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Change of Command Capt. Simon McKeon relieved Capt. Charles Hampton as USS Normandy (CG 60) commanding officer during a Mar. 24 change of command ceremony. PAGE A5

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Fleet Week returns to New York City; ships announced By Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Public Affairs NORFOLK, Va. (Navy Region Mid-Atlantic) — Three U.S. Navy ships, three U.S. Coast Guard vessels, four U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) Yard Patrol boats (YPs), and one United Kingdom vessel will participate during 2022 Fleet Week New York (FWNY), May 25-31. It is anticipated that nearly 3,000 Sailors, Marines, Cost Guardsmen, and members of the British Royal Navy will participate this year. Ship and pier locations include: Manhattan, Pier 88 South: (Tours may be limited Saturday and Sunday, May 28, 29) • Amphibious assault ship, USS Bataan (LHD-5) from Norfolk, Virginia Manhattan, Pier 90 North: • HMS Protector (A173), United Kingdom Manhattan, Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, Pier 86: • Four U.S. Naval Academy YPs, Annapolis, Maryland • One U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Homeport Pier, Staten Island: • The freedom-class littoral combat ship, USS Milwaukee (LCS-5) from Mayport, Florida • Two U.S. Coast Guard Vessels Brooklyn Cruise Terminal: (Located in the Red Hook Community) • The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116) from Mayport, Florida Ship tours will be conducted throughout the week in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please note: Ship tours may be limited Saturday and Sunday, May 28 and 29 on Pier 88 in Manhattan. Details will be announced closer to the event. Ship tours on Pier 86 will be conducted daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please note: USNA YPs are scheduled to depart Satur-

Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116). (Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brian G. REYNOLDS)


day, May 28. Now in its 34th year, FWNY is the city’s time-honored celebration of the sea services. It is an unparalleled opportunity for the citizens of New York and the surrounding tri-state area to meet Sailors,

U.S. Coast Guard medium endurance cutter USCGC Tahoma (WMEC908). ( SEAMAN RECRUIT SAWYER CONNALLY)

Marines and Coast Guardsmen, as well as witness firsthand the latest capabilities of today’s maritime services. For up-to-date information on all FWNY events, visit the official FWNY website at www.fleetweeknewyork.com. Join the

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Norfolk Naval Shipyard’s Jacqueline Winborne Named Department of Labor Apprentice of the Year for 2021 By Kristi R Britt

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. — “Believe in yourself.” These are words Insulator Jacqueline Winborne lives by, the phrase etched in her hard hat to echo her beliefs. A recent graduate of the Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) Apprenticeship Program, she takes on each day staying true to her ideals. Her peers see her as a hard-working, natural-born leader with an attitude that spreads positivity to those around her — a catalyst for success within the gates of America’s Ship-


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yard. Through her service and dedication to the shipyard’s mission and to her team, Winborne was recently nominated for the Virginia Department of Labor (DOL) and Industry’s Division of Registered Apprenticeship Outstanding Apprentice of the Year for 2021 — becoming the third individual from the Insulator Shop (Shop 57) to win the title across the last three years. “It was an awestruck moment for me to learn of winning this award and it’s very appreciated,” said Winborne. “Each day I Turn to Jacqueline, Page 7

“Believe in yourself.” These are words Insulator Jacqueline Winborne lives by, the phrase etched in her hard hat to echo her beliefs. (DANIEL DEANGELIS)

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The U.S. Naval Community College extended the deadline for applications to the associate of arts in Military Studies and the associate of science in Nuclear Engineering Technology programs to Apr. 17, 2022. PAGE A4

On Thursday, March 17th, twenty-nine sailors stationed at Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center participated in a Budget for Baby workshop. PAGE A6

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US Naval Community College Extends Deadline 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 extended the deadline for applications to the associate of arts in Military Studies and the associate of science in Nuclear Engineering Technology programs to Apr. 17, 2022. This gives more opportunity for active duty enlisted Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen and Coast Guard Reservists to apply to one of these two degree programs. “We want to ensure the maximum opportunity for application into these programs while still having the time to review applicants for eligibility into the program, receiving command approval, and enrolling into the partner institution,” said USNCC’s director of enrollment Alphonso Garrett. “Through ongoing discussions with our partner institutions, we have developed a process to shorten that timeline to enrollment, which means there is more opportunity for Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen to apply for one of these two programs.” Those that applied to either degree program by the original deadline of Mar. 27, 2022, will have their applications reviewed and a decision made by Apr. 17. Those that apply between Mar. 27 and Apr. 17 will have their applications reviewed and a decision made in May. “We anticipate that some applicants may not be able to commit to enrolling in June due to operational tempo and life commitments,” said Garrett. “We still want to provide the opportunity to service members that may be ready to start their journey of lifelong learning.” This means that the decision-making process would be a rolling process until all of the available seats are filled with eligible and approved candidates.

The United States Naval Community College extends its deadline for application into the Military Studies and Nuclear Engineering Technology associate degree programs from Mar. 27 to Apr. 17, 2022. (CHIEF MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST XANDER GAMBLE)

“The last thing we want is to have an opportunity for a deserving service member seeking a naval relevant education to go unfulfilled,” said Sgt. Maj. Mike Hensley, USNCC’s command senior enlisted leader. “These educational opportunities support the warfighting capability and operational readiness our naval forces need to main-

tain a competitive edge over our potential adversaries.” Active duty enlisted Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen and Coast Guard Reservists can fill out an application for the Military Studies and Nuclear Engineering Technology associate degree programs 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.

Only female Master Chief Boatswain’s Mate on East Coast continues to pave the way for junior Sailors By Katisha Draughn-Fraguada

Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads Public Affairs

NORFOLK, Va. — When Master Chief Boatswain’s Mate Jamie Sosaya enlisted in the Navy in 2000, her dream was to become a dental hygienist and travel the world. At 18 years old she was excited and ready to leave her hometown and embark on a new adventure that she knew would make her family proud. Sosaya, a native of Parsons, Kan., currently serves as the Operations Department Lead Chief Petty Officer at Naval Support Activity (NSA) Hampton Roads. In her position, Sosaya leads and manages junior Sailors and supervises all Emergency Operations Center events at the installation. In 2000, Sosaya completed boot camp and came in as an undesignated Seaman, qualifying for her rate through on-the-job training. She was sent to Japan for her first duty station and worked in the Deck Department. That is when she became very interested in the oldest rate in the Navy — Boatswain’s Mate. “Boatswain’s Mates have so many different roles in the Navy from ship handling, embarking forces in a well deck, small boat operations, refueling/replenishment while the ship is underway, and even flight deck operations,” she said. Sosaya enjoyed working in such an integral, but often intense job, which she knew would require her to spend a lot of time away from her family while at sea on the USS Essex (LHD-2), USS Enterprise (CVN-65), and USS Oak Hill (LSD-51). After many years of being away from those whom she loved the most, Sosaya proved to be very successful as a Boatswain’s Mate and was promoted to Master Chief when she was just 37 years old. “I was beyond ecstatic and surprised,” she

BMCM Jamie Sosaya is currently the only female Master Chief Boatswain’s Mate on the East Coast and continues to inspire and encourage junior Sailors every day. (KATISHA DRAUGHNFRAGUADA)

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said. “I still have that feeling every time I look in the mirror.” Sosaya is currently the only female Master Chief Boatswain’s Mate on the East Coast. “I personally don’t look at this position as a title, just being a woman in the U.S. Navy as a Master Chief is remarkable and I want to influence all females to continue to strive for achievement with their goals and dreams,” she said. Although Sosaya has been very prosperous in her career as a Boatswain’s Mate, she has endured a few obstacles that she still remembers to this day. As hard as those challenges were, she appreciates what they taught her about herself. “I believe all the different things that I endured has definitely shaped me into the person I am today,” she said. Sosaya has become that person whom junior Sailors go to when they are faced with a problem or have questions about the Navy or sea life. She enjoys talking with them about her time in the service and encourages them to chase after their dreams. “[Sosaya] is a remarkable Boatswain’s Mate, and I know that she will be an even better Command Master Chief when that time comes,” said Capt. Matt Frauenzimmer, Commanding Officer of NSA Hampton Roads. “She has been a valuable asset to our command and a great leader for our Sailors.” Sosaya has many favorite memories of her time in the Navy which include being promoted, successfully completing inspections, going on various deployments, seeing Sailors advance, and presenting awards to her Sailors for their achievements. “I mentor many female Sailors and I enjoy serving in that role for them,” she said. “I hope to inspire all of them to get all of the qualifications they can, take challenging billets, and empower them so they know that we have unlimited potential to be a strong front in the U.S. Navy.”


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FRCE Mentor of the Year encourages others through mentoring By Kimberly Koonce

Fleet Readiness Center East Public Affairs

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. — Angela Bell, VH-92 Fleet Support Team lead engineer at Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE), believes that it’s better to learn from the mistakes of others than to make the same mistakes yourself. That’s one reason that she’s a strong advocate for mentorship — both as a mentor and a mentee. Bell’s strong support of mentorship and her willingness to share her experience with others was recently recognized when Naval Air Systems Command recently named her Fleet Readiness Center East’s Mentor of the Year at a virtual ceremony. “I felt proud and excited that my efforts were being acknowledged as being beneficial or helpful to somebody,” Bell said. “I participate in mentoring just because I want to help other people, but it was satisfying to be recognized for a job well done.” Bell’s 23-year career path has included positions as an aerospace engineer on the propeller fleet support team (FST), the technical team manager for the Joint Engineering Training Team (JETT), Drive System Branch Manager, propulsion lead engineer for the H-53 FST, and now lead engineer for the VH-92 presidential helicopter FST. She did not have a mentor until 2006, when she participated in the Executive Leadership Program; having a mentor was a requirement for participation. Bell has maintained the same mentor relationship since that time, and she credits her mentor’s guidance with much of the success she has enjoyed in her career. “A good mentor never tells you what to do— they just ask the right questions to get you thinking, and I try to use the same philosophy in my own mentor relationships,” Bell said. “Mentoring is a phenomenal opportunity to understand leadership expectations, to gain advice on some dos and don’ts or some lessons that have already been learned. The ability to share and ask advice and have someone invest in you is a good thing.” Russell Padgett, the FRCE FST Engineering site lead and Angela’s supervisor, said Bell’s wide range of experience makes her effective, both as an engineer and a supervisor.

Angela Bell, VH-92 Fleet Support Team lead engineer at FRCE. Bell was recently honored by Naval Air Systems Command as Fleet Readiness Center East’s Mentor of the Year for 2021. (COURTESY PHOTO)

“Angela is proactively engaged, not only in her work, but also with her employees,” Padgett said. “She’s a sharp engineer with a wealth of experience who brings a lot to the table. Her previous JETT leadership also provided her with a great perspective on what it’s like to be a young employee in an organization, and that’s a valuable trait for a mentor.” Bell estimates that she has formally mentored about 25 employees through her career, but she emphasizes that mentorship can take many forms, both formal and informal. It can be a structured relationship with scheduled meetings and established goals, but it can also be as informal as a phone call between friends and colleagues. “Everybody knows that my door is always open, and they are more than welcome to ask for my thoughts,” Bell said. “I have folks that I

consider peers who just call up every once in a while and say, ‘Can I run something by you?’ That’s the same thing I do with them.” Rose Wagoner, Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Engineering Dynamic Components Branch head, has relied on Bell’s advice since she began her career at FRCE in 2013. She said that Bell’s experience as a successful female engineer in a predominantly male field has given her the direction and confidence to help her succeed in her own career. “It’s been great to have a female in a leadership position being your biggest cheerleader. Angela sets an excellent example of a strong and empathetic leader,” Wagoner said. “She’s helped me develop my strengths, but she’s also helped me identify weaknesses and improve upon those so I have the confidence to take the next step.” Bell said she firmly believes that anyone can

benefit from mentorship, both in giving and receiving guidance and support. “If you have a developmental need or goal that you want to achieve, a mentor can help you get there,” Bell said. “Anybody who has already had some career success should take this opportunity to give back. We become a stronger organization when we’re willing to help others benefit from the lessons we have already learned.” FRCE is North Carolina’s largest maintenance, repair, overhaul and technical services provider, with more than 4,000 civilian, military and contract workers. Its annual revenue exceeds $1 billion. The depot provides service to the fleet while functioning as an integral part of the greater U.S. Navy; Naval Air Systems Command; and Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers.











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Marine Lieutenant Colonel Visits Navy Hospital Ship in Norfolk to Express his Gratitude Courtesy Story

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NORFOLK, Va. — Lt. Col. Andrew Turner visited the mercy-class hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), with family, friends, and colleagues, to give thanks for the comfort he received 19 years ago from the medical staff who painstakingly cared for the injuries he sustained during a helicopter crash in Iraq. Sharing this tour with family, friends, and colleagues only seemed appropriate, especially considering that those in attendance have served or currently serve in the military, Turner said. “This experience was uniquely special because I had my wife at my side to share in the moment. But more importantly, experiencing the ship as a visitor instead of as a patient, I was able to witness firsthand the depth and breadth of Comfort’s medical capability and readiness — Totally impressive.” “I will be forever grateful that the Comfort and her medical team were there to answer the call when I needed both the comfort and the care.” In Feb. 2003, then, 1st Lt. Turner, assigned to the Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169, where he served as the Adjutant, Current Operations Officer, Future Operations Officer, and Weapons and Tactics Instructor, deployed with the HMLA-169 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom I (OIF I). One month into Turner’s deployment, he suffered a broken ankle, a concussion, and other cuts and bruises when the Huey gunship helicopter he was co-piloting accidently crashed in southern Iraq, Mar. 30. He was the only survivor of the four crew member team aboard. In order to sustain Turner’s injuries, he was first transported to USNS Comfort where he received specialized medical treatment for five days before being flown to Landstuhl, Germany for more extensive medical care and stabilization. After Landstuhl, Turner was flown to the United States where he continued to rest and recuperate at home with family before he was medically cleared to rejoin his squadron — HMLA 169, also known as the World Famous Vipers, — back in Iraq in mid-July of 2003. “I attribute my rapid return to full duty as a testament to those on the Comfort, from the doctors that fixed my broken ankle to the nurses who helped me recuperate. I can’t say enough about the quality of care, dedication, and compassion provided by those who have and continue to serve aboard the Comfort.” Being the only survivor of the helicopter crash reminded him of his Faith in a higher power. That Faith was reaffirmed, he said, when he was in a second helicopter crash in Iraq on Aug. 5, 2004. Looking back today, Turner wonders if God was either sending him a message or testing him. “First, should I continue being a pilot, and second, how can I sit on the sidelines, when my fellow Marines were putting their lives on the line? The second question was the more important of the two. So, three days later, I was back

Lt. Col. Andrew Turner visited the mercy-class hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), with family, friends, and colleagues, to give thanks for the comfort he received 19 years ago from the medical staff who painstakingly cared for the injuries he sustained during a helicopter crash in Iraq., 19 years ago. (PETTY OFFICER 2ND CLASS DONALD WHITE)

flying combat missions.” Mar. 30, 2022 marks the 19th anniversary since Turner’s first helicopter crash. While he is completely healed from his injuries, he said, his scars are still quite visible, serving as a constant reminder of his second chance in life. “Taking advantage of opportunities, making a difference, living life to its fullest were aspirations that became much clearer in the wake of the crash. Visiting the Comfort helps me to refocus on such endeavors, which I readily admit can sometimes get lost in the day-to-day repetition of life.” Since Turner’s return to active duty, he has successfully completed four combat tours, three in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, 2003, 2004, and 2006, and one in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, 2013. His awards includes the Bronze Star with

Valor, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star, Air Medal with Valor, Air Medal (13th Award), Navy Commendation Medal with three Gold Stars, and a Navy Achievement Medal with Gold Star. In 2016, he met a major milestone, reaching the rank of lieutenant colonel on Oct. 1. Turner’s journey is a true success story. His Faith has been the driving force, reminding him daily to remain strong and courageous when faced with adversity. “Life will always be unpredictable and at times downright scary, but my Faith has shown me, time and time again, that my God will never leave me nor forsake me.” USNS Comfort was the only U.S. hospital ship to be deployed in support of combat operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The vessel sailed from Baltimore, Md., on Jan. 6, 2003 and returned on Jun. 12, 2003. During

the course of her deployment, 648 anesthetic procedures were performed. USNS Comfort has 12 operating rooms, beds for 1,000 patients, 500 of which are designated for minimal case needs, 400 for intermediate cases, 20 for surgical recovery, and 80 for intensive care patients. It is one of two Navy hospital ships, with Comfort on the East Coast, homeported in Norfolk, Va., and her sister ship USNS Mercy on the West Coast, homeported in San Diego, Calif. Military Sealift Command operates USNS Comfort. Crewed by civil service mariners and active duty Navy personnel, the Comfort is made up of nearly 70,000 tons of steel and is as big as a large city hospital, capable of the same procedures and equipped with some of the latest medical technology available.



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NAVSUP FLC Norfolk team member RS1 Cecil Noi (right) reviews ship’s laundry record keeping aboard USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79) with Oscar Austin S3 Division Sailors RSSA Dakota Portwood (left) and RSSN Michael Rodriguez. (JIM KOHLER)

NAVSUP FLC Norfolk Fleet Assist Team Prepares Ships for Success By Jim Kohler


NORFOLK, Va. — U.S. Navy ships at sea are like small floating cities. They include medical facilities, food service operations and an array of retail operations. The NAVSUP FLC Norfolk Fleet Assist Team (FAT) helps the Sailors who operate those retail operations ensure their ship’s stores, vending machines, barber shops and laundry facilities are functioning as efficiently as possible. The FAT provides technical assistance and guidance to improve the performance of ship’s store operations. “We assist ships with their financial records and respond to Navy 311 trouble tickets,” explained FAT member RS1 Cecil Noi. “We also provide monthly training on various topics to retail services specialists and sales

officers in the fleet.” Approximately every 24 months, the 55 ships covered by the Norfolk FAT receive a Full Management Review from FAT representatives. That involves a training visit from one or more FAT members who, along with the ship’s Sales Division (S3), walk through all retail operations on the ship to ensure adherence to management objectives set by the ship’s type commander. “After our visit, we send a report with our findings and recommendations to S3 leadership,” said Noi. The team recently visited S3 Division personnel aboard USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79) to conduct a Full Management Review. “I was super nervous about the FAT visit since it was my first inspection,” said RSSA Dakota Portwood, who works in the Oscar Austin ship’s store. “Once the FAT came on board and started

to talk to us, I realized they were there to help guide us, not attack us.” “Visits like the Full Management Review are not inspections, but training,” explained FAT leader RSCM Eric Maxwell. “We have all served on ships and understand their situations and the challenges they face. After they show us their ship’s store, barber shop and laundry we might ask them ‘now show us that storage room on the fifth deck.’ We know where the potential problem areas are. If there’s an issue that needs to be addressed, it’s better for them if we see it before any inspectors do. We will help them resolve issues and set them up for success.” The Full Management Review is excellent preparation for the Supply Management Certification (SMC). “Every three years, Afloat Training Group (ATG) conducts a comprehensive inspection called the Supply Management

Certification,” said RSC Rodolfo Tapia. “Just like we do with our Full Management Review, ATG looks at every aspect of the ship’s retail services operation. If a ship scores 85 percent or higher, they are eligible to compete in the Ship’s Store Retail Excellence Award competition. So it is important we prepare them as well as we possibly can.” “The FAT gave us insight on what to expect during SMC that I wasn’t aware of,” said RSSN Michael Rodriguez, who works in the Oscar Austin ship’s laundry. “I was able to take a lot of notes and now I feel more prepared.” “The advancement exam for E5 is in a couple of weeks and the material the FAT went over during the visit was like a refresher course for the exam,” said Oscar Austin barber RS3 Emily Wilbarger. The seasoned Sailors who staff the FAT are similar to a trusted relative — kind of like your favorite aunt or uncle or cousin. They are always there for the shipboard Sailors to help set them up for success. Whether it’s to prepare for a major inspection or help with reaching the next paygrade, the FAT members are always standing by ready to set the Sailors up for success.

USS Normandy Holds Change of Command Ceremony By LTJG Maude I Manzi USS Normandy (CG 60)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Capt. Simon McKeon relieved Capt. Charles Hampton as USS Normandy (CG 60) commanding officer during a Mar. 24 change of command ceremony. Held at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek, Adm. Christopher Grady, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was on hand to provide remarks. Hampton assumed command in August 2020 joining the ship during a selected restricted availability. “Coach,” as he is known to his wardroom, chief ’s mess and crew, led the ship through a demanding COVID-19 outbreak while meeting critical maintenance waypoints. He oversaw the ship’s safe return to sea and the start of the Basic Phase. During his tenure, the Ticonderoga Class cruiser’s crew was awarded the 2020 Battle E, Green “H” and the Retention Excellence Award. “It has been a tremendous honor to be the commanding officer of Normandy,” reflected Hampton. “Normandy has a storied career and has been an operational unit for 33 years. It takes a motivated and dedicated crew to keep a 33-year-old warship ready to answer the call. “I could not be more proud of the work this crew has accomplished this past 20 months maintaining that legacy of excellence.” Prior to assuming command, McKeon served

as the Branch Chief for the Space and Missile Defense Branch Joint Staff. Afloat, his initial sea tours were as Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer aboard USS Anzio (CG 68) and Navigator aboard USS Doyle (FFG 39). He served as the Weapons and Combat Systems Officer aboard USS Decatur (DDG 73) where he executed the first successful exo-atmospheric engagement of a ballistic missile by an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer (FTM-12 STELLAR ATHENA) as well as support to the engagement of a malfunctioning U.S. satellite filled with hydrazine (Operation BURNT FROST) He also served as executive officer and commanding officer aboard USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54). McKeon attended King’s College in London, earning a Master’s Degree in Defense Studies in 2010, as well as the National War College in Washington D.C. in 2020, where he graduated with a Master’s Degree in National Security Strategy. Ashore, McKeon operated as Assistant Surface Operations officer at Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe; Fleet Management Officer at Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet; Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe; Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa; CTF-6, during Operation ODYSSEY DAWN; Manpower and Training Action Officer at OPNAV N9I Warfare Integration and participated in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Fellowship. “I am honored to be entrusted the responsi-

Capt. Simon McKeon relieves Capt. Charles Hampton as commanding officer of the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60), March 24, 2022. McKeon is now the 18th commanding officer of Normandy. (PETTY OFFICER 2ND CLASS ERIC SHORTER)

bility to lead the best crew the Navy has to offer,” said McKeon. “I look forward to the challenges and rewards of commanding the most combatready ship in the Navy.” McKeon’s personal decorations include Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Meritorious Service Medal; Joint Service Commendation Medal; Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal; and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. USS Normandy is the first ship to honor the battle in northern France, fought in the summer of 1944, in which Allied forces gained a foothold

on Europe in preparation for the final defeat of Nazi Germany. The Battle of Normandy opened on D-Day, June 6, 1944, and continued into August, when Allied armies broke into the French interior. The armada that conducted the invasion consisted of 702 warships protecting 9000 ships and landing craft. The invasion shifted the tide of WWII in favor of the allies. Commissioned Dec. 9, 1989, the ship is the third Bath, Maine-built Aegis cruiser and the 14th ship of the Ticonderoga class. Normandy’s motto is “Vanguard of Victory” and her crew is known as the Vanguardmen.

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Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center hosts NMCRS Budget for Baby Workshop By Joseph Blakistone

NMCRS Norfolk Communications Coordinator

On Thursday, March 17th, twenty-nine sailors stationed at Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC), located on Naval Station Norfolk, participated in a Budget for Baby workshop at the command which was led by Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) Norfolk. MARMC provides services supporting over 70 ships operating in the Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, and the Gulf region, ensuring ships and their crews are able to fulfill their missions with minimal repair and maintenance downtime. “Preparing our Sailors, Marines, and their families for the financial changes they will face when adding a new family member is an important factor that contributes to the overall readiness of the fleet” said NMCRS Norfolk Director Rick O’Rawe, FLTCM, USN (Ret.). “NMCRS knows that there is a direct connection between the financial health and readiness


of our Sailors and Marines here in the Hampton Roads area and their ability to effectively support the Navy’s mission.” The workshop was led by NMCRS Deputy Director, Joe Schnurbusch CMDCM(SW/

AW), USN (Ret.) and NMCRS Shipboard Coordinator, Ted Cremer. “We enjoy traveling to commands to deliver our Mobile Budget for Baby Workshop.” said Joe Schnurbusch. “It makes it so much easier for Sail-

ors and their families to attend — scheduling time away from work can be difficult, so anything we can do to make it easier and less stressful for new and expecting families to attend a workshop is a welcome relief during a busy work day.” The one-hour workshop provided participants information concerning basic budgeting skills for new families as well as connecting them with local resources for new military families. Each participant received a handmade baby blanket knit by a local Hampton Roads NMCRS volunteer along with a $50 Amazon.com gift card. NMCRS Budget for Baby Workshops are open to all Active Duty or Retired Sailors and Marines, eligible family members with a military ID card, surviving spouses, and Reservists on extended active duty of 30 days or more. In addition to workshops hosted at participating commands, NMCRS offers in-person, one-on-one, and virtual classes throughout the Hampton Roads area. In 2021, 510 Navy and Marine Corps families in Hampton Roads participated in Budget for Baby Workshops. For more information on joining a Budget for Baby Workshop, please contact NMCRS Norfolk at 757-322-1171. If you are interested in scheduling a Mobile Budget for Baby Workshop at your command or FRG, please contact Patricia.Lewis@nmcrs.org.











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Naval Station Norfolk Celebrates Women’s History Month By Retail Specialist 3rd Class Emily Kelley NOR F OL K , Va . - Nav a l St at i on (NAVSTA) Norfolk held a Women’s History Month celebration at the command galley, Wednesday, March 23rd. The celebration highlighted females who have served in the United States Navy in the past, and their personal accomplishments and what they did to pave the way for success for future female sailors. The event included guest speakers, an homage to women who have paved the path for today’s Sailors and a cake cutting with the command triad. “Women have opened so many doors for us as females serving and I am truly appreciative of them,” said Culinary Specialist 2nd Class, Stacheal Smith, who spoke during the ceremony. “We wouldn’t be where we are without these women.” The US Navy celebrates March as National Women’s History month every year. This year, NAVSTA Norfolk has a

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come to work ready to give it my all and help those around me. I wouldn’t be where I am today without my leaders and peers who were able to play a part in my journey so far, as well as my husband and my family. Because at the end of the day, we’re all ONE TEAM serving ONE MISSION, working hard to get our Navy’s warships back to the fleet. We’re all pieces of a larger puzzle; each of us plays an important part in completing the bigger picture.” A native of Franklin, Va., Winborne grew up surrounded by her family of hard workers — each of them playing a major part in who she is today. “Our family stuck together no matter what and we knew that we could get through anything and achieve anything as long as we were together,” Winborne said. “Every morning I watched my father get up early to go out into the world and make money so he could provide for our family, working hard and ensuring we all had what we needed in life. He inspired my brothers and I to share those ideals, wanting to put forth the most effort we can each day to achieve greatness and stay true to ourselves no matter what — never settling for anything less than our best.” Winborne tearfully credited her late mother as well. “My mom taught me that I didn’t need the validation of others — that I could validate myself and stay true to myself. She showed me what the epitome of a real woman was and I aimed to be like her, a homemaker. Just as she was a positive role model for me, I want to be like that for other women including my daughter as well — to show them that you can make it in this world and be a force to be reckoned with. You can

Executive Officer Naval Station Norfolk, Captain Janet H. Days, takes part in a cake cutting onboard Naval Station Norfolk during a National Women’s History Month celebration. The celebration was held at the command galley and included multiple guest speakers, static displays and a specially designed cake for the occasion. ( OPERATIONS SPECIALIST 3RD CLASS SINDY LOPEZ)

do whatever it is you set your mind and heart to as long as you aim to achieve your goals and put in the hard work.” When she had first learned of the apprenticeship from her husband, Shop 56 Work Leader Thurman Winborne, Jr., she was seeking an opportunity to grow in her career and learn a trade. With his encouragement, she went to Tidewater Community College and took the placement test, doing well and submitting her application to the program. She was accepted on her first try and as soon as she was through the gate, Winborne hit the ground running to learn as much as she could and do her part to serve her country. Her efforts continued to impress her leaders and peers throughout her time in the apprenticeship and beyond. “Mrs. Winborne has distinguished herself from the rest of her apprentice class by the quality of her work and her work ethic throughout her apprenticeship,” said Shop 57 Continuous Training and Development (CTD) Supervisor Nathan Doughtie. “Her collective performances and evaluations in her training and development have all been outstanding. She exceeds the standards in all tasks that she is assigned and is an asset to both Shop 57 and America’s Shipyard. Based upon both Mrs. Winborne’s performance and my personal interactions with her, I believe she possesses all of the necessary qualities to one day be management.” Shop 57 Supervisor William James added, “Her take charge attitude shows the younger apprentices someone to look up to and gives them a role model to try and become. She brightens up the room every day, her positivity spreading to those around her. She’s dependable and always ready for action — she’s the glue or cohesiveness to my crew, bringing everyone together and ensuring

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we’re all looking out for one another.” Shop 57 Zone Manager Antoine Bailey said, “Mrs. Winborne has always been a self-starter and she instantly stood out as a top apprentice and important asset to our shop. She is in high demand with management because of what she brings to the table. She has thrived on carriers, submarines, in the shop, and she has thrived while working off yard projects as well. Her work ethic is second-to-none, while maintaining that work ethic her work skills provide great first time quality results. She is willing to learn and has a questioning attitude. Her influence not just on other apprentices, but mechanics, work leaders, and management is infectious. Mrs. Winborne is the model apprentice, a precedent that every apprentice should want to be like. Her future is very bright because of the person and worker that she is. Her kind-hearted attitude and work ethic is what NNSY and any company is looking for in an employee.” The Virginia Apprentice Council, in association with Virginia’s Department of Labor and Industry, honors outstanding apprentices who have completed their training program and are nominated by their sponsoring organizations. The nominated apprentices are those who excel in the areas of accuracy and efficiency, cooperation with supervisors and journeymen, initiative, leadership, decision-making ability, and outstanding accomplishments. As Winborne continued to shine within her workplace, her leaders took notice and took the steps to nominate her for this award. Winborne was named the recipient of the Virginia Outstanding Apprentice of the Year for 2021 during a virtual ceremony Jan. 31. Shop 57 Supervisor Dallas Pritchett said, “From day one, Mrs. Winborne was the top of her class and worked hard every day. She’s

little more to celebrate, as the command currently has it’s first black female executive officer, Captain Janet H. Days. “You have the opportunity to work with females today in a variety of different positions all the way up the ranks and there are more female mentors today to look up to,” said Executive Officer Naval Station Norfolk, Captain Janet H. Days. In May 1908, the first women entered the US Navy as nurses due to clerical shortages during World War I. This group of women was called the Nurse Corps and they had no permanent commissioned rank. In July 1942, the first women entered the Navy as officers and enlisted Sailors after President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signed Public Law 689. These women are known as the WAVES. “My advice for females in the Navy is to find your passion, whatever it may be, and put your all into it,” said Days. “And don’t be afraid to ask for help from your mentors.” As of 2021, females make up approximately 20% of the United States Navy.

the third of our apprentices within Shop 57 to win this award and it’s truly a testament to the amazing folks we have in our shop and the effort they put in every day to service our fleet.” Before Winborne, Shop 57 Insulating Mechanic Aisha Clark received the award in 2019 and Shop 57 Insulator Evan Webb received the award in 2020 — each representing the Insulator Shop and the shipyard as a whole. “It’s definitely a great feeling to see those from our shop getting recognized for the hard work we do here,” said Webb. “Personally I feel like our shop has good mentors and fellow apprentices that will help you out every step of the way. We make every day count and keep working towards our goals.” Clark added, “Teamwork has always been the most valuable thing for us. We look out for each other and help each other out — reaching for success and learning more as we go. Go Shop 57!” Following this achievement, Winborne is looking to the future of her career and America’s Shipyard. “The sky is the limit at NNSY,” said Winborne. “This experience is what you make of it and for me I want to put forth my all into everything I do for our Navy and nation. These warships and the Sailors are our mission and we must put forth first time quality work, have questioning attitudes, and remain in a learning mindset to ensure that everything we do ensures their safety and readiness. One of the sayings of the shipyard that I fully believe in is ‘Any Ship, Any Time, Anywhere.’ It’s up to all of us to take care of our fleet so that they can defend us on the front lines. Those vessels are going to perform amazingly because of our hard work and dedication. What we do is far too important — we have to keep moving forward and aim for success. Together, we can do this!”

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Battle “E” Award The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) received the 2021 Battle Efficiency Award for a West-Coast based aircraft carrier from Commander, Naval Air Forces Pacific, March 16, 2022. PAGE B6

U.S. and Israeli Navy Begin Exercise Intrinsic Defender By Navcent Public Affairs

U.S. Naval Forces Central Command / U.S. 5Th Fleet

Chief Naval Air Crewman (Mechanical) Kami Mayer, a native of Spenser, N.Y, assigned to the“Providers”of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30, observes Tucson, Ariz., from the cargo ramp of a C-2A Greyhound, Mar. 23. VRC-30 is a C-2A Greyhound logistics aircraft squadron supporting U.S. Pacific Fleet aircraft carriers, including a forward-deployed detachment attached to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5. (PETTY OFFICER 3RD CLASS OLYMPIA MCCOY)

All-Women Crew Retire C-2A Greyhound in Celebration of Women’s History Month

By Petty Officer 2nd Class Olympia Mccoy Commander, Naval Air Forces

NAVAL AIR STATION NORTH ISLAND, Calif. — In celebration of Women’s History Month, an all-women crew of pilots and support personnel assigned to the “Providers” of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30 flew a C-2A Greyhound from Naval Air Station North Island, Calif. to Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG) on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. for the aircraft’s retirement, March 23. The C-2A Greyhound’s primary mission as part of the carrier air wing is carrier onboard delivery (COD). The MV-22 Osprey has taken over this mission as part of the Advanced Airwing and Airwing of the Future, which has led to the staggered retirement of Greyhounds in preparation for the sundowning of the VRC-30 squad-

ron. Cmdr. Jessica Caldwell, VRC-30’s commanding officer, was one of the pilots for the flight and shared her sentiment regarding the C-2A platform and its retirement. “This aircraft was my workhorse as a junior officer,” said Caldwell. “When I found out that it was being sent to AMARG, I knew I wanted to be a part of its last flight. The other pilot who I would be flying with suggested that we fly as an all-female flight crew in celebration of Women’s History Month. We are fortunate to have enough qualified women here at VRC-30 and took it one step further to organize [an] all-female launch crew.” The U.S. Navy commissioned its first six female Naval aviators in 1974. Today, 12% of Naval aviators are female, and that number is growing. “As I’ve progressed though my career I’ve come to realize just how important it is to honor and highlight our diversity in

the Navy,” said Caldwell. “By celebrating Women’s History Month, we are strengthening our forces. Understanding the significance and honoring the women that have come before us is what made this flight so important.” Lt. Cmdr. Jauren Jelinek, VRC-30’s training officer, explained the flight paid homage to the history of a time-tested Naval aircraft while looking towards a bright future of women in Naval aviation. “This flight was our opportunity to honor Women’s History Month by utilizing the female staff we have to put together an all-female crew to mark our place in the history of Naval aviation,” said Lt. Cmdr. Lauren Jelinek, VRC-30’s training officer. “This flight signifies that the portion of women in Naval aviation is growing, and there are people out here that look like us. When you see someone that looks like you succeeding and doing this job, it makes you want to do this job.”

MANAMA, BAHRAIN — U.S. 5th Fleet and the Israeli Navy kicked off a 10-day maritime exercise March 27 that will take place in and off the coast of Israel. Intrinsic Defender is a bilateral exercise between U.S. and Israeli naval forces. The exercise focuses on maritime security operations, explosive ordnance disposal, health topics and unmanned systems integration. More than 300 U.S. personnel are participating, including a U.S. Navy explosive ordnance disposal dive team, U.S. Coast Guard maritime engagement team, and global health engagement team. U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67), dry cargo ship USNS Wally Schirra (T-AKE 8) and various unmanned vessels are also scheduled to participate in the exercise. “USS Cole looks forward to partnering with the Israeli Navy during the exercise,” said Cmdr. Jim Welsch, Cole’s commanding officer. “Working with our partners allows us to strengthen our bonds and increase our interoperability. This exercise will allow us to fortify our continued partnership in the region.” Cole has been operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet region since Jan. 4 in support of maritime security and stability. The U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations encompasses nearly 2.5 million square miles of water area and includes the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Red Sea, parts of the Indian Ocean and three critical choke points at the Strait of Hormuz, Suez Canal and Bab al-Mandeb.

Guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67) sits pierside in Eilat, Israel, March 27, at the start of Intrinsic Defender, a bilateral exercise between U.S. and Israeli naval forces. Intrinsic Defender focuses on maritime security operations, explosive ordinance disposal, global health engagement and unmanned systems integration. (MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 1ST CLASS ANITA CHEBAHTAH)

Continuous Process Improvement Fair beneficial to all at NMRTC Bremerton By Douglas Stutz

Naval Hospital Bremerton/Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command Bremerton

BREMERTON, Wa. — There was innovation, initiative and invention on display. With insight, information, and intelligence shared. At the Continuous Process Improvement Fair held at Naval Medicine Readiness Training Command Bremerton, the collective efforts of six projects showcased a wide range of compelling and creative ideas to enhance patient support and empower staff members. The projects also presented difficult choices to pick just one as an overall winner by command leadership and all those in attendance. “This is really incredibly important and vital in regards to our patient safety and process improvement. Choosing the overall winner was hard,” said Capt. Patrick Fitzpatrick, Naval Hospital Bremerton director and NMRTC Bremerton commanding officer. The winners were announced March 25, 2022. Placing first overall was “Utilization of QFlow to Complete COVID Testing,” by Lt. Cmdr. Paul Flood and Lt. Caitlynn Barcheski; second place went to “Saving Supply-vate Ryan,” by Lt. Jason Balazs and Hospitalman Amy Crockett; with third place going to “Reduced Dose CT Stone Protocol,” by Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Sonny Soriano. “All of these projects presented here are just fantastic. They are all proof that some of the best ideas for improvement don’t originate at the executive level but from deckplate leadership and those who actually make it happen on a daily basis,” remarked Capt. Jeffrey Feinberg, NHB/ NMRTC Bremerton executive officer. Honorable mention went to “Increase

At the Continuous Process Improvement Fair held at Naval Medicine Readiness Training Command Bremerton, the collective efforts of six projects showcased a wide range of compelling and creative ideas to enhance patient support and empower staff members. (DOUGLAS STUTZ)

Weight Loss Pre-Op to Improve Post-Op Outcomes in Bariatric Patients,” by Lt. Lorna Brown; “Long Term Opioid Therapy Clinic Implementation,” by Lt Heather Walmer, presented by presented by Ms. Shari Neal and Ms. Tracy Atkinson; and “Pharmacy Outpatient Fall Events,” by Ms. Catherine Udasco-Dunn. According to Lt. Cmdr. Shingmei Chang, NHB Process Improvement Sciences Lead, the ‘Continuous Process Improvement’

concept is based upon the DHA Ready Reliable Care principle, which is focused on reducing unwarranted variation across the system, eliminating waste, and lowering costs. “NMRTC Bremerton benefits from CPI when every member can be a problem solver capable of leveraging improvement science,” said Chang, noting that CPI initiatives may include such ideas as implementing leading clinical improvements;

developing strategic clinical partnerships; and improving and refining administrative and support processes. “The CPI fair was held to recognize initiatives that improve NMRTC Bremerton and promote a culture of learning, sharing, and continuous improvement,” Chang added. The benefits derived from the fair are numerous. “Everyone benefits from an event like this,” explained Chang. “Hospital beneficiaries benefit from the positive impacts of these CPI projects in terms of better care access, improved patient safety, and improved quality of care. Our staff benefit when wastes are reduced and workflow becomes safer and more efficient. It is also critical to empower our personnel at every rank and position to step forth with innovative and creative ideas to make things better. Lastly, the command as a whole benefits when our patients and staff are satisfied with their care and their work process. Along with the static display poster board set up on the command’s quarterdeck, the fair this year also went virtual which enabled staff at the branch health clinics located on Naval Base Kitsap Bangor, Naval Station Everett and Puget Sound Naval Shipyard to participate and vote. “We have had 34 people vote in person and 61 people voted virtually this year on the six projects on display, March 15-18, 2022,” Chang said. “It was truly motivating and energizing to see the commanding officer, executive officer and command master chief show interest and support for staff efforts in making changes. The submissions were all predicated on making a measurable impact, sustainable benefit on either clinical or administrative practices and helped contribute to a culture of patient safety and high reliability.”


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‘Sick’ Fantasies of a military mom By Lisa Smith Molinari For many years while my navy husband, Francis, was on active duty, I was a frustrated housewife. I was fulfilled by my role as nurturer of our family, but I must confess, I had a dark, bitter side that fantasized about a different life. These were not normal fantasies about being a rich socialite or a world-renown author or a supermodel. These were “sick” fantasies. It all started when I realized that there was no end in sight. No end to dirty socks, crumbs, dog hair, car pools, homework, soap scum, grocery shopping. My daily tasks as a military spouse and mother of three were not only completely devoid of mental stimulation, they were never done … never. No sooner would I wipe a glob of toothpaste from inside the kids’ sink, when another one would appear. Dust particles descended stealthily through the air every second of the day, making a mockery of my weekly furniture polishing. I swore the dirty laundry was breeding in its baskets just to spite me. If I had a nickel for every time I thought the house was clean, and then watched a tumbleweed

of dog hair blow across the floor, I’d be that rich socialite. I realized that I was on a never-ending treadmill of mind-numbingly boring and mundane daily chores. Even vacations don’t bring relief because our family trips were a lot of work. “Sheesh, I need a vacation from our vacation,” I’d say to myself afterward. Then one day, most likely while wiping spaghetti sauce splatter off the inside of the microwave for the umpteenth time, my mind began to wander. Somewhere in the dark recesses of my brain, a wicked thought was hatched. What if, just what if, I sustained some kind of non-life-threatening injury or illness that would require me to be in the hospital, or at least in bed, for a couple of weeks? My eyes widened at the exciting thought of mandatory bed rest, three squares a day, and my family forced to fend for itself. But, what kind of non-life-threatening injury or illness? Perhaps a large can of tomato sauce could fall from the pantry, striking me in the head and causing amnesia for which I would need close monitoring in the hospital? Nah, too far-fetched. Maybe I could trip on one of the kids’ scooters in the driveway and

break a hip? Nah, too painful. What if I got a bad batch of wrinkle cream from the drug store and my skin fell off ? Nah, too disfiguring. This little “what if ” game became its own welcome escape from my daily grind. I had fun trying to come up with the perfect fantasy involving temporary injury, paralysis, illness or disease — Oh, what a treat! — that might grant me a brief reprieve from the endless monotony of my responsibilities as a military wife and mother. Now, our young adult children are on their own or in college, and as an empty nester, my need to escape endless housework is not as urgent as it was when they were under our roof. Sure, there are still many days when I’d rather chew my own arm off than empty the dishwasher again. However, life is just not as challenging as it used to be. But as my luck would have it, my ultimate fantasy refused to become a reality until last week, when I checked into the hospital for scheduled foot surgery. I had always envisioned an overnight hospital stay, but I was home from my outpatient surgery by mid-afternoon. It was sweet that the kids came to the house to check on me, but that also meant more mouths to feed. Francis had promised to handle dinner, but by 6:30 pm that night, I was calling for take-out. After a few days of trying to live out a disappointing version of my carefully curated dream, I eventually gave up and got back to my daily grind, with the assistance of a clunky splint boot that screams, “I had bunion surgery!” I still have hope that my sick fantasies will come true one day. A girl can dream.

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By Military OneSource Patience, communication and extra care can go a long way in comforting a teenager who is dealing with deployment. Knowing how to respond as a parent to the feelings associated with deployment will ensure a successful transition for everyone. Your teen tips Deployment can be a valuable teaching moment for your teen. Use these 15 tips to help: • Have a family discussion. Talk to your teen about how the deployment will affect each family member. Discuss any changes to their routine, responsibilities, communication, fears and concerns about something happening to you. • Plan alone time with your teenager before you deploy. Allow your teen to plan special activities, or just spend time relaxing together before you go. • Swap keepsakes. Trade sentimental items, and explain the significance of the items you choose. Consider keepsakes such as pictures, notes, recordings or other special mementos. • Encourage teens to share feelings with you. Let teens know that you want to hear their concerns. Know, too, that teens may not want to share their feelings. It’s OK if they need space. • Maintain a stable routine at home. Encourage your teens to continue participating in their usual activities. Like younger children, teenagers find comfort in routines. • Develop a relationship with your teenager’s school counselors and teachers. Tell them about your deployment and ask them to watch for signs that your teen may be struggling. • Make it easy to communicate after you deploy. Stay in touch with your teen by email, text, phone or video chat. Consider playing online games together as a fun and low-key way to stay connected. • Approach conversations from your teenager’s perspective. Keep communication open by letting teens bring up topics that interest them.

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• Share information about military actions as appropriate. Respond delicately to your teen’s questions about military actions and current affairs, and avoid dwelling on negative media coverage to help lessen your teen’s anxiety. • Help teens recognize that their emotions are normal. Acknowledge that deployments and reunions can cause a variety of intense emotions in teens, especially if your return is unexpectedly delayed. Help teens process what they’re feeling by sharing some of what you’re feeling. • Suggest ways for teens to deal with stress. Recommend that your teen keep a journal, write stories, create artwork, exercise or listen to music to help manage stress. • Remind teens that they are not alone. Show teens that talking with others can help them feel less alone. Encourage yours to participate in military youth programs or Military Kids Connect©. • Make a list of resources available to your teen. Keep a list of hotline numbers and ways to connect with a counselor. • Give your teenager time and space to readjust. Discuss what’s been going on in your teenager’s life when you return from deployment. Try to listen in an open and nonjudgmental way. • Take advantage of military support programs for your family. Use the resources that each service branch offers to make homecoming transitions smoother. These

include counseling through the Military and Family Support Center, Military OneSource, the installation chaplain, family support groups and online support groups. When to get help If your teenager continues to have trouble adjusting during the deployment cycle, don’t hesitate to contact your physician or a mental health professional. Make the call if any of the following behavior continues for more than two weeks: Inability to resume normal classroom assignments and activities High levels of emotional response, such as continued crying and intense sadness Depression or appearing withdrawn and non-communicative Expression of violent or depressed feelings in “dark” drawings or writings Significant weight loss or gain Lack of attention to personal appearance Drug or alcohol abuse Get help immediately if your teenager intentionally self-harms, expresses suicidal thoughts or appears at risk of hurting others. You can contact the Military Crisis Line 24 hours a day (800-273-8255 and Press 1). You can also start a conversation via online chat or text (838255). Deployment can be an opportunity for you and your teen to better understand each other. By keeping an open dialogue and helping your teen learn to manage stress, you can ensure your deployment transition is successful.

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The Royal Saudi Naval Force frigate Makkah (814), back, and the guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81), not pictured, provide overwatch as the Royal Bahrain Naval Force patrol warship Al Zubara transits the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, Nov. 20. (PETTY OFFICER 3RD CLASS LOUIS STAATS)

Romania Joins Major International Maritime Security Coalition in Middle East By NAVCENT Public Affairs

U.S. Naval Forces Central Command / U.S. 5Th Fleet

MANAMA, BAHRAIN — U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) announced March 26 that Romania has joined a multinational maritime coalition estab-

lished in 2019 to deter attacks on commercial shipping in the Middle East. Romania joined the International Maritime Security Construct (IMSC) and its operational arm, Coalition Task Force Sentinel. Headquartered in Bahrain with U.S. 5th Fleet, IMSC previously included eight partner-na-

tions. Romania becomes the ninth and newest member since Estonia joined in late-2020. “We are excited to welcome Romania to the team,” said Vice Adm. Brad Cooper, commander of NAVCENT, U.S. 5th Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces. “They have a proud naval tradition and we look forward

to adding their skills and professionalism to one of our most essential and effective multinational organizations in the Middle East.” Personnel from the Romanian Navy are initially slated to serve at IMSC’s headquarters. IMSC was formed in July 2019 in response to increased threats to freedom of navigation for merchant mariners transiting international waters in the Middle East. Coalition Task Force Sentinel was established four months later to deter state-sponsored malign activity and reassure the merchant shipping industry in the Bab al-Mandeb and Strait of Hormuz. In addition to Romania, IMSC member-nations include Albania, Bahrain, Estonia, Lithuania, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and United States.


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USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) comes alongside fleet replenishment oiler USNS Kanawha (T-AO 196) in preparation for a fueling at sea, March 23, 2022. Ford is underway in the Atlantic Ocean conducting flight deck certification and air wing carrier qualifications as part the ship’s tailored basic phase prior to operational deployment. (US NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS ZACK GUTH)

Ford Gets Pumped Up, Receives 1 Million Gallons of Fuel By Seaman Jacob Mattingly USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78)

ATLANTIC OCEAN — USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) conducted a fueling-at-sea (FAS), March 23, marking the first time the ship has received jet propellant-5 (JP-5) aircraft fuel from a replenishment ship in more than 11 months. Ford successfully received more than one million gallons of JP-5 over the course of three hours from the fleet replenishment oiler USNS Kanawha (T-AO 196). The FAS started off with Ford pulling alongside Kanawha and shooting a line over to estab-

lish communications and connect the fuel lines. Once attached, the fuel lines were spanned and tensioned and Ford began the fueling process. “We performed hours of station maintenance and preparation to receive fuel on our receiving stations and associated gear,” said Chief Boatswain’s Mate Alexa Macri, from Huntington, West Virginia, assigned to Ford’s deck department. “Ford’s ability to receive fuel while alongside another ship allows us to stay out to sea longer without having to replenish our fuel supply.” Eighty-four Sailors from Ford’s deck department and V-4 division participated in the event,

manning various posts and performing maintenance on equipment to ensure the evolution went smoothly. “Every single deck department Sailor was involved in the evolution. From the bridge watch team, the phone and distance line handlers, to the personnel operating on the stations receiving the fuel, every Sailor’s position is critical to mission success,” said Macri. “Deck department as a whole performed professionally in every aspect. I am super proud of their performance.” The JP-5 from this onload will be essential for fueling the aircraft and vehicles that are being

used in flight deck certification and air wing qualifications. “Without fuel the ship wouldn’t be able to provide air support. You can’t move fast without gas,” said Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuels) Kenneth Cook, from Houston, assigned to Ford’s V-4 division. “Fuels onload is a complicated process with a lot of moving parts and pieces but each and every one of my Sailors executed their watch station flawlessly.” As Ford approaches its deployment, successful evolutions like these prove that the crew is ready for its upcoming certifications, inspections and assessments. “Fuel onload is important to us as a warship because it assists our pilots in their mission completion,” Macri explained. “Fully qualified warships are lethal and every gallon counts to get the job done.” For more news from USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), visit www.dvidshub.net/CVN78 or www.facebook.com/USSGeraldRFord.

USS Ronald Reagan Sailors Complete Namesake Visit in California

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Erica Bechard USS Ronald Reagan Public Affair

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — Four Sailors currently assigned to the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) visited California to learn more about the ship’s namesake, President Ronald Reagan, March 24-25. Sailors were selected to attend the namesake visit based on their shipboard assignments and recognized accomplishments while serving on Ronald Reagan. During the namesake visit, Sailors toured the grounds of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, the Reagan Ranch Center, and Rancho Del Cielo, President Reagan’s vacation property. Melissa Giller, Chief Marketing Officer for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute, coordinated a tour of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and grounds for the Ronald Reagan Sailors. Giller explained the importance of the namesake visit in educating Sailors on the history and legacy of President Ronald Reagan. “Ronald Reagan believed so fervently in our military, and nothing humbled him more than seeing young men and women in uniform,” said Giller. “If [USS Ronald Reagan Sailors] have a better understanding of Reagan’s character and history, they can serve with more meaning and purpose.” Master Chief Electronics Technician J.J. Holzhauer, from Clinton, Oklahoma, participated in the namesake visit and said maintaining relationships with President Reagan’s namesake organizations is key to promoting education among Sailors. “It’s important to foster these relationships

Sailors assigned to the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and Steve Caplan, a Ronald Reagan Presidential Library docent, view a piece of the Berlin Wall during a namesake visit at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. (PETTY OFFICER 2ND CLASS ERICA BECHARD)

with namesake organizations,” said Holzhauer. “It keeps the crew connected with the organizations that are carrying on President Reagan’s legacy.” After visiting the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, the Sailors traveled to Rancho Del Cielo, formerly President Reagan’s vacation property, where they toured the grounds and learned about original artifacts in the home. Madison Habersetzer, a conference coordinator for Young America’s Foundation, led the Sailors on a tour of the Reagan Ranch Center and Rancho Del Cielo and explained the hope she has for Sailors to learn more about President Reagan’s values. “[President Reagan’s] love for freedom,

his belief in personal responsibility, commitment to hard work, peace through strength,” said Habersetzer. “These are all ideas that we hope will inspire Ronald Reagan Sailors.” Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 1st Class Benjamin Meisner, from Gainesville, Florida, also participated in the namesake visit and took from it a new purpose to serving aboard USS Ronald Reagan. “This namesake visit demonstrates the great significance of serving on USS Ronald Reagan,” said Meisner. “The history and legacy that President Reagan left behind is exactly what our ship is named after, and that gives serving on the ship named after him a special meaning.” On the ship, Ronald Reagan’s legacy lives

on through the design of various shipboard spaces, released publications and communication products, Ronald Reagan statues, as well as historical artifacts on display. This visit provided members of the crew a chance to learn more about the ship’s namesake, and his overall impact on American and world history. Ronald Reagan was homeported initially in San Diego, California and later deployed to Yokosuka, Japan in December 2015. Since 2015, Ronald Reagan, the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 5, continues to provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the United States, and supports alliances, partnerships, and collective maritime interests in the Indo-Pacific Region.

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Hospitalman Genessis Santiago, assigned to Naval Medicine Readiness and Training Unit (NMRTU) Atsugi, Japan, administers the Moderna COVID-19 vaccination booster to a local area employee aboard Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi. NMRTU Atsugi provides U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved vaccines in an effort to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY GREGORY MITCHELL/NAF ATSUGI PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE)

Navy Medical Readiness and Training Unit Atsugi continues to provide care during pandemic By Gregory Mitchell Naval Air Facility Atsugi

ATSUGI, Japan — After two years, the coronavirus pandemic continues to maintain a presence throughout the entire world. According to the World Health Organization, to date, countries have reported more than 376 million confirmed cases of COVID-19, to include more than five million COVID19 deaths (5,666,064 deaths), while over 9.9 billion vaccine doses having been administered. The impact that the pandemic has had on the world’s health care system has been dramatic; long hours, fatigue, lack of proper PPE and resources to include short staffing are just some of the contributing factors illustrating the global reach of the virus. The Naval Medical Readiness and Training Unit (NMRTU) onboard Naval Air Facil-

ity (NAF) Atsugi provides primary health services, dental services and flight medicine to approximately 30 commands and activities stationed aboard the installation. Even though health care is provided to a significantly smaller demographic than a metropolitan area, it still poses its own challenges. “NMRTU Atsugi is experiencing many of the same obstacles that health care facilities in the states and around the world is facing,” said Cmdr. William Bennet, NMRTU Atsugi Officer in Charge. “In spite of all this, I am proud to say that we have still been able to sustain all of our services during the pandemic.” Health care at NMRTU is limited to primary medical and dental care which also includes routine obstetrics services, but deliveries are performed at U.S. Naval Hospital (USNH) Yokosuka. For those who seek specialty care, they are usually referred

to USNH Yokosuka, though some may be referred to local Japanese health providers. “The only service that was affected for two weeks was appointments for dependent routine dental care,” said Bennett. “At the spike of this latest wave of COVID, we utilized a portion of our dental staff to conduct tracing. Active duty and emergent dental care was still available for all eligible beneficiaries and we were able to keep Primary Care open for routine appointments.” NMRTU serves a customer base of approximately 5,100 eligible beneficiaries. This number does not include the clinic’s must-see patients, which consist of veterans, contractors, and un-enrolled eligible. With these categories, it is estimated to add about 1,500 additional beneficiaries. Despite minimal manning availability, Bennett believes that staff members have still been able to perform their duties in a profi-

cient and professional manner. Staff members, which consist primarily of hospital corpsmen have been cross trained in multiple disciplines which has allowed the clinic to continue offering all services while manning a daily COVID operation consisting of ROM testing, pre-travel testing, exit ROM, and so forth. “This has resulted in longer work days and added stress on many of our staff members,” said Bennett. “We were essentially given a new mission with existing and limited resources to execute a plan as it pertains to COVID.” He continued on. “The pandemic has forced us to change our staffing models so we can continue to provide care to our population. We never closed our doors or stopped providing healthcare at any point during the pandemic. It was important to us that we continue to take care of everyone onboard NAF Atsugi while combating COVID.” Staff members shared his sentiments. “My corpsman training has helped me tremendously while stationed here at the clinic during the pandemic,” said Hospital Corpsman Genesis Santiago. “I enjoy my job and I feel that if I enjoy my job, it means that I am happy at what I am doing. When I think about this from a teammate and a customer perspective, even though it has been challenging for us all while going through this pandemic, I just encourage everyone to just take it one day at a time.”

Theodore Roosevelt Wins the Coveted Battle “E” Award By Seaman Apprentice Winton Ban USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)

NAVAL BASE KITSAP-BREMERTON, Wash. — The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) received the 2021 Battle Efficiency Award for a West-Coast based aircraft carrier from Commander, Naval Air Forces Pacific, March 16, 2022. The award, also known as the Battle “E” award, highlights the crew’s high level of sustained proficiency and readiness to perform in an operational environment throughout a year-long evaluation. “This is a team award,” said Capt. Eric J. Anduze, Theodore Roosevelt’s commanding officer. “It demonstrates this team’s ability to perform anywhere, anytime.” In addition to winning the Battle “E” award, Theodore Roosevelt also won a number of awards including the yellow E for Air Department, the black E for Aviation Intermediate Maintenance Department, the green E for Combat Systems, the Deck white crossed anchors, the blue M for Health Services, the Navigation white ship’s wheel, the Reactor red E, the Safety green S, the Security black S, the Supply blue E, the Weapons black W, the Carrier Maintenance purple E and the Environmental Protection and Energy Conservation award. “This is an outstanding accomplishment for the ship and the crew,” Anduze said “This achievement was only possible from each Sailor’s hard work and dedication to the mission.” Each Sailor who served as ship’s company

Tugboats assigned to Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton move the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) through the Puget Sound, Sept. 10. 2021. (PETTY OFFICER 2ND CLASS CASEY S SCOULAR)

during the calendar year 2021 is allowed to wear the Battle “E” ribbon. “Winning the Battle ‘E’ is a true testament to the resiliency and grit that TR Sailors show on a day-to-day basis,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Chief Daniel Espana, assigned to Air department’s V-1 division. “It’s a rewarding feeling that we were recognized by Big Navy and on top of other ships we were able to get that Battle ‘E.’ ”

The 2021 Battle “E” award marks the fifth time that Theodore Roosevelt has won the award since its commissioning on Oct. 25, 1986. “This award confirms what I have known for a long time” said Anduze. “We truly are the best crew on the best ship in the best Navy in the world!” In May 2021, Theodore Roosevelt returned to its homeport of Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego after a six-month deploy-

ment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. In July 2021, Theodore Roosevelt moved to Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton to undergo a docking planned incremental availability at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility where the ship is receiving scheduled maintenance and upgrades. For more news from USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), visit www.navy.mil/local/ cvn71/

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Middle and high school teams compete at Championship ROBOTICS events Apr 8-9 at Hampton Coliseum From FIRST Chesapeake HAMPTON, Va — March 28, 2022: One hundred and forty of the best and brightest middle and high school robotics teams from Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia will compete in the FIRST Chesapeake Championships Sponsored by Newport News Shipbuilding at the Hampton Coliseum April 8-9, 2022. To mark the occasion of our first large-scale championship in three years, FIRST Chesapeake will offer double the excitement by hosting the FIRST Tech Challenge District Championship in tandem with the FIRST Robotics Competition District Championship. The events are free and open to the public. FIRST Chesapeake is recognized for its highly competitive robotics teams and strong corporate mentoring program. Working closely with teachers and volunteer mentors, student teams conceptualize, design, build, program, modify and test remote-controlled robots to participate in a competition that changes each year. Teams begin with a common core set of parts but determine on their own how to accomplish tasks. Because there are no building instructions, no two robots are alike. This season, over 300 robotics teams in VA/ MD/DC, as well as teams from around the world, met for a series of local competitions to earn spots in the Championships that will play out at the Hampton Coliseum. Top performers from the Hampton Coliseum event will go on to compete at the FIRST World Championship presented by Qualcomm, in Houston, April 20-23. “This is not like a science fair. It is a fastpaced sports-based competition.’ ” said Leighann Scott Boland, Executive Director for FIRST Chesapeake. “We are thrilled to be presenting these Championships in partnership with Newport News Shipbuilding. As the largest commercial manufacturer within the Commonwealth, they represent the pinnacle of technological advancement. We are so proud of what our students have accomplished and are pleased to share their hard work with the Hampton Roads community. Major corporations, including the Shipyard, tell us that FIRST experience is something they look for in their prospective employees.” Participants in FIRST programs also qualify to apply for more than $80 million in college scholarships. The FIRST Chesapeake Championships Sponsored by Newport News Shipbuilding will be held at the Hampton Coliseum, 1000 Coliseum Drive, Hampton, VA 23666, April 8-9, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Free parking and free admission. Live Feeds will be viewable online the days of the event, with both a FIRST Tech Challenge Stream and a FIRST Robotics Competition Stream. A free Technology and Scholarship Row will also be at this event from 9 a.m. — 3 p.m. each day. These free exhibits include demonstrations, information, and giveaways by some of the top employers in the Hampton Roads area, as well as technology-based universities. Recruiters from Newport News Shipbuilding will be on-hand to answer questions about NNS Trades Opportunities for 2022 High School Seniors and Graduates and will conduct some on-site interviews. Students are


encouraged to apply prior to visiting Technology Row by visiting buildyourcareer.com and searching for “High School Senior” by location Newport News, VA. Pay begins at $21/ hr and sign-on and relocation bonuses are available. Students must be 18 by June 2022 to apply. FIRST Chesapeake is an independent non-profit that brings STEM-based leadership programs to middle and high school students in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. More than 7,000 students participate in the 300+ teams administered by FIRST Chesapeake. Newport News Shipbuilding is the sole designer, builder and refueler of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers and one of two providers of U.S. Navy submarines. With approximately $4 billion in revenues and more than 23,000 employees, they are the largest industrial employer in Virginia and the leading shipbuilding company in the United States. They build the most advanced ships in the world using their expertise in nuclear propulsion, naval design and manufacturing. They are currently building the new Ford-class aircraft carriers and Virginia-class fast-attack submarines, and performing Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH) on Nimitz-class aircraft carriers. They provide fleet services for their


ships worldwide. Founded as the Chesapeake Dry Dock and Construction Co. in 1886, Newport News Shipbuilding has built more than 800 ships, including both naval and commercial ships. Located in Newport News, Va., their facilities span more than 550 acres,

strategically positioned in one of the greatest harbors on the East Coast. FIRST Chesapeake thanks our many corporate sponsors who make our programs possible and available for students across our service area.

HALESTORM RETURNS TO THE STAGE WITH THEIR SUMMER 2022 TOUR From The Atlantic Union Bank Pavilion PORTSMOUTH, Va. — IMGoing is pleased to announce Halestorm with special guest The Warning, coming to Atlantic Union Bank Pavilion in Portsmouth on Friday, August 12, 2022 at 7 PM. Today, Grammy-winning hard rock band Halestorm has announced their summer 2022 tour featuring special guests The Warning, and additional guests on select dates. Produced by Live Nation, the 16-city tour kicks off on July 8th at Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill in Detroit making stops across the U.S. in Boston, Charlotte, Phoenix and more before wrapping up in Portsmouth at Atlantic Union Bank Pavilion on August 12th. Halestorm, founded by siblings Lzzy and Arejay Hale in their teens, has grown into a chart-topping trailblazer in today’s rock music landscape. The band surpassed a billion streams cumulatively and has sold out shows around the globe, with the San Jose Mercury News declaring them “the best hard rock band in the world” after their November 2021 show. On May 6, the band will release their fifth full-length studio album, Back From The Dead. The title track, called “a biting but cathartic howler” by Rolling Stone, marked the band’s sixth #1 at rock radio, and the second single, “The Steeple,” is about to enter the top 10. TICKETS: Tickets on sale starting Friday, April 1st at 10AM local on Ticketmaster.com TOUR DATES:

Fri Jul 08 — Detroit, MI — Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill Sun Jul 10 — Kansas City, MO — Starlight Theatre Tue Jul 12 — Indianapolis, IN — TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park Wed Jul 13 — Cleveland, OH — Blossom Music Center Fri Jul 15 — Cadott, WI — RockFest (festival date) Sun Jul 17 — Baltimore, MD — Pier Six Pavilion+ Tue Jul 19 — Boston, MA — Leader Bank Pavilion Wed Jul 20 — Bridgeport, CT — Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater Fri Jul 22 — Harrington, DE — DE State Fair (festival date) Sat Jul 23 — Scranton, PA — The Pavilion at Montage Mountain Mon Jul 25 — Gilford, NH — Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion+ Wed Jul 27 — Syracuse, NY — St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview Thu Jul 28 — Holmdel, NJ — PNC Bank Arts Center+ Sat Jul 30 — Charlotte, NC — Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre Tue Aug 02 — Irving, TX — The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory Thu Aug 04 — Albuquerque, NM — Isleta Amphitheater Fri Aug 05 — Phoenix, AZ — Arizona Federal Theatre Sun Aug 07 — Grand Junction, CO — Los Colonias Amphitheater*


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VSC and Norfolk State University Theatre Company’s Production of Dreamgirls By Virginia Stage Company NORFOLK, Va. — Virginia Stage Company and Norfolk State University Theatre Company join forces again to present the Tony®, Grammy, and Drama Desk Award-Winning musical Dreamgirls at The Historic Wells Theatre (108 E. Tazewell Street, Norfolk VA) from April 13th to May 1st, 2022. Norfolk State University Theatre Company has been a steadfast partner in producing theatre that both entertains and educates, including acclaimed productions of The Wiz, The Parchman Hour, and The Bluest Eye. VSC is excited to once again welcome Anthony Stockard to the director’s chair at The Wells as he brings Tom Eyen and Henry Krieger’s masterful piece to life. “We knew coming out of the pandemic that we wanted to produce together,” explained VSC Producing Artistic Director Tom Quaintance, “So I simply asked Anthony ‘What do you want to do? Dream

big.’ ” That was how the musical Dreamgirls and its journey to the Wells Theatre began. Norfolk State University Theatre Company Producing Artistic Director Anthony Stockard added, “It’s some of the most amazing song collections in musical theatre…so, why not? It is a remarkable, legendary Broadway musical for every reason imaginable…it’s a story about making space for people, and how those people entered the music scene. One of the greatest things that glues this production together is the synergy between professionals and pre-professionals…in this particular show a new benchmark that has not been reached before in these collaborations…some of our previous students and collaborators are earning their stripes as professionals in this production.” Quaintance went on to talk about how the partnership “between the premier professional theatre in the region and the premier acting training program in the region helps make Hampton Roads not just a destination for art…but a place for artists to

work, create, and live.” Dreamgirls tells the captivating story of up-and-coming singers Deena, Lorrell, and Effie otherwise known as ‘The Dreamettes.’ They begin as talented, sharp, and close friends that gradually progress to rename their act ‘The Dreams’ before the competitive world of show business starts to take a toll on their art, their relationships, and their friendship. As their careers, and passions change, the group gradually grapples with the decision to stay together for the sake of what they made…or to break apart and allow each other the freedom to pursue their individual dreams. The musical, which premiered on Broadway at The Imperial Theatre in 1981 playing over 1,521 performances, was a springboard for many performers’ musical careers. Jennifer Holiday’s lasting single “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going,” which dominated the Billboard R&B charts as the #1 single in 1982, also comes from the show. In 2006, the musical was adapted into a feature film starring Jamie

Foxx, Beyonce Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Danny Glover, Jennifer Hudson, and more. The award-winning film re-sparked attention on the musical, and retold the story for a new generation using celebrities and spell-binding musical numbers that revitalized the passion for this incredible show coming to The Wells Theatre. Performances begin right before the show’s 40th anniversary of winning 6 Tony Awards. ENTRY POLICY We have updated our Entry Policy on 3/24/22. For this upcoming production, we require all patrons to continue to wear masks inside the theatre. To review our full policy, visit: https://www.vastage.org/entry TICKETS Performances of Dreamgirls are scheduled - Saturday at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 3pm and Sundays at 2pm at The Historic Wells Theatre, located at 108 E. Tazewell Street, Norfolk Va. Tickets range from $25 - $68. Subscription packages for Virginia Stage Company include a four show package starting at $120.00, or our flexible Theatre on Demand Packages starting at $196.00. Season Ticket holders receive numerous benefits, including 20% savings on every show, unlimited exchanges with no exchange fees, and additional discounts for in-house concessions and drinks.

Plant-based cinnamon rolls and sweet treats hosting grand opening From Cinnaholic VIRGNIA BEACH, Va. — Cinnaholic, one of the fastest growing plant-based concepts in the country, will open on Friday, April 8 in Virginia Beach. Opening on Central Park Ave at the intersection of Main Street, Cinnaholic — Virginia Beach will offer the brand’s famous plant-based, allergen-friendly cinnamon rolls and other delicious desserts seven days a week. To kick things off, Cinnaholic — Virginia Beach is hosting a grand opening party from 10am to 2pm on opening day. This will include entertainment such as a live DJ, but more importantly, $1 cinnamon rolls. Each guest will enjoy a cinnamon roll of their choice for only $1 (limit one person customer, and only available opening day from 10am to 2pm). Cinnaholic has grown in popularity in the past two years with more than 60 locations currently operating in the United States and Canada, and more than 25 in development within the next year. Cinnaholic was recently ranked among Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500® list. As with all Cinnaholic stores, Cinnaholic — Virginia Beach is locally owned and operated, including this location owned by AJ and Margery Ellis, long-time residents of the area. “Cinnaholic - Virginia Beach is locally owned and operated, and we’re very proud to bring more employment opportunities

to the area in a safe, fun environment,” said owners AJ and Margery Ellis. “When you dine at Cinnaholic, you know you’re supporting your community and neighborhood. It can be difficult to find 100% plant-based items, and we are very excited and proud to open this store and serve our vegan community right here in Virginia Beach.” Cinnaholic — Virginia Beach will offer the same menu as all other locations, including the famous cinnamon rolls, edible cookie dough and additional sweet treats like brownies, cookies, “Baby Buns,” and “Cinnacakes.” Seasonal menu items are anticipated. Cinnaholic — Virginia Beach will offer catering and large-size ordering as well for events, meetings and more. All Cinnaholic products are 100 percent vegan, dairy and lactose-free, egg-free, cholesterol-free and allergenfriendly. Most popular Cinnamon Roll flavors include: • “Old Skool” — classic cinnamon roll with vanilla frosting • “Cookie Monster” — cream cheese frosting, cookie dough, chocolate chips and chocolate sauce • “Caramel Apple Pie” — caramel frosting, homemade pie crumble, fresh apples, caramel sauce • “Campfire S’mores” — marshmallow frosting, graham cookies, marshmallows, chocolate sauce For the latest updates on this specific location, visit their Facebook page or Insta-


gram @Cinnaholic_VirginiaBeach as well as online at www.cinnaholic.com. Cinnaholic — Virginia Beach will be located at 209 Central Park Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 and the phone number is (757) 330-2150. Anticipated hours are from 10am to 9pm daily. About Cinnaholic Based out of Atlanta, Georgia, Cinnaholic is the only gourmet bakery that allows customers to completely customize cinna-

mon rolls with more than 20 frosting flavors and over 20 topping choices. Each Cinnaholic cinnamon roll is 100% plant-based and free of dairy, lactose, eggs or cholesterol, allowing guests to enjoy their mouthwatering creations without worrying about certain dietary or allergy restrictions. To learn more about Cinnaholic franchise opportunities, call (404) 844-8661. For more information about Cinnaholic bakeries, visit www.cinnaholic.com.

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chicken or your favorite protein. To find more quick and easy recipes perfect for enjoying outdoors, visit MinuteRice.com. Fish with Bok Choy Prep time: 3 minutes

Cook time: 7 minutes Servings: 1 1 Minute Brown Rice Cup salt, to taste pepper, to taste 1 white fish fillet 1 tablespoon butter 1 teaspoon sesame oil 1 teaspoon grated ginger 2 baby bok choy, quartered 1 teaspoon soy sauce Heat rice according to package directions. Set aside. Add salt and pepper to both sides of fish, to taste. In medium skillet over medium-high heat, melt butter. Cook fish 2 minutes on each side. Remove fish from pan and keep warm. In same pan, add sesame oil and ginger. Cook 1 minute. Add bok choy to pan and stir-fry 2 minutes. Add soy sauce; stir to incorporate. Top rice with fish and serve with bok choy. Fiesta Rice Prep time: 3 minutes Cook time: 1 minute Servings: 1 1 Minute White Rice Cup 1 diced tomato ½ diced avocado 1 sliced green onion 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro 1 teaspoon lime juice salt, to taste black pepper, to taste Heat rice according to package directions. Set aside. In bowl, combine tomato, avocado, onion and cilantro. Add lime juice and salt and pepper, to taste. Mix thoroughly and serve.

1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided 2 crescent roll tubes (8 ounces each) Heat oven to 375 F. In skillet, over medium heat, cook spinach, cream cheese and garlic 3-4 minutes until cream cheese is melted. Stir in mayonnaise, salt, onion powder, chili powder, pepper and Italian seasoning. Stir in Parmesan cheese and ½ cup mozzarella cheese. Cook until cheese is melted. Keep skillet on burner over low heat. Remove dough from tubes. Leaving dough intact, roll and stretch into 18-inch ropes. Cut

each rope into 12 pieces for 24 total. On baking sheet with parchment paper, form bunny head by placing one piece of dough in middle then surrounding it with six more pieces. Use 13 pieces to form round body. Use remaining pieces to form ears on top of head. Scoop hot spinach dip into center. Spoon small portions on each ear. Sprinkle ears and belly with remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake 18 minutes, or until crescent dough is golden brown and thoroughly cooked.

By Family Features Warmer weather is often welcome for a variety of reasons and dining outdoors can help take that appreciation to the next level. Keeping ingredients lists short and prep time minimal also allows you to spend more time enjoying the sunshine and blue skies al fresco with the ones you love. Even when you’re short on time, you can take mealtime from the dining room to the deck with an ingredient like Minute Rice Cups. Available in 13 varieties, including White and Brown rice, the convenient, single-serving, BPA-free cups are ready in just 90 seconds or less. Perfect for taking to the office for lunch or as an on-the-go snack, the cups can also be used as a quick and easy base for nearly any meal occasion. For example, this simple Fish with Bok Choy features plenty of complex flavors with flaky white fish, crisp bok choy and 100% whole-grain brown rice. The brown rice provides the ideal texture for the ginger, sesame and nutty notes in this dish, and the whole recipe can be on the table in 10 minutes. Because white fish fillets are neutral and mild, they absorb all the flavors from the dish, and are an ideal protein for those with busy schedules due to their short cooking time. Or, bursting with colors and flavors, this Fiesta Rice satisfies fresh cravings with an irresistible combo of white rice, tomatoes,


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Easter Dip Goodness By Culinary.net Easter is about coming together with loved ones, enjoying beautiful spring weather and eating your family’s favorite foods. The kids will be playing, adults will be chatting and all will be patiently waiting for the table to be set. If you’re visiting and making memories with family and friends you haven’t seen in a while, there are few things better than diving into a marvelous Easter spread. While eyeing the table, you notice all the colors popping off the dishes. Fruits and veggies make the feast come to life, but a warm Easter dip paired with rolls for dipping is a perfect way to start the festivities. These Easter Bunny Rolls with Spinach Dip are as eye-catching as they are delicious. Not only will the kids love its shape, but the layers of taste will wow your Easter crowd. To make this recipe, start by combining a 16-ounce package of frozen spinach, cream cheese and garlic in a skillet. Once heated, add mayonnaise, salt, onion powder, chili powder and Italian seasoning. Add in Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses then stir until combined. Next, roll out crescent rolls. Stretch the dough then cut into 24 rolls. Form the bunny shape and scoop your spinach dip mixture into the center of the bunny and its ears. Sprinkle the spinach dip with mozzarella cheese before baking at 375 F for 18 minutes. This dish is made for a crowd, served warm and full of cheesy goodness. You can watch as your family dips into the spinach and one-byone, before you know it, the rolls will have disappeared and the dip will be devoured. Find more Easter recipes at Culinary.net.


Easter Bunny Rolls with Spinach Dip Serves: 24 16 ounces frozen spinach, thawed 8 ounces cream cheese 2 cloves garlic, minced ½ cup mayonnaise ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon onion powder ¼ teaspoon chili powder ¼ teaspoon pepper 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

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Navy Lt. Cmdr. Kathryn Lipscomb, the urology department head at U.S. Naval Hospital Rota in Spain, waves to staff in USNH Naples, Italy during the first virtual cystoscopy between both hospitals in Jan 2021. (NAVY CMDR RYAN NATIONS)

Top Military Health Care Leader Looks to the Future of Medicine By Claudia Sanchez-Bustamante MHS Communications

Years ago, surgeons removed patients’ gall bladders by making a large incision and cutting through abdominal muscles. If the procedure went well, the patient went home about 10 days later. Fortunately, those days are over. Thanks to new medical technology, today most gall bladder patients can go home the same day of their surgery. Typically they’re eating and back to their daily routine in three to five days. Health care has come a long way in recent years, thanks to technology, innovation and unexpected challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Brian Lein, the Defense Health Agency’s assistant director of healthcare administration, cited the gall bladder example and pointed to an array of advancements in surgical techniques when he spoke at a recent presentation on the role of military hospitals and clinics in the next decade. “Facing almost three years of a global pandemic has completely reshaped how it is

that we do medicine,” he said. Lein spoke at a virtual event hosted by AMSUS, the Society of Federal Health Officials, on Feb. 23. The explosion of capabilities includes robots in the operating room, the expansion of virtual health care and virtual encounters, remote patient monitoring and artificial intelligence, he said. At the same time, the COVID-19 pandemic has made the entire Military Health System more flexible and agile, more receptive to change and innovation. For example, “we know patients recover better at home,” he said. “You’re sleeping in your own bed. You’re eating your own food. You’re not tripping over stuff going to your bathroom because you’ve walked to that bathroom for the last 30 years. And you have one nurse taking care of you, so there’s no concern about different kinds of medications or medication errors.” Lein’s role at DHA involves planning and managing health care facilities as well as implementing changes that affect health care delivery and administration. He foresees a “huge increase in a mixture between what used to be purely inpatient care to

what is now often outpatient care.” For example, he explained “we are at the very infancy of artificial intelligence and machine learning.” Those technologies are never going to replace physicians. But they are going to augment physicians’ abilities to do their job, he said. “They’re going to help make decisions for me. They’re going to advise me on the best recommendations that are out there based upon gathering of millions upon millions of data points that I may not even be aware of as the provider taking care of a patient,” he said. “Now, that doesn’t mean that we should ever take away the face-to-face encounters with our patients,” Lein said. “As a provider, I can tell you, I pick up on a lot of things when I have patients in the office, so we can never take that away.” But for most visits that only require medication refills and routine checks, he said, increasing the use of virtual encounters might be better for everyone involved. Recalling his experience as a surgeon, Lein said he would operate on someone and send them home, but need to see them

again soon afterward to make sure they were progressing as expected. “Often their spouse had to put them in the car. They were uncomfortable riding in the backseat of the car because the seatbelt hurts. And then they get in to see me and all I do is look at them and say: ‘Hey, you’re good to go. Come back and see me in a couple of weeks.’ ” Doctors don’t need to do that anymore, he said. “We’ve learned over the course of COVID that a lot of the consultations that we need don’t necessarily need to be faceto-face.” However, “what will never change in the military [hospitals and clinics] is our responsibility for readiness, the readiness of the soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and guardians on the installations that we support, and the readiness of the medical force that works in those military [hospitals and clinics],” he said. “That’s been a hallmark of military [hospitals and clinics] since they were first established.” As he looks toward the future, Lein said the Military Health System will make sure that the core functions of the military hospitals prioritize the readiness of individuals. “What we considered ready versus non-ready 10 years ago has markedly changed based upon health care delivery, health care options, and innovations,” he said. “We’ve got to change with the times.”

Immediate Testing: How the Military Evaluates Risk For Brain Injuries By Janet A. Aker

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The United States military uses a standardized assessment tool to quickly evaluate for possible concussion. For any service member who is exposed to an explosion, a training accident or any other blow to the head, a key first step is to administer the Military Acute Concussion Evaluation 2, known as MACE 2. The MACE 2 is outlined on a portable pocket card to identify symptoms of a mild traumatic brain injury at the point of care. TBI symptoms can include headache, dizziness, and problems with sleep, vision or balance. “MACE 2 provides a common language and baseline criteria,” Stephanie Maxfield Panker, chief, research support cell with the Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence said. TBI Testing: What is MACE 2? The military medical community began using MACE in 2006. An updated, six-part MACE 2, was developed in 2018 by adding relevant history questions and a screening for visual and dizziness related symptoms. “The changes improved the standard of care for patients by reducing the risks of overlooking patients with those problems,” Gary McKinney, a certified brain injury specialist and TBICoE chief of clinical practice and clinical recommendations, said. The MACE 2 provides detailed concussion screening, a cognitive test, a neurological exam, symptom specific questions and screening, and

Pfc. Thomas Icenogle, a student in the Army’s Combat Medic Specialist Training Program at the Medical Education and Training Campus on Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, conducts a Military Acute Concussion Evaluation 2 (MACE 2) on Pvt. Alejandro Leija, while Pvt. Dominic Dubois refers to the MACE 2 card. (LISA BRAUN)

a history section on concussion. How Does the MACE 2 Evaluation Work? The MACE 2 assessment starts with monitoring for key or urgent signs of concern: • worsening level of consciousness • double vision or loss of vison • restlessness, combative or agitated behavior • repeated vomiting • seizures • weakness or tingling in the arms or legs • severe or worsening headache If the assessment identifies any of those red flags, the patient requires an immediate referral to a higher level of care. In a combat zone, that might warrant an urgent medical evacuation, McKinney said. If there are no red flags, the provider will ask questions about the event that caused the injury to determine if the patient has a changed level of consciousness or memory problems. The provider also asks for some medical

history, such as whether the patient has had a concussion before, when, and how severe it was. The evaluator also conducts an initial mental function exam. For example, the provider might ask whether the patient knows where they are and can remember what happened right before the injury. A nervous system function exam is next. The evaluator will test a patient’s ability to speak coherently and to walk correctly. That’s followed by a test of the patient’s ability to concentrate and recall memories. Asking the patient to follow the evaluator’s finger movements can check for dizziness or eyesight problems. The initial MACE 2 score provides an assessment at that particular time. Future MACE 2 scores may help the provider understand how the patient’s symptoms are changing to determine if the patient’s mental status has improved or worsened over time. Concussion Testing on the Front Lines

The joint services’ Medical Education and Training CampusMedical Education and Training Campus website at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, trains combat medics, along with combat life savers, to recognize potential head injuries along with the signs and symptoms that would require a MACE 2 and further evaluation. “Combat medics are instrumental in identifying the possibility of a TBI based on mechanism of injury, signs and symptoms, assessing for severity, and administering the MACE 2 as soon as possible after evacuation from the point of injury,” Jeremy Clarno, METC’s Combat Medic Specialist Training ProgramCombat Medic Specialist Training Program webpage field craft chief, said. “This is crucial because early detection and treatment are the keys to preventing long-term effects.” Evaluators typically perform MACE 2 evaluations at battalion-level aid stations or higher.

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