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The Waterline

December 19, 2013

Vol. XXX No.48


NDW Commandant Hosts Washington Nationals By Chatney Auger NDW Public Affairs Rear Adm. Mark Rich, commandant, Naval District Washington (NDW), hosted a tour of the Navy Museum and luncheon for Washington Nationals executives, Dec 16. The tour and the luncheon are part of NDW Community Outreach and an opportunity for NDW to recognize organizations for their support to the Navy in the D.C. metropolitan area. After the tragic events of Sept. 16, the support Washington Nationals provided to the Washington Navy Yard was an important part in the recovery process. “It is wonderful to be part of a community that includes great neighbors such as the Washington Nationals,” said Rich. “I am tremendously grateful for the support the Nationals give our military, our families and the Washington Navy Yard community.” Members of the Washington National’s Community Relations in attendance were Gregory McCarthy, vice president of

Government and Municipal Affairs and Shawn Bertani, senior director of Community Relations. Prior to the luncheon, Rich accompanied the group to a tour of the Navy Museum led by Navy Museum Director, Jim Bruns, where they got a first-person view of the Navy’s rich history along the waterfront, and examined local naval artifacts that dated back to the 18th century. “We were eager to support the hometown team, and grateful for the opportunity – and we love watching people’s eyes light up when they come through and ‘touch’ Navy history,” said Bruns. “We also recognize and are appreciative of the significant public draw the Nationals provide the area, and look forward to partnering with them in the future.” Rich believes community outreach is an important part of what we do as a Navy. Engagement helps brings bases and communities closer together and fosters mutual understanding.

Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Gina K Danals

Members of the Washington Nationals’ front office, Mr. Gregory McCarthy, vice president of government and municipal affairs and Ms. Shawn Bertani, senior director of community relations, along with Naval District Washington Commandant Rear Adm. Mark Rich, admire an artifact known as the Dahlgren Sword, worn by Lt. John Dahlgren, a naval ordnance innovator and commander of a Civil War blockading squadron, during a tour of the National Museum of the United States Navy. The Washington Nationals organization has partnered with the U.S. Navy in a variety of outreach programs that recognize and thank the U.S. Navy and all military service members including the Wounded Warrior Project. Additionally, the Nationals’ organization has donated more than 50,000 tickets to military and veteran groups. The Navy’s national museum is located only a few blocks from the Nationals Park.

Safe Shopping Practices Keeps Money Secure this Season By Patrick Gordon NDW Waterline writer

U.S. Navy photo by Patrick Gordon

Monitoring personal finances, maintaining security software on your computer, and only using secure websites when shopping online are just a few ways that shoppers can prevent identity theft this holiday season.

Throughout the holiday season, people make the most shopping transactions and spend more money than any other time of the year. It is also the time where holiday shoppers are at risk from identity thieves. If they don’t keep a close eye on their personal information and finances, the season can go from being jolly to gloomy in an instant. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, about 8.6 million households nationwide, had at least one member age 12 or older who experienced one or more types of identity theft victimization in 2010. Of those, 3.8 percent experienced the misuse of an existing credit card. Victims of identity theft suffer drained bank accounts, destroyed credit, and even criminal charges for crimes committed in their name. And it can happen to anyone, military or civilian. “I was on a ship in Yokosuka Japan, and the postal clerk aboard the ship was a friend

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of mine,” said Bert Nash, occupational safety and health specialist for the Naval Support Activity Washington Safety Office. “When I transferred from the ship, I had to have a new credit card sent to me.” Back in those days, the credit card company would send you the card and then send you the PIN separately. Well, this postal clerk got my card, and instead of sending it to me, waited on the PIN and started charging things out in town on my card. NCIS had to get involved to straighten it out, and the guy ended up going to Leavenworth prison as a result, but not before he had spent a lot of my money.” According to the U.S. Navy Safety Center, identity thieves use a number of ways to gain a victim’s information without them knowing. One tactic is “skimming,” where a criminal steals a victim’s credit or debit card numbers by using a special storage device when processing your card during a regular transaction. Another high-tech practice of identity thieves is “phishing,”


where a criminal pretends to be a financial institution or company that sends spam or pop-up messages so you will reveal your personal information. But low-tech means such as changing a victim’s address through a change of address form or simply stealing a victim’s wallet can both have the same result. As concerning as identity theft can be, there are steps that shoppers can take to ensure that their personal information and finances are not stolen through identity theft. “People can do a lot to protect themselves from identity in a few simple ways,” said Ray Murphy, assistant vice president of the Navy Federal Credit Union information security program. “Keep your computer systems and mobile devices updated with operating system patches and fixes, make sure your anti-virus and anti-malware is up to date, and make sure your fire wall is active and updated. These can act as a first line of

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Travis Mills Moves Forward Wounded Warrior Retires, Looks to Next Chapter in Life

By Bernard S. Little and Sarah Marshall WRNMMC Public Affairs staff writers

Among those instrumental in Mills’ recovery and rehab was Army Maj. (Dr.) Amy Kim, who cried with Mills as they said their goodbyes. “He’s just been so amazing,” she said. “He has an extraordinary attitude about life with a powerful energy which radiates through everybody.” Person after person at Mills’ retirement said he has been an inspiration, not only to his fellow wounded warriors, but other patients and bombing victims as well, stating, he has gone to the sides of numerous, newly-arrived service members to show them they could overcome their wounds and continue to lead a good and positive life. He was also frequently called upon by his chain of command to mentor other service members in need of encouragement during their difficult time. “Walter Reed Bethesda is a better place when people like Staff Sgt. Mills are around,” said his squad leader, Staff Sgt. Jack Herbert. “Since he came here, he’s been a leader and a mentor to all of the other Soldiers in my platoon. No one asked him to go to other injured service members’ rooms to provide encouragement; he did that totally on his own.” Herbert added, “When the bombing at the Boston Marathon occurred, Staff Sgt. Mills was the first person to ask, “What can I do?” “When he first came to my office, Staff Sgt. Mills said he would be out of here in 18 months. I rolled my eyes and said,

Standing at a podium in the Warrior Café on Nov. 19, Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills shed tears as he looked at his 2-year-old daughter, Chloe, run back and forth between her mother, Kelsey, and grandfather, Dennis Mills. While speaking at his retirement ceremony on this sunny November afternoon, the staff sergeant said he is beginning a new chapter in his life, and is grateful to be standing, but even more thankful to be, “The dad I was always going to be [when Chloe was born].” Critically injured on April 10, 2012 by an improvised explosive device, while on foot patrol during his third tour of duty in Afghanistan, Mills is one of only five quadruple amputees from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan to survive his injuries. Thanking the entire healthcare team at Walter Reed Bethesda “for giving [him] the tools to go on with life,” Mills, fighting back tears, said, “Thanks for helping me get through this. I’m moving on, and I’m going to miss it, but it’s time to go forward. It’s time to get Chloe a backyard with a swing of her own and get my dog back from my parent’s house. I’m excited to move forward. Thank you everybody for everything you’ve done and for allowing me to go on with life.”

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Photo by Bernard S. Little

Travis Mills and Army Maj. (Dr.) Amy Kim, one of Mills’ physicians during his recovery at Walter Reed Bethesda, share an emotional goodbye during his retirement from the Army on Nov. 19 at Walter Reed Bethesda.

Around the Yard Where and how are you spending your Christmas Holiday?

“I will spend my day in Washington, D.C. with my wife and three daughters, basically looking at each other.” Terry Quattlebaum CNIC N9 Transition Program

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This Week in Navy History in charge of all operating naval fleets and coastal frontier forces, reporting directly to the President. 1964 - USS Richard E. Kraus (DD-849) completes a successful emergency mission in aiding the disabled American Merchant Ship, SS Oceanic Spray in the Red Sea. 1974 - Clearance of Suez Canal for mines and unexploded ordnance completed by Joint Task Force. 1989 - Operation Just Cause begins in Panama. 1998 - Operation Desert Fox in Iraq ends.

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1826 - Captain Thomas Catesby Jones of USS Peacock and King Kamehameha negotiate first treaty between Hawaii and a foreign power. 1910 - LT Theodore G. Ellyson becomes first naval officer sent to flight training. 1941 - Gallant defenders of Wake Island (Sailors, Marines, volunteer civilian contractors, and Army Air Force radio detachment) surrender.

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1814 - Treaty of Ghent ends the War of 1812.

1864 - Naval Forces under Rear Admiral David Dixon Porter with Army forces under Major General Benjamin F. Butler begin unsuccessful two-day attack against Fort Fisher, N.C. 1950 - Under cover of naval gunfire support, Task Force 90 completes a 14-day evacuation of 100,000 troops and equipment and 91,000 refugees from Hungnam, North Korea.

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1941 - Admiral Chester W. Nimitz arrives at Pearl Harbor to assume command of U.S. Pacific Fleet.

1861 - Congress authorizes the Medal of Honor, the Nation’s highest award, for Naval personnel. 1943 - USS Grayling (SS-208) sinks fourth Japanese ship since 18 December. 1951 - First helicopter landing aboard a hospital ship, USS Consolation. 1968 - Launch of Apollo 8 with Captain James A. Lovell, Jr. as Command Module Pilot. During the mission Lovell was one of the first two people to see the far side of the moon. The mission lasted 6 days and 3 hours, and included 10 moon orbits. Recovery was by HS-4 helicopters from USS Yorktown (CVS-10).

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The Navy and Marine Corps version of the medal of honor. Congress authorized the nation’s highest military award for naval personnel Dec. 21, 1861.

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1870 - After a month at sea in a 22-foot boat, Coxswain William Halford, the lone survivor of 5, reaches Hawaii to seek help for crew of USS Saginaw, wrecked near Midway Island. Rescuers reach the 88 Saginaw survivors on 4 January 1871.

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1822 - Congress authorizes the 14-ship West Indies Squadron to suppress piracy in the Caribbean. 1941 - Admiral Ernest J. King designated Commander-in-Chief, United States Fleet

1775 - Congress commissions first naval officers: Esek Hopkins, Commander in Chief of the Fleet, Captains Dudley Saltonstall, Abraham Whipple, Nicolas Biddle, and John Hopkins. Lieutenants included John Paul Jones. 1841 - Commissioning of USS Mississippi, first U.S. ocean-going side-wheel steam warship, at Philadelphia. 1942 - Pharmacist’s Mate First Class Thomas A. Moore performs appendectomy on Fireman Second Class George M. Platter on board USS Silversides (SS-236). 1942 - Sue Dauser takes oath of office as Superintendant of Navy Nurse Corps, becoming first woman with the relative rank of captain in U.S. Navy. She was promoted to the rank of captain on 26 February 1944. 1944 - Commissioning of first 2 AfricanAmerican WAVES officers, Harriet Ida Pickens and Frances F. Wills. 1960 - HS-3 and HU-2 (USS Valley Forge) helicopters rescue 27 men from oiler SS Pine Ridge breaking up in heavy seas off Cape Hatteras.

NDW Commandant Hosts Washington Nationals Navy photo by MC1 Gina K. Danals

Members of the Washington Nationals’ front office, Gregory McCarthy, Vice President of Government and Municipal Affairs, and Shawn Bertani, Senior Director of Community Relations, admire an artifact known as the Dahlgren Sword, worn by Lt. John Dahlgren, a naval ordnance innovator and commander of a Civil War blockading squadron, during a tour of the National Museum of the United States Navy.




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NSA Washington-JBAB Fleet Family and Fun Centralized Scheduling

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


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)

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

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.

off Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. You may also drop off Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Gooding Center lobby, in front of Temptations. Please place in the Toys for Tots box. For further information please call Naval Services FamilyLine 202-433-2333 during office hours.


Boys and Girls Club volunteers

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.

The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington needs volunteer coaches for their youth baseball league for 10-year-olds and 12-year-olds. For more information or to sign up, call 512-560-5548 from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. or email

Toastmasters Club seeks members

The Bolling Toastmasters Club is available for everyone on JBAB as a place to practice your leadership skills. Toastmasters clubs are where leaders are made, and leadership starts with good communication. The program is self-paced, and it works. The Bolling Toastmasters Club meets Wednesdays from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. at the JBAB Chapel Center. Visitors are welcome. For more information, call Jim Queen at 301452-6931.

Washington Navy Yard Fitness Center Military and Family Support Offers Now Open Resume Review The Washington Navy Yard Fitness Center, located in W-22, has completed its renovations and is now open. Regular hours of operation is Monday through Friday from 5 am to 7 pm. Amenities include group exercise classes, cardiovascular equipment, free weights, racquetball courts, indoor tennis and basketball, nautilus equipment and personal training.

Toys For Tots

Naval Services FamilyLine is a toy drop off location for the Marines’ Toys for Tots. Please bring a new unwrapped toy to our office located on The Navy Yard by Dec. 5. The address is 1043 Harwood Street SE, Bldg 154 Suite 100; Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C. 20374. We are available for drop

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.

(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

Download the Free “ABSalute” App

The JBAB Warfighter & Family Readiness Marketing Department developed a 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!

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NDW News Follow NDW on Facebook and Twitter

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

DSO Changes Walk-in Hours

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

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,

NAVY 311 “NAVY 311” is the place to go for all types of information to help support Navy military, civilian, and retiree personnel and their families. Access NAVY 311 at 1-855NAVY-311 or (DSN) 510-NAVY-311. You can also email or visit

Navy Wives Clubs of America

The D.C. Metro chapter of Navy Wives Clubs of America, Eleanor Roosevelt #37, hosts meetings every second Thursday of the month to discuss and plan volunteer activities in the local military and civilian communities. Military spouses of all branches are welcome to attend. For more information, email angeladowns@ or visit

PAX Clinical Counseling Services

Clinical Counseling services can directly improve the quality of life of service members and their family by addressing the stressors facing today’s military: family hardships, marital conflicts, parent/child issues, money concerns, frequent moves, health and environmental factors, and many other difficulties. Make an appointment with a counselor by calling 301-342-4911 or 202-685-6019.


Festive Recipes Get the Appetite in the Holiday Spirit By Patrick Gordon NDW Waterline writer The holidays are a great time to have friends and family around whether it’s hanging out or enjoying a nice meal. Here in Naval District Washington (NDW), personnel have shared a few of their favorite festive treats to get spirits, and appetites, in the holiday mood. MOTHER O’S BREAKFAST CASSEROLE This hearty dish will fill any hungry stomach on a chilly winter morning and provide the energy to unwrap a mountain of presents. “It’s a very simple recipe that everyone really seems to enjoy,” said Olivia Hunter, Naval District Washington regional community service program manager. “It hardly takes any time at all, and really fills you up pretty quickly.” 1 can of canned biscuits 4-5 potatoes 1 green pepper ½ an onion 1 medium size container of soft cream cheese 2 breakfast sausages 3 eggs or egg substitute Sharp cheddar cheese Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Fry the potatoes with green peppers and onions and set aside. Fry breakfast sausage, drain grease, and set aside. Shred cheddar and mix in with eggs in a separate bowl and set aside. Take 4-5 biscuits and flatten to cover the bottom of a bake pan to create crust. Then layer the following items over the biscuit dough: potatoes, soft cream cheese, sausage, potatoes, and finally, pour the egg/ cheese mixture on top last. Bake at 375 until fully cooked. After a dish that serves as an all-in-one breakfast, it’s time to satisfy the sweet tooth. For that, Ed Lewis, regional explosive safety officer assistant, offers a cake-like dish that pairs well with any hot cocoa or coffee, a pumpkin roll. “I love this dish,” said Lewis “It’s just the right amount of sweet and spice, and is delicious hot or cold. Best of all, you can make it days ahead of time and stick in the fridge until you’re ready to serve it. Definitely a favorite of the fall and winter.” PUMPKIN ROLL 3 eggs 1 cup of sugar 2/3 cup canned pumpkin pie mix

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The pumpkin roll is a great dish to serve as desert or a coffee dish. 1 teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon cinnamon ¾ cup flour 1 cup 10X sugar 8 ounces cream cheese 3 tablespoons soft butter ¾ teaspoon vanilla Cream the eggs and sugar. Add pumpkin pie mix. Mix baking soda, cinnamon, and flour in a separate bowl, and add to the pumpkin pie mix. Pour into a jelly-roll pan lined with wax paper. Bake at 375 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes. Turn into a towl springled with 10X sugar. Peel off wax paper. Roll pumpkin cake up with a towel and let cool. FILLING: Cream together the 10X sugar, cream cheese, butter, and vanilla. Unroll towel and spread pumpkin cake with filling. Re-roll cake and filling. Chill and cut. If desired, add 1 cup chopped walnuts on top of pumpkin roll before baking. One good sweet deserves another, and after the day is done and the guests have gone home, treat yourself to a tasty treat that you may want to keep all to yourself, Conga Bars. “It’s kind of somewhere between a cake and a brownie,” said Chief Logistics Specialist (AW) Allison Strong, NDW AFPAK Hands command leading chief petty officer. “It can be made with or without walnuts if allergies are an issue, and it keeps for weeks in a sealed container. They go great with eggnog this time of year as a sweet treat.” CONGA BARS Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and grease a 13-by-9-inch baking pan. In a large saucepan over low heat, melt 1 cup unsalted butter.

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JBAB Cub Scouts

Attention all boys grades 1st through 5th interested in scouting. Please contact the JBAB Cub Scouts, Pack 343, at for more information. Each den holds their own meetings each month along with one pack event. Boys will earn badges together and can work on individual achievements as well. Come join us for popcorn, camping and so much more

JBAB Girl Scouts

Calling all Girls! Girls registered in Kindergarten - 12th grade this fall and interested in joining should contact The troop meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at the community center on Chappie James Blvd at 6 p.m. Girl Scouts; building girls with confidence, character and courage for 100 years.

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Members of the Washington Navy Yard Sea Cadets participated in the Wreaths Across America event at the Arlington Cemetery, Dec. 14. Every year hundreds of volunteers participate in the Wreaths Across America event to help lay wreaths on fallen veterans graves at the Arlington Cemetery.



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‘Sure, yeah, okay.’ “He’s actually leaving in 17 months,” Herbert said. “I still don’t believe in everything Travis says, but I’ve learned doubting him is not a very smart thing to do,” Herbert added. Capt. Daniel Samotis, Mills’ company commander, also praised Mills’ “extreme determination.” “I’ve never heard his name in a negative light, only in a positive light,” Samotis said. “I’ve heard his name at least once a week for at least one good thing that he has done, whether it was how he was progressing or for his community outreach in helping other service members. It’s been an inspiration to me as well.” Harvey Naranjo, a physical therapist and the adaptive sports coordinator at Walter Reed Bethesda, reflected, it is “bittersweet” to see patients like Mills move on because of the relationships that form between the caregivers and wounded warriors, but “you see these guys getting on with life.” Kerry Quinn, Mills’ physical therapist, agrees. “[Mills] is a lot to take in at once, in

Waterline a good way though,” she explained. “He’s very motivated. We’ll tell patients here, ‘It’s going to be OK. Things are going to get better, but to have someone like Travis come in his room and say, ‘It’s OK, it’s going to get better’ -- they believe him because he’s been there, he’s been through it.” “He’s been amazing,” added David Beachler, a prosthetist who helped create Mills’ prosthetics. “[He] pushed our limits in terms of [adaptive technology].” Kelsey Mills said she and her husband expect there to be some challenges as they begin the new chapter in their lives away from Walter Reed Bethesda, which will take them along with their daughter Chloe, to a new home in Maine. “Here [at Walter Reed Bethesda], it’s their own little world; there are amputees everywhere – a lot of people like us,” said Kelsey. “Out in the real world, it’s going to be a shock, I think, to not be around that, but we’ll always have them [Walter Reed Bethesda] to lean on.” With tears in his eyes, Travis Mills said of his recovery, “It’s just attributed to everyone here who is great and helped me, as well as my daughter. I find a reason to go forward – my 2-year-old daughter and my wife by my side, so it works out.”

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defense on your devices.” Murphy also advised to be cautious when online, and only shop at trusted websites. Using strong passwords, and different passwords for different accounts, will also protect your information online. He also warned that mobile devices are being targeted with malicious code, so smart phone users should be aware of what they download.


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“Of course, one of the best ways to stay on top of your finances is to check your credit report annually, and check your financial statements frequently to see if there has been any suspicious activity,” said Murphy “If there has been, contact your bank immediately.” By staying vigilant, shoppers make sure their identity stays safe, and their holidays stay pleasant. For more information on identifying and preventing identity theft, visit middle oven rack for about 25 minutes, until firm when lightly tapped and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out slightly wet. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let stand until completely cool. Using the overhanging foil as handles, lift the bar to a cutting board. Carefully peel off the foil and cut into bars. For Mocha Java Conga Bars, add 4 teaspoons of instant espresso granules or powder with flour. These dishes are sure to set the jolly mood for the holidays around any home or party. For more from Naval District Washington, visit

Tis the Season: WRB Honors Staff, Volunteers, Lights Holiday Tree

Photo by Katrina Skinner

Walter Reed Bethesda Director Brig. Gen. Jeffrey B. Clark (right) and Command Master Chief Terry Prince (rear) salute the medical center’s civilian employees and Red Cross volunteers with 40 or more years of federal or volunteer service during the holiday tree-lighting ceremony last week in Building 10. By Katrina Skinner WRNMMC Journal staff writer In his first holiday tree-lighting ceremony as director of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), Brig. Gen. Jeffrey B. Clark, used the occasion to thank staff and volunteers for “who we are, what we do, and most importantly, how we do it.” The director’s constant message to the WRNMMC community is, “We do three things at Walter Reed Bethesda: accomplish our mission, take care of each other, and take care of our families. Mission, people good leaders do both. “It’s good for us to gather and it’s especially good for us to gather at this time of year,” Clark said during the tree-lighting ceremony last week in the crowd-filled quarterdeck of Building 10. He also encouraged those in attendance to pause and reflect on their blessings while enjoying the fellowship of each other. “On the day before Thanksgiving, we lit the menorah to begin the eight-day celebration of Hanukkah and today we light our holiday tree, which stands next to our menorah. We are one team,” Clark added.

According to Clark, the Walter Reed Bethesda one team consists of beneficiaries, families, service members, civilian employees, contractors, volunteers and others. Along with WRNMMC Command Master Chief Terry Prince, he honored those who have served on the team the longest: civilian staff and Red Cross volunteers with 40 years of federal or volunteer service, respectively. Civilian staff recognized for their 40 or more years of federal service included: Muriel “Mike” Jones (63 years of federal service); Janet Kapur (45 years); Carolyn Stoneburner (44 years); Susan Reid (42 years); Francine Bryant (42 years); Dorothy Gibson (42 years); Robert Harvey (41 years); Loretta Aiken (41 years); Darlene Allen (41 years); Richard Battistelli (40 years); Madelyn Denson (40 years); Audrey Franklin (40 years); and Shirley Richmond (40 years). American Red Cross volunteers honored for their years of volunteering included: Lina Czubas (58 years); Betty Byrd (44 years); and Rose Mologne (40years). Following the award of certificates, members of the Walter Reed Bethesda community fellowshipped, sang carols, reflected on the year gone by and hung ornaments on the 25-foot-tall tree.

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