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Vol. 20, No. 15 Norfolk, VA | | 04.12.12

For coverage of the F/A-18D Hornet crash, see A8.

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More than 900 attend the 85th annual Easter Sunrise Service onboard JEBLCFS Press Release JEBLCFS Public Affairs


Spencer R. Layne Melvina Harrison sings “It Was Worth It” at the 85th annual Easter Sunrise Service onboard Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story at the site of the Cape Henry Cross, April 8.

More than 900 military, family and local citizens of Hampton Roads attended the 85th annual Easter Sunrise Service held onboard Joint Expeditionary Base (JEB) Little Creek-Fort Story, April 8. The service began at 6:30 a.m. and within minutes, the sun rose over the historic Cape Henry Memorial Cross on JEB Fort Story to a new day of hope. The service paid tribute to life, particularly in the aftermath of an F/A-18D Hornet that crashed into an apartment complex in Virginia

Fort McHenry Sailors get out to the ballpark By Ens. Laura Price USS Fort McHenry Public Affairs


A USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) Color Guard rendered honors before an exhibition baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles and their AAA affiliate, the Norfolk Tides, April 4. Electronics Technician 1st Class Salvador Perez, Seaman Sheunqua Williams, Seaman Danino Lauder, Culinary Specialist Seaman Janet Garcia and Logistics Specialist Seaman Christopher Doran made up the color guard. The team, who has traditionally performed at smaller ceremonies for the ship, marched out to center field to proudly display the

Beach on Good Friday. A plane, taking off from Naval Air Station Oceana experienced a catastrophic equipment malfunction, which resulted in a crash, causing fire and the destruction of several apartments. However, to date, no deaths have been reported. “As the dawn breaks on this beautiful day, at this very special place in our wonderful city, we not only celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, we celebrate the divine intervention that occurred just two days ago when a Navy jet crashed into the Mayfair Mews apartments near the Ocean-

» see EASTER | A11

- Virginia Beach Mayor William Sessoms, recognizing the police officers, firefighters, EMS personnel and service members who assisted after the crash

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There was a lot of energy from the crowd.”

Press Release Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Public Affairs

- Seaman Sheunqua Williams


flags during the national anthem, just minutes before the first pitch. After their performance, the group got a rousing standing ovation from the many baseball fans waiting patiently to see their favorite players take the field. “That was my first time performing in front of a big audience – it was a lot of fun,” said Williams. “It was exciting to see everyone standing

We are truly blessed to have you as a part of this city.”

Ens. Laura Price The USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) color guard poses with Riptide, the Norfolk Tides’ mascot, at an exhibition baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles and their AAA affiliate, the Norfolk Tides, at Harbor Park, April 4.

up for us. There was a lot of energy from the crowd.” “It was exhilarating,” said Perez. “With the smell of hot dogs and funnel cakes, there’s really nothing like the charged atmosphere of an opening day.”

By working with the Baltimore Orioles, Fort McHenry Sailors continue to build ties with the city of Baltimore, Md., where the historic Fort McHenry National Monument

» see TIDES | A11

The Month of April has been named National Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic (CNRMA) is reaching out to raise awareness region-wide. SAAM gives commands around the world a chance to focus attention and training on the importance of eliminating sexual assault through this years’ theme

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SYNTHETIC DRUG TESTING Navy Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Office (NADAP) posted the new Synthetic Drug Testing Operating Guide online.

THE CIRCUS IS COMING TO TOWN The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus will be making stops at the Norfolk Scope and the Hampton Coliseum.

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“Hurts One, Affects All. Prevention of Sexual Assault is Everyone’s Duty.” “Sexual assault is a criminal act and it goes against everything our Navy’s core values instill in our Sailors. We have to actively engage our Sailors through training and support of our Sexual Assault Awareness experts in order to prevent it,” said Rear Adm. Tim Alexander, Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic. “Making our Sailors aware of the scope of the problem is a step we

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SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.This year’s theme is, “Hurts One, Affects All. Prevention of Sexual Assault is Everyone’s Duty.” Help raise awareness by joining the conversation on social media by using #SAAM.



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NSA Hampton Roads observes Sexual Assault Awareness Month By Katisha Draughn Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads Public Affairs


The month of April has been designated as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and the Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads (NSA HR) Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) is observing this month by raising public awareness about sexual violence and educating the military community on how to prevent it. “SAAM affords commands the opportunity to pause and reflect on the status of their SAPR (Sexual Assault Prevention and Response) program, address any deficiencies, update training requirements and utilize creative ways to incorporate the SAPR ideology into their command climate,” said Meredith McCall, Lead Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC). Capt. Charles Melcher, Commanding Officer, NSA HR, signed the SAAM Proc-

lamation at FFSC, April 3. “It is important to recognize this month and highlight ways that we can raise awareness of sexual assault,” he said. “I appreciate everything that the Sexual Assault Response Coordinators do and the time that they devote to help those who need it.” The Department of Defense’s SAAM theme this year is, “Hurts One, Affects All. Prevention of Sexual Assault is Everyone’s Duty.” The Navy will highlight weekly themes during the month. The four weekly themes are, “Hurts One,” “Affects All,” “Prevention is Everyone’s Duty,” and “We Will Not Tolerate Sexual Assault.” “We plan all year long for the events and we coordinate trainings and events in support of the SAAM theme,” said McCall. “We provide commands with ideas, tools and materials to utilize in their SAAM observation events.” SARC’s work very closely on the SAPR program and have responsibilities which include case management,

victim advocacy, prevention education and training and data collection. “Our goals are to support victims by ensuring Sailors and commands have the tools and training to know the proper response to report a sexual assault,” said McCall. To raise awareness about sexual assault, the Norfolk SAPR program will be providing various events throughout the month of April to commands throughout Hampton Roads. The FFSC held a victim advocate refresher training on April 4 where they recognized the theme of “Hurts one, affects all” which also integrated the weekly subthemes. FFSC will also have victim advocate basic training, SAPR point of contact training, SAPR data collection coordinator training and general military training for various commands. The FFSC even took spreading awareness about sexual assault one step further by promoting the Clothesline Project.

online Help raise awareness by joining the conversation on social media using #SAAM. Norfolk had 134 cases of sexual assault reported in fiscal 2011 and the SAPR Victim Advocates and sexual assault victims created 134 shirts to depict how sexual assault has affected their lives. The shirts will be displayed along Gilbert Street at Naval Station Norfolk. According to a press release from the Department of the Navy highlighting the beginning of SAAM, Vice Adm. Scott R. Van Buskirk, Chief of Naval Personnel and Director of the Navy’s SAAM 2012 initiative, said that sexual assault prevention is one key aspect of the Navy’s 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative to increase the personal readiness of each and every Sailor within the Navy. For more information on the SAAM events at FFSC, call 444-2102.



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Oceana youth earn national award for community service project By Cathy Heimer Jet Observer


The Month of the Military Child kicked off April 2 in a big way for 10 middle school students, members of the Fire Ninjas Torch Club at NAS Oceana Child and Youth Programs (CYP). The 11 to 13-year-olds thought they were just going to help serve a special thank you dinner for military families, instead, they found themselves called up and presented a check for $1,000, as the third place winner in the national Linking Hearts & Hands National Service Project, through the Boys and Girls Clubs. The Torch Club’s project, “InSight to Senses” was selected from 250 entries worldwide and earned the group the cash award from the Staples Foundation, the charitable arm of the office supply store. “We’re proud to recognize your club because of the incredible work you’ve done as part of the InSight to Senses project … through your efforts, you’ve really made an impact on others. In the process, you’ve realized the power of your actions and demonstrated your ability to set a goal, work hard at achieving it and succeed, while helping others,” said Richard Coleman, regional vice president for Staples, before presenting the check. With Coleman, who is

based in Framingham, Mass., were three Virginia Beach representatives, John Whitley, district sales manager; Joseph Barlow, business development associate; and Lindsey Patto, B2B sales consultant. The four toured the Oceana Youth Center, enjoyed the family dinner and participated in several team building games with club members, parents and staff following the presentation. Capt. Bob Geis, Commanding Officer, NAS Oceana, who attended the award ceremony, praised CYP staff and Torch Club members. Geis presented “You Make a Difference” awards to Torch Club Advisor Donna Minson and CYP Assistant Ariel Miller. “Anytime you get an opportunity to thank kids for doing great things, it’s time well spent. These kids are a great example to all the other kids here. These kids are doing great stuff every day,” said Geis. He said that while there are a lot of negative stories in the media about kids and teens, and the Torch Club members deserved to be recognized for their efforts that earned them third place out of 250 entries. “Thanks to the Staples Foundation, too, for recognizing the kids,” added Geis. The theme of the contest was “Children helping Children in Need,” and preparation began last September. After the club researched

MC3 Antonio Turretto Ramos Capt. Bob Geis, Commanding Officer, NAS Oceana high fives members of the Fire Ninjas Torch Club at Oceana Child and Youth Programs after helping members of the Staples Foundation present the students with a check for $1,000, earning third place in the “Linking Hearts & hands” national service project.

several different ideas, they decided to help those with visual impairments, in part, to honor of one of their members, Hayley Maydak, who has difficulty seeing. An online search found the Virginia Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (VAAPVI), which has a Hampton Roads chapter. Club members created 13 audio books, which were burned to CDs and designed four bright donation boxes to gather sensory items, such as musical instruments, stress balls, dolls and stuffed animals, all “things they could touch and feel and hear,” explained Minson. When the project was completed, Minson invited VAAPVI President Dawn Peifer, whose daughter Kimmie is completely blind, to speak the club on Dec. 8. Minson said both Kimmie and Maydak explained what it’s like to be visually impaired. The Torch Club then presented the donations to VAAPVI. The Torch Club also earned a merit award from BGCA

is a sixth grader at Princess Anne Middle School. “We did it for Hayley. This was a way to help her and show our appreciation of her,” explained Blackburn, whose parents are both active duty – Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class (AW) Jeffrey Blackburn is stationed at Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106 on the Super Hornet side and Aviation Electrician’s Mate 2nd Class (AW) Patti Blackburn is deployed with VFA-11. The middle schooler can rattle off a list of reasons why she likes the Torch Club. “I like Miss Donna. We do a lot of cool stuff, all the projects we do and how much fun it is and I learn a lot more than I used to know,” she said. The Fire Ninjas Torch Club members will vote on how to spend the $1,000 prize. While the club hasn’t made a final decision, they are looking at attending the Boys and Girls Club retreat at Camp Silver Beach on Virginia’s Eastern Shore at the end of April and maybe spending the day at Motor World in Virginia Beach with the remaining funds.

Anytime you get an opportunity to thank kids for doing great things, it’s time well spent.” - Capt. Bob Geis, Commanding Officer, NAS Oceana

with a prize of $500 from the Staples Foundation for a second project they completed as part of the “Military Parent 2 Kid Connection.” Parents were invited to the youth center for four hours on a Saturday last fall, where they were treated to fun family and team building activities with their children. “It was to get the kids to show the parents what we do here, show them around and get the parents to be a kid for a day,” explained Minson. This isn’t the first year the middle schoolers have completed a community service project. In 2010, they collected items for a low income community center in Norfolk, wrapped the gifts, made cards and delivered the donations, just in time for Christmas. Minson is somewhat amazed

that the Fire Ninjas accomplish as much as they do. “I have them for half an hour in the morning before school and maybe an hour and a half afterwards,” she explained. Minson makes the best use of that time, explaining, “I really want to make my middle school program more about community service – giving, instead of getting. I want to teach about a lot of community service – giving to the children in our club, especially the little ones, being role models and mentors.” She added how she also stresses being mature and “doing the right thing.” Julianne Blackburn, 11, is in her first year as a Torch Club member. “I loved reading the audio books,” said Blackburn, who

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Iwo Jima ‘breaks out the green’ with consecutive safety wins By MC1 Heather W. Hines USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) Public Affairs


In a naval message released, March 28, USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) was named 2011 Chief of Naval Operation (CNO) Safety Award winner. This year marks the second consecutive year the Atlantic eet-based amphibious assault ship is being recognized for safety excellence. For Iwo Jima Safety OfďŹ cer Lt. Cmdr Kevin Corrie, the announcement was a bit U.S. Navy file photo Iwo Jima, along with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group and embarked 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit marines, deployed March 27 on of a surprise. “I thought ‘since we won regularly scheduled eight-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and the 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. last year, they’re deďŹ nitely going to pick someone else this year,’â€? said Corrie, who has served in the position for the last 22 months. “Truthfully, it was like getting a Christmas gift you didn’t expect to receive,â€? he added. â€œâ€Ś I deďŹ nitely felt proud to be a part of such a notable award, but it’s not the Safety Department that earned the award. It’s the crew of the Iwo Jima who deserves the real recognition.â€? Areas of consideration NAS OCEANA PARK SATURDAY, APRIL 14 for the award came from 1750 Tomcat Boulevard 9:00 am to 7:00 pm the crew’s high-operational Virginia Beach, VA tempo in support of two sepaSUNDAY, APRIL 15 rate continuous maintenance RAIN OR SHINE 11:00 am to 6:00 pm availability (CMAV) – participation in highly-visible Fleet Week events, completNavy Federal members save even more on auto insurance from GEICOÂŽ.1 ing pre-deployment certiďŹ cation exercises – and pre- and post-holiday periods. “I think that ‘Safety Culture’ is driven from the top down,â€? said Corrie. “Our senior leadership demands safety from the get-go and


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Motorcycle courses designed to keep riders safe, aware ■ motorcycle rally What: The Hampton Roads Armed Forces Motorcycle Rally will feature a bike show, poker run, entertainment, concessions and door prizes.

By David Todd The Flagship Managing Editor


Each year, motorcycle crashes and fatalities involving military service members occurs, and the Navy is doing all that it can to help educate riders on the proper procedures of riding and handling motorcycles to prevent future accidents from happening. According to OPNAVINST 5100.12H, all military personnel (active duty, retired and their dependents) who operate a motorcycle on or off-base, and all DoD civilian personnel who operate a motorcycle on-base are required to complete a Commander, Naval Safety Center-approved motorcycle rider safety course prior to operating these vehicles. And the training is provided to these individuals at no cost. “We run three courses a week at NAVSTA Norfolk, (NAS) Oceana, and (JEB) Little Creek-Fort Story,” said Mitch Hrdlicka, Regional Lead, Navy and Marine Corps Traffic Safety Program. “So (the courses) are running constantly. And if there is a need, and the availability, we’ll add more classes.” There are many reasons why people gravitate towards riding motorcycles, one of which is the on-going increase in the price of gasoline. “As gas prices go up, so will motorcycle ridership,” said Hrdlicka. “For a lot of people, it’s a very different way for people to move through the world. You see things on a motorcycle that you can’t see in a car. You’re

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Lisa Johnson, Navy rider coach, Navy and Marine Corps Traffic Safety Program instructs riders in the Basic Rider Course onboard NAVSTA Norfolk, March 29.

a part of the environment.” Hrdlicka and his team of Navy rider coaches provide valuable in-class and onthe-bike skills training for novice and advanced riders. The classes are generally small (maximum of 12 riders per class), creating a safe and positive learning environment. “We’re trying to help the novice motorcyclist, to give them the tools to keep themselves out of (dangerous) situations,” he said. “… a lot of the (students) are novice riders – have never touched a motorcycle before – and we take them from step one.” The Basic Rider Course (BRC) provides riders with the basic mental and physical skills for riding, consisting of approximately five hours of classroom and 10 hours of on-cycle instruction (conducted over three days). The Experienced Rider Course (ERC) is a one-day course that complements a rider’s basic skills and helps with personal risk assessment. It includes a fast-paced classroom segment with several interactive activities to improve perception and

hazard awareness. The Military Sportbike Rider Course (MSRC) is nearly identical to the ERC, but adds specific language for sportbikes, including military references and video instruction. OPNAVINST 5100.12H details the specific Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required when operating a motorcycle, but maintenance is also something that is extremely important for the safety of riders and passengers. “Routine maintenance gives you trouble-free rides,” said Hrdlicka. “You’ll find the major things that are happening and get them fixed – whether you do it yourself or you take it to a mechanic. There is an acronym we use called “TCLOCK” (tires & wheels, controls, lights, oil, chassis, kickstand). It’s a pre-ride checklist, and you want to do that every time you ride.” Another factor that motorcycle riders should keep in mind is the costs associated with owning and operating a motorcycle. “Buy what you can afford,” advised Hrdlicka, “and remember it’s not just the price

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of the bike … it’s the cost of the gear (PPE), it’s the cost of the maintenance (and insurance). Another item to consider when riding motorcycles is the dangerous and life threatening decision to consume alcohol. “It’s a lot more difficult to drink and ride than it would be to drink and drive,” said Hrdlicka. “It affects your balance. One of the strategies we use is ‘SEE’ – Search, Evaluate, and Execute – even one drink affects how you use that tool (motorcycle) down the road.” And alcohol is often a major factor involved in motorcycle crashes and fatalities. “Roughly 50 percent of the motorcycle crashes have something to do with alcohol,” he said. “It’s a shame because not only do you affect your life … it’s also who your with, it’s the person you hit. And one of the things that a lot of folks

Photos by David Todd Twelve motorcycle riders participate in the Basic Rider Course onboard NAVSTA Norfolk, March 29.

don’t understand – they’re on the bikes themselves. The question they have to ask themselves is, ‘Who’s riding with me?’ Just because I’m on the bike, I’ve got my wife/ girlfriend/husband, my mom and dad, my brother and sister, those are all the folks riding with you. If you crash, it affects all their lives. And you take that even into the Navy, into your shipmates … all of those people are affected because you decided to drink and ride.” Several of the Basic Rider Course students felt that the class is both beneficial and educational. It also provides a good foundation for current and future motorcyclists. And you don’t have to own a motorcycle to take the course because the class is equipped with training motorcycles. “I’d definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to ride,” said Ensign Anh Do, USS Laboon (DDG 58), who received his motorcycle license last summer, but needed the Basic Rider Course to be able to ride on-base. “There’s

an advanced course too, so I’m going to take that when I get the chance.” “I think it’s amazing … I think it’s great. They’re really helpful – they have patience with me,” explained Logistics Specialist Seaman Jennifer Korzenski, USS Oak Hill (LSD 51), who has been a passenger on motorcycles for many years, but she recently purchased her own motorcycle and is now learning how to ride for the first time, solo. “Which is good, because I’m definitely a beginner.” To search or enroll in Traffic Safety Classes, visit www. Courses are provided on a space available basis. Courses available include: Military Sportbike Rider Course (MSRC), Experienced Rider Courses (ERC), and Basic Rider Courses (BRC). Visit online for class schedules and times. Editor’s note: Upon completion of the Basic Rider Course, students will receive a 25 percent off coupon to purchase PPE equipment at local NEX’s.

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SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic (SSC Atlantic) participated in Portsmouth Public Schools Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Day Expo at Wilson High School, March 31. More than 500 teachers and students in grades four through 12 took part in the expo. When students and parents arrived for STEM Day, they received a passport and embarked on a journey along STEM Avenue, Information Highway, DNA Drive and Robotics Ring, receiving stamps at each destination. Some of the excursions included an underwater remotely operated vehicle station, rocket launch station and a geocache scavenger hunt. The SSC Atlantic booth was the last stop on STEM Avenue and scientists and engineers were available to answer questions and encourage students to pursue a STEM career. The SSC Atlantic Hampton Roads STEM Outreach Coordinators, Justin Langley and Bill LaBelle, showcased the drone technology including the AR Drone Quadricopter and SPYKEE the Spy Robot. “Events like STEM Day could change students’ lives,” said Cmdr. Mike Trovato, Executive Officer, SSC Atlantic. “It gives students exposure to

careers such as engineering and computer programming that they don’t normally see on TV or in the movies.” The most popular destination was Robotics Ring, which featured ROVOBASE bristlebot art, NXT Lego robotics maze activities, FIRST Lego activities, VEX robotics competitions and a WeDo Lego chrome center – all designed to inspire the students’ interest in technology. “The world is about robotics,” said Dr. Dave Stuckwisch, Superintendent, Portsmouth Public Schools to parents during his opening remarks. “If your child is interested in robotics, that is not a hobby, that is not playtime, they can find a job doing it.” Other exhibitors at the STEM Day Expo included: U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFF), Naval Network Warfare Command (NNWC), Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC), EOD mobile unit 12 (EODMU12), William and Mary STEM Education Alliance and local colleges and universities. STEM Day is one of various outreach activities designed to inspire, develop and attract the science, technology, engineering and math talent needed to deliver innovative solutions for the nation’s and SSC Atlantic’s current and future challenges. SSC Atlantic employees recently volunteered at the FIRST Robotics Competition Virginia Regional, March 16 and 17, mentoring four

SSC Atlantic Hampton Roads STEM Outreach Coordinator Justin Langley, SSC Atlantic NTCSS Lead Test Engineer Gerald Aytes, and a student look on as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician, from EOD mobile unit 12, maneuvers the Talon Robot to pick up SSC Atlantic’s SPYKEE the Spy Robot as part of Portsmouth Public Schools STEM Day Expo, March 31.

Events like STEM Day could change students’ lives. It gives students exposure to careers such as engineering and computer programming that they don’t normally see on TV or in the movies.” - Cmdr. Mike Trovato, Executive Officer, SSC Atlantic

teams as they participated in Rebound Rumble, a competition that used robots to play a modified version of basketball. In the coming months, SSC Atlantic will participate in the Victory Elementary School Career Day in Portsmouth and the USA Festival, in collaboration with Department of Defense (DoD) STEM programs nationwide, in Washington, D.C. SSC Atlantic will also participate in the second Annual Hampton Roads STEM Summer Academy, July 16 through 20, at Norview High School in Norfolk. The summer academy will give middle school students from the Virginia Beach, Portsmouth and Norfolk school districts the opportunity to compete in various challenges in the fields of robotics, engineering, rocketry, ballistics, electronics, biology and chemistry.

Photos by Holly Quick | SSC Atlantic Public Affairs SSC Atlantic NTCSS Lead Test Engineer Gerald Aytes demonstrates the AR Drone Quadricopter to a student at the Portsmouth Public Schools STEM Day Expo, March 31.


Precommissioning Unit Arlington (LPD 24) Prospective Executive Officer Cmdr. Brett Hershman presents a flag letter of commendation, signed on behalf of the Chief of Naval Operations, to Electronics Technician 3rd Class Robert Flores on March 16.

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Arlington Sailor recognized for enhancing weapons system diagnostic capability Awarded flag letter of commendation, $1,000 By MC1 Eric Brown PCU Arlington (LPD 24) Public Affairs


A Precommissioning Unit Arlington (LPD 24) Sailor received a flag letter of commendation and $1,000 for developing a Gold Disk circuit card diagnostic capability that will save the Navy and Marine Corps thousands of dollars annually. Electronics Technician 3rd Class Robert Flores created the troubleshooting capability while attending the Advanced Gold Disk Developer’s Course from November - March at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center at St. Julian’s Creek Annex in Portsmouth. In the award citation, Flores was praised, “as a major contributor in expanding the Navy’s and Marine Corps’ Miniature/Micro-miniature and Module Test and Repair Program, your efforts have directly improved the Navy’s and Marine Corps’ operational capabilities.” The citation added that Flores’ efforts “will result in enhanced equipment availability on Navy/Marine Corps throughout the fleet ... Your specific contribution of improving the availably of the Single Ended Differential Receive/Drive Module for the MK7MOD5 will ensure this vital system remains battleready.”

The Gold Disk program enhances fleet readiness by storing the signatures (waveforms based on the current of voltage applied across electronic components) of circuit cards known to be good as a baseline to compare with the signatures of possible faulty cards, said Flores’ instructor, Johnny Crabtree, Department of Defense Gold Disk production manager. The signatures are sent on DVDs to the fleet and technicians can use them locally to find and then replace faulty electronic components in defective circuit cards, which is far cheaper than replacing the entire card. “Plus, if that ship is out to sea, they won’t have to wait to get a new board, they can do the repair right there and remain operational,” he said. There are 65 ashore and afloat commands using the weapons system that Flores developed his Gold Disk for; during the average year, six of them – costing $3,284 each – must be replaced. Flores innovation is projected to save the Navy and Marine Corps $19,704 annually. “I think ET3 Flores will make a really good technician,” said Crabtree. “He’s very excited about doing the work.” Flores, who joined the Navy in March of 2010, reported to Arlington in May and serves in the combat systems department. “Developing this Gold Disk was a great opportunity and learning experience,” he reflected. “I feel very fortunate to have attended the school, and now, feel like I

am ahead of the game.” Arlington Prospective Commanding Officer Cmdr. Darren Nelson could not be more proud of Flores and his achievements. “In Arlington, we have really tried hard to instill pride and ownership in our command, and ET3 Flores is an outstanding example of taking pride and ownership in his work,” he explained. “I’m extremely proud of his accomplishment and I know he

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will bring that hard work and ownership with him when we take delivery of the ship.” “I’m excited to have him as part of Arlington and he will help keep us mission ready at all times when we join the fleet next year.” Under construction at Huntington Ingalls Industries shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss., Arlington combines

21st century amphibious shipbuilding and warfighting technologies to support current and future Marine Corps aircraft and landing craft, and will be capable of taking nearly 1,200 Sailors and Marines into harm’s way. The amphibious transport dock ship is named for Arlington County, Va. in commemoration of the 184 victims and

heroes who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on the Pentagon. Arlington is the eighth in Navy’s San Antonio-class of ships, designed to be the most survivable amphibious vessels ever put to sea. The third in the U.S. fleet to bear the name, Arlington will be commissioned in early 2013 and homeported in Norfolk.

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Capt. Mark Weisgerber, deputy commander of Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic (CSFWL), and Steven Cover, Virginia Beach Fire Department chief, speak to the press about the response effort after the crash of an F/A-18D Hornet, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106, April 6.

Virginia Beach Mayor William Sessoms, Jr. thanks first responders at the scene of the crash of an F/A-18D Hornet belonging to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106, based at Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana.

Navy continues cleanup, recovery efforts involving F/A-18D crash Investigation continues into jet crash in Virginia Beach Press Release Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic Public Affairs


An aviation mishap safety investigation has commenced into the crash of an F/A-18D Hornet from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106, based at Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana, into the Mayfair Mews apartment complex in Virginia Beach, April 6. Navy investigators continue their work at the crash scene, including engine and system technical experts. A flight systems technical expert from Boeing, the F/A-18 aircraft manufacturer, is on-site to assist Navy investigators. The aircraft’s Crash Survivable Flight Incident Recorder (CSFIR) has been recovered and sent to Naval Air Systems Command at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. for analysis to determine what information is recoverable from the flight. The CSFIR is similar to a commercial airliner’s flight data recorder in that it records flight parameters, cautions and advisories for all phases of flight, but does not include cockpit voice communications. The aircraft’s wing section and parts of the fuselage were moved, April 9, and the aircraft’s engines will remain at the crash site for on-site study by investigators before moving them. Other aircraft components are being moved from the crash scene to Naval Air Station Oceana for detailed examination. The Navy will continue cleanup work at the crash site and expects to finish removing most aircraft debris by the end of Firefighters from the Navy Region MidAtlantic Fire & Emergency Services and City of Virginia Beach respond to the crash of an F/A-18D Hornet, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106, April 6. For those looking to donate to residents of Mayfair Mews, please contact the Red Cross at 536-9859.

the week. The aircraft’s crew was treated for minor injuries and both have been released from the hospital. The aircrew consisted of a fleet replacement pilot and an experienced instructor. Their identities are not being released. Normal flight operations have resumed at NAS Oceana. Flight operations were temporarily curtailed shortly after Friday’s crash. An Aviation Mishap Board (AMB) conducts the aircraft mishap safety investigation and is comprised of several members. The board’s senior member is a Naval Aviator or Naval Flight Officer. Other members of the board include an Aviation Safety Officer, a flight surgeon, an officer qualified in aircraft maintenance and an officer qualified in aircraft operations. The board can draw upon a full range of other technical subject matter experts to assist in determining the cause of an aviation mishap. The Naval Safety Center has also provided an experienced aviation mishap investigator to assist the AMB. An aircraft mishap safety investigation’s objective is to search for causes, look for previously undetected hazards and identify those factors that caused the mishap, as well as those that caused any additional damage or injury during the course of the mishap. The AMB is typically augmented by engineering investigations when mechanical malfunctions are suspected. The results of the safety investigation are documented in a Safety Investigation Report (SIR) that contains succinct, factual information, opinions and recommendations designed to help prevent recurrence of aviation mishaps. The time to complete investigations can vary depending on the complexity of the incident. In some cases, the informa-

Photos by MC3 Antonio P. Turretto Ramos Firefighters from the Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Fire & Emergency Services and City of Virginia Beach respond to the crash of an F/A-18D Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106, April 6.

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NCTAM LANT partners with Foodbank to bring much needed food, supplies to local families Press Release NCTAMS LANT Public Affairs


Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Atlantic (NCTAMS LANT) ofďŹ cers, Sailors and civilian personnel recently coordinated with the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia to provide food and other necessities to local families. This partnership included collecting non-perishable food, money and baby care items, such as diapers and powdered baby formula, so that families in need have such essentials year round. Chief Information Systems Technician Lamichele Tyson, Naval Communications Security Material Systems, and 13 different ďŹ rst class petty ofďŹ cers from NCTAMS LANT, took the lead in coordinating the food drive. The Community Relief operation was a part of CPO 365, a Navy-wide initiative to provide continuous leadership and

management training to ďŹ rst class petty ofďŹ cers in order to prepare them to be Navy chiefs. Once donations were collected, Information Systems Technician 1st Class Penny Steenrod, NCTAMS LANT command master chiefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assistant, delivered the goods to the Foodbankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s warehouse on Tidewater Dr. in Norfolk and managed the NCTAMS LANT personnel involved in disseminating the items. This was no small task. Twelve volunteers, under Steenrod and Tysonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s guidance, spent hours sifting through donated items and placed over 4,400 meals into nearly 900 separate bags. Those bags will be distributed to 26 Tidewater area schools, where children in need can take them home. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know our time was well spent,â&#x20AC;? said Seaman Kyle Uber. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I strongly encourage, if anyone is looking for a great organization, to volunteer. This is a terriďŹ c choice!â&#x20AC;?

Courtesy of NCTAMS LANT (Left to right) Information Systems Technician 3rd Class Bethany Polee, Information Systems Technician Seaman (ITSN) Kyle Uber, ITSN Taylor Chatman help provide food and other necessities to local families.

Screen shot composite by MC1 (SW/FMF) Chad V. Pritt (Left to right) Aviation Boatswainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mate (handler) 3rd Class Margarita Huamantorres, Aviation Boatswainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mate (handler) 1st Class Robert Lee and Personnel Specialist 2nd Class Ruby Millanes star in the Navyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sexual Assault Awareness Month commercial.

KEARSARGE SAILORS FEATURED IN SAAM AD By MCC Hendrick L. Dickson USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) Public Affairs

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April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and three Sailors aboard USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) are playing a prominent role in the campaign to inform the ďŹ&#x201A;eet about the affects of sexual assault. Aviation Boatswainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mate 1st Class Robert Lee, Aviation Boatswainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mate 3rd Class Margarita Huamantorres and Personnel Specialist 2nd Class Ruby Millanes are all featured in a 30-second advertisement that can currently be seen on various Navy media outlets, including, and Facebook. The adâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s message is simple and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also the theme of the month. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hurts One, Affects All. Prevention of Sexual Assault is Everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Duty.â&#x20AC;? The three Kearsarge Sailors, along with a few other Sailors stationed around Hampton Roads, let their voices be heard loud and clear on the topic. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maybe my voice could prevent something like that from happening to somebody, or my voice will give somebody the courage to speak up and say something,â&#x20AC;? said Lee, a native of Malden, Mass. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Something like this is important, not

only for the Navy but for our Nation,â&#x20AC;? added Huamantorres, a native of Miami, Fla. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think promoting this will help people learn that sexual assault will not be tolerated.â&#x20AC;? Lee said when he was ďŹ rst asked to be a part of the advertisement, which was recorded in March, he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t realize the importance of it. Now that he sees how the video is being used, he is proud to be a part of it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I guess I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t realize the signiďŹ cance,â&#x20AC;? said Lee. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It makes me feel good that I was the voice for the command and the Navy.â&#x20AC;? To help push the Navyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s message, Kearsarge will air the ad and other videos on the Shipboard Information, Television and Entertainment (SITE) TV throughout the month. Additionally, messages and posters will be seen in the Summit and in the Plan of the Day (POD). The crew will also be conducting weekly training â&#x20AC;&#x201C; all in an effort to prevent sexual assault at its core. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sexual assault is unacceptable and its roots need to stop at all levels,â&#x20AC;? said Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert, in a message to the ďŹ&#x201A;eet.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;It undermines our Navy Core Values and Ethos and it undercuts safety and readiness. We need to address it for what it is â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a real danger.â&#x20AC;? Millanes, a Phoenix, Ariz. native, shares the admiralâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strong feeling about the issue. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Being in the video makes me feel part of something important,â&#x20AC;? said Millanes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Navy needed to do this because I think there are some people out there who still arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t getting the message ... hopefully the video will make an impact.â&#x20AC;? Although these Sailors are thankful for their moment in the spotlight and the opportunity to bring such a powerful message to the ďŹ&#x201A;eet, they arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t all ready for Hollywood just yet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m done with my acting career ... Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to stick with the Navy,â&#x20AC;? said Lee. The annual report of sexual assault in the military reports there were 611 sexual assaults in the Navy in ďŹ scal year 2010. Forty-nine percent of unrestricted reports were aggravated sexual assaults. To ďŹ nd out more about SAAM and the Navyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efforts, visit

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“Women’s Education-Women’s Empowerment” was the theme as Naval Weapon Station (WPNSTA) Yorktown and Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group (NAVELSG) hosted a Women’s History Month program, March 29, at Navy Cargo Handling Battalion One (NCHB 1) at WPNSTA Yorktown-Cheatham Annex. U.S. Navy Command Master Chief Cheri Inverso (ret.) was the guest speaker as Sailors from WPNSTA Yorktown and its tenants were educated on how women struggled through the years for both a good education and a good job. “I’ve been a few places in my 30 years in the Navy, but nothing I did was done on my own,” said Inverso. “The course was drawn by many military women before me, and I hope that I left a path – no matter how small – for women who came after me.” “Women’s EducationWomen’s Empowerment,” the theme for 2012, recognizes the pioneering leadership of women and their impact on the diverse areas of education. Of the two million World War II veterans, the G.I. Bill helped inundate college campus during the late 40s and early 50s. Nineteen and a half percent of the women veterans took advantage of the G.I. Bill and attended college for an alternative to returning to the kitchen and leaving the workforce. “Just as they once surprised their families and friends by

donning military uniforms, they once again defied social expectations and trained to become lawyers, architects and college professors, among other things,” she said. “They not only bettered their own lives and, more often, those of their families, but they also became role models and mentors for generations to come.” Inverso enlisted in the Navy, under the delayed entry program, in December 1980. She entered recruit training in Orlando, in November 1981 and graduated from Hospital Corps “A” School in Great Lakes in the spring of 1982. She is a 1999 graduate of the Navy Senior Enlisted Academy (89 Blue) and a 2004 graduate of the CMC/ COB Course (Class 6) and Keystone 08-02. Inverso is the 2010 recipient of the Navy League’s Winifred Quick Collins Award for Inspirational Leadership. For women serving in the military, it wasn’t until 1972 – more than 52 years after they earned the right to vote – that women became fully integrated into the Armed Forces. “Until 1972, there was an entirely separate chain of command for women in each service,” Inverso explained. “Women officers could not hold command, even over women. They held administrative leadership roles, but were always commanded by a man. Women officers had no authority to give any male service member orders.” As the military continues to evolve its policies, women continue to expand the roles they play as part of the Armed Forces.



FFSC will be holding events, including a SAPR conference Continued from front must take.â&#x20AC;? The goal of SAAM is not only raise awareness about sexual violence, but to educate on how to prevent it, and commands will be highlighting sub-themes each week to train on various aspects of sexual violence and initiatives incorporating training and education tools for use in SAPR programs region-wide. In addition, each command will be holding training to reiterate the seriousness of crimes of this nature and to maximize personal readiness honing the most combat-effective force. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are holding standdowns


in each command to keep awareness fresh in the minds of our Sailors,â&#x20AC;? said Alexander. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are also reaching out to our deck-plate leaders to help reinforce a command climate that does not tolerate sexual assault and embraces open reporting of crimes of a sexual nature.â&#x20AC;? In support of awareness efforts, Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) will be holding events including their 3rd annual Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Victim Advocate Conference, Apr. 12. The conference will provide SAPR personnel and command leadership with refresher training and tools to help support individual

commandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities throughout the month and to help reduce incidents worldwide. Sexual Assault Prevention and Response is an important element of the readiness area of the 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative, which consolidates a set of objectives and policies, new and existing, to maximize Sailor and Marine personal readiness, build resiliency and hone the most combat-effective force in the history of the Navy and Marine Corps. The Department of the Navy is working to aggressively to prevent sexual assaults, to support sexual assault victims and to hold offenders accountable.


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The USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) color guard performs at an exhibition baseball game at Harbor Park, April 4.

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participate in â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Sailabrationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Continued from front and Historic Shrine is located. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Since Fort McHenry is in Baltimore, we are representing the fort, our ship and the city,â&#x20AC;? Williams explained. Fort McHenry will be one of several Navy ships heading up to Baltimore in June for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sailabration,â&#x20AC;? an event to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812. While up there, the crew hopes to once again get the chance to work with the Baltimore Orioles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is exciting for our young

Sailors to get involved with the community, especially getting ready for the War of 1812 commemoration,â&#x20AC;? said Perez. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The color guard is highly motivated to get the chance to do something again with the Orioles when we are up in Baltimore.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love the Navy, so color guard is a way to show the honor, courage, commitment and everything we do and stand for in the Navy,â&#x20AC;? said Williams. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We get to travel and meet new people. It is exciting to be part of this team.â&#x20AC;?

front,â&#x20AC;? said Virginia Beach Mayor William Sessoms, a regular participant in the annual service. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some are calling it the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Miracle on 24th Streetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and others, the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Good Friday Miracle,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; that every person involved in that incident â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the pilots, the residents, the ďŹ rst-responders, can wake up to this glorious day that God has made and hug their loved ones, that is truly miraculous.â&#x20AC;? Some of those attending the service included members of Virginia Beach Fire Department, Police Department and the cities Volunteer Rescue Squad. The actions of local citizens and the cities emergency responders are directly attributed in prevention of the loss of life. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to recognize the police ofďŹ cers, ďŹ reďŹ ghters and EMS personnel and members of the military who bravely put their own safety aside to get the situation under control as soon

Spencer R. Layne Members of the Virginia Beach Fire Department, Police Department and Volunteer Rescue Squad were honored at the 85th annual Easter Sunrise Service onboard Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story at the site of the Cape Henry Cross, April 8.

as possible, and to make sure the area was secure and safe for others, stated Sessoms. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are truly blessed to have you as a part of this city.â&#x20AC;? The guest speaker for this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s service was Capt. Bruce Boyle, chaplain, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic. Also attending was Capt. Charles L. Stuppard, Commander, JEBLCFS and Capt. Robert Geis, Commanding OfďŹ cer, NAS Oceana. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This event is great every year, but this year was special for the many things we have to be thankful for,â&#x20AC;? said Stuppard. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a special relationship with the great City of Virginia Beach and its residents. To be able to work together in a time of crisis and not lose a single life â&#x20AC;Ś that is excellent work!â&#x20AC;? The entire service lasted about

50-minutes and included song, prayer and words of worship. At the completion of the service, all were invited to the Cape Henry Chapel on-base for refreshments. The site for the annual service is historically rich, dating back more than 400 years since the ďŹ rst settlers came ashore on April 26, 1607. The on-site memorial cross was erected in 1935 by the Daughters of the American Colonists to commemorate the raising of a cross by the ďŹ rst settlers who came ashore in 1607. The Cape Henry Memorial Cross is a part of the Colonial National Historical Park administered by the National Park Service. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was great to just be here,â&#x20AC;? noted Capt. Steve Weiler of Station 11 of the Virginia Beach Fire Department.

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2012 Navy Military Child of the Year awarded at Gala By MC3 Shannon Burns Defense Media Activity - Navy


During the 4th annual Military Child of the Year Awards Gala, the five recipients of this year’s Military Child of the Year Awards were presented with their awards by senior leadership of each branch of service at the Ritz Carlton in Washington, D.C., April 5. Keynote speakers during the ceremony included Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey and Medal of Honor recipient Sammy Davis. “I think that our military kids are who they are because of the hardships, the moves and their adaptability,” said Dempsey. “One of the things that sets us apart is that our kids become who they are because of what we ask them to do, and because of what they see us do.” Jim Knotts, President and CEO of Operation Homefront said that these children are honored because of their contributions to their communities. “The sons and daughters of America’s service members learn what patriotism is at a very young age,” said Knotts. “Children in military families demonstrate leadership within their families and within their communities. This is what the Military Child of the Year Award honors.” Each year, one child from each branch of service is chosen as the military child of the year. This year’s Military Child of the Year for the Navy, 9-year-old James “Nate” Richards, was presented with his award by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert. “I am so proud of our military kids for their resilience, strength of character and unselfish service to our nation,” said Greenert. “Nate’s father and three brothers all serve on active duty as a part of our Navy-Marine Corps team. He and his family are special people and we are so fortunate to have them on our team.” Richards was chosen from a pool of 1,000 nominees by a committee made up of active duty military personnel, Family Readiness Support Assistants, teachers, military mothers and community members. At one time Richards’ three brothers and his father were deployed simultaneously. To help him deal with the difficulty of their absence, he started a blog entitled “natethegreatamilitarybrat” (http://natethegreatamilitarybrat. where he shared his wisdom about being a child in a military family. “It was hard because my brothers took care of me when my dad was gone, and then everyone was gone,” said Richards. “I wrote the blog so my friends could see what it was like.” Richards said that being chosen as this year’s Navy Military Child of the Year has been a cool experience. “This has been awesome,” said Richards. “My favorite part was coming up on stage and receiving my award, and


I am so proud of our military kids for their resilience, strength of character and unselfish service to our nation.” - Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert

MC1 Peter D. Lawlor Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert shakes hands with James Nathaniel Richards, 9, the Navy 2012 Military Child of the Year from Jamul, Calif., at the 4th annual Military Child of the Year Awards Gala.

Builder 2nd Class Sean E. Roberts, from Archbald, Penn., assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11, removes formwork during a construction project in the Lashkar Gah District.

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From the ground up: Seabees build compound for Marines advising Afghan police By MC1 Jonathan Carmichael Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 11 Public Affairs


Seabees deployed to Afghanistan are manning defenses and constructing a compound in the Lashkar Gah District to support U.S. Marines who will advise Afghan Uniformed Police (AUP) and prepare them for a smooth transition upon the eventual drawdown of U.S. and allied forces. Det. Bost, a detachment of Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11, departed the battalion’s main body in March with equipment, materials and supplies to

set and maintain defensive positions, while constructing a sustainable compound for U.S. Marines. The compound will include everything from power and communications capabilities to berthing; dining facilities; office spaces; and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation buildings. “This is a unique mission because Seabees are providing security for the site and making force protection improvements to include placing concertina wire and Hescos,” said Lt. Kimberly I. Mazur from Pembroke Pines, Fla., Det. officer in charge.

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#SAAM: Navy sets zero tolerance for sexual assault By MCC (SW) Maria Yager Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs


There is no place for sexual assault in our Navy and efforts are underway to eradicate it from our ranks, said the director of Navy’s 2012 Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) initiative, April 4. “We can get this right in our service. We can set the example of what is really acceptable behavior – what is a good professional command climate, how we set the right environment for the right behavior to occur and we can really get to a zero incidence,” said Vice Adm. Scott Van Buskirk, Chief of Naval Personnel and SAAM director. Approximately 600 sexual assaults were reported in the Navy last year according to Van Buskirk, “But no incident of sexual assault is acceptable in our Navy.” Department of Defense (DoD) defines sexual assault as intentional sexual contact

characterized by use of force, threats, intimidation, or abuse of authority, or when the victim does not or cannot consent. Sexual assault includes: rape; forcible sodomy (oral or anal sex); and other unwanted sexual contact that is aggravated, abusive, or wrongful (including unwanted and inappropriate sexual contact); or attempts to commit these acts. According to Van Buskirk, about half of the sexual assaults reported last year were alcohol related, and Navy is introducing new training to better educate Sailors, Marines and their families to affect behavior and raise awareness. “We have this opportunity here to leverage sexual assault awareness month to really hit home about how important it is for us to become more aware and more educated about sexual assault in our Navy and Marine Corps, and really as a nation,” said Van Buskirk. “We’re going to take the

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NAVY TEST PILOT KNOWS HIS ‘ABCs’ By Victor Chen F-35 Integrated Test Force Public Affairs


A Navy officer completed the government acceptance flight for AF-14, a production-level F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) for the U.S. Air Force, March 23. In doing so, Lt. Christopher Tabert became the only military test pilot to fly the A, B and C versions of the F-35, said Marine Corps Col. Art Tomassetti, vice commander of the 33rd Fighter Wing, Air Education and Training Command at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

“I didn’t really have time to reflect on that,” Tabert said of the distinction. “We were busy trying to get the test completed. I was just lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time and was glad to help out the team.” The three versions of the F-35 include: the U.S. Air Force F-35A, the U.S. Marine Corps F-35B short takeoff and vertical-landing model, and the U.S. Navy F-35C carrier variant. “The ability for a pilot to move seamlessly across the F-35 variants really puts the ‘Joint’ in JSF,” said Tomassetti. “We’ll be able to leverage the capability in training and in future

joint operations.” For Tabert, the differences between the models are slight. “The flying qualities of the A felt a lot like the B and C,” said Tabert. “You really can’t tell much of a difference between the three from the cockpit.” Even though Tabert started testing the F-35 only nine months ago, he already has a number of milestones on the aircraft under his belt: the first steam catapult launch, the first weapons pit drop for an inert 1,000 pound GBU-32 GPSguided bomb, a supersonic flight, and the first launch from the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launching System.

■ presently The F-35B and F-35C naval variants of the Joint Strike Fighter are undergoing test and evaluation at Naval Air Station Patuxent River prior to delivery to the fleet. The 33rd Fighter Wing will provide initial fleet training on the F-35.



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Married to the Military

PCS season: Going green while on the go By Tiffany Silverberg Military Spouse Contributor

Awaiting orders. Wondering if they won’t cut the orders you want because of budget issues. Pondering whether they will make the decision based on how much cheaper it would be to keep you in place. Considering whether it will cost too much to haul you and all your stuff across the country. It’s a reminder of just how many resources are spent with every move. Save yourself, and the planet, some headaches this time by planning ahead and “greening” up your move. As soon as it becomes obvious that you will be moving, you can start putting some ecofriendly plans in place. Start with one room at a time and open boxes that haven’t been cracked since you arrived. We all have those unopened boxes in attics, garages, guest rooms. Give them a peek. I’m always amazed to find an item or two that I never wanted to keep in the first place. If you too find “how did those get in there?” items, reconsider whether you want to move them again and store it in the next house. Childhood treasures and special mementos aside, forgotten and unnecessary items can be donat-

ed. Sort like items in the correct rooms. I recently opened a box I thought had favorite items from childhood – and found tools from my husband’s toolbox that had been dumped inside. I’m pretty sure we repurchased a couple of those tools, thinking they had disappeared. Categorize your items to make sure you don’t have any doubles. Purge your household goods of unneeded weight, by donating to local charity thrift stores. It’s a weight off your move and mind – and lower weight means lower fuel cost. Go through closets and think about the climate of your destination. If you have trendy items that you may not need in the new climate, consider donating. Lighten your load by not hauling items that will be outdated before you can wear them again. For items that will need storage, tuck them into large vacuum seal bags, which will shrink the space they take up so you will need fewer boxes. Vacuum seal bags also keep your sheets, towels and clothes clean, so you don’t need to rewash on the other side. Imagine the gallons of water you will save! Speaking of boxes, if you are moving yourself, start collecting boxes as soon as you can. Put out the word in all your networks. As

people unpack, they are as eager to get rid of boxes as you are to take them. Most boxes are in great shape after a move or two – reuse and recycle! Use what you have to pack items. Save your grocery bags, package peanuts, and anything else you can sneak into boxes. Blankets, sheets, scarves and old t-shirts make soft wraps around framed pictures and other glass pieces. Tuck your clothes in boxes as stuffing, rather than reams of paper. Slide dishes and glassware into kitchen towels and rags. Fill boxes strategically to save the number of boxes you need and the amount of room items have to rattle. Look for empty spaces. Jewelry boxes, storage ottomans, purses, handbags and backpacks all have room for organization of little items. Keep items together and safe in all those crannies and pockets. Organize your closets with plastic tubs that you have on hand. These usually are just taped up and moved as is – rather than having their contents dumped into new cardboard boxes. Fill to capacity to make the best use of them. If you are having a moving company conduct the move, many rules take procedures out of your

■ collecting boxes If you are moving yourself, start collecting boxes as soon as you can. Put out the word in all your networks. As people unpack, they are as eager to get rid of boxes as you are to take them. Most boxes are in great shape after a move or two – reuse and recycle! hands. Stay proactive for the most efficient move. Stack like items together, such as putting all your pictures from around the house in one place. Most movers use special-sized picture boxes. They can tuck a handful into each, but if they split up, they will end up putting one or two into each. Do they move lightbulbs? Candles? Alcohol? I’ve heard yes and no, depending on the movers. Instead of throwing anything out prematurely, leave them out and see what happens. If they don’t move them, find a friend! Get creative in the kitchen! Few things are more wasteful in a move than dumping food on the way out. In the weeks leading up to the move, take a look at, and other websites that let you search for recipes by random ingredients. Maybe you’ll find a new favorite bean, ketchup and rice dish! With a bit of proactive planning, you can make your next move the most efficient one yet.

NEW JOB PUSH TO BENEFIT MILITARY SPOUSES By Elaine Sanchez American Forces Press Service

First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled a new hiring effort that will deliver thousands of portable, flexible job opportunities to military spouses, April 3. Eleven companies have pledged more than 15,000 jobs for military spouses and veterans, the first lady said. The good news for spouses is the vast majority of these jobs – in areas such as customer support and telemarketing – can be accomplished from home. Other jobs will be in contact centers located near military installations and offer family-friendly scheduling, growth opportunities and the ability to transfer seamlessly from one center to another This commitment will make a “huge difference” for military spouses, Obama said during a teleconference announcing this effort. “Having an opportunity to have a decent job … is one of the most important ways we can support these families,” she said. I think my fellow working parents would agree on the value of a flexible, portable job, especially as we attempt to balance home and work life. And it’s particularly important for military spouses, who must balance the everyday challenges of life with military-related demands. My friend, a Navy wife, is about to move. Fortunately, she works from home and can live anywhere. Not having to worry about finding a new job on top of the other stressors of a move is a huge relief, she said. Her flexible work hours also offer a better work-life balance, especially since she has two children.

Obama cited her own struggles with that work-life balance. As a working mother, she said, she fought for the type of flexibility these jobs offer throughout her career. The first lady thanked these companies for backing up their words with “meaningful, concrete action.” Companies’ key commitments include: ■ Alpine Access has pledged to recruit, train and hire more than 3,000 military-connected Americans over the next two years. The company also will launch TalentSprout, an online portal with skill-building and job training curriculum. These career and personal development courses will be offered free-of-charge to qualified members of the Armed Forces and to their eligible spouses and caregivers. ■ Arise Virtual Solutions Inc. plans to add 10,000 new independent business and client services professionals from military families over the next several years. Arise also intends to develop special programs to create awareness among military spouses and veterans. ■ DialAmerica aims to increase the number of military-affiliated employees to make up 20 percent of its workforce by 2014. ■ Etech Global Services has committed to hiring a minimum of 200 military spouses and veterans in next two years. ■ Hilton Hotels employs nearly 800 military-related employees at their hotels and offices around the globe. In partnership with Recruit Military and other community-based organizations, Hilton Worldwide is pledging another 3.5 percent of their Hilton@Home call center positions to military spouses through 2014.

■ Prosperity America intends to hire 50 more veterans and military spouses. ■ Quality Contact Solutions is creating 150 work-at-home business-to-business marketing and communication jobs for military spouses over the next two years. These jobs will be in the healthcare and telecommunications industries. ■ Agility Marketing is planning to add 100 jobs for military spouses and veterans over the next two years. ■ QCSS Inc. will ensure a minimum of 10 percent of the forecasted 200 new hires from now through 2014 will be veterans and their families. ■ SP Data intends to add more than 150 jobs for military spouses and veterans over the next two years. ■ Veteran Call Center, LLC plans to create an additional 1,000 jobs for military spouses and veterans over the next two years. These companies and their job opportunities also will be integrated into the Defense Department’s Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP). MSEP is a partnership with more than 100 private-sector companies that have committed to a focused effort on military spouse employment. The first lady’s announcement comes in advance of next week’s Joining Forces Anniversary. Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, the vice president’s wife, launched this national initiative last year to rally the nation in support of troops, veterans and their families. Since then, they’ve focused much of their efforts on employment issues for spouses and veterans, the first lady said, and have “made strides all along the way.”

Heroes and miracles By Bianca Martinez Military Spouse Contributor

Last week what seemed unthinkable happened. Sure, drills have been practiced. Plans had been set. The response was ready. Yet, in the middle of all of that preparation, I would have to believe no one ever thinks that disaster could really happen. It did. Everyone did what they were supposed to do and the best outcome that could have possibly come of it is what occurred at the end of the day. For me, I was watching from a very different perspective than I am used to. When the jet came falling out of the sky last Friday, I wasn’t even in Hampton Roads. We had already started our haul up I-95 en route to my parent’s home just outside of Washington, D.C. for the Easter weekend. As a news anchor in the middle of breaking news, sitting in a car in the middle of the highway was a very strange place for me to be. My phone started ringing and ringing and ringing with email alerts, and it got to the point that I had to pick it up to see what was happening. In that moment, my mouth dropped. I had no access to streaming video and was only in the loop by way of Twitter, Facebook and email. It was a moment where I could not even get the luxury of watching the live stream from WTKR. My kids were in the car and there was no way I could even listen to CNN on the satellite radio without freaking them out. I wanted to know what was happening and I wanted to know now! It wasn’t until I got to my parent’s home that I was able to get to a computer and see the amazing thing happening before my eyes. The stories were unfolding at the time about the Virginia Beach citizens who found the pilots and did everything in their power to make sure their lives were not lost. I was heartbroken by the story of one of the pilot’s apologizing over and over again. The video you saw from WTKR of everyday citizens helping firefighters move a hose as quickly as possible brought me to tears. Heroes ... there were so many of them that day. I hated not being there. I wanted to be in the newsroom so badly that day. For once, I was watching from the outside in. I was filled with pride that day as I watched people I work with everyday exude nothing but professionalism and dedication. I was even more proud of the pictures Hampton Roads and our military community put out to the country of who we are and what really matters to us. Then the word of the biggest miracle of all. How does that all happen with not one life lost? There are some things we don’t question. With some things we just sit back and let them sink in and sigh a huge sigh of relief and say a little prayer of thanks. 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



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â&#x2013; year of the chief Year of the Chief is a year-long celebration of past and present chief petty officers hosted by the United States Navy Memorial Foundation.

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert, Master Chief Petty OfďŹ cer of the Navy (MCPON) Rick D. West, and President and Chief Executive OfďŹ cer of the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation Vice Adm. John Totushek (ret.) (right) cut the ribbon to ofďŹ cially open the Year of the Chief exhibit at the U.S. Navy Memorial, as former MCPON James L. Herdt (far left) looks on.

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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;YEAR OF THE CHIEFâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; KICKS OFF First time Navy Memorial spotlights CPO contributions By MCC Terrina Weatherspoon OfďŹ ce of the Master Chief Petty OfďŹ cer of the Navy


The United States Navy Memorial hosted the ofďŹ cial kick-off of the Year of the Chief and the 119th birthday celebration of the chief petty ofďŹ cer during a ceremony, April 2. For the ďŹ rst time in history, the Navy Memorial is casting a spotlight on the history, heritage and contributions of chief petty ofďŹ cers.

The guest speaker for the event was Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert. Remarks were also given by both Master Chief Petty OfďŹ cer of the Navy (MCPON) (SS/SW) Rick D. West and former MCPON James L. Herdt. Former MCPON Duane R. Bushey was also in attendance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The chief is the center of gravity,â&#x20AC;? said Greenert. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is not a seaman, petty ofďŹ cer or ofďŹ cer out there who cannot turn and say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I had a chief petty ofďŹ cer take care of me and get me where I am today.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? The ceremony was attended by chiefs from across the nation who came not only to be a part of the ofďŹ cial kick-off, but also to see the memorial transformed into a Chiefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

Mess, shining with history and memorabilia spanning 119 years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are becoming a part of history today,â&#x20AC;? said West. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I see retired veterans in our midst and I am proud to carry on down a path theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve laid for us so long ago. I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be more pleased to be spending this day with representatives from so many commands. To stand in front of a sea of fouled anchors as your MCPON, and know that we are as much making history as we are a part of it ... I am truly humbled.â&#x20AC;? After the ceremony, guests were invited into the memorial for the cake cutting. Visitors were then encouraged to walk through the Memorial, which has been decorated to reďŹ&#x201A;ect historical uniforms, anchors

and other iconic symbols from the colorful heritage of CPOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Happy birthday chief petty ofďŹ cers, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve earned it,â&#x20AC;? said Greenert. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Absorb the moment, have a great year, remember your legacy and what got you here.â&#x20AC;? West added his expectations and appreciation for chiefs serving today. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You are bold and accountable, executing the Navyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission wherever you are, and developing the next generation of Sailors,â&#x20AC;? said West. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thank you shipmates â&#x20AC;&#x201C; including those who have gone before us and those who are no longer with - Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) us â&#x20AC;&#x201C; you have served your country Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert. well and will continue to do so as long as we sail the seven seas.â&#x20AC;?

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LEAP FROGS PARACHUTE AT PHOENIX NAVY WEEK More than 10,000 people attended the performances

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was really inspirational,â&#x20AC;? said Caitlin Gilmore, a freshman at Agua Fria High School. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Watching them parachute into the stadium like that, you see what people can push themselves to do, and it kind of gives me hope that I can do what I want to do in the future. It makes me feel good about myself and encourages me to achieve whatever I want.â&#x20AC;? Phoenix 3TV News reporter Javier Soto rode along with the Leap Frogs in the C-130 Hercules aircraft from the 139th Airlift Wing of Missouri Air National Guard to watch the practice jump above Peoria Sports Complex, March 27. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Awesome,â&#x20AC;? said Soto. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the only way to describe my experience ďŹ&#x201A;ying with the Navy Leap Frogs.â&#x20AC;? Cmdr. Derek Wessman, Commanding OfďŹ cer, Navy Recruiting District Phoenix also watched the practice jump from the baseball stadium at Peoria. He explained how Navy Weeks help convey the Navyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission

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MCC Steve Carlson Jim Woods, assigned to the U.S. Navy parachute demonstration team, the Leap Frogs, shows a young fan how to fold his parachute following a performance.

The U.S. Navy parachute demonstration team, the Leap Frogs, participated in Phoenix Navy Week 2012, March 26 - 28. The Leap Frogs performed three demonstrations at Agua Fria High School, Peoria Sports Complex, and Desert Ridge High School with a combined attendance of more than 10,000 people. The Leap Frogs, composed of parachuting experts from Naval Special Warfare, performed aerial parachuting maneuvers called canopy relative work and ďŹ&#x201A;ew an American ďŹ&#x201A;ag, a POW/ MIA ďŹ&#x201A;ag and a Navy SEAL Trident ďŹ&#x201A;ag during the performances. The Leap Frogs handed out signed photographs, talked to spectators about their jobs in Naval Special Warfare and showed spectators how to pack their parachutes after each performance.

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and achievements. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the greatest challenges we have here in Phoenix is that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in a landlocked state,â&#x20AC;? said Wessman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People out here donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see the Navy every day. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not like a San Diego or a Norfolk where the ships come in and out of port all the time. So, for people to see real Navy Sailors doing great things for the community, really emphasizes the fact that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a global force for good. The parachute demonstration team is a big eye catcher, but it gives us an opportunity to have that conversation with people and explain to the community how much of an impact the Navy has on our country and the world.â&#x20AC;? Phoenix Navy Week is one of 15 Navy Weeks planned across America this year. They are designed to show Americans the investment they have made in their Navy as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Global Force for Goodâ&#x20AC;? and increase awareness in cities that do not have a signiďŹ cant Navy presence.




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College program offers road to success By MC2 (SW) Salt Cebe Navy Public Affairs Support Element Detachment Southeast


A Sailor from Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville is taking advantage of the many opportunities for higher education offered by the Navy. Aviation Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Nnamdi Emenogu has only four classes left to complete before earning his Bachelor’s degree in public health from the American Military University. Emenogu has been in the Navy for a little more than nine years and said his chain of command has always supported his educational goals and helped him to keep on course. Emenogu had not taken any classes before he joined the Navy and credits all of his success to the programs available to Sailors through the Navy College Program. “I knew that the Navy provided great schooling opportunities without the hassle of student loans,” said Emenogu. “I just had to get it done.” The Navy College Program’s mission is to provide continual academic support to Sailors while they pursue a technical or college degree, regardless of their location or duty station. “I started off taking Navy College Program for Afloat College Education (NCPACE) courses while at sea, and when I needed a greater variety of courses, the Navy College Office helped me discover tuition assistance,” said Emenogu. Vicki O’Toole, director of the Navy College Office NAS Jacksonville, helped guide Emenogu down the appropriate path towards his ultimate goal of earning a degree. “ABH1 (Emenogu) is a wonderful example of a Sailor who sets

a goal and who pays attention to what is available through the Navy College Office to develop himself personally and professionally,” said O’Toole. While maintaining a 3.74 grade point average, Emenogu was awarded Naval Air Station Jacksonville Sailor of the Year honors and promoted to the rank of first class petty officer. It has taken him less time to earn a degree because he used his Sailor/Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript, or SMART. SMART documents the amount of American Council on Education (ACE) college credit recommended for military training and occupational experience that Sailors receive through their career. SMART is an academically accepted record that is validated by ACE with the primary purpose of helping service members obtain college credit for their military experience. Emenogu said through SMART, he obtained 12 college credits toward completion of his degree. “Lots of time and money was saved,” he said. “I didn’t have to take four classes because it was already in my record, so I absolutely recommend taking advantage of the program.” “Petty Officer Emenogu’s off duty education has directly contributed to the readiness of NAS Jacksonville’s Air Operations Department,” said Lt. Cmdr. Michael Chan, NAS Jacksonville operations officer. “It has made him a better Sailor, and more importantly, a better leader. This sets the example for his peers and junior Sailors. He conveys the message that it’s possible to earn a degree while still performing their duties at a high level. As a leader and mentor, completing his degree will only reinforce the importance and

MC2 (SW) Salt Cebe Aviation Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Nnamdi Emenogu reviews the air terminal flight schedule at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. Emenogu is completing his Bachelor’s degree in public health using the Navy’s Tuition Assistance program and the Navy College Program for Afloat College Education.

I recommend that all Sailors take advantage of these great opportunities offered by the Navy to further their education.” - Aviation Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Nnamdi Emenogu need for higher education.” Emenogu said he will later pursue a Master’s. “I feel a great sense of accomplishment and I see myself as a role model for those Sailors who think the task is too daunting to tackle. I have no intention of stopping here. Once I earn my Bachelor’s, my next step will be enrolling into a master’s program,” said Emenogu. “I recommend that all Sailors take advantage of these great opportunities offered by the Navy to further their education.” He said hopes to motivate fellow Sailors to advance their careers through education. “Professionally, earning a degree creates more opportunities for a diverse career path,” stated Emenogu. “I would like to become a com-

missioned officer in the Navy and some day become a public health official in the civilian sector.” Dr. Mary Redd-Clary, director of the Navy College Program at the Center for Personal and Professional Development, said it is common for Sailors to join the Navy without any higher education but with the goal of working toward a degree while in the service. “At any given time, approximately 20 percent of active duty Sailors are using a Navy College Program resource to help fund their education goals,” she said. To help Sailors maximize their education benefits, Navy College Program education professionals advise Sailors on programs such as tuition assistance and SMART. “A Sailor’s local Navy College

Office – or the Virtual Education Center – is a great resource for helping plan out his or her education journey. This plan includes a review of the SMART and development of an Individual Education Plan tailored to them,” she said. “CPPD’s voluntary education program is a conduit for equipping Sailors with strong analytical skills, the ability to make informed decisions and avenues to pursue their life-long educational and credentialing goals. We’re dedicated to helping each and every Sailor develop to his or her fullest potential.” Navy College supports the personal and professional growth of Sailors helping them earn degrees which help make them invaluable assets to the Navy. It’s an important part of the 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative which consolidates a set of objectives and policies, new and existing, to maximize Sailor and Marine personal readiness, build resiliency and hone the most combat-effective force in the history of the Department of the Navy.

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SYNTHETIC DRUG TESTING OPERATING GUIDE AVAILABLE Press Release Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs


Navy Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Office (NADAP) posted the new Synthetic Drug Testing Operating Guide on the NADAP website, officials said April 5. The Navy’s zero tolerance policy towards drug use is a key contributor to the readiness area of the 21st Century Sailor and Marine. This initiative which consolidates a set of objectives and policies, new and existing, to maximize Sailor and Marine personal readiness, build resiliency and hone the most combat-effective force in the history of the Department of the Navy. “The operating guide provides commands easy access to the procedures of synthetic drug testing,” said Dorice Favorite, director, NADAP. “It is important that the samples are collected, documented and processed correctly. The operating guide will help units do that.” Navy announced it would begin testing for synthetic drugs in NAVADMIN 082/12, released March 12. According to the NAVADMIN, this testing is separate and distinct from the urinalysis program directed by OPNAVINST 5350.4D. Commanders may take appropriate actions related to health, safety and security based on a positive result. During fiscal year 2012 the Navy will invest $1.73 million to test for synthetic chemical compounds and expects to increase that amount to $2.9 million in fiscal year 2013. Synthetic chemical compound drug use impacts a Sailor’s career, their family life and overall well-being, while

MC2 Mark Logico The Criminal Investigative Division at Commander, Navy Region Hawaii, displays examples of seized evidences of synthetic drugs, commonly known as “Spice” as part of an awareness campaign and training against its usage.

It is important that the samples are collected, documented and processed correctly.” -Dorice Favorite, director, NADAP

also impacting fleet readiness. If a Sailor makes a poor choice and uses these types of drugs, they need to know there will be consequences, emphasized Favorite.

“Navy has zero tolerance for drug use, including the use of designer and synthetic chemical compounds, such as Spice,” said Favorite, “Our efforts are two-fold: we will continue to educate Sailors on the dangers of drug use including new and designer drugs and at the same time identify those who use or possess the substances and hold them accountable.” To view the guide or for more news from NADAP, visit For more information, visit,, or www. For more news from Navy Personnel Command, visit


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USS Elrod seizes 1,000 pounds of drugs in Caribbean Press Release U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet Public Affairs


USS Elrod (FFG 55), with assistance from the royal Netherland Navy, intercepted a fast moving speedboat suspected of drug trafficking, in the Caribbean Sea, March 22, in support of Operation Martillo. “A good deal of credit for this interdiction goes to the Dutch Navy and their dedicated air support,” said Cmdr. John Callaway, Elrod Commanding Officer. “They

played a vital role in achieving the Operation Martillo objective to intercept drugs smuggled into the U.S.” During the interdiction, the drug traffickers were seen throwing their cargo overboard as an SH-60B helicopter from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 60 embarked aboard Elrod approached the craft to obstruct its course of escape. A U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment, also embarked aboard Elrod, boarded the “go-fast” and took four persons into custody after the jettisoned cargo was tested positive for cocaine.

“This interception and apprehension is an example of the strong teamwork aboard Elrod including the engineers providing the power for a sustained, high speed pursuit, the helicopter detachment tracking the suspect vessel and the Coast Guard team who recognized the potential dangerous situation when the “go-fast” boat began sinking,” said Callaway. Operation Martillo (Spanish for ‘hammer’) is a U.S., European and Western Hemisphere partner nation effort targeting illicit trafficking routes in coastal waters along the Cen-

Pirates, beware: Navy’s smart robocopters are watching By Grace Jean Office of Naval Research Public Affairs


Navy unmanned aircraft will be able to distinguish small pirate boats from other vessels when an Office of Naval Research (ONR)-funded sensor starts airborne tests this summer, officials said April 5. Called the Multi-Mode Sensor Seeker (MMSS), the sensor is a mix of high-definition cameras, mid-wave in-

frared sensors and laser-radar (LADAR) technology. It will be placed on a robotic helicopter, called “Fire Scout.” Carrying advanced automatic target recognition software, the sensor prototype will allow Fire Scout to autonomously identify small boats on the water, reducing the workload of Sailors operating it from control stations aboard Navy ships. “Sailors who control robotic systems can become overloaded with data, often sifting

through hours of streaming video searching for a single ship,” said Ken Heeke, program officer in ONR’s Naval Air Warfare and Weapons Department. “The automatic target recognition software gives Fire Scout the ability to distinguish target boats in congested coastal waters using LADAR, and it sends that information to human operators, who can then analyze those vessels in a 3D picture.” Navy-developed target recognition algorithms aboard


MC2 Justin Ailes The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Elrod (FFG 55) visits Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for water, fuel and re-supply services. Elrod is conducting counter narcotics operations, supporting Joint Interagency Task Force South in the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility.

tral American isthmus. U.S. military participation is being led by Joint Interagency Task Force-South, a component of U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM). Operation Martillo is a component of the U.S. government’s coordinated interagency regional security strategy in support of the White House strategy

to combat transnational organized crime and the U.S. Central America Regional Security Initiative. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet supports U.S. Southern Command joint and combined full-spectrum military operations by providing principally sea-based, forward presence

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Fire Scout will exploit the 3D data collected by the LADAR, utilizing a longrange, high-res, eye-safe laser. The software compares the 3D imagery to vessel templates or schematics stored in the system’s memory. “The 3D data gives you a leg up on target identification,” said Dean Cook, principal investigator for the MMSS program at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD). “Infrared and visible cameras produce 2D

Office of Naval Research photo An image of a vessel captured by high-definition cameras and laserradar (LADAR) technology.

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The U.S. Navy will commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and “The Star Spangled Banner” starting in April. Commemoration events will take place at War of 1812 historic sites across the nation and during Navy Week celebrations in other locations. The U.S. Navy first demonstrated itself as a force to be reckoned with during the War of 1812. This bicentennial presents an opportunity to reflect upon how, in 1812, the Navy proved that keeping the sea free was essential to protecting our nation’s economy, way of life and independence. Two hundred years later, the U.S. Navy must be ready

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online See a full schedule of events and a full list of ships and units participating in each city at

every day to protect our national security, our free flow of international commerce and ensure free passage on the sea. “For 236 years, the Navy has gone from sail, to steam, to nuclear. From the USS Constitution to the USS Carl Vinson, our maritime warriors have upheld a proud heritage, protected our nation, projected our power and protected our freedom of the seas,” said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. “Not just for ourselves, but for all nations who travel the

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According to Cmdr. Lore Aguayo, Commanding Officer, NMCB-11, Seabees’ mission is to support the Marine Air-Ground Task Force by providing a full spectrum of general engineering and combat engineering support required during security and stability operations. “That is exactly what our Seabees at Det. Bost are doing,” said Aguayo. Typically, Seabee project sites are secured by Marines, thus allowing the Seabees to arrive and begin construction. For this site, however, Seabees arrived with personnel dedicated to security and other crews dedicated to construction. A small element of Marines is currently on-site to facilitate a smooth transition of the compound when the Seabees depart at the end of the project. This type of interaction exemplifies the fluidity of the joint service relationship between the Marine Corps and the Seabees of the Navy. “Seabees are extremely proud to be able to support the Marines in I

oceans of the world.” The Navy began its four-year commemoration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812 on March 13, with a ceremonial kick-off by the Secretary of the Navy at the Library of Congress. A series of public events will continue in additional cities across the nation this year, featuring Sailors and Marines, U.S. Navy and international warships, the Navy’s Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team, as well as equipment and static displays. The Navy has partnered with host cities, the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, the Navy League of the United States, Operation Sail, the International Council of Air Shows, the Smithsonian Institution, and a variety of other public and private organizations, and international

MEF (Forward),” said Aguayo. “Missions such as this one will continue to strengthen the strong relationship we have built with the Marine Corps through war and peacetime.” In reference to her conversation with Marine Corps Lt. Col. Brent A. Weathers, Operation Coordination Center-Regional Senior Advisor, Aguayo said, “He had just finished a tour of the project and said he had been on the site a few weeks prior and was extremely impressed on the progress that was made during that short time frame, with seven of the nine buildings erected.” Weathers expressed to Aguayo his sincere appreciation for all the hard work the Seabees are putting into completing the project. Roughly one week ahead of schedule, the Det. Bost Seabees of NMCB-11 expect to turn over the completed compound to Marine Advisor Teams sometime in May. Builder 1st Class Brandon B. Audie from Saco, Maine, the Project supervisor for the construction crews said, “Some of the challenges our Det. faces are supply runs where adverse weather conditions and current significant events in the surrounding area dictate whether we get resupplied or not,” For more news from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 11, visit www.


navies to tell the story of America’s “Second War of Independence.” The commemoration will continue in 2013 with events marking the Battles of Lake Erie and Lake Champlain, in 2014 with the bicentennial of the writing of the “Star Spangled Banner,” and in 2015 with the bicentennial of the Battle of New Orleans. Local civic committees in each city are organizing events in which the Navy and its partners will participate. The War of 1812 “really signified our rebirth as a Navy and a nation,” said Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert. “In a few short months, we’ll be celebrating the commemoration of the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812. We’ll learn a lot about our Navy over the next 12 months.”

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Continued from B1 time in April to standdown, to stop all work so we can have a good opportunity to make ourselves more aware and educated about this,” said Van Buskirk. “It is a very important issue.” The Navy will focus on four themes during SAAM: “Hurts One,” “Affects All,” “Prevention is Everyone’s Duty,” and “We Will Not Tolerate Sexual Assault.” According to Van Buskirk, training will include a segment on bystander intervention, a DoD strategy to engage all hands in preventing sexual assault. Under the strategy, active bystanders take the initiative to help someone who may be targeted for a sexual assault in ways that are intended to avoid verbal or physical conflict. Active bystanders take the initiative to help friends, who are not thinking clearly or whose judgment may be clouded from the effects of alcohol or other substances, from becoming victims or offenders of crime. “Intervention does not mean that you directly intervene to stop

■ more on #SAAM See more coverage on #SAAM on pages A1, A2 and A9. a crime in progress, rather, these steps are early intervention before the crime begins to occur,” said Van Buskirk. Scripts and videos for each week’s theme, engagement products, posters and other tools, are available on Navy Personnel Command’s Sexual Assault and Prevention website, Van Buskirk said his goal is to establish a baseline of education, training and awareness for the entire Navy that is sustainable year after year until we can eradicate this problem from our ranks. “We’ll leverage this month as a prelude to continuing our robust program which we already have established in our Navy,” said Van Buskirk. “Talking about it, being aware about it isn’t enough. We have to stop it. We have to be willing to intervene. We have to be willing to speak up. We have to be willing to act. That is what my expectations are of each and every one of you.”


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THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH Equestrian acrobat troupe is highlight for traveling circus By David Todd The Flagship Managing Editor


Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus is known worldwide as “The Greatest Show on Earth.” Now in its 142nd production, the circus will present DRAGONS, a once in a millennium event honoring The Year of the Dragon. This year’s performance will showcase acts of bravery and astonishing athleticism, while simultaneously blending spiritual mysticism and dragon lore. The circus kicks off its Hampton Roads tour at the Norfolk Scope, April 12 - 15, and will finish up at the Hampton Coliseum, April 19 - 22. Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson will preside as the circus travels cross country on a 90-city tour featuring amazing performances, hilarious clowns, Shaolin Kung Fu Warriors, Asian elephants, fierce tigers, and much more. One of this year’s standout performances is the Tchalabaev Cossack Troupe, known as the “Riders of the Wind,” lead by husband and wife team Kanat and Tatiana Tchalabaev from Kazakhstan. Their troupe consists of three women and nine men who perform with 15 powerful horses. The overall performance is a masterpiece of speed, intensity and agility … pushing the boundaries of imagination. The horses reach speeds of up to 25 mph as they navigate carefully around a 46-foot diameter circus ring, while highly-skilled riders perform amazing acrobatics. Kanat, a horse rider and trainer, and Tatiana, an acrobat, each hail from multi-generational circus families and both began performing at a very young age. Tatiana grew up in a Russian circus family and has performed as an acrobatic flyer. Kanat first started riding horses at the age of two. His father was a professional acrobat and his mother was a horse rider. Kanat describes the circus life as an amazing and exciting experience, and for the last 10 years, he and his wife have toured across America performing their Cossack act. “It’s your job, but it’s also your house – all the people around are part of your family,” he said. “It’s a great feeling!” Together, Kanat and Tatiana travel with their family, which includes their daughters, Angelique (12) and Veronica (2). Working together may seem impossible for some, but they overcome adversity and make it work.

■ show dates The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus will be visiting the Norfolk Scope from April 12 - 15, and the Hampton Coliseum from April 19 - 22.

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Get revved up while ‘Cruisin’ Virginia Beach’ VIRGINIA BEACH

The Cruisin’ Virginia Beach Car Show, presented by Eastern Truck & Accessories, promises to turn the boardwalk into a local version of “Route 66,” with cars and trucks from yesterday and today competing for trophies and cash prizes at this unique, one-day event. The car show will be held April 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the boardwalk between ■ categories 14th and 33rd streets. On Saturday night, Vehicles at the Cruisin’ view selected cars along Atlantic Ave. from 6 to 9 p.m. Virginia Beach Car Show Cruisin’ Virginia Beach Car Show is free will compete in these for spectators. divisions: GM/Chevrolet, Car clubs and individuals from throughMopars, Miscellaneous/ out the region will display their autos and Street Rods/Customs, VW’s/ compete in various divisions. Hot rods, Imports, and Fords. street machines, classic cars and more will line the Virginia Beach boardwalk for 19 blocks, where thousands of car enthusiasts and families view 200 vehicles in a beautiful beach setting. Vehicles will compete in these divisions: GM/Chevrolet, Mopars, Miscellaneous/Street Rods/Customs, VW’s/Imports, and Fords. Participants receive goody bags, dash plaques and event t-shirts. Cruisin’ Virginia Beach Car Show registration forms may be downloaded at Rain date for the Cruisin’ Virginia Beach Car Show will be April 15. For more information, please call 491-SUNN, or visit the BeachEvents website at

Chevy Lovers to hold Spring Dust Off VIRGINIA BEACH

The Virginia Chevy Lovers will hold their annual Spring Dust Off Car Show on April 14 at Finn McCool’s Fish House and Tavern at Landstown Commons on the corner of Princess Anne and Dam Neck Roads. The Spring Dust Off Car Show is open to all cars and trucks 25 years and older, with proceeds to

benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Registration will be from 9 a.m. until Noon. Pre-registration is $15, and $20 day of the show. Checks should be payable to VCL and sent to Marie Cancel, 828 Trillium Pl., Virginia Beach. Rain date is April 28. Additional information is located at

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Celebrate world’s biggest space party with Yuri’s Night at Air & Space Center HAMPTON

SFL VII:TKO for theTa-Ta’s ■ When: April 14, 7 p.m. ■ Where: Ted Constant Convocation Center, Norfolk ■ For more information, contact: Rebecca Desjardins

at (860) 334-2268, or; Jimi Partyka at 515-6538, or, or visit Spartyka Fight League hosts an amateur mixed martial arts event to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tidewater. Doors will open to the public at 5:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Tickets are available at and the Constant Center Box Office. Spartyka is committed to giving 10 percent of ticket sales to Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tidewater. Spartyka will also welcome Honor and Remember, a national non-profit organization dedicated to honoring and remembering the lives of fallen service men and women, who will present a personalized flag to the family of a fallen service member.

Teen Lock-in ■ When: April 13 to 14, 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. ■ Where: JEB Fort Story Youth Center ■ For more information, call: 422-7714

Open to the first 25 teens, age 13 and older. Food, fun and activities. Teens will be supervised by youth staff. Cost is $5 per person.

The world’s biggest space party, Yuri’s Night, is returning to the Virginia Air & Space Center in Downtown Hampton on April 14 from 7 p.m. to Midnight. This high-tech event encourages party-goers to explore the wonders and benefits of exciting new technologies at NASA. Yuri’s Night Hampton Roads will feature a fusion of entertainment with music by DJ Jeyone, a ‘Mars’tini lounge, reggae music with United Souls, illusions and other entertainment by Krendl & Co, state of the art exhibits showcasing NASA contributions, and more. Yuri’s Night Hampton Roads will feature music mixed by Hampton Roads’ favorite DJ Jeyone, as well as live entertainment from local reggae favorite, United Souls and belly dancing by Neferteri. The Peninsula Astronomy Club and Back Bay Astronomers will offer star gazing using state-of-the-art telescopes on the Center’s Observation Deck. Guests will enjoy performances by an Alien Dance group, LED Hula Hoop Artist and Krendl & Co. will engage visitors with unparalleled magical illusions. James Steele from Hampton Roads radio station 96X will be on-hand to emcee the event and engage guests in a few rounds of Rock Band, space camp Wii and more! Guests will experience serious gaming technology with AMA, as well as cosmic cornhole with Sierra Lobo. Guests are encouraged to wear space-themed costumes to participate in a costume contest for great prizes including tickets to Busch Gardens. In addition to spectacular entertainment, guests will also be offered the chance to learn how NASA technology affects their everyday lives. They will explore how NASA technology has made its way into homes through commercialized innovations. Guests can track their internal temperatures on a body heat map, view dramatic images of Earth from space and see Robonaut I! NASA’s Mindshift game technology will test the stress levels of anyone daring enough to attempt the video game, and even offer insight on how to control this stress. Yuri’s Night is an international celebration held in April every year to commemorate two separate space exploration milestones. On April 12, 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first human to travel into space, launching into orbit aboard the Vostok 3KA-2. The second milestone was the launch of the first space shuttle STS-1 on April 12, 1981. Celebrating these huge milestones of exploration,Yuri’s Night combines an evening of spectacular entertainment with NASA achievements

■ space history Yuri’s Night is an international celebration held in April every year to commemorate two separate space exploration milestones. On April 12, 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first human to travel into space, launching into orbit aboard the Vostok 3KA-2. The second milestone was the launch of the first space shuttle STS-1 on April 12, 1981.

designed to increase visibility of NASA and its missions for the next generation of emerging leaders. Driven by spaceinspired artistic expression and culminating in a worldwide network of annual celebrations and educational events, Yuri’s Night creates a global community of young people committed to shaping the future of space exploration. These global events are a showcase for elements of culture that embrace space through music, dance, science and art. Admission is only $10 per person in advance, or $12 the day of the event. Tickets are available in advance by calling 727-0900, extension 705, or online at Food is included with admission and beverages are available for purchase. Tickets are now on sale. For more information visit or receive updates on your mobile phone when you text VASPACE to 74568. (Regular texting rates apply.)

Star-Spangled Banner Rising ■ When: April 18, 11:30 a.m. ■ Where: Crowne Plaza, Norfolk ■ For more information, contact:

Laura Orr at, or call 322-3108 J. Michael Cobb, curator at the Hampton History Museum, will speak about the development of Fort Wool during a luncheon lecture hosted by the Hampton Roads Naval Museum. The cost for lunch is $15 for Hampton Roads Naval Historical Foundation members and $20 for non-members. Reservations are required by April 13.

War Memorial 5K Run-Walk to Remember ■ When: April 14, 8 a.m. ■ Where: Virginia War Memorial,

621 South Belvidere St., Richmond ■ For more information, contact: Jeb Hockman at (804) 786-2074, or email Runners, walkers and even parents with strollers are invited to participate. Pre-registration is $25 per person and includes a commemorative race t-shirt. Race day registration is $30. Awards will be presented to the top three male and top three female finishers. Participants may register and purchase memorial flags online at and pay by credit card or PayPal. Registration forms can also be downloaded and printed and mailed with a check payable to VWM Educational Foundation.

Sand Soccer Championships ■ Registration: Deadline is April 15 ■ Where: Virginia Beach Oceanfront ■ For more information, visit:, or

call 368-4600. With an average of 60 shots on goal per game, one of the world’s largest sports festivals of the coming summer season descends on the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, June 8 - 10, as the North American Sand Soccer Championships (NASSC) roll into the resort city for their 19th year. Over 107,000 sand warriors from 20 states, and as many countries, have competed since the festival was created in 1994. The NASSC is open to the public at no charge.

NAS Oceana CPOA Car and Truck Show ■ When: June 2 ■ Where: NAS Oceana

between the CPO Club and barracks 520 in the barracks parking lot, Virginia Beach ■ For more information, contact: ATC (AW/SW) Jason Reffett at The NAS Oceana Chief Petty Officer Association presents the NAS Oceana CPOA Car and Truck Show! Open to all makes and models. The show is from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. If you require base access for the show, you must pre-register via email to Registration is $10 (Pay at the door). Proceeds are to benefit the CPO Scholarship Fund. There will be plenty to do and see. View Carl Edward’s NASCAR! Race in the Goodyear NASCAR Simulator! See the JN Motorsports Armed Forced Dragsters! There will also be a live performance by “Less Than Ten.” Great cars and trucks and loads of fun for all!

Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce to honor military; last week for nominations Hampton Roads area commands and organizations from all services will be recognized at the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce Military Recognition Reception (MRR) on April 23. The MRR is an informal opportunity for the community to provide additional recognition to service members and thank them personally for a job well done. The reception includes: refreshments, brief remarks from guest speakers, presentation of certificates and other


mementos to each honoree. The guest speaker for this year’s MRR is Old Dominion University (ODU) coach Blaine Taylor, and the reception will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott, 235 East Main St. in Norfolk. Recognition forms are available online at the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce website at

Forms must be completed entirely and accurately. Deadline for submission is April 13. Completed forms may be sent via email to Candace Reid at the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce at, or faxed to 6225563 attn: Candace Reid. For additional information, contact Candace Reid at 664-2572, or creid@ For information on specific clothing for the event, visit IfV6nU.

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Continued from C1 “You work together 24/7 and you go home and you still talk about the act and the circus,” Kanat said with a laugh, “the circus never goes away. It can be very difficult, but you work through it and it’s good because next to you is your friend and your wife. You can share and get things done together. One person is good, but two is better.” For the act, Kanat prefers to use younger horses because they are more challenging and it allows him to learn their strengths, behaviors and abilities early on. While challenging and exciting, working with horses is still incredibly dangerous and requires immense skill. “It’s a part of the job. It’s danger because there is always a chance the horses might slip and fall on top of you,” he explained. “But when you work you never think about that, you only think of the thousands of people watching you … but it is dangerous.” Kanat has worked with and trained horses for more than 25 years, and has a real love and respect for them. “The horse is a very strong animal. Sometimes people think, ‘Oh it’s just a horse, a small horse,’ but it’s a pretty strong animal. It can run very fast and it can hurt you if you don’t know what you are doing around them,” he said, explaining that for the show he chooses very calm, easy going horses. He said you can tell a lot about a horse by their character, by the way they stand and by the way they look at you. “Small things you have to look for so that you can choose (the right) horse for this type of job.” Numerous hours go into planning and training to make the Cossack act a success. “Horses need to practice every day, because you know, horses are born to

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run,” Kanat said. “And people need to practice as well, because practice makes perfect,” noting that they practice as much as their schedules allow, but they allow plenty of time for the horses and performers to rest. Circus-goers will experience some of the troupes amazing maneuvers, including: the five-man pyramid (five riders balance atop two horses); the dead-man drag (the rider is suspended by only his feet and dragged by the horse around the ring); and the underbelly climb (the rider climbs under and back over the horse while at a full-speed gallop). Also incorporated throughout is the everpresent dragon theme. “We fit in really nice because we are kind of ‘dragon riders,’” Kanat said. “We just need a couple weeks on the horses and we can fly. All of the cast and the costumes, I think we will fit exactly into that dragon theme. Because we are so powerful and Cossack riding came from centuries ago, so to me, we fit right in.”

For more information, visit www., or find Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus on Facebook. All seats are reserved and tickets are available through Ticketmaster, or in person at the Norfolk Scope Arena Box Office and the Hampton Coliseum Box Office. For group rates and information, call the Norfolk Scope at 664-6464, or the Hampton Coliseum at 838-4203. Military personal can purchase tickets at a discounted rate – 2 tickets for $22 (not valid on opening night performances April 12 and 18 at 7:30 p.m., or April 14 and 21 at 3:30 p.m.) – available only at MWR and ITT Ticketmaster Outlets with valid military ID. MWR and ITT Ticketmaster outlets are located at JEB Little Creek-Fort Story, NAS Oceana, Naval Station Norfolk and Joint Base LangleyEustis. Use code SALUTE to redeem offer. A standard military discount of $12 off is available through all Ticketmaster channels and at the box office by using code USA12 with valid military ID.



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Kia sedan offers sculpted economy By Ken Chester, Jr. Motor News Media Corporation

Introduced at the 2011 New York International Auto Show, Kia Motors unveiled the all-new 2012 Rio sub-compact sedan. The all-new Rio ushers in the next chapter of Kia Motors’ ongoing design-led transformation with eye-catching design, advanced technologies and sophistication in the small car segment. With all-new ISG technology and class-leading horsepower and fuel economy of 40 miles per gallon, Rio promises consumers impressive fuel efficiency without sacrificing power or fun-to-drive performance. Conceived at Kia’s design studios in Irvine, Calif., the all-new Rio sub-compact sedan exhibits highly sculpted sloping shoulder lines and a wedge-shaped exterior, projecting an athletic profile that conveys power and agility while mimicking the aggressive lines found on other recently launched Kia vehicles, such as the 2011 Optima and Sportage. The Rio sedan sports its own interpretation of Kia’s signature grille, slimmed down to connect to the dynamic headlamp design, providing a new twist on the Kia family look that includes a bigger air intake to exude a youthful persona. Available in LX, EX and SX trim levels, power for the next generation Rio sub-

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Marines assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24th MEU) conduct physical training on the ďŹ&#x201A;ight deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21). New York is deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group with the embarked 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24th MEU) and will support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.

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USS New York Sailors, Marines to run around the world By MC3 Ian Carver Amphibious Squadron 8 Public Affairs


Sailors and Marines aboard amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) are challenging themselves to collectively run enough miles to circumnavigate the Earth â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a competition that started, April 1, and will continue until New York returns home from its maiden deployment to accumulate the 24,900 miles needed to complete the challenge. Chief Logistics Specialist Carl A. Hunt came up with the idea of running around the world by use of tracking the distance on cardio machines to help encourage

physical training. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So far the ship has tracked 537 miles, which is phenomenal, but we need everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s help to track their cardio distances,â&#x20AC;? said Chief Hull Maintenance Technician Joshua Boeltz. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I see a lot of Sailors running who are not on there yet.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Working out on a ship during deployment can start to become routine, so having something to track and work for can help improve motivation,â&#x20AC;? said Hunt. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The challenge definitely gets me motivated to get out and do more cardio work,â&#x20AC;? said Electronics Technician 3rd Class Cameron Sword. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Having a ship-wide goal to work toward is great for morale, and I

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;The biggest part of this event is not just to challenge our Sailors and Marines, but to encourage fitness and unit cohesion,â&#x20AC;? said Hunt. New York, on her maiden deployment, is part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group with the embarked 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit. New York will support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. Fitness is one of the key elements of the 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative which consolidates a set of objectives and policies, new and existing, to maximize Sailor and Marine personal readiness, build resiliency and hone the most combateffective force in the history of the Department of the Navy.

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Now or never as Siver moves down Former lightweight contender set to face Diego Nunes in his first fight at 145 pounds By Thomas Gerbasi

When you compare life in the NFL to playing high-level college football, everyone will tell you that the difference is speed. Everything moves that much faster, with success built upon the years of experience that develop the muscle memory you need to not just act, but react. The same goes for those fighting in the UFC. Compared to local shows, everything in the Octagon moves at warp speed, with a split second loss of focus often being the difference between winning and losing. Lightweight contender Donald Cerrone knows this ... Dennis Siver, who was Cerrone’s Submission of the Night victim back at UFC 137 last October, knows it even more. “The cowboy really made great use of his reach advantage,” said Siver, who gave up five inches in height and three inches in reach to Cerrone on that night in Las Vegas. “I dropped my hands, he got me good, and before I had regained my wits, he had already choked me out.” It’s not the first time Siver (19-8) had tasted defeat, but after putting together a four-fight winning streak in 2010-11 that included victories over Spencer Fisher, Andre Winner, George Sotiropoulos and Matt Wiman, the loss to Cerrone may have hurt a bit more, as it dashed the Germany-based Russian’s immediate hopes for a title shot. What surprised many fight followers though is that Siver, still a legit 155-pound contender despite the setback, decided that his future wasn’t going to be in the lightweight division, but as a 145-pound featherweight. “I wanted to try something new and felt a real surge of motivation when I thought of dropping down in weight,” said Siver, who will make his featherweight debut this Saturday in Sweden against Diego Nunes. “Obviously, my reach is much better suited for the featherweight division than the lightweight division.” Against the 5-foot-6 Nunes, Siver will already gain an advantage in height that he has never had in his UFC career – the best he ever got was being the same size as Spencer Fisher in 2010 – and he promises even more explosiveness in his new neighborhood. “I was a real powerhouse at 155 and expect to be able to use my power to my advantage even more at 145,” said Siver. “Fighting at 145 should also make me more explosive.” That’s not a pleasant thought for Nunes and

Courtesy of UFC Former U.S. Marine Brian Stann is scheduled to face Alessio Sakara at UFC on Fuel TV 2 on April 14.


Courtesy of UFC Dennis Siver (left) has won eight of his last 10 fights, but dropped a submission loss to Donald Cerrone in his last trip to the Octagon in October of last year.

the rest of the 145ers, but for the fans who have watched Siver nab four post-fight bonuses (two KO of the Night, one submission, one fight), he’s a welcome addition, even though the 33-year-old humbly deflects any praise for his aggressive attack. “It’s not really something I think about,” he said. “My goal is to give my all. I never want to look in the mirror and realize that I lost because I phoned in my performance. Stylistically, my way of fighting tends to lead to good fights every now and then, but it’s not something I try to make happen.” It is better to be on the crowd’s good side though, right? Not necessarily, said Siver, as quick with an unexpected response as he is with his sneaky, yet devastating spinning back kick. “To be perfectly honest, I thrive when I’m in a foreign country and am fighting a local hero,” he said. “The fans’ boos motivate me. The reverse is also true, by the way. Who doesn’t enjoy getting a crowd reaction? At the same time, I try to be ‘in the zone’ and not be distracted by the crowd.” With Stockholm just a couple hours away from his home in Mannheim, expect cheers and not boos for Siver this weekend, as he engages in his seventh UFC fight in Europe, where he is 5-1. Though again, he doesn’t let anything outside of what happens in the Octagon enter his mind, either positively or negatively. “It doesn’t really make any difference for me, aside from being able to fly in later and not having to deal with changing time zones,” Siver

said of fighting on his home continent. “Aside from that, preparing for a fight is always hard work, irrespective of where it takes place.” If Siver can make a splash with a quality win over Nunes, whose only two pro losses have come to Kenny Florian and LC Davis, he may put himself in the thick of a wide-open contenders’ race immediately, something that can’t be said in the lightweight division, where the line for a crack at champion Benson Henderson is a mile long on a good day. After the loss to Cerrone, could this have played a role in Siver’s decision to change zip codes? “Not really,” he said. “This fight against Diego is a test for me. I want to see how my body reacts in competition to the new weight class. Maybe I’ll stay at featherweight, maybe I won’t. But if I decide to stay, I’ll be setting my sights on the gold. I’ve been around for a while and have worked hard to get better every time I fight. It’s now or never, as I’m not getting any younger either.” And featherweight boss Jose Aldo is apparently getting better with each fight, as he’s yet to taste a significant dose of danger in his Zuffa (UFC / WEC) career. Siver has a healthy dose of respect for Aldo and the rest of his peers at 145. “Most of the fighters at featherweight are extremely quick and explosive,” he said. “They also have great conditioning. And Jose Aldo is without a doubt the champion for a reason. His technique is exceptional. I like watching him fight and hope that I’ll be in a position to face him one day.”

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Newman, crew chief pay homage to Kulwicki By Rick Minter

Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 39 Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Sprint Cup Series Goody’s Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on April 1, the 19th Anniversary of Alan Kulwicki’s death.

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When Ryan Newman and his crew chief Tony Gibson were celebrating their victory at Martinsville Speedway on April 1, the date had special significance for Gibson and Newman and for legions of longtime NASCAR fans. It was on that date 19 years earlier that the reigning Cup champion Alan Kulwicki died in a plane crash as he was en route to Bristol Motor Speedway for that week’s race. Back then, Gibson was Kulwicki’s car chief and a fabricator for the team. Newman was in high school and was inspired by Kulwicki to follow his example – first to an engineering degree and then to NASCAR’s elite circuit. Gibson said in the winner’s interview at Martinsville that the 19th Anniversary of Kulwicki’s death was on his mind before the green flag ever flew. “I thought about that (Saturday) night actually, and it means a lot,” he said. “A lot of the reason I’m where I’m at is because of Alan. The fight to never give up and always believe in yourself comes from him, too.” Kulwicki was a rare breed, both driver and sole owner of his race team. He was underfunded compared to the top teams in his era, but he overcame that with hard work and determination to win five Cup races in his relatively brief seven-year career and the 1992 championship. His old crew members eventually moved on to other teams, and like Gibson, became known for their work ethic. Now Gibson is back working with another engineering graduate, and the similarities between Kulwicki and Newman don’t end there. “It’s just pretty cool to be with Ryan with the engineering background, and he’s just like Alan,” said Gibson. “He’s just like him. He’s wicked smart, and when you ever try to catch him on something, he’s got a little bit better answer for you. So I don’t try that anymore.” “It’s pretty neat if you look back, same type of guy – a guy that all he wants to do is race – all he believes in is racing. Just goes to show you, you can be smart and you can drive, too.” Newman said Kulwicki’s legacy means a lot to him too.

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“He was an inspiration for me,” he said. “He was part of the reason why I chose to be an engineer and follow through with my racing career at the same time. Just like Tony said, he’s inspirational to a lot of people in the garage – that never-give-up attitude – the underdog kind of mentality that he had. It’s no matter what, we’ll do our best and that’s all we can do.” Kulwicki’s championship year of 1992 wound up being one of the great turning points in NASCAR history. Besides being the last time that a driver/sole team owner won a title, it marked a major changing of the guard in the Cup series. In the ’92 season finale, Richard Petty ran his final Cup race, and Jeff Gordon ran his first. The championship that year saw six drivers still in the running up until the season finale at Atlanta. Davey Allison, Bill Elliott and Kulwicki had the best chances, but Harry Gant, Kyle Petty and Mark Martin also had mathematical chances. Allison, the wildly popular young member of the famed Alabama Gang, crashed out early in the finale at Atlanta, and never got another shot at a championship. He died in a helicopter crash the next year. Elliott never came as close to winning a championship again, and Junior Johnson, the car owner who led him to the runner-up position in ’92, saw

his long run as a dominant force in NASCAR essentially come to an end. Gant, who scored two wins in ’92, running his career total to 18, never won again or contended for another title, and retired from the Cup series at the end of 1994. Kyle Petty, who finished fifth in the ’92 standings, won one race and finished fifth in points the next season, but was never higher than 15th after that. Of the six in contention for the title in 1992, only Mark Martin remained a factor on down the road. He’s won 33 races since 1993, and finished in the Top-5 in the points standings 11 times. The late NASCAR writer David Poole, in his book about the 1992 season, summed up the lingering effects of that year, and the tragedies that followed, by saying, “If any lesson is to be learned from the events of the 1992 season and the months that followed the climactic race at Atlanta, perhaps it is that life is not lived in a straight line. It comes, instead, in a series of circles that change constantly as they ripple across the circles made by the lives of those around us.” Perhaps that was Poole’s way of explaining how after 19 years, Tony Gibson, who had stints at Hendrick Motorsports and Dale Earnhardt Inc., is back in victory lane with another engineer-driver, Ryan Newman, and working for a team co-owned by driver Tony Stewart.

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WWE’s Epico proves that sacrifice, dedication are keys to being a champion By Jonathan McLarty Contributing Writer

Greetings wrestling fans. The UltimateWrestling Charmer has stepped out of the ring for a few weeks for some much needed R&R, so I will be taking over his duties in his absence. This week, World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (WWE) rolled into town to present Super SmackDown Live at the Hampton Coliseum, April 10, and I had the distinct pleasure of speaking with up-and-coming WWE Superstar Epico. Epico and his real-life cousin, Primo, are currently the WWE Tag-Team Champions. Epico made his WWE debut in 2011 and has quickly risen to the top of the tag-team scene, securing the tag title in January of this year after defeating Air Boom. Below is an excerpt from our interview: Jonathan McLarty: On behalf of The Flagship and its readers, I want to thank you for agreeing to this interview. You were born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico and you’re a member of the famous Colón wrestling family (Epico is the nephew of retired Puerto Rican professional wrestler and wrestling promoter Carlos Edwin Colón, Sr.). Did you feel any added pressure when you were breaking into this business? Epico: A little bit, yeah. Probably more so than my other two cousins (Primo and former WWE Superstar Carlito), because not only did I have to fill my uncle’s shoes, I had to fill my cousin’s shoes and follow in their footsteps. I want to set my own career, my own path. J: Since you come from this long line of sports entertainers, is that what made you decide to become one yourself? E: I knew I wanted to become a wrestler since I was a little kid. My dad used to take me to a lot of the shows and I would hang out in the locker rooms with great wrestlers like Abdullah the Butcher, my uncle, Ric Flair – all of those guys. As the years went by, I got involved in the business – not as a wrestler – but my cousin and I would sell concessions, put up the ring, stuff like that. When I became older, I graduated college and that is when I

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decided to become a professional wrestler. J: Since you’ve gotten into this business, you have worked across the world in Puerto Rico, the United States and also Japan. Did working in these different countries help round out your overall wrestling abilities? E: Yes, definitely. Puerto Rico showed me how to fight with their bunch of brawlers. Japan showed me the respect part of this business, and being here in WWE has shown me more of the entertainment aspect. Every place I’ve been, I’ve taken a little bit from it and learned a lot from those places. J: Fast forward to today, you are a Tag-Team Champion alongside your cousin Primo, and you’re managed by the lovely Rosa Mendes. A lot of tag-teams now seem to be two single superstars haphazardly put together. Do you

think the success of your team has come from the chemistry of being family members? E: I do believe that, certainly. I’m not a firm believer of just throwing two guys together to form a tag-team. I think Kofi (Kingston) and Evan Bourne were a hell of a tag-team, but rarely do you see two guys that click like me (and) Primo, or The Uso’s. We’re family, so we have that sixth sense. Once I look at Primo, we know exactly what we want to do next and that’s an added bonus. J: Can you describe the dedication it takes to be a WWE Superstar? E: There’s so much sacrifice. Not even the physical part of taking the bumps – getting hurt – but the travel. It’s sacrificing your family time. My sister gave birth during WrestleMania week and I missed my first niece being born. Those are the things you have to be willing to give up in order to be at the top of your game. That is no different than what our military personnel do in order to defend our freedom. J: Hampton Roads is home to several military bases, do you have a special message you would like to pass on to the service members and their families? E: Thank you for defending our country, but most importantly for defending our freedom. It’s a hell of a job you guys have been doing, and I know it’s tough. From the bottom of my heart, I just want to thank you. Be sure to catch WWE’s next pay-perview event “WWE Extreme Rules” on April 29. Vanguard Championship Wrestling (VCW) comes to the Norfolk Masonic Temple on April 21. Visit vcw-wrestling. com for details. Southside Pro Wrestling (SPW) comes to the SPW Wrestleplex in Virginia Beach on April 28. Visit for details. Until next time, see you at the matches! Jonathan McLarty can be contacted via Facebook (Jonathan McLarty), or via Twitter (@JonathanMcLarty). Tune in to the VCW Hype Machine every Friday for all the up-to-date information,

■ a family affair Epico, whose real name is Orlando Colón, is currently one-half of the WWE Tag-Team Champions alongside his real-life cousin, Primo. Epico is also the cousin of former WWE wrestler Carlito, and the nephew of legendary wrestler Carlos Colón.


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The Kill Circuit breaks the mold of rock music in Hampton Roads Norfolk-based band gets airtime in U.K., Indonesia By David Todd The Flagship Managing Editor


Courtesy of The Kill Circuit The Kill Circuit includes (clockwise from top left) Mike Ragan on guitar and vocals, Joey Rudacil on drums, Pete Raffetto on guitar, and EJ Toudt on bass and vocals.

Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re being played by Internet radio stations in the U.S., Indonesia and the U.K. ... itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a global force!â&#x20AC;? - EJ Toudt

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By breaking the boundaries of conventional rock music, Norfolk-based The Kill Circuit is taking the local music scene by storm with their high-energy live shows and unique sound. The four-piece band includes Mike Ragan on guitar and vocals, EJ Toudt on bass guitar and vocals, Pete Raffetto on guitar, and Joey Rudacil on drums. And unlike many bands whose repertoire consists of only cover songs, The Kill Circuit has managed to create a solid fan base by strictly playing original material. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have 12 (songs), but usually we only play eight or nine live,â&#x20AC;? explained Ragan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s usually our set.â&#x20AC;? But if people are unfamiliar with the songs, the guys make a concerted effort to ensure everyone has a good time and that they leave knowing who they are. And many ďŹ rst-time listeners become some of their biggest fans. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We try to convert them as quickly as we can,â&#x20AC;? said Toudt. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(They can) buy a CD, or weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll give them a CD, or (we have) free downloads on our (website). We announce that kind of stuff at our shows, so if they like what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hearing, they can just download it for free off our site.â&#x20AC;? In a way, the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sound is very difďŹ cult to categorize because they are unlike other bands. And they seem to like it that way. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We sound so different because we all have different inďŹ&#x201A;uences and we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really want to be in a certain category, or sound like a certain band,â&#x20AC;? said Toudt. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because there are a lot of bands that start out saying, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;oh we want to sound like Green Day,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; and then they end up trying to sound exactly like them â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and they do, they sound exactly like them â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but the thing with us is people are always like, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;you sound like this, or you sound like that,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always something different â&#x20AC;Ś which in a way is good because we appeal to many different people.â&#x20AC;? Every member in the band has a part in the writing process of their songs, which gives each of them an equal opportunity to shine. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a collaborative thing,â&#x20AC;? said Toudt. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mike and I both sing on every single song.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not one central songwriter,â&#x20AC;? Ragan added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We all contribute equally.â&#x20AC;? Having an equal say also contributes to the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strong chemistry. Whether on stage or in practice, you can tell that the band mem-

bers share a love for music and value the time they get to play together. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to ďŹ nd a group of people, (let alone) four people who can all commit to a set schedule â&#x20AC;Ś itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s harder than it sounds to make that happen,â&#x20AC;? explained Ragan, stating that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to ďŹ nd people who want to be in a band, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to get people to commit to a set schedule. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For the most part we are on schedule for our practices and everything â&#x20AC;Ś 99 percent of the time.â&#x20AC;? Toudt feels that the Hampton Roads music scene is seeing resurgence in popularity largely in part to movements like Hardcore Norfolk and a plethora of venues throughout Hampton Roads who now cater to music. He also feels that local radio station 96X will help local bands get much needed radio airtime with their new Local Music Show, which runs on Sunday nights from 11 p.m. to Midnight with DJ Crizti Walsh. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice to hear that 96X is doing a local show,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really cool that they have been able to do that, and hopefully theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be able to put more local music on regular rotation on their station.â&#x20AC;? In addition to playing in the band, Toudt spends his a lot of free time booking gigs and promoting the band online through Facebook, Twitter, as well as designing and running the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s through this promotion that the band has been able to attract local listeners â&#x20AC;Ś and even a few international ones along the way. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re being played by Internet radio stations in the U.S., Indonesia and the UK (Radio Sherborne, which also broadcasts into London),â&#x20AC;? said Toudt. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a global force! Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of work that goes into it.â&#x20AC;? Overall, The Kill Circuit hopes to attract as many listeners as they can and urge everyone to come out and experience one of their live shows. In August of this year, the band plans to record and release a new album featuring all new material. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My goal is to try to get us out there and be heard in as many places as we can, and try to book shows out of town,â&#x20AC;? said Toudt. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my immediate goal.â&#x20AC;? The Kill Circuitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next show will be at the Olde Towne Tavern (31 E. Mellen St.) in Phoebus, Va. on April 21, with Aduro and Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ghozt. Visit for directions and additional information. The band is also in the running to perform at this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lunatic Luau, sponsored by FM99, on May 4. For more information and to download their songs for free, visit www.thekillcircuit. com, or ďŹ nd them on Facebook at A physical copy of their debut EP, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We Could Have Been Unstoppable,â&#x20AC;? is available at all their live shows and online for $5.

â&#x2013; upcoming performances The Kill Circuitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next show will be at the Olde Towne Tavern (31 E. Mellen St.) in Phoebus on April 21, with Aduro and Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ghozt. Visit for directions and additional information. The band is also in the running to perform at this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lunatic Luau, sponsored by FM99, on May 4.

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HELP THE ENVIRONMENT THIS SUMMER BY GOING HOMEGROWN Save money, reduce stress, eat healthy Press Release ARAcontent

Who would have thought that getting dirt under your fingernails would ever be considered one of the hottest going trends? According to Doug Jimerson, garden core director for Better Homes and Gardens, “growing your own fruits, veggies and herbs is something Americans are doing in record numbers this season.” “It’s cheaper to grow your own produce than buy it – one $3 tomato plant will yield pounds of produce all season long,” said Jimerson. “Plus, the produce you grow just tastes better than even your grocer’s best. And while it’s healthy to eat and grow your own, gardening is rapidly gaining popularity as a great way to get some exercise, relieve stress and spend healthful family bonding time.” Eating foods grown in your own backyard means you won’t be contributing to the carbon footprint left behind by the “food miles” it takes to bring imported produce to your local grocers – so you’re helping the environment, too. Growing vegetables is easier than you think. Plan it properly and you can enjoy a healthy, homegrown harvest from the fruits of your labor – without having to spend hours tending it.

Gardening 101 ■ Sunshine is sustenance – Vegetables need at least six hours of full sun per day. The easiest thing to do is to place your garden in full sunlight. Make sure it’s easily accessible for watering – if the garden is too far from your house it could get neglected. Check the last frost date in your region and wait until threat of frost is past before you begin planting. ■ No yard necessary – Gardening doesn’t require a lot of room, although if you have

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the space and time to go large, go for it. Many popular vegetables and herbs grow just fine in containers, making them a great option for those with limited space. For smaller yards, raised beds are an easy, low-maintenance option. If your garden is going right into the ground, just turn the Earth with a shovel, toss out roots and rocks, mix in a soil amendment for healthy soil, and plant. ■ Water relief – Water regularly, but avoid doing so during the heat of the day when evaporation will diminish the effectiveness of irrigation. Water to wet the soil about eight inches deep, but don’t over-water. ■ Feed your food – All edible plants draw nutrients from the ground and can quickly exhaust the soil without the help of a fertilizer. Always follow label directions.

Growing for it Now that you’ve got an idea of the basics, it’s time to pick your plants. ■ Start with transplants – Seedlings are easier than starting from seeds, so you’ll save time and enjoy improved success. Look for vegetable and herb favorites in ecofriendly, biodegradable pots. This will help to not only reduce plastic waste in landfills, but it also reduces transplant shock. Simply tear off the bottom of the pot and set the

whole thing directly into the ground. Be sure to pay close attention to plant tags because they are packed with facts and details to help you successfully grow your plants. Here are some favorites to consider for your garden: ■ Tomatoes – The most popular, mostgrown vegetable, tomatoes are always a best bet. ■ Basil – The perfect complement to tomatoes, basil works well in gardens and containers. ■ Bell peppers –Versatile, flavorful and nutritious, bell peppers are great raw snacks and make an awesome ingredient for a variety of cuisines. Harvest peppers when they’re green or red when the vitamin levels are higher. ■ Eggplant – Black Beauty is the quintessential eggplant with a deep purple, glossy skin and meaty texture, and thrives in hot weather. White-skinned varieties offer a sweeter, bitter-free flesh. ■ Mint – Easy-to-grow mint is available in traditional spearmint and peppermint and in more exotic flavors like orange mint and even chocolate mint, which has a flavor that echoes the classic Girl Scout cookie. Remember with many vegetables, the more you pick, the more the plant will produce. So get out your garden gloves and start today!

Take a tour of historic gardens around Norfolk The 2012 Norfolk Home and Garden Tour, part of the 79th annual Historic Garden Week in Virginia, is presented by the Harborfront Garden Club and the Garden Club of Norfolk. It is scheduled for April 26 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. This year’s tour will include the Hermitage Museum, which is celebrating its 75th Anniversary, and six of Lochhaven neighborhood’s private homes and gardens. Tour ticket holders are invited to “stay the day” and participate in creative flower arranging demonstrations; bird watching walks with area experts; pottery demonstrations; dinner and concert with the Virginia Arts Festival; listen to a lecture by Monticello’s Director of Gardens, Peter Hatch; artists’ open house; panel discussion on wetlands; and more. The full ticket price for the tour is $30 in advance and $35 on the day of the tour. Single home admission costs $10. Visit for more pricing. All funds raised will benefit the restoration of historic Virginia properties. Locally, the Moses Myers House boasts gardens that have been restored through Historic Garden Week. For more information, including a schedule of events and homes open for each day, visit www.

Enjoy the sounds of freedom. (For free!) Lift your spirits with a free performance by the acclaimed Air Force Heritage Brass Quintet, live at the TCC Roper Performing Arts Center. From Bach to the Beatles, it’s an evening of popular and patriotic favorites you won’t soon forget.

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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

NWS YORKTOWN CHAPEL Nelson Chapel, 1868 Lafayette Rd., Newport News

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.


ROMAN CATHOLIC Mass schedule: 11:30 a.m., ROMAN CATHOLIC Mon. - Thurs. Mass schedule: 8:30 a.m., Sun. 9 a.m. & 12:15 p.m., Sun. PROTESTANT Worship service:10:30 a.m., Sun.


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PROTESTANT Sun. school: 9:15 a.m., Sun. Worship service:10:40 a.m., Sun. Bible study/ 11 a.m., Wed.

ROMAN CATHOLIC Confessions: 4:15 p.m. - Sat. Mass Schedule: 5 p.m. - Sat. PROTESTANT Worship service: 9 a.m. - Sun.

contactinfo Norfolk, call 444-7361. JEB Little Creek-Fort Story, call 462-7427. Yorktown, call 887-4711. Oceana, call 433-2871. Dam Neck Annex, call 492-6602. For stories from the Chaplain’s Corner, visit





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