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Military Child of the Year Top 20 finalist from Pax River Eleven-year-old Sierra Jordan honored at county Board of Education meeting By Donna Cipolloni Tester staff writer

St. Mary’s County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano presented a certificate of recognition to fifth-grader Sierra Jordan at a Board of Education meeting in Leonardtown on April 10. Sierra, who turns 11 today, was named one of the Navy’s Top 20 finalists for this year’s Military Child of the Year Award, an annual award sponsored by Operation Homefront. Sierra is the daughter of Navy Counselor 1st Class Josh Jordan, Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 1, and his wife Nicole. Military Child of the Year recognizes those children who have demonstrated themselves to be exceptional citizens while facing the unique challenges of military family life. Sierra, who has already attended seven schools in her short lifetime, definitely fits that description. “She has always been interested in community service and helping others,” explained Sierra’s mother. “Before she was 8 years old, she’d visit nursing homes with her Girl Scout troop to sing, dance, hand out cards and just talk with the residents. She’s very compassionate.” Sierra has also donated her time to the annual “Spirit of 1945” commemoration,

where she interviewed veterans from World War II and logged their stories of actual events. When her brother Jake, now 8, was born with a spinal defect, Sierra immediately began to question what challenges he would face and wondered what she could do for other kids. While living in San Diego, she raised more than $1,500 for the Make-aWish Foundation and the San Diego Chargers Community Foundation. Sierra has also been a regular participant in Operation Shoebox, sending support, snacks and personal care items to troops deployed outside the U.S. Moving to Southern Maryland last October, Sierra was voted by her classmates at Evergreen Elementary as “Student of the Month” after only three weeks attendance. “The moment Sierra joined our class, I knew she was different,” wrote her teacher Brittany Gilroy, in her recommendation letter to the award selection committee. “With our school being in a transient area, new students come frequently and it’s sometimes difficult for the children to make friends. I’ve seen other new military students struggle with this. However, Sierra fit right into the Evergreen family. With her

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Navy Counselor 1st Class Josh Jordan sits with his daughter Sierra, 11, and wife Nicole outside the St. Mary's County Public School offices. The Jordan's consider Sierra, who is a student at Evergreen Elementary School, to be "an old soul in a young body."

Scanning the horizon: Navy ATCs see new simulator By Cindy Mattingly Naval Aviation Training Systems communications support Aimed at reducing production costs and upgrading outdated technology, the Department of the Navy launched the Air Traffic Control Tower Simulator System, known as ATC-TSS, with the first delivery installed March 22 at NAS Key West, Fla. A total of 38 simulators are scheduled for delivery at 34 Navy and Marine Corps installations and will replace the existing Tower Operating Training System (TOTS) as well as provide low-cost proficiency training. “Implementing a commercial trainer solution and leveraging the work done by the Federal Aviation Administration, Air Force and academia demonstrates our desire to provide quality and affordable training solutions,” said Capt. John Feeney, Naval Aviation Training Systems (PMA-205) program manager at NAS Patuxent River. Feeney’s office oversees the ATC-TSS program. “The goal is to upgrade technology and increase daily training accessibility while simultaneously reducing operating time and life-cycle cost.” The TOTS, originally fielded in 1991, provided synthetic training to military air traffic controllers. Because of outdated technology, a decrease in the visual capability and issues with the speech recognition program,

the Navy decided to replace it with the commercial system currently used by the Army, Air Force and public sector. The new system, developed by UFA, Inc., of Gaithersburg, Md., supports individual or team training and has both out-of-thewindow and binocular views. The product offers 3-D graphics with simulated weather information, airfield lighting and integrated radar displays, as well as simulation of other key tower systems. Another capability includes a photo-realistic airport database for each site and moving models that prepare air traffic controllers to choreograph reallife aircraft movement. “The ATC-TSS is a new tool for Navy air facilities and replaces outdated technology at various Marine Corps sites,” said Lt. Cmdr. Jeff Dugard, Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division ATC training systems lead. “The first device will be utilized at Naval Air Station Key West, Fla.” Naval air traffic controllers, also known as swivel heads, are responsible for safely and effectively directing aircraft operating from airfields or the flight decks of aircraft carriers and perform duties similar to their civilian equivalents. “Our air traffic controllers are the military’s bird’s-eye view,” Dugard said. “They hone their skills through synthetic training. The ATC-TSS has built-in scenarios encompassing emergency situations and daily

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The Air Traffic Control Tower Simulator System, similar to the one above, is an innovative training capability used to instruct Navy and Marine Corps air traffic controllers in a synthetic environment. The Navy has procured 38 simulators and began delivery in March. The first device will be used at Naval Air Station Key West, Fla. Full operational capability is scheduled for 2017. routines. Proper training ensures they are detail-oriented, work well in stressful situ-

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Career highlights: awards, reenlistments, retirements

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

Clinic announces Sailors of the Quarter

Above: From left, Hospitalman Matthew Henderson, Hospitalman Brandon Silvia, Aviation Boatswains Mate (Handler) 2nd Class Jack Bridgman, Aviation Boatswains Mate (Handler) 1st Class Lamondo Gardner and Hospital Corpsman 1st Class David Squires are recognized as Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River’s Sailors and Bluejackets of the Quarter during an awards ceremony April 5. U.S. Navy photo by Gary Younger

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Lt. Cmdr. Lance C. Foster and his wife Christina Foster, and daughters Riley, Kaitlyn and Brienne, after a retirement ceremony April 5 at HX-21. Foster retired after 30 years as a naval Officer.

Lt. Ian Espich, Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic Site Patuxent River assistant maintenance officer, left, presents Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class Michael Williams of FRCMA-Pax River with his honorable discharge certificate March 28 before reenlisting him for three more years.

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Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Efrain Rodriguez, right, is reenlisted by Lt. j.g. Lynette Galgano during a reenlistment ceremony at Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River, April 5. Rodriguez signed up for two more years of Navy service.

Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class (SW/AW) Manuel Cordero and his wife, Wendy Cordero, son, Tommy Cordero, and daughter, Eleny Cordero, celebrate his retirement March 28 after a ceremony at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum. Cordero’s retirement commemorates 20 years of Navy service.

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Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handler) 1st Class Lamondo Gardner, right, is reenlisted by Cmdr. Sonny Tizon during a reenlistment ceremony at Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River, on April 5. Gardner signed on for three more years of Navy service.

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Continued from 2 which reduces overhead. That includes mechanical, electrical and welding work. “We have the only facility within the region that is fully capable of fixing anything,” he said. “We don’t send our boats anywhere. We have zero contracts and all operational maintenance money is spent on maintenance. All of our equipment is operational, every single piece.” In addition to oil spill prevention and response, Port Operations assists Search and Rescue helicopter training and the fire department’s safety dive team. “A couple years ago, two individuals fell out of a helicopter,” Wick said. “One guy broke vertebrae in his neck when the other guy fell on top of him. Our guys were there to save them. We did what we were supposed to do.”

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Ready to ride: Training requirements set for motorcycle operators By Beverly Jeffas NAS Patuxent River Motorcycle Safety Program Manager With warmer weather finally here, more motorcyclists have hit the roads, and whether it’s a thrill-seeking hobby or one to ride the worries away, motorcycle enthusiasts can agree that not doing it safely can make it deadly. Regardless of the make or style of bike they ride, it is mandatory for active-duty military motorcyclists, on and off road at any time, to complete the initial motorcycle rider training course and meet additional certain training requirements.

Sport Bikes

Within 60 day of completing the Basic Rider Course or following the purchase of a sport bike, sport bike operators must also complete the Military Sportbike Rider Course regardless of the motorcycle used for BRC. The Military Sportbike Rider Course must be com-


pleted at least every three years thereafter.

Standard and Cruisers All standard and cruiser style motorcycle operators have to complete the Basic Rider Course 2, formerly called the Experienced Rider Course, or the Advanced Rider Course within 60 days of completing the BRC, or following the purchase of a standard or cruiser style motorcycle. This also is regardless of the motorcycle used for BRC. Standard and cruiser operators must complete BRC2 or ARC at least every three years thereafter.

Three-Wheeled and Attached Sidecars Three-wheeled motorcycles and motorcycles with attached sidecars are excluded from the follow-on training requirement. After successfully completing the required motorcycle safety courses, participants are issued a MSF Course Completion card. This card must be carried as proof of successfully com-

pleting the course. Failure to produce the card when requested by authorized personnel can leave the operator being denied access to base. The NAS Patuxent River Safety Department offers these motorcycle courses free to active-duty military. Retired military, current and retired DOD employees and family members can also take the base course at no charge, but must enroll as a “wait list” enrollee. For schedule of motorcycle safety course and to enroll, active-duty military should go to their ESAMS account and click on “Classroom Straining Schedule;” all others can set up an ESAMS account by contacting Anne Bailey at 301-9954831. For assistance with ESAMS, active-duty members should contact their activity Safety Specialist. For more information on these requirements, contact Beverly Jeffas at 301-9954960.

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Attention Sailors, before hitting the road, remember to follow the motorcycle operator and passenger guidance in the OPNAVINST 5100.12 series.

Eye Wear

Protective eye wear designed for motorcycle operators: impact or shatter resistant safety glasses or goggles, wrap-around glasses or a face shield that is attached to the helmet, shall be properly worn. A windshield or standard sunglasses or standard eye wear alone are not proper eye protection.


Sturdy over the ankle footwear that affords protection for the feet and ankles shall be worn.


Riders and passengers shall wear a long sleeved shirt or jacket, long trousers and full fingered gloves or mittens designed for use on a motorcycle. To enhance the ability of other vehicle operators to see and avoid motorcyclists, brightly colored, fluorescent

or reflective outer garments are highly recommended. Motorcycle jackets constructed of abrasion resistant materials: leather, Kevlar or cordura and containing impact absorbing padding, are also highly recommended.


Helmets must be worn and properly fastened under the chin. It must meet Department of Transportation Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 218 or Snell Memorial Foundation M2005 certification. Fake or novelty helmets are prohibited. Don’t risk being turned away at the gate or receiving a traffic ticket for not wearing the proper gear. Remember, the gear is required because you are a valuable asset and it helps to protect you if there is a crash. For more information on these requirements, contact Beverly Jeffas at 301-995-4960.


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can also assist seasoned runners who want to improve their pace or benefit others who’d prefer only to walk. “It’s easily adaptable to any fitness level,” said Kerry Davis, fitness instructor and American College of Sports Medicine health and fitness specialist. “Several of the participants were seasoned runners who used the ‘run’ interval as a sprint and the ‘walk’ interval as a recovery, but we also had moms with strollers participating.” The program’s 10-week schedule was timed to prepare runners for participation in today’s Earth Day 5K run taking place at NAS Patuxent River, but participation in the run was not mandatory. The class met 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at the track located on Fortin Circle behind Fire Station #2. In addition to those scheduled days, participants received an initial training

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Continued from 1 warm, approachable and optimistic personality, she attracted friends immediately.” Sierra is already making plans to raise money for Make-a-Wish Foundation in this area. “I decided I want to continue raising money for kids with life-threatening medical conditions because they use that money to grant a wish of their choosing,” Sierra said. “I signed up a bunch of girls from my neighborhood and named it ‘Operation Cupcake’. We’re going to get together and bake cupcakes to sell around our community. I am planning on giving all the money to Make-aWish.” When asked what advice she would give other kids who move around a lot, she answered, “keep busy doing activities after school, try to make new friends right

away and focus on school.” Dad Josh is very proud of his daughter’s accomplishments and both parents refer to her as an “old soul in a young body”. “We’ve been blessed,” they agreed. “We have two extremely great kids.”

a.m. and the race begins an hour later. The course is an out and back, beginning at the Beach House. There is also a 3K Fun Walk, which starts at 11:15 a.m. The race is in support of SAPR — Sexual Assault Prevention and Response. “I’m happy to participate in this event mainly to support its cause and, secondly, to be able to say that I completed another 5K,” Greenhow said. “My brother and I have a very close relationship and I look forward to

participating in this event with him. It should be fun.” While this session of Couch to 5K has ended, anyone wanting to continue meeting on Tuesdays and Thursdays to run should contact Kerry Davis at or 301-995-3869. If there are enough interested participants, the program — which is free and open to anyone with base access — will continue.

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plan from Davis, who also sent out weekly run schedules letting everyone know what to expect in the upcoming week. “We met twice a week as a group,” Davis said, “but it was highly recommended that the runners complete at least one additional run on their own and that was included in the plan.” Greenhow marked a personal milestone by participating in her first 5K on April 13 — Walk MS, benefitting multiple sclerosis, in Waldorf. “I walked it with my brother, Tyrone Thomas, and he had never participated in an organized event either,” she said. With newfound confidence, Greenhow and her brother will be participating in today’s Earth Day 5K. “My strategy is to start off with a slow pace run until I feel like I need to walk to recover, and then repeat that cycle until I finish the 5K,” she said. “I feel pretty positive I’ll be able to get through it.” Check-in begins at 10





Thursday, April 18, 2013

Around Town St Mary’s County:

A Conspiracy to Steal History

Friday, 7 p.m. Sotterley Plantation Join Mitch Yockelson of the Archival Recovery Team and Federal Special Agent Greg Tremaglio for their first-hand account of how Barry Landau and his co-conspirator Jason Savedoff violated the trust of the archival profession by posing as professional researchers in order to steal more than 10,000 objects of cultural heritage. Landau and Savedoff would visit the collections and secretly put documents in custom-sewn

hidden pockets of their overcoats and jackets. In July 2011, the pair was finally caught while on an expedition at The Maryland Historical Society. Free event, but registration strongly advised. Call 301-373-2280.

Mark Frankel, author of “KILLER RAYS,” who is available all day to sign copies of his book. Did you know that the PRNAM has several original R.G. Smith Paintings? Come and take a close look at these F4D images.

Meet the Airplane: F4D Douglas Delta Wing Fighter

Baby Shower

Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Patuxent River Naval Air Museum In celebration of the 70th anniversary of the NAS Patuxent River, this event is spotlighting the museum’s oldest aircraft on the flight line: the F4D, a Douglas Delta wing fighter. The panel of F4D specialists includes

Saturday, 2-4 p.m. Lexington Park library Expecting and new parents learn helpful tips to raise happy and healthy babies while having fun playing games with prizes. Free event, registration is required. Call 301-863-8188.

Leonardtown Earth Day Celebration

Sunday, 12:30-4:30 p.m. Leonardtown Square Live entertainment, children’s nature crafts, face painting, energy and water conservation, gardening and produce, recycling information, animal welfare and rescue, yoga demonstrations, seated massages, puppet show, free kayak and canoe rides and more. For more information, call 301475-9791 or visit steppinout.

Calvert County:

Green Expo and Green Craft Fair

Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center Learn how to go green in everyday life and celebrate the Earth with a variety of free and engaging activities. Learn how to lower energy costs, build a green home, harness solar power, compost waste and much more at the fourth annual Green Expo. Visit the Green Craft Fair.

Bring Your Parents To The Museum!

Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Special activities throughout the museum designed for the younger set demonstrates how parents can use the museum as a fun, interactive learning experience for their toddlers and preschoolers.

Discovering Archaeology Day

Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum Experience, discover, learn and have fun exploring the what, where and how of archaeology. Demonstrations, tours and activities for budding archaeologists of any age are available.

Restoring Oysters to the Chesapeake “Grow Up Great” Mobile Learning Today, 7 p.m. Calvert Marine Museum Free PEM Talks: Hear Dr. Ken Paynter, director of the University of MD College Park’s graduate program in Marine, Estuarine, Environmental Science program, talk about restoring oysters to the Chesapeake. Taste an authentic Chesapeake oyster and have a glass of wine from local wineries, cash bar, from 6:30-7 p.m.


Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Calvert Marine Museum The Mobile Learning Adventure is a traveling exhibit that includes interactive kiosks and the “When I Grow Up” station, where kids dress up as different professionals and have their picture superimposed on an appropriate background. In addition, parents can take home activity books and learning kits that take everyday moments and turn them into learning opportunities.

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Adopt A Highway community cleanup Pax volunteers clear two-mile stretch outside Gates One and Two By Donna Cipolloni Tester staff writer

In a showing of community service and civic pride, 10 members from the Naval Air Systems Command Engineer and Scientist Development Program, or ESDP, volunteered a couple hours April 6, picking up trash alongside Three Notch Road, in a twomile stretch between NAS Patuxent River Gates One and Two. Working through the Maryland Adopt-AHighway Program, ESDP chose that particular roadside stretch in an effort to cleanup up the “face” Pax River presents each day to passersby from the surrounding community. “This is our work home,” said Jorge O’Neil, electronic engineer with electronic combat stimulation branch. “If you saw trash around your own home, you’d pick it up. We wanted to do the same here.” Groups participating in the Adopt-AHighway program sign an application and road maintenance agreement that requires cleanup a minimum of four times per year. Participants are also advised of potential hazards associated with the work and agree to follow established guidelines and safety procedures, such as not picking up dead animals or syringes. “We were supplied with vests and trash bags and notice was put out to the volunteers to bring their own gloves,” said Adam Barrett, a physicist in the non-destructive inspection branch of the materials division.

“Those who didn’t bring gloves were provided a pair by the ESDP leadership team coordinating the effort.” Two safety signs were posted at the beginning and end of the worksite to alert motorists that roadside cleanup was underway. “An interesting development was the number of cars honking at us and I assume they were showing their support for the cleanup,” said Scott Fry, a Tomahawk cruise missile propulsion engineer. “A few honks may have come in jest at the bright yellow vests and hats we were wearing, but I’ll stick with the former.” Fourteen 30-gallon bags of trash filled mostly with paper, Styrofoam cups, cigarette butts, plastic grocery store bags and bottles were collected by the volunteers and left alongside the road for prearranged collection by the county. The group concentrated their efforts on clearing the most obvious area of the roadside where the grass is mowed, but more trash remains in the deep ditch that flanks Route 235 and further cleanup is necessary. “We plan to host these events more frequently and we could use more volunteers to help out,” O’Neil said. “Anyone is welcome to join our efforts.” Barrett believes this is the ideal volunteer activity for those individuals not able to commit to a traditional regularly-scheduled event. “Adopt A Highway gives me the flexibility to juggle other commitments, such as work and school, while still providing an oppor-

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Working through the Maryland Adopt-A-Highway Program, volunteers from Naval Air Systems Command Engineer and Scientist Development Program spent a couple hours picking up trash along Three Notch Road outside NAS Patuxent River between Gates One and Two on April 6. Volunteers from left, back row, are Scott Fry, Jared Meyer, Jorge O’Neil, Jeremy Pope and Jaime McQuay; front row, from left, Joe Risalek, Kevin Stewart, Adam Barrett, Yaw Owusu-Boamah and Maegan Bean. tunity to help the community a few times a year,” he said. Anyone interested in assisting the group in future cleanup activities can contact Jorge O’Neil at 301-995-2408 or jorge.oneil@

“Why not give back to the community by spending two hours at no expense,” Fry asked. “Grab a few friends, clean up a road, and then go out to lunch afterward. It’s a great way to spend just a few weekend mornings each year.”

Port Operations protects the shoreline and waterways By Donna Cipolloni Tester staff writer Working at NAS Patuxent River, one often hears about Air Operations — but also of importance is the installation’s Port Operations. “Port Ops primary mission at this facility is oil spill prevention and response,” explained David Wick, supervising port operations manager, responsible for Pax River, Webster Field and Solomons. “We’re classified as a Tier 1 facility.” At first, it may seem an oil spill here is not a major concern until you consider the fact that a barge carrying hundreds of thousands of gallons of jet fuel pulls up to dock at a pier along the Patuxent River and offloads its cargo here every two weeks. One of three categorized levels of oil spills, Tier 1 represents operational spills causing localized damage which can be contained and cleaned up on site by trained staff. At Pax River, that staff is Wick and the seven Sailors who work with him. An oil spill is considered anything that produces sheen on the water — from a small amount leaked by a boat to thousands of gallons spilling from a barge — and in the event of one occurring, Wick is contacted day or night. “From the time we receive a call about a spill, we have 30 minutes to reply and 60 minutes to be on scene with 1,000 feet of containment boom,” Wick said. Wick will call together his team and send out a boat to do a preliminary investigation. After relaying their assessment up the chain of command, they’ll begin assembling what equipment is needed. He will also work in

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Every two to three weeks, a fuel barge carrying hundreds of thousands of gallons of jet fuel docks along the shoreline of NAS Patuxent River to offload its cargo in support of air operations. As a preventive measure, Port Operations will surround the barge with 1,000 feet of containment boom, a temporary fence-like floating barrier, used to reduce the possibility of polluting shorelines and other resources in the event of an oil spill. tandem with other departments, such as fire and emergency services, to establish an Incident Command Center, if needed. “Once the initial containment is made, we’ll make another evaluation of what we’ve done and what we anticipate and start launching more equipment, if necessary,” Wick said. “We have 12,500 feet of boom at our disposal with 10 boats and divers. “

Skimmer boats are used to siphon oil from the water via a conveyor-like filter belt. The oil is then transferred to a vacuum truck or holding tank and turned over to the Hazardous Material Collection Center for handling. Depending on the wind, tide and current, a secondary containment may be needed around the initial containment, or

additional protective booming may be required in other areas to further safeguard the environment. “We’ll do whatever is necessary to protect the shoreline, personal interests, estuaries, wildlife, etc.” Wick said. For a major spill, it may be necessary to call OSRO — the Oil Spill Response Organization — and Wick said they will bring basically the same equipment, but more of it, along with more people to help. Once they arrive from Baltimore and their equipment is in the water, they fall under Wick’s control. “It’s a big dance,” he said, “and if you don’t know what you’re doing, you’ll spend a lot of money in fines.” Fortunately, Wick does know what he’s doing. For the past three years, his team has been rated Best in Navy by the First Responders Training instructor. “I know the area well and I know the tides,” he said. “I know what the winds will do to the stuff in the water and it’s all because of the training we do here.” Regulated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, individuals involved in clean-up operations are required to be certified annually through classroom hours and hands-on instruction, and FRT requires two drills per year. Working with the military, turnover is frequent and Wick is often instructing new Sailors in navigation, small boat operation, reduced visibility and nighttime training. “Whenever the weather is nice,” he said, “we’ll train as often as we can.” Wick and his team save money by servicing their equipment in their own shop,

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Spring into action as a Ready Navy Family



Summer program teaches youths to fly

From Commander Navy Installations Command Public Affairs For many, spring brings a resurgence of energy and activity with the milder temperatures. It is a perfect time to practice your family emergency plan and to re-evaluate and restock your emergency supply kit for the changing season. Although winter storms are becoming a fading memory, it is important to remember that weather and other hazards can be unpredictable, so spring into action as a Ready Navy Family and be ready for any hazard.

Be and Stay Informed

Learn about hazards that are common in spring months and most likely to happen in your area. The Ready Navy website “Be and Stay Informed” tabs offer

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U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Monique K. Hilley

An emergency kit is an effective way to prepare for unexpected events. Having the entire family prepare the kit helps children cope with emergencies and ensures everyone knows the emergency kit contents. specific instructions, information, and resources you may need to know regarding floods, tornadoes, manmade hazards, and emergency actions. Learn what you should know if you need to evacuate or take shelter in your home.

News Briefs On base:

Pax Tree Removal Plan

There are 13 areas around the installation where trees are being removed for safety reasons. These trees are impeding the line of site between the air traffic control tower and the runways. For more information on the areas affected, visit and click on the “Tree Removal Map …” link listed under Popular Links.

Mattapany Spring Festival

Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Historic Mattapany at Pax River Bring the whole family and enjoy games, crafts, exhibits, activities and a chili cook off at the Spring Festival. This event is free and open to anyone with base access. Enter your best pot of chili into the cook off. Chili will be sold to guests at the festival and their votes, along with a few special judges, will decide the winner. No entry fee. Prizes will be awarded. For more information, contact Air Traffic Controller 1st Class Megan Donnell at or 301-342-3837.

Women’s Advisory Group Meeting

Wednesday, noon to 1 p.m. Frank Knox, Building 2189, room 120 Civilian, military and contractor employees at Patuxent River and St. Inigoes are invited to this Women’s Networking Forum brown bag luncheon with guest speaker, Donna Nestor, the president and CEO of Calvert Systems Engineering Inc. Nestor will emphasize how to lead by example, convey a sense of ownership, foster direct accessibility as a leader, invite numerous viewpoints and recognize team members for their contributions. Questions or comments, contact Andie VanLanen at 301-757-6031 or Mark Easter at 301-342-3984. Register at eb774607884.

AtHoc Registrations

The purple globe option for AtHoc registration has been re-established 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 or

Make a Plan

As a family, make and refine your emergency plan so that everyone in the family understands what to do, where to go, and what

See Ready, Page 7

Last year’s Naval Sea Cadet Corp aviation ground school participant, Michael Weiss, left, talks with flight instructor Dave Clemmer after their 45-minute introduction flight. By Connie Hempel NAS Patuxent River Public Affairs Youths ages 15 and older and school teachers can learn how to fly this summer with the Naval Sea Cadet Corp’s aviation ground school. From June 19 through July 12 at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, volunteer pilots will

HR Offers Planning for Retirement

April 25-26 and June 12-13 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Washington Navy Yard, building 22 The Human Resources Office-Washington is offering Planning for Retirement seminars for Federal employees with 10 years or less to retirement eligibility. Get an overview of federal benefits and financial goal setting for a smooth transition into retirement. To register, submit an approved SF-182, training request document form, to Janie Harens at

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 Greg Griffitt. Please do not call after 4:30 p.m. Friday as most winners have called by 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Call the Tester staff at 301-342-4163.

Leatherneck 5k

May 11, 9 a.m. Starts at the Cedar Point Golf Course Open to everyone. For more information, contact Marine Capt. Daniel Hagarty at 301-342-7776.

Off base:

National Parks Offer Free Entry

Active-duty military and their family can enter any national park free of charge. Visit for more information and for a list of parks.

Blue Hue Lights Up Drum Point

April is Autism Awareness Month and the Drum Point Lighthouse has been lit up in blue to mark the occasion. The lighthouse, located on the grounds of the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons, is one of Calvert’s most iconic symbols. To light it up in blue, exterior light bulbs that are normally white or clear are changed to blue bulbs. For more information about the lighthouse, call the Calvert Marine Museum at 410-326-2042 or visit

teach participants the information they need to know to pass the sport pilot written exam for a pilot’s license. One of the instructors, John Attebury, who is a retired Air Force and Federal Aviation Administration pilot, said along with gaining classroom knowledge, each student gets 45 minutes in the air with a qualified pilot. “They’ll be given full control of the aircraft,” he said, and added that this hands-

on portion helps students “make the connections between what they learn and being in the cockpit.” At a cost of $75, these aviation enthusiasts can expect to save more than $100 compared with other ground schools. This price includes the student’s study materials, a uniform shirt and a hat. Registration forms and more information are available on its website at www.

Striped Bass Season Begins

Saturday Call them rockfish, rock, stripers or striped bass, but Morone saxatilis is back to spawn in the Chesapeake Bay. During the trophy season, which runs through May 15, anglers may catch one striped bass per day measuring more than 28 inches in the mainstream Chesapeake Bay from Brewerton Channel to the Maryland/Virginia line and in Tangier and Pocomoke sounds. After May 15, the rockfish size changes to 18 inches or more, and anglers will be allowed to keep two rockfish. To learn about Calvert County sport fishing opportunities, visit

Countywide Pre-Kindergarten Roundups

Friday, 9:30 a.m. to noon, and May 17, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. All St. Mary’s County Public Schools Children must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1, and come from a family with an economically disadvantaged background for this pre-kindergarten eligibility screening. If vacancies remain after children from economically disadvantaged backgrounds have been enrolled, the remaining vacancies are filled using locally determined at-risk criteria. For more information about the program or registration, contact Sharon Thorstensen at 301-475-5511, ext. 135.

Recruiting Invitational

May 2, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 22290 Exploration Drive Engility is looking for talented and enthusiastic individuals for current and future opportunities. Engility has a specific need for the following skill sets; apply online at www. Send résumé to Upon submission, résumés will be reviewed and applicant will be contacted for an on-site interview should he or she meet the qualifications.

Charity Cornhole Tourney

May 4, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. NRC Solomons, medium pavilion Cost for this tournament and cook out is: competitors, $10; spectators, $5. Proceeds benefit Military Community Youth Ministries. Competitors must register by contacting Kevin or Kelley Burgess at or 703217-9830.



Thursday, April 18, 2013

Chaplains corner

Investing in others creates a satisfying life By Lt. Jeff Augustin NAS Patuxent River Command Chaplain King Solomon — or “a wise sage” — wrote that a person who gives to the poor will never want, but he who shuts his eyes will have many curses, Proverbs 28:27. As a chaplain, I have the opportunity to catch a glimpse of people’s suffering multiple times a week. Although each expresses pain with different words, a fair summary of what they want to gain is: “Chaps, I want to have a better life.” Everyone wants a satisfying life, a life characterized as being at rest and having peace. Every person also is free to choose how they’re going to reach the place where they’re not in want, where they’re free of struggles. The sad reality is that most of us attempt to achieve rest by getting more

for ourselves. We’re usually not interested in getting for others. We buy into the lie that getting more will somehow scratch this itch. The common reality I see multiple times a week is that self-centered living is destructive. The person who chooses to be indifferent to others, who “shuts his eyes,” is living in a darkening world. It’s admittedly an oxymoron, but a key part of being at rest is to reach out to and aid others. In a recent counseling session, the counselee and I were discussing goals. Naturally all of the goals revolved around him — what can he achieve in the next few years. I said to him, “While we do need to set goals for ourselves, we also need to make sure we keep a balance, not only thinking of ourselves, but also looking to serve others.” With that, he erupted into a happy recollection about

how he used to serve and how good it made him feel. When we focus on ourselves, we become indifferent to people and situations, even those close to us, and especially to those suffering around us. This indifference is extremely toxic. It communicates a lack of worth and value to other people. The self-focused person is exclusively concerned with conversations, people, activities and so forth that help him. With that, life becomes very small, cold and eventually purposeless. Meaningful relationships fall apart when value is not expressed and felt. Who finds pleasure spending time with a friend, a spouse or a boss who cares only for himself or herself? On the other hand, having a service-oriented mindset helps us to be sensitive to the unmet needs and struggles of others. When we effectually listen to and are attentive to others, we

Chapel schedule St. Nicolas Chapel Lt. Jeffrey Augustin infuse them with a sense of significance. When a wife is sure her husband understands her needs that he is listening and in tune with her and not with him exclusively, she feels valued and loved and will naturally want to extend the same concern. This edifies the relationship. The same principle is true in every relationship: By effectually investing in others, we live a more satisfying life.

Catholic Services Mass: Sundays at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Weekdays at 11:35 a.m. Continuing Catholic Development (CCD): Sundays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Protestant Services Worship: Sundays at 11 a.m. Bible studies: Men’s study, Sundays at 6 p.m. Ladies’ study, Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. As Solomon said, a key to feeling satisfied and content with what one has is to reach out to those in need, whether that be emotional or physical. Jesus said that

we will always have the poor and needy, and in St. Mary’s County there are an abundance of organizations and ministries that need your help.

Runners ready for Earth Day 5K

By Donna Cipolloni Tester staff writer

April/May Classes All classes held at the Fleet and Family Support Center unless noted. Open to active-duty and retired military and Reservists. Reservations are necessary and can be made at FFSC or by calling 301-342-4911. Playgroup: Glen Forrest Community Center: Thursdays, 10-11 a.m. Budgeting for Baby: Wednesday, 10 a.m. to noon at building 401 Ten Steps to a Federal Job: Wednesday, 1-4 p.m. Stress Management for Parents: April 29: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Ever think about running as exercise? Ever wished you could finish an official 5K run just for the personal satisfaction? Karen Greenhow answered yes to both of those questions and found herself enrolled in Couch to 5K, a free program offered by Morale, Welfare and Recreation. With no previous running experience, Greenhow, who works in business operations for the F/A-18 radar team, tried the program for the first time last year and decided to get back on the track again this year. “The program was set up to ease the non runner or beginner runner into the routine,” explained Greenhow. “The very first week we ran for 30 seconds, and then walked for 1.5 minutes, for a total of 20 minutes. Now, we’re up to a total of 40 minutes with a five minute run and a one minute walk. The trainer blows her whistle at each point where we switch from running to walking.” Couch to 5K is designed not only for beginner runners interested in training for a 5K, but with its run/walk format, it

U.S. Navy photo by Donna Cipolloni

Couch to 5K class participants gather at the track located on Fortin Circle. Fitness instructors make the class adaptable for beginners working toward participating in their first 5K run and seasoned runners looking to improve their pace. See Runners, Page 13

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Parents get ready to bring baby home with NMCRS By Connie Hempel NAS Patuxent River Public Affairs Chatter from soon-to-be-parents is heard around the room — nursery decor, formulas and diapers are among the topics being discussed — and excitement fills the air. They’re ready to bring home their new baby. Yet while these parents are ready in some areas, are they ready financially? By taking advantage of the monthly Budgeting for Baby class, led by the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society and Fleet and Family Support Center at NAS Patuxent River, they’re headed down the right path. Budgeting for Baby talks with parents, new and experienced, about financial things to consider during the baby’s first year and beyond. “There’s nothing better than a group of people who are really excited about this new little being coming into their household,” said Maureen Farrell, the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society director at Pax. “But they have to think about what the financial implications are when they bring another person into the family.” While the class doesn’t actually do a budget for the parents, it does help parents think beyond the baby’s first year, such as planning for college, and they discuss pay and allowances, what may change when the baby comes along and what won’t. “It’s a really good class for everybody to start thinking about the financial changes coming up with the baby,” she said. “The important thing is to get the parents thinking about the adjustments they’ll have to make.”

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AZC Anthony Allen at or 301-757-3021 AWRCS Robert Simpson at or 301-757-8159 NAS Pax River: ADC Paul Lutgen at or 301-342-1096 EN1 Walter Williams at or 301-342-3368 U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Leah Stiles

The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society NAS Patuxent River office offers monthly Budgeting for Baby classes to help parents, new or not so new, in preparing to bring a new baby home. Along with advice on future financial changes, the classes also offer a connection with other parents. Along with offering sound financial advice, the NMCRS also provides class participants with a “Baby Sea Bag” packed with baby items, a book and a crocheted afghan blanket. “How many Navy classes can you go to where you learn something, feel good when you leave and get a present,” Farrell asked. “This class is one of the fun things I get to do every month.” Many of the baby items in the Baby Sea Bags are funded which occur on Thursdays. The overnight camping trip is the last week, Aug. 6-8, and is $140 per teen. This includes food, activities and lodging.

Customized Creations

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Drill Hall Renovations Begin

Beginning April 29 The racquetball courts, life center and total body fitness rooms in the Drill Hall are closed for renovations. All equipment located within these fitness rooms are being moved to the Varsity Basketball Court for the duration of the renovation, which is slated for completion in November 2013. Thank you for your patience.

Rassieur Youth Center

Rassieur Youth Center office hours are 6-9:30 a.m. and 2-6 p.m. For more information, call 301-342-1694. Parent’s Night Out: Tacos and Limbo Night May 3, 6-9 p.m. Parent’s Night Out occurs the first Friday of every month. Parents get time to relax, participate in other leisure activities or simply to run errands while the kids are at the Rassieur Youth Center doing fun activities. Interested parents must register and pay no later than close of business the Wednesday prior at the Youth Center. Cost is $12 per child. Youth Soccer, Tennis Camps Registration: May 7 There are three sessions with run 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays: June 17-21, June 24-28 and July 1-5. June sessions are $155 each and the July session is $125 with no instruction July 4. Soccer Camp meets at the Beach House. Tennis Camp meets at the tennis courts next to Center Stage Theater. Teen Camp Registration: May 7-10, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration after May 10 is offered during normal business hours. Teen Camp for youths ages 13-17 runs Tuesday through Thursday the following weeks: July 9-11, July 16-18, July 23-25, July 30 through Aug. 1, and Aug. 6-8. Cost is $84 per youth per week. Price does not include the cost of field trips,

All classes are held at Customized Creations, building 652 off of Millstone Road, unless otherwise noted. To register for any class and for more information, stop by or call 301-342-6293. Second Annual Arts and Crafts Spring Fling Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Drill Hall Free admission and open to the public. Patrons without base access can ride the shuttle from the Frank Knox parking lot, located south of Gate Two. The shuttle runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Advanced Bracelet Making April 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Learn to make an asymmetrical bracelet with single and multiple strands. This class requires previous experience making jewelry using crimps. Cost is $30 with a $20 materials fee; all supplies are provided. Instructor: Tammy Vitale. At least five participants are required for this class to proceed. Beading Bead/Embroidery Necklace Class May 2 and 9, 5:30-8:30 p.m. In this two-day class, participants learn to make a bead embroidery necklace. Class is $60 with a $25 materials fee; all supplies are provided. Instructor: Tammy Vitale. There must be a minimum of 5 participants for this class to proceed. At least five participants are required for this class to proceed.

Cedar Point Golf Course

Call 301-342-3597 for more information. Free Active Duty Golf Clinics at Cedar Point Golf Course Today and April 25, 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Two clinics are held each Thursday for three weeks; each is one hour long. No registration is necessary. All equipment is provided. Mother’s Day Scramble at the Cedar Point Golf Course May 12 Bring Mom out for a day of golf at the Mother’s Day Scramble Tournament, a two-person scramble format team consisting of Mom and any family member. Cost is $15 per team. Register at the Cedar Point Golf Course on May 12 before teeing off. Obtain a tee-time between 7 and 11 a.m. Gross and net prizes awarded. Open to authorized patrons and their guests with a valid U.S.G.A. handicap.

through Navy Relief Thrift Shops at installations around the world. Since Pax does not have a Thrift Shop, funds used to purchase the baby items here are collected during the annual fund drive, which is scheduled to end April 26 . The Budgeting for Baby class also offers a sense of community and is typically attended by pregnant ladies and their spouses, officer and enlisted, who are having their first child or having their second or more. The more experienced parents in the class often offer a great wealth of information, such as where to buy clothes and things in the area, that they’ll share with the rest of the group,” Farrell said. The next Budgeting for Baby class is 10 a.m. to noon April 24 in building 401 next to the St. Nicolas Chapel. For more information, call 301-342-4739 or stop by the NMCRS office from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

River’s Edge Catering and Conference Center

To make a reservation or for more information, stop by or call 301-342-3656. Mother’s Day Brunch at the River’s Edge May 12, four seatings 11:30 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Mom will love this buffet of carved prime rib, poached salmon, honey ham, potatoes, bacon, eggs, sausage, vegetables, salads, desserts and more. Cost is $21.95 for adults, $10.95 for youths ages 6-16, and $3 for children ages 3-5. Reservations are necessary. Midway Bar Season Opening Volleyball Tournament Registration deadline: April 30 Event: May 23 The Midway Bar celebrates its 2013 season opening with a volleyball tournament! The tournament is open to all base personnel. The winning team receives free Sunday Brunch Tickets. Teams of six should register at the River’s Edge or by calling 301-342-3241. For more information, call 301342-3656.

Drill Hall

Swim Lesson Registration Now open Classes are limited to 10 participants per instructor and are available for individuals ages 6 months to 99 years. Instruction is held at the Outdoor Pool next to the Rassieur Youth Center and at the Indoor Pool inside Drill Hall. Available classes include group lessons with up to 10 people, private lessons with one instructor and one student, and semi-private lessons with one instructor and two students. Group lessons are $50 for eight 45-minute classes held Monday through Thursday for two weeks. Private lessons are $90 for six 30-minutes classes held Monday through Wednesday for two weeks. Semi-private lessons are $140 held Monday through Wednesday for two weeks. For more information or to register, call the Fitness and Sports Office at 301-757-3943. Free Bowling for Military Kids April 27, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Drill Hall Bowling Center

Housing Office

Register today by calling 301-342-3846 Free First-time Homebuyer Class May 13, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Frank Knox Building, building 2189 room 155 Learn about the entire home-buying process in this free class offered by the Virginia Housing Development Authority. Topics covered include: personal finances, credit and credit scoring, qualifying and applying for a loan, choosing the right home, and what happens at a loan closing.



Thursday, April 18 6:30 p.m., 21 & Over Straight-A college student Jeff Chang has always done what he was supposed to do. But when his two best friends take him out for his 21st birthday on the night before an important medical school interview, Jeff Chang snaps and decides to do everything he wants to do. What was supposed to be a quick beer becomes a night of humiliation, over indulgence and utter debauchery in this outrageous comedy about a rite of passage gone so very wrong. Rated: R (1 hr, 33 min)

Friday, April 19 6:30 p.m., The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Superstar magicians Burt Wonderstone and Anton Marvelton have ruled the Las Vegas strip for years, raking in millions with illusions as big as Burt’s growing ego. But lately the duo’s greatest deception is their public friendship, while secretly they’ve grown to loathe each other. Facing cutthroat competition from guerilla street magician Steve Gray, whose cult following surges with each outrageous stunt, even their



show looks stale. But there’s still a chance Burt and Anton can save the act-both onstage and off-if Burt can get back in touch with what made him love magic in the first place. Rated: PG-13 (1 hr, 41 min) 9 p.m., The Call When veteran 911 operator, Jordan, takes a life-altering call from a teenage girl who has just been abducted, she realizes that she must confront a killer from her past in order to save the girl’s life. Rated: R (1 hr, 34 min)

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Saturday, April 20 4 p.m., The Croods (3D) The world’s first family embarks on a journey of a lifetime when the cave that has always shielded them from danger is destroyed. Traveling across a spectacular landscape, the Croods discover an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures — and their outlook is changed forever. Rated: PG (1 hr, 38 min)

Monday and Tuesday No Movies

6:30 p.m., The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

Wednesday, April 24 6:30 p.m., The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

9 p.m., The Call Free Sneak Preview Sunday, April 21 2 p.m., Pain & Gain




Continued from 3

U.S. Navy photo by Connie Hempel

With 1-year-old Carter Belleavoine in her lap, Lynda Knisley reads a book to the children in a pre-toddler room Monday at the Child Development Center. Both Knisley and Bree Winecke, right, are teachers for this pre-toddler room which was recently evaluated and accredited by the National Association for Early Childhood Program.

CDC earns high scores again

By Connie Hempel NAS Patuxent River Public Affairs

Parents with children at NAS Patuxent River Child Development Center can rest assured their kids are being cared for by the best. The CDC here recently renewed its NAEYC Accreditation, exceeding standards set by the National Association for Early Childhood Program with scores in the 90s. “This is one of the best scores that we’ve had,” said

Phyllis Leighton, the Pax River Child/Youth Program Director. The last accreditation cycle in 2008, marked the center’s first time achieving such high scores. Each accreditation cycle is good for five years. “It’s the quality of our trainers, the teachers, my assistant director, and the parents who want to be involved,” Leighton said. “It’s truly a team effort.” The accreditation looks at how well the teachers and

staff in each of the classrooms interact with the children and parents, their teaching and curriculum, health and the physical environment as well as leadership and management of the center. It also reviews the staffs’ qualifications and licensing. “My team doesn’t stand still. If there’s something that’s going to make them better, they’re going to be there,” she said. “I’m so proud of the team that I have and that I’m able to share this achievement with them.”

to take in the event of any emergency. Practice your plan by conducting a drill where all family members must gather at your designated meeting place after exiting through different doors. Your emergency plan should also include how your family will communicate with each other, particularly if normal communication methods, such as phone lines or cell towers, are out. Road conditions and other hazards can limit ease of movement. Have a contact person outside the area who each member of the family can notify that they are safe, if separated. Place a call to your designated contact person to be sure he or she is willing to serve in that role. The Ready Navy website provides printable forms and contact cards to guide you in your planning.

Build a Kit

The best way to prepare for the unexpected is to have on hand one or more

emergency kits that include enough water and non-perishable supplies for every family member to survive at least three days. Keep a kit prepared at home, and consider having kits in your car, at work, and a portable version in your home ready to take with you. These kits will enable you and your family to respond to any emergency more effectively. Make a game of kit building with your children. One idea is to have your children go on a scavenger hunt to find and gather necessary supplies around your house. Make note of items you are missing and shop together at your local installation commissary and NEX to complete your kit. History shows that children who are involved and informed with emergency planning are better able to react safely in an emergency. For information about Ready Navy and tips, forms, and guidance to be prepared for and stay informed about all hazards, visit www. Ready Navy is a CNIC-sponsored emergency preparedness program.



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Brand New Model Home! Almost 3500 finished sq ft, 4 b/r, 3.5 baths family rm w/fireplace, kitchen w/breakfast area, maple cabinets, granite counters, separate living & dining rm, 2 story foyer, side load 2 car garage & finished basement. Hardwood floors almost thru-out main level, no HOA’s. Directions: Route 4 to Dowell Road, right on Danielle’s Way , Model Home is on the right.

Veronica Kolterjahn, 301-672-0840


Wynne Briscoe, 240-216-5520 Mobile





Why settle for older used homes when owning NEW town homes is a smart investment! New decorated model open for inspection now! 3BRs, 2.5BAs, 10x12’deck w/privacy panel. Wonderful NEW CONSTRUCTION Home available now, Close to shopping, commuter lot w/in walking distance! Directions: Rt. 4 South to Prince Frederick. Left onto West Dares Beach Road. Right onto Fairgrounds Road. left onto Silverwood, go thru circle onto English Oak, model on left.

Juan Aranda, 571-262-1845


Alexandria, VA 703-922-4010 Annapolis, MD 410-2266-9005 Centreville, VA 703-818-0111 Columbia, MD 410-730-8888 4/30/13.

Culpeper, VA 540-825-1613 Dunkirk, MD 301-855-5900 Fredericksburg, VA 540-373-2000 Gainesville, VA 703-753-7910


Purchase $0 Down 100% Financing Approved! Closing & Warranty available! Spacious 6 bed & 3 ½ bath, nearly 4,000 sqft & move in ready immediately. New appliances, flooring, lighting & paint. Large family/ Multi-family layout. Perfect first floor in-law suite. MLS# CA8023837 Directions: Route 231 Hallowing Point Rd. Turn onto Tate Road. Bear left at Mailboxes. Go all the way to the end. Look for Century 21 signs.



Curtis Homes in the woods at Myrtle Point! Build the all new Abberly Model or choose another model from our list. Price listed is base price, photos illustrate model upgrades. Directions: Route 235 to route 4 (towards Solomons Island), left onto Patuxent BLVD, left onto Placid Hill Drive, continue straight ahead to Curtis homes sales model at back of cul-desac.

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Monday salutes 43rd Earth Day

Earth Day promotes environmental, energy awareness Earth Day continues to be an important way to raise awareness of local environmental and energy-conservation issues each year. While most people think of planting a tree or cleaning up litter when Earth Day is mentioned, energy programs play an important part in a green future. Earth Day was founded in 1970 by Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin as a grassroots effort to increase awareness of environmental issues. “Nelson’s aim for the first Earth Day was to light a fire for the environment in Washington, and Nelson felt satisfied it had done so,” according to the Gaylord Nelson and Earth Day: The Making of the Modern Environmental Movement website. “He saw no need to replicate Earth Day. But Earth Day, born in rural towns and big cities across the country in 1970, has remained an important annual way to raise awareness of local environmental issues each year.” Since the 1990s, Navy and Marine Corps commands worldwide have celebrated Earth Day on its official date of April 22. Some continue their celebrations throughout April and May, depending on the installation’s climate and the nature of their mission. Earth Day activities offer opportunities to build relationships across command departments, with sister services and government agencies, and the local communities where they live and work. The activities also serve to increase energy awareness and participation in energy conservation. Energy saving actions, such as swapping out old incandescent light bulbs for high-efficiency compact florescent bulbs, shutting off unneeded lights, turning off computers and equipment at night, reporting leaky faucets and drafty

Making a difference The Atlantic Test Ranges is holding a volunteer beach clean-up at Cedar Point Beach starting at 11 a.m. Monday. Anyone interested in helping is welcome to join.

Facts of Light If 300,000 Navy personnel turned off their office lights during the lunch hour — four fluorescent tubes per person for 250 hours per year — the annual savings for the Navy would be $1.2 million. This would also reduce emissions by 51.6 million pounds of nitrogen dioxide, 124.8 million pounds of sulfur dioxide and 13,656 million pounds of carbon dioxide. Fluorescent lights convert electricity to visible light up to five times more efficiently than incandescent lights and last up to 20 times longer. The incandescent light is the most common lighting source in U.S. homes. It also wastes the most energy. And, 90 percent of the energy consumed by an incandescent light is given off as heat rather windows, and seeking other creative means to conserve energy make the Navy more sustainable, and ultimately support the mission.

This year, NAS Patuxent River celebrates Earth Day with a run/walk, in support of sexual assault prevention and response, today at the

Navy highlights Earth Day The Navy and Marine Corps operate globally and our presence around the world gives us the opportunity and responsibility to make a difference for the planet. Earth day is Monday. On Earth Day and throughout April, the Navy and Marine Corps team — as well as individual Sailors, Marines, civilian employees and families — have the opportunity to take local action to demonstrate our commitment to protecting the environment. No

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than visible light. Electronic ballast manufacturers suggest that new energy-efficient electronic ballast and T-8 lamp systems offer energy savings of up to 41 percent over conventional electromagnetic ballast and lamp systems, with no loss of light or performance. Replacing an incandescent bulb with a compact fluorescent will save the energy equivalent of 46 gallons of oil, as well as one-half

matter where you serve, you can take action by participating in local clean-ups, reducing waste, increasing awareness of neighborhood recycling programs, saving energy, or planting indigenous trees in your area. The options are limitless. Everyone can find or create a way to take local action. Department of the Navy leadership is keenly aware of the environmental challenges ahead. Climate change is leading to ris-

ton of carbon dioxide emissions over the lifetime of the bulb. For every kilowatt-hour of electricity you save, you also avoid pumping over two pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. This helps the environment because carbon dioxide is the number one contributor to global warming.

Beach House. Check in is at 10 a.m. The 5K run begins at 11 a.m., and the 3K walk begins at 11:15 a.m. The event is free and

ing sea levels and less predictable weather patterns in the areas where we train and operate. The rapid melting of the arctic ice cap is driving new national security strategies and pressing global environmental concerns. We will continue analyzing these trends and working to ensure our forces are capable of meeting mission requirements. Only through a collective effort can military and our nation prepare for the changes that may come. We must recognize that our local actions can impact the severity of the environmental changes and

If the energy used to power office equipment were cut in half using available technologies, the resultant reduction in carbon dioxide emissions would be equivalent to removing 6,750,000 automobiles from U.S. streets. Energy-saving tips provided by the Naval Facilities Command 2012 Energy Awareness Kit.

open to all station employees and their families. The Environmental Division is on hand with displays, booths and equipment.

will determine our future readiness. Fiscal responsibility is on everyone’s mind this year. Luckily, the easiest and most effective Earth Day programs can be accomplished at little or no expense. Picking up trash at a local park, clearing debris from a beach, or volunteering with a local environmental project can all be done on a shoestring budget. Bring your coworkers, friends, shipmates and fellow Marines and increase your impact exponentially at no extra cost. Make a difference this year.

Information gathered by Naval Air Systems Command Energy Public Affairs Office.

Donald Schregardus Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Environment)


Thursday, April 18, 2013


From oceans deep to skies blue, former submariners contribute to NAVAIR mission By Jim O’Donnell V-22 Joint Program Office Public Affairs

U.S. Navy submarines and their Sailor volunteers have patrolled the world’s oceans for more than 113 years. When the Navy marked the birthday of the Submarine Force on April 11, several employees at NAVAIR were celebrating their contribution to that legacy. Veteran Tom Farrell is an earned value management analyst with the V-22 Joint Program Office (PMA275). He spent six years in the Navy, three of those on attack submarine USS Connecticut (SSN 22). Farrell, who left the Navy in 2008, used the GI Bill to attend Frostburg State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics, which led him to NAVAIR. “I went to college after getting out of the Navy and figured my military service and degree would allow me to perform well in the civil service, and began searching for federal jobs,” Farrell said. He was a nuclear-trained electrician’s mate, one of the three nuclear-engineering ratings that work in the engine room of nuclear-powered submarines. “Nukes,” as they are affectionately called, are considered to have one of the hardest jobs on a submarine. “Serving onboard submarines allowed me to develop the ability to function on limited sleep,” Farrell said, “[to] work well in a teamwork environment and the ability to trust others; also the value of standards and procedures and maintaining a questioning attitude.”

Building Trust

Submarine duty paid positive dividends for others at NAVAIR as well. Serving on submarines gave me the “ability to handle stressful situations,” said Jason Morris, an engineer for the Air Combat Electronics Program Office (PMA209). Morris served on the Blue crew of USS Tennessee (SSBN 734). The Tennessee is an Ohio-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine and part of the United States nuclear deterrence triad. Ohio-class SSBNs can carry up to 24 submarinelaunched ballistic missiles. On average, these subma-

Robert Bartsch, right, and a friend from USS Honolulu (SSN 718) share a moment while the submarine transits off the coast of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, in June 1985. Bartsch, a team lead in the V-22 Joint Program Office (PMA 275), spent eight and a half years in the Navy.

U.S. Navy Submarines 101 Courtesy photos

Robert Bartsch, left, takes a break during a transit through the Panama Canal in July 1986. Bartsch served on USS Honolulu (SSN 718) he is now a team lead in the V-22 Joint Program Office (PMA 275); he spent 8 1/2 years in the Navy. rines spend 77 days at sea followed by 35 days in-port for maintenance. Each SSBN has two crews, Blue and Gold, which alternate supporting the submarines, maximizing the SSBN’s strategic availability. “When you work on a boat, your life is in the hands of the 100 to 150 crew members," Morris said. “You must trust them with your life as they trust you with theirs. Stress is always around you, but all the training in school and on the job helped me work through stress effectively.”

Dolphins on a Leatherneck

Surprisingly, submarine service is not exclusive to former servicemembers. Marine Lt. Col. Eric Ropella, PMA-275’s Inservice Readiness Team lead, is a member of an even smaller NAVAIR minority, a Marine with “dolphins.” Dolphins are the warfare designation pins all submariners work toward earning from their first day onboard their submarine. It’s a crew qualification process to show fellow shipmates they have an understanding of all of the systems onboard the boat, and can be relied upon to do their part in a crisis. Ropella earned his pin in 1990 on USS Cavalla (SSN684) where he was assigned for his Naval Academy “Youngster Cruise” during summer vacation between

All U.S. Navy submarines are nuclear-powered. There are three types of submarines in the U.S. Navy: Attack Submarines (SSN) Ballistic Missile Submarines (SSBN) Guided Missile Submarines (SSGN)

Thomas Farrell assists his fellow engineers in hooking up shore power during a port visit. Farrell is now an earned value management analyst in the V-22 Joint Program Office (PMA 275). He spent six years in the Navy, three of those on USS Connecticut (SSN 22). his freshman and sophomore years. An occurrence not uncommon for many Academy underclassmen, Ropella’s name was already well known on the submarine. His father, Senior Chief Corpsman (retired) John Ropella was already a member of the crew. “After about a month and a half aboard the Cavalla [both in port and underway],” Ropella said, “I was able to earn my enlisted dolphins, which I wore with pride during my remaining time at the Naval Academy and up until my commissioning in the Marine Corps in 1993.” But you won’t find the pin on his current uniform. “Marine Corps uniform regulations don’t allow me to wear my dolphins, but I

do have them prominently displayed in my home office,” Ropella said. Ropella, a CH-46E helicopter pilot, said he understands the allure and camaraderie present on submarines. “I have always been intrigued by the submarine force and admired those who have chosen that career path,” Ropella said. “Because of its small size and mission, they are able to pick the best and brightest and tend to have a tighter bond than those in the surface Navy... in some respects, this mirrors the Marine Corps.”

Indelible impressions

It has been almost 30 years since Robert Bartsch,

a team lead in PMA-275 earned his dolphins onboard USS Honolulu (SSN 718). Bartsch left the Navy in 1990 after 8½ years but his journey to NAVAIR was a little bit circuitous. “I spent 15 years at Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Plant (CCNP) where I was in Operations, Maintenance and finally Program Management. I came to the government initially in 2005,” Bartsch said. He credits submarine duty with teaching him attention to detail, procedural adherence, accountability and most importantly responsibility, traits that have served him well as a civilian, especially at NAVAIR. “When I look back on it,” Bartsch said, “I was a 22-year-old qualified engineering watch supervisor, a watch station normally staffed by a chief petty officer, which essentially made me responsible for the operation of an engine room on a more than $1 billion nuclear submarine.” Former submariner, Randy Lewis, is a schedule development expert at NAVAIR, and like Bartsch a Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant alumni. “The nuclear power training pipeline led me back to Calvert County [where I am from] to CCNPP,” said the former nuclear-trained machinist mate, who left the Navy in 1997. He worked at CCNPP for 11 years, where he said he held a number

of positions and learned scheduling and project management skills, which led him to NAVAIR’s Research and Engineering Cost Department. “Being onboard submarines, along with being a Navy diver, remind me often that I’ve accomplished much more difficult tasks than typically faced with in everyday life,” said Lewis, who served on USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN 705) from 1993 to 1997. “[Submarine duty] also taught me the true meaning of teamwork, trust and integrity. I still consider some of my shipmates my lifelong best friends.” Although Lewis hasn’t visited his boat since he left the Navy, he said his submarine past did “surface” at a meeting during one of his first NAVAIR assignments supporting the Air AntiSubmarine Warfare Systems Program Office (PMA 264). “I waited until the end of that meeting and jokingly told them that working for them was sort of ‘a conflict of interest.’ When I told them I was an ex-submariner, one of the leads threw his hands in the hair and leaned back in disgust. He was a former P-3 Orion anti-submarine aircraft crew member.

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