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A LOVE OF READING
Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads participates in Read Across America Day
Capt. Matt Frauenzimmer, Commanding Officer of Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads, reads to kindergarten students at Deep Creek Central Elementary School during Read Across America Day Mar. 2. (KATISHA DRAUGHN-FRAGUADA)
By Katisha Draughn-Fraguada
Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads Public Affairs Office
CHESAPEAKE, Va. — Naval Support Activity (NSA) Hampton Roads leadership and military members took a break from their daily duties to read to kindergarten students at Deep Creek Central Elementary School and the installation’s child development centers during Read Across America Day Mar. 2. Read Across America is the nation’s largest celebration of reading and is a year-round program that focuses on motivating children and teens to read. It was launched in 1998 by the National Education Association. “We were so happy to be able to give back
to our community and go out to Deep Creek Central and read to those amazing kindergarten students,” said Capt. Matt Frauenzimmer, Commanding Officer of NSA Hampton Roads. “We have a great partnership with our local schools so to have the opportunity to bring some excitement to the children and show them how important reading is made this day extra special.” Frauenzimmer; Cmdr. Dan Nelson, Executive Officer of NSA Hampton Roads; and Lt. Cmdr. Luz Davis, Officer-in-Charge of NSA Hampton Roads-Northwest Annex, all visited Deep Creek Central Elementary School to have some fun reading with the students. And the students were very happy to see the special visitors at their school.
“When we have live heroes in our classroom, the service men and women from our community, it makes what we do here each day meaningful,” said Lisa Crooks, Kindergarten Teacher at Deep Creek Central Elementary School. “Not only did they get to share the gift of literacy with a local hero, but they were able to ask questions and learn about a career that they may be excited about in the future.” Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools were unable to have many visitors, which included volunteers who always proved to be an invaluable resource and presence as they assisted in different classrooms. “I am forever grateful that we can now accept visitors and our military commu-
PCU JFK Hosts Women’s Mentorship Symposium By Petty Officer 2nd Class Darien Kenney PCU John F. Kennedy
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier, Pre-Commissioning Unit John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) hosted a women’s mentorship symposium, Feb. 18. This was the second event the command hosted, inviting female and male Sailors to offer guidance, support and leadership to women Sailors. The event featured guest speaker Cmdr. Angela Owens, chief engineer of John F. Kennedy, who shared her Navy story and leadership lessons she’s learned along the way. “I was lucky to have people looking out for me, so I try to tell people to go invest in your future and figure out what you should be doing, don’t just show up for work and let people tell you what to do,” said Owens. Another highlight of the event was a dual military relationship panel featuring former detailers Cmdr. Jecisken Ramsey and Chief Aviation Ordnanceman Christopher Tysor, and male and female leaders Lt. Cmdr. Emily Curran, Lt. Cmdr. Kiera Silva, Command Master Chief Miles Gray, Chief Aviation Maintenance Administrationman Vanessa Bernal and Electrician’s Mate (Nuclear) 1st Class Kaitlynn Reynolds, currently navigating Navy careers while in a dual military relationship. “I believe the more we have these events, the
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mentorship come down.” The idea for launching this mentorship group came from Lt. Cmdr. Alyssa Norris, training
PORTSMOUTH and YORKTOWN, Va. — Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Fire and Emergency Services (NRMAFES) District 2, comprised of Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY), Naval Weapons Station Yorktown (NWSY) and Cheatham Annex (CAX) has been honored as Fire District of the Year-medium size for the second consecutive year. For the year, District 2 responded to 1,773 emergencies, including 35 fires, 641 medical/ rescue responses, and 90 hazardous material (hazmat) incidents. Also, under a second year of COVID pandemic restrictions, the district achieved 100 percent fire inspections on all assigned installations, including the Navy Operational Support Centers.
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Lt. Cmdr. Emily Curran, a reactor officer assigned to the aircraft carrier, Pre-Commissioning Unit John F. Kennedy (CVN 79), introduces the dual military relationship panel speakers during the women’s mentorship group, Feb. 18. The symposium provides a forum for mentorship, support, and leadership development opportunities from a female perspective. (MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS DARIEN G KENNEY)
less intimidating higher ranking female leaders are, and the more they are humanized to our junior Sailors,” said Gray. “And when they see that they put their pants on one leg at a time like we do, then barriers to requesting support and
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nity back into our schools to influence our students in a positive way,” said Crooks. In addition to Deep Creek Central Elementary School, NSA Hampton Roads Sailors and Marines from Marine Corps Security Force Training Company at Northwest Annex also read to young children at the Sewells Point and Northwest Annex Child Development Centers during Read Across America Day. “Read Across America Day is such a great opportunity for us to continue to promote literacy and show the importance of picking up a good book and getting captivated by the characters and the story,” said Frauenzimmer. “The children are our future and shaping their young minds through reading is so imperative and will carry them very far in their lives.”
The ONR, which is currently celebrating its 75th anniversary, is proud to add another name to that prestigious list—Dr. Klaus Hasselmann of Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, who recently won the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physics. PAGE A5
NNSY recently received the Sustained Distinguished Performance River Start presented by the Elizabeth River Project and the 2020 Pollution Prevention Partner Award from Hampton Roads Sanitation District. PAGE A6
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Sewells Point 24/7 Center earns accreditation By Katisha Draughn-Fraguada
Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads Public Affairs Office
NORFOLK, Va. — Finding quality childcare has always been an integral undertaking for any family, and how their chosen center conducts business and takes care of the children is of the upmost importance. The Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads Sewells Point 24/7 Center has proven how much they care for each child who walks through their doors, and now they have the official accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) to showcase their commitment to quality care and education. “This accreditation means that the center meets all requirements to function as a Navy facility and that we are recognized as a center providing high quality early childhood development for children,” said Asia Baker, Installation Child and Youth Programs (CYP) Director. All Navy CYP facilities are required to be accredited under NAEYC, which provides a mechanism for early learning programs to demonstrate their commitment to high-quality early childhood education. “The accreditation is an intense process that starts with a program self-study and preparation. The process allows a site to take a critical look at themselves and what they offer to families in the way of quality childcare,” said Baker. “It makes you review your policies, procedures, environments, interactions, and developmentally appropriate practices.” The process also involved the center enrolling in NAEYC through their website, being accepted into candidacy once the profile has been established, and developing classroom and program portfolios to highlight that the center embodies quality childcare. “The Navy CYP is the model for setting the standard for quality childcare and programming at the highest level. The Navy CYP mission states that we support military and DoD families worldwide as they protect and serve our country,” said Ronnica S. Edmonds, Regional CYP Director. “We do this by providing high quality, innovative, accessible and affordable childcare that supports school readiness and recreations programs for children and youth.” Following the scheduling for the site visit, the assessors have a 15-day window to visit the center unannounced to ensure that
The Sewells Point 24/7 Center received their official accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children, which provides a mechanism for early learning programs to demonstrate their commitment to high-quality early childhood education. (COURTESY PHOTO)
it meets the NAEYC program standards. These include Relationships, Curriculum, Teaching, Assessment of Child Progress, Health, Professional Competencies and Supports, Families, Community Relationships, Physical Environment and Leadership and Management. “There are several criterions under each standard that the program must show sources of evidence which includes but not limited to policies and procedures, education, trainings, certifications, and budgets,” said Edmonds.
The accreditation lasts for five years and the center is required to send in an annual report to ensure the program is maintaining their accreditation status. “I could not be more proud of my team. When it was decided a few years ago that our 24/7 centers would be accredited through NAEYC, it began the arduous task of getting ready and making sure we still maintained a home like environment for our children,” said Baker. “With quite a few changes in leadership and the pandemic, the 24/7 center direct care staff were a huge
reason this was successful. They maintained high quality childcare and deserve a lot of credit.” The Sewells Point 24/7 Center provides high quality childcare 24 hours a day, 7 days a week using the Creative Curriculum to guide children’s learning through purposeful intentional play. They provide nutritious USDA approved meals that meet children’s nutritional requirements, a closed circuit television that runs continuously each day, and all staff are First/Aid and CPR trained and Medication Administration Trained.
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Kicks Off Hampton Roads Area Active Duty Fund Drive By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Emily Casavant NORFOLK, Va. — Members of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) kicked off the annual Hampton Roads Area Active Duty Find Drive onboard Naval Station (NAVTSA) Norfolk, Mar. 01, 2022. The event was held on the quarterdeck of building N-26 and consisted of a cake cutting, words from the Commanding Officer Naval Station Norfolk and members of NMCRS. “Every year, our Sailors extract a ton of value from the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society,” said Commanding Officer Naval Station Norfolk, Captain David Dees. “The challenge is, for all of us who are doing well or not feeling that same stress, to try to pay back into that so that it’s there if we ever need it.” The fund drive is being held from Mar. 01- Apr. 15, 2022 with the theme being “By our own, for our own.” The annual event raises money from local active duty members and supports programs such as interest-free loans and grants, “Budget for Baby” classes, education benefits, emergency travel funds and disaster relief funds available to all active duty service members. “If our Sailors are struggling with a financial difficulty, we, as leaders, always tell our Sailors to go to Navy Marine Corps Relief Society,” said Culinary Specialist Senior Chief (SW) Marcela Ganoza, Hampton Roads area NMCRS event coordinator for 2022. “Statistics show that our Sailors take
Commanding Officer Naval Station Norfolk, Captain David Dees, along with members and volunteers for the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS), cuts a celebratory cake during the annual NMCRS Hampton Roads Area Fund Drive Kick-Off ceremony onboard Naval Station Norfolk. NMCRS is a non-proﬁt organization that supports Sailors and Marines during ﬁnancial hardships. (MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS EMILY CASAVANT)
out more than what we put in, so every small donation counts.” Ganoza’s 2022 fundraising goal for the Hampton Roads area is $4,000. NMCRS was established in 1904 as a non-profit organization to help the military community during financial hardships with it’s initial funds ($9,000) coming from the
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Liberty Military Housing Announces Partnership with United Through Reading By Liberty Military Housing Liberty Military Housing (LMH), the country’s premier provider of homes for military families, announced a partnership with United Through Reading (UTR) to ensure equitable access to books for all. LMH has committed to increasing book access for residents across our communities through the launch of Liberty’s Little Libraries. Liberty’s Little Library is a small, front-yard book exchange amenity debuting at Liberty Military Housing communities across the country. LMH will expand military families’ access to books through its partnership with UTR. UTR has been paving the way for equitable access to books for more than thirty years. Together with our partner, LMH hopes to offer unprecedented opportunities for military families eager to develop their reading habits. Since 1989, more than two million military mothers, fathers,
aunts, uncles, older siblings, and children have sustained bonds and fostered literacy by sharing stories across even the greatest distances. “At Liberty Military Housing, we believe that one of our roles, in addition to providing housing to families who choose to live with us, is connecting them with key resources to allow them and the larger military community to flourish. One such resource is access to books. Placing books in the hands of our military families can cultivate literacy and create a foundation for lifelong learning,” said Philip Rizzo, CEO of LMH. United Through Reading connects military families who are separated —for deployment or military assignment—by providing the bonding experience of shared storytime. “We’re thrilled at the opportunity to partner with United Through Reading. UTR has worked to bridge the gap between service and family, that separation is one of the primary sources of
stress for spouses and children. We’re excited about this partnership and look forward to helping support their mission of keeping families connected during deployments,” said Rizzo. UTR CEO Dr. Sally Ann Zoll knows firsthand the challenges that military families face. Her husband is a retired Army officer, and her son currently serves in the Army Reserves. “United Through Reading has long connected with military families in their communities, including Liberty Military Housing events. We are so excited to provide over 800 books to Liberty’s Little Libraries to help military families stay connected and grow their love of reading every day,” said Zoll. Research shows that just six minutes a day of reading can significantly improve kids’ reading performance, and children who read at least 20 minutes a day are exposed to almost 2 million words per year. “Liberty’s Little Libraries will provide more
convenient access to new books, allowing our military families more time for positive experiences with their children. One of the biggest challenges for families frequently on the move to new installations is saying goodbye to friends and making new ones. These libraries are at all of the installations we support and can serve as community meeting points to help our residents and their children connect,” said Rizzo. About Liberty Military Housing Liberty Military Housing (LMH), formerly known as Lincoln Military Housing, is the leading privatized housing provider and the largest employee-owned company in the multifamily industry. LMH provides more than 36,000 homes in over 200 communities across ten states and the District of Columbia. We are proud of the award-winning communities we build and manage and continue looking ahead to new ways of serving military families, our team, and our partners. Our mission is to contribute to military readiness and morale by ensuring military families live in homes and communities built and maintained to the highest standards. LMH was formed in 2001 through a Department of Defense (DoD) partnership. For more information about Liberty Military Housing, please visit www.livelmh.com.
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The Freedom-class littoral combat ship USS Little Rock (LCS 9) underway in the Caribbean Sea. The USS Little Rock is deployed to the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility in support of Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF-S) Campaign MARTILLO targeting counter illicit drug operations. (MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 3RD CLASS MARIANNE GUEMO)
Navy ‘SCOUTs’ the Digital Battlespace to Test Operational Problems By Warren Duffie
Office Of Naval Research
ARLINGTON, Va.— Get ready to jump in the sandbox. A partnership involving the Office of Naval Research (ONR); the deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (DASN RDT&E); and the Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF-S) is conducting the first virtual sprint demonstration of the Aggregated Digital Ecosystem for Naval Advantage (ADENA) during February and March 2022. ADENA, also known as “Sandbox,” is a virtual digital battlespace where users can create customized “experimentation sandboxes” for a particular technology, or for mission planning and training. The ADENA event is being overseen by SCOUT—an ONR-sponsored, repeatable system for identifying alternative ways to bring unmanned technologies to problems, operationalize them and get them to scale. SCOUT is committed to getting nontraditional, commercial-off-the-shelf, government-developed and/
or government-sponsored technologies to the fleet rapidly ADENA’s sprint demonstration is part of the larger SCOUT Experimentation Campaign, which will leverage the Naval Research and Development Establishment communities, capabilities and enterprise tools to solve warfighter-driven problems. The goal of SCOUT is a series of innovation sprint events, exercises and experimentations to encourage learning and innovation, in order to rapidly develop technologies and techniques to improve warfighting capability—and assist in quicker leadership decision-making. These events will ultimately culminate in a large-scale demonstration sometime this summer. The ADENA sprint is the first event using a digital representation to help address the interdependencies and scalability of the complex warfighting operational environment. “It’s vital that we connect innovators, industry, acquisition professionals and fleet stakeholders to attack and solve key operational problems, so our naval capacity and capability grow affordably,” said Paul Mann, the Department of the Navy’s chief systems engineer. “Through
ADENA and SCOUT, we expect to harness the capacity and speed of our teams and rapidly drive learning and engineering progress.” Both SCOUT and ADENA support Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Lorin C. Selby’s call to reimagine naval power. This concept focuses on bringing capabilities together in novel ways and changing the way we solve operational problems. For decades, the Navy focused on building large, complex systems that are too expensive to generate in mass. Instead, Selby says we need to create a Strategic Hedge, or backup plan, that focuses on the small, the agile and the many. Selby calls for dozens, hundreds or even thousands of unmanned systems to augment warfighting capabilities. “I believe it is vital to consider something besides the old conventions we’ve been exhibiting for decades,” said Selby. “Our time to innovate is now. The small, the agile and the many have the strong potential to define the future in a world where the large and the complex are either too expensive to generate in mass, or potentially too vulnerable to be put at risk.” With the ADENA sprint event, teams can use digital tools to build, scale and test operational
problems, and make adjustments that save time, money and resources. This would be of great value to JIATF-S in its mission to carry out drug interdiction. JIATF-S currently works with U.S. Southern Command and partner naval forces to leverage all-domain technologies and unmanned capabilities to target, detect and monitor illicit drug trafficking in the air and maritime domains. This facilitates interdiction and apprehension to reduce the flow of drugs, as well as degrade and dismantle transnational criminal organizations. The SCOUT partnership with the DASN RDT&E ADENA team (including Naval Undersea Warfare Center Newport and Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division) and JIATF-S seeks to create a mission simulation (i.e., the warfighter’s “problem space”) in which ADENA will help evaluate the technologies (i.e., “solutions”) that the SCOUT team is identifying though various sprints. Meanwhile, this first ADENA sprint will pave the way for future digital tools in an enhanced digital battlespace enhancement. Organizers say this sprint is a critical value-added step in creating a virtual mission battlespace for dual-use JIATF-S mission planning, training, wargaming and future SCOUT events. This kind of collaboration, training and innovative planning provides an advantage in testing and providing cost savings. From the digital battlespace, teams can take what they learn and build rapid solutions to the operational problem sets.
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Former ONR Performer Wins Nobel Prize in Physics for Climate Research By Warren Duffie Jr. Office Of Naval Research
ARLINGTON, Va.—Since its creation in 1946, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) has supported the early-career research of more than 60 Nobel laureates. ONR, which is currently celebrating its 75th anniversary, is proud to add another name to that prestigious list—Dr. Klaus Hasselmann of Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, who recently won the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physics. According to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, which awards the Nobel Prize in Physics, Hasselmann won for developing statistical models linking weather and climate—and demonstrating that increased atmospheric temperatures can be linked to human carbon dioxide emissions. Although ONR didn’t directly sponsor Hasselmann’s Nobel Prize-winning research, which occurred in the 1970s, the command did support other work that helped him develop the data-gathering and modeling techniques he used in his climate studies. “The Office of Naval Research congratulates Dr. Hasselmann and celebrates his outstanding achievement,” said Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Lorin C. Selby. “This accomplishment illustrates how ONR basic research sponsorship can enable discoveries and breakthroughs benefiting the Department of the Navy and society as a whole.” “ONR’s impact on ocean research can’t be overstated,” said Hasselmann, an oceanographer and climate scientist. “They were always very generous with me, allowing me to take data and other information gathered in my ocean wave research and apply it to my climate-related work. I can honestly say ONR played a pivotal role in my research.” Hasselmann’s prize-winning research helped raise awareness of human-caused climate change in several ways. He first created models showing how short-term weather disturbances, such as precipitation, could be integrated into larger, more stable atmospheric and ocean-circulation patterns to produce changes in climate. In other words, he demonstrated how weather that changes rapidly and chaotically can be incorporated into models framing long-term climate shifts. This helps explains why climate models usually deliver reliable predictions despite short-term weather fluctuations. These statistical models prompted Hasselmann to consider how warming signals generated by human activities—such as greenhouse gas emissions and their impact on temperature—could be separated from the background noise of natural climate variability. Hasselmann developed complex statistical techniques enabling scientists to identify
Portrait of Klaus Hasselmann Photo: © Julia Knop/Max-Planck-Gesellschaft. (WARREN DUFFIE)
the presence and strength of such warming signals. Hasselmann’s ONR-sponsored work involved studying how ocean waves develop and propagate, and how to incorporate that information into an ocean wave-forecasting model currently used in forecasting centers worldwide. Being able to predict ocean conditions is vital to the U.S. Navy’s global operations and the safety of ships at sea. Of particular concern to naval operations are waves, tides and currents. Hasselmann’s relationship with ONR
goes back to the 1960s. For example, in 1963 Hasselmann worked with legendary oceanographer Dr. Walter Munk—an ONR-funded performer from the 1940s until his death in 2019—on a study of how swells created by Antarctic storms travel more than 9,000 miles over the Pacific Ocean before hitting the Alaskan coast. The study, known as “Waves Across the Pacific,” provided much-needed insight into creating prediction models dealing with waves, tides and currents—and their impact on weather and naval operations.
Hasselmann shared his Nobel Prize with Dr. Syukuro Manabe of Princeton University and Dr. Giorgio Parisi of the Sapienza University of Rome. Manabe and Parisi were not involved with Hasselmann’s research. Learn more about Hasselmann’s win at https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/physics/2021/press-release/. For a list of Nobel laureates supported by ONR, visit https://www.onr.navy.mil/AboutONR/History/Nobels. Warren Duffie Jr. is a contractor for ONR Corporate Strategic Communications.
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NNSY Auditors Answer the Call to Support the Corporate Special Emphasis Programs Courtesy Story
Norfolk Naval Shipyard
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Functional and Certification audits of SUBSAFE, Fly-By-Wire (FBW) and Deep Submergence Scope of Certification (DSS SOC) work are an essential element of compliance verification and require trained subject matter experts qualified as auditors. Functional Audits are designed to determine the health of the Special Emphasis Programs (SUBSAFE, FBW, DSS SOC Programs) executed at a command and provide authorization for the command to continue to execute work within the NAVSEA Special Emphasis Programs. They are not boat specific and they assess the internal processes, procedures, and controls exercised in the performance of Special Emphasis Programs at a command. There are two sub categories of functional audits, internal and NAVSEA. Functional audits happen once a year (usually in the fourth quarter of the calendar year at NNSY). At NNSY, they alternate between internal (run by the Code 200S office, in the odd calendar year) and NAVSEA (in the even calendar year). NNSY just completed the Internal Functional Audit of NNSY’s Special Emphasis Programs in December of 2021. Functional Audits are foundational and provide the basis for successful execution of Certification Audits. Certification Audits are boat specific and serve to ensure that the boat is safe to go to sea and conduct “Unrestricted Operations to Design Test Depth.” The Certification Audit occurs during the endgame of every Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) availability. In a major availability, there is an Internal Certification Audit, which is conducted by the shipyard and there is a NAVSEA Certification Audit, which is conducted by NAVSEA with a team of auditors from all over the community. In a minor availability, only the shipyard Internal Audit is required. The audit teams that execute Certification and Functional Audits are comprised of personnel from across the corporation that execute Special Emphasis Program work on a daily basis. NNSY is responsible for supplying auditors in support of NAVSEA audits. Each audit requires NAVSEA 07Q to assemble a team of subject matter experts, who are also qualified and experienced auditors, from headquarters and field activities to conduct the audit. Requirements to become a qualified NAVSEA auditor vary based on the type of audit. Functional Auditors: NAVSEA Instruction 4855.35E establishes the NAVSEA Functional Audit Program and provides requirements for becoming a NAVSEA qualified functional auditor. Becoming a qualified NAVSEA functional auditor requires the following: —Has the appropriate knowledge, skill, and at least two years of experience related to the functional area(s) for which they are being nominated —Has participated in at least two audits (internal or external) and demonstrated their ability to work well in a team setting and clearly document their audit findings —Has read and understands SUBSAFEGRAM 90, Functional Auditor Guidelines, and NAVSEA Instruction 4855.35 —Has successfully completed their activity’s latest SUBSAFE/DSS/FBW SCS Awareness Training Auditors will submit a Functional Auditor Qualification Card to the SUBSAFE Program Director (SSPD), and once the SSPD approves of the auditor’s application, will submit the auditor’s name for consideration to participate on a NAVSEA functional audit team. Certification Auditors: SUBSAFEGRAM 80
The Norfolk Naval Shipyard auditors were recently awarded BZ100s for their efforts to support the Corporate Special Emphasis Programs. (SHELBY WEST)
(FBWGRAM 2 includes similar for NAVSEA FBW Auditor Certification) includes the requirements for the NAVSEA SUBSAFE Certification Audit (SSCA) auditor certification program. Becoming a NAVSEA SSCA trainee auditor requires the following: —At least three years of SUBSAFE Program experience —Completion of NAVSEA Certification Auditor Training —Participation in at least two internal SSCAs and demonstration of ability to work well in a team setting and clearly document audit findings —Submittal of a SSCA Auditor Nomination Form to the SSPD for approval; once approved, the auditor is eligible to participate on a NAVSEA SSCA audit team as a trainee —Participation in at least two NAVSEA SSCAs as a trainee with positive evaluation from each NAVSEA 07Q Team Leader as the final step in certification NNSY has a total of 32 active auditors, including 27 SUBSAFE Certification Auditors, 3 FBW Certification Auditors, 25 Functional Auditors and 1 DSS SOC surveyor; many NNSY auditors are cross qualified amongst the four disciplines. Over their careers these 32 auditors have completed 630 weeks of auditing, totaling more than 12 years in support of the program away from their families and their day jobs. These are NNSY’s subject matter experts and many serve as members of the NNSY SUBSAFE Improvement Committee and are dedicated and willing to take their craft on the road in support of NNSY’s programs and the NAVSEA enterprise. They exemplify NNSY’s C.O.R.E. values and are ready and willing to provide expert advice and guidance on the execution of Special Emphasis Program work. NNSY auditors have been instrumental over the last 18-plus months in meeting the call of NAVSEA to continue to execute mission critical Functional and Certification audits, working remotely, and traveling both locally and outside the area. NNSY provided extensive support of USS Helena (SSN 725), supporting six separate
efforts to evaluate work performed by Huntington Ingalls Industries, with a total of 15 different NNSY auditors performing 28 weeks of auditing in support of returning the boat safely to the Fleet. In addition to Helena, NNSY auditors supported 17 Certification Audits with 59 weeks of audit support, 15 Functional Audits with 21 weeks of audit support, 3 DSS SOC Audits with three weeks of audit support and two new activity qualification audits with two weeks of audit support. NAVSEA 07QB Deputy Director Submarine Safety and Quality Assurance Wayne Rolland said, “NAVSEA 07Q greatly appreciates Norfolk Naval Shipyard’s effort in supporting the vast majority of audits in the Tidewater area throughout the COVID pandemic. During periods of travel restriction, NAVSEA relied heavily on NNSY subject matter experts to execute critical Functional and Certification audits in the area, supporting the ability of all local activities to continue critical SUBSAFE work. NNSY’s support and leadership greatly assisted NAVSEA 07Q in the development and creation of the first-ever fully remote audit of activities. While not a preferred method, NAVSEA’s ability to execute remote audits sustained the certification of multiple activities and assets through the pandemic, demonstrating that execution of the SUBSAFE mission is one of the top priorities for the Navy.” Participants in SUBSAFE, Deep Submergence, and Fly By Wire audits will meet some of the Navy’s most knowledgeable subject matter experts from the public and private shipyards, surface and undersea warfare centers, NAVSEA Technical Warrant Holders, and program office representatives. The knowledge, contacts and learning gained through the audit experience is unmatched. You will uncover your strengths and fill in your weaknesses. Often the experience will show you a different approach or method to solve problems you are experiencing and advance program execution at your own command. The contacts you gain will become invaluable, as you will meet both audit team members, personnel at other commands
who are working though the same challenges you are facing, and quickly realize that help is only a phone call away. Soon people will start reaching out to you! The audit experience is challenging and will take you outside of your comfort zone, but will develop public speaking skills, provide opportunities to have “hard conversations” outside of your normal work environment and will accelerate your development as leader within the NAVSEA corporation. There is no better development opportunity available to you, so consider taking your skills on the road to support the NAVSEA enterprise SUBSAFE, Fly By Wire and Deep Submergence Scope of Certification audit programs. Cdr. Jesse Nice, Director Submarine Safety and Quality Assurance, said, “Participation as a NAVSEA auditor during a Functional or Certification audit is one of the best ways that I have seen in my career to get experts in different fields from different activities to rapidly share knowledge and perspectives, spreading best practices across the enterprise. Nobel Physicist Dr. Richard Feynman discussed the power of teaching to master a subject. I offer that if you can go to an activity doing similar work with different—sometimes very different— processes and effectively audit them, you are on the road to mastery of the requirements and practices in your field. That journey to mastery starts as soon as you put your hand up to become a NAVSEA auditor, and if you don’t get selected the first time, don’t stop putting your name in! We carefully select our teams to ensure the right combination of talent to provide the host activity an effective audit, and a productive experience for all involved.” If you are interested in a challenging but highly effective method to increase your knowledge, skills and abilities in support of furthering your career and the SUBSAFE, FBW and DSS SOC programs at NNSY discuss with your supervisor and consider becoming a NAVSEA auditor. NNSY point of contact to pursue becoming an auditor is David Strobel, (757) 396-3111, email@example.com.
Norfolk Naval Shipyard Wins Two Environmental Awards in 2021 By Troy Miller
Norfolk Naval Shipyard
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Recently celebrating his 50th birthday, Woodsy Owl has been America’s original and official environmental icon. Woodsy Owl has taught children and adults alike to “give a hoot; don’t pollute!” If Woodsy Owl were to visit the shipyard today, Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) would do him proud. NNSY recently received the Sustained Distinguished Performance River Start presented by the Elizabeth River Project and the 2020 Pollution Prevention Partner Award from Hampton Roads Sanitation District. But this is nothing new for the shipyard. “There are 143 total River Stars in the program. This year, there are 47 awardees and of the 47, 32 are being awarded Sustained Distinguished Performance, which is documenting significant new results without advancing to another level,” said the Elizabeth River Project’s Deputy Director Administrative and River Star Business Program Manager Pam Boatwright. “NNSY is at the top model level in the program and is one of the most recognized River Stars in the program — with winning 19 awards (two other River Stars have won 20). Plus in 2017, NNSY won the Inside Business River Star Hall of Fame award.” NNSY’s accomplishments included the maintenance of wildlife habitats at former shipyard landfills along the river and its tributaries, the cultivation of oysters for placement onto a state maintained reef in the Elizabeth River, energy conservation projects executed by the command and pollution prevention initiatives which reduced the amount of toxic materials
NNSY recently received the Sustained Distinguished Performance River Start presented by the Elizabeth River Project and the 2020 Pollution Prevention Partner Award from Hampton Roads Sanitation. (SHELBY WEST)
released to the environment. “The shipyard is continuously improving its interactions with the river through reducing pollution levels, using less water, restoring areas along the waterfront to a cleaner, more natural state, and educating its employees of the importance of this both at work and at home,” said acting Environmental Division Head (Code 106.3) Matt Peppers. “NNSY employees volunteer at Elizabeth River Project at cleanup events, as well as serve on the Elizabeth River Project Advisory Committee, reviewing potential new businesses to become star sites based on their efforts to protect the Elizabeth River.” To receive the Hampton Roads Sani-
tation District Pollution Partner Award, Norfolk Naval Shipyard had to submit a project, program and/or technology effort that focuses on reduction of waste, or its toxicity at the source rather than traditional treatment, control, and disposal. Submissions can be multimedia pollution prevention efforts for air, land, or water. “NNSY earned the award by maintaining strict permit compliance and preventing excess pollution from being introduced, despite discharging on average over 1,000,000 gallons of wastewater per day into HRSD’s system,” said Occupational Safety, Health, and Environment Office (Code 106D) Deputy Director John Briganti. Pollution prevention and helping to
restore the Elizabeth River is a crucial element in the shipyard’s day-to-day activities to fulfill its mission in the repair, modernization, and inactivation of warships and training platforms. “It gives me goosebumps knowing that the NNSY team is working with our community to build a cleaner future for many generations to come,” said Shipyard Commander Capt. Dianna Wolfson. “Taking care of our environment is everyone’s responsibility, together as One Team, not only as a shipyard, but also as a community as a whole, we will continue to strive to improve our environment for our employees, our families, and our communities that surround America’s Shipyard.”
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Catching You Before the “Fall”: NNSY’s Fall Protection High Risk Team Makes Huge Strides in Ensuring a Safe Workplace By Kristi R Britt
Norfolk Naval Shipyard
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) is in the business of repairing and modernizing our Navy’s fleet to serve the mission of protecting America. In order to achieve this mission, the workforce is hitting the deckplate every day to perform the needed maintenance that keeps our Navy’s warships strong and ready to return to the fleet. As they work, potential fall hazards span the shipyard’s infrastructure, from ladders, elevated platforms, scaffolding, and more. It’s important to have the training ready for the employees to protect themselves and avoid a tumble, as well as provide them an avenue to voice their concerns should a hazard need to be eliminated to avoid potential issues in the future. Enter the NNSY Fall Protection High Risk Team — a group of individuals dedicated to ensuring America’s Shipyard is safe and ready to tackle the fall hazards they may encounter on the job. “We’re here for everyone, ready to answer questions and assist where we’re needed. We want to be as helpful to our shipyard team as possible and want folks to feel comfortable contacting us and sharing with us their experiences and needs. Whether it’s tackle potential hazards or looking into new equipment we could use, we’re here to help!” said Temporary Services Shop (Code 990) Fall Protection High Risk Team Lead Karen Whitaker. “We also meet
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proper fitting of equipment, and more. With this training, those competent persons are able to take a more leading role to ensure they and their team are ready for a job, planning out what fall protection is needed for projects, figuring out the qualifications and risk assessments, make improvements as needed, and more. Code 900T Fall Protection Instructor Frank Kauffman has been directly involved in the development of the course and will be the lead instructor for NNSY once the course has finished its full development and is up-and-running with the masses. He noted that another reason this course is needed is to ensure the right training is being implemented across the board for the corporation. “In the past, when we needed to train someone to be a competent person, we would have to send them off-yard to one of the outside vendors to receive the training. However, there was no consistency in that training across the board and many of them were focused on more construction-based training and not on maritime work. We needed something that would give the full depth of knowledge required for the work we do to those ready to take on the challenge.” Kauffman continued, “This course will also be huge in cost savings for the Navy. We will be able to handle these trainings in house and know that our people are getting the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to be considered a competent person.” Sgambelluri added, “The savings will be both direct and indirect, because having more
“As a woman in the military, we have all gone through some type of hardship that has molded us into who we are, I was just shocked to see that so many other women have gone through some of those things too,” said Fowlkeshurt. “It made me feel connected in a way and I definitely felt more comfortable knowing I can talk to someone who is higher in rank than me about these things.” Even though it’s called “Women’s Mentorship,” the group selects topics that are relevant to both male and female Sailors and attendance is open to all John F. Kennedy Sailors regardless of rank or gender. “We welcome all interested men to attend because as leaders, we will all need to guide and coach female Sailors through the challenges that they specifically will face in the Navy,” said Norris. Norris appreciates the turnout of the first two events and is looking forward to more of her shipmates to come and share their knowledge and grow as a command. “Whatever your rank, background, or experience is this is a safe environment for people to come to and connect with other females in the command and grow in your own professional and personal leadership and development,” said Norris. John F. Kennedy, the second aircraft carrier in the Ford-class, is under construction at the Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipyard in Newport News, Virginia.
highly-trained personnel on the deckplate will have an immeasurable return on investment. We’re working to ensure that each and every fall protection job is done as safely as possible and having these competent persons at the ready will help make that happen.” Shipyard Instructional Design Center (Code 1170) Instructional Designer Leonard Owens was the lead in constructing and designing the course in order to meet the NAVSEA requirements. He said, “with the need for the course identified, we analyzed the requirements as a corporation as well as had input from the other shipyards to address any local requirements they may have to build something that can be essential and fit the needs of our employees. NAVSEA really stepped in to meet the challenges required, backing us and supporting us as we pushed to get this training off the ground. And with everyone’s input and overcoming the challenges of not being able to meet in person, and the continued challenges faced during the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve finalized the course and have been able to pilot it with representatives from across the corporation to gain feedback as well as aim for that final approval for our official launch.” Whitaker added, “This is huge for our corporation and we’re looking to develop as many competent persons as we can to carry out the mission of the shipyard and the Navy. We want to ensure the safety of our people and give them whatever they need to succeed.”
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“I am very proud of all the fire service personnel assigned to Fire District 2. District 2 is a shining example of how teamwork can benefit the public safety of U.S. Navy installations and their surrounding communities,” stated District 2 Fire Chief Christopher Payne. NRMAFES Battalion Chief of Training Chad Ulman was recognized as Fire Service Instructor of the Year and Firefighter-EMT Cara Hankins of NRMAFES received Civilian Firefighter of the Year. Firefighter Hankins is assigned to NNSY and Chief Chad Ulman is assigned to NWSY. “Firefighter-EMT Cara Hankins passes on her knowledge to develop others, constantly improving those around her, and mentors new firefighters in the understanding of the Department of Defense and shipboard firefighting techniques,” said Payne. “She excels in every aspect of her job and is well-deserving of NRMAFES Civilian Firefighter of the Year.” Payne added, “Chief Ulman volunteers for additional duties that benefit public safety at Yorktown but also NNSY. Chief Ulman’s expertise at multitasking makes him a frequent request of NRMA Fire Headquarters in order to assist with Regional Training projects.” District 2 also supported customer outreach and public education of fire prevention utilizing
Fireﬁghter-EMT Cara Hankins of Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Fire and Emergency Services. (COURTESY PHOTO)
the three E’s of engineering, enforcement, and education to all commands on three military installations and four Navy Operational Support Centers throughout Virginia and North Carolina. The district supported more than 10 special events across the NNSY, NWSY, CAX and local surrounding communities, with NNSY units taking a leading role in the science, technology, engineering and math programs with the mission of educating students in the importance of each field in the fire service. This year’s winners will move on and compete at the Commander, Navy Installations Command excellence awards.
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officer aboard John F. Kennedy and the mentorship coordinator, who wanted to provide a place where female Sailors could connect and support each other no matter their rank. “After a long day of taskers and projects, I needed some mentorship from another female officer because sometimes the way we approach a problem is a little bit different from our male counterparts,” said Norris. “In past commands, that mentorship program or support group was already established. Here at the PCU, we realized that we are the ones that need to start the program for ourselves!” Norris, drawing from her own mentorship experiences that span 13 years of service, spoke about how she would like to see the development and growth of the group going forward. “We are looking forward to hosting more of these forums to provide females connection and networking,” said Norris. “This is a place where we can have open, honest conversations about our experiences together and learn from each other about how to handle the next situation better than the last.” Logistics Specialist 1st Class Ashley Fowlkeshurt attended the first mentorship session and was surprised to learn that issues she dealt with in her career were the same as those of a higher rank.
multiple times a month to ensure all the latest information is getting to the workforce when it comes to workplace safety.” One of the team’s latest ventures was one that greatly affects the corporation as a whole, with input coming in from the four public shipyards as well as Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). With policy changes in fall protection requirements as well as a need for a centralized training within the enterprise that pertains specifically to the work being done at the shipyards, the team was tasked with developing a fall protection competent person course for personnel. “This course is both in-class and hands-on and pertains to the equipment and knowledge required for folks to be able to develop protection plans and training for fall protection,” said Code 106 Fall Protection Program Manager Joshua Sgambelluri, who’s been directly involved in the content, flow, and development of the course itself. “Part of the drive for its development is we simply don’t have enough competent persons when it comes to fall protection on the deckplate — with only around 60 currently we needed to find a better way to train our people.” At the shipyard, most employees who work in areas that require fall protection take an authorized persons course, giving them a brief overview of equipment and safety practices for the job. However, a competent person course is dedicated to going more in-depth with the knowledge and equipment readily available, including understanding the range of harnesses,
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The Truman The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) conducted ﬁxed-wing ﬂight operations in the North Aegean Sea March 4-5. PAGE B3
Abraham Lincoln departs Guam By Petty Officer 3rd Class Madison Cassidy USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72)
ment but rather in the commercial market space. “Given the pace of technology, getting solutions that have been tested and driven by non-military markets can speed up development and adaption for military use while reducing overall lifecycle costs,” Hays said. “Dual-use technologies can help increase solution options outside of the traditional defense industry in markets that are largely commercially driven, privately developed and increasing at a pace greater than most places.” To outline its geographic scope, the PTB draws a line from Raleigh-Durham’s Research Triangle to the north, Atlanta to the west and Jacksonville, Florida, to the south. Connecting with innovators in that vast space requires NIWC Atlantic professionals to act as pioneers, building bridges to industry in overlooked places, said Peter C. Reddy, NIWC Atlantic executive director. “We want the PTB to be like the main thoroughfare out of this building, past the gate and into our communities,” Reddy said. “As the network continues developing, a team can define a specific technology gap, hop on this super-connector called the PTB, and reach those outlying start-ups, non-profits, academia and even hubs in the public sector doing work in the same area.” Regional collaboration can lead to “dualuse” technologies that enhance not only the region’s economic development but also broader U.S. interests, Gardner said. At the national security level, Gardner said he believes the job of every member of the NIWC Atlantic workforce becomes crucial
PHILIPPINE SEA — The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) departed Naval Base Guam, March 7, 2022, after conducting a five-day port call to the island. The ship had been operating at sea in the Indo-Pacific region for 59 days during which it conducted exercises in the South China Sea and Philippine Sea, participated in exercises Noble Fusion and Jungle Warfare 2022, and sailed with ships from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. “These Sailors trained incredibly hard in the months leading up to this deployment for all the mission sets that we could possibly be engaged in,” said Capt. Amy Bauernschmidt, Abraham Lincoln’s commanding officer. “Our big focus is staying operationally ready by maintaining material readiness, conducting drills and flight operations so that when we are tasked with a mission, we’re ready to support.” The visit marked the first port call since the ship departed its San Diego homeport, Jan. 3, 2022. “The Government of Guam and the local community have continuously supported strike groups operating in the region, and we are grateful for this opportunity to enhance our Sailor, material and mission readiness after many weeks at sea,” said Rear Adm. J. T. Anderson, commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 3. “We are thankful to have this level of support. We look forward to engaging the local community that has so consistently supported our Navy.” The port visit provided the crew time for rest and relaxation. They participated in various recreational activities facilitated by the ship’s morale, welfare and recreation (MWR) office, which included kayaking, a jungle river cruise and snorkeling. “The tour definitely exceeded my expectations,” said Operations Specialist Seaman Jared Jenkins, a participant in the jungle river cruise. “I was glad to be on the river, but being able to get off the boat and walk on land, see animals, eat some local food and learn the history of the island made it that much better. The convenience of signing up for a tour with MWR definitely helps remove the hassle of planning activities in a place you’ve never been before.” Guam natives aboard the ship also had the opportunity to reconnect with their heritage and loved ones. “The port call went amazing — I was able to see my brother and cousins, my best friend and my godchildren,” said Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Monique Camacho-Winslett, a Guam native. “It was awesome to show people my beautiful island.” Led by CSG-3, the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is comprised of Abraham Lincoln, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 21, which includes the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111). CVW-9 is comprised of an E-2D Hawkeye squadron, the “Wallbangers” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117; a CMV-22B Osprey squadron, the “Titans” of Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Squadron (VRM) 30; an F/A-18E Super Hornet squadron, the “Tophatters” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 14; an F/A-18F Super Hornet squadron, the “Black Aces” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41; an EA-18G Growler squadron, the “Wizards” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133; an F-35C Lightning II squadron, the “Black Knights” of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron
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The U.S. Navy’s Palmetto Tech Bridge in Charleston, South Carolina, bridges the gap between innovators of emerging technologies off base and naval mission owners on base who are developing solutions for the warﬁghter. (Wendy M. Jamieson.)
Palmetto Tech Bridge Director Calls Colleagues, Partners to ‘Front Lines’ of Cyber By Steve Ghiringhelli
Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR)
CHARLESTON, Sc. — Just as the American public played a vital role in the war effort during World War II, one Navy leader believes the only way the U.S. military will compete and win in the information war will be with the widespread support of everyday citizens and enterprises. Erik Gardner, who became director of the Palmetto Tech Bridge (PTB) at Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Atlantic earlier this year, said the area of cybersecurity — widely held as a chief focus area by command leadership — must enlist support from all sectors of society, particularly in the civil service. “We may be public servants, but we are also warfighters in this technological domain,” he said. “We don’t wear a camouflage uniform and carry a rifle, but we wear a badge to come to work at a government lab, and we are the front line of defense when it comes to cyber and operating in the information environment.” Like Gardner, many military leaders believe government civilians working in cyber are engaged in one of the most critical components of modern warfare. To keep pace with nearpeer competitors, they say dynamic cross-team collaboration and private sector partnerships offer the most promising measures for hardening the nation’s cyber defenses. Gardner’s sense of urgency is born of the same notions that more than three years ago motivated James “Hondo” Geurts, then-assistant secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition, to launch an “agility
cell” called Naval Expeditions, or NavalX. At its inception, NavalX sought “culture change” across the Department of the Navy. It established the concept of a “tech bridge” to forge a new way for the Navy to bridge the gap between innovators of emerging technologies off base and naval mission owners on base developing solutions for the warfighter. Since then, tech bridges have stood up alongside Navy installations nationwide and around the world, including in Japan and London. During the launch of a new tech bridge last month in eastern North Carolina, Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro spoke of the critical continuing importance of tech bridges. “It requires a strong partnership between industry and government for us to come together, understand each other’s challenges, and bring together the best ideas that we all have to offer for the benefit of the American taxpayer,” Del Toro said. “Ultimately, it’s all for the benefit of our Sailors and Marines to protect our nation.” NIWC Atlantic’s PTB was among the first tech bridges launched in 2019. Its three main technical focus areas are cybersecurity, assured communications and data science. To foster innovation in these areas, Gardner challenges NIWC Atlantic’s technologists to communicate their priorities to him for consideration, so he can map those requirements directly to academia, start-ups, non-profits and other nontraditional entities doing work in that space. Greg Hays, NIWC Atlantic’s senior scientific technology manager for Rapid Prototyping and a major stakeholder in PTB’s work, pointed out that many technologies are not being developed within the Defense Depart-
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SAN DIEGO — Destroyer Squadron 23 (DESRON 23) held a change of command at the Veteran’s Museum in Balboa Park on Friday, March 4. Capt. Steve McDowell turned over as Commodore of the squadron with Capt. Patrick O’Mahoney. “It was an absolute honor to lead the Sailors of DESRON 23 over the last 16 months,” said McDowell. “DESRON’s Little Beavers similar to their predecessors, performed absolutely brilliantly while deployed and at home after our return. There is nothing that this outstanding team cannot accomplish.” Vice Adm. James W. Kilby, deputy commander, U.S. Fleet Forces, served as presiding officer and guest speaker for the ceremony. McDowell, a native of Millbrook, NY., assumed command of DESRON 23 in November 2020 and is going on to serve as Director of Surface Advanced Warfighting School, at Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center. O’Mahoney, a native of Southern Pines, N.C., fleeted up from his position as deputy commodore, DESRON 23. “I am honored and energized to take over as the 50th Commodore of Destroyer Squadron 23,” said O’Mahoney. “Since 1943, the country has called upon DESRON 23
Capt. Steven McDowell, commodore of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 23, salute the color guard during a change of command ceremony where Capt. Patrick O’Mahoney relieved McDowell. (MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 1ST CLASS JULIO RIVERA)
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A Lenten Ode to Coffee
By Lisa Smith Molinari
Sometimes, I worry that I might be addicted to caffeine. When this happens, I quit cold turkey for a while, usually during Lent. Since my primary source of caffeine is coffee, I’m forced to give it up during these decaffeinated hiatuses, which isn’t easy considering that coffee is not only my morning beverage of choice, it is my lifestyle, my culture, my manifesto, my identity. I am a coffee drinker, through and through. It all began during tenth grade, when I couldn’t manage to stay awake during Geometry Class. Every morning at eight-o-clock, my big, sandy, iron-curled head of hair would bob and my purple frosted eyelids would droop, while my peers giggled and Mr. Sistek scowled. In an effort to end this daily public humiliation, I tried pinching my leg, chewing gum, shaking my head, and doodling in the margins of my textbook, but nothing kept my adolescent brain from slipping into slumber. At home, I observed that my mother relied on a scoop of Folgers Instant in a cup of hot water to start her day with a boost of energy, so I gave that a try. Once prepared and cooled, I chugged the mug’s contents while pinching my nostrils shut to avoid the acrid flavor. To me, drinking coffee was revolting; however, I couldn’t deny the pep it put in my step. Not to mention, the jittery tremors in my
extremities. I wondered, perhaps I should use the recommended one scoop of instant coffee instead of four? Machts nichts. Notwithstanding the slight deterioration in my handwriting skills, my Geometry grades improved remarkably, thanks to gulping a mug of thick, tarry instant coffee before heading to my morning bus. I eventually discovered that one can actually tolerate coffee without pinching one’s nose if one makes it according to the directions. And that by testing certain additives — creamers, sweeteners, flavorings — one may actually enjoy the experience. Who knew! After marriage, a drip coffee maker became a fixture in our family household, no matter where the Navy stationed us. Our coffee tastes varied over the years from large cans of inexpensive ground coffee with powdered non-dairy creamer, to specialty beans ground at home and lightened with warm frothy oat milk. Of course, I love a sturdy mug of diner coffee served on a paper placemat with mini pods of half and half, but I also delight in a prissy cappuccino piled high with creamy foam and accompanied by a stir stick heavy with crystalized sugar. At first, I drank coffee exclusively in the mornings. But with each passing year of life, I found reasons to sip more and more throughout the day, often microwaving coffee that had long gone cold just to savor one more cup. Somewhere along the way, I bought an
insulated to-go tumbler to take hot brew with me to the commissary, to the gym, to cross country meets, on dog walks, to Target, wherever. Regardless of how, when or where, coffee has become a constant in my life — an ever present friend I can always depend upon. Mornings, coffee rousts me gently, begging me to inhale its aromatic vapor while it cools. From the first sip, I feel it permeate my insides, coursing through my veins, awakening my senses. It simultaneously soothes and invigorates, emboldening me to seize the day. In the midst of my daily routine, hot coffee offers me a break from chaos, boredom, tedium. A tiny treat tempting me like a rich and creamy bon bon wrapped in colored foil, lifting my mood and carrying me on. Then, in the afternoon, coffee comes to my rescue, beckoning me out of my inevitable late-day slump with its swirling jolt of steamy goodness. During Lent, while I’m drying out from my pandemic caffeine bender, I’ll be drinking herbal teas, which, to a hardened coffee drinker such as myself, is akin to ingesting my own soapy bathwater. Despite the steady hand, reliable bladder and unstained teeth hibiscus, green, ginger, chamomile and echinacea teas offer, they are, nonetheless, a pitiful substitute for coffee—my beloved morning elixir, my heavenly nectar of the Gods, my lusty liquid constitution.
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By Military Onesource Living on a military installation for the first time can be a great opportunity to connect with other military families and become part of a global service-oriented community. Installation living enables service members to be close to work and allows families to save money on rent and utilities. Another big advantage to living on an installation is convenience. Everything from child care and medical treatment to libraries, playgrounds, recreational facilities and grocery shopping — all of these services are available close to home. If you’re considering living on an installation or have moved to one for the first time, here are some programs and resources you’ll want to explore. Becoming a member of the military installation community Moving to any new community can bring exciting opportunities and also raise many questions about day-to-day living. The military offers a wide array of relocation resources and services to help you master your move and get settled into your new home on an installation. • Moving support: From online tools to personalized assistance, learn more about PCS and military moves and how to put the military Relocation Assistance Program to work for you. • Housing support: Contact your installation housing office for information on housing options available at your new location. • Sponsorship: Military sponsors are trained service members who help you and your family learn about your new duty station and get settled once you arrive. Sponsors are assigned through your unit. If you haven’t been assigned one, you can contact your installation Military and Family Support Center.
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can assist with a number of education issues including helping you: - Choose the right school for your child’s needs - Transfer credits and register at your new school - Locate after-school activities - Find a tutor - Access deployment support - Connect you to EFMP services • Commissary and Exchange: Your installation Commissary & Exchange offers more than just savings on groceries and electronics. Learn about resources such as scholarships, employment, healthy living recipes and more. • Military Spouse Resources: Need help transferring your professional license or finding a job in your new location? Learn more about tools and programs available to help military spouses with employment, education, family counseling and more. • MilitaryINSTALLATIONS website: Whether you’re planning a move to your next installation or want to know more about your current duty station, the MilitaryINSTALLATIONS website is the place to get answers. Use it to find installation overviews, contacts for programs and services, check-in procedures and community information for installations worldwide. Still have questions or need help finding resources? Military OneSource consultants are available 24/7 to help answer your questions and connect you with the support you need. Call us at 800-342-9647, use OCONUS calling options or start a live chat.
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An F/A-18E Super Hornet, attached to the“Sunliners”of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81, launches from the ﬂight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) in support of enhanced Air Patrols, Mar. 5, 2022. The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. Sixth Fleet area of operations in support of U.S., allied and partner interests in Europe and Africa. (MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS KELSEY TRINH)
Truman Operates in North Aegean Sea By Petty Officer 2Nd Class Kelsey Trinh
USS Harry S Truman
NORTH AEGEAN SEA —The Nimitzclass aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) conducted fixed-wing flight operations in the North Aegean Sea March 4-5. Truman, flagship of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (CSG), along with the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG 56); Arleigh
Burke-class guided-missile destroyers, USS Gonzalez (DDG 66), USS Cole (DDG 67), USS Bainbridge (DDG 96), USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109), USS Mitscher (DDG 57); Norwegian Royal Navy Fridjof Nansenclass frigate HNoMS Fridjtof Nansen (F310); and Italian Navy Bergamini-class guided-missile frigate ITS Carabiniere (F 593) supported NATO enhanced Air Policing missions, bolstering the defense of the NATO Alliance.
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“Conducting enhanced Air Policing from North Aegean waters further illustrates NATO’s continued ability to share and pool existing capabilities,” said Rear Adm. Curt Renshaw, commander, Carrier Strike Group Eight. “We set out to prove that this dynamic employment of an Aircraft Carrier—in pretty restrictive waters—could be done, and in doing so, we have demonstrated the enduring U.S. commitment to Allies.” Truman and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 provide an inherently flexible naval force capable of maneuvering to meet emerging missions, deter potential adversaries, reassure Allies and Partners, and enhance security. “The Truman and Carrier Air Wing One sailed into the northern Aegean Sea conducting fixed-wing flight operations
to support NATO’s enhanced Air Policing mission, demonstrating our ability to operate dynamically throughout the theater,” said Capt. Gavin Duff, Truman’s commanding officer. “This team performed flawlessly as we continued to send a clear signal of our ironclad commitment to NATO.” The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. Sixth Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to maintain maritime stability and security, and defend U.S., Allied and Partner interests in Europe and Africa. For more news from CSG 8, visit, www. facebook.com/CSG8, www.navy.mil/local. cvn75/, www.facebook.com/usnavy, www. instagram.com/uss_harrys.truman, www. navy.mil, or www.twitter.com/harrystruman.
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FRCE pilots big gains in leveraging big data By Heather Wilburn
Fleet Readiness Center East
CHERRY POINT, Nc. — A team at Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) is leading the way within Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers (COMFRC) by using industry best practices to mine and analyze data, then turn that information into visualizations that can help leaders make data-driven decisions. The maintenance, repair and overhaul operations the depot conducts on dozens of aircraft and, at any given time, hundreds of components generates an avalanche of data points, including scheduled turnaround times, material requisition status, and engineering input and instruction. To make sense of it all, the team uses Qlik Sense, a data analytics platform, to interpret the data and create reports that detail the status of in-process aircraft and components, along with all of the associated information, in a convenient display highlighting potential inhibitors that could delay production. Analysts evaluating systems within COMFRC are looking at FRCE’s methods to provide the template for a similar process that could be used across the enterprise, FRCE Commanding Officer Col. Thomas A. Atkinson said. “We’re proud to be at the front of this effort to broaden the use of data analytics and data visualizations within the COMFRC ecosystem, and to leverage these tools to streamline communication and advance performance at FRC East,” Atkinson said. “Integrating these tools into our day-to-day operations has played a large role in helping us reduce high-priority backorders, improve turnaround times and strengthen our financial performance over the past year and a half, and we’re excited to be able to share these improvements with the enterprise.” Military Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Production Director Lt. Col. Jason Raper said the team developing the initiative at FRCE has focused not just on collecting and sorting the data, but applying it in a way that provides real, usable insights for the workforce. “Our team of analysts has done great work at transforming raw data into displays that are meaningful, accessible, and help leaders make informed decisions,” he said. “They’ve put a great deal of effort into ensuring the information displayed is not just a quantitative accounting of piece parts or aircraft in process, but also a qualitative description that explains the whys behind the numbers.” The team has been developing and refining FRCE’s use of data visualizations for about 18 months, said management analyst Jennifer Sanderson, the team lead. In that time, they have used the data analytics software to develop a sort of digital backbone for the depot, pulling information from several databases and connecting it to one location that displays all the information associated with an end item product. The data used in the analysis and visualizations comes from internal sources and from partners and stakeholders including the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) and Marine Corps and Navy aviation squadrons. Having a single resource for data that supports production outputs allows managers the time and ability to make good management decisions, Sanderson explained. “In using data visualizations, we have provided one source of data that everybody can view and rely upon in order to make solid, data-driven decisions,” Sanderson explained. “It streamlines communication across not just our facility but also across our partners, in order to help us do a better job of identifying what our priorities should be for the day; identifying any risks or issues associated with performing any of that work today; and elevating to our management those barriers and those risks that are impeding us from performing that work.” Taylor Forehand, an operations research
Matthew Sinsel, right, the production control center lead on the V-22 Osprey aircraft line at Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE), navigates the Qlik Sense data dashboard during a daily meeting that focuses on the line’s production status and potential inhibitors. (HEATHER WILBURN)
analyst with the team, said using the data visualizations helps save time, as individuals seeking answers on an item’s status can now simply pull up this resource rather than spending 30 minutes pulling various reports to get the information they need. “It’s like seeing the full puzzle in front of you, rather than having to go find all your pieces first,” she said. In the end, this process saves labor effort on several levels and provides the workforce and leaders with a clearer picture of the item’s status in near-real time. She hopes the depot will be able to increase these time savings by increasing the number of reports that are available, meaning the data analytics software will pull data from other applications and weave it into the data stream it uses to create the visualizations. At the moment, approximately half of the source data reports that were formerly pulled by hand and downloaded into the visualization software are now automatically fed into the system. “Instead of having to go into multiple applications to get a picture of where we stand with this end item, we have one stream of information across several database sources,” Sanderson said. “In the past, you would have had a production controller pulling information and creating reports, a planner, an engineer — what I call the ‘mandraulics’ of it — and we’ve put all those people out of the business of pulling data and freed them up to do the other things we need them to do. “At the moment, somebody on our team still has to pull that information and download it into the software,” she continued. “However, we’ve taken steps toward having that automated, as well, and we’re hopeful that as we continue, more and more of our reports will come straight from those sources of record, the programs where the information is housed. We’re on the cusp of moving toward a near-real time scenario instead of the daily bulk data processing that we’ve been doing.” For the general workforce, though, the data
visualization process is already automated: They simply show up and pull up the display, and all the information they were getting in the old-style reports (and then some) is already generated inside the system daily for them to see, Sanderson said. Using the data visualizations to track daily progress has helped improve efficiency on the depot’s V-22 aircraft line, said Andrew Rock, the depot’s V-22 branch head. The V-22 line was one of the first to integrate the display into daily operations. “Having a daily data display that clearly shows the current status of each of our aircraft has allowed us to increase agility and shift priorities in a way that helps us most effectively utilize our workforce and resources,” Rock said. “Every morning, we’re able to dig into any barriers that might affect turnaround time, collaborate with the team on potential solutions, and elevate issues, if necessary, while also applying our labor in the most logical manner. Using this resource to help make management decisions has helped our line make gains in key performance indicators.” As the data analytics processes mature and the depot continues to move toward an electronic work order system — an initiative that is currently early in the implementation phase — Sanderson sees the functionality of the software increasing. “I’d like to see us getting out of the paper world altogether,” she said. “There should be an electronic place for anybody in the workforce to go and garner the information they need, and that’s where we’re going. The goal is that we’ll have all of this information in the system, all of those key risk indicators and prioritization data appropriately set, so that integration will be seamless as we move into electronic work orders.” With the addition of new members, the team also hopes to transition the visualizations into a more predictive state that provides more measurable outcomes, as functional-
ity improves. Currently, Sanderson said, the information is more descriptive in nature, meaning it gives a clear view of the end item’s current status, but not much in the way of accurately predicting when the item will see completion. Sanderson said all of these improvements — providing a single source of record, increasing ease of access to relevant data, and improving efficiency — help support the three core tenets of the Naval Sustainment System (NSS): accuracy, accountability and transparency. The streamlined communication removes room for human error and improves accuracy; the visible status of items and potential production inhibitors increases transparency; and the display boosts accountability by showing who owns the tasks required to complete the end item, whether it’s an aircraft or a component. Using data analytics to support the NSS focus areas will help FRCE continue to improve and refine processes, Raper said, and will ultimately benefit Navy and Marine Corps aviation readiness. “In the end, it’s all about getting the best possible product back to our nation’s warfighters, in the most timely manner possible, with the greatest cost efficiency,” he said. “Using these data displays to highlight potential friction points and production inhibitors helps our leaders plan for these contingencies and make data-driven decisions that can help us minimize their impacts to production, or even avoid the issues altogether. Adding this capability to our toolbox is only going to make us faster, stronger and more efficient.” 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.
MyNavy HR Force Development Leaders Meet for Spring Offsite Courtesy Story
Naval Education and Training Command
PENSACOLA, Fla. — Leaders from across the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) domain gathered to discuss a variety of issues and priorities for the MyNavy HR Force Development team during a spring off-site meeting at Naval Air Station Pensacola, March 1-2. Leadership from Navy Recruiting Command (NRC), Naval Service Training Command (NSTC), NETC learning centers, Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center, Naval Education and Training Security Assistance Field Activity, and other stakeholders joined with NETC headquarters staff at the offsite. Rear Adm. Pete Garvin, NETC commander, commenced the event by discussing the recently released Force Development strategic plan and his updated Commander’s Intent, which underscores the Chief of Naval Operations’ (CNO) priorities and keeps the focus on Sailors, readiness, capabilities and capacity. He encouraged the more than 80 leaders in attendance to incorporate the CNO’s “Get Real, Get Better” learning mindset as they tackled a complex range of aspects of the “street to fleet” mission of recruiting, training and delivering combat-ready warfighters to the fleet. “Today and tomorrow are the ‘get real’ part, being really introspective, taking a hard look at ourselves and each other and calling it like it is…being honest with ourselves, self-reflective, self-assessing and then most importantly self-correcting,” said Garvin. He challenged the leaders to focus on outcomes with the “Fleet Readiness Starts Here” motto always in mind. Rear Adm. Dennis Velez, NRC’s commander, provided a recruiting update. With the U.S. Navy competing in an unprecedented labor market, he discussed the various efforts underway to increase interest in military service with the nation’s youth, including recognizing influential teachers and college professors for their roles and new Sailors who
Rear Adm. Pete Garvin, commander, Naval Education and Training Command (NETC), offers his closing thoughts to leaders from throughout the NETC/MyNavy HR Force Development domain at the end of a spring offsite at Naval Air Station Pensacola. (CARLA M MCCARTHY)
inspire friends to consider joining the service. Rear Adm. Jennifer Couture, NSTC’s commander, outlined how Warrior Toughness is being institutionalized throughout the fleet and how diversity, equity and inclusion efforts are working to remove systemic barriers to creating a future force representative of the nation. She shared how Recruit Training Command has lengthened boot camp to 10 weeks, to include an expanded curriculum that focuses more on professional development and the lethality of the basically trained Sailor, with an eventual goal of every graduate being basically qualified in firefighting, damage control, and small arms. The leaders heard updates from NETC staff on the latest progress with moving to the next-generation learning management and assessment systems. Aligned with the Chief of Naval Personnel’s Transformation initiatives to modernize and consolidate IT systems, the new training systems will replace current IT tools such as Navy eLearning and also support Ready Relevant Learning (RRL). An RRL status brief addressed the progress to date, with eight ratings currently delivered with improved training, and the expected
delivery of an additional six ratings this fiscal year. The aim of RRL is to provide modernized, on-demand, fleet-responsive learning for the Navy’s enlisted ratings. RRL is a long-term investment in improving individual Sailor performance and enhancing fleet readiness by addressing the when, how and where Sailors are trained. NETC staff also updated leaders on the multi-layered “shipping” mission. Shipping starts with recruits reporting to boot camp through reporting to their first assignment. This monumental effort requires methodical coordination across multiple stakeholders for more than 33,000 recruits this fiscal year. The primary objective is the on-time delivery of those Sailors to the fleet. Additionally, participants were provided presentations on the science of learning, centennials and the Navy, and then attendees broke out into small group sessions to deepdive into various topics, including RRL, shipping, instructor manning, learning standards, future IT solutions for training, and pay and personnel support. “We should always be learning. We should always be optimizing. We should always be
looking at how we can do things better,” said Garvin at the conclusion. He thanked the leaders for the energy they brought to examining tough, multifaceted issues, which will better serve the fleet. NETC’s mission is to recruit and hire talented civilians, deliver training and education to transform civilians into Sailors and distribute accession Sailors to the fleet to maximize readiness and ensure mission success; to provide specialized training and educational tools to advance the personal and professional development of Sailors throughout their career; and serve as sole claimant for individual training and education and as the principal advisor to the Chief of Naval Operations and Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command on training and education related matters. For more information about NETC, visit the command’s website at https://www.netc. navy.mil/ and follow MyNavy HR: Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ MYNAVYHR/ Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/ mynavyhr/ Twitter at https://twitter.com/mynavyhr
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Rear Adm. John Korka, Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command, and Chief of Civil Engineers, and Force Master Chief Petty Officer of the Seabees Delbert Terrell Jr. salute during a wreath laying ceremony at the Seabee Memorial at the Arlington National Cemetery. This ceremony was designed to honor members of the Civil Engineer Corps and the Seabee community on the 80th anniversary of the Seabee Birthday. (MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 1ST CLASS ADAM BROCK)
NAVFAC Celebrates Seabee Birthday By Petty Officer 1St Class Adam Brock
Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Hq
WASHINGTON — Naval leadership and the Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) Headquarters concluded the week recognizing the 80th birthday of the Seabees and the 155th birthday of the Civil Engineer Corps (CEC). Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Mike Gilday, wished the CEC and Seabees a “Happy Birthday” and displayed his appreciation and recognition for their expertise in design, construction and infrastructure sustainment around the world.
In the first of two command ceremonies, active duty, and Reserve members of NAVFAC came together Mar. 4 for the annual “Seabee Memorial Run,” a four-mile command run commencing from the historic Washington Navy Yard. Featuring more than 50 runners, the course winded past the National Mall and such historic sites at the Martin Luther King, Jr., and Lincoln Memorials, before ending at the Seabee Memorial, located at Arlington National Cemetery. The Seabee Memorial, sculpted by former Seabee Felix de Weldon, features a number of large panels depicting the many missions that Seabees have undertaken globally since 1942,
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and prominently displays a large sculpture of a bare-chested, muscular Seabee, rifle slung over one shoulder, offering a helping hand to a small child. “There is no better place to end this memorial run than here at the Seabee Memorial,” said Force Master Chief of the Seabee Delbert Terrell Jr. “This memorial symbolizes the nature of our Seabee as builders who fight, and yet also extend humanitarian aid wherever and whenever needed.” The memorial provided the backdrop for the second portion of the commemoration as Rear Adm. John W. Korka, commander, NAVFAC and chief of Civil Engineers, was
joined by Terrell on Mar. 5, to celebrate the heroism and accomplishments of the Naval Construction Force, past and present, with wreath-laying ceremonies at the memorial and the gravesite of the “Father of the Seabees” Adm. Ben Moreell. “From around the world, our Civil Engineer Corps, and Seabee communities join together to celebrate our great history and re-commit ourselves to build upon the strong legacy and foundation laid by all those who have come before us,” said Korka. “We will stay true to our hardearned motto: ‘With compassion for others, we build, we fight for peace with freedom.’ ”
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NSA Bahrain Bluejacket Bistro Receives the FY22 Captain Edward F. Ney Memorial Award Courtesy Story
U.S. Naval Support Activity Bahrain
MANAMA, Bahrain — Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain’s Bluejacket Bistro was recognized as the Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) Captain Edward F. Ney Memorial Award (Ney) winner for outstanding food service excellence in the OCONUS General Mess category on February 28. This is the first Ney Award achieved by the Bahrain Bluejacket Bistro since it was opened in 2018. The Blue Jacket Bistro was nominated to represent EURAFCENT as it was the highest-scoring galley during the Commander, Navy Installations Command’s Five Star Accreditation Assessment. “If the galley was the NFL this would be our Super Bowl Championship Game. Like any teams out there, they all want to play their best every game throughout the season until they win the Championship. That’s the same mindset with the food service,” said Arnie Limon, NSA Bahrain’s Bluejacket Bistro’s food service officer. “We play our games 24/7, 365 days a year. Winning the Ney is not about what happens on one day but what happens every day. The team always has to improve and maintain the highest standard you can be. You must embody the motto “Think Ney every day!” The Bluejacket Bistro team was in the final competition in the same category with Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka’s Food Service. This annual competition challenges all Ney contenders to display and demonstrate consistent, high standards of sanitation, safety, administration and management. “Our team has a lot of experience working together at other locations and plenty of these guys have worked with us for years,” said John Henton, NSA Bahrain’s Bluejacket Bistro senior food service manager. “We’re a perfect team and have worked together for so long that all we do is try to make ourselves better. Arnie came along and focused in on some different things we hadn’t seen or considered before and we learned a lot from it. Overall, it was a great team effort for all of us in what we’ve achieved.”
Rear Adm. Scott Gray, commander, Navy Region Europe, Africa, Central (EURAFCENT), center right, Capt. William Lane, commanding officer of Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain; Cmdr. Ernesto Rivera, executive officer of NSA Bahrain; and Steven Madison, command master chief, NSA Bahrain, pose for a group photo with Bluejacket Bistro Galley staff during an award presentation onboard Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain. (AMEERA AL KOOHEJI)
Henton stated that getting through the COVID-era challenges were met head-on with innovation and through their general practices in order to maintain a level of optimal service, and that the Bluejacket Bistro had continued to operate above and beyond Ney expectations. “It was already an excellent and clean dining facility. To be honest, there were not that many challenges for us going into COVID-19 other than finding some extra people to clean up after the customer vacates their seat, wiping down the glass dividers, door handles, etc. We have people here that keep high sanitary practices which are part of our regular policies anyway. It’s just a discipline that’s bred into us,” said Henton. Other areas evaluated under the Ney competition include financial records, Navy Standard Core Menu, Food Preparation and Service, Subsistence Management, Facility Upkeep,
and Training while serving the highest quality nutritious foods that met customers’ satisfactions. “Our team came from different countries all over the globe, like Pakistan, India and Bangladesh, so we’re very diverse, so it’s always a challenge, especially when it comes to communication barrier,” said Limon. “We never saw those barriers as unachievable or unconquerable, so we tackled everything as a worthy challenge to excel so everyone in the room plays in accordance with the standards that propel us forward.” “Cleanliness and records keeping are some of the grading standards for the Ney award that the whole team has excelled at and there are countless, detailed requirements that could be overlooked in which this team is achieving every single day,” said James Duff, NSA Bahrain’s Installation fleet and family readi-
(VMFA) 314; an F/A-18E Super Hornet squadron, the “Vigilantes” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151; an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter squadron, the “Chargers” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 14; and an MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter squadron, the “Raptors” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 71. Abraham Lincoln Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability through alliances and partnerships while serving as a ready-response force in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region. For more news from CSG-3, visit www.dvidshub.net/unit/USSAL-CVN72.
in the fight to win the information war, especially with the ever-growing threat of ransomware and other types of cyberattack. “This is a new day in innovation,” he said. “I want to help inspire creativity, commitment and risk-taking, both at NIWC Atlantic and amongst our partners. I want my colleagues to understand they are warfighters, who need to think like warfighters. “Our work is not for the faint of heart,” he concluded. “Our workforce is a big key to unlocking a real revolution in how we conduct business as an enterprise. And like it or not, we are on the front lines. If we are not accepting this role wholeheartedly and standing our watch, then our warfight-
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Sailors shift colors as the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) moors at Naval Base Guam for a port visit. (MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST SEAMAN APPRENTICE JETT MORGAN)
ness director. “The team does a great job in figuring out what the customer is looking for and meeting those needs.” Duff stated that the Bluejacket Bistro team works hard to integrate a lot of the positive feedback they receive and that the ability to return that energy to the team helps to reinforce that pride in daily execution. He added that with receiving three daily meal evaluations from the Command Duty Officers each month, the galley was able to achieve a 99.5% positive response, which is not only incredible, but enables the team to strive for consistent improvements and maintain a high level of expectations, which Duff outlines could arguably carry more weight than the award itself. The Bluejacket Bistro has earned the highest points amongst all regional galleys and achieved its second consecutive Five Star accreditation, which secured its nomination spot for the FY22 Ney competition. “The team works extremely hard to ensure they provide the best possible support for the Warfighters at NSA Bahrain,” said Duff. “This award recognizes their great level of service and dedication to excellence. For a galley that has only been open for three years to win this awards it is nothing less than astonishing. Thank you to the entire team and grateful for anyone who is able to come by and support the Bluejacket Bistro and what they do each day.” Through the partnership between the government and with the Kellogg, Brown, & Root Management, the Bahrain Bluejacket Bistro held the highest standards of business and personal integrity, abiding by the strictest ethical and legal standards to maintain its reputation as the “Best Feeder” in the Fleet and achieve the Navy’s highest honor excellence in food service. “I feel this is a great start for us and there’s surely more to come, so as long as we have the opportunity to compete, we will and show the world what we can do,” said Limon. “Every day we have to raise that standard higher and that’s what makes us and the Bluejacket Bistro what we are today and to be in a better position going forward.” ers, whose lives are actually on the line, will come under attack, and it would mean we didn’t do our job.” For more information about or to connect with the Palmetto Tech Bridge, visit https:// www.niwcatlantic.navy.mil/palmetto-techbridge/ About NIWC Atlantic As a part of Naval Information Warfare Systems Command, NIWC Atlantic provides systems engineering and acquisition to deliver information warfare capabilities to the naval, joint and national warfighter through the acquisition, development, integration, production, test, deployment, and sustainment of interoperable command, control, communications, computer, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, cyber and information technology capabilities.
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UKRAINE ODU Community Shows Support for Ukraine at Vigil
A spectator wears the Urkrainian colors. (AMBER KENNEDY)
By Joe Garvey Oleksii Dubovyk is a biology graduate student at Old Dominion University. He is also from Ukraine. At a Solidarity for Ukraine vigil held on campus Wednesday night, he expressed confidence that the country will persevere despite the brutal invasion by Russia. “I came here with a very simple but important mission - to get some knowledge from the U.S. and to bring it back to Ukraine,” he told a crowd of about 100 that gathered on Kaufman Mall. “And I believe that there will be a country to go back to.” The event was sponsored by Old Dominion University, the University’s Global Student Friendship chapter and the University Chaplain Association. Josh Foe, a freshman business major and vice president of Global Student Friendship, was the primary organizer. “We wanted the event to be both a vigil and solidarity event, so that we can stand together as a united community supporting each other but also have a portion of the event to pray and be mindful of what is happening in our world even if we ourselves are not in danger,” he said. Prayers, solidarity and fortitude were consistent themes of the speakers throughout the vigil. Nadiya Ungo, a Ukraine native, said the conflict with Russia goes back centuries. “This war did not start just with the annexation of Crimea in 2014,” she said. “Russia has been waging wars against Ukraine for more than 350 years.” For instance, she said its soldiers
Approximately 100 people turned for the Solidarity for Ukraine vigil on Kaufman Mall. (AMBER KENNEDY)
surrounded villages throughout the country during the Great Famine of 1932-33, starving 4.5 million Ukrainians to death. “It’s an eternal war,” Ungo said. “Now the evil became more powerful with the nukes, with the weapons. And we are at the spear of this fight.” She urged Americans to learn about the
history of Ukraine that goes back thousands of years. She said Ukraine is a peaceful nation of 44 million people whose “children are being slaughtered at this moment.” “Don’t be indifferent,” she added. “Please, support Ukraine. Keep it in your hearts and prayers.” Chris Drake is a retired professor of geog-
raphy who visited Ukraine in the early 1990s. She noted “the cruel hand of geography” that Ukraine borders Russia, a country “that does not value democracy or freedom or a country’s right to choose its own path.” She urged prayers for those in Ukraine “to have fortitude and courage and strength to fight oppression and violence.” “Maybe even pray for Putin to fall and to repent for the evil that he is causing,” she added. David Routhier, an ODU junior, quoted from 1 Timothy Chapter 2 of the Bible as he encouraged people to pray for Ukraine. “God desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of him. God does not desire that any man should perish,” he said. “And God does not desire that Ukraine should perish.” Pastor Kevin Tremper of Crossroads Church and chairman of the ODU University Chaplain Association studied in Ukraine as an ODU college student. He said he fell in love with the beauty of the country and its people. The people were kind, friendly and filled with “life, love and laughter.” “They dared to fight for a government and to believe in a government that was of the people, by the people and for the people,” he said. “Tonight, we gather as these dreams are being threatened and being attacked by Russia.” He said some are predicting that this could be the greatest war in Europe since World War II. “We are asking that God would write a different story in our time,” he said.
NWA Wrestling, Jim Crockett Cup Tournament returns to its glory. Interviews with NWA stars Da Pope and Kyle Davis Interview conducted by Yiorgo Old school wrestling fans, rejoice! Thanks to huge wrestling superfan, rock superstar, lead singer, songwriter and guitarist of the rock band the Smashing Pumpkins, Billy Corgan, the historic wrestling organization National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) is back in business and has an exciting upcoming Pay-Per-View March 19th and 20th. NWA owner and President William Patrick Corgan, made a strong commitment to honor and respect the history and legacy of the famed organization. One of the many ways was to bring back the Jim Crockett Cup Tournament, which features the best in professional tag-team wrestling with the Crockett Cup 2022 PPV to be held at the Nashville, Tennessee Fairgrounds March 19th and 20th. Mr. Corgan, who will speak with us exclusively next week, is honored and proud to bring back the tradition of NWA wrestling to Tennessee with the Crockett Cup 2022 Tournament PPV. “Jim Crockett Promotions built a foundation in the Mid-Atlantic region with their tag team wrestling in the 70s and 80s. The Crockett Cup in 1986 brought together the best tag teams in the world under one roof.” With us today is the great NWA superstar wrestler Da Pope, Elijah Burke and NWA Director of Operations Kyle Davis. Yiorgo: Why should fans attend or purchase the 2022 Crockett Cup Pay-Per-
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View?Whatwilltheyseeandexperience? Da Pope, Elijah Burke: When you talk about the Crockett Cup that is going down March 19th and 20th, you are talking about one of the most glorified, one of the most traditional coming together of teams for the two night tournament. Some of the greatest tag-teams from all around the world will compete under the NWA
banner and follow in the footsteps of some of the most legendary tag teams ever, like the Road Warriors, Dusty and Nikita, the Super Powers, Lex Luger and Sting and the list goes on. This is a rejuvenated brand of a PPV that we are all excited about and I know the fans will be just as excited watching the matches and the endless possible matchups.
Kyle Davis: The most important part of professional wrestling is to escape from normal life. And right now with the world what it is, everybody needs something to help them escape from what is going on around them. The fans will see action, excitement, athleticism and Turn to Wrestling, Page 3
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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center is hosting a two-day EGGstra sweet event filled with chocolate treats and fun for the whole family in partnership with Kinder Joy®. Visit the Aquarium for EGGstravaganza on Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3 to enjoy an enlightening egg search featuring the iconic egg-shaped Kinder Joy treat. Other Easter celebrations include an egg craft and trivia prize wheel. Plus, snap a selfie with our bunny ambassador Sparkles! “We are thrilled to partner with zoos and aquariums across the country to make their Easter egg hunts even more exciting with the addition of Kinder Joy eggs,” said Felipe Riera Michelotti, Vice President of
Marketing Kinder Joy and Seasonal Products at Ferrero. “Just like Kinder Joy, zoos and aquariums are known for creating authentic and connected moments when awe, wonder, and childhood joy are at the center of shared family experiences, and we look forward to connecting with families across the country in a new capacity.” EGGstravaganza activities are included in general Aquarium admission for timed tickets admitted between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on April 2 and 3. No additional ticketing is required. The event will take place rain or shine; weather permitting, the event will be outside at the Aquarium’s Discovery Garden. Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center is an accredited member
of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums. The Aquarium is also a member of World Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The Virginia Aquarium’s mission is to inspire conservation of the marine environment through education, research, and sustainable practices. It is located at 717 General Booth Boulevard, just south of Rudee Inlet in Virginia Beach. Visit www.VirginiaAquarium.com for more information. The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, supports the work of the Virginia Aquarium. The Foundation procures and maintains the Aquarium’s exhibits, including the animals and habitats. It is also responsible for annual and capital fundraising, administration and
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About askHRgreen.org Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, askHRgreen.org is your go-to resource for all things green in Hampton Roads — from recycling tips and pointers for keeping local waterways clean to water-saving ideas and simple steps to make local living easy on the environment. Launched in 2011, the region-wide public awareness and education campaign is administered through the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission and powered by the following members: The cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Hampton,
Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, and Williamsburg; the counties of Gloucester, Isle of Wight, James City, Southampton, Surry and York; the town of Smithfield; and HRSD. Like askHRgreen.org on Facebook, follow on Twitter and Instagram, tune in to YouTube and catch the “Let’s Talk Green” blog, written by a team of local experts. For background on askHRgreen. org’s 10th anniversary, take a look! https:// askhrgreen.org/about/about-askhrgreenorg/
Hampton Roads Volunteers needed for this year’s Great American Cleanup! HAMPTON ROADS, Va. — Have you noticed more litter in your neighborhood over the past year? Many local cities and counties are reporting increases in litter clogging storm drains, along roadways and in parks and waterways. Residents can do something about it, by signing up for this year’s Great American Cleanup, March 25-26 in Hampton Roads. “We encourage residents and business owners to keep their properties clean year round, but it makes a difference when we join together to clean up the region as a whole,” said Katie Cullipher, who co-leads the askHRgreen.org public awareness and education initiative. The two-day, Great American Cleanup event draws about 1,000 volunteers each year to conduct a clean sweep of the region. Military commands, local businesses and non-profits join forces with local government and private citizens to remove litter from roadsides and waterways, tend community gardens and improve public parks. Since 2019, volunteers have cleared more than 47 tons of litter from the area. When registering for the Great American Cleanup at www.askHRgreen.org/cleanup, volunteers can choose from leading or participating in a community cleanup, as well as selecting the type of cleanup event. If the Great American Cleanup dates don’t work with your schedule, that’s not a problem. Cullipher said residents can rally their neighbors at any time through askHRgreen. org’s Team Up 2 Clean Up program, which supports community cleanups year-round
with supplies such as litter grabbers, trash bags and safety equipment. “Studies confirm that beautiful places are not only environmentally healthy, they contribute to the region’s economy, society and they’re better places to raise families, start a business and go to school,” Cullipher said. “Everyone can play a role in keeping Hampton Roads clean.” For details about the Great American Cleanup in Hampton Roads, visit www. askHRgreen.org/cleanup.
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entertainment at every level with wrestling the way it was meant to be, The National Wrestling Alliance. We will be at the Crockett Cup National Fairgrounds March 19th and 20th and we will also be doing some TV tapings three days after as well. Just to see this event live will be such a release for people. They will see athletes the likes you don’t get to see every day as a person. It’s something else and everybody should be a part of it. Y: This is a two night event. Can you break it down for us? KD: We are bringing the historic Crockett Cup tournament back to the modern era. Night one will be the tournament matches to determine the final two teams who will compete on night two for the Crockett Cup. If you love tag team wrestling, night one is for you. Y: Da Pope, you and Mims are facing the Cordonas in round one. Tell us about your partner and what would it mean if you won the tournament? DPEB: When it comes to teaming with Mims, it has been said that it is a huge honor for him to tag with me. He is someone who admires Da Pope and looks up to Da Pope, looks for advice and sits up under Da Pope’s learning tree. He wants to become a major player in the NWA. And let’s talk about representation. It will be very huge for now, seemingly the aging lion to team with the young lion to make some waves in the Crockett Cup Tournament. What an honor it will be for us to win the Crockett Cup. KD: Night two, we have plenty of world title matches: We have the NWA World Heavyweight champion Matt Cordona vs Nick Aldis with special guest referee Jeff Jarrett. Wehave Kamille defending her NWA Women’s World title vs Kylie Rae and vs Chelsea Green. We have the NWA National Heavyweight Champion, Anthony “Crimson” Mayweather vs Jax Dane. We have the NWA World Television Champion Tyrus with Austin Idol vs Rodney Mack. Weare crowning the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion with Austin Aries, Colby Corino, Darius Lockhart and Homicide vying for that title. Wehave the NWA Women’s Tag Team Championship with the Champions Hex vs Kenzie Paige & Ella Envy and many other matches yet to be announced. Y: Kyle, tell us about legendary wrestling superstar and a great former NWA World. Champion himself Jeff Jarrett, who will be the official ambassador for the Crockett Cup 2022 Tournament and also, Jeff will be the special guest referee for the NWA World title match. KD: Jeff Jarrett revitalized the NWA championship for an entire era of wrestling fans via TNA. T h at legacy continues to today, all the way to our current World’s Heavyweight championship Matt Cardona who is an outsider to the NWA. Upon winning the title and being confronted by Nick Aldis, Matt’s first reaction was “how do I not lose this title?” So he requested a referee….and Billy Corgan answered with Jeff Jarrett….a man who has a history with both current champion Matt Cardona and challenger and former NWA
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World’s Champion Nick Aldis in various promotions. The real question is: just how impartial will Jeff Jarrett be? To attend live for both the Crockett Cup PPV and for the TV tapings the next three days, go to www.nwatix.com or to stream the Crockett Cup PPV go to https://www.fite.tv/live/wrestling/ or get the NWA All Access Pass at https:// www.fite.tv/join/nwa-powerrr/ Y: It is such an exciting time to be a wrestling fan. How did both of you become part of Billy Corgan’s great NWA organization? KD: One of my old ROH producers who was working for Billy at the time called me, asked if I would be interested in getting back in the business, I said yes, and he said, good because I already told Billy you would say yes. The first thing I did for the company was host a press conference in a hair vs hair match with David Arquette for an NWA pop up show. Everything went well. I was brought in to do backstage interviews for NWA Powerr and transitioned to on air talent doing interviews at the podium and ring announcing and I have an office job to help the company any way that I can. DPEB: It was a year or so after I left Impact and after the acquisition by Billy Corgan, NWA Powerr was hitting its stride and I was sitting at home watching NWA Powerr. I’m watching, I’m a fan of it and all of a sudden the phone rings and a wrestling producer friend is asking me, what do I think about coming into the NWA, to manage and be a mouthpiece and so on. I told them it is a natural fit, obviously with my history and love for the NWA growing up. I say this in all earnest, out of all the wrestling programs that I am watching, often times we have to hit that fast forward button, we can’t sit through everything that is being presented because it does not retain our attention, and I found it very pleasing that when I started tuning in to NWA Powerr, the throwback delivery, the wrestling the way it used to be, it was old school wrestling with a new school feel. Here is the kicker, I was able to sit through and watch every episode of NWA Powerr, without turning away from it. Even the commercials were
absolutely entertaining and on top of that it was just an hour. Y: Da Pope, what are some fond memories of your time with NWA so far? DPEB: Number one would be winning the NWA World Television Championship. That title for me and so many other fans, represented what the WWE Intercontinental Title was, the “workhorse” title. The Tullys, the Arns, the Paul Jones, the Dustys, the Steve Austins and the list goes on and on. For me to obtain that title and then to be the 6th longest reigning holder of all time, to be right there with those legendary guys holding that title as long as I did and defending it, all of it was great, and put a smile on my face. What really stands out to me during my Television Title run, was when we came back after the layoff of the pandemic and Under the Attack PPV, I wrestled Thom Latimer, formally known as Bram. It was one of my favorite matches, period. We tore the place down. That was one of my fondest matches for the NWA World Television Title. Y: Now let’s learn a little bit about both of you. Where were you born and how did you fall in love with pro wrestling? KD: I was born in Torrington, Connecticut and wrestling and comic books were two things that I saw individuals doing incredible things that I was not doing and I aspired to be like that one day. During my teenage years I fell in love with ECW. It was fringe, you had to find it at 2:00am on the MSG Network and you felt like you were a part of something underground and cooler than everything else. As a teenager, it shaped me as to who I was a person. DPEB: I was born in Jacksonville, Florida. When I was just a lad, as my British friends would say, my father was a hardworking, selfmade man, Saturday morning was his rest day and we would start our day watching the Superstation WTBS, if you will. The Atlanta Braves and wrestling were the cornerstones of the station. Georgia Championship Wrestling was in my face if you will. He sat on his recliner, we sat on the floor, and we loved us some NWA wrestling. I became a fan because it was entertaining and
it allowed me as a kid to dream, to aspire, to be, and so therefore I am. A lot of that goes to the American Dream Dusty Rhodes, the Four Horsemen, the Road Warriors, the Rock N’ Roll Express, they all played such an important part of my childhood that made me want to be a superhero because that’s what they were to me. Y: Kyle, how did you go from being a fan to becoming a wrestler and a wrestling interviewer? KD: I went with some friends to an ECW reunion show in New York City that the WWE was running and Ring of Honor also ran a show earlier in the day so we went to that one first. There were fliers about a ROH wrestling school on the chairs. I took it, gave it a couple of years, became a fan of the product and I took out a loan and went to Bristol, PA to train at the Ring of Honor wrestling Academy with Brian Danielson. I was not very athletic because I did not put any effort into it, I tore my shoulder and stopped training. Brian Danielson also tore his shoulder but he kept training and teaching the classes. I took a few months off, came back, and finished training. I became a wrestler and lived that lifestyle but still only putting on a minimal effort and had a horrible attitude for my age. It was Adam Pearce, then ROH World Heavyweight Champion who said, “Kyle you’re the sh**’s in the ring, but you can talk. We are thinking of making you a broadcaster on the new TV show we will be doing. I want you to be Ring of Honor’s Mean Gene Okerlund.” I was devastated. It’s hard hearing the truth from those you respect. They slowly got me ready and when the time came for HDNet to start, they put me on camera and I had on the job training as a mic man. Y: How do you feel about ROH being purchased by AEW? KD: It’s nice to know that it’s going to continue in the hands of someone who is also a fan of the business. I have so many friends there and I am happy that they will continue to earn a living in the business that they love. Just like ECW changed wrestling from the way people reacted to it and the other businesses adapting to it, ROH did the same thing. Everything changed and people built off of that. I realized that I was not a failure. I trained there and was there for multiple years. You don’t realize at the time you are doing something that you are part of something making a difference. I was part of something that affected an entire generation and that is mind-blowing to me. Much like Billy Corgan being a wrestling fan and a successful rock star, he purchased the NWA that was dormant for 20 years and has now given me and so many others the opportunity to build on that legacy. He is such a creative person and now is able to create entertainment in the world of music as well as the world of wrestling. As a Wrestling fan he decided this is my other outlet. Next week: Part II with an exclusive interview with NWA owner Billy Corgan and Da Pope and Kyle Davis share more wrestling stories and memories. Yiorgo is an arts, entertainment and sports writer. A stage, TV and movie actor, he is also a sports entertainer, educator, motivational speaker, writer, storyteller and columnist.
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half circles • 3 sprigs fresh thyme • coarse kosher salt, to taste Flatbreads: • 4 personal flatbreads • 1 cup caramelized onions • 4 ounces fresh mozzarella • 10 California Prunes, diced small • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves • sea salt, to taste coarsely ground black pepper, to taste To make caramelized onions: Preheat oven to 400 F. In large stockpot over medium-low heat, warm oil and melt butter. Add onions and cover; cook 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add thyme sprigs and season with salt, to taste; turn pan lid slightly ajar. Place pot in oven 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
To make flatbreads: Preheat oven to broil. On sheet pan, toast flatbreads under broiler 4 minutes, or until toasted, flipping halfway through. Spread ¼ cup of caramelized onions over each toasted flatbread. Refrigerate leftover onions. Tear mozzarella and place over onions. Divide prunes among flatbreads and place flatbreads under broiler 4-6 minutes until cheese has melted and is beginning to brown. Sprinkle flatbreads with fresh thyme and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Citrus Breakfast Toast Prep time: 13 minutes Cook time: 2 minutes Servings: 2 Prune Puree: • 16 ounces pitted California Prunes • ½ cup hot water
• 1 large citrus fruit, peels and piths removed with knife, sliced into rounds • 1 ½ tablespoons raw sugar • 4 tablespoons sunflower butter • 2 slices whole-grain sourdough bread, toasted to desired darkness • 2 tablespoons prune puree • 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds • 2 California Prunes, finely diced To make prune puree: In blender, pulse prunes and water to combine then blend until smooth, pourable consistency forms, scraping sides, if necessary. Store in airtight container up to 4 weeks. To make bruleed citrus wheels: Place citrus wheels on baking sheet and divide sugar evenly among each piece. Using circular motion, pass flame of culinary torch repeatedly over sugar until it boils and turns lightly charred and amber. To build toast: Spread 2 tablespoons sunflower butter on each piece of toast. Top each with 1 tablespoon prune puree spread evenly across sunflower butter. Sprinkle each evenly with sunflower seeds and diced prunes. Top each with half broiled citrus and serve. Alteration: Use broiler set on high instead of culinary torch to caramelize sugar. Prune and Almond Truffles Recipe courtesy of Meg of “This Mess is Ours” Prep time: 45 minutes Servings: 24 Water • 1 cup California Prunes • 1 ½ cups toasted slivered almonds, divided • ¼ teaspoon coarse kosher salt, plus additional, to taste, divided • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder • 1 ½ tablespoons vanilla paste or extract • ¼ teaspoon almond extract Boil water and pour over prunes. Soak 30 minutes; drain. In food processor fitted with “S” blade, pulse ½ cup toasted almonds with salt, to taste, until fine crumbs form. Transfer to shallow bowl and set aside. Add remaining almonds to food processor with ¼ teaspoon salt and cocoa powder. Pulse 30 seconds to combine. Add prunes, vanilla paste and almond extract; process until combined. Mixture should be creamy with slight texture from almond crumbs. Transfer prune mixture to bowl and refrigerate 1 hour. Once chilled, use small cookie scoop to portion out individual truffles on parchment-lined baking sheet. Gently roll each truffle in reserved toasted almond crumbs. Store on parchment-lined plate in refrigerator up to 2 weeks. Serve chilled.
Have a Healthier Happy Hour By Family Features Add a healthy twist to happy hour at home with a nutritious snack that goes perfectly with your favorite beverages. When gathering family and friends for a weekend toast or just winding down after work, these Prune, Mozzarella and Basil Skewers make for a nutritious and delicious addition to the party. Rich and smooth with an ability to enhance various flavors, California Prunes are a versatile ingredient that allows you to expand your menu. In this recipe, prunes help form a palate-pleasing snack that delightfully combines sweet, salty and savory flavors. In addition to their versatility, prunes provide important nutrients for your bones, including vitamin K and copper. When they are served with mozzarella — a good source of calcium — you get a perfect power pairing that supports your bone health and satisfies your snack cravings. Visit CaliforniaPrunes.org to find more recipe ideas from morning to night. Prune, Mozzarella and Basil Skewers Prep time: 5 minutes
Prune, Mozzarella and Basil Skewers. (COURTESY PHOTO)
Servings: 5 • 5 pieces prosciutto, halved lengthwise (optional) • 10 California Prunes • 10 basil leaves
• 10 cherry-size mozzarella balls If using prosciutto, fold each half in half lengthwise so width of prune is wider than width of prosciutto. Starting at one end of prosciutto, wrap one prune; repeat with
remaining prosciutto. Set aside. Wrap one basil leaf around each mozzarella ball then thread onto skewer. Thread one prune or prosciutto-wrapped prune onto each skewer.
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Elizabeth Anderson, a physician assistant at Naval Hospital Jacksonville’s Dermatology Clinic, uses a lighted scope to check a patient’s skin.“Skin cancer rates are high in Florida, and it’s important to self-check monthly,” Anderson said. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S. To reduce risk, protect your skin from UV rays from the sun, tanning booths, and sunlamps. (DEIDRE SMITH)
Don’t Ignore those Lumps, Bumps and Weird Moles on Your Skin By Janet A. Aker
Beware of lumps and bumps. When it comes to your skin, anything out of the ordinary is a potential cause for concern. Keep an eye out for moles that are changing or growing in size. Maybe it’s just acne. But it also could be skin cancer. You might be surprised to hear that your skin is the largest organ in your body. It protects against the environment, including sunlight, bacteria, chemicals, and extreme temperature. Skin problems are among the top 10 reasons active duty service members seek out medical care, military medical data show. A common reason that service members seek out medical attention is for inflammatory skin conditions, including acne, shaving bumps, or ingrown hairs. Others report unusual lumps and bumps. These are generally the top reasons service members seek dermatology care, said Dr. Neil Gibbs, dermatology residency program director at Naval Medical Center San DiegoNaval Medical Center San Diego website.
Eczema or psoriasis are other skin conditions. They can be treated but not cured, Gibbs added. Increased Risk for Military? The military is primarily an outdoor profession. Many service members are continuously exposed to the sun. Others get intermittent overexposure when they step out from behind their desks. Either way, sun exposure takes its toll over time. Whether you’re fair or dark skinned, too much sun can lead to diseases including skin cancer. “Be proactive and protect yourself from the sun by avoiding it or using sun protection,” said Navy Capt. (Dr.) Josephine Nguyen, senior dermatology consultant to the Navy Surgeon GeneralBureau of Medicine and Surgery page on the Navy Medicine website in Falls Church, Virginia. Many service members fail to make skin care a top priority, she said. “There is a lack of focus on preventative care,” Nguyen said. The first key step is regular use of sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. Avoid the sun when possible between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun’s rays are the strongest.
And, wearing protective clothing. Also, get your moles checked. If you have a large number of moles, ask a doctor for a whole-body mole check to see if there are any signs of changes that could be serious, Nguyen advised. Mole checks are a common reason to seek out a dermatologist. At Naval Hospital BremertonNaval Hospital Bremerton website, Navy Lt. Cmdr. (Dr.) Tatyana Yetto explained how these are the most common skin condition she sees. Yetto is the staff dermatologist and head of Internal Medicine. When Should You See a Doctor? As a general rule, you should seek out medical care for any skin condition that seems unusual. “If it’s bleeding, if it hurts, if it’s draining, if it’s a lump or bump that is rapidly increasing in size, a mole that has changed, or it’s something you can’t explain,” you should get it checked out, Gibbs said. Start with your primary care health care professional, he suggested. That’s because there are relatively few dermatology specialists, both in the military and the civilian health care systems.
Appointments with dermatologists are hard to come by and may take months to get, Gibbs said. Meanwhile, the dermatology problem could get worse, Gibbs cautioned. What about Deployments? Yetto detailed how at Bremerton approximately four to five patients per month become non-deployable due to a skin problem or related medication. That might be temporary, or a sign of a medical condition that prevents deployments permanently, such as an immune system disease. Service members who work with potentially harmful chemicals may be especially at risk. “If you are exposed to chemicals at work, make sure you protect your skin because they can be damaging or could be absorbed,” Nguyen said. Some younger service members with skin conditions may try to treat themselves. Be careful — some over-the-counter treatments can make the initial problem worse, Nguyen said. Some chemicals can cause a bad reaction — even common chemicals found in your body wash or in your duty uniform, Nguyen said. Painful skin problems could affect your ability to do your daily work or function in your personal life. To counter that risk, Nguyen suggests using products with minimal chemicals. You can find more information about dermatology on the TRICARE websiteTRICARE website.
Teeth Grinding: You Won’t Believe How Harmful it Really Is By Janet A. Aker
Are you a teeth grinder or a jaw clencher? You might not even realize that you’re doing it, especially while you’re sleeping. But your jaw can grit and grind with as much as 250 pounds of force. Ouch! Chronic, involuntary teeth grinding — technically called bruxism — can lead to all sorts of health problems. You could crack or fracture your teeth, which may require crowns or dental implants. You could also wear down the enamel on your teeth, leading to periodontal disease or lost teeth. Teeth grinding can cause chronic pain in your head, neck and ears. It can lead to migraines, noise sensitivity and tinnitus, said Navy Capt. (Dr.) Cecilia Brown, director of dental services at Naval Hospital, Jacksonville, Florida. In the most severe cases, you might need a total joint replacement for the hinge on your jaw. Surgeons can implant a titanium joint. That’s needed when bruxism wears down the jaw cartilage so that moving your mouth grinds bone against bone, Brown said. Bruxism, to varying degrees, is common. Up to 30% of people grind their teeth in some way, and estimates suggest that about 10% to 15% of adults suffer painful bruxing during sleep, according to Air Force Lt. Col. Preston Duffin, director of orofacial pain at the 59th Dental Training Squadron-Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. “Most people have some degree of clenching, grinding, muscle guarding or other jaw activity during the day and night that is not associated with normal functioning like eating, talking, or
U.S. Navy Hospitalman Justin Sobleskie (right), and U.S. Navy Lt. Matthew Roberts, USS Carter Hall dental department head, do dental work on aboard the USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) while at sea. (CPL MICHAEL LOCKETT)
swallowing,” Duffin said. Any “evidence of excessive tooth wear” could warrant some treatment, he said. Many people don’t fully understand how harmful teeth grinding can be. “It’s very difficult to manage, and difficult to get patients to understand” the possible consequences, Brown said. Bruxism as a Coping Mechanism “You can’t pinpoint one thing” that leads to bruxism behavior, Brown said. But teeth grinding and jaw clenching can be coping mechanisms for stress. Bruxism also shows up in patients with post-traumatic stress. Active duty service members on deployment can develop bruxism due to sleep deprivation, stress, or not eating properly. Some people clench their teeth to keep focused, Brown said. Teeth grinding can occur during the day and at night. “If you have this condition during the day when you’re ‘biting your tongue’ ” to keep your words in, it’s a coping mechanism that you will likely feel in your jaw muscles when you get home or off-duty and relax, Brown said. At night, bruxism occurs during periods of
dreaming when your body has more muscle activity. “It’s involuntary and unconscious,” Brown said. If your facial muscles are working all the time, “like a body builder’s muscles, they get big, sore and inflamed,” she said.” Eventually, this can cause you to not be able to open your mouth fully. Those who have obstructive sleep apnea or fibromyalgia also are susceptible to bruxism. Night Guards and Other Treatments The first line of defense is to wear a night guard to protect your teeth while you sleep. But that may or may not work. “Some people grind right through the night guard,” Brown said. TRICARE coversTRICARE website night guards when medically necessary. Typically, “if you are aware of nighttime grinding and wake in the morning with jaw pain or tiredness, then there is a better chance you will be a good responder to night guard therapy,” Duffin said. Beyond a night guard, Brown said, there are a variety of treatment options that can reduce the frequency or harm caused by teeth grinding. They include:
Physical therapy such as massage, compresses and mouth stretching exercises • Yoga • Counseling • Treatment for acid reflux, which is a factor for bruxism development • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs • Muscle relaxants • Botulinum toxin injections (Botox) • Anti-anxiety medications • A diet limited to soft, non-chew foods • Changing pillows if they are not firm enough Has the pandemic increased cases of bruxism? Duffin said he can “certainly say there is a greater tendency for patients to complain of higher levels of perceived stress and anxiety, which is likely influencing increased activities like bruxing, jaw pain, and tooth wear.” While many people who suffer from bruxism have mild symptoms, in some cases it can become a serious medical condition. “Bruxism is a real condition that’s very debilitating,” Brown said. “We need to make sure our medical practitioners can identify it and try to intervene earlier.”
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