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24th Annual Great American Cleanup

Over 50 personnel assigned to Naval Station Norfolk volunteered in the 24th annual Great American Cleanup at Lafayette Park in Norfolk, Va. Friday, March 25, for the regional kickoff. PAGE A6 VOL. 29, NO. 13, Norfolk, VA | flagshipnews.com

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A pilot assigned to the“Raging Bulls”of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 37 prepares to launch from USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN 78) flight deck. (PETTY OFFICER 2ND CLASS ZACHARY MELVIN)

An F/A-18E Super Hornet attached to the“Raging Bulls”of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 37 approaches USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN 78) flight deck, March 22, 2022.Ford is underway in the Atlantic Ocean conducting flight deck certification and air wing carrier qualifications as part of the ship’s tailored basic phase prior operational deployment. (PETTY OFFICER 2ND CLASS ZACHARY MELVIN)

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USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78)

VIRGINIA — USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN78) completed its Flight Deck Certification (FDC) and Carrier Air Traffic Control Center (CATCC) certification on March 29. Once out to sea, F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, E-2D Hawkeyes, and MH-60S Nighthawks assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8 conducted operations to prove the ship’s and crew’s capabilities. To achieve certification, Ford conducted more than 400 day and night catapult launches and trap recoveries. Prior to getting underway, Ford’s air department was evaluated on its ability to respond to flight deck emergencies and firefighting. “Ford and Carrier Air Wing 8 were meticulous during the whole certification evolution,” said Senior Chief Aviation Boatswain Mate (Equipment) Carl Higdon, the air department’s leading chief petty officer. “Every Sailor aboard contributed to our success of the mission. I’m really proud to be a part of this team.” Following flight deck certification, flight operations continued to keep pilots’ carrier qualifications and proficiency current, demonstrating Ford’s contribution to air wing and fleet readiness through capabilities provided by the Electromagnetic Aircraft

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Airman Jerry Cook, from Pittsburgh, assigned to USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN 78) air department, mans a tow tractor on the flight deck, March 22, 2022. Ford is underway in the Atlantic Ocean conducting flight deck certification and air wing carrier qualification as part of the ship’s tailored basic phase prior operational deployment. (PETTY OFFICER 2ND CLASS ZACHARY MELVIN)

Launching System (EMALS) and Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG). “Flight deck certification is a significant

milestone in preparation for our first deployment,” said Capt. Paul Lanzilotta, Ford’s Commanding Officer. “We have more tests

and evaluations to complete during our next underway periods, and I have no doubt that our Sailors will rise to the challenge and accomplish the mission.” Ford will head underway again this month for additional milestone events that will prepare the ship for a scheduled deployment later this year. “We put our first-in-class warship to the test and our crew delivered,” said Lanzilotta. “From the air controllers and flight deck crews, to the catapult and arresting gear teams, our crew showed a level of professionalism that enabled a successful air wing integration with Carrier Air Wing 8. The best part, I think, is seeing our teammates from Carrier Air Wing 8 come aboard and fit right in with our enthusiastic and motivated approach to getting the job done. I look forward to seeing what we can do together in the coming months.” USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) is the first of the Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carriers and represents the first major design investment in aircraft carriers since the 1960s. Ford’s flight deck certification and carrier qualifications are part of the basic training phase prior to the ship’s first deployment. For more news from USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), visit www.dvidshub.net/unit/ CVN78

Service Member Killed in E-2D Crash Identified Courtesy Story

Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic

NOROFLK, VA, — On Wednesday, March 30, Lt. Hyrum Hanlon, assigned to Airborne Command and Control Squadron (VAW) 120 lost his life when an E-2D Advanced Hawkeye conducting routine flight operations crashed in the vicinity of Wallops Island and Chincoteague, Va. Hanlon, who commissioned in the Navy from Arizona State University in May 2017, reported to VAW-120 Jan. 31, 2021. “It takes a courageous and patriotic person to devote their life to the selflessness of serving in the armed forces,” said Cmdr. Martin Fentress Jr., Commanding Officer of VAW-120 “Hyrum


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embodied those characteristics and will be truly missed by his family and the Hawkeye community. We sincerely appreciate the public respecting the family’s privacy during this difficult time as they mourn his loss.” The U.S. Navy continues to coordinate with state and local officials on the salvage planning efforts of the E-2D aircraft. The health and safety of the local community is a top priority during recovery efforts; overflight aircraft confirmed no pollution or discharge of fuel in the area. Salvage operations are expected to proceed in accordance with standard procedures which consider all environmental impacts. The cause of the mishap remains under investigation.

Lt. Hyrum Hanlon died when a E-2D Advanced Hawkeye plane crashed in the waters off Virginia on Wednesday. (US NAVY)

129th Birthday

Vietnam Veterans

First Responders

Naval Station (NAVSTA) Norfolk’s Chief Petty Officers (CPO) celebrated their 129th Birthday by holding multiple events throughout the day, April 1. PAGE A3

Naval Station (NAVSTA) Norfolk’s Commissary hosted a Vietnam Veterans Appreciation Day event, March 29. The event was held to honor the courage and sacrifice of the service members who fought in the Vietnam War that took place from 1955 - 1975. PAGE A2

Community outreach remains a cornerstone program for Navy bases around the world. For employees on Naval Support Activity Mechanicsburg, community outreach has a is defined by a firetruck’s siren. PAGE A7

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Xavier Miller, Director of the Naval Station (NAVSTA) Norfolk Commissary, gives remarks, while Aguda Amando, a retired chief petty officer of the Navy, watches during a Vietnam Veterans Appreciation Day event at the commissary. The Vietnam Veterans Appreciation Day Event is part of the nationwide observance of National Vietnam War Veterans Day. (MC3 JOSEPH MILLER)

Naval Station Norfolk’s Commissary Honors Vietnam Veterans By Mass Communications Specialist Third Class Joseph T. Miller

NORFOLK, Va. — Naval Station (NAVSTA) Norfolk’s Commissary hosted a Vietnam Veterans Appreciation Day event, March 29. The event was held to honor the courage and sacrifice of the service members who fought in the Vietnam War that took place from 1955 - 1975. Commissary Director, Xavier Miller kicked the event off with a short ceremony. “Today is National Vietnam War Veterans Day. Today and every day we honor the veterans, their spouses and families,” said Miller. “Approximately 2.7 million, of the nearly 9 million American service members served during the Vietnam war. This day that honors their sacrifice was created by presidential proclamation in 2012, leading to the start of annual observance events in 2014.” The festivities of the event included a cake cutting, the handing out of commemorative pins and the reading of the proclamation from former presidents, Barack Obama and Donald Trump, which created the holiday. Veterans from throughout Hampton Roads attended, including Aguda Amando, a former chief petty officer of the Navy during the conflict in Vietnam. Amando had a few word of appreciation for the event and reflecting on the war. “This event was really good, and think that more places should acknowledge the sacrifices made during the war,” said Amando. “It was a terrible time during the war. I was on a ship during the operation and I remember all of it.” The event would carry on through the day, with Commissary workers showing

Aguda Amando, a retired chief petty officer of the Navy, holds up special copies of presidential proclamations that help create the National Vietnam War Veterans Day at the Naval Station Norfolk commissary. The Vietnam Veterans Appreciation Day Event is part of the nationwide observance of National Vietnam War Veterans Day. (MC3 JOSEPH MILLER)

their appreciation to the Veterans. Miller spoke on behalf of the Commissary, on why it is important to acknowledge and give thanks to the veterans of Vietnam. “I’ve spoken with Vietnam veterans in the past, and they have told me about

the hardships they have faced when they returned home from the war,” said Miller. “At the time they were not recognized for their service. Now however, people minds have changed, it doesn’t matter how people perceive the war, these veterans still served

Salvage Planning Efforts Underway for the E-2 Hawkeye that Crashed Near Wallops Island, Virginia By Courtesy Story

Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic

NORFOLK, Va. — Salvage planning efforts are underway for the Navy E-2D Advanced Hawkeye attached to Airborne Command and Control Squadron (VAW) 120 that crashed in the vicinity of Wallops Island and Chincoteague, Va, March 30. The crash,

which left one service member dead and two injured remains under investigation. The E-2D crashed at approximately 7:30 p.m. Two crew members were rescued by Maryland State Police and transported to Wallops Island for follow-on medical treatment for non life-threatening injuries. The names of injured crewmembers will not be released due to privacy concerns. They

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continue to receive treatment in a local area hospital. Unfortunately, the third crew member was found deceased in the aircraft. The Worcester County Fire Department Dive Team supported the search and recovery of the deceased. The name of the crew member killed will not be released until after primary next kin notification.

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the noble cause and made sacrifices as a service member of the military.” The event ended soon after with members of the Commissary staff shaking hands and thanking the service members for their service during those trying times.

The U.S. Navy will continue to coordinate with state and local officials regarding this incident, and greatly appreciates the support from the U.S. Coast Guard, Maryland State Police and Worcester County Fire Department Dive Team for their combined efforts with search and rescue activities. “This is a tremendous loss for both our squadron and for the family and friends of our fallen service member,” said Cmdr. Martin Fentress Jr., Commanding Officer of VAW-120. “We are deeply saddened by this tragic loss and are committed to determining the cause of this incident.” All reports indicate that the fuel tanks on the aircraft remain intact, with no concerns to public health. Updates will be provided as the situation develops.


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Chiefs and officers assigned to Naval Station (NAVSTA) Norfolk celebrate the 129th Chief Petty Officer Birthday by conducting morning colors aboard NAVSTA Norfolk Apr. 1, 2022. NAVSTA Norfolk chiefs held multiple events throughout the day to celebrate the birthday. (MC2 EMILY CASAVANT)

Naval Station Norfolk’s Chief Petty Officers Celebrate 129th Birthday By Naval Station Norfolk Public Affairs NAVAL STATION NORFOLK - Naval Station (NAVSTA) Norfolk’s Chief Petty Officers (CPO) celebrated their 129th Birthday by holding multiple events throughout the day, April 1. The CPO’s kicked off the day with a Heritage 5K which was followed by the Chiefs conducting morning colors. Then later in the afternoon they held a cake cutting ceremony at the bowling alley followed by a bowling tournament. On April 1, 1893, Navy General Order 409 officially established the rank of chief petty officer, and since then, three often

repeated words — ask the chief — have given voice to the respect the rank has earned over its 129-year legacy serving as trusted leaders, technical experts, advisers and mentors. According to Naval History and Heritage Command, “Chiefs are recognized for exemplary technical expertise within their rating, superior administrative skills, and strong leadership ability. Most importantly, chiefs bridge the gap between officers and enlisted personnel, acting as supervisors as well as advocates for their Sailors.” Naval Station Norfolk’s Command Master Chief, Angelo Rappa used the Chiefs Birthday to reflect on the impact Chiefs have had

throughout his Navy career. “As a young Sailor “growing up” in the Navy, I was blessed with outstanding Chiefs and Officers that helped guide me down the right path,” said Rappa. Today, as we celebrate the 129th Birthday of the Navy Chief Petty Officers, I reflect on those that helped mold me personally and professionally into the person I am today and to try my best in reciprocating the leadership that was provided to me over my past 30 year career.” When established in 1983, with the exception of schoolmasters, ships’ writers and carpenters’ mates, all petty officers of the first class were automatically shifted to the new rank. This originally encom-

passed nine ratings: chief master-at-arms, chief boatswain’s mate, chief quartermaster, chief gunner’s mate, chief machinist, chief carpenter’s mate, chief yeoman, apothecary and band master. Although, 129 years have passed, Chief Petty Officers remain an exclusive club, with approximately 30,000-plus serving in the Navy — roughly 10 percent of all activeduty personnel. Rappa also discussed the comradery that the Chiefs Mess exhibits. “To me, being a Navy Chief does not mean I always have the answer to every question or dilemma in the book. What was always even more important to me as a young Sailor was that even though Chief may not have the perfect answer, he/she was there to walk that path along side of me so I knew I was not dealing with struggles on my own,” said Rappa. “That, above all, is what I love about the mess at-large; no matter what I’m dealing with or where I am in the world, I truly know that help is a phone call away.”











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FRCE exceeds annual environmental objectives By Joe Andes

Fleet Readiness Center East Public Affairs

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. — At Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE), environmental stewardship is one of the guiding tenets of the command’s operations. Protecting the environment, the workforce and the surrounding community are at the forefront of the depot’s day-to-day processes. This commitment to continuous improvement is evidenced by the depot’s performance in key environmental indicator areas. In 2021, FRCE marked the end of the year on a high note by achieving or exceeding its annual environmental objectives. When 2021 drew to a close, FRCE had cut industrial wastewater generation by 45%, reduced energy intensity by 18%, and achieved a landfill diversion rate of 61%. In addition to meeting environmental objectives, the depot’s environmental program also successfully completed several audits and evaluations in 2021, passing each one with no major findings. “To consistently achieve and maintain this kind of performance requires an all-hands effort,” Atkinson explained. “This highlights the commitment throughout our workforce to delivering capable and quality aircraft to the fleet, all while protecting our local community and our natural resources.” According to Andrew Krelie, director of the Environmental Division at FRCE, the depot’s environmental program must operate at this advanced level given the potential impact of environmental concerns. “Our program’s mission here is to support the warfighter by maintaining environmental compliance and keeping our doors open,” said Krelie. “This ultimately means protecting our ecosystem, protecting our staff and the public, and protecting our waterways and land, all while ensuring the depot can fulfill its mission and get aircraft back to the Fleet. That’s why we set the goals we’ve targeted. They’re geared toward reducing that carbon footprint as well as using best practices.” Krelie and the environmental team cite a Utilities Energy Service Contract (UESC) study started at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point as a major factor in reducing energy intensity. This study was initiated and coordinated by Headquarters Marine Corps, Naval Facilities Engineering Command and Duke Energy. FRCE’s Environmental Division and Facility and Plant Planning Division are fully engaged and looking at ways to identify measures resulting in significant energy conservation. According to Vicki Lewis, FRCE’s environmental compliance lead, the Duke UESC team took a comprehensive approach to reducing energy intensity at the depot. This involved looking into areas that are not always obvious when thinking in terms of energy intensity. “Conserving energy is not just related to electricity, which is what most people immediately think about when we say reduce energy intensity,” said Lewis. “Another goal of the UESC is improved compressed air efficiency. By repairing system leaks we expect to see a reduction

James Small, a blade and vane repairer at Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE), checks water valves at building 4225. According to FRCE environmental officials, efforts to cut industrial wastewater generation have resulted in reductions of more than sixty thousand gallons per day in Building 4225 alone.(JOE ANDES)

in energy use. When you have leaks you have to generate more compressed air in order to compensate for the leak. This, in turn, uses more energy.” In addition to reducing energy intensity, FRCE set its sights on reducing industrial wastewater generation. The depot reduced industrial wastewater generation by 45%, exceeding its 2021 goal of achieving a 30% reduction. In addition to facility upgrades and technical solutions such as putting timers on overflow tanks or installing water meters in certain areas, FRCE’s environmental team cites the role the depot’s personnel played in reducing industrial wastewater generation. “Folks will call over and say that they have a hose in their area that’s been leaking,” said Lewis. “We always encourage people. Even if it doesn’t seem like a huge project, we still want them to call us. It all makes a difference. In addition to repairing leaking hoses, shops have participated in process improvements where they turn off the water on processes using water continuously, which saves thousands of gallons.” Increasing the landfill diversion rate is another area where FRCE personnel played a key role in meeting the command’s environmental goals. FRCE increased its landfill diversion rate to 61% in 2021. This means that 61% of the solid waste generated at the depot was put toward renewable resources, including recycling. “Basically, if you have curbside service at your house and you get two containers — one for trash and one for recyclables — it’s the same here,” said Azok. “It’s called mixed recycling. Our plastics, our aluminum cans, steel cans —

they all go into just one container. The thought process is based on human nature — the easier you make things, the more compliance you’re going to get.” Despite the success of mixed recycling at FRCE, Azok says its future impact will weaken due to economic factors. He says the depot is already embracing alternatives. According to Azok, FRCE’s participation in a parts reclamation program offered by General Electric (GE) Aviation is another factor in increasing the landfill diversion rate, and also generates financial gains for Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). “One of the big wins for 2021 is through a program where T64 and F404 engine components used in the CH-53 and the F-18 can go back to GE,” said Azok. “GE takes these components, recycles them, and gives NAVAIR a credit. Last year, we sent off about 75,000 pounds of components back to GE for a credit for NAVAIR.” In addition to being accountable for environmental objectives, FRCE also underwent several environmental audits and inspections in 2021. During these audits and inspections, there was a great deal of focus on FRCE’s Environmental Management System (EMS). An EMS is a series of elements that allows an organization to organize and continually improve its environmental performance. FRCE was the first Department of Defense facility to register a comprehensive EMS with the International Organization of Standardization, or ISO 14001. “We achieved our initial ISO 14001 certification in 2003,” said Lewis. “It was a big deal to receive that registration. For a DoD instal-

lation to receive it and sustain it for as long as we have — it’s an accomplishment that makes us very proud.” ISO 14001 is an internationally agreed-upon standard that sets out the requirements for an Environmental Management System. It helps organizations improve their environmental performance through more efficient use of resources and reduction of waste. FRCE submits to third-party surveillance and program audits in order to retain registration and certification. “We have passed all of our surveillance and have been approved for continued certification,” said Azok. “In these most recent audits, we have had no findings. That just goes back to having aggressive EMS goals, having command support, and everyone at the command having an overall understanding of the EMS. We cannot accomplish our mission without input from the command — from leadership, support functions and the shops.” In addition to ISO 14001, FRCE is responsible for complying with state and federal environmental laws as well as Department of Defense policies and instructions. FRCE’s environmental program does not stop with mandated requirements. The depot has long maintained an aggressive environmental posture focused on continuous improvement. This can be seen in the command’s history with the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Environmental Stewardship Initiative (ESI). ESI is a voluntary program that recognizes and supports companies and facilities that display exemplary performance in reducing their environmental impact. The program also provides members with networking and outreach opportunities to learn and share knowledge. FRCE was one of the earliest organizations in the state to earn the title of Steward in 2004. According to Azok, FRCE’s participation and status in ESI is unique. “Not only are we at the Steward level membership, but we are the only Department of Defense facility serving as an ESI member,” said Azok. ESI uses the international standard of ISO 14001 as a baseline for determining membership requirements. According to Lewis, FRCE’s long history with this standard aided the depot in its involvement with ESI. The environmental team says the participation in ESI as well as the depot’s long history of successful environmental compliance have impacts that go beyond simply achieving environmental objectives. In addition to achieving the ESI Steward title, FRCE’s environmental program has received the Secretary of Defense Environmental Award, two Secretary of Defense honorable mentions, eight Chief of Naval Operations Environmental Awards, four Secretary of the Navy Environmental Awards, and two Sustainability Awards from the State of North Carolina. These accolades span more than two decades and highlight the maturity and professionalism of the depot’s environmental program. Despite these successes, Krelie and the environmental team prefer to look forward rather than to the past.



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Naval Station Norfolk Volunteers in the 24th Annual Great American Cleanup By Damage Control Petty Officer Third Class Ashley N. Pierson Naval Station Norfolk Public Affairs Office

NORFOLK, Va. — Over 50 personnel assigned to Naval Station (NAVSTA) Norfolk volunteered in the 24th annual Great American Cleanup at Lafayette Park in Norfolk, Va. Friday, March 25, for the regional kickoff. The Great American Cleanup is a nationwide three-month outreach program that

was established in 1998. This year’s events take place from March 21 to June 22. During that time, Keep Norfolk Beautiful along with Keep America Beautiful affiliates will host events designed to maintain, beautify, and remove litter throughout Hampton Roads. “I love that the Navy allows these types of opportunities to give back to the community,” said Master-at-Arms Seaman Recruit Garret Carlisle of NAVSTA Norfolk. “It warms my heart to help clean the play-

ground to keep our future generation safe while they play.” NAVSTA Norfolk has provided volunteers for Keep Norfolk Beautiful year round and has participated in the Great American Cleanup since the inception of the outreach program. A total of 110 civilian and military volunteers came out to clean Lafayette Park. The volunteers were provided with proper equipment from the program to perform tasks such as reapplying mulch, cutting

bamboo stalks down, clearing brush from the wetland, cleaning and painting trash cans, cleaning pergolas, and clearing all litter on site. “Hundreds of hours every year have been given from service men and women and we are grateful,” said Sarah Sterzing, director and program manager of Keep Norfolk Beautiful. “They have helped clean litter from hundreds of miles of beaches, streets, parks, and neighborhoods throughout Norfolk.” The Great American Cleanup is critical in engaging the community’s residents, businesses and organizations to get involved and take responsibility for keeping our community clean. You can join the effort and make a difference in your community. To help, email knb@norfolk.gov, askHRgreen.org, or call (757)-441-1347. To learn how to recycle correctly and for special waste collection of electronics, household chemicals, lightbulbs, and batteries, visit www.norfolk.gov/ knb.




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FRCE training assists WESTPAC in standing up V-22 PMI line By Heather Wilburn

Fleet Readiness Center East

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERY POINT, N.C. — Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) provides maintenance, repair, overhaul and technical services that support a variety of Navy and Marine Corps aircraft around the world. The depot also provides service to the Fleet through training for aircraft maintenance professionals who can then return to their respective organizations with the skills they need to maintain aviation readiness. Recently, FRCE facilitated a training that will assist Fleet Readiness Center Western Pacific (FRC WESTPAC), located at Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan, to stand up a planned maintenance interval (PMI) line for V-22 Osprey aircraft with Japanese industrial partner NIPPI Corporation. Three NIPPI Corporation contractors attended the two-week Advanced Composite Repair Level 2 course at FRCE, earning their certificates of completion March 11. “Completing this training was very important for our partners,” said Staff Sgt. Luis Rodriguez, the Marine Corps liaison for FRC WESTPAC, who traveled to FRCE in support of the three NIPPI contractors enrolled in the course. “There is a requirement for NIPPI Corporation to have personnel trained in these techniques in order to stand up the PMI line. Without successful completion of the training, they wouldn’t be able to do the work.” The training prepares the participants to perform advanced repairs and modifications to aircraft components made of composite materials — advanced materials used on newer aircraft

that are lighter than most metals, said Charles Taylor, the composite fabricator training leader at FRCE. Students first review the essentials of composite repairs, including facility requirements, tools, and fasteners, and key repair methods. Once the students have refreshed their basic composite skills, they spend the rest of the course doing hands-on training, practicing double vacuum debulk (DVD) repairs and other techniques. The Navy developed the DVD procedure as a way to strengthen composite materials by removing air during the curing process, and it works to increase the strength of the repair to near-autoclave standards, Taylor said. “The course expands on what was learned in Advanced Composite Repair,” he explained. “While at Cherry Point, we included time to get some practical applications of DVD repairs. The students were able to perform a 23-ply DVD repair on a V-22 ramp. They also had to learn how to scarf sand composite materials, which is a technique that is best learned by spending time in the booth practicing.” The construction of the V-22 Osprey relies heavily on composite materials. The majority of the aircraft’s exterior is composite, as are the rotor blades and some of the structural components inside. This makes it important for the artisans to have advanced composite repair skills. The practical, hands-on training they completed at Cherry Point will ensure they’re ready to complete any needed repairs, Taylor said. “This training allows them to go back to Japan and perform the full range of composite repairs,” he added. “They inducted their first V-22 last

Gerry Gould, a nondestructive inspection test evaluator at Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE), conducts ultrasonic testing of a composite scarf repair made to a V-22 Osprey ramp by students in the Advanced Composite Repair Level II course at FRCE. (KIMBERLY KOONCE)

month and I’m confident with their knowledge of composite materials and what they learned over the past two weeks, they can go back home and handle any repair that might come their way.” Taylor said he was impressed with the students’ performance. He said there were occasional communication challenges but, as a group, they were able to work through them and overcome the language barrier. In the end, the NIPPI team turned in a noteworthy performance. “These gentlemen were the first outside contractors we have trained to pass their practical exam on the first attempt,” Taylor said. “They

did an excellent job.” NIPPI Corporation is a longtime partner of the United States government, servicing military aircraft since the early 1950s. To date, NIPPI Corporation has worked on over 14,000 aircraft for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. 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.

Partnering with First Responders By Chris Cleaver Public Affairs Officer

Community outreach remains a cornerstone program for Navy bases around the world. Speeches, parades, school programs, and an occasional flyover all help to promote the Navy’s people and programs. For some employees on Naval Support Activity Mechanicsburg, however, community outreach has a much different tone and is defined by a firetruck’s siren. More than 100 times a year — Quint 52 — the largest ladder truck in the area, rushes out the gate in response to a fire or accident. Often, they are first on scene. “I am very proud of the service and dedication of our firefighters,” says Capt. Preston L. Gill, Commanding Officer, Naval Support Activity Mechanicsburg. “They provide a tremendous service to the community and at the same time get valuable training.” Smaller Pennsylvania communities rely on volunteers for fire and emergency response. Their transition from work or home to fire-

house and emergency takes time. While on NSA Mechanicsburg, a fulltime force stands ready. “The partnership with Naval Support Activity firefighters has been of tremendous value for the citizens and businesses in Hampden Township,” says Nate Silcox, President, Hampden Township Board of Commissioners. “The Navy’s firefighters provide an immediate response to fires and other emergencies and work hand-in-hand with our dedicated volunteer firefighters on calls and training. “ Although the response to events outside the installation is a cornerstone for real-world experience, the Navy firemen remain resolute to their core mission of protecting the installation’s 4,600 employees and 150 buildings. “Our mission is to protect the base,” says Auggie Calcado, District Fire Chief. “When we respond to an incident outside the wire, we have procedures to ensure the installation has fire support.” Those procedures include working with the county emergency operations center to put another fire station on call to respond if needed. In addition, two fire-

Last year NSA firefighters responded to more than 100 events outside the installation. Quint 52, the largest ladder truck in the area provides a vital role in responding to local fires.

fighters always remain at the station. Fire Chief Capt. Chester Jenkins echoes the refrain of ensuring all the “bases” are covered. “If we are off the installation for longer than 20 minutes, a truck from another fire company is sent to the installation.”

Still, he stresses the calls off the installation provide, “absolutely valuable training. We get a very diverse call base, plus we build relationships with local first responders. This provides valuable opportunities to learn and work together.” A local volunteer firefighter jubilantly provided his perspective of working with Navy firefighters. John Frantz, a volunteer with nearby Hampden Township says, “We have a phenomenal working relationship with the base firefighters. Many of them are from the local community so they are acutely aware of the territory.” He adds that the volunteer service is a dying trade, and reliance on the Navy is important. “It’s good to have them as backup if we are having a bad manpower day,” says Frantz. Whether it be limited manpower, overwhelming existing resources, or extending a helping hand, NSA Firefighters for Hampden Township President Silcox says, “We would like to thank the NSA base leadership and other senior officials who allow this partnership to continue.”

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4th Fleet Conducts Maritime Staff Talks with Chile

USS Missouri Returns Home

The Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Missouri (SSN 780) returned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam following a sevenmonth deployment, March 31.PAGE B6

Truman Celebrates Navy Chief Birthday By Petty Officer 3Rd Class Gabriela Chambers USS Harry S Truman

Rear Adm. Jim Aiken, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/ U.S. 4th Fleet, right, meets Rear Adm. Raul Zamorano, Deputy Chief of the Navy General Staff (EMGA) of the Chilean Navy (Amada de Chile) at the 26th annual Maritime Staff Talks (MST), March 29, 2022.. MSTs support the U.S. maritime strategy by building and strengthening working relationships with U.S. and partner nations. ( PETTY OFFICER 1ST CLASS STEVEN KHOR)

By Petty Officer 1st Class Steven Khor

U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command / U.S. 4th Fleet

UNITED STATES — Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet, Rear Adm. Jim Aiken, hosted delegates from the Chilean Navy (Armada de Chile) for the 26th annual Maritime Staff Talks (MST), at St. Francis Barracks, Florida National Guard Headquarters, St. Augustine, Florida, March 29-31, 2022. Maritime Staff Talks with the Chilean Navy began in 1996, when the Chilean Navy invited the U.S. Navy to establish an annual meeting to discuss topics of mutual interest. MSTs support the U.S. maritime strategy, “Advantage at Sea,” by building and strengthening working relationships between U.S. and partner nations. “Chile is a strong and valued partner,” said Aiken at the opening ceremony. “These engagements provide us an opportunity to share information and build our relationships which allow us to enhance our capabilities when working together. Aiken led the U.S delegation and Rear

Adm. Raul Zamorano, Deputy Chief of Navy General Staff, and Capt. Guillermo Ceballos, Head of International Relations Department, Navy General Staff (EMGA), led the Chilean delegation. Zamorano said he saw the MST as a chance to further positive relations more effectively between the two countries. “I am very happy to be here in person with my team representing the Chilean Navy,” said Zamorano. This MST is an excellent platform to share experiences, address matters of mutual concern, and explore opportunities to reinforce our mutual cooperation and interoperability in different aspects. We have a shared friendship, a long professional relationship for many years resulting in numerous cooperative initiatives in exercises such as UNITAS, Teamwork South, Panamax, and RIMPAC. Our Navies share a number of common interests and concerns as well as a firm commitment to freedom of navigation, a rules-based international system as a support to peace and stability of our maritime cause. I look forward to further engage in our long standing relationship through cooperation.”

Topics discussed included upcoming operations and exercises to include PANAMAX, UNITAS, and Teamwork South, which is Chile’s largest maritime exercise. Delegates also discussed opportunities for personnel exchanges and for formal education at both Chilean and U.S. maritime schools. “We trust you and you trust us, and we have developed a partnership built on friendship. The same kind of relationships that win on a soccer pitch also win on the seas and because of that we are stronger as a U.S. and as a Chilean Navy. Thank you”, said Aiken. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/ U.S. 4th Fleet supports U.S. Southern Command’s joint and combined military operations by employing maritime forces in cooperative maritime security operations to maintain access, enhance interoperability, and build enduring partnerships in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American region. Learn more about USNAVSO/4th Fleet at https://www.facebook.com/ NAVSOUS4THFLT and @NAVSOUS4THFLT.

ADRIATIC SEA — The Nimitz-Class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) honored the Navy Chief Petty Officer Birthday with an observance ceremony hosted by Truman’s very own chiefs. The event was an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the 129-year history of the Navy chief petty officer. Chiefs have played a pivotal role in naval history since the establishment of the rank of chief petty officer on April 1, 1893. Prior to 1958, chief petty officer was the highest enlisted rank in the U.S. Navy until the Military Pay Act of 1958, which established the senior chief petty officer and master chief petty officer ranks. Navy chief petty officers continue to serve a dual role as both technical experts and as leaders. The event began with the Sailors Creed, followed by a prayer and stories of influential chiefs throughout Naval history. Truman’s command master chief, Command Master Chief Keith Wilkerson, offered his thoughts regarding the importance of chiefs in the Navy. “First, I believe that we must take extreme ownership of our commands and our Navy,” said Wilkerson. “We have the honor of passing down a legacy of extreme ownership of chiefs that come before and after us. The chief must be consistent in all that we do and say; this inspires confidence in all those that we lead, guide and mentor while ultimately creating an environment of trust. We must know that we are called to a higher purpose. April 1st, 1893, we were born with one purpose in mind: to keep the Navy running by any means necessary.” Before concluding the ceremony with a cake cutting, Capt. Gavin Duff, Truman’s commanding officer, gave his remarks. “Today there are 118 board-eligible Sailors, from Harry S. Truman alone, that are aspiring to be you,” said Duff. “Many will see that goal realized this year and the balance of the crew will continue that journey, guided by your leadership; engaged leadership founded on humility, respect, empathy and integrity. As in all things in life, our current adversity creates both a challenge and an opportunity. In honor of your birthday, and the generations of those that have worn the anchor before you, and the generations who inspire to wear the anchor, let us focus on the opportunity. Happy birthday chiefs. It remains, as it has, every day since my first day in the Navy, in 1991, an honor to serve alongside you.” The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. Sixth Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to maintain maritime stability and security, and defend U.S., allied and partner interests in Europe and Africa. For more news from CSG 8, visit, www. facebook.com/CSG8, www.navy.mil/local. cvn75/, www.facebook.com/usnavy, www. instagram.com/uss_harrys.truman, www. navy.mil, or www.twitter.com/usnavy.

Kearsarge ARG and 22nd MEU participate in Northern Viking 2022 By Petty Officer 1st Class Tyler Thompson USS Kearsarge (LHD 3)

ATLANTIC OCEAN — U.S. Sailors and Marines from the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) joined Allied Nations in kicking off the U.S. Sixth Fleet-planned and executed exercise Northern Viking 2022 (NV22) in Keflavik, Iceland, April 2, 2022. NATO Allied Nations participating in NV22 include France, Germany, Iceland, Norway, Portugal, the United Kingdom and the U.S. These combined forces will bring significant capabilities across the air, land and at-sea domains to a Joint and Coalition live exercise. U.S. Navy and Marine Corps forces include units from the Kearsarge ARG and embarked 22nd MEU under the command and control of Task Force 6½. The Kearsarge ARG includes the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship and Kearsarge ARG flagship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), the San-Antonio class amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD 24) and the Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) homeported in the U.S. state of Virginia. “The Kearsarge ARG and 22nd MEU stand together with our NATO partners and Allies committed to a forward naval presence in the Sixth Fleet area of operations,” said U.S. Navy Captain David Guluzian, commander of the Keasarge ARG and embarked Amphibious Squadron SIX. “Northern Viking is an opportunity to provide valuable interoperability experience across the NATO Alliance, emphasizing the importance of the Arctic and North Atlantic region through combined training in Iceland, a key NATO Ally critical to collective security.” Embarked commands with the Kearsarge ARG include Amphibious Squadron SIX, Fleet

U.S. Sailors and Marines joined multiple Allied Nations in kicking off U.S. Sixth Fleet’s Exercise Northern Viking 2022 (NV22) in Keflavik, Iceland, April 2, 2022. Participating NATO Allied Nations include France, Germany, Iceland, Norway, Portugal, the United Kingdom and the United States. The combined forces bring significant capabilities across the air, land and at-sea domains. ( LT TYLER BARKER)

Surgical Team 2, Tactical Air Control Squadron 22, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 28, Assault Craft Unit 2, Assault Craft Unit 4, Naval Beach Group 2, Beach Master Unit 2 and the

22nd MEU. “This exercise will provide critical training for the MEU and is a good opportunity to demonstrate the interoperability and effective-

ness of the United States, Iceland and NATO Allied maritime forces,” said Col. Paul Merida, commanding officer, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit. Col. Merida and his MEU team serve as a sea-based, expeditionary crisis response force capable of conducting amphibious missions across the full range of military operations. The 22nd MEU is based out of the U.S. state of North Carolina and includes the command element; the aviation combat element, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron, 263 (Reinforced); the ground combat element, Battalion Landing Team 2⁄6, and the logistics combat element, Combat Logistics Battalion 26. NV22 seeks to strengthen interoperability and force readiness between the U.S., Iceland and Allied Nations and enables execution of multi-domain command and control of joint and coalition forces in the defense of Iceland and the Sea Lines of Communication in the Greenland-Iceland-United Kingdom Gap. The exercise includes amphibious landings, expeditionary and construction capability, search and rescue, and humanitarian assistance with forces demonstrating skills in events across multiple domains, climates, and vignettes to enhance interchangeability and interoperability. The Kearsarge ARG-MEU team is participating in NV22 in support of global maritime operations and security in support of Allied and partner interests in Europe and Africa. Amphibious ready groups and larger amphibious task forces provide military commanders a wide range of flexible capabilities including maritime security operations, expeditionary power projection, strike operations, forward naval presence, crisis response, sea control, deterrence, counter-terrorism, information operations, security cooperation and counter-proliferation, and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.


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Heroes at Home

Beyond fitness standards: A Navy retiree’s nutrition wheel

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This month, the Army is implementing new Combat Readiness Testing (ACRT) that eases fitness standards for soldiers struggling to pass the former gender- and age-neutral test. After a long period of cancelled testing due to COVID-19, the new Navy Physical Readiness Test (PRT) is being implemented during the April 1 to September 30 Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) cycle. The Air Force also rolled out a new PT test in 2022, as did the USMC. The Space Force is expected to launch its new PT program in 2023. Although the new fitness policies aim to provide safer exercises and fairer scoring, all branches still require that service members pass weight standards. *Groan* During his 28 years of active duty service in the Navy, my husband, Francis, sweated when the PRT rolled around. Although he exercised regularly and could pass the physical skills with flying colors, Francis carried a few extra pounds. A “big eater” who stretched the limits of his Navy-issue polyester khakis, Francis dreaded the PRT’s body composition testing. About two weeks prior to each test, Francis would starve himself, hit the sauna, and pop diuretics in a desperate effort to make weight standards. He didn’t fit into the Navy’s standard height/weight charts, so he had to submit to tape measurements to determine the ratio between his neck and waist circumference. Francis employed any means necessary to endure this humiliating body composition test, including sucking in his gut, bulging out his neck, and shamelessly schmoozing the testing official. Miraculously, he always passed. Upon retiring from the Navy five years ago, Francis finally experienced life without military fitness limitations. Like many fresh retirees, he felt a new sense of liberation when answering questions like, “Would you like a side of fries with that?” and “Seconds, anyone?” Naturally, Francis gained weight. Although

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his doctor ordered him to drop 40 pounds, Francis lacked the motivation to restrict his calorie intake, especially now that he’d finally unleashed and expanded his culinary repertoire. After 28 years of Navy weight standards hanging over his head like a guillotine, Francis wasn’t about give up his newfound freedom. But then, his college roommate made him a bet that if he lost 25 pounds on the South Beach Diet, he’d take him to South Beach in Miami. Soon, boxes of frozen meals, shake packets, and portion-controlled snacks arrived at our house. It cost a small fortune, but Francis won the bet and had a blast in Miami, where he ate enough pork Cubanos and drank enough margaritas to gain the pounds back. To his credit, Francis walks 10,000 steps every day, and has created his own version of the nutrition wheel to keep his post-retirement health in check. The standard USDA “My Plate” food wheel recommends a 2,000 per day calorie intake that includes 5.5 ounces of protein, 2.5 cups of vegetables, 2 cups of fruit, 6 ounces of grains, and 3 cups of dairy. It warns against excess fats, sugar and sodium, and is primarily intended to promote good health and longevity. Francis’ nutrition wheel is somewhat differ-

ent. It blatantly ignores calories and encourages cocktail pairings. Like a pizza (which Francis loves, btw), it is divided into generous slices of Francis’ favorite foods in unrestricted amounts. Some wedges are small, like “Vegetables” for example, which wouldn’t be on the chart if it weren’t for onions and tomato sauce. “Fruit” made the wheel mainly due to Francis’ raisin intake. On the other hand, “Meats” comprise a large wedge, generally in the form of cheeseburgers, sausages, bacon, meatballs and Slim Jims. “Grains” are also a significant piece of the pie, although the included foods — crackers, tortilla chips, hamburger buns, sub rolls, popcorn, and oatmeal cookies — are only “technically” associated with grains. Francis’ dairy intake is covered by three distinct wedges labeled “Cheese” (eaten with crackers or melted on anything), “Half-andhalf ” (guzzled with coffee throughout the day), and “Ranch Dressing, Mayonnaise, and Creamy Dips” (no explanation needed). Finally, “Peanuts” make up the last slice, because Francis enjoys the salted legumes every night in front of the television. All this talk of slices has me hungry for dinner. Pizza anyone?

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How to Get Your Household Goods Overseas By Military Onesource If your orders are taking you overseas, you may be focused on the new job, new culture and new opportunities that await you. As you plan your move, remember — the military has rules about the amount and type of items you are allowed to bring. Learn more about PCS entitlements and weight allowances to make sure you understand what and how much you are allowed to move. Your local transportation office will talk you through your specific entitlements during your individual counseling session, but you can use the following tips to help get you started. 10 tips for moving your personal property overseas Items that you need to do your job, such as your professional books, papers, and equipment, do not count against the weight limit for your household goods shipment. Make sure you separate those items from the rest of your belongings, and clearly mark the boxes in which they are contained. The service member may request that professional books, papers and equipment

belonging to his or her spouse be shipped at government expense on a PCS move. If approved, the weight limit is not to exceed 500 pounds for your spouse’s belongings. Begin weighing your items to determine if the belongings you plan to move fall within the weight limit long before you are expected to move. Each room potentially has enough items to roughly equal 1,000 pounds. Don’t over pack. If you go over your allotted weight limit, you are responsible for paying the extra expenses incurred. Make sure to hand carry important documents like your orders, birth certificates, housing information, financial information, medication, phone charger, school or employment records, vehicle documentation or anything else that you or your family will need immediately. Do not pack these items with the rest of your belongings because they could get lost. Make sure to include as “unaccompanied baggage” things that you will need right away such as seasonal clothes, kitchen items and baby equipment. On packing day, make sure to set aside any important items you need to keep with you,

such as car keys, important documents, etc. Put those items somewhere the movers do not have access to, such as your car, or a closet clearly marked as “Do Not Pack.” Household goods shipments can take weeks to months to be delivered, so be prepared to wait for your stuff. If you arrive at your destination before your belongings do, you can usually borrow basic items like pots and pans, utensils, coffee makers, etc. from your installation loan closet. Services vary by installation, so contact your Military and Family Support Center to see what loan closet services they offer. Learn more about shipping your car overseas. Different host countries have different requirements for foreign vehicles, so check ahead to see if your vehicle meets those requirements or if the country has a restriction against foreign vehicles. It may be possible to ship your motorcycle or dirt bike to your final destination as a privately owned vehicle as part of your household goods shipment. Learn more about shipping motorcycles and dirt bikes overseas. It’s never too early to start planning your move. For more tips, check out this short article on preparing for your PCS, or contact Military OneSource for relocation assistance. Consultants are available 24/7/365 to answer your questions and connect you with the resources you need to master your move. Call 800-342-9647, use OCONUS calling options, or schedule a live chat.

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Bakersfield, Calif. Native Serves Aboard USS Dewey (DDG 105) By Petty Officer 1St Class Benjamin Lewis

Commander, Task Force 71/Destroyer Squadron 15

PACIFIC OCEAN — Bakersfield, California native, Lt. Cmdr. Carolyne Vu, is assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105). Dewey is forward-deployed to Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, and currently conducting routine operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. “Growing up, I learned service over self and had a strong desire to have an impact on the world,” said Vu. “My interest in the Navy specifically followed after my interest developed for attending the United States Naval Academy (USNA).” Vu commissioned from the Naval Academy in May, 2012. At sea she and served aboard the Destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107) homeported in Norfolk, Virginia and on the staff of Commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 28. She also served ashore at the Naval Postgraduate School, earning her degree in Operations Analysis before checking onboard Dewey in May, 2020. Vu serves as Dewey’s Combat Systems Officer (CSO), ensuring material readiness of all onboard Combat Systems equipment and that her Sailors are ready to accomplish any mission tasking. “Our mission is continual combat readiness and she is integral to that effort,” said Cmdr. Jermaine Brooms, commanding officer of Dewey. “Her equipment is the lynch pin of all combat that this ship can wage; we cannot operate, navigate, nor communicate without her team’s efforts.” Vu is also the Senior Watch Officer, supporting the professional development of the crew for both in port and underway qualifications. “Without her encouragement and mentorship, our team cannot reach its full potential of being effective and efficient warfighters,” said Brooms. “Her best quality is her empathetic approach to her teams. She applies compassion in situations when most would apply frustration, and concern when most would apply callousness. This approach has made her the sought-out mentor for countless senior and junior personnel in the Wardroom and on the deck plates.” Vu added that she takes her position aboard Dewey very seriously because of the impact she can have while mentoring young Division Officers as they progress in their Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) qualification process.

Lt. Cmdr. Carolyne Vu, from Bakersfield, California, speaks to the crew during an All Hands Call aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105). Dewey is assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 and is underway supporting a free and open IndoPacific. CTF 71/DESRON 15 is the Navy’s largest forward-deployed DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force. (PETTY OFFICER 1ST CLASS BENJAMIN LEWIS)

“I chose to become a SWO after my Midshipman summer cruise in 2009,” added Vu. “I met amazing leaders and Sailors that showed me what an adventure life at sea could be. I was drawn to the immediate impact a young Division Officer could make upon commissioning. Plus, who doesn’t want to drive a high-speed warship out at sea!” Vu says that her family is still in Bakersfield and have been supportive of her career, visiting her at duty stations and sending care packages with “special Bakersfield snacks” to remind her of home. She added that while Bakersfield has developed into a big city, in her mind it remains a patriotic place with a small town vibe. Vu’s parents were teenage refugees following the Vietnam War, and she developed a love for the Constitution while studying the Revolutionary War in her 8th grade Social Studies class.

“What better way to repay this country that gave [my parents] the opportunity to share in this American dream than by dedicating myself to supporting and defending the Constitution that grants this way of life,” added Vu. “Honor and respect were ingrained in my upbringing. It’s important to me that I serve in a manner that will always reflect honorably upon my family, my ship, and the Navy. Also, I strive to include respect in all aspects; respect for others, regardless of rank or rate, and respect for the mission tasking we are asked to execute.” At home Vu has a passion home cooking, and the opportunities she’s had to travel around the world and interact with people of diverse backgrounds has greatly enriched her culinary interests. She added that her and her wife have accumulated cookbooks from all over the world from her personal and Navy travels. Vu emphasizes that for those

seeking opportunities for travel and personal growth, the Navy may be the right fit. “The Navy continues to be an amazing adventure; more than I ever imagined as a young girl in Bakersfield,” said Vu. “My favorite part is connecting with other people and sharing in a common team goal. Specifically at sea, there is this sensation that is always my favorite — standing topside with the wind blowing, the salt of the sea in the air, and vast blue ocean all around — I can feel the beautiful magnitude of what it takes to serve on a warship. A solidarity and ability to operate together to move us through the sea with purpose. There’s no other feeling like it.” Dewey is assigned to DESRON 15 and is underway supporting a free and open Indo-Pacific. Commander, Task Force 71/DESRON 15 is the Navy’s largest forward-deployed DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force.


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The Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Santa Fe (SSN 763) pulls into her new home port at Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego. Santa Fe is a part of Commander, Submarine Squadron 11, home to four Los Angeles class submarines. ( CHIEF PETTY OFFICER JOSUE ESCOBOSA)

Santa Fe Arrives in San Diego By Chief Petty Officer Josue Escobosa Commander, Submarine Squadron 11

SAN DIEGO (NNS) — The Los Angelesclass fast-attack submarine USS Santa Fe (SSN 763) arrived March 30, at Naval Base Point Loma from Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine, shifting its homeport as part of the U.S. Navy strategic laydown plan for naval forces in the Indo-Pacific region. Santa Fe joins Commander, Submarine Squadron (COMSUBRON) 11. Prior to the homeport shift, Santa Fe completed an 18-month scheduled maintenance and modernization at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

Cmdr. Matthew Pianetta, commanding officer of Santa Fe, exemplified pride. “The crew is excited to join our fellow submariners at Naval Base Point Loma after a long maintenance period,” said Pianetta. “We appreciate the warm reception from COMSUBRON 11 and thank them for their support as we rejoin our families and get back in the fight.” The security environment in the IndoPacific requires that the U.S. Navy station the most capable ships in the Pacific. This posture allows the most rapid response times possible for maritime and joint forces, and brings our most capable ships and submarines with the greatest amount

of striking power and operational capability to bear in the timeliest manner. Capt. Patrick Friedman, commander, Submarine Squadron 11, welcomed Santa Fe’s crew. “We are excited to have Santa Fe on the San Diego waterfront after its extended maintenance period, and to have the ship and crew join in our Squadron 11 family,” said Friedman. “Santa Fe joins a team that is committed to warfighting readiness and I have no doubt that its impact, to that purpose, will be immediate.” Santa Fe, commissioned in January, 1994, and is the second ship of the United States Navy to be named in honor of the capital

city of New Mexico and has been homeported in Portsmouth Naval Shipyard since August 2019. Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarines, like Santa Fe, feature advanced fire-control systems, retractable bow planes, and 12 vertical launch tubes for Tomahawk cruise missile strikes. Santa Fe now operates under COMSUBRON 11, which consists of four Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarines, a floating dry-dock, ARCO (ARDM 5), and Undersea Rescue Command. The squadron staff is responsible for providing training, material and personnel readiness support for all units. For more information about Commander, Submarine Squadron 11, visit www.facebook.com/COMSUBRON11. For more news from Commander, Submarine Squadron 11, visit http://www. navy.mil/local/css11/.

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NAVSUP Office of Small Business Programs welcomes Companies with Manufacturing and Repair Capabilities to upcoming events By Matthew Morrison

Naval Supply Systems Command

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — The Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) small business community will be attending Sea-Air-Space 2022, April 4-6, 2022 in National Harbor, Maryland and the 2022 Navy Gold Coast Conference, September 6-8, 2022 at the San Diego Convention Center. Small businesses with manufacturing and/or repair capabilities are encouraged to meet with the NAVSUP small business team at these events. In support of these engagements, NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support (WSS)

has compiled a list of items that are candidates for additional source development. Vendors can obtain the source development candidate list and instructions on how to proceed here: https://sam.gov/opp/cf86d7 e256424a25838348f19a4fef81/view. Additionally, NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Norfolk has posted their FY22/ FY23 Long Range Acquisition Forecast. The forecast listing can be found here: https:// sam.gov/opp/060367b11b5e4be89c4e682f0fcb1284/view. “This release further advances our initiative to improve proactive communication with industry on upcoming requirements,” said NAVSUP Office of Small Business

Director Chris Espenshade. “The earlier we can communicate mission requirements, the better we can position small business industry partners to compete. The FLC Norfolk and NAVSUP WSS procurement missions are critical to the Navy’s sustainment success, so it’s imperative we leverage the intangibles small business brings to the fight.” Industry partners should upload their capabilities or interest to the NAVSUP Interested Vendor/Capabilities Portal (https://www.navsup.navy.mil/public/ navsup/business_opps_vendor_form/) prior to onsite discussions. Companies unable to meet the team at

these upcoming engagements but have repair capabilities can reach out to: - Director, NAVSUP Office of Small Business: Mr. Chris Espenshade; chris.espenshade.civ@us.navy.mil - Deputy Director, NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support Office of Small Business: Ms. Annette Stevenson; annette.stevenson4.civ@us.navy.mil - Small Business Technical Advisor, NAVSUP WSS: Mr. Robert Hughes; robert.w.hughes.civ@us.navy.mil NAVSUP is headquartered in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, and employs a diverse, worldwide workforce of more than 25,000 military and civilian personnel. NAVSUP and the Navy Supply Corps conduct and enable supply chain, acquisition, operational logistics and Sailor & family care activities with our mission partners to generate readiness and sustain naval forces worldwide to prevent and decisively win wars. Learn more at www.navsup.navy.mil, www.facebook.com/navsup and https:// twitter.com/navsupsyscom.

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Chief Machinist’s Mate (Nuclear) Bruce Hamilton, from Abingdon, Virginia, assigned to the Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Missouri (SSN 780) reunites with his family after the boat returns to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam from deployment in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility. Missouri performed a full spectrum of operations, including anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare, during the extended seven-month, Indo-Pacific deployment. (PETTY OFFICER 1ST CLASS MICHAEL B ZINGARO)

USS Missouri Returns Home By Petty Officer 1st Class Michael B Zingaro

Commander, Submarine Force, U.s. Pacific Fleet

UNITED STATES, HI. — The Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Missouri (SSN 780) returned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam following a seven-month deployment, March 31. Missouri departed Pearl Harbor in August for a regularly-scheduled deployment, in which they performed a full spectrum of operations, to include anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare in the Indo-Pacific region. “There are few things that can bring a crew or team together like success forged by a shared, difficult experience,” said Cmdr. Carlos Martinez, from Atlanta, Georgia, Missouri’s commanding officer. “Deployment is tough on the crew, but we stood focused and united, and return home proud of what we accomplished,

eager to reunite with our families.” Missouri completed an Indo-Pacific deployment, performing a full spectrum of operations, including anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare. They completed repairs to the towed sonar array system by integrating a team from several organizations. Missouri’s sonar technicians, alongside Navy divers, worked in challenging conditions to complete the repairs, maintaining Mighty Mo missions vital to national security. “Missouri warriors, of the heralded battle boat, executed with relentless precision while operating in the Indo-Pacific,” said Capt. Melvin Smith, commodore, Submarine Squadron 1. “We are extremely proud of their accomplishments and welcome them home to Pearl Harbor.” Missouri’s crew trained to be combat ready prior to deployment and continued these high standards during deployment to be prepared for high-end combat.

“There were many long days and challenging events, but the entire ship executed the seven-month deployment flawlessly and I am proud of every single Sailor,” said Master Chief Machinist’s Mate (Auxiliary) David Henley, from Nashville, Tennessee, Missouri’s chief of the boat. During the deployment, Missouri advanced enlisted Sailors to the next paygrade and had 22 enlisted Sailors and three officers earn their Submarine Warfare Specialist designation(Dolphins), demonstrating that they are fully qualified in submarines. Missouri also deployed with crew members from five other boats, including three female officers and one female chief, showcasing the submarine community’s ability to build tight bonds. “I got my Dolphins on this deployment and learned what a close community the crew is — we are really like one big family,” said Yeoman (Submarines) Seaman Luis

Garcia, from Anaheim, California. “Everyone will support each other and help each other achieve whatever goals we are after.” Missouri was commissioned July 31, 2010. Missouri is the seventh Virginia-class submarine and the fourth U.S. Navy ship to be named for the state of Missouri. It is 377 feet long with a beam of 34 feet. Virginia-class, fast-attack submarines have a crew of approximately 132, made up of 15 officers and 117 enlisted Sailors. Fast-attack submarines, like Missouri, are multi-mission platforms enabling five of the six Navy maritime strategy core-capabilities — sea control, power projection, forward presence, maritime security, and deterrence. The submarine is designed to excel in anti-submarine warfare; anti-ship warfare; strike warfare; special operations; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; irregular warfare; and mine warfare — from open ocean anti-submarine warfare to intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, to projecting power ashore with special operation forces and Tomahawk cruise missiles in the prevention or preparation of regional crises.

The Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Wichita (LCS 13) departs Naval Station Mayport, Florida for the ship’s second deployment, March. 30th, 2022. During the deployment to the U.S. Southern Command’s area of responsibility, Wichita, with embarked helicopter and USCG law enforcement detachment, will support Joint Interagency Task Force South’s mission, which includes counter-illicit drug trafficking in the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific. (Lt. ANTHONY JUNCO)


Commander, Littoral Combat Ship Squadron Two

MAYPORT, Fl. — The Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Wichita (LCS 13), along with the “Brick Bandits” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28, detachment 6, is underway March 30 to support operations in U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility. Wichita will support counter-narcotics oper-

ations in the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific. Wichita’s operations will involve practical exercises and exchanges with partner nations, supporting U.S. 4th Fleet interoperability and reinforcing the U.S. position as the regional partner of choice. “We look forward to achieving great success for U.S. Southern Command and Fourth Fleet,” said Cmdr. Daniel Reiher, commanding officer of USS Wichita.

The deployment of an LCS to the region aims to demonstrate the U.S. commitment to regional cooperation and security. The LCS’s shallow draft provides unparalleled opportunities for port access, making the ship an ideal vessel for these types of engagements. Wichita will initially be manned by its crew of more than 100 Sailors, including mine warfare mission-package personnel; a U.S. Coast Guard law enforcement detachment; and an aviation

detachment, who will operate an embarked MH-60 helicopter and MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Takeoff/Unmanned Vehicles. “Having to shift from a training ship mindset to a deployment mindset was a smooth transition,” said Command Senior Chief Daniel Gwilt. “In true WuShock spirit, the crew met the challenge head on and is ready to answer the call.” USS Wichita is attached to U.S. 2nd Fleet and is one of two deployable littoral combat ships under Mine Division Two Two. LCS is a fast, agile, mission-focused platform designed to operate in near-shore environments, winning against 21st-century coastal threats. It is capable of supporting forward presence, maritime security, sea control, and deterrence.

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A Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) ground crew recovers a Navy T-6A under an Environmental Protection Shelter. The shelters are the first aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville and are built to withstand 135 mph winds. The shelters are the first aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville and are built to withstand 135 mph winds. The huts are designed to protect aircraft and personnel from the harsh Florida weather. (TOIETE JACKSON)

Fleet Readiness Center Southeast launches ground check huts By Ashley Lombardo

Fleet Readiness Center Southeast

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) recently received five new environmental protection shelters or ground check huts. The huts aren’t just new to FRCSE, but they are the first of their kind aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville. “Without the teamwork between FRCSE and Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command, the huts would not exist,” said Cmdr. David Drake, FRCSE’s Flight Test Director. “The funds that paid for construction were acquired internally, which shows a commitment from our leadership to constantly find better, safer and more efficient ways to operate.” The primary purpose of the huts is to help extend the life of aircraft by protecting them and their components from UV exposure and heat. Also, the shelters were built keeping in mind the need for powered

operations to take place beneath them and taking into account special power needs of future aircraft such as the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. “While similar huts are used extensively on military bases throughout the southern half of the United States and in hot, sunny environments, the shelters are primarily used throughout the Fleet to keep avionics and machinery cooler resulting in increased on-time departure rates,” said Drake. “There is also the added benefit of the shelters providing cooler aircraft interiors for pilots and shaded environments for maintainers.” Most depot maintenance activities will still be performed indoors within hangars, but the huts allow the flexibility for certain maintenance evolutions to occur directly on the flightline. “These huts have been in-work for a long time, and it’s truly amazing to see them up and running for not only my artisans but for all FRCSE personnel who are required

to work on the flightline,” said Ryan Davis, FRCSE’s Trainers Ground Check Supervisor. Conceived nearly six years ago, construction on the huts broke ground in December 2021 and was completed by the end of February. The shelters totaled approximately $1.4M in cost, but the benefit to the depot and the crews that work beneath them is invaluable. Those familiar with Florida’s scorching temperatures understand the risks of working in direct sunshine during almost any season, particularly for FRCSE’s ground and aircrews. Since the teams have taken possession, the boost in morale is significant. “Morale of the artisans has risen because they know they now have a dry and shaded place to work during those long days on the flightline,” said Davis. “As of yet, we have not truly seen the significance of the huts, but we will once our hot, rainy season arrives.” Before the shelters, the hazards for ground

maintenance crews ranged from sunburn and heat exhaustion or stroke to melanoma and other types of skin cancers. “It’s a three-fold benefit. Cooler equipment extends equipment life and prevents failures, cooler aircraft interiors prevent overheating aviators during preflight, and working in the shade creates a better quality of work-life for ground crews,” said Drake. “In the summer, we’ve had to delay preflights and functional check flight requirements, and we’ve even aborted missions based on aircrew dehydration. We also have had ground crew personnel diagnosed with basal cell carcinomas or melanomas. We are hopeful that the shelters will decrease direct sun exposure and help avoid issues like this in the future.” About Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) is Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia’s largest maintenance, repair, overhaul and technical services provider, employing approximately 5,000 civilian, military and contract workers. With annual revenue exceeding $1 billion, the organization serves as an integral part of the greater U.S. Navy, Naval Air Systems Command, and Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers by maintaining the combat airpower for America’s military forces.

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“BACK TO THE BEACH” Whatever Happened To ... Mia Reid, the Virginia Beach native whose clothing line was selected to be sold in Belk stores? By Saleen Martin The Virginian-Pilot

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Mia Reid woke up at 7 on a January morning with an idea that just couldn’t wait. “I wanna do a fashion show back home,” the Virginia Beach native messaged her friend. And, she reported later, “Instead of telling me to roll back over and go to sleep, she said, ‘Let’s do it,’ and we have been moving ever since.” Her “Back to the Beach” show will be April 9 at the Virginia Beach Wedding Company. It has already sold out. In 2017, Reid was one of five winners in Belk’s annual Southern Designer Showcase, and her collection was sold in stores and online. Reid has lived in Atlanta for 15 years, but the 757 has always been part of her brand. Her pieces are named after streets in Virginia Beach.

(Courtesy of Mia Reid)

“It was all about incorporating elements of my hometown, and one of the ways in which I did that was to have sponsorships from local businesses in the 757,” she said. The show was put together with help from Get Well Soon, SBL Headwear & Socks, All Good Craft Granola Bars, Rent a Set and Esstease LaDon. Reid describes her featured line, The Resort Collection, as sexy, Southern and sophisticated. It has mix-and-match pieces that allow fashionistas to switch up styles, whether they’re going to meetings or brunch with the girls. “Think beautiful island, dinners outside at night, strolling through the town, poolside lounging,” she said. Some of her favorites are the Courthouse Kimono and the Seaboard Skirt because of their versatility. The kimono has front pockets and a long

The Courthouse Kimono can be worn from home to beach to street. (COURTESY OF MIA REID)

sash belt. It can be worn to the beach, as a duster over a dress or “dressed down with a tank and a pair of jeans,” Reid said. “I love the Seaboard skirt because it is a staple piece and updated version of the classic jean skirt,” she said. “It has a full exposed zipper in the back, it is high-waisted and has pockets.” Reid graduated from Kellam High School in 1999 and the New York City Fashion Insti-

tute of Technology in 2003. She started her company, GiGi Carreras Collection, in 2017, naming it after her daughter. She rebranded in 2020, naming the line after herself: Mia Reid Collection. Her designs have been sold in Belk and Macy’s stores. Reid works out of her home in Atlanta, but she’s in the process of securing a showroom and workspace.

“At one point I had converted my dining room into my working area but I have definitely outgrown it as it overflows with fabric, sewing machines, mannequins and everything else you can think of.” She’s working on two collaborations, and she’ll soon debut a mini collection of one of her bestselling head wraps. Saleen Martin, 757-446-2027, saleen. martin@pilotonline.com

groove at the Furry Friends Dance Party with these three as your hosts. For a limited-time, kids ages 3 - 5 years old can get a Preschool Pass for unlimited complimentary admission to Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA through October 31, 2022. Guests will need to register online and visit the park by May 31, 2022 to activate. Enjoy Sesame Street Kids’ Weekends and

seasonal events all year long with the purchase of a Busch Gardens Membership. During the limited-time Spring Sale, visitors can save up to 20% on Memberships. Members receive 12 months of visits with special benefits including, free parking, up to six free guest tickets, savings on merchandise and more. For more information on the limited time sale, visit BuschGardens.com/Williamsburg/ limited-time-offers/

Sesame Street Kids’ Weekends Return to Busch Gardens Williamsburg From Busch Gardens® Williamsburg Join all your favorite Sesame Street friends for springtime family fun and ALL-NEW activities during Busch Gardens’ Kids Weekends, on Fridays through Sundays now through April 24. The event takes place in Sesame Street® Forest of Fun™ with new themes and featured friends every weekend. Sing and dance along to Let’s Play Together in the Globe Theatre. Enjoy dance parties, games, story time, crafts and a colorful flower maze. Experience a first coaster ride on Grover’s Alpine Express and snap a photo to remember your visit at 1-2-3 Smile with Me! Over fifteen family-friendly rides and shows throughout the park offer a fun-filled day for all, while our most adventurous kids-at-heart can brave all nine of Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s iconic coasters, including the ALL-NEW Pantheon™, the world’s fastest multi-launch coaster which is now open! Everyday Heroes Weekend, April 8 — 10: Celebrate everyday heroes all weekend long with everyone’s favorite furry blue hero, Super Grover! Participate in our heroes-themed scavenger hunt and get ready to get up, get down and dance all around with Super Grover at the Furry Friends Dance Party. Easter Weekend, April 15 — 17: Spend


the holiday weekend with Elmo and Cookie Monster as you hop and bop your way through Sesame Street® Forest of Fun™! From dance parties and Easter-themed arts and crafts, to story time led by this dynamic duo, you won’t want to miss all the fun in store. Furry Friendship Weekend, April 22 — 24: Join Abby, Rosita and Zoe as they celebrate the joy of friendship all weekend long! This trio loves to dance, so get ready to move and

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ODU Art Student Awarded Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Visual Arts Fellowship By Jonah Grinkewitz Amber Pierce is not in it for the awards or accolades. “I would do art whether this happened or not,” she said. “So, any recognition or honor is just extra.” Pierce, an art education and 3D media and materials double major at Old Dominion University, was recently awarded a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Visual Arts Fellowship. She won in the crafts category for a series she created at ODU that combines ceramics with fibers - materials that can be embroidered, sewn or crocheted. Pierce used a technique called coil-building to create the ceramic vessels, then poked holes in them to adorn the pieces with assorted fabrics, embroidery floss, yarn, felt and found material. Her fibers professor, Ginger Brinn, a lecturer in ODU’s art department, inspired her by saying that fibers could be anything. “Discovering all these new materials because of the knowledgeable faculty at ODU guiding me has really expanded my art practice,” Pierce said. As an art education major, Pierce said she has been exposed to many different art forms that influenced her style. She credits Natalia Pilato, her art education and muralist professor, as a mentor. Rick Nickel, associate professor of art at ODU and Pierce’s ceramics professor, said that training culminated in her winning submission. “Amber has the uncanny ability to synthesize her well-developed drawing, painting, design, fibers and ceramic skills,” he said. “She found a way to weave all her interests together in a unique and original hybrid of craft and art.” Pierce said she wants to uplift others through her work, which incorporates her personal story and the stories of others. “Soft Spot to Rest Your Head” depicts two young Black girls holding hands surrounded by flowers. “During the events of 2020, I wanted to create a safe space of peace and joy for Black girls as a reprieve,” she said. “I wanted to reconstruct the idea of rest as an act of resilience. Making a pillow allowed me to create a physical space dedicated to the idea of momentarily forgetting one’s troubles and prioritizing rest and health maintenance.” Another piece, “Monumental,” is more personal. “This piece glorifies a commonplace, yet intimate, activity shared between my partner and I,” Pierce said. “I embellished the outside of my vessel with this image and wrote a personal statement on the back-

Amber Pierce, an art education and 3D media and materials double major at ODU, won a VMFA Fellowship in the crafts category.


side. It symbolizes a declaration to honor and celebrate small moments by solidifying snapshots and placing them into a space.” Alison Byrne, deputy director of exhibitions and education at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art and a juror for the VMFA Fellowship, said Pierce’s submission immediately captured her eye. “I found Amber’s work visually captivating, innovative and highly personal,” she said. “I appreciated her nod to the history of the medium combined with her original drawings, prints and transfers, as well as the incorporation of fiber.” The Fellowship comes with a $4,000 prize, which artists can use as desired, including for education and studio investments. “For Amber to receive this award, she

would be judged among a very large number of students from art schools throughout the entire commonwealth,” said Peter Eudenbach, professor and chair of ODU’s art department who also won a VMFA Fellowship in 2007. “For this reason, while the prize money is helpful, it is ultimately the endorsement from the VMFA that brings attention to young artists receiving this fellowship. “The strength and reputation of any art program is always connected to the strength of the students and what they accomplish.” Pierce said she is interested in doing more community-based art projects - a passion that her professors have picked up on. “I think you can really see her love for others in her work,” said Nickel.

Virginia War Memorial Seeks Personal Photos Of Virginia Vietnam War Veterans Taken During Their Service During The War From The Virginia War Memorial RICHMOND — The Virginia War Memorial is seeking personal photographs of Virginia Vietnam War veterans taken during their service in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. The photos will be reviewed by the Memorial staff and may be used for the upcoming exhibit entitled, 50 Years Beyond: The Vietnam War Experience. “We plan to feature photos of fifty Vietnam veterans from Virginia in the exhibit which will open January 27, 2023 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Paris Peace Accords which officially ended the Vietnam War,” said Dr. Clay Mountcastle, Director of the Virginia War Memorial. “These photos will be used alongside professional photo portraits of the selected veterans taken today.” The Virginia War Memorial is collaborating with award-winning photographer and US Navy veteran Laura Hatcher to take the contemporary photos of the Vietnam veterans selected. The Memorial staff is currently collecting “in-country” photos from the Vietnam War, personal correspondence, mementos and oral histories of veterans who served. Virginia Vietnam veterans should submit digital photos in jpg, tiff or PDF formats to the Virginia War Memorial by April 30, 2022 for consideration to be included in the upcoming exhibit. “We greatly appreciate the assistance of Vietnam veterans and their families in this project. Please be assured that the Virginia War Memorial will not reproduce, publish or copy any photos submitted during the selection phase for the exhibit,” Dr. Mountcastle added. “Once fifty veterans are selected, the Memorial will secure written permission from the veteran submitting the photo for use.” To submit photos and other materials, please go to https://vawarmemorial.org/50yearsbeyond/


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Mexican Grilled Corn Salad. (COURTESY PHOTO)

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deveined 2 cured chorizo sausages ¼ cup finely chopped fresh parsley 3 tablespoons lemon juice Preheat grill to medium-high heat; grease grates well. Prepare quinoa according to package directions, substituting chicken broth for water. Drain, reserving 1 cup chicken broth. In large saucepan, stir diced tomatoes with reserved chicken broth; bring to boil. Cook 3-5 minutes, or until thickened slightly. Stir in quinoa, peas and smoked

paprika. Cook 1 minute. Cover and let stand 10 minutes. In small bowl, stir olive oil, garlic, paprika, salt and pepper. Brush marinade over onion and red pepper. Toss half of remaining marinade with chicken and remaining marinade with shrimp. Grill chicken 6-8 minutes per side, or until well-marked and internal temperature reaches 165 F. Grill sausages, turning occasionally, 6-8 minutes, or until wellmarked and heated through. Grill shrimp 2-3 minutes per side, or until well-marked and cooked through. Grill red pepper and onion 2-3 minutes per side, or until wellmarked and tender. Chop chicken, sausage, red pepper and onion into bite-size pieces. Stir into quinoa mixture. Stir in shrimp, parsley and lemon juice. Serve warm or at room temperature. Mexican Grilled Corn Salad Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes Servings: 4 1 bag Success Jasmine Rice 3 ears corn ¼ cup lime juice 3 tablespoons mayonnaise 2 tablespoons sour cream 1 clove garlic, minced 1 teaspoon chili powder 1 teaspoon lime zest ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon black pepper ¼ teaspoon ground cumin ⅓ cup finely crumbled feta cheese 2 green onions, thinly sliced Prepare rice according to package directions. Set aside and allow to cool completely. Preheat grill to medium-high; grease grates well. Grill corn 10-12 minutes, or until well-marked and tender. Allow to cool slightly. Slice corn kernels from cobs and reserve. In medium bowl, stir lime juice, mayonnaise, sour cream, garlic, chili powder, lime zest, salt, pepper and cumin. Add rice, corn, feta and green onions. Toss well.

In large bowl, combine granola, butter and honey. Grease 11-inch tart pan with nonstick cooking spray. Line bottom of tart pan with parchment paper. Press granola mixture into tart pan. Place tart pan on baking sheet and bake 10 minutes. Cool completely.

To make filling: Using mixer, combine yogurt, cream cheese, sugar, vanilla extract and gelatin until whipped completely. Pour yogurt mixture into tart crust. Refrigerate at least 1 hour. Top with strawberries, blueberries and kiwis.

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Once the weather warms and the patio beckons, it’s time to break out the grill for home-cooked meals in the great outdoors. When your family tires of baked dishes and stovetop recipes, the smell of fresh flavors on the grates offers the reprieve of something new. For your next cookout with loved ones, enjoy all the flavor and none of the hassle with Grilled Quinoa Paella. Made with Success Tri-Color Quinoa and its boil-inbag process that takes just 10 minutes, you can celebrate more moments around the grill and spend less time in the kitchen. If you’re the kind of person who struggles deciding between proteins, this recipe is for you as it’s loaded with chicken, chorizo sausage and shrimp. Combined with an array of veggies, it’s ideal for sharing with family and friends. When the occasion calls for a meatless meal, this Mexican Grilled Corn Salad serves as a crowd favorite at barbecues or as a simple weeknight dinner. Grilled corn, sour cream, mayonnaise, feta cheese and chili powder are tossed with sweetly aromatic Success Jasmine Rice that cooks up soft and fluffy for a uniquely delicious flavor. Find more inspiration to light up the grill at SuccessRice.com. Grilled Quinoa Paella Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Servings: 6 2 bags Success Tri-Color Quinoa

Grilled Quinoa Paella. (COURTESY PHOTO)

4 cups chicken broth 1 cup canned diced tomatoes 1 cup frozen peas ¾ teaspoon smoked paprika 3 tablespoons olive oil 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 teaspoon paprika ¾ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon black pepper 1 onion, sliced into ¼-inch rounds 1 red bell pepper, halved 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs 12 ounces medium shrimp, peeled and

A Brunch Surprise for Mom By Culinary.net Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate and treat your mom to a delicious breakfast or brunch. Whether it’s a meal in bed or a beautiful spread on the dining room table, make the day special with simple recipes that are sure to impress. Try this Brunch Fruit Tart with a tasty granola crust and colorful fruit topping to start Mother’s Day in style. It’s a sweet option to begin her day on the right note. With a crunchy crust and smooth center, this tart is balanced, easy to make and a beautiful addition to the menu. It’s also easy to customize as the fruit topping options are nearly unlimited. Pick your mom’s favorites and decorate the top however you please. Or, let the little ones get creative and put their own spin on an essential Mother’s Day meal. For more brunch recipes, visit Culinary. net. Brunch Fruit Tart Recipe adapted from homemadeinterest.com Crust: 4 cups granola mixture ½ cup butter, softened 4 ½ tablespoons honey nonstick cooking spray Filling: 2 ¼ cups vanilla Greek yogurt 8 ounces cream cheese, softened ½ cup granulated sugar

Brunch Fruit Tart. (COURTESY PHOTO)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 package gelatin Toppings: strawberries, sliced blueberries kiwis, sliced To make crust: Preheat oven to 350 F.

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During the NICoE intensive outpatient program (IOP), staff nutritionist Ruth Clark teaches hands-on classes in the on-site patient kitchen. (PHOTO: TAHIRA HAYES (CTR), NICOE/WRNMMC, NSA BETHESDA)

Brain-Boosting Meal Plans Help Service Members with TBI Bysusie Currie (Ctr)

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Nutrition is one of eight domains of Total Force Fitness. Most of us know that changing the way you eat can improve energy, weight, heart health, and other physical issues. But did you know that it can also affect brain health? Research has shown that dietary changes may help relieve symptoms that might complicate recovery from a traumatic brain injury (TBI), such as chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and sleep problems. The Defense Intrepid Network for TBI and Brain Health (Intrepid Network), a group of 13 TBI clinics that includes two OCONUS sites, treats these symptoms using a comprehensive interdisciplinary model of care. This patient-centric approach includes traditional rehabilitation, neurological, and behavioral health treatments combined with integrative medicine interventions and skills-based training. At some Intrepid Network sites, individualized nutrition plans are part of the treatment. The National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE)The National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) webpage and the Intrepid Spirit Center (ISC)Intrepid Spirit

Center (ISC) webpage at Fort Belvoir have registered dietitians on staff who are also military veterans. This common ground makes it easier to build rapport with patients, said Fort Belvoir nutritionist Isa Kujawski, a Navy reservist who spent 10 years on active duty. NICoE dietitian Ruth Clark, an Army veteran, describes her approach as “focusing on ways to optimize nutrition in order to maximize healing potential.” During the NICoE intensive outpatient program (IOP), a four-week treatment program for active duty service members diagnosed with mild-to-moderate TBI and associated health conditions, Clark teaches group nutrition classes and sees patients individually to create personalized meal plans. Both Clark and Kujawski counsel patients on the benefits of an anti-inflammatory diet, in part because TBI can cause brain inflammation. “Inflammation is one of the first things I educate patients on,” said Kujawski. “It’s the body’s defense mechanism but can cause damage over time. That’s why adopting an anti-inflammatory diet is so important, especially for brain health.” Studies suggest that fatty fish, whole grains, legumes, and colorful vegetables and fruits all have anti-inflammatory properties. Processed, package or fried foods should be avoided as they may promote

inflammation. Many patients come in with what Clark considers overly restrictive diets, limiting both what to eat and how often. She stresses the importance of meal patterns for improved cognition. “Eating more frequently throughout the day gives the brain a steadier source of energy,” she said. She also explains how correcting nutritional deficiencies can improve a variety of symptoms, including problems with sleep quality or quantity. Sleep is 10 times more effective for overall health than any sexy supplement I can give you, explained Kujawski. Her approach is less about being on a diet and more about using food as medicine. The first step: testing micronutrient levels, especially folate and vitamins D, B6, and B12. Most of her patients have a vitamin D deficiency, which can be associated with depression, fatigue, and anxiety. Many also have gastrointestinal symptoms when they return from deployment. Causes are varied and hard to pinpoint, but several studies have confirmed a link between TBI recovery and gut health. For Kujawski, this makes sense. “The gut and brain are connected. About 90% of serotonin [a neurotransmitter associated with mood] is

made in the gut,” she said. “The state of your brain can affect the state of your digestion.” One Fort Belvoir ISC patient found relief by switching from a meat-heavy, high-carb diet to a plant-based one. In an email to Kujawski months after his treatment ended, he wrote: “All of my abdominal inflammation has disappeared … [along with] the massive cramping and abdominal pain I have had for years.” Tips for Reducing Inflammation Use more herbs and spices. Paprika, rosemary, ginger, cloves, and cinnamon are among many that have been shown to reduce inflammation. Increase plant-based proteins. Nuts, beans, and other plant-based proteins are rich in fiber, nutrients, and bioactive compounds that can help reduce chronic inflammation. Eat the rainbow. Fruits and vegetables of various colors contain different phytonutrients which play varying roles in lowering inflammation. For example, red foods contain lycopene, while green foods contain sulforaphane. Include more salmon and tuna in your diet. They are good sources of Omega 3, an essential fatty acid that can also be found in whole grains, walnuts, and green leafy vegetables. Eat dark chocolate that is at least 70% cocoa. Studies show that 1.5 ounces a day decreases inflammation. Dark chocolate contains plant compounds called flavanols, which can lower inflammation by acting as a rich antioxidant while also promoting healthy blood flow. For more information on the anti-inflammatory diet, see “Eating to Reduce InflammationEating to Reduce Inflammation webpage,” a resource from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The Chief of the Army Dental Corps Talks Dental Health & Readiness By Claudia Sanchez-Bustamante MHS Communications

Army Brig. Gen. Shan K. Bagby, chief of the Army Dental Corps and commanding general of Army Regional Health Command-Central, spoke with the MHS Communications team to discuss the importance of dental health for service members’ readiness, the impact of COVID19 on his team, the importance of diversity in the military, and his recent visit to the 2022 Army Best Medic Competition. M H S C o m m u n i c a t i o n s : Yo u recently attended this year’s Army Best Medic Competition (ABMC). How does this type of event prepare soldiers for Army medicine? Army Brig. Gen. Shan Bagby: The ABMC challenges the Army’s best medical personnel in a demanding, continuous, and realistic simulated operational environment that requires competitors to be agile and adaptive, just as they would have to be in a realworld tactical environment. It is designed to be both physically and mentally challenging as well as testing the competitors’ tactical medical proficiency and leadership skills. This event shows the strength and adaptability of Army Medicine to support the Army and the Joint Force. MHS Communications: Particularly during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, why is this competition so relevant for medical soldier teams and their training? Brig. Gen. Bagby: COVID-19 has not stopped the Army’s mission, soldiers around the world must be ready to fight tonight. Our medical soldiers must not only be medically ready but also be ready medical soldiers. Preparing for training and competing in this type of event further prepares our soldiers to be just that — ready at a moment’s notice to support the warfighter both here and abroad. Army medics allow warfighters to do their jobs knowing they’re in good hands if wounded and keeping our fighting force mission ready. MHS Communications: Why is physical fitness such an important aspect of this competition and Army medicine? Brig. Gen. Bagby: Physical fitness is important for any soldier. Being physically fit provides strength, stamina, and survivability for our soldiers to meet the Army mission to deploy, fight, and win our nation’s wars by providing ready, prompt, and sustained land dominance by Army forces across the full spectrum of conflict

Army Brig. Gen. (Dr.) Shan Bagby talks about the 2022 Army Best Medic Competition, the importance of diversity in the dental corps, and some tips service members should keep in mind about dental health.

as part of the Joint Force. MHS Communications: Black health and wellness is this year’s theme for Black History Month. What’s the importance of increasing diversity in the dental corps? Brig. Gen. Bagby: Having a diverse workforce is critical to the success of Army Medicine and our Army. Creating an environment where everyone is welcome ensures we can continue to recruit, train, and retain the best. Our organizations, like our society, are best served when we create an environment where people can contribute in a way that enables collective success. MHS Communications: MHS Communications is highlighting Dental Health Month throughout February. As a dentist and service member, can you talk about the importance of dental health in overall military medicine? Brig. Gen. Bagby: Military dental officers are highly trained health care professionals that provide dental care to soldiers in garrison and far forward on the battlefield. Military dentistry is integral to military

medicine. Oral health is fundamental to the overall readiness and health of the fighting force. For example, published reports reveal a wide range of dental emergency rates in military personnel from 111 to 437 per 1,000 personnel per year. Dental emergencies impact readiness and reduce combat power, both in training and in deployed environments. Studies have shown that soldiers have a greater than 75% chance of experiencing a dental emergency within one year if they are classified as dentally unready; 19% chance of experiencing a dental emergency within one year if they are dentally ready and have minor oral disease, but less than 1% chance of experiencing a dental emergency within one year if they are dentally ready to deploy. MHS Communications: Can you provide some of the key tips or themes related to dental health you wished all soldiers knew or kept in mind? Brig. Gen. Bagby: Absolutely. Soldiers should know: Dental cavities, or tooth decay, is a preventable disease. Diet and oral habits like tobacco are

influencers of oral health. Tooth decay occurs when the outer layer of the tooth, which is called the enamel, is eroded by acid produced by bacteria. Tooth decay is very prevalent in military aged young adults (those 20 years of age or under) and can impact mission readiness. Tobacco usage (smoking, dipping) and consumption of sodas and high-caloric beverages can be devastating to oral health and prevent a soldier from being mission capable and deployable. If consuming sugary drinks, use a straw to limit contact with the teeth. Brush at least once a day, but optimally twice a day. If unable to brush your teeth with a toothbrush, ensure that you rinse and wipe all tooth surfaces with a cloth. Drink fluoridated water and calcium-fortified beverages to help strengthen teeth. MHS Communications: In your perspective, how do you think the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the medical community in general and/or the dental community in particular? Brig. Gen. Bagby: COVID-19 had a huge impact on the medical and dental community. From the way we see patients to the way we protect ourselves against the illness, we all have had to make changes to how we do business. Generally speaking, we have increased the use of virtual health capabilities, made modifications to many services such as drive-up pharmacies and testing centers. We’ve ensured any necessary adjustments to clinical areas were made to accommodate physical distancing as well as many other things. Most importantly, however, are our people. The providers and support staff have put in countless hours at testing centers and within our military [hospitals and clinics] caring for the hundreds of thousands of beneficiaries who rely on us every day for their care. Our soldiers have deployed into some of the hardest hit areas providing support to civilian hospitals and cities fighting COVID-19. And then, we are also fighting COVID-19 within our ranks, just as everyone else around the world. The men and women who make up Regional Health Command-Central and Army Medicine are a dedicated, compassionate, professional, and resilient team of people. Each and every day, they walk into work ready to take care of their patients and each other. So, while COVID-19 may create a change to how we do things, we will remain ready at a moment’s notice to take on the next mission that comes to us.

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