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USS Washington Returns from Deployment By MC1 Cameron Stoner

Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic Public Affairs

and federal agencies who have implemented effective safety and health management systems and maintain injury and illness rates below national Bureau of Labor Statistics averages for their respective industries. To participate, employers must submit an application to OSHA and undergo a rigorous onsite evaluation by a team of safety and health professionals. “We started on this road in 2006 with our involvement in VPP,” said Snow. “Just getting the command into the mindset to do it actually got us on the right road to reducing injuries. The application process in itself is a huge undertaking. They came in to evaluate and we did it.” In 2019, FRCE achieved the OSHA VPP Star Status in two of the depot’s application areas — smaller subsections of the expansive facility, each consisting of no more than 500 employees — becoming the first naval aviation command to reach that level. “VPP Star is the highest recognition you can achieve with OSHA,” said Owens. “When you say you are a VPP Star site, it states that your safety and health programs exceed OSHA regu-

NORFOLK, Va. — The Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Washington (SSN 787) returned to its homeport at Naval Station Norfolk after successfully completing a scheduled deployment, Sunday, Feb. 27. Under the command of Cmdr. Eric Astle, Washington returns from a deployment where it executed the chief of naval operation’s maritime strategy by supporting national security interests and maritime security operations. “I’m incredibly proud of the crew,” said Astle. “Their persistence and enthusiasm in executing 192 days of sustained operations with a 92 percent operational tempo is just incredible. The team covered more ground than I could have imagined, transiting over 37,000 nautical miles, meeting complex mission assignments and fixing every material challenge the boat threw their way. It’s hard work to do such a tough job for so long with limited contact with family and friends, but the team never wavered in their commitment to the mission.” Command Master Chief Charles Generals, Washington’s chief of the boat, also spoke highly of the boat’s crew and their ability to tackle challenges while deployed. “We really have an amazing crew aboard Washington,” said Generals. “No matter the challenge they faced on deployment, they were all more than happy to step up and resolve it quickly and safely.” The importance of teamwork in Washington’s successful deployment was also highlighted by Astle as he spoke on the groups and individuals who helped Washington along the way. “Washington would not have been successful without the crew’s high energy and support of each other,” said Astle. “Every deployment has its share of curve balls, and the team really pulled together, got innovative when necessary, and made sure we were trained, equipped, and ready for every mission that came our way. We also would not have succeeded with the strength of our families and the support network at home sustained by our ombudsman, Mrs. Hilary Liebel, our Family Readiness Group, led by Mrs. Jenna White, and the shoreside support by Submarine Squadron Six and CTF 69.” Washington arrived at Naval Station Norfolk to the greeting of friends and family members who showed their support with cheers and handmade welcome home signs. During the deployment, Washington

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Fleet Readiness Command East (FRCE) recently closed out calendar year 2021 with the lowest number of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recordable mishaps in the depot’s history. (COURTESY PHOTO)

By Joe Andes

Fleet Readiness Center East Public Affairs

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, Nc. — Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) closed out calendar year 2021 with the lowest number of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recordable mishaps in the depot’s history. “This is a fantastic accomplishment and speaks volumes about our safety specialists, our safe site leaders and the attentiveness of each member of the FRCE team in mitigating risks,” said FRCE Commanding Officer Col. Thomas A. Atkinson. “At the depot, safety is more than a program or a process, it is a core value. Our people, they are our warfighting capability. Protecting them and maintaining a safe work environment is not only the right thing to do, it is absolutely crucial to our mission.” OSHA defines recordable injuries or illnesses as those that result in days away from work, restricted work or transfer to another job; medical treatment beyond first aid; or loss of consciousness. A case also meets the recording criteria if it involves a significant injury

or illness diagnosed by a physician or other licensed health care professional. In 2021, FRCE recorded 36 mishaps, a 27% reduction compared to the previous year and a more than 60% decrease compared to mishaps recorded in 2016. “Throughout the years, the Safety and Occupational Health division at FRC East continued to educate employees, develop policies and procedures, and implement them,” said Angelo Owens, the safety director at FRCE. “All of that, after a certain number of years, comes together to have positive effects. I believe that’s what we are experiencing here. Not only does the command support and promote certain policies and procedures in the way we perform work, we also have managers and supervisors who understand what their responsibilities are and employees who know what their responsibilities are.” Owens and Brian Snow, the assistant safety director at FRCE, both cite participation in the OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) as an important catalyst in forming the safety culture that exists at the depot. VPP recognizes employers and workers in the private industry

Norfolk Navy Exchange Employee Receives Award for Over Half-Century of Dedication and Service By MC3 Joseph T. Miller

Naval Station Norfolk Public Affairs

NAVAL STATION NORFOLK, Va.— A tailor at Naval Station (NAVSTA) Norfolk’s Naval Exchange (NEX), was presented a Length of Service Award at the Norfolk NEX uniform department Feb. 23. Inell Lewis received the award for her dedication to the department for over 55 years. “I don’t know whether I deserve this,” said Lewis. “All I know is I enjoy my work. If I didn’t enjoy it, I wouldn’t still be working for so long that’s what makes the difference for me.” Working for the Norfolk NEX since Jan. 8, 1962, Lewis has seen many things change during her time and has held many posi-

tions over the years. “When I first started, we were working out of a single room on base, and we made 75 cents an hour,” said Lewis. “I started out sewing uniforms, then worked the counter, then became second supervisor and worked my way up to supervisor. I quit for a short time after that. When I came back, everyone still came to me with questions like I still was the supervisor.” Presenting the award to Lewis was Anna Esguerra, the Norfolk NEX General Manager, who expressed gratitude for service and dedication. “She has touched so many people and careers with her work,” said Esguerra. “She does fantastic work and leads the charge. Turn to Award, Page 7

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Inell Lewis receives an award for 55 years of service from Norfolk Naval Exchange (NEX) General Manager Anna Esguerra Feb 23. (MC3 JOSEPH T MILLER)

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U.S. Soldiers assigned to 5th Battalion, 4th Air Defense Artillery Regiment prepare Maneuver Short Range Air Defense platform prototypes during a training exercise in BPTA, Poland, Feb. 24, 2022. The 5-4 ADA, a subordinate unit to the 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, is the first unit in the U.S. Army to field, test, and receive M-SHORAD weapons. (SSGT CLINTON THOMPSON)

Russian Strategic Forces Reportedly on High Alert as Fighting in Ukraine Intensifies By David Vergun DoD Public Affairs

U.S. officials don’t doubt reports that Russian President Vladimir Putin has placed Russia’s nuclear deterrence forces on high alert, a senior defense official said at a press briefing today. “We have no reason to doubt the validity of these reports,” the official said. This is an unnecessary step for Putin to take because Russia has never been under threat from NATO and certainly not from Ukraine, the official said. It is escalatory because it’s potentially putting at play forces that could, if there’s a miscalculation, make things much more dangerous, the official said. “We remain confident in our ability to defend

ourselves and our allies and our partners, and that includes in the strategic deterrent realm,” the official said. Regarding the situation in Ukraine, the official said that roughly two-thirds of Russian forces arrayed along the border are now inside Ukraine, an increase over the last 24 hours when roughly half of those forces were inside Ukraine. Ukrainians are putting up stiff resistance in the face of invading Russian forces, the official said, adding that no major cities inside Ukraine have yet been captured. “We believe that their advance was slowed both by resistance from the Ukrainians, who have been quite creative in finding ways to attack columns, and, number two, by the fuel shortages and the sustainment issues that they have had,” the official said.

Logistics shortages have been particularly acute in their advanced on Kharkiv,” which is in northeast Ukraine, the official said. Some Russian reconnaissance elements have been in Kyiv over the last two days, and there are reports that they are wearing Ukrainian military uniforms to disguise themselves, the official said. In some cases, they have been identified by locals and by the Ukrainian military. Russian forces, which are converging from the northeast and northwest, remain about 30 kilometers from the city center of Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, the official said. In the south of Ukraine, Russian forces are moving northeast toward Mariupol and are now about 50 kilometers from the center of that city, the official said. They are also moving northwest toward the city of Kherson.

“Our assessment is that Mariupol is defended, and the Ukrainians will put up stiff resistance there,” the official said. The airspace over Ukraine is still contested, and that means that Ukrainians are still using their own aircraft and air and missile defense systems, which are believed to be still intact and still viable, although somewhat degraded, the official said. Russians continue launching missiles against targets in Ukraine, mostly short-range, ballistic missiles, the official said. There are indications that some of the missiles launched have experienced failures. There are indications that Russian forces are adopting siege tactics around the city of Chernihiv, which is northeast of Kyiv. This is particularly troubling as it could result in civilian casualties, the official said. The U.S. and NATO continue providing Ukraine with lethal and nonlethal assistance, the official said An increased number of people, including some Americans, are leaving Ukraine, with many going to Poland, the official said. The 82nd Airborne Division is poised near the border and prepared to assist should the need arise. “Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskyy is still governing his country, still viable, still active,” the official said. “He still has command and control over his armed forces.”

Hampton Roads kicks off NavyMarine Corps Relief Society Active Duty Fund Drive, headed by Marine Forces Command in 2022 By Courtesy Story NORFOLK, Va. — The 2022 Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) Active Duty Fund Drive for Hampton Roads regional commands begins March 1st and continues into April as Sailors and Marines in the area work to raise awareness and money to support the services provided by the Society. Marine Forces Command, based at Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads (NSAHR) next to U.S. Fleet Forces Command, is the lead command for coordinating this year’s fund drive efforts for twelve area commands in the Hampton Roads region that is home to more than 75,000 service members across 373 commands. “The theme of the Active Duty Fund Drive is ‘By our own, for our own.’ It is important for Marines and Sailors to recognize the impact that their donation can have on the lives of fellow service members. Our donations go directly to support those in need within our commands,” said Lt. Gen. Michael Langley, Commander, Marine Forces Command, and this year’s fund drive chairman. The goal of the Active Duty Fund Drive is to raise awareness of the programs and services available to active duty Sailors

and Marines, and to raise funds to support the programs and services offered by the NMCRS. Since 1903, the Society has provided financial assistance and education to United States Navy and Marine Corps members, their eligible family members, widows, and survivors. A key effort in funding the society has been the Active Duty Fund Drive (ADFD), an event annually held at Navy and Marine Corps installations around the world. In 2021, NMCRS provided more than $5.6 million in financial assistance to over six thousand service members and families belonging to commands in the Hampton Roads region. “The Navy Marine Corps Relief Society does great work on behalf of our Sailors and Marines, directly contributing to troop welfare, warfighting readiness, and mission accomplishment. We need all commands to support their fund drive representatives to increase awareness of the programs offered, and each of us needs to consider contributing to the fund drive to continue helping our own Marines and Sailors in times of need,” said Langley. Service members that belong to a command in the Hampton Roads region can

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Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) associates at its Southeast Distribution Center in Pensacola, Florida, pull maternity uniforms for Sailors participating in the Navy’s Maternity Pilot Program. (COURTESY PHOTO)

NEXCOM supplies uniforms to Navy’s Maternity Pilot Program participants By Kristine Sturkie

Navy Exchange Service Command Public Affairs

Making sure female Sailors receive their maternity uniforms has taken on a new twist as the Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) does its part to support the Navy’s Maternity Pilot Program (MPP). For the duration of the MPP, NEXCOM will manage the inventory of maternity uniform items, coordinate the tailoring and mailing of the uniform items and track the uniforms for return and possible re-issue. The Navy’s MPP was announced in NAVADMIN 284⁄21 and released Dec. 15, 2021. The MPP is a Congres-

sionally-mandated program directed by the FY21 National Defense Authorization Act. “We are proud to be a part of the Navy’s Maternity Pilot Program in support of our Sailors,” said retired Rear Adm. Robert J. Bianchi, Chief Executive Officer of NEXCOM. “NEXCOM is already in charge of Navy uniform procurement and sales through its NEX Uniform Shops and website, myNavyExchange.com. Our uniform team was excited to take on this additional challenge of providing PREMIER customer service to our female Sailors through this new program.” Once a Sailor is selected to participate in the MPP, she should bring the maternity uniform size measurement sheet to the nearest NEX

Uniform Shop to help determine the exact sizing needed for her maternity uniforms. If a participant is not located near a NEX, she can view a video from home on how to correctly measure for fit. The video is available at: https://vimeo. com/646945725. Assistance in measurements can also be provided via Army/Air Force and Marine Corps uniform centers or a personal tailor. Once NEXCOM receives confirmation of approval of a Sailor’s participation in the MPP and receives the completed measurement form from the Navy Uniform Matters Office, a full seabag of Navy maternity uniform items will be provided, including sewn-on embroidery for

working uniforms and rank insignia for enlisted E1-E6 dress uniforms. Hemming and shipment will also be free of charge. “The uniform items will be sent from NEXCOM’s Southeast Distribution Center to the Sailor’s home,” said Cmdr. Terri Gabriel, NEXCOM’s Deputy Commander, Military Uniforms. “The Sailor doesn’t need to pick up or have their uniforms altered at the NEX. It will arrive at her door, ready to wear.” Once the service member’s pregnancy is complete, and the maternity uniforms issued are no longer needed, they are returned to NEXCOM’s Southeast Distribution Center, at no cost to the Sailor. Once returned, NEXCOM associates will inspect, repair, launder, re-inspect and re-stock the maternity uniforms for potential re-issue to another MPP participant. The MPP will continue through Sept. 30, 2026. Questions regarding the MPP application process should be sent to Navy_MPP.fct@ navy.mil.

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Naval Station Norfolk’s Commanding Officer, Capt. David Dees, cuts the Black History Month celebratory cake with Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Ervin Riddick and Chief Warrant Officer 3 Nicole Campbell. (DC3 ASHLEY PIERSON)

Naval Station Norfolk Celebrates Black History Month

By DC3 Ashley N. Pierson

Naval Station Norfolk Public Affairs

NORFOLK, Va. — Naval Station (NAVSTA) Norfolk’s galley held a cake cutting and special meal Feb. 23 in honor of Black History Month. “My crew takes great honor in celebrating different cultures and taking the opportunity to learn and embrace different races and historical people and events,” said Chief Culinary Specialist (CSC) Victor Nunezmarte, the galley’s Leading Chief Petty Officer.

Black History Month is an annual celebration that dates back to 1976 when president Gerald Ford officially designated the month of February to recognize and commemorate the central role and achievements the African American community has contributed to our history. This year, the United States Navy came together to celebrate the 46th anniversary of Black History month, themed “Black Health and Wellness.” “Being able to celebrate the historical achievements of black entrepreneurs and service members past makes me proud,” said Chief Warrant Officer Three (CWO3)

Nicole Campbell, NAVSTA Norfolk’s Food Service Officer. “If it wasn’t for them and all the struggles they’ve overcome, I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today. Our ancestors have paved the way and things are consistently improving more and more every day.” Campbell, Nunezmarte and the Assistant Food Service Officer, Senior Chief Culinary Specialist (CSCS) Marcela Ganoza were in charge of overseeing the entirety of the special meal preparations for the Black History Month Celebration but credits their team for the successful event to

include Culinary Specialist Petty Officer 2nd Class (CS2), Ervin Riddick. Riddick made a special cake in honor of the event. The month of February is a time to recognize and celebrate the achievements and positive impact the Black American community have had on our country and Department of Defense (DOD). The origin of Black history month is associated with the initial celebrations of Negro History week dating back to the second week of February, 1926. When asked why Black History Month is so important, Nunezmarte said “It is a time to recognize not only the sacrifices and struggles of the past that the black community overcame, but to acknowledge the life we have ahead of us because of them. The past is a huge motivation to never give up on fighting for an even better future.” For more information or to learn more about Black History Month visit www. defense.gov.

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Cybersecurity Degree Update from the United States Naval Community College. This graphic was created using a composite of images, shapes, lines, and text. (COURTESY GRAPHIC)

U.S. Naval Community College Selects VCCS and NOVA for Application-Based Cybersecurity Program By Chief Petty Officer Alexander Gamble

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QUANTICO, Va. — The U.S. Naval Community College selected the Virginia Community College System and Northern Virginia Community College as one of the Pilot II cybersecurity associate degree programs Feb. 22, 2022. This continues the relationship developed during the initial pilot program and provides active-duty enlisted Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen the ability to earn cybersecurity certificates or associate degrees that will directly contribute to the naval services and set them on a path to lifelong learning and success. “NOVA’s program offers our men and women

in uniform a technical, hands-on approach to cybersecurity,” said Randi R. Cosentino, Ed.D., president of the USNCC. “We are excited to continue to work with a two-year institution recognized by the National Security Agency as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense.” The men and women who attended NOVA as part of the first pilot program will have the opportunity to continue in the program and complete their Associate of Applied Science in Cybersecurity with an established pathway to a four-year degree with little to no loss of credit. “We are excited for this opportunity to continue serving students who are keeping our country safe,” said Chad Knights, Ph.D., vice president of information and engineering tech-

nologies and college computing at NOVA. “Through this groundbreaking program, we are able to provide our USNCC-NOVA students with the skills they need to protect our critical infrastructure as active duty service members and help them succeed one day in the cybersecurity industry.” The USNCC’s cybersecurity applied science degree, in coordination with NOVA, will provide an in-depth understanding of technical development and operational implementation of cybersecurity skills to design, administer, secure and troubleshoot computer networks, as well as the data protection skills needed to safeguard critical cybersecurity infrastructure and assets. The degree pathway also includes a certificate

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Roland Campbell, of Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, monitors a VideoRay remote operated vehicle (ROV) during a ballast tank inspection demonstration aboard USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). (HENDRICK DICKSON)

ROV Makes ‘Splash’ With Demo Aboard USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) By Hendrick Dickson

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NAVAL STATION NORFOLK, Va — Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC) hosted a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) tank inspection demonstration aboard USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) Feb. 16 to assess how the technology could be used to improve maintenance availability efficiency. A team from Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS & IMF) led the demonstration, inspecting a 9,000 square-feet ballast tank aboard the amphibious assault ship with a VideoRay Pro 4 ROV. PSNS & IMF have been using the ROV for some nuclear tanks and voids inspections for a couple of years. With that success, the Navy is looking at the possibility of broadening its use at regional maintenance centers and

other maintenance facilities. Nearly 20 leaders in maintenance and innovation from Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Southeast Regional Maintenance Center, Southwest Regional Maintenance Center, warfare centers, and other ship maintenance facilities watched as the ROV navigated through the tank water recording and capturing images of the tank’s structural integrity. “We were able to get a pretty clear and accurate view of inside of the tank,” said Ty Curtin, MARMC Tanks, Voids and Structural Branch Head. “We could see a lot of items in this tank that were documented previously by our assessors. When the ship enters its availability this summer, we can go in and compare what we saw today.” Tank inspections and overhauls are routinely conducted during maintenance availabilities. The process of emptying a tank; drying it out; conducting a gas-free assessment requires a lot

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of time, money and man-hours. “There’s an entire process we have to go through before we could get someone into a tank to conduct an inspection that most times takes only a couple of hours to complete,” said Kevin Baum, MARMC Ventilation and Damage Control Branch Head (Code 243). “On the DDGs and CGs, where stability is critical, having the ability to conduct an accurate and descriptive inspection or check on a specific issue without having to go through that preliminary process could be a game changer for us.” Embracing innovative ways to improve on-time delivery while increasing cost-saving efforts is a major focus in the Navy’s ship repair construct, and is vital to sustaining the fleet’s mission-readiness. Kirk Jenne, Chief of Innovation, Surface Ship Maintenance Modernization and Sustainment (SEA 21) and Commander, Navy Regional Maintenance Center (CNRMC) points out that

what was learned can be used to leverage what is needed for tomorrow. “We learned a lot from all the participants in this collaboration with Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and MARMC. We intend to leverage our new knowledge with investments by DoD and the Office of Naval Research to extend current technologies to a new level of autonomous inspection technologies in these challenging spaces.” Rear Adm. Eric Ver Hage, CNRMC lauded the team’s effort saying, “I’m very pleased to see shipyards, warfare centers, and regional maintenance centers coming together like this to solve difficult problems we face over and over. Their use of technology, their collaborative spirit, and their exploration of ideas to reduce the duration, cost, and complexity of tank inspection is tremendous and we need more of it in many areas. This effort is a great demonstration of the old adage, ‘we are better together!” MARMC, a field under Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), provides surface ship maintenance, management and oversight of private sector maintenance and fleet technical assistance to ships in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States and provides support to the fifth and sixth Fleet Area of Responsibilities. They are also responsible for the floating dry-dock Dynamic (AFDL-6).

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Lt. Cmdr. Vincent Chamberlain, USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN 78) meteorological officer, tracks the ship’s position as the officer of the deck during a simulated ship transit at the Navy Ship Simulation training (NSST) center in Norfolk, Virginia, Feb. 8, 2022. Ford is in port at Newport News Shipyard executing her Planned Incremental Availability (PIA), a six-month period of modernization, maintenance and repairs. (COURTESY PHOTO)

This is Ford Class: A new assistant navigator and navigation system By Petty Officer 3Rd Class Zachary Guth USS Gerald R. Ford Public Affairs

Throughout USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN 78) Planned Incremental Availability (PIA), Sailors and Huntington Ingalls shipbuilders have modernized and performed maintenance on equipment that will keep Ford at the forefront of naval aviation as the crew prepares to take the ship back to sea. One department that is ready to take advantage of operating at sea using a new system is the navigation department. They will be using the Navy’s newest method of navigation, the Voyage Management System (VMS). “From navigating by the stars to paper charts and now using VMS, a completely electronic, state-of-the-art system on a first-in-class ship, it is an exciting time to be a quartermaster,” said Chief Quartermaster Levi Osmondson, navigation department’s leading chief petty officer from Abbotsford, Wisconsin. “It took a good bit of training on the system and days in the simulator to earn our qualifications, but the team was certified and proved their readiness to take us to sea safely.” In addition to the newly installed VMS, navigation recently welcomed a new

member of their leadership triad. Lt. Cmdr. Taylor Lang, from Clay, Alabama, a naval aviator and helicopter pilot, reported as Ford’s assistant navigator just last month. “As an aviator, it is great to join the Navy’s newest aircraft carrier as the ship is about to complete its last maintenance period and prepare to launch and recover aircraft during its first deployment,” said Lang. Lang joined the navigation leadership team as the department was finishing up a two week training cycle and assessment at the Navy Ship Simulation Training (NSST) center. “It was impressive to be part of training at NNST with this hard-working group of Sailors,” said Lang. “Even as a new member of the team, we were a tight-knit group working toward a shared mission. I really enjoyed the teamwork.” Ford is completing a six-month PIA prior to scheduled operations to return to sea and begin the basic training phase, leveraging the numerous equipment and system upgrades completed during PIA. “I am absolutely looking forward to taking the ship out for its first underway following this maintenance period and carrying out our nation’s business,” said Lang.

The Department of the Defense Chief Information Officer (DoD CIO) award, citation and award coin for outstanding contributions to the DoD Information Technology (IT) environment awarded to the U.S. Fleet Cyber Command (USFLTCYBERCOM) Office of the Navy Authorizing Official (NAO) team. (COURTESY PHOTO)

NAO Team Recognized for Securing IT Environment By Naval Information Forces Public Affairs SUFFOLK, Va. — U.S. Fleet Cyber Command (USFLTCYBERCOM) Office of the Navy Authorizing Official (NAO) team was recently recognized by the Department of the Defense Chief Information Officer (DoD CIO) for outstanding contributions to the DoD Information Technology (IT) environment. Operation Triton Bastion (OTB), a Navy-wide effort with associated initiatives, has directly led to the improvement of cybersecurity of all Navy networks. The Risk Management Framework (RMF) Campaign Plan, initiated under the purview of Commander, Fleet Cyber Command, developed into Operation Triton Bastion or OTB, designed to accelerate the Navy’s transition to the DoD RMF. As a named operation, OTB established deliberate Lines of Effort (LOE) and directed an operational sense of urgency. By building a cohesive Navy-wide coalition, the OTB team developed unity of effort across the Navy. Successful execution of this Navy operation built a shared commitment to cybersecurity and cyber resiliency across all mission areas, which is critical to effective cyberspace operations. Additionally, several initiatives developed and managed under OTB have carried through into the Navy’s RMF Reform. “Triton Bastion laid the foundation for numerous related strategic initiatives,” said Mr. Charles Hester, USFLTCYBERCOM Navy Authorizing Official. “I’m very proud of our teams’ collaborative effort to accelerate the

entire U.S. Navy’s transition of more than 3,000 information systems to the RMF before the operational deadline.” From USFLTCYBERCOM, comprising the OTB team: Mr. Charles Hester, Dr. Charlie Kiriakou, Ms. Teresa Duvall, Ms. Anishi Scott, Ms. Angela Avanzo, Mr. Carl Rice, Mr. Jesse Reyes (from Commander Naval Warfare Systems Command), Ms. Deniese Cobbins, Mr. Ron Velasquez, Ms. Dagmara Broadway, and Mr. Neal Miller. “It is incumbent upon each of us to understand what we have in our portfolios, and through continuous monitoring, mitigate risks to the DoD Information Network,” said Ms. Teresa Duvall, USFLTCYBERCOM NAO Mission Integration Division Head and Project Manager for OTB. “TRITON BASTION delivered a strong and positive impact to the Navy’s cybersecurity posture while achieving 100 percent transition to the DoD RMF. FCC is responsible for Navy information network operations, offensive and defensive cyberspace operations, space operations and signals intelligence. C10F is the operational arm of Fleet Cyber Command and executes its mission through a task force structure similar to other warfare commanders. In this role, C10F provides support of Navy and joint missions in cyber/networks, cryptologic/signals intelligence and space. For news and information from Commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command / U.S. 10th Fleet, visit www.FCC.navy.mil/ or follow us on Twitter @USFLEETCYBERCOM and on Facebook @ USFLTCYBERCOM.

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Sailors had the opportunity to experience life in Arctic circle during the time of year when the sun doesn’t rise. The crew also supported diplomatic relationships by conducting port visits in Haakensvern, Norway; Tromso, Norway; Faslane, Scotland; and Brest, France. Thirty-six enlisted Sailors and five officers earned their submarine warfare qualification, known as ‘dolphins,’ 17 Sailors were advanced to the next paygrade, one officer was promoted, and five Sailors reenlisted. The Virginia-class, also known as the VA-class or 774-class, is a class of nuclear-powered fast attack submarines in service with the U.S. Navy. The submarines are designed for a broad spectrum of open-ocean and littoral missions. They were conceived as a less expensive alternative to the Seawolf-class attack submarines, designed during the Cold War era, and are replacing older Los Angeles-class submarines. Fast-attack submarines are multi-mission platforms enabling five of the six Navy maritime strategy core capabilities - sea control, power projection, forward presence, maritime security, and deterrence. They are designed to excel in anti-subma-

The Virginia-Class fast-attack submarine USS Washington (SSN 787) prepares to moor pier side at Naval Station Norfolk, Feb. 27, 2022. Washington returned following a six-month deployment that supported national security interests and maritime security operations at sea. (MC1 CAMERON STONER)

rine warfare, anti-ship warfare, strike warfare, special operations, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, irregular warfare and mine warfare. Fast-attack

submarines project power ashore with special operations forces and Tomahawk cruise missiles in the prevention or preparation of regional crises.

The Virginia-class submarine is 377 feet long and 34 feet wide, and weighs about 7,900 tons when submerged. Underwater, it can reach speeds in excess of 25 knots.



Her work and her time here was instrumental in making the Norfolk NEX Uniform department the largest and best of any NEX in the world.” NAVSTA Norfolk’s Executive Officer Capt. Janet Days and Command Master Chief Petty Officer Angelo Rappa also attended the event. Days presented Lewis with a command coin and also expressed words of gratitude. “Since I came in ’92, every single time I need a uniform fixed, Ms. Lewis tailored them for me, from Seaman to Petty Officer to Commissioned Officer,” said Days “On behalf of Naval Station Norfolk, we are happy for you for achieving this milestone and we appreciate everything you do. You have touched more individuals than you will ever know. Congratulations.” “As we come up as Sailors, we are taught to fear Master Chiefs walking around correcting uniforms, well we (Master Chiefs) fear of Ms. Lewis,” said Rappa, jokingly. “I really appreciate you; we all do. We are supposed to be squared away because we are in the military, yet you know everything about uniforms and keeping them straight.” After the event, Lewis chatted and shared moments with family and co-workers, and expressed that she is not going to retire anytime soon. “I’m still here,” said Lewis. “I’m still going.”

latory requirements in an exemplary manner. When you consider that there only 21 VPP Star recognized sites in the entire Department of the Navy, and that we are one of them, it’s pretty exceptional.” According to Owens, collaboration and discussion play important roles in the VPP process. “It’s an all hands effort and that’s the way OSHA approaches it,” said Owens. “We all need to be involved in the process. Communication is very important because it allows employees, supervisors, managers, and leadership to talk about the issues we come across and how we can minimize the operational risk that we have here.” VPP participants are re-evaluated every three to five years to remain in the program. “We’ll be re-evaluated in January of 2023,” said Owens. “What that means is that representatives from OSHA out of Atlanta, Georgia, will come to our facility for a week. They’ll bring with them a team of people who will be walking around and asking to see our programs, see our documentation of trainings, and conduct periodic inspections. They’ll be going out talking to our supervisors and employees to substantiate that what we are doing on paper is what we are actually doing within our facility.” FRCE’s participation in VPP has not gone unnoticed. The Department of the Navy is now collaborating with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) on a study aimed at evaluating VPP’s effectiveness

in reducing noncombat injuries. This study will evaluate five VPP establishments by comparing VPP units to non-VPP control units matched on size and function. The Navy chose FRCE as one of the five VPP participants to take part in the study. This comes as no surprise to FRCE’s commanding officer. “We are one of five Navy sites selected to be analyzed and modeled for possible DOD-wide adoption,” said Atkinson. “This is a great opportunity for us to share our journey and the 10 years of data we have collected since starting VPP at the depot. I am extremely proud of our safety program and can think of no better place DOD could come to learn from. Whether it is engineering or production, logistics or safety — this is where people go to find solutions.” The command was also recognized by the North Carolina Department of Labor for its efforts to keep the workforce safe by being presented two “Million Hour” awards and the depot’s fourth consecutive “Gold Award.” To meet the Gold Award standard, an organization must have had no fatalities during the award year, and also post a days away, restricted or transferred (DART) rate at least 50 percent below the industry average. For FRCE, that means the aircraft maintenance industry. Million Hour safety awards are given to firms which accumulate one million employee hours with no injuries or illnesses involving days away from work. Subsequent awards are given for each additional one million employee hours with no injuries or illnesses. FRCE also recently completed International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 45001 recertification. ISO 45001 is the world’s international standard for occupational health and

safety, issued to protect employees and visitors from work-related accidents and diseases. “You can never let up,” said Snow. “Often, you reach a goal and the tendency is to take your pack off, but we haven’t been doing that. We just continue to press forward. It’s a continuing effort.” Owens agreed, adding that continuous effort is vital considering the scope of the depot’s safety program. “We’ve had a good year, but that was last year,” said Owens. “We’re trying to press the gas harder because I believe when you are performing well you need to work even harder to maintain that level of performance. There are more than 53 safety and occupational health programs we oversee in various capacities ranging from radiation safety to fall protection. We are doing a good job, but I believe we can always do better.” While Owens and his team are proud of FRCE’s safety record and achievements, he says the main focus is on protecting the depot’s most important asset. “As we continue to put aircraft out, we have to ensure we are doing it in a manner that protects our employees,” Said Owens. “We genuinely care about the FRC East family and we want to ensure the people who come here to work have a safe and healthy environment to work in.” FRCE is North Carolina’s largest maintenance, repair, overhaul and technical services provider, with more than 4,000 civilian, military and contract workers. Its annual revenue exceeds $1 billion. The depot provides service to the fleet while functioning as an integral part of the greater U.S. Navy; Naval Air Systems Command; and Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers.

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Black History Month The Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Washington (SSN 787) returned to its homeport at Naval Station Norfolk after successfully completing a scheduled deployment, Sunday, Feb. 27. PAGE B6

Sailors from Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command Pearl Harbor successfully complete the First Receiver Operations Training (FROT) held at Branch Health Clinic Makalapa on February 17, 2022. This yearly requirement teaches Sailors to properly decontaminate patients prior to administering medical care in the event of a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, or Nuclear (CBRN) incident. (MACY HINDS)

Hazmat decontamination training prepares Sailors for real-world incidents By Macy Hinds

Naval Health Clinic Hawaii

HAWAII — A group of 15 Sailors from Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command Pearl Harbor completed First Receiver Operations Training (FROT) at Branch Health Clinic Makalapa, Thursday, February 17. This yearly requirement teaches Sailors to properly decontaminate patients prior to administering medical care in the event of a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, or Nuclear (CBRN) incident. Per the Navy Medicine FROT Training

Manual, “Students {were} introduced to potential contaminants terrorists may use; ways to identify contaminants using basic detection equipment, signs/symptoms of agents; triage of victims; decontaminants necessary to remove contaminants; and most importantly, how to effectively decontaminate patients.” The training spanned three days, each focusing on a different component of medical triage and decontamination. The first day consisted of setting up equipment and conducting an inventory functions check. A didactic lecture followed on the second day and the training concluded with a cumulative timed exercise

on the third day. Participants suited up in full personal protective equipment, set up a decontamination tent, and practiced triaging and decontaminating incoming patients under time restraints. This hands-on training empowers students to react appropriately under pressure in the case of CBRN incident. “I feel confident in the student’s ability to triage and decontaminate victims in real world settings, especially with the group that just went through,” said Hospital Corpsman First Class Corey Holmes, FROT Team Leader at Navy Medicine Readiness and Training

U.S. Continues Providing Arms for Ukraine’s Defense Against Russian Aggression By David Vergun DoD Public Affairs

Ukrainian resistance to invading forces is stiffer than Russia expected, as the U.S. and NATO continue to supply security assistance to Ukraine, a senior defense official said. “We continue to believe, based on what we’ve observed, that this resistance is greater than what the Russians expected. And we have indications that the Russians are increasingly frustrated by their lack of momentum over the last 24 hours, particularly in the north parts of Ukraine,” that official said. Ukrainian air defenses, including aircraft, continue to be operable and continue to engage and deny access to Russian aircraft in places over the country, the official said. “As of this morning, we have no indication that the Russian military has taken control over any cities, and we still believe that Russia has yet to achieve air superiority,” the official said. The Russian invasion of Ukraine over the last 24 hours has been observed to occur over three main axes: from the south — including an amphibious assault from the Sea of Azov; from the north central; and from the northeast, a senior defense official said. Over the last 24 hours or so, the U.S. has continued to observe more than 250 Russian missile launches, mostly shortrange ballistic missiles, the official said. “We continue to see civilian infrastructure and residential areas impacted and damaged by these missile strikes,” the official said, adding that it’s not clear if those strikes were intentional. Altogether, Russia has more than 150,000 troops arrayed against Ukraine, with more than 50% inside the country — up from one-third over the last 24 hours — and the rest are still along the border, the official said. There are also some Russian reconnaissance forces inside Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital city. Also, there are an increasing number of

Command Pearl Harbor. “They brought up good ideas to make operations run even more effectively.” Upon completion, each student received a certificate from Decontamination Education and Consulting on Nuc/Bio/Chem (DECON, LLC) for completion of Navy Medical FROT and Hazardous Waste Operation and Emergency Response (HAZOPER) First Responder Operations Level Training. All Active Duty personnel and GS civilians with at least one year remaining at the Command may participate in the training held twice a year.

NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville earns five 2021 Blue “E” awards for supply excellence By Jessica Mcclanahan

Naval Supply Systems Command Public Affairs

A Paratrooper assigned to the Troop B, 5-73 Cavalry 82nd Airborne Division trains a Polish soldier assigned to the 21st Rifle Brigade on his squad designated marksman rifle during a combined training event at Feb 22 at Nowa Deba, Poland. (MSGT ALEXANDER BURNETT)

Ukrainians leaving the country, the official said, adding that the lines are stacking up on the Ukrainian side of the border with Poland. Yesterday, President Joe Biden authorized an additional $350 million of military assistance from Defense Department inventories — including anti-armor, small arms, various munitions, body armor and related equipment — to support Ukraine’s frontline defenders, who are facing down Russia’s unprovoked attack, Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby said Saturday. That brings the total U.S. security assistance approved for Ukraine to $1 billion over the past year. It’s the third time

Biden has expedited emergency security assistance for Ukraine’s defense in recent months using his presidential authority, Kirby said. “We, along with our allies and partners, are standing together to continue to expedite security assistance to Ukraine and are employing all available security cooperation tools in support of the Ukrainian people as they defend themselves against this aggression,” Kirby said. “Our commitment and deliveries continue as a sign of our unwavering support for Ukraine sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he added.

JACKSONVILLE, Fl. — Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Jacksonville is proud to announce that supply and logistics teams from Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville, NAS Key West, Naval Station Mayport, NAS Joint Reserve Base New Orleans and NAS Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth have been named 2021 Ashore Supply Excellence Award (Blue “E”) recipients. The Blue “E” recognizes outstanding service to the Fleet in the area of aviation supply and logistics — a team effort among Aviation Support Detachment (ASD) and Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) military and civilian personnel. Naval Station Mayport’s Supply Officer, Cmdr. Michael Bono, stated, “The role of the combined FLC and ASD is to provide worldclass supply and logistics support to our warfighters on the flight line; that means procuring, warehousing and issuing aviation parts and equipment, as well as ensuring that those parts progress through the repair cycle—all the while, guaranteeing audit compliance.” The 2021 Blue “E” is the eleventh consecutive award for NAS Jacksonville who has earned the award each year since ashore stations were first eligible for consideration. Supply Officer, Mr. Ivan Stamegna of NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville, aims to keep the momentum moving forward. “Our team, to include Aviation Support Detachment (ASD) personnel, is very proud to continue a legacy of excellence,” said Stamegna. “And while the foundation we have laid is a positive indicator of future success, we are keenly aware that we must keep improving.” Turn to NAVSUP, Page 7


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Too much is more than enough during winter getaway

By Lisa Smith Molinari

After two years of pandemic monotony, I threw a royal hissy fit. The novelty of “staying home” had worn off long ago. I told my husband, Francis, I desperately needed to get away, or I’d lose my mind. He could see from the spittle on my chin and the crazed look in my twitching right eye, that I was serious. A month later, Francis surprised me with tickets for a week at an “all-inclusive luxury resort” in Aruba. Despite having traveled extensively during two overseas tours, we didn’t have much experience with Caribbean islands, much less tropical resorts. Our previous trips were on a strict military family budget, which usually involved driving our minivan, renting inexpensive accommodations, packing our own food, and rejecting pricey excursions and paid tour guides. But as I perused the website of our Aruban all-inclusive luxury resort, we could’ve gone bankrupt for all I cared. If I didn’t have to cook, clean, or find another damned show to bingewatch on Netflix, this trip would be priceless. Our plane left Boston late because of the extensive de-icing required for take-off, but six hours later, we stood under the blazing equatorial sun, while aqua blue waters lapped the resort’s white sand beach, and 85-degree breezes blew through palms and cacti. We squeezed our pale, flakey, fleshy, winter

bodies into bathing suits (flagrant pandemic overeating) and hit one of the resort’s many outdoor bars for our first round of all-included cocktails. “This is exactly what I needed,” I told Francis while sipping a frozen mango margarita under a palapa on the beach. Interestingly, all of the resort’s cocktails, wine, beer, soda, apple juice and milk were served in identical, opaque plastic tumblers like the ones stacked by the buffet at Golden Corral. Drinking chardonnay out of institutional vessels wasn’t exactly glamorous, but we assumed that, with so many guests walking barefoot around pools and beaches, this was a necessary safety precaution. Our “ocean view” fourth-floor room looked over one of the resort’s many pools and out to the sea. “Wow, how about that view?” Francis said, sitting on our balcony, sipping bourbon from his Golden Corral tumbler while waiting for me to dress for dinner. I stepped out onto the balcony just as someone below bellowed, “JACKPAHT!” We’d soon learn that the group in the pool had been on our flight from Boston, and were in Aruba for a wedding. Their extended family, which included aunts, uncles, grandparents and lots of kids, had rented the pool-side rooms below us. By the end of the week, we could identify them by their heavy Boston accents and poolside outbursts. “C’mahn, Uncle Jimmy, let’s play Jackpaht!” “Hey Bahb! I’m stahhving!” “MAHHKO! POLO! MAHHKO POLO!”

“MA! Jayden’s diy-pah fell off in the pool!” Our meal options included five themed restaurants (Mexican, Asian, Italian, Fine Dining, and a Tropical Grill featuring heated tables where guests grilled raw meats with a medic standing by to dress burn wounds), two buffets (nothing says “luxury” like scraping at the sides of a metal vat of macaroni and cheese), and various snacks offered at the outdoor bars (to lessen the risk of diabetic coma from the syrupy coconut rum, amaretto, grenadine, peach schnapps and margarita mix). Determined to get everything our all-inclusive package offered, we gorged ourselves at them all. We signed up for a snorkeling “booze cruise” where we saw more drinks than fish, and a violent off-road Jeep tour during which I nearly burst my spleen in the Arikok National Park. “A cocktail, honey?” Francis offered on our last day under the palapa. “Just a Diet Coke, please.” Sunburned, sore and battling diarrhea, I’d had my fill of unlimited cocktails, food, sunshine, adventure, pool patrons, and warm tropical breezes. At least that’s what I told myself. Real life isn’t an all-inclusive tropical resort, so I thought of our charming New England house, roll-hiding wool sweaters, home-cooked meals, cozy TV nights, our kids, the dog. Turns out, the water is bluer, the breezes are warmer, the drinks are cheaper … and the grass is always greener on the other side.

Ways to Help Your Children Cope With Moving By Military Onesource You’ve received your PCS orders. Now, between packing and looking for a new home, you’ll have another big job to do if you’re a military parent — helping your children cope with moving. Military families move frequently, and this can be both an exciting and challenging time for children and teens. Keep in mind while you’re busy preparing, that they may need extra attention and help with this transition. Children learn as much from what parents do as what parents say, so if you can manage your move with skill and confidence, that will help teach your children to do the same. Learn more about the array of relocation assistance and comprehensive moving resources available to help you and your family master your move. And use the following tips to help your children have a smooth transition. Prepare your children for the move As part of the military community, you know that mission success is all about being prepared. Good results follow good preparation. Preparing your children for the move will make it easier for them to adjust. Some tips to get started are: Alert your children to the move ASAP. Just like you, they need time to prepare and time to adjust to the idea of saying goodbye to their friends and moving to a new community. For small children, you might check out the helpful relocation resources offered by Sesame Street for Military Families, including the Big Moving Adventure mobile app. For older children, MilitaryKidsConnect offers videos of military teens talking about moving, installation tours and more. Listen to your children and provide answers. Your children may have lots of questions or may need some space during this transition. Answer their questions as best you can, and be patient with yourself and your children during this time. Allow everyone to express their feelings, and try to give everyone the time they need to adjust to upcoming changes. Let your children help. Get them involved with the moving preparations. Help your children research their new school, nearby parks and installation activities. Teens may be able to search online for housing and scout out their new school or fun things to do on the new installation. Older youth can help pack household goods, and younger children can pack their own belongings, favorite items or “first day box.” Check out more moving tips from the Military OneSource Blog Brigade. Reassure your children. Tell them that you love them and assure them that together the family will adjust to their new home. Stay positive and keep them involved. Try to emphasize the exciting parts of change, like learning about new places and meeting new people. Your children take their cues from you. Remind them that you’re a military strong family and that new adventures await! Celebrate your children’s favorite things. Before the move, make a point to take some

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U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Charles Harris, assigned to the USS Freedom (LCS 1), embraces his daughter during a homecoming celebration at Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, Calif., Aug. 7, 2013. (DOD PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS DANIEL M YOUNG)

family time to visit your favorite parks, restaurants, recreation spots and other favorite places. Have them take something special or a photo from one of those places to the new house. Encourage your child to find a new favorite place in your new location. Look ahead. Spend time with your children researching their new school, area parks and base activities. Make a list of new places they want to explore or new activities they want to try. Focus on the fun. Helping your children adjust to their new home and school After your initial planning, there are several steps you can take to help your children transition smoothly to their new home and school. Consult with your installation’s school liaison. Most installations have a school liaison to serve as a bridge between schools and military families. School liaisons are your primary point of contact for all school-related matters for children grades pre-K through 12. They can help you and your family navigate school selections, transfer credits and register for classes, locate after school activities, connect with youth sponsorship programs and much more. Find your installation school liaison contact information on MilitaryINSTALLATIONS. Request a sponsor. Military sponsors are trained service members who help other service members and families before, during and after a relocation. Sponsors are assigned through your unit and are typically of the same rank and family status. Learn more about how sponsors help you get settled into your new home. Look into the Youth Sponsorship Program. Many installations give youth the chance to meet a new friend and become acquainted with their new installation through the installation’s youth program. Where available, they can exchange emails, talk on the phone or chat online. Contact your new installation youth program office for more

information. Remain patient with your children. If they weren’t nervous before, they may be now that you’ve moved and they are facing a new school, neighborhood and friends. Listen, support and be there for your children during the transition. If you feel like your child would benefit from talking to a professional counselor, learn more about Child and Youth Behavioral Military Life Counselors. These counselors understand the issues military children face and can be especially helpful during challenging periods, including PCS moves and deployments. Smooth your children’s entry into school. To help military families ensure their children can enroll in needed classes, participate in extra-curricular activities and graduate on time, all 50 states and the District of Columbia have signed the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children. Here’s how the compact helps you and your children have an easier transition to a new school: Enrolling is easier. Using unofficial, hand carried records from your old school allows your students to enroll without delay, before the official transcript arrives. You also have 30 days to obtain any needed immunizations. Getting key classes. Rest assured that your children will be placed in appropriate required classes, advanced placement and special needs programs while awaiting evaluation at their new school. The new school can assess your child but can’t put your child in a “holding class” during the assessment time. Playing sports and other extracurricular activities right away. If your child is eligible, the new school will facilitate participation in extracurricular activities even if application deadlines or tryouts have passed. Graduating. The compact helps to ensure the move will not affect your high schooler’s graduation.

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TINIAN, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands– Brig. Gen. Jeremy Sloane, commander, 36th Wing, delivers remarks during the Tinian Divert groundbreaking ceremony Feb. 22. The event marked the beginning of the first two divert projects, which include airfield development and a parking apron totaling nearly $162 million with an expected completion date of October 2025. (COURTESY PHOTO)

NAVFAC Marianas Manages Tinian Divert Airfield Construction Projects By JoAnna Delfin

Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific Public Affairs

ASAN, Guam — With the lift of a shovel, the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) government broke ground on the first two projects for the Tinian Divert Airfield. Capt. Tim Liberatore Naval Facilities

Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) Marianas commanding officer, and Joint Region Marianas regional engineer, highlighted the projects that include airfield development and a parking apron totaling nearly $162 million with an expected completion date of October 2025. “These military construction projects that we break ground on today represent the first of several capital investments in the CNMI,” he said. “These projects are also a testament

of the continued partnership between the DOD and the CNMI as we work together to ensure security in the region.” NAVFAC Marianas is the construction agent who will provide construction management and contracting services and support to ensure the timely and quality completion of the projects before it is turned over to the U.S. Air Force. “Its airfield, roadway, port, and pipeline improvements will provide vital strategic,

operational, and exercise capabilities for the U.S. forces and support humanitarian assistance and disaster relief,” said Brig Gen. Jeremy Sloane, commander, 36th Wing. “The Air Force is committed to a safe Tinian, a prosperous CNMI, and a collaborative region as well as preserving Tinian’s natural and historical resources for future generations.” Rear Adm. Benjamin Nicholson, commander, Joint Region Marianas, said the divert is an important part the nation’s defense as new pacing challenges have emerged in the region, calling for the need to strengthen our defenses, forces and partnerships. “From now into the future, this airfield will enhance our ability to meet mission requirements, broaden our defense strategies, and expand our capabilities for training and operations,” he said. “Today is yet another bold step we take for the defense of this region, and we could not do it without you, our friends and partners in the CNMI.”









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Oral Cancer can give someone quite the mouthful... Pat Graves, NHB/NMRTC Bremerton Tobacco Cessation counselor, shares a mock model of how dangerous and destructive tobacco products, specifically smokeless tobacco, can be to someone’s health and well-being with Dental department staff at NMRTU Bangor on Feb. 24, 2022, the annual recognition date for the Great American Spitout, a campaign designed to foster awareness and consideration among users to quit their spit, at least one chew at a time. (DOUGLAS STUTZ)

Keeping Oral Cancer from being a Mouthful at Naval Hospital Bremerton By Douglas Stutz

Naval Hospital Bremerton/Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command

BREMERTON, Wa. — Through with the chew? The annual Great American Spitout, Feb. 24 is an ideal reminder to help start the process. Ready to quit the spit? Navy Medicine Readiness Training Command (NMRTC) Bremerton’s Tobacco Cessation counselor, along with the Dental/ Oral Surgery team are here to help. Had enough of the snuff? Patrick Graves, NMRTC Bremerton’s Tobacco Cessation counselor advocates that the benefits far outweigh the risks when it comes to quitting a habit like smokeless tobacco. Smokeless tobacco is really a super concentrated form of nicotine, equal to 3.5 packs of cigarettes. “That makes it all the more addictive,” Graves said, citing compiled Department of Defense statistics that show chewing tobacco is used by almost one in five 18- to 24-yearold military males, approximately 19 percent, almost twice the national average. “Dip is not a safe alternative to smoking because the body absorbs 3-4 times more nicotine, making it potentially more addictive than cigarettes.” “Which is hard to conceptualize as a 20-something year old Sailor or Marine who thinks they’re almost indestructible,” continued Graves. “Cancer is the big scare, but often

overlooked is the lung disorders, cardiovascular diseases and others which take place. People who use smokeless and other tobacco products have heard such talk before. Who doesn’t know the dangers of nicotine? So what are the benefits for someone to forgo their smokeless tobacco? Graves affirms that quitting smokeless tobacco can positively impact any formeruser physically with improved hygienic changes of brighter teeth and fresher breath, and professionally by improving their readiness with increased endurance due to better lung capacity, less injuries and less time off due to illness. Quitting can even enhance night vision. There’s also a financial incentive. “Cigarettes are about ten bucks a pack, and dip is not inexpensive either,” Graves said. Quitting can save a smokeless tobacco user money. The Department of Defense cost savings calculator can show a person just how much of their money is basically going up in smoke. “If there is a person out there who is using dip and/or smoking and is thinking about quitting, now is the best time. If they are experiencing symptoms like high blood pressure, recurring cough, and/or shortness of breath, then they need to ask themselves what they’re waiting for. If they are holding out for some worst-case scenario, it’s already happening. Chewing tobacco is subtle,” Graves said. Graves is a staunch believer — and supporter - that anyone can stop using smokeless tobacco. It’s not easy. It takes an average

of four to seven times just to attempt to quit, to quit. It’s taking on an addictive substance which does not like to be told what to do. There are available tools — patches, gum, lozenges - as well as medication. He suggests that a user make a detailed plan for quitting, including such helpful pointers as: • Write down your reasons for quitting and keep them on hand at all times. A good tip is to consider keeping them in the pocket that was used to store a can of chew. • Pick a date and work backwards to get that start date. It is recommended that a user begin to taper tobacco use two to four weeks prior to the actual tobacco-free date. • Identify what triggers using any tobacco product, and how can a user quitting the habit cope when the craving hits. • Enlist the help of family and friends for support. • Try replacing smokeless tobacco with a healthy alternative, such as sunflower seeds, toothpicks or sugar-free gum/candy. • Change up the routine. If a user chewed/ dipped during the morning commute, then take a different route or ask a friend to carpool. If there’s a front line in the ongoing struggle to deal with the impact of smokeless tobacco, the Navy Dental Corps is helping to lead the charge for change on the chew. Dental services at Naval Hospital Bremerton and associated clinics located at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor and Naval Station Everett are proactive in educating and reminding those they care for on the health risks associated

with smokeless tobacco. “Our dental community colleagues tend to see the impact of what chewing tobacco can do a lot earlier that I,” said Graves. “They are really good at recognizing early warning signs such as a pre-cancerous lesion. When a dentist, hygienist or technician says to a patient, ‘that looks bad,’ that patient tends to listen.” During every annual dental checkup for an active duty member, the teeth as well as oral soft tissue are examined. The thorough screening can detect any of those potential pre-cancerous lesions before they become a problem. Tooth decay and gum recession can also be identified and treated at early stages. There are other tell-tale signs for a dentist to see during an exam of someone who uses smokeless tobacco products. There might be tenderness, burning, or sore throat irritation. There can be numbness or sensitivity anywhere in the mouth or lips, development of a lump inside the mouth, color changes to oral soft tissues, difficulty with chewing, swallowing, speaking, or moving the tongue or jaw, or any changes in the way the teeth fit together. Smokeless tobacco also breaks down gum lines, stains teeth, and is a prime source of halitosis/bad breath. “If the measuring stick for a person is that they will quit is if they get a pre-cancerous lesion, they might have already lost the battle,” added Graves. “If anyone who chews begins to notice that they have a white patch in their mouth or receding gum lines, they need to contact their dentist immediately.” Graves encourages anyone who is thinking of quitting cigarettes or smokeless tobacco to contact their primary care doctor, unit/ ship/boat corpsman. He can also be reached at (360) 475-4818, or at noon every Friday at the Bangor clinic.

HSC12 Stays Mission Ready

By MC2 Ange-Oliver Clement

Naval Air Facility Atsugi

NAVAL AIR FACILITY ATSUGI, Japan — Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 12 hosted an annual Tactic Assist Visit with Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Weapons School Pacific (HSCWSP) onboard Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi from Feb. 7 to Feb. 25. The visit was conducted to provide an assessment of HSC 12’s warfighting capacities, while additionally providing training to ensure it is continually improving its combat effectiveness in all tactical mission areas. As part of this training, HSC-12 partnered with Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5 and conducted floating mine response training. “There is no better training for our Sailors,” said Lt.Cmdr. Bryan Criger, HSC-12’s training officer. “Face to face interaction allows for unparalleled training and focuses on building closer relationships between HSC-12’s MH-60S Sea Hawk Helicopter pilots and EODMU 5 Sailors which enhances the interoperability of the units.” Guided by instructors from HSCWSP, HSC-12, and EODMU 5 Sailors received classroom instruction before putting into practice their new skills, both on land and at sea. “This training and assessment period is vital so that both HSC-12 and EODMU 5 are ready on day one when it comes to this summer’s deployment,” said Lt. Dillon Reaves, officer-in- charge of the EODMU 5 detachment. As part of this training, HSC-12 and

Sailors of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit 5 depart Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan to conduct open water floating mine response drill training. NAF Atsugi supports the combat readiness of Commander, Carrier Air Wing FIVE (CVW 5), Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron FIVE ONE (HSM-51) and 30 other tenant commands and provides logistic support, coordination, and services to units assigned to the Western Pacific. (PETTY OFFICER 2ND CLASS ANGE-OLIVIER CLEMENT)

EODMU spent February 23, 2022 conducting fast-roping exercises in the water of Tokyo Bay. “Japan being much colder and dryer during this time of the year provides an opportunity to experience a different environment,” said Reaves. “Training with HSC-12 over both open ocean and around Mount Fuji allows us to practice a lot. We never know what we may be called upon to

do while on deployment, so being prepared will pay dividends down the road.” HSC-12 Sailors ultimately found that this training is an opportunity to have in person exchanges of lessons learned and training gathered from other Helicopter Sea Combat Squadrons on the west coast. In addition, it is additionally an opportunity for HSCWSP to gather insight into the implementation and possible improve-

ments in their standardized tactical curriculum from the perspective of a Forward Deployed Naval Forces squadron. NAF Atsugi supports the combat readiness of Commander, Carrier Air Wing FIVE (CVW 5), Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron FIVE ONE (HSM-51) and 30 other tenant commands and provides logistic support, coordination, and services to units assigned to the Western Pacific.

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Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) Midshipman 1st Class Joseph Stagoski (left), a senior from the University of Memphis, selects his first U. S. Navy ship as Lt. Jessica Yang, Navy Personnel Command (NPC) Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) Junior Officer Detailer, monitors his selection during the 2022 NROTC SWO Ship Selections held at NPC.

NROTC Midshipmen Surface Warfare Officers Select First Ships By Scott Thornbloom

Naval Service Training Command

GREAT LAKES, Ill. — More than 250 Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) midshipmen and officer candidates from 98 colleges and universities around the country chose the first ships of their Navy careers February 23-24. Ship selection is one of the most significant events for these midshipmen and officer candidates as they take their first step toward joining the U.S. Navy Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) community in the fleet. “I’m really happy with my selection and getting my first choice,” said Midshipman 1st Class Kathrynn Pedrick, 22, from Powers, Oregon, and a senior at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. “I’m excited that I will be going to the East Coast (Norfolk, Virginia) and joining the crew of USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). Since I’ve only been on the West Coast I’m looking forward to seeing new things and visiting new places.” Pedrick, ranked third for the selection, said she had never been on a large deck assault amphibious ship but was looking forward to learning all about her first ship, getting qualified as a division officer and having fun. Midshipmen and officer candidates are ranked according to their grade point average, aptitude scores and physical fitness assessments. Known as the “SWO Draft”, the students make their selections with the assistance of the Navy Personnel Command’s (NPC) surface warfare officer detailers (PERS-41) in Millington, Tennessee. The “draft” allows each midshipman or officer candidate the choice of selecting their ship via video chat, a telephone call, or in person.

The event was live streamed on the PERS-41 YouTube channel for friends and family to view. This is the eighth time NROTC and NPC have used live, online capabilities like YouTube to conduct the ship selections providing midshipmen a memorable start to their SWO careers. According to NPC officials, the participating NROTC units displayed a great deal of school spirit — some units had live music and university mascots participating behind the selecting midshipmen. Many midshipmen and officer candidates who had initially elected to select their ships via a telephone call changed their minds after viewing the excitement of the online tool and opted to participate in the Pers-41 YouTube live stream to select their ship. “The PERS-412, SWO Junior Officer detailing team is so excited to share in this memorable moment for NROTC midshipman and officer candidates selecting their first ship,” said Lt. Noelle Kaufmann, NPC PERS-412 SWO(N) First Tour Division Officer & New Accessions Detailer and the accessions coordinator for this year’s NROTC Ship Selection. “This is the only time in their careers these surface warriors will have complete control over their next assignment, and it’s truly amazing to see where they choose. Every year our detailers are surprised to see how the selection plays out in terms of popular homeports and platforms. We are thrilled to see a ton of support from the NROTC units, family and friends throughout the selections and livestream. [I’m] Looking forward to working with these soon to be SWOs out in the Fleet,” Kaufmann added. This year also marked the sixth Midshipmen Early Ship Selection “Blue Chip” Initiative. The Initiative was advertised to both commanding officers and NROTC Units; and, it gave

commanding officers the opportunity to select up to two Midshipmen from their First Class Cruise to return to the ship after commissioning. The selected midshipmen had a reserved spot on the ship lists at Ship Selection (regardless of Order of Merit ranking) and had the option to accept or deny the offer. If a midshipman denied the offer, then that spot became available to the remaining selectees. This year eight “Blue Chip” midshipmen were asked to return to the ship they were on during their Summer Cruise and all eight accepted the invitations by the commanding officers of the ships. “It was really nice to be able to pick early,” said Midshipman 1st Class Emlyn Thorogood, 21, from Havertown, Pennsylvania, and a senior at the University of Rochester (New York). “It feels good knowing that all the hard work I’ve accomplished the past four years has finally paid off.” Thorogood was the fifth midshipman to choose his first ship which will be the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99) homeported in Jacksonville, Florida, at Naval Station Mayport. “I’m looking forward to taking on new leadership roles and being in a warmer climate,” he said. Norwich University-The Military College of (Northfield) Vermont midshipmen Zachery Bergeron, 21, from Blackstone, Massachusetts, and Sebastian Martin, 22, from Tremont, Illinois, selected second and fourth respectfully. Bergeron selected the destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) homeported in Rota, Spain, and Martin picked USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) located in Yokosuka, Japan. Each said they were ready for the challenges of being assigned to forward-deployed ships. “I hope to get a good understanding of what

it’s like to be forward-deployed and being a part of “the blue water Navy,” Martin said. “This will be a good opportunity to experience what it’s like to be in a real leadership position and experience the world.” Bergeron said he wanted to report to the amphibious command and control flagship of the Seventh Fleet with an open mind. “I want to learn and experience as much as I can.” Following commissioning ceremonies and graduations, from May to July, the newly commissioned SWOs will be on their way to their first shipboard assignments as Navy Ensigns. The NROTC program is overseen by Rear Adm. Jennifer Couture and her Naval Service Training Command (NSTC) staff headquartered at Naval Station Great Lakes, Illinois. “I’m sure all the Surface Warfare Officer NROTC midshipmen are as excited selecting their first ship as I was picking mine and getting orders to my first ship, USS Wasp, in 1995,” said Couture, who was commissioned through the NROTC program at The George Washington University in Washington, D. C. The NROTC program was established to develop midshipmen mentally, morally and physically and to imbue them with the highest ideals of duty, loyalty and Navy core values in order to commission college graduates as Naval officers. NSTC oversees 98 percent of initial officer and enlisted accessions training for the Navy, as well as the Navy’s Citizenship Development program. NSTC also supports RTC; NROTC units at more than 160 colleges and universities; Officer Training Command (OTC) at Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island; and Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) and Navy National Defense Cadet Corps (NNDCC) citizenship development programs at more than 600 high schools worldwide. For more information about Navy ROTC, visit https://www.netc.navy.mil/NSTC/ NROTC/.

NSWC Joint Warfare Centers Black History Month Special Observance Hosted by NSWC Philadelphia Division By Gary Ell

Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia Division Public Affairs

NORFOLK, Va. — The Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Washington (SSN 787) returned to its homeport at Naval Station Norfolk after successfully completing a scheduled deployment, Sunday, Feb. 27. Under the command of Cmdr. Eric Astle, Washington returns from a deployment where it executed the chief of naval operation’s maritime strategy by supporting national security interests and maritime security operations. “I’m incredibly proud of the crew,” said Astle. “Their persistence and enthusiasm in executing 192 days of sustained operations with a 92 percent operational tempo is just incredible. The team covered more ground than I could have imagined, transiting over 37,000 nautical miles, meeting complex mission assignments and fixing every material challenge the boat threw their way. It’s hard work to do such a tough job for so long with limited contact with family and friends, but the team never wavered in their commitment to the mission.” Command Master Chief Charles Generals, Washington’s chief of the boat, also spoke highly of the boat’s crew and their ability to tackle challenges while deployed. “We really have an amazing crew aboard Washington,” said Generals. “No matter the challenge they faced on deployment, they were all more than happy to step up and resolve it quickly and safely.” The importance of teamwork in Washington’s successful deployment was also highlighted by Astle as he spoke on the groups and individuals who helped Washington along the way. “Washington would not have been successful without the crew’s high energy and support of each other,” said Astle. “Every deployment has its share of curve balls, and the team really pulled together, got innovative when necessary, and made sure we were trained, equipped, and ready for every mission that came our way. We also would not have succeeded with the strength of our families and the support network at home sustained by our ombudsman, Mrs. Hilary

Retired U.S. Navy Reserve Capt. Sheila Jenkins prepares for a podcast after providing keynote remarks during the Joint Warfare Center Black History Month Observance hosted by Naval Surface Warfare Center, Philadelphia Division (NSWCPD) in Philadelphia Feb. 23. (PHIL SCARINGI )

Liebel, our Family Readiness Group, led by Mrs. Jenna White, and the shoreside support by Submarine Squadron Six and CTF 69.” Washington arrived at Naval Station Norfolk to the greeting of friends and family members who showed their support with cheers and handmade welcome home signs. During the deployment, Washington Sailors had the opportunity to experience life in Arctic circle during the time of year when the sun doesn’t rise. The crew also supported diplomatic relationships by conducting port visits in Haakensvern, Norway; Tromso, Norway; Faslane, Scotland; and Brest, France.

Thirty-six enlisted Sailors and five officers earned their submarine warfare qualification, known as ‘dolphins,’ 17 Sailors were advanced to the next paygrade, one officer was promoted, and five Sailors reenlisted. The Virginia-class, also known as the VA-class or 774-class, is a class of nuclear-powered fast attack submarines in service with the U.S. Navy. The submarines are designed for a broad spectrum of open-ocean and littoral missions. They were conceived as a less expensive alternative to the Seawolf-class attack submarines, designed during the Cold War era, and are replacing older Los Angeles-class submarines. Fast-attack submarines are multi-mission

platforms enabling five of the six Navy maritime strategy core capabilities - sea control, power projection, forward presence, maritime security, and deterrence. They are designed to excel in anti-submarine warfare, anti-ship warfare, strike warfare, special operations, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, irregular warfare and mine warfare. Fast-attack submarines project power ashore with special operations forces and Tomahawk cruise missiles in the prevention or preparation of regional crises. The Virginia-class submarine is 377 feet long and 34 feet wide, and weighs about 7,900 tons when submerged. Underwater, it can reach speeds in excess of 25 knots.

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Retired aircraft sit in the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., JUNE 2. (COURTESY PHOTO)

NAVSUP WSS triple threat program leads to big wins for military, taxpayers, environment By Angela King-Sweigart

NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support

PHILADELPHIA — Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support (NAVSUP WSS) launched an AV-8B Harrier jet stricken aircraft reclamation and disposal program in fiscal year 2019, to manage the disassembly and reuse of aircraft parts destined for the military’s aircraft junkyard on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tuscan, Arizona. The AV-8B Harrier jet is being replaced by the F-35B Lightning II, a process that will take nearly a decade. During this time, the current AV-8B Harrier fleet must remain mission-ready, according to Marine Corps Maj. Jason Constance, director of NAVSUP WSS AV-8 Integrated Weapon

Support Team. “By taking parts from retiring Harriers and using them on still-operational Harriers, we increase readiness. Parts are pulled directly from aircraft and inducted in the repair cycle almost immediately, saving time and resources,” said Constance. The NAVSUP WSS team manages these reclamation programs via contracts to commercial entities or other government agencies. NAVSUP WSS pays the contracted entity to disassemble the aircraft, package the reusable parts, and input the parts into the Navy’s supply system of record known as Navy Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). The AV-8B Harrier jet order was funded to another Navy organization, the Navy’s Fleet Readiness Center East, Cherry Point, North Carolina.

Fleet Readiness Center East offers several advantages to AV-8B, said William Bacovin, deputy director of NAVSUP WSS AV-8 Integrated Weapon Support Team. “Where the aircraft disassembly is taking place is only a few hundred yards from the facility where AV-8B parts are being repaired. This co-location of aircraft disassembly and parts repair in Cherry Point, leads to increases in overall AV-8B readiness. The fact that the reused parts do not need to be shipped long distances also leads to transportation cost savings and creates a situation that is environmentally friendly.” The first year was a resounding success according to Constance and Bacovin. Fleet Readiness Center East completed the first round of aircraft ahead of schedule and used innovative labor practices, which resulted in

additional costs savings. “Their hard work and innovation saved us more than $2.6 million. I was really excited to see this money go back to the enterprise,” said Bacovin. “We can continue this program for several years without expending any more dollars on labor,” he said. Constance is also happy to be a part of the program. “I’m proud to be a part of this aviation legacy. The AV-8 has been around since the time I was born and is still supporting Marines on the ground to this day. This is a great program, helping to extend the life of a much-needed aircraft as we move forward.” NAVSUP WSS is one of 11 commands under Commander, NAVSUP. Headquartered in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, and employing a diverse, worldwide workforce of more than 22,500 military and civilian personnel, NAVSUP’s mission is to provide supplies, services, and quality-of-life support to the Navy and joint warfighter. Learn more at www.navsup.navy.mil, www. facebook.com/navsupwss and https://twitter.com/navsupsyscom.

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NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville Commanding Officer, Capt. Jim Strauss, offered words of praise to the Blue “E” recipients, “Outstanding customer service and synergy between the FLC and the ASD are essential for supporting our Naval Aviation mission partners. I am very proud that five of our NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville sites more than met the challenge. Their continued effort and dedication is evident.” In a joint announcement to the Fleet from Commander Naval Air Forces Atlantic and Pacific, Force Supply Officer, Capt. Brian J. Anderson also included a message of congratulations, “Well done! Your diligence, hard work and commitment to our Navy and our Sailors is impressive. Bravo Zulu!” NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville is one of eight FLCs under Commander, NAVSUP. Headquartered in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, NAVSUP employs a diverse, worldwide workforce of more than 22,500 military and civilian personnel. NAVSUP and the Navy Supply Corps conduct and enable supply chain, acquisition, operational logistics and Sailor & family care activities with our mission partners to generate readiness and sustain naval forces worldwide to prevent and decisively win wars. Learn more at www.navsup.navy.mil, www.facebook.com/ navsup and https://twitter.com/navsupsyscom.

Civilian and military personnel at NAS JRB Fort Worth conduct supply inventory. Five combined NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Jacksonville and Aviation Support Detachments (ASD) earned a 2021 Blue“E”for supply excellence in the Southeast region: Naval Station Mayport, Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville; NAS Key West; NAS JRB New Orleans and NAS JRB Fort Worth. (JESSICA MCCLANAHAN)



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THE UNTOLD HISTORY OF YWCA SOUTH HAMPTON ROADS From The Chrysler Museum of Art NORFOLK, Va. — For more than 100 years, YWCA South Hampton Roads has strengthened social movements that eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. However, the organization’s history that starts with the work of Laura E. Titus, a Black female philanthropist, has remained largely unknown. The Chrysler Museum of Art will showcase this story in Reckoning our History: The Untold Story of YWCA South Hampton Roads. The exhibition, on view Feb. 22—March 13 in the Museum’s Margaret Shepherd Ray Family & Student Gallery, will chronicle YWCA’s history with original paintings by artists from Teens With a Purpose, a Norfolk-based nonprofit organization that empowers youth to find self-assuredness through arts, education, community engagement and more. With support from local artist Chris Green, the young artists convey their perspectives on YWCA South Hampton Roads’ previously untold history, depict the impact that YWCA South Hampton Roads and Teens With a Purpose are making in our community and present their vision for the future. “The partnership with YWCA South Hampton Roads and Teens With a Purpose meets an essential part of the Chrysler’s mission to enrich and transform lives,” said Museum Director Erik Neil. “As the Museum endeavors to serve as a space for social engagement for the community, we are delighted to present the work by Teens With a Purpose to share a story that was not previously known to a wide audience. We hope this exhibition will inspire creativity, provoke thought about local history and foster enlightening discussions about diversity and the future of the community.” For nearly 40 years, YWCA South Hampton Roads has provided emergency shelter for women and families facing crisis. The organization is now expanding its efforts as a direct-service provider — primarily focused on providing refuge to women and families escaping domestic and sexual violence — to an organization working at the intersection of racial-social justice and gender equity based on the mission established by its founder, Laura E. Titus. Previous accounts of YWCA’s history date the organization to 1911 and attribute its beginnings to a white philanthropist. However, Titus sought a charter in 1906 to begin what is now YWCA South Hampton Roads. The charter was approved in 1908 though Titus is not given credit in the historic record. “YWCA South Hampton Roads is committed to uncovering our history to advance the full mission of our organization as we work to build an anti-racist community. We owe it to the legacy of Laura E. Titus, who blazed the trail to ensure all women had a place of rest in the Hampton Roads community. This is our opportunity to rectify our founding and demonstrate racial reckoning and the power of young people to heal our future,” said Michelle Ellis Young, YWCA South Hampton Roads’ CEO. Chris Green has worked with Teens With a Purpose on numerous occasions over the years and especially enjoyed this opportunity to teach them about painting. “Art has enriched my life. Working with these young artists and seeing their passion for creating reminded me of why I originally fell in love with art,” Green said. “By working with Teens With a Purpose, I hope to have influenced a younger generation of artists to find their art voice.”


Working with Green has been truly impactful for the artists. His talent, passion and professionalism are important examples for the teens and show them what they can become. “Ensuring marginalized young people have the opportunity to engage with highly skilled accomplished artists with similar life experiences and with whom there is shared culture and identity means they encounter their ‘possible selves’ each time they walk into the studio,” Love said. “He is the counter narrative. Our youth receive the message that they are likely to go to jail, drop out of school or underachieve. Chris Green is the example of what is possible in life and through art.” Using their work to share YWCA South Hampton Roads’ story aligns with Teens With a Purpose’s mission to “create a platform that empowers young people to use their voice, creativity, reflection and action to affect personal growth, transform lives and impact communities.” The exhibition gives the youth an opportunity to tell their stories, recount histories that have been previously omitted, consider how stories are told and present information in new ways. “This partnership is a proud and humbling moment for us. This experience allows us to live our wildest dreams through this critical endeavor,” Love said.

Programming ImmortALL: Hampton Roads Black History Lives Forever Feb. 26 11 a.m.—2 p.m. | Free Artists from Teens with a Purpose will interpret the original works of art on view in Reckoning our History: The Untold Story of YWCA South Hampton Roads and other elements of Hampton Roads Black History through music, dance, and spoken word. The program will begin in Huber Court and culminate with a 1 p.m. performance in Kaufman Theater. For the safety of everyone in our community, all visitors age 3 and up are required to wear a face mask in the Museum and Glass Studio, regardless of vaccination status. Prior to theater entry, please present proof of vaccination or results of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event. Digital copies are acceptable. ABOUT THE CHRYSLER MUSEUM OF ART The Chrysler Museum of Art is one of America’s most distinguished mid-sized art museums, with a nationally recognized collection of more than 30,000 objects, including one of the great glass collections in America. The core of the Chrysler’s collection comes from Walter P.

Chrysler, Jr., an avid art collector who donated thousands of objects from his private collection to the Museum. The Museum has growing collections in many areas and mounts an ambitious schedule of visiting exhibitions and educational programs each season. The Chrysler has also been recognized nationally for its unique commitment to hospitality with its innovative gallery host program. ABOUT YWCA HAMPTON ROADS YWCA is the oldest and largest multicultural women’s organization in the world. Since 1908, YWCA South Hampton Roads (YWCA SHR) is dedicated to the fullness of its mission to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. YWCA SHR is a source of strength, courage and empowerment for women and families facing crisis. We are a community catalyst for meaningful change and the advocate for shaping vital impact through quality services responding to the critical needs of survivors of sexual violence and domestic violence. YWCA SHR works across racial, gender, religious and social lines with organizations, partners in all sectors to educate about disparities, advocate for change and provide resources and tools to dismantle oppressive systems.

Chatham County Line Brings NC Bluegrass to Suffolk VA March 12th From Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts COASTAL, Va. — Kick up your heels for a night of Americana Bluegrass with Chatham County Line, at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts on Saturday, March 12, 2022 at 8 PM. This concert will be ‘Downstairs at the Center’, providing guests with an intimate connection to Chatham County Line’s music. The pre-show fun starts at 7 PM with a JAM Session featuring Tidewater Bluegrass Music Association playing traditional instruments that define the Bluegrass sound. Chatham County Line has been a staple of the North Carolina music scene for two decades. The group features three seasoned musicians; Dave Wilson on guitar, harmonica, and vocals, John Teer on mandolin and fiddle, and Greg Readling on standup bass, pedal steel and piano. Embracing the heartworn songwriting and rough-hewn voice of leader Dave Wilson the band has graced stages all across the U.S. as well as mainland Europe, Scandinavia, Ireland and the United Kingdom. With eight studio albums of original material to pull from, CCL has a sound all their own and a stage show to match. Dave Wilson’s songwriting is inspired by a shelf bending collection of vinyl records from the 1920’s to the 2020’s. One listen to their all covers release “Sharing the Covers” [Yep Roc Records 2019] will give you an idea of those inspirations, with songs from the likes of Wilco and Beck shared with those of John Lennon, Tom Petty and John Hartford. With Chatham County Line’s 2020 release of new album Strange Fascination, https://lnk.to/strangefascination,


their Suffolk performance will feature plenty of new music and the addition of a drummer, North Carolina staple Dan Hall. With this latest album, the band decided to push their sound a little bit more into the modern world and embrace the use of drums onstage. “We’ve had drums on several albums, most notably Wildwood, and our audience always responded well to those tunes” says Dave Wilson. John Teer

who rotates from Mandolin to Fiddle all while singing soaring harmony adds “We’ve done an Electric Holiday Tour for the past 12 years that features an expanded group of musicians on the stage so we’re no stranger to a backbeat.” Don’t miss this rollicking evening with Chatham County Line on March 12, 2022. Tickets are $33 for General Admission seating. Reserve your tickets by calling the Box

Office at 757.923.2900 or on-line at https:// suffolkcenter.org/chatham-county-line/. Bar snacks, beer & wine will be available for purchase before and during the concert. For more information, please contact the Suffolk Center at 757-923-0003 or visit the www.suffolkcenter.org. Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts is located in the heart of historic Suffolk, at 110 W. Finney Avenue, Suffolk, VA 23434.

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Longtime Math Professor Steven Atiyah, Who Taught at ODU for Nearly 40 Years, Dies By Joe Garvey Steven Khalil Atiyah taught in Old Dominion University’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics for nearly 40 years. He wrote eight mathematics college textbooks. He spoke four languages and was learning another - at age 91. But it was his amiable and generous nature that stood out among those who knew him. “He was a kind and very personable fellow,” department Chair Gordon Melrose said. “He always greeted you as ‘my friend’ and always had kind words to say.” Atiyah, who was an assistant professor in the department from 1965 to 2000, then served as an adjunct professor from 2001 to 2004, died on Feb. 18. Atiyah was born in 1930 to Lebanese parents who were merchants and importers in Sierra Leone. According to his online obituary, his parents sent him and his two siblings to live with their grandparents in Lebanon when he was 5. He came to the United States as a teenager and received a BS in chemical engineering with an emphasis in petroleum refining and an MS in theoretical and applied mathematics, both from Tulsa University. He earned a Ph.D. in mathematics education at the University of Oklahoma. “Steve was always very congenial to me and enjoyed showing me the material he’d been developing for the courses he taught in algebra and geometry,” University Professor of Mathematics John Adam said. In his eulogy at Atiyah’s funeral service, Michael Lê recalled how Atiyah, his adviser, helped him find a way to graduate. Lê, who had been juggling four parttime jobs to support himself and his family in Vietnam, had logged three incompletes. He needed to take finals in those courses to acquire enough credits. So, he went to Atiyah. “The smile on his face seemed to give me all the comfort I needed and erased all my nervousness,” said Lê, who graduated in 1980 and is now an IT executive in Raleigh, N.C. “It was a smile that was very friendly and full of kindness.” Atiyah interceded with Lê’s computer

Michael Lê, left, credited Steven Atiyah with playing a critical role in helping him finish his degree.“Steve, even though you will no longer be around physically, your kind spirit will always stay with me,” Lê said in the eulogy he delivered at Atiyah’s funeral service.

science professors. Lê completed the finals to earn his degree. Atiyah, who said in an interview last year that he considered Lê like a son, then took him for drinks to celebrate. “Steve, even though you will no longer be around physically, your kind spirit will always stay with me,” Lê said. “That kindness made you go out of your way to convince those professors to allow you to supervise my taking those final exams. That kindness also made you feel so happy for me that you treated me to not one, but two drinks.” Lê and his wife, KT, endowed the planetarium in the new Chemistry Building. They also dedicated the element platinum to Atiyah in the Elements of Giving periodic table in the lobby of the building. The inscription reads: “A truly dedicated teacher and mentor.” Atiyah also taught part time for 30 years at Tidewater Community College. Retired math Professor Joe Joyner got to know him during a few years when they were colleagues

there. “During that time, he introduced me to Lebanese food at two Norfolk restaurants,” he wrote in a memorial post. “I remember those experiences and Steve fondly.” Atiyah took great pride in his books, which covered geometry, trigonometry, arithmetic and the history of mathematics. He noted that they were “classroom tested.” “I have not written very easy and simple books designed to be used by substandard institutions,” he wrote. “Very easy books are unchallenging, boring, and contribute very little (if anything) to the development of the subject. I have written useful books conducive to climbing the mathematical ladder. Every sentence in any of my books is meaningful and has substance.” He also utilized On Demand Publishing so that they would never go out of print. “Even after he retired, he kept himself busy with these texts, editing and keeping them up to date,” Melrose said.

He spoke English, Arabic, French and some German and was teaching himself Spanish before his death. “He loved people and sought to understand and appreciate different cultures,” his obituary noted. He also apparently was quite the baker. Melrose recalled that Atiyah “was quite involved with a bakery that he might have owned or co-owned” during his final years in the department. “He always kept a supply of delicious cookies in his desk drawer,” Adam added. Atiyah is survived by his wife of 47 years, Patricia S. Atiyah of Portsmouth, and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Arles and Louise Pease of Kingsport, Tennessee; Judy Jones of Chesapeake; and Ray Gentry of Kingsport, Tennessee, and many nephews and nieces. To plant trees in his memory, visit the Sympathy Store. Philip Walzer contributed to this story

lation as a way to raise funds and awareness for organizations he knows and believes in. “I have been a believer in the efforts of Hope House and Lynne Seagle for over 25 years.” He has first-hand experience in Ghent of the work that Hope House does for people with developmental disabilities. “Helping such folks enjoy lives of dignity and independence,” Jones says, “that’s a

very important and meaningful cause to me. It’s a population that needs more help and respect than ever these days.” Learn more about Hope House Foundation at https://www.hope-house.org/ Learn more about Marty Jones’s music at www.martyjones.net. Learn about Marty’s beer-industry work at www.martyjones.com.

Marty Jones Uses Beer Songs to Help Hope House Foundation From The Hope House Foundation

NORFOLK, Va. — Marty Jones, a longtime craft beer promoter/idea man and “Bard of Beer Songs,” is using his new beer-song compilation to help Hope House Foundation. For the month of March, Jones is donating 100 percent of the sales of his Brewed Gold compilation to the organization, which has faced many challenges due to being essential during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hope House Foundation provides services to adults with developmental disabilities exclusively in their own homes or apartments — regardless of how complex their disabilities may be. Jones’s new 10-song compilation showcases his most popular beer songs from his 25 years of making small-batch, beerminded music in Colorado. Brewed Gold can be listened to and purchased at https://martyjones.bandcamp.com/album/ brewed-gold for $10. Songs on the collection include “Match Made in Milwaukee,” “Maintaining a 2.0,” “Too Much Talk (Too Little Drinking),” “Hellbound Party Train” and seven others. Some of the songs were written when Jones lived and performed in Tidewater. Marty Jones is a Virginia Beach native with musical roots in Norfolk dating back to his college days at ODU. His last band before moving to Denver in 1995 was Marty Jones and the Tentop Boys. Jones and his Norfolk and Denver bands have played several Hope House Fundraisers since 1994. He became famous in the Colorado and USA craft beer trade as “the man who made


canned beer cool” for his work as promoter and idea man for Colorado’s Oskar Blues Brewery, the first US craft brewery to brew and can its own beer. Along the way, he became known as “the bard of beer songs” for his beer-minded roots/Americana music while leading bands and performing solo in Colorado. Now Jones uses his Brewed Gold compi-

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5 Steps for Mastering Family Meal Planning By Family Features As you and your family embark on a mission to create delicious, nutritious meals all while saving money, it’s key to remember meal planning is essential for success. From tracking a list of ingredients you’ll need to noting your loved ones’ favorite foods, there are some easy steps you can take to make dinners at home enjoyable and budget friendly. Getting on track with your own plan can start with these tips from Healthy Family Project’s Mission for Nutrition, which aims to help families find weekly meal success with an internationally inspired e-cookbook including grocery lists, recipe ideas and cooking hacks. Work together. Before heading to the store or heating up the oven, sit down with your loved ones and make a list of easy-tomake recipes you all enjoy. Each time you discover a new favorite, add it to the list so you’ll have a reference guide when it’s time to plan a week’s worth of meals. Stick to a schedule. Set a day and time each week your family can meet and plan out dinners. This also offers an opportunity to bring to light any newfound favorites or fresh ideas while bringing everyone to the same room for quality time together. Plan time-saving processes. Think ahead while planning meals and consider the equipment you’ll need. Saving time while cooking can be as easy as sticking to recipes that call for hands-off appliances like a slow cooker or pressure cooker and using a food processor rather than a knife and cutting board. Schedule a “leftovers night.” When you prep dinners that call for crossover ingredients, it’s easier to turn one meal into two. For example, buying sweet onions and chicken breast to make Chicken Apple Enchiladas means you’ll have those ingredients on hand for Greek Chicken Bowls later in the week. Make a list. Once you’ve decided on recipes for the week, create a list of all the ingredients you’ll need. While you’re at the store, stick to your plan and avoid impulse buys to help stay on track while getting in and out quicker. Find more recipes and meal planning tips by downloading the free e-cookbook at healthyfamilyproject.com/mission-for-nutrition and join the conversation by following #missionfornutrition on social media. Chicken Apple Enchiladas Recipe courtesy of Healthy Family Project’s Mission for Nutrition ½ sweet onion, diced 1 jalapeno, diced 1 Envy or Jazz apple, diced 2 cups cooked shredded chicken 8 flour tortillas 6 ounces shredded Mexican blend cheese, divided 1 can red enchilada sauce

Chicken Apple Enchiladas. (COURTESY PHOTO)

cilantro (optional) Heat oven to 350 F. In skillet, cook onions until translucent. Add jalapeno and apple; saute 2-3 minutes. Add cooked chicken and mix well. Remove from heat. Lay out tortillas and sprinkle cheese on each. Add chicken mixture and roll. Place in baking dish and cover with enchilada sauce. Bake 20 minutes, or until heated throughout. Greek Chicken Bowls Recipe courtesy of Healthy Family Project’s Mission for Nutrition 1 cup cooked white or brown rice 1 grilled chicken breast, sliced 1 RealSweet onion, sliced 1 cup cherry tomatoes 1 cucumber, cut into quarters ½ cup black olives 1 tablespoon feta cheese 2 tablespoons tzatziki sauce Place cooked rice and chicken in bowls. Top each bowl with sweet onions, tomatoes, cucumbers and black olives. Sprinkle each with feta cheese. Drizzle each with tzatziki sauce.

Greek Chicken Bowls. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Simple Macaroons. (COURTESY PHOTO)

A Celebratory Passover Dessert By Culinary.net When celebrating with family, there is nearly nothing better than passing a light and sweet dessert around the table. These Simple Macaroons are crisp, dipped in decedent chocolate and a completely scrumptious option for celebrating Passover. Simple to make and easy to eat, this sweet dessert is a crowd favorite. With a fresh kick of lemon zest and crunch of shredded coco-

nut, they are a bite-sized, delicious way to end your meal. They take little to no time to make, only baking 10-12 minutes for a tray full of tasty dessert bites ready to devour. With sweet honey and vanilla, the flavors come together to create something sweet but not overpowering. It’s a small, crumbly bite that’s perfect for sharing during Passover. Find more sweet treat recipes for any

holiday at Culinary.net. Simple Macaroons Recipe adapted from marthastewart.com Yield: 15 macaroons 1 large egg 2 ¼ tablespoons honey ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract grated lemon zest ¼ teaspoon salt 1 ¼ cups shredded coconut 5 ounces dark chocolate, melted

Preheat oven to 375 F. In bowl, whisk egg. Add honey, vanilla, lemon zest and salt; whisk. Stir in coconut until completely coated with egg mixture. Using 1 ½-inch ice cream scoop, make 15 balls, transferring each to parchment-lined baking sheet, spacing about 2 inches apart. Bake macaroons 10-12 minutes, rotating halfway through, until coconut starts to brown on edges. Transfer sheet to wire rack and let cool. Before serving, drizzle with melted chocolate or dip bottom sides of macaroons in melted chocolate to cover bases. Refrigerate 15 minutes to set.

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U.S. Marines wait for instruction from their Senior Drill Instructor after concluding a motivational run at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, on March 11, 2021. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. SARAH RALPH)

Caring for Recruits’ Injuries is Key to Success at Basic Training By Claudia Sanchez-Bustamante MHS Communications

There are all sorts of reasons why a new recruit might wash out of their initial military training. Some just decide that enlisting in the military wasn’t for them, and they cannot adjust to military life. Others are unable to meet the basic standards and requirements to become a service member. But among the most common reasons that young people fail to complete recruit training successfully and on time is injury. That’s why today’s recruit trainers and drill instructors take many precautious to avoid injuries that can leave new enlistees to languish for weeks in a rehabilitation unit or simply sent back home. “Injury is extremely frustrating and can crush morale and motivation,” said Army Capt. Lydia Blondin, assistant chief of physical therapy at the General Leonard Wood Army Community HospitalGeneral Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital website at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. The most common injuries are overuse injuries of the lower extremities and include stress fractures and muscle strains, she said. “Occasionally, we also see more acute injuries like fractures or ligament tears,” she added.

These can result in delayed training due to prolonged bone healing times, which typically range from six to 12 weeks. Still, despite the best mitigation efforts injuries do occur. Medical experts say today’s recruits are at higher risk of injury because they live a more sedentary lifestyle than prior generations. Some of them struggle to adjust to the rigors of recruit training. That’s why it’s more important than ever to encourage recruits to get in shape before shipping out. And they need access to top-notch medical care if they get injured to ensure their entire military career doesn’t get derailed at its earliest phase. Responding to Injuries Once injuries happen, the health care team at each training facility is there to help. At Fort Leonard Wood, the staff at the Richard G. Wilson Troop Medical Clinic offers primary care as well as physical therapy. The installation has a fitness training holding unit for injured soldiers. That provides access to the Warrior Training and Rehabilitation ProgramArmy website article on Warrior Training and Rehabilitation Program gets injured Soldiers back on track, which helps injured soldiers rehabilitate and recover, said Army Maj. Jon-Marc Thibodeau, a clinical coordinator and chief of the medical readiness

service line at Fort Leonard Wood. “The soldier can continue healing while staying fit and healthy until they are ready to return back to training,” explained Blondin. For their part, medical providers can schedule individual briefs with a company or battalion to review injury prevention, discuss running form, or any other topic, Blondin explained. Physical therapists provide injured soldiers with crutches, braces, medication, manual therapy, exercises, stretches, dry needling, joint mobilization, or blood-flow restriction, among other treatments. When necessary, orthopedic doctors may need to get involved for more significant injuries to assess the need for surgery. Additionally, the trainees have access to behavioral health resources to address the psychological or emotional aspects of injuries. “Behavioral health therapists or the chaplain are great resources to help these trainees figure out how to mentally cope with the stress and frustration of injury in the training environment.” Rest is Also Good Advanced technologies help reduce and treat injuries from military training. But sometimes, the best treatment for training injuries can be as simple as rest, said

Blondin. If a trainee undergoes surgery or suffers significant injury, they may be granted convalescent leave and be allowed to return home temporarily. But this is an option military leaders prefer to avoid, as it takes the recruit out of the basic training environment. “During convalescent leave, they don’t have access to rehab. There’s less of a safety control, and unfortunately, sometimes soldiers will get into trouble or lose their motivation to come back,” said Blondin. “Our first goal is to stay in training when safe and feasible,” said Blondin. “Sometimes this can mean just taking it easy and modifying training for a week or two while things calm down.” Getting Back Into It Following an injury, recruits gradually return to exercise. Close monitoring of their gait when performing exercises is key to ensuring trainees are ready to resume full training, said Thibodeau. Limping, for example, is an indication of injury and reveals it’s not yet time to increase their running, walking, or rucking time. “Going from zero to 100 is a recipe for re-injury,” added Blondin. “Re-injury is tough in training, not only physically, but mentally. It can affect the ability to remain in the Army depending on the type and severity of the injury, and where they are in training.” Editor’s note: Military services refer to entry-level service members as either ‘recruit’ or ‘trainee’. Entry-level training also uses various names — ‘basic training’, ‘recruit training’ and ‘boot camp’ being the most common. For this article, theses terms are used interchangeably.

Defense Department Announces Distribution of COVID-19 Tests for Military Beneficiaries By Defense.gov The Department of Defense will offer at-home COVID-19 tests for military beneficiaries at military hospitals or clinics, on a supply available basis, in the coming weeks. Supplies may be limited, as the Department must use its limited allotment of at-home tests to first meet clinical and operational testing requirements. Beneficiaries are encouraged to first contact their provider if they have a known COVID-19 exposure or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. A provider may recommend beneficiaries get a medical appointment or prescribe a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test based on the patient’s condition. As local medical treatment facilities receive at-home tests for distribution, they will communicate with their beneficiaries about processes to pick up these tests. Beneficiaries can obtain up to eight tests per month, subject to availability. Beneficiaries are encouraged to check their military hospital or clinic’s homepage or social media sites to see when and where your military hospital or clinic may be distributing tests. While the Military Health System increases its supply of at-home tests, beneficiaries are reminded that they can go to www.covidtests. govOpens to www.covidtests.gov to order up to four at-home tests free of charge from the federal government or go to their local pharmacy to purchase tests as needed.”

A Soldier assigned to the Connecticut National Guard helps load a shipment of at-home COVID-19 testing kits into a truck at a regional distribution point in North Haven, Connecticut, Jan. 3, 2022. These kits were picked up by representatives from local towns and municipalities to be handed out to their communities.

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