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■ winning chef Culinary Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Solrosita De Perio, from the USS Wasp (LHD 1), garnishes a judging dish at the “LA Seafood Cook-Off” contest, April 20.

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WASP CS FINISHES FIRST IN NAVY WEEK NEW ORLEANS SEAFOOD COOK-OFF By MCSN Preston Paglinawan USS Wasp (LHD 1) Public Affairs

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Culinary Specialist 2nd Class (SW/ AW) Solrosita De Perio, from the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1), competed against culinary specialists from various U.S. and foreign Navy commands, in a “LA Seafood Cook-Off” at the Woldenberg Riverfront Park during Navy Week New Orleans, April 20. Eleven well-known Louisiana chefs were paired with culinary specialists from each of the visiting ships in port. Event coordinators partnered De Perio with Chef Johnny Blancher, owner of Ye Olde College Inn, a local New Orleans restaurant. “I think a key thing for CS2 De Perio to take away from this is that being a culinary

specialist in the Navy is more than just being a cook aboard a ship and making three meals a day. It’s an opportunity to be creative and have fun with your job,” said Cmdr. Darrel Mathis, Wasp supply officer. “She is a chef in her own right and she should be proud of what she did here today.” The duo started their day with $200 to spend on ingredients and first traveled to Rouses Market in Downtown New Orleans to shop for ingredients. They were assisted by award-winning and nationally famous New Orleans chef, Susan Spicer. “It was an awesome experience,” said Chief Culinary Specialist Lakesia Jackson, supply leading petty officer aboard Wasp. “I enjoyed everything from watching them shop for ingredients to the presentation of the award.” De Perio and Blancher, along with the other 10 teams, had 30 minutes to prepare a dish using any ingredients they wanted with the only required ingredient being at least

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USS Donald Cook returns home By Ens. Annika Thomas USS Donald Cook Public Affairs

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MC1 Julie R. Matyascik Master Chief Information Systems Technician James Leuci, the Hampton Roads Surface Navy Association guest speaker, explains the different chief uniforms during a luncheon honoring the Year of the Chief.

Navy Association celebrates ‘Year of the Chief’

Two hundred seventy eight Sailors aboard the guidedmissile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) returned to Naval Station Norfolk, April 19, from a seven-month deployment to the Horn of Africa and the Persian Gulf. Safely sailing over 41,000 nautical miles, Donald Cook departed for deployment, Sept. 19, 2011. While deployed, the ship employed the ScanEagle Unmanned Arial Vehicle (UAV) in support of counter-piracy and counter-terrorism operations. Demonstrating tactical ex-

cellence in fleet operations, Donald Cook ensured critical sea lanes of communication remained open and safe as well as strengthening military ties and enhancing interoperability with our coalition partners around the globe. Donald Cook returns to Norfolk as one of the most lauded surface combatants in the fleet. The crew earned the Battle Effectiveness Award (also known as the Battle “E”), all five Command Excellence Awards, the Unit Tactics Award, the Chief of Naval Operations Ship Safety Award (also known as the Green “S”), and the Health and Wellness Unit Award (also known as

MCSN Samantha Thorpe Electronics Technician 1st Class Jason Taylor greets his wife and his new baby after the USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) pulled into homeport at Naval Station Norfolk from a seven-month deployment.

the Green “H”). Finally, one of her anchors is painted gold for earning the Retention Excellence Award. Donald Cook returns under the command of Cmdr. James R. Kenny who relieved Cmdr J. Lee Bennett during a change of command cere-

mony on Oct. 22, 2011, while underway in the Red Sea. USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) is named in honor of Marine Colonel Donald Cook, a Vietnam War prisoner of war who died in captivity and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

By MC3 Desiree D. Green Navy Public Affairs Support Element East

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The Hampton Roads Surface NavyAssociation (HRSNA) hosted a “Year of the Chief” luncheon at Vista Point Catering and Conference Center, April 18. The luncheon was in celebration of the 119th year since the establishment of the chief petty officer rank in the Navy. To celebrate the event, former Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Duane R. Bushey and Master Chief Information Systems Technician James Leuci, both from Naval History and Heritage Command, spoke during the luncheon. “Each year we sponsor one major group, last year was aviation, this year we decided to go with the chiefs,” said Bushey. “Never in the history of the Navy Memorial have we had so much volunteer support as we have with the Year of the Chief.”

» see CHIEF | A6 EODOSU 10 HOSTS LOCAL BOY SCOUT Explosive Ordnance Disposal Operational Support Unit (EODOSU) 10 hosted Paoli ScoutTroop One, with 30 Boy Scouts ranging in ages from 11-17, at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, April 14. » see A3

NAVAL STATION NEWPORT BASE CLEAN UP CELEBRATES EARTH DAY By Bob Krekorian Naval Station Newport Public Affairs

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■ nearly 2,000 pounds The total amount of recyclables recovered during the clean up, 1,841 pounds, helped contribute to a 77 percent diversion rate to local landfills.

SPANISH SAILORS, NMCP STAFF PAY TRIBUTE TO FALLEN The Spanish Navy paid tribute to three Spanish Sailors who died during the Spanish-American War of 1898 and were buried in Portsmouth, April 17.

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More than 733 active duty personnel and DoD civilian employees at Naval Station (NAVSTA) Newport conducted a base-wide clean up of debris, litter, trash and recyclables, April 16 - 20, in conjunction with Earth Day 2012. The focus of this year’s annual clean up were the shoreline areas adjacent

850 PERFORMERS COME TO NORFOLK The Virginia International Tattoo will draw thousands this weekend to the Scope for the celebration of international militaries, featuring more than 850 performers from around the world. » see C1

to Narragansett Bay. The clean up was scheduled daily, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Available personnel from the various NAVSTA Newport departments and 12 tenant commands were assigned areas of responsibility. The base was divided into three areas to insure the entire installation received some attention: Coasters’ Harbor Island, Coddington Point and Codington Cove.

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Navy veteran to graduate with top honors By David Todd The Flagship Managing Editor

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Brandon Hutchins, a Chesapeake native and former Hospital Corpsman (HM) 2nd Class, is one of the first graduates in the Healthcare Administration Bachelor Degree Program (launched January 2010 with eight students) at Medical Careers Institute (MCI), the School of Health Science of ECPI University. With the assistance of Post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits and a little bit of military intuition, Hutchins is now in line to graduate with great honor (Magna Cum Laude) in May with a Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Administration. Hutchins’ military career spanned from June 17, 1999 to March 7, 2010. He originally entered the Navy as a dental technician, but later transitioned into the HM rating. As a HM-8404 field medical service technician, Hutchins was responsible for providing technical and administrative assistance to support the mission and functions of Navy and Marine Corps field units. His last duty station was in Al Anbar province, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Hutchins left the military to pursue his education. When looking for a university with the right fit for him, ECPI University was chosen because their programs allowed him to graduate in as little as 2.5 years. Unlike many college students who begin college immediately after completing high school, Hutchins, now 30, started college as a war veteran, married and a father of three children. He credits his Navy training for getting him prepared and also for a portion of his academic success. “The military taught me

how to overcome not just adversity itself, but also stress,” said Hutchins. “I don’t stress as much.” He has experienced being overwhelmed at times when his instructors throw him some “curve balls,” but for the most part has handled the entire experience in stride. When academic challenges arose, Hutchins said that he drew from survival instincts learned in boot camp. “Any class that I thought was going to be problematic or cause me any sort of problems – I focused on it,” he said. “I went home and I studied – I was constantly taking notes – and I did well. I have an A average … the fear of not getting through, you know, I would probably let a lot of people down if I didn’t finish or do well. If I tell my kids, ‘Hey, you guys have to make A’s,’ I can’t tell them to make A’s and I’m not making A’s.” Hutchins also lauds the support he has received from the university and the teaching staff. “I’ve got strong support here [MCI],” he said. “I’ve got support here and I’ve got support at ECPI. I’ve met all the right people and brokered all the right deals. It’s been great – I can’t say anything bad about it.” Although Hutchins is humble despite his amazing success, his instructors say that he is a great leader for students – both present and future. “He’s absolutely a role model,” said Dr. Dawn B. Campbell, Director of Health Administration at ECPI College of Technology, Virginia Beach. “Everything that we put forth to get these students ready to be healthcare administrators, Brandon takes to heart. When we say that you’ve got to be professional, he dresses – always – pro-

Why Rent When You Can Own? Purchase a home with $0 DOWN and $0 in CLOSING COST David Todd Brandon Hutchins, a former Hospital Corpsman (HM) 2nd Class, is one of the first graduates in the Healthcare Administration Bachelor Degree Program at Medical Careers Institute in Virginia Beach.

Everything that we put forth to get these students ready to be healthcare administrators, Brandon takes to heart.” -Dr. Dawn B. Campbell

fessionally. You’ve got to be punctual – Brandon is always there at least a half an hour before class starts, and he’s not just there, he’s ready to go!” “[Brandon] typifies everything that is right and good about a student making the transition from military to a new career,” said Matthew Albano, Campus President, MCI. “Brandon has certainly set a tremendous example, not only for other people in the Heathcare Administration Program, but just for students in general – the way he comports himself, his professionalism, his demeanor … really we couldn’t ask for a more ideal student.” Hutchins offered some valuable advice to service members who are planning to leave military service and want to pursue higher education. “First and foremost, if you

are planning on transitioning – just be prepared. Don’t get out without a plan,” he said. ‘That’s the biggest downfall I’ve seen in people that I’ve been stationed with go through … know what you want to do when you get out, not necessarily the school, but prior to getting out when you’re getting ready for TAP [Transition Assistance Program], make sure that you have plans … and just focus, you have to focus. The same amount of determination and motivation you had in the military, you’ve got to bring that with you – wherever you go.” Upon graduation, Hutchins has plans to continue his education and hopes to eventually earn a Master’s degree. To date, he has had the opportunity to do an internship with Navy Medical Center Portsmouth about a year ago, and is approaching his final internship with Sentara Healthcare in May. The Healthcare Administration Bachelor Degree Program at Medical Careers Institute is dedicated to providing student-centered education opportunities in the fundamental areas of healthcare administration including: Finance, Accounting, Management, Technology, Community Health, Epidemiology, Healthcare Research, Long-term Care Administration, Global Health, Managed Care and Healthcare Delivery Systems. Currently, MCI has approximately 750 students enrolled in various degree programs.

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EODOSU 10 hosts local Boy Scout Troop By MC2 Steven Hoskins Navy Expeditionary Combat Command Public Affairs

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Explosive Ordnance Disposal Operational Support Unit (EODOSU) 10 hosted Paoli Scout Troop One Boy Scouts at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, April 14. Paoli Scout Troop One, from Wayne, Pwnn. arrived with 30 Boy Scouts, ranging in ages from 11-17, for the visit to spark their interest in the military and give them an opportunity to learn about Navy EOD operations. “We wanted to introduce the boys to the Navy, maybe get them interested in the Navy or a career in the military,” said Scout Leader Mike Magnotta. The Boy Scouts were greeted by Lt. Cmdr. Patrick Smith, Commanding Officer, EODOSU 10, welcoming them to EODOSU 10 and providing them with background information on Navy EOD technicians and what they do. The tour gave the Boy Scouts an opportunity to see and operate EOD equipment including robots, search and rescue equipment, armored vests and bomb protective suits. They also observed divers conducting force protection dives from a Navy training ship. “It was fun and hard to get the robots to move,” said Boy Scout Max Magee. “I didn’t think I would get to do something like operate a robot – it was really cool.” The Navy EOD technicians

provided the Boy Scouts with knowledge on explosives and ordnance. “The Boy Scouts are always welcome, we enjoyed having them,” said Chief Explosive Ordnance Disposal Philip Schworm. “I would do this next weekend if given the opportunity.” Paoli Scout Troop One Senior Patrol Leader Matthew Magnotta explained that most of the children’s knowledge of EOD has been gained from watching movies like the “Hurt Locker.” “It’s really nice to learn what these guys have to offer,” said Matthew, who had the opportunity to wear an EOD bomb suit. “I thought wearing the bomb suit would be hot to walk around in, but it was not – it was cool with the air conditioning inside the suit.” The Boy Scouts took away a wealth of knowledge from the EODOSU 10 technicians. “The visit has been a great experience for our kids,” said Mike. “It was great the Sailors were able to take time out of their busy schedules to spend time with our boys.” “It was great to see Boy Scouts visit with EODOSU 10 during a drill weekend and show them what we do on a daily basis,” said Smith. “Hopefully it will put a seed in their mind, it could be something they will aspire to do.” EODOSU 10 is part of Navy Expeditionary Combat Command serving as a reserve mobile unit. Navy EOD is the world’s premier combat force for countering IED’s, weapons of mass de-

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I didn’t think I would get to do something like operate a robot – it was really cool.” - Max Magee, Boy Scout

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NSA HR holds change of command, retirement ceremony By Katisha Draughn Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads Public Affairs

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Capt. Charles Melcher, Commanding Officer, Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads (NSA HR), was relieved of command by Capt. Michael H. Johansson during a traditional military change of command ceremony at NSA HR’s POW/MIA Park, April 20. The occasion also served as Melcher’s retirement ceremony. He was honored for 28 years of service to the U.S. Navy. At the commencement of the ceremony, the Blair Middle School Chorus performed the National Anthem. Rear Adm. Tin Alexander, Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic, served as the guest speaker for the ceremony and spoke about Melcher’s commitment to the Navy, his brilliant leadership and all of his accomplishments as the Commanding Officer of NSA HR. “Chuck, I cannot overstate the impact your leadership has had here at NSA. You have guided your team through many changes and challenges,” said Alexander. “You have personally invested in this installation, putting your heart and soul into it. It’s evident to me, and everyone who works at this great base, that you are a make-it-happen leader.” Melcher served as Commanding Officer of NSA HR since 2009. He was responsible with providing 4-Star

You have personally invested in this installation, putting your heart and soul into it.” - Rear Adm. Tim Alexander Photos by MC2 (AW) Darin Conway

Installation Management to the region’s second largest Naval base including Construction, Renovation, Security, Facilities Management, Safety, Medical Facility Improvement, Environmental Protection and Reclamation, and DoD Personnel Services to more than 24,000 DoD personnel. During his tenure, NSA dramatically expanded in size and scope growing to include six facilities – NSA Headquarters Compound, Lafayette River Annex, Supply Depot Annex, Camp Allen, Northwest Annex and Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. His team implemented over $350 million in new construction and renovation, overhauling heating and cooling systems, replacing the 1940s electrical grid, upgrading the water and sewer systems and replacing or renovating buildings, roadways and parking lots across the bases. During the ceremony, Alexander presented Melcher with his End of Tour Award signed by Vice Adm. Michael Vitale, former Commander, Navy Installations Command. Command Master Chief Kenneth Pugh then presented Melcher with a gift from the Chief Petty Officer Mess. At the beginning of his remarks, Melcher reflected on

his Navy career and evoked laughter from the audience after stating that when he was first told that his next assignment would be Naval Support Activity, he knew it was the end of the line because he had no idea what an “NSA” was. “But this really has been the most outstanding ride of my career,” said Melcher. “And fortunately, I had an all-star team. From my secretary to my junior gate guard, everyone aggressively pursued each new initiative, going the extra mile to get the job done.” Melcher praised his team, but also took time out to thank his Navy colleagues, mentors, his family and friends for all their love and support. He wished Johansson the best of luck as the new Commanding Officer of NSA HR. “Jake, I know that you will take great care of the NSA team and continue to lead them in every possible capacity,” said Melcher. Melcher was raised in Lexington, Mass. and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1984 with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and completed Naval Nuclear Power and Submarine Training in March 1986. He served in such prestigious positions as Engineer Officer on USS Omaha; Re-

Above: Capt. Charles Melcher arrives at the Change of Command Ceremony as the side boys salute. Left: Kristin Johansson, wife of Capt. Michael Johansson, pins on his Command Ashore Pin during the Change of Command Ceremony.

quirements Officer for the Virginia-class SSN project; Executive Officer on USS Boise; Nuclear Officer Community Manager for the Director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion; Commanding Officer of USS Scranton; Deputy Commander of Submarine Squadron Six and Deputy EA to the Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces; and Director of the Joint National Training Program at Joint Forces Command. Melcher’s personal awards include: the Defense Superior Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (5), Navy Commendation Medal (5) and the Navy Achievement Medal (2). Johansson addressed Alexander during his remarks. “I am humbled and espe-

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Performers of “Sex Signals,” an interactive show by Catharsis Productions, aimed at preventing sexual assault, perform improve skits during the Sexual Assault Prevention & Response (SAPR) Victim Advocate Conference, April 12, at Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana’s theater.

Oceana hosts SAPR victim advocates conference By MC3 Antonio P. Turretto Ramos NAS Oceana Public Affairs

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NAS Oceana Fleet and Family Support Center sponsored an all hands training for Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) victim advocates in Hampton Roads, April 12, at the Oceana theater. The training was part of the observance of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), held annually in April. “I can think of no other job that provides the level of comfort and the level of care that a volunteer can possibly give, then to be there at a time somebody is most fragile,” said Capt. Bob Geis, Commanding Officer, NAS Oceana. As the foundation of victim services, SAPR victim advocates receive 30 hours of initial training and 10 hours of refresher training annually. Victim advocates are part of an installation watchbill and are available 24/7 to respond immediately to victims of sexual assault. “For me, being a SAPR advocate is having as much information as possible to be able to pass on to my Sailors,” said Lt. j.g. Jaclyn Hoch, a pilot and SAPR victim advocate from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28 at Naval Station Norfolk. A portion of training included an improv show, “Sex Signals,” that focused on testing and changing the perspective of the crowd, a majority of which were SAPR advocates. Sex Signals uses a mix of adult comedy and plausible situations to engage the crowd in an interactive performance. Each person in the audience was given a “stop” sign hand signal and instructed to put the sign up when they sensed the actors were approaching a questionable scenario. Between each scene in the skit, the actors questioned the SAPR victim advocate’s judgement and explored what could and should be done if any Sailor found themselves in

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a similar risky situation. The DoD’s sexual assault policy states that this crime has no place in the U.S. Armed Forces. Each week in April has a different theme with the overall message for this year’s SAAM, but it is the service members’ responsibility to recognize and prevent sexual assault and stresses that sexual assault affects Navy readiness. “It affects everyone,” said Colleen Charlton, site lead for Oceana and Dam Neck Annex Fleet and Family Support Center. “When there’s a sexual assault on the command, it’s not only the victim. It’s the perpetrator that’s involved, the command leadership is involved, the base gets involved. It affects a lot of people ... and the more information and prevention techniques that they can come up with, the better. Hopefully the numbers will go down.” According to the annual DoD Report on Sexual Assault in the Military, in fiscal year 2011, there were 1.6 sexual assault reports per 1,000 Sailors in the Navy. Unrestricted report of sexual assault by service member involvement showed 56 percent of sexual assaults are service member on service member, and 88 percent of sexual assault victims are female in the Armed Forces as a whole. Based on unrestricted reports, the most common age of sexual assault victims for fiscal year 2011 was 20 - 24 and paygrades E1-E4. The guest speaker, Steve Thompson, sexual aggression service director at Central Michigan University, educated the SAPR advocates about common mistakes made by responders and how to question a victim appropriately. Thompson’s work with sexual assault victims began in the 70s while completing his graduate work. While teaching martial arts to college stu-

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dents in an effort to prevent attacks, he heard from a student who was attacked and it motivated him to pursue a career in the field. Thompson became a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) profiler in 1990 in sexual assault perpetrators and developed a sequence of events that leads to sexual assault: 1. Target selection 2. Approach/evaluation 3. Separation 4. Attempt to coerce 5. Intimidation 6. Sexual violation 7 .Termination Thompson stressed the importance of victim support and the need to change people’s perspective on sexual assault. “What can we do to in order to create an environment that’s better for those people (sexual assault victims)? What can you do in the Navy? It starts with one. I get tired of people saying, ‘but I’m just one voice.’ It’s one voice that’s changed everything! ... It starts with you!” said Thompson. First observed in 2001, SAAM 2012 includes four themes: “Hurts One,” “Affects All,” “Prevention is Everyone’s Duty,” and “We Will Not Tolerate Sexual Assault.” The overall message of SAAM is designed to raise public awareness to sexual violence and educate the community about prevention. SAAM also helps further the evolution of the military into an environment that collectively works to prevent sexual assault. Sexual assault prevention and response is a top priority for all military leaders, personnel and civilians. For additional information about the SAPR program, visit www.sapr. navy.mil, or contact Fleet and Family Support Center Oceana Sexual Assault Response Coordinator Debbie Sanders at 433-2912.

The Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Mid-Atlantic’s Public Works Business Line Coordinator has been selected to receive the 2012 Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) Outstanding Individual Leadership Award at a ceremony in Atlanta, Ga., May 3. Jean Dumlao was chosen for her leadership in promoting diversity and cultural transformation within the Navy and the federal government. “I believe a diverse workforce is a stronger workforce, more capable of confronting the challenges of the future,” said Dumlao. “Promoting diversity, EEO program activities, training and advancement opportunities are investments in my organization’s future.” Dumlao has broken professional barriers and excelled in a traditionally male dominated career field. As one of the first Asian Pacific American women to graduate from the United States Naval Academy, she later became one of the first women to serve as an officer-in-charge of a Construction Battalion Unit in the Civil Engineer Corps. Before retiring, she was the first woman to serve as the Public Works Officer of Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth. Throughout her 20 years in the Navy, Dumlao volunteered her time to community organizations, which included several Filipino-American non-profit organizations that raised funds for disaster relief, scholarships, civic projects and medical missions for her parents’ hometown of Botolan, Philippines. “I am grateful for my cultural heritage and upbringing,” she said. “My family background has given me a foundation to build on and values that helped me achieve goals and positively contribute.” Since retiring from the Navy in 2006, her contributions at NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic have included serving as the chairperson for the Diversity Committee where she led the planning of Diversity Day, the command’s bi-annual event that celebrates the diversity of the workforce. Additionally, she implemented several policies that expanded promotion opportunities for wage grade employees, developed an Apprenticeship Program to hire student employees of diverse backgrounds, promoted an Emerging Leaders Program to shape future workforce leaders, and developed a Supervisory Training and Leadership Development Program which improves leadership skills within the organization. “I am inspired by many people I have the privilege to work with every day,” said Dumlao. “This motivated me to expand and promote training, job advancement and leadership development opportunities so that these employees who also have the ambition and dedication to grow professionally can set a path for themselves.”

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Continued from front one of Louisiana’s crab, oysters, shrimp, fish or crawfish. Six judges, including local celebrity chefs and visiting military dignitaries, rated the culinary creations on three factors: presentation, creativity and taste. “It was great seeing what other chefs from all over the world bring to the table,” said Mathis. “We were able to see how they cook, how they prepare meals and how they go about doing the things in comparison to how we do things. That was a big thing for us.” When all was said and done, De Perio and Blancher took top honors, leaving an honorable mention in the competition to a culinary specialist from the French frigate FS Germinal who was partnered with celebrity chef Rene Bajeux. “It feels amazing to take home the win today,” said De Perio. “I got to work with a great chef and learned a few skills I can take back to the ship.” Approximately 3,000 Sailors and Marines, nine ships from the United States, France, Canada, Great Britain, Ecuador and Indonesia, and about three dozen aircraft are involved in the Navy Week New Orleans events. Wasp wrapped up Navy Week New Orleans, April 23, and will travel to Navy Week Port Everglades, Fla. next. The Navy Weeks, both War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemoration events, salute all Sailors and Marines who fought gallantly in that conflict, served in out nations’ conflicts since then and who are defending freedom around the world today.

The result of the clean up produced a total of 2,378 pounds of debris and litter. Recyclable material recovered included 1,120 pounds of wood; 221 pounds of bottles/ cans/paper and cardboard; and 500 pounds of scrap metal. Trash collected totaled 537 pounds. The total amount of recyclables recovered, 1,841 pounds, helped contribute to a 77 percent diversion rate to local landfills. “Our annual base clean up demonstrates that we can make a difference in showing our continued

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Greg Kohlweiss Warm spring weather helps the turnout for Naval Station Newport’s annual Earth Day base clean up along Coasters’ Harbor Island’s shore.

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Sailors and give them some history on the chief petty officers, because at one time, all chiefs were petty officers themselves,” said Leuci. Throughout the event, an exhibit of historical chief petty officer uniforms were on display for attendees to view. “I think it was a nice gathering to learn a little more about Navy history,” said Hospital Corpsman

1st Class (SW) Shannon Taylor, assigned to the USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19). “I learned a lot of fun facts about the history of the chief petty officer that I did not know and I thank the association for that.” The Year of the Chief celebration officially kicked off on April 2 at the United States Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. with an exhibit celebrating chief petty officers.

reation Area. Last year, more than 2,800 pounds of debris was bagged during a similar week-long clean up; recyclable material recovered totaled 1,700 pounds.

“I am grateful that the Surface Navy Association does things like this. I think it gives us a sense of pride and heritage so that you know where you came from and where you are ultimately going,” said Taylor. Various public events Navy-wide will be open through March 2013 for active duty personnel and their families including book signings, children’s activities and ceremonies, in celebration if the Year of the Chief.

#SAAM: Truman Sailors reminded ‘Prevention is Everyone’s Duty’ By MC3 Benjamin Malvezzi

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Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) were reminded that it is every Sailor’s responsibility to prevent sexual assault during Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), April 16 - 20. Using this week’s sub-theme, “Prevention of Sexual Assault is Everyone’s Duty,” Truman Sailors raised awareness to help Sailors understand the events that may lead to a sexual assault. “It’s called bystander intervention,” said Chief Legalman (SW/AW) Kristine Skupnik, a Sexual Assault Prevention and Response

(SAPR) advocate. “Sailors at social gatherings should intercept a sexual assault before it happens. About 90 percent of sexual assault cases are ones that involve the use of alcohol. There has to be someone around with a clear head who can intervene when a situation is turning for the worse.” “It all comes down to being a shipmate,” said Legalman 1st Class Brenda Martinez, a SAPR advocate. “If you see someone who might be at risk of being assaulted, step in and get involved.”

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Martinez also stressed the importance of reporting crimes they witness. “A lot of times people see something and choose to ignore it,” said Martinez. “It is very important that you speak up, and when you do, you are possibly preventing future incidents from occurring.” SAPR 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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NMCRS honors volunteers for self sacrifice, dedication By MC2 Melissa D. Redinger Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Public Affairs

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The Hampton Roads NavyMarine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) celebrated its volunteers during the annual NMCRS Volunteer Luncheon, April 19. The luncheon was held in recognition of the outstanding work of Mid-Atlantic coordinators and volunteers who aided in fundraising and other types of support for Sailors, Marines and their families. “Thank you to our volunteers – who are spouses, children and service members, as well as retirees, college interns, friends and neighbors … some of whom have spent lots of time in the Navy, others who are just learning about who we are and what we do,” said Kathy Nelson, NMCRS Director, Norfolk Office, as she addressed the audience. Rear Adm. Tim Alexander, Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic, the guest speaker for the event, lauded the support that volunteers provide to NMCRS. “Our Navy and Marine Corps families need what you do, probably more now than ever, in the times we are in. So, thank you so much for all that you do,” he said. “We are grateful, and certainly better for what (volunteers) do, and again I am delighted and honored to be in such great company.” During the luncheon, numerous volunteers were recognized and Angela Nuila was honored as the 2012 NMCRS Volunteer of the Year. “As a lead caseworker, her professional and work ethics are exceptional. Angela has also represented NMCRS in the Norfolk Office as an

AmeriCorps navigator – sharing NMCRS information with other participating organizations and referring veterans to the Wounded Warrior Program Resource Specialist,” said Lisa Aytes, the outgoing Chairman of Volunteers. “She has enthusiastically supported the NMCRS Command and community outreach activities and is an excellent spokesman for the NMCRS programs and activities.” Nelson presented the 2012 NMCRS Layette Volunteer of the Year Award to Gail March. March has volunteered her time for 27 years, totaling 8,100 hours. She has

Our Navy and Marine Corps families need what you do, probably more now than ever, in the times we are in.” - Rear Adm. Tim Alexander

also knitted more than 237 items for the Budget-4-Baby Layette program. NMCRS is a private nonprofit charitable organization that is sponsored by the Department of the Navy. Located ashore and afloat at nearly 250 offices around the world, the Society is served by 3,600 dedicated, trained and caring volunteers, supported by a

Above: Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society gifted their chair people with bouquets of flowers to recognize their service during the NMCRS Volunteer Luncheon at Vista Point Catering and Conference Center, April 19. Left: Rear Adm. Tim Alexander, Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic talks about the relationship that Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) has with its volunteers during the NMCRS Volunteer Luncheon.

online To find out more about NMCRS, visit www. nmcrs.org.

small cadre of paid employees. The Society provides needbased financial assistance to eligible recipients in the form of Interest-free loans, grants, plus scholarships and interest-free loans for education. In addition, the Society also offers financial counseling, Budget-4-Baby Workshops, Thrift Shops and visiting nurse services. In 2011, the Hampton Roads NMCRS helped more than 18,000 Sailors, Marines and their families with approximately $8.1 million in financial assistance.

Rear Adm. Tim Alexander, Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic congratulates Angela Nuila, NMCRS Chairman of Casework, for winning Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society’s Volunteer of the Year Award, April 19.

Volunteer of the Year Kathy Nelson, NavyMarine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) Director, Norfolk Office presents a bouquet to Gail Marsh, the 2012 NMCRS Layette Volunteer of the Year. Citation for Chair of Volunteers Nelson reads an awards citation for Lisa Aytes, NMCRS Chair of Volunteers alongside Lt. Gen. Dennis J. Hejlik, USMC.


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2012 NMCRS FUND DRIVE COMES TO A CLOSE the stats More than $8.1 million in financial assistance was provided in 18,330 cases in Hampton Roads in 2011.

Seven-week drive raises more than $1.7 million By David Todd The Flagship Managing Editor

16,275 financial assistance cases. ■ $7,616,054 NMCRS interestfree loans. ■ $488,494 NMCRS grants. ■ Includes $3,109,774 in Quick Assist Loans. ■ Average amount per assist: $880 (excludes QAL program). Other forms of assistance ■

Layettes – “Junior Seabags” furnished to 1,263 new family members. ■ Visiting nurses made 4,463 patient contacts. ■ Casework Services – 2,055 individual counseling and referral cases.

online To donate and/or learn more about the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, visit www. nmcrs.org.

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The annual 2012 Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) Fund Drive serves as a vehicle to raise money and promote the various ways NMCRS supports active duty Sailors and Marines, retirees and their families. This year, the active duty service member driven campaign raised more than $1.7 million in a seven-week time frame. Final totals are still being collected from forward-deployed units and the combined total is expected to be even greater. Founded in 1904, NMCRS is a private non-profit charitable organization that is sponsored by the Department of the Navy. Nearly 250 offices ashore and afloat are operated at Navy and Marine Corps bases throughout the world. And more than 3,600 trained volunteers accomplish a major portion of their mission. “What makes us really different than the other relief agencies for the Army, the Air Force and the Coast Guard is that we are volunteer focused,” said Kathy Nelson, NMCRS Director, Norfolk Office. “So, the Army and the Air Force, most of their work is done by what would be Fleet and Family Support Center civilians who are doing it as a collateral duty. The Coast Guard does their assistance with active duty military personnel. But we do it, almost exclusively, with volunteers.” In 2011, NMCRS provided more than $48 million in interest-free loans and grants worldwide, with approximately $8.1 million given in Hampton Roads alone. This

year, Commander, Operational Test and Evaluation Force conducted the drive on behalf of Navy Region Mid-Atlantic. Local funds were generated by various events throughout the area including: fun runs, cookouts, car washes, bake sales, NEX coupon savings program, the Norfolk Admirals hockey night, and much more. “Our goal is 100 percent contact,” said Nelson. “We hope by telling the story, it will give Sailors and Marines the opportunity to contribute towards a process that is there strictly to benefit them – active and retired, and their family members ... and then reserves that are mobilized or activated.” One of this year’s standout fundraising commands was Commander, Naval Air Force U.S. Atlantic Fleet, who raised more than $690,000. Navy Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP) also increased their donations from 2011, which added to this year’s success. Lt. Cmdr. Michael Reed, the 2012 Navy Region Mid-Atlantic NMCRS Area Coordinator, said that supporting the drive is very important because it’s a way to support fellow shipmates. “It’s like taking care of your own,” he said. “As times get rough – the economic problems that we have these days – Sailors can go to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society before they have to reach out to any of the predatory lending programs that are out there. First of all, they can get their budget in order, and if they need any assistance, they can get that too. I think it’s a way to care for our own – a first resort.” Although the drive was very successful, it did not come without some challenges. Other than the normal obstacles involved with recording fundraising numbers on deployed ships, there was also a major military exercise which caused some delays. “This year we had the Solid Cur-

tain Citadel Shield exercise that occurred around week four and week five,” said Reed, which was a contributing factor to why the fund drive was extended. There were also some great lessons learned. “The online donations really kicked in this year, so that was a challenge to try to figure out how to include those totals,” explained Reed. “Because last year, the online donations started at the very end of the drive, so it wasn’t as significant as it was this year. We also used some of the Public Service Announcements that Naval Safety Center did last year. We were able to put those out and they were shown at the NEX, at the hospital and certain medical clinics, and we also passed them out to all the sub-area coordinators so they had real world testimony from Sailors and Marines to present to their commands.” NMCRS provides need-based financial assistance to eligible recipients in the form of: Interest-free loans, grants, plus scholarships and interest-free loans for education. In addition, NMCRS also offers financial counseling, Budget-4-Baby Workshops, Thrift Shops and visiting nurse services. And the Society has a Quick Assist Loans (QAL) program, which proves up to $300 for family emergencies, medical or dental procedures, vehicle or transportation expenses and basic living expenses. QAL was created in 2008 to help combat the increasing use of payday loans. “Being a wife of a Sailor, when my husband is deployed, knowing that there are those resources out there and there are places that I can go to do a budget and make sure that things are OK, it puts him at ease,” said Angie Setering, NMCRS Public Affairs, Norfolk Office. “And that’s part of the fund

We hope by telling the story, it will give Sailors and Marines the opportunity to contribute towards a process that is there strictly to benefit them.” - Kathy Nelson, NMCRS Director, Norfolk Office

drive too. When those Sailors are deployed, they’re focused on what they’re doing, and (with NMCRS) they don’t have to worry about their family (finances). Nelson concurred, stating, “Certainly, financial issues are an operational readiness issue. It you’re worried about your (bills), you can’t be focused on your job as much as you need to be.” For more information about NMCRS, visit www.nmcrs.org. Visit www.nmcrs.org/norva-area.html for NMCRS locations throughout Hampton Roads.


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ailors from the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1), including the commanding officer and executive officer, visited three foreign Navy vessels, April 19, as part of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 during Navy Week New Orleans. Officers and Sailors attended receptions aboard the HMCS St. John’s, the Indonesian tall ship Kri Dewa Ruci and the Ecuadorian tall ship Guayas. “Everyone has been really nice and made us feel right at home,” said Chief (sel.) Ship’s Serviceman Angela Zamora, recently selected United States Fleet Forces Sailor of the Year. “These events are important because it gives us a chance to learn about what these foreign navies do and what their

MC2 (AW/SW) Gretchen Albrecht Crew members perform a traditional Indonesian dance for guests during a reception aboard the Indonesian Tall Ship Kri Dewa Ruchi during Fleet Week New Orleans, April 19.

We formed many allies during that war. It truly is inspiring to see those relationships continue so strongly today.” - Cmdr. James A. Clarke

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Historians: War of 1812 led to birth of modern sea services ■ bicentennial Navy bicentennial events have been planned for 15 NEW ORLEANS, LA. other cities in the next three Historians from the Navy, years, including New York, Coast Guard and U.S. Park Service discussed the role the Chicago and Baltimore. New Orleans, La. and the U.S. sea services played in the War of 1812 at the Williams ReAn audience of the public search Center at the Historic and service members attended New Orleans Collection, April as part of the Commemoration 19. of the Bicentennial of the War “It was the first great test for of 1812, celebrated in New our country and it gave us our Orleans, La., April 17 - 23. flag and our national anthem,” The Battle of New Orleans said Allison Pena, National took place on Jan. 8, 1815, and Park Service anthropologist. was the largest land engageThe panel included Pena; ment and the last major battle Dennis M. Conrad, a histo- of the war. American forces rian at the Navy History and defeated the invading British Heritage Command; and Wil- and stopped them from seizliam H. Thiesen, Atlantic Area ing the city of New Orleans. Historian with the U.S. Coast Guard. » see 1812 | B7

F-35 team hits weapons testing mark By Victor Chen F-35 Integrated Test Force Public Affairs

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The F-35 Integrated Test team at Naval Air Station Patuxent River announced the completion of a weapons testing milestone, April 16. The ejection of a 500-pound bomb from F-35B test aircraft BF-3, March 29, into a foamcovered concrete pit marked the end of two weeks of testing nine different weapons combinations inside the Joint Strike Fighter’s two internal weapons bays. “Completion of these weapons ejections into the pit gets us closer to in-flight release of weapons from the F-35,” said Capt. Erik Etz, director of test and evaluation for F-35 naval variants. “It’s another step in expansion of the F-35’s warfighting capabilities.” Weapons pit-drop test-

MC3 (SW) Betsy Knapper Col. Mathew G. St. Clair,Commanding Officer, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit stands on the flight deck of the USS Wasp (LHD 1) in a replica Marine uniform wore in the War of 1812.

ing collects data to measure stresses on the airframe and adjacent stores, ensures proper weapon and suspension equipment function and validates the separation models for the munitions’ ejection characteristics. From the cockpit, the pit drops demonstrated minimal effects of weapons launches from the F-35B’s left and right internal bays. Testing included inert versions of the GBU-12 LaserGuided Bomb, the 1,000pound GBU-32 Joint Direct Attack Munition and the AIM120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile. More weapons testing on the F-35B and F-35C carrier variant is ongoing at Naval Air Station Patuxent River. Current test events including pit drops, captive carry and instrumented weapons environmental flights, lead up to flight separation testing scheduled for later this year.

PET TIPS — APRIL IS PET FIRST AID MONTH By Capt. Jon Nauss Branch Chief, U.S. Army Veterinary Services

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Have you ever heard of the expression, “Five minutes before the prom is not the time to learn how to dance?” First aid for your pets is much the same. For most people, if something Maj. Guy Hayes were to happen to their pets right Army veterinarian Capt. Brooke Henderson (left) pernow, they would not know how forms an eye exam on Wilson, a Maltese mix puppy.

to react. Not know if what they were observing was a medical emergency and not know who to contact for help. Unfortunately, there is not a 911 emergency service for our pets like there is for us. But we can take steps to be ready. The first thing you can do is be prepared. This can include a lot, and no matter how much preparation you do, you cannot

be prepared for everything. But an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Below is a list of information all pet owners should have on hand. 1. Your veterinarian’s phone number (Norfolk Veterinary Treatment Facility is 445-0922) 2. A few emergency veterinarian’s phone numbers and addresses close to your home. 3.Your pet’s medical record or

at least a list of all medications your pet is taking. 4. Poison control phone number. Not all Veterinary clinics are open all of the time, so having a few in mind is a good idea. And don’t forget to research this same information if you are traveling with your pets.

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NO, ALL KIDS DON’T DO THIS What to do if you suspect your child may have Autism By Kelly Hafer Military Spouse Contributor

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Blue Star Families goes ‘red’ for military women WASHINGTON

This month, Blue Star Families is going red and joining the “Go Red for Women” campaign to fight heart disease with the American Heart Association (AHA). Heart disease is the number one killer of women. In fact, more women die of heart disease than all forms of cancer combined, and right now, approximately one woman succumbs to heart disease every minute. Heart disease affects military wives, sisters, mothers and daughters as much as it does civilian women. Throughout the month of April, Blue Star Families will be promoting awareness programs on bases across the country, educating the military community about heart disease in women and the many simple ways to prevent it. “Blue Star Families is proud to partner with the AHA and raise awareness about this deadly but preventable condition, through reaching out to the military community to educate people on how to save their lives and those they love through lifestyle changes,” said Mark Smith, executive director of Blue Star Families. The “Go Red for Women” campaign offers many ways for people to get involved and educate themselves and their loved ones. Blue Star Families will focus on the “Tell 5 Friends” program, which encourages women to talk to their friends and family about heart disease. The “Go Red Heart Match” connects people through personal stories and similar heart disease experiences so that no one has to fight alone. The 12-week “BetterU” program offers free healthy lifestyle tips that can have a huge positive impact on heart health. Blue Star Families will also be promoting online, “hands-only” CPR classes through the month. To learn more about Blue Star Families, visit www.bluestarfam.org.

Sure, at times, all children refuse to look into their parents’ or caregivers’ eyes. And yes, it’s true that all children have temper tantrums. The fact is that children with Autism may exhibit many of the same behaviors as their neurotypical counterparts – only magnified to a seemingly impossible degree. And that’s the key – how big of an impact is behavior having on your child’s life? If your child’s behavior gets better over time and with minimal assistance, or if his/her behaviors do not impact your daily life, then you likely have typical toddler with age-appropriate stuff going on. However, if there has come a point in time when you, as a parent, have had serious concerns about your child’s behaviors, you may be left wondering if your child has Autism and what some symptoms look like. Symptoms of Autism can be categorized into areas of Social Skills, Language, and Behavioral concerns. (See below) Keep in mind that these are a list of common symptoms, but not the end-all be-all in diagnosing Autism. Autism is a Spectrum Disorder, meaning that one person with Autism may present completely different than another person with Autism. As the saying goes, “If you’ve met one person with Autism, you’ve met one person with Autism.” Discuss your concerns with your pediatrician. Ask them to run the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT) on your child. M-CHAT is a questionnaire that parents fill out regarding their child’s behaviors. Questions typically have to do with the symptoms listed below. You can find one online. Some websites will even score it for you. Print that out and bring it in to your doctor. If those things don’t work, and you still have serious concerns, start documenting: annotate the times throughout the day that your child has a tantrum or exhibits self-injurious behaviors (and not all children with Autism do this, so it may not apply. Chart what is important and concerning to you.). Once you have data points and chart them out, you may be able to see a pattern that might help explain what the underlying issues

of your child’s behavior really is. If your child likes to line toys up, and yes all children do that to an extent, but if lining toys up is the only way your child “plays,” you may want to start taking pictures. Photograph the Hot Wheels cars all lined up across the living room floor (while you’re at it, see what happens if you insert a Lego, or turn a car perpendicular to the line and videotape that reaction). Videotape the meltdowns, or the fact that your child screams bloody murder when he or she wears certain types of fabrics, or can literally climb up your walls. And finally, if your pediatrician still will not professionally and patiently address your concerns – seek a second opinion, STAT! Don’t settle for the patronizing, boys develop slower than girls, he’ll catch up, and verbal head-patting if you really believe that there is something fundamentally different with your child. Early intervention is the key to helping our special needs kiddos develop into the best “them” that they can be. If you do receive an Autism diagnosis for your military child, or any medical, psychological or educational diagnosis, you must register in the Exceptional Family Member Program, or EFMP. It is a service-wide personnel categorization system that helps to ensure that military families with special needs are stationed in an area with adequate medical services. If a civilian provider diagnoses your child, they may not know about this program (depending on the area). However, it’s mandatory and will not negatively impact or change your service member’s career.Also it is important to know that every services’ program is different. It is recommended that new EFMP parents seek out a parent mentor who has been in the program to help guide you every step of the way. Again, the categories serve to try to keep your family in an area in which your dependent can obtain the adequate medical services they need. Once you are approved for EFMP, look into the Extended Care Health Option (ECHO) program. Per Tricare.com, ECHO provides financial assistance for an integrated set of services and supplies to eligible active duty family members (including family members of activated National Guard or reserve members).

Symptoms of Autism may include: (Mayo Clinic)

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Social skills ■ Fails to respond to his or her name ■ Has poor eye contact ■ Appears not to hear you at times ■ Resists cuddling and holding ■ Appears unaware of others’ feelings ■ Seems to prefer playing alone – retreats into his or her “own world”

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Language ■ Starts talking later than age 2, and has other developmental delays by 30 months ■ Loses previously acquired ability to say words or sentences ■ Doesn’t make eye contact when making requests ■ Speaks with an abnormal tone or rhythm – may use a singsong voice or robot-like speech ■ Can’t start a conversation or keep one going ■ May repeat words or phrases verbatim, but doesn’t understand how to use them Behavior Performs repetitive movements, such as rocking, spinning or hand-flapping ■ Develops specific routines or rituals ■ Becomes disturbed at the slightest change in routines or rituals ■ Moves constantly ■ May be fascinated by parts of an object, such as the spinning wheels of a toy car ■ May be unusually sensitive to light, sound and touch and yet oblivious to pain ■

(Source: www.mayoclinic.com/health/autism/ DS00348/DSECTION=symptoms)

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technology devices ■ Special education ■ Institutional care when a

residential environment is required ■ Transportation for institutionalized beneficiaries to receive authorized ECHO benefits. ■ Assistive services, such as those from a qualified interpreter or translator ■ Durable equipment, including adaptation and maintenance ■ In-home medical services through ECHO Home Health Care (EHHC) ■ In-home respite care services ■ Educational Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorders (EIA) services through the Enhanced ■ Access to Autism Services Demonstration Contact your local EFMP Liaison for eligibility details. Visit www.tricare.mil/ mybenefit/home/overview/ SpecialPrograms/ECHO/ Benefits? to learn more.

Sound off! By Bianca Martinez Military Spouse Contributor

Week after week it seems I use this space to vent. Sure, I share my stories because I think they are ones you can relate to, but I want to do more. Once in a while I receive an email from a viewer, or a reader, and they have a great idea for a story or an article. NewsChannel 3 makes their idea happen and then all of a sudden the emails come pouring in about how many people are going through the same struggle or have felt the exact same way. We are a tight community and the similarities and parallels that exist in our homes and daily lives are obvious. A lot of my Do My Military Job shoots are inspired by fans suggesting I try something new. And so much of what we do is because you want or need us to do it. That is why this week instead of blabbing on and on about how my kids made me scream or how my husband’s travel schedule is wearing me out, I want to hear from you! What is it that we are missing? What story do you want us to share? What resources for military families do you want to know about? I want to invite you to ask me, and if I don’t know the answer, I will find it for you. Send me an email, make a request, or even a video of you asking me a question to bianca.martinez@ wtkr.com. We will even share your video on-air! As my grandfather used to tell me, “You won’t know if you don’t ask.” So go ahead and fire away ... we’re listening.

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

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USS Bataan hosts local WWII, Korea, Vietnam veterans Press Release USS Bataan Public Affairs

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Sailors from USS Bataan (LHD 5), a multipurpose amphibious assault ship homeported in Norfolk, hosted 26 veterans and their family members for a special two-hour tour and luncheon held aboard the ship, April 13. During the visit, veterans who served in World War Two (WWII), the Korean War and the Vietnam War, came aboard the Bataan for a tour of the ship’s spaces and capabilities. The guests were also treated to lunch in the wardroom, where more than 50 Sailors and Marines of all ranks shared the meal and listened to the veterans’ stories. Bataan, which is named for the Battle of Bataan and the Bataan Death March, has been actively engaged in several events commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the battle, which lasted three months, and resulted in more than 75,000 Filipino and American troops being taken prisoner and forced to endure a 65-mile march without food, water, medical treatment, or adequate rest. Many of the prisoners died en route to POW camps, where they would spend years imprisoned in harsh conditions. “It’s very important for us to honor the rich legacy of the men and women who served this country before us,” said Capt. Erik Ross, Commanding Officer, USS Bataan. “This visit is just a small way for Sailors to show their appreciation for the hard work and deep personal sacrifice of local veterans who preserved our freedom.” During the meal, Ross made some brief remarks, and then the ship’s guests sat with groups of Sailors and Marines, who were able to ask questions about the veterans’ experiences and lives. Both the veterans and the junior active duty members saw and felt the

important for us to honor the rich legacy of the men and women who served this country before us.” - Capt. Erik Ross

Photos by MC3 (SW) Erin Lea Boyce Capt. Erik Ross, Commanding Officer of multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), shows military veterans and families the ship’s well deck (above) and hangar bay (left) as part of a tour April 13. Bataan is currently in homeport Norfolk after a 10-anda-half-month deployment.

benefits of the visit. “I am always willing to come out and talk to people about what the war was like,” said Bob Pockington, a retired Army combat engineer who went ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day and fought his way across Europe in 11 months of continuous frontline service. “Too many people

don’t know the history of our service. This was a way to interest young Sailors and Marines in how it was.” “All of the vets had amazing stories to tell about their lives,” agreed Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Brandon Douglas. “I really had a great time and I think I learned a lot about what it took to serve our

country then.” Following the success of this visit, Sailors aboard Bataan are already looking for other ways to reach out to veterans in the community. Bataan is currently in homeport, conducting a post-deployment maintenance availability after a 10-and-a-half-month deployment.

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How spiritually fit are you? By Lt. Victoria Chappell Chaplain, PCU Arlington (LPD 24)

In a military setting, everyone understands how important physical fitness is. Without it, we can actually put ourselves and others in danger by not being able to keep up or pull our own weight in a long and fastpaced combat situation. To get it, we train and practice. We don’t achieve excellence in a day, but by sure and steady work progressing to our goals. We get stronger, more capable and more ready to fight the nation’s fight and win the nation’s wars. Whether you’ve ever thought about it this way or not, our spiritual fitness is similarly important to ourselves and our families. We likewise don’t get it in a day, but develop it by spiritual practices and deepening relationships with God or our higher power over time (even atheists and

agnostics have used the concept of a higher power to overcome great difficulties such as alcoholism). When we spend time in prayer and reflection about the meaning of life and grappling with the presence of evil in the world and making sense of it, then we’re better able to weather the storms and inevitable heartaches that come when our shipmates, families and friends, or we ourselves suffer injuries, loss, or even death. Someone who hasn’t thought about these things is like someone who has never worked out before, but all of a sudden is asked to haul heavy lines or run damage control drills in full gear for hours. Just like the Operational Stress Control Model of Mental Health, (Green-Ready, Yellow-Reacting, Orange-Injured, and Red-Ill), there is also a “Spiritual Continuum Model”: Green-Fit: Engaged in life’s

meaning/purpose, hopeful about life/ future, moral decision making, able to forgive self and others, respectful of other’s faiths and engaged in core values/beliefs. Yellow-Stressed: Neglecting life’s meaning/purpose, less hopeful about life/future, some poor moral decisions, difficulty forgiving self or others, less respectful of other’s faiths, neglecting core values/beliefs. Orange-Depleted: Losing a sense of life’s meaning/purpose, holding very little hope about life/future, making poor moral decisions routinely, unable to forgive self or others, strong disrespect for other’s faiths, disregarding core values/beliefs. Red-Drained: Life has no meaning/purpose, no hope about life/ future, extremely immoral behavior, forgiveness is not an option, com-

plete disrespect for other’s faiths, or has abandoned core values/beliefs. Where do you fall on the Spiritual Fitness Guide? How about your family members and loved ones? I encourage you – if you are in the Orange or Red Zones – to see a chaplain or faith leader today! Just like physical fitness, today is the day you can begin to improve and move to Green Zone living. There you’ll find joy that transcends material conditions and resilience to withstand the storms that come to us all and will be able to help others through them as well. You can begin by focusing on your faith, getting involved with a house of worship and community of believers and practicing spiritual disciplines (there are many!). If you don’t know where to start, but would like to begin exploring your faith and finding answers to life’s most meaningful questions, you can come see your command or base chaplain. All of God’s blessings to you and your family!

You can begin by focusing on your faith, getting involved with a house of worship and community of believers and practicing spiritual disciplines.” - Lt. Victoria Chappell

As we mature, godly characteristics become more evident By Lt. Sharon Wheaton Deputy Chaplain, NAVSTA Norfolk Chapel

Growing up in the great state of Arkansas, I can remember one of our science class assignments – classifying leaves using a dichotomous key. Based upon certain features we learned to classify leaves through a series of questions, such as were the leaves thin or needle like, were the leaves broad or thin, were the veins running in the leaves straight or alternating to help us identify and correctly name a particular leaf. In this same way, the word of God shares with us that we can identify a person by the fruit they bear (Matthew 7:16). Merriam-Webster dictionary describes “characteristic” as a special trait, feature or distinctive quality – something of value or worth. We use characteristics to identify individual and distinctive traits some-

thing or someone possesses. The traits found are qualities that distinguish something from others of its class or kind. The word “godly” means one devoted to God; divine, a religious person. Archeologist found material which indicates that ancient Israelites were concerned more with usefulness than with beauty. Now this is not stating that the Israelites had no artistic appreciation for beauty, because many of the Old Testament personalities were described as being beautiful or handsome. Some noted examples are David, Absalom, Esther, Sarah and Rachael. For the Israelites, the word beauty meant a harmonious combination of qualities pleasant to see. Sensual beauty was secondary to industry, resourcefulness and piety a woman possessed as Proverbs 31 so eloquently describes. The first scripture I would like

to share with you is taken from Proverbs 11:22, “Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion.” The wearing of rings in one’s nose is not a new concept. Genesis 24:47, Isaiah 3:21, Ezekiel 16:12 show where people wore nose rings. And since Razorbacks were distinctive in our neck of the woods, I can share a little with you regarding a pig. They do not have sweat glands and have to stay in water or mud to keep cool, hence they are dirty animals. If you clean up a pig, and don’t keep it in the house, it will go back to wallowing in the mud. They stink – you can smell pig pens from far away – especially on windy or hot days. Pigs will eat anything ... even their young if they become severely stressed. One noticeable feature pigs have is their snout – they pro-

trude out and are very noticeable. What this scripture is trying to educate us on is you can take a physically beautiful woman who does not posses the quality of being discreet and her natural attitude will stand out like that pig’s snout, making her unattractive. If a beautiful woman does not posses discretion she will also lack integrity and will lose all loveliness. The second scripture, Proverbs 25:11, uses the beautiful imagery of gold apples set in a picture of silver to help us understand how one should speak and when – timeliness. Apples have worth. It is a fruit used for food and drink. In its natural form, apples are used in soups and broth, and for apple cider. Apples have medicinal purposes. So like apples, a godly woman’s words should be useful, bringing healing, health and well being to others. Just like

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NAVY MEMORIAL HOSTS BLESSING OF THE FLEET Press Release Defense Media Activity – Navy

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The U.S. Navy Memorial hosted the 21st annual Blessing of the Fleet ceremony at the memorial in Washington, D.C., April 14. The ceremony followed the Washington, D.C. annual Cherry Blossom Festival Parade and featured the Navy Band and Ceremonial Guard, along with a Parade of Attachés and presentation of colors advanced across the memorial’s outdoor plaza as the event commenced. President and CEO of the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation, Vice Adm. John Totushek (ret.) welcomed guests to the centuries-old tradition. “We feel privileged to take part in this time-honored tradition that not

Photos by MC2 Amara R. Timberlake Navy Ceremonial Guardsman Nicholas Sookbir pours waters from the Seven Seas and Great Lakes into the U.S. Navy Memorial fountain.

Members of the Navy Ceremonial Guard prepare to charge the fountains during the Blessing of the Fleet ceremony at the U.S. Navy Memorial.

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The Washington Revels Maritime Voices gave a musical performance in the Naval Heritage Center’s Burke Theater. Singing “Songs of the Sea and Shore,” the musical group portrayed the old life at sea and back home, including the Sailors’ use of sea chanteys and the joys and hardships of the women ashore. Guests were also welcome to explore the memorial’s newly-launched “Year of the Chief” exhibit, depicting chief life, work, history and accomplishments through historical artifacts, art and imagery. The exhibit, on display through March 2013, is free and open to the public and will be accompanied by numerous public events throughout the year, including book signings, children’s activities and ceremonies for active duty personnel and their families.


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Spanish Sailors, NMCP staff pay tribute to fallen Spanish Soldiers By MC3 (SW) Anna Arndt Naval Medical Center Portsmouth Public Affairs

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The Spanish Navy paid tribute to three Spanish Sailors who died during the Spanish-American War of 1898 and were buried in the Capt. Theodore H. Conaway Memorial Naval Cemetery adjacent to Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, April 17. Many of those attending the wreath-laying ceremony were crew members from Spanish Navy frigate SPS Blas de Lezo (F103), a ship currently visiting Norfolk to participate in the Composite Training Unit Exercise with Carrier Strike Group 8. Rear Adm. Elaine C. Wagner, Commander, NMCP and other hospital staff members also attended. Several years ago, the Spanish Navy discovered three of their fallen shipmates were buried in the old cemetery. They had sustained injuries during the battle at Santiago de Cuba, the largest naval engagement of the war for Cuba’s independence. After the battle, USS Solace boarded the wounded from USS Brooklyn and all of the Spanish wounded, steaming North to Portsmouth for medical treatment. Two of the 47 Spanish prisoners of war died from their wounds – a third died from disease. In the days before embalming, Sailors were buried locally. The ceremony gave members of both navies a chance to interact and cement their shared bond. “It’s a very emotional moment,â€? said Capt. Javier Nieto, a Spanish naval attachĂŠ. “I believe we owe a debt to these three men that have fallen in action. My grandfather was a prisoner in that war and I feel

Photos by MC3 Anna Arndt Wreaths adorn the graves where three Spanish Sailors are interred in the Capt. Theodore H. Conaway Memorial Naval Cemetery at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, April 17.

My grandfather was a prisoner in that war and I feel like this is a positive revival of history.� - Capt. Javier Nieto, a Spanish naval attachÊ

like this is a positive revival of history. It is very nice to be here and it’s nice the U.S. Navy has supported us today.â€? “These ceremonies are important because they remind us of how similar we are and how much we have in common with other navies,â€? said Wagner. “The Spanish Navy deeply appreciates the sacriďŹ ces their Sailors made for their country, just as we appreciate our Sailors.â€? The ceremony began with a short memorial prayer conducted by chaplains of both navies, followed by the wreath laying and remarks by Nieto and Vice Adm. Antonio Hernandez Palacios, the Spanish senior ofďŹ cer at NATO – Allied Command Transformation in Norfolk. The wreaths’ red and yellow

Spanish Navy Sailors assigned to the Spanish Navy frigate SPS Blas de Lezo (F103) salute the graves where three Spanish Sailors are buried in the Capt. Theodore H. Conaway Memorial Naval Cemetery at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth.

owers represented the colors of the Spanish ag. “They wanted to remember and honor them on this day, just as we here in the U.S. want to honor our fallen heroes,â€? Wagner continued. “There was a very personal feeling to the event that was felt by all participants, U.S. and Spanish. We all mourned the loss of the three Sailors while celebrating their bravery and dedication.â€? After the wreath-laying, command historian Al Cutchin showed about 35 Spanish guests where their shipmates would have been treated in the old hospital. “I pointed out to them where

           

  

           

along Hospital Point the Solace would have anchored and where in the hospital they stayed,� he said. “An interpreter translated what I was saying as we went. I also showed them where the operating room was at the time for those who needed surgery. Most of the patients had burn wounds from the battle. During the tour, I found out the great-grandfather of one of the Sailors from the Blas de Lezo was one of the patients.� The Spanish patients reported that they were treated with kindness, despite being prisoners of war, having fought against the U.S. “While the practice of medi-

cine has changed dramatically, the values and compassion that our providers and support staff exhibit have not,â€? said Wagner. “We are – and have always been – committed to the healing arts and will always willingly provide high quality, compassionate care to all who are in need of our services, including enemy combatants. It was heartwarming to hear Vice Adm. Hernandez speak of his country’s gratitude for the care that the naval hospital rendered to eight Spanish Sailors so many years ago, when our country was at war with Spain.â€? Despite the two navies being on opposite sides more than a century ago, the Spanish and American Sailors found common ground at a memorial service. “As Vice Adm. Hernandez and I spoke, it was remarkable to discover how similar our Navy jobs are,â€? Wagner added. “We discussed our admiration for the men and women who serve in our respective navies today and how proud we are to represent them. Vice Adm. Hernandez entered my ofďŹ ce as a stranger, but left as a friend.â€?

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Crew members perform a traditional Indonesian dance for guests during a reception aboard the Indonesian Tall Ship Kri Dewa Ruchi during Fleet Week New Orleans, April 19.

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Continued from B1 mission is.” Crew members from each ship treated guests to food, drinks and entertainment including traditional music, dances and cultural craft from each foreign nation. “It was impressive and inspiring to see such rich Naval heritage preserved and remaining active in a 21st century environment,” said Capt. Brian Teets, Executive Of-

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ficer, USS Wasp. “To experience the variety of cultural differences was enjoyable and enlightening.” Hosts of the event recognized the historical significance of the War of 1812 as a driving force in forming strong alliances between the different nations. “We formed many allies during that war,” said Cmdr. James A. Clarke, Commanding Officer, HMCS St. John’s. “It truly is inspiring to see

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played major role in the War of 1812 Continued from B1 The battle is regarded as the greatest American land victory of the war, as a force mainly made up of militia stopped British forces from blocking the mouth of the Mississippi River and taking control of America’s inland waterways. The shallow waters of the river forced the British to the shores of Louisiana and American forces, commanded by Gen. Andrew Jackson, defeated them at what is now known as the Chalmette Battlefield. The War of 1812 was instrumental in the forging of today’s maritime forces. The Navy fought the British as they tried to blockade the Atlantic Coast and support land forces from Lake Erie and Lake Champlain. The Navy’s successes included single-ship duels against British frigates and fleet actions on the lakes. By the end of the war, the Navy had proven itself as fighting maritime force and Congress authorized funding to build a much larger fleet. “The Navy’s role in the War of 1812 reem-

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those relationships continue so strongly today.” Wasp leadership uses events such as these to help strengthen relationships with the Navy’s foreign allies and preserve the Navy’s presence and image. “Regardless of the event or ship type, these meetings are about building military relationships,” said Teets. “These relationships help to lay the foundation for military cooperation in the future.”

phasizes the Navy core values we have today,” said Cmdr. Vince W. Baker, Commanding Officer, USS De Wert (FFG 45). “It shows what the Navy has been doing well for 200 years on the world’s seas.” Thiesen noted the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service also served as the armed, maritime law enforcement service during the war, working side by side with the U.S. Navy. The service’s vessels were leading edge for the time and helped in the fight against the British Empire. In 1915, the Revenue Cutter Service became the U.S. Coast Guard. Conrad noted that the War of 1812 is little remembered in much of the country, but that’s not true in the city of New Orleans. “It’s not a forgotten war,” he said. “It is one to be commemorated in the annals of history.” Members of the audience took away new knowledge of the War and New Orleans’ role, even those who already were well-versed in naval history. “The knowledge of the battle of New Orleans will make me a better Sailor and I’ll pass this historical information to my shipmates,” said attendee Chief Culinary Specialist Kelvin Wiggins, who serves on USS Constitution. Constitution is the oldest commissioned naval vessel still afloat and fought in the War of 1812.

Join us in Norfolk and the Chesapeake Bay region for Parades of Sail, Tall and Navy Ship Visits, Fireworks, Festivals and 1812 celebrations. Also featuring the Virginia Beach Oceanfront Air Show with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.

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know when to go to the vet clinic Continued from B1 The next thing you can do is create a first aid kit for your pets. It’s easy, small and there is no veterinary specific equipment. Below is a list of recommended items and their purpose. 1. Gauze – For wrapping wounds or muzzling the injured animal. 2. Nonstick bandages, towels, or strips of clean cloth – Used to control bleeding or protect wounds. 3. Adhesive tape – For securing gauze or bandages. 4. Milk of magnesia – To absorb poison. (Always contact your veterinarian or local poison control center before inducing vomiting or treating an animal for poison.) 5. Hydrogen peroxide (3 percent) – To induce vomiting. (Always contact your veterinarian or local poison control center before inducing vomiting or treating an animal for poison) 6. Digital thermometer – For taking your pet’s temperature. 7. Eye dropper – To give oral treatments or flush wounds. 8. Muzzle – Yo protect your pet and yourself. (Do not muzzle a pet that is vomiting.) 9. Leash to transport your pet. If you are not sure how to use any of the equipment in your first aid kit, ask your veterinarian – and always check with a veterinarian before inducing vomiting or giving any medication. Don’t use something you are not comfortable with. So how do you decide when you and your pet are faced with a medical emergency? The American Veterinary Medical Association website lists the following instances as those that warrant immediate attention from a veterinarian: 1. Severe bleeding or bleeding that doesn't stop within five minutes. 2. Choking, difficulty breathing or non-stop coughing and gagging. 3. Bleeding from nose, mouth, rectum, coughing up blood, or blood in urine.

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4. Inability to urinate or pass feces, or obvious pain associated with urinating or passing feces. 5. Injuries to the eyes. 6. You suspect or know your pet has eaten something poisonous. 7. Seizures and/or staggering. 8. Fractured bones, severe lameness or inability to move leg(s). 9. Obvious signs of pain or extreme anxiety. 10. Heat stress or heat stroke. 11. Severe vomiting or diarrhea – more than two episodes in a 24-hour period, or either of these combined with obvious illness or any of the other problems listed here. 12. Refusal to drink for 24 hours or more. 13. Unconsciousness. If you notice any of these, then it’s time to put your emergency plan into place. Here are some final tips and things to remember. Don’t get bit! Even the sweetest pet will bite when they are in pain, anxious or in an altered state of consciousness ... so keep your hands and face away from your pet’s mouth. Next, call the emergency clinic you are going to and briefly explain the situation. This will allow the staff time to prepare. Lastly, grab your pet’s medical record and list of medications to share with your veterinarian. During all of this, remember that you are the first responder and we need you to stay calm and keep your pet calm. Please take the information provided and visit the websites listed above to become comfortable with a first aid plan for your pets. After all, they can’t do it for themselves. Contact the Veterinarians at the Norfolk Veterinary Treatment facility if you have questions or concerns.

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‘Our Flag Was Still There’ Virginia International Tattoo joins the national celebration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and our National Anthem NORFOLK

The Virginia International Tattoo, a signature event of the Virginia Arts Festival, celebrates the military and its impact in all of our lives and returns to Scope Arena in Norfolk on April 27 - 29. With more than 850 performers from all over the world on one stage – a choreographic feat – the Tattoo offers a remarkable display of camaraderie and teamwork. This annual show of patriotism and international goodwill draws visitors from all over the region and the world. A great honor this year is the presence of the United States Navy Band. Not only the premier performing ensemble of the Navy, the band in its 86th year continues to provide musical support to the President of the United States. The Virginia Arts Festival is thrilled to host this distinguished band so richly immersed in U.S. history. A new Tattoo Pipe Major is joining our ranks. Only 26 years of age, Andrew Carlisle has already established himself internationally as a bagpiper of the highest caliber. He served in the Royal Irish Regiment for seven years and has been a member of the award-winning Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band for over 10 years. Carlisle is currently the Director of Piping at Carnegie Mellon University, where students are able to major in bagpiping.

As always, the five branches of the United States military are represented. There is little that can compare to the emotional tribute to our local military members and their families. When the bands play each branch’s fight song, active duty and retired members and families stand at attention. The crowd roars with delight and in honor of those who have served and are currently serving to protect our freedom. The Tattoo is most definitely an international affair as evidenced by the rich depth of performers representing the world. But the international presence is not limited to the stage. Intertwined with locals in the over 10,000 seats in Scope arena are spectators from around the globe who travel to Norfolk to see the Tattoo. The Tattoo is a family and generational favorite event and once visitors experience it they anticipate its return year after year. Returning again is the very popular Tattoo Hullabaloo. Two hours prior to each show, the Scope Plaza comes alive with dancers, musicians and more with Tattoo trademark style. Visitors interact with Tattoo performers, watch stage performances, indulge in great food from local vendors and even vote in the audience-judged piping competition. For more information, contact Dominga Gardner at dgardner@vafest.org or 282-2820.

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Lafayette RIVERfest 2012, the Elizabeth River Project’s annual festival on the water promoting citizen involvement in restoring the Lafayette branch of the Elizabeth River, is scheduled for April 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. along the 600 Block of Mayflower Rd. in the Colonial Place section of Norfolk. RIVERfest 2012 is a free public event with live music at two stages, river-costumed dog parades and “dog bar,” rain barrel workshops, tours of “River Star Home” yards, tours of the Learning Barge, green gardening stations, river art for sale from local artists, landscape tours of “River Star Homes,” children’s ECO-Art and family games, a silent

auction for rain barrels decorated by Norfolk students and other events. There will be plenty of food available for purchase. Also at RIVERfest, Elizabeth River Project will roll out major new funds to help River Star Homes do right by the Lafayette River with subsidies for shoreline plantings, rain barrels, rain gardens and more. Boating events require pre-registration. The Rain Barrel Workshop is $55, with a portion of the proceeds going back into the festival. To register, visit www.lafayetteriverfest.org or call 399-7487. For more about the RIVERfest 2012 festival, contact Katie Duckett at kduckett@elizabethriver.org, or 399-7487.

At RIVERfest, Elizabeth River Project will roll out major new funds to help River Star Homes do right by the Lafayette River with subsidies for shoreline plantings, rain barrels, rain gardens and more. This year’s Landing Day presentation will take a provocative look at how the event changed the course of history, as well as the culture of the Kecoughtan people.

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On April 30, 1607, the Virginia Company was greeted by a group of Kecoughtan Indians at Point Comfort and taken to their nearby village. This April 29 at 2 p.m., Hampton will celebrate the 405th Anniversary of the contact between the Kecoughtan Indians and English settlers at Hampton Landing Day, an event taking place at the waterfront lawn of the Veteran Affairs Medical Center (near Landing Memorial). This year’s presentation will take a provocative look at how the event changed the course of history, as well as the culture of the Kecoughtan people. The ceremony begins with wel-

coming remarks by Hampton Mayor Molly Joseph Ward. Afterwards, keynote speaker, historian and Hampton History Museum Curator Michael Cobb will present “Landing Day: When Worlds Collide,” a program focusing on how the landing at Hampton impacted the lives of the English settlers and natives who inhabited the area. Other highlights of Hampton Landing Day include historical reenactors, a double wreath-laying ceremony honoring both the settlers and Native Americans that played a significant role in our nation’s history. For more information, contact the Hampton History Museum at 727-1610.

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Foodapalooza Festival ofTaste ■ When: April 27, 6:30 p.m. ■ Where: Jamestown Island ■ For more information, contact: Williamsburg Area

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Hampton Bay Days, the city’s largest annual festival, is now accepting entries for the 30th annual Hampton Bay Days Poster Contest. Open to all amateur and professional artists, the competition will help decide the artwork chosen for the official 2012 poster. “We are extremely excited about bringing back the poster contest for this year, especially since it is our 30th Anniversary,” said Page Kremp, Bay Days Board of Directors Member. “The official event poster is one of the most anticipated symbols of Bay Days. We look forward to receiving a host of wonderful and creative submissions.” The cost to enter the 30th annual Hampton Bay Days Festival Poster Contest is $35 per entry. Artwork submitted must be original and both traditional and non-traditional interpretations are welcome. Any work submitted should be representative of the Downtown Hampton waterfront and surrounding communities. Multiple entries by a single artist will be accepted, however, each will require a separate entry fee. No computer

Courtesy photo Winning design of the 2011 Hampton Bay Days Poster Contest created by Lauren Webb.

generated works are eligible. The winner of this year’s contest will receive $250 cash in addition to 50 percent of the proceeds of the auctioned original work. The winner will also re-

ceive a complimentary booth at the festival, Sept. 7 - 9, to sell original artworks and have their piece recognized as this year’s 30th annual Hampton Bay Days Official Poster. The work will become property of Hampton Bay Days, Inc. and be used to promote the festival. Entries due by 4 p.m. on June 1, and the winner announced on or before July 6. Please have all entries delivered to: Cyndi Masterstaff, Hampton Parks and Recreation, 22 Lincoln St., 5th Floor, Hampton, VA 23669. Hampton Bay Days has the right to possess the judged Top-5 artists original works until after the completion of the three day festival. Artists who were not selected may pick up work after July 30, during business hours. Arrangements can be made to return work by mail if reusable packing material and postage are provided. The winning piece will become property of Hampton Bay Days, Inc. and be used to promote the festival. For more information or for an official entry form, contact Page Kremp at 810-1200, or by email at jeffsflowers@ cavtel.net.

Williamsburg area Meals on Wheels kicks off its annual fundraiser with “Foodapalooza Festival of Taste,” featuring live music from the original Rhondels, a live auction, and much more! This is the fourth large scale food event “to support and feed those in our community who would otherwise go hungry,” said Cathie Upton, Executive Director, Williamsburg area Meals on Wheels. “In 2010 we not only saw a larger number of clients needing food, but we also found our organization being the life-line for many elderly living alone.”

Best dessert contest: Parent cook-off ■ When: April 27, 1 p.m. ■ Where: Yorktown, Bldg. 2094 ■ For more information, call: 887-4733

Are you a sweet genius? Entries are due by Noon and the contest begins at 1 p.m.

Mini carnival ■ When: April 27, 4 to 6 p.m. ■ Where: JEB Fort Story, Youth Center ■ For more information, call: 422-7714

This free event will feature moonwalks, games, face painting, food and fun.

Kidz Expo ■ When: April 28, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. ■ Where: NSN, NEX Parking Lot ■ For more information, call: 322-2679,

or 462-4483

Representatives from several camps throughout the Hampton Roads area will distribute information and answer questions regarding upcoming summer activities. In addition, Child and Youth Program (CYP) staff will be on site accepting registrations for the 2012 Youth Summer Camp. There will be games, contests, door prizes, fashion show, bounce house and more.

Outdoor Adventure Series: Hiking ■ When: April 28 ■ Where: NNSY and NSAHR (NMCP) Liberty Centers ■ For more information, call: 953-5081

Come hike at the Dismal Swamp. Shuttle departs NNSY at 7:30 a.m. Shuttle departs NSAHR (NMCP) at 8 a.m.

Horse sale/auction ■ When: April 28 ■ Where: NAS Oceana Stables ■ For more information, call: 433-3255

Viewing and exam from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Riding or presentation in hand bids accepted from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. Bids announced at 11 a.m. Open to all military personnel and the general public. No dealers.

SCFE Wounded Warrior Run ■ When: April 28, 8 a.m. ■ Where: Fort Eustis’ Anderson Field House ■ For more information, visit: www.active.com/

running/fort-eustis-va/spouses-club-of-ft-eustiswounded-warrior-run-2012 Registration is still open for the SCFE Wounded Warrior Run 5K run/walk and 10K run. Race day registration will be available from 6 to 7:45 a.m. Registration is also available during packet pick up on April 27 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. by the baseball field across from Anderson Field House. You can still register online at www.active.com/running/ fort-eustis-va/spouses-club-of-ft-eustis-woundedwarrior-run-2012. Cost is $25 per entry for 5K ($30 on race day) and $30 for the 10K ($35 on race day), or $50 for both ($55 on race day).

Shoot for the green at the inaugural Homefront Heroes Open golf tourney NORFOLK

Bank of America and Operation Homefront Hampton Roads are presenting the inaugural Homefront Heroes Open on May 3 at the Sewell's Point Golf Course just off Terminal Blvd. in Norfolk. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. and tee times is set for 1 p.m. This is a shotgun start, Captain’s Choice (best ball) tournament with all proceeds benefitting our military members, their families and Wounded Warriors served by Operation Homefront. Each of the 18 holes is dedicated to the service and ultimate sacrifice given by a fallen Virginia veteran. Eighteen hole sponsors are supporting these dedications and we thank them for their support of our military. We also have a number of Wounded Warriors who will be partici-

■ what you get The $80 individual entry fee covers the cart, greens fees, range balls, pre and post-tournament food, and a goodie bag.

pating free of charge in this tournament to say thanks for their service and support of our freedom. Cost to participate in the tournament is $80 per person, or $320 for a foursome. Teams that are unable to fill a foursome may sponsor a Wounded Warrior or active duty service member recently returned from overseas deployment. The entry fee includes: cart, greens fees, range balls, pre and post-tourna-

ment food, and a goodie bag. Pre-tournament food includes hot dogs and a drink. Post-tournament food includes: fried chicken, BBQ brisket sandwich, potato salad, coleslaw and a drink. Additional tournament activities will include: ■ Hole-in-one $10,000 cash prize. ■ Three additional par 3 hole-in-one opportunities with prizes to include a set of Callaway clubs, a Sharp flat screen TV and RT Airfare for two people. ■ Closest to the pin, putting contest and longest drive contest. ■ The winning foursome receives a commemorative gift plus a $50 gift certificate to Dick’s Sporting Goods. To register as a participant, call 8066150. You can pay by credit card over the phone or forward a check for payment.

Tempt your taste buds at the oceanfront’s annual East Coast She-Crab Soup Classic VIRGINIA BEACH

The 4th annual East Coast She-Crab Soup Classic returns from Noon to 3 p.m., April 28 at 24th St. Park at the Virginia Beach oceanfront. An open competition among 19 participating restaurants, the Classic focuses on one of the region’s most-loved seafood delicacies. The highly identifiable cuisine has been a staple of area menus for decades. Restaurants serve their individual recipes and compete for Peoples Choice Awards, determined by ballots of those attending. Critics Choice Awards also are given by a panel of four leading regional cuisine experts. The East Coast She-Crab Soup Classic is limited to 1,500 paying guests.

Advance tickets are on sale for $12 through all Ticketmaster outlets and the Virginia Beach Information Center. Tickets are $15 day-of-show, if available. Children 12 and younger who are not sampling and are accompanied by an adult are free. Participating restaurants include (alphabetically): Black Angus Restaurant, C.P. Shucker’s, Cavalier Hotel, 11th Street Taphouse Bar & Grille, Freemason Abbey, Keagan’s Restaurant, Hot Tuna, Lucky Oyster Seafood Grill, Mahi Mah’s Seafood, Mannino’s Italian Bistro, McCormick & Schmick’s, Passion The Restaurant, River’s Inn Rest. & Crab Deck, Rockefeller’s, Roger Brown’s Rest. & Sports Bar, Surf Club Ocean Grille, The Cyprus Grille, Tradewinds, and Wicker’s Crab Pot.


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Tundra has full-size capabilities, refinement By Ken Chester, Jr. Motor News Media Corporation

Big and powerful, the Toyota Tundra full-size pickup truck offers simplified option package selections for 2012, as well as detailed enhancements throughout the lineup. The Limited grade and available TRD Rock Warrior package both include a standard back-up camera for 2012. The 2012 Tundra is offered in two grades (Tundra and Limited), three cab styles (Regular, Double Cab and Crew Max), three wheelbase lengths (126.8, 145.7 and 164.6 inches, depending on model and configuration) and three bed lengths (78.7, 97.6 and for CrewMax only, 66.7-inches). By combining popular equipment, Tundra’s option packages were simplified to make it easier for customers to find the right Tundra with the equipment they desire. Tundra grade Double Cab and CrewMax models now offer four streamlined packages: Convenience Package, Convenience Package with Bucket Seats, Upgrade Package and SR5 Package. Regular Cab offers four redesigned packages: SR5 Package, SR5 Upgrade Package, TRD Off-Road Package and ColorKeyed Bumper Package. A Tundra Work Truck Package is aimed at commercial truck buyers or those who otherwise require a tough no-frills truck with exceptional cargo and towing capacity. The package features heavy-duty vinyl-trimmed seating surfaces and heavy-duty allweather flooring – it is available in Regular and Double Cab configurations with any of the Tundra’s three engine choices. At the opposite end of the spectrum, the Platinum Package available for the Tundra CrewMax Limited model offers numerous

■ many options available The 2012 Tundra is offered in two grades (Tundra and Limited), three cab styles (Regular, Double Cab and Crew Max), three wheelbase lengths (126.8, 145.7 and 164.6 inches, depending on model and configuration) and three bed lengths (78.7, 97.6 and for CrewMax only, 66.7-inches).

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luxury features, such as heated and ventilated front bucket seats with embroidered headrests, perforated leather-trimmed seating surfaces, power tilt/slide moonroof with sliding sunshade and wood-grain-style interior trim. Power for the full-size Toyota pickup is provided by a trio of engines: the capable 4.0L V6, a 4.6L V8 and a 5.7L V8 prime mover. Torque is communicated to the pavement through a five-speed automatic with uphill/downhill shift logic for the V6 engine and a six-speed automatic

transmission for the V8 motors. Although the jumbo-sized CrewMax shares the same frame with the other Tundra models and configurations that is where the similarities end. The boasting the largest cab ever offered by the automaker, the Tundra CrewMax features a limousine-like interior with a best-in-class 44.5 inches of rear seat legroom. This spaciousness allows for extra-large rear doors for easy access. The rear seat has been designed to recline as well as slide – as much as ten inches. The 60/40 seat configuration can even be

folded to provide additional secure cargo carrying capabilities. The CrewMax is equipped with a 5.5 foot cargo bed. Inside the cabin, a “command and control” center provides an unobstructed view of the instrument panel and puts knobs, switches and buttons within close reach of the driver. All Tundra models feature a roomy passenger cabin with hidden storage compartments, second-row seats that double as work surfaces (two-row models only), and a larger center console box with room for hanging file folders.

■ under the hood Power for the fullsize Toyota pickup is provided by a trio of engines: the capable 4.0L V6, a 4.6L V8 and a 5.7L V8 prime mover. Torque is communicated to the pavement through a five-speed automatic with uphill/downhill shift logic for the V6 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission for the V8 motors.

2012 Toyota Tundra pickup truck ■ Wheelbase: All vehicle measurements in inches ■ Regular Cab/standard cargo bed: 126.8; overall length: 209.8; width: 79.9; height: 75.8 (2WD), 76.2 (4WD) ■ Regular Cab/long cargo bed: 145.7; overall length: 228.7; width: 79.9; height: 75.8 (2WD), 76.2 (4WD) ■ Double Cab/standard cargo bed: 145.7; overall length: 228.7; width: 79.9; height: 75.8 (2WD), 76.2 (4WD) ■ Double Cab/long cargo bed: 164.6; overall length: 247.6; width: 79.9; height: 75.8 (2WD), 76.2 (4WD) ■ CrewMax/short cargo bed: 145.7; overall length: 228.7; width: 79.9; height: 75.6 (2WD), 76.0 (4WD) ■ Engine: 4.0L V6 – 270 hp at 5,600 rpm and 278 lbs.-ft. of

torque at 4,400 rpm; 4.6L V8 – 310 hp at 5,600 rpm and 327 lbs.-ft. of torque at 3,400 rpm; 5.7L V8 – 381 hp at 5,600 rpm and 401 lbs.-ft. of torque at 3,600 rpm ■ Transmission: five-speed automatic, six-speed automatic. ■ EPA Fuel Economy: 4.0L V6 – 16 city/20 hwy.; 4.6L V8 – 15 city/20 hwy (RWD), 14 city/19 hwy. (4WD); 5.7L V8 – 14 city/18 hwy. (RWD), 13 city/17 hwy. (4WD). ■ Payload capacity: 2,090 lbs. ■ Towing capacity: 10,400 lbs. ■ Safety features: Dual front airbags, front seat-mounted sideimpact airbags, dual side-curtain airbags, dual front seat knee airbags, four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock, electronic brake force distribution, brake assist, Smart Stop Technology, vehicle stability control, traction control, day-

time running lights, trailer sway control and tire pressure monitor system. Tundra V8 adds alarm system and engine immobilizer. Double Cab adds automatic power door locks. Limited adds fog lamps, rearview camera and HomeLink universal transceiver. Optional safety features include: navigation system and Bluetooth hands-free phone system. ■ Warranty: Basic – 3-year/ 36,000 mile bumper-to-bumper; Powertrain – 5-year/60,000 mile; Corrosion – 5-year/unlimited; Roadside Assistance – 2-year/25,000 mile 24-hour ■ Pricing: The base Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price for the 2012 Toyota Tundra pick-up truck starts from $25,155 for the Tundra regular cab up to $43,595 for the Tundra CrewMax limited 4x4. Destination charges add $975.

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NAVSTA NORFOLK, MWR HOST FREE CONCERT AT VISTA POINT â–  upcoming event dates

2012 Navy Concert schedule kicks off May 18 with Montgomery Gentry

The Navy’s Mid-Atlantic Region Sponsorship Department is proud to announce the 2012 Morale, Welfare & Recreation (MWR) Signature Event Series. The Mid-Atlantic Region has a very aggressive schedule of special events that include: concerts, an air show, fleet activities, sporting events and more, and we are proud to provide our Sailors and their families the finest in entertainment and recreational opportunities on the East Coast.

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Naval Station Norfolk will host national recording artists Montgomery Gentry, May 18, at 7 p.m. as part of Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) 2012 Navy Concert schedule. Gates open at 5 p.m. Admission is free and open to the general public. The concert will be held in the Vista Point area. Widely regarded as one of country music’s greatest duos, Montgomery Gentry boasts dozens of Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association awards and nominations. The group has recorded seven studio albums to date. Their body of work includes more than 20 singles on the Billboard “Hot Country� songs charts. Notable No. 1 singles include “If You Ever Stop Loving Me,� “Something To Be Proud Of,� “Lucky Man� and “Roll With Me.� Non-Department of Defense guests should enter Naval Station Norfolk via Gate 2 off Hampton Blvd. Concert attendees are reminded that tailgating, coolers, glass containers, video equipment, pets or large bag/ backpacks are not permitted in the concert area. All small bags, blankets, chairs and other items are subject to being searched prior to entering concert grounds.

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■ about the artist With a new album, a new label (Average Joes Entertainment) and a renewed sense of musical purpose, Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry are poised to stake their claim as one of country music’s all-time greatest duos. The duo’s new collection, the aptly titled “Rebels On The Run,� brings Montgomery Gentry fans back to the beginning, but with a fresh attitude.

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Beginning where most romantic comedies end, a look at what happens when an engaged couple, Violet (Emily Blunt) and Tom (Jason Segel), keeps getting tripped up on the long walk down the aisle and the strain it puts on their relationship.

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■ green tip - mulch to save water Mulching around your trees saves water and helps to cut down weeds. Mulch is a thin layer of organic or inorganic material placed on soil. Some typical organic examples include chipped bark, compost, saw dust, grass clippings and leaf mold – a typical inorganic example is shredded tires. In many ways, spreading mulch around trees in a manicured yard re-creates the natural environment of a forest and it also helps to hold in moisture, decreasing the amount of watering necessary – typically by hundreds of gallons a year.

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■ home fixes Replacing older skylights with more energy efficient models, and pairing them with décor enhancing blinds, is a cost effective and attractive home upgrade.

Maintenance and improvement are both essential realities of home ownership. From windows and skylights to gas ranges and front doors, everything in your home will eventually need some work. But how do you know when something simply needs repair, or merits being replaced? Of course, each situation will be as unique as the home in which it occurs – and as individual as the homeowners themselves. A few good rules of thumb, however, do apply in most cases. When you’re considering repair or replacement, ask yourself these questions: • How old is the item? • How extensive/pervasive is the problem? • Will the cost of repair approach the cost of replacement? • Which course – repair or replace – will yield the maximum energy efficiency? • How does the cost of repair measure up to the value it will provide? • How does replacement stack up using the same measure? To help you get an idea of how these rules apply, here’s what some experts have to say about home elements that frequently raise the repair/replace question:

Windows have vastly improved in energy efficiency over the past few decades. Leaky, inefficient windows can be a major source of heat loss in a home, boosting energy bills and decreasing the comfort level indoors.

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While many modern skylights are energy-efficient, qualify to use the Energy Star mark and are leak-free, if you have an Courtesy photos older, plastic model, it’s probably a good idea to replace it. Not only are these older plastic bubble-type skylights often faded can work well together to effectively light a home during the facturer Pella says these are signs that old windows need to be and unsightly, they are generally not UV resistant or energy day, while contributing to heating and cooling energy savings. replaced: Like skylights, windows have vastly improved in energy ef• They’re difficult to open or close. efficient and are much more likely to leak. ficiency over the past few decades. Leaky, inefficient windows • You can feel air leaking in or out around them. can be a major source of heat loss in a home, boosting energy • Condensation or fogging occurs on or between glass panes. Recent research shows that skylights and vertical windows bills and decreasing the comfort level indoors. Window manu• You can see chipping, deterioration or water stains on the window or the wall around it. • Cleaning is a major chore and you avoid it because of the difficulty. • It’s difficult or impossible to find replacement parts for the old windows.

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Dale Jr. exploring ‘Ehrenhardt’ family tree By Rick Minter Universal Uclick

Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s interest in racing history is well-documented, as anyone who ever watched his old “Back in the Day” TV show can attest. His interest in Earnhardt family history is just coming to light. It came out last week, during Earnhardt’s session with the media at Kansas Speedway, when he was asked about the visit to the White House by last year’s Chase participants. “I’d been there before and it was pretty much the same tour, but every time you go through it I think you find something interesting that you missed the time before,” he said. “I didn’t really appreciate how old some of the artwork and stuff is in that house until I did some work on my family tree these last six months. I’ve started to understand what 200 years really means, or what 150 years truly means in the grand scope of things.” He said he’s spent a good bit of time lately researching his family tree and truly enjoyed it. “We don’t have time today to talk about how much fun I’ve had with working on my family tree,” he said. “I was fortunate enough to find someone in the field of genealogy that helped me out, and I’m trying to put together some kind of a well-

Courtesy of NASCAR Ralph Earnhardt in an undated photo.

organized document to sort of be able to show to family members and what have you, and just keep so Kelley’s [Earnhardt’s sister] kids, and if I have any one day, they won’t have to do the work.” He said that before he never thought about his ancestors who came before his grandfather, the legendary short-track and NASCAR racer Ralph Earnhardt.

“Ralph’s father, I didn’t know who he was and never really cared who he was, never thought about who he was, or what his family would be like,” said Earnhardt. “Never thought past Ralph all these years and I started getting into his father, and Ralph’s grandfather and I found their burial plots, and so me and my grandmother Martha and my sister and my mom Brenda and my girlfriend rode up there one day, just in Kannapolis or Concord, and visited their burial plots and a lot of relatives that were born in like 1809 and 1822 and stuff like that.” He said his cemetery trip was a moving experience. “It’s really cool to stand there over somebody that is responsible for you being there. That was pretty neat.” A check of the common genealogy sites on the Internet indicates that the Earnhardt family has been in North Carolina since before 1800. Census records indicate they were mostly farmers and cotton mill workers. They appear to have come to North Carolina from Pennsylvania and were originally from the old German region of Pfalz, where the name was spelled “Ehrenhardt.” “I had people tell me to work on my family tree before, but I didn’t think it was that big of a deal,” said Earnhardt. “Once I got into it and started realizing the importance of it, it’s been a lot of fun.”

SPRINT CUP POINTS 1. Greg Biffle 312; Leader 2. MartinTruex Jr. 297; behind -15 3. Matt Kenseth 295; behind -17 4. D. Earnhardt Jr. 291; behind -21 5. Denny Hamlin 289; behind -23 6. Kevin Harvick 287; behind -25 7. J, Johnson 275; behind -37 8. Tony Stewart 265; behind -47 9. Carl Edwards 251; behind -61 10. Ryan Newman 249; behind -63

MIXED MARTIAL ARTS STARS MAKE A VISIT TO ‘BIG E’ By MCSN Harry Andrew D. Gordon Enterprise Strike Group Public Affairs

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighters visited aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65), April 16. UFC superstars Rich Franklin and Keith Jardine toured “Big E” during the ship’s 22nd and final deployment to meet Sailors and Marines, sign autographs and give a grappling demonstration. While aboard, Jardine and Franklin enlisted the help of a Sailor and several Marines, assigned to the Thunderbolts of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 251, during a demonstration of wrestling moves and jiu-jitsu techniques. They also answered questions from those observing in the crowd. “These visits build morale,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 1st Class Brandon Breitberg. “It’s good to break up our high-tempo operational schedule every once in a while and watch a demonstration with two great fighters. It’s also nice to see them interacting with Sailors and Marines.” After the demo, hundreds of crew

We enjoy coming out to visit ships, especially when these service members are deployed for so many months at a time.” - Rich Franklin, UFC fighter

members patiently waited in line as the fighters took photographs and signed autographs. “It’s really exciting for these particular fighters to have come to our ship,” said Aviation Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class Robert Gardner. “I have seen them on TV, but to be able to meet and interact with them is something entirely different.” After the autograph and photo session, Franklin and Jardine ate lunch with members of the ship’s crew on the aft mess decks. “You hear people say ‘Support your troops,’ well, I come out and do things like this,” said Rich Franklin, former UFC middleweight champion. “We enjoy coming out to visit ships, especially when these service members

are deployed for so many months at a time.” The fighters also took a tour of Enterprise, making stops at flight deck control, primary flight control, the Enterprise Room and observing flight operations. “This is the least I can do, to come out here and show gratitude to the people that make it possible for me to do what I do on a daily basis,” said Franklin to the service members. “I truly appreciate what you are doing out here and thank you.” Enterprise is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operation, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

MCSN Harry Andrew D. Gordon Former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin performs a demonstration for Sailors aboard the USS Enterprise, April 16.

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UFC 146 May 26, 8 p.m., FX; 10 p.m., PPV Featured bouts: Junior dos Santos vs. Frank Mir Antonio Silva vs. Cain Velasquez S. Del Rosario vs. Gabriel Gonzaga Mark Hunt vs. Stefan Struve ■ All cards are subject to change.

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