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The Waterline

August 8, 2013

Vol. XXX No.31


Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions Promotes Sailors Helping Sailors By Patrick Gordon NDW Waterline writer

U.S. Navy photo by Patrick Gordon

Fleet Master Chief (SW/AW/SCW) Scott Benning, then chief of naval personnel Navy Total Force/Manpower, Training & Education, left, leads a chant at the Naval District Washington CSADD picnic Sept. 21, 2012. CSADD is a peer-to-peer mentorship program used Navy-wide. The program is geared at Sailors 18- to 25-years-old, to reinforce the culture of “Shipmates helping Shipmates.” The program is different because it gives young Sailors the opportunity to help each other through peer-to-peer interaction and to come up with their own creative ways to combat destructive behavior.

A junior Sailor in a new command might feel lost his first few weeks there. Whether they are fresh out of A-school, or well into their first or second tour, it might seem out of the ordinary to think that a peer could be in any position to help should that Sailor need help with his career or a personal issue. The volunteers of Naval District Washington’s (NDW) Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD) are in place to change that mentality and let Sailors know that they are there to help their shipmates. CSADD is a peer-to-peer mentorship program used Navy-wide. The program is geared at Sailors 18- to 25-years-old, to reinforce the culture of “Shipmates helping Shipmates.” The program is different because it gives young Sailors the opportunity to help each other through interaction and to come up with their own creative ways to combat destructive behavior. “CSADD is a great organization that provides Sailors the opportunity to reach out and support their fellow junior Sailors,” said Chief Electrician’s Mate Noli Manaloto, NDW regional CSADD coordinator. “Our

CSADD volunteers pride themselves in their ability to provide guidance to their shipmates, as well as making their local communities better places to serve. At its core, CSADD is really about Sailors helping each other and making a stronger Navy as a result.” The program exists as a way for junior Sailors to guide their shipmates from making decisions detrimental to their careers as well as foster an environment of mentorship and support at the enlisted level. “CSADD is a unique, up and coming organization in the Navy,” said Hospitalman Seaman Israel Castro, Washington Navy Yard CSADD president. “It’s a coalition of Sailors looking out for each other and guiding one another in the right direction so that mistakes can be stopped before they begin. Sometimes all it really takes is someone saying, ‘Hey, they might not be such a good idea,’ to change the entire course of someone’s career. It’s Sailors sharing experiences that they’ve had and creating leadership qualities.” Castro explained that many Sailors spend much of their first year or more in the Navy learning basic - but unexpected -

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Travel Safely Through the 101 Critical Days of Summer By Patrick Gordon NDW Waterline writer

Many take a vacation during the summer months. Whether traveling with family or friends to a far off destination or just down the road, following simple guidelines will help travelers to get where they are going safely. During the “101 Critical Days of Summer,” the period of time between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the Department of Defense (DoD) 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. “The time period between Memorial Day

and Labor Day has long been called ‘The Critical Days of Summer’ by the Navy and Marine Corps because during that time period we see a sharp increase in the number of off duty deaths and injuries,” said Barbara VanDenBerg, regional safety program director. “Sailors and Marines take vacations and engage in more high risk recreational activities than during other periods during the year.” These off-duty deaths are often as a result of motor vehicle accidents. The DoD reports that 81 percent of the non-combat fatalities in 2012 total took place over the summer. Last summer, 80 service members died in motor vehicle collisions; 27 in 4-wheel vehicles, 47 while riding motorcycles, four were pedestrians, and two were bicyclists. To avoid such mishaps, safety specialists advise personnel to utilize common sense and easy to access resources when traveling during the summer, especially by automobile. “One of the most important things to do

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before getting on the road , especially before a long car ride, is having a plan including an alternate route, provide plenty of time to get there, and always get plenty of sleep,” said Walter Fulton, a contract safety instructor trainer with Cape Fox Professional Services, during an NDW safety stand down. “If you’re in the Navy, I recommend utilizing the Travel Risk Planning System - or TRiPS - before getting on the road. It’s available through Navy Knowledge Online and the Naval Safety Center, and it provides information and tips on safe travel.” TRiPS is an online, automated risk-assessment tool. Sailors and Marines can use it before they go on liberty or leave, driving outside command travel limits. The system helps them recognize-and avoid-the hazards they face on the highway including fatigue, not buckling up, and driving too far. It

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U.S. Navy photo by Patrick Gordon

Walter Fulton, a contract safety instructor trainer with Cape Fox Professional Services, discusses summer driving safety at the Naval District Washington summer safety stand down at the Washington Navy Yard. During the “101 Critical Days of Summer,” the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day, vehicle-related fatalities and injuries tend to increase.

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- At a Special Court-Martial, an Hospital Corpsman 1st Class pled guilty to attempted wrongful appropriation, placing obscene images in the mail, and internet harassment. The military judge awarded a letter of reprimand, reduction in rank to E-4, 30 days restriction, and 90 days confinement. - At a Special Court-Martial, a Hospitalman pled guilty to fleeing apprehension and drunk driving. The military judge awarded a bad conduct discharge, a letter of reprimand, reduction in rank to E-1, and 100 days confinement. - At a Special Court-Martial, a Master-at-Arms 3rd Class pled guilty to sexual harassment. The military judge awarded a letter of reprimand, reduction in rank to E-2, confinement of 45 days, to receive 45 days of hard labor without confinement, and to receive a bad conduct discharge. - At a Special Court-Martial, a Hospitalman was tried for assault consummated by a battery. The panel of members returned a verdict of not guilty to

assault consummated by a battery, but guilty to simple assault. The panel awarded forfeiture of $1,010 per month for two months, reduction in rank to E-1 and 40 days confinement. - At a Special Court-Martial, a Hospitalman was found guilty of false official statements and assault. The military judge awarded a reprimand, a bad conduct discharge, reduction in rank to E-1, and 180 days confinement. - At a Special Court-Martial, a Cyptologic Technician (Collection) 3rd Class pled guilty to unauthorized absence, disrespect toward a superior commissioned officer, failure to obey a regulation, and larceny. The military judge awarded a bad conduct discharge, a $755 fine, reduction in rank to E-1, and 100 days confinement. - At a Special Court-Martial, a Chief Hospital Corpsman was found guilty of wrongful use of a controlled substance (Percocet). The panel of members awarded no punishment other than the criminal conviction. - At a General Court-Martial, an Information Systems Technician 2nd Class was tried for aggravated assault, assaults consummated by a battery, per-

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jury, and stalking. The panel of members returned a verdict of not guilty. - At a Special Court-Martial, a United States Naval Academy Midshipman was found guilty of unlawful entry into the barracks of a female foreign exchange midshipman. Sentenced to a reprimand and restriction to the confines of the United States Naval Academy for 60 days. - At a Special Court-Martial, an Legalman 1st Class accused of unauthorized absence, dereliction of duty, making false statements, and submitting false claims was found not guilty of all charges. - At a General Court-Martial, an Information Systems Technician 1st Class was found guilty of false official statements and wearing unauthorized awards and qualifications. The military judge awarded a letter of reprimand, a Bad Conduct Discharge, and 157 days confinement. - At a Special Court-Martial, a Master-at-Arms 3rd Class pled guilty to sexual harassment. The military judge awarded a letter of reprimand, reduction in rank to E-3, 45 days confinement, 45 days of hard labor, and 45 days restriction to the installation.

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Continued from 3 “We were fortunate in our previous location to be on the campus with WRMAC in its previous incarnation and had a very active and dynamic relationship with the research and clinical staff there who worked with the museum so we could collect objects and add them to the collection,” said Clarke. “We also had an active and dynamic relationship with the patient and caregiver population, so that we could offer programs and exhibits specific to that audience while we were still on the old campus. That hasn’t changed too much even today. We market and promote our programs to the patient and caregiver population at the new Walter Reed and have seen folks make that short drive over here from Bethesda, either to tour our exhibits, participate in our special programs or have their children attend our kid-only events. So it was a great relationship in the past and it is still a great relationship today.” Throughout the museum you will find exhibits that compare historic medical advances to more contemporary medical advances – a veritable road map to how medical science has evolved to this day. One artifact of note is an Xbox 360 that is on display from Walter Reed, which showcases how modern technology is used to treat patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI). “We have a fantastic exhibit on TBI, which is a very important issue for the military and an important exhibit for everybody actually,” said Clarke. “It’s an exhibit where we try to let people get some understanding about what’s going on with the brain when it has any type of brain injury – what it looks like when it’s injured and various types of injuries and the steps that are gone through to diagnose, treat and rehabilitate a brain that’s suffered a TBI. [Another] exhibit on advances in military medicine gives the visitor a chance to understand the advances in rehabilitation of soldiers, the protection of the service member in the field, the surgical repair and facial reconstruction. We also have an exhibit on the recent conflict – the war in Iraq – an Airforce hospital that was in place there from 2003 to 2007. We actually collected the floor of the trauma bay where the worst wounded were treated.” There is a lot to learn, see and do at the museum through interactive computer models, self guided tours and group tours guided by the professional staff at the museum. “This is an interesting museum, we really have something for everybody,”

said Clarke. “The visitor here has a couple of opportunities [to learn from] some interactive [computer models]. There is an interactive [terminal] that allows you to scan through the human body and identify skeletal and anatomical parts and associate those with the right terms – a teaching tool. There is also an interactive [terminal] that allows the public to get a sense of what is not on display. The Museum’s collection is 25 million objects, so we want to give the people that visit a glimpse of those things we can’t currently find a home for in our exhibits and displays. “Most of the museum’s exhibits are self guided tours. We encourage all of our visitors to spend as much time as they like interacting with the exhibits that are on display. Groups can make a tour reservation in advance and can get a couple of different group tour options – one on forensics another on the human body. Those are tours that can be put together for young persons or persons of any age.” Matthew Brooks, a first time visitor to the museum, said his experience there was really good and he was fascinated by all the specimens that were on display. He also learned a lot. “I learned [the museum] started during the Civil War and just looking around I found out they had flying ICU’s (intensive care units), which is pretty neat,” said Brooks. “[One of the displays] also talked about patients that were suffering from pain, how they were able to block off the nerve so they don’t feel pain in flight until they were able to get more intensive treatment. I didn’t know they could do that, which is pretty awesome. “For anyone interested in learning about modern medicine especially in relation to the military, this is a good place to do that.” “The visitor here will see exhibits on military medicine, on anatomy and physiology and Civil War medicine, but hopefully they will leave with an appreciation for what role military medicine has played in improving the health and well-being of everyone,” said Clarke. “And why it’s important for the military to maintain the health and the medical status of the active duty service member and their family.” The National Museum of Health and Medicine is open all week long, including weekends and holidays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and is closed only on Christmas Day. For more information about the museum, upcoming exhibits or to schedule a tour, log on to the museum’s Facebook page at MedicalMuseum.

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Spinal Cord Stimulation Gives Vets Greater Quality Of Life By Sarah Marshall WRNMMC Journal Staff Writer

Master Sgt. Michael Trost was in South Eastern Afghanistan in February 2012 as part of the Army Civil Affairs, when he was shot five times by a machine gun, leaving him with a severed sciatic nerve, and not to mention what he describes as the “most horrific pain.” “It felt like someone was taking a sledge hammer and just smashing my right foot,” Trost said, explaining the chronic pain that developed later on in his recovery. “I would have this horrible sciatic nerve pain that would put me on the floor … It would literally drive me almost insane. It’s electric, fiery, relentless pain.” Since his injury, the active duty Soldier with more than 30 years of service under his belt, has gained a greater sense of normalcy, which he largely attributes to an emerging technology used at Walter Reed Bethesda, known as spinal cord stimulation. The technology uses electrical signaling, similar to that of a pacemaker, explained Maj. (Dr.) David Jamison, an anesthesiologist at Walter Reed Bethesda. Smaller than the size of a business card, the stimulator is surgically implanted in the patient’s back. Thin wires, or leads, stem from the device, and are threaded through the spine, much like an epidural, Jamison said. The device is then programmed wirelessly and controlled externally to send electrical pulses

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Sgt. Timmothy Garrigus, left, and Capt. David Christopher, right, check out a walking stick presented to Master Sgt. Mike Trost, center, during a team build for the Trost Family on June 9, 2012 at his home in Tennessee.

through the spinal cord, emitting signals to the brain that cancel out the pain signals, he said. Though spinal cord stimulation has been used by doctors nationwide for about the last three decades, it has proven beneficial to those returning from combat with chronic pain since the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Jamison said. He estimates about five service members undergo the surgery each month, and he hopes to spread the word about the technology, as it continues to develop and allow wounded warriors to regain their quality of life. For Trost, spinal cord stimulation meant being off pain medications, being better able to walk, and take a pain-free car ride. The vibrations would trigger his sciatic nerve pain, he said. Trost noted the progress he’s made since he arrived at Walter Reed Bethesda after being injured last year. Having also lost his right thumb and forefinger, the master sergeant who now lives in Tennessee, said he did not have use of his right leg, from the knee down to his toe. Later on in his healing process, after re-learning how to walk, he began to experience excruciating pain caused by the severed sciatic nerve, the largest nerve in the body that runs from the spinal cord to the feet. He was on methadone for several months, but that did not completely take away the pain, he said. His doctors suggested spinal cord stimulation, and he decided to give it a try.

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Around the Yard

During the “101 Critical Days of Summer” more people tend to travel. How do you practice travel safety?

I make sure to use TRiPS and check to make sure my car’s tires and fluids are good, use seatbelts, and get a good night’s sleep the night before.

I check my car from bumper to bumper, then get my seatbelt on -- safety first -- and turn on the car to make sure the engine sounds ok.

Yeoman 2nd Class (SW) Erika Castillo Military Sealift Command Washington Navy Yard

Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Craig Coburn Display Ship Barry Washington Navy Yard

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This Week in Navy History August 8

1813- U.S. schooners Hamilton and Scourge founder in storm on Lake Ontario. 1959 - Announcement of Project Teepee, an electronic system to monitor 95 percent of Earth’s atmosphere for missile launchings or nuclear explosions. The system was developed by William Thaler, an Office of Naval Research physicist. 1972 - Women authorized for sea duty as regular ship’s company.

August 9

Yeoman (F) Omah M. Munier in her U.S. Navy univorm. Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels approved the acceptance of women as yeoman (F) in U.S. Navy Aug. 12, 1918.

1815 – Capt. Stephen Decatur concludes treaty for U.S. with Tripoli. 1842 - Signing of Webster-Ashburton Treaty under which U.S. and Great Britain agreed to cooperate in suppressing the slave trade. 1865 - Return of Naval Academy to Annapolis after four years at Newport, R.I. 1919 - Construction of rigid airship ZR-1 (Shenandoah) authorized. 1941 - Atlantic Charter Conference is first meeting between President Roosevelt and Winston Churchill. 1942 - Battle of Savo Island begins. It is the first of many sea battles near Guadalcanal. 1945 - Atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan. A Navy weaponeer arms the atomic bomb. 1949 - First use of pilot-ejection seat for emergency escape in U.S. made by Lt. Jack I. Fruin of VF-171 near Walterboro, S.C.

August 10

1916 - First Naval aircraft production contract, for N-9s. 1921 - General Order establishes the Bureau of Aeronautics under Rear Adm. William Moffett. 1944 - Guam secured by U.S. forces. 1964 - Signing of Gulf of Tonkin Resolution which is used as the starting point of the Vietnam Conflict.

August 11

1812 - USS Constitution captures and destroys brig Lady Warren. 1877 - Professor Asaph Hall of Naval Observatory discovers first of two satellites of Mars. He found the second one within a week. 1921 - Carrier arresting gear first tested at Hampton Roads. 1960 - USNS Longview, using Navy helicopters and frogmen, recovers a Discover satellite capsule after 17 orbits. This is first recovery of U.S. satellite from orbit.

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1812 - USS Constitution captures and destroys brig Adeona. 1918 – Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels approves acceptance of women as yeoman (F) in U.S. Navy. 1942 - USS Cleveland (CL-55) demonstrates effectiveness of radio-proximity fuze (VT-fuze) against aircraft by successfully destroying three drones with proximity bursts fired by her five inch guns.

Museum Bridges Gap Between Medicine Of The Past And Medicine Of The Future

Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John K. Hamilton

The Brooks family enjoys a self-guided tour of the National Museum of Health and Medicine, taking their time as they walk through the four exhibition halls July 29. By MC2 John K. Hamilton NSAB Public Affairs Staff Writer Just a short drive from Naval Support Activity Bethesda rests the National Museum of Health and Medicine (NMHM), a Department of Defense museum that is dedicated to the preservation and care of the nation’s involvement and interest in military medicine, from the time of the Civil War to the present day. “Our mission is to inspire an interest and understanding in the history of general American medicine but with a very special focus on American military medicine,” said

Tim Clarke, deputy director of communications at NMHM. “Our hope is to convince our visitors that medicine is important to the military and that military medicine is important to the nation.” Situated next to the Forest Glen Annex in its new home at 2500 Linden Lane, Silver Spring, Md., since the merger of Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRMAC) and the National Naval Medical Center, the museum continues to serve the patient and caregiver population of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, as it did in the past.

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1944 - Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., the older brother of John F. Kennedy, was killed with his co-pilot in a mid-air explosion after taking off from England in a PB4Y from Special Attack Unit One (SAU-1). Following manual takeoff, they were supposed to parachute out over the English Channel while the radiocontrolled explosive filled drone proceeded to attack a German V-2 missile-launching site. Possible causes include faulty wiring or FM signals from a nearby transmitter. 1957 - In first test of Automatic Carrier Landing System, Lt. Cmdr. Don Walker is landed on USS Antietam (CV-36). 1958 - USS Nautilus (SSN-571) arrives Portland, England, completing first submerged under ice cruise from Pacific to Atlantic Oceans.

August 13

1777 - American explosive device made by David Bushnell explodes near British vessel off New London, Conn. 1846 - Joint expedition led by Cmdr. Robert Stockton seizes Los Angeles, Calif. 1870 - Armed tug Palos becomes first U.S. Navy ship to transit Suez Canal.

August 14

1813 - HMS Pelican captures USS Argus. 1886 - Secretary of the Navy William Collins Whitney establishes Naval Gun Factory at Washington Navy Yard. 1945 - Japan agrees to surrender; last Japanese ships sunk during World War II on Aug. 15 in Washington, D.C.



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NSA Washington-JBAB Fleet Family and Fun Centralized Scheduling Military and Family Support Center (MFSC) located on Joint Base Anacostia Bolling introduces a comprehensive centralized scheduling service for your individual appointment needs. One call to our screeners gets you an appointment for pre-separation briefs, employment services, clinical counseling, personal financial management, relocation, deployment and a host of other programs and services. MFSC is here to support you and stands ready to assist with every career and life change. Contact our Centralized Scheduling Center for individual, marriage and family counseling, individual resume assistance, financial counseling, relocation assistance or deployment/reintegration support. Please call 202-685-6019 to schedule an appointment.

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.

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Pre-Separation Briefings

Service members preparing to transition from military to civilian life are required by law to attend a pre-separation counseling briefing. The pre-separation brief is designed to make transitioning military members aware of all the services and benefits available to them and their family members under Transition GPS. These briefings will provide the information necessary to make more informed decisions. For your 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Life Skills Education

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

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.

Regional Child Placement Office, JBAB Bldg. 414. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 433-3055

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

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

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.

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.

CMWR Ice Cream Socials WNY, Bldg. 22 Town Center/Fitness Center

- Aug. 8 & 22 - Sept. 5 & 19

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 to $9.25. Thank you for your service and patronage in support of NEXCOM’s

Mordecai Booth’s Hours Change Mordecai Booth’s, located on the ground floor of Building 101 on the Washington Navy Yard, has changed its hours. The new hours of operation are Tuesday-Friday, 2:30-8:30 p.m. Come on in and enjoy the same great service at a new time!


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DSO Changes Walk-in Hours

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

Wearing of Portable headphones, earphones, and Bluetooth devices:

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

Helmsmen Toastmasters

Want to improve your speaking and leadership skills? Come to Helmsmen Toastmasters! Join us Thursdays,7:30-8:45 a.m., at the Pentagon Library and Conference Center (PLCC). Toastmasters is an international organization that helps everyone speak, think, lead and listen better. For more info, contact Annika L’Ecuyer (annika. or 703-614-7160) or Elizabeth Femrite (elizabeth.m.femrite. or 571-256-8674). More information can be found at the Helmsmen Toastmasters website,

Retirement Planning for Federal Employees

The Human Resources Office-Washington is sponsoring Retirement Planning for Federal Employees seminars. This seminar will give you the most comprehensive and up-to-date information, tools, and techniques for a successful transition to retirement. You’ll learn what your benefits are and how you can use them to your advantage. This training is for Federal employees with 5-10 years or less until retirement eligibility. Training will be held at the Washington Navy Yard, Bldg. 22, Admiral Gooding Center, from 0830-1530. Tuition cost is $150 per person. Spouses can attend at no cost. One seminar remaining: Aug. 14-15. To register, submit an approved SF-182 (Authorization, Agreement and Certification of Training) to Janie Harens, janie.harens@, (202) 685-0078.

Influenza Shot Exercise (Shot-Ex)


Efforts of Public Works Department Minimizes Damage in Rocket Ignition By Ensign Dan Hagan CEC, South Potomac Public Works Department

A MK104 rocket motor, used as a second stage of an Aegis Ballistic Defense missile, was recently being dissected (cut open) at the Large Motor Test facility in Building 1776 on Naval Support Facility (NSF) Indian Head to obtain propellant samples to perform testing to determine if the service life of these overage assets could be extended. During the dissection, the rocket motor inadvertently ignited. Instantly, fire suppressions systems that were installed, maintained and operated by Naval Support Activity South Potomac’s Public Works Department, doused the fire as designed, minimizing facility damage or secondary ignition of other energetic material and eliminated the risk to personnel. Although the intense heat damaged the surrounding facility, overhead hoist and rail system, and miscellaneous equipment, there were no injuries or structural damage. The in-house Production Department of Public Works played a critical role in designing, installing and maintaining the fire suppression systems that are located in test facilities operated by Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (NSWC IHEODTD). Water from the Potomac River is pumped and delivered through 60 miles of piping to high hazard process buildings containing energetic materials. The highspeed fire protection/deluge systems are designed for immediate activation and a continuous run time of 30 minutes after an event, as required per local procedures.

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A Standard Missile 3 (SM-3) Block 1B interceptor is launched from USS Lake Erie during a Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Navy test in the mid-Pacific in May. The MK104 rocket motor is the second stage of this missile. The properly functioning fire suppression system quickly eliminated the fire caused by the ignition prior to the arrival of NSASP firefighters. Upon arrival of the fire department, the Public Works Department’s line crew was called to secure power to the facility so that the building could be safely assessed and evaluated. Efforts by NSF Indian Head Public Works personnel minimized damage and confined it to the building. Naval Support Facility Indian Head hosts a variety of tenant commands including NSWC IHEODTD, which focuses on the research, development, testing, evaluation and in-service support of energetics and energetic systems. The majority of testing, development and manufacturing of energetics have inherent risks associated with them and require state-of-the-art facilities, many of which are maintained and designed by the Public Works Department at NSF Indian Head.

NDW Opens New Chiefs’ Mess

Branch Health Clinic Washington Navy Yard is offering Shot Exercises to individual commands for active duty personnel on the Navy Yard. The Influenza vaccination is an annual requirement for all Active Duty members and will be conducted from Sept. 2 to Nov. 1. The benefit of using Shot Exercises is to allow medical personnel to administer a mass number of influenza vaccines at designated location provided by commands, reducing wait times for patients and loss of work hours. Shot Exercise requirements are only available to Active Duty members. A command must have a minimum of 25 personnel and a completed command executive approval form. For scheduling, please contact HM2 Hansen via email at mil or by telephone at: 202-433-3730/0880 no later than Oct. 16.


Continued from 2 “It improved the quality of my life. It took away about 95 percent of the sciatic nerve pain,” Trost said. The procedure has also been known to help improve blood flow, Jamison added, especially for those with circulatory conditions, as it dilates blood vessels in the process of stimulating nerves. Additionally, the device can be removed years later, if necessary, with minimal scarring and without leaving behind any hardware or screws, he added. Patients also have the option to test the spinal cord stimulator first, before opting to have it surgically implanted, Jamison noted. They first undergo a four to five day trial period, with the device temporarily sutured to the skin and secured with a bandage. During this time, he said they can take into account whether their pain decreases, and if it improves their overall function – whether they

can walk farther, sleep better, and stand for longer periods of time. “Those are important things,” Jamison said. “If it goes well, we schedule them a date to go into the Operating Room.” After James Allen opted for the surgery at Walter Reed Bethesda in 2011, he said his chronic back pain significantly improved and he was able to decrease his pain narcotics, allowing him to be less groggy throughout the day. The former commissioned intelligence officer, who retired in October 2011 after more than 21 years in the Navy, said he suffered chronic back pain due to peripheral nerve sheath tumors, which grow within or up against nerves. In April 2013, he received a newer model of the spinal cord stimulator, he said, which has offered even greater pain relief over a larger area of his back. “This stimulator has helped considerably … I would definitely recommend it to anybody who has constant back pain,” Allen said. “The difference is incredible.”

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From left, Naval District Washington (NDW) Command Master Chief Chris Adams, Chief Electronics Technician Tamika Williams, Chief Legalman Abe Tarr, Chief Yeoman Aaron Riley, Chief Hospital Corpsman Mamadou Sambe, Chief Hospital Corpsman John Townsend, Chief Yeoman Amy Broadus and Chief Cryptologic Technician (Networks) Cami Rohr cut the cake at the The ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of the Naval District Washington (NDW) Chief Petty Officer Association Chiefs’ Mess July 30. The opening of the Chiefs’ Mess, also known as the “Goat Locker,” was shared by a myriad of active and retired chief petty officers throughout the Washington, D.C. area. Efforts led by Riley, chairman of the NDW Chief Petty Officers Association, and his executive committee, dedicated countless hours of hard work to transform the once abandoned recruiting office into a Chiefs’ Mess where the chiefs can hang up their covers, congregate and brainstorm ideas of ways to improve our Sailors and Navy.



Thursday, August 8, 2013

Masters of Command: Alexander, AFPAK Hands: On the Ground Hannibal, Caesar, and the Genius of Leadership Book review

Reviewed by Cmdr. Youssef Aboul-Enein

Masters of Command: Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar, and the Genius of Leadership by Barry Strauss. Published by Simon & Schuster. New York, 2012. As you progress within the military hierarchy some will find themselves increasingly drawn to the biographies of great leaders, men and women who have overcome the odds or made decisions under extreme pressure. Historian Barry Strauss has done much to help us understand the ancient world, he has appeared in several documentaries, is an educator, and has published several books. His latest books answers the question what made Alexander (356-323 B.C.), Hannibal (247-183 B.C.) and Caesar (100-44 B.C.) so successful? Strauss explores such concepts as ambition, judgment, leadership, agility, terror, branding, and divine providence among ten concepts to assess the three military leaders. He also assesses them based on five stages of war (attack, resistance, clash, closing the net, and knowing when to stop). Aside from getting a history lesson such as Alexander choosing war against the Persians under Darius III, the Persian monarch had not firmly established his allegiances when Alexander struck. Hannibal had to contend with a Council of Elders feeling eclipsed by Hannibal’s Barca family controlling

Spain and poised to control Italy. With Caesar you will understand how he used speed to overwhelm his adversaries, and how he saturated Rome with gold coin, purchasing populism in the city and undermining the Senate, even before he marched his army against Rome. The book contains the tactics of their battles, such tactical masterpieces as Gaugamela for Alexander, Cannae for Hannibal, and Pharsalus for Caesar. Each taking extraordinary tactical risks, such as Caesar weakening his center to strengthen his right flank knowing he would face the cavalry of Labeinus. At Cannae, Hannibal placed his weak troops in the center and strong Libyan infantry in the flanks causing the weak infantry to bow inward trapping 70,000 Romans pushing forward; he closed the net in a double envelopment using his cavalry. Strauss also discusses the major weaknesses of

the three, Alexander realizing his defeat at the hands of Indian Monsoons never seen by his Macedonian forces and so demoralizing they rebelled wanting to go home. In Hannibal’s case, he did not attack Rome after Cannae, and while he won battles he never seized the center of gravity, Rome itself. Caesar’s realism would gradually fade and he became disconnected from Roman political tradition, he violated an Ancient Roman rule of not acting the part of dictator, with his Roman nobles feeling that Caesar’s pardon was treating them like slaves. Those who would kill Caesar in the Ides of March in 44 B.C. were all men pardoned by Caesar. Octavian Augustus Caesar would not make the same mistake when Rome transitioned from republic to empire. The book provides insights into ancient history, leadership, command, tactics, and is written in a very approachable way. Strauss has an ability to bring to life history in a wonderful narrative style. Editor’s Note: Cmdr. Aboul-Enein maintains a regular book column in the Naval District Washington newspaper, Waterline. He teaches part time at the National Defense University Eisenhower School of National Security and Resource Strategy. Aboul-Enein wishes to thank the National Defense University Library for providing a quiet place to read and write this review.

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Lt. Jason Gregoire and Chief Intelligence Specialist Gregg Davis, AFPAK (Afghanistan-Pakistan) Hands, from Naval District Washington graduated from National Intelligence University (NIU) on 26 July with a degree in Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence. Both members were enrolled into the NIU Master’s Program as part of their Out of Theater (OOT) assignments that occurs between multiple deployments to Afghanistan. AFPAK Hands use their professional, cultural, and language expertise to provide assistance and leadership to a myriad of military and interagency organizations throughout Afghanistan. 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 CULTURE/Pages/AFPAKHands.aspx.

Korean War Vets Brought Freedom, Victory To 50 Million People by Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service

DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett

Two Korean War veterans pose with the U.S. wreath after President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke at a ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of the armistice ending the Korean War at the Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C., July 27.

While the Korean War ended just about where it started, “that war was no tie,” President Barack Obama said recently. “Korea was a victory.” The president spoke at the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the armistice ending the Korean War. He said the 60-year remove from the war makes it clear that the war, which claimed more than 36,000 American lives, was a victory for freedom. “When 50 million South Koreans live in freedom, in a vibrant democracy, one of the world’s most dynamic

economies, in stark contrast to the repression and poverty of the North, that is a victory and that is your legacy,” Obama told the Korean War vets who sat among the audience of 5,000. And U.S. service members continue the mission – because the armistice didn’t end the Korean War, it just stopped the shooting. More than 28,000 Americans are on the peninsula today to guarantee that if the North again tries to step over the 38th Parallel, the world will stand against them. “For generations to come, when history recalls how free nations banded together in a long Cold War and how we won that war, let it be said that Korea

was the first battle, where freedom held its ground and free peoples refused to yield,” the president said. The president spoke of the legacy of the Korean War and of its veterans. “Korea taught us the perils when we fail to prepare,” he said. He noted that the troops sent to fight in Korea in the early days were under-equipped and under-trained. “Today, as we end a decade of war and reorient our forces for the future, as we make hard choices at home, our allies and adversaries must know the United States will maintain the strongest military the world has ever known, bar none, always,”

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ConfederateNavalFlagFallsintoU.S.NavyHands-AfterNearly150Years By MC1 Tim Comerford Naval History and Heritage Command A Confederate flag finished a nearly 150year journey as it traded hands from the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society (HRHS) to Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) during a ceremony at the society’s building in Dayton, Va., July 31. Capt. Henry Hendrix, NHHC’s director, accepted the flag which will be preserved and displayed in one of the U.S. Navy’s museums. The flag’s journey to Washington, D.C. began during the Civil War in 1865. It was early morning as Lt. William Ladd rode his horse into a nearly deserted Richmond, Va. The siege of the Petersburg had come to an end after eight months, signifying an end to the war that had divided America. With the Confederate capital of Richmond captured, the last hopes of the rebel army vanished and the army and populace of the city had scattered. It was while investigating the city that Ladd observed a Confederate ship flying their colors. “I was in the Capitol grounds as early as 5:30 am,” wrote Ladd, in the History of the 13th New Hampshire Regiment. “I saw no flag on the Capitol at that time. After looking about the grounds and vicinity for a few minutes, and realizing I was alone in the city, I rode back towards Rocketts, and when near there met a white Union cavalryman - the first Union soldier I had seen in Richmond that morning. We tied our horses, took a skiff and rowed out to a rebel war ship in the James, and captured two Confederate flags then flying upon her. I pulled down the larger flag, the cavalryman the smaller one, and we rolled them up and tied them to our saddles.” Unknown to Ladd, the Confederates had previously rigged the ship, Confederate States Ship (CSS) Hampton, to explode, denying the Union Army its capture. Soon after he and the cavalryman left with their captured flags, the ship was rocked by an explosion and slowly sank into the waters of the Potomac.. After the war, Ladd kept the flag in his residence, where it remained for years. Fast forward to 2011. On a shelf in a Dayton, Va. building belonging to the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society, sat an archival collection box.. The vice president of the society was working with volunteers to update their collection registry. As she went through the boxes she made an astounding discovery, a Confederate flag. A handwritten (note?) sewn onto it read, “That of Confed gun boat Hampton burnt


Continued from 1 tasks such as eval writing and collateral duties. CSADD provides a network of Sailors in a friendly environment that is available to provide guidance in their fields of expertise that otherwise might not have been known to a new Sailor. He added CSADD provides opportunities for those with personal issues, such as dinking or smoking cessation concerns, who may feel more comfortable reaching out to a fellow junior Sailor rather than talking with someone in their chain of command. “It really is about guidance; whether one of our guys wants to do 20 years or five years, we want to make sure our Sailors are making the time count rather than counting the time,” said Castro. The CSADD program in NDW has grown in recent years by leaps and bounds, with chapters in bases throughout the region. “In all there’s about 14 CSADD chapters in the region,” said Castro. “There are Sail-

in James River at the taking of Richmond. The flag was taken from the burning ship by Liet. Ladd (13th N. Hampshire), Gen. Devens staff.” “I was surprised and amazed when I saw that we had such a rare, unique article in our collections,” said Nancy Hess, now former vice president of the society. Her unearthing of the flag started an 18-month hunt for both clues of its origin and, ultimately, a place where the society knew it would receive proper care. After finding the flag, Hess was curious. She asked a former president of the society about it. She learned that the flag had been a part of their collection for decades but little was known about why the flag was part of their holdings. Hess found some handwritten notes that recorded the flag being added to their collections in the 1960s. The society, which had moved several times since the 1960s, did not have any administrative records of the flag. It was on some inventories from 1982 and there was a photo of the flag taken sometime between 1978 and 1988. The flag remained a bit of a mystery through the years. According to Hess, she contacted previous members about it, and she learned that the flag was mailed to the society from a law firm settling the estate of a client. When a former society president went to a Massachusetts courthouse to look up the will in 2000, he found no mention of the flag or its disposition. Although the flag was researched by several members of the society, none were able to figure out why the society was given the unique artifact, and several attempts were made to get the flag out of storage and displayed. But the efforts were futile and the flag remained in storage. Finally Hess took action, first writing museums about the flag, asking for someone to take and conserve it. When she unable to find a museum that would conserve and display it, she started calling. Earlier this year, Hess contacted the U.S. Army Center of Military History. Retired Col. Robert Dalessandro, the director of the center, recommended she contact NHHC’s director, Capt. Henry Hendrix. In March she received the long-awaited call from Hendrix, and an answer to her hopes to find a proper resting place for the flag. “We were contacted by Mrs. Hess and told the amazing story about the Confederate flag. I couldn’t let this incredible opportunity to recognize our naval heritage slip by, especially during the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. I told her NHHC would indeed be interested in the society’s storied flag,” Hendrix said. A month later in Dayton, Hess met with Becky Poulliot, executive director of

ors from 12 different command UICs that volunteer with just the Washington Navy Yard CSADD chapter alone. But it’s not about competition between chapters; it’s about us helping each other and our Sailors out. It’s really a cooperative effort, and anyone is welcome to join our meetings.” Castro said that the CSADD program is growing in popularity as well, with beneficial results all around. “We have people from two different commands shadowing the Washington Navy Yard chapter right now to learn how to start CSADD chapters at their own commands. We’ve also had a really positive response from the Marines over at 8th and I, and we’re hoping to branch out as much as we can. The best thing I’ve seen so far in the program is people within CSADD going out of their way to help other people.” To learn more about the CSADD program visit bupers-npc/support/CSADD/Pages/default2.aspx, or visit the CSADD Facebook page at Coalition-of-Sailors-Against-DestructiveDecisions-CSADD/299642495316.

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Tim Comerford

WASHINGTON (July 31, 2013) A Confederate Flag captured from the Confederate States Ship (CSS) Hampton lies on a protective sheet during the ceremony celebrating the transfer of ownership of the flag from the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society to Navy History and Heritage Command. The note attached to the flag reads “That of Confed gun boat Hampton burnt in James River at the taking of Richmond. The flag was taken from the burning ship by Liet. Ladd (13th N. Hampshire), Gen. Devens staff.” The flag has been in the historical society’s possession since the 1960s. The museum plans to preserve the flag and make it a part of their Civil War exhibit. NHHC’s Hampton Roads Naval Museum in Norfolk, Va. Poulliot inspected the flag, listened to the society’s concerns about it and knew she wanted to have it. “In the museum business, if you are lucky, you occasionally have an opportunity to experience what we call ‘wow’ moments,” Poulliot said. “The minute I saw the ensign from CSS Hampton was one of those moments for a variety of reasons. First, the flag has an authentic provenance of a pivotal point in American history -- the fall of Richmond. Secondly, according to our staff research, it is the only known flag in existence that flew from a Maury gunboat. That gunboat was built across the Elizabeth River from our museum. So, it is irreplaceable. Lastly, this ensign fills an important gap regarding the material culture of the Confederate Navy in Hampton Roads.” As the director accepted the gift, he presented the flag to Poulliot for her to begin the conservation process to make the flag ready to become part of the museum. “We plan to prominently display it in our Civil War gallery,” Poulliot said.. “I assure


Continued from 1 can be accessed by Navy personnel via Navy Knowledge On-Line (NKO) at https://wwwa. and clicking on the TRiPs link. Another resource is the Navy Safety Center, at Fulton said to avoid common driving hazards many motorists don’t consider when they are too concerned with getting to their destination. He advised taking frequent breaks to stretch, eating regularly, and if possible, letting another passenger drive when one driver feels tired. Other common pitfalls include obscured rearview mirrors from over-packed vehicles, and aggressive driving, both of which Fulton said should be avoided.

you that it will stop people in their tracks. They will want to learn more about the Civil War, and how the Confederacy built Maury gunboats. The acceptance of this ensign from CSS Hampton is an honor for our institution.” The Hampton Roads Naval Museum introduces visitors to more than 234 years of U.S. Naval history in Hampton Roads, Virginia. One of nine officially operated U.S. Navy museums, reporting to the Naval History and Heritage Command, the museum houses a rich collection of authentic uniforms, weaponry, underwater artifacts, detailed ship models and artwork. The Hampton Roads Naval Museum is located on the second level of Nauticus in Norfolk, Va. Admission is free. For more information about Naval History and Heritage Command and its museums, visit For more news from Naval History and Heritage Command, visit For more information about Hampton Roads Naval Museum, visit www.history. Alcohol is another danger commonly associated with off duty accidents. “Alcohol has been a factor in 42 percent of the Sailor and Marine automobile fatalities during the last five years, said Vandenberg. “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. NDW wants to make sure that wherever its personnel is traveling this summer, they get there - and back - safely. For more news on events in NDW, visit

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USU Students Save Man’s Life After Car Crash In Sam’s Club By Ryan Hunter NSAB Public Affairs Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of Uniformed Services

University of Health Sciences Public Affairs Ensign John Hunt, left, and 2nd Lt. Wells Weymouth were on the scene at the Sam’s Club in Bethesda when a car barreled through the front of the store July 24.


Continued from 6 he said. “That is what we do.” While President Harry S. Truman integrated the military in 1948, it wasn’t until the pressure of war in Korea that integration actually occurred. “Korea taught us that as a people we are stronger when we stand as one,” Obama said. “On President Truman’s orders, our troops served together in integrated units. “The heroism of AfricanAmericans in Korea and Latinos and Asian-Americans and Native Americans advanced the idea, if these Americans could live and work together over there, surely we could do the same thing here at home,” the president continued. And the war has lessons for today’s veterans, Obama noted. “Korea reminds us that when we send our troops into battle, they deserve the support and gratitude of the American people, especially when they come home,” he said. “Today let us remember that.” With American troops fighting and dying in Afghanistan, the American people must welcome them home, and make it “our mission to give them the respect and the care and the opportunities that they have earned,” he said. The president urged all Americans to simply listen to Korean War veterans – most now in their 80s. “Listen and hear how these

Americans faced down their fears and did their duty, clutching their rifles, hearing the bugles in the distance, knowing that waves of enemy fighters would soon be upon them; in ships offshore, climbing down the ropes into the landing craft, knowing some of them would not leave that beach; on the tarmacs and flight decks, taking off in Corsairs and Sabres, knowing that they might not return,” he said. Americans need to listen to the tales of gallantry amid some of the most brutal combat in modern times, the president said. Americans need to know how their fellow citizens “held the line at the Pusan perimeter, how they landed at Incheon and turned the tide of the war, how surrounded and freezing they battled their way out of Chosin Reservoir, and how they fought foxhole by foxhole, mountain after mountain, day and night at the Punchbowl and Heartbreak Ridge, Old Baldy and Pork Chop Hill,” he said. America owes much to the veterans of the Korean War, Obama said, and he spoke directly to them. “In the spring of your youth, you learned how short and precious life can be,” he said. “Because of you, millions of people can keep on living it in freedom and in peace. Your lives are an inspiration. Your service will never be forgotten. You have the thanks of a grateful nation, and your shining deeds will live now and forever.”

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2nd Lt. Wells Weymouth and Ensign John Hunt were on the scene at the Sam’s Club in Bethesda when a car barreled through the front of the store July 24. While picking up supplies for their classes at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USU), Weymouth and Hunt heard “a huge explosion,” said Hunt. “We turned and there’s a car running through Sam’s Club at 20-30 miles per hour. There were some screams. Wells and I took it upon ourselves and ran over to see what was going on.” Montgomery County authorities still aren’t certain why Subinoy Mazumdar, 77, lost control of his vehicle and slammed into the front fire escape, part of a brick wall and a food court area of the store. One victim, Sheila R. Orellana, 31, was struck in the parking lot after mov-

ing her two children out of the way of the vehicle. Mazumdar was not injured and Orellana suffered only minor injuries, however three others were injured inside of the store, including Dimas M. Chavez, 76, who suffered severe leg trauma. “The guy’s leg was almost severed completely off. It was bleeding profusely,” said Hunt. What Hunt and Weymouth did next may have saved Chavez’s life. Having completed their first year of military medical school at USU, the two were trained in emergency medical procedures in high stress battlefield environments. They had just purchased hot dogs to use in a class later that day as props for wound cleaning practice, minutes before seeing Chavez. “We started applying direct pressure to one of the wounds. It was the first thing we learned to do with our classes,” explained Hunt. “We kept pressure on it until it stopped bleeding.”

While tending to Chavez, Weymouth and Hunt assessed and aided other injured shoppers. The student soldier and Sailor created a makeshift tourniquet using belts and towels and performed mental and physical evaluations. When medical services arrived on the scene, Weymouth and Hunt continued their emergency treatment. “We got a couple of tourniquets on [Chavez] and told the paramedics what was going on,” said Hunt. “In the aftermath, we all worked together as an effective team,” added Weymouth. The two student officers credit their studies for their actions. “We had practiced for exactly this kind of scenario at USU,” explained Waymouth. “We assessed the situation and our training kicked in.” According to police, Chavez was airlifted to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore for life threatening injuries. His status has improved from critical to serious condition.

Five Safety Tips To Avoid Animal Collisions By Ryan Hunter NSAB Public Affairs Staff Writer

Although deer are more active during their fall mating season, full grown bucks can be seen near Walter Reed National Military Medical Center all year round, posing a serious threat to drivers. “You’ll see them mostly over by the Fisher Houses, the child care center, behind the university and in the main fields out front,” explained Naval Support Activity Bethesda Safety Manager Jim Gantz. The following are a few useful tips to avoid vehicular collision and minimize damage with the furry residents of the base. 1. Drive cautiously. The best thing you can do to avoid a collision with an animal is to follow the rules of the road, said Gantz. Obeying the posted speed limits, wearing a seatbelt and driving without distraction greatly reduce your risk of collision and injury in any situation. Gantz added, “Most people on the installation are driving slow and safe enough that they can react, but it’s when you’re going at highway speeds that a deer can come at you so fast that you don’t have time to react.” 2. Understand deer behavior. According to the University of North Carolina’s Highway Safety Research Center, deer rarely travel alone. When going from one place to another, they usually walk in groups of three or more in single file lines and frequent wooded areas or fields where they are harder

Photo by Jeremy K. Johnson

A young doe nibbles on the bushes in the courtyard at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. to see. These factors make it nearly impossible to determine the number of deer in a group at first glance. If a single deer passes on the road in front of you it’s best to assume others are following even if they’re out of sight. 3. Approach deer cautiously. If you see a deer standing by the side of the road it probably isn’t waiting for you to drive past. Deer move impulsively and may dart in front of your car at the last moment. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recommends slowing to a controlled stop and waiting for animals to move out of the way. 4. Do not veer away. According to Anne McCart, the senior vice president for research at IIHS, “A

majority of the people killed [in collisions involving large animals] weren’t killed by contact with the animal.” Swerving suddenly and erratically to avoid hitting a deer could result in a collision with a tree or other vehicle that greatly increases your chances of injury. 5. Avoid coming into contact with injured animals in the road. “[A deer] doesn’t know that a person coming out of their car is trying to help. They just see an attack,” said Gantz. “Stay away from them.” If you see an animal injured or dead on the road, call a security dispatch operator at 295-1426. If you or someone else is injured by an animal, call emergency services on base or 911.

Thursday, August 8, 2013



Recycling: A Commitment To Preserve By Frederick C. Fair Naval Air Station Patuxent River Public Affairs Volunteer One sure method of preserving Mother Earth is to be an active user of the recycling options offered by many organizations. In some neighborhoods you’ll find conspicuous colored bins for recycling collection to include paper, plastics and more, while Naval Air Station Patuxent River offers indoor and outdoor storage bins and receptacles for reusable’s. At the Tester, we take recycling seriously. There are approximately 15,000 new issues of the Tester delivered to the base each week to more than 100 locations. So, what happens to the old Testers once they’re replaced every Thursday with its new edition? John Rives, publisher for Comprint Military Publications, is in charge of printing the Tester newspapers, and he has embraced a recycling program for the Tester that he says “spans more than 10 years.” Once all outdated newspapers are collected, roughly 500 each week, they are brought back to Comprint’s Laurel, Md., facility for recycling, Rives said. This amounts to approximately 24,500 copies recycled annually. Although this might seem miniscule, Rives said it saves Comprint $100 per year on the Tester newspaper alone; Comprint is the publisher for all military newspapers within the region. Rives said he also appreciates the additional benefits recycling the newspapers brings, such as helping with “environmental concerns.” As a publisher, multiplying the number of newspapers that Comprint prints could amount to substantial savings, not including the space saved from dumping at landfills, he said. Rives said Comprint also meets the Maryland Department of Environment’s mandate of printing on 40 percent content paper use; the Tester is printed on 40 percent recycled stock. “We are working smart to improve the environment while ensuring good business practices,” he said. At Pax, customers can join in the recycling efforts with paper, plastic and more by utilizing any of the four sites available for recyclables: across from the Navy Exchange on Cud-

Legal Corner

From the Staff Judge Advocate for Naval District Washington In an effort to keep you informed of military discipline and administrative matters that have occurred in Naval District Washington, the Waterline will periodically publish Court-Martial and Administrative Separation results. Courts-Martial: - At a General Court-Martial, a Masterat-Arms Seaman was convicted of murder, manslaughter, aggravated assault and child endangerment and negligence for the death of the Master-at-Arms Seaman’s child. The panel awarded the Master-at-Arms Seaman a reduction in rank to E-1, confinement for 12 years, and a dishonorable discharge. - At a General Court-Martial, a Captain pled guilty to 2 specifications of possessing child pornography. The Military Judge sentenced the Captain to confinement for 11 months and a dismissal from Naval service. - At a Special Court-Martial, a Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class pled guilty to adultery. The military judge awarded a letter of reprimand, reduction in rank to E-3, 45 days confinement, 45 days of hard labor, and 45 days restriction to the installation. - At a General Court-Martial, a Chief Cyptologic Technician (Interpretive) was tried for aggravated sexual assault of a child. The panel of members returned a verdict

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Roughly 3 percent of Tester newspapers are recycled each week; 24,500 copies annually. dihy Road, parking lot of building 407, Shaw Road just south of the circle, and adjacent to the recycling center off of Tate Road. Each site has a trailer with sections for paper, aluminum and steel cans, glass and plastic bottles; a cardboard dumpster and a newspaper dumpster. All satellite sites are available 24/7. The Base Recycling Center off of Whalen Road in building 604 is open from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays. Bulk metal items are only accepted after the customer has certified that it is scrap and can be turned in for recycling. All items that contain oils, coolants or gases must have documentation showing they have been properly drained/purged before they can be turned in as scrap. No bulk items are permitted at the sites nor should any material be left on the ground. So far this year, the Base Recycling Center has averaged 71.2 tons of recyclables per month. These items have included office paper, cardboard, newspaper, plastic bottles, aluminum cans, glass bottles, steel cans, toner cartridges and scrap metals. The center provides weekly recycling services for 195 buildings located through the installation, Webster Outlying Field and Navy Recreation Center Solomons. New military employees assigned to Pax are briefed during their in-processing by representatives of the Recycling Center on a monthly basis on the recycling options on base. So, the question at the Tester is: “To recycle or not?” Well, the answer is an emphatic — yes!

of guilty and awarded a dishonorable discharge and 7 years confinement. - At a General Court-Martial, a Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class pled guilty to fraud against the government and false official statement. The military judge awarded a reprimand, a dishonorable discharge, reduction in rank to E-1, and 60 days confinement. - At a General Court-Martial, a Major was tried for aggravated sexual assault, fraternization, indecent acts, and conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman. The panel of members returned a verdict of not guilty to aggravated sexual assault but guilty to the remaining charges and awarded a letter of reprimand, forfeiture of $2,500 per month for 24 months, and 60 days confinement. - At a Special Court-Martial, a Quartermaster 1st Class was tried for wrongful sexual contact and aggravated assault. The panel of members returned a verdict of not guilty to both charges. - At a Special Court-Martial, a Lieutenant Commander pled guilty to misuse of a government travel card, forgery and false official statement. The military judge awarded a fine of $2,394.00. - At a General Court-Martial, a Lieutenant pled guilty to possession of child pornography. The military judge awarded a Dismissal from the service and 2 years confinement.

See Legal Corner, Page 10


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