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MARCH 28, 2013

Military working dogs patrol Pax River

By Donna Cipolloni Tester staff writer

A second military working dog was added to NAS Patuxent River’s Public Safety Department when Abba, a 2 1/2-year-old Belgian Malinois, joined the force in December. “We currently have two MWDs and three handlers,” explained Master-at-Arms 1st Class Kenneth Mack, kennel supervisor and handler. “One of our teams is Abba and MA3 [Lance] Kalahar and the other is Bleck and MA2 [Evan] Desrosiers.” Bleck, a 5-year-old German shepherd, joined the department in May 2012. German shepherds and Belgian malinois are two breeds most often used as military working dogs because of their high energy, intelligence, athleticism and loyalty. Abba, dual-certified for patrol and detection, came to Pax River from the Military Working Dog Training Program located at Lackland Air

Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. Lackland is the MWD program headquarters and provides dogs to all branches of the armed services. Kalahar, her handler, must also undergo weeks of certification training and know how to care for and control his canine partner, learn basic obedience commands, and the proper procedures for patrolling and searching an area. “I communicate with her through verbal and hand commands then reward her with toys and praise when she performs the commands properly,” he said. “She loves her toys and will work very hard to get them—and to please me.” As a new team, it’s important for Kalahar to bond with Abba and build a rapport by playing with her and running her through the training/obedience obstacle course daily. “It’s fun for the dogs but also provides lots of realworld scenarios to prepare them for situations they may encounter like confined

spaces, window obstacles, stairs, A-frames, catwalks or jumping up onto high surfaces,” Mack said. “It gets them acclimated and makes them comfortable.” When Kalahar is training Abba to perform a task, he tries to looks at it from her perspective. “I ask how I would get a dog to do this,” he explained. “I try to get into the dog’s head and find out what drives it, then harness that drive to make the dog do what I want. It takes a lot of patience and creativity.” The Pax MWDs are used not only to sniff out contraband or to locate and attack a perpetrator, but to also provide a psychological deterrent. “We’ll patrol our MWDs in the areas of highest visibility like the entry gates, the fence line, or large public gathering spaces like the NEX,” Mack said. “We also conduct routine building searches. If anyone is

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U.S. Navy photo by Donna Cipolloni

Abba, NAS Patuxent River’s newest military working dog, works daily with her handler, Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Lance Kalahar, on the installation’s training/obedience obstacle course. The course tests the dog’s agility and coordination and prepares her for real-life scenarios she may face such as confined spaces, hurdles, stairs, A-frames and more. Abba, certified in both detection and patrol, can reach a running speed of 25 to 30 mph.



Thursday, March 28, 2013

Women’s History Month

STEM theme hits home with women engineers By Connie Hempel NAS Patuxent River Public Affairs For the past century, the woman’s role in society has evolved by leaps and bounds. The 1920s brought women more independence and rights; the 1960s opened more doors to different career fields and equal pay, improving women’s economic status; and even this past decade brought women opportunities to hold greater leadership roles in America and more warfighting roles in the military. Since 1981, the nation has set March aside as a time to celebrate women, their accomplishments and the impact they continue to bring to society. In line with this year’s theme: “Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics,” the Tester spoke with two Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division women engineers, Susanna Kaumeyer and Vimaris Guadalupe, who were both nominated for recognition by their supervisors for their continued superior work and accomplishments.

Susanna Kaumeyer

Coming from a family of scientists, Kaumeyer, a chemical engineer in the NAWCAD industrial and operational chemicals department, said she always knew engineering was the field for her. “I knew I wanted to do something chemistry-related and I liked the math, science, and physics part, so I went into chemical engineering,” she said. With encouragement from her high school physics teacher, Kaumeyer applied for and was ac-

What is the history behind the rate of Yeoman (F)? Bonus: What was the other name for the rate? Find the answer somewhere in this issue.

cepted to an internship at NAWCAD her senior year. “That internship showed me things that I had never really seen before,” she said about that first year here in 2007. “So, I came back every summer and winter break while I was in college.” The University of Maryland graduate said in the past people may have viewed chemical engineering as a field for men, associating it with working in the oil fields. However, when she graduated in 2011, half of her graduating class was women. “I think women have come to realize [chemical engineering] is a much broader field than it used to be,” she said. “More opportunities have opened up and more women are getting involved.” Kaumeyer encourages all young students to not to give up and “do not let anyone intimidate you no matter what career field you’re interested in.” “If it’s something you want to do and it’s what you enjoy, work as hard as you can to do it,” she said.

Vimaris Guadalupe

Growing up in a constructionheavy state of Florida, Guadalupe, a NAWCAD civil engineer, said she was always around engineering. But, it wasn’t until a high school field trip that she found it her calling. “They were showing us how they were constructing these massive tanks for the animals,” she said. “The construction of

the concrete, the evaluations and calculations that went into such a massive site, that was what sparked my interest.” Guadalupe has been at Pax since 1999 when she started out in Public Works taking customer requirements for new facilities and buildings, creating structural designs and reviewing designs for approval. She said since she’s been in the field, she’s noticed more women working alongside her. But, while things have changed and many doors have opened for women in engineering, Guadalupe said she still hears young female students hold a stigma about civil engineering. A frequent guest speaker at local schools, Guadalupe said she finds that young female students are very hesitant with science and math, even if they like it. “They don’t think that it’s what they should be doing,” she said. “But I encourage them to continue with their math and science because there are so many possibilities out there for those who have that type of knowledge and skill; not everyone has it.” By reaching out and talking to classes, Guadalupe tries to influence the young students by showing them the different aspects of civil engineering such as the designs and drawings, and how it all makes the finished product. “They see civil engineering as ‘dirty work,’ not a nice, clean desk job,” she said. “But it’s not necessarily about going out in the field and ‘being sweaty.’”

U.S. Navy photo by Connie Hempel

Susanna Kaumeyer, a chemical engineer with Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, tests paints for durability against corrosion before they’re put on Navy assets. Kaumeyer said careers such as chemical engineering offer women more options than before. Kaumeyer, Guadalupe and other women engineers make up only 25 percent of STEM professionals, according to the Department of Commerce. There are many possible factors contributing to the discrepancy of women and men in STEM jobs, the DOC notes, including: a lack of female role models, gender stereotyping and less familyfriendly flexibility in the STEM fields. One avenue to help overcome this gap is by promoting the STEM field to young female students, like Guadalupe does when she volunteers to speak about her career at local schools. Guadalupe encourages other women engineers to get involved with the student population. “Somebody encouraged you,” she said. “It’s time to pass it on.”

U.S. Navy photo by Connie Hempel

Vimaris Guadalupe, a civil engineer with Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, said young female students are still hesitant to be successful with science and math subjects, but she encourages them to be successful in those subjects because not many people have those skills and because of the endless possibilities.

New year, bright outlook: Celebrating Women’s History Month

By Valisa Harris Women’s Advisory Group Mentoring Sub-team Lead

Professional Development with WAG Brown bag lunch events Panel discussions „ Power hours „ Mentoring „

In recognition of March being Women’s History Month, Naval Air Systems Command’s Women’s Advisory Group, also known as WAG, commemorates this year’s celebration with the theme “Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.” Women have served in and with the Navy since before American Revolution and became an official part of the Navy with the establishment of the Navy Nurse Corps in 1908. Today, there are more than 54,000 women on active duty and


Call Jessica Lynch at 301-995-3937. more than 10,000 female reservists who currently serve in the Navy, comprising more than 17 percent of the Navy Total Force. Women also make up more than one-third of the Department of Defense civilian workforce. With a focus on advanced avionics and weapons technologies,

NAVAIR offers women a variety of technical career paths to include many formerly dominated traditionally by men. “The most important advice to women who want to pursue a STEM career is to have confidence and go for it,” said Leslie Taylor, director of Flight Test Engineering and co-executive champion of the WAG. “Confidence, courage, competence and commitment are the four Cs needed to be successful.” Established in 2011, WAG operates under NAVAIR’s Executive Diversity Council, a senior leadership group that provides guidance, advisory and support in areas related to workforce diversity and inclusion for members and non-members to discuss topics

related to both women and men in the workplace. With national representation from all NAVAIR sites and disciplines, the WAG makes recommendations to NAVAIR senior leaders on topics such as family friendly work policies, STEM initiatives and mentorship. “In order for the Command to accomplish its mission, we must attract and retain the best and the brightest among our nation. Our focus on diversity and inclusion is designed to ensure we achieve that reality in ways that benefit every employee,” said Vice Adm. David Dunaway, NAVAIR commander. Along with Taylor, WAG is cochampioned by Rear Adm. CJ Jaynes, commander, Fleet Readiness Centers and NAVAIR assistant commander for logistics and

industrial operations, and Jerry Short, NAVAIR Comptroller. “During Women’s History Month it is important that we take this time to recognize the outstanding contributions of women who have truly made a difference by overcoming adversity and shattering glass ceilings,” Short said.”Over the years, I have worked for and with many hardworking, smart and accomplished women so I know first-hand the talented women we have at NAVAIR.” The WAG champions have been instrumental in not only continuing the tradition of demonstrating successful leadership but also provide guidance to keep the team focused on making a difference at NAVAIR.


Thursday, March 28, 2013

Clinic update: Getting urgent care when it’s needed Knowing what to do before the need for urgent care services arises could save you money in the long run. Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River beneficiaries who make calling 301-342-1506 their first step, whether it’s during clinic hours or afterhours, are on track for TRICARE coverage. Urgent care services are medically necessary services for an illness or injury that could potentially develop into a disability or even death if professional attention is delayed longer than 24 hours. Patients in need of urgent care during the Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River hours should speak to a clinic nurse by calling 301-342-1506. The nurse evaluates the patient’s symptoms and determines if same-day care is needed. If same-day care is needed, the patient is offered an acute appointment at the clinic. If there are no appointments available at the clinic, the patient receives a referral to visit a local urgent care center. For urgent care after normal clinic hours, to include weekends, patients must consult with the Naval Health Clinic’s on-call provider for authorization to seek

care in the civilian network. The patient must call 301-342-1506. An answering service contacts the oncall provider, and the patient’s call is returned call within 30 minutes. Patients who obtain urgent care before getting the on-call provider’s approval must call the Naval Health Clinic the next business day, if possible, to request a referral that urgent care visit. Again, the number to dial is 301342-1506. Patients who do not obtain a referral from their primary care manager within three business days will be financially responsible for the urgent care services obtained in the civilian network. Beneficiaries must also obtain authorization for urgent care when travelling by contacting their Primary Care Manager or the TRICARE North Region contractor at 1-877-TRICARE (874-2273). The TRICARE pocket cards and the “Traveling with Prime” info sheet, both available at the TRICARE office in the clinic, provide beneficiaries with quick access to important phone numbers. For more information about urgent care, contact Lt. Cmdr. Alison Faith at 301-995-3681. Courtesy of the Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River.

TRICARE Affiliated Urgent Care Centers Located in Southern Maryland


Navy Medical Corps celebrates 142 years

Dunkirk Urgent Care: 410-286-7911 10845 Towne Center Road, Suite 108 Dunkirk, MD Open: Weekdays, 6-10 p.m.; weekends, noon to 10 p .m. Solomons Urgent Care Center: 410-394-2800 14090 Solomons Island Road Solomons, MD Open: Weekdays, 6-10 p.m.; weekends, noon to 10 p.m. St. Mary’s Express Care, 301290-5910 37767 Market Drive Charlotte Hall, MD Open: Weekdays, 4-10 p.m.; weekends, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Breton Medical Center Urgent Care: 301-737-0500 J. Patrick Jarboe Medical Center Building 22590 Shady Court California, MD Open: Weekdays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; weekends, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

U.S. Navy photo by Yeoman 2nd Class Nathan Sheddy

From left, Cmdr. Bruce Deschere, Lt. Sandra McLaughlin, and Dr. Joseph Charlot cut the ceremonial birthday cake in honor of the Navy Medical Corps’ 142nd birthday during a ceremony at the Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River on March 15. A family medicine physician, Deschere is the most “seasoned” Medical Corps Officer at the clinic while McLaughlin, a flight surgeon, is the youngest medical corps officer. Charlot is an occupational health physician and an integral part of the clinic’s military-civilian health-care team.

News briefs On base: Cedar Point Ladies Golf Association Season Kick Off

April 9, 8 a.m. Cedar Point Golf Course The Cedar Point Ladies Golf Association kicks off its season with a continental breakfast followed by collecting the annual dues of $45, a short business meeting and then nine-hole fun play. Players of all ages and any level with base access are welcome to join. CPLGA members play each Tuesday from April until October with a reserved 8:30 a.m. tee time. During the course of the golfing season, golf clinics may be available for CPLGA members with the PGA Teaching Pro at the golf course at a small additional cost. For more information, contact Shirl Vatter at 301-481-9655.

AtHoc Registrations

The purple globe option for AtHoc registration has been reestablished and is now available for use. To access, right click on globe located at the bottom right portion of your computer screen, select “Access Self Service,” then “Devices.” Under the devices tab, you can add all of the devices you would like to receive alerts on. If you continue to have issues with registration, contact jerome.ray@ or

Defense Travel System Scam

There is phishing scam directed at the users of the DTS System. The scam consists of the DTS user receiving an email asking them to log into DTS at to sign their authoriza-

tion immediately or their travel reservations are subject to cancellation. Note that the furnished link reflects a dot-com; the correct DTS website uses only a dot-mil address. For more information, call the NAVAIR National Help Desk at 301-342-3104 or 888-292-5919.

Burger Burn (hot dogs, too)

Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 1 pm. NAWCAD headquarters, building 2185 Come support the NAS Patuxent River Recreation Committee.

Income Tax Assistance

Weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. NAS Patuxent River Legal Office The Navy’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance/Electronic Tax Filing program offers active-duty and retired military, family members and some Reservists free self-service electronic tax filing. Stop by NAS Patuxent River Legal Office in building 409 for more details and to pick up a VITA intake form. Appointments are available until April 15. Call 301-342-7643.

Meet the Airplane

Pax River Naval Air Museum April 20, noon to 3 p.m. The next Meet the Airplane features the museum’s F4D Skyray, its oldest aircraft .

Where’s Gnorman

Somewhere in this issue we’ve hidden Gnorman the gnome. Be the first to call in his location and receive two free Center Stage Theater movie tickets; good for any Center Stage movie. The same person cannot win more than

once a month. Last week’s winner was Chris Isselbacher. Contest calls are not taken after 4:30 p.m. Friday. Call the Tester staff at 301342-4163.

sessions: July 15-18 and July 22-25. For more information, contact Dr. Laura Carpenter, at 301-475-5511, ext. 106 or email lmcarpenter@

Off base:

AF Teen Leadership Summits

Great Mills Road Construction

The Maryland State Highway Administration has begun a project to resurface 2.5 miles of MD 246, Great Mills Road, from St. Mary’s Square to MD 5, Point Lookout Road, in Great Mills. Work includes milling, resurfacing and restriping all through travel lanes, as well as the MD 237, Chancellor’s Run Road, tie-in with MD 246. All work takes place at night, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday. During these hours a lane closure and flagging operation may be used to guide motorists safely through the work zone. On average 18,000 vehicles travel this stretch of MD 246 every day.

Summer Space Camp Registrations

Registrations for the Summer Space Camp at Great Mills High School are available on the St. Mary’s County Public School website,; click on the “Students/Parents” tab. The program is held over four days, Monday through Thursday, and provides STEM—science, technology, engineering and mathematics— classes in a fun learning environment for students in grades 2-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-11. There are two

Deadline: April 15 Aug. 13-18 in Estes Park, Colo. Registrations for the sixth annual Air Force Reserve/Air National Guard Teen Leadership Summits are available at www. This week-long camp is for Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard family members between ages 14-18. Focus is on leadership development and self-confidence, information on programs and services available to Air Force family members, and building an appreciation for and sense of belonging to the Air Force community.

College Opportunities Survey

The Southern Maryland Higher Education Council, with the support of the Patuxent Partnership, is conducting a survey to determine the demand for increased college opportunity in Charles, Calvert and St. Mary’s counties. The survey takes 5-7 minutes to complete. Responses are confidential, and nothing on the survey is used for marketing, telemarketing or commercial purposes. The survey will help the Southern Maryland Higher Education Council recommend ways to formulate long- and short-term plans to improve access to higher education in the area. Complete the survey at https://www.surveymonkey. com/s/SOMDEmployerMil.

Scholarships: Naval Officers’ Spouses’ Club of Washington, D.C.

Deadline: Monday The Naval Officers’ Spouses’ Club of Washington, D.C. is accepting applications from family members of active-duty officers, enlisted, Reserve or retired Navy service members. Scholarship awards are available to for high school seniors and spouses. Applications are available at www. Completed applications must be postmarked by the deadline. Contact Mary Page at

NMCRS Scholarships, Interest-Free Loans

Eligible applicants includes spouses or youths age 22 and younger of Sailors and Marines who are on active duty, retired or died while on active duty or in a retired status. Apply at www.

Patuxent River Alumni Extension Chapter

The Patuxent River Alumni Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers offers its Second Annual STEM’s Future Leaders $1,000 scholarship for Southern Maryland public and private high school graduating seniors. Students must be accepted and attend a college or university majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics in the fall 2013 and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Apply at



Thursday, March 28, 2013

Two PMA-275 members share time and love for Special Olympics By Jim O’Donnell V-22 Joint Program Office (PMA-275) Public Affairs It’s an early Saturday morning, but instead of sleeping in after a hard week at work, Mark Fondren is prepping his basketball team for tournament competition. Fondren, an integrated production team lead in the V-22 Joint Program Office (PMA 275) at NAS Patuxent River, can’t imagine being anywhere else. Fondren was at Oakdale High School in Ijamsville, Md., on March 23 for the 2013 Special Olympics Maryland State Basketball Tournament. The tournament is one of many for Fondren, who has helped Special Olympic athletes in St. Mary’s county for the past eight years. The Special Olympic motto is “Let me win; but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt,” and Fondren knows firsthand about bravery. His son, Joshua, is a Special Olympian. Joshua was born with Sturge-Weber syndrome (SWS), a birth disorder characterized by a port-wine stain birthmark and nervous system problems. Symptoms can include seizures, paralysis or weakness on one side and learning disabilities. Fondren said his son’s special ability is right-side weakness. “He started off playing mainstream soccer, but he couldn’t keep up with the other kids,” Fondren said. “We [him and his wife Sharon] definitely appreciate the value and importance of team sports and we wanted to keep him participating so we tried Special Olympics and he just loved it,” Fondren said.

HOW TO VOLUNTEER Special Olympics volunteer opportunities in St. Mary’s County: „ „ „ 301-373-3469 Air Force 2nd Lt. Nicholas Bixby, also from PMA-275, is one of Fondren’s assistant basketball coaches. Bixby’s older brother, Jason, who lives in Philadelphia, has Down syndrome, a genetic condition in which the person is born with 47 chromosomes instead of 46. Its symptoms vary from person to person and can range from mild to severe. Bixby, a development project manager for the Air Force version of the V-22, has been involved with the Special Olympics for as long as he can remember. “Jason and I had always played basketball in the alley, and I just started helping out with his team,” said Bixby, whose parents remain heavily involved with Special Olympics in Philadelphia. Bixby believes most of the people involved in Special Olympics are family members of the athletes. “I think, maybe, 90 percent are family members or relatives of those with special needs,” Bixby said. Fondren agrees, but said he’s always looking for more help. “I’m always recruiting volunteers to help,” Fondren said. “It is how [Bixby] is the Victim Advocates. NAS Patuxent River has more than 110 advocates who are specially trained to support victims by: „ Responding immediately to victims, 24/7: 301-481-1057; „ Explaining reporting options; „ Accompanying victims through medical, investigative and legal procedures; and „ Providing information and referrals.

Suicide Awareness/Prevention All classes held at the Fleet and Family Support Center unless noted. Open to active duty, retired and reserve military. Reservations are Necessary 301-342-4911. April is the Navy Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Month The Navy’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program is designed to meet the needs of victims of sexual assault. One important aspect of the program

Tuesday, 3-4 p.m.

Are You Properly Insured for Life’s Stages? (brown bag) Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Playgroup at Glen Forrest Community Center Thursdays, 10-11 a.m.

U.S. Navy photo by Jim O’Donnell

Air Force 2nd Lt. Nicholas Bixby, left, and Mark Fondren give their basketball team last-minute coaching instructions during their tournament at Oakdale High School in Ijamsville, Md., on March 23. Bixby and Fondren, both Special Olympics basketball coaches in St. Mary’s County, led their team to a win for the Traditional 3v3 division championship at the 2013 Special Olympics Maryland State Basketball Tournament on March 23. Bixby and Fondren work in the V-22 Joint Program Office (PMA 275) at NAS Patuxent River. got connected to the program here in St. Mary’s County.” Fondren said volunteers can come from some unlikely routes. “A lot of time people have to perform community service for some reason or another and they tend to volunteer after their time is finished.” Both agree their participation in Special Olympics pays out ten-fold over the time and effort they put into it. “It’s rewarding and it’s not a huge time commitment,” Bixby said. “It’s a couple of

hours on Saturday and Sunday or a day for the tournaments. It’s really about seeing the kids progress in their skills, overcome challenges and building on that sense of pride and accomplishment.” Fondren said the Special Olympics has boosted his son’s self-confidence, enlarged his circle of friends and he would probably volunteer if his son didn’t participate. “I really do love coaching these kids,” he said.

Marriage is a Work of Heart

Transition Assistance Program TAP/ETAP/RETIREE

April 9, 8:30-10 a.m.

April 15-23, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Parenting SOS-Ages 5-12

(three sessions) April 9, 16 and 23, noon to 2 p.m.

Interviewing Techniques

College Saving, FAFAS Information April 17, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Family Readiness Training

April 10, 1-4 p.m.

April 17, 6-7:30 p.m. Housing Community Center

Anger Management

(three two-hour sessions) April 11, 18 and 25, 2-4 p.m.

Budget for Baby at building 401 April 24, 10 a.m. to noon

Infant Massage at Glen Forrest Community Center

Ten Steps to a Federal Job

SAPR Refresher Training

Stress Management for Parents

April 11 and 18, 9-9:45 a.m. April 14, 1-2 p.m.

April 24, 1-4 p.m.

April 29, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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Thursday, March 28, 2013


Commands celebrate achievements, milestones

U.S. Navy photo by Gary Younger

Wagner named FRCMA Civilian of the Year

U.S. Navy photo by Gary Younger

Millen marks 30 years

Dan Nega, acting Deputy Assistant Commander for Logistics and Industrial Operations (Air-6.0), presents Linda Millen with a certificate signifying 30 years as a government employee. Millen works in Military Manpower in Air 6.0.

For all MWR news, visit mil/Patuxent and click on Fleet and Family Readiness. April is the Month of the Military Child; see how MWR is to celebrating. All month long activities: „ Children eat free at the River’s Edge with the purchase of adult lunch. Limit two children per adult meal. Children’s free lunch limited to the hot buffet selection only. „ Free bowling shoes for military children at the Drill Hall Bowling Center. „ Free child mini golf game with adult game purchase at NRC Solomons. Special events: „ Easter EGGstravaganza: Saturday, 1-3 p.m. at the NRC Solomons Large Pavilion „ Month of the Military Child Field Day: Monday, 12:30-3 p.m. at the track behind Fire Station 2. „ Playgroup at Glen Forrest Community Center: Thursdays from 10-11 a.m. „ Parent’s Night Out: Pizza and Board Game Night: April 5, 6-9 p.m. at the Rassieur Youth Center. „ Learn-to-Swim registration at NRC Solomons Aquatics Center: Military-only beginning April 6, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; military and DOD Civilians April 13-14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. „ Free Swimming for Military Kids at the Drill Hall Pool: April 6, 11 4 p.m. „ Parenting SOS-Ages 5-12 (three sessions): April 9, 16, and 23, noon to 2 p.m. at the Fleet and Family Support Center. „ Infant Massage at Glen Forrest Community Center: April 11 and 18, 9-9:45 a.m. „ Purple Up Day: April 15, Dress in Purple to support Military Youth. „ College Saving and FAFAS Information: April 17, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Fleet and Family Support Center. „ NAS Pax River Earth Day Celebration Run/Walk in support of SAPR: April 18 at the Beach House. „ NAS Patuxent River Environmental Division Celebrates Earth Day April 18; 9 a.m. to noon at the Beach House.

Robert N. Wagner, left, is presented with a certificate by Capt. Michael Zarkowski, after being named the Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic Site Patuxent River 2012 Civilian of the Year. Wagner is a Powered Support Systems repairer while Zarkowski is the FRC Mid-Atlantic commanding officer. The presentation was made March 11 during a ceremony at NAS Patuxent River. „ Rassieur Youth Center Beach Clean-up: April 18. „ Second Annual Arts and Crafts Spring Fling: April 20, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Drill Hall. „ Budget for Baby at building 401: April 24, 10 a.m. to noon. „ Free Bowling for Military Kids: April 27, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Drill Hall Bowling Center. „ Stress Management for Parents: April 29, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Fleet and Family Support Center.

NRC Solomons

For more information on recreational events at Navy Recreation Center Solomons, contact Jennifer Marchant at or 410-286-8365. Easter EGGstravaganza-NRC Solomons Saturday, 1-3 p.m. Large Pavilion Military children get a free T-shirt to tie-dye. Join the fun of Easter at NRC Solomons. Scheduled events activities: Egg hunt, bubble making, arts and craft activities, picture time with Peter Rabbit, music and dancing and more. The first 100 children get to dye an egg and participate in the egg hunt. This Easter event is designed for toddlers to youths up to age 12. Bring a white T-shirt to make your own spring time tie-dye. Cost is $4.50 for E1-E5, and $5 for all others. Open to active-duty and retired military, Reservists, DOD Civilians and family members of all ages. *Sponsored by Lincoln Military Housing. *NAS Patuxent River thanks and appreciates its sponsors. However, neither the NAS Patuxent River nor the Federal Government officially endorses any company, product or service. Learn-to-Swim Registration at NRC Solomons Military-only: April 6, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Military and DOD Civilians: April 13 and 14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. NRC Aquatics Center There are three Learn-to-Swim sessions: June 18 to July 5, July 9-26 and July 30 to Aug. 15. Each session cost is $45 for E1-E5, and $50 for all others. Energy Zone Register for all Energy Zone classes at the Fitness and Sports Office. For more in-

U.S. Navy photo by Personnel Specialist 2nd Class Jheyson Giraldo

Squires earns Clinic Sailor of the Year, Achievement Medal

From left, Capt. Mike Vernere, Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River commanding officer, presents Hospital Corpsman 1st Class David Squires with the Navy Achievement Medal during an awards ceremony March 22. Squires was selected as the Clinic’s 2012 Senior Sailor of the Year and assigned as the leading petty officer for the Medical Homeport Clinic. formation, call 301-995-3869 or 301-7573943. Belly Dancing Classes Tuesday to May 21; Tuesdays, 7-8 p.m. Want to improve your fitness level and have fun at the same time? Then Belly Dancing is just what you’re looking for. No previous dance experience is required, just the desire to try something new and enjoy the physical benefits this dance can bring. Belly dance is a low impact way to improve muscle tone, flexibility and confidence. All fitness levels welcome

Customized Creations

To register for classes and for more information, call 301-342-6293 or stop by Customized Creations in building 652 off of Millstone Road.

Basic Jewelry Making April 11, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Learn color theory, how to make wire wraps, use crimps, the proper tools, and the right way to open and close metal rings, earrings, and more. Examples are available for viewing and inspiration. Cost is $30 with a $15 materials fee; all supplies are provided. Instructor: Tammy Vitale. Basic Copper Etching Class April 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Learn to etch copper to use for jewelry and mixed media pieces. Cost is $30 with a $15 materials fee; all supplies are provided. Instructor: Tammy Vitale.

Cedar Point Golf Course

Call 301-342-3597 for more information. Free Active-Duty Golf Clinics April 11, 18 and 25, 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Two clinics held each Thursday for three weeks. Each clinic lasts one hour. No registration is necessary. All equipment is provided. Opening Day Scramble April 13; register at the Cedar Point Golf Course until April 9 Cost is $45 which includes greens fee, cart, coffee, donuts and prizes $30 For Punch card Players. Open to all authorized patrons and their guests. Four-person scramble, no handicap restrictions.

U.S. Navy photo by Connie Hempel

Murray takes two more

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 2nd Class (AW/SW) Jawann Murray receives his Certificate of Reenlistment from reenlisting officer Lt. Cmdr. Clinton Stonewall during a ceremony March 22. Murray has seven years Navy service and committed to two more.

River’s Edge Catering and Conference Center

To make a reservation or for more information, stop by River’s Edge or call 301-3423656.

Easter Brunch Sunday, three seatings: 11:30 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. The annual Easter Brunch at River’s Edge fills up fast so make your reservations today. Cost is: Adults, $21.95; youths and children ages 6-16, $10.95; children ages 3-5, $3; and children 2 and younger are free. Spring Brunch at the River’s Edge April 14, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Welcome in the spring with a special Sunday Brunch at River’s Edge. The menu consists of sautéed chicken breast with mango, fresh green beans, roasted red skinned potatoes, French toast, frittata with ham and spinach, bacon, sausage, fresh fruits, Caesar salad and pastries. Cost is: Adults, $12.95; youths and children ages 6-16, $9.95; children ages 3-5, $3; children 2 and younger are free. Coupons are redeemable. Comics on Duty Tickets on sale now April 18, buffet at 5 p.m., show at 6:30 p.m. Join us for an evening of laughs and good times as Comics on Duty returns for another show. Advanced tickets are $15, or $20 at the door. Price includes an extensive and appetizer buffet. Tickets sold at the River’s Edge and the MWR ITT Office, or by phone at 301342-3656.

Drill Hall

Register for a class and get more information at the Fitness and Sports Office or call 301-757-1194.

Attention Patrons Funding issues have affected many of our runs and walks. These events will continue to be held however, the events will now be free to participate. T-shirts, prizes, trophies and refreshments will not be provided unless covered by sponsorship. Patrons who have already paid to participate in events may return to the Fitness and Sports Office for a full refund. Events affected include: Earth Day/SAPR 5K Run/ Walk on April 18; Triathlon on June 1; and the Team Triathlon on Sept. 7.



Thursday, March 28 6:30 p.m., Identity Thief Unlimited funds have allowed Diana to live it up on the outskirts of Miami, buying whatever strikes her fancy. But, there’s a glitch: The ID she’s using to finance these sprees reads “Sandy Bigelow Patterson” and it belongs to an accounts rep who lives halfway across the U.S. With only one week to hunt down the con artist before his world implodes, the real Sandy Bigelow Patterson heads south to confront the woman with an all-access pass to his life. Rated: R (1 hr, 51 min) Friday, March 29 6:30 p.m., Safe Haven A suspenseful story about a young woman’s struggle to find love again after moving to a small North Carolina town. Her reluctance to join the tight-knit community raises questions about her past. Slowly, she begins put-


Thursday, March 28, 2013

Gary’s warnings and bounds off for yet another exciting mission. But when Scorch finds himself caught in a fiendish trap set by the evil Shanker it’s up to scrawny, risk-adverse Gary to do the real rescuing. As the interplanetary stakes rise to new heights, Gary is left to save his brother, his planet, his beloved wife Kira and their adventure hungry son Kip. Rated: PG (1 hr, 35 min)

ting down roots, and gains the courage to start a relationship with Alex, a widowed store owner with two young children. But dark secrets intrude on her new life with such terror that she is forced to rediscover the meaning of sacrifice and rely on the power of love. Rated: PG-13 (1 hr, 56 min)

9 p.m., A Good Day to Die Hard Iconoclastic, take-noprisoners cop John McClane for the first time finds himself on foreign soil after traveling to Moscow to help his wayward son Jack—unaware that Jack is really a highlytrained CIA operative out to stop a nuclear weapons heist. With the Russian underworld

in pursuit, and battling a countdown to war, the two McClanes discover their opposing methods make them unstoppable heroes. Rated: R (1 hr, 37 min) Saturday, March 30 4 p.m., Escape from Planet Earth (3D) Astronaut Scorch Super-

nova is a national hero to the blue alien population. A master of daring rescues, Scorch pulls off astonishing feats with the quiet aid of his nerdy, by-the-rules brother, Gary. When BASA’s no-nonsense chief Lena informs the brothers of an SOS from a notoriously dangerous planet, Scorch rejects

6:30 p.m., Safe Haven 9 p.m., A Good Day to Die Hard Sunday, March 31 2 p.m., Escape from Planet Earth (3D) Monday and Tuesday No Movies Wednesday, April 3 6:30 p.m., A Good Day to Die Hard


Thursday, March 28, 2013


Attention to Detail Top 5 mistakes Sailors make wearing the Navy Working Uniform By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class James Stilipec Defense Media Activity In an effort to address concerns about the proper wear of the Navy Working Uniform, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (AW/NAC) Mike Stevens is educating the fleet on the proper wear of the uniform. Here are the five most common mistakes made in wearing the NWU throughout the fleet and how to correct them according to U.S. Navy regulations.

1. Improper Wear of Cover

WRONG: Rolling the brim, wearing the cover too high or too low, tilting to the side, or backward. RIGHT: The cap will be worn, forward, squarely on the

head so the visor and headband are level to the deck and the visor is just above the eyes (NAVPERS 15665, Article 3603.1). Headgear shall fit snugly and comfortably around the largest part of the head without distortion, and no hair will show from under the front of the brim.

2. Incorrect Fit

WRONG: Shirts too big or too small, rolling sleeves too high or too low, or not wearing a belt. RIGHT: Shirt length must extend to the bottom of the crotch, but not lower than the middle of the cargo pocket flap. No gapping at front of shirt as both sides of shirt opening must overlap. Sleeve cuff should cover the wrist bone, but not extend further than the first knuckle at the base of

See Uniform, Page 11

Scoreboard As of March 22

Intramural Bowling League WSI Big 10 Goat Locker Hang ‘em High JMWS Rollin’ Thunder Wafwots High-n-Low Lucky Strikes Spare Time

67-25 60.5-31.5 54.5-37.5 51-41 49-43 45-47 40.5-51.5 35-57 31-61 26.5-65.5

Intramural Volleyball League


Monday/Wednesday Division Final Standings Grateful Digs Shaw Road Redemption Notorious D.I.G. Need For Speed Tuesday/Thursday Division Final Standings Set to Kill Servin’ it Up Brew Crew Great Balls of Fire A/O

33-9 31-11 18-24 2-40 27-9 25-11 20-16 15-21 6-30




Thursday, March 28, 2013

Thursday, March 28, 2013


Hail to the Chiefs April 1 marks the 120th anniversary of Chief Petty Officer


After Hours Chiefs

By Donna Cipolloni Tester staff writer


sk the Chief. Those three simple words give voice to the high level of respect accorded those select few men and women who’ve earned the right to “wear the anchors.” Chiefs, Senior Chiefs and Master Chiefs must consistently demonstrate leadership, composure, confidence, critical thinking, competency, fitness and knowledge. They must be subject matter experts in their technical field and communicate Navy standards and information, including its traditions, history and heritage. They train Sailors—enlisted and junior officers—and they bridge the gap between enlisted personnel and commissioned officers. “Good Chiefs, like ours, remember their roots as junior Sailors,” said NAS Patuxent River Executive Officer Capt. Ben Shevchuk. “We can trust them to Courtesy photo Courtesy photo coach us so that we relay a leadChief Petty Officer John “JD” Daly places the Chief’s cover onto a newly pinned Chief durership message to that big group Chiefs not only look out for their Sailors, they step up to help their community too. Last year, Chiefs around NAS Patuxent ing a 2010 CPO pinning ceremony. of our workforce in a way that’s River volunteered hundreds of hours for the 2012 Habitat for Humanity Chief Petty Officer build. she needed within one month ineffective with them. The Chiefs stead of six months. All with one are always able to add that real- how their home life is. If you care together that money, and when pay it forward for someone else,” phone call.” ity check to what we’re trying to about your Sailors from a human I went to pay him back, he McKinley said. “I felt like a Chief “No one does it by perspective as well as a leader- wouldn’t take it,” McKinley said. that day.” accomplish.” Today, the Sailor is a petty ofAviation Machinist Mate 2nd ship perspective, they’ll perform “He told me I needed it more Ask any Chief what they believe ficer first class, successful in air themselves. We know Class David Ursua knows firstis their top job priority and they’ll better for you and there’s no end than he did and that I should traffic control, Stone said; and hand what a difference a Chief we can always rely immediately tell you, it’s taking to what they can do; no obstacle just remember to do the same for Campbell is a Master Chief with, someone else someday when I can make in the life of a Sailor. care of their Sailors by giving them they can’t overcome.” no doubt, a few stories of his own on each other.” Just out of Afghanistan, UrMcKinley recalls a time when was in a position to do so.” every tool they need to personally to tell. McKinley made good on that sua arrived at Pax River in 2012 and professionally grow and ac- he was a junior Sailor and how Becoming a Chief Petty Officer expecting to be discharged for NAS Pax River Command Master Chief his Chief stepped in to help him. promise years later when he himcomplish their mission. involves a two-phased yearlong high-year tenure. He had missed William Lloyd-Owen Unable to correct an admin- self, as a Senior Chief, bought a “Taking care of my Sailors development and training process, promotion to petty officer secmeans going above and beyond istrative payroll error that left couple hundred dollars worth of known as CPO365 that tests proond class by only two points on Courtesy photo training them in their field,” said him with a zero sum paycheck, groceries for a young Sailor in his a recent advancement exam and with setting them on the right need, I can pick up a phone, talk spective chief petty officers men- The foiled anchor insignia of Naval Test Wing Atlantic Com- McKinley said his Chief pulled charge who found himself down tally, physically and professionally. U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer. Chief Aviation Electrician Mate course. to a Chief and get help,” said NAS mand Master Chief Tim McKin- $400 out of his own pocket and on his luck. Evaristo Bonilla, deciding to take After passing an advancement Unofficially, within the Chief Naval Test Wing Atlantic Chief Pax River Command Master Chief “I told him the same thing my ley. “It includes learning what paid McKinley’s rent that month. a closer look, uncovered an over- Navy Career Counselor Ryan exam, new chief petty officers are community, the USN stands William Lloyd-Owen. “No one makes them tick and knowing “It took me a while to scrape Chief had told me years ago— sight in Ursua’s final multiple Marlatt entered the Navy after does it by themselves. We know selected by a board process and for Unity, Service, Navigacalculation. 9/11. He had already graduated we can always rely on each other.” those selectees enter phase two of tion. Unity for cooperation, With a little effort, the situa- from college and just wanted to Senior Chief Air Traffic Con- CPO365. Upon completion, they harmony and continuity of tion was rectified and the Sailor’s serve; but had no intention to purpose and action; service troller Joseph Stone knew that receive their anchors at the Chief final score was raised, earning stay. to God, country and Navy; Petty Officer Frocking Ceremony, a back in 2004 when he placed a him the promotion. Today, Urand navigation on a true and “The Chiefs I had in my leadertradition unique to the Navy. sua is with Test and Evaluation ship saw things in me I didn’t see call to Chief Hospital Corpsman honorable course. During this Navywide ceremoSquadron (VX) 1. in myself,” Marlatt said. “They Kevin Campbell, while serving ny, held each year on or near Sept. “Chief Bonilla saved my ca- nudged responsibility in my di- aboard NAS Joint Reserve Base in Chiefs are an uncommon breed 16, family members and friends Ft. Worth, Texas. reer,” said Ursua, who has a wife rection and let me run with it.” of Sailor. pin the gold-foiled anchor insignia and a child. “I don’t know what I Campbell was an indepenMaster Chiefs account for only Marlatt made Chief in just onto the uniform of each new Chief. would’ve been doing if I left the eight years. dent duty corpsman assigned to one percent of Navy personnel and Senior Chief Aviation ElectronNavy. I look up to him and want “Making Chief for me was a the base clinic and Stone had a ics Technician Alan Gregorio has Senior/Master Chief combined to be like him when I make Chief tribute to them,” he said. “My Sailor with a medical condition been in the Navy for 24 years, one cannot exceed three percent. myself one day.” goal now is to give others the that required surgery sooner than It is estimated that, in total, the Bonilla doesn’t take much same chance I had. Others be- normal channels were allowing. of five in his family to have served. entire Chief community accounts for The only one still on active duty, credit. Instead, he believes he lieved in me and I want to take Without the surgery, the condiGregorio was the second to make no more than 10 percent of the Nawas just doing his job. that and keep going with it.” tion would’ve led to serious back Chief, but the only one to make Se- vy’s more than 300,000 population. “I may not always be able to Chiefs know they’re not complications, forcing the Sailor “There’s a reason why the Chief nior Chief. help,” he said, “but I want my alone—from their Sailors who do He still remembers his pinning selection is so discerning,” ShevSailors to know I tried. Having the “heavy lifting,” to their men- out of the Navy. “Chief Campbell took care of ceremony which took place on USS chuk said. “The Navy only wants gotten to this level is personally tors and leaders who instill the it,” Stone said. “He diagnosed New Jersey. those who have demonstrated that rewarding. I look at my job dif- drive and confidence they need “Because people trusted me and they can successfully transition from ferently and feel compelled to to be successful; but, especially her, recommended surgery, Courtesy photo by Marine Gunnery Sgt. Tad Ordoyne impact the careers of others.” because of their Navywide fellow- walked down the hallway and ex- gave me the training and guidance workforce to a level of management.” Happy 120th anniversary, A big piece of the Chief Petty Officer puzzle is their heritage. With the B25 “Panchito” as a In fact, all of the Chiefs inter- ship of Chiefs, poised and willing plained the situation to the TRI- I needed, I was able to switch from backdrop and donned in authentic World War II-era uniforms, current Chiefs pay tribute to CARE [representative] himself, that blue shirt to khaki,” he said. “It Chiefs. Well done, and well viewed for this article credit for- to help at a moment’s notice. those who did it before them. A classic picture with their contemporary shipmates. “Wherever I am, whatever I and that Sailor had the surgery was the best day of my naval career.” deserved. mer Chiefs in their own careers

U.S. Navy photo by Donna Cipolloni

The Navy-Marine Corps After Hours Chiefs at NAS Patuxent River are, from left: Retired Senior Chief Aviation Electrician’s Mate Mike Barbour, Chief Navy Counselor Ryan Marlatt, Senior Chief Aviation Machinist’s Mate Jason Fitzpatrick, Chief Naval Aircrewman (Mechanical) Dominic Bernardy, Chief Aviation Structural Mechanic Manuel Ribas, Chief Aviation Structural Mechanic Mobolaji Popoola, NMCRS Pax River Director Maureen Farrell, Chief Aviation Structural Mechanic Robin Thistle, Chief Aviation Ordnanceman Marion Fairey, Chief Aviation Structural Mechanic Thomas Morris, Chief Aviation Electronics Technician Jimmie Stephens and Chief Hopsital Corpsman Rueben Lessner. By Donna Cipolloni Tester staff writer At NAS Patuxent River, eligible clients of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society have emergency service assistance 24/7 thanks to the volunteer efforts of the installation’s Chief Petty Officer community. “The Chief volunteers provide a caring and efficient way for service members to receive emergency financial assistance when the emergency can’t wait until the next office day,” said Maureen Farrell, director of the NMCRS at NAS Patuxent River. Normal hours for the NMCRS office are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and, anytime after that—including evenings, weekends and holidays—there’s a Chief on call to help when needed. “There are about 25 to 30 Chiefs who volunteer their time to the program,” explained Chief Ryan Marlatt, Navy career counselor for Naval Test Wing Atlantic, and chairman of the After Hours program. “We work on a rotational basis with each Chief remaining on an on-call status for one week.” When a Sailor or Marine with an after-hours emergency calls in to the installation’s Quarterdeck, the service member manning the desk will check the watchbill to see which Chief is on rotation, then contact the Chief, regardless of the day or time. That Chief

will then call back the individual in need, assess the situation, and begin to assist in whatever way necessary. “Most of our calls involve funds for transportation and emergency leave status due to unexpected death or illness in the family,” Marlatt said. “We can assist by obtaining an airline ticket and helping to get their leave processed quickly so that they can leave immediately.” The Chiefs, who have gone through NMCRS training, also act as an advocate for the service member and their families, helping them make the right decisions. “They may suggest the best method of safe travel to the emergency or give advice on how much financial assistance the caller might need,” Farrell said. “Many times, in the case of emergency travel, the service members are on an emotional roller coaster, so the Chiefs do more than write out a check or make airline reservations; they’ll help think through all the ins and outs of the emergency situation. They provide a vital service and a caring voice when it is most needed.” Marlatt said the Chiefs don’t mind being awakened in the middle of the night, being called away from holiday meals, or having their family time interrupted. “That’s why we’re here,” he said, “to help our service members.”

NMCRS After Hours Training Offered April 16, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society in building 401. Lunch will be served. Training will cover NMCRS emergency leave policy and basic Society Casework principles. Any Chief interested in volunteering with the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society’s After Hours program is invited to attend. Contact Maureen Farrell at maureen. or 301-342-4739.



Thursday, March 28, 2013

Counselor’s corner

There’s no better time to pursue your education By Chief Navy Counselor (SW) David J. C. Waters NAS Patuxent River Command Career Counselor Advancement exams are over. What’s next? If you’re planning to wait until you get out so you can use your GI Bill, don’t. The Navy offers Sailors free Tuition Assistance that can be used now. And, with the Navy being the last service to still offer TA, there’s no better time to get started before this benefit is modified. Here’s how:

Get SMART on your credits

First step, access your Sailor/Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript, or SMART. SMART is one-stop shopping for education that you’ve completed on active duty. SMART tracks the college courses, degrees and certifications you’ve done. Through SMART, the American Council on Education lists comparable college credits based on your military training. SMART is available at, and under the “Learning” tab on Navy Knowledge Online (NKO).

Make sure your training and education is accurate on SMART. The last SMART page provides instructions for correcting errors and omissions.

Academic advisers

In addition to the SMART program, this website is also home to the Sailor/Marine Online Academic Adviser. This adviser pulls all the credits from your SMART and applies them to degree plans offered by various colleges and universities. It allows you to “shop” for a degree by school, rating or program, and indicates the total credits you must complete to earn that degree based on the credits you already have.

Chief Navy Counselor (SW) David J. C. Waters The Navy College website, https://www.navycollege. also offers a degree road map.In the “Navy College Programs” section you’ll find degree programs from

various schools geared toward specific Navy ratings. Advisers at the local Navy College Office can also help you take that first step toward completing your degree by setting up a degree plan. The local Navy College Office is in the Frank Knox Building, just outside Gate 2. It is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays. The number is 301-757-4100. The Navy College website, https://www.navycollege. also offers a degree road map.

Go for early victories

A few words of advice:

Start small if this is your first time taking college courses. Begin with subjects you’re comfortable with and only pursue one course to start with. It’s far better to start small and achieve success early on than to “go big” and give yourself a chance to ease back into the classroom and learn how to manage the demands of work and school— you’ll be grateful you did later on.

Don’t wait for TA, take CLEP tests

Sailors waiting out their first year to be TA eligible can still pursue their education now by taking free College Level Examination Program tests, commonly called CLEP tests. CLEP tests allow you to earn college credit without enrolling in courses. There are 34 tests offered in Composition and Literature, Foreign Languages, History and Social Sciences, Science and Mathematics, and Business. Free study guides are also available on NKO under the “Learning” tab. Download the study guide, study, take the exam and you’re three to six credits closer to your degree—for free. Many colleges take up to 15 transfer credits from CLEP exams—that’s more than a semester’s worth of work that you can knock out while you’re waiting to take advantage of Tuition Assistance.

Academic skills refresher

Need to brush up on some academic skills? Another free program the Navy offers is the Online Academic Skills Course at The Online Academic Skills Course begins with a preassessment to identify your strengths and weaknesses, and then develops a customized learning plan to help improve your knowledge. In addition to honing your skills for college courses, the course is also a great way to prepare for an Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, or ASVAB, retake.


For even more individualized attention, Sailors and their family members can access, a free service that connects you with a live, professional online tutor who works with you one-on-one to improve your skills in a variety of subject areas. Bottom line: There’s no excuse to let another year go by without getting started on your education. With so many resources available, there’s no better time to make your educational goals a reality.


Thursday, March 28, 2013

Chaplain’s corner

Pridefulness or arrogance and self-righteousness?


Continued from 7 the thumb. Rolled sleeves should form a 3-inch band with the cuff buttoned and fabric side out, positioned 2 inches above the elbow. All buttons and must be secured. Belt must go through all belt loops, and a plain buckle must align with the opening of the fly. A decorated buckle shall be worn centered.

By Father Mike Dolan Guest contributor During a recent Mass we heard the Gospel story of the prodigal son; perhaps the most famous of Jesus’ parables. While some suggest the story could be more appropriately called the parable of the loving father, I would suggest that another name be considered: The parable of arrogance and selfrighteousness, or synonymously, pridefulness. Both sons in the Gospel story exhibited those characteristics. The younger son, provoked by hunger for food and acceptance, came to his senses and returned home penitent to a warm welcome. The older son persisted in his prideful demeanor. The point I would like to make is, while pride may actually be virtuous, pridefulness is always sinful. Indeed, to condemn the latter is to impede if not entirely negate the force necessary to build a meaningful community. It is from pride of service that character is developed, expressed lovingly as courage, loyalty, self-sacrifice, obedience and even humility, which could


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Father Mike Dolan be considered as an eagerness to love and serve God and man. As a youngster, I used to feel it when I would hear the marching strains of “Onward Christian Soldiers,” but you don’t hear that anymore. The sin is not pride, the sin is pridefulness, and the distinction needs to be made. The simple motto: “Semper Fidelis,” meaning “always faithful,” has served to unbreakably bond generations of proud warriors. The world would surely be benefitted if all Catholics, all Christians, were to lovingly embrace that simple motto and live it.

Catholic Services Holy Thursday Mass: March 28, 7 p.m. „ Good Friday Services: March 29, 3 p.m. „ Holy Saturday Mass: March 30, 8 p.m. „ Easter Mass: March 31, 9 a.m. „ 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. „ Bible studies: Men’s study, Sundays at 6 p.m. Ladies’ study, Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. „


3. Worn in Unauthorized Areas

WRONG: Inside the Pentagon, around the National Mall, or for commercial airline, train or bus travel. RIGHT: Can be worn at all facilities on base, while commuting to and from work in a privately owned vehicle or public transportation, and on government-contracted flights to and from overseas locations (NAVPERS 15665, Article 3603). Can be worn for all normal tasks and associated stops before, during and after the workday. This includes stopping at child care, gas stations, off-base shopping, banking, department of motor vehicle and dining. Can be worn by recruiters in malls, schools or other recruiting areas. The area or regional commander may further restrict uniform policy within their geographic limits. NOTE: NWUs are not a liberty

uniform. Consumption of alcohol in NWUs is not permitted.

4. Bad Blousing

WRONG: Pants unbloused, tucked into boots, or too high or too low. RIGHT: NWU trousers should be worn with the belt at the waistline with legs long enough to touch the deck when not wearing boots. Use blousing straps and position the fold between the third and fourth eyelets on the boots.

5. Unauthorized Boots

WRONG: Anything other than the three types of authorized boots. RIGHT: The only boots authorized for wear with the NWU are as follows. A black, plain, steeltoe smooth all-leather high-top (9-inch) safety boot with oil resistant rubber outsoles and speed-lace eyelet closures. A rough-out leather safety boot is authorized for Sailors at shore commands only. Bootlaces will be tucked in neatly. Also, Sailors whose primary duties are performed on the flight line and flight deck, and who are issued aviation flight deck boots as organizational clothing, are authorized to wear the flight deck boot with the NWU while commuting. The approved non-spark safety boot is a black, all leather (smooth), 8-inch boot with FOD outsole, lace-to-toe closure and steel safety toe.



Thursday, March 28, 2013

MCPON takes day trip to Pax

U.S. Navy photo by Valerie Doster



When Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Michael Stevens found down time on his usually busy schedule, he decided to spend it with Sailors in the field and took a drive from Washington, D.C., to NAS Patuxent River on March 15. The unannounced visit gave the MCPON a chance to see Sailors in action with stops at units around the installation. He also ate lunch at the River’s Edge Catering and Conference with the CPO 365 committee. Committee members attending were, from left, Chief Aviation Electronics Technician Chris Miller, Chief Aviation Electronics Technician Angela Turton, MCPON Stevens, and Chief Legalman Stacey Mincey.


Thursday, March 28, 2013

BRAVO ZULU: NAS selects Sailors of the second quarter Congratulations to the NAS Patuxent River second quarter 2013 Sailors of the Quarter. “It’s no easy task choosing one winner for each category from such an outstanding group of petty officers,” said NAS Pax River Command Master Chief William Lloyd-Owen. BRAVO ZULU to the winners and to all nominees. Sailor of the Quarter: Yeoman 1st Class (EXW/SW/AW) Rollis Talalemotu Nominees: Master-at-Arms 1st Class Jared Chieco, Air Traffic Controller 1st Class (AW/SW) Jesse Schenemann and Engineman 1st Class (SW/AW) Walter Williams

Junior Sailor of the Quarter: Naval Aircrewman (Tactical Helicopter) 2nd Class (NAC/AW/SW) Richard Hoffmann Nominee: Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class (SW) Shane Slater, Air Traffic Controller 2nd Class (AW/SW) Marilyn Brewer and Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 2nd Class (AW/SW) Jawann Murray Bluejacket of the Quarter: Master-atArms 3rd Class Matthew Schell Nominees: Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Robert Magee, Air Traffic Controller 3rd Class Daniel Roberts and Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 3rd Class Tanner Williams.


Heritage Question of the Week answer Yeoman (F) was used to distinguish the women from their male counterparts in the clerical rate. They were often referred to as “Yeomanettes” or “Yeowomen.” The highest rank a Yeoman (F) could reach was that of Chief Petty Officer. The last Yeoman (F) was discharged from active duty in July 1919. Courtesy of Chief Legalman Stacey Mincey

Off to the races

U.S. Navy photo by David Cardinale

Team “F-Thirty Faff” celebrates the final leg of the 10-mile Relay Race with its finisher, Lain Barker. Other “F-Thirty Faff” team members were: Javier Sierra, Jonathan Stephens, Lexie Martine, Kelly Bott and Javier Sierra. The team completed the 10-mile relay in 1:21:53; placing it 27th out of 53 teams. 04/02/13.


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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Around Town St Mary’s County events: Southern Maryland JobSource Mobile Career Center Visit

Today, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Charlotte Hall library The Mobile Career Center Coordinator provides assistance with job searching using the Maryland Workforce Exchange and help job seekers get registered.

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Build It

Today, 2-3 p.m. Lexington Park library Children of all ages can drop in and build something amazing with recycled materials. They only need to bring their imagination. Free event.

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Family Movie: Wreck-It Ralph

Today, 2 p.m. Charlotte Hall library In this PG-rated film, a video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives. Free event. Snacks provided.

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Today, 6:30 p.m. Charlotte Hall library Kimberly Hoctor, a 30-year coupon

veteran, explains the basics of using coupons. Free event. Registration is required and can be made by calling 301-884-2211 or online at St. Mary’s County Libraries Closed Friday, all day for Good Friday.

Du the Point Duathlon

Saturday, 8 a.m. Registrations at 7:30 a.m. State House/Farthings Ordinary, St. Mary’s City The Bike Shop and Cross Country Team of St. Mary’s College of Maryland host the first “Du the Point” duathlon. The duathlon includes two segments: Running and bicycling. The running route is a 5K through Historic St. Mary’s City, followed by a 35K bike ride to Point Lookout State Park and back. Participants can opt to run and ride, run or ride. This event is open to the public. Online registration closes today at net/18347. Registration proceeds benefit St. Mary’s County Christmas in April. For more information, contact Nathan Smith at nrsmith@smcm. edu.

Easter Egg Hunt

Sunday, 9:30-11 a.m. Front Porch Restaurant, Leonardtown The Front Porch Restaurant is host-


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thinking of doing something or bringing something in, they might think again after seeing the dogs.” The dogs do not go home with their handlers, but stay in the kennel here on base. “We try not to leave them more than eight or 10 hours at a time,” Mack said. “First thing in the morning, we check on the dogs, feed them and give them any medications, as needed. “ MWDs typically serve about eight years, but Mack has seen some work 12 or 14 years before being retired.


ing an Easter egg hunt on the lawn of the Sterling House. The event is free and open to the public. The hunt is organized into two age groups: Children ages 2-5 start at 10 a.m., and children ages 6-10 start at 10:15 a.m. Prizes awarded for finding the golden egg and the most eggs. Light refreshments available. For more information, contact Jo Ann Beck at 301-997-0984 or

Florida Institute of Technology Extended Studies Instant Decision Day

Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Florida Tech Patuxent Site event, 21803A Three Notch Rd., Lexington Park The Florida Institute of Technology Department of Extended Studies invites prospective graduate students to attend an Instant Decision Day to learn more about the its master’s programs, including business administration, aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering and management. Those who attend receive an instant enrollment decision, meet faculty and staff over refreshments, and have the application fee waived. For more information, call 301-862-1004 or visit http:// Register at

“We have to be observant for training or medical deficiencies,” he said. “If they decline, they become less effective.” Dogs have aided the U.S. military as far back as World War I, supporting troops throughout the years with service as simple as killing rats in trenches to today’s sophisticated detection canines. In November 2000, President Bill Clinton signed bill HR 5314, which allowed for the adoption of retired MWDs to former handlers and other qualified civilians. “Our MWDs are a huge asset,” Mack said. “They’re with us and they cover us. It’s no different from two guys out there riding around together. They’re our partners and we know it.”

Thursday, March 28, 2013





Thursday, March 28, 2013

Tired of Being Tired? Bonnie, a 36 year old mother of two, was constantly tired, “I go to bed at nine every night but I’m still exhausted. My husband complains that I snore, so I know I’m sleeping. But I’m still afraid to drive in the afternoon for fear of falling asleep at the wheel.” There are many theories that try to answer questions about why we sleep but nobody can say definitively what purpose it serves. In contrast, what we know about lack of sleep is very clear. Sleep, one of the most necessary elements of human survival may also be the most mysterious. There are many theories that try to answer questions about why we sleep but nobody can say definitively what purpose it serves. . In contrast, what we know about lack of sleep is very clear. Sleep deprivation impacts the human body and mind in both simple and complex ways. More serious and often long term effects can include high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, obesity and diabetes. It is estimated that 45% of all heart attacks and strokes occur during sleep. Milder consequences may include the inability to concentrate, diminished reaction time, short term memory loss, irritability, and confusion. Knowing the negative side effects should be great incentive to get a good night’s rest on a regular basis, but for people like Bonnie, this is easier said than done. The most serious and common cause of sleeplessness is OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea). Obstructive sleep apnea is characterized by recurrent episodes of upper airway collapse during sleep, causing an obstruction that partially or completely restricts air flow. This is sometimes confused with common snoring. Not everyone who snores has OSA. On the other hand, people with OSA almost always snore. In addition, they are often heard gasping for breath, snorting, and are generally restless sleepers, tossing and turning throughout the night. OSA sufferers actually stop breathing for several seconds multiple times throughout the night. REM or deep dreaming sleep eludes them. They are in imminent danger of developing the serious conditions listed above. OSA must first be professionally diagnosed before it can be successfully treated. This is done by a sleep test that is interpreted by a physician, board certified in sleep medicine. Traditionally, this has only been done at a sleep center. The patient arrives in the evening and spends the night at the center hooked to sensors which record breathing and brain patterns. While the sleep center provides excellent data and results for the person who goes to the lab and falls asleep, it does require that the individual can actually fall asleep in an unfamiliar environment, and without the natural routine they are traditionally accustomed to. Sleep centers are not convenient for patients like Bonnie who are unable to leave their children overnight while participating in a sleep study. Besides the cost and inconvenience, the time needed to commit to the center has deterred thousands of people from seeing if their snoring and fatigue are caused by OSA and ultimately treatable. Modern advancements in medical technology have provided the ability to have a small sleep monitor worn by the individual while they sleep in their own bed. The takehome sleep test is much less expensive than going to a sleep lab, allows for a better (more familiar) nights rest, and can be done at the patient’s leisure. Bonnie remarks, “If it weren’t for the availability of an at-home sleep test, I would still be suffering from OSA.” If a patient is diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, it is usually treated in one of two ways. The first is through the use of a CPAP (Continuous Positive Air Pressure) machine 1038884

which is about the size of a small space heater that is hooked up to an electrical source. It provides positive airflow to the mouth and nose through a mask that is situated over the face and connected to the main unit with hoses. This method has been around for decades and provides good results when used as prescribed. For patients who are unable or refuse to wear a CPAP, the second option might be a better fit. FDA approved oral sleep appliances (similar to an athletic mouth guard) position the lower jaw to eliminate or decrease snoring and OSA by opening the upper airway. These devices are usually covered by medical insurance if the patient is diagnosed with OSA. The CPAP is provided by the medical professional, while the oral appliance must be provided by a dentist trained in sleep dentistry. David Cooper, a sleep dentist in Lexington Park, “We work closely in a partnership with a medical doctor who is also certified as a sleep specialist to ensure that

the patient is being treated comprehensively.” Bonnie, a patient of Dr. Cooper’s found out that she had moderate OSA after getting the results from her take-home sleep study. She was unable to tolerate wearing a CPAP, and was subsequently fitted with an oral appliance. “It is unbelievable how different I feel! I had no idea how serious and disruptive OSA was.” To see if you should proceed with an at-home sleep study, visit: This site will provide you with an online Epworth test which will determine the likeliness of OSA or another sleep disorder. If your score dictates, you should have a sleep study performed at home or at a sleep center. To find a local doctor to provide at-home sleep studies, visit and enter your zip code. is a free, nationwide site that helps unite sleep disorder sufferers with local providers of sleep tests, sleep appliances and



many other resources to help them rest well and learn more about their potential affliction. Dr. Cooper of Tidewater Dental is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines. When asked about the new appliances that can be used for OSA, he said, “It’s a win-win situation across the board. If the patient has mild to moderate OSA, they can frequently be treated with an oral appliance. We manufacture the appliance and the patient sleeps soundly again.” He continues, “Medical insurance pays the bulk of the bill and everyone is happy. The response from patients fitted with an oral appliance, and their spouses is so positive that they literally tell me it is life changing. This makes me very proud to be of service to them.” To find out if you would benefit from a sleep study, you can contact Dr. Cooper at his Lexington Park office at 1-877-606-8304.