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The Waterline

August 22, 2013

Vol. XXX No.33


Summer’s Gone, But Safety is Not By Patrick Gordon NDW Waterline writer With summer quickly coming to a close, many around the region are preparing their children for another school year. But as focus turns to academics, safety is still important. Traffic safety is of particular concern this time of year. Many drivers need to be alert for children in the morning and afternoon hours when children are on their way to and from school. “Children - whether they take the bus, walk or bike to school - are going to be on sidewalks and crossing the road during the morning around 6 to 9 a.m. and afterschool around 2 to 4 p.m.,” said Edward Lewis, Naval Support Activity Washington safety & occupational health specialist. “Drivers need to be aware of this and pay close attention to crosswalks and crossing guards, and to follow posted speed limits, especially in school zones.” Lewis added that school buses stop frequently, and drivers should be prepared to stop should they be behind one. He said that school buses will flash yellow lights

when it is preparing to stop and red lights when it is completely stopped to load or unload children. Drivers can face fines and points on their license if they fail to stop for school busses. “If children are walking or biking to school, make sure they follow prescribed safety guidelines of crosswalk and helmet use, and to be on the lookout for vehicles when crossing the road,” said Lewis. This warning is not unwarranted. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, child pedestrian deaths reached 501 in 2010, and it was found that nonfatal pedestrian injuries were highest during months when most students begin and end the school year. Children are also advised to travel in groups whenever possible, and if approached by a stranger, to tell an adult immediately. Health is another concern as children U.S. Navy photo by Patrick Gordon return to school. Whether your child is just Drivers should be more aware of children using crosswalks and bus stops beginning kindergarten or getting ready for college, it is important that they are fully now that the new school year has begun. Even at NDW installations, such

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as the Washington Navy Yard, drivers should be more alert for children as tour groups and school trips to local Navy museums are common throughout the school year.

AFPAK Hands Train Hard to Work Hard By Patrick Gordon NDW Waterline writer

Throughout Afghanistan and Pakistan, U.S. and Allied forces continue to make a difference in the War on Terror. One especially effective tool in our arsenal are specially trained Sailors who work closely with local Afghan leaders on a number of projects in-theater known as the Afghanistan-Pakistan (AFPAK) Hands. The AFPAK Hands Program was launched Photo courtesy of Capt. Karen Newcomb Lt. Cmdr. Corey Fogle fires an AK-47 by the Department of Defense in 2009 to deassault rifle during rapid-fire training velop a cadre of experts specializing in the for AFPAK Hands. AFPAK Hands uncomplexities of Afghanistan and Pakistan dergo a diverse training regimen of including the language, culture, processes combat, language and cultural train- and challenges. Since then, a number of ing prior to deploying to Afghanistan. service members have supported the efforts The AFPAK Hands Program was of the Afghan people, including Sailors from launched by the DoD in 2009 to develop a cadre of experts specializing Naval District Washington (NDW). Currently, there are 80 AFPAK Hands assigned in the complexities of Afghanistan and Pakistan including the language, to the NDW AFPAK Hands hub from where culture, processes and challenges. they rotate into one of three program phas-

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es: training, deployment, or out-of-theater assignment. The training is diverse and rigorous. It includes a four-and-a-half month intense language course at the Defense Language Institute in Dari, Urdu or Pashto; a threeweek combat readiness course at Fort Jackson, S.C.; a one-week Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) course at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas; eight weeks of advisor/combat readiness training at Fort Polk, La.; and additional cultural and regional expertise training. “The language and combat skills training are critical to the various missions that AFPAK Hands are assigned,” said Chief Logistics Specialist (AW) Allison Strong, NDW AFPAK Hands command leading chief petty officer. “The language training enables Sailors to interact with the people of Afghanistan and Pakistan and build enduring relationships. Development of these relationships helps to build trust and stability throughout the region. The various phases of combat


skills prepare Sailors for operations in complex counterinsurgency environments.” Strong added that the training is especially important because AFPAK Hands are placed in positions of strategic influence to ensure progress towards U.S. government objectives in the Afghanistan/Pakistan region. Those who complete the training use it regularly during their deployments as a way to better integrate with the local population, aiding in mission accomplishment. “Our job as AFGHAN Hands is important because we understand the complexities of the culture through training and previous deployments in order to work closely with Afghans to mentor and advise,” said Cmdr. Joel VanEssen, Civil Engineer Corps and AFPAK Hand. “Whether it is introducing ourselves in their language or having lunch with them, it shows respect to their culture and traditions that open oppor-

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

MCPON Talks CPO 365; Phase I, Phase II and the Stand Down From Defense Media Activity Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike Stevens recently took a moment to answer questions from the fleet about executing the first year of CPO 365. CPO 365 is a year-round training initiative that Chiefs Messes throughout the Navy take on to prepare first class petty officers to become chiefs. Phase II of CPO 365 begins when the chief petty officer selection board results are released, which occurred Aug. 1 this year. Q: Many commands have truly embraced CPO 365, and have viewed this year as really being the first year that the program has found its legs, what do you think of the program as a whole? A: I am very pleased with the process. I am not taking anything away from the training we have used in the past because it worked well for during it’s time. Society has changed and evolved, and if we want to continue to have the ability to train our reliefs, we must change and evolve as well. I think if you ask any CPO Mess that has been and is fully engaged in CPO 365, you’ll find that each Mess is brainstorming new and innovative ways to train our First Class Petty Officers to take their place. Q: Many of the Sailors participating in CPO 365 are not even eligible for Chief, some won’t be eligible for three years. What do you want those Sailors to take away from the program each year?

U.S. Navy photo by MCC Tommy Lamkin

Senior Chief Air Traffic Controller Brian Ward adjusts a cover on Chief (select) Master-at-arms Erwin Piper during the uniform fit portion of CPO 365 Phase 2 aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is the flagship for the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike Stevens recently took a moment to answer questions from the fleet about executing the first year of CPO 365.

A: There’s enough change that occurs within our Navy every year that CPO 365 should never get old and stagnant. Think about our Navy programs, procedures and policies, they are constantly evolving. CPO 365 is first and foremost about helping a First Class Petty Officer be the best work center supervisor or leading petty officer that they can be because the Navy is forever evolving. The training will always change, day after day, week after week, month after month, and year after year. If First Class Petty Officers and Chief Petty Officers find themselves re-hashing the same old information time and time again, they must look within themselves to determine where the updates need to take place and effectively make the change. Q: For those Sailors who saw their names on the list, what do you think CPO 365 has done to prepare them for their anchors? A: I think that CPO 365 has provided professional and solid training that these future leaders need in order to be effective Chiefs. CPO 365 Phase II is an opportunity for our First Class Petty Officers to display to the CPO Mess the skill-sets that they learned during Phase I. Q: Talk about the CPO 365 Stand Down... A: I received two letters alleging that inappropriate conduct is taking place during CPO 365 Phase II. Upon initial

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Around the Yard Fall is almost here. What is your favorite part of the autumn season?

It gets cool again. Mr. Heath Student Washington Navy Yard

The cooler weather. Bob Sykes Contractor Naval District Washington

The color. I come from a small town where the leaves change color around that time of year, and it’s a sight for sore eyes. Airman Calvin Willford U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard Naval District Washington

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

August 22


This Week in Navy History

1944 - USS Stingray (SS-186) lands men and supplies on Luzon, Philippines, to support guerilla operations against the Japanese. 1945 - Pacific Fleet ships enter Sagami Bay, near Tokyo, Japan. 1959 - Off Cape Canaveral, Fla., USS Observation Island (EAG-154) makes first shipboard launching of a Polaris missile.

1912 - Birthday of the U.S. Navy Dental Corps. 1945 - First surrender of Japanese garrison at end of World War II; USS Levy (DE162) receives surrender of Mille Atoll in Marshall Islands. 1980 - USS Passumpsic (AO-107) rescues 28 Vietnamese refugees.

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1864 - Rear Adm. David Farragut’s squadron captures Fort Morgan at Mobile Bay winning control of Mobile Bay. 1958 - Massive concentration of Pacific Fleet in Quemoy-Matsu area prevents invasion of islands by China. 1958 - In Taiwan Straits Crisis, Units of 7th Fleet move into Taiwan area to support Taiwan against Chinese Communists. 1963 - The first satellite communications ship, USNS Kingsport (T-AG-164) in Lagos, Nigeria, connected President John F. Kennedy with Nigerian Prime Minister Balewa who was aboard for the first satellite (Syncom II) relayed telephone conversation between heads of state.

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1814 - British invasion of Maryland and Washington, D.C.; Washington Navy Yard and ships burned to prevent capture by the British. 1912 - Launching of USS Jupiter (CV-1), the first electrically propelled Navy ship. 1942 - U.S. carrier aircraft begin two-day Battle of Eastern Solomons Islands where Japanese task force defeated and one Japanese carrier sunk. Japanese recall expedition to recapture Guadalcanal.

August 28

Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress

An artist’s rendition of the capture and burning of Washington, D.C., by the British during the War of 1812. British forces invaded Maryland and the nation’s capital Aug. 24, 1814. The Washington Navy Yard and its ships were burned to prevent capture by British forces. 1960 - USS Bexar (APA-237) deploys to Pangahan Province in response to emergency request for aid from the province’s governor.

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1843 - Steam frigate Missouri arrives at Gibralter completing first Trans-Atlantic crossing by U.S. steam powered ship. 1942 - Five Navy nurses who became POWs on Guam are repatriated. 1951 - Twenty-Three fighters from USS Essex (CV-9) escort Air Force heavy bombers attacking Najin, Korea, since target was beyond range of land-based fighters.

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1775 - Rhode Island delegates to Continental Congress press for creation of Continental Navy to protect the colonies. 1839 - Brig Washington seizes Spanish slaver, Amistad near Montauk Point, N.Y. 1861 - Union amphibious force lands near Hatteras, N.C. 1865 - Civil War ends with Naval strength over 58,500 men and 600 ships.

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1917 - Squadron of minesweepers departs U.S. for service off France.

CNO Releases Navigation Plan for 2014-2018 By MCC(SW/AW) Julianne Metzger questration and preparations for the FY2014 budget in the document. Chief of Naval Operations “Our first consideration is the ability to Public Affairs This week, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert released his Navigation Plan for the Navy for 2014 to 2018 to the fleet. Drawing from the Sailing Directions and the three tenets of Warfighting First, Operate Forward and Be Ready, the Navigation Plan defines the course and speed the Navy will follow to organize, train and equip over the next several years. Greenert also addresses budgetary concerns about Continuing Resolutions, Se-

fight and win today, while building the ability to win tomorrow,” said Greenert. “Regardless of reductions, we will continue to operate forward with ready forces, where it matters, when it matters.” Greenert stated that despite future reduction to Navy’s budget that may impact the ability to maintain the overall size of the fleet, the Navy will ensure that the deployable force is proficient and ready. This will include fielding and improving “kill chains,”

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U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Julianne F. Metzger

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert answers questions during an all-hands call aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG-97). During his visit to the ship Greenert had lunch with crew members and presented awards. This week, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert released his Navigation Plan for the Navy for 2014 to 2018 to the fleet.


1867 - Capt. William Reynolds of the screw sloop Lackawanna raises U.S. flag over Midway Island and took formal possession of these islands for the U.S. 1942 - One hundred twenty women, commissioned directly as Ensign or Lieutenant Junior Grade, reported to “USS Northampton,” Smith College for training. 1952 - Units on USS Boxer (CV-21) launch explosive-filled drone which explodes against railroad bridge near Hungnam, Korea. The first guided missile launched from ship during Korean Conflict. 1965 - Cmdr. Scott Carpenter and nine aquanauts enter SeaLab II, 205-feet below Southern California’s waters to conduct underwater living and working tests. 1991 - A helicopter from USS America (CV-66) rescues three civilian sailors who spent 10 days in a lifeboat 80 miles off Cape May, N.J., after their sailboat capsized. 1992 - Navy and Marine forces begin providing disaster relief after Typhoon Omar hit Guam. 1992 - Marines and Army forces begin providing disaster relief in Florida after Hurricane Andrew.



Thursday, August 22, 2013

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.

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

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).

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

New Parent Support Program (NPS)

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


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

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)

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

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

Fitness Center - Phase 3

The Washington Navy Yard Fitness Center, located in W-22, is undergoing a major renovation project that began February 27,

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

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

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

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

Other Important Numbers FFR Administrative Office, WNY Bldg. 101. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . FFRP Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MWR Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MWR Marketing Department, WNY Bldg. 101. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Regional Child Placement Office, JBAB Bldg. 414. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Family Housing Office, JBAB Bldg. 414 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Liberty Program/Center, JBAB Bldg. 72. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Outdoor Recreation/Equipment Rental, JBAB, Bldg. 928 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Navy Gateway Inns & Suites, JBAB, Bldg. 602 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

2013 and is expected to continue through mid-October, 2013. Each phase will have customer impacts; possible closures, alternative workout sites and relocation of fitness equipment. Phase Two is nearing completion and below you will find details regarding the transition from Phase Two to Phase Three. Phase 3 renovations of the 1st Floor Gym Area began Aug. 19. The 1st Floor Gym Area and 2nd Floor Cardio Area will be closed during this phase of the renovation project. The fitness equipment will be relocated to the Tennis Court Area in Building 73. Racquetball Court #2 will also be closed during this phase. Please coordinate your court reservations at the front desk for use of racquetball court #1. During all phases of this renovation that towel service will be suspended due to limited access to laundry facilities. Building 73 will serve as an alternative fitness facility throughout the renovations. Please be aware that Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Fitness Centers are also available for use during renovations. For further information and updates throughout this major renovation project, please do not hesitate to ask the staff members at the Washington Navy Yard Fitness Center. You can also sign-up at the front desk for renovation email alerts or by emailing the NSAW MWR Marketing Department at Please provide your full name and email address.

CMWR Ice Cream Socials

WNY, Bldg. 22 Town Center/Fitness Center - Sept. 5 & 19

(202) 433-3659 (202) 433-4052 (202) 433-4662 (202) 433-5912 (202) 433-3055 (202) 433-0346 (202) 685-1802 (202) 767-9136 (202) 404-7050

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 6th Anniversary Party Aug. 22 | 4 to 8 p.m. | FREE Come out to Mordecai Booth’s to celebrate their 6th Anniversary! There will be food and drink specials, live music by DJ Scott and giveaways. Bring your friends and co-workers for an awesome time!

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!

NSAW Labor Day and Back 2 School Safety Stand Down

Aug. 28 | 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Join us at the Navy Audit Service, Building 220, Auditorium room 315, for a Labor Day Safety Stand Down to learn about how you can close out the summer and begin the fall safely. Topics will include Motorcycle Safety, Resilient Transitions, Risk Factors for Skin Cancer, and Grilling & Cooking Safety.

Thursday, August 22, 2013


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

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,

Influenza Shot Exercise (Shot-Ex) 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.

2013 National Day of Remembrance Americans across the country will honor the victims and heroes of the 9/11 tragedy by serving their neighbors and communities as part of the second federally recognized “National Day of Remembrance.” This year’s Joint Services “National Day of Remembrance” project will take place Sept. 14 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Historic Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E Street South East, Washington, D.C. Military personnel and their family members as well as DoD civilians will restore grave markers, remove weeds, do some tree planting and engage in minor landscaping around the cemetery roadways and path to the 9/11 Memorial. Volunteers will receive T-shirts, water and lunch. In the event there are questions regarding the weather, call 202543-0539. This is a great venue for students of American history and an opportunity to earn community service hours. For on-line registration go to ndw, click on the category “About”, scroll to community service. Air Force - 202-404-3196 Army - 202-685-0493 Coast Guard - 202-372-4087 Navy - 202-433-6854 Marines - 202-433-0016


Washington D.C. Traffic Doubles... Thanks to Improved Public Access to Naval History By MC1 (AW) Tim Comerford Naval History and Heritage Command Communication Outreach Division A trial program running through August to generate greater public visitation to naval history is paying real dividends. The initiative provides an easier, alternate entrance to allow public visits by using the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail and entering the Washington Navy Yard through the Taylor Building which houses the Naval History and Heritage Command’s (NHHC) Cold War Gallery. The month-long trial allows enhanced access to the National Museum of the U.S. Navy (NMUSN), the Cold War Gallery, and the Display Ship Barry. The initiative also extends the Barry’s visiting hours. James Bruns, director of the NMUSN, is excited to have the extra visitors learn more about the Navy’s diverse history. “The numbers have been phenomenal,” Bruns said. “We are at the midpoint [of this program] and we have doubled the amount of visitors we had during this time last year.” Organizers feared furloughs might skew the visitation data, as has been seen in other areas. Across the Navy’s museum enterprise, federal furloughs and cutbacks that have lowered the amount of visitors of many Navy museums by almost 10 percent. Even the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Fla., which draws the largest crowds out of the Navy museum network, has seen a reduction is its attendance. Bruns credits part of the success here to the reserve Sailors who have helped increase access and visiting times. “The reservists have been absolutely essential,” Bruns said. According to Jennifer Marland, museum curator, the Sailors also help to attract the visitors. She has been spending the past two weeks helping the Sailors brush-up on naval history and navigating the museum. This allows them to help give visitors a better experience and direct them if they might have any questions. “Our visitors are excited to talk to Sailors,” Marland said. “I think it definitely helps that they actually get to speak with the people doing the jobs today that we show in our exhibitions.” Whether the attraction for visitors is ease of access or speaking with service members, the result is the same. More people are

U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Gina K. Morrissette

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Michael D. Stevens visits the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) at the Washington Navy Yard for a guided tour with Capt. Henry J. Hendrix, director of NHHC. Stevens toured the National Museum of the United States Navy, the museum’s Cold War Gallery Annex and the Historic Small Arms and Ordnance Vault. A trial program running through August to generate greater public visitation to naval history has proved to be a popular draw for the Navy Museums in the region. learning how Navy history has positively influenced our nation’s path. The Anacostia Riverwalk Trail is a trail running from Diamond Teague Park next to the Nationals Ball Park in Washington, D.C. to a path just outside the walls of the Washington Navy Yard along the Potomac River. Through the end of August, visitors can access the museums of the Washington Navy Yard through the Taylor Building which houses the Cold War Gallery or the 11th and O St. gate to the yard. The Display Ship Barry, National Museum of the United States Navy and Cold War Gallery are open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekends. NHHC’s mission is to collect, preserve, and make available the artifacts, documents, art and knowledge that promote naval history and heritage’s relevancy for present and future generations to remind America of the need to maintain a strong Navy to protect its citizens, their freedoms, and the global maritime commons. For more news from Naval History and Heritage Command, visit

New Chief of Naval Personnel Talks Way Ahead at All Hands Call From Defense Media Activity

U.S. Navy photo by MCSN Jennifer Lebron

Vice Adm. Bill Moran, chief of Naval Personnel, speaks with Sailors and civilians at an all hands call at the Arlington Naval Annex. Moran assumed the duties as the 57th chief of naval personnel Aug. 2 and is responsible for Navy manpower, readiness, personnel, education and training.

The Navy’s new Chief of Naval Personnel held an all hands call with his staff in Washington, D.C., to introduce himself, discuss his priorities and listen to Sailors’ and Navy civilians’ thoughts and concerns. Vice Adm. Bill Moran assumed the duties as the 57th Chief of Naval Personnel Aug. 2. He is responsible for the overwhelming majority of policies and programs that directly affect Sailors and their families. “We will proactively communicate with Sailors and families, and strive to be transparent in all our dealings,” Moran said. He added that he wanted Sailors and their fam-

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Navy Creates Victims’ Legal Counsel From Defense Media Activity-Navy

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Sexual Assault Prevention and Response is an important element of the readiness area of the 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative which consolidates a set of objectives and policies, new and existing, to maximize Sailor and Marine personal readiness, build resiliency and hone the most combat-effective force in the history of the Navy and Marine Corps. The Department of the Navy is working aggressively to prevent sexual assaults, to support sexual assault victims, and to hold offenders accountable.

The Navy announced the establishment of the Navy’s newest Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) initiative, the Victims’ Legal Counsel (VLC) Program, which will provide legal advice and advocacy for eligible victims of sexual assault. The Victims’ Legal Counsel will help victims understand the investigation and military justice process, advocate their legal rights and interests and, when appropriate, appear in court on their behalf. “The Navy is committed to protecting the rights and interests of victims of sexual assault and ensuring the administration of a fair, transparent and efficient military justice system that guarantees due process for the accused and promotes good order and discipline,” said Vice Adm. Nanette M. DeRenzi, Judge Advocate General of the Navy. “The Navy’s Victims’ Legal Counsel program complements the Navy’s broader efforts to care for victims of sexual assault by providing them with legal ad-

vice and assistance throughout the military justice process.” Initially, the VLC Program will consist of 29 specially-trained, independent judge advocates assigned regionally to maximize availability of counsel across the Fleet. Navy VLCs will serve every geographic region, including the United States, Europe, the Pacific, and the Middle East. The program’s attorneys will not be in the victim’s or the accused’s chain of command and will not be involved in case prosecution or defense. “Through increased training and bystander intervention we are confronting sexual assault fleet wide, while ensuring that we provide needed care and support to victims,” said Rear Adm. Sean Buck, Director, 21st Century Sailor Office (N17). “This program further adds to that support.” For more information and resources to combat sexual assault visit Sexual assault affects Navy readiness, and the Navy is committed to preventing sexual assault. Join the Navy’s conversation about sexual assault on social media and help raise awareness by using #NavySAPR.

Pax Intern Conducts Microgravity Experiment through NASA Program By Allison Johnson Atlantic Test Ranges intern A summer student at the Atlantic Test Ranges recently discovered the light side to testing the effects of spray cooling on surfaces operating in a changing gravity environment. Fifth-year student Stephen Itschner joined 10 other undergraduate members of the West Virginia University Microgravity Research Team on a trip to the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston July 12 to participate in NASA’s Reduced Gravity Flight Program. The program gives students the opportunity to propose, design, fabricate and evaluate a reduced gravity experiment successfully. The team’s experiment was to prove spray cooling - the application of a fine shower of coolant drops to a hot surface - is a potentially safe, effective way to eliminate excess heat in electronic devices operating in microgravity (zero gravity). If true, scientists and engineers could then predict the amount of coolant needed to keep devices operating at a particular temperature in any gravity. Because excess heat causes serious electrical problems and decreases the performance and lifespan of the devices NASA engineers and astronauts use, it can cost a significant amount in repairs and replacements. Itschner, an electrical engineering major, handled the power systems, data acquisition and computing, signals and sensors, and wiring - all skills he mastered

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Intern Leaves NSA South Potomac Inspired

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A South Potomac servicemember’s child shows off his fake tattoo to Joyce Smyre, intern with Naval Support Activity South Potomac Morale, Welfare, and Recreation office Aug. 8. Smyre enjoyed her time serving military children and recommends the Military Extension Internship Program. By Andrew Revelos Pilot Staff Writer Military life and culture can be a daunting adjustment for the uninitiated, but Joyce Smyre, intern at Naval Support Activity South Potomac’s (NSASP’s) Morale, Welfare and Recreation office, is finishing her three-months serving military children onboard Naval Support Facilities (NSFs) Indian Head and Dahlgren in stride. While neither Smyre nor members of her close family served in the military, her time counseling military children has focused her determination to become a social worker. “I felt like I was entering into an entirely new world,” said the North Carolina A&T State University senior and Salisbury, N.C. native. “I didn’t know anything about military life.” Though the learning curve was steep, it didn’t take long for Smyre to affirm her professional calling. “I like the military lifestyle,” she said.

“My main goal is to become a social worker for the military. I wanted to learn how I could serve the people who protect our freedom.” The challenges faced by military children made an impression on Smyre. “Seeing those parents go on deployment, the children transitioning to new schools and making new friends-the military definitely does a good job helping children through those challenges with the resources they provide” Frequent moves, for example, were not a part of Smyre’s own childhood but the internship gave her the opportunity to examine the challenges in-person. “I never had to experience it,” she said. “This internship has been a key to helping me branch out and explore the issues.” Smyre participated in many youth activities throughout the summer, but attending the Youth Activities Center’s Missoula Theater production of the Frog Prince

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From left, Stephen Itschner and his West Virginia University teammates, Michael Powell and Joseph West, float in microgravity inside G-Force One while conducting an experiment for NASA’s Reduced Gravity Flight Program. while working at the ranges. He also wrote custom software that collected and automatically logged data from the measurement devices used during testing. “Had I not been involved in the Atlantic Test Ranges Student Program, I highly doubt that I would have had the skills needed to complete this research,” said Itschner, who received an undergraduate space grant fellowship from the NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium for his work on the experiment. With the project approved by a NASA engineer, the team boarded a modified 727 reduced-gravity aircraft known as “G-Force One.” To create a microgravity environment without leaving Earth’s atmosphere, the pilot flew 30 parabolic maneuvers over the Gulf of Mexico, creating periods of micro-

gravity, hypergravity and partial g-force acceleration during flight. “Variable gravity is like nothing you’ve ever experienced before, and it’s incredibly hard to describe,” Itschner said.” All of the rules about how you need to control your body in order to move are different. It took about three parabolic maneuvers just to get used to the environment, but after that, my team was ready to perform our testing during the remaining maneuvers.” After two days of testing, the team collected hundreds of thousands of data points using Itschner’s software. The team will analyze the data and turn the results over to NASA engineers. For more information on NASA’s Reduced Gravity Flight Program, visit

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. Non-Judicial Punishment (NJP): - A Lieutenant was found guilty at NJP of assault consummated by battery, false official statement and fraternization with an E-7. The Lieutenant was awarded a Punitive Letter of Reprimand and forfeiture of a half-month’s pay for two months. - A Lieutenant was found guilty at NJP of drunk and disorderly conduct. The Lieutenant was given an oral admonition. - A Lieutenant Commander was found guilty at NJP for driving while intoxicated. The Lieutenant Commander was awarded a Punitive Letter of Reprimand and given 30 days restriction. - An Aerographer’s Mate 2nd Class was found guilty at NJP for lying on paperwork for a billet assignment (false official statement).


Thursday, August 22, 2013


Pax Helps Local Food Bank with Feds Feed Families By Connie Hempel Naval Air Station Patuxent River Public Affairs

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Naval Air Station Patuxent River Command Chaplain Lt. Jeffrey Augustin, front, and Petty Officer 3rd Class Eleise Waggoner sort and stack last week’s donated food items for the Feds Feed Families campaign Monday. Volunteers from the local Immaculate Heart of Mary collect the items from the chapel for its food bank. The Feds Feed Families campaign runs through Aug. 31.


Continued from 2 look, I think that we have a few CPO Messes operating outside of CPO 365 Guidance. I directed all CPO Messes to stop training from Monday 12th and resume on August 14th. This gave commands and all CPO Messes a chance to review CPO 365 Guidance and the Navy’s policy on hazing. We should never think that we are above the law, if we think that CPO selectee training cannot be shut down - we are wrong. If we want to be responsible for training our future Chiefs then we must do it in a professional manner. I want to reemphasize - I believe that the large majority of the mess is doing the right thing and for that I want to thank you, however, know that any formal complaints will be fully investigated. Q: What is the ultimate goal with CPO 365? A: The ultimate goal of CPO 365 is to train our relief to the best of their ability. To have meaningful and practical training that reflects the times of our society and that will make our future leaders capable under pressure and able to successfully complete any mission they are called to do. Our leaders are held accountable as they should, and being a Chief Petty Officer isn’t for the weak of heart nor lazy of mind and body. It requires us to be “all in, all the time”. We are called upon at all levels of our chain of command and again, a few short weeks isn’t enough time to cram all of the wisdom within the CPO Mess into a CPO Selectee. It should be happening throughout the year. Q: What do you say to the negative feedback you’ve received about CPO 365? A: Anytime you change something, there will be rumblings, make no mistake about it. Some folks can think back to when we de-segregated the military, the nay-sayers said that was the end of the Navy as we knew it! Our Navy thrived. Remember when we put women on ships. The nay-sayers hollered that was the end of the Navy! Women are now leading our Navy and have been become solidified members on the battlefield. It comes with the territory of being the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy. Not everyone will agree with your decisions. Q: Do you see any more changes to the program, or to the final few weeks of the program for selectees? Are you content with setting guidelines and letting commands determine the final chapter in the process? A: I have no intentions of making any significant changes to CPO 365 and want to provide every CPO Mess an opportunity to become experts at what we currently have in place. I place a great deal of faith and confidence in each CPO Mess to ensure the training that we are conducting

Every day in communities across the nation people worry about how they will make ends meet, the source of their next meal and if one will come at all. Recognizing this continual need across the U.S., the federal government launched its fifth year of the Feds Feed Families campaign, encouraging government agencies to unite and work toward ensuring no one goes hungry by donating food and other nonperishable items. Naval Air Station Patuxent River’s food drive began late July, and in only two week’s time, more than 100 pounds of food items have been collected and delivered to the Immaculate Heart of Mary food bank, a local food bank in Lexington Park, off Three Notch Road. “Raid your pantries. Help out an extremely good cause for our community,” said Chief Masterat-Arms Blake Poole. “This is our community and we should help out as much as possible to make it better.”

oole is the NAS command coordinator for this year’s Feds Feed Families campaign. He and volunteer representatives from various tenant commands have set up donation boxes at more than a dozen locations, with the Religious Program Center (RPC) being the main drop off site; other locations include the Navy Exchange, commissary and various work centers such as buildings 102, 103, 409 and 2272. While the chapel collects food year round for the food bank, Lt. Jeffrey Augustin, the NAS command chaplain, said since the start of this year’s Feds Feed Families, he’s noticed at least three times as much food items being donated directly to the chapel. Each week, Poole and the volunteers weigh the donation boxes and then consolidate them at the RPC for pickup. From there, a representative from the Immaculate Heart of Mary comes to collect the items. “Our end goal and the goal I’ve set is: ‘As much as possible,’” Poole said. “I want to give as much as we can to the food bank to help all the families in our community who are in need.” Joining forces for the third year in stocking the shelves at the food bank is the Pax River commissary.

rests within the guidelines provided. Q: In your opinion, is CPO 365 the best way to train the Navy’s future leadership and why? A: At this particular point of time in our history, I believe CPO 365 provides us with the best training opportunity. However, I am also confident that in time CPO 365 will also change because that’s what we do, we constantly evolve. I’ll be a retired MCPON years from now and there will be a new name, a new process, and new way of doing business to train our Chiefs. I’ll trust that it was put in place because the times that our future Sailors will serve necessitate that. CPO 365 is about our moment in history more than it is about my belief that this is the absolute right way to do it. I believe it’s the right way to do it today, but I certainly can’t speak for the future.


Employees there have put together donation packages for customers to purchase and drop off in the donation bin as they leave the store. The packages, located near the registers, are grouped by different meal ideas, such as spaghetti dinners, pizza fixings, tuna helper and Chinese and Mexican dinners, to name a few. “It gives our customers a themed choice in what they donate,” said the Pax River Commissary Store Director Debbie House. “This allows the customer to know that they have provided a meal to a deserving person, and not just one or two cans of product.” The bags are labeled with their contents and the total dollar amount. Costs range from $3 to $7. Feds Feed Families is typically held during the summer to offset the lack of donations typically experienced during that time, and when children lack access to free school breakfast and lunch programs. The month-long campaign at NAS Pax River runs through Aug. 31. For more information on how to donate, email Poole at edward. poole(at) For more information on the program, visit www.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

New NAS Ombudsman Links Command and Families

By Connie Hempel Naval Air Station Patuxent River Public Affairs

Naval Air Station Patuxent River welcomed its new command ombudsman Tuesday as the air station’s Commanding Officer, Capt. Ben Shevchuk, presented Heidi Talalemotu with her ombudsman training certificate, challenge coin and pin during the monthly Ombudsman Assembly. “I’m confident in our selection of Heidi as our ombudsman because she’s dedicated to getting people connected through sharing of information and resources,” Shevchuk said. “We appreciate that she has strong organizational skills and a willingness to communicate, which are attributes an ombudsman needs to be effective.” The naval air station’s command master chief agreed, adding that Talalemotu’s “outgoing personality, honest and frank demeanor, coupled with her people skills ... made her the best choice to serve as our new command ombudsman,” said Command Master Chief William Lloyd-Owen. “If I can make it easier for people, then that’s what I’m going to try to do,” she said. Talalemotu and her family moved from San Diego to Southern Maryland in 2012 when her husband, Yeoman 1st Class Rollis Talalemotu, received orders to work on the administrative staff for Pax River. And with what some deem the “culture shock” of moving to the area still fresh in her mind; Talalemotu said helping spouses make that same transition is just one of


many goals she looks forward to achieving during her tenure. Also at the top of her list is linking the command and families, filling in what she sees as a ignificant gap between the two. In fact, when Talalemotu was notified of her selection as the command ombudsman shortly after her interview with the CO and CMC about two months ago, she immediately sought ways to fill that gap. She began building an email distribution list of Pax’s military spouses, but with only 20 families on the email tree so far, Talalemotu encourages families to contact her to be included on her list so they can begin receiving the information she gets directly from the command: base happenings and notices, volunteer opportunities, etc. Much of that information is sent to the service member at work, but Talalemotu knows firsthand it doesn’t always filter down to the homestead. “When my husband comes home, we don’t necessarily talk about what he got at work and oftentimes there’s just not enough time in the day to have those conversations,” she said. “So, I make sure I put out the stuff the service member gets.” She’s also working on developing other communication tools such as a newsletter. “I want this to get bigger and better so the next person can make it even bigger,” Talalemotu said. Ombudsman like Talalemotu, “improve mission readiness through improved family readiness,” according to the Navy’s ombudsman program instruction, OPNAVIN-

U.S. Navy photo by Connie Hempel

Capt. Ben Shevchuk, Naval Air Station Patuxent River commanding officer, presents Heidi Talalemotu with an ombudsman pin, training certificate and challenge coin Tuesday, officially welcoming her as the new NAS command ombudsman. STRU 1750.1g. Not only do they guide Sailors and their family to resources that can help with problems on the home front, they also push information and issues from the families back up to command leaders. “Ombudsmen help commanders have a better understanding of the welfare of the families under their command,” said

Michelle Stubblefield, the air station’s ombudsman coordinator. “Our ombudsmen are the single most effective way to learn about the Navy and to learn ways to cope with the military lifestyle.” To receive information from the NAS command ombudsman, email Talalemotu at


Thursday, August 22, 2013


Continued from 3 utilizing the electromagnetic spectrum and maintaining the Navy’s undersea dominance. The document also addresses the rebalance toward the Asia-Pacific region, a strategy that will compel the Navy to add ships to the Forward Deployed Naval Force, and increase the number of ships which are Forward Stationed or Forward Operating. “The Navy and Marine Corps are our nation’s ‘away team’,” said Greenert. “History demonstrates the Navy is at its best when we are forward and ready to respond.”


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ilies to feel comfortable sharing ideas and concerns with him, whether at all hands calls or through social media opportunities. “I’m honored to be here,” Moran said. “I look forward to working on behalf of Sailors and families to earn their trust.” Moran takes helm of a command that has an operating budget of $29 billion and a staff of more than 26,000 Sailors and civilians that perform a wide variety of missions, including managing Navy manpower, readiness, education and training, and professional development of Sailors. Moran did not shy away from addressing a concern foremost on the minds of many

Lastly, the Navigation Plan stresses the importance of having Sailors and Civilians that are ready to tackle tomorrow’s challenges by being personally prepared, confident and proficient. “We will sustain our forces’ warfighting capability and ability to operate forward through effective maintenance and timely modernization,” said Greenert. “Ready Sailors and Civilians remain the source of the Navy’s warfighting capability.” To view the CNO’s Navigation Plan, visit For more news from Chief of Naval Operations, visit Sailors and civilians - the budget. He said managing the force will be driven by fiscal realities, which will dictate force structure decisions and ultimately the total number of Sailors Navy-wide. “We understand today’s fiscal and operational challenges,” he said. “We must reach a balance that’s in the best interest of the Navy and the nation, as well as Sailors and their families.” Despite the uncertain fiscal environment, Moran said one of his main priorities remains getting Sailors to the fleet with the right skills and training. “We will continue to provide trained and ready Sailors to meet fleet manning demands,” he said. Moran also wanted Sailors and their families to know his staff will seek ways to bring stability and certainty to the work force.

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Continued from 6 was an especially proud moment. “A couple of the children didn’t know I was going to be at the show,” she said. “They saw me in the crowd and literally stopped their role within the play, just to say hi. At that moment, I knew that I had made an impact somewhere.” Smrye spent part of her internship “job shadowing” Lolita Gunter, school liaison officer for NSASP. “Joyce enthusiastically shows interest in learning the skills needed to be an effective employee of the Child and Youth Programs,” said Gunter. “She has shared her knowledge of early childhood topics to attendees of parent training. She showed warmth and caring attitude as she interacted with parents and children during the Back to School events.” Gunter hopes Smyre will consider applying for a job with the Navy’s Child and Youth Programs once she completes her education. “Joyce has potential to be a good Child and Youth program employee because of her positive attitude and the unique experiences she can bring to the early childhood field,” she said. Smyre’s future plans include enrolling in and graduating from a master’s level pro-


Continued from 1 vaccinated before beginning the new school year. Diseases can run quickly through a school, and some are more serious than the common cold. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that disease outbreaks can still happen, and vaccines can prevent most of these. In 2011, the CDC found that reported cases of Measles was higher than usual at 220, and in 2012 there were 41,000 reported cases of whooping cough (pertussis). The CDC advises that parents stay upto-date with their children’s vaccinations, and to be aware of what vaccinations are available for children ages 6 and under, and ages 7 to 18. “Immunizations are vital, especially for people at high risk or endemic regions,” said Israel Castro, preventive medicine technician at the Washington Navy Yard Branch


Continued from 1 tunities to interact with them more. Our job is to advise as needed and step back when appropriate.” This training is especially useful when it comes to community reintegration. Master Chief Intelligence Specialist Blaine Elmer, AFPAK Hand, Cohort 3G, from the Tampa Hub, works in Ghazni on reintegration of Taliban back into society. He meets with district leaders and gets out to the public explaining the reintegration process and encouraging people to discuss reintegration. “The most important factor is it takes them off the battlefield in which they no longer are a threat to coalition forces, Afghan national security forces, and the government of Afghanistan and gives them the option of taking care of their families,” said Elmer. “Most fighters are fighting to earn a

Thursday, August 22, 2013

gram for social work. She is also considering another internship with MWR, one that would focus on social work and children’s education, further broadening her professional horizon. Smyre found that she enjoys travel and hopes her work with the military will eventually take her across the globe. Of course, moving out of one’s comfort zone can be challenging, but Smyre found the rewards to be even greater. “My mom has always been one to inspire me to explore and try new things, and she would always say, never let life pass you by.” she said. When she wasn’t serving military children, Smyre enjoyed participating in recreational activities, shopping and hanging out in Washington, D.C. She also spent some of her free time researching the military and social work and hopes to try out kayaking before she returns home next week. Smyre recommends the Military Extension Internship Program for any student who wishes to gain professional experience while serving military families. “This confirmed for me that I want to be a social worker,” she said. “The internship gives you the opportunity to travel and learn about the military. I would encourage others to apply with the Military Extension Internship Program.”

Health Clinic. “Many of the diseases and infections we routinely vaccinate against can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death if a person is not properly vaccinated. We don’t vaccinate just to protect ourselves or our children. We also vaccinate to protect our grandchildren and their grandchildren. Which would you prefer - reactive medicine or preventive medicine?” Naval Support Activity Washington will also be hosting a Labor Day/”Back 2 School” safety stand down Aug. 28 at the Washington Navy Yard, Building 220, room 315 from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Topics covered will include motorcycle safety, resilient transitions, risk factors for skin cancer, and grilling and cooking safety. For more information on the safety stand down, contact Lewis at or 202-433-3387. With these tips in mind, this school year will start off safer for all involved. For more news on events in NDW, visit

living or doing it out of fear and intimidation. Reintegration has been very successful in Columbia, but took several years to take hold. It will take time, and the people of Afghanistan have to want peace.” AFPAK Hands 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. Those interested in the AFPAK Hands program should speak to their detailer about joining. For more information on AFPAK Hands visit Pages/AFPAKHands.aspx.

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