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The Waterline

April 17, 2014

Vol. XXXI No.15


April Awareness Campaign Highlights Distracted Driving By Shawn Miller NDW Public Affairs Throughout the rest of the month, Sailors and civilian personnel in Naval District Washington (NDW) are being reminded to set aside cell phones and other distractions while driving, echoing a nationwide campaign by the National Safety Council (NSC) to curb distraction-related car accidents. According to the NSC, distracted driving is now a public health threat that ranks with alcohol and speeding as leading factors behind deaths and serious injuries sustained from vehicle accidents. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) showed 3,328 people killed in distraction-related crashes in 2012 alone. “Distracted driving is anything that takes you away from the task at hand, which is to navigate your vehicle safely from point A to point B,” said Jim Ganz, installation safety director at Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bethesda. The NHTSA describes three different types of distractions while driving: manual, or taking hands off the steering wheel; visual, taking eyes off the road; and cognitive, taking the mind off of driving. Texting has become the key target for safety advocates

because it includes all three types in one act. “What is pernicious especially about texting while you’re driving is that besides driving being an action task, it is a thinking task,” said Ganz. “When you are texting, you are also doing an action and a thinking task, and our brains do not multitask despite what everybody likes to say.” While taking three to four seconds to compose or read a text message at 60 miles per hour, a driver will cover the length of a football field without paying attention to the road. Instead of seemingly performing both tasks at once, the driver’s brain is actually switching from one task to the other, without ever truly “multitasking.” Barbara Vandenberg, NDW regional safety program director, said 65 percent of Washington, D.C. drivers report seeing other drivers using cell phones often, but only 14 percent admit to doing it themselves. People assume they are better drivers than they actually are, Vandenberg said, and the goal of Distracted Driving Awareness Month is to get people to put down devices in their car and just focus on driving. “Hopefully by educating people and

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U.S. Navy photo by Shawn Miller

The National Safety Council (NSC) ranks texting and driving as one of the leading causes of traffic fatalities along with drunk driving and speeding. All motor vehicle operators on Navy installations and operators of government-owned and leased vehicles both on and off installations are prohibited from using handheld devices unless safely parked.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Gains Momentum By Shawn Miller NDW Public Affairs

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kiona Miller

As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), Naval District Washington (NDW) is hosting a variety of events and classes, including self defense courses. The theme for this year’s SAAM initiative is “Live Our Values: Step Up to Stop Sexual Assault,” with a goal of raising awareness about sexual assault and educating personnel about the crime.

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As Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) continues throughout the rest of April, Naval District Washington (NDW) leaders are hoping the lessons learned during the outreach campaigns gain momentum throughout the rest of the year. Kim Reese, NDW Regional Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC), said turnout at events have been high in the first two weeks of this year’s campaign. The theme across the Navy for this year’s initiative is “Live our Values: Step Up to Stop Sexual Assault.” “So much of what we’re focusing on is the bystander piece,” said Reese, referring to the bystander intervention efforts be-


ing taught. “We really think that with some training and education, people can begin to recognize some of the signals that there might be a problem.” Through seminars, information fairs, fitness programs, and similar outreach efforts, Reese and other SARCs are hoping to educate Sailors and civilian personnel about the impact of preventing sexual assault and how to respond to future incidents. “The biggest part of moving forward is not letting it just be another month of recognition and we move into May and we don’t talk about it anymore,” said Kim Agnew, a SARC at Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bethesda. “The only way we can do that is

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Why Do Shore Commands Need Ombudsmen? By Lea Johnson JBAB Ombudsman Coordinator

• Act as relocation ambassadors by helping newly arrived families navigate their new home • Provide information and referral resources to assist families in need • Act as a conduit between the command and the families during emergencies and disasters, so that service members may continue to focus on the mission knowing their families are taken care of At one of our installations, the ombudsman assisted families with reimbursement claims for food spoilage after a summer storm left the installation without power for three days. This is just one of countless examples of how an ombudsman can assist the command and the families at a shore command. While ombudsmen are important to the command, they cannot properly do their job without having established expectations from the commander. Commanders should consider ombudsmen to be unpaid members of their staff and should communicate with them accordingly. Upon appointing an ombudsman, commanders should:

Naval District of Washington (NDW) consists of several shore commands. Command families live in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., both on and off military installations. This means some families might live as far as 15 miles from the nearest installation—a far cry from the tight-knit military communities you may find in other parts of the world. Depending on their situation, a spouse might feel lonely or isolated due to the lack of contact with other families in the command. Who else better to support these families than the command ombudsman? Ombudsmen are vital to shore commands, ensuring constant communication between command and families. Ombudsmen: • Represent commands and disseminate information about the command activities

• Establish how often the ombudsman should contact families and by what means they should communicate (Facebook, newsletter, phone calls, etc.) • Give the ombudsman an official email address and phone number • Provide a regularly updated command roster • Invite the ombudsman to participate in emergency preparedness exercises • Show the ombudsman that they are a valued member of the command by hanging an official staff photo, recognizing the ombudsman periodically at awards ceremonies, or through other small tokens of appreciation Families do not quit having problems or running into emergencies simply because the service member is at a shore command. Having a properly trained command ombudsman is invaluable to families, no matter the duty station so that service members may focus on the mission at hand. To learn more about the ombudsman program, contact the ombudsman coordinator at your local Fleet/Military Family Support Center.

Around the Yard What is the importance of eliminating distractions while driving?

“Distracted driving is a serious problem in America. People are constantly either reading something, or on their navigation systems, their GPSs, they’re texting or even on the phone. All that’s considered distracted driving. It’s definitely something we should do without.” Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Timothy Comerford Naval History and Heritage Command

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“Don’t text and drive. It takes your eyes off the road, and especially with the traffic here in D.C., one second you’re not in traffic, and the next a car slows down. If you’ve got your eyes off the road and on your phone, then it’s really easy to hit another car.” Operations Specialist 2nd Class Robert Levar Military Sealift Command Headquarters

“The importance is that distracted drivers can kill people if they’re not paying attention to what they’re doing. With the technology that we have now, it causes people not to pay attention, which can cause accidents.” Valerie Douglas CNIC Headquarters

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This Week In Naval History April 17

1778 - Sloop-in-war Ranger captures British brig

April 18

1848 - U.S. Navy expedition to explore the Dead Sea and the River Jordan, commanded by Lt. William F. Lynch, reaches the Dead Sea. 1906 - Navy assists in relief operations during San Francisco earthquake and fire 1942 - USS Hornet launches Doolittle’s Army bombers for first attack on Japan 1988 - Navy destroys two Iranian surveillance platforms, sinks one frigate and one patrol ships, and severely damages a second frigate in retaliation for attack on USS Samuel B. Roberts

April 19

1783 - George Washington proclaims end of hostilities 1861 - President Lincoln orders blockade of Southern ports from SC to Texas 1917 - Naval Armed Guard crew on board SS Mongolia engage and damage a German U-boat. This was the first engagement of U.S. naval personnel against the enemy in World War I. 1955 - USS Albany and USS William Wood begin to provide disaster relief to citizens of Volos, Greece, ending 21 April

April 20

1796 - Congress authorizes completion of three frigates 1861 - Norfolk Navy Yard abandoned and burned by Union forces. 1914 - In first call to action of naval aviators, detachment on USS Birmingham sailed to Tampico, Mexico. 1915 - First Navy contract for lighterthan-air craft awarded. 1942 - USS Wasp (CV-7) launches 47 British aircraft to reinforce Malta 1947 – Capt. L.O. Fox, USN, supported by 80 Marines, accepted the surrender of Lt. Yamaguchi and 26 Japanese soldiers and sailors, two and one half years after the occupation of Peleliu and nearly 20 months after the surrender of Japan.

1953 - USS New Jersey shells Wonsan, Korea from inside the harbor. 1964 - USS Henry Clay (SSBN-625) launches a Polaris A-2 missile from the surface in first demonstration that Polaris submarines could launch missiles from the surface as well as from beneath the ocean. Thirty minutes later the submarine launched another Polaris missile while submerged.

April 21

1861 - USS Saratoga captures slaver, Nightingale. 1898 - U.S. at war against Spain. 1906 - Commander Robert Peary discovered supposed Arctic Continent did not exist. 1972 - Moonwalk in the Descartes Highlands by Capt. John W. Young, USN Commander of Apollo 16. He was the ninth man to walk on the moon. Lt. Cmdr. Thomas K. Mattingly II, USN was the command module pilot. During the 11 day, 1 hour and 51 minute mission, 213 lbs. of lunar material was collected. Recovery by HC-1 helicopters from USS Ticonderoga (CVS-14)

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1972 - Moonwalk in the Descartes Highlands by Capt. John W. Young, USN Commander of Apollo 16. He was the ninth man to walk on the moon. Lt. Cmdr. Thomas K. Mattingly II, USN was the command module pilot. During the 11 day, 1 hour and 51 minute mission, 213 lbs. of lunar material was collected. Recovery by HC-1 helicopters from USS Ticonderoga (CVS-14).

April 22

1778 - Captain John Paul Jones of Ranger led landing party raid on Whitehaven, England 1898 - U.S. warships begin blockade of Cuba 1987 - U.S. Navy ordered to provide assistance to neutral vessels under Iranian attack outside the exclusion zone and that requested help

April 23

1917 - Launching of USS New Mexico, first dreadnought with turboelectric drive 1918 - USS Stewart destroys German submarine off France 1945 - In only U.S. use of guided missiles in WW II, two BAT missiles release at Balikiapan, Borneo 1956 - Project Vanguard, earth satellite launching program, assigned to DCNO (Air)


Photo courtesy of Lt. Cmdr. Jim Crowe

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – Lt. Cmdr. Jim Crowe, an Afghanistan-Pakistan (AFPAK) Hand from Naval District Washington (NDW), stops for a photo with Naweed, Samir, and Malika, who sell scarves along the road near the Ministry of Defense in Kabul. Crowe currently serves as General Staff, Chief of Operations Adviser to the Afghanistan National Army. The AFPAK Hands Program was launched by the Department of Defense in September 2009 to develop a cadre of experts specializing in Afghanistan and Pakistan culture, language, processes and challenges.




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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 conve-

nience the pre-separation counseling briefing is available through one-on-one appointments at Military and Family Support Center and can be made through Centralized Scheduling at 202-685-6019.

DEPLOYMENT READINESS/ FAMILY SERVICES Personal Financial Management (PFM) Program offers individual and family financial counseling, financial classes, and is responsible for the Command Financial specialist training in the Region (NDW).

Life Skills Education Provides presentations to help commands meet requirements, as well as enhance operational and personal readiness including parenting skills training, couples communication, anger and stress management, conflict resolution, Child Abuse Awareness, Spouse Abuse Awareness and suicide prevention. Trainings can be customized to fit needs of the command.

New Parent Support Program (NPS)

Assists new parents in coping with the demands of parenting and military life through parenting education and training and home visits to new parents prior to delivery and after delivery; information and referral for military and community resources; child development screenings and monitoring. All active duty members and their families who are pregnant and or have children in the home from infancy to three years old are eligible for these home visitation services.


Assisting Sailors and family members prepare for deployment, manage separations and reunite and reintegrate with families and community through services including the Family Accountability and Assessment System, Individual augmentee (IA) Indoc Course and Deployed Family Fun Days.

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)

Provides assistance to service members with special needs children and family members with medical needs including resource referral to medical, counseling and educational services, support groups and care providers. Assists in finding duty stations where needs are met. Mandatory enrollment per OPNAVINST 1754.2D.

New PHA Process

The purpose of this policy is to inform all tenants of the new PHA process at the Branch Health Clinic Washington Navy Yard. In attempts to alleviate the daily PHA congestion, patients will now have an appointed date and time to complete their PHA. PHAs will be scheduled through the appointments line, 202-433-3132, and the service member will be complete their PHA on the provided date and time. PHAs will not be completed without a hard copy of the services member’s medical record. The patients’ medical record must either be maintained at the Branch Health Clinic Washington Navy Yard or the patient must physically bring in their medical record. If you have specific questions, please

FFR/MWR Phone numbers Fitness Centers Washington Navy Yard, Bldg. 22 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 433-2282/2829

Information, Tickets & Travel (ITT) Ticket Office, WNY Bldg. 22 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 433-2484 Travel Office, WNY Bldg. 184 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 685-8299

Food & Beverage Catering & Conference Center, WNY Bldg. 211 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 433-3041/4312 Mordecai Booth’s Public House, WNY Bldg. 101 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 678-0514

Military and Family Support Center MFSC, JBAB Bldg. 72 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 433-6151 MFSC, JBAB Bldg. 13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 767-0450

Other Important Numbers FFR Administrative Office, WNY Bldg. 101. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . FFRP Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MWR Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MWR Marketing Department, WNY Bldg. 101. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Regional Child Placement Office, JBAB Bldg. 414. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Family Housing Office, JBAB Bldg. 414 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Liberty Program/Center, JBAB Bldg. 72. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Outdoor Recreation/Equipment Rental, JBAB, Bldg. 928 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Navy Gateway Inns & Suites, JBAB, Bldg. 602 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . direct your questions to me or the Medical Readiness Department Leading Petty Officer, HM2 Matteson, Althea, , 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 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 -


Engineers Support Digital Rocket Launcher Early Operational Capability

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 ( or 703-614-7160) or Elizabeth 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 photo by Josh Hein

George Gateau, Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (NSWC IHEODTD) engineer, installs electronic power supply unit to LAU-61G/A Digital Rocket Launcher (DRL). NSWC IHEODTD’s DRL team completed delivery of 16 early operational capability launchers for Naval Air Systems Command’s Direct and Time-Sensitive Strike Weapons (PMA 242) program office, March 28. From NSWC IHEODTD Public Affairs Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (IHEODTD) engineers delivered 16 early operational capability, or EOC, LAU-61G/A Digital Rocket Launchers for Naval Air Systems Command’s Direct and Time Sensitive Strike Weapons (PMA 242) program office, March 28. Digital Rocket Launcher (DRL) development, testing, and limited fleet fielding for shipboard use is being conducted under a Chief of Naval Operations Rapid Deployment Capability project to provide MH-60S helicopters an enhanced capability to defend carrier strike groups against fast-attack crafts. PMA-242 is responsible for DRL acquisition and development. “DRL uses standard military interfaces to the helicopter, and incorporates a launcher electronic assembly to control launcher functions,” said Cmdr. Alex Dutko, PMA 242 Deputy Program Manager. “The new launcher will enhance existing 2.75-Inch Rocket System capabilities on the MH-60S by allowing mixed rocket load-outs, permitting the conduct of on-command inventory, providing a tube-usage count feature, and performing a built-in system check test.” According to Dutko, the long-term goal for DRL is to fire all guided and unguided rockets, but the Early Operational Capability includes only one rocket configuration, which will be utilized while on deployment with USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) strike group. More than eighty NSWC IHEODTD engineers, technicians, contractors and procurement specialists supported the project by providing ordnance engineering and electronics expertise, logistics support for the launcher, limited production, and sys-

tems integration. IHEODTD’s DRL team also developed a compact DRL emulator for software and integration tests. “IHEODTD was responsible for providing drawings, designs, prototypes, in-service engineering, launcher-level qualification tests, overseeing manufacturing, and delivery of low-rate production units for EOC,” said NSWC IHEODTD Project Manager Michelle Goedert. “The DRL concept was based on previous PMA 242/IHEODTD design collaborations, and supports the family of all 2.75-inch rockets. Part of our DRL design is the Launcher Electronic Assembly and wiring harness which helps integrate advanced communication electronics with data storage into the launcher so it can accept load-out from the aircraft, update the available inventory after each firing, and display built-in test results in the cockpit.” “This has been a really exciting project to support, and to watch grow from a conceptual need to its early operational capability,” Goedert concluded. “It’s good to know we’re part of a team helping deliver solutions to protect our men and women at sea. After EOC delivery, we’ll continuing working with the program office to transition DRL to a program of record for fielding and sustainment.” NSWC IHEODTD - a field activity of the Naval Sea Systems Command and part of the Navy’s Science and Engineering Enterprise - is the leader in energetics and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) solutions. As a Department of Defense Center of Excellence and EOD Detection Equipment Program lead, NSWC IHEODTD focuses on energetics research, development, testing, evaluation, in-service support, and disposal; and provides warfighters solutions to detect, locate, access, identify, render safe, recover, exploit, and dispose of explosive ordnance threats.



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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Drill Teams Perform During Cherry Blossom Festival



First Lady Visits with Fisher House Families at NSA Bethesda

Photo by Julie Smith

First Lady Michelle Obama participates in arts and crafts with Sophia Garcia, 3, during a visit to the Fisher Houses on board Naval Support Activity Bethesda, April 14. Obama visits the Fisher Houses annually to support the strength of military families while ringing in the Easter season.

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

U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard Sailors perform during the annual Armed Forces Drill Competition at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial as part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival celebration, April 12. The U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard joined the Army’s Fife and Drum Corps, Air Force Drill Team, Army Old Guard Drill Team and the Marines Silent Drill Platoon at the competition. The 2014 Festival, March 20 – April 13, includes three weeks and four weekends of events featuring diverse and creative programming promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit.

By Naval Support Activity Bethesda Public Affairs First Lady Michelle Obama visited several families at Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bethesda’s Fisher House No. 4, April 14 to celebrate the upcoming Easter holiday. Toting a large basket filled with cookies made by the White House pastry chefs, Obama talked with each family around brightly decorated tables where children were crafting Easter cards. The Obamas two dogs, Sunny and Bo, accompanied the First Lady on her trip to the Fisher House. Obama visits the Fisher Houses annually to celebrate the work of the Fisher House Foundation bringing Easter spirit to military kids and to support their families affected by difficult circumstances. “I just want to recognize all the great things that the Fisher House staff does here,” said Obama. “I know that they give you guys a home away from home when you are going through some of the toughest times in your life. It’s nice to be able to come to a beautiful facility like this where I know the staff is so warm and comforting to you.” There are five Fisher Houses on board NSA Bethesda, the most of any Department of Defense installation. The homes offer 73 private rooms at no cost for family members of patients recovering at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Army Spc. Julio Garcia and his wife Briccely reside

in one of the Fisher Houses while their daughter receives treatment for leukemia. “We really appreciate events like this so we don’t have to think about things for a while,” Briccely said. “Things would be a lot harder if we didn’t have the Fisher House.” Along with the handmade treats and her pets, Obama brought along tickets for all of the families to attend the White House’s annual Easter Egg Roll scheduled for April 21. Approximately 30,000 people will converge on the south lawn of the White House for the event that includes egg rolling, live music, food, and face painting. This year’s theme is “Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape” in support of Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative. Obama visited with families for about an hour, talking with the children about their crafts and conversing with their parents. “This is the best part of my day, to be with so many great families. I get to shine a light on our military families and especially the kids because you are our heroes,” Obama said. “You make your parents’ lives so wonderful which helps them do the job that they are supposed to do. I know your parents couldn’t do this without you. The president and I are so proud of you all.” For more news from Naval District Washington, visit



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By Donna Cipolloni Tester staff writer

There are a lot of friendly staff at Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River, but only one is furry and has four legs. Every Wednesday, throughout the day, patients sitting in the health clinic’s waiting room will be visited by Joe, a black and tan Labrador retriever, who also happens to be a highly trained and specialized facility therapy dog capable of identifying individuals suffering from high levels of stress. “Joe is able to smell the pheromones given off by individuals under extreme stress — not the ‘I lost my car keys’ type of stress; this is stress of a serious nature,” explained his handler, Lt. Cmdr. Tracy Krauss, manager, Naval Branch Health Clinic, Joint Base Andrews, who along with Joe, visits Pax River once a week. Approximately once each hour, on Krauss’ “go visit” command, Joe will take his own leash in his mouth and navigate the waiting room. “If he identifies someone, he’ll drop his leash, sit at their feet and not leave until he’s told it’s okay to do so,” Krauss said. Once an individual is singled out by Joe, Krauss will check the reason for the patient’s visit; if it is not stressrelated, staff will address the issue confidentially by asking them appropriate questions. “I’ll explain to them that Joe identified them as being overly stressed and will ask if everything is okay and if there’s anything we can do to help them,” Krauss said. “Often, people will get down on the floor and pet Joe while they talk; and once they start talking, they usually don’t stop.” Krauss explained that people under extreme stress are often reluctant to admit their struggle and do not actively seek the care they need. “People don’t want to lose their security clearance; pilots don’t want to be grounded; others are concerned people will think less of them,” she said. “Joe helps us locate them. From there, we can find them the help they need. ” On the job a little more than a year, Joe has sat with 22 individuals within the four military health clinics he visits. All 22 had checked in for something other than stress and all received mental-health referrals. But, most important, Joe saved at least five of their lives. “Out of the 22 identified, five had a suicide plan,” Krauss said, “and one of them had intended to carry it out that same evening.” While Joe is the Navy’s only stress-sniffing dog, he occasionally serves double-duty as an anxiety dog, accompany-

U.S. Navy photo by Donna Cipolloni

When Joe, a facility therapy dog, senses someone under extreme stress, he’ll drop his leash and sit beside them. Joe visits Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River every Wednesday and will walk through the waiting room, at his handler’s command, approximately once each hour. ing patients during medical procedures and dental work, or distracting them from discomfort afterward. “Joe doesn’t care what uniform you wear or what your rank is,” Krauss said. “He’s calming and has nothing but love to give. He makes things happen and he makes people smile.” Grant-funded and provided at no cost to the Navy, Joe was trained by Southeastern Guide Dogs who also worked with Krauss when Joe first reported for duty. “They brought him to my home and worked with me on his training commands,” she said. “He must have permission to come in or go out a door; must wait to eat his food until I say it’s okay; always walks on my left side; goes to the bathroom on command; and is trained not to bark. It only took about a week; we bonded quickly.” Joe lives with Krauss, and while he will chase her during his leisure time, he draws the line at playing fetch. Mostly, he just wants to work. “When we walk in a clinic door, he’s pulling at his leash ready to work,” she said. “That’s what he was trained to do. It’s what he knows and that’s what he wants to do.”

just to continue to be visible in the community and not just let it be about the month of April.” Agnew said installation leaders have been coming forward in the last two weeks to request more in-depth training for their commands. Such training, she added, offers a chance for people to start conversations and ask questions they might not be able to in larger groups. After April draws to a close, SARCs and other Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) advocates will be hosting smaller events and staffing information tables throughout the year to maintain awareness. Agnew said she has seen more people coming forward to inquire about the SAPR program and how to help victims. “We really want to emphasize the importance of intervening and how it is one of the most important factors of preventing sexual assault,” she said. “The only way for us to make a difference is stepping up at the lowest level of incidents.” Agnew said many times, people may witness inappropriate behaviors and be unsure about how to respond, or if the situation might be considered sexual harassment or assault, and question if they should intervene. “It may be uncomfortable to ask the question,” said Agnew, “but that part of where it says ‘Step Up’ means you may be put into a position where you are uncomfortable. I would rather you take a chance at being uncomfortable and knowing you potentially stopped something from happening, versus learning later that the sexual assault occurred.” Reese said the bottom line for people to keep in mind moving forward is remembering the theme for the month— stepping up. “Everybody can make a difference, and it’s everybody’s responsibility,” she said. SAAM activities at Washington Navy Yard are set to culminate with an information fair and barbecue April 22, and Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling is hosting a half marathon scheduled for April 26. For listings of more SAAM-related events and activities in NDW, visit For help or support, call the NDW SAPR hotline at 202258-6717, or the DOD Safe helpline at 877-995-5247. You can also confidentially live chat with a representative at

Easter Sunrise Service at Arlington National Cemetery

The annual Easter Sunrise Service hosted by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington Chaplain will be held on Sunday, April 20 in the Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery. The non-denominational worship service will begin with a prelude by the United States Army Band, “Pershing’s Own” at 6:15 a.m. The service is scheduled to begin with a call to worship at 6:30 a.m. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. This year’s Easter sermon will be delivered by Rear Adm. Margaret Grun Kibben, Chaplain of the United States and deputy chief of Navy chaplains. An interpreter for the hearing impaired will be present. For those with limited mobility, a free shuttle service will provide transportation to the Memorial Amphitheater beginning at 5:15 a.m. from the Arlington National Cemetery Visitor’s Center and the Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Old Post Chapel Gate. NOTE: Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Selfridge Gate will be open for pedestrians with a DoD ID card. For more information, please contact Sgt. Joshua Nelson at 202-685-4816 or Sgt. 1st Class Ryan Cook at 703-614-0359 or visit the Military District of Washington’s website at for the most-upto-date information and weather related updates. 1041647

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drawing attention to how potentially dangerous their own behavior is, it would change their behavior in a non-punitive way before something happens,” Vandenberg said. “Driving in the D.C. area is dangerous enough without distractions inside the car.” Despite taking the brunt of the blame for crashes, distractions go well beyond just texting. According to a 2012 NSC study titled “Understanding the distracted brain,” more crashes are caused by talking on a cell phone than texting, even while using hands-free devices. While hands-free devices are still legal in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia, the NSC advises that hands-free devices offer no extra safety measures, and in fact cause drivers’ field of vision to narrow significantly in what the NSC refers to as ‘inattention blindness,’ where drivers look at but do not see obstacles or traffic. “Just the act of talking on a cell phone, even if it’s on a hands-free device, is also a form of distracted driving,” Ganz said. Although such devices keep hands on the steering wheel and eyes on the road, a phone conversation still involves the cognitive distraction which keeps drivers’ minds off of navigating their vehicles safely. NSC studies have shown that drivers using hands-free devices while talking on the phone make more mistakes than those conversing with passengers in the vehicle, because passengers provide situational feedback that a disembodied voice on the phone cannot. In the age of omnipresent technology, Ganz said getting people to put away their devices when driving is a challenging prospect, particularly when auto manufacturers keep rolling out new models with more and more built-in communication features. Ganz compared the slow cultural shift to that of changing public perceptions about seat belts by steadily cracking down on drivers not wearing them and consistently educating people about the benefits. “A lot of it is educating our kids, and kids get the message,” he said. “They grew up wearing seat belts; it was a thing. Maybe they’ll grow up knowing that you don’t text and drive; you don’t talk on your Bluetooth while you’re driving.” Many states across the country have enacted new laws recently in an effort to curb distracted driving accidents. Virginia has a no-texting law, and Washington, D.C. and Maryland have opted for a complete ban on handheld devices while driving. In the Capital, drivers may be fined as a primary ticket up to $100 and one point on their license for the first violation of distracted driving, which goes beyond phones to include any electronic devices, or anything the police officer deems a distraction. For Navy personnel, both Sailors and civilians, all motor vehicle operators on Navy installations and operators of government-owned and leased vehicles—including rental cars while on temporary additional duty—on and off Navy installations are prohibited from using cell phones or other hand-held electronic devices unless safely parked. To learn more about distracted driving awareness, visit or www. For more news and information from NDW, visit





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Navy Memorial Hosts 23rd Blessing of the Fleet By Naval District Washington Public Affairs

The United States Navy Memorial hosted the 23rd Annual Blessing of the Fleet ceremony at the memorial in Washington April 14. The ceremony followed the Washington, D.C. annual Cherry Blossom Festival Parade, and featured the United States Navy Band and Ceremonial Guard, along with a Parade of Attaches and presentation of colors advanced across the memorial’s outdoor plaza as the event commenced. President and CEO of the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation, retired Vice Adm. John Totushek, welcomed the guests to the centuries-old tradition. “Usually this tradition is performed in fishing villages to pray for the Sailors are taken care of and they come back with a plentiful harvest,” said Totushek. The blessing of the fleet is a ceremony created centuries ago in Europe and is a common practice by Sailors and navies around the world intended to guard ships and crews from the hazards of the sea.

Sailors from the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard and Coast Guard Honor Guard poured water from the Seven Seas and the Great Lakes into the surrounding fountains, “charging” them to life and ushering in the spring season. This year’s ceremony also kicked off the Year of the Coast Guard. “Normally this ceremony is an all-Navy event, but if you look around this year you see a lot of the lighter-blue participating,” said Totushek. “The Navy Memorial is here to represent all the sea services.” Previous year-round themes have included the “Year of the Chief” and the “Year of the Military Woman” with future themes including the “Year of the Navy Reserve” and the “Year of the Marine Corps,” added Totushek. Guests were treated to a musical performance by the Coast Guard band and were served a sampling of Navy Bean Soup, prepared by the White House Mess. For more news from Naval District Washington, visit

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Zach Allan

A Sailor from the Navy Ceremonial Guard pours water collected from the seven seas and the Great Lakes into the fountains at the Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C., to “charge” the fountains to life during the 23rd Blessing of the Fleets ceremony, April 12. Held annually during the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the traditional ceremony is meant to safeguard Sailors and ships from the dangers of the sea.

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