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Vol. XXX No.12

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NEWS AND INFORMATION FOR THE NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION

Cognitive Energy Management System: Lights on When You Need Them By Patrick Gordon NDW Waterline writer

Energy management is a prime concern to today’s Navy. By monitoring and using energy wisely, the Navy can move toward “going green,” and save money in the process. Naval District Washington (NDW) is demonstrating its initiative in energy management with its testing of the Cognitive Energy Management System (CEMS) in Building 101 of the Washington U.S. Navy photo by Patrick Gordon Navy Yard. CEMS is an NDW sponsored Jeff Johnson, Naval District Washington chief information oftechnology demonstration deficer, explains componenets of the Smart Grid Pilot Program, including an energy guard panel similar to the one being tested signed to evaluate the effectivein Building 101 of the Washington Navy Yard. The energy control ness of intelligent occupancypanel is a component of the Cognitive Energy Management Sys- based building automation strattem that the region is testing to optimize energy usage. egies to achieve energy savings.

CEMS will manage building lighting and environmental conditioning systems based on the presence or absence of building occupants to optimize energy usage. “This is part of our overall Smart Grid Pilot Program, and we’re looking for innovative projects like CEMS that can yield a reasonable return on investment,” said Jeff Johnson, NDW chief information officer. “Any technology investment that we can make to reduce our overall energy consumption is part of our strategy.” CEMS works by leveraging existing industrial control system and access control capabilities to automate the control of energyconsuming building infrastructures such as lighting, heating, cooling, and other services based

on occupancy. Simply put, CEMS will know how to regulate energy based on how many people are inside Building 101 at any given time. This optimizes energy usage throughout the day by ensuring that energy is not wasted when personnel are not in the building. Personnel working in Building 101 can expect a few changes as a result of the CEMS testing later this year. An access card swipe will be required to enter the building by tenants and visitors at all times. This will enable CEMS to activate building lighting as well as environmental control systems based

See CEMS, Page 7

Naval District Washington Celebrates Women’s History Month By Patrick Gordon NDW Waterline writer Throughout Naval District Washington (NDW) commands have been celebrating Women’s History Month during the month of March. The recognition of Women’s History Month is especially important to the Navy, which has a proud history of females serving in its ranks. “Some would ask why the service of women in to our country, including the military, is so considerable, and the answer is because it hasn’t always been that way,” said Dr. Regina Akers, historian with the Naval History and Heritage Command. “So Women’s History Month is important, and you’ll know why it is when we no longer see the need to have it.” The Navy began recruiting women to serve in the Navy Nurse Corps in 1908, but began recruiting them for enlisted rates at the beginning of America’s involvement in World War I. These female Sailors were known as Yeoman (F), or “Yeomanettes,” and most of

the 11,000 who served worked in Washington, D.C., as draftsmen, interpreters, couriers and translators. Later in the war, the Navy enlisted 24 African-American women who worked in the Navy Department building. After the First World War, Nurses remained the only women in the Navy until 1942. During World War II, women were again asked to answer the nation’s call when President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized the creation of the Army, Navy and Coast Guard women’s auxiliary/reserves; women who served in the Navy during this time served as “Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service,” or WAVES. By the end of the Second World War, 85,000 WAVES served as air traffic controllers, artists, bakers, couriers, cryptologists, draftsmen, hospital corpsmen, lawyers, meteorologists, and translators at naval shore establishments across the nation and overseas. Additionally, 11,000 Navy nurses treated patients in 12 hospital ships, on planes evacuating pa-

tients from combat zones, and at stateside and overseas hospitals. Women would find their place in the armed services cemented in 1948 when President Harry Truman signed the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act granting women permanent regular and reserve status in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and the newly created Air Force. Women would continue to serve in the armed forces of the United States, and in doing so would break barriers time and again. Lt. j.g. Barbara Ann (Allen) Rainey earned her wings in 1974 and became the first female naval aviator. 1976 would see the first class to accept female Midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy. Lt. Cmdr. Darlene Iskra became the first woman to command a commissioned naval ship, USS Opportune (ARS-41) in 1990. Space would serve as the next frontier for female Sailors. In 1992, Navy Capt. Wendy Lawrence, a 1981 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, began astronaut train-

See Women’s History, Page 10

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Photo courtesy of the U.S. Naval Academy

Capt. Sunita Williams, U.S. Naval Academy class of 1987, shakes hands with midshipmen at the Women’s History Month Tea for first class midshipmen at the Naval Academy’s Buchanan House March 20. Commands throughout Naval District Washington have been honoring the service of women in the Navy all month with a variety of events throughout the region.

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Law Careers Available for Qualified DON Officers

By Ensign Jesse Boyette Naval Education and Training Command Public Affairs

The Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) announced the requirements for the fiscal year 2014 (FY14) Law Education Program (LEP) March 21. Detailed in Naval Administration Message (NAVADMIN) 066/13, applicants to the Law Education Program must be Department of the Navy (DON) junior-grade officers (0-1 to 0-3) who have passed the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and have applied to at least one law school. Applicants must have from two to six years of active duty service. Once admitted into LEP, officers attend one of their accepting, approved civilian law schools. After

graduating law school and passing one of the state bar examinations, they attend the Naval Justice School in Newport, R.I., before embarking on their first assignments as Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps officers. “This is a terrific program for the JAG Corps and the Navy,” said Vice Adm. Nan DeRenzi, Judge Advocate General of the Navy. “It allows a line officer to attend law school and become a judge advocate. That officer then brings valuable leadership, military knowledge, and fleet experience to our legal practice and the support we provide to our clients.” According to JAG Corps Accessions Detailer Lt. Cmdr. Elizabeth Rosso, comprehension of the complex naval structure is not the only strength LEP JAG officers possess. “By entering the JAG Corps

through the Law Education Program, JAG officers are uniquely positioned to assume leadership roles early on, because of their previous leadership experience in other naval communities,” said Rosso. Lt. Adam Yost, Legal Assistance department head of the Region Legal Service Office Southeast aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., entered the JAG Corps via LEP. After beginning his naval career as a Surface Warfare Officer (SWO), he developed an interest in becoming a lawyer. Discovering LEP, he found it to be the most beneficial option for entering the JAG Corps. “The LEP completely financed my transition to becoming a lawyer in the JAG Corps,” said Yost. “It not only provided me a full-tuition scholarship but also paid me my full officer salary while I was earn-

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ing my Juris Doctor degree.” In return for receiving the law school scholarship combined with their regular salary throughout LEP, JAG Corps officers incur a six-year service obligation which commences at graduation from law school. “I give my highest recommen-

dation for LEP to any other officer interested in the legal profession and desiring to continue to serve their country,” added Yost. Since LEP remains a highly selective program, Yost offered advice to potential LEP applicants. “An important part of the selection process for the program is performing well in your current duties,” said Yost. The deadline for applying to the FY-14 Law Education Program Selection Board is Sept. 27. For additional details about the FY14 LEP, see NAVADMIN 066/13, SECNAVINST 1520.7F or visit http://www.jag.navy.mil/careers/ careers/opportunities_lep.html.> For more news from Naval Education and Training Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/cnet/.

Around the Yard March is Women’s History Month. What women have made an impact on you?

My mother. She was a single mother, raising two children, and always stayed motivated to be the best in everything she did. Seaman Anthony Hively U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard Washington, D.C.

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I would have to say my mother, of course, due to her leadership by example. Matt Mason 0-8 Washington Navy Yard

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This week in Navy History March 28

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1800 - Essex becomes first U.S. Navy vessel to pass Cape of Good Hope, South Africa. 1814 - HMS Phoebe and Cherub capture USS Essex off Valparaiso, Chile. Before capture, Essex had captured 24 British prizes during the War of 1812. 1848 - USS Supply reaches the Bay of Acre, anchoring under Mount Carmel near the village of Haifa, Israel, during expedition to explore the Dead Sea and the River Jordan.

1854 - Commodore Matthew Perry negotiates Treaty of Kanagawa to open trade between U.S. and Japan. 1971 - Poseidon (C-3) missile becomes operational when USS James Madison (SSBN-627) began her third patrol carrying 16 tactical Poseidon missiles. 1992 - USS Missouri (BB-63), the last active American battleship, is decommissioned.

1781 - Frigate Alliance captures two British privateers, Mars and Minerva. 1827 - First Naval Hospital construction begins at Portsmouth, Va. 1947 - U.N. places former Japanese mandated islands under U.S. trusteeship. 1951 - First Navy use of jet aircraft as a bomber, launched from a carrier, USS Princeton (CV-37). 1960 - USS Glacier (AGB-4) begins 12 days of relief operations, providing helicopter and boat transportation and emergency supplies to residents of Paramaribo, Suriname, after floods.

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Photo courtesy of Naval History and Heritage Command.

Chief Quartermaster R.C. Mehrtens in USS Olympia’s (C-6) pilothouse, circa September, 1899. Mehrtens was an early chief in the U.S. Navy. Navy General Order 409 of Feb. 25, 1893, established the rate of Chief Petty Officer as of April 1, 1893.

1954 - Carrier aircraft begin reconnaissance near Dien Bien Phu, Indochina. 1960 - Launch of first fully integrated Fleet Ballistic Missile from USS Observation Island (T-AGM-23). 1973 - Naval Advisory Group and Naval forces, Vietnam, disestablished and last U.S. prisoners of war leave Vietnam. 1975 - Evacuation of Danang, Vietnam, by sea began.

March 30 1944 - First use of torpedo squadrons from carriers to drop aerial mines, Palau Harbor. 1972 - Easter Offensive begins in Vietnam.

Navy Releases PRT Demo Videos

April 1 1893 - Navy General Order 409 of Feb. 25, 1893, establishes the rate of Chief Petty Officer as of this date. 1917 - Boatswain’s Mate First Class John I. Eopolucci, a Naval Armed Guard on board the steamship Aztec, dies when the vessel is sunk by a German U-boat. He was the first U.S. Navy sailor killed in action in World War I. 1942 - First Naval Air Transportation Service (NATS) squadron for Pacific operations commissioned. 1945 - Over 1,200 Navy ships and Army troops begin invasion of Okinawa. 1966 - The command U.S. Naval Forces Vietnam is established. 1967 - Helicopter squadron HAL 3 activated at Vung Tau, Vietnam.

April 3 1797 - Capt. Thomas Truxtun issued first known American signal book using numerary system. 1942 - Adm. Chester Nimitz named Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Ocean Areas, which is a joint command. He also retained his other title, Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Fleet. 1992 - First five coed recruit companies from Orlando, Fla., Naval Training Center graduate.

Navy Completes EMALS Shared Generator Testing

U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Eric Lockwood

Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) begin the run portion of the Navy’s Physical Readiness Test during a Physical Readiness Test (PRT) last year. A series of three instructional videos for the Navy’s physical readiness test were released on navy.mil March 21 to remind Sailors that proper form while performing PRT exercises is an important aspect of the test. By MC2 Alexandra Snyder Defense Media Activity A series of three instructional videos for the Navy’s physical readiness test were released on navy.mil March 21. With just weeks left before the bi-annual Physical Readiness Test, the Navy wants to remind Sailors that proper form while performing PRT exercises is an important aspect of the test. To manage a physical readiness program, the Navy utilizes OPNAVINST 6110.1 (series) to support a fit, fully capable and mission-ready force. To add a visual aid for Sailors to use along with the instruction, Navy Physical Readiness officials have filmed a series of videos demonstrating the proper techniques for both the curl-up and push-up PRT events. The videos also show the common mistakes Sailors make while performing the exercises, and are for both Sailor and command level reference.

“We’re producing these videos for the fleet because there are several inconsistencies with the way members actually perform the [curl-ups] and the pushups,” said Lt. Cmdr. Austin Latour, an exercise physiologist with the Navy Physical Readiness Office. “The purpose is to get this to them so they can actually see the correct method.” The third event, a 1.5 mile run, for which there are currently no instructional videos, can be substituted for swimming, treadmill, stationary bike and elliptical alternatives. To view the proper way to do curl-ups, visit the following link: http://www.navy. mil/viewVideo.asp?id=18233. For proper push-up techniques, see the following video: http://www.navy.mil/ viewVideo.asp?id=18234. For support with sustained healthy living, the Navy also has online guides to fitness, nutrition and injury prevention available on the NPC Web site at www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc. For more news, visit www.navy.mil.

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The Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) motor generator stores energy in the inertia of its rotor and releases that energy upon initiation of the aircraft launch onboard carriers. EMALS completed shared generator testing at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. EMALS is replacing the current steam catapult system on aircraft carriers, beginning with the Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). By Kristine Wilcox Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment (PMA-251) Communications Support The Navy’s future carrier aircraft launch system concluded a unique test event March 14, earlier than planned. The Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment Program Office (PMA-251)’s Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) from NAS Patuxent River completed shared generator testing at Joint Base McGuire-DixLakehurst, N.J. EMALS is replacing the current steam catapult system on aircraft carriers, beginning with the Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).

“It is important that we ensure proper sharing and operation of the generators at the land-based facility prior to testing the full four-catapult system onboard CVN 78, reducing risk to the ship,” said George Sulich, EMALS integrated team lead. With EMALS, the aircraft is attached to a shuttle that is propelled down the length of the catapult track by an electromagnetic field produced by the linear motors. The motor generator stores the system’s energy in the inertia of its rotor and releases that energy upon initiation of the aircraft launch.

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NSA Washington-JBAB Fleet Family and Fun 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.

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).

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 elizabeth.m.femrite.civ@mail.mil, 571256-8674. Remember, great Helmsmen say, “Yes!” To learn more about Helmsmen Toastmasters, visit http://helmsmen.toastmastersclubs.org

DEPLOYMENT READINESS/ FAMILY SERVICES Life Skills Education Provides presentations to help commands meet requirements, as well as en-

hance 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.

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. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 433-3659 FFRP Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 433-4052

Deployment/mobilization/readiness

MWR Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 433-4662

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.

MWR Marketing Department, WNY Bldg. 101. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 433-5912

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.

Regional Child Placement Office, JBAB Bldg. 414. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 433-3055 Family Housing Office, JBAB Bldg. 414 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 433-0346 Liberty Program/Center, JBAB Bldg. 72. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 685-1802 Outdoor Recreation/Equipment Rental, JBAB, Bldg. 928 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 767-9136 Navy Gateway Inns & Suites, JBAB, Bldg. 602 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 404-7050

classes will be relocated to Building 73 on the indoor tennis courts. Two changing rooms will be provided in Building 73. Towel service will be suspended throughout the entire renovations. For further information and updates throughout all phases, please do not hesitate to ask the staff members at the Fitness center. You can also sign-up for email alerts by emailing your full name and email to nsaw.marketing1@gmail.com.

Tax Day Relief Party & Karaoke @ the Pub

Modified March Exercise Schedule

10 days | Oct. 11-20 If you’re looking to savor Peru’s highlands but don’t want to miss its Amazon region, this adventure tops the menu in comfort and style. After taking in your fill of Amazonian wildlife from the comfort of our intimate and exclusive “G Lodge Amazon,” embrace cultures past and present in Cuzco where you’ll have lots of time to explore ruins, museums and markets. Finally, delight in the sweet views of the Sacred Valley from the comfort of your coach as you travel by rail to Machu Picchu. With years of experience, we employ the best local guides, ensuring that you’re free to enjoy the beauty of the region. Trip cost is $3500. For more information and full terms, please visit go.gadventures.com/MWRPeruExperience2013.

Monday 10:45 - 11:30 a.m. - Pilates 11:40 a.m. - 12:25 p.m. - Cardio Conditioning

Fitness Center Renovations - Phase 1 Begins March 1 | WNY Fitness Center Phase 1 will include renovations to the 2nd and 3rd floors. The 2nd floor gym area and locker rooms will be closed but the equipment and locker rooms on the 1st floor will be available for use. Racquetball court #2 will also be closed so please coordinate reservations for use of racquetball court #1 at the front desk. The 3rd floor group exercise room will also be closed and

Tuesday 6:30 - 7:15 a.m. - Basic Training Challenge 11:40 a.m. - 12:25 p.m. - Yoga 12:35 - 1:20 p.m. - Cardio Conditioning Wednesday 11 - 11:45 a.m. - Zumba 4:15 - 5 p.m. - Yoga Thursday 10:45 - 11:30 a.m. - Cardio Conditioning 11:40 a.m. - 12:25 p.m. - Boot Camp Friday 11 - 11:45 a.m. - Lean & Mean

April 18 | 4 to 8 p.m. | Mordecai Booth’s Public House Stop by the Pub and relax after turning your taxes in! DJ Scott Entertainment will be there playing great music and you can also do karaoke.

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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.

CSADD Self Defense Seminar

Navy Officials Present Framework on Addressing Budgets Cuts, Furloughs

By Paul Bello Joint Base AnacostiaBolling Public Affairs

U.S. Navy photo by Paul Bello

Tom McGuire, executive director for Naval District Washington, discusses pending budget cuts and the possibility of government furloughs during a town hall meeting at the Bolling Club March 20. their attention to reshaping the overall region and began downsizing by voluntary means rather than involuntary. “Our first step was to reduce management overhead. Once that was accomplished, we began to reduce overtime,” McGuire said. “We made a lot of progress there, as it was discovered that NDW was spending nearly seven million dollars in overtime. That number is now two million.” The third step was regionalizing some NDW functions - not its employees. Examples were fire, emergency communication

Orientation Tour Helps Officers, Nurses Acclimate to Command

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The Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD) Washington Navy Yard Chapter will host a Self Defense Seminar in support of Sexual Assault Awareness Month April 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Fitness Center II, Bldg. 419. Participants will learn basic defense techniques taught by a certified black belt Jiu Jitsu instructor. To sign-up and for more information contact Electricians Mate 2nd Class Scott Jones at scott.a.jones5@navy.mil or 202-685-0277. Deadline for registration is April 3.

A heavy contingent of employees from Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) turned out in force March 20 for an important town hall meeting at the Bolling Club to hear discussion on the looming Department of Defense (DoD) budget cuts, which include a mandatory reduction in force (RIF), as well as the possibility of government furloughs stemming from sequestration. Tom McGuire, executive director for Naval District Washington (NDW), stated there’s close to a billion dollar shortfall for the Commander, Navy Installation Command (CNIC) come 2014 if government sequestration were to stick. To prepare the NDW workforce for the hard times ahead, McGuire noted that several measures have already been taken to alleviate some of that pressure. While performing their own cost analysis, McGuire and his team found that NDW was spending more money than it actually had in certain areas. As soon as that problem was solved, budget analysts turned

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dispatching and explosive safety. This approach, as McGuire explained, would allow for the core job to get done by using the least amount of resources. This wasn’t the only good news. During a previous visit to JBAB, McGuire said there would be a RIF of about 80 positions to the region. Based on what’s been accomplished so far, in addition to allowing voluntary early retirement authority and voluntary incentive separation payouts (VERA/VISP)

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Nurses and junior officers from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center were one of the last groups to tour the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) in Baltimore, before the ship set sail for its new home port in Norfolk, Va. in February. By Bernard S. Little WRNMMC Journal staff writer To foster professional development and team building, 43 nurses and junior officers from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) were one of the last groups to tour the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) in Baltimore, before the ship set sail for its new home port in Norfolk, Va. The Comfort provides an afloat, mobile, acute surgical medical facility to the U.S. military to support expeditionary warfare. The ship also provides full hospital services to support U.S. disaster relief and humanitarian operations worldwide. Nurses from WRNMMC’s Clinical Nurse Transition Program (CNTP), and members of the Junior Officer Council (JOC) who toured the ship, described it as “a unique and great learning opportunity” to see an environment in which they could one day work. “As a Soldier, it is not often that I get to see how the Navy operates, especially when out to sea,” said 2nd Lt. Melinda Beyerl, a nurse in the CNTP. “I found the tour to be informative and I loved hearing about what life is like while aboard ship, as well as the different missions and capabilities of the USNS Comfort. It was very interesting to me how much individuals are responsible for, especially when the ship is docked.” Army 1st Lt. Rory Walton, of the JOC, agreed. “This vessel has history with the Navy, which is neat for Army folks to see and be a part of. Its recent deployment to Haiti [to provide humanitarian support following the 2010 magnitude 7.0 earthquake], and its ‘always ready’ operating status made it a rare chance to experience a new operating environment and logistics. Seeing a hospital vessel was a great learning opportunity, particularly since many of our officers deal with medicine and hospital care.” Staff and nurses of the 25-week CNTP who participated in the Comfort tour agreed. CNTP is for new nurses with less than six months experience. It focuses on developing their physical assessment skills, providing clinical rotations with assigned preceptors, and monthly didactic seminars with an officer professional development component, explained Army Maj. Janell Pulido, one of two deputy directors for the program. CNTP bridges the nurses’ baccalaureate education and civilian experience with their military nursing practice, added Navy Lt. Maricar Aberin, co-deputy director for CNTP.

“I believe this is an excellent program focused on orienting new graduate registered nurses with minimal clinical experience to the profession of nursing and the U.S. military,” Pulido said. “Our program is structured to provide new nurses with a support system, an integral piece to ensuring their smooth transition as new military nurse corps officers. CNTP also facilitates the development of critical thinking and clinical decision-making skills through clinical experiences, classroom instruction, and other unique learning and officer professional development opportunities.” Ensign Aline Marques, who has been in the Navy five months and will be assigned to WRNMMC’s hematology/oncology unit once she completes CNTP, agreed. “Being in the CNTP has really helped make my transition to the work environment much easier and less stressful,” she said. “It has helped by providing us with clinical experience, classroom lectures and seminars on a variety of topics related to our work environment and to military culture.” “I enjoyed the program because it provided me with a diverse understanding of the different nursing opportunities at the command,” said Ensign Kyle Waite, who recently completed CNTP and works in the post-operative care unit at WRNMMC. 2nd Lt. Tara Connolly said she appreciates going through CNTP, which she completes in June with 13 other new registered nurses, because of the camaraderie. “It provides a level of comfort and support when being new and becoming oriented to a new command.” Connolly, who will be assigned to WRNMMC’s 4 Center ward as a medical surgical nurse working with wounded warriors once she finishes the program, described CNTP as an invaluable experience. “Since I started in December, I have worked on 4 [East] with wounded warriors for four weeks; the medical intensive care unit for a week; 5 [West] hematology/oncology for a week; 3 [Center] telemetry for a week; and 5 [Center] with geriatric and post surgical patients for a week. It is a way to help us be successful nurses.” Beyerl added, “I am very thankful for the CNTP because it has allowed me to simultaneously ease into nursing, yet also jump in with both feet. The outpatient rotations

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Six Months in 1945:FDR, Stalin, Churchill, and Truman-From World Book review War to Cold War

Reviewed by Cmdr. Youssef Aboul-Enein

Six Months in 1945: FDR, Stalin, Churchill, and Truman-From World War to Cold War by Michael Dobbs. Published by Alfred Knopf, 2012. Michael Dobbs is the author of several books on history, and his latest book examines the perhaps most sensitive time of any major conflict - its conclusion. Dobbs discusses the final six months of the Second World War; the personalities, meetings, and disposition of forces would shape what would evolve into the Cold War. The first chapters are a detailed look at the February 1945 Yalta Conference where Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin met to discuss and decide the fate of millions. Borders were redrawn, but also relationships would change, as Roosevelt began to decouple himself from Churchill and attempt to negotiate with Stalin over how post-war Europe would look. Hours were spent discussing the borders of Poland as well as the division of Germany into various allied zones. There are layers and layers of biographical information on the wartime leaders Stalin, Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt (FDR), and

later Harry Truman. Truman would later become locked in a mental duel with Stalin’s generals Zhukov, Konev, the Soviet henchman Laventi Beria, and FDR’s aide Harry Hopkins and his ambassador, Averill Harriman. Dobbs captures how the so-called “Iron Curtain” descending over Eastern Europe first began as an information veil engineered by the Soviets. The book captures Harry Truman’s fears as he assumed the presidency after the death of FDR in April 1945, the same month American and Soviet Forces linked up in Germany. Readers will discover the ways Stalin denied Soviet atrocities from Katyn Forest to the rape of millions of German women. Even American POWs who fell

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were helpful in understanding the patient flow in the hospital. I especially appreciated the day spent at the laboratory. The temporary assignment to an inpatient unit was also very beneficial to me. I spent four weeks on 5 West (hematology/oncology) and had numerous opportunities to learn about central lines, ports, chemotherapy, blood transfusions and IV lines in general. Overall, this is a great program.” CNTP was established by Pulido, CNTP director Cynthia Goldberg, and former codeputy CNTP director Lt. Cmdr. Bridgette Ferguson following the integration of the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center and former National Naval Medical Center in September 2012. CNTP merged the Navy Internship Program and the Brig. Gen. (retired) Anna Mae Hayes Clinical Nurse Transition Program. More than 400 military

into Soviet hands were not immune from abuses. The book ends with Truman attempting to understand the new technology of the atomic bomb, and finally with his decision to drop it August 6, 1945, on Hiroshima, Japan. Dobbs includes many details that shape various parts of the globe from Germany, Poland, and the Baltic States to China, Japan, and Korea. It is told in narrative down to the way conferences were organized and behind the scenes intrigue not only in Yalta, but also Potsdam. Additionally, “Six Months in 1945” analyzes Churchill’s discomfort at FDR visiting Middle Eastern leaders at the Great Bitter Lake in 1945, which the British prime minister considered a sphere of British influence. This is an excellent book for those with a passion for World War II. Editor’s Note: Cmdr. Aboul-Enein is the author of two books on the Middle East. He is publishing a book this fall with his brother on Middle East intelligence operations in World War II. Aboul-Enein teaches parttime at the National Defense University. He wishes to thank Ms. Sara Bannach for her edits that enhanced this book column.

nurses from each of the two military services have completed the programs since they were initially established several years ago, Puildo said. The JOC also supports junior officers across services at WRNMMC, Puildo added. “They support nurses, physicians, other health-care providers and specialties across all services,” she said in explaining their participation in the USNS Comfort tour with the CNTP staff and nurses. “We represent more than 1,200 officers, and our membership is currently growing as we are a new stand-up organization for this joint service base,” Walton added. He said the JOC meets monthly and any officers O-3 and below can become a member and be afforded “a unique opportunity for camaraderie, mentorship and professional development.” For more information about the JOC, contact 1st Lt. Roy Walton at rory.k.walton@ health.mil.

RECP Aims to Reduce Energy Consumption What can residents do further to reduce their home energy consumption? Heating and Air Conditioning (AC) equipment are the major sources of utility usage in the home. AC uses a lot of electricity - as much as 50 percent of the electricity used in housing. When you need to cool your home, setting the AC temperature at 78 degrees and using fans will reduce the A/C usage and keep your homes cool. During days that require heat, set the thermostat at 68 degrees. Residents can also turn off and unplug appliances they are not using.

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during 2012, that number is now down to 40. NDW was also careful about bringing aboard new people and decided to fill whatever positions they had from within. “It was once 80 and that number is still shrinking with several months to fine tune this. We currently have about 40 people who have indicated interest for another VERA/ VISP from around the region,” McGuire said. “Not all will be eligible, but some will. That will chip away at that number of involuntary separations even more.” McGuire mentioned the RIF is driven by budget numbers from the original DoD cuts put in place by President Barack Obama and then Secretary of Defense Robert Gates more than a year ago. It’s in no way related to sequestration. The furloughs, however, are related to sequestration and that is a “unique thing” just for 2013, he said. Wendy Blankenship, regional program director of NDW’s Human Resource Office (HRO), said less than six percent of the total Navy workforce is exempt from a furlough. In NDW, most firefighters are exempt, as are emergency dispatchers and some police. A decision is still pending on childcare professionals, she said. “Furlough days are intermittent and can’t be taken all at once. No one can earn compensatory time during the furlough period and overtime is not permitted,” Blankenship continued. “The use of alternative work schedules is also suspended, as is telework. Though, telework for mission requirements has been left open. That lies with the commanding officer of the joint base.” Blankenship reiterated that employees can’t work on a furlough day. They can’t send emails after work and contractors can’t perform work in their place. “There are many days off from now until September, if furloughs go that long,” Blankenship said. “Proposal letters related to this will be issued to employees beginning March 22.” The furlough period begins April 26 and could run until Sept. 30. Furloughs are not to exceed 176 hours or 22 days. If the furlough period ends early, termination letters stating

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such will be sent out to employees. By law, no one can use personal leave or compensatory time earned as a substitute for a furlough day, Blankenship said. “The most you’ll lose during the furlough period is two full days of leave. This is an administrative furlough. All non-appropriated funds employees are exempt,” she told those in attendance. “It’s important to note there are two holidays during this period Memorial Day and Labor Day. If that’s your furlough day, you will not get paid for the holiday.” One question that came up during the town hall presentation was whether people can have the first Friday off in the pay period and the second Monday off. This approach would allow for a four-day weekend every two weeks. This would be a risk, according to Blankenship, if someone is in a non-pay status the work day before and work day after a holiday. Not only would an employee not get paid for the holiday, but that person would lose three days of pay for that period, she said. “Right now under the continuing resolution, we have to operate with exactly the amount of money that’s in the operations pot to pay salaries,” McGuire said. “If this pending legislation becomes law, we can move money that was initially going towards airplanes, ships, buildings and homes into operating accounts to pay salaries and avoid a furlough.” Felix Patterson, also of NDW’s HRO, said it’s the only region to offer anyone voluntary retirement. It’s also been proactive in implementing hiring restrictions. RIF notices go out June 26 to unions and all affected employees. There is a 60-day minimum notice for the RIF. NDW will also be conducting counseling and start its Priority Placement Program to help employees find new jobs, he said. “We can’t speculate on what will happen with this pending legislation,” said JBAB Base Commander Navy Capt. Anthony T. Calandra. “It’s in our best interest to prepare. In the end, if favorable legislation occurs, we are ahead of the ballgame.” Congressional action on the continuing resolution is still pending. For the latest updates, visit www.facebook.com/jointbase or www.twitter.com/jointbase.


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Operation Magic Brings Laughter to the Washington Navy Yard By MC2 Kiona Miller NDW Public Affairs

More than 130 military service members and civilian personnel gathered at the Washington Navy Yard’s Catering and Conference Center to enjoy a duo comedy and mind reading show performed by The Bornsteins, March 21. The Bornstein’s “Operation Magic” show is an entertainment initiative aimed to provide morale boosting performances for the Armed Forces around the world. “I was in the Army in 1981 stationed over in Germany and the USO sent the cast of Happy Days over to play soft ball with us. I remember thinking ‘How cool would this be if I could do something like this?’” said Jeff Bornstein. “In 2004 I was part of Iraqi Freedom and I went over with a bunch of comics and it hit me. I said, ‘Oh man I’m doing this, wow this is what I want to do,’ and it was really cool, so we put this whole tour together called Operation Magic.” Jeff’s comedy skills and Kimberly’s mind reading abilities kept the crowd entertained with laughter. Some of the highlights included guessing contact information from a cell phone and items inside of a wallet. “It’s about our military and giving back to them. For me it’s the most exciting thing to meet all of these people and hear all of their stories,” said Kimberly Bornstein. “I have sat down with so many wives where their husbands have been deployed and they are just in tears. They are like, ‘You made me not think about the fact that my husband is gone for one hour.’ How exciting is that for me?” Operation Magic is now in its fifth year of entertaining at military installations, and according to Jeff the couple has performed countless shows since its inception. For more information on events happening in region, visit the Naval District Washington Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/NavDistWash. For more information, visit www.navy. mil, www.facebook.com/usnavy, or www. twitter.com/usnavy. For more news from Naval District Washington, visit www.navy.mil/local/ndw/.

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U.S. Navy photos by MC2 Kiona Miller

Culinary Specialist 1st Class Craig Houston, assigned to Naval Support Activity Washington, participates in a mind reading and comedy performance with “Operation: Magic” hosts Jeff and Kimberly Bornstein at the Washington Navy Yard. The “Operation Magic” variety show is an entertainment initiative aimed to provide morale boosting performances for the Armed Forces around the world.

The crowd applauds after a trick by Jeff and Kimberly Bornstein of “Operation Magic”

area associated with the tenant’s work space to maintain appropriate comfort levels. Extensive use of CEMS and other smart energy initiatives are expected to result in a decline in not only energy usage, but public works maintenance man hours as well. According to the Department of Defense’s Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program, NDW’s CEMS program is expected to result in energy savings approaching 35 percent in locations where it is deployed with a return on investment within 5 years. By adding additional intelligence to the enterprise as well as components used to secure the critical infrastructure, CEMS will evolve in such a way

“Operation Magic” hosts Jeff and Kimberly Bornstein warm up the crowd at the Washington Navy Yard

to provide the visibility of real-time building occupancy and the analytics to manage the associated energy. “This test is going to inform us on future projects,” said Johnson. “Once the test is complete, we will look at the results and see what would be a reasonable investment on technologies such as this for future projects in the region.” Testing of the CEMS in Building 101 is expected to last through April, 2013, and CEMS building management is expected to last until April, 2014. This story is part four in a four-part series on the NDW Smart Grid Pilot Program.

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Continued from 3 EMALS consists of six subsystems working together and sharing components to power the four catapults on the ship. The test site has only one catapult so, up to now, the system has had to control only one launcher. After completing the system functional demonstration phase in November 2012, the EMALS team readied the site to replicate a four-catapult ship environment. The testing simulated generator-sharing for mul-

tiple catapults by launching dead-loads, or weighted sleds. “As EMALS successfully completes another test phase, I am confident we are providing the fleet with a reliable and efficient system that will revolutionize the way we launch aircraft from the Navy’s newest class of carriers,” said Capt. Jim Donnelly, PMA-251 program manager. Sulich attributed the team’s ability to team start and finish formal shared testing earlier than planned, to good preparation and coordination. One such preparation, he said, was using a ship repre-

sentative controls lab, located at prime industry partner General Atomics’ facility in Rancho Bernardo, Calif., to conduct extensive modeling and simulation of the fourcatapult system, ensuring the launch controls were set up correctly. “Instead of using the fullscale system at Lakehurst to test the full EMALS software suite, we used the ship-representative controls lab,” Sulich said. “By using the lab before we started formal testing, we were able to groom the software so that during commissioning testing we weren’t really discovering anything new.” EMALS is designed to

expand the operational capability of the Navy’s future carriers to include all current and future carrier air wing platforms - lightweight unmanned to heavy strike fighters. It delivers necessary higher launch energy capacity; substantial improvements in system maintenance; increased reliability and efficiency; and more accurate end-speed control. The system’s technologies allow for a smooth acceleration at both high and low speeds, increasing the carrier’s ability to launch aircraft with less stress on the ship and its systems.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Prescribed Burns Provide Airfield Clear Zone

U.S. Navy photo by Donna Cipolloni

Under the direction of NAVFAC Conservation and Planning Branch at NAS Pax River, certified wildland firefighters light a prescribed burn in the airfield clear zone near the approach to Runway 06, March 15. A drip torch, a can of liquid fuel with a long spout burning lightly at the end, was used to start and spread the carefully controlled fire by dripping a 3-1 oil and gas mixture on the grass at a steady rate. By Donna Cipolloni Tester staff writer

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Twenty-two acres of warm season grasses near the approach to Runway 06, in an area known as the clear zone, were intentionally set ablaze March 15 under the direction of Naval Facilities Engineering Command Conservation and Planning Branch at NAS Patuxent River. The effort, known as a prescribed burn, is the controlled application of fire to accomplish a specific land management goal. “An airfield’s clear zone should not have trees or vegetation above a certain height,” said Jim Swift, natural resources manager. “This area is planted with warm season grasses as an alternative to forest cover and the best way to maintain that grass is through periodic burning.” Swift explained how the grass will grow long throughout the growing season and then die off and lay over in winter. When the weather warms up again, new grass will rise from the old dried clump and the process begins anew. Over several years, however, a layer of thatch builds up and begins to choke out and kill the new grass. “Burning it off periodically allows the grass to continue coming back and also prevents any woody vegetation - trees and shrubs - from growing,” Swift said. “That maintains the clear zone the air operations people require.” In addition to recycling soil nutrients and providing a habitat for wildlife like rabbits and grounddwelling birds such as quail, prescribed burns cost less money than mowing. “It’s actually cheaper to burn every three years than to mow the area annually or put it on a regular mowing

schedule,” Swift said. “Today we’re burning 22 acres, next year we’ll burn another 25 acres, the year after that another 22 acres-for a total of 69 acres-that are burned on a rotational basis.” Prior to the burn, the site was prepared and Sustainable Solutions, the company subcontracted to do the work, provided a detailed fire management plan which covered the burn objectives, necessary weather and fuel conditions, fire techniques, smoke management and other pertinent safety information. A six-member crew, all certified wildland firefighters, conducted the burn. The team-leading Burn Boss made the final decision, on site, to commence the burn after taking into consideration the steady 20 mph blowing winds, among other conditions. “The ground can’t be too wet or too dry,” Swift said. “A couple days of dry weather following a rain is required. That provides enough drying time so the fuels can catch, but there’s still enough moisture in the grass and on the ground so that the fire won’t burn so fast or hot that it’s uncontrollable.” The fire was started slowly, one small area at a time, and the crew vigilantly monitored its progress by running the fireline-a prepared area at the perimeter of the burn site meant to contain the fire-on all-terrain vehicles that held water tanks and hand tools like swatters and fire rakes. “If anything looks like it’s beginning to creep beyond the fireline,” Swift said, “they’ll squirt it and pat it down to put it out. “ The fire lasted a total of three hours before burning itself out, as planned.


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MAR21-02 NSWC Carderock Engineers Release New Software to Analyze Accelerations on High-Speed Boats

By Nicholas Malay NSWC Carderock Public Affairs

Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Carderock engineers released innovative new software that provides the government, industry and academia a standardized method of analyzing data that is expected to improve high-speed craft design. The Standard G software uses a physics-based approach to analyze data recorded during waveimpact testing on watercraft and was developed in partnership with the Office of Naval Research, the U.S. Naval Academy and the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. “Prior to this research, the complex nature of collecting, processing and analyzing [this] data, as well as the subjectivity that existed at various stages of data processing, resulted in numbers generated by government, industry and academic researchers that were not comparable,” said Dr. Timothy Coats, director of research and development, Combatant Craft Division in Virginia Beach, Va. “Achieving consistency in data is critical to improve the overall design of high-speed watercraft re-

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lated to seaworthiness, hull design loads, ruggedness and crew or passenger comfort and safety.” The Standard G software is available to government, industry and academia for use and is compatible with widely used industry software that analyzes other engineering aspects of small boats. More improvements are anticipated in other technical areas including computer simulation validation, wave-slam mitigation, and model-scale to full-scale comparative evaluations. “We are very pleased with the positive feedback we are receiving from academia, private industry, other Navy laboratories, and our international partners,” said Coats. The research was initially funded by ONR and was completed using NSWCCD Naval Innovative Science and Engineering (NISE - 219) funds. NISE provides the DoD science and engineering organizations the capability to develop and transition technology as well as develop the workforce and enhance laboratory facilities and equipment. Research in craft wave slam mitigation is tied to NSWCCD’s Technical Capability (TC) in combatant craft and Marine Corps vehicles. Under this TC, NSWCCD provides boat/craft level integra-

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Naval Special Warfare (NSW) 11-meter Rigid-Hull Inflatable Boat (RIB) during a training exercise conducted by Naval Amphibious Base (NAB) Coronado, San Diego. The airborne launch shown here is not uncommon for such craft. Landings are characterized by highacceleration impacts that may be damaging to structure, mechanical and electrical systems, and people. tion for all naval architecture and marine engineering aspects of boat, craft and vehicle development including vehicles with all types of hull forms and mission requirements from unpowered, towed craft to high speed vehicles with dynamic as well as buoyant

lift. To learn more about the 132 technical capabilities across the NAVSEA Warfare Centers, please visit: http://www.navsea.navy. mil/Organization/WFC_TECHNICAL_CAPABILITIES_%20Rev4%20 FINAL_01June2011.pdf. Located in Virginia Beach, Va.,

the Combatant Craft Division is a detachment of NSWC Carderock and provides the Department of Defense full-spectrum, full lifecycle engineering for combatant craft, boats, watercraft and associated hull, mechanical, electrical and electronic systems.


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ing at the Johnson Space Center and would go on to be the first female Naval Academy graduate in space. As the 20th century ended and the 21st century dawned, women are continuing that groundbreaking spirit in the Navy. Cmdr. Michelle J. Howard was the first African American woman to command a combatant ship, USS Rushmore (LSD-37), in 1999, and by the end of 2010 she had achieved twostar flag rank. 2010 also saw the first group of female officers selected for submarine duty, and in January, 2013, then-Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta lifted the ban on women serving in direct combat roles. “Today’s women are standing on the shoulders of those who came before them,”

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said Akers. “As far as the Navy is concerned, women have done quite a bit just in the first 13 years of this century, and it suggests that they will do that much more in the years ahead.” Naval District Washington has been honoring the service of women in the Navy all month with a variety of events throughout the region. Naval Support Facility Dahlgren celebrated with a ceremony and a “Women in STEM” panel discussion March 13. Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling held a Women’s History Month luncheon March 19. The U.S. Naval Academy invited its personnel to a Women’s History Month Tea event March 20, with special guests astronauts U.S. Navy Capt. Sunita Williams and Aki Hoshde of Japan. And the Naval History and Heritage Command at the Washington Navy Yard hosted an all hands call March 27 featuring a presentation on the contributions of women in the military.


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