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Happy Thanksgiving! The next Tester comes out Dec. 5 VOLUME 70, NUMBER 43

Page 8 NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, MARYLAND Celebrating 70 years of community partnership

November 21, 2013

Admiral O’Neill award goes to NAS officer Stonewall honored for service, leadership By Donna Cipolloni Tester staff writer

Airfield Division Officer Lt. Cmdr. Clinton Stonewall is this year’s recipient of the Adm. Merlin O’Neill Officer of the Year Award which recognizes the most outstanding junior officer at Naval Air Station Patuxent River. The award — whose recipient is selected by the NAS Executive Officer; Vice Commander of Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division; and the Commander of the Naval Test Wing Atlantic — honors outstanding performance, significant achievement and exceptional qualities of professionalism not only within the military, but also in the surrounding community. “Competition was keen,” said NAS Executive Officer Capt. Heidi Fleming. “We have an incredibly talented group of officers throughout this base and for Lt. Cmdr. Stonewall to be selected is quite an achievement. His engaged leadership,

superb professionalism and community dedication made him stand out amongst the other very talented and top notch leaders who were also nominated for this award.” Stonewall’s nomination was written by Cmdr. Craig Pearson, Air Operations officer. “I have great officers working for me, but Lt. Cmdr. Stonewall stood out as a clear nomination,” Pearson said. “Not only is he a stellar military leader, he is also a skilled, dedicated and active member of the Bay District Volunteer Fire Department whose selfless acts within St. Mary’s County have greatly enhanced military relations with the municipalities and demonstrated NAS Patuxent River’s continued commitment toward community partnership.” Since joining the Lexington Park volunteer fire department in July 2012, Stonewall has logged more than 200 volunteer hours, responding to 46 emergencies. In June, he was selected as the Company 9 firefighter of the month.

“He’s one of the best officers I’ve ever worked for,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Andrew Simmons. Simmons, a fellow volunteer firefighter, works with Stonewall in the airfield division as an aviation boatswain’s mate handler. “He’s a good leader who takes the time to get to know his people; he’s very approachable and he wants you to talk to him,” Simmons said. “If he doesn’t understand something, he’ll ask you to help him understand. He’ll tell you he needs you to help him because he needs to know. He likes to ask a lot of questions. He wants to know what’s going on.” Under Stonewall’s leadership, the 17 Sailors of the airfield division are continuously recognized for their exemplary performance and professional service. Noteworthy recognitions include two Naval District Washington Junior Sailors of the Quarter; four NAS Pax JSOQ; six Sailors receiving the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal; and seven Flag Letters of Commendation.

Deer hunting at Pax serves airfield safety

By Donna Cipolloni Tester staff writer

The deer-hunting program at Naval Air Station Patuxent River may provide an enjoyable diversion for sportsmen, but the primary reason it exists is in support of airfield safety and the Bird/Animal Strike Hazard (BASH) program. “The Pax River hunting program is not designed primarily for recreation, though that is a fortunate benefit,” explained Lt. Bobby McGraw, an NAS air operations search and rescue aviator who chairs the BASH program’s BASH Hazard Working Group. “Its purpose is to keep our deer population under control to mitigate the risk of aircraft strikes.” “Since 1995, there have been a total of seven deer strikes by aircraft at Pax River with two occurring in just the past few months; one impacting the nose gear on an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, and the other involving an E-6B from Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron (VQ) 4,” said Lance McDaniel, Environmental Division director. “Thankfully, neither were reportable mishaps.” “Two strikes in a year is the highest rate we’ve had since our BASH program was retooled back in 1995 to a strike rate goal of less

“Since 1995, there have been a total of seven deer strikes by aircraft at Pax River with two occurring in just the past few months.” Lance McDaniel, Environment Division director

than one per year,” McDaniel said. “We need hunter support to reduce the installation’s deer population, but it is imperative that current and future hunters understand the purpose of the program.” The Pax BASH working group comprises personnel from the Environmental Division and Air Operations who, along with squadron aviation safety officers, meet regularly and work together to keep birds and animals at bay. A very important part of that effort includes utilizing hunters to help cull the deer population, but those hunters are personally responsible for knowing — and following — the required base instructions as well as the installation and state regulations.

“There are 31 different hunting areas here on Pax and we limit the number of hunters in every area for their own safety as well as the safety of others,” McDaniel said. “With all the buildings, personnel and air operations missions here, each area has specific rules and hunters must adhere to those rules.” All hunters at Pax River and Webster Outlying Field must sign in and out at the kiosks. At Pax, the kiosk is located in the Hunter Check Station, across Shaw Road from the South Engineering building, building 2187. At Webster, it is located near the back gate at building 8289. Both kiosks enable permitted hunters to view signed-out hunters and check area maps. McDaniel explained that the kiosk provides information about what areas hunters are using, what game is being pursued, and from what area it’s being harvested. Hunters must stay within the area they choose at sign-in. If they wish to move to another area, they must return to the kiosk to sign out of the old area and sign in again. A few incidents have occurred this year with hunters not being signed in, using other hunters’ stands, not removing a deer after shooting it, and not wearing or-

See Deer, Page 5

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Lt. Cmdr. Clinton Stonewall, center, Airfield Division officer at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, is flanked by retired Rear Adm. Samuel Cox, left, and retired Cmdr. Warren Prince, president of the Southern Maryland Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America, at a Nov. 16 luncheon. Stonewall was awarded the 2013 Adm. Merlin O’Neill Officer of the Year Award, sponsored by the MOAA, to honor outstanding performance, significant achievement and exceptional qualities of professionalism. “Additionally, he leads the command through dynamic leadership with 98 percent retention and 90 percent promotion rate within his division,” Pearson said.

Stonewall’s implementation of an aggressive maintenance and training

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The Home Place

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As Thanksgiving approaches and families come together to share a meal, read the story of matriarch, Elizabeth Stewart, whose simple tradition of gathering her family for Sunday dinner is still celebrated today by four generations.

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The Home Place: A legacy of family love

By Donna Cipolloni Tester staff writer

Place is something special. “If you’re ever invited, you’ll know you were blessed to receive an invitation,” said Williams, NAVAIR’s Government Travel Card program manager. “You won’t feel like a stranger. You’ll fall in love with the family and you’ll find yourself asking, ‘When is the next family gathering?’”

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hanksgiving brings many families together around the table to share a meal, but for Chirleen Eaton and her extended family, that’s not just an annual holiday custom but a regular weekly occurrence. Eaton’s grandparents, James Benjimin Stewart Sr., and his wife, the former Elizabeth Theresa Washington, lived in Charles County. One of 12 children and having 13 of her own, it took a little effort for Elizabeth to make sure everyone in her family stayed connected throughout the years. “My grandmother was raised to believe that family is everything and she felt the best way to keep her family connected would be to host weekly Sunday dinners at her house where everyone was invited,” said Eaton, a data manager for Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Acquisition Policy and Process Division (AIR 1.1). “But I know she had no idea back then, that those Sunday dinners would turn into the lasting family tradition they’ve become today.” Sadly, Elizabeth Stewart passed away in 1979, but the Sunday dinners lived on. James Stewart passed away in 2003 at age 89. During that time, three of his sons also died; but, still, the dinners continued. Through the years, the family continued to grow. Eaton, who was born in her grandparent’s house, was the first of 39 grandchildren; followed by 57 great-grandchildren and 20 great-great grandchildren. Today, no one lives in the Stewart home — now affectionately named by family members as the “Home Place” — but to continue the tradition begun by James and Elizabeth, and to honor their legacy of family love, four generations still gather in the home every Sunday to share a meal. “After Sunday services, three of my grandmother’s daughters will go to the home to begin cooking dinner and whoever is able to come that week will begin to show up around 1 [p.m.],” Eaton said.

Thanksgiving: Not Just Another Dinner

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A 1970s family photo of the Stewarts, seated front center, surrounded by their 13 children. “There might be 20 people there on any given Sunday.” Food is lovingly homemade and plentiful, Eaton said. “We might have baked chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy, or fried chicken with potato salad and coleslaw,” she added. “Sometimes there’s roast beef or ham and a variety of vegetables. We’ll have hot biscuits right out of the oven, home-baked cakes or cookies — and there’s always a huge container of sweet iced tea.”

Maintaining the Home Place

In order to maintain the property — which in addition to Sunday dinners is also used often as a gathering place for the family’s special events and celebrations — a fund was started years ago to pay bills and do necessary repairs and improvements to the Home Place, an acreage located off a main road. “Family members contribute money to the fund each month to make sure the house always has the money necessary to continue,” Eaton said. “Also, while children eat free, any adult coming to eat on Sundays pays $5 and that helps offset the cost of food.” In addition to normal up-

James Benijman Stewart Sr. and his wife, Elizabeth; 1970s. keep, a large addition added on to the property provides a spacious dining area, plus ample room for older kids to enjoy TV, movies and video games, while younger ones play with toys that remain at the house when they leave. Beds and cribs upstairs offer naptime for kids. A family room off the original kitchen provides a space to relax and converse. An off-site kitchen stores extra pots and pans and supplies another oven for additional baking and cooking. “The kids love to play outside also,” Eaton added. “There’s a large yard for kickball, football, basketball or whatever else they want to

James and Elizabeth Stewart during their youth in the 1960s. play.” Inside, the Home Place is full of good times and memories, Eaton said.

Family, Friends and Memories

A plaque hanging in the kitchen of the Home Place reads: “When you enter this house as a visitor; you’ll leave as a friend,” and Paula Paige understands firsthand what that means. A work friend of Eaton, Paige is the public affairs officer for NAVAIR’s Program Management organization, known as AIR 1.0. She was recently invited to the Home Place for dinner. “There were more than 25 people there — a mix of Chirleen’s aunts, uncles, nieces, cousins and siblings,” said Paige, who likened the experience to the movie, “Soul Food,” about a multigenerational African-American family who gathers for Sunday dinners. “Like the movie, the food is a backdrop — a prop really — for the family to gather and catch up with one another,” she said. “They share humor, hopes, encouragement. It’s obvious they love one another.” The kitchen, living room and bathroom walls are covered with multiple family photos that tell the stories of life’s special moments and milestones — births, deaths, military service, weddings and graduations from high school and college, Paige said. Another friend, Rosalyn Williams, agreed the Home

“Thanksgiving is our largest traditional event,” Eaton said. “Everybody shows up for Thanksgiving.” A few weeks before the holiday, family members show up to decorate, wash linens and organize dinnerware to prepare the house for the aunts’ early arrival on Thanksgiving Day to begin cooking the meal that “includes every kind of meat you can think of, in addition to turkey,” Eaton said. “Food is served on a long, skirted buffet table decorated with fall-colored flowers and gourds,” she added. “We set the tables with good china for the elders, but the rest of us eat off disposable plates, or there would be too many dishes to clean up.”

Family of Friends

At 52, Eaton said she has never once seen any of her family members at odds with each other. “We were raised to love and respect each other, and to stay together,” she said. “I’m thankful for it. It has molded who I am today. My son is 15 years old and I’m happy he has the opportunity to be part of this as he’s growing up. He’s learning that family is one of life’s most important things.” As the Home Place evolves through renovations, remodels and generational growth, Eaton still recognizes it as the house where she was born and raised. “It’s where we played and ran to our grandparents,” she said. “It still has that vibe and feeling. It’s a blessing that we can honor our grandparents this way. I know they look down on us with pride, love and a huge smile.”


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Safety improves at Navy’s Fleet Readiness Centers By Gary Younger Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers Public Affairs

The Navy’s Fleet Readiness Centers are becoming safer places to work. This is the message taken to the Pentagon, Nov. 6, as top officials from Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers (COMFRC) at Naval Air Station Patuxent River touted efforts to increase safety and reduce injuries for employees to the Navy Executive Safety Board, chaired by the Vice Chief of Naval Operations. “Providing quality aircraft, engines and components at an affordable cost to the fleet is our mandate and providing a safe work environment for our employees is our obligation,” said Dennis West, deputy commander of COMFRC, which oversees eight major FRCs. “I believe we demon-

strated that.” In the last four fiscal years, the Total Case Incident Rate (TCIR) and Days Away, Restricted and/or Transfer Case Incidence Rate (DART) throughout COMFRC have been greatly reduced. TCIR is the rate of nonfatal recordable injuries and/or illnesses for every 100 employees. DART measures the rate of illnesses or injuries requiring restricted work activity, job transfer, and/or days away from work for every 100 employees. Both rates have dropped below Bureau of Labor Statistics averages for similar industrial workplaces. The total number of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recordable nonfatal injury and illness cases at FRC East, located at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., for example, was reduced from 207 in fiscal year 2010 to 97 in fiscal year 2013. During the same time period, TCIR was cut in half

News Briefs On Base:

Clinic Open for Appointments, Nov. 29

The Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River is open for acute appointments from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 29. The laboratory, radiology and physical therapy departments close at noon and the pharmacy at the Navy Exchange closes Nov. 29 at 1 p.m.

Influenza vaccinations

Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River is offers the flu vaccine for active duty from 8-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Preventive Medicine Department and for all other eligible beneficiaries from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays in the Immunization Department. Call 301-342-4062.

Career Development Center Closure

The Career Development Center, building 2189, Frank Knox, is closed Nov. 28 and 29. No classes are scheduled for those days. The center reopens Dec. 2. Call 301-757-4127.

Get Alerts with AtHOC

Be ready for adverse weather and changes to base operating conditions by registering with emergency management’s AtHOC. AtHOC messages can be sent to up to three different devices: home and cell phone, TTY/TDD phone, pager, fax, and personal and work emails. Messages provide official updates on base delays and early departures, as well as other notifications that may affect the base populous. Currently, 50 percent of the installation’s population is signed up to receive AtHOC messages, but those have opted to only receive messages on their work email and work phone. For many, work emails and calls to a work phone number can only reach you if you’re at work. Users registered for the other options, such as home phone, cell phone and personal email, are in the single-digit percentages. Regardless of the method by which an AtHOC message is sent, they only work if you register to receive them. You can register and update your contact options in one of three ways: www.Ready.Navy.mil, click on Stay Informed and then Wide Area Alert Notification from their NMCI or One Net networked computer; from your NMCI computer, right click on the purple globe located on the bottom right of the screen followed by left clicking “Access Self Service”; or email jerome.ray@navy.mil or tommy.d.truong@navy. mil. Individuals who do not see the purple globe on the

and DART cases reduced nearly two-thirds. “These reductions are impressive, but we have more work to do,” said Ken Pettersen, COMFRC director of Safety and Regulatory Compliance. “Our goal is to reduce injuries to as low a rate as possible. We’re doing it by mitigating risks, educating our employees and responding as quickly as possible to potential issues.” A significant emphasis on command-wide safety has contributed to a remarkable and dramatic decline in injuries. Throughout COMFRC, a combined $15.5 million has been invested in the past five years on safety-related equipment and resources to help keep employees safer while working on aircraft. Actions include procurement of fall protection and ergonomic handling equipment, additional personal protection equipment, replacing and repairing outdated equipment and facili-

“Providing quality aircraft, engines and components at an affordable cost to the fleet is our mandate and providing a safe work environment for our employees is our obligation” Dennis J. West deputy commander, Fleet Readiness Centers ties, enhanced training, and more. “We’ve had success in the past and we look forward to partnering with OSHA and other outside agencies to continue making the FRCs as safe a work environment as possible,” West said. “OSHA has a depth of knowledge and expertise that we can tap into and become better at what we do.” Another key area of

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emphasis for COMFRC is protecting employees and the public from exposure to heavy metals such as Hexavalent Chromium, also known as chromium (VI). Exposure can occur during the painting of aircraft exteriors, interiors or parts, and during the sanding and grinding of chromate-based coatings prevalent in naval aircraft. In combating potential heavy metal exposure

FRCs have increased attention to cleaning, banned food and drink in or near production areas, increased training, purchased hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) vacuums, increased equipment maintenance schedules, and aggressively shared best business practices across all FRC sites. “Working with OSHA, we’ve developed an action plan to significantly reduce employee exposure to heavy metals,” said Pettersen. “We haven’t had any reported illnesses due to heavy metal exposure and we can’t take the risk.” More than $7.75 million has been earmarked in fiscal year 2013 for heavy-metal abatement construction and upgrade improvements throughout the Command, with another $23.8 million in investments for 20142015.

bottom right screen of their NMCI computer should email these two with their computer name and asset tag number.

Off base:

Great American Smokeout: Nov. 21

US Naval Academy Seeks Instructors

During the Great American Smokeout, the Navy and Marine Corps, DOD and the American Cancer Society encourages smokers to quit smoking, if even for one day. Resources and tools to help tobacco users successfully quit smoking and using tobacco is available through the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout webpage at www. cancer.org/healthy/stayawayfromtobacco/greatamericansmokeout, and the DOD Quit Tobacco Make Everyone Proud campaign at www.ucanquit2. For smokers or other tobacco users who are ready to quit, the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center provides tobacco cessation resources at www.med.navy.mil/sites/nmcphc/health-promotion/tobacco-free-living/Pages/ready-to-quit-tobacco. Call the Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River at 301-342-4050.

MCAA Fall Mixer

Dec. 9, 5-7 p.m. Patuxent River Naval Air Museum The Marine Corps Aviation Association (MCAA) John Glenn Squadron is hosting NASA Administrator, retired Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Charles Bolden Jr., at its 8th Annual Fall Mixer. Visit www.mcaa-jgs.org to learn more about this event or to register.

Commissary Offers Gift Cards

The Commissary Gift Card offers a quick and easy way to help give the gift of groceries to military service members and their families around the world. The gift card can be sent to any authorized commissary patron. The gift cards come in denominations of $25 and $50. Anyone can purchase the gift card online through the Defense Commissary’s website at www.commissaries.com, or at the commissary.

Where’s Gnorman?

Somewhere in this issue we’ve hidden Gnorman the gnome. Anyone spotting Gnorman can either email tester@dcmilitary.com or phone 301-342-4163 now through 4:30 p.m. Friday for a chance to win a Center Stage Theater ticket for any movie. Be sure to include a brief description of where he’s located. All correct answers are entered into a drawing and one name is chosen to win. The same person cannot win more than once per month. Last week’s winner, Cmdr. Marilee Pike, found Gnorman on page 6, in the Machete Kills movie poster.

Deadline: Dec. 15 The U.S. Naval Academy needs qualified Navy Reserve officers with at least a master’s degree to instruct in designated academic departments for fall 2014 and to serve as military role models and mentors for midshipmen. Recall opportunities are considered for select areas. Contact Cmdr. John Schedel at 410-293-6513 or email reserve.recall@usna.edu.

TRICARE and the Affordable Care Act

Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires most Americans have health insurance that provides minimum essential coverage or pay a tax penalty. TRICARE is considered minimum essential coverage (MEC) for the following programs: TRICARE Prime, TRICARE Prime Remote, TRICARE Standard/Extra, TAMP, TRICARE for Life, TRICARE Overseas Plans, and U.S. Family Health Plan. TRICARE Young Adult, TRICARE Retired Reserve, TRICARE Reserve Select and the Continued Health Care Benefit Program are also considered MEC if coverage is purchased. Those eligible for Direct Care only or Line-of-Duty only are not considered to have MEC. Call TRICARE at 877-TRICARE (874-2273) or visit www.tricare.mil.

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


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New NMCRS volunteer brings decades of experience By Sarah Aaron Guest contributor With a disability retirement not far off, Peter Riester knew what he wanted to do with the extra time that was coming his way: help Sailors, Marines and their families. After speaking with a long-time friend to express interest in volunteering with the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS), Riester was on his way to receiving the training he needed to become a volunteer, and to once again serve the organization he began with in 1989 when he was a Navy relief officer on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. Riester knew the primary mission and importance of the society remained vital and that his experience as a service member, civilian and retiree would benefit the clients, staff and other volunteers at NMCRS. The son of a Navy pilot and grandson of a submariner, Riester graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1981. He went on to flight school and flew P-3s before transitioning to Aerospace

Engineering Duty Officer. In 1996, Riester began working at Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) while on active duty until his retirement from the Navy in 2006, and continued as a DOD civilian until August 2013. In 2000, Riester was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), and the progression of his disease forced his retirement from NAVAIR. Complications from MS resulted in Riester relying on a wheel chair. With Riester’s experience, both professionally and personally, the NMCRS embraced the idea of having him as a volunteer. “I knew immediately that he would be a valuable resource for the society,” said Maureen Farrell, NMCRS director at Naval Air Station Patuxent River and Riester’s long-time friend. “He has a military background, experience in government service and knowledge of government systems; it’s nice to have someone who can speak in first person to service members. But having Riester in the NMCRS offices required additional accommodations

in order for him to serve his clients. In August, Farrell brought Susan White, an area trainer for NMCRS, into the picture to assess the best way to go about making the Pax River office user friendly for Riester. “Pete has graciously allowed us to observe and identify what challenges and limitations he may encounter on a day-to-day basis,” White said. “This interactive process facilitated adjustments and modifications to the office environment that will directly support his needs and those of any future volunteer wishing to serve our Sailors and Marines and their family members.” Farrell and Riester first noted the need for an adjustable desk that could accommodate a wheelchair. The new desk also allows its user to utilize the desk for support when rising from a seated position. Another adjustment included installation of software for a roll mouse with a USB insert that allows the mouse to be customized for Riester. Next on the agenda is a headset for the phone sys-

tem and the installation of Dragon speech recognition software and Zoom text magnification and screen reading software on a computer with a larger monitor and touch screen. “He has so much to offer clients, volunteers and the base in general, why not use him to full capacity,” Farrell said of Riester. Riester’s background and real-world experience makes him the perfect volunteer to test out the new accommodations. “Pete has his whole career of the Navy and his knowledge of the government to share with his clients,” Farrell said, adding that his perspective on life and good sense of humor are also an asset to the organization. Farrell and White are laying the foundation for accommodations that will help other clients and volunteers including wounded warriors. In working with Riester, NMCRS has been able to observe the day-to-day experiences and challenges he faces in trying to access the building and work with clients. The organization plans

and reserve military. Reservations are necessary and can be made at FFSC or by calling 301-342-4911.

Myers Briggs

Nov. 25, 8 a.m. to noon Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a widely used instrument designed to help you have increased insight into yourself and others. MBTI is useful for self-awareness, career interest, relationships and leadership. This workshop also helps you re-evaluate how you behave and interact with others.

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Classes

All classes held at the Fleet and Family Support Center in building 2090 off Bundy Road unless otherwise noted. Classes are open to active duty, retired

Dec. 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m. How will you pay for college? Learn about various funding sources, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and tips for winning scholarships. Presented by the School Liaison Officer and Personal Financial Manager. Space is limited. To register, call (301) 342-4911.

Clinical Counseling Services

Clinical Counseling services can directly improve the quality of life of service members and their family by ad-

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Peter Riester joined the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in August. on using these valuable observations to make other NMCRS offices more accessible to clients and volunteers. “Pete’s honest open discussion helped bring aware-

ness to our team and we are thankful for his candid involvement,” said White. For more information, email Riester at peter.riester@nmcrs.org.

dressing the stressors facing today’s military: family hardships, marital conflicts, parent/child issues, money concerns, frequent moves, health and environmental factors, and many other difficulties. Make an appointment with a counselor by calling 301-342-4911 or 202-685-6019.

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)

EFMP is a DOD program that addresses the special needs of military families. Sailors with an exceptional family member, a family member with special needs such as a medical or educational disability, are encouraged to enroll in the EFMP so the Navy can do its part in caring for EFM needs. Email James Lettner at james.lettner@navy.mil.

Financial Counseling Services

The Personal Financial Educator can help you and your family in managing your finances, resolving financial problems and reaching long-term goals, such as getting an education, buying a home and planning for retirement. With the help of the FFSC Financial Educator, you can take control of your finances. Make an appointment with a counselor by calling 301-342-5442.

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Youths cash in for healthier habits Fair Winds and

Following Seas

U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Petty Officer David Wolfe

Simmons retires U.S. Navy photo by David Cardinale

At left, Capt. Ben Shevchuk, Naval Air Station Patuxent River commanding officer, joins youths and staff from the Rassieur Youth Center and Teen Center, Nov. 14, to celebrate the $14,000 grant it received from the Boys and Girls Club of America (BGCA) and the WellPoint Foundation. The grant was one of three awarded to Naval District Washington youth and teen centers to highlight BGCA’s Triple Play, a wellness program that promotes eating right, keeping fit and forming positive relationships for a healthy lifestyle. With the money, youths at the centers will soon see new and upgraded fitness and sport equipment, and classes that encourage healthy habits, such as nutrition and exercise.

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Continued from 1 ange safety clothing — all in violation of required regulations. “Those who disregard or are unaware of the NAS hunting program’s regulations are putting themselves and others in danger,” said NAS Commanding Officer Capt. Ben Shevchuk. “Active Safety is my top priority, so I will fully investigate and swiftly address any misconduct. Hunters who do not follow the rules will lose their hunting privileges on base.” Shevchuk explained that violation of the regulations could affect the viability of the program and asked that all hunters help keep compliance high.

“We don’t control how the deer behave, especially during the rut season,” he said, “so we have safe, smart hunting as part of the solution.” For detailed information and to view regulations and obtain permits related to hunting at Pax River, visit http://naspaxriver.isportsman.net.

The Danger of Deer Strikes

McGraw, who flies MH-60S helicopters and UC-12M planes, explained that the C-12 typically lands at approximately 115 knots, or 130 miles per hour; a relatively low landing speed. A deer striking an aircraft at that speed has the potential to remove the nose gear or a wheel, which could lead to a nosedive into the

runway, loss of aircraft control and a great deal of damage. In the worst case, it could also lead to loss of life. “The potential exists for a catastrophic mishap,” McGraw said. “BASH is all about risk mitigation and preventing the worst from happening.” Each year, the Environmental Division follows an established statistical population model and sets a deer minimum harvest objective based on numerous evening spotlight survey counts of the Pax River deer population. That number for this year’s deer harvest objective was 88 and it has already been met. However, since hunting season is open through Jan. 31, McDaniel said that number will increase as hunters continue hunting on base.

More than 175 vendors, hand-made crafts and no admission fee. This event is open to the public.

Energy Zone Turkey Burn

Nov. 29, 11:30 a.m. Free class to help burn off that Thanksgiving Dinner.

Senior Chief Petty Officer (AW) Jason Simmons, an aviation electronics technician assigned to the Air Combat Electronics Program Office (PMA209), displays the Order of the Crystal Heart, a gift he presented to his wife Karen, during his retirement ceremony, Oct. 25, at Naval Air Station Patuxent River after 20 years of service.

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From left, Capt. Fred Hepler, program manager for the Aviation Support Equipment Program Office (PMA-260), congratulates Lt. Cmdr. John “Ted” Thompson and his wife Jeanette during Thompson’s retirement ceremony Nov. 8 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River. Thompson is the Electronic Warfare and Software Loading Common Ground Support Equipment team lead for PMA-260. adults, $15; youths ages 11 and younger, $10.

Liberty Liberty Thanksgiving Dinner

Register by Nov. 25 Nov. 28, 2 p.m. Register by calling or stopping by the Liberty Center.

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For all MWR news, visit www.cnic. navy.mil/Patuxent and click on the Fleet and Family Readiness tab.

Orders accepted through today Orders are ready for pick-up Nov. 25-27. Payment is due at the time that the order is placed; no refunds. Heating instructions are included. Call 301-342-3656.

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36th annual Arts and Crafts Festival Dec. 7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Thanksgiving Dinner Prepared To Go

Dec. 7, 8:30 a.m. Enjoy a hot buffet while Santa and Mrs. Claus visit your table and interact with the children. Cost: adults, $15; youths ages 3-10, $10, and children ages 2 and younger are free.

Nutcracker Tea

Dec. 8, 2-4 p.m. Featuring a performance from Ballet Caliente. Enjoy light refreshments and then float on a snowflake to the Magical Land of the Sweets and the Sugar Plum Fairy. Cost:

Wine Tasting Wednesdays Wednesdays, 4-6 p.m.

Nutcracker Ballet at Huntingtown High School

Special Promo Code available. Presented by COSMIC Symphony with Vladimir Lande at music director, The Donetsk Ballet of Ukraine, Alexander Kerchentsev, the president and executive producer, and Ballet Caliente, SherylMarie Dunaway, the director.

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Dec. 3, 7 p.m. D.A.R. Constitution Hall Free tickets at the ITT office for military, DOD civilians and their guests. Limit four tickets per ID card. Call 301342-3648.


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Thursday, Nov. 21 6:30 p.m., Machete Kills Ex-Federale agent MACHETE, who is recruited by the President of the United States for a mission which would be impossible for any mortal man -- he must take down a madman revolutionary and an eccentric billionaire arms dealer who has hatched a plan to spread war and anarchy across the planet. Rated: R (1 hr, 48 min) Friday, Nov. 22 6:30 p.m., Escape Plan Ray Breslin, the world’s foremost authority on structural security, agrees to take on one last job: breaking out of an ultra-secret, high-tech facility called “The Tomb.” But when he is wrongly im-

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Veterans Day tributes unite a PMA office By Valerie Doster Tactical Airlift, Adversary and Support Aircraft Communications As the nation paused to thank those who served in the military on Veterans Day, so did the Tactical Airlift, Adversary and Support Program Office (PMA-207), adorning filing cabinets with military shadow boxes, photos and tributes to the veterans of the PMA. Lining the walkways of the PMA’s cubical spaces, were tall filing cabinets with sparkling medals, colorful ribbons and unique lists of duty assignments resting on

top; each drawing the eye to an individual’s accomplishments, each telling a different story. Team members normally separated by cubical walls were drawn away from their desks to observe and share their own similar stories with the owners of the shadow boxes. “I realized that I had served on the same ship, at the same time as two other people in the PMA,” said Dave Lawhorn, PMA-207 C-130 Legacy Optimized Organizational Maintenance Activity Base Line manager. The idea for the displays, stemmed from a suggestion submitted to the PMA by Nick Neven, the KC-130J/R

Optimized Organizational Maintenance Activity Base Line manager who retired from the Navy in 2000. His recommendation was for all the veterans in the program office to bring in their shadow boxes as a Veterans Day tribute. The Navy shadow box has a long naval history. According to naval lore, when a Sailor retired and departed a ship for the last time, it was considered bad luck for the Sailor’s shadow to touch land before the Sailor. Thus, the shipmates would construct a sturdy box, hand-crafted of the finest materials, in which to display mementos of the Sailor’s accomplishments; thereby symbolically creat-

ing a “shadow.” The box contained the Sailor’s “shadow” until the Sailor was safely ashore, at which time the box was given as a presentation to the Sailor. Today, shadow boxes are presented when a military member retires from active duty. For Neven, the displays were especially poignant. His wife of 35 years, Gay Marilyn Neven, died in August. She was also a Navy veteran and they served and retired together. “I was cleaning out the garage and saw our shadow boxes, and thought they should be displayed somewhere for Veterans Day,” Neven said. In tribute to the memory of his wife, he displayed her shadow box next to his own. Doug Dawson, PMA-207 principal deputy program manager, said the chatter in the hallways changed that week as coworkers from different platforms, or who

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Tactical Airlift, Adversary and Support Program Office (PMA-207) military veterans Nick Neven, Tim Bright and Jim Cooney stand in front of their shadow boxes, displayed for Veterans Day. work in other spaces of the program office, had a reason to visit other areas of the PMA. He said there is a deeper appreciation of the workers around them. They speak with pride of service; they share stories of similar duty stations and have a genuine interest in each other.

“What we have learned is that everyone should look at the man or woman sitting next to you,” Dawson said. “They may not wear a uniform anymore, but they could be one of the thousands of military veterans who work onboard NAS Patuxent River.”

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program provided his Sailors the knowledge and skills required to complete 270 hours of depot-level maintenance in just seven days during the annual Carrier Airfield Service Unit inspection and certification in July. “Lt. Cmdr. Stonewall combined the annual CAFSU inspection with the 15-year E-28 energy absorber service life inspection, saving the Navy $80,000,” Pearson said. “His efforts were greatly responsible for preventing two weeks

of airfield operations down time and continuing sustained air operations and testing.” Never purposely seeking recognition, Stonewall was surprised by the award. “It was an honor just being nominated for it, but to win is truly humbling,” he said. “My parents taught me ‘if you see it, you own it’ — if you see a problem or a need, be part of the solution. It’s what I’ve always done. That applies both in the Navy and in the community. I believe in amazing service. It’s not just the impression we make while we’re in uniform, but also when we’re not in uniform.”

Stonewall, who is currently using personal leave to attend additional training courses at the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute, received his award at a luncheon Nov. 16. The award, sponsored by the Southern Maryland Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America, is named in honor of Merlin O’Neill, a highly decorated World War II veteran who became the Commandant of the Coast Guard in January 1950, retiring in June 1954 at the rank of admiral. MOAA is the nation’s largest association of military officers.

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Aviation Electrician’s Mate Airman Caleb Smith, bottom, assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 1, battles an “attacker” after being sprayed with oleoresin capsicum (OC) during force protection training for auxiliary security forces at Naval Air Station Patuxent River this month.


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Around Town St. Mary’s County: St. Mary’s County Indoor Flea Market

Saturday, 7 a.m. to noon St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds All vendors and crafters are welcome; an 8x10 space with one table is $20. For information or to reserve a space, call 301-475-9543.

Introduction to Email

Tuesday, 2-4 p.m. Lexington Park library Learn how to set up and use an email account. Adult computer classes are for individuals ages 16 and older. Free, but registration required and can be made by calling 301-863-8188 or online at www.stmalib.org.

Southern Maryland JobSource Mobile Career Center Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Lexington Park library Stop by for job counseling, résumé help, search for jobs, and get connected with Southern Maryland JobSource. The coordinator is available to help job seekers get registered with the Maryland Workforce Exchange.

Christmas on the Square & Annual Tree Lighting Nov. 29, 5-9 p.m. Leonardtown Town Square Bring the family for holiday entertainment, music, sleigh rides, train rides, fire truck rides, hay rides, horse and carriage rides, face painting, crafts for kids and more, while you wait for Santa’s arrival to light the town Christmas tree at 7 p.m. Park at the College of Southern Marlaynd and take the free shuttle, or park at St. Mary’s Ryken High or Leonardtown Elementary and enjoy the holiday decorated walk to the Town Square. Tree lighting ceremony rain date: 7 p.m. Nov. 30. For more information, call 301-475-9791.

Fraud Update Lunch and Learn

Dec. 3, 1-3 p.m. Registration opens at 12:30 p.m. Waldorf Jaycee Community Center, Waldorf Learn about fraud, types of fraud, behavioral red flags, lie detection, who commits occupational fraud and more. Register online at www.macpa.org.

JobZone Job Fair

Dec. 3, 3-6 p.m. Bay District Volunteer Fire Department Social Hall Participating exhibitors look to meet with top-notch job candidates who possess mid- to senior-level skills and clearances of all levels. This event is supported by the Naval Air Station Patuxent River Fleet and Family Support CenterPatuxent River. To register, call JobZone at 434-263-5102 or 540-226-1473, or email janet.giles@JobZoneOnline.com.

Calvert County: Sweet Treat Express

Saturday, 2-3:30 p.m. Northeast Community Center, Chesapeake Beach Kickoff to the holiday season as participants use Rice Krispie treats and candy to create train engines. Visit www.cbrm.org.

Live and Silent Auction Red Carpet Event

Saturday, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Calvert Elks Lodge, Prince Frederick Calvert County’s premier red carpet event. During cocktail hour guests are serenaded by the music of Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra while bidding on silent auction items. Proceeds benefit Calvert Hospice. Visit www.calverthospice.org.

Festival of Trees

Nov. 29 through Dec. 1 St. John Vianney Family Life Center, Prince Frederick Teams of decorators from church, community and civic groups weave their holiday magic into a parade of decorated trees for visitors. There is also a model train display and children can visit Santa in his workshop. Nov. 29, 7-9 p.m.; Nov. 30, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Proceeds benefit Calvert Hospice. Visit www.calverthospice.org.

Small Business Saturday Discount

Nov. 30 Calvert Marine Museum Store Small Business Saturday is dedicated to supporting small, local businesses in the community. Work on that holiday gift shopping list at the Calvert Marine Museum Store with 20 percent off for anyone who mentions “Small Business Saturday” at checkout.

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