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NMCP observes National Blood Donor Month

In honor of National Blood Donor Month, Capt. (Ret.) Evin Thompson makes his 94th donation to the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP) Blood Bank, Jan. 7. PAGE A2 VOL. 29, NO. 01, Norfolk, VA | flagshipnews.com

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NAS Oceana’s longtime ‘Hush House’ manager keeps jets running, neighbors happy By MC2 Wollam

Naval Air Station Oceana Public Affairs

University of Arkansas. As USS Constitution’s crew welcomes Farrell, they will say farewell to the ship’s current commanding officer. “I know the crew is in great hands with Commander Farrell,” said Benda. “This historic barrier is long overdue to be broken. I cannot think of a better candidate to serve as USS Constitution’s first female commanding officer. I look forward to watching what she and the crew accomplish in the next few years.” USS Constitution partners with the USS Constitution Museum to promote maritime heritage, naval service and the legacy of Old Ironsides.

Tucked away on Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana, at the far end of the runway behind sun-dappled woods, stands an unassuming beige building. Birds chirp nearby as a light wind stirs the fallen leaves on the ground. It’s a quiet Wednesday morning to the untrained eye, but inside the beige building, the engine of an F/A-18 Super Hornet is roaring at full power. Afterburner shoots out of the exhaust at over 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit, while four aviation machinist mates wearing heavy ear protection work to ensure the aircraft is running smoothly. You wouldn’t know it standing among the flora and fauna outside, but it’s another busy day for NAS Oceana’s Aircraft Acoustical Enclosure, or “Hush House.” “The Hush House is a highly specialized hangar enclosure for tactical aircraft designed to abate noise during in-aircraft jet engine maintenance turns,” says longtime Facility Manager Fred Davis. One of only nine Navy Aircraft Acoustical Enclosure’s in the United States, NAS Oceana’s Hush House operates year-round to help the squadrons keep their jets running. An engineering marvel, the facility is specially designed to absorb the noise of a jet engine turning at full power, while pulling in a massive amount of cool air to keep it running. “Jets need air to breathe,” explains Davis from the quiet of the adjoining observation room, which is equipped with controls to monitor activity inside the hangar and ensure the safety of all personnel. On the other side of the window, a sustained gale blows in the hangar as the jet runs at full power. The maintainers working hard on this particular day are assigned to VFA-83, the “Rampagers.” “Our Hush House is capable of operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and allows high power jet engine runs to be conducted indoors, which mitigates the effect of sustained loud engine noise on our neighbors,” says NAS

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Cmdr. Billie J. Farrell. (COURTESY PHOTO)

First Woman to Serve as Commanding Officer of USS Constitution in Ship’s 224-year History By Petty Officer 2nd Class Grant Grady

USS Constitution Public Affairs

BOSTON — USS Constitution’s first female commanding officer will take command of Old Ironsides during a change-of-command ceremony, scheduled for Friday, Jan. 21, at noon. Constitution’s current and 76th commanding officer, Cmdr. John Benda, will be relieved by Cmdr. Billie J. Farrell. USS Constitution will be closed during the ceremony but will reopen to public visitation 2-4 p.m. As the 77th commanding officer of USS Constitution, Farrell will become the first woman to serve as captain in the ship’s 224-year history, dating back to 1797.

“I am honored to have the privilege to soon command this iconic warship that dates back to the roots of both our nation and our Navy and to have been afforded the amazing opportunity to serve as USS Constitution’s first female commanding officer in her 224 years,” said Farrell. “I hope to strengthen the legacy of USS Constitution through preservation, promotion and protection by telling her story and connecting it to the rich heritage of the United States Navy and the warships serving in the fleet today.” Farrell previously served as the executive officer aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69). She is a native of Paducah, Kentucky, and a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and the

FRCE completes verification of laser peening process Depot returns first F-35 to receive modification returned to fleet By Heather Wilburn

Fleet Readiness Center East

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERY POINT, N.C. — Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) marked a milestone in its support of the F-35B Lightning II aircraft when it successfully completed verification of the laser shock peening process and returned the first aircraft to undergo the procedure to the fleet. Laser shock peening strengthens the aircraft’s frame without adding any additional material or weight, which would reduce its capability by

limiting its fuel or weapons carrying capacity. The procedure helps extend the life expectancy of the fifth-generation F-35B fighter, which is the short takeoff-vertical landing (STOVL) variant flown by the U.S. Marine Corps. Verification of the process provides quality control by confirming it meets system-level requirements through a combination of inspection, analysis, demonstration and testing. “The laser shock peening modification is essential to extending the life of the F-35B Turn to FRCE, Page 7

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Fleet Readiness Center East transportation specialists move the first F-35B Lightning II aircraft inducted to undergo laser peening modifications into the laser peening facility in early 2021. The laser peening procedure strengthens the aircraft’s frame without adding any additional material. (COURTESY PHOTO)

NAVFAC Public Works Department

Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) MidAtlantic, Civil Engineer Corps (CEC) officers recently assumed duties as Public Works Officers (PWO) at Public Works Departments (PWD) at two Navy east coast shipyards. PAGE A3

Commander visits Ford

Rear Adm. Rich Brophy, Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 4 visited USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), Jan. 4. PAGE A2

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Rear Adm. Rich Brophy, right, Commander, Carrier Strike Group 4, is briefed by Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) Justin Knighton, left, from Euless, Texas, assigned to USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN 78) air department, on Ford’s Jet Blast Deflectors during a ship visit in Newport News, Virginia, Jan. 4, 2022. (MC1 RYAN SEELBACH)

Commander, Carrier Strike Group Four visits Ford By MC1 Ryan Seelbach

USS Gerald R. Ford Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, VA — Rear Adm. Rich Brophy, Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 4 visited USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), Jan. 4, to conduct a familiarization tour of the ship to see first-hand the ship’s advanced technology, and to provide him an opportunity to discuss the ship’s 2022 training cycle. While onboard Brophy visited various spaces around the ship to include primary flight control, the tactical flag command and control center, and the aft weapons handling transfer area. At each location, he received

a brief on the capabilities of the equipment and learned how the training cycle for Ford’s employment could be affected due to the ship’s enhanced design and abilities. “As we continue to advance our training at CSG-4, taking advantage of the Fordclass aircraft carrier’s capabilities will enhance our ability to train an integrated naval force to win the high-end fight,” said Brophy. “Our team looks forward to partnering with the Ford to mentor and train their sailors and ensure the strike group is ready for global combat.” Capt. Paul Lanzilotta, Ford’s commanding officer, spoke with Brophy about his vision

and goals for the crew and the ship beyond the current Planned Incremental Availability (PIA) at Newport News Shipyard. “My goal for Ford’s upcoming training cycle is to build momentum with the class that Ford began during her post-delivery test and trials,” said Lanzilotta. “By the time 2022 is in the rear view mirror there should be no question in anyone’s mind when they work with Ford that this class of ship is as or more capable than anything before.” Throughout the coming months, CSG-4 and Ford leadership will continue to plan and refine the scenarios that will achieve their goals to ultimately ensure the entire

NMCP observes National Blood Donor Month

By Seaman Ariana Torman

Naval Medical Center Portsmouth Public Affairs

PORTSMOUTH, VA, — In honor of National Blood Donor Month, Capt. (Ret.) Evin Thompson makes his 94th donation to the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP) Blood Bank, Jan. 7. Thompson, who served 35 years in the U.S. Navy, believes that by donating blood he is continuing his service by giving back. “Throughout my career I was involved in many situations where blood was needed and there was always a supply,” said Thompson. “That supply had to come from people who donated. It only takes a couple hours of my time and that’s nothing compared to what this country and the Navy gave to me.” If you would like to donate blood, stop by NMCP’s Blood Drive, Monday, Jan. 10, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Building 2, ground floor, lobby. Give the gift of life!

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Gerald R. Ford Strike Group is battle tested and ready for operational employment later this year. Brophy added “I am eager to see how Ford’s combat watchstanders integrate with the Destroyer Squadron and other warfare commanders. We look forward to ensuring the Ford is a fully trained ship, effective, lethal and worldwide deployable.” According to Lanzilotta, Ford-class carriers and their advanced technology have changed the game on warfighting, and he is excited to take Naval Aviation to the next level. “Ford brings a unique ability to really test the limits of our warfighter mindset,” said Lanzilotta. “Our future iterations of integrated training drills need to fold her capabilities in, not just from the flight deck air perspective, but also in executing missions like maritime strike that can validate the improved tactics this platform will bring to the fleet.” Ford is in port at Newport News Shipyard executing PIA, a six-month period of modernization, maintenance, and repairs.


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New NAVFAC Public Works Department leaders assume duties at Navy East Coast shipyards By Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Mid-Atlantic Public Affairs NORFOLK, VA — Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) Mid-Atlantic, Civil Engineer Corps (CEC) officers recently assumed duties as Public Works Officers (PWO) at Public Works Departments (PWD) at two Navy east coast shipyards. Cmdr. Elizabeth Durika is the PWO onboard Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY), Kittery, Maine, and Cmdr. Crystine Good is the PWO onboard Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY), Portsmouth, Virginia. Durika, a Falls Church, Virginia native who is in her 18th year of serving in the Navy, said being a PWO is a capstone billet for CEC officers. “It brings together the skills and jobs I have held throughout NAVFAC to provide product and service delivery directly to the fleet,” she said. “Leading such an incredible team of professionals at PWD Maine is an honor and a privilege.” Durika noted that the largest challenge facing PWD Maine is the incredible influx of work required to support the Navy’s Shipyard Infrastructure Optimization Program (SIOP) coming to the yard, including immediate construction efforts, the planning for future projects, and sustainment for the future. “The projects coming to the shipyard are incredibly complex and require lock-step coordination between the submarine overhaul schedules, the OICC (officer in charge of construction) project execution teams, and the public works team,” she said. “As the PWO, my primary responsibility is to the shipyard commander to enable fleet readiness by ensuring the facility support to the warfighter.” While Durika is the new PWO at the Navy shipyard in Maine, she said she couldn’t be more excited for her PWO shipyard counterpart in Virginia. “Cmdr. Good and I were Navy ensigns together at CECOS (Civil Engineer Corps Officers School) and it is exciting to be both assuming the roles of (shipyard) PWOs at the same time,” she said. “Both of our organizations have recently experienced significant reorganization with SIOP on

Official U.S. Navy photo of Cmdr. Elizabeth Durika, CEC, Public Works Officer, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine. (Right) Official U.S. Navy photo of Cmdr. Crystine Good, CEC, Public Works Officer, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, Virginia. (COURTESY PHOTOS)

our installations. One of the great parts of working as a PWO in the Mid-Atlantic region is I’m able to pick up the phone and call any one of my fellow PWOs and share best practices, discuss processes, and leverage each other’s experiences.” Good, a Vienna, Virginia native, is in her 24th year of serving in the U.S. Navy. She joined the Navy as an enlisted Electrician’s Mate in 1997, but later became a commissioned CEC officer in 2003. “I am so excited to be a leader in the Navy right now, particularly working at a shipyard that was built in 1767,” she said. “From the highest levels of the Navy, there are not only discussions on pushing out legacy practices, but actions backing them up. As an enterprise, we have some of the brightest people working for NAVFAC who all want to make a difference each day they come to work. Being able to help navigate this while (being) at the shipyard is very rewarding.” Good added that discussions of the

Navy’s Shipyard Infrastructure Optimization Program (SIOP) and the standup of the Program Management Office, along with the Resident Officer in Charge of Construction, has set up a very dynamic and collaborative work environment. “One that you can feel all the way up the NAVFAC chain of command, as well as the NAVSEA (Naval Sea Systems Command) chain of command,” she confided. “I am very fortunate to have a deputy who has been around for a while and is such an outstanding leader.” Good said some of the current and future challenges facing PWD Portsmouth are funding and people thinking SIOP’s money stream will be a “catch-all” to get things funded at the shipyard. “In reality, SIOP has a clear definition,” she said. “We cannot rely on those funds to take the place of standard project planning or facility sustainment.” Good also acknowledged the personal

connection and professional similarities between her and her east coast shipyard PWO counterpart. “Cmdr. Durika and I met in Croatia on a midshipmen cruise for the first time, but actually grew up just a few miles down the road from each other,” she said, referring to them both being from neighboring towns in northern Virginia. “Now we’re in the same command, both working as PWOs at Navy shipyards on the east coast!” NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic provides facilities engineering, public works, and environmental products and services across an area of responsibility that spans from South Carolina to Maine, and as far west as Indiana. As an integral member of the Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic team, NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic provides leadership through the Regional Engineer organization to ensure the region’s facilities and infrastructure are managed efficiently and effectively.

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NRMA Fire & Emergency Services Completes Integrated Fire Drill with Ship, Local Firefighters By Michelle Stewart

JEBLCFS Public Affairs Officer

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA — Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Fire & Emergency Services (NRMA F&ES), Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story Fire Stations 5, 6, and 30 collaborated with the USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) ship forces, and the Virginia Beach Fire Department recently to conduct an integrated fire drill. While managing a shipboard fire is a big undertaking, the intent of the recent drills was to manage the evolution in parts. Once the foundation of integrated communications and command structure is established, the focus will shift to long-term operations in the event the suppression system fails and the first strike resources cannot contain the fire. There were several objectives of the drill: Determine the ability of ship forces to identify and isolate a fire, report the fire, mobilize additional resources, make the initial fire attack, and properly use the ship’s onboard fire suppression system. Test the integration of the tactical forces of the ship crew, Navy Fire, Norfolk, and Virginia Beach Fire Departments. Test the integration of command structures and the Unified Command setup Test the integrated communications. “After reading the findings report of the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) fire that destroyed the ship in July, Navy Fire and local ships had similar concerns, and we’re very interested in looking at our procedures and our ability to integrate, said NRMA F&ES Assistant Fire Chief Cedric Patterson. Crawl, Walk then Run The crawl stage started in July with a meeting with the Navy Fire Department, Virginia Beach Fire Departments, and ship’s staff to talk-through the report findings. The meeting determined a plan of action for Whidbey Island’s exercise. A ship familiarization walk-through was conducted in November with all partners to provide everyone with a common operating picture. The initial exercise was held on Dec. 6. “The familiarization walk through allowed all parties to talk through their respective procedures and determine where procedural, communication or accountability gaps existed before the in-person exercise,” Patterson said. “This is the first time that I am aware of, that we are exercising at this magnitude with a local ship since the BHR fire,” Patterson said, “we are taking their lessons learned as our starting point.” During the walk, phase the three agencies tested their ability to establish 3-way commu-

Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Fire & Emergency Services firefighters and USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) ship forces hold an integrated safety brief prior to the integrated fire exercise, Dec. 6. (COURTESY PHOTO)

nications, a working Incident Command Structure, as well as an integrated fire-attack team consisting of members from each agency. The Incident Command Structure is important as it provides a standardized approach to the command, control, and coordination of emergency responses by establishing a common hierarchy. It provides an integrated organizational structure that reflects the complexity and demands of single or multiple incidents, without being hindered by jurisdictional boundaries. Establishing a fire-attack team is important because it dedicates personnel from all three organizations to assign duties and assignments. “One of the gaps identified in pre-planning was maintaining accountability,” Patterson said. “It is imperative that everyone on the ship is accounted for as well as all responders fighting the fire. During this phase, we developed and tested a system to account for the location and assignment of all responders onboard. In addition to accountability, it was essential that we established a dedicated communications channel.” “The run stage will be an expanded exercise that will encompass broader objectives that include the ability to sustain operations,” Patterson said “Our goal was to practice the integration of

three high functioning, but separate, teams: USS Whidbey Island, JEBLC-FS Fire Department, and Virginia Beach Fire Department,” USS Whidbey Island Public Affairs Officer Lt. j.g. Drew Hendricks said. “Largely, the purpose was to pre-emptively practice our communication and coordinated response efforts. Then, to identify areas of friction and develop individual and collective goals for future improvement.” “We met and exceeded our goals! Not to say this was a perfectly smooth drill, but we identified unanticipated challenges that we can now collectively solve and work towards preventing in the future,” Hendricks said. “We’re looking forward to testing our improvements on a future drill. This exercise, and efforts like these, can’t be more important right now. In light of what we as a community, both in the armed forces and as a maintenance community, are learning as a result of the tragic loss of the Bonhomme Richard, it’s a loss we can’t afford to happen twice. So, we’ll continue to practice - not until we get it right, but until we can’t get it wrong.” The exercise held on Dec. 6 provided some lessons learned that can be used for future exercises with the Whidbey Island and other ships on the installation. A similar exercise was held with the U.S. Coast Guard Ship Dependable. “I think the firefighters and fire officers

responding to the BHR gave their best effort in applying their level of training and planning to their perception of the incident,” Patterson said. “I don’t think the loss was due to a lack of effort or professionalism, but more due to a lack of planning and integrated training. We are fortunate to have the relationship with our mutual aid partners that we have. We frequently train together both on base in our response area and the city’s response area. All counterparts are familiar with one another, and when we respond together on the scene we all know each other by name.” “Shipboard firefighting is one of the most dangerous endeavors we can take on in the fire service,” said NRMA F&ES District Fire Chief Kenneth Snyder. “It is critical that we rigorously train with all our partners on shipboard response. Shipboard firefighting requires exceptional coordination and teamwork because ships are hazardous industrial environments during normal conditions but when you add fire with associated smoke and other dangerous byproducts it can be a recipe for disaster for the unprepared. Navy Fed Fire continues to work with our ships’ crews and our municipal mutual aid partners to ensure we field the most expert firefighting force in the area.”

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Ethics and Core Values: Making the Right Choices By CDR Edward Erwin, CHC, USN

CREDO Region Mid-Atlantic Public Affairs

Ethics is about making the right choices consistent with sound character, good conduct, and core values. For that reason, ethics is one of the most timely and paramount topics for the military today. The overall success of war-fighting is critically compromised without the inclusion of ethics in day-to-day operations. The moral failures represented in headline news undermine the heritage, the credibility, and the esprit de corps of the Fleet Marine Forces. Whether the issue is a CO’s resignation over inappropriate relations with a subordinate, an NCO’s complicity in a hazing incident, or a junior Sailor’s conviction for a DUI, a renewed emphasis on ethics is essential to mission readiness, heightened morale, and healthy homes. To that end, in his powerful book Moral Issues in Military Decision Making, Anthony Hartle identifies the core values of each military service as one among many sources (U.S. Constitution, Declaration of Independence, UCMJ, Just War Tradition, faith, etc.) that provide guidance in ethical dilemmas. While some theorists reduce ethics to a matter of subjective preference or moral relativism, a quote attributed to Albert Einstein reaffirms the foundational quality of moral principles: “Relativity applies to physics, not ethics.” In attending scores of NJPs, I never once met any service members who didn’t know that they were violating our core values. They knew their actions were wrong, but they didn’t think they would get caught. Suffice it to say, our core values in the Navy, for instance, supply us with a moral compass to help navigate the highest standards of ethical behavior. The Sailor’s Creed accentuates the prominence of the Navy core values: “I proudly serve my country’s Navy combat team with Honor, Courage and Commitment.” Honor demands unwavering transparency in our public and private lives, responsibility for our actions on base and in the community 24 hours a day, respect for the dignity of each human being, and the highest decorum of professionalism in our Chain of Command. In a word, honor means being a person of unshakable scruples and irreproachable character. The famed UCLA Coach John Wooten remarked, “The truest test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.” Yet in a day of ever pervasive social media, someone is always watching. In reaching the right choices by being honorable, we need never fear who is watching. Courage is the strength to be an individual of integrity, even in the face of personal and professional adversity.Courage may

CREDO workshop photo of Chaplain Ferguson. (COURTESY PHOTO)

entail standing up and speaking against what is morally wrong whether that is discrimination, fraternization, or an unlawful order. Courage is saying what people need to hear and not necessarily what they want to hear. Courage is refusing the path of least resistance and enduring the hardships of mission accomplishment on deployment and in garrison. Admiral Nimitz observed in the Marines’ offensive at the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II: “Uncommon valor was a common virtue.” Applied to contemporary settings, uncommon valor might mean among other things: telling the truth despite the consequences, being loyal to friends and family without betraying bedrock principles, putting others before one’s own personal interests, and making wise decisions for long term gain in spite of short term sacrifices. Many years ago, a sage Master Chief advised the graduating class of ITs that when we have a choice at the crossroads, the most difficult path is generally the best decision. From the words of old, it is the straight and narrow path that leads to life. The American poet Robert Frost added, “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” In ethical quandaries when we must choose between competing courses of action, the best choice is usually the one marked by sacrifice and

delayed gratification. In agreement, Helen Keller noted, “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” Commitment is the execution of orders, excellence in job performance, perseverance under duress, and a dogged attitude. When it comes to lawfully directed tasks, commitment does not back out, back up, or back down under pressure. Commitment adopts a spirit of unstoppable determination as exemplified in the motivational quote by Lieutenant General “Chesty” Puller at the Battle of Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War: “They are in front of us, behind us, and we are flanked on both sides by an enemy that outnumbers us 29:1. They can’t get away from us now!” This is the moral power of commitment to adapt and overcome insurmountable odds. Virtually nothing can stop us if we have commitment. Not marital discord, financial difficulties, alcohol abuse, or personality conflicts on the job can get the better of us if we have honor, courage, and commitment working for us. In a word, the core values of the Fleet Marine Forces leverage the necessary moral fortitude to meet the challenges of headline news in the military today. The reinforcement of these virtues in

training evolutions, sea stories, and battlespaces promises the recovery of our moral focus. The spirit of the Marine Corps motto Semper Fidelis emphasizes that we are to be “always faithful” to honor, courage, and commitment in making the right choices for the right reasons at the right times. And standing by those reasonable and responsible choices reflects a strength of character and a discipline of action that support the priority of ethics in the military. The Navy Ethos upholds the priority of ethics with the simple but unforgettable norm: “Integrity is the foundation of our conduct.” The ancient philosopher Socrates in Plato’s Republic reminds us of ethics’ relevancy then and now: “We are discussing no small matter, but how we ought to live.” Ethics assumes the minimal baseline of the law yet exceeds the basic standards of common decency and informs “how we ought to live” in accord with the noblest ideals known to humankind. Living every day with honor, courage, and commitment is the inspirational calling of ethics that will unquestionably make for a better Profession of Arms and thus a safer world. *CREDO was established in 1971 as a Navy program facilitated by Chaplains to help enhance the quality of life for military members and their families through effective life skills and strategies by way of inspirational retreats, workshops, and classes.

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Oceana Commanding Officer, Capt. Bob Holmes. “It ensures NAS Oceana’s supported commands have mission-capable aircraft at all times, enabling squadrons like VFA-83 to meet rigorous operational and training requirements.” A critical part of NAS Oceana’s safety measures, the Hush House also has the capability to contain accidental fuel spills, fire, and debris from any accidents that could potentially result from the testing process. “Over the years, we have averaged approximately 30 aircraft turns per month,” says Davis. “We have performed more than 7,000 aircraft maintenance evolutions… And being the only certified open shoot facility onboard this station, we have also provided support for the Fleet Readiness Center’s Non-Destructive Inspection Lab to perform approximately 90 aircraft x-rays in the hangar to date.” Davis has worked at the Hush House since it first opened in 2002, starting out as a Third Shift Supervisor and then becoming the Facility Manager in 2017. Prior to his tenure at

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STOVL variant, and the ability to complete this procedure successfully allows FRC East to support this critical workload,” said FRCE Commanding Officer Col. Thomas A. Atkinson. “Standing up this strategic capability positions FRC East as a readiness multiplier for the future of Marine Corps aviation, and I’m proud of the hard work and dedication shown by the team in achieving verification of the process and returning the first laser shock peened F-35 aircraft to the fleet.” FRCE completed construction on a $6 million, purpose-built laser shock peening facility in August 2019, and inducted the first F-35 to undergo the procedure in June 2020. Achieving the verification milestone required a cooperative effort by a multidisciplinary team that spans FRCE, the F-35 Joint Program Office, the aircraft manufacturer and the contractors that developed and conduct the laser peening procedure. “The big picture here is that we set up a capability that has never been stood up before. We made STOVL history by completing verification of the laser shock peening procedure on the first Marine Corps aircraft inducted for the modification and returned to the fleet,” said Jeanie Holder, the F-35 Joint Program Office induction manager at FRCE. “As our local enterprise, we accomplished a lot to get the building stood up, get the equipment set up, and then roll the first aircraft into something that has never been done before.” Ike Rettenmair, the interim Fixed Wing Division director at FRCE, said he agreed the teamwork between the venture’s stakeholders — FRC East, the F-35 Joint Program Office, Lockheed Martin, Curtiss-Wright Surface Technologies and Northrup Grumman Corporation — helped make the effort successful.

the Hush House, the Tennessee native retired from the Navy as a chief aviation machinist mate. After spending a significant portion of his career working in squadrons at NAS Oceana, and deploying worldwide no less than six times, Davis brings a wealth of institutional and technical knowledge to the facility and the visiting squadrons. And his passion for his work is apparent. “After 22 years active service, I was at first reluctant to take on the role of leadership and responsibility so soon after leaving the military. However, I was eventually convinced that it would be a good move,” concedes Davis. “Working here filled a void I did not know I had. You reconnect with something you love. The camaraderie and sense of belonging, and serving a higher purpose.” Since the facility opened under Davis’ watch, the Hush House has supported a wide variety of military aircraft, including the AV-8B Harrier, the F-15 Eagle, the E-2 Hawkeye, the A-6 Intruder, and EA-6 Prowler outside, on its high power test pads. Inside, the Hush House has supported the F-14 Tomcat, F/A-18A-D Hornet, and the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet. “We have a great partnership between the working entities, and that makes all the difference,” he added. Brent Dane, director of laser technology at Curtiss-Wright, said the company is proud to be part of this milestone. “Curtiss-Wright Surface Technology takes great pride in our contributions to returning the first laser peened F-35B to active service and we look forward to continued support of the F-35 fleet with this unique laser strengthening process,” he said. “With the ever growing applications of this technology to critical military assets, we are honored to contribute to our nation’s defense and to help guard the safety of the warfighter.” Having the laser shock peening process verified means FRCE and its partners conducted the modification for the first time and was then troubleshot, streamlined and improved, said Wes Klor, overhaul and repair supervisor on the F-35 modification line at FRCE. “Our team got in there and completed the modification according to the engineering instruction, found any issues or trouble spots and documented these areas,” Klor explained. “The artisans will take the instructions and work them, step by step, until they get to a point where they see an area for correction or improvement,” he continued. “Then they work with engineering to make changes to the engineering instruction on the spot and test out these solutions. Finally, they repeat the entire process successfully.” Verification validates the engineering instruction, the tooling, the supply system and other factors associated with the process, noted Scott Nelson, F-35 Joint Program Office induction manager at FRCE. “Verification makes the process repeatable,” he said. “You could take that instruction now and go complete this modification anywhere in the world if you had an LSP facility because all the steps are correct and in the right order. You

211116-N-AC802-0121 VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Nov. 16, 2021) Sailors assigned to the“Rampagers” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 conduct engine maintenance in the hush house onboard Naval Air Station Oceana. A hush house is an acoustical enclosure built fo reduce noise exposure during engine maintenance operations. (US NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS MEGAN WOLLAM/RELEASED)

have everything you need to do it.” The verification marks FRCE as the first and only facility in the world to capable of conducting the laser shock peening modification on an F-35 aircraft; a second facility, Ogden Air Logistics Complex at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is scheduled to come online in the near future, and FRCE has served as a model for successful standup, Holder said. “We found all the potholes. We have broken ground for them to be able to fall in behind us and not have to do it the hard way,” she said. “It was always intended for FRC East to lead the way.” The Air Force facility has even sent members of its workforce to observe and learn from the work done at FRCE, Rettenmair added. “They’ve sent artisans here to see what we do,” he said. “They’ve sent planners and business office staff just to learn from this laser shock peening verification effort, and we’re willing to reach out to them and help them be successful.” The skill and enthusiasm of the artisans on FRCE’s F-35 modification line make this type of success possible at the depot and beyond, Rettenmair added. “The commitment of the team is unmatched,” he said. “The F-35 team as a whole is just hard to touch, with their loyalty and dedication to the success of the program. It’s great to see.” All told, almost 15,000 labor hours went into verifying the process, Holder said, which sets FRCE up for success when it comes to working laser shock peening modifications for select F-35B aircraft in the future. “This is going to be a major part of the FRC East F-35 workload for the next five to seven years,” she explained. “FRC East is the only facility that can do it besides the complex at Ogden, which will be providing the service on a limited, overflow basis because of their work on the F-35A, which is the conventional takeoff and landing variant flown by the Air Force. So it’s huge. Truly, in my opinion, it is a big deal.”

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“The USS Constitution Museum is honored to welcome Commander Billie J. Farrell, 77th Commanding Officer of USS Constitution,” USS Constitution Museum President and CEO Anne Grimes Rand said. “This is an exciting time in Boston with a female mayor and a female captain for Old Ironsides. Women have been represented in Constitution’s crew since I joined the museum staff in 1986, and the first female officer came aboard in 1996.” The first female commissioned officer to serve aboard USS Constitution was Lt. Cmdr. Claire V. Bloom, who served as an executive officer and led the historic 1997 sail, the first time Old Ironsides sailed under her own power since 1881. The first female crew member was Rosemarie Lanam, an enlisted Sailor, who joined USS Constitution’s crew in 1986. Today women comprise more than one third of the 80-person crew. USS Constitution is the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat and played a crucial role in the Barbary Wars and the War of 1812, actively defending sea lanes from 1797 to 1855. The active-duty Sailors stationed aboard USS Constitution provide free tours and offer public visitation as they support the ship’s mission of promoting the Navy’s history and maritime heritage and raising awareness of the importance of a sustained naval presence. USS Constitution was undefeated in battle and destroyed or captured 33 opponents. The ship earned the nickname of Old Ironsides during the war of 1812 when British cannonballs were seen bouncing off the ship’s wooden hull.

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First Baby of 2022 Gina and Joshua Steitzer welcomed their new son, Isaac, at 4:34 a.m., Jan. 6, 2022. PAGE B6

Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Adam McGreevy, left, Chief Boatswain’s Mate Erick Chavez, center, and Seaman Michael Burkus, right, pose for a photo on a rigid-hull inflatable boat aboard the Expeditionary Sea Base USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB 3) Jan. 5. (SSGT VICTOR MANCILLA)

USS Lewis B. Puller Credited With Saving Lives of Rescued Mariners By U.S. Centcom Public Affairs BAHRAIN — U.S. Navy personnel serving on expeditionary sea base platform ship USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB 3) called upon their training and teamwork recently to save injured mariners in the Gulf of Oman. The rescue effort occurred on Dec. 15, when U.S. Navy patrol craft USS Sirocco (PC 6) observed mariners in distress and immediately rendered assistance while conducting a counter-narcotics patrol. Sailors from Sirocco safely rescued five mariners injured in the explosion. The injured mariners, who identified themselves as Iranian citizens, were later transported to Puller. Two patients were flown by helicopter to Oman for medical treatment, and the other three mariners were later transported to Oman for eventual repatriation. “The entire crew, both military and civilian mariners, stepped up to perform incredibly that day,” said Capt. Richard G. Burgess, Puller’s commanding officer. “Our team did not waiver for a moment, and acted with profes-

sionalism and compassion to save lives.” Prior to the explosion, international maritime forces suspected the vessel of transporting illicit drugs and later recovered illicit drugs, estimated worth a total of $14.7 million, from the wreckage. Sirocco was operating as part of Combined Task Force (CTF) 150, one of three task forces under Combined Maritime Forces, the world’s largest naval partnership. As Sirocco rescued the mariners from the wreckage, Puller’s crew readied the deck to triage the injured mariners. Once received, Puller’s medical personnel worked urgently to stabilize the patients and arrange for rapid air transportation to advanced care. Crew members from across the U.S. who serve together on the forward-deployed Puller recalled strong feelings of pride for their work that day. • Chief Boatswain’s Mate Erick Chavez, of Fraser, Mich., said the crew maintained a steel resolve during the chaotic rescue. “We had to think on the fly, outside of the box,” Chavez said. “As we approached, we

had this burning boat here and you know the adrenaline starts to pump up.” • Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Adam McGreevy, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., said the crew’s quick thinking and teamwork overcame a difficult rescue to hoist the survivors onto Puller’s deck. “It’s a great feeling, you join the military to help people and it’s a great satisfaction when you do,” McGreevy said. • Seaman Michael Burkus, of Columbus, Ga., said he remains inspired by the whole crew effort. “Anytime you are able to get in and help somebody, no matter what nationality they may be, no matter what part of the world you’re in, it is always great to know your efforts have helped others,” Burkus said. • Aviation Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Juan Toncoso Jr., of Brownsville, Tex., described feeling calm confidence during the rescue where “everything was focused on using our training and doing the things we needed to do to assist.” • Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Seth

Naval Special Warfare Celebrates 60th Anniversary of SEAL Teams By Naval Special Warfare Command Public Affairs SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Naval Special Warfare Command (NSWC) rang in the New Year with a celebration of their own as this month marks sixty years since the establishment of the first SEAL teams. Recognizing the need for an increase in special forces and unconventional warfare during the Vietnam War, President Kennedy directed the Secretary of Defense to increase and reorient U.S. special forces and unconventional warfare units in a speech to Congress, May 25, 1961. “Our nation’s Naval commandos celebrate the 60th anniversary of the SEAL teams this week with President John F. Kennedy’s order to establish SEAL Team 1 and 2 in January 1962,” said Rear Adm. H.W. Howard III, commander, NSWC. “We’re reminded of the legacy that set our standard and the heroes whose shoulders we stand upon today.” Within eight months, preexisting Underwater Demolition Teams provided the manpower required to establish the first SEAL teams at Naval Amphibious Base (NAB) Coronado, California, and NAB Little Creek, Virginia, Jan. 1, 1962. Their mission was to conduct unconventional Turn to 60th Anniversary, Page 7

Linton, of Lakeland, Fla., worked on the medical team whose actions directly saved one of the most critical patients. “This is real life stuff going on, we got a ship that had burned and people were in the water.” Linton said. “It was great to see everybody work to accomplish this one goal and know it saved lives.” Puller is forward-deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations to extend U.S. Naval Forces Central Command’s maritime reach in 5th Fleet, by supporting a wide variety of missions including counter-piracy operations, maritime security operations, humanitarian aid, disaster relief and crisis response operations. The 5th Fleet area of operations encompasses about 2.5 million square miles of water area and includes the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Red Sea and parts of the Indian Ocean. The expanse is comprised of 21 countries and includes three critical choke points at the Strait of Hormuz, the Suez Canal and the Strait of Bab al Mandeb at the southern tip of Yemen.

COVID-19 Triage Testing surges at Naval Hospital Bremerton By Douglas Stutz

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BREMERTON, WA, — The New Year prompted new responsiveness needs with the on-going pandemic at Naval Hospital Bremerton (NHB) and other Puget Sound Military Health System military treatment facilities. The Omicron variant of the highly-infectious COVID virus has brought a surge of patients requesting symptomatic COVID-19 testing at NHB, as well as Madigan Army Medical Center and Naval Health Clinic Oak Harbor. Over 100 patients came through NHB’s Urgent Care Clinic (UCC) COVID Triage in the first five hours to be tested, Jan. 3, 2022. The patient influx caused congested traffic, impeded parking for those with scheduled appointments and taxed a limited staff already stretched thin to provide timely support to those in need. As a result, NHB’s UCC is limiting testing services to active duty personnel assigned to units with no testing resources; beneficiaries over age 50; and those with symptoms severe enough to require medical evaluation and the need to be seen by a physician. (COURTESY GRAPHIC)

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Training our inner cave dweller to accentuate the positive By Lisa Smith Molinari Apparently, I haven’t evolved all that much. No, I don’t grunt. My knuckles don’t drag on the ground. I don’t wear animal skins. I feel no cravings for capybara meat or palm nuts. I’m not suffering from intestinal parasites, at least that I know of. And I don’t have the urge to beat my husband, Francis, over the head with a club. Well, maybe sometimes. But according to science, I have “negativity bias” just like my Paleolithic ancestors did two million years ago. Although modern people are highly evolved when compared to early humans, we all inherited cognitive biases that, though outdated, served our prehistoric predecessors well. One of those outdated tendencies is the inclination to spend more time fretting over negative information. When today’s humans are exposed to both negative and positive information of equal importance, we focus on and remember the negative over the positive. In modern society where most people have adequate shelter, food, and protection from sabretooth tigers, it doesn’t make much sense to behave this way. However, prehistoric people paid more attention to negative information because it was a matter of life or death. Although we no longer need negativity bias to survive, it continues to control our behavior. Today’s news organizations are aware of this, which is why they feed us a 24/7 diet

of bad news. “If it bleeds, it leads,” they say, justifying overly-negative news coverage by way of newspapers, magazines, television, radio, and the internet. We also feed our own fears, consuming more books, television, and movies involving drama and turmoil than positive themes. During the pandemic, scientists have been looking at the affect negative information has on our health. Those who consume a lot of negative news or engage in internet “doom scrolling” show evidence of cognitive distortions, have more nightmares, and are more prone to PTSD, anxiety and depression. Furthermore, consuming negative information also increases our risk of heart attack. Ironically, this bad news makes me want to go hide in a cave. All joking aside, these findings should be of particular concern to military families, who experience frequent unpredictability, change, and deployments. Military life is difficult enough - we shouldn’t let outdated negative biases unnecessarily add to our stress. For example, when making decisions, modern humans are still so risk-averse, we aren’t prone to taking chances, even when potential gains outweigh losses. This kept our ancestors safe from giant hyenas and poisonous berries, but it might turn a military spouse into “Debbie Downer.” We need to understand our own risk-aversion so that we don’t pass up good opportunities related to our careers, social lives, personal growth, recreation and enrichment.

Also, studies show that the ancient hunter-gathers in us are too concerned about what other people think. Back when humans needed to be accepted in order to survive, being rejected by one’s group could spell disaster — exposure, starvation, danger and certain death. Today, social rejection isn’t life-threatening, but we continue to worry about acceptance. Anyone who has ever posted a photo on social media and received many positive comments, only to lay awake at night fixating over that one negative comment, understands how self-destructive negativity bias can be. As much as we worry too much about social acceptance, our negativity bias also makes us less likely to accept others. When evaluating people as potential friends, our tendency to put more weight on negative character traits than positive ones gets in the way of relationship formation. No wonder it’s so hard to make friends after each PCS move! As military spouses, we must empower ourselves and our families with the awareness that we are hard-wired for negativity. We can actively limit our consumption of negative information, and engage in positive psychology interventions such as gratitude journaling, imagining a “best future self,” and training our brains to attend to good experiences. It would be easier if we could simply wack our prehistoric inner worry wart over the noggin. Since we can’t do that, we’ll take her gently by her hairy, calloused hand and teach her that it’s okay to trust others, take chances, make friends, laugh, dance, and enjoy life.

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By Military Onesource Help your children meet new people, try new things and have fun with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Since 1991, the military services have worked with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to provide children between ages of 6 and 18 access to Boys & Girls Clubs or Boys & Girls Club-affiliated youth centers in all 50 states and 16 countries worldwide. Whether you are active duty, reserves or National Guard, Boys & Girls Clubs offers free memberships to traditional clubs for geographically dispersed military. Through Mission: Youth Outreach, your child can be involved with high-quality programming and caring mentors. Additional fees may apply for Boys & Girls Clubs as well as programs offered at installation youth centers. The clubs and affiliated youth centers provide: A solid support network that offers a sense of belonging Ongoing relationships with caring adults A safe and healthy environment to develop lifelong skills On installation Installation youth centers worldwide are affiliated with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. In addition to their own unique programming, youth centers offer many of the same programs as traditional Boys & Girls Clubs and are available to more than 450,000 military children. This continuity of programming, such as the Youth of the Year and Keystone Clubs for leadership development, help youth make smooth transitions from installation to installation. Your children and teens can participate in national events and volunteer on the installation or in the surrounding community — in the same clubs and activities — regardless of installation. Off installation Families located off installation can also partic-

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ipate in the fun. Active-duty, National Guard and reserve children can attend a local Boys & Girls Club for free. That means your children have the same opportunities as on-installation families, with the same benefits and a chance to partake in entertaining, character-building programs. Programs Typical Boys & Girls Clubs have an arts and crafts area, gymnasium, library, game room and multipurpose room. Some clubs have swimming pools, computer learning centers, camps and outdoor play areas, too. All clubs are staffed by trained professionals. No matter where military youth participate, Boys & Girls Clubs offers specific programs just for them: Education and workforce readiness programs help children develop goals for the future by providing career exploration and unique educational opportunities. These programs include Summer Brain Gain, Computer Science Pathway and the MyFuture digital literacy program. Character and leadership programs offer opportunities for planning and decision-making to help youth become responsible, caring citizens and develop leadership skills to foster a new generation of leaders. Programs include Torch Club, the Million Members, Million Hours of Service program and the Keystone Clubs. Health and wellness programs encourage children to engage in healthy, active lifestyles that nurture their well-being and to set personal goals to improve overall well-being. Programs like SMART Moves, Healthy Habits and Passport to Manhood help develop responsibility, make good choices and engage in healthy relationships. The arts programs provide positive outlets for creative self-expression and help youth foster

creativity and develop skills in visual, performing and literary arts. Studies in music, drama and fine arts promote critical thinking, self-discipline, self-esteem, self-confidence and teamwork. Sports and recreation programs provide quality, structured sports programming designed to increase opportunities for fitness and positive use of leisure time, build interpersonal skills and reduce stress. Children and teens enjoy golf, baseball and other general fitness programs. If you are wondering about other unique opportunities through Boys & Girls Clubs, take a look at the Youth of the Year annual event. Since its beginning in 1947, this leadership program has evolved into a leadership develop program that highlights outstanding military youth who exemplify academic success, strong character and dedication to service — becoming the leaders of tomorrow. How to Participate All children of active-duty, Guard and reserve service members can take advantage of Boys & Girls Clubs programs. Families living on installation may visit their local military youth center to participate in Boys & Girls Clubs-affiliated programs. All children of geographically dispersed active-duty, Guard and reserve service members can visit the Boys & Girls Clubs Military Partnership website to search for a club to join near you. Through this partnership, children who do not live near installations may be eligible to receive free membership to their local Boys & Girls Club. Additional fees may apply for transportation, field trips and other supplemental activities. To learn more about free membership through Mission: Youth Outreach, call 404-487-5355.


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Navy Restores, Reopens Chiget Beach for Public Use By Shaina Marie Oneal

Joint Region Marianas Public Affairs

ASAN, Guam — U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Joint Region Marianas, and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) leadership gathered for a ribbon cutting ceremony at Chiget Beach in Tinian, Dec. 22. The event commemorated the official reopening of Chiget Beach for public use. The beach and its surrounding areas were part of a battleground during World War II and subsequently became the Tinian Mortar

Range, which was used as a military training facility until 1994. Access to the beach was restricted due to the potential hazard for unexploded ordnance. Site surveys and studies were conducted in 2017 to determine if any environmental or munition hazards were present in the Chiget beach area, access path from the main road, and within the shallow water embayment. No environmental hazards were detected during these extensive surveys and the only munitions debris discovered were from small arms. A total of 350 lbs. of metallic debris was removed from the area. Following the

site surveys and cleanup efforts, Chiget beach was deemed safe for public recreational use. Joint Region Marianas Commander Rear Adm. Benjamin Nicholson thanked CNMI leadership and government partners for the collaborative efforts that led to the reopening of the beach. “I think it’s a perfect example of how much we have grown our partnership over the years, and the incredible feats we can accomplish when we work together,” he said. “I look forward to a continued working relationship with the CNMI government, CBMA (CNMI Bureau of Military

Affairs), BECQ (Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality), and the Tinian Mayor’s Office to ensure public safety and the complete the investigation of the entire mortar range.” CNMI Gov. Ralph DLG Torres expressed his appreciation to the Department of Defense (DoD) for their partnership. “The re-opening of Chiget Beach for public access is a hallmark of the progress we have made through the strong partnership we have with DoD,” he said. “The long road we have taken to make it here has been filled with individuals of exemplary character in seeing the long-promised clean-up of Chiget a reality and I thank our DoD partners for their commitment to completing this project,” expressed Gov. Torres. “Our islands provide the nations with the training our military requires to remain strong, but I believe it’s the work such as these we see today and keeping promises and helping to build our islands together that is the true showcase of our nation’s strength.”

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Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP) Fall Engagement Program (NFE) student, Stefan Didoszak, a sophomore at University of Michigan-Dearborn majoring in computer engineering, discusses“Digital Twins,” which allow the Navy to simulate and understand different types of failures through software, aiding in research and current issues. Students presented their NREIP final projects at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Philadelphia Division (NSWCPD) in early December 2021. (COURTESY PHOTO)

NSWCPD’s Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program Fall Engagement Program Participants Provide Virtual Presentations By Gary Ell

Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia Division Public Affairs

UNITED STATES — The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Philadelphia Division (NSWCPD) hosted a series of virtual presentations from the Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP) Fall Engagement Program (NFE) on Dec. 10, 2021. The 50+ virtual participants observed four intriguing student presentations including “Designing an Unmanned Mobile Docking Mothership that provides recharging for Unmanned Air and Underwater Vehicles” and “Evaluating Electro-catalysts for Oxidation of Ethylene,” among others. The NFE program offered students who applied for the NREIP but did not intern over summer 2021 at a Department of the Navy laboratory, an opportunity to participate in the program during the fall, under the mentorship of NSWCPD engineers and scientists. The program enabled participation from academically talented college students, graduating seniors, and graduate students pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers the chance to learn about naval research and technology. “This year’s program included 19

students from 18 different universities across 11 states. The projects that the students complete are largely designed to be multi-disciplinary, pushing students to determine how their specific and differing backgrounds and experiences can best serve the project. This year’s cohort included students from 10 different science and engineering majors,” said NSWCPD STEM Outreach Program Manager Tristan Wolfe. The NREIP Fall Engagement students worked on teams such as the: • Unmanned Vessel Design Team • Energy Storage Research Team • Mean Time To Repair (MTTR) Remote Machinery Monitoring, Maintenance, & Repair Team • Evaluation of Electro-catalysts for Oxidation of Ethylene Team From a timeline perspective, though students only spent 40 hours engaged in research activities, they received mentorships from many NSWCPD departments and divisions. The presentations represented a detailed analysis of their respective subjects. “I’m always excited to see how the students steer and provide value to these projects in unexpected ways. I often find myself forming questions that are ultimately answered during the presentations. That seems like a little thing, but to me it indicates that they’ve

put some serious thought into the technical details of their projects,” said Wolfe, adding, ”I’m never asking softball questions like, ‘What was your favorite part of this project?’ I’m impressed by what they accomplished under a limited timeline, coordinating across multiple time zones, while simultaneously going to school.” “I really enjoyed the NREIP program,” said Stefan Didoszak, a sophomore at University of Michigan-Dearborn majoring in computer engineering. “In my two years participating with the NREIP program, I was able to work with a handful of students from around the country and work with great mentors, who had great insight.” Didoszak had the opportunity to complete the Navy’s Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) in high school. That eight-week summer program enabled him to learn about naval research and technology, preparing him for the NREIP program. “I feel that after two years of participating as a fall Intern for NREIP has solidified my pursuit of working for the Department of Defense (DoD), and I hope to experience the full internship next summer. This year I learned about Digital Twins, which allow the Navy to simulate and understand different types of failures through software, aiding in research and current issues,” said Didoszak.

Didoszak participated on the MTTR Team, mentored by NSWCPD’s Nick Scarpato and Cassie Miller. The team researched common and critical naval machinery systems and sensor systems currently installed on manned ships and recommended maintenance cycles for these systems. They also reviewed repair procedures and provided recommendations for increased monitoring, as well as for reduced and remote maintenance and repair of common and critical naval machinery systems. The student team leader was Shawn Araki and team members included Benjamin Stimac, Ishmail Koroma, Brianna Hewlett and Didoszak. “The NREIP Fall Program is worth it for those who weren’t accepted for the summer internships, as it gives you experience with NREIP, and it also gives you opportunities to work with students and faculty from around the country. It also is a benefit that you can complete it during school. Those who complete NREIP will ultimately learn how the DoD utilizes its facilities, the complexity of work, as well as a variety of careers to pursue,” Didoszak added. NREIP is a competitive program with over 800 placements in 47 laboratories around the country in which many participants go on to careers within DoD. Interns are selected based upon academic achievement, personal statements, recommendations, and career and research interests. For more information about these projects or mentorships, contact NSWCPD_STEM@ navy.mil NSWCPD employs approximately 2,800 civilian engineers, scientists, technicians, and support personnel. The NSWCPD team does the research and development, test and evaluation, acquisition support, and in-service and logistics engineering for the non-nuclear machinery, ship machinery systems, and related equipment and material for Navy surface ships and submarines. NSWCPD is also the lead organization providing cybersecurity for all ship systems.

Navy Extends Boot Camp Training to 10 Weeks By Naval Service Training Command Public Affairs GREAT LAKES, Ill. - Recruit Training Command (RTC), the Navy’s enlisted boot camp, has extended the duration of its basic military training (BMT) program from eight to 10 weeks. Recruits who arrived Jan. 3 and thereafter will be enrolled in the 10-week BMT program. “We’ve added more leadership and professional development to the basic training toolkit, which Sailors can rely on throughout their careers,” said Rear Adm. Jennifer Couture, commander, Naval Service Training Command. “This additional training reinforces character development with a warfighting spirit so our Navy is strong, lethal and ready.” “Sailor for Life,” a new training phase in the additional two weeks, provides recruits with more training in mentorship, smallunit leadership, advanced Warrior Toughness training, and professional and personal development through the Navy’s MyNavy Coaching initiative. “The additions were the result of fleet feedback and the hard work of all the staff here at RTC and throughout the Navy,” said Lt. Cmdr. Katy Bock, military training director, Recruit Training Command. “Every recruit now graduates with more tools and skills to make them more effective and combat ready Sailors.”

A recruit chief petty officer stands at the lead of her formation before their pass-in-review graduation ceremony at Recruit Training Command. More than 40,000 recruits train annually from the Navy’s only boot camp. (US NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 1ST CLASS SPENCER FLING)

Recruit Training Command continually builds on what it means to be a basically trained Sailor. The 10-week BMT program

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Sailor coaches wrestling to come out on top By Petty Officer 1st Class James Turner

Navy Recruiting Command Public Affairs

SMYRNA, Ga. — “Coaching is unlocking a person’s potential to maximize their growth,” John Whitmore, author of Coaching for Performance, said. This philosophy parallels with the mission of Navy Talent Acquisition Group (NTAG) Atlanta. Civilians across the country join the Navy to better themselves and unlock their maximum potential. The Navy can provide a multitude of opportunities that can set an individual up for success. Equipment Operator 1st Class Charles Coleman joined the Navy out of Cartersville in 2005 hoping to maximize his potential. When Coleman joined the Navy, he did not realize that a passion he had in high school would be beneficial in his career as a Sailor. That passion is wrestling. He discovered the sport while trying to find something to do during the football off season. Wrestling eventually taught Coleman several life lessons that he still carries with him to this day. “Wrestling teaches you to overcome adversity,” Coleman said. “You have to learn from your mistakes and improve yourself every day. You can’t just hide and not put in the work, because it will show on the mat. Without the lessons I learned and my coach pushing me to my limits, I don’t think I would have overcame some of the obstacles I have faced in life.” In August of 2021, Coleman visited Temple High School on the first day of school for a meet and greet with students and school faculty and staff. It was supposed to be a regular school visit for Coleman, but little did he know he was about to reconnect with his long lost passion. The first person Coleman met was John Garner, the wrestling coach at Temple High. Coleman told Garner he used to wrestle and spoke about his background and knowledge of the sport. He knew he wanted to somehow get involved again so he asked Garner if they could use a volunteer coach. To Coleman’s surprise, Coach Garner offered him a volunteer coaching position at Temple High School. “You can tell when you meet people if they have a spark for the sport,” Garner said. “I am a very passionate guy and I could tell he matched my level of enthusiasm and passion for the sport. It’s the same level that I look for in our wrestlers. Petty officer Coleman is a self-motivated individual and he’s the type of guy that sees something that needs to be done and he just gets it done.” After taking a certification course through the Georgia High School Association, which taught him the principles of coaching as well as a refresher first aid class,

Equipment Operator 1st Class Charles Coleman, a recruiter assigned to Navy Talent Acquisition Group Atlanta, is featured as Recruiter in the Spotlight. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Coleman was officially authorized to be a volunteer coach. “I didn’t realize how much I missed it until our first match,” said Coleman. “I missed the atmosphere and the competition. During the match, I had butterflies and felt like I was about to step out on the mat again. I feel their excitement when they win and disappointment when they lose.” Coleman currently volunteers 20-30 hours a week training and mentoring the athletes. He typically goes straight to practice after work and sometimes has to get up as early as three in the morning to make it to a match. His love for the sport and newly discovered passion of coaching is what keeps him going. “Petty officer Coleman goes above and beyond at matches and practices to ensure that we are filling the wrestling learning gaps that the kids have,” said Garner. “He makes a point to be in their corner. As the kids come off the mat at a match, I’m

usually rolling into another match with one of our other wrestlers. He takes them aside afterward and tells them what they did good and what they can improve on. If he’s not there they notice. It’s because he has built relationships with them individually and not only through wrestling but through goal setting after high school.” Coleman strives to help every individual unlock their potential and to maximize their growth both on and off the mat. He uses his passion for a sport to connect with the wrestlers and dedicates his off duty hours to mentor and guide them to success. “Watching the kids not only improve as wrestlers but as young men and women is rewarding,” said Coleman. “I coach because I want to be able to teach young men and women how to overcome adversity in their lives, to hold their heads high, learn from their mistakes and continue to push forward. Hard work will always pay off in the end. I remembered the impact

my coaches had on me and I am happy to be able to pay it forward.” NTAG Atlanta’s leadership encourages Sailors to be involved in their community to help build recruiting relationships, foster positive community connections and volunteer where Sailors skillsets can make a difference. NTAG Atlanta’s area of responsibility includes more than 35 Navy Recruiting Stations and Navy Officer Recruiting Stations spread throughout 82,000 square miles of Georgia, Alabama and parts of Florida. Navy Recruiting Command consists of a command headquarters, three Navy Recruiting Regions, 26 NTAGs and 64 Talent Acquisition Onboarding Centers that serve more than 1,000 recruiting stations around the world. Their mission is to attract the highest quality candidates to assure the ongoing success of America’s Navy.

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The aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) completes the first scheduled explosive event of Full Ship Shock Trials while underway in the Atlantic Ocean, June 18, 2021. (MC3 ZACHARY MELVIN)

Gerald R. Ford’s Commanding Officer Reflects on 2021 By Petty Officer 2nd Class Zachary Melvin

USS Gerald R. Ford Public Affairs NEWPORT NEWS, VA — The crew of USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) faced many tests and trials during 2021, and true to form, they accomplished even more than what was expected. Capt. Paul Lanzilotta, Ford’s commanding officer, highlights some of Ford’s most memorable and successful accomplishments this year. For the first eight months of the year, Ford completed Post-Delivery Test and Trials (PDT&T) and the historic Full Ship Shock Trials (FSST), before transiting to Newport News Shipyard in late August to commence a six-month Planned Incremental Availability (PIA). “This crew displayed a phenomenal amount of resiliency and proficiency during each phase of our operational development,” said Lanzilotta. “While navigating COVID-era difficulties, we were able to get underway during six separate months this year and demonstrate what it means to be undeniably excellent.” Ford commenced Independent Steaming Event (ISE) 15 on Jan. 28, conducting various drills and system tests as part of PDT&T and continuing carrier qualifications (CQ) for fleet replacement squadron pilots and student naval aviators. “The crew made history during that underway when the “Gladiators” of VFA-106 completed the first use of the F/A-18’s Precision Landing Mode during

initial CQ on an East Coast aircraft carrier,” Lanzilotta noted. “We harnessed a fusion of capabilities, PLM coupled with Ford’s revolutionary Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) and Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG), and showcased the future of Naval Aviation.” During ISE 17 in March, Ford’s combat systems team completed phase 2A of Combat Systems Ship’s Qualification Trials (CSSQT), participating in multiple complex evolutions to demonstrate their proficiency in operating the warship’s defensive systems. They executed radar tracking exercises, Close-In Weapon System engagements against high-speed maneuvering surface targets and succeeded in tactical dual-air detect-to-engage operations against Hawker Hunter aircraft. Phase 2A was very important to the Apr. 17 completion of CSSQT where test evaluators noted, “the crew crushed it, firing off four missiles [two RIM-116 and two ESSM], and all of them were conducted with precision control by the combat direction center watch teams.” “CSSQT was a live-fire, hands-on opportunity to prove the self-defense capability of this fine warship. We always intend to use our embarked air wing to influence our adversaries at great ranges from the ship, but if they’re able to get a shot at us, this event showed our crew the formidable nature of our organic weapons,” said Lanzilotta. “Even in my early days as Commanding Officer, it was apparent to me that the crew takes tremendous pride and owner-

ship in the execution our warfare areas, and I could not be more proud of our Sailors during these historic accomplishments.” Additionally, during April’s ISE 18, Ford conducted the second round of fully-integrated operations with Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 12 and executed basic-phase level training events which typically don’t occur until a CSG officially commences work-ups for deployment. CSG-integrated operations included the participation of all warfare commanders, to include a Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 2 guided-missile cruiser, USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81), which had recently returned from deployment. In an interview with reporters, Lanzilotta commented on the multiple scenarios the CSG team executed during ISE 18, stating “one of the things that I took away, maybe an evolutionary or even revolutionary step forward for Ford-class, is the command and control that’s built into the ship — the internal communications coupled with external communications, how we operate as the ship’s company within the carrier strike group command and control structure, how that information flows in terms of passing targets from one weapons system to another. We’ve been able to do all of that, which is more than just a single target coming in very predictably and shot out of the sky; we certainly did that, but we took that up a level and were able to see how the command and control setup on the Ford-class, I think, is a step up and more smooth, more efficient than the previous ship class.” Each ISE played a pivotal role in complet-

ing the necessary testing of many of the ship’s “first-in-class” systems, to include the accumulation of 8,157 catapult launches and arrested landings on EMALS and AAG, and were crucial to laying the foundation of training and readiness that will ensure the crew sees continued success in 2022. Following the successful completion of PDT&T, Ford executed an arduous threemonth schedule to complete FSST. “The summer of 2021 should forever be known as ‘boom time,’ ” joked Lanzilotta. “This phenomenal crew withstood the shock of three 40,000 lb. charges - each progressively closer to the ship than the last - sustaining zero significant casualties. The crew’s expertise in damage control and ship handling was evident by the way they fought the ship - every crew member was in the right place at the right time and ensured that we were able to sail back to Norfolk on our own power. There is no denying that Ford is shock proven.” With the accomplishments of 2021 in the history books, and PIA more than halfway complete, Lanzilotta said the crew has already started shifting gears back to an operational mindset. “Crew Cert III is coming up soon with dock trials to follow, and because of the tremendous work from the Sailors and Newport News shipbuilders, Ford is on schedule to depart the yards on time, execute sea trials, and return to our homeport of Norfolk early next year,” said Lanzilotta. Lanzilotta added that he is exceedingly impressed with the work-ethic and dedication from the crew throughout this year. “The crew’s efforts are what make Warship 78 so great,” said Lanzilotta. “I can’t wait to be a part of what accomplishments this mighty warship and her crew achieve in 2022.” Ford is inport at Newport News Shipyard executing PIA, a six-month period of modernization, maintenance, and repairs.

First Baby Welcomed at Naval Hospital Bremerton By Douglas Stutz

Naval Hospital Bremerton Public Affairs

BREMERTON, WASH. — Gina and Joshua Steitzer welcomed their new son, Isaac, at 4:34 a.m., Jan. 6, 2022. Isaac was the first baby born in the New Year at Naval Hospital Bremerton’s Northwest Beginnings Family Birth Center to proud parents Gina and Joshua. Isaac weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces, and is 20 inches long. “We walked in, and 45 minutes later our baby was out. The staff here were absolutely amazing,” said Joshua, a chief damage controlman assigned to USS Nimitz (CVN 68). “Thanks to the staff for all their support,” added Gina. Isaac is joining older brother Joshua, age 4, who has been aware of the expected birth, but hasn’t had the opportunity yet to see his new sibling. “He’s excited. He knew he was coming,” Joshua said. Gina and Joshua will be assisted on the home front by Joshua’s parent arriving in from Green Bay, Wis. The Steitzers were presented with celebratory gift basket from the Naval Hospital Bremerton staff. Both mother and baby are doing well. The Labor and Delivery staff was busy providing support for new parents throughout December. There were 12 new babies in the final month of 2021. Overall, Naval Hospital Bremerton recorded 196 births for 2021, for an average of over 16 per month.

Gina and Joshua Steitzer welcomed their new son, Isaac, at 4:34 a.m., Jan. 6, 2022. Isaac was the first baby born in the New Year at Naval Hospital Bremerton’s Northwest Beginnings Family Birth Center to proud parents Gina and Joshua, chief damage controlman assigned to USS Nimitz (CVN 68). (COURTESY PHOTO)


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60th Anniversary from Page 1

With the Omicron variant of the highly-infectious COVID virus bringing a surge of patients requesting symptomatic COVID-19 testing at Naval Hospital Bremerton, the Urgent Care Clinic is limiting testing services to active duty personnel assigned to units with no testing resources; beneficiaries over age 50; and those with symptoms severe enough to require medical evaluation and the need to be seen by a physician. (COURTESY PHOTO)

COVID-19 from Page 1

Lt. Cmdr. Mia Jin, NHB public health emergency officer (PHEO), attests that the caveat which all eligible beneficiaries need to consider if they need a COVID test is if they feel ill enough to visit their medical provider for the same request. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, those symptoms considered severe include shortness of breath, new onset of cough, acute loss of smell/taste, fever, chills, muscle aches, headaches, sore throat, and fatigue. Asymptomatic testing support for those identified as a close contact or for official travel is still available on NHB’s Third Floor of the Family Medicine wing when ordered in advance by a medical provider. “At this time, we are not able to support testing for leisure/personal travel,” said Jin, noting that local testing resources are also available through Kitsap Public Health: https://kitsappublichealth.org/CommunityHealth/files/

COVID/COVID-TestingFacilities.pdf “When patient’s present to UCC we ask if they are wanting a provider evaluation or are they just presenting for a test and sick-in-quarters chit. We do refer to emergency departments if they are known positive COVID with worsening symptoms, having true dyspnea [difficult breathing] with shortness of breath, and any chest pain with other respiratory symptoms,” added Lt. Cmdr. Paul Flood, UCC department head and staff family physician. Dr. Dan Frederick, NHB population health officer and PHEO stressed that being administered a COVID-19 vaccine continues to be the best tool to protect against the disease. “Getting vaccinated for COVID provides the best means to help stop the virus and its variants,” Frederick said. Towards that end, NHB offers — by appointment - the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to all eligible beneficiaries age 5 and older, as well as vaccine booster shot: https://bremerton.tricare.mil/Patient-Resources/-COVID-19-Vaccine

warfare, counter-guerrilla warfare and clandestine operations. “As we urgently adapt and innovate to meet new threats and missions of greater complexity and risk, we honor the stewardship, integrity, grit and gallantry that the founding members of our community demonstrated in their service,” said Howard. “In marking this milestone, Naval Special Warfare also celebrates our authentic and timeless team — a team anchored on earned trust, candor, creativity and resilience — a humble team with an ironclad commitment to the nation and all we serve.” The Naval Special Warfare (NSW) community’s history pre-dates the establishment of the SEAL teams by twenty years. In August 1942, the Amphibious Scouts and Raiders (Joint) and the Special Mission Naval Demolition Unit were established at Amphibious Training Base Little Creek, Virginia, to perform specific missions during Operation Torch — the allied invasion of North Africa — in November 1942. “Our community is built upon the shoulders of the warriors who came before us,” said Capt. David Abernathy, commodore, Naval Special Warfare Group 1. “The high standards, unique capabilities, strength and diversity found across the NSW community today is a direct reflection of those first SEALs who paved the way.” Capt. Donald G. Wetherbee, commodore, Naval Special Warfare Group 2, said that throughout the community’s 80-year history, naval commandos engaged in operations from the beaches of North Africa and Normandy, the islands of the Pacific, Korea and Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, to countless other areas of the world — on land and under the sea. “Today’s SEAL teams, along with other components of Naval Special Warfare,

represent a unique ability to access denied environments, providing scalable kinetic and non-kinetic effects that set the conditions to undermine adversary confidence and provide diplomatic leverage in competition, and higher end options in crisis and conflict,” said Wetherbee. “At the same time, the incredible leadership, cognitive attributes and character of our people remain the same as they did from day one of our community’s birth. I’m truly humbled to have the privilege of working with the men and women of Naval Special Warfare every day.” From Scouts and Raiders, Naval Combat Demolition Units, Operational Swimmers, Underwater Demolition Teams, and the Motor Torpedo Boat Squadrons of World War II to now SEALs, Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen (SWCC) and special development groups, Naval Special Warfare is a complex and humble community who is proud of its warfighting heritage. NSW commands will celebrate this milestone all year long by hosting events and ceremonies, as well as releasing stories and social media posts that highlight the rich history of SEAL operators to honor NSW’s proud warfighting heritage, give insight into how special operators integrate with the fleet for distributed maritime operations, and highlight the capabilities NSW assets bring to the strategic competition. Since 1962, Naval Special Warfare has been the nation’s premier maritime special operations force — a highly reliable and lethal force — always ready to conduct full-spectrum operations, unilaterally or with partners, in support of national objectives, and uniquely positioned to extend the Fleet’s reach, delivering all-domain options for Naval and joint force commanders. For more news from Naval Special Warfare Command, visit https://www.facebook.com/NavalSpecialWarfare or https:// www.nsw.navy.mil/.


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ODU Senior Named National Student Veteran of the Year by Student Veterans of America

By Joe Garvey

Katherine Martinez has made a big impact relatively quickly at Old Dominion University. She received national recognition for her efforts on Friday, when she was named the Student Veteran of the Year by the Student Veterans of America (SVA) on Friday. Martinez, the first female president of ODU’s SVA chapter, was one of 10 finalists for the award, which was presented at the 14th annual SVA national conference in Orlando, Florida. “This is great news!” said Robert Clark, ODU’s director of military activities. “I knew she was a shoo-in for the award. She has done so much in such a short period of time to help make our SVA chapter the best there is. She is a pleasure to work with.” Martinez, a senior who transferred to ODU from Tidewater Community College in the fall of 2020 and is majoring in sociology and criminal justice, was recognized for her “outstanding leadership by a student veteran during the past year,” according to the SVA. “This award represents the best of the student veteran community and the epitome of character, scholarship, and accomplishment, among today’s student veterans.” “Katherine is an exceptional student leader, and the award is well-deserved,” said Kristal Kinloch-Taylor, director of ODU’s Military Connection Center. “Katherine works tirelessly to ensure student veterans and military students have a voice on campus.” Martinez, a California native, joined the Navy in 2015 and was stationed in Norfolk. She served until 2019 as a sonar technician with duty stations aboard the USS Winston S. Churchill and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center. “I bring passion, knowledge, and experience that is beneficial to other chapters

Katherine Martinez received the award at the 14th annual SVA national conference, which was held in Orlando, Florida.

and national partners,” she said. “This includes strategies to increase diversity, equity, inclusion and cultural awareness to and for student veterans; establishing relationships to help student veterans as well as the veteran community-at-large tackle the many hurdles they face on a daily basis.” Martinez, who served as president of TCC’s SVA chapter, has been involved in serving the community on and off campus - from placing flags at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day to packing backpacks for 600 children to participating in on-campus supply drives. Her initiatives have included an Operation Legacy Project with the Travis Manion Foundation, organizing meetings with the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore and other veteran service organizations, and the Bring a Buddy event that

normalizes having an honest conversation about mental health. For three years, she was chairman for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Out of the Darkness Walk for Virginia Beach. Martinez, who lost a mentor to suicide, has served as a counselor on the Crisis Text Line. In 2020, she was among 48 students selected nationwide for G.I. Jobs 2020 Inaugural Student Veteran Leadership Awards. “Katherine exemplifies service, not only to Old Dominion, but to her community, and to student veterans,” Kim Bullington, advisor to the ODU chapter of the Student Veterans of America, wrote in a letter nominating Martinez for the SVA national award. “Her focus is on serving veterans through barriers like educational access and mental health. Her leadership has created partnerships with local organizations like Salvage

USA, Trails of Purpose, the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, Pale Horse Coffee -a locally owned veteran coffee house - VFW, HUD-VASH, and other Virginia SVA chapters. Katherine epitomizes grit; she works past incredible personal odds.” Martinez, who has served as a community outreach officer for ODU’s SVA chapter, feels that winning this award “will provide a stronger platform on a local, regional and national level.” “As a first-generation student and female veteran, I believe that my experiences and background will resonate with other student veterans, especially those who come from minoritized identities like myself,” she added. “I am a fighter, and I will continue to fight to make the experiences of student veterans better.”

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Marking over 50 years on the road, Three Dog Night maintains an aggressive, yearround touring schedule of over 90 dates a year, performing their hit filled concerts for generation-spanning audiences. Since 1986, the band has performed over 2,500 shows, including two Super Bowls.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Legendary band, Three Dog Night, now in its 5th decade, claims some of the most astonishing statistics in popular music. In the years 1969 through 1974, no other group achieved more top 10 hits, moved more records or sold more concert tickets. Now, Three Dog Night returns to the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts in Virginia Beach on Thursday, April 21 at 8 PM for an unforgettable concert experience. Tickets for Three Dog Night go on sale this Friday, January 14 at 10 AM and can be purchased at YnotTix.com or by visiting the Sandler Center Box Office located at 201 Market Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23462. Tickets are priced at $55.00, $65.00, and $79.50. To receive the exclusive presale code to purchase tickets before the general public, join the Sandler Center Cyber Club at SandlerCenter.org. The presale for this show will be Thursday, January 13, from 10 AM to 10 PM. Three Dog Night’s now-famous name refers to native Australian hunters in the outback who huddled with their dogs for warmth on cold nights; the coldest being a “three dog night.” Created in 1968 by Danny Hutton, the group’s eclectic taste, combined with their ability to recognize and record hits in a unique, distinctive, and appealing style, resulted in years of chart and sales domination. Boasting records that are virtually unmatched in popular music, Three Dog Night had 21 consecutive Top 40 hits, including 3 #1 singles, 11 Top 10’s, 18 straight Top 20’s, 7 million-selling singles and 12 straight RIAA Certified Gold LPs. The hits appeared on best-selling charts in all genres (pop, rock, and country). Their

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records continue to sell, reaching beyond the borders of the U.S. into Japan, Canada, Holland, England, Germany, Spain, and around the world. Tens of millions Three Dog Night records have been sold through the years. The band’s hits weave through the fabric


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4 Positive Changes to Make in 2022 By Family Features Before you completely overhaul the way you live, keep in mind making positive changes may just be a few simple steps away. Starting small with attainable goals can help keep you on the right track throughout the year. Drink More Water Preventing dehydration, keeping a normal body temperature and lubricating joints are all benefits of drinking enough water daily. Try carrying a reusable bottle as a reminder, choosing water over sugary drinks and opting for water when dining out. Learn to Cook If you’re not comfortable in the kitchen, start with simple recipes that don’t force you to sacrifice flavor. After all, an eating plan is easier to stick to when you enjoy the foods you’re making. For example, Baja Fish Taco Bowls take just 20 minutes for a spicy, fresh-flavored family dinner, and Mediterranean Rice Bowls with Zucchini Fritters are a satisfying step toward more meatless meals in your home. Eat More Whole Grains Skip refined grains and instead opt for whole grains like brown rice and quinoa, which offer a more complete package of

health benefits. You can be confident in options like Boil-in-Bag Brown Rice and Tri-Color Boil-in-Bag Quinoa from Success Rice, which are ready in just 10 minutes to help remove the guesswork in cooking while giving home cooks more time to focus on elevating dishes for loved ones. Make an Eating Plan Creating weekly menus can help you avoid the drive-thru by scripting meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Plus, it makes grocery shopping easier (and less frequent) by allowing you to buy all the ingredients you’ll need for the upcoming week at one time. Encourage family members to provide suggestions so the planning process doesn’t become overwhelming. Find more delicious recipe inspiration at SuccessRice.com. Mediterranean Rice Bowls with Zucchini Fritters Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Servings: 4 1 bag Success Brown Rice 2 medium zucchinis, grated 1 teaspoon salt 2 eggs 3 green onions, thinly sliced 1 tablespoon fresh dill, finely chopped 1 clove garlic, minced

½ cup all-purpose flour ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese ½ teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon ground cumin ¼ teaspoon black pepper ½ cup canola oil 2 cups diced cucumber 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved ½ cup feta, crumbled ½ cup garlic hummus Prepare rice according to package directions. In medium bowl, toss zucchinis with salt; let sit at least 10 minutes. Transfer to colander and squeeze out excess moisture. Return to bowl and stir in eggs, green onions, dill and garlic. In another bowl, stir flour, Parmesan, baking powder, cumin and pepper. Stir dry mixture into zucchini mixture and combine to form thick batter. In large skillet over medium heat, heat ¼ cup oil. Working in batches, drop 2 tablespoons batter into pan for each fritter. Cook 2-3 minutes per side until golden brown, adding remaining oil as needed. Drain on paper towel-lined tray. Divide rice between four bowls. Top each with cucumbers, tomatoes, feta and fritters. Garnish each bowl with scoop of hummus. Substitution: Hummus may be replaced

with prepared Greek tzatziki sauce, if desired. Baja Fish Taco Bowls Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes Servings: 4 2 bags Success Tri-Color Quinoa 2 tablespoons olive oil 4 white-fleshed fish fillets (5-6 ounces each) 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning ½ teaspoon salt ¾ cup plain Greek yogurt 1 tablespoon lime zest 1 teaspoon lime juice ¼ teaspoon ground cumin 4 cups packed baby kale 1 ripe avocado, halved, pitted, peeled and thinly sliced Prepare quinoa according to package directions. In large skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Season fish with Cajun seasoning and salt. Cook 2-3 minutes per side, or until fish is lightly browned and starts to flake. Set aside. In small bowl, stir yogurt, lime zest, lime juice and cumin. In medium bowl, toss quinoa with kale. Divide between four bowls. Top each with fish, sliced avocado and dollop of yogurt and lime crema. Substitutions: Taco seasoning or chili powder can be used in place of Cajun seasoning. Arugula or baby spinach may be used instead of kale.

Take a Bite of a Better-forYou Energy Booster By Family Features Whether you’re a runner, a workout warrior or simply looking for a quick pickme-up before heading to the office, graband-go foods can supply the energy you need for an active day. Skipping salty snacks and opting for nutritious options can put you ahead of the game. Due to their high carbohydrate content, sweetpotatoes provide a sustaining option both before and after exercise sessions. Plus, with antioxidants that help reduce inflammation and aid in the muscle repair process, they help both your endurance and recovery. According to the American Diabetes Association, sweetpotatoes are a “diabetes superfood” because they are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber, all of which are good for overall health and may help prevent disease. Additionally, they offer a “sweet” flavor without the added sugar. Another fun fact: the one-word spelling of “sweetpotato” was adopted by the National Sweetpotato Collaborators in 1989 in an effort to avoid confusion with the potato and yam among shippers, distributors, warehouse workers and consumers. As a versatile veggie that’s easy to add to a multitude of recipes for flavor enhancement and nutritional content, they are a key ingredient in these No-Bake Sweetpotato Coconut Ginger Energy Bites from the North Carolina SweetPotato Commission. It takes just 45 minutes to turn cooked sweetpotatoes into tasty treats for much-needed fuel for breakfast or an afternoon snack. Find more nutritious recipe ideas at ncsweetpotatoes.com. No-Bake Sweetpotato Coconut

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Ginger Energy Bites Recipe courtesy of Sarah Schlichter, MPH, RDN, on behalf of the North Carolina SweetPotato Commission Total time: 45 minutes Yield: 14 bites (1 bite per serving) 1 cup cooked sweetpotato ¾ cup rolled oats ½ cup peanut butter (or desired nut butter) 3 tablespoons honey ½ teaspoon ground ginger ½ teaspoon cinnamon

½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut In large bowl, combine sweetpotato, oats, peanut butter, honey, ginger and cinnamon; stir until well combined. Refrigerate bowl about 20 minutes to firm. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Remove dough and portion into snacksized bites. Gently roll bites in shredded coconut and refrigerate 15-20 minutes or freeze 10 minutes. Remove from refrigerator or freezer and serve.

Nutritional information per serving: 115 calories; 7 g fat (11% daily value); 3 g saturated fat (19% daily value); 1 g polysaturated fat; 2 g monosaturated fat; 49 mg sodium (2% daily value); 129 mg potassium (4% daily value); 11 g carbohydrates (4% daily value); 2 g fiber (8% daily value); 5 g sugar (6% daily value); 3 g protein (6% daily value); 1,348 IU vitamin A (27% daily value); 1 mg vitamin C (1% daily value); 11 mg calcium (1% daily value); 1 mg iron (6% daily value); 9 g net carbohydrates.


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Being deployed may not always make it possible for service members to get proper sleep, but experts recommend they try to adopt healthy sleep practices as much as possible, such as using their bed or cot only for sleeping.

Eight Tips to Get Better, More Restful Sleep By Claudia Sanchez-Bustamante Mhs Communications

Ideally, doctors say, adults should get between seven and eight hours of sleep each night. But, according to one national survey, about one in three American adults say they sleep far less than that most nights. For some people, the daily grind of work and family responsibilities simply doesn’t leave enough time in the day for a full night’s sleep. But for many others, the lack of sleep stems from a lifestyle or medical problem that might require healthier daily habits or long-term treatment from a health care provider. Long-term sleeping problems can affect your mental health, relationships, quality of life, and performance at work. “If you’re experiencing persistent problems with poor sleep, or if sleep difficulties are affecting your quality of life, you should seek professional assistance,” said U.S. Public Health Service Capt. (Dr.) Anne Dobmeyer, a sleep expert who is currently the DHA’s section chief for Primary Care Behavioral Health Science, Development, and Education. Sleeping problems are often cited among the top reasons why service members go to a local military hospital or clinic, according to data published by the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch. Sleeping is Healthy Getting enough sleep is not a luxury. “It is something people need for good health,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Yet a third of American adults report usually getting less than the recommended amount of

sleep, says the CDC. The ideal amount varies for individuals, but it usually ranges between seven to eight hours a night for adults. Not sleeping properly is linked with many chronic diseases and conditions, including Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and depression. It can also increase risk for injury — such as motor vehicle crashes. Treating Sleep Problems A variety of factors can contribute to insomnia, including bad sleep habits, depression, anxiety, illness, discomfort (like being too hot or cold); or irregular work schedules such as during military deployments. Fortunately, there are ways to diagnose and treat insomnia. Behavioral health consultants in primary care clinics across the Military Health System provide behaviorally based treatment for insomnia. Called Brief Behavioral Treatment for Insomnia, or BBTI, it involves changing sleep-related behaviors during the day to promote restful and lasting sleep at night. “We can improve our nighttime sleep by changing some of our waking behaviors,” Dobmeyer said. BBTI generally requires about five bi-weekly sessions of 20-30 minutes. “The appointments in BBTI typically include monitoring sleep patterns, making changes to evening and bedtime routines, and altering the sleep schedule (bedtimes and waking times) to promote better sleep,” she said. The treatment teaches patients to adopt certain behaviors that lead to better sleep and adjust other behaviors that may contribute to poor sleep. The aim is to develop an individualized prescription for sleep and wake time and to alter it as needed over time, said Dobmeyer.

Even people without a clinical diagnosis of insomnia may benefit from improving sleep-related behaviors. She recommends these eight tips below for better sleep: • Have a consistent routine before bedtime to help you wind down and relax. • Avoid napping during the day. • Avoid exercise before bedtime; exercising in the late afternoon or early evening is better. • Avoid heavy meals, alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco close to bedtime • Reserve the bed primarily for sleep. Avoid watching television, reading, working, or gaming in bed. Over time, doing these activities in bed trains the body and mind that the bed is a place for wakefulness, not sleepiness. • Avoid using screens that emit blue light, like cell phones or iPads, within two to three hours of bedtime. Blue light suppresses the brain’s production of melatonin, making it more difficult to fall asleep. • Go to bed and rise at the same time or close to it every day. Keeping a consistent wake time is particularly important. • Don’t stay in bed if you have trouble sleeping. Instead, get out of bed and do a relaxing activity until you feel sleepy. Then, return to bed. Understandably, active-duty service members who are deployed may not have the space or time to adopt completely healthy sleep behaviors. In that case, Dobmeyer recommends adopting as many of these recommended behaviors as possible and to speak with their primary care manager if sleep problems persist. Sleep Medication Dobmeyer cautions against relying heavily on sleep medication. “Although sleep medications can be helpful in certain circumstances for short

periods of time, many sleep medications have side effects and are not intended for long-term use,” she said. Often, the medications’ benefit only lasts as long as the patient continues to take them. So, people find that sleep problems come back when they try to decrease or stop the medication, she said. With behavioral treatment, such as BBTI, individuals can instead learn to rely on themselves to make the necessary lifestyle changes to benefit their sleep. Just like an individual might alter their lifestyle to begin an exercise regimen to achieve an athletic goal, they can learn to alter their lifestyle to retrain their bodies to achieve restful sleep. For people who don’t get sufficient improvement from BBTI at the primary care level, MHS patients can go see a specialist at a behavioral health clinic for a more intensive treatment called Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for Insomnia, known as CBT-i. CBT-i includes the components of BBTI plus additional training in relaxation skills and in cognitive approaches to enhance sleep, such as decreasing worry or negative thoughts that interfere with sleep. Dobmeyer said this includes “teaching patients to recognize thought patterns that negatively affect their sleep.” CBT-i treatment typically ranges from eight to 12 appointments lasting 45-50 minutes in a specialty behavioral health office. There are other treatment options for physiological sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. (These will be covered in more detail in later articles.) For more information, check out DHA’s podcast, A Better Night’s Sleep, or talk to your primary health provider.

How the Military Medical Forces Supported Afghanistan Evacuation By Leah Freeman

MHS Communications

As the U.S. evacuated thousands of service members and allies from Afghanistan in August 2021, military medical forces played a vital role in both providing urgent medical care for those fleeing the country as well as supporting the mental health of Afghanistan war veterans back home who were affected by how the war ended. During the evacuation operations, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany, provided primary, preventive, and emergency care to approximately 35,000 Afghan evacuees. This included more than 20 U.S. service members and civilians who were medevacked to LRMC following the Aug. 26 Kabul attack that killed 13 American troops and hundreds of Afghan civilians. “We have to always think like a trauma center because that’s our core mission as the gateway home for America’s wounded, and our allies,” said Army Col. (Dr.) JeanClaude D’Alleyrand, the director of surgical services and an orthopedic trauma surgeon at LRMC. “We have to take world class care of those patients — that’s our culture.” D’Alleyrand oversees the surgical capabilities of the Level II trauma center, which cared for many patients among the Afghan evacuees. “Any hospital with that kind of rapid influx of patients with little to no warning

A U.S. Marine carries a baby as the family processes through the Evacuation Control Center during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 28. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. VICTOR MANCILLA)

would have supply issues and a need for additional equipment,” said D’Alleyrand. “Our hospital had to come up with creative ways to fix those problems.” In addition to the supply, logistical, and security challenges many hospitals face during evacuations, D’Alleyrand explained there was an additional layer of complexity from cultural differences that medical teams needed to respect. “We had many patients with different cultures, different dietary restrictions, and levels of nutrition. We worked hard to accommodate those differences.” “I’m incredibly proud of what we accomplished to help the evacuees,” said D’Alleyrand, reflecting on MHS involvement in evacuation efforts. “We couldn’t have done that without everyone chipping in. It was incredibly moving as an American, and a human being, just seeing everyone at every level committed 100 percent to helping

these people.” Many service members and veterans found the rapid U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan disturbing, particularly some of the images of Afghan allies trying to flee the country. This experience brought up memories and feelings that can be stressful, painful, and difficult. The Military Health System made mental health resources readily available to Iraq and Afghanistan veterans to help them process these feelings, said Capt. Meghan Corso, chief of Behavioral Health Clinical Operations within the Defense Health Agency. “[We] recognized that the events leading up to and following the Afghanistan withdrawal may cause mixed emotions for our service members, past and present, and their families,” said Corso, who is a U.S. Public Health Service officer. “We encouraged leaders and frontline

supervisors to check in with their subordinates and validate any emotions they were experiencing in reaction to the events, and to offer mental health care if needed.” The Military Health System reached out to the military community to highlight the range of mental health resources available to service members, veterans and survivors to help them process their thoughts and feelings surrounding the events in Afghanistan. “The Department focused on communicating existing resources that were immediately available to our people,” Corso explained. Part of the goal was to create a safe and supportive place for members of the community to share their experiences and emotions. “Just listening carefully and standing with others can be powerful,” said Corso. “This cornerstone of connection is important not just in a clinical setting but as members of a larger team.”


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