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USS McFaul heads to the Arabian Sea By MCC Karen E. Cozza COMNAVSURFLANT Public Affairs


The guided-missile destroyer USS McFaul (DDG 74) departed Naval Station Norfolk on a regularly scheduled deployment to the Arabian Sea to participate in counter-piracy operations, Feb. 26. The crew, commanded by Cmdr. Daniel J. Gillen, has been preparing for this deployment since they returned from their last deployment in August 2010. “I have a great crew and we are ready for this deployment,” praised Gillen. “I like to think this ship is like a Swiss Army Knife – we can do everything, from humanitarian relief to full combat operations.” “I look forward to getting over there and bringing this ship, one of the best ships on the Norfolk waterfront, overseas to do our mission.” This will be McFaul’s Command Master Chief Dianne Lohner’s seventh and last deployment before retiring later this year. “It will be a little bittersweet for me, as this will be my final deployment, but I’m excited about all the new experiences we will have and the Naval traditions that we will continue to pass along,”

■ about its namesake Chief Petty Officer Donald L. McFaul was a local SEAL Team 4 hero who was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross, the Nation’s second highest combat valor award, for his heroic actions in saving his teammates during combat operations in December 1989 as part of Operation Just Cause in Panama.

she said. “For the new Sailors making their first deployment, I stress with them to make sure they make the most out of every day out there.” This is the first deployment for Navy wives Hillary Chaney, wife of Sonar Technician (Surface) 3rd Class Bryce Chaney and AnnieVerteramo, wife of Electronics Technician 3rd Class Jameson Verteramo, who stood together as the ship pulled out. “I am proud to know that I am married to a man who is going to do this for our country, even though it’s sad that he has to leave to do it,” said Hillary. Annie added, “I feel selfish for not wanting him to leave, but I am definitely proud, it is cool to know that your husband is out there doing this.” McFaul, commissioned in 1998, is the 24th Arleigh Burkeclass Destroyer, and was named after Chief Petty Officer Donald L. McFaul. McFaul was a local SEAL Team 4 hero who was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross, the Nation’s second highest combat valor award, for his heroic actions in saving his teammates during combat operations in December 1989 as part of Operation Just Cause in Panama.

Annie Verteramo (left), wife of Electronics Technician 3rd Class Jameson Verteramo and Hillary Chaney (right), wife of Sonar Technician (Surface) 3rd Class Bryce Chaney watch as guidedmissile destroyer USS McFaul (DDG 74) pulls away from the pier at Naval Station Norfolk, Feb. 26.

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Navy band celebrates Black History Month By MC1 Molly A. Burgess Navy Public Affairs Support Element East


David Todd Cmdr. Adan G. Cruz, Commanding Officer USS Mason (DDG 87), presents Signalman 2nd Class Lorenzo DuFau (ret.) with his personal challenge coin.

Ceremony highlights achievements, sacrifice of WWII veteran Mason honors distinguished guests in ceremony By David Todd The Flagship Managing Editor


The crew the USS Mason (DDG 87) gave a warm welcome to Signalman 2nd Class Lorenzo DuFau (ret.) and author, filmmaker Mary Pat Kelly, Feb. 24, in a special Black History Month ceremony onboard BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair. DuFau, now 92, is a plankowner of the USS

Mason (DE 529), an Evartsclass destroyer escort that served during World War II (WWII) and was the nation’s first ship manned by a predominantly black enlisted crew. “Those destroyer escorts were built in 90 days and they were expendable,” said Kelly. “The men were told that if a torpedo came, they would take the torpedo to save the troop ships that they were escorting over … because there were 160 men on the Mason – there were 10,000 men on those troop ships. So they did a very, very important job.”

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The U.S. Navy Band brought songfilled tradition to Naval Station Norfolk during a musical celebration in honor of Black History Month, Feb. 24. Eight Navy Band members performed, “Pioneers of Navy Music: A History of African Americans in the Navy Music Program,” a musical piece commemorating cultural contributions of historic African American composers and musicians. “In researching the history of the Navy band, we found a lot of African American musicians that contributed to our history, to the Navy and to America,” said Chief Musician Daryl Duff, a member of the U.S. Navy Band. “It’s not just composers, but it’s characters and the men and women of Navy music, from Crispus Attucks all the way to now.” During the concert, a multi-media compilation was performed, composed of live music, a slide-show of photos and a video accompanied by narration, written and presented by Senior Chief Musician Mike Bayes, the band’s chief archivist. “We wanted to try to infuse the social culture and the Navy culture together in a way that tells the complete story,” said Bayes. The compilation highlighted works by significant African American musicians, such as Alton Augustus Adams,

■ Black History Month For more coverage on local Black History Month events, see pages A5-A7.

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MC2 (SW/AW) Joshua Mann Members of the U.S. Navy Band perform during a concert at Naval Station Norfolk during a musical celebration in honor of Black History Month.

We wanted to try to infuse the social culture and the Navy culture together in a way that tells - Senior Chief Musician Mike Bayes the complete story.” the Navy’s first African American bandmaster; William Grant Still, a former Navy World War II musician; and Langston Hughes, one of the first innovators of jazz poetry. “We had to pick pieces that were appropriate for the time period, but also had a statement of the time,” said Bayes. “We wanted to include music that had an impact on the social aspect of things, because Navy policy was dictated by social policy.” The comprised musical pieces that molded the compilation were authentic selections such as the song, “Hot House” by musician John Coltrane; “Grief” by William Grant Still; and a poetry piece, called “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” by Langston Hughes.

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The Naval Station Norfolk concert was one of many locations the Navy Band performed in honor of Black History Month. Earlier in the day, the band performed at Naval Air Station Oceana Dam Neck Annex, and earlier in the month they performed in a pair of Washington, D.C. concerts at the U.S. Navy Memorial Burke Theater, as well as the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. The U.S. Navy Band will wrap-up Black History Month with their last performance of February at the Navy Memorial Burke Theater. “The rich history of African American composers is told best through music,” said Bayes. “The music is what brings the presentation to life for us.”

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Navy and U.S. Marine Corps Public Health Center (NMCPHC) announced, Feb. 23, that Navy Drug Screening Laboratories (NDSLs) will begin testing for additional prescription medications in May. “The change is in response to an initiative from the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in November 2010, which recommended expansion of drug testing to include the most common prescription drugs of abuse,” said Cheri Baird, deputy Navy drug testing program manager, NMCPHC. The three NDSLs, located in Great Lakes, Ill.; Jacksonville, Fla.; and San Diego, Calif. are scheduled to begin testing for additional prescription medications May 1, according to a Jan. 31 DoD message. “We have a projected implementation date (May 1) for the expansion of our drug testing panel at all DoD drug testing laboratories to include hydrocodone and hydromorphone (both semi-synthetic opioids). Testing for prescription medications is not new for our program. We currently test for codeine, morphine, oxycodone, oxymorphone and amphetamines. We will now add two more compounds to our panel,” said Baird. The NMCPHC provides leadership and expertise to ensure mission readiness through disease prevention and health promotion. NMCPHC maintains oversight of the three Navy Drug Screening Laboratories in the United States. While these semi-synthetic opioids – along with codeine, morphine, oxycodone and oxymorphone – are often prescribed to relieve pain following an injury, they are potentially highly addictive and their use outside medical

supervision can place a service member – and their ship, squadron or unit – at risk, according to the message. Inappropriate prescription drug use occurs when a particular substance is used outside its intended purpose, beyond the prescription time period, in excess of the prescribed dosing regimen or when a service member uses another individual’s prescribed medications. “There were a lot of hurdles to jump in preparation – including method development, method validation and funding. One of the final hurdles was the 90-day notification to the Forces, which occurred, Jan. 31,” said Baird. The May 1 date, set to begin testing for the two additional substances, was designed to provide service members abusing prescription drugs a period to voluntarily seek medical treatment and rehabilitation for themselves on a selfreferral basis, prior to the commencement of testing for these controlled substances. Department of Defense and Navy policies indicate that individuals who do not self-refer for treatment and are later identified as positive for controlled substances for which they do not have a valid prescription may be considered in violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice for drug misuse or abuse. NDSL Jacksonville Executive Officer Lt. Cmdr. Matt Jamerson said that the testing procedures represent yet another method the DoD is taking to ensure the health, welfare and unit cohesiveness required to ensure Sailors and other service members are maintaining the highest state of readiness. “Vicodin, a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen (Tylenol), was the most prescribed medication in the United States in 2010; 131.2 million of the nearly 4 billion U.S. prescriptions in 2010 were for Vicodin,” said Jamerson. “There is a perception

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DuFau shared ‘sea stories,’ answered questions, showed appreciation to Sailors

Continued from front DuFau and Kelly were introduced by Cmdr. Adan G. Cruz, the ships commanding ofďŹ cer. “Today is a great day to be a Mason Sailor,â€? he said while addressing his crew. “Sometimes on Mason there are some folks that run around saying, ‘I’ve been on Mason 5, 6 years.’ Then there are some folks walking around (who say), ‘I’m a plankowner.’ Well today guys, I have a real plankowner.â€? DuFau, a soft-spoken man, shared some of his fondest ‘sea stories,’ answered questions, and showed his appreciation for the men and women who carry on his shipmates legacy. “I’m so proud to be here today,â€? he said. “Words cannot really express my deepest feelings because I become emotional when I realize the role that I was picked to play in developing America. This is America, a combination of all people, one nation under God.â€?

DuFau took a special moment to tell the crew why he donated his dog tag to DDG-87, which was placed under the ship’s mast. This Navy custom, known as “stepping the mast,â€? consists of placing coins or other items of signiďŹ cance under the step or bottom of a ship’s mast during construction. One belief, based on Greek mythology, is if the ship should wreck during passage, the coins will ensure payment of the crew’s wages for their return home. This tradition, which dates back to the construction of the USS Constitution in the 1790s, has been passed on as a symbol of good luck for Navy ships. “I wanted a part of me to be a part of this ship,â€? he said, “because this is a dream come true. Y’all don’t know how beautiful it is to see young people, all together, developing a friendship, and more than just a friendship – shipmates! You grow up together and you’re gonna become so proud of your ship that you’re not going to allow anybody to

CTT3 Justin L. Thornton Quartermaster 3rd Class Dawn M. Johns presents Signalman 2nd Class Lorenzo DuFau (ret.) with a ag own over the USS Mason (DDG 87).

say anything negative about your ship and your crew members.â€? DuFau showed heartfelt emotions as he described the symbolism behind what DDG-87 and the camaraderie of the crew mean to him. “I’m at a loss for words to describe the emotion that I’m going through right now,â€? he said. “To see you bring life to the ship. It was ďŹ rst a big lump of steel, but the crew members bring life to the ship.â€? At the close of the ceremony, DuFau was presented a challenge coin by Cruz, as well as a personalized USS Mason jacket and ball cap from the current crew. For DDG-87’s crew, the ceremony was a once-in-a-lifetime experience to meet a part of the foundation of naval history, but for the guest speakers, it was a day they will always remember. “It’s a very emotional day. And when I’m speaking and I look at these faces – the eyes of these young people and their interest – and I know that

â– proudly we serve Through the efforts of DE-529 veterans and author Mary Pat Kelly, the Mason story was chronicled in the book, “Proudly We Served.â€? they are deployed and going into harm’s way during a very, very tough time in our nation ‌ I’m just so full of pride in America and who they are,â€? said Kelly. “The warmth that they gave to Mr. DuFau, and gave to me, it’s just amazing. DuFau and Kelly were both in attendance for the ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony of the National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. earlier in the week on Feb. 22. The museum, which is scheduled to open in November 2015, will be adjacent to the Washington Monument and will tell the story of the contributions that African Americans have made to American history. “One of the featured exhibits will be on the USS Mason (DE 529),â€? said Kelly. “Mr. DuFau has donated his jumper


David Todd Signalman 2nd Class Lorenzo DuFau (ret.) receives a challenge coin from the First Class Petty OfďŹ cer Association after the ceremony held onboard BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair, Feb. 24.

to the museum because on his jumper is his rate and he was the ďŹ rst class of African American Sailors to receive rates when they graduated at Great Lakes, which was then Camp Robert Smalls.â€? In addition to the museum’s artifacts, such as Louis Armstrong’s trumpet, Harriet Tubman’s shawl, Nat Turner’s Bible, a WWII bi-plane own by the Tuskegee Airmen, and DuFau’s dress blue jumper, Kelly donated footage from the movie “Proudâ€? and the documentary where she interviewed 15 members of the original Mason crew. DuFau and Kelly invited several current Mason Sailors to travel to Washington, D.C. with them to witness the birth of the only national museum dedicated exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history


and culture. The Speakers for the event included: President Barack Obama, former First Lady Laura Bush, U.S. Representative John Lewis of Georgia and the museum’s director, Lonnie Bunch. Actress and singer Phylicia Rashad served as the emcee of the ceremony. “The USS Mason (DDE 87) really embodies the story – they have photos aboard, under the mast is Mr. Dufau’s dog tag and contributions from some of the other original Mason Sailors,� said Kelly. “So, any place the Mason goes now, the story is told. But even more importantly, in the Sailors themselves, and the group that came to Washington was a diverse group. As Mr. DuFau always says, ‘This is a part of American history,’ and to not have the story told would be a tragedy. “






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A contingent from USS Truxtun (DDG 103) recently helped commemorate the 70th Anniversary of Canadian rescue efforts after USS Truxtun (DD 229) and the USS Pollux (AKS 2) ran aground during a winter storm in 1942. Current Truxtun Commanding OfďŹ cer, Cmdr. John Ferguson, along with Command Master Chief Paulette Brock and Chief Warrant OfďŹ cer 2 Brad Peck, traveled nearly U.S. Navy photo two days to get to Newfound-

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■Chamber’s Cove On February 18, 1942 USS Truxtun (DD 229) and USS Pollux (AKS 2) ran aground at Chambers Cove off the coast of Newfoundland.

land to attend the remembrance event in St. Lawrence. The ceremony included a memorial service, concert and community reception to honor those lost in the tragedy, to recognize those who assisted in the rescue and their descendants, and to further strengthen the bonds between the people of Canada and the United States Navy. “It was a great honor to be able to represent the current Truxtun and the U.S. Navy at the memorial ceremony and surrounding events,� said Ferguson. “The hospitality of the citizens of St. Lawrence and Lawn is as evident today, as it was during that fateful day in 1942. I look forward to our continued relationship to honor the events of that day and its role in our joint community and naval heritage.� DD-229 was the third of six warships to bear the Truxtun name, the sixth being the current Arleigh Burke-class destroyer. During the late 30s and early 40s, DD-229 operated off the Atlantic Coast where most of her efforts were focused on neutrality patrol and providing escort in the Western Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. On a voyage between Nova Scotia and Iceland, while escorting the auxiliary ship Pollux in Placentia Bay off Newfoundland, the ships encountered a raging storm which led to the grounding of both vessels. Truxtun suffered 110 fatalities resulting from the wreckage and bitter weather conditions. The death toll would

A contingent from the current USS Truxtun (DDG 103) helped commemorate the 70th Anniversary of Canadian rescue efforts after the ships ran aground during a winter storm in 1942. have been much higher if not for the heroic actions of the local ďŹ shermen and townspeople. Attempts by the Sailors to swim lines ashore had failed, but the local heroes were able to secure lines by rigging them to a ledge, and a boatswain’s chair was used to carry the remaining Sailors ashore. “It was one of the most humbling experiences I have ever witnessed, meeting the survivors and rescuers of the USS Truxtun and USS Pollux,â€? explained Peck. Brock experienced similar feelings – great honor and privileged to be a part of the 70th Anniversary ceremony for the Feb. 18, 1942 grounding at Chambers Cove. “To be physically here at Chambers Cove and see what those Sailors and rescuers experienced, rough seas and foreign waters,â€? he said. “It took great dedication and courage from the Sailors and townspeople. It speaks volumes about the people of Newfoundland on that fateful day that they risked their lives to rescue the Sailors. But, it’s even more meaningful now, especially that the people of Canada took time to commemorate those lost lives and to honor those heroesâ€? During the weekend’s commemoration, the current Truxtun contingent had the opportunity to speak to Lanier Phillips, one of the original Truxtun survivors, as well as Gus Etchegary and Levi Pike, two of the original rescuers. As they reected on their experiences of the grounding and rescues, the hardships they faced were apparent and daunting. The stories and pictures that were presented made that day come alive for those who weren’t present during the grounding and rescue.

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USS Truxtun (DDG 103) Commanding OfďŹ cer Cmdr. John Ferguson, Command Master Chief Paulette Brock and Main Propulsion Assistant Chief Warrant OfďŹ cer 2 Bradley Peck, stand beside a photograph of the USS Truxtun (DD 229).











Black History Month celebrated at CNRMA headquarters By MC2 Melissa D. Redinger The Flagship Staff Writer


Members of the Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Heritage and History Committee celebrated Black History Month with guest speaker, Don Roberts, WAVY-TV 10 news anchor, Feb. 23. Roberts’ presentation was both entertaining and informative. In his speech, he asked the audience, “If I were to Google your name, what would come up? I did mine – I was surprised.” The subject came up for him one day when he was talking with his news director, Jim Gilchriest, and fellow news writers. “When Jim wasn’t talking to us, he was reading about us, he Googled everybody’s name,” Roberts explained. “He did a lot of reading, of course, when you are a supervisor you check those legacies the previous news director left behind. Those written descriptions, historical records, or legacies of you. And that’s what he did, and shortly after that, he called me into his office.” Roberts said Gilchriest challenged him with the question, “What is your legacy? When people say your name, what is the first thing that comes to mind? If they read your bio, what familiar theme will they see? If they Google your name, what will come up.” “I was intrigued. I Googled my name along with several others,” he said, as he talked about the people he looked up. “While online, I could not miss the results for Whitney Houston. I started to read some of the entries, but I didn’t need to read anything about Whitney because her legacy is in my memory of her. For me, it is in two words ... ‘The Voice.’ It maybe any number of songs, ‘The Greatest Love of All,’ is one example for me that tells you about her music. It was about self love and respecting yourself and sharing it with others.” He talked about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the legacy he left behind. “I also Googled Martin Luther King, Jr.’s name,” said Roberts. “Ninety-two million results, his legacy – one phrase or thought – that re-

peated itself was why he made a difference, but another one was that he was willing to die for what he believed.” Roberts also Googled some other names and he was amazed at what he found. He said when thinking about the term ‘legacy,’ it revolves around the concept how you are living your life and what would be written about your life. “It is the script, or the movie of your life, and you are writing it right now. So, what is this movie saying? What is this movie saying about you?” Roberts handed out signs with names on them of African Americans from A - Z who have done something extraordinary “Dr. Charles Drew, is an inventor who should be close to your hearts, because during World War II, he revolutionized ways to give mass blood transfusions to the troops and found a process to store blood plasma, leading to the invention of blood banks,” said Roberts. “Barry Gordy, started a record company in Detroit and called it Motown, he introduced new acts like The Temptations, The Supremes and other groups with a brand new sound.” Roberts then asked the audience, “Who is the second hope?” A voice from the audience yelled out, “President Obama.” Roberts flipped over a sign confirming the answer and said, “This Harvard-trained lawyer, and Illinois Senator, and community activist who caused much drama, in 2008, when he shocked the world by becoming the first black president.” After reading off all the names, Roberts had the crowd stand up and form a circle around him with their signs held high. “Picture all these individuals – all these different legacies – and each one did something different, unique and special. Now if you could turn your card around – oh look at that nothing on the back – that’s where your name goes. I don’t care how old or where you are in your career, or life, you are in the process of writing your legacy. What is unique and special about you?” he said. Roberts explained that each

So, ‘What is your legacy?’ You are writing it right now and I hope it’s one that we can celebrate on a grand scale in the news headlines. Or, maybe in my heart.” - WAVY-TV 10 news anchor Don Roberts

of us is different and unique. He said that all people should seek out our talent, whether it is with music, acting or even teaching. Seek out your talent and get busy developing it and let it blossom. But most importantly, share it with others or it will die. Roberts remind-

ed the audience that each day they are writing themselves indelibly into history. He left the audience with one final quote, “If I’ve done any deed worthy of remembrance, that deed will be my monument. If not, no monument can preserve

my memory. – Author unknown,” said Roberts. “But the thought is powerful. So, ‘What is your legacy?’ You are writing it right now and I hope it’s one that we can celebrate on a grand scale in the news headlines. Or, maybe in my heart.”

MC2 Melissa D. Redinger WAVY-TV 10 news anchor Don Roberts was the guest speaker of a special Black History Month celebration sponsored by the Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Heritage and History Committee, Feb. 23.

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Yorktown celebrates Black History Month By MCSR Scott Youngblood Navy Public Affairs Support Element East


Naval Weapons Station Yorktown praised the impact of Black women on the United States military and the country as a whole during an annual Black History Month celebration, Feb. 22. The event, which has been running for more than 30 years, had the theme of “Black Women in American Culture and History” and included the stories of some of the individual women, veterans and civilians, who strove for equality and the opportunity to make a difference. “In slavery and freedom, their (black women) struggles have been at the heart of the human experience and their triumphs over racism and sexism are a testimonial to our common human spirit,” said Mark Piggott, Naval Weapons Station Yorktown (WPNSTA) Public Affairs Officer, one of the events speakers. The rise of black women, from providing aid to colonial militias to fully integrated members of the American military today, was chronicled through the stories of women who served throughout history. Those stories included: Susie King Taylor, a Civil War nurse, cook and laundress; Mary McLeod Bethune, who helped integrate black Americans into pilot training programs during World War II; and Doris Allen, who saved the lives of at least 101 United States Marines as a senior intelligence analyst during the Vietnam War. The words of these pioneers were brought to life by attending female Sailors, who are part of the more than two million women serving in the Armed Forces of the United States today, of which 30.3 percent of those women are African American. One of those women, Cmdr. Thurraya Kent, Commanding Officer, Navy Public Affairs Support Element East, attended as the event’s guest speaker. Kent not only highlighted the stories and events of other black American “trailblazers,” and offered advice on how to turn those lessons from the past into ideas that can lead us to the future. “When we discuss civil rights leaders and trailblazers, the important thing for us is not

When we discuss civil rights leaders and trailblazers, the important thing for us is not how they chose the battles, but the fact that they made a choice – and then they acted.” -Cmdr. Thurraya Kent, Commanding Officer, Navy Public Affairs Support Element East

David Scott, a guest performer, sings a song during an annual Black History Month breakfast celebration at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown in observance of Black History Month.

■ praise dance All praise dances incorporates various forms of dance, such as jazz, modern, ballet and hip-hop.

■ stories of service women Female Soldiers recited stories from Susie King Taylor, a Civil War nurse, cook and laundress; Mary McLeod Bethune, who helped integrate black Americans into pilot training programs during World War II; and Doris Allen, who saved the lives of at least 101 U.S. Marines as a senior intelligence analyst during the Vietnam War.

how they chose the battles, but the fact that they made a choice – and then they acted,” said Kent. The event also included a variety of entertainment, such as a song selection sung by members of the Rising Sun Inspirational Choir from the Rising Sun Baptist Church, a traditional Mime Praise dance performance and performances by the U.S. Navy Fleet Forces Band. At the end of the event, every person in attendance was invited to sing “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” The song, written by James Weldon Johnson and John Rosamond Johnson, is often referred to as the “Negro National Anthem,” according to Piggott. “Such amazing contributions have been made for centuries in this country by African Americans, and it’s important that this information can be shared and also that we can take lessons from it so that we can strengthen ourselves,” said Kent.

“Mime Praise” is the act of storytelling without saying a word. The movements are very specific and the gestures are used to engage the audience in the story. Generally, Mime Praise is done with the traditional white face paint and every dancer can create their own special face. The mime is used to interpret gospel music through the use of illustrations and nonverbal methods, and allows the viewer to understand. It is a technique that was passed down from a story in the Book of Ezekiel from the Old Testament.

Leslie Billups performs a Mime Praise dance during an annual Black History Month breakfast celebration at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown in observance of Black History Month.

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blackhistorymonth ■ the event I.C. Norcom High School’s Black History Month event celebrated Medal of Honor winner Charles Veale, a native of Portsmouth who served as an infantryman in the United States Colored Troops. The Korean War Veterans Association Chapter 191 awarded two plaques to the school in Veale’s honor.

The Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps color guard, from I.C. Norcom High School in Portsmouth, parade the colors as students recite the Pledge of Allegiance during the school’s Black History Month event, Feb. 23.

Korean War Vets, I.C. Norcom celebrate African American Medal of Honor winner ing School Desegregation in Hampton Roads,” gave credence to the plight of the AfriPORTSMOUTH can American during the Civil The Korean War Veterans War when she spoke to the stuAssociation Chapter 191 and dents. She sees the Civil War as a host of students from I.C. a point of change in American Norcom High School in Portshistory. mouth took time to celebrate a “It was a war that transMedal of Honor award winner formed the nation and transand listen to the remarks of formed individuals,” Newbynoted historian, Dr. Cassandra Alexander said to the gathered Newby-Alexander during a students. “Many of them were Black History Month presentayour age. Some of them lied tion, Feb. 23. about their age because they The Veteran’s Association wanted to enlist.” donated two plaques made According to the professor, it in honor on Charles Veale, all started in Hampton Roads. an African American who “It was here in Virginia that served as an infantryman in the first people of African dethe 4th United States Colored scent were recorded to have Troops. arrived in British Colony in the The information was a surAmericas at a place called Old prise to the school’s principal Point Comfort, an area now when she heard of it. known as Fort Monroe,” New“Several months ago Chapby-Alexander explained. lain Leo Ruffing of the Korean She pointed out that Major WarVeteransAssociation came Gen. Benjamin Butler, who asto I.C. Norcom High School sumed control of Fort Monroe, with some information that I was eager to assist African was totally unfamiliar with,” Americans. said Lynn F. Briley, Principal “He was thinking of how he of I.C. Norcom High School. could utilize theAfricanAmeri“He asked whether I knew of can slaves in the war,” said Newa Portsmouth native who reby-Alexander. “There were ceived the Medal of Honor three brave men who forced during the Civil War.” the issue and who changed how Ruffing was instrumental in we saw the war. These men, putting together the idea for a Sheppard Malory, Frank Baker shadowbox for the school. and James Townsend, made their way from Sewell’s Point and bravely went across the treacherous passageway they called the Hampton Roads. These three men went over to Hampton and went to the gate of Fort Monroe and knocked and said, ‘We want sanctuary. We refuse to fight for the Confederacy.’ By fight, they are talking about building fortifications and helping the Confederate effort. They said, ‘We don’t want to leave. Our families are Photos by MC1 (AW) Tim Comerford here and the Confederate forces L.T. Whitmore from the Korean War Veterans Association chapter are about to withdraw to North 191 delivers a scholarship from the association to I.C. Norcom stuCarolina and we don’t want to dent and NJROTC Cadet Aaliyah Grays, Feb. 23. By MC1 (AW) Tim Comerford The Flagship Staff Writer

“A while back we had given a shadowbox to Churchland High School for a Korean War Veteran Medal of Honor winner,” he said Veale distinguished himself during the Battle of Chaffin’s Farm, also known as Cold Harbor, near Richmond, the Confederate capital. Sgt. Alfred B. Hilton was bearing two Union Army flags during a charge, one of which had been seized from a wounded sergeant when he himself was wounded. Veale and another Soldier, Sgt. Major Christian Fleetwood, each grabbed a flag from Hilton before they could touch the ground. Now carrying the blue regimental flag, Veale continued in the fight through heavy enemy fire. For their actions during the battle, Fleetwood, Hilton and Veale were each issued the Medal of Honor just over six months later, on April 6, 1865. Veale died seven years later and was buried in Hampton National Cemetery, Hampton, at the age of 37. Newby-Alexander, a professor of history at Norfolk State University and author of “An African American History of the Civil War in Hampton Roads” and co-author of “Black America Series: Portsmouth and Remember-

Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander, a professor of history at Norfolk State University, speaks to the students gathered at the I.C. Norcom High School auditorium about the role that African Americans played in defending the country and emancipation during the Civil War, Feb. 23.

go.’” Butler came up with an ingenious idea to help the former slaves. “Butler, as much as he hated the idea of looking at them as things, he knew he could use the concept of contraband, or forbidden items,” said NewbyAlexander. “He declared them contrabands of war, saying he did not have to return them even though the law of the land said that slavery was legal everywhere, therefore any runaway slave had to be returned to their owner. It changed the face of the war.” Then after some time, the Union started fielding the African Americans as troops. “It would take two more years before we would see Union forces formed under the banner of the United States Colored Troops. Thousands of men from this area, from Portsmouth and Norfolk, Hampton, Newport News, from as far as Gloucester and from North Carolina and even from Washington, D.C. and the Eastern Shore would enlist in the military units. We would see them form a number of regiments, a total of 38 throughout the country. These men would join with the Union Army to help fight for this country.” The United States Colored Troops distinguished themselves, especially through the

troops’ intrepidity. “All of the officers were white and were shot and killed during the battle. The Confederate forces targeted the officers. It was the black men, some of whom were corporals or privates, or sergeants, who led the troops into battle and to victory.” Newby-Alexander recognized that the work that Veale and a few others did to receive the Medal of Honor was not just lip service. “You know when you seize the colors, you become a bullseye. The first thing the enemy wants to do is shoot you because the colors provide a rallying cry, saying ‘We have not lost this battle, let us fight.” So you become an immediate target. Seizing the colors was always the most dangerous thing to do.” Mae Breckenridge-Haywood, an I.C. Norcom alumna and co-author of books with Newby-Alexander, also had much to say. “I can tell you that 50 years ago the name Charles Veale was not in my history book here at Norcom,” said Breckenridge-Haywood. “He was born in Portsmouth in 1838, he was a fireman when he joined the Army, he was a private in Company D 4th Regiment of the United States Colored Troop infantry. Veale was promoted to the rank of sergeant

in 1863. The Congressional Medal of Honor, one of the nation’s highest awards, was given to him by Major Gen. Benjamin Butler.” The Korean War Veterans Association also took a moment out to present a scholarship to a student. “Sixty-two years ago, a group of men answered the call to go to a country we did not know existed, and fought for people we did not know, to bring about freedom in Korea,” said L.T. Whitmore of the Tidewater Chapter of the Korean War Veterans Association. “When we arrived in Korea, it was the poorest of nations. The illiteracy rate was in excess of 90 percent.” With the Japanese being in control, Whitmore explained, education was not a high priority. But the Korean people managed to spring back from the precipice. “In the 60 years since the guns have fallen silent, Korea has risen to the tenth leading economy on the planet,” said Whitmore. “The Koreans themselves said that the major factor for their economic and cultural resurrection was the education of their young people. The Korean War Veterans Association recognizes the importance of education and are proud to recognize and offer our support to such a student as Aaliyah Grays.”

IKE HOSTS SON OF FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN U.S. NAVY MASTER DIVER By MC2 Christopher Baker USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) Public Affairs


U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 Phillip Brashear visited USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (IKE) to speak at the ship’s Black History Month celebration, Feb. 21. Brashear, son of Master Chief Boatswain’s Mate Carl Brashear, the Navy’s first African American Master Diver, told the IKE crew of his father’s determination in a time when racial equality was non-existent, saying that his father not only persevered, but excelled. “If it were not for his success, many Sailors might still face barriers he broke years ago,” said Brashear. Brashear mentioned that even his own path of being an African American aviator was possible thanks to others before him that pushed past barriers. “Not only did I have Carl Brashear as a father, but I followed in the

I wouldn’t be flying helicopters today if it weren’t for those gentlemen years ago.” - U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 Phillip Brashear

footsteps of the Tuskegee Airmen,” said Brashear. “I wouldn’t be flying helicopters today if it weren’t for those gentlemen years ago.” These examples were motivation for Brashear to pursue excellence and expect more for himself than others may expect. He said that he never accepts the word “can’t” as an option. He extended that “never say can’t” advice to the IKE crew. “Never allow yourself to say I can’t – either you’ll fail trying or succeed, but never say I ‘can’t,’” he explained. “My father had a lot of chances to say it, but if he did, we wouldn’t be here talking about the great man he was.” Brashear’s words had an impact

on the crew. Many commented that they felt empowered by the message of perseverance. Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 1st Class (AW/ SW) Christopher Mohrmann, Command Equal Opportunity Advisor and the celebration’s coordinator, called it an eye opening experience. “He talked about what makes us better, instead of what makes us different,” said Mohrmann. “I thought it was powerful.” As IKE celebrated Black History Month, Brashear’s message was poignant. “One day I hope that we won’t have to have a month set aside, but that all history – black, white, His-

MCSN Ridge Leoni U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 Phillip Brashear shows an artificial leg that his father, Master Chief Boatswain’s Mate (MDV) Carl Brashear, wore while in the Navy.

panic and others will be celebrated as American history.” Carl Brashear fought many battles in life: poverty, racism, handicap and alcoholism. So to say that his fight against prejudice was his only major battle would limit the extent of his legacy in the world. In many ways, this country still battles the same issues, and Phillip believes the best way to overcome them is

to expect more than the minimum in life. “There are three things my parents taught me to be a viable citizen in today’s world,” he said. “You have to work for your sustenance; education, (it) doesn’t stop – it continues on; faith or a belief in something greater than yourself. For me it’s God, family and country in that order.”








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Marines praise Georgian Soldiers lifesaver skills during mass casualty operation By U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Alexis Mulero Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group Public Affairs


Georgian Soldiers from Charlie Company, 23rd Light Infantry Battalion honed their combat lifesaving skills at a mass casualty operation during the battalion’s mission rehearsal exercise at Joint Multinational Readiness Center, Hohenfels, Germany, Feb. 21. During the training scenario, the Georgians gave medical assistance

■ techniques used Some of the life-saving skills performed by the Georgian medics during the operation included: tourniquet application, pressure dressings and treating victims for shock.

and evacuation support to local villagers, who had just been involved in a head-on vehicle collision. “This operation allowed the Georgian medics to practice life-saving intervention for trauma patients,”

said Petty Officer 2nd Class Thomas Rathbun, an observer controller at the exercise, who is a native of Tucson, Ariz. “It also tested the company’s ability to handle mass casualties. The practice of mass casualty evacuations is not something that is done every day. The more they practice, the better they will get at it. It’s like muscle memory.” According to U.S. Marine Sgt. Michael Waters, an observer controller at the exercise, the Georgians arrived on the scene within 13 minutes of the accident happening, and once they got there, the Georgian

medics jumped right in to assess the casualties. “I feel that the medical-side of the operation went smoothly and that their medics displayed confidence in their ability to treat the patients,” said U.S. Marine Sgt. Brent Horton, an observer controller at the exercise. “The Georgian medics did a great job in prioritizing patients, conducting head-to-toe assessments and they constantly assessed and reassessed the patient’s vitals while waiting for the patients to get medically evacuated.” There were a total of eight civil-



Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces (USFF) and Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) are in the final stages of planning the Force Protection and AntiTerrorism (FP/AT) exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield (SC/CS) 2012 that will be conducted on naval bases and installations throughout the continental United States, March 19 - 24. These annual exercises are designed to enhance the training and readiness of Navy security forces to respond to threats to installations and units. The two exercises, each with a distinct focus, occur si-

multaneously and will stress different areas of the Navy’s anti-terrorism program to enhance the training and readiness of naval security force personnel to respond to realworld threats. There will be an increase in patrols on and around Navy installations as a result of this planned exercise. Exercise SC/CS 2012 is not in response to any specific threat, but is a regularly scheduled exercise. Measures have been taken to minimize disruptions to normal base and station operations, but there may be times when the exercise causes increased traffic around bases or delays in base access. For more information on the exercise, contact your local installation PAO.

Georgian Soldiers from Charlie Company, 23rd Light Infantry Battalion, carry a local villager on a stretcher during a mass casualty exercise during a mission rehearsal exercise in Hohenfels, Germany, Feb. 22.

ians wounded in the accident and five of those had to be medically evacuated due to the degree of the injuries sustained. Some of the lifesaving skills performed by the Georgian medics during the operation included: tourniquet application, pressure dressings and treating victims for shock. “The Georgian medics reviewed basic combat lifesaver training at the beginning of the MRE (Mission Readiness Exercise),” said Waters, who is a native of Lake City, Fla.

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Getting the girls some attention ■ how you can help If you have the desire to help these young ladies, email Bianca at bianca. martinez@wtkr. com and she will put you in touch with the appropriate people.

You can catch Bianca Martinez anchoring the 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts with Kurt Williams, Barbara Ciara, and Juliet Bickford during the work week. You can also follow her laughter, stress and tears as a military wife in her blog, “Married to the Military,” weekly in the Flagship. Reach out to Bianca at bianca.

By Bianca Martinez Military Spouse Contributor

I have been given the wonderful opportunity as a military spouse and as a journalist to give a voice to the voiceless. This column allows me a moment to beg for support for two girls who need it so much. Our military children sacrifice a lot. It is more than just missing a parent or two a lot of the time, however. With the moves we make, our kids sometimes lose out on opportunities that may be easier for others. That is a tough thing for them to understand and as a community, we should be able to pull together to make these missed opportunities be rare. What if your child had the opportunity of a lifetime, but your duty station made it near impossible for them to participate? Only 50 girls have been selected to the USA Eagles Women’s National Rugby Team Under 20 tryouts. Tatiana and Jennifer are two of those girls and they live in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Getting them there will be no easy task. So, I ask you to support them since they are a part of our military community. Here is a letter from their very proud coach. It will tug at your heart. If you have the desire to help these young ladies, email me and I will put you in touch with the appropriate people.

To whom it may concern, Dependents of service members stationed at U.S. Naval Base GTMO, in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba face significant obstacles in quality of life, education and athletic opportunities. While MWR and DODEA attempt to provide opportunities for children, their efforts typically fall short for the vast majority of gifted students or athletes. The major issue is typically not the intent, as many of the program managers work hard to attempt to provide programs for the rank and file, its the unavailability of travel, transportation and other resources that prevent dependents from experiencing opportunities that are readily available to their stateside counterparts. Since October of 2010, Guantanamo Bay has had a rugby program for the under 19 male and female dependent population. The kids of the U19 Rugby program have had the opportunity to compete in the United States in two partially funded events over the past year and a half, representing GTMO and the U.S. Mmilitary with great success both on and off the field. The result of the most recent competitions in Washington, D.C. at the Turkey Trot 7’s and New Zealand Ambassador's Invitational reflected great credit upon the U.S. military and GTMO Rugby. The U19 boys finished 2nd to the U.S. National HS Champions, Hyde Rugby, and the U19 girl's team finished the tournament as the Grand Champions. The success by a team from a high school of 75 kids on an isolated military base in Cuba did not go unnoticed. Two of the boys were invited to try out for the USA Eagles National Team U19 in June and two of the girls were invited to tryout for the USA Eagles Women's National Team U20 in Atlanta, March 7-12. Air travel to and from GTMO is extremely limited and the opportunity to take advantage of the once a week Space A and AMC Military travel does not coincide with the camp dates. There is only one commercial air option on and off the base and when available, it flies Monday - Friday to Fort Lauderdale for $600 per person round trip. Additional airfare from Fort Lauderdale to Atlanta will exceed $300 per person. The two girls attending are exceptional athletes and committed students, both aspiring to college, collegiate rugby and 2016 Women's Olympic Rugby team bids. This opportunity is the first step to that goal. Women's Rugby is the fastest growing sport in the USA and the NCAA's primary focus for Title IX inclusion, meaning college scholarship opportunities and Olympic dreams for young women rugby players. Tatiana, 17, is the oldest of five girls and the child of two service members. Both parents serve in the U.S. Army. Her father is currently serving as part of Joint Task Force – GTMO, and her mother is in the National Guard. Tatiana is a 4.0 student, a phenomenal athlete and aspires to attend West Point or Penn State to play rugby with the dream of being an Olympian. Jennifer, 17, is the second oldest of 4 girls to a single mother serving the service members and dependents of GTMO as a Department of the Navy civilian. Jennifer is a well rounded athlete, was a junior Olympic developmental player for soccer before coming to GTMO and is now using rugby to expose her athletic abilities. Fifty girls were invited to USA Eagles Women's National Team Under 20 tryouts, leaving thousands of disappointed girls at home. My hope is that the two from GTMO do not become one of the thousands of disappointed, because they live in GTMO and the cost prohibitive travel options preclude them from attending. We are appealing to businesses and organizations with military affiliations looking to support service members and their families to help these girls realize their dreams, that are hindered because their parents are serving in a remote and isolated location. Yours in rugby, Steve Lynch Director of Rugby GTMO Rugby U19 Coach, All Navy Rugby

The two girls attending are exceptional athletes and committed students, both aspiring to college, collegiate rugby and 2016 Women’s Olympic Rugby team bids.” - Coach Steve Lynch

LEADERS AIM TO EASE SPOUSE EMPLOYMENT WOES By Elaine Sanchez American Forces Press Service

Army spouse Ann Wells has firsthand experience with one of the most pressing employment challenges for military spouses: obtaining an occupational license after a move. Wells has moved her family at least 10 times during her husband’s 32-year military career, and at each stop, the registered nurse struggles to resume work – not due to a lack of training or experience, but because of lengthy and complicated occupational licensing procedures. In one state, she said, the process was so difficult she decided to forgo her efforts during that assignment. First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey recently unveiled a new report

aimed at removing barriers for spouses struggling to obtain occupational licenses. The Defense and Treasury departments produced this report to offer states a roadmap they can use to streamline or expedite licensing procedures. Speaking from the Pentagon, Obama said she and Biden have heard of these issues at every stop they’ve made to speak with military families. “It is the No. 1 issue that military spouses tell us about,” said Obama. Spouses whose careers require licenses confront varying requirements from state to state. A lack of license portability – the ability to transfer an existing license to a new state with minimal application requirements – can cause spouses to bear high administrative and financial burdens as they attempt to obtain a license. Obama noted the magni-

tude of this issue. More than one in every three military spouses in the workforce has a job that requires a professional license or certification, she said, citing the report. “This licensing issue affects more than 100,000 individuals – 100,000 individuals. And the vast majority of you are clearly ready to work when you get to your new state,” she said. The first lady cited some possible solutions, such as temporary licenses that would enable spouses to get a job as they work to complete state requirements and waiving cumbersome requirements for military spouses who have demonstrated their competence. “The report contains tips and ideas, not edicts and decrees,” she said. “But the point is that there are solutions here. This is a solvable problem.” Obama lauded the 11 states that have addressed this issue

with legislation and the 15 others that have legislation pending or waiting to be introduced. “But that still leaves 26 states that have yet to address this issue,” she said. Obama said officials are setting a national goal: By 2014, they want to see all 50 states pass legislation to address licensing issues. “We know it’s an ambitious goal. We know it won’t be easy to achieve, but we also know that our nation’s military families have waited long enough,” she said to applause. Panetta stressed the importance of supporting the nation’s “extraordinary” military spouses and family members, who serve and sacrifice so much. “In this building we do everything we can to provide service members with the best support system in the world with everything they need in order to do their mission,” he

Glenn Fawcett Military spouse Ann Wells speaks during a Pentagon ceremony to discuss a study on military spouse employment, Feb. 15. First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, released the report, which focuses on ways to ease employment barriers for active duty spouses, including streamlining licensing requirements that vary by state.

said. “But there is no support system like the family. “The love, the devotion, the support, the loyalty, the dedication of our loved ones is what makes us get through each day, through thick and thin. We simply could not do this mission without you,” he said to resounding applause.

Wells said she’s proud of her husband’s career, but values her own just as much. Military spouses, she said, “are not looking for a handout, or to change a state’s standards,” she said. “We are simply looking to be able to provide for our families and continue the career that we love.”

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More than 70 years after his ďŹ rst hitch in the U. S. Navy â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and nearly 38 years since retiring from it â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Welland â&#x20AC;&#x153;Docâ&#x20AC;? Shoop, 90, is still serving, in pursuit of his lifelong dream of being a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Navy man.â&#x20AC;? As a decade-long volunteer at the Hampton Roads Naval Museum (HRNM), he especially enjoys opportunities, such as this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day (Feb. 20), which enable him to wear his dress blue uniform, identifying him in his ďŹ nal paygrade as a chief warrant ofďŹ cer 4. Much like the other days Shoop volunteers, Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day found Shoop in the wardroom of his old battleship, USS Wisconsin (BB 64), berthed adjacent to Nauticus, where HRMN is housed. Aboard the decommissioned warship that fought in World War II, the Korean War and Desert Storm, Shoop tells his story, and his Navyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story, to anyone who will listen. That has amounted to tens of thousands of visitors from around the world since he began volunteering there in 2002. Shoop is among HRNMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 66 regular volunteers, 48 of whom are retired veterans, and three of whom served in World War II. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a celebrity, but heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on his way. He stopped our interview in the far corner of Wisconsinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wardroom to get his picture taken with three earnest teenage visitors to the ship, who were thrilled to get their photo taken with a real World War II vet. It happens all the time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It makes me very proud of my country and my Navy to think that an old fogey like me is worth posing with,â&#x20AC;? he conďŹ ded after his photo op. Shoop has devoted nearly 8,400

my Navy to think that an old fogey like me is worth posing with.â&#x20AC;? - Welland â&#x20AC;&#x153;Docâ&#x20AC;? Shoop

hours to the museum and his service has been recognized by several Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Volunteer Service Awards, including the Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Call to Service Award, for completing more than 4,000 hours of community service in a lifetime. â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2122;Docâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is very outgoing, always out there with a smile on his face and looking forward to meeting our guests,â&#x20AC;? said Tom Dandes, HRNMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s volunteer coordinator. Endicott, New York is not a Navy town, and Shoop, who grew up there, had no relatives or acquaintances in the service. His introduction to the Navy can only be described as love at ďŹ rst sight â&#x20AC;&#x153;In 1935, my father wanted to see some relatives in Long Island (New York), and on our way there, we came to the Hudson River, and the ďŹ&#x201A;eet was coming up, headed by USS Lexington (CV 2), USS Saratoga (CV 3) and USS Pennsylvania (BB 38), the ďŹ&#x201A;agship of the Atlantic Fleet at that time,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I saw those ships, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s when I said â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I want to be a Navy man.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? After pausing to clear his throat and remove his glasses, so he could wipe the tears from his eyes brought on by the memory of an event that occurred more than a quarter of a century ago, he resumed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I get choked up thinking about it â&#x20AC;&#x201C; that was my life-long ambition.â&#x20AC;? That dream became a reality on Dec. 26, 1941, less than three weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor that

MC1 Eric Brown World War II veteran and Hampton Roads Naval Museum volunteer Chief Warrant OfďŹ cer 4 Welland â&#x20AC;&#x153;Docâ&#x20AC;? Shoop (ret.) discusses his years in the Navy with visitors to the battleship USS Wisconsin (BB 64), Feb. 20.

drew America into World War II. He began his career as an enlisted pharmacistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mate and, not including an involuntary break in service from active duty for medical reasons that lasted from 1945 - 1950, concluded with 30 years in the Navy when he retired, Jan. 31, 1974. While serving in the reserves in April of 1947, Shoop was brieďŹ&#x201A;y assigned duty to Wisconsin, for a training cruise that took the ship from her New Jersey homeport to Puerto Rico and back again. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was in awe,â&#x20AC;? of the size of the 887-foot-long, 45,000-ton battleship that boasted the largest guns ever put on a naval vessel, he recalled. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The only ship I was on for any length of time was USS Ault (DD 698),â&#x20AC;? said Shoop, and it was there that Chief Hospital Corpman Shoop became â&#x20AC;&#x153;Doc.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been that ever since, even in the civilian life.â&#x20AC;? Shoop also served at the Naval Powder Factory in Indianhead, Va., as well as Preventive Medicine Unit Two and the Naval Supply Center, both at Naval Station Norfolk. He was also the commanding ofďŹ cer of the 2nd Surgical Company at Camp Geiger in North Carolina.

â&#x2013; HRNM volunteers Welland â&#x20AC;&#x153;Docâ&#x20AC;? Shoop is among Hampton Roads Naval Museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 66 regular volunteers, 48 of whom are retired veterans, and three of whom, Shoop being among them, served in World War II.

During his three decades of service, which spanned three wars, Shoop only fought in one battle, but it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t against the usual foes, it was worse â&#x20AC;&#x201C; mosquitoes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I was in Vietnam from 1966 - 1967, we were at war against malaria. I was in charge of the aerial spraying of insecticides there to control the mosquito population up to the demilitarized zone,â&#x20AC;? he remembered. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We must have killed millions of them, because we put out a few thousand gallons of the pesticide malathion.â&#x20AC;? He retired in 1974, summing it up with, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I enjoyed the Navy very much. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like any road â&#x20AC;&#x201C; thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a few bumps in there â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but all in all, if I had to do it all over again, I certainly would.â&#x20AC;? Shoop worked as a health inspector for Portsmouthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Health Depart-

ment in Virginia until he retired from that job, at age 65, in 1986. Since then he has been a woodworking hobbyist and is a member of the Tidewater Woodworkerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guild. He has lent those talents to the HRNM on numerous occasions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This morning, I used a tack hammer and glue to repair the molding on a podium the museum uses for military ceremonies,â&#x20AC;? he said on Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day. He also polished and refurbished the 5 3/8-inch artillery shells and built the bell stand used for those ceremonies. Recently, he began working on an 80-inch long teak sign for USS Wisconsin. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be quite a task,â&#x20AC;? he predicted with enthusiasm. The museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s volunteers assist the 10 staff members in a variety of ways, including performing administrative work, acting as tour guides of the museum and ship, photography, contributing to education programs for the schools in the area in the museum, writing articles for the quarterly publication The Daybook, and maintenance and conservation of artifacts and displays. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do what we do without volunteers,â&#x20AC;? said Dandes.



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U.S. Navy archive photo The Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite dish is a next-generation narrowband tactical satellite communications system intended to improve ground communications for U.S. forces on the move.

The Navy’s first Mobile User Objective System satellite was launched from Space Launch Complex 41, Feb. 24. MUOS is a next-generation narrowband tactical communications system designed to improve communications for U.S. forces on the move. MUOS will provide military users simultaneous voice, video and data capability by leveraging 3G mobile communications technology. Born from the need for stable, 24/7 ship-toshore communication that could be successful regardless of environments and geographical conditions, the Navy is responsible for providing narrowband satellite communication for the Department of Defense. “MUOS’ top requirements include capacity, coverage and link availabilities. It will provide 24 hours a day, seven days a week global coverage,” said Capt. Paul Ghyzel, MUOS program manager. “The ability for a warfighter to make a telephone call over a MUOS terminal and send data at 10 times more capacity than they can now will be a significant improvement.” For the Navy MUOS team, many of whom have spent years on the program, the successful launch is just the beginning of work to come. “We are very excited to see this milestone today. It’s the end of one phase and the beginning of another,” said Navy Cmdr. Jeff King, a MUOS systems engineer who worked on the program for three years. King explained that upon separation from the launch vehicle the satellite will stay in a temporary orbital slot for initial testing. “The satellite will spend the next several months in its geostationary orbit and be thor-

oughly checked out by the combined government and contractor team before being turned over for operational use.” Operational use, also known as initial operational capability, for the first MUOS satellite is expected in summer 2012. Control of the satellite will then be turned over to the Naval Satellite Operations Command in Point Mugu, Calif. Ultimately, the MUOS constellation will consist of four satellites and an on-orbit spare. The system also includes four ground stations strategically located around the globe, which provide worldwide coverage and the ability to connect users wherever they are. The ground system transports data, manages the worldwide network and controls the satellites. With today’s narrowband communication system, users have to be stationary with an antenna up and pointed toward a satellite. “With MUOS they’ll be able to move around the battlespace,” said King. “They’ll be able to communicate to users on the other side of a mountain or the other side of the world.” Beyond providing continuous communication for all branches of the U.S. military, Navy provided space-based narrowband capability also ensures reliable worldwide coverage for national emergency assistance, disaster response and humanitarian relief. The MUOS constellation is expected to achieve full operational capability in 2015, extending narrowband availability well past 2025. The launch was originally scheduled for Feb. 16 and again Feb. 22, both canceled and rescheduled due to unfavorable weather conditions. The program is managed by the Navy’s Program Executive Office for Space Systems, Chantilly, Va. and its Communications Satellite Program Office in San Diego, Calif.

Fiscal Year 2011 CNO Environmental Award winners announced By Katherine M. Turner Chief of Naval Operations Energy and Environmental Readiness Division Public Affairs


Vice Adm. William R. Burke, deputy chief of naval operations for fleet readiness and logistics (N4), announced the winners in the fiscal year (FY) 2011 Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Environmental Awards competition, Feb. 22.

The annual awards program recognizes Navy ships, installations and people for outstanding performance in promoting environmental stewardship. Each year, environmental subject matter experts review nominations from commands around the world and select winners for each of the award categories. For the FY 2011 competition, 30 winners were selected in 10 award categories.


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A supply department Sailor moves pallets with a forklift as an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HSC) 23 delivers supplies to the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) during a replenishment at sea. Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

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NAVY SUPPLY CORPS CELEBRATES ITS 217TH ANNIVERSARY Supply Corps provides missionessential supplies to Navy vessels By Debbie Dortch NAVSUP Corporate Communications


The Navy Supply Corps celebrated its 217th Anniversary, Feb. 23, commemorating a history that traces back to 1795. At its inception, the Supply Corps supported the Navy’s six

frigates. Since that time, the duties and responsibilities of the Supply Corps have evolved to keep pace with the expanding scope of the Navy’s global mission. “Today’s Supply Corps is a key enabler of the Navy’s ‘Global Force for Good’ at the tactical, operational and strategic levels,” said Rear Adm. Mark Heinrich, chief of Supply Corps and Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command. “By delivering logistics capabilities to the Navy and joint warfighter, the Supply Corps provides mission-essential supplies that keep ships, aircraft, submarines and expeditionary forces ready for tasking.”

There are more than 3,500 active and reserve component naval officers serving on nearly every afloat platform and in a full range of expeditionary environments, as well as at hundreds of shore installations located worldwide. They are trained and employed in three principal lines of operation: supply chain management, acquisition management and operational logistics. Complementing these lines of operations are skills in comptrollership, operations research and business management. All Supply Corps officers are graduates of the Navy Supply Corps School, now located in Newport,

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APS Environmental Workshop set to begin Workshop to address concerns affecting fisheries, maritime security, port development Press Release COMNAVEUR-NAVAF, COMSIXTHFLT Public Affairs


Representatives from U.S. Naval Forces Africa, Maritime Civil Affairs and Security Training Command, Naval Sea Systems Command, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency arrived in Freetown, Sierra Leone, to conduct an Environmental workshop for Africa Partnership Station (APS) 2012, Feb. 20. The workshop brings together representatives from U.S. Naval Forces Africa and key maritime and environmental stakeholders from the government of Sierra Leone to identify, prioritize and mitigate maritime environmental concerns. Sierra Leone representatives include: the National Fire Force, Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces, Sierra Leone Maritime Administration, Ministry of Energy and Water Resources, Sierra Leone Ports Authority, Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Ministry of Fisheries, and Marine Resources. The five-day workshop included briefs and presentations, focus group discussions, team brainstorming, site surveys of critical maritime locations, and culminated in presentations to senior leaders of the Sierra Leone government with the collective goal of mitigating environmental concerns. Additionally, the assessments conducted during this visit will improve the U.S. Navy’s ability to operate

MC2 Felicito Rustique Administrators at the Kaiser King Community Catholic Church Center hold up a certificate presented by the crew of the guided-missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56) during an Africa Partnership Station 2012 community service visit.

We don’t want future generations to be left with serious environmental problems.”

Cmdr. Leonard Milliken, Commanding Officer of the USS Simpson (FFG 56), snaps his fingers as part of a local traditional handshake from Tema Chief Nii Adjei Kraku II during Simpson’s port visit as part of Africa Partnership Station West 2012.

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safely when visiting African partners’ ports during APS deployments. The assessments will assist by identifying actual or potential negative environmental impacts to operations, existing in and near such ports. The project will also yield a secondary benefit of identifying potential future environmental or occupational health and



safety projects that would meet the APS key area of developing maritime infrastructure. These projects may be sponsored during future APS engagements, or undertaken by the African partners independently. Workshop organizer, Kirsty McLean, of U.S. Naval Forces Africa, said the workshop offered an opportunity to continue relationships between the U.S. and Sierra Leone and to recognize the importance of the maritime environment. “The destruction of resources cause maritime insecurity,” said McLean, “This workshop offers an important opportunity to address environmental concerns that affect fisheries, maritime security and port development. By working with our African partners, we not only expand our relationships, but also can develop solutions

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to environmental issues in Sierra Leone.” Rear Adm. Kenneth “K.J.” Norton, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa deputy chief of staff for Strategy, Resources, and Plans, emphasized that the stakeholders attending the workshop have the capabilities to address environmental issues in Sierra Leone. “We don’t want future generations to be left with serious environmental problems,” said Norton. “We have identified several issues today, fixing these environmental concerns starts as a cultural movement.” While in Sierra Leone, representatives from Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa and Maritime

Civil Affairs Team (MCAT) 202, will install equipment and conduct training with the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces to expand maritime domain awareness capabilities off the coast of Sierra Leone. “Building maritime safety and security is a major focus of our efforts in Africa,” said Lt. Catherine Reppert, MCAT 202 officer in charge. “Effective maritime safety and security will contribute to development, economic prosperity and security ashore.” Electronics Technician 1st Class Joseph Debarberie, leading petty officer and communicator of MCAT 202, expressed strong enthusiasm at being able to work with maritime stakeholders to pro-

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Continued from B1 “This type of training is vital. If they do take casualties in combat, they need to know: how to treat a patient, how to send the casualty evacuation report, and how to load victims into an aircraft?” The MRE is the culminating event for the Republic of Georgia’s 23rd Light Infantry Battalion prior to deploying to Afghanistan to conduct counterinsurgency operations in support of the Georgia Deployment Program – International Security Assistance Force (GDP-ISAF). The total training exercise ran, Feb. 1 - 24. “The MRE is put together very well and gives them good kinetic and non-kinetic situations that they will encounter in Afghanistan,” said U.S. Marine Capt. Matt Warterben, who is part of the Georgia Liaison Team and a native of Fort Collins, Col. “They are getting an opportunity to employ their combat forces, while also employing information operations and cultural training in simulated Afghan villages.” Warterben added, “They are getting a first-hand opportunity to experience all the little issues that may cause friction during this upcoming deployment to include: operating in three languages between two

interpreters and conducting distributed operations across a large area of operation.” U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Europe (MARFOREUR) is the lead component for planning, coordination and execution of the GDP-ISAF program and Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group (MCSCG) is the lead command with direct responsibility for training the Georgian battalions with support from Training and Education Command (TECOM) and multiple Operating Force units. The Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group coordinates, manages, executes and evaluates U.S. Marine Corps Security Cooperation programs and activities in order to facilitate service and regional component support to combatant commanders’ objectives. “Our intention is to give the Georgian Soldiers the essential training and preparation to operate with Marines and the Afghan National Army in stabilizing the security environment in Afghanistan,” said U.S. Marine Lt. Col. Christopher Brown, officer in charge of the rehearsal exercise. “This MRE has been designed to replicate the RC (SW) area of operations and provide a scenario that evaluates the 23rd Georgian Light Infantry Battalion’s ability to operate

U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Alexis Mulero A Georgian medic from Charlie Company, 23rd Light Infantry Battalion, checks the vitals of a local villager during a mass casualty exercise during a mission rehearsal exercise at Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, Feb. 22.

Our intention is to give the Georgian Soldiers the essential training and preparation to operate with Marines and the Afghan National Army in stabilizing the security environment in Afghanistan.” - U.S. Marine Capt. Matt Warterben within a counter-insurgency (COIN) environment.” Over the coming days, the Georgian Soldiers will continue to patrol the JMRC training area seeking insurgents, weapons caches and improvised explosive device (IED) factories in partnership with a simulated Afghan

partner force as well as engaging and working to influence Afghan civilian role players. The Georgian Soldiers will be tested with a full-spectrum of challenges from kinetic attacks to meetings with local civilians to gain information and negotiate differences.

The original GDP-ISAF program was a two-year train and equip mission designed to prepare four Georgian infantry battalions in sequence for operations in Afghanistan with Regional Command Southwest – RC(SW). As of May 2011 the program is now GDP-ISAF II, a subsequent

extension of the original program for training and deploying nine additional Georgian infantry battalions over threeyears. “GDP-ISAF is a unique mission – it shows how adaptive the Marine Corps can be when we applied to building the capacity of partner nations,” said Brown, who is a native of the Silicon Valley, Calif. “The mission also demonstrates how building partner capacity can have a significant impact on assisting the U.S. with confronting challenges around the globe – Afghanistan in this case.”

Navy STEM leaders honored at 2012 Black Engineer of the Year Awards conference By Ens. Amber Lynn Daniel Office of Diversity and Inclusion


Flag officers, civilians and Department of the Navy civilian senior executives members (SES) were honored at the 26th annual Black Engineer of the Year (BEYA) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Global Competitiveness Conference Awards in Philadelphia, Penn., Feb. 16 - 18. The three-day BEYA conference, sponsored by Aerotek and Career Communications Group (CCG), attracts thousands of STEM professionals and also serves as a learning tool for students interested in pursuing professional interests in engineering. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. (CNO) Jonathan Greenert presented the Stars and Stripes Navy honoree award to Rear Adm. Willie Metts at the Stars and Stripes dinner, Feb. 17. Each of the Stars and Stripes awards recognizes the significant accomplishments of African Americans in government and industry who have achieved exceptional career gains in the fields of STEM. More than 40 Navy flag officers attended the ceremony, as well as Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Rick D. West and midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy. Following the dinner, Greenert and West took the opportunity to mingle with conference attendees. Greenert also spoke with midshipmen about their future careers with the Navy. “We felt like rock stars, because we were the first people he met with after he did his press conference. It made me feel like someone important,” said Midshipman Allen-Wesley Powell. “I walked out onto the floor and a general pulled me

aside and introduced me to the people he was with, and it was a great experience right off the bat. Honestly, my head is still spinning. It’s a lot to take in. There have been a lot of stars and stripes here – they really don’t call it the ‘Stars and Stripes’ dinner for nothing.” “This is just mindblowing,” said Kami Carter, chemist for the Materials Engineering Division of Naval Air Systems Command. Carter was honored with an award for Most Promising Engineer during the HBCU Engineering Deans’ power breakfast. “I’m surrounded by all of these more experienced people and it is just so inspiring to come out and be honored like this. I aspire to be like them, and yet, here I am today. There are no words to say how honored I am.” Also honored with special recognition at the HBCU Engineering Deans’ Power Breakfast, Feb. 18, was Veradie Ore, deputy program manager for NAVSEA PMS 435, and Ben Thompson, new technology insertion engineer for Naval Air Systems Command. Vice Adm. Kevin McCoy and Vice Adm. David Archizel presented the respective awards. The weekend culminated with the annual Black Engineer of the Year Awards Gala, Feb. 18. Navy honoree Walter Reuben, test and evaluation manager for NAVSEA PMS 450, was presented the award for Outstanding Technical Contribution - Government by McCoy, commander of Naval Sea Systems Command. In addition to the multiple award events, BEYA also hosted several mentoring workshops dedicated to matching more than 250 STEM students and midshipmen with military and civilian leaders. The various workshops included more than 40 Navy flag officers and

SES officials who participated in small roundtable discussions with students, about topics including leadership,career opportunities and networking. “I’ve actually been coming to BEYA since I was a midshipman, and things like the Centennial Seven mentoring session, which we had when I was a midshipman, have been really influential for me,” said Lt. Dane Brown, an instructor at the United States Naval Academy and BEYA Modern Day Technology Leader Award honoree. “I feel it’s important that while I’m here, and while I come back, I help push some of the mids along that way, and I feel BEYA is a great place for it.” Midshipman Christopher Simmons, who has a goal of becoming a nuclear engineer upon graduation, said BEYA was a great opportunity to meet prospective leaders in his future career field. “I just wanted to make some connections, meet some new people and see who are the top engineers in the Armed Forces and the civilian sector,” said Simmons. “I’ve been here before and it’s pretty interesting. People have a lot of interesting things to say and they’ve done a lot of interesting things. It’s cool to hear what people have contributed to the world.” “I think that’s what it’s all about, recognizing the importance of diversity and watching the trend of where we’re going,” said Brown. “Clearly we’re doing a good job and we just need to keep along that path. I’m really glad we do something like this. Bringing the military and industry together, and more importantly our students, and paving the future is so important. I hope that is something we continue to do.”

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From March 2 - 4, check out the 2nd annual Hampton Roads Tattoo Arts Festival, taking place at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. Presented by Folk City Tattoo and Twisted Ink magazine, this highly-anticipated event will celebrate all aspects of the tattooing industry and welcome talented artists from as far away as California. “Last year’s festival was a tremendous success,” said John Cann, Hampton Roads Tattoo Arts Festival organizer. “This year will be even bigger and better than last year, with awesome tattoo artists, a guest appearance by Ami James of “NY Ink,” performances by The Enigma, and some very special surprises.” During the event, interested attendees have the option of speaking with tattoo artists from across the country and having work performed on-site at the convention center. The cost of each tattoo is in addition to the entrance fee price and is negotiated between customer and artist. Please note that many artists book fast and the best way to secure a tattoo at the festival is to set appointments with artists before the event. As stated, this year the Hampton Roads

Tattoo Arts Festival welcomes Ami James of TLC’s “NY Ink” and “Miami Ink” fame. The Israeli-born tattoo artist is co-owner of the Miami Beach, Fla.-based tattoo parlor Love Hate Tattoos and owner of the New York Citybased tattoo parlor Wooster St. Social Club. In addition, the Hampton Roads Tattoo Arts Festival welcomes the return of The Enigma in “Show Devils.” A sideshow performer, actor and musician, The Enigma was also a founder of the Jim Rose Circus, a sideshow act in the 90s that toured with Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson and Lollapalooza, and was hailed as an “absolute must-see act” by Rolling Stone magazine. Other highlights of this year’s festival include live music, fire spinners, pro wrestling, Mixed Martial Arts exhibits, tattoo contests, food and more. “The purpose of the Hampton Roads Tattoo Arts Festival is to provide a festive environment for tattoo enthusiasts and entertainment for those just curious about tattoos,” said Cann. “We also use it as an opportunity to bring our colorful community together under one roof for a weekend of fun and camaraderie.”

■ festival info Tickets cost $25 daily, $45 for a weekend pass ($35 for military). Festival hours are from Noon to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and Noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Virginia Air & Space Center hosts annual FREE-dom Days for military families HAMPTON

In a show of support for our troops and their families, the Virginia Air & Space Center is hosting FREE-dom Days, a month of military appreciation where the center is giving away fun for free. The events are open to active duty military, veterans, their spouses and dependents. Bring a military ID to participate.

To commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Hampton Roads, the Hampton Roads Naval Museum (HRNM) will kick off their 2012 “After Hours History” program with a free talk and book-signing by a renowned author and playwright, March 8. Dr. My Haley will read from and discuss her latest historical novel, “The Treason of Mary Louvestre,” which she spent a decade researching and writing. The story concerns the true adventures of a slave who, in 1861, copied plans for the CSS Virginia and walked to Washington, D.C., to deliver those documents to then Secretary of the Navy, Gideon Welles. “This is important because it will bring at- Dr. My Haley tention to a little-known story from the Civil War,” said Laura Orr, HRNM’s special events coordinator. “Often, Civil War historians focus on the generals or Soldiers, but Dr. Haley will speak about a former Norfolk slave, who became a spy for the North.” Haley agreed that military history frequently places too much emphasis on the actions of the ground forces during that war, and added, “to date, many Civil War stories reported upon have not addressed the impact the navies had upon the War Between the States and the people they represent. “In my thinking, the Battle of Hampton Roads was a defining moment of the war,” she said. The Treason of Mary Louvestre details a critical period in America through the voices and personal stories of those who lived it, people with hopes and dreams and who, as a family, struggled to succeed in their efforts, she said. “War is not just dates and places of battles and skirmishes,” Haley explained. “Rather, it is the agony and success of people told through compelling personal stories.” In writing the book, Haley followed the historic trail left behind by her subject, from the Library of Congress to repositories and archives in Norfolk and elsewhere.

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Special activities for March 17: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. • Free exhibit admission. Special activities for March 3: • Discounts on IMAX admission. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. • Treasure hunt with pirates from the Black• Free exhibit admission. beard Pirate Festival. • Discounts on IMAX admission. • Face painting with Brian Hopson. • Dr. Seuss inspired face painting. • Tasty “Thing 1” and “Thing 2” cupcakes • “The Lorax” themed make-n-take activities. from The Grey Goose (fees apply; while sup• Dr. Seuss storytime with the Hampton Public plies last). Library and Hampton Councilman Donnie Tuck. • Ice cream from the Old Hampton Ice Cream • Hands-on experiments with the water cycle. Parlor (fees apply; while supplies last). • Digitally enhanced photograph displays by • Hands-on activities: St. Patrick’s Day, RainBrian Hopson Photography. bows, Sun-Earth Day and more. • Tasty “Thing 1” and “Thing 2” cupcakes • Enter to win special prizes.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Right Guard,â&#x20AC;? Alexandra Hamletâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s debut novel, is a spy-thriller set in the year 1978, but reads much like it could be pulled from todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s headlines. Details from actual newspaper clippings gives the story a near plausibility and a â&#x20AC;&#x153;what ifâ&#x20AC;? quality that is found in good spy-thrillers. As CIA operative Eric Brent works through his own personal issues, he is tasked with inďŹ ltrating the Right Guard â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a rogue military group that has taken military equipment and ordnance with plans to take over and remake the U.S. using martial law and concentrationlike retraining camps. It was a slow start and it took a little bit for me to get used to Hamletâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s particular style. She has a background in screenwriting and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clear because from reading the ďŹ rst few chapters, they read like scenes from a play or a ďŹ lm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; short, concise â&#x20AC;&#x201C; maybe even a little choppy â&#x20AC;&#x201C; as she switches back and forth between Brent and the â&#x20AC;&#x153;good guys,â&#x20AC;? and Deacon Malway, the leader of the Right Guard and his group. Once I got used to the style, I was riveted. Hamletâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s talent for creating her characters draws heavily on her background in anthropology. There were a dizzying number of characters â&#x20AC;&#x201C; some could probably disappear and some Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to have seen ďŹ&#x201A;eshed out a bit. However, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure that is something Hamlet will take care of in the next installment. With the major characters, I was pleased to ďŹ nd them realistically drawn in such a way that I felt as if I really knew them. Eric is a complex

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â&#x2013; about the author Author Alexandra Hamlet is a cultural and defense anthropologist, an international lecturer and a former TV and print journalist. She consults on cultural affairs and international business. She was an auxiliary nurse in London; Visiting Fellow at Harvard University; an executive search specialist for world-wide C-suite positions; and is a consultant on irregular warfare. This is her first novel.

protagonist who I was rooting for almost from the very beginning. Malway is drawn so evil, there was a point that I just could not cringe enough. Hamlet is a Harvard-trained cultural anthropologist, defense anthropologist and international lecturer. She is a former television host, producer and journalist, and an international consultant on cultural affairs and international business. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a girl who likes spy novels and The Right Guard is not disappointing. My only advise to the author â&#x20AC;&#x201C; donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be so careful with your language and so heavy-handed with the politically correct vernacular â&#x20AC;&#x201C; your characters would not be. But overall a good read. Heavily recommended and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m looking forward to the next one. Check back next week for our exclusive interview with author Alexandra Hamlet.

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pieces based upon her younger years growing up with her grandmother and writing screenplays for feature ďŹ lm and television. HRNM introduces visitors to 235 years of U.S. naval history in Hampton Roads. One of 11 museums operated by the U.S. Navy and reporting to the Naval History and Heritage Command, the museum houses a rich collection of authentic uniforms, weaponry, underwater artifacts, detailed ship models and artwork. The Hampton Roads Naval Museum is located on the second level of Nauticus. Admission to HRNM is free. Haleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s speaking engagement will begin at 6 p.m. and admission is free. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 322-3109 by March 2.




Naval Station to host auto auction on March 14 The next Naval Station Norfolk auto auction is scheduled for March 14 at 10 a.m. at the Fleet Recreation Park on 90th St. and Hampton Blvd. There will be a viewing of the vehicles on March 12 and 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days. To find out more information on the upcoming Naval Station Norfolk auto auction, call 444-2631 or 4459279.

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The new Chrysler 200 convertible offers consumers a fun, open-air driving experience featuring elegant craftsmanship inside and out, an extraordinary level of standard content and innovative technology at a price that is pleasing to the wallet. The Chrysler 200 convertible is an exciting alternative for customers who want the benefits of a coupe and the true open-air freedom of a convertible, all at a surprising value. The 2012 Chrysler 200 convertible is unique in the standard specialty segment as a true mid-sized convertible that comfortably seats four adults and has room in the trunk, even when the power top is dropped. Consumers can choose from two automatically latching, power tops, a body-color painted steel, retractable hard top, or a cloth soft top, both of which can drop with the press of a button on the key fob. With clean, sleek lines, the signature Chrysler grille and winged badge, LED light pipe accents in the front projector headlamps, LED taillamps, a well-crafted

interior including a one-piece instrument panel, “soft-touch” armrests and instrument panel and premium touch points throughout the vehicle, the 2012 Chrysler 200 Convertible delivers a design with purpose and attainable luxury. For 2012, the Chrysler 200 Convertible sports two new exterior colors: Crystal Blue Pearl Coat and Deep Auburn, and a new interior color scheme for the Limited model: Black with Pearl White. Available in Touring, Limited and ‘S’ trim levels, power for the Chrysler convertible is generated by the proven 2.4L four-cylinder World Gas Engine or the 3.6L V6 Pentastar prime mover. Both power plants are mated to the 62TE sixspeed automatic transmission. The 2012 Chrysler 200 Touring convertible features the following standard equipment: power cloth top, speed control, power locks, power windows, power top down via the key fob, rear window defroster, power trunk lid release, acoustic laminated front windshield glass, Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC), universal garage door opener, bi-functional halogen headlamps, auto-

2012 Chrysler 200 convertible ■ Wheelbase: 108.9;

overall length: 194.8; width: 72.5; height: 57.9 (all vehicle measurements are in inches). ■ Engine: 2.4L four-cylinder – 173 hp at 6,000 rpm and 166 lbs.-ft. of torque at 4,400 rpm; 3.6L V6 – 283 hp at 6,400 rpm and 260 lbs.-ft. of torque at 6,800 rpm. ■ Transmission: sixspeed automatic ■ EPA Fuel Economy: 2.4L four-cylinder – 18 city/29 hwy; 3.6L V6 –

19 city/29 hwy. ■ Safety features: Dual front airbags, front seatmounted side-impact airbags, four-wheel disc with anti-lock, brake assist, traction control, electronic stability control, remote keyless entry, tire-pressure monitor, engine immobilizer, security alarm and fog lamps. Limited adds Bluetooth handsfree phone system, HomeLink universal transceiver and remote

engine start. Optional safety features includes navigation system. ■ Warranty: Basic 3-year/36,000 mile; Powertrain 5-year/ 100,000 mile; Corrosion 5-year/100,000 mile. ■ Pricing:The base Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price for the 2012 Chrysler 200 convertible is $26,575 for theTouring, $31,570 for the Limited and $32,070 for the ‘S’. Destination charges add $750.

matic headlamps with turn off time delay, power heated exterior mirrors, 17-inch aluminum wheels, automatic temperature control, six-way power driver and front passenger seats, Media Center 130 CD/MP3 radio, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather-wrapped shift knob with chrome accent, tilt/telescoping steering column, ambient LED interior lighting and premium cloth seats. The Limited adds: 3.6L Pentastar V-6 engine, dual bright exhaust tips, leather seats, Media Center 430 CD/DVD/ MP3/40 gigabyte hard drive with 28 GB available storage touch screen radio, Uconnect hands free phone, iPod connector, fog lamps, bright exterior mirrors and door handles, 18-inch aluminum wheels, express up/down key fob, remote start and windscreen. Finally, the ‘S’ adds: premium Boston Acoustic speakers, “S” heated, leather front seats and leather rear seats with suede inserts, perforated leather-wrapped “S” steering wheel, 18-inch aluminum “S” wheels with black painted pockets, body color mirrors and door handles, “S” Grille with black painted bars, “S” headlamps with black background, “S” fog lamp bezels and a unique Chrysler winged badge with black inlay. The 2012 Chrysler 200 convertible is available in the following exterior colors: Blackberry Pearl Coat, Bright Silver Metallic, Black Clear Coat, Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearl Coat, Bright White Clear Coat, Crystal Blue Pearl Coat, DeepAuburn Metallic and Tungsten Silver Metallic.

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The Lorax » From the creators of “Despicable Me” and the imagination of Dr. Seuss comes the 3D-feature “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax,” an adaptation of the classic tale of a forest creature who shares the enduring power of hope. The animated adventure follows the journey of a 12-year-old boy as he searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world. Danny DeVito lends his vocal talents to the iconic title character of the Lorax, while Ed Helms voices the enigmatic Once-ler. Also bringing their talents to the film are Zac Efron as Ted, the idealistic youth who searches for the Lorax; and Taylor Swift as Audrey, the girl of Ted’s dreams. Rob Riggle will play financial king O’Hare, and Betty White will portray Ted’s wise Grammy Norma.

Project X

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Follows three seemingly anonymous high school seniors as they attempt to finally make a name for themselves. Their idea is innocent enough: let’s throw a party that no one will forget, but nothing could prepare them for this party. Word spreads quickly as dreams are ruined, records are blemished and legends are born. “Project X” is a warning to parents and police everywhere.

Adapted from Nick Flynn’s 2004 memoir, “Another BS Night in Suck City,” the new dramatic feature from Academy Award-nominated writer/director Paul Weitz tells the story of a young writer, Nick (Paul Dano), who takes a job at a homeless shelter where one night he discovers his longabsent father Jonathan (Robert De Niro) seeking a bed. Julianne Moore portrays the writer’s mother Jody; and Olivia Thirlby portrays Denise, a worker at the shelter.


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Ridge Racer gets ‘unbounded’ Ridge Racer: Unbounded System: PC, PS3, Xbox 360 Publisher: Namco Bandai Games America Release Date: March 6 ESRB Rating: Everyone

This latest entry in the celebrated Ridge Racer series, “Ridge Racer: Unbounded” turbo-charges the racing genre with full environmental and vehicular destruction. The signature arcade handling and drifting elements that fans have come to know and love, combined with explosive action takes the game to the next level of competitive racing. With a new car selection, including powerful vintage Courtesy of Namco Bandai Games America muscle cars, take over every alley and street The latest entry in the Ridge Racer series, “Unbounded,” is scheduled to hit store shelves March 6. corner in Shatter Bay in the most visceral and destructive racing game of 2012. “Ridge Racer: Unbounded brings the highoctane racing that the series is known for and injects new layers of destruction and carnage to the already intense formula,” said Carlson Choi, vice president of Marketing, Namco Bandai Games America. “With the new sophis-


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ticated ‘City Creator,’ fans can easily create an unlimited number of tracks and share them with their friends for limitless replay value.” In single player mode, players must impress Kara Shindo, the leader of the Unbounded gang, to develop street credibility in Shatter Bay through high-speed destruction. Domination Race encourages players to destroy everything in sight, including rival cars, the environment and other traffic on the road. Survival Race gives the player one car and one chance to avoid destruction to finish in first place. Additional game modes include action focused on just taking out other cars, drifting and dueling. In addition to the single player mode, racers can take their driving skills online against other players in several multiplayer modes. The game will provide players with unlimited fun by allowing them to dominate cities created by other players, using City Creator. For more information, visit, or, or

■ unbounded additions Announced additions to this edition of the long-running Ridge Racer franchise include the ability to design and share tracks and a new emphasis on crashing into opponents or through the environment to find shortcuts.


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Bringing the ‘Hammer’ Harlem Globetrotters bring their World Tour to the Constant Center By David Todd The Flagship Managing Editor


The Original Harlem Globetrotters are bringing their timeless theatrics and captivating athleticism to the Ted Constant Convocation Center, March 3 - 4. Celebrating their 86th consecutive year, the team continues their world famous tradition of ball-handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that is fun for fans of all ages. Through the years, the Globetrotters have showcased their talents in 120 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers. They have even had the opportunity to entertain dignitaries, such as popes, kings, queens and presidents. This year the team welcomed three new rookies to the roster. They include: Paul “Tiny” Sturgess, the world’s tallest pro basketball player at 7’8”; Jonte “Too Tall” Hall, the shortest Globetrotter ever at 5’2”; and Fatima “TNT” Maddox of Temple University, the team’s first female player since 1993. Often times, their nicknames help fans identify them on the courts. “Our teammates give them (the nicknames) to us … probably based on personality,” said Donte “Hammer” Harrison, a three-year veteran with the team. “We have a 7’8” guy, his name is ‘Tiny.’ We also have a guy that’s 5’2,” his name is ‘Too Tall.’ Sometime it’s based on your personality or things you experience while out on tour.” Harrison made his mark with the team by the way he dunks the ball, but in the Hampton Roads community, many remember him from the time he spent playing for the Hampton University Pirates. There he led the team in field goal percentage and blocked shots during the

easons. He was also the team’s 2008-09 seasons. ding rebounder. second leading ngly, Harrison didn’t start Surprisingly, asketball until he was around playing basketball 17 years old. Childhood injuries kept him from playing intense competitive sports, butt after going through a large urt in his late teens, he started growth spurt sketball daily and quickly implaying basketball proved his skills. came a lot,” said Harrison. “I overcame hy I encourage kids, always. “That’s why If they’re going through anything in life ushing through and they can – keep pushing en the loftiest of goals.” achieve even Harrisonn and Sturgess spend time on Monday and Tuesday getting out into unity and talked to children, the community ducations and medical proparents, educations fessionals. They went to the Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters in Norfolk, Great Neck Middle School in each, Ruffner Middle School Virginia Beach, hard Bowling Elementary and Richard School in Norfolk, and Navy Medical rtsmouth. Center Portsmouth. “It’s an amazing thing. We have a character education program that we put t’s called C.H.E.E.R.,” he extogether, it’s Basically, we go out and teach plained. “Basically, the kids how to build better character and to be a better person.” Hamptonn Roads has one tion’s highest of the nation’s concentrations of active duty miliontary personarrison said nel and Harrison eam supports the Armed Serthat the team never possible. possible For the show, show the vices whenever Globetrotters have special money saving promo code for military service members and their families. Simply input “GMIL” when purchasing tickets online.

“We always show them love,” he said. “One minute we are dunking the ball and the next minute we’re high-fiving a kid, so there are always chances that we have to be interactive with the military. Me, myself I’ve been on several military tours already where we go out and entertain the troops overseas and just bring them a piece of that ‘American pie’ that they’ve been missing.” The Harlem Globetrotters 2012 World Tour will be at the Ted Constant Convocation Center this weekend for two showings, March 3 at 7 p.m. and March 4 at 2 p.m. Tickets are on sale at,

the Constant Center Box Office, or by phone at (888) 3-COXTIX. Information on group and scout tickets can also befound at Join the free Constant Center Cyber Club and receive advance notices and special offers to future events at www. You can also become a fan and follow the Ted Constant Center on Facebook at and on Twitter at for special contests and daily updates.

■ hammer time A 6-foot, 9-inch native of Brooklyn, New York, Donte “Hammer” Harrison (left), 31, played at Hampton University and led the Pirates in field goal percentage and blocked shots in the 2008-09. This is his third year of playing for the Globetrotters.

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Henderson proves that size does matter with lightweight title victory over Edgar By Michael DiSanto

Benson Henderson looked like he was at least one full weight class bigger than Frankie Edgar during their championship fight at UFC 144, Feb. 25. UFC announcer Joe Rogan made a comment during the bout that we may be watching a future welterweight, Henderson, fighting a future featherweight. The late, great Evan Tanner once told me that, all else being equal, the bigger man will win more often than not. He was explaining why he decided to drop from light heavyweight to middleweight in search of his first UFC championship. Those words seemed to ring true on Saturday night. The fight was, by all accounts, a close contest. Edgar seemed to land on his feet with more frequency. He also scored more takedowns. But it was clear that he wasn’t able to hurt the challenger with his punches and he certainly struggled to control him on the ground. Henderson, by contrast, might have landed fewer strikes, but he definitely landed the far more damaging blows. He appeared to move Edgar with every blow, even those that didn’t land on the button. At the end of the fight, Henderson didn’t appear to have a scratch on his face, whereas Edgar looked like he had gotten into a car wreck, with his left eye completely swollen shut, bumps and bruises around his face and a deep gash above his nose. Henderson also got up at will following each Edgar takedown. It was the first time that I can recall Edgar completely failing to control an opponent following a takedown. Plus, Henderson dismissively shucked off several Edgar takedowns, something that Edgar certainly isn’t accustomed to experiencing. Landing fewer shots. Scoring fewer takedowns. Not really dominating with jiu-jitsu, despite one close submission attempt. Yet, he won the fight. It seemed like size was the difference on Saturday night. I have no idea what is next for Henderson. I do know that a rematch with Anthony Pettis,

Courtesy of UFC The UFC is holding a four-man tournament to crown its first-ever flyweight (125 pounds) champion. At UFC on FX 2, March 2, Joseph Benavidez (above) will face Yasuhiro Urushitani and Demetrious Johnson will face Ian McCall, with winners meeting at a later date.

Photos courtesy of UFC Benson Henderson scored a unanimous decision victory over Frankie Edgar at UFC 144, Feb. 25, to win the UFC lightweight championship.

the man who snatched Henderson’s WEC 155pound strap, is a fight that I am clamoring to see. Or maybe a bout with current Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez, arguably the best fighter under that banner. Of course, we can’t forget the winner of Jim Miller versus Nate Diaz on May 5. There are lots of interesting first defenses for the new champion.

STRIKEFORCE March 3, 10 p.m., Showtime Featured bouts: Miesha Tate vs. Ronda Rousey K.J. Noons vs. Josh Thomson Paul Daley vs. Kazuo Misaki Bristol Marunde vs. Ronaldo Souza Lumumba Sayers vs. Scott Smith

Will Edgar move to 145? Rogan often asks Edgar if a move to featherweight is in his future. After all, Edgar is one of just a very few non-heavyweight elite who barely cut any weight. The truth is that Edgar probably should fight at featherweight. Cutting weight is a necessity to avoid fighting much bigger guys. But another truth is that only two men have ever defeated Edgar, and every man he has faced in the UFC is physically larger than the now former champion. I seriously doubt that Edgar will drop to feather-

■ upcoming mma UFC ON FX 2 March 2, 6 p.m., Fuel TV; 9 p.m., FX Featured bouts: Thiago Alves vs. Martin Kampmann Joseph Benavidez vs. Yasuhiro Urushitani Demetrious Johnson vs. Ian McCall Court McGee vs. Constantinos Philippou

weight for that very reason. I think he will campaign for an immediate rematch and the fight was an entertaining, competitive scrap. But there were no doubts outside of Edgar’s own head about who won the fight. It was about as clear as a close fight can be, if that makes any sense. It seems much more likely, therefore, that Edgar will need to win one or two more fights in order to secure a rematch with the champion.

BELLATOR 60 March 9, 9 p.m., MTV2 Featured bouts: Joe Warren vs. Pat Curren Marlon Sandro vs. Roberto Vargas Wagnney Fabiano vs. Ronnie Mann Alexandre Bezerra vs. Genair da Silva Jeremy Spoon vs. Daniel Straus ■ All cards are subject to change.




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S.COM FLAGSHIPNEW SECTION B Rear Adm. Michael McLaughlin (R), Commander, Submarine Group (COMSUBGRU) 2, pins the Bronze Star Medal on Lt. Cmdr. Colin McGuire in Bledsoe Hall at Navy Submarine School in Groton, Conn. McGuire was awarded the medal for his actions as the Combined Joint Task Force Paladin CJ3 Combined Security Transition CommandAfghanistan liaison ofďŹ cer supporting Enduring Freedom and the Global War on Terrorism.

so be before leaving the base, Storm water is not treated on the ground. careful what you leave

Not down the storm drain!

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BY MEREDITH CUTCHIN Command Environmental Facilities Engineering Naval

Bronze Star Submariner receives

almost certainly shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Unless it is rainwater, it drains. But why? Storm be going down our storm leaving the base. Durwater is not treated before storm runoff is carried by the C-IED operations in Afghanistan ing a rain event, water assignment, working streams, rivers, lakes and May 18, 2010. drain system directly into from June 15, 2009 to excepmeans that anything that the Bronze Star for ultimately the ocean. This its McGuire was awarded the drains eventually makes Operational Support ce while ser ving as n. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A Navy O meritorious ser vice travels through storm trash GROTON, Conn. Paladin CJ3 Comwho recently tionally aterways. So, if you throw subma w London submariner, Joint Task Force (CJTF) way into our areas waterways. l Center (NOSC) New drain, you might as wel to Afghanistan, Combined Command-Afghanistan storm a deploym deployment near Transition ground ear-long year-long the a Security on v- bined returned from to his award or ocean yourself! Medal, Oct. 3, for ser Electronic LNO). Star Med Arts According it directly into the river throws its hat into the on liaison officer (CSTC-A United was awarded the Bronze cage with throw storm water pollution Bruce Willissource saved incountless ofoverimprovised explosive â&#x20AC;&#x153;EAefforts Sports MMA,â&#x20AC;? leads the k with counter im The largest stores Oct. 19. C7 narrative, â&#x20AC;&#x153;McGuireâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ing as a critical link day activities Condit ( every Carlos the-hill gang in comes from lives.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Red.â&#x20AC;? forces C7 erations. naval installation States and coalition (fast-foo Hardy device (C-IED) operations. trashDan are knock USS Emor y S. Land n McGuire, U The most common pollutants waste, etc.) and to Lt. Cmdr. Colin B11 Officer, pet See BRONZE STAR, C ent (Det) E, Commanding wrappers, cigarette butts, pesticide (AS-39) Detachment (IA) fertilizer, Augmentee Indivi rd for his Individual ins (used motor oil, antifreeze, spilled or droppe received the award dumped, etc.). Pollutants that are rai picked up by water from on the ground can be e then water This polluted hoses and sprinklers. throughout the installati ters the numerous drains ays l t

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Religious Services JEB Little Creek Chapel JEB FORT STORY Chapel ROMAN CATHOLIC Mass schedule: 5 p.m., Sat. (fulfills Sunday obligation) 9 a.m. & 12:15 p.m. , Sun. Fellowship: 10 a.m., Sun. Choir practice: 6 p.m., Tues. Confessions: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Sat.

ROMAN CATHOLIC Mass schedule: 9 a.m., Sun. Bible study: 9:30 a.m., Tues. PROTESTANT Worship service:11 a.m., Sun. Bible study: Noon, Wed.

Naval Station Norfolk PROTESTANT Sun. School : 9 a.m. Sun. (Ages 4 - Adult) AWANA / Children’s Church : 10 a.m., Sun. (Ages 4 - 10) Worship service:10:30 a.m., Sun. Fellowship: 11:30 a.m., Sun. Coffeehouse: 6 p.m., Sun. Bible Study/ Band Practice: 5 p.m., Mon. PWOC: 9:30 a.m., Wed Choir practice: 6 p.m., Wed.

LATTER DAY SAINTS Worship: 11:30 a.m., Sun. (Chapel Annex Classroom 1) Meeting: 7 p.m., Wed. (Chapel Annex Classroom 4) * Nursery care is available Sundays, 10 a.m. - Noon

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ROMAN CATHOLIC Our Lady of Victory Chapel Mass schedule: 11:45 a.m., Wed. 10 a.m., Sun.. PROTESTANT David Adams Memorial Chapel Worship services: 10:30 a.m., Sun. Jewish SABBATH Commodore Levy Chapel (Second Floor Bldg. C7) Sabbath: 730 p.m., Fri. (Sabbath Fellowship Oneg Shabbot Follows) ISLAMIC WORSHIP Masjid al Da’wah 2nd Floor (Bldg. C-7) Services: 1:30 p.m., Fri. Chapels are open daily for prayer.


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