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The Waterline

September 26, 2013

Vol. XXX No.38


Suicide Prevention: Ask the Tough Questions By Patrick Gordon NDW Waterline writer

U.S. Navy photo by Patrick Gordon

Amanda Woodyard, education services facilitator for the Military Family Support Center, gives a presentation on stress management at a Safety stand down at Washington Navy Yard in November. Increased stress can lead to depression, which in severe cases may lead to suicide. Learning to recognize symptoms and knowing how to help can help prevent such actions.

Suicide prevention is a serious job, and it is everyone’s responsibility, whether they realize it or not. If a shipmate, family member, friend, or coworker begins to show warning signs of suicidal tendencies or thoughts, it may come down to one person engaging with them in order to help. During suicide prevention month, Naval District Washington (NDW) is adopting the theme, “Thrive in Your Community,” and is asking its personnel to be there for members of the community who may be suffering. “We are responsible for each other, including our coworkers, family members or friends. It is our duty to stay connected to one another,” said Amanda Woodyard, Education Services Facilitator at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling. “Command and leader-

ship support is critical. All involved should be knowledgeable about how to get help and where to get help. It is necessary to prepare our Navy-National Capital Region with resources in resilience and prevention.” It may feel awkward or inappropriate to ask someone if they are struggling with thoughts of suicide, but recognizing the warning signs and reaching out is often the first step to getting someone needed help. “People are afraid to talk about suicide and it is commonly swept under the rug,” said Chaplain (Lt.) Jonathan Craig, NDW Regional Chaplains Office. “We must do away with that notion that suicide is a taboo subject to address. One effective way to do that is to recognize suicide prevention month by bringing it out in the open to be acknowledged and discussed.” Woodyard and Craig both advise looking for warning signs of suicidal thoughts.

An individual may display signs of anxiety, hopelessness, anger, mood changes, feeling trapped, and recklessness. Other symptoms may include expressions of hopelessness or desperation; actions such as withdrawal from friends, family and responsibilities; and physical signs such as lack of interest in appearance or disturbed sleep. Once these are recognized, it requires reaching out to the individual to prevent a potentially tragic situation. “We need to learn to ask the forward and sometimes uncomfortable questions; ‘How is your family? Is there anything I can help you with? Are you OK,’” said Woodyard. “Stay engaged and stay connected. If you notice out-of-character behavior, act upon it.” Craig added that dealing with suicide prevention should be done in an upfront,

See Prevention, Page 9

CNO Greets Commander in Chief of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy By Patrick Gordon NDW Waterline writer

U.S. Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert greeted Chinese Adm. Wu Shengli, the commander in chief of the People’s Liberation Army Navy of the People’s Republic of China in a full honors ceremony at the Washington Navy Yard Sept. 12. The visit is Wu’s first trip back to the U.S. since 2007. Greenert and Wu were touring Navy and Marine Corps installations to support the goals of both military leaders, to establish clear paths of communication, encourage transparency and trust, mitigate risks, and focus multilateral cooperative efforts to address common regional and global security challenges. During the ceremony, Sailors of the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard and Marines of Marine Barracks 8th and I performed a pass and review to accompaniment by the U.S. Navy Band prior to Greenert’s remarks. “Admiral Wu is the head of a great and a growing Navy,” said Greenert. “They are actively modernizing, and the relationship between our navies is increasing as well. The purpose of his visit here this week has been to continue our military-to-military relations, and evolve and mature our rela-

tionship, looking for great opportunities to share common interests and move ahead in our cooperation.” Greenert added that the Chinese navy has been increasingly involved in a number of operations with the U.S. Navy including counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden, and humanitarian missions aboard the Chinese hospital ship, Good Ark. The CNO concluded the ceremony by congratulating Wu on these efforts and the continued partnership of the two navies in the future. “I look forward to our future engagements, and I look forward to the success of RIMPAC [Rim of the Pacific] 2014, because now that the Chinese Navy will be joining us, we have a full rim for the RIMPAC exercise,” said Greenert. RIMPAC is the world’s largest international maritime exercise, and is held every two years. The exercise will include more than 20 nations in 2014. The addition of China to RIMPAC 2014 is a recent development in the growing relationship between the U.S. and China. China’s participation in the exercise was announced in June amid talks between President Barack Obama and Chinese president Xi Jinping, and is expected

See CNO, Page 9

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U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Pedro A. Rodriguez

U.S. Navy Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Jonathan Greenert and China’s, Commander, People’s Liberation Army Navy, Adm. Wu Shengli get together for a group photo with students of the Maryland Howard County Chinese Elementary School. Greenert and Wu participated on a full honors ceremony held at the Washington Navy Yard.


Washington Navy Yard Victims Honored at Memorial Service page 7



Thursday, September 26, 2013

Across the River from Navy Yard, Families and Witnesses Find Relief By Benjamin Freed Washingtonian Magazine Special to The Waterline

Courtesy photo

From left, Navy Capt. Anthony Calandra, social worker Ava Imhof, EFAC Director Virginia Figgins, Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Richard J. Simonsen Jr., and Simonsen’s dog, Yoko.

The first hours of last Monday’s shooting spree at Washington Navy Yard were wracked by reporting errors. One of the most blaring miscues, though one taken very gravely in the unfolding violence, was a quick report that there had been another shooting incident at Joint Base Anacostia Bolling, an installation across the river from where Navy Yard contractor Aaron Alexis was gunning down his coworkers. Nothing like that happened at Bolling. The Navy and Air Force base, which is also home to the Defense Intelligence Agency, had its own brief period of lockdown, but it was not long before the staff at Bolling started preparing for the aftermath of the shootings at the Navy Yard. “My leadership from the Navy Yard contacted me and said, ‘Hey, this is going to have some significant impact both short- and long-term and we’re going to need to start planning for that now’,” Navy Capt. Anthony Calandra, Bolling’s commander, tells Washingtonian. By one o’clock that

afternoon, Calandra was talking with the Navy about an EFAC—an Emergency Family Assistance Center, a collection of human services where victims’ relatives and survivors can get help in one location. Virginia Figgins, the EFAC’s director, says it happened quicker than that. By early afternoon, mental-health workers and Red Cross volunteers had marshaled themselves at a parking lot outside Nationals Park down the street from Navy Yard where waves of evacuating employees were arriving from the locked-down base. Meanwhile, back at Bolling, phone calls started flooding the lines of the social workers dispatched to the EFAC. Navy Yard workers who witnessed Alexis’s rampage or even heard about it from across the base had had their senses of workplace security shattered. “You could hear the anxiety,” Ava Imhof, Bolling’s supervising clinical social worker, recalls. “How am I going to handle this? How am I going to cope?” There were more phone calls on Tuesday, another batch on Wednesday, but

See Relief, Page 5

Around the Yard In the wake of last week’s tragic shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, are you aware of the counseling resources available to you?

Yes, I am. I‘m over in Building 111 where most of those services are being provided. James Herald CNIC Washington Navy Yard

Oh yeah; there have been lots of updates every day from the vice admiral over at NAVSEA about the counseling services. Sonar Technician (Surface) 1st Class Stephen Bollinger NAVSEA Washington Navy Yard

Yes, the chain of command has been pretty forthcoming about all of that. Bill Nicol NAVFAC Washington Navy Yard

If you or a family member would like counseling due to the shooting that occurred at the Navy Yard, or if you need other support, contact the Emergency Family Assistance Center on JBAB, Building 72, or at the WNY, Building 111. Please call 1-855-677-1755 and someone will assist you.

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Thursday, September 26, 2013


This Week in Navy History September 26

1781 - French fleet defeats British at Yorktown, Va. 1910 - First recorded reference to provision for aviation in Navy Department organization. 1918 - USCGC Tampa lost with 118 men, most likely by a German submarine. 1931 - Keel laying at Newport News, Va., of USS Ranger (CV-4), first ship designed and constructed as an aircraft carrier. 1963 - First steam-eject launch of Polaris missile at sea off Cape Canaveral, Fla., (now Cape Kennedy) from USS Observation Island (EAG-154).

September 27

1922 - Report on observations of experiments with short wave radio at Anacostia, D.C., starts Navy development of radar. 1941 - Launch of first Liberty ship, SS Patrick Henry, in Baltimore, Md. 1942 - Armed Guard on SS Stephen Hopkins engages German auxiliary cruiser Stier and supply ship Tannenfels. Stephen Hopkins and Stier both sink. 1944 - Special Air Task Force (STAG-1) commences operations with drones, controlled by TBM aircraft, against Japanese forces in Southwestern Pacific. 1950 - First Marine Division captures Seoul, South Korea.

September 28

1822 - Sloop-of-war Peacock captures five pirate vessels. 1850 - Congress outlaws flogging as a punishment on Navy ships. 1923 - Navy aircraft take first and second places in international Schneider Cup Race. 1944 - Marines occupy islands in Palaus under cover of naval aircraft and gunfire support.

1964 - First deployment of Polaris A-3 missile on USS Daniel Webster (SSBN 626) from Charleston, S.C.

September 29

1944 - USS Narwhal (SS-167) evacuates 81 Allied prisoners of war that survived sinking of Japanese Shinyo Maru from Sindangan Bay, Mindanao. 1946 -Lockheed P2V Neptune, Truculent Turtle, leaves Perth, Australia, on long distance non-stop, non-refueling flight that ends Oct 1, 1946. 1959 - USS Kearsarge (CVS-33) with Helicopter Squadron 6 and other 7th Fleet units begin six days of disaster relief to Nagoya, Japan, after Typhoon Vera.

September 30

1800 - U.S. concludes treaty of peace with France, ending Quasi War with France. 1944 - USS Nautilus (SS-168) lands supplies and evacuates some people from Panay, Philipppine Islands. 1946 - U.S. Government announces that U.S. Navy units would be permanently stationed in the Mediterranean to carry out American policy and diplomacy. 1954 - Commissioning at Groton, Conn., of USS Nautilus (SSN-571), the world’s first nuclear-powered ship. 1958 - Marines leave Lebanon. 1959 - Last flight of airships assigned to the Naval Air Reserve at Lakehurst, N.J., takes place. 1968 - Battleship New Jersey (BB-62) arrives off Vietnam.

October 1

1800 - U.S. Schooner Experiment captures French Schooner Diana. 1844 - Naval Observatory headed by Lt. Matthew Fontaine Maury occupies first permanent quarters.

Photo courtesy of the Naval History and Heritage Command

A map detailing the layout of the Washington Navy Yard (WNY) in 1800. WNY was established Oct. 2, 1799, The Washington Navy Yard is the U.S. Navy’s oldest shore establishment, in operation since the first decade of the 19th century. The yard was built under the direction of Benjamin Stoddert, the first Secretary of the Navy, under the supervision of the yard’s first commandant, Commodore Thomas Tingey. 1874 - Supply Corps purser, Lt. J. Q. Barton, given leave to enter service of new Japanese Navy to organize a pay department and instruct Japanese about accounts. He served until Oct. 1, 1877, when he again became a purser in the U.S. Navy. In 1878, the

Emperor of Japan conferred on him the Order of the Rising Sun, Fourth Class for his service. 1880 - John Phillip Sousa becomes leader of Marine Corps Band. 1928 - The first class convenes at the school for enlisted Navy and Marine Corps radio intercept operators, later known as the “On the Roof Gang.” 1937 - Patrol aviation transferred to Aircraft Scouting Force, a reestablished type command. Five patrol wings were established as separate administrative command over their squadrons as a result of the change. 1946 - Truculent Turtle lands at Columbus, Ohio, breaking world’s record for distance without refueling with flight of 11,235 miles. 1949 - Military Sea Transportation Service activated. 1955 - Commissioning of USS Forrestal (CVA-59), first of postwar supercarriers. 1979 - President Jimmy Carter awards the Congressional Space Medal of Honor to former naval aviators Neil Armstrong, Capt. Charles Conrad Jr. (Ret.), Col. John Glenn (Ret.), and Rear Asm. Alan Shepard Jr. (Ret.). 1980 - USS Cochrane (DDG-21) rescues 104 Vietnamese refugees 620 miles east of Saigon. 1990 - USS Independence (CV-62) enters Persian Gulf. It is the first carrier in Persian Gulf since 1974.

October 2

1799 - Establishment of Washington Navy Yard. 1939 - Foreign ministers of countries of the Western Hemisphere agree to establish a neutrality zone around the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of North and South America to be enforced by the U.S. Navy.

Code Preparedness a Vital Part Of A Military Installation By MASN April Beazer NSAB Public Affairs staff writer

Photos by MASN April Beazer

Chief Marty McQuagge demonstrates the first step of practicing safety indoors in the event of an active shooter by securing his office space

In consideration of the recent tragedy that occurred at the Washington Navy Yard, Naval Support Activity Bethesda (NSAB) would like to issue a reminder that code safety is important for everyone onboard the instillation. President Barack Obama addressed the nation on the Washington Navy Yard incident. “It’s a shooting that targeted our military and civilian personnel,” said Obama. “These are men and women who were going to work, doing their job, protecting all of us. They’re patriots, and they know the dangers of serving abroad – but today, they faced unimaginable violence that they wouldn’t have expected here at home. So we offer our gratitude to the Navy and local law enforcement, federal authorities, and the doctors who’ve responded with skill and bravery.” Having knowledge about the guidelines and procedures to follow in the case of an active shooter situation can make a huge difference. Jim Ganz, NSAB safety manager, shared what steps to take if there is an active shooter situation at NSAB. “If you are not able to leave the building, secure your immediate surroundings by locking and barricading the door(s); keep away from them; turn off the lights; close the blinds; shut off radios and computer monitors. Keep out of sight. Cover such as concrete walls, filing cabinets, etc. may of-

fer some protection. Don’t forget to silence your cell phone.” If you find yourself outdoors in the event of an active shooter, follow the active shooter response guidelines for NSAB. The most important thing is to keep yourself from increasing your risk. “Do not make any rash decisions based on incomplete information,” said Ganz. “Before you do something, have a clear indication that it is the right thing to do. I imagine that if you feel you must run, run in the proper direction, take advantage of any “cover” that is available and try not to run in a straight line. Keep in mind, if there is any doubt about whether or not you should leave your safe area, do not leave! Keep your area secured.” When emergency services arrive, be sure to proceed with caution. They are responding to a hostile situation. “Please remember; the police that are attempting to secure the area have a completely different perspective and mission than you do,” Ganz stressed. “If security forces enter your area, stay down, don’t rush at them in gratitude, keep your hands visible and listen and follow their orders. Security forces may view any other movements and gestures as a possible threat to their personal safety and may act in response to that.” NSAB staff and residents should understand and follow “active shooter” procedures as well as any other emergency situation.

See Preparedness, Page 9



Thursday, September 26, 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.


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

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).

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.

Fitness Center - Phase 3

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

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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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.

Military and Family Support Offers Resume Review

Call for appointment | 202-685-6019 Military and Family Support Center offers a one-on-one resume review session for those that are job seeking. Knowledgeable staff will sit down with you and review your resume and assist you in developing a results-oriented resume. Having a solid and effective resume can greatly improve your chances of landing an interview. According to a recent study from TheLadders, recruiters spend just six seconds scanning your resume for certain information. Will your resume make it in those six seconds? Your resume should portray your skills, talents, career highlights and make you stand out from the crowd. Focusing on your accomplishments vs. simple job experience and using key words can open the door for an interview.

Download the Free “ABSalute” App

The JBAB Warfighter & Family Readiness Marketing Department developed a

(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

free smartphone application, bringing its resources to customers and employees on a mobile platform. Perfect for iPhone and Andriod devices. “ABSalute” is a fast and easy-to-use application designed to allow quick access to events and programs. Download the app and receive the latest information about MWR, as well as Warfighter and Family Readiness programs. The app features: - Facility finder including hours of operation, phone listings, and GPS capabilities - Upcoming special events and programs that can be added directly to your calendar - Outdoor Recreation and Capital Cove Marina equipment and boat rentals - Full dining facility menus - Quick links to the Navy-Air Force Half Marathon and Navy 5 Miler website, CNIC JBAB website, Naval District Washington (NDW) Facebook page and the current edition of the 411 magazine - Facility and Event Photos - Push notifications to alert users with the most current information.

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!

Thursday, September 26, 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.

Bethesda DiLorenzo Clinic Pharmacy and Training Closures The DiLorenzo TRICARE Health Clinic-Pentagon (DTHC), is closed daily from noon to 1 p.m. During this time or at any time patients may process their prescriptions online by visiting the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center pharmacy refill page, or calling 1-800-377-1723 (refills for all Army and Navy sites, press 2 for Army, 3 for Virginia, and 5 for the Pentagon Clinic options); 240-857-7978 (11th Medical Group, Bolling Air Force Base, D.C.); 240-857-4893 (Malcolm Grow Medical Clinic, Andrews Air Force Base, Md.); 703-697-1188 (Flight Medicine Clinic, Pentagon, D.C.). For more information, visit, or the DTHC facebook page. The DiLorenzo TRICARE Health Clinic (DTHC) at the Pentagon will close for staff training at 11 a.m. every fourth Thursday of each month (Sept. 26, Oct. 24 and Nov. 28). There will be no scheduled appointments or walk-in treatment. The pharmacy will also be closed during this time. Patients are urged to call 703-697-5555 or 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency. TRICARE beneficiaries who require urgent care during the clinic closure should visit the emergency room at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, or visit any urgent care facilities included on the web page at UrgentCare.aspx.



Continued from 2 the busiest day was probably Thursday, says Imhof. That’s when all Navy Yard employees finally went back to work after two days of essential-personnel-only orders. But the cluster of rooms on the ground floor of Enterprise Hall, a stately, red-brick Colonial Revival compound that sticks out from Bolling’s boxy modern structures, is still busy. There are stations manned by the judge advocate general, the FBI victims’ assistance program, the DC Crime Victims Compensation Fund, chaplains, and numerous social workers. Volunteers from the American Red Cross supplement the base’s staff and provide snacks and refreshments. But the whole operation was launched within a few hours of the first shots being fired, says Calandra. Not surprisingly, the bulk of the phone calls are coming from people who work at Navy Yard’s Building 197, where Alexis carried out his spree that claimed the lives of 12 other civilian contractors. Now, the 3,000 people who work in that building, along with many of the 13,000 other people who work on the base, are trying to get back to normal, even though what counts for “normal” has shifted. From President Obama’s remarks at a memorial service Sunday night, last Monday’s events at Navy Yard reinforce a twisted new normal in which mass shootings almost seem routine. “Part of what wears on us, what troubles us so deeply as we gather here today, is how this senseless violence that took place in the Navy Yard echoes other recent tragedies,” Obama said. Calandra says he’s witnessing a “renewed sense of anxiety,” similar to what he felt after 9/11. But there’s a tangible difference between the circumstances faced by active-duty military during wartime and the civilian workers who work on domestic military bases, even if many of the Navy Yard victims were veterans. “Some day I’m going to take this uniform off and I’m going to put on a coat and tie,” says Calandra, who has been in the Navy for 25 years. “I’m sure my family is going to say to themselves, ‘Okay, that time in our lives is over now. We can take a step back and relax a little bit.’” That sense of ease has been shattered for the families of victims like Martin Bodrog, a 22-year Navy man who left active duty in 2003, or Gerald Read, who spent 29 years in the Army. There could still be a difficult path ahead for the victims’ coworkers, too, whether they were in Building 197 fleeing Alexis’s shots or evacuating other buildings on the Navy Yard, Figgins and Imhof say. While much of Bolling’s EFAC help is aimed directly to the families of the deceased, the biggest job is to help the Navy Yard’s full workforce—uniformed and civilian alike—cope with what they endured. “Some people are going to feel it right away,” Imhof says. “Some people will feel it later on. Some of them may be very numb, just like when someone close to you dies, you may go numb for a while and then when it’s safe or you’re ready that’s when you start crying.”

To the soldiers and civilians staffing the EFAC, the most important thing is that resources are available around the clock after an incident with the potential to leave witnesses with post-traumatic stress disorder. Navy Yard workers might encounter the same mental symptoms as troops wounded in combat in a distant theater, and the EFAC is assembled to provide a rapid response. In some ways, it’s an improvement over what is offered to active-duty troops, says Air Force Chief Master Sergeant Richard J. Simonsen Jr., Bolling’s senior enlisted leader. “Many days are a struggle for me just to begin with,” Simonsen, who suffered a traumatic brain injury during an 11-month deployment in Afghanistan, says. “I didn’t get a chance to get any type of social services the entire time. When I got back I immediately knew I needed to get assistance and mental health. But for me, too much time had gone by to build resiliency when I really needed to do it.” Simonsen, who is accompanied by an energetic black lab named Yoko, says the distress of last Monday was mitigated because he had a mission to carry out, in making sure Bolling was secure. Since then, he has worked to ensure that people at Navy Yard are aware of the services being provided across the Anacostia River. Getting to them early makes a crucial difference. “With the EFAC we have and our proactively going out there and reaching these people, I have a good feeling these people won’t have to suffer like a lot of folks who have come back from Iraq and Afghanistan have,” Simonsen says. The 700 or so people who had called the EFAC through Friday morning are just a fraction of the thousands who work at Navy Yard, and even though the center was quieting down headed into the weekend, the operation is not ending any time soon. The EFAC lasts “as long as it takes,” Calandra says. And it will take a toll on the people offering aid and guidance to the survivors and witnesses. Imhof says that while it’s an affirming thing to help people cope through a traumatic experience, listening to so many stories takes a toll. Calandra felt it early on in the process when he was ordered to head to Nationals Park to help with the Navy Yard workers being evacuated last Monday night. “I was getting our EFAC numbers out to people, and then one of the families of the victims showed up, and that’s when it hit me,” Calandra recalls, his voice clenching and eyes tightening. “That’s when it got hard. That’s when I had to take a little bit of time to go compose myself, because that’s when it came back to roost.” The military drills its people for emergencies like these and Calandra is proud to know how quickly his team organized last week. But he notes grimly that their response, to the 20th such incident since 2009 to claim at least four lives, has become almost routine. “It’s almost sad to note we’re getting better and better at handling this,” Calandra says. To see this story online, visit http://

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The Grand Design: Strategy and the U.S. Civil War Book review

Reviewed by Cmdr. Youssef Aboul-Enein

The Grand Design: Strategy and the U.S. Civil War by Donald Stoker. Published by Oxford University Press, New York. 2010, 512 pages. There are tens of thousands of books on the American Civil War, and finding new ways to write about this conflict becomes ever more challenging. However, picking up Donald Stoker’s book, I found a work totally devoted to the grand strategy of the Union and Confederacy. Stoker teaches Strategy and Policy for the Naval War College’s program at the Naval Post-Graduate School in Monterey, Calif. He traces the evolution and strategic maturation of key leaders on both sides. These were men educated in the works of Carl von Clausewitz, Baron Jomini, as well as the Napoleonic campaigns. However, readers will realize that Union leaders slowly and painfully evolved to apply the lessons of these campaigns with the technologic and industrial innovations

that dominated the American Civil War. Confederate leaders’ strategies stagnated to defending the South, with the exception of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. The Confederates immersed themselves in the defense, receiving heavy Union blows. However, at some point, Lee conceived of a strategy of taking the war into the Union. He convinced Confederate President Jefferson Davis that the South could not continue to receive sucha a battering from the Union, leading to an attrition of Confederate forces and resources.

There is a chapter entitled, “Sinews of War,” that talk of the importance of industry, manufacturing, and supply in keeping the army in the field. A hidden aspect of the war was fought in fiscal policies in the Union and Confederate capitals. How to raise hundreds of millions of dollars without wrecking the economy would be an aspect that determined the victor. The book assesses the effectiveness of the Union blockade of southern ports, and argues that the 5 percent of Union forces dedicated to the blockade hastened the economic collapse of Confederate states, and more importantly demonstrated to European capitals, Union resolve to starve its own citizens to preserve the United States. Editor’s Note: Cmdr. AboulEnein is author of “Militant Islamist Ideology: Understanding the Global Threat,” published this year by Naval Institute Press. He lectures part-time at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and is a consummate student of the American Civil War.

Mabus Orders Security Clearance Reviews From Secretary of the Navy Public Affairs

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Sept. 18 three new reviews to better understand the circumstances under which security clearances are granted and renewed. The reviews come in the wake of the tragic Sept. 16 Monday at the Washington Navy Yard. These three rapid reviews will be supplemented by a broader, indepth investigation. Mabus tasked Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs Juan Garcia and Navy General Counsel Paul Oostburg Sanz to conduct reviews of: - The service record and performance of former Sailor Aaron Alexis. This review is designed to determine the degree to which his conduct on and off duty in the Navy did or did not meet the threshold for the sustainment of his security clearance and fitness for duty. - The requirements and processes in place that do or

U.S. Navy photo by MCC Sam Shavers

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Sept. 18 three new reviews to better understand the circumstances under which security clearances are granted and renewed. do not require contracting companies to inform the Navy in the event those companies choose to review an employee’s security clearance. - In keeping with Secretary Hagel’s order, the entire process and procedures under which security clearances are granted, validated and renewed in the Navy. Mabus wants particular attention paid to the threshold at which conduct issues demand a review of one’s clearance privileges.

“I want a complete and comprehensive look at how we grant security clearances, as well as how we decide to renew them,” said Mabus. “We entrust our people with our nation’s secrets and with access to our facilities. We owe them and their families nothing less than the assurance that everyone else who enjoys such a clearance deserves it.” The rapid reviews are due to Mabus Oct. 1.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Freedom 5K Keeps Pace At NSA Bethesda

Photo by Bernard S. Little

Runners braved 90-degree weather to run the Freedom 5K. By MC2 John K. Hamilton offer opening remarks and participated in the event, not only to remember the 9/11 to begin the race. NSAB Public Affairs “As you all remember, on attacks, but also to come toStaff Writer Naval Support Activity Bethesda (NSAB), with support from Navy Exchange (NEX) Bethesda and NSAB’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR), hosted a base wide event – the Freedom 5K – September 11, in remembrance of the 9/11 attacks. “The purpose of the 5K was to allow the NSAB community to show their support and remembrance from the attacks 12 years ago, through running and doing something they enjoy,” said Rico Macaraeg, marketing and public relations manager of NEX Bethesda. “It was a great opportunity, as the Navy Exchange carries many products that would support the race and MWR had all the right logistical equipment and coordination to make it successful.” Capt. David Bitonti, NSAB’s newest commanding officer, was on hand to

9/11, we lost almost 3,000 Americans and in addition to that, 125 of our colleagues, our friends and our military Department of Defense family were lost at the Pentagon as well,” said Bitonti. “That’s really what today is about; It’s in honor of them and their memory. It’s also to honor our mission here at the base, which is to support the individual mission of the tenants that are here. And most importantly the mission of the hospital as it relates to caring for our wounded warriors who have been at the tip of the spear of our response for the largest loss of American lives from an attack on American soil. Please keep that in mind as you do your run and when you get home today thank your families for everything that they do to support you and your ability to do your mission in order to do the nation’s mission.” More than 300 runners attached to the installation

gether as a team and show support for one another. “I think this run supports the remembrance of 9/11 because it gives us all an opportunity to come together as active duty, retirees, families, communities, wounded warriors and just simply, supporters,” said Macaraeg. “We all were affected by the events on 9/11 and creating events that will bring us together will help the healing process, as well as allow us to never forget.” Numerous volunteers were at the event to help register runners and share the correct route to run in the race. Several outside vendors were also in attendance offering refreshment stations so the runners could recharge after the race. “Events such as these are really beneficial to our base and our community,” said Macaraeg. “We had an over-

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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. Administrative Processing Administrative Separation Boards - An Information Systems Technician Seaman was separated under MILPERSMAN 1910-170 (PFA failure). - A Builder Constructionman Apprentice was separated under MILPERSMAN 1910-142 (commission of a serious offense). - A Hospitalman waived an Administrative Separation Board and accepted voluntary separation under MILPERSMAN 1910-142 (commission of a serious offense) and 1910-146 (drug abuse). - A Ship’s Servicman 3rd Class waived his Board and was separated under MILPERSMAN 1910-170 (PFA failure). - A Seaman was separated under MILPERSMAN 1910-120 (physical or mental conditions).

Thursday, September 26, 2013



Washington Navy Yard Victims Honored at Memorial Service

By MCSN Jennifer Lebron Defense Media Activity - Navy

Family, friends and co-workers of the 12 people killed in the Sept. 16 shooting at the Washington Navy Yard (WNY) gathered for a memorial ceremony at Marine Barracks Washington Sept. 22. The memorial honored the service and sacrifice of those killed in the incident: Michael Arnold, 59, of Lorton, Va. Martin Bodrog, 54, of Annandale, Va. Arthur Daniels, 51, of Southeast, Washington, D.C. Sylvia Frasier, 53 Waldorf, Md. Kathy Gaarde, 62, of Woodbridge, Va. John Roger Johnson, 73, of Derwood, Md. Mary Francis Knight, 51, of Reston, Va. Frank Kohler, 50, of Tall Timbers, Md. Kenneth Bernard Proctor,46, of Waldorf, Md. Vishnu Bhalchandra Pandit, 61, of North Potomac, Md. Gerald L. Read, 58, of Alexandria, Va. Richard Michael Ridgell, 52, of Westminster, Md. President Barack Obama joined Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on stage to speak and reflect on the tragedy that unfolded nearly a week earlier. “You and your family, this Navy family, are still in the early hour of your grief,” said Obama. “And, I am here today to say that there is nothing routine about this tragedy, nothing routine about your loss. Your loved ones will not be forgotten. They will endure in the hearts of the American people and the hearts of the Navy that they helped to keep strong, and the hearts of their co-workers and friends and their neighbors.” Vice Adm. William Hilarides, commander of Naval Sea Systems Command, gave the opening remarks at the ceremony. “It has been an honor for all of us to serve with the 12 great Americans we mourn here today. They loved their country. They loved their Navy. They loved the fleet -- the fleet they helped build and sustain” said Hilarides. “These patriots designed and built our ships. They sustained and set the standards for our ships. They connected us to each other and to the fleet. And, they protected and sustained our headquarters. For that service we honor them. For that service we will never forget them.” In his remarks, Mabus noted the strong sense of family he has seen as he met with the victims and their families. “We are a family, uniformed and civilian, we work together, serve together, overcome together. As a family we grieve together. Together we will assure that they, like those that have gone before them, will be remembered and honored as heroes,” Mabus said. “Because that is what they are, heroes. Ordinary people facing extraordinary circumstances. An ordinary Monday became a day of extraordinary horror, but also extraordinary heroism.” Those sentiments were echoed by Greenert who said the Navy lost parts of its family. The Navy lost shipmates. “These shipmates dedicated their careers to building and maintaining the finest Navy in the world. They worked alongside one another for a purpose greater than themselves,” Greenert said. “The nature of our Navy family is that we serve together and we depend on each other in times of need. We celebrate each other’s successes and triumphs. And, we grieve together in times of sorrow.” In the wake of the shooting, the Navy responded with support for those affected by the shooting - military, civilians, contractors and their families - by establishing Emergency Family Assistance Centers (EFAC).

U.S. Navy photo MC2 Pedro A. Rodriguez

President Barrack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend a memorial service at the Marine Barracks. The service was dedicated to the 12 victims of the Washington Navy Yard Shooting.

DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo

Two sailors salute as taps is played during a memorial service at the Marine Barracks in Washington D.C., Sept. 22, 2013. The EFACs continue to provide services at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) and WNY. They are located at WNY Building 111, Commander, Navy Installations Command Headquarters (5th floor), and JBAB Building 72, Enteprise Hall. Those needing information about the services offered by the EFACs should call 1-855-677-1755 for more information. There has been an outpouring of support for the Navy and those affected by the shooting. The support is noted and appreciated by the men and women of the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) which released the following statement Sept. 20. “The employees and families of NAVSEA are grateful for the outpouring of help and support in recent days. We’ve received many inquiries from those wishing to offer support by making donations. Due to federal regulations, the Navy and NAVSEA cannot solicit or officially endorse nonfederal organizations. Information on organizations offering support may be found at” For information on Navy support to those affected by the Navy Yard incident, check out this link: submit/display.asp?story_id=76609

U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Pedro A. Rodriguez

Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command Vice Adm. William Hilarides salutes the families of the victims of the Washington Navy Yard shootings.

U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Daniel Hinton U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Daniel Hinton

The U.S. flag is flown at half-mast during a memorial service at the Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C. DOD

President Barack Obama speaks during a memorial service at the Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C., Sept. 22, 2013. DOD



Drill Hall: Pax’s Best Kept Secret Offers More Than Fitness By Frederick C. Fair Naval Air Station Patuxent River Public Affairs Volunteer

Believe it or not, New Year’s resolutions are only a few months off and a majority of them are usually centered on fitness. Why not get a jump start on these notions by frequenting a diamond in the rough — the Drill Hall at Naval Air Station Patuxent River. “Fitness is a personal preference; most people come in on their own accord,” Hal Willard, fitness and sports director, said about Drill Hall patrons. “It’s a healthy lifestyle — what we promote here.” From volleyball to treadmills, to swimming and more, there are options galore at this family friendly location. Drill Hall is home to the station’s 12lane bowling alley, an indoor swimming pool, weight and fitness rooms, racquetball courts, basketball courts, and indoor and outdoor volleyball courts — one even comes complete with sand. Use of the Drill Hall is free for active-duty military, retirees, Reservist and DOD civilians. NAS Pax River contractors and their family members can use the gym for an annual fee some say pales in comparison to other local

gyms in the area. Economically speaking, “the price is right and it’s a great facility,” said Wendell Raum, a Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) employee. “The gym has a good variety of equipment, it’s never overcrowded like some gyms, and it’s close to work.” Lockers are also available for men and women, with no waiting list, at $40 per year; a lock is provided with the rental. Both women and men find themselves working out through motivation, not intimidation. Stephanie Gleason, another NAVAIR employee, said, “I am encouraged by fellow gymgoers to intensify my workout and often get good ideas for other fitness exercise by seeing others working out.” In addition to its fitness opportunities, Drill Hall also has recreational opportunities for the whole family such as pool parties, swim lessons, scuba certification, base running events and specialty fitness classes and activities. It also runs the base’s intramural sports program which has leagues for golf, softball, football, volleyball and more. Bottom line, one of Pax’s best keep secrets is now exposed. Take advantage of it. Stay healthy, fit and mentally challenged. Get a buddy system and make it happen.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

NAVAIR Fellows Inducts New Members, Recognizes Achievements By Andrea Hein Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division Communications Support

The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Fellows organization inducted nearly 40 new members during a ceremony held at Naval Air Station Patuxent River last month. Thirty-eight engineers from NAVAIR joined the fellowship that was established in 1999 by former Naval Air Warfare Center Aviation Division (NAWCAD) commander Rear Adm. James Dyer. The peer-oriented program recognizes the significant accomplishments and contributions that support naval aviation, which are made by engineers who have at least 15 years of experience and are considered in the top 75 percent of their occupation at Pax River. “The things that get into the hands of our warfighters, the technologies that go from the first infant stages to some kind of a deployed system is in your hands —you are the folks who are doing that,” said NAVAIR commander Vice Adm. David Dunaway during the ceremony, Aug. 29. “This is an opportunity to celebrate something that is very important to all of us — the best of the best are sitting right here.” “Since 1999, we’ve built the NAVAIR Fellows into a very robust program,” said Dr. James Sheehy, Naval Aviation Enterprise Chief Technology Officer and one of the original founders. Six other NAVAIR engineers were also recognized for their hard work receiving the

U.S. Navy photo by Steve Kays

From left, Brandon Cochenhour, Derek Alley and Linda Mullen receive the 2012 Dr. Delores M. Etter award presented by Vice Adm. David Dunaway, commander of the Naval Air Systems Command, for their work with laser imaging systems. 2012 Delores M. Etter award. The award, established in 2006, recognizes scientists and engineers for their contributions in their field and to the fleet. Dunaway presented the Etter award to James Denham for advanced carrier flight controls and display research program; Frank Narducci for detection of changes in magnetic field potentially caused by submarines; and Linda Mullen, Derek Alley, Brandon Cochenour and Alan Laux for their laser imaging system work. “The Etter award is one of the most significant awards within DOD for technical accomplishments,” Sheehy said.

Dahlgren Engineer Receives International Electronics Commission Recognition Elliott Fabrizio Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division Public Affairs

U.S. Navy photo by Elliott Fabrizio


Sheldon Zimmerman, a Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) laser engineer, demonstrates a laser typically used as an astronomy aid. It has a purple wavelength of 445 nanometers, and Zimmerman performed hazard analysis on the system. He recently received an international award from the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). The honor, called the 1906 Award, commemorates the IEC’s year of foundation and is presented to IEC experts around the world with recent work that advanced electro technology standardization and related technologies.

The International Electronics Commission (IEC) recognized the work of Sheldon Zimmerman, a Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) laser engineer, in a ceremony at the National Electrical Manufacturers Association headquarters in Rosslyn, Va., Sept. 12. The honor, called the 1906 Award to commemorate the IEC’s year of foundation, is presented to IEC experts around the world whose recent work has advanced electro technology standardization and related technologies. Zimmerman’s contributions to an international laser standards document helped establish international safety standards for laser manufacturing. The standards set safety guidelines and define how to classify lasers by parameters such as wavelength, power, beam size, pulse duration and frequency. “It tells people what kind of eyewear they need to wear to protect themselves, how far away from a laser they would have to be without eyewear to be safe and other safety guidelines,” said Zimmerman.

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Thursday, September 26, 2013




but understanding manner. Avoid confrontational dialogue and show the individual that you have their best interest in mind. “It is of utmost importance that you approach suicide with an individual in a clearly direct manner but in a way that lets them know you are genuinely concerned for their wellbeing,” said Craig. “You should ask the individually directly about suicide, i.e. ‘Are you thinking about killing yourself,’ or ‘Are you thinking about committing suicide?’ This lets the individual know you are comfortable talking about suicide and are a safe person in which to confide. Never ask indirectly or condescendingly about suicide, i.e ‘Are you thinking about hurting yourself?’ or ‘You’re not thinking of doing anything stupid are you?’ This shows the individual that you are uncomfortable talking about suicide and are afraid to face their challenges with them. They will not feel safe to share their concerns with you.” If a person is considering suicide, having suicidal thoughts, or is displaying suicidal tendencies, let them know of the treatment options they have available to them. Base chaplains, Fleet and Family Service Centers, and local medical facilities are sources where an individual can get personto-person attention. Other resources include the Military OneSource website,; The Navy Personnel Command Suicide Prevention website,; and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-8255. This story is part two of a series The Waterline will be conducting throughout September for National Suicide Prevention Month. For more information on events in Naval District Washington, visit

Publishing these standards required gaining international consensus. Zimmerman chairs an IEC working group which discusses measurements for laser safety. “This document represented 25 years of work, but getting consensus had never happened,” said Zimmerman. “A lot of people before me tried and had no success.” When Zimmerman stepped into the role of Chairman of the IEC’s Laser Safety Committee, he zapped through the areas of international disagreement to achieve consensus on the document so that it could be published. It’s a process Zimmerman completed for another yearsin-development laser safety document for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). “A lot of people have benefitted from his work,” said Florence Otieno, senior manager for the International Standards Programs Telecommunications Industry Asso-

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ciation. “They use his expertise to develop standards that benefit the laser industry.” Internationally, there were 170 nominations for the IEC Excellence Award; Zimmerman is one of only 38 selected to receive the honor. “What’s special about this award is that the nomination comes through your peers,” said Phil Piqueira, President of the IEC’s U.S. National Committee. Otieno agrees. “It’s a very prestigious award,” said Otieno. “I know people that have been on the committee for 20 years and never received it.” “It’s an honor, but I’m just doing what I do,” said Zimmerman. “I’ve known Sheldon a long time, and he is a very humble person,” said Otieno. “He is also extremely hard working and has taken on a number of leadership roles.” In addition to serving on several laser safety committees-national and international-Zimmerman measures parameters of lasers used for naval combat systems, training and other military purposes for the U.S. Navy.


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to build upon the cooperation of the two countries’ navies. After the ceremony, Greenert and Wu met with local and foreign media to discuss the continued partnership between the Chinese and U.S. navies. The two admirals then met with a group of students from the Howard County Chinese School, a non-profit school in Howard County, Md. The students presented Wu with a framed painting created by the students in appreciation to Wu for his visit and his efforts in building partnerships around the world. For more information about events in Naval District Washington, visit or

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“Just as everyone should know how to evacuate their workspace in the event of a fire, everyone should know what their response should be if this terrible situation should ever arise here,” said Ganz. “[More information] can be found in the Active Shooter Incident, Community Response Checklist in the NSAB Emergency Management Plan. This information is freely available, and that fact should be made known to all hands.”


Continued from 6 whelming amount of requests from volunteers to help, as well as runners and donators from outside the gates. These types of requests just reinforce the support of our mission here on base. The run also allowed us to take a minute out of our day and embrace the camaraderie and relationships we have built here on NSAB and simply have fun.” There were many reasons for people to participate in the event; the most resounding one was, to never forget. “This is a wonderful opportunity to build a little camaraderie throughout the base and also to support September 11,” said Culinary Specialist 1st Class Wilson Cruz, senior enlisted leader of Food Operations at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. “I was in my second week of boot camp when 9/11 happened and I’m originally from New York, so this is a great way to show some patronage to those who lost their lives and to make sure they are never forgotten.”




Thursday, September 26, 2013

Liquor Sales Policy Changes Navywide

By Donna Cipolloni Tester Staff Writer

Employees of the mini mart at Naval Air Station Patuxent River recently cleared the shelves of distilled liquor — also known as spirits — in compliance with a July 18 directive from Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert. To support the intent of the 21st Century Sailor and Marine Initiative — a set of objectives and policies that maximize personal readiness — Greenert directed Naval Exchange Command to restrict the sale of spirits to main exchanges or dedicated package store facilities; limit the floor space dedicated to the sale and display of alcoholic beverages in locations other than package stores to no more than 10 percent of the total retail floor space available; and to relocate alcoholic products and displays in a consolidated location at the rear of the facility. “For the NEX Pax River complex, this directive applies to the mini mart only; not the NEX,” explained Cathie Reihl, general manager of the Pax River Navy Exchange. “We

were required to relocate 15 linear feet of spirits from the mini mart to the main store. Wine and beer will continue to be sold at the mini mart.” The hours to sell liquor have also been restricted from 6 a.m. through 10 p.m., although neither the NEX nor the mini mart are open before or after those required hours here at Pax River. The beer and wine previously located near the front of the mini mart were moved to the back aisle of the store, closer to the beer in coolers, and the space vacated will be filled with a variety of convenience foods, meat snacks, grab-and-go sports nutrition products and healthier snacks. “We worked with headquarters in Virginia Beach to determine how to expand our variety of products to include convenience foods as well as healthier options for our customers,” Reihl said. Also available for $1.99 each, at both the mini mart and the NEX, are single-use alcohol detection devices to help promote safety and educate service members on the effects of their alcohol-use decisions.

Washington Navy Yard Branch Health Clinic Service Hours From Washington Navy Yard Branch Health Clinic

The Washington Navy Yard Branch Health Clinic provides clinical and ancillary care for Naval District Washington. Our highly credentialed and qualified clinical and administrative staff members take pride in providing world-class medical and dental services in a patient-centered environment to eligible Active duty, and activated reserve staff. Additionally, we are pleased to provide Medical Readiness related services including but not limited to Immunizations, Physical Health Assessments (PHA), annual dental exams, and Occupational Health Services. We provide non-emergency medical and dental services Monday through Friday. Emergency care is not provided at the WNY clinic. Please call (202)-433-3333 for all on base emergencies .Each department within our clinic maintains its own operating hours as follows: Dental: Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Thurs. 7 a.m. - noon (202)-433-2480 Primary line for dental appointments, please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment. Medical Homeport: Mon. - Fri. 7 a.m. 3:30, Thurs. 6:30 - noon (202)-433-3132 Primary line for medical appointments, please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment. Medical Readiness: Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m. - 3 p.m., Thurs. 7 a.m. - noon (202)-433-6713 Provides PHA, Pre-deployments (13001500), IMR Reports, Allergy Tags, and related services Medical Records: Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Thurs. 7 a.m. - noon (202)-433-3290 Provides Medical check in/out, copies of Medical Record, and other record related services Physical Exams: Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m. - noon and 2 - 3:30 p.m., Thurs. 7 a.m. - noon (202) -433-7339 All physical exams except Flight Physical are initiated here. Occupational Health: Mon., Wed., Fri. 7 a.m. - 11 a.m. and 1 - 3:30 p.m. (202) -433-3758 Occupational Health Staff can be reach on Tuesdays & Thursdays at NRL at (202)767-3593

Immunizations: Mon. - Fri. 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Thurs. 7 a.m. - noon (202) -433-0880 Clinical Public Health hours 0700-1500 M-F Pharmacy: Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m. - noon and 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. (202) -433-6808 In addition to our Active Duty members, eligible retirees may pick up their prescriptions at our pharmacy Audiograms: Mon., Wed., Fri. 1 - 2 p.m. (202) -433-7339 Due to time-intensive nature of audiograms, Physical Exams will be unavailable from 1300-1400 8th and I Marine Support: Mon. - Fri. 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (202) -433-4374 8th and I Marines are WNYBHC enrollees. Please utilize appointment line for your medical needs Optometry: Mon.-Fri. 7 - 11:45 a.m. and 12:45 - 3 p.m., Thurs. 7 a.m. - noon (202) -433-3937 Services provided for active duty patients only. Reservists must be on active duty orders for greater than 30 days in order to receive services. To schedule a routine eye examination, call 202-433-3937 or 202-4333132. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to appointment time. Bring all medical records not maintained at WNY BMC. Please wear eyeglasses to appointment. The doctor may determine that a dilated eye exam is necessary. Please bring a pair of sunglasses to your appointment. Tricare does not cover contact lens examinations or contact lens supplies. New contact lens fittings are performed only if determined mission essential. Contact lens updates are performed only if space available and at the discretion of the doctor. Patients must bring current contact lens prescription and pair of contacts for update. Our goal at the Washington Navy Yard Branch Health Clinic is to create a patientcentered, healing environment for all enrolled and eligible military beneficiaries. We are proud of the support that the Washington Navy Yard Branch Health Clinic provides to our patients. We sincerely look forward to providing whatever medical support you may require within our capabilities in the future.

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