“Honoring our Sailors’ Service & Sacrifice”
HEADLINES Hospital Corpsman Awarded Silver Star
Volume I Issue 6
NAVOPSPTCEN Buffalo Participates in Largest Flag raising for NY Waterfront Story by Jacquie Walker/ Photos by Bill Wippert
Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (FMF/DV/FPJ) Amilcar Rodriguez was awarded the Silver Star for his actions while serving as a combat advisor and corpsman in Afghanistan.
CNIC Helps National Community as Feds Feed Families CNIC, in partnership with the DoD, has joined the nationwide effort known as “Feds Feed Families.” This campaign encourages federal employees to bring nonperishable food items to their offices for distribution to local food banks.
USO Breaks Ground for Wounded Warriors
USO held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the first day of construction of the new USO Wounded Warrior and Family Center at Ft. Belvoir, Va., which will provide non-critical care and support for the wounded, injured and ill.
A view from across the Buffalo River after a ceremony to dedicate the tallest flagpole in the Buffalo area, a 100-footer recently erected at Buffalo and Erie County Military and Naval Park. BUFFALO, N.Y. - The stars and stripes are waving proudly as America takes time out to honor Old Glory. What better way to celebrate Flag Day than by raising the largest American flag in New York state. A huge flag was hoisted to the top of a new 100-foot tall pole at Buffalo’s
Naval and Military Park. The threeton tower is a tribute to 100 years of service by the Buffalo Rotary Club. Retired Col. Patrick Cunningham said, “The flag itself is a 30 by 60 foot flag, 1,800 square feet. Which to the best of our knowledge is the largest flag in New York state right now. The Rotary Club
BM2 John Montgomery carries the flag.
has donated the flag to the Naval Park. It will serve as a beacon, not only for the park, bit it will serve as a beacon to downtown Buffalo and the waterfront.” NAVOPSPTCEN Buffalo’s color guard took part in the flag raising, while dozens of Buffalo students recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
Buffalo Public School 72 fifth graders say the Pledge of Allegiance.
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FORCM (FMF) Ronney Wright Retires STRANGE TIMES After 31 Years of Service Photos courtesy Commander, Navy Reserve Force
Cicada Ice Cream
An ice cream parlor in Columbia, Mo. was offering cicada ice cream until the Health Department advised them to quit. The bugs were boiled and coated in chocolate to taste like nuts.
Naked Bike Ride
MCPON (SS/SW) West with Service members and distinguished visitors applause during FORCM FORCM (FMF) Wright. Wright’s Retirement Ceremony.
Navy Reserve Force Master Chief Change of Office Story by MC2 (SW/AW) Elizabeth Merriam
WASHINGTON -- FORCM (AW) Chris T. Wheeler was appointed the 14th Force Master Chief of the Navy Reserve during a ceremony at the Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. June 16. “It is an honor and a privilege to be given this chance to lead Sailors and advise an admiral on important Navy issues. It’s an honor to work for such a great Navy Reserve,” Wheeler said. “Force Wright did a fantastic job with leading us in the direction we need to be. In the direction Admiral Debbink has set. Of course, we have some big challenges ahead and we feel we have everything in place to meet those challenges. I’m looking forward to taking on those challenges. It’s what we Sailors do best.” Chief of Navy Reserve, Vice Adm. Dirk J. Debbink, spoke at the ceremony about how chief petty officers drive the Navy Reserve forward and passing the position of force master chief would greatly change Wheeler’s world but he would be up to the challenge. “The new force master is certainly ready for the job. He was carefully selected by a board of master chiefs and I had the privilege of reviewing the selection process and I’m very confident he will do
Portland, Ore. hosted the World Naked Bike Ride, where nude cyclists promote the use of bicycles for transportation.
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Navy Reserve Force Master Chief (AW) Wheeler salutes Navy Reserve Force Master Chief (FMF) Wright. Photo courtesy Commander, Navy Reserve Forces. a great job.” Debbink said. “I guess my words of advice are ‘hang on. It’s going to be a fast ride.’ I’m sure he will do a great job serving and supporting our force and our Sailors.” Following the appointment of Wheeler, departing FORCM(FMF) Ronney A. Wright retired after 31 years of service, shared these words of advice with his relief. “As the 14th FORCM you will be humbled by the opportunities you will have to meet and share with service members and families around the country and serving around the world,” Wright said. “Be true to yourself and depend on the outstanding leadership in this room.
They will support you because if you fail, they fail, and failure is not an option. Go forth and do great things for our Navy Reserve and our Navy.” The Navy Memorial auditorium was standing room only and as Wright gave his retirement speech he asked everyone who serves to stand and recite the Sailor’s Creed. As a united group the crowd stood and the Sailors Creed thundered through the room. Wheeler has served 29 years in the Navy, previously serving as command master chief for Commander, Naval Air Force Reserve Command, and command master chief for Commander, Naval Air Forces Pacific.
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NAVOPSPTCEN Manchester PDFRC Story and Photos courtesy NAVOPSPTCEN Manchester MANCHESTER, N.H. – Navy Operational Support Center (NAVOPSPTCEN) Manchester hosted its annual Pre-Deployment Family Readiness Conference (PDFRC) for its Sailors and their family members June 5. The Pre-Deployment Readiness Conference is just that; It is NAVOPSPTCEN Manchester’s way of getting Sailors and their families prepared for deployment. This involves informing both Sailors and their families about the support services and resources available before, during, and after the entire mobilization process. Military One Source, TRICARE, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, Department of Veterans Affairs, YMCA, the American Red Cross, Psychological Health Outreach Program, and NAVOPSPTCEN Manchester’s OMBUDSMAN were just some of the various organizations featured at the PDFRC. All participants were encouraged to visit the different organizations booths to get information or ask questions during scheduled breaks between the featured briefs. The PDFRC is also a great way to get Sailors’ families acquainted
with the NAVOPSPTCEN, its staff members, and other Sailors’ family members. This encouraged building a reliable support group for deployed Sailors’ family members. During the break-out sessions, Sailors and their families were offered light snacks and drinks while they NAVOPSPTCEN Manchester leadership speaks conversed and engaged during their PDFRC. Photo courtesy NAVOPSPTCEN Manchester. in initial networking be tween families, which is especially while their family members important for the Reserve families witnessed and participated in of the Sailors attached to NAVO- the ceremony. PSPTCEN Manchester because of Operation Military Kids was its remote location. Being an hour also present at the conference to away from the nearest Naval sta- provide activities for the children tion, it is very valuable that the fam- that included face painting, balloons, ilies are aware of the organizations and coloring books that referenced available and how to get in contact deployment situations. McGruff the with them for support while their Crime Dog and the DoD Police from family member is deployed. Portsmouth Naval Shipyard came Also planned for the day, was to visit the children also. The New a special awards ceremony for Hampshire State Police also made the Reservists and their families. an appearance with a cruiser and NAVOPSPTCEN Manchester’s motorcycle for all hands to interact. Commanding Officer Lt. Cmdr. With a nice turnout for the event, allDouglas Flannery presented Sailor hands received valuable information of the Quarter awards and also and had the chance to network with frocked newly promoted Sailors resources and other entities.
Employer Appreciates Recognition Story by Bruce Miller Today, Phil and I and Barksdale / Theatre IV were recognized as “Patriotic Employers” by Commanding Officer Michael S. Mullen, CDR, USN (NAVOPSPTCEN Richmond) for our employment of Petty Officer Scott Wichmann. In a very pleasant breakfast ceremony, we were presented with Letters of Commendation thanking our two nonprofit theatres for contributing “to national security and protecting liberty and freedom by supporting employee participation in America’s National Guard and Reserve Force.” We consider ourselves (and Richmond) very lucky to have Scott. We are privileged to employ Scott as an actor, director and playwright. In addition to his work at Barksdale and Theatre IV, Scott works a few hours each week at Game Stop, lo-
cated next door to Barksdale Willow Lawn. He also works in logistics for the U. S. Naval Reserves. We do what we can. We work to find the balances that most benefit our companies, the artistic quality of our work, our employees, and our significant responsibilities to the theatre community at large. I have to admit, today, it was nice to hear from someone of standing that our employment practices are exemplary. Sometimes, in the back and forth of blogdom, it seems like there’s no way to satisfy all the diverse opinions and differing perspectives. This conversation is good, because it helps us see how things look through the eyes of others. It provides us with the opportunity to explain our own perspectives, as limited as they may be. The goal, one day, is for the vast
majority of us in Richmond who care about theatre to embrace, or at least accept, a major professional theatre that will be built on the foundations of, but also surpass, every professional, nonprofit theatre that preceded it. Honest communication will be necessary if we even have a chance of fulfilling that goal. Read the full blog at http:// thebarksdalebuzz.blogspot. com/#4086051613703908964
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NAVAL HISTORY June 4, 1942
Battle of Midway beings; during battle, the four Japanese carriers that attacked Pearl Harbor are sunk
June 12, 1948
The Women’s Armed Forces Integration Act provides for enlistment and appointment of women in the Naval Reserve
June 17, 1898
Navy Hospital Corps established
June 24, 1833
USS Constitution enters drydock in Boston for overhaul. The ship was saved from scrapping after public support rallied to save the ship following publication of Oliver Wendell Holmes’ poem, “Old Ironsides”
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Memorial Day 2011
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Memorial Day is an occasion of special importance to all Americans, because it is a day sacred to the memory of all those Americans who made the supreme sacrifice for the liberties we enjoy. We will never forget or fail to honor these heroes to whom we owe so much. We honor them best when we resolve to cherish and defend the liberties for which they gave their lives. Let us resolve to do all in our power to assure the survival and the success of liberty so that our children and their children for generations to come can live in an America in which freedom’s light continues to shine. The Congress, in establishing Memorial Day, called for it to be a day of tribute to America’s fallen, and also a day of national prayer for lasting peace. This Nation has always sought true peace. We seek it still. Our goal is peace in which the highest aspirations of our people, and people everywhere, are secure: peace with freedom, with justice, and with opportunity for human development. This is the permanent peace for which we pray, not only for ourselves but for all generations. The defense of peace, like the defense of liberty, requires more than lip service. It requires vigilance, military strength, and the willingness to take risks and to make sacrifices. The surest guarantor of both peace and liberty is our unflinching resolve to defend that which has been purchased for us by our fallen heroes. On Memorial Day, let us pray for peace — not only for ourselves, but for all those who seek freedom and justice. ~ Ronald Reagan
Veterans Honored at Annual Quincy Memorial Day Parade Story by Brian Badzmierowski
QUINCY, Mass. - George Bouchard, the commander of Quincy-based Post No. 294, asked youngsters gathered at the Mount Wollaston Cemetery Monday afternoon to remember one thing: “No veterans, no America.” Reading from an email sent to him by a veteran, Bouchard said it was veterans who gave Amer icans the freedom of religion, not preachers; it was veterans who gave Americans freedom of press, not reporters; and it was veterans who gave people the right to assemble, not lawyers. Bouchard was joined by May or Thomas Koch, Captain Mary Jo Majors, and local politicians and veterans at the cemetery, the last stop on the Memorial Day parade. “Our presence here is a living memorial,” City Council Presi dent Kevin Coughlin told the crowd. He also quoted Ronald Rea gan: “We must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the ar senals of the world, is so formidable as the will
and moral courage of free men and women.” He said it was this spirit that prevailed after the “unprovoked and cowardly” attacks on September 11, and it’s that spirit that will carry the country for ward. “That resolve remains unde terred,” he said. Mayor Thomas Koch also spoke to the crowd, saying Quincy residents have always answered the call to serve their country, and the sea of flags adorning the veterans’ graves at the cemetery confirmed that. Guest speaker Captain Mary Jo Majors, who served as a nurse in the Navy for over 42 years and recently won Out standing Woman Veteran of the year in 2010, spoke about her deep connection to the military. “Nothing is at the heart of me more than the Navy,” she said. She urged that no one forget the sacrifices veterans made for all Americans to be able to lead a life
A parade viewer with a shirt depicting the “Constitution of the United States” and an American flag. Photo by Greg Derr. of freedom. Retired Quincy Police Chief Francis Mullen served on the USS Des Moines during the Ko rean War, and said his time with the Navy changed him for the better. His reason for showing up to the parade year after year is sim ple: “I never forget where I came from.” Tyler Thorne, 17, lead his squadron of Naval Sea Cadets in the pa-
rade and hopes to become a submariner in the Navy. He said it’s important for each generation to pick up where the last generation left off. Mullen and his comrades did it when it was their time, and Thorne hopes to do it after he receives a college degree, so he can become an officer. “It’s our duty,” he said.
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NAVOPSPTCEN New York City Mentors Children
Sailors of NAVOPSPTCEN New York City conducted Campaign Drug Free events in the spirit of NYC Fleet Week. EAC (SCW) Woodley (OSU), BM1 Rollan (MSCFE), PS3 Lopez (Staff), NC1 (AW) Casanova and three Reservists from California, Mississippi and Rhode Island acted as facilitators for two fifth grade classes and three kindergarten classes. Photos courtesy NAVOPSPTCEN New York City.
NAVOPSPTCEN Baltimore Participates in the 2011 Washington DC Special Olympics
NAVOPSPTCEN Baltimore's Command Career Counselor QM2 Zachary Bollen congratulates a competitor, left; Admin Department Head YN1 Barry Burns awards a competitor during the 2011 Special Olympics D.C. Summer Games. Photo courtesy NAVOPSPTCEN Baltimore.
NAVOPSPTCEN Schenectady in Albany Memorial Day Parade
NAVOPSPTCEN Schenectady participated in the 2011 Albany Memorial Day Parade. Mayor Gerald D. Jennings and the crew of USS ALBANY also took part. Photo courtesy NAVOPSPTCEN Schenectady.
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Sailors assigned to NAVOPSPTCEN Charlotte with NASCAR Superstar Jimmie Johnson and Montgomery Gentry. Photo courtesy NAVOPSPTCEN Charlotte.
Sailors assigned to NAVOPSPTCEN Wilmington NC stand in ranks following their frocking ceremony. Photo courtesy NAVOPSPTCEN Wilmington NC.
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