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“Honoring our Sailors’ Service & Sacrifice”
Volume 2 Issue 3
NOSC Eleanor Inspects Local NJROTC Unit
Navy Concludes Solid Curtain Citadel Shield 2012 The Navy wrapped up its largest annual security exercise, March 23, after a week of training designed to test the service’s ability to respond to threats.
CNO Gives Thanks and Shows Support at Navy-Marine Corps Ball
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert and his wife Darleen attended the NavyMarine Corps Ball March 24, to show their support for the Navy Marine Corps Relief society.
Understand High Year Tenure to Maximize Your Career The Navy’s High Year Tenure program is a force management tool used to size and shape the active-duty and Reserve enlisted force, officials said March 26.
Enterprise Transits Strait of Gibraltar
The aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) traversed through rough seas and high winds while transiting the Strait of Gibraltar, March 23. Weather conditions remained severe, making the transit challenging.
Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Totoro, commanding officer NOSC Eleanor, conducts an inspection for the Boyd County, Ky. NJROTC Unit. Photo by Lt. Joe Lawentmann. By Lt. Joe Lawentmann NOSC Eleanor Public Affairs
ELEANOR, W. Va. –Thursday morning, March 22, was anything but an ordinary day for the Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp (NJROTC) unit at Boyd County High School in Boyd, Ky. The school’s NJROTC unit, led by Ret. Navy Cmdr. Russ Roe and Ret. Master Chief Petty Officer James Sandlin, had its annual inspection. This year it wasn’t Roe and Sandlin inspecting their unit, instead it was Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Totoro, Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Eleanor’s commanding officer, and Gunner’s Mate 1st Class Benjamin Martin also attached to NOSC Eleanor. Every year, the unit undergoes an annual inspection, which consists of a personnel inspection, unarmed and armed drill exhibition exercises. According to Roe and Sandlin, the discipline learned through their participation in the NJROTC has improved the students’ education, confidence, discipline and determination. “We are pleased with the results of our inspection,” Sandlin shared. “We are confident that we not only met, but exceeded exceptions for this re-
view. Our feedback from Lt. Cmdr. Totoro was positive.” Following the singing of the national anthem by Cadet Katie Robinson, each of the 63 cadets underwent an individual inspection followed by unarmed drills. The unarmed drills under the command of squad leader Cadet Trevor Fultz, consisted of multiple marching maneuvers. Lastly, Cadet Sasha Hicks, led the rifle drill team in an armed drills and exhibition demonstration showcasing the standard marine drill team commands and new commands thrown in the mix to add a new youthful and creative approach. “After observing this display of attention to detail, teamwork and dedication I can sleep well at night, resting assured the future of the Navy is in good hands,” Totoro complimented. At a time when some JROTC programs around the country are being cut for lack of funding or enrollment numbers, the program at Boyd County High School continues to grow. The growth will be greater next year when construction of a new Boyd County High School is completed. The new facility will have larger rooms for
the cadets to meet and improved classrooms will make it easier to teach multiple topics and expand curriculum. The importance of the NJROTC program in high schools can’t be measured in just the raw numbers of students who enlist in the military following graduation. The impact of the students is seen throughout the year. During 2012, Boyd County’s NJROTC cadets will volunteer more than 450 community hours to programs such as blood drives and community parades, while promoting NJROTC in middle schools and participating in the Vietnam Wall Push-up contest. “The skills they are learning here at Boyd County NJROTC will pay off after graduation no matter what career field they decide to enter,” Sandlin explained. “They are learning invaluable skills of leadership, teamwork and a good old-fashioned work ethic highly sought after by all employers. It was apparent they had prepared countless hours for this day and a good solid work ethic along with those leadership and teamwork skills will take them far in life.”
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NOSC Rochester Breaks Ground, Begins STRANGE TIMES Renovation Urine-Soaked Eggs a Spring Taste in China City
NOSC Rochester recently broke ground at their old building making way to new additions, improvements and upgrades. Photo courtesy NOSC Rochester.
In the coastal Zhejiang province, buckets of urine are collected from primary schools as a key ingredient for soaking and cooking eggs. The practice done for centuries is claimed to have remarkable health properties.
Rare Indochina Tigers Thrive in Berlin Apr. 4, four young tigers born last August enjoy their first rays of spring sunshine in their new outdoor environment at the Berlin Tierpark Zoo.
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Transition Benefits: ERB Affected Sailors can Transfer Post 9/11 GI Bill
By MC3 Andrea Perez, Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs
MILLINGTON, Tenn. – Eligible Sailors separating due to the Enlisted Retention Board (ERB) may qualify to transfer their Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits to dependents, officials said March 21. The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. Sailors must receive an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. “If you are selected for separation by the ERB and have ten years of qualifying service, before your separation date, you will be allowed to transfer your benefits to your eligible dependents,” said Paul Wilder, the Navy’s GI Bill program manager. Under the current Post 9/11 GI Bill policy, qualified Sailors may elect to transfer all or a portion of their benefits to a spouse or child enrolled in the Defense Eligibility Enrollment System (DEERS). For transferability, Sailors must have served at least six
years in the Armed Forces and agree to serve an additional four years, in most cases. An exception to the additional four-year service obligation is outlined in NAVADMIN 203/09 and states that Sailors who elect to transfer benefits must have served at least 10 years in the Armed Forces and if either Navy, DoD policy or federal statute restricts the member from committing to four additional years, members must agree to serve the maximum amount of time allowed by that policy or statute. “ERB Sailors without ten years of qualifying service must affiliate with the Reserves and commit to serving four years as a drilling Reservist to transfer their benefits,” said Wilder. “There are no waivers for those who do not meet the ten year requirement or for those with less than ten years who choose not to become a Reservist.” Additional Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits for all eligible Sailors or dependents under transferability include: * All public school in-state tuition and fees. * Up to $17,500 a year for private or
out-of-state school annual tuition * Entrance exam fee reimbursement. * Monthly housing stipend for non active-duty students enrolled at least part-time. * Annual book & supplies stipend of $1,000 paid proportionately based on enrollment. “Approximately 100 ERB affected Sailors have already been approved for a transfer of their benefits,” said Wilder. “Sailors who wish to transfer their benefits must do so before their separation date, so it’s very important that they do not wait to apply.” More information on transferability can be viewed on the Post 9/11 GI Bill website at http://www. gibill.va.gov/benefits/post_911_gibill/transfer_of_benefits.html and Sailors can apply for transferability of benefits at https://www.dmdc. osd.mil/TEB. To read NAVADMIN 203/09 or for more information on benefits and eligibility requirements, read BUPERSNOTE 1780 on the NPC website at http://www.npc.navy.mil/ CAREER/EDUCATION/GIBILL/ Pages/default.aspx.
Japan Bees Cook Enemy in ‘Hot Defensive Bee Ball’
These Japanese bees cooperate to attack their enemies, researchers and scientists now say they may actually be processing and responding to the threats.
Couple to Wed Live on Country Music Awards Show
A New Jersey couple, who unexpectadly found love during the grief of bereavement, plan to marry on a country music awards show on Sunday and be serenaded by Martina McBride.
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NOSC Schenectady Reveals Bell on Quarterdeck
NAVAL HISTORY March 1, 1942 U-656 becomes the first German submarine of World War II to be sunk by Naval air (VP-82). NOSC Schenectady members stand next to the USS Schenectady bell after it was revealed on the command’s quarterdeck, March 14. Photo courtesy NOSC Schenectady. By MC2 Maddelin Angebrand RMARCC Public Affairs
SCHENECTADY, N.Y –Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Schenectady revealed the USS Schenectady Bell on their quarterdeck, March 14. After 18 years in storage at the Naval History and Heritage Command in Washington, D.C, the bell of the
tank landing ship USS Schenectady (LST 1185) was transported to the ship’s namesake county Sept. 14. NOSC personnel in Schenectady traveled to Andrews Air Force base, courtesy of the 109th Airlift Wing of the New York National Guard, to retrieve the bell from its storage crate. When NOSC Schenectady Commanding Officer Lt. Cmdr. Mark
Junco learned the ship’s bell was in storage, he began the process of bringing the bell home to Schenectady County. “The bell is tied to a lot of history and tradition here in Schenectady,” said Junco. “Not many know that a fourth-grade class from Schenectady’s Franklin Elementary School suggested the name of the ship to the Navy back in May 1968.”
Four San Diego Sailors Rescue Victims in Head-on Collision By MC2 Mark Logico, Commander Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs
PEARL HARBOR,Hawaii – Four San Diego-based Sailors were the first responders to a wrong-way collision accident along Nimitz Highway in Honolulu, March 18. A Geo Metro went the wrong way in the west-bound lanes of Nimitz Highway before making a U-turn on Sand Island Access Road where it proceeded toward oncoming traffic on the east-bound side. The Geo Metro collided with a Toyota 4-Runner leaving one man dead and three others seriously injured. Felimo Batacan, the driver of the 4-Runner, said it was strange to see so many cars stopped on the other side of the highway until he saw the two headlights coming at his car. He said he tried to wake his wife, Caroline, as he stepped hard on the brakes. “Bam-it felt like an explosion into my face,” said Batacan. The police said the driver who caused the wreck had been drinking. The four Sailors were on their way back to base when they witnessed the Geo Metro driving on their side of the highway in the opposite direction. When they saw the car make the U-turn, they said they knew what was about to happen. Chief Personnel Specialist Augustin Blanco, Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Bart Loui Stanisz, Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Kevin Keosibounheuang and Information Sys-
tems Technician 1st Class Shaun Camantigue, all assigned to Navy Region Southwest Reserve Component Command in San Diego, were on their way to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam when they witnessed the accident at around 3 a.m. “When we saw the car making the U-turn going on to the other side of traffic, we knew it was going to be bad,” said Blanco. He later turned to his shipmates and began telling them to call 911. “We heard the crash,” said Blanco. “We pulled over, got out, ran, and jumped over the median to get to the other lane.” Keosibounheuang called 911 and all four proceeded to render assistance. They advised the Batancans to stay still as they waited for the emergency responders to arrive. Stanisz performed CPR in attempt to resuscitate the passenger of Geo Metro. The passenger was later pronounced dead. Camantigue said the difficult part of the situation was helping to divert traffic. “I was waving, trying to get the attention of the other cars coming in our direction,” said Camantigue. “If other cars rear-ended the two cars it would have crushed the people even more.” “The other car [Geo Metro] had no front end,” said Blanco. “It was gone.” Batacan said if he had driven his other car, a Honda Civic, he and his
wife would have been dead because the impact would have destroyed the car. He also said he owes their lives to the Sailors who came to assist them. “I am very grateful to you guys, thank you,” said Batacan to the four Sailors. “I really appreciate it from the deepest part of my heart.” The four Sailors visited the Batacans at their residence Mar. 19, to find out how they were doing. Felimo told the Sailors he was recovering and he hopes his wife would be back home the following day, Mar. 20. Blanco said he was the designated driver that morning. He said he tells his Sailors to have a plan whenever they decide to go out and drink. “I’ve seen a lot of stuff in my life but this experience was very eerie for me because I lost my brother to the very same thing,” said Blanco. “I lost my younger brother to a drunk driver two years ago. He was driving on the wrong side of the road. My brother didn’t make it. He didn’t walk out but the drunk driver did.” “Make sure you prepare for the conditions that are out there,” he said. “Be aware of your surroundings. Be prepared when you’re going out. Be prepared for those drunk drivers that are out there. If you see someone stumbling take their keys. I wish someone did that for my brother or he would be here today.” Batacan thanked the four Sailors again. “God Bless you,” he said. “Thank you very much.”
March 3, 1776 First amphibious landing operation on New Providence Island in the Bahamas, capturing urgently-needed ordnance and gunpowder. March 5, 1960
USS Newport News (CA148) and personnel from Port Lyautey complete emergency relief operations at Agidir, Morocco after earthquake.
March 7, 1958 Battleship USS Wisconsin (BB64) is decomissioned, leaving the Navy without an active battleship for the first time since 1895. March 13, 1917 Armed merchant ships were authorized to take action against U-boats. March 16, 1966 Launch of Gemini 8. Former naval aviator Neil Armstrong flew on this mission which completed 7 orbits. March 24, 1903 George Dewey commissioned Admiral of the Navy with the date of rank 2 March 1899.
PMK Question of the Month Bower anchors are carried on the bow of the ship and secured in what location? Last month’s answer: bow line, after bow spring, stern line
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NOSC Manchester Sailors Coach, Mentor Local Youth Wrestlers By MC2 Maddelin Angebrand RMARCC Public Affairs
MANCHESTER, N.Y. – When Gunner’s Mate 1st Class Derrick Babcock and Personnel Specialist 1st Class Aaron Brown discovered they had a common interest while stationed at Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Manchester, they knew it was their opportunity to give back to the local community. Both Babcock and Brown grew up wrestling, Brown started at age 6 in his hometown of Rome, Pa. and Babcock started at sixteen. After Brown expressed an interest in getting his three sons into wrestling, he asked Babcock if he’d be willing to volunteer with him at Londonderry Middle School. Babcock agreed it was a great idea and the two completed applications and background checks at the school. Within a few weeks, their common interest became a way of giving back. “I love wrestling,” Babcock expressed, “and it’s good to be able to teach what I’ve learned and keep the kids from making the same mistakes I made in school.” Aside from teaching the basics of wrestling, Babcock and Brown agree there is more to wrestling than perfect technique. “One of our biggest things is if you don’t have the grades, you don’t wrestle,” Babcock shared. “…If they can’t play, they come to practice to sit and do their homework.” Brown said he loves coaching, because he feels that sports contribute to the overall wellness of all youth. “It helps in all-around physical fitness, how to interact in groups, and develops skills socially and emo-
NOSC Manchester Sailors Gunner’s Mate 1st Class Derrick Babcock and Personnel Specialist 1st Class Aaron Brown are pictured with the Londonderry Middle School Wrestling Team. Babcock and Brown are volunteer assistant coaches for the team. Photo courtesy NOSC Manchester.
tionally,” Brown explained. “Today’s youth seem to have more problems with obesity, and I think not being active is a big part of that.” Wrestling is widely known as one of the most physically demanding sports, but also draws on the inner, mental strength of both the athlete and coach. “I’ve learned patience,” Brown shared about being a coach. “It’s important for the kids and adults to see us as coaches being patient and setting that example.” Brown and Babcock just finished coaching their
second successful season at Londonderry and plan to continue next year. Babcock said he hopes the youth will learn that they don’t need to have raw talent to be successful at wrestling or in life overall. He said it takes more than that. “The biggest thing is hard work and leadership,” said Babcock. “Be a competitor and always strive to do your best by pushing yourself everyday. Win or lose, you show the other team respect and act with class.”
NOSC Bangor CO Leads Damage Control Training on Drill Weekend
NOSC Bangor Commanding Officer Lt. Adam Campbell and Nurse Corps Reservist Lt. Cristie King conduct damage control training, March 10, during a regularly scheduled drill weekend at the NOSC. Photo courtesy NOSC Bangor.
By MC2 Maddelin Angebrand RMARCC Public Affairs
BANGOR, Maine – “General Quarters, General Quarters, all hands man your battle stations.” This call usually heard aboard ships, brought Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Bangor Reservists to the ready when their Commanding Officer Lt. Adam Campbell conducted
damage control training March 10, during a regularly scheduled drill weekend. “On a ship, everyone is a fireman or a damage controlman,” Campbell shared, “But Reservists who have never been on a ship might not get that opportunity.” Campbell drew from his expertise as a Damage Control Training Officer aboard the USS
San Jacinto (CG 56) on his last tour to give the training. He shared a wealth of knowledge about the different classes of fires and safety issues regarding damage control aboard ships. “It was something fun to do that was different,” Campbell said. “And we borrowed some gear from the local fire department.”
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WHA Hosts Bouncin’ Children’s Easter Party (ABOVE) RMARCC’s White Hat Association (WHA) Secretary Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Melissa Diaz is pictured with her daughter Arielle at the children’s Easter party hosted by WHA members at the Bounce House in Virginia Beach, March 31. The WHA is a committee within the command comprised of petty officers 2nd class and below. The orgaization’s motto is “Together Everyone Accomplishes More.” Photo by WHA member Yeoman 3rd Class Justin Jones.
MWR Announces St. Patrick’s Day Winner
(ABOVE) RMARCC’s Chief Yeoman Linda Johnson, Leading Chief Petty Officer in charge of the administration department, won the Morale Welfare and Recreation St. Patrick’s Day giveaway by guessing the closest amount of marshmallows in the mugs. Johnson won the mugs, marshmallows and a cash prize. The command MWR committee encourages all members to participate in upcoming meetings and events to contribute to overall command morale. Photo by MC2 Maddelin Angebrand.
Women’s History Month 2012: Education and Empowerment
These nurses, who came to be called “The Sacred Twenty”, were the first women to formally serve as members of the Navy. Photo courtesy Navy archive. Rear Adm. Frank Ponds Commander, Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific
“Women’s Education – Women’s Empowerment” is the 2012 theme for Women’s History Month, celebrated throughout March. It is an opportunity to reflect on the milestones women have achieved in the Navy. Beginning in the American Revolution and continuing through the War of 1812 and Civil War women have played critical roles in support of Navy missions. In 1908, the Navy
Nurse Corps was officially established. Women’s roles in the Navy were expanded throughout the 20th century in World Wars I and II and in the Korean and Viet Nam wars, and in 1994 women began serving aboard combatant ships and piloting combat aircraft. Today, women are serving in current conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, and as recent as November of 2011, the Navy started to train and integrate women for service aboard U.S. Navy submarines. These are firsts--- but definitely not lasts
– as we continue to seek out opportunities for women to serve our country within our ranks. Today, nearly 65,000 active duty and reserve women serve in our Navy. Among the more than one dozen Navy ships named in honor of women, three are gray-hull destroyers. USS Higbee (DD806), a Gearing-class destroyer, was named for Lenah S. Higbee, who served as superintendent of the Navy Nurse Corps 100 years ago, from 1911 to 1922. One of our own MIDPAC guided-
missile destroyers homeported here at Joint Base Pearl HarborHickam, USS Hopper (DDG 70), is named for Rear Adm. Grace Hopper, computer technology pioneer for the nation. Another Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, USS Roosevelt (DDG 80), is named for both President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, a woman who championed quality of life issues of military service members, families and veterans. A number of island-wide events are being held to commemorate women’s contributions to our Navy. On Tuesday, March 20, Rear Adm. Kate Gregory, Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific, will lead a Women’s History Month Leadership Panel at the Joint Base’s Memorial Theater. This is a great opportunity to discuss the issues and challenges and share our strategies for the future. Taking a moment to pause and reflect on the milestones women have achieved and their unique contributions is a fitting tribute as we continue our journey.
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Across 5. this reporting permits victims to disclose sexual assault to specified individuals without triggering mandatory command notificaiton or official investigation 7. this authority has primary responsibility for leave accounting 9. this word means the process of accounting for documents including the physical sighting or accounting for examining written evidence of disposition such as certificates of destruction or transfer receipts 10. defined as intentional sexual contact, characterized by use of force 12. Sailors are required to obey readily and strictly, and to execute promptly their superiors these 13. No person can restrict any member of an armed force in communicating with a member of this 14. the form number for a Armed Forces Liberty Pass 19. heads the battle organization 20. type of power used when influencing others through specialized power Down 1. this article states that Navy personnel are prohibited from participating in organizations that support supremacist causes 2. this type of authority is used when you tell a Sailor to get a haircut
3. number of administrative leave requests total 4. word that means the examination of recors such as a TOP SECRET inventory to determine completeness and accuracy 6. this type of reporting affords victims of sexual assault official investigation of their allegation, in addition to receiving available victim support and care 8. this shall be afforded on the basis of individual effort, performance, conduct, diligence, potential, capabilities and talents without discrimmination as to race, color, religion, creed, sex or national origin 11. program established at overseas installation, where adverse environmental conditions require specific arrangements for leave in more desirable places than periodic intervals 15. any oil slick within how many miles of the coastline of the US shall be reported as soon as possible to the nearest Coast Guard District Head Quarters 16. the Recruiting Assistance Leave Program provides up to this many days of non-chargeable leave 17. any person in the department of the Navy receiving a request from the public for Department of the Navy records shall be governed by the provisions of this 18. request for COT leave travel to any place farther distant than to HOR should be forwarded to this official
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Around the Region Photos of the Month
(LEFT) NOSC Pittsburgh Sailors stand with Capt. Walter J. Adelmann, commanding officer of RMARCC, after a reenlistment ceremony, Feb 28, held at the Heinz Field Steelers Hall of Fame. (MIDDLE LEFT) NOSC Erie Commanding Officer Lt. Cmdr. Jason Anders reenlists Personnel Specialist 1st Class Lawerence Gizankais during a ceremony on their drill deck. (MIDDLE RIGHT) NOSC New London Sailor was recognized for his outstanding achievements during an awards ceremony in the command spaces.
(RIGHT) Information Technology Specialist 1st Class John Matthews, attached to OPNAV Site-R, NOSC Harrisburg, (THIRD FROM LEFT), with Chief of Navy Reserve VADM Dirk J. Debbink, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Rick West, Navy Reserve Force Master Chief Petty Officer Christopher Wheeler and other awardees at the Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. during the 97th Navy Reserve Anniversary celebration. Photo by PSC Christopher Keary.
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