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The Waterline

July 4, 2013

Vol. XXX No.26


Make Safety First on the Fourth of July By Patrick Gordon NDW Waterline writer Barbecues and fireworks are staples of celebrating Independence Day. Whether staying home or taking advantage of the public events in and around the nation’s capital, Naval District Washington (NDW) wants its personnel to stay safe during the holiday. During the “101 Critical Days of Summer,” the period of time between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the Department of Defense warns that personnel should keep safety in mind as more people are out enjoying the warm weather. The added influx of tourists to the Washington, D.C., area during the summer means that NDW personnel should be doubly cautious this time of year when traveling or socializing. Simple precaution can make safety during the Fourth of July easy and fun. Principle among these precautions is alcohol safety. At barbecues during the holiday weekend, consumption of alcohol should be done in a responsible fashion. “Alcohol has been a factor in 42 percent of the Sailor and Marine automobile fatalities during the last five years, said Barbara Vandenberg, regional safety program director.

“Our folks need to make responsible alcohol choices to prevent this tragic loss of lives.” This initiative to curb alcohol-related incidents and injuries during the “101 Critical Days” coincides with the Navy’s new year-round “Keep What You’ve Earned Campaign,” which is designed to encourage responsible drinking among Sailors by celebrating the achievements in their Navy careers. In both cases, the message is clear: if you do drink, do so responsibly and safely. “Alcohol first effects a person’s ability to reason or apply good judgment, meaning individuals who intake too much alcohol - especially if they haven’t eaten a meal or they are mildly to moderately fatigued - will be adversely affected,” said George Revoir Jr., Naval Support Activity Washington safety installation program director. “This can lead them to make poor decisions, like diving off a garage roof into a pool, which can often lead to injury.” Revoir noted that alcohol also has the physical effect of being a diuretic and can cause someone to become dehydrated even though they feel the drinks are satisfying

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U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Kenneth Robinson

Fireworks light the night skies over Fort McHenry, Baltimore, in 2012. Fireworks and other hazards of the July 4 holiday should be taken seriously to avoid injury during this festive celebration.

Resident Energy Conservation Program “Mock” Billing to Begin Throughout NDW By Chatney Auger, Naval District Washington Public Affairs

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An example of the Resident Energy Conservation Program “mock” billing, which began July 1. Prior to the commencement of the live billing cycle in October, residents throughout Naval District Washington (NDW) participating in RECP will be provided a threemonth mock billing period running from July 1 to Sept. 30 to allow residents to evaluate their home energy consumption before the program begins.

Accountability for electrical consumption to each resident of Navy Public Private Venture (PPV) housing will soon be the responsibility of residents. Mock billing for the Resident Energy Conservation Program (RECP) for Naval District Washington began July 1. “It’s important to note that you and your family will reap the benefits of the money that is saved by this program,” said Vice Adm. William French, commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC), in a video message to the fleet. “First with the refund from energy savings you and your family create by staying below the average normal usage rate. Second, the vast majority of the RECP cost savings will be reinvested back into the local PPV community to sustain high-quality homes and neighborhood

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amenities such as playgrounds, facilities and landscaping.” Prior to the commencement of the live billing cycle in October, residents throughout Naval District Washington (NDW) participating in RECP will be provided a threemonth “mock” billing period running from July 1 to Sept. 30 to allow residents to evaluate their home energy consumption before the program begins. “The mock bills are intended to show your actual electrical consumption and billing costs, and how it compares with other homes in your like-type group,” said Julie Barnes, regional Navy Housing Program manager for NDW. “All billing costs will be based on the same electric rate charged for a particular housing area.” Barnes recommends that residents review their mock bills, compare their monthly usage with the normal usage band, and consider adjusting their consumption hab-


its as needed to minimize personal costs. Additionally, the RECP will have no impact on residents’ Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH). According to CNIC, an allowance for normal utilities is a part of the BAH. BAH includes an allowance for utilities such as electricity, gas or other heating fuels, and water/sewer. The BAH includes the cost of utilities based on averages from residents living in the private sector who are directly responsible for paying for their utilities. The RECP is intended to encourage residents to achieve normal usage and to reward them for conservation beyond normal expectations. Residents who conserve and stay within the normal range will incur no out-of-pocket utility expenses. CNIC recommends that those who wish to conserve make easy changes around the house. Simple adjustments to home ther-

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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Commissaries Collect Items for Feds Feed Families

By Jessica Rouse Public Affairs Specialist

DOD total. This year the campaign, which began June 1, runs through Aug. 31. Once again, some commissaries will sell donation packages that allow customers to purchase a package and drop it in donation bins as they leave the store. Last year, commissaries sold more than 9,000 donation packages, totaling more than $83,000. The most needed items for donations include: - Canned vegetables – low sodium, no salt - Canned fruits – in light syrup or its own juices - Canned proteins – tuna, salmon, chicken, peanut butter and beans - Soups – beef stew, chili, chicken noodle, turkey or rice - Condiments – tomato-based sauces, light soy sauce, ketchup, mustard, salad dressing or oils - Snacks – individually packed snacks, crackers, trail mix, dried fruit, granola and cereal bars, pretzels and sandwich crackers - Multigrain cereal - 100 percent juice – all sizes, including juice boxes - Grains – brown and white rice, oatmeal, bulgar, quinoa, couscous, pasta, and macaroni and cheese - Paper products and household items – paper towels, napkins, cleaning supplies

The 2013 Feds Feed Families food drive campaign is in full swing as commissaries once again serve as one of the collection points on military installations. Military customers and federal employees can donate nonperishable food and personal hygiene items to the campaign using marked bins located at the entries or exits of participating commissaries. Donations to the program help charitable organizations such as the local food bank. This year, Defense Commissary Agency employees at the agency’s Fort Lee, Va., headquarters and at 180 commissaries in 46 states and Puerto Rico are collecting donations. “This program is important to charitable organizations like food banks,” said DeCA Director and CEO Joseph H. Jeu. “It collects food items and other needed items that some families might not get otherwise. It’s a great way for employees and customers to give back to our communities.” Last year, more than 660,000 pounds of items were donated at commissary locations. Over all, the combined total for all federal agencies was 7.2 million pounds during the 2012 campaign. Commissaries collected 30 percent of the

- Hygiene items – diapers, deodorants (men and women), feminine products, toilet paper, tissues, soap, toothpaste and shampoo The Feds Feed Families food drive campaign grew out of the Serve America Act that created “United We Serve,” an initiative that urged Americans to contribute to the nation’s economic recovery by helping their communities. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Chief Human Capital Council are managing the campaign. Commissary participation is tied to its local installation’s ability to provide support to pick up and deliver the donated items. “We not only serve the men and women of the military and their families,” Jeu said. “We also contribute to our surrounding communities.” The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. By shopping regularly in the commissary, patrons

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Around the Yard What is your favorite part of the 4th of July?

It’s my birthday. It’s always a very significant event for me, but also what it represents for the country. Bert Nash Occupational Safety and Health Specialist Naval Support Activity Washington

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This Week in Navy History July 4

1776 - American colonies declare their independence from Great Britain. 1777 - John Paul Jones hoists first Stars and Stripes flag on Ranger at Portsmouth, N.H. 1801 - First Presidential Review of U.S. Marine Band and Marines at the White House. 1831 - U.S. concludes indemnity treaty with France. 1842 - First test of electrically operated underwater torpedo sinks gunboat Boxer 1863 - Confederates surrender of Vicksburg, Miss., giving the Union control of the Mississippi River.

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Photo courtesy of the Naval History and Heritage Command

July 6, 1747, marks the birth of Capt. John Paul Jones, the United States’ first great naval hero and father of the U.S. Navy. Throughout his storied career, Jones captured and captain several ships, and marked many firsts in the fledgling Continental Navy.

1814 - Sloop-of-war Peacock captures British Stranger, Venus, Adiona, and Fortitude. 1815 - Commodore Stephen Decatur’s squadron arrives at Tripoli to collect reparations for seizure of American merchant ships in violation of Treaty of 1805.

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1747 - Birth of John Paul Jones at Arbigland, Scotland. 1898 - Armed Auxiliary Dixie captures Spanish Three Bells, Pilgrim, and Greeman Castle. 1908 – Cmdr. Robert Peary sails in Roosevelt from New York to explore Arctic.

1911 - First naval aviation base established at Annapolis, Md. 1920 - Test and first use of radio compass in aircraft off Norfolk, Va.¬ 1943 - Night Battle of Kula Gulf results in loss of 2 Japanese destroyers and USS Helena. 1976 - First women enter Naval Academy.

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1798 - Congress rescinds treaties with France; Quasi War begins with Frigate Delaware capturing French privateer, Croyable. 1846 - Commodore John D. Sloat lands at Monterey and claims California for U.S. 1916 - Thomas A. Edison becomes head of Naval Consulting Board which screens inventions for use by the Navy. 1948 - First six enlisted women sworn into Regular Navy. The Navy WAVES in Naval Reserve, who were the first to transfer to the Regular Navy, were Aviation Storekeeper 1st Class Kay Louise Langdon; Chief Yeoman Wilma Juanita Marchal; Storekeeper 2nd Class Frances Teresa Dovaney; Yeoman 2nd Class Edna Earle Young; Teleman 2nd Class Doris Roberta Robertson; and Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Ruth Flora.

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1778 - Allied French fleet under Comte d’Estaing arrives in America.

1853 - Commodore Matthew C. Perry sails his squadron into Tokyo Bay. 1879 - USS Jeannette departs San Francisco to explore Arctic. 1944 - Naval bombardment of Guam begins.

July 9 1846 - Sailors and Marines from USS Portsmouth occupy and raise flag over San Francisco. 1944 - Organized Japanese resistence ceases on Saipan, Marianas. 1960 - USS Wasp (CV-18) departs Guantanamo Bay to support United Nations effort to calm the newly independent Congo.

July 10 1934 - USS Houston (CA-30) takes President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on the first visit of a U.S. President to South America. 1943 - Naval gunfire helps Allied troops land on Sicily. It was first extensive use of LST’s and smaller landing craft to deliver heavy equipment over the beach. 1945 - Fourteen carriers from Third Fleet carriers begin air strikes on Japanese Home Islands which end Aug. 15.

Volunteers Needed for Several Fun Options For July Navy-Air Force Half-Marathon Fourth Celebrations

By Allison Bowman Race Director

The Navy-Air Force Half Marathon and Navy 5 Miler is in need of 400+ volunteers for the race on Saturday, September 14 on the grounds of the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. In addition to providing race-day support, volunteers are needed on Thursday, September 12 and Friday, September 13 for the Runner’s Expo and Packet Pick-up at the Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Club. It is a great opportunity for individuals, families, organizations and communities to bond while developing Navy core values of honor, courage and commitment. Honor through hard work, integrity and pride that directly impacts the race quality for participants. Courage by meeting the responsibilities of the position assigned with the highest standards of personal conduct and decency. Commitment to yourself and the participants to create a fun, safe, competitive and memorable event We recognize our volunteers are an essential component to creating memorable moments for our participants and would not be able to hold the event without their support. All volunteers will receive a volunteer shirt, commemorative coin and a certificate of appreciation signed by the JBAB Commanding Officer. For more information or to register as a volunteer, visit The half marathon and 5-miler registration is still open for those who wish to run. The race is open to military and civilian runners and will use Chrono-Track timing. Runners will start and finish in the shadow of the Washington Monument. The route will include East and West Potomac Park and Rock Creek Parkway. It will also be US-

ATF-certified by race weekend. The fastest and easiest way to register is online at www. About the Navy-Air Force Half Marathon and Navy 5 Miler The Naval Support Activity Washington Morale, Welfare and Recreation (NSAW MWR) Program started the Navy 5-Miler in 2004 in celebration of the Navy’s Birthday. The event organization has since transitioned to JBAB Morale, Welfare and Recreation (JBAB MWR) as a result of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) initiative. The BRAC initiative merged the Navy’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation with the Air Force’s Services Division on Anacostia Naval Annex and Bolling Air Force Base, respectively. The mission of JBAB Morale, Welfare and Recreation is to provide quality support and recreational services that contribute to the retention, readiness, mental, physical and emotional well being of our active duty personnel and Department of Defense employees. All proceeds will go to supporting these programs and services that improve the quality of life for the United States active duty military and their families. Special thank you to our sponsors: - Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) - Health Net Federal Services - Long Fence - Navy Federal Credit Union - Base Supply Center - USAA - First Command - Fisher House - AT&T - Pepsi MWR sincerely thanks and appreciates the sponsors of this event. However, neither the Navy nor any other part of the federal government officially endorses any company, sponsor, or their products or services.

By Lt. Cmdr. Jim Remington Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Public Affairs

The Fourth of July is a time to celebrate our nation’s independence. It’s also an occasion to enjoy quality time together with precious family and friends picnicking, cooking out, playing games, swimming and of course watching fireworks. For those wishing to celebrate part or all of their Independence Day aboard Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB), there are a number of fun opportunities available. Geisboro Park will be available for cookouts and picnicking all day and into the evening. Anyone able to gain entry to the base is free to find a space in the park or along the river to watch the fireworks show on the National Mall which is easily visible from JBAB without all of the challenges of crowds and traffic associated with a venture to downtown Washington on July 4th. For those looking to cool off and have some fun splashing around, the base pool will be open for recreational swimming from noon until 7:30 p.m. While JBAB Morale Welfare and Recreation will not be hosting a formal Fourth of July celebration as they have done in previous years, there will be a block party at the Slip Inn Bar & Grill.The event costs just $5 and will provide attendees a Slip Inn voucher valued at $5 which may be applied to drinks and food within.The block party will include free youth activities starting at 4:30 p.m., food specials, games & prizes, and of course this will also be a great viewing area for the fireworks. In addition to all of the excitement of family, friends, food and fireworks, the Fourth is also a time to be safe and respectful to others.As the holiday approaches, JBAB leadership and members of its police and fire departments ask the JBAB community to observe a few simple but very important rules to ensure that everyone stays

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safe and has a good time during this year’s festivities. * No fireworks of any type are permitted on base, including sparklers * No parking on the grass near Giesboro Park or on the grass in any of the housing areas * No uninvited guests to Billy Mitchell Estates * JBAB discourages the use of grilling with charcoal and encourages the use of propane instead. While grilling is permitted along the waterfront, it’s prohibited inside Bolling Green Park * Due to the large crowds expected, JBAB asks you to refrain from bringing pets. In case of an emergency, residents and anyone attending must call (202) 433-3333. To view all state laws (including District of Columbia law) pertaining to firework use and the types of fireworks allowed, visit: fireworks will be launched from the Reflecting Pool area of the National Mall, and will be visible from many locations in Washington, Virginia, and Maryland.The fireworks display begins at 9:10 p.m. and will last for 17 minutes.For the adventurous who want a close-up view of the show downtown, plan to arrive early, and to protect yourself from heat-related illness.The National Park Service advises that

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Thursday, July 4, 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.

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.

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

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

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

New Parent Support Program (NPS)

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

Deployment/mobilization/readiness 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.

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

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

MFSC HAPPENINGS CMWR Ice Cream Socials WNY, Bldg. 22 – Town Center/Fitness Center - July 11 & 25 - August 8 & 22 - September 5 & 19

penses, and indebtedness, Family financial spending plan strategies to help bridge the possible 20% cash flow gap and Stress Management tools and techniques.

NEX Barbershop Rate Increase NEXCOM is dedicated to provide our service members with the best services possible. In this continuous effort to enhance these services the NEX Barbershop located at WNY Bldg 22 will need to increase the cost of haircut services from $9.00 to $9.25. Thank you for your service and patronage in support of NEXCOM’s

Managing Your Finances Through Furlough Wednesday, July 17, 2013 | 12-1pm or 4-5pm | WNY, Bldg. 101 Many families and individuals already feel financially stressed. Worries about the impact of current budgetary constraints can add to the tension. Join the Military and Family Support Center (MFSC) staff in an educational briefing to discuss: How to utilize a budget to track income, savings, ex-

Fitness Center Renovations - Phase 2 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.


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NDW News Follow NDW on Facebook and Twitter

NDW has a Facebook fan page in order to provide updated information to all NDW residents, tenants, employees (military, civilian, and contractors), and the American public. Show your support, “Like Us,” and become a fan to see exciting news relating to the Naval District Washington. Follow us on Twitter @navaldistwash NSAW has a Twitter page for the Washington Navy Yard to provide the public with up-to-date operating hours of the Navy Yard portion of DC’s Riverwalk. Follow us on Twitter @WNYRiverwalk

DSO Changes Walk-in Hours

Defense Service Office North has changed walk-in hours to Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. DSO North is the local office for legal defense services. Attorneys are available to provide advice to service members regarding nonjudicial punishments, summary courts-martial, Article 138 and 1150 complaints, administrative separation processing, hardship discharges and suspect’s rights. Consultations are confidential. DSO is located onboard WNY in Building 200, Suite 1200. Service members should present in uniform.

NDW Drinking Water Reports Available

The 2012 Annual Water Quality reports for the Washington Navy Yard will be distributed in print and electronically prior to July 1. These reports have been prepared in cooperation with the Environmental Protection Agency Region III, the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority, and Naval Facility Engineering Command Washington. These routine reports are required by law, and are being provided to inform you about the quality of your drinking water. These reports are not being issued in response to a health threat. The water being served at the Washington Navy Yard met federal Safe Drinking Water Act requirements in 2012. Copies of the reports will be available upon request. If you have any questions please contact Tawana Spencer, Public Works Department Washington Drinking Water Media Manager, at (202) 685-8007.

Wearing of Portable headphones, earphones, and Bluetooth devices:

The wearing of portable headphones, earphones, cellular hands-free devices, radios, recording devices or other portable listening devices while running, jogging, walking, bicycling, skating, or skate boarding in roadways and streets interferes with and impairs recognition of emergency signals, alarms, announcements, and the approach of EVs. NSAW personnel are advised use of these devices while performing the noted activities aboard NSAW fence line installations is prohibited. (TRAFFIC OPNAVINST 5100.12J)


MWR Catering & Conference Centers Invite You to be Their Guest By Patrick Gordon NDW Waterline writer

Located adjacent to the Anacostia River in the historic Washington Navy Yard, the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Catering and Conference Center is open to personnel. The Catering and Conference Center is available for a variety of events including office parties, conferences, and wedding receptions. “All uniform active and retired personnel, active Department of Defense civilian and active government employees can use the Catering and Conference Center,” said Zia Haq, Catering and Conference Center Food & Beverage Manager. “Over the last year we hosted several VIP events - the Naval War College Annual Dinner where Senator Jack Reed was the VIP, the three- and four-star conference, the Chief of Naval Operations conference, and Secretary of the Navy hosted events, as well.” The Catering and Conference can has rooms that will hold 30 to 600 people for various functions. The center is set up to for a number of different events, with services to accommodate functions such as sit-down dinners, small or large meetings, receptions and office parties. The Grand Ballroom encompasses the entire Conference Center, which many use for large receptions and meetings. The Grand Ballroom can then be broken down into our five smaller indoor rooms, for a variety of meetings and receptions for a smaller number of guests. In addition to our indoor ballrooms, the Catering and Conference Center has recently added a new outdoor patio. This patio serves as an outdoor venue and features beautiful views of the Anacostia River, and an outdoor gazebo. Haq explained that the interior of the Conference Center can be configured in a number of different ways to suit the needs of guests. “Need your next conference to stand out? The Catering and Conference Center can make your conference a success,” said

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A view of the Catering and Conference Center’s recently added gazebo and patio, which provides outdoor space for guests to the center. Active and retired military personnel, Department of Defense civilian and government employees can use the Catering and Conference Center for a variety of functions. Haq. “If you need the Grand Ballroom for large events such as a lunch reception with speaker or smaller rooms for seminars and round tables, the space can be configured to you conference. Need equipment for presentations? The Catering and Conference Center has audiovisual equipment for any of you conference needs. Whether your conference is large or small, the staff can make sure it is a success. Do not forget, our staff can also work to plan your conference menus from breakfast to evening receptions, a variety of menus are available for you and your attendees.” If guests are looking to make their next office party or reception a success, the staff can work with them to make sure your needs are met. From deciding which room will work best, to creating a menu that is sure to please, the Catering and Conference Center is here to make the experience memorable. The MWR Catering and Conference Center is Located on the Washington Navy Yard at 1454 Parsons Ave SE, Bldg. 211. To plan an event or for more information, call the Catering and Conference Center staff at (202) 433-3041 or 202-433-4312.

Dahlgren Professionals Pitch In For Quantico STEM Academy by Andrew Revelos Pilot Staff Writer Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) professionals from Dahlgren lent their expertise to the Quantico STEM Summer Academy at Quantico MiddleHigh School on June 17-21. The third annual event brought Quantico middle school students and educators together with scientists and engineers from Naval Support Facility (NSF) Dahlgren and Marine Corps Systems Command. The goal: build students’ STEM skills and show them how they can lead to a fulfilling career. Events at the academy centered on the engineering design process and included electromagnetic rail gun and remotely-operated vehicle (ROV) activities with Dahlgren engineers, as well as STEM demonstrations, the LEGO Green City Challenge, robot building and a mock crime scene exercise with FBI agents. The Quantico STEM Summer Academy is a collaborative effort with the National Defense Education Program (NDEP), Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), Marine Corps Systems Command (MARCORSYS-

COM), the College of William and Mary, and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DODEA). Joe Plaia, a lead engineer at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWC DD), is the director for the Quantico STEM Academy. “The goal of the whole week is to foster the kids’ interest in STEM,” he said. “We’re trying to show the link between what they learn in school and this is how it might apply in the real world and these are the jobs you might in a [STEM profession].” Reaching young people at the right age is critical, said Plaia. “Middle school is when you really want to engage the kids, because that’s when they start making decisions about what they think is interesting and what classes they want to take in the future.” Sara Wallace, an engineer for NSWC DD, helped organize this year’s events. “We coordinate with MARCORSYSCOM, [the College of] William and Mary, Quantico Middle-High School, with the principal and with DODEA,” she said. “We figure out what their needs are at the school and think about what new activities we can do, because a lot of these kids have come [to the academy] for three years in a row. We also look at resources; this year we got the money seven weeks

before the camp, so we really had to take inventory of what we had, what was readily available and what we could take in quickly.” Those efforts not only serve to boost individual students, but will also pay long-term dividends to organizations that depend on highly-skilled, STEM-literate employees, said Dr. Richard Tom, math department chair at Quantico Middle-High School. “Research has shown us that if you give kids hands-on activities and make it practical for them, they retain the information, the skillsets a lot more.” While the main focus of the academy is STEM, all school subjects are incorporated into the curriculum. “Not only do we emphasize the math and science portion, but we can tie in all the other disciplines like social studies [and] music, so the kids can see the totality of the disciplines instead of separate cases,” said Tom. “We can teach kids ratios and proportions, how to find the circumference of a circle, but does it really mean anything until they sit down and start measuring the circumference of a wheel to make it move?” Tom said the cross-curricular approach to learning at the academy has valuable applications in the classroom. “For example,

shop class,” he said. “There is a lot that goes into making a bird house, let’s say. There’s the math and science involved, but also biology. All of that can be taught in this particular project.” “We require a writing piece,” added Warren Kimmerly, eight grade robotics teacher at Quantico Middle-High School. “[Students] have to keep a journal of what went right and what went wrong, and why it went right or wrong.” Kimmerly described what he wanted students to get from the academy. “To learn how to think and how to solve problem,” he said, “How to go from Point A to Point B with robotics and not run into any problems; how to think out-of-the-box; how to think logically through a series of problems.” Of course, not every life-skill is a recognized academic discipline. Teamwork, listening, communication, perseverance and leadership were all facets of the academy’s activities. Of equal importance was learning how to deal with failure and disappointment. “Sometimes [the students] get frustrated,” said Kimmerly. “You have your per-

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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Children of the Revolution: Naval Postgraduate Dental School Holds Graduation The French 1799-1914

Reviewed by Cmdr. Youssef Aboul-Enein

Children of the Revolution: The French 1799-1914 by Robert Gildea. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts. 2008, 576 pages. The French Revolution will always preoccupy Americans who ponder issues of democracy, religion, the state, liberty and tyranny. Among the issues that intrigues a few of America’s political thinkers is how the French Revolution of 1798 proclaimed the Rights of Man, but months later digress into a tyranny of the masses by the state. This would culminate with the consensual dictatorship of Napoleon Bonaparte. Of note, these questions were debated by America’s Founding Fathers, like Jefferson and Adams. The book details how from 1789 to 1798, the French Revolution went from accommodating the clergy and nobility to a popular demand for terror in which enemies real and imagined were put to death, and finally a desperate popular need for peace ushered in the words of the Revolution under the guise of maintaining order and unity under Napoleon’s dictatorship and empire. When attempting to reconcile church and the state, arguments included demonizing secularism as apostasy as it interferes with apostolic succession from

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God to Saint Peter. This led to a violent radical reaction from revolutionaries and the advent of laicism, the expunging of religious life from the state in revolutionary France. By 1812, the French would judge each nation by the liberty, culture or power it could lay claim to. The book discusses French views of Italy, Germany, Britain, and the United States. If Americans had difficulty understanding state sponsored terror in the name of the revolution, the French had a difficulty with America’s revolutionary ideals and the accommodation of slavery. This thick volume is a look at how the France has defined and redefined French greatness, from bringing liberty to the oppressed in 1789 to bringing civilization in the form of enlightenment that spurred oppressive colonial

policies in the mid-19th century. The author is not without controversy and his 2002 book that examined the extent in which French society accommodated the Nazis, upset a few French academics. However, the best books stimulate intellectual disagreement and debate. Those interested in democracy, Europe and France will enjoy this book. This volume is recommended for those on their way to an assignment to the NATO staff or European Command. Understanding the history of our European partners is what makes all the difference to a successful tour with other nations participating in a coalition. During the month of July, when we as citizens of the United States celebrate our own revolution, it is especially interesting to see how another country and ally dealt with their own fledgling democracy. Editor’s Note: Cmdr. Aboul-Enein is author of two books on the Middle East published by Naval Institute Press and teaches part-time at the National Defense University Eisenhower School of National Security and Resource Strategy. AboulEnein acquired an interest in French political history at an early age through his mother, a retired college instructor of French literature.

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By Cynthia Hilsinger Navy Medicine Professional Development Center

Navy Medicine Professional Development Center (NMPDC) graduated 20 residents from the Naval Postgraduate Dental School (NPDS) June 21 during a ceremony held in Memorial Auditorium. The graduates completed academically and clinically rigorous residency programs spread across Periodontics, Prosthodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Comprehensive Dentistry Endodontics, a one-year Fellowship in Maxillofacial Prosthetics, and a one-year Advanced Education in General Dentistry. In addition, 16 residents earned a Master’s Degree in Oral Biology from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USUHS). The graduates competed in a research symposium required of their programs and were kept in suspense until the graduation ceremony. “The announcement of the winners of the research symposium competition is a surprise,” said Associate Dean of NPDS Capt. Sean Meehan. The winner of this year’s competition was Lt. Gregory Gittleman, taking the International College of Dentists Award for Research. This award recognizes the graduating resident who advanced the science of dentistry by a significant research contribution. “I was very appreciative of all the support. It was two years of hard work and I am very thankful to all the staff for the support,” said Gittleman. The second place award went to Lt. Katherine Cheng and the third place award went to Cmdr. Jay Geistkemper. Two additional awards were presented at the cer-

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The graduated Class of 2013 Naval Postgraduate Dental School is presented to the audience after receiving their degrees and certificates at Memorial Auditorium on board Naval Support Activity Bethesda June 21. emony. The Dean’s Award for Excellence was given to Cmdr. Karen Stokes in recognition of a first year resident who excelled above and beyond the performance of her classmates. The Chief of Navy Dental Corps Award for Excellence was given to Lt. Gittleman, in recognition of a graduating resident who excelled as a military officer and health care professional. “I was incredibly surprised. It was very humbling and again I was very honored and thankful,” said Gittleman responding to the question as if he was surprised to receive both awards. Additional awards granted from NPDS are the Civism Award given to Melissa Sharp, an award presented to a civilian who consistently made significant contributions to the education programs at NPDS. The Faculty Award given to Capt. John Mumford for providing outstanding academic support to NPDS residents. Presenting the degrees and certificates were Executive Assistant to the Surgeon General of the Navy Capt. Stephen Pachuta, Senior Vice President for University Programs Executive Dean of the Postgraduate Dental College USUHS Dr. Patrick Sculley, and Commanding Officer NMPDC

Capt. Carey Sill. Naval Postgraduate Dental School is the only DoDcentralized site for postgraduate dental education and conducts dental specialty training in their clinics located at Naval Support Activity Bethesda. All specialty training programs at NPDS are fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, and graduate between 20-25 dental officers per year with specialty board eligible training in Endodontics, Periodontics, Prosthodontics, Orofacial Pain, Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Dental Public Health, and Comprehensive Dentistry. Navy Medicine Professional Development Center is part of the Navy Medicine team, a global healthcare network of 63,000 Navy medical personnel around the world who provide highquality health care to more than one million eligible beneficiaries. Navy Medicine personnel deploy with Sailors and Marines worldwide, providing critical mission support aboard ship, in the air, under the sea and on the battlefield. For more information about NMPDC, visit http:// navmedmpte/Pages/default.aspx.

U.S. Naval Test Pilot School Graduates Class 143

By Rich Harris U.S. Naval Test Pilot School

Nearly 40 U.S. Naval Test Pilot School Class 143 students reached the end of their 10-month course with a graduation ceremony June 14 at the River’s Edge Conference Center on Friday, 2013. The 36 students who completed the course earned designations as Test Pilots, Test Naval Flight Officers and Test Engineers. Graduates included members from

the Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Army, NASA, Israel and the United Kingdom. TPS graduates earning their master’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering were: Lt. Patrick McInerney, Lt. Kellen Smith and Lt. Casey Thompson. The Outstanding Developmental Phase II Award went to Marine Corps Capt. Donald Underwood. This award recognizes the student who produced the best final report and is symbolic of the long-standing and

mutually supporting relationship between the Empire Test Pilot School in the United Kingdom and the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School. Underwood was also awarded the Commander Willie McCool Outstanding Student award, which recognizes the top performing student in the categories of academics, flight performance, and technical report writing. The Sid Sherby award went to Army Maj. Anne McClain, who also was recently selected to the NASA

astronaut-candidate class. The Sid Sherby award is presented to the student who displays exemplary leadership in the class. In 1945 Sid Sherby established the test pilot training division, which later became the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School. There were 23 students who completed the requirements for the engineering test pilot course. The new test pilots are: Air Force: Maj. Charles M. Trickey Army: Maj. Mark J.

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Cleary, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Jon R. Lawniczak, Maj. Anne C. McClain, Maj. Ryan B. Nelson Marine Corps: Capt. Robert G. Buck, Capt. M. Andrew

Tacquard and Capt. Donald W. Underwood Navy: Lt. Jonathan S. Beaton, Lt. Michael J. Eck-

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Thursday, July 4, 2013


Friends and Family Pay Final Respects to Adm. Frank B. Kelso II, 24th CNO From Chief of Naval Operations Public Affairs

Friends, family and colleagues gathered June 29 in the small town of Fayetteville, Tenn. to celebrate the life of and pay final respects to the 24th Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Frank B. Kelso II. The full military honors funeral took place in Kelso’s hometown at the First United Methodist Church where Kelso attended services and was integrated as a pillar of faith and devotion among the congregation. Less than a mile from the church, Kelso was laid to rest at the Rose Hill Cemetery in his family plot in the company of his beloved relatives. Long time friend of Kelso and former naval officer of 27 years Chaplain Bill Perry helped preside over Kelso’s service. Perry had a close spiritual relationship and friendship with Kelso who he said committed his life to decency, respect and integrity. Perry said that in life after the Navy, Kelso was devoted to helping spread the word of God. “The last time I felt like this is when I buried and did this service for my mother,” Perry said as he gripped the pulpit to maintain his composure, suffering from the loss of his friend. “Today is a day we celebrate a life well lived and then we mourn heavily for ourselves,” Perry said. “For the Kelso family you have to know not only is there a pain within this church and over in the overflow room, but there is pain throughout the naval community because folks who knew him and worked with him -- every person here -- knows that if you knew Admiral Kelso then you respected him, and you liked him, and if you were around him enough, you grew to love him.” More than 300 people who loved and respected Kelso were in attendance for the funeral service. Current CNO Adm. Jonathan

Greenert was among them. “Admiral Frank Kelso’s bold leadership and innovative thinking guided the Navy through times of war and significant draw-down at the end of the Cold War,” said Greenert of the late Kelso. “It was his strength of character and sure-fire integrity that ensured his success as a former CNO and to a higher degree solidified the formidable legacy of a great life that Admiral Frank Kelso leaves behind.” Kelso, 79, had a long and successful career in the U.S. Navy and was known for his intelligence, strong character and innovative thinking. He was the third of three submariners in a row who served as CNO in in the 1980s and ‘90s. As CNO he led the Navy in a period of significant drawdown of U.S. naval forces following the Cold War. He also oversaw the introduction of new platforms and systems that improved capabilities, including precision strike operations. The nation persistently called on the naval capabilities throughout his tour, starting with Operation Desert Storm. As CNO, he also oversaw revolutionary changes within the OPNAV staff and profoundly changed the means by which the Navy processed and made decisions. In keeping with joint staff practices, he changed “OP” codes to “N” codes, and the staff was reorganized to align with a “Napoleonic” arrangement used by both the Army and the Joint Staff. In a period of dramatic change, he helped to transform not merely the organization, but also the processes by which information could be shared and considered. He is credited with dramatically changing the means by which more informed decisions could be made by the Navy. “The ability to cut against the grain and find new and creative solutions for the Navy are what set Admiral Kelso apart from his

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The eldest son of retired Adm. Frank Kelso, the 24th Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), recites a thank you letter he wrote to his father in 1977 during his father’s funeral at the First United Methodist Church in Fayetteville, Tenn. Following the service, Kelso was laid to rest at Rose Hill Cemetery. He served as CNO from 1990-1994. Kelso was 79 years old. peers,” said Greenert. “It was an honor to have served with him and we are a better Navy due to his leadership and faithful commitment to our Sailors, Civilians and their Families.” As CNO at the time of the now infamous Tailhook Convention in 1991 during which numerous incidents of sexual assault and harassment were found to have occurred, Kelso found himself at the forefront of a new horizon for the treatment of women in the military. Tailhook was a turbulent event for the entire naval department, and precipitated support in widening of opportunities for women in the service. Kelso, a proponent of allowing women to serve in expand-

ed roles, embraced the integration. Upon selection for flag rank, Admiral Kelso served as Director, Strategic Submarine Division, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, and then was assigned as Director, Office of Program Appraisal, Office of the Secretary of the Navy. On February 8, 1985, Admiral Kelso became Commander Sixth Fleet and NATO Commander Naval Striking Force and Support Forces Southern Europe. On June 30, 1986, Admiral Kelso was promoted to admiral and assumed the duties of Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. Admiral Kelso became Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic and Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Command

on November 22, 1988. He became the Navy’s 24th Chief of Naval Operations on June 29, 1990. Adm. Kelso has been awarded the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Navy Distinguished Service Medal (three awards), Legion of Merit (four awards), Meritorious Service, Navy Commendation and Navy Achievement Medals. Kelso eventually returned to live in Fayetteville, Tenn., in 2003, a decade after retiring from the Navy. He remained there until his death on June 23, 2013. Kelso is survived by his second wife, Georgeanna, his four children and numerous grandchildren. Landess McCown, his first wife of 56 years, passed away in 2012.

One Small Step For Mann: Pax River Pilot Selected for Astronaut Program by Jamie Cosgrove Unmanned Aviation And Strike Weapons Public Affairs Office

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Marine Corps Maj. Nicole Mann, who was recently selected as a 2013 NASA astronaut candidate, aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65) in 2007 just prior to an Operation Enduring Freedom mission. Mann is currently stationed at Naval Air Station Patuxent River supporting the Strike Planning and Execution Program Office (PMA-281).

A lifelong dream came true for a Marine Corps pilot at Naval Air Station Patuxent River when she received news in early June that she was chosen to be an astronaut candidate. Marine Corps Maj. Nicole Mann, a naval aviator supporting the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Strike Planning and Execution Program Office (PMA-281), was one of eight candidates from a pool 6,100 applicants, selected to be part of NASA’s elite astronaut program, according to the agency’s press release. “Everyone dreams of going to space, but to possibly have the chance to do it is the opportunity

of a lifetime,” said Mann, who reminisced about wanting to be an explorer as a young girl. Mann said she has been interested in science and technology since childhood. Fixing and taking things apart as well as understanding how and why things worked had always fascinated her. “As I got older, I knew I wanted to focus my education in the area of math and science, which is why mechanical engineering seemed fitting,” she said. “When I started to explore my options in high school, I felt a sense of honor and pride when I thought about serving my country. That is what drove me toward the military.” Mann said she knew she would receive a great education and have the opportunity to serve her country by attending the U.S. Naval Academy. The summer before

her senior year at the academy, Mann had the opportunity to fly in the backseat of an F/A-18 for the first time. She hadn’t necessarily thought about an aviation career path before that day, she said, but it was an amazing experience that changed her life. “Wow, it’s the best of both worlds, to be a Marine and be able to fly,” she recalled thinking. After graduating from the academy with a degree in mechanical engineering, Mann went on to receive her master’s at Stanford University. Next came flight school, where she earned her pilot’s wings in 2003 and selected the F/A-18C, a multi-mission tactical jet aircraft. More than a decade later, Mann has logged more than 1,500 flight hours and 47 combat missions. In

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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Walter Reed Bethesda Celebrates First Pride Month By MC2 Nathan Parde NSAB Public Affairs Staff Writer

Hundreds of service members, hospital staff and patients stopped by Walter Reed Bethesda’s first Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month Coffee Social June 20 to show support and learn more about associated topics. “For more than two centuries, our Nation has struggled to transform the ideals of liberty and equality from founding promise into lasting reality,” said President Barack Obama in a Pride Month proclamation this year. “LGBT Americans and their allies have been hard at work on the next great chapter of that history - from the patrons of The Stonewall Inn who sparked a movement, to service members who can finally be honest about who they love, to brave young people who come out and speak out every day.” Hospitalman Christopher Lounsbury of Walter Reed Bethesda’s Ophthalmology Clinic, a member of the Bethesda Multicultural Committee, said the event was a first for the hospital. “I’ve been a member of the Multicultural Committee for six months now. This is one of my favorite events we’ve done because it’s something that people don’t talk about too much, as it involves people’s personal lives,” said Lounsbury. “But, to see the turnout and people showing support today … I think this is a milestone for the hospital.” Machinist Mate 1st Class Jessica Lightcap of Walter Reed Bethesda’s Facilities De-

partment said she first heard about the coffee social as she was walking from morning colors and discussing her recent frocking (promotion) ceremony. “We were talking about how I had introduced my master chief to my fiancé at my frocking, and that was big for me,” she explained. “My master chief reacted very well. My family was there, and I introduced my mom, my sister and my fiancé.” Lightcap said she was openly gay before enlisting in the Navy, but had to mask it under the former policy of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. When she reported to Walter Reed Bethesda two years ago, she said it was under a very different set of circumstances. “To tell you the truth, I couldn’t have seen this day coming,” she said. “You could see that there were a vast number of gay and lesbian members in the military. And I was very ‘out’ when I joined the military, so I went into the military with the stigma that I couldn’t be myself – I kind of had to hide it. And then, as the years progressed, and now I see how people react to it today ... it’s a whole new feeling. You actually have people to talk to who may share some of the same situations, and it’s nice to know that.” Gary Espinas, representing the LGBT group OutServe-SLDN, hosted an information booth at the coffee social and said he has watched the culture of the U.S. military change over the last few years to one that fully accepts LGBT service members. “It’s been extremely exciting,” said Espinas. “The turnout here at the event has

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Service members, staff and visitors stop by informational booths at Walter Reed Bethesda’s first Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month Coffee Social June 20. been overwhelming. What’s been really terrific to see has been the show of support from the senior leadership of Walter Reed at this event. Also, the kinds of questions that people have been asking and the kinds of comments that we have heard have been absolutely terrific.” Espinas, a veteran of the U.S. Army, added about half of the active duty service members who are a member of OutServeSLDN are still in the closet, and this is the kind of visible support they need.


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viewing areas on the National Mall near the Washington Monument and Reflecting Pool will be accessible only through secure access points.Consider wearing hearing protection as these fireworks are big and loud.Consider wearing eye protection to

“The whole community across the LGBT spectrum need to see that they are not alone, that people support them and that we can come together at events like Pride and celebrate who we are, and celebrate the fact that LGBT service members are part of the narrative of military service,” he said. For more information about the Bethesda Multicultural Committee and upcoming events, contact Sgt. 1st Class Jason Zielske at 301-400-3542. not have,” said Lewis. “Even if you’re a pro at cooking, all it takes is a second of distraction and you can get a pretty nasty burn. If a minor burn does occur, cool the affected site immediately with cold water, dry and cover with a sterile gauze bandage. Anything more serious than a second degree burn should be treated by a medical professional, though.” Another concern during the Fourth of July is fireworks safety. Though fireworks are a staple of the holiday, extreme caution must be taken when handling and using any type of explosive. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) advises that fireworks of all types are hazardous materials, and that certain types of fireworks - professional grade display fireworks or illegal “M-80” type firecrackers - should never be used by consumers due to their dangerous nature. Even sparklers, long thought to be a safe alternative for children, burn at extremely hot temperatures and can cause serious burns if not handled properly. “When it comes to things like fireworks, it’s best to leave it to professionals,” said Lewis. “And there are plenty of opportunities to see a great fireworks show in and around D.C., anyway.” For more information on summer safety, visit For more news on events in NDW, visit www.

guard your eyes from falling debris.Consider not bringing pets, and also be advised that immediately following the fireworks, areas along Independence Avenue between the Lincoln Memorial and World War II Memorial will be closed for safety related to the fireworks launch site. The road will reopen after cleanup crews have completed their inspection and removed any hazardous materials.

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Traffic Court Instituted For Base Driving, Parking Infractions By Cmdr. Kimberly Himmer Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Public Affairs In the past, you may not have been too concerned if you received a DD Form 1408: a base traffic ticket. You didn’t get points off of your license, and in some situations, your chain of command may never have been informed. However, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) is now keeping track of your on-base moving violations and parking infractions. If you receive too many, your base driving privileges could be revoked. If you are issued a DD Form 1408, you now have a mechanism to appeal if you think that it was issued in error, or if you would like to present mitigating circumstances. JBAB has recently established a traffic court, where you can present your case before the final adjudication of your offense. Any individual that accumulates twelve points of driving and parking infractions within 12 months, or 18 points within 24 months will have base driving privileges revoked or suspended. Serious infractions, which result in the suspension of your driving privileges for one year or more, are reported to your state licensing authority. This can result in the revocation of your license, or points against your license, depending on your state’s licensing regulations. According to Stuart Marshall, JBAB Director of Strategy, and one of three designated JBAB Traffic Court Hearing Officers,


“So far, the majority of cases we are seeing are related to speeding on base, and illegal parking. But I have already heard a case where an individual was driving 18 mph over the posted base speed limit. This is unacceptable.” When an individual is caught exceeding the posted base speed limit by 20 mph or more, the person will automatically receive a six-month suspension of base driving privileges. Additionally, when a driver is caught speeding in base housing areas, it is mandatory that the he receive a 14-day suspension of his base driving privileges. Marshall stated, “The best thing a driver can do is follow posted signs, don’t speed, and don’t park illegally.” Some of his suggestions regarding parking include: - Only park in spots designated by white lines. - Do not park on the edges of parking lots, or edges of roads. If there are no lines designating spots, then you are not allowed to park there. - Do not park in restricted parking lots. Several lots on base are designated for specific commands. If you do not work for that command, do not park in its lot. - Do not park in reserved spots or handicapped spots, unless officially authorized. An individual has 14 calendar days after the commission of the infraction to inform the proper authorities that he desires a hearing. The points of contact are contained on the DD Form 1408. The hearing shall be docketed on the first date after the expira-

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Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) is now keeping track of your on-base moving violations and parking infractions. If you receive too many, your base driving privileges could be revoked. tion of this 14-day period. Traffic court is held approximately every 30 days, and the individual will be informed of the time and date of the hearing. Absent extraordinary circumstances, the hearing cannot be rescheduled. Below are some of the infractions, and the points or consequences they carry: - Speeding: 3-5 points, depending on much the posted limit is exceeded - Failure to yield to a pedestrian: 5 points - Most parking violations: 3 points - Illegally parking in a designated handicapped spot: automatic 30 day revocation of

base driving privileges - Wearing headphones while driving: 3 points - Failure to stop for a school bus: 4 points - Intoxicated driving: revocation of base driving privileges for one year - Refusing to submit to a blood alcohol content (BAC) test: revocation of base driving privileges for one year JBABINST 11100.1 is the governing instruction related to the traffic court and base driving and parking infractions. In addition, JBABINST 11200.1, Chapter 4, delineates the entire traffic point system.



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Continued from 1 mostats to minimize heating and cooling, and wise use of hot water, lighting and appliances can also contribute significantly to energy savings. In cases where utility consumption is high, residents can also request that their property manager perform an energy audit to identify energy saving strategies specific to their home. Residents are also reminded to keep up with any fees incurred through over-usage. Those with a past due account will receive delinquency notice letters and a late fee. Extreme delinquencies can result in a notice to


Continued from 5 fectionists and your trial-and-error kids; you have to mold the two to a happy medium.” Thankfully, those measured challenges take place in an environment that more than anything, is defined by fun. Tom praised the organizations and STEM professionals who make the Quantico STEM Summer Academy possible. “We have an advantage because we have the Marine Corps and the Navy working closely with us,” he said. “We have all the technical resources, all the engineers that we could ever want. We have 15 engineers with us today who have given up their time to work with us this week.” “If we get one student excited about engineering, we’ve been successful,” Tom added. Quite a few students were excited about engineering. Sierra, 13, was representative and would like to one-day be an engineer. “It’s been really nice,” she said. “We’re programming and we had a lot of nice lectures. We’ve got to talk to a lot of professionals.” It took Sierra a few moments to decide which activity was the most interesting. “I think the rail gun demonstration was my favorite.” Sierra’s favorite subjects are math and science, but she found those weren’t the

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ert, Lt. David B. Geleszynski, Lt. Michael R. Luebkert, Lt. Patrick F. McInerney, Lt. Benjamin S. Orloff, Lt. Cole C. Roberts, Lt. Brent K. Robinson, Lt. Cmdr. Jason Saglimbene, Lt. Kellen L. Smith, Lt. Casey S. Thompson, Lt. Latham H. Turner, Lt. Eric R. Zilberman Israel Air Force: Maj. Noam Gadot Royal Navy: Lt. Cmdr. Stephen H. Moseley Eight students completed the engineer-

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the F/A-18C, she has completed two deployments flying missions off USS Enterprise (CVN 65) in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. Besides her aviation background, Mann said her test and acquisition experience at Pax River definitely helped ease NASA’s interview process. A 2009 Naval Test Pilot School Class 135 graduate, Mann served as a test pilot and the operations officer for Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 before joining PMA-281, where she leads a team that provides mission planning systems to aviation and amphibious forces. “Maj. Mann has been performing at the “astronaut” level in this office since her arrival,” said Mike Paul, PMA-281 program manager. “In my time in the military and as

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vacate housing and can potentially affect a resident’s credit. The PPV partnership will work with residents to arrange payment plans if help is needed making payments. NDW residents can expect mock billing to begin after July 1 with the first mock statement being mailed August 15. Residents will not be financially responsible for utility usage during this period. The actual billing period begins October 1, and the first ‘live’ bill will be mailed November 14. Residents will be expected to pay for their usage above the ‘normal usage’ band or will be eligible to receive a rebate if their usage is below the band. For more information about the RECP program, visit regions/ndw.html only skills needed to be successful at the academy. “Patience,” she said, “to try and work with everybody, to try and match up their process of thinking with mine. Trying to get things right can be frustrating, but when you get it done it’s like a weight off your shoulders. it’s great.” That feeling of accomplishment has been addictive for Tyler, 17, an academy returnee and junior mentor. The soon-to-be high school senior wants to follow his father’s footsteps and join the Marine Corps, where leadership skills are at a premium. As a junior mentor, he worked that talent by guiding students through experiments and challenges, as well as assisting the teachers and STEM professionals. “I find it fun to help the kids and have them make robots and see how technology works,” he said. “You can make something to solve a problem you have. I’ve learned a lot more since [my first STEM event] and I’ve sharpened my skills. It’s a lot of fun.” For the Dahlgren contingent at the Quantico STEM Summer Academy, seeing that type of inspiration take hold on young people is well worth the effort. “This is probably the most fun thing I do during the year,” said Plaia. “It’s a lot of planning and work, but getting to watch the kids run around and enjoy themselves is just fun.” ing test flight officer course: Marine Corps: Capt. Karl E. Igler Navy: Lt. Silas O. Carpenter, Lt. Brandon J. Colvin, Lt. Nicholas A. Denison, Lt. James C. Jordan, Lt. Randall G. Reed, Lt. Andrew J. Seator and Lt. Marlin R. Smith III. Five students fulfilled the requirements for the test project-engineering course: Adam R. Chesser, Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division; Cynthia A. Parker, Army; Mihailo D. Rutovic, NASA, Craig D. Sutheimer, NAWCAD; and John Van Osch, NAWCAD. a civilian, she would be my first choice for this program.” Life for this Marine pilot, military spouse and mother is about to get more exciting. In just two months, Mann and her 16-month son will head to Houston, so she can begin training at Johnson Space Center while her husband begins a yearlong deployment to the Middle East. “It will be a challenge to say the least, but I am ready for it,” she said. Also selected with Mann was Army Maj. Anne McClain who graduted the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School on June 15 with Class 143, and Josh Cassada, a USNTPS Class 130 graduate and instructor from January 2009 to December 2010. Mann and the team of new astronaut candidates will receive a wide array of technical training at space centers around the globe to prepare for missions to low-Earth orbit, an asteroid and Mars, according to NASA.

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