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TESTER Naval Air Station Patuxent River

Vol. 72, No. 21

Clean the Bay Pax River Style Page 2

Moran Honored as Lead Tester Page 3

EMALS Has Arrived Page 6

Celebrating 72 Years of Community Partnership

May 28, 2015

Navy Celebrates Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

U.S. Navy photos by Jackie Smith

Assisting personnel from NAS Patuxent River’s Environmental Division, biologists from the College of William and Mary recently affix metal identification bands to the legs of an eagle nestling.

Eagles on board Pax River chicks banded for tracking and identification By Donna Cipolloni NAS Patuxent River Public Affairs ersonnel from NAS Patuxent River Environmental Division and Naval Facilities Engineering Command Washington, along with biologists from the College of William and Mary, worked together to band four young bald eagles from three nests located aboard the installation, May 7. “Numerous instances have been noted of bald eagles loafing on runway and taxiway surfaces here at Pax River, thus posing a [bird/ animal strike hazard] risk,” explained Jackie Smith, Pax River natural resources specialist. “The fledgling eagle banding was necessary in


order to determine if these birds are from Pax nests or elsewhere.” A tree climber, using ropes and harnesses, scaled the trees where the birds’ nests had been previously located and removed the eagle chicks, carefully bagging each one and lowering it to the ground to be fitted with a numbered, unique metal identification band. A second colored auxiliary band, visible from a distance, was also affixed. A falconer’s hood was used to cover the eagles’ eyes and keep them calm. Biologists then recorded each chick’s various measurements, including

See Eagles, Page 3

DOD graphic/U.S. Navy photo illustration by Shawn Graham

According to statistics from the U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command, in 2014, Sailors of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage comprise 6.43 percent of the Navy’s active duty force. More than 20,500 active-duty Sailors , 4,000 Reservists, and 18,900 Navy civilian employees self-identify as Asian American or Pacific Islander, including 10 flag officers, nine members of the Senior Executive Service and 176 master chief petty officers.

Asian American and Pacific May 7, 1843 Islander Milestones First Japanese immigrants arrived in the United States. 1815 General Andrew Jackson notes that Filipinos fought alongside his forces during the famed Battle of New Orleans near the end of the War of 1812.

May 10, 1869 First transcontinental railroad in the United States was completed with significant contri-

butions from Chinese pioneers.

Sept. 24, 1911 First Congressional Medal of Honor recipient was U.S. Army Pvt. Jose Nisperos, from the Philippine Scouts Unit.

September 1944 One of the first Chinese American woman pilots, Maggie Gee received her flight licenses and joined the Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASPs). See Heritage, Page 4

Castro reflects on American journey By Shawn Graham NAS Patuxent River Public Affairs


n honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Tester is featuring Lt. Cmdr. Arthur Castro, from NAVAIR, and his journey to reaching his American Dream through the U.S. Navy. The American Dream doesn’t always start the Unites States. For Lt. Cmdr. Arthur Castro, assigned to NAVAIR MultiMission Tactical UAS Program Office (PMA-266) Readiness Cell Team Lead, the dream

started in the Philippines and was realized during his service in the U.S. Navy.

Journey from the Philippines Born and raised on the island of Luzon in the Philippines, Castro relocated to Guam when he was a teenager. “When I relocated to Guam, prior to joining the Navy, two of my uncles were Sailors, both of whom joined in the Philippines,” Castro said. “One of my uncles was a senior chief petty officer and when I saw him in his uni-

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Lt. Cmdr. Arthur Castro form, I knew I wanted to be just like him one day.” Castro joined the Navy

Sept. 16, 1998, attending Navy Recruit Training Command and later Aviation Machinist’s Mate (AD) “A” School, where he was certified as helicopter mechanic. Castro said his father explained to him that the transition wouldn’t be easy and would take lots of motivation and dedication in order to succeed. “I wanted to explore the world and succeed,” he said. “So when I joined the Navy, I was shaky at first but by the

See Castro, Page 3



Thursday, May 28, 2015

Memorial Day ceremony honors veterans, Gold Star Families

U.S. Navy photos by Shawn Graham

NAS Patuxent River honored veterans, with special recognition to Vietnam War veterans and Gold Star Families during a Memorial Day Commemoration ceremony May 22 at West Basin Marina. Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who died in service to the U.S. The Navy’s Ceremonial Guard paraded the colors, played taps and fired a three-gun volley in honor of service members who died on active duty.

Volunteers needed for annual Clean the Bay Day – Pax River style

By Shawn Graham NAS Patuxent River Public Affairs ailors and civilians are invited to participate in the Second Annual Clean the Bay Day (CTBD), scheduled 8-11 a.m. June 6 starting at the Cedar Point Beach Pavilion. Chesapeake Bay Foundation hosts CTBD every year to clean debris from urban, suburban and rural shorelines and waterways. Each year, hundreds of service members answer the call to keep the beach clean. Cmdr. Molly Boron, NAVAIR Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft Program Office (PMA-290) deputy IPT lead for P-3 and EP-3, said CTBD improves the cleanliness and military appearance of Pax and is important for long-term environmental stability. “The habitat is influenced by human interaction and lack


U.S. Navy photo by Connie Hempel

Clean the Bay Day volunteers Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class Matthew Engstrom from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 and Ann Barnes, a contractor on base, pick up trash and recyclables from Fishing Point on NAS Pax River during the first Clean the Bay day on base, June 7, 2014. During that event, more than 300 pounds of trash and 300 pounds of recyclable material was collected along three miles of Pax’s shoreline. of care,” she said. “Our actions impact our water quality, food sources and recreational activity.” According to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, between 3,500 and 4,000 tons of municipal solid waste is collected per year at Pax River. This is the normal waste re-

moved daily from office buildings and hangars. “I’m proud NAS Patuxent River contributes to such a large event,” Boron said. “We must have proper respect for the lifecycle of our waterways and streams. We live, work and play off of our environment. We must

understand the importance of its cleanliness.” Boron who organized Pax’s first CTBD last year, said volunteer participation has been very strong. “There are many likeminded people, who are environmental stewards,” Boron explained. “It’s always good to have them participate. “I’m looking forward to anyone who wants to participate to clean up our beaches and shoreline,” Boron said. “We will provide garbage bags and latex gloves. All we need people to bring are good attitudes and smiles.” Volunteers must have base access. Meet at the Cedar Point Beach pavilion. Trash bags provided. Last year, dozens of volunteers collected 300 pounds of trash and 300 pounds of recyclable material in four hours along three miles of Pax’s shoreline.

Unauthorized dumping Warm weather often spurs the inclination to clean up and clean out, but remember, the dumpsters around Naval Air Station Patuxent River are not for offloading unwanted goods or debris. While households on base are encouraged to use the installation’s recycling containers for their recyclables, the dumpsters are intended for government refuse only. Anyone observing unauthorized dumping should contact base security at 301-342-3208.

Look before you lock Make arrangements with your child’s day care center or babysitter that you will always call if your child will not be there on a particular day as scheduled. Make sure all child passengers have left the vehicle after it is parked. Keep vehicles locked at all times; even in the garage or driveway.


Thursday, May 28, 2015


Moran honored with 2014 Test and Evaluation Lead Tester Award By Sylvia Pierson F-35 Lightning II Naval Variants Public Affairs


he Department of the Navy (DON) honored Marine Corps Lt. Col. Patrick “Oxy” Moran, F-35 Lightning II Patuxent River Integrated Test Force (ITF) Government Flight Test Director, with its 2014 Test & Evaluation (T&E) Lead Tester Award during the third annual DON T&E awards ceremony held April 23 at the Pentagon. Rear Adm. Mathias W. Winter, Chief of Naval Research at the Office of Naval Research, and Director, Test and Evaluation and Technology Requirements, was joined by Rick Quade, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Navy for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, as he presented Moran with the prestigious award in the Hall of Heroes. “Lt. Col. Moran embodies the test and engineering acumen, galvanizing leadership and steadfast integrity upon

which our nation depends,” Winter said. “His sound judgment and superlative accomplishments at the helm of the F-35 Patuxent River ITF have enhanced Naval aviation’s role and effectiveness as it develops and delivers sea-based power projection. “Oxy delivered the right balance of strategic guidance and technical oversight as his 920-member government and industry team achieved its highest tempo of flight test to date,” he said. “He was the driving force behind the upcoming Marine Corps initial operational capability, and he accelerated the team’s progress through the F-35C initial development test (DTI) schedule, achieving 100 percent of the threshold test points three days early, and conducting night ops during DT-I — an unheard of feat since the F-4 era.” During the ceremony, Winter and Quade present-

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Lt. Cmdr. Arthur Castro, center, assigned to NAVAIR MultiMission Tactical UAS Program Office (PMA-266), is directly responsible for identifying/tracking top cost drivers and proposing solutions to reduce total ownership cost and to promote fleet readiness.

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Marine Corps Lt. Col. Patrick Moran, F-35 Lightning II Patuxent River Integrated Test Force Government Flight Test director, center, was presented with the Department of the Navy (DON) Lead Tester Award by Rear Adm. Mathias W. Winter, the Chief of Naval Research at the Office of Naval Research, and the Director, Test and Evaluation and Technology Requirements, left, and Rick Quade, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Navy for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation during the DON Test and Evaluation awards ceremony April 23 at the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes. ed three awards to NAVAIR team members for their outstanding efforts and significant achievements in the field of T&E during 2014. The DON T&E awards program features seven awards;

personnel from Naval Sea Systems Command, Marine Corps Systems Command and Marine Corps Operational Test and Evaluation Activity received the remaining four awards.


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U.S. Navy photos by Jackie Smith

weight, estimated age, sex, and the length of the beak, talons and tarsus, which is a part of the leg. The oldest chick, found

Each of the four young eagles, from three nests identified aboard NAS Patuxent River, was lowered from its nest in a black bag and weighed before being measured and banded. A falconer’s hood was used to keep the eagles calm. The banding and nest monitoring is part of ongoing studies of eagle productivity, local feeding and roosting, as well as movement patterns in support of Pax River’s Bird/Aircraft Strike Hazard (BASH) Reduction Program. near the golf course, was a female about 40 days old; and the youngest, from Goose

Creek, was only 25 days old and too young to determine its sex. A pair of 32-day-old

siblings, one male and one female, were found near Holton Pond. Smith noted that if it is determined these particular birds are a threat to the station’s airfield safety, it will be necessary to contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to discuss the possibility of seeking permits to remove the nests. After banding, the unharmed eagles were safely returned to their nests.

Program Manager Leadership Panel Discussion

1- 3 p.m. June 4

Rear Adm. William A. Moffett Building 2272, Room 150.C Civilian GS-12/13/14s, or the military equivalent, who are currently or aspiring to be in the program management

(PM) career field are invited to attend a “PM Leadership Panel Discussion” event. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from senior leaders across the PM career field. Panelists will share personal career development experiences and provide candid

insights into how to develop as leaders within an organization. The audience will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the event. Register via NAVAIR University: https:// For more information, call 301-757-9033.


Continued from 1 time I finished AD “A” School, I had settled in.” Castro rose through the enlisted ranks, being promoted to petty officer second class. During that time, Castro also achieved another milestone — citizenship.

Citizenship and commission “My division chief talked to me about a commission after I was naturalized as a citizen,” Castro said. “He encouraged me every step of the way and was influential in applying for a commission. He was also instrumental in showing me how Sailors should be treated. “I have a high respect for people,” Castro added. “You must mentor your Sailors and remind them that they won’t be a junior Sailor forever. My chief took good care of me and I always want to return the good will and mentorship he showed me.” After graduating from Officer Candidate School, Castro later converted from active duty to Full-Time Support (FTS). FTS allows Reservists to perform full-time active duty service in positions that support the training and administration of the Navy Reserve. Members receive the same pay, allowances and benefits as active duty members. Castro said his career path’s diversity allowed him to go places and meet people that most could only dream of. “This is my eighth permanent change of station since joining the Navy,” Castro explained. I’ve been to places like New Caledonia, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Sri Lanka, India, Hong Kong, Japan, China, Russia and even Ireland. “I saw firsthand the positive impact a successful naval career can have on your community, country and world,” he said. Castro said it was important to give back to the communities that support

servicemembers and their families. “On my off-duty time I like to participate in the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) and have been a member since November 2008,” Castro said. “CAP is a great place for you to meet and work with people who share your interest in flying and want to use their skills in a meaningful way.” While an active volunteer with CAP, Castro also finds time to give back to the Filipino community.

Filipino — American roots “Filipinos are rich in culture and family values,” Castro said. “I’m proud of where I came from. I’m a naturalized U.S. citizen, but I still love where I’m from. It’s something my mom instilled in us, never be ashamed of who you are or your humble beginnings. “I remind my kids of their roots,” he said. “It’s important to celebrate diversity. Different experiences and skills are important to the Navy’s overall success and mission. People who possess a willingness to work and learn will always succeed in the Navy.” Castro said his sense of volunteerism also led him to join the Filipino-American Association of Southern Maryland (FIL-AMSOMD). FIL-AMSOMD organizes events open to all to promote Filipino-American culture, improve community relations and to provide community service by supporting charitable organizations, he said. “One of my favorite things is to celebrate the association’s Fiesta,” Castro said. The 2015 FIL-AM Fiesta celebrates Filipino heritage with traditional folk costumes, cultural dances and traditional cuisine. This year’s Fiesta is 3-10 p.m. June 6 at the Hollywood Fire Department Hall. “It’s an important event for everyone in the area who doesn’t get a chance to go home,” he explained.“We celebrate our Filipino and American culture at the same time. It reminds every one of their roots and how far we have come in our journey.”



Thursday, May 28, 2015

P-8A team patrols budget, saves billons By Emily Burdeshaw Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft Program Office (PMA-290) Public Affairs ecretary of Defense Ash Carter presented the 2014 David Packard Excellence in Acquisition and Should Cost and Innovation Award to the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft Program Office (PMA-290) May 21 at a ceremony held in Washington, D.C. PMA-290’s efforts saved $5.2 billion in 2014 across the P-8A Poseidon system development and demonstration, production and industrial support and sustainment phases. “Should cost,” is a Better Buying Power (BBP) initiative to incentivize productivity and reduce cost. It challenges DOD leadership to reevaluate a program’s cost estimate to represent efficient economics within the constraints of a declining budget. “Our team continually challenges the norm, asking ‘can we do better?’” said


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Members of the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft Program Office (PMA-290) receive the 2014 David Packard Excellence in Acquisition and Should Cost and Innovation Award from Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, third from left, May 21 at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. PMA-290’s efforts led to $5.2 billion in cost savings across the full-scope of P-8A Poseidon development, production and sustainment phases. Capt. Scott Dillon, PMA-290 program manager. “From production efficiency to full lifecycle management, we have been thinking outside of the box to deliver warfighting capability to the fleet in a timely and cost-effective manner.” P-8A is the first Navy aircraft to be built from the start on a commercial production line, which allows the pro-

gram to significantly reduce time and overall cost. Each P-8A Poseidon aircraft begins on a Boeing 737 production line, leveraging efficient commercial practices to significantly reduce time and overall cost. Boeing Commercial Airplanes integrates P-8 unique systems, such as hydraulics, wiring and aircraft structures, early in the production process —

eliminating the need for costly rework during final mission systems installation by Boeing Defense Systems. In addition to this innovative use of commercial production processes, the program office generated significant cost savings by breaking out select weapons systems from the overall aircraft acquisition contract. In this way, PMA-290 avoided

significant pass-through fees for contractor furnished equipment. “We worked with our resource sponsor and industry counterparts to develop practices that show we have a longterm view in mind,” Dillon explained. “We maintain productivity and efficiency while constantly evaluating how to best function in this environment of budget uncertainty.”

PMA-290 took a look at the Operations and Support phase budget and found additional savings in sustainment of aircraft deployed across the globe. “There is no one-size-fitsall approach for an aircraft of this complexity,” Dillon said. “We tailor each element of the maintenance strategy to leverage the best organization for each job, whether that is the commercial expertise for the 737 airframe and engine depot maintenance or the organic, in-house talent for P-8A missions systems.” Since the first operational deployment in 2013, the P-8A has flown nearly 34,000 hours in over 6,000 sorties. The “should cost” effort has saved the program billions of dollars and will continue to do so for years to come, he added. For more information on BBP Should Cost, visit http:// or http://www. Docs/Sep-Oct11/Carter_ Mueller.pdf.

NAVAIR commemorates Asian-American heritage with story of Heart Mountain


By Emily Funderburk NAVAIR Total Force (AIR 7.3) Communications Support

November 1947


n times of great crisis, do we still fall into the trap of judging people by the way they look or where they are from? That’s one of the questions the Emmy Award-winning documentary “The Legacy of Heart Mountain,” tries to answer. The film, shown here May 13 to more than 300 employees, was part of NAVAIR’s Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Month events. “Heart Mountain” is a story about the Heart Mountain internment camp near Cody, Wyoming. During World War II, 10,000 Japanese-Americans were imprisoned there, leaving behind their jobs and property, after the 1942 attack on Pearl Harbor. It’s a story rarely told in American classrooms and history textbooks, said David Ono, the documentary’s coproducer and a co-anchor of ABC7 Eyewitness News in Los Angeles. “The lessons we get from racial profiling and hate are lessons we can still see to-

U.S. Navy photo by Adam Skoczylas

Employees watch a screening of the Emmy Award-winning documentary “The Legacy of Heart Mountain” on May 13 as part of NAVAIR’s Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Month event. day,” he said. “These stories resonate today; they go on forever.” One story is that of Shirley Ann Higuchi, chair of the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation, whose parents were imprisoned at Heart Mountain. She is featured in the film and spoke as part of a panel at the base theater after the showing. Higuchi’s parents met at the Heart Mountain high school, reconnecting after their re-

lease and eventually getting married. Higuchi honored her late mother’s wishes and worked to establish a permanent museum on the grounds where the internment camp once stood. “As children and American citizens, my parents were imprisoned without cause and without a trial,” she said. This year’s Asian-American Pacific Islander Month theme was “Many Cultures, One Voice: Promote Equality

and Inclusion.” The speakers reinforced that diversity and inclusion are part of the American experience, and that attacks on civil liberties and personal freedoms, such as those that occurred at Heart Mountain, are not. “When we are isolated, distant and ignorant of a population that may not look like or speak like us, we are vulnerable to only seeing our differences and ignoring our common interests and des-

tiny,” said Douglas Nelson, vice chair of the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation. Rear Adm. CJ Jaynes, executive champion of NAVAIR’s Asian-American Pacific Islander Diversity Advisory Team, agreed: “All of us need to participate in diversity and inclusion and making ourselves more open to others,” she said. The event was hosted by NAVAIR’s Asian-American Pacific Islander Diversity Advisory Team, which seeks to explore and eliminate possible barriers Asian-Americans may experience in moving into senior management. Asians make up approximately 7 percent of the NAVAIR workforce. Of NAVAIR’s 39 Senior Executive Service members, none self-identify as Asian-American. NAVAIR’s other diversity advisory teams focus on individuals with disabilities, Hispanic engagement, African-Americans and women. Emily Funderburk provides contract communication support as an employee of Bowhead Professional Solutions, LLC.

Continued from 1 Florence (Ebersole) Smith Finch received the U.S. Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian medal awarded to American citizens living abroad who aided in the war effort. Finch, the daughter of an American soldier and a Filipino mother, was working for the U.S. Army during World War II when the Japanese occupied the Philippines and assisted numerous POWs in Japanese captivity.

May 7, 1990 President George H. W. Bush issued a proclamation designating May 1990 as the first Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, changing the observance from a week to a month.

Oct. 16, 2013 Adm. Harry Harris Jr., born in Japan, is the first Asian American to head the U.S. Pacific Fleet, leading the same office from which Admiral Chester Nimitz led the Navy against the Japanese during World War II. Harris is the highestranking Asian-American in the history of the United States Navy.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Paint ’n Party



Creativity and fun, one brush stroke at a time By Donna Cipolloni NAS Patuxent River Public Affairs

Unleash your inner artist and explore your creativity at Paint ’n Party, offered through Morale, Welfare and Recreation’s Customized Creations. No artistic ability is necessary to participate in the monthly classes, which began in April and meet at the Eagle’s Nest Pub, located inside River’s Edge Catering and Conference Center. “I came up with a set of original designs and each month we paint a different one,” explained Dhyana Mackenzie, director of Customized Creations. “In April, we painted a red poppy and in May a beautiful seahorse. June’s painting is sunset at the bridge to Solomons, and July is a water lily painting with a


full moon reflected off the water at night.” Glori VanBrunt is a small business owner who juggles her private mental health practice, three teenagers and a husband who’s a retired Marine, now working at Pax River. She was looking for a fun activity to reduce stress and spend time with friends. “Time with friends is not the easiest to come by, but I know it’s essential,” she said. “I emailed 10 girlfriends to invite them to come enjoy a ‘mom’s night out’ and share some laughs, meet some new people and be creative.” When VanBrunt and her group arrived, they found an easel on each table with the design already drawn out on a 16x20-inch canvas, along with all the necessary painting supplies and brushes. Mackenzie, an accomplished fine artist, led the class through

Paint ’n Party

Register now 5-8 p.m. June 25

Eagle’s Nest Pub River’s Edge Catering and Conference Center

Courtesy photo

Class members from the April Paint ‘n Party held at the Eagles’ Nest Pub at NAS Patuxent River display their colorful hand-painted poppy canvases. the step-by-step process of bringing their painting to life, and walked around the room offering individual direction.

In addition to having fun, VanBrunt learned a few things, too. “Shading was fun and I real-

ized it really does give a painting more depth,” she said. “And I learned that I don’t have to strive for perfection when

Arrive by 4:30 p.m. to purchase drinks and food. This month’s painting is sunset at the bridge to Solomons. Cost $35; supplies included. To register, phone Customized Creations at 301-342-6294. Class size is limited to 20. Bartender available for duration of event; must be 21 years to participate. I know the ability is not there. I’d definitely do it again.”



Thursday, May 28, 2015

Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System

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Thursday, May 28, 2015


EMALS is the first new aircraft launch technology to be employed by the U.S. Navy in more than 60 years. Unlike the traditional steam-powered catapults, EMALS will launch aircraft with electromagnetic energy. EMALS uses stored kinetic energy and solid-state electrical power conversion, which permits a high degree of computer control, monitoring and automation. The Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment

The complete carrier-based launch system, designed for the Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) and subsequent







Ford-class aircraft carriers, will make its debut when the first-in-class ship delivers in spring 2016.

comprised of 48 systems supporting Navy and Marine Corps aviation, and is jointly located at

“The many years of innovative

The system offers a wider energy range than steam catapults, which expands the Navy’s future aircraft

NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, and Joint Base

thinking, expert problem solving and

carrier operational capability, supporting the current and planned air wing - from lightweight unmanned

McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. ALRE is

exhaustive dedication from the men

to heavy strike fighters.

part of NAVAIR’s Program Executive Office for Tactical Aircraft (PEO(T)).

and women working on the EMALS EMALS’ numerous benefits include:

program will benefit carrier-based

The ALRE team responds to fleet needs


Increased reliability and efficiency


More accurate end-speed control and smoother acceleration

PMA 251 program manager


Increased sortie rates and reduced stress to aircraft and ship during launch

Capt. Steve Tedford


Intuitive maintenance software will reduce troubleshooting times


Cost reduction over time due to decreased manning and maintenance requirements


Substantial improvements in system weight, volume and maintenance


EMALS over steam catapults means quieter and cooler work and living spaces for Sailors

naval aviation for years to come.”

and provides field support and full life-cycle acquisition management for many aviation mission-critical systems, including legacy systems and newly-developed technologies for the fleet of tomorrow. In addition to EMALS, the ALRE portfolio includes catapults, arresting gear, helicopter landing systems, wind measuring systems, aviation-based information systems, aviation

MARCH 2013



1940s – The Navy designs, constructs

and tests an electromagnetic aircraft launch system using induction motor technology, even successfully launching an operational aircraft of the day. The project is essentially abandoned at the end of WWII

1980s – The Navy conducts a Concept

Feasibility Study with positive results and, in 1988, the Navy’s EMALS team develops a model which undergoes a series of preliminary tests

APRIL 2004 Contract to design, test, and support a full-scale, shipboard-representative EMALS is awarded to General Atomics

Ceremonial ribbon cutting is held for the completion of the System Functional Demonstration (SFD) site at Joint Base McGuire-DixLakehurst in New Jersey

APRIL 2009 DECEMBER 1999 Program begins with two technical development contracts for the design, fabrication and testing of EMALS prototypes

NAVAIR public release 2015-478

NOVEMBER 2007 EMALS passes final critical design review

U.S. Navy fully commits to integrating EMALS aboard Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), the first ship in a new class of aircraft carriers

A manned F/A-18E is launched via EMALS, which marks the beginning of Aircraft Compatibility Testing Phase 1

The C-2A Greyhound and T-45C Goshawk are launched

The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye is launched

and visual landing aids, aircraft firefighting equipment, expeditionary airfield systems and related products. AUGUST 2014

JUNE 2013


marking and lighting, recovery systems

Program completes shared generator testing milestone ahead of schedule and completes shared inverter testing two months later


Phase 2 of Aircraft Compatibility Testing begins with the manned launch of an E/A-18G Growler

Testing begins on below-deck EMALS components aboard CVN 78, above-deck testing begins four months later in December

OCTOBER 2014 The first Sailors, leadership from the Ford’s V-2 Division, complete EMALS training. Several more PreCommissioning Unit Sailors successfully complete training in months to come


100% of EMALS hardware is delivered to shipyard for installation First EMALS high-powered electromagnetic maneuvers are conducted and no-load test launches begin aboard CVN 78


Dead-load launches begin in support of SFD site commissioning, which completes in September



An F-35C is launched as a demonstration point

SFD test phase is complete

MAY 2011

With the successful launch of the F/A-18C Hornet, the program completes Aircraft Compatibility Testing with a total of 452 manned launches

The first production EMALS components are delivered to the shipyard in Newport News, Virginia for installation aboard CVN 78

APRIL 2014

EMALS dead-load launches, using aircraft-representative weighted sleds will be conducted from the carrier’s flight deck


System Development and Demonstration test phase is slated to complete and will be followed by an Integrated, Test and Evaluation (IT&E) period. During IT&E, land-based test site operations will be conducted to simultaneously support system reliability growth, conduct training for operators and maintainers, and CVN 78 delivery by providing full-scale troubleshooting capability, if required U.S. Navy graphic by Julie Copsey Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment (PMA-251) Communications Support




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Friday, May 29 6:30 p.m., Avengers: Age of Ultron The epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of

the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to the Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure. 9:40 p.m., Ex Machina Caleb Smith, a programmer at an internet-search giant, wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company’s brilliant and reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman. Upon his arrival, Caleb learns that Nathan has chosen him to be the human component in a Turing Test-charging him with evaluating the capabilities, and ultimately the consciousness, of Nathan’s latest experiment in artificial intelligence. That experiment is Ava, a breathtaking A.I. whose

emotional intelligence proves more sophisticated--and more deceptive--than the two men could have imagined.

River’s Edge 4th of July Buffet, Fireworks Saturday, July 4 (Rain date: July 5, 2015) Light up your 4th of July with a delicious meal, live entertainment and a clear view of the Solomons Island Fireworks. On the Menu: Pulled Mesquite Roasted Pork, Catfish Nuggets, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Corn on the Cob, Baked Beans, Grilled Veggies, Salads, Red White and Blue Cake and more! Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets to view the fireworks on our lawn. Gates open at 6 p.m. | Buffet is

Saturday, May 30 4:30 p.m., Avengers: Age of Ultron 7:40 p.m., Ex Machina Sunday, May 31 2 p.m., Avengers: Age of Ultron Monday, June 1 and Tuesday, June 2 Theater is not open Wednesday, June 3 6:30 p.m., Avengers: Age of Ultron

open 6-8 p.m. Live entertainment from 7-10 p.m. Cost: $25 per Adult $10 for Children 10 and under. Tickets on sale at River’s Edge and the ITT Office. (tickets are nonrefundable) Contractors cannot sponsor guests aboard NAS Patuxent River. Coupons aren’t redeemable for this event. Please no coolers and no pets. NRC Solomons Dive-in Theater - Lego Movie June 12 Pool will remain open from 7:309 p.m. and the Movie will begin at 9 p.m. at the Top Pool. Movie in the Park June 13; 9 p.m. Outdoor Film Fest 9 p.m. June 23-26 at Light House Park Theme is “Fantasy Land” featuring: Boxtrolls, Earth to Echo, Epic and Book of Life. ITT Richmond NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Offer Purchase a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ticket and get: Admission to Toyota Military Hospitality area on race day featuring refreshments and special

appearances, limited to first 1,500 participants; and a complimentary Military Appreciation Pre-Race Pit Pass valid from 2-6:30 p.m., time and weather permitting. Tickets available at, select “NAS Patuxent River”. Drill Hall Summer Hours: 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and holidays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays Triathlon 8 a.m. June 6 at the Outdoor Pool Rain Date: June 13 Register at the Fitness and Sports Office. FREE for active duty, retired, reserve military and DoD civilians and their family members; $10 for contractors. ID required for proof of eligibility. All competitors must wear an approved safety helmet that meets SNELL and/or ANSI standards. Rassieur Youth Center Family Cookout 6-8 p.m. May 29 at the Rassieur Youth Center Cost: $2 per person Come enjoy hot dogs, chips and drinks. Outdoor games including corn hole! Please sign-up and pay at the Youth Center front desk by Wednesday, May 27.

Fleet and Family Support Center

If You See Something, Say Something

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

To report suspicious activity at NAS Patuxent River, including suspicious aerial activity, call the NAS Security Department at 301-757-4669, or dial 911 in an emergency.

Classes Playgroup at Glenn Forest Com-

munity Center: 10-11 a.m. May 28, June 4, 11, 18, 25 Anger Management (six, two-hour sessions): 2-4 p.m. May 28, June 2 and 4 Understanding the Finances of Home Buying: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 3 Welcome to Patuxent River: 9-11 a.m. June 3 Amazing Newborns: 4-6 p.m.

June 4 Suicide Awareness and Prevention: 2-3 p.m. June 9 Ombudsman Assembly: 6-7:30 p.m. June 9 Ten Steps to a Federal Job: 1-4 p.m. June 10 Myers Briggs: 8 a.m. to noon June 11 Interviewing Techniques: 1-4 p.m. June 11

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4 for the price of 1! Two duplexes sit on 3 lots in water access/water oriented community just minutes from PAX River. Live in one and rent out the other three! Owner financing possible. $275,000 Walk to town from this 3 bed/3.5 bath waterfront town home; elevator included! Multiple decks, several family rooms, office, gorgeous kitchen with stainless appliances and granite counters....very versatile floor-plan. $449,000 It doesn’t get much better than this! Custom built 4 bed/2.5 bath home w/ everything up-graded! Gourmet kitchen w/ cherry cabinets, Corian counters, top of the line stainless appliances, screened porch, private, fenced backyard, sprinkler system, extensive hard-scape. $439,900 Former model home tucked away on 5 level acres. 4 bed/3.5 bath, hardwood flooring, sun room, bay windows, gourmet kitchen w/ new stainless appliances, finished basement w/ full bath, recently replaced roof & both heating & air systems. Offered at $515,000


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Thursday, May 28 6:30 p.m., The Age of Adaline After miraculously remaining 29 years old for almost eight decades, Adaline Bowman has lived a solitary existence, never allowing herself to get close to anyone who might reveal her secret. But a chance encounter with charismatic philanthropist Ellis Jones reignites her passion for life and romance. When a weekend with his parents threatens to uncover the truth, Adaline makes a decision that will change her life forever.

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News Briefs

Kids’ Fishing Derby 9 a.m. to noon June 6; register now LOX Farm Pond, corner of Tate and Buse Roads Catch and release event open to children ages 15 and under with base access. Must be accompanied by an adult. Prizes awarded in age groups, hot dogs and drinks provided, no fishing license or base permit required that day. Registration is free, but limited to 45. Pick up a form from the front porch of the Mattapany Rod and Gun Club, across the street from the Skeet range and drop it back off in drop box at same location. For questions or more details, please call Van Marks at 240-925-2188 or Chris Tyson at 301-247-5044. If You See Something, Say Something Public safety is everyone’s responsibility. If you see suspicious activity, report it to local law enforcement or to a person of authority; this includes suspicious aerial activity.

Describe specifically what you observed, including: Who or what you saw; when you saw it; where it occurred; and why it’s suspicious. Where’s Gnorman? Somewhere in this issue we’ve hidden Gnorman the gnome. Anyone spotting Gnorman can email or phone 301-342-4163 now through 5 p.m. Friday, and include a brief description of where he’s located. One name is drawn from all entries and wins a Center Stage Theater movie ticket. The same person cannot win more than once per month. Gnorman was found in the May 21 issue by Joyce Long, on page 3 in the 100th birthday celebration photo. OFF BASE: Elks Association Free Camping Opportunity for Military Kids Apply now Camp Barrett, Annapolis Through the Junior Warriors Program at Camp Barrett, the MD, DE and DC Elks State Association provides a week-long camping opportunity for children of Active-Duty Servicemen, National Guard and Wounded Warriors. The camper’s fee of $125 is paid by Elks member donations. Available dates for camping for boys are the weeks of 6/21, 6/28 and 7/5. For girls, the dates are 7/12, 7/19 and 7/26. For more information and to apply, please contact Junior Warrior chairman Danniele McKnight at For more information about Camp

Barrett, visit Hollywood Elementary Open Houses 6:30-7:30 p.m. June 2 for kindergarten; June 4 for grades 1-5 For new students who will be attending Hollywood due to redistricting. For more information, call 301-373-4350 or visit www.smcps. org/hes. Annual Relay for Life — St. Mary’s County 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. June 6 St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds Exciting eight-hour event filled with ceremonies, entertainment, fundraisers, food, crafts, vendors, laughter and hope while celebrating the lives of those who’ve battled cancer, remembering loved ones lost and empowering communities to fight back. Free and open to the public. Visit stmarysmd to register. On-site registration is also available. St. Nicholas Chapel Services Schedule Protestant Services • Worship 11 a.m. Sunday • Men’s Discipleship 6-7:30 p.m. Sunday Religious Programming Center • Women’s Study 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday and 10-11:30 a.m. Thursday Religious Programming Center Catholic Services • Mass 5 p.m. Sundays

Adult Summer Reading Program June 1 through Aug. 14 St. Mary’s County Libraries Participants read whatever they like and earn points by submitting reviews on the St. Mary’s College of Maryland library blog or handwritten at any library branch. Prizes awarded monthly and the more points you earn, the more you’re entered for grand prize drawings. Register through your local branch. Bluegrass Down by the River 4-6 p.m. June 7 Leonardtown Wharf Special evening of uplifting music by the Bluegrass Gospel Express. For more information call Jerry at 240-925-5613 or Pastor Paul at 240-561-5925. St. Clement’s Island Heritage Day 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 13 St. Clement’s Island Museum, Colton’s Point Free complimentary boat ride to St. Clement’s Island State Park where visitors can enjoy a day of history, fun activities, interesting exhibitors and scenic waterside vistas. Last boat to island departs museum pier at 2 p.m. and returns to mainland at 3 p.m. Blackistone Lighthouse open for tours. St. Clement’s Island Museum open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free event.

ond Chili in the Garden event. Includes public chili tasting, live music, car and bike show, family activities, awards and more. To enter a chili team or register your classic vehicle, call Crystal Seay at 410-326-4640, email or visit, under the “events” tab. Summer Space Camps July 20-23 for students entering grades 2 to 6 July 27-30 for students entering grades 9 to 12 Great Mills High School Register now for the ninth annual Space Camp provides science, technology, engineering and math classes in a fun learning environment. Online registration is available at www.smcps. org and click on the “Students/Parents” tab. The information can be found under

the “Summer Activities” link. Select the session your student would like to attend and fill out the form provided. • Discover other fun, interesting and educational things to do and places to go throughout the area by visiting: St. Mary’s County events: events-entertainment/ St. Mary’s County libraries: Calvert County events: Calvert Marine Museum: Calvert County libraries: Charles County events: calendar-date/month

Calling All Cooks, Hot Bikes and Cool Cars 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 13 Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center Looking for chili cooks, hot bike and classic car owners to be part of the sec-



$5 Discount per person for Military Personnel and family members *Must show ID

SATURDAY, MAY 30, 2015 and SATURDAY, JUNE 6, 2015

Gates Open at 5:30 P.M. • RACE 7:00 P.M. POTOMAC SPEEDWAY - BUDDS CREEK





ON BASE: Road and Parking Lot Surveys Month of June Paved road and parking lot condition surveys are scheduled throughout June for NAS Pax River, NRC Solomons and Webster Outlying Field. Surveys should be non-intrusive. Surveyors are driving marked vehicles with special equipment attached the sides. The surveys will help with the development of future projects to improve roads and parking areas.

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