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Vol. XXXI No.5
NEWS AND INFORMATION FOR THE NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION
Volunteer Tax Assistance Now Open for Free Income Tax Assistance Story by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Pedro A. Rodriguez NDW Public Affairs
The Naval District Washington Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Center is now open for business and ready to assist service members and their families with their tax preparation at no cost. The VITA program provides free tax-ﬁling assistance to active duty service members and their dependents, retirees and their dependents with adjusted gross incomes of less than $58,000, DoD civilians overseas or deployed with the U.S. Armed Forces, and, in limited cases military reservists. “The primary purpose of this program is to enhance readiness by assisting service members to prepare and file free federal and state tax returns with H&R Block’s user-friendly software accessed through Military OneSource, with volunteers standing by to answer questions,” said Lt. Tracy
Waller, Navy VITA/Electronic Filing(ELF) program manager. “Our services are available to everyone who qualifies for legal assistance. Members who are not eligible to register for a Military OneSource account should be aware that they may not be able to file for free if their adjusted gross income exceeds $58,000.” All qualifying active duty service members and their dependents will be able to ﬁle both federal and state tax returns for free. Additionally, all of the centers are staffed with certiﬁed volunteers, who can assist with questions. Taxes are submitted electronically, and refunds are deposited directly into a Sailor’s bank account on an average of two weeks from the date of transmission according to Waller. In addition to learning how to ﬁle their own taxes, personnel who use the VITA/ELF program will usually end up saving money
See Tax Assistance, Page 5
Photo by MC2(AW/SW) Pedro A. Rodriguez, NDW Public Affairs
The Naval District Washington Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Center is now open for business and ready to assist service members and their families with their tax preparation at no cost.
Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield Exercise 2014 Underway for Naval District Washington Story by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Pedro A. Rodriguez NDW Public Affairs
Photo by MC2 Kiona Miller, NDW Public Affairs
Naval District Washington is conducting Force Protection and AntiTerrorism Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2014 starting Feb. 24 through Feb 28 to enhance the training and readiness of Navy security personnel. Personnel to (can) expect increased security measures at Navy Installations throughout Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia.
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Preparations for Force Protection and Anti-Terrorism exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield (SC/CS 14) 2014 are well underway. Personnel to expect increased security measures at Navy installations throughout Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia starting Feb. 24-28. SC-CS 14 is a Force Protection exercise conducted by Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFF) and Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) on all Navy installations in the Continental United States to enhance the training and readiness of Navy security personnel as well as establish a learning environment for security personnel to exercise functional plans and operational capabilities. “The goal of this year’s Solid CurtainCitadel Shield is to drive decision making
at all levels of command through immediate analysis, fusion and enunciation of threat indicators and warnings,” said Joseph Goldsberry, NDW lead exercise planner. “We will test and assess our pre-emptive and defense in depth measures based upon a variety of threats across the region.” Solid Curtain is an exercise focused on command, control, and communication (C3) between all echelons Navy wide. Citadel Shield is an installation-level training exercise to test the ability of naval security forces during an emergency. “The protection of our personnel, mission and critical infrastructure has always been our primary goal,” said Goldsberry. “This year, we are also concentrating on the recovery phase of operations.” The elevation of Force Protection Conditions (FPCONs) and increased security measures can be anticipated at all Navy installations for the duration of the exercise. While
Navy Celebrates 2014 African American/Black History Month page 3
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Navy Celebrates 2014 African American/ Black History Month By Lt. Cmdr. Shaletha Moran Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs
ample of African-Americans breaking new ground in the Navy and in American society. In February 1944, 12 priorenlisted black servicemen were commissioned as ensigns and a 13th was made a warrant ofﬁcer. They were the ﬁrst group of black servicemen to complete ofﬁcer training in the Navy and led the way for future African-Americans. These 13 ofﬁcers not only made a contribution to the Navy during World War II, but to society as well. By the end of the war, 64 African-Americans had become ofﬁcers in the Navy. Striving for equality at home and blazing a trail for future African-American Sailors, Wesley A. Brown became the ﬁrst black graduate of the United States Naval Academy in 1949, joining the Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps and retiring at the rank of lieutenant commander. He passed away May 22, 2012 after a distinguished career both in the Navy and in the civilian workforce. Edna Young was the ﬁrst black woman to enlist in the regular Navy and later the ﬁrst black woman to achieve
As announced by NAVADMIN 016/14 released Jan. 27, the Navy joins our nation in celebrating the vibrant history and culture of African-American and Black Sailors during African-American/Black History Month throughout the month of February. Established in 1926 as Negro History Week, President Gerald R. Ford expanded the celebration in 1976 to include the entire month of February. This year, Navy commands are encouraged to celebrate and reﬂect on the theme “Civil Rights in America.” African-American Sailors have a legacy of honorable service that permeates our naval history through every major armed conﬂict since the Revolutionary War. During the Civil War, African-American Sailors fought on every kind of Union warship, accounting for 10 to 24 percent of each ship’s crew, and included eight Medal of Honor recipients. During World War II, the Golden Thirteen were an ex-
Photo by MC1 Tim Comerford
Vice Adm. Michelle Howard, left, is recognized for many ﬁrst accomplishments, including the recognition as the ﬁrst female United States Naval Academy graduate to be promoted to the rank of admiral, the ﬁrst black female to command a combatant ship, and the ﬁrst black female promoted to two-star and three-star admiral. She has also been conﬁrmed by the Senate to serve as Vice Chief of Naval Operations, the service’s No. 2 uniformed ofﬁcer. She will be the ﬁrst black and ﬁrst woman to hold the job and the ﬁrst female four-star admiral.
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Around the Yard
How has diversity helped the Navy?
“People from different cultures bring different skills and opinions to the table so the mission can have an overall better result at the end of the day.” Petty Ofﬁcer 2nd Class Joshua Oltz Military Sealift Command
“I’ve always been a person that appreciates diversity, and I am glad to see that as a federal organization we celebrate it and we offer programs, for instance I attended the Black History Month presentation and it was very interesting, by very accomplished African-Americans.” Greg Wilderman NAVFAC
Commandant, Naval District Washington Rear Adm. Markham Rich NDW Public Affairs Officer Edward Zeigler Waterline Staff Writer MC2 (AW/SW) Pedro A. Rodriguez Copy Editor/Page Designer The Gazette/Comprint Military Publications Lorraine Walker All stories must be submitted by 4 p.m. the Thursday prior to publication. E-mail stories to: email@example.com or bring/mail to: The Waterline, 1411 Parsons Ave. SE, Suite 205, Washing-
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“On our job I think diversity has helped us see different viewpoints of how we record history and display history.” Thomas King Navy Museum
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This Week in Naval History January 30
1862 - Launching of ﬁrst turreted warship, USS Monitor 1968 - Tet Offensive begins in Vietnam
1944 - American amphibious landing on Kwajalein, Marshall Islands 1961 - Lieutenant Commander Samuel Lee Gravely, Jr. becomes first AfricanAmerican to command a combat ship, USS Falgout 1981 - Era of Enlisted Naval Aviators ends when last pilot retired
1941 - United States Fleet reorganized, reviving Atlantic and Paciﬁc Fleets 1942 - USS Enterprise and Yorktown make ﬁrst WW II air strike, Japanese Marshall Islands 1955 - Operation Deep Freeze, a research task force, established in Antarctic
1800 - USS Constellation (CAPT Thomas Truxtun) defeats la Vengeance 1862 - USS Hartford, Capt David G. Farragut, departs Hampton Roads for Mississippi River campaign
1801 - Senate approves peace treaty with France ending undeclared naval war that began 1798 1917 - US severs diplomatic relations with Germany
1779 - John Paul Jones takes command of Bonhomme Richard 1959 - Keel laying of USS Enterprise, ﬁrst nuclear powered aircraft carrier, Newport News, VA
1854 - Dedication of ﬁrst chapel built on Navy property, Annapolis, MD 1941 - Chief Nurse Marion B. Olds and Nurse Leona Jackson, Navy, arrive on Guam. 1971 - Moonwalk by CAPT Alan B. Shepherd, Jr. USN, Commander of Apollo 14 and CDR Edgar D. Mitchell, USN Lunar Module Pilot. During the 9 day mission, 94 lbs of lunar material was collected and Shepard became the ﬁrst person to hit a golf ball on the moon. Recovery was by helicopter from USS New Orleans (LPH-11).
1862 - Launching of ﬁrst turreted warship, USS Monitor
Photo by LCDR Ahmed Qusheri
Lt. Cmdr. Ahmed Qureshi, USN, an Afghanistan-Pakistan (AFPAK) Hand with Cohort 3C, graduated on Monday 27 January 2014 from Kings College, University of London with a PhD in Middle East and Mediterranean Studies. As an AFPAK Hand, Qureshi completed an assignment as a Counterinsurgency (COIN) Advisor with the Regional-Command (RC)-Central/HQ International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Counterinsurgency Advisory and Assistance Team (CAAT) and is currently serving an Out of Theater Assignment as the Branch Chief of the Joint Staff Support Division, Afghanistan-Pakistan Task Force (AFPAK TF) at the Pentagon. 01041283
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NSA Washington-JBAB Fleet Family and Fun Centralized Scheduling
Military and Family Support Center (MFSC) located on Joint Base Anacostia Bolling introduces a comprehensive centralized scheduling service for your individual appointment needs. One call to our screeners gets you an appointment for pre-separation briefs, employment services, clinical counseling, personal ﬁnancial management, relocation, deployment and a host of other programs and services. MFSC is here to support you and stands ready to assist with every career and life change. Contact our Centralized Scheduling Center for individual, marriage and family counseling, individual resume assistance, ﬁnancial counseling, relocation assistance or deployment/reintegration support. Please call 202-685-6019 to schedule an appointment.
CAREER SUPPORT AND RETENTION
The Transition Assistance Management Program (TAMP)
Offers an array of services and beneﬁts to transitioning service members, including computers setup for individuals to go online to different job banks, college and scholarship resources and career assessment tools. Resume Writing Workshops are offered which includes Federal Resume Writing Interview Skills, information on veterans’ beneﬁts and a professional resource library; Two TAP Seminars and one Executive TAP Seminar - ﬁve-day programs - are offered monthly sponsored by the departments of Labor and Veteran Affairs, and include information that will beneﬁt the transitioning military member.
Family Employment Readiness Program (FERP) Offers seven basic services, which include job search strategies, job readiness, resource information, job referral service, individual counseling assistance, career planning and links to education and volunteer opportunities.
Improve your speaking skills with Helmsmen Toastmasters
Join us Thursdays, 7:30-8:45 a.m., at the Pentagon Library and Conference Center. Toastmasters is an international organization that helps everyone speak, think, lead and listen better. For more info, contact Carl Sabath at carl.sabath@osd. mil, 703-695-2804, or Elizabeth Femrite at firstname.lastname@example.org, 571256-8674. Remember, great Helmsmen say, “Yes!” To learn more about Helmsmen Toastmasters, visit http://helmsmen.toastmastersclubs.org
Service members preparing to transition from military to civilian life are required by law to attend a pre-separation counseling brieﬁng. The pre-separation brief is designed to make transitioning military members aware of all the services and beneﬁts available to them and their family members under Transition GPS. These brieﬁngs will
provide the information necessary to make more informed decisions. For your convenience the pre-separation counseling briefing is available through one-on-one appointments at Military and Family Support Center and can be made through Centralized Scheduling at 202-685-6019.
DEPLOYMENT READINESS/ FAMILY SERVICES Personal Financial Management (PFM) Program offers individual and family ﬁnancial counseling, ﬁnancial classes, and is responsible for the Command Financial specialist training in the Region (NDW).
Life Skills Education Provides presentations to help commands meet requirements, as well as enhance operational and personal readiness including parenting skills training, couples communication, anger and stress management, conﬂict resolution, Child Abuse Awareness, Spouse Abuse Awareness and suicide prevention. Trainings can be customized to ﬁt needs of the command.
New Parent Support Program (NPS)
Assists new parents in coping with the demands of parenting and military life through parenting education and training and home visits to new parents prior to delivery and after delivery; information and referral for military and community resources; child development screenings and monitoring. All active duty members and their families who are pregnant and or have children in the home from infancy to three years old are eligible for these home visitation services.
Assisting Sailors and family members prepare for deployment, manage separations and reunite and reintegrate with families and community through services including the Family Accountability and Assessment System, Individual augmentee (IA) Indoc Course and Deployed Family Fun Days.
Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)
Provides assistance to service members with special needs children and family members with medical needs including resource referral to medical, counseling and educational services, support groups and care providers. Assists in ﬁnding duty stations where needs are met. Mandatory enrollment per OPNAVINST 1754.2D.
New PHA Process
The purpose of this policy is to inform all tenants of the new PHA process at the Branch Health Clinic Washington Navy Yard. In attempts to alleviate the daily PHA congestion, patients will now have an appointed date and time to complete their PHA. PHAs will be scheduled through the appointments line, 202-433-3132, and the service member will be complete their PHA on the provided date and time. PHAs will not be completed without a hard copy of the services member’s medical record. The patients’ medical record must either be maintained at the Branch Health Clinic Washington Navy Yard or the patient must physically bring in their medical record. If you have speciﬁc questions, please
FFR/MWR Phone numbers Fitness Centers Washington Navy Yard, bldg. 22 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 433-2282/2829
Information, Tickets & Travel (ITT) Ticket Ofﬁce, WNY Bldg. 22 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 433-2484 Travel Ofﬁce, WNY Bldg. 184 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 685-8299
Food & Beverage Catering & Conference Center, WNY Bldg. 211 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 433-3041/4312 Mordecai Booth’s Public House, WNY Bldg. 101 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 678-0514
Military and Family Support Center MFSC, JBAB Bldg. 72 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 433-6151 MFSC, JBAB Bldg. 13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 767-0450
Other Important Numbers FFR Administrative Ofﬁce, WNY Bldg. 101. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . FFRP Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MWR Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MWR Marketing Department, WNY Bldg. 101. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Regional Child Placement Ofﬁce, JBAB Bldg. 414. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Family Housing Ofﬁce, JBAB Bldg. 414 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Liberty Program/Center, JBAB Bldg. 72. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Outdoor Recreation/Equipment Rental, JBAB, Bldg. 928 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Navy Gateway Inns & Suites, JBAB, Bldg. 602 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . direct your questions to me or the Medical Readiness Department Leading Petty Ofﬁcer, HM2 Matteson, Althea, email@example.com , ofﬁce 202-433-6713.
Boys and Girls Club volunteers
The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington needs volunteer coaches for their youth baseball league for 10-year-olds and 12-year-olds. For more information or to sign up, call 512-560-5548 from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. or email Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Toastmasters Club seeks members
The Bolling Toastmasters Club is available for everyone on JBAB as a place to practice your leadership skills. Toastmasters clubs are where leaders are made, and leadership starts with good communication. The program is self-paced, and it works. The Bolling Toastmasters Club meets Wednesdays from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. at the JBAB Chapel Center. Visitors are welcome. For more information, call Jim Queen at 301452-6931.
Military and Family Support Offers Resume Review
Call for appointment | 202-685-6019 Military and Family Support Center offers a one-on-one resume review session for those that are job seeking. Knowledgeable staff will sit down with you and review your resume and assist you in developing a results-oriented resume. Having a solid and effective resume can greatly improve your chances of landing an interview. According to a recent study from TheLadders, recruiters spend just six seconds scanning your resume for certain information. Will your resume make it in those six seconds? Your resume should portray your skills, talents, career highlights and make you stand out from the crowd. Focusing on your accomplishments vs. simple job experience and using key words can open the door for an interview.
(202) 433-3659 (202) 433-4052 (202) 433-4662 (202) 433-5912 (202) 433-3055 (202) 433-0346 (202) 685-1802 (202) 767-9136 (202) 404-7050
Download the Free “ABSalute” App
The JBAB Warfighter & Family Readiness Marketing Department developed a free smartphone application, bringing its resources to customers and employees on a mobile platform. Perfect for iPhone and Andriod devices. “ABSalute” is a fast and easy-to-use application designed to allow quick access to events and programs. Download the app and receive the latest information about MWR, as well as Warﬁghter and Family Readiness programs. The app features: - Facility ﬁnder including hours of operation, phone listings, and GPS capabilities - Upcoming special events and programs that can be added directly to your calendar - Outdoor Recreation and Capital Cove Marina equipment and boat rentals - Full dining facility menus - Quick links to the Navy-Air Force Half Marathon and Navy 5 Miler website, CNIC JBAB website, Naval District Washington (NDW) Facebook page and the current edition of the 411 magazine - Facility and Event Photos - Push notiﬁcations to alert users with the most current information.
Mordecai Booth’s Hours Change
Mordecai Booth’s, located on the ground ﬂoor of Building 101 on the Washington Navy Yard, has changed its hours. The new hours of operation are Tuesday-Friday, 2:30-8:30 p.m. Come on in and enjoy the same great service at a new time!
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NDW News Follow NDW on Facebook and Twitter
NDW has a Facebook fan page in order to provide updated information to all NDW residents, tenants, employees (military, civilian, and contractors), and the American public. Show your support, “Like Us,” and become a fan to see exciting news relating to the Naval District Washington. www.facebook.com/NavDistWash Follow us on Twitter @navaldistwash - http://twitter.com/NavalDistWash NSAW has a Twitter page for the Washington Navy Yard to provide the public with up-to-date operating hours of the Navy Yard portion of DC’s Riverwalk. Follow us on Twitter @WNYRiverwalk - http://twitter.com/WNYRiverwalk.
DSO Changes Walk-in Hours
Defense Service Ofﬁce North has changed walk-in hours to Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. DSO North is the local ofﬁce for legal defense services. Attorneys are available to provide advice to service members regarding nonjudicial punishments, summary courts-martial, Article 138 and 1150 complaints, administrative separation processing, hardship discharges and suspect’s rights. Consultations are conﬁdential. DSO is located onboard WNY in Building 200, Suite 1200. Service members should present in uniform.
Wearing of Portable headphones, earphones, and Bluetooth devices:
The wearing of portable headphones, earphones, cellular hands-free devices, radios, recording devices or other portable listening devices while running, jogging, walking, bicycling, skating, or skate boarding in roadways and streets interferes with and impairs recognition of emergency signals, alarms, announcements, and the approach of EVs. NSAW personnel are advised use of these devices while performing the noted activities aboard NSAW fence line installations is prohibited. (TRAFFIC OPNAVINST 5100.12J)
Helmsmen Toastmasters Want to improve your speaking and leadership skills? Come to Helmsmen Toastmasters! Join us Thursdays,7:30-8:45 a.m., at the Pentagon Library and Conference Center (PLCC). Toastmasters is an international organization that helps everyone speak, think, lead and listen better. For more info, contact Annika L’Ecuyer (annika. email@example.com or 703-614-7160) or Elizabeth Femrite (elizabeth.m.femrite. firstname.lastname@example.org or 571-256-8674). More information can be found at the Helmsmen Toastmasters website, http://helmsmen.toastmastersclubs.org.
“NAVY 311” is the place to go for all types of information to help support Navy military, civilian, and retiree personnel and their families. Access NAVY 311 at 1-855NAVY-311 or (DSN) 510-NAVY-311. You can also email NAVY311@navy.mil or visit www.NAVY311.navy.mil.
Navy Wives Clubs of America
The D.C. Metro chapter of Navy Wives Clubs of America, Eleanor Roosevelt #37, hosts meetings every second Thursday of the month to discuss and plan volunteer activities in the local military and civilian communities. Military spouses of all branches are welcome to attend. For more information, email angeladowns@ me.com or visit www.facebook.com/NWCA37.
PAX Clinical Counseling Services
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by ﬁling themselves instead of going to a tax preparation company. “The goal is that no service member will have to pay for commercial tax preparation unless he or she chooses to do so,” said Waller. “Our programs are just as reliable as any commercial software. However, some members may have more complicated returns that exceed the scope of the VITA/ELF program. Those members will need to seek the assistance of a commercial tax preparer.” The local center is located in the legal assistance ofﬁce in Building P-20 at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) with services available by appointment only on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and by calling (202)
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the rank of chief petty ofﬁcer. Young joined the Navy after the passage of the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act July 7, 1948. In December 1996, Adm. J. Paul Reason became the first black naval officer to wear four stars and assumed command of the Atlantic Fleet, comprising nearly 200 warships, 1,400 aircraft, and 122,000 service men and women based at 18 major shore facilities. Vice Adm. Michelle Howard is recognized for many ﬁrst accomplishments, including the recognition as the ﬁrst female United States Naval Academy graduate to be promoted to the rank of admiral, the ﬁrst black female to command a combatant ship, and the ﬁrst black female promoted to two-star and three-star admiral. She has also been conﬁrmed by the Senate to serve as Vice Chief of Naval Operations, the service’s No. 2 uniformed ofﬁcer. She will be the ﬁrst black and ﬁrst woman to hold the job and the ﬁrst female four-star admiral. These outstanding examples of African-American Sailors are just a handful of those marking history with firsts and distinguishing the Navy as a force for freedom and equality. African-Americans continue to serve with distinction, now comprising more
767-7588. Other VITA centers in the region are located at Naval Support Activity Annapolis and Naval Air Station Patuxent River. Before going to a VITA/ELF ofﬁce, Waller advises personnel to bring the following items to ensure proper and thorough tax ﬁling: - W-2s, 1099s, 1098s, and other tax forms - Bank account/routing information for direct deposit of refunds - Applicable receipts for Schedule A and adjustment items - If ﬁling in the status of “Married Filing Jointly,” both taxpayers must be present to sign the return or present a signed power of attorney for taxes. Additionally, Waller recommended that members should bring all documents relating to tax year 2013. To ﬁnd the nearest VITA center, or for more information, visit the Navy JAG Corps web site at http://www.jag.navy.mil/. than 17 percent of our active duty Navy total force end-strength. Sailors and their commands are encouraged to use this month to celebrate and recognize the exceptional and distinctive contributions and the unique histories and cultures that our AfricanAmerican shipmates bring to our Navy. More information on the many milestones achieved by black Sailors and the history of the African-American Navy experience can be found at the Naval History and Heritage Command at http://www.history. navy.mil/special%20highlights/africanAmerican/African-hist.htm. A full-color brochure on the history of African-Americans in the United States Navy is also available for download through the Naval History and Heritage Command link. A complete educational presentation, including a downloadable educational poster on African American/Black History month, can be requested from the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI) by email at email@example.com. More information on Navy diversity events, including the observance of African-American/Black History Month, can be found on the Navy Ofﬁce of Diversity and Inclusion calendar at http://www.public. navy.mil/bupers-npc/support/21st_Century_Sailor/diversity/Pages/default2.aspx. For more news from Chief of Naval Personnel, visit www.navy.mil/local/cnp/.
Clinical Counseling services can directly improve the quality of life of service members and their family by addressing 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.
2014 Tax Assistance Center
Volunteers on board to help you ﬁle your tax return from a self-service terminal at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) - E-ﬁle for free directly with the IRS - Call to reserve a terminal Tue/Wed/Fri from 4 February to 15 April Region Legal Service Ofﬁce Naval District Washington - Legal Assistance Ofﬁce JBAB Building 20, near Arnold Gate (202) 767-7588 Tue, Wed, Fri by appointment only
Link directly to www.dcmilitary.com /waterline on your Smart phone
New PHA Process at WNY Clinic
In attempts to alleviate the daily PHA congestion, patients will now have an appointed date and time to complete their PHA. PHAs will be scheduled through the appointments line, 202-433-3132, and the service member will be complete their PHA on the provided date and time. PHAs will not be completed without a hard copy of the services member’s medical record. The patients’ medical record must either be maintained at the Branch Health Clinic Washington Navy Yard or the patient must physically bring in their medical record. If you have speciﬁc questions, please direct your questions to me or the Medical Readiness Department Leading Petty Ofﬁcer, HM2 Matteson, Althea, firstname.lastname@example.org , ofﬁce 202-433-6713
For more news from other bases around the Washington, D.C. area,
Continued from 1 mitigations to alleviate trafﬁc are in place, installations, and base tenant commands are encouraged to highlight the potential for base-access delays within their local communities to visitors, retirees, the workforce, Sailors and their families. During the SC-CS14 exercise, installation personnel and the surrounding communities may see an increase in delay at installation entry control points. Local area residents may also see increased military activity, and possible trafﬁc/pedestrian congestion, associated with the exercise. Goldsberry said that his team will be looking for ways to utilize all security and emergency resources in a crisis faster and efﬁciently. “This way, we can provide resources to our personnel and restore our critical missions as fast as possible,” said Goldsberry. Some of the training events that will be taking place are waterfront threats, personnel trying to gain unauthorized access to installations, among others. “NDW does an excellent job training to
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our mission. Yet, we are always looking for ways to improve our plans, policies and response,” said Goldsberry. “As in exercises past, after this exercise we will collect lessons learned from our staff. The lessons learned will include things we think we did right and things we think we can improve on. We will use these lessons learned to build upon. This year is no different, we expect to improve over last year and ﬁnd things to improve upon during the next exercise.” Personnel should register for the AtHoc wide area alert network if they have not already done so in order to be aware of force protection conditions and other emergency, environmental, or exercise related impacts on the area. Staggered entry and exit times for personnel working on installations should be considered in order to limit trafﬁc at entry control points. Personnel should also familiarize themselves with their command or tenant command anti-terrorism plan to better know what to expect during the exercise. For more news from Naval District Washington, visit www.navy.mil/local/ndw/. For more information on events happening in NDW, visit www.facebook.com/ NavDistWash. Visit or new website at www.navdistwash.org
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