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Secretary of the Navy As part of this important milestone, Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro, visited the ﬁrst-in-class aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), March 10, 2022. PAGE A5 VOL. 29, NO. 10, Norfolk, VA | ﬂagshipnews.com
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A RUN OF GOOD LUCK
The Saint Patrick’s Day 5K, hosted by Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) was an opportunity for active duty, retirees, eligible family members, reservists and department of defense civilians to get together and compete in a 5K. (MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST THIRD CLASS JOSEPH T MILLER)
NAVSTA Norfolk’s MWR Hosts St. Patrick’s Day 5K
From Naval Station Norfolk Public Affairs
NAVAL STATION NORFOLK, Va. — More than 280 people participated in a Saint Patrick’s Day 5K aboard Naval Station (NAVSTA) Norfolk, March 11. The Saint Patrick’s Day 5K, hosted by Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) was an opportunity for active duty, retirees, eligible family members, reservists and department of defense civilians to get together and compete in a 5K. Due to COVID, this is the first run and first large scale in-person event MWR has been able to host since 2020. “It is exciting to get the ball rolling again,” said Anthony Benning, the fitness director for NAVSTA Norfolk MWR. “For two years we have manned the gyms and tried to ensure safety and cleanliness within the facilities, however our team really gets fired up for the challenge of offering great
More than 280 people participated in a Saint Patrick’s Day 5K aboard Naval Station (NAVSTA) Norfolk, March 11. (MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST THIRD CLASS JOSEPH T MILLER)
programs and events to our Sailors such as this run. Seeing it all come together is a real thrill.” After the playing of the national anthem, participants, some of who were dressed in green Saint Patrick’s Day attire, headed toward the starting line to begin the run. “We are so excited to be able to participate in an in person event… finally!” said Allison Smith, a military spouse and race participant. “MWR did an excellent job putting everything together. It was so much fun and a great way to kick off the weekend.” In addition to the run itself, there was a DJ, games and an entire “Recovery Zone” where participants can relax after the fun. According to Benning, this is just the first of many in-person events MWR has on the horizon. “The loosening of COVID mitigations has allowed us to really look for opportunities to reconTurn to St. Patrick, Page 7
NAS Oceana announces its 2022 Air Show By Naval Air Station Oceana
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana will host its annual air show Sept. 16-18 this year. Leaders from Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana gathered with officials from the City of Virginia Beach to officially announce the air show, March 15. The show will feature the Navy’s flight demonstration team, the Blue Angels, along with a variety of military and civilian aviation performances. The 2022 NAS Oceana Air Show is open to the public, and admission and parking are free. The performance schedule is under develop-
ment and will be announced as the event nears. The theme for this year’s air show is Back to the Beach. “Our theme this year pays homage to our deep roots here in the Hampton Roads area, and our steadfast commitment to our surrounding community, especially as we navigated the impacts of coronavirus together,” said Capt. Bob Holmes, NAS Oceana’s Commanding Officer. “Safety is always our top priority, and we made the tough but necessary decision to cancel last year’s air show due to high community transmission of the coronavirus. This year, we look forward to welcoming visitors from across the country and around the world to come back to Virginia
Beach, and back onboard the Navy’s East Coast Master Jet Base.” “The Navy is truly part of the DNA of Virginia Beach,” said the City of Virginia Beach Mayor Bobby Dyer. “This is a terrific event for families that we look forward to every year.” The mission of the Blue Angels is to showcase the teamwork and professionalism of the United States Navy and Marine Corps through flight demonstrations and community outreach, while inspiring a culture of excellence and service to country. Since 1946, the Blue Angels have performed for more than 500 million fans.
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The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, and the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, conduct 2nd Annual Joint Training to exchange best practices and lessons learned for show season preparation onboard Naval Air Facility (NAF) El Centro . (MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 3RD CLASS DREW VERBIS)
Change of Command
Capt. Nakia Cooper assumed the helm of amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) from Capt. Kevin Zayac, Mar. 11, 2022, during a change of command ceremony held in the ship’s hangar bay. PAGE A3
Robert Karp, the Support and Logistics Manager for Manpower and Reserve Affairs Headquarters Marine Corps, aboard Quantico Va, received an on-the-spot award. PAGE A2
Actress Jennifer Marshall has appeared on many TV shows, including“Stranger Things,” “NCIS,”“Hawaii Five-0”and “Game Shakers.” She was also in the Navy, serving from 1998 to 2003. PAGE A6
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VADM (ret.) Rick Hunt, President of SNA, and RADM (ret.) JC Caesar meet and discuss with members of the Naval Junior Officer Counsel at SNA 2022. NJOC is a new management advisory group designed to bridge the communications gap between junior and senior leaders. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MICHAEL WALLS)
Bridging the Gap: NJOC Improves Communication between Junior, Senior Officers By Warren Duffie Jr. Office Of Naval Research
ARLINGTON, Va.—The U.S. Navy’s more than 35,000 junior officers have a new avenue for sharing ideas, insights and concerns with senior leadership—via the service’s Naval Junior Officer Counsel (NJOC). NJOC is the Navy’s first management advisory group, officially endorsed by the chief of naval personnel and chief of naval research. Representing junior officers (ensign through lieutenant commander) across all naval designators (career fields), NJOC’s mission is to collect, refine and deliver recommendations to senior leadership. “We recognize that, often, the best ideas come from our junior officers, but it can be difficult to get those ideas from the deck plate to the top. NJOC is an opportunity for us to bridge that gap as we work together on creating a culture of excellence for our
Navy,” said Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. John B. Nowell. “I applaud the NJOC team for taking initiative and encourage every Sailor to do the same—whether it is providing feedback up the chain of command or making a process improvement at your command.” Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Lorin C. Selby agreed: “NJOC is a great way for senior leaders to access the ideas of younger generations to inform decision making. I envision this as a way to facilitate communication between junior and senior officers, to put creative ideas by young officers into action and to shake the tree of innovation.” According to NJOC’s charter—signed by Nowell and Selby in November 2021— the organization comprises a core leadership team that is advised by a board of representatives. These representatives are junior officers from various naval designators (e.g., surface warfare officers, aviators, etc.) and serve as official liaisons between
NJOC and their respective communities. Junior officers interested in submitting their ideas can email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://www.linkedin.com/company/ naval-junior-officer-counsel. Any topic is encouraged, including naval culture, personnel concerns, science and technology, or leadership and professional development. Once a junior officer sends an idea to NJOC, the counsel’s board of representatives will review the submission; offer advice on how to sharpen or improve it, if necessary; and identify the right command or senior leader to ultimately receive the submission. In many cases, NJOC also will craft a professional, compelling presentation and send it to the senior leader on behalf of the junior officer. NJOC Deputy Director Lt. Craig Veech said the goal is to be a super connector between junior officers and existing programs in the Navy. By providing constant feedback, ideas and solutions
across the Navy, Veech said, NJOC will better inform policy and strategy—as well as give junior personnel a greater sense of ownership. “NJOC is a useful platform for officers who might not have the access to the appropriate networks,” said Veech, “or for those working 14-hour days in fast-moving units—who might not have the time or resources to research where to send an idea or concern.” Veech said NJOC is growing every day, connecting with junior officers throughout the Naval Research Enterprise, including the Office of Naval Research (ONR). On the ONR side, NJOC had its own booth at the recent Surface Navy Association Symposium and last fall coordinated the NavalX Agility Summit Challenge. In addition, a recent collaboration between NJOC and ONR Global’s TechSolutions program resulted in the creation of a unified breathing mask to help Sailors during emergency evacuations, firefighting and sea-burn situations. “NJOC promotes constructive behavior and encourages junior officers to seek out guidance and perspective from those who came before them,” said Veech. “We want to work with junior and senior leaders to strengthen our Navy and make it even better.” To learn more about NJOC, email njoc@ navy.mil or visit https://www.linkedin.com/ company/naval-junior-officer-counsel. Warren Duffie Jr. is a contractor for ONR Corporate Strategic Communications.
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QUANTICO, Va. — On the Spot Awards are monetary awards designed to recognize group or individual achievements of a non-recurring nature, within the Department of Defense. These achievements may be within or outside the employee’s normal job responsibilities, and recognize efforts and results that go significantly beyond what is expected. Robert Karp, the Support and Logistics Manager for Manpower and Reserve Affairs Headquarters Marine Corps, aboard Quantico Va, received an on-the-spot award this morning from Lt.Gen. David Ottignon, the Deputy Commandant for M&RA, in appreciation for his dedication to the staff and mission of M&RA and Marine Corps Recruiting Command. “Mr. Karp is an absolute pillar of this organization and has
been for over 20 years. From all of us here at M&RA, thank you Rob. Your steadfast devotion to supporting [everyone at MRA] and efforts are very much appreciated. The dedication that you have shown to both our team and the Marines, and all your accomplishments, are very highly valued by everyone here”, said Ottignon. Karp Joined the Marine Corps in 1984 retired in 2004 as a Utilities Chief. He’s served at M&RA since 2004. He and his wife, Pam have been married 33 years and have two sons, Robert Karp Jr. and Matthew Karp. “I couldn’t have done any of this if it weren’t for the support of my wife and sons” according to Karp. “At the Marsh Center, we literally take care of Marines in all aspects of their lives - we recruit them, retain them and even take care of them and their families during the final stages of their lives, it’s an honor for me to be able to serve these Marines and keep them in the fight.”
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Adm. John Menoni, Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group Two, addresses attendees at a change of command ceremony aboard amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1), Mar. 11, 2022. Capt. Kevin Zayac (left) relinquished his duties as commanding officer to Capt. Nakia Cooper (middle). Cooper is the 26th commanding officer of Wasp since the ship’s commissioning in July 1989. (MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST SEAMAN AMBER SPEER)
USS Wasp holds Change of Command Ceremony
“You own the change. You can make a difference. Don’t wait for somebody to make that change for you. It starts with you...”
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-Capt. Kevin Zayac
USS Wasp (LHD 1)
NORFOLK, Va — Capt. Nakia Cooper assumed the helm of amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) from Capt. Kevin Zayac, Mar. 11, 2022, during a change of command ceremony held in the ship’s hangar bay. The change of command ceremony is an honored tradition held in front of the crew and displays a willing transfer of power between commanding officers. This ceremony makes Cooper the 26th commanding officer of Wasp since the ship’s commissioning in July 1989.
Zayac began his naval career in 1997 when he attended and graduated from Officer Candidate School, Pensacola, Fla., and then quickly became a Naval Aviator. He moves on to his next assignment to Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic, who provides combat ready, sustainable naval air forces focused on readiness, operational excellence, interoperability, safety, and efficient resourcing. During his farewell speech, Zayac told the crew, “You own the change. You can make a difference. Don’t wait for somebody to make that change for you. It starts with you, and every day is that new opportunity to do just that. You’ve made a positive
impact on my life, and it’s only my hope that I’ve made a similar impact on yours. I will forever be grateful to have served on this mighty warship, but most importantly to have served with all of you.” Zayac continued by asking the crew to show the same level of resiliency and dedication pushing forward and affirmed Cooper’s leadership will get Wasp out of the shipyard and back into the fight. Cooper, a native of Manassas, Va., previously served as Wasp’s executive officer, the commanding officer of dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) and the commanding officer of Patrol Coastal Crew Juliet, command-
ing patrol ships USS Squall (PC 7) and USS Firebolt (PC 10). While addressing the crew, Cooper stated, “[Zayac], I am inheriting the crew with its gas tank on full. Your leadership has galvanized this crew into a force to be reckoned with. It’s my honor and privilege to take command today and continue the path you have forged for us.” Wasp is currently undergoing dry-dock selected restricted availability, which ensures the ship and crew are mission ready before returning to Naval Station Norfolk.
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US Naval Community College Begins Accepting Applications for Military Studies, Nuclear Engineering Technology By Chief Petty Officer Alexander Gamble U.S. Naval Community College
QUANTICO, Va. — The U.S. Naval Community College officially began accepting applications for its Military Studies and Nuclear Engineering Technology associate degree programs Sunday, Mar. 6, at 8 a.m. EST. These are the first two degrees the USNCC offer made available to active duty enlisted Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen and Coast Guard Reservists as a part of the Department of the Navy’s initiative to develop a naval-relevant community college focused on enlisted education. “This is an opportunity for pioneering men and women in our naval services to be amongst the first enlisted leaders to earn a naval-relevant degree through the USNCC,” said USNCC’s President Randi R. Cosentino, Ed.D. “These Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen will be a part of making the future of the services’ enlisted education with quality degrees in coordination with military-friendly schools.” Both of these degrees include the Naval Studies certificate, a five-course, fifteencredit program based on naval sciences courses taught in the U.S. Naval Academy and Naval ROTC programs. These 15 credits are applied to the associate degree programs and count towards the required courses for each degree. The courses include Naval Ethics and Leadership, Modern Naval History, Naval Force Design and Concepts, Civilian and Military Organization and Policies, and the certificate capstone course Introduction to Geopolitics. The Associate of Arts in Military Studies is a 60-credit program completed in part
The U.S. Naval Community College officially began accepting applications for its Military Studies and Nuclear Engineering Technology associate degree programs. These are the ﬁrst two degrees the USNCC offer made available to active duty enlisted Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen and Coast Guard Reservists as a part of the Department of the Navy’s initiative to develop a naval-relevant community college focused on enlisted education. This graphic was made using shapes, lines, and text with an image. (CHIEF MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST XANDER GAMBLE)
with Arizona State University. The Associate of Science in Nuclear Engineering Technology is a 63-credit degree program completed in part through Alexandria Technical and Community College. Both degrees are completed completely online and both have established pathways to a relevant four-year degree with little to no loss of credit. “This degree will help you to better understand your role on the national and international level,” said Sgt. Maj. Michael Hensley, USNCC’s senior enlisted leader, about the military studies degree. “This will help you to develop the critical thinking skills needed to make the most effective
decisions at the lowest level of leadership, especially when it matters.” The Nuclear Engineering Technology degree fully transfers into an ABET-accredited Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Energy Engineering Technology upon completion. This means that the service members who complete this degree will be eligible to sit for the Principles and Practice of Engineering exam. “The Nuclear Engineering Technology degree program is designed with the Navy’s nuclear power program in mind and will accept many of the credits earned through the nuclear power training program,” said Hensley. “This is a great opportunity for those Sailors looking to advance their
nuclear engineering technology knowledge in the context of submarine patrols and freedom of navigation operations on the geopolitical level.” Active duty enlisted Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen and Coast Guard Reservists can fill out an application on the USNCC website, www.usncc.edu. The first courses will start in June 2022. The United States Naval Community College is the official community college for the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. To get more information about the USNCC, go to www.usncc.edu. Click on the student interest form link to learn how to be a part of the USNCC Pilot II program.
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Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro and Capt. Paul Lanzilotta, USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN 78) commanding officer, pose for a photo in the commanding officer’s in-port cabin during a ship visit, March 10, 2022 in support of the centennial of Navy Aircraft Carriers. While onboard Del Toro conducted an all-hands call with the crew to congratulate them on their success during the ship’s planned incremental availability, and met the Ford’s leadership to discuss Ford-class unique capabilities ahead of the ship’s 2022 deployment. (MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 3RD CLASS JACKSON ADKINS)
Secretary of the Navy Visits USS Gerald R. Ford to Celebrate “100 Years of Carrier Aviation” By By Seaman Apprentice Manvir Gill USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78)
NORFOLK, Va.— Throughout the 2022 calendar year, the U.S. Navy is commemorating 100 years of aircraft carriers, celebrating the strategic importance of aircraft carriers and the future of naval aviation while honoring their history. As part of this important milestone, Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro, visited the first-inclass aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), March 10, 2022. Capt. Paul Lanzilotta, Ford’s commanding officer, led Del Toro on a tour of the ship, discussing and showcasing several unique systems and equipment, including the state-of-the-art Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System. “It was a real honor to host Secretary Del Toro and have the opportunity to show him firsthand the capabilities and advantages of our firstin-class warship,” said Lanzilotta. “This crew put
in a lot of hard work to ensure we came out of the shipyard on time and operationally ready which shows real ownership, and I believe we were able to demonstrate that to SECNAV today.” Ford’s Ordnance Handling Officer Lt. Cmdr. Paul Castillo and several aviation ordnancemen provided Del Toro an Advanced Weapons Elevator (AWE) demonstration, bringing training ordnance from the magazines, through the hangar bay and up to the Ford’s unique weapons handling transfer area. “It was a pleasure to have the opportunity to demonstrate the AWE and ordnance movement for the Secretary of the Navy,” said Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Karen Smith, from Austin, Texas. “A lot of hard work goes into what the weapons department does as a whole, and we were able to show that we always do what it takes to complete the mission.” Ford’s AWEs are smart elevators that add redundancy and survivability to the ship using touchless charging and Wi-Fi cables instead of
hydraulics. “The capability of this aircraft carrier is like nothing we’ve ever seen in our United States Navy,” said Del Toro. “The technology and capability of this ship and future Ford-class carriers are unmatched. I am undeniably impressed by this crew’s professionalism, perseverance, and dedication in getting this ship ready to crew.” Del Toro also had the opportunity to eat lunch with Ford’s newest Sailors of the Quarter. “It is clear that the Secretary of the Navy looks out for the well-being of Sailors,” said Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Nicholas Allen, from Columbia, Connecticut, assigned to Ford’s medical department and Ford’s Sailor of the Quarter. “He remembers his experience as a commanding officer and Sailor himself, and it shows in his leadership style. He talked about PPV (public private venture) housing initiatives and the families of Sailors and their importance. It shows that he really does care about those in the fleet.”
Following lunch, Del Toro and the Sailors of the Quarter cut a cake in honor of the centennial anniversary of United States Navy aircraft carriers. Del Toro also conducted an all-hands call with Ford’s crew and Sailors from USS Gettysburg (CG 64), USS Vella Gulf (CG 72), USS McFaul (DDG 74) and USS Bulkeley (DDG 84). He congratulated the Ford crew on their successful completion of the ship’s six-month Planned Incremental Availability (PIA) and sea trials. “You all just finished your PIA, and you’re about to deploy now; it all gets better from here,” he said. “The work, the energy that each and every one of you have put into making the capabilities on this ship the best that they can be is extraordinary.” Del Toro emphasized the critical role that Ford-class carriers play in the Navy’s warfighting capabilities. “The United States Navy brings power projection to anywhere that it’s needed across the world in a time of crisis,” he said. “We deploy to protect the national security interests of the American people. On behalf of your entire United States Navy, thank you for the hard work that you have done here on USS Gerald R. Ford.”
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Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jennifer Marshall, left, and Navy Seaman Rosemarie Alvarez stand next to an aircraft. (NAVY PHOTO)
Actress Jennifer Marshall is Also a Navy and Army Veteran By David Vergun DOD News
Actress Jennifer Marshall has appeared on many TV shows, including “Stranger Things,” “NCIS,” “Hawaii Five-0” and “Game Shakers.” She was also in the Navy, serving from 1998 to 2003. Her assignments following basic training at Naval Station Great Lakes, Illinois, included: Naval Base Ventura County, San Nicolas Island, California; and the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt. While on the Roosevelt, she deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, earning the enlisted aviation warfare designation. Her duties included aircraft handler and aviation logistics. She was also a member of the ship’s security defense force team as well as the repair locker fire team. She also worked as a representative for the Roosevelt’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program, advocating for sailors who had experienced trauma resulting from sexual assault. After five years of service, Marshall was discharged as a petty officer second class. Following her service, Marshall used her G.I. Bill to help pay for college at Virginia Wesleyan University. She then earned a graduate degree from American Military University.
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jennifer Marshall. (NAVY PHOTO)
Fleet and Family Support Center Holds Million Dollar Sailor Course By MCSN Jordan Grimes
NORFOLK, Va. – The Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) held a two-day
Million Dollar Sailor course Feb. 24-25. Sailors who attended the course learned to build and maintain a smart financial plan for themselves with advice on topics such as buying a home or car, maximizing the benefits of their Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) and different methods of saving and investing their money. “Our goal with Million Dollar Sailor is to help Sailors become acquainted with money management, credit management, consumer awareness and saving and investing to increase their financial literacy and ultimately their financial confidence,” said Andrea Fulle, a personal financial manager and instructor for the class at FFSC. Fulle and fellow instructor, Nicole Brown-Griffin, are dedicated to ensuring Sailors know the financial resources available to
Besides college, she became a licensed private investigator, which aided her character roles in the TV shows “Stranger Things,” “Mysteries Decoded” and “NCIS.” A few years after graduation, she moved to Los Angeles to seek a career in television and film. In 2020, she returned to military service, receiving an Army commission in the California State Guard, serving in public affairs. Marshall volunteers in her community by mentoring veterans looking to enter film and television, delivering food to homebound seniors through the local senior center and raising funds for veteran rehab equipment. Marshall was born in Denver before moving to Carbondale, Illinois. She currently lives in Los Angeles. In an interview by Justin Sloan for military.com, Marshall said: “For anyone who is on the fence about serving — life is 90% attitude and 10% circumstances. In the military, you will sometimes feel like it is 90% circumstances and 10% attitude. It’s not. Just keep your eye on the prize, take pride in what you do, work hard and you will be rewarded, whether while in the service or once you separate.” She added: “It sounds like a kindergarten saying, but I always like to say if something needs accomplished, vets can do it. Vets can do anything, so go out and do it.”
them and are educated on avoiding potential threats to their financial security. Although the class is aimed at junior Sailors, it is open to all Sailors who want to attend. This course is constantly evolving with a rapidly-advancing society, so the course has something for everyone. Fulle and Brown-Griffin, as well as the other personal financial managers at the center, are also available for one-on-one appointments to help Sailors create an optimized budget that shows them how to cover living expenses and eliminate any debts they may owe. FFSC holds the course monthly, and Sailors can request time to attend from their chain of command. For more information on available dates for the course or any other services the center offers, contact the FFSC at 757-444-2102.
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NNSY’s Contracting Department Leads Procurement Package Training for Customers By Kristi R Britt
Norfolk Naval Shipyard
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Contracting Department (Code 400) Contracting Specialists Brandi Monroe and Jeremy Weible recently took initiative to address a growing need for Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) employees when it comes to procurement packages. Procurement packages are developed with contracting to line up requirements to acquire things like equipment, training, supplies, and more. The package helps secure these items, providing a timeline for everything to be carried out and ensure everything falls within the specifications established in that contract. A trend Code 400 personnel noticed is that customers weren’t providing the proper forms or information needed when submitting packages, causing delays across the board as specialists worked with the stakeholders to collect everything needed to get started. “We saw the need and jumped at the chance to assist,” said Monroe. “We developed a two-hour training course where we walk our customers through the entire process, going into detail every form required for the package. In addition, we clearly outline expectations with our customers, sharing with them what we need from their end and what they can also expect of us as the specialists working their package. We also share with them what goes on behind the scenes and break down every step from the contract’s initial package to its implementation — giving them insight on the full journey.” The training was initially developed and piloted in August 2021 and has since officially launched. The trainings are currently held once a month at the Dry Dock Club at Scott Center Annex and are open to all shipyard personnel who may have a hand in any procurement packages. All attendees receive a packet with everything they would need to put a package together. Since the launch, more than 100 NNSY personnel have attended and already the team can see improvements in the overall process. “Our customers have been really receptive with the training and appreciative that
we take the time to break everything down for them so they understand what to do,” said Monroe. “We want our customers to know that we’re there for them every step of the way and want to help them succeed and get the assistance they need. This effort not only helps us provide timely support for our stakeholders but also helps us keep everyone synchronized across the yard and be on the same page when it comes to procurement packages. This will all help us ensure we have everything ready to go and get it turned around as quickly as possible.” She continued, “At America’s Shipyard,
nect with the Sailors and do what we love; offering great programs and fitness opportunities,” said Benning. “Though manning is still a challenge in this environment, we do plan on rolling out a whole schedule of runs this year. I am also looking forward to the return of our Captain’s Cup schedule as we will soon get the ball rolling with spring softball and soccer.” For upcoming MWR events check out navylifensn.com.
Additional information about the 2022 NAS Oceana Air Show will be released on the air show’s website and social media page as it becomes available: www.oceanaairshow. com and www.facebook.com/oceanaairshow. Air Show performances are subject to change. Unmanned aerial systems, commonly known as drones, are not permitted at NAS Oceana. The unauthorized use of drones can threaten the safety of aircraft, military
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Contracting Department (Code 400) Contracting Specialist Brandi Monroe conducts the Procurement Package training at the Dry Dock Club for all interested customers.
we are ONE TEAM serving ONE MISSION. We’re in this together and this has been a big win for us to ensure we’re all on the same page and are able to work as one to get what we need to service our fleet.” Code 450 Division Head Tiffany Trotter added, “On the heels of receiving and facilitating the NSS-SY briefing, and understanding the importance of the concept, within Code 400 we are even more eager to do our part to keep America safe. With every acquisition no matter how big or small it is important that we provide the warfighter and the waterfront warriors
with exactly what they need. To do that we must first have an executable procurement package that we can utilize to engage industry for the things that we cannot produce organically. I view it as an obligation to educate NNSY on the procurement process; that’s how we become better as a whole. It is important that we all lean forward to support the mission, clearly communicate the needs, and return vessels back to the fleet on-time every time.” To learn more about the procurement package training, email Monroe at brandi. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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personnel, and nearby civilians. Flying a drone within five miles of NAS Oceana – including the Oceanfront resort area – is also prohibited.
A flight demonstration team flies in formation during the 2019 NAS Oceana Air Show. (MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 1ST CLASS ABRAHAM ESSENMACHER/ RELEASED)
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K-9 Veterans Day Naval Support Activity (NSA) Naples hosted a K-9 Veterans Day commemoration event onboard NSA Naples’ Support Site in Gricignano, Italy, March 12, 2022. PAGE B3
U.S. Navy Information Systems Technician 1st Class Dora-Lee Arjona.
The Expeditionary Sea Base USS Hershel“Woody”Williams (ESB 4) sails the Adriatic Sea, Feb. 19, 2022. Hershel“Woody”Williams is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. Sixth Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national interests and security in Europe and Africa. (MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 1ST CLASS FRED GRAY IV)
NAVSUP, mission partners in Spain prepare USS Hershel “Woody” Williams’ for Obangame Express 2022 By Joseph Yanik
Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center Sigonella
NAS SIGONELLA, Sicily — The Expeditionary Sea Base USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4) conducted a scheduled port visit Feb. 26 - March 4, 2022 at Naval Station Rota, Spain. During the visit, logisticians assigned to Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center Sigonella (NAVSUP FLCSI) Site Rota and their mission partners delivered fuel, provisions, mail and cargo to Hershel “Woody” Williams (HWW). “HWW identified a need for three shipping containers, called CONEX boxes, and the repair of some refrigeration units already on board the HWW,” said Capt. Paul Haslam, NAVSUP FLCSI chief of contracts. “FLCSI’s contracting team and our logisticians at Site Rota acted quickly to procure the CONEX boxes in the open market and delivered them to the ship. The team was also able to ensure the quick repair of all refrigeration units.” NAVSUP’s mission partners at NAVSTA Rota include Forward Deployed Regional Maintenance Center, NAVSTA Port Operations and Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support. “As a result of these repairs, along with
the shipping containers, we increased the provisions capacity by 150% and HWW’s overall operational sustainability.” said Lt. Micah Gustafson, HWW supply officer. “This means that, now that we are fully loaded, I project our capability to meet if not exceed the goal of operational readiness we aimed for.” “Our mission partners were essential in assuring the operational readiness of HWW,” Haslam said. HWW is currently on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. Sixth Fleet area of operations to participate in Obangame Express 2022, the largest multinational maritime exercise in Western Africa. “As the first U.S. Navy ship permanently assigned to the AFRICOM area of responsibility, we are excited to work with our partners to improve our communication and information sharing capabilities and increase partner nation capability to improve maritime security and stability,” Capt. Michael Concannon, commanding officer, USS Hershel “Woody” Williams. “All coastal nations benefit from the free flow of materials and commerce through a safe and secure maritime domain.” Site Rota is one of NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Sigonella’s five logistics sites positioned across Navy Region Europe, Africa, Central. Site Rota provides supply
chain management, bulk and aviation fueling capability, material handling equipment, contracting, hazardous material management, household goods and vehicle processing and postal operations to fleet, installation and other service components throughout the area of operations. FLCSI is one of NAVSUP’s eight globally-positioned commands that provides for the full range of solutions for logistics, business and support services to the U.S. Naval, Joint, NATO and Allied Forces across 14 enduring and forward operating sites; forward contingency and cooperative security locations in 13 countries in Europe and Africa. U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. Sixth Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa. Read more about HWW’s participation in Obangame 2022: https://www.c6f.navy.mil/Press-Room/ News/News-Display/Article/2961949/ uss-hershel-woody-williams-joins-partners-allies-for-obangame-express-22/ (Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Fred Gray IV contributed to this story)
Witnessing the Integration of Women into the Navy By Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Word Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti
DJIBOUTI — Information Systems Technician 1st Class Dora-Lee Arjona is a U.S. Navy Reserve Sailor from Houston, Texas, currently deployed to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti where she serves as the mobile tactical comms lead petty officer. She began her Navy career in 1993 when the Navy was undergoing a cultural shift towards opening the pathway for women to serve in a greater variety of roles. “When I came in, women were only on tender ships,” says Arjona. “We weren’t actually on a lot of the ships just yet. The Navy was looking to integrate and have more women at sea on the various ships, so they had something called the ‘Women at Sea’ program where we were able to go aboard different vessels to see how the integration was going to go. They also got to see how well men and women could start working together. It was kind of an experiment. Obviously, it was very successful because now we have women on various types of ships including submarines.” While progress towards equal opportunities for all people is a continuous evolution in our culture, Arjona feels that the military has been the place where she truly feels accepted. “I feel like the military is just always a step ahead in trying to resolve those issues,” she says. “When I joined the Navy, I stopped having to pretend that I was someone I wasn’t. I was being accepted for who I am. At home, I can tell if I am being disregarded because I am a woman or because I am Hispanic. The Turn to Women, Page 7
USS Colorado (SSN 788) returns from deployment By Lt. Seth Koenig
Submarine Readiness Squadron (SRS) 32
GROTON, Connecticut — The Virginia-class fast attack submarine USS Colorado (SSN 788) returned to Naval Submarine Base New London on Sunday, March 13, after a nearly seven-month deployment. Colorado operates under Submarine Squadron 4, headquartered in Groton. “Submarine Squadron 4 proudly welcomes home USS Colorado. There is no more joyous occasion than a deployed submarine returning home to friends and family,” said Capt. John Stafford, commanding officer of Squadron 4. “Words will fail to capture the loving embrace of families reunited or the gratitude we share with our returning shipmates for their steadfast example of service to our nation. The shared sacrifice of Sailor and family is a good reminder of the meaningfulness that comes from service. These Sailors and their families are examples of the best our nation has to offer. Welcome home.” During its deployment, USS Colorado, whose commanding officer is Cmdr. Garth Storz, steamed more than 45,000 nautical miles. “Welcoming our Sailors home after a long deployment is such an exciting time,” said Trisha Cook, who leads the boat’s Family Readiness Group and whose husband, Chief Petty Officer Fred Cook, returned with Colorado Saturday. “Seeing everyone’s smiling faces, knowing that the long wait is finally over, is something to cherish. We know our Sailors are just as excited to see us on the pier waiting for their arrival. Today, our families are finally whole again.” USS Colorado was commissioned in 2018 as the 15th ship in the class and fifth in the redesigned Block III of the class. SSN 788 is the fourth U.S. Navy ship named for the Centennial State, and the first since the
A Sailor attached to USS Colorado (SSN 788) embraces a loved one as the Virginia-class submarine returned to Naval Submarine Base (SUBASE) New London, after a nearly seven-month deployment. In cold and wind, families, friends, and fellow shipmates welcomed Colorado Sailors home in a celebration that warmed hearts. (MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 3RD CLASS MAXWELL HIGGINS)
battleship USS Colorado was decommissioned in 1947. The submarine is more than 377 feet long and can displace nearly 7,900 tons. Fast-attack submarines are multi-mission platforms enabling five of the six Navy
maritime strategy core capabilities — sea control, power projection, forward presence, maritime security and deterrence. They are designed to excel in anti-submarine warfare, anti-ship warfare, strike warfare, special operations, intelligence,
surveillance and reconnaissance, irregular warfare and mine warfare. Fast-attack submarines project power ashore with special operations forces and Tomahawk cruise missiles in the prevention or preparation of regional crises.
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War in Ukraine: A different conversation for military families By Lisa Smith Molinari “Dad, are your military friends in crisis mode because of the war in Ukraine?” our 24-year-old daughter Anna asked. She was home from her fashion job in New York City for the weekend, and was sewing a vest in the colors of the Ukrainian flag. She planned to auction the vest online, and donate the proceeds to a Ukrainian relief fund. Obviously, war was on her mind. “What do you mean?” my husband, Francis, who retired five years ago, after 28-years in the navy, asked. Anna clarified her question. “Aren’t military people getting briefed on the war, making preparations, flying overseas, marching around, deploying, or whatever?” “Well, not necessarily,” Francis said. “It depends upon their area of responsibility. Every military person is assigned to a command that covers a specific area of the world. Only those commands assigned to the areas affected by the Ukraine War would be involved. Make sense?” Anna’s brown eyes darted as scenes played out in her head. She seemed stressed, emotional, trying to contemplate that which is incomprehensible. It occurred to me, our kids have no concept of
modern war. There hasn’t exactly been worldwide peace since 9-11, but Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has been the first highly visible war in decades. It also occurred to me that we, as parents, may not be equipped to help our young adult children understand it all. I wondered, are they seeing images of bloody conflict and worrying that it might happen in the U.S.? Do they read about biological weapons and nuclear bombs and fear that we’re on the brink of a World War? I searched for advice on how parents should talk to children about war in Ukraine, hoping to find wisdom that could guide discussions with our young adult children. The suggestions in the articles I read made sense: Limit children’s exposure to potentially frightening media. Ask children to share what they’ve heard and seen. Give facts and context. Offer a safe space to share their feelings. Talk about bad decisions but not bad people. Read positive stories about people helping. Reassure them that it is your job to protect them. However, one guide stated that, depending on the child’s age, there may be no need bring the topic of war up, “unless they have a family member in the military.” Ah, there’s the catch. Talking about war is different for military kids,
because they know certain things about military life. They know that, when fights happen in far away places, sometimes military parents are called upon to help. They know parents might have to go away for months at a time. They know parents’ military jobs might put them in danger. They’ve heard stories about military parents who never came home. When searching for advice specifically geared toward military children, I found “Talking to Children About Armed Conflict” (2015) by Family Science Specialist, Sean Brotherson, P.h.D., stating that addressing military children’s reactions to news of war “is particularly important because these issues directly relate to their military family life.” I contacted Professor Brotherson to pick his brain. “Children in military families grow up in a unique context that makes their experiences different from other peers,” he told me, because acts of violence create a compounded sense of uncertainty, fear and insecurity in children with military parents. “In times of war or conflict, taking the extra time needed to listen to one’s children and allow them to share their feelings can do much to reassure them. Also, connecting with other military families who have kids that understand can help them feel reassured … Finally, try to find small ways that your children might get involved in helping those affected by war, whether sending cards or gathering items needed for humanitarian assistance. Being proactive and reassuring in small ways can help children feel more in control when things around them seem out of control.” Anna might be 24, but having grown up in the military, she is understandably anxious about this new war, and is seeking ways to cope. She’s back in New York, determined to finish her Ukrainian flag vest, and do what she can to help.
Military Retirement: Do You Have This Covered? By Military Onesource Transitioning to civilian life is just like everything else in military life. Doing it successfully takes preparation. Give yourself plenty of time to complete all the required tasks before you officially retire. There are four basic steps to take: 1. Retirement requirements: Must-dos before your retirement date Start with the Defense Department Transition Assistance Program website. You’ll ﬁnd detailed information about transition assistance and how to connect with your service branch’s program. You can also contact your installation’s TAP office. Initial Counseling and Pre-Separation Counseling Brief: You need to complete an Individualized Initial Counseling session and the Pre-Separation Counseling Brief at least 365 days prior to your separation or retirement date, but you can schedule it up to 24 months before your retirement date. Core Transition Curriculum: As part of the Transition Assistance Program, you will attend mandatory brieﬁngs on transition preparation, employment preparation and the benefits offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Learn more about the core requirements on the DOD TAP website. Final medical exam: Schedule your mandatory, ﬁnal medical and dental exam with your installation’s medical clinic no later than 90 days before you separate. However, earlier is better to account for all possible appointments and allow time to have them scheduled. Scheduling ﬁnal move: You will have one year after leaving active duty to complete your ﬁnal move. But the sooner you can schedule, the greater the chance of getting the dates you want. Learn more under the beneﬁts section in number 3 below. 2. Planning your post-retirement budget: Know what you’ll have to work with Review your military retirement pay, benefits and expenses to plan your budget and calculate what you’ll have each month. Income: You’ll receive one of three types of non-disability retirement pay: Final basic pay — for service members with an entry date prior to Sept. 8, 1980. High 36 — for service members with an entry date between Sept. 8, 1980, and July 31, 1986, or for those with dates after Aug. 1, 1986, and before Jan. 1, 2018, who didn’t elect REDUX or opt into the Blended Retirement System. Career Status Bonus/REDUX — for service members with an entry date after July 31, 1986, who accepted a mid-career bonus at the 15-year mark and agreed to remain active duty for at least 20 years. Note: Service members enrolled in the new Blended Retirement System will have slightly different retirement payments than the three outlined above, including a different monthly retired pay formula, a possible lump sum payment taken at time of departure and a Thrift
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U.S. Navy Military Working Dog (MWD) Debi participates in a skills demonstration with MWD handler Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Kashira Collins onboard Naval Support Activity (NSA) Naples Support Site in Gricignano, Italy, March 12, 2022. (LT JAMIE MORONEY)
NSA Naples Celebrates K-9 Veterans Day By Lt. Jamie Moroney
U.S. Naval Support Activity Naples
GRICIGNANO, Italy — Naval Support Activity (NSA) Naples hosted a K-9 Veterans Day commemoration event onboard NSA Naples’ Support Site in Gricignano, Italy, March 12, 2022. The event, coordinated by the NSA Naples Morale, Welfare and Recreation Fitness department, Veterinary Treatment Facility (VTF), and Security MWD Team, consisted of a 5K community run with the MWDs and a MWD skills demonstration. The event was held to commemorate the service and sacrifice of America’s military and working dogs. “It’s important to relay to the community our mission and raise awareness of what they
are capable of and what they do, both for community safety and when they’re down range,” said U.S. Army Capt. Paulynne Belan, branch chief of NSA Naples VTF. The skills demonstration showcased several dogs and their capabilities, to include explosive and scent detection, as well as various take-down scenarios. The three MWDs present for the demonstration, Szana, Boy, and Debi, varied in size, breed, and gender. Only around 10% of all working dogs make it through the pipeline to become MWDs, noted Master-at-Arms Chief Scott Chilko, NSA Naples Kennel Master. Additionally, the MWDs typically stay at the same base for their entire career while the handlers transfer to different bases. “I love being a dog handler because every dog is different,” said Master-at-Arms 1st
Class Matthew Ohrvall, Kennel Leading Petty Officer and event emcee. “It’s never predictable.” Orvhall explained the differences in the dogs and their skills and narrated the actions to watching community members during the demonstration. Szana delighted event attendees with her ability to leap through car windows to take down a staged assailant, played by Masterat-Arms 3rd Class Nikolis Bullock, who wore a protective, padded suit. Debi, an explosive detector dog, wowed the crowd alongside her handler by running through the obstacle course at high-speed before quickly locating the target scent. Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Kashira Collins, Debi’s handler, enjoyed the opportunity to share the skill of the dogs and
her love of her job with the NSA Naples community When discussing her favorite part of being a MWD handler, Collins credited the pride she feels after training the dogs. “The satisfaction of teaching your dog a skill and seeing the dog repeat that skill, and the bond you make with your dog, are two of the best parts of this job,” said Collins. When asked what set Debbie apart from the other MWDs, Collins laughed and said, “Aside from her professional skills, Debbie is the loudest dog in the kennel, which is pretty impressive. Very vocal.” Though K-9 Veterans Day is observed annually on March 13, the NSA Naples community was able to participate a little early with this unique event and learn more about the hard-working, four-legged professionals they see patrolling the base. NSA Naples is an operational ashore base that enables U.S., allied, and partner nation forces to be where they are needed, when they are needed to ensure security and stability in the European, African, and Central Command areas of responsibility. For more news on NSA Naples, please follow us on Instagram @NSANaples and Facebook at facebook.com/NSANaples/.
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Sailors, assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) hoist the ﬂag during sea and anchor upon arrival to Rotterdam, Netherlands for a scheduled port visit, March 12, 2022. The Sullivans is operating in the European theater of operations and participating in a range of maritime activities in support of U.S. Sixth Fleet and NATO Allies. (MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS DELANEY JENSEN)
USS The Sullivans Conducts Port Visit in Rotterdam, Netherlands
By Petty Officer 2nd Class Delaney Jensen
U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. Sixth Fleet
NETHERLANDS — he Arleigh Burkeclass guided-missile destroyer USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) arrived in Rotterdam, Netherlands for a scheduled port visit to enhance U.S.-Netherlands relations and strengthen NATO Alliance cohesion, March 12, 2022. The ship’s presence in the North Atlantic is a demonstration of the U.S. Navy’s continued commitment to collective defense of the European region and reinforces the strong bond between the United States and Netherlands. The Sullivans deployed in 2021 with Royal Netherlands Navy HNLMS Eversten (F805) demonstrating seamless, integration as an integrated part of United Kingdom Carrier Strike Group 21.
“The crew has the opportunity to step off the ship and recharge,” said Cmdr. James Diefenderfer, Jr., commanding officer. “This visit allows the crew to get out and visit the local sites of Rotterdam, experience the rich history and culture of the Netherlands. Participate in a community relations event allows an enhancement of U.S.-Netherlands relations, and will leave a lasting impact on this ship and her crew.” Prior to arriving in Rotterdam, The Sullivans participated in the NATO exercise Dynamic Guard, a multinational exercise designed to provide tactical training for the NATO Response Force among other national units. The Sullivans was one of two U.S. ships to participate in the exercise alongside HNLMS Van Amstel (F831), enhancing cooperation, strength, and interoperability between NATO Allies. While in port Rotterdam, the ship’s leader-
ship will meet local and military leadership, while the crew will participate in a community relations opportunity at Lentiz Life College, where Sailors will play basketball hosted by the YETS Foundation. The US Embassy in the Hague is especially delighted to welcome the USS The Sullivans during her port visit to the Kingdom of Netherlands, the United States’ oldest ally, after her joint deployment to the Indo-Pacific with the HNLMS Evertsen and the Queen Elizabeth Strike Group,” said Capt. Jennifer Mills, Senior Defense Official and Naval Attaché Netherlands. “We work closely with the Royal Netherlands Navy and the other Dutch Armed Services all over the world, from the Caribbean to the Arctic, the Middle East, Africa, and the Western Pacific. The city of Rotterdam, with its rich history and international nexus, provides a fantastic background to showcase our nations’ close
partnership - we are immensely grateful for their hospitality and generosity.” As NATO Allies, the U.S. and Netherlands Navy routinely operate together to build combined maritime interoperability. USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) is deployed to the European theater of operations and participating in a range of maritime activities in support of U.S. Sixth Fleet and NATO Allies. The Sullivans is named to honor the five brothers from Waterloo, Iowa, who served together on the USS Juneau during World War II. The Sullivan brothers: George, 28; Francis, 27; Joseph, 24; Madison, 23; and Albert, 20; lost their lives during the Battle of Guadalcanal on Nov. 13, 1942. They were adamant about serving together in spite of the Navy wartime policy to separate family members. U.S. Sixth Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests, security, and stability in Europe and Africa. For more information, please visit https:// www.facebook.com/thesullivansddg68/, www.navy.mil, www.facebook.com/usnavy, or www.twitter.com/usnavy.
Long-Term Monitoring Begins in Red Hill Neighborhood By Petty Officer 3rd Class Jeremy Lemmon Commander, U.S. Paciﬁc Fleet
HONOLULU, Hi — The Interagency Drinking Water Team begins Long-Term Monitoring (LTM) in the Red Hill Housing (Zone I1) community Friday Mar. 11, 2022. The Red Hill community is the first to begin monitoring in the LTM plan since it was the first zone to have its health advisory amended by the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH). LTM is a comprehensive testing plan that starts within the first 30 days after a zone’s health advisory has been amended by the DOH and includes continued sampling and monitoring over the next 24 months. The purpose of LTM is to confirm that the water in each zone remains safe to drink as determined by DOH. The samples collected during LTM are sent to laboratories for chemical analysis. These labs are certified by DOH to test for chemicals that are typically associated with hydrocarbon releases such as total petroleum hydrocarbons, semi-volatile organic compounds and volatile organic compounds. In addition to LTM sampling and testing, the Rapid Response Team (RRT) uses total petroleum hydrocarbon (TPH) analyzers to test water samples. TPH analyzer testing focuses on hydrocarbons, allowing for quick testing and delivery of results. TPH analyzer testing differs from LTM testing because LTM water samples are tested for a wider range of compounds and take longer to deliver results. The Navy will sample 5% of the houses or buildings in each zone every month for three months after the amended health advisory is released for that zone. A minimum of five houses or buildings will be sampled in each zone. The plan then calls for testing 10% of the houses in each zone
Anthony Bird, a Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command contractor, collects a water sample at Red Hill Housing as part of an interagencyapproved plan for long-term monitoring of drinking water. The U.S. Navy is working closely with the Hawaii Department of Health, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army to restore safe drinking water to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam housing communities through sampling and ﬂushing, and the recovery of the Red Hill Well. For detailed information, go to: www.navy.mil/jointbasewater. (MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS MAR’QUEON A D TRAMBLE)
every six months from months four through 24. During this phase, a minimum of 15 houses or buildings will be sampled in each zone. Child development centers and schools will be sampled every month for the first three months and again at 6, 12, 18 and 24 months. If residents have concerns about the quality of their water, the RRT is an on-call team
available to respond to water concerns residents may have after DOH determines their water is safe to drink. Residents can call the emergency operations center (EOC), which will dispatch the RRT to investigate. The EOC can be reached at (808) 449-1979, (808) 448-3262/2557/2570/2583, or by email at email@example.com The Interagency Drinking Water System
Team is a joint initiative where the U.S. Navy is working closely with the Hawaii DOH, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army to restore safe drinking water to Joint Base Pearl HarborHickam housing communities through sampling and flushing, and the recovery of the Red Hill Well. For detailed information, go to: www.navy.mil/jointbasewater.
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U. S. Naval Support Activity (NSA) Naples Commanding Officer Capt. James Stewart, right, cuts a cake with Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) fund drive team leader Chief Culinary Specialist Sophia Curiel during the NMCRS active duty fund drive kick-off celebration at NSA Naples in Capodichino, Italy, March 9, 2022. NSA Naples is an operational ashore base that enables U.S., allied, and partner nation forces to be where they are needed, when they are needed to ensure security and stability in the European, African, and Central Command areas of responsibility. (MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 1ST CLASS INDRA BEAUFORT)
NSA Naples Kicks-Off NMCRS Active Duty Fund Drive By Petty Officer 1st Class Indra Beaufort U.S. Naval Support Activity Naples
NAPLES, Italy — Naval Support Activity (NSA) Naples and its tenant commands held a small ceremony to kick-off the 2022 Naples Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) Active Duty Fund Drive (ADFD) campaign onboard the Capodichino base, March 9. The kick-off event featured Naples NMCRS volunteers, a cake cutting, and words of support from the NSA Naples Commanding Officer Capt. James Stewart. “We increased our contribution numbers last year and were able to collect more funds than were distributed locally. The goal this year is to continue increasing fundraising numbers beyond what we accomplished last year,” said Stewart of this year’s fundraising
target. Naples NMCRS hopes to raise $100 thousand from the ADFD this year. Funds received from the NMCRS campaign will be used to provide emergency financial assistance such as interest-free loans, quick-assist loans, direct grants, education loans, Budget for Baby workshops and visiting nurse services. “The Active Duty Fund Drive is the single-largest way we raise money for Sailor-to-Sailor support,” said Naples NMCRS Director Emily Young. Founded in 1904, the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society is a private, non-profit charitable organization. For 118 years, NMCRS has been readily available to assist Sailors, Marines and their families with financial needs. The organization exists to assist military
members in times of need to pay for food, rent, utilities, vehicle repairs, emergency transportation, disaster relief and other family emergencies. “We’re one of the few locations throughout the European AOR that raises more than we provide,” said Young. “This means we can extend support to Sailors and families external to the NSA Naples community.” NMCRS operates both ashore and afloat with more than 4,000 volunteers who assist active-duty members and their families during times of need. In 2019, a total of $42.5 million in financial assistance was provided to over 47,000 clients Navy and Marine Corps-wide. NSA Naples NMCRS provided $96,368 in assistance of 69 cases. NMCRS’s programs are completely funded by charitable contributions. All
contributions are on a volunteer basis and are tax deductible. Contributions may be made by cash, check or allotment from active-duty personnel. Military members who attended the NMCRS fund drive kick-off shared their experiences on how NMCRS has assisted them during personal or financial emergency situations, and helped them stay mission ready. “The NMCRS is a great program,” said Personnel Specialist 1st Class Travis Cabe, who attended the NMCRS ADFD kick-off celebration at NSA Naples. “Sometimes, we need a safety net. We need to feel like somebody’s got our back.” NSA Naples is an operational ashore base that enables U.S., allied, and partner nation forces to be where they are needed, when they are needed to ensure security and stability in Europe, Africa, and Southwest Asia. For more news on NSA Naples, please follow us on Instagram @NSANaples and Facebook at facebook.com/NSANaples/ For more information on NMCRS, please visit https://www.facebook.com/NMCRS/ or www.nmcrs.org
Health Advisory Amended for Iroquois Point (Zone A3) and Hickam Housing Areas (Zone D2) Courtesy Story
Commander, U.S. Paciﬁc Fleet
JOINT BASE PEARL HARB ORHICKAM, Hawaii — The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) amended the health advisory for Iroquois Point (Zone A3) and Hickam Housing Areas (Zone D2) today, signifying water in these zones is safe to drink. The DOH amendment is located at https://health.hawaii.gov/news/newsroom/ doh-declares-navy-drinking-water-distribution-system-zones-a3-d2-safe/. With the advisory amended for these two zones, DOH has cleared 15 of the 19 affected zones on the Navy water system. “We are thankful the advisory was amended, and the water is safe for residents who chose to remain in their homes or who will return over the coming days,” said Col. Robert Brown, vice commander, 15th Wing. “Our main priority continues to be the safety and health of our Airmen and their families. We know it has been a challenging time, and we commend everyone’s resilience. Going forward, we will continue to support the Navy and the Interagency
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for stock uses. (MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 1ST CLASS LUKE MCCALL)
Drinking Water System Team’s efforts to restore and maintain safe drinking water for all our families and mission facilities.” Iroquois Point is composed of several public and private neighborhoods, and though not Navy property, it is served by the Navy water system. Iroquois Point Elementary School and Iroquois Point Preschool are also located in Zone A3. Zone D2 includes Hale Na Koa, Officer Field, and Onizuka Village neighborhoods. These communities provide housing for all branches of the military with predominantly Air Force and Army residents. Hickam Elementary School and Hickam Harbor Child Development Center are also located in Zone D2. With the amendment of the health advisory, the housing office will email a letter to residents in Zone D2 from the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) commanding officer stating their water is safe to
drink. Once residents are notified, those who are occupying temporary alternate lodging are expected to re-occupy their residence within two days. Residents in Zone A3 should contact their property manager with questions or concerns. To ensure any future water issues are immediately addressed, the Navy has established rapid response teams who are available to respond to calls 24 hours a day. The teams can be reached by calling the JBPHH Emergency Operations Center at any of the following phone numbers: ·(808) 449-1979 ·(808) 448-3262 ·(808) 448-2557 ·(808) 448-2570 ·(808) 448-2583 For more information, residents can refer to the Resident Resource Guide. Additional resources, Temporary Lodging Allowance (TLA) claim information, updates on water
recovery efforts and news are available at: www.navy.mil/jointbasewater. The Army’s Task Force Ohana Family Assistance Center at the Aliamanu Military Reservation Community Center will provide support for Army residents returning home in any housing area. The services at the community center will include finance, Army Emergency Relief, Exceptional Family Member Program, and more. For any questions, contact the Task Force Ohana hotline at (808) 620-7938 or (808) 620-7951. Resources specific to Department of the Air Force (DAF) personnel are available at https://websites.dso.mil/sites/water-concern/. DAF members needing assistance with TLA can make an appointment with the 15th Comptroller Squadron at https:// tlaclaims.setmore.com. Zone-by-zone status and detailed testing information are available at: https:// jbphh-safewaters.org.
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Pre-Commissioning Unit Fort Lauderdale (LPD 28) Commanding Officer Capt. James Quaresimo (front center), Command Master Chief James Magee (front left) and Acting Executive Officer Cmdr. Charles Marshall pose with the crew in the well deck after accepting delivery of the ship. Delivery marks the official transfer of the ship from the shipbuilder to the Navy. (MASS COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS DUSTIN KNIGHT)
Navy Accepts Delivery of the Future USS Fort Lauderdale (LPD 28) By Petty Officer 2nd Class Dustin Knight PCU Fort Lauderdale (LPD 28)
PASCAGOULA, Miss. — The U.S. Navy has accepted delivery of its future Amphibious Transport Dock ship, USS Fort Lauderdale (LPD 28), March 11. Delivery signifies the ship’s official transfer from the shipbuilder to the Navy. Shortly after the Navy accepts delivery pre-commissioning unit (PCU) sailors will move aboard the ship to begin training and outfitting the ship while the shipyard completes work aboard the Fort
Lauderdale. “It is an honor to accept delivery of the Future USS Fort Lauderdale on behalf of the US Navy and we are looking forward to moving aboard the ship next month,” said PCU Fort Lauderdale Commanding Officer Capt. James Quaresimo. Fort Lauderdale’s crew will also prepare the ship for sail-away to her homeport of Norfolk. LPD 28 is the 12th San Antonio-class ship to be delivered to the Navy and the first to be named after the city of Fort Lauderdale. The future USS Fort Lauderdale will be commissioned in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 2022.
“This is a busy and exciting time for our team as we load out the ship with necessary supplies, conduct training and certification events all in preparation for sailing away from Pascagoula MS, later this year on our maiden voyage,” Quaresimo said. Fort Lauderdale’s versatility will allow her to support a wide range of operational missions, including humanitarian relief efforts. Amphibious Transport Dock ships are capable of providing medical, logistics, and air support as well as coordinating and assessing damage with local government and relief crews. “Fort Lauderdale has the latest state of the art
capabilities designed to support amphibious assault, special operations, or expeditionary warfare missions and we also serve as secondary aviation platform for all types of amphibious operations,” said Quaresimo. “Our Job is to transport and land Marines, their equipment, and supplies by our embarked Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) or conventional landing craft (LCU) or amphibious assault vehicles (AAV). We are ready to support any and all national tasking.” LPD 28 will incorporate design innovations and cost-reduction strategies based upon lessons learned and improved technologies. The ships will have a more traditional mast in place of the two Advanced Enclosed Mast/ Sensors and an updated deckhouse and boat valley design. For more news on PCU Fort Lauderdale (LPD 28) visit https://www.facebook.com/FORTLAUDERDALELPD28.
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USS Fitzgerald Pulls into Trincomalee, Sri Lanka
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TRINCOMALEE, Sri Lanka — The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) pulled into Trincomalee, Sri Lanka, for a port visit March 13, 2022. This visit is the first time a U.S. Navy ship has made port in Sri Lanka since the USS Charleston (LCS 18) visited in June of 2021. “Our visit has strengthened our partnership with the Sri Lankan Navy and deepened our ties to the Sri Lankan people,” said Cmdr.
David Catterall, commanding officer of Fitzgerald. “Seeing our two navies and two nations come together in this way has been exciting and rewarding.” During the port visit, the Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) team from Fitzgerald conducted training with the Sri Lankan Navy. Each team conducted operations on a vessel to learn from one another. “This was a very unique and rewarding opportunity to work with the Sri Lankan Navy and train on VBSS tactics,” said Lt. j.g. Kenneth Machemehl, VBSS boarding officer
for Fitzgerald. “Seeing how different navies train to respond to different threats and how they utilize different assets greatly improved the knowledge and experience of the VBSS team.” Joint in-port recreational activities will include soccer and volleyball games, and social opportunities for members of both navies to get to know each other and experience the area together. Moral Welfare and Recreation (MWR) and the Sri Lankan Navy will host limited tours to Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Pigeon Rock National Park, the Ancient City of Polonnaruwa, and the Dambulla Cave Temple. “Seeing the Buddhist Temple at Dambulla and the wildlife of Sri Lanka at the Minneriya Park is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Personnel Specialist 2nd Class Julie Hoang, a tour participant. “I am so excited to learn more about the culture and people of Sri Lanka.” Fitzgerald is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with alliances and partnerships while serving as a ready-response force in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region.
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William Patrick Corgan, David Crockett, talk 2022 The Crockett Cup Tournament this weekend Interview conducted by Yiorgo What an exciting time to be a wrestling fan. The popularity of professional wrestling is at an all-time high and The National Wrestling Alliance, under the leadership and ownership of William Patrick Corgan, lifetime wrestling fan and original founder of the rock band Smashing Pumpkins is proud to present the 2022 Crockett Cup Tournament PPV March 19th and 20th. The exciting two night PPV will take place at the Nashville Fairgrounds with all the NWA belts on the line and the Crockett Cup Tournament where 16 teams compete in a single elimination tournament to crown the 2022 winning team. For more information on the matches and the teams as well as ticket prices, photo ops and to watch it live on fite.tv go to https://www.nationalwrestlingalliance.com/ And now Part II of our interviews with NWA owner William Patrick Corgan and legendary NWA promoter David Crockett. If you missed Part I of this interview you can read it here. h t t p s : / / w w w. m i l i t a r y n e w s . c o m / n or fol k - n av y - f l ag s h ip / c om mu n it y / nwa-wrestling-jim-crocke tt-cup-tournament-returns-to-its-glory-interviewswith-nwa-stars-da/article_d0324b7e-a0 7c-11ec-b8af-8b24b8d2f18c.html
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Yiorgo: David, how do you feel about the NWA bringing back the Crockett Cup and you being present there? David Crockett: I am excited to see the Crockett Cup returning and I can’t wait to be there, meet and greet the fans and see all the action
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live. I’m also excited to see the NWA coming back and how it is doing under William’s leadership and vision. NWA is different enough to draw an audience plus you are streaming over fite.tv and that is world wide access. In relation to nationally televised programs, there is a place for a third league and television networks are
seeing that wrestling draws ratings. It has its prime group of buyers. Y: William, how do you feel about the tournament and why did you invite David Crockett to be at the Cup? William Patrick Corgan: I like the idea of a grueling two night tournament where the winning team has to compete and win four times like PRIDE in Japan. Guys would fight four times in a hard fought style. I invited David because the important thing for the NWA is that not only do we represent history, we actually embrace it. David and the Crockett family’s relationship to the NWA is so important, so valuable that it can only add bravados to the event to have David there to not only enjoy the event but to really celebrate him and his family’s contribution. That is super important to us. He will be doing photo ops both nights,and David will be presenting the Crockett Cup to the winners as well as doing some commentary. Y: David, this all has to be very emotional for you. Why was the Crockett Cup Tournament created in the ﬁrst place? DC: Yes, I am very excited that I will be presenting the Crockett Cup just like my mother and brother Jimmy have done in the past, God rest their souls. The Cup ended when Turner Turn to Crockett Cup, Page 3
The Simon & Garfunkel Story is at Chrysler Hall this weekend Interview conducted by Yiorgo For those of us who grew up listening to Simon & Garfunkel, then the place to be this weekend is at Chrysler Hall and enjoy this incredible National Tour of this critically acclaimed concert-style theater show. For tickets and info go to https://www.sevenvenues.com/events/ detail/the-simon-garfunkel-story With us today is Brendan Jacob Smith who is Art Garfunkel. Yiorgo: Why should people come to this show, what will they experience? Brendan Jacob Smith: If you are a big fan of Simon and Garfunkel this would be an incredible show to see not just for the music but to also get a full picture of what their life was like while they were performing and what it was like to be Simon and Garfunkel and their relationship with each other. Even if you are not a fan of Simon and Garfunkel, this is really really a good show to escape from everything that is going on in the world. To have two hours with some really nice harmony and a really great time at the theater. During this time, it’s nice to just forget your troubles, listen to great music and hear a cool story and have a fun time at the theater. Y: How long has the show been on the road? BS: I have been on the road for about five months but the show has been on the road for close to six years. It started in the UK and it had a very successful run there and in the
West End. It came over in the United States and it has been here for a couple of years. Y: Can you describe the show? Is it a bio, a musical medley? BJ: It’s kinda like a concert style musical. What we are basically doing is going from the beginning of their career, what it was like when they were kids, growing up and going through album by album with their songs and telling stories, what the world was like during that time. It’s a concert that features the story of their lives until they eventually broke up. We have a four person band behind us, we also have a production screen that adds cool visuals to the show. When we do a song, there is visual content to what is going on in the world as these songs were written. Our set if you will is visually shown on the screen. It’s actually a really very well done aspect of the show. The crew really does an excellent job making the show sound and looking good and something that I am really proud to be a part of. Y: What was the audition process like? BJ: What is super interesting about this particular show is that I actually auditioned right before the pandemic. I got it in January of 2020, expecting to do it in June of 2020. I got a text from a good friend of mine who told me about the show. He knew how much of a fan I was of this music. I was going to try to get an audition but I did not have an agent yet coming out of college. I messaged a good friend of mine who has an agent and asked him if his agent could get me in the
room and I got into the room via my friend’s agent, managed to get the audition, it was a couple of call backs. It was an interesting experience being in a room with about 20 people who kinda looked like Art Gunfunkel. It was crazy to get the job and not get to do it until two years later. Y: What was rehearsal like before you went on the road? BS: A big portion of rehearsing is learning the music and the lyrics so what I did was
make myself a playlist, learn all the lyrics and get all the phrasing equate. We then went to Little Rock, Arkansas where we had rehearsals for a week and that weekend they put me in the show. It was quick and pretty wild. Y: Any funny anecdotes of working in live theater? BS: That’s my favorite part of live theater. Whatever happens happens and you leave it Turn to Simon & Garfunkel, Page 3
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VCW brings some “Tough Luck” to Norfolk This Saturday By The 757 Heater The wild and crazy, hugely entertaining, Virginia Championship Wrestling that is pro wrestling in the Hampton Roads Area, returns to live action and brings some “Tough Luck” to the Norfolk Masonic Temple on Saturday night March 19th. Many of VCW’s stars will be there on this action packed card that will see VCW titles put on the line, friendships tested and rivalries continued. It’s fun for the whole family. Doors open at 6:30 PM with a bell time of 7:30 PM. Ringside seats are $25, while general admission (Stadium seating) is $20. Tickets can be purchased in advance atvcwprowrestling.com. In the main event, Virginia Heavyweight Champion Ken Dixon defends his title against the number one contender Dirty Money. Money earned a shot at the gold way back in July of 2021 when he won the annual Liberty Lottery match. Immediately after that victory, “Mr. Xcellence” Brandon Scott brutally attacked his ankle with a steel chair. Not only did this put Dirty Money on the shelf for a few months, but it also led to a heated rivalry with Scott. Although Money ultimately conquered his foe, “Mr. Xcellence” connived his way into being the special guest referee for Saturday night’s bout. “Brandon Scott earned the right to referee this match because I want a no-nonsense official who will not allow personal bias to get in the way of his job,” said VCW Director of Operations Jerry Stephanitsis. Somehow, I doubt this statement is genuine. To further complicate the issue, Ken Dixon is the man who defeated Brandon Scott to become Virginia Heavyweight Champion. There’s certainly no love lost between those two. A lot can happen in this match, and this author is certainly looking forward to seeing what happens next. VCW Tag Team Champions Black Wallstreet (Drolix and Chuck Lennox) team up with Solo once again to battle the trio of “Platinum Icon” Phil Brown, Dezmon King, and “Diamond” Victor Griff. Griff has been experiencing a bit of a rough patch in his career, suffering multiple consecutive pin-fall losses. Although some have been chattering behind the scenes that Griff is considering retirement, his Golden Pinky Society tag team partner Benjamin Banks appears to have pulled him out of this recent period of self-doubt. Banks will be ringside with this trio to show support for his longtime friend. Dezmon King and his tag team partner Isaiah Frazier defeated the Golden Pinky Society last month to earn a VCW Tag Team Championship match with Black Wallstreet. Despite the recent competition between these teams, I’ve heard that the common goal of facing off with the champions has united them. It will be interesting to see if Phil Brown can use his experience to keep the team on track and lead them to victory. VCW Liberty Champion “Greek God” Papadon also returns to Norfolk, as he defends his title against Cabana Man Dan. Although Cabana Man Dan has only competed in VCW once before, he made such an impression on the fans that Commissioner George Pantas felt compelled to give him a title match. “I strive to always give the fans what they want,” stated Commissioner Pantas. “Without our great fans there wouldn’t be a VCW.” Cabana Man Dan is known as a survivalist, making it
VCW Heavyweight Champion Ken Dixon. (JONATHAN MCLARTY)
in the wild with only the clothes on his back. He’s going to need to use every survival skill he has against Papadon, who has been undefeated since returning to VCW in 2021. Papadon calls himself the “Greek God” but VCW fans have taken to calling him “Little Caesar” instead, claiming he looks more like the pizza mascot. With the crowd firmly behind Cabana Man Dan, it will be interesting to see if Papadon can focus on the task at hand. Gino Medina locks up with Dak Draper for the first time ever on March 19th. Draper won the 2019 Ring of Honor (ROH) Top Prospect tournament and subsequently wrestled some of the best that promotion has to offer. This will be his first match in VCW. Medina was scheduled to compete last month, but due to travel issues was unable to make it. This will be his first bout in Norfolk since the career-defining one he had with the “Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels in December. Both men are in tremendous shape and are certain to put
on an athletic contest VCW fans won’t soon forget. Speaking of great athletic matchups, Logan Easton Laroux will step into the ring with his longtime friend Bobby Shields. Shields hasn’t wrestled in VCW in over six years. Although this is a homecoming for him, it will also be bittersweet. Shields has decided that his career is winding down and thus this will be his last appearance ever in Tidewater. For a man that made his VCW debut in the Norfolk Masonic Temple nearly fourteen years ago, life has come full circle. Laroux is fresh off a main event against current All Elite Wrestling (AEW) star Jay Lethal last month in Norfolk. Despite his attempt to use some nefarious tactics, Laroux was unsuccessful in stealing the win. Will Logan Easton Laroux honor his friendship with Bobby Shields by competing fairly on Saturday night? Time will tell, but this author won’t hold his breath. Joe Keys squares-off with Boar, who is
becoming very popular with VCW fans. Keys hasn’t lost a singles match in years, but inexplicably, has not earned a title match. If you ask the arrogant grappler, he’ll tell you that politics are to blame. He was the runner-up in the 2021 Liberty Lottery, which would have guaranteed him any title shot of his choosing. If Keys can win at “Tough Luck”, it’s likely he’ll finally achieve the opportunity he’s been waiting for. Boar isn’t likely to just roll over though, so it will be interesting to see which man walks out with the victory here. VCW provides fans with drama, excitement, and unmatched athleticism every time they host an event in Norfolk. If you’ve never been to an event at the Norfolk Masonic Temple, you’re missing out. It’s a beautiful venue that feels custom made for pro wrestling. There’s no better way to close out a week of Saint Patrick’s Day festivities around Hampton Roads than with some “Tough Luck”.
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Virginia Zoo Making 2022 an Event-Ful Year From The Virginia Zoo
NORFOLK, Va. — The Virginia Zoo is excited to announce its lineup of reinvigorated events for 2022! By bringing back fan-favorites events and introducing new offerings, the Zoo hopes to spread its mission of saving wildlife to new audiences and driving guest engagement in a fun and meaningful way. The robust lineup includes a variety of activities to fun-filled memories that kids and the kidsat-heart can all enjoy. Best-loved outings like Growl Fest and ZooBoo are back again, along with a few new events that include an adult prom, an art show, and so many others. • Breakfast with the Animals- March 26 • Adult Prom Night- April 16 • Wet Paint Show and Sale at the Virginia Zoo- April 23 • Member Night- May 12, August 4 • Party for the Planet- May 21 • Bike Night- May 26 • Pride Night- June 9 • Summer Concerts- Starting in June • Growl Fest- September 10 • Adult Night Beastly Ball- October 7 • ZooBoo- October 22 & 23 • ZooLumination- November • Noon Year’s Eve- December 31 Tickets for the annual Breakfast with the Animals are currently on sale. This beforehours event gives visitors a grab-and-go breakfast then a chance to see what the animals eat for the most important meal of the day. Zoo Members receive discounts on admission to this event, as well as many others
throughout the year. The Zoo is actively accepting event sponsors. For more details about the Zoo’s events and event sponsorships, visit virginiazoo.org/events. About the Virginia Zoo The Virginia Zoo, located in Norfolk, Virginia, is home to more than 700 exceptional animals representing over 150 fasci-
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bought us. They did not want anything with Crockett on it to be advertised. They stuck it on themselves even though they had the Crockett Cup at the CNN Center on display. When we started the Crockett Cup, it was because of the expansion of the WWF now WWE and we got with other promoters from Florida, Mid-West, Bill Watts, Harley Race and that group, Don Owens in Washington State, Vern Gagne, to try to create something to compete and trying to go through names, we came up with the Jim Crockett Sr. Memorial Cup was the first one and eventually shortened to the Crockett Cup. Y: The ﬁrst Crockett Cup Tournament was held at the Superdome in New Orleans. Why was that location chosen? DC: We were just looking for a name place that would hold a lot of people and the Superdome says super. New Orleans is also a destination place for people to do other things. We had to think about transportation in and out, all the logistics. And there was probably more logistics, politicking backstage then there was on production. Jimmy and Dusty were dealing backstage. Getting the promoters and bookers from around the US to agree on certain ideas, that was a challenge. I produced it. It was somewhat of a challenge to do light rigging and sound at the Superdome. This weekend I am going to sit back and enjoy every minute of it. Y: William, Former NWA World Champion Jeff Jarrett is the Ambassador for the two night event and now the special referee in the World’s Heavyweight Title match between Champion Matt Cordona
and challenger Nick Aldis. Can you talk about that? WPC: That was an interesting situation. We had worked with Jeff at NWA 70, the NWA 70th Anniversary and it was a very successful evening. So we thought Jeff would be the perfect person to have since we are here in Nashville, Tennessee and be involved. Then a situation came up where the new champion, Matt Cordona asked for a new referee because he ultimately stated that he does not trust anyone in the company. We were able to get Jeff to agree to being the referee. Certainly given my history with Jeff, I felt comfortable with that decision. Early days of TNA running shows at the National Fairgrounds, I would go and just see some of the shows. I was considered a welcomed person backstage. I got to know people in the company and it eventually led to me getting a call from Dixie to come work for the company. Y: Eventually you left and bought the NWA. Can you talk about that? WPC: When I bought the NWA from Bruce Tharpe. He was one of a collection of owners and with buyouts and lawsuits, he was able to solely purchase the company on his own. When I bought it, people wanted to know not only what would be my involvement but what the company represented. I had to be very public about building the company in my image and in the mid 70’s rough style. I want that style to return to prominence and take the NWA back to the top. Y: Where do you see the NWA ﬁve years from now? WPC: The NWA will rise or fall. Like a good movie, if a story gets more interesting, the people are more interested in how the story will play out. So far for the last four years, the story has been very typical. Rockstar buys the company, what did he buy, oh he brought it back, oh it’s
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all on the stage. We were in Anaheim, California and there was an audience member that was intoxicated and was very loud. You just never know what will happen. I’ve had a mic stop working, lights not working. That’s why you come to live theater, to see something live. Whatever you experience that night, you will never experience again. Y: Where in Brooklyn did you grow up and what made you fall in love with music and musical theater? BS: I grew up in Brooklyn Heights then we moved to Dumbo in Brooklyn. I love Brooklyn so much. Both of my parents are journalists and huge music people. We always listened to all types of music and my parents signed me up to an afterschool program called The School of Rock where we explored all types of rock music. Starting in High school I was invested in musical theater. I played the Teen Angel in Grease the Musical while in High School and that’s when I fell in love with it. I grew up harmonizing to their music and now to be playing Garfunkel it’s a pretty full circle moment. I went to college and studied theater and music and ever since
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I’ve had this deep love for live performances. Y: Can you talk about your group T3 and your AGT experience? BS: It was a pretty wild experience. T3 was formulated because I was in a touring all male acapella group in Cape Cod, Massachusetts for two summers. These two other guys
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kinda like a throwback thing, it doesn’t necessarily fit into this modern world, and is often portrayed as some kind of weakness. I of course violently disagree with that and the things we are doing now that seem kinda off the grid, are going to be the things that bring the company to international prominence the next five years or so. I see us spanning in a much better position and just continuing this great history. Y: Why did you decide to go with the studio concept of ﬁlming the shows? WPC: I saw that there was a hole in the
market that no one was doing studio wrestling like they used to and I thought it was an underutilized format and I also thought, not always, but it can be an economical format. We get everybody together and tape the shows. It’s certainly a format that is better suited live so we try to run it as much as we can. Next week, Part III 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.
had done it and I had seen their YouTube videos singing. They were not in the group with me but I was really inspired by their incredible voices and performances and on a whim I sent them a message on Instagram saying that I would love to sing with them. We sang one song in my parent’s stairwell, we put it on the internet and people really liked it. It blew up on social media and AGT reached out to us to come out and audition for them and we agreed to do it. Y: How was it there? BS: It was pretty wild to be on a show that is not devoted to just singing. We would be waiting in the back and we would see people doing gymnastics, dogs jumping through hoops, it was like being at the circus almost. And because we were invited we made it through the screening process. What we ended up doing is once we made it through the screening process they asked for an audition tape of what we would perform on that show. We made a full version of Into the Unknown and they were like ok great, we will fly you out to LA. It was pretty crazy. We flew out in January 2021, the pandemic was still happening. We wore double masks and were tested all the time. It was a very intense experience because of COVID. They were very strict and we
could not interact with anyone. They had no audience, they CGI’d an audience in. They made it look like there was one there even though there wasn’t one. They had us change our song because somebody else was doing it and it took one of the main producers of the show, saw us singing another song and said, my daughter follows them on TikTok why are they not singing Into the Unknown? And thx to her, they changed us back, we performed it and got four yeses. And the rest as they say is history. Y: Can you share a pinch me moment or two? BS: We got to perform for the National Anthem for the first time when the NY Rangers came back to play a game in Madison Square Garden. People were screaming, it was insane, it was wild. My second pinch me moment was when The Simon and Garfunkel Story, the play that I am doing now, we performed at the Dolby Theater where AGT is filmed. So the first time there I was a contestant and a few months later I went back as a headliner. 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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Festive Fun for St. Patrick’s Day By Family Features Turn your St. Patrick’s Day celebration into a chance to enjoy Irish heritage with hearty foods and a lively atmosphere. When it’s the one day each year it’s acceptable to pinch non-conforming friends and family, it’d be a shame not to go all out. These few simple tips can help you put together the perfect party to revel in all things green — and tasty. • Decorate with purpose. Everyone knows that green is the color of the day, but go one step further by incorporating it into different items. Banners and streamers work fine, but setting out green candles or even adorning your light fixtures with green bulbs can help you take an
extra step forward. • Create active fun. Instead of limiting your guests to dining and conversation, plan some simple activities to help the fun flow. Games like a “treasure hunt” for gold coins, limerick-writing competitions or even just turning up Irishthemed music can help get the party started. • Eat festively. Turn your party’s food and drinks into true Irish dining with some delicious recipes like this American Irish Stew, which includes beef, onion, carrots and potatoes for a tasty cultural meal to fill all of your hungry guests. For more hosting tips and the perfect themed recipes for any occasion, visit culinary.net. American Irish Stew
Reprinted with permission from the American Institute for Cancer Research Servings: 6 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 ¼ pounds beef, top round, cut into ¾-inch pieces 3 cloves garlic, minced salt, to taste pepper, to taste 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped 3 medium carrots, peeled and cut into ¾-inch pieces 2 medium parsnips, cut into large chunks (optional) 3 cups low-fat, reduced-sodium beef broth 4 medium russet potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary 1 leek, coarsely chopped 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley In large pot over medium-high heat, heat oil. Add beef and garlic. Cook, gently stirring until meat is evenly browned. Season with salt and pepper. Add onion, carrots and parsnips. Cook 3-4 minutes. Stir in broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer about 75 minutes, or until meat is tender. Stir in potatoes and simmer another 30 minutes. Add rosemary and leeks. Continue to simmer, uncovered, until potatoes are tender. To avoid potatoes falling apart, do not overcook. Serve hot and garnish with parsley, if desired. Nutritional information per serving: 370 calories, 8 g total fat (2 g saturated fat), 43 g carbohydrate, 32 g protein, 6 g dietary fiber, 427 mg sodium.
2 eggs 30 drops green food coloring 1 teaspoon peppermint extract 1 package (12 ounces) chocolate chips Heat oven to 375 F. In large bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt until blended. Set aside. In medium bowl, beat butter and sugar
until combined. Add eggs, food coloring and peppermint extract; beat until combined. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients; beat until combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop spoonfuls of cookie dough onto baking sheet. Bake 11-14 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned.
Lucky Shamrock Cookies By Culinary.net
It’s your lucky day because you don’t have to search for the pot of gold under the rainbow for this winning recipe. Throw out the old Irish classics and sweeten things up this year with some mint chocolate chip fun. If you’re in a crunch for St. Patrick’s Day and need something glowing with green, here is a dessert that is sure to have everyone coming back for seconds (and more). These Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies are as green as four-leaf clovers and have delicious chocolate chips mixed throughout for some extra sweet flavor. Served beside a big glass of milk, they are perfect treats for any St. Patrick’s Day party or virtual gathering. To start the recipe, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, add butter, sugar, eggs, green food coloring and peppermint extract for that crisp mint flavor. Beat with a hand mixture and combine the ingredients in both bowls together. Add chocolate chips to the mixed cookie batter. Scoop onto a baking sheet and bake at 375 F for 11-24 minutes until the edges of the cookies are light brown. Cool on a wire rack before devouring. With so much mixing and scooping to be done, this is a great recipe for kids to get involved in the kitchen, too. One of the best parts is the eye-catching color. Watch children’s smiling little faces as the batter turns from light brown to dark green for a priceless reaction. After being perfectly baked, these cookies are bright, fun and will be the hit of any celebration. Soft in the middle, a little crisp on the edges and as green as can be. You can’t ask for much more on St. Patrick’s Day. Find more recipes, celebration ideas and dessert favorites for every occasion at Culi-
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nary.net. Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies Servings: 24-32 2 ½ cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt 1 cup butter, softened 1 ¼ cups sugar
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A photo by Mathew Brady of Dr. Mary Edwards Walker circa 1866, shown wearing her Medal of Honor (National Archives).
Paving the way for women in military medicine: Dr. Mary Edwards Walker By Military Health System Communications Office Dr. Mary Edwards Walker was the first woman to be appointed as an assistant surgeon in the U.S. Army, she is also the only woman to date to have received the Medal of Honor, the U.S. government’s highest and most prestigious military decoration. Born in Oswego, New York, on Nov. 26, 1832, Walker graduated from Syracuse Medical College with honors in 1855. She subsequently married Albert Miller, and they started a medical practice in Rome, New York, shortly thereafter. At the onset of the Civil War, Walker, then 23, traveled to Washington seeking a commission as an Army surgeon or a position as a contract surgeon. Both requests were denied as there was no policy in place for hiring female physicians. She then volunteered as a nurse, but continued to request a commission as an Army surgeon. After three years of persistence, she was hired as a contract surgeon and attached to the 52nd Ohio Infantry. Walker served at the first Battle of Bull Run and the Battle of Fredericksburg, often near the Union front lines. Army Maj. Gen. George Thomas and Maj. Gen. William Sherman, general of the Union Army, noted that Walker “...passed frequently beyond our lines far within those of the enemy and, at one time, gained information that led Gen. Sherman to modify his
Pocket Surgical Kit: This kit was used by Dr. Walker during the war.(NATIONAL MUSEUM OF HEALTH AND MEDICINE PHOTO BY MATTHEW BREITBART)
strategic operations as to save himself from a serious reverse and obtain success where defeat before seemed to be inevitable.” Walker’s insistence on tending to injured civilians inside Confederate territory led
to her being captured as a spy by Confederate forces near Chattanooga, Tennessee, in 1864 after helping a Confederate doctor perform an amputation. She was held in a prison in Richmond, Virginia, for four
months and commissioned as an acting U.S. Army assistant surgeon following her release. Following her actions during the war, President Andrew Johnson awarded Walker the Medal of Honor for, “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty.” Aside from being the only woman to receive the Medal of Honor, she is also one of only eight civilians to receive the award. After the war, Walker served as assistant surgeon at a women’s prison in Louisville, Kentucky, and as the head of an orphanage in Tennessee. She also became a writer and a lecturer, supporting issues including health care and women’s rights. In 1916, Walker’s medal was rescinded with 910 others for there being “no evidence of distinguished gallantry.” Walker refused to surrender her medal and died in 1919. In 1977, then-Secretary of the Army Clifford Alexander Jr. ordered that her name be restored to the Medal of Honor roll. Walker’s contributions to military medicine served to open the door for all women serving throughout the Department of Defense and Military Health System today. Walker’s pocket surgical kit, which features the tools she used while working in the field, is part of the National Museum of Health and Medicine’sOpens to a new webpage on the National Museum of Health and Medicine website historical collection and is on display at the museum. Information for this article came from the National Museum of Health and Medicine.
It’s True – Carrots (and Other Vegetables) Can Help You See in the Dark By Claudia Sanchez-Bustamante MHS Communications
Have you ever heard that carrots are good for your eyes, or that they can help you see in the dark? It’s true — carrots are rich in the compound beta carotene, which your body uses to make a form of vitamin A that helps your eyes adjust in the dark. That’s just one of the important links between Vitamin A and eye health. Vitamin A is critical for our ability to see, according to a recent report from the Defense Health Agency’s Vision Center of ExcellenceVision Center of Excellence website in Falls Church, Virginia. “There are many factors that affect your eyes and vision, including genetics and age,” said Maria Viswanathan, ophthalmologist at the VCE. “Adequate amounts of Vitamin A can help prevent the development of night blindness and slow age-related decline in sight.” With low vitamin A levels, the eye is unable to send visual signals to the brain. This can result in night blindness as an initial symptom. “High doses of vitamin A supplementation can potentially prevent vision loss,” according to the VCE. Vitamin A supports more than just eye health. It is important for the function of the immune system and reproductive systems. It also contributes to healthy heart, lungs, kidneys, and other organs, according to the VCE. Vitamin A also boosts the immune system by stimulating the production and activity of white blood cells. It’s an antioxidant that can prevent or slow damage to cells. Additionally, vitamin A has a role in preventing inflammation and can help prevent inflammatory conditions like acneVitamin A as an anti-inflammatory agent page on the NIH National Library of Medicine website. But the human body cannot make vitamin A
Each color in fruits and vegetables indicates an abundance of speciﬁc nutrients. (DEFENSE COMMISSARY AGENCY)
on its own, so we rely on the food we consume to help jump start the creation of vitamin A. The pigment beta carotene is a major driver of vitamin A production. Beta carotene is found in many vegetables. It is the nutrient that gives yellow, orange, and red fruits and vegetables their color. That includes carrots, cantaloupes, apricots, sweet potatoes, mangoes, pumpkins, and papayas. Beta carotene is also found in green, leafy vegetables like spinach, kale, and collards (even though the color of those vegetables is determined by a different chemical known as chlorophyll). Beta carotene is also necessary for proper bone growth and development. In immune health, beta carotene plays a key
role in maintaining our body’s defenses. It also keeps male and female reproductive systems healthy. During pregnancy, it ensures embryos grow and develop normally. How Much Vitamin A Do We Need? “We should ensure that we have the right amount of vitamin A,” said Viswanathan. “Too little or too much can have negative effects on your health.” However, the amount of vitamin A people need depends on their gender and age, according to the National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary SupplementsVitamin A as an anti-inflammatory agent page on the NIH National Library of Medicine website. The average daily recommended amount for every individual
is measured in micrograms of retinol activity equivalents, a metric known as RAE. The NIH recommends adult females get 700 mcg RAE, while adult males should get 900 mcg RAE daily. Pregnant and breastfeeding women need 770 mcg RAE and 1,300 mcg RAE respectively, according to the NIH. Although vitamin A deficiency is uncommon in the developed world, it can occur in individuals who have cystic fibrosis, pancreatic insufficiency, chronic liver disease, short bowel syndrome, Crohn’s or celiac disease, giardiasis, chronic diarrhea, highly selective dieting, dysphagia, mental illness, or who are bariatric surgery recipients, according to the VCE report.
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