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Change of Command

The aircraft carrier, Pre-Commissioning Unit John F. Kennedy (CVN 79), held its first change of command ceremony aboard the ship’s fo’c’sle, May 6. PAGE A6

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Local Graduating Midshipmen Receive Officers’ Commissions during Ceremony at Old Dominion University

NAVSUP supports USS Arlington’s Iceland port visit with husbanding services contract

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Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center Sigonella

ous commands, units and our East Coast SEAL Teams. C a p t . M i c h a e l B r a t l e y, Commanding Officer of the Hampton Roads Unit, was greeted by the midshipmen with a standing ovation and cheers. During his address, he spoke about the progress the midshipmen had made, the challenges they will face, and gave them words of advice for the beginning of their new careers. It was an emotional journey for Bratley, the outgoing Commanding Officer, who started his career in 1985 and ROTC tenure three years ago transferring from the unit in August 2022. “As my 37 year career draws toward the end, I envy you,” Bratley told the graduates. “I leave here today knowing you will bring great credit to our unit, your uniform, to our Navy Marine Corps Team and to your country.” Kilby was greeted by the midshipmen and guests with

ICELAND — Husbanding services encompass the critical elements of logistics support required by U.S. Navy vessels when they visit commercial and military ports around the world. Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center Sigonella’s (NAVSUP FLCSI’s) Global Multiple Award Husbanding Contract (GMAC) enables the command’s contracting specialists to partner with European husbanding service providers (HSPs) to support requirements for U.S. maritime forces participating in various bilateral and joint exercises across Africa and Europe, including the High North. As the U.S. Sixth Fleet-led exercise Northern Viking 22 (VK22) drew to an end in mid-April, NAVSUP FLCSI’s contracting team leveraged the GMAC to procure husbanding services for one of the exercise participants, USS Arlington (LPD 24), during a scheduled port visit April 14, 2022 in Reykjavik, Iceland. Some of the husbanding goods and services procured for the port visit included pilot and tug services, mobile crane and manlift services, mobile crane equipment, potable water, ship brow, x-ray scanner with trained operators, cell phones and transportation vehicles. “The GMAC proved to be the ideal contracting vehicle for the port visit as it allowed for a number of administrative efficiencies resulting in minimizing the risks of increased costs and poor service,” said Robert DeAngelis, NAVSUP FLCSI contract specialist. As part of his role, DeAngelis was boots-on-the ground in Reykjavik during the port visit. “I met with local port authorities to inquire on the services and local support, assessed the competency and perceived effectiveness of port security,” said DeAngelis. “Furthermore, I was able

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Midshipmen take the oath of office to defend the country and don the shoulder boards of Navy ensigns and the gold bars of Marine second lieutenants during the commissioning ceremony May 5 at Old Dominion University.(KATISHA DRAUGHN-FRAGUADA)

By Capt. Michael Bratley

Hampton Roads Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps HRNROTC

NORFOLK, Va. — The graduating midshipmen of the Hampton Roads Consortium Naval Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) Class of 2022 received their officers’ commissions May 5 becoming the newest warriors in America’s finest Navy. The graduates received their commissions before Vice Adm. James Kilby, Deputy Commander of United States Fleet Forces Command, and 450 parents, guests, and friends. Since the summer of 1982, the Hampton Roads Consortium Naval ROTC Program has provided in-depth training to Midshipmen, producing high quality Navy and Marine Corps Officers. Today, the consortium consists of five schools in the Hampton Roads area — Old Dominion University, Norfolk State University, Hampton

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University, Regent University, and Tidewater Community College. Students from across the country enroll in these schools and are offered the unique opportunity to participate in an NROTC program at one of the best positioned units

in the country. HRNROTC is a short drive to the world’s largest Naval Station and home of our Atlantic Fleet, a Master Jet Base housing the majority of the Navy’s F-18 squadrons, and Little Creek Amphibious Base home to vari-

Residents Can Help Protect our Local Waterways By Amy E. Hardy

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NORFOLK, Va. — Have you ever wondered what you can do to help protect the rivers, streams, and waterways near your home? In addition to serving as our drinking water supplies, these water bodies also provide us with various recreational activities and beautiful scenery. This article is the first of a four-part series to provide you with more information on the common sources of

pollution from our everyday activities and, more importantly, habits that you can adopt to prevent this pollution. Stormwater runoff results when rain cannot soak into the ground because of impervious surfaces such as roads and rooftops. Stormwater pollution results when stormwater picks up, carries, and discharges various pollutants into storm drains or ditches, and ultimately into the downstream waterways. Pollutants include items such as pesticides, fertilizers, construction site sediments,

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FRCE engineers provide support

Eastern North Carolina students are getting hands-on exposure to future technical careers, thanks to a small team of Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) engineers and educators who are bringing technology to area classrooms. PAGE A2

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Chris Rivera, FRCE aerospace engineer, assists Danica Westphal, 7th grade student at Tucker Creek Middle School in Havelock, North Carolina, with programming a miniature robot to follow an intersecting track. Rivera taught STEM lessons to several classes of Tucker Creek students during a visit to the school on April 12. (COURTESY PHOTO)

FRCE engineers provide STEM support to area schools

By Kimberly Koonce

Fleet Readiness Center East Public Affairs

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. — Eastern North Carolina students are getting hands-on exposure to future technical careers, thanks to a small team of Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) engineers and educators who are bringing technology to area classrooms. Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) outreach falls under the umbrella of the Fleet Support Team’s Advanced Technology and Innovation (ATI) Team. The ATI team develops innovative technology programs and applications to solve problems that affect FRCE and Navy and Marine Corps aviation. The ATI team has dedicated two engineers and a former teacher to STEM outreach, with a goal of providing educational resources — such as equipment, project plans and volunteers — to area schools to assist teachers in developing technology-based lessons. According to Randall Lewis, Innovation Lead for the ATI Team, the end goal of this support is to encourage students to consider pursuing careers in a technology field. “Through our outreach efforts, we’re able to assist local educators with lesson planning and provide them with resources that the students may not traditionally have had access to,” Lewis said. “We’re able to take the curriculum that they’re teaching and apply it to more real world situations that we might encounter in the types of work we do at the FRC. That gives students the types of experience that they wouldn’t usually have had access to in a traditional classroom setting.” The centerpiece of the STEM Outreach program is an innovative mobile fabrication space called the FABLAB. This eye-catching trailer is emblazoned with the FRCE logo and “FABLAB” in bold black letters against a red, white and blue background. Inside the 32-by-8 foot enclosed trailer are 10 computer work stations, four high-end 3D printers, a laser cutter and other equipment designed to allow elementary through high school students the opportunity to solve engineering problems firsthand. Recently, the FABLAB made a visit to Tucker Creek Middle School in Havelock. Students from David Rackley’s seventh-grade Academically and Intellectually Gifted (AIG) class gazed intently at computer screens as they pondered how to program miniature robots to follow an intersecting path on a piece of paper. Rackley said visits by the FABLAB provide a view of STEM opportunities that

Seventh-grade students at Tucker Creek Middle School in Havelock, North Carolina, work on computer coding projects during a visit by FRCE’s FABLAB. The mobile trailer is equipped with laptops, 3D printers, laser cutters and other tools to introduce area students to science and technology careers. (COURTESY PHOTO)

FRCE’s FABLAB, seen during a recent visit to Tucker Creek Middle School in Havelock, North Carolina. The FABLAB is a mobile fabrication space designed to introduce area students to science and technology careers. The trailer is part of FRCE’s educational outreach and is frequently seen at local schools, afterschool programs and community events. (COURTESY PHOTO)

many children in regular classrooms may not be exposed to. “Some students don’t get to attend STEM classes because of scheduling, so this is an experience most kids don’t really get,” Rackley said. “There are a few who are really into robotics or other technology, but the

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FABLAB really opens the eyes of other students and gives them the experience of seeing what’s possible as a future career.” Chris Rivera, an aerospace engineer working on STEM outreach for the ATI team, taught the coding lesson to six classes of Tucker Creek students. He said that middle school is a good time to reach the students with STEM lessons to help make engineering and other technical careers seem more attainable. “The kids may think that engineers are just a bunch of people sitting around computers all day, but we’re teaching activities to show students that it’s much more than that,” Rivera said. “They can see that there’s actually teamwork, problem solving, communication. Engineering is more of a team sport than the movies make it out to be.” Rivera said the computers are set close together in the FABLAB so students can work together to come up with solutions. “A teacher might call that cheating, but in the engineering world that’s good because you’re collaboratively working to solve a common problem,” he explained. The STEM outreach team benefits because one of its members has experience as a classroom teacher. Michelle Smith, ATI educational outreach coordinator, taught middle school STEM classes before coming

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to work at FRCE. Smith’s role is to serve as a liaison between area school districts and the depot. In addition to the FABLAB, the STEM outreach program includes sending engineers to volunteer at career days, STEM nights, robotic competitions, engineering camps and other activities where they can leave a positive impression about technology careers in general and Fleet Readiness Center East in particular. Smith said the team focuses its outreach efforts within a 100-mile radius of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, to communicate to local students that they can find lucrative engineering and manufacturing jobs close to home at FRCE. “We are trying to strengthen our pipeline for our workforce, getting them interested in careers in engineering early, so we can be a part of their journey through school,” Smith said. “It’s important for us to be involved and provide an opportunity for interactions with current engineers so students will consider engineering and consider coming back to us so we can keep our local talent here in eastern North Carolina.” The STEM outreach team recently learned it had won four new grants from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) New Start program to enhance FRCE’s existing outreach efforts. The outreach program already has STEM carts, complete with gadgets and activities, in all Craven County elementary schools. The “STEM is Elementary” initiative will allow the team to expand these carts to another local county and create design challenges for younger students. “STEM is Challenging” will develop STEM competitions for high school students and engage a more diverse audience beyond those taking engineering classes. “STEM is for Everyone” will bring the FABLAB and other outreach activities to area Boys and Girls clubs and other community groups. The last initiative, “STEM is Flexible,” will focus on developing in-depth lesson kits that teachers can check out and present, often with the assistance of an FRCE engineer. Lewis said it’s gratifying to see how far the outreach program has come since the FABLAB was introduced in 2016. He said that with the ONR grants and better communication with area schools, the future is bright for STEM outreach at FRCE. “We’re able to fund more things, so we’re able to do more things. It’s only going to be bigger, and that’s exciting,” Lewis said. “It’s really reflects positively on the FRC and the type of work that we do and the impact that we make.” FRCE is North Carolina’s largest maintenance, repair, overhaul and technical services provider, with more than 4,000 civilian, military and contract workers. Its annual revenue exceeds $1 billion. The depot provides service to the fleet while functioning as an integral part of the greater U.S. Navy; Naval Air Systems Command; and Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers.


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During the anniversary ceremony, Naval Support Activity (NSA) Hampton Roads personnel participated in a cake cutting with the oldest and youngest Sailor and newest and longest employed Civilian. (From left to right) Cory Johnson, newest employed civilian; Capt. Matt Frauenzimmer, Commanding Officer of NSA Hampton Roads; Willie King, longest employed civilian; Capt. (Ret) Charles Melcher, former Commanding Officer of NSA Hampton Roads; Lt. Cmdr. Dwayne Stoumbaugh, oldest Sailor; and Master-at-Arms Seaman Apprentice Serenity Thomas, youngest Sailor. (KATISHA DRAUGHN-FRAGUADA)

Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads celebrates its 45th anniversary By Katisha Draughn-Fraguada

Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads Public Affairs

Naval Support Activity (NSA) Hampton Roads observed its 45th anniversary and the history of the installation during a ceremony at its POW/MIA Park May 6. “Shore commands and installations have a pretty unique mission: We provide shore installation support services enabling our tenant commands to dedicate their resources to the fleet and fighter, while the installations support the families,” said Capt. Matt Frauenzimmer, Commanding Officer of NSA Hampton Roads. “Our installation has a rich history of providing this support.”

In January 1977, a study was undertaken to determine the mission, tasks and functions of a headquarters support activity. On May 1, 1977, the Chief of Naval Operations directed the establishment of the Atlantic Fleet Headquarters Support Activity (HSA) to provide administrative, personnel, logistics, maintenance, transportation, special services, supply, and fiscal services to tenant activities and commands so they could operate with maximum emphasis on their primary missions. In 1999, HSA was redesignated a major command and dual-hatted with the responsibilities as the Installation Commander for three installations and as the Program Director for Regional Support Services.

Over the past 45 years, the installation has undergone name changes to include HSA, Naval Support Activity Norfolk, and the current name, Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads. Capt. (Ret) Charles Melcher, former Commanding Officer of NSA Hampton Roads from 2009-2012, served as the guest speaker during the anniversary ceremony, and gave insight and words of encouragement to command personnel. “Our Navy and our country need to count on you and believe that no matter how dark the skies are, that you will show up, stand up and above all, that you will never give up the ship and you will fight for her to her last,” he said. “I have enjoyed my post Navy career

but rarely a week goes by that I do not miss working with a team of Sailors like you who unleash their combined intellect and enthusiasm.” As part of the ceremony, there were also historical photo displays and a cake cutting. Attendees received historical information on the different amenities that were housed on the installation at that time to include a wood working shop, a library, and a hobby shop, which had the only auto painting booth in the Tidewater area. In addition, unaccompanied enlisted personnel housing buildings were originally constructed as open bay berthing. To conclude the celebration, the NSA Hampton Roads Chief Petty Officers hosted a barbeque for command personnel and attendees, as well as an anniversary golf tournament hosted by the Sewells Point Golf Course. “Our history is imperative, and so is our future,” said Frauenzimmer. “And we are looking forward to continuing future partnerships, relationships, and service to our communities.”



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Mobile Utilities Support Equipment Technicians Assist USS Kearsarge at Norfolk Naval Station By Michael Monteleone

Muse Field Operations Branch

NORFOLK, Va. — Five technicians from Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center (NAVFAC EXWC) Mobile Utilities Support Equipment (MUSE) team embarked on a mission to Norfolk to assist in energy independence for the USS Kearsarge. Unforeseen utility shortfalls, including the non-operational emergency generator aboard USS Kearsarge, prompted MUSE to act swiftly. The MUSE technician team, led by CM2 Michael Monteleone, installed two 35k generators inside the supply wing of the ship. After thorough deliberation and planning, the MUSE technicians provided a detailed course of action—one that no MUSE technician had executed before. CM2 Monteleone, “After the third or fourth course of action, there was a growing feeling that our attempts were not going to succeed. The ship was departing the next day for a month long exercise. We threw one last Hail Mary that combined all our previous efforts. It worked out really well.” The staff aboard USS Kearsarge acquired a barge crane to lift MUSE’s equipment, including a medium tactical vehicle replacement (MTVR) that would be loaded onto a landing craft utility (LCU) 1654. The LCU is an amphibious forces vessel capable of transporting wheeled vehicles to ships, piers, beachheads, and other boats. After the loading of the LCU on the stern of the ship, the MTVR cargo was driven through the well deck, with MUSE generators in tow. CM1 Ryan “When the equipment operator told me not to stop, no matter what, and to get a running start, I knew it was going to be a unique drive. The MTVR responded very well, and was a smooth transition from the well deck, up the ramp, to the second deck supply wing of the ship.”

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two days completing a detailed mechanical and electrical checklist to ensure the generators performed under the ships full load. Altogether, the successful mission took 3 weeks altogether. MUSE will be returning at the end of the year to remove the generators from the USS KEARSARGE after the ships diesel generator is restored back to full health and tested. MUSE provides specialized, easily transportable equipment for temporary support of utility and critical power systems, as well as highly skilled Navy Seabee technicians who provide technical assistance and training. MUSE services include power generation, transformation and distribution services to meet energy and unforeseen utility shortfalls. To learn more about MUSE’s services and equipment, call (805) 982-5325. About Naval Facilities Engineers and Expeditionary Warfare Command (NAVFAC EXWC): NAVFAC EXWC is a command of more than 1,100 dedicated federal employees, contractors, and military personnel who provide research, development, testing and evaluation, and in-service engineering to deliver specialized facility and expeditionary solutions to the warfighter.






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ATAC Screener Moranda Blair packages a DLR item. ( JIM KOHLER)

ATAC Norfolk Supports Fleet with Depot Level Repairable Services By Jim Kohler


NORFOLK, Va. — The NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Norfolk Advanced Traceability and Control (ATAC) team provides tracking, expediting and visibility for Navy and Marine Corps Depot Level Repairable (DLR) components to minimize losses and optimize repair/supply cycle times. These items are more economical to repair than to replace when they become unserviceable and are critical contributors to warfighter readiness. The ATAC Norfolk team of 18 civil service employees and 17 contractors play a critical role in saving valuable taxpayer dollars. They do this using tried and true methods and a very dedicated team of

professionals. “The ATAC program was established to operate and provide a global network of waterfront nodes and hubs, providing packaging and transshipment services, as well as remote transportation coordination to ship Depot Level Repairable (DLR) (material) to designated overhaul points (DOP) or designated storage points (DSP),” explained ATAC Eastern Region Director Joe Acevedo. Using the methods prescribed by the Navy Packaging Program, ATAC team members help to preserve the lives of valuable shipping containers, allowing them to be reused again and again. “The purpose of the Navy Packaging Program and ATAC is to provide asset protection to Navy material while minimizing total ownership costs,” explained Acevedo. “Protection is provided

during handling, shipment, and storage throughout the material’s life cycle. Inadequate packaging may cause unnecessary damage to assets, which in turn may result in higher repair costs and increased turnaround times and negative impacts to Navy readiness.” ATAC not only saves money by refurbishing government assets, they save customers money too. “ATAC expedites delivery of retrograde material to final destinations and the receipt posting and data entry for packaging and transportation data in electronic repairable management system (eRMS), provides carcass credit to the customer and real time in-transit visibility of the DLR.” said Acevedo. The number of items and their dollar value that moved through ATAC last year

is staggering. According to Acevedo, during calendar year 2021, ATAC processed more than 56,380 of non-ready for issue (NRFI F condition) material and more than 3,170 Ready for Issue (RFI A condition) material with a combined estimated value of $1.9 billion. Getting the material to ATAC is a fairly straightforward process. Fleet units and shore commands are required to process the F condition retrograde or A condition material in eRMS and create an ATAC Manifest. Once that is done, local units can deliver items to ATAC. Customers not located in the Norfolk area can contact ATAC Transportation to arrange for pick-up and delivery of the DLRs to ATAC for packaging and processing. Despite some pandemic-related supply chain issues, ATAC has not missed a beat. “I am very proud of the ATAC team,” said Acevedo. “We provided service to the fleet and shore customers without any disruption during the pandemic and continue to provide the service without any disruption. We can proudly say we are a major contributor to Navy and fleet readiness.”

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Pre-Commissioning Unit John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) holds the ship’s first change of command ceremony in the ship’s fo’c’sle where Capt. Colin Day relieved Capt. Todd R. Marzano. John F. Kennedy is the second Ford-class aircraft carrier and is under construction at HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division in Newport News, Virginia. (MC1 MICHAEL L CROFT)

PCU JFK Holds First Change of Command By Petty Officer 1St Class Michael Croft PCU John F. Kennedy

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — The aircraft carrier, Pre-Commissioning Unit John F. Kennedy (CVN 79), held its first change of command ceremony aboard the ship’s fo’c’sle, May 6. Capt. Colin P. Day assumed command of John F. Kennedy from Capt. Todd R. Marzano, the ship’s first commanding officer. Rear Adm. John F. Meier, commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic, presided over the ceremony. With Marzano at the helm, the command focused on building a climate that promotes resiliency, professionalism, and trust among the 1,400-plus John F. Kennedy Sailors who are focused on delivering a ship with a fully trained, combat ready crew. John F. Kennedy has over 470 Sailors supporting the fleet and gaining operational experience

at 44 commands across the globe. “To my amazing plankowner crew, I thank you one last time for your incredible dedication, high level of professionalism, and extremely hard work which has enabled JFK to be so successful,” said Marzano. “You have earned my utmost respect and appreciation!” Day addressed the crew for the first time as commanding officer, thanking Marzano and speaking of the future of John F. Kennedy. “The JFK team is a strong one already, with a solid identity and unit cohesion that I’m so glad Capt. Marzano fostered and led,” said Day. “I know that this cohesion and teamwork will serve us well in the coming two years.” Marzano, a native of Denver, Colorado, and a 1992 graduate of the University of Colorado, assumed command in October 2019 during, and led the crew of John F. Kennedy through many of the ship’s first

milestones including the flooding of the dry dock that set the vessel afloat for the first time as well as the ship’s christening. “Take good care of the crew, for they will be the ones who will work hard to bring the ship to life,” said Marzano, paraphrasing his mentor and the first commanding officer of the now decommissioned USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67), the late Rear Adm. Earl “Buddy” Yates. Meier, who was the first commanding officer of USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), praised Marzano’s leadership and dedication to building a resilient, dedicated crew intent on delivering the Navy’s newest aircraft carrier on schedule and combat ready. “Every carrier CO here today has JFK Sailors serving aboard right now,” said Meier. “Marzano has raised the bar for what it means to serve with courage, to build men and women who want to stay in this organization to serve their nation.”

Day, who comes from a Navy family and is a native of Oak Harbor, Washington, is a Class of 1996 U.S. Naval Academy graduate. His career highlights, before assuming command of the John F. Kennedy, include command of the “Warhawks” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 97 and USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB 3). He has over 3,500 flight hours in the F-14A Tomcat, FA-18A/B/C/D Hornet, and FA-18E/F Super Hornet. “I can’t wait to show you what this warship will become,” said Day. “Capt. Marzano, thank you again for the great turnover and the command you’ve led. I am humbled and proud to join it.” John F. Kennedy, the second aircraft carrier in the Ford-class, is under construction at HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division, Newport News, Virginia. The ship is about 85% complete and remains on track for delivery in 2024. For more news on John F. Kennedy, visit https://www.dvidshub.net/unit/CVN79 or follow along on social media at https://www. facebook.com/CVN79JFK on Facebook and @uss_john_f_kennedy_cvn_79 on Instagram.



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to dynamically authorize needed service changes, with the U.S. Sixth Fleet contracting officer’s representative, the ship’s supply officer and HSP vendor. This fluid support allowed us to take advantage of cost saving initiatives and expand support for the ship in real time.” Besides contracting support, one of FLCSI’s logistics support officers hand-delivered critical parts to the ARG’s embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). “Our ability to support port visits at strategically significant High North locations, such as Reykjavik, is a concrete example 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. “This successful port visit also demonstrates how our logisticians and contracting professionals make a crucial contribution to enhancing logistics interoperability and engagement with our Allies in the region. In this case, the Icelandic Coast Guard and the Icelandic commercial husbanding service provider industry.” Assigned to the USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), Arlington joined six NATO Allied Nations during VK22 to strengthen interoperability and force readiness, enabling multi-domain command and control of joint and coalition forces in the defense of Iceland and Sea Lines of Communication in the Greenland, Iceland, United Kingdom (GIUK) gap. After the port visit, the 22nd MEU participated in a bilateral training event with the Kingdom of Norway’s Armed Forces to strengthen U.S. and Norway interoperability ensuring collective capabilities and steadfast partnerships among NATO allies and

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cheers, gave words of encouragement, spoke about the future of the Navy, and the standards and expectations the midshipmen would soon be expected to uphold. “I am excited for you. When I was you, I was not sure I would make it a career….. if I would fit into the Navy or if the Navy would call me,” said Kilby. “It has been a wonderful journey for me and I hope with every fiber of my being that it is so for you.” The midshipmen stood tall to take oaths of office to defend the country and don the shoulder boards of Navy ensigns and the gold bars of Marine second lieutenants. They had come a long way since making the same vow as new freshmen four years ago. The sense of excitement was equally intense in the stands, packed with 450 parents, relatives, friends and sponsors who erupted in cheers with the naming of each midshipman during their procession across stage to be greeted to the

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partners. The Kearsarge ARG and embarked the 22nd MEU are under the command and control of Task Force 6½. Arlington’s presence in the High North is a demonstration of the U.S. Navy’s continued commitment to collective defense of the European region and reinforces the strong bond between the U.S. and Iceland. NAVSUP serves as the Department of the Navy’s lead for all husbanding services contracts. 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.

stand the difference between the sanitary system and the storm drain system. The illustration shows how water from our sinks, showers and bathtubs, clothes washing machines, and dish washers all enter the sanitary system via pipes that are connected to a wastewater treatment plant. Pollutants from these waters then are removed by the treatment plant before being discharged. By contrast, stormwater, which runs off our rooftops, driveways, roads, and lawns, enters into the storm drain system and discharges directly to nearby streams, lakes or bays without receiving any treatment. You may have noticed decals near storm drains indicating that the storm drains flow directly to a nearby waterway. NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic installs these decals to educate residents and employees of the Navy installations on stormwater pollution prevention. Common sources of pollution in the stormwater runoff from our lawns include pet waste, fertilizers, pesticides, lawn clippings and leaves, and other substances which may be left uncovered (such as dirt piles, salt piles, paints, oils, etc.). In addition, car maintenance activities such as oil changes and car washing can contribute to stormwater pollution when oil and detergent run into the gutter. Remember to collect all used oil and dispose of it properly. When washing a car, it’s better to wash on grass, which filters the contaminants, or to use a commercial car wash. Thanks for reading and be sure to pick up the next issue of The Flagship to read article 2 in this series which will provide some specific examples of everyday activities to prevent stormwater pollution from automotive, home pool, and lawn care maintenance activities.

fleet by Capt. Bratley, Vice Adm. Kilby and ODU President Brian Hemphill. “After over 35 years in this business, I know that those of us wearing a uniform would not be where we are today without our family and friends. A prior boss of mine often used to say Family Readiness equals Fleet Readiness. This means that we rely on and draw strength from our families and friends,” said Kilby. “You increase our toughness and our resilience to serve our nation at home and aboard. So, to all the families and friends here today, and to those that could not be here, I thank you for your individual and collective roles in supporting our candidates today.” Midshipman Hanford-Garcia, receiver of the All-Around Performance Award, was one notable graduate to receive his commission and a handshake from Vice Adm. Kilby and other distinguished guests. Now an ensign, Hanford-Garcia, of Palm Beach, Florida, is assigned as a Naval Aviator. “It was an honor and a privilege to commission and fall in the footsteps of those who served before me, and have my father be

my first salute,” said Hanford-Garcia. “I am excited to see where my fellow commissioners will go, and I am proud to see how far they have come in this journey with me.” As the 2021-2022 academic year comes to a close, the First-Class Midshipmen are preparing to enter the fleet as commissioned officers. The soon-to-be leaders in the fleet have experienced a significant amount of growth throughout their four years in the unit, and the excitement can be seen throughout the Battalion. The seniors will be commissioning into the following communities: Surface Warfare, Aviation, Submarine, and Marine Corps. Surface Warfare: Allannah Arcusa Immanuel Arlanza Winston Burns Jacob Cullens Chanel Flores-Vargas Matthew Katuzienski Samuel Le Elijah Matz William Sanders

Aviation: Raymond Beredo David Forbes Nicholas Hanford-Garcia Maria Henson Paul Rankin Nicholas Shutters Kevin Varnes Submarine: Jonathan Andres Isaac Pleet Nurse Corps: Johneica Yancey Marine Corps: Richard Garza After the ceremony and at the cake cutting ceremony which followed, MIDN Trey Rankin, the Battalion Warrior Wardroom President, presented Vice Adm. Kilby a small gift from the graduating class and expressed the group’s sincere appreciation for his participation and guidance. Rankin spoke briefly in celebration of their new commissions and wished his classmates good luck in their new careers.

San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD 24), front, steams alongside Icelandic Coast Guard offshore patrol vessel ICGV Þór (UT 512L) in support of exercise Northern Viking 22, April 7, 2022. Northern Viking 22 strengthens interoperability and force readiness between the U.S., Iceland and Allied nations, enabling multi-domain command and control of joint and coalition forces in the defense of Iceland and Sea Lines of Communication in the Greenland, Iceland, United Kingdom (GIUK) gap. (ICELANDIC COAST GUARD)

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Hardy twins reunite Twin brothers, both formerly enlisted Sailors and now U.S. Navy Chaplain Corps officers, reunited during an Officer Development School (ODS) graduation ceremony, May 6. PAGE B3

U.S. Navy Ensign Gemelin Lozada, from Okinawa, Japan, left, gives her mother, Chief Hospital Corpsman Melinda Canales, from Quezon, Philippines, a hug on Mother’s Day while deployed aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19). The mother-daughter duo is supporting Pacific Partnership 2022. Now, in its 17th year, Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific. (MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS BRANDIE NUZZI)


By MC2 Brandie Nuzzi

Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific

PACIFIC OCEAN — Ensign Gemelin Lozada and Chief Hospital Corpsman Melinda Canales are a mother-daughter duo currently embarked aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), now underway for Pacific Partnership 2022 (PP22). For Canales, who has served 19 years in the U.S. Navy, PP22 may be her last full deployment. She hopes this will be an unforgettable experience. “One of my goals here is to make this one memorable because this is going to be my last [deployment], and this is her first,” said Canales of her daughter. “So, I am happy she is with me for this [mission].” It is Navy tradition for senior enlisted members to mentor junior officers. For Lozada, Pacific Partnership offers an opportunity to not only serve with her mother but also gives her the chance to grow and persevere professionally under mom’s tutelage.

“Chiefs and junior officers work together anyways, but I have a double layer,” Lozada said. “I have the support of my mom, but on top of that, she is a chief to mentor me as a junior officer. It is really nice to work within that dynamic and focus on the mission, but I feel lucky that we have each other on the ship.” Canales said the feelings are mutual. The proud mother says she looks up to the junior officer. “My daughter is the kind of person I want to be when I grow up,” said Canales. “She taught me changes are good, and that change is the only permanent thing in the world, and it is okay to change your focus on something else that works for you. Look at her now, she is a nurse, and not just a nurse, a Navy nurse. I am proud of her.” After spending her childhood moving around to various commands during her mother’s naval career, Lozada never imagined she would join the Navy herself. “As I grew older, I appreciated the stuff

that she was doing as a mother,” Lozada said. “I started to have more of an appreciation toward the military and all that she was able to provide us with. Eventually, I joined the military myself. I have so much more of a newfound appreciation for it. Joining the military was me maturing and really seeing eye-to-eye with my mom.” The family duo will work in tandem during PP22, caring for patients throughout the Indo-Pacific Region. Lozada, working in patient care, will create connections and work side-by-side with partner and host nation personnel. Canales will ensure PP22 doctors and nurses have all equipment needed to complete the mission. “We get to show our partners that we are here to help at any time, and I like being able to represent and show what we do,” Lozada said. Reflecting on everything her mother has accomplished in her Navy career, Lozada says she sees her mom as an inspiration as Lozada moves forward in her own career. “Growing up, my mom always inspired

me to be a strong woman,” Lozada said. “She made it to chief. That is a milestone and breaks the boundaries. She gives me hope that I can fulfill my role as a new officer.” Deployments mean family members must say goodbye to one another, and Sailors often miss holidays with loved ones throughout the year. This year, Mercy is deployed on Mother’s Day. Canales and Lozada consider it a unique opportunity to celebrate this special occasion together at sea. “Unlike all of the other mothers on this ship, I get to celebrate Mother’s Day with one of the reasons I am a mother,” Canales said. “I know this is a Mother’s Day that I will never forget.” The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) is currently underway for Pacific Partnership 2022. Now in its 17th year, Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific.

VF-84 in Desert Storm: Letters From Home Navy Dentist Honored as the 2022 Navy Hero of Military Medicine

By Joshua Cox

Naval Air Station Pensacola

PENSACOLA, Fla. — In January of 1991 the Fighter Squadron 84 (VF-84) “Jolly Rogers” were deployed aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) in the wake of Operation Desert Shield. According to the carrier’s declassified command history from 1991, “USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) began 1991 four days into her deployment, transiting from the western Atlantic to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.” On January 15, 1991, the U.N. deadline for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait passed, and the Roosevelt’s crew braced for the inevitable — a war with Iraq. At home, the VF-84 families also prepared for the difficult days ahead — gathering together to watch the events unfold on television. “Watching the news became your life,” said Kathy Koster, a VF-84 spouse. We all gathered at the commanding officer’s house and his wife said, “we’re going to war,” Koster recalled. “I don’t even think we cried — I think we just stared at each other, because we didn’t really know what that meant,” Koster said. Leading up to the Persian Gulf War, the United States was involved in several conflicts in the 1980s, including the multinational intervention in Lebanon, and combat operations in Grenada and Panama. However, In 1991, the idea of a full scale war was new for many of the younger VF-84 service members and families. Koster and other VF-84 spouses said cruises prior to the Roosevelt’s historic 1991 deployment were often met with excitement. The spouses would travel to meet their husbands in exotic ports of call

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Vietnam, and we knew that when our guys and our aircraft carrier, the Theodore Roosevelt, got over there the war would begin,” said Lisa Pruitt, wife of former NAS Pensacola commanding officer and VF-84 aviator

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Medical Power begins with people on optimized platforms operating as cohesive teams demonstrating high reliability performance. This is the very foundation of Navy Medicine. And few people illustrate this better than Lt. Cmdr. Daniel Hammer. Through his work as a Navy dentist, maxillofacial surgical oncologist, reconstructive surgeon, and clinician-leader, Hammer has made significant contributions in shaping the future of maxillofacial restorative surgery and restoration. On May 5, 2022, Rear Adm. Bruce Gillingham, Navy Surgeon General and Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED), presented Lt. Cmdr. Daniel Hammer with the 2022 Navy Hero of Military Medicine (HMM) Award. In his introduction, Rear Adm. Gillingham commended Lt. Cmdr. Hammer’s work in improving patient

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Kathy and Marty Chanik, Fighter Squadron 84 (VF-84) fly-in, June 1991. Kathy Chanik was the rock for many of the families during the VF-84 deployment in the Persian Gulf. (COURTESY IMAGE)

around the world during the deployments. The Roosevelt’s deployment to the Persian Gulf would prove to be completely different and challenging for VF-84 and the families supporting from home. “That particular cruise was, of course, the first time our country had been at war since


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At-risk military teens foreshadow at-risk military future By Lisa Smith Molinari Why aren’t parents panicking? Why isn’t this a top story in the media? Why aren’t political, military and healthcare leaders shouting this from the rooftops? Why is there so much apparent apathy for an issue that is crucial to our future? In October 2021, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Adolescent and Child Psychiatry, and the Children’s Hospital Association issued a joint statement, declaring a National State of Emergency in children’s mental health, due to dramatic increases in childhood mental health disorders, mental-health related emergency room visits, and suicide attempts. “We are caring for young people with soaring rates of depression, anxiety, trauma, loneliness, and suicidality that will have lasting impacts on them, their families, and their communities,” the statement read, calling for immediate action to solve the crisis. If the general population of teens are experiencing dramatic increases in mental health problems, what about military teenagers? Does their unpredictable mobile lifestyle with frequent deployments and disruptions put them at even greater risk? The answer is a resounding yes, according to the 2022 Military Teen Experience Survey (MTES) conducted by the National Military Family Association (NMFA) and Bloom: Empowering the Mili-

tary Teen. “Military kids look just like any other kid, so you don’t realize what’s happening in their homes and the weight of the responsibilities that they’re carrying. We learned that weight is heavier than we knew,” said Besa Pinchotti, NMFA’s CEO. The 2022 MTES shows 37 percent of military teens reported have thoughts of harming themselves or others, and over 90 percent have “at risk” mental well-being in low to moderate ranges. The report states that the 28 percent of military teens who scored in the lowest mental well-being range reported having trouble thinking clearly and making decisions. “They also rarely felt optimistic, did not often feel relaxed, and felt disconnected from others,” common experiences associated with depressive symptoms, according to the survey report. Factors associated with lower mental well-being included being an older teenager, having dual military parents, changing schools more frequently, experiencing more deployments and separations, and having thoughts of self harm. Sadly, 46 percent of military teens also reported having food insecurities due to military families’ unique financial challenges, compared to only 11 percent of U.S. households that experience food insecurities. According to the 2022 MTES report, food insecurity is also linked to increased thoughts of self harm and low mental well-being in military teens. “We need to understand more about

our military teen’s mental health and well-being, but all of these issues are really interconnected. It’s hard to feel okay when you’re worried about having enough to eat. It’s hard to feel okay when you don’t know if you have access to the care you need,” Pinchotti said. “Military teens told us they often don’t feel seen or heard,” the 2022 MTES report states. Although “the Fiscal Year 2021 (FY2021) National Defense Authorization Act included a mental health scheduling pilot to help service members and families access the care they need,” they say much more needs to be done by Congress and DoD, including building robust mental health provider networks that accept TRICARE, decreased copays for mental healthcare, and removing barriers for military spouses to enter the mental health field. Military teenagers may feel invisible, but there’s one survey result that should get every American’s attention. Although only 11 percent of all U.S. teenagers claim that they’ll join the military one day, and although only .7 percent of Americans actually do, the 2022 MTES showed that over four times as many military teenagers intend to serve, and many plan to enlist right after high school. With 90 percent of military teenagers at-risk for mental health issues, it is frightening that we might fill the ranks of our future force with military legacies with a history of psychological struggles. Pinchotti says NMFA and Bloom won’t stop shedding light on these issues. “This isn’t a one and done scenario… We are committed to learning more about our teens’ experiences and working with policy makers for long-term solutions to support our teens of today and, for nearly half of them, the force of tomorrow.”

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The available educational options are as diverse as the locations where you may be assigned. There are multiple factors to consider and choices to be made for each relocation, and your children will have unique educational needs. Before you move, understand the education opportunities available for your student. Department of Defense Education Activity Schools The Department of Defense Education Activity, or DODEA, operates 160 schools serving K-12 students. DODEA’s eight districts are located in 11 foreign countries, seven states, Guam and Puerto Rico. DODEA also offers a Virtual High School option for students. Visit the DODEA website for information about eligibility criteria for DODEA schools. Find additional information, register new students or re-register existing students at DODEA Online Registration for Students. Public education Public education in the United States is governed by each individual state. Each state law establishes its compulsory education starting age and legal age of withdrawal. According to data from the U.S. Department of Education, the majority of schoolage children from military families assigned to locations throughout the United States attend public schools. State requirements vary, and we recommend that you seek guidance from your state’s Department of Education for unique state requirements. For information about the public schools that serve your duty station/assignment, reach out to your local school liaison. School liaisons are located at each installation and are your main point of contact for school-related matters for pre-K through 12th grade. Currently, there are 161 public schools that operate on military installations across the United States. Many of these traditional public school programs offer specialized school options, such as a charter or magnet school. The Defense-State Liaison Office has led several efforts that support military families as they transition to, from and within the United States, including: • The Military Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunities for Military Children: The Interstate Compact includes many provisions that ease educational transition challenges for military children. Currently, all 50 states, the District of Columbia and DODEA participate in the Interstate Compact to help your students enroll in school, register for the classes they need and graduate on time. While the compact is not exhaustive in its coverage, it does address the key issues encountered by military families — eligibility, enrollment, placement and graduation. The compact applies to interstate moves as well as overseas moves from a DODEA school to a U.S. public school and moves from a U.S. public school to a DODEA school. The compact does not apply to private or international schools. Learn how the Interstate Compact makes changing schools easier for military children and find out how


the compact applies to your student’s transition. Contact your local school liaison with any transition-related questions. • Advance Enrollment: Many states waive proof of residency requirements for enrollment in public schools until the student arrives in the new state on military transfer orders. This allows students to enroll in school and receive class schedules in advance of arriving at the new school. This provides students a sense of comfort, relieving unneeded stress during transition between locations. Learn more about the Advance Enrollment initiative. To find out if your state provides advance enrollment, contact your school liaison or visit the Military State Policy Source advance enrollment page on Military OneSource. • Open enrollment flexibility: Open enrollment is a form of public school choice that allows students to attend a different school than the one to which they are assigned based on their place of residence. Currently, 46 states have varied open enrollment policies. The majority of states offer military families increased flexibility through access to district open enrollment opportunities. To find out more, contact your school liaison. Alternatives to public education There are a variety of alternatives to traditional public schools for you to consider for your family, such as charter, virtual, religious and independent schools as well as home schooling. • Charter schools: These schools are granted approval from state public education departments and local school districts to operate independently. Charter schools must meet the same standards of accountability required of traditional public schools, but how they do that is up to them. They have the independence to design curricula and deliver education that serve the enrolled students based on

the philosophy of the school or the needs of their students and families. • Virtual schools: These schools operate through the same authority as state public education departments for public schools when operated by the state or the local school system. In this case, they’re public and tuitionfree schools for locally-enrolled students, and they adhere to state standards while offering courses through remote instruction. It’s important to know that virtual learning requires at-home involvement of parents, especially for younger children. There are many private, tuition-based virtual schools available around the world. If you seek to use one of these programs, it is important to ensure that the school is accredited for the transfer of all secondary grade credits (grades 6-12). Many local public schools, including DODEA, are unable to accept transfer credits from unaccredited private schools. For student athletes, secondary course credit must be from accredited schools to qualify for NCAA scholarships. • Boarding and independent schools: Not every private school is affiliated with a particular faith. Families might choose these private, independent schools because they offer such distinctions as a specific philosophy of learning or approach, an international baccalaureate degree or innovative practice free from traditional classroom restraints. Independent schools are run by boards of governors or trustees who determine the curriculum and educational philosophy. Some schools are day schools, where students come for the day just like their public school peers. Other families choose boarding schools to immerse their children in the school culture throughout the school year. • Home schooling: Home schooling is an educational approach that offers families the personal approach to their students’ learning. This approach can take on a variety of different faces depending upon the family and the needs of each child. Should you choose this option, check with your local school district and state for requirements. You can also contact your local school liaison for help with state-specific information on how to withdraw from public school and find out homeschooling requirements, including testing and mandatory subjects. If you choose this option while living overseas, check with your installation school liaison to learn about home school guidance by country, as host nation requirements apply for military-connected homeschoolers. Education support in overseas locations not served by DODEA schools DODEA provides educational support and financial assistance through the Non-DOD Schools Program to eligible families assigned to international locations where no DODEA schools are available. Visit the DODEA website for additional information about NDSP. Need overseas schooling assistance? Contact your local school liaison for help with this transition.

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Lt. James Hardy, left, and Lt. Duane Hardy, right, pose for a photo before Officer Development School (ODS) class 22040’s graduation ceremony at Officer Training Command Newport (OTCN), Rhode Island, May 6. The twin brothers, both formerly enlisted Sailors and now U.S. Navy Chaplain Corps officers, reunited during the ceremony. ODS provides staff corps officers and several restricted line designators with the training necessary to prepare them to function in their role as commissioned Naval officers. (DARWIN LAM)

Hardy twins reunite at Officer Development School graduation ceremony By Darwin Lam

Naval Service Training Command

NEWPORT, R.I. — Twin brothers, both formerly enlisted Sailors and now U.S. Navy Chaplain Corps officers, reunited during an Officer Development School (ODS) graduation ceremony, May 6. Lt. Duane Hardy, a reserve component Navy chaplain and Philadelphia native, graduated along with 104 students as a class 22040 member. “The chapel services encouraged me to succeed as I was dealing with the challenging civilian-to-military transition at boot camp as a teenager,” said Duane. “Chaplain Deborah Blanks at Recruit Training Command preaching highly relatable topics with this motherly care left a big impact on me.”

Duane began his active duty enlisted service in 1988 as a personnelman serving aboard USS Tortuga (LSD 46) at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story (formerly Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek), Virginia. He then transferred to the reserve component in 1992 and relocated to Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans. “I’m very proud of [Duane], he’s a fine pastor and preacher,” said twin brother Lt. James Hardy, a chaplain and 2013 ODS class 13070 graduate. He also entered enlisted service in 1988 as a disbursing clerk. “I am confident in the skills, characteristics, and traits Duane possesses to serve as a Naval officer and chaplain.” James is currently attending the Advanced Education Program with an emphasis in Pastor Care and is assigned to Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in Virginia.

Chaplains offer everything from faith leadership, to personal advice, to much-needed solace - all while living up to the guiding principles of the chaplain mission: providing religious ministry and support to those of your own faith; facilitating the religious requirements of those from all faiths; caring for all servicemembers and their families, including those subscribing to no specific faith; advising the command in ensuring the free exercise of religion. James shared the unique attributes of a Navy chaplain. “Navy chaplaincy enables me to fulfill the call that God has placed on my life… while serving my country, the community, and sea services. By fulfilling the call to God, I’m able to become all things to all men and for greater good,” he added. Chaplain William Butts, OTCN command

chaplain and a 2011 ODS class 11100 graduate, recalled how ODS shapes newly commissioned officers to lead. “Chaplains wear two collar devices, the designator insignia on their left and the officer insignia on their right collar,” said Butts. “ODS prepares us how to become basic naval officers and what is expected to be a professional Navy chaplain that is reflected on that right collar.” Since November, Duane and his Navy Operational Support Center has supported 63 funeral details. “It’s a lasting impression whenever people see a Navy chaplain on a ship, chapel, church, funeral, and everywhere else we are called to,” Duane noted. Duane is also pastor at the Seven Pines Baptist Church in Sandston, Virginia. After graduating ODS, Duane will return to Navy Reserve Center Richmond in Virginia. ODS provides staff corps officers and several restricted line designators with training necessary to prepare them to function in their role as newly commissioned Naval officers. For more information about OTCN, visit https://www.netc.navy.mil/NSTC/OTCN.


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with a little selfie support...inclement weather didn’t put a damper on Naval Hospital Bremerton’s Decontamination Team in successfully conducting and concluding a DECON certification course, May 5, 2022. (DOUGLAS H STUTZ)

If it ain’t raining it ain’t DECON training at Naval Hospital Bremerton By Douglas Stutz

Naval Hospital Bremerton/Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command Bremerton

Inclement weather didn’t put a damper on Naval Hospital Bremerton’s Decontamination Team in successfully conducting and concluding a DECON certification course, May 5, 2022. Under less-than-ideal rainy conditions, NHB’s DECON team members were collectively and individually tested in being able to receive casualties during a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear (and) explosives response (CBRNE) incident. “In a real world scenario, a terrorist probably would not release a nerve or blood agent in the rain. However, that doesn’t preclude an accidental hazardous material/toxic chemical release. Performing in the cold, wet conditions would be a challenge without having to also don full personal protective equipment and still perform the decontamination procedures for ambulatory or non-ambulatory patients,” said Terry Lerma, NHB emergency preparedness manager. The DECON team is the hospital’s crucial first responders to any CBRNE emergency. The Sailors assigned to the team are asked — and tasked — to provide the first line of defense for an emergency system that everyone hopes is never needed but has to be ready to put in place if necessary.

“If these Sailors don’t do their job, then no one at this hospital would be able to do their job either. There is no team more important,” stated Mr. Tom Bocek, DECON, LLC training manager. “Handling any CBRNE contamination takes precedence before anything else can get done during such an event.” According to Lerma, the goal of the DECON training was to timely establish and maintain portable decontamination capability outside the hospital to keep contaminated patients from entering the facility, who would compromise the air quality within the building along with impact the safety of medical staff and patients inside. “As some of my emergency manager counterparts say, “emergencies don’t make appointments,” and rightly so. Being able to respond and activate a mission capable and mission operational decontamination station swiftly and safely to protect the military treatment facility is critical in providing care to any victims, and to ensure we avoid spreading any contamination inside the hospital,” Lerma said. For the approximately 55 Sailors assigned to the DECON team, the response exercise was the culmination of a three-day course with classroom didactic and hands-on training, with an emphasis on such basics as donning and using PPE and understanding decontamination procedures. The last day was devoted to equipment familiarization and processing of victims. “In spite of the miserable weather condi-

tions, the collective of new team members and the members who were doing their annual recertification performed extremely well, even impressing the DECON LLC instructors,” stated Lerma, adding that time-management is one of the critical benchmarks in judging how well the actual exercise played out. After the word is passed that there is a potential CBRNE threat, the mission capable standard for a DECON team at a command like NHB to set up a DECON station and dress out at least four team members in PPE gear, is 15 minutes. The mission operational time standard, getting a DECON station with tent and shower fully assembled, water heater attached and waste water bladder in place, and every team member fully dressed out, is 25 minutes. “For a dual shelter MTF like us, there is an additional 10 minutes, 35 minutes total, to be fully mission operational with both tents fully operational and all team members fully dressed out,” Lerma said. NHB’s DECON team time? “The first DECON station was mission capable at 6 minutes 52 seconds and mission operational at 8:22, with half the team members dressed out. The second tent was mission capable in 9:50, and mission operational at 15:52. That15:52 time is with both tents fully operational and every single team member fully dressed out,” explained Lerma. The DECON team’s mission is relatively straight forward — as soon as any patient

shows up, the set-up scene goes from ‘cold’ to ‘warm’ (uncontaminated to contaminated) and the team’s duty is to cleanse the patient. Bocek affirms that the entire technical DECON process requires focus and attention at every step along the way. Although timing is essential, doing everything correctly is imperative. “It’s not about how fast but about how efficient, effective and safely they handle all the steps,” Bocek said. “In those cold wet conditions, the times were phenomenal, and no one slipped, tripped or fell,” Lerma noted. “No one suffered any cold/ hypothermia injuries. The DECON team members moved with a purpose and a focus.” That focus might be needed when least expected, especially when taken in the context that there is a historical precedence. Bocek shared that there’s been a number of incidents effecting U.S. military installations over the last dozen years, including one hitting close to home at NHB’s branch health clinic on Naval Station Everett in 2010. A hazardous substance solvent used in a variety of industrial uses from paints to brake fluids sent a delivery driver and three firemen to be decontaminated at Branch Health Clinic Everett Clinic before being transferred on to Providence hospital in Everett. In 2011, the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster, caused by an undersea earthquake and associated tsunami, had aircrew personnel getting ‘decontaminated from USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) after potentially flying through invisible radioactive plumes. Just five years earlier in 2017, an explosion and fire at an Eglin Air Force Base (Florida) laboratory released the toxic chemical methylene chloride which triggered 53 people needing decontamination attention.

Pipeline, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet’s Rock Ensemble, Japan Maritime Self Defense Force Musicians Prepare for Pacific Partnership 2022 By Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicholas Bauer Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii — Proving that music transcends language barriers, musicians from the U.S. and Japanese navies practiced in Hawaii this week to prepare to perform for audiences in Vietnam and Palau this summer during the annual Pacific Partnership, a multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission, now in its 17th year. Musicians assigned to the Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet Band’s popular music group, Pipeline, and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Band, Tokyo will provide musical support for official functions, community outreach performances, and Navy recruiting initiatives throughout the Indo-Pacific Region during Pacific Partnership 2022. “We are deploying as part of Pacific Partnership to build our relationships across the Indo-Pacific Region,” said Musician 2nd Class David Irving, from Rockville, Md. “A part of that effort is to join forces with as many other partner countries that we can.” Musicians 2nd Class Yukari Miyake and Yushi Wakai, both assigned to JMSDF Band, Tokyo, will meet COMPACFLT’s band in Vietnam and Palau to play for the local communities during Pacific Partnership 2022. To prepare for their performances, Miyake and Wakai flew to Hawaii for a week of rehearsals. “This is my first time playing with a foreign country band, and it’s my first time playing this style of music,” said Wakai, a guitarist for

Musicians assigned to Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet Band’s rock ensemble,“Pipeline”, and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Musicians 2nd Class Yukari Miyake and Yushi Wakai, both assigned to JMSDF Band, Tokyo, rehearse in preparation for performances during Pacific Partnership 2022. (MUSICIAN 2ND CLASS JORDAN FRAZIER)

the JMSDF Band, Tokyo. “It’s very different between Japan and here, but it is a lot of fun.” The performance will primarily feature American rock songs with Japanese traditional music weaved throughout. “Their [COMPACFLT Band] songs are very powerful and have different rhythms from Japan, so it is very fun to collaborate with them,” said Miyake. With both cultural and language differences, Japan Air Self-Defense Force Maj. Akihiro Iba, training officer Japan Joint Staff, suggested to COMPACFLT’s band that each side send songs to the other to help with familiarity and maintain their culture’s musical styles. “The goal for this week is to prepare all 13 songs, and at the end of the week, run through

all 13 as if it’s a performance,” said Musician 1st Class Matthew Kinnaman, the deployment leading petty officer. “That way, when we go on deployment and play our first show in June, we’ll be ready.” By playing in these countries, Wakai believes that their performances will do more than just provide entertainment to guests. “I think music has power of moving the heart,” said Wakai. “It’s different countries, but music moves the heart the same.” Following a week of rehearsals, Miyake and Wakai will fly back to Japan until the bands reunite mid-summer and play together in Vietnam. Once they finish their performances, they will go their separate ways, but the importance and impact of the partnership will remain. “Japan and the U.S. have a long history of

cooperating and working together as allies,” said Kinnaman. “Stationed in Yokosuka, I got to work with JMSDF musicians, and Petty Officer Miyake sang at a concert I was in.” Kinnaman went on to add that continuing to grow and foster interactions with partner nations throughout the Indo-Pacific Region will help to build on the relationships already established. Pacific Partnership’s mission is to work collectively with host and partner nations to enhance regional interoperability and disaster response capabilities, increase stability and security in the region, and foster new and enduring friendships across the Indo-Pacific. For more news from Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, visit www.cpf.navy.mil and https://www.dvidshub.net/unit/com-pf.

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U.S. 4th Fleet Conducts Maritime Staff Talks with Brazil Courtesy Story

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

UNITED STATES — Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet, Rear Adm. Jim Aiken, hosted delegates from the Brazilian navy for the 27th annual Maritime Staff Talks (MST), at St. Francis Barracks, Florida National Guard Headquarters in St. Augustine, May 3-5, 2022. MSTs with Brazil started in the early 2000s to synchronize the numerous engagements that both the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps were conducting with their Brazilian counterparts, a robust schedule that has continued over the past 20 years. Aiken led the U.S delegation and Rear Adm. Gustavo Calero Garriga, commander of the Maritime Operations and Protection of the Blue Amazon Command (COMPAAZ), led the Brazilian Delegation. “Brazil and U.S. Navy have a very rich and strong history of collaboration and partnership,” said Garriga. “Maritime Staff Talks such as these will help strengthen our ties and I look forward to working together as one in the name of unity and friendship.” Aiken noted that part of the special relationship 4th Fleet shares with Brazil stems back to the year 1943, when the original U.S. 4th Fleet was established in Recife, Brazil. “This is a proud year for Brazil,” said Aiken. “You are celebrating the bicentennial of your military and also the bicentennial of your country. We are excited for the opportunity to be part of that celebration.” The MST serves as a comprehensive engagement venue for all bilateral maritime security cooperation activities. Over the past year, U.S. and Brazilian engagements, such as key leader engagements and cultural exchanges continue to reflect the strong partnership. Aiken expressed his excitement at being able to have the MST face-to-face for the first time since 2018, and stressed collaboration, working together, and building trust as key components of these talks. “We share a common goal,” said Aiken. “To increase our collective abilities by working together to coordinate and synchronize our efforts in support of our mutual security goals. We get sharper and better when we bounce ideas and we understand each other more.” Delegates discussed upcoming 2022 operations including UNITAS LXIII 2022, which will take place in Brazil. “We continue to have a strong bond and

Rear Adm. Jim Aiken, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet, signs the minutes with Brazilian navy Rear Adm. Gustavo Calero Garriga, commander of the Maritime Operations and Protection of the Blue Amazon Command (COMPAAZ), during the closing ceremony of the 27th annual Maritime Staff Talks (MST), May 5, 2022. MSTs support the U.S. maritime strategy by building and strengthening working relationships with U.S. and partner nations. (MC1 STEVEN KHOR)

successful working relationship with our Brazilian partners,” said Lowell ‘Mac’ McClintock, U.S. 4th Fleet Civilian Deputy IANTN Secretariat. “I am excited at the possibilities this MST will bring for us and our Brazilian counterparts as we continue to improve our interoperability.” Other notable topics discussed included the Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Initiative and the Enlisted Leadership Development (ELD) program. WPS is a United Nations initiative that 4th Fleet adopted, highlighting the importance of women in today’s Navy and recognizing that women must be critical actors in all efforts to achieve sustainable international peace and security. WPS promotes a gendered perspective and women’s

equal and meaningful participation in peace processes, peacebuilding and security. 4th Fleet’s Command Master Chief Robert Florentino spoke of the Enlisted Leader Development (ELD) Program designed to align goals in the 4th Fleet area of responsibility to U.S. Southern Command’s Enlisted Leader Professional Development (ELPD) program. ELD aims to help professionalize the noncommissioned officer (NCO) corps in partner nations by sharing experiences, best practices and lessons learned. “The vision is the commitment to building and strengthening relationships at all levels,” said Florentino. “This is dependent on one thing and that is us working as a team of officers and enlisted to get the job done.” The MST ended with Aiken and Garriga

signing the minutes, signifying the end of a productive week of discussions, and a mutual agreement to continue to work together and build on the special relationship the two nations share in the future. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/ U.S. 4th Fleet supports U.S. Southern Command’s joint and combined military operations by employing maritime forces in cooperative maritime security operations to maintain access, enhance interoperability, and build enduring partnerships in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American region. Learn more about USNAVSO/4th Fleet at https://www.facebook.com/NAVSOUS4THFLT and @NAVSOUS4THFLT.

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From left, Commander, Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) Rear Adm. Pete Garvin, Navy Counselor 1st Class Monique A. Staples, Navy Diver 1st Class Ryan M. Murphy, Construction Electrician 1st Class Lhe’Niise E. M. Brown, Electronics Technician 1st Class Christopher A. Beeler, and NETC Force Master Chief Matt Harris pose for a photo during the 2021 NETC Sailor of the Year (SOY) ceremony at the National Naval Aviation Museum. Staples, a recruiter assigned to Navy Talent Acquisition Group Golden Gate, was selected from among the four finalists as the SOY and has been pre-selected for advancement to chief petty officer. (WADE BUFFINGTON)

NETC Recognizes Force Development’s Top Sailor By Carla Thomas

Naval Education and Training Command

PENSACOLA, Fla. — Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) announced its 2021 Sailor of the Year (SOY) May 6 in a ceremony held at the National Naval Aviation Museum on Naval Air Station Pensacola. Four finalists for SOY serving throughout the MyNavy HR Force Development domain rose through a number of competitions to represent the top achievers in recruiting and training from a pool of more than 8,000 military members. Navy Counselor 1st Class Monique A. Staples, representing Navy Talent Acquisition Group Golden Gate, was selected as the

2021 NETC Sailor of the Year (SOY). She has been pre-selected for advancement to chief petty officer and will be pinned in the fall. The NETC SOY program recognizes Sailors throughout the NETC domain who exhibit attributes such as sustained superior performance, leadership, self-improvement, command/community involvement, and appearance. Rear Adm. Pete Gar vin, NETC commander, congratulated all the finalists for their roles in shaping the Navy’s future force and for their contributions to the recruiting, training, and education missions. “The Sailors we recognize today embody the Navy’s ethos,” said Garvin. “They were selected from an extremely talented field of Sailors who exemplify the Navy’s core

values of honor, courage and commitment.” Staples is currently serving as a division leading petty officer, a role normally held by a chief petty officer. She is responsible for the leadership, training and production of 17 U.S. Navy recruiters and four recruiting stations geographically dispersed across 1,000 square miles of northern California, one of Navy Recruiting Command’s toughest markets. She was selected as Navy Talent Acquisition Group (NTAG) Golden Gate’s Leading Petty Officer of the Quarter (2nd Quarter) and Sailor of the Quarter (4th Quarter) during fiscal year (FY) 2021. “Being a recruiter is a unique opportunity. I am part of the first molding and shaping of this generation of Sailors,” said Staples. “I get a chance to influence and

mentor, while contributing to mission readiness by manning the fleet. It’s an honor.” Staples also serves as president of her unit’s Command Diversity Committee and has coordinated six multi-cultural events and observances, fostering unit cohesion and a positive environment for 305 military and civilian personnel. The 2021 NETC SOY finalists include: * Electronics Technician 1st Class Christopher A. Beeler, Surface Combat Systems Training Command San Diego * Construction Electrician 1st Class Lhe’Niise E. M. Brown, Recruit Training Command * Navy Diver 1st Class Ryan M. Murphy, Naval Submarine School NETC is the U.S. Navy’s Force Development pillar and largest shore command. Through its “Street to Fleet” focus, NETC recruits civilians and transforms them into skilled warfighters ready to meet the current and future needs of the U.S. Navy. For more information about NETC, visit the command’s website at https://www.netc. navy.mil and follow MyNavy HR on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/MyNavyHR.

USS Lassen and USS Delbert Black Bid Farewell to Fleet Week PEV By Jay Cope

Commander, Navy Region Southeas

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — As the two Arleigh Burke Class Destroyers headed out to the Atlantic and away from Fort Lauderdale, it marked the end of a successful return to Fleet Week Port Everglades. Following a two-year hiatus due to the Coronavirus, the city embraced the return of Fleet Week. Nearly 40 events were scheduled throughout the event to enable service members to interact with local residents and thousands of people toured USS Lassen (DDG 82) and USS Delbert Black (DDG 119) during the week-long festivities. “It was so nice to have the Sailors back in person this year,” said J.W. Arnold, the Executive Director of Broward Navy Days, the organization that helps plan and host Fleet Week Port Everglades. “This event is always our way of expressing appreciation for our military services, and it is easily the highlight of our year!” From the “All Hands Welcome” with city leaders the first day to the inaugural Beach Olympics the last and with receptions for every level of service member in between, the team worked hard to ensure a good time for their military guests. “We had the best time with the people of Fort Lauderdale,” said Ensign John McCoy of the USS Delbert Black, and a first-time visitor to any Fleet Week. “They showed us how great their city is, and it was humbling to see how appreciated we are in a military city like this.” In return, the various military commands

The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Delbert D. Black (DDG 119) departs Fleet Week Port Everglades, May 8, 2022. Fleet Weeks are designed to show Americans the investment they have made in their Navy and increase the awareness of the Navy’s role and purpose in our national defense. (JACOB SIPPEL)

worked to repay the hospitality through Navy Band Southeast concerts, community relations projects, and the “Admiral’s Reception” aboard USS Lassen. Other highlights from the 32nd Fleet Week Port Everglades included a “Spirit of America” concert with the Navy Band performing with other groups from the

area, a Navy League Enlisted Person of the Year award dinner, a “Salute to Veterans” ceremony, complimentary deep sea fishing opportunities for the service members, and a Military Night at a Florida Marlins game and much more. “We are already working on ways to make next year even better,” Arnold said. “The

community has such a tremendous history and relationship with the military, and we are so very, very grateful for what they do.” Fleet Weeks are designed to show Americans the investment they have made in their Navy and increase the awareness of the Navy’s role and purpose in our national defense.

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Sailors from the USS Delbert Black (DDG-119), Navy Talent Acquisition Group (NTAG) Miami and South Florida Wildlife Center staff worked together to repair and restore wildlife habitats at the South Florida Wildlife Center in Fort Lauderdale Florida on May 4. Fleet Weeks are designed to show Americans the investment they have made in their Navy and increase the awareness of the Navy’s role and purpose in our national defense. (TWILLA BURNS)

COMREL Is At The Forefront of Fleet Week Port Everglades By Twilla Burns

Commander, Navy Region Southeast

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Sailors from the USS Delbert D. Black (DDG-119), USS Lassen (DDG 82), U.S. Coast Guard and Navy Talent Acquisition (NTAG) worked together on various community service projects as a way to say “thank you” to the Fort Lauderdale area during Fleet Week Port Everglades 2022. While the Sailors want to give back and help the communities, such projects also provide localities an opportunity to meet, appreciate and choose to support the service members who make up the Armed Forces. “The Navy’s Public involvement is a necessary component toward mission

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outcomes. “Under Lt. Cmdr. Hammer’s leadership, Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command (NMRTC) San Diego is shaping the future of Maxillofacial Restorative Surgery and Rehabilitation,” said Gillingham. “Through Hammer’s innovative care and collaborative efforts, he was able to develop new clinical pathways leveraging cutting-edge technology that has both reduced recovery time and dramatically improved the lives of service members treated, their families and the readiness of the units they serve.” HMM is an annual awards banquet hosted by the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc. (HJF). The event was started in 2011 to recognize the outstanding contributions by military leaders and medical professionals who have distinguished themselves through the “excellence and dedication in enhancing the lives and health of our nation’s wounded, ill and injured service members.” Hammer was one eight honorees at this year’s event. In his acceptance, Hammer credited his leadership, his team, his family and the “energy and perspective he gets working in collaboration with other dedicated professionals” at NMRTC San Diego. You

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Capt. John Pruitt. On January 16, 1991, USS Roosevelt transited the Bab El Mandeb Straits, and on January 17, Operation Desert Shield became Operation Desert Storm, the command history states. January 19 saw the Theodore Roosevelt Battle Group transit the Strait of Hormuz and enter the Persian Gulf. That evening, USS Roosevelt launched her first combat strike of the war. Between January 19 and February 27, USS Roosevelt and Carrier Air Wing Eight would launch 3,897 sorties in support of Operation Desert Storm. During Desert Storm, the families at home supported each other and passed the time gathering together, creating video tapes, taking photos of the children and making cards and care packages to send to their spouses. The wives said they would write and send a letter and two weeks later they would get a response. The families had to number the

success. Bringing back learned tools and skills from the Navy to the community, shows that America’s future is bright,” said Chief Religious Programs Specialist Michael Clayton. Clayton supervised and helped plan the COMREL events during Fleet Week Port Everglades. The Sailors visited Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Museum to complete painting, repairing and beautification projects throughout the grounds of museum. The Sailors took a tour of the museum and watched a short film. Afterwards, the staff of veterans from various branches of service provided the Sailors with lunch. The Sailors also took on a project to help repair and restore wildlife habitats at the South Florida Wildlife Center in Fort Lauderdale Florida. The Wildlife Rehabilita-

tion Center is a place where displaced wildlife is able to recover, rehabilitate and then be released back into it habitat in the wild. Culinary Specialist Third Class Althea Linder from USS Delbert D. Black said, “I think community relations (COMREL) is important as a Navy Sailor because it’s important for everyone to get a different perspective. They see that Sailors are not just doing their civil duties, but are also here for them. My favorite thing about today is seeing the different animal habitats and seeing what this organization does for them is inspiring to help others.” During the rest of the week, Sailors participated in community service events at Henderson FAU Elementary School and North Broward Preparatory School. The Sailors answered questions about the Navy

and discussed various rates and jobs in the Navy. The Sailors visited the First Presbyterian Church Senior Center and spent time talking to the residents about themselves and what they were doing during Fleet Week and while serving in the Navy. At the end of the senior center visit, the Sailors danced with some of the seniors. In all nearly 100 service members contributed more than 500 man-hours of effort to help beautify community areas and enhance relations with residents. “Fleet Week PEV also enlightened Sailors on the impact not only for our retiree community, but it also highlighted what a polished Sailor or Marine looks like to primary, middle and high school grade levels. Community relations events should always be on the front burner of any Navy Fleet Week” said Clayton. Broward Navy Days and other military support organizations host Fleet Week Port Everglades annually. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard ships dock at the Everglades ports and support activities designed to show Americans the investment they have made in their Navy and increase the awareness of the Navy’s role and purpose in our national defense.

could say that teamwork and service has long been a driving force for Hammer, even before obtaining his commission. Throughout college he excelled on sports teams and enjoyed the dynamic of teammates working together to achieve a shared goal. When he began exploring dentistry as a profession he sought this same dynamic. A solo dental practice had no appeal to Hammer. “When looking how I could finance my dental education the mission and multidisciplinary treatment philosophy of military dentistry strongly resonated with me,” said Hammer. He chose the Navy to actualize these goals, but also as a tribute to his grandfather who served as one of the Fighting SeaBees in World War II and helped to rebuild Pearl Harbor after the attack. Since June 2011, when he first obtained his commission, Lt. Cmdr. Hammer has kept his grandfather’s Bluejacket Manual handy as a reminder of service to others. Following residency training in oral and maxillofacial surgery at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), Hammer began caring for numerous wounded warriors who suffered grievous injuries in Afghanistan. These experiences proved seminal, and sparked his passion to advance maxillofacial reconstructive techniques to enhance patient outcomes. In the ensuing years Hammer served as an Assistant Dental Officer at the 2nd Dental Battalion in Camp Lejeune, N.C.,

Dental Division Officer and Oral Surgeon aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), Staff Surgeon at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Virginia, and completed fellowship training in Oral, Head and Neck Oncologic and Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. He received board certification in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in 2019, and was the first U.S. military oral and maxillofacial surgeon to obtain additional certification in Added Qualification in Head and Neck Oncology and Reconstructive Surgery from the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. When Hammer reported to the NMRTC San Diego in July 2020 he established the Maxillofacial Surgery Platform. In less than four months of being founded, this platform performed the first immediate jaw reconstruction with 3D printed teeth in the Department of Defense and the State of California. This was only the third time this procedure had been performed in the United States. Today, Hammer’s platform remains one of the few places in the United States that offers specialized knowledge, experience, coordinated multidisciplinary patient-centered care, and this innovated technology. “Our platform comprising over 100 team members from 10 departments, has the mission to be the global leader in the development and delivery of comprehensive maxillofacial restoration of our patients

with unprecedented outcomes and treatment times,” explained Hammer. “We think beyond reconstruction and seek to comprehensively restore our patients throughout the entire rehabilitative continuum of care.” Hammer is honored, humbled and feels validated for being recognized for his work and collaborative efforts. But as he states the mission to ensure our warfighters get optimal care and “back to the fight” continues. “I am honored by the scope of the award, humbled by the word ‘hero’ in its title and validated by the recognition of our team’s relentlessness pursuit to shape the future of maxillofacial restorative surgery and deliver unprecedented care to our warfighters to get them back to the fight.” For more information about Lt. Cmdr. Daniel Hammer and his work at NMRTC San Diego please see: Immediate Jaw Reconstruction with 3D-Printed Teeth h t t p s : / / w w w. d v i d s h u b. n e t / video/812010/immediate-jaw-reconstruction-with-3d-printed-teeth NMCSD Surgeons Perform DOD’s, Calif.’s First Ever Immediate Jaw Reconstruction with 3D-printed Teeth https://www.dvidshub.net/news/383704/ nmcsd-surgeons-perform-dods-califs-firstever-immediate-jaw-reconstruction-with3d-printed-teeth For more on the HJF’s Heroes of Military Medicine Awards please see: https://www.hjf.org/hmm

letters, because sometimes the letters would arrive out of order. Information about Desert Storm was on television and in newspapers and magazines; however, direct communication with the men deployed was a lot slower than it is today, Koster explained. VF-84 families had to stick together and support each other during the war, and they all had to learn a lot of new skills to adapt to the circumstances. One spouse recalled a storm which caused damage to the siding of the family home. She had never made repairs to the house and had to go to a home improvement store, purchase supplies and figure out how to repair the siding on her own. Another spouse said she learned how to replace a carburetor on a car while her husband was deployed. With so much going on at home, the spouses had to remain strong for the family. The wives said they always had to make sure to be positive in the letters sent to their husbands because they did not want them to worry about what was going on at home. Koster and the other VF-84 spouses said

Kathy Chanik, wife of VF-84 commanding officer Marty Chanik, was the rock for many of the families during the deployment. Kathy Chanik always stayed strong throughout the endeavor and supported all of the VF-84 spouses. Pruitt said two days after the war started, her and John Pruitt’s son Andrew was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at age 16 months. “After the neurologist called me with the news that Friday afternoon, I made one phone call to one of the wives in the squadron and in what seemed to me like seconds, my then nine-year-old daughter was saying ‘mommy, Jeanne Daill, Kathy Chanik and Kathy Koster are here.’ They took care of my kids as I broke the news to my family in other parts of the country — they comforted me as I literally broke down and felt like I had been hit in the gut,” Pruitt said. “The three ladies who came to comfort, care and offer support that night will always be, in my mind, the kindest, most generous and loving humans on the planet. These three ladies, and others, continued steering me through the maze of medical issues; the commanding officer’s

wife, Kathy Chanik, was a nurse and helped me immensely to make sense of all the diagnoses and prognoses that followed over the months, but also helped me find the support groups and programs for Andrew.” Sadly, last summer Kathy Chanik passed away unexpectedly, Pruitt said. “I can only hope and pray that she knew how much I appreciated her guidance and friendship over the years,” Pruitt said. “The world lost a bright light when she left.” In June of 1991, the VF-84 Jolly Rogers returned home after serving in Desert Storm and Operation Provide Comfort and the friendships and memories would remain intact 30 years later. In April, VF-84 veterans and their spouses from the Desert Storm era visited NAS Pensacola, spending quality time with each other and recounting memories from the deployment. The spouses all agreed the endeavor bound the families together for life, and the Jolly Rogers of 1991 proved to be a very special group. “We have never had a squadron be so much fun and so tight-knit,” Pruitt said of her longtime friends.

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Jamestown Settlement to Commemorate the 415th Anniversary of Jamestown and Honor Enduring Virginia Indian Traditions From Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia, will present a full day of interpretive programs and live demonstrations on Saturday, May 14 to commemorate the 1607 founding of Jamestown, America’s first permanent English settlement, and honor the enduring legacies and traditions of the Virginia Indians who have occupied Virginia’s landscape for centuries. Jamestown Day Jamestown Settlement family friendly programs on May 14 will feature Jamestown Day with military salutes and maritime demonstrations. A 10 a.m. artillery salute will signal the departure of the Discovery, the smallest of the three re-created ships that brought English colonists to Jamestown in 1607, to show sailing maneuvers in the James River, weather permitting. Visitors to the ships’ pier also can board the Susan Constant, and learn how sailors navigated the seas in the 17th century with a special program on celestial navigation. Visitors can enjoy programs on English and Powhatan comparative weaponr y, matchlock musket firing, blacksmithing and period cooking in the museum’s re-creations of a colonial fort and Paspahegh town. Indigenous Arts Day Indigenous Arts Day will celebrate the culture’s enduring legacies with traditional and contemporary art forms by Indigenous artists, including special outdoor performances of music and dance. Beginning with an 11 a.m. welcome, Clark Stewart (Chickahominy) will emcee performances on Jamestown Settlement’s mall, where a variety of Indigenous artists and craftspeople will display and demonstrate their work throughout the day, some of which will be available for purchase. In case of inclement weather, programs and vendors will move indoors. Red Crooked Sky American Indian Dance Troupe will lead the day’s performances with Stoney Creek Singers on drum, along with Nottaway flutist Nathan Elliott, Lakota storyteller Felicity Meza-Luna, and SoapStone, musicians playing traditional Woodland Indian instruments. Special programs are supported

Indigenous Arts Day at Jamestown Settlement. (TRACY Y ROBERTS)

in part by James City County and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc. Annual Fund. About Jamestown Settlement Jamestown Settlement, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, is located on Route 31 just southwest of Williamsburg, and adjacent to Historic Jamestowne. Gift shop

and café are open during museum hours. Parking is free. Special event activities are included with museum admission, and tickets can be purchased online or in person. Jamestown Settlement admission is $18.00 for adults and $9.00 for ages 6-12. Children ages 5 and under are

admitted free. A combination ticket with the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is $28.90 for adults and $14.45 for ages 6-12. Online ticket specials are available for Virginia residents, including an annual pass that offers year-round admission for the price of a one-day combi-

nation ticket to both museums. Residents of James City County, York County and the City of Williamsburg, including William & Mary students, receive free admission with proof of residency. For more information, visit jyfmuseums.org or call (757) 253-4838

Virginia Aquarium Recovered Seven Hooked Sea Turtles By The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center’s Stranding Response Team has recovered seven hooked sea turtles since the end of April, all of which were Kemp’s ridley turtles, a species that is critically endangered and part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Saving Animals From Extinction (SAFE) conservation program. Three sea turtles were recovered on Saturday, April 30 and admitted to the Darden Marine Animal Conservation Center for health assessment, which marks the highest number of hooked sea turtles recorded in the month of April, according to the Stranding Response Program; it is also the second year on record that hooked turtles have been reported in April. In conjunction with recreational fishing season, hooked sea turtle responses occur predominantly in May and June but can be seen through September. The turtles were hooked at local piers in Hampton, Norfolk, and Virginia Beach, all of which are partners in the Aquarium’s Pier Partner Program. The naming theme for hooked sea turtles this season is ‘cereals’ as voted by the community on the Virginia Aquarium’s social media earlier this year. The sea turtles in the Aquarium’s care are stable and will be released once they meet the Stranding Response Program’s

release criteria. • Saturday, April 30 at Oceanview Fishing Pier in Norfolk o Kixand Trix were hooked in the flipper and the hooks have been removed. Both turtles are expected to recover and be released. • Saturday, April 30 at Buckroe Fishing Pier in Hampton o Special K was hooked in its carapace or shell and the hook has been removed. Additional hook fragments are shown in its stomach on radiographs. • Found Monday, May 2 at Virginia Beach Fishing Pier; Released Tuesday, May 3 o Fruit Loops was reported hooked and caught in a fishing line. It did not have further health concerns and met immediate release criteria. The turtle was released on Tuesday, May 3 • Friday, May 6 at Virginia Beach Fishing Pier o Cocoa Pebbles was hooked in esophagus and the hook has been removed. The turtle is recovering from the hook removal procedure and is expected to be released. • Saturday, May 7 at Virginia Beach Fishing Pier o Granola was reported to have swallowed a hook, but no hooks were found externally or on radiographs. The turtle was released on Monday, May 9 • Saturday, May 7 at Buckroe Fishing Pier in Hampton o Grape Nuts was hooked in the corner of the mouth. The turtle is expected to be released once recovered from the hook removal procedure

(courtesy of the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center.)

The Stranding Response Team urges anyone who sees a stranded, entangled, or hooked turtle to call the 24-hour hotline (757) 385-7575. If you hook a turtle and cannot immediately contact the Stranding Team for advice, bring it up onto the pier or boat using a net; do not attempt to remove the hook yourself. If you must cut the line, leave two feet attached. Keep the turtle contained in a quiet, shaded area until Stranding Response Team arrives. Even a minor injury, such as a small hook in the mouth, can pose a risk to a sea turtle. To help educate local anglers and provide quality medical care for turtles, the Aquarium has partnered with local piers in the Virginia Aquarium Pier Partner Program. The four local piers —

Buckroe Fishing Pier, Little Island Fishing Pier, Ocean View Fishing Pier, and Virginia Beach Fishing Pier — have signage, recovery gear and pier staff who are willing to assist when a hooked sea turtle is reported. When a hooking occurs, anglers or pier staff call the Stranding Response Program and team members are dispatched to begin triage and medical care for the turtle. Turtles with no complications or additional hooks can often be released within 24 hours. When hook removal requires advanced medical intervention or turtles are otherwise compromised, they are released back into the ocean when they are healthy which can be days to months. The Virginia Aquarium Foundation is a 501 (c) 3, nonprofit.

The purpose of the Foundation is to support the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center in its mission to inspire conservation of the marine environment through education, research, and sustainable practices. Founded in 1981, the Foundation is dedicated to the success of the Aquarium which opened its doors to the public in 1986. Over the years, the Foundation’s role in support of the Aquarium has not only included garnering financial support to pay for the Aquarium’s exhibits, animals, and habitats, but it has expanded to include funding of education programs and research and conservation efforts such as the Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response and Sensible Seafood™ programs.

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Find thrills at the Chesapeake Jubilee By Mary Weber CHESAPEAKE—Live from their quarterfinal run on America’s Got Talent, don’t miss the exciting Fearless Flores Thrill Show performing daily at the 2022 Priority Automotive Chesapeake Jubilee May 20th-22nd! Watch in amazement as the Flores Family members perform death-defying stunts and motorcycle madness inside the Globe of Death. Your family will be on the edge of their seats while the Flores’ display heart- stopping action mixed with some comedy and a beautiful Lyra routine! The dynamic Flores Family performed the Globe of Death stunt on America’s Got Talent season six in 2011 and made it all the way to the quarterfinals. Cyndel Flores, a tenth generation performer, received

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Norfolk Animal Care and Adoption Center Has a Critical Need for Adoptions From The Norfolk Animal Care & Adoption Center NORFOLK, Va. — The Norfolk Animal Care and Adoption Center (NACC) is seeking families and individuals to adopt or foster dogs. As the warmer weather approaches, the dog kennels are filling, leaving no space for incoming dogs. How can you help? If you are interested in adoption, now is a great time. With new extended hours on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (no appointment needed), finding your new best friend is even more convenient. Unable to commit long term? NACC is also searching for dog fosters to take adoptable dogs into their homes until their forever families are found. With all supplies and medical care provided by NACC, your love and time is all that is needed! Ready to foster or want to learn more about the dog foster program? Email fosterNACC@ Norfolk.gov. Want to help but currently unable to house an animal? NACC is always on-boarding and training new volunteers. Volunteers play an essential role in maintaining NACC’s standard of care. Email

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Strawberry Walnut Hand Pies. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Shake Up Summer By Family Features

Power up for summer adventures by shaking up your snacking routine with homemade recipes inspired by childhood favorites. Tasty and versatile, California walnuts are easy to swap into your favorite snack recipes and work hard to keep you energized and full. Kick off summer with some irresistible plant-forward Walnut Chorizo Pizza Bites and Strawberry Walnut Hand Pies for delicious summer snacks loaded with the nutrition benefits of walnuts. Visit walnuts.org/snacking for more snack recipes. Strawberry Walnut Hand Pies Dough: ¼ cup California walnuts 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon cane sugar ¼ teaspoon salt 7 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cubed 4-5 tablespoons ice cold water 1 egg, beaten Strawberry Walnut Filling: 1 cup strawberries, tops removed, halved 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon cornstarch 2 tablespoons cane sugar ⅓ cup finely chopped California walnuts Frosting: ½ cup powdered sugar 2 tablespoons 2% milk ½ teaspoon beetroot powder 2 tablespoons finely chopped California walnuts

To make dough: In food processor, pulse walnuts until fine and evenly ground. Add flour, sugar and salt to ground walnuts; pulse to combine. Add cubed butter; pulse until butter is in small pieces. Add cold water 1 tablespoon at a time, pulsing while adding, until dough starts sticking together. Transfer dough to clean surface; shape into two 4-inch discs. Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour. To make filling: In food processor, pulse strawberries and lemon juice until slightly chunky. Transfer to saucepan and gradually whisk in cornstarch until dissolved. Stir in sugar. Heat over low heat until sugar dissolves, about 3 minutes. Turn heat off and stir in chopped walnuts. Transfer mixture to small bowl; refrigerate. To assemble hand pies: Remove one dough disc from refrigerator. Lightly flour work surface and rolling pin. Roll out dough into large rectangle. Slice dough into six 4-by-2-inch rectangles. Place on parchment paper-lined baking sheet. In bowl, mix water and egg. Brush perimeter of dough rectangles with egg wash. Place 1 tablespoon filling on center of dough. Roll out second dough disc, creating six rectangles of dough. Place on top of jam and crimp edges with fork to seal. Freeze hand pies 20 minutes. Preheat oven to 375 F. Trim uneven edges of dough with sharp

knife and brush tops and sides with egg wash. Bake 20-24 minutes until golden brown around edges. Cool at room temperature 5 minutes on baking sheet then transfer to wire cooling rack until completely cooled. To make frosting: In bowl, whisk sugar, milk and beetroot powder until thick but smooth. Drizzle frosting over hand pies and top with chopped walnuts. Cool 15 minutes, or until frosting is set. Walnut Chorizo Pizza Bites Walnut Chorizo: 1 ½ cups California walnuts 1 cup pinto beans, drained and rinsed 2 tablespoons lime juice 1 teaspoon smoked paprika ½ teaspoon dried oregano ½ teaspoon cumin ½ teaspoon chipotle powder ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon garlic powder 1 tablespoon olive oil Pizza Bites: 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 cup sliced sweet onion 5 mini bagels 1 large zucchini, sliced ½ inch (10 slices) 1 cup marinara sauce 1 cup walnut chorizo ½ cup crumbled goat cheese ½ cup chopped basil To make walnut chorizo: In food processor, pulse walnuts until finely crumbled. Transfer to mixing bowl. In food processor, pulse pinto beans, lime juice, paprika, oregano, cumin, chipo-

tle powder, salt and garlic powder until mixture resembles ground meat. Stir bean mixture with walnut pieces. In medium skillet over medium heat, heat olive oil. Add walnut chorizo and cook 5-7 minutes until lightly browned, using spatula to break into crumbles. To make pizza bites: In pan over medium heat, heat olive oil and add onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, 15-20 minutes until onion is soft and golden brown. Preheat oven to 375 F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Halve bagels and place on baking sheet. Place zucchini slices on second baking sheet. Top each bagel and zucchini slice with 1 tablespoon marinara; spread with back of spoon. Add 1 tablespoon walnut chorizo crumbles to each bagel and zucchini slice. Sprinkle with caramelized onion and goat cheese. Bake 10 minutes. Cool 5 minutes on baking sheets. Top with basil.

Pico de gallo Potato taquitos Real California Queso Fresco, crumbled Real California Crema Tequila with chili salt (optional) Middle Row, Left to Right: Carne asada tacos Real California Queso Fresco, crumbled Chicken street tacos Real California Chipotle Crema Carnitas tacos with hard shells Bottom Row, Left to Right: Real California Cotija Cheese, crumbled Real California Crema Mexican rice Carne asada tacos

Guacamole To assemble top row: Place cheese taquitos in pan, salsa verde in bowl, Cotija cheese in bowl, pico de gallo in bowl, potato taquitos on plate and Queso Fresco in bowl. Garnish potato taqitos with pico de gallo, guacamole, Queso Fresco and crema. Optional: Add tray with tequila, cups and chili salt. To assemble middle row: Place carne asada tacos on plate, queso fresco in bowl, chicken street tacos on plate, chipotle crema in bowl and carnitas tacos on serving tray. To assemble bottom row: Place Cotija cheese and crema in bowls, potato taquitos on serving tray, Mexican rice in bowl, carne asada tacos on plate and guacamole in bowl.

Walnut Chorizo Pizza Bites. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Celebrate Spring Moments with a Taco By Family Features

Busy calendars loaded with holidays, celebrations, parties and reunions make spring a perfect time for gathering with family and friends. Plus, springtime itself is worth celebrating thanks to warmer temperatures and longer days. Making the most of those joyous occasions calls for a menu filled with variety to keep everyone coming back for more. Few options say “variety” quite like this Epic Taco Party Feast from Ericka Sanchez, creator of “Nibbles and Feasts.” Pay homage to Hispanic-style culinary and cultural traditions by loading your table with an array of family favorites like taquitos, tacos, rice, guacamole, pico de gallo and more. Add in the wholesomeness of Real California dairy like Cotija and Queso Fresco cheeses and cremas for a top-notch feast. Elevating your dishes starts with these delicious options, but freestyling the menu is what truly makes it your own. Mix up proteins based on your loved ones’ preferences from carne asada and carnitas to shredded chicken and meatless options. Sprinkle, drizzle and layer cheeses according to your own cravings then finish with a range of toppings for customized classics. Creating a taco and taquito table in your own style doesn’t just give your crowd what they crave; it also celebrates the people, culture and delicious dairy that goes into favorite foods while encouraging guests to connect through

Epic Taco Party Feas. (COURTESY PHOTO)

food and flavor. Make your own memories this spring by looking for the Real California Milk seal on cheese and dairy brands, which means you’re supporting family farmers by using quality, sustainably sourced dairy to foster family moments. Find the full recipes, instructions and more ways to celebrate with food at RealCaliforniaMilk.com. Epic Taco Party Feast Recipe courtesy of Ericka Sanchez (@nibblesnfeasts) on behalf of Real California Milk Top Row, Left to Right: Cheese taquitos Salsa verde Real California Cotija Cheese, crumbled

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Dr. Craig Shriver is leading a renewed DOD/DHA effort to significantly expand cancer research and save lives through personalized medical treatments using proteogenomics. Shriver is director of the John P. Murtha Cancer Center at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and professor of surgery at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences. (BERNARD LITTLE)

DOD Cancer Research Program Aims to ‘End Cancer as We Know It Today’ By Janet A. Aker

MHS Communications

Defense Department health officials will discuss cancer research efforts with the aim to reduce cancer and cancer-related deaths across the Military Health System. Part of a government-wide White House initiative called Cancer Moonshot, the DOD component will be rolled out May 4USU web blog post, USU to Host May 4th DoD Cancer Moonshot Roundtable at an event sponsored by the DOD’s Uniformed Services University of the Health SciencesUniformed Services University of the Health Sciences website in Bethesda, Maryland. The effort marks a significant expansion of a program that began in 2016, when the DOD, Department of Veterans Affairs, and the National Cancer InstituteNIH’s National Cancer Institute webpage created the Applied Proteogenomics Organizational Learning and Outcomes (APOLLONIH’s APOLLO Network webpage) Network. The initial effort in 2016 was also part of a government-wide effort that created a network of 13 DOD and VA hospitals that launched eight cancer-specific programs, including studies in lung, breast, prostate, ovarian, pancreatic, testicular, and brain cancers.

Over time, the Cancer Moonshot program will expand the APOLLO Network to all DHA hospitals and extend its research efforts to include all cancer types. The new APOLLO trial network is part of a recent White House “reignition”Fact Sheet: President Biden Reignites Cancer Moonshot to End Cancer as We Know It on White House website of the Cancer Moonshot. “We developed two robust and ongoing programs during the original Cancer Moonshot and will leverage those lessons learned as well as new opportunities to support the nation’s warfighters and veterans through our new DOD initiatives,” said Dr. Craig Shriver, Professor of Surgery at USU. He is director of USU’s Murtha Cancer Research Program and the John P. Murtha Cancer CenterMurtha Cancer Center webpage at Walter Reed National Military Medical CenterWalter Reed National Military Medical Center webpage in Bethesda, Maryland. The other program is the DOD Framingham, which uses the DOD Serum Repository to study cancer biomarkers in active duty service members. What is Proteogenomics? The emerging field of proteogenomics aims to better predict how individual patients will respond to cancer therapy by screening their tumors for both genetic abnormalities and protein information.

Specifically, it involves combining protein analysis and gene analysis of specimens taken from patients. Most cancer drugs target proteins, so researchers hope that combining protein analysis and gene analysis will improve doctors’ ability to predict tumor response to treatment and, eventually, to match a specific individual’s tumor with the right drug, DOD said. Goals from the White House As Vice President, Joe Biden was charged with establishing the Cancer Moonshot to reduce cancers significantly through an accelerated research program. During his presidential campaign and first State of the Union address as president in 2021, he has continued to champion this initiative. The reignition of the initiative contains “new ambitious goals: to reduce the death rate from cancer by at least 50% over the next 25 years and improve the experience of people and their families living with and surviving cancer — and, by doing this and more, end cancer as we know it today,” the White House said. May 4 Roundtable The Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences will host the DOD’s Cancer Moonshot virtual roundtable on

May 4 from 1-2 p.m. Eastern Time. Shriver will moderate the roundtable, “A Conversation on Cancer Health Equity and Military-relevant Environmental Exposure.” It’s part of a day-long series of federal agency events sponsored by the White House initiative. The DOD roundtable will be streamed live from USULive streaming of the Roundtable on YouTube on May 4. Participants will include: Jerry Lee, chief science and innovation officer, Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine Jie Lin, Murtha senior epidemiologist Patricia Hastings, VA chief consultant, Health Outcomes Military Exposures Warren Casey, acting chief, Predictive Toxicology Branch, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health Military cancer survivors and partners of survivors also will participate in the discussion. They include: Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 Charles Felder U.S. Public Health Service Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Jabara Coast Guard partner Melinda DeLoatch-Speight Marine Corps partner Homa ShafiiSchweers Marine Corps Sgt. Michael Christian Hosting the roundtable will be: Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Seileen Mullen Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Dr. David Smith

How One Military Nurse Persevered Through the COVID-19 Response By Claudia Sanchez-Bustamante MHS Communications

Air Force Capt. Courtney Ebeling always knew that she wanted to eventually follow in her parents’ footsteps and join the military. Soon after she completed nursing school and got married in her hometown of Rapid City, South Dakota, she began the process to become a commissioned officer in the Air Force while working as a civilian nurse. But as life happens, she learned that she was pregnant, putting her military plans on hold. She continued to work as a civilian contract nurse at the military clinic in Mountain Home Air Force Base, in Idaho, but her desire to serve in uniform persisted. Four years later, she was commissioned into the Nurse Corps at the rank of first lieutenant. “Like most nurses, I feel like I like to help people,” she said. She said nursing allows you to always move on to something new, do something different, change specialties. “There’s so much opportunity with a nursing degree that you’re never bored on the job.” “There are nurses that are generals in the Air Force. So just the opportunities that are afforded to me, not only from my nursing degree, but from the Air Force, are just outstanding,” she says. With a medical-surgical specialty, Ebeling is currently serving as a “general practitioner-type” of registered nurse at Joint

Air Force Capt. Courtney Ebeling, a medical-surgical nurse at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph Family Health Clinic, Texas, was deployed to support the COVID-19 response in Afghanistan in 2021. They administered vaccinations to U.S. citizens, service members, and foreign military members as well as supported the preparation to withdraw from the country. ( COURTNEY EBELING)

Base San Antonio-Randolph Family Health ClinicJoint Base San Antonio-Randolph Family Health Clinic website, Texas. “Med-surg nurses can work on the floor, or in outpatient clinics, or urgent care.” They provide care to adults who are preparing for or recovering from surgery. It is the largest nursing specialty in the United States. Responding to COVID-19 Ebeling recalls the COVID -19 pandemic required a “massive effort” to change operations “practically overnight.” She and her team set up a drivethru testing site at her clinic, while also continuing to care for their routine patients. Then, in 2021, she deployed to Afghanistan. “I was at Bagram, doing COVID testing, doing COVID vaccinations in Afghanistan for not only U.S. citizens and military service members, but also for all the contractors and all of the foreign

military,” she said. “That was huge.” In what she describes as a unique experience, Ebeling was part of the team standing down the operations at Bagram to prepare for the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan in 2021. Later, she deployed to Bangor, Maine, to support the civilian staff that was overwhelmed with “all the hospitalizations related to COVID.” As a result, she’s had to adapt to many new and different scenarios. Responding to the biggest pandemic in 100 years was a challenge, she says, because everything was new and required “amazing flexibility.” “Trying to get processes in place — to make sure that we’re protecting our staff, the patients, and that the patients still have all the things that they need to stay healthy or to get healthy — is a lot,” she says. “It’s a whole process that involves a ton of different people and a ton of

different sections. And you have to think on the fly and be ready and open to try different things out.” Coping As a mother of two, Ebeling coped with the stress of the situation by taking breaks and spending time with her kids. “Taking time away from work and purposefully disconnecting in my time off helped,” she recalled. “I spent time with my kids doing things outdoors, like hiking, camping, and playing sports.” She also said she’s thankful for the military’s effort to support service members like her. “The military does such a good job with putting leaders into the right places so that they can guide and direct the care, and giving individuals the ability to make actual changes,” she said. “They do a good job of listening to everyone’s ideas. We can make suggestions that get heard by the right people to implement changes.”

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1 owner, new from RK Chevrolet, 4x4, white, gray interior, many options, 32,800 miles. $27,000. 757-641-0737 or 757-735-3948


T-Top, 5 Spd Runs Great. 95k Miles. $2600 Call: 757-737-1015 CKC reg, vet checked & ready for new homes. $1300 336-401-6368 PITBULL BULLY PUPS Short and stocky, shots and dewormed with papers $1,500.00 call Mike 757-305-4717 YORKIE SHIH TZU PUPPIES 9wks, 1st shots & wormed, have parents. $950. 757-421-7708

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NORFOLK Room for rent. $400/mo. Call 757-297-3641 after 3pm. NORFOLK 2 rooms, upstairs, living space, bathroom, close to base. Military preferred. $1300/mo all utilities & internet included. Don 757-328-1414


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CAROLINA SKIFF 2018 21’ Ultra Elite, Suzuki 175 hp 4 stroke, only 6 hrs. King trailer. $45,500. Call Snyder’s RV 499-8000.



Nice work van, runs good. Asking $2,800. 757-754-7124


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Signature Ltd. Pkg, same family since new, 36K orig. miles, sunroof, leather, original window sticker, factory chrome wheels, new Michelins, great service history, senior citizen auto, absolutely 100% new, $14,900. 757-675-0288. Va. Dlr.


Showroom w 26k miles. Hard top convt Dark red/blk int. Nav. XM AMG wheels must see call 919-324-4391.


Garaged, loaded, 32k miles. $25k. Call for pics (757) 679-4240

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GLEN L10 SAILBOAT 1985 Wooden. Sailed for 1yr - stored inside garage since $200obo 757-419-0177

LX. 4 dr, 4 cyl, auto, well equipped, 26k miles, exc cond, Honda warranty, 37 mpg. $24,900. 443-235-0304

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2003 22FT ANGLER CENTER CONSOLE 200 Yamaha 4 Stroke, Very Good Condition. $28,500. 757-373-5707

9800 original miles, garage kept, same family since new. Runs & drives great. New insp & all serviced. $19,900. 757-675-0288. Va. Dlr.

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MOTORCYCLE TRIUMPH BONNEVILLE 2020, 900cc, garage kept, show room condition, 2900 miles, 58 mpg, $7,195 OBO. Call 757-479-2730.

4dr, automatic, great shape, runs very well. $4,900. 757-754-7124

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