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The Waterline

June 13, 2013

Vol. XXX No. 23


Keep Safety in Mind, Rain or Shine By Patrick Gordon

NDW Waterline writer

Most people know the basics for a fun day out during the spring and summer. They are sure to stay hydrated, wear sunscreen, and apply bug spray. But what happens when a sudden front of severe weather comes along? Are you prepared in the event of an unforeseen weather emergency? “Following your local weather updates and ensuring compliance with preparedness guidance is an essential part of the process,” said Larry R. Nelson, director of training and readiness for Naval District Washington (NDW). “Advanced preparedness is the key to having an advantage over an inclement weather situation.” In the case of any emergency, authorities recommend having a plan and being prepared for the unexpected. The Ready Navy website ( advises that an emergency kit be prepared for any individual and their dependants to include necessities for an extended stay away from home. This should include - but is not lim-

ited to - emergency food and water to last several days, any necessary medications, a first aid kit, changes of clothes, and a tool kit. Having an evacuation plan, staying in contact with family and friends, and having a predetermined evacuation destination are all advised, as well. “A plan provides a road map during a crisis which saves time, and also provides measures for protecting property and other resources to include our most precious resource, our families,” said Sigmund E. Evans, installation emergency manager for Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling. “Ready Navy provides the information needed for proper preparation of emergencies.” To stay informed of any emergency weather situations, regularly check weather reports on the radio, television or online. NDW personnel can receive weather and other emergency alerts by signing up for the Wide Area Alert Notification (WAAN) system. AtHoc WAAN alerts can be received

See Safety, Page 10

U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Kiona Miller

Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Luis MojicaRodriguez views the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mobile application. The mobile application is one option to remain prepared during any disaster, along with registering with the Wide Area Alert Network to get up-to-date information during a crisis.

NDW to Eliminate Vehicle Decals By Patrick Gordon NDW Waterline writer

U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Kiona Miller

Department of Defense Police Cpl. O.K. Harris checks personnel and visitor identification at the Washington Navy Yard. Effective July 1, NDW installations will no longer require vehicles to display Department of Defense (DOD) vehicle decals for base access.

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Drivers coming on to Naval District Washington (NDW) installations may notice a change at the gates this summer. Effective July 1, NDW installations will no longer require vehicles to display Department of Defense (DOD) vehicle decals for base access. The elimination of the use of vehicle decals for vehicle registration, in order to access Navy installations, was directed by the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations & Environment) memorandum dated March 18, 2011. Previously, the vehicle decal program registration process provided a simple way for base security to verify the vehicle had been properly registered with the state, confirm the driver had adequate liability insurance, and confirm the driver was authorized to operate the vehicle. NDW installations have been provided guidance to develop implementation plans of the new policy and associated policies for vehicle base access, parking, and other installationwide driving concerns.


“Some have viewed the decal as a credentialing for base access,” said Tony Reid, Commander Navy Installation Command (CNIC) N3AT program manager. “Credentialing for base access has always been based on individuals having proper identification, such as a Department of Defenseissued identification card. Vehicle decals were used to ensure vehicles on Navy installations complied with state requirements for vehicle registration and insurance. State programs have become more uniform and efficient, eliminating one of the main reasons for vehicle decals.” Security is also a prime concern for all DON installations. Since Sept. 11, 2001, 100 percent I.D. card checks have been implemented at all DOD installations. With this security measure in place, the decals have become redundant, and in some cases, a concern. “In addition to the expense in administering the program, other issues prompting the change in policy include decals being moved from vehicle to vehicle or easily counterfeited and cars sold to non-Depart-

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Fleet-Wide Sexual Assault Awareness Stand-down Scheduled for June From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

(SARCs) and victim advocates (VAs), which emphasizes how violations impact mission readiness. All training center and institutional instructors, as well as personnel who are the first to interact with sexual assault victims, to include health care providers, Fleet and Family Support Center counselors, chaplains, judge advocate general personnel, and NCIS investigators, will receive specialized refresher training, using the Navy’s successful SAPRLeadership/SAPR-Fleet training programs and other Navy SAPR resources. As part of the stand-down, the Navy will conduct an active review of credentials and qualifications of recruiters, SARCs, VAs, training center and institutional instructors, recruit training center division commanders, NCIS investigators, sexual assault nurse examiners and those qualified to conduct sexual assault forensic examinations. Following the stand-down, a completion report will be submitted to the Secretary of Defense by July 17. A facilitator’s guide and Navy leadership video messages can be found at<BR< a>> For more information on the upcoming sexual assault stand-down, see NAVADMIN 156/13 and NAVADMIN 158/13. For more information on the Navy’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program, visit

All Navy commands will conduct a sexual assault prevention and response (SAPR) stand-down between June 10 and July 1st, according to Navy Messages released this week. Reserve component units and deployed personnel will also commence their stand-down starting June 10, but will have until July 22 to complete. “Our end state for this stand-down will be that all of our service members and civilian personnel clearly understand SAPR principles and resources,” said Vice Adm. Scott Van Buskirk, Chief of Naval Personnel. “All personnel will understand their accountability and role in reducing with a goal of eliminating sexual assault from the Navy, fostering a command climate of dignity and respect, and upholding our core values of honor, courage and commitment.” The command triad (commanding officer, executive officer, and command master chief) of each command will lead Sailors and Navy civilian personnel in a minimum two hours of focused facilitated instruction on SAPR principles and the importance of fostering a climate of dignity and respect in the workplace. Additionally, targeted professional ethics/standards of conduct refresher training will be conducted for recruiters, sexual assault response coordinators

U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Damian Berg

Yeoman 1st Class Maria Daviddelacruz, left, and Aviation Electrician’s Mate 2nd Class Julemarie Hayes, both from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 46, go over the requirements to become Department of Defense Sexual Assault Victim Intervention (SAVI) advocates. The goal of the SAVI program is to provide a comprehensive, standardized, gender-neutral, victim-sensitive system to prevent and respond to sexual assault throughout the Navy.

Around the Yard It’s Summer Safety Month in NDW. What’s the first thing you do when you hear thunder?

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Thursday, June 13, 2013


This Week in Navy History June 13

June 17

1881 - USS Jeannette is crushed in Arctic ice pack. 1967 - Operation Great Bend begins in Rung Sat Zone, Vietnam.

1833 - USS Delaware enters drydock at Gosport Navy Yard in Norfolk, Va., the first warship to enter a public drydock in the United States. 1870 - USS Mohican burns Mexican pirate ship, Forward. 1898 - Navy Hospital Corps established. 1940 - Chief of Naval Operations asks Congress for money to build two-ocean Navy.

June 14 1777 - John Paul Jones takes command of Ranger. 1777 - Continental Congress adopts design of present U.S. Flag. 1847 - Commodore Matthew Perry launches amphibious river operations by Sailors and Marines on Tabasco River, Mexico. 1940 - Franklin D. Roosevelt signs Naval Expansion Act to construct ships to increase Navy’s tonnage by 11 percent. 1985 - Steelworker Second Class Robert D. Stethem of Underwater Construction Team One is killed by terrorist hijackers of TWA Flight 847. He later received a Bronze Star for his heroism.

June 18 1812 - U.S. declares war on Great Britain for impressment of Sailors and interference with commerce. 1942 - First African-American officer, Bernard W. Robinson, commissioned in Naval Reserve. 1957 - CNO approves ship characteristics of the Fleet Ballistic Missile submarine.

June 15

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Naval Historical Center

“Hauling Down the Flag -- Surrender of the Alabama to the Kearsarge off 1944 - Fifth Fleet lands Marines on Cherbourg, France, 19 June 1864” Artwork by J.O. Davidson, depicting the Saipan, under the cover of naval gunfire, in sinking of CSS Alabama, as seen from USS Kearsarge. The crew of one of conquest of Marianas. Kearsarge’s eleven-inch Dahlgren pivot guns is celebrating their victory.

1963 - Launching of combat store ship, Mars (AFS-1), first of new class of underway replenishment ships. 1991 - Two battle groups and amphibious ships evacuate dependents and Air Force personnel from Clark Air Force Base

after Mount Pinatubo erupts in Philippines.

June 16 1898 - U.S. squadron bombards Santia-

go, Cuba. 1965 - Navy Department schedules reactivation of hospital ship Repose (AH-16), first hospital ship activated for Vietnam Conflict.

Focusing on Resilience: 21st Century Sailor Office Established From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs Effective June 1, Navy headquarters staff realigned in support of the establishment of 21st Century Sailor office (OPNAV N17). Establishment of the 21st Century Sailor office will provide for more coordinated and streamlined efforts in Sailor resiliency and readiness programs. Full details of the realignment can be found in Naval Administrative Message 153/13. The office is responsible for the integration of the Navy’s objectives for equal opportunity, Sailor personal and family readiness; physical readiness; substance abuse prevention; suicide prevention; sexual harassment and sexual assault prevention and response (SAPR), hazing prevention, and transition assistance. “The goal of 21st Century Sailor office is to provide our Sailors with the support network, programs, resources, training, and skills needed to overcome adversity and thrive,” said Rear Adm. Walter “Ted” Carter, Director of the 21st Century Sailor office. “Resilience is not one program or initiative, but a comprehensive effort to build life skills that not only ensure Navy readiness, but also fully develop the personal and professional talent of our force. The 21st Century Sailor office will drive policy and strategies that are responsive to our Sailors and their families.” The 21st Century Sailor office was created through a realignment of existing Navy resources as part of the recommendations from Task Force Resilient. Task Force Resilient was chartered by Vice Chief of Naval

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Cmdr. Timothy Wilke, commanding officer of the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1), congratulates the first Sailors to be frocked to petty officer 3rd class in the ship’s history during a frocking ceremony. Freedom is in Singapore as part of a deployment to Southeast Asia. Freedom is homeported in San Diego. Operations (VCNO) Adm. Mark Ferguson on Jan. 22 to review Navy resiliency efforts as well as suicide related events in order to increase resilience and reduce suicides. Led by Rear Adm. Walter “Ted” Carter, Task Force Resilient determined Navy resilience resources could better serve Sailors if aligned under one overarching and integrated organization that provided unity of effort across the Navy enterprise. Task Force Resilient recommended establishing the 21st Century office, led by a Line Flag officer, to serve as the overall lead for Navy resilience efforts by focusing on outcomes and continuity of care across Navy programs. “Building resilience through a culture of

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June 19 1864 - USS Kearsarge sinks Confederate raider, Alabama, off France. 1944 - Battle of the Philippine Sea begins, it comes to be known as “The Marianas Turkey Shoot.” 1948 - Chief of Naval Operations assigns three destroyers to U.N. mediator for the Palestine truce.



Thursday, June 13, 2013

NSA Washington-JBAB Fleet Family and Fun Centralized Scheduling

Pre-Separation Briefings

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.

Service members preparing to transition from military to civilian life are required by law to attend a pre-separation counseling briefing. The pre-separation brief is designed to make transitioning military members aware of all the services and benefits available to them and their family members under Transition GPS. These briefings will provide the information necessary to make more informed decisions. For your convenience the pre-separation counseling briefing is available through one-on-one appointments at Military and Family Support Center and can be made through Centralized Scheduling at 202-685-6019.


Program offers individual and family financial counseling, financial classes, and is responsible for the Command Financial specialist training in the Region (NDW).

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

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

Personal Financial Management (PFM)

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

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)

MFSC, JBAB Bldg. 72 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 433-6151

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


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.

JBAB Daddy/Daughter Dance


June 27 | 3 to 5 p.m. | JBAB, Bldg. 72 - Military & Family Support Center For dads and moms with children age 0 to 1 year. All ranks and branches are welcome! Using a combination of group discussion and a dads breakout group and a moms breakout group, we will explore the joy and wonderment as well as the trials of parenthood. The dads breakout group is led by a dad and will include the topics of soothing a crying infant, infant care, preparing for a baby and what to do now that they are here, and how to enjoy being an active Dad as well as open group discussion. The moms group will include the topics of breast and formula feeding, preparing for your baby and what to do now that they are here, safe sleep, and maternal instincts as well as open group discussion. Learn about the first few months of your baby’s life and how positive parenting is im-

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.

June 15 | 1 to 3 p.m. | JBAB Bolling Club | $12 In celebration of Father’s Day join us for the 6th Annual Daddy-Daughter Dance. You see your little princess growing up so fast, join us for this event as the memories are sure to last. Activities include dancing, crafts, contests and fun! Attire is semi-formal. For reservations call 202-563-8400.

portant for infant growth and development. Prepare your home and relationship for the changes that are needed when a baby arrives so that you can enjoy being a parent and experience the fulfillment of being partners in parenting. To register please call 202-433-6151or 202-767-0450.

Dads Basic Training - Dads and Moms Partners in Parenting

Fitness Center Renovations - Phase 2 will begin June 10 The first floor locker rooms will be closed during this phase of the renovation project. The fitness equipment on the first floor, the second floor locker rooms, and third floor group exercise area will be available for use. All group exercise classes will resume in the 3rd floor group exercise area at the beginning of Phase 2. The front desk and first floor laundry area will also be closed during this phase. Staff will be located on the first and second floor of building W-22 for assistance. For more information please contact the Fitness Center at 202-433-2829/2882 or visit their website site at mil/nsawfitness.


Thursday, June 13, 2013


D-Day Deception: Operation Fortitude

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

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


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In a small ceremony at the Defense Intelligence Agency, Major Eric Miller reenlisted Chief Intelligence Specialist Gregg Davis for four additional years. An AfghanistanPakistan Hand (AFPAK Hand) from Naval District Washington, Davis is pursuing a Master’s of Science in Strategic Intelligence at the National Intelligence University during his “Out of Tour” assignment and will graduate July 26. Miller teaches several courses at the National Intelligence University, including two that Davis took, Intelligence & National Security Policy and Leadership & Management in the Intelligence Community. Observing is Davis’ wife, Mary. The AFPAK Hands program was stood up in 2009 by then Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff, to establish a cohort of experts that specialize in the complexities of Afghanistan and Pakistan language and culture. These members provide persistent engagement on regional issues while advising leaders and commanders throughout the levels of governance and command. An AFPAK Hand is committed to more than 40 months with the program. During those months, a service member engages in 10 months of training, nearly two years of deployment in-theater in Afghanistan or Pakistan, and one year out of theater in the U.S. For more information on AFPAK Hands visit REER/LANGUAGE_CULTURE/Pages/AFPAKHands.aspx.

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Soldiers move an inflatable decoy around the camp of the fictional First United States Army Group. It was made of rubber, and looked like a Sherman tank to German reconnaissance aircraft. By Cmdr. Kimberly Himmer Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Public Affairs Operation Fortitude was the code name of a World War II military deception operation, which was critical to Allied success in Normandy, as well as its push across the European continent through 1944. It successfully created the appearance that the Allies were going to start their advance towards Germany, first through Norway, and then in Pas de Calais in eastern France. Deception operations were widely used by the Allies throughout the war. They were carried out by secret units in both the U.S. Army and the Navy, as well as by the British, and created complex diversions to keep the Axis powers guessing about the Allies’ true operational intentions. The Americans chosen to be part of these special units were not career military men; they were artists, actors, sound technicians, makeup artists and successful public relations specialists. Many of their efforts remained classified until 1996. Fortitude-South, as the Pas de Calais feint was called, was critical to the success of the Normandy invasion. Hitler was convinced that the Allies would start their advance on “Fortress Europe” at Calais, France from Dover, England. Called the Strait of Dover, it is the narrowest part of the English Channel. It made tactical sense for the Allies to cross the channel in this area. So, in order to validate this German belief, the Allies built a fictional army in Dover to convince Hitler and his staff. The Allies built an elaborate physical and communication deception around this fictional army, called the First United States Army Group (FUSAG). Major General George S. Patton was selected to be the commander of this group, and he was photographed often in and around Dover as part of the deception. The Germans knew that an operation such as an invasion of the European mainland would need to be led by a wellknown and respected officer. The German military staff had biographies of every major military officer in the Allied military, so if a new face had entered the scene in charge of this Army for such a major invasion, it would have aroused German suspicion. General Patton and the FUSAG had to, with minimal manning, create the illusion that there was a large troop concentration in Dover training and preparing for the invasion. Tent cities were erected, and kitchen tents kept fires burning, in order to appear functional. Fake aircraft were constructed from pipe and canvas, and set along runways. Inflatable tanks, jeeps, and other vehicles were constructed. All of these efforts were designed to create an illusion for German

reconnaissance planes. At night, men ran carts with lights across the runway, and sound technicians ran tracks of airplanes taking off and landing, in an effort to make the runway appear operational from afar. But this was only the tip of the Operation Fortitude iceberg. The signals corps transmitted bogus messages. A large volume of scripted radio transmissions were sent on channels known to be exploited by the Germans. Readiness reports, troop movements, supply problems, even benign issues such as emergency leave and pay problems for individual soldiers, were scripted and encrypted in a code known to be broken by the Germans, and transmitted. In human intelligence and diplomatic channels, similar scripted messages were transmitted. Secret and double agents not just in Europe, but around the globe, were fed scripted information to feed back to their German controllers. Diplomats leaked scripted fake, allied intentions at cocktail parties, and these were overheard and transmitted back to Germany. The scripting was so complex that the Allies would make sure that stories were corroborated from different sources, adding to the overall validity that Pas de Calais would be the Allies foray into France, and it would occur in the middle of July. When the Allies eventually landed in Normandy on June 6, 1944, the Germans were still bracing for the main attack at Calais. Hitler believed the force landing in Normandy was the deception force, so he did not divert troops or assets from Calais to assist forces on the Cotentin Peninsula. Six days after the invasion at Normandy, Hitler still did not believe that it was the main Allied invasion. Because the invasion at Pas de Calais was supposed to take place at D-day + 45, in the middle of July, the Germans refused to move forces in place in Calais, as they waited for the “main assault” well into the Allied advance. Operation Fortitude was a huge success, and achieved its objective by allowing Allied forces to successfully establish a beach head in Normandy, and then break out and move across Western Europe. General Patton arrived in France in July 1944, and led the Third Army through the Normandy breakout offensive and across Europe to the Battle of the Bulge and into Germany. Operation Fortitude was only the beginning of U.S. deception operations in WW II. Troops from the U.S. Army 23rd Headquarters of Special Troops landed in Normandy soon after the main assault, and continued deception operations throughout Europe. The unit’s existence was a well-guarded secret, even kept from U.S. troops. The unit was instrumental in keeping the German Army uncertain about Allied intentions and operations throughout the campaign.



The Fourteenth Day: JFK and Aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis

Reviewed by Cmdr. Youssef Aboul-Enein

The Fourteenth Day: JFK and the Aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis by David G. Coleman. Published by W.W. Norton, New York, 2012. 256 pages. When discussing the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis that brought the United States and the Soviet Union close to nuclear war, it is common to frame it within thirteen days. This is because the first account of how President John F. Kennedy handled the crisis was written and by his brother in 1969, then Attorney General Robert Kennedy and titled, “Thirteen Days,” later made in to a film by the same name. David Coleman, the chair of the Miller Center’s Presidential Recordings Program at the University of Virginia, has written a new angle on this much discussed element of the Cold War. Instead of focusing on Oct. 16-28, 1962, he takes us to the next day, the fourteenth day of the crisis. Popular history has Kennedy ordering a naval quarantine of Cuba, and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev ordering Soviet cargo ships to reverse course at the last moment, and that to avoid escalating Nuclear confrontation, Khrushchev also ordered that the nuclear missiles in Cuba be dismantled. In those thirteen days are the discovery of the missiles by U-2 planes, verification that they were indeed offensive nuclear weapons capable of striking the United States, diplomacy with the Soviets, back-channeled negotiations with Moscow, Kennedy announcing the missiles in Cuba, military buildup, and confrontation in the halls of the United Nations between Adlai Stevenson and his Soviet counterpart

Thursday, June 13, 2013

DEFY Summer Camp Enrollment Open The DEFY (Drug Education for Youth) Phase I Summer camp is open to children of military, civilian DOD employees, and contractors. Camp dates are July 8-12 and 15-17 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Parents can contact Machinist Mate 2nd Class (SW/AW) Mary Moro, (202-433-0347) or Machinist Mate 1st Class (SW) Jason Simmons, (202-433-0347) to obtain more information or an application for their children. Parents can also visit the third deck of Building 101 on the Washington Navy Yard and speak with Yeoman 1st Class Hartman to pick up an application.

Book review

Valerian Zorin. There were also the heated negotiations to get consensus among U.S. agencies and the military to invade, strike or conduct both offensive options against Cuba. But after the Soviets blinked, to paraphrase former Secretary of State Dean Rusk, how do you verify the Soviets had removed all their missiles from Cuba? What about the IL-28 bombers capable of reaching the United States with a nuclear payload? How many Soviet combat troops will remain in Cuba? What did it mean when Khrushchev said in s cable on day thirteen, “removal of weapons you consider offensive.” You will quickly understand that while the main crisis had been defused, a series of crises were brewing by negotiating what is an offensive weapon in U.S. eyes versus Soviet eyes, particularly in the context of the 1961 Bay of Pigs Invasion, and multiple attempts by the United States to topple Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. Coleman gives readers a ring-side seat into the discussions with Kennedy administration leaders from the Secretary of State and Defense, the Intelligence Agencies, to include an infant Defense

Intelligence Agency, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The author uses a declassified archive that captures the realities of the work that needed to be done to bring both sides back from the abyss of nuclear war. For instance, one question is if the United States conducts over flights to verify the Soviets are abiding by their agreement to dismantle the missiles, and an SA-2 surface to air missile which already had downed one U-2 plane, killing its pilot, downs another one, would this restart the conflict? Of note, pages discuss how SA-2s were mainly crewed by Soviet military personnel at that time, since Cuba was still in the process of training enough anti-air crews in the Soviet Union. This is the level of detail Coleman captures and is a delight to read, particularly for anyone wanting to see how America’s executive branch operates under severe crisis. Simply put, “The Fourteenth Day” is a recommended read. It is a fitting read in light of the fact that the fiftieth anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis was just last fall. Editor’s Note: Cmdr. Aboul-Enein is author of two books on the Middle East. He teaches part-time at the National Defense University and maintains a regular book column in the NDW newspaper, Waterline. He wishes to thank his Teaching Assistant Ms. Sara Bannach a student of International Relations at George Mason University for her edits and comments that enhanced this column. Also, the National Defense University Library must also be thanked for providing me this book and a quiet place to write this review.

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U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Kiona Miller

Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Dominic Outlaw conducts warm-up exercises with campers from Naval Support Activity Washington’s Drug Education for Youth (DEFY) summer camp prior to a game of kickball at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Aug. 8, 2011. The DEFY summer camp is a weeklong program that promotes self-esteem, leadership skills and resistance to drugs and alcohol.

NSWC Carderock Division’s LEGO Robotics Competition By Nicholas Malay NSWC Carderock Division Public Affairs

NSWC Carderock Division held its first elementary and middle school LEGO Robotics competition this spring, May 17. The competition theme was Biomedical & Biomechanical Engineering - allowing four local schools: Wood M.S.; Burning Tree E.S.; Pyle M.S.; and Barnsley E.S. student teams to compete in the LEGO Robotics Competition and accompanied research presentations. “This year marked the first time NSWCCD hosted an event of this kind, though it has offered support to Lego Robotics Programs throughout Montgomery County for several years by providing mentors to local elementary and middle schools,” said Nathan Hagan, NSWCCD naval architect, mentor, and NSWCCD LEGO Robotics event co-coordinator. The event was also organized by NSWCCD personnel Woody Pfitch and Jonathan Hopkins. NSWCCD mentors supported the event by judging presentations, refereeing the LEGO challenges, and providing maritime technical expertise to the aspiring scientists and engineers in attendance. The event

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Students participate in the NSWC Carderock Division LEGO Robotics competition. The competition’s theme was Biomedical & Biomechanical Engineering, allowing local elementary and middle school student teams to compete in the competition and accompanied research presentations. was kicked off with opening remarks delivered by NSWCCD’s Chief Technology Officer, Jack Templeton, followed by various LEGO robot matches accompanied with judging sessions, Capt.

Stefanyshyn-Piper’s command overview presentation, and an array of navalbased facility tours.

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Lab Effort to Cut Costs for Navy’s Triton UAS Program

By Jamie Cosgrove and Emily Burdeshaw Program Executive Office Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons Public Affairs

An engineer at Naval Air Station Patuxent River is leading an initiative that will save the Navy’s MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System program several hundred thousand dollars. Paul Weinstein, an electronics engineer supporting the Common Standards and Interoperability (CSI) program office, launched an image quality lab in 2012 that will help determine how to effectively employ Triton’s sensors and radars and potentially other manned and unmanned systems. In preparation for the first Triton image evaluation, Weinstein, a former National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) employee, worked with the agency to provide the necessary training, software and image scientists for the first official evaluation of the P-8A aircraft’s Electro-Optical (EO) sensor. Since the P-8A and MQ-4C are part of the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force family of systems, Weinstein’s team made a decision to evaluate the P-8 first and include test engineers from both programs. “Paul did an outstanding job getting this image quality assessment capability set up and running,” said Pat Ellis, MQ-4C Triton’s Mission Systems lead. “This will save the Triton program several hundred thousand

dollars, since we will not have to submit packages for image ratings to NGA and the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) for our imaging systems.” Without this capability at Pax River, the Navy would have to rely on NGA to perform sensor testing, at a cost of more than $150,000 per evaluation. It would also take more than a month to return the analysis to the team. By having the lab at Pax, each test is virtually free and it takes less than one week to turn around the data to the test team, Weinstein said. “This level of testing will enable program offices to make smart budget decisions with respect to changes to the current network and current integration measures as well as future integration efforts,” Ellis said. Typically, image analysts perform this function, but the evaluation proved that test engineers can analyze images and make effective mission-planning decisions. “We are following the fly-fix-fly philosophy as we figure out solutions that will allow lower bandwidth platforms to send better quality video,” Weinstein added. “We need to understand if a platform can meet its mission and avoid it just flying out and burning fuel.” The first imagery evaluation for MQ4C Triton will be conducted after the team has data available from Triton’s first flight, which was conducted May 22 at Northrop Grumman’s facility in Palmdale, Calif. The image-quality lab team will evaluate the MQ-4C’s EO/Infrared (IR) and Synthetic

U.S. Navy photo by Emily Burdeshaw

Paul Weinstein, an electronics engineer supporting the Common Standards and Interoperability (CSI) program office at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., views imagery transmitted from sensors aboard an aircraft. His team launched a government-led image quality lab in 2012 that will help determine how to effectively employ sensors and radars for the MQ-4C Triton and potentially other manned and unmanned aircraft in the future. Aperture Radar sensors. “The ability to collect and share real-time Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) quickly and accurately is crucial to ensuring battle commanders have the enhanced situational awareness required for a

successful mission,” said Capt. Jim Hoke, MQ-4C Triton program manager. As an adjunct to the manned P-8 aircraft, Triton is intended to provide persistent maritime and littoral ISR data collection and dissemination capability to the fleet.

NSWCDD Observance Focuses on Broad View of Diversity

By Margie Stevens NSWCDD Corporate Communications

Embracing the full spectrum of diversity in the workforce was the prevailing theme at the Asian Pacific American Heritage observance held at the Aegis Training Readiness Center auditorium on May 30. Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) sponsored the event that featured keynote speaker, Asif A. Khan, director at the Government Accountability Office. Khan shared his experiences and workplace observations to illustrate the advantages of working in a diverse environment. In addition to cultural and ethnic differences, Khan stressed that other differences have been big factors in adapting to workCourtesy photo place changes over the last decade. “Managing the workforce is much differ- NSWCDD commander Capt. Michael Smith presents a plaque recognizing ent today. It is not unusual to have four dif- keynote speaker Asif Khan’s contributions to the 2013 Asian Pacific American Heritage observance at Dahlgren. ferent generations working together,” Khan explained. him hone his accounting skills, and his can Heritage Week. The first 10 days of May The challenge in managing a workforce admiration for Prime Minister Margaret were chosen to coincide with two important to get maximum productivity, is to make Thatcher, who was instrumental in promot- milestones in Asian/Pacific American histosure all of the different work styles and ex- ing economic reform in Britain. ry: the arrival in the United States of the first perience levels mesh so that employees can Speaking about his observations in the Japanese immigrants on May 7, work as a team to find solutions, he said. 1843 and contributions of Chinese federal workforce, “Self-fulfillment is a comKhan, who grew up in the United King- mon dream,” Khan noted. He illustrated this workers to the building of the transcontidom, also provided his perspective on cul- by sharing his story of moving up the ranks nental railroad, completed May 10, 1869. In tural differences between the UK and the from a support accountant to his current 1992, Congress expanded the observance United States. For Khan, educational op- position where he now oversees financial to a month-long celebration. The May 30 portunities differed as well as the ability to audits across the government and testifies observance at Naval Support Facility Dahlblend into the society. “Because my family at budget hearings on Capitol Hill. gren recognizing Asians, Native Hawaiians was from India, we were considered less as The theme for this year’s Asian Pacific and other Pacific Islanders was part of an immigrants as extended members of the American Heritage Month is “Building initiative across the Department of DeBritish Commonwealth.” Leadership: Embracing Cultural Values and fense to honor the countless contributions Khan also talked about the value of his Inclusion.” In 1978, a joint congressional and traditions of Asian American and Paexperience as an apprentice, which helped resolution established Asian/Pacific Ameri- cific Islanders.

NSWCDD commander Capt. Michael Smith illustrated the importance of Asian Pacific Americans in his welcoming remarks. “The 2013 theme of ‘Building Leadership: Embracing Cultural Values and Inclusion’ is embodied in the U.S. Navy’s first bilateral counter-piracy exercise with China’s People’s Liberation Army naval forces,” Smith pointed out. In September 2012, USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) and the Chinese frigate Yi Yang (FF 548) conducted visit-boardsearch-and-seizure drills near the Horn of Africa to enhance anti-piracy cooperative efforts. During the exercise, three Churchill Sailors served as translators - all Chinese immigrants. Their unique capabilities played an integral role in the success of the exercise by bridging both the language and the cultural gaps between the two crews. “These Sailors exemplify the vital role that inclusion plays in our Navy’s success, and demonstrates how utilizing the talents of everyone to their fullest potential secures our position as the world’s premier fighting force,” Smith emphasized. “To benefit the most from that diversity, every individual, military or civilian, must be encouraged and enabled to reach his or her full potential. We are indeed grateful to all of members of our workforce, and especially today, those who are of Asian or Pacific Islander descent, for their contributions to our mission success,” Smith concluded. The observance was moderated by NSWCDD engineer Gaurang Dave and facilitated by Asian Pacific American Island Program Champion, James Yee, who is also deputy department head of the Engagement Systems Department.



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Naval Air Station Patuxent River Port Ops Gets Response Skimmer By Donna Cipolloni Tester staff writer

U.S. Navy photo by Donna Cipolloni

Engineman 1st Class Walter Williams, left, and Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Andrea Bloomfield have been training on the new 30-foot rapid response oil skimmer, getting used to its handling and hydraulics.

The Naval Air Station Patuxent River Port Operations recently accepted delivery of its new allaluminum, 30-foot rapid response oil skimmer, replacing its former 20-year-old model. “Technology changes a lot in 20 years and you get a better product,” explained Chief Aviation Machinist Mate Thomas Glasl. “That’s what we have now.” Unlike the old one-engine boat, the new skimmer, which arrived May 22, has three engines - two 90hp outboard motors for propulsion and steering, and a separate diesel engine under the deck for running all the hydraulics. “We used to fight with the old boat in between trying to drive it and run the equipment,” Glasl

said. “With the new one, we don’t have to make that decision. We can do the whole job without having to stop, start and reset.” In addition to its ease of use, the new boat is wider and therefore more stable on the water. There’s a larger deck space to accommodate crew more comfortably and a bigger pilot house for the operator. Glasl explained that the skimmer is used for petroleum spills and has a conveyor-like structure that dips below the bow and skims off byproduct from the water’s surface. It has two separate tanks and can hold a total 1,100 gallons of byproduct until it can be properly disposed of. A benefit of the aluminum construction is its non-corrosive nature and lighter weight. “We cover a 26-mile area - 18 miles of shoreline plus Solomons and Webster [Outlying Field in St.

Inigoes],” Glasl said. “The boat can travel at 17 knots and when we’re faced with how to transport it, it’s sometimes faster to take it via trailer making the lightweight boat advantageous to us.” Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Andrea Bloomfield and Engineman 1st Class Walter Williams have been training with the skimmer since it arrived, and both agree it handles more easily. “It’s smoother with more maneuvering capability,” Williams said. “Propulsion is different, hydraulics are better and it’s easier to drive.” According to a May press release from Kvichak Marine Industries, the company that built the skimmer, they recently delivered 15 of these boats to the U.S. Navy, which now operates more than 85 of the skimmers worldwide.

NAVFAC Washington Educates on Light Pollution Summer Colors: Army, From NAVFAC Navy, Air Force Symbolize Washington Public Affairs Medical Solidarity Naval Facilities Engineering Command Washington educated residents near the U.S. Naval Observatory about light pollution June 1 at the annual Glover Park Day. Light pollution affects the Naval Observatory’s ability to view the night sky when light shines upwards or is reflected off clouds and low atmosphere. “Folks in Glover Park were very happy to see the Navy show up as part of the community,” said Richard Owen, NAVFAC Washington. “We’ve reached out to the city about light pollution, but it’s also important to talk to our neighbors in the city.” Owen and other civilian and military representatives advised booth visitors on how they could help. Low pressure sodium lamps are the only types with an elec-


Continued from 1 ment of the Navy personnel with current decal still attached posed additional security risks to Navy installations,” said Timothy White, CNIC N3AT law enforcement assistant program manager. “In addition to our policy of conducting random Anti-terrorism checks, we will conduct command authorized administrative checks, similar to the way security departments conduct Driving-Under-the-Influence checks. White said these administrative checks will check identification and vehicle licensing, and that security personnel will continue to rely on the assistance of the military community to report suspicious or abandoned cars,

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Public Works Officer Lt. Cmdr. Richard Ficarelli and Janell Herring, NAVFAC Washington, answer questions about light pollution and its affect on the U.S. Naval Observatory’s mission at Glover Park Day in Washington, D.C., June 1. tromagnetic spectrum that can be filtered by telescopes at the Naval Observatory. Neighborhood residents were encouraged to use “full cut-off” light fixtures, which do not allow light to be directed above its

horizontal plane, and to limit the amount of exterior light in urban areas. Doing so will reduce energy use and expense, creating a more environmentally sustainable city, they said.

and any other security concerns. He added that frequent visitors to installations requiring decals may leave them on the vehicle until the expiration date. Otherwise, it is recommended that the decal be removed. Reid said that persons using privately-owned vehicles on Navy installations will still be required to meet state and local requirements including valid insurance, vehicle safety inspections, registration, and proof of motorcycle safety training where applicable. Additionally, the policy change will not affect visiting procedures to Navy installations, as visitors will continue to use the normal visitor procedures established by the installation commanding officer. Reid added that contractor access will be managed separately. Contractors either receive a tem-

Parking will be managed at the installation level using a CNICgenerated template based on current color coding system (blue for officers, red for enlisted, and green for Department of the Navy civilians). The template provides for some standardization at all CNIC installations, but allows for minor changes to accommodate unique local circumstances. Answers to frequently asked questions about the vehicle decals can be found at http://www.cnic. support/force_protection/Vehicle_ Decals_FAQ.html.

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Army Col. John M. Gaal, deputy commander for administration, and Rear Adm. Alton L. Stocks, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center commander, inspect Army, Navy and Air Force officers during a tri-service uniform inspection held simultaneously at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, Va., and Walter Reed Bethesda, May 9. More than 400 service members participated in the formation at Walter porary pass for a one trip visit or Reed Bethesda. they register under the Navy comticipated in the event. By Kristin Ellis mercial access control system that The formation reinforces the Fort Belvoir Community provides background checks and strength of the joint organizations, Hospital Public Affairs periodic reviews to allow them to according to Belvoir hospital leadbe issued an annual valid creden- with Sharon Renee Taylor ership. Fort Belvoir Community WRNMMC Journal tial for access to Navy installations Hospital and Walter Reed National staff writer for official business. Hundreds of service members at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Fort Belvoir Community Hospital celebrated their unique service cultures and bond as joint military medical treatment facilities during a summer formation and uniform transition ceremony May 9. A naval tradition since 1817, the formation ceremony signifies the change from fall/winter to spring/summer attire. In a show of solidarity and camaraderie, the U.S. Navy, Army and Air Force par-

Military Medical Center have a single, shared common purpose: “Pro cura militis,” the care of the warrior. The two medical treatment facilities have become the symbols of health and healing in the National Capital Region. As part of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure legislation which mandated the joint facilities, Walter Reed Bethesda and Belvoir hospital opened a new chapter in military medicine and the future of joint military health care.

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NAVAIR Pilots Learn to Take a Breath By Andrea Hein Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division Communications Support It can strike without warning, robbing a pilot of the ability to think clearly or react as he or she flies through the air at supersonic speeds. “I was gasping for air and got a little light headed,” said Lt. Pat Bookey, a pilot assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23. “It was pretty eye-opening because my symptoms don’t really present themselves gradually and my blood oxygen level gets pretty low before I actually know it is happening. The symptoms hit me pretty hard.” The culprit was hypoxia, more commonly known as oxygen deprivation, and symptom recognition is key to combating its disastrous effects, which can include a decrease in mental performance, delayed response time, diminished basic motor skills and loss of consciousness. Bookey was one of several F/A-18 pilots who participated in a training event April 16 that combined Naval Air Systems Command’s Manned Flight Simulator (MFS) with a Reduced Oxygen Breathing Device (ROBD) simulator. The purpose was to show pilots what hypoxia really feels like in the cockpit during task-heavy exercises and to emphasize what life-saving steps they should take if it strikes - accessing the emergency oxygen supply and landing the aircraft.

“When a pilot’s workload is very high, the ability to identify hypoxia symptoms is reduced,” said Marine Corps Maj. Tobias van Esselstyn, VX-23 director of safety and standardization. “We combined the ROBD with a high fidelity [realistic] simulator, put F/A-18 pilots in their own environment, gave them a task that is very hard to do and got them hypoxic at the same time.” With traditional hypoxia training, a pilot uses an ROBD while flying a simulator at a computer. While informative, this approach does not require the same workload experienced during flight and results in a higher awareness of symptoms such as light-headedness or reduced motor control. The new combined training demands much more of the pilot’s attention and delays the awareness of hypoxia symptoms, creating a more realistic environment. Lt. Cmdr. Corey Little, an aeromedical safety officer for Naval Test Wing Atlantic, oversaw the training and recorded each pilot’s specific symptoms. “It is good to see based on body type, physical makeup and physical fitness levels how each individual responds to a decrement in oxygen,” Little said. “By doing the hypoxia training in conjunction with a very labor-intensive or task-intensive flight simulation, it allows them to get further into the hypoxia training and really feel the full effects of that lack of oxygen.” Steve Naylor, the MFS F/A-18 simulation lead, said he was encouraged by the experiment’s results.

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Marine Corps Maj. Kevin Ryan undergoes oxygen deprivation training while operating Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division’s Manned Flight Simulator at Naval Air Station Patuxent River. “The problem with hypoxia recognition is each person reacts differently to it,” Naylor said. “During the training, several pilots were surprised at what they felt in the simulator. At least one pilot assumed he would feel the way he did when he was hypoxic 10 years ago in a jet, and the way he felt then was not the way he felt now.” Simulator training helps pilots learn what their personal hypoxia symptoms are and what

actions to take to avoid dangerous mishaps. “When you fly a single piloted aircraft, you are the only one who can help yourself out,” van Esselstyn said. “That’s why most of the time pilots work diligently to know all their procedures cold. It is easy to know what to do, but sometimes recognizing when to do it is the hardest part for us up there flying.”

Navy Nurse Corps Celebrates 105th Birthday By David A. Dickinson WRNMMC Journal staff writer Nurses Week 2013 concluded at Walter Reed Bethesda with the 105th birthday celebration of the Navy Nurse Corps May 13 . During the festivities, Rear Adm. Elizabeth Niemyer, deputy chief, Wounded, Ill, and Injured, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, and the 23rd director of the Navy Nurse Corps, discussed the legacy of Navy nursing. “I want to take this opportunity to personally say thank you to all the nurses who make up the Navy’s nursing team - active and reserve component nurses, as well as our federal civilian and contract nurse peers,” said Niemyer. “You are the reason the Navy Nurse Corps has enjoyed 105 years of exceptional clinical leadership in support of Navy medicine. Without the entire team working together, we could not have met the operational and health benefit mission requirements asked of our corps.” In 1908, Congress authorized the establishment of a female Nurse Corps within the United States Navy after several years of advocacy by the Chief of the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. Prior to the establishment of the nurse corps, women had been working unofficially as nurses aboard Navy ships and inside Navy hospitals for nearly 100 years. The charter group of women to formally serve as members of the Navy nursing team, came to be called “The Sacred Twenty.” They were assigned to the Naval Medi-

cal School Hospital in Washington, D.C. “Since the days of The Sacred Twenty, the Navy nursing team has served with honor, courage and commitment,” Niemyer said. “Navy nurses are key members of the global health care network of 63,000 Navy medical personnel around the world involved in the provision of the highest quality safe patient- and family-centered comprehensive and compassionate care to over 9.7 million eligible beneficiaries.” In 1968, the first male Navy nurse, Lt. Clarence Cole, was commissioned in the Navy Nurse Corps. Today, Navy nurses not only serve wounded warriors, their families and others at the Nation’s Medical Center, Walter Reed Bethesda, but are deployed globally, participating in humanitarian and combat support missions with fleet surgical teams, as flight nurses, aboard hospital ships and aircraft carriers, and with their battle buddies in Marine Corps and Army units, Niemyer explained. “An integrated, highly-regarded team of professionals, Navy nurses are uniquely trained and qualified to lead the provision of exceptional health care in extremely diverse environments,” the director of the Navy Nurse Corps concluded. Also during the celebration, Niemyer presented Walter Reed Bethesda Commander, Rear Adm. (Dr.) Alton Stocks, a citation, and pinned him as an honorary Navy nurse.

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Intensive Care Unit nurses Ms. Edith Ameagwali and Navy Lt. Brian Wilson ensure optimum care for patient Jackie Thompson. In a message to Navy Nurse Corps personnel celebrating their 105th birthday, Vice Adm. (Dr.) Matthew Nathan, U.S. Navy surgeon general and chief, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, stated, “Today, we honor the brilliant accomplishments, courage, and commitment of Navy

Nurses who helped to set the bar high for military medicine around the world. Our nurses are published and renowned scientists, researchers, teachers, providers and clinicians. Their continued work and dedication have earned them a prominent place in the United States Navy.”



Continued from 1 by workstation alerts, email, phone calls or texts. To register with the Wide Area Alert Network, visit NDW/About/WAAN/index.htm. “The threats that installations face range from natural disasters in the forms of earthquakes, hurricanes, tornados, floods and fires,” said Robert Avery, installation emergency manager for Naval Support Activity Washington. “The number one way personnel can protect themselves from these threats is by notification. Our AtHoc system provides real time alerts with detailed information on the incident or event.” A common threat during the summer months is sudden storms. While moderate rain is of little concern to most, sudden and powerful storms can cause threats from flash flooding and lightning. In addition to

Waterline having an emergency kit and plan in place, the National Weather Service (NWS) advises being mindful of conditions and threats common with severe thunderstorms. Watch for signs of a storm, like darkening skies, lightning flashes or increasing wind; tune in to local weather forecasts for up to minute warnings; and postpone outdoor activities if thunderstorms are likely to occur. They advise seeking shelter indoors whenever thunder is heard; many people struck by lightning are not in an area where it is raining. If thunder can be heard, a person is close enough to be in danger of lightning. The NWS recommends staying inside for at least 30 minutes after the last thunder clap. If warnings by authorities are given to evacuate an area, do so by prescribed routes in an orderly fashion, avoiding roads with high water. By staying informed, being prepared and having a plan, personnel can have a fun - and safe - summer in and around NDW.

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total fitness (physical, mental, social, and spiritual) will empower a force that is always ready to operate forward and execute our warfighting mission,” said Carter. “There is much work to be done, but the 21st Century Sailor office establishment is an important step toward supporting life skills programs that our Sailors will want to better them-


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“It was a pleasure seeing the teams in action today. These kids are bright and inspiring. Their mentors, as well as the event organizers, should be proud to have provided this opportunity for mixing science and creativity in a team environment,” said Katie KiernanWilliams, NSWCCD Ship Signatures, senior technical writer. “Each team clearly articulated learning communication skills, planning and commitment, and gaining knowledge from fellow teammates throughout this experience.” “The best way to summarize FIRST LEGO League is to say that it is a robotics program for 9 to 16 year olds, which is designed to get children excited about science and technology -- and teach them valuable employment and life skills,” according to the First Lego League (FLL). “FLL can be used in a classroom setting but is not solely designed for this purpose. Teams, composed of up to ten children with at least one adult coach, [in this case, NSWC Carderock Division mentor], can also be associated with a pre-existing club or organization, homeschooled, or just be a group of friends who wish to do something awesome.” “It became instantly apparent the impact that it would have on the community and the students involved. Our goal is to show young people the exciting opportunities that await in a career of engineering, science and technology, and even more how a career in the Navy can make that excitement reach fruition. As someone who visited Carderock when I was in high school, the visit changed my world, and confirmed my interest in becoming a Naval Architect,” said Hagan. “I hope to see these kids here at Carderock after they graduate college, because I

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“This purpose, coupled with the range of different strengths from each military branch culture, results in an unparalleled combination that will benefit our patients in ways we cannot yet imagine,” said Army Col. Charles Callahan, commander of the Belvoir hospital. “We learn as we work together that the things our military branches share are far greater than those not shared. What is different about us, in fact, makes us stronger.” Rear Adm. Alton L. Stocks, commander at Walter Reed Bethesda, also highlighted the benefits of leading joint military medical treatment facilities in the nation. “Teamwork is what it’s all about to get the mission done,” Stocks said. “All services serve proudly at Walter Reed Bethesda.” In addition to the hundreds of service members who participated, the hospitals’ Department of Defense (DOD) civilian employees collaborated and supported in the

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selves and improve our readiness.” 21st Century Sailor office will include six individual policy branches residing under the N17 organization: Total Sailor Fitness (N170), Suicide Prevention (N171), Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (N172), Sexual Harassment Prevention and Equal Opportunity (N173), and the Office of Hazing Prevention (N174). The realignment of the Navy 21st Century Sailor Office began June 1 and will be completed prior to January 2014. was once in their shoes, and now could not be prouder to call Carderock my home. “It’s very fun and a great learning experience to work with Carderock mentors,” said Valent Martinez-Cruz, Barnsley E.S. Red Team student. “We look forward to coming back for the next competition.” All of the young aspiring scientist and engineers from the local schools were included in a closing ceremony after the judges determined the competitions victor. “This competition was slightly nerveracking, but fun at the same time and is quite a large achievement to work with Carderock mentors for the LEGO competition,” said Salvri Manalansam, Barnsley E.S. Red Team student “If this sense of familiarity, loyalty, and support can be instilled in more students through the LEGO Robotics competition and various other NSWCCD STEM initiatives as they move forward in their life, I feel confident that the future of the Navy can rest assured that it will be in the best of hands to handle any challenge that the future may bring,” said Hagan. “We are building the Navy of tomorrow through STEM outreach initiatives.” NSWC Carderock employs a large number of scientists and engineers and has a robust outreach program goal to collaborate with local schools to expand students and teacher’s awareness and understanding of careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) - to further garner student interest in future careers in science and engineering. Carderock is the full-spectrum research and development, test and evaluation, engineering, and Fleet support organization for the Navy’s ships, submarines, military watercraft, and unmanned vehicles for the Navy Fleet of the 21st Century. consolidated, integrated and joint formation through logistics, information technology, safety, and other support elements. DOD civilians working side-by-side with service members represent the future of military medicine and continue to epitomize dedication, commitment and professionalism, said Navy Capt. Sterling Sherman, Belvoir hospital chief of staff. “The pride we take in strengthening our culture is reflective in everything we do: from the crease in our shirts and the shine on our shoes, to the way we care for our patients and all of those entrusted to our care,” Sherman said. “Although the colors of our uniforms may be different, we are one team dedicated to providing world-class care to our nation’s service members, families, and retirees.” Belvoir hospital and Walter Reed Bethesda serve more than 120,000 beneficiaries in the National Capital Region in addition to global medical support of each military branch. These joint medical hospitals are part of the Joint Task Force National Capital Region Medical’s Integrated Delivery System.

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