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Tiltrotor squadron Marines return from Afghanistan LANCE CPL. MARTIN EGNASH @HHSMCASNEWRIVER


MARINE CORPS AIR STATION NEW RIVER, N.C. – Marines from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365 came home from a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan in the late hours of Aug. 1. After a separation of more than half of a year, the Marines met with their friends and families at a homecoming celebration at the squadron’s hangar. “I’m just so happy to finally see my husband,” said Brittany E. Dunlap, wife of Sgt. Mathew S. Dunlap, an airframes collateral duty quality assurance representative with VMM365. “It’s been so long.” More than 200 Marines returned to their loved ones from overseas. The squadron started its deployment in the first week of January. While they were deployed, the Blue Knights operated primarily out of Camp Bastion Air Field, located in Afghanistan’s Helmand province. From there, they conducted many operations in support of ground troops. “We were busy conducting flights throughout the entire deployment,” said Capt. Nicholas S. Arnold, VMM365 current operations officer. “We were too busy to even think about being away from home.” Arnold said most of the operations the squadron conducted were assault support operations. During these missions the Marines of VMM-365 transported ground units to their destinations and equipment to forward operating bases. “During a lot of these flights you got a feeling of accomplishment when you did them,” said Arnold. “The Marines we inserted weren’t just doing patrols or training, they were accomplishing the mission on the ground.” Arnold said some of the Marines they inserted conducted raids, eliminated the enemy and destroyed drug labs. “Many of our operations were aimed at taking out operations that helped fund the Taliban,” said Arnold. “A lot of what we did helped to minimize the lethal aid in those regions.” According to Lance Cpl. James R.


Cpl. Corey Collier, a plane captain with Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 224, gives preflight signals to Lt. Col. Peter L. McArdle, commanding officer of the squadron, here Aug. 1. VMFA(AW)-224, from Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., visited Cherry Point from July 22 – Aug. 2 to conduct combined arms integration training with the squadrons aboard the station. The commanding officer pilots one of the squadron’s F/A-18D Hornets.

Beaufort fighter squadron visits Cherry Point to integrate, conduct combined arms training LANCE CPL. STEPHEN T. STEWART MCAS CHERRY POINT


Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 224 from Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., visited MCAS Cherry Point from July 22 – Aug. 2 to conduct combined arms integration training with other 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing squadrons aboard the air station. This was the first time that VMFA(AW)-224 conducted this type of training aboard Cherry Point.

“This specific training mission is not something we can do by ourselves, it requires that we integrate with external assets,” said Lt. Col. Peter L. McArdle, the squadron commanding officer. “The willingness of those external units to participate has made the whole training possible.” The fighter squadron’s mission while aboard the air station was training three new forward air controller airborne crews while reSee COMBINED ARMS page A7

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Kerry Stratton and Elaine Taylor, volunteers for the Feds Feed Families campaign continued to collect donations given at the Cherry Point commissary, troop store and other locations, Aug. 3. Since the beginning of the campaign, Cherry Point personnel have donated more than 4,500 lbs. of non-perishable food delivered to local food banks. The federal-wide food drive is in response to food bank shortages during the summer months as children are left without school nutrition programs. “It has been really successful this year,” said Kerry Stratton, Cherry Point Anti-Terrorism Office mission assurance officer. “We have exceeded the total amount of donations from last year in just July.” Donation boxes are at several locations across the air station including Marine Mart, Marine Corps Exchange, and the Pass and Identification office. For more information on the program visit

Elaine Taylor, a Cherry Point animal control officer and volunteer for the Feds Feed Families campaign, collects donated food from the air station troop store, Aug. 3.

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Harrington posts as sergeant major of search and rescue squadron Combined Federal Campaign to return to Cherry Point The Combined Federal Campaign Kick-off party will be Sept. 13 at the Cherry Point Theater and theater parking lot. The event is scheduled to take place from 3 to 7:30 p.m. and will include live music, car and bike shows, a silent auction, a moonwalk, an Olympic-style unit competition and other activities. For more than 50 years the Combined Federal Campaign has been an avenue to raise money for thousands of charities that help people, animals and organizations around the world.

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Sgt. Maj. Larry J. Harrington took his post as sergeant major of Marine Transport Squadron 1, replacing Sgt. Maj. Michael C. Daley during a ceremony at Miller’s Landing, Aug. 2. The event was also Daley’s retirement ceremony. Daley, a native of Laparte, Ind., said he will now direct his attention to more personal hobbies and interests like coaching motocross riders. “Sgt. Maj. Daley provided balance,” said Lt. Col. Edward Lang, commanding officer of VMR-1. “Not only did he push the Marines for self improvement and be an effective, communicative leader, he was also a mentor and a friend to help me.” In Daley’s final address, he commended the hard work and dedication of his Marines during his time as senior enlisted advisor. His praise is supported by the squadron’s success in winning the Chief of Naval Operations safety award in June. Daley also praised his family for their dedication and support during his 24 years in the Marine Corps. Harrington, hailing from Gastonia, N.C., comes to the squadron from 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, based at Marine Corps Base

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Camp Lejeune, where he served as battalion sergeant major. Harrington said he looks forward to the

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Cherry Point Marines wait in line to place their orders at the air station’s newest restaurant, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, July 30.


Cherry Point Marines enjoy burgers from the air station’s newest restaurant, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, July 30.

Cherry Point’s newest addition, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, opened its doors for business, July 30. The restaurant is located at building 4535 on Carteret Road, across the street from Cherry Point Naval Health Clinic. Five Guys is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. everyday. Online orders are available at For information call 4442500.

Register for Relay Health online application Naval Health Clinic Cherry Point is using RelayHealth, our online patient service. RelayHealth is a secure webbased service through which Medical Home Port patients (family members and retirees) and the clinic’s providers and staff can communicate. This service provides an interactive website where patients can initiate an email to the clinic, schedule appointments, check lab results, and request medication renewals. Patients may also use this service to securely store and manage their Personal Health Record information including problems, allergies, immunizations, hospitalizations, lab and other test results, and their family health history. To set up secure communications with your Provider, you must be a registered user. There are two ways to register: (1) Ask your Medical Home Port Staff or Patient Administration Department (Medical Records) for a request form. (2) Go to ,

click on “Register” at the top right corner, and register as a “Patient.” If you do not know the name of your Primary Care Manager (PCM), leave the space blank and our Staff will link the information for you. Please look for a response in 1-2 business days, and don’t forget to check your junk mail folder. When a RelayHealth message is delivered to your personal inbox, the service immediately sends an e-mail to your preferred e-mail address (the e-mail address you provided when registering) notifying you of a waiting message and providing a convenient link to this service. When your Provider replies to your message, his or her name will appear in the sender field of the message. Should a member of your Provider’s Staff respond to your message, that person’s name as well as the provider’s name will appear in the sender field of the message you receive. All RelayHealth messages provide an audit trail, enabling you and your provider to view the entire

message history. You can use this service for your dependent family members under the age of 18. If you wish to add someone over the age of 18 to your account, an Authorization of Disclosure must be filed in the Patient Administration Department first. It’s

similar to setting up your primary account: from the RelayHealth Home Page, select “Add a Family Member” and register. The service will send a message to the clinic requesting that your family member’s account be linked to your account.

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Sgt. Nathaniel Z. Duarosan spends his days standing watch in the emergency operations center as the station’s mission assurance noncommissioned officer in charge. Should an emergency situation arise, Duarosan is ready to bring the center’s resources together to potentially save lives and property. “Right now we have to be prepared for destructive weather events,” said Duarosan. “We need to be prepared for anything that can cause harm to the station and its personnel.” The EOC looks similar to NASA’s mission control with computers, telephones, microphones, and TVs equipping different workstations. It is Duarosan’s job to maintain and troubleshoot the technology to ensure the center can respond to any emergency. The mission assurance office not only practices for destructive weather conditions, but also regularly drills for incidents from bomb threats to aircraft mishaps. Duarosan said the hardest part about his job is the unpredictability of an incident and what it will entail. Recently, the EOC partially stood up in response to a suspicious vehicle outside the front gate. Decision makers in the center watched the situation unfold through security cameras linked to the room’s TVs.




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MWCS-28 serves as the Wing’s digital backbone during Exercise Spartan Xiphos LANCE CPL. SCOTT L. TOMASZYCKI

Marines hook up a satellite dish to the communications network set up by Company B, Marine Wing Communications Squadron 28, aboard MCAS Cherry Point during Exercise Spartan Xiphos, July 31. The squadron builds the communications network necessary to relay information between all parts of the air combat element.



During Exercise Spartan Xiphos aboard Cherry Point and outlying military facilities, Company B, Marine Wing Communications Squadron 28, practiced providing a full array of communications abilities in an expeditionary environment. The company spent the eight-day exercise preparing for Weapons and Tactics Instructors Course, where they will have to provide full communications support for units operating in 7,000 square miles of Arizona desert. “You can get Google anywhere in the world as long as we’re there,” said 1st Lt. Charles M. McClurg, the operational leader of Company B. The squadron provides radio communications, telephones, satellite communications, live video feeds, voice over IP, internet, intranet, and more without plugging into a pre-existing network. When the network is up, the operators of Marine Air Control Group 28 go to work providing air command and control in the battle space.

tion,” said Sgt. Jennifer Finney, the information assurance Marine for the company. “We’re in charge of securing the network and safeguarding it.” Finney said she updates the server’s protective firewalls and other protective software to keep threats like enemy hackers out. Switchboard operators work alongside data Marines to integrate the phone system with the rest of the network, said Lance Cpl. Vicky Sanchez, a switchboard operator with the squadron. Working from the digital technical control refresh truck, essentially a mobile switchboard station, Sanchez makes sure all of the remote outposts can talk to each other by telephone and can connect with the civilian network when necessary. Other Marines keep the network running by maintaining the equipment and providing power. “My job is to oversee all the maintenance operations just in case one of the links goes down,” said Staff Sgt. Lucian Noble, a ground communications maintenance technician with the squadron. Noble maintains the network equipment to keep the impact of malfunctions to a minimum. Lance Cpl. Kyle J. Dahood, acting as a utility board chief with the squadron, sets up the generators. The generators are hooked up to ‘turtles,’ which distribute power to various equipment. It’s a critical job as Dahood pointed out, “Without power, nothing would run.” This communications network provides the infrastructure necessary for Weapons and Tactics Instructors Course to be successful, said Capt. Kevin J. Stepp, the commander of Company B. Without the network, other parts of the aviation combat element would not be able to communicate or do their jobs. “We essentially provide the digital backbone for the Wing,” said Lt. Col. Matthew E. Limbert, the commanding officer of the squadron. “Without this squadron, we wouldn’t be able to move the air picture around, the air tasking orders around or launch or recover aircraft.” Limbert said the network is necessary for all parts of the air combat element to know what

A forward operating base of Company B, Marine Wing Communications Squadron 28, stands alongside the Foxtrot taxiway on MCAS Cherry Point, N.C., July 31. The company practiced providing its full array of communications capabilities to prepare for supporting Weapons and Tactics Instructors Course. During WTI, the company plans to provide its capabilities over 7,000 square miles of desert.

McClurg said providing the communications that makes combat operations possible is a massive team effort. “We need the (motor transportation) guys to get us out there, maintenance guys making sure our equipment is ready, operators to get the transmission links up, and then radios up so we can coordinate the troubleshooting,” McClurg said. “We need the data guys who coordinate getting services and making sure our routing is done right so we can get classified and unclassified intranets, Google, and email.” The first step in setting up a satellite-linked network is establishing basic radio communication between the headquarters and outposts. “We are the first ones to get communications up so we can keep tabs on what’s going on at the other sites,” said Pfc. Austin Klemm-Thornton, a field radio operator with the squadron. “If anything goes wrong, we can give them support. Radios can do things that other equipment cannot. The support wide area network system, or SWAN, needs a satellite. With radio, all you need is another radio and you can talk to another site.” For long-range radio, the squadron uses a tropospheric scatter microwave radio terminal, or AN/TRC-170A, for point-to-point radio communications up to 100 miles away. It works by sending 16 megabytes per second from one antennae to another directly, or by bouncing the beam off the atmosphere or the top of a mountain. For the exercise, the radio operators set up a forward operating base and practiced relaying all the communications from that base to the main communications hub at the company’s field headquarters, said radio operator Sgt. Adam Garcia. He said his favorite part about his job is the important role he plays. Marines can’t call for air support without the communications he provides. After the radios are ready, data specialists set up the wide area network for satellite access and then the servers and switchboards to run the network. Exercise Spartan Xiphos was useful for the data Marines in particular because they have few opportunities to practice their full capabilities. “I’m responsible for building all the servers and setting up all the A tropospheric scatter microwave radio terminal array, or AN/TRC-170A, communicates with another array along side the Foxtrot taxiway on MCAS Cherry Point, July 31. This radio can communicate 16 megabytes per second to another terminal up to 100 miles away.

networking equipment so a laptop can get do whatever the mission requires,” said Cpl. Brayden Streeter, a data specialist with the squadron. Streeter said communications school teaches only the basics of building a network, and exercises like Spartan Xiphos are a good opportunities to learn more of what they do. Once the network is running, Company B has to operate and protect it. Switchboard Marines make sure phone communications are reaching the right places and information assurance Marines safeguard the information on the network. “We’re always going to have people trying to get into the network to try and steal informa-

Lance Cpl. Kyle J. Dahood, acting as a utility board chief with Company B, Marine Wing Communication Squadron 28, checks the electrical resistance of the grounding of a generator during Exercise Spartan Xiphos, July 31, aboard MCAS Cherry Point. The company practiced their full range of communications capabilities throughout the exercise. Dahood ran several generators, ensuring the equipment was properly powered.

they need to so they can accomplish their assigned missions. The purpose of the Weapons and Tactics Instructors Course is to train pilots as instructors and in advanced aviation tactics. Course graduates return to their home squadrons to teach the same tactics to other pilots. It occurs twice a year and draws pilots from around the Marine Corps. Company B will be part of the detachment MACG-28 is planning to send to support the upcoming course. The Marines will establish the communications architecture into which the students will integrate. “Are we the focus? No, the students are,” said Stepp. “But would it be possible without the control group? No way.”

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Marine Corps free fall instructors assigned to Marine Detachment Fort Bragg, release the ashes of Sgt. Brett Jaffe (1971-2012), a Marine rigger, above Phillips Drop Zone at Yuma Proving Grounds, Ariz., July 26. “It was an honor and privilege to take this Marine on his last jump and give him a proper hail and farewell,” said Staff Sgt. Marty Rhett. Marines in photo (clockwise, starting with the flag): Gunnery Sgt. Brian Boger, Gunnery Sgt. Mike Latham, Gunnery Sgt. Jimmy Smith, Staff Sgt. Lennie Castro, Staff Sgt. Seth Wright, Staff Sgt. Marty Rhett.

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BAGRAM AIRFIELD, AFGHANISTAN – It is 6:30 a.m. in Afghanistan as the U.S. Marines prepare their equipment for the day’s mission. With rehearsed precision they go through the same motions they’ve performed daily throughout their deployment to Afghanistan. Weapons are checked and loaded; vests and helmets are donned. A few minutes later the team steps to the staging area. Several more Marines are waiting for them, preparing their vehicle for the mission. It’s a scene that plays out every day in Afghanistan. But here at Bagram Airfield, the Marines bring a very different vehicle to the fight: the EA-6B Prowler. These are the men and women of Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 2, the “Death Jesters”previously known as the “Playboys.” They provide top cover on the electromagnetic spectrum to coalition forces in Afghanistan. “The EA-6B is one of the only aircraft in the United States’ inventory that’s designed specifically to go out there and support coalition ground forces with electromagnetic support, electronic attack and to basically control the electromagnetic spectrum throughout the battle space,” said Capt. Dan Gibbon, a pilot assigned to VMAQ-2 from Tacoma, Wash. In a fight where the enemy is constantly updating their unconventional tactics, having a dedicated electronic warfare platform keeping watch over coalition forces can prove vital, and the Marines of VMAQ-2 are well equipped to meet this mission. “With the EA-6B we’re capable of not only detecting certain signals of interest but also bringing to bear some electronic counter measures to negate the enemy’s ability to use those signals against our troops on the ground,” said Capt. Garon Taylor-Tyree, a VMAQ-2 electronic counter measures officer from Gettysburg, Pa.


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Keeping these specialized aircraft ready to fly is no easy task, which is why EA-6B aircrews trust their aircraft to a skilled team of mechanics who work day and night to keep the squadron’s Prowlers in the fight. “On an average day it takes about 60 Marines to keep the plane going. There are 10 different shops. Each shop has its own part in keeping the jet up,” said Lance Cpl. Calvin Spears, an EA-6B Prowler plane captain with VMAQ-2 from Centreville, Ill. “I inspect the jet, and make sure it’s ready for flight. I also launch the jets.” The aircrews and maintainers of VMAQ-2 enjoy a close bond of mutual trust and respect. “The main piece is really the maintainers. We’re just the guys who operate the airframe. The guys who are turning wrenches on the jet are the guys in our squadron who really deserve a lot of the credit,” said Gibbon. “If we bring back a broken jet, which hopefully we don’t, they work their tails off and turn the jet around to make sure it’s ready to go the next day for us so we can go out there and help the coalition forces.” This tight relationship is tested daily as aircrews and maintainers rely solely on hand signals to communicate during pre-flight checks over the ear-piercing roar of the Prowler’s twin jet engines. “You have to maintain a good relationship with the pilot,” Spears said. “If you have a bad relationship then you get bad communication, and miscommunication can lead to accidents. It’s very important to make sure the jets are safe and the pilots are safe. Everybody has to be safe.” Being deployed to Bagram, a U.S. Air Force airfield, also presents its own unique challenges for the Marines. “There’s definitely a few integration challenges, but the whole time we’ve been here the Air Force has been great to work with. The 455th has been nothing short of excellent to work with. They’ve been very great provid-


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ing any services we need to operate out of here,” said Gibbon. The Air Force provides dedicated support to the Marines, ensuring they have what they need to perform their vital mission. “The Air Force has been a generous host, getting along with them has certainly not been an issue. They’ve been able to provide us with all the capabilities that we need for the maintenance aspects of our squadron as well as provide all the bed-down and other essential aspects to the mission that we require,” Taylor-Tyree said. That spirit of partnership is a core component of the success of VMAQ-2 in Afghanistan. “Overall, it has been a very rewarding experience here at Bagram. We’ve been able to work with soldiers, Sailors, airmen and Marines,” said Gibbon. He added that he’s also worked with British, French and Italian forces in his time here. “It’s really awesome to see the integration piece, working with all different forces towards one mission and getting the job done together,” Gibbon said. But for these aviators and maintainers, the greatest reward is knowing that the effects they produce defend their fellow Marines and other coalition forces on the ground. “I’ve got to say we get an immense sense of pride for supporting our brothers in the Marine Corps, wherever we’re airborne over their units,” Taylor-Tyree said. “Every member of the aircrew, every member of the squadron, is dedicated to doing the utmost that we can to keep those troops safe.” And so, the “Death Jesters” continue their daily drill; gearing up and rolling out every day, just like the Marines they fly to protect. “We’ve been working hard to get to this point,” Gibbon said. “So, to be here, to be executing our mission, to be doing what we’ve trained to do is awesome.”


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Sgt. Justin Spelis, reconnaissance Marine with the ground combat element, Black Sea Rotational Force 12, collapses his parachute after landing during training in Yambol, Bulgaria, July 31. The combined training display was part of a distinguished visitors day held to showcase capabilities of the combined forces. Black Sea Rotational Force 12 is a special-purpose Marine air-ground task force with crisis response capabilities deployed to the region to enhance interoperability and promote regional stability.

An AS532 Cougar helicopter flies overhead as Marines with Black Sea Rotational Force 12 and Bulgarian soldiers conduct training in Novo Selo, Bulgaria, July 30. The combined training display was part of a distinguished vistors day held to showcase capabilities of the combined forces. Black Sea Rotational Force 12 is a specialpurpose Marine air-ground task force with crisis response capabilities deployed to the region to enhance interoperability and promote regional stability.

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Rohrer, no matter how successful the operations went, the VMM-365 Marines were excited to be back home. “We did a lot of great missions when we were there, but when I came back to see my family, it took all I had not to cry with them,” said Rohrer.

freshing and maintaining currency on four other airborne crews. Their training familiarized the Marines with air-to-ground and air-to-air combat. The squadron normally would launch their F/A-18D Hornets, two-seat attack fighters, out of Beaufort to fly to their training location, only to have to return the same day. This required more time and hindered the training process. “All of the assets we use for training are in New River or Cherry Point,” said McArdle. “We are kind of on our own in Beaufort and it’s difficult to get integration training like this.” The squadron temporarily based six aircraft along with a detachment of approximately 100 Marines at Cherry Point during their stay, which provided a more efficient and timely training environment. The squadron was able to utilize Marine Attack Squadron 542’s unoccupied hangar. VMA-542 is currently attached to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. While on the station, the fighter squadron trained with multiple squadrons on the station who helped coordinate the multiple air-to-ground and air-to-air combat scenarios conducted at one of the firing ranges, BT-11. The squadron accumulated almost 200 flight hours in two weeks, an amount less than planned due to unexpected weather conditions. “The weather has been challenging. It’s been hot and the flight schedule has been fairly long, requiring our Marines to work long hours,” said McArdle. “However, the Marines have been exceptional and have done a great job on and off duty while they have been here, regardless of the long hours and challenges brought by the weather.”


Sgt. Matthew S. Dunlap, an airframes collateral duty quality assurance representative with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365, hugs his family after returning from a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan, Aug. 1. During VMM-365’s deployment, they supported ground units while conducting flight operations.

RELIEF from page A1 challenges of the squadron and is eager to get the ball rolling in an aviation unit after spending most of his career so far with the infantry. Harrington’s career highlights include serving as the senior enlisted advisor for 1/6, to include a deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (5th award), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2nd award), Combat Action Ribbon (2nd award), Military Outstanding Volunteer Medal (2nd award), Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (6th award) and the Overseas Ribbon.

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Battalion trains for humanitarian assistance, evacuation operations SGT. CHRISTOPHER O’QUIN 13TH MARINE EXPEDITIONARY UNIT

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Human beings depend on three basic needs: food, water and shelter. Natural disasters, armed conflict and famine can strip people of these necessities and threaten the lives of millions. When these tragedies occur, support from nations throughout the globe can take weeks. However, Marine expeditionary units use their constant readiness in the air, land and sea to provide assistance much more rapidly to austere and remote places of the globe. July 6-14, more than 200 Marines and Sailors with Combat Logistics Battalion 13, Combat Logistics Regiment 17, 1st Marine Logistics Group of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, trained for humanitarian assistance operations, mass casualty evacuation, and noncombatant evacuations aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. Marines and Sailors of CLB-13 spent the first half of the week learning from instructors with Special Operations Training Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force. They learned how to conduct security searches, set up a humanitarian assistance operations camp, and interact with local populations. “My guidance is to improve our training from what we’ve learned,” said Gunnery Sgt. Roger Jones, operations training chief with CLB-13. “We can discover our shortfalls, make small internal improvements and create a plan for future training. We do this so they won’t fail the mission. These Marines are hungry for training. They are also farther along now than many CLB’s when they (join) the MEU.” The last half of the week involved practical application. Before the main element of the CLB set up a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief camp, a humanitarian assistance survey team arrived on site near Las Pulgas Area to survey for suitability and safety. “I have to ensure we have what we need to work with, and what we can or cannot do at the site,” said Lance Cpl. Kirk Daroci, an electrician with CLB-13 and a member of the humanitarian assistance survey team. “As a member of the HAST we also look for places nearby where we can purify water. We look for flat terrain and a site that is clear of hazards or dangers.” The CLB set up the humanitarian assistance operations camp in accordance with United Nations humanitarian assistance guidelines. Large tents were set up to provide places to conduct security

searches, distribute rations and shelter the homeless. Water purification hydration specialists purified water. Heavy equipment operators transported supplies and necessities to the temporary camp. Motor transport operators ferried personnel to and from training areas. Combat engineers constructed security barriers. Many provided security and over watch to ensure the safety of the site. The devastation caused by natural disasters can cause injury and death. Destroyed infrastructure and loss of life can breed illnesses and make life harder on the local population. Corpsmen and Marines practiced mass casualty evacuations to prepare themselves for the gruesome possibility of this happening. “We have to be ready to treat a variety of ailments,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Ian Polage, a corpsman with CLB-13. “We might encounter diseases in some countries that we don’t see in the States. We are here to provide first aid and send them to the next level of care if need be.” Some Marines dressed in jeans and Tshirts joined hired Filipino-Americans as role players to bring a higher level of realism to the training. They used the camp and participated in the processing. During mass casualty evacuation training, the role players donned fake blood and simulated injuries. The role players also cooperated and helped prepare the CLB for noncombatant evacuation operations, or NEO. NEO may be necessary when armed conflict and natural disasters endanger the lives of Americans and allies living abroad. These incidents can prevent them from evacuating a country safely. The CLB practiced identifying role players, searching them for hazardous materials and guiding them to extraction sites. Lt. Col. George W. Markert, commanding officer of CLB-13, is familiar with the real-world needs and expectations of a CLB. In 1995, within a couple weeks of checking into his unit, a young 2nd Lt. Markert was sent to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to support Sea Signal, a humanitarian assistance operation for Cuban and Haitian refugees. “This care we are practicing is absolutely the same kind of care I would want my family to receive in a disaster,” said Markert. “We are training to that standard. One of the things we teach here is that you’d treat the victims like you’d treat your grandma, daughter or sister. You have to essentially become more sensitive to their needs in what is going on.” The CLB now has the training necessary to coordinate with an American Embassy to identify, protect and transport thousands of people to warships off the

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Marines and Sailors with Combat Logistics Battalion 13, Combat Logistics Regiment 17, 1st Marine Logistics Group, shield a simulated casualty from rotor wash caused by a landing CH-46E Sea Knight during mass casualty evacuation training aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, July 12. Marines and Sailors provided field medical aid fundamentals to treat simulated injuries and prepared the players for extraction in helicopters belonging to Marine Medium Helicopter Training Squadron 164. For more than a week, CLB-13 practiced providing humanitarian assistance, mass casualty evacuation, and noncombatant evacuation operations in preparation for an upcoming deployment with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit.


Marines and Sailors with Combat Logistics Battalion 13, Combat Logistics Regiment 17, 1st Marine Logistics Group, set up a humanitarian assistance disaster relief camp during humanitarian assistance operations training aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, July 11. For more than a week, CLB-13 practiced providing humanitarian assistance, mass casualty evacuation, and noncombatant evacuation operations in preparation for an upcoming deployment with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

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A Marine sets up a rack at the beginning of a pool game during a tournament at the Roadhouse, Aug. 7.

SMP hosts weekly pool tournaments Photos by Lance Cpl. Scott L. Tomaszycki

ABOVE: Cpl. Cody Matthias, a range coach with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, takes aim during a practice round before the twice-weekly pool tournament, Aug. 7. Everyone with access to the Roadhouse is welcome to compete. RIGHT: Cpl. James Hill, right, won Tuesday’s pool tournament by defeating Spencer Kinard, left, in a best of three games, eight-ball competition at the Roadhouse. “Pool is a good time, a meticulous game, and its good playing with your buddies,” Hill said. BOTTOM: Terrance Williams, a former Cherry Point Marine, lines up a shot to break the rack at the beginning of a pool game. The Single Marine Program holds pool tournaments every Tuesday and Wednesday night at the Roadhouse on Cherry Point.

Marine Corps Community Service’s Single Marine Program hosts a pool tournament at the Roadhouse every Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 p.m. Signing up is free, and winners receive prizes. According to Jen Krivohlavy, Cherry Point SMP coordinator, the prizes include DVDs, gift certificates, ear phones, Marine Corps memorabilia, and hats. “We have a box full of prizes the participants can choose from,” said Krivohlavy. “We recently received more prizes so it is a good incentive for Marines and Sailors to participate. “The tournaments are a good opportunity for Marines and Sailors to meet and have a good time.” Tuesday night’s winner was Cpl. James Hill, a KC-130J Hercules mechanic with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252. “I feel pretty lucky to win,” Hill said. “Who wins is pretty random; I can win one week and lose for the next five weeks. More people should come out, it’s free and it’s something to do.” The Single Marine Program gives the tournament winner an award, but Hill said playing is mostly about having a good time. “It’s relaxing, it’s a good time, it’s a meticulous game, and it’s good playing with your buddies,” Hill said. “The purpose of events like this are to boost morale,” said Krivohlavy. “They work long hours and this is a good outlet for the Marines and Sailors to just kick back and relax during their off time.” Cherry Point’s SMP host a variety of events on and off the air station including several weekly tournaments, various trips to sporting events, movie nights, beach fun days, community service events and more. They also have iPads, laptops, PlayStation 3 and Xbox video games available for use at the Roadhouse. For more information, visit the Single Marine Programs Facebook site at or call 466-3027.

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HOURS OF OPERATION Monday-Friday Breakfast 6-8 a.m., Lunch 11 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Dinner 4-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday/ Holiday Hours Breakfast/Lunch 8:30-11 a.m., Dinner 3-5 p.m.


Monday-Friday Breakfast 6-8 a.m., Lunch 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Dinner 4-6 p.m.

Breakfast Menu Assorted fresh fruit, assorted hot and cold cereals, fried eggs and omelets to order, scrambled eggs and hard cooked eggs, grill special, pancakes, French toast or waffles, breakfast potatoes, breakfast meats, creamed beef or sausage gravy, assorted muffins, breads and breakfast pastries.

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Tuesday and Thursday Lunch (Blendz) - Chicken caesar salad bowl, banana strawberry yogurt, Chinese chicken salad, banana blackberry yogurt, Southwest flank steak salad, banana peach yogurt, antipasto salad, banana pineapple yogurt, Asian chicken chopped salad, banana mango yogurt, Asian beef chopped salad, banana blueberry yogurt, Savannah fried chicken salad, Southwest chicken strip salad, chef salad bowl, Buffalo chicken salad, turkey club salad, beef fajita salad, BLT club salad. Monday - Pasta primavera, lasagna, chicken rotini casserole, baked ziti with four cheeses, meatballs, baked Italian sausage, boiled rigatoni, boiled spaghetti, simmered ziti, simmered linguine, simmered fettucini, simmered penne rigate, simmered rotini, Italian meat sauce, alfredo sauce, caesar salad bowl, toasted garlic bread and breadsticks. Tuesday - Mediterranean pesto chicken salad, classic grilled chicken caesar salad, classic chef salad, garlic bread sticks. Wednesday - Chicken enchiladas, taco beef filling, burritos, Mexican rice, refried beans with cheese, Mexican corn, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, chopped onions, sliced jalapeno peppers, taco shells, flour tortillas, taco sauce, salsa, sour cream. Thursday - Chinese egg rolls, teriyaki beef strips, steamed shrimp, grilled chicken strips, pork fried rice, steamed rice, lo mein, vegetable with Asian sauce. Friday - Wings of fire, honeyed BBQ wings, teriyaki wings, French fried chicken wings, French fried garlic fries, corn on the cob, baked beans, carrot sticks, celery sticks, blue cheese dressing, ranch dressing.

Weekly Menu Thursday August 9 Lunch - Chicken and dumplings, pasta toscano, steamed rice, steamed vegetable medley, Harvard beets, cream of spinach soup Dinner - Mediterranean herb roasted chicken, herbed roasted pork loin, mashed potatoes, dirty rice, glazed carrots, steamed broccoli brown gravy, American bounty vegetable soup Friday August 10 Lunch - Roast turkey, French fried shrimp, French fried fish, dirty mashed potatoes, green beans, calico cabbage, hush puppies, tartar sauce, cocktail sauce, New England clam chowder Dinner - Tatertot casserole, baked tomato pork chops, savory baked beans, peas and mushrooms, Manhattan clam chowder Saturday August 11 Lunch - Baked ziti with four cheeses, arroz con pollo (chicken), club spinach, corn o’brien, toasted garlic bread, smoked ham and cabbage soup Dinner - Three bean chili, apple glazed corned beef, shrimp curry, cilantro rice, parsley buttered potatoes, vegetable stir fry, savory summer squash Sunday August 12 Lunch - Baked fish with butter crumb topping, herbed baked chicken, potatoes au gratin, confetti rice, herbed roasted carrots, balsamic roasted vegetables, tomato soup Dinner - Baked fish with butter crumb topping, herbed baked chicken, potatoes au gratin, confetti rice, herbed roasted carrots, balsamic roasted vegetables, tomato soup Monday August 13 Lunch - Pepper steak, turkey Monterey roasts, rosemary red potatoes, steamed rice, wax beans creole, stewed chick peas and zucchini, Southwestern corn chowder Dinner - Veal parmesan, TexMex chicken and rice, penne rigate noodles, scalloped cream corn, broccoli and red peppers, Spanish chorizo and potato soup Tuesday August 14 Lunch- Linguini with clam sauce, bayou chicken, rissole potatoes, mashed cauliflower, sauteed green beans and mushrooms, beef with vegetables and barley soup Dinner - Country fried steaks, baked turkey with noodles, mashed potatoes, creamed ground beef, peas, squash and carrot medley, bean with bacon soup Wednesday August 15 Lunch - Chicken piccata, bayou jerk pork loin, Chipotle roasted sweet potatoes, islander’s rice, steamed spinach with garlic, Lyonnaise carrots, mango and black bean salsa, cream of mushroom soup Dinner - Hungarian goulash, Creole shrimp, Brussel sprouts, parmesan, corn, chicken tortilla soup

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Summer is the time for cookouts, pool parties and backyard play dates – not a time for bandaging scrapes, nursing burns, or worse. Learn these important summer safety tips and make sure everyone in your family knows them by heart too. That way, it will be a summer to remember, for all the right reasons. Pool Safety Supervise constantly: Good supervision means you are able to scan the pool area every 20 seconds and be able to reach the pool in 10 seconds. Put multiple safety barriers between children and the pool: Install a four-foot fence with a self-closing, self-latching gate that has a locking mechanism beyond a child’s reach. Also cut overhanging tree limbs and remove chairs or ladders from the pool area to prevent children from climbing over the fence surrounding the pool. Always check the pool first if a child is missing: Child drowning is often a silent death, without splashes or yells for help. Many drowning accidents happen when children have been missing for less than five minutes. Empty small wading pools and remove all toys after children are through playing: Infants can drown in just a few inches of water. Floats, balls and other toys may attract children to the pool when it is unattended. Backyard Safety Keep grills at least 10 feet from any structure: Grilling mishaps cause more than 8,300 fires and send 3,000 people to the emergency room each year. Never grill indoors or near garages or porches, even if it’s raining.

Have a spray bottle or fire extinguisher handy: An unexpected flare up can burn more than your burgers. Use a spray bottle to avoid flare ups and have a fire extinguisher nearby. Also, coals get hot – in some cases up to 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit – so dispose of charcoal away from kids and pets and cool it down with a hose. Never use gasoline or kerosene to light a charcoal fire: Both can cause an explosion. When grilling, use insulated, flame-retardant mitts and long-handled barbeque tongs and utensils to handle food and coals. Check gas grill hoses for cracking, brittleness, holes and leaks: If the tank valve or grill needs repair, do not attempt to do it yourself. Take it to your local home improvement store or qualified appliance repair person. Inspect outdoor decorative lights carefully: Some families add backyard ambience with outdoor decorative lighting. Do not connect more than three midget light string sets together. Light strings with screw-in bulbs should have a maximum of 50 bulbs connected together. Be sure to use light strings bearing the UL Mark, which means UL, a global independent safety science company, has tested samples of the product for risk of fire, electric shock and other hazards. Playground Safety Carefully inspect backyard playground equipment: According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 70 percent of all playground-related deaths occur on home playground equipment. Make sure equipment is anchored safely in the ground, all equipment pieces are in good working order, S-hooks are entirely closed and bolts are not protruding.

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Announcements ► Indicates new announcement Havelock Little League Baseball Registration New players can register for the Havelock Little League 2012 Fall baseball season at the Havelock Recreation Center, Aug. 11 from 10 a.m. - noon. Returning players can call 671-2941 to register. Registration fee is $30. For more information, call 646-3984. My Big Fat Italian Vacation Dinner Theater The Legacy Theater Company in Jacksonville presents “My Big Fat Italian Vacation” Aug. 10. The show is a comedy and improvisation performance allowing the audience to determine the ending. Tickets are $30 and include dinner. For more information, call 910-545-2296. ►Big Time Rush The popular rock band “Big Time Rush” will perform at the Time Warner Cable Music Pavillion in Raleigh, N.C., Aug. 22. For more information, visit http://events.enctoday. com or the Big Time Rush website. ►Greenville-Pitt County 8K Road Race Greenville-Pitt County will host an eight-kilometer road race at East Carolina University Aug. 25. The race includes a one-mile fun run or walk, and can be run individually or as a two-person team. For more information, or to register, visit the official race website at ►Carteret Homecoming Ole Time Family Fun Festival Hot dog cookoff, pie contests, battle of the bands, children’s games, tug-of-war contest, petting zoo, antique car show, music from local bands and more will be found at the Sept. 8 “Ole Time” festival. The festival is located at Camp Albemarle in Newport, N.C., and will last from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call 762-4848 or visit the event website at carterethomecoming.

Operation Ball Gown Accepting Dresses Gently used gowns are being accepted for “Operation Ball Gown” scheduled for Sept. 28. Drop-off locations are Marine Corps Family Team Building and the Whistle Stop Thrift Shop aboard the air station, and Intimate Bridal in Morehead City. For more information, call 466-4637. Beaufort Pirate Invasion Beaufort will host its annual pirate invasion event, Aug. 10-11. Reenacting the events of 1747 with “Blackbeard,” there will be sword fighting, cannons blaring, pillaging, plundering and grog swilling. For more information, call 728-5225. To coincide with the annual Beaufort Pirate Invasion, the North Carolina Maritime Museum will host a free presentation about the most famous pirate of North Carolina, Blackbeard, Aug. 10. Nautical archeologist David Moore will also provide an archeological update. The event is free and will take place from 3 - 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 728-7317. Impress Me Talent Show Cherry Point’s Marine Corps Community Services is hosting the “Impress Me” talent competition. Auditions are Sept. 5 - 6. Semifinals are Oct. 4 and the finale is Oct. 12. First place winner takes home a $500 Marine Corps Exchange gift card. Registration is $10 per person and the final registration date is Sept. 4. Register locations are the Road House, MCCS building 400, or online at For more information, call 466-2905. ►Call For Artists WHQR Public Radio is accepting submissions of two-dimensional art that is able to be hung on a wall. The station will take submissions from artists for the next eight shows in the WHQR Gallery, which will run from November 2012 through early 2014. Interested artists must electronically submit three examples of their artwork by Aug. 24. For more information call 910-343-1640.

Monthly and Weekly Events Beach Magic The Morehead Center hosts Beach Magic Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. For more information, call 726-1501. Zumba Zumba exercise classes are held every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at the Marine Dome aboard the air station at 5 p.m. For more information, call 466-1147. Al-Anon Family Group Meeting Al-Anon family group meetings are held Tuesdays at 8 p.m. for family members and friends of individuals with possible alcohol problems. Meetings are held at Havelock First Baptist Church. For more information, call 447-8063 Courage to Change Cherry Point and Havelock Courage to Change support group is for friends and families of people who suffer from alcoholism. Meetings are held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Havelock, Tuesdays at 7 p.m.

For more information, call 241-6155 or 670-6236. Cycle Classes Cycle classes are held every Tuesday and Thursday at the Semper Fit Center aboard the air station at 11 and 11:50 a.m. For more information, call 466-1147. Water Aerobics Water aerobics classes are held every Tuesday and Thursday at the Cedar Creek Pool aboard the air station at noon. For more information, call 466-1147. Dart Tournament Weekly dart tournaments at the Road House restaurant and recreation facility are held Thursdays at 8 p.m. For more information, call 241-6155 or 466-3044. Domestic Violence Victims Support groups for victims of domestic violence are provided by the Carteret County Domestic Violence Program.

The group meetings are held every Wednesday at 6 p.m. For more information, call 728-3788. Marine Corps League Meetings Cherry Point’s detachment of the Marine Corps League meets the third Tuesday of each month at Miller’s Landing at 7 p.m. For more information, call 515-1175. Disabled Veterans Chapter 26 of the Disabled American Veterans meets the third Tuesday of each month at the Senior Center in Havelock at 7 p.m. For information, contact Cris Young at 259-3427. Basic Budgeting Learn basic financial management skills in room 159 of the Training and Education building. The classes for 2012 will be held Aug. 9, Sep. 6, Oct. 11, Nov. 6 and Dec. 6, at 9 a.m. For more information, call 466-4201.


Morehead City Saturday Market Morehead City will host a market on the second Saturday of every month, now through December. Rain or shine you may find quality, local, handmade or homegrown farm products, arts, crafts, food, fun, educational opportunities, music and entertainment. For more information or to become a vendor, go to or call 7230311. Tours of Cedar Grove Cemetery Craven Chapter of Questers International and the New Bern Historical Society will provide tours of Cedar Grove Cemetery through November. Tours offer glimpses into the lives of more than two centuries of New Bernians. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the New Bern Historical Society, Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m. or at the gate prior to the tour. All tours begin at 4 p.m., with one being held Saturday. Other tour dates are as follows: • August 11, 18, 25 • September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 • October 6, 13, 20, 27 • November 3, 10, 17, 24 For more information, call 635-1374.

Marine and Family Programs Marine, Family Programs Office Numbers The Family Member Employment Program, Transition Assistance Management Program, Relocation Assistance Program and accredited financial counselors can be reached at 4664201. • Child Development Resource and Referral – 466-3595. • Library – 466-3552. • LifeLong Learning – 466-3500. • Military Family Life Consultant – 876-8016. • Retired Activities – 466-5548. Now in Building 87 • Exceptional Family Member Program – 466-3305. • Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program – 466-5490. • Substance Abuse Counseling – 466-7568. • New Parent Support Program – 466-3651. • Family Advocacy Program – 466-3264.

Budget for Baby The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society offers Budget for Baby classes. To register, call 466-2031. Breastfeeding Class The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society offers free breastfeeding classes to expectant mothers. The purpose of the class is to help prepare the mother to be ready and confident to breastfeed once the baby arrives. To register, call 466-2031. Veterans’ Assistance A representative from the Veterans Affairs Office visits Cherry Point each Thursday in building 4335. Call 466-4201 for assistance.


2nd MAW Command Inspector General 466-5038 Station Inspector 466-3449 Fraud, Waste and Abuse If you know of or suspect any fraud, waste or abuse aboard MCAS Cherry Point, call 4662016. This line’s automated answering service is available 24/7.

Sexual Assault This procedure is not to replace calling 911 if you are in immediate danger. Immediately call 6654713, which is monitored 24/7. The person answering the call will help you decide the next steps to take. You may remain anonymous. Severe Weather and Force Protection Information Cherry Point personnel call 466-3093. FRC East personnel call 464-8333. DDCN personnel call 466-4083.

Mobile Surveillance Mobile surveillance usually entails observing and following groups or individual human targets. It can also be conducted against nonmobile facilities (for example, driving by a site to observe the facility or site operations). If you observe suspicious activities, call the Cherry Point Emergency Dispatch at 466-3616 or 3617 immediately.



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Race: Finger Lakes 335 at The Glen Where: Watkins Glen International When: Sunday, 12 p.m. (ET) TV: ESPN 2011 Winner: Marcos Ambrose (right)



Race: Zippo 200 at The Glen Where: Watkins Glen International When: Saturday, 2 p.m. (ET) TV: ABC 2011 Winner: Kurt Busch

Race: VFW 200 Where: Michigan International Speedway When: August 18, 12 p.m. (ET) TV: SPEED 2011 Winner: Kevin Harvick

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Tire tests begin for 2013 cars The 2013 model cars that will be run on the Sprint Cup Series next year will begin on-track tire tests August 7-8 at Martinsville Speedway. The cars also will be tested Oct. 4 at Talladega Superspeedway, Oct. 9-10 at Texas Motor Speedway and Oct. 18 at Kansas Speedway. Martinsville Speedway will open its grandstands free of charge, but there apparently will be no representative from Dodge, which has yet to reveal any plans for next season. Jeff Gordon told reporters at Pocono Raceway that he’s interested in learning more from the testing, especially where it concerns plans to take some weight off the cars. “I did not know about them trying to take weight out,” he said. “I have to do a little investigating myself and talk to some of the engineers to see what exactly they are doing there, because if I had to guess, they are not doing near enough, but anything is a gain.” He said that’s an area that should have been looked at long ago. “It’s always been known since the first [Car of Tomorrow] that Goodyear has really struggled trying to build a proper tire for this car, because it has a high [center of gravity] and there’s a lot of weight on the right side and not near enough on the left side,” he said. “So, it just really puts a lot of stress on the right side tires, especially the right front. “Directionally, it’s the right thing to be doing, but until I know a little bit more about exactly what they are doing, I don’t really want to comment on the details of it.”

Jeff Gordon, driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet, leads a pack of cars during the Sprint Cup Series Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday. (NASCAR photo)

Gordon breaks records with overdue win in Pocono race eff Gordon’s drought-breaking 86th career Sprint Cup victory likely will be remembered as a bittersweet one for the veteran driver. The same rainstorms that played into Gordon’s victory at Pocono Raceway also brought lightning that killed one fan and injured nine more, one of whom was in critical condition on Monday. Gordon lined up sixth for what turned out to be the race’s final restart, but surged into the lead when the front two cars of Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth collided on the start. Before racing could resume, storms hit the track, and the race was called after 98 of 160 laps. “It’s nice to know that things can still go our way,” Gordon said. “The way our year has gone, we’ll definitely take it like this. With all the things that have gone wrong for us this year, I’m hoping that this is the one that makes up for it all.” When he was told of the situation with the fans, Gordon acknowledged the impact on his victory, one that put him in great position to claim one of the two wild card slots for the Chase for the Sprint Cup. “That’s the thing that’s going to take away from the victory, is the fact that somebody was affected by that,” he said. “I mean, the fans here are so loyal and avid … so you hate


to hear something like that.” Gordon’s victory was record-setting on two fronts. He now has six at Pocono, the most of any driver, and his 86 Cup wins give him undisputed possession of third place on the alltime list. Although NASCAR’s official records say otherwise, Bobby Allison and most of the sport’s historians say he has 85. And this win didn’t come out of the blue. Gordon had a strong enough car at Pocono to drive to the front from his 27th starting position, and he’s been competitive in recent weeks. “All I will say is we’ve been on a nice streak of finishes,” he said. “Even though they haven’t been wins, they’ve been really solid finishes, top 5s, top 10s, that have gotten us further up in the points. That is something to build on, ’cause this year, the way things have gone, we haven’t had a lot to build on. “The last several weeks, we’ve had something to build on.” Two of Gordon’s Hendrick Motorsports teammates escaped Pocono in better points positions than they might have had. Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 32nd after breaking a transmission, but retained the series points lead. And Kasey Kahne finished second on a flat tire to maintain his position as the top-seeded wild card contender.

Biddle Ridley, dead at 72 Long before Bill Elliott ever thought about driving a race car, his family’s No. 9 Ford was winning races on the short tracks of the Southeast with Biddle Ridley doing the driving. Ridley, the brother of former Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year Jody Ridley, died July 30 at age 72 after a battle with cancer. “I loved him to death,” Elliott said of Biddle Ridley, a resident of Chatsworth, Ga. “He and Jody about raised me. We raced together, stayed together and traveled a lot together.” Elliott said Biddle Ridley, who put his own driving aside to work on his brother’s cars, was an outstanding driver in his own right. “He was a great driver,” Elliott said. “He won a ton of races.” The Ridleys also played roles in getting Elliott’s driving career started. “They did a lot for me early on,” he said. “I very much enjoyed working with them. They were determined to do well.”

Townley puts off Cup debut After brushing the wall getting up to speed on his first lap of practice at Pocono Raceway, John Wes Townley opted to postpone his Sprint Cup debut. Jason White took over Frank Stoddard’s No. 32 Ford and posted a 31st-place finish. Townley ran the Camping World Truck Series race at Pocono and finished eighth, his firstJohn Wes Townley ever top-10 in a major (NASCAR photo) NASCAR series.

Nationwide race spotlights tomorrow’s Cup drivers Moffitt said his first race in a major NASCAR division Saturday’s U.S. Cellular 250 Nationwide Series race at was far different than anything he’d done before. Iowa Speedway offered, among other things, a look at “There was so much I learned, let alone this was my some of the drivers who could be Sprint Cup stars a few first time ever in a Nationwide car,” he said. “Learning pit years down the road. stops was big and then learning the aero … these cars While veteran Elliott Sadler won the race in dominant race so much different than the [K&N] car. Learning what fashion, a group of up-and-coming young drivers also had gets your aero loose and how to tuck a fender to strong runs. get downforce on it when you’re racing right His teammate and series rookie Austin Dillon behind a car, that was the big lesson, and I think ran strong early before falling behind because of I learned a lot tonight ... an unscheduled stop, and there were several oth“I wish we would have ended up a little better, ers who took advantage of the lack of Sprint Cup but I guess a ninth-place in my first start is not drivers in the starting field to take over topbad.” notch rides. Wallace actually led the first lap and ran Darrell Wallace Jr., the 19-year-old representaamong the leaders for most of the race. Like tive of NASCAR’s diversity program, qualified Moffitt, he learned a lot about major-league racsecond in Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 20 Toyota and ing. finished seventh, his second top-10 in just two “I think I got out too hot right there at the career starts. Austin Dillon beginning and kind of used the tires up [but] it Brett Moffitt, also 19 and a regular on (NASCAR photo) was really cool to lead the first lap,” he said. “I NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series, made his don’t know if [pole-sitter Elliott Sadler] gave it to Nationwide debut and finished an impressive me or I took it away from him, but that was fun there.” ninth in RAB Racing’s No. 99 Toyota. Wallace said he got to experience how the cars react in Ricky Stenhouse Jr., at 26 already in line to race in traffic. Sprint Cup next season for Roush Fenway Racing, fin“I definitely learned a lot from just running in the pack,” ished sixth, ending his three-race win streak at Iowa. he said. “I know our car wasn’t that great on restarts, and Michael McDowell, 27, has bounced around the that’s where we lost all of our track position. Nationwide and Sprint Cup circuits for several years, but “I’m looking forward to getting back in a Nationwide his ride in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota represents Series car with these guys very soon.” his best chance to advance to a full-time quality ride. He Michael Annett, 26, spent most of his brief Nationwide made a strong statement with a sixth-place run. career without recording a top-five finish, but now he has Ryan Blaney, the 18-year-old son of Sprint Cup veteran four in the past six races, including a fourth at Iowa. In Dave Blaney, made his first start in Penske Racing’s No. 22 Dodge. He finished 10th, his second top 10 in five starts that stretch he also had finishes of sixth and 11th. “We keep knocking on the door with these top-fives, and this season, the other coming in a car fielded by his I think we’re pretty close to Victory Lane,” he said. father’s car owner, Tommy Baldwin.

Hamlin to be first-time father Denny Hamlin made a big announcement during his regular media appearance on Friday at Pocono. “I just want to let everyone know that me and Jordan [Fish] are expecting next January, and excited about that,” he said. “It’s been a long time coming, so it’s going to be exciting to be a dad.” He said he hopes he can be as good a father to his child as his dad was to him. “Half of what my dad was would be good,” he said. “My family has done a lot for me to get to this point, obviously, and just all of the sacrifices and all that they’ve gone through. “My dad tells me all of the time that some of the best times he had is just carrying me around in his pickup truck every day, taking me to work with him and things like that. It’s going to be a great experience, and so I’m really excited about it, and really just excited to be a part of it. For my parents to have grandkids is all going to be good.” He also said there might be wedding bells somewhere in his future. “I am 31, so I consider myself pretty patient if I haven’t been married yet,” he said. “There’s no reason to rush into it right now, especially with everything that is going on. “We’ve obviously got a busy six months ahead of us.”

Gordon named humanitarian For his work on behalf of children dealing with serious illnesses, Jeff Gordon has been chosen as the seventh recipient of The Heisman Humanitarian Award, which he will receive during the 78th annual Heisman Memorial Trophy Dinner on Dec. 10 in New York. Gordon established his foundation in 1992 after his then-crew chief Ray Evernham’s son was diagnosed with leukemia. Since then, the foundation has raised more than $11 million. Gordon also opened the Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital in Concord, N.C. The Heisman award includes $50,000 for Gordon’s foundation.

SPRINT CUP POINTS 1. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 744; Leader 2. Matt Kenseth 739; behind -5 3. Greg Biffle 738; behind -6 4. Jimmie Johnson 736; behind -8 5. Martin Truex Jr. 694; behind -50 6. Tony Stewart 691; behind -53 7. Brad Keselowski 690; behind -54 8. Denny Hamlin 683; behind -61 9. Kevin Harvick 681; behind -63 10. Clint Bowyer 679; behind -65



Sprint Cup victories at Watkins Glen by Tony Stewart, tops among drivers

finishes by 12 Top-five Mark Martin at

Watkins Glen, the most of any Cup driver


Drivers within 20 points of Truck Series points leader Timothy Peters (Ty Dillon: 8, James Buescher: 15, Justin Lofton: 18)


Nationwide Series drivers who have started all 20 races this season

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