. Referring to her award, she said, “I hope to be a driving force in contributing to the so-

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Eight ways to boost resilience between military couples By Jenny Collins Naval Center for Combat & Operational Stress Control Public Affairs

The Naval Center for Combat & Operational Stress Control (NCCOSC) facilitates research and develops evidence-based programs that provide Sailors and Marines with important tools to build and maintain resilience. As service members build resilience, military couples can also take steps to boost their resilience as well. Military spouses and significant others play an important part in offering encouragement and support to today’s service members. With a military career that often includes deployments and extended separations, military couples must work harder at being able to withstand, recover, and grow together in the face of stressors, adversity, and changing demands. Below are 8 ways military couples can improve their resilience. 1. Maintain Your Connection. Being apart can be tough. By figuring out

a system of regular contact, couples can build a strong foundation of open communication. It’s best to time conversations about upsetting issues as to not overwhelm your partner. Open conversations should still consist of an overall positive and supportive tone. 2. Reshape Interpretation. Some highly stressful life events are inevitable in military life. One cannot change when or how these events happen, but couples can certainly shape their attitudes to best react and respond. Use flexible thinking to place some perspective on the situation. 3. Remain Optimistic. Maintaining optimism in the face of stressors is a couple’s best chance to move forward during stressful times. Try to envision what you both want instead of worrying about what you’re both scared of. 4. Trust. Discuss in detail your expectations of one another on the homefront and while you are apart. Work together to find ways to maintain trust. Talk about concerns

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Salt Cebe

Military careers often include deployments and extended separations. Military couples must work harder at being able to withstand, recover, and grow together in the face of stressors, adversity, and changing demands. but don’t dwell on them. Focus on how to work past them. 5. Take Care of Yourself... and Each Other. Set aside a couple of minutes a day to decompress. Meditation is a great tool to alleviate stress. Make sure that your partner is doing the same or offer ways to help one another. Taking care of yourselves helps

keep your minds ready to deal with situations that require resilience. 6. Understanding. If you and your partner are in the middle of a conflict, focus on what is upsetting you and vice versa. Try to disregard what caused the fight. Concentrate and work together to find the solution. This type of behavior control will be

much more effective. 7. Create and Work Towards Goals Together. Couples who have common goals are often more successful in their relationship. Develop realistic goals with deadlines. Even completing small accomplishments can help improve your relationship. 8. Professional Help.

It’s important to recognize that unresolved relationship problems have the potential to impact a service member’s wellbeing and focus on the job. If the stress of military life becomes overwhelming for either party, don’t hesitate to seek help from a support group, counselor, clinician, or chaplain. Reaching out for support can help you manage any reaction and boost your resilience. Resilience is very effective in helping our active duty population manage operational and combat stress, both in their work life and their home life. At NCCOSC, we envision a future of innovative and relevant research that will increase our knowledge of psychological health. The knowledge that is gained will ultimately contribute to the readiness and resilience of our Sailors and Marines as they face the future challenges of military service. For more information about NCCOSC, visit w w w. n c c o s c . n a v y. m i l , and follow on Facebook or Twitter

Harriers go digital: New technology allows Marine aircraft to expand mission By PEO(U&W) Public Affairs A U.S. Marine Corps AV8B Harrier flew its first mission with the new BRU-70/A Digital Improved Triple Ejector Rack (DITER) in support of the U.S.-led campaign against ISIS in January. A single aircraft delivered 50 percent of the Laser Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) used during the insurgent airstrike due to the new rack. “The addition of the Digital ITER to our AV-8s in theater really up-guns the capability of that jet allowing it to carry a lot more precision ordnance,” said Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Jon M. Davis, Deputy Commandant for Aviation. “This wouldn’t have been possible without the NAVAIR team’s steadfast support.” In December, Marines in theater requested accelerated delivery of assets in order to maximize current mission capability. The production units were originally scheduled for delivery in June. NAVAIR’s Precision Strike Weapons (PMA-201) program

office, specifically its Aircraft Armament Equipment (AAE) team and AV-8B Weapon Systems program office (PMA257) class desk developed a plan to deliver four flight-test units to meet the Marines’ needs. These units were previously used in the test and evaluation of the rack prior to production contract award. Delivery of these units required further evaluation to ensure fleet operational readiness. The NAVAIR team executed all required testing and documentation necessary for delivery in one month. During its first mission, the rack performed as designed. The aircraft deployed four Laser JDAMs from two DITERs. Soon, Harriers with DITER will be capable of carrying three JDAMs on each rack depending on the mission requirement and armament configuration. “The Marines are anxiously awaiting the delivery of their BRU-70/A DITER in June,” said Navy Capt. Jaime Engdahl, PMA-201 program

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tamara Vaughn

The Marine Corps requirement for a vertical and short take off and landing light attack force has been well documented since the late 1950s. Combining tactical mobility, responsiveness, reduced operating cost and basing flexibility, both afloat and ashore, V/ STOL aircraft are particularly well suited to the special combat and expeditionary requirements of the Marine Corps. manager. “This urgent requirement with the use of the Laser JDAM is unprecedented capability for the Harrier community.” The DITER provides Har-

riers with a smart weapon triple-carriage and employment capability, while retaining the legacy stores interface, prolonging and expanding the aircraft’s mission.

The upgraded carriage and release technology will replace the existing BRU-42 system. The Harrier’s current weapon load-out configuration allows the aircraft to

carry a maximum of two Laser Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM). The addition of the DITER expands the aircraft’s ability to carry six, increasing mission effectiveness.


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Fair winds and following seas


Servicemembers Civil Relief Act Protects those on active duty Courtesy of Defense Media Activity

U.S. Navy photo by Gary Younger

Gunnery Sgt. DeBord retirement U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Alan Kraus, avionics systems project officer with NAVAIR’s PMA-274, Executive Transport Helicopters, left, presents a letter of appreciation from the Commandant of the Marine Corps to Gunnery Sgt. Paul S. “Shane” DeBord during DeBord’s retirement ceremony March 3 at the Patuxent River Naval Museum. DeBord, COMFRC Marine Corps maintenance coordinator, retired after 20 years of service.

Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) is a program that provides certain protections from civil actions against servicemembers who are called to active duty servicemembers. It restricts or limits actions against these personnel in the areas of financial management, such as rental agreements, security deposits, evictions, installment contracts, credit card interest rates, mortgages, civil judicial proceedings, income tax payments, and more. From this site: Users may also request Multiple Record Requests of multiple individuals (or multiple dates for a single individual) to determine Title 10 active duty status for provisions under SCRA. An account is required to use the Multiple Record Request. Once an account is created, users will be able to: • Create and manage an account in order to retrieve information • Upload ‘Request’ files for Multiple Record Requests • Download ‘Result’ file(s) • Download Certificates for Multiple Record Request(s) Users may submit a Single Record Request to obtain a report certifying Title 10 active duty status for provisions under SCRA. This report is also called a Certificate. No account is required to use the Single Record Request.

Local groups make donations to NMCRS

U.S. Navy photos by Shawn Graham

Patricia Thumm, left, Patuxent River Officers Spouses Club representative, and David Bennet, Aviation Systems Engineering Company vice president, presented Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) donations to Capt. Heidi Fleming, NAS Patuxent River commanding officer, during the Active Duty Fund Drive Kick-Off March 4. NMCRS provides financial assistance and education, as well as other programs and services, to members of the Navy and Marine Corps, their eligible family members, widows, and survivors.


Continued from 3 cial science literature and providing solutions to the warfighter as a step to becoming a modern day technology leader.” All three believe men-

toring and constant learning are the key to being successful in STEM. “When encountering an obstacle, do not forget to reach out to mentors, allies and champions, because much can always be learned from others,” McCoy-Fisher said. “Gain-

ing different perspectives may provide a clearer path forward.” In addition to mentoring, she recommends employees explore job rotations, apply to leadership development programs and pursue projects that directly enhance mission success

for the Navy and Marines. Leake also advises employees in the STEM field to continue learning new things. “Take pride in your craft and stay current on new technologies, because finding new and innovative ways to provide support to

the warfighter is a rewarding experience,” he said. The BEYA STEM Conference, held in Washington, D.C., brought together more than 8,000 STEM professionals and leaders committed to increasing the percentage of people from historically under-

represented communities in the technology workforce. The next conference is scheduled for February 2016 in Philadelphia. Emily Funderburk provides contract communication support as an employee of Bowhead Professional Solutions, LLC.



Thursday, March 12, 2015

Public schools, NAVAIR partner to encourage STEM By J. Raynel Koch Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division Public Affairs


ows of black laboratory tables, posters of the periodic table of elements and catchy Albert Einstein words of wisdom were all but forgotten as 36 Great Mills High School students got the first glimpse of their new science project Feb. 9. Over the next three months the students will be building, programming and flying brand new Quadcopters. As part of an educational partnership agreement between Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) and St. Mary’s County Public Schools, the students in Allen Skinner’s STEM 10 Physics and Engineering course will be mentored by professional engineers from the Navy base. “I just wanted to be a part of the students’ curriculum and their ability to learn and to grasp new concepts,” said Steve Hudziak, industrial specialist with NAWCAD Re-

Students examine parts of their Quadcopter kit, which they are going to assemble and program over the next three months for their STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) physics and engineering project.

U.S. Navy photos by J. Raynel Koch

Great Mills High School sophomores decide which roles they will perform to complete a threemonth-long STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) physics and engineering project Feb. 9. search and Engineering (AD 4.1). “I work on base with NAVAIR, and my kids and I have played with [Unmanned Aerial Vehicles] for our own enjoyment, so I have a vested interest because my kids are part of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program.” The students were divided

into teams of six and will learn how to build, pre-program and fly a comprehensive mock rescue mission with the Quadcopters. “I really want to learn teamwork skills and different elements of design,” said sophomore Anna Staats as she eagerly examined her team’s Quadcopter kit. “We actually

have to build this and code part of it. I am really interested and would like to learn more about computer coding.” The rescue mission scenario was co-written as a collective effort between Skinner, members of the NAWCAD Educational Outreach Office and members from the Academy of Model Aeronau-



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tics community at Greenwell State Park, Maryland. “We modeled our specs after some of the robotics competitions and some of the national and international robotics competitions that we already participate in,” said Skinner. “But they’re mostly ground-based robots. They’re the kind you play with on a board. We wanted to try something new with flying and robotics.” The mission planning team also incorporated guidance from the Association for Unmanned Vehicle System International (AUVSI). The 2015 STEM project was

selected by Skinner to give the students an opportunity to acquire a working knowledge of skills that transfer into realworld occupations. “This technology is cutting-edge, and UAVs are big in the news,” said Skinner. This is a field that’s exploding right now. These students are getting the chance to get their hands on some really cool, cutting-edge technology, and that’s exciting.” Note: This is a three part story series that will follow the Great Mills High School students’ 2015 STEM project progress.


Thursday, March 12, 2015


Mission to Mars

Pax Sailor prepares for life on the red planet By Shawn Graham NAS Patuxent River Public Affairs


t. Cmdr. Oscar Mathews, a Navy Reservist and aerospace engineer assigned to Scientific Development Squadron (VXS) 1, is among the 100 hopefuls who made the latest cut for Mars One, a privately funded enterprise that hopes to land a four-person team on the red planet in 2025. Mars is not a hospitable planet. The average temperature is minus 80 degrees Fahrenheit, the atmosphere is not breathable, nor does it provide much protection from radiation. Water is not easily obtained, and the planet is not known to have food. To live on the planet any length of time means every aspect of life must be supported by technology. Should anything go wrong, help from home would probably not arrive. Despite all of this, Mathews is willing to spend the rest of his life on the Red Planet. “Coming back to Earth is probably out of the question,” explained Mathews. “Because no one has devised a way to return from a different planet, the first human explorers to

Lt. Cmdr. Oscar Mathews

Images courtesy of Lt. Cmdr. Oscar Mathews

An artist’s conception provided by Mars One of what their future colony on the red planet could look like. Mars One currently plans to launch a manned mission to Mars in 2024. Mars will live and probably die on Mars.” “A one-way trip to Mars is currently the only way we can get people on Mars within the next 20 years,” Mars One officials wrote on the company website. “This in no way excludes the possibility of a return flight at some point in the future. It is likely that technological progress will make this less complex down the line.” Mathews, who also works as a civilian nuclear engineer

• Mars One estimates the cost of putting the first four people on Mars at $6 billion • The mission was designed using only existing technology • More than 200,000 people worldwide initially applied • In the coming years, a demonstration mission, communication satellites, two rovers and several cargo missions will be sent to Mars • A reliable living environment will be waiting for the astronauts when they arrive on Mars at Naval Sea Systems Command, said when he first read about the trip, he knew this mission was for him and that

the one-way aspect didn’t frighten him. “If you’re going to go to Mars, you may as well stay

there because the whole reason to go to Mars is to conduct research and to establish a habitat,” Mathews said. “By living on Mars, colonists could explore far more of the planet than any singular mission.” While Mathews is confident about being selected, his place on the team isn’t certain. He must make it through two more selection phases to become an astronaut. He has already been medically screened and given an initial interview. The next phase,

according to the Mars One website, will see the 100 candidates divided into groups and then asked to accomplish tasks as a team. After that, a committee will select up to 24 candidates to become full-time employees of the Mars One Astronaut Corps, after which they’ll train for the upcoming mission. “This is an important step for the human race,” Mathews said. “It’s a chance for us to discover alien life and see the universe. Space exploration has been one of my dreams since I was a little boy. I’m looking forward to setting foot on Mars.” Mars One hopes to land four people on Mars in 2025 to establish the first extraterrestrial colony. Four more colonists will follow the next year and more after that. For more information and updates on Mars One, please visit: http://

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TPS was first known as the Test Pilot Training Division 1950s • October 1953: Cmdr. James B. Verdin (Class 8) broke world speed record in an F-4D Skyray

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An F7F Tigercat was one of the aircraft borrowed from Flight Test for test pilots’ training program (Class 0). When the Test Pilot Training Division was established in 1948, an F7F-3 was assigned to the division. It remained in service until 1950.

1960s • May 5, 1961: Alan Shepard (Class 5) became the first American in space with his 15-minute, 302-mile sub-orbital flight in the Mercury 3 spacecraft

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Lt. Gordon Gray (Class 13) in the Douglas A4D Skyhawk, in which he set a world speed record in October 1955.

1970s • April 11, 1970: James A. Lovell, Jr. (Class 20) commanded the Apollo 13 mission. Shortage of oxygen and power caused by an explosion in the service module required the mission be aborted. The spacecraft made a safe splashdown in the Pacific Ocean after a flight of 142 hours and 54 minutes


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How it all began


1980s • Dec. 10, 1982: At the graduation ceremonies for Class 82, Gina Moy, a civilian aeronautical engineer at the Strike Aircraft Test Directorate, Naval Air Test Center, was recognized as the first woman to graduate from USNTPS

U.S. Naval Test Pilot School celebrates 70 years

• 1954: Several members of Class 8 and 9, working at Flight Test as carrier/CV suitability pilots, participated in the first trials of the canted deck, the steam catapult and the MK-7 arresting gear — equipment that changed the nature of carrrier-based warfare.

• Oct. 11, 1968: First manned flight of the Apollo program to put a man on the moon was launched. Wally Schirra, Jr. (Class 20) and two crew members in Apollo 7 made 163 earth orbits during a flight of 260 hours and 9 minutes

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U.S. Navy photo

U.S. Marine Corps Maj. John Glenn Jr., (Class 12) in his F8U-1P Crusader where, on July 16, 1957, he set the coast-to-coast speed record at an average of 725.55 mph.

Compiled by Donna Cipolloni NAS Patuxent River Public Affairs

Seventy years have passed since the first version of today’s United States Naval Test Pilot School opened its doors for business. It all started in 1943 when the Flight Test Group, located at NAS Anacostia, transferred to the newly established NAS Patuxent River. The Test Pilot School evolved from an urgent necessity recognized early on by Cmdr. Charles Thomas “Tom” Booth, who got the ball rolling in 1944 after Cmdr. Sydney S. Sherby earned his graduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and first reported to Pax River to fill a new billet — Chief Project Engineer. Booth, flight test officer at the Naval Air Test Center, tasked Sherby with the job of getting to know the people and becoming familiar with how they were going about testing, at that point. Sherby was given permission to do whatever was necessary to improve the process. Early in January 1945, after months of studying the issue and numerous visits to Langley Field Laboratory, it was determined that if Flight Test was to continue to perform its mission effectively and keep pace with progress in aeronautics, the establishment of some formal program of education for test pilots and engineers would be essential. Cmdr. C.E. Giese, who by then had relieved Booth as flight test officer, agreed. On Feb. 21, Giese appointed Sherby to head a committee of three officers and report back to him in seven days with recommendations. As a result of the extensive work Sherby had been doing, his proposal for an indoctrination course for Navy flight test pilots was ready for review by March 1.

The Earliest Classes

The plan described the outline of the program. The curriculum would cover the fundamentals of aerodynamics, procedures for aircraft performance testing, evaluation of aircraft stability and control characteristics, miscellaneous test and trials, actual in-flight performance testing and flight test reporting in a standardized format. It was scheduled to fit into 37 hours of classroom work with nine hours of flight time spread over ten weeks, meeting Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. Giese approved Sherby’s recommendations and appointed him as Officer in Charge of the Flight Test Pilot’s training program. Sherby provided the classroom instruction while Lt. H.E. McNeely served as flight instructor. The first aircraft used for training purposes were the F6F, FM-2, SBD, TBM and SNJ, which were borrowed from Flight Test. The first class, consisting of 14 pilots and engineers — later designated as class 0a — began March 12, 1945,

and graduated on May 30. Commander of the NATC, Capt. A.D. Storrs gave each student a diploma and a slide rule for their accomplishment. Class 0b convened in October later that same year, but the enrollment was diversified. It included students from other Naval Air Test Center activities.

“Here we are now with a magnificent new plant, a group of first-rate test pilots and engineers, two hangars filled with new high-performance aircraft, and no one here really knows how to test them. We are technically bankrupt, and we are not doing the quality job we should. Now here’s your job and why you are here. I want this place put on a sound modern technical basis with pilots who know what to do when they fly, and engineers who know how to get good data and how to analyze them and prepare good, accurate reports.” Cmdr. Tom Booth, flight test officer, speaking to Cmdr. Sydney Sherby upon his arrival at NAS Patuxent River in July 1944. Sherby would go on to become the director of the Test Pilot Training Division.

A Formal Curriculum is Proposed

In March 1946, newly appointed Commanding Officer of the NATC, Capt. J.D. Barner wrote to the Chief of the Bureau of Aeronautics stating the need for a formal test pilot school, suggesting it be established as a division of NATC. Barner recommended semi-annual classes of about 30 students with a duration of four to five months. About the time Class 0c was in school in 1946, Capt. Frederick M. Trapnell, the man for which Pax River’s air field is named, was ordered to the installation as the commanding officer of NATC. Trapnell previously served as flight test officer when the Flight Test Group was still in Anacostia. His love and interest in test flying proved invaluable to the development of a formal naval test pilot school.

Trapnell sat in on Sherby’s classes and while he was impressed, it became clear that the training program being taught was inadequate, and he requested authorization and funding to establish a full-time course of about 30 students, with classes convening every nine months. His suggestion came from the detailed recommendations submitted by Giese. The estimated cost for the school’s first year was estimated at $25,000. Then-Chief of Naval Operations, Fleet Adm. Chester W. Nimitz, agreed to the request and Trapnell began drafting a final blueprint for the school. Trapnell submitted the final draft to the office of the CNO on Oct. 20, 1947. On Jan. 22, 1948, Trapnell’s plan for a formal test pilot school being a division of the NATC was approved by Adm J.D. Price, deputy chief of Naval Operations. Sherby was relieved of his duties as chief project engineer in the Flight Test Division to assume his new duties as director of the Test Pilot Training Division.

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The Mercury Seven were the original group of astronauts chosen by NASA on April 9, 1959. Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra, Gordon Cooper and Deke Slayton piloted the manned spaceflights of the Mercury program from May 1961 to May 1963. All seven were graduates of USNTPS.

From Then to Now

In 1957, the school’s name was formally changed to the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School. It was listed in the Bureau of Naval Personnel’s Catalog of Naval Schools and was included in the officer special qualifications listed in the Naval Register. Courses were continuously being revised to accommodate new technology which brought about faster and more sophisticated aircraft. As time went on, courses became more complex. Curriculum was expanded and now accommodates three different criteria: fixed wing, rotary wing and airborne systems. The school was forced to move four different times in its history until its present academic facility — Building 2168 — was built in 1993. USNTPS is the only test pilot school in the U.S. military that offers academic courses on helicopters, and the only one in the world for airborne systems. Through the years, USNTPS has trained some of the best known aviators in history, including many of the early astronauts who helped launch the nation’s space program. Today, USNTPS provides instruction to Navy, Marine Corps, Army and Air Force aviators, international aviators/engineers, and civil service engineers. Accepting 36 students at a time and lasting approximately 48 weeks, two classes are offered per year, in February and August. Graduating students use their expertise in the acquisition community, working on aircraft and weapons systems, performing flight tests and managing introduction of new assets to the fleet. (Sources: USNTPS narrative history and class information — 1945 to 1982; Written narrative by Capt. Sydney S. Sherby)

• October 1970: The first Italian, Japanese and Australian students entered the USNTPS in Class 58

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The XF6U-1 Pirate was used at the Test Pilot Training Division in 1949 and 1950. Shown here is the fourth prototype of the aircraft. It had a gross weight of 12,570 lbs. and a top speed of 564 mph at 20,000 feet.

U.S. Navy photo by Shawn Graham

Cmdr. Sydney Sherby graduated from the Naval Academy in 1936 and, after a shipboard tour on USS Ranger (CV 4), entered flight training. He was designated a naval aviator in June 1939. Following a tour in VS-42 on board Ranger and a short tour as a flight instructor in Pensacola, Fla. Sherby earned his master of science in aeronautical engineering in 1944 from MIT. Sherby was a key figure in the establishment of USNTPS.

• June 1975: The school moved into Hangar 110, bringing the flying and academic work together for the first time. Its neighbor was the Naval Air Test Center’s rotary wing hangar • July 1, 1978: USNTPS graduate Adm. Thomas B. Hayward (Class 12) became Chief of Naval Operations

U.S. Navy photo U.S. Navy photo by Shawn Graham

“Reflection”, created by sculptor Rodney Carroll in 1997, adorns the lobby of the United States Naval Test Pilot School.

U.S. Navy photo by Kelly Schindler

U.S. Navy Test Pilot School

There is no class picture of the 110 graduates of the five-element Class 0, but pictured in front of an AM-1 Mauler are four graduates of the class; from left, W.A. Shryock, W.V. Davis, J. Ferguson and J.J. Davidson.

1990s • January 1993: Sunita Williams graduates. Williams, an astronaut and naval aviator holds the record for the longest space flight by a woman • November 1997: USNTPS creates a Short Course Department to provide test and evaluation focused education to the civilian workforce within NAVAIR 2000s • Jan. 13, 2005: Col. Steve Kihara becomes the first U.S. Army commanding officer of USNTPS • Oct. 18, 2013: First nonNavy commanding officer and executive officer assume their duties • May 2014: First UAS DT II final project conducted on an MQ-9C Reaper • November 2014: First System of Systems DTII final project conducted, integrating an AH-64D Apache helicopter, an Aerostar UAV and a ground station Miscellaneous: • There are four major test pilot schools worldwide: USNTPS at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland; U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards AFB in California; Empire Test Pilot School at MoD Boscombe Down in Wiltshire, England; and EPNER, the French test pilot school in Istres, France • There are 43 total aircraft; 12 type model series currently in inventory at USNTPS • Today’s USNTPS curriculum requires approximately 500 academic hours and from 85 to 120 flight hours per student • There have been a total of 87 graduates of USNTPS who have gone on to become astronauts; three are currently still candidates

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For all MWR news, visit www. and click on the Fleet and Family Readiness tab. Special Events Leprechaun Leap 9 a.m. March 14 at the West Basin Marina Gather your friends and co-workers to see who is fearless enough to jump in the Patuxent River on a brisk March morning! $10 for t-shirt; $15 for t-shirt & towel; both come with bragging rights! Open to all with base access, pre-register at the ITT Office. River’s Edge River’s Edge Lunch Bus The River’s Edge Shuttle Bus will be driving out to ATR, Bldg. 2187, and Bldg. 2185 to pick up passengers looking to get out of their office for a great lunch without the worry of losing their parking spot! Check out the River’s Edge website for the shuttle schedule at NRC Solomons Easter Eggstravaganza April 4; 1-3 p.m. at the Large Pavilion Come early for the egg hunt and then join the festivities of bubble making, arts and craft activities, picture time with Peter Rabbit, music and dancing and so much more! Our Easter event is designed for toddlers to 12 years old. First 100 children will be able to die an egg and participate in the hunt. Bring a white t-shirt to make your own spring time tie-dye. Cost: $4.50 E1-E5 & $5 for all others. Easter Brunch April 12 Treat your family to an Easter

Brunch Buffet on Sunday, April 12 at the River’s Edge. Menu featuring: Honey Baked Ham, Seafood Newburg with Jasmine Rice, Roast Leg of Lamb with Apples and Fennel, Grilled Dijon Chicken with Lemon , Whipped Potatoes, Fresh Asparagus Medley, Scrambled Eggs, Home Fried Potatoes, Smokey Bacon-Cheddar Cornbread Muffins, Bacon, Salmon Display, Salad Bar, Pastries, Fresh Fruits, Assorted Dessert display, Jelly Beans, with Iced Tea and Coffee Included. Adults: $20.95, Children 6-11: $10.95, Children Five and Under: $1.00 Reservations Required, Seating times: 11:30 a.m., 12, 2, 2:30 p.m. Coupons not redeemable for this event. Customized Creations Paint N’ Party 5-8 p.m. April 22 Discover your creative side, drink wine, and be merry at the Paint N’ Party at the Bald Eagle Pub. Paint N’ Party offers novice customers the chance to step out of their comfort zone, and spend three hours harnessing their talents and exploring their creativity. Our customers are able to purchase beverages, food, or anything else needed for a great night out. No experience? No problem at Paint N Party, our artist caters to all talents, and makes sure all customers walk away with a masterpiece. So get ready to let loose, and have a great night out! For April’s class we will paint a beautiful poppy. Registration deadline is April 13. Cost: $35 per person

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Center Stage Theater

ITT Garden Plot Rentals Available March 9 Plot size: 30’x75’; $30 plus a $15 refundable clean up deposit charged for each plot rented. For more information, contact the ITT office. Dover 400 Military Discounted Tickets May 31 Priced at only $43.25 the package includes: Reserved Mid-Grandstand Seat (Race Day Price is $84) with Trackside Access Pass to allow you to visit Pit Road and walk on the speedway before the race on Sunday as the race teams set up their Pit Stalls for the day. Only $11 for a special junior ticket and trackside access pass (Ages 14 years and under). Order Deadline is May 15, 2015. Call your ITT office today. Drill Hall Water Warriors — Active Duty Military personnel only Mondays; 1-1:30 p.m. March 16, 23 Did you know that jogging 1000 yards in the water burns as many calories as running 5 miles on a track? Join us for an exciting new program guaranteed to give you more bang for your exercise buck. This new aquatics class is based on jogging while in waist/chest deep water. It is offered only to Active Duty Military personnel and is free! All necessary equipment is provided. All abilities are welcome. So suit up and join this fun impact-free way to boost your cardio endurance. No registration is required.

• Movie Line: 301-342-5033 • Reservations: 301-342-3648 • Ticket Prices: E-1 to E-5 category: adults, $3.50 and youths ages 6-11, $2.50. All others: adults, $4.50; youths ages 6-11, $3.50. • 3-D glasses: $1 • Authorized ID required for admission Thursday, March 12 6:30 p.m., Seventh Son (Rated: PG-13, 1 hr. 42 mins.) In a time of enchantments when legends and magic collide, the sole remaining warrior of a mystical order travels to find a prophesized hero born with incredible powers, the last Seventh Son. Torn from his quiet life as a farmhand, the unlikely young hero embarks on a daring adventure with his battle-hardened mentor to vanquish a dark queen and the army of supernatural assassins she has dispatched against their kingdom. Friday, March 13 6:30 p.m., McFarland, USA (Rated: PG, 2 hrs. 9 mins.) A track coach in a small California town transforms a team of athletes into championship contenders. 9:30 p.m., Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (Rated: R, 1 hr. 34 mins.) When Lou finds himself in trouble, Nick and Jacob fire up the hot tub time machine in an attempt to get back to the past. But they inadvertently land in the future with Adam Jr. Now they have to alter the future in order to save the past... which is really the present, in the sequel from the same team that brought you the original cult hit. Saturday, March 14 4 p.m., SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (Rated: PG, 1 hr. 33 mins.) SpongeBob goes on a quest to discover a stolen recipe that takes him to our dimension, our world, where he tangles with a pirate. 6:30 p.m., Black or White (Rated: PG-13, 2 hrs. 01 mins.) This is the story of a grandfa-


ther who is suddenly left to care for his beloved granddaughter. When her paternal grandmother seeks custody with the help of her brother, the little girl is torn between two families who love her deeply. With the best intentions at heart, both families fight for what they feel is right and are soon forced to confront their true feelings about race, forgiveness, and understanding. Anchored by an all-star cast and based on real events, the movie is a look at two seemingly different worlds, in which nothing is as simple as black or white.

9:30 p.m., Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (Rated: R, 1 hr. 34 mins.) Sunday, March 15 2 p.m., SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (3D) (Rated: PG, 1 hr. 33 mins.) Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17 Theater is not open Wednesday, March 18 6:30 p.m., McFarland, USA (Rated: PG, 2 hrs. 9 mins.)




Thursday, March 12, 2015


News Briefs

Q&A on ‘Live, Virtual and Constructive’ initiative Noon-1 p.m. March 17 “The Vision for Live, Virtual, and Constructive (LVC) Training, From the PMA205 Perspective,” will be the focus of the Acquisition Policy and Process Department’s (AIR 1.1) March Lunchtime Question & Answer (Q&A) session in Building 2272, Room 354.13 (AIR-1.0 Conference Room). Capt. Craig Dorrans, program manager for the Naval Aviation Training Systems Program Office, will discuss the training community’s vision for achieving an LVC capability for naval aviation and the benefits this capability will provide to the fleet. Specific details will include a master plan for simulation, networking of training devices and how ranges and live aircraft will be incorporated into fleetdriven training scenarios. The monthly Lunchtime Q&A sessions are open to all interested military, civilian and contractor employees. Seating is first-come first-serve, and the training is approved for one continuous learning point. Submitting questions prior to each session is highly encouraged, or you can bring questions to the event. More details are available on the PMC Web tool at https:// pt/community/pmc_webtool/1664/pmc_ webtool/69752?page_id=1074. Sign Language Interpreters and VTC are available upon request. For more information, contact Christopher Bukolt at 301-757-6610. 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 5 p.m. Friday, and include a brief


description of where he’s located. One name is drawn from all entries and wins a Center Stage Theater movie ticket. The same person cannot win more than once per month. The March 5 winner was Glendon Brickley who found Gnorman on page 5, in the Sailors Give Back photo. OFF BASE Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community 7:30-9:30 a.m. March 17 Southern Maryland Higher Education Center The Patuxent Partnership briefing with Vice Adm. Jan Tighe, commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. TENTH Fleet, singles out Russia as one of the most sophisticated nation-state players in cyberspace, topping China as the principal cyber threat to the U.S. and provides hints that we may see an increase in “naming and shaming” campaigns in the future. Tighe will speak with the Pax River community about the work of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command and, in recognition of Women’s History month, will talk about her career journey in the Navy. The U.S. Fleet Cyber Command serves as central operational authority for networks, cryptologic/signals intelligence, information operations, cyber, electronic warfare, and space capabilities in support of forces afloat and ashore. U.S. 10th Fleet is the operational division of Fleet Cyber Command and executes its mission through a task force structure similar to other warfare commanders. Giving opening remarks and welcoming Tighe to Pax River will be Vice Adm. David Dunaway, commander, Naval Air Systems Command. Free admission. Advance registration is requested at BECA Scholarship Benefit Dinner and Auction 5:30 p.m. March 20 Bowles Farm, 22880 Budds Creek Road, Clements The community is invited to help raise “Dollars for Scholars” at BECA’S 7th Annual Scholarship Benefit Dinner and Auction, a country-western themed event

with a best dressed contest. Help the St. Mary’s County Class of 2015 graduating seniors continue their education with scholarships. This benefit is a lot of fun and features all local food and fare, with Dan Raley as auctioneer and live music by GeeZer. Ticket prices (partially tax deductible): $75 per couple, $40 per person or $35 for present or past school employees. Auction donations are welcome and scholarship sponsorships available, both fully tax deductible. Get tickets online at http:// Mail checks to BECA, P.O. Box 153, Leonardtown, Marlyand, 20650. For more information:, 301-475-2068 or VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Command Volunteer Coordinator Training Registration deadline March 16 Washington Navy Yard, Building 101, conference room 132 Naval District Washington (NDW) Regional Community Service Program will conduct training for new command volunteer coordinators from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 19. This is a comprehensive training that covers the Navy Community Service Program Reference Guidebook. The Navy Community Service Program is committed to making a difference in national youth educational partnerships and community outreach programs. All participants must register by sending an email to For more information, call 202-433-6854. St. Nicholas Chapel Services Schedule Protestant Services • Worship 11 a.m. Sunday • Men’s Discipleship 6-7:30 p.m. Sunday Religious Programming Center • Women’s Study 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday and 10-11:30 a.m. Thursday Religious Programming Center Catholic Services • Mass 5 p.m. Sundays


ON BASE Sign Up for NHC Patuxent River’s Relay Health It’s now possible to get a non-urgent medical question answered, or a medication renewed without making a trip. Sign up for Relay Health to securely email the care teams at Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River. Visit https://app.relayhealth. com/RegistrationV2.aspx.



Thursday, March 12, 2015

Around Town Free Tax Help 2 p.m. March 18 Lexington Park Library Lifestyles of Maryland Foundation, Inc. External Link will provide free IRS-certified tax return preparation assistance for households with income of $53,000 or less. Appointments are necessary. Schedule one by calling 1-866-293-0623 Exploring the Connection Between Modern Tattoo Art and the Marine Tradition 3 p.m. March 15 Calvert Marine Museum Harms Gallery Free lecture presented by Jay Coleman, artist, tattoo artist and educator.

Night at the Museum 5-8 p.m. March 19 Patuxent River Naval Air Museum The museum is open late on the third Thursday of every month. Bring your co-workers and friends to decompress and hang out. Refreshments available. Regular admission fees apply. Maryland Day at Historic St. Mary’s City 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 21 St. Mary’s City Visitor Center Celebrate Maryland’s 381st anniversary with ceremony, pageantry, speeches and free admission to living history and museum exhibits. • Discover other things to do and

places to go throughout the area by visiting: St. Mary’s County events: St. Mary’s County libraries: Calvert County events: Calvert County libraries: Charles County events: calendar-date/month

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

financially stable. Trained individuals will represent their command and provide education at the command level. If you have any questions about signing up for the class please contact Jim Walsh at the Fleet & family Support Center 301-342-5442, No cost, local orders required.

Playgroup at Glen Forrest Community Center: 10-11 a.m. March 12, 19, 26 SAPR Refresher Training: 1-3 p.m. March 31 Ten Steps to a Federal Job: 1-4 p.m. March 12 How to Create a Budget: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. March 18 Resume Writing: 1-4 p.m. March 18

Ready Navy Hazardous weather is possible any time. Get a free information packet on how to prepare for hurricanes, severe weather and other potential emergencies at the Fleet and Family Support Center.

Command Financial Specialist Training 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. April 13-17 CFS training is designed to provide financial education and training counseling and information referral at the command level. To qualify for this CFS training the candidate must be E-6 or above, highly motivated and

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. To make an appointment with a counselor, call 301-3424911 or 202-685-6019. Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) EFMP is a DOD program that ad-

dresses 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 longterm goals. Take control of your finances and make an appointment with a counselor by calling 301-342-5442. Find Your Command Ombudsman Find out who your Ombudsman is. Visit www.ombudsmanregistry. org, click on “Contact Your Ombudsman” and follow the prompts, or call 301-757-1861 to speak with the NAS Patuxent River Ombudsman Coordinator.

Little Flower School 2015 Mulch Sale • Hardwood mulch for $4.25 for a 3 cubic foot bag • Free delivery for orders of 20 or more bags. Orders will be delivered between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. We will only deliver to St. Mary’s County, North of St. Mary’s City and South of Route 234. Orders outside this area will have to be picked up at the school. Pick up times are from 7:00am to 2:00pm. • Order forms available at:

Orders need to be received, with payment, by March 14th. Pick-up and Delivery Date is March 21st

20410 Point Lookout Road • Great Mills, Maryland 20634 Email: Website:



Please Call LFS at 301-994-0404

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