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Sailor for 2021

Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) selected its Sailor of the Year (SOY) for calendar year 2021, April 1, onboard Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek Fort Story. PAGE A7 VOL. 29, NO. 15, Norfolk, VA | flagshipnews.com

April 21-April 27, 2022


The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98) returns to its homeport, Naval Station Norfolk, April 13, 2022. Forrest Sherman deployed to the European theater of operations and participated in a range of maritime activities in support of Naval Forces Europe and NATO Allies. (PETTY OFFICER 2ND CLASS ANDERSON W BRANCH)

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NAVAL STATION NORFOLK — The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98) returned home to Naval Station Norfolk following a surge deployment, April 13. Forrest Sherman operated with NATO Allies and partners in the Eastern Atlantic, North Sea and Baltic Sea over the past three months. The crew conducted over 200 hours of flight operations, 11 drills with NATO Allies and partners, six strait transits and six replenishments-at-sea. The drills required close coordination of maneuver-

ing operations, cross-deck flight operations, and flashing light and flag-hoist drills with navies from Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland and Sweden. During the deployment, Forrest Sherman completed port visits to Stockholm, Sweden, and Gdansk, Poland, strengthening the U.S. commitment to security in the region. While in port Stockholm, the crew hosted Ambassador Erik Ramanathan, the U.S. Ambassador to Sweden; Rear Adm. Ewa Skoog Haslum, chief of the Swedish Navy and commander maritime component command (MCC); and several Swedish flag officers. In port Gdansk, members of the crew volunteered in a community relations event where they assisted in the packing, loading, sorting

and distribution of donations to Ukrainian refugees in the Gdansk region. “The Forrest Sherman crew displayed their ‘Relentless Fighting Spirit’ during this deployment,” said Cmdr. Greg Page, commanding officer of USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98). “Their dedication to executing the mission is evident in their hard work. They are deeply committed to each other and this ship, which was evident when they were tasked to prepare for this deployment under a condensed certification timeline. The crew was excited to showcase our ship’s capabilities while operating with NATO Allies and European partners in theater.” U.S. 2nd Fleet, reestablished in 2018 in

USS Mitscher Returns to Norfolk After Surge Deployment By Petty Officer 3rd Class Dan Serianni USS Mitscher (Ddg 57)

NORFOLK, Va. — Nearly 300 Sailors arrived home to Naval Station Norfolk aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57) following a surge deployment to the European theater of operations, April 16. Mitscher rapidly deployed in January to join the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. This was the ship’s second homecoming in several months. Mitscher returned from an extended nine month deployment with the Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group in September 2021. While deployed, the ship conducted presence operations and defense of the HSTCSG with the Greek, Italian, Norwegian


“The Forrest Sherman crew displayed their ‘Relentless Fighting Spirit’ during this deployment,” — Cmdr. Greg Page, response to the changing global security environment, develops and employs maritime forces ready to fight across multiple domains in the Atlantic and Arctic in order to ensure access, deter aggression and defend U.S., allied, and partner interests.

EOD Expeditionary Support Unit 1 Holds Change-of-Command By Lt. John Mike

Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group One

A Sailor assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57), embraces his wife after the ship’s return to homeport, Naval Station Norfolk, April 16. ( MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 1ST CLASS RYAN SEELBACH)

and Turkish navies. “No nation can confront today’s challenges alone,” said Cmdr. Thomas McCandless,

commanding officer of Mitscher. “A more resilient and rapidly Turn to USS Mitscher, Page 7

CORONADO, Calif. — Explosive Ordnance Disposal Expeditionary Support Unit (EODESU) 1 welcomed its newest leader during a change-of-command ceremony at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, Calif., April 15. Cmdr. Blake Whittle relieved Capt. Patrick Brown in front of friends, family members, and EODESU-1 personnel as part of an outdoor ceremony at the unit’s headquarters. Brown took command of EODESU-1 in July 2020. Under his leadership, EODESU-1 achieved a 100% success rate on Immediate Superior in Command and Type Commander inspections, and his Sailors’ efforts earned the unit its first Battle

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Efficiency Award. “You placed an immense amount of trust in me and [leadership], and I thank you for that,” said Brown, as he likened the unit’s culture to that of a large family. “To be the head of this household is amazing and humbling.” Brown’s next assignment will be as director, ordnance logistics (N42) at U.S. Pacific Fleet in Hawaii. Director, Logistics, Fleet Supply and Ordnance, N4, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Rear Adm. Dion D. English, used his keynote address to highlight the dedication of Brown and his team. “Their duties are difficult, important and often unpraised,” said English, who served as the unit’s commanding officer from Turn to EOD, Page 7

Inauguration Ceremony

The command religious ministries department hosted a Torah and Ark inauguration ceremony in the ship’s foc’sle April 10. PAGE A2


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CRMD hosts Torah and ark inauguration ceremony By Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert Stamer USS George Washington (CVN 73)

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — The command religious ministries department aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) and the Jewish Community Centers and Jewish Community Camps (JCCs) Association of North America hosted a Torah and Ark inauguration ceremony in the ship’s foc’sle April 10. The Torah was presented to the ship in 2011, while the ship was Forward Deployed Naval Forces in Yokosuka, Japan. In 2017, the Torah was sent off ship for restoration when George Washington entered refueling complex overhaul (RCOH). The newly-restored Torah scroll and custom-designed ark inaugurated for use in the ship’s new chapel were funded by the Sillins family. “It makes me happy that all religions are acknowledged,” said Jessica Sillins, daughter of Bernard and Joyce Sillins, who restored the final letters of the Torah by hand. “Sailors should have somewhere to go when they need some sort of guidance. Whether it’s a Bible, a Torah or whatever it is that they need.” Much like the milestones that the ship must complete to return to sea, this is a milestone that supports the religious freedom of the ship’s crew. “The reason why we are here today is because of George Washington Sailors,” said the ship’s Chaplain Cmdr. David J. Jeltema, from Kalamazoo, Michigan.“It’s a tangible reminder every time you walk by the chapel that there are people in your spiritual community who care about you, and who desire to see you remain connected to the faith you share.” Attending the ceremony were the ship’s Commanding Officer Capt. Brent C. Gaut, from Stockton, California; rabbi and retired U.S. Navy Capt. Irv A. Elson; the JCC Association of North America board chair Gary E. Jacobs; the incoming JCC Association of North America board chair David Wax; and president and CEO of the JCC Association of North America Don Krakow. After the ceremony, the attendees were given a guided tour of the ship, which included crew living spaces, mess decks, and chapel. The command religious ministries department aboard the ship provides religious services and functions, accommodating the many different religious beliefs of the crew. Having a Torah dedicated aboard a ship shows strength in diversity of all religions. “It is important to recognize and support

A Torah sits in its Ark aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). The Torah was officially loaned to the ship during a rededication and Ark inauguration ceremony in the ships foc’sle. George Washington is undergoing refueling complex overhaul (RCOH) at Newport News Shipyard. RCOH is a multi-year project performed only once during a carrier’s 50-year service life that includes refueling the ship’s two nuclear reactors, as well as significant repairs, upgrades, and modernization. ( PETTY OFFICER 3RD CLASS DYXAN WILLIAMS)

the spiritual life of every single Sailor, regardless of creed,” said Elson. “Events like the Torah re-dedication hosted aboard reinforce that religious diversity is valued in the

U.S. Navy, and makes the Navy stronger.” George Washington is currently conducting RCOH at Newport News Shipyard. RCOH is a multi-year project performed

NPS Students Explore Potential Cost Efficiency of Battery-Powered Warships By Rebecca Hoag

Naval Postgraduate School

When Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Financial Management students Lt. Cmdr. Evan Bloxham and Lts. Christopher Masters and Ashraful Haque, started their joint research project on the financial feasibility of powering warships using lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries, they were admittedly skeptical it would actually yield any results favoring this form of electrification. “We found a lot of research and were very interested in the progress that had been made by lithium-ion batteries, as well as how much investment in both the public and private sector was going into it,” Masters explains. “We were both kind of skeptical about the application of and the actual savings that lithium-ion batteries can provide. And so we just wanted to look into it and see if, on a longtime scale or large project, is there potential for cost savings?” The student team’s capstone project was funded in part by a Naval Research Program (NRP) grant secured in Oct. 2021 to explore net-zero pathways for the operational Navy. At the end of the project, they presented their work in a virtual brief, which was attended by many experts at NPS as well as outside interests, including the senior climate advisor for

the Navy. There will be three additional projects briefed through the grant over the 2022 Academic Year. “There’s been a lot of interest in the Pathways to Net Zero Emissions because of the push within the DOD and other federal agencies to reach net-zero by 2050,” says Kristen Fletcher, a Faculty Associate for Research in the Energy Academic Group (EAG) at NPS. Fletcher was one of the students’ advisors, along with Dr. Simona Tick, an NPS manpower and economics lecturer in the Department of Defense Management. The students conducted a cost-benefit analysis on converting a gas-powered warship to be powered using a Li-ion battery system, eventually developing a working financial model that can be used to calculate the carbon emissions of the service fleet using gas turbine as well as the battery alternative over the span of 15 years. The costs they look at included the energy needs of the warship to run for a year, the cost of the battery and the conversion process, the cost of fuel prior to conversion, the social cost of emissions, and the difference in maintenance costs between gas and Li-ion powered ships. Emissions are relatively straight forward for a gas-powered warship, but they also calculated the emissions associated with using U.S. domestic energy, which is not all

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from renewables. They used the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s conversion rates to determine the energy use in gas-powered ships versus Li-ion battery powered ones. The team also looked at three different oil price scenarios based on market volatility. Under the methodology employed by the student team, the results demonstrated significant savings in manpower. Specifically, they found that Li-ion batteries required no mechanics and nearly half as many electricians. This alone could save the Navy over $435 million a year fully realized. Recognizing the battery systems would require replacement after in the 8th year of operation, the team also factored in potential cost savings through the resale of recyclable materials. And they estimated the cost of switching out batteries to be about half the cost of the initial conversion from a gas-powered turbine to electric power. According to the team’s estimates, the Navy would spend between $138 million and $256 million to switch a gas-powered warship to run on a Li-ion battery. Juxtaposed with the potential estimated savings of anywhere between $38 million to $156 million, per year, by making the switch and the team says their results speak volumes. “Even in the most limiting scenario, which

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is the low oil price scenario, still 62 precent of the time it came out that [the Li-ion switch] was preferred, which to us suggests it does present significant cost savings to the government, at least from a strictly financial standpoint,” Masters said during the team’s final briefing. Most of the savings comes from the reduction of energy needs, the team reported, but they did also look at other gas-powered turbine options that might increase a warship’s cost-savings or energy efficiency without the wholesale switch to electrification. It’s an area of potential further research, as is the maintainability, reliability and survivability of Li-ion batteries, the students said. There are also possible hybrid energy solutions, and the maritime applications of Li-ion batteries in coastal waters and within smaller crafts, as additional areas of research. All three students have graduated, and are now in follow on assignments, or preparing for them. Masters is attending a submarine officer advanced course in preparation for going back out to sea, Haque is working on the budget for Marine Corps medical care, and Bloxham started at the Presidential Helo Program (PMA 274) as a deputy business financial manager. The team says their capstone experience has definitely changed their perspective to the value in pursuing renewable energy solutions. “I hope I have the opportunity to influence DOD decision-makers on making more investments in green energy,” Haque says. “Every opportunity I get, I will try to advocate for that.”


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Lt. Cmdr. Chad Thompson, an Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP) Emergency Medicine resident, was recognized by the City of Suffolk at the annual award ceremony, April 5. The Suffolk Police Department awarded Thompson the Citizen’s Award for his selfless act of heroism at a motorcycle accident on May 8, 2021.

NMCP EM residenst receives Suffolk Award By Petty Officer 2nd Class Dylan Kinee

Naval Medical Center - Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Lt. Cmdr. Chad Thompson, an Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP) Emergency Medicine resident, was recognized by the City of Suffolk at their annual awards cere-

mony, April 5. The Suffolk Police Department awarded Thompson the Citizen’s Award for his selfless act of heroism at a motorcycle accident on May 8, 2021. “It felt really great to be recognized amongst other great civilians in Suffolk and the numerous police officers doing amazing

things within our community,” said Thompson. “I am so glad I was available to help our police, fire and EMS personnel on this particular case, and I appreciate that they do this on a daily basis.” Upon witnessing the motorcycle accident, Thompson provided immediate medical care until first responders arrived.

“I felt it was my duty to help this individual after this accident, and I know that everyone else in the emergency medicine residency would have performed the same actions that I did,” said Thompson. “I am grateful that I was recognized but I could not have done it without all of the assistance and training from our physician faculty members and my fellow residents who have been there with me through all of this training,” he added. As the U.S. Navy’s oldest, continuously-operating military hospital since 1830, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, part of the Tidewater Market, serves eligible beneficiaries at the nationally-acclaimed, state-of-the-art medical center, along with the area’s 10 branch health and TRICARE Prime Clinics.

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Capt. Robert Francis, commodore of newly established Combined Task Force (CTF) 153, left, and Capt. Daniel Prochazka, commanding officer of USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20), speak aboard the amphibious command ship in Aqaba, Jordan, April 17. CTF 153 is a Combined Maritimes Forces task force focused on maritime security and capacity building in the Red Sea, Bab al-Mandeb and Gulf of Aden. ( CPL DEANDRE DAWKINS)

New International Naval Task Force to Enhance Red Sea Security By NAVCENT Public Affairs

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

MANAMA, Bahrain — Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) established a new international naval task force April 17 to enhance maritime security in the Red Sea region. During a ceremony at the U.S. Navy’s regional headquarters in Bahrain, Vice Adm. Brad Cooper, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet and CMF, commissioned Combined

Task Force (CTF) 153. “This is a tangible and meaningful demonstration of our commitment to ensuring regional maritime security and stability through international cooperation,” said Cooper. As CMF’s fourth task force, CTF 153 will focus on international maritime security and capacity-building efforts in the Red Sea, Bab al-Mandeb and Gulf of Aden. CMF is the largest standing multinational naval partnership with 34 nations

committed to the international rules-based order at sea. The organization’s other task forces include CTF 150, which now focuses on maritime security in the Gulf of Oman and Indian Ocean; CTF 151, which leads regional counter-piracy efforts; and CTF 152, dedicated to maritime security in the Arabian Gulf. “The Middle East region is dynamic and vast. There’s not one navy who can patrol the surrounding waters by themselves,” said Cooper. “We are always at our best when we

are teaming with partners.” Cooper designated U.S. Navy Capt. Robert Francis to initially serve as CTF 153’s commander. However, a regional partner will assume the leadership role in the fall. The task force staff will include as many as 15 U.S. and international military personnel from CMF member-nations. The staff is currently embarked aboard amphibious command ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) operating in regional waters. When not at sea, CTF 153 personnel will work from offices ashore at CMF headquarters in Manama, Bahrain. CMF was established in 2001 with 12 like-minded countries to counter the threat of international terrorism. The organization was later expanded to include counter-piracy operations and added a 34th member in 2021.

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Aviation Maintenance Technology SkillBridge Program Expands to Naval Station Norfolk By Embry Riddle Public Affairs

NORFOLK, Va. — A new SkillBridge Program for transitioning sailors is launching in the Hampton Roads area. On May 23, 2022, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and their industry-hiring partners are bringing an Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) SkillBridge Program to Naval Station Norfolk. “This SkillBridge Program has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic and is a great opportunity for transitioning Service members in the Hampton Roads area seeking employment in the aviation maintenance industry”, stated Douglas Morfeld, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Work and Family Life Coordinator. “We’re excited to launch our Aviation Maintenance SkillBridge Program at Naval Station Norfolk”, said Angela C. Albritton, Director of Military Relations and Strategic

Initiatives for Embry-Riddle’s Worldwide Campus. “The civilian aviation industry just went through unprecedented times, but the signs are all pointing to a robust recovery and the need for aviation maintenance talent remains strong. Boeing’s revised 20-year forecast states that 739,000 aviation maintenance technicians are needed globally, and 192,000 are needed in North America alone.” The AMT SkillBridge Program is a nineweek, full-time program designed to train and place transitioning service members, honorably-discharged veterans and eligible military spouses into aviation maintenance and technician careers with six very reputable aerospace industry partners who are committed to interviewing and hiring. “The program provides broad academic knowledge of general aeronautics, airframe, and power plant systems.” said Kenneth Witcher, Ph.D., dean of the College of Aeronautics. “Successful completion of the Skill-

Bridge program provides graduates with an 18-credit hour Aviation Maintenance Certificate, which can be transferred into an Associates or Bachelor of Aviation Maintenance or Aeronautics degree program from Embry-Riddle, and a Boeing 737 Familiarization Certificate from industry hiring partner AAR.” In addition to the nine-week technical coursework, participants receive a variety of career enhancement opportunities to include coaching, resume writing, and industry partner onboarding activities. Participants are guaranteed interviews with at least one of the following industry hiring partners: AAR; HAECO Americas; Lockheed Martin; Northrop Grumman; Pratt & Whitney and StandardAero. “The good news is that program participants are not required to have an aviation maintenance background”, says Ryan Goertzen Vice President Maintenance Work-

force Development — AAR Corp. “The Embry-Riddle SkillBridge program provides the fastest way to transition from the military to a career in aviation maintenance that exists today.” The program is offered three times per year, in January, May and September. It is open to military Service members who are within six months of separation or retirement, as well as recently transitioned veterans with an honorable discharge and military spouses. Program attendees must meet Navy SkillBridge eligibility and partner requirements and be willing to relocate to industry partner hiring locations. The program has already successfully graduated more than 250 transitioning service members and veterans at Camp LejeuneNew River; Jacksonville, FL; Ft. Bragg, NC; Ft. Campbell, KY; Ft. Carson, CO and Camp Pendleton, CA. A virtual program is also available for transitioning service members who are not physically located at one of these military installations. For more information on this military transition program, please visit https://worldwide. erau.edu/amtp or contact ERAU at Norfolk@ erau.edu or by phone at 757-440-5078.











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Cmdr. Andrew Thom, oncoming commanding officer of the“Grey Wolves”of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 142, left, and Commander, Carrier Air Wing 8 Capt. Daryl Trent conduct a fly by of USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) during a VAQ-142 change of command ceremony, April 14, 2022. ( PETTY OFFICER 1ST CLASS JULIE MATYASCIK)

VAQ-142 Change of Command By Petty Officer 2nd Class Nolan Pennington USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78)

Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 142, “Gray Wolves,” assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8, held an airborne change of command ceremony aboard USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), April 14. A flyover was conducted by VAQ-142’s relieving and departing commanding officers, signifying a farewell flight for Cmdr. Andrew Imperatore, the departing commanding officer, and a welcoming flight for Cmdr. Andrew Thom, the reliev-

ing commanding officer. During Imperatore’s command, he developed and implemented a robust training plan, enabling the completion of 239 Growler Weapons and Tactics Program events, the qualification of two Strike Leads, three Suppression of Enemy Air Defense Package Commanders and six Mission Commanders. He consistently pushed his junior officers to earn advanced qualification, leading to 12 EA/18G Naval Air Training and operating Procedures Standardization Instructors, while increasing Sailor retention with 36 reenlistments. “Commander Imperatore is a passionate

individual who has the ability to motivate people,” said Thom. “Commander Imperatore put a huge emphasis on teamwork. He was very motivating and brought a group of Sailors toward a common purpose. I am excited to keep that up and take the squadron to the next step here on the USS Gerald R. Ford and CAG 8.” Thom, a native of Yorktown, Virginia, commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps, receiving his Naval Aviator Wings in 2005. “I am looking forward to the ability to make a positive impact,” said Thom. “I would like to bring a sense of empowering

my Sailors to take ownership of their piece of our mission success and to know they are entrusted to perform their jobs without oversight.” “I want us to do the best we can,” said Thom. “I want to make this a productive, safe and exciting place to come to work where we are excited for mission accomplishment, to treat each other like family, like the Gray Wolves that we are, continuing to do great things, and however I can do that, I am excited for the opportunity.” CVW-8 consists of eight aircraft squadrons flying FA-18E/F Super Hornets, E-2D Hawkeyes, and MH-60R/S Seahawks. More than 1,500 personnel are assigned to CVW-8, part of Carrier Strike Group Twelve. For more news from USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), visit www.dvidshub.net/CVN78 or www.facebook.com/USSGeraldRFord.







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Seabee Diver Named NECC’s Top Sailor for 2021 By Chief Petty Officer Kimberly Martinez Navy Expeditionary Combat Command

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) selected its Sailor of the Year (SOY) for calendar year 2021, April 1, onboard Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek Fort Story. Utilitiesman 1st Class Kenneth Massey, assigned to Underwater Construction Team (UCT) 2 in Port Hueneme, Calif., earned the title after edging out six other Sailors. Massey, from Luxemburg, Wisc., graduated boot camp in 2002 and immediately went to utilitiesman “A School” in Texas. “It was surreal hearing my name announced as the winner,” said Massey. “I was in a fog and I didn’t believe it until Master Chief Straney reached for my hand. I looked in the crowd and saw my local supporters cheering and smiling. Just seeing how proud they were was amazing. Everyone had so much faith in me the entire way through. Even my son at home knew the Sailor’s Creed because I said it so much. The board prep from previous winners and others who helped me was great. I attribute this selection to them because I didn’t do this alone.” The selection board consisted of three Norfolk-based master chief petty officers, who evaluated the Sailors on their scope of responsibility, leadership, and boardsmanship. The pool

Sailors competing to be named Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) Sailor of the Year (SOY) pose outside of the command’s headquarters building, March 28. Utilitiesman 1st Class Kenneth Massey won the title, April 1, during a ceremony onboard Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek Fort Story, edging out six other Sailors. (SPENCER LAYNE)

of candidates were nominated by commands assigned to the Navy Expeditionary Force, who believed the group sustained superior performance throughout the year. “Your presence here today means that you’ve already demonstrated the leadership and capability at the deckplates that we expect from our next chief petty officers, and the chiefs that will come after them,” said Rear Adm. Joseph A. DiGuardo Jr., commander, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command. “You share a common connection, and it’s not just the qualities of a future chief petty officer, it’s a deeper camaraderie that has been embedded in our expeditionary warriors throughout history and represents a tenacity that led the path to freedom we have today. That tenacity is what we see in all of you as you continue to carry out that legacy of greatness for our force and our Navy.”

Massey credits his junior Sailors, peers and leadership over the course of his career with making him into the Sailor he is today. He went on to say that he will use his new position to continue to develop and challenge himself, and the Sailors he comes across in the Fleet to be the leaders our nation needs in service. “NECC has high standards for the type of people we need in our units. I know our standards for those coming in my unit, the Underwater Construction Team, are high and I hold myself and my peers to that metric. Doing this over that past 15 years, at each of my commands, has made this success achievable, “said Massey. The nominees spent a week in Virginia Beach attending networking events and preparing for their final face-to-face boards. “The pool of candidates was really

competitive year and we had a great group of Sailors from which to select a winner from,” said Chief Personnel Specialist Florrie Espinal, NECC Force SOY program coordinator. “It was an honor getting to know all of the Sailors competing for the award and learning so much about them and their careers in the process. UT1 Massey is a phenomenal Sailor and is very deserving of the title of SOY and all that accompanies it.” Navy Expeditionary Combat Command is located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, with a mission to man, train, equip and sustain Navy Expeditionary Combat Forces. NECC Sailors clear the battlespace of hazards; secure critical terrain; build infrastructure and logistics chains; and protect the Fleet, facilities and forces.


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July 2012 to June 2014. “However, each and every one of them is critical to the superb support that has become [EODESU-1’s] hallmark.” In his first address as EODESU-1’s commanding officer, Whittle thanked Brown for his leadership and expressed his excitement to work with the unit’s civilians and Sailors. “I know you’re the very best, and I look forward to getting to know the entire team and working with you to continue our critical mission together,” said Whittle. EODESU-1 plans, coordinates, integrates and provides logistics support that allows Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group (EODGRU) 1 and its units to support the fleet and joint force in accomplishing national objectives.

innovating Navy, combined with a robust set of allies and partners, demonstrate NATO’s commitment to a free and open global commons. I can say without a doubt that our crew rose to the task. With a 10-day notice, Mitscher was able to onload ammunition and deploy with ease.” The crew enjoyed one port visit to Aksaz, Turkey, where they toured several historical sites and experienced local hospitality. “We arrived in theater and seamlessly integrated with forces who were already on station,” said McCandless. “Mitscher did indeed ‘Seize the Day!’ ” The U.S. Navy presence in Europe is in accordance with international commitments and agreements and is necessary to reassure our Allies and partners of our commitment to collective defense.

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Chalking Up Awareness Making a statement. Which is exactly what Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Estella Obando and others did to acknowledge April is Sexual Assault Awareness Prevention Month. PAGE B6

RevX upgrades MHS GENESIS at Puget Sound Military Health System By Douglas Stutz

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Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) pulls in to port in Copenhagen, Denmark March 21, 2022. The Sullivans is operating in the European theater of operations and participating in a range of maritime activities in support of U.S. Sixth Fleet and NATO Allies. (PETTY OFFICER 3RD CLASS MARK KLIMENKO)

By Ensign Kelly Harris Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) returned to Naval Station Mayport after a three-month deployment to the European theater of operations, April 18. This surge deployment follows a 2021 deployment with the Royal Navy’s HMS Queen Elizabeth Strike Group (CSG-21), from which The Sullivans returned home just before Thanksgiving. The Sullivans was in sustainment when it departed Naval Station Mayport in January 2022. Ships in the sustainment phase of the Optimized Fleet Response Plan remain ready for contingency tasking before entering a maintenance phase. “Despite the dynamic schedule and demanding operational tasking, The Sullivans crew displayed resiliency, grit and determined self-sufficiency to accomplish all missions,” said Cmdr. James Diefenderfer, Jr., commanding officer of The Sullivans. “We are incredibly proud of our team’s accomplishments.” The crew navigated over 20,000 nautical miles, operating in the Irish, North and Baltic Seas, and conducted 12 sea and anchor details, 11 underway replen-

ishments, and port visits to Copenhagen, Denmark; Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Ponta Delgada, Portugal; and Rota, Spain. While deployed, The Sullivans participated in NATO Exercise Dynamic Guard 2022 in the North Sea. Dynamic Guard, hosted by Norway, is a biannual, multinational electronic warfare exercise series designed to provide tactical training for the NATO Response Force and NATO national units. For the first time in three years, two U.S. vessels participated to further enhance the ongoing cooperation, strength and interoperability between NATO Allies. The Sullivans continued operations with three NATO countries within Standing NATO Maritime Group (SNMG) 1, which was comprised of the German Navy Type 702 Berlin-class replenishment ship FGS Berlin (A1411), the Royal Netherlands Navy Karel Doorman-class multi-purpose frigate HNLMS Van Amstel (F831) and the Royal Danish Navy Iver Huitfeldt-class frigate HDMS Peter Willemoes (F362). During the ship’s 2021 deployment, the crew operated with the Royal Danish Navy Absalon-class frigate HDMS Esbern Snare (F342) in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. Almost a year later, Esbern Snare escorted The Sullivans through the Danish Strait, demonstrating expert seamanship, navigation and cooperation through one of

the busiest waterways in the world. “While we take time to recover and spend well deserved time at home, we are focusing our efforts on ensuring The Sullivans can continue to operate at peak performance for years to come,” said Diefenderfer. “Our immediate mission is the expert execution of our maintenance availability and continued training to prepare the ship and crew for future tasking. I know this crew will be ready for whatever comes next - We Stick Together!” As The Sullivans returns to Mayport, the crew now looks forward to reuniting with their families, friends, and loved ones. “I want to recognize the incredible courage at home that our families demonstrated while we were deployed for 10 of the last 12 months,” said Diefenderfer. “It is not an easy task to send your Sailor over the horizon for such an extended duration, and we thank you for your unwavering support.” U.S. 2nd Fleet, reestablished in 2018 in response to the changing global security environment, develops and employs maritime forces ready to fight across multiple domains in the Atlantic and Arctic in order to ensure access, deter aggression and defend U.S., allied, and partner interests. For more information, please visit https:// www.facebook.com/thesullivansddg68/, www.navy.mil, www.facebook.com/usnavy, or www.twitter.com/usnavy.

BREMERTON , Wa. — The Department of Defense integrated electronic health record MHS GENESIS is being upgraded at Puget Sound Military Health System military treatment facilities. Just as Madigan Army Medical Center, Naval Health Clinic Oak Harbor, the Air Force’s 62nd Medical Squadron and Naval Hospital Bremerton were the first to deploy MHS GENESIS in 2017, they are now amongst initial sites to implement MHS GENESIS Revenue Cycle Expansion (RevX) in 2022. RevX is specifically designed with new features, functionalities and capabilities as a crucial next step for Defense Health Agency commands such as NHB to increase their efficiency in managing resources when meeting patient demand. “RevX went live April 1, 2022. Business and clinical champions came together to identify the need for a “clinically driven revenue cycle” that ties what we do in the clinic to what the coders and billers are able to capture. This ensures that the work we are doing in the clinic is being accounted for and also ensures that we are capturing potential revenue from beneficiaries who might have other health insurance,” said Lt. Cmdr. Paul Flood, NHB chief medical informatics officer, staff physician, and Urgent Care Clinic department head. RevX is designed as the the next step to hone efficiency in such administrative and management areas as meeting patient demands, managing patient records, and detailing patient accounting. Above all, insists Flood, RevX introduces a cultural shift towards a clinically driven revenue cycle culture which will optimize decision-making for leadership at NHB. It’s designed to integrate and standardize clinical and business workflow processes in delivering positive patient outcomes. RevX will improve operational efficiency for the business communities, as well as provide predictability and accuracy of supply and logistics for the command. What does all this mean for an eligible beneficiary? RevX will streamline the administrative workload typically associated with every appointment so clinicians can focus on patient care. It will be part of every patient appointment, which starts with scheduling that appointment, which then leads to the Patient Identification Process, one of the Turn to RevX, Page 7

Laser Trailblazer: Navy Conducts Historic Test of New Laser Weapon System By Warren Duffie Jr. Office Of Naval Research

ARLINGTON, Va.—The ground-based laser system homed in on the red drone flying by, shooting a high-energy beam invisible to the naked eye. Suddenly, a fiery orange glow flared on the drone, smoke poured from its engine and a parachute opened as the craft tumbled downward, disabled by the laser beam. The February demonstration marked the first time the U.S. Navy used an all-electric, high-energy laser weapon to defeat a target representing a subsonic cruise missile in flight. Known as the Layered Laser Defense (LLD), the weapon was designed and built by Lockheed Martin to serve as a multi-domain, multi-platform demonstration system. It can counter unmanned aerial systems and fast-attack boats with a highpower laser—and also use its high-resolution telescope to track in-bound air threats, support combat identification and conduct battle damage assessment of engaged targets. The drone shoot-down by the LLD was part of a recent test sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) at the U.S. Army’s High Energy Laser Systems Test Facility at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The demonstration was a partnership between ONR, the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Research and Engineering) and Lockheed Martin. “Innovative laser systems like the LLD

Target Drone During High Energy Laser Engagement. (LOCKHEED MARTIN)

have the potential to redefine the future of naval combat operations,” said Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Lorin C. Selby. “They present transformational capabilities to the fleet, address diverse threats, and provide precision engagements with a deep magazine to complement existing defensive systems and enhance sustained lethality in high-intensity conflict.” The LLD testing supports a broader

effort by the naval research and development community, partnered closely with the fleet, to mature technologies and field a family of laser weapons that can address multiple threats using a range of escalating options. These capabilities range from non-lethal measures, such as optical “dazzling” and disabling of sensors, to destruction of a target. Laser weapons provide new precision and

speed of engagement for naval warfighters. They also offer simplified logistics that are safer for ships and their crews, as lasers are not dependent on the traditional propellants or gunpowder-based ordnance found on ships. Instead, modern high-power lasers run on electricity, making them inherently safer and able to provide weapon capability as long as a ship has power. This also means the cost per engagement for a laser weapon can be very low, since the only consumable item expended is fuel to run the system. For years, the Department of Defense (DoD) and all the Services have recognized the promise of directed-energy weapons such as lasers, and continue to prioritize research. Recently, the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, the Hon. Heidi Shyu, re-affirmed that directed energy is one of the DoD’s critical technology areas. ONR plays an important role in developing technologies for laser weapons and has fielded demonstration systems for operational experimentation. Notably, in 2014 ONR saw the Laser Weapon System tested successfully aboard the USS Ponce in the Persian Gulf. More recently, ONR fielded the Laser Weapon System Demonstrator aboard the USS Portland in 2021. Although there’s no plan to field the LLD, it offers a glimpse into the future of laser weapons. It is compact and powerful, yet more efficient than previous systems. It has Turn to Laser, Page 7


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Only the lonely: What kills us doesn’t make us stronger By Lisa Smith Molinari Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about loneliness. Not only as it has related to my life, but as a state of being that affects humankind in general. I know what you’re thinking… “Wow, that’s real deep, Lisa.” Perhaps, “Who died and made you the Dahli Lama?” Or, maybe, “I’m bored and turning to the funny pages.” Patience, people! Loneliness is an important subject because it affects everyone, whether it’s the 4rd grader who eats lunch in the cafeteria by himself every day, the adolescent girl who didn’t get invited to prom, the middle-aged man whose wife left him for another woman, the old woman whose husband dies before she does. In the military community, loneliness and social isolation are prevalent, because our mobile lifestyles distance us from our social groups more frequently than others. We often find ourselves in unfamiliar locations, schools, and workplaces, surrounded by strangers. It’s up to us to make new relationships after each move, which can be awkward and make us feel like losers. Every time my navy family moved during and after my husband’s 28 years of active duty service, I regressed to my insecure middle schooler days. I didn’t have acne, curl my bangs into a sausage roll, or wear headgear, but in every new location, I

sheepishly looked around at others and wondered pitifully, “Do they like me? Am I cool enough? Will I fit in?” Over the years I became accustomed to regular bouts of isolation and loneliness. It was, of course, to be expected after moves, during deployments and travel duty. Simply part of the job of being a military spouse. I may have developed some strange coping habits, but I often decided to be my own source of emotional support, rather than relying on others. I pulled my big girl panties up and handled it like a good military spouse should. Or so I thought. There’s only one problem: human beings aren’t meant to be alone. If you don’t believe me, just ask scientists: “As a social species, humans rely on a safe, secure social surround to survive and thrive. Perceptions of social isolation, or loneliness, increase vigilance for threat and heighten feelings of vulnerability while also raising the desire to reconnect. Implicit hypervigilance for social threat alters psychological processes that influence physiological functioning, diminish sleep quality, and increase morbidity and mortality.” English, please! What these eggheads are saying is that loneliness messes people up. I could have told you that. More specifically, it alters our mental and physical health, disrupts our sleep, and shortens our lives. In one study, “Loneliness and

Social Isolation as Risk Factors for Mortality: A Meta-Analytic Review,” researchers at Brigham Young University found that the subjective feeling of loneliness increases one’s risk of death by 26 percent. Actual social isolation increases mortality by 29 percent, and living alone shows a 32 percent increase. How do we avoid loneliness and live long, healthy lives? Stay connected, duh! Loneliness is subjective and perceived, so it can happen to anyone — married, single, living with others, etc. — and depends upon a person’s connection to his or her support network. Conversely, people who are physically isolated from others — after a move, during deployment, etc. — may not feel lonely at all because they’ve maintained that connection. With a plethora of social media apps, easy video teleconferencing, and other web-based communication services available 24/7/365, anyone can have a portable support network today. Plus, there is a physical world full of people right outside the door. We need to get out there and interact with others. Go to the base gym. Chat with someone at the playground. Knock on a neighbor’s door and introduce yourself. Volunteer. Do lunch. Just don’t do what I did. Don’t assume that loneliness is your cross to bear. Don’t think that figuring everything out on your own makes you a better military spouse. Don’t believe that wanting friends and crying when you can’t seem to find them is a sign of weakness. The truth is that we all need companionship, camaraderie, and connectedness to stay strong and healthy. Loneliness isn’t a weakness, but rather, it’s proof positive that we are human.

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account and build your resume at USAJOBS. Brush up on federal hiring with FedsHireVets. Network, then network some more. Networking is one of the most effective of all job search tools. You’ve made a lot of great connections during your time in the service. Transition is the right time to start putting them to work. Get in touch with friends and fellow veterans. It’s just a good thing anyway to re-establish friendships as you transition. According to a 2016 report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics and Yale University, 70% percent of jobs are found through networking. Put yourself on the radar to help land that interview. Learn more from CareerOneStop about why networking is your most important job search strategy. Take advantage of your status. Many organizations are committed to helping veterans find a good job. Look for groups with programs for service members such as: • U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes initiative • Soldier for Life • Marine for Life • Military Officers Association of America • Non Commissioned Officers Association • United Service Organizations Your military experience is valuable to many employers. Not many people have your proven work ethic and dedication. Like everything, finding the right job is a matter of being prepared and doing the work. You’re in the military. You know how to make that happen. And there are people and resources to back you up. Have additional questions about your transition and job search? Military OneSource consultants are available 24/7/365 to help. Call 800-342-9647, view international calling options or schedule a live chat for personalized support.

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AIR LAND The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen (DDG 92) and the Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Laut, Bung Tomo-class corvette KRI Bung Tomo (FF 357) conducted bilateral training, providing the U.S. and Indonesian navies an opportunity to exercise and work together towards common maritime goals. (MASS COMMUNICATION 3RD CLASS LILY GEBAUER)

USS Momsen Conducts Underway Operations with Indonesian Navy By Petty Officer 3rd Class Lily Gebauer Commander, Task Force 71/Destroyer Squadron 15

SOUTH CHINA SEA- The U.S. and Indonesian navies concluded three days of at-sea bilateral operations in the South China Sea from April 12-14. The operations included the U.S. Navy’s guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen (DDG 92) and the Indonesian Navy, known as Tentera Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut (TNI-AL), corvette KRI Bung Tomo (FF 357), focused on building interoperability and strengthening relationships. “This is a tremendous opportunity for our crew and our country to be able to work at sea alongside our partners and I am proud to be a part of it,” said Cmdr. Erik Roberts, commanding officer of Momsen. “We’re committed to strengthening interop-

erability with like-minded regional partners to ensure our forces can operate together effectively.” The U.S.-Indonesia bilateral operations focused on division tactics, a passing exercise, and formation sailing, provided the U.S. and Indonesian navies an opportunity to exercise together, increase interoperability and work together towards common maritime goals. Momsen is assigned to Commander, Task Force 71/Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15. CTF 71/DESRON 15 is the Navy’s largest forward-deployed DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force. U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet is the largest forward-deployed fleet and routinely operates and interacts with 35 maritime nations while conducting missions to preserve and protect critical regional partnerships.


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Vice Adm. James Kilby, deputy commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFFC) and commander, Task Force 80, speaks with approximately 220 midshipmen and officer candidates of the Hampton Roads Naval ROTC (HRNROTC) gathered at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. April 15, 2022. ( CMDR WILLIAM B TISDALE)

USFFC Deputy, CTF-80, Shares Lessons of Leadership with Future Naval Officers By Petty Officer 1st Class Theodore Green Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command

NORFOLK, Va. — The Navy and Marine Corps officers entering the fleet today face a dynamic global maritime environment, where their knowledge is quickly tested by real world events. This will soon become a reality for approximately 220 midshipmen and officer candidates of the Hampton Roads Naval ROTC (HRNROTC) who gathered to meet Vice Adm. James Kilby, deputy commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFFC) and commander, Task Force 80, Apr. 15, 2022. In an hour-long discussion at Old Dominion University, Kilby shared personal struggles and successes throughout his 36-year career. “Your character is your most important attribute. It will guide your success as a Naval Officer and in life — you should strive to build on it every single day.” said Kilby. “Key to this is always staying focused on the mission, supporting your Sailors, and always be looking to make

a positive difference within your unit. Don’t wait around to be told what to do — lead.” The level of candor from a flag officer was impactful for Midshipman 1st Class Anthony Natoli, the NROTC battalion midshipman commanding officer. “It was awesome,” said Natoli. “He gave us a lot of great leadership tips. My favorite was for us to take time to get to know our Sailors and Marines, to help build trust and demonstrate our responsibility to look out for them.” Kilby, a 1986 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, is a career surface warfare officer. He has commanded USS Russell (DDG 59), USS Monterey (CG 61), and the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group. “Each relationship with each Sailor is like a brick in a wall that is loyalty-based, in conjunction with the chain of command,” said Kilby. “Every Sailor, whether consciously or unconsciously, always asks: ‘Does my boss care about me?’ If the answer is yes, and that wall is strong with trust and loyalty, the possibilities for that organization are limitless.” Kilby’s remarks come as the capstone event

of the spring semester. HRNROTC invites guest speakers to provide mentorship to their students, providing valuable insight for the future leaders. “Since our midshipmen are being trained to be officers and leaders it is vital they understand the perspectives from all members of the Navy and Marine Corps team, said Capt. Mike Bratley, commanding officer, HRNROTC. “Exposing them to the shipmates they will later serve with and lead provides context and an appreciation for what is expected of them, and in turn how they can leverage that insight and apply it to their leadership challenges when assigned various positions of authority within the HRNROTC Battalion.” “Receive and listen” said Midshipman 1st Class Thomas Germano, battalion executive officer, HRNROTC, when asked what resonated with him. “It’s inspiring to see that even a 3-star admiral makes time to really get to know people. It was great to hear him speak to us about leadership and the challenges he faced during his career.”

Located next to the world’s largest naval base, HRNROTC is a consortium comprised of five schools that include Old Dominion University, Norfolk State University, Hampton University, Regent University, and Tidewater Community College. Together, they make up one of the largest ROTC Units in the nation, consisting of more than 230 Sailors, Marines, midshipmen and officer candidates. Nearly two dozen midshipmen will soon graduate and commission as officers in the Navy and Marine Corps. There, they will test their knowledge in the face of the growing challenges our nation faces. Military ROTC Programs are hosted at colleges and universities across the country. While each service’s programs differ, they all provide undergraduate educations concurrently with training midshipmen and cadets in preparation for commissions as ensigns or 2nd lieutenants in the United States Armed Forces—more than 1,400 will earn their commission this year. Before finishing the discussion, Kilby shared the realities of being an effective leader in the Navy. “Always remember leadership is tough, slow work. Its persuasion, education, and patience. You also must be humble enough to recognize you don’t always have the right answers. Therefore, that’s why it is important to listen not just to your senior leadership, but your junior Sailors as well.” For more news from U.S. Fleet Forces Command, visit www.usff.navy.mil and for more information visit www.facebook.com/ usfleetforces or www.twitter.com/usfleetforces.

NAVSUP in Europe supports USS Donald Cook, USS The Sullivans during Copenhagen port visit By Joseph Yanik

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A team of logisticians assigned to Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center Sigonella and their mission partners supported the scheduled port visit of the USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) and USS The Sullivans (DDG 68), conducted March 21, 2022 in Copenhagen, Denmark. During the port visit, they coordinated deliveries of fuel, cargo, provisions, mail and critical parts for the two Arleigh Burkeclass guided-missile destroyers. The ships’ presence in the Baltic Sea is a demonstration of the U.S. Navy’s continued commitment to the collective defense of the European region as it reinforces the strong and historic bond between the U.S. and NATO Allies. “Our ability to support port visits at strategically significant High North locations, such as Copenhagen, is a concrete example

Logisticians assigned to Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center Sigonella and Danish sailors load USS Donald Cook March 21, 2022. Prior to pulling into port, The Sullivans and Donald Cook participated in NATO exercise Dynamic Guard Feb. 22-25 with Royal Danish Navy Iver Huitfeldt-class frigate HDMS Peter Willemoes (F362). (NAVY COURTESY PHOTO)

of NAVSUP’s expanding capabilities delivering operational readiness to the Fleet where and when our Warfighters need it,” said Capt. Douglas S. MacKenzie, NAVSUP FLCSI commanding officer. “The successful port visit also demonstrates how NAVSUP and our mission partners are enhancing logistics interoperability and engagement with our Allied navies. In this case, the Danish Navy.” While in port in Copenhagen, the ships’ crew had the opportunity to partake in the rich culture of Denmark and its citizens through tours and visits to historic sights. Prior to pulling into port, Donald Cook and The Sullivans participated in NATO exercise Dynamic Guard Feb. 22-25 with

Royal Danish Navy Iver Huitfeldt-class frigate HDMS Peter Willemoes (F362). Dynamic Guard, hosted by Norway, is a biannual, multinational NATO electronic warfare exercise series designed to provide tactical training for the NATO Response Force and NATO national units. For the first time in three years, two U.S. vessels attended the Dynamic Guard exercise, in an effort to enhance the ongoing cooperation, strength and interoperability between the NATO nations and its allies. “The continuing cooperation between NATO partners is essential to supporting peace in the region,” said Cmdr. Matthew Curnen, Donald Cook commanding officer. “I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity

to visit Copenhagen in order to engage in meaningful talks with Danish officials.” FLCSI is one of NAVSUP’s eight globally-positioned commands that provides for the full range of solutions for logistics, business and support services to the U.S. Naval, Joint, NATO and Allied Forces across 14 enduring and forward operating sites; forward contingency and cooperative security locations in 13 countries in Europe and Africa. U.S. Naval Forces Europe, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.

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Throughout the month of April, Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune employees wear teal and denim to help raise awareness and show support for victims of sexual assault. ( PETTY OFFICER 2ND CLASS MICHAEL MOLINA)

Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune recognizes Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month By Michelle Cornell

Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune

CAMP LEJEUNE , Nc. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response team will be promoting awareness with several events throughout the month. The goal is to raise awareness, create and promote a culture free from sexual assault, and help victims by resource sharing. “The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program is a Department of Defense program committed to supporting victims, increasing reporting and accountability, and significantly improving the awareness and prevention of sexual

assault,” explains Tonya Stanley, NMCCL’s Command Social Worker and SAPR program manager. “The SAPR program at NMCCL is dedicated to making sure victims feel safe and supported” adds Stanley. “We want to ensure victims are aware of the services and resources available to them.” One of these resources are victim advocates. Victim advocates are credentialed volunteers who offer emotional support and inform victims of their rights and reporting options. In addition, they share resources and help guide the victim. “As a leader, it is important to stay committed to reducing and stopping sexual assault within the ranks to keep our service members healthy to defend our nation,” said

U.S. Navy Lieutenant Jerry J. Hughes, one of the five uniformed victim advocates at NMCCL. “Fighting against sexual assault is a role for everyone to play; if you see something, say something.” Mandatory annual training of DOD members, both civilian and active duty staff, is one of the ways the DOD ensures education requirements are met. The training defines sexual assault, identifies ways to which persons can support the victims of sexual assault, and explains the reporting procedures for anyone who has been sexually assaulted. “Education on how to address victim blaming, correct harmful misconceptions, understand consent, and how to not be a bystander are equally important in creat-

ing and promoting a culture of honor and respect,” emphasizes Stanley. “Everyone can do their part in creating a culture free from sexual assault.” If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual assault, there are several resources available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The DoD Safe Helpline offers secure, confidential and anonymous interaction. The DoD Safe Helpline can be reached at 1-877-995-5247 or online at SafeHelpline.org. Local support can be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week by contacting the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune SAPR Helpline at 910-750-5852. NMCCL’s SAPR team will be hosting several events in April to raise awareness in the community. Staff have been authorized to wear denim and teal shirts to support the victims of sexual assault on April 27, 2022; teal and denim are the national symbols of SAPR month. Two movie days will be hosted on April 20 and April 21 at the base theater. A Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Color Fun Run/Walk and resource fair will take place on April 16 2022, for all staff and their families.

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New London Commanding Officer Capt. Ken Curtin Jr., Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont and Deputy Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Transportation Mark Rolfe sign documents during an Intergovernmental Support Agreement (IGSA) announcement and signing ceremony. ( MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 3RD CLASS MAXWELL HIGGINS)

SUBASE announces new Public-Public partnerships in event highlighting Intergovernmental Support Agreements

By Petty Officer 3rd Class Maxwell Higgins Submarine Learning Center

GROTON, Ct. — Naval Submarine Base New London (SUBASE) hosted an announcement and signing ceremony recognizing new partnerships with state and local government entities to enhance efficiencies, realize cost savings, and develop a greater culture of mutual support, Wednesday, April 13. Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont and U.S. Congressman Joe Courtney (2nd-Conn.) joined SUBASE Commanding Officer, Captain Kenneth M. Curtin Jr., in the event that highlighted Intergovernmental Support Agreements (IGSAs) and took place on the pier at the Submarine Force Museum with a view of the base’s waterfront. IGSAs, authorized for use by the Department of Defense through the National Defense Authorization Act in Fiscal Year 2013, allow military installations to enter into formal public-public partnerships agreements with State or local governments for the provision, receipt, or sharing of services. “Such strategic regional collaboration and improved government and commu-

nity relationships fold directly into one Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro’s top priorities: ‘Strengthening Strategic Partnerships,’ ” said Curtin. Curtin announced three new partnerships between the base and the State of Connecticut Department of Transportation, the Capitol Region Council of Governments, and Groton Utilities. “Critical to ensuring SUBASE’s mission success is infrastructure support,” said Curtin. “Taking care of the installation takes care of mission; and more so, effective and efficient infrastructure support can lead to cost savings.” For SUBASE, the new partnerships with the State of Connecticut Department of Transportation, the Capitol Region Council of Governments, and Groton Utilities will focus on operational efficiencies and economies of scale in areas that will benefit base infrastructure support. “It’s not often that state government is the low-cost alternative, but in this case, we’re able to save some money, and I think that makes a difference,” Lamont said. SUBASE signed a Letter of Intent with the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CT DOT) to enter into an IGSA supporting storm water improvements in the vicinity of

the base’s abutment to state Route 12. With the base acquiring these services from CT DOT, a cost reduction of some 40-60%, and a savings of nearly $200,000 to $400,000 could be realized, according to Curtin. Similarly, in an IGSA signed between SUBASE and the Capitol Region Council of Governments (CROG) at the event, the base could realize a cost reduction of nearly 50% and savings of more than $150,000 on three projects and services supported by the CROG. SUBASE will be working through the CROG to complete some lead abatement services and fencing repair as well as to join in a bulk purchase of chlorine. While not yet ready to be formalized in writing, SUBASE also announced a new partnership with Groton Utilities (GU) to explore how GU may be able to help the base maintain its water infrastructure. Such a potential IGSA would seek support in water system service areas such as flushing and testing fire hydrants, upgrading water mains, and providing emergency repairs in SUBASE’s public-private venture (PPV) housing areas for military families. Calling IGSAs “a great tool in a military installation’s transformation tool kit,” Curtin noted how such partnerships not only allow SUBASE an efficient path to

more economically acquire installation support services, but also provide the partners direct economic benefits, creating new community revenue streams, and keeping jobs and dollars local. Bob Ross, executive director of the Connecticut Office of Military Affairs, and President of the national Association of Defense Communities, commended Curtin for pursuit of IGSAs with three levels of government entities: local, regional and state. Mutual beneficial, they will also allow Curtin and SUBASE to focus on mission, he noted. “We can take some things off of his plate so he can focus on the more important things,” said Ross. Courtney applauded SUBASE and the new partnerships for further developing a greater culture of mutual support. “This is the kind of collaboration and teamwork that … is going to really make this state succeed and keep this base an enduring base for our country for years and years to come,” said Courtney. While the installation’s history dates back to 1868, Naval Submarine Base New London was designated the Navy’s first, permanent continental Submarine Base in June 1916. Today, the base occupies more than 680 acres straddling the communities of Groton and Ledyard, Connecticut and serves as home to more than 70 tenant commands and 16 attack submarines. For more news and information from Naval Submarine Base New London, visit http://www.facebook.com/NavalSubmarineBaseNewLondon.

Chalking Up Awareness at NMRTC Bremerton By Douglas Stutz

Naval Hospital Bremerton/Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command Bremerton

BREMERTON, Wa. — Making a statement. Which is exactly what Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Estella Obando and others did to acknowledge April is Sexual Assault Awareness Prevention Month at Navy Medicine Readiness Training Command Bremerton. The inclement weather didn’t put a damper — or wash away — the visual reminders and supportive messages drawn and sketched by Sailors for their Chalk the Walk event. “Everyone out here is in support of our event and sharing encouragement, information, and just reminding everyone that none of us are ever alone. Help is everywhere,” said Obando, Chalk the Walk organizer for what has become an annual event, rain or shine, at the command. This year’s SAAPM theme is “Step Forward. Prevent. Report. Advocate,” a call to action for everyone in the Department of Defense to do their part to prevent sexual assault and encourage greater assistance seeking. Such was the premise with the Chalk the Walk. “We are out here to help spread awareness, educate, and talk about sexual assault awareness and prevention. Our Chalk the Walk event encourages our staff and patients to show their support by expressing their thoughts through chalk art and words of encouragement,” explained Chief Hospital Corpsman Jenny Singer, NMRTC Bremerton Sexual Assault Prevention Response coordinator and Clinical Support Services directorate senior enlisted leader. The Chalk the Walk event covered the command’s sky bridge between the main hospital and adjacent parking lot, is part of NMRTC Bremerton’s month long recognition of SAAPM, which also includes a Sailors Against Sexual Harassment and

Let the chalking do the talking…Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Kai Vincent takes part in NMRTC Bremerton’s Chalk the Walk display that visually illustrates the command’s commitment and acknowledgement of April being Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. (DOUGLAS STUTZ)

Assault 5K run/walk, teal ribbon display, denim decoration display, and Sexual Assault Prevention Response victim advocate recognition. “We all have the opportunity and responsibility to promote a climate that is free from sexual assault,” added Singer. “We all play a part in prevention and treating everyone with dignity and respect and not tolerating retaliation when someone has the courage to speak up.” According to the DoD, over a decade of research demonstrates that sexual assault occurs less often in units where members

support and respect each other. Data further shows that sticking up for someone who is being hazed, bullied, and harassed or abused sends a strong message that helps improve climates. “I came out here to help spread awareness and hope to shed light that we support others and that people can stand up for themselves,” stated Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Kai Vincent, The SAPR program balances focused education with comprehensive response, compassionate advocacy, and just adjudication in order to promote professionalism,

respect, and trust, while preserving Navy mission readiness. SAPR also reinforces — one chalk mark at a time - a culture of prevention, response, and accountability for the safety, dignity, and well-being of Sailors and Marines. The Department of the Navy does not tolerate sexual assault. If you or someone you know in the DoD community has experienced sexual assault, please consider reaching out to DoD Safe Helpline for 24/7, anonymous, one-on-one support at 877- 995-5247 or SafeHelpline. org/live-chat.

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focal points of the RevX training. “PIP allows the selection of a patient profile and health plan based on eligibility for the care and reason for their visit,” explained Flood. “PIP will improve upon patient information collection, simplify the check-in process and lead to collection accurate and detailed financial data, from which a bill can be generated.” After a patient’s registration, enrollment and eligibility details are given the pre-authorized thumbs-up, the patient will again go through the patient identification validation process when checking in for the actual appointment. The administration trail continues with any information collected during the provider and patient interaction such as clinic notes, laboratory orders and pharmaceutical prescriptions. At that point, the workload is summarized, along with any charges noted and if a referral is needed. Upon discharge, all the charges are recorded, followed by billing and a coding review. “The staff most affected with RevX going live are our front desk clerks, our coders and our billers in the Uniform Business Office. To a small extent our clinical staff are also impacted as we need to ensure we are documenting and placing charges for all the little things we are doing in clinic,” said Flood. NHB billing and coding team, although not directly involved in providing patient care, are intricately engaged in every patient encounter. Every time a NHB provider, nurse, corpsman sees a patient, there’s a specific code assigned to each diagnosis and procedure. That coded data is used to be reimbursed by insurance companies and/or federal government coverage such as Medicare or Medicaid. Increased billing accuracy is a crucial part of NHB’s business operations working with and supporting clinical operations. For patients, Flood attests that the new and enhanced MHS GENESIS tools allow for better understanding the reason for the appointment, as well as accurately verifying the health care coverage information. There are a few tips which are recommended for all patients in the military

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specialized optics to observe a target and focus laser beams to maximum effect, while also incorporating artificial intelligence to improve tracking and targeting. “LLD is an example of what a very advanced laser system can do to defeat significant threats to naval forces,” said David Kiel, a former Navy captain who is a program officer in ONR’s Aviation, Force Projection and Integrated Defense Department, which managed the testing. “And we have ongoing efforts, both at ONR and in

Behind the scenes but not the times…Naval Hospital Bremerton coding staff members are a crucial part of upgrading the Department of Defense integrated electronic health record MHS GENESIS with Revenue Cycle Expansion, a specifically designed program to link up business needs with clinical practice by honing efficiency in such administrative and management areas as meeting patient demands, managing patient records, and detailing patient accounting. (DOUGLAS H STUTZ)

health system and using MHS GENESIS. Arrive Early: follow the standard military logic of ‘early is on time.’ It’s recommended to give yourself an extra 10 or 15 minutes before appointment check-in. Let it be Known: Be sure to share the reason why you have an appointment to help ensure staff have the right information. Current Health Care Coverage Comms: Make sure your insurance coverage is up to date. Have there been any modifications? Is your personal contact information accu-

rate? Share all pertinent details to make all future visits and pending appointments not spent on paperwork and red tape. RevX is expected to benefit clinical staff by increasing their emphasis on patient care due to streamlined administrative capability. The Resource Management team benefits by enhanced operations, such as improved check-in efficiency and patient experience through better identification of the patient’s other health insurance information. Supply and Material Management

benefits with increased logistical predictability which include being able to anticipate when to order medical supplies and prevent any shortages of vital supplies to have on hand. “In terms of how has this improved since MHS GENEIS go live in 2017, we are better adapted at identifying issues as they develop and implementing fixes. Training has also become more targeted so that we are getting training to those who need it to ensure that this project is successful,” stated Flood.

other Navy programs, to keep building on these results in the near future.” During the recent test at White Sands, the LLD tracked or shot down an array of targets—including unmanned fixed-wing aerial vehicles, quadcopters and high-speed drones representative of subsonic cruise missiles. “We’re proud to say that the Layered Laser Defense system defeated a surrogate cruise missile threat in partnership with the Navy, White Sands Missile Range and Army High Energy Laser Systems Test Facility teams. Lockheed Martin drew best-in-class laser weapon subsystems from across the corporation, including key industry partner

Rolls-Royce, to support the entire threat engagement timeline from target detection to defeat,” said Rick Cordaro, vice president, Lockheed Martin Advanced Product Solutions. “We leveraged more than 40 years of directed energy experience to create new capabilities that support the 21st century warfighter.” Dr. Frank Peterkin, ONR’s directed energy portfolio manager, said, “The Navy performed similar tests during the 1980s but with chemical-based laser technologies that presented significant logistics barriers for fielding in an operational environment. And, ultimately, those types of lasers did not transition to the fleet or any other Service.

“Today, ONR coordinates closely with the Navy’s resourcing and acquisition communities to make sure we develop laser weapon technologies that make sense for the Navy’s requirements to defend the fleet and for operations in the rough maritime environment at sea,” Peterkin continued. “It’s a challenging problem, but Navy leadership at all levels see potential for laser weapons to really make a difference. The next few years are going to be very exciting as we work with the Navy and joint partners to make the capability we just saw demonstrated by the LLD a reality for the naval warfighter.” Warren Duffie Jr. is a contractor for ONR Corporate Strategic Communications.

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From Hampton Arts HAMPTON, Va. — Following their previously sold-out performances at The American Theatre, Lightwire Theater returns for another family-friendly performance on Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 3 p.m. Since bursting to national acclaim after appearing as semi-finalists on America’s Got Talent and winning the top honors on TRU TV’s Fake Off, Lightwire Theater has gone on to enthrall audiences worldwide with their unique combination of skill and grace as told through the technological innovations of moving light characters. Lightwire Theater presents an adaptation of Aesop’s classic fable, The New Adventures of Tortoise and Hare: The Next Generation. Now 10 years down the road, with children of their own, Tortoise and Hare are exploring modern day distractions, with smartphones and video games creating a new landscape of lost connections to life experiences. Tortoise and Hare are in a whole new kind of race in which their adventures lead them into unexpected territory. People of all ages will be captivated by the dazzling visuals and unique menagerie of characters that magically appear out of the darkness. With poignant storytelling and the creative use of music from classical to pop, this production brings a classic tale into a new, brilliant light! Ticket Information: Adults ($35) and



Children ($10) Individual performance tickets for The American Theatre may be purchased in person at the Hampton Coliseum Box Office Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., ordered online at Ticketmaster. com, or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. The American Theatre Box Office will be open

select hours the week of the show: 4/21/22 10 a.m. — 2 p.m. 4/22/22 10 a.m. — 2 p.m. 4/23/22 11 a.m. — 4 p.m. (show day) Social Media www.facebook.com/TheAmericanTheatre www.facebook.com/CharlesTaylorVi-

sualArtsCenter @AmericanThtre @CTVisualArts About Hampton Arts Thirty-four years ago this season, the Hampton City Council established the City department known as the Hampton Arts Commission. Since its creation, The Hampton Arts Commission (now popularly known as Hampton Arts) has been a much respected and praised institution responsible for a remarkable renaissance of the arts within the City of Hampton and within the entire Hampton Roads region. Hampton Arts oversees both the venues and the programming at The American Theatre and The Charles H. Taylor Visual Arts Center. Hampton Arts’ continuing mission and vision for those three decades has been to advance the performing and visual arts and enhance the quality of life for all Hampton Roads residents and visitors by educating and inspiring teachers, students, and life-long learners to embrace the arts; provide opportunities for Hampton Roads artists to showcase and develop their arts; and present unique, world-class caliber performing artists that appeal to a diverse citizenry and promote a deeper cultural awareness. Learn more about Hampton Arts by visiting us online at theamericantheatre. org and charlestaylorvisualarts.org.

Zoo’s New Male Lion Explores Habitat for the First Time From Virginia Zoo NORFOLK, Va. — The Virginia Zoo is thrilled to announce its new male lion, Ansel has arrived and can now be seen by visitors. Ansel was born at an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited partner Zoo, the Henry Vilas Zoo, in Madison, Wisconsin. When he arrived to the Virginia Zoo, he underwent a routine quarantine period where he spent time getting acquainted with his Zoo Keepers and where staff could closely monitor him to ensure a comfortable adjustment period to his new surroundings prior to being introduced onto exhibit. At age 5, he is considered fully grown weighing in at 450 pounds. Keepers say his most identifying features are his stout frame and his beautiful, full-bodied mane. He has been spending his time getting acquainted with his Zoo Keepers and completing his routine quarantine period. “Not only are we excited to bring in this young family of lions, but we are also delighted at the prospect of having cubs in the near future which is crucial to the long-term survival of this species,” said Greg Bockheim, Executive Director of the Virginia Zoo. Ansel will be joined by two females, Asha and Kali later this month. The females, who are sisters, will be turning 5 at the

end of April. The trio was endorsed to be sent to the Virginia Zoo based on a breeding recommendation by the African Lion Species Survival Plan. Before the pride arrived, Africa Keepers and the Zoo’s Exhibit Project Coordinator used the opportunity to make modifications and improvements to the lion indoor spaces and habitat. Not only was the holding area repainted, but modifications to support a slow introduction process for the new lions (called “howdying,”), were added. New benches for sleeping or relaxing were added, a new water station was installed and updated safety measured were added in preparations for pride’s introductions. After the females arrive and complete a routine quarantine period, the Zoo will be hosting a House Warming Party for the newcomers with Keeper Chats, enrichment, educational activities and a fundraiser to support lion conservation. Stay tuned to the Zoo’s social media for more information on Ansel, Asha and Kali coming soon. About the African Lions Lions are considered to be vulnerable to extinction according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The lion population has dropped by 43 percent over the past 20 years due to several factors such as habitat loss, the decline of prey, and death due to humans defending their land, livestock and lives. Current data


leads the IUCN to believe that there are less than 30,000 lions left in the wild. About the Virginia Zoo The Virginia Zoo, located in Norfolk, Virginia, is home to more than 700 exceptional animals representing over 150 fascinating species. Founded in 1901 and residing on 53 beautifully landscaped acres, the Virginia Zoo has demonstrated a commitment to saving and protecting the world’s wildlife by inspiring a passion for

nature and taking conservation action at home and around the world. The Virginia Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is recognized as a global leader in education, recreation, science, wildlife conservation, and animal care and welfare. For more than a century, the Zoo has connected adults, families and school children with the natural world and its wildlife. To learn more, visit www.virginiazoo.org.

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Chrysler Museum Receives $2.5 Million from the Goode Family to Fund a New Works on Paper Center

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NORFOLK, Va. — David R. and Susan S. Goode and their daughters, Christina and Martha, have long been dedicated to advancing the institution’s mission of bringing art and people together. Recently, the family committed two of their largest gifts to the Chrysler Museum of Art to date: a $2.5 million donation that will fund the new Goode Works on Paper Center and a group of 100 photographs by O. Winston Link. The new facility, to be located within the main Museum building adjacent to the McKinnon Contemporary Galleries, will improve public access to photographs, drawings, prints and other works on paper, which account for one-third of the Chrysler’s collection. The Chrysler Museum will also showcase artworks from the Goode’s collection in Lasting Impressions: Works on Paper from the Collection of David and Susan Goode, an exhibition set to open later this year. Planning for the Goode Works on Paper Center is well into the design phase. “The Goode’s ardent support of the Chrysler Museum of Art will impact the communities the Chrysler serves for generations to come. The expanded space in the Goode Works on Paper Center will face public galleries and greatly improve accessibility and make the Museum’s collection more available to visitors, artists, students and scholars. This monumental gift advances the Chrysler’s mission of bringing art and people together, raising awareness about the Chrysler’s significant holdings and inviting closer engagement,” said Erik Neil, Museum director. The Goode Family The Goode family’s commitment to the Chrysler extends back more than three decades. Both Susan and David have served full terms on the Board of Trustees and they have been continually active on Museum committees dedicated to historic preservation, collections and fundraising. They have been recognized regionally and nationally for their dedicated arts advocacy with the Virginia Governor’s Arts Award and the Americans for the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award among other accolades. The family’s support for the Arts continues in the next generation with their daughters Christina and Martha and the Goode Family Foundation. Christina Goode is a Chrysler Museum of Art Trustee and chairs the Collections Committee. “I was raised going to galleries and museums and being surrounded by an eclectic assortment of works on paper. My greatest memories are punctuated by art and I am so excited to be able to share that experience with other children and families through the Center,” said Christina Goode. “My husband Blair and I share the family art bug and also started with works on paper. The Chrysler was important to me growing up in Norfolk and Blair and I are proud to maintain our ties and help this important project,” noted Martha Goode. The Goode Works on Paper Center The Goode Works on Paper Center will

Left to right: Christina Goode, Martha Goode, David R. Goode, and Susan S. Goode. (COURTESY PHOTO)

include a dedicated space to house a growing collection of more than 10,000 photographs, drawings, prints and other works on paper and a study room that will significantly improve public access to the collection. “Currently, when visitors request to view these works, art handlers must retrieve them from storage, place them on carts to transport them to a common area and ensure that a docent and security officer are present. The initial architectural renderings from Work Program Architects highlight accessibility to the space, provide room for classes and study groups and enable Museum staff to perform collections care and recordkeeping in the space. A full-time associate in the Goode Works on Paper Center will serve the public needs as well as curatorial research requests,” noted Neil. “David and I began collecting prints when we were first married, and soon became fascinated with the various printing methods. We hope this will lead to acquisitions and gifts to enhance the Chrysler’s already fine collections of photographs, prints and other works on paper,” said Susan Goode. Gifts of Art The Goodes have made a gift of 100 photographs by O. Winston Link (1914—2001) to be added to the Chrysler collection over the next three years. Link began making photographs while growing up in Brooklyn but focused professionally on engineering and public relations. After World War II, he opened a photography studio to support his work in advertising. Fascinated by trains from an early age, Link visited Virginia in 1955 to explore the Norfolk and Western line, one of the last to use steam engines. He was drawn to the technology—both the steam engine’s engineering and the question of how to photograph it—leading him to innovate a complex flashbulb array capa-

ble of capturing an engine’s steam output at night. Working with the leaders at Norfolk and Western, he set out to make photographs all along the line before it converted to diesel-powered engines. Link pursued the project for the next five years, creating more than 2,250 black and white negatives and 200 color negatives and transparencies. He also recorded the sounds of the engines and produced several records of train sounds. Link’s work gained wide attention after the 1983 exhibition of his work at the Chrysler Museum, which was one of the first museums to present Link’s work in an in-depth exhibition with a publication. Five years later, with the publication of Steam, Steel & Stars in 1987, Link’s fame was secured and several exhibitions and publications followed. In January 2004, the O. Winston Link Museum opened in Roanoke, Virginia. The museum is located in the former passenger station of the Norfolk & Western Railway. The Goodes began collecting Link’s work when David was serving as CEO of Norfolk Southern. Since 2004, 100 works from their collection have come to the Chrysler on long-term loan, adding additional prints in 2005 and 2008. Making a gift of these works now not only honors the history of Link’s work at the Chrysler and the Goodes’ ongoing support, but it also commemorates how Link’s early exhibition at the Chrysler helped establish the Museum’s photography program as it prepares a new study center to reaffirm that commitment to the medium. “One mark of the Chrysler is the breadth and diversity of its art. It is a resource to see the full range of techniques and history that people can create. Works on paper are an important part of the picture and, we hope this facility will help everyone see how the many processes of art can be used to make

Award-Winning Actress Angela Bassett to Speak at ODU’s 136th Commencement Exercises By Joe Garvey Award-winning actress Angela Bassett will be one of four speakers who will deliver graduation speeches at Old Dominion University’s 136th commencement exercises, which are set for May 6 and 7 at Chartway Arena. Bassett will speak at the ceremony for College of Arts and Letters undergraduates at 2 p.m. May 6. Other speakers include: • Sachin Shetty, executive director of the Center for Secure and Intelligent Critical Systems at ODU’s Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center (VMASC), will speak at the advanced degree ceremony at 6:30 p.m. May 6. • ODU President Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D., will offer congratulatory remarks at the Strome College of Business and Darden College of Education and Professional Studies undergraduate ceremony at 9 a.m. May 7. • Howard P. Kern, president and chief executive officer of Sentara Healthcare, will speak at the undergraduate ceremony for the Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology, the College of Health Sciences, the College of Sciences and the School of Cybersecurity at 2 p.m. May 7. Approximately 3,000 graduates will receive degrees. Angela Bassett won a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best

Actress in a Leading Role for her portrayal of Tina Turner in the 1993 film “What’s Love Got to Do with It.” She has been nominated six times for Emmy Awards, most recently as Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for “A Black Lady Sketch Show” and as Outstanding Narrator for “The Imagineering Story,” both released in 2019. She has also won multiple NAACP Image Awards and been nominated for two Screen Actors Guild Awards, nine BET Awards, including a Black Girls Rock Icon Award, and holds a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Behind the camera, she was nominated for a Directors Guild of America Award for her directorial debut of the Whitney Houston biopic “Whitney.” You can see a complete list of her awards and nominations at this link. Her notable feature films include: “Black Panther,” “Mission Impossible - Fallout,” “How Stella Got Her Groove Back,” “Waiting to Exhale,” “Malcolm X” and “Boyz n the Hood.” She’s set to appear in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” which is scheduled for release in November. On TV, she stars in “9-1-1” and previously appeared on “American Horror Story,” “BoJack Horseman” and “Master of None.” Bassett and her husband, Courtney B. Vance, are the principals of their production company, Bassett Vance Productions, which has a partnership with Paramount’s MTV Entertainment Group’s development program for Black, Indigenous and people

Actress Angela Bassett will speak at the College of Arts and Letters ceremony on May 6. (COURTESY PHOTO)

of color and women filmmakers. She holds a B.A. in African American Studies and an M.F.A in drama from Yale University. Sachin Shetty, who received his Ph.D. in modeling and simulation from Old Dominion University, conducts research that lies at the intersection of computer networking, network security and machine learning. Within the last 10 years, he has completed many large-scale projects with multiple collaborators and institutions and served as the principal or co-principal investigator on grants and contracts totaling more than $16 million. Among the organizations that have funded his projects are the National Science Foundation, Air Office of Scientific

beautiful and important works,” said David Goode. The Exhibition Later this year, the Goodes will share an exhibition of works from their extensive collection of drawings, prints and watercolors. The exhibition, Lasting Impressions: Works on Paper from the Collection of David and Susan Goode will include many notable mid-20th-century makers, such as Romare Bearden, Kara Walker and Robert Motherwell and highlight a diverse array of techniques and processes. ABOUT THE CHRYSLER MUSEUM OF ART The Chrysler Museum of Art is one of America’s most distinguished mid-sized art museums, with a nationally recognized collection of more than 30,000 objects, including one of the great glass collections in America. The core of the Chrysler’s collection comes from Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., an avid art collector who donated thousands of objects from his private collection to the Museum. The Museum has growing collections in many areas and mounts an ambitious schedule of visiting exhibitions and educational programs each season. The Chrysler has also been recognized nationally for its unique commitment to hospitality with its innovative gallery host program. The Perry Glass Studio is a state-of-theart facility on the Museum’s campus. The studio offers programming for aspiring and master artists alike in a variety of processes including glassblowing, fusing, flameworking, coldworking and neon. In addition, the Chrysler Museum of Art administers the Moses Myers House, a historic house in downtown Norfolk, as well as the Jean Outland Chrysler Library. For more information on the Chrysler Museum of Art, visit chrysler.org.

Research, Air Force Research Lab, Office of Naval Research, Department of Homeland Security and Boeing. He is the technical lead for the 5G Network Enhancement Prototype at Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, Georgia. He has published more than 200 research articles in journals and conference proceedings and edited four books. He has received the Department of Homeland Security Scientific Leadership and Fulbright Specialist awards. Howard P. Kern leads Sentara Healthcare, a 134-year-old, $10.3 billion, not-forprofit integrated health care delivery system headquartered in Virginia. The organization employs nearly 30,000 team members, including 1,375 physicians and advanced practice providers, operates 12 hospitals in Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina and serves more than 900,000 members through its Sentara Health Plans division. Kern’s executive management experience includes 41 years in hospital administration, managed health insurance, ambulatory services and health care finance. He obtained his master’s in health administration from the Medical College of Virginia, where he serves as a guest lecturer in the School of Health Administration. He completed the CEO Program for Health Care Leadership at the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a member of the Healthcare Executives Study Society. Kern received the “Most Transformative CEO” award from the CEO Forum in 2019 and has been recognized repeatedly by Modern Healthcare and Virginia Business in their “Most Influential People” lists. He was named to the Hampton Roads Business Hall of Fame in October 2021 by Junior Achievement of Greater Hampton Roads, Inc.

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Overnight Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Whip Up a Bountiful Weekend Brunch By Family Features

Fresh air, warm sun and delicious foods make brunch a favorite weekend event. Set the stage (and the table) for an inviting experience with recipes that cover all the bases from snacks and desserts to a mouthwatering main course. Tide the appetite of your guests with Spiced Grass-Fed Lamb Over Hummus served with toasted flatbread or tortilla chips before dishing out Overnight Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole for a simple centerpiece. Just as those delectable dishes are vanishing, pull Brown Sugar Pound Cake out of the oven and pair with sweetened whipped cream and fresh fruit for a sweet finishing touch. Visit Culinary.net to find more ways to broaden your brunch menu. Wake Up to a Wonderful Brunch Perfect for any brunch occasion is a delicious dish that can be made a day in advance, simplifying your morning prep before guests arrive with growling stomachs. Prepared the day before and chilled overnight, this Overnight Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole is ready to bake to perfection in the morning with a gooey interior and crisp exterior filled with mouthwatering flavor. Drizzle with glaze then dish out to loved ones for a delicious way to make brunch easy. Find more breakfast and brunch recipes at Culinary.net. Overnight Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole Servings: 12 Nonstick cooking spray 1 package (20 ounces) French bread, cubed, divided 1 can (20 ounces) apple pie filling 9 eggs 1 cup half-and-half 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 cup powdered sugar, plus additional (optional) 2 tablespoons milk, plus additional (optional) Spray 8-by-8-inch glass baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. In baking dish, add 10 ounces cubed French bread in bottom of dish. Pour apple filling over bread. Top with remaining cubed French bread.

Set aside. In medium bowl, whisk eggs, half-and-half and cinnamon. Pour evenly over bread. Cover with aluminum foil and chill overnight. Heat oven to 325 F. Remove foil and bake 50-60 minutes. Let cool 10-15 minutes. In small bowl, whisk powdered sugar and milk. Add additional, if needed, until pourable glaze is reached. Drizzle over casserole before serving. A Fresh, Flavorful Brunch Bite Brunch is a perfect opportunity to entertain friends and family with delicious recipes that will delight their taste buds. For example, this smooth hummus is paired with tender New Zealand grass-fed lamb loin chops and fresh toppings for flavor in every bite. Ready in less than 30 minutes, this Spiced Grass-Fed Lamb Over Hummus recipe is made using Atkins Ranch lamb, which is available at your local Whole Foods Market and hails from New Zealand where the animals are grass-fed 365 days a year and allowed to roam and graze freely over lush green hills and pastures. The result is a lean, finely textured, flavorful meat that tastes just as nature intended. Visit beefandlambnz.com for more recipes, cooking tips and information. Spiced Grass-Fed Lamb Over Hummus Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 5 minutes Servings: 4-6 Lamb: 4 Atkins Ranch grass-fed lamb loin chops 1 teaspoon cumin powder ¼ teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil Hummus: 1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas 3 cloves garlic, chopped ¼ cup tahini 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon cumin ½ teaspoon paprika 3 tablespoons olive oil For serving: 1 Persian cucumber, small diced

Spiced Grass-Fed Lamb Over Hummus. (COURTESY PHOTO)

1 small tomato, diced 2 tablespoons roasted pine nuts (or 2 tablespoons pomegranate seeds) parsley, chopped lemon wedges toasted flatbread or tortilla chips To make lamb: Remove lamb from bone, dice meat into small cubes and transfer to medium bowl. Add cumin powder and salt. Toss to coat. Marinate while preparing hummus. To make hummus: Drain chickpeas, reserving 1 tablespoon liquid. Rinse chickpeas under running water then drain. In bowl of food processor, pulse chickpeas, chickpea liquid and garlic until chickpeas and garlic are chopped. Add tahini, lemon juice, salt, cumin, paprika and olive oil. Mix until smooth paste forms. Taste and adjust by adding more salt, lemon juice or olive oil, as desired. Transfer hummus to large platter and spread it out. In large skillet, heat extra-virgin olive oil over high heat until hot. Add lamb and cook 30 seconds without moving. Turn lamb over and cook 30-60 seconds, repeating until all sides are browned. Remove from pan and let rest 5 minutes. To serve, place cucumbers and tomatoes in well of hummus then top with lamb, pine nuts and parsley. Top with squeeze of lemon juice and serve with flatbread or tortilla chips. Satisfy Cake Cravings with a Brunch-Worthy Dessert Whether your brunch feast consists of bacon and eggs, pancakes and waffles or a combination of favorites, you can cap it off with a sweet treat

Brown Sugar Pound Cake.(COURTESY PHOTO)

for the perfect ending. After all, no celebration is complete without dessert. Once the table is cleared of the main courses, dish out decadent bites of this Brown Sugar Pound Cake baked with high-quality ingredients like C&H Sugars to end the meal on a sweet note. Top with whipped cream and your crowd’s favorite fruits like strawberries and blueberries or serve the toppings separately for a customizable treat. Visit chsugar.com for more brunch recipe ideas. Brown Sugar Pound Cake Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 1 hour Servings: 8 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour, plus additional for coating pan, divided 1 cup packed C&H Light Brown Sugar 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened 4 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ½ teaspoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon salt sweetened whipped cream, for topping (optional) fresh fruit, such as strawberries and blueberries, for topping (optional) Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease and flour 9-by-5-by-3-inch loaf pan. In large bowl, beat sugar and butter until fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add vanilla. In separate bowl, combine 1 ¾ cups flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually add to sugar mixture. Pour batter into pan. Bake 1 hour, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from pan and turn out on rack to cool completely. Top with sweetened whipped cream and fresh fruit, if desired.

Brunch Made Easy By Family Features Gathering friends and family doesn’t need to be fancy. With its prime positioning between breakfast and lunch, brunch is a more casual and lighter alternative to the typical dinner party. When charged with hosting a mid-day gathering, a little pre-planning can go a long way toward ensuring your brunch get-together is as simple as it is scrumptious. Get creative with decor. When prepping your tablescape, think outside the box. Opt for unexpected serving dishes such as tartlet tins and vases, and transfer syrups and jams from their everyday containers to glass bowls or creamers. Fresh flowers and produce can add natural pops of color to the table and a bowl of fruit can make for an eye-catching centerpiece. Plan a variety of dishes. Make sure you have a mix of both sweet and savory dishes on the menu that can please a wide variety of palates. Earmarking some recipes that can be made ahead, like pastries and casseroles, can be a simple way to avoid waking up extra early to prepare. Save the morning of your event for dishes that are best served fresh, like this Herbed Spanish Omelet, which features potatoes; fresh, spring herbs; and red onions, and packs

protein, B-vitamins and cancer-protective phytochemicals. Serve it buffet-style. Setting your spread out on the counter and allowing guests to help themselves not only makes it easier for the host to mingle, but it allows guests to customize their meals as they wish and gives the gathering a more casual vibe. Try themed stations, such as a coffee or mimosa bar, parfait bar or bread bar, in addition to more traditional dishes to let guests take the customization to the next level. For more brunch ideas and recipes, visit Culinary.net. Herbed Spanish Omelet Reprinted with permission from the American Institute for Cancer Research Servings: 4 1 pound potatoes, peeled and diced or shredded water 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil ½ cup diced red onion 2 cloves garlic, minced 4 large whole eggs, lightly beaten 2 egg whites, lightly beaten 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives salt, to taste (optional)

Herbed Spanish Omelet. (GETTY IMAGES)

fresh herb sprigs, for garnish (optional) Place potatoes in large pan. Cover with water. Bring to boil and cook, uncovered, 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand about 10 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. Drain well. In deep, 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Add onion and garlic. Cook about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add potatoes and cook 5 minutes. Combine whole eggs and egg whites. Stir

in parsley, basil and chives. Season with salt, to taste, if desired. Pour mixture over potatoes in hot skillet. Reduce heat and cook, uncovered, about 10 minutes, or until bottom of omelet is golden. If desired, brown top under toaster oven. Garnish with fresh herb sprigs, if desired. Nutritional information per serving: 260 calories; 12 g total fat (2 g saturated fat); 28 g carbohydrates; 11 g protein; 2 g dietary fiber; 106 mg sodium.

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“I’m Alive Because People Care, Because People Donate Blood” By Claudia Sanchez-Bustamante MHS Communications

In April 2012, a “normal day at work turned ugly” for Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills. He and members of his paratrooper battalion in the 82nd Airborne Division were on routine patrol in Afghanistan when an improvised explosive device went off. He remembers regaining consciousness a few seconds later and hearing his medic call out for help to place tourniquets on his legs and arms. “I knew I was hit,” he said. “I lifted my left arm and saw it was kind of tattered up pretty good.” When he saw his hand, he knew it wasn’t good. He wondered if he would ever see his baby girl again. Mills lost a lot of blood that day. Without a massive infusion of new blood, he said, he probably would not have made it home. “I’m alive because people care, because people donate blood,” Mills said. “And without the blood given to the Armed Services Blood Program, I would not be able to stand here and tell you about how important it is.” Mills, now 35 and a father of two, lives in Maine. He is one of only five quadruple amputees to survive injuries from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. ‘Fearless in a gun fight’ “My job was the military,” said Mills. “I loved it. Working with soldiers every day, doing my job was the greatest for me.” He was on his third deployment. And coming home to his wife and little girl completed his dream life. “I had a really good life mapped out,” he said. “I was really doing well.” Mills’ father, Dennis, said military service was what his son was meant to do. He recalls Travis as an energetic, motivated, active, and friendly kid growing up in Vassar, Michigan. At 6 foot 3 inches tall, Mills was strong and excelled in sports. He was goofy and loved to tease his younger brother, and he always stuck up for the underdogs, Dennis said. Soon after starting community college, he realized his heart was somewhere else. He enlisted in the Army, never looking back. “You could see the joy in his face,” his father recalled. He excelled in the Army. “Travis’ leadership ability is like the guys that you see in movies, that people don’t think really exist,” said Army Sgt. 1st Class Josh Buck, Mills’ friend, teammate, and brother-in-law. “He’s the guy that when you’re getting shot at, you would love him next to you no matter what, because he’s fearless in a gun fight.” Life-saving Blood Army Sgt. First Class Alexander Voyce, one of the medics in Mills’ unit who treated him at the scene of the blast, recalled seeing him after the injuries. “It was really amazing seeing someone who had just lost all four limbs in such high spirits,” Voyce said. “Knowing him from

Retired Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills is one of only five quadruple amputees from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to have survived his injuries, largely thanks to the donated blood he received in a hospital in Kandahar.

before, that’s just his demeanor, that was just him.” Immediately after Mills’ injury, medics placed tourniquets around his limbs. They reassured him that he would be okay. “Shut up, I know,” Mills responded at the time. At a hospital in Kandahar, Mills needed blood — lots of it. The IED blast had injured him so severely that doctors amputated portions of both of his arms and legs at the hospital. “They used over 400 units of blood, which, at the time, was the most blood ever given,” Mills said. “The blood bank at the hospital in Kandahar ran out of blood that day, and people had to rush to donate positive and universal blood to keep me alive.” The blood went straight from donors’ veins to his. In order for a patient to safely and effectively receive a blood transfusion, the blood type must either be a direct match to the patient’s specific blood type, or it must be “O negative” blood, which is a blood type that is considered “universal” because it can

be safely administered to anyone regardless of their specific blood type. Never Give Up. Never Quit. Mills set a goal for himself and his care team at Walter Reed National Military Medical CenterWalter Reed National Military Medical Center website in Bethesda, Maryland to leave the hospital within ten months. “If I give up, I’m giving up on more than just myself,” he said. “I’d be giving up on my family.” And he wouldn’t do that. He needed to go take care of his wife and daughter. “[Kelsey] and Chloe know that I’m gonna be fine, that they got nothing to worry about,” said Mills. “Every day is a challenge, but it’s not a challenge you can’t overcome.” Mills’ father recalled getting his son back. “Travis came back as Travis so quick, that he tormented me, we tormented each other just like we used to before he left,” his dad said. “I forget that he doesn’t have arms and legs, because he does so well,” Mills’ mother, Cheri, said.

“He’s still the same person and he can still laugh about life.” Within five months, as Mills got used to his prosthetic legs, he completed a five-kilometer run in New York City. “Travis was meant to lead and help people,” said Army Spc. Brandon Fessey, who was also with him during the blast. “He faces obstacles, and he doesn’t let anything stop him.” In 2013, Mills founded a nonprofit organization to benefit and assist wounded and injured vets and their families. He also speaks throughout the country encouraging others to persevere through life’s unexpected challenges and hold on to the motto: Never give up. Never quit. He often speaks about the critical role that the military’s blood program played in saving his life. “I hope you will donate your bloodArmed Services Blood Program donor website, give back to the community, and make sure that you can keep people alive and going forward in life,” he said. “Your donation of blood does matter.”

8 Tips to Help Kids Adjust to Change during the New Pandemic Phase By Janet A. Aker


Parents should prepare their kids for the new normal of the ongoing pandemic, recognizing that the status of the disease can change quickly as new variants of COVID-19 emerge. Kids will need help navigating changes at their level while the world around them adjusts to changing rates of local disease, and updates in policies and mandates in the surrounding community. Fostering flexibility will be essential, said Army Lt. Col. (Dr.) Bonnie Jordan, a child development expert at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington. “I don’t know what to tell kids about next week. That could change next week,” Jordan said. “The biggest message is that our family is going to have changes, and we can be flexible and successful as long as we do it together.” Parents should help prepare children for changes to their daily routines. “Kids usually do well with routine. Parents can set up good expectations, and starting to talk about routines early on can be very beneficial,” Jordan said. “It is important for kids to be prepared for hiccups and changes in their routine,

and to have emotional support if they struggle to adjust.” “Military kids are resilient and good with changes. They may be in a position to accommodate changes better than their civilian peers,” she suggested. Tips for Parents Here are some of Jordan’s suggestions for keeping your family safe and in a good state of mind as we all adjust to the pandemic’s new normal. • Model good behaviors. “Young kids like to imitate their parents. So at every cough or sneeze, remind them about that behavior by coughing or sneezing into your elbow,” and explain why that’s a good way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. • Tell really young children that “Today, we don’t have to wear masks but maybe later we will. We are not mask-wearing today because it’s safe.” • Remind your kids “that every community and every family will have different reasons for masking, and that it may be difficult to see unmasked people” if your family is still masking. • “Have conversations about being mindful of others who may be at higher risk of disease.” • Don’t allow bullying or making fun of masking. “Tell your kids that your family needs to support other people’s decisions.

A parent comforts his child while she receives a pediatric dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Jan. 28, 2022. (AIRMAN 1ST CLASS ANNA NOLTE)

That can help normalize different choices.” • “Stay home when you’re sick and get tested for COVID-19.” • “Emphasize hand washing as a big way to help lessen the chance of getting or spreading COVID-19. Remind your children that this is a good behavior. It’s safe, and it helps us as a family to stay safe.”

• Remind teens and ‘tweens to not share food or drinks because it could spread COVID-19. One of the best ways for children to stay safe is to get their COVID-19 vaccination if they are eligible, Jordan said. Parents should talk to their children’s primary care provider for more information.

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