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TESTER Naval Air Station Patuxent River

Vol. 71, No. 22

TSP Loans Page 2

PMA-209 Projects Receive Funding Page 7

Asian Heritage Month Celebration Page 10

Celebrating 71 Years of Community Partnership

June 5, 2014

U.S. Navy photo/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate

Courtesy photo/Frank Marquart

During a ceremony marking the 30th anniversary of the St. Mary’s County Project Graduation Program on May 20, Naval Air Station Patuxent River Commanding Officer Capt. Ben Shevchuk accepts a plaque from State’s Attorney Richard Fritz recognizing Pax River for its support in making the program a success. For the past three decades, Pax River has provided the Drill Hall as the venue for high school after-graduation celebrations.

Remembering Battle of Midway

Commemoration event links base mission to Navy’s greatest battle Compiled by Donna Cipolloni Tester staff writer

Pax helps keep T graduates safe By Donna Cipolloni Tester staff writer


raduating high school is, arguably, the first rung on the ladder of success, and celebrating the event is as much a ritual as donning the cap and gown. For three decades, Naval Air Station Patuxent River has played a role in that celebration through its participation in Project Graduation. The Project Graduation program began in St. Mary’s County in 1984, and since then, scores of high school seniors from all local county schools have commemorated graduation with a signed pledge to remain alcohol and drug free that evening — enabling them to attend an allnight celebration which, for the past 30 years, has taken place at the air station’s Drill Hall. “We provide the venue for the activity and there’s no other place locally I’m aware of that can offer such a wide

Project Graduation Donation

To make a donation to help fund Project Graduation activities for high school seniors, checks can be sent to Project Graduation, c/o Division of Human Services, P.O. Box 653, Leonardtown, MD, 20650. variety of activities under one roof,” said Hal Willard, fitness division manager. After graduation ceremonies, participating students and their guest are transported via buses to Drill Hall for an evening with friends and classmates that includes bowling, swimming, dancing, softball, volleyball and a variety of

See Graduates, Page 5

A ceremonial ship’s wheel is staged for the audience during the Battle of Midway commemoration ceremony at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum, June 4. The wheel was purchased by the NAS Pax River Chief Petty Officers’ Association in 2012 and is presented to a new unit each year during the NAS Battle of Midway ceremony. At this year’s ceremony, the wheel was presented to the museum’s association president, Ed Sierra, from Naval Air Station Patuxent River Command Master Chief William Lloyd-Owen and Naval Air Systems Command Command Master Chief Bret Joel.

he best way for anyone to learn about a battle is from those who fought it. The Battle of Midway, commemorated each year in the U.S. Navy, produced a number of aviators who would go on to serve and teach others at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in the years after World War II. Recognized as the nation’s most historically significant naval battle, the Battle of Midway took place June 4-7, 1942, six months after the attack on Pearl Harbor and just

weeks after the Battle of the Coral Sea. “The Midway operation was a huge one,” said Dave Seeman, retired Grumman test pilot and former naval aviator. “The Japanese were hoping to draw out and destroy the U.S. aircraft carrier fleet.” Seeman discussed the battle and highlighted a few of the Midway naval aviators who ended up at Pax River during the NAS ceremony commemorating the battle’s 72nd anniversary at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum, Wednesday. Japan had been successful capturing territory throughout Asia

and the Pacific, and was a formidable opponent. Capturing Midway atoll, which served as a U.S. naval base and a refueling stop for transPacific flights, meant the Japanese would not only control a strategic location, but would also be within striking distance of the Hawaiian Islands. Outmanned and outgunned by the Japanese forces at Midway, the Americans had one priceless advantage: weeks ahead of the battle, analysts had broken the Japanese code that told the tale of their plot

See Battle, Page 9

NAS welcomes new petty officers

Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Shane Slater, assigned to Naval Air Station Patuxent River Port Operations, receives his first class petty officer pins by his sons, Kayden, 6, and Alexavier, 8, during the NAS frocking ceremony, May 23, at building 103. Thirteen new petty officers 1st, 2nd and 3rd class were pinned at the event. See more photos online at aHsjXTGf2j or log on to Flickr and search for NAS Patuxent River.

U.S. Navy photo/Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate



TSP loans: The good, the bad, the ugly Commentary by Jim Walsh Naval Air Station Patuxent River Fleet and Family Support Center

The available balance you see in your Thrift Saving Plan (TSP) statement can be a tempting solution to pay down credit card debt, medical bills or cash for a down payment on a car. It sounds like a good idea, yet is considered a big taboo by most professionals in the personal financial world and should be treated as a last resort.

The Good • You are borrowing against yourself, so there’s no need for a credit check or minimum credit score. The interest rate on a TSP loan is the G fund rate at the time the loan is processed, plus a one-time administration fee of $50. • Your TSP account is paid back with interest. • Since it’s your money, borrowing from your TSP is usually simpler than trying to get a loan from another source.

The Bad • By borrowing from your TSP, you are suspending your retirement. Taking the money out of a retirement plan means no longer earning money in the stock market on the amount withdrawn. Your

potential gain in stocks is likely to be more than today’s lower rates in the G fund. • There are typically limits on how much you can borrow. Thresholds set by the IRS generally state that you cannot borrow more than half of your total balance, or $50,000, whichever is less, and is limited to your contributions and related earnings. • Payments are taken directly from your paycheck, meaning you’ll use after-tax dollars to make payments on the loan and you’ll be taxed on that money again when you make withdrawals from the account during retirement. • Due to the reduced paycheck when paying back the loan, some borrowers cannot afford to continue contributions, further limiting your retirement savings. Civilian matches are lost as well.

The Ugly • Repayment requires you to repay the loan within five years after borrowing from your TSP for a general purpose loan, and up to 15 years for a residential loan. The IRS requires you to make equal payments over the life of the loan. If these guidelines are not met, the loan may be considered an early distribution

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Jacobs takes command of PMA-260

Jim Walsh — cashing out. Generally, you cannot take out funds from TSP before age 59½ without paying penalties — 10 percent, plus state and federal taxes. • If you lose your job for any reason, you will usually be required to repay the entire balance within 90 days or face penalties along with taxes. The bottom line is that considering TSP loans “always a bad idea” is too simplistic. Sometimes, taking a loan against your retirement account can provide a much-needed cash boost. But make sure you have a long-term plan and understand the risks involved. You don’t want to deplete your retirement funds and make a costly mistake that may affect your retirement standard of living. Have a financial question? Submit financial questions to james. w a l s h 1 . c t r @ n a v y. m i l and include “Money Talk Question” in the subject line.

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Keith Sanders, the assistant commander for Acquisition for Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), left, welcomes the new program manager for the Common Aviation Support Equipment Program Office (PMA-260), Capt. Brian Jacobs, as the outgoing program manager, Capt. Fred Hepler, stands by during a change-of-command ceremony May 30 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River. PMA-260 manages the procurement, development and fielding of common, ground-support equipment and automatic test equipment that support every type, model and series of aircraft within the Naval Aviation Enterprise.

About Capt. Brian Jacobs: Education: Bachelor of Science degree in professional aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; master’s in business management from the Naval Postgraduate School. Family: Married with two adult children Favorite sports teams: Oakland Raiders, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Kings. “I’m a fan of anything L.A.” Hobbies: Likes working on old cars; recently restored a 1963 Chevy Impala.

Cycling event in Shenandoah benefits Wounded Warriors, Help for Heroes

By Sylvia Pierson F-35 Lightning II Pax River Integrated Test Force (ITF) Public Affairs

A member of the F-35 Lightning II Pax River Integrated Test Force (ITF) is organizing a 107-mile bicycle ride of Skyline Drive along the Shenandoah National Park, located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, June 21-22 to benefit Wounded Warriors and its U.K.based counterpart, Help for Heroes. The first “Ride the Sky challenge will take place over a weekend and showcase the spectacular scenery,” said Gerry McCormack, a Royal Air Force squadron leader. “Our goal is to raise $1 for every foot of climb — a total of 8,556 feet, or $8,556 — to benefit wounded U.S. and U.K. armed forces.” Participants will travel to Front Royal, Virginia, June 20 and stage themselves for the two-day, 107-mile event, which will start in Waynesboro, Virginia, and end in Front

Royal. The event will balance the physical challenges of the course with rest stops every 15 miles and two overnight stays. “This will be a challenging cycle ride, but it will be a great experience because it benefits two very worthwhile causes that offer programs and services to meet the needs of injured U.S. and U.K. service members,” McCormack said. “Any participation and sponsorship — no matter how big or small — will do some good.” McCormack has also coordinated with Wounded Warriors and Help for Heroes to enable direct online donations via https://support.woundedwarriorproject. org/group-fundraising/ridethesky/ and McCormack said there are several opportunities for people to participate even if they don’t want to cycle. “People can participate as cyclists, drive

a support vehicle, be a motorcycle outrider like in the Tour de France, just come along for the adventure, or be a sponsor,” he said, adding that there are many op-

tions for company sponsorships. Anyone interested in the event may contact McCormack at 301-342-0519 or via


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How Pax notifies workforce on weather issues, emergencies By Frederick C. Fair Naval Air Station Patuxent River Public Affairs Volunteer

The official start of spring puts a snowy winter behind us. And while a lack of snow and ice means we might no longer find ourselves fixated to local news stations, weather channels and social media to find out about base openings, closings or delays, we must remember that storms in the spring, summer and fall can also have the potential to change employee’s reporting status. This past winter, it was almost becoming a habit to roll over and go back to sleep because the “federal government was closed.” While the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) sets the schedule for agencies in Washington, D.C., those working at Naval Air Station Patuxent River have a unique set of protocols when it comes to inclement weather and emergency situations. Capt. Ben Shevchuk, NAS Pax River’s commanding officer, and his team obtain information from various sources, including the Fleet Weather Service in Norfolk and the National Weather Service in Baltimore, and from county government regarding schools. NAS leadership then consults with flag officers at Naval Air Systems Command and the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division. “Employees reach NAS Pax by both busy state routes and quiet country roads. We have to make our decisions about reporting procedures based on many factors,” Shevchuk said. For example, during the last snowstorm in mid-March, Washington, D.C., had a two-hour delay while Pax initiated a four-hour delay. That late winter storm dropped roughly five inches of snow on St. Mary’s County while areas to the north only received one to four inches. Once an employee reporting decision is made, the captain turns to the public affairs officer, emergency management officer, the NAS command duty officer, executive officer and the command master chief to push information to the workforce through various channels.

Sending the message

ƒ Official information is recorded on 301-342-BASE (2273) by the naval air station command duty office. ƒ Emergency management office sends information via AtHoc to workforce at home or at work by text, email and NMCI computer with pop ups. ƒ Public affairs officer sends releases to the media and NAS website along with Facebook page which is considered “unofficial.” ƒ Employees should contact their level 1 supervisors for their specific notification procedures, if in doubt.

Where to get the message ƒ Call 342-BASE (2273) ƒ Register on the AtHoc notification system. It notifies you via your personal e-mail and via text messaging with updated alerts from Pax regarding closures, delays, etc. The AtHoc link, accessible from an NMCI workstation, is: asp?opt+uid&nextUrl+https://waanndwcdap01.nmci. ƒ Base information line: 301-342-BASE (2273) ƒ Visit base website: ƒ Local online news/newspapers: The Bay Net, Southern Maryland, The Lex Leader ƒ Local radio stations: FM stations include 92.7, 94.3, 97.7, 98.3, 102.9, 104.1 and 107.7; AM stations include 630, 920 and 1500 ƒ TV stations: WRC Channel 4, WTTG Channel 5, WJLA Channel 7 and WUSA Channel 9 ƒ Facebook: Varying conditions around the county can require an employee to make their own judgment call, though, about whether it is safe to report to work. “The base never officially closes,”

Shevchuk said, “except in Force Protection Condition Delta.” “If road conditions are hazardous in a particular residential area, then maybe unscheduled leave is their best and safest option,” he said. Changes to employee reporting status apply to the workforce on the NAS, Navy Recreation Center Solomons, and Webster Outlying Field, unless stated otherwise. Contractors must communicate with their companies to find out their reporting guidance when the plan for federal employees is altered. Any employees can sign up to stay informed and be contacted through AtHoc, the Emergency Management Office’s mass notification system. Employees should register online via their NMCI computer to receive AtHoc email and text messages to their mobile phones and even personal email. Click on the Purple Globe on the lower right of your screen and select “Access Self Service.” Alternatively, registration can be accomplished by calling the emergency management office at 301-342-4266. “We currently don’t have enough people registered on this site,” Shevchuk said. “With hurricane season starting in June, we need everyone to register for emergency notifications managed by the NAS. It’s about staying informed and safe.” Changes to employee reporting are also released to the base information line at 342-BASE, local media, D.C. metro television stations, the NAS Pax River base website, and through the installation’s Facebook page, NASPaxRiver. The CO said he welcomes suggestions from all Pax employees on these notifications through the Interactive Customer Evaluation, or ICE system. Remember, it’s up to you, as a Pax employee, to stay abreast of critical information by using the mass notification system. For more information about the reporting procedures and to view all of the announcements, go to patuxent, click on the Operations and Management tab, NAS Pax River Instructions and then NASPAXRIVINST 12610.7G Employee Reporting Procedures During Emergency Situations.

NEWS BRIEFS On base: NAS Pax River Clean the Bay Day 7-11 a.m. Saturday Meet at Cedar Point Beach Pavilion NAS Patuxent River is hosting three clean-up sites in support of a trash-free Chesapeake Bay and in conjunction with the 26th Annual Clean the Bay Day. All volunteers are asked to bring their own water bottles and gloves. Trash and recycling bags will be provided. For more information, contact Cmdr. Molly Boron at 301-342-0193.

Civilian Employee Assistance, Work/Life Program Wellness Event 10-11 a.m., June 17 Building 1489, Room 102 Janet Moody, licensed certified social worker-clinical, will discuss some of the free services offered through the Department of the Navy Civilian Employee Assistance Program. The program’s services include management consultation and coaching, counseling, health and wellness presentations and financial and legal services. For more information, visit or talk to a counselor 24/7 by calling toll free 1-844-DONCEAP or 1-800-222-0364. The Patuxent

River program point of contact, Conita Craft, can be reached at 301-342-3913.

Federal Managers Association Luncheon 11:30 a.m. June 17; registration deadline June 10 River’s Edge Conference Center Cost: $15 per person Join Rear Adm. Paul Sohl and the Federal Managers Association (FMA) for lunch to discuss Naval Air Systems Command’s Long Range Strategy and how to invest in the federal workforce through collaboration and innovation. You’ll also hear how FMA has advocated on behalf of federal managers and strives for excellence in public service. All managers and supervisors are encouraged to attend. Space is limited, so register in advance at:

Safety Training Courses The Naval Air Station Safety Department provides safety training through ESAMS, a computer based system, and in a classroom setting for those who require student and instructor interaction. These courses are open only to military and federal employees. Those interested in attending any of these courses must submit their request

through ESAMS by logging onto, select “Classroom Training Schedule” under “My Links” in the “Quick Launch” section of the front page. Locate the desired training and click on “Enroll Me” in the last column. Walk-ins are not admitted.

all other tobacco items, smoking and smokeless, may only be used in designated tobacco use areas. This SECNAVINST applies to all DON military and civilians, appropriated and nonappropriated, as well as family members, visitors, volunteers and contractors while in DON spaces.

Household Goods Moves

Where’s Gnorman?

The busy season for household goods moves runs through Sept. 15. Prepare for your move online at Moving officials recommend you enter your move in the as soon as you have your orders. Be sure to email your orders to, too. For more information, contact the household goods office at 301-757-9666.

Smoking Policy Extends to eCigarettes According to the SECNAVINST 5100.13E Tobacco Policy, use of tobacco products is prohibited inside any Department of the Navy (DON) facility. Tobacco products include cigarettes, cigars, pipes and smokeless tobacco such as spit, plug, leaf, sniff, dip and chew. Ecigarettes are also prohibited from use inside any DON facility. Bottom line: ecigarettes and

Somewhere in this issue we’ve hidden Gnorman the gnome. Anyone spotting Gnorman can email tester@dcmilitary. com or phone 301-342-4163 now through 5 p.m. Friday, and include a brief description of where he’s located. All correct answers are entered into a drawing and one name is chosen to win a Center Stage Theater movie ticket. The same person cannot win more than once per month. Last week’s winner was David Fisher who found Gnorman on Page 2 in the trash cleanup photo.

Off base: Scholarship Presentation at Pax River Naval Air Museum 5:30-7:30 p.m. June 12 RSVP by June 9 at Plan to join us as the MCAA John Glenn Squadron presents $41,000 in scholarships to 10

Tri-county area students pursuing STEM-based degrees. Guest speaker: Vice Adm. David Dunaway. Hors d’oeuvres provided by Blue Wind Gourmet. Cost: $10 for non-members, $5 for members.

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

Protestant Services Worship: Sundays at 11 a.m. Men’s Discipleship: Sunday, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Religious Programming Center Women’s Study: Tuesday, 6:30-8 p.m. and Thursday, 10-11:30 a.m. at the Religious Programming Center



COMFRC presents awards

FFSC 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 301342-4911.

U.S. Navy photos/Gary Younger

Jackson retires after 20 Rear Adm. Paul Sohl, commander, Fleet Readiness Centers, left, presents a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal to Yeoman 1st Class Nancy Jackson on May 22. Jackson served as the COMFRC and Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Flag Writer from July 2010 to May 2014, coordinating more than 4,700 meetings, 285 travel authorizations and 200 video conferences.

Playgroup at Glenn Forest Community Center: 10-11 a.m. Thursdays Optional Track Educational: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Tuesday InterviewingTechniques: 1-4 p.m. Tuesday Ombudsman Assembly: 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday

G Rear Adm. Paul Sohl, commander, Fleet Readiness Centers (COMFRC), left, presents a Meritorious Service Medal to Chief Warrant Officer 3 Johnnie E. Moss on May 23. Moss assembled and managed a Quality Working Group at COMFRC, comprising Quality Assurance Officers from the eight major Fleet Readiness Centers.

Nixon earns Legion of Merit Capt. Keith Nixon, Military Director of Logistics Management and Integration Division, Logistics and Industrial Operations, left, receives a Legion of Merit medal from the Fleet Readiness Centers Commander, Rear Adm. Paul Sohl, on May 27. Nixon led more than 1,000 military and civilian personnel and provided oversight of a $182 million budget in support of the Naval Aviation Enterprise.

Ready Navy/Operation Prepare

See more FFSC classes on Facebook. Ten Steps to a Federal Job: 1-4 p.m. Wednesday Couples Communication: 2:30-4 p.m. June 13 Transition GPS (RTAP): 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 16-19 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 20 Taking the Mystery Out of Retirement Planning: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 18 Effective Communication: 2:30-4 p.m. June 18

Spring has sprung which means hazardous weather conditions may lurk right around the corner. For a free information packet on how to prepare for hurricanes, severe weather and other potential emergencies, stop by the Fleet and Family Support Center.

Find Your Command Ombudsman Find out who your Ombudsman is. Visit, click on “ContactYour Ombudsman” and follow the prompts, or call 301-757-1861 to speak with the NAS Patuxent River Ombudsman Coordinator.

Commandant’s Corner: Summer’s here By Rear Adm. Markham Rich Naval District Washington Commandant

Moss recognized for meritorious service

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reetings Team 88. It seems like just a few short weeks ago we were all wondering if winter was ever going to let up as I lost track of the Office of Personnel Management announcements of federal government shutdowns, but now here I am to discuss summer safety among a few other things. That’s right, we are now in the “101 Critical Days of Summer.” The “101 Critical Days of Summer” is that time period from Memorial Day to Labor Day each year. During this time with the warm weather we all spend more time outside. Often that time outside is spent doing things that while enjoyable, can be dangerous without some simple precautions. As always, application of simple Operational Risk Management techniques can go a long way to minimize the risk of accidents or injury. First and foremost among the things you can do in my view to stay safe is to use alcohol responsibly. If you drink alcohol, know your limits and stay within them. Never, ever, drink and drive or operate a boat or motorcycle. If you are going to drink, always have a plan about how you are going to safely get home or wherever you are going. No cab fare is anywhere close to the cost of a DUI. You should assume that ANY decision you make under the influence of alcohol is likely to be a bad one. Bad decisions made under the influence of alcohol can ruin your summer, your career, or your life or that of a friend, loved one or a stranger. So do not leave it up to that chance. Please, always have

a plan before you take the first drink. If you see a shipmate, coworker or family member about to make a bad decision, be brave enough to step in and help out. Your safety is important to the organization, and important to me. Take care of yourself, your family and your shipmates. As you and your family hit the road this summer keep in mind that last year the Navy lost 63 service members due to motor vehicle accidents —that is 63 too many. One of the most important things to do before departing or returning from a trip, especially before a long car ride, is to have a plan that includes an alternate route, plenty of time to get there, and getting plenty of sleep. We have officially entered hurricane season. Have an emergency plan for you and your family. A plan should include updating your information in the Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System (NFAAS), and before an emergency happens, sitting down with your family and deciding how you will get in contact with each other, where you will go and what you will do in an emergency. Keep a copy of this plan in your emergency supply kit or another safe place where you can access it in the event of a disaster. You emergency supply kit should include emergency batteries, flashlights, radios, blankets, food and water. Being prepared in the

first crucial minutes and hours after a severe weather event strikes is important. For information on how to build a kit, make plans and stay informed on emergency news, I encourage you to visit mil. Families may also take a readiness quiz on the site to test their emergency preparedness knowledge. It is extremely important that our NDW community learns to prepare for a severe weather event. The past few hurricane seasons have had little impact on our area, but you never know when the really powerful storm is going to come. I have lived on the east coast my entire life and I admit that I did not always have appropriate respect for hurricanes — then I rode out Hurricane Isabel in my Virginia Beach home about 10 years ago. When the storm hit Virginia Beach it had weakened from a Category IV to a relatively weak Category I storm — or so the weather reports said. Well, if that was a Category I, I do not ever want to see a Category II, or III or IV up close, ever. The thing about hurricanes is, you cannot predict just how bad the impact will be when it gets to you. Most installations will have a safety stand down within a month or so, if they have not already, to discuss how to be safer this summer. Please attend and pay attention, the information presented could literally save your life. Thanks Team 88. Keep charging!

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NAS highlights success at quarters Air Traffic Controller 3rd Class Orlando Washington, right, Naval Air Station Patuxent River Air Operations, receives the Blue Jacket of the Quarter Award at NAS Quarters, May 22. During the event, NAS Sailors and staff were recognized with medals, length of service awards and other special achievements. View more photos of the event online at aHsjYjEbLv or logon to Flickr and search for NAS Patuxent River.

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Phone directory Liberty Center - 301-342-3565 Information, Tickets and Travel Office - 301-342-3648 River’s Edge - 301-342-3656 Customized Creations - 301-342-6293 Rassieur Youth Center - 301-342-1694 NRC Solomons - 410-286-8046 Cedar Point Golf Course - 301-342-3597 Drill Hall - 301-757-3943 Energy Zone - 301-342-5449

Special Events Freedom Live featuring 3 Doors Down and Blues Traveler Doors at 6 p.m., concert at 8 p.m. Aug. 16 NAS Patuxent River flightline

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games; all for free. “The hub of activity is usually the bowling alley because that’s where the food and beverages are consumed,” Willard said. “There are hamburgers, hot dogs, fries, soft drinks, ice cream; and, at some point, they switch over to breakfast foods like eggs, bacon and sausage.” Inflatable activities such as a big slide and bounce house are also an option and, around 11:30 p.m., buses transport anyone interested in seeing a movie over to Center Stage Theater. “The first bus returning to the schools from base leaves at 2 a.m., with the last bus of the evening pulling out around 4,” Willard said. Project Graduation is funded by the State’s Attorney’s Office and was founded after former State’s Attorney Walter Dorsey attended a meeting where he learned of a program in Bangor, Maine, in which the community and the Navy

Selk takes over VX-20

General admission tickets: $35 This event is open to all authorized patrons and their guests. Government Contractors with base access can sponsor guests to this event. There must be at least one authorized base ID cardholder in each vehicle. Visit

Drill Hall Triathlon

8 a.m. Saturday Competition begins at the Outdoor Pool. For more information or to register, contact the Sports and Fitness Office in the Drill Hall.

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Liberty Barracks Bash 6-8 p.m. June 12 Barracks Courtyard Free and open to all E-1 to E-6 single or unaccompanied active-duty military.

PAX PROS OF THE WEEK Each week, naval air station employees, military and civilian, are nominated by their supervisors for a Pax Pros of the Week award, presented by Naval Air Station Patuxent River Command Master Chief William Lloyd-Owen. The certificate the employee receives serves as recognition for the hard work and dedication the individual displays on a daily basis.

Rassieur Youth Center Youth Center Pool Party/Open House

6:45-7:45 p.m. Wednesdays until July 9 $141 per person for a six-week session Register at the Fitness and Sports Office.

6-9 p.m. June 12 Outdoor Pool Free food, games, music and prizes. Open to all active-duty military youths ages 11-18. Each youth may bring one guest. Military dependent ID card required at check in. Register by calling 301757-1871.

provided an after graduation party for high school seniors. “Prior to 1984, there were numerous crashes, injuries and deaths associated with post- graduation activities, which included a lot of drinking,” said Kelsey Bush, youth coordinator for St. Mary’s County Department of Aging and Human Services, who handles the logistical side of the program in partnership with the State’s Attorney’s Office. “[Dorsey] was determined to bring the program to St. Mary’s to end the rash of young lives affected.” Bush explained that since the program’s inception, there has not been an accident or fatality associated with graduation night activities; and in the last decade alone, more than 10,000 youths have participated. St. Mary’s County School Superintendent Michael Martirano appreciates the program and all those whose combined efforts make it successful. “Project Graduation is an outstanding program designed to keep our young

people safe during graduation season,” he said. “It represents the best of our community in that it leverages the partnerships of so many fine organizations. [Pax River] has opened their doors wide by allowing the event to occur on base and we couldn’t do it without the venue they provide us.” Other community volunteers include members of the Maryland State Police and St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office who act as chaperones, and volunteers from local Optimists Clubs who provide the food and beverages. “I absolutely love the program; the kids love it; and I commend all of our partners who work so hard to make this happen each year for our graduating seniors,” Martirano said. On May 27, the installation played host to St. Mary’s Ryken High School and King’s Christian Academy, followed by Great Mills May 28; Chopticon May 29; and Leonardtown May 30. Two Calvert County high schools celebrated on different nights this week.

Energy Zone Krav Maga

Cmdr. William Selk reads his new orders during the Air Test and Evaluation (VX) 20 change-of-command ceremony, May 16, at the VX-20 hangar. Selk is a U.S. Naval Academy graduate and has flown more than 2,600 hours in 18 different aircraft.

Electronic Technician 3rd Class Ashley Martos, NAS Air Operations Department; presented May 29.

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Mark Millen, NAS Security Department; presented May 28.



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SCOREBOARD As of May 30 Intramural Softball League

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

l Ticket Prices: E-1 to E-5 category: adults, $3.50 and youths ages 6-11, $2.50. All others: adults, $4.50; youths ages 6-11, $3.50. l 3-D glasses: $1 l Authorized ID required for admission

Wednesday, June 4 (Rated: PG-13, 2 hrs. 22 mins.) For Peter Parker, there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen. But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only SpiderMan can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro, Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he.

Thursday, June 5

6:30 p.m., The Quiet Ones (Rated: PG-13, 1 hr. 38 mins.) Professor Coupland, along with a team of university students conduct an experiment on Jane Harper, a young girl who harbors unspeakable secrets. What dark forces they uncover are more terrifying than any of them expected.

Friday, June 6 6:30 p.m., Mom’s Night Out

(Rated: PG, 1 hr. 39 mins.) All Allyson and her friends

want is a peaceful, grownup evening of dinner and conversation. But in order to enjoy adult conversation and food not served in a paper bag, they need their husbands to watch the kids for. What could go wrong?

9 p.m., Neighbors

9 p.m., Neighbors

(Rated: R, 1 hr. 37 mins.)

Sunday, June 8 2 p.m., The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Not in 3D)

(Rated: PG-13, 2 hrs. 22 mins.)

Monday, June 9 and Tuesday, June 10

(Rated: R, 1 hr. 37 mins.)

Saturday, June 7

Theater is not open

4 p.m., Mom’s Night Out

Wednesday, June 11

(Rated: PG, 1 hr. 39 mins.)

6:30 p.m., The Other Woman

6:30 p.m., Mom’s Night Out

(Rated: PG-13, 1 hr. 59 mins.)

(Rated: PG, 1 hr. 39 mins.)

See more Center Stage information online.


6:30 p.m., The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Not in 3D)

Monday/Wednesday Division Dirty Dogs Warlocks River Dawgs Softballs of Steel Boozin’ Ballers Drunken Clams Moe’s Tavern PPE Chiefs Hardwood Sliders Tuesday/Thursday Division Salty Dogs A/O Bad Medicine VX-1 Remove Before Flight Sons of Pitches Halraisers Aviators TC-7

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Intramural Golf League P.G.A. Pax Police Goat Locker MAD VX-23 Nighthawks VX-1 FCPOA VX-1


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With $8.75M in funding, PMA-209 picks top avionics projects By Paula A. Paige Program Management (AIR 1.0) Public Affairs


U.S. Navy photo

The LAU-7 missile launcher is one of 15 proposals selected May 12 to receive funds from the Avionics Component Improvement Program (AvCIP) managed by Naval Air Systems Command’s Air Combat Electronics Program Office (PMA-209). AvCIP proposals are chosen based on cost, extent of benefits, urgency, criticality and ability to successfully execute. Fifteen projects will receive $8.75 million in fiscal 2015 funds from the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. team collects and evaluates those initiatives, then hosts a selection board comprising avionics experts who choose the projects to be funded. Proposals are chosen based upon cost, extent of benefits, urgency, criticality and ability to successfully execute. “Just about every platform has challenges or is facing ob-

solescence,” said Capt. Tracy Barkhimer, program manager for PMA-209. “The projects selected often present excessive sustainment or correction costs, and both present risk to user readiness. AvCIP resources enable acquisition managers to address these issues with near-term funds, rather than waiting for money

to arrive or sacrificing existing internal funds that were planned for other uses.” This year, 42 proposals were submitted; 22 made it to a working group review, 15 of which received funding. Two of the projects selected in the last review are being accelerated with fiscal 2014 funds for faster delivery of solutions to the fleet.

The fiscal 2015 list of Avionics Component Improvement Program (AvCIP) projects include: ƒ AH-1W Super Cobra Helmet Display and Tracker System Program Loading Set Load ƒ MH-60R/S Tech-Insert Acoustic Processer Circuit Card Assembly Obsolescence Redesign ƒ CH/MH-53E SBU -29/A Gyro Obsolescence Upgrade ƒ F/A-18 Digital Recorder Removable Memory Module Solid State Drive Obsolescence Upgrade ƒ Miniaturized Airborne GPS Receiver 2000 KS Non-Volatile Memory False Removal Issue Correction ƒ MQ-8B/C Fire Scout Forward Looking Infrared Corrosion Protection Replacement Qualification ƒ MV-22 Osprey Cockpit Interface Unit Rate Gyro Obsolescence Redesign ƒ TPX-42 Carrier/Amphibious Air Traffic Control Center Direct Altitude and Identify Readout Video Processor Unit Reply Detection Unit Circuit Card Assembly Obsolescence Redesign ƒ AH-1Z Viper Turret Control Assembly Circuit Card Assembly Obsolescence Redesign ƒ SPN-43 Shipboard Radar Azimuth Drive Motor Obsolescence Replacement ƒ E-2/C-2 Impact Pressure Transducer Obsolescence Redesign ƒ LAU-7 Wiring Harness Obsolescence Redesign. Fiscal 2016 AvCIP proposals will be solicited this winter. For more information about AvCIP, call 301-342-3710.

Jerica Beavan, Air Combat Electronics Program Office (PMA-209), contributed to this article.


After reviewing more than 22 proposals targeting avionics solutions, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) officials selected 15 projects May 12 that will receive $8.75 million in fiscal 2015 funds from the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV). According to officials from the Air Combat Electronics Program Office (PMA-209) at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, which manages the proposal process for OPNAV, the Avionics Component Improvement Program (AvCIP) will benefit the following naval aircraft platforms: AH-1W Super Cobra; AH-1Z Viper; UH-1Y Venom; CH/MH53E; C-2A Greyhound; E-2C Hawkeye; F/A-18; MH-60R/S; MQ-8B/C Fire Scout; MV-22B Osprey; VH-3 Sea King; VH-60 Black Hawk; and all aircraft landing on carriers and amphibious assault ships. Each year, offices across NAVAIR are invited to submit proposals. PMA-209’s AvCIP

On tap for funding



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AROUND TOWN Friday, Saturday, Sunday Leonardtown and throughout St. Mary’s County A full roster of family activities is set for Raiders & Invaders weekend, a three-day, multi-component experience for all ages. Activities include performances, music, food, hands-on activities, contests and fun for everyone. For the most current event information and details, log on to the event website

Meet the Airplane: CH-53 Sea Stallion

Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday View our exhibits and discuss this versatile aircraft with pilots and others. Panel discussion begins at 2 p.m. Children’s activities, balloons, face painting, raffle drawings, food for purchase and more.

Pax River Quilters Guild

The Jib’s Up!

6:30 p.m. Monday Good Samaritan Lutheran Church, Lexington Park June is our annual silent auction and potluck. There will be lots of fabric, books, patterns and sewing/quilting items to bid on. Bring a dish to share and join the fun. New members and guest welcome. For more info, visit or email juliagraves82@

4-7 p.m. Saturday, June 14 J.C. Lore Oyster House, Solomons Kick off your shoes and party for a great cause, supporting the Dee of St. Mary’s. Heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, Bushmill Band, silent auction of maritime items. Cost: $50 per person. For more information, phone 410-326-2042, ext. 62; or visit www.calvert

JobSource Mobile Career Center

Calvert County: Intro to Finding Funders for Nonprofits

9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Monday, Lexington Park library 1 p.m.- 4 p.m. Tuesday, Leonardtown library Job seekers can stop by to get job counseling and resume help, search for jobs, connect with Southern Maryland JobSource and get registered with the Maryland Workforce Exchange.

11 a.m. to noon Saturday Calvert library, Prince Frederick Learn to find funders for your nonprofit with the Foundation Center’s comprehensive funding research tool. Foundation directory online. Registration required. Call Cathey Moffatt-Bush at 410-535-0291.

Friday Night Farmer’s Market, Classic Cars and Art Fair 6-9 p.m. Friday North Beach, 5th and Bay Avenue Weekly market offers delights from local farms including vegetables, fruits, herbs, cheese, meat, seafood and baked goods; view classic cars and shop community-based artists.

Public Archaeology Field Work 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday Location to be determined Help professionals excavate an actual archaeological site; no experience necessary and no fee. Supervision required under age 14. Register at 410-586-8554 or email

Memoirs and Creative Writing Workshop 2-3:30 p.m. Wednesay Calvert library, Prince Frederick Join author and editor Elisavietta Ritchie as she encourages the art of creative writing. Bring 12 doublespaced copies of your writing, 500-800 words, to work on and share with the group.



St. Mary’s County: Raiders & Invaders Weekend


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Continued from 1 for the Pacific. “We knew they were getting ships together, getting ready for a big event,” Seeman said. “We found out the target was Midway and what ships of theirs had left. In winning [that battle], we took out four of their major carriers and many of their best trained pilots.” Military history notes that after the Battle of Midway, Japan still had 11 aircraft carriers but only five were available for operations, and only one was a large carrier. The U.S. Navy, in comparison, had three large aircraft carriers in the Pacific and 23 more were being built. There was no way Japan could match the American production rate of aircraft carriers, aircraft and well-trained aviators. Despite its remaining strength after Midway, Japan lost its superiority and, soon afterward, the U.S. and its allies would take the offensive in the Pacific.

Learning from the best In the years before World War II, NAS Patuxent River was conceived to centralize widely dispersed air testing facilities. Spurred by the events of World War II — including the Battle of Midway — the consolidation effort was swift and flight test operations were begun within a year after the installation’s groundbreaking in 1942. The Naval Air Test Center was established as a separate entity on June 16, 1945, organizationally dividing the test


Battle of Midway aviators at NAS Patuxent River These are just three of the aviators who participated in the Battle of Midway and used their experience to improve naval aviation at NAS Patuxent River.

Marine Capt. Marion E. Carl

Marine Fighting Squadron (VMF) 221 ƒ Flew F4F-3 Wildcat and won the Navy Cross at Midway ƒ One of only 25 Marine fighter pilots standing between Midway atoll and the Japanese combined fleet’s oncoming two waves of 108 bombers and fighters ƒ As a test pilot assigned to the Naval Air Tester Center at Pax River in 1945 and again in the late 1940s, he made the first carrier landings and takeoffs with an F-80 Shooting Star jet on the straight deck USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVB-42) and support functions. During and after World War II, hundreds of combat experienced pilots arrived at Pax River to test airplanes, including some who fought the Battle of Midway. The evolution of the Navy test pilot began with discussions between those seasoned veterans and aeronautical engineers. Formalized classroom instruction began in 1948 with the estab-

ƒ Served as test division’s first helicopter test pilot

Ensign Albert K. Earnest

Torpedo Squadron (VT) 8 ƒ Flew TBF-1 torpedo bomber ƒ Sole pilot survivor of the six TBF-1 pilots who took off at Midway. After his plane was disabled in the attack, he flew back to Midway using only the trim tab for elevator control and successfully landed with only one main landing gear down. At that point, he only had 400 flying hours under his belt. One of his crewman was dead and the other severely wounded. ƒ Participated in various projects, including the evaluation of a captured Messerschmitt ME-262 lishment of a Test Pilot Training Division. “We utilized the men from the early stages of the war to improve the system and to improve whatever problems had been identified,” Seeman said, “because the best way to do that is to use the people who were there and lived through it.” The test pilots not only flew the proliferation of U.S airplanes built for the war effort, but were given opportunities to examine

Ensign Robert M. Elder

Bombing Squadron (FVB) 3 ƒ Participated in the successful attack on the Japanese aircraft carrier Soryu and returned safely to the USS Yorktown. ƒ Graduated as Outstanding Student of Class 4, Test Pilot School, 1950 ƒ One of the first naval aviators to fly jet aircraft, he participated in the developmental flights on both the F8F Bearcat and the F7F Tigercat ƒ Director of Flight Test Division, 1958-1959 ƒ Driving force behind programs which evolved into the F/A-18 Hornet To learn more about the Battle of Midway, see images, watch video and read transcripts of oral histories, visit enemy aircraft as well. Captured airplanes, such as a German Focke-Wulf 190 and Doring DO 335A and Japanese Kate and Tony were test-flown, with findings on their vulnerabilities passed on to fleet pilots. “Pax River was doing serious work after the war as we went from propeller-driven aircraft into the jet age,” Seeman said. “And it’s still doing serious work today.”




Thursday, June 5, 2014


NAS celebrates Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

U.S. Navy photo/Connie Hempel

Dancers Edgar Faison and Kristin Busitzky from the Filipino American Society of Southern Maryland showcase some of their culture by performing the Filipino tinikling dance during Naval Air Station Patuxent River’s Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month event, May 28, at the Religious Programs Center, Building 401. Along with the tinikling and samplings of Asian cuisine, attendees saw many different dances with origins from Asia and Pacific Islands, such Tahitian dances and the hula. See more photos of this event online at https:// or log on to Flickr and search for NAS Patuxent River.


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