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The Waterline

March 13, 2014

Vol. XXXI No.10


Children, Sailors Partner to Celebrate Literacy By Shawn Miller NDW Public Affairs

Monday snow would not, could not, let them read, but Thursday sun returned their fun as hundreds of students at Tyler Elementary School partnered with local Sailors from Naval District Washington (NDW) to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ belated birthday with a Read Across America event, March 6. Rear Adm. Mark Rich, commandant, NDW, kicked off the event by reading Seuss’ literary classic, “Green Eggs and Ham.” Rich encouraged the gathered children to read at every chance they get, and to get their parents involved in reading with them. “It will open doors to you,” he said to gathered students. “Reading is so important because it tells you and teaches you about people, about places, about history, and about life. The foundation of learning is reading.” As the signature program of the National Education Association (NEA), the annual Read Across America campaign celebrates reading and promotes childhood literacy in public schools nationwide. This year marked the first year NDW personnel volunteered to participate in activities at Tyler Elementary.

“It was a really good experience for our kids, our families, and our teachers,” said Principal Mitchell Brunson of this year’s partnership. “I could see the level of energy and excitement in their eyes as the Admiral was reading.” Brunson said many of the students have not had much exposure to members of the armed services, so the event served as a great chance to ask questions and satisfy their curiosity. Thirty Sailors from NDW, including one dressed as fan-favorite Cat in the Hat, spread out into the classrooms later in the day to read more books, play games, make crafts and answer questions from the inquisitive children wondering about each ribbon and stripe on the Sailors’ uniforms. “It was awesome,” said Information Systems Technician Seaman Yesenia Webber, Naval History and Heritage Command. “It was really easy to read to them. They read to me sometimes. Some words they couldn’t pronounce, so I helped them. It was just a good opportunity for me.” Young children often don’t get enough exposure to reading, said Webber, who has a 5-year-old niece she enjoys reading with.

See Literacy, Page 6

Photo by Shawn Miller

Information Systems Technician Seaman Yesenia Webber, Naval History and Heritage Command, reads a Dr. Seuss book to students at Tyler Elementary School in Washington, D.C. during a Read Across America event. Webber and more than 20 other Sailors from Naval District Washington volunteered to read and participate in activities at the school. Read Across America is a campaign by the National Education Association promoting childhood literacy.

Energy Information Key to Learning, Leadership By Shawn Miller NDW Public Affairs

U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kiona Miller

An advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) smart meter delivers real-time utility data to energy managers in Naval District Washington (NDW). Whether from technical data pouring in from building control systems and AMIs, or knowledge imparted on personnel through energy training conducted on all naval installations, energy information serves as one of the five key pillars to building a sustainable energy environment as outlined in the NDW Energy Policy Statement.

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To win a war against waste and drive Naval District Washington (NDW) toward a comprehensive energy strategy, leaders and managers across the region are turning to a fundamental weapon: information. Whether from technical data pouring in from building control systems and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), or knowledge imparted on personnel through energy training conducted on all naval installations, energy information serves as one of the five key pillars to building a sustainable energy environment as outlined in the NDW Energy Policy Statement. “Accurate data can stand on its own merits and is one of the front-line tools used to help shape a culture of conservation and energy efficiency,” said Michael Partyka, installation energy manager (IEM) at Naval


Support Activity (NSA) Annapolis. “The energy information pillar will provide me, as the IEM, the fiducial energy data needed to make the best decisions to deploy limited taxpayer resources in meeting legislated and mandated energy and water goals for my area of responsibility.” Partyka said NSA Annapolis is monitoring and integrating thousands of points from their energy management control system into a network, which, coupled with real-time data in 15-minute intervals from the AMIs, provides clean data for leaders to make the best decisions involving energy consumption. Through such technological advances, energy leaders and users have built stronger culture and tighter security upon the information learned. Time and culture, Partyka explained, are slow to change, although not necessar-

NDW Chief of Staff Retires Page 5

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

‘Marginal Price Increases’ Possible at Commissaries By Jim Dresbach Pentagram Staff Writer

A leaner proposed fiscal 2015 Department of Defense budget could lead to higher grocery prices at some nearly 180 commissaries throughout the continental United States, according to DoD officials. Under the budget proposal, the yearly direct subsidy provided to commissaries would be reduced by $1 billion dollars over the next three fiscal years according to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, who briefed reporters about the proposed budget cuts in February. The lower subsidies could be supplemented a number of ways – one being higher commissary grocery prices. “A reduced business subsidy may cause some marginal price increases at commissaries,” DoD officials said March 5. “In those cases, a commissary’s ability to compete will be determined by whether people shop there.” The proposed FY 2015 defense budget totals $496 billion. While the proposed 2015 defense budget request was introduced at the Pentagon March 4, Fort Myer commissary patrons replenished milk, bread and canned goods after an early March winter storm. Before and after their shopping, service members, retirees and family members voiced

Photo By Rachel Larue

Produce is on display at the commissary on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall March 27, 2012. A leaner proposed fiscal 2015 Department of Defense budget could lead to higher grocery prices at some nearly 180 commissaries throughout the continental United States, according to DoD officials.

opinions about the possible cuts which could add to their expenses, but many promised to remain loyal customers. A military mom of two who wished to remain anonymous frequently shops the Fort Myer commissary. Whether price hikes occur or not, she recognized the advantage she receives from shopping on base compared to the big box grocery stores. “I rarely shop anywhere else,” she said. “I’ve found this to be a tremendous benefit to us as military personnel.” The commissary located on the Fort Myer portion of Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall is a prime destination for retirees. According to the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA), 95 percent of the Fort Myer commissary’s clientele are veterans or their family members. Arlington’s Robert Stockho is a retired Sailor, and he shops the commissary daily. As the proposed DoD budget was forwarded to Congress, he is closely monitoring the fiscal proceedings. “We’re watching [the proposed DoD budget] very carefully,” Stockho said. “Certainly, we’re concerned that [higher prices] may happen. We hope it doesn’t. I have frequently expressed my concerns to my congressmen and senators about cuts to military benefits. This is one of those areas

See Price Increase, Page 8

Around the Yard With Read Across America being celebrated last week, why is reading and literacy so important?

“Reading is important to me because it’s helped me to pick up the language and speaking English to myself.” Yeoman 1st Class Roseann Fuimaono Command Administrative Office

“Reading is important because, as the idiom says, it’s fundamental to everything we do. There’s no profession, no career, no hobby that you can do without, at some point, reading something if you want to be the best at it.” Phillip Watson Marine Corps Institute

Photos by Shawn Miller

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“Reading is important because it covers all aspects of learning. You’re not going to be able to understand technical stuff if you can’t read it, and reading is great because the sooner you start that, it gets the brain developing. It correlates and translates into somebody’s ability to speak and communicate their ideas.” Cmdr. James Wais CNIC Washington

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This Week in Naval History March 13

1895 - Award of first submarine building contract to John P. Holland Torpedo Boat Co. 1917 - Armed merchant ships authorized to take action against U-boats. 1959 - Naval Research Laboratory takes first ultraviolet pictures of sun. 1963 - USS Albany (CG-10) and aircraft from Navy Airborne Early Warning Squadron Four from Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico aid five ill crewmembers of Norwegian freighter Jotunfjell.

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1863 - RADM Farragut’s squadron of 7 ships forces way up Mississippi River to support Union troops at Vicksburg and Baton Rouge 1929 - NAS Pensacola aircraft make 113 flights for flood rescue and relief

2003 - Operation Iraqi Freedom begins with Tomahawk strikes from Navy ships and submarines.

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1943 - Numbered fleet system established

Raising the Colors

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Pedro A. Rodriguez

Sailors assigned to the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard conduct a flag raising mission at the main mast aboard Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, March 6. The Navy Ceremonial Guard’s primary mission is to represent the service in Presidential, Joint Armed Forces, Navy, and public ceremonies in and around the nation’s capital.

1947 - Ensign John W. Lee becomes first African American officer commissioned in regular Navy. He was assigned to USS Kearsage. 1957 - Airship ZPG-2 lands NAS Key West after 11 day non-stop flight across the Atlantic 1966 - Establishment of River Squadron Five in Vietnam

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1911 - Hulk of USS Maine sunk at sea in deep water with full military honors. 1945 - Iwo Jima declared secure. 1966 - Launch of Gemini 8. Former naval aviator Neil Armstrong flew on this mission which completed 7 orbits in 10 hours and 41 minutes at an altitude of 161.3 nautical miles. Recovery was by USS Leonard F. Mason (DD-852).

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1898 - USS Holland, first practical submarine, launched 1942 - United States Naval Forces Europe established to plan joint operations with British

1958 - Navy Vanguard rocket launches 3.25 pound sphere from Cape Canaveral 1959 - USS Skate (SSN-578) surfaces at North Pole

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1945 - Carriers begin 3 month Okinawa Campaign by destroying aircraft on Kyushu, Japan 1974 - Navy sent to sweep mines from Suez Canal

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1898 - USS Oregon departs San Francisco for 14,000 mile trip around South America to join U.S. Squadron off Cuba 1917 - Navy Department authorizes enrollment of women in Naval Reserve with ratings of yeoman, radio electrician, or other essential ratings. 1942 - SecNav gave Civil Engineering Corps command of Seabees 2003 - Operation Iraqi Freedom begins with Tomahawk strikes from Navy ships and submarines.

Pax Preps Students for Workforce with Mock Interviews By Donna Cipolloni Tester staff writer Volunteers from across Naval Air Station Patuxent River conducted mock job interviews, Feb. 26, with St. Mary’s County high school students enrolled in programs at the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center in Leonardtown. While the center prepares students to be college and career ready through a varied number of professional, technical and vocational program offerings, it also recognizes that important initial hurdle necessary to secure any position in any field — the job interview. “We’re preparing these students for the world of work, but unless we teach them interview skills, that preparation is wasted,” said fair coordinator Ann Johnson, college and career readiness/vocational evaluator. “They need to learn how to properly talk with adults and how to sell their skills and themselves.” Interviews were 15 minutes in duration, followed by five minutes of instant feedback to the students about their soft skills — handshake, eye contact, posture, grammar, use of professional terminology, how well they answered questions asked, and did they seem confident. All dressed to impress, 500 students signed up to speak with one or more of nearly 45 mock interviewers from a variety of professions from Pax River and the community. Representing engineering was Justin Berrier, an aerospace engineer with Naval Air System’s Command’s Propulsion and Power Department (NAVAIR 4.4). “They have a lot more skills than I had [at their age],” said Berrier, who is only about six years older than the students he was interviewing. “What they’re being given today is very valuable and I wish I had it when I was younger.” The advice Berrier offered to the future engineers he spoke with was not to dismiss the importance of the classics in education. “Such a logical student body may sometimes forget it, but [literature, history, philosophy] and the arts are important because they help you understand where things

U.S. Navy photo by Donna Cipolloni

Sharmella Riggs, P-8A aircraft systems acquisition manager at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, conducts a mock job interview with Chopticon High School senior Shannon Aspinall during the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center Interview Fair, Feb. 26. Riggs said the students she spoke with were attentive, provided clear and concise responses and presented themselves in a professional manner. come from and foster creativity; they provide a well-rounded education that will also benefit them in their engineering career.” Student Zach Fischer, a senior in Engineering II with an interest in industrial design, said the most difficult question he was asked was what he would do if he were presented with an individual task — how would he go about it and what resources would he use to complete the task. “I also learned that broadening my idea of what I want to do will open me up to more experiences and could lead to more opportunities,” he said. Although enrolled in horticulture, junior Carrie Lockhart interviewed with someone in the graphics communications field because that also interests her. “I take photos and like to edit them,” she said. “I’m self-taught and I wanted to see if the skills I have now are worth anything. I also interviewed in computer networking. It was very informative to learn what an interview would be like; it was very helpful to me.”

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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.


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, 571256-8674. Remember, great Helmsmen say, “Yes!” To learn more about Helmsmen Toastmasters, visit

Pre-Separation Briefings

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.

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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . If you have specific questions, please direct your questions to me or the Medical Readiness Department Leading Petty Officer, HM2 Matteson, Althea, , 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

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


NDW Chief of Staff Retires

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. Follow us on Twitter @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 -

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. or 703-614-7160) or Elizabeth Femrite (elizabeth.m.femrite. or 571-256-8674). More information can be found at the Helmsmen Toastmasters website,

NAVY 311

“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 or visit

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@ or visit

PAX Clinical Counseling Services

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

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, , office 202-433-6713

U.S. Navy photos by Lt. Cmdr. Jim Remington

Navy Capt. Richard W. Kitchens, Naval District Washington (NDW) chief of staff since 2012, retired in a ceremony at Joint Base AnacostiaBolling (JBAB) March 7, 2014, surrounded by members of the Navy’s Ceremonial Guard and Navy Band; military and civilian members and well-wishers. Vice Adm. William D. French, Commander, Navy Installations Command, awarded Kitchens the Legion of Merit on occasion of the retirement. Kitchens joined the Navy in 1983 and has served in various duty assignments in submarines, afloat and ashore. JBAB commander, Navy Capt. Anthony T. Calandra, will assume the role as NDW chief of staff, following his change of command ceremony on March 20, 2014 on the Air Force Ceremonial Lawn at JBAB.



LITERACY Continued from 1

One of the students encircling Webber as she read declared that he wished to be president one day. “You have to stay in school, read a lot of books, and you’ll get there,” Webber told the students. “You just have to work hard for it.” Beyond motivating kids to read, the NEA encourages parents and caregivers to get involved as a critical piece to classroom foundations. In a reading literacy study by the National Center for Education Statistics and U.S. Department of Education, research showed a 28-point increase in comprehension levels over the national average for fourth grade when parents

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take are more actively involved in the learning process. Webber said she never had the opportunity to take part in such an event as a child, so she looked forward to volunteering her time when she heard about the upcoming event. Tyler Elementary is a school focused on small group literacy, Brunson explained, so Read Across America and similar celebrations are important in continuing the motivation to pick up a book. “We just capitalize on that to continue to expose our kids to reading opportunities,” he said. To learn more about Read Across America or find reading resources, visit For more news, information and photos from around NDW, visit Photo by Shawn Miller

Rear Adm. Mark Rich, commandant, Naval District Washington, reads Dr. Seuss’ classic “Green Eggs and Ham” to students at Tyler Elementary School in Washington, D.C., during a Read Across America event in commemoration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Read Across America is a campaign by the National Education Association promoting reading and childhood literacy.

Photo by Shawn Miller

Religious Programs Specialist Seaman Dawaylon Farr, U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard, visits a class in Tyler Elementary School in Washington, D.C. dressed as Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat during a Read Across America Event commemorating Seuss’ birthday. Thirty Sailors from Naval District Washington volunteered for the event, which is sponsored by the National Education Association to promote childhood literacy and education.

Photo by Shawn Miller

Cryptologic Collection Technician 1st Class Angel Rodriguez, Navy Information Operations Command Maryland, helps students with artwork commemorating Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America at Tyler Elementary School in Washington, D.C. Rodriguez and more than 20 other Sailors from Naval District Washington volunteered to read and participate in activities with the students.

Photo by Shawn Miller

Photo by Shawn Miller

Olivia Hunter, Naval District Washington (NDW) Community Service Program Manager, right, waves to students at Tyler Elementary School in Washington, D.C. during a Read Across America event in commemoration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Rear Adm. Mark Rich, commandant, NDW, read “Green Eggs and Ham” to the students, and volunteer Sailors also read to students and participated in activities in each class.

A U.S. Navy Color Guard opens a Read Across America ceremony at Tyler Elementary School in Washington, D.C., in commemoration of Dr. Suess’ birthday. Rear Adm. Mark Rich, commandant, Naval District Washington, read “Green Eggs and Ham” to the students, and Sailors volunteering for the event later visited each classroom for reading and activities. Read Across America is a campaign by the National Education Association promoting reading and childhood literacy.

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Commander, Navy Installations Command Visits NSA South Potomac Facilities By Andrew Revelos The Commander of Navy Installations Command visited Naval Support Facilities Dahlgren and Indian Head on Feb. 21 to interface with the employees and service members who serve the nation’s Fleet, Navy families and warfighters. Vice Adm. William French visited several facilities on the installations and met with Naval Support Activity South Potomac leadership. Before the tour was underway, however, French officiated a reenlistment ceremony for Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical) Chief Petty Officer Terence Rambeau in Dahlgren. Another highlight of the visit was at midday, when French enjoyed lunch with Sailors based at Indian Head. “First of all, it was great to eat with some of our outstanding young Sailors and reenlist GSMC Terence Rambeau - that was a privilege and a great way to kick off the visit,” said French. “I’m glad to be here, and to have the opportunity to see first-hand the tremendous work being done.” French was impressed with the critical support that the commands and activities based at NSFs Dahlgren and Indian Head provide to the Fleet. “Both of these installations are steeped in history and remain vitally important to our Navy in terms of ordnance disposal, scientific research, educating our people, and developing integrated warfare systems,” he said. “These bases are right in my back yard, and it would be great to come more often. I’ve also enjoyed interacting with your leadership here - the base looks great, but there are plenty of challenges ahead and ways to deliver even better service to our Sailors and their families.” Of course, the budget challenges of the last few years have affected all aspects of the military, including Navy shore installations. “I think the primary challenge we face today is the incredibly dynamic fiscal environment we’ve been seeing,” said French. “Our country’s military priorities are changing which means the Navy and CNIC are reprioritizing how we spend our money. But, it’s a good challenge to have, because it forces us to find new and innovative ways to ensure we continue our mission of supporting the fleet, fighter and family - which goes hand-in-hand with the [Chief of Naval Operations’] Sailing Directions.” French zeroed in on energy conservation as one way shore installations can improve their fiscal outlook. “In addition to prioritizing how resources are spent, we have to also examine areas in which we can exert some control on expenditures,” he said. “Energy bills are the single largest cost for Navy installations. So, part of our challenge is to educate our workforce on the impact of conserving energy and how savings from that conservation can be redirected back to the fleet. Bottom line is that the energy bill is one we have to pay, no matter what, and the higher it is, the more we take away from those people conducting training and operations. So, turning off lights, computers, you name it - that all has a direct impact on operations.” Budgetary stress or not, sexual assault prevention and response is another aspect of installation management that must

evolve. “We continue our efforts to stamp out sexual assaults from our Navy,” said French. “We are all working hard - from headquarters personnel to installation commanders to local base victim advocates-to take on the challenge of ensuring sexual assaults are reported, victims are taken care of and offenders are prosecuted accordingly. Sexual assaults threaten our mission readiness and must be eradicated.” Shore installations will also continue to operationalize support for the Navy’s diverse missions. “Our bases have always been vital in supporting the Fleet,” said French. “We manage port and air operations for one - from the wireless pier initiative, to tug boats, air traffic controllers, pier and airfield maintainers, all that goes to supporting operations every day, so our Sailors and aviators can train, prepare for and participate in deployments around the world. “Our security forces are currently participating in Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2014 and their efforts in planning, coordination and execution is a testament to how important we view protecting Sailors, civilians, families and contractors so they can feel safe and secure while doing their jobs on base,” French continued. “Also, we’re working on more robust training for our fire and emergency services so they can be better prepared to assist ships should an in-port fire occur. Aside from direct support for operations, I think it’s important to stress the impact our other services have on the morale and well-being of our Sailors. Services like child and youth care, MWR, fitness, libraries, galleys, Navy Gateway Inns and Suites, the list goes on. These services provide the essential ingredients for making our Sailors and their families healthy, both physically and mentally, so that together, we can accomplish the CNIC and Navy mission.” Regionalization is one way CNIC is maintaining its operational focus, while also controlling costs. “Regions have proven to be an effective way to manage our installations - especially on the global enterprise level,” said French. “We’ve had some learning experiences since CNIC stood up in 2003 and we’ve consolidated some regions, fine-tuned our practices and now we’re seeing some big dividends. The regionalization model has enabled us to align our efforts and serve all our stakeholders and customers within the fleet more efficiently and effectively.” Those changes, however, are not always easy for ground-level employees and Sailors to implement. French thanked the CNIC workforce and offered them words of encouragement as they strive to accomplish their mission in a time of fiscal stress and organizational change. “There are a lot of changes happening at the national level, and those are changes are filtering down across [the Department of Defense],” he said. “I can’t predict what the future will hold, but I can say that our biggest priorities - service to the Fleet, Fighter and Family - will always be on the forefront of my mind. Stay adaptable, agile, continue to look for ways to help save money, reduce waste, and increase efficiencies. Thank you for all you do every day to support our customers - the Fleet, families and the warfighters.”

U.S. Navy photo by Andrew Revelos

Vice Adm. William French, left, Commander, Navy Installations Command, meets with Capt. Pete Nette, center, commanding officer of Naval Support Activity South Potomac, and NSASP Command Master Chief Petty Officer Jim Honea, right, during French’s visit to Naval Support Facilities Dahlgren and Indian Head on Feb. 21.

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Continued from 1 ily in a negative way. As a single IEM for the base, time becomes a precious commodity for him as he deals with daily challenges; and he likens culture change to changing the course of an aircraft carrier. “Organizational culture is no different,” he said. “It takes time for changes to permeate throughout installation personnel.” Not so long ago, energy managers relied on manually reading meters on location and conducting spot checks on facilities to ensure proper energy and water consumption. As AMIs and other data controls become more widespread and smart grid prototypes gain momentum, that information can be tracked, stored and controlled faster and more effectively. The integrated technology platforms and retro-commissioning teams that we deploy across NDW enable us to col-

Waterline lect and analyze data to support energy information initiatives, said Lt. Cmdr. Keith Benson, NDW energy director. However, it is truly the dedicated work of all installation energy teams to lead from the front in processing installation energy information with all supported commanders to effectively meet all Secretary of the Navy energy goals, he added. “We empower installation energy teams to make a difference and NSA Annapolis continues to demonstrate why they are the Navy’s Energy Showcase,” Benson said. “The underlying notion here is still energy leadership. We can collect and analyze data from advanced meters and other ongoing energy information initiatives, but if there is no installation leadership or command priority for energy, then we’re at a loss.” At NSA Annapolis, Capt. Scott Bernotas, public works officer, and his team developed the FURC—the Facility Utility Report Card—a monthly visual report card that ranks the top 20 energy users and provides trending data and audit

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information to the installation commanding officer, senior leadership and installation tenants. Partyka said he hopes to launch capstone projects such as an energy competition between service academies, much like the Commander-in-Chief’s Cup for football, but with the intrinsic value tied to energy. While IEMs and commanders are taking the main role in achieving the goals in the Energy Policy Statement, every person can make a difference both at work and at home, Benson noted. “There is an expectation that everyone is an energy leader, and everyone contributes to the energy program’s success,” he said. For Partyka, the power of empirical information collection and dissemination is in building long-term trust with tenants and users working together toward a better and more sustainable future while accomplishing the mission. “The long term strategy here is to be a beacon of holistic sustainability for the rest of the Navy and DoD,” said Partyka.

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which would affect us. This would probably cost us a couple thousand dollars a year in lost benefits.” According to DeCA, a family of four shopping regularly at a commissary can currently save more than $4,500 on their yearly grocery costs. A service member shopping regularly can cut more than $1,553 a year off their budgets. Richard McKinney of Alexandria mentioned that his wife is a weekly commissary shopper. He understands that lower commissary subsidies could lead to higher grocery bills, but he noted that a little belt tightening is needed by all who live under the DoD umbrella. “I haven’t heard how much prices might be raised, but I think we all have to do our part,” McKinney said. “People who blindly say that there should be no cuts to any benefits anywhere need to step back and say ‘if not here, then where?’ This is still a benefit. This is still a great convenience over what you see in the private market.” Commissary regular Army Lt. Trisha Lawrence of the National Guard Bureau believes that base shopping will always be the best deal, regardless of any subsidy decreases. “I believe it will still be more affordable than shopping off post,” she said. The global commissary system operates 247 commissaries worldwide and employs close to 18,000 people. In late February, Defense secretary Hagel clearly noted that no commissaries are scheduled to close.

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Perhaps the most surprised student of the day was junior Hunter Pulliam who, after his interview, learned he is in the running for a potential internship with a contract company that provides project support services at Webster Outlying Field. “Hunter already has training in AutoCAD and SolidWorks and was as strong as many of the college candidates we see for internships,” explained mock interviewer Vince McKeown. “I took his résumé back to my division director and we’re going to see what we can work out.” Sailors participated as well, with Air Boatswain’s Mate Handler 3rd Class Cole Steyer interviewing for Computer Science and Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Jeffrey Anello interviewing for Criminal Justice; and both were also able to answer questions a few of the students had about the Navy. The Forrest Career and Technology Center offers 24 educational programs — from carpentry to health professions to aviation technology — and most end in students acquiring certifications or earning college credits. “At the end of their program, our students walk away with skills they can put on a résumé,” Johnson said. “My job is to raise awareness and let people know about them. I want to foster more internships by starting a pipeline for businesses to realize what we have here.” For more information about the center and descriptions of its programs, visit and click on Our Schools/High Schools/Career and Tech Center. For information related to student internships, contact Johnson at 301-475-0242, ext. 28137, or


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MCPON Testifies Before Congress on Quality of Life By Chief Mass Communication Specialist Jackey Smith Office of the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON)(AW/ NAC) Michael Stevens testified before Congress, Feb. 26. Stevens appeared before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies. Stevens, along with the enlisted leaders from the Marine Corps, Army, and Air Force, discussed the current status of their respective military branches, focusing specifically on quality-of-life programs and initiatives. Stevens discussed the Navy’s current operational tempo and told the subcommittee that approximately 50 percent of the Navy’s ships are underway or deployed globally on any given day. “The caliber of Sailors that join the fleet today are educated, perceptive, and eager to embrace the challenges that lie ahead,” said Stevens. “Today’s Sailor, overall, has a high quality of life; however, our Sailors also carry a burden of uncertainty when it comes to potential pay and compensation changes, family program services, and predictability with respect to deployment lengths.” Stevens acknowledged that Sailors are working to prepare for future economic and fiscal challenges. He assured that they will rise to meet the challenges and noted that their mental and physical welfare should not become a casualty of budgetary uncertainty. “It is critical in today’s fiscal environment, that we protect programs and services which promote a thriving and healthy family unit,” he said. Representatives asked about programs and initiatives which promote family unity and strong bonds. “Family readiness is an extremely important part of mission readiness,” said Stevens. He explained the resources available from Fleet and Family Support programs and also talked about the Ombudsman program. “We have extended resources to our Navy families, providing Sailors with the reassurance that their families are being supported.” Recruiting, retention, commissaries, family and single Sailor housing, and programs related to family unity were among the topics addressed at the hearing. Stevens responded to several questions from representatives about budget cuts. “Sailors understand that a budgetary reformation is fast-approaching, and we are working hard to implement policies that will meet end strength controls and planned budget execution,” said Stevens. “I believe it’s vital that the Navy is provided with adequate force capacity to support mission demands and ensure reasonable deployment lengths are sustainable.” Other topics of discussion included initiatives and programs for spouse employment, transition programs, and mental or physical identifiers regarding suicides. Stevens highlighted the importance of predictability with regard to deployments. “Our Sailors and their families understand that deployments are a part of Navy life; however, it is imperative that we never underestimate their sacrifices.” Stevens noted some of the main factors in determining how long many Sailors will serve. “Our Sailors and families stay in the Navy because they believe and trust that you and I have their best interest at

heart.” said Stevens. “This trust is fundamentally parallel with our core values of honor, courage, and commitment. This trust is priceless. This trust puts in place the greatest weapon’s system we can provide our Sailors and that weapon’s system is called “unit morale.” Stevens reaffirmed the Navy’s commitment to family and mission readiness. “Both CNO and I understand that nothing comes second to combat readiness and we are committed to preserving our people and our fleet programs to the fullest extent possible,” said Stevens. “In over 30 years of service, I have watched these amazing men and women serve and ensure the freedom and security of our nation,” said Stevens. “As I navigate through the various commands and units of our force, I am always inspired by their overwhelming work ethic and dedication and I am honored to serve with and represent these amazing men and women - your Sailors.”

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U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Martin L. Carey

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens testifies before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veteran Affairs, Feb 26. Stevens talked about Sailors’ quality of life and answered questions from the committee.



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Earth Day Volunteers Needed Calling All Volunteers! WHAT: Earth Day (Potomac River Water Clean-Up) WHEN: April 5, 2014 Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. WHERE: Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling 928 Arnold Ave, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, DC Point of Contact: NDW Regional Community Service Program Phone Number: 202-433-6854 WHO: Individuals that are able to gain entrance to the installation should use the online registration form at Volunteers are needed to clean up the Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling shoreline. The clean-up will be followed by the Earth Day Celebration at the Slip Inn, featuring a Chili Cook-off, blessing of the Marina Fleet, children’s activities and prizes. This is a great opportunity for anyone needing to earn community service hours. Children 12 and under must be accompany by an adult.


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