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The Waterline

May 16, 2013

Vol. XXX No.19


HURREX/Citadel Gale Tests Region’s Emergency Storm Training By Patrick Gordon NDW Waterline writer

Hurricanes are a major concern to the Atlantic Coast. Powerful storms can cause great damage to areas they pass over, and the Navy prepares every year to mitigate that damage. In Naval District Washington (NDW), the region does its part by participating in the HURREX/Citadel Gale exercise. The NDW HURREX/Citadel Gale 2013 exercise is running May 13 to 24. A Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) and Fleet Forces Command (FFC) exercise, HURREX/Citadel Gale is held annually to help commands prepare for the Atlantic hurricane season, which begins June 1 and ends Nov. 30. “One of the reasons the annual HURREX is important is the exercise gives the NDW headquarters, NDW installations, and tenant activities an opportunity to validate their destructive weather plans and make adjustments from lessons learned prior to

the start of the annual hurricane season,” said Thompson Gerke, senior operations planner for NDW. According to NDW’s training and readiness department, this year’s NDW exercise will consist of three artificially constructed tropical cyclones that will develop and intensify to hurricane strength, which will threaten the Eastern Coast of the U.S., the Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean coastal regions. In preparation for the exercise, regional commanders, senior officers present afloat (SOPAs), and SOPA administrators will review disaster preparedness plans and conduct individual and team training. Regional commanders will also conduct preexercise and pre-tropical cyclone season discussions with disaster preparedness officers of subordinate commands to address exercise scenarios, emergency plans, and recovery efforts. “The concept of operations for the exer-

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U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Kiona Miller

Crisis Action Team members, part of the Naval District Washington’s Regional Operations Center, prepare to assist and provide disaster relief to installations in the region following a mock hurricane scenario during HURREX/Citadel Gale 2012.

Armed Forces Day in NDW

A Tradition of Serving Those who Serve

By Patrick Gordon NDW Waterline writer

U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Kiona Miller

Capt. Monte L. Ulmer, commanding officer of Naval Support Activity Washington, answers questions during an interview with Brandon Nasby, radio host of The Boxer Show aired on 98.7 WMZQ-FM, as part of a week long special for Military Appreciation Month held at the Washington Navy Yard May 15. The Boxer Show highlighted the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard, the U.S Navy Band and the Military Working Dogs during its four hour morning show which airs in various states throughout the country.

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As many look forward to the warm weather and events of spring, one day in particular stands out as a testament to those who serve in our nation’s military: Armed Forces Day. In Naval District Washington (NDW) events are scheduled throughout the month to honor those who serve our nation every day. “This observance pays special tribute to past and present members of the armed forces, demonstrates the unity and common purpose of the armed forces in the fulfillment of our national security requirement, and provides a special occasion to satisfy public interest in the defense establishment,” said Rene C. Bardoff, deputy assistant Secretary of Defense for Community and Public Outreach. “This year’s theme is ‘Strong and Resilient: Prepared to Meet any Challenge.’” The holiday has special meaning to NDW, as it was in Washington, D.C., that


the holiday was created more than 60 years ago. According to the Department of Defense (DOD), then Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day Aug. 31, 1949, to replace separate Army, Navy and Air Force Days. The single-day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under one department, the DOD. In a speech announcing the formation of the day, President Harry S. Truman “praised the work of the military services at home and across the seas,” and said, “It is vital to the security of the nation and to the establishment of a desirable peace.” In an excerpt from the presidential proclamation of Feb. 27, 1950, Truman stated, “Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 20, 1950, marks the first combined demonstration by America’s defense team of its progress, un-

Corpsman receives Purple Heart page 7

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

President Issues Military Spouse Day Proclamation From American Forces Press Service

nered with the private sector to expand hiring for military spouses and veterans. We have also called on states to streamline credentialing and licensing procedures that hinder too many military spouses when they move from duty station to duty station. Military spouses with professional experience should not have to wait for work, and our businesses should not have to go without their skills. By simplifying the certification process, we can help ensure the financial stability of our military families, strengthen our Armed Forces, and spur growth throughout our economy. To learn more and get involved, visit In the past few years, we have seen every part of our society come together and make a real commitment to supporting our military families -- not just with words, but with deeds. Yet, we must do more to honor the profound debt of gratitude we owe our military spouses. Their strength and resolve reflects the best of the American spirit, and on this occasion, let us pledge once more to serve them as well as they serve us. Now, Therefore, I, Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 10, 2013, as Military Spouse Appreciation Day. I call upon the people of the United States

President Barack Obama has issued a proclamation declaring May 10 as Military Spouse Appreciation Day. Here is the text of the president’s proclamation: As long as there have been courageous men and women willing to protect our Union and our ideals, there have been extraordinary spouses at their side -- patriots in their own right who serve and sacrifice in ways many cannot fathom. They are moms and dads who take up the work of two during deployments, shuffling their careers and packing up their lives whenever our nation calls. They are dedicated employees at our businesses, committed volunteers in our communities, and essential caretakers for our wounded warriors. America’s military spouses are at the core of our Armed Forces, and on Military Spouse Appreciation Day, we celebrate their contributions to keeping our country safe. Just as we are bound by a sacred obligation to care for our men and women in uniform, we are equally responsible for making sure their loved ones get the support they deserve. My Administration has taken steps to uphold that special trust, from investing in childcare and education for military families to providing mortgage assistance for military homeowners. Through First Lady Michelle Obama’s and Dr. Jill Biden’s Joining Forces initiative, we have part-

Official U.S. Navy file photo

to honor military spouses with appropriate ceremonies and activities. In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this ninth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh. -Barack Obama

Around the Yard Armed Forces Day is next week. What would you like to say to those currently serving in the military?

Thank you for your service. Chinedum Okparaeke NAVSEA Washington Navy Yard

Thank you very much for your sacrifice and that of your families. Stay strong, and know that we really appreciate what you do. Rendall Latin Naval Inspector General Washington Navy Yard

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We appreciate them and their sacrifice. Without them, we wouldn’t be a truly free nation. Capt. Byron Bailey NSAW Police Training Division Washington Navy Yard

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Thursday, May 16, 2013


This Week in Navy History May 16

1844 - USS Constitution sails from New York on round-the-world cruise. 1943 - Establishment of 10th Fleet in Washington, D.C., under command of Adm. Ernest King to coordinate U.S. antisubmarine operations in Atlantic.

1820 - USS Congress becomes first U.S. warship to visit China. 1919 - Three Navy flying boats begin first trans-Atlantic flight from Newfoundland. 1965 - First U.S. gunfire support in Vietnam by USS Henry W. Tucker (DD-875).

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May 17

1940 - President Franklin Roosevelt announces plans to re-commission 35 additional destroyers. 1942 - USS Tautog (SS-199) sinks Japanese sub I-28, while USS Triton (SS-201) sinks I-164. 1951 - Aircraft from carriers attack bridges between Wonsan and Hamhung, Korea. 1962 - Naval amphibious ready group lands Marines to guard Thailand’s borders from Communist probes. 1966 - Naval Support Activity Saigon established. 1973 - First woman to hold a major Navy command, Capt. Robin Lindsay Quigley assumes command of Navy Service School, San Diego, Calif. 1987 - USS Stark (FFG-31) struck by Iraqi Exocet missile in Persian Gulf, killing 37 Sailors and wounding 21. 1990 - USS Roark rescues 42 refugees from unseaworthy craft in South China Sea (FF-1053).

May 18

1775 - Benedict Arnold captures British sloop and renames her Enterprise, first of many famous ships with that name. 1798 - Appointment of Benjamin Stoddert as first Secretary of the Navy. 1969 - Launch of Apollo 10, dress rehearsal for first lunar landing mission.

Photo Courtesy of the Naval History and Heritage Command

Damaged Dahlgren gun from CSS Virginia (ex-USS Merrimack) photographed at the Washington Navy Yard, D.C., April 27, 1933. Several other guns, relics of the Civil War and earlier conflicts, are beyond. Dahlgren guns such as this one were first cast at the Washington Navy Yard in May of 1850. Cmdr. John W. Young, was the command module pilot and Cmdr. Eugene A. Cernan, was the lunar module pilot. During the eight-day mission, the craft made 31 lunar orbits in 61.6 hours. Recovery was by HS-4 helicopters from USS Princeton (LPH-5).

May 19

1882 - Commodore Robert W. Shufeldt aboard USS Swatara lands in Korea to negotiate first treaty between Korea and Western power.

1912 - Navy establishes North Atlantic Ice Patrol following RMS Titanic disaster. 1965 - 30th Naval Construction Regiment activated at Danang, Vietnam.

May 20

1801 - Four warships sent to Mediterranean to protect American commerce. 1815 - Commodore Stephen Decatur aboard frigate Guerriere sails with 10 ships to suppress Mediterranean pirates’ raids on U.S. shipping.

Naval Academy Offers Cyber Operations Major

U.S. Navy photo

Midshipmen work at computers during classes at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. The Naval Academy announced May 9, that the new cyber operations major is available for the Class of 2016 and beyond, bringing the number of technical majors offered to midshipmen to 18. Cyber operations is an interdisciplinary major that covers the entire scope of cyberspace and related operations, both technical and non-technical. From Naval Academy Public Affairs with courses and electives in areas such as The Naval Academy announced May 9, that a new major is available for the Class of 2016 and beyond, bringing the number of technical majors offered to midshipmen to 18. Cyber operations is an interdisciplinary major that covers the entire scope of cyberspace and related operations, both technical and non-technical. The new major provides a basic foundation in computer architecture, programming, data structures, networks, the internet, database systems, information assurance, cryptography, and forensics. The technical aspects of the program are balanced

policy, law, ethics, and social engineering. Midshipmen in this major will participate in hands-on cyber operations beginning their third-class year, and the program culminates in fully-immersed cyber operations studies and simulations in the firstclass year. After completing the academy’s cyber operations program, future officers can enter advanced study or possibly assignments with the various military cyber-related forces in support of national security. “Cyber is a mix of different skill sets - a

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1850 - Washington Navy Yard begins work on first castings for the Dahlgren guns. 1917 - USS Ericsson fires first American torpedo of World War I. 1944 - During preparations for the invasion of Saipan an accidental ordnance blast on LST 353 sets off cataclysmic ammunition explosions at West Loch, Pearl Harbor, killing 163 and injuring 396. Six tank landing ships (LST-39, LST-43, LST-69, LST-179, LST-353, LST-480), three tank landing craft (LCT-961, LCT-963, LCT-983), and 17 track landing vehicles are destroyed in explosions and fires. 1964 - The initiation of the standing carrier presence at Yankee Station in the South China Sea takes place.

May 22

1882 - Commodore Robert W. Shufeldt signs commerce treaty opening Korea to U.S. trade. 1958 - Naval aircraft F4D-1 Sky Ray sets the first of five world speed-to-climb records. 1967 - New York City reaches agreement to purchase Brooklyn Navy Yard, ending 166 years of construction and repair of naval vessels. 1968 - USS Scorpion (SSN-589) is lost with all hands.



Thursday, May 16, 2013

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


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.

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

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 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

Group Exercise Schedule through May 31

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

MFSC, JBAB Bldg. 13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 767-0450

Other Important Numbers FFR Administrative Office, WNY Bldg. 101. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 433-3659 FFRP Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 433-4052 MWR Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 433-4662 MWR Marketing Department, WNY Bldg. 101. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 433-5912 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

CSCS Students Learn Hands-On

Summer Party at the Pub

June 20 | 4 to 8 p.m. | Mordecai Booth’s Public House Celebrate the first day of summer at the Pub! There will be a DJ, drink specials and giveaways. For more information contact the NSAW Marketing Department at 202433-5912 or U.S. Navy photo by FC2 Kevin Arnold

Washington Nationals Tickets

Special order your Washington National Home Tickets now at the Information, Tickets and Travel (ITT) Offices! Three of the four discounted ticket sections include food and beverage credit with your ticket. For more information, contact the ITT Office at 202-433-2484 or 202-685-8298.

A Guided Missile Loader is attached to the Nato Seasparrow Surface Missile System (NSSMS) MK 29 Guided Missile Launching System (GMLS) by Center for Surface Combat Systems (CSCS) Unit Dam Neck students. CSCS has 14 learning sites and it headquarters is located in Dahlgren, Va. CSCS falls under the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC). The goal of NETC is to enable the Fleet to successfully execute the Maritime Strategy by providing quality training and education to our Maritime Forces.


Thursday, May 16, 2013

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 upto-date operating hours of the Navy Yard portion of DC’s Riverwalk. Follow us on Twitter @WNYRiverwalk


Echoes from Our Past:

The Early Years of Aircraft Testing at PAX River

From Enemies to Allies: An International Conference on the War of 1812 and its Aftermath

Courtesy photo

Registration is open for the premier conference on the War of 1812 highlighting the most current findings about Maryland’s unique contributions to the nation’s Star-Spangled heritage. The conference is scheduled for June 12-15 at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. From Enemies to Allies commemorates the bicentennialof the War of 1812 and the resulting two-century special relationship between the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. This three-day conference includes field trips to Maryland 1812 sites, presentations by leading experts from three nations and networking receptions. Sessions include such subjects as “Privateers,” “The Enslaved Chesapeake,” “African-American Combatants,” and “Chesapeake Victims.” Registration includes a special reception and tour of “Seas, Lakes & Bay: The Naval War of 1812” exhibit, continental breakfast, Friday lunch, shuttle service and a flash drive of presented papers. To register, visit

German Messerschmitt ME262 with a pilot sitting in cockpit. Thousands of aircraft of all kinds have landed at Patuxent River since it first began flight operations in 1943, and it can be argued that the installation has seen more different types and variants of military aircraft than any other airfield in the world.

Retirement Planning for Federal Employees

When the first plane landed at the still unfinished NAS Patuxent River airfield in 1943, it was housed in a temporary hangar of tarpaper and wood since the permanent hangars were not yet complete. Thousands of aircraft of all kinds have landed here since, and it can be argued that Patuxent River has seen more different types and variants of military aircraft than any other airfield in the world. Although the base was still under construction, Pax River established its reputation early on as an important new test and evaluation facility when it hosted the week-long Joint Fighter Conference in October 1944. It was not your average conference. More than 36 different fighter planes, 23 manufacturers and approximately 125 representatives and pilots from the Navy, Marines, Army and U.S. allies were at the conference. Even Charles Lindbergh attended as a representative of United Aircraft Corporation. The latest variants of the allied planes of the day were not just exhibits to be examined at the conference. The Hellcat, P-38

The Human Resources Office-Washington is sponsoring “Retirement Planning for Federal Employees” seminars. This seminar will give attendants the most comprehensive and up-to-date information, tools, and techniques for a successful transition to retirement. Learn what your benefits are and how you can use them to your advantage. This training is for Federal employees with 5-10 years or less until retirement eligibility. Training will be held at the Washington Navy Yard, Bldg. 22, Admiral Gooding Center, June 12-13, and Aug. 28-29 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuition cost is $150 per person. Spouses can attend at no cost. To register, submit an approved SF-182 (Authorization, Agreement and Certification of Training) to Janie Harens,, or call (202) 685-0078.

2013 Special Olympics D.C. Summer Games Needs Volunteers for Military Day

The District of Columbia Special Olympics program has requested assistance to support this year’s summer games, which will be hosted by Catholic University May 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. All branches of the military have been invited to come out on this day to volunteer. The kick-off event will be an all branch 4x100 meter relay. Each team will consist of two active duty military personnel and two Special Olympics athletes to compete in this event. Come out and support your branch of the military. Volunteers are needed to help set up tables, serve as athlete escorts, field events umpires, award presenters, athlete staging personnel, paramedics, and finish line personnel. The event will take place at Raymond Dufour Athletic Center at Catholic University, 3600 John McCormick Street, NE, Washington, D.C. For on-line registration go to, scroll to Community Service and then click on-line registration. All questions can be directed to - Army - 202-685-0493 - Air Force - 202-404-2957 - Coast Guard - 202-372-4087 - Marines - 202-433-0016 - Navy - 202-433-6854

By Michael A. Smolek NAS Patuxent River Cultural Resources Manager NAVFAC Washington Regional Archaeologist

Lightning, P-39, P-47 Thunderbolt, P-51 Mustang, Corsair, Mosquito, Spitfire and others were there to be examined, and the pilots were expected to flight test the various aircraft and provide written and verbal evaluations of each. There was also a captured Japanese Zero available to be flown. The resulting discussions, aircraft evaluations and photographs were compiled and published in a report which, at the time, provided a critique of the latest in fighter technology, but today, stands as an important historical document that compares flight characteristics of various, now historic, planes. The report also provides interesting insight into what was considered important with respect to the type of war being fought during a time of rapidly evolving technologies. Reprinted in 1998, the report is still available in book format, “Report of Joint Fighter Conference, NAS Patuxent River, 16-23 October 1944,” Schiffer Military History LC#97-67601. Pax River had its beginnings when piston engine aircraft were the fastest and most sophisticated aircraft around, but, by the end of World War II, the possibilities of jet-powered aircraft were becoming clearer. During the war, Pax River tested the Bell

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Sail Into Spring with the Pentagon Sailing Club By Cmdr. Kimberly Himmer Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Public Affairs

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

A sailboat moves down the Potomac River on a clear, sunny day near Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB). JBAB has a sailing club, the Pentagon Sailing Club, which operates out of the Capital Cove Marina

The Chesapeake Bay is a sailing mecca. The region boasts one of the world’s largest annual sailboat shows, and every small inlet and cove seems to have a marina full of boats. Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) also has a sailing club, the Pentagon Sailing Club, which operates out of the Capital Cove Marina on base. You do not need to know how to sail to join the club. In fact, the club Commodore Eduardo Conde, states that the club is in existence in order to teach sailing skills and foster a love of the sport amongst military members and their families. The club maintains strong camaraderie with monthly meetings and social events, as well. The Pentagon Sailing Club has been in existence for thirty-one years and is a volun-

teer-only club. It is not affiliated with base MWR, but is a non-profit association that is open to membership by active duty, retired, and reserve uniformed personnel, Department of Defense civilians, and their families. The club has five Catalina 22 sailboats, which are used to teach the basic sailing courses, as well as race. The club takes part in the Tuesday evening races at Dangerfield Island, and according to Conde, they routinely have three or four boats participate every week. Members of the club can also rent the boats at a rate of $20 for four hours. In order to rent the boats, members must have completed the Basic Sailing Course. The course is part of the American Sailing Association standards, and is recognized around the country, and even around the world. It is comprised of ASA courses 101 and 103, which teach basic keelboat sailing and coastal cruising. It encompasses sailing, docking, and basic maintenance of sailing vessels from 22 to 27 feet in length.

These are only the first two courses of the ASA program, and while the Pentagon Sailing Club does not currently teach the more advanced ASA courses, you can take these basic qualifications to other ASA schools to earn more advanced sailing and navigation qualifications. The Pentagon Sailing Club is also affiliated with the United States Naval Sailing Association (USNSA). This worldwide, military affiliated organization can be found at Navy and Marine Corps bases worldwide. Clubs affiliated with USNSA recognize qualifications and experience gained from other clubs, such as the Pentagon Sailing Club. As a result, the qualifications gained here can transfer easily to a club at your new duty station, and you can pick up where you left off. The USNSA has its own qualification

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

War, Clausewitz and the Trinity Book review Reviewed by Cmdr. Youssef Aboul-Enein War, Clausewitz and the Trinity by Thomas Waldman. Published by Ashgate Publishing Limited, Surrey, England, 2013. British academic Thomas Waldman teaches at the University of York. His recently published book seeks to make Carl von Clausewitz’s classic work, “On War,” published posthumously by his wife between 1832 and 1835, relevant to the problems of 21st century conflict. “On War” is not an easy read, but every officer in the United States military who undertakes an education with one of our war colleges, both at the advanced and senior levels, will spend time in class discussing the work of this Prussian military thinker. Many are aware of the simplified Clausewitz quote, “War is a continuation of politics by other means,” although what he actually said in proper translation is much deeper and nuanced. Waldman focuses entirely on one of Clausewitz’s concepts, his famous trinity. Much like the quote on war and politics, his trinity is also misunderstood. It is not simply war in consideration of the people or public will, commander and army, and finally government. Waldman does a good job of explaining its complexity as primarily passion, chance and policy; secondarily people, commander

and army, and government; and finally context. This provides a model for understanding a conflict in much more depth. The main strand that flows through Clausewitz’s work is that war is above all a human affair, and appreciating the behavior and interaction of humans in a social context, is key to understanding war at a higher level of the tactical, operational, and strategic levels. Clausewitz, the author, matters as he forces a serious debate in the rapid pace of technology lifting the “fog or friction of war.” But a deeper study of Clausewitz clearly finds him reminding his readers that the task of theory is to clarify reality and to analyze the constituent elements of war. In essence, he never advocated his theories as remedies, but as models necessary to reduce the complexity of war. Others argue that Clausewitz wrote for a nation on national conflict, and in the world of globalization his work is less

relevant. If that is the case, then why do al-Qaida ideologues read and quote, “On War,” as a means of understanding and countering the western way of war? Other big questions the Prussian master forced us to ponder, was whether war was an art or a science? His emphasis on the human and social framework of war made him conclude that it is a complex interplay of both, but sided more that war is an art, particularly at a higher level. Another concept was a discussion he laid out was the theory versus the reality of war, and the material versus the moral aspects of war. Clausewitz admires Napoleon’s maxim, “that the moral is to the physical as three to one.” Napoleon and his forces would defeat Clausewitz’s armies in the field, and the young officer took much by learning from his failures than his successes, providing us a timeless example of why the French leader was successful in battle. There is much to learn from Clausewitz, and Waldman forces readers to rediscover his complex work. Clausewitz is one of those books that must be and read and re-read to truly understand and appreciate its many complex facets. I do not recommend Waldman as an introduction to Clausewitz, having read the work as a lieutenant, and reread it more than once. My own recommendation to un-packaging his work is to first read Michael Handel’s “Masters of War: Classical Strategic Thought” (Routledge, 2000), then Peter Pa-

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ret, et al, Makers of Modern Strategy from Machiavelli to the Nuclear Age (Princeton University Press, reprint edition, 1986). These two books will place Clausewitz in context to other strategic thinkers. After completing these two books, the best translation is Michael Eliot Howard and Peter Paret’s, “On War” (Princeton University Press, 1989). Finally, the late Ray-

mond Aron’s book, “Clausewitz: The Prophet of War,” (Simon and Schuster Paperback, 1986) can be tackled along with this new volume by Waldman. An intellectual struggle to be sure, but as Ewin Rommel paraphrased August Willich, “Sweat saves blood, blood saves lives, and brains saves both.” Editor’s Note: Cmdr. Aboul-Enein is the author of

two books on the Middle East and is working on a third, “Secret War for the Middle East,” which is scheduled for publication this fall by Naval Institute Press. He teaches part-time at the National Defense University, and wishes to thank the National Defense University library for providing him the book and a quiet place to read and write this review.

Installation Libraries Kick Off Summer Reading Program By Army Sgt. 1st Class to have fun reading so they Reading program theme is a military challenge coin Tyrone C. Marshall Jr. don’t go back to school be- a travel theme: “Have Book, for reading. hind the [power] curve.” Will Travel.” In last year’s program, American Forces Carrato used sports as an “We’ll be reading about Carrato said, Defense DepartPress Service

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Lt. Cmdr. Andrew Tarrant, assigned to U.S. Naval Hospital Guam, and children look at “The Napping House” by Audrey and Don Wood at the Morale Welfare and Recreation Library during story time at Naval Base Guam. Libraries across the Defense Department will begin offering the fourth annual Summer Reading Program to students on their installations to promote reading fun, a Navy General Library official said.

Libraries across the Defense Department will begin offering the fourth annual Summer Reading Program to students on their installations to promote reading fun, a Navy General Library official said. Nilya Carrato, program assistant for the Navy General Library Program, highlighted DOD’s Summer Reading Program during an interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel. “The Summer Reading Program operates on DOD installations worldwide, and it runs, generally, between Memorial Day and Labor Day, although we know school gets out at different times all around the world,” she said. “And it’s a way for students

example of practicing a skill to stay prepared. “If you play a lot sports, you need to know how to run,” Carrato said. “If you want to learn in school, you’ve got to already have your reading skills. And if you don’t practice, you lose them.” Reading is much less of a chore for a child who enjoys it, she added. “If you don’t practice [reading] over the summer, you can go back a few weeks behind your classmates in terms of your reading skills,” Carrato said. “And that might not be so bad this year, but by the time they’re in sixth grade, they can be a whole year behind their classmates as far as their reading skills, because it does add up over time.” This year’s Summer

airplanes and cars, and [asking], ‘If you could go anywhere, where would you go?” Carrato said. “But it’s not necessary that you have to read about [that] theme -- just [have] fun. Those are the program ideas.” The program will apply throughout the Defense Department, and it will be available at installation libraries and at some child and youth programs during the summer, Carrato said. “It goes all ages,” she added. “Some bases will even do it for adults.” In addition to the travel theme, the program includes incentives for students to participate, Carrato said, such as bookmarks and other prizes, as well as crafts parties. This year, she said, participants can earn

ment children put in almost 30 years of reading time. “We get the reports back from all of the installations around the world about how many minutes their kids read, and how many pages their kids read, and I add it all up,” Carrato said. “It’s millions of minutes.” Last year’s program notched a 30-percent increase over the year before, “which was like a 300-percent increase over the year before that,” Carrato said. “So it will probably be about a 50-percent increase if things keep building,” she added. “It’s pretty insane. This is the fourth year we’ve been doing it. It’s a lot of fun.” Students can sign up at their local installation library or online.


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NAVSEA to Host the Fifth Annual International Frigate Working Group

among IFWG membership. From NAVSEA Office of “The International Frigate Corporate Communications The Naval Sea Systems Command will host the fifth meeting of the International Frigate Working Group (IFWG) May 6-10, at Naval Station Mayport, Fla., bringing together the current users of the Oliver Hazard Perry class frigates. The navies currently operating the class meet annually to assess lessons learned and to discuss opportunities to improve capabilities, maintenance and support of these ships. The U.S. Navy currently operates 19 Perry-class frigates, all of which are slated for decommissioning in the next several years. A total of 34 Perry-class frigates are in use by partner navies, including Australia, Bahrain, Egypt, Turkey, Poland, Spain, Taiwan and Pakistan. Hosting responsibility for these yearly meetings rotates

Working Group continues to provide an open and collaborative forum for the U.S. Navy and its international partners to exchange vital information to ensure these ships remain combat ready,” said Rear Adm. Jim Shannon, NAVSEA’s deputy commander for surface warfare. “Fostering communication and sustaining cooperative relationships with our international partners is a cornerstone of the U.S. Navy’s global maritime strategy. These meetings provide a unique opportunity to share success stories, address challenges and establish initiatives to ensure these ships remain supportable throughout their service lives.” The International Frigate Working Group is an opportunity to promote communication between U.S. and allied partners in an effort

to identify maintenance, obsolescence and logistics issues impacting the class, and to also present alternatives for sustainment and modernization programs. IFWG members recognize that U.S. Navy support of the FFG 7 platform will become increasingly challenging as it decommissions the remaining 19 ships. IFWG provides an opportunity for improved cooperation between the U.S. and partner navies to improve communications, logistics support, gain efficiencies, and enhance long term readiness. “Our collaborative approach to sharing knowledge and experiences has proven to be immensely successful and informative in years past,” Shannon said. “We are looking forward to another opportunity to share the trials and successes of this ship class with our partner navies to continue to make strides with some

Wound Care Conference Educates Providers Locally, Abroad

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of the modernization challenges.” NAVSEA’s Surface Warfare Directorate is responsible for the maintenance and modernization of non-nuclear surface ships currently operating in the fleet.

Through planned modernization and upgrade programs, the directorate equips today’s surface ships with the latest technologies and systems to keep them in the fleet through their service lives.

Patuxent River Corpsman Receives Purple Heart By Connie Hempel NAS Patuxent River Public Affairs

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Director of the Clinical Nurse Transition Program at Walter Reed Bethesda Cynthia Goldberg gives a presentation on pain management during a Wound Management Conference held at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence. By Sarah Marshall WRNMMC Journal staff writer Health care providers from Walter Reed Bethesda and across the globe recently had an opportunity to discuss the latest in wound care treatment during a three-day wound care conference. Held at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence, the sixth annual Wound Management Conference allowed subject matter experts from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) to share their knowledge about current trends in wound care, applicable to their units, wards, as well as on deployment and in the civilian sector, explained Army Maj. Teresa Yabar, division officer for WRNMMC’s General Surgery Clinic. “This was the first time it was done utilizing VTC (video teleconferencing), which was a major endeavor,” Yabar noted. While saving traveling costs, the VTC capability at this year’s Wound Management Conference allowed providers from 14 mili-

tary installations to participate, including Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, Naval Base Guam, Army Base Fort Bliss in Texas, and Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, Yabar said. Additionally, conference participants earned 12.5 training hours, helping to maintain their annual credentialing requirements, Yabar added. “We addressed nutrition, [and] pain management. There’s always pain in wounds,” said Maria Paz Aquino, a wound and ostomy clinical nurse at WRNMMC. “We [also] highlighted certain wounds that are inherent in every practice, called pressure ulcers,” she explained, which may form where pressure on the skin reduces blood flow. A pressure ulcer may form when a patient has been in a wheelchair or bed for a long period of time, or when a patient has a disease that affects blood flow, such as diabetes or vascular disease.

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He humbly stood there as his citation was read; details of the night that took the lives of two Marines and injured him along with seven of his comrades. At just 26 years old, Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Vanzorro Gross Jr., a medic assigned to the Naval Health Clinic Patuxent Clinic, was awarded the Purple Heart during a ceremony May 6, which recognized him for combat injuries he sustained during a firefight in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan. “It’s an honor to bestow this award to one of Navy medicine’s finest,” Rear Adm. Alton Stocks said during the ceremony. Stocks, the commander of Navy Medicine National Capital Area and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at Bethesda, traveled to the clinic at NAS Patuxent River to preside over the ceremony and personally thank Gross. “A grateful nation thanks you,” the admiral said. “It’s because of people like you America remains free, and people around the world are free today.” Recalling what he could from that Sept. 14, 2012, night, Gross said it was nearly 10 p.m. and all was quiet as he was restocking the clinic’s shelves with medical supplies; only the music on his iPod filled the air. Soon, he and the Marines who shared the building were running out the door with their weapons drawn as they responded to a commotion of explosions and gunfire. Insurgents had breached the perimeter of the camp and were destroying aircraft on the airfield. As Gross and nearly a dozen Marines advanced to secure the airfield, they used the airfield equipment for cover along the way. Gross stayed to the rear. “I had to make sure they all went first in case one of them went down,” the nine-year corpsman said. The Marines and Gross were all armed and actively engaged in the firefight.

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Rear Adm. Alton Stocks, the commander of Navy Medicine National Capital Area and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at Bethesda, presents Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Vanzorro Gross Jr. the Purple Heart for combat injuries he received Sept. 14, 2012, during a firefight in Afghanistan. “We really couldn’t see who was shooting, but there were a lot of explosions and tracer rounds going by,” he said. Hunkered behind an airfield vehicle, Gross watched as the last Marine left his position to move forward. As Gross got ready to advance by checking to see if all was clear, he saw someone on the flightline raise a weapon in his direction. “When he raised his weapon at me, I fired at him,” Gross said. “The next thing I knew, there was a spark and I heard a hiss.” The enemy launched a rocket propelled grenade (RPG) and struck the vehicle Gross

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NSASP recognizes Sailors, Employees By Andrew Revelos Pilot Staff Writer Naval Support Activity South Potomac (NSASP) recently recognized the outstanding Sailors and employees of the first quarter at the Community House in Dahlgren. “Thanks for coming and taking time out of your day,” said Capt. Pete Nette, commanding officer of NSASP. “This is a good time to get together and honor our people.” First to be recognized was CS2 Krishna McCray, who received a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for “superior performance of her duties while serving as Naval Support Facility Dahlgren security patrolman, first lieutenant and assistant security specialist from May 2010 to May 2013,” according to the citation. McCray’s efforts provided base access for 500 personnel; she also helped the Pass and ID Office train new personnel at a time when budget stress reduced the manpower available to the office. McCray participated in 30 retirements, reenlistment ceremonies and funeral honor details. McCray also gave 200 hours of her off-duty time to volunteer projects. ABH2 Charlie Kirkpatrick and GSM1 Terrance Rambeau were recognized as the Junior Sailor of the Quarter and Sailor of the Quarter, respectively, for the second quarter of 2013. “I commend you for your outstanding performance of duty, meticu-

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From left to right, Capt. Pete Nette, commanding officer of NSASP, Hector Campos, Sgt. Melvin Johnson, Sgt. Stephen Mullen and David Moore. lous military bearing and positive attitude towards your shipmates, Naval Support Activity South Potomac and the Navy,” Nette told the Sailors, who each received four-day special liberty for their achievement. Patricia Lyon, administrative assistant at the Pass and ID Office at Naval Support Facility Indian Head, was recognized as the Civilian of the Quarter, first quarter of 2013, for superior performance of duties. While the office was undermanned due to budget restrictions, Lyon worked extra hours and

undertook extra duties that helped keep the office operating efficiently. Marisa Kelso, Morale, Welfare and Readiness (MWR) site manager for NSF Indian Head, was recognized as the Civilian Supervisor of the Quarter, first quarter of 2013, for “effective leadership and communication ingenuity” that makes the MWR program at Indian Head so successful. Kelso works closely with the various commands at Indian Head and expertly managed her department’s affairs through budget reductions.

CS2 Marci Primeau was recognized by the U.S. Army Garrison, Fort A.P. Hill, with a Certificate of Appreciation for “outstanding support while assisting Warriors and Veterans with tax preparation,” wrote Lt. Col. Peter E. Dargle, commander of the garrison. “Your assistance and knowledge has been an invaluable asset to this post. Your dedication to duty and tireless efforts reflect well upon you and the United States Armed Forces.” The Department of Homeland Security recognized Nette, along with Tim Bennett, David Frederickson, Mark McClintock and Mike Nguyen, for NSASP’s support of the 2013 Presidential Inauguration. The command provided space for Customs and Border Protection assets that helped ensure the inauguration proceeded safely and securely. In a letter signed by Elizabeth Michelsen, executive director of field support, and Robert Costello, regional field support director, the Department of Homeland Security praised NSASP for “demonstrating the best of interdepartmental teamwork.” Several NSASP employees were recognized with length of service awards. David Moore received a five-year length of service award. Daryl Carpenter, Eugene Furjes, Melvin Johnson and Stephen Mullen were recognized for 10 years of federal service. Hector Campos received a 20-year length of service award. Donald Robinson was recognized for 25 years of exceptional service.

Throttling Up CNAF Names PMA-265 Team Member Pacific Pilot of Year

By Julie Lemmon PMA-265 Communications Support

The integrated product manager for Australian Foreign Military Sales with the F/A18 and EA-18G Program Office (PMA-265) at Naval Air Station Patuxent River was recently chosen as the 2012 Commander, Naval Air Forces Pacific Pilot of the Year. Lt. Cmdr. Michael “Jockey” Lisa received the award for his efforts integrating the EA18G Growler into carrier-based operations while assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141, at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, Wash. Lisa was notified of his selection March 27 and will receive the award at the Tailhook Association Reunion in September. “Lisa’s success is directly connected to the actions he displays,” said Rear Adm. Donald Gaddis, Program Executive Officer for Tactical Aircraft at NAVAIR, which oversees PMA-265. “He understands the significance of getting a capable and proven aircraft to the fleet and was an integral part of that mission. He is a dedicated and effective officer and is very deserving of this great accomplishment.” Lisa has been a part of many “firsts” for the EA-18G. Before VAQ-141, Lisa was assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 at NAS Patuxent River, where he took the Growler through Initial Operational Test and Evaluation and piloted the first Growler aircraft carrier arrested landing aboard USS Eisenhower (CVN 69) in 2008. While at VAQ-141, Lisa planned, led and executed the full spectrum of modern combat operations, from counter insurgency operations in support of international allied forces to advanced threat scenarios to employing tactics that explored the full capabilities of the platform and weapon systems, the citation read. Additionally, he communicated critical lessons learned to the larger electronic attack community, by personally authoring 108 pages of in-depth EA-18G operational and tactical lessons learned that

Lt. Cmdr. Michael “Jockey” Lisa stands with an EA-18G Growler from Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 shortly after leading the organizational transition of the squadron from Whidbey Island, Wash., to Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan, in 2012. garnered widespread attention from senior Navy leadership to the operator level. “Lieutenant Commander Lisa is very deserving of the award,” said Capt. Frank Morley, PMA-265 program manager. “Not many aviators have the unique experience of being an integral part of test and evaluation of a new aircraft and then being a part of integrating the aircraft into the fleet for operational missions.”

Lisa said he was humbled by the award and attributes his selection to the help and guidance he received from his squadron. “An individual award is representative of the command,” Lisa said. “In my case, the chiefs and the mustangs [commissioned officers who began their careers as enlisted service members] were instrumental in the success of the command.” He was especially grateful to his VAQ-141

teammate and Operations Officer Lt. Cmdr. Mehdi Akacem. “Everything I did as a pilot, he did as an NFO [naval flight officer],” said Lisa. “He is brilliant as a test guy and our different areas of expertise combined to enhance the capabilities of the Growler.” Lisa continues to support the EA-18G and airborne electronic attack while attached to PMA-265.

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cise affects the Navy as a whole because it engages military and civilian personnel in preparedness scenarios that are based on realistic natural weather threats to our Navy installations,” said Larry R. Nelson, director of training and readiness for NDW. “Furthermore, the initiative behind the exercise is to measure the readiness level of Navy resources. This evaluative process can ensure that leadership has an accurate snapshot of the preparedness level for the respective facilities and regions.” Making the threat of a hurricane seem real is part of the exercise, but Nelson stressed the safety concerns of those participating in HURREX/Citadel Gale and the affected personnel. “NDW installations have chosen exercises that are designed to specifically challenge, test, and measure objectives that are unique to their geographical area,” said Nelson. “But installation commanders have the flexibility to balance day-to-day operations while still meeting the exercise schedule requirements. Should a real-world event

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combination of investigative abilities, a little bit of policy thinking, and math, but you also have to be able to think as the bad guy when you’re trying to be the good guy. So it’s a whole lot of psychology as well,” said Midshipman 1st Class Matt Yates. Yates was the Navy’s team leader for this year’s cyber defense exercise, sponsored by the National Security Agency, and is pursuing a dual major in computer science and information technology. “I feel the cyber major is going to be an excellent addition to the Naval Academy,” said Yates. “It’s a better alternative for students


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XP-59A Airacomet, America’s first fully jetpowered plane; however, the plane had a number of problems and was found to be unsuitable for carrier operations. By far, the most famous of the World War II jet-powered aircraft - and one that saw action during the war - was the German Messerschmitt ME262. When the Nazis surrendered, the Allies were anxious to study the advanced German aviation technology, and the Navy acquired three ME-262s, which were sent to Pax River for testing in 1945. One crashed on its initial flight, one was scrapped, and one still survives and is known as White 35 (BuNo 121448). For many years, there was a rumor that parts of a ME-262 could be seen eroding out of the bank along the Pax River shoreline. Stan Swieker, retired Pax engineer, has confirmed that part of the rumor is true - Nazi German jet aircraft parts were present in the early 1970s - but were from a German Arado 234B, not a ME-262. The Arado was a bomber/reconnaissance plane, one of two deliv-

Waterline occur during the exercise, the installation’s priority is to utilize their resources to effectively respond to the incident and resume the exercise play when the commanders deem it’s feasible to do so.” Though the exercise has been run through for years, the events of last year’s devastating Hurricane Sandy bring a greater gravity to this season’s HURREX/Citadel Gale. Nelson said that one of the hallmarks of exercises like these is to learn from years past. “When these pre-exercise processes take place, the regions and installations have an opportunity to review, revise, and discuss contingency plans based on prior issues or lessons learned they may have experienced with Hurricane Sandy,” said Nelson. “The saying, ‘train like you’re going to fight,’ certainly applies to the mindset in exercise development and participation. Exercises are essential to measure the actual readiness capability of installation and regional resources. Without the exercises, the mistakes or deficiencies made during a real event may be costly in terms of property damages and public safety.” For more news from Naval District Washington, visit This story is part one of a two part series on HURREX/Citadel Gale.

interested in cyber than just giving them a degree in general math or general science.” The Naval Academy has already taken several steps to ensure future graduates are invested with the skills and knowledge necessary to operate effectively and immediately in an emerging cyber security environment. The academy is the only U.S. institution of higher learning that has mandatory cyber security classes. The baseline is to provide every academy graduate with an understanding of the cyber domain and how it impacts their commands and their ability to conduct their missions. “Computers are everywhere. These are skills we’ll need wherever we go,” said Yates. For more news from U.S. Naval Academy, visit

ered to Pax (BuNos. 121445 and 121446) and later scrapped in 1946. Stan said that, at the time, a jet engine with a name plate was still visible. Modern landfill cleanup operations are believed to have removed any remnants of the German aircraft. Another captured Luftwaffe aircraft tested at Pax River was the very fast, push-pull piston engine prop plane, the Dornier DO335A-02. The plane that was tested here at Pax (BuNo 121447) is the only known surviving example of this plane and, today, is on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Pax River, from the very beginning, has operated at the leading edge of aviation technology. While it is easy for us today to understand that the Joint Strike Fighter F-35 or X-47 embodies the most advanced technology available, this is actually how it has been for all of Pax River’s history. Having always tested the most advanced aviation systems that we have, Pax River has continuously played a pivotal role in the dramatic changes and growth that have occurred in aviation technologies throughout the past 70 years.


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der the National Security Act, towards the goal of readiness for any eventuality. It is the first parade of preparedness by the unified forces of our land, sea, and air defense.” The theme of the first Armed Forces Day was “Teamed for Defense.” It was chosen as a means of expressing the unification of all the military forces under a single department of the government. Although this was the theme for the day, there were several other purposes for holding Armed Forces Day. It was considered an education program for civilians, one in which there would be an increased awareness of the armed forces. In addition to honoring and acknowledging the military personnel of the United States, the holiday was designed to expand public understanding of what type of job the military performs every day, its role in civilian life, and to educate the civilian population it serves to protect. The first Armed Forces Day was celebrated by parades, open houses, receptions, and air shows. In Washington, D.C., more than 10,000 personnel from all branches of the military, cadets, and veterans marched pass the president and his party. Armed Forces Day is celebrated annually on the third Saturday of May. Armed

Forces Week begins on the second Saturday and ends on the third Sunday of May. Most commands throughout the country hold events in the spirit of the first Armed Forces Day to honor our service members, and also include the community. NDW is participating with events at individual installations within the region. Representatives from Naval Support Facility Dahlgren and other local military installations joined with officials from the city of Fredericksburg as well as Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George and Caroline Counties May 4 in Fredericksburg, Va., to sign a proclamation that represents a formal commitment of support by the local community to military service members and families of active duty, Reserve and National Guard armed forces personnel. The event featured a performance by the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard’s precision drill team. Joint Base Anacostia Bolling will also honor members of the armed forces by holding an Armed Forces Weekend May 18 to 19 at Busch Gardens for unaccompanied active duty military personnel in pay grades E1 to E6 to recognize and honor the military forces in our nation. The event will feature a cookout with activities such as kickball, volleyball and softball. For more information on events happening in NDW, visit NavDistWash.

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Continued from 5 standard, which starts with the ASA program. Many of the advanced qualifications are required for crewing or skippering larger sailing vessels. However, the association has terrific opportunities for learning to sail larger vessels, and gaining practical sailing experience from more seasoned sailors. The Pentagon Sailing Club is an allvolunteer organization, which helps keep training and operating costs at a minimum for members. The ASA courses are approximately one-third of the price that you would

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was hunkered behind just seconds earlier, according to after-action reports. “Everything went fuzzy,” he said. “I knew I got hit, but I didn’t know with what.” Fortunately, Gross said he was full of adrenaline and was able to continue to move forward, firing his weapon down the flightline along the way. When he reached his group of Marines, he was pulled inside a bunker. He said he thought he was going blind in his left eye as his sight blurred. “I would rub my eye and my vision would come back. I realized it was just blood when I saw it on my hand,” he said. Gross had a 2-inch gash above his eye, just one of his injuries resulting from the blast. It wasn’t until he was being assessed by another corpsman in the bunker that he realized his injuries were far worse. Looking down, the corpsman noticed a hole in Gross’ boot with a puddle of blood. A 2-inch piece of shrapnel had penetrated 80 percent into his left foot, while a smaller fragment went through the side of it. After what reports determined was a two-hour fire fight, Gross and the seven other injured service members were able

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Nurses and doctors also discussed amputee care, and topical products used for treating such wounds. They shared the latest wound care techniques, she continued, such as negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT), turning an open wound into a sterile, closed wound, while enhancing circulation. “There’s probably nowhere else in the world where [NPWT’s] use is as wide spread or as intelligent as it is here,” said Col. (Dr.) Jerry Svoboda, a vascular surgeon, who shared his expertise during the conference. A reservist currently mobilized to WRNMMC, Svoboda regularly practices in the civilian sector, in Rochester, N.Y. He gave a presentation on diabetic foot ulcers, which he explained may be prevented by using soap, water and petroleum jelly. This method may help decrease the number of diabetic amputations across the nation, he said. The surgeon added the conference was an opportunity to share modern treatments, and ways to use wound care products both properly as well as economically. He also noted the “collection of talent” at Walter Reed Bethesda.

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pay in at a civilian sailing school, because the instructors are members and are volunteering their time. The members also maintain the boats, which also helps keep costs down. If you want to eventually get your own sailboat, joining a club like this is a good way to start. You can learn not only to sail, but also learn sailboat maintenance that you can apply to your own vessel. The Patuxent River Naval Station, and the Naval Support Activity Annapolis also have similar clubs. They are also affiliated with USNSA and you can find information about these other local clubs on the association’s website. For more information, check out and

to get medical care from the British service members staged across the airfield. “It didn’t seem very long,” Gross said about the ordeal. “It felt like it all happened in only five minutes.” Since that night, the gash above his eye has healed, with barely a scar left behind, but shards of shrapnel remain on the majority of the left side of his body. “It gets itchy sometimes, but that’s how I can tell pieces are working their way out,” he said. Gross has undergone four surgeries to rebuild his left foot and remains on limited duty, but he doesn’t let his injuries or his experience get him down. “Everyone’s experience is different,” he said about the deployment, the third in his career so far. “Being corpsmen, we know what our job entails and what we have to do. It’s being able to not focus on the bad. Even though what happened was bad, I was blessed enough to pull through and come back.” Gross is the second corpsman from the Patuxent River clinic to receive the Purple Heart. According to records at the clinic, the first was presented posthumously to Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Anthony Garcia in 2009. Garica was killed in action Aug. 5, 2009, while deployed to Afghanistan.

“[WRNMMC] is an extremely highspeed facility for taking care of complicated wounds,” he said, not only for wounded warriors, but patients of all ages. “I’m learning a lot here.” A testimony to the knowledge at WRNMMC is the medical center’s staff members having developed the original Department of Defense (DOD) wound care formulary, Aquino said. Wound and ostomy clinical nurses Aquino and Sharon May helped establish the guidelines and decision-making process for treating wounds, used throughout the DOD. Under the General Surgery Clinic, the Wound Care Management Services staff members are planning for next year’s annual conference, hoping to continue its growth. Throughout the year, they remain involved in research efforts, while organizing trainings, and producing a newsletter, available on the intranet, to keep patients and staff informed of the latest in wound care developments. “They’re constantly [networking] to see if there are any changes or better products, or technology, available,” Yabar said of the Wound Care staff. “They’re very motivated, always willing to learn, [and] always looking for new and better treatments.”

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Thursday, May 16, 2013